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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

24 October, 2023

NEW RELEASES

FRIENDS TO LOVERS + GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + SECOND CHANCES + SMALL TOWN

What’s a brokenhearted romance novelist to do when an interview accidentally turns her into the villain?

I’ll tell you one thing—the plan definitely wasn’t to turn to the man who taught me that happily ever afters exist only on the page. But when Dante Thompson shows up on my front porch with his gorgeous face, golden retriever energy, and an outrageous offer, am I actually considering saying yes?

It’s been six years. I’m older. I should be wiser. My charming ex, a Hollywood fixer, claims he’s got the perfect answer to both our predicaments: A splashy fake relationship that will give everyone something else to talk about.

He’s not wrong. Everyone loves a good love story…even if it’s just for show. But I don’t trust myself to even pretend to let him in again. Especially considering how things ended the first time around.

Not to mention the secrets I’m still keeping from him. They’re even darker than they were six years ago.

This is a standalone novel.

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WORKPLACE ROMANCE

Carson Ballard isn’t only lactose intolerant—he’s intolerable. No wonder his assistant quit on him without notice.

Okay, okay, he has a right to be angry at me for dumping an armful of sticky breakfast plates on his head. It was an accident, I swear.
But now I’m out of a job—not that I’m any good at waiting tables—and Carson’s mother is offering to hire me.

There’s no way I can work for him. I may be from the sticks, but Davis Turner is nobody’s fool. Not anymore.
I refuse to be Carson’s next victim. Something will turn up. I’ll take anything. As long as I can hide away in the city, where my ex can’t find me.
Except my bank account is at rock bottom and rent is due. I’m running out of food. And time.

I guess I have to work for Carson. He’ll be my boss—nothing more. I can keep things professional.

There’s just one little problem.
Carson may not be as horrible as I thought. He’s trying so hard to right the wrongs of his father and brother, who left him with a mess most people would walk away from.
But Carson Ballard isn’t most people. And he won’t accept defeat.

Damn you, Carson.
Why do you have to be so nice…so generous…so wickedly funny and so, so sexy?
You’re offering me a future…if I can ignore the mistakes of my past.
You’re an impossible man who’s making everything possible.

How can I not fall for you?

This is a standalone novel.


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DOMESTIC SUSPENSE

You can’t believe all of them, but can you trust any of them?

Lily Black was presumed dead for years.
Now, she’s back in the unquestioning arms of her loving husband, Kane.

Where she’s been remains a mystery, but her past sins haunt her and bring deadly danger into the lives of the family.

Meanwhile Aliyah, Kane’s mother, has worked hard for her position of power. She has never believed Lily is who she says she is, and will stop at nothing to expose her.

Amy, Kane’s sister-in-law, has always been a pawn in the dangerous games this family plays. But she knows she deserves more, and will do anything to claim the biggest prize.

Three women fight to outrun their pasts.

But could they have more in common than they think?

This is the second and final book in the Blacklist duet.

Series reading order: So Close | Too Far


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ENEMIES WITH BENEFITS

Pine River was supposed to be a new start for me.
And it was, especially attending school with my three overprotective cousins, who were the triplets at the top of the social hierarchy.
Except they weren’t alone there, and the first day when I came to school, I saw him.

Scout Raiden.
Tall. Lean. Tattooed. Mesmerizing.
He was a golden god with dark and piercing eyes, looking like he wanted to eat me up.

The feeling was mutual, and that was a problem.
It was a lust-want-must have-loathing-hate experience all at once. I was affected.
And I couldn’t have that. No way.
Not after what I’d just left in Cedra Valley.

I didn’t care how much money his uncle had.
I didn’t care that it seemed every girl wanted him.
I didn’t care about his reputation as an up-and-coming fighter.
Or the promise of how those hands would make me feel.

What I did care about was staying as far away from Scout as possible.
Because the promise of his presence, the heat that was going to turn the light back on in my world wasn’t a promise at all.
It was a threat.

I wasn’t going to survive Scout Raiden.

This is a standalone novel.


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SECOND CHANCES

Everyone thinks LYRA MCKENDRICK is magic. She’s not, for the record, just a lawyer who predicted a few outcomes that were blown out of proportion in the robust Townsend Harbor rumor mill. After a messy breakup in which she lost her thriving practice, she’s returned to her hometown to lick her wounds and is persuaded by a local town cook to capitalize on her cringe-worthy reputation by running the local new-age shop. How hard could it be to sell chakra-cleansing crystals, libraries worth of tarot cards, crops of candles, and enough incense to choke out Willie Nelson’s entire entourage? When one of Townsend Harbor’s many ancient trees threatens her plumbing, she engages Cypress Forrester, aka “Cy the Tree Guy” to rid her of the problem. Instead, he seems intent on becoming one.

