Romance Preview Post : Top Pick of next weeks books releases (24th – 28th Oct 2022). Angels, Billionaires and a lot of angst.

Posted October 23, 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.

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Of course I have pre-ordered this book – I adore this series. I will be honest, I am unsure about Alexanders book but in Nalini I trust.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into the dangerous, haunting world of archangels . . . and a love that is legend.

For thousands of years, the passion between Alexander, Archangel of Persia, and Zanaya, Queen of the Nile, burned furious and bright, seemingly without end. But to be an archangel is to be bound to power violent and demanding. Driven by its primal energy, Alexander and Zanaya fought as fiercely as they loved, locked in an endless cycle of devotion and heartbreak. It is only Zanaya’s decision to Sleep that ends their love story.

Eons later, the Cascade of Death wakens them both. The passion between them a flame that yet burns, Alexander and Zanaya stand together in one last battle against the ultimate darkness. But even a warrior archangel cannot win every war. Alexander’s scream shatters the world as Zanaya falls, broken and silent . . . only to rise again in a miracle that may be a devastating curse. For is it truly the Queen of the Nile who has been resurrected?

Only one thing is clear: This is the last beat of their passionate, angry dance. The final song for Alexander and his Zani . . .

I adore this series and this author. I cannot pre-order due as it is KU but I will be downloading on Friday when it comes out. It is part of a series however they are all standalone.

Fake dating my billionaire boss to get revenge on my ex? Yes please.
But falling for him? That’s something I vowed never to do again.


Isaac Winter is the fourth-generation owner of the legendary 5th Ave hotel that bears his last name. He’s at the top of New York high society… and I’ve just left it behind.

When he hires my company, I’m thrust into endless meetings with him, determined to impress the cold, untouchable leader of the Winters.

The last thing I expected was to start fake dating him.

He needs his match-making family to take a step back. And me? Revenge on my cheating ex-husband sounds great, and even better when it’s with a man whose name opens every door in the city.

The line between fake and real soon gets smudged by our late-night conversations. Isaac’s driven, passionate, intelligent… and far less controlled than he seems. Revenge feels deliciously suite.

But I’m done with rich New York men and their cheating ways.
They think they can buy anything they want… but my heart’s not for sale.

I love Jackie Lau and this one sounds FABULOUS. On the list.

A bridesmaid and groomsman put their differences aside to get their friends down the aisle in this opposites-attract steamy romantic comedy.

They say to never meet your heroes, but when Vivian Liao’s roommate gets engaged to her favorite actor’s costar, she has no choice but to come face-to-face with Melvin Lee again. He’s just as funny and handsome as he is on-screen…but thinks she is a snob and a sellout. It’s none of his business how she chooses to live her life, no matter how charismatic he is.
 
Mel is used to charming audiences as an actor and stand-up comedian but can’t connect to Vivian. She’s a smart, talented artist—which is why he thinks she’s wasting her life as a corporate finance drone. The only thing uniting them is their goal for the wedding to go off without a hitch.
 
As they collaborate on wedding cake and karaoke parties, Mel realizes he might have seriously misjudged this bridesmaid, while Vivian discovers the best man might just be as dazzling off-screen as he is on. With the wedding underway, maybe more than one happily ever after is in the future.

This is a good hockey romance – they are all novella’s but I have enjoyed them all.

Opposites attract when the hotshot player discovers the team’s new PR person secretly hates hockey. Will she end up in the penalty box, or will they team up to score the ultimate goal – true love?

JACQUELINE
After five years of working myself to the bone at my previous job, I landed what anyone in my field would classify as a career dream: Public Relations Specialist for the New York Storm. Yes, I’m a small-town Texas girl who knows absolutely nothing about hockey, but I’ll figure it out eventually, right?

Wrong. As if pretending to love a sport I don’t understand in front of the most rabid sports fans in the country isn’t tough enough, one of the players seems to be on a mission to make me miserable. My job makes it impossible to avoid him and my sex-starved body doesn’t want me to. Plus, when he’s not being a jerk, he’s sweet, funny, smart, and… I like him. A lot. Even more the night he comes clean about his motives, then gives me a grovel no woman could resist. But I’m a girl who plays for keeps, and he’s only interested in scoring.

MERRICK
Hockey isn’t just my career, it’s who I am. So when I overhear the team’s new PR person say she hates the sport, I’m on a mission to make her miserable enough to quit. Yes, I was eavesdropping, hovering where I shouldn’t have been because she’s adorable, smart, and sexy AF. And yes, she’s great at her job. But the New York Storm has been my family since I was drafted, and I’m not letting some uptight hockey-hater get comfortable where she doesn’t belong.

