Top Picks : Romance eBook releases 29th June – 5th July. Incl. releases from Sarah MacLean, Joanna Shupe, Cara Bastone, B. Love & Kenya Goree Bell

Posted June 28, 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 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.


Daring and the Duke (The Bareknuckle Bastards) by [Sarah MacLean]Status on the TR list : Pre-ordered this book an age ago. I loved the first two in the series and I cannot wait for Grace’s book.

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New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the final book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series focusing on the third brother Duke and the sweet Grace.

Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London’s darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best, until the man she once loved returns.

Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back… and make her his duchess.

Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether?something she can’t resist, even as he threatens the world she’s built, the life she’s claimed… and the heart she swore he’d never steal again.


Three brothers, bound by a secret they cannot escape . . .

The Devil, all vengeance and vice
The Beast, all fists and fury
The Duke, all power and past

. . . and the women who bring them to their knees.


The Devil of Downtown: Uptown Girls by [Joanna Shupe]

Status on the TR List : I have also pre-ordered this book. I want Jack’s book … I am slightly in lust!!

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“Nothing makes me happier than a new book from Joanna Shupe!”―Sarah MacLean

The final novel in Joanna Shupe’s critically acclaimed Uptown Girl series about a beautiful do-gooder who must decide if she can team up with one of New York’s brashest criminals without losing something irreplaceable: her heart.

Manhattan kingpin.
Brilliant mastermind.
Gentleman gangster.

He’s built a wall around his heart…

Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery’s mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning, and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn’t get here by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene―the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove―Jack may have met his match.

She wears hers on her sleeve…

Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she’s shocked to find the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many “gentlemen” she knows.

Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine’s past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil…?


Just a Heartbeat Away (Forever Yours Book 1) by [Cara Bastone]Status on the TR list : Someone recommended this to me and so I have Pre-ordered it. Apparently, it is lovely!

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Some people change your life

Others change your heart

Newly widowed dad Sebastian Dorner was unraveling at the edges—until his son’s teacher, Via DeRosa, threw him a lifeline. Now, two years later, they reconnect at Matty’s new school, and an inconvenient but unmistakable jolt of attraction crackles between them. But why does the first person to spark with Sebastian in years have to be a millennial? Is twentysomething Via really too young for him or does fortysomething Sebastian just feel too damn old?

A former foster kid, Via’s finally forged the stable life she’s always dreamed of—new job, steady income, no drama. The last thing she needs are rumors about her and a single dad at school. But why does she keep being drawn into his capable, worn-flannel orbit? And why does being around Sebastian, Matty and even their dog, Crabby, seem to spark so much want?

They’re trying to ignore the tension threatening their friendship. But sometimes what’ll heal you is just a touch—and a heartbeat—away…


Rapper's Delight: The Mogul Series Book One by [Kenya Goree-Bell, Whimsical Designs by  CJ]Status on the TR list : Best friends sister trope!! Gorgeous cover, tropes I adore … I have added it to my KU lending list.

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Get ready Book One of the Mogul Series

Tragedy separated them for twelve years…

Can they finally have the love promised?

Or will betrayal be their undoing.

Welcome to the world of The Mogul Series where the Young, Gifted and Black are met with intrigue and passion. Where fame is no guarantee of happiness but love may hold all the possibilities.

Meet Delightful Howard and FADE Carrington as they embark on a journey that promises passion as they try to reclaim what they lost in RAPPER’S DELIGHT.

FADE is the biggest rap star in the world and he has everything he ever wanted but his best friend’s sister.

Delightful Howard is coming off the biggest win any writer can imagine but she will never rest until she knows all the secrets FADE holds.

Promises were made

Now it’s time to deliver.

STOP F*cking Running.

Enter the world of The Mogul Series where smart women and ruthless men collide…

Hate Crush (Filthy Rich) by [Angelina M. Lopez]

Status on the TR list : I had some issues with book one but I loved the writing. I am marking this book as TR and I’m going to look for some reviews.

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A fake relationship could help Princesa Sofia save her kingdom. Only problem: she’ll have to fake it with the man who broke her heart.

Ten years ago, wild child Princesa Sofia Maria Isabel de Esperanza y Santos fell in fast crazy love with heartbreaker Aish Salinger during one California harvest season. Now, all grown up and with the future of her kingdom on her shoulders, she hates him as passionately as she once loved him.

Even if her body hasn’t gotten the hate memo.

Faking a relationship with the now-famous rock star for the press and public will ensure the success of her new winery and the prosperity of her kingdom. All she has to do is grit her teeth and bear his tattooed presence in her village and winery—her home—for a month.

