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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

31 May, 2022

NEW RELEASES

Former Marine Percy “Champ” Champion has never encountered a problem he can’t handle. Flying bullets? Daring jungle rescues? Building Champion Security from the ground up? Making people seriously regret using his hated first name? No problem. He’s gotten the job done without a hitch each and every time.

But it turns out there are some situations Champ can’t handle alone, like:

• Going undercover as a wedding planner to retrieve some missing cartel data in time to avert an international crisis.

• Keeping his jerk of an ex from threatening his business.

• Preventing Quinn Taffet, Licking Thicket’s gorgeous, charming new wedding planner—and Champ’s fake fiancé—from getting into danger… or from getting the wrong idea about their relationship.

• Fighting the pull that lands him in Quinn’s bed night after night, despite his very best intentions.

• Stopping the pun-happy matchmakers of the Thicket from destroying the sane, well-ordered life he’s built for himself.

• And, most troubling of all, protecting his traitorous heart from all the romance in the air.

In short, Champ needs an extraction plan ASAP before he finds himself well and truly… hitched.

This is a standalone novel in the Licking Thicket: Horn of Glory series.

Series recommended reading order: Hijacked | Hitched | Hacked (29 Jul 2022)


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ALPHA VAMPIRES

The line between darkness and light is drawn in blood, and the stakes have never been higher. Nothing less than the fate of the world rests in the hands of the Order, and in one Breed warrior’s quest to thaw the heart of an immortal queen…

As a Breed warrior and the son of the Order’s founder and commander, Darion Thorne is an exacting tactician and a lethal combatant, yet nothing can prepare him for the catastrophic act that forces him to step to the helm of the Order as its leader. With their adversaries growing bolder and more brazen with every strike, Darion knows he must take the war to them before it’s too late to stop them at all.

Yet of all their enemies, the one most dangerous for Darion is the beautiful, yet volatile, Selene, Queen of the Atlanteans. Determined to recover four powerful crystals stolen from her ages ago, Selene will go to any lengths to have them. When that goal puts one of the Order’s own in the crosshairs, she finds herself locked in a personal battle with Darion, a Breed warrior she knows she should despise, yet who stirs an unbidden desire within her.

With the battle lines drawn between them and a diabolical evil on the rise, can Darion and Selene put aside their mistrust in time to save all they hold dear, or will they see the world plunge into a darkness that has no end?

This is the final novel in the Midnight Breed vampire series of standalone stories with interconnected characters, but it is recommended that these books are read in order as the background storyline continues from one instalment to another.

Series reading order: A Touch of Midnight (novella) | Kiss of Midnight | Kiss of Crimson | Midnight Awakening | Midnight Rising | Veil of Midnight | Ashes of Midnight | Shades of Midnight | Taken by Midnight | Deeper Than Midnight | A Taste of Midnight (novella) | Darker After Midnight | Edge of Dawn | Marked by Midnight (novella) | Crave The Night | Tempted by Midnight | Bound to Darkness | Stroke of Midnight (novella) | Defy the Dawn | Midnight Untamed (novella) | Midnight Unbound (novella) | Midnight Unleashed (novella) | Claimed in Shadows | Break the Day | Fall of Night | King of Midnight


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SECRET ROMANCE

Dane Wade is a breath of fresh air. Sexy, charming, and with abs that could melt any woman’s panties. With my rules and boundaries in place, he is the perfect person to have fun with to pass the time. As long as he knows it will never amount to anything more. Which he does … I think.

But then boundaries get shattered. Lines get blurred. And I know it’s time to bolt before things get harder and I risk falling deeper. Running away is the only thing I know how to do. And in my twenty years on this earth, it’s worked for me.

They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. They’re wrong. I knew what I had all along. I just couldn’t accept it.
And now … he might be gone for good.

One thing is for sure: it’ll take more than an apology for him to want me back. But saying I’m sorry is a good place to start.

This is the first book in the all-new Florida East University series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Playing Dane | Stealing Bama (Sep 2022) | Catching Kye (Dec 2022)


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AGE GAP

Young and naïve—those are his exact words.
Professor Barclay views me as a nuisance, a disruption of his otherwise obedient class and perfectly regimented life. His bad impression of me stems from a simple misunderstanding, and when that impression sours from bad to worse, he decides to make an example out of me in front of the entire class. Every other female student in that auditorium looks on, longing to trade places with me, wishing they were the object of his attention. It’s humiliating. I want nothing to do with him or the tension growing between us, but he feels inescapable.

