Buzz Books 2021: Romance
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 30 May 2022
Our sixth annual edition of Buzz Books: Romance provides substantial prepublication excerpts from forthcoming romance titles. Enjoy access to some of the best romance voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the upcoming season as you discover new series, catch up with the latest installments from beloved series, and find great standalone titles from top romance authors. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!
From a power player such as bestselling Kat Martin and Beth Reekles, author of The Kissing Booth, now a Netflix film, to fan favorites Therese Beharrie and Marcella Bell, these authors are bestselling, award-winning, and irresistible.
Discover debut romance writers Ali Hazelwood and Jean Meltzer then round out your reading list with LGBTQ titles by our first male authors: Kosoko Jackson and Timothy Janovsky.
Finally, get spooky with romantic witch stories by Elizabeth Bass and Lana Harper.
Start enjoying books right now that are sure to show up on your personal “must read” lists.
For the best in soon-to-be-published other fiction genres, plus nonfiction, and children’s literature, be sure to read Buzz Books 2021: Fall/Winter available now. Then be on the lookout for the next edition of Buzz Books covering the spring/summer 2022 publishing season for both adults and young adults, available in January 2022.
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Thank you for this continued release!! One of my favorite things to look forward to! I love flipping the pages and getting to see upcoming releases!
I read this ARC for an honest review
All thoughts and opinions are mine
I love love love these and try to get hold of these when I can
I love knowing whats up and coming and being able to read excerpts
A must read for me
As always - Buzz Books manages to blow up my TBR in the best way possible. I added so many of these to “to be read” list and can’t wait to read them! I only wish the romance buzz books came out more often!!
I am so appreciative! I can't tell you how much I look forward to Buzz Books Samplers! To get a preview of what will become some of hottest titles in a few months is truly a pleasure. The Sampler allows me to catch up with familiar authors and become acquainted with potential new favorites. Thank you!
Great to hear about books to look out for and see what sort of trends are coming up in romance. Thanks to Buzz Books, always an interesting read.
Thanks for access to these teasers for the books included! I'm particularly excited about The Love Hypothesis and Never Been Kissed, which is the book I wanted to read. It sounds super cute and a bit "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" with a queer twist. I'm excited to read more!
What I love most about this compilation is that there is more than one book to yearn for, and in this I'd say "And They Lived Happily Ever After" by Therese had me swooning over a romance author who finds love when she least expects it. Then there is "The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood which spots a lovely cover and takes you through Science and love. Finally the other title that caught my attention was "I'm so (not) over you" by Kosoko Jackson which reminds you of that one ex that you swore never to call but is still your weakness.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
I always enjoy these samplers of upcoming releases. Especially the romance ones. This particular sampler contained a variety of different types of romance: a little magic, cowboy romance, fake relationship, suspense, and more. I was really excited about that and have added several to my tbr list. Great lineup of romance samples! Definitely buzz worthy!
I read a lot of romance books but was surprised to see that all the authors in this edition are new to me - and that's what's so great about the Buzz Books publications: the introduction to a wide variety of authors and their stories.
Of course I requested a couple of galleys . . . well, maybe more than a couple.
I love these Buzz Books samplers so much! They always get me excited for new and upcoming releases and help me figure out which ones to put on my TBR. Please keep them coming!
I love these excerpts from Buzz Books. This put so many books I have never heard of on my radar. I was already excited for The Love Hypothesis, The Matzah Ball and Payback’s a Witch so I was really excited I got to read the first chapter of each of them and I’m super excited to read the full books now.
I had never heard of A letter to Three Witches, And They Lived Happily Ever After, I’m so (not) over you and Never been Kissed so those have all been added to my TBR.
I love when BuzzBooks releases their romance editions! This is my favorite way to try out new authors and decide what to request. I love that Ali Hazelwood’s debut The Love Hypothesis is on here. I’ve already read and loved it and I hope this sample encourages more people to request it!
I always look forward to the new Buzz Books release! I love getting a sneak peak at upcoming books and adding to my constantly growing TBR list. This is another great edition and I am excited for several of these upcoming releases!
Another amazing selection of upcoming releases by Buzz Books. These compilations never fail to increase my 'to be read' list and always hype up the excitement for books I'm already interested in!
As always, the Romance edition of Buzz Books delivers a variety of upcoming books and authors to discover. In this edition I am particularly intrigued by Ali Hazelwood's The Love Hypothesis.
Such a fun collection of romance coming out in 2021! I always love finding out about new novels through these collections.
Ahhh! So many awesome romance titles, PAYBACK, and NEVEr BEEN KISSED sound so good - actually they all do!
