The Most Eagerly Anticipated Dating & Romance Literature of 2019 [Part 1]
That’s right, we’ve pulled together the ultimate list of dating and romance literature you need to check out in 2019. We just can’t wait for these soon-to-be-released works of dating advice, steamy erotic novels, fantastic romance comedies and more. Don’t you dare go on another date until you’ve checked out our list, your next relationship will thank you for it!
William’s latest book is described an ’emotional and unflinchingly honest memoir of coming out of the closet late in life, owning up to the past, and facing the future’. His previous work is what drew our to attention to William. ‘Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi & Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life’ deals with a similar topic, looking at the trials and tribulations not only of coming out – but doing so as a mature man. Not pulling any punches everything from gay conversion therapy to the difficult divorce are touched upon in the book.
Fashionably Late was an honest and authentic look at the feelings of a range of individuals, going through a difficult life transition. ‘The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out’ is set to be another in genuine look into a difficult topic, this time with a heightened sense of drama and a central narrative that we’re anticipating is just as page turning as William’s last book.
Travis’ back catalogue of work is as extensive as it is uplifting. Travis’ aim is to share happiness and goodwill through his books and the ‘Optimism Program’; a program described as ‘helping optimists change the world’. Read any of Travis’ work and you can see how optimism is his leading ideal, from ’52 Questions For A Happy Friendship’ to ‘Leading Happiness’.
Travis’ latest work is tackling the issues of dating and relationships, helping to ‘develop better communication skills and a more satisfying love life’ just by asking questions. It’s set to be an essential for any couple looking to grow and develop their relationship in a fun way and we’re super excited to get a copy when it’s released.
‘I Just Haven’t Met You Yet: Finding Self-Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life’, no it’s not an incorrect guess for the second line in that famous song, instead it’s the soon to-be-released work by author Tracy Strauss.
Tracy gained our attention back in 2014 during her appearance on the The Steve Harvey Show. Her dating insights have been shared on a number of high-profile online blogs (Huffington Post, Glamour). So you can imagine our excitement when we heard she was writing a book. Her other writing has featured in a range of scholarly publications, and after reading you can see why. With a insightful and intelligent tone, Tracey’s soon to-be-released ‘I Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ is set to be a must read.
If you’re looking for a steamy night with a must read book, Tessa Bailey has always been a go-to for us. With an extensive back catalogue of work, you’re going to be happy we introduced you to this fantastic author.
Exciting and sexy, Tessa’s work is a treat for the eyes. The stand out series for most of our members have been the Line of Duty Series; a 5 book series following hot cops and ever hotter writing.
So why has ‘Fix Her Up’ caught our eye, ladies and gentlemen, it’s a romantic comedy. We’re so excited to see how Tessa transitions her fantastic writing to another genre! We’re expecting a whole heap of laughs alongside our usual dose of love and romance.
We’re big fans of the Instagram account @awardsforgoodboys, so imagine our surprise when we heard it’s unique yet insightful brand of humour was making it to a book. The account has a keen eye on our current dating and gender culture. With such a low bar for men to be considered ‘good boys’, when basic human decency is lauded as chivalry, what impact does that have on our day to day lives.
As a dating site, we see the full range of dating etiquette, from the honest to the sub-standard. Awards For Good Boys has a perfect and hilarious insight into the poorer parts of our relationship culture and we’re so excited to read Shelby’s latest release.
Shannon Boodram has been a frequent face in the dating world, offering her unique insight across a range of high profile TV shows, publications and her YouTube channel. Her first book ‘Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture’, was an insightful look into the open sex culture of today. With direct accounts from a number of individuals, plus Shannon’s usual dating intelligence, ‘Laid’ was a fantastic debut book.
Her next book however is one that’s got us super excited. Ladies, it looks set to be a must-read! A self-described how-t0-guide, Shannon aims to teach us self-confidence and self-discovery, all to gain control of our dating lives and get exactly what we’re looking for. Shannon’s previous insights have been so fantastic, that this book is set to be our must-read as soon as it’s out.
Dating in our modern connected times; it’s safe to say we take it for granted. With our online dating world being such a new phenomenon, this opens the door to completed different dating experiences – whether they be good or bad. There’s been quite a lot of novels about this, Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash is set to be a fantastic addition to the genre.
While geared towards children and teens, many of our members really love Sarvenaz work. Her previous novel, ‘The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love’, was a hilarious yet touching story of that heart fluttering kind of love and the pursuit to get the girl of your dreams. Obviously, as a dating site we love when topics on online dating get explored. Mix this with the delightful writing we’ve seen from Sarvenaz, Virtually Yours is set to be a must read on launch day.
If this was a list of the best titled book, ‘The Coitus Chronicles: My Quest for Sex, Love, and Orgasms’ would still make the list. Funny girl and down-right fantastic author, Olive Persimmon latest work is set to be even better than ‘Unintentionally Celibate’, a book many of our members absolutely loved.
Olive Persimmon has been detailing her revelations about dating, love and sex all with a sharp humour for years. ‘Unintentionally Celibate’ explores an experience many of us may have shared. Put down the steamy erotic novels, this is a delightful look at what’s it like to never enter the kingdom of orgasm.
