✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Bookish suffragist Catriona Campbell is busy: An ailing estate, academic writer’s block, a tense time for England’s women’s rights campaign—the last thing she needs is to be stuck playing host to her father’s distractingly attractive young colleague.
Deeply introverted Catriona lives for her work at Oxford and her fight for women’s suffrage. She dreams of romance, too, but since all her attempts at love have ended badly, she now keeps her desires firmly locked inside her head—until she climbs out of a Scottish loch after a good swim and finds herself rather exposed to her new colleague.
Elias Khoury has wheedled his way into Professor Campbell’s circle under false pretenses: he did not come to Oxford to classify ancient artefacts, he is determined to take them back to his homeland in the Middle East. Winning Catriona’s favor could be the key to his success. Unfortunately, seducing the coolly intense lady scholar quickly becomes a mission in itself and his well-laid plans are in danger of derailing…
Forced into close proximity in Oxford’s hallowed halls, two very different people have to face the fact that they might just be a perfect match. Soon, a risky new game begins that asks Catriona one more time to put her heart and wildest dreams at stake.
This is the fourth and final book in the A League of Extraordinary Women series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | ENEMIES TO LOVERS + NO STRINGS ATTACHED + ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
He’s a disgraced actor. She’s the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Both are hiding in the Scottish Highlands, but despite their antagonistic attraction, they can’t seem to hide from each other…
North Hunter has worked hard to step out of the shadows of his orphaned upbringing into the limelight of Hollywood. He never imagined a dark moment from his childhood returning to destroy everything he’d built. Devastated, he finds comfort in the isolation of an exclusive members-only club in the Scottish Highlands, even if the club comes with a prickly estate manager who sets his blood on fire.
As the eldest daughter of a Hollywood legend, Aria Howard has learned the hard way that people will use her to get to her father. When her last relationship ended badly, Aria fled to Scotland. Running Ardnoch Estate provides distance from a life that has never fit comfortably. But when defamed Scottish actor North Hunter disrupts her sanctuary, Aria is on the defense. The cocky actor is the last thing she needs, and despite their searing attraction, Aria is determined to dislike him.
But one night of drunken forced proximity with North leads Aria to share insecurities seeded by her horrible ex. When North offers to prove her ex wrong by taking Aria to his bed for a no-strings distraction, they begin an affair neither expected. However, their fiery liaison leads to a deep emotional connection that unsettles them both, and North will have to break down more than Aria’s trust issues if they’re ever to have a future together. He’ll need to protect her from a past that just doesn’t want to stay buried… or lose something far more essential to his existence than his career.
This is a standalone novel in The Highlands series, a spin-off from the Adair Family series.
Series recommended reading order: Beyond the Thistles | Among the Heather | Through the Glen (Feb 2024) | Skies Over Caledonia (May 2024) | Northern Twilight (Aug 2024)
✭ NBJ TOP RECOMMENDATION | MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE + GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + SPORTS ROMANCE
On a normal day, Emmaline Darling isn’t a car thief. She’s just a simple girl who runs a bookstore and adores cats. But when she’s stranded in the desert and needs to get away from her dangerous ex-boyfriend, she picks her only option: swiping the keys to a famous football player’s Lamborghini and speeding away.
Football star Graham Harlan is in chaos. First he took a hit on the field that left him with a near-death experience, and now he’s promised his brother he’ll get married to secure the family inheritance. Trouble is he isn’t even seeing anyone.
Then a mystery woman steals his car. With his usual stubbornness, he tracks her all the way to Manhattan and gives her an ultimatum: marry me or I’ll press charges.
Her choice is obvious, only neither of them expect the sparks that ignite between them.
As the end of their arrangement looms, will Graham take a chance on love or let his darling walk away forever?
I accidentally grabbed the wrong drink at the coffee shop. On the upside, the hot guy it belonged to chased me down to kindly swap with me. On the down side, the reason I grabbed the wrong drink in the first place is because the hot guy had just caught me checking out his ass…sets.
In my defense, his rear view is rather magnificent.
In true, humiliating form, I word-vomited a bunch of horrible nonsense. Including an unnecessary explanation of the trauma I’d evaded thanks to his chasing me down. Nothing could ruin my lactose-intolerant day faster than my one true nemesis: dairy.
I did not expect him to ask me out on a date after that.
I also didn’t expect the date to go well since my tendency to truth-vomit is high, and not everyone finds that quality endearing.
But apparently he does. Because he asks me out again.
Sidney Butterson (yes, it’s a weird last name) ticks all my boxes.
He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s employed and he’s ridiculously hot.
There’s one catch.
We’re both single parents. With teens.
And if our kids don’t like each other?
Well, we’re doomed.
