Top Picks 8th March 2020 : New Romance Releases from Nalini Singh, Carmen Desousa & Lyssa Kay Adams

Posted March 8, 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.

Also, the design of the site is in progress … Please be patient!

 

Love Hard (Hard Play Book 3) by [Singh, Nalini]

Status on the TR list : I have not read this series – I have heard fabulous things about this particular book however so I will be trying them all.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh brings you the next sizzling story in her Hard Play contemporary romance series…

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.

As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against loneliness and rejection. Years later, having kicked a cheating sports-star ex to the curb, she has a prestigious job and loyal friends—and wants nothing to do with sportsmen. The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend.

Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.

 

Undercover Bromance: The most inventive, refreshing concept in rom-coms this year (Entertainment Weekly) (Bromance Book Club) by [Kay Adams, Lyssa]

Status on the TR List : I have no clue if I will like this book however it does look fun and the blurb looks right up my street – I have pre-ordered it!

The Bromance Book Club was one of Bustle‘s ’21 New Rom-Coms Out In Fall 2019 To Give You Warm And Fuzzy Feelings All Season Long’!

If you love Jasmine Guillory, Sally Thorne and Helen Hoang, you’ll LOVE Lyssa Kay Adams!

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. This is a job for the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart…even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

 

Alex's Atonement (Midnight Sons Book 2) by [DeSousa, Carmen]

Status on the TR List : I liked book one of this series so I have pre-ordered this one – hopefully, I will like this as much!

To be the hero he once was, he needs to save her…

Alex Belgarde has carried the guilt of his father’s death for more than ten years. Every year, as his family’s company falls deeper into debt, the guilt eats away more of his soul until there’s only one answer. Prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his father’s legacy, Alex takes off on a frigid winter day with no radio and very little fuel in his seaplane. He’s using up the last of his reserve tank, preparing to drop from the sky, when he sees plane wreckage below.

Irene Rose has spent her life running away and chasing her dream. But after a possible terminal diagnosis, she realizes how lonely her life has become and is ready to forgive her sister and beg for her family’s forgiveness. Instead of arriving on the island of her birth, Irene finds herself stranded on an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska. Unbeknownst to her, the pilot of the plane she chartered was a drug runner, so he didn’t alert authorities as they crashed.

While Alex’s illogical idea to save his father’s company is thwarted because of his compulsion to help, he finds purpose in offering aid to the beautiful and intelligent Irene. The attraction is mutual until Irene persuades Alex to tell her the real reason he can’t merely fly them to safety or call for help. Now the two castaways will have to fight the harsh winter elements, as well as the drug smugglers who lost their cargo in the wreck, if they want to make it home alive. Not easy tasks when Irene refuses to trust Alex to get her home safely. She simply can’t get over the fact that as talented, tough, and tantalizing as he is, he was going to throw his life away. Especially when her life will probably be cut short.

For the first time in his life, Alex will have to face his demons instead of running from them to win the girl and prove to himself that he’s a real hero…

 

Protecting Arizona (Special Forces: Operation Alpha) by [Holt, Desiree, Alpha, Operation]

Status on the TR List : I have enjoyed lots of books from this author before – on the list.

She wasn’t a no-name sex kind of woman but stress had gotten the better of her…

She’d never see him again so she could indulge every need and desire she had with this hot, sexy, intense, troubled man. Now she has to put it out of her mind as the DEA task force she’s on prepares to take down dangerous drug kingpin Luca Vasquez, coincidentally her brother-in-law. When her sister is murdered and her niece disappears, she leaves the task force to find her.

He couldn’t get the memories of the woman out of his mind…

Being a SEAL was the only thing Clint “Razor” DaCosta had known for twenty years, until a disastrous mission ended his career. Now dreams of the raw sex with the passionate redhead are the only things that keep the nightmares of that mission at bay. He’s still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life when a phone call from a friend brings him to a shocking meeting.

Passion…danger…murder…a lethal combination

No one is more shocked than Razor and Arizona when he answers her call for help. The heat is still there and it’s hard to put aside the memories of their scorching sex. But first they must find her niece and avenge her sister’s murder. And hope they both don’t get killed in the takedown.

 

The Rich Boy by [Scott, Kylie]

Status on the TR List : Such a pretty cover… I have never read a book by this author but look at the pretty cover. On the list.

I’m the type of girl who’s given up on fairy tales. So when Beck – the hot new busboy at work – starts flirting with me, I know better than to get my hopes up. Happily ever afters aren’t for the average. I learned that the hard way.

But how can I be expected to resist a man who can quote Austen, loves making me laugh, and seems to be everything hot and good in this world?

Only there’s so much more to him than that.
Billionaire playboy? Check.
Troubled soul? Check.
The owner of my heart, the man I’ve moved halfway across the country to be with, who’s laying the world at my feet in order to convince me to never leave? Check. Check. Check.

But nobody does complicated like the one percent.

This is not your everyday rags-to-riches, knight-in-shining armor whisking the poor girl off her feet kind of story. No, this is much messier.

Rich Boy takes you on a literal ride! Funny. Angsty. There’s mean rich people and people you root for. It’s a definite recommend from me! –Tijan, New York Times bestselling author

Rich Boy was witty, exciting and had the most intense slow burn romance I’ve read in a long time. The complexity of the characters was refreshing and made me wish for more!”—Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Single Dad On Tap by [Fox, Cathryn]

Status on the TR List : I have a lot of books from this author and I like them … I like the premise but I’m not a great fan of dual POV. I have marked this as TR and I shall be looking at some reviews

I’m a single dad, focused on taking care of my high-functioning son and running Boston’s Burgers and Brews, the family pub. When the girl next door, the one who’s always been there to lend a helping hand, shows interest in a firefighter friend, I’m determined to help her get her man—even if it means going undercover as her boyfriend. Problem is, her flirtation raises something in me—something a little farther south. It isn’t long before this single dad on tap turns into a single dad on top—but falling for her just might be catastrophic.

When the guy next door, the same one I’ve been crushing on forever, mistakes my interest in a hot firefighter, I want to set him straight, until he begins worshipping every single inch of my curvy body. Yeah, only a fool would put a stop to that, and I don’t consider myself a fool—until the lines between what’s real and what isn’t begin to blur, and I almost forget Jesse is helping me to attract another man. How the hell am I going to get myself out of this mess? Then again, who says I have to?

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