Welcome to Top Picks. This is a weekly post which features books out this week which have caught my eye.
I have decided to split the list into three; On my List, On my Radar and Caught My eye. The first is those I have every intention of reading. On my Radar feautures books that I have marked on a wishlist, possibly as I am awaiting a price drop or am not up to that book in the series. The last are more one’s I know next to nothing about but have caught my eye for some reason. All books are one’s which I would potentially read.
As always, I do my due diligence on all books I put on here. I don’t recommend books from authors who I know 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.
I don’t read NA. I do not read reverse harem. I also do not read Pandemic romance. Those books will not feature here.
Due to issues with prices, I will no longer be posting RRP’s of these books – the prices I post seem to be accurate for a day so I feel it is completely pointless.
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I love Olivia Dade and this one is supposed to be wonderful – on the list.
Maria‘s one-night-stand – the thick-thighed, sexy Viking of a man she left without a word or a note – just reappeared. Apparently, Peter‘s her surly Gods of the Gates co-star, and they’re about to spend the next six years filming on a desolate Irish island together. She still wants him . . . but he now wants nothing to do with her.
Peter knows this role could finally transform him from a forgettable character actor into a leading man. He also knows a failed relationship with Maria could poison the set, and he won’t sabotage his career for a woman who’s already walked away from him once. Given time, maybe they can be cooperative colleagues or friends – possibly even best friends – but not lovers again. No matter how much he aches for her.
For years, they don’t touch off-camera. But on their last night of filming, their mutual restraint finally shatters, and all their pent-up desire explodes into renewed passion. Too bad they still don’t have a future together, since Peter’s going back to Hollywood, while Maria’s returning to her native Sweden. She thinks she needs more than he can give her, but he’s determined to change her mind, and he’s spent the last six years waiting. Watching. Wanting. His shipwrecked Swede doesn’t stand a chance.
I adore this series – I truly done. On the top of the KU list.
As any true sports fan will tell you, once you have an allegiance to a team it’s set in stone. It’s unwavering. It’s finite. You never leave.
Yet somehow, I’ve been asked to do just that.
To set aside my love for The Yankees and take ownership of The New York Lions – the worst team in Major League Baseball.
Oh, yes, and turn them into winners.
An impossible job I don’t want, from a gift I couldn’t get a refund on.
But bring me a challenge and I will rise to it… Never, in all my thirty one years, have I shied away. And, technically, I still haven’t.
Because, technically, I haven’t accepted this particular challenge. Or two.
Enter Lowe Slater. The woman of my dreams. The woman I’ve loved from afar since I knew what love meant. My sister’s best friend and the one who’s been tasked to help me.
Twenty-five years I’ve kept Lowe at arm’s length. Now she’s everywhere I go.
I have a team to build and somehow I’m doing it with Lowe by my side.
The walls I’ve so carefully constructed are falling down brick by brick, and soon it’s not just the Commissioner’s Trophy at stake.
It’s my heart, too.
Again, another great KU series – on the list.
Billionaire property tycoon Jack Knight, is propping up the UK rich list and keeping the national tabloids ablaze with his scandalous love life. And making my life as an architect hell.
It’s the largest property development project London has seen in ten years and every architect’s wet dream. One of the most exciting projects of my career if my firm wins the bid.
And, of course, who’s behind it? The Lexington Group, Europe’s largest property development company, conservatively valued at a humble seven billion, with Jack at its helm. The arrogant cockney who treats London like it’s his Monopoly board.
I’d rather work for Satan on designing hell after what Jack did.
But if Jack Knight says jump, we get a long pole and launch ourselves into space.
I just really wish I hadn’t gotten on his bad side.
Because I need this promotion.
But most importantly, I must remember my end goal: bricks, not dicks.
Fighting Mr. Knight is a standalone, steamy, dual POV office romance with a hot-as-hell, brooding CEO and a sassy, witty heroine.
This is the third installment of the London Mister series.
I love Kennedy Ryan – I cannot wait to read this book.
Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love had its limits . . it couldn’t save their marriage.
Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm: co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet, like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.
One stolen kiss leads to another . . . and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s good – until it starts to hurt again. As old wounds reopen, Yasmen and Josiah wonder if it is too late for them to find forever.
Or could they be even better, the second time around?
Award-winning and bestselling ‘powerhouse’ author Kennedy Ryan is at her absolute best in this compelling, scorching novel about hope and healing, and what it truly means to love for a lifetime (USA Today).
I love Cat Sebastian but I haven’t gotten round to this series – on the list.
