Contemporaries to covet in October

It’s that time of the month again – when we celebrate the best contemporary romances being published this month.

For those of you who are new here, at the beginning of every month I tell you a couple of the upcoming contemporary romances I’m most looking forward to. You tell me the same and one person will win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the author.

More about that below, but first here are the October contemporary romance novels I can’t wait to read.

The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage TrapTo satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

Publication date: October 2, 2012

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My two cents

I’m probably the only person in the world who hasn’t read the first book in this series, The Marriage Bargain. It’s definitely on my TBR list, though, and I’ll be eager to see if the Marriage Trap is just as successful. Plus, who can resist a billionaire?

Barefoot in the Rain by Roxanne St. Claire

A Barefoot Bay Novel (Book 2)

They say you can never go home again…

Barefoot in the RainWhen “Life Coach to the Stars” Jocelyn Bloom is embroiled in scandal, the only place she can hide is the one place she wishes she could forget. She left Barefoot Bay-and the boy next door who knew all her secrets-years ago. Now nothing about the tiny island off the coast of Florida is quite how she remembers it, especially Will Palmer. He’s even more gorgeous and tempting… and still capable of turning her world inside out.

But what if someone is waiting for you?

To Will Palmer, Guy Bloom is more than the elderly, senile neighbor he looks after-he’s the last connection to Jocelyn, the woman Will loved and lost. But the reunion with Jocelyn doesn’t go smoothly. Shocked by the change in her father’s personality, Jocelyn struggles to reconcile her dark childhood with the sweet, confused man who has grown close to Will. Jocelyn has guided countless clients to happiness-but can she escape the rainy days of her past for a new sunny future with Will?

Publication date: October 30, 2012

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My two cents
I’ve been waiting for this book for a looong time. I read the first in the series, Barefoot in the Sand, when it first came out in May and loved it. Even though this series is straight contemporary romance – not the romantic suspense she’s best known for – I’m convinced Roxanne St. Claire can’t write a bad book.


Answer at least one of the questions in bold below. By “contemporary romance” I mean romance between human beings set in the present day. It can be romantic suspense, inspirational, erotic, category-length, novellas or whatever.

I’ll choose one winner on Tuesday October 16th. That person will get a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of their choice, AND I’ll send the same to the author they mention.

If the winner mentions more than one author, I’ll ask her to choose which one gets the gift certificate.

This is open internationally.

What contemporary romance novel(s) being released in October are you looking forward to? Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?

By Kat

Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She's a California girl living in the Netherlands with her baby girl and British husband.


  1. I have read Jennifer Probst first book and liked it, the story quite funny and exhilarating, looking forward to read the second book, the story about Conte. I have tried Roxanne St. Claire’s book too, but I don’t remember the title and the story but I would love to read her books again. Love Barefoot in the Rain cover!

  2. I’m looking forward to “Undeniable” by Allison Kent. It’s a contemporary western, the first book in The Dalton Gang Series.

  3. I have not read Jennifer Probst’s last story but this one looks good. I am looking forward to Julie Ann Walker’s new one Rev It Up.

  4. The Marriage Bargain is the first Jennifer Probst’s book I’ve read and I loved it! As a matter of fact, The Marriage Trap is already on my TBR list 🙂 As for contemporary romance novel(s) being released in October, I’m looking forward to My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr 🙂

  5. I have heard a lot about Jennifer Probst’s book but have not read one yet. I will add it to the list! I am looking forward to Carolyn Crane’s new book, “Mr. Real”, due out on 10/30.

  6. d both of Jennifer’s books The Marriage Bargain and The Marriage Trap. LOVED them both! Can’t wait for the 3rd book in her series The Marriage Mistake. Love her smooth writing and that her books offer humor within the romance. I’m hooked on her books! Hard to choose which I loved more but I’ll go with The Marriage Bargain. :o)

  7. I discovered Jennifer Probst, awesome books this summer. Heart of Steel,
    Marriage Bargain were a few books that became a part of my
    summer reads. They were so wonderful. I couldn’t put them down.
    I look forward to reading the next book, Marriage Trap.

  8. I have read The Marriage Bargain and The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst. I am so looking forward to reading the last book in this series. She is a great author and anyone who has not read these books really should check them out.

