It’s finally 2017 (finally, and good riddance 2016!), and we’re here to tell you all about the most exciting books on our radar for 2017. Of course, not all of the 2017 releases have been announced yet, so our lists are only based on the books that we know about so far.
(This list mostly covers books for the first half of 2017, as many books for the second half of the year have not been announced yet.)
And be sure to check out the end of the post for an AWESOME giveaway… you could win your choice of one of the books on our Most Anticipated list!
The Lifeline Signal (Chameleon Moon, #2), by RoAnna Sylver
Release Date: Winter 2017
Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Diversity
Mel says, “Ever since I read the first book in the series last year, I couldn’t wait for more of these wonderful characters and their dys-hopian story. Chameleon Moon was one of my top 5 reads last year and I’m really excited to find out what is happening next.”
Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading.
Now Parole’s only hope lies in the hands of three teenagers reunited by their long-lost friend Gabriel – in their dreams. Growing up outside Parole, Shiloh Cole always had to keep xir energetic powers a secret, except from xir parents, Parole’s strategist-hero Garrett, and Tartarus expert Maureen. When Parole collapsed, all contact was lost. Now, connected by Gabriel and their colliding pasts, xie joins collapse survivor Annie and the enigmatic, charismatic Chance on a desperate cross-country race, carrying a disc of xir mother’s vital plans, whose encrypted contents may be Parole’s salvation. First they’ll board the FireRunner, a ship full of familiar faces that now sails through Tartarus’ poison storms. Together, they’ll survive Tartarus’ hazards, send a lifeline to lost Parole – and uncover the mystery connecting every one of them.
The world outside Parole isn’t the one they remember, and it didn’t want them back. But they’ll save it just the same. It’s what heroes do.
Rafa Out in January, it’s really just a short, but I cannot wait to reimmerse myself in the world of Damen and Laurent. I’m especially excited because it’s meant to serve as an epilogue to Kings Rising, the final book in her incredible Captive Prince trilogy so I’m anticipating all sorts of HEA goodness. Yes? No? I sense rereads in my future. My very near future.
Set after the events of the Captive Prince trilogy, The Summer Palace is a story about Damen and Laurent during summer. It’s an epilogue of sorts to the Captive Prince series.
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
Seasons of Love Series, by Elyse Springer
Book One: Whiteout
Release Date: January 23
Genres: M/M, Contemporary
Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where—or who—he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tries to fill in some of the blanks: they’re in a cabin in Colorado on vacation, and Noah slipped on ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.
Jason O’Reilly is sexy as hell, treats Noah like he’s precious, and seems determined to make this the romantic getaway they’d apparently dreamed of together. But Noah’s more concerned that he’s trapped alone with Jason in the middle of a blizzard while his slowly returning memories bring hints of secrets and betrayal.
Noah’s not sure what’s the truth and what’s a lie. But as he learns who he is—and who Jason is to him—he’s forced to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty . . . and about love.
Book 2 is Thaw (April 24). Book 3 is Heat Wave (July 31). Book 4 is Changing Colors (October 23).
Michele says “The sequel to the excellent Soldier’s Scoundrel, featuring the tricksy con artist side character from the first book, and more importantly his love interest the shy, anxious, reclusive engineer. He’s described as a ‘mad scientist’ in the blurb and I fell instantly in love. I’m delirious with anticipation for this Regency romance!”
An earl hiding from his future . . .
Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.
A swindler haunted by his past . . .
Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.
Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?
Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.
Living between worlds has never been comfortable, but it’s where I’ve always fit: between human and fey, illness and health, magic and reality.
I’ve spent the last six years looking for a cure for the nameless sickness eating me up. If I believed there was one out there, I would keep searching. But there isn’t, so I’ve come back home, where my past and present tangle. Come home to live . . . and to die.
But my father insists I meet Kin. He’s a healer, and determined to help, even though I’m not so hopeful anymore. But Kin isn’t what I expected, in any way. He sees me, not my illness. He reminds me of what it’s like to be alive. And I can’t help falling for him, even though I know it isn’t fair to either of us.
Kin thinks he has the cure I’ve been looking for, but it’s a cure that will change everything: me, my life, my heart. If I refuse, I could lose Kin. But if I take it, I might lose myself.
