Lit Weekly Recap – 25 April 2022

The Rite Trilogy #1

26.04.2022

I live in a world where secrecy reigns.
A Society rooted in power, wealth, and long-held dynasties.
Where men are Kings, and women are pawns.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of escaping the shackles of my expectations.
But it can only ever be a dream.
I made a fatal mistake, and those shackles became a cage.
Now I’m trapped in a war with a man who controls my every move.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
My enemy, my tormentor, and my solace.
His words have the power to wound me.
His touch just might break me.
But this is his kingdom, and as long as I’m here I only have one choice.
I’ll play by his rules.

Motorcycle Club #1

26.04.2022

She is an MC princess, a wild-child. He is a stubborn professor who’s used to having his way.
They belong to vastly different worlds, but have one thing in common―both are trying to escape their pasts.
When their worlds collide, the consequences are explosive, in more ways than one.

Storm
I was an MC princess. The brotherhood was my family, the club my home—until the walls became stifling and the foundations began cracking. I broke free on a whim, making my way to Darling town to join college and follow my dreams.
Nothing had prepared me for the man who’d forge those dreams.
My mentor. Harry White. Ruggedly handsome. A controlling ass in a suit. Out to challenge me from the moment I walked in, provoking my pride and my primal instincts.
I’d been around dominant men my whole life. I never submitted to any of them. Then again, I’d never met anything as potent as Harry’s lustful side. I didn’t stop to consider the consequences that came with this incorrigible attraction that sucked me into a whirlpool of passion…
…and violence as the world I left behind caught up with us.

Harry
A Harvard degree. A privileged life. A debauched existence. I seemingly had everything and yet somehow, I had nothing to show for it, but a dark past. A dark past that stalked me all the way into Iraq and back, turning my mind into a cesspool of nightmares. I wasn’t looking for fresh beginnings; I did it to spite my pretentious sperm donor.
Only for my actions to come with an unexpected outcome. Storm.
I’d never had issues with women giving me trouble, whether in my bed or otherwise. But Storm was different. She was a challenge the moment she walked into my class and dismissed my authority. As her mentor, I instantly planned to subdue every ounce of pride lurking behind those eyes. What I wasn’t prepared for, was the aftershocks that my twisted plan would set off. Around me. And inside me.

Book 1A of Duet of the Legion MC Series

Legacy #1

26.04.2022

From USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Yarros comes a brand-new small town, older-brother’s best friend standalone romance.

“I’ll take them!”

That’s what I tell the social worker when my pre-k student and his baby brother need an emergency foster placement. I’ll do anything to keep the brothers from being split up. But my apartment’s flooded and there’s only one house I can take them to on such short notice…his.

Knox Daniels, my older brother’s best friend, offers his new place without hesitation. He’s not moving back to our tiny town until next month—that’s when all our hotshot firefighters are returning for their one and only chance to rebuild our fathers’ fallen, iconic crew.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve been silently in love with Knox since we were kids.
It can’t matter that we pretend that reckless prom night kiss never happened.
It won’t matter that my feelings for him could destroy his lifelong friendship with my brother and threaten the certification of their hotshot crew.
Because I’ll be out of his house long before he gets back.

Except Knox just walked in…a month early.
And the icing on this awkward cake?
He’s gorgeous as always and I’m covered in baby puke.
He takes one look at the boys and tells me we can make this work—
We can temporarily fake a relationship to keep them from being separated by the system.

Suddenly, everything matters.

Silver Harbor #3

26.04.2022

A sexy and soul-stirring novel about love, family, and rediscovering what matters most by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe We Will.

When workaholic Boston attorney Deirdra de Messiéres is passed over for a well-deserved promotion, she takes a two-month hiatus to show her boss just how much he needs her and heads home to Silver Island. But beyond seeing her sisters happy, home is not where Deirdra’s heart is. She has no interest in their family restaurant, the Bistro, or reliving hurtful childhood memories, and absolutely no interest in spending a single second with Josiah “Jagger” Jones, the Bistro’s too-laid-back musician and chef. Sure, the hippie is hot, but he drives her nuts. The guy lives in a van with his dog, and he can’t even commit to a solid work schedule. To make matters worse, he’s always around. She needs to get off the island, stat.

Jagger has overcome his own personal trials to place stock in life’s pleasures: family, friends, peace…and if he has his way, one positively beautiful, absolutely uptight attorney. Jagger knows he’s the perfect person to help Deirdra deal with her hurtful past and find her way back to being happy.

A chance encounter leads to deep conversation, and night after liberating night, Deirdra lets down her guard. But neither is long for Silver Island. Free-spirited Jagger has wanderlust, and Deirdra has a career to return to. They’re on different paths, and plans for a future together don’t stand a chance. But when has anything gone according to plan?

