Romance Preview Post : Top Picks of Upcoming eBook Releases 9th – 16th May 2021

Posted May 9, 2021 by Nix in Top Picks / 2 Comments

Top Picks is a weekly meme.

In this post, I highlight the Romance books that I want to read that are released this week.

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.

No links on here are affliiate links.

Here With Me (The Adair Family Series Book 1) by [Samantha Young ]

Status on the TR List : I have read many Samantha Young books and this one looks fab – I cannot wait to read it.

UK Price : £2.92

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Settled in the tranquil remoteness of the Scottish Highlands, Ardnoch Estate caters to the rich and famous. It is as unattainable and as mysterious as its owner –ex-Hollywood leading man Lachlan Adair–and it’s poised on the edge of a dark scandal.

After narrowly escaping death, police officer Robyn Penhaligon leaves behind her life in Boston in search of some answers. Starting with Mac Galbraith, the Scottish father who abandoned her to pursue his career in private security. To re-connect with Mac, Robyn will finally meet a man she’s long resented. Lachlan Adair. Hostility instantly brews between Robyn and Lachlan. She thinks the head of the Adair family is high-handed and self-important. And finding closure with Mac is proving more difficult than she ever imagined. Robyn would sooner leave Ardnoch, but when she discovers Mac is embroiled in a threat against the Adairs and the exclusive members of the estate, she finds she’s not yet ready to give up on her father.

Determined to ensure Mac’s safety, Robyn investigates the disturbing crimes at Ardnoch, forcing her and Lachlan to spend time together. Soon it becomes clear a searing attraction exists beneath their animosity, and temptation leads them down a perilous path.

While they discover they are connected by something far more addictive than passion, Lachlan cannot let go of his grip on a painful past: a past that will destroy his future … if the insidious presence of an enemy lurking in the shadows of Ardnoch doesn’t do the job first.

The Witch's Complement (A Bite of Magic Book 1) by [Lucille Yates]

Status on the TR List : I have never heard of this author before but this looks fab – pre-ordered.

UK Price : £0.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $0.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Someone is kidnapping magical children, and it’s up to two people to save them before it’s too late.

Jesi left the law firm when she inherited her great-grandmother’s power. Now she knows the history of everyone she touches. When two children are taken from her coven, Jesi must use her power to find them. If only she could use it without losing herself.

Chuck is a detective without a partner assigned to a case with no leads that’s about to open up a new world. When a strange woman crosses his path, he is convinced he found his lead suspect. One he cannot get out of his head.

Will Chuck be able to accept the supernatural? Will Jesi learn to control her magic in time to find the children? Will their attraction to one another distract them from the case?

Two worlds collide in this thrilling new novel full of secrets, magic, and a romance that will leave you wanting more!

Talk Hockey to Me by [Kelly Jamieson]

Status on the TR List : Love Kelly Jamieson. Love her hockey series. On the list.

UK Price : £3.49

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Hunter

Timing. Hockey careers are made or broken on it, and mine has taken exceptionally broken road. I’m not a star. I’m a grinder, I work hard, and I’m finally at the point I can put the past behind me and get the fat, long-term contract I deserve.

But my agent–the man who stuck by me through every crash and burn–has had a heart attack. I need another agent now, or my one chance for the good money will slip through my fingers. Kate’s a rookie, but she loves the game like I do, so I pick up the phone. And I wonder if she remembers that one night in Cancun as vividly as I do.

Kate

Hockey. All my life I’ve lived it, breathed it, played it. Now it’s my business. As an agent, I’m tied to my phone at all hours, but nothing prepared me to hear Hunter’s voice. The last time I saw him–three years ago–there was a lot of bare skin and horny hormones involved.

I’ve handled it all in my short career–sexism, harassment, being broke, being laughed at. Resisting the attraction between us should be easy. Until it isn’t. And Hunter’s past shakes his confidence hard enough that he could make the worst decision at the worst possible time…

Beach House Romance (The Beach House Trilogy Book 1) by [Cora Seton]

Status on the TR List : I haven’t read this author before but I do like the look of this – on the list.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

She’s 27 and just hit rock bottom…

Emma Miller’s fiancé left her days before her meal delivery business went bust. Now she’s broke, homeless and starting out all over again, weighed down with debt that isn’t even hers. So when she learns she and her estranged sister, Ashley, have received an unexpected inheritance, she’s thrilled. Now they can both move to Seahaven, California and run Brightview, her grandmother’s rambling beachside bed & breakfast. She’ll do the cooking. Ashley can tend the Cliff Garden, the attached acre of winding paths and flower beds that has been in their family for generations. With her money and family woes solved, who knows—maybe someday Emma will find love again, too.

