Now that my crazy travel schedule has eased up, I’m trying to catch up on “things”—which includes house things, book things, reading things, writing things…

So many things!

Also, after having been empty nesters for the past few months, my husband and I are preparing for both our kids to be back in the house. Younger son is coming back from his freshman year of college, and older son will be visiting for a couple of weeks.

I can’t wait to see them! However, we’ve kind of become used to having the house to ourselves, so that will be an adjustment, I think.

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With all the traveling and preparing, I haven’t had the chance to read some of my favorite authors’ recent releases.

Top of the list is Lisa Kleypas’ Marrying Winterborne (which received a Kirkus starred review, as well as lots of reader recommendations and giddy mentions across Facebook). I loved the first title in this historical series, so I can’t wait to dive into this one.

Romance_LongOther historical authors who had books out this week include Cathy Maxwell (also a starred review, here), Madeline Hunter, Olivia Drake (review), and Sabrina York. (Well, and Elizabeth Hoyt, but I’ve already raved about her recently…).

 Another book that’s getting great buzz is Julie Anne Long’s Hot in Hellcat Canyon—a contemporary release. It seems odd to write that, given JAL’s success with historicals, but from what I hear she’s jumped into her new series and subgenre with sizzle and flair, so I look forward to reading that one too.

Other contemporary releases include Brenda Novak, Kianna Alexander, Nancy Herkness, Jay Crownover, Anne Calhoun, and Sugar Jamison. And Jennifer Probst’s release this week begins her new series based on a contractor business family with issues with Everywhere and Every Way. Looks cute and fun!

By the way, there’s another Nacho Figueras Polo release this week. I’m hearing a lot of chatter about them—because, you know, when a man writes a romance, I guess it’s worth the New York Times taking notice…. But have you read them? What do you think? (I will admit that the polo setting is intriguing. And I’ll grant that the international polo star isn’t just any man. Still. Thoughts?)

Romantic suspense had some high-octane releases this week, with authors Heather Graham, Laura Griffin, Mandy Baxter, and Lisa Renee Jones. I recently read my first title by Cynthia Eden, who’s definitely worth a read. Torn, part of her LOST series, received a great Kirkus review too.Romance_Eden

Other notable releases for my never-ending TBR pile are Nancy Thayer’s The Island House, Emilie Richards’ When We Were Sisters, and the intriguingly titled The Rules of Love & Grammar by Mary Simses. From the Kirkus review: “In this sweet and heartfelt story, Simses provides a valuable lesson in the futility of striving for an error-free book of life. A lovely read.”

So what are you picking up (or, in my case, not yet picking up) this week?

Happy reading! xo

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.