Top Picks 29th March 2020 : New Romance eBook release from Shelly Laurenston, Kristen Callihan, Andriana Herrera & Farrah Lee

Posted March 29, 2020 by Nix in Top Picks / 0 Comments

New Romance Releases

Top Picks is a weekly meme that we do here at Scorching Book Reviews. 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 we are interested in spending money on. I do not ask people to recommend books or highlight releases for author promo.

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. I can’t recommend a series at book 14 when I haven’t read the others. I don’t read NA. 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.

Badger to the Bone (The Honey Badger Chronicles Book 3) by [Laurenston, Shelly]

Status on the TR List : I adored this book although it was NOT what I expected. It finishes the trilogy perfectly and, like the rest in the series, although it is billed as PNR I still think the primary focus is on Max and the relationships she has with other women (Paranormal womens fiction? Is that even a thing?). Anyway, snarky, ridiculous, sexy and laugh out loud – it’s a bit pricey though so maybe add it to your wish list.

She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .

Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!


Dear Enemy by [Callihan, Kristen]

Status on the TR List : I have pre-ordered this as I have heard rave reviews from pretty everyone. Bonus is that it is £1.99. As a lot of people told me to pick it up, I have. I shall let you know the outcome!

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan comes a smart, emotional contemporary romance about finding love with the most unlikely of people.

As kids, they hated each other. Macon Saint was beautiful, but despite his name, Delilah knew he was the devil. That he dated her slightly evil sister, Samantha, was no picnic either. When they broke up, it was a dream come true: Delilah never had to see him again.

Ten years later, her old enemy sends a text.

Delilah’s sister has stolen a valuable heirloom from Macon, now a rising Hollywood star, and he intends to collect his due. One problem: Sam has skipped town.

Sparks still sizzle between Macon and Delilah, only this heat feels alarmingly like unwanted attraction. But Delilah is desperate to keep her weak-hearted mother from learning of her sister’s theft. So she proposes a deal: she’ll pay off the debt by being Macon’s personal chef and assistant.

It’s a recipe for disaster, but Macon can’t stop himself from accepting. Even though Delilah clearly hates him, there’s something about her that feels like home. Besides, they’re no longer kids, and what once was a bitter rivalry has the potential to be something sweeter. Something like forever.

American Sweethearts: A Second Chance Romance (Dreamers Book 4) by [Herrera, Adriana]

Status on the TR List : I adore this series. Straight up love it. I have pre-ordered this series and this one is a second chance romance so I know I will love it. I have pre-orderded it.

“Adriana Herrera is writing some of my favorite Afro-Latinx characters and giving us beautiful love stories along the way.” —Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award Winner for The Poet X

Juan Pablo Campos doesn’t do regrets. He’s living the dream as a physical therapist with his beloved New York Yankees. He has the best friends and family in the world and simply no time to dwell on what could’ve been.

Except when it comes to Priscilla, the childhood friend he’s loved for what seems like forever.

New York City police detective Priscilla Gutierrez has never been afraid to go after what she wants. Second guessing herself isn’t a thing she does. But lately, the once-clear vision she had for herself—her career, her relationships, her life—is no longer what she wants.

What she especially doesn’t want is to be stuck on a private jet to the Dominican Republic with JuanPa, the one person who knows her better than anyone else.

By the end of a single week in paradise, the love/hate thing JuanPa and Pris have been doing for sixteen years has risen to epic proportions. No one can argue their connection is still there. And they can both finally admit—if only to themselves—they’ve always been a perfect match. The future they dreamed of together is still within reach…if they can just accept each other as they are.

This book is approximately 90,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Mail Order Valentine (Hawthorne Billionaire Series Book 2) by [Lee, Farrah]

Status on the TR List : This one sounds fun … never heard of the author before but I liked the sound of the blurb.

She’s running. He’ll do anything for his twin. They’re both in way over their heads.Running through a hospital with a busted face wasn’t how she had planned her day. If there was one thing Imogen Martin knew, it was that she had to run and keep running. Then a chance meeting with a kind smile sent her ducking into a hospital room, where her life would change forever.

August Hawthorne had always been the responsible one, cleaning up his playboy twin’s messes their whole lives. But when his twin’s antics put the family empire at risk, he wanted no part of it. Ordered to step in, he agreed, but with his own stipulations. Will helping his twin be the undoing of the world as he knew it?

They’re both looking for freedom, but can they find it together? Or will secrets tear them apart?


To The Rude Guy in Apartment Five (The Inappropriate Bachelors Book 1) by [Cooper, J. S.]

Status on the TR list : I don’t know why this blurb appeals to me – genuinely, I don’t. But it does. I have actually pre-ordered it because it sounds hilarious.

