ROMANCE OVER 40
He’s on the fast-track to serious, and she’s hitting the brakes.
When cosmetics entrepreneur Sabrina Kelly waited until she was thirty-eight to marry, she never thought she’d be widowed by forty. Now, two years later, she’s ready for a dip in the dating pool. And Michael, the merciless flirt who lives down the hall, seems like a fun way to get wet. He has “player” written all over him, but Sabrina’s not looking for a love connection. Her heart can’t take more than a fling.
Wall Street mogul Michael Wright has ignored his mom’s pressure to marry for years. But it’s not until he has a health scare that he finally takes stock of his life. If he’s going to settle down, only one woman comes to mind… his gorgeous, whip-smart neighbor, Sabrina. Their chemistry is off the charts. The banter? So. Hot. But while he’s working overtime to woo her, she’s holding back. Can two people running at different speeds get to happily-ever-after together?
This is a standalone novel in the Never Too Late series.
Series recommended reading order: Gray Hair Don’t Care | Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All | It’s a Widow Thing
It’s a simple agreement: for one month, Silas is my boyfriend of convenience.
Once this is over, we’ll go our separate ways. It’s fake, after all.
I need some arm candy to prove to my ex-fiancé that I’ve moved on.
He needs his old-fashioned boss to think he’s ready to settle down.
Perfect, right? Except for one minor detail: we can’t stand each other.
Silas thinks I’m a stuck-up ice queen. I think he’s a cocky, obnoxious jerk who’s always trying to charm his way out of trouble – and succeeding.
He’s the beloved golden boy. I’m the awkward new girl in town.
It would be the worst idea ever, except… everyone falls for it.
That’s the thing about pretending to date someone: it looks just like real dating.
And the other thing about pretending to date someone? It feels like real dating.
The heated kisses in my office: fake.
The possessive way he touches me: fake.
The night we spend together in a hotel bed: …maybe not so fake.
One month. Then this charade is over.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Wildwood Society series.
Life is hard. I learned that at an early age growing up on the South Side of Chicago. I accepted it, even came to expect it. With a sister who was a constant source of worry, and a track record of losing anyone even remotely close to me, trouble seemed to follow me no matter where I turned.
Some people were born lucky. I was just born.
That’s what I used to believe, anyway, until GQ. The gorgeous guy in the fancy clothes who for some reason decided to look twice at me. He gave me a place to call my own, a space to feel safe, and he made me believe in the impossible—that love was more than just a four-letter word.
Life is unexpected. I learned that just recently when I walked into a bar on the South Side and found the love of my life—Jameson Clarke.
He’s everything I’ve always wanted, and yet somehow even better than I imagined. He’s brave, brash, protective of those he loves, and under all that bravado is a vulnerability that calls to my very soul.
Jameson’s a storm cloud, but he thinks I’m the sun. If that’s true, then I’m determined to break through the shadows of his past and steal his heart the way he’s stolen mine.
This is the second book in the Chicago Heat series—set in Ella Frank’s beloved ‘Chicagoverse’—and the final book in Ryan Carrigan and Jameson Clarke’s duet.
Series reading order: Wicked Heat | Wicked Flame
✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Sebastian Moncrieff is a villain, a traitor, and a pirate, who has recently inherited an Earldom he never wanted.
As a man who’s committed every sin imaginable, he knows his only chance at redemption is the one woman who ever reached through to his soul of ice.
He’s kidnapped Veronica Latimer once before, and was enchanted by everything about her…
This time, when he takes her, he’ll have to admit that she’s kept his heart captive since the moment they met.
But can he convince her to forgive his past in order to claim a future?
This is a novella in the Victorian Rebels series of standalone novels with interconnected characters. Reading this series in order is advised.
Series recommended reading order: The Highwayman | The Hunter | The Highlander | The Duke | The Scot Beds His Wife | The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo | Seducing a Stranger (crossover Goode Girls novel) | The Earl on the Train (novella)
DARK MAFIA ROMANCE
My bratva brother will kill him if he touches me.
Flynn Taylor, rock ‘n roll heartthrob, plays fast and loose.
He’s with different girls every night. Yes, girls plural.
On the brink of becoming not just a Chicago sensation, but an American icon, he’s everything I should avoid.
Then again, maybe it doesn’t matter.
