New Romance post : Top Picks of the books released 17th – 24th Jan 2020

Posted January 17, 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.

Gimme S'more (a Friends to Lovers Small Town Rom Com) (Hot Cakes Book 6) by [Erin  Nicholas]

Status on the TR list : I have only just discovered the author – I really have enjoyed everything so far. I have now got a lot to read but this is on the list. The reviews are great.

Amazon UK Price : £3.73

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

A friends-to-lovers romance that will make you melt.

Oliver’s a dreamer who is always ready for the next big adventure.
Piper’s the steady one who keeps his feet on the ground.

He’s wildly successful, thanks to her always being there to catch him when he leaps before he looks. But she wants more. While he’s as clueless as ever.

So she just gave her two weeks notice.

Ollie doesn’t know how he’ll survive without Piper. So for the next two weeks, he’ll be sticking to her like the marshmallows on the s’mores she loves so much.

But does he want her as his assistant… or is there a sweeter spot in his life for the woman who’s always had his back–and possibly even his heart?

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The Home They Built (Mills & Boon True Love) (Blackberry Bay, Book 3) by [Shannon Stacey]

Status on the TR list : Shannon Stacey is an auto-try author for me – I love all her books. Reality TV show handyman is one I’ve not read before… on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Will their secrets stay hidden when the cameras start rolling?

There’s nothing Finn Weaver won’t do for his grandmother, even pose as the ‘Bayview Inn’s’ handyman for the TV renovation show Relic Rehab. Host Anna Beckett knows the Weaver house is a sham, but it’s the perfect cover for the real reason she has come to Blackberry Bay. And if cozying up to the sexy handyman keeps her secret safe, she’ll gladly do that too.

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Craving His Spotlight (Kapow Book 3) by [Renee Dahlia]

Status on the TR list : I featured an excerpt on the site for an event and it peaked my interest – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.25

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Can a second chance at fame avoid repeating old mistakes?

Pop star RILEY MICAH is at a cross-roads in his life. As a teen he found fame as lead singer for So You Think, but he lost it all in a haze of alcoholism. He’s been clean for eight years, absolutely bloody sober. Working in outback Australia made him lean and tough but unsatisfied musically. A tune he uploaded online under a new name gets airplay on the radio, and he has a decision to make. Can he go back to life as a famous musician? If he tells people that Riley Le Breton is Riley Micah, the old lead singer for So You Think, the song—and perhaps his music career—will take off. But at what cost to his sober self? He needs a marketing plan to help him control it all; the money, the message, the impact on his sobriety.

Arrogant CEO VINCE CATTANEO has spent over a decade getting rich. No one would ever suspect the owner of Kapow Marketing spent the last years of his teens driving a beat up old car with a radio that wouldn’t work and a CD stuck in the player. So You Think; on repeat for two years. If he never hears those songs again, it’ll be too soon. When one of the band members walks into Kapow needing a marketing plan to deal with sudden new success, Vince is surprised at the way his voice resonates with him. The sudden spotlight on both of them will force Vince to confront the secret that drives him.

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Rescue Me: An uplifting romantic comedy perfect for dog-lovers by [Sarra Manning]

Status on the TR list : A dog co-parenting romance? I am in. I’ve never read this author before.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.53

Amazon US Link : HERE

Margot doesn’t have time for love.

Will is afraid to love.

And neither of them are expecting to fall in love with Blossom: a gentle Staffy with a tragic past, a belly made for rubbing and a head the size of a football.

After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will’s obsession for micro-managing and clear-cut boundaries and Margot’s need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands.

Can they put their differences aside to become successful “co-pawrents” and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?

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Acting Up (Center Stage Book 1) by [Adele Buck]

Status on the TR list : Full disclosure, I follow Adele on twitter. I will pick up this book.

Amazon UK Price : £0.77

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $0.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The stage is set for the play of a lifetime: but it’s the romantic drama backstage that has everyone applauding.

Paul and Cath are the perfect creative team. He’s an up-and-coming theater director and she’s his unflappable, rock-steady stage manager.

If Cath’s had to bury her unrequited affection for Paul for ten long years to keep things professional, it’s just the price she pays for a career she loves, working with her best friend by her side.

Until he hires her old nemesis as the leading lady for a new play that’s their chance to make it big.

Handling temperamental actors is one thing, but watching this diva throw herself at Paul makes Cath miserable. It’s another complication when the leading man shows his attraction to her. Suddenly, an unexpected new job offer seems like a good idea.

But then Paul upends her world by declaring his love and sparking a passionate encounter.

It’s both a dream come true and a nightmare as Cath is convinced that personal and professional relationships don’t mix and getting involved could jeopardize the play—and both their careers.

Can Paul flip the script and set the stage to convince Cath otherwise or is their love always destined to wait in the wings?