This is a standalone novella in the Pucked series—the untold story of Skye and Sidney, and the origin story where Vi (Pucked; Forever Pucked) and Miller (Pucked Up) are teens when their parents start dating and fall in love.
BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND + ONE BED + SMALL TOWN + HOLIDAY ROMANCE
Tis the season for a hopeless crush on my older brother’s best friend…
This year will be different. I’m all grown up, my gaming channel is a huge success, and I finally have the confidence to make my move on Atlas Orion, the hottest chief in the navy.
However, I don’t intend for my smooth move to be covering Atlas in cranberry sauce. Not at all how I want to reintroduce myself to my new roomie and coworker. Atlas is in town to help save Seasons, my family’s historic holiday gift shop and event space. Seasons is booked solid with catered parties, so we need to avoid any more disasters.
Like my malfunctioning air mattress. We’re down to one bed, two dudes, and a whole lot of holiday-fling temptation. Atlas has never been with a guy, but I don’t have to do much persuading. And what better way to explore than a secret romp? No strings, and no one has to know.
The problem? With every passing week, I fall harder for Atlas, who’s far more than his drool-worthy muscles and heroic job. He’s kind, funny, makes me breakfast in bed, and each midnight snowball fight brings us that much closer to heartbreak.
Atlas can’t stay in Kringle’s Crossing forever, and I can’t imagine leaving the only place I’ve called home. Our feelings run deep, but is it a holiday illusion? Can we find our way to a lasting future?
This is a standalone novel.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS + MISTAKEN IDENTITY + MOTORCYCLE CLUB ROMANCE
As the daughter of a Los Reyes motorcycle club vice president and an assassin, I understand the risks of this life.
Yet the club won’t tell me why my father went on a ride to New Jersey and never came home.
So the Iron Outlaw I just kidnapped and tied to a chair is going to tell me instead.
Except nothing I do to this man scares him. His strength and courage match my own.
But this is a battle only one of us can win.
Catalina wants answers I can’t give her, but I’m intrigued by this woman.
Because I buried every Los Reyes club member that day, and her father wasn’t one of them.
I need to stay alive long enough for my club to find me.
But the more time I spend with Catalina, the more I want to help this leather-clad assassin who challenges my view that I’m better off alone.
Even if helping her keep her vows of revenge could kill us both.
This is a standalone novel in the Iron Outlaws MC series.
SINGLE DAD + SMALL TOWN
What happened to my life? One minute I’m just a single dad and fire chief. The next, I’m Mr. January.
That’s right, Georgia from Georgia’s been hired to organize the annual fundraiser. The former pageant queen’s not satisfied with a chili dinner. No. She came up with the crazy idea of a firefighter calendar. With puppies and kittens.
The department’s gone crazy over the idea. And her.
So has my six-year old because he thinks she’s shown up to be his new mom. For that to happen, she has to be mine. Oh, I want her. She’s gorgeous. Sassy. Smart. But Georgia is only here for a job and the only thing worse than you getting your heart broken? Is her breaking your kid’s.
This is a standalone novel in the On A Manhunt series.
Eight years ago, he fell in love with a stranger he couldn’t have—today, she’s back in his life and the sparks between them threaten to set her career on fire.
Pearl Harris has learned the hard way to be careful in work and in love. She has the chance to make lasting change at OurCode—a nonprofit aimed at inspiring high schoolers to code—but a recent scandal puts its reputation at risk. Further complicating things, Pearl didn’t expect the one man she never stopped thinking about to join as the newest member of her board of directors.
Cord Matthews fell for Pearl when they met in an elevator eight years ago. She’s just his type: smart, capable, and makes him laugh, but when she broke his heart, he decided love wasn’t for him. When they reconnect after years with no contact, Cord is tempted to consider breaking his ban on serious relationships. But going public with a romance between them might derail Pearl’s career and the progress she’s made at OurCode.
While Pearl and Cord are both hesitant to trust their feelings and take a risk, it soon becomes impossible to keep ignoring the electricity between them. Cord is a skilled programmer, but a workplace romance might spell disaster for both of them—and love isn’t easily debugged.
This is a standalone novel.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE + FATED MATES + WEREWOLF/VAMPIRE + ENEMIES TO LOVERS + POSSESSIVE ALPHA
My soul mate is my natural enemy.
Or close enough.
He’s a vampire and I’m a wolf.
Our kinds are at war. A centuries old blood war.
I can’t stay away from him. I hate him, but I want him.
Our love is a standoff. For every inch I take, he pushes a mile.
The world is against us. But I’m so tired of fighting the ties between us.
For every wolf that dies at the hands of a vampire, I feel more guilty.
Yet I go to him over and over and we use each other just enough until next time.
I can’t stop.
We both swear it’ll be the last time, but here we are again.
The cycle never ends.
