New Romance eBook Releases 12th July 2021 : Nix’s Top Picks

Posted July 12, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 2 Comments

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.

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While We Were Dating: The sparkling new rom-com from the ‘queen of contemporary romance' (Oprah Mag) by [Jasmine Guillory]

Status on the TR List : I do enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s books – pre-ordered

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.62

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Can a Hollywood romance work in the real world?

Ben Stephens has never been one to mix business and pleasure, but when he lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star, Anna Gardiner, and it turns out she’s as funny and down-to-earth as she is gorgeous, Ben can’t help flirting a little.

Anna Gardiner is hoping this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she’s booked her dream role, but she doesn’t anticipate that Ben Stephens might be an even bigger distraction…

After a family emergency and a late-night road trip moves them past light-hearted flirtation, Ben and Anna grow closer. But when Anna’s manager decides to use their fling to help Anna’s Hollywood career, will Ben be content to play the background role in Anna’s life and leave when the cameras stop rolling? Or could he be the leading man she’s looking for?

Status on the TR List : I am looking forward to this one – I just hope it’s as sexy as I usually expect. On the list.

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $7.99

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Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart. 

Don't Play With Odin (Trouble For Hire Book 2) by [Cynthia Eden]

Status on the TR List : I love Cynthia Eden’s books – this isn’t one I knew about but the blurb looks good. On the list.

UK Price : £3.77

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Big, bad, and currently out of his element…

Odin Shaw thought he’d spend his life on a battlefield. But fate had other plans, and now the ex-Special Forces operative has just landed a new job at his best friend’s PI office. It’s one hell of a life change, and the giant “Viking” is trying to adjust, fast, but then she walks into his life.

Delicate, beautiful, and hunting a killer…

Maisey Bright has been following the news. She knows that the small PI firm just helped track a killer and get the perp locked away—so Maisey figures that the towering man sitting behind the massive desk will be perfect solution for her current predicament. The cops don’t believe her story, so Maisey has no choice. She wants to hire Odin. The job in question? Well, she needs him to help her find proof—irrefutable evidence—that her next-door neighbor is a serial killer.

The gorgeous ones are always a little bit crazy…

Odin figures the case will be a snap. He’ll prove that Maisey’s neighbor is most definitely not a serial killer. He’ll do it in record time, and he’ll score some extra cash for the PI firm. Maybe he’ll even score some points with the lovely—but obviously way too crime-enthusiast-obsessed—Maisey. Piece of cake.

It’s not a piece of cake. It’s a freaking nightmare.

When Odin steps into Maisey’s world, things seem off from the very beginning. Her neighbor is suspicious as hell, and when Maisey is nearly kidnapped after leaving her job, Odin realizes there is much more to the case than meets the eye. A whole lot more. He stays at Maisey’s place to protect her—and to keep an eye on her neighbor. But the close proximity to the maddening Maisey stirs a fierce desire inside of Odin. Maisey is smart, off-beat, sexy…and when he kisses her, Odin is a goner.

But first, the killer…

Odin and Maisey set off to uncover the truth about her neighbor, and as they dig deeper into the disappearances of three wome, Odin begins to suspect that Maisey may be dead right. He also realizes that he is falling for a woman who now seems be the target of a killer. Looks like it might be time for Odin to go to battle once more. Because there is no way—no way—that anyone will hurt Maisey.

Author’s Note: Calling all true-crime enthusiasts! Maisey is your girl. She spends her nights listening to podcasts and sleuthing, but when she suspects that a killer is living next door, Maisey knows that she needs a professional partner…so Odin Shaw enters the picture. Odin has muscles for days, and he doesn’t even blink when he faces danger. He’s just the PI that she wants. Danger, romance, twists—time for their story to begin.

Pause by [Kylie  Scott]

Status on the TR List : I’ve only just started to read Kylie Scott but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read. On the list.

UK Price : £2.91

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

An unpauseable new romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott!

When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband has been unfaithful—with her best friend—and she’s been long since replaced at work. While her old life is a distant memory, her new life feels like an empty shell. Then she meets the stranger who saved her life during the crash, and he changes everything.

Leif Larsen—tattooist, joker, and player—has his own scars thanks to the crash that put Anna in a coma. Helping her move on from her failed marriage, and create a new life, sounds like a perfect distraction. So when he needs a new roommate, he invites Anna to begin her new life with him.

Although their lives may have been put on pause, together they just might find a way to heal.

Kiss of Life: A Kiawah Island Romance (Kiawah Kisses Book 2) by [Louise Lennox]

Status on the TR List : How gorgeous is this cover? This is high on the list … I love an island romance!