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Pound (Powertools: The Original Crew Returns Book 4) by [Jayne Rylon]

Status on the TR list : This series is over the top sexiness. It will contain lots of on page sex, it will probably contain multiple partners … if you like that you will like this series. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The original Powertools crew are back in a brand new series!

When James was a kid, he aspired to be a superhero’s sidekick. He’s never enjoyed being the boss. Not on while working for the Powertools and not in his love life. Fortunately, his husband and wife are far better at assuming control than he is.

With each of his spouses stepping up to be the foreman of their own crews, James is left wondering what there is for a cute, hyper-organized, former construction worker to do in Middletown. Sure, he could play house husband for his spouses, and the rest of their sometimes lovers, while taking care of their ever-expanding family. But after decades of swinging a hammer for a paycheck, he’s hungry for a higher purpose.

James has read enough comic books to know he should be careful what he wishes for. Because when someone threatens one of their own, he will do anything—including calling in some of their more qualified friends to help—in order to figure out who wishes they would turn around and go home before they’ve barely unpacked their moving boxes.

This is a standalone book set in the Powertools universe. All your favorite Hot Rods and Hot Rides characters will be making appearances as well. So come make new book boyfriends or hang out with old ones!

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Preacher (Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT Book 2) by [Delilah Devlin]

Status on the TR list : Delilah Devlin writes sexy romances and I always enjoy them. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.00 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

MONTANA BOUNTY HUNTERS: DEAD HORSE, MT
Authentic Men… Real Adventures…

An ex-Delta Force soldier, now Montana Bounty Hunter, finds himself slipping naturally into protector-mode when a small-town dessert chef is threatened by mysterious attacks.

Former Delta Force soldier, Dylan “Preacher” Priestley, is the latest hire for the newly formed office of Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT. He’s just settling into the job and getting to know the community when he meets the owner of Deadly Delights, Laura Pinchot. The attraction is immediate, but he finds he’s a little shy about approaching the curvy beauty, until a rock tossed through her store window gives him the “in” he needed.

Laura isn’t a life-long resident of Dead Horse, but she’s sunk her money into the donut shop and isn’t going anywhere. When a string of mysterious attacks target her store, she’s alarmed but doesn’t think it’s anything more than some kids’ pranks. However, when Preacher witnesses the latest assault against her business, she’s grateful for his quick thinking and protection when it appears the attacks are more personal than she’d imagined. That the handsome ex-soldier appears to be interested in her amazes her; she’s not exactly built like a model, but he quickly puts her insecurities to rest in the sexiest of ways.

With the support of his bounty hunter team, Preacher sticks close to Laura while the team tries to solve the mystery of who is after her. As their connection only grows hotter, he’s determined to keep her out of harm’s way.

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Shipped: A witty, escapist, enemies-to-lovers rom-com! by [Angie Hockman]

Status on the TR list : This one has caught my eye as it seems like a forced proximatey romance which I LOVE. The author is new to me however it has good reviews

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $3.38

Amazon US Link : HERE

Two arch-rivals.
One promotion.
Can they resist falling for one another in paradise?

Marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for her dream promotion, the sacrifices finally seem worth it.

If only Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager/bane of her existence, wasn’t also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.

The task: draft a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos.
The catch? They have to go on a company cruise…together.

But when they meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined – and the line between loathing and liking is thinner than a postcard.

With her career dreams in sight and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?

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The Bookseller's Boyfriend (Copper Point: Main Street Book 1) by [Heidi Cullinan]

Status on the TR list : It’s a bookish romance – I always love a bookish romance. I need to see some reviews but it is a maybe,

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $6.49

Amazon US Link : HERE

Bookshop owner Jacob Moore can’t believe his longtime celebrity crush, author Rasul Youssef, is moving to Copper Point. For many, the chance to meet the playboy novelist would be a dream come true, but Jacob dreads it. You should never meet your heroes.

You definitely shouldn’t pretend to be their boyfriend.

Rasul came to this backwater town for an academic residency—a necessary evil, since he’s burned through his advance without finishing the book that goes with it. But he’s also getting distance from a toxic relationship. Quiet, reserved Jacob isn’t his type, but their charade gives Rasul a respite from the social media circus surrounding his breakup, and Jacob’s charming apartment proves the perfect setting to write.

Of course, prolonged exposure reveals that Jacob’s reserved exterior hides a thoughtful, intelligent man who sets Rasul’s imagination—and heart—alight.

Every day Rasul reveals himself to be more than Jacob ever dreamed he could. Jacob tries to be content with friendship and the professional overlap between author and bookseller, knowing a shooting star like Rasul could never make a home with Jacob in a small town like Copper Point.

Could he?

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Last Night with Tokyo Rose: A WWII Novel (Nisei War Series Book 1) by [Alexa Kang]

Status on the TR list : This one looks like it could break me a bit but it has intrigued me. The author has a good reputation within historical fiction .. on the list to see some reviews.

