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What I can only describe as the love child of every soap opera I have every watched, this wonderful, slow-paced, drama-rich, age-gap romance kept me in its claws beginning to end. It’s the story of Indiana, a young girl who gets adopted by a wealthy Texan family with questionable influence and several unsavoury characters in its fold, to find out that her birth mother actually sold her to them for one million dollars. Her childhood is one big rollercoaster of emotions—from being deeply loved by a woman she loses at too young an age to then being made to feel unwelcome and worthless within the only family she knows—but her one constant in life remains Milo, a cowboy living in a barn on her family’s ranch. Indiana and Milo slowly become each other’s emotional anchors in life, sometimes the only bright light in an otherwise dark and oppressive circumstance, and over the years, that friendship blossoms into something more. But Indiana’s father, the family’s ruthless patriarch, is a man set on not only keeping them apart, but also on dispersing misery with his every command. And his latest wish is for Milo to marry a woman that is not Indiana.

Spanning many years and several jaw-dropping plot twists along the way, Indiana and Milo’s love story is as twisted as it is beautiful. Jewel E. Ann throws endless roadblocks on their path to happiness, yet through it all, their young love endures. Exquisitely written, well thought out and put together, and so emotionally addictive, I never wanted it to end.

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One of my favourite books of the year so far, this delightful friends-to-lovers romance has everything I’ve always loved about Abby Jimenez’s writing—wit, heart, SO much emotion, and a cinnamon roll hero you’d slay dragons for. It’s the story of two emergency room doctors, both trying to get over complicated breakups, who meet as potential rivals, become best of friends while faking to date one another, and end up falling in love while desperately trying to ignore the sizzling sexual tension between them. This is the kind of book you wish you could read for the first time over and over again, every time falling a little more in love with Jacob Maddox.

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Christopher Rice takes us back to Sapphire Cove, the luxury beachfront resort on the sparkling Southern California coast, with a love story that filled me with so much emotion, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Before travelling the world and working his way to becoming the head pastry chef at an exclusive resort, 40-something Ethan Blake spent his youth supporting himself any way he could—something only a few people in his life know. At first glance, he has very little in common with Roman Walker, a 20-something ‘fitfluencer’ who seems to be trapped in a situation where no part of his life is under his own control. But from the moment their paths cross on the page, we discover that these two men’s fates have been intertwined for a very long time. And while revenge might have brought them into each other’s lives, love is what sets them both free in the end. Christopher Rice writes with such command and feeling for his characters that you can’t help but become invested in their story, delivering a sexy, soapy age-gap romance bursting with secrets, scandal, blackmail, and high drama of the best kind.

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I don’t know what it is about ‘marriage in crisis’ scenarios that I find so irresistible, but it also happens to be the trope that makes me the hardest to please as a reader, so finding a great book like this one feels like winning the lottery. It’s the story of Eliza and Graham, a couple on their way to a luxury resort on the Northern California coastline for a weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. But Eliza and Graham’s marriage is in crisis. They don’t talk about it, they don’t acknowledge the many tiny fissures in their relationship that are slowly becoming gaping chasms between them, but they are slowly becoming complete strangers to one another. So, when a booking mishap puts them in two separate rooms, Eliza sees this as an opportunity to give their marriage a much-needed reboot. They agree to spend the week pretending to be perfect strangers—flirting, roleplaying, and getting to know one another for the first time… all over again. Exquisitely written and oh-so perfectly paced, nothing about this story is hurried or overdone. We genuinely feel the unwavering love between these two characters and all they are willing to do to save their marriage from ruin. A rare treat!

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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

2 May, 2023

NEW RELEASES

FORCED PROXIMITY + WORKPLACE ROMANCE

A successful writer accidentally sends her new (and super-dreamy) editor the wrong manuscript. Instead of the full-length paranormal novel she promised Longstrand Publishing, she sends the fan fiction she’s written about her crush…on him—including every detail of the hot, steamy “physical activity” she’s fantasized about happening between them.

And Chase Dawson may be the hottest man alive and a super-talented editor to boot, but he’s completely oblivious that he’s the star of the manuscript he just convinced his boss to green-light.

Brooke Baker has been through a lot in her thirty-one years of life.

A divorce.
A career change.
A move to New York City from “small-town” Ohio.
Not to mention, she has a bit of a medical condition that involves occasional fainting spells, mild embarrassment, and the companionship of her adorable service dog and canine sidekick, Benji.

But none of it has prepared her for this.

None of it prepared her for Chase Dawson.

