August 2022 week 1 Romance Releases : Top Picks of this weeks books include weddings, audio-book narrators and a Shakespeare retelling

Posted July 31, 2022 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

Welcome to Top Picks. This is a weekly post which features books out this week which have caught my eye.

I have decided to split the list into three; On my List, On my Radar and Caught My eye. The first is those I have every intention of reading. On my Radar feautures books that I have marked on a wishlist, possibly as I am awaiting a price drop or am not up to that book in the series. The last are more one’s I know next to nothing about but have caught my eye for some reason. All books are one’s which I would potentially read.

As always, I do my due diligence on all books I put on here. I don’t recommend books from authors who I know have engaged in awful behaviour or have bigotted views – I chose not to give them my money so you won’t find them on here. If I make a mistake and feature an author who has engaged in bad behaviour, tell me in the comments and the book will be removed.

I don’t read NA. I do not read reverse harem. I also do not read Pandemic romance. Those books will not feature here.

Due to issues with prices, I will no longer be posting RRP’s of these books – the prices I post seem to be accurate for a day so I feel it is completely pointless.


WANTED: One (very real) husband, nowhere near perfect but desperately trying his best

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a hotly contested rainbow balloon arch to get these two from “I don’t know what I’m doing” to “I do”.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

“Brilliance on every single page.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, for Boyfriend Material

“The apotheosis of the rom-com.”—Entertainment Weekly, A+ Review, for Boyfriend Material

From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger. 

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her. 

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.

What happens when three women discover, thanks to the live tweeting of a disastrous date, that they’ve all been duped by the same man? They become friends of course!

It was only supposed to be for one night . . . The dating game is on. And the rules just went out the window.

Successful pediatric surgeon London Kelley just needs to find some balance and de-stress. According to her friends Samiah and Taylor, what London really needs is a casual hookup. A night of fun with no strings. But no one – least of all London – expected it to happen at her high school reunion with Drew Sullivan, millionaire, owner of delicious abs, and oh yes, her archnemesis.

Now London is certain the road to hell is paved with good sex. Because she’s found out the real reason Drew’s back in Austin: to decide whether her beloved hospital remains open. Worse, Drew is doing everything he can to show her that he’s a decent guy who actually cares.

But London’s not falling for it. Because while sleeping with the enemy is one thing, falling for him is definitely not part of the plan.

There’s nothing like falling for your worst enemy.

Beatriz Herrera is a fierce woman who will take you down with her quick wit and keen intellect. And after the results of the 2016 election worked hard to erase her identity as a queer biracial woman, she’d be right to. Especially if you come for her sweet BFF cousin, Hero. Beatriz would do anything for her, a loyalty that lands Beatriz precisely where she doesn’t want to be: spending a week at the ridiculous Cape Cod mansion of stupid-hot playboy Ben Montgomery. The same Ben Montgomery she definitely shouldn’t have hooked up with that one time… The things we do for family.

White and wealthy, Ben talks the talk and walks the walk of privilege, but deep down, he’s wrestling with the politics and expectations of a conservative family he can’t relate to. Though Beatriz’s caustic tongue drives him wild in the very best way, he’s the last person she’d want, because she has zero interest in compromising her identity. But as her and Ben’s assumptions begin to unravel and their hookups turn into something real, they start wondering if it’s still possible to hold space for one another and the inescapable love that unites them. 

This retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is both razor-sharp and swoon-worthy: the perfect love story for our time.

New from authors Zoey Locke and Z.L. Arkadie comes a hilarious and fun romantic comedy where an assistant straddles that fine line between love and hate with her rake of a billionaire boss.

I have the worst boss in New York City.

And I am sick and tired of breaking his dates, arranging dry cleaning for his silk boxers, doing his job for him, and recently he’s hit an exceptional low when he tasked me with spying on his brother and his brother’s new fiancé.

I will take some accountability here. After all, there’s a method to his madness.

My boss’s name is Orion Lord. And when Orion asks me to shoot the moon for him, he’s never an a-hole about it. He graces me with his panty-melting smirk and hypnotizes me with sultry eyes. Orion is a shameless flirt and King of modern-day rakes—charming, gorgeous, and bewitching. But he’s also unserious and notoriously uncatchable ladies, so don’t even try.

However, I’ve had enough of this pampered billionaire playboy, who’s actually really smart and capable once he puts his mind to it. But he never puts his mind to it.

