New Romance Release Post : Top Picks of the eBooks released in the week starting 18th July 2021

Posted July 18, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

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.

No links on here are affliiate links.

Last Guard: Book 5 (The Psy-Changeling Trinity Series) by [Nalini Singh]

Status on the TR List : This series is fabulous – I know the eBooks will be £8.99 and they will still be autobuy.

UK Price : £8.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $10.31

US Kindle Link : HERE

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to a world devastated by change in her award-winning Psy-Changeling Trinity series, where two people defined by their aloneness hold the fate of the Psy in their hands . . .

Termed merciless by some, and a robotic sociopath by others, Payal Rao is the perfect Psy: cardinal telekinetic, CEO of a major conglomerate, beautiful – and emotionless.

For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed ‘imperfect’ by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares for the opinions of very few – and ruthlessly protects those he claims as his own. Head of intel of the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow in the Net, unknown and unseen. But Canto is also an Anchor, part of a secretive designation whose task it is to stabilise the PsyNet. Now that critical psychic network is dying, threatening to collapse and kill the entire Psy race with it.

To save those he loves, Canto needs the help of a woman bound to him by a dark past neither has been able to forget. A woman who is the most powerful Anchor of them all: Payal Rao. Neither is ready for the violent inferno about to ignite in the PsyNet . . . or the passionate madness that threatens to destroy them both.

Hot Under His Collar by [Andie J. Christopher]

Status on the TR List : I have enjoyed every book I have read by Andie J. Christopher and this one has good reviews – on the watch list

UK Price : £7.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $9.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

He’s forbidden fruit and she’s a rule follower, but their connection is something to believe in. 

Father Patrick Dooley joined the clergy to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. While it once gave him purpose, he not so sure it’s his calling anymore. But it’s all he’s ever known and he’s not sure what he wants to do with his life if he decides to leave the priesthood. How can he reconcile his faith with his growing desire to live a different life?

Sasha Finerghty was content to admire Patrick from afar while she dated men who were perfect on paper and wrong in real life. But with Patrick’s church in need of funding to keep a community program afloat, she’s just the girl to solve their fundraising problem. Spending more time together only fuels Sasha’s crush on him, who finds a kindred soul in her.

The more Patrick gets to know Sasha, the easier it is for him to see a future unfolding for them. But it will take a leap of faith to turn their friendship into something more, and neither of them are quite ready to make the jump.

My Cone and Only: A Small Town Brother's Best Friend Romance (King Family Book 1) by [Susannah Nix]

Status on the TR List : I enjoy the science series from Susannah Nix and, as this one is a small town romance, I am in on this one – on the list.

UK Price : £3.60

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Wyatt King isn’t looking for love…because he’s already found it.

Too bad she’s off-limits. He’s not going to be the jerk who messes around with his best friend’s little sister, so he keeps his feelings bottled up and settles for acting as her protector instead.

Andie Lockhart’s dreamed of kissing Wyatt for as long as she’s known what kissing is. But since he’s dated nearly every woman in town but her, she’s long since accepted he’ll never see her as anything more than his best friend’s tomboy little sister.

When a real estate developer threatens the beloved old house Andie inherited from her grandmother, her white knight Wyatt swoops in with his handyman skills to save the day. But the more time they spend working on the house together, the harder it becomes to ignore their irresistible attraction.

Until the night an accidental kiss blows the lid off those feelings they’ve both kept buried.

After that, things between them get a lot hotter—and a lot more complicated. Forbidden love, broken promises, family secrets, and jealousy all threaten to tear them apart. If he intends to hold on to the woman he loves, Wyatt will have to put everything on the line.

My Cone and Only is book #1 in the King Family series set in the small town of Crowder, Texas, home of the King’s Creamery ice company. Each book is a standalone, full-length contemporary romance that follows one of the six King siblings as they find and fight for love.

Witches Get Stitches: A Steamy, Friends-to-lovers Werewolf Romance (Stay a Spell Book 3) by [Juliette Cross ]

Status on the TR List : I have book one on the kindle and have heard nothing but great things – on the list.

UK Price : £3.63

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Get ready for a fun, flirty paranormal romance in the STAY A SPELL world:

  • friends to lovers
  • loads of pining
  • low angst, high humor
  • a witch/werewolf coupling
  • super steamy (and a magical supply closet)

Violet Savoie has a plan. A dream, rather. To open her own tattoo shop, which caters to supernaturals in need of permanent charms. As a powerful Seer, she has the potent magic to cast every kind of spell. Except the kind to give werewolves control over their beastly side. And her business partner Nico needs help in the worst kind of way.

