Top Picks 31st May 2020 : New Romance book releases from Jill Shalvis, Annabeth Albert & Lauren Ho

Posted May 31, 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.

Status on the TR list : I love Jill Shalvis’s contemporary romance books. I cannot wait to read this – it has been pe-ordered.

‘Another winner… I cannot wait for more’ 5* reader review

‘A riveting and comforting romance’ 5* reader review

There’s a thin line between love and hate.

After making one bad decision too many, Brynn Turner heads home to Wildstone, hoping to make a fresh start and protect her heart from future mistakes.

Having battled serious health issues her entire twenty-nine years of life, Kinsey Davis is tired of hoping for…well, anything. Kinsey is fierce, tough, and she’s keeping more than one bombshell of a secret from Brynn – her long-time frenemy.

When Brynn runs into Kinsey’s lifelong best friend and her own childhood crush, Eli, she never dreams it’ll result in finding a piece of herself she didn’t even know was missing. She could have real connections, possibly love, and a future – if she can only learn to let go of the past.

Conventionally Yours (True Colors Book 1) by [Annabeth Albert]

Status on the TR list : I have read a lot of Annabeth Albert books and I there are a heck of a lot I have loved. This one is on the watch list and I’ll await some reviews before going ahead and buying it.

When two “big name fans” go head-to-head at a convention, love isn’t the only thing at stake.

Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.

Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.

When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way—even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.

Last Tang Standing: 2020’s most hilarious, heartwarming debut rom-com for fans of Crazy Rich Asians by [Lauren Ho]

Status on the TR List : This one looks like I’m going to enjoy it; it is a debut and I will probably wait for some reviews but I am a massive fan of start over romance books – confusingly this has very different covers for the Kindle and PB copies in the UK.

The most hilarious and romantic debut of the summer!

Like all good Chinese children, Andrea Tang is doing her best to fulfil all her mother’s plans for her life: she’s on track to become partner at a top law firm in Singapore, she has a beautiful apartment in the right postcode and a perfect boyfriend who is practically made of husband material.

Except that those plans are unravelling fast: there’s an unfairly attractive new lawyer out to steal her promotion, she has credit-card debt up to her eyeballs, her perfect boyfriend is now her perfect ex-boyfriend and the last single cousin in her family just got engaged, leaving her exposed to romantic meddling on all sides…

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes a hilarious story of love, friendship and the most intrusive people in the world: family.

‘Andrea Tang is wise, witty, flawed and perfectly written. I adored her story, and felt so seen by it. If you loved Crazy Rich Asians you’ll gobble this up!’ Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Our Stop

Forty Day Fiancé : A Fake Fiancé Romantic Comedy Standalone by [Erin McCarthy ]

Status on the TR list : I have read quite a few Erin McCarthy and I’ve read some really good books. I do love fake-relationship tropes as well. I have marked it as TR on GR and I will see what some reviews say…

Admittedly, my first plan was a little crazy.

I had forty days to execute it. Find a fake fiancé, move in with him, and convince the powers-that-be that we’re madly in love.

Surely this British girl can sweet-talk a few American officials. <br> <br>Step One: the sexy, wealthy doctor I’ve been chatting up agrees to my plan–with a demand of his own. A baby. An actual ring. A for-real marriage and family. Turns out, there’s someone more bonkers than me.

So Step Two: I now have forty days to convince my fake fiancé that we can’t be real.

Because there’s no such thing as love at first sight–right?

Status on the TR list :  See, I looked at this one as it has Gin in the title. I do like Gin. It also sounds VERY British which will either make or break it in my eyes. I’ve marked it as TR and I will be checking out some reviews.

Bring the sparkle and fizz back into your life with the help of The Gin O’Clock Club

Lottie is always in a hurry, rushing through her days ticking tasks off her to-do lists. Teddy is worried about his granddaughter – and he knows that his late wife, Lily, would have known exactly what to say to make things better. Now that Lily has gone, it’s up to Teddy to talk some sense into Lottie.

With the help of Arjun, Geoffrey and Howard, the elderly reprobates who make up his Gin O’Clock Club, Teddy makes a plan to help Lottie find her way back to the things that really matter – family, friendship and love. But as Lottie balances a high-powered job with her reluctant attendance at whist drives, ballroom dances and bingo, Teddy wonders if she’s really ready to open up her heart to the possibility of true happiness…

Laugh, cry and fall in love with this colourful cast of characters in THE feel-good novel of the year

Girls Who Wear Glasses by [Jennifer Inglis]

Status on the TR List : I really hesitated before featuring this. I’m hopeful for it and hoping it is about self-love … I’m still going to wait for some reviews though!

Sometimes you need to take a chance…on yourself.

Plus-sized Rachel Simon has settled into her life. But in a lifetime (so far) of not-quite fitting in, and battling demon food issues, she has given up on finding love, despite the well-meaning nagging of her close circle of friends.

Now, Rachel has received some big news: a fashion blog, which she secretly wrote on the side, has caught the eye of a major fashion magazine, who not only want her to write a column, but are giving her an award at an upcoming banquet. The problem? She used Lisa’s picture on her bio, and believes they expect a tall beautiful blonde to walk through the doors of the magazine.

She asks Lisa to pose as her at an upcoming meeting, as well the awards banquet, believing that she would lose everything if they knew someone who looks like Rachel was behind the writing. Then, she meets Nathan: cute, smart, and just a little bit weird, but she’s absolutely convinced men like that don’t ask out “fat girls” like her, and places him decidedly in the Friend Zone, and to her dismay, find that her best friend has decided to date him.

Along her journey toward love, self-acceptance, and being true to oneself, Rachel finds that sometimes, “Men Do Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses.”


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