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NBJ WEEKLY RECAP

New & Upcoming Releases; Bookish News; Latest Top Recommendations

27 February, 2024

NEW RELEASES

AGE GAP + ENEMIES TO FRIENDS TO LOVERS + SURROGATE

Abby

I’m falling for the father of the baby I’m carrying.
The problem is: it’s not my baby.
And the broody widower is not looking for a long-term partner.
As a surrogate, the deal was that I’d only be in England long enough to give birth.
At first, the man seemed as pretentious as his name: Sigmund Benedictus.
He and I butted heads.
Sig challenged my intentions, accused me of just wanting to do this for the money.
Gradually, he learned to trust me.
He even became protective.
Over time, our heated animosity turned into fiery chemistry.
I was falling in love with him.
But my time here had a limit.
I needed to protect my heart from the devastatingly gorgeous older man who’d end up breaking it.

Sig

When my in-laws told me they wanted to use my dead wife’s eggs to conceive a grandchild, I wasn’t immediately on board.
They swore that on her deathbed Britney told them it was what she wanted—but only if I fathered the baby. Her parents insisted they would be the ones to raise it.
Against my better judgment, I agreed.
I vowed to keep my heart out of it, though.
I’d continue to pretend it wasn’t happening and live the empty, single life I’d become accustomed to the past five years since Britney died.
And despite the fact that a certain younger American named Abby Knickerbocker had awakened things inside me that I thought were long dead…
I most certainly wouldn’t fall in love with the surrogate.

This is a standalone novel.


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SPORTS ROMANCE

Ryleigh
Growing up in Hollywood, I was surrounded by liars and phonies.
So when I got my law degree, I knew I wanted to work as a district attorney.
Busy days turned to long nights—I was on my way up the ladder.
Then he happened.
Bullied his way into my life as if there was no choice.
Suddenly everything I thought I wanted wasn’t as important.

Stone
I had one thing on my mind and that was never going to change: The game.
The only goal I had was beating the records set by my family.
I didn’t have time for anything else.
Until she walked in the room.
The earth shifted, just like the stories said it would.
I said it wouldn’t happen—not to me.
I didn’t have the time, but now she was the only thing on my mind.
I knew it was her.
Now I had to convince her.

This is the first book in the all-new Meant For series of standalone novels with interconnected characters, a spin-off from the Hollywood Playboy and This Is Crazy.

Series recommended reading order: Meant For Stone | Meant For Her (May 2024) | Meant For Love (Jul 2024) | Meant For Gabriel (Sep 2024)


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BILLIONAIRE + ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

A one-night-stand should not become an obsession.

Maddox Wade is a man used to getting what he wants. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, what he wanted most in life was to never be poor again. Now with billions at his disposal, his only wish is to free his sister from killers. What he didn’t count on is the one-night-stand that he can’t stop obsessing over. A woman who could prove to be his downfall.

FBI Special Agent, Pepper James, has it all — a stellar career, friends she loves, a doting father. Only Mr. Right is missing from the picture, and when he shows up in the form of a handsome, mysterious billionaire, Pepper doesn’t hesitate to embrace the romance, or the heat.

But when intel on her new case suggests her mystery man is guilty of human trafficking, Pepper must ignore her heart and do her job. Or risk compromising the career she’s worked so hard to build.

This is the first book in the brand new Agent Pepper James series.

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AGE GAP + ENEMY’S LITTLE SISTER

He didn’t know I was ten years younger.
I didn’t know he was a Sinclair.

He didn’t care that I was a Wright.
I knew exactly what I wanted.

Yet, I know none of this when I fall into his bed.

Touching him is like finally waking after a long sleep and the thought of being without him is like driving a knife through my chest. But it’s worse—he was almost engaged to my brother’s wife—which makes him public enemy number one.

Our families hate each other.
No one can know what we did.
If any of my four older brothers find out, they will run him out of town.

And still…I want him.

This is the first book in a duet, part of the Wright Vineyard series, and set in the larger Wright series world. The duet will conclude in Wright Kind of Love.

Series recommended reading order: Wright with Benefits | Serves Me Wright | Wright Rival | Wright that Got Away | All the Wright Move | Wright Together | Wright Kind of Trouble | Wright Kind of Love (Apr 2024)


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FORBIDDEN ROMANCE + FORCED PROXIMITY

Forbidden.
That’s what they are to each other.

Maddie Stevens has never felt good enough.

Not good enough to keep her parents’ love. Not good enough to be independent and stop being her brother’s problem. Not good enough to build the future she wants.

When she injures her ankle before a ballet audition that could change her career forever, she’s convinced her life is over at twenty-one. What’s the point of having dreams when they can go down the drain at any moment?

