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October 2022 New Releases To Add To Your TBR

Hello everyone! How are you all doing? I've decided since it's my first month back to blogging that I wanted to take some time to feature new releases. I'd fallen so behind on bookish news and a lot of the amazing series published this year due to my lack of engagement. I thought that coming back with blog posts to talk about new releases would help spread the news about some amazing sounding books and, in full disclosure, help me keep track too.

While I still have so many books on my tbr backlog, I want to in some ways start fresh with reading this year with new releases that excite me. I want to dive back into the world of electric anticipation for upcoming books that are only now getting sent out into the world. I miss wading into the waters of fiction when everyone else is still chatting and discussing the same reads. It truly reminds me that the bookish community is still thriving and ready to be eagerly rejoined

Are there any October new releases you've added to your tar recently?

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Ace of Hearts

By Lucy Mason

Genre: Romance

Description: Hesper Stallides and Felix Morlan have been best friends for as long as they can remember, bonding over their troubled home lives. When a horrible sports injury derails Felix’s promising career and results in the loss of his scholarship, Hesper offers a proposition: a year-long marriage of convenience so he can get free tuition at the college where she works.

It isn’t supposed to be complicated...until they fall in love for real. When Hesper reveals that she’s asexual, Felix must reassess everything he thinks about love, and ask himself what he’s willing to sacrifice for a future with Hesper—before the past she’s spent her life running from can take her away from him forever.

Trigger Warnings: Abuse of an adult child by a parent, stalking/harassment, kidnapping, references to alcohol abuse, vomiting.

About The Book

As someone who is constantly plugged into the bookish community on a few platforms, I often find new recommendations from a variety of sources. This includes Twitter where I stumbled across a Tweet announcing the release of Ace of Hearts by Lucy Mason. I can't say that book promotions always stop me in my tracks, because if they did I'd never do anything else given how many I pass in a day.

But the Tweet from the author, Lucy Mason, did give me a moment to pause. Whether for the asexual representation that isn't present enough in media, the snappy nature of the book description, or the well-done cover.

Once I did some investigating, I discovered that Ace of Hearts is a contemporary romance that came out on October 4, 2022. It's an ownvoices book by an author who also identifies as asexual like the main character, Hesper. The tropes I, and many other bookworms, love are described as present such as: best friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, and fake relationship to real feelings. The first being my personal favorite.

You can check out a first chapter preview below.

Chapter One Excerpt

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King of Wrath

By Ana Huang

Genre: Romance

Description: She’s the wife he never wanted…and the weakness he never saw coming.

Ruthless. Meticulous. Arrogant.

Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally.

The billionaire CEO never planned to marry—

until the threat of blackmail forces him into an engagement with a woman he barely knows.

Vivian Lau, jewelry heiress and daughter of his newest enemy.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful or charming she is. He'll do everything in his power to destroy the evidence and their betrothal.

There’s only one problem: now that he has her...he can't bring himself to let her go.


Elegant. Ambitious. Well-mannered.

Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family’s ticket into the highest echelons of high society.

Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family.

While the rude, elusive Dante isn't her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty.

Craving his touch was never part of the plan.

Neither was the worst thing she could possibly do: fall in love with her future husband.

About The Book

Anyone who's been following my blog for a bit might be aware that I have previously read books by the King of Wrath author, Ana Huang. Her Twisted series has pretty much universal acclaim in some respect or another. Everyone has their favorites picked out, mine being Twisted Love, and a love for the numerous relationships explored throughout the books.

I can admit that I have only read the first two books in the series because I was getting through them right around the time my personal life was spiraling downward. Yet, even from those alone, I see the reason why these books are so beloved across a diverse array of readers. Twisted Love was my personal favorite of the two, as a matter of fact, it also happened to be one of my favorite reads of the entire year.

So you'll imagine my surprise when I discovered that there was an upcoming new release by the author, King of Wrath. It hit shelves October 20, 2022 with prerelease buzz already circulating. Knowing Ana Huang's previous works, I trust this writer with the high hopes I have for King of Wrath and any future works to follow.

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Tis The Season For Revenge

By Morgan Elizabeth

Genre: Romance

Description: Abbie Keller thought that Richard Bartholemew Benson the Third would be her forever. In their four years of dating, she never doubted that she wouldn’t end up with his grandmother’s engagement ring on her finger. Sure, she had to change a few things about herself to fit that mold, like dying her hair, dressing more conservatively, and finding golf enjoyable (honestly the most difficult of the changes), but she was sure that at the end of it all, it would be worth it.

That is, until he leaves her crying outside her apartment wearing a Halloween costume, having broken it off with her because she’s just not serious enough. She was just fun, he tells her - and now that Richard has becoming a partner at his law firm in his sights, he needs to focus on work.

So she does what every girl does when she’s broken up with: she calls her friends, gets drunk, dyes her hair, and formulates her plan for revenge. It just so happens that the universe supports her efforts and gives her the perfect match to prove to her ex that he made a huge mistake: his boss.

Abbie starts dating the founding partner of Richard’s law firm, Damien Martinez, with one thing in mind: convincing him to invite her to the huge annual Christmas party as his date.

But when the relationship starts to become something more than casual dating and Abbie sees that the tough New York lawyer has a soft side, will she be able to follow through with her plan of deceit?

About The Book

Since my return to bookish social media this year, I have admittedly spent a lot of time scrolling through BookTok. It is actually where I stumbled across Tis The Season For Revenge by Morgan Elizabeth through the author's account. The initial video that introduced me to the book is shown below:

Tis The Season For Revenge released on October 25th of 2022 just in time to make this monthly new release list. The book is described by the author as a Legally Blonde holiday retelling focused on revenge against a would-be Warner. Obviously, with spicy elements because it wouldn't be a BookTok recommendation otherwise. The premise is a unique idea that gives Vigilante Shit by Taylor Swift vibes in vibrant shades of pink, as Elle Woods herself intended.

Inside the pages has been promised steamy romance, an age gap love story, and a grumpy/sunshine dynamic (Duh! It wouldn't be a Legally Blonde inspired story without the last one). Now all that's left is for you all to decide if it lives up to the hype. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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