New Romance Releases 19th – 26th Sept : Nix’s Top Picks.

Posted September 20, 2020 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.

The Duke Who Didn't (Wedgeford Trials Book 1) by [Courtney Milan]

Status on the TR list : I love Courtney Milan’s historical reads. I have Pre-Ordered.

Date of release : 22nd September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £2.99

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

Miss Chloe Fong has plans for her life, lists for her days, and absolutely no time for nonsense. Three years ago, she told her childhood sweetheart that he could talk to her once he planned to be serious. He disappeared that very night.

Except now he’s back. Jeremy Wentworth, the Duke of Lansing, has returned to the tiny village he once visited with the hope of wooing Chloe. In his defense, it took him years of attempting to be serious to realize that the endeavor was incompatible with his personality.

All he has to do is convince Chloe to make room for a mischievous trickster in her life, then disclose that in all the years they’ve known each other, he’s failed to mention his real name, his title… and the minor fact that he owns her entire village.

Only one thing can go wrong: Everything.

Well Played by [Jen DeLuca]

Status on the TR list : I confess, I haven’t read book one but it is on my kindle ready to read .. I just have a slump. I want to read them both though – I know I will enjoy them both

Date of release : 22nd September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £7.49

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $9.67

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy featuring kilted musicians, Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, and an unlikely love story.

LibraryReads Pick

 
Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.
 
When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.
 
Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows

Tools of Engagement: A Novel (Hot & Hammered Book 3) by [Tessa Bailey]

Status on the TR list : I am behind on this series but I have book two on my kindle. On the list

Date of release : 22nd September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £4.99

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $10.99

In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house… and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore! 

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve theirdreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flippingdisaster.

“Her voice feels as fresh and contemporary as a Netflix rom-com.” —Entertainment Weekly

Ink and Ice: A Twin Cities Ice Book by [Erin McRae, Racheline Maltese]

Status on the TR list : I do enjoy the writing of these authors and I am sold by the “craziest sex scene” disclaimer that Racheline put on twitter … on the list.

Date of release : 24th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £3.06

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

Growing up on an isolated island in the middle of Lake Erie, Aaron Sheftall learned to skate as a young child when extreme weather would cut his off his small community — and its legends about a lost colony of seals — from the rest of the world. Now an elite figure skater, Aaron dreams of getting to the Olympics. Yet competition is fierce and in a sport filled with injuries and drama, careers are short. But when a fluke accident changes the stakes for the entire U.S. team, Aaron sees his chance.

Zack Kelly used to be a war reporter. But a successful book about his time covering global conflicts, an unsuccessful marriage, and a dose of PTSD have sidelined him from the journalism game. When an old friend calls up him with a long-form assignment about competitive figure skating, Zack has no idea what he’s getting into. He also doesn’t care — it’s a change of scenery and a paycheck.

Thrown together under circumstances neither of them are initially enthused about, Aaron and Zack ultimately embark on an unlikely — and ill-advised — romance about trust, myth, and what it really means to be comfortable in your own skin.

Ink and Ice is part of the same series as After the Gold. The books can be read in any order. Katie and Brendan’s story continues here as a key part of Aaron’s coaching team.

Now or Never (The Harris Sisters Book 1) by [Nyora René ]

Status on the TR list : I’ll be honest, this is a new author for me but I love the cover and I love the blurb. I have put it on the watch list and I will be checking reviews.

Date of release : 25th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £2.99

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

Crystal Harris has been in love with her best friend, Brendon Marks, since they were in high school. He was the perfect gentleman, always supportive and encouraging her, and she’s spent the last ten years loving him in secret, too scared to tell him how she feels.

Brendon has a secret himself…he’s in love with his best friend and doesn’t know how to tell her. He doesn’t want to ruin their friendship, but as the days go by, his feelings for Crystal continue to grow stronger and stronger.

What do you do when you feel like your feelings are about to bubble over? When is the perfect time to tell your best friend you’re in love with them? What makes you say, “It’s now or never?”

Prescription for a Lonely Heart : Hearts in Glencoe City #1 by [Rosalie Jardin]

Status on the TR list : I have never heard of this author and, I’ll be honest, I think it’s a pretty new one. I just really like a marriage pact book …

Date of release : 21st September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £2.26 or free KU

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $2.29

“If we’re both still single when we’re thirty, we’ll marry each other . . .”