The trouble is, the more I get under her skin, the deeper she gets under mine. And the night I swoop in to rescue her from a handsy teammate, I realize I don’t want her to leave the organization… or my life.

* A short, sweet and steamy instalove romance with a guaranteed Happily Ever After *

I do enjoy Erin McCarthy and grumpy boss is my jam – on the list.

Faith Young is trouble with a capital “T.”

I thought she was drowning. She wasn’t. But I jumped into the pond and saved her and somehow after that it was all wet clothes coming off and a hot and sexy night under the stars.

Until I realize she is my best friend’s little sister.

Bro code accidentally broken in the worst possible way.

There is no way I can let Cash know I hooked up with Faith, so when he asks for my help in securing her an entry level job at my whiskey distillery, I go one step further. I offer her a great position in the company— one that she can’t refuse— in return for her sworn silence about our night together.

Some might call it blackmail. I call it mutually beneficial.

Only now she’s everywhere I turn. At the office, at social events for our whiskey label, out downtown, at her brother’s. I can’t get away from her or her very tempting mouth with that sassy smile.

She calls me a grumpy boss. I call myself a man on the verge of doing something very, very stupid. Like easing her down on my desk for a repeat of our night together.

Now the only one who is drowning is me…

I do like Carrie Ann Ryan – I have a big backlist to get through though. On the list.

New York Times Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan returns with the next generation of Montgomerys and a second chance romance bound in memory and heat.

Leif Montgomery fell hard for Brooke Alder in Paris when they were young, and he thought their fling was just an early taste of what life had in store for him.

But life had other plans, and he didn’t find that kind of love—or see Brooke’s face—for years.

Until he visits his cousin’s house and sees who’s moved in next door.

They’ve both changed: she’s a struggling single mom, he’s running from a past he’s trying to hide while opening up a new tattoo shop. Yet the moment he sees her again, he knows she’s the one for him.

And with one look, Brooke knows that she can’t fight the desire that pulled them together before, despite the skeletons in both their closets.

Nana Malone writes good romance – on the list.

Kaya Reynolds is a distraction, a rage-inducing pain in the butt, and an absolute magnet for trouble.

But when you’re a Rogues agent, you don’t get to pick your assignments. Unfortunately, you don’t get to decline them either.

And that’s how I ended up fake engaged to the most infuriating women I’ve ever met.

The Rogues Division is a top-secret, highly-classified, “I’d tell you but I’d have to kill you” kind of organization. The kind of organization the government pretends not to love having at its disposal.

Kaya Reynolds is our latest asset. If I want to bring down the man who killed my fiancé, I’ve got to keep her safe.

Thing is, the last time I saw her, she kissed the hell out of me…because she was being chased by his goons and she needed a distraction .

But something sparked between us—something I have no business thinking about day and night. Especially when we’re only pretending to like each other.

Aren’t we?

Yes we are!

This marriage is just for show. I refuse to be tempted by my curvy assignment’s soft satin lips, dark mischievous eyes, or the way she looks at me. Even when we’re not playing our roles….

But nope,NOPE! I lost someone I loved once. And I’m not letting anybody else into my heart.

I’m not going there with the woman I’m only pretending to love. It’s all about staying in control. And I won’t let her tempt me into losing mine.

The Saint is a STANDALONE book in the Gentlemen Rogues Series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Nana Malone

I do like the sound of this book – a boxing club??? The reviews are very mixed though…

Of questionable birth, but made for greatness, the Regency-era heroines in Minerva Spencer’s thrilling new historical romance series possess both clever minds and unusual skills that enable them to go head-to-head—and heart to heart—with the best of men, including those of the ton . . .

Magnetic and educated, Marianne Simpson has the manner of a lady and the looks of a lover, not a fighter. Neither of which explains her occupation as a boxer in her uncle’s circus, Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre. Nonetheless, when St. John Powell, the exquisitely handsome Duke of Staunton, begins turning up at her shows, she finds herself dangerously distracted by the powerful peer’s mysterious presence. With her safety at stake, Marianne’s days in the ring are numbered. But how long can she fight her attraction to the man the ton calls Lord Flawless?
 
St. John Powell doesn’t just want Marianne Simpson, he needs her … to rescue his brother, who is being held for ransom by a treasonous English baron—the man all of Britain knows as the Rake of Rakes. No matter how little Marianne wants to see her duplicitous ex-lover, the man responsible for the humiliating nickname the Boxing Baroness, St. John must convince her. Even if it means climbing into the ring with the beautiful boxer and taking everything she’s got . . .
 
“An outstanding romance based in part on a real historical figure… This is sure to wow.” – Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

STEM romance and friends-to-lovers… yup, I will be picking this one.