And the quest continues in ‘The Coitus Chronicles’. If this latest release is as funny, touching and genuinely real as ‘Unintentionally Celibate’, then we’re set for a fantastic second book.
Nandini Bajpai weaves exciting depictions of Indian culture and facets of relationships anyone can relate to in her previous work. From ‘Red Turban White Horse: My Sister’s Hurricane Wedding’; a thoroughly enjoyable page turner to ‘Starcursed’; an exciting novel of history, romance and drama, Nandini’s work has been a favourite for a number of our members.
Nandini latest novel ‘A Match Made in Mehendi’ takes us straight into high school, for what’s set to be a story of embarrassing first loves and the social jungle that is teen life. The story looks to bring in the same themes of tradition and culture present in her other works, which make such enthralling books to read.
Yes! A follow up to ‘One Man Guy’. That’s exactly what we thought when we heard of Michael Barakiva’s latest release ‘Hold My Hand’.
‘One Man Guy’ is a brilliant depiction of adolescent love and discovery centred around two growing young boys. With a tone that’s sweet and endearing, ‘One Man Guy’ is a difficult book to put down. Following the story of Alek and Ethan, very few stories successfully engross you in the characters’ story so well that you feel alongside with them. Whether that be the highs of love or the lows of heartbreak.
After such a powerful debut novel, we have big expectations for ‘Hold My Hand’. We’re so thrilled we get to continue the story of two enchanting characters.
Mary Ann Marlowe first novel ‘Some Kind of Magic’ was a fantastic debut. Biochemist Eden Sinclair meets international rock star Adam Copeland, for a central relationship that’s electric and sexy. Marlowe’s writing style never bores, she keeps you on your toes in this fast, flirty novel.
And it’s for this reason we’re extremely excited for Marlowe’s latest work, ‘Dating by the Book’. No, it’s not an alternative to ‘Dating for Dummies’. ‘Dating by the Book’ introduces us to ‘writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson’ as she embarks on a journey of love and romantic celebration. Not settling for one love interest, ‘Dating by the Book’ our protagonist whirlwind dating life meets ‘a smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor… even a Silver Fox’. If ‘Dating by the Book’ has the same flirty, vivaciousness of ‘Some Kind of Magic’, then we’re in for a treat.
Leslie Morgan Steiner 2009 hit ‘Crazy Love’ was a raw and authentic memoir of surviving domestic violence. While difficult to read a certain points, its powerful writing style made for an excellent read. This book and her subsequent media appearances have helped inspire confidence, strength and leadership for many women.
We’re so excited for ‘The Naked Truth’ as it details a story many of our members have experienced, the desire to rid themselves of the shackles of the lonely, middle-aged divorcee cliché. With a confident and unashamed attitude, Leslie accounts her search for sexual and romantic satisfaction. We’re hoping for Leslie’s traditional unfiltered writing style that really explores what it’s like to date and find love at a confident, mature woman.
Lauren Morrill has been a firm favourite for many of our members, her comforting writing style makes her work a pleasure to read. A really gem of ‘swoon romance’, Lauren’s novels are a delightful must read.
‘Better Than the Best Plan’ seems set on continuing that tradition. Not the first time Lauren’s tackled the idea of ‘first love’ (check out ‘Being Sloane Jacobs’ which mixes young love with delightful and funny body swap antics), ‘Better Than the Best Plan’ tells the story of Ritzy as she’s taken back to foster care – however are things really as bad as they seem? Definitely one for our list of eagerly anticipated dating books.
Get ready ladies, it’s another set of steamy erotic literature; and for us, Kate Meader is a firm favourite. This may be cheating, but Kate’s on our list twice – for the next two books in the ‘Laws of Attraction’ series (Illegally Yours and Then Came You). We’ve cooked up some romance in the ‘Hot in the Kitchen’ series, we’ve swooned for sexy firemen in the ‘Hot in Chicago’ series. Now get ready for some steamy lawyer action in the ‘Laws of Attraction’ series (Are you pro-bono or just happy to see me?).
With a sharp sexy writing style and a love of dramatic, Kate Meader’s work has always been a firm favourite of ours. The first in the series; ‘Down with Love’, was a fantastic introduction into this world of romance and law. Where the courtroom isn’t the only place for the action. Definitely one to check out.
Get ready ladies, it’s about to get steamy. Evie Claire is back with what’s set to be a hot return to form with ‘Let’s Talk About Sext’. The last work from Evie Claire was all the back in 2016, with the ‘Hollywood Hot Mess’ series – a two book series I really loved and so did many of our members.
‘Hollywood Hot Mess’ did away with romance novel boredom. Yes, the action was definitely a high point but unlike many others in the genre, it wasn’t the only thing on offer. With a twisting and ever increasingly surprising story, the ‘Hollywood Hot Mess’ series was a fantastic debut. We’re so excited Evie is back with a new two part series and we eagerly anticipating was set to be a fantastic read.
