Top Picks : Romance eBook releases 12th July – 19th July. Incl. releases from Celeste Granger, Thea Harrison & Jayce Ellis

Posted July 12, 2020 by Nix in Top Picks / 0 Comments

New Romance Releases

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 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 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.


Israel (The Brothers Ali Book 2) by [Celeste Granger]Status on TR List : I have pre-ordered this book. I actually cannot wait to read it – the thought of an Archeologist romance makes me so happy. Oh, I haven’ read this author previously but all the reviews of her other books are fab.

Amazon Link : Buy 

World-renowned archaeologist, Dr. Cairo Davis spends most of her time digging in dirt uncovering secrets, hidden things that remind us of a past long since forgotten. Although famous, Cairo is not one for the glitz and glam that infamy offers. She’s not impressed by private jets and five-star hotels. She likes to keep things simple.

Israel Ali, Director of Acquisitions for Ali International, his family’s business, is two sides to the same coin. He enjoys the perks of being one of the hottest eligible bachelors in the Southwest region, women dying to be on his arm, red carpets, five star everything. Yet, Israel is just as happy on an excursion to unearth buried treasure.

An expected encounter brings the two personalities together on a collision course destined for love. Yet, Cairo has a secret she would much rather keep to herself. Israel is determined to unearth the treasure that lies inside Cairo. She resists his pursuits sending the duo into an emotional entanglement that nearly costs them, real love.


The Unseen: A Novella of the Elder Races by [Thea Harrison]Status on the TR list : Another Pre-order. I debated long and hard before doing so (I hate a cliff-hanger) but I love this world too much not to do so.

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From New York Times bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new quartet of stories set in the Elder Races world…. Dragos and Pia are back by popular vote!


Saying goodbye to their old life in the Wyr demesne in New York may be hard, but Dragos and Pia are determined to create a new life in the Other land of Rhyacia.

At first, everything seems idyllic. Rhyacia is paradisiacal. Accompanied by old friends and new allies, the future looks safe and bright for Dragos, Pia, and baby Niall.

But strange things are happening beneath the picturesque façade. Items move unaccompanied, buildings collapse without justifiable cause, and even the most Powerful residents of Rhyacia can provide no logical explanation for the events transpiring. Whispered rumors point to something called the unseen.

As Dragos and Pia investigate, they uncover a greater mystery than they could have imagined, and they realize the startling truth…

They’re not alone in Rhyacia. The land Dragos had thought was uninhabited hides many secrets, a shocking history that’s not quite ready to be buried, and something more.

Something ancient, evil, and hungry. Something that wants to consume Dragos and take everything he holds dear.

Something that just may be powerful enough to overcome the dragon…

***This is book 1 in a series of 4 connected novellas. The first three books in this set will end in cliffhangers.***


A Sweet Mess: A delicious romantic comedy to devour! by [Jayci Lee]Status on the TR List : I’ve seen two covers to this book and they are equally cute! I am a massive fan of bakery romance – I have never read this author but it is too cute to not pre-order.

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If you love Jasmine Guillory, Lauren Layne and Helen Hoang, you’ll devour Jayci Lee’s delicious new romantic comedy to devour, above love, misunderstandings – and cake!

Is it time to bake a chance on love?

Aubrey Choi has been content running her highly successful bakery Comfort Zone, with dating the least of her priorities. Then a one-night-stand with gorgeous Korean hunk Landon Kim makes her want things she didn’t think she had time for. Too bad it turns out he’s a celebrity food critic whose scathing review of Comfort Zone goes viral and nearly destroys Aubrey’s business – and her fond memory of their night together.

Landon tries to clean up the mess he made by offering Aubrey a spot on the new celebrity cooking show he’s producing. To save her bakery and her reputation, she agrees – whilst vowing to protect her heart.

Will their pairing be a recipe for disaster? Or will the baker and critic finally admit that they have all the necessary ingredients for love?

‘A perfect balance of impeccable wit, laugh out loud hilarity, and off the charts chemistry. A Sweet Mess is a sinfully decadent romantic comedy! Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author


André (High Rise) by [Jayce Ellis]

Status on the TR list : All the reviews for this are fabulous. I have added it to the TR pile as I there are so many people I trust stating I should read it.

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Jayce Ellis’s sexy, contemporary High Rise series features the bustle of DC and the hustle of love.

