✭ NBJ 6-STAR TOP RECOMMENDATION | FORBIDDEN ROMANCE
Want to know what happens to a man who barely claws his way out of a tragedy, only to fall right into the arms of the one girl in the world he can never have?
Another tragedy, that’s what.
When I was six years old, my father made a choice that altered the course of my entire life.
Because of what he did, the only girl I ever loved became the only girl I couldn’t have.
In a lot of ways, I did have her…
I had her first steps, her first words, her first smile. I had her milestones, her heartbreaks, her dreams. I had her heart so woven in with mine, I didn’t know where she ended, and I began.
Only, as the years pressed on, lines became blurred—and the blurrier the line, the easier it is to cross.
They say tragedy comes in threes.
For me, that was true.
The first one changed me, the second one broke me, and the third one healed me.
But at the center of all that tragedy… there is a love story.
And at the center of that love story,
There is June.
This is a standalone novel.
Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder left Lily without much patience for the profession…or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails. Frankly, Lily would like to take him out into the wilderness—and leave him there.
Leo Grady knew mirages were a thing in the desert, but they’d barely left civilization when the silhouette of his greatest regret comes into focus in the flickering light of the campfire. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder is all business, drawing a clear line in the sand: it’s never going to happen.
But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. There’s a chance to right the wrongs—of Duke’s past and their own—but only if Leo and Lily can confront their history and work together. Alone under the stars in the isolated and dangerous mazes of the Canyonlands, Leo and Lily must decide whether they’ll risk their lives and hearts on the adventure of a lifetime.
This is a standalone novel.
GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + ROCKSTAR ROMANCE
Zoe Atkins wanted exactly one thing. To be the world’s greatest percussionist. Instead, she’s on a tour bus engaged in a stupid bet with rock star, Alex King, trying to fill the hole left behind when her dream gave up on her.
The prickly former percussionist wasn’t supposed to steal his heart. With her distrust of lipstick and love of men’s pyjamas, she was everything playboy, Alex, didn’t want in a lover. At least, that’s what he thought when he bet her he could find her a hook up during their tour.Until he’s forced to watch the woman he’s come to desire leave the bar with her perfect guy, taking a piece of his already bruised and battered heart with her.
Now it’s up to the Sad Fridays’ rocker to use his passionate powers of persuasion to convince Zoe he’s more than her wingman. He’s her everything.
This is the fourth book in the Excess All Areas series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: One Day Like This | Next Time I Fall | How Good It Was | Love You Like That | Let Me Love You (30 Aug 2022)
Long live the King!
Growing up as the oldest Kingston sibling, I knew what was expected of me.
King Corp. was my legacy, and my siblings were my responsibility.
The world was ours for the taking. For the living.
But I neglected to live it for myself . . . until her.
Daphne Brenner wasn’t meant to be part of the deal.
I never intended to acquire a new assistant with my new hockey team, but here she is.
Constantly challenging me. Continually Intriguing me. Never backing down.
Even if I’m the villain in her fairytale.
He stole my legacy, and now he holds the key to my future.
When he sold our family’s hockey team to Max Kingston, my father destroyed my dreams without a second thought. And that was only his first betrayal.
Now I have to play nice with my new boss in order to carve out my new future.
But when long days and late nights lead to so much more, I realize I’m falling for the intensely arrogant, beautiful man who quietly puts everyone else’s needs before his own.
Playing nice with the enemy isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.
But can I survive falling for this King?
This is the third book in the Restless Kings series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND + SPORTS ROMANCE
Falling for a teammate who also happens to be your brother’s best friend? Total rookie move.
McRae: I’ve had a crush on my brother’s best friend since the moment I laid eyes on him four years ago.
Warner Ramsey is 225 pounds of pure hotness, a media darling, and one of the best NFL quarterbacks in the league.
Hell, he’s the reason I figured out I’m solidly bi.
It was easy to keep my crush under control when I was in college. Now, we play for the same team, and every time he talks smack, I want to shut him up. With my mouth.
