Romance Preview Post: Top Pick of this weeks new releases including books from Virginia Heath, Kylie Scott & Tessa Bailey

Posted November 6, 2022 by Nix in Top Picks, Uncategorized / 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.

Also, CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO GO TO AMAZON PAGE

I really want to read this book – I like the blurb and I like the premise.

Why on earth would she want to kiss him when he vexed her so?

Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that they are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that it is animosity, not attraction, that fuels their barbed exchanges. Anyway, Diana loves her freedom too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily wedded to his bachelor lifestyle.

After Giles’ curmudgeonly father, the Duke of Harpenden, unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before the circumstances of his only son’s birth are revealed. With the threat of blackmail hanging over him, Giles must uncover the truth, or he and all those who depend on him will be ruined.

As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that they insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. It seems that the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line . . .

I have only just discovered this series’ but I do enjoy it! The Dark Night series are always a great start to try a series as they are standalone.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

When the Stage Dive crew decides to help, they do it in a big way.

Nanny and housekeeper Jude has been going through a dry patch. Getting ready to dip her toes back into the dating pool is a little nerve racking. And the offers of assistance from her boss, David Ferris, and his band are not helping. Right up until music producer Dean Jennings arrives to work on the band’s latest album.

But Dean is more than a little wary of dating anyone with anything to do with the Stage Dive crew after losing Lena to lead singer Jimmy Ferris all those years ago. Can Jude a) Convince the crew to stay out of her business and b) Woo the man of her dreams?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Found this book in my research and now I have to read it!

A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.

Levelheaded Francesca Lane never thought she’d miss her own wedding. But when her fiancé betrays her, she puts on her wedding dress and ditches the altar for a masquerade ball—at an exclusive lifestyle club.

There, she meets unknown-to-her NFL star Tuck Avery, dressed as a prince and hiding behind a mask—he’s there to celebrate his birthday. For one night, Francesca and Tuck indulge in a wickedly incognito affair. No names. No strings. And the masks don’t come off.

Unfortunately, Francesca realizes quickly that her masked prince is the wealthy jock who lives in the penthouse of her apartment building. His hobbies include parties and supermodels—or so the tabloids say. Getting tangled up with a shallow jerk is the last thing Francesca needs right now, so she vows to keep Tuck from recognizing her (not that she’s his type anyway).

But fate has a teeny-tiny trick up her sleeve…a plus sign on a pregnancy test. Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

Pretty cover and a blurb that includes fake dating? Yup…

Fake real dating the one who got away? Sign me up…

There’s just something about bad boys. Tattoos and leather jackets, am I right?

Trouble is, my last boyfriend was a teensy bit too bad and now he’s in prison. Yikes.

When my friends challenge me to take a dip in the good guy side of the dating pool, I see their dating bet and I raise it, looking up the guy I crushed on growing up.

With a winning grin and heart of gold, Gabe Clements is now the star receiver for a pro football team.

Except, the supposed good guy turns out to be nothing like I imagined. He’s better. He’s growly, possessive, smoldering.

And he’s determined too. At the end of the night, he asks me to be his fake real girlfriend for the rest of the week.

Sounds like my kind of dating challenge since he’s a good guy by day, and a very dirty man after dark.

I’ll cure my bad boy blues in no time.

Well, as long as I don’t fall for Gabe’s big heart too.


The Good Guy Challenge is a standalone romance in The Dating Games series! You’ll also enjoy The Virgin Next Door!

I like Tessa Bailey – this one is on the list.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer comes a romantic comedy about an accidental relationship between three smitten men…and one commitment phobic woman.

Elise Brandeis has never won a Pulitzer—and she never will. At least not while she’s delivering sandwiches at the Gotham Times, instead of working there as an actual reporter. Her only shot at seeing her byline in print is to prove to the no nonsense managing editor that she has a nose for news. And she’s got just the story to grab her elusive attention.

Right after she delivers this turkey on ciabatta.

Chasing down leads brings Elise to Roosevelt Island, but just when the trail of clues begins to take shape, she gets stuck. Literally. On a cable car with three strangers who couldn’t be more different. An uptight rugby coach, a construction worker and a former adult film star she pretends not to recognize a little too well.

At first, Elise wants nothing more than to be rescued ASAP.

An hour later, everything has changed. By pure happenstance, four separate journeys have collided in an intense, meaningful way. Suddenly, disentangling their lives feels more impossible than winning that Pulitzer. Good thing Elise is too busy proving herself at work to consider three boyfriends. Nobody has time for that—even if they make giving in feel oh so right. But three heads are better than one and these loners will teach themselves to work together to win Elise over forever…

And more importantly, keep their dirty socks off her floor.

I am behind on this series, but I like it. On the list

A woman with the gift to speak to the dead—and the assassin pursuing her—may be the only chance a crumbling empire has of holding back true evil, in this electrifying fantasy romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Siora has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, from her past and her gift. Born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, she has heard their desperate pleas as an otherworldly predator stalks the dead amid the fertile killing fields of the collapsing Krael Empire. The creature’s power and reach are growing with every soul it consumes, but Siora is preoccupied with her own troubles: namely an assassin who has sworn an oath of vengeance against her.
 
