New Romance Book Preview Post : Top Picks of the weeks releases (29th Nov – 6th Dec 2020)

Posted November 29, 2020 by Nix in Top Picks / 0 Comments

Note for today – there are LOADS of xmas novella’s out today linked to series I haven’t read. I can’t rec them but I think, if you do have a series you do love, it may be a good idea to have a look to see if there is a holiday novella linked out soon.

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.

How to Catch a Queen: Runaway Royals by [Alyssa Cole]

Status on the TR list : I love this series and I cannot wait for this series!!

Amazon UK Price : £1.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

An arranged marriage leads to unexpected desire, in the first book of Alyssa Cole’s

Runaway Royals series…

When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong.

A king must rule with an iron fist, and newly crowned King Sanyu was born perfectly fitted for the gauntlet, even if he wishes he weren’t. He agrees to take a wife as is required of him, though he doesn’t expect to actually fall in love. Even more vexing? His beguiling new queen seems to have the answers to his country’s problems—except no one will listen to her.

By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion. When turmoil erupts in their kingdom and their marriage, Shanti goes on the run, and Sanyu must learn whether he has what it takes both to lead his people and to catch his queen.

The Single Life with Zola Patterson Part 2 (Zola Duet) by [Danielle Allen]

Status on the TR list : I really enjoyed book one in the series – I can’t wait for the next one!

Amazon UK Price : £3.03 or on KU (I think)

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

I love being single.
I make a living being single.
I get everything I want being single.

As a dating coach, I guide people through the dating process without a problem.
As a dater, I navigate the single life with ease.
As a rule, I follow my own advice.

But with him it was different.

I tell people all the time: follow the rules and you’ll be fine.
Please listen to that advice.
Because I broke Rule Number Five…
And I am not fine.

Second Chance on Cypress Lane: Includes a Bonus Novella (Holly Grove Island Book 1) by [Reese Ryan]

Status on the TR list : I really enjoy Reese Ryan’s stuff and this one has been on my wishlist for a while – I do have it Pre-ordered.

Amazon UK Price : £4.49

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $6.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

In this heartwarming second-chance romance, a woman returns home and discovers that, when it comes to finding love, there’s no place like home.

Rising-star reporter Dakota Jones is usually the one breaking the news—until an inadvertent scandal wrecks her career. The only place she can go to regroup is Holly Grove Island. But her small South Carolina hometown comes with a major catch: Dexter Roberts, the first man to break Dakota’s heart, isher new boss. Working alongside Dexter, who is more attractive than he has a right to be, shows Dakota what might have been . . . but she isn’t giving him another chance to break her heart.

Dexter has always regretted the way things ended between him and Dakota. Her return could be his opportunity to finally make amends. But the more time he spends with Dakota, the more he realizes his feelings for her never went away. Now he has just a few months to convince her to give their love a second chance. But for Dakota to agree to stay, Dexter will have to reveal the devastating truth about why he let Dakota go all those years ago.

Includes the bonus novella Kiss Me at Sweetwater Springs by Annie Rains!

The Deputy and His Enforcer (Kincaid Pack Book 3) by [Kiki Clark]

Status on the TR list : I loved the first two in the series. MM series that is completely fated mate – this is on the KU wishlist

Amazon UK Price : £4.61 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $5.99 or free on KU

Amazon US Link : HERE

Nothing is more important to Marcus Rivera than protecting his pack, so he doesn’t understand why he has the sudden urge to tell a nosy human deputy things he shouldn’t. Marcus follows the rules. Always. But something about Robson’s scent has him tempted to break them.

The gorgeous red-head Deputy Robson Medina has been following has a secret. He just knows it, and he won’t stop looking until he finds out everything he can about the alluring man. Even if the idea of Marcus being a criminal seems less and less likely the more Robson learns.