But I’ve got other things I should be focusing on, like dominating my rookie year with the Denver Rush and finally stepping out of my brother’s shadow.
Besides, Ramsey’s straight.
Ramsey: I’ve never tapped into my bisexuality—never told anyone except my best friend that I’m bi. All I want is to play football and not draw media attention like my dad, who got ousted from the league.
Garrett McRae is my biggest temptation. He’s gotten under my skin for years.
I’m supposed to be looking out for him, not thinking about getting him naked.
And definitely not the kiss we shared.
That I somehow instigated.
It was stupid, and not like me, but God, it was hot.
We’re teammates, with million-dollar contracts on the line. And yet…is a little experimentation really so bad?
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Playing for Keeps series.
Luna Winchester’s life is firmly entrenched in the coastal town Huckleberry Bay, Oregon. A fourth-generation light keeper, Luna is carrying on the Winchester tradition by tending to the lighthouse. Plus, she’s decided to renovate a long-abandoned building on the property and make it a B&B, Luna’s Light. Surrounded by family and her two childhood best friends, her life is full.
Wolfe Conrad is in hiding, and he’s come to Huckleberry Bay to heal. A career ending accident on the track nearly took his life, and now he seeks refuge to try and build a new one. The quaint town’s slow pace rattles the man who’s first love is fast cars—and then there’s the beautiful innkeeper, who rattles him in different ways.
Falling in love with Luna definitely isn’t part of Wolfe’s plan. Local legends that tell of unrequited love and despair? Unbelievable. But stranger things have happened, like two strangers falling in love…
This is the first book in the all-new Huckleberry Bay series of standalone novels with interconnected characters about three best friends, a local legend, and finding love on the stunning Oregon Coast.
Series recommended reading order: Lighthouse Way | Fernhill Lane (8 Nov 2022)
DARK COLLEGE ROMANCE
I shouldn’t want her. I shouldn’t crave her.
She’s not safe—especially not from me.
I know the trouble that comes with people running from the shadows. I know the danger of getting involved with those who deal in secrets. I make those problems go away.
Hitman. Fixer. Whatever.
The biggest mistake I made was choosing to keep my little sister and her best friend, Ardyn Kaine, safe after their friend was murdered.
Ardyn is quiet, soft, and fragile. She spends her evenings studying in her dorm’s common room at the historic Titan Falls University—near where they once burned witches. They say the walls of TFU can talk, but I don’t believe in things I can’t see.
All the blood is on my hands, but Ardyn is the only thing that keeps me up at night.
She might hate me.
But I hate her more for the lies I have to tell.
One thing I know for certain—Ardyn isn’t safe from me.
I’m her nightmare.
This is a standalone novel in the Titan Falls University series.
Secrets, lies, and tempting nights…
Never be surprised by what goes on behind your neighbors’ front door.
Clayton and Leilani live a picture-perfect life in a beachfront town. The hero cop and his wife have long been the dream couple, earning the affection of those around them, yet within their home is a couple who has lost their passion—a husband content in the life they’ve created and a wife longing for the thrill and heart-pounding nights of their earlier years.
When new neighbors move onto their idyllic street, Leilani is intrigued when she learns of their secret life. Looking for a new way to connect with her husband, Leilani convinces Clayton to step out of his comfort zone and into a forbidden union—and a world of trouble.
Actions go too far, and suddenly, a husband’s innocence is on the line as he defends himself to the public he serves, but he will stop at nothing to safeguard the woman he loves. Her life is in danger and only he can protect her because beyond the white picket fences and flowery facade, vows are forever, even when temptation is everywhere.
Come inside the world of Stolen Desire.
This is a standalone novel.
No one can call Vansh Raje’s life anything but charmed. Handsome—Vogue has declared him California’s hottest single—and rich enough to spend all his time on missions to make the world a better place. Add to that a doting family and a contagiously sunny disposition and Vansh has made it halfway through his twenties without ever facing anything to throw him off his admittedly spectacular game.
