New Romance Preview Post Week 7 2022 : Top Picks of this weeks eBooks (15th May 2022)

Posted May 15, 2022 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.

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.

Also, CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO GO TO AMAZON PAGE

From Bad to Cursed by [Lana Harper]

OPPOSITES ATTRACT IN THIS WICKEDLY CHARMING ROM COM FROM LANA HARPER, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF PAYBACK’S A WITCH

‘The book I’ve been waiting for all my life’ Emily Henry, author of Beach Read

‘Like if Casey McQuiston wrote paranormal’ Goodreads

Wild child Isidora Avramov is a thrill chaser, adept demon summoner, and-despite the whole sexy-evil-sorceress vibe-also a cuddly animal lover. When she’s not designing costumes and new storylines for the Arcane Emporium’s haunted house, Issa’s nursing a secret, conflicted dream of ditching her family’s witchy business to become an indie fashion designer in her own right.

But when someone starts sabotaging the celebrations leading up to this year’s Beltane festival with dark, dangerous magic, a member of the rival Thorn family gets badly hurt-throwing immediate suspicion on the Avramovs. To clear the Avramov name and step up for her family when they need her the most, Issa agrees to serve as a co-investigator, helping none other than Rowan Thorn get to the bottom of things.

Rowan is the very definition of lawful good, so tragically noble and by-the-book he makes Issa’s teeth hurt. In accordance with their families’ complicated history, he and Issa have been archenemies for years and have grown to heartily loathe each other. But as the unlikely duo follow a perplexing trail of clues to a stunning conclusion, Issa and Rowan discover how little they really know each other… and stumble upon a maddening attraction that becomes harder to ignore by the day.

The Emma Project: A Novel (The Rajes Series Book 4) by [Sonali Dev]

Emma gets a fresh Indian-American twist from award-winning author Sonali Dev in her heartwarmingly irresistible Jane Austen inspired rom com series.

No one can call Vansh Raje’s life anything but charmed. Handsome—Vogue has declared him California’s hottest single—and rich enough to spend all his time on missions to make the world a better place. Add to that a doting family and a contagiously sunny disposition and Vansh has made it halfway through his twenties without ever facing anything to throw him off his admittedly spectacular game.

A couple years from turning forty, Knightlina (Naina) Kohli has just gotten out of a ten-year-long fake relationship with Vansh’s brother and wants only one thing from her life…fine, two things. One, to have nothing to do with the unfairly blessed Raje family ever again. Two, to bring economic independence to millions of women in South Asia through her microfinance foundation and prove her father wrong about, well, everything.

Just when Naina’s dream is about to come to fruition, Vansh Raje shows up with his misguided Emma Project… And suddenly she’s fighting him for funding and wondering if a friends-with-benefits arrangement that’s as toe-curlingly hot as it is fun is worth risking her life’s work for.

Lucky Star: A Fake Dating Celebrity Romance (Starstruck Series) by [Susannah Nix]

A lonely barista’s dreams come true when her celebrity crush asks her to pose as his fake girlfriend for the paparazzi.

Boone Sheridan is a TV heartthrob with a public relations problem. He needs to clean up his image and create a distraction ASAP. What better way to do that than pretending he’s settled down with a nice, wholesome, ordinary girlfriend?

Eve Tracey is as ordinary as they come—a pre-school teacher and part-time barista working two jobs to make ends meet. She also happens to be a recovering Boone Sheridan superfan. So when the object of her former obsession walks into her coffee shop and makes her an unbelievable offer, how can she refuse?

Acting like she’s in love with Boone Sheridan is no problem for Eve. But she’s read enough fake dating fanfics to know that being on the receiving end of Boone’s pretend affection is almost certainly a recipe for heartbreak—and she’s too realistic to believe the fantasy will extend any further than that.

There’s nothing for a starstruck fangirl to do but brace herself for the pain of letting Boone go at the end of their temporary arrangement.

Something Wilder by [Christina Lauren]

The New York Times bestselling authors of The Unhoneymooners present a charming, laugh-out-loud novel filled with adventure, treasure, and, of course, love.

Lily has never forgotten the man that got away . . . but she certainly hasn’t forgiven him either!

As the daughter of a notorious treasure hunter, Lily makes ends meet using her father’s coveted hand-drawn maps, guiding tourists on fake treasure hunts through the canyons of Utah. When the man she once loved walks back into her life with a motley crew of friends, ready to hit the trails, Lily can’t believe her eyes. Frankly, she’d like to take him out into the wilderness – and leave him there.

Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily is all business: it’s never going to happen. But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. Alone under the stars in the isolated and dangerous mazes of the Canyonlands, Leo and Lily must decide whether they’ll risk their lives, and their hearts, on the adventure of a lifetime . . .

