New Release Romance Post : Top Pick of next week Romances (7th March 2021)

Posted March 7, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

Top Picks is a weekly meme that I do here at Scorching Book Reviews.

In this post, I highlight the Romance books that I want to read that are released this week. I have been lazy of late with not going past Tuesday – that has changed and I now look for books up to Sunday.

They are all books on my TR pile and only books I am interested in spending money on. I do not ask people to recommend books or highlight releases for author promo. I research each book before it I put it on here to look for reviews, series connections and author bio.

I feel I have to point out that books in a series are only going to be featured on here if I have started the series or am interested in doing so.

I don’t read NA. I do not read reverse harem. I also do not read Pandemic romance.

I also don’t recommend books from authors who 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 is an awful person, tell me in the comments and the book will be removed.

I have made the decision to add amazon links and links to twitter profiles on this post however they are not affiliant links as I CBA with amazon.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown: the perfect feel good romcom for 2021 by [Talia Hibbert]

Status on the TR list : I love this series and, if you haven’t read it, you should. I have pre-ordered this.

Amazon UK Price : £5.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$6.93

Amazon US Link : HERE

In USA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert’s newest romcom, the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard – literally. Perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory and Helen Hoang!

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong – so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins a wedding, her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself – even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is always in control. The uptight B&B owner expects nothing less than perfection from his employees, so when a purple-haired tornado of a woman applies for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car – supposedly by accident.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen – and his spare bedroom. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters.

Sandcastle Beach: Includes a Bonus Novella (Matchmaker Bay Book 3) by [Jenny Holiday]

Status on the TR list :This series is fun, lovely and has me hooked. I have pre-ordered this one.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.63

Amazon US Link : HERE

From the USA Today bestselling “master of witty banter” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot.

Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay’s new business grant. She’s got some serious competition, though: Benjamin “Law” Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya’s annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin.

Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya’s skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he’s done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there’s a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings?

Includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Bride!

The Heiress Hunt (The Fifth Avenue Rebels Book 1) by [Joanna Shupe]

Status on the TR list : I adored the original series and I am so excited for the spin-off. Pre-ordered.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price 😕

Amazon US Link : HERE

High society reprobate.
An unconventional heiress.
Childhood friends.

Is it too late…
Knickerbocker scoundrel Harrison Archer returns to New York to discover that his deceased father has bankrupted his estranged family. To save them from ruin, he’s forced to quickly find and marry an heiress. For a matchmaker, Harrison turns to the one woman he wishes he could marry: his childhood friend and true love, Maddie, who once broke his heart and is now engaged to a duke.

For true love? 
When her best friend Harrison left for Paris without a word, Maddie Webster took refuge in her infatuation with tennis. Now Harrison is back and needs her help in finding a bride. Begrudgingly, Maddie arranges a house party in Newport with a guest list of eligible heiresses. But watching Harrison flirt with potential brides is more than she can bear.

When Harrison and Maddie reunite, the passion between them ignites. But with their marriages to others looming, time is running out. Is their fate inescapable . . .or can love set them free?

Learned Reactions (Higher Education Book 2) by [Jayce Ellis]

Status on the TR list : I really enjoyed book one to this and I really enjoy Jayce Ellis’s writing.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

“The friends-to-lovers trope feels fresh in Ellis’s hands, in part because it’s underpinned by a lovingly drawn depiction of Black family dynamics.” —Publishers Weekly

Carlton Monroe is finally getting his groove back. After a year playing dad to his nephew and sending him safely off to college, it’s back to his bachelor ways. But when his teenaged niece shows up on his doorstep looking for a permanent home, his plan comes to a screeching halt. Family is everything, and in the eyes of social services, a couple makes a better adoptive family than an overworked bachelor father. A fake relationship with his closest friend is the best way to keep his family together.

If things between him and Deion are complicated, well, it only needs to last until the end of the semester.

Living with Carlton is a heartbreak waiting to happen, and once the adoption goes through, Deion’s out. He’s waited two decades for Carlton to realize they’re meant for each other, and he’s done. It’s time to make a clean break. But it’s hard to think of moving away when keeping up the act includes some very real perks like kissing, cuddling and sharing a bed.

Even the best charades must come to an end, though. As the holidays and Deion’s departure date loom, the two men must decide whether playing house is enough for them—or if there’s any chance they could be a family for real.

Flirting with Forever (Lost Harbor, Alaska Book 8) by [Jennifer Bernard]

Status on the TR list : These are feel good reads and I do enjoy them. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.49

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

A standalone romance in the Lost Harbor, Alaska series

Dr. Ian Finnegan knows all about brains; hearts, not so much. He’s ready to find the perfect match, someone as logical and sensible as he is. When the matchmaker he’s hired suggests he improve his seduction skills, he’s not sure where to turn—until he plucks a damsel in distress from the side of a snowy Alaska highway. She might be a “hot mess,” but Chrissie Yates could be just the fun and flirty tutor he needs.

Chrissie hasn’t been back to Lost Harbor since her eccentric recluse of a grandfather sent her away at the age of seventeen. Her family now consists of her beloved yellow lab and her broken-down car. Why Gramps has left her his property, she has no idea. She hopes to get in and out as quick as she can, but reconnecting with old friends and her quirky hometown makes her yearn for something she didn’t know she needed. Then there’s the sexy newcomer…

Flirting lessons turn to something more passionate, as Chrissie makes Ian feel things he never dreamed. Is it possible he had the wrong idea about who’s right for him? Can he put his new skills to good use … before a deadly storm threatens all he holds dear?

