Sunday, August 2, 2020

Coming Attractions

We launch the lazy, hazy, crazy days of August on Saturday, August 1 with Nancy's review of Strong From the Heart. This twisty thriller is the 11th book in Jon Land's Caitlin Strong series but Nancy says it stands well on its own.


Monday, August 3 brings PJ's review of The Hacker by Nancy Herkness. This second book in The Consultants series offers up a fast-paced, page-turning tale of love, danger, and the dark web.

Don't miss PJ's review of The Friendship List by Susan Mallery on Tuesday, August 4. This new women's fiction novel by Mallery tells the story of two best friends and the summer that changes them forever when they (as the cover blurb says), "discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos.  

Thursday, August 6 brings PJ's review of one of the most talked-about books of the summer: You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. This swoon-worthy, romantic comedy is brimming with passion, humor, authentic Latinx characters, and a whole lot of heart. Plus, a fabulous cover that should definitely be sold as a poster.


On Friday, August 7PJ will share her thoughts about No Offense, the newest addition to Meg Cabot's Little Bridge Island series. Cabot has filled her tiny island in the Florida Keys with plenty of humor, heart, and quirky characters.  

Don't miss PJ's review of The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin on Monday, August 10. This edge-of-your-set romantic suspense story is the third book in Martin's Maximum Security series but stands well on its own. 

Thursday, August 13 brings PJ's review of Waiting on a Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan. With a tie-in to Tough Talking Cowboy (Drake McGrath's story), the final book in Ryan's Wild Rose Ranch series, Waiting on a Cowboy launches Ryan's McGrath series which will tell the stories of Drake's siblings. 

Join PJ on Monday, August 17 for a Q&A with Valerie Bowman as they talk about Bowman's new The Footmen's Club trilogy. Three books released in consecutive months, three gentlemen posing as servants find the loves of their lives in humorous and heartfelt historical romances. 

Susanna Craig joins PJ for a Q&A on Tuesday, August 18, plus, PJ shares her thoughts about Craig's newest book, Who's That Earl. This charming historical romance launches Craig's new Love and Let Spy series where military men find new life and forever love with the assistance of a most unlikely matchmaker. 

Wednesday, August 19 brings PJ's tour review of Here to Stay by Adriana Herrera. This multi-cultural, interracial romance, with a layered story and complex characters who stole my heart, is heartwarming, humorous, full of heat, and checked every one of my happy reader boxes. 

Nancy will be here on Thursday, August 20 to share her thoughts about Hidden by Laura Griffin. This thriller launches Griffin's new The Texas Murder Files series.

You Lucky Dog, a new romantic comedy by Julia London will be the subject of PJ's review on Friday, August 21. Expect laughter and love of both the human and canine variety. 

Stop by Monday, August 24 to read PJ's review of Brazen in Blue by Rachael Miles. This fifth book in Miles' The Muses' Salon series features a spinster on the verge of a marriage of convenience and a Home Office agent who needs her unique skills to solve a case. He's also the man who once broke her heart and who she's never forgotten. Hooked yet? I am! 

Sabrina Jeffries continues her Duke Dynasty series with book three: Who Wants to Marry a Duke. Stop by Tuesday, August 25 to read what PJ has to say about this new historical romance featuring a charming, rakish hero and a bookish, chemist heroine with an unfortunate encounter in their past who must now work together to solve a murderous mystery. Will they also create a little personal chemistry along the way?

Wednesday, August 26 brings PJ's review of Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews. This is the second book in Catalina's trilogy, the second trilogy set within Andrews' magical Hidden Legacy world. PJ has already read the advance review copy twice and will probably read it at least once more before the book's August 25th release. That's how addictive, and brilliantly written, this series is. 

On Thursday, August 27, we round out the month with PJ's review of The Quiet Girl, a twisty domestic drama/psychological thriller by S.F. Kosa. PJ has not read this author before but loves a twisty thriller so she's excited to dive into this one. 

That's what's on tap here at The Romance Dish during the month of August. As always, click the link in the right sidebar for any updates to the schedule throughout the month.

What are you looking forward to this month? 

Any vacations, staycations or special events on the horizon? (virtual or otherwise)

Any upcoming books on your must-read list?

Yes, I'm still cleaning and have more books to re-home so...

Three people who post a comment before 11:00 PM, August 3 will each receive a package of books. 

*Must be 18 or older
*U.S. addresses only


  1. Ooooh, EMERALD FIRE!! I have been waiting for this one. I also like Jennifer Ryan's books; a new series from Jennifer is perfect for all my stay-at-home days.

    Susan in AZ

  2. This month will be a busy reading month for historical romances. I have pre-ordered Sabrina's new book and have already received Valerie Bowman's 2nd book in her Groomsmen series. Rachael Miles and Susanna Craig are new-to-me authors. Their books look good too. Will need to take a closer look at them. Thanks for the update for this month. Good list.

