New Romance Book Release Post : Top Picks from Nix

Posted January 24, 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.

Flirting with Forever (Forever Yours Book 3) by [Cara Bastone]

Status on the TR list : I adore this series and this author. I am so excited for this book.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Sometimes you get a second chance at a first impression

Mary Trace is bright, bubbly and back in the dating pool in her midthirties. All of her closest friends are in love, and she refuses to miss out on romance. So when a regular customer at her trendy Brooklyn boutique wants to set Mary up on a blind date with her son, she gives a hesitant yes. John Modesto-Whitford is gorgeous and well-groomed, so maybe dinner won’t be a total bust—until he drops a less-than-flattering comment about Mary’s age.

Desperate to be nothing like his snake of a politician father, public defender John Modesto-Whitford prides himself on his honesty and candor. But his social awkwardness and lack of filter just blew it with the most beautiful woman he’s ever dated.

Luckily, Mom’s machinations keep Mary and John running into each other all summer long, and soon they resort to fake dating to get her to back off. When their pretense turns to real friendship—and some surprisingly hot chemistry—can these two stubborn individuals see past their rocky start to a rock-solid future together?

Then There Was You (Hqn) by [Mona Shroff]

Status on the TR list : After reading the reviews I will say that this cover does NOT adequately cover the story – there is a content warning for a school shooting and it is apparently distressing. I do want to read it. I haven’t read this author before – it is on the list

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The wrong man never felt so right.

When helicopter medic Daniel Bliant answers an emergency call at Phil’s Bar, he can’t believe who the bartender is: the beautiful woman he saw in his ER months before and hasn’t been able to stop thinking about. He should forget her. After all, he knows he’s damaged goods. But Annika is intelligent, fun and totally stunning—the breath of life he desperately needs after the incident that left him shattered.

Annika Mehta is doing just fine. She loves her job as a kindergarten teacher, even if the pay is low and she has a side gig working at Phil’s. At least the bar owners are more like family. Sure, she’s reeling from a bad breakup and the terrible event that caused it, but she’s fine. Really. What she doesn’t need is Daniel. He’s wrong for her in every single way—so why is their chemistry off the charts?

Big Bad Wolf (Third Shift Book 1) by [Suleikha Snyder]

Status on the TR list : I have read this author’s work previously and enjoyed it – and it has been an age since I read a new PNR. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £5.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$7.49

Amazon US Link : HERE

They call him a monster. More wolf than man—more dangerous than any predator.
They have no idea.

Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. He took out the mobsters responsible for killing his foster brother, and that one act of vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York’s supernatural-controlled underworld. He knows that shifters like him deserve the worst. Darkness. Pain. Solitude. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever.

Lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia knows Joe is guilty, but she’s determined to help him craft a solid defense…even if she can’t defend her own obsession. Just one look from the wolf shifter makes her skin burn hot and her pulse race. When a payback hit goes wrong, Neha’s forced to make a choice: help Joe escape or leave him to his fate. Before long they’re on the run?from the monsters who want him dead, from their own traitorous hearts, and from an attraction that threatens to destroy them.

A Good Old-Fashioned Cowboy by [Maisey Yates, Caitlin Crews, Nicole Helm, Jackie Ashenden]

Status on the TR list : New Cowboys!! I enjoy all of these authors so this is on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$6.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Four best friends return home to find more than they ever dared dream of in this delightful quartet from bestselling authors Maisey Yates, Caitlin Crews, Jackie Ashenden and Nicole Helm.

When they were girls, best friends Hope, Charity, Pru and Kit made a pact. If, at thirty, they weren’t happy with their lives, they would return home to Jasper Creek, Oregon. And when Hope’s wedding implodes, they decide it’s time.

While Hope is uncertain she’ll find her way back to the man she left behind, Kit finds herself kissing the man of her high school fantasies, good girl Charity decides to have some fun with a bad boy and Pru develops feelings for the one man she shouldn’t touch—her brother’s best friend.

All they wanted was to make their small-town childhood dreams a reality. But along the way, these four women also have to contend with their very own good old-fashioned cowboys…

Fierce at Heart (The Kincaids of Pine Harbour) by [Zoe York]

Status on the TR list : I really enjoy Zoe York’s books and a mariage of convienience is up my street. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Marriage is for suckers—Adam and Isla agreed on that when they got hitched.

