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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

17 October, 2023

NEW RELEASES

BEST FRIEND’S SISTER + SINGLE DAD + SMALL TOWN + BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE

I’ve been in love with Benedict Farrow since I was fourteen years old.

He’s my older brother’s best friend.

One night we almost crossed that line.

One night I almost got everything I wanted.

Now he’s moved back to our small town—a hot single dad with a daughter.

But I have finally moved on. I have a boyfriend who I actually like.

I let Benedict go—Didn’t I?

Hot, arrogant, confident Dr. Benedict Farrow is out of my life.

At least, I think he is.

But when he makes me laugh, I wonder if I ever got over him.

There’s no one who knows me better than him.

How can someone I loved so much cause me so much pain now?

If we went there again, it would ruin everything.

This is the eighth book in the Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Faking the Game | Can’t Help Love | Along Came You | My Favorite Mistake | The Way of Us | Meant For Me | Finally Found You | Where We Belong

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GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + SINGLE MUM + FORCED PROXIMITY + SMALL TOWN

It was supposed to be a fresh start. A small town where I could hide my little girl from the shadows that haunt us. A place where I could keep us safe.

The last thing I expected was him.

A surly, broody mountain of a man who helps me save an injured deer in a snowstorm.

Now, Roan Hartley keeps showing up with his glowers and grimaces. But they only make his rare smiles and the gentle way he talks to my daughter mean that much more.

When forces from my past find us, Roan is determined to keep us safe—even if that means sleeping on my ancient couch every night.

As days turn to weeks, his touch has my walls crashing down. But someone out there doesn’t want me to find happiness. He doesn’t want me left breathing at all…

This is the fourth 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 | Shadows of You | Ashes of You (6 Feb 2024)


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

Foster
I moved to a new city for a librarian job at the university, and though I’m enjoying the change, it does little to dispel the dull grayness of my world. When my dog, Oscar, forms an instant bond with a man living in a yellow tent, my surroundings begin to feel more vibrant and full of possibility. I’m first drawn to Lachlan’s soulful eyes, and then to his kind nature and resilient spirit. I want to know more about him, and Oscar seeking him out on our daily walks provides me with that opportunity.

Lachlan
One split-second decision leads to losing everything and living on the streets. Still, I’d choose my current conditions over being harmed by someone I loved. The only bright spot in my struggle to survive is the handsome stranger and his dog. Despite how compassionate Foster seems, I don’t want any handouts. I need to stay safe and stand on my own two feet after what I’ve been through. But when I find myself in a bind, I allow Foster to rescue me, if only for a night.

Our circumstances couldn’t be more different, and yet I’m drawn to Foster in ways I hadn’t expected. When our attraction skyrockets, Foster assures me that finding comfort in each other doesn’t hurt anyone. But when it becomes something deeper—meaningful conversations and mind-blowing intimacy—it occurs to me that I might’ve met the right man at the wrong time. Story of my life.

This is a standalone novel.


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FAKE AMNESIA + FORCED PROXIMITY

Sam Becker loves—or, okay, likes—his job. Sure, managing a bed and bath retailer isn’t exactly glamorous, but it’s good work and he gets on well with the band of misfits who keep the store running. He could see himself being content here for the long haul. Too bad, then, that the owner is an infuriating git.

Jonathan Forest should never have hired Sam. It was a sentimental decision, and Jonathan didn’t get where he is by following his heart. Determined to set things right, Jonathan orders Sam down to London for a difficult talk…only for a panicking Sam to trip, bump his head, and maybe accidentally imply he doesn’t remember anything?

Faking amnesia seemed like a good idea when Sam was afraid he was getting sacked, but now he has to deal with the reality of Jonathan’s guilt—as well as the unsettling fact that his surly boss might have a softer side to him. There’s an unexpected freedom in getting a second shot at a first impression…but as Sam and Jonathan grow closer, can Sam really bring himself to tell the truth, or will their future be built entirely on one impulsive lie?

This is a standalone novel in the all-new Material World Series.


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS + SURPRISE BABY

From the moment she fell out of the tree in his backyard, ruining his eighth birthday party, Genesis Stoll had been Kye Levine’s best friend. The one person he knew would be there no matter what. She was his escape, his sunshine when the darkness in his world got too deep. When he had her to run to, he knew no matter how twisted his life got, she would remind him who he was. He would never lose himself. She wouldn’t let him.

Genesis had loved Kye most of their life, in a way she knew Kye didn’t reciprocate. If she had ever told him, it would have likely destroyed their friendship, and she wasn’t willing to take that chance. Besides, Kye would never fall in love and be in a relationship. He was a wild, free spirit.

When an old boyfriend with a past intertwined with both Genesis and Kye walks back into her life, she feels things for him—believing that he could be the man to give her a family, love, and security. All the things she knew Kye never would.

Just as things begin to fall into place for Genesis and the new man in her life, Kye walks in her door with a baby. One he didn’t know existed. One whose mother had dropped off like unwanted baggage. A baby boy that belongs to Kye.

This is the eighth book in the Smoke series.