As the tension between them continues to grow, it stokes a fire inside Marcus he’s never felt before. One that’s driving him to trust his wolf’s instincts and release the stranglehold Marcus has always had on his control. But when Robson gets a painful glimpse of the magical world Marcus lives in, they have to decide how much they’re willing to risk to have it all. 

The Deputy and His Enforcer is the third book in the Kincaid Pack series and features a wolf shifter in need of a family, a Puerto Rican human with more than his fair share, furry cuddles, creative mating practices, and a happily ever after.

Mistletoe in Paradise: A Christmas Novella (The Wildstone Series) by [Jill Shalvis]

Status on the TR list : Jill Shalvis doesn’t seem to be able to write a book that I don’t like – this one is xmas novella and I cannot WAIT.

Amazon UK Price : £1.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Problem Number One – Getting There

Old childhood friends each fly separately to join their families on what’s been an annual holiday themed yacht adventure. Secret ex-lovers, Hannah and James are determined to make the best of things…

Problem Number Two – Getting Stuck.

When everyone but Hannah and James gets held up in an airport snarl, it leaves them stuck together for four days, making Hannah’s already problematic trip a whole lot harder to face. Especially because she comes bearing more than just gifts…

Problem Number Three — Falling In Love (again)

As the former lovers try to make the best of the Christmas snafu, they soon realize that the best things in life can’t be planned and sometimes love is sweeter the second time around. 

Christmas Without You by [Celeste Granger]

Status on the TR list : The cover is so cute – love the glasses! I’ve read quite a few books by Celeste Granger and this one looks right up my alley. On the KU list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.49 or free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.49 or free on KU

Amazon US Link : HERE

“He promised me snowflakes.
He promised me forever.
I want everything he promised.”

Wren Murphy, prodigy, and vice-principal is on cloud nine after her boyfriend of three years, Phillip Anderson proposed to her. Being married to the love of her life is Wren’s dream, and it’s finally coming to fruition. She’s excited about their upcoming holiday vacation to the Swiss Alps. Phillip, a commercial airline pilot, maintains a hectic schedule, but he promised Wren the Alps. He promised uninterrupted time together to kindle their loving relationship.

But Phillip can’t keep his promise, again, a reminder of all the other promises he’s failed to keep. That disappointment causes Wren to go home for the holidays instead. To her surprise, best friend, Torrence Edison, makes the same decision. Their reunion is a pleasant distraction. Emerging desire threatens to cross the friendship line when Torrence’s suppressed desire rises to the surface. His impassioned yearnings for Wren are hard to contain; yet, Torrence doesn’t want to push her to a place she’s not willing to go.

Wren is surprised by her own eager response to the man that has always been there for her. She has a decision to make; hold on to the promise of forever or risk it all with someone who’s kept every promise he’s ever made.

This is a standalone with an HFN/HEA.

The Inside Edge by [Ashlyn Kane]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t read anything from this author but I love the sound of this. It’s on the list to look at some reviews.

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $6.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

What does a work-life balance look like to recently retired professional athletes?

Ex-hockey player Nate Overton is trying to find out, but dipping his toes in the gay dating scene post-divorce is a daunting prospect even without the news that his show is on thin ice. Before he can tackle either issue, he skates headfirst into another problem—his new cohost. Former figure skater Aubrey Chase is the embodiment of a spoiled rich playboy. He’s also flamboyant, sharp, and hot as sin.

Aubrey knows how important it is to get off on the right foot. He’s just not very good at it outside the rink. Having spent his life desperate for attention, he’ll do anything to get it—even the wrong kind.

For Nate and Aubrey, opposites don’t so much attract as collide at center ice. But while Nate’s everything Aubrey has scrupulously avoided—until now—Aubrey falls suddenly head over heels, and Nate’s only looking for a rebound fling. Can Aubrey convince Nate to risk his heart again, or will their unexpected connection be checked at the first sign of trouble?

A Hero's Christmas Hope (Holidays in Heart Falls Book 3) by [Vivian Arend]

Status on the TR list : I always enjoy a Vivian Arend book – I’ve read second chance romances her before and enjoyed them. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £4.49

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

This hero needs a holiday miracle or two—and she’s just the one to deliver.

