New Romance Releases 13th – 19th Sept : Nix’s Top Picks.

Posted September 13, 2020 by Nix in Top Picks / 0 Comments

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.

Behind The Scenes by [Christina C. Jones]

Status on the TR list : On the list when I finish the Christina C Jones series I am on ( the Love sisters series – amazing). I have loved everything I have read so far from this author – highly recommend.

Date of release : 18th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £5.38


If there’s any one thing Pierre and Logan have in common, it’s their ability to invite snap judgements based on shallow views of who they are.

Logan is the privileged only daughter of a respected family whose legacy runs long and deep.

Pierre is the moody, orphaned son of big screen royalty who couldn’t possibly live up to the prestige of his pedigree.

Or maybe not.

Perhaps they’re just two people trying to navigate the pressures of a world hellbent on telling them what they should be, and eschewing the limits of other people’s expectations.

Maybe what they need most is somebody who can see beyond the shallow first impressions – just one person they can allow to see behind the scenes of who they are.

Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

The Roommate by [Rosie Danan]

Status on the TR list : I’ve pre-ordered this as I’ve read SO many good reviews.

Date of release : 15th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £4.99

Clara Wheaton is the consummate good girl: over-achieving, well-mannered, utterly predictable. When her childhood crush invites her to move across the country, the offer is too good to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

Suddenly, Clara finds herself sharing a house with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive – not to mention handsome – for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the internet . . .

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realises living with him might destroy the reputation she’s spent years building. But while they may not agree on much, both Josh and Clara believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

Make a Scene by [Mimi  Grace]

Status on the TR list : I’ve pre-ordered this as I’ve read SO many good reviews.

Date of release : 15th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £2.75

Faking this relationship should be a piece of cake.

Retta Majors is having a bad day. But that’s to be expected when your ex gets engaged to your cousin. Instead of (totally) freaking out, Retta decides to attend the wedding with her amazing, faithful, and handsome boyfriend.

One problem.

He doesn’t exist.

Duncan Gilmore is living his dream. His boxing gym is open for business, and he’s focused on success. The last thing on his mind is a relationship. That is until the beautiful baker next door makes him an offer so bizarre, he can’t refuse. One weekend of pretending to be Retta’s boyfriend should be easy.

However, shared kisses and some flirting start to blur the lines in their fake relationship. When their performance draws to a close, will they go their separate ways or return for an encore?

Note: This novel is a standalone

Love is a Battlefield (Seven Brides for Seven Mothers Book 1) by [Whitney Dineen]

Status on the TR list : On my KU list – it looks delightful and there are so many good reviews.

Date of release : 15th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – Free on KU or £0.78

Who doesn’t want their mom to play Cupid?

Addison Cooper had planned on an all-expense paid vacation to the Cayman Islands to celebrate her most recent business success. Instead, she’s trekking to the outback of Oregon to help a friend of her mother’s.

Reclusive novelist Brogan Cavanaugh’s new thriller just hit the New York Times Best Seller list. To reward himself, he was planning to spend the summer at his family’s fishing cabin until his mom unexpectedly calls in a favor.

Even though moms Libby and Ruby have been best friends since they were college roommates, Addison and Brogan have barely spent time in each other’s company. And when they did, things didn’t go well.

How will they react when they start to suspect their interfering mothers are setting them up?

Find out in this deliciously funny rom-com about mothers who really do know best and the children who don’t know they need them.

Snowbound for Christmas: A Lone Pine Lake Novella by [Karen Erickson]

Status on the TR list : The first christmas romance I’ve seen! There are no reviews as of yet but I have tried some of this authors work and enjoyed it – on the list to look out for reviews.

Date of release : 15th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £2.99

Her biggest mistake has never looked so tempting…

Josh Powers likes to play it safe. He risked it all once before, and ended up with a broken heart. What’s the point of love when he could stay unattached and unhurt? Not needing anyone has always worked out.

Until he finds himself stranded, needing help from the one woman he can’t ask–Mindy McKenzie.

Mindy was having a bad day before her ex showed up on her porch. Not only did ex-husband decide to elope, he had the nerve to take the kids. On Christmas. Spending the holidays alone seems less appetizing than spending them with the man whose heart she broke years ago–particularly when he looks this good.

Waiting out a snowstorm with a gorgeous woman seems like a no-brainer to Josh, but it’s pure torture keeping the old feelings from resurfacing. He can’t risk his heart a second time, no matter how tempting she is. No matter how much he’s missed her. But Mindy knows what she lost back then–and what kind of present he’d be if she can have a second chance.

(This book was previously published as Loving Mindy.)

Watch Me (Phoenix Book 1) by [Stacey Kennedy]

Status on the TR list : I really enjoy Stacey Kennedy’s books – This is on the TR list.

Date of release : 15th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £3.80

In the Phoenix club, there is only one rule; watch, don’t touch, until the powerful owner falls for his new star in this deliciously intriguing romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.

It’s her choice to play his game. If she says yes, there will be more on the line than just her pleasure.

