Even though it feels like fall has just begun, winter is already on its way! Just as a bear gathers food before hibernation, it’s time for every booklover to stock up their reading lists with new titles from this season’s releases. Whether you’ve got a serendipitous snow day or quiet night by the fireplace, our most anticipated books of this winter will keep you happy and warm!
First Kiss Before Frost by Jennifer Bernard After a heartbreaking loss, Lulu Spencer-Bennington is on a mission to live her life to the fullest. Dancing her way around the world on a cruise ship is a great start. Hiding in a small Alaska town, staying off a criminal’s radar, probably wasn’t what her beloved mum had in mind. Fortunately, she’s stumbled across a sexy fisherman willing to help. So maybe he doesn’t quite know what he’s in for…but Lulu’s hoping to be out of town before he finds out. Tristan Del Rey has always been a natural leader—but a recent fishing accident has sent his confidence reeling. He’s no hero, no matter what his fellow Lost Harbor fishermen think. Even so, he can’t turn away the funny, feisty dancer he finds on his boat. He’s determined to protect her no matter what it costs him. As for anything more personal, the best he can offer is some temporary fun. That doesn’t stop the luscious, long-legged Lulu from high-kicking him right in the heart. Between a dangerous enemy, family drama and the fast-approaching winter, Tristan and Lulu may find their hearts’ desires where they least expect it…starting with a first kiss before frost. Amazon Goodreads
Breathless by Elise Faber Professional hockey players weren’t supposed to get their hearts broken. But that’s precisely what happened to Marcel Aubert, forward for the Breakers. He’d fallen hard for his ex, and then she’d cheated on him with a truly reprehensible teammate. Because she’d been bored. Of him. Not life. She’d made that fact crystal clear. So Marcel had moved on . . . if remaining single and losing himself in books when he wasn’t on the ice was moving on. Until he met Prudence Hansley. She was, quite literally, the most imprudent person he’d ever had the privilege of knowing. A total daredevil, she’d jumped out of planes, had hiked into a volcano, spent time in a shark cage. She was . . . terrifying. And wonderful. And somehow, she liked him. Boring Marcel. But when she dared him to take another chance on love, would he find the courage to leap? Amazon Goodreads
Farrah & the Court-Appointed Boss by Pru Warren For fans of Christina Lauren, Lucy Score, and Sally Thorne: When a carefree party girl comes up against a determined virgin, sparks fly! Farrah’s family has gotten her out of countless scrapes. But when a judge refuses to overlook the fact that she shot illegal fireworks into a school (oops), Farrah is forced to return to the nightmare she thought she was ten years past: Back to high school. It’s too much to bear without a martini. Wait—no drinking too?! Michael is a guidance counselor and a determined advocate for virginity. The last thing he needs is red-headed chaos assigned to help him keep a “dirty dozen” of at-risk teens in school. But it turns out the kids love Farrah. And to Michael’s horror, he does too. Now what’s he going to do? A wild fashion show plan, turf wars between the teens, a party girl forced to sober up and a strong-willed virgin forced to loosen up; what could possibly go wrong? A steamy, laugh-out-loud romantic adventure from the author of ELLYN & THE WOULD-BE GIGOLO. Amazon Goodreads
Chaos & Corruption by Janine Infante Bosco There's a dark world out there that most people don't really think exists. My grandfather died alone in a cage for it. My father did time for another man's crimes because of it. And someday I, Victoria Bianci, am going to help reform the system that punishes men like them. Which is why I'm transferring to Stonewall University to study prelaw. At my new prestigious school, there's much more than meets the eye. A dark world unlike the one I already know. And at the center of it all is The Scorpio Society. As a mafia princess, wealth and power don't intimidate me. With just a little digging, two things become clear. I'm getting far too close to someone's dark secrets. And too cozy for comfort with football star Alex Reggiano. Amazon Goodreads
Eggnog Cheesecake This is a delicious cheesecake for eggnog lovers. The secret to a smooth cheesecake is to cream the cream cheese in a food processor for several minutes. Prep: 30 mins Cook: 55 mins Total: 1 hr 25 mins Servings: 16 Yield: 1 9-inch cake Ingredients 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons white sugar 3 tablespoons melted butter 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¾ cup eggnog 2 eggs 2 tablespoons rum 1 pinch ground nutmeg Directions Step 1 - Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Step 2 - In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Step 3 - Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Step 4 - Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Step 5 - In a food processor combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and eggnog; process until smooth. Blend in eggs, rum and nutmeg. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Step 6 - Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Step 7 - Reduce heat to 250 and bake for 45 minutes, or until center of cake is barely firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and immediately loosen cake from rim. Let cake cool completely before removing the rim. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 277 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 22g; fat 18.9g; cholesterol 82.2mg; sodium 186.7mg.