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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

19 September, 2023

NEW RELEASES

BILLIONAIRE + GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + AGE GAP + SINGLE PARENT + SMALL TOWN

I don’t have time for flings.

Love is out of the question.

As a single mom and small-town doctor, my plate is more than full.

But when Drake Kershaw, an experienced physician with a mysterious past, comes into my life, I can’t resist his charm. He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met before.

Drake is smart, charming, and has a heart of gold.

But he’s also grumpy and hesitant to let anyone close.

Like the rest of his wealthy family, he’s full of secrets.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s dangerous.

I should stay away, but how can I when he works in my practice?

And despite his grumpiness, Drake is amazing with my son.

He’s patient and kind and has a way of making him laugh that always melts my heart.

Watching them together, I can imagine a future–a future that could never happen.

But can we find a way to overcome our emotional scars and build a future together?

This is the first full-length book in the Heartwood Lake Secret Billionaires series.

Series recommended reading order: Starts with You (prequel novella) | A Place Like You


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SECRET RELATIONSHIP

Who are we? Like you even need to ask. We’re the seven richer-than-sin legacies causing debauchery at the prestigious Astor University in Manhattan.
Some call us spoiled.
Some call us trouble.
But everyone calls us the Park Avenue Princes.

Weston LaRue
“The Playboy”

I’m never one to turn down a bet. Especially not when it comes to retaliating against the dean for pulling a dick move before summer break.
So when the dean’s golden child arrives at Astor for his freshman year, my fellow troublemakers throw down a wager I can’t resist.

The target: the dean’s son, John Thomas Hawthorne, or “JT.”
The bet: corruption in any way I choose.

It should’ve been easy. With his mess of brown curls, pouty lips, and good-boy reputation, JT is the perfect revenge. And even better? He’s straight.

Challenge accepted. I’ll do whatever it takes to prove a point, no matter how reckless it might be.

Game. On.

This is the first book in the all-new Park Avenue Princes series.

Series reading order: Infamous | Insatiable (9 Nov 2023) | Scandalous (8 Feb 2024)


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PARANORMAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Strange things are happening at Castle Darien, the legendary home of Angela Hawkins Crow’s family just outside of Dublin, Ireland.

People are dying in the most unusual ways: drowning where there’s no water, falling from heights that don’t exist…

But before every death, the banshee lets out a cry, warning that loved ones are in danger. The Irish death ghost’s haunting shrieks and sobs echo within the ancient stone walls and travel up and down the hillsides.

Terrified and broken after the death of a friend, Moira Hawkins, Angela’s second cousin, turns to her family for help, convinced that evil is at work and sure the Krewe of Hunters can determine what is happening and put an end to the strange and deadly haunting.

Angela is mystified and stricken, but she and Jackson travel to the Emerald Isle to investigate, certain that someone very much alive is behind whatever is going on.

But she and the Krewe just might need the dead to uncover the truth.

This is a standalone novella in the Krewe of Hunters series.

Click to Read An Excerpt


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REGENCY ROMANCE

Major Rufus d’Aumesty has unexpectedly become the Earl of Oxney, master of a remote Norman manor on the edge of the infamous Romney Marsh. There he’s beset on all sides, his position contested both by his greedy uncle and by Luke Doomsday, son of a notorious smuggling clan.

The earl and the smuggler should be natural enemies, but cocksure, enragingly competent Luke is a trained secretary and expert schemer—exactly the sort of man Rufus needs by his side. Before long, Luke becomes an unexpected ally…and the lover Rufus had never hoped to find.

But Luke came to Stone Manor with an ulterior motive, one he’s desperate to keep hidden even from the lord he can’t resist. As the lies accumulate and family secrets threaten to destroy everything they hold dear, master and man find themselves forced to decide whose side they’re really on…and what they’re willing to do for love.

This is a standalone novel in The Doomsday Books series.

Series recommended reading order: The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen | A Nobleman’s Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel


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AGE GAP + SMALL TOWN

Don’t date your son’s ex.

Especially when she’s supposedly the town’s good girl. But the sweet, shy librarian isn’t a good girl at all.
She can’t be, because she wants me—the local lumberjack, and my…wood.
I’m her ex’s dad but she says she doesn’t want guys her age. Or a relationship.
She wants a fling. And since I’m leaving Hunter Valley in a few days, I’ll definitely indulge her.
We’ll have fun while it lasts and then she’ll go back to fooling the town and I’ll just go.
Right?

In Hunter Valley, it’s always open season on men. Will the biggest one in town be the easiest to catch?

This is a standalone novel in the On A Manhunt series.

Series recommended reading order: Man Hunt | Man Candy | Man Cave | Man Splain | Man Scape | Man Handle (5 Dec 2023)


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SURPRISE PREGNANCY

The mafia south of the Mason Dixon line is ruled by possessive, controlling, dangerous, alphas. Except for one.

