Romance Book Preview Post : Top Picks of this weeks new releases

Posted January 31, 2021 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.

Much Ado About You by [Samantha Young]

Status on the TR list : I ususally adore this author however there are very conflicted opinions on this book. On the list – I will need to read a few more reviews though,

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.56

Amazon US Link : HERE

At thirty-three-years old, Evie’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. When she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Impulsively, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookshop underneath her new flat. There’s no better getaway for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.

Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, a ridiculously sexy farmer. In spite of their undeniable chemistry, Evie’s determined to keep him at bay: she’s got to go back to her real life, after all, and a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak . . . right?

Nest or Invest: Enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy (Love New Zealand Book 1) by [Enni Amanda]

Status on the TR list : I have never heard of this author before however I love the premise. On the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.90

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.50

Amazon US Link : HERE

All is fair in love and real estate, right?

Single mum Shasa Daniels is heartbroken when she discovers her landlord is selling her rental home to Mac McCarthy, a hotshot developer known for replacing old villas with luxury condos. Determined to stop him, Shasa gathers her friends to outbid him and build community housing instead.

Mac, the man in thousand-dollar shoes, isn’t as financially stable as he makes out. This deal promises to secure his future, until Shasa the eco-warrior stands in his way.

Each will do what it takes to succeed. He barges in on her community meeting. She crashes his improv group. But, Shasa quickly finds out spying on a guy this hot is a lot like playing with fire. Can her newly discovered love of acting, and their on-stage chemistry, bridge the gap between their two worlds?

From the author:
There is more heat in this story than in my previous books. Consider yourself warned! 😀 I’m working on a sequel, but this can absolutely be enjoyed as a standalone book (no cliffhangers or loose ends, I promise!)

After Hours Attraction (Mills & Boon Desire) (404 Sound, Book 2) by [Kianna Alexander]

Status on the TR list : I enjoy Kianna Alexander’s books and I did like the first in the series – On the list

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$3.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Her boss is off limits, but their chemistry is off the charts.

Ainsley Voss shouldn’t be having such steamy fantasies about taking her boss, Atlanta music mogul Grant Woodson to bed. The sexy bachelor was burned by his last office romance and refuses to go down that road again. Until a storm leaves them stranded. Alone. Together. But once they’ve crossed that line, is there no turning back?

Beyond Benefriends (A Friend In Need Book 2) by [Chencia C. Higgins]

Status on the TR list : I really do enjoy Chencia C. Higgin’s author voice – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

There wasn’t too much in my life that I could complain about; I had a career that I loved, a group of friends that I would do anything for—who had my back in return—and my family wanted for nothing. Most importantly, I was content with pretending that I didn’t want something that I couldn’t have anyway. The desire was always there, but there were rules in place that were never to be broken.

But then those rules were shattered when two of my friends hooked up, and my world instantly tilted on its axis.

Once Shad and Aisha became a couple, the urges that I’d suppressed for years not only resurfaced but demanded that I take action. With my number one excuse no longer viable, the only thing standing between me and the woman I love is the fact that she doesn’t take me seriously. I’ve never backed down from a challenge in my life, and I’d be a fool to start when what I want is so close that I can taste her. Instead of trying to explain to Monie that we were perfect for one another, I was going to convince her of it by showing her that I’d always been the man she needed.

The Man I Didn’t Marry: the new emotional and hilarious romantic comedy you need to read in 2021! by [Anna Bell]

Status on the TR list : Amnesia romance is not usually my thing but this one does sound intriguing – on the “need to see reviews” list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

What happens when the man she married can’t remember her?

Ellie has the perfect life: a happy marriage, a gorgeous daughter and a baby on the way. But when her husband Max develops amnesia, he forgets everything about the last five years . . . including their relationship.

Now the man she said ‘I do’ to has become a stranger, and she has no idea why. Yet Ellie is determined to reconnect and find her Max again – he has to be in there somewhere, right?

As they get to know one another afresh, Ellie finds herself seeing Max clearly for the first time. But then she discovers that before his memory loss, Max was keeping a huge secret from her. Will their new beginning prove to be a false start, just as it seemed they might fall in love all over again?