Summer In Seattle : (A Novel: Singles in Seattle, Book 1) by [Ivy Daniels]

SINGLES IN SEATTLE: BOOK 1

SUMMER DAY’s dating life is . . . underwhelming to say the least. A couple of bad past relationships have soured her on finding Mr. Right, so she’s been searching for Mr. Good Enough ever since. Being unfulfilled, a little bored, along with a sex life that resembles a slice of unbuttered toast is what she’s come to expect. Convincing herself she needs something more doesn’t occur to her, until the night she literally runs into the guy who lives next door to her best friend. After she almost faceplants like a drunken ballerina into the glistening chest of Zeus’s son, her world begins to spin out of control.

XANDER SCOTT is everything Summer has vowed to avoid: Tall, drop-dead sexy, tattooed, and confident. Summer can barely string two words together when she’s around him. He’s a leading man in her world of supporting actors. He doesn’t fit the mold of what a boyfriend should be, not to mention guys like him don’t fall for a girls like her. Xander tries the slow and steady route to win her affection, and is making headway, until a complicated relationship from his past almost proves to Summer why she stays away from guys like him in the first place.

It will take everything he has to convince her otherwise, but when he does, it’s all the sunnier. . .

The Reason For it All: A Frenemies-to-Lovers, Brother's Best Friend, Marriage of Convenience Romance (The Hometown Series Book 4) by [Jessie Marie]

She’s Miss Independent. He’s the town’s biggest player. Will they make it out with their hearts intact?


Jaxon

I knew it was a risk as soon as the words left my mouth.
“I’m marrying Tiana.”
She was gonna kill me.
After all, she’s my boy’s older sister.
And I was known around town for not settling down.

But when she asks me to help her out in exchange for marriage vows, I knew I could do it.
If there was one thing I could do, it was give it to her good.
But what happens when that’s not the only thing I’m giving away?

Tiana

Independent was my middle name.
I had a great job, career, and life.
But I had one little problem that could only be solved by another person.
And I knew just the one: Jaxon James.

Jaxon was the town’s biggest player.
He was also my little brother’s best friend.
But when he asks me to help him out, and we get together, I start to wonder…
…will I escape this with my heart intact?

The Reason For it All is a brother’s best friend, marriage of convenience romance about a relationship born of unusual circumstances. It is the fourth full-length novel in the Hometown series and can be read as a standalone. Readers can expect lots of laughs, side eyes, and scenes that will burn up the pages.

I Wanted to Forget You: An Enemies to Lovers Romance by [J.  Nichole]

Harmony hoped she would never have to see or hear from him ever again.

So when she was escorted into his office on her first day of the new consulting project, she’s not only surprised to see him she’s livid. He had the audacity to speak to her as if he had no idea who she was. Like the last time they saw each other, years ago, didn’t involve a shouting match.

For Nova, seeing her in his office was a glimpse of the past he never would have wished for. But letting her know she had been on his mind for years, wasn’t something he was ready to admit. So acting as if he didn’t know her was easy. Despite his efforts to get her removed from the project, they were forced to work with each other.

She was the one who could ensure his software was ready for delivery, but could he trust she wouldn’t try to seek revenge and sabotage the project? Long nights in the office together could help ease his mind, and maybe both of their hearts.

Kiss My Giraffe (Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild): a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers small town rom com by [Erin  Nicholas]

Enemies to friends to almost lovers…then back to kind-of enemies…to lovers. For a guy who wanted to keep things simple this is anything but.

Fiona knew Knox would be mad when she moved in next door.

And not because she brought a collection of wild animals with her.

And she was right.

So she intended to leave him alone. Mostly.

But he’s not ignoring her. He’s actively working to send her and her “ridiculous menagerie” (rude) right back out of town.

Still, as hard as she tries, it’s impossible to stop thinking about the small town grump’s long hair and tattoos and that mouth.

Not the one that’s almost always set in a grim line and says things like, “you got a permit for that?”

Nope, the one that kisses her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted and says very dirty things in her ear. And sweet, protective, supportive things. Sometimes. Accidentally. When she catches him off-guard.

The one that also says he only wants a long-distance fling with her. Nothing serious. And that he never dates women he sees every day. Like his neighbor.

Well, fine. If he doesn’t want her—and her unbelievable past and that-can’t-be-real future—then she doesn’t want him either. He can just kiss her…giraffe. (Yeah, she actually has a couple of those.)


Now she just needs to convince her heart to give him up.

Owned By The Silver Fox - Billionaire, Age Gap, Instalove: May December Romance Series by [Imani Jay]

Tommie O’Malley is a fifty-year-old billionaire silver fox. He never thought he’d settle down till one fateful Paddy’s night… he meets Gina Alvarez.

Gina is thirty, divorced and up for nothing but a good time. She’s been burnt before and doesn’t trust men. Her attraction to Tommie is like nothing she’s felt before, but her heart is tightly guarded.

Can Tommie convince Gina that this thing between them is more than a series of mind-blowing encounters?

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