  3. The Friendship List is at top of my list. Thanks for a chance to win some books.

  4. I am so looking forward to the historicals in your preview!! As far as plans, hubby and I are likely going to head up to the Tetons area of Idaho for a couple weeks as a change of pace. He'll still work for a week of that and I'll be free to look around the area - well as free as possible. It'll be different and interesting at the least.

  5. Nothing new on my horizon - still mostly staying home so getting more books read. Hopefully the heat will go & outside temp will be more comfortable. August is usually the best month for Jersey tomatoes, so I will be having lots of them.

  6. No vacations for me. Too scared to get sick. Looking forward to reading Midnight Sun and the new SUSAN Mallery. I love her books.

  7. No vacations for us, we did go to the beach but stayed in the car it was packed and no one wearing masks. I'm happy staying home and catching up with my reading. Great set of books there I'm looking forward to them

  8. I'm excited for the Susan Mallery book and the new Robyn Carr, Virginia River book coming out. Do you read any books in between these or is this your whole reading month?💜

  9. I'm looking forward to Emerald Blaze...I'm a big fan of Ilona Andrews!

  10. Wow--a super group of authors and quite a diverse group of titles and genres! Some of my favorites--Jon Land, Susan Mallery, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London, Valerie Bowman, Laura Griffin, Jennifer Ryan, and Kat Martin--plus some authors whom I've been wanting to read. The heat and humidity have descended on us here in the mountains of VA--my cats and I are trying to stay cool and comfortable! Thank goodness for fans, ice, and good books!!!

  11. HOLY BOOK REVIEWER- You have introduced me to You Had Me at Hola, No Offense, Who's That Earl, Lucky Dog and Brazen Blue. I have already read a couple that you mentioned....The Valerie Bowman book and the Sabrina Jeffries book Both were good. I have the 3rd Bowman book on pre-order. That is a fun series.

    Because of the fact I live in Texas, there is not a lot happening outside my house and my pile of books. Every couple of weeks, I go to the grocery excitement is overwhelming.

    I am grateful for the fact there are books to be read.

    As always, thank you. You have given me some more books that I "Feel Sure I Must Have".

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

  12. I have an ARC of Julia London's You Lucky Dog to read. As far as other things I'm looking forward to - hmmm - I guess the only thing I can think of is my granddaughter's first birthday. No travelling because of Covid-19. Thanks for the chance PJ.

  13. I'm really looking forward to all of the historicals coming out this month.

    I haven't been out since March as I'm "high risk". Florida is a hot-spot and the cases continue to rise every day.

  14. So many wonderful books coming out. The Hacker by Nancy Herkness, The Friendship List by Susan Mallery, The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin and Waiting On A Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan are on my must read list. Looking forward to all the reviews.

  15. I'm heading to a 🌻🌻🌻🌻 farm next week so I'm super duper excited about that.

  16. Not much going on here. No plans.

    Looking forward to Susan Mallery and Valerie Bowman's books.


  17. The thrillers you shown here sound good. Just got back from my neice's h.s. graduation upstate; other than that not much else special doing here. Waiting to hear what is going to be with my daughter's school decision. She will be in 7th grade.
    Karen T. (Natty's Mama).

  18. You have several books in the coming attractions that interest me, for example the Valerie Bowman and Ilona Andrews. Another release for this month is by Jennifer Ashley. I have been really enjoying her Below Stairs Mysteries series and the new title coming out this week is Murder in the East End. It is on my must read list. I don't have any vacation/staycation plans, but have thankfully been able to enjoy putting in a small herb garden, trying out new recipes and reading. These are quiet activities but I am finding comfort in them and in having internet access. The latter has made the situation much easier for information, entertainment and contacting loved ones. But you do remind me that I am needing to use some of my time to sort through and better organize the things in the house.

  19. No vacations for us! I'm really looking to Hidden byLaura Griffin. Her books are amazing. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.

  20. Looking forward to Sabrina Jeffries story for one. No immediate plans but my youngest daughter just got engaged. No date but it will be something very small.

  21. No vacation which would have been a nice respite but will have to wait. Looking forward to the historicals and The Quiet Girl which sounds enthralling.

  22. The books are so enticing. What interests me is the new Jon Land one. Love his series and his writing is wonderful. Also the many historicals and Kat Martin's new release as well as The Quiet Girl. Would love a getaway but not yet.

  23. I am looking forward to reading Emerald Blaze and Duke Looks Like a Groomsman. I usually have a trip to look forward to, but we had two European tours cancelled for this year. For now we are just enjoying lots of family time.

  24. Lots of good looking reads here; looking forward to the Hacker that you highlighted and You Lucky Dog.
    Not doing much, I watch my granddaugther one day a week and occasionally see family and a friend or 2, distancing and masked of course.

  25. I am most looking forward to Valerie Bowman's next installment in The Footmen's Club. I love the premise of the series and will be getting them all before sitting down to binge read them. Kat Martin is a favorite, so I am looking forward to her new one.
    No special events or staycation plans. We are Red Cross disaster volunteers, so Mother Nature will be making any big plans we will get. I won't be deploying, but doing paperwork from home.
    All the historicals are on my list as are the suspense books and Ryan's cowboy.