Top Picks : Romance eBook releases 2nd – 11th Aug Incl. releases from Alexis Darius, Lorelei James, Melissa Blue, MaryJanice Davidson & Naima Simone

Posted August 2, 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.

You Had Me at Hola: A Novel by [Alexis Daria]Status on the TR List : I have this one on the top of the TR list – it looks fabulous. I cannot wait to read it.

Buy Links : HERE  

RITA® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas—perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient.

Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers.

After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.

Leading Ladies don’t need a man to be happy.

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had.

Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars.

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Want You to Want Me (The Want You Series Book 2) by [Lorelei James]Status on the TR List : I read everything that Lorelei James writes – she writes fabulous characters and swoonworthy love stories.

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The new sexy contemporary romance in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James’s Want You series, set in Minneapolis–St. Paul.

Hockey player Gabriella “Gabi” Welk spent her life in pursuit of championships, but she has little to show for it besides dusty trophies and second-place medals. Now her career consists of several part-time jobs to make ends meet. When Gabi gets a chance at her dream job, she swallows her pride and asks her nemesis—smart, sexy and savvy Nolan Lund—for help.

Since being named future CEO of Lund Industries, Nolan has tried hard to overcome his reputation as a fun-loving playboy and ladies’ man. For the first time ever, he’s more focused on the company than his personal life. He spends his free time at the ice rink his brother owns, cheering on his niece at her hockey games…and watching Gabriella Welk, the superstar athlete and assistant coach who gets under his skin in a way he can’t ignore. He’s shocked when Gabi agrees to trade a favor for a favor.

They have little in common besides their mutual mistrust, but between family crises and sibling rivalries, Nolan and Gabi realize they want to be more than just friends—much more.


Charming Scottish Bastard (Under the Kilt Book 7) by [Melissa Blue]Status on the TR List : This cover made me look twice (!!) I like this series and this is book 7! I do think you can read as a standalone.

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Tasha Carter doesn’t do impulsive, but when it becomes clear her best friend’s HEA is at risk of turning into heartbreak, she doesn’t think twice about getting on a plane headed for Scotland. Now, all she has to do is keep one sexy-as-hell Scot from ruining her friend’s wedding.

Grant Cameron is not surprised Tasha doesn’t trust him. He is a bastard. A charming one but a bastard. It’s only a problem because he wants to snog her. And then do more than snog. He just has to convince Tasha being a little impulsive will be so, so good.

It takes Tasha five seconds to learn Grant is forthright to the point of recklessness. About ten to realize she is helpless fighting their attraction. And twenty to accept it’s not just her best friend courting heartbreak when it comes to falling for a Cameron man.
She. Is. So. Screwed.

Key features:

Opposites attract

Found family

Everything but..


The Love Scam (Danger, Sweetheart) by [MaryJanice Davidson]Status on the TR list : I always enjoy MaryJane Davidson’s books and this one looks cute as hell. On the TR list to look at when some reviews come out.

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A sweet and sassy romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem . . . except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation . . .

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun.

When adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realises she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.


Finesse (Radioactive Tales of Love Book 2) by [Nikki Prince]Status on the TR List : This is a new author to me but I do like the look of it. It does not have any reviews as of yet but I have marked as TR.

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Indelible scars and memories chase us like ghosts.

He was supposed to be coming home. But not like this, never like this. I’d always dreamed that one day Quinton Grayson would be mine. Now he’s back and we’re both dealing with paralyzing guilt. Does wanting him make sense when I have the responsibility to take care of my nephew? Quinton is holding back; dare I find out why?

When you’re on the sand you’re supposed to leave everything there. Unfortunately, I’ve brought it back to Arlington Heights and Lyric Scott’s doorstep. My body reveals all the scars for everyone to see, but the ones on my soul are graver. Will she even look my way? What can I possibly offer her other than to keep the promise I made to her brother, my best friend who I couldn’t bring back?

We’re a ready-made family now, how can I walk away? But how can I allow her to deal with the demons at my door?


Trust Fund Fiancé (Mills & Boon Desire) (Texas Cattleman's Club: Rags to Riches, Book 4) by [Naima Simone]

Status on the TR List : Fake relationship, fake marriage?? Right up my street  … I really enjoy Naima Simone’s work … on the list.

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She needs a fiancé to claim a fortune

But it’s about more than money…

To save Reagan Sinclair’s inheritance, Ezekiel Holloway’s pretend to be engaged, until a family scandal forces Ezekiel to end their it. The heiress comes up with a counter-proposal—and they elope to Vegas after all! Is there something more than mere convenience at stake here?

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