A standalone holiday story from New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.

Single father Ryan Zhao didn’t expect a ghost from his past to literally slide back into his life. His long-time friendship with Madison Joy is a pure, sweet memory, and with the holidays fast approaching, her surprise visit is perfect. Maddy’s a breath of fresh air, full of ideas and enthusiasm—and far too attractive to a lonely man like him. Best friends to lovers might be tempting, but it’s also dangerous since she’s leaving after Christmas.

Madison thrives on fixing things. If Ryan insists she stick around and bother him and his adorable daughter for all of December, she’ll do what she can to make his life brighter. Which means reviving their ugly sweater tradition, organizing a not-so-traditional Nutcracker—and fighting to keep from falling in love with her former best friend and his motherless child.

She’s already given up her dreams once to help take care of her family. No matter how much he wants her to stay, Ryan refuses to ask her to do it again for him and his little girl. Can holiday magic find a way to take these two lonely hearts from friends to forever?

The Way You Hold Me (Pure Talent Book 2) by [Elle Wright]

Status on the TR list : This cover is so damn cute. Again, another new author to me but I love the sound of it – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £4.39

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $7.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Dazzling, demanding mega-stars. Tabloid drama. Brilliant, unpredictable creators. Viral rumors. Ambitious, gifted newcomers. Internet-breaking crash-and-burns. The Pure Talent Agency team manages it all—even risking scandals of their own . . .
 
Skye Palmer puts out the biggest publicity fires for Pure Talent’s top names. But when an A-list Hollywood actress’s dream marriage proves anything but, Skye has to do nightmare damage control. Even worse, her ex-lover, attorney Garrett Steele, is crisis manager for her client’s powerful director husband. Now for Skye and Garrett, containing this disaster—and keeping their reignited passion in check—may be mission impossible . . .
 
Troubleshooting is what Garrett and his elite firm do best. But saving his client from career-killing bad news means battling the one woman Garrett’s never gotten over. And when joining forces with Skye leads to one steamy night together—followed by another and another—both their reputations are on the line. Yet now that they’ve turned up the heat, can they put a new spin on their future?

My Christmas Charade (Holiday Hat Trick Book 3) by [Melanie Ting]

Status on the TR list : I have read books by Melanie Ting and loved them- I do love a fake relationship book! On the list

Amazon UK Price : £3.00

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Em needs a horrible fake boyfriend.

For Em Davis, planner extraordinaire, life should run as smoothly as her economic forecasts. She’s got a checklist for the perfect boyfriend, and now she’s met Thomas, who ticks off all the boxes. The only problem is her parents keep rejecting her new men. But she has a solution: she’ll bring home someone so offensive that Thomas will shine in comparison.

Ian Reid is the perfect man for this role. He’s a foul-mouthed jerk who insults her each time they meet. How hard could it be to spend three days over Christmas with a sexist lunkhead to teach her picky parents to quit interfering with her love life?

The only thing that Em hasn’t calculated is that there’s a whole other side to this sexy ex-pro hockey player. And a lot can happen in three days.

My Christmas Charade The final book in the trilogy brings together the couple who have been fighting their attraction since they first met in My Viral Valentine. This book originated as Her Best Worst Boyfriend in the USA Today bestselling Hockey Holiday anthology. It has been expanded to four times its original length, but still has all the chemistry between the earthy Ian and the proper Em. .

How to Fail at Flirting by [Denise Williams]

Status on the TR list : Another new author but I was drawn in by the title. I am intrigued by the blurb – I do need to see some reviews.

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $9.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check . . . almost.

Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship – except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.

Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.

