Best Romances of October: Our Top Picks

Adrian Liang on October 19, 2017

Best romances of OctoberAs nights get colder, love gets warmer.... These five new romance novels range from Christmas to college to Hamilton, with vampires and dukes making appearances as well. Put the kettle on and cozy up with one of these love stories that will burn through the winter chill.


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Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne - Thayne's warmth and faith in humanity shines through on every page, giving this holiday romance a special sparkle. Even though Haven Point's librarian Julia Winston wants to experience life fully, she knows to steer clear of hunky pilot and temporary neighbor, Jamie Caine. But two boys and the spirit of the holidays can overcome the walls around the hearts of even the smartest of librarians and the bravest of pilots.

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Archangel's Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh - The tenth book in Singh's lesser known but still marvelous Guild Hunter series sweeps together archangels, angels, vampires, and hunters. Viper, one of archangel Raphael's Seven, is tasked with protecting Holly from harm as she learns about her budding powers. Tense, sexy, and full of rich worldbuilding, this book is better if you've read the other nine Guild Hunter books, but adventurous readers can plunge right in and catch up later.

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Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt - The Lords of Chaos have wreaked havoc on the heroes and heroines of Hoyt's Maiden Lane novels, but the Duke of Dyemore is damaged more than many, and bringing down the Lords is his life. Even if it means losing his own. But his unexpected marriage to Lady Jordan, whom he's reluctantly admired from afar, throws a wrench in his plans even as it gives the Lords their only way to strike back at him. Hoyt's atmospheric and sizzling historic romance is a good match for those who read  Katharine Ashe (and vice versa).

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In Pieces by Danielle Pearl - Readers who love to immerse themselves in does-he-or-doesn't-he? (and does-she-or-doesn't-she?) emotional turbulence will sink happily into Pearl's moving story. Bea and David have known each other for a long time, but Bea's new presence at David's college encourages him to take a more active in protecting her from her ex. But his feelings of protectiveness are only the tip of what he feels for Bea. Bea and David's journey out of denial and fear will wring your heart.

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Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, and Rose Lerner - Historical romance heavy-hitters Lerner, Cole, and Milan bring their storytelling skills to three novellas set during the American Revolution and after. Alexander and Eliza Hamilton provide the thread between the stories, but every story is very much its own and rings with each author's distinctive voice. Those who will read only heterosexual romances should pass on this collection, but readers who embrace love stories of all kinds will be delighted indeed.

See our full list of picks for the best romances of the month.


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