New Romance eBook Preview Post : Top Picks of books out this week (26th Sept – 3rd Oct)

Posted September 26, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 2 Comments

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.

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

Status on the TR List : I adore this series. Small town romances will always be a fave of mine but this one is low level angsty with a whole heap of big family dynamics.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

He’s the guy everyone loves, and she’s the outsider who knows better than to fall for the town’s favourite golden boy.

Everyone in Pine Harbour loves Will Kincaid—except the one person he cares about actually impressing. Can grown men have crushes on their frenemies? When Catie joins the small town’s Search and Rescue team, Will finds himself spending every Thursday night swapping glares with the hairdresser while they get in each other’s way.

Catie Berton has a long list of reasons why Will is an arrogant jerk. But the more time she spends with him, the more she’s forced to admit sometimes they make a good team. That doesn’t change the fact that Will has always been her right crush, wrong guy.

When the SRT goes on a road trip to a competition, she surprises herself by agreeing to ride shotgun in his truck. The long drive could be a chance to repair a shredded friendship, if Catie can get past her complicated feelings for the too-attractive-for-his-own-good school principal.

Because Catie knows all too well how cold a small town can be to an outsider who wants too much happiness from one of their own.

Return to Pine Harbour, in this frenemies to lovers small town romance about two people looking to find themselves in the shadow of community expectations

Decisions We Make After Midnight (Decisions in Durham Book 1) by [Rachel  Higginson]

Status on the TR List : I have never read a Rachel Higginson book that hasn’t become an immiediate reread. On the list.

UK Price : KU or £4.38

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Lola Ellis has a picture-perfect life. Until she doesn’t.

Successful, engaged to the man of her dreams, and focused. Until suddenly she’s questioning her position in the family company, her fiancé’s fidelity, and everything she thought she knew about life.

On her way to Florida to open a new branch of the family business and meet her fiancé Owen, she unexpectedly detours to visit her best friend in Durham, North Carolina. What was meant to be a week of rest and relaxation as she gets her mind right stretches into a permanent TBD. She can’t face the future waiting for her in Destin, Florida. And the longer she stays in Durham, the less she wants to.

Will English is an uptight, arrogant bartender who keeps scaring away waitresses. Too busy micromanaging his co-owning siblings, his patience is thin when it comes to the rest of the business. When Lola takes a job at his bar to fill her time while she decides what to do about the mess her life has suddenly become, he decides not to engage with the clearly underqualified new waitress. She’s clumsy, clueless, and costing him too much money every time she gives away another round of drinks because she’s messed up again. And yet… there’s something about her that keeps him from dismissing her.

Together, after the bar closes every night, they forge a friendship that doesn’t fit into either of their lives. Lola’s stay in Durham is only temporary. And Will’s roots in the city are deeply established. A relationship doesn’t make sense. But sometime after midnight one night… they decide they don’t care.

The Ex Hex: Never mix witchcraft and vodka . . . a spellbinding second-chance rom-com! by [Erin Sterling]

Status on the TR List : I am a fan of witchy romances at the moment and, as this is penned as the mix of Practical Magic and Gilmore GIrls, I need to try this book.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.40

US Kindle Link : HERE

You broke my heart, Rhys Penhallow. And we curse you. You and your whole stupid, hot line.’

Vivienne Jones handled the biggest break-up of her life the way that any witch would: vodka, bubble baths, and a curse on her ex.

That was nine years ago. Now Rhys Penhallow, descendant of the town’s founders, breaker of hearts and still irritatingly gorgeous, is back. Rhys has returned to the quaint town of Graves Glen to recharge the ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival. But when his every move results in calamity, Vivi realises that hexing her ex might not have been so harmless after all . . .

As the curse starts to affect the magic of the town, resulting in murderous wind-up toys, an outraged ghost, and a surprisingly talkative cat, Vivi and Rhys must put their personal feelings aside and work together to break the curse and save not just the town, but also Rhys’s life.

Back to Love by [A.C. Arthur]

Status on the TR List : I always enjoy an AC arthur book so this was always going to be on the list

UK Price : £2.19

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

If the feelings come back, is it possible they never left?

When Jorie Kemp set out to put her design company on the national level by entering a contest to be on a flipping houses reality show, she had no idea she’d end up working with her ex-high school sweetheart, Dominic Hughes. Let alone falling for his precious son.

Baby mama drama, coupled with catastrophes on the project, makes the rekindled passion between Jorie and Dom seem like the worst idea ever. Yet, for these old flames, something just keeps reigniting the fire and pulling them back to love.

Claiming Ellie: Cinderella Romance (Wicked & Charming Book 2) by [Stephanie Julian]

Status on the TR List : I enjoy Stephanie Julian’s book and this feels like a fairytale retelling – on the list.

