For Landon Stackhouse, being called up from the Calgary farm team is exciting and terrifying, even if, as the backup goalie, he rarely leaves the bench. A quiet loner by nature, Landon knows he gives off strong “don’t talk to me” vibes. The only player who doesn’t seem to notice is Calgary’s superstar young winger, Casey Hicks.
Casey treats Landon like an old friend, even though they’ve only interacted briefly in the past. He’s endlessly charming and completely laid-back in a way that Landon absolutely can’t relate to. They couldn’t have less in common, but Landon needs a place to live that’s not a hotel room and Casey has just bought a massive house—and hates being alone.
As roommates, Casey refuses to be defeated by Landon’s one-word answers. As friends, Landon comes to notice a few things about Casey, like his wide, easy smile and sparkling green-blue eyes. Spending the holidays together only intensifies their bromance-turned-romance. But as the new year approaches, the countdown to the end of Landon’s time in Calgary is on.
This is a standalone novel.
FORBIDDEN + AGE GAP + FORCED PROXIMITY
It was supposed to be one night. Now he’s obsessed.
When my one-night-stand turns into an all-time-fail, I vow not to tell anyone about the much older hottie who walked out on me mid-deed. (On my twenty-first birthday, no less.)
Too bad I bump into my almost lover at my mother’s wedding a few months later.
That’s when I discover he’s none other than Reid Sebastian—my new step cousin and the billionaire son of my step-dad’s rival. Which means he’s my rival, too, obviously.
While I thought he was cruel before, he’s become obsessed with torturing me. And because we’re family, he’s always around.
Now we’re playing a brutal game that neither of us can possibly win.
But I have a secret—the more we play the more I want him. Even if it means we both lose everything.
This is a standalone novel, set in the same world as Brutal Billionaire.
Ruthless. Arrogant. Ice cold.
Everyone warned me that the CFO of McCord Media was a nightmare to work for. I knew it going in, but I figured I could keep my head down and stay under Cole McCord’s radar.
I figured wrong.
Because a month before I started as his assistant, Mr. Ruthless and I spent one scorching hot night together in bed.
In my defense, I had no idea that the gorgeous stranger I hooked up with at my girlfriend’s birthday party would turn out to be my new boss. But company policy forbids work relationships, so it’s strictly business from now on.If only we could stop falling into bed together.
If only he didn’t make me feel things I’ve never felt before.
If only he wasn’t keeping a secret that could destroy us both.
This is a standalone novel in the Morally Gray series.
Series recommended reading order: Liars Like Us | Fall Into You
Their paths collide and chaos explodes.
Trick, the Jacks’s Road Captain and chief mechanic thrives in the gritty world of his motorcycle club. Loyal to his brothers, loves his work, lives for speed. A trail of failed romances defines him, but who needs love? Not Trick. Not anymore.
Until the night his reckless charm ignites a fire he can’t extinguish.
At the one place he shouldn’t be, Trick does the one thing he shouldn’t do–at a rival club’s party he flirts with a forbidden woman.
The second he lays eyes on the stunning blue-eyed blonde with the feisty attitude, he knows she doesn’t belong at this wild and sordid biker blowout.
Nicole is a sheltered rich girl from the opposite side of the tracks, whose attempt at a good deed got her captured by the ruthless biker president.
Impulsive Trick can’t help himself, and he cuts her loose, erupting a firestorm of chaos.
Together this unlikely duo escapes and is forced into a fake relationship to keep themselves, the Jacks, and their allies out of danger.
Yet in the shadow of this danger, their smoldering attraction blazes.
Trick’s icy control melts against Nicole’s fierce spirit, and suddenly the line between fake and real blurs in a whirlwind of emotions and desire.
But another unexpected disaster lurks in the startling secrets Nicole keeps hidden.
Secrets that could shatter their fragile alliance and set off another firestorm that could blast through their club family and their small town of Meager, South Dakota, changing them all forever.
For both Trick and Nicole love is a treacherous gamble. Bold and reckless risks required.
This is a standalone novel in the Lock & Key MC series.
Series recommended reading order: Lock & Key | Random & Rare | Iron & Bone | Blood & Rust | Fury | Lock & Key Christmas (novella) | The Dust and the Roar | The Fire and the Roar: A Legend of Meager (novella) | The Year of Everything: A Legend of Meager (novella) | Thunder & Flare
CHILDHOOD CRUSH TO LOVERS + SMALL TOWN
I thought I’d lost myself…
Until Sam found me. I’m back in Safe Harbor, where I haven’t belonged in over twenty years. I’m unsure how I ended up here, yet I’m certain Sam is the key to finally healing.
But it’s complicated.
Sam’s had a crush on me since we were younger. To me, however, he was always the annoying kid tagging along. Now he’s all grown-up and delightfully bossy—and sexy—as he encourages me to reclaim my health.
