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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

9 January, 2024

NEW RELEASES

LOVE TRIANGLE + SINGLE PARENT + FRIENDS TO LOVERS + UNREQUITED LOVE

The bad news? Getting hit by a cab can officially get crossed off my bucket list.

The worse news? While I’ve woken up from my coma, the man I’m in love with hasn’t stirred from his.

And the most terrible news of all? A pregnant woman is at his bedside, holding his hand, and saying that he’s the father of her baby.

Sammy Baker is a divorced, single mom trying to find her way again. With two boys and an absent ex-husband, she’s got the world on her shoulders and Legos under her feet.

Amid the chaos lives the dream of, one day, finding love again.

Though, she didn’t think that would land her smack-dab in the middle of two men.

Will Sammy choose the successful businessman who doesn’t hesitate to tell her he’s interested? Or will she go for the eligible bachelor doctor with a constant influx of women vying for his attention?

The smart choice and what the heart wants are two different things. And sometimes, fate has a way of making it so the choice isn’t ours at all.

This is a standalone novel in the It’s A Funny Story series.

Series recommended reading order: Accidental Attachment | Best Frenemies | Cluelessly Yours


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BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE + FAKE FIANCÉ + SMALL TOWN

What do you do when you’re tired of being the loser?

You make up the perfect fiancé, of course.

I know it sounds desperate, but hear me out.

In my family, everyone is someone.

But me? I’m just a small-town librarian with no prospects and no future.

At every family reunion, my older sister reminds me of that fact.

So when she announced her own upcoming nuptials, I knew I had to act fast. I needed a fake fiancé to bring to the wedding and prove that I was happy and successful too.

Enter River Kershaw, the town playboy.

My bestie Wren suggested him, and I was hesitant at first.

He’s the complete opposite of me: a charming extrovert.

But I can’t deny that he’s tall, strong, and hot.

I know it’s a risk, but I’m determined to show my family that I’m just as happy and in love as they are. Even if that means pretending to be with someone who’s totally not my type.

I’m ready to give the performance of a lifetime.

This is the second book in the Heartwood Lake Secret Billionaires series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Starts with You (prequel novella) | A Place Like You | Dirty Secret Love | Through It All (Aug 2024)

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ENEMIES TO LOVERS + ONE NIGHT STAND + FORCED PROXIMITY + BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE

Some mistakes are worth repeating.

Liza knows that cocky billionaire Matt Russo is the wrong man for her. She could make a long list of reasons why she’d be smart to stay away, including his tenacious ex-girlfriend, the fact he’s trying to destroy her family, and, oh yeah, did she mention he’s a cold, distant bastard? However, after their tempestuous one-night stand, she’s finding it hard to hang on to their well-established nemesis routine.

Matt is the master of control—of his life, his emotions, his future. Except, of course, for that night he slipped up…with Liza Moretti. Reassuming his grip on the reins, he’s determined it won’t happen again. Unfortunately, doing the right thing in regards to the tempting woman fails because doing the wrong things with her—to her—are too alluring to resist.

An impromptu invitation to share his private plane leads to an unexpected break from reality and some very steamy nights in Hawaii. Until real life comes knocking and Matt is forced to face the mistakes of his past. Mistakes that could destroy the one thing he can’t control, and the one thing he can no longer live without—Liza.

This is a standalone novel in the Italian Stallions series.

Series recommended reading order: Down and Dirty | Hard and Fast | Rough and Ready | Wild and Wicked | Hot and Heavy | Naughty and Nice (novella) | Tempted and Taken | Steady and Strong (2 Apr 2024)

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ENEMIES TO LOVERS + SECRET RELATIONSHIP + STAR-CROSSED LOVERS + SMALL TOWN + SPORTS ROMANCE

Anyone who thinks star-crossed love is romantic has never actually experienced it.

Natalie

I know two things about Dalton Wick.

First, he’s unreasonably hot. And … my father would disown me if I ever got involved with him.

The hatred between our families runs deep. We’re still suffering from what his father did to our small town decades ago.

So, I’ll work with Dalton on our school project because my grade depends on it. But I will not fall for him.

Or so I think…

Dalton

I know two things about Natalie Spencer.

First, she hates my family, specifically my dad—almost as much as I do. And … I want her so much that it hurts.

