Romance Book Preview Post : Top Picks of the Weeks New Releases (6/3 – 11/3)

Posted March 6, 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.


Kamila Knows Best by [Farah Heron]

Jane Austen’s Emma goes Bollywood in this delightful retellingperfect for fans of Abby Jimenez and Jasmine Guillory.

Kamila’s life might not be perfect, but, whew, it’s close. She lives a life of comfort, filled with elaborate Bollywood movie parties, a job she loves and an endless array of friends who clearly need her help finding love. In fact, Kamila is so busy with her friends’ love lives, she’s hardly given any thought to her own . . .

Fortunately, Kamila has Rohan. They’ve known each other forever, only lately, Kamila’s ‘harmless flirting’ with Rohan is making her insides do a little bhangra dance.

But while she’s busy proving to everyone that she’s got it all figured out, Kamila can’t let herself get distracted – until her secret nemesis returns to town with an eye for Rohan. Suddenly, it seems like the more Kamila tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel – and her perfectly ordered life is about to be turned upside down.

The Barbarian King's Assassin (Magic and Kings Book 1) by [Eve Langlais]

Tragedy forged her, but love tempered her steely heart.

There aren’t many choices for a child arrested and charged with murder. When a mysterious stranger asks an imprisoned Ilyana to be his apprentice, she accepts.

Fast forward a few decades and she’s an expert in her field, an assassin for hire with special skills, and an uncanny affinity for weapons. Her newest bounty requires her to eliminate the Barbarian King, only for the first time in her career, she hesitates.

Turns out she and the monarch from the west might have a common enemy in the Grand Vizier, a highly placed official for a rival country. He’s the one behind the bounty on Konstantin’s head, and the person responsible for the death of Ilyana’s parents.

Rather than kill the King, she finds herself working for him. Together, they form a plan for revenge. What they don’t expect is the ensuing tempest of secrets.

A betrayal and a capture might spell the end for the Barbarian and the Assassin unless they’re willing to fight not only for survival—but love.

Shadow Lies by [Cat Johnson, Shadow Sisters]

She’s a beauty.

He’s become a beast.

Both fell from grace. Can a secret shadow organization help them rise from the ashes? Or is it all lies?

She was the sister of his ex-girlfriend. He never expected to see her again, especially not all grown up and standing in the Shaolin monastery where he went to hide from the world…and from himself.

She says she wants to save him. But why does she reek of CIA while claiming to work for an undisclosed organization that wants to hire him for a job that sounds like it could cost him what little is left of his soul?

And why does he want her so badly?

Plus One by [Brighton Walsh]

Olivia Winters has it all—an amazing condo in the city, great friends, and a successful bakery she built from the ground up. The one thing she can’t seem to get right is love. With one disastrously bad date after another, she goes cold turkey, giving up men and dating in one fell swoop. The only snag in this plan is the abundance of weddings she now has to go to—alone. But she’d rather do that than suffer through even one more disastrous date.

Ian Donnelly has been in love with his sister’s best friend for years. He even moved away after college to try and get some distance from her and the feelings she wasn’t even aware she stoked in him. After standing on the sidelines for so long, he impulsively decides to take a chance and offers to be Olivia’s plus one for the summer, without fully considering what might come next.

Olivia’s never looked twice at her best friend’s brother. She doesn’t expect intense sparks to fly between them, or for them to fall into bed. She definitely doesn’t expect Ian to confess his feelings for her. She’s content with keeping things physical between them—after all, her track record in relationships isn’t exactly glowing. But will he be satisfied simply being her bedmate and her sometimes plus one?

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