New Romance Books out 10th -17th Jan 2021 : Top Picks of this weeks releases

Posted January 10, 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.

Blood Heir (Kate Daniels World Book 1) by [Ilona Andrews]

Status on the TR list : Pre-ordered ages ago and have been IMPATIENTLY waiting for it. It’s Julie. And Derek. And Kate. And Curran. AGGGGHHHHH!

Amazon UK Price : £5.11

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $6.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an all-new novel set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen, Kate and Curran’s ward.

Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.

Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she’d ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.

Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers Book 3) by [Chloe Liese]

Status on the TR list : I adore this series and I cannot wait for this one. Aiden was fun in book one .. I can’t wait for him and Freya. Also, I enjoy marriage in trouble stories…

Amazon UK Price : KU or £2.31

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $2.99 or KU

Amazon US Link : HERE

Buckle up for an emotional journey of hijinks, heartache, and a hot slow-burn in this marriage-in-crisis romance about going the distance to make love last.

Aiden

I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby.

With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage.

Freya

I love my cautious, hard-working husband. He’s my partner and best friend, the person I know I can count on most. Until one day I realize the man I married is nowhere to be found. Now Aiden is quiet and withdrawn, and as the months wear on, the pain of our growing distance becomes too much. 

As if weathering marriage counseling wasn’t enough, we’re thrown together for an island getaway to celebrate my parents’ many years of perfect marriage while ours is on the brink of collapse. Despite my meddling siblings and a week in each other’s constant company, this trip somehow gets us working through the trouble in paradise. I just can’t help worrying, when we leave paradise and return to the real world, will trouble find us again?

Ever After Always is a marriage-in-crisis, opposites-attract romance about a sensitive, fierce-loving woman and her resilient husband who has anxiety disorder. Complete with island vacation antics, a sibling prank gone wrong, and a steamy slow burn, this standalone is the third in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.

Roommate by [Sarina Bowen, Heart Eyes Press LGBTQ]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t seen this book before but this looks fun! I do like Sarina Bowen.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Wanted: One roommate to share a 3-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.

I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed. 
Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.

Seeking: a room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread. 

I should probably add: Gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me. 
A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from Kieran Shipley. The broody lumberjack wants more from me than another homemade pretzel, but if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.
Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart… 

If The Dress Fits (2nd Edition) by [Carla de Guzman]

Status on the TR list :

Amazon UK Price : £0.77

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $0.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Martha Aguas has it all: a job she likes, a puppy she loves, and a wardrobe that makes her feel beautiful. Yes, everyone tries to make her feel bad for being mataba, she can’t buy bras in the Philippines, and she’s never had a boyfriend. But so what? It’s never mattered before.

But when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement Enzo, the blast from the past boy whom she might have loved before, it suddenly feels like a big deal. Aguases from all over the globe are coming in for the engagement of the century, and the last thing Martha wants to hear is a well-meaning barb about how she should watch her weight.

Thank god for Max. Her funny, dependable, best friend Max, who doesn’t mind playing the role of fake boyfriend for the family festivities. But the more Martha plays along, the less it feels like pretend, and more she starts to wonder if Max had maybe loved her all along.

Tempt the Dragon: An Afrofuturist Paranormal Romance (The Legion Book 3) by [A.C. Arthur]

Status on the TR list : I adore this series. On the list!

Amazon UK Price : £4.70

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Aiken and Mel never thought they would see each other again.

Fate, and a brewing war with a vampire army, had other plans.

After the love of his life walked away, powerful half-human, half-dragon Aiken French isn’t about to risk his emotions on a woman ever again. It doesn’t matter that his Drakon beast wholeheartedly disagrees, or that his powers of telekinesis are suffering as a result. He can’t live through that kind of heartbreak again. But with a long-buried vampire stirring, he might not have a choice.

Bounty hunter Mel Kane never wanted a preordained future—she will be in control of her life, not some Drakon beast who supposedly selects her mate for her. She had to leave, even if it just about killed her. But if she’s going to decide her own future, she’ll need to stay alive long enough to see it, which means trusting Aiken with her life, even though she couldn’t trust him with her heart.

With war on the horizon, Aiken and Mel must track down the rogue vampire behind it all. Temptation leads them back into each other’s arms, but even fate isn’t a sure thing when faced with a legion of the undead determined to kill them all.

Off The Beaten Path by [Cari Z]

Status on the TR list : I adore Cari Z so this is on the KU list.

Amazon UK Price : KU or £2.22

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.

Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight.

The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.

Our Italian Summer by [Jennifer Probst]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t read much from Jennifer Probst but this one does sound cute. On the list (I need some reviews)

Amazon UK Price : £7.49

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $9.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Three generations of women in the Ferrari family must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst
 
Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of her life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother’s wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. She just never expected to face a choice that might change the course of her life. . .
 
Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love.
 
Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything, and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it’s too late.

The Devil's Thief (The Saint's Devils Book 1) by [Samantha Kane]

Status on the TR list : I really do enjoy Samantha Kane’s work. This is on the KU list.

Amazon UK Price : KU or £4.49

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

In Samantha Kane’s wicked tale of forbidden passion, a desperate woman must resort to burglary—but the beautiful thief ends up stealing the heart of a devil.

The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows how to get past a lock. And she needs that knowledge now to save a foundling home in dire financial straits. In a misguided attempt to play the hero, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to steal an invaluable pearl. But when the very naked—and very awake—occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a scandalous bargain, Julianna doesn’t know if it’s the lure of the pearl or the charms of its owner that make his terms so tempting.

Planning to outmaneuver the alluring little cat burglar with an offer she can’t refuse, Alasdair Sharpe loses himself in the delights of an unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces satisfaction. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to once again use seduction—this time to reclaim his stolen pearl—and possibly to find the key to Julianna’s heart.

Stolen Hearts by [M. O'Keefe]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t ever read anything from Molly O’Keefe’s pen-name – this would be a first. On the list to read some reviews.

Amazon UK Price : £3.65

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The flare of a cigarette and the handsome Irishman in the shadows–I wanted it all, but I wasn’t allowed to want.

Ronan was danger and beauty, murder and mercy. To me, he was a mystery, but he was also the only man who ever knew me.

In that single stolen moment before I had to give my life to someone else, I imagined myself with him, the man with scars and bruises. The one who knew what hurting meant far more than I did at that time.

Instead I was given to another man, one who broke my soul right along with my bones.

Through it all, there was always that memory of the man in the shadows, the one who said–not in words–that I was strong, that I could endure, that I was more than just a princess in a ballgown.

Now Ronan is the only man who could keep me safe from two warring families that wanted my blood. The spark that started two years ago burned brighter with each touch, each glance, each kiss. He woke me from the nightmare, giving me life with soft touches and sharp words.

Two years ago, Ronan gave me strength, but he took something in return. I never gave him my heart, but hearts like mine are made to be stolen.

“M O’Keefe writes heart-gripping, breathstopping romance that leaves me thinking about the characters for years to come. An auto buy author!” — NYT Bestselling Author Skye Warren

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