Adam Kincaid has a lot to prove: as a brand-new firefighter, as the youngest of five brothers in a small town where everyone is curious about your business, and as an unexpected newlywed.

Isla Petersen knows exactly what she’s getting into: a marriage of convenience with a younger man, a soldier she once commanded when she was an army captain. And she knows what she’s getting in return: a bakery of her own.

This is a standalone story of two friends who don’t believe in love, but do believe in each other. Welcome back to Pine Harbour!

Won't Go Home Without You (Richardson Sisters Book 2) by [Cheris Hodges]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t read the first book in the series but I do like Cheris Hodges work – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £6.26

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$7.69

Amazon US Link : HERE

A refuge in good times and bad, there’s nothing the four very different Richardson sisters won’t do to sustain their family’s legacy—a historic bed-and-breakfast in Charleston, South Carolina. Now, as one sister celebrates new love, another’s heart is sorely tested . . .
One night only—that’s all Robin Richardson-Baptiste will give the husband she once adored. She thought nothing could shatter their storybook marriage—not illness or a life-saving operation that left her unable to have children. For her husband, Dr. Logan Baptiste, told her in a thousand unspoken ways their love was all he needed. But now, in the face of overwhelming evidence, his co-worker, Kamrie, claims Logan fathered her son.
Logan can’t recall what happened with Kamrie—and DNA never lies. He does know he’s never stopped loving his gentle, courageous wife. But doing whatever it takes to uncover the truth, and save his marriage, not to mention his career, will challenge them like never before. And one night of undivided attention and desire may be the only thing to heal their hearts, reveal all—or shatter things beyond repair . . .

Capturing the Earl (The Wallflowers of West Lane Book 3) by [A.S. Fenichel]

Status on the TR list : I confess, I have not read book two but I enjoy book one. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £4.20

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$7.19

Amazon US Link : HERE

The friendship of four young ladies has created an indestructible bond to protect one another from the perils of love and marriage . . .
After the demise of her friend’s disastrous marriage, Mercedes Parsons isn’t about to let the widowed Wallflower of West Lane, Lady Aurora Radcliff, undertake another perilous trip to the altar. At least, not before the bridegroom-to-be is thoroughly investigated. If only Mercy could stop her uncharacteristic daydreaming about Wesley Renshaw’s charm, his intellect, his dashing good looks. After all, the earl has already set his sights on her best friend! She must keep her wits about her and avoid giving into temptation.
Wesley is both irritated and intrigued by the machinations of Mercy—He cannot let her cleverness and beauty distract him. He needs to marry her friend, Aurora, so he can reclaim his family’s ancestral home. A wrong he has hoped to right his entire life. Besides, who is penniless spinster Mercedes Parsons to decide whom he can and cannot marry? Yet while he admires her unwavering loyalty to her friends, he decides it’s high time the misguided woman had a dose of her own medicine. Two can play at this spying game. But they are both embarked on a dangerous charade. And it won’t be merely Mercy’s reputation at risk—or her heart on the line—as Wesley comes to the inescapable conclusion that he has found the right woman at exactly the wrong time.

The Ex Talk by [Rachel Lynn Solomon]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t read this author before but this sounds interesting. On the list (but not at this proce point)

Amazon UK Price : £7.49

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$9.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.
Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. 
When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.  
As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

Respect (The Men of Mafia St. Clair Book 1) by [Celeste Granger]

Status on the TR list : I do like Celeste Granger’s work – this is on the list.

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £5.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

She fell for him in Denver. But that’s only part of who he is.

Interior designer, Noel Livingston, continues her quest to expand her business relationship with business mogul, Nicholas St. Clair, a relationship that began in Denver, Colorado. When she travels to Las Vegas, Noel learns there is much more to Nicholas than meets the eye. His lifestyle is dangerous and risky and intriguing. He is a mafioso.

Accepting new things is hard for Noel. Accepting this part of who Nick is, is even harder. Yet, there’s a fiery spark between them, a passionate, sexual tension that neither can deny. His presence is compelling and unrelenting, and Noel finds it hard to resist the pull on her heart. Nicholas fights for what he believes in and fiercely protects the ones he loves. He has staked his claim on Noel and marked her as his own. Nicholas will not be denied.