A couple years from turning forty, Knightlina (Naina) Kohli has just gotten out of a ten-year-long fake relationship with Vansh’s brother and wants only one thing from her life…fine, two things. One, to have nothing to do with the unfairly blessed Raje family ever again. Two, to bring economic independence to millions of women in South Asia through her microfinance foundation and prove her father wrong about, well, everything.
Just when Naina’s dream is about to come to fruition, Vansh Raje shows up with his misguided Emma Project… And suddenly she’s fighting him for funding and wondering if a friends-with-benefits arrangement that’s as toe-curlingly hot as it is fun is worth risking her life’s work for.
This is a standalone novel in The Rajes series, a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma.
Series recommended reading order: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors | Recipe for Persuasion | Incense and Sensibility | The Emma Project
The last person I would ever expect to be waiting on the front porch for me in the middle of the night was Everly Higgins. To say I was both surprised and thrilled to see her would be an understatement. I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her since we met last fall when my sister, Greer, fell in love with Everly’s brother, Hudson.
When I see her bruised up face, I instantly want to hurt someone. The problem is, Everly won’t tell me who hurt her or who she’s running from. The only thing she’ll tell me is that she needs a safe place to stay where no one can find her.
Being a cop, I have the urge to unravel this mystery, but the other side of me simply wants to protect Everly from whatever it is she’s running from.
But as the people she is hiding from catch up with her, I quickly discover there is nothing I wouldn’t do for Everly Higgins.
I’d even die for her.
This is the sixth book in the Boggy Creek Valley series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER + SINGLE PARENT
My new boss is my best friend’s older brother and the golden boy of Paradise Shores. Me? I’m the misfit single mom who never wanted to fit in…
Being forced to move back to my hometown after a decade away is embarrassing, but I’ll do anything to protect my little girl. I’ll even wait tables at the elite Yacht Club… now owned by the boy I once had a huge crush on. He’s grown up and claimed his rightful place as King of Paradise Shores.
Parker Marchand was a star athlete and professional sailor who never looked at me twice. He’s strong and steady, everything my abusive ex wasn’t, but I’m a struggling single mom and professional screw-up. What could we possibly have in common?
But Parker doesn’t believe in no win situations. He wants to be my knight in shining armor. His plan: Charm my daughter. Take me sailing. Out to dinner…and into his bed. Make me forget everyone but him.
The man I’ve always wanted is within reach, but I’ve been burned too many times to trust again. Parker has a brilliant future and I’m running from my past.
Everyone knows knights in shining armor aren’t real, and I’m too old to believe in fairy tales. Even if Parker is making it hard not to…
This is a standalone novel in the Brothers of Paradise series.
Series recommended reading order: Rogue | Ice Cold Boss | Red Hot Rebel | Small Town Hero
Are you looking for your soulmate? Are you looking for the one person in all the world who’ll love you and support you and travel with you on this journey of life?
I can help.
Ever since my first memory, I could see things that others couldn’t and I knew things that others didn’t—I could see the future.
People like me have been hated, feared, feted and venerated across the millennia. Now, the wheel is turning again, and people come to me for help and healing.
Are you looking for your soulmate?
You’re not alone.
Are you looking for your one true love?
So am I.
Born into a family of travelers, Gypsy leaves Ireland to meet her cousin who works in a traveling carnival, 3,000 miles away across the Atlantic.
She has a special gift for healing wounded hearts, and hopes to heal her own.
As she travels through America, she meets people on the journey who need her special help—a lovelorn waitress, a runaway boy, and a brooding mechanic who’s as lost and lonely as Gypsy.
Against the carnival’s backdrop of sawdust and stardust, they travel west, searching for love, and a family that they can build for themselves.
This is a standalone novel in the Traveling series.