The marriage pact was made during a lazy day at the beach, half in jest, and seemingly forgotten by the boy who started it.

But ten years later, Kay hadn’t forgotten. She’s still shy and introverted, not interested in relationships. So when Adrian reappears in her life—two years early—and asks her to marry him now, she surprises herself by agreeing.

So now she must deal with her mother’s disapproval, his brother’s hostility, and a load of self-doubt. Can she forge a real relationship with Adrian? Has he really changed from a ladies man to someone she can trust? Will she be able to let go of everything she’s ever thought she wanted and reach out to grab a new future?

Prescription for a Lonely Heart is the first book on the “Hearts in Glencoe City” series. This friends-to-lovers standalone romance features a marriage pact, a calm-but-sassy heroine, a himbo with a heart, and a HEA guaranteed.

Next Stop Love by [Rachel Stockbridge]

Status on the TR list : I’ll will be honest, I was drawn to the cover as I am a total shortie- it does seem cute though. I haven’t heard of the author – I have marked it as TR and I need to wait for some reviews.

Date of release : 22nd September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £5.49

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $6.99

Love will get you back on track.

Beatrice Bauer is struggling to keep up with the demands of family, friends, college life, and a part-time job. She doesn’t have room to breathe, much less question whether the track she’s on is worth the effort. But it’s fine. She’s fine. She can breathe after college.

Julian Moon is doing his best to get back on his feet and reconnect with his dream of being an illustrator. The problem is he can’t seem to shake the habit of making all the worst decisions. The most recent of which is his return to New York, where all his problems started in the first place.

When a shared commute dumps Julian and Beatrice in each other’s lives, they start wondering if there isn’t more to life than a desperate scramble to stay afloat. If maybe a coincidental commute acquaintance couldn’t become something more

Taming a Texas Devil (Bad Boy Ranch Book 5) by [Katie Lane]

Status on the TR list : I do quite like Katie Lane’s cowboy books – I think I am up to book 3 in this series so this is on the list.

Date of release : 25th September

UK Amazon link : HERE

UK Price : £3.99

US Amazon link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

He’s a hardheaded Texas Ranger who follows the rules.
She’s a ditzy beauty queen who enjoys breaking them.
When they join forces to solve a crime, Lone Star sparks will fly.

Lawman Lincoln Hayes is back in Simple, Texas, to repay a debt. As a delinquent youth, Lincoln was on a fast-track to prison, but the two old cowboys who ran the boys’ ranch taught him good wins over evil, so Lincoln made damn sure he became the good guy—his way of making amends for a death he believes he should have prevented. Now the two old cowboys have gotten themselves tangled up in a missing person’s case and Lincoln is going to prove their innocence come hell or high water. The last thing he has time for is babysitting some spoiled senator’s daughter who has decided to play deputy Daisy Duke in designer boots and a tiara. But his boss makes it clear, if Lincoln ever wants a promotion, he’ll do the senator’s bidding and become Dixie’s bodyguard…and guarding Dixie’s body turns out to be much more than Lincoln bargained for.

Dixie Leigh Meriwether has absolutely zero interest in law enforcement. But when her father refuses to relinquish her inheritance until she goes to law school, Dixie goes on the offensive and becomes a small town deputy. Law school, law officer… close enough. At least close enough to drive her dad crazy and force him to give her the money so she can start her pageant consulting business. How to walk in heels without tripping, she knows. Fighting crime, not so much. But she has time on her side…that is until the town sheriff is put on leave for misconduct and Dixie is left in charge. Worse, a no-nonsense ranger is now sharing her office—a sexy ranger who doesn’t fall for her sweet-as-Texas-tea charm. So Dixie sets out to prove she’s not all ditzy glitter. She can do her job and do it well. But in the process, she’ll discover that she loves protecting her little town…almost as much as she loves a certain Texas lawman.

When Dixie finds out Lincoln’s interest in her is coerced by her father, she disappears faster than a plate of fresh baked cookies at a church picnic—falling right into the trap of a killer. Now it’s Lincoln to the rescue. But can he get there in time and save the one woman who can heal his bad boy heart?

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