He’s 33 and just hit it out of the park…

Noah Hudson’s life couldn’t be better. He’s sold his successful business and can finally right the wrong he did years ago to his older brother’s career. Andrew deserves his turn in the limelight, so Noah just bought one of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots in Seahaven. He’ll give Andrew an unlimited budget to design and build a luxury vacation home that will land on the cover of every architectural magazine. While he’s waiting for his new digs, Noah has found a handy living situation in the bed & breakfast next door. While Andrew pursues his dream, he can spend his days on his own passions: extreme sports photography.

Emma is furious when she finds out Ashley sold their grandmother’s garden to the newly minted millionaire renting one of her guest rooms—a very handsome millionaire who seems to have nothing better to do but surf, snap a few photos, and play havoc with her heart.

Noah just realized what he left off his to-do list: find the woman of his dreams. Turns out she’s his current landlady and about to be his next-door neighbor—if she doesn’t kill him for destroying her grandmother’s legacy first.

Can Emma and Noah find a way to heal the past without ruining their future together?

The Gravedigger’s Son: A Charley Davidson Novella by [Darynda Jones]

Status on the TR List : I cannot wait for this novella – I am only hoping I enjoy it more than the last.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $2.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones comes a new story in her Charley Davidson series…

The job should have been easy.

Get in. Assess the situation. Get out. But for veteran tracker Quentin Rutherford, things get sticky when the girl he’s loved since puberty shows up, conducting her own investigation into the strange occurrences of the small, New Mexico town. He knew it would be a risk coming back to the area, but he had no idea Amber Kowalski had become a bona fide PI, investigating things that go bump in the night. He shouldn’t be surprised, however. She can see through the dead as clearly as he can. The real question is, can she see through him?

But is anything that’s worth it ever easy?

To say that Amber is shocked to see her childhood crush would be the understatement of her fragile second life. One look at him tells her everything she needs to know. He’s changed. So drastically she barely recognizes him. He is savage now, a hardened—in all the right places—demon hunter, and she is simply the awkward, lovestruck girl he left behind.
But she doesn’t have time to dwell on the past. A supernatural entity has set up shop, and it’s up to them to stop it before it kills again.
While thousands of questions burn inside her, she has to put her concern over him, over what he’s become, aside for now. Because he’s about to learn one, undeniable fact: she’s changed, too.

**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.**

One Week To Claim It All (Mills & Boon Desire) (Sambrano Studios, Book 1) by [Adriana Herrera]

Status on the TR List : How cute is this cover? Not ususally a fan of Mills & Boon desire but I do like the author.

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $5.25

US Kindle Link : HERE

She’s on track to be the new CEO.
Her ex is the only one standing in the way.

When Esmeralda Sambrano-Peña unexpectedly inherits her father’s media empire, it ruffles more than a few feathers. And no one is more conflicted about it than Rodrigo Almanzar. Esmeralda knows her father’s long-time protégé—and her ex-lover—wants the executive job for himself. Making matters worse, their renewed passion grows undeniable with every late-night meeting. Will Rodrigo prove to be the perfect partner in business and pleasure…or her professional undoing?

Bet the Farm by [Fiona Riley]

Status on the TR List : I have no idea why I like farm books so much … seriously, it’s like catnip. On the list (for when the price drops…)

UK Price : £8.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $9.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Lauren Calloway can’t get a date, her newly lovestruck bestie is never around, and she just blew a major deal at her luxury real estate job. So, a one-night stand with an attractive stranger seems like the perfect distraction and the immediate gratification she’s lusting for.

Thea Boudreaux left her family’s dairy farm to escape the painful memories of her father’s tragic death, but when her mother tells her they’re going to lose the farm to debt, Thea is devastated. Can she live with her father’s legacy being torn down for luxury condos? Or can she still save it and honor her father’s memory?

When Lauren’s boss tells her about a lucrative land sale that could help her get back on track, she jumps at the opportunity. Never would she have bet her unforgettable one-night stand would be the person stopping her from making the deal of the century.

Her Alpha Cowboy: Instalove Cowboy, Curvy Woman Romance (Love on the Ranch Book 1) by [Mia Brody]

Status on the TR List : I mean… I have no reasons but it appeals to me and it is on the list.