This is a standalone that ends with a HEA. This is the continuation of Noel and Nicholas’ story from St. Clair’s Silent Night.

Baker & The Geek: A Steamy Small Town Romance (Magnolia Falls Book 1) by [Chelsea Millen]

Status on the TR list : I am a sucker for a big family, small town romance and this one comes with good reviews. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £2.20

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Six siblings, six happily-ever-afters, and one small town… Are you ready to meet the Austins of Magnolia Falls?

Jax Austin has savior syndrome. If it can be fixed, Jax will fix it. When the quirky, hunky geek crosses paths with down-on-her-luck baker Bekah Murphy, sparks fly. But Bekah isn’t available. Jax should’ve put two and two together when the gorgeous cake connoisseur smashed a frosted cupcake in his face… But his family taught him the best things in life are worth fighting for.

Bekah Murphy refuses to be the damsel in distress. She’s done running from her problems. Her career as a caterer may be over, her longterm relationship has ended, and she had to move towns to escape her ex, but Bekah isn’t giving up. This is her last chance to take control of her life. It would be so easy if she let Jax help her. But for that to happen, Bekah needs to do the thing she’s most afraid of–open up.

Together, they’re the perfect fit, like a sundae on a hot summer day. But neither Jax nor Bekah are ready for the heat, and once that ice cream melts, there’s no going back…

Baker and the Geek is the first book in the Magnolia Falls, steamy small town romance series. Perfect if you love delicious baked treats and a sexy-sweet love story worth the calories.

Hero Ever After: A Novel by [Sarah  Ready]

Status on the TR list : I have read such good reviews for this book – I do love the premise. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

She needs a hero. He needs a second chance.

Single mom Ginny Weaver needs a hero. Not an average hero. Not an everyday hero. A full-fledge, honest to goodness, super-duper A-list movie star, comic book action hero.
And she’ll do anything to get one.

Liam Stone is a washed-up, has-been, former Hollywood superhero – now dubbed “the super zero”.
He isn’t what Ginny needs.

But Ginny’s six year old daughter is sick and she has one last wish…

So, Ginny and Liam make a deal. Ginny will get a cape-wearing superhero for her daughter and Liam will get his chance at redemption.

But deals come with unexpected consequences, like questioning what really makes a hero, or a family, and whether or not love has anything to do with it.

Maybe, just maybe…love makes heroes of us all.

A single mom with nothing to lose
A former movie star looking for redemption
A heartwarming contemporary romance and romantic comedy that will make you believe in heroes again

Hero Ever After – a new romance novel from Sarah Ready the author of The Fall in Love Checklist

The Sexy Times Bookshop by [Katie Kaleski]

Status on the TR list : This just looks cute – not many reviews but they are all positive!

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £3.70

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Hannah’s pregnant & in town just for the summer, but a bookshop job & her ex-crush from high school might keep her around.

On the cusp of graduating college, Hannah discovers she’s pregnant, which doesn’t fit into the plans her mom has laid out for Hannah’s future. So when she goes home for the summer, hiding it seems like the smart choice, but then her mom finds out.

Now banned from her mom’s house, Hannah doesn’t have a job or a place to live. Lucky for her, The Sexy Times Bookshop is hiring, and a free room above the store comes with the position, and it just so happens to be down the street from the bakery her high school love, Maisie Santiago, owns. But Maisie isn’t exactly happy to see her.

After a few run-ins around town, she and Maisie start to reconnect, and all the while, she begins to build friendships with all the characters that stop in the shop. But when an opportunity falls into her lap, she has to figure out if friendship and love are enough to keep her around.

-Bisexual/Lesbian Romance
*this book contains a birthing scene

Before I Saw You: The delightful and emotional love-story of 2021 by [Emily Houghton]

Status on the TR list : Such a cute looking book and it does have some great reviews. I have put this on the list

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : ?

Amazon US Link : HERE


Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night.

Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he’s eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour’s face won’t happen any time soon.

Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can’t even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone else to see her. She keeps the curtain around her bed firmly closed, but it doesn’t stop Alfie trying to get to know her. And gradually, as he slowly brings Alice out of her shell, might there even be potential for more?

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