The Pearl (The Godwicks) by [Tiffany Reisz]

Status on the TR list : I love anything by Tiffany Reisz and this one looks like I will adore it too … on the list (I need spoliery reviews to look at the sub-plots first)

Amazon UK Price : £4.52

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

When Lord Arthur Godwick learns his younger brother is up to his bollocks in debt to Regan Ferry, owner of The Pearl Hotel, he agrees to work off the tab…in her bed. Soon the handsome but troubled Arthur discovers he’s a pawn in an erotic game of revenge–and nothing, including his lover, is what it seems.

A Winter Symphony: A Christmas Novella (The Original Sinners — Standalone Stories) by [Tiffany Reisz]

Status on the TR list : An orignal sinners book – always on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Shortly after the harrowing events of THE MISTRESS (Original Sinners book four), Kingsley realizes that to protect Juliette and their baby on the way, they need to leave New York and put their pasts behind them for good. Yet he’s waited all his life to have Søren back and now that he does, how will he tell the only man he’s ever loved he’s leaving him…again? And will Søren be able to let him go?

A WINTER SYMPHONY also features Original Sinners favorites Juliette, Mistress Nor

A Warm Heart in Winter (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by [J. R. Ward]

Status on the TR list : As long time readers know, I broke up with this series but I am always down for a book with Quinn and Blay.

Amazon UK Price : £5.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $7.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

Featuring one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s most iconic couples, Blay and Qhuinn find themselves looking forward to their official mating ceremony. When tragedy strikes just before the happy event, all hope seems lost – and everyone in the Black Dagger Brotherhood rallies around the two of them.

Will a freak winter storm bring the unthinkable, or will a warm heart in winter ensure that true love is not lost?

The Dragon's Christmas Treasure (Howls for the Holidays) by [Sophie Stern]

Status on the TR list : New to me author again but it’s freaking DRAGONS – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Even dragons have Christmas wishes…

Noam King has never liked Christmas. In his opinion, Christmas is the one time of year when people go out of their way to act terrible to each other. Whether it’s fighting over Christmas gifts, arguing about standing in line, or harassing shopkeepers who can’t keep enough items in stock, he’s tired of the holiday and would be happy to never celebrate again. His mother tells him that he’s nothing but a grouchy old dragonman who is acting out because he’s lonely, but he doesn’t think that’s true.

Heather has been alone for as long as she can remember. A single mother with a secret, she’s been running for what feels like years. Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year for her. Not only is she trying to keep food on the table, but she’s trying to make sure that her son has a Christmas that’s unforgettably wonderful.

When their paths cross, Noam is forced to make a choice.

Will he continue to despise the holiday?

Or this year, will he take a chance if it means meeting his Christmas mate?

After all, every dragon deserves a treasure.

Alice in Tinderland: A Steamy Rom Com by [Dorie Hackman]

Status on the TR list : I mean, I clicked on this due to the title but I loved the sound of the advanced reviews – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.00 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The eternal divorcée. Infinite options. A virulent addiction.

Alice is forever the Fresh Divorcee. Tinder, the sizzling dating app and Los Angeles, the night-life capital of the world, provide her with unlimited possibilities while on her way to finding the perfect match.

This world, however, is opportunistic and treacherous, and what seems like the realization of a dream, a mall full of males with endless attractive options, soon proves to be no simple challenge.

With the help of her girlfriends, Alice tries to learn how to filter through the onslaught of suitors in order to avoid disastrous dates with men who turn out to be either married or determined serial hunters. And yet Alice needs to find a way of keeping them on the back burner, just in case. She must learn how to deal with the temptation to pursue this addictive pastime.

Will Alice ultimately find what she’s looking for or will she get completely lost?

Hate To Love You by [P.E. Sutton]

Status on the TR list : I mean, it’s an enemies to lovers – I am in.

Amazon UK Price : £2.98 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, until Evan Jameson comes home for the Holidays. We’ve been enemies our entire lives. I never forgave him for what he did when he took our feud to a new level of hate. The best thing to ever happen to me, was when he moved away to the city. Now he’s back and I’m counting the days to his departure.

