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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– First in a new series about the Williams siblings of Theapoke, North Carolina! –
Brook Williams was raised to avoid drawing attention at all costs. At twenty-eight, she wonders if her mermaid mother’s paranoia isolated Brook and her siblings from society to a harmful extreme. When Brook intervenes to save a stranger from a careening truck, however, she quickly learns her mother’s obsessive concerns were entirely justified.
There’s just something about Brook that Cooper Koning can’t get off his mind. At first, he thinks his infatuation is due to the concussion sustained when she shoved him out of traffic. Then he realizes that she’s simply perfect…perfect to free him from a looming future being the king of Souersland. His candid Hail Mary proposal comes with few strings attached: Brook marries him, he’s tossed from the line of succession, she gets a wad of cash for her struggling swim school, and they go their separate ways.
Of course, Cooper soon realizes that he’d be foolish to let her go.
Now that she’s left her little world, though, the mermaid skeletons in Brook’s closet can no longer stay hidden. Her mother left the sea to escape a burdensome duty, and now that duty is Brook’s. And in a strange twist of fate, that mantle may mean that it isn’t even Cooper’s human family who should rule Souersland, but Brook’s magical one.
Can a relationship built on fables endure? Or will the star-crossed spouses quickly decide their differences are too tremendous to overcome?
First up, bestselling author Nikki Clarke tosses convention to the wind as she reimagines Sleepy Beauty from a damsel in distress into so much more in Wake The Girl.
Strange things are happening in Kansas City, a place where humans and others live in mutual awareness if not exact harmony.
Someone’s been jinxing men all over town, and the assignment falls to Detectives Rajj and Khari Phillips as the city’s top warlocks and the Kansas City Police Department’s Heads of Conjure Cases.
But the twins accidentally find themselves sidetracked with another bizarre mystery; who sealed a sleeping woman inside a drawer in the police morgue?
Why does this woman call to every fiber of their being?
What do you do when this woman calls to be kissed, and kissed passionately?
You kiss her, of course. Then your twin brother kisses her too. They don’t need another mystery to solve, but this former sleeping Beauty is more than a mystery she is an enigma from the moment she opens her eyes until they close as she melts into your embrace.
Can their new Sleeping Beauty unlock more than their hearts, but can she also help decipher the clues to the bigger case of men losing their lives?
A PopSugar and BookBub Most Anticipated Romance of 2022!
How do you solve the Perfect Equation? Add one sharp-tongued mathematician to an aloof, handsome nobleman. Divide by conflicting loyalties and multiply by a daring group of women hell-bent on conducting their scientific experiments. The solution is a romance that will break every rule.
Six years ago, Miss Letitia Fenley made a mistake, and she’s lived with the consequences ever since. Readying herself to compete for the prestigious Rosewood Prize for Mathematics, she is suddenly asked to take on another responsibility—managing Athena’s Retreat, a secret haven for England’s women scientists. Having spent the last six years on her own, Letty doesn’t want the offers of friendship from other club members and certainly doesn’t need any help from the insufferably attractive Lord Greycliff.
Lord William Hughes, the Viscount Greycliff cannot afford to make any mistakes. His lifelong dream of becoming the director of a powerful clandestine agency is within his grasp. Tasked with helping Letty safeguard Athena’s Retreat, Grey is positive that he can control the antics of the various scientists as well as manage the tiny mathematician—despite their historic animosity and simmering tension.
As Grey and Letty are forced to work together, their mutual dislike turns to admiration and eventually to something…magnetic. When faced with the possibility that Athena’s Retreat will close forever, they must make a choice. Will Grey turn down a chance to change history, or can Letty get to the root of the problem and prove that love is the ultimate answer?
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes the new book in her River Rain Series, Taking the Leap.
Alexandra Sharp has been crushing on her co-worker, John “Rix” Hendrix for years. He’s her perfect man, she knows it.
She’s just not his perfect woman, and she knows that too.
Then Rix gives Alex a hint that maybe there’s a spark between them that, if she takes the leap, she might be able to fan into a flame. This leads to a crash and burn, and that’s all shy Alex needs to catch the hint never to take the risk again.
However, with undeniable timing, Rix’s ex, who broke his heart, and Alex’s family, who spent her lifetime breaking hers, rear their heads, gearing up to offer more drama. With the help of some matchmaking friends, Rix and Alex decide to face the onslaught together…
As a fake couple.
The Montgomery Ink saga from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with a friends to lovers romance that breaks all of their own rules.
Instead of walking away with a marriage proposal, Paige Montgomery ended up broken hearted and pregnant.
Now she has to figure out how to begin her life again alone.
She refuses to fall for another man, yet every time she sees Lee Grier, her traitorous heart aches for him. It doesn’t matter he’s her brother’s best friend and wants to be her rock in the storm. She knows she has to weather the oncoming pressures on her own.
When they can no longer fight the pull between them, they’ll have to remember that passion can only shelter them from reality for so long and letting themselves fall will be the hardest step yet.
Bethany Lights never expected to be accused of murder.
Determined to start life anew in the beautiful and snowy state of Alaska after the death of her abusive husband, Bethany dreams of healing and reliving her happy childhood memories as she opens up a cozy and quiet coffee shop.
But after a man arrives to threaten her – and suspiciously turns up dead shortly after – Bethany is thrust head-first into a murder investigation… and all eyes are on her. Fighting to prove her innocence only becomes more difficult when a second death shakes the small town of Snow Falls.