David Yoon’s debut novel makes our list of most for the most eagerly anticipated romance and dating literature of 2019. The novel promises a coming-of-age story that tackles ethnicity, love and what it means to understand yourself. Already receiving rave reviews and even being optioned to be a film by Paramount, this debut novel is set to be a explosive introduction on the scene. We can’t wait!
Just by reading We Are the Perfect Girl’s synopsis, we’re getting excited for what’s set to be a hilarious and endearing story of friendship and cute boy crushes, and there’s very few authors better to tell the story than Ariel Kaplan. Friends Aphra and Bethany fall for the handsome Greg and embark on an elaborate story of disguise and deceit. ‘What begins as an honest mistake turns into an elaborate deception, wherein Bethany goes on dates with Greg while Aphra coaches her on what to say, and texts him in the guise of Bethany, trying and failing, all the while, to tamp down her own hopeless crush. It’s only a matter of time before things come crashing down. ‘
Kaplin’s previous work is full of sharp wit and heart-filled stories. A strong voice in the young adult fiction genre, this latest work is set to be a fantastic read.
‘Sex and the Enneagram’ is the latest work by Ann Gadd and definitely something we have a peak curious interest in reading. For many of our members, understanding our attitudes towards sex and relationships has been something long pondered; how do these attitudes change when we put through the model of ‘the Enneagram’ – a 9 personality type teaching.
Gadd’s previous work has enlightened us on many aspects of our lives, from income to self-confidence. Gadd has previously discussed relationships a number of times and we hoping ‘Sex and the Enneagram’ again brings that sharp insight Gadd is known for. Definitely one to check out if you’re looking to better understand yourself and you relationships.
Alisha Rai’s work has been a firm favourite for many of our members, a her latest work is set to bring her steamy and explosive writing style to a topic we know particularly well – online dating.
If erotic literature is your thing, Alisha Rai has been a powerhouse in the genre for a number of years. With a seductive way of words, deep and engaging characters and a sensual story, Rai is definitely one to check out. We’re super excited for ‘The Right Swipe: A Novel’ which firmly places her work in the modern dating world we live in.
Mary Calmes first came to our attention with the brilliant Marshal series. Following Miro Jones a, you guessed it, US Marshal trying to understand new feelings for his antithesis – Ian Doyle. His evolving love affair goes far from smoothly, not at all helped by his action-filled, dangerous career.
We love when a series follows one couple and the 4 part Marshall series did so with two protagonists you can’t help but fall for. Despite their differences and the explosive aspects of their relationship, you continue to root for a happy ending from book to book.
The new series Torus Intercession (which just sounds so cool!) starts with No Quick Fix which from the opening line of the blurb is set to be an interesting adventure ‘A retired SEAL is about to face his toughest assignment yet. As a nanny…’. We’re looking forward to checking out Mary Calmes new book as it’s set to blend an enveloping romantic relationship against a thrilling, action-packed backdrop.
For us, the Alien Outlaws series is one that took us by surprise. It’s so hard to write erotic fiction and mix it well with sci-fi, but Escape from Ixilta (the first in the Aliens Outlaws series) did exactly that!
The plot follows Andie Munster as she meets the handsome Xandr and embarks on a chaotic, romantic love affair – and did we mention Xandr is a gorgeous purple alien. Sci-fi and erotic fiction are the hardest to mix well, but Rudolph did a fantastic job with this short yet punchy introduction to the series.
Rudolph has a number of similar series (Detyen Warriors series, Mated to the Alien series) that we definitely going to be checking out. But before then, we can’t wait for the next in the Alien Outlaws series – Rogue Alien’s Woman.
Where do we start with Nana Malone? If you’re looking for sharp wit and no holds barred sexy stories, you’ve come to the right woman.
It would take us a while to pick which of Nana Malone seductive novels are our favourite, but for us the one that first drew our attention to her was ‘The Shameless Trilogy’. Get ready ladies, you’re in for a treat here.
The series follows Noah Blake, a masculine, specimen of a man that jumps from the page. With a shrouded past and dark secrets, this is one character that invites curiosity and attraction in equal measure. With some of the best twists and reveals we’ve read, for us this was an explosive introduction to Malone’s work.
Mixing royalty and heart pounding eroticism isn’t new for Malone (you need to check out Royals United and Royals Undercover) and her latest series The Heiress Duet is set to be a return to the steamy topic. Protecting the Heiress is released March, 19. It’s definitely one to pre-order now!
Sasha’s previous book came to our attention for its pick of setting, the idyllic Cotswolds. Reading A Country Scandal it’s clear to see this wasn’t just a random choice of location, but it fits perfectly with the sweet, honest story. Building a relationship is one thing, but successfully painting a wonderful setting turns a novel from a good read to one that you’re enveloped within.
We follow Tobias Cavendish-Blake as he inherits not only a large stately home, but the responsibility of dealing with its impending money problems. He’s not alone however, as he’s eventually helped by Megan Taylor, a powerfully compassionate woman who you can’t help but also fall in love with.
A Country Rivalry is set to introduce even more drama into the series. We can’t wait to see what happens next to Megan and Tobias, and for that reason it’s made our list.