But her being with me would ruin her relationship with her father. So, I should walk away. Everything would be much easier if I did. Logically, I know that.

Too bad my heart doesn’t seem interested in logic where Natalie is concerned…

This is a standalone novel in the all-new Leighton River series.


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STAR-CROSSED LOVERS + SECRET RELATIONSHIP + SURPRISE PREGNANCY + SMALL TOWN

Duke Sullivan is the oldest brother of my family’s hated rival. He also happens to be my good morning text and the man I have no right to have a secret crush on. Duke is strictly forbidden.

After months of keeping our friendship hidden, the stars align, sparks ignite, and we finally give into temptation.

Knowing our relationship could never be more than stolen glances and longing looks, we agree to stay secret friends—until two pink lines change everything.

With our small town and both our families in an uproar, Duke does the unthinkable.

He packs up my belongings and moves me into his house. Despite agreeing to weather the storm together and to try to figure out how to co-parent, living with Duke proves nearly impossible.

Every soft smirk, every brush of his calloused hand against my sensitive skin makes me want to burst into flames. It becomes clear, despite the feud, Duke is relentlessly going after what he wants and I think that might be . . . me.

I’m the quiet daughter with the wrong last name, but it’s obvious he wants so much more than just one night.

This is a standalone novel in The Sullivan Family series.

Series recommended reading order: One Look | One Touch | One Chance | One Night


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PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Lotti has come a long way since finding love with Alasdair and uncovering her true origins as a Star Person. She has embraced the magic she once shunned—as well as the label of Destroyer by her own. And it has made her powerful. But will it be enough to stand against her family as they target the Dragon Kings?

Alasdair has faced many adversaries who rose up against the Dragon Kings. But nothing could prepare him for the Star People and the discovery that they once enslaved his kind. It’s more than his life on the line this time. It’s the very existence of all dragons. It will take Alasdair and Lotti, together, to defeat their enemy.

This is a novella in the Dragon Kings series, a spin off from the Dark King series. It picks up where Dragon Arisen left off.

Series recommended reading order: Dragon Revealed (novella) | Dragon Mine | Dragon Unbound (novella) | Dragon Eternal | Dragon Lover (novella) | Dragon Arisen | Dragon Kiss (novella) | Dragon Born (9 Jul 2024)

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STAR-CROSSED LOVERS

Just a date . . . or a twist of fate?

​When it comes to love and art, Rooney Gao believes in signs. Most of all, she believes in the Chinese legend that everyone is tied to their one true love by the red string of fate. And that belief has inspired her career as an artist, as well as the large art installations she makes with (obviously) red string. That is until artist’s block strikes and Rooney begins to question everything. But then fate leads her to the perfect guy . . .

Jack Liu is perfect. He’s absurdly smart, successful, handsome, and after one enchanting New York night—under icy February skies and fueled by fried dumplings—all signs point to destiny. Only Jack doesn’t believe. And after their magical date, it looks like they might be lost to each other forever . . . until they’re given one more chance to reconnect. But can Rooney convince a reluctant skeptic to take a leap of fate?

This is a standalone novel.


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ONLY ONE BED + SNOWED IN

Who knew getting snowed in at the airport could be so much fun?

The nomadic lifestyle of a wildlife photographer is perfect for Ren Stewart—he travels the world with no obligations, no place to call home. With time between assignments, he’s ready to leave the cold New York winter for sunny California. But twenty inches of snow on a layover means his flight’s canceled and he’s stranded. It’s going to be a long, lonely night at the airport waiting for the snow to melt.
Lucky for Ren, he meets a gorgeous man and they hit it off. Too bad they’ll have to go their separate ways.
Or will they?
Something in Schaeffer’s eyes suggests he might be up for sharing the last available hotel room…and the bed.

Airline pilot Schaeffer Morgan is used to being alone. It’s hard to have a relationship when you’re only home for a few days at a time. He’s learned to live with stolen moments of pleasure as well as bigoted remarks from coworkers who don’t know he’s gay.
When a family vacation brings him face-to-face with the man he spent two lust-filled days with in a hotel room—the man he thought he’d never see again—everything changes.

Their days and nights together lead to the possibility of something Ren only dreamed of as a foster child—a family and a place to call home—while Schaeffer begins to open up about his painful past. As their time together comes to a close, they want to keep the magic of what’s building between them. But with Ren away for months on assignment and Schaeffer’s busy schedule, is that wishful thinking?
One thing is for certain: neither of them wants to say goodbye.