Nico Cruz has a secret. A motive, rather. To subtly stalk and seduce Violet until she finally recognizes they are fated to be together. Ever since their heated encounter in Austin on New Year’s Eve two years earlier, he’s been dying to get his hands—and his tongue—back on her body. He knows a woman like Violet can’t be courted in the usual way. Luckily, Nico has no scruples about misbehaving to get what he wants.

But when his former pack roams into town, and an old friend is far too interested in Violet, his focus shifts to the threat venturing into his territory. Nico may come across as the quiet, broody one, but the intruders are about to regret stepping foot in New Orleans. And when Violet goes missing, no charm or spell can keep Nico’s wolf at bay.

Ballgowns & Butterflies: A Stitch in Time Holiday Novella by [Kelley Armstrong]

Status on the TR List : I love Kelley Armstrong and have book one on my kindle – on the list.

UK Price : £1.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The North Yorkshire moors are always a magical place, but they’re particularly enchanting at the holidays…especially if one gets to travel back in time to a Victorian Christmas. For Bronwyn Dale, it is the stuff of dreams. Fancy-dress balls, quirky small-town traditions, even that classic one-horse open sleigh, complete with jingle bells. There’s just the tiny problem of the Butterfly Effect. How does a time-traveler make a difference without disrupting the future forever?

Note: this is a holiday novella not a full-length book

Isn't it Bromantic?: The Bromance Book Club is back ... it's time to find out more about our favourite Russian! by [Lyssa Kay Adams]

Status on the TR List :

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $8.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance – both on and off the page.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how. She agreed to marry her childhood friend, Vladimir, and move to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka The Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more.

The Bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love – and this time they’re not operating solo, joining forces with Vlad’s senior citizen neighbours, a group of meddling widows who call themselves The Loners. But just when things finally look promising, the danger from Elena’s past life intrudes. Now the book club face their first-ever life-or-death grand gesture as they race to a happy ever after.

Girl Having A Ball (Smart Girls) by [Rhoda Baxter]

Status on the TR List : This sounds cute – on the list.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Sometimes being an event planner can be a load of balls

Twenty two year old Stevie needs to prove to everyone that she’s a grown up. So she throws herself into her dream of becoming an event planner by agreeing to organise a fundraising ball in Oxford. Add a rambling house, a committee that can’t agree and budget that’s far too small, Stevie thinks things can’t get worse. Until her childhood crush, her big brother’s old housemate, turns up.

Tom is working hard to be the success his mother wants him to be. When he realises that the ball his mum and her friends are organising will be run by his friend’s baby sister ‘poor, needy Stevie’, he steps in to avoid disaster. But Stevie is no longer a teenager, she’s a disturbingly attractive young woman … and she’s not about to let anyone get in her way.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Romantic Comedy Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Girl Having a Ball is the second standalone novel in Rhoda Baxter’s Smart Girls series. Ideal for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Sue Moorcroft.

Dirty Ginger (Three Chicks Brewery Book 3) by [Stacey Kennedy]

Status on the TR List : I always put Stacey Kennedy on the list – so, on the list!

UK Price : £3.52

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a sexy and sweet second chance romance about a jilted bride who is done with relationships and a down-on-his-luck cowboy who’s not about to let her get away again.

True love deserves a second chance…

Everyone at Three Chicks Brewery knows that Amelia Carter has the magic touch when it comes to creating the perfect beer. Her ales have customers singing her praises and begging for more. Unfortunately, when it comes to love, the only magic she seems to have is the cursed kind. After being left at the altar by her ex-fiancé, Amelia gives up on the idea of happily-ever-after to focus on making the Carter family brewery a national success.

Beckett Stone finally started to believe in happily-ever-after the day Amelia’s worthless ex bailed on their wedding, finally giving Beckett another chance with his high school sweetheart— the only woman he’s ever loved. Unfortunately, Amelia’s broken heart is just one of the obstacles Beckett needs to overcome if he wants to win her for good. He knows he’s not the man Amelia deserves, particularly with his failed rodeo career, alcoholic father, and a universe that seems to have a twisted sense of humor when it comes to giving Beckett a break.

But when pressure mounts to create several new beers to promote Three Chicks Brewery, Amelia starts to fall apart, and Beckett swoops in with his gentle reassurances and hard work ethic. While the last thing Amelia wants is fall in love again, she can’t deny that her heart beats a little faster whenever she sees Beckett walk through the door. Soon, every warm caress and soft whisper of understanding becomes a balm to both of them. As Beckett makes his intentions clear, Amelia must decide if she can overcome her relationship fears and believe in the magic of true love again.

