New Romance Book Releases 25th – 31st Oct 2020 : Nix’s Top Picks of this weeks HEA.

Posted October 25, 2020 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.

If the Boot Fits (Cowboys of California Book 2) by [Rebekah Weatherspoon]

Status on the TR List : Loved the first in this series and this is pre-ordered. Gotta love a cowboy….

Amazon UK Price : £4.58

Amazon UK Link : Link

Amazon US Price : $7.31

Amazon US Link : Here

From award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspooncomes a thoroughly modern take on the timeless tale of a struggling Cinderella who finds her prince charming at the eleventh hour—and the adventure that ensues the morning after . . .

Working as the personal assistant to one of Hollywood’s cruelest divas has left Amanda Queen more determined than ever to sell her screenplay and gain her independence. In the meantime, she’ll settle for a temporary escape. When her employer is felled by the flu on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, Amanda gets her glam on, struts out the door, and parties with the glitterati. But she never expects to come face to face—and closer than close—with one of the hottest stars in the game . . .
 
Following up his first Oscar win with a steamy after-hours romp with an enigmatic woman seems like the perfect way for actor Sam Pleasant to celebrate—until she suddenly disappears. Worse, she’s vanished with the wrong swag bag: the one containing his Oscar statue, leaving Sam even more intrigued about the beauty’s identity—and wondering if a repeat performance of their amazing night is in the stars. And when a second chance encounter happens, only a trip to Sam’s family ranch—and revealing the whole, not-always-glamorous, truth about themselves—will give them a chance to turn one magical night into forever . . .

Crazy Stupid Bromance: The Bromance Book Club returns with an unforgettable friends-to-lovers rom-com! by [Lyssa Kay Adams]

Status on the TR List : I really enjoyed book one – this one is on the list too.

UK Amazon Price : £2.99

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : $3.25

US Amazon Link : Here

Has the Bromance Book Club met its greatest challenge?

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters and to make a life-altering request. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts – her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a security expert, using his old skills only for the right cause. But Noah has a secret: he’s madly in love with Alexis and has never found the right moment to confess his crush.

Now that Alexis needs him more than ever, luckily The Bromance Book Club are on hand with their trusty ‘manuals’ to guide this romance-novel-sceptic out of the friend zone and into taking a shot at the best relationship he’s ever had…

Crown of One Hundred Kings (Nine Kingdoms Trilogy Book 1) by [Rachel Higginson]

Status on the TR list : I am fascinated by this book. I adore Rachel Higginsons romance books so fantasy intrigues me …

UK Amazon Price : Free on KU / £3.86

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : Free on KU/$4.99

US Amazon Link : Here

A lost princess…

Tessana Allisand had a family once. A home. A title. A future. Until one night when everything she loved was taken from her. Secreted away to an isolated monastery in the farthest region of the realm, Tess was raised in the silence of monks and the loneliness of tragedy. And there she would have stayed if the dark magic that killed her family hadn’t finally found her.

An impossible quest…

With her identity discovered, Tessana must face the home she fled all those years ago. The Crown of Nine must return to its rightful place and Tess must be the one to carry it across the nine kingdoms. And when she arrives? She’ll need to convince a dying kingdom that the crown that has belonged to one hundred kings should be given to a queen.

A rebellious prince…

Taelon Treskinat was in love once. With a princess. The daughter of a slaughtered king. He risked everything to save her, to make sure she survived. When that same princess tumbles back into his life no longer the scared little girl he remembers from childhood, he must decide where his duty lies. With the girl that will threaten everything he knows and loves. Or the kingdom he will do anything to protect.

His Grumpy Childhood Friend (Cider Bar Sisters Book 2) by [Jackie Lau]

Status on the TR List : I really love Jackie Lau’s books … she gets better and better. This is on the TR List.

UK Amazon Price : £2.99

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : $3.99

US Amazon Link : Here

It’s been five years since Charlotte Tam had to endure a public proposal at a baseball game—literally the stuff of her nightmares—and realized her ex never really knew her. She hasn’t dated since, afraid that no man will understand her cranky, introverted, coffee-obsessed self, but she wants to try again. Her friend suggests she ask a guy to ease her into the dating game and give her some lessons.

That night at the cider bar, Charlotte runs into Mike Guo, her childhood best friend who lived in the house next door twenty years ago. Surely easygoing Mike, who is now surprisingly handsome, must do well in the world of love. He’s the perfect candidate for this.

But as they go on practice dates around Toronto and even have kissing lessons, Charlotte starts to fall for Mike, and that was never part of the plan. He’s too different from her, just like her ex—how could it work? And she suspects Mike has secrets of his own…

Can their childhood friendship really become love?

