Top Picks : My Pick of the new Romance releases from the week starting the 24th September

Posted September 23, 2018 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

New Romance Releases

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Top Picks is a weekly meme that we do here at Scorching Book Reviews. In this post, I highlight the Romance books that I want to read that are released this week. They are books on my TR pile and only books we are interested in spending money on.

This week’s Top Picks are…

Hot Winter Nights: Heartbreaker Bay Book 6 by [Shalvis, Jill]

Status on TR list: Pre-ordered. I love this lovely series and I’ve been waiting for Molly and Lucas’s book…

Hot Winter Nights is the sixth in New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay series, featuring her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts and Marie Force.

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that-but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once…

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

Want more warm, funny romance? Check out the other Heartbreaker Bay novels starting with Sweet Little Lies, visit stunning Wildstone, gorgeous Cedar Ridge, spellbinding Lucky Harbor or experience some Animal Magnetism in Sunshine, Idaho in Jill’s other unforgettable series.


Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes Book 2) by [Zabo, Anna]

Status on TR list : Pre-ordered. The first in this MM series was hot, angsty and fun – I can’t wait to read the next.

Twisted Wishes lead guitarist Dominic “Domino” Bradley is an animal onstage. But behind his tight leather pants and skull-crusher boots lies a different man entirely, one who needs his stage persona not only to perform, but to have the anonymity he craves. A self-imposed exile makes it impossible to get close to anyone outside the band, so he’s forced to get his sexual fix through a few hot nights with a stranger.

When computer programmer Adrian Doran meets Dominic, he’s drawn to the other man’s quiet voice and shy smile. But after a few dirty, demanding nights exploring Dominic’s need to be dominated, Adrian wants more than a casual distraction. He has no idea he’s fallen for Domino Grinder—the outlandish, larger-than-life rock god.

Dominic is reluctant to trust Adrian with his true identity. But when the truth is revealed prematurely, Dominic is forced to reevaluate both his need for Adrian and everything he believes about himself.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

This book is approximately 93,000 words


Fool Me Forever (The Confidence Game) by [Paton, Ainslie]

Status on TR list: On the list. This has been getting rave reviews all over my twitter TL and it sounds up my street. I was surprised at the price though so may wait a while…

Lenore Bradshaw’s charity is mixed up in a world-class scandal with donations gone missing. Handsome con artist Halsey Sherwood suggests they work together to get the money back. But there’s no way she can trust a proven liar and thief, right? Even if his generous and sweet nature is stealing her heart, and there may be some swooning happening.

The sassy and beautiful Lenore is the only woman in the world Halsey Sherwood can be honest with. It’s just his luck she despises his profession—conning the rich and evil and donating the proceeds to charity. To aid her cause, he steps out of his comfort zone and makes her an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll get her money back from the bad guys and help her rebuild her reputation. And if things go sideways, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her.

The Confidence Game series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 One Night Wife
Book #2 Fool Me Forever


Not Another Family Wedding (Chin-Williams Book 1) by [Lau, Jackie]

Status on TR list: On the list. I enjoyed the previous series – this looks like another I would enjoy.

Natalie Chin-Williams might be a cranky professor of climatology who thinks the world is doomed, but she believes in lasting love…just not for herself. She has a long history of failed relationships, plus the men she dates inevitably want children and she doesn’t.

Now thirty-six and single, Natalie expects endless comments about her love life when she attends her baby sister’s wedding. Worse, weddings are always drama-filled disasters in her family. She needs emotional support to get through the weekend, so she enlists the help of her friend Connor Douglas, the dependable family doctor.

The wedding reception goes south when a drunk aunt announces a family secret that sends Natalie reeling and shakes her faith in love. Luckily, she has her long-time friend to lean on—a man she somehow ends up kissing. But there’s no way this could turn into anything lasting, is there? That’s impossible for her, especially now…


Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas (Rocky Mountain Cowboys) by [Ruggle, Katie]

Status on TR list: I am begining to put this author on my auto-read list – I just like her writing style. On the list.

