It’s cuffing season, baby! Winter is coming, and we are all looking for another warm body to cuddle with and love to get through it all. Or you could snuggle up with some award-winning romance novels, a hot water bottle and a body pillow. Who are we to judge? Either way, here are some recommendations for the upcoming season.
When Angelique Archer gets caught counting cards at Alexander Lavoie's vingt-et-un table, the last thing she expects is to get a job offer. It's an offer she can't refuse, really: counting cards was an act of desperation and to refuse a job—however evil it may seem—means starving. Alexander is rumored to be an assassin, but Angelique quickly finds he is handsome and fiercely protective.
This book is the winner of the RITA Award for Historical Romance.
Get ready for some steamy erotica—and the best out there this year, according to RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.
Lucky is a woman who has never known pleasure until she meets the dashing, handsome Q, who is 28 but won't live to see 30. Until he met Lucky, he was content with living for the pleasures of the flesh—but Lucky changes everything, and Q is forced to reveal his deepest, darkest secrets. RT Reviewers describes this book as "a truly amazing story that you will definitely want to read over and over."
Elizabeth Hoyt is the winner of the RT Career Achievement Award and her book Duke of Desire won RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award in the category of British Isles-Set Romance. This book is the 12th installment of the Maiden Lane series, and it's the darkest one Hoyt has written yet. In a tale of revenge and redemption, Rafael de Chartres plans to destroy the demonic club, but ends up saving the beautiful Lady Jordan, Iris Daniel, from being sacrificed. Romance ensues, but can Iris and Rafael survive their own darkness?
The healer Akira Ayres was just doing her job when she came across the handsome Geordie, who desperately needed to be saved after a life-threatening injury. The longer they spend together, the more they want to share with each other, but Geordie knows that revealing his best-kept secret would end in both of their deaths.
A winner of the RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award in the category of First Historical Romance/Historical Fiction, The Highland Duke has been described as an "exciting debut romance novel."
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti tells the story of Noni, a woman who is so desperate to find her infant niece that she goes back to a man, Denver, who abandoned her a year before. Noni sees no choice in asking him for help, and Denver commits to protecting her and helping her find her niece. But Denver also deals with threats and dangers of his own, which he must keep from Noni.
An action-packed romance with a twist, this book won the Prism Award in the category Light Paranormal and the RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award in the category Paranormal Romantic Suspense, so get ready for some paranormal activity!
Angela Reardon is working through her trauma after she was brutally attacked. Her pursuit of a quiet life is thwarted by a handsome stranger who ignites something in her she thought was dead: the need to be loved. CIA assassin Jake Stone falls hard for his latest target, Angela, and commits to his own redemption—and her love—when he decides to find out who wants her dead and why.
Winner of the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in the category Mystery/Suspense: Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, this book is shocking, carnal and twisted.
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Nicole Froio is a Sociology PhD candidate based in York, United Kingdom. She writes about books, politics, human rights, feminism and more. She is a Book Riot contributor and can be found at @nicolefroio.