Series reading order: Smokeshow | Fireball | Smoke Bomb | Straight Fire | Firecracker | Whiskey Smoke | Smokin’ Hot | Burn | Scorch (12 Nov 2023)


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SECOND CHANCES + SURPRISE PREGNANCY + WORKPLACE ROMANCE

Noah Westcott should come with a warning: Too Hot to Handle!

The man is stunningly handsome with his embracing brown eyes and lips that make me want to kiss that smirk right off his face.

How could I resist?

Spoiler: I didn’t.

That was my first mistake.

I blame him for the second. It should have been easy and fun. No strings attached. No feelings. As if he commanded it like he did me in the bedroom, I did exactly what I said I wouldn’t. I fell for him.

Two years later, the same man walks into my life. Again. A lot has changed. Not his devastating good looks, or that smug grin, but for me everything.

Now that Noah’s back—in my office and hanging around after hours—I can’t get distracted. I must protect my secret—the one who calls me Mommy.

This is a standalone novel.


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PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Hazy Florence is on track to graduate top of her class but she’s determined to have a little fun along the way.

As soon as she lays eyes on her mysterious and swoony new neighbour – Godric Hawthorn – Hazy knows he is just what she needs and they instantly fall for each other.

But this is no quintessential college romance. Godric has a secret . . . he’s a vampire.

Dating a vampire comes with its own messy complications. And then there’s Hazy’s jealous ex-boyfriend who’s dangerously close to the truth.

Can Hazy protect her boyfriend’s blood-sucking secret?

Or could there be more at stake than Hazy and Godric’s hearts?

This is a standalone novel. Eva Knight is the new pen name of Helena Hunting.


Amazon UK (eBook currently only available in the UK) | Print

FRIENDS TO LOVERS + FORCED PROXIMITY + HOLIDAY ROMANCE

All Nova Williams wants is a magical first Christmas on board her narrowboat, Majestic. Movies, carols, and a hint of sparkle. Until her Hollywood A-lister and Christmas-hating best friend hammers on her door in the middle of the night. Only now, he’s looking at her in ways that make her believe Christmas wishes do sometimes come true.

All Presley James wants is to hide from the press and save his detonated career. And there is only one place he can go. To Nova and her narrowboat. Except the confined space of Majestic must be messing with his brain. Surely he doesn’t really want to kiss his best friend, until he finds himself doing just that as their feelings boil over.

But when Presley’s agent suggests a fake relationship with a leading actress to save his career, he faces a choice. Stay with Nova and lose the career he loves, or go back to LA and lose the woman he’s falling in love with.

This is a standalone novella.

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AGE GAP

When I met Thayer Holmes, I had no idea how much he would single-handedly change my life.

Our journey hasn’t been an easy one, but it has been ours.

We’ve fought through the impossible and come out stronger because of it.

But happily-ever-after isn’t a destination. It’s a never-ending road trip with bumps along the way.

Some bumps are bigger than others, but none of it matters as long as we have each other, right?

This is a novella in the Wildflower series and it concludes Thayer and Salem’s story.

Series reading order: The Confidence of Wildflowers | The Resurrection of Wildflowers | Thayer and Salem (novella)


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DARK ROMANCE

Remi Hayes is beginning to think she’s cursed—her fiancé cheated on her, her brother Jude is a major pain in her ass, and the moldering mansion she inherited from her uncle might just be haunted.

Flipping Blackleaf Manor already feels impossible, even before Remi is blackmailed by Dane Covett, the dangerously hot doctor-next-door, and Grimstone’s most eligible bachelor—if you can ignore the fact that everyone in town thinks he murdered his wife.

Remi doesn’t want to believe it, especially after Dane sews up a gash in her thigh and steals a kiss in payment—a kiss that makes it hard to walk for reasons that have nothing to do with an injured leg.

But as the renovation takes a strange and violent turn, Remi must decide if Dane is the one haunting her nights, or if he’s trying to protect her from something much worse…

This is a standalone novel.


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Sixteen long years behind bars. Almost half his life. But finally, freedom and a future Dominic can see. Yet as he steps into the world, a whispered threat shatters his hopes of a fresh start. He’ll never be able to stop looking over his shoulder.

Ren narrowly survives the most dangerous situation of his life, but at least his attackers think he’s dead. Spending the summer stuck on his brother’s archaeological dig isn’t his idea of fun, but it beats being fussed over by his mother. It’s as good a place as any to heal physical and mental scars, and he has plenty of those.

The roar of Ren’s motorbike is his lifeline, the one thing that makes him feel truly alive. But a moment’s lapse in concentration and he knocks Dominic off his feet. The accident brings together two damaged souls whose pasts won’t stay buried. With danger on their tail, hanging on to hope—and to each other—won’t be easy.

This is a standalone novel in the Fate We Make series.

Series recommended reading order: He’s The One | Hold On


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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.

Read More...

Bookish News

Vi Keeland has revealed the cover of her first thriller, which follows a New York psychiatrist’s dark descent into dangerous obsession. It comes out in May 2024.

Read More...

We have the cover of the ninth instalment in Abbi Glines‘ sizzling Smoke series, out on 12 Nov.

Read More...

Melanie Harlow has revealed the cover of her upcoming enemies-to-lovers, fake relationship, small town romance—the third standalone book in her Cherry Tree Harbor series—out on 20 Nov.

Read More...

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