April 2022: Highly Anticipated Book Releases

Hey there and happy Sunday! Today, I’m spotlighting some of my most anticipated releases for April. There are so many fantastic sounding books here, and I’ve even read a few already. ELEKTRA is a brilliant retelling that I absolutely loved, as is A VEIL OF GODS AND KINGS. I was lucky enough to receive advanced eBooks of both, but I definitely want to get a hardcopy of each to add to my shelves.

Let’s check out all of the books I’m most eager to read. In addition to the Greek myth retellings, there are several contemporary and historical romances, as well as romantasy and romantic suspense!


April 5th: Iron & Fire by Kerrin Willis

Title: Iron & Fire

Author: Kerrin Willis

Page Length: 310

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

Synopsis: 1675 — Plymouth Colony — Verity Parker promised to look after her family.

Raised among the bookshops and turmoil of Reformation London, Verity now finds herself in Puritan New England, where she must learn to keep her head down and her mouth shut, or risk dire consequences. The only person who values her tenacity is Kit, the heretical ironworker she has been forbidden to see. When King Philip’s War breaks out, Verity must stay silent as the Puritan elders spread hateful rhetoric about the “savages” in the forest. When she witnesses a young girl die in childbirth, Verity must stand by as neighbors blame God’s vengeance. But when tragedy strikes her own home, Verity must choose between her duty to her family and her love for Kit. Will she choose to keep the peace, or will she defy the leaders of the colony for a chance at happiness?

Set against the backdrop of King Philip’s War, the bloodiest war per capita in American history, Iron & Fire explores the experience of a clever, educated woman at a time when being so often resulted in death. Perfect for fans of Amy Belding Brown’s Flight of the Sparrow, or Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Iron & Fire was written for those who read the original American Girl series as children and are now all grown up. 

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon


April 5th: Sense and Second Degree Murder by Tirzah Price

Series: Jane Austen Murder Mystery #2

Page Length: 416

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

SynopsisThree of Jane Austen’s classic novels receive a murder mystery makeover in this romantic and thrilling three-book series that’s perfect for fans of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Stalking Jack the Ripper. In Sense and Second-Degree Murder, aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood and her sister Marianne, a budding detective, work together to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.

When eighteen-year-old aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood discovers her beloved father slumped over the desk of his office study, she knows his death means dire straits for the Dashwood women. To make matters worse, an outdated will entails his estate—including Norland & Company, the private investigation firm where her younger sister Marianne worked as her father’s partner and protégé—to their half-brother and his haughty wife, who waste no time in forcing the Dashwoods out of their home and into a cramped apartment on London’s Barton Street.

But before they go, the Dashwood sisters make a startling discovery that points to foul play, and the killer might be family.

Obviously, the girls must investigate. It could be dangerous; it could ruin their reputations; and most importantly, it won’t bring back their father. But if the Dashwood sisters can combine their talents and bring their father’s murderer to justice, it may bring them all some comfort—and it might even lead to love.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon   |  Book Depository


April 19th: Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

Title: Part of Your World

Author: Abby Jimenez

Page Length: 400

Publication Date: April 19, 2022

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis: After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.

While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.

Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon | Book Depository


April 19th: Crying Wolfe by Kerrigan Byrne

Title: Crying Wolfe

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Series: Goode Girls #5

Publication Date: May 10, 2022

Publisher: Oliver Heber Books

Synopsis: Elijah Wolfe is just as ruthless as his name suggests. Born in the slums of New York to immigrant parents, he used his sharp wits and sharper fists to fight for survival… One day, he struck gold, literally, but being one of the richest men in the world still leaves his heart empty of trust and his world full of enemies.

Birthed into scandal, Rosaline Goode is having the worst season possible. Women gossip behind their fans, and men don’t offer a dance, let alone marriage. Just as she’s beginning to find a foothold in society, she’s caught, nearly naked, in the home of the famously unscrupulous American whose name is on everyone’s lips.