This is a standalone novel.


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SMALL TOWN + FORCED PROXIMITY + UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY + HOCKEY ROMANCE

Vaughn Madden is hockey’s hotshot who moves to a small town, only to learn that Isla Chase has kept a nine-month secret from him.

It was one night trapped with a hockey god due to a hurricane. We shared one bed too. I also ignored the little fact that Vaughn has always been my brother’s rival on the ice. And when the storm cleared, so did Vaughn. Months later, he shows up in my hospital room in Lake Spark where it only takes one look at me and the man is counting back in his head, or maybe it’s my face that explains it all.

He’s going to be a dad. And I didn’t tell him.

His eyes inform me that he won’t let me off easy. He wants answers to why I kept this a secret—and he quite possibly needs a scotch for his nerves too. Vaughn is soon adamant that he isn’t going anywhere, especially as he is the new General Manager of our hockey team that trains in town. He also has a list of demands that I owe him due to my secret keeping. Hence, why I move into his house. I’m not sure if developing feelings for a man with a wicked smirk is good for me or our child, but he’s becoming more than my baby daddy. And it turns out that Vaughn’s head has been working overtime, because the family image that I’ve dreamed about is the game that Vaughn seems to have been waiting to play…

This is the third book in the Lake Spark Off-Season series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Waiting to Score | Waiting to Win | Waiting to Play


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS + SINGLE DAD + NANNY + SMALL TOWN

My momma used to say, “Out of every tragedy, a miracle of love would come.” The last ten years of my life have been nothing but tears and pain. I lost hope and wanted to give up on waiting for my miracle to come.

Finally, a light is shining at the end of the tunnel. After leaving Texas and my past behind, I’ve started a new life journey in Estes Park, Colorado. I have a second chance and don’t plan to waste it.

I found work as a live-in nanny for a darling little girl named Hadley. Her father, Aiden, is a single dad with a troubled past he is desperately trying to move on from.

When I find myself drawn to Aiden in a way I’ve never experienced before, I long to help him see what a wonderful father he is. But Aiden’s past keeps him from forgiving himself and moving on with his life. If I can help save him from a dark road of torment, my journey will have been worth it.

My name is Emma, and this is my story.

Love alone, sometimes isn’t enough.

This is a standalone novel.


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SECOND CHANCES + OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Mathematical genius Dr. Meg Brightwood has just completed her life’s work—a proof of a problem so impenetrable it’s nicknamed the Impossible Theorem. Reclusive and burdened by anxiety, Meg has long since been dismissed by academia. Now everyone wants to get their hands on what she alone possesses—especially her own mathematician father.

Having grown up a prodigy in a field plagued by sexism and plagiarism, Meg opts for a public presentation so there will be no doubt of her authorship. But a panic attack obliterates her plans. In defeat, she goes home and locks away the only manuscript of her proof.

Then chance sends her the unlikeliest of allies: Isaac Wells—carpenter, high school dropout, in trouble with the law. And the one love of Meg’s life. Fifteen years ago, they did little more than hold hands. Now, they find a tenuous space where they can love and be loved for who they are as adults.

But when Meg goes to retrieve her proof, she finds it missing. Her fight for the achievement of the century will test the limits of her brilliance and the endurance of two vulnerable hearts.

This is a standalone novel.


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REGENCY ROMANCE

Diana Boyle, a wealthy young widow, has no desire to ever marry again. Particularly not to someone who merely wants her for her fortune.

So when she discovers that she’s listed in a directory of rich, single women she is furious, and rightly so. She confronts Maxwell Dean, the man who published the Bachelor’s Directory, and is horrified to find he is far more attractive than his actions have led her to expect. However, Diana is unmoved by Max’s explanation that he authored the list to assist younger sons like himself who cannot afford to marry unless it’s to a woman of means.

She gathers the ladies in the directory together to inform them of its existence, so they may circumvent fortune hunters’ efforts to trick them into marriage. Though outraged, the women decide to embrace their unique position of power and reverse the usual gender roles by making the men dance to their tune. And together…the ladies rewrite the rules.

This is a standalone novel.


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DARK ROMANCE

I chose wrong.

While my future is promised to one man, my heart wants Crew Kingsley.