Trying to recover from his own scandal, fallen superstar Aish Salinger jumps at the chance to be near Sofia again. Leaving her was the biggest mistake he’s ever made, and he’s waited ten years to win her back.

He never counted on finding a woman who despised him so much she didn’t want to be anywhere near him.

A war of wills breaks out as the princess and rock star battle to control their fake relationship. She wants to dictate every action to keep him away from her. He wants to be as close as he can be. She’s already lost so much because of Aish—he won’t be the reason her people lose even more.

But he also won’t make her break her life’s most important vow: to never fall in love again.

Read Filthy Rich book one, Lush Money, available now from Carina Press!


If We Ever Meet Again (If Love Duet Book 1) by [Ana Huang]Status on the TR List : This is marketted as NA, which is usually out of my lane, however the reviews are very good. Marked as TR to look at reviews.

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One year, two opposites, and a love that will blindside and, ultimately, shatter them. 

She’s an aspiring interior designer who dreams of falling in love.
He’s an ex-football star who thinks love is a con.

She’s a virgin, and he doesn’t do virgins.
He’s cocky, infuriating, and not her type.

She wants the fairytale.
He wants freedom.

Blake and Farrah shouldn’t have fallen for each other the way they did: totally, completely, and irrevocably.

Because they’re studying abroad in Shanghai, and they only have one year.

Because forces at home threaten to rip them apart, even if they don’t know it yet.

And because, eventually, they must face the most heartbreaking lesson they’ll ever learn:  sometimes, even the greatest love can’t conquer all.

WARNING: This is the first book in a duet. It’s a full-length novel with no sudden cliffhangers, but Blake and Farrah’s story continues in book two, If the Sun Never Sets (due out July 2020), which takes place five years later. HEA guaranteed in the second book!

If We Ever Meet Again is a slow burn, New Adult contemporary romance. It contains profanity and adult content. Recommended for 18+.


Strumming My Pain by [B. Love]Status on the TR list : This looks amazing. I’ve never read this author before but the reviews for her other stuff is strong. I have marked it as TR and I will be looking at some reviews.

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Nurse, Elise Waters, has been shaken. After witnessing the murder of the man she loved, anxiety had become her relaxed state and trust is a fair-weather friend. Forced into witness protection while awaiting her moment of testimony at the murderers’ trial, she meets someone who provokes her truth. Her spirit, searching for soothing, cries out. But claiming healing isn’t so easy.

Izeah Moses is a guitarist with a head for business. As owner of an apartment complex, the presence of his new tenant sends his fingers into a melodic frenzy. Easily, she captured his heart, but grief and fear have overtaken her mind. Fulfilling her needs takes more than a serenade.

In this Spiritually Street Romance, will Elise and Izeah become their very own love song? Or will the past forever haunt, leaving them plucked to pieces?


Molly: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sewing in SoCal Book 1) by [Sarah Monzon]Status on the TR list : The reviews for this are all brilliant and it has so many of my favourite tropes in it. I have marked it as TR to see if anyone I follow reads it … I’ll probably end up buying it though.

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If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely refuse to tell a lie no matter the consequences. So don’t ask me a direct question unless you’re prepared for a direct answer—that’s something my SoCal sewing girlfriends have learned the hard way.

But who would have thought my honesty policy would get me fired from my job at the preschool? Or that a desperate—and not to mention devastatingly handsome—single father of one of my (now-former) students would hire me that same day as a nanny for his daughter?

I’m an education professional. How hard can taking care of a four-year-old and her over-stressed, over-worked father be?


Ancient Protector (Ancients Rising Book 1) by [Katie Reus]Status on the TR List : Katie Reus is an autotry author for me. I will pick this up.

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Even as he fights for their future…

With the world still rebuilding after massive dragon attacks, famous singer Star isn’t willing to rely on a stranger to protect her family—though dragon shifter Lachlan is difficult to resist. Something about him is strangely familiar, but she doesn’t understand why. He’s already helped Star rescue her sister from a recent abduction, but trust doesn’t come easy when his kind has nearly hunted her race to extinction. When her sister’s kidnapper launches another violent attack, Star has no choice but to accept Lachlan’s aid. But no matter that he’s stepped up to protect her, she’ll never allow the ancient Scottish dragon into her heart.

They’re bound by the past.

