Lit Weekly Recap – 30 August 2021

Standalone

30.08.2021

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard comes a new standalone, full-length romantic suspense novel.

My father is the head of the Bratva, but being born out of wedlock, I’ve never been a part of that world.
Until a hit is taken out on me. I’m kidnapped in the dead of night and waking up, it’s to come face to face with Demitri Vetrov.

Dangerous and heartless, Demitri is the most feared man in the world. I’ve heard whispers of what he’s capable of.

I’m thrown into a nightmare where I don’t know who I can trust, and fear for my life is my only constant companion.
I’m forced to be at Demitri’s mercy, I’m just not sure he has any. It also doesn’t help that he’s disarmingly attractive.

Tall, dark, and deadly.

Knowing this, he uses it against me like a weapon, breaking down my walls faster than I can put them up.

There’s a war coming, and I’m right in the middle of it.
The only question is, will Demitri be the one to save me or kill me?

STANDALONE: Romance Suspense full-length novel.
WARNING: This book contains subject matter that may be sensitive for some readers. There is dark and triggering content between these pages. 18+ only. Please read responsibly.

The Jilted Wives Club #2

30.08.2021

USA Today Bestselling Author Bethany Lopez brings you an all-new series about getting a second chance at love later in life. Follow Whitney, Summer, and Margo as they experience the good, bad, and ugly of dating again in your thirties and forties. Join them in The Jilted Wives Club.

When at first you fail at love, medicate with Dirty Martinis…

Summer has always tried to look on the bright side of things. Sure, her ex-husband was a liar and a cheater, but that didn’t mean all men were untrustworthy, right? Maybe the problem wasn’t her, but the type of man she’s always going for.

Noah would rather spend his nights at home with a good book than out navigating the dating scene. Women like Summer have always terrified him and there’s no denying she’s way out of his league. But when she keeps popping up everywhere it becomes harder and harder to deny their chemistry.

Summer wants to prove she’s more than a Trophy Wife. Sure, she’s sexy, sweet, and has a body that won’t quit, but she’s so much more, and she’ll do whatever it takes to prove it to Noah.

Has Summer finally met her match, or will Noah leave her crying in her Dirty Martini?

Beautiful Sinner #5

30.08.2021

I’m the new KING of London, but it’s her body I crave to CONQUER.
Her enemies have become my own. Her body is my favorite toy.

We were never supposed to meet, but then there she was across the bar sitting beside my cousin’s newest obsession. A small little beauty with a grin on her sweet lips and a low-cut top meant to tease—to destroy a man’s self-control. She didn’t see me, but I took in every sensual inch while placing a target on her head.

Our paths will cross, and she’ll fight, but I’m a man of my convictions. My vow is unbreakable.

I’ll be back for you, my Venus.

Redemption Hills #1

30.08.2021

From NYT and USA Today bestselling author A.L. Jackson comes a single-dad, enemies-to-lovers stand-alone romance about a jaded club owner and his son’s teacher…

Eden Murphy came into my club looking to make some extra cash.
A girl like her didn’t belong in a place like this.
She’d get ripped to shreds.
Most likely by me.
There’s nothing but sweetness dripping from her sexy little body, and I’m the monster who’s salivating to get a taste.

Trent Lawson is the last man I should want.
Dark.
Dangerous.
So wickedly gorgeous he makes my knees weak.
He’s also an arrogant jerk who happens to be my new boss.

When I discover his adorable son is also in my kindergarten class, I know I have to keep my distance.

But neither of us can ignore the attraction that flames.
One glance, and our hearts race.
One touch