Major Heart-Eyes! October’s Highly Anticipated Romance Releases

Come one, come all! October is packed full with a plethora of new releases that will be sure to have any romance reader excited. Read on for more!

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cream background with black bats from left to right- helpless by elsie silver, dreadful by greer rivers, and carnage by shantel tessier

The romance book community’s voracious appetite is being fed this month! And in perfect timing for the comfort of fall and spooky season! The sheer amount of romance novels being released is insane; perhaps the most in one month ever! Since there are so many releases, there is bound to be something for everybody. The best part is we are getting not only new books but some new additions to beloved series as well. I am quaking with excitement, and I have no idea how I am going to find time to read all of these novels.

Read on to discover what’s coming and when you can expect them!

Releases Before Oct. 13th

There were a bunch of releases earlier this month that also need some air time. Take a look at what brand-new novels romance readers have sunk their teeth into.

Irresistibly Risky by J. Saman (Released October 2nd)
Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan (Re-release) (Released October 3rd)
Wildfire by Hannah Grace (Released October 3rd)
Tell Me What You Want by Lucia Franco (Released October 3rd)
Between Love and Loathing by Shain Rose (Released October 3rd)
Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey (Released October 3rd)
Puck Yes by Lauren Blakely (Released October 9th)
Caught Up by Liz Tomforde (Released October 10th)
A Holly Jolly Ever After by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone (Released October 10th)
I’m Your Guy by Sarina Bowen (Released October 10th)
Old Man Rush by Kristen Granata (Released October 12th)
Madame by Sara Cate (Released October 12th)

Now here is what you can look forward to in the remaining days of October!

Hopeless by Elsie Silver

Release Date: October 13th

Hopeless by Elsie Silver book cover, green background with a hand mirror with a ring reflected in it

The next book in the Chestnut Springs series is highly anticipated, and I am on the edge of my seat with excitement! This story is a delicious age-gap, fake marriage story that will be smack dab in the middle of an already beloved series. Boy, oh boy, am I excited about what this novel has to offer!

The Endurance of Wildflowers by Micalea Smeltzer

Release Date: October 17th

The endurance of wildflowers by micalea smeltzer book cover
blue background with various types of flowers

This is the third book in the Wildflower Duet series. The previous books in the series follow a grumpy/sunshine, age gap, and single dad narrative; this novel is the continuation of that storyline. These are some of my favorite tropes, so this book will be high on my TBR.

Dreadful by Greer Rivers

Release Date: October 19th

dreeadful by greer river book cover
black and white skull and snake and purple ribbon

This is the third novel in the Tattered Curtain series. It is part of the dark romance genre, which makes me incredibly excited. It is a “retelling of Sweeney Todd with a Medusa twist and a happy ever after”; I have never heard of a more unique description of a book! I am ready to read this one.

One Chance by Lena Hendrix

Release Date: October 23rd

One chance by lena hendrix book cover
man in tank top with arm propped up looking straight on

The cover alone makes me excited to read this friends-to-lovers, small-town fake dating romance; another collection of some of my favorite tropes. Not only is this man handsome, but he is also a firefighter! I will be fantasizing quite a lot about this novel before I can get my hands on it.

King of Greed by Ana Huang

Release Date: October 24th

king of greed by ana huang book cover
white background with roses, gold writing and rose

If this article came with an audio track, you would be hearing me scream with excitement. Absolutely anything Ana Huang writes is right up my alley, so the anticipation I have for another book in this series is out of this world.

A Curse for True Love by Stephane Garber

Release Date: October 24th

a curse of true love by stephanie garber book cover
black background with red tree

This is the third and final installment of Stephanie Garber’s 1 New York Times bestselling series Once Upon a Broken Heart. It is the climax all readers have been waiting for, “blood will be shed, hearts will be stolen, and true love will be put to the test.”

Twisted Obsession by S. Massery

Release Date: October 25th

twisted obsession by s. massery book cover
teal flower and petals with paint brushes with teal paint on the brush

My favorite; a hockey romance! It is not only a hockey romance but also an age-gap story with memory loss. There isn’t much we know about this novel before its release, but I am still trying to get my hands on it immediately.

Watch Your Mouth by Kandi Steiner

Release Date: October 27th

watch your mouth by kandi steiner book cover
man with arms behind his head staring straight ahead with his shirt pulled up

More hockey! And the title; yum. This is the second book in the Kings of the Ice series. The tropes it will cover have me weak in the knees; Teammates, little sister/brother’s best friend, forced proximity, only. one. bed., age gap, and forbidden romance. Some of the best tropes under the sun. I am anxiously waiting for October 27th.

The Graham Effect by Elle Kennedy

Release Date: October 31st

the graham effect by elle kennedy book cover
cartoon of a woman in a hat with a coffee cup and brick behind her

This is the first book in the new Campus Diaries series which is a spinoff of the beloved Off-Campus and Briar U series. I love the Off-Campus series so much; I know I will love this new series just as deeply. This novel follows Gigi Graham, infamous Garret Graham’s sister, as she qualifies for the women’s hockey team and gets a little extra coaching from the enemy; the sexy, rude, six-foot-five Luke Ryder. I am aching to read this book.

Carnage by Shantel Tessier

Release Date: October 31st

carnage by shantel tessier book cover
black and white cover with a man in a leather jacket with no shirt under, covered in tattoos staring ahead, clock in the bottom left corner

If you could see through the screen, you would see that I have heart eyes as I write this blurb. The Lord’s universe that Shantel Tessier has created really does it for me. This novel is a standalone but still affiliated with the Lord’s premise. In this novel, we get a look at the life a Lord will lead if they don’t live up to their oath. I have been curious about this since I first started reading Tessier’s work, so I know I am in for one heck of a time.

This October has made my TBR list two miles longer! Truthfully, the rest of 2023 is going to be a treat for romance readers. Here is a quick look at what you can expect;

On Cloud Nine by Kels and Denise Stone (Release Date: November 1st)
Love Redesigned by Lauren Asher (Release Date: November 7th)
Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros (Release Date: November 7th)
Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood (Release Date: November 7th)
Betting on You by Lynn Painter (Release Date: November 28th)
The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson (Release Date: December 5th)

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