“The first year is when some of us lose our lives. The second year is when the rest of us lose our humanity.” —Xaden Riorson
Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College—Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky.
Now the real training begins, and Violet’s already wondering how she’ll get through. It’s not just that it’s grueling and maliciously brutal, or even that it’s designed to stretch the riders’ capacity for pain beyond endurance. It’s the new vice commandant, who’s made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is–unless she betrays the man she loves.
Although Violet’s body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else’s, she still has her wits—and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules.
But a determination to survive won’t be enough this year.
Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College—and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.
This is the second book in The Empyrean series.
Series reading order: Fourth Wing | Iron Flame
✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | BDSM ROMANCE + ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Auto mechanic Erin Lockwood is not only newly divorced; she’s practically penniless.
When her emotionally-abusive ex flees the country to escape arrest for blackmailing other politicians, it’s actually a relief—a chance to reclaim her life. But retreating to the mountain house gifted by her mother, she’s met by hostility from the nearby town. The locals blame Erin for her ex’s corrupt actions that led to the construction of a private prison, drawing gangs, violence, and death.
Wilderness guide Wyatt Masterson lives by one rule: Don’t Date Locals.
It’s a rule he’s followed effortlessly until Erin moves to town, and the city girl gets herself lost in the unforgiving woods. He doesn’t want to like the politician’s ex, but how can he resist the little mechanic’s chin-up attitude, her fortitude, and her unwavering honesty?
Erin finds Wyatt devastatingly attractive.
The big, rugged cowboy is tough and confident. An unshakable shelter. However, it’s too soon to get involved with anyone. Look what a mistake she made with her marriage. She needs time to heal and rediscover herself.
But time is the one thing they don’t have.
Her ex’s crimes have borne violent fruit, and no one in town is safe.
This is the tenth book in the Mountain Masters & Dark Haven series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Master of the Mountain | Simon Says: Mine (novella) | Master of the Abyss | Master of the Dark Side (novella) | My Liege of Dark Haven | Edge of the Enforcer | Master of Freedom (novella) | Master of Solitude | I Will Not Beg | Master of the Wilderness
FRENEMIES TO LOVERS + ONE NIGHT STAND + SMALL TOWN
Everything is falling apart.
I just got fired—by my father.
My boyfriend decided I wasn’t good enough—during my Grandma’s funeral.
That hot guy I met at the bar—I didn’t get one kiss from him.
All I have left is to start a new life.
But before I embark into the unknown, I head to Kentbury.
Someone has to warn my paternal grandmother that her son wants to leave her destitute.
And who do I find instead?
Tall, hot, and delicious Bishop Harris.
My failed one-night stand.
He’s trying to run me out of town.
But between the autumn festivals, apple picking, and hard cider, things get a lot more interesting
I go from trying to avoid the small town to wondering if I can spend more than Fall in Kentbury.
This is a standalone novella in the Kentbury Taless series.
Series recommended reading order: Christmas in Kentbury | Fall in Kentbury | Love in Kentbury (2 Feb 2024)
EX-BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER + SMALL TOWN
I’ve never been great at letting people in. Life is easier if I bury my feelings. People tend to let you down, which is only proven when my best friend, Rex, accidentally kills a man and lets me take the fall.
When I get out of prison, the last thing I want is to go back to Clayton, Oregon, but it’s where my grandma lives, the only person who’s always had my back. My plan is to stay out of trouble, steer clear of my old crew, save up, and the second we can, leave town for good.
I want nothing to do with my family and their illegal activities. With Riven back, I worry things will get worse. He and Rex have always brought out the worst in each other, but then I discover Riven went to prison for something my brother did, and my family isn’t happy to have him home.
Riven wants nothing to do with me, and I don’t blame him. But like a moth to the flame, I’m drawn to him. It starts out as mutual lust, Riven sating the pleasure he craves, while I get to fulfill my first-crush fantasies. But with every moment, I see there’s more to Riv than anyone knows.
Not everyone would see him as a good man, but to me, he’s the boy who used to try to keep my family’s lifestyle from becoming mine.