And because the universe has a cruel sense of humor, her physical therapist turns out to be a tank-shaped grouch who doesn’t even seem to like her that much. It’s totally unfair that, for six weeks, she’s forced to look at that handsome beard and listen to that deep voice that makes her head all dizzy. Top that with the fact that he’s ten years her senior, and falling for James Simmons is a recipe for disaster.

But when their forced proximity makes the lines start blurring, the forbidden temptation becomes impossible to resist.

This is the second book in The Brightest Light series.

Series reading order: The Brightest Light of Sunshine | The Darkest Corner of the Heart


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I don’t remember booking a first-class ticket to hell…

An all-expense paid trip to Europe. What could be more enticing than that?

Well, other than having the surgeon I fantasize about daily as my travel companion.
But to me, that’s all Lucian Aston is—a highly sophisticated, posh Englishman who stars in my daydreams. Mostly because of the way he views me as a loud, boisterous, no-nonsense surgical nurse he’s stuck touring London and Paris with up to the day of his groundbreaking surgery.

Until then, we’ve got a lot of downtime to kill. So, it’s only natural that I put my best foot forward to get to know him a little better.

Problem is, Lucian has no intention of taking a single step in his fancy wingtips to meet me halfway. That is until we strike our deal…

For the next six weeks, it’ll be a no-holds-barred, balls-to-the-wall reckoning between me and the prickly heart doctor as I get to know the man behind the scowl and scalpel.

But that’s the thing about the good doctor’s surgical specialty and his skill in the heart department. The more we spend time together, the more I run the risk of losing mine.

Even so, I’m prepared for anything. Or at least I think I am.

You see, there are the best-laid plans for the dream getaway you drum up in your mind, and then there’s reality.

But in all my careful planning, I don’t, at all, recall booking a first-class ticket to hell.

This is a standalone novel.


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SHIFTERS + PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Deacon

From the outside, people see me as a businessman who lives with his two brothers and likes to keep to himself.

However, the inside is something else. I share my soul with a beast of a bear, and all he knows and wants is to torture and kill.

Until we scent him.

Our Fated mate.

Rio

My life has never been my own. My ruthless father and mess of a mother control it. All I want is to spend my days without looking over my shoulder and without the fear of getting so close to someone that my crime-boss father will use them against me.

At twenty-two, I’m tired, unloved, and live a dull, empty existence.

Until he walks into my world—all intense eyes and broody growls that don’t sound human.

Now, there’s no going back. Not when my soul recognizes his. All that’s left to decide is how far am I willing to go to escape my toxic family so I can start anew with the man who makes me feel more in a matter of moments than I have in my whole life.

This is the first book in the all-new Protected series of standalone novella-length stories with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Protected by the Bear Shifter | Protected by the Tiger Shifter (Mar 2024) | Protected by the Fox Shifter (Apr 2024)


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS + SECOND CHANCES + ROOMMATES + HOCKEY ROMANCE

Bad Ideas are kind of my Super power

I’m Ben Boerboom, the NHL’s favorite puck boy, and Lara’s my slamming hot, former bestie. She’s also the friend who got away and my dirty, dirty accomplice from those two insane weeks that weren’t supposed to change anything… but did.

I wanted it all. Would have wrapped my forever around her finger if she’d let me. But if making bad decisions is my special skill, Lara’s is making good ones… Like prioritizing her career goals and the kind of security she didn’t have growing up.

Hard pass on that kind of heartbreak again. So cue the bunnies. Years of bunnies.

Now Lara’s back in my city. Temporarily. And thanks to a burst pipe and a miscommunication with my sister, she’s living in my spare room.

A lot has changed, but two things haven’t. Her goals and the way she sometimes believes my bad ideas are good… like crossing those lines I swore we wouldn’t cross again.

This is a standalone novel in the Slayers Hockey series.

Series recommended reading order: Dirty Secret | Dirty Hookup | Dirty Rebound | Dirty Talker | Dirty Deal | Dirty Christmas (novella) | Dirty Groom | Dirty D-Man | Dirty Dare (novella) | Dirty Flirt | Dirty Fighter (2025)

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DARK FANTASY ROMANCE + VAMPIRES

The gods play havoc with our souls.

Callie
I’m torn in two.
The mark of the gods has bound me to my mortal enemy, and not even the most desperate yearnings of my heart can break this tie.
Between the slayer’s vow and the cruel tricks of Idun, my free will has been stolen from me.
All I can hope for now, is that my sister and I can find a path to salvation, but it feels as though we’re walking a path to our ruin instead.

Montana
I made my choice, and there’s no turning back.
The world has finally offered me the liberty I craved, so why does my heart keep begging me to return to the monster I left behind?
I sense a danger brewing on the horizon, something coming this way that we can’t escape. And even as my thoughts settle on a faraway land where we can leave our hellish past behind for good, I fear it won’t be that easy.
The games of the gods have only just begun.

This is a the fourth book in the Age of Vampires series.