Saxon Houston has grown up the best friend of the mafia boss’s youngest son. He knew one day he’d have to play a role in the life his father and grandfather are a part of. However, he much preferred dealing with raising and training the thoroughbred race horses side of the family business.

When he falls hard and fast for a girl that ends up being the enemy’s sister, he’s ready to defend her innocence. However, she shuts him out completely. Where the girls before her had failed, Haisley Slate managed to crush him.

Two months later… when he opens the door to his hotel room and she stands there wearing a cleaning uniform, he is cruel. Seeing her makes him feel and he no longer allows that emotion when it comes to her.

There is one issue though… She’s pregnant and it’s his baby.

This is the seventh book in the Smoke series.

Series reading order: Smokeshow | Fireball | Smoke Bomb | Straight Fire | Firecracker | Whiskey Smoke | Smokin’ Hot


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ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Tasha Taggart isn’t a spy. That’s her sisters’ job. Tasha’s support role is all about keeping them alive, playing referee when they fight amongst themselves, and soothing the toughest boss in the world. Working for the CIA isn’t as glamorous as she imagined, and she’s more than a little lonely. So when she meets a charming man in a bar the night before they start their latest op, she decides to give in to temptation. The night was perfect until she discovers she’s just slept with the target of their new investigation. Her sisters will never let her hear the end of this. Even worse, she has to explain the situation to her overprotective father, who also happens to be their boss.

Dare Nash knew exactly how his week in Sydney was going to go—attending boring conferences to represent his family’s business interests and eating hotel food alone. Until he falls under the spell of a stunning and mysterious American woman. Something in Tasha’s eyes raises his body temperature every time she looks at him. She’s captivating, and he’s committed to spending every minute he can with her on this trip, even if her two friends seem awfully intense. He doesn’t trust easily, but it’s not long before he can imagine spending the rest of his life with her.

When Dare discovers Tash isn’t who she seems, the dream turns into a nightmare. She isn’t the only one who deceived him, and now he’s in the crosshairs of adversaries way out of his league. He can’t trust her, but it might take Tasha and her family to save his life and uncover the truth.

This is a standalone novel in the all-new Masters and Mercenaries: New Recruits series.

Series recommended reading order: Love the Way You Spy | Live, Love, Spy (5 Mar 2024)


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS + FORCED PROXIMITY

The heart wants what it wants…convenient or not.

Instead of winning a prestigious cooking competition, Sundia Sharma won infamy by breaking her tailbone on television. Thinking her culinary dreams are over, she prepares to head back to her corporate accounting job. That is, until a world-famous celebrity chef, impressed by her innovative recipes, offers her an internship at his new restaurant. It’s Sundia’s last shot to prove to herself—and her family—that she has what it takes. If only her crush wasn’t the chef’s personal assistant…and her new roommate.

With a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation, Avery Daniels is practically famous—perhaps infamous—as far as West Coast lesbians go. As the right-hand woman to a celebrity chef, Avery barely has time to breathe, let alone do dinner or dates. She prides herself on staying cool in all situations, but something about Sundia gets under her skin—and in the stone-cold heart she denies having.

Sundia can’t afford any more mishaps—or temptations—and firmly friend zones Avery. But staying apart gets more challenging as both their walls slowly crumble in and out of the kitchen.

This is a standalone novel in the Romance in the City series.

Series recommended reading order: Penny for Your Heart | Can’t Stand the Heat | Avery Daniels Is Off Limits


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SMALL TOWN + SINGLE PARENT

Love wasn’t the daily special when a grumpy small-town baker delivers a baby in his bakery. Now, all he can think about is that sweet bundle and her tempting single mother.

Having a baby in a bakery gives new meaning to taking the bun out of the oven.

I’d been in Curmudgeon Bakery for one of those lemon baby-Bundt cakes I’d been craving since I found out I was pregnant.

The draw had nothing to do with the baker himself. Tall, tatted, and edgy, looking more like a biker than a man who makes baked goods. I hardly knew him other than taking a tumble in a rainstorm in front of his shop . . . and then tossing myself at him after he rescued me.

We shared a moment but it’s not what you’d think.

Months later, he delivered my baby among his cookies and cakes. Talk about a second chance encounter.

Then he whips up a plan to pretend to be my baby’s father, and everything heats up from there.

My body.

My heart.

My willingness to accept a perfect stranger’s kindness despite him telling me over and over he isn’t who I think he is.

I beg to differ.

He’s that sugary drizzle on a citrus-flavored, guilty pleasure that’s bad for the hips, but together—him, and me, and baby—we’re the perfect blend of ingredients that might do all our hearts some good.