New York City, 1973
Daniel Cabot doesn’t really know what he’s doing with his life. He’s lost faith in himself, his future, and maybe the world. The only things he knows that he cares about are the garden in the empty lot next to his crumbling East Village apartment building and his best friend.
Alex Savchenko has always known that he’s…difficult. Prickly, maybe, if you’re feeling generous. But maybe that’s the kind of personality it takes to start a low-income pediatrics clinic in one of Manhattan’s most troubled neighborhoods. When Daniel stumbles into his life, Alex doesn’t expect him to stay—most people don’t. And when Alex develops useless, inconvenient feelings for his new friend, he does what he’s always done, and tells himself that he isn’t feeling anything at all.
Daniel, though, has always worn his heart on his sleeve, and he isn’t stopping now.
Sometimes when things seem to be falling apart, it means there’s room for something incredible to grow.
I really really enjoy this series – it’s just so cute. On the list.
Attorney Lulu Malone lived to work until the day it all went wrong.
So, when her cousin Mitch introduces her to the world of Renaissance Faires, she leaps at the promise of a bit of fun.
The only drawback is Dex MacLean: a guitarist with a killer smile . . . and her travelling companion for the summer.
Touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts, there’s a woman for Dex at every Faire. But when Lulu proves indifferent to his plaid charms, he fears he’s losing it.
Spending days and nights on the road, Lulu and Dex can’t help but grow close.
But summer can’t last forever . . .
Will they go their separate ways? Or does destiny’s path lie along a shared road?
I love Lucy Eden and her books. They are short, cute and often funny. On the list.
Ex-Navy Seal turned private mercenary Sam Tyler is a man on a mission.
A mission to get as far away from New York and his tragic family history as he can.
A new gig with a private security firm is exactly what he needs, but there is one obstacle his military training couldn’t prepare him for.
A spoiled, smart-mouth, and incredibly sexy starlet named Ella Scott.
Quadruple threat Ella Scott was born to be an entertainer. Seriously, she booked her first acting job before she could crawl. But, after nearly four decades dodging every curveball the industry and her mother could throw at her, there is one thing threatening to bring her carefully curated world crashing down around her.
And, no, it’s not the unhinged stalker that wants her dead.
It’s Sam Tyler, the overbearing, inflexible, and ridiculously attractive wall of muscle the studio sent to protect her.
When an imminent threat forces Sam & Ella into hiding, will they find the courage to defeat their most dangerous enemies, the ghosts of their pasts?
(They should also probably do something about the stalker, too.)
One Scott Deal is funny, dramatic & steamy short full of bodyguarding, opposites attract, enemies to lovers, forced proximity & steam.
Vivian Arend is a long-time fave, especially her wolf series with fated mates.
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Small print (very, very, very small print):
Warning: Lodge may contain werewolves, fated mates, and tons of shifter pack drama.
Good luck and have fun! Don’t die!
The learning curve just grew fangs and claws…
The out-of-the-blue opportunity to take over a wilderness eco-lodge in the Jasper wilderness is the fresh start Cassidy Rundle and her friends have been looking for. Except the roof of the grand Timberwolf Lodge needs fixing, the rental cottages need to be overhauled, and the seemingly incompetent caretaker who comes with the place is sexy enough to make Cassidy’s brain stutter. Still, she’s determined to ignore all distractions and make this work.
When Jace Carter discovers his auntie has given him the Timberwolf Lodge property, but not the building, he expects mayhem to follow. Now he’s back home, dealing with memories, multiple cousins, and an outstanding death threat from the local Alpha. (Who is also a cousin. Go family!) But nothing can compare with discovering his new “boss” is a petite woman with enough attitude to take on a bear—and she’s his fated mate.
Cassidy wants to reach for her dreams? Jace will be there to make it happen, even if that means taking over the Jasper pack leadership. Once he explains shifters to his very human mate…
Love Nana Malone – another KU pick.
From USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone comes an electrifying romance about a pro basketball player and a graphic novelist who can’t seem to stay in the friend zone.
It’s no coincidence that my family’s breakup service is called BURNED Inc. I know what it’s like to be dumped. I’ve been there.
Long story short, I’ve got a rule when it comes to my love life: no athletes. As it happens, my best friend, Jordan, is a professional basketball player. He also has a delicious body and sexy tattoos.
But rules are rules.
Miriam is my best friend. She’s also the love of my life, the woman I’ve been dreaming about since we met. But she doesn’t do athletes.
I get it. I really do. And I just want Miriam to be happy. Which is why I set her up with a teammate to help her find the man she deserves—even though I can tell she’s into me from that one hot-as-hell night we shared months ago. Still, rules are rules.
But here’s the thing: I’m a competitor.
