✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | FAKE DATING
Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.
And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.
This is a standalone novel, set in the same world as Part of Your World.
BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER + ENEMIES TO LOVERS
He’s a tattooed shirtless bad boy. My best friend’s brother. And the jerk on the other side of my bed.
I didn’t know bridesmaid was code for babysitter for the bride’s brother, but if that’s what my best friend needs of me for her dream wedding to go off without a hitch, that’s what I’ll do.
Even if Theo Monroe has been a pain in my rear since third grade.
Even if he should be responsible enough to not wreak havoc at his sister’s destination wedding.
Even if it means we have to share a hotel room in Hawaii, which might be the final duty that breaks me.
Not only does Theo know exactly how to push my buttons, but he never wears clothes, he’s hiding a litter of kittens in his room, and he keeps showing up with fresh-baked cookies that seemingly come from nowhere.
I have no idea what’s up with the tension between him and the groom.
Or why he’s so proud of the world’s strangest wedding gift.
Or why I suddenly want to know what makes him tick. The story behind his tattoos. How he can afford to rent a convertible in Hawaii. And if maybe all of that utter frustration and irritation I’ve felt for him for years is suppressed attraction that a good girl like me isn’t supposed to feel for the biggest bad boy of Snaggletooth Creek.
But I do know one thing.
When I find out his biggest secret and the answer to all of my questions, it will change everything.
This is a standalone novel.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE + ALPHA VAMPIRES
Lassiter, the fallen angel, is too good at the savior business. In his new role overseeing the fates of all vampires, he’s influenced outcomes he shouldn’t have—so the Creator is calling him home. But the angel has a reason to stay in Caldwell. He’s bonded with a mysterious female who’s seemed to appear from out of nowhere… and has powers that defy all reason.
Rahvyn is well aware that she doesn’t belong in the present. And she never intended to stay, for her true place is in the past. Lassiter proves to be undeniable, however, and she lets herself fall for the angel—until a secret he’s been keeping comes out and she fears that for him, it’s not about love, but duty.
As the Omega’s son reestablishes the Lessening Society, and the Brotherhood must resume the deadly war—an unfathomable tragedy occurs. In the aftermath, Rahvyn has to decide whether to stay and help—or save herself from an immortal heartbreak she knows will crush her very soul…
This is the twenty-first novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and it is not a standalone novel.
Peggy Delancey’s not at all ready to move on from her former flame, Arabella Tarleton. But Belle has her own plans for a love match, and she needs Peggy’s help to make those plans a reality. Still hung up on her feelings and unable to deny Belle what she wants, Peggy reluctantly agrees to help her woo the famous and flamboyant opera singer Orfeo.
She certainly doesn’t expect to find common ground with a celebrated soprano, but when Peggy and Orfeo meet, a whole new flame is ignited that she can’t ignore. Peggy finds an immediate kinship with Orfeo, who’s just as nonconforming as she is—and just as affected by their instant connection.
They’ve never been able to find their place in the world, but as the pair walks the line between friendship, flirtation, and something more, they may just find their place with each other.
This is a standalone novel in the Something Fabulous series.
Series recommended reading order: Something Fabulous | Something Spectacular
FAKE DATING + SPORTS ROMANCE
If only my feelings were as fake as this “relationship” with my former teammate.
CULLEN: I’ve been the NFL’s “problem child” since my rookie year. If there’s trouble, I’ll find it.
But my biggest weakness has always been Houston McRae. We were secretly together in college before it blew up in our faces.
So, when I see him again years later, you’d think I’d know better than to end up in an airport bathroom stall tearing his clothes off.
To make matters worse, because of mistakes I’ve made, I find out afterward I’m being traded… to Denver.
Where Houston lives. Because of course.
I’m not taking responsibility for the two of us ending up in a fake relationship. That’s all on him, but I can’t pretend I won’t enjoy it. As long as I don’t let myself fall for him again, I’ll be fine, right?
HOUSTON: I lived, breathed, and slept football until an injury sidelined me for life. Now I’m solely focused on finding my place again… until Cullen Atwood walks back into my life and tempts me into an airport bathroom stall, where every ounce of passion for him I thought I’d buried returns with a vengeance.
