One week to Thanksgiving, which means a whole new level of crazy for the holidays, right? Actually I’m kind of looking forward to it. Fewer deadlines, a bit more time to read, and when my younger son is on break, a nice respite from chauffeuring him to school in the morning.

(On the other hand, he is a senior in high school, and his older brother already lives far away and can’t make it home for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so that’s a little sad.)

Nonetheless, as I tend to mention in November, I feel like I have so much to be grateful for! Since last week I mentioned books I didnRoulette’t get to read recently, this week I thought I’d mention some I really enjoyed or am looking forward to.

In the next couple of weeks, author Megan Mulry has her new book out, her first with publisher Montlake. Roulette is a sexy story that starts in LA and meanders across Europe in luxury settings and with intense emotional stakes. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this rising star author, and this book was an intriguing new direction for her that maintained all of her wit and played well on her strengths. And really, just look at that stunning cover!

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Next week brings Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover, the last book in her wonderful and highly acclaimed Rules of Scoundrels series. Chase’s story is complicated and fraught with betrayal at every turn, and MacLean does a terrific job keeping all the players in the dark as they need to be, and emotionally vulnerable for all the right reasons. Then, in her signature style, she solves the dilemma in a delightfully unexpected and satiSay yes to the marquesssfying way. If you’ve yet to be introduced to this series, consider starting at the beginning with A Rogue By Any Other Name. (And while I loved each book, Pippa and Cross—Rules of Scoundrels #2—are still my favorite!)

At the end of December, we can look forward to Tessa Dare’s Say Yes to the Marquess, the next in her Castles in the Air series. A lordly (dyslexic?) prizefighter, the emotionally abandoned lady engaged to his brother, her socially awkward youngest sister and the middle sister determined to launch her into society, plus a few other colorful secondary characters. All living under one castle roof. Charming and touching.

Some early 2015 romance and romantic women’s fiction I’m looking forward to:

Julia Quinn’s The Secrets of Richard Kenworthy

Sarah Addison Allen’s First Frost (I really enjoyed Lost Lake)

Beth Kendrick’s New Uses for Old Boyfriends

And Marisa de los Santos will have a book out in March titled The Precious One. Love her and can’t wait for that one!

What about you? What books are you excited about in the next few weeks or months?

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.