Now that January is here, we’re in the mood for cozy. Blanket, book, beverage, socks, slippers, done. If you’re similarly inclined, here are 12 of the best most anticipated cozy new romance (rom-com) novels and thrillers among the new book releases for the month that are perfect for curling up with in January 2022. Fast fun reads for a slow winter’s day.
what’s a good new read in romance novels or thrillers in the book releases this January 2022?
Sometimes in the middle of winter, what we really want to read is something breezy and fun. Or transporting. Or twisty and unputdownable. What’s known in the summer as a “beach read.” But what about the other three seasons, eh?[white_box]
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If you’re in the mood for curling up your jammies with a beverage, a blanket and a book, this list is for you. 10 new book releases for January 2022 that are the perfect companions for a lazy winter day. Fireplace optional.
12 best fun cozy new romance novels and thrillers of January 2022
1. The Maid by Nita Prose.
In the debut novel The Maid, Molly — who struggles with social skills — takes pleasure in her solitary job cleaning rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel. That is, until she finds herself a suspect in a guest’s murder.
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2. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins.
The bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs returns with Reckless Girls, an island mystery involving a set of Gen Z adventure travelers. Naturally, things spin out of control—and someone ends up dead in paradise. Think White Lotus.
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3. Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier.
The author of If I Disappear is back. In the new thriller Good Rich People, a case of mistaken identity places a young woman in the cross hairs of a wealthy couple who have devised a sinister game that plays out at their glamorous Hollywood Hills mansion.
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4. When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord.
From the author of Tweet Cute and You Have a Match comes When You Get the Chance. Millie, raised by a single dad, spends her days dreaming of Broadway. When she finds her dad’s old blog, it’s a spur to go looking for her estranged mother. But will she get the answers she’s looking for? And how will what she finds change her plans for the future?
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5. Wahala by Nikki May.
Reminiscent of The Other Black Girl, this debut novel focuses on the relationships between young Black woman. In Wahala, a tight-knit trio of Anglo-Nigerian friends in London find themselves increasingly at odds after a showy rich fourth woman infiltrates their friend group.
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6. The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka.
The married writing duo make their adult romance debut with the new novel The Roughest Draft. And if the plot sounds familiar . . . well, it should. Katrina and Nathan are co-authors who haven’t written a book together since their falling out three years ago. When they fall on hard times, they’re forced to reunite to pen a new book. But will they be able to put the past aside?
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7. The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen.
The author of All the Broken People is back with a new thriller, The Perfect Escape. And its making us want to consider putting our next Girls Trip on pause. It’s about a group of friends whose girls’ weekend goes wrong when they get stranded in the Catskills. And one of them goes missing.
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8. Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
What’s not to love about the plot of Weather Girl? A TV meteorologist and a sports journalist scheme to reunite their divorced bosses. Did we mention that they may start having feelings for each other along the way?
BUY NOW: $14.40.
9. Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn.
This debut novel is for everyone who spent the holidays fending off family members asking about their relationship status. In the highly entertaining Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? a thirty-something Oxford-educated Nigerian woman attempts to find a wedding date. And in the process, learns some valuable lessons about life and love. Come to think of it, this is a perfect match for Jasmine Guillroy’s bubbly rom-com The Wedding Date!
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10. The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews.
The Siren of Sussex is a romantic romp through Victorian England. “High society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.” We’re in!
BUY NOW: $14.49.
11. Seasonal Work: Stories by Laura Lippman.
Seasonal Work is a new collection of diverse and diabolically clever crime stories from the best-selling author. In one, a married couple tries to reignite their romantic spark with a plan that yields unexpected consequences. A criminally resourceful single father makes do in the title story. In total there are 11 engrossing stories of deception, murder, dangerous games – and love gone wrong.
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12. Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins.
In one of our favorite new rom-coms of January 2022, Love at First Spite, an interior designer teams up with an enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door.
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best fun cozy romance novels and thrillers in the January 2022 new book releases
That’s our take on the best, most anticipated fast and fun romance (and rom-com) novels and twisty thrillers on the list of new book releases that sound perfect for curling up with in January 2022. What’s at the top of your TBR list this month, dear reader?
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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She loves fashion, Paris, New York, books, contemporary art, running, skiing, coffee, Corgis and cats of all kinds.