Now he’s playing for the Rush…
And staying in my apartment.
And did I mention he’s also my fake boyfriend who makes it clear he still wants me every chance he gets?
I’ve got my future to think about, though, and we’re one wrong move from becoming a tabloid headline. I can’t afford to think of Cullen as anything more than a casual hook-up.
So why do I keep wishing this relationship was real?
This is a standalone novel in the Playing for Keeps series.
Series recommended reading order: Rookie Move | False Start
OFFICE ROMANCE + ENEMIES TO LOVERS + SURPRISE PREGNANCY
No one makes my blood boil like Cayden Hennington.
When I finished second in my class in law school, he finished first.
We interned at the same firm—he got hired while I didn’t.
Now we’re opposing counsel on my first big solo case, and I refuse to lose to him.
I will not think about the way his lips taste or how he makes my heart race. I won’t dream of that night we argued until our clothes came off.
That night is irrelevant because I am over him.
(I’m also lying to myself).
However, we’re both professionals, right?
One stupid drink is all it takes after six hours of intense negotiations to find myself right back in his arms and in a world of trouble.
There is a thin line between love and hate, and we are destined to choose a side.
ONE NIGHT STAND + SURPRISE PREGNANCY + SINGLE DAD + SPORTS ROMANCE
It was time to celebrate.
After all my hard work, I was graduating at the top of my class.
Our family vacation was the perfect chance to relax.
Until I saw him get on the plane and my plans went out the window.
Tristan’s everything I’ve always wanted but can never have.
One night was all we had together.
Now, I’m staring at the two pink lines wondering if I should even tell him.
Six years ago, I was living for myself until I found out I had a two-year-old daughter.
Now, I love my life exactly how it is: me, my daughter and hockey.
Except—I’ve been in love with Abigail from afar for years.
She was the only one I trusted my daughter with.
One night with her is more than I deserve.
Now that I’ve had her, I know she was made for us.
This is a standalone novel in the Made For series, a spin-off from the Only One series.
Series recommended reading order: Made For Me | Made For You | Made For Us | Made For Romeo (Jun 2023)
ENEMIES TO LOVERS + SINGLE DAD + FORCED PROXIMITY + SMALL TOWN
Baseball star Spencer Crews knows April can’t stand him, yet his proposition of temporarily living together is the biggest curveball of his career…
Making a certain kind of video with my enemy (who happens to be everyone’s favorite baseball player) was not my proudest moment, but I blame the alcohol for Spencer’s smirk three seconds before our clothes ended up on the floor for our one-night mistake. He said he deleted the video, which is why I didn’t expect the jerk to interrupt my date a few months later to break the news that we have a problem. His solution is to avoid the press by staying at his lake house to hide away and I stupidly agree.
The next thing I know, I have two tiny eyes staring at me.
Yep, I discover Spencer is a hot single dad to a cute little girl secret. And that’s not the only twist, because the small town by the lake seems to bring us closer; all of us. Spencer and my arguments fizzle out, and our looks grow longer. We talk like it matters and study one another’s bodies. It feels like we are in our own little world. And in the end, I’m not sure if it’s Spencer or me who’s trying to convince us we may just be worth the chance…
This is a standalone novel in the Lake Spark series.
Series recommended reading order: Worth the Risk | Worth the Chance | Worth the Wait (27 Jun 2023)
ROMANCE OVER 40 + SINGLE PARENT
When the divorced mother of the groom goes head-to-head with the single father of the bride, they might be the next couple experiencing a heart-to-heart.
When my son asked me to take his ticket for the honeymoon that didn’t happen, I balked. What would I do on a ten-day vacation in Belize?
More importantly, what caused my son and the love of his life to call off their wedding?
I didn’t have an answer, and he wasn’t sharing
So, I’d traded places with him.
Over a week of sunshine and me-time was on the docket until he arrived.