The Engagement Embargo (Meet Me at the Altar Book 1) by [Samantha  Chase]

Status on the TR list : I enjoy Samantha Chase – I am pretty behind on her work though. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.71

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Four failed engagements. One year-long hiatus on women.

Elliott Sullivan loves being in love, but after his latest romantic disaster, his friends and family finally put their foot down—no relationships or proposals for at least a year. Ready for his heart not to be squashed under another sexy high-heel, he agrees to fully embrace life as a perpetual bachelor. Which should be easy—especially when he recruits his sister’s best friend for help. Surely he won’t fall for her, no matter how perfect she seems…

Skylar isn’t sorry to see Elliott’s latest relationship go up in flames. She’s had a crush on him for as long as she remembers—not that anything can ever happen there. So when Elliott asks for her help to stop him from breaking his dating embargo, she jumps at the chance. They’ve spent time together before and nothing has come of it. So what could possibly go wrong this time?

Sticking to his embargo would be fine if all this time with Skye wasn’t making Elliott wonder if maybe the perfect girl had been in front of him all along.

Taking Down the King (Rocky Royal Romance Book 4) by [Fiona West]

Status on the TR list : I should warn you that the title is TAKING DOWN THE KING on amazon – very confusing. Anyway, I haven’t read this author before – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : FREE on KU or £1.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

A single mom itching to expose a royal scandal. A captain determined to protect his friend’s reputation. A natural enmity that doesn’t account for the long, lingering looks…

Brooke Everleigh’s first big story is everything she’d imagined it would be, holding accountable the man who’d cursed her source with a magic kiss –none other than King Edward. She wants his head on a platter, but she’ll settle for an admission of guilt and justice for his victim.

Captain Saint had hoped for more time to get used to his new job as chief communications officer before getting embroiled in a scandal. Clearing his best friend’s name isn’t going to be easy, especially when telling the truth might mean worse trouble. Plus, the pretty blonde who’s pressing things is getting under his skin–too bad she shut him down the moment they met.

When Brooke’s son lands in hot water at school, the school assigns the only available mentor: Captain Saint. With her son’s future at stake, Brooke is forced to cooperate with a man she doesn’t trust, regardless of how good-looking and good with kids might be. When the king makes it clear there’s no future for his chief communication officer and the reporter who’s trying to destroy his reputation, she’ll have to choose between her work and the captain who’s worked his way into her heart…

Taking Down the King is the fourth book in the Rocky Royal Romances, a complete five-book series. If you like a sweet, enemies-to-lovers holiday romance with a twist of fantasy and a dash of suspense, one-click this romance now. This book has a guaranteed HEA; it contains mild cursing and frank discussion of adult situations, including the Me Too movement, but no open-door sex scenes. It was previously published under the title The Jinxed Journalist.

Rebel’s Flight (The Obsidian Series Book 1) by [Kate Pearce]

Status on the TR list : This has mixed reviews but I am a fan of Kate Pearce. I shall see other reviews this gets.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Sentenced to ten years hard labor on a prison planet means the end of Nia’s protected existence as the emperor’s ‘pet’. But her welcome among her own people isn’t assured, and the man assigned as her bond holder makes his disgust of her all too clear. Can Nia convince her peers that she has valuable information that might prevent the eradication of their telepathic race or will their distrust of her cause them to miss the opportunity to soar?

Strictly on Ice: A new heartwarming inspirational romance for 2021 by [Helen Buckley]

Status on the TR list : I have never heard of this author but I love the premise – I love reality TV show books, which is ironic as I hate the actual books. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face …

Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.

When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash. What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself.

As the show progresses, will Katie be shown the hard way, once again, that romance on the ice should remain strictly off-limits?

Everything After by [Jill Santopolo]

Status on the TR list : I will be honest, this is out of my price range. It has peaked my interest though, even though I know it will be a hard read. On the price drop list.

Amazon UK Price : £9.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$13.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The Light We Lost mixes with a touch of Daisy Jones and the Six in this novel of first love, passion, and the power of choice–and how we cannot escape the people we are meant to be.

Two loves. Two choices. One chance to follow her dreams.

Emily has come a long way since she lost her two passions fifteen years ago: music, and Rob. She’s a psychologist at NYU who helps troubled college students like the one she once was. Together with her caring doctor husband, Ezra, she has a beautiful life. They’re happy. They hope to start a family. But when a tragic event in Emily’s present too closely echoes her past, and parts of her story that she’d hoped never to share come to light, her perfect life is suddenly upturned. Then Emily hears a song on the radio about the woman who got away. The melody and voice are hauntingly familiar. Could it be? As Emily’s past passions come roaring back into her life, she’ll find herself asking: Who is she meant to be? Who is she meant to love?

Tall Dork and Handsome (Words for Nerds Book 4) by [Allie York, Brandi Zelenka]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t read any of this series but I am a sucker for geek romance – On the list.

Amazon UK Price : FREE on KU or £2.89

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

My name is Greer Owenby and I’m a comic snob. My other adjectives include twin, artist, and former doormat. My ex has finally made me cry for the last time and I’ve quit men to reinvent myself. My career is my main focus, and nothing can distract me. Not even my sister’s sexy comic-loving agent.

My name is Brian Marshall and I’m the up-and-coming king of comics. I represent the hottest sci-fi author of our time and my graphic novels are on shelves nationwide. I’m unstoppable in my field. Now if I can only prove to the woman of my dreams that I can make all hers come true.
Will comics bring them together or will back issues tear them apart?

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