Strong jaw, blue eyes, cut muscles, and a perfect swoop of superhero-worthy black hair, Chase’s features are those of a book boyfriend and then some. Obviously, Brooke would know—she literally filled an entire manuscript with it.

A manuscript no one was ever supposed to see.

Will she survive two months of revising and editing the sizzling romance she imagined with Chase in extremely close quarters with him? Or will the constant white lies and overwhelming attraction make her spontaneously combust?

This is a standalone novel.

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SECOND CHANCES

A random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects…

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in the city. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.

At thirty-two, Fern’s life doesn’t look at all how she once imagined it would. Instead of living in the city, Fern’s back home, running her mother’s lakeside resort—something she vowed never to do. The place is in disarray, her ex-boyfriend’s the manager, and Fern doesn’t know where to begin.

She needs a plan—a lifeline. To her surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives nine years too late, with a suitcase in tow and an offer to help on his lips. Will may be the only person who understands what Fern’s going through. But how could she possibly trust this expensive-suit wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago. Will is hiding something, and Fern’s not sure she wants to know what it is.

But ten years ago, Will Baxter rescued Fern. Can she do the same for him?

This is a standalone novel.


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✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATIONAGE GAP + GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + SINGLE PARENT + ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

It’s been a long time since Walker Ironside left behind Scotland and the memories that haunt him. Yet after years of traveling the world as a bodyguard, Walker misses his homeland enough to return. To a village in the Scottish Highlands that plays host to an exclusive members-only club, Ardnoch Estate. If not happy, Walker is content working with the elite security at the club and maintaining his bachelor lifestyle. What he doesn’t need is distraction in the form of the enticing but too-young newcomer, single mother Sloane Harrow.

Sloane never imagined she’d get pregnant at sixteen. Or that a decade later she’d escape from California with her daughter, Callie, to start over in the Scottish Highlands. Hidden and safe from Callie’s dangerous father, Sloane is satisfied with their new lives. Her daughter is happy. Sloane has a stable job, a quaint cottage, a passion for baking that might just be turning into a business, and a huge crush on brooding security guard Walker Ironside. Unfortunately, the grumpy Scot seems immune to Sloane’s charm, but she can’t help but try to seduce him with cupcakes and baked treats whenever the opportunity arises.

However, when someone arrives in Ardnoch intent on destroying Sloane’s life, Walker is the first to step forward to protect her and Callie. Even if it means giving into temptation and awakening his own demons. Because in doing so, Walker faces failing not only to shield Sloane from her past, but to safeguard her against his own.

This is a standalone novel in the all-new The Highlands series, a spin-off from the Adair Family series.

Series recommended reading order: Beyond the Thistles | Among the Heather (Dec 2023) | Through the Glen (2024)


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS + ONE BED + SMALL TOWN

Nash Hartley has always been my everything: Protector. Partner in crime. Best friend. The person who was there for me in my darkest hour.

But my heart wanted so much more. So, when I knew for certain Nash didn’t feel the same about me, I tried to move on. What a mistake that turned out to be.

Now, I’m back in our small town, desperate to escape my living nightmare, and the only person I want to see is him.

As secrets are revealed, and Nash finds out what happened to me, he’ll do anything to keep me safe.

But there are those who will do anything to stop him, and this time neither of us may make out alive…

This is the second book in The Lost & Found series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Whispers of You | Echoes of You | Glimmers of You (1 Aug 2023) | Shadows of You (24 Oct 2023) | Ashes of You (6 Feb 2024)


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MENAGE MARRIAGE

Kailani
He broke my heart, betrayed me. It will be a cold day in hell before I let Benjamin Dara touch me again.
No matter what the Grand Master says.

Benjamin
She’s the only woman I’ve ever loved…
And the last person on earth I want to marry.
But she’s in danger, and even if Kailani hates me for it, I’ll do anything to protect her.

John
I wanted the one thing I’ve never had: a family that will never leave or abandon me.
That’s why I agreed to the arranged marriage.
Now I find out my husband and wife hate each other…and I might never get the family I’ve dreamed of.

This is the first book in the all-new Crossroads Contempt series, set in the larger Trinity Masters series where an exclusive secret society requires every woman to enter into a marriage with two men.

Series recommended reading order: Forgotten Promise | Stolen Faith (3 Oct 2023)

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FANTASY ROMANCE

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders…

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom’s protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

This is the first book in the all-new The Empyrean series.


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SINGLE MUM + SMALL TOWN

I had a perfect life—married to my high school sweetheart and preparing for our new baby. Then tragedy struck.