My enemy. My addiction. My boyfriend’s brother.

Crew isn’t the prince in any girl’s story. He doesn’t want to win my love, he wants to steal it—simply so he can make me regret ever letting him.

If only I wasn’t addicted to his pain.

Crew’s hate burns too hot.
His heart is too cold.
But his punishment… is just right.

When given two choices, a smart girl picks the safest. But Crew made me sick, I made my choice, and even if they think they already wrote our ending, the story is about to change.

This is a standalone novel in the Twisted Roses series.

Series recommended reading order: Lies Like Love | Heart Sick Hate | Cold Hard Truth (May 2024)


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I haven’t read a book that has touched my soul, like this one, in a very long time, but then again, Abby Jimenez continues to prove she can do no wrong. Set in the same world as Part of Your World, this is the story of two emergency room doctors who, after a bevy of wrong first impressions, become each other’s safe place at a time in their lives when they’re both feeling adrift and alone. Jimenez just knows how to create characters that make you feel like you’d step in front of a moving train for them, characters that embody a certain type of strong that is selfless and kind, characters that linger in our minds long after the book ends. Equal parts heart and heartbreak, yet every romantic’s dream come true, this is Abby Jimenez at her best—making us want to live in her stories forever.

Read More...

Rosie Danan proves once again to have a real knack for crafting intriguing storylines with deeply complex characters that feel both wonderous and real, and in her latest novel, she pairs a tenacious expert in the occult with a wary archaeologist in need of professional redemption. Add a cursed Scottish castle to the mix, an ancient magic with its own cryptic agenda, and the result is downright spellbinding. I loved this book before I even read it, but I never expected it to become one of my favourite reads of the year.

Read More...

Kristen Ashley returns with the fantastically atmospheric tale of American heiress Daphne Ryan who finds herself summoned to Duncroft House—her younger sister’s new boyfriend’s ancestral family home—to meet his parents and brother. However, as Daphne soon realises, Duncroft House appears to be haunted by all the women who died there under mysterious circumstances, and they all seem to be currently targeting Daphne. Enter Ian Alcott, the very alpha, very bossy heir to the earldom, who steps in to protect Daphne, while also doing his best to solve the mystery of Duncroft House. Ashley masterfully weaves in elements of the supernatural to draw a gripping tale of love, suspense, and things that go bump in the night. I read this book in a single sitting.

Read More...

I have been devouring Cherise Sinclair romances for over a decade now, and the Mountain Masters series was one of my first forays into her writing, so returning to this world felt like coming home. Newly divorced Erin Lockwood has been left penniless by her criminal ex-husband who, after emptying all their bank accounts, fled the country to escape arrest. In a desperate attempt to restart her life away from the bad memories that continue to haunt her, she retreats to the small mountain town of Bear Flat and the house gifted to her by her late mother, only to realise that the legacy of her husband’s crimes still reverberates through the lives of everyone in town. The last thing Erin needs right now is to get involved with anyone, but when she meets wilderness guide Wyatt Masterson, she can’t help but feel noticed, valued, protected—all the things her ex-husband never made her feel. But as Erin and Wyatt begin to explore each other, in and out of the bedroom, Erin’s past continues to draw closer and closer, threatening to destroy the happiness she has finally found with Wyatt. With the perfect mix of suspense, romance and kink, Cherise Sinclair’s stories continue to be comfort reads for me.

Read More...

Bookish News

An angsty new friends-to-lovers, boy-obsessed romance in L.J. Shen’s All Saints High series is coming on Jan 23, and we have the cover.

Read More...

Catherine Bybee has revealed the cover of her newest romance—the story of a reluctant billionaire who takes on his father’s empire, its dark secrets, and a fiery assistant he can’t get out of his head—out in June 2024.

Read More...

We have the cover of the third standalone novel in Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine‘s Park Avenue Princes series, set at the prestigious Astor University in Manhattan, and releasing on Feb 8.

Read More...

We have the cover of the newest novel in Brighton Walsh‘s Starlight Cove series—a small town, brother’s best friend, second chance romance, coming on Feb 1.

Read More...

A forbidden, rivals to lovers, stepbrother romance is coming on Feb 15 from authors Riley Hart and Devon McCormack, kicking off the brand new Peach State Stepbros series, and we have the gorgeous cover.

Read More...

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