New Romance Preview Post : Top Picks of Next weeks Romance releases 14th – 21st Feb 2021

Posted February 14, 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.

First Comes Like by [Alisha Rai]

Status on the TR list : I love this series and this author. Pre-ordered.

Amazon UK Price : £6.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$8.04

Amazon US Link : HERE

The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes…

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages – until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life?

(Trust) Falling For You: A Team-Building Romance by [Charish Reid]

Status on the TR list : This looks so cute and I love Charish Reid’s writing – on the list

Amazon UK Price : £2.23

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Yolanda Watson is the “fun professor.”
She makes literature exciting, she brings students donuts for Finals Week, and her colleagues love her. The only thing that will make teaching better is if she can learn how to write a grant and skip those boring committee meetings. In short, a History professor is her problem. He stole her grant and he chairs the most boring committee on campus.
Sure, he’s cute… but he can afford to loosen up.

Samuel Morris is a work-horse.
He puts his head down and proves his worth at Franklin University. That means no inane chit-chat with colleagues, no treating students like friends, and no shenanigans during the Assessment Committee. But a certain English professor happens to be full of shenanigans. She’s late, loud, and disorganized.
Sure, she’s sexy… but she can afford to tighten up.

They’ll both have to compromise.
A university team-building retreat to the woods of Wisconsin will ensure that. After a lodging mix-up, the opposites are forced to share the same cabin for six nights. As Team-Building Buddies, they will: sleep together, eat together, and play embarrassing bonding games together. One of them will have to budge. The sexual tension will get harder to ignore, especially when one Buddy requires rescuing from spiders, grasshoppers, and bears. Oh my…

Combustion by [Elia Winters]

Status on the TR list : I have lots of experience of Ella Winters writing and the cover/blurb for this is SO intriguing – I’ve pre-ordered.

Amazon UK Price : £2.92

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Astrid Bailey is content living alone, balancing her career as a contract machinist with her true passion: making “felicitation devices” for her discerning female clients. The upcoming World’s Fair, with its substantial cash prize, is an opportunity for her to open the shop she’s always imagined and solve her financial woes. With questionable credentials, though, she’s unable to enter without a reputable businessman to vouch for her.

Eli Rutledge, noted watchmaker, needs to enter the World’s Fair to maintain his reputation as an innovator, but he’s fresh out of ideas. With no other options, he agrees to Astrid’s proposal, lending his good name to her scandalous invention. When construction heats up, so does their chemistry–and the complications. Astrid is unaccustomed to accepting help, especially from a privileged businessman like Eli, even if she can’t keep her hands off him. Eli is losing his fight to an attraction that could spell professional disaster and heartbreak. As the Fair date approaches, Astrid and Eli must decide how far they’ll go for the business…and for each other.

Warning: contains scandalous “product testing,” steamy f/f and m/f encounters, and gratuitous liberties with an alternative-history Steampunk London, all in the quest for happily ever after.

Submission Impossible (Masters and Mercenaries: Reloaded Book 1) by [Lexi Blake]

Status on the TR List : This series is bonkers and sexy – I love it. On the list,

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price : $4.99

US Link : Here

He loves the sweet life

Greg Hutchins is reluctantly adulting these days. He’s settled in his job, recently bought his first house, and has a network of friends he can call family. But there’s something missing in his life, and he can’t quite put his finger on it. When he’s assigned to a case that involves investigating a biochemical company, he meets a woman who’s sweeter than any candy. Maybe she’s just the thing to make him feel complete.

She’s ready for the future

Noelle LaVigne has faced plenty of tragedy in her life, but she’s on the right path now. Between her new job and settling into a new city, she’s got no time for dating or relationships. She’s worked hard to get where she is, and no man is going to push her off track. Except the minute Hutch crosses her path she can’t seem to think about anything but the handsome security expert. He’s there to find a corporate spy, but late-night work sessions make her think they’ve both found something much more meaningful.

A twist they never saw coming

When the case becomes dangerous, both of their futures are on the line. And when the bullets start flying, they will have to learn to trust in each other if they hope to survive.

Rocky Mountain Forever (Six Pack Ranch Book 12) by [Vivian Arend]

Status on the TR list : I am so behind on this series but I do enjoy it. And the silver fox on the front of this definitely makes it more intriguing….. Oh, and this is a standalone.

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

It’s never too late for love.

Years ago, Mark Coleman made the only possible choice and left Rocky Mountain House before he tore his family apart. When he hears the four clans—Six Pack, Whiskey Creek, Moonshine and Angel—are working together to create a memory book, Mark also discovers the one detail that finally triggers his return.

Because he’s not just coming back to the family. Now that Dana is free and ready to move on, Mark plans to give the only woman he’s ever loved all the devotion and happiness she deserves, no matter how much sweet-talking, or dirty talk, it takes.

Meanwhile, when a shocking truth is shared with the oldest of the Six Pack sons, Blake Coleman begins a journey of assessment. Can he really fill his father’s boots and be the leader his generation turns to for guidance?

With lots of visits with all your favourite Colemans, this is a celebration of love and the lessons learned along the way.

Warning: this book is full of happily-ever-afters. Lots of I love yous, lots of babies, lots of laughter and happy tears. Pretty much, readers familiar with the series have a ton of feel-good hours of reading ahead. If you want angst—this isn’t it.

Like You Love Me (Honey Creek Book 1) by [Adriana Locke]

Status on the TR list : This has such such lovely reviews – it is a new to me author but I have pre-ordered.

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £1

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Two childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s funny, sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution.