I could have moved us back to have the support of our parents, but home isn’t where you come from, it’s where you want to be. And I want to be here in Balsam Ridge.

So I begin anew, a single mom with a fractured heart. Determined to rise above the grief and grasp the joy that still bubbles inside of me every time I look into the eyes of our baby girl. Starting with a job at the local hemp farm.

Weston Tuttle is a walking contradiction. Playful yet ambitious. Soft yet strong. Wisecracking yet caring. A beautiful man with a sexy smile and big heart, and a blessing to me and my daughter.

This may not be the life I planned, but it could be the life that I was always meant to live.

This is the fifth book in the Balsam Ridge series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Life After Wife | Fate After Fame | Rain After Fire | Love After Duty | Hope After Loss | Rise After Fall (Aug 2023)

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FAKE RELATIONSHIP + SECOND CHANCES + SPORTS ROMANCE

What’s worse than playing a fake girlfriend to the all-pro defensive end for the Seattle Phantom?

When the same infamous playboy is my ex-husband’s best friend.

I’m normally great at keeping my distance from him—pretending like he doesn’t get under my skin.

But after he punches a teammate over me, we’re stuck faking a relationship to save his career and mine.

If we play the game well, we could both get out ahead.

I just have to remember everything about this is for show, including the reformed player act.

A few blurred lines and crossed boundaries won’t change things.

Because falling for your ex’s best friend is wrong, right?

This is a standalone novel.

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SINGLE DAD + NANNY + FORCED PROXIMITY + SPORTS ROMANCE

I never wanted to be a nanny.

That wasn’t part of my carefully crafted, five-year plan. The one I formulated after getting a second chance at life. Neither was losing my heart to the beautiful baby boy I’m taking care of. Even if I saw that coming the moment I laid eyes on him.

Falling in love with his father . . . now that, I didn’t see coming.

But I dare anyone to spend time getting to know the real Jace Kingston . . .
The man behind the hockey jersey, grumpy attitude, and panty-meltingly gorgeous face.
The one who sweetly sings his son to sleep . . . who holds him with such care.
The same man who knows exactly how to light every inch of my body on fire.
The one I can’t resist.

It was supposed to be one year of my life.
I’d pay off my student loans.
He’d get through his first season of pro hockey.
Then I’d help him find my replacement.

If only it was that easy.

This is the third book in The Defiant Kings series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Caged | Shaken | Iced | Overruled (27 Oct 2023)


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BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER + ENEMIES TO LOVERS

I knew it was a mistake to kiss my best friend’s brother—especially behind my boyfriend’s back.
In my defense, I had a crush on Johnny for years.
But that was before I realized how much I hated him.

Now, thanks to the object of my hate crush, I’ve lost my relationship, my dream job, and my home.
Johnny has no idea it’s mostly his fault that my life has imploded, but the man is a dumpster fire of depravity and I really should’ve known better.
He’s an arrogant rock star, with the body of Adonis and the soul of Hades.
A coldhearted jerk who doesn’t seem to care who he hurts on his climb to the top.

But he’s also on the verge of a career meltdown.

When his dirty deeds start catching up with him—and threatening his precious career—he offers me a job that I literally can’t afford to turn down.
As it turns out, it’s not so easy to hate on someone who walks around half-naked all the time looking like my hottest fantasy.
Worse, the more time we spend together… I realize there’s a lot more to my best friend’s brother than meets the eye.

Including a terrible, heartrending secret.

Despite everything, my heart aches for him.
I know I might be his last chance to make amends for the pain he’s caused.
I know we could help each other get our lives back on track.
But Johnny’s hurt me, too. How can I trust him not to do it again?

This is the third book in the Vancity Villains series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Handsome Devil | Rebel Heir | Wicked Angel | Irresistible Rogue (3 Oct 2023)

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Rex Heligan might be known as Mr. Fabulous in the bedroom, but he doesn’t want a boyfriend. In truth, he doesn’t have time between his London banker lifestyle and the Cornish dukedom he’ll inherit. What he needs is someone to watch over his grandfather while he’s away on business.

Rex’s shortlist of caretakers shouldn’t include a thief he once caught stealing, but Devesh Singh-Smith is more than a cat burglar.

Much more.

He’s the only one-night stand Rex hasn’t forgotten.

Rex convinces his grandfather that Devesh is the first boyfriend he’s ever wanted to bring home to their castle where their sizzling spark rekindles. He doesn’t expect the explosiveness of their connection. He also doesn’t expect Devesh to steal his heart by sharing secrets or to leave before their fake relationship is over.

