04 Jun '17

Top Picks 4th-10th June : HEA’s from Christina Lauren, Holley Trent & million more!

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Top Picks is a weekly meme that we do here at Scorching Book Reviews. In this post we highlight the books that we want to read that are released this week. They are books on our TR pile and only books we are interested in spending money on.
This weeks Top Picks are…
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Status on TR list : OOOOOOOHHHHHH. I didn’t even know this was out but I want it … I love Christina Lauren. Pre-order.

All’s fair in love and war.

The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romance that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite a meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to smother the flames.

But when their two agencies merge-causing the pair to vie for the same position-all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirty-something professionals-so why can’t they act like it?

When push comes to shove and love fights with hate, will these two ever get their fairy tale Hollywood ending?
 
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Status on TR List : I ADORE this series. I will buy it. You do need to read the rest in the series!

Never fall for your best friend… 

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.

Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.

Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.

Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.

This is book three in the Out of Uniform series. Don’t miss the first two books:  
 
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Status on the TR List : I’m behind on the series but I do love it! I personally think you need to read them in order. I will be buying when I get there.

The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.

Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.

Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.
 
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Status on TR list : I didn’t know about this series but I want it. Lexxie Couper writes deliciously sexy books with great characters.  On the list.

Thomas St Clair is used to getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it. So when a mysterious woman shows up at his door with his runaway dog and her presence drives away his writer’s block, he’s willing to put up with her secrets if it means she’ll stay around.

Mila Elderkin once had a promising career in journalism, until her dreams were shattered by a rising star in the literary world. When fate lands her at that same man’s door years later, and he doesn’t recognize her, it seems she’s been offered a chance for a little fun. Mila’s not out for revenge, especially not once she starts to see the man beneath the persona. But the past has funny way of creeping into the present, and secrets don’t lie quiet forever.

Each book in the The Muse series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
 
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Status on TR list : I love this series. The writing is exquisite (as are the covers). I will buy this.

In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret.

Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of a fallen angel—or that a shameless swindler will spark his desires for the first time in years.

Justin feels no remorse for the lies he spins during his séances. His gullible clients simply bore him. Hostile, disbelieving, utterly irresistible Nathaniel is a fascinating challenge. And as their battle of wills and wits heats up, Justin finds he can’t stop thinking about the man who’s determined to ruin him.

But Justin and Nathaniel are linked by more than their fast-growing obsession with one another. They are both caught up in an aristocratic family’s secrets, and Justin holds information that could be lethal. As killers, fanatics, and fog close in, Nathaniel is the only man Justin can trust—and, perhaps, the only man he could love.
 
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Status on TR list : COWBOYS! I will buy this as I love Katie Lane and Cynthia D’Alba. I look forward to the others. I have pre-ordered as it was 99p!

Things can get hot and sexy in Texas when you least expect it

If you love sexy cowboy romance books and you love Texas Romance, these Five BESTSELLING authors bring you both in When Things Got Hot in Texas.

Lori Wilde Sizzling
Fourth of July in the Fort Worth Stockyards heats up when a cynical cowboy cop falls for his sexy primary suspect…

Christie Craig The Junkyard Cowboy
Help can be found in the most surprising places

Katie Lane Falling for a Texas Hellion
Can This Hellion Resist Hot Summer Love?

Cynthia D’Alba Texas Daze
A quick fling can sure heat up a cowgirl’s life.

Laura Drake Cowboy Karma
Karma is a good judge of character, and you my friend, are screwed.
 
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Status on TR list : I actually haven’t read book one but I will as I really do like Holley’s work. I’ve put book one on the list!

Fans have clamored for fallen angel Tamatsu’s story, which now unfolds in book two of the Masters of Maria saga by USA TODAY bestselling author Holley Trent.

Cursed by his vengeful elf ex-lover eight hundred years ago, Tamatsu lost not only his voice but his power, and became consumed by a ravenous hunger for food, sex, violence, and other earthly pleasures. Now he’s ready to make a deal with his former flame and tormentor: the return of his voice in exchange for the location of her missing elf queen.