Inked Obsession: Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins Series Book 2) by [Carrie Ann Ryan]

Status on the TR List : I always put Carrie Ann Ryan on the list as she writes good books – on the list (even if I am well behind on this series)

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

The Montgomery Ink saga from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with a second chance romance sure to tug at your heartstrings.

When men in uniform showed up on Eliza Wilder-Strong’s doorstep, she knew her life would be irrevocably altered. She not only lost her husband, but the future she’d carefully planned. A year later, she’s looking to start over—beginning with a solo healing vacation. Only she never expects to see a familiar, tempting face along the way.

Beckett Montgomery refuses to want his little sister’s best friend—especially because she’s a widow. Yet there’s no stopping the connection between them. As the temptation to give in intensifies between them, so do the reasons they shouldn’t stay together.

Painful ghosts from both of their pasts stand in their way and sometimes it’s the living that can haunt you when you’re not looking.

Waylaid by [Sarina Bowen]

Status on the TR List : I do like Sarina Bowen – on the list.

UK Price : £3.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

It’s a tale as old as time: the bad boy meets the good girl. He makes a daring proposition. Then the boy gets a mysterious head injury and loses a year of his life…

The first time I meet Rickie, I don’t know what to make of him. The second time we meet, he doesn’t remember the six hours we spent together. Or standing me up afterward.

I’m not the same, either. I’ve got secrets. I’ve told lies. Bad boys aren’t my type, anyway. Even the ones with troubled gray eyes.

But now we’re roommates. Cue the awkward moments in the hallway when he’s wearing only a towel and a smile. He’s determined to win me over, and his talented hands weaken my resolve.

It’s all fun and games until my past rears its ugly head and his secrets come to light, shaking our fragile connection, maybe even breaking it…

Note: this is Daphne Shipley’s story. Contents include Vermonty ice cream flavors, nerdy awkwardness, tattoos, and a playboy grandpa.

To Protect a Princess (Regency Royals Book 1) by [Jess Michaels]

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

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

All of Society is atwitter about the arrival of the Royal Family of Athawick, a small island country with important ties on a tour to celebrate the coronation of a new king. Or at least…that is the reason on the surface for their Season in London. Princess Ilaria knows the real truth: her family wishes to marry her off to a man of title and influence, in order to strengthen their own “special relationship” with the British Empire. The problem is that only one man has caught her eye and he does not fit any of the criteria required in a husband by her family.

Captain Jonah Crawford was part of the Royal Honor Guard that accompanied the Prince Regent on a visit to Athawick two years ago and it was there he first laid eyes on the princess. Since then, much has changed in his life, including a resignation from the position he loved and the undertaking of responsibilities he never asked for. But seeing Ilaria sparks hungers that he cannot deny.

As they continue to encounter each other, sometimes even in shocking places like infamous hells, their desire grows, but so is the danger lurking around every corner. And when Ilaria requires a bodyguard, Jonah volunteers. Will burning passion turn to love? And will love be enough to save them when the worst comes to pass?

Heat Level: Princesses and Bodyguards and Steamy Clubs…OH MY!

Workplace Romance: A Grumpy Boss Enemies-to-Lovers Romantic Comedy by [Elle Sharpe]

Status on the TR List : I have never heard of this author but this hits on a lot of tropes I love – on the list

UK Price : £2.89

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

What’s a good clue that the fates have turned against you? How about when your most arrogant (and unfairly hot) customer at your last job turns out to be your BOSS at your new job?

Max Coleman is everything Silicon valley adores: smart, audacious, fit, healthy, and, of course, stinking rich. He’s used to taking charge, making bold moves, and turning crazy ideas into reality. Until one night he decides to flex his cocky attitude and massive wallet at the humble Italian restaurant where I happen to work. I may be the first person to tell him the word “No,” and he doesn’t like it one bit.

Or does he? Why does something seem to sizzle in the air between us, despite the fact that he clearly dislikes me—and is arrogant, and pompous, and basically the worst? Why do I keep thinking about his deep blue eyes, and his luscious, tantalizing hair?

Doesn’t matter. I assume that after this one disastrous night I’ll never have to think about him or any of his body parts again.

But see, that’s where I’d be wrong. Because unbeknownst to me, Max Coleman is the CEO of the startup where I just got hired. And that annoying little fact is about to muck up my life, mess with my head and muddle up all my feels. But no matter what, nothing can happen here, right? I mean, this is my boss we’re talking about!

So, let’s address these concerns together in a professional manner, shall we? Because I have questions.

Outstanding question number 1: How do you work with a boss when you hate each other’s guts?
Outstanding question number 2: Why is everything more complicated when it turns out you might not hate each other after all?

This book contains: bosses who grump, enemies who love, billionaires who…billion?, forbidden attraction, workplace flirtation, kissing, and some of the steamy stuff

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