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Top Picks is a weekly meme that we do here at Scorching Book Reviews. In this post, we highlight the Romance books that we want to read that are released this week. They are books on our TR pile and only books we are interested in spending money on.
This week’s Top Picks are…
Status on TR list: Kelly Jamieson is an author that I will automatically look for in the new releases list. This looks right up my alley. On the list.
Cash Hale has been in love with his best friend’s wife forever. Now Callie and Beau are divorced, but she’s still way off-limits. Dating her would betray his friendship with Beau. And Cash is nothing if not loyal.
Callie Sutherland is starting over. The end of her marriage was just one more way she failed to live up to her wealthy family’s expectations, so from now on she’s not even going to try. It’s time to live her life the way she wants. And she wants Cash.
Cash and Beau aren’t just friends, they’re business partners, and the drop in the price of oil has hurt their business. They need to win the bid for Sutherland Industries’ next big project—but it may get messy since Callie’s family owns the business. Not only would Cash risk his friendship with Beau to be with her, he’d be risking the company they worked so hard to create.
But this new Callie isn’t taking no for an answer.
He’s so screwed…
Status on the TR List : This author was new to me this year but I do like her style. Modern day Robin-Hood? Fake relationship? On the list!
Finley Cartwright is the queen of lost causes. That’s why she’s standing on a barstool trying to convince Friday night drinkers to donate money to her failing charity. Hitting on the guy on the next stool wasn’t part of her plan. Still, hot but grumpy venture capitalist Caleb Sherwood might just be her ticket to success.
Professional grifter and modern-day Robin Hood, Cal Sherwood is looking for a partner for a long con. Sexy Fin, doing her best Marilyn Monroe act for her cause, has the necessary qualifications. By the time he cuts her free, her charity would be thriving, and she’d have helped him charm billions out of arrogant, gullible marks to fund his social justice causes.
But just when he thinks he’s about to pull off the best con ever, his feisty new partner gets the upper hand.
Status on TR list : Compass Cowboys book 4!! I recommend that you read them in order and I can’t wait for this one – a scientist no less?? On the list for it’s STEM representation alone!
Two rough and ready cowboys. An innocent scientist. And a cyclone of desire that takes down everything in its path.
Doug never imagined life would send him chasing storms with stunning beauty, Rosalia. Rosalia puts herself in the path of tornadoes, but no twister has ever made her heart race like Doug….and his best friend, TJ.
A promise from TJ’s past is jeopardizing his hopes for a future…with Doug and Rosalia. When two men want one woman, and each other, will they let the winds of change blow them apart?
Status on TR list : This one is a current giveaway on the blog and I liked the look of it when I spotted it. A second chance with a secret baby plot thrown in – I can’t wait to read!
Chad Wessex and his girlfriend, Jenna Mackery, got into a huge fight the day he left and flew halfway around the world to take care of his dying grandfather.
Eight months later, he’s back and ready to make up.
When she said she had a “big surprise” for him, the last thing he expected was…a baby!
Status on TR list : LOVE Mina Carter. This one has a hot cover, a best-friends sister crush plot and a sports star hero. I. Am. In.
International rugby star Leighton Gray is lonely. He might be “Big L” to his fans and appear to be living the dream, but he has no one to share his fabulous life with. He doesn’t like the desperate groupies that hang around the team, hoping to hook up with a player—what Leighton needs is the girl next door. So when his best friend and fellow player, Damon, decides to set up a blind date for his sister, Leighton quickly steps in. He’s been crushing hard on Damon’s sister for years—if anyone is taking her out, it’s him.
Frankie Cross is fed up with men. After finding her fiancé buried balls deep in a blonde bimbo, she vows to stay away from the opposite sex for a good long time. When her brother wants to set her up on a blind date with the skinny little runt he befriended years ago, she’s not interested. But one look at the tall, muscular Adonis standing in her doorway changes her mind. Little Leighton is all grown up, and Frankie is having some very naughty thoughts about the man he has become.
Maybe it’s time to play Leighton’s game, even if it is a bit dangerous…
Status on the TR List : I am behind on this series BUT I know it will be fab. On the catch-up list..
Sometimes what you find isn’t what you were searching for.
Beau Petty has been searching his whole life. Searching for a place that fills all the empty spaces in him. Searching for a way to tame the restlessness. Searching for answers to the secret he’s never stopped trying to solve. What he wasn’t searching for was a woman to claim all of him, but when Cora Silvera walks back into his life, he’s ready to search out all the ways he can make her his.
Cora has spent her life as the family nurturer, taking care of others. But now she’s ready to pass that job on to someone else. It’s time to make some changes and live for herself. It’s in that moment that her former teenage crush re-appears and the draw and the heat of their instant connection is like nothing either of them have experienced. He craves being around her. She accepts him, dark corners and all.
Beau thinks Cora’s had enough drama in her life. He wants to protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means holding back the last pieces of himself. But Cora is no pushover and she means to claim all those pieces.
Status on the TR List : I keep seeing promo for this – I think I have been worn down! On the list.
Blakely Fox is a hot damn mess after getting fired from her job. To make matters worse, she crashes right into the girl who ruined her life in high school by kissing Blake’s boyfriend. So what if she had no idea that she didn’t like guys back then? It still wrecked the end of her high school career, and that’s something she can never forgive.
Quinn Riley is the furthest from a mess you can get, and she’s ready to make things right with Blake. What starts out as an apology dinner turns into something… unexpected. Turns out Blake and Quinn are both into girls and very into each other. But can Blake let the past go and move forward with Quinn? Or will ghosts of previous mistakes always haunt them?
*This is the first book in a three-novella series*
Status on the TR List : I do love this author and this has a CIRCUS setting – on the list!
Author of Act Like It and Pretty Face Lucy Parker returns readers to the West End, where it’s fireworks onstage and off in a sexy enemies-to-lovers showdown.
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser.
To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.
When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.