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.
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I adore this series – I have this one on pre-order. I wouldn’t say you need to read these in order but both previous books are fab too.
Two friends. Too many missed chances.
Leopold Halton, the Duke of Dammerton, is the man with everything: perfect hair, beautiful waistcoats, and London’s finest collection of decorative objects. But two years after his highly entertaining divorce (entertaining for everyone but him, that is), Leo still doesn’t have what he wants most: another wife.
Leo is ready to propose to a suitable lady, but with gossip dissecting his every move, the family of his nearly-ideal future bride demand that he first stop calling on artist Juno Bell, the first woman he ever kissed and now, a decade later, his friend.
After ten years of hard work to become an artist, Juno has everything she dreamed of: a flourishing studio, a wealthy patroness, and the freedom to live as she pleases. She even receives visits from a duke (and don’t London’s gossips love that!).
Juno has always known she can never hold on to Leo, yet when he declares their friendship must end, she finds it harder than expected to let him go. At least, not without a kiss.
After all, if their friendship must end anyway, then they have nothing more to lose… right?
Heart-warming, steamy, and emotional, this historical romance tells the story of a duke and an artist who believe they can never be together, but find it impossible to part.
Longhope Abbey series:
A Dangerous Kind of Lady
A Wicked Kind of Husband
A Scandalous Kind of Duke
I have the first on my kindle and I have just pushed it up the queue. I will read this if I like the last book.
Magic doesn’t always play by the rules.
Gwyn Jones is perfectly happy with her life in Graves Glen. She’s formed a powerful new coven with her family; she’s running a successful witchcraft shop, Something Wicked; and she’s mentoring some of the younger witches in town. As Halloween approaches, there’s only one problem – Llewellyn ‘Wells’ Penhallow.
Wells has come to Graves Glen for two reasons: to re-establish his family’s connection to the town and to make a new life for himself away from his father. But when he opens a magic shop of his own just across the street from Gwyn’s, he quickly learns that going up against her won’t be as easy as he thought . . . especially after an accidentally magic-inspired – and very hot – kiss.
While Gwyn and Wells are fully committed to their witchy rivalry, they soon find themselves thrown together once again to deal with the sudden appearance of a mysterious new coven and Gwyn’s growing concern that something – or someone – is messing with her magic . .
I am a fan of this author – and I do actually love this cover (think it is the colour). On the list.
Nothing goes to your head as fast as a taste of love . . .
Margot Noble needs some relief from the stress of running her family winery. Enter Luke: sexy, charming, and best of all in the too-small world of Napa, a stranger, promising to be the perfect one-night stand she’ll never have to see again. That is, until Luke walks in the next morning as their newest hire. And with the attraction still bubbling between them, Margot is finding it a challenge to keep things purely professional.
Luke Williams had it all, but when burnout causes him to quit his high-salary tech job in Silicon Valley and move back to Napa, he doesn’t want to tell the world – or his mom, who loves bragging about her successful son – why he’s now working at a winery. The only thing Luke knows for certain is that he wants more with his smart and sexy new boss. But even if they can find a way to be together that wouldn’t be an ethical nightmare, would such a successful woman really want a tech-world dropout?
I love Christmas books and I adore the idea of this book – definitely on the list!
A Christmas to Remember
When architect Sage McKnight is asked to renovate a house for former baseball player Mason Tucker it is the job of her career. Mason, a famous recluse after a life changing accident, needs his house adapted and Sage is determined to create the perfect home. Not only that but a production company wants to film her work – a dream come true.
However, Mason is stubborn, ignoring Sage’s expertise and insisting on being involved in every detail of the renovation. And the final straw, he refuses to allow any filming in his home.
Sage’s optimism is the complete opposite of Mason, and soon neither can agree on anything. It will take a Christmas miracle for these two opposites to find peace, but that may be just what they find…
How cute is this cover? And it mentions Hepburn in the blurb… automatically, that piques my attention. On the watch list.
Rome is where the heart is.
Amelia Rose is burned-out from years of maintaining her public image as pop princess Rae Rose. Inspired by her favourite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is.
Running the pie shop his grandmother left him, Noah Walker is busy enough as it is. But after finding Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he decides to let her stay in his guest room – on a very temporary basis, of course.
As the two of them grow closer, Noah starts to see a new side to Amelia – kind-hearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. Amelia may have to go back to her other life someday, but for now she’s perfectly happy falling in love with the cozy small town she’s found herself in . . . and her grumpy tour guide isn’t half-bad either.
Fake relationship + author who I quite like = book on the watch list.
A snowy destination wedding. A fake relationship. And two people who think love is for fools.
Lily Dunn traded small town Australia for the bright lights of Hollywood and achieved her dream of making it big as a screenwriter. But these days her love life is less happily ever after and more crappily ever after.
Getting dumped on live television by her Hollywood hunk boyfriend sucks! The whole world has an opinion and the last thing she needs is her over-protective parents stressing about her broken heart at her cousin’s destination wedding.
But on the flight over she bumps into the boy who stole her teenage heart—rugged and charming surfer, Sean Hutcherson. He proposes an arrangement. If they pretend to date, Lily can avoid her family’s pity and Sean can avoid his little sister’s relentless and irritating matchmaking attempts.
The only rule is… keep it fake.
But snowball fights and stolen kisses and sharing a bed feels far too real. With their chemistry burning hotter than an open fire, can two bruised and battered hearts find the kind of love that only happens in the movies?
Destined for Forever contains Aussie slang, snowball fights, second chances and the bedroom door is flung wide open! Yep, there’s sexytimes inside. Previously published in the Snowy Ever After duet.
A KU book about a bodyguard who falls for his charge – I am totally in with this one.
One Night with a Bodyguard
A curvy girl, fake date, bodyguard romance.
Taking a quick trip to Texas for my cousin’s wedding shouldn’t require bringing along a brooding bodyguard, but my manager won’t let me travel without him. I don’t want to make waves, so I agree, as long as he keeps a low profile and doesn’t look like he’s just there to protect me. My manager’s solution? Tell everyone he’s my date instead.
I know Broken Bend like the back of my hand and keeping an eye on one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses in my own backyard should be a piece of cake. But when I find out it’s a wedding she’s attending and I’m going to have to pose as her date, I start to sweat a little under the collar. And once I hold her in my arms, I know I’ll never let her go, even though I’m only supposed to be pretending. This woman is meant to be mine, and I’ll risk my life to save her.