2022 Most Anticipated Releases: Contemporary Romance & Adult Fiction Edition 

My annual anticipated release posts are some of my favorite blog posts to write & share each year. I use Goodreads and Instagram as my go-to new/upcoming book sources , as well as keeping an eye on my favorite authors and seeing/knowing that they have new books coming out in the year. 

I’ll continue to publish seasonal anticipated release posts throughout the year (I always, of course, end up having more books to share as more get announced), but today I’m sharing the contemporary romances and adult fiction releases I’m most looking forward to. I decided to combine these two genres because there is some crossover with some books & I didn’t want to make another post with just a handful of adult fiction titles. I’ll be sharing my most anticipated YA books in a separate post. The books below are ordered by release date.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon | Release Date: January 11

Rachel Lynn Solomon is one of my favorite contemporary authors, both YA and contemporary romance. Like her contemporary romance debut, The Ex Talk, Weather Girl has a really unique workplace premise, following a TV meteorologist and sports reporter trying to reunite their divorced busses – it kind’ve reminds me of Always Be My Maybe on Netflix! 

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka | RD: January 25

I have been anticipated Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s contemporary romance debut since it was announced, The Roughest Draft. I feel like this book is Emily and Austin’s writing partnership life meets Beach Read meets friend-to-lovers. 

Running Wild by K.A. Tucker (The Simple Wild #3) | RD:January 25

Running Wild is technically a spin-off to the first two books in K.A. Tucker’s The Simple Wild series, following a different protagonist, Marie. There’s something so binge-worthy about this Alaskan-set contemporary romance series.

Finlay Donovan Knocks Em’ Dead (Finlay Donovan by Elle Cosimano | RD: February 1

I’ve said it before, but Elle Cosimano’s comedy meets murder mystery meets contemporary debut, Finlay Donovan is Killing It, unexpectedly stole my heart in 2022, so I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. 

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy | RD: February 1

Good Girl Complex is Elle Kennedy’s first traditionally published new adult book. Like her beloved Off-Campus series, the book is college-set at the fictional, beachside college, Garnet College. 

Homicide & Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #2) | RD: February 8

Arsenic & Adobo was another mystery read that stole my heart in 2021, and I’ve been needing the sequel, Homicide and Halo-Halo, ever since!

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver | RD: February 15

I consider myself to be a pretty big Josie Silver stan, and have not been so patiently waiting for a new book of hers since The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. One Night on the Island is set on a remote Irish island, following a man & a woman who have both accidentally booked a one-bedroom hideaway on the exact same dates. 

Loathe to Love You (anthology) (Novellas: Under One Roof, Stuck With You, &Below Zero) by Ali Hazelwood | RD: February-July 2022**

I’m linking to her Instagram post that explains the anthology way better than I can , but in short, Ali Hazelwood is publishing a three novella anthology (and another book which I talk about later on), Loathe to Love You, all following STEM protagonists. Each novella will come out first through audio respectively in February, March, & April through Penguin Random House’s Audio First Program and then will be published as e-novellas in May, June, & July. I’m really hoping that the collection eventually gets published as a print anthology – I’m debating if I’ll listen to the books on audio or wait for the e-book version. 

House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas | RD: February 15th 

House of Sky and Breath, the second book in Sarah J.Maas’ adult fantasy series, Crescent City, is in my top 5 most anticipated books here. Definitely going to be doing a reread of House of Earth & Blood before diving in! 

Our Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle | RD: March 1

If there’s one book on this list that I wish I could manifest into my hands right now, it’s Rebecca Serle’s Our Italian Summer – I’ve basically felt this way since binge-reading In Five Years last year. Definitely going to be another tear-jerker, as Katy decides to go on the planned mother-daughter trip to Italy without her mother, who has recently passed away, and then the strangest thing happens – Katy runs into a young, health, and 30-year old version of her mom. 

The Suite Spot by Trish Doller | RD: March 8

The Suite Spot is a companion novel to Trish Doller’s debut, Float Plan, following Anna’s sister, Rachel, who on a whim, relocates her and her daughter to an island on Lake Erie for a management position & fresh start working for a brewery hotel.

If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher | RD: March 8

I LOVED Libby Hubscher’s Meet Me in Paradise, and I usually don’t really read the previews of an author’s next book, but I happened to with If You Ask Me & have been wanting it since! The main protagonist is a relationship advice columnist whose life is turned upside down she finds out her husband is cheating on her.

In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer | RD: March 15

Early reviews have been raving about Kate Spencer’s debut, In a New York Minute, an opposite-attracts contemporary romance that begins with a viral meet-cute on a NYC subway

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary | RD: April 26

I read all of Beth O’Leary’s published books in 2021 and enjoyed them all, so I’m looking forward to her take on ‘the three women who realize they’ve been seeing the same man’ trope (I feel like this is more of a common trope in movies than books).

Book Lovers by Emily Henry | RD: May 3

It’s no surprise that Emily Henry’s Book Lovers is likely my most anticipated book on this list – she is hands-down my #1 favorite contemporary romance author and I’m so excited to see her take on another bookish premise, following a literary agent on a sisters’ trip who can’t help but keep running into a broody book editor. 

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren | RD: May 5

Give me any Christina Lauren book & I’m there, & this one is an adventure rom-cot set in Utah!

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hildebrand | RD: June 2022

It wouldn’t be summer without a new Elin Hilderbrand release! The Hotel Nantucket is connected to my favorite Elin Hildebrand book, The Blue Bistro

Meant to Be Mine by Hannah Orenstein | RD: June 7

Hannah Orenstein’s Meant to Be Mine is another top 5 anticipated book of 2022 of mine! This contemporary romance follows our main protagonist, Edie, whose grandma has predicted the exact day that Edie will meet the love of her life. 

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood | RD: August 23

Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis is one of my favorite contemporary romances of 2021 & I wish I had all of her books right now, like Love on the Brain, following a female neuroscientist who is assigned to co-lead a NASA project with a grumpy engineer.

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle | RD: Fall 2022

There aren’t too many details about Sarah Hogle’s 2022 debut, other than the most important one: it’s a holiday romcom!!

Well Traveled (Well Met #4)by Jen DeLuca | RD: September 6

I just finished reading Well Met on Christmas and I was so pleasantly surprised to learn that there would be a fourth Well Met installment following Mitch’s cousin, Lulu!

A Very Merry Bromance (Bromance Book Club #5) by Lyssa Kay Adams | RD: Fall 2022

A Very Merry Bromance will combine two of my favorite things: Christmas and the Bromance Book Club! There aren’t too many details about the book just yet, other than that it was follow country star Colton and is semi-inspired by A Christmas Carol!!

Honorable Mentions:

Four Aunties & a Wedding (Aunties #2) by Jesse Q. Sutanto | RD: March 29

The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa | RD: April 5

The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall | RD: May 3

By the Book (Meant to Be #2) by Jasmine Guillory | RD: May 3

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes | RD: June 2022

Luck & Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz | RD: August 2022 

Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Metlzer | RD: August 2022

The Royals Upstairs by Karina Halle | RD: Fall 2022

What books are you most anticipating in 2022? Any that I mentioned? Are there any books that I should add to my TBR? Share in the comments!

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