New Romance Releases for 18th Oct 2020 : Top Picks from Nix.

Posted October 18, 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.

Snapped (Playbook, The Book 4) by [Alexa Martin]

Status on the TR list : I do enjoy this series – I am looking forward to this book. It is a bit pricey at the moment though.

UK Price Point : £7.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $9.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

One of PopSugar’s Best Romances of October

With the stakes this high, it’s no longer just a game for the Mustang’s quarterback in this
 romance by the author of Blitzed.

Elliot Reed is living her best life—or pretending to. She owes it to her dad’s memory to be happy and make the most of her new job as Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs. Things are going well until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. decides to use the field as his stage and takes a knee during the national anthem.

As the son of a former professional athlete, Quinton knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about football. He’s worked his entire life to gain recognition in the sport, and now that he has it, he’s not about to waste his chance to change the league for better. Not even the brilliant but infuriating Elliot, who the Mustangs assign to manage him, will get Quinton back in line.

A rocky initial meeting leads to more tension between Quinton and Elliot. But as her new job forces them to spend time together, Elliot realizes they may have more in common than she could’ve imagined. With her job and his integrity on the line, this is one coin toss that nobody can win.

Sweet on You: A Filipino Christmas romance by [Carla de Guzman]

Status on the TR list : How fricking cute does this sound?? Love foodie romances too. On the list.

UK Price Point : £3.92

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

All’s fair in love and prank wars

For barista and café owner Sari Tomas, Christmas means parols, family and no-holds-barred karaoke contests. This year, though, a new neighbor is throwing a wrench in all her best-laid plans. The baker next door—“some fancy boy from Manila”—might have cute buns, but when he tries to poach her customers with cheap coffee and cheaper tactics, the competition is officially on.

And Baker Boy better be ready, because Sari never loses.

Foodie extraordinaire Gabriel Capras wants to prove to his dad that his career choice doesn’t make him any less a man. The Laneways might not be Manila, but the close-knit community is the perfect spot to grow his bakery into a thriving business. He wasn’t expecting a gorgeous adversary in the barista next door, but flirting with her makes his heart race, and it’s not just the caffeine.

It’s winner takes all this Christmas. And more than one competitor might just lose their heart for the holidays.

Who's the Boss? : An Enemies to Lovers Romantic Comedy by [Erin  McCarthy ]

Status on the TR list : I enjoy Erin McCarthy – it’s on the KU list. Espeically as it’s grumpy chef’s…

UK Price Point : £3.12 or FREE on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

When your enemy becomes your boss, tensions are bound to boil over…

Arrogant, charming and sexy as hell, Master chef Sean Kincaid is legendary both in the kitchen and in the bedroom. So of course it only took five minutes for him to get me overheated. My temper that is.

Because Sean Kincaid is my new boss. Who has strolled into my kitchen demanding I follow his rules. I don’t like taking orders from anyone but certainly not from a grumpy man who knows how to push all of my buttons.

And when a Best Chef competition pits the two of us against each other, it’s either going to be a sizzler–or a recipe for disaster.

The Hour of Our Death by [Scarlett Parrish]

Status on the TR list : I do love Scarlett’s books – and I totally miss her on twitter. On the list.

UK Price Point : £2.28

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

She’s been to hell and back…and he lives there.

Samael didn’t want to be sent back up to Earth, especially with so many other demons going missing, but his brother Azrael got drunk (again) and lost his scythe, leaving him unable to reap souls and Samael having to clear up his mess. Again.

Eventually the scythe shows up in the possession of Portia Frost, who’s been using it to off the demons she’s been able to see all her life. At least now she can do something about them.

Samael wants the scythe back but Portia refuses to hand it over without a fight. She’s got a taste for spilling ichor and now?

She’s coming for Samael.

East End (Hear No Evil Trilogy Book 1) by [Nana Malone]

Status on the TR list : I do love Scarlett’s books – and I totally miss her on twitter. On the list.

UK Price Point : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

My name is East Hale, and these are my confessions.

I might be a member of the Elite, but I’m done being a gentleman.

It’s my job to keep Interpol Agent, Nyla Kincaid, away from our operation. If she won’t stop, she’ll force my hand.

Mark my words. The ferocious agent will bend to my demands. I’m just as ruthless as she is, but unlike her, I don’t believe in rules.

I’ll keep her distracted even if I have to seduce her myself.

Don't Let Go (Free Your Mind Book 1) by [Chelle Ramsey]

Status on the TR list : How pretty is this cover? I have never read this author before but this caught my eye.

UK Price Point : £2.30

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

After a relationship full of lies and pain that resulted in loss, coffee shop owner, Calista Walker is disillusioned about the virtues of love. She’s accustomed to the attention men pay her, but she’s skilled in the game of avoidance. When a stranger walks into her coffee shop and makes it his mission to get his daily dose of her, she finds herself sliding down that slippery slope once again.

Breslin Walker has lived a rewarding life as a famous jazz musician. Returning home to South Haven, Maryland he realizes that he’s been missing something all along. And he finds everything he needs in Calista. However, building the life his heart desires with the woman of his dreams is proving more challenging than he expected.

Calista and Breslin quickly come to realize that love isn’t always enough to conquer all. Faced with challenges on every side from their age gap to their family connections, being rooted in each other is where they find their strength. Yet, a mind-blowing revelation forces them apart. How will Breslin convince Calista that love is enough when she’s so determined to let go.

Orange Blossoms-Love Blooms (California Hearts) by [Dalia Dupris]

Status on the TR list : Another new author, another pretty cover. I like the sound of the blurb ..on the list.

UK Price Point : £4.59

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Strong-willed Elaine Hart is determined to save Hartland Ranch, her family’s California orange groves. After the recent ending of a turbulent relationship, she vows to keep her professional and personal life separate, even though she’s attracted to the man who holds her family’s fate in the palm of his hands.

Serious-minded banker, David Cole, has two goals- collecting on the delinquent ranch account and resisting his attraction to the unpredictable and beautiful Elaine Cole.

When a series of circumstances brings them together, they must decide if they will continue to suppress their emotions or succumb to passion and take a chance on a forever love.

Ameer (The Brothers Ali Book 5) by [Celeste Granger]

Status on the TR list : I love this series. On my KU queue.

UK Price Point : £5.99 or Free on KU

Amazon UK Link : HERE

US Price Point : $5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

It was more than just two.

Ameer Ali, Director of Engineering for Ali International, is the youngest of the Ali brothers, and the one who took after his mother, majoring in both mathematics and environmental engineering. Ameer’s academic prowess, business accouterment and undeniable good looks, makes him one of the most eligible bachelors in the southwest. He was single and happily so, until his accidental encounter with Siobhan Greer. Something about Siobhan moved Ameer in a way that piqued his curiosity and drove his intentions.

Siobhan, owner of Move with Me Dance Studio, is a woman with very clear goals and lofty ambitions. Yet hauntings from her past keep Siobhan battling old demons that interfere with living in the present. It’s a battle that has kept her mentally entangled and unable to love past her pain until she meets a man who titillates her imagination and challenges her to dream even bigger dreams.

But it’s not just the two of them. There are other players in the game who can determine whether what Ameer and Siobhan feel for each other is enough.

This is a standalone and ends in a HEA/HFN.

Comments are always appreciated :)