Series reading order: Eternal Reign | Immortal Prince | Infernal Creatures | Wrathful Mortals | Forsaken Relic (Mar 2024)


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FORCED PROXIMITY + ALPHA HERO + SMALL TOWN + ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Camille Ray only has three rules:
One, never let them find you.
Two, cover all tracks.
Three, don’t ache for another man again.

Camille is desperate to sever ties to the city she narrowly escaped, even if that means moving to the middle of nowhere. With a forged identity and a fresh start, she’s determined to lead a quiet life. Which means keeping her distance from her new neighbor. The very furthest thing from her mind is indulging in her taste for dangerous, handsome men.

Dawson McGill is on the run and in need of a place to stay. A haven cut out of the Smoky Mountains in a small, North Carolina town seems as good a refuge as any to lay his demons to rest.

But Camille and Dawson have more in common than their first encounter suggests. When both of their pasts come storming back into their lives, they must acknowledge the repercussions of every lie they ever told. Or reap the deadly consequences.

This is a standalone novel.


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HISTORICAL ROMANCE

After spending all her life pinned beneath her overbearing mother’s thumb, Lady Edith Smythe is desperately weary of being a respectable, dutiful daughter. What better time to finally cast aside her wallflower ways than at a country house party where women’s suffrage is the leading topic of the day? And there’s no better man to exercise her freedom with than a diabolically handsome rake who’s as sinful as he is irresistible.

Valentine Blakemoor, self-made property magnate and one of the wealthiest men in England, has been lured to the wilds of Yorkshire by the promise of vengeance. Seducing the bookish, bespectacled Lady Edith proves an embarrassingly easy feat. But once he has her in his bed, Val is bemused to discover Lady Edith is far more than the quiet, freckled spinster he believed. To his shock, he can’t seem to get enough of her, which decidedly wasn’t part of his plan.

For the first time in his storied career as a jaded rake, Val wants more than mere pleasure. In fact, he wants everything Lady Edith has to offer. But she’s firm on her insistence that one night and her innocence are all she’s willing to give. And when she discovers his true motives for pursuing her, nothing between them will ever be the same…

This is a standalone (short) novel in the Dukes Most Wanted series.

Series recommended reading order: Forever Her Duke | Forever Her Marquess | Forever Her Rake | Forever Her Earl (Mar 2024)


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Paranormal romances are so rarely my jam these days, having read little else during my twenties and thirties, but Ali Hazelwood’s brand of sharp-witted, lovelorn shenanigans is always hard to resist, even more so when her new marriage of convenience romp happens to be of the blood-sucking and howling variety. She takes the star-crossed lovers, fated mates tropes to new heights in this spicy, unputdownable tale of two mortal enemies who agree to marry in order to uphold the peace between their species. I loved the story, the characters, the dialogues, even all the drawn-out miscommunication angst, but Ali Hazelwood had me at knotting, and I’m (k)not embarrassed to admit it. (K)not even a little.

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As the romantic trials and tribulations of the twenty-somethings have begun to feel to me more and more like science fiction than a distant memory I can draw from, it takes a lot for me these days to connect with a college romance, especially one with a sports-related storyline. Yet Elle Kennedy’s stories always manage to not only pull me in almost instantly, but also to leave me craving for more. It’s only right that we should kick off a next generation Off-Campus spin-off series with the story of the daughter of one of Elle’s most beloved couples—Garrett Graham and Hannah Wells from The Deal. Gigi Graham is desperate to step out of her famous father’s shadow, and she knows that nothing would help her achieve that goal more than winning Olympic gold, something her father never did. To help her increase her chances of being called to join the women’s national hockey team, she enlists the help of her ex boyfriend’s nemesis and new teammate—Luke Ryder—to give her pointers on her game. But the more time Gigi and Ryder spend together, the more the chemistry between them begins to sizzle. They begin to date in secret, knowing all too well that every stolen moment they have together puts at risk friendships old and new. But their bond and commitment to one another only grow, and when their secret is finally revealed, it had me SCREAMING. A spicy, engaging, passionate love story that packs a punch where you least expect it.

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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.

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Bookish News

America’s most unattainable bachelor is falling in love…with his maid, in Parker S. Huntington and L.J. Shen’s tantalizing new forbidden romance, out on Mar 10, and we have the gorgeous cover. This is Zachery Sun’s book, whom we met in My Dark Romeo.

Read More...

Laurelin Paige has revealed the cover of her brand new forbidden, brother’s girl, billionaire romance, set in the intriguing world of her Brutal Billionaires series, and releasing on Mar 13.

Read More...

A steamy, southern mafia romance—part of the all-new Georgia Smoke series, and set in the same world as the Smoke and Judgement series—is coming from Abbi Glines on Mar 27, and we have the gorgeous cover of the first book in the series, the first half of a duet.

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