Gharek of Cabast was once the right-hand man of the reviled empress but is now a wanted fugitive. Although his reasons for hunting Siora are viscerally personal, what Gharek can’t anticipate is that when he finally does find her, she will hold the key to saving his world, or what’s left of it. To make good on old debts and protect the vulnerable dead from a malevolent force, Gharek and Siora will both need to make an ally out of an enemy—and trust that will be enough to save each other.

I haven’t read a Donna Grant book in years, but this looks fun. On the list.

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant returns to her beloved Kindred world with an all-new, captivating fantasy romance trilogy sure to capture hearts.

Elin feels as if she’s been in the fight of her life forever. She lost her mother to prejudice and misunderstanding and her sister to the Coven, not to mention her home and the freedom to use her magic without consequence. But she finally feels as if she has found a place to at least rest—that is if she can remain hidden.

When a mysterious illness befalls his clan, taking many lives, Rob Mackenzie finally goes to check on the person squatting in the cottage on his family’s land. He hopes to find help. He doesn’t expect the most enchanting and enigmatic woman he’s ever seen or the way she makes him feel—the passions she rouses. But it’s clear she has secrets, and earning her trust may be the toughest battle of his life.

When the truth comes to light that a witch has been targeting the Mackenzie clan, Elin can’t remain sequestered. She knows she can help, and some things are more important—especially when they include saving the man she has quickly come to love. But it means revealing her secret to him and those who have hunted her kind for eons. Those who see anything they don’t understand as evil. Still, Elin hasn’t been able to safeguard those she’s loved in the past. She has to at least try to save Rob and his family.

Even if it means her end.

I’ve seen this on a lot of lists – I do wonder about a book-hating bookshop owner a character though…!

Love isn’t always by the book…

Self-declared book hater Drew Young never expected to inherit her grandmother’s old bookshop, the Book Nook. And now, as she prepares to host a signing for bestselling author (and hopeless romantic) Jasper Williams, she finds herself caught between a bookshelf and a hard place.

Sensing sparks between the unlikely match, a group of mischievous old ladies – otherwise known as the Book Nook’s resident book club – spot the opportunity to do what they do best: meddle.

Pushed together, Drew and Jasper soon come to an agreement. If Jasper can create a book bucket list to introduce Drew to the joy of reading, she’ll help him explore beautiful Colorado for his next book.

With the shop’s future in jeopardy, Drew is determined not to get distracted by the love story Jasper wants to write for them.
She knows that real life isn’t like it is in the books, but could Jasper be the plot twist Drew never saw coming?

I do like the look of this book. And I am a sucker for a Holiday romance so…

Can this curvy girl get over her scroogy self to find the true meaning of the season (and maybe her very own HEA?)

Holly

I hate the holidays. The only thing worse than spending them alone is being forced to leave New York City and head to Texas for my stepsister’s Christmas wedding. I’m holding out hope the trip will be worthwhile and I’ll get some face time with my dad. I’ve been trying to pitch an idea I’ve been working on for the family business that would make all of the years of working under his thumb worthwhile. So when I find out I’ve been paired with Mr. Christmas himself at the wedding, I’ll do whatever I can to stay on track and avoid being infected with his holiday cheer.

Zander

Christmas is my favorite time of year. Spirits are high and everyone’s hearts are filled with joy for the season. Everyone’s except the gorgeous curvy girl I sit next to on my way to my best friend’s wedding. When I find out she’s the maid of honor, I vow to do everything I can to show her there’s a reason for the season.

These ten women have had it with lots of things this season. They’re done with the gimme-gimme customers, the people looking for the “perfect” gift who have no clue what the person likes, and serving the hundredth peppermint latte of the day.
They’ve gone…grinchy.

But…
They’re about to meet a man who is full of the holiday spirit that they’ve run out of. He’s going to help them find their love for the season and in the process they’ll share lots of fudgin’ fun.

I have a mixed relationship with Mills and Book but I do love Synithia Williams. And fake relationships. And paranormal investigator romance… on the list!

Their romance has an expiration date…

When a kiss at a reality TV wedding is caught on camera, there’s only one way to save his reputation and her career. Now paranormal promoter Tyrone and makeup artist Kiera are officially dating. But their fake romance can’t go on forever. Tyrone is the ‘love ’em and leave ’em’ type…or so the media portrays. But, can a relationship with an agreed-upon end date turn into a real and lasting love?

Another fake relationship book! Reece Ryan is a wonderful writer too.

A red-hot romance between a career-focused woman and a determined younger man.

Dr Julian Brandon is too charming, too sexy and too young for Chandra Valentine. But after he rescues her – twice – she owes him. Still reeling from life-changing family revelations, Chandra somehow agrees to pose as Julian’s girlfriend. And now Julian has plans that start with seduction under the mistletoe and end with their fake relationship erupting into a scorching affair…

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