Dallas Cole had silver in his beard, eyes the color of an ocean, and the most annoying drawl. And by annoying, I mean, thigh-clenching, heart-hammering, make me want to kiss him swagger.
Only, that’s something I would never do, because he’s the single father of the bride for the wedding that never was, and now, he’s encroaching on my parentmoon.
One house. One bed. Not happening.
So what if he calls me darlin’ in that swoony voice? Not going there despite his smirky grin amongst the gray on his jaw. Not going to think about the fact he saw me naked . . . by accident.
The former father of the bride will only be going head-to-head with this protective mother of the groom, not lips to lips, or any other body part. And definitely not heart-to-heart.
This is a standalone novel.
SINGLE DAD + SMALL DAD
Aiden Stone is a six-foot-two former Marine with a permanent scowl, dark hair, and dreamy blue eyes.
He’s the oldest of the Stone brothers, and his “by the book” family has battled mine for control of our small town for generations.
The last thing I should do is sleep with him. Or nearly run him down with my truck. Especially since he’s sort-of my new boss…
It doesn’t help that my grandmother (the mayor) is a former magician, and my mom is a psychic (sort-of)… And my dad died in a failed escape-artist attempt (that my mother is convinced was a murder).
Trust me, I know crazy, but I’m just plain ole Britt Bailey, Shania Twain-loving, non-magical forensic photographer. Yes, I take pictures of dead things, but I don’t see them in my bedroom at night.
I only want to see one thing in my bedroom at night, and when I’m called home to help Sheriff Stone on an investigation, he actually stops frowning for a minute, and my teenage fantasies get very real.
It’s a terrible idea. We work together, he’s seven years older than me, he’s a single dad, he hates all things magic, but a little taste, and we can’t say no.
Until the town crime wave turns personal, putting everything on the line, and we’ll need more than a magic bullet to get our happily ever after.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Be Still series.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS + FAKE DATING + WORKPLACE ROMANCE
SEEKING AN EX-HUSBAND
I need a fake ex-husband.
Let me explain …
I may have let it slip to my new co-workers that I have an ex-husband. Now they’re fascinated with the details, specifically with him.
Why wouldn’t they be? He’s gorgeous, has exceptional skills in the bedroom, and is determined to win me back.
But there’s a problem. He doesn’t exist.
The bigger problem? I have to produce him to save my job.
This is where you come in.
I’m seeking someone to play a smitten ex-husband for two weeks. You’ll need to remember our love story—details matter when it comes to romance! Please be prepared to travel in-state at a moment’s notice. We may be in close proximity and sharing a bed may be required.
One more thing—kisses are essential for optics as necessary.
If this sounds interesting or, at the very least, entertaining, let me know.
Your Future Ex-Wife
This is the third book in the Carmichael Family series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
STUDENT/TEACHER + ONE NIGHT STAND + FORBIDDEN ROMANCE
I didn’t know he was forbidden until after our one night stand…
I met Milo Corti during his self-destructive era, and he met me at the beginning of mine. That night when we crossed paths at a college party, we only had one goal: to feel good during our hell storms.
After we parted ways, I’d planned never to see him again. That was until I showed up for my first day as a student-teacher and found him sitting right there before me. Now I was forced to cross paths with the person meant to be nothing more than a fading memory.
The more time we spent together, the more drawn I felt toward him. When his world shifted for the worst, I couldn’t help but to lean in closer.
I’d always done the right thing. For the first time ever, I wanted to do something very wrong. I wanted to fall in love with the one person who was off-limits.
The problem with falling for something forbidden? Once you began to descend, you were destined to crash and burn.
This is a standalone novel.
A demigod ready to commit for eternity. A god who isn’t ready to commit at all. An unseen danger that may kill them both.
For centuries, I’ve traveled the realms, fighting wars, providing peace, causing havoc and everything in between. I’ve also sown my wild oats across those realms, taking pleasure when and where it’s offered. It’s a work hard, play harder lifestyle but I’m just the demigod to do it.
