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If I had to point to one book to be my single most anticipated of the year, it might be this one, and that’s saying something, given that this is only this author’s second novel. It’s a redemption story that I was both excited and nervous to read, and with so many preconceived notions and biases stacked up against it before we even turn the first page, I honestly thought this book was impossible to write. Yet Alison Rhymes somehow manages to not only make us love a ‘villain’ in the end—she makes us connect with her to the point of wanting to scorch the earth beneath the feet of anyone who ever dared to hurt her. Rhymes continues to prove she is a new author to watch, her sharp writing perfectly complemented by the explosive quality of the stories she tells, and this latest offering might just earn her a cult following.

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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

25 October, 2022

NEW RELEASES

✭ NBJ 6-STAR TOP RECOMMENDATION | ENEMIES TO LOVERS + SECOND CHANCES + REDEMPTION

Mistress.

Whore.

Lorelai has been called every name in the book. Except for the ones she’s always dreamed of.

My love.

Mine.

Noah Anders is the only man to have ever owned her heart. But it’s her soul he wants.

Theirs is a battle of wills, tempers, ego, friendship, and loyalty.

He wants retribution.

She just wants to survive.

This is the second standalone novel in the False Start series, but to fully understand these characters’ arcs, reading Broken Play beforehand is strongly advised.

Series reading order: Broken Play | Brutal Play

Click to Read My Review

Click to Read An Excerpt


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Print

SECOND CHANCES + ROCKSTAR ROMANCE

I found it (him) at the bookstore.
Love.
He was six foot four, lanky, blue-eyed.
Jacob Decker was goofy, handsome, and cheesy.
There’s no better way to describe him.
But what can I expect of an eighteen-year-old boy who’s lived under a rock all his life?

I’ll let you into a little secret.
I had no idea what to expect.
We were each other’s first everything.
But the fantasy lasted only a semester.

Soon I had to move away.
A few years later, he was a rockstar, and I was…
Grasping for a lifeline.
The problem with first loves is that they never leave you.
But they never come back, do they?

This is a standalone duet, part of the larger Decker Family series, and both books are released on the same day.

Series reading order: Almost Strangers | Strangers in Love

Click to Read An Excerpt


Almost Strangers: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books | Print | Audio
Strangers in Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books | Print | Audio

FORBIDDEN ROMANCE

There’s only one thing worse than your fiancé dying…

Having to look at his face every single day.

Or should I say, the face of his twin.

So I left.

I never knew promises were made. Then broken.

And I surely never expected those promises to be about me.

When I return to my hometown and see his face, the heartache I’ve been running from is front and center.

But it becomes harder and harder to keep hating the man who looks exactly like the man I loved.

This is a standalone novel in the Calloway Brothers series.

Series recommended reading order: Unlikely Date | Unfinished Ex | Untaken Twin

Click to Read An Excerpt


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✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | AGE GAP + FORCED PROXIMITY + ROOMMATES TO LOVERS + SMALL TOWN | ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Damaged. Broken. Destroyed. I’ve heard it all. A single moment of trusting the wrong person shattered my life into pieces, and my family has never looked at me the same. It’s impossible to convince them that I’m anything more than the broken girl they rescued all those years ago.

Until I meet him.

Ramsey’s grumpy demeanor and menacing scowl scare most of the world away. But not me. Not when I’ve seen his gentle hands soothe an abused colt or comfort a terrified mare.

And when I finally get up the courage to strike out on my own, Ramsey’s there. Roommates felt like such a safe proposition until Ramsey’s lingering touches and wicked smile light a fire in me I don’t think will ever be extinguished. And he feels it, too…

But just as my new life begins to take root, an evil from my past emerges from the shadows, casting a darkness on my newfound freedom. And this time, they won’t settle for pieces of me. They want everything…

This is the fifth book in the Tattered & Torn series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Tattered Stars | Falling Embers | Hidden Waters | Shattered Sea | Fractured Sky

Click to Read An Excerpt


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books | Print | Audio

LOVE TRIANGLE

When I met Alec Hayes in Vegas, I thought I’d stumbled into a love affair with the man of my dreams. Alec’s sexy, confident, and charming. Our night together was full of laughter and the kind of toe-curling kisses that tempted me to believe in fate for the first time in years.

Until I flew out to LA to surprise Alec and ran into the unnamed half-brother he’d admitted to despising.

But I know Oliver Rhett as soon as I see him.

Oliver’s the reason I stopped believing in destiny. He was my first love and my first heartbreak. And now he’s the reason I can’t be with Alec.

It’s not fair to give one man the scraps of my heart when Oliver would always be right there to remind me he still holds the rest.

But when Alec needs a favor, I can’t turn my back on him. Even if it means falling a little more for his gentle charm every day. Even if it means facing Oliver and remembering exactly how brazenly he stole my heart.

My plan is to walk away. I can’t make this family feud worse. But I didn’t realize just how hard a broken heart can fall.

This is the fourth book in the Orchid Valley series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Every Little Piece of Me | Every Sweet Regret | Every Time I Fall | Every Chance With You


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books

FORBIDDEN LOVE + BOARDING SCHOOL

Morgan Bently is good at getting attention, except from those she wants it from most. The 18-year-old daughter of one of Boston’s wealthiest business moguls, she’s been trending and influencing since the day she was born. And for a while, the privilege and ease that came along with fame was enough. But as Morgan grew up, being thought of as the pretty face who told the masses what to wear and where to be seen wasn’t what she really wanted out of life. She wanted to be taken seriously. From the public, and more importantly, from her father.