“Vivid and charming.”—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In the heart of the Rockies
One white Christmas can change everything.

When firefighter and single dad Steve Springfield moved his four kids to a Colorado Christmas tree ranch, he intended for it to be a safe haven. But he never expected danger to follow them to his childhood home…

Or that he would come face-to-face with the one girl he could never forget.

Folk artist Camille Brandt lives a quiet life. As the town’s resident eccentric, she’s used to being lonely—until Steve freaking Springfield changes everything. Brave and kind, he’s always had a piece of her heart, and it doesn’t take long before she’s in danger of falling for him again. But as mysterious fires break out across the sleepy Colorado town, Steve and Camille will have to fight if they want their happy family to survive until Christmas…

“Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author


Phoenix Unbound (The Fallen Empire) by [Draven, Grace]

Status on TR list: I really like the sound of this book – I have put it on the TR list. It may be an Xmas pressie to myself.

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.


Fractured Honor (Crimson Point Series Book 1) by [Cross, Kaylea]

Status on TR list: ooh, another Kaylea Cross series. On the TR list.

An elite warrior struggling to find his place in the civilian world.

Weary from his years on the battlefield, SF Captain Beckett Hollister has returned home to Crimson Point to take over the family business for his dying father. But adjusting to life outside the military is harder than he imagined, and being back home forces him to confront things he’d rather not face. Including the one woman he shouldn’t want and can’t have—his best friend’s little sister.

A love that was always meant to be.

Town vet Sierra Buchanan has known Beckett her entire life. She’s crushed on him for years, but because of his relationship with her family, the stubborn man refuses to see her as more than the girl he grew up with. As tragedy brings them together, neither of them realizes that the sins of Beckett’s past have come home to haunt him. When Sierra becomes the target of his unforeseen enemy, Beckett must vanquish his demons to save her.


Once Upon A Sure Thing by [Blakely, Lauren]

Status on TR list: Trope-tastic – on the pre-order list! I love this author.

A sexy, standalone best-friends-to-lovers romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!
It’s so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.Said no woman ever. Except me.

My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.

Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.

Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.


Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?

Piece of cake.

Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.

But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever…

Snowed in with the Cowboy (A Gold Valley Novel, Book 4) by [Yates, Maisey]

Status on TR list: 99P holiday novella from Maisey Yates with cowboys and forced proximaty tropes? Pre-ordered.

Christmastime in Gold Valley, Oregon, means hot chocolate, snowy nights, and one very sexy cowboy holiday surprise…

There’s only one thing Chloe Nolan wants for Christmas this year—and he wears a cowboy hat and is completely off limits. When her mom married into the Reid family, Chloe found her calling, working with horses on the ranch. How could she risk that newfound stability by revealing her crush on her stepbrother, Tanner? But when Chloe and Tanner get snowed in on their way to a family gathering, it’s just the chance to extinguish the flame that’s been burning for too long. One night. One wish. One bed…

She’s the woman Tanner’s always wanted—and vowed he’d never touch. Yet when Chloe reveals her secret wish, all those years of pent-up longing erupt with life-changing force. Now it’s Tanner’s turn to take a risk, and turn one magical Christmas night into the beginning of forever…


Room 419; A Gift from Drunk Me by [Mayburn, Ann]

Status on TR list: I love Ann Mayburn. She writes very hot books with a side on angst – on the list.

When Ivy goes to Las Vegas with her parents she never expects to wake up married to Deacon, one of her dad’s best friends and her teenage crush. Especially considering the last time she saw him she’d kissed him and he totally blew her off. She thought he wasn’t interested, but the ring on her finger says otherwise…now if she could only remember actually getting married.

Deacon has spent the last few years biding his time, giving Ivy a chance to grow up before he claimed her as his. One night was all it took to get his ring on her finger, and he’ll be damned if he lets anyone keep them apart now. Something easier said than done when Ivy’s parents find out he made their darling daughter his wife.