Jenna:
The prospect of spending the summer with your best friend shouldn’t be this daunting. But when your best friend is handsome, charming, and you’re more than a little attracted to him, a road trip and summer spent sharing an apartment with each other isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least we have our research to keep us occupied, right?

Marcus:
I can’t spend another minute with Jenna without telling her how I feel. How I’ve felt for so long. As a geologist, I know better than anyone that too much turmoil simmering under the surface will eventually find a way to be released…I just hope that Jenna and I survive this summer together. And even more than that, I hope our friendship survives.

The Changeup is a closed door, friends-to-lovers romance, with a heroine (and hero!) in STEM, road trip mishaps, and the baseball references and commentary you would expect from this series. The Changeup also features #OwnVoices representation, featuring a heroine with arthritis and chronic pain written by an author who deals with the same.

I don’t know what it is – I think it is the cover that is doing this for me. I have read Sage Alexander before, so I know I like the style.

Have you ever hated someone so bad you could scream? That’s what this man does to me. That… and seriously aroused.

He’s a smug, arrogant jerk from a rival company who knows exactly what he’s making me feel with that stupid smirk. And I can’t help but feel hot and bothered. Not that I’ll show it on the outside. I won’t give him that satisfaction.

He makes me confused. I want to punch him in the face one moment. Then I’m fantasizing about riding him like there’s no tomorrow the next. What’s wrong with me?

I know men like him. They’ll conquer you one night, then vanish from your life forever. Nothing good comes from getting involved with them. Especially when it involves my heart.

Unfortunately, I find myself trapped with my business rival in a life-or-death situation, forced to work together or freeze into a pair of popsicles. Yeah, seriously.

The man makes my blood boil. But will I be able to fend off my desires and protect my heart from him?

Or… will the idea of hate sex be too strong to resist?

Why You? is a naughty enemies-to-lovers trapped Christmas romance starring a no-nonsense heroine and her arrogant yet devilishly handsome rival.

I like Christi Barth – The books are always quite funny. On the list.

Three days ago, all Maisy Norgate had was a stack of bills, about a gazillion jobs, and her sunny-as-hell outlook. Now, thanks to an uncle she never knew about, she’s inherited an ornate skeleton key with absolutely no idea what it’s for—or why she has it. Which is exactly when a ridiculously handsome guy claiming to be an angel shows up at her door and all hell breaks loose…

Nephilim Rhys Boyce cannot believe that Maisy is the new Keeper of the Key. Why would anyone bequeath this warm, bubbly redhead the key to Hell? And to make matters worse, she’s given the key to the first person who asked for it. A demon. Yep, Maisy is determined to make his job—not to mention some seriously inconvenient temptation—as hard as possible.

First a half angel with a very human chip on his shoulder must find a way to convince Maisy that angels and demons do exist. Then Rhys will have to break the really bad news…that she might have accidentally ended the world.

I can’t resist this cover – it’s just lovely. On the radar.

Vanessa Rossi finally landed her dream job, working for Maxwell Investments.

This has been her only goal ever since a mistake, years ago almost cost her future.

Since then, she remained focused on making a name for herself, while protecting her heart at all costs.

One night of celebrating ends in a steamy one-night stand with a man she couldn’t keep her eyes, or her hands off.

But when she sneaks out of his place in the middle of the night, she thinks she’s wiped her hands clean of him.

Monday morning, when she comes face to face with her one-night stand, as he introduces himself as her new boss, she fears it was just another mistake.

Adam Maxwell has always made decisions for other people, which is how he ended up as CEO of his father’s company in Chicago. When an unexpected night opens his eyes, and his heart, will he be able to stay away?

Working together was easy, keeping their hands off each other was another story.

When the job starts hitting a little too close to home, jeopardizing people’s careers, will they be able to work together to stop it? Or will Amelia do what she always has, and run.

One mistake may ruin everything, or it could be what you’ve waited your whole life for.

The actual title includes the word “billionaire secret baby” so it has all my favourite things in it. I have downloaded another of the authors books.

Don’t get knocked up by your brother’s alphahole best friend…

CEO Donovan was my first everything.
And now my boss.

When he sees my sweet little girl has his sea-blue eyes…
He knows something’s wrong.

Five years ago, we broke up.
I took my little secret with me and swore never to see him again.

Now here I am, back in town.
Working for my baby daddy.
He’s still arrogant as ever–yet irresistibly charming as hell…

I can definitely avoid those chiseled abs–can I?

But when his intense gaze sent my heart thumping in my chest,
I know I’m in trouble.

I need to protect my 5-year-old secret.

Because I’m about to lose my heart to a man with the power to destroy me, again.

Bossy Trouble is a full-length standalone novel in the Alphalicious Bosses series. No cheating or cliffhanger and happily-ever-after guaranteed!

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