Gurpreet and the Wrong Twin: Small Town Fake Relationship Romance (Five Friends With Chai Book 3) by [Sookh Kaur]

Status on the TR List : I really am enjoying this series. This is on the TR list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.09

Amazon UK Link : Here

Amaon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : Here

I want candles, 1000 yellow daisies, airport confessions of undying love. What else is romance about?

For the last thirty years, I’ve watched every single rom-com with one goal in mind: find my perfect guy.

That’s why, when I meet Dheeraj, I think he’s the one. Wandering under moonlight? Check. Witty banter over samosas? Check. Flagging down a cab for me at midnight like I’m Indian Cinderella? Check.

There’s only one problem. Bik Grewal. The twin.

He’s moody, quiet, and frustratingly clever.

Why is it when I have perfect Dheeraj at my side, it’s Bik who makes me open up about my shameful past?

I hide my hurts with a smile, but Bik’s arrogant green eyes have a disturbing way of seeing behind this cheerful mask.

It keeps getting in the way of my perfect relationship with Dheeraj.

What’s worse, Bik’s making me question things I don’t want to.

Like what does being in love really mean?

Bitterburn (Gothic Fairytales Book 1) by [Ann Aguirre]

Status on the TR List : I do love Ann Aguirre books and this is based on Fairy Tales … totally on the list. Some good reviews are already there.

UK Amazon Price : £2.41

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : $2.99

US Amazon Link : Here

Amarrah Brewer is desperate and grief-stricken.
For ages, the town of Bitterburn has sent tribute to the Keep at the End of the World, but a harsh winter leaves them unable to pay the toll that keeps the Beast at bay. Amarrah volunteers to brave what no one has before—to end the threat or die trying.

The Beast of Bitterburn has lost all hope.
One way or another, Njål has been a prisoner for his entire life. Monstrous evil has left him trapped and lonely, and he believes that will never change. There is only darkness in his endless exile, never light. Never warmth. Until she arrives.

It’s a tale as old as time… where Beauty goes to confront the Beast and falls in love instead.

Rescue You (Dogwood County Book 1) by [Elysia Whisler]

Status on the TR List : It drew me in as it has dogs on the front and I’m a sucker for that. It has some decent reviews so it is on the list

Amazon UK Price Point : £5.99

Amazon UK Link : Here

Amazon US Price Point : $9.99

Amazon US Link : Here

She needs a fresh start. He’s got scars that haven’t healed. With the help of some rescue dogs, they’ll discover that everyone deserves a chance at happiness.

After a year of heartbreak and loss, the only thing keeping Constance afloat is the dog rescue she works at with her sister, Sunny. Desperate for a change, Constance impulsively joins a new gym, even though it seems impossibly hard, and despite the gym’s prickly owner.

Rhett Santos keeps his gym as a refuge for his former-military brothers and to sweat out his own issues. He’s ready to let the funny redhead join, but unprepared for the way she wiggles past his hard-won defenses.

When their dog rescue is threatened, the sisters fight to protect it. And they need all the help they can get. As Rhett and Constance slowly open up to each other, they’ll find that no one is past rescuing; what they need is the right person—or dog—to save them.

The Duke Effect (Rogue Files) by [Sophie Jordan]

Status on the TR List : This is on the list but I need to see some more reviews. I didn’t mind the last book but it didn’t blow me away … I need to see what other people think of this.

UK Price Point : £3.49

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Price Point : $6.99

US Amazon Link : Here

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan continues her bestselling Rogue Files series with this captivating romance that will thrill her many fans.

She doesn’t care about love…

Despite being surrounded by her happily wed sisters, Nora Langley prefers botany to ballrooms and would rather spend a lifetime in her laboratory than consider affairs of the heart. An expert herbalist, Nora has been masquerading as her late physician father for years, dispensing invaluable medical advice. She corresponds with people all over the world, including an old army colonel. But when the man shows up on her doorstep, he is nothing like she expected—he is a young, handsome heir to a dukedom who suddenly threatens everything she holds dear.

He only cares about duty…

Constantine Sinclair arrives on the Langley doorstep in a desperate bid to save the woman who raised him, the Duchess of Birchwood … only to discover that the venerable doctor he expected is a bold and lovely charlatan. Furious at the deception, he vows to reveal her secrets. Determined to prove her skills, Nora promises to save the duchess in exchange for Con keeping her secret. Con reluctantly agrees… and soon Nora’s brilliant, headstrong ways are throwing his carefully controlled life into chaos. What happens when the rigid soldier begins to lose his grip on his heart?

