Genre For All: Romance Picks w/ a Special Guest! (6/18/20)

Today we’re talking ROMANCE with the help of a very special guest: St. Martin’s Press’ very own marketer extraordinaire, Marissa Sangiacomo, who joins us to share some of her favorite forthcoming picks!

Hello genre lovers! I’m excited to share with you today a few of our upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 romances. There’s a little something for every romance fan on this list. Happy Reading!

Paranormal Romance: INFERNO by Donna Grant
ISBN 9781250182951, on sale 8/25/20
Tropes: Dragon Shifters + Scorching Hot Chemistry + Epic Worldbuilding

INFERNO is the explosive, highly anticipated finale to Donna Grant’s Dark Kings series. These binge-worthy books are action packed and full of rich worldbuilding, yet Donna also keeps us grounded in the lives and loves of these captivating characters. And finally we get Constantine’s story, the King of the Dragon Kings! With enemies at every corner, Con has had to push aside his own yearnings, but there is one smoldering beauty that he craves above all else. With her by his side, he can fight for the freedom and survival of his brethren. All he has to do is get her to surrender her heart. There have been lots of theories about how Con’s story will unfold, and I have to say, the biggest secret is still yet to come…

Historical Romance: ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED by Kerrigan Byrne
ISBN 9781250318862, on sale 9/29/20
Tropes: Opposites Attract + Fierce Female Friendships + A Steamy Scot

ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED is the second book in the stunning Devil You Know series by USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne. When Cecilia Teague suddenly becomes the inheritor of a gambling establishment, she must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hall owner trying to save her business from the very same man. For me, no one writes stories with as much passion as Kerrigan, in every sense of the word. Her characters are fascinating and complex, the stakes are high, and of course the romance always delivers. Booklist calls it “seductive storytelling” and I couldn’t agree more!

Contemporary Romance: Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon
ISBN 9781250761996, on sale 2/2/21
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers + #OwnVoices + Heart & Humor

This sparkling and heartfelt romantic comedy debut from Lily Menon just makes me smile so hard! It’s about two entrepreneurs developing very different technology: Annika’s Make Up app helps people find love and second chances, while Hudson’s Break Up app offers high-efficiency break-ups. It wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, but now Hudson has moved into Annika’s office building and they’re both competing at a prestigious investment pitch contest. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and Menon does it so well with the right balance of heated banter, sizzling chemistry, and touching moments as these two find some common ground.

Contemporary Romance: Float Plan by Trish Doller
ISBN 9781250767943, on sale 3/2/21
Tropes: High Seas Adventure + Self Discovery + Slow Burn

This is an unforgettable adult debut from Trish Doller! Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has spent the last year shipwrecked by her grief and inability to move on. When a reminder goes off about a sailing trip they were supposed to take, she impulsively sets off, intending to complete the planned voyage around the Caribbean. But after a treacherous night’s sail, she hires a professional sailor to help her get to Puerto Rico. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned, and he can’t refuse her offer. Together they find a way to rebuild their lives and the possibility of new love. This book is raw and emotional, yet hopeful and funny. Anna and Keane are two characters you just can’t help falling in love with and rooting for, and the slow burn of watching them go from friends to lovers is done perfectly.

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