New Romance Book Releases 8th August 2021 : Nix’s Top Picks

Posted August 8, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

Welcome to Top Picks. This is a weekly post which features books out this week which have caught my eye.

These 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 has engaged in bad behaviour, tell me in the comments and the book will be removed.

No links on here are affliiate links.

Just Not That Into Billionaires: An enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy by [Annika  Martin]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t heard of this series before but the reviews are very good. It also says I don’t need to read it in order … secret marriage is a trope I think I may enjoy!

UK Price : £3.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Francine is stunned when she discovers she’s been married—for the last ten years—to Benny, her surly, nerdy frenemy she worked with one summer in Vegas.

How in the world did they end up married? Though there was a certain drunken night….

She tracks Benny down, sure he’ll be as shocked about the marriage as she is, sure he’ll be happy to dissolve their union ASAP so she can get the documents she desperately needs.

She’s surprised to find that Benny is now a cold, wolfish billionaire. And yes, he’ll sign the paperwork…for a price: she has to spend the next three weeks playing his adoring wife.

**These stand-alone romcoms in this series can be read in any order!**

Most Eligible Billionaire (Henry & Vicky)
The Billionaire’s Wake-up Call Girl (Lizzie & Theo)
Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules (Max & Mia)
The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée (Rex and Tabitha)
Return Billionaire to Sender (Noelle & Malcolm)
Just Not That Into Billionaires (Francine & Benny)

So Happy Together: Two Konigsburg, Texas, Novellas by [Meg Benjamin]

Status on the TR List : The Konisburg series is one of my favourite small town romances. I reread books 1-3 regularly – I will read this.

UK Price : £2.15

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

So Happy Together: Two novellas from Meg Benjamin’s beloved Konigsburg, Texas, series.

In Shelter From the Storm, Chico Burnside and his beloved Andy Wells are being driven slowly crazy by Chico’s wedding-mad mom. Andy’s ready to call off the marriage, but then she’s trapped in a low-water crossing during a flash flood, and it’s up to Chico to rescue her. Can the two of them find a way back to Konigsburg and a way out of the Wedding From Hell? Maybe— with the help of some backcountry neighbors.

In Going Up In Flames, Jorge Delgado can cook anything, and now he’s running the Barbecue King’s food truck for the Sapphire Falls Town Festival. But his new assistant has him feeling some heat that doesn’t come from the firebox. And as if that weren’t enough, someone’s trying to sabotage his smoker and keep the people of Sapphire Falls from discovering the delights of Texas barbecue. Can a couple of cooks beat the odds and stir up something sweet together? We’ll see. For now, they’ve got a vandal to catch—and barbecue to cook.

The Reality of Us by [Vanessa North]

Status on the TR List : I do enjoy books by Vanessa North – on the list.

UK Price : £3.63

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The reality of Alden…
Arrogant. Aloof. Argumentative. Antagonistic. Angry. Alden Kaufman is many things, and none of them are nice. Trauma has left him deeply scarred and incapable of easy friendships. He doesn’t know how to let anyone past his walls, and he doesn’t think it’s worth the trouble.

The reality of Kit…
Everybody’s best friend, nobody’s boyfriend. In spite of a lifestyle that doesn’t invite attachments, Kit Taylor gets along with everyone he meets—except Alden. He can’t entice his prickly co-worker out of his shell, and has given up on trying.

The Reality of Us…
Two men at odds with themselves and each other embark on what should be a simple team-building exercise, but nothing goes as planned. Unexpected intimacy and a freak accident leave Kit and Alden dependent on each other long after they leave the mountain behind. Now they have a choice—to continue as they’ve been, or trust a shaky new reality together.

Role Model: A Gay Sports Romance (Game Changers Book 5) by [Rachel Reid]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t heard of this book before but it is on everyone’s list.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $6.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The highly anticipated fifth novel in Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series sees a grumpy professional hockey player meet his match in an out-and-proud social media manager…

The hits just keep coming for Troy Barrett. Traded to the worst team in the league would be bad enough, but coming on the heels of a messy breakup and a recent scandal… Troy just wants to play hockey and be left alone. He doesn’t want to be in the news anymore, and he definitely doesn’t want to “work on his online presence” with the team’s peppy social media manager.

Harris Drover can tell standoffish Troy isn’t happy about the trade—anyone could tell, frankly, as he doesn’t exactly hide it well—but Harris doesn’t give up on people easily. Even when he’s developing a crush he’s sure is one-sided. And when he sees Troy’s smile finally crack through his grumpy exterior, well… That’s a man Harris couldn’t turn his back on if he wanted to.

Suddenly, Troy’s move to the new team feels like an opportunity—for Troy to embrace his true self, and for both men to surrender to their growing attraction. But indulging in each other behind closed doors is one thing, and for Troy, being in a public relationship with Harris will mean facing off with his fears, once and for all.

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