Lachlan lost the woman he was meant to mate millennia ago. Unable to live in a world without her, his pain drove him to hibernation. He never thought he would move on—until Star. He’s well aware the feisty shifter is his new destiny, so if tailing her to New Orleans is what he has to do to be near her, then so be it. When Star is attacked, Lachlan resolves to protect her at all costs. And he won’t have to do it alone. It will take Lachlan, his clansmen, and Star’s misfit band of friends to rain fiery vengeance down upon their enemy if she and her sister are to ever be truly free. Only then can he claim her and discover the shocking truth that lies buried in their past.


Play My Game: A 100 Series Standalone Romance by [Lara Adrian]Status on the TR list : This series is not on my radar but it is now! I have marked it as TR.

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New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the sizzling, emotional world of the 100 Series with Play My Game, a contemporary romance between a tormented, brilliant painter and the beauty he is determined to have at any cost.

She stands out like a flame in the dark. Out of place in my orbit, she is a bright splash of color in an abyss of darkness. An innocent in a den of sin. And I, Jared Rush, am a master of corruption.

Like my paintings—dark, carnal images that have crowned me the king of the avant-garde art world while also making me a very rich man—I don’t flinch away from my baser instincts. And now, every one of those instincts is hungry for the fresh-faced beauty who made the mistake of wandering into my lair.

I don’t know her name yet, but that’s inconsequential. I know who she belongs to. And while she has nothing to do with the bad blood that’s been festering inside me for decades, I can’t help thinking about that old, unsettled score. I’m thinking about payback. And I already have a price in mind. One that begins with her.

When it comes to getting what I want, I always play to win. But in the end, will the cost of my vengeance be more than I can bear to lose?

While this novel is Book 5 in the 100 Series, featuring characters introduced in earlier books, PLAY MY GAME can be read as a complete standalone with a swoon-worthy HEA and no cliffhangers.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A FLAWED PERFECTIONS NOVEL by [Margaret Adetimehin]Status on the TR list : I like the look of this book but I wonder if there are too many characters in it, and too many stories, to fully class it as a romance. I have marked it as TR and I’ll read some reviews before picking it up.

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In search of opportunities and commitment, six African millennials find themselves spun in a web of friendship . . .

For Richard Osita, it is titillating. But he is unsure of one thing; if giving his heart to Rayo is going to affect his booming business. Rayo, on the other hand, is quenching fires from her family’s battle and doing everything in her power to be noticed socially. Loving is not a problem for her, but no one must get hurt in the process.

To Mabel Okoye, it seems unbearable. Life of the party, plus size influencer; carrying on an affair with her boss, TJ, and then falling in love was not part of her plan. TJ never planned on mixing business with pleasure, but right now, he must get the lady who has pulled his strings in order.

For Adebola Johnson, it appears impossible. Proud but loyal to his clique. For people like him, love doesn’t come easy until he hears a cry in the dark. Tricia has never been afraid of the dark because she creates amazing memories in dark rooms.

Flawed Perfections is an African Romantic comedy of millennials who find love in peculiar ways whilst being spun in a web of friendship and commitment. With different ideologies and skin, they are bonded by one goal; find happily ever after and still maintain self.



No Fox Given (A Shifter Dating App Second Chance Romance) (Team Shifter Book 2) by [Sophie Stern]Status on the TR list : Never heard of this author before but I am a fan of dating-site books – I have marked it as TR.

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Are you a shifter looking for love? It’s time to take your dating to the next step with TEAM SHIFTER: the best dating app for bears, wolves, and yes, even dragons. Start swiping to find someone and get your happily ever after.

Foxy has been on her own for years. That’s the way she likes it. She works as much as she wants, she plays whenever she likes, and no one is around to tell her otherwise.

Until she meets someone on the Team Shifter dating app, and everything goes wrong.

Suddenly, she has a stalker, and nobody seems to know who it is. Nobody can help her. Nobody can save her.

Except for the one person she promised herself she’d never run to for help.

Is Foxy brave enough to ask Brendan for a second chance?


Sparks Fly: A Novella (North Carrollton Book 1) by [Skye Moon]Status on the TR List : How cute is this cover?? I haven’t heard of the author but I’ve put i on the list.

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North Carrollton was the last place Sawyer wanted to be, until he and Everleigh crossed paths again. They’re a recipe for trouble, but neither can deny the chemistry between them when the sparks start to fly.

Disclaimer: This novella is an introduction to a new set of characters in a new city that will also get their own set of books. It’s meant to be short and a sweet beginning to a budding love story. It’s also a new adult novella. If you prefer mature, seasoned love then this one isn’t for you. Skip it and check out a few of my other works.




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