And now he’s the man who risked his heart to fall in love with me…and the one who’d risk more to protect me.
This is a standalone novel.
When it comes to loving a Billionaire, be careful what you wish for…
If you’ve read the papers, you know my name. Nadia Sokol, sugar baby, kept woman. Now, I’m something more.
I’m the girlfriend of Billionaire Paul Crane.
But no matter how much I love Paul, I’m still not sure I can live in his world.
Or if I can trust what we have is real.
That’s why he’s given me space to think about what I really want.
And to pursue my career, a design internship in Paris.
Time to heal, after enduring the brutal attacks of the press, as well as those who sought to tear us apart.
But now I’m starting to wonder if that’s really what I need.
Because working with my new mentor, Hayden Madsen, feels less like healing and more like… temptation.
For once, all my dreams are about to come true.
But one look into Paul’s eyes, and I’m ready to risk it all.
Is Paul ready to take the same chance on me?
This is the third and final book in The Kept Trilogy and it is not a standalone novel.
Series reading order: The Billionaire’s Arrangement | The Billionaire’s Fascination | The Billionaire’s Devotion
TEAMMATE’S SISTER + SPORTS ROMANCE
Bain Hillridge is new to the Titans and he’s building relationships with his new team, both on and off the ice. If only he could keep his hands off his teammate’s little sister.
I loved playing for the Arizona Vengeance but I’m stoked to be part of the legacy the Pittsburgh Titans is building. A team that has risen from the ashes, I’m eager to help them achieve their goal of winning a championship. I’m also looking forward to becoming part of a new hockey family. A night out with my new mates introduces me to the little sister of our goalie, Drake McGinn, and I’m powerless to resist her.
Keira and I have an instant and insatiable attraction and it doesn’t take long before we find ourselves tangled up in one another. While Drake has declared his sister off limits, I’m not deterred because I always go for what I want. I refuse to heed Drake’s warnings and take great pleasure in goading him every chance I get. It’s become one of my favorite hobbies, outside of making his sister scream my name.
As things with Keira get hotter, feelings start to develop making it a little more complicated than we intended. But a bucket of ice-cold water is tossed on our relationship and we’re forced to reprioritize everything. Neither of us were looking for more than a hot fling but fates get twisted all the time. Faced with tough decisions, Keira and I know that no matter what choices we make, our lives are never going to be the same.
This is the ninth book in the Pittsburgh Titans series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Baden | Stone | Gage | Coen | Drake | Cannon | Hendrix | Camden | Bain | Boone (Jan 2024) | Callum (Mar 2024)
HISTORICAL FANTASY ROMANCE
Secrets! Magic! Enemies to . . . something more?
Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world.
Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross.
Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package.
When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall—Jack’s ancestral family estate, a land so old and bound in oaths that it’s grown a personality as prickly as its owner—Jack, Alan and their allies will become entangled in a night of champagne, secrets, and bloody sacrifice . . . and the foundations of magic in Britain will be torn up by the roots before the end.
This is the third and final instalment in The Last Binding trilogy.
Series reading order: A Marvellous Light | A Restless Truth | A Power Unbound
VOYEURISM + SECRET LIFE + STRANGERS TO LOVERS
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.
Donovan “Van” Truitt
Wrong place. Wrong time. Right guy.
Showing up at a very indecent film shoot was an accident. I was a highly paid model. A professional. I didn’t get down and dirty for the cameras, but one look at the sex god needing a scene partner and I found myself reconsidering.
After all, with a name like Sin, a body out of my rugged lumberjack fantasies, and a head full of dirty-blond hair I wanted to grab, he was almost impossible to resist. But I did—until fate put him back in my sights.
The only problem? He was the new rising star of his industry, and that meant he came with conditions.
The proposition: If I wanted a night of “Sin,” I needed to show up for the cameras.
My terms: Make sure my identity remained a mystery.
It was only supposed to be one time, one scene. But I quickly learned that anything less than everything would never be enough with him.
Who would’ve thought my happy accident would lead to so many happy ending…s?
