This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases – May’20

There are so many great book releases coming out next month. I know I won’t get to all of them, but here are my top 5. Hopefully, I will at least get to read these books sooner rather than later.


Wait, what? Cletus and Jen have their own series? You know that’s a series I HAVE TO READ! First up is Engagement and Espionage. I can’t wait!

No synopsis available for this one, but click this link to purchase!* Engagement and Espionage (Handcrafted Mysteries Book 1)


A spin-off of the Rock Chick series, this synopsis looks good. Let’s hope it harkens back to the older Rock Chick style rather than the newer all sex no plot style that miss KA has evolved into.

Synopsis: Two broken hearts find love and healing in each other in this sexy contemporary romance spin-off from the New York Times bestselling author of the Rock Chick and Dream Man series.
Evan “Evie” Gardiner has spent her whole life being the responsible one in her family, but enough is enough. It’s time to pursue her own dreams. Evie’s finally going to finish that engineering degree she’s been working toward. But first she needs to come up with the money to pay for tuition. Working as a dancer at Smithie’s club seems like the perfect solution to her problems . . . until her family lands in yet another scrape and comes to Evie for help. Only, this time, her family’s recklessness is risking more than her dreams-it’s endangering her life.
Daniel “Mag” Magnusson knows a thing or two about desperation and disappointment, but no one notices that his good looks and quick wit hide the painful memories that haunt him. When Evie’s family puts her in danger, Mag insists on offering Evie his protection. He has the skills to guard Evie’s life, but as they grow closer, Mag realizes he’ll need to come face-to-face with his demons to prove himself as the man who will protect her heart.

Click this link to purchase!* Dream Maker (Dream Team Book 1)


This book just looks so sweet! I love the synopsis so I must give it a read!


When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.

Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans for what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop….

Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the “knitty-gritty” of the business, and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation.

But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always. After all, real men knit.

Click this link to purchase!* Real Men Knit


A second chance romance and a possible Jane Austen/Persuasion re-telling? Interesting!


From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen? 

Rico Silva, that’s what.  

Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster. 

FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn’t too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he’s definitely over her. 

But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico.  Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…? 

In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy.

Click this link to purchase this book!* Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel


It’s not just the title…. OK, maybe it’s the title that drew me. I’m dreaming of beaches right now. But, it also looks good!


A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

Click this link to purchase this book!* Beach Read

Well, these are my top 5. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!


2 thoughts on “This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases – May’20

  1. thebrowneyedbookworm

    Engagement and Espionage is problem my most highly anticipated book, just because of Cletus ❤️ can’t wait to see what the author comes up with. Also interested in Dream Maker, I haven’t had much luck with her latest books, but I always want to try. Her books were such a HUGE influence on my reading for so many years.

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    1. I went through a big KA phase but when the sex scenes overcame the storylines she kind of lost me. I don’t think I’ve read her last three books because of that. However, Dream Maker is a spin off of my favorite series of hers so I’ll probably give it a try. As far as Penny Reid’s Engagement and Espionage? I’ll read anything by her because I’m guaranteed entertainment. She’s awesome. Thanks for commenting!

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