UK Price : £4.34

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The Carolina Lowcountry is sexier, because the beautiful Kiawah Kisses rule the Sea Islands with strength, spice, and sass. This summer, each friend will reconnect with a Gullah hometown hero and learn to love again. This is Tara’s story…

When hurricane Maria hits Kiawah Island, newly divorced single mom Tara Kent braces to add another pearl, on her string of bad luck. Between an ex-husband who won’t go away, a mother acting like a child, and a stagnant career; she’s convinced nothing good will ever happen again.

But when she steps inside the courtroom of the Sea Islands’ new motorcycle riding judge; she’s tempted to think things can change. But will they?

Judge Cameron Sinclair is new in town. When the beautiful but battered Tara sheds tears in his courtroom, he makes it his business to get her what she deserves. And when he’s stranded with her in the eye of a deadly storm, he realizes what she really deserves is love.

But he isn’t the man to give it to her. Or is he?Kiss of Life, book 2 in the Kiawah Kisses Series, is a steamy, small town, contemporary romance featuring a strong, smart heroine and the compassionate, sexy judge who redeems her heart. Download it today and get ready to fall in love with your next favorite book boyfriend.

The Date From Hell : A Paranormal Women's Fiction Mystery (Margie Majors: Middle-Aged Vampire Slayer Book 3) by [Saranna DeWylde]

Status on the TR List : I do like this series – on the KU list.

UK Price : KU or £3.62

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Margie Majors is moving on with her life (Brooke approves!) and unfortunately, that means dating. If only to please her traumatized stepdaughter who has decided to try her hand at matchmaking by setting Margie up with her best friend’s super hot dad. However, the only that can compare to Margie’s vampire slaying skills, are her relationship slaying skills. She’s a world champion at both. What should have been the most romantic night of her life is soured by food poisoning, a literal shitstorm, Vlad the Impaler’s hump-a-thon, and of course, murder involving none other than the undead.

Exposed (VIP Book 4) by [Kristen Callihan]

Status on the TR List : I have not read this series (I don’t why!) – I need to pick it up.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

There are some people in life who know exactly how to push your buttons. For me, it’s Rye Peterson. We can’t spend more than ten minutes together before we’re at each other’s throats, which makes working together that much harder. Rye is the bassist for Kill John, the biggest rock band in the world, and I am his publicist. It doesn’t help that the man is gorgeous, funny, talented, and…never takes anything seriously. Avoidance is key.

But everything changes when he overhears something he shouldn’t: a confession made in a moment of weakness. Now the man I’ve tried so hard to ignore is offering me the greatest temptation of all—him.

Brenna James is the one. The one I can’t have. The one I can’t get out of my mind. Believe me, I’ve tried; the woman loathes me. I managed well enough—until I heard her say she’s as lonely as I am. That she needed to be touched, held, satisfied. And I could no longer deny the truth: I wanted to be the one to give her what she craved.

I convinced her that it would just be physical, mutual satisfaction with nothing deeper. But the moment I have her, she becomes my world. I’ve never given her a good reason to trust me before. Now, I’ve got to show Brenna that we’re so much better together than we ever were apart.

Things are going to get messy. But getting messy with Brenna is what I do best.

Were-Geeks Save the Middle of Nowhere (Were-Geeks Save the World Book 3) by [Kathy Lyons]

Status on the TR List : I mean, how can I not put this on the list?? I adore Kathy Lyons.

UK Price : £4.94

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $6.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Into every generation is born a really scary relative. In this case, it’s Walter Chen’s aunt, who puts the spirit of a Chinese chaos god into his body. At first he doesn’t notice because he’s focused on shooting his indie film in Nowhere, Wisconsin, but pretty soon he’s doing amazing kung fu. Cool!

Bing Zhi Hao was Walter’s lead actor and best friend until he disappeared to become a werewolf and save the world. Now he’s back and trying to make amends… except his shy roommate isn’t quiet anymore. In fact, he’s downright scary.

Bing figures out the demigod is taking over Walter—body, mind, and soul. Soon the man Bing loves will be gone and chaos incarnate will be born on earth. He has to convince Walter to fight off the possession and return to the man he was. But what can he offer a god to convince him to remain a man?

Written in the Stars by [Divya Anand]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t heard of this book but the blurb has intruigued.