I’m done. And as soon as I slap Orion with my two-week notice, he tasks me with being his date for his brother’s Las Vegas wedding weekend.

I can’t say no because I need my final paycheck, plus he sweetens the deal.

We’re in Vegas. Last night there was a big party. It’s the next morning, the day of the wedding, and something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. Or could what has gone so wrong turn out to be very right?

This standalone, full-length billionaire boss romance has plenty of angst, steam, and slow-burn sizzle to keep you turning the pages. This book also ends happily ever after.

Fine Motor Skills — Mending Hearts and Fixing Parts

Fine Motor Skills, Definition:
The physical ability to make fine movements, usually via the small muscles in the wrists and/or hands… Those wonderful, gentle, dexterous hands.

Debut author D. C. Hope brings us her sexy and relatable rom-com, exploring false first impressions and fresh starts in life.

Susie is a businesswoman, settled, successful, and in love – until one day, her world crashes down. She’s made a fool of herself, and worse still, she’s risked her career in the process.

Tony is from another world. A mechanic who she suspects doesn’t have an ounce of ambition –or a gram of consideration for others. She’s hired him to fix up her beloved Morris Minor, and she can’t stand his arrogant, judgemental ways. At least so she thinks, on the day that she meets him.

Their lives couldn’t be more different. So why is it that she can’t stop noticing the clothes he wears, the inflexion of his voice, and the beautiful, rippling, Italian body that makes an occasional appearance from beneath his overalls?

Perhaps Susie’s view of men has been coloured by her recent experiences. There is a chance that Tony is not the uneducated oaf she has assumed he is. And maybe, just maybe, this is exactly what she needs to find a new direction… and have some mind-blowing fun in the process.

– A strong female lead
– Learning to love
– Inaccurate first impressions
– And a Mediterranean hero.

Fine Motor Skills is a contemporary rom-com novella with steamy sex scenes and occasional very strong language (18+ readers only).

Two high school sweethearts get a second chance at their perfect ending in this charming new romance by Kerry Winfrey, author of Very Sincerely Yours.

Once upon a time, Sandy Macintosh thought she would have her happily ever after with her high school sweetheart, Hank Tillman. Sandy wanted to be an artist, Hank was the only boy in town who seemed destined for bigger things, and they both had dreams to escape town together. But when Sandy’s plans fell through, she stayed in their small town in Ohio while Hank went off to Boston to follow his dreams to be a musician, with the promise to stay together. Only that plan fell through, too.
Fifteen years later, Sandy runs a successful greenhouse while helping her parents with their bed and breakfast. Everything is perfect…until Hank rolls back into town, now a famous alt-country singer with a son in tow. She’s happy with the life she’s built by herself, but seeing Hank makes her think about what might have been. There aren’t enough cliché love songs in the world to convince Sandy to give Hank another chance, but when the two of them get thrown together to help organize the town’s annual street fair, she wonders if there could be a new beginning for them or if what they had is just a tired old song of the past.

With another chance at love, what could possibly go wrong?

Recovering from heartbreak, unlucky-in-love events manager Cara has vowed to avoid relationships. That is until fate throws her into the path of handsome and kind Henry, who is worlds apart from the men she’s dated before. Unfortunately, this encounter is short-lived when Cara misses her coach home—and with it, any chance of seeing him again.

But fate is not finished with the mismatched couple. When Cara quite literally bumps into Henry a second time at a work event, the run-in leaves them with feelings instead of bruises, and they can’t wait another day before seeing each other again. Yet it soon becomes clear how deeply different their worlds are: Cara’s drama-filled African and Caribbean family couldn’t be further from Henry’s family of wealthy lords and ladies.

With interfering relatives, problem friends, and an inconvenient ex-boyfriend attempting a comeback, everything seems stacked against the two new lovebirds. This is no straightforward love story—Cara and Henry will have to get creative with romance if they stand any chance of beating the odds to win their happy ever after.

The Second Time We Met is a hilarious and heartwarming romance, perfect for anyone who believes in second chances.

The family bad boy is about to make good

But he needs his ex’s help!

Outsider CEO Nico vowed to avenge his mother, who was left heartbroken when his father abandoned them. Teaming up with his ex, Athena, to infiltrate his father’s high society circles is the first step. But their partnership unleashes long-buried emotions… Athena worries Nico’s quest to take down his father’s company won’t fill the painful void in his heart. But what if Athena can…

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