Her lips, however, have captured his dangerous interest, and Rosaline finds his kiss impossible to resist… that is, until she learns that he is her family’s most bitter enemy, and his quest for revenge leaves no room in his dark heart for love.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon   |  Book Depository


April 26th: When a Princess Proposes by Kerrelyn Sparks

Title: When a Princess Proposes

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Series: Embraced by Magic #3

Page Length: 336

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: Kensington Books

Synopsis: Aerthlan’s five Embraced queens have reigned for twenty years, in peace secured by the power of their magic. But now a new and insidious threat has appeared, to test a new generation.

DESIRE AND DECEPTION

All Princess Eviana needs is an escape. Possessed of an unfortunate and unusual Embraced gift, which she’s been banned from using, she required no training. Now, her overprotective parents want her to wed. As a result, the palace is crammed with obnoxious noblemen. . . . Until Quentin, the enigmatic eagle shifter and royal spy, maneuvers several of the unsuitable suitors into revealing their most embarrassing secrets before the court. Finally, Eviana has an excuse to free herself. If only her family knew the blow that’s shaken her: golden-eyed Quentin’s refusal to let her near . . .

Heroic, but low born, Quentin’s infatuation with Eviana is as inappropriate as it is unshakable. He must keep away from her, for his own sake. But after a series of suspicious deaths, and the princess’s narrow escape from kidnapping, Quentin knows that only together can they expose the danger stalking Aerthlan’s Embraced. On foot, in disguise, they’ll need trust and quick wits to uncover the vicious conspiracy closing around them. But finding the truth might break down their own defenses as well . . .

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon | Book Depository


April 26th: That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant

Title: That Cowboy of Mine

Author: Donna Grant

Page Length: 304

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Synopsis: Is he an enemy?

Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.

Or a lover?

Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the woman on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and he is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them. There is no turning back. 

LINKS:   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Book Depository


April 26th: Rules for Engaging the Earl by Janna MacGregor

Title: Rules for Engaging the Earl

Author: Janna MacGregor

Series: The Widow Rules #2

Page Length: 384

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

SynopsisGet ready for lost wills, broody dukes, and scorching hot kissing all over London.

Constance Lysander needs a husband. Or, so society says. She’s about to give birth to her late husband’s child―a man who left her with zero money, and two other wives she didn’t know about. Thankfully, she has her Aunt by her side, and the two other wives have become close friends. But still―with a baby on the way, her shipping business to run, and an enemy skulking about, she has no time to find the perfect match.

Enter Jonathan, Earl of Sykeston. Returned war hero and Constance’s childhood best friend, his reentry into society has been harsh. Maligned for an injury he received in the line of duty, Jonathan prefers to stay out of sight. It’s the only way to keep his heart from completely crumbling. But when a missive from Constance requests his presence―to their marriage ceremony―Jonathan is on board. His feelings for Constance run deep, and he’ll do anything to make her happy, though it means risking his already bruised heart.

With Constance, Jonathan, and the new baby all together, it’s clear the wounds―both on the surface and in their relationship―run deep. But when the nights come, their wounds begin to heal, and both come to realize that their marriage of convenience is so much more than just a bargain.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon | Book Depository


April 26th: Never a Duke by Grace Burrowes

Title: Never a Duke

Author: Grace Burrowes

Series: Rogues to Riches #7

Page Length: 400

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis: Despite having humble origins and a criminal past, Ned Wentworth has learned to dress, waltz, and express himself as elegantly as any lordling. When Lady Rosalind Kinwood’s maid goes missing, her ladyship turns to Ned, precisely because he still has friends in low places and skills no titled dandy would ever acquire, much less admit he possesses.

Rosalind is too opinionated and too intelligent, and has frequently suffered judgment at polite society’s hands. In the quietly observant Ned Wentworth, she finds a man who actually listens to her and who respects her for her outspokenness. As the search for the missing maids grow more perilous, Rosalind and Ned will have to risk everything—including their hearts—if they are to share the happily ever after that Mayfair’s matchmakers have begrudged them both.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon | Book Depository


April 26th: Highland Justice by Heather McCollum

Title: Highland Justice

Author: Heather McCollum

Series: Sons of Sinclair #3

Page Length: 400

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: Entangled

SynopsisWithout mercy, there is no love in this third installment of the Sons of Sinclair historical romance series by award-winning author Heather McCollum.