To The Rude Guy in Apartment Five,

I’m glad you’re happy to have moved into a new apartment, but no:

I do not want to have a beer with you.
I do not want to have a nude sleepover.
I do not want to make you breakfast, lunch or dinner, no matter how many lap dances you promise to give me.
I do not need you to serenade me through the walls at 1am.
And no, I have no interest in letting you take me on a date.


Magnolia Allen

P.S. And no, I do not want to know how many accents you can growl in during
intimate moments. How is that even a thing?

P. P. S. Also, you will never find me standing naked in your living room ever
again, so please stop leaving lingerie packages on my welcome mat.

Missing In Action by [Canterbary, Kate]

Status on the TR List : I enjoy Kate Canterbury and it was the blurb that drew me to this one. On the list to read some reviews and possibly buy.

Former Navy SEAL turned covert agent Wes Halsted spent his days—and weeks and months—being someone else. But with his cover blown and his injuries requiring months of recuperation, he must learn how to be himself again.

Only…he’d rather save his issues for another day and get to know a stressed-out, suited-up businessman instead.

Tom Esbeck has everything under control. Meal plans, workout plans, project plans, five-year plans. A plan for everything and everything according to plan.

Except there’s no plan for a surprise—and shirtless—encounter with the built-for-sin spy he’d crushed on years ago.

But crushes—and spies—burn out fast.

MISSING IN ACTION is a full-length steamy contemporary romance standalone with strong ties to the Walsh Series.

Home with You (A Silverlake Ranch Novel Book 2) by [Kendall, Liza]

Status on the TR List : It just looks cute and, right now, I need cute! I haven’t read the author but I have read some reviews of the first in the series… on the TR list to look at reviews.

Anything is possible in Silverlake, Texas when love takes the reins…

Rhett Braddock swore to himself that he’d never return to Silverlake. But when the opportunity arises to buy a piece of his lost, happier youth, he’s drawn to the community–and the family–he once loved. Mending fences might not be as hard as he thought–until he ends up in bed with his best friend’s sister.

Julianna Holt is over Rhett Braddock. So what if he’s a self-made billionaire? His less than flattering dash the morning after they spent the night together made it clear he wants nothing to do with her. Besides, she has her horses and the Holt stables to save.

So when Rhett buys the Holt property as a favor to her brother, Jules makes him feel as welcome as a skunk at a garden party … but is it possible that Rotten Rhett isn’t so rotten after all? Or is the Texas heat melting her resolve to hate him?


Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart Book 1) by [Davidson, MaryJanice]

Status on the TR list : I have pre-ordered this book. I love Mary Janice Davidson and I am a fan of bear shifter … this also looks like a really interesting setup. I can see that there will probably need to be a whole set of content warnings so, if you feel you may need some CW, I’ll try review it and get up some CW.

These social worker bear shifters give the term “mama bear” a whole new meaning! Bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson is back with this brand-new paranormal romance series featuring a foster care system for at-risk shifter babies and teens.

Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl’s secrets if she’s to have any hopes of helping her. And not even the growling of a scruffy private investigator can distract her from her mission…

Bear shifter David Auberon appreciates Annette’s work with at-risk teen shifters, but he’s not sure if her latest charge is so much a vulnerable teen as a predator who should be locked up. All that changes when he, Annette, and her motley band of juveniles find themselves dodging multiple murder attempts and uncovering a trafficking cartel that doesn’t just threaten the kids, but risks discovery of the shifters by the wider world of homo sapiens.

BeWere My Heart series:
Bears Behaving Badly (Book 1)

Monstrous Heart by [McKenna, Claire]

Status on the TR List : This sounds intriguing!! I have never heard of the book, or the author, but the cover drew me in. The blurb sounds amazing – I have marked it as TR.

A sensational debut novel perfect for fans of Outlander and The Binding. This is gothic, epic, romantic fantasy at it’s very best; a tale of magic, intrigue on dangerous waters and a love story for the ages.

Arden Beacon arrives in the salt-swept port of Vigil with a job to do. Tasked with using the magic in her blood to keep the lighthouse burning, she needs to prove herself worthy of her family name and her ancestors’ profession.

But the coastline Arden must keep alight – battered by a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts – is far from the cultured, urban world she knows. It is a place of secrets, rumours and tight-lipped expectations of a woman’s place. More than anyone, the town folk whisper about Arden’s neighbour, Jonah Riven, the hunter of leviathans. They say he murdered his wife. They say he is as much a monster as his prey.

Amidst all her determination and homesickness Arden cannot get this shadowy stranger out of her head. A plot swirls around the lighthouse keeper, the hunter and the authorities. Arden must make sense of these dark waters – before they wash her away.

A sensational fantasy debut – a gothic tale of intrigue on high seas and a love story for the ages.

A sensational debut novel perfect for fans of Outlander and The Binding. This is gothic, epic, romantic fantasy at it’s very best; a tale of magic, intrigue on dangerous waters.

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