New Romance Preview Post : Top Pick of Book Releases 16th August 2021

Posted August 15, 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.

Battle Royal: A Novel by [Lucy Parker]

Status on the TR List : I pre-ordered this back in May. I adore the London Celebrities series and I am confident that I will love this too. Also, I need a dress that looks like this….

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $8.99

US Kindle Link : HERE


Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere. When Sylvie’s unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has used her fame to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers…and a princess.


Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.


When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they fight to come out on top.

The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.

In this royal battle, can there be room for two?

The Dating Playbook: A fake-date rom-com to steal your heart! 'A total knockout: funny, sexy, and full of heart' by [Farrah Rochon]

Status on the TR List : I have also pre-ordered this book – I really like Farrah Rochon’s writing and this has rave advanced reviews.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.44

US Kindle Link : HERE

What happens when three women discover, thanks to the live tweeting of a disastrous date, that they’ve all been duped by the same man? They become friends of course!

The dating game is on. And the rules just went out the window.

When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor needs more than the support of her new best friends, Samiah and London. She needs a miracle.

And Jamar Dixon might just be it. The oh-so-fine former footballer wants to get back into the NFL, and he wants Taylor to train him. There’s just one catch – no one can know what they’re doing. But when they’re accidentally outed as a couple, Taylor’s game plan is turned completely upside down. Is Jamar just playing to win…or is he playing for keeps?

Bidding for the Bachelor (Fong Brothers Book 2) by [Jackie Lau]

Status on the TR List : I am behind on Jackie Lau’s writing but I always enjoy her book – on the list.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Meet Cedric Fong in this m/m romance…

I don’t need a date. I need to focus on finding a new apartment and finally writing another novel.

But as the last single Fong brother, I’m expected to participate in a bachelor auction to benefit my family’s charity. When there’s a frenzied bidding war, Brian Poon, my younger brother’s ex-best friend, puts an end to the chaos by bidding an eye-watering amount for a Valentine’s date with me.

Brian used to be a notorious partier, but his life isn’t as wild now that his father has cut him off. We have a good time eating and drinking together, and when he finds out about my apartment situation, he offers me his spare room.

Once I move in, Brian surprises me by baking me cookies and making it his mission to get me writing again. Soon, I’m working on a new book and getting closer to my roommate, a man who has never had a relationship and is all about casual sex—the opposite of me.

He also used to be in love with my brother. I wonder if he still is…

Chances for Serendipity by [Natalie Chung]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t heard of this author before but I am a fan of baking romances and also one’s that span a longer period of time… I am in!

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

One chance meeting can change everything.

Serendipity Tsang never suspected the kind, sweet guy she once met would become famous. Aiden Andale—Australia’s newest hotshot tennis player. And to think she accidentally hit him on the head with a tennis ball!

As years pass by, she’s busy juggling her family’s beloved Chinese bakery, her future career, and navigating relationships.

Then she starts seeing Aiden again—in magazines, on TV, in tennis tournaments. He’s everywhere she turns. Looking happy with his life. Unlike her.

But reality isn’t always straightforward. What happens when serendipity finds them both again in the most unlikely of ways?

Perfect for fans of tennis and baking, Chances for Serendipity is a standalone contemporary romance that spans over several years with a happily ever after.

That Jewish Thing by [Amber Crewe]

Status on the TR List : Another new-to-me author however I am absolutely intriged by this book. On the list.

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.76

US Kindle Link : HERE

Tamsyn Rutman is at yet another wedding, for yet another cousin. She wouldn’t mind – the food’s pretty good, the location is fabulous and there’s a moderately famous singer crooning away – but what is a Jewish wedding if not the perfect opportunity for the bride to do a bit of matchmaking on behalf of her single, workaholic cousin? Tamsyn’s not at the table with her parents and her family, she’s sitting next to Ari Marshall.

Ari is everything Tamsyn doesn’t want for herself, and everything her family want for her. Stubbornly determined not to fall into the trap of someone else’s happily ever after, Tamsyn decides to focus on work, and while interviewing London’s hottest new chef, finds herself being swept off her feet . . . by someone her family definitely wouldn’t approve of.

But somehow, Ari and Tamsyn keep crossing paths, and she’s about to find out that in love, and in life, it’s not always easy to run away from who you really are…

We Belong Together: The perfect heartwarming, feel-good read for summer 2021 by [Beth Moran]

Status on the TR List : I just like all the books that Beth Moran writes so it is on the list.

UK Price : KU or £1.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Eleanor Sharpley has been living a lie…

Needing to escape her London life quickly, Eleanor throws her things into the back of her car, and heads to her erstwhile best friend Charlie’s family farm. 

But Charlie isn’t there. Instead she finds Charlie’s grieving brother Daniel, her eight-month old daughter Hope (a daughter Eleanor had known nothing about), and a crumbling and unloved Damson Farm. 