This is the second book in the Park Avenue Princes series.
Series reading order: Infamous Park Avenue Prince | Insatiable Park Avenue Prince | Scandalous Park Avenue Prince (8 Feb 2024) | Possessive Park Avenue Prince (11 Apr 2024) | Salacious Park Avenue Prince (13 Jun 2024) | Notorious Park Avenue Prince (5 Sep 2024)
She’s famous. He hasn’t a clue who she is.
I’m in London, in disguise, trying to hide from the tabloids, when I slam into a wall.
Except it’s not a wall. It’s a hot hunk of British man.
And I just poured scorching hot coffee all over him.
He goes from burn victim to my fiancé in three days flat. It’s all fake to divert tabloid attention away from my recent breakup with my longtime boyfriend-turned-traitor.
Except it doesn’t feel fake. The way he looks at me makes me shiver. When he touches me, I’m molten lava.
Neither of us is looking for anything serious.
Except…did I tell you how hot he looks playing naked Twister? He might just be husband material.
This is a standalone novel in the Doctors series.
GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + FORCED PROXIMITY
Devon Pratt loves many things in life. The beauty of flowers. The yin and yang of energy. The power of positivity in people. And everything to do with the Christmas season.
As a floral shop owner in the beach town of Cape May, she looks forward to decorating both the town and running the annual holiday party to benefit the local animal shelter. Too bad the new owner of her favorite venue is more like the Grinch than Santa. Working with him will be a challenge, but she’s too full of seasonal cheer to let him annoy her, right?
Jameson Franklin hates many things in life. Crowds. Fake cheer. Ostentatious décor. And especially Christmas. The season is full of things he’d rather avoid, but since taking over the popular restaurant Vintage temporarily for his cousin as a favor, he’s trying to play nice with the locals. Too bad the florist is insisting on overrunning his sacred space with blooms, dogs, and an endless positive persistence that pushes all of his buttons. But when too many heated confrontations lead to heated encounters, he begins to wonder what it would be like to love not only Christmas, but Devon Pratt.
Let the festivities begin.
This is a standalone novella in the Sunshine Sisters series.
Series recommended reading order: Love on Beach Avenue | Temptation on Ocean Drive | Forever in Cape May | Christmas in Cape May (novella)
RIVALS TO LOVERS
Mallory Greenleaf is done with chess. Every move counts nowadays; after the sport led to the destruction of her family four years earlier, Mallory’s focus is on her mom, her sisters, and the dead-end job that keeps the lights on. That is, until she begrudgingly agrees to play in one last charity tournament and inadvertently wipes the board with notorious “Kingkiller” Nolan Sawyer: current world champion and reigning Bad Boy of chess.
Nolan’s loss to an unknown rook-ie shocks everyone. What’s even more confusing? His desire to cross pawns again. What kind of gambit is Nolan playing? The smart move would be to walk away. Resign. Game over. But Mallory’s victory opens the door to sorely needed cash-prizes and despite everything, she can’t help feeling drawn to the enigmatic strategist….
As she rockets up the ranks, Mallory struggles to keep her family safely separated from the game that wrecked it in the first place. And as her love for the sport she so desperately wanted to hate begins to rekindle, Mallory quickly realizes that the games aren’t only on the board, the spotlight is brighter than she imagined, and the competition can be fierce (-ly attractive. And intelligent…and infuriating…)
This is a standalone novel.
Evelyn is a witch with a perfect storm of impulses: terrible taste in bed partners, sticky fingers, and a lust for danger. After she steals from her vampire ex and falls through a portal to another realm, she’s fished out of the waters by a band of seafarers and their telekinetic captain. She’s immediately given a choice—join their ship’s crew or die.
Bowen has no memory of his life before he became one of the Cŵn Annwn. He and his band of pirates are bound by vow to patrol through Threshold, the magical sea in between realms, keeping the portals to other worlds safe. When he rescues Evelyn, he doesn’t expect to be attracted to the unflappably brassy pickpocket. The longer he spends in her presence, the more he begins to question if his heart is the next thing she’ll steal.