But the Fates have a way of throwing monkey wrenches into the best-laid plans. After so many years in the human realm, Noelle isn’t sure she can remember what happened to his voice or even what made her mad enough to curse Tamatsu in the first place…

Can she find a way to make amends with the only person who’s capable of balancing her? Tamatsu must also decide if being intimate with Noelle again is worth exacerbating his insatiable appetites. It’s not a match made in heaven, but they could make a hell of a team.

Sensuality Level: Sensual
 
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Status on TR list : I do enjoy Opal Carew so I will be getting this one! It is on the list for a while though.

With passion so blazing hot, you don’t want to put this fire out…

When Rikki’s first love dies in the line of duty she vows to keep her heart guarded and never give it away again.

After moving to a new town for a fresh start, she is given the opportunity to show off her photography skills and shoot a sexy fireman calendar. Although taking the job might bring up painful memories, she knows this is her best chance at fulfilling her dreams of becoming a professional photographer.

While out with her new roommates, Rikki meets Simon and Carter and feels an instant spark of attraction… to both equally gorgeous and tempting men. This is the same intense feeling she had the first time she fell in love. But how can she feel that way about two men?

When she arrives at the firehouse to shoot the calendar, she is surprised to find that Simon and Carter are firefighters so she immediately pulls back on their growing flirtation. But Simon and Carter are men who know what they want, and they want Riki. As the chemistry between them ignites Rikki finds it hard to resist falling prey to her steamiest fantasies.

Now she has to choose between keeping her heart safe… or taking a chance on love… and possibly losing everything.
 
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Status on TR list : Book One in a new series by an author which I quite enjoy … on the list! Kindle Unlimited Users, this is a freebie on there!

For Faith and Mark, the telepathic connection they’d shared for years was nothing compared to the scorching physical connection they realized as adults.

From the first moment they came together, erotic was too pale a word to describe their relationship. Together they explored each other’s deepest, darkest desires.

But now Mark, survivor of an ambush to his Delta Force team, is a prisoner of a terrorist group in the Peruvian jungle, and his telepathic communication with Faith is his only contact with the world. While she searches for help to save him, they survive on dreams that took them beyond all sexual boundaries.

Can she persuade the men of Phoenix to undertake a treacherous rescue and bring Mark back to her arms?
 
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Status on TR list : I met Hildie at a convention years ago and since then I have been a fan. I haven’t loved all of her books but this one looks like I may enjoy it.. on the list.

He’s Jaded…

Haunted by PTSD and a failed marriage, Luke Hamilton returns home to Laurel, Montana. Going home isn’t an easy fix, but it beats ending up in prison or dead. At first the familiar surroundings and open land seem to set things right, but soon his old demons rear their ugly heads and he realizes it’s the wrong time to enter any relationship.

Leah Morgan’s experience in the corporate world has prepared her to prosper her father’s ranch in Montana. She knows everyone expects her to fail, but nothing will stop her from turning the ranch around and selling it to the highest bidder – especially not a rancher. The quicker she closes the deal, the sooner she can get out of Laurel and move on with her career.

But when Luke and Leah cross paths, they both discover that starting over can be a complicated business.
 
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Status on TR list : I kinda wanna read theses based upon the reviews and the blurb…. I’ve put it on the list. Kindle Unlimited Users, this is another freebie.

he second book in the bestselling new series by New York Times Bestselling Author Catherine Vale.

Don’t get killed by a bloodthirsty Warlock or his legion of darkness.

That’s been Kaye’s goal since discovering that a murderous Warlock sent a gargoyle to kill her.

Now forced into the shadows of the Hallowed Forest, as a ruthless army of darkness hunts them down, Kaye must form uneasy alliances, and unravel the secrets of her true identity.

Magic Burn is the second book in the urban fantasy Shifting Magic series. Don’t miss this thrilling world of otherworldly magic, in the battle against dark forces. For those who love paranormal romance mixed with urban fantasy, this is for you.

 

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