And sometimes you have to break the rules to win.
This sounds like my kind of book (enemies-to-lovers, Billionaires). On the list.
She can’t stand him, but his offer is too tempting
Gifted a scrap of land by a mysterious donor, Iris thinks she’s lucked out with her new life in the village of Wildbrook. Until she meets her neighbor. He’s obnoxious, gorgeous, unavoidable, and worse still, he’s carelessly endangering wildlife. But when she confronts him, he offers her a job… with a catch.
He’s a cynical billionaire with too many secrets
Bennett Gastrell is hiding half his life from his friends, and half from the woman he’s loved for years. Iris loathes him, or at least who she thinks he is, so when she storms into his house, furious about badgers (of all things), he grabs his opportunity. If within two months she can convince him of her conservation plans, he’ll continue to pay her exorbitant salary and leave her to run his estate. If she can’t, she’ll spend one night in his bed, and do anything he desires… willingly.
Iris is determined to win, but unraveling the mystery of who gifted her land and convincing Bennett of her ideas reveals not just past hurts, but combustible attraction between them. Then a social media leak threatens to expose Bennett’s secrets and destroy everything he’s built, including Iris’ burgeoning trust…
A scorching hot British enemies to lovers contemporary romance, with a sexy bet, small town vibes, grumpy/sunshine humor, hurt/comfort, and Happily Ever After.
I have read a couple of shorts by this author – I like the idea behind this book.
A race to the finish line, and a family secret …
F1 driver Ondrej D’Grieg has one goal in life. Be a champion. To achieve that he needs to focus. That’s why Ondrej has no time for his father’s insistence on him being involved with some old family drama about a missing rare car. He can ignore the mystery, but Hudson, the historian investigating, is more than a little distracting.
Hudson Lockley has a research job to do, and falling for the son of his employer is a no-no. But only one thing is more fascinating than this puzzle; Mr D’Grieg’s famous racing car driver son, Ondrej.
When their interest turns to kisses, then more, the race to figure out this attraction between them starts. But a small mistake could cause a crash that breaks both their hearts.
I enjoy Noelle Adams – these are always fun and easy reads. On the list.
Most people don’t have a nemesis, but I do. His name is Rafe Archibald.
On the first day of kindergarten, he stole my chocolate cupcake. In sixth grade, he won the big essay contest, while I ended as runner-up. All through high school, he was my academic rival, and in college he dated all my friends. After graduation, I hoped to be rid of him at last, but he moved into the apartment across the hall.
He’s always around. Inescapable. Constantly infuriating me with his too-long hair, his laid-back attitude, and his smug smile.
Just when I think it can’t get worse, it does. Our grandmothers start meddling. They decide we must be secretly in love and concoct a matchmaking scheme.
When my grandmother announces she’s inviting all her friends and family to her huge country estate for an old-fashioned holiday house party, I’m excited about a one-week break from running into Rafe in the hallway, at the coffee shop, and at our favorite bar. Then there he is. At my grandmother’s house for Christmas. In the room across the hall.
Their set-up won’t work. I’ve developed a lifetime’s worth of resistance against Rafe’s dubious charms. Sure, I might slip and fall into bed with him, but that’s an accident and won’t happen again. And, even if it does, it still won’t touch my heart.
After all, the last thing a smart woman should do is fall in love with her nemesis.
Holiday reads are EVERYWHERE and Nana Malone is a bit of a fave so on the list
The last time I saw broody, gorgeous, son-of-a-billionaire, Lincoln Porter, was Christmas Eve…right after I got publicly dumped by his best friend…
Imagine my surprise when he told me my ex never deserved me….right before kissing me!
That was eight years ago and I haven’t seen him since. Okay fine I haven’t been home either.
As far as I’m concerned, I could go another eight years without the holiday explosion of garlands and mistletoe, holly and tinsel. I avoid Christmas at all costs. My idiot ex ruined the holidays for me. To make matters worse, everyone sided with him. Including my parents.
Everyone but Linc that is.
But now, instead of spending the holidays on a warm sandy beach, devoid of jolly men in red suits, my job is sending me home…back to Faith, Virginia. A town often compared to a holiday snow globe.
Where the owner of the mouth I ran away from still lives… Damn him and that knowing cocky smile.
So here I am, my career on the line. In the one place I swore to never return. And what do you know, Lincoln Porter still has those wide, broad shoulders and the devil’s own smile.
But I’m not staying. When I ran, I left behind a cold and dismissive family and a small town where I never felt like myself. But this broody, billionaire says he should have given me a reason to stay last time.
No way I’m letting him tempt me into staying now.
Or will I?