10 October romance releases to fall in love with this month

Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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October is upon us, and for some readers, that means breaking out the thrillers and Stephen King novels. For others, the cool weather marks the perfect time to snuggle up with a sweet romance story. And there are plenty of exciting October romance releases to choose from.

To start, October seems to be the month for holiday-themed romances — and no, not just Halloween. Although readers can find one or two witchy books to swoon over this month, they’ll also notice a few novels centered on the winter holidays. (Is it really that time of year already?!)

Those looking to meet at the intersection between romance and fantasy also have a few fun releases to enjoy. Roshani Chokshi’s Once More Upon a Time and Jennifer L. Armentrout’s A Shadow in the Ember both promise magic, adventure, and love.

October has something for every romance reader to look forward to. Here are 10 new releases to keep an eye out for while you work through your TBR this month.

October  2021 release: Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi already has several successful series under her belt, including The Gilded Wolves, The Star-Touched Queen, and the Pandava Quartet. This month, she’ll bring fans a new addition to her lineup: Once More Upon a Time

Touted on Goodreads as a “fairy tale about falling in love again,” this novella takes place in a land aptly named Love’s Keep. Unfortunately, the love between the kingdom’s rulers is dwindling. That’s because Ambrose traded their passion to a witch in order to save Imelda’s life.

When the novella picks up, the two don’t quite know why they’re together — but they’re stuck that way nonetheless. When the witch returns and sends them on a journey, they begin to remember what drew them to one another in the first place. Their adventure builds to one big question:

"“When the end of their journey nears and they confront parting ways forever, a new decision faces them. Will Imelda and Ambrose choose their deepest wishes, or will they choose each other — again?”"

Those looking for a quick and magical read won’t want to miss out on Once More Upon a Time this month. It’s available in print, ebook, and audiobook format starting Oct. 5.