I enjoy pushing Sam’s buttons, but one button too many leads to a scorching kiss. Soon, we’re using Sam’s cushy bed for way more than sleeping. But I can’t imagine staying in Safe Harbor forever, and no way is Sam leaving.
Sam’s given me a place to stay, a job at his nonprofit coffee shop, and a sense of purpose when I had none. But can I give him my heart? And more importantly, can I overcome my past to make Safe Harbor my future?
This is a standalone novel in the Safe Harbor series. Each book focuses on a different couple, but the background mystery of the town’s secrets ties the series together.
Series recommended reading order: Bring Me Home | Make Me Stay | Find Me Worthy
FAKE RELATIONSHIP + ENEMIES TO LOVERS + WORKPLACE ROMANCE
While most little girls grow up idolizing Ariel or Belle, I was banging a plastic gavel and pretending to be Judge Judy. I spent my summers divorcing Barbie and Ken and splitting their Dreamhouse assets. Now, my goal to become the very best acquisitions lawyer at the top firm in Chicago is within reach.
I’m one month into my big-girl job at Elwood Hoyt, venti Starbucks in hand, ready to take on the day. The sleek elevator doors are about to close…then he steps in after me. Hudson Rhodes—the one senior partner I was told to avoid at all costs—just so happens to be the heartless villain I’m assigned to work under.
Ever since he found out who I am—the Scarlett Elwood—we’ve been enemies, the sort who constantly bicker and bark, take jabs in the boardroom, and occasionally pop up shirtless in each other’s steamy dreams. Y’know, that kind. He has to know I could run to my dad at any time and demand his firing, but his confident smirk says he knows I’d never give him the satisfaction.
The elevator chimes as we reach our floor, and I feel his broad shoulders pull even with mine. Fury mixes with fear, hatred with lust. He turns to briefly hold my gaze before confidently stepping out in front. His message is clear:
If I want to reach my goal, I’m going to have to go through him first.
This is a standalone novel.
Ada Kelly is doing the best she can. Smart, driven, and practical, she works hard to make her favorite Durham bar, Craft, as successful as possible. Except she’s thwarted at every turn by the sibling drama of the bar’s co-owning trio. Still, she loves her job, and everyone she works with.
Well, almost everyone.
Charlie English is selfish, flakey, and the sexiest man she’s ever known. And he makes her absolutely stupid. Early on in her employment at Craft, Ada made the mistake of sleeping with him. She knew it wasn’t going to go anywhere. Charlie wasn’t the kind of guy who knew how to settle down. Or think about anyone besides himself. So why had she done it? And why would she still do it now? Years later?
Ada has promised herself she’ll never make that mistake again. She’s promised herself she’ll put Charlie in the past where he belongs and move on with her life.
But the thing about promises is . . . they’re meant to be broken.
This is the third and final book in the Decisions in Durham series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Decisions We Make After Midnight | Secrets We Whisper in the Moonlight
Private Detective Cormoran Strike is contacted by a worried father whose son, Will, has gone to join a religious cult in the depths of the Norfolk countryside.
The Universal Humanitarian Church is, on the surface, a peaceable organization that campaigns for a better world. Yet Strike discovers that beneath the surface there are deeply sinister undertones, and unexplained deaths.
In order to try to rescue Will, Strike’s business partner, Robin Ellacott, decides to infiltrate the cult, and she travels to Norfolk to live incognito among its members. But in doing so, she is unprepared for the dangers that await her there or for the toll it will take on her. . .
This is the seventh book in the Cormoran Strike series. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.
Once, there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power and connected by a single city: London. Until the magic grew too fast and forced the worlds to seal the doors between them in a desperate gamble to protect their own. The few magicians who could still open the doors grew more rare as time passed and now, only three Antari are known in recent memory—Kell Maresh of Red London, Delilah Bard of Grey London, and Holland Vosijk, of White London.
But barely a glimpse of them have been seen in the last seven years—and a new Antari named Kosika has appeared in White London, taking the throne in Holland’s absence. The young queen is willing to feed her city with blood, including her own—but her growing religious fervor has the potential to drown it instead.
And back in Red London, King Rhy Maresh is threatened by a rising rebellion, one determined to correct the balance of power by razing the throne entirely.
These two royals from very different empires now face very similar struggles: how to keep their crowns—and their own heads.
Amidst this tapestry of old friends and new enemies, a girl with an unusual magical ability comes into possession of a device that could change the fate of all four worlds.
Her name is Tes, and she’s the only one who can bring them together—or unravel it all.
This is the first book in the all-new Threads of Power series, set in the world of the Shades of Magic trilogy.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS + WORKPLACE ROMANCE
Two hotel receptionists—and arch-rivals—find a collection of old wedding rings and compete to return them to their owners, discovering their own love story along the way.