The Doyle Family #1

26.04.2022

Love can heal…or devastate. Trouble is, the difference isn’t clear until you’re In Too Deep to escape…

Ronan Doyle needs the truth. He can’t let his family declare their missing father dead when there are still so many unanswered questions. He’s sure the Cahills have answers. After all, they’re part of almost every dirty deal in Chicago. So, he’ll get what he needs—even if means working for the enemy. But there is one thing he wasn’t ready for. Her…

Chloe McCarthy can’t believe Ronan is back home. She’d had such a crush on him in high school. Too bad he never saw past her good girl reputation. But that all might change very soon. Her job gives her access to information Ronan needs, and that gives her access to what she needs. Ronan…

It was supposed to be a simple arrangement. He’d get information, she’d get a sexy, friend-with-benefits. But Ronan and Chloe are about to find out there’s no such thing as simple when hearts are on the line.

Sons of Sinclair #3

26.04.2022

Without mercy, there is no love in this third installment of the Sons of Sinclair historical romance series by award-winning author Heather McCollum.

Gideon Sinclair, the third Sinclair brother, judges everything in stark terms of good and evil. There is nothing in between, and he is efficient at passing judgment without mercy. Now that his clan has conquered the warring MacKays, Gideon starts the process of integrating them into the Sinclair Clan. He will sort the people, punish the bad, and better the lives of the good. Judging is as easy to him as breathing, until he meets Christina MacKay, who steals his breath…along with his Sinclair ring.

A young widow, Christina MacKay has given her life over to helping the orphaned children in the clan. But love won’t put shoes on their cold feet and food in their stomachs. Christina tired years ago of seeing the rich get richer and the poor suffer more and more, so she decided to do something about it. An agile thief of the rich by night, when she is caught, the new conquering chief must decide her fate.

When Gideon realizes that the thief is the same woman who had already captured his attention, he hesitates for the first time in his life. Letting her get away with her deed leads to more trouble when she is accused of stealing from King James and is arrested. Now Gideon must commit his own crime against the Scottish crown if he is to save Christina. But can a man who was raised to honor and uphold justice break the law for the woman who’s stolen his heart?

Standalone

28.04.2022

A steamy and twisty contemporary retelling of JANE EYRE from New York Times bestseller and #1 Amazon all-star author, Nelle L’Amour.

When legendary actress Edwina Rochester offered me a job to be the nanny of her five-year-old goddaughter, I didn’t expect to end up living at Thornhill, her infamous Hollywood mansion. The site of a kidnapping, suicide, and possible murder.

Nor did I expect to fall in love with my charge’s devastatingly handsome father, Ward Rochester. A man who’s totally off limits and is hiding a secret.

As my feelings for him deepen, strange, frightening sounds start coming from the room next to mine. My most intimate possessions go missing. And someone’s leaving me notes, threatening my life.

Should I trust the mysterious, mercurial Mr. Rochester? My heart tells me yes. But my brain tells me run.

The problem, reader, is I have no place to go. And I cannot resist him.

Will I get the happily ever after I’ve always longed for? Or will I be the next victim of The Curse of Thornhill?

Queens & Monsters #4

28.01.2022

SAn Irish mobster with a brutal grudge.
An Italian mafia princess with a dark secret.
Two enemy empires joined in sacred marriage vows.
Let the hating games begin.

Love in the Burbs #1

29.04.2022

The enemy of the HOA is her friend…and maybe much, much more…

Ridley Lennox is not having a good day.

Her high school nemesis becoming president of the Homeowner’s Association and trying to ruin her life is bad enough. But when Satan himself moves in next door, everything really starts circling the drain.

Finn Doyle is a menace. The fact that he’s the most gratuitously sexy, extroverted jerk she’s ever laid eyes on is irrelevant. His unneighborly actions make him her sworn enemy.

Which makes it super weird when he joins her war against the HOA.

That’s when everything gets…wacky.

Because somewhere along the line, Ridley, born introvert and known advocate of commitment avoidance, becomes friends with Finn.

And, to her complete disbelief, he seems to want out of the friendzone and into an infinitely more…hands-on relationship.

The wild part? She’s starting to think about it, too. Neighbors with benefits is a thing, right?

Maybe. But only if neither of them does anything stupid…like falling in love.

Neighbors With Benefits (a contemporary romantic comedy) is book 1 in the Love in the Burbs series. It’s a light, hilarious, comfort read featuring small town/suburbs hijinks, meddling septuagenarians, copious pop culture references and casual cussing, and tons of witty, snarky banter. Like, TONS. Told in the 3rd person with dual points of view, it has a guaranteed happily ever after. Download today and happy reading!