Author’s note- This novella is part of the Last Resort Motel series, but is a stand alone. Each story in the series is by a different author, of various genres. A bonus short story has been included for your reading pleasure!


Blindsided By You: Aussie Cowboy Meets American Journalist Contemporary Romance (Outback Skies Book 6) by [Couper, Lexxie]

Status on TR list: I adore this series. It’s fun, sexy and easy to read. On the list.

He’s a cowboy from the Outback. She’s a journalist intern. Together, they are explosive!

Baz Kerrigan is traveling the world, tying up loose ends for his uncle—the man who raised him and the only family he’s got. A guy from a small Outback town, Baz is ready to cut loose, knowing any moment he’ll be required to take over the running of the pub his uncle owns. No strings. All fun. That’s Baz’s current life philosophy.But then he walks into an Irish pub in Baltimore, and everything changes.

Hayley Miller loves Pat’s Pub. It’s like a second home for her, and not just because her cousin, Natalie, married into the Collins family. The people she meets in Pat’s Pub are amazing, and as a journalist intern, Hayley is very much about meeting and observing people. She’s not prepared however, for her reaction to the Aussie cowboy who’s in the pub, looking for Nat.

Hayley’s never been a fan of one-night stands, but she’ll happily make an exception for Baz Kerrigan.

But what happened when one night isn’t enough for either of them? Especially when Baz will be returning to Australia very very soon…

Blindsided By You from International Award Winning erotic romance author Lexxie Couper, returns to her bestselling Outback Skies series where an Aussie Cowboy takes on Boston and the woman who just blindsided him.

Previously Published: (2017) Kindle Worlds | Original Title: Outback Wild (Wild Irish Universe)


Doubling Down (Gemini Project Book 2) by [D'Arc, Bianca]

Status on TR list: PNR Menage!!! Bianca D’Arc is a wonderful writer ….On the TR list …

Two soldiers with a weird superpower…

Jay and Zack aren’t just any run of the mill Special Forces soldiers. They can hear each other’s thoughts—and only each other’s—which means they’ll be a team for the rest of their careers…and lives. The military experiment that opened up the silent channel of communication between their minds only solidified a friendship that had already spanned years.

They are a lot alike in many ways, and their taste in women is also something they have in common, which is a good thing, because being in each other’s heads all the time means relationships with women are more than a little tricky. The solution some of the other duos in their unit have found is to find just one woman willing to share and be shared, love and be loved, by them both.

One woman under threat…

Becky likes both Jay and Zack so much, she’s waiting for one of the guys to step up and ask her out because she can’t decide which one she likes more. When underworld henchmen attempt to kidnap her, Jay and Zack play the hero, saving her in the nick of time. But her life is still in danger. She knows something someone wants and they’ll go to just about any length to get that information from her.

Together, Jay and Zack will use their special skills first, to find out why Becky is suddenly a target for kidnappers and second, how to end the threat once and for all. They will take on crime bosses, goons, bodyguards with almost supernatural skills and a man who doesn’t seem quite human. But when push comes to shove, will Becky be able to accept both of them, and the strange power they have? Or will she run from them…straight into danger?


Uncontrollable (Beyond Human) by [Croft, Nina]

Status on TR list: I’ve never read this author but it looks so good. I have put it on the TR list to wait for some reviews.

Quinn Sutherland, second in command of the Tribe, a group of powerful telepaths, has always been certain of who and what he is—one of the good guys. All he wants is to keep his friends safe—no easy feat when everyone in the world is after them. While on a rescue mission, he meets a mysterious FBI agent, who appears to know a lot about them, and seems to want the same thing he does. But her assignment could literally mean the death of him…

When Melody Lyons is inducted into the Federation’s elite Bureau of Time Management, it’s the pinnacle of her ambitions. Only when she’s sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate a group of rogue time travelers, she never guesses she’ll fall for a man who died two thousand years ago… Quinn awakens emotions she hadn’t known existed, and for the first time, her loyalties are tested.

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