There’s only one way for Rex to steal his heart back.

He’ll have to catch his thief twice and share his own secrets with him, even if it costs Rex his dukedom.

This is a standalone novel.


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS + FAKE DATING + FORCED PROXIMITY + SMALL TOWN

Annie Walker is on a quest to find her perfect match—someone who complements her happy, quiet life running the local flower shop in Rome, Kentucky. But finding her dream man may be harder than Annie imagined. Everyone knows everyone in her hometown, and the dating prospects are getting fewer by the day. After she overhears her latest date say she is “so unbelievably boring,” Annie starts to think the problem might be her. Is it too late to become flirtatious and fun like the leading ladies in her favorite romance movies? Maybe she only needs a little practice . . . and Annie has the perfect person in mind to be her tutor: Will Griffin.

Will—the sexy, tattooed, and absolutely gorgeous bodyguard—is temporarily back in Rome, providing security for Amelia Rose as excitement builds for her upcoming marriage to Noah Walker, Annie’s brother. He has one personal objective while on the job: stay away from Annie Walker and any other possible attachments to this sleepy town. But no sooner than he gets settled, Will finds himself tasked with helping Annie find the love of her life by becoming the next leading lady of Rome, Kentucky. Will wants no part in changing the sweet and lovely Annie. He knows for a fact that some stuffy, straitlaced guy won’t make her happy, but he doesn’t have the heart to say no.

Amid steamy practice dates and strictly “educational” tutoring lessons, Annie discovers there are more layers to Will’s usual stoic attitude. As the lines of their friendship become dangerously blurred, Annie reconsiders her dream guy. Maybe her love life doesn’t need to be perfect—it just needs to be real.

This is a standalone novel, set in the same world as When in Rome.


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PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Love…against all odds.

Banished by his father and laird, Rory Sutherland does what he swore he’d never do—return to Scotland. But a dangerous threat has risen, and it’s turned its gaze to his beloved home. He risks everything to find the witch who can stop the growing menace. Asa’s power and beauty excites him. Her allure seduces him. She’s his match in every way. And nothing will ever be the same after being touched by her magic.

For Asa, being a witch has been a blessing and a curse. For every good thing in her life, the tragedy that follows has been crushing. She’s rudderless, adrift without a plan. Until a dark, sexy Highlander crosses her path with a dire warning. She’s being hunted by a dark force that intends to use her powerful bloodline. Bound to Rory by their quest and Fate, a passion ignites that consumes them. Against all odds they found each other, but they need to survive the coming war…or be ruined.

This is standalone story in the Kindred: The Fated series, set in the larger Kindred world.

Series recommended reading order: Rage | Ruin | Reign (7 Nov 2023)


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SINGLE DAD + NANNY + GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + FORCED PROXIMITY + SMALL TOWN

Yes, I’m a single dad who needs a nanny for the summer.

But hire the stranded runaway bride who shows up on my doorstep in a wedding gown with no references, no skills, and no experience?

No one is that desperate.

Except within twenty-four hours, down-on-her-luck Veronica Sutton manages to charm my kids, my family, and half the population of Cherry Tree Harbor into believing she’s perfect for the job.

And for me.

It’s not that I can’t see the appeal–those baby blue eyes? The endless legs? That mouth made for trouble? But I’ve got enough on my plate, raising two kids on my own and keeping the family business alive. I don’t have the time or the inclination to fall for an outspoken city girl.

So I should have kept my hands to myself.

Holding her in my arms was a big mistake. Even worse? Spending the night together. She ignites a possessive fire in me that I’m finding hard to snuff out.

But the most unforgivable? Growing attached to the sound of her laugh, the scent of her skin, and the way her body wraps around mine in the dark.

At the end of the summer, she’ll be gone.

And if I’m not careful, she might run away with my heart.

This is standalone novel in the all-new Cherry Tree Harbor series.


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20TH CENTURY HISTORICAL ROMANCE + THRILLER

A psychic desperate to escape her destiny—and a killer—finds her future in the coastal town of Burning Cove…

Being Madame Ariadne, Psychic Dream Consultant, wasn’t Prudence Ryland’s ideal gig, but it paid well which was reason enough to do the work—until she realizes that her latest client intends to kill her. But Prudence, a master at reinvention, finds a new job and home as far away as possible and is finally able to relax—which turns out to be a big mistake. Letting her guard down means being kidnapped and drugged and waking up in a bloodstained wedding dress in the honeymoon suite next to a dead man. With the press outside the hotel, waiting with their cameras and police sirens in the distance, it’s obvious she’s being framed for the man’s murder. Prudence knows who is responsible, but will anyone believe her?