This is a standalone novel in the all-new Sterling Falls series.

Click to Read An Excerpt


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REVERSE AGE GAP

Grayson McKnight

I haven’t been having much luck on the dating scene lately, ever since my breakup with my longtime college girlfriend. I thought being twenty-five and single would be a blast, but dating apps are trash and I’ve managed to get nothing but three fake numbers at my favorite bar.

Thankfully, the actual owner of the third fake number was kind enough to reply to let me know I’d texted the wrong number. She was warm and open and expressed curiosity about the fake number I’d been given, so we got to texting. She gave me some flirting advice, so I can get a real number next time. But she was so hot when dispensing her advice, and also so kind, I saved her as Hot Teacher in my phone and mustered the courage to ask her for drinks tonight. Not to get more advice, but to persuade her to give me a shot herself. And she said yes. Well, actually, she said maybe. But I honestly think she’s coming.

Sight unseen, I’m already far more attracted to Hot Teacher than anyone I’ve met on the dating scene, so I’m going to pull out all the stops tonight, if she comes to the bar. The thing is, I might be shy and terrible at flirting, but if Hot Teacher gives me a shot, I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to surprise her behind closed doors. I’ve been studying up so diligently since my breakup, in fact, I’m pretty damned sure I’d be able to blow her beautiful mind, if only she’ll give me the chance.

This is a standalone novel.


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One of my most anticipated reads of the summer was the latest instalment in Kristen Ashley’s River Rain saga, and it had everything to do with the fact that it was Hale and Elsa’s story. When Corey Szabo took his own life at the start of this series, he left his friends and family broken and confused, desperate to put together the pieces of a life that was as exceptional as it was tragic. But no one lost more on that fated day than his estranged son and only heir, Hale Wheeler. In this book, we get to see how the enormous fortune that his father left him and the newfound fame that inevitably followed changed Hale’s life. But we also get to watch him fight and lose the pull of falling in love, something he’s vowed never to do. Because when he meets Elsa Cohen, the celebrity news journalist who’s been reporting on his famous family, they might go head-to-head every time they cross paths, but their connection only grows. Kristen Ashley delivers a story that is both emotional and beautifully heartbreaking at the same time, and I cherished every moment spent with these characters.

Read More...

A new Kate Canterbary novel automatically goes on top of my reading pile, no matter what, and I absolutely loved returning to her quirky town of Friendship, Rhode Island. As the eldest son of two well-intentioned but absent-minded parents, Beckett Loew knows a thing or two about how to deal with other people’s problems quickly and efficiently. So, when his parents find themselves embroiled in an embezzlement scam, he returns to their small town to help save the family’s oyster bar, as well as take care of his teenage brother. But things get even more complicated when he realises that the owner of the new café next door to the oyster bar is none other than Sunny duJardin, his best friend’s little sister. And she seems to hate him on sight. They’re complete opposite in every possible way—he’s broody and grumpy, she’s cheery and light—yet the more they bicker, the more they can’t keep their hands off each other. But what happens once all the little fires are out and Beckett has to go back to his old life? I walked away from this book smiling ear to ear.

Read More...

Two high school rivals find themselves on a two-week honeymoon road trip that their grandparents never went on in one of the most enjoyable romances I read this year. While browsing through her late grandmother’s belongings, Noelle Shepard finds a dusty old envelope containing photos and a letter from a secret lover who clearly loved her grandmother deeply but never got to marry her. Through a social media video that ends up going viral, she tracks down the man in question, only to realise that his grandson is her high school arch-nemesis Theo. Desperate to hold on to her beloved grandmother’s memory any way she can, Noelle agrees to go on a road trip with them both, following the sixty-year-old honeymoon that never happened. But two weeks on the road with a man who drives her crazy in every possible way can only spell trouble…of the best kind. Jessica Joyce paints the characters with vibrant brush strokes, delivering a timeless love story that is equal parts sexy, sweet, and aching in its telling of two young people desperate to be loved by someone who wants them exactly as they are.

Read More...

This was my first book from Tal Bauer and it’ll be my first of many. I’m not sure what I fell in love with more—Tal’s exquisite prose or his ability to rip my heart out of my chest with just a few words, but Wyatt and Noël’s slow-burning love story owned me beginning to end. In this opposites-attract romance, two men meet on their way to a romantic resort in Mexico; one of them is going there for his brother’s destination wedding, and the other is on the honeymoon of a wedding that never happened—his own. They start off as friends, as two lonely men looking for an emotional connection with someone who makes them feel safe, but their bond grows fast and deeply, until the mere idea of parting ways hurts them both. When real life forces them in two very different directions, they must decide whether what they found in Mexico is worth fighting for. I get shivers just thinking about this story.

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