James Fuentes might be the most talented quarterback to ever throw on the Welles Academy field. His dad, the new Welles head coach, is counting on it–both to shut up the inevitable critics accusing him of playing his son over the competition and to ensure James gets into one of the best business colleges in the country. While the gridiron comes easy to James, though, the classroom is another story. And his big business dreams are riding on his football talent to get his foot in an Ivy League door. All he needs is a winning season and grades that are good enough.

James has always had a problem with distractions, however, and Morgan Bently is the most tempting of all. Confident, beautiful, curvy and the literal object of every guy on campus’ fantasies, Morgan is impossible to ignore. What starts as innocent flirtation and a crush grows into the only meaningful relationship either of them has. And before they realize it, feelings are involved.

But being the center of attention—and gossip—comes with risk. Morgan knows this better than anyone. Reputation is everything at Welles Academy, and rumors have a way of taking people down. Even the truest of loves might not stand a chance when whispers start to circle. But what good is all that fame and power if you can’t use it to satisfy your own heart when it’s on the verge of breaking?

This is a standalone novel in The Boys of Welles series.

Series recommended reading order: Loner | Rebel | Habit


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

For thousands of years, the passion between Alexander, Archangel of Persia, and Zanaya, Queen of the Nile, burned furious and bright, seemingly without end. But to be an archangel is to be bound to power violent and demanding. Driven by its primal energy, Alexander and Zanaya fought as fiercely as they loved, locked in an endless cycle of devotion and heartbreak. It is only Zanaya’s decision to Sleep that ends their love story.

Eons later, the Cascade of Death wakens them both. The passion between them a flame that yet burns, Alexander and Zanaya stand together in one last battle against the ultimate darkness. But even a warrior archangel cannot win every war. Alexander’s scream shatters the world as Zanaya falls, broken and silent . . . only to rise again in a miracle that may be a devastating curse. For is it truly the Queen of the Nile who has been resurrected?

Only one thing is clear: This is the last beat of their passionate, angry dance. The final song for Alexander and his Zani . . .

This is the fifteenth novel in the Guild Hunter series.

Series recommended reading order: Angels’ Blood | Archangel’s Kiss | Archangel’s Consort | Archangel’s Blade | Archangel’s Storm | Archangel’s Legion | Archangel’s Shadows | Archangel’s Enigma | Archangel’s Heart | Archangel’s Viper | Archangel’s Prophecy | Archangel’s War | Archangel’s Sun | Archangel’s Light | Archangel’s Resurrection


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books | Print | Audio

DARK MAFIA ROMANCE

The Family killed my father.
Destroyed my mother’s life.
Now its crown prince wants me.

I grew up in The Family, but I’m no mafia princess.
I’m the castaway they threw crumbs to after my father’s murder.
Now Joey LaTorre shows up at my door and won’t take no for an answer.
He’s the bad boy I crushed on as a teen–
Dangerously handsome.
Deliciously dominant.

But I can’t fall for a man like him. I won’t.
I’ll never return to La Cosa Nostra.
Even if he learns to unlock every secret to my body–
I must keep him away from my heart.

This is a standalone novel in the Bad Boy Mafia series.

Series recommended reading order: Don’t Tease Me | Don’t Tempt Me | Don’t Make Me


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books | Print

I watched him in high school. Knew his reputation. Knew he was wealthy, privileged, and mean.

He ran the show back then, a partier and a player.

Then he came back from college, back to the town I never left. He’s different now.

He comes into the bar, and I know his routine.

I know which stool he’ll pick.

I know his favorite drink. I know which sports team he’ll want on the television screen.

And I watch as he gets hit on.

Sometimes he leaves the bar with a woman. Sometimes he doesn’t.

But I’m always there, tending to his drinks. He gives me a smile and a polite nod back.

Then one night, after a long appraising stare, he asked, “Ava, why are you single?”

I leaned in, told him a lie, knowing the truth.

What I didn’t know was that my world was about to shatter after that night.

Something else I didn’t know: would the man I watched all those years help put my heart back together… or smash it into pieces?

This is a standalone novella in the Fallen Crest/Roussou universe.


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Apple Books

DARK FAIRYTALE ROMANCE

She trespassed into our world, innocent and vulnerable.
She doesn’t belong here, but that won’t stop us from claiming her.
We will lock her away in our mountain cabin, hidden deep in the forest.
She’ll be compelled to obey and serve our darkest desires.
Our beautiful golden-haired captive will learn to love the chains which bind her to us.

Three brothers, each more beastly than the last.
There will be no escape from this twisted fairytale.
For there are three villains in this story.
And in this ending… she is ours.

This is a standalone novel.


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Print

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Read More...

There is something about this story that hit a perfect chord for me, beginning to end, and it has everything to do with the way Kristen Ashley brings her characters to life—unapologetically and daringly and true to everything we’ve always known her to stand for. Furthermore, when she decides to sink her teeth into a redemption story, you know all bets are off and she’ll make you feel a whole lot of things. It’s the story of Tom Pierce, former tennis superstar, and Mika Stowe, artist extraordinaire, who first met at a time when Tom was not available to pursue anything between them. Now, years later, Tom’s actions have not only hurt those closest to him, but also knocked him off the pedestal that Mika has always put him on. So when they are forced to cross paths again, they must not only come to terms with the aftermath of Tom’s transgression, but also with two decades of personal history that they do not share. A moving tale of two people taking a second chance on life and love, and moving forward from the past, together.

Read More...

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Melanie Harlow has revealed the cover of her next novel—a steamy age gap, small town romance in her next generation Cloverleigh Farms series—out on Nov 21.

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Read More...

We have the cover of the second novel in Riley Hart‘s Inevitable series, out on Dec 6. It’s a friends-to-lovers romance filled with first times, self-discovery, and two men destined to be together.

Read More...

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