UK Price : £9.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $12.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

When all her efforts at political maneuvering, sucking up and even doing her job fail to land her that elusive promotion, Sitara decides it’s time to use the new marketing head Abhimanyu’s obsession with his horoscope to her advantage.Soon, she’s rescheduling meetings, pitching ideas and picking launch dates based on his horoscope. Except, Sitara is so focused on manipulating Abhimanyu with the career section of his horoscope that she doesn’t pay attention to the personal section. Hilarity ensues when these star-crossed signals result in Abhimanyu pursuing Sitara romantically, without realizing that the ‘signs’ are engineered coincidences in her quest to get promoted.

Soon, Sitara is faced with choosing what she really wants-a career progression or true love. She must chart her own course even if what she has in mind may not be what the stars ordained. Written in the Stars is a romantic comedy about life, love and whether the biggest things in life are the choices you make or what destiny has in store for you.

Kiss the Bride (#dirtysexygeeks Book 5) by [Melissa Blue]

Status on the TR List : I love Melissa Blue – this series is fab. On the list.

UK Price : £2.15

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Meet cute with hot, tatted guy Chemistry off the charts
Drunken Vegas wedding?!

In all the years that Emery Cox has written romance novels, she never thought she’d be living one. Her weekend in Vegas attending a convention was only supposed to involve her pretending to be an extrovert, meeting fans, fangirling, and then heading home to recuperate from the first part. That’s until she meets Oliver Harrington, and her plans, her life goes awry.

When Oliver wakes up next to the woman he spent the night flirting and drinking with, there’s a wedding ring on his finger. He might have freaked out a little (a lot), but Oliver is nothing if not calm in a crisis, and it’s not long before he’s wondering what is it about Emery that makes him reckless? The only way to find out is to date his wife.She may write whirlwind romances, but staying married is not for Emery. Yet, Oliver is intent on wooing her, in and out of bed. Unlike in her books, choosing forever isn’t easy even if you’re falling hard and fast.

Can she have a happily ever after with Oliver? Or is that simply a fantasy?

Savage: (The Men of Mafia St. Clair Book 4) by [Celeste Granger]

Status on the TR List : I LOVE this series …

UK Price : £6.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $6.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

This is not your ordinary romance. If you are looking for a direct line to a happily ever after, this is not the book for you.
This is mafia romance. There’s a war going on, a battle for ultimate control with neither side willing to conceded.
But war has never stopped love, though.

Cannabis culinary artist, Eden Leaumont has carved a lane for herself in the fast-growing world of cannabis cuisine. The journey for Eden hasn’t been easy, but with the help of twin brother, Eason, Eden has made a name for herself, and finds her culinary work being sought after by some of the wealthiest families in Vegas. Eden is a busy woman. The last thing on her mind is love.

Ezekiel St. Clair, like his brothers, is committed to ensuring their family business continues to prosper. Despite the on-going war with the DiCarlo family, Ezekiel continues to be a savvy businessman, shouldering his weight with St. Clair International, while maintaining his individual business and philanthropic endeavors. He’s a busy man. The last thing on Ezekiel’s mind is love.

Then he sees Eden. A chance encounter brings Eden into Ezekiel’s world. He is instantly entranced by her regal beauty and consumed by the spark of attraction that exists between them. Eden becomes Ezekiel’s focus, his primary pursuit. He’s convinced there is more to their transcendental connection that mere chance.

Dragon Mine (Dragon Kings Book 2) by [Donna Grant]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t read this series but I enjoy Donna Grant … and look at that cover.

UK Price : £5.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

I am hers, and she is mine…

Vaughn has spent eons searching for the woman who captured his heart, only to be disappointed time and again. Sure, he sees her in his dreams. May get to touch and hold her. But it’s not the same. As the emptiness inside him grows, he jumps at the chance for a distraction. Setting his eyes on the dragons again in Zora is a balm, but it can’t compare to once again coming face-to-face with the gorgeous beauty who holds a piece of his soul.

With responsibilities comes sacrifice…

Eurwen has never known anything but the burden and joy of ruling the dragons. But unlike her twin, she’s always been curious about Earth and the Kings and felt as if something were missing from her life. When her reunion with her parents brings an unexpected surprise, she can’t help but give in to the pleasure that Vaughn offers. Still, her loyalty lies with her realm, and the hurdles in their way to happiness seem insurmountable—especially with a new and unknown foe seeking to destroy them.

Trust doesn’t come easily, but love conquers all. And no amount of time or space can keep those who belong together apart.

Sweet Tea: A perfect heartwarming romance from Hallmark Publishing by [Piper Huguley]

Status on the TR List : I love Hallmark movies but I have never tried one of their books – I do like Piper Huguley books so this may be the one to try.

UK Price : £6.48

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $9.01

US Kindle Link : HERE

Southern traditions, history, and hope come together in author Piper Huguley’s heartfelt romance from Hallmark Publishing.

