New Romance Book Release Post : Top Pick of the releases of the week of 26th July 2021

Posted July 26, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

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.

No links on here are affliiate links.

Call Me Maybe: Could it be love at first talk? (Love Lines) by [Cara Bastone]

Status on the TR List : I love Cara Bastone – this is pre-ordered.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.44

US Kindle Link : HERE

Paint your toes. Pick up the wrong coffee and bagel order. Drive from Brooklyn to Jersey in traffic so slow you want to tear your hair out. It’s amazing all the useless things I can accomplish while on hold for three hours with customer service. Three hours when I should be getting the Date-in-a-Box website ready to launch at the big business expo in a few days. Except my shiny new website is glitching, and my inner rage-monster is ready to scorch some earth…when he finally picks up. Not the robot voice I expected but a real live human named Cal. He’s surprisingly helpful and really knows his stuff, even if he’s a little awkward…in an adorable way.

And suddenly I’m flirting with him? And I think he’s flirting back.

And suddenly it’s been hours, and we’re still on the phone talking and ordering each other takeout while he troubleshoots my website.

And suddenly we’re exchanging numbers and sending texts and DMs every day, leaving voice mails (who even does that anymore?!).

And suddenly I’m wondering if it’s possible for two people to fall in love at first talk.

Because I’m falling…hard.

The Adversary: A Novella of the Elder Races (The Chronicles of Rhyacia Book 2) by [Thea Harrison]

Status on the TR List : I adore Dragos and Pia – another instalment is always welcomed so this is on the list.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : 2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

From NYT bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the explosive conclusion to The Unseen!

When Dragos and Pia move to the Other land of Rhyacia, they hope starting a new life will bring safety and freedom to their family, especially their young baby, Niall. And at first their new home seems perfect… but looks are deceiving.

Beneath Rhyacia’s idyllic façade an ancient, malevolent force lurks, waiting for the right opportunity to break free of its cage. When that opportunity comes, it strikes with devastating accuracy.

While Dragos has never backed down from a fight, he’s also never encountered an enemy like this one before. How can he fight a foe who doesn’t have a body? A foe who can invade and turn his own mind against him?

How can Dragos protect his family, when at any moment one of them may become the enemy?

As Dragos and Pia race against time to fight this unseen menace, they must also acknowledge a terrifying truth—when anyone can become the enemy, no one can be trusted.

An adversary who can trap the dragon poses a threat to everyone in Rhyacia, and that means no one is safe…

***This book does NOT end on a cliffhanger***

The Duke Goes Down: The Duke Hunt by [Sophie Jordan]

Status on the TR List : I love Sophie Jordan’s historicals – this is on the list.

UK Price : £3.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $6.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The Bastard Rogue…  

Peregrine Butler’s privileged blue-blooded world is rocked to the core when it is revealed he was born before his parents’ marriage and therefore is not the legal heir to the dukedom. Facing ruin, Perry must use his charm and good looks to win an heiress—all the while ignoring his fascination with the one interfering and alluring chit who is intent on sabotaging his efforts.  

The Lady Vicar…  

Everyone knows Imogen Bates, the virtuous daughter of the senile vicar. She can write a sermon in a day and spot a rogue in a second, so she sees right through Perry’s seductive façade. But Imogen’s plan to protect the heiresses of her beloved Shropshire from the erstwhile Duke of Penning, the bane of her existence since childhood, soon turns into something altogether unacceptable for the proper lady … who suddenly finds herself longing to keep his heated glances and tempting kisses all to herself. 

Devil in Disguise by [Lisa Kleypas]

Status on the TR List : I enjoy Lisa Kleypas – this is on the list.

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.72

US Kindle Link : HERE

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.

Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

That Deep River Feeling: Steamy Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Alaska Homecoming Book 3) by [Jackie Ashenden]

Status on the TR List : I love this series – on the list.

UK Price : £4.79

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $6.15

US Kindle Link : HERE

Jackie Ashenden brings the heat to Alaska in her contemporary romance featuring:An independent woman dedicated to protecting her town—and her heartA mysterious mountain man with a past shrouded in secretsA small Alaska town that’ll take your breath away

Zeke Calhoun doesn’t care much about Deep River, but he’ll do just about anything to keep the promise he made to look out for his best friend’s sister.