Michele says, “I’ve had the immeasurable pleasure of reading the first two books already, as a sensitivity reader (dyspraxia) and beta, and I cannot wait for these delightful stories to be out in the world. Words cannot express how much Clem, the dyspraxic protagonist of An Unseen Attraction means to me, or how dearly I cherish his relationship with Rowley. I think everyone is going to like the ‘enemies to lovers’ storyline of An Unnatural Vice (snarky banter and hot sex, awww yeah) and I eagerly await the introduction of more characters to love in An Unsuitable Heir. I absolutely adore this series and hope you will too. :)”
Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .
Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.
Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.
Book 2 is An Unnatural Vice, and is out June 6. Book 3 is An Unsuitable Heir.
El says, “I’m good friends with Anna, so I beta read this one ages ago. And since the day I read it, I’ve been obsessively counting down the days until it’s released, because it’s so damn good. I mean, it’s a coffee shop romance, so that right there should have you clawing at your screen. And there’s a sexy British ginger. Hell yes, right? But what I love about this book is that it’s not an “Oh no I’m bisexual how will I deal with this?!” drama-filled angst session. Anna handles Brian’s bisexual exploration perfectly, and I was rooting for him and Rob the entire time!
Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.
As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.
But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?
As La Vista Turns (Queers of La Vista, #5), by Kris Ripper
Release Date: February 27
Genre: F/F Pairing, Contemporary Romance
Zane Jaffe has almost lost track of what conception cycle she’s in. (That’s a lie: this is cycle thirteen.) She’s fake-dating her pal Mildred to get her best friend off her back, but judging by how hot it was when they accidentally kissed, her feelings might be somewhat less platonic than she’d thought.
And she’s decided that healing the fractured local queer community can only be accomplished through a party. Or maybe it’s actually a wake. Whatever it is, it’ll take place at Club Fred’s, and there will be alcohol.
Trying to conceive is an unholy rollercoaster of emotions, and Mildred won’t let them kiss again until Zane figures out how she feels. Between the wake (exhausting as hell, and that’s just the fun stuff), the constant up-down cycle of trying to get pregnant, and saving the world in the meantime, Zane has no idea. Fall in love with Mildred isn’t on her list, but maybe it’s time to let go of that rigid future she’s been working toward, and instead embrace the accidents that can lead to something better.
Hard Wired, by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Cyberlove #3)
Release Date: February
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Features Cherrycakes and Garvy, Kai’s twitch mods from book 1 (real names Ian and Jesse).
Rafa says, “Their Cyber Love series is off-the-charts sexy, funny and downright addictive, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Cherrycakes and Garvey (I mean their story!). These are two names you’re already familiar with if you’ve read the series. Silly me, of course you’ve read the series. No, really, you’ve read the series, right? What is wrong with you?! Sorry, anyway, Cherry and Garvey are two of Kai’s mods from his Twitchstream (please tell me you at least know who Kai is) who hook up at a con after a case of mistaken identity. I’m assuming hotness ensues, so please just sign me up.”
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
Kristie says “Honestly, I’m not just excited for this book, I’m excited for the entire series. I’ve been reading more PNR lately, and this really feels like something I’m going to love. Plus, it’s Santino. I’m kinda a huge fan.”
Gillian says “A PNR book from Santino Hassell about psychics and empaths? Yes, please! Insight is the first book in the series and will be released in March. From the small blurb he has already released, it sounds amazing. I’m always looking for great PNR and UF books, so this series sounds like it’s right up my alley. Squee!!”
Rita says “I’ve been dying to get my hands on this one ever since first hearing about it. For as many books as Hassell’s published in the past year and a half, he’s still fairly new to romance so it’s been fun seeing the changes in his style as he experiments with different tropes and subgenres. There’s something very exciting about a new series and after reading Stygian I knew that Paranormal was something he could do well so I’m counting down the days until I can dive into his community of psychics.”
Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.
Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.
Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.
Book 2, Oversight, will be out in June. Book 3, Sightlines, will be out in October.
Rafa I’m awful at keeping up with author news, even my favorite, absolute must-buy authors, so I may or may not have shrieked when I saw that this book exists – or will exist in March. Nero, who appeared in Misfits, takes in Lenny, a stray in desperate need of shelter, into his home, kitchen, heart… presumably pants (#sorrynotsorry). I’m making jokes now as a preemptive defense mechanism for all the tears I will be crying over this book come March.
Gillain says “I’m uber excited to read Alexis’ take on the bildom. Like with For Real, I’m hoping he takes an established trope and turns it on its head and makes it his own. The first book in the series is set to be released this coming April and I can hardly wait to dig into his delicious, elegant prose.”