It doesn’t seem likely that rumored crime boss Luther Pell or his associate, Jack Wingate, believe her seemingly outrageous claims of being a target of a ruthless vendetta. In fact, Prudence is convinced that the mysterious Mr. Wingate believes her to be a fraud at best, and at worst: a murderer. And Jack Wingate does seem to be someone intimately familiar with violence, if going by his scarred face and grim expression. So no one is more shocked than Prudence when Jack says he’ll help her. Of course, his ideas for helping her involve using her as the bait for a killer, but Prudence feels oddly safe with Jack protecting her. But who will protect Prudence from her growing fascination with this enigma of a man?

This is the seventh book in the Burning Cove series. Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz.

Series reading order: The Girl Who Knew Too Much | The Other Lady Vanishes | Tightrope | Close Up | The Lady Has a Past | When She Dreams | The Bride Wore White


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What I can only describe as the love child of every soap opera I have every watched, this wonderful, slow-paced, drama-rich, age-gap romance kept me in its claws beginning to end. It’s the story of Indiana, a young girl who gets adopted by a wealthy Texan family with questionable influence and several unsavoury characters in its fold, to find out that her birth mother actually sold her to them for one million dollars. Her childhood is one big rollercoaster of emotions—from being deeply loved by a woman she loses at too young an age to then being made to feel unwelcome and worthless within the only family she knows—but her one constant in life remains Milo, a cowboy living in a barn on her family’s ranch. Indiana and Milo slowly become each other’s emotional anchors in life, sometimes the only bright light in an otherwise dark and oppressive circumstance, and over the years, that friendship blossoms into something more. But Indiana’s father, the family’s ruthless patriarch, is a man set on not only keeping them apart, but also on dispersing misery with his every command. And his latest wish is for Milo to marry a woman that is not Indiana.

Spanning many years and several jaw-dropping plot twists along the way, Indiana and Milo’s love story is as twisted as it is beautiful. Jewel E. Ann throws endless roadblocks on their path to happiness, yet through it all, their young love endures. Exquisitely written, well thought out and put together, and so emotionally addictive, I never wanted it to end.

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One of my favourite books of the year so far, this delightful friends-to-lovers romance has everything I’ve always loved about Abby Jimenez’s writing—wit, heart, SO much emotion, and a cinnamon roll hero you’d slay dragons for. It’s the story of two emergency room doctors, both trying to get over complicated breakups, who meet as potential rivals, become best of friends while faking to date one another, and end up falling in love while desperately trying to ignore the sizzling sexual tension between them. This is the kind of book you wish you could read for the first time over and over again, every time falling a little more in love with Jacob Maddox.

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Christopher Rice takes us back to Sapphire Cove, the luxury beachfront resort on the sparkling Southern California coast, with a love story that filled me with so much emotion, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Before travelling the world and working his way to becoming the head pastry chef at an exclusive resort, 40-something Ethan Blake spent his youth supporting himself any way he could—something only a few people in his life know. At first glance, he has very little in common with Roman Walker, a 20-something ‘fitfluencer’ who seems to be trapped in a situation where no part of his life is under his own control. But from the moment their paths cross on the page, we discover that these two men’s fates have been intertwined for a very long time. And while revenge might have brought them into each other’s lives, love is what sets them both free in the end. Christopher Rice writes with such command and feeling for his characters that you can’t help but become invested in their story, delivering a sexy, soapy age-gap romance bursting with secrets, scandal, blackmail, and high drama of the best kind.

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I don’t know what it is about ‘marriage in crisis’ scenarios that I find so irresistible, but it also happens to be the trope that makes me the hardest to please as a reader, so finding a great book like this one feels like winning the lottery. It’s the story of Eliza and Graham, a couple on their way to a luxury resort on the Northern California coastline for a weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. But Eliza and Graham’s marriage is in crisis. They don’t talk about it, they don’t acknowledge the many tiny fissures in their relationship that are slowly becoming gaping chasms between them, but they are slowly becoming complete strangers to one another. So, when a booking mishap puts them in two separate rooms, Eliza sees this as an opportunity to give their marriage a much-needed reboot. They agree to spend the week pretending to be perfect strangers—flirting, roleplaying, and getting to know one another for the first time… all over again. Exquisitely written and oh-so perfectly paced, nothing about this story is hurried or overdone. We genuinely feel the unwavering love between these two characters and all they are willing to do to save their marriage from ruin. A rare treat!

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