As the sole police officer in Deep River, Morgan West won’t be bossed around, but Zeke is irresistible. He’s tough, challenging, and all kinds of sexy, but getting involved is the last thing on her mind. Or is it…?

Not the Kind of Earl You Marry (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair Book 1) by [Kate Pembrooke]

Status on the TR List : Honestly, I haven’t heard of this author before but this sounds cute as hell – on the list.

UK Price : £4.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.14

US Kindle Link : HERE

The one woman in London who doesn’t want to marry him is now his fiancée.

William Atherton, Earl of Norwood, is as shocked as the rest of London to discover his betrothal via an announcement in the morning paper. Furious at what appears to be a shrewd marriage trap, William tracks down his alleged fiancée before her plans can affect his campaign for a coveted political post. But then William realizes an engagement, however fake, may benefit them both . . .

Miss Charlotte Hurst may be a wallflower, but she’s no shrinking violet. She would never attempt such an underhanded scheme, especially not with a man as haughty or sought-after as Norwood. Yet his suggestion to play along with the betrothal has its merits . . . and the longer they pretend, the more undeniably real their feelings become. But when the true culprit behind their engagement is revealed, can their newfound happiness survive the scandal?

The Man Ban by [Nicola Marsh]

Status on the TR List : Again, I haven’t heard of this but the blurb has intrigued me – on the list!

UK Price : £7.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $9.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

When you swear off men for the foreseeable future, that means no dating. Hookups don’t count, right?

Harper Ryland has been on a self-imposed man ban for the last twelve months, after a particularly horrible breakup. Instead, she’s focusing on the one thing she can control: her career as an up-and-coming food stylist. Harper’s latest gig is her best friend’s wedding, and she receives glowing praise throughout the night. When the Best Man, Manny Gomes, belittles her hard work, she wants to stab him with skewers from the buffet table, but she can think of something much better: to lead him on the entire wedding and then humiliate him in sweet revenge.

When the handsome Anglo-Indian doctor shows up in New Zealand a week later, while Harper’s on her first international job, it’s the last thing she needs. Everything about him rubs her the wrong way, but when suave Manny steps in to help after an unfortunate disaster, his chivalry gets under her skin a little, and Harper discovers lifting her ban while overseas is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Manny isn’t looking for anything but fun either–especially not marriage, like his grandmother Izzy keeps pushing on him. But there’s something about Harper that makes him want more, even though she keeps her distance, and they’re about to discover how far he’s willing to go to be with her. .

The Friend Zone (Quicksand Book 6) by [Delaney Diamond]

Status on the TR List : Friends to lovers – I am in. Love Delaney Diamond although this series is new to me.. I need to see if I need to read it in order.

UK Price : £2.89

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Their friendship is strong. Their attraction is stronger.

For years, English professor Dana Lindstrom has been crushing on her friend, ex-NFL football player Omar Bradford. When another man sparks her interest, she embarks on a new relationship to help her get over those feelings for Omar.

To Omar, Dana is a prize he’s held at arm’s length for years, stifling his long-held feelings for her to preserve their close relationship. When Dana’s new love interest stirs intense jealousy, he’ll risk their friendship to show her once and for all he’s the only man she’ll ever need.

How to Seduce Your Husband (How To Fall In Love Book 4) by [Vivian Fox]

CAStatus on the TR List : How lovely is this cover? I love the premise .. on the KU list.

UK Price : KU or 77p

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $0.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

I didn’t marry a billionaire for him to divorce me and leave me with nothing.

Stupid prenups. I’m not going out that easy though. If we sleep together during our separation it will restart the clock on our divorce and give me another year to find someone new. Easy. I’ll just have to seduce him and I’ve hired professional help to get the job done. I. Will. Not. Fail.

Will Angel be able to seduce Damion and keep up her lifestyle? Or will old feelings make her plan harder than she expected?

The Fall In Love Series is a romantic adventure series where we follow our heroes and heroines risk it all for love! As always, each book can be read as a stand-a-lone and are safe, sweet and steamy. Enjoy!

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