Gideon Sinclair, the third Sinclair brother, judges everything in stark terms of good and evil. There is nothing in between, and he is efficient at passing judgment without mercy. Now that his clan has conquered the warring MacKays, Gideon starts the process of integrating them into the Sinclair Clan. He will sort the people, punish the bad, and better the lives of the good. Judging is as easy to him as breathing, until he meets Christina MacKay, who steals his breath…along with his Sinclair ring.

A young widow, Christina MacKay has given her life over to helping the orphaned children in the clan. But love won’t put shoes on their cold feet and food in their stomachs. Christina tired years ago of seeing the rich get richer and the poor suffer more and more, so she decided to do something about it. An agile thief of the rich by night, when she is caught, the new conquering chief must decide her fate.

When Gideon realizes that the thief is the same woman who had already captured his attention, he hesitates for the first time in his life. Letting her get away with her deed leads to more trouble when she is accused of stealing from King James and is arrested. Now Gideon must commit his own crime against the Scottish crown if he is to save Christina. But can a man who was raised to honor and uphold justice break the law for the woman who’s stolen his heart?

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon   |  Book Depository


April 26th: Accidental Amnesia by Tyler Anne Snell

Title: Accidental Anmesia

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Series: Saving Kelby Creek #4

Page Length: 256

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue

SynopsisSomeone robbed her of her memory…
To implicate her in murder.

Awakening in an ambulance headed to Kelby Creek, Melanie Blankenship can’t remember why or how she got there. Everyone in town once turned against Mel following her ex-husband’s shocking scandal—except former love Deputy Sterling Costner. It’s been years since they ended their relationship, but now, as evidence mounts in a deadly crime, he’s determined to uncover the person who’s targeting Mel and who won’t stop until she pays the ultimate price.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon   |  Book Depository


April 27th: A Veil of Gods and Kings by Nicole Bailey

Title: A Veil of Gods and Kings

Author: Nicole Bailey

Series: Apollo Ascending #1

Page Length: 347

Publication Date: April 27, 2022

SynopsisA god fighting his fate. A prince burdened with secrets. And a romance that could end in flames.

Apollo is a deity… almost. Half mortal and refusing to take his position as god of the sun, he spends his nights drowning out haunting memories and his days avoiding responsibilities.

Until his father forces him into an ultimatum:

Ascend immediately.

Or spend the year mentoring under the obnoxious Prince Hyacinth.

Forced together, Apollo and Hyacinth grapple with their mutual disdain for each other.

But what starts as a kindling of irritation begins to burn into something new. A spark that, if it turns to flame, could incinerate everything they’ve always protected.

A reimagining of the Greek myth of Apollo and Prince Hyacinth, this NA, enemies-to-lovers fantasy series is a whirlwind journey full of romance, intrigue, and enthralling characters. 

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon   |  


April 28th: Elektra by Jennifer Saint

Title: Elektra

Author: Jennifer Saint

Page Length: 400

Publication Date: April 28, 2022

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Synopsis: The House of Atreus is cursed. A bloodline tainted by a generational cycle of violence and vengeance. This is the story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to this curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods.

Clytemnestra
The sister of Helen, wife of Agamemnon – her hopes of averting the curse are dashed when her sister is taken to Troy by the feckless Paris. Her husband raises a great army against them, and determines to win, whatever the cost.

Cassandra
Princess of Troy, and cursed by Apollo to see the future but never to be believed when she speaks of it. She is powerless in her knowledge that the city will fall.

Elektra
The youngest daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, Elektra is horrified by the bloodletting of her kin. But, can she escape the curse, or is her own destiny also bound by violence?

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon   |  Book Depository


15 thoughts on “April 2022: Highly Anticipated Book Releases

  1. From this list, I’ve only heard of Elektra and I’m very curious about it. I still haven’t read Ariadne either but both covers and stories sound amazing! I hope you enjoy all of these reads though 😃

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