Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cupid's Picks For February's Most Promising New Books

by Tara Block)

If you thought January's new releases were good, just wait till you see what February has in store! A dark twist on a classic fairy tale, a sharp romantic comedy on love after widowhood, a piece of historical fiction on famous artists who may have been lovers, and an exploration of life's most mystifying subject . . . what else? Love. No matter what (or who) you're doing this Valentine's Day, you're sure to feel romantic with this month's most amorous new books. Check them out now, and for even more great new releases, take a look at POPSUGAR Entertainment's Must Reads!

Sex After . . . : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes

Iris Krasnow gets insight from real women in Sex After . . . : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes. Some of the topics include a loss of sex drive, getting intimate after cancer and other illnesses, coming out later in life, adultery, and dating again after divorce.

Out Feb. 6

Queen of Hearts

"This is the story of a princess who became a villain." Colleen Oakes creates a fantastic, dark backstory for the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in her novel Queen of Hearts.

Out Feb. 14

The Daring Ladies of Lowell

Based on the real 1833 murder of a mill girl and the following trial, Kate Alcott's historical novel The Daring Ladies of Lowell follows a mill girl who's torn between supporting her friends and the mill owner's son, whom she loves.

Out Feb. 25

Cress (Lunar Chronicles)

Marissa Meyer's latest sci-fi fairy tale Cress takes on the classic story of Rapunzel and is the third in The Lunar Chronicles series.

Out Feb. 4

The Forever Girl

Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, returns with The Forever Girl about a young woman who can't let go of her first love and her mother struggling to stay in her marriage.

Out Feb. 11

The Chase

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg team up for The Chase, a sexy thriller about a con artist and an FBI agent who go undercover together.

Out Feb. 25

Jane Austen's Erotic Advice

Sarah Raff explores the relationship between Jane Austen and her niece Fanny Knight, as well as the seductive nature of Jane's novels in Jane Austen's Erotic Advice.

Out Feb. 6

The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating

Carole Radziwill's novel The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating is a smart rom-com about a woman dealing with the unexpected loss of her husband and her search for passionate love.

Out Feb. 11

If Our Love Were a Book . . . This Is How It Would Look

If Our Love Were a Book . . . This Is How It Would Look by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar is filled with sweet poems and cute illustrations and would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a loved one.

Out Feb. 1

Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers)

Daniel Jones, editor of the New York Times' "Modern Love" column, looks into the mysteries of love in Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers).

Out Feb. 4


In her future-set suspense novel, Archetype, author M.D. Waters follows a woman who wakes with no memory of her past life but has dreams that contradict what her husband is telling her and point to her love of another man.

Out Feb. 6

Are You My Boyfriend?

C.B. Bryza takes a grown-up twist on the classic children's book Are You My Mother? in her funny and relatable picture book Are You My Boyfriend?

Out Feb. 4

I Always Loved You

Set in Paris, Robin Oliveira's historical novel I Always Loved You takes on the complicated and mysterious relationship between real-life friends and painters Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.

Out Feb. 4


Anna Hope's novel Wake follows three women dealing with the ramifications of World War I and how it's affected the men in their lives.

Out Feb. 11

That Part Was True

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay tells the story of an author in an unhappy relationship and a woman dealing with family drama who find themselves helping each other through letters.

Out Feb. 4