Romance Preview Post : Top Picks of Upcoming eBook Releases 3rd – 9th May 2021

Posted May 3, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 1 Comment

Apologies for the delay – I have been really poorly this week with a stinker of a cold. I think the lack of exposure to germs had

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.

It Had to Be You: A Novel by [Georgia Clark]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t heard of this author before but I do like the premise. The price needs to come down a little but I have put it on a price tracker site.

UK Price : £9.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $13.13

US Kindle Link : HERE

“The book-equivalent of a perfect first date… Highly highly recommend.” —Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of 28 Summers

“10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in May” —PureWow

The author of the “emotional, hilarious, and thought-provoking” (People) novel The Bucket List returns with a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Casey McQuiston.

For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, Brooklyn’s beloved wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah. Liv and Savannah are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.

It Had to Be You cleverly unites Liv, Savannah, and couples as diverse and unique as New York City itself, in a joyous Love-Actually-style braided narrative. The result is a smart, modern love story that truly speaks to our times. Second chances, secret romance, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this sexy, tender, and utterly charming rom-com.

Back in the Day (Bay Area Blues Book 2) by [Katrina Jackson]

Status on the TR List : I do enjoy Katrina Jackson’s work but i haven’t read this series –

UK Price : £2.90

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE


Helping pack up his childhood home was going much easier than Amir expected. The only sticking point is the record collection his father Alonzo refuses to put in storage. When Amir asked his father why he needs to keep all those records with him, Alonzo offers to tell him a story instead.

Monterey Pop Festival

In 1967, Alonzo was a baby music reporter at the Village Voice on his first big assignment. By his side is photographer Ada Carr who is all brown skin, big afro and sharp tongue. He should be worried about his story, but all he can think about is the way Ada looks dancing to the music in the dusk, the stage lights illuminating her form. He knows love when he sees, or better yet hears, it.

Over the course of two weekends, over forty years apart, Alonzo imparts a soundtrack of love and life to Amir that bridges the past and present and they both learn how to say goodbye.

The High School Reunion From Hell (Margie Majors: Middle-Aged Vampire Slayer Book 1) by [Saranna DeWylde]

Status on the TR List : I do like Saranna Dewylde – this one has peaked my interest. On the KU list.

UK Price : Free on KU

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

All Margie Majors ever wanted was the mythical American dream she was taught to want: a hard-working husband, a house in a place that had neighborhood BBQs, a white picket fence, two kids, and a dog. Instead, she got “destiny.” Hers was to be a plus-sized, day-drinking, foul-mouthed, bisexual, retired vampire slayer with crushing debt and no idea what to do with the rest of her life.

The hard-working husband: Separated.

The house: For Sale.

The BBQ: Not enough alcohol in the world.

The dog: A vampire pitbull named Vlad the Impaler because he humps everything in sight.

The two kids: One smart-mouthed stepdaughter named Ryder who… who is actually pretty great.

But the rest sucks.

And with her twenty-fifth class reunion coming up and nothing to show for it, what’s a retired vampire slayer to do? Nothing out of the ordinary. Step in crap like she always does by dancing with her soon to be ex-husband in the high-school gym, literally tripping over a dead body, and making out with a pretty vampire who was once her arch-enemy, and who is most likely the killer.

Definitely Not Dating (Love Lottery Book 2) by [Christi  Barth]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t read a lot from this author but I do love a fake dating book …. on the list.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

It’s a chance to start over for both of them…

Everleigh Girard always dates the wrong men at the worst times. The last debacle cost her a job and an apartment. But thanks to a crazy lottery win, she and her friends have a fresh start restoring a historic inn. Determined to make it a success, Everleigh swears off the dangers of dating entirely. Except…the town’s police chief is distractingly hot. So how much trouble could friends with benefits really cause?

Police chief Matt Halliday always puts protecting his town first. He’s blindsided when his house mysteriously burns down, and grateful his friends rent him a room at their inn while they finish renovations. It’s a great deal. Mostly. It’s hard to resist the very beautiful Everleigh. Love is permanently off the table for him—but lust is definitely on.

After their first red-hot kiss, keeping it casual is impossible. Can Everleigh teach Matt to trust again—especially when he’s keeping a secret that may put him and his new friends at risk?

Confessions From The Quilting Circle: The heartwarming, feel-good romance of 2021 of family secrets and finding your happy ever after. Perfect for fans of Veronica Henry and Robyn Carr’s Virgin River by [Maisey Yates]

Status on the TR List : I do enjoy Maisey Yate’s work and love second chance romances … on the list.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

he Ashwood women don’t have much in common…except their ability to keep secrets.

When ageing matriarch Addie Ashwood dies, she leaves behind her an estranged daughter, three very different granddaughters, and a quilt that needs to be finished. The Ashwood women might not be close, but as they are reunited in their small town, this might be the opportunity to stitch their family back together, one truth at a time…

Artist Lark has been running away from her past for years. Could this be the reason to come home that she’s been looking for? And is she ever going to be brave enough to face up to the secret she’s been hiding…and the man she’s never stopped loving?

Single-minded musician Hannah can’t believe she’s had to return to the tiny town she spent her whole childhood dreaming of escaping. Her plan is to renovate her grandmother’s house and leave as soon as she can. Until she comes face to face again with the only man who’s ever been able to distract her…

Stay-at-home mum Avery has built the perfect life in her hometown. But can she carry on paying the price of perfection? Or will the support of her sisters help her find a different version of perfect?

Together, with their mother, Mary, who is nursing her own hidden pain, the Ashwood family must learn to heal. But first, they must learn to trust each other like never before…

With This Cake (Meet Me at the Altar Book 2) by [Samantha Chase]

Status on the TR List : I have read a couple of books by Samantha Chase and this one sounds cute – on the list.

UK Price : £3.59

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Cheery baker dreams of finding Mr. Right…

When your last name is Baker, it’s really only a matter of time before it also becomes your job title. Some might see it as a self-fulfilling prophecy, but for Leanna, being the go-to baker for Meet Me at the Altar is a dream come true. There’s nothing she loves more than to create the perfect desserts to help couples celebrate their big days. But despite what they say about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach, Leanna has yet to lure her perfect man with her sweet treats.

Uptight workaholic dreams of being left alone…

If Brody King is going to take time off, he would much rather it be to train for his triathlon and not his brother’s engagement party. It would be one thing if it was just a regular party, but no, his brother and his bride-to-be had to go over the top and plan a full week of family togetherness and ridiculous wedding games. There’s no way he’s going to survive it.

When Brody crashes into Leanna and a hundred cupcakes are ruined, he does the only thing he can–he offers to help her make more. All it takes is a few cups of sugar and a dash of vanilla before Brody is craving not just Leanna’s sweet treats, but the baker herself.

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