UK Price : Free on KU or £0.77

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $0.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

I had no place to go until the sexy cowboy took me in…

Riley Walker

I never thought I’d end up this way: pregnant and alone at nineteen. With no place to go, I start sleeping in the heated barn of a local rancher at night and working on his farm during the day. Everything is fine until he discovers me in the barn one night.

Nick Taylor

I wasn’t expecting to discover my curvy new hire sleeping in my barn or find out that she’s also pregnant and alone. So I take her back to my house with every intention of keeping my hands off of her. But you know what they say about the road to hell…

Welcome to Courage County, North Carolina where alpha cowboys fall for strong curvy women and find love on the ranch. There’s NO cheating and NO cliffhangers. Just a sweet, sexy HEA.

Simply Scandalous (Simply Series Book 2) by [Carly Phillips]

Status on the TR List : I really like the sound of this book … on the list.

UK Price : £3.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

He runs in high society circles…and he’s running circles around her heart.

In retrospect, it was all Gran’s fault.

Logan Montgomery has found his niche as an assistant district attorney. But Gran just revealed some worrying intel—dear old dad and his political cronies are about to maneuver him into running for mayor.

But Gran has a plan. A pre-emptive strike involving a pretty blonde caterer with supple curves—and a family history literally dripping with scandal. There’s just one flaw in his grandmother’s scheme: Logan’s not a player. And there’s a delicious spark of attraction that makes him want to try for something special with Catherine Luck.

It’s a mystery to Catherine why Logan, who sits at the very top of the social ladder, would even look twice at someone like her. Maybe he has a thing for disgraced, overworked caterers. But his gentle concern, delivered in that velvety chocolate voice, can’t be real and Cat knows better than to mix business with pleasure.

Raw desire and genuine affection unexpectedly tip them into forbidden territory—love. Until Catherine gets a stark reminder that the Montgomerys never do anything without an ulterior motive.

Which means Catherine’s luck in love is about to run out…

The Mistake (Bad Bridesmaids Book 1) by [Noelle Adams]

Status on the TR List : I have quite enjoyed some of this authors books and this one sounds fab

UK Price : £2.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $3.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

Amanda Griffin has made a mistake. Or maybe a long series of them.

First, she gets drunk at her sister’s wedding and shares all her guilty secrets with Robert Castleman, the worst possible man. Then, at her cousin’s wedding, she ends up in bed with him. At her best friend’s wedding, they have a big, embarrassing fight. And then she gets stuck with him on the world’s most annoying road trip. Her heart has always belonged to a man she can never have, so it’s not like she’ll ever fall for Robert. It’s just that she can’t get away from him, and now she’s not sure she wants to.

Robert has lived his life watching from a distance and never investing in relationships that will end up hurting him. So the last thing he should do is hook up with his niece’s best friend. She’s too young. Too beautiful. Too clever. And already in love with someone else. But since he can’t keep his hands off her, he’ll at least be smart with his heart. After all, it would be a huge mistake to let himself fall for her.

But it’s a mistake he can’t help but make.

Royal Line (Tattered Royals Book 1) by [Carrie Ann Ryan, Nana Malone]

Status on the TR List : I have a lot of books from Carrie Ann Ryan and Nana Malone … this could be a great book.

UK Price : £4.99

UK Kindle Link : HERE

US Price : $4.99

US Kindle Link : HERE

A princess on the run finds her version of a prince in this epic beginning to the Tattered Royals stand-alone series.

I never asked for my tiara.

My dreams were always bigger than a palace. They’re as big as the world.
Being fourth in line for the throne should have guaranteed me freedom.
I thought I was one step from walking away forever, but a long-forgotten rule forces me to run instead.
I refuse to marry a Duke and bear an heir to save our titles.
I trust my brothers to find a way to save my future, but first I need to save myself.
Only I never expected to meet danger…and Kannon Adams along the way.

I never asked for her.

My security business has secured all the clueless princess types I can handle.
Princess London Waterford of Alden is a whole other level of trouble.
Not to mention gorgeous and tempting as royal sin. Too bad she’s also in danger.
When the bullets fly, I trust no one else to protect her, even if she pushes me away.
Together, we must find who’s behind the threat to her life and try not to get caught in the crossfire.
One night together might never be enough, but if those who want her dead have a say, it’ll be our last.

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