I’m so damaged, I’m not even capable of a relationship.
He might be the perfect antidote.
The temptation I need to lure me back to the side of the living.
He could help me get over my trauma. Attempt physical intimacy.
If it goes wrong—no harm, no foul, right?
If only I can keep my overprotective bratva brother from threatening to kill him if he even touches me…
This is a standalone novel in the Chicago Bratva series.
Series recommended reading order: The Director | The Fixer | The Enforcer | The Soldier | The Hacker | The Bookie | The Cleaner | The Player
GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + SPORTS ROMANCE
Drunk-texting a grumpy soccer star?
Best worst decision of my life.
Especially when the player is the sinfully handsome, foul-mouthed Holden Sanders… my new library assistant.
The benched bad boy needed an image makeover, I needed to save my job, and his star status was just what the library ordered to raise awareness for our fundraising campaign. The press can’t get enough of Mr. Growly reading to kids.
It’s win-win and completely platonic.
Until I need a shoulder to cry on after drowning my heartbreak in too many margaritas. I only typed that invitation to his brawny biceps and perfect pectorals for fun–I never meant to hit send. Holden isn’t the kind of guy to care about tears and feelings, least of all mine. He’s made it clear good girls aren’t his type.
But he shows up—with his strapping shoulder, a box of tissues, and a supersized bag of Doritos.
That’s when I realize there’s more to him than meets the eye.
One soulful, smoldering mistake of a kiss has me craving more, and the heat between us quickly builds to a blaze neither of us can control.
But I’m not the only one guarding secrets, and Holden’s might push us to the breaking point.
Even if I’m surrounded by books, I know better than to believe in storybook endings.
And yet, I want to believe… Because I know he’s a keeper.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new San Francisco Strikers series.
SECOND CHANCES + SMALL TOWN
After years of hard work and saving all my pennies while working as Balsam Ridge’s librarian, my dream of opening a combination book store and cafe is finally coming to fruition.
Everything is on track until my old high school flame, Nashville’s trouble-making superstar Garrett Tuttle, comes back to town. His wild ways and out-of-control behavior caused his label to send him home while the chatter dies down. Garrett doesn’t know how to lay low, and his arrival turns my world upside down.
But I’m not the same broken-hearted girl he left all those years ago, and I’m the only woman on earth who’s not affected by his playboy charm.
Can I stand firm or will Garrett’s sweet lyrics make my heart soar again?
This is the second book in the Balsam Ridge series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Life After Wife | Fate After Fame
She is so pure, this version of you.
But I know the real you.
International Popstar Charley Otto abides by two rules to protect his sanity while living in the spotlight.
1: Don’t believe anything you read online.
2: Leave the past behind.
But those rules fly out the window every time flowers arrive at his doorstep with lines from The Regret—a viral fan fiction story penned by a mystery woman that sounds a little too familiar.
I want to be some version of the person she wrote, even in all his imperfections.
Desperate to find the identity of his secret admirer, Charley hires a private investigator who finally gives him the name of the woman he deserted over a decade ago. And upon arrival at Scarlette Shannon’s book signing, the two artists realize the spark they felt that night never burnt out.
Rewrite it any way you want. Fiction and reality rarely meet in the middle. And we were reality.
As Charley and Scarlette’s second chance fractures under the microscope of fame, threats from a shadow in their past escalate—threatening to expose the secrets Scarlette hoped would stay buried.
And all love affairs have to face the truth eventually.
This is a standalone novel in the Red Note series.
Series recommended reading order: The Rebound | The Regret
Greed. Desire. Obsession. Revenge . . . It’s all in a night’s work.
Harry Booth started stealing at nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother’s head, slipping into luxurious, empty homes at night to find items he could trade for precious cash. When his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago—but kept up his nightwork, developing into a master thief with a code of honor and an expertise in not attracting attention—or getting attached.
Until he meets Miranda Emerson, and the powerful bond between them upends all his rules. But along the way, Booth has made some dangerous associations, including the ruthless Carter LaPorte, who sees Booth as a tool he controls for his own profit. Knowing LaPorte will leverage any personal connection, Booth abandons Miranda for her own safety—cruelly, with no explanation—and disappears.
But the bond between Miranda and Booth is too strong, pulling them inexorably back together. Now Booth must face LaPorte, to truly free himself and Miranda once and for all.