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

She has one wicked desire…
Elise Perrault, orphan daughter of wealthy parents, uses the income from her financial empire to fulfill wishes for sick kids. After a dating drought, she’s ready to fulfill a wish of her own: a steamy, no-strings affair. To hide her wealth, she creates a fake dating profile. But two of her sexiest staffers discover her plan and plot to come to her rescue.

They’ll make her wish come true…
Hard-ass Manny Bianchi and playboy Rob Henry have been best friends since boarding school and work together at Perrault Financial. Manny, the chief security officer, believes he and Rob can safely give Elise what she wants. Rob, bored with his job, is always looking for the next thrill. Rob knows Manny’s been lusting after Elise for years. So has he, but he never wanted to cross that line. Until now.

Can Manny and Rob turn Elise’s bad decision into the best decision of their lives, and a no-strings-attached romp into lifelong love?

Santa's Subpoena (The Anna Albertini Files Book 4) by [Rebecca Zanetti]

Status on the TR List : I couldn’t resist a Christmas book – even in September! I enjoy Rebecca Zanetti’s work – on the list.

UK Price : £2.92

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

So Much for Peace During the Holidays

Anna Albertini has her hands full during the holiday season. Her boyfriend Aiden is back in town after being undercover across the country for the last three months, and his sudden over-protectiveness is a little too much. In addition, Nonna’s latest matchmaking scheme has been so far thwarted by the two most stubborn candidates alive, and Nonna is out of patience and bringing out the big guns. Anna is forced to both protect her sister and run interference, when she’d like to jump in and find a happily ever after for everyone instead.

To add to her already hectic life, her life-long stalker is about to make a move and doesn’t hide that frightening fact, although Anna is more than ready for him. In fact, she’s willing to draw him out to finally bring him down—regardless of the consequences. Finally, Santa has been arrested and charged for murder, needing a good lawyer. Who would arrest Santa? Anna can’t let this stand. It’s a good thing Christmas is a time of magic and miracles, because she’s going to need one.

Forrest for the Trees: A Slow Burn Small Town Romance (Green Valley Heroes Book 1) by [Smartypants Romance, Kilby Blades]

Status on the TR List : Reviews for this are amazing and I do like a forrest ranger story… on the list

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Forrest Winters isn’t just a federal fire marshal; he’s a thorn in Ranger Sierra Betts’s side. The way he swings his big axe, fixes her with his chameleon gray eyes, and talks about his jurisdiction has a way of breaking her concentration. He has a way of showing up everywhere he doesn’t belong, including Greenbrier Ranger Station. And he really needs to quit stealing her bacon bites.

When a series of suspicious fires, an underhanded co-worker, and a cagey Parks Police Chief threaten her job and the park itself, Sierra grudgingly agrees to partner with Forrest. Their side investigation may be her best shot at preventing the framing of an innocent man. But can his firefighting expertise and her detective skills lead them to the real arsonist before Forrest breaks her with his charm?

‘Forrest for the Trees’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone and is book #1 in the Green Valley Heroes series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.

Mischief: A Halloween Novella (The Original Sinners Pulp Library) by [Tiffany Reisz]

Status on the TR List : A Nora novella is always worth a read .. on the list.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

“Candy is dandy,” Nora said with a sigh of pleasure. “But to lick her is quicker.”When Mistress Nora’s young French lover Nico admits he’s always wanted to celebrate a real American Halloween, she summons him to Halloween Town, USA—a.k.a. Salem, Massachusetts—for two nights of sex and candy. If necessary, they can skip the candy.This Pulp Library edition of Mischief also includes “Coming and Going,” a bonus short story featuring Mistress Nora and Nico.

The Holiday Swap: The perfect heartwarming and cosy festive romance by [Maggie Knox]

Status on the TR List : This sounds as cute as a button – on the list .

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.56

US Kindle Link : HERE

When chef Charlie Goodwin gets hit on the head on the L.A. set of her reality baking show, she loses a lot more than consciousness; she also loses her ability to taste and smell – both critical to her success as show judge. Meanwhile, Charlie’s identical twin, Cass, is frantically trying to hold her own life together back in their quaint mountain hometown while running the family’s bustling bakery and dealing with her ex, who won’t get the memo that they’re over.

With only days until Christmas, a desperate Charlie asks Cass to do something they haven’t done since they were kids: switch places. Looking for her own escape from reality, Cass agrees. But temporarily trading lives proves more complicated than they imagined, especially when rugged firefighter Jake Greenman and gorgeous Physician Assistant Miguel Rodriguez are thrown into the mix.

Will the twins’ identity swap be a recipe for disaster, or does it have all the right ingredients for getting their lives back on track?

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