Zoey Parker has a three-step plan for revenge. First, gain entrance to the ultra-exclusive, upscale sex club, Phoenix. Second, act out her wildest fantasy in front of powerful old rivals, proving that they didn’t break her. Third, disappear and never return. The only kink in her plan? Rhys Harrington, the owner of Phoenix and the one man she needs to stay away from…

Rhys’ high-end clients pay extravagant amounts to watch his stars indulge their desires. Rhys’ only rule? Watch, don’t touch. But one look at Zoey and Rhys decides to participate in the show himself. And when an undeniable passion ignites between them, Rhys knows he wants more. Except Zoey is determined to run… and he is determined to find out why.

When Rhys discovers Zoey’s secret, he shocks her by offering his protection… and a no-strings-attached relationship. But Zoey knows there will be more on the line than just her pleasure. Because Rhys’ sizzling touch doesn’t only capture her body, it also commands her heart

Tareef (The Brothers Ali Book 4) by [Celeste Granger]

Status on the TR list : I am really enjoying this series. Each book is a standalone. I can’t wait for this one.

Date of release : 17th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £5.99

Naomi Singleton is a woman on a mission. As the Public Relations Director for the Barber Experience and starting her own public relations firm, Naomi has her hands full. But there’s something else that consumes Naomi, her desire for a man, Tareef Ali, who doesn’t seem to return her affections.

Tareef’s cold shoulder makes Naomi wonder if finding love is a thing out of her reach, until another man is more than willing to fulfill Naomi’s romantic desires, Attorney Malcolm Bridges.
As Director of Legal Affairs for Ali International, Tareef dispenses the law with expertise and vigor. His billionaire status doesn’t keep him from working for the people. When a wrongful conviction case pits Tareef against his nemesis, in a court battle, he soon finds it’s not the only fight on his hands. It’s the battle for Naomi’s heart.

This is a standalone that ends in an HEA.

Casualties and Cupcakes (A Bakery Romance Series Book 1) by [Charlotte Daniels]

Status on the TR list : I love the sound of this but there is no reviews as of yet. I’ve added it to my KU queue.

Date of release : 14th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – Free on KU or £2.42

It was just one month . . . that would maybe stretch into forever.

Paige Clark left her hometown ten years ago, and never looked back. Why would she? The past was filled with trauma and bad memories. But when her Grammy is in an accident, Paige realizes it’s time to come home and help run the bakery her Grammy loves so much.

And if she has to face her past, so be it. Maybe it’s time for that too.

She finds more than she expected. For instance, the nerdy boy she had a high school crush on has morphed into a sexy, muscular accountant. And her ex-best friend is working at the bakery Paige intends to save for her Grammy.

As Paige confronts her haunting past, she begins to examine her future. Will she leave town again? Or will she realize that home isn’t a place, but rather the person who makes her feel like she’s home?

The Lion's Crown (Risque Business Book 3) by [Ezra Dawn]

Status on the TR list : I have never heard of this series, and I haven’t read the author before, but I love the premise. On the TR list.

Date of release : 18th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £2.24

(The Lion’s Crown is a second chance romance and a short story. It can be read as a standalone but is part of a series.)

Ashton Duvall is a cheetah shifter with a secret. Ten years ago when his brother Aaron decided to move to New Orleans, Ashton went with him. However, Ashton’s reasons for leaving were not what he said they were. Being rejected by his mate sent him running. Now, ten years later, he spends his time running the most popular strip club around and only takes the stage when he’s in the mood. Having his mate pop back into his life is not something Ashton expected but, when it happens, there’s only one feeling dominating his heart. Anger.

Nathan Velez is a lion shifter and a covert operative for the CIA specializing in black ops. Ten years ago, Nathan rejected his mate because of the job he does and a deal made with his father. Now, with the deal fulfilled and retirement from the job a sure thing, Nathan is prepared to fight for what he wants. His mate. However, it’s not going to be as easy as he thought. Ashton is justifiably pissed when Nathan reappears in his life but, Nathan is determined to fix things and will do anything to earn a second chance.

Will Ashton be able to give Nathan the second chance he desires? Can Nathan fix the damage caused by his rejection and prove to Ashton that he’s here to stay? Or will the pain of the past keep them from a happy future?

(Warning: Contains sexual content and explicit language. Not recommended for those under the age of 18.)

Pumpkin Patch Sweethearts (The Welsh Sisters Book 2) by [Sasha  Summers]

Status on the TR list : Aww, this sounds cute. I haven’t heard of the author before. On the TR list – reviews look good.

Date of release : 17th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

Price – £2.99

Can a fun-filled activity list from the past help to create a new future?

Art teacher Harley Welsh is charmed by her newest student—a little girl whose shyness disappears the second her hands are covered in clay or paint. Moving wasn’t easy for Nadia so to help her, Harley resurrects the countdown to the Great Pumpkin Patch—a must-do fall activity list from her childhood. She’s determined to show Nadia and her family how wonderful life in Crossvine Creek is. But Harley didn’t plan for Nadia’s father to be single, distractingly handsome and everything she’s running from.

New high school football coach Josh McBride is hoping a smaller town will give him more time to focus on his children. While his son is adjusting to the move, his daughter is struggling. Harley’s offer to help via a fun, seasonal-themed activity list is a welcome gift. Her love for the town is infectious, and soon his kids aren’t the only ones falling under her spell.

But Josh can’t help but wonder…what happens when they reach the end of the list?

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