Amazon UK Price : £3.65

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

What does the American flag mean to me?

How far should I go for a country I once called my own, when it has abandoned me and shattered everything I ever believed it to be?

I, Tom Sakai, am just an ordinary man. In Seattle, where I was born, I grew up wanting nothing more than a decent job to get by. As long as I can watch the sunset over Puget Sound with a beer in my hand, life is good.

But in 1941, a simple life is too much to ask for a Nisei. Born to Japanese immigrants, I am American. Only my fellow citizens and government don’t treat me as one. As Japan and America edge to the brink of war, my future turns bleak. Wherever I go, doors closed. When an offer came for me to work on an ocean liner sailing to Manila, I jumped at the chance and set out to sea.

In Manila, I found my escape. In this burgeoning city under American colonial rule, new friends welcomed me. Job opportunities awaited me. Above all, I fell in love.

And then, Pearl Harbor struck. My identity now forces me to take a side. My survival hinges on whether I stand with the land of the rising sun or the land of the free.

I can no longer run from who I am. Do I swear my allegiance to Imperial Japan, the instigator of war and violence? Or America, the country that desserted me when the world’s darkest hour begins?

How can I choose when doing so would mean losing forever the woman I love?

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Love + Texting by [Lexi  Aidyn, Nydia Pastoriza]

Status on the TR list : I looked at this book because of the cover and then I saw the blurb which is lovely – I will be picking up this book.

Amazon UK Price : £2,20

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Link : HERE

Dani is crushed and lonely after losing her big brother. Is Drew the angel she didn’t know she was looking for?

Dani swore she would steer clear of any relationship with anyone in the military after losing her brother while he was in the Navy. He was the only family she had left, and now he’s gone.

Six months after his death, she’s still texting her big brother, without a response of course – until one day she gets one.

After 10 years in the Marines, Drew feels it’s time to settle down and spend more time stateside closer to his mother and sisters. After being back for a few weeks, he gets a new cell phone and within hours of activating the number, he receives a strange text message.

UNKNOWN NUMBER: Why do I fall for it, right? I went out on a blind date with a friend’s boyfriends’ friend. Does that make sense? Anyway, long story short, I got stood up. Never doing it again.

DREW: The guy’s a loser.

They never expected one text message to change their lives. As the texts continue, can they let their guard down long enough for love?

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Happy Singles Day by [Ann Marie Walker]

Status on the TR list : I am so on the fence about this book. It looks cute but the reviews are mixed and the price is not OK. I think it is going on a maybe list and, if the price drops, I will pick it up.

Amazon UK Price : £7.50

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $7.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Author Ann Marie Walker brings you a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’ll warm your heart for Singles Day (the true anti-Valentine’s Day!) and every day after!

Single and proud of it! Oh, oops…

As a Certified Professional Organizer, everything in Paige Parker’s world is as it should be. Perfect apartment, perfect office, perfect life. And now, the perfect vacation planned to celebrate Singles Day. After all, what’s better than celebrating her pride in being single? Because who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks. Her life is fine just the way it is.

As the owner of a now-dormant bed & breakfast, single dad Lucas Croft finally has some peace and quiet. It’s only him and his five-year-old daughter, which is just the way he likes it. Because who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is cooked. No thanks. His life is fine just the way it is.

But when Paige books a room that Lucas’ well-intentioned sister listed without his knowledge, their two worlds collide. If they can survive the week together, they just might discover exactly what they’ve both been missing.

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The Cowgirl's Surprise Match (Mills & Boon True Love) (Tillbridge Stables, Book 3) by [Nina Crespo]

Status on the TR list : I love Nina Crespo and this is always a trope I love. On the list!

Amazon UK Price : £7.50

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

The wedding is just a smoke screen…

Isn’t it?

Maid of honour Zurie has been working secretly with best man Mace Calderone to plan her cousin’s wedding to a well-known actress. To keep their wedding plans from leaking to the press, Zurie and Mace must pretend they are the ones getting married. It all seems like harmless fun…until Zurie realises she’s feeling something real for her fake fiancé…

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Have Me (Mills & Boon Dare) by [Anne Marsh]

Status on the TR list : I dunno what it is about this cover but I just like the broodiness of it. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : NA

Amazon US Link : NA

To have and to hold…until morning!

Drunken debauchery fuels Liam Masterson’s self-loathing nicely. But waking up married to his best friend’s very naked sister is a step too far. A temporary marriage could rescue the billionaire’s reputation, but Hana makes him crave a life he doesn’t deserve. Will his dark secrets destroy everything?

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Coming Home to Brightwater Bay by [Holly Hepburn]

Status on the TR list : I just like the cover – it’s so cheerful. Reviews are pretty mixed but I’m keeping it on my list.

Amazon UK Price : £5.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $6.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?

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