Caught up in a whirlwind of accusations and clues, Bethany is faced with the seemingly impossible task of rooting out the cold-blooded killer who is trying so hard to frame her. Surrounded by suspicious townsfolk and unsure who she can trust, Bethany and her newfound friend Sarah must outwit the murderer and clear her name if she ever hopes to live a quiet life again.
Can Bethany expose the real culprit behind the murders? Or will her new chance at life end before it can even begin?
Perfect for fans of cozy and lighthearted mysteries with loveable amateur sleuths and a gorgeous snowy setting, this picturesque mystery novel is a classic who-dun-it that will delight readers of all ages.
USA Today author Melissa Schroeder invites you back to the world of Juniper Springs, and the one man who lives life on his own terms, CARTER HAWTHORNE.
I’ve always been the brother who everyone calls the flirt. The one who isn’t too serious, the one who is a little…different.
And I don’t mind that title. In fact, I use my ability to think outside of the box to help my family in their business.
I’m also known as the player, although, I haven’t…suited up in a while. So maybe that’s why I’ve become completely infatuated with my old childhood friend Piper Abernathy.
Just saying her name makes me itch beneath my skin. I want to know what she’s thinking, how she spends her days, and I fantasize what her hair smells like.
And her lips…they are intoxicating. One taste will never be enough, and while I can talk her into my bed, she resists me beyond that.
She says we make each other bonkers, and she doesn’t believe in happily ever after.
For a woman who plans out ever minute of her day, she never counted on me, and I aim to prove to her there’s nothing wrong with crazy as long as you’re together.
Author Note: If you’ve met Carter, you know just how insane he is. But, he is in Juniper, wooing his old childhood friend, irritating his brother, making friends with the LOLs, and becoming at one with the Juniper Springs culture. And if you think he’s crazy with his family, just wait until you see the things he does to his lady love.
Braelyn was a princess who was sheltered in the undersea kingdom of Kymora, dreaming and training for a day that she would finally face the monsters who killed her mother, the humans. Humans have been at war for years after Braelyn’s mother fell in love with a human who then left the kingdom and the safety which eventually led to her death. Now Braelyn wants to even the score, but what would happen if they get her before she gets them?
Bex has spent his life with the king, serving him and doing questionable things but no one knew the truth. He has spent his life hating the king, dreaming of a way that would finally end this war and the king’s tyranny. Now, the answer has been captured and held in the castle in the form of a siren princess named Braelyn. Working together they must find a way to survive, get out and destroy the king no matter what starts to form between them.
Luna was always the quiet sister, whereas Braelyn was the strong and outspoken sister. It was never expected that Luna would run for the human lands to rescue her sister Brealyn, but there was a lot that was unexpected. Luna didn’t expect to enlist the help of a band of rebel humans all facing against the king like her and she certainly didn’t expect to fall for one. But she must do what she needs to do, even if that means saying goodbye.
Can they survive this war or will it destroy them?
For her, he’ll unleash the tiger within.
Stefan’s getting married for the good of his family, because if he doesn’t, the local werewolves will run them out of town. He’s not exactly happy about it, but it could be worse. His bride is quite beautiful when she’s not completely off her canine leash. As beta for her pack, she’s used to giving orders and has a bite to go with her bark. However, if she thinks he’s giving in to the beast within, then she’ll be waiting a long time.
Stefan’s spent the last decade keeping his tiger caged. Past experience has shown him he can’t lose control. Yet, when he’s captured by the company that created him, he’ll realize he doesn’t have a choice.
He’ll have to learn how to growl if he wants to protect those he loves.
When Olivia Tennyson – or Ollie to her friends – was sixteen, she wrote a Dream List of all the things she wanted for her life, including a happy marriage and a family. But at twenty-nine, Ollie is single, living at home with her over-protective and manipulative mother, and is feeling like her dreams are getting further out of reach.
It’s time for a change.
It’s time to take matters into her own hands.
Without telling her mum, or more importantly, asking her permission, Ollie finds the perfect place to start her new life. End Cottage has a duck-egg blue front door, a garden that leads to acres of forest, and definitely counts as her dream home.
Now all Ollie has to do is complete the rest of her list and find out who she really is, before she can imagine any romance coming into her life. After all, how is she going to find her dream man in the middle of a forest…
Reading Beth Moran’s gorgeous novels makes every day better. Uplifting, smart, with unforgettable characters and gorgeous settings, it’s impossible not to fall in love with a Beth Moran story. Perfect for all fans of Jill Mansell, Julie Houston, and Jenny Colgan.
Praise for Beth Moran:
‘Life-affirming, joyful and tender.’ Zoe Folbigg
Their love is legendary, impassioned and requited. He respects her and she has the utmost respect for him. Their love can move mountains and cause a cosmic shift in the atmosphere. Yet, even with all the unbridled love in the world Nicholas and Noel’s marriage is not without challenges, adversities they overcame together. Now, Nicholas and Noel have a new venture on the horizon, a journey they must take together.
**This is a spinoff series of The Men of Mafia St. Clair. Highly recommended that you read that series first but it is not required. This book can stand alone.
Adrian was intrigued by the shy, handsome novelist who recently moved into her building.
As a woman who spends all her time either selling or reading sexy romance books—having an author as a boyfriend would be icing on the cake. Hoping to score a date, she asks him out for coffee. He seems to know just what to say to make a woman blush and smile all while coming off innocent. He’s kind. He’s funny. He is. . .
The best-selling erotica author J.J. Simmons?!