After a week filled with nonstop work, André Ellison heads to the club to blow off some steam. One night off is the perfect distraction from the project that’s about to make his career—or tank it completely. A few drinks in and he leaves with a smoking-hot stranger for some scorching, burn-the-sheets-up sex.

Marcus Thompson is going places, so he can’t think of a bigger waste of time than being put on loan to a two-bit firm to prepare some small-time report. The last thing he wants—or needs—is his impeccably dressed, hot-as-hell one-night stand as his boss.

As they work side by side, their attraction grows to a fever pitch, but there will be no kissing, no touching and absolutely no sex until the project is over—if they can wait that long.

And don’t miss Jeremiah, available now from Carina Press!

The Playbook (Hailey Family 2) by [Shae Sanders]

Status on the TR list : I found this quite by accident but enemies to lovers is my cat-nip. The reviews for the first book are great – on the TR list.

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Basil Hailey is used to being adored. He’s Langston’s handsome, charismatic hometown hero; an ex-NFL player, current high school football coach, and the life of the party wherever he goes. He’s also single, a status he’s hoping to change soon. And it should be very easy for him. Everybody loves him.

Everybody except Asia Montgomery.

She’s known the Hailey family for a long time and she’s had a crush on Basil since puberty. But now? She can’t stand him and the feeling is hella mutual. Except…well, she’s beautiful. Smart. A great mother. But for some reason, every time they’re in the same place at the same time, he says or does something to piss her off. And unlike the groupies and fans he’s used to, Asia isn’t easily impressed. He can’t seem to joke or charm his way into her heart–not that he’s trying to. He really can’t stand her either.

And he can’t stop thinking about her.

***The Playbook is a steamy, enemies-to-lovers romance. It can be read as a standalone***


The Heart of a Hellion (The Duke's Bastards Book 2) by [Jess Michaels]Status on the TR list : I confess I haven’t read book one but I do enjoy Jess Michaels historicals. On the TR list.

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The second in USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels’ sparkling new series, The Duke’s Bastards.

Selina Oliver has always enjoyed all the pleasures life offers. As one of the infamous Roseford Bastards, why shouldn’t she? But Selina has a secret, one that could tear her world apart. She is also the Faceless Fox, a brazen thief who for years has been stealing the finest jewels of the nastiest women of the ton. Now her brother has invited her to a country party where one of the prizes she craves most will also be at her fingertips. How could a wily fox resist this henhouse?

Derrick Huntington has spent a life maintaining control and discipline. From his years in the army to his current place as an investigator for the ton’s elite, he never wavers from his duty. Now he and his partner are sent to an exclusive country party with one task: catch the Faceless Fox before they strike again and finally unmask the villain who has been intriguing him for years.

Investigator meet criminal in a wild chase that will involve seduction as distraction, unexpected respect and a love that could change both their lives forever. If only they can survive it.

Length: Full-length 77,000 words
Heat-Level: Do you have fire-resistant pants? You’ll need fire-resistant pants though.

Is the second book in The Duke’s Bastards series, but can very much be read as a standalone!


Seasoned by [Delaney Diamond]Status on the TR list : I have enjoyed so many books for Delaney Diamond. This one sounds possibly a bit womens fictions (unsure … 3 romance’s in one sometimes doesn’t work for me). Added to the TR list to wait for reviews.

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After three failed marriages, Renee Joseph is through with men. She just can’t seem to get it right. Then things heat up with her neighbor, Clive. Will this relationship last, or is she destined to spend the rest of her life alone?

Right when Adelaide Flores is getting used to life without her ex-husband, they’re thrown a curve ball that forces them together. As she and Hector handle a family crisis, the time they spend together reminds her of the good aspects of their marriage and how much she still misses him. But have they grown too far apart to make marriage work the second time around?

All her adult life, Jackie Bryant has worked to get to the point where she is. She owns three successful boutiques, but there’s something missing from her life, and her happiness will depend on the tough decision she must make when her old lover, Tyson, comes back into her life.


Hades (Contemporary Mythos Book 1) by [Carly Spade]

Status on the TR list : Never heard of the author before but I am a sucker for a Mythology rewrite… I am in!! I will possibly wait for some reviews 🙂

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Stephanie Costas has always had a passion for humanity. As a digital forensics examiner, she fights bad guys from the technical front. When a closed cold case is dug up, she finds herself becoming consumed to set things right. No amount of eighties music or repeated viewings of her favorite movie Dirty Dancing were enough to distract her. She needed a vacation in the worst of ways.

