8 December romances to wrap up your 2020 TBR list this month

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole. Image courtesy HarperCollins Publishers
How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole. Image courtesy HarperCollins Publishers /
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How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole

How to Catch a Queen is the first book in Alyssa Cole‘s highly anticipated Runaway Royals series.

Shanti Mohapi dreamed of being queen, but she never imagined being married to the king of Njaza would be so isolating. Their people treat her like an interloper, and she can’t find her footing in her marriage despite the deep attraction her and Sanyu feel for one another.

Sanyu is torn. He’s been taught that a king must be stalwart and rule with a strength that encourages admiration and deters rebellion. Sanyu took a bride  because it was required of him, but he never expected to fall for his queen. Shanti is brilliant and capable of solving his country’s problems, but she’s been shut out by his court.

The only one who listens to Shanti is Sanyu. He defers to her reason and solutions under the cover of night. Sanyu also hands Shanti the reins to their passion. He’ll do whatever she says, however she wants. But when Shanti runs away after tensions reach a boiling point in Njaza and their marriage, Sanyu has to bring their partnership into the light and rule with Shanti by his side or risk losing her for good.

How to Catch a Queen is available now in print, audio, and ebook format.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

In Sophie Cousen‘s This Time Next Year, Minnie Cooper and Quinn Hamilton were born on January 1, 1990 at the same hospital as a new decade began in London. Quinn, however, was born first and with that position, took the name Minnie was meant to call hers and the cash prize for first baby born in the city that year. Minnie has never let that event go and blames her unlucky birthdays on that one moment in time.

So, of course, when Minnie and Quinn meet at a New Year’s party on their birthday, she’s not exactly thrilled. Quinn seems to live a charmed life as a business owner with a perfect girlfriend. Minnie’s not sniffing at the fact that she’s a baker, but she still wishes some of the luck that stuck to Quinn would have stuck to her, too.

Too bad the universe keeps setting the two on a collision course back into each other’s lives. Every encounter leaves them both frustrated, but the more they inadvertently meet, the more the two begin to realize they’ve nearly been crossing paths for years until this point in their lives.

But if it’s such a hardship bumping into one another, why do the pair keep looking forward to another accident of fate?

This Time Next Year is available now in print, audio, and ebook format.