Cyborg Liberation #1

29.01.2022

Stranded at the edge of the galaxy, and forgotten by Earth in the wake of tragedy, the small group of survivors on Walker Colony turn to their founder’s granddaughter to lead them. With dwindling supplies and an abundance of failing equipment, Shayla keeps the life support systems running with little more than her wits and duct tape as they wait for a ship that may never come.

Built to be faster, larger, and more powerful than human men, cyborgs are the perfect killing machines. The only mistake their creators made was giving them the ability to think and learn. Although fearsome and formidable, they are also enlightened and conscious of their human emotions. They rebel against their programming, escape their enslavement on Earth, and begin their search for a safe place to live in peace.

When the cyborgs discover the abandoned humans on Walker Colony, hope is renewed. The twelve surviving women are in desperate need of supplies and support, while the cyborgs require just a small sample of human female DNA to begin the process of ensuring the survival of their race. To protect the humans, the imposing cyborg captain decrees all women are hands off. Yet, once Freeman sees the fiery-haired Shayla, the powerful leader is on the verge of breaking his own rules.

As she learns more about the cyborgs’ heart-wrenching story, Shayla agrees to help. Convincing the other survivors to join her won’t be easy. With the colony crumbling around them, a deal is struck, but a malevolent force is bearing down on them as secrets and betrayals jeopardize their mission. Will the threat result in tragedy for the colonists, or will Free and his cyborgs come to their defense, risking their hard-fought freedom in the process?

The Fallen Men #7

29.04.2022

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Giana Darling comes an age gap, forbidden love story about a rebel soul and her best friend’s dad who wants absolutely nothing to do with her…

I fell in love with my best friend’s dad when I was seventeen.

He seemed like some kind of heathen god, big enough to kill a man with his bare hands, tattooed with bright, bold images, and weathered by time and a short stint in prison.

Blind to the consequences, I made a mistake that ran him out of town and ruined his life.

Now, he’s back after all these years––hating me more than the day he left.

What he doesn’t know is that I’ve been working to atone for my sins.

I’ve infiltrated the Vancouver Triad that killed his wife.

Always my protector, he decides it’s not safe for me to be in this alone, so he resolves to get me out of the Triad and out of his hair for good.

*A stand-alone novel in The Fallen Men Series.*

Cyborg Liberation #1

29.01.2022

Stranded at the edge of the galaxy, and forgotten by Earth in the wake of tragedy, the small group of survivors on Walker Colony turn to their founder’s granddaughter to lead them. With dwindling supplies and an abundance of failing equipment, Shayla keeps the life support systems running with little more than her wits and duct tape as they wait for a ship that may never come.

Built to be faster, larger, and more powerful than human men, cyborgs are the perfect killing machines. The only mistake their creators made was giving them the ability to think and learn. Although fearsome and formidable, they are also enlightened and conscious of their human emotions. They rebel against their programming, escape their enslavement on Earth, and begin their search for a safe place to live in peace.

When the cyborgs discover the abandoned humans on Walker Colony, hope is renewed. The twelve surviving women are in desperate need of supplies and support, while the cyborgs require just a small sample of human female DNA to begin the process of ensuring the survival of their race. To protect the humans, the imposing cyborg captain decrees all women are hands off. Yet, once Freeman sees the fiery-haired Shayla, the powerful leader is on the verge of breaking his own rules.

As she learns more about the cyborgs’ heart-wrenching story, Shayla agrees to help. Convincing the other survivors to join her won’t be easy. With the colony crumbling around them, a deal is struck, but a malevolent force is bearing down on them as secrets and betrayals jeopardize their mission. Will the threat result in tragedy for the colonists, or will Free and his cyborgs come to their defense, risking their hard-fought freedom in the process?

Beauty in Lies #3

30.04.2022

Rafael

Our love was born in lies.

Mi reina captivated me. She burned me and claimed me as hers. I thought I’d be the one to own her, but there is no mistaking her claim on my soul.
When our lives burn to ash around us, our love will be strong enough to withstand the flames. Because the alternative is losing someone I won’t ever let go.
My wife.

Isa

Our love was born in blood.

El Diablo deceived me. He took me and marked me as his. He desecrated my soul, turning me into a nightmare to match the sins staining his own.
With the flames of our pasts consuming everything around us, our love is our only chance to find salvation. But his search for answers may come at a price I’m not willing to pay.
My love.

Until Retribution Burns is the third of four books in the Beauty in Lies trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. This is a DARK mafia romance and contains graphic violence, mature content, and elements that may be triggering. Please read at your own discretion