He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other. It’s as simple as saying “I do.” But the off-the-cuff wedding has all of Honey Creek talking—and Sophie and Holden realizing that their perfect arrangement is working too well. If they’re not careful, this marriage could turn into a love story.

The Bright Side : A Flippin' Fantastic Romance by [Lucy Bexley]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t heard of this FF romance before but it does sound very cute. There are two other books in the series but they seem to be standalone. The other books have fab reviews.

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £2.19

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Darby lives her life on the bright side. She loves her two best friends Mia and James, so much in fact that she’s built an awesome career running Flippin’ Fantastic Renovations with them. All she wants is to decorate houses, cheerlead the people around her, and for no one to call her by her given name (Jane).

Astrid West is restless. She’s curated a life that ties her to nothing and no one. Her best friend is a stray cat named Meatball. She works a series of part-time jobs and owns exactly 8 shirts, all of them black. She’s lived in Denver for a year and has yet to commit to a lease. She moves cities on a whim, always looking for that perfect location where everything will fall into place.

Astrid is working the door at Revel, a Denver lesbian bar, when she meets Darby. Darby, who wears mittens and pink heart sunglasses and offers to help her, a total stranger, move apartments on New Year’s Day. Can Darby convince Astrid that people make a place a home? Or will Astrid leave Denver in search of greener grass before she gets the chance?

Truth or Dare by [PG Forte]

Status on the TR list : I like PG Forte but haven’t read anything from her in years. Still, a second chance menage is right up my street so on the list!

Amazon UK Price : £0.77

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$0.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Gwyn has her hands full these days trying to help save the family business — a quirky hotel on the Jersey Shore. She has no time for romance. But when the two men with whom she once spent a drunken menage weekend show up with a sexy proposition, how can she resist? Berke and Cam might have broken her heart once, but Gwyn is older now and wiser. She’s not looking for forever. She just wants a good time. And, after all, it is Valentine’s Day.

For Berke and Cam, the weekend isn’t just about fun, or adding some spice to their marriage; it’s about winning back the woman who got away, and convincing her to give a committed three-way relationship a shot. They each have skills that could help make the hotel a success — and they’re not above bartering to get what they want. but first they have to get past the walls Gwyn’s built to keep them out. But while Cam’s biggest concern is making sure Gwyn doesn’t break Berke’s heart a second time, Berke is worried about what Cam will think if he learns about Berke’s part in screwing things up the last time around.

Breaking up the Royals (Rocky Royal Romance Book 2) by [Fiona West]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t read any books from Fiona West before but this does look cute! On the Kindle list,

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £1.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Queen Abelia?’ She hardly thinks so.

Abbie knew it was going to be a challenge to maintain her independence while engaged to the king, but she didn’t expect to be saddled with security so soon. Now that she’s reunited with Edward, all she wants is to be together–as long as it’s on her own terms.

Enemies within and without are making Edward’s royal wedding look less likely by the day. His fiance is still miles away across the continent. And now he’s flying to a foreign country because his childhood friend has just been shot trying to apprehend his traitorous brother. When Abbie’s health problems flare, it puts a new kind of stress on their rekindled relationship. His bride-to-be can pick a fight, but not a dress…

When a threat from within the castle forces them to flee, Abbie and Edward decide to throw a masquerade with a secret of its own: a trap…with Abbie as the bait. Can they outwit their opponents before time runs out?

Breaking Up the Royals is a sweet, modern fantasy with heart and wit. This five-book series is complete; dive into the mixed-up world of the Rocky Royal Romances today! This book was previously published under the title The Un-Queen.

Lovebirds: A Fur-ever Veterinary Romance by [Cara Malone]

Status on the TR list : I enjoy this series – it is so cute. On the KU list.

Amazon UK Price : Free on KU or £3.73

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Kiran has no room in her life for love.

She’s perfectly content with her close-knit friends, her avian research at the local university, and, well, her own hand is enough to satisfy her on lonely nights.

But then her BFF starts a family, Kiran’s dean denies her tenure, and she breaks her wrist trying to tame a traumatized cockatoo. In just a few days, everything Kiran cares about is obliterated. The icing on the cake? Her influencer sister is planning the wedding of the century and to make it Instagram-perfect, she made Kiran promise not to be a loner with no date.

So when wildlife rescuer Danielle calls Kiran to help rehome a displaced owl, their road trip turns into more than either of them bargained for. In shared motel rooms across the Midwest, it’s easy to go from venting to hooking up, and Danielle even agrees to stand in as Kiran’s wedding date.

But will their friends with benefits arrangement end when Kiran’s cast comes off, or can she make room for love at last?

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by [Sarah J. Maas]

Status on the TR list : I haven’t heard of this series before … I like the look of it so I have book one on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £7.97

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$12.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

With bits of Buffy, Game Of Thrones and Outlander, this is a glorious series of total joy – Stylist
Sarah J. Maas’s sexy, richly imagined Court of Thorns and Roses series continues with the journey of Feyre’s fiery sister, Nesta

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly – proud, swift to anger and slow to forgive. And since the war – since being made High Fae against her will – she’s struggled to forget the horrors she endured and find a place for herself within the strange and deadly Night Court.

The person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred, winged warrior who is there at Nesta’s every turn. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. And when they are forced to train in battle together, sparks become flame.

As the threat of war casts its shadow over them once again, Nesta and Cassian must fight monsters from within and without if they are to stand a chance of halting the enemies of their court. But the ultimate risk will be searching for acceptance – and healing – in each other’s arms.

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