Deep down, I know I have a crush on him. It’s a shameful feeling I refuse to give life to.
Not that it matters—nothing can come from it. Besides our mutual dislike for one another and the fact that he’s my professor, there’s an age gap that should be warning enough.
While we might cross the line once—the dark glance across a dimly lit bar…the metallic sound of the bathroom door locking behind us…his hand slowly sliding up my skirt—I know it’s a boundary I can’t break again.

Now, more than ever, he’s off-limits.
After four years apart, I’m a brand-new hire at his firm. I’ve convinced myself he won’t remember me. I’m safe here in the wolf’s den.
It’s funny, isn’t it? How easily we can delude ourselves if only we want something bad enough.

Nothing has changed.

That same friction roils between us. My gaze still flees from the chill of his glacier blue eyes. I try to stay out of his way, to keep my distance, but like always we feel inevitable. Fate seems to think I belong in the arms of my old professor, and raging against fate…well, that’s a battle we’re all bound to lose.

This is a standalone novel.


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BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE

Worrying about the past, they might miss out on the future…

Elijah Banks thought he found his one true love—until she walked out their front door without even saying goodbye. For years he’s lived a hedonistic lifestyle and made sure he never got close to a woman again.

Hannah Farsey wants the real deal with her new housemate and is willing to overlook the imperfect parts of his history to get it. When their pasts and presents collide in spectacular fashion, she’s not sure she can trust his declarations.

Can this physically flawless man find the courage to commit himself completely to their budding relationship? Or will bitterness and disdain become the signposts to his future? Is the love and desire enough to guide him on the honest path to Hannah? Because of the darkest secret from his past, Elijah’s convinced he’s not good enough for this perfect, beautiful woman.

Until she reveals she’s been keeping secrets too…

This is the eighth book in the Shark’s Edge series, and the second instalment in Elijah and Hannah’s storyline.

Series reading order: Shark’s Edge | Shark’s Pride | Shark’s Rise | Grant’s Heat | Grant’s Flame | Grant’s Blaze | Elijah’s Whim | Elijah’s Want | Elijah’s Need (22 Nov 2022)


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ROMANCE OVER 40

When a sexy silver alpha hero comes home, he finds himself sharing space with a single mother and facing the truth—he has a lot to learn about family and love in order to earn a second chance at both.

Archer McCaryn has been a mystery to his family. At forty-five, he isn’t certain himself who he is anymore. When he returns to the family’s lakeside cottage, he finds there is someone in his garage apartment. In fact, she’s in his bed, and he doesn’t have a problem with the beautiful, single mother staying there as long as she doesn’t want into his heart.

Jenna Davis is self-aware – she’s a teacher, a mother, and a widow. Now in her early forties, this once free-spirited woman considers herself a responsible adult and works hard to keep life all together. So when a college friend invites her and her two little girls to come for a visit, she’s ecstatic about a vacation. Only she’s placed in the garage apartment of her best friend’s older brother. Being attracted to him hadn’t been on her itinerary, but there’s no going back when hearts become reckless.

This is the third book in the Lakeside Cottage series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Living at 40 | Learning at 40 | Loving at 40 | Letting Go at 40 (Sep 2022)


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ROMANTIC SUSPENSE + PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and longtime love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants.

But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue Variant organization Abel’s Army is likely the culprit.

When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped, and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why?

When the FEA’s efforts to rescue Holly don’t yield results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel’s Army, Tessa launches her own investigation—but nothing could prepare her for what she finds.

Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for.

This is the second book in the Rules of Deception series, and the sequel to Deceitful.

Series reading order: Deceitful | Renegade


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ENEMIES TO LOVERS + MAFIA ROMANCE

Falling for the enemy was never part of my plan…

Losing my innocence at thirteen, in the most brutal way, changed me. My kidnapper stole my childhood and tried to break me. The knowledge my father orchestrated the entire situation hardened my heart, and instead of grieving his death, I celebrated it.

One down. Many more to go.

My burning need for revenge has only grown over the years, keeping me focused on my goals and enabling my rise to power.