Zora is the god of Life but before that she was a mortal held captive, growing up without love or affection. Raised in the pits of Hell, she was a pawn in a sinister plan to destroy the world. Tossed into the life of an immortal deity, Zora is understandably closed off and confused about who she is and where she fits in. But the one place she fits perfectly is in my bed and the more time I spend with her, the more I’d like to keep her there permanently.
My attempts to win over the ethereal beauty are thwarted when a nefarious plan begins to unfold, leaving Zora missing and me scrambling to solve a mystery no one saw coming. As an immortal, time is of little importance but becomes a precious commodity where saving Zora is concerned.
I’ve lived centuries never knowing true love, but I know one thing with absolute certainty—Zora is what I need to complete my eternal life. Now I need to make sure she lives long enough to realize the same about me.
This is a standalone novel in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series.
Series reading order: The Clash of Yesterday (prequel novella) | The Revelation of Light and Dark | A Discovery of Secrets and Fate | The Evolution of Fae and Gods | A Battle of Blood and Stone | The Rise of Fortune and Fury | The Shadow Princess | The Midnight Realm | The Ruin of Gods
A viscount’s irascible new wife hopes to chase her husband from their shared home so that she can finally get some peace and quiet—only to find that his company is not as onerous as she thought.
Viscount Penvale has been working for years to buy back his ancestral home, Trethwick Abbey, from his estranged uncle. And so he’s thrilled when his uncle announces that he is ready to sell but with one major caveat—Penvale must marry his uncle’s ward, Jane Spencer.
When the two meet in London, neither is terribly impressed. Penvale finds Jane headstrong and sharp-tongued. Jane finds him cold and aloof. Nevertheless, they agree to a marriage in name only and return to the estate. There, Jane enlists her housekeeper for a scheme: to stage a haunting so that Penvale will return to London, leaving her to do as she pleases at Trethwick Abbey. But Penvale is not as easily scared as his uncle and as their time together increases, Jane realizes that she might not mind her husband’s company all that much.
This is a standalone novel in the Regency Vows series.
Series recommended reading order: To Have and to Hoax | To Love and to Loathe | To Marry and to Meddle | To Swoon and to Spar
ENEMIES TO LOVERS + MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE + CLOSE PROXIMITY + SMALL TOWN
Quinn Cartwright sees me as nothing more than her rival…her enemy. But I’ve been obsessed with her since we were teenagers. She’s gorgeous and brilliant with a tongue sharp enough to cut glass…and she has no idea I love it as much as I do.
So when she needs someone to put a ring on it because of her a-hole boss, I marry her without hesitation.
We draw up a contract on a napkin. This marriage might be fake, but no one in our small town has to know.
She may never see me as anything more than a playboy, but sleeping in the same bed together night after night makes me want to put my skills to use and prove just how good this fake marriage can be…
This is the third book in the Starlight Cove series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
FORBIDDEN ROYAL ROMANCE + ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Buried beneath the surface where Princess Lucille’s world is turned upside down, she must make impossible choices.
Truth or deception, life or death, loyalty or love.
Who will survive?
This is the third book in the Royal Reflections series and it is not a standalone novel.
Series reading order: Ruthless Reign | Resilient Reign | Ravishing Reign | Relevant Reign (22 Jun 2023)
DARK MAFIA ROMANCE + AGE GAP
I made a mistake.
At sixteen years old I fell for the wrong man.
Ruthless billionaire. Dangerous villain. My best friend’s father.
At twenty one I gave up hope that he would ever notice me.
He’s twenty years older than me, and an arms dealer for the mob.
The smart choice would be to forget he ever existed.
But that’s not possible.
His icy blue gaze, sculpted physique, and huge rough hands play a vivid part in my dreams.
Then one night everything changes
Every fantasy I ever had he brings to life.
Dominant and possessive he praises and worships me.
He makes me feel like a woman when all my life I’ve felt sheltered and controlled.
But Callum has dark secrets, and a past that refuses to let go.
I knew he was a bad man but I never would have anticipated this…
This is the first book in the all-new Torrio Empire series and it is not a standalone novel.
Series reading order: Empire of Lust | Empire of Lies (May 2023) | Empire of Pain (Jun 2023)
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