  9. LOVED The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst and just finished The Marriage Trap last night – equally as amazing! I cannot wait until the third one comes out!! I highly recommend this series. I also could not wait for the October release of Reflected In You by Sylvia Day (Bared to You is the first in the series) and read that one in 24 hours. Another amazing contemporary author!! I’m completely addicted to this genre.

  10. Hey, I am currently reading “Loging for Love” by Marie Force, book #7 & is the best in the series so far! Really recommend this series. The first book “Maid for Love” is free on Amazon Kindle. Another release I was looking forward this month was the first recommended book you mentioned ” The Marriage Trap”. It was hilarious & a lot of unexpected twist. Looking forward the 3rd book in this series.

  11. I read the Marriage Bargain and the Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst! I love them both. My favorite in the series so far is the Marraige Bargain. I was looking for new author to read and stumpled on to the Marriage Bargain! I am looking forward to reading the Marraige Mistake!

  12. Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Trap caught my interest. The story sounds great. Jennifer is a new to me author. I’m looking forward to reading her new book.

  13. Second chances by Delaney Diamond and the Marriage Trap, already read the Marriage Bargain, it was great!

  14. I have read Roxanne St. Claire before and enjoyed her very much. This one sounds like another good one! And Jill Shalvis is another favorite of mine. Luckily she always seems to have another book on the way and doesn’t make us wait too long!

  15. I have not read Jennifer Probst books before so I must check out her work, since I am hearing a lot of good things here about her. I have read Roxanne St. Clair before and I love her books. I am looking forward to Barefoot in the Rain because it looks like something different then her usual books, also love the cover.

  16. The contempary romance I’m looking forward to is reflected to you by Sylvia day. I’ve read bared to you by her and loved it the paper copy comes out oct 23!!! I can’t wait!!

  17. Thanks for the giveaway, Kat!
    I was looking forward to Reflected in You by Sylvia Day, which I’ve already read.
    Upcoming though for October? >.< I don't know if "looking forward to" is accurate and I'm so behind on her books… but Wyoming Fierce by Diana Palmer. I guess I've broken myself of the habit/addiction of her books. Reading them at least – I do *get* them at some point just to "collect"?
    To be honest, a book I think that is fantastic that will be out early November … is Exposed to You by Beth Kery.

  18. I enjoyed Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain, and am looking forward to her next release! I had no idea Roxanne St. Claire was writing non-suspense contemporaries–another thing to add to the TBR list. I’m rather fond of her Bullet Catchers. 🙂

  19. Haven’t read any of Jennifer Probst’s books, but the one mentioned sounds good. I have read some of St. Clair’s suspense books and look forward to both of the contemps in the series.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. I am looking forward to Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon. I love that all her books are sexy with humor mixed it. I havent read anything by Ms. Probst, but I think I will check her out now. I will read anything Roxanne St Claire writes, suspense, contempt or YA. She can do no wrong!!

  21. I read Jennifer’s first book, The Marriage Bargain, BEFORE it was super popular, when she pushing the ebook herself. I really liked it.

    I haven’t read a full length novel from Roxanne before, but Barefoot in the Rain is on my reading list for later this month or next month.

  22. Together for Christmas by Lisa Plumely is the one I have been looking forward to reading. I am always a sucker for a Christmas novel and this looks fun and full of quirky characters.

  23. I have not had the chance to read any of Jennifer’s books. The book I am most excited about reading that has already come out in October is “Reflected in You” by Sylvia Day.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  24. I have totally forgotten about Roxanne St.Clair’s contemporary series! I need to look this series up again.

    I have just finished Undeniable by Alison Kent and it is sooo good! Very sexy and hot and with cowboys. Do I need to say more? 😉 There is a secondary couple in it that is just as good as the main one. I can absolutely recommend this book!

  25. Can’t wait to read, My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr! Always enjoy the Virgin River series. Thank you for the contest.

  26. I’m totally looking forward to Fearless Love, #7 in Meg Benjamin’s Konigsburg, TX series. I’m totally hooked on the series. Apparently, I’m the only other person who hasn’t read The Marriage Bargain LOL. The Roxanne St. Clair book looks very tempting. I don’t read Rom Suspense, so I haven’t tried any of her books, but this sounds much more appealing to me.

  27. I’m looking forward to My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River) by Robyn Carr – I like to continue the series.
    I also want to get a hold of Lori Foster’s new book Run the Risk
    I’ve read a few books by Roxanne, but none by Jennifer (so far).

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