This is a standalone novel.
Eliza English has grown up in the shadow of her two brothers, Will and Charlie. Protective, pigheaded and overwhelmed with the day-to-day of their co-owned bar, they get in the way of every romantic relationship she’s ever attempted. She would do anything for them. And for the bar. But lately, she wants more than a life grinding through every day with only her brothers to share her burdens. Lately the crush she’s had on her big brother’s best friend is demanding more and more attention.
Jonah Mason has known the English siblings almost his whole life. Will is his best friend, practically family. Charlie is the kid brother he never had. And Eliza… well, she’s nothing like a sister at all. Actually, lately, he’s been thinking about her way more than he should. Lately, he can’t seem to think about anything else but her.
Eliza and Jonah have always drawn firm lines between friendship and anything else. Sure, there’s always been attraction, but both of them have always known anything beyond that is strictly off limits. For the sake of their work. For the sake of her brothers.
Until one moonlit night when they share secrets they never meant to whisper out loud.
This is the second book in the Decisions in Durham series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Decisions We Make After Midnight | Secrets We Whisper in the Moonlight
For the reasonable price of $1, Natalie Malone just bought herself an abandoned villa on the Amalfi Coast. With a detailed spreadsheet and an ancient key, she’s arrived in Italy ready to renovate—and only six months to do it. Which seemed reasonable until architect Pietro Indelicato began critically watching her every move…
From the sweeping ocean views to the scent of the lemon trees, there’s nothing Pietro loves more than his hometown. And after seeing too many botched jobs and garish design choices, he’s done watching from the sidelines. As far as he’s concerned, Natalie should quit before the project drains her entire bank account and her ridiculously sunny optimism.
With Natalie determined to move forward, the gorgeous architect reluctantly agrees to pitch in, giving her a real chance to succeed. But when the fine print on Natalie’s contract is brought to light, she might have no choice but to leave her dream, and Pietro, behind.
This is a standalone novel.
ARRANGED MARRIAGE + MAFIA ROMANCE
One minute I’m mourning the sudden death of my father, and the next, I’m getting calls from a lawyer saying they needed to read me my father’s will.
As far as I know, my father didn’t have much to leave. He was a blue-collar worker, through and through.
Or so I thought.
Everything topples down at once, the inheritance I’m left with and the truth about what my father did, but the biggest shock of all was finding out he’d married me off to a complete stranger without my consent.
By the time I show up at my supposed husband’s nightclub, I’m determined to leave with divorce papers signed, but nothing can prepare me for the man that awaits me on the other side of those doors.
My father has done a lot of messed up stuff, but marrying me off to Charles Bonetti’s daughter, a complete stranger, may take the cake. I didn’t even know old Bonetti had a daughter and I want nothing to do with her or this marriage, until I’m told what staying married to her would mean for the empire I’m slowly trying to build. There’s no harm in staying married a little longer if it means I’ll cash out on those promises. I decide that I’ll cut ties with her as soon as that’s done.
That is, until she barges into my office demanding a divorce.
I wasn’t sure what I’d expected her to be like, but it certainly wasn’t . . . this.
A week ago, I didn’t know of her existence, and now, I can’t seem to escape her presence anywhere I go.
She doesn’t belong in this world and I know this won’t end well for either of us, but I can’t seem to stop reminding her who I am.
This is a standalone novel set in the same world as Because You’re Mine.
Series recommended reading order: Because You’re Mine | Because I Need You
Everly never expected to move back in with her parents, and she definitely didn’t expect to do so as a single mother. But with the father of her son suddenly out of the picture, she’s had to make some adjustments to her plans.
Now Everly has one priority: to make a life for herself and her boy. And Blake, her sometimes infuriating but admittedly handsome employer at Live Life Adventures, doesn’t factor into her future as anything more than her boss.
But it seems the guy who’s about as friendly as a grizzly bear has a soft spot for her and her son…and the more time she spends with him, the more difficult it is to remember why giving in to the chemistry between them is a bad idea.
Now, with their future on the line, they’ll have to decide if love is a risk worth taking.
This is the second book in the Adventures in Love series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Rushed | Risky | Reckless (30 Aug 2022)
TWIN SWITCHEROO + WORKPLACE ROMANCE
He’d wanted her to take down his brother.
So why is he the one coming undone?