You know I love my Buzz books! Found so many upcoming books I am excited for. Thank you for putting this together and sharing a copy with me.
I love all the editions of Buzz Books and always look forward to what they have selected for each release. I'm adding a few books to the TBR list right now! Thank you, as always, for contributing to my ever-growing list of must reads!!
I absolutely love this. I've found so many interesting titles here that I can't wait to read. Also, reading the sample chapters help me decide which books to add to my tbr.
I love the editions of Buzz Books! I already had my eye one several of these titles but it’s always nice to be able to read the excerpt for the titles!
Buzz Books 2021: Romance offers a great sneak peak into upcoming titles. I usually have enough insight into the writing styles, characters and context to determine whether or not it is a book I'd be interested in reading further, and always appreciate the full review copy access links at the end of each excerpt.
Love these roundups for sampling new titles I wouldn’t have come across or reminding me of new books from authors I love!
Whilst Romance is not necessarily a genre I read much from, nevertheless I could not resist having a peek at this. Buzz books does such a tremendous service in giving the reviewer a terrific selection of great books to tempt. As usual, as expected there were romance books that I will definitely be reading. Many thanks.
I look forward to this sampler of upcoming books each year. My personal favorites this time were And They Lived Happily Ever After (Therese Beharrie), Payback's a Witch (Lana Harper), The Love Hypothesis (Ali Hazelwood), and The Matzo Ball (Jean Meltzer). It's a wonderful way to find new books to read.
I always look forward to a new issue of Buzz Books, and the romance edition is my favorite. It’s a great way to learn about upcoming releases. There are many great books coming out and I am really looking forward to a few of them. I am most drawn to The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer, The Last Goodnight by Kat Martin and A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass. I can’t wait to read them!
Love this and always anticipate Buzz Books since I discovered them last year!
I fund a ton of romances I look forward to and even some I would never pick up had I not read the chapter excerpts so a big thank you for that and diversifying and expanding our reading horizons!
I absolutely loved reading through this preview of what's to come and am especially excited about Never Been Kissed! I cannot waiiiiit to be able to read on past those first two chapters. I need to know what happens!
I love these samplers! I was excited about this one because it focuses on less high-profile books. About half of these are now on my TBR.
Thanks to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for the chance to read this book! I always enjoy the chance to see what's going on in mainstream publishing and romance trends.
A LETTER TO THREE WTICHES by Elizabeth Bass was so over-the-top, the first chapter is from the point of view of a villainous cat. Much too "wacky hijinks" for my taste.
AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER by Therese Beharrie is still magical with an interesting approach--the heroine has romantic dreams that write themselves down as books, and the cover copy tells us the hero will share those dreams--as well as discussion of the foster system and mental health. On paper it seemed interesting, but the banter between our heroine Gaia and her best friend's brother Jacob didn't really grab me.
THE WILDEST RIDE by Marcella Bell starts out with quite the setup -- the heroine's grandfather took out a reverse mortgage without telling anyone, spent down the million dollars, died, and left his wife and granddaughter to clean up the mess when the bank came knocking. It really strains credulity, and the hard-headedness of the heroine as well as the folksy sayings weren't pulling me in either. We don't get the hero's point of view yet; I'd be interested in seeing his motivation since this seems to be a rivals-to-lovers romance.
PAYBACK'S A WITCH by Lana Harper really could use some more excerpt; in the first chapter we learn about the background of the town, Thistle Grove, and this big tournament that occurs every fifty years. But not much happens in terms of plot, except that the heroine returns to her childhood home and exposition ensues. I would have loved to see more of the setup that the cover copy promises.
THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood wins points from me for acknowledging how rough academia is, but lost me at wearing expired contacts out of cheapness (at least lampshade it with something like "I need contacts over glasses because I'm peering in microscopes all day") and REALLY lost me at the completely over-the-top inciting incident of kissing a random man without his consent who just happens to be a professor when you're a grad student? Grad student and professor just squicks me out even if it seems like she has never had him as a teacher. Anyway, the frenetic neurotic voice was kind of fun but the story setup and overall awkward vibe is a big no for me.
I'M SO (NOT) OVER YOU by Kosoko Jackson has major rom com vibes, completely with an endearingly neurotic protagonist and an extremely tropey setup -- fake dating with a twist, fake reconciliation! This sounds cute in cover copy but as I was reading I just had inner alarm bells wondering why they broke up in the first place and whether this was not just bad but a dangerous idea (I mean, rom-com so I'm sure it's actually fine).