Althea Dailey has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams: she’s about to make partner at her prestigious law firm in New York. So why doesn’t she feel more excited about it? When she has to travel South for a case, she pays a long-overdue visit back home to Milford, Georgia. To her surprise, a white man she’s never met has befriended her grandmother.

Jack Darwent wasn’t interested in the definition of success dictated by Southern high society. His passion for cooking led him to his current project: a documentary and cookbook about authentic Southern food. Althea’s grandmother is famous for her cooking at Milford College, a historically Black institution. But Althea suspects Jack of trying to steal her grandmother’s recipes.

Despite Althea and Jack’s first impressions of one another, they discover they have more in common than they’d guessed…and even as they learn about one another’s pasts, they both see glimmers of a better future. 

This Southern small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Grandma’s Biscuits and Gravy.

How Sweet It Is by [Dylan Newton]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t read anything from this author but I love the blurb …

UK Price : £5.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $6.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s book launch extravaganza? But the second Kate meets—or rather, accidentally maims—the drop-dead-hot Drake Matthews, her well-ordered life quickly transforms into an absolute nightmare.

Drake Matthews is tired of the spotlight and tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. He’s really a nice guy! But he’s not prepared for Kate, a fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos, or for that sweet sting of attraction he feels for her. She’s inspiring him to take his writing in a whole new direction—one that no one expects. Because now Kate and Drake are changing up the rules, and this plot twist might just surprise everyone . . . including themselves.

“Fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, and Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur will adore How Sweet It Is!” –The Nerd Daily

All the Luck You Need (Asheville Brewing) by [A.R.  Casella]

Status on the TR List : It sounds kooky and wonderful … never heard of the author before but she’s caught my attention with this one.

UK Price : £1.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

She thinks her days of romance are over. The universe has other plans.

Dottie Hendrickson has always believed in signs—until pink crystal beads fall on her head, doves gather by her window, and heart shapes form in her tea leaves. They’re telltale signs she’s about to meet a man, but she’s newly divorced and over sixty, and love is something she’d prefer to find for other people. Her sweet neighbor comes to mind.

Dottie’s focus is where it should be—on her art and her beloved great-nephew, River.

But the universe is nothing if not stubborn. Dottie’s offered a job hosting beer tastings at Buchanan Brewery, and it’s immediately obvious the owner is the one she’s meant to meet. Beau is surly and confrontational, but beneath his walls is a man of surprising depth. Grudgingly, she realizes the universe might have a point.

When Dottie’s niece shows up in town with River, Dottie’s budding plans, both for her neighbor and for Beau, go disastrously wrong. A lesser woman might give up, but Dottie has never met a wrong she hasn’t schemed to make right.

See where it all began in this prequel to the Asheville Brewing series!

Portrait of a Woman in Blue: A lesbian romance (Stalking Evil Book 1) by [Riley Lucas]

Status on the TR List : Sapphic romatic suspense is cat-nip to me … new author but it’s on my list.

UK Price : £0.77

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $0.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Robin Baines is a tough no-nonsense cop. Her success in taking down drug kingpin, Eddie Glass led to the love of her life walking out of their relationship. She has nothing left to lose.

Robin’s new assignment is supposed to stop her from wallowing in self pity. Protecting an artist, Michelle Shiraz, from a dangerous stalker.

How hard could it be? Think again…

Order your copy now and enjoy the beginning of a mesmerizing, roller-coaster story of loss and survival from the twists of fate.

The Mission (Bad Bridesmaids Book 2) by [Noelle Adams]

Status on the TR List : I really like Noelle Adams – on the list!

UK Price : £2.89

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Serena Holly has a mission. Help her best friend, Keith, find the love of his life before the summer is over.

She and Keith have been friends since they were in school together, and nothing has changed in all these years. After getting through a messy divorce, Serena is now perfectly happy in life with her daughter, her friends, and her job as a high school teacher, but she’s afraid that Keith might be lonely. He wants to start a family, and he can’t do it until he falls in love. So Serena is going to help him find the right woman, and she’s going to ignore all the inappropriate flutters of attraction she starts to feel for him.

Keith Howell has been trying for years not to hope for more than friendship from Serena, so he agrees to her plan to spend the whole summer fixing him up. He does want someone to love. Only he wants her to be Serena. But she’s finally gotten to a good place after a difficult marriage, and she doesn’t want anything to disturb the life she’s made for her and her daughter–especially not something as risky as changing the nature of their friendship. But he can’t help the way he feels about her, and he won’t necessarily be able to stop himself from acting on it.

Serena might think she knows what’s best for him, but now Keith has a mission too.

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