It’s the busiest season of the year, and Forest Manor Hotel is quite literally falling apart. So when Izzy and Lucas are given the same shift on the hotel’s front desk, they have no choice but to put their differences aside and see it through.
The hotel won’t stay afloat beyond Christmas without some sort of miracle. But when Izzy returns a guest’s lost wedding ring, the reward convinces management that this might be the way to fix everything. With four rings still sitting in the lost & found, the race is on for Izzy and Lucas to save their beloved hotel—and their jobs.
As their bitter rivalry turns into something much more complicated, Izzy and Lucas begin to wonder if there’s more at stake here than the hotel’s future. Can the two of them make it through the season with their hearts intact?
This is a standalone novel.
GHOST + FORCED PROXIMITY
Jillian Nejat is the only dating and relationship expert on the planet who is incapable of speaking to men. If they’re living, if they’re breathing, it’s game over.
With her bank account at zero, her career a dumpster fire, and her dating life in a ten-year slump, she moves into a tiny, dirt-cheap NYC apartment.
Unfortunately, the apartment is already occupied.
Daniel (no-last-name) is a sexy, shirtless, six-pack wielding heartthrob who is also…dead.
He isn’t living. He isn’t breathing. He’s a ghost. He’s also the only man on the planet who Jillian can talk to.
Soon, Daniel’s convinced that it’s his afterlife mission to resurrect Jillian’s love life. He knows, if he helps her fall in love then he can move on. Jillian agrees. The last thing she needs is a Lothario ghost haunting her living room.
But then, one practice date leads to another, one confession leads to more, and suddenly Jillian fears she’s falling for the one man she can never have.
This is a standalone novel in the Ghosted series.
Series recommended reading order: Ghosted | Switched (Feb 2024)
Mia Madden is pretty sure that the road to dating app hell is paved with suspiciously hot profiles. Take tonight’s date, for example. Alex Conroy is unreasonably gorgeous—he’s got that whole “board-room in the streets, lumberjack in the sheets” happening—but he also represents everything she loathes about corporate hustle culture. Yet another lousy date to laugh-cry about later.
Except, it turns out that Alex is also the hot-shot new boss her dad can’t stop complaining about—the Forbes 30-under-30 company fixer of his nightmares. Worse, their respective best friends are dating. F. M. L. Suddenly, Mia and Alex are constantly thrown together, whether they’re forced to double date, trapped on a sunset cruise, or having to mingle at the company picnic. Not awkward at all.
Now she’s stuck in a romantic-comedy of errors, where she’s kinda, sorta, accidentally dating her enemy. And she’s not sure which is worse: that he could ruin her dad’s career, or that she might actually like him.
This is a standalone novel.
Is love enough?
Ava Steel is haunted by a ghost that has come back from the grave. She questions who she is and whether she’s capable of being in a relationship with Brendan Murphy, the man she loves. As she shuts down her bakery—something she never does—to deal with these newly discovered secrets, she shuts down her relationship with Brendan as well.
Brendan doesn’t want to let Ava go, but he’s dealing with his own issues. As his connection to the Steel family is finally revealed, he and the townspeople of Snow Creek face a financial crisis—one the Steels can’t help them solve.
As more and more secrets are unburied from both Ava’s and Brendan’s past, they fight to find their way back together. But the obstacles are large and seem insurmountable.
This is the twenty-seventh book in The Steel Brothers Saga and it is not a standalone novel.
Series reading order: Craving | Obsession | Possession | Melt | Burn | Surrender | Shattered | Twisted | Unraveled | Breathless | Ravenous | Insatiable | Fate | Legacy | Descent | Awakened | Cherished | Freed | Spark | Flame | Blaze | Smolder | Flare | Scorch | Chance | Fortune | Destiny | Melody (26 Dec 2023) | Harmony (26 Mar 2024) | Encore (25 Jun 2024)
REVERSE AGE GAP
Kellan Kyle finally has everything he’s always wanted—a woman who loves him more than he ever thought possible, family who genuinely cares about him, and the best friends a person could ask for. His band has found success, and they are well on their way to making their dreams come true. But as Kellan quickly learns, sometimes dreams come with a price.
As the band’s popularity increases, Kellan becomes the focal point of a global media frenzy, one that threatens every aspect of the wonderful life he’s been building. With every step, Kellan is pressured, manipulated, and exploited by powerful people who will do anything to achieve their goals. As the hysteria surrounding Kellan escalates, he wonders if his rocketing fame will be a new beginning…or the end of everything.
This is a retelling of the book Reckless, told from Kellan’s point of view.
Series reading order: Thoughtless | Effortless | Reckless | Thoughtful (retelling of Thoughtless from hero’s point of view) | Untamed | Painful (retelling of Effortless from hero’s point of view) | Wonderful (retelling of Reckless from hero’s point of view)
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