✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | ENEMIES TO LOVERS + AGE GAP
Are humans meant to mate for life?
After four kids and an unfortunate but fateful end to her twenty-two-year marriage, Elsie Smith meets the new guy in town.
Kael Hendricks is … a little younger, a lot sexy, and too confident for his own good. He also doesn’t believe in marriage and all that goes with it.
He’s just opened a new business that threatens the livelihood of Elsie’s family’s store—just in time for the holidays.
There’s an undeniable attraction that leads to out of control situations, a loss of inhibitions, and a lot of small town gossip.
As Elsie tries to redefine herself and convince her family she isn’t having a midlife crisis, she’s forced to answer the biggest question of all …
Can she love an enemy who will never surrender?
This is a standalone novel.
✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
She will risk everything to rescue her friend.
Frankie’s BFF and four-year-old son are trapped inside a fanatical militia’s compound. In Alaska, no less. Wilderness rescues are so not in the New Yorker’s skill set. But she’ll figure it out. She must.
Bull’s new roadhouse server is a mass of contradictions.
The city girl’s reasons for being in Alaska don’t add up. Bull’s been burned by liars before. So, why is he falling for this crap again? Maybe it’s her big brown eyes, exuberant personality—or her generous, compassionate heart. Whatever the reason is, he cares. If she’s in trouble, he’ll do his damnedest to get her out.
The huge Alaskan is terrifyingly compelling—and heartwarmingly concerned for her.
But Frankie refuses to involve Bull in the deadly mess. Her plan to rescue her bestie will work without anyone getting hurt. As she tries her best not to fall in love, she doggedly acquires each skill she’ll need.
Getting shot, though…that hadn’t been on her to-do list.
This is the second book in the Sons of the Survivalist series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | HISTORICAL ROMANCE + SECOND CHANCES
Doctor Titus Conleith emerged from his time as a battlefield surgeon with a mysterious fortune, a lethal secret, and a demon on his back. Ruthlessly intelligent, he was able to lift himself from his beginnings as coal-stained bastard through merciless discipline and inexhaustible skill. Alone by choice, he swore never to open his heart to another. Not after Honoria Goode. The heiress who shattered his hopes and then tread upon the shards of his heart with her bejeweled slippers. The beauty with whom he shared his first taste of passion, before she gave her hand to another.
The woman whose life he just saved from bleeding out on his table…
Honoria’s life as a Viscountess has been nothing but a misery she’d brought upon herself with her own cowardice. Trapped for years in a loveless marriage to a cruel rake, she has been widowed by the consequences of his villainy. Now, she must face the man with the blazing golden eyes of the boy she once worshiped, and the dark past they both share.
As their passion reignites with the same fervor of their youth, Honoria can’t help but begin to wonder…
Will he allow her the second chance she doesn’t deserve?
This is the second book in the A Goode Girls Romance series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.
Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.
This is a standalone novel.
If you’ve ever had a steamy one-night stand with a British football player and then find yourself pregnant with his baby, you know how Lia Ward feels.
To be fair, Lia didn’t know who Jude McAllister was when they met.
Studying abroad for her master’s program, all she knows is that she’s a little lonely and he’s very charming, even as they have an epically sexy argument about which type of football is superior.
In Jude’s mind, shagging the feisty American girl is exactly what he needs. He’s been fighting the clock of his long-standing football career and the younger players primed to take his position. Proving that he can feel like his old self again—something he’s been trying to do with everyone in his life—should be easier after blowing off steam with Lia.
But oh baby, when a plus sign pops up on Lia’s pregnancy test, that ‘one night’ becomes a whole lot more.
Now Lia and Jude have to navigate their impossible-to-ignore chemistry, and prepare for the parenting game, something neither of them know how to play.
This is a standalone novel.
Hollywood taught me everything I know about relationships—except how to be in one. As an actor, I became an expert at faking it. Faking that I wasn’t affected by my childhood. Faking that I was okay. Faking that I knew how to save the day, the girl, the whole damn world.
But I’ve always known the truth—I’m no one’s hero.
Until I’m forced to move back to Sugarloaf for six months, and Brenna Allen offers me a chance to prove otherwise. She’s everything I never knew I wanted, but can’t have. Her broken heart, perfect face, and adorable children turn my world upside down. Instead of preparing for my next leading role, I’m directing a middle school play for this small-town single mother.
All to make her smile.
The more time I spend here, the more I want to stay. Build a life in this town that I swore I’d leave—for her.
But when the world comes crashing down around us, I’m forced to decide if staying for her is the right choice or if leaving is better for the woman I love.
This is a standalone novel in The Arrowood Brothers series.
Series recommended reading order: Come Back for Me | Fight for Me | The One for Me | Stay for Me
I haven’t seen her in three years.
I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.
So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?
One word: Pops.
My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.
We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.
And I’m about to break that pact. For good.
This is the second book in the Kings of Football series—co-written with Ilsa Madden-Mills and Adriana Locke—of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
I, Braxton Fawn, am the luckiest girl alive.
Or so the world keeps telling me.
Every so often, gods walk the earth. This time they came as musicians. When Bound loses its lead guitarist, yours truly is chosen to fill his shoes. From dive bars to the big stage, my instant claim to fame is nothing short of a fairytale. The only problem?
My new bandmates.
Jaded, gorgeous, and ridiculously talented—they’re determined to turn my dream into a nightmare. It’s no secret I wasn’t their first choice. I wasn’t even their last. The label wants a new image, Bound wants me gone, but I’ve got my own agenda.