To oust his twin brother from the billion-dollar family food empire, CEO Samuel Kane sets him up to violate their father’s cardinal rule: no company romances.
Enter Samuel’s new hire, Arlington Banks—the one woman his brother chased but never caught.
Too bad the plan backfires when Samuel falls for the bait himself. Because Samuel and Arlie have a long-simmering history of their own.
As things heat up between them, will his deception cost him everything—or will the secret Arlie’s keeping do the trick?
This is the first book in The Kane Heirs series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Corner Office Confessions | Plain Jane and the Playboy (23 Aug 2022) | Bad Boy with Benefits (25 Oct 2022)
STEPBROTHER + BULLY ROMANCE
The first time we met, it was an accident.
The second was the night my mother told me she was marrying his father.
I didn’t know his name then, but I do now.
Captain of the swim team.
Popular, gorgeous, the guy every girl wants, with a smile that’s hiding a million secrets.
In the beginning I was certain we would become fast friends, until the day I heard a conversation that I was never supposed to hear.
Overnight he became my worst nightmare, my bully.
He’ll do anything to keep me quiet, and I’ll do anything to discover the truth.
Until the truth is revealed and I realize it’s far more terrifying than I ever expected.
This is a standalone novel.
FATED MATES + SHIFTERS | PARANORMAL ROMANCE
The betrayal that had nearly taken out the Aspen Pack has passed, but the ramifications of starting with a new hierarchy are taking their toll on Audrey Porter. Once traitor to the former leaders for trying to save their people, she’s now the Beta of the Pack and must try to hold their shattered remains together. Only she never expected the man from her past to awaken memories long since buried.
Gavin Powers is the new Tracker for the Aspen, yet it feels as though he’s always been part of the Pack, rather than a newcomer trying to heal a people long since thought forgotten. There are secrets within the den that could alter how the world sees shifters, and if Gavin isn’t careful, his attraction to Audrey could ruin everything.
There is a mysterious new enemy on the horizon, one long since vanquished into myth. As the darkness surrounded the Packs is unveiled, it will take a wolf and a lioness to unbury the past and fight for their future—or risk losing everything before it begins.
This is the first book in the all-new Aspen Pack series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Etched in Honor | Hunted in Darkness (19 Sep 2022) | Mated in Chaos (Jan 2023) | Harbored in Silence (May 2023)
When Viola Carroll was presumed dead at Waterloo she took the opportunity to live, at last, as herself. But freedom does not come without a price, and Viola paid for hers with the loss of her wealth, her title, and her closest companion, Justin de Vere, the Duke of Gracewood.
Only when their families reconnect, years after the war, does Viola learn how deep that loss truly was. Shattered without her, Gracewood has retreated so far into grief that Viola barely recognises her old friend in the lonely, brooding man he has become.
As Viola strives to bring Gracewood back to himself, fresh desires give new names to old feelings. Feelings that would have been impossible once and may be impossible still, but which Viola cannot deny. Even if they cost her everything, all over again.
This is a standalone novel.
REGENCY ROMANCE + ENEMIES TO LOVERS
The Davies and Montgomery families have been locked in an ancient feud. But it’s a thin line between love and hate…
Carys Davies is doing everything in her power to avoid marriage. Staying single is the only way to hide the secret that could ruin her—and her family—if it was revealed. For the past two seasons she’s scandalized the ton with her outrageous outfits and brazen ways in a futile bid to deter potential suitors. Outwardly confident and carefree, inside she’s disillusioned with both men and love. There’s only one person who’s never bought her act—the only man who makes her heart race: Tristan Montgomery, one of her family’s greatest rivals.
ONE SCANDALOUS BARGAIN
Wickedly proper architect Tristan needs a respectable woman to wed, but he’s never stopped wanting bold, red-headed Carys. When she mockingly challenges him to show her what she’s missing by not getting married, Tristan shocks them both by accepting her indecent proposal: one week of clandestine meetings, after which they’ll go their separate ways. But kissing each other is almost as much fun as arguing, and their affair burns hotter than either of them expects. When they find themselves embroiled in a treasonous plot, can they trust each other with their hearts, their secrets…and their lives?
This is the second book in the Ruthless Rivals series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
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We have the cover of Louise Bay‘s newest standalone romance, a sexy workplace romance following a one night stand, out in September.
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