Fall of Night: A Midnight Breed Novel by [Lara Adrian]

Status on the TR list : I am so far behind on this series, I’ve started buying them on kindle – this one is in the distant future list.

Amazon UK Price : £4.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Breed warrior Micah is one of the Order’s best, his reputation for cold justice and lethal skill rivaled only by that of his formidable father, Tegan. So, when a mission Micah’s leading in an off-limits area called the Deadlands goes terribly wrong, leaving him the sole survivor of an apparent Atlantean attack, he won’t rest until he has answers…and vengeance for his fallen team.

Phaedra thought it was only a dream, a hideous nightmare. Yet somehow, she had been transported from her life in Rome to a stretch of barren forest when it suddenly lit up with unearthly fire, obliterating everything in its path—including the fiercely handsome Breed warrior she’d encountered in the dream. Or so she believed, until their paths cross again and Phaedra finds herself, and her Atlantean people, at the center of Micah’s wrath.

With tensions between the Breed and the Atlanteans already edging toward war, and another powerful nemesis growing bolder by the day, uncovering the stunning truth about what happened in the Deadlands will force Micah and Phaedra to work together in an alliance forged by fate and an undeniable desire neither of them can resist.

Friends With Benefits

Status on the TR list : From what I’m reading, this cover is FAR too cute for the content. It seems to be an angsty found family woman’s fic book .. it has great reviews.

Amazon UK Price : £1.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$2.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and a delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl left to work overseas…and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her from meltdown is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can depend on him.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. What starts as just sex soon becomes something deeper.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with an impossible decision. Will she be forced to choose between her feelings for Theo and the boy she loves as a son?

Secrets of the Heart by [Mary Balogh]

Status on the TR list : I am still quite new to Mary Balogh’s work and some have worked well. Second chance romance is something I adore .. on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £3.39

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$5.39

Amazon US Link : HERE

George, Duke of Cranwell, and his duchess’s separation led to a bitter divorce and social ostracism for Sarah, who, unable to divulge to him the secrets of her heart, told instead the lies he expected to hear.

Now, four years later, the duke and Sarah Fifield meet again in Bath and are thrown together by the unfortunate fact that the lady with whom Sarah is living as companion is a close friend of the grandmother of George’s new fiancée.

Against all the odds and wisdom itself, Sarah and George seem fated to fall in love all over again. Yet the old secrets remain and come back to haunt Sarah in the form of the man who destroyed her innocence years ago and now threatens that of George’s sister and even of his fiancée.

Sarah, it seems, may have to sacrifice her own chance of happiness once more in order to protect that of the man she has never stopped loving. Unless, that is, he can uncover the truth and protect her.

Waking Up Married (Mills & Boon Desire) (The Bourbon Brothers, Book 5) by [Reese Ryan]

Status on the TR list : I’ll be honest; this had me at the title! I enjoy Reese Ryan’s work – on the list.

Amazon UK Price : £2.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$4.42

Amazon US Link : HERE

What’s wrong with a little fake marriage between friends?

When Zora Abbott and Dallas Hamilton awaken in a Vegas hotel room, they’re man and wife. With news of the nuptials spreading, the high-profile best friends decide to stay married, temporarily. But can their friendship survive their newly unleashed passions?

Status on the TR list : I am VERY behind on this series however I do love Eve and Roarke – The price is a little tasty though so maybe one for the price-tracker.

Amazon UK Price : £9.99

Amazon UK Link : HERE

Amazon US Price :$11.99

Amazon US Link : HERE

It’s a beautiful Spring day in NYC when Lt. Eve Dallas gets an early morning murder call. A talented young sculptor hasn’t had such a perfect day in May. Killed by her own hammer, at first it looks like an argument with a jealous partner but it soon becomes clear that there is much more to this case than a lovers’ quarrel turned fatal.

Eve finds herself drawn into the dark and dangerous world of a secret order. A world in which white supremacy, misogyny and religious fanaticism are everyday activities. Eve has dealt with some tough cases before but is it too much even for her to take on a wealthy, influential organisation with friends in very high places…..?

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