Bishop to Knight One (Diviner's Game Book 1) by [Jennifer Cody]

Status on the TR list : I’ll be honest, I clicked on this because I’m obsessed with Queen’s gambit but it does look fun. I do not have any experience with this author’s work.

Amazon UK Price : £3.01 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Deejay:

I have spent every day of the last ten years taking in and caring for my sisters’ sons. The problem is, we’re the sons of Naiads and I’ve never met a Nymph of any kind that cared about her male offspring. The boys don’t inherit the magic required to care for and connect to the waters of the earth, therefore they’re useless to the Naiads. Never mind that I have enough magic to wipe all Naiads off the planet altogether. Not that I would. Probably. My nephews deserve better than their mothers, and as long as those Naiads keep bringing me their sons, I won’t have to destroy them. I’ll even take their stepsons off their hands.

Yes, single parenting can get lonely. No, I’m not going to act on my attraction to my newest ‘nephew’, no matter how many boxes he ticks for me.

Matt:

The best thing my old man did for me and my brother was die. With him dead, his girlfriend brought Cary and me to live with her brother. Deejay is rich, powerful, and sometimes gives me heart palpitations. I will do whatever it takes except abandon him to make sure Deejay adopts my brother, even if that means I have to insinuate myself into every part of this powerful man’s life. I didn’t plan to woo him, but I won’t ignore the attraction between us for too much longer.

After all, who knows how long I have left to live what with every other person I meet trying to kill me. I don’t know what I did to Houston’s Non-Humans, but I won’t go down without a fight. Bring it.

Bishop to Knight One is a 115k age-gap MM paranormal romance.
Trigger warnings include: off-page past child abuse and on-page descriptive violence. In this family, the boys have tragic backstories.

Thank You, Next: A perfect, uplifting and funny romantic comedy by [Sophie Ranald]

Status on the TR list : It just sounds fun. On the list although I will be looking at reviews first.

Amazon UK Price : £1.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Seriously, why do guys on dating apps think I want a picture of what’s in their pants? I could open an art gallery with the collection I’ve got.

Zoe really doesn’t want to die alone and surrounded by cats. But it’s not looking good: she’s had sex precisely twice in the last year, and her feline friend isn’t the kind of male company she wants in bed…

Her top dating disasters include:

1) The guy who kissed her hand, took out a violin and serenaded her in public.
2) The guy who force-fed her oysters (she can confirm that they’re not an aphrodisiac).
3) The guy who was so hungover he turned up with his t-shirt on inside out, sweating sambuca.
4) The guy who brought his actual kid on a dinner date.

And don’t even get her started on the dick pics, or how on earth you’re supposed to know whether a total stranger is an axe murderer or not.

Zoe’s ready to give up on the search for love, until her friend has an idea. Robbie lives by his horoscope, and he’s sure she’s got this dating stuff all wrong. He dares her to work her way through the zodiac until she finds The One.

Usually Zoe would laugh at such a suggestion, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Could love be written in the stars? Or is she destined to end up alone, eating take-out in bed and watching endless re-runs of Friends?

A feel-good, fresh and fabulous page-turner for anyone who has torn their hair out over their love life, drunk their weight in wine to survive an awful date, or stared at their phone, willing it to ring. Fans of rom-coms by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin will absolutely love this laugh-out-loud tale.

Team Morgan: AMBW Winter Sports Romance by [Jade Moon, AMBW Press]

Status on the TR list : I ahven’t heard of this author before but I do like the sound of it – on the list

Amazon UK Price : £2.31 or free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $2.99 or free on KU

Amazon US Link : HERE

AMBW Press is excited to present – Team Morgan.
Teammates, Xavier and Morgan, have been inseparable throughout their volleyball careers. Still, when Xavier decides to move on after retirement, leaving Morgan heartbroken, she bravely decides to create a different life for herself. Then fate intervenes…

A Chance Reunion
Blinding Blizzards
Peril and Rescue

All of these things make a certain someone realize just how much they need the other person in their life.

Length: Short Novel

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