When she set foot in the gorgeous tropical resort in Greece, she had no idea she’d meet a man claiming to be Hades, god of the Underworld. And she certainly had no idea that he was telling the truth. Her Greek vacation was about to become very…interactive.

A Hades/Persephone re-imagining.

**The Contemporary Mythos series will feature a different Greek god in each book re-exploring their myths and combining contemporary romance tropes. Though they will all stand alone, the stories will also intersect for those that read them all.**


Playing the Midfield: An OMYW African American Short Romance (Score for Love Book 1) by [Tracey Carter]Status on the TR List : This one sounds cute – I haven’t read the author previously but I do like work-place romances. On the list.

Buy Link : Here

His love for her is as black and white as the ball he kicks down the field

Tasha is a simple elementary school teacher. She never expected when she volunteered to head the weekend soccer workshop that she would come face-to-face and heart-to-heart with Darnell Jones, one of the premiere soccer players in the world. He is too hot to handle and the way he acts with kids is enough to make her ovaries explode.

Darnell has the worst luck with women. His too soft heart puts him in situations where they take advantage. He is fresh off of being robbed by a gold digger when the too sweet and innocent Tasha comes into his life.

Is it too soon for Darnell to hop back onto the playing field? Will Tasha give him the chance he so earnestly wants?

This is a standalone short story. Playing the Midfield is an Older Man Younger Woman, Emotionally Sweet, Steamy Romance.

Tracey Carter writes short, steamy, emotionally sweet romances starring African-American women and the men that love them.


Kiss Me Every Day by [Dena Blake]Status on the TR list : I enjoyed the blurb to this one – It sounds fun. Dena Blake is not an author that I have read previously but this book is on the list to read some reviews.

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Wynn Jamison is turning thirty. Her career has made her rich, but her love life is sorely lacking. She’s okay with that until she spends her birthday dinner with the woman who could’ve changed it all. There’s only one problem. She’s married to Wynn’s sister.

Carly Evans is tired of her wife ignoring her needs to put her career first. Family has always been important to her, and Jordan just doesn’t seem to care.

A freak thunderstorm rages during the night, and Wynn finds herself catapulted back in time to the day she made the worst decision of her life—stepping aside to let her sister romance Carly. Reliving the day over and over again, Wynn must decide what is most important: success, loyalty, or love. Given a second chance at happiness, will she take the opportunity and change her destiny?


It Takes Two to Tangle (The Brothers of Chi-Town Book 5) by [Cheryl Barton]Status on the TR list : Another author I have not read before but the reviews of the previous books are fabulous. I am unsure how I will do with a polictical romance in the current climate but this one sounds like so much fun. On the list to see some reviews.

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Councilman Tucker Glass, a native of Chicago, has set his eyes on the biggest prize, that of Mayor of the city he has loved all of his life. At thirty-nine, his career spans back many years as a City Council member and then most recently, as City Council President. His resume reads like a ratings-topper novel full of accomplishments that make him more than qualified for the job, but what he wants to avoid is the drama that could block his path to the Mayor’s mansion. He’s always been a strait-laced politician, but his personal life could spawn a real-life reality show complete with hair pulling, tongue-lashing and accusatory finger pointing which would all occur in the first episode.

Tucker wasn’t expecting his past to come back to haunt him just as he’d found the woman who was making his life complete. He would do anything to keep her in his life, but is he willing to give up his run for the Mayor’s office to keep that love in-tact?

Nichelle Michaels didn’t know that love could be so right until she met and fell in love with Tucker Glass, a man fourteen years older and wiser than her, but who showed her how a man should treat a woman, and that’s after she spent the past year testing the water between how a man loves and how a woman loves. Now that she knows what she wants, a woman from Tucker’s past could ruin her perfect love.

Tucker and Nichelle are in love, but is he willing to risk his chance at being Mayor because his ex-wife, or the woman he thought was his ex-wife, wants to now be First Lady of Chicago? Was he really ready to tangle with a woman who specialized in drama every day on television as the star on the nation’s number one reality show?

Tucker may be ready for Chicago, but is Chicago ready for the drama that comes along with the popular politician?

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