Cy’s family have been arborists and healers for generations, and they’re firm believers in the mysticism of trees, among other things. When she hires him to chop down an endangered tree to save her business, they find themselves on opposite ends of a battle neither of them is willing to lose. As a man tethered by indigenous roots to the earth, Cy immediately realizes Lyra is a woman who lives in her head, which often disassociates her from her heart, body, and intuition. It’s how she always finds “practical” explanations for the series of unexplained, serendipitous coincidences that keep thrusting them together. Alone. But Cy knows better, and he realizes that he must tempt her out of her thoughts and back into her body, and what better way to do that than by a thorough seduction?

This is a standalone novel in the Townsend Harbor series.

Series recommended reading order: Nevermore Bookstore | Brewbies | Bazaar Girls | Star-Crossed | Sirens (2024)


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SECRET RELATIONSHIP + RIVALS + SPORTS ROMANCE

Tucker: I’ve hated spoiled, cocky Patrick Whitt since the first time I saw him at football camp when we were kids.

Once we made it to the NFL, of course, he landed on the LA Royals, the biggest rivals of my team, the Denver Rush. Everything about him rubs me the wrong way…until one unexpected night, we happen to rub each other the right way, and suddenly I can’t get enough of him.

And Patrick can’t get enough of me either.

I’m his secret, and he’s mine, stealing moments together where he comes undone for me.

There’s more to Patrick than I thought, and now one thing is clear to me.

Despite all of the obstacles in our way, Patrick Whitt is mine.

Whitt: I don’t know what it is about Malik Tucker that gets under my skin, but he irritates the hell out of me. Maybe it’s that he was drafted instead of me to my dream NFL team, the Denver Rush. Or maybe it’s that he’s a force to be reckoned with on the field and adored by fans and his family off the field. He seems to be living the perfect life while I live the perfect lie.

And then we have a chance encounter that changes everything.

We keep it professional on the field, but off the field, there’s all kinds of illegal contact happening between us. Every time we’re together, I’m drawn in deeper, intoxicated by the way Malik makes me feel, the things we do to each other in the bedroom.

At some point, we’re going to have to let go, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to.

This is a standalone novel in the Playing for Keeps series.

Series recommended reading order: Rookie Move | False Start | Illegal Contact


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TEACHER/STUDENT + AGE GAP + SECRET ROMANCE + FORBIDDEN ROMANCE

I want you to be my first.

Class is now in session.
Mr. North didn’t sleep with students. Everybody knew it because every girl in school was at least a little bit in love with him. Including Nova Monroe.
Mr. North was perfect, big and gorgeous, a former college football player turned high school coach, he was a hunk as well as a studious professor.
No one could look at him and not crave his approval.
She wanted his approval. But above all, she wanted his attention.

Nova was a problem for him; his most vexatious student.
She offered him her virginity on a silver platter. Taking what she offered would destroy his teaching career, moreover, it went against everything he believed in, but he’d never wanted anything more.
When he finds out she’s homeless, he offers her a place to stay. They end up living together, and things get even more out of hand.
Can he resist her? Or will he risk it all and give in to temptation?

This is a standalone novel.


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FORBIDDEN ROMANCE + SINGLE MUM + WIDOW

Billionaire playboy.
Next-door neighbor.
And apparently… my new gynecologist.

I’m a widow. A single mom. And the new girl in a small town.

I’m also in the midst of the most important battle of my life—fighting my in-laws for custody of my son.

The circumstances that brought me to Calloway Creek come with perks. A new employer, a company house, and a gorgeous neighbor who is the perfect distraction from my heartache.
The problem with this distraction? The whole town has warned me away from Hudson McQuaid. But I don’t see the side of him everyone else sees.

When flirtation turns into feelings, lines get crossed. And the consequences could derail my security, my job, and everything I’ve worked so hard for.

This is a standalone novel in the McQuaid Brothers series.

Series recommended reading order: No Small Bet | No Easy Dare | No Simple Lie


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DARK MAFIA ROMANCE + EROTIC THRILLER

She came to me looking for salvation.

She came to me looking to save a family that didn’t even want her.

But I didn’t want money. I didn’t want her father’s and brother’s debt paid off in blood.

My obsession went far deeper than anything I’d ever experienced.

It was fast and hot, an inferno that leveled everything around me like a trigger being pulled.

I sent her away, humiliated her, made her think I wanted nothing from her.

