New Romance Preview Post : Nix’s Top Picks of this weeks book releases

Posted August 23, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

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.

Foolish Hearts (Jackson Falls Book 4) by [Synithia Williams]

Status on the TR List : This series is amazing – I can’t wait for this one.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

All they need is a second chance…

It’s been three years since Ashiya Waters walked away from Russell—and made the biggest mistake of her life. She knows she shouldn’t dwell on the past. Love isn’t meant to last…and nobody taught her that better than her own family. But when her grandmother unexpectedly dies, leaving Ashiya in charge of a multimillion-dollar company, Russell is the only one who can help her…and things get complicated fast.

Russell Gilchrist would do anything to be named COO of Robidoux Holdings—with all of the power and money that comes along with it. He’s been desperate to solve the disappearance of his brother, Roderick, for years, and the Robidoux influence could finally turn this cold case hot—and give his family some much-needed closure. The job is his…if he helps Ashiya manage her new business. He’ll just do his work and get out—that’s the plan. But being so close to the woman who broke his heart is dangerous. Seeing her smile and feeling her touch makes him want to forget the past. But will this second chance at love burn them both?

Bombshell by [Sarah MacLean]

Status on the TR List : This series is amazing – I can’t wait for this one.

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.67

US Kindle Link : HERE

Sometimes the best gentleman for the job is a lady.

After years of living as London’s brightest scandal, Lady Sesily Talbot has embraced the reputation and the freedom that comes with the title. No one looks twice when she lures a gentleman into the dark gardens beyond a Mayfair ballroom…and no one realizes those trysts are not what they seem.

No one, that is, but Caleb Calhoun, who has spent years trying not to notice his best friend’s beautiful, brash, brilliant sister. If you ask him, he’s been a saint about it, considering the way she looks at him…and the way she talks to him…and the way she’d felt in his arms during their one ill-advised kiss.

Except someone has to keep Sesily from tumbling into trouble during her dangerous late-night escapades, and maybe close proximity is exactly what Caleb needs to get this infuriating, outrageous woman out of his system. But now Caleb is the one in trouble, because he’s fast realizing that Sesily isn’t for forgetting…she’s forever. And forever isn’t something he can risk.

The Highland Fling by [Meghan Quinn]

Status on the TR List : I like the idea of this book – I am always dubious about scottish books from non-scottish authors though…

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.

Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move.

When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass.

As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?

Hearts in Darkness Collection (Hearts in Darkness Duet) by [Laura Kaye]

Status on the TR List : I love Laura Kaye – I haven’t read any of these books before so they are on the list.

UK Price : £3.66

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Two strangers. Four hours. One pitch-black elevator. And their struggle to find love in the light…

This beloved, bestselling series has it all! Scorching hot chemistry. Achingly heartfelt emotion. Strangers-to-lovers, forced proximity, and opposites attract goodness. And, with “one of the most beloved couples in romance,” Caden Grayson and Makenna James will stay with you long after the last page! Plus, a brand-new story and a never-before-published epilogue. All in one gorgeous edition!

This Special Collector’s 10th Anniversary Edition Includes:

Hearts in Darkness – the bestselling story that started it all!

When two strangers get trapped in a pitch-black elevator, they find connection, attraction, and red-hot heat in the darkness.

Lovers at Dawn – a brand-new follow-up story!

In the light of the morning after, these new lovers wake up in each other’s arms. But will this buttoned-up accountant and tattooed paramedic still want what they found in the darkness?

Love in the Light – the bestselling sequel to Hearts in Darkness

Can a man who’s lost everyone he’s ever loved trust that he won’t crash again if he lets himself fall? Or will the pressures of commitment be more than Caden and Makenna’s love story can handle?

Forever in the Light – a never-before published epilogue to the series

The happily-ever-after story Caden and Makenna deserve, including their heartfelt wedding and sexy wedding night!

Her Sanctuary (Texas Vampires Book 1) by [Delilah Devlin]

Status on the TR List : I really enjoy Delilah Devlin and this one looks fab – definitely on the list.

UK Price : KU

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

A woman surviving on the edge of a dark frontier strikes a sensual bargain with a handsome stranger hiding a dangerous secret…

In a post-apocalyptic future, creatures who’ve hidden in the shadows for millennia are freed to roam in a world shrouded in darkness. Rancher Kate McKinnon runs Sanctuary Ranch—a last refuge on the western frontier. While running herd over her cowhands and integrating refugees into their self-sufficient refuge, she escapes her responsibilities the only way she has left—via radio to pockets of other survivors. One man, Ty Bennett, is her confidante, and she thinks she might be falling in love with his deep, rasping voice. Although they’ve never met, he seems to know her heart.

On a patrol to scavenge supplies, Kate and her cowboys are surrounded by a gang of renegades intent on claiming her. Rescue comes unexpectedly by a militaristic band led by the man she’s spent so many hours talking to through the dark nights. She brings him home only to discover she’s brought vampires inside the refuge.