But this time it has to.
I must either choose him and betray my people or walk away for good.
This is a standalone novel.
Blair thought she had it all, then her world is upended and she faces some decisions that are beyond even her control.
Dealing with a failing marriage and an unexpected ownership change at King’s Cafe, Blair Adler, a talented head chef of the restaurant, is desperate to regain control. But with her estranged husband out of the picture, Zachary Ellis steps in as the new owner and the man who holds Blair’s fate in his hands.
Drawn to Blair and her passion for the cafe, Zachary made a proposal: private cooking lessons in exchange for the return of the restaurant within a year. As their relationship grows, so does their connection, both denying their true feelings. Just as Blair’s husband resurfaces and tries to reconcile with her, Zachary abruptly cancels their lessons, leaving her with an unexpected surprise that could alter everything.
Amidst jealousy and lurking danger, Blair embarks on an emotional journey, uncertain if love will conquer all or if heartbreak awaits her.
This is a standalone novel.
UNREQUITED LOVE + SMALL TOWN
Vera Gallagher is chasing constant. For four years, her life was anything but normal. And the years before that she refuses to even remember. Dwelling on the past only hurts. Life is fragile, a lesson her mother taught her well. She’s determined not to waste a moment of her newfound freedom.
Maybe some would consider her crush on Mateo Eden wasted time. Maybe some would call her a fool for loving a man who hasn’t once dropped a crumb of interest her way. Still, to Vera, it’s Mateo or nothing.
He’s handsome. Charming. Witty. And he loves his family the way Vera loves—with her whole heart.
Maybe he’ll never notice her. Maybe she’s too damaged, too broken, to find that normal life she craves. Maybe her secrets will always keep them apart. But Vera will love him anyway. Whether Mateo realizes it or not.
This is the sixth book in The Edens series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.
Series recommended reading order: Christmas in Quincy (prequel novella) | Indigo Ridge | Juniper Hill | Garnet Flats | Jasper Vale | The Edens (short story) | Crimson River | Sable Peak
SECOND CHANCES + FAKE DATING
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride—and that’s the way I like it.
I may be anti-marriage, but I’m still pro-romance. Case in point? That sexy curmudgeon I met last year during my cousin’s tropical bachelorette getaway.
That grump was Dorian, the groom’s old college roommate, there for the bachelor party. I couldn’t get enough of his messy brown hair and gorgeous turquoise eyes. We connected on a deep level—emotionally and physically.
But the timing wasn’t right. So we made a pact to reconnect in two years. Now I’m starting a new “job.” It’ll take a lot of work and pays really well—I’m talking seven figures here. All I have to do is pretend to be my boss’s new fiancée…and spend eight weeks with his family on their private island. How hard could it be?
Turns out, a lot harder than I thought. Because the man I’m pretending to love? He’s Dorian’s brother, and now all bets are off…
This is a standalone novel.
A meet cute is supposed to be cute.
Ours was sexy. Chaotic. Not normal.
Less than 10 minutes after we met, I realized we could never be. She was forbidden to me.
She held my hand behind his back.
I gripped hers, knowing it was wrong.
I was on the cusp of superstardom—and still I held her fingertips because it felt right.
Knowing that when it all went wrong, we would be done—the media would destroy us.
After all, not only was she was four years older than me, she was the leader of SWT’s sister—my best friend—and someone who could wreck everything we’d worked for.
But I still held on.
I’m lost. So lost.
I’m the youngest in the group, the one everyone sees as the most innocent.
But they don’t know the stolen moments with her.
They don’t know any of that.
So I keep acting as if I’m pure as the driven snow when really all it took was one chance meeting.
Hi, I’m Sookie, Maknae of SWT, the most famous K-pop group in the world.
And I’m pretty sure I’m not just lost… nah, I’m about to fall.
This is a standalone novel in the My Summer In Seoul series, and set in the competitive world of K-pop.
Series recommended reading order: My Summer In Seoul | Lost In Seoul
BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER + VEGAS WEDDING + FORCED PROXIMITY + GRUMPY/SUNSHINE + HOCKEY ROMANCE
Easton Hayes has been my knight in shining hockey skates since he saved my life.
This devastatingly handsome grump may be everyone’s favorite goalie, but to me, he’s my strength when demons haunt my dreams. And okay—so maybe he’s also the only man I’ve ever loved. But he doesn’t need to know that.
It works for us.
At least, it did. Until I wake up with his ring on my finger and the hangover from hell. But what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas when he refuses to give me an annulment and follows me across the country instead.
Now our families are furious.
Our friends are playing matchmaker.
I’m getting goosebumps each time I hear the words “my wife.”
And I think my husband might be in love with me.
This is a standalone novel in the all-new Playing To Win series.
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