After one wild night together, two complete opposites plan to stay firmly in the friend zone, but life has other plans…
As a successful book publicist, Imani Lewis works night and day to promote her authors. It’s her dream job, but she’s become a total workaholic. So when her grandmother invites her to stay for the summer as she recovers from surgery, Imani happily agrees. But being back in the same small town as her one-night stand may not be quite the relaxing break she envisioned…
Zander Matthews wakes up every day determined to enjoy the present because he knows from his time in the Marines that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. But he’s never gotten over the beautiful woman who blew through town a year ago, then disappeared. And he doesn’t want to be hurt again. So they agree to a deal: he’ll help Imani fix up her grandmother’s house as long as they stay firmly in the friend zone.
Whether it’s repairing tiles in his ceramics studio, dodging nosy neighbors, or soothing the most obnoxious parrot ever, Zander never fails to make Imani laugh. And soon their friendly banter is turning ever flirtier. But since Imani’s stay is temporary and Zander can’t be tied to anything beyond the most tenuous plans, will she be able to handle it when things get all fired up?
This is a standalone novel.
ENEMIES TO FRIENDS TO LOVERS + SMALL TOWN
Enemies to friends to almost lovers…then back to kind-of enemies…to lovers. For a guy who wanted to keep things simple this is anything but.
Fiona knew Knox would be mad when she moved in next door.
And not because she brought a collection of wild animals with her.
And she was right.
So she intended to leave him alone. Mostly.
But he’s not ignoring her. He’s actively working to send her and her “ridiculous menagerie” (rude) right back out of town.
Still, as hard as she tries, it’s impossible to stop thinking about the small town grump’s long hair and tattoos and that mouth.
Not the one that’s almost always set in a grim line and says things like, “you got a permit for that?”
Nope, the one that kisses her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted and says very dirty things in her ear. And sweet, protective, supportive things. Sometimes. Accidentally. When she catches him off-guard.
The one that also says he only wants a long-distance fling with her. Nothing serious. And that he never dates women he sees every day. Like his neighbor.
Well, fine. If he doesn’t want her—and her unbelievable past and that-can’t-be-real future—then she doesn’t want him either. He can just kiss her…giraffe. (Yeah, she actually has a couple of those.)
Now she just needs to convince her heart to give him up.
This is the seventh book in the Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE
Five brothers, last of an ancient Alpha bloodline, each bound by fire and blood to their majestic dragons…
He demands her worship. Or he will bring her to her knees.
Uraya is desperate to live in peace. Having finally escaped the queen of the south, her goal is to vanish – to leave the war in the Twin Realms and start a new life.
But to get her freedom she must work with the most intolerable dragonlord across the Realms.
Known for reducing women into simpering worshipers, Sethorn ruins the lives of any woman he desires.
Uraya refuses to be his plaything…
And her defiance fuels his intense captivation with her.
In an effort to maintain her quest for serenity, Uraya is forced to bargain with him, but Sethorn rouses a sinful craving that he dominates.
Primal attraction erupts into savage, carnal hunger.
When the queen complicates their mission, Uraya realizes she is on the brink of losing not just the peaceshe has always dreamed of but every part of herself.
And if she doesn’t evade Sethorn’s obsessive claim on her, he will drag her to a fate of his choosing.
This is the fourth book in The Last Dragorai series. Each book can be read as standalone but the series will be better enjoyed if read in order.
Series recommended reading order: A Lair So Sinful | A Lair So Loyal | A Lair So Primal | A Lair So Fateful
My dark prince. My greatest temptation. My husband.
Antonio Huntsman isn’t the prince of childhood fairy tales.
He’s savage and dangerous.
The ruthless king I need.
The beast I crave.
Together we’ll fight the monsters.
The demons threatening to tear us apart.
The villains who will stop at nothing to destroy everything.
There will be no mercy.
We will take no prisoners.
I pray we make it out alive.
This is the third and final book in A Sinful Empire trilogy.
Series reading order: Greed | Lust | Envy
Two halves of a whole, Arlo Bishop and I were both unwanted kids brought together by the foster system. Dealing with the aftermath of neglect and abandonment, we grew up side by side and found solace in one another.