Already half in love with the human woman, Ty offers added muscle to her defenses and promises to move her people to safety. Fighting his own nature and appetites, he seeks redemption for his many sins but can’t control his hunger to possess Kate. Getting past her prejudice and choking responsibilities tests his seductive powers.

Note: This story was previously released under the title Undeniable. It has since been revised and expanded and will be the first in at least a trilogy of new stories.

Uncharted: A Scorching Hot Forced Proximity Romance (Survival Instincts Book 2) by [Adriana Anders]

Status on the TR List : I really enjoy Adriana Anders’ writing but, I admit, I was not a massive fan of book one. I will be trying this book though as it looks fab!

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.82

US Kindle Link : HERE

The sparks are flying in this fast-paced romantic suspense featuring:

  • Forced proximity
  • Competence kink galore
  • Survival romance
  • A chillingly brilliant foe
  • And scorching, brain-melting heat despite the freezing Alaska setting

Stranded together in a frozen wilderness, there’s nowhere left to run…

Hotshot pilot Leo Eddowes is afraid of nothing and no one. So when she’s asked to evacuate a man from the wilds of Alaska, she doesn’t hesitate. But with enemies in close pursuit and the weather turning sour, what should have been a simple mission quickly shifts to disaster.

And there’s only one way out.

When Elias Thorne disappeared, he was America’s most wanted. Now he’s spent more than a decade in one of the most remote places on earth, guarding a dangerous secret. Leo’s arrival, quickly followed by a team of expert hunters, leaves him no choice but to join forces with her—and run. Neither is prepared for their reluctant partnership to flare into something as wild and untamed as the frozen world around them…but as desperately cold days melt into scorchingly hot nights, Leo and Elias must learn to dig deep, trust in each other, and forge a bond as strong as the forces of nature.

Mist Rising (Mist and Mirrors Book 1) by [Eve Langlais]

Status on the TR List : Eve Langlais is autotry

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The mist is rising so lock your doors and stay inside, for the monsters have returned.

On a dark and ominous night, at the edge of the Abyss, Agathe rescues a baby from a monster that should have been extinct. Gravely injured in the process, the elderly Agathe is rewarded by having her youth restored.

But that’s only the start of the strangeness.

The child she saves is far from ordinary. Belle has a unique and wondrous magic that must not fall into the wrong hands. Like those of the King.

Everyone knows the monarch steals those they called the Blessed—those with the purple eyes. Supposedly, they are the only thing standing between the Kingdom and the rising mist.
As far as Agathe is concerned, they’re victims of the King’s lust for power. What is the King really doing with the Blessed and their magic?

To discover the truth, Agathe must insert herself into the court of the enemy. Unfortunately, things are worse than they seem.
Can Agathe embrace destiny and not only save herself but also the Kingdom?

Vicious Union : A Cartel Romance (Flor de Muertos Series Book 1) by [Jocelyne  Soto]

Status on the TR List : I am nervouse about this book (I am not really a dark romance fan) but I cannot resist this cover. On the list.

UK Price : KU

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The son of the most dangerous Kingpin in Mexico.

The heir to the throne.

The man that individuals fear the most, next to my father.

According to my father those are things that I should be proud of. I should be proud of my heritage and wear it on my back with honor.

I’ll honor my heritage but I will not honor the path that is set out for me. The life that my father lives is not for me. I will do anything in my power to walk away from that life, and that apparently includes getting married in Vegas after a night of drinking.

She’s beautiful, everything that I have ever wanted, but I can’t have her. Not with the life that I live.

Not with the blood I have on my hands.

** VICIOUS UNION is book#1 of the Flor de Muertos Series. This story can be read as a completely standalone and at anytime in the series. **

Mocha Kisses by [Sharon  Blount, Barbara Joe Williams ]

Status on the TR List : How cute is this cover!

UK Price : KU

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

After fleeing from Chicago amid a scandal, handsome pediatrician Lucas Lattimore arrives in Java City, ready for a fresh start. Laser-focused on opening his private practice and determined to peacefully settle into his new home, romance is the furthest thing from Lucas’s mind – until he stumbles across a beautiful stranger who offers to buy him a steaming cup of coffee. Mocha, to be exact.

When her best friend and brother get married, successful business owner Sheryl Collier is ready for another shot at love to go with the java she adores. Problem is, the hopeless romantic’s overprotective brothers have the all the eligible men in tiny Java City too scared to date her. Just when it looks like all of Sheryl’s romantic options have been depleted, the sexy Dr. Lucas saunters into her world and changes it forever. The fire between them is instantly ignited…until the devastating reason Lucas fled Chicago threatens to put it out. Armed with the truth that can destroy her family, will Sheryl turn Lucas away, or will love have the final say?

Come back to Java City and see what’s brewing!

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