NEVER BEEN KISSED by Timothy Janovsky ALSO had major rom com vibes, and this one won me over even if I was horrified to realize the protagonist and friends were college seniors (I guess this means I'm old). Wren had a really engaging voice and I was snagged by the opening page, and even laughed in a few places. Plus I loved the knowing reference in the cover copy, "he sends emails to all the boys he (ahem) loved before he came out." This is definitely one book I'd love to read.
I honestly skimmed THE LAST GOODNIGHT by Kat Martin because romantic thriller with murdered women and possible serial killer is way too intense for me.
THE MATZAH BALL by Jean Meltzer has a really fun setup, a Jewish woman with a secret passion for writing Christmas romance novels and living in the Hallmark-esque fantasy vision of the holiday. There are a lot of Jewish cultural references I didn't get, but that just makes me more intrigued to learn more.
LOCKDOWN ON LONDON LANE by Beth Reekles was an odd choice to wrap up the series; this is very specifically a pandemic book. I was going to say it felt outdated but I guess I can't really say that given UK has been much more strictly locked down for much longer than I experienced.
A mixed bag as always -- here I am excited to read NEVER BEEN KISSED, and would give THE MATZAH BALL, I'M SO (NOT) OVER YOU, and AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER a try depending on buzz from others. Thanks again to Buzz Books for putting out these little samplers for us!
Another great selection of Romance books in this edition of Buzz Books Romance. Some interesting authors and titles and fingers crossed I will enjoy some of these books.
I absolutely adored getting a glimpse at some of my anticipated romance reads for this year. I can’t wait to start adding some to my preorders!
These peeks into upcoming titles from Buzz Books are one of my favorite ways to decide to request and add to my TBR pile, and this one may have been my favorite batch of books yet! Giving me all the variety in romance titles I could need, I say bring on the Fall/Winter 2021 reads!
Here’s my favorites and why I think they’re must reads based on the excerpts:
* Payback’s a Witch - I am all for a play on words, so this title grabbed my attention immediately. Then, from the very beginning I was completely sold on all the fall vibes with Harper’s vivid description to detail - I wanted to pack my own bags and head to Thistle Grove and live in a world of magic, even if there was sure to be family drama.
* The Love Hypothesis - I get so excited seeing STEM protagonists, we need more strong female leads showing that we’re capable of all things in life - success in work AND love. My ARC based book club @loveARCtually has already picked Hazelwood’s debut as a club read, but this excerpt has me even more excited to read it! Olive seems like a character to remember, constantly putting herself into endearing but crazy situations I can’t wait to see what happens.
* I’m So (Not) Over You - After receiving Yesterday is History in the Everyone Deserves a Happily Ever After box from Sourcebooks, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Jackson’s upcoming adult romance. I got to hear the author speak about the book during a recent Pride panel & I just love everything about it - the excerpt made me SO excited for the full title! Bring on the fake dating trope.... with an EX.
* Never Been Kissed - In that same Pride panel I got to hear Janovsky talk about his debut and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. From these first few pages I’m already hooked on this LGBTQIA romance and know it’s going to be one I love!
* The Matzah Ball - Already the hype for this one has me excited, and I just love that there have been more and more diverse titles in the romance genre especially. Thanks to the Girly Book Club event with Harlequin, I have an eARC of this one already! I love how unique this premise is for a “holiday” romcom!
Basically, give me ALL the diverse romance reads forever! Thank you NetGalley + Buzz Books for always getting me even more excited for upcoming releases!
As always, the best way to find new books for the next season and get excited for some debut. Great selection of stories and interesting sneak peeks!
I am a lover of romance and so I really enjoyed scrolling through this.
It gave quite a few new releases that I cannot wait to see. I want to read 'And they lived happily ever after' by Therese Beharrie. This book sounds so interesting and I am sure that it will grab and keep my attention from start to finish. There is also 'The Matzah Ball' by Jean Meltzer. The information for this book came up as a recommended book read for me on my Amazon account. Reading about it here reminded me that I can't wait to read this book.
I cannot wait for these books to come out and thanks to this Buzz Books I know that I can add them to my Winter reading list and my Christmas wish list.
Thank you to Netalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
Calling all Romance Readers! Buzz Books 2021 Romance Book is available just for you!
This one includes your favorite and debut authors!
LGBTQ and Witch titles!
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As always - I will pick up every new Buzz Books.
Some of the things I immediately noticed flipping through this edition are that w esteem to be continuing the trend of illustrated covers. I still haven’t decided how I feel about them. They are great for reading in public, as they tend to be more innocent than traditional covers, but they also don’t tell you much about what you are in for -particularly they give you no indicator of how steamy a book will be.
