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12 Books to Put Under Your Tree

With the 12 days of Christmas and all that, twelve is the perfect bookish number for this holiday season. I hope the weather is lovely and cosy where you are, perfect book snuggling weather, but if it's too cold, we have some New Adult releases to help heat things up.

Young Adult December Releases

A Sea of Golden Chains by Callie Thomas

Release date December 1st, 2023

A failed ransom sends Marigold overboard into the turquoise waters, death’s grip too tight to escape. As she sinks into the darkness, her screams echo into a bewitching song, luring a handsome merman to her rescue. Now the ancient magic that saved her chains them together, their destinies and hearts entwined forever.

Wrath and Wraiths by Andrew Claydon

Release date December 4th, 2023

There are only so many times you can upset someone's schemes before they've had enough. Nicolas and his companions are about to find out how terrible wrath can be in the fourth instalment of this epic fantasy series!

I ADORE this series so much, with plenty of found family, adventure and humor, 10/10 recommend!

A River of Golden Bones by A.K. Mulford

Release date December 5th, 2023

Twins Calla and Briar are wolves… but no one is supposed to know that. They’ve spent their lives in hiding, hoping to keep their true identity a secret and hoping to hide away from the evil sorceress who destroyed their kingdom. But when Briar is attacked with a sleeping curse, Calla must come out of hiding and set off on a quest across the realm to save her sister.

This Cursed Light by Emily Thiede

Release date December 5th, 2023

When the gods make the rules, the players must choose: sacrifice their love to save the world ... or choose love and let it burn? This Cursed Light is the heart-pounding sequel to This Vicious Grace - perfect for fans of Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bardugo and Kerri Maniscalco.

Weight of the Crown by Jennifer Willcock

Release date December 10th, 2023

He’s the new king, but someone else wants the throne. Can he protect his kingdom and those he loves?

Loving this cover! Cannot wait to unwrap and see what's inside.

Time Guild by A.M. Scott

Release date December 12th, 2023

When a shady faction in Gov Human decides to take matters into their own hands, Saree, Ruhger and Lightwave’s crew must run for their lives—and the lives of their future children. The adventures of Lightwave Fold Transport continue!

Ghosts of the Crusade by Janna Ruth

Release date December 15th, 2023

Lies, deception, and betrayal — if you thought the living were bad, wait until you meet the dead. Urban Fantasy with a French twist. If you like cave-crawling adventures, hopeless romantics, and ghosts, travel to Paris today to embark on your catacombs adventure.

Believing in the Shifter by Marie-Hélène Lebeault

Release date December 25th, 2023

As Kayla and Connor's love blossoms amid the wonders of Santa's mission to deliver hope, they face a choice that could reshape their destiny: revealing the secret world to their families. Can their love withstand a world of enchantment and secrecy?

Could this get any cuter??? Seriously. I'm smashing that preorder button.

New Adult December Releases

Tears of Salt by Sierra Knoxly

Release date December 1st, 2023

The stranger from my hot dreams just appeared at the academy. This ocean monster is here to claim me, and he's still deciding if my three boyfriends live... or die.

I love this series so much! If you love to fall in love, these characters are fantastic guys to do it with (wink), and the slow-burn reverse harem with plenty of polyam love and found family is perfection.

Of Curses and Moonlight

Release date December 5th, 2023

Cursed to live as a swan during the day, Odette is held captive by the powerful sorcerer, Rothbart. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to gain her freedom. But there is a part of her that can't resist the hate-filled desire in the sorcerer's eyes.

This sounds so deliciously dark. Yummy!

Tears of Fire by Sierra Knoxly

Release date December 30th, 2023

The nine-tailed fox wants to suck on my soul like I'm a living juice box, and if that wasn't enough, the rebels against the empire are winning the war. Love ought to be enough to get us through, but war always requires sacrifice. And this time, that sacrifice is me.

Have I told you how much I love this series? Yes? Well, I do, and this installment is literally fire. You will LOVE what happens in it. And look! A boyfriend made it onto the cover! <3

The Answer in Autumn by Kacey Lee and Becky Tama

Release date December 30th, 2023

So this one is releasing in December, but the preorders have fallen through :( Support these scrappy new RH authors by grabbing the first in series, free in KU!

What would you do for $100,000?

All I was supposed to do was break into a house and steal a key. Easy enough considering it's the mansion I'm paid to guard.

Now I find myself on the run from four powerful, deadly, and god-like men. No... seriously... they're the embodiments the four seasons- Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. And they may just be the most beautiful men I have ever seen.

I think I've bested them and am in the clear. That is, until I go through one of the doors in the house and somehow wind up on the other side of the world?


This article was written by Becky James, currently running a Kickstarter for Bea Tama - support a sci-fi romance that's"out of this world" today!

Becky James is the author of The King's Swordsman series and the Dark Tides series. Based in the UK, she has a deep love of the British countryside, canals, and all things fantasy; she devours anything that has magic, swords, good friends and good times.


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