Damson Farm lies at the edge of the village of Ferrington, with the river Maddon flowing at its heart. But Ferrington is a village divided by more than just a river – it is split in two by an age-old feud – between the Old Side and the New Side. Eleanor has run from her problems, straight into a family and a world that has problems of its own. 

But Damson Farm has magic too, and as winter gives way to spring, the old farm starts to come to life under Eleanor’s love and care. The orchard starts to blossom with daffodils and bluebells, and the sound of bees busy in their hives fills the warming air.  Can Eleanor bring Daniel and the feuding village of Ferrington back to life too, or will her secrets catch up with her first? 

A Rancher's Love (The Stones of Heart Falls Book 4) by [Vivian Arend]

Status on the TR List : I enjoy Vivian Arend’s work – on the list.

UK Price : £5.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

**A standalone contemporary romance novel**

Ginny Stone wants to be a vital part of her family’s ranching success, but nothing is the same as it was three years ago, and now she’s not sure where she fits in. To add to her troubles, her big brother’s best friend has shown up—the sexy lover Ginny’s been keeping secret for years.

During idyllic childhood summers, Tucker Stewart visited with his uncle, made friends with the Stone children, and slowly learned how to become a valuable part of Silver Stone ranch. Tragedy derailed his plans once, but when his uncle hints at retirement, Tucker’s opportunity to take over as foreman is suddenly back on the table. Which means finally getting a chance at forever with the seductive and elusive Ginny as well.

With both Tucker and Ginny feeling the need to show their worth, it’s only natural they team up. Operation Prove It is now in play, and the stakes are more than a paycheque. Nothing less than their hearts are on the line.

Art of the Hunt: A Paranormal Chick Lit Novel by [Tami Lund]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t read anything by Tami Lund but this looks right up my alley.

UK Price : KU or £2.87

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

She may be the goddess of the hunt, but this Hunter is more than she bargained for.

Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, is bored. She’s tired of hanging out at the Gods of Thunder Motorcycle Club, tired of partying with her bestie, tired of everything feeling so very meaningless.

She needs action. She needs to go back to saving the world. So she hops onto her Harley and rides off into the sunset.

She ends up in Chicago, where she helps very, very sexy Detective Hunter James crack a case—not that he’s particularly thrilled by her interference, as he calls it.

That’s okay, he’ll come around.

But when he does, will she be able to handle it? Because Hunter reminds her an awful lot of Orion, her one true love, and she swore two thousand years ago that she’d never go down that road again.

Not even if he is Orion reincarnated.

Falling for the General's Daughter: A Geeky Romantic Comedy (The Fighting Sullivans Book 1) by [Melissa Schroeder, Maya Reed]

Status on the TR List : I always enjoy Melissa Schroederk – on the list.

UK Price : KU or £2.17

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

From the USA Today Bestselling author of The Santinis comes a story of another group of military brothers who are about to meet the women who will own their hearts.

When Raine Sullivan takes on an assignment, he has no idea he’s going to meet the woman of his dreams.

I’m the brother who likes to play pranks, to keep everyone laughing. But it isn’t a joke when I go to work for Sullivan Security, and especially when my old mentor and family friend General Young needs my help. It seems his daughter has caught the attention of someone who has been cyber stalking her. I take the job without a second thought, remembering the sweet, slightly nerdy preteen I met years ago.

Only, she isn’t a preteen anymore. She’s beyond beautiful and brilliant. Another thing, geeky girls? They are sooo my thing. Not to mention, she has a wicked sense of humor, and while she seems sweet, she can cuss better than any Sullivan brother.

But coming onto her while I’m on the job would be unprofessional and besides, her father might just kill me. And he can do it. I know his history and there’s a reason he has enough medals on his chest to sink him to the bottom of the ocean.

As the cyber stalker goes into overdrive, we begin to spend all of our time together, and while I said I would resist seducing her, I didn’t say anything about not letting her seduce me.

Dawn Unearthed (Ravenwood Coven Book 1) by [Carrie Ann Ryan]

Status on the TR List : Carrie Ann Ryan is an auto-try author – on the list.

UK Price : KU or £2.88

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan begins a new witchy paranormal series where a magical town keeps its secrets, but those in it must find a way to keep themselves safe.

The moment Sage Reed makes her way to Ravenwood, she knows the small town lives up to its mystical lore—even if she doesn’t believe that she’s a witch. After losing her husband, she’s ready for change, and her aunt’s bookstore affords the perfect opportunity.

Rome Baker has secrets of his own—even some that he’s kept from the town he calls home. But when a striking and intriguing stranger saves his life the moment she steps into his path, his inner bear knows that she’s the one for him. However, with the town under fire, he worries he might run out of time before he can show her what they can have together.

A new enemy is on the horizon, one who hides in the shadows, whose history is steeped in lies. And if Sage and Rome aren’t careful, Sage’s new powers won’t be the only thing that spirals into flame.

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