Next thing that I noticed was new Kat Martin book! Yay! And last but not least, more than one book with witch/witches in the title. Will witch books be the next big publishing trend??
Books that stood out to me in this edition:
The Wildest Ride by Marcella Bell - Honestly, I don’t need to know much about this one. A cowboy romance is always going to grab my attention - it helps that this one features rodeos and I LOVE rodeos.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper - This book seems like it will be a ton of fun. I’m excited that it seems like it might be a slightly darker romance, while still being charming and fun.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood - I am so excited about this one. The cover is super cute and fun, it is an illustrated cover in bright colors with an uncomfortable looking kiss. I am also excited about the fake lovers trope - it is one of my favorites. The preview for this book is fast and funny and I can’t wait to read the entire thing.
Lockdown on London Lane by Beth Reekles - This book will be relatable for EVERYONE. We all know what it feels like to be stuck inside, and it seems to be a bit of a proximity romance, which is always a lot of fun.
This was a great preview of many upcoming romance novels. I loved reading these excerpts and now have many books to add to my TBR list. Some standouts for me were The Love Hypothesis by AlI Hazelwood, I'm So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackosn, and The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer. I am so excited to read the full books!
An awesome teaser for some great books that I definitely purchased this year. Loved it. Theresa Bhaherrie is a new favorite that I discovered with this. Great little collection
I always enjoy new editions of Buzz Books and this one did not disappoint!
Especially looking forward to A Letter to Three Witches and The Love Hypothesis!
So many fun and spicy romance novels you'll love to preview! From debut writers, including two male authors for the first time in Buzz Books Romance! To well known authors, such as Beth Reekles (author of "The Kissing Booth"), releasing her second adult romance novel, "Lockdown On Lovers Lane". A spicy romance about one neighborhood's hookups, breakups and more during a quarantine lockdown.
The credits describe Buzz Books and Publishers Lunch as “...'the daily essential read' for the book publishing business for seventeen years...". I would also describe it as the semi-annual essential read for book consumers! Published each year for upcoming releases for both "Romance" and "Great Books".
*Thank you to Publishers Lunch via NetGalley for digital reader copy.
Payback’s A Witch - I have been intrigued by this summary for some time. I found the sample to be engaging with intriguing world building.
Love Hypothesis - This sucked me right in, I just wanted to keep reading! I have since read the full book and loved it.
Matzah Ball - I’m excited by the representation in this story, but the voice feels a bit over the top to me.
I’m So (Not) Over You - This was a compelling intro, I’m excited to continue. I love the concept of this story. That said, the flow between the chapters was weird.
Never Been Kissed - This was quirky queer new adult fun! I’m looking forward to reading it.
Ahhhh! So many great choices coming up! I'm loving the current trendy theme is Witches and Magic. Just in time for spooky season!
I'm really looking forward to The Wildest Ride (who doesn't want a reality TV rom com with cowboys!),
The Star Wars fan in me is beyond excited to read the Love Hypothesis. And hooray for the Matzah Ball! Its about time for some holiday romances that aren't Christmas themed!
I love, love the Romance Buzz Books.!!! Great books to buy for the romance loving patrons. I hope that this book never goes away. I feel I have missed out whenever I miss a volume. Thank you, NetGalley!
So many great excerpts! I'm especially enjoyed "Never Been Kissed" by Timothy Janovsky and "Payback's A Witch" by Lana Harper (which I'm gonna be reading asap)!
I appreciated this preview of upcoming romance titles! Especially excited for all the witchy paranormal fun.
Such an amazing collection of books! Absolutely adored Ali Hazelwood's preview and luckily it's just been published so I can go out straight away and read the rest. I've added a couple others to my wishlist as well.
Brilliant selection, I'm excited to read next season's!
I love Buzz BOOKS! Most looking forward to the love hypothesis, the Matzah Ball, and Lockdown on London Lane!
I just love these Buzz Books samplers. This romance edition has several titles worth looking into. The Love Hypothesis has me intrigued.
So enjoy reading excepts from these romance novels. Gives a great overview of a cross-section of stories from different point of view. Particularly enjoyed reading a story from a Jewish author and being transparent about her own struggle with illness.
Even though this Book Buzz has a 2021 date, I only just saw it on NetGalley. This is another in a series that includes generous excerpts. This one is just for romance titles so perfect for those who enjoy the genre. Each entry includes a description of the title, information on the author and more. Everyone is here from the most popular authors to those who are making their debuts. And, of course, this title is free. So, how could romance fans go wrong? Download it now from your e retailer.
Many thanks to NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.