That was the biggest lie I’d ever told. Because what I wanted was everything from her.

I was the villain. The bad guy. And she’d be mine.

This is a standalone novel.


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DARK FANTASY ROMANCE

The immortal prince must fall.

Callie:
I’m on a quest to reach my sister, to claim her from the clutches of the vampires who seized my family and end the immortal life of the prince who claimed her.

But the path this dark slayer is taking me on is rife with danger, though the kind he weaves is fast becoming my favourite temptation.

Familiars watch us from the shadows, and one wrong move could see the vampires stalking us in the dark. But they aren’t my only concern anymore, because the gods of old are waking, and now one of them has their sights set on us.

No matter what fate throws our way, I will rescue my family, even if it costs me everything.

Montana:
I fear this game will end in blood.

I’m so deeply involved in Erik Belvedere’s cunning plans, and the cost is rising by the hour. I’ll do anything I can to protect my family, but this ritual only ends one way.

A human bride for a vampire prince.

And the game is getting more deadly. Elite vampires are showing up dead in the city, and I’m sure I’ve seen the killer before…

If only I could act on logic, maybe this wouldn’t be so impossible. But I’m starting to crave the monster who holds me captive.

If I can’t break free of his allure, how will I ever save myself and those I love?

This is the second book in the Age of Vampires series.

Series reading order: Eternal Reign | Immortal Prince | Infernal Creatures (28 Nov 2023)


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PRO HOCKEY ROMANCE + TEAMMATE’S LITTLE SISTER/BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND + FORCED PROXIMITY + AGE GAP

My brother’s teammates know not to touch me — but that doesn’t stop me from daring Jaxson Brittain to be the first to break the rule.

After one steamy night in Austin, I’m all too aware of the hot, broody defenseman with icy blue eyes and ink sprawling his muscular arms. He was the one my brother assigned to keep me safe — and I had far too much fun tempting him to be the one to put me in danger.

It was just one night of tip-toeing the line, of teasing and flirting and messing around knowing nothing would ever come of it.

But when the universe throws me back into his lap two weeks later and we end up on a secret road trip together, all bets are off.

I can’t help but touch him. I can’t help but pray for him to touch me. And I can’t resist the temptation to test him at every turn.

Jaxson is smart and doesn’t have a death wish. So, like a gentleman, he keeps his hands to himself… the jerk.

But the closer we get on the road and the farther we get from reality, the less those warning signs from my brother seem to deter him.

When we started this road trip, we set a boundary. We promised to keep all arms and legs safely in the friend zone.

Now, miles and miles away from all the reasons we shouldn’t, all I can hear is my heart thumping out the resounding reason we should.

And the way those heated blue eyes watch me, I know I’m not the only one.

This is a standalone novel in the Kings of the Ice series.

Series recommended reading order: Meet Your Match | Watch Your Mouth | Learn Your Lesson (Apr 2024)


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AGE GAP

She’s lonely, rich, and ten years too young for him—but she’s also his “sugar daddy,” and they couldn’t have less in common.

MBA student Caroline Sedlacek knows her personal balance sheet is a little lopsided. On the asset side, at twenty-two she’s got an NCAA trophy, a great education…and the two million dollars she unexpectedly inherited. Liabilities? She’s never had friends, a boyfriend, or any life experiences away from the tennis court or the classroom. She’d love to invest herself in everything else, but “everything else” never came easily for her.

In the ten years since he left art school as a vaunted prodigy, Adrian Landry has won shows and major prizes—and done his best to shed his reputation as a pretty man who makes pretty paintings. Though currently broke and sleeping off a bad break-up on his college roommate’s couch, he knows this is the chance to get his life back on track at thirty-three—he just needs the money to find a new gallery.

When Adrian’s roommate lists him on a thinly veiled escort site, Caroline is not the patron he expected. She’s way too young, way too naive, and loudly uninterested in having sex with him. Instead, they’re both going to get exactly what they want: a little culture on her side, and a lot of cash on his. Aside from their sugar baby arrangement, they’ve got nothing in common. But as they reel from the symphony to the Haymarket, they learn that what they want and what they need might be two very different things.

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.

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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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We have all the details of Katherine Center‘s upcoming novel, and the hero is the screenwriter who wrote the movie that made Jack Stapleton famous (in The Bodyguard). It comes out in June 2024.

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A Blood and Ash/Flesh and Fire Compendium is coming in February 2024 from Jennifer L. Armentrout (with Rayvn Salvador). It’s a comprehensive companion guide for background, history, reader-favoUrite information, art, and reference materials, as well as original short stories and scenes from some of the most beloved characters.

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