To succeed I have to survive a world tour, public scrutiny, and idols turned enemies. But the biggest threat of all isn’t a meticulous front man, a narcissistic bassist, and a drummer with too many secrets.
Somehow, I must resist the temptation of Houston Morrow, Loren James, and Jericho Noble.
It seemed easy enough when I boarded their tour bus, but it only took one city for the lines we’d drawn to blur.
Only ninety-nine more to go.
This is a standalone novel.
When life gives you limes…
Drew Nolan and Sophia Mason have weathered many storms together over the course of their relationship, but things are looking up. Sophia is finishing up her degree and has landed an internship at a hotshot marketing firm, and Drew is managing an exciting new business venture. The couple even has the Masons’ support, which is either a blessing or a sign of the apocalypse.
But if they’ve learned anything from their escapades, it’s that good things don’t remain untested. And that’s exactly what happens when someone’s actions threaten to destroy both Sophia’s dream career and everything Drew’s trying to build.
Sophia and Drew’s relationship sprang from a lie, detoured around heartache, and almost crashed and burned, but the toughest test of all lies ahead. Can they unravel the many silly yarns they’ve spun to make love last? Because at this stage in the game, there is only one truth that matters: a future together.
This is the third book in The Love Game series and it concludes Drew Nolan and Sophia Mason’s storyline.
We’ve seen the Devil’s Night crew get spooky. Now, let’s see them get into the spirit…
The clock at St. Killian’s chimes as whispers float in the dark staircase above. Snow falls from the black sky beyond the windows, and candles glow—the flames lighting up the longest night of the year.
Devil’s Night isn’t the only holiday we celebrate. Tonight, we’re pulling on a different mask.
Some call it Midwinter.
Others call it Yule.
We call it Fire Night.
This is a Devil’s Night holiday novella, taking place ten months prior to the epilogue in Nightfall and is told from Kai’s, Damon’s, Will’s, and Michael’s points of view.
Series reading order: Corrupt | Hideaway | Kill Switch | Conclave (novella) | Nightfall | Fire Night (novella)
A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…
I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.
Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wanted, the pressure of being a single dad to our teenage daughter, and the career I sacrificed it all for.
While my game on the ice might be on fire, the game in my personal life is clearly lacking, as evidenced by the fact I just saw my wife on a date with another man. If I have any hope of saving the family I love, I need to re-prioritize, and fast. So it’s time for me to get back to fundamentals, just like I did when I learned how to play hockey. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and romancing my wife is a challenge I am very much looking forward to.
Time to put on my game face, because I’m in it to win it.
This is a standalone novel in the Arizona Vengeance series.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS
Lusting after the woman trying to steal my job is stupid. Sexting with her? That’s a game-changing fumble.
Emma Crawford became enemy number one the second she stepped foot on Blue Mountain Farm. She might think I’m just a dumb jock, but I know she’s a stuck-up wine snob who believes she’d be a better exec than me.
She can take my position over my dead body.
But with her ridiculous curves and fearless smarts, she’s becoming one giant distraction just when I need to prove my worth most.
Lucky for me that I have a secret internet sext partner to blow off steam with. My nightly dirty chats with V scratch all the itches Emma gives me.
Emma and V couldn’t be more different—except it turns out they’re the same person.
Just when I thought this scenario was enough of a disaster, I’m falling for the co-worker I can’t touch and can hardly stand.
Even a hotshot player like me can see this is a game we’re both gonna lose.
This is a standalone novel in the North Carolina Highlands series.
Series recommended reading order: Southern Seducer | Southern Hotshot | Southern Sinner (22 Apr 2021)
SISTER’S BEST FRIEND
I’ve always been known as the hopeless romantic … the nice guy … the sweetheart.
Everything in my life supported this persona. My students loved my easy personality. My colleagues admired the way I handled myself in the classroom.
But something was always missing.
Like so many relationships before it, my current attempt at love felt like a dead end. When she gave me an ultimatum, I couldn’t promise to give her what she wanted.
So, she ended it.
Explaining another breakup to my family was the last thing I wanted. But doing it on a luxury yacht at my brother’s wedding lessened the hardship.
I never imagined that trip would change everything… and I certainly wasn’t prepared for him to change everything.
This is a standalone novel.
Spin the trope wheel. Date the guy. Write the story. Fall in love?
Six years ago, Kitty Valentine took the book world by storm when her sweet debut romance hit number one on the Best Sellers List, which was followed by a string of successful releases.
Her latest novel, however, totally bombs, causing her editor to suggest she write much sexier books.
To Kitty, writing smut is the literary equivalent of stripping.
But with no advance coming in and her royalties dipping to an all-time low, Kitty has no choice.
Armed with a hot-guy spinning prize wheel, made by her best friend, listing all the different types of men she will date and then write about, Kitty will be spinning—not stripping—her way back onto the best-sellers list.
And in the process, she just might write her own happily ever after.
This is the seventh book in the Kitty Valentine series, following the dating adventures of Kitty Valentine, a romance writer in need of some sexy fodder for her books.
Series reading order: Kitty Valentine Dates a Billionaire | Kitty Valentine Dates a Doctor | Kitty Valentine Dates a Rockstar | Kitty Valentine Dates a Fireman | Kitty Valentine Dates an Actor | Kitty Valentine Dates a Best Man | Kitty Valentine Dates a Cowboy | Kitty Valentine Dates a Hockey Player (14 Dec 2020) | Kitty Valentine Dates Santa (21 Dec 2020)
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