Made men are weak. A pretty face and the promise of a good time easily distracts them.

Now, I’m in charge.

Men bow before me.

Except for him—the brother of my abductor. Massimo fights me every step of the way, but I’m not about to let the explosive chemistry between us deter me from my chosen path. His family is my enemy. He is my enemy, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

I won’t stop until all those who wronged me are punished.

By the time they realize I’m coming, it will be too late.

They tried to take everything from me.

But where they failed, I will succeed.

Unless he becomes my weakness.

This is a standalone novel.


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ENEMIES TO LOVERS

I’ve known Jack my entire life.
We went from being high school enemies to making out one fateful night at college to him being a giant D and making me cry.
Now we’re both interns at the same company.
Mortal enemy interns.

So when the chance pops up to finally beat him at something, to land my dream job plus a bonus? I don’t even blink.

I’m in. All in.
I mean, how hard can it be?
The managers say it’s like the Olympics for interns. All we have to do is play a few silly games, and if we win—our futures are unicorns and free wine for all.
The only problem? Jack’s my partner, and in order to win, we will have to get along.

As the stakes get higher, so does the heat, and damn is he hot when he’s… never mind. I can focus. I can totally focus and not make out with him or end up in his bed—again.
I can do it.
For the sake of my career, I can do it.
I just need a blindfold, sage, and a lot of prayers.

My job is the only thing I have right now. My focus is strong.
But when that stupid guy smiles, all I can think about is that one kiss, followed by the second, and I wonder if my priorities are in order or if I’m falling for the enemy once again.

This is a standalone novel.


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS

Two familias in Texas, both alike in dignity, rivalries, and passion…

Having grown up in the nurturing household of Casa Capuleta, Mariana will do anything for familia. To solve her adoptive parents’ financial problems amid their rapidly changing San Antonio comunidad, Mariana and her younger sisters are determined to win the Battle of the Mariachi Bands. That means competing against Hugo Montero, their father’s archnemesis, and his band and escalating a decades-old feud. It also raises the stakes of Mariana’s forbidden attraction for a certain dark-eyed mariachi who sets her heart racing.

To Angelo Montero’s familia, Mariana is also strictly off-limits. But that doesn’t stop him from pursuing her. As their secret affair intensifies and the competition grows fierce, they’re swept up in a brewing storm of betrayals, rivalries, and broken ties. Against the odds, they vow to bring peace. But sacrifices must be made and consequences weighed for two star-crossed lovers to make beautiful music together.

This is a standalone novel.


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DARK MAFIA ROMANCE

I’m nothing like my father.
My brothers don’t realize I’m a thousand times worse.
Grief fuels my every action.
Vengeance burns through my veins, dictating every decision I make.
I’ll shatter allegiances to please him.

I’m nothing like my father.
You don’t realize that I’m a thousand times worse.
I have Savannah at my side—a ruthless partner capable of raining hellfire upon her enemies—until she realizes I lied to her…

My house of cards is tumbling down, and I’ve underestimated my Queen.

This is standalone novel in The Five Points’ Mob Collection, but it contains a series cliffhanger.

Series recommended reading order: Filthy | Filthy Rich | Filthy Dark | Filthy Sex | Filthy Hot | Filthy Secret | Filthy King | Filthy Feck (Dec 2022)


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An astonishing tale of family ties, loss, and forbidden love comes alive through Jennifer Hartmann’s sublime writing and deeply human characters in a novel that is so beautifully written and thought out, you’ll want to reread it almost as soon as you reach the end. Hartmann compels with her every sentence, capturing the essence of growing up and the warmth of enduring love ever so perfectly, and even with a steady onslaught of tragedies that the characters must face over the years, she weaves a triumphant tapestry of their lives, thread by painstaking thread.

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Karen Booth takes us back to the beauty circles of Manhattan with another ‘over-40 romance’ that shows us it’s never too late to find true love in life in It’s a Widow Thing. And this time around, a heartbroken widow finds herself smitten with a merciless flirt living down the hall from her, but while she’s not looking for a serious love connection, he is at a stage in his life where he’s finally ready to settle down, and his gorgeous, whip-smart neighbour is the only woman he wants a forever with. A heartwarming, low-angst story of two people moving at different speeds in their relationship, but travelling steadily towards the same dream. An absolute joy to read!

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