Mel says, “A new book by Alexis. ‘nough said 😉 Ok, ok… SQUEEEEEEE :D. Sorry, I’m just… I will never not be excited about new books by my favourite author. This one’s playing with the alpha bildom trope and what I’ve glimpsed so far is as promising as I’d expect. Sublime writing, charming, and queering. Best combination of all.”
Michele says “An adorable looking YA about two queer theatre nerds and Star Trek geeks, and is probably everything teenage me could have ever wanted. So excited for this.”
Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.
But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny―and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was…
If I Ever (Hell or High Water, #4), by S.E. Jakes
Release Date: April (TBD)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Thriller/Action
Kristie says: “Tommy and Prophet. That’s all anyone needs to know. Those guys are everything and they put me together with one of my best friends ever. It’s been a long time coming, and I’ve waited patiently (kinda). The wait is almost over and I’m DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK. This might just be the one book I’m most excited for this year.”
Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?
Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.
As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.
El says, “I’ve been over-the-moon about this book since the day it was announced. Asexuality is slowly becoming more prominant in fiction, but is still rare in YA (as named on-page). So to see a YA ace romance from a Big 6 pub? HECK YES! Plus the story sounds absolutely incredible. (But no matter how much I love this book– and I do expect to love it– I will never heart Tolstoy as much as Tash does. Sorry!). WWTD?
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar bloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?
But of course there are more books that we want to mention. Some of these have no release date yet, or no details at all, while others are recently-announced for the second half of 2016. So here are our Honorable Mentions!
Until You (At First Sight Series) by TJ Klune — February 2017 (Goodreads). The wedding of Paul Auster and Vincent Melody Taylor. Kristie’s pick!
The Monet Murders, by Josh Lanyon (The Art of Murder #2) — March 21 (Goodreads). Gillian’s pick!
Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9) by Jordan L. Hawk — April 2017 (Goodreads). Michele’s pick!
Concourse (Five Boroughs Series) by Santino Hassell (Goodreads). Rafa’s pick! Kristie says “I have an undying need to know Ashton better. And any time I get to dive back into the Five Boroughs series, I’m happy.”
Kill Game (Seven of Spades #1), by Cordelia Kingsbridge — October 2017 (Author’s blog). El says, “I’m a diehard insta-buy fan of Cordelia, and a Jewish detective in Vegas is a massive HELL YES from me!”
Kill Switch, by James Loke — 2017(Publisher). A cyberpunk-heroine horror adventure featuring an endearing gang of powerful misfits. Mel’s pick!
And Michele has a list of LGBTQ+ YA books to keep an eye out for in 2017!
- Dreadnought, by April Daniels (January 24) (GR)
- Star-Crossed, by Barbara Dee (March 14) (GR)
- Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde (March 14) (GR)
- Honestly, Ben, by Bill Konigsberg (March 28) (GR)
- The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli (April 11) (GR)
- Noteworthy, by Riley Redgate (May 2) (GR)
- The Seafarerer’s Kiss, by Julia Ember (May 4) (GR)
- The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich (May 16) (GR)
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue, by Mackenzie Lee (June 20) (GR)
Kristie also picked some of her Most Anticipated audio books of 2017! I’m super excited for these books because each of them are by authors I admire who write stories with diverse characters, people who love beautifully and intensely, and stories I can get behind. Also, Tristan James has a voice made for audio books at bedtime (RAWR), and Kirt Graves impressed me so much with his reading of Wolfsong. I really can’t wait for more audio books from these gentlemen.
- Murmuration by TJ Klune (Narrator: Kit Graves)
- Tied Up in Knots, Marshalls #3, by Mary Calmes (Narrator: Tristan James)
- Hexmaker, Hexworld #2, by Jordan L. Hawk (Narrator: Tristan James)
- Chosen Pride, L’Ange #3, by Mary Calmes (Narrator: Tristan James)
Whew, you’ve made it to the giveaway! To start 2017 off right, we’re giving away an eBook copy of any book on our Most Anticipated list to one lucky winner. That’s right, any book we listed above, our winner gets an e-copy! (We will pre-order the book on your behalf when possible, or will purchase on release day when not. No advanced copies of any of these books will be given out as a prize.)
To enter, just leave a comment letting us know what book(s) you can’t wait to read next year! Oh… and don’t forget to leave a way to contact you if you win!
Contest is open worldwide, and ends on January 7.