But as tension heats up between Bowen and Evelyn, the danger at sea escalates as well. Because Evelyn has no intention of keeping her vows to the Cŵn Annwn, and if she betrays the crew, both she and Bowen will pay the ultimate price….
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Crimson Sails series.
Series recommended reading order: Hunt on Dark Waters | Blood on the Tide (14 May 2024)
Palmer Sinclair has never needed anyone’s help. A successful loan officer, she’s all work and no play. But when splitting headaches and blurred vision begin to affect her job, she begrudgingly sees a doctor and receives a diagnosis that leaves her shaken to her core and with little time left. Facing an uncertain future, Palmer makes a bucket list, determined to do the things she’d only dreamed of before she goes.
Kent Wagner has dedicated his life to helping others. An army medic turned paramedic, he’s a regular at Palmer’s bank who makes his monthly car loan payments in person just to see her radiant smile. After responding to not one but two 911 calls involving Palmer, he learns about her bucket list. Touched by her circumstances—and needing a distraction from his own—Kent offers to take Palmer to the places on her list.
Neither is prepared for the emotional journey ahead…or how little time they have left together, but the friendship they find in that brief time might be the most lasting legacy of all.
This is a standalone novel.
SINGLE DAD + SMALL TOWN
Balancing my career with being a single dad has become a bit of a challenge. According to my daughter, Cobie, I’m a world-traveling workaholic who doesn’t spend enough quality time with her. So, this year, I’m whisking her off to Paris for a two week Christmas vacation of a lifetime and leaving work behind, except for a brief stop in Lake Mistletoe, Idaho to snap photos for a travel magazine feature.
Cobie and I are forced to seek refuge in the town’s cozy Gingerbread Inn when one of our bags, the one holding our passports, goes missing. As days turn into nights, I start to discover the charm of Lake Mistletoe and its tight-knit community. Along the way, I find myself slowly letting go of my rigid work-focused mindset, and opening up to new experiences and relationships, while Cobie embraces the small town ambiance.
An unlikely bond develops with Sela Prince, a local with a warm heart and a penchant for seeing the beauty in everyday things. I’m attracted to her tenacity and vibrance for life. As we share stories, laughter, and challenges, our connection deepens and I’m finding it hard to remember the reasons why I can’t stay.
When the holidays are over and our blissful bubble bursts, I have to decide if I want to return to my fast-paced life or embrace the newfound love and sense of belonging I’ve found in Lake Mistletoe. With Sela and Cobie by my side, can I take a chance on a different kind of future?
This is a standalone novella in the Lake Mistletoe series.
Series recommended reading order: Lake Mistletoe | Smitten in Lake Mistletoe | Stranded in Lake Mistletoe
A sexy billionaire and the one woman he can’t have…
Dane Harrington is the epitome of power, wealth, and success. The self-made billionaire is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. And he’s well aware he wouldn’t be able to get it all done without his brilliant personal assistant, Cammie Chandler.
Cammie is smart, beautiful, and fiercely independent. And before she ever thought she’d work for Dane, the two of them shared a steamy night full of sensual touches and passionate kisses. But once he offered her the fantastic position as his personal assistant, they both agreed the only possible way to make it work was if they remained perfectly professional. But no matter how hard they’ve both tried, neither of them has been able to completely forget their one incredible, sexy night together.
When Dane finally admits the only woman he’s ever truly wanted is Cammie, their burning desire becomes too powerful to resist. Can they throw out the rule book that has kept them safe for so long? Or will a love that seems endless be forever doomed?
This is a standalone novel in The Maverick Billionaires series about sexy, self-made men from the wrong side of town who survived hell together and now have everything they ever wanted. Each book is about a different Maverick falling head-over-heels for an incredible woman he never saw coming.
Series recommended reading order: Breathless In Love | Reckless In Love | Fearless In Love | Irresistible In Love | Wild In Love | Captivating In Love | Unforgettable In Love | Endless in Love | Reunited in Love (20 Jun 2024)
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