Black Witch Magic: A BWWM Paranormal Romance (Paranormal Hunters Book 1) by [Mila Nicks]

Status on the TR List : I just love the premise of this. I’ve never heard of the author before but, as it is KU, it is on that list.

UK Amazon Price : Free on KU/ £3.05

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : $3.99

US Amazon Link : Here

Librarian by day, cursed witch by night:

Selene Blackstone spends her days camped out in library corners with her nose glued to books. In a town like Brimrock, where she’s an outcast, she prefers her book friends to her real-life enemies. They’re a lot less judgmental. The rest of town believes she descends from a family of witches—including her evil witch grandma, Luna. In this case, the truth is stranger than fiction. She is a witch, and she’s cursed for all of eternity. Good thing her to-be-read list is pretty long…

Prickly Paranormal Investigator Aiden O’Hare speaks two languages: sarcasm and more sarcasm. He travels the country—and sometimes even the world—investigating strange phenomena with his best friend, Eddie. Their investigations bring them to a cozy New England town called Brimrock, home to fabled evil witch Luna Blackstone. Armed with his dry wit, his bibliophilic love for books, and far too much free time, he’s determined to find out just what happened to Luna…

When Aiden meets Selene, he decides he must get to know her. When Selene learns Aiden is in town investigating her grandma, she knows she must stop him. He’s out to expose the truth. She’s out to keep it a secret. Neither expects to fall under each other’s spell, but sometimes love is supernatural.

Black Witch Magic is episode 1 in the Paranormal Hunters series. It is an interracial love story with a medium heat level. The content of this book is not suitable for individuals under the age of 18.

We Don't Talk Anymore (The Don't Duet Book 1) by [Julie Johnson]

Status on the TR List : I mean, breaking my heart to save my life is a bit of an odd addition to a blurb but it has caught my attention. On the list to see some reviews.

UK Amazon Price : £3.99

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : $4.99

US Amazon Link : Here

We’re just friends. Well… we used to be.”

For as long as I can remember, Archer Reyes has been by my side.
My closest confidant.
My truest ally.
My best friend.

That is, until the summer we turned eighteen, when I started picturing him as something else entirely.

The love of my life.

I knew confessing my feelings wasn’t going to be easy; I had no idea he’d reject me so cruelly… or that he was only breaking my heart to save my life…

FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIE JOHNSON…. a heart-stopping new story of first love, second chances, and the lengths we go to hold onto each other when everything else falls apart. WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE is the first part of a duet. Part two, WE DON’T LIE ANYMORE, will be released December 2020.

Home Is Where You Are (Midnight in Dallas Book 1) by [Melissa Grace]

Status on the TR list : Again, a cover with pets on it that drew my attention!! The blurb is very cute though and the advanced reviews are pretty good. On the list.

UK Amazon Price : £3.08

UK Amazon Link : Here

US Amazon Price : $3.99

US Amazon Link : Here

Olivia Sinclair left her dreams of a music career behind, along with her hopes for love and a family. With her husband having left her for more fertile pastures, she’s content to focus her energy on her thriving bakery, a new home, and an ornery rescue cat named Mama. That is until Liv’s best friend drags her to a concert where she meets the handsome (and much younger) frontman of the popular band, Midnight in Dallas.

Jaxon Slade is looking for a little inspiration. Up against a deadline, his ability to write music has escaped him. But when he meets Liv backstage, all of that changes. Jax is instantly captivated by her witty sense of humor and effortlessly beautiful voice. As the two grow closer, he begins to see a future with Liv by his side. All he has to do is convince her that their connection is worth the risk.

But when Jax suggests taking their relationship to the stage as a duo, fame makes some of the most painful details of Liv’s past public, testing her belief in their relationship and herself. Liv must decide between being the woman the world and her ex told her she was, or choosing the woman she was always meant to be. Home Is Where You Are, the first in the Midnight in Dallas series, is a story of love, friendship, and the family we choose.

An Unexpected Gift by [Kate Pearce]

Status on the TR List : I do like a Kate Pearce book. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £1.98

Amazon UK Link : Here

Amazon US Price : $2.99

Amazon US Link : Here

*Previously appeared in the anthology A Season to Celebrate

From New York Times bestselling author Kate Pearce comes a tale of love and second chances that will warm your heart for the holidays . . .
 
Widower Billy Morgan can’t help wishing his grown children still needed him. Good thing his longtime friend, Bella Williams, still does. She’s planning her son’s Christmas wedding and Billy is more than happy to help. Along the way they just might discover they have even more in common than they thought—and find their own occasion to celebrate . .

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