But somewhere along the way, Arlo wanted and needed and loved drugs more. So, I did the only thing I could and broke my own heart to save his.
Now, four years later, I’m back in L.A. and face-to-face with my past. Not only does the pain and hurt of our mistakes linger between us, but so do our feelings.
I didn’t plan on a second chance, fear of history repeating itself making it hard to forgive and even harder to forget. But with only one touch, one kiss, I was taken back to where it all started.
Two halves of a whole, Arlo Bishop and I were made for for each other. But we were no longer the unwanted foster kids.
We were grown men.
And I wanted nothing more than him.
This is the first book in the all-new The Unlucky Ones series of standalone novels with interconnected characters following a group of foster siblings who are banded together by their pasts.
SECOND CHANCES + HOCKEY ROMANCE
A month ago, I was a rookie with the best stats in the league. I was traveling the world, playing hockey, and making more money than I ever dreamed.
Then my sister showed up on my doorstep with nowhere else to go.
I don’t know the first thing about being responsible for a troubled teen, and the team jet isn’t exactly kid-friendly.
Enter Piper. My sister’s new teacher and nanny.
Smart, nurturing, and just as beautiful as I remember.
Too bad she hates my guts.
We need her.
And this time, I’m not letting her go.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Wildcat Hockey series.
Phineas “Phin” Dunbar grew up in wealth and privilege in San Francisco. To the outside world, everything looks perfect, but behind closed doors, he lives with a painful family secret.
Phin leaves home without finishing high school. He decides that living on the streets until he inherits his multi-million-dollar trust fund is better than enduring the nightmare at home. Phin escapes to LA to save himself and faces the reality of life on the streets.
Elizabeth Baxter still remembers the day her best friend at high school disappeared, shattering her security and view of the world. On that terrible day, she promised she would give her life to helping others if only her friend would come home. She never did, but Lizzie’s dedication to those who needed her was as fierce as ever.
Working to raise money for a homeless shelter, Lizzie meets Phin, a damaged and bitter young man. Offering her friendship helps him learn to trust again, but when their friendship turns into something more for both of them. Phin has to trust her with his past or risk losing her forever.
But Phin’s past is more tragic than she could guess, and when the secrets of his past resurface, nothing is what it seems.
Home meant something different until he met her.
This is a standalone novel.
STAR-CROSSED LOVERS + SECOND CHANCES
Phina wakes up in a beautiful place that feels familiar, but she doesn’t remember how she got there. When she’s told she survived a plane crash, it feels true, but all the details are blurry.
A gorgeous, grumpy stranger owns the house where she’s recovering, and she’s drawn to him, but everything about him confuses her. His elusive answers. The way he disappears right when they’re connecting. The dreams she has of the two of them when they were young.
The longer she’s there, the more comfortable she feels in her new home, and the more she falls for Nial.
But her past begins to catch up with her, and it’s beyond anything she ever imagined.
This is a standalone novel in the Legends and Lovers multi-author series, a collection of dark legends and star-crossed love stories.
The one person that you can’t live without.
She should probably mention that she had no idea what she was doing, but since that would probably result in her new boss, Devyn MacGregor, CEO of Carta Hotels and the incredibly handsome man that didn’t look like he knew how to smile, firing her, Andi Dawson decided that it would be in her best interest to keep that fact to herself. After years of doing a job that had slowly destroyed her will to live, she needed a change, something different, something that gave her a clue about what she was supposed to do with her life, but more importantly, she needed to figure out how she was supposed to keep a secret that could destroy the only thing that mattered to her.
Just. One. More. Time.
Devyn was so close to having everything that he’d ever wanted when everything suddenly went to hell. He should have seen this coming, should have stayed focused, and he really should stop thinking about the small woman that he should probably fire. He had four months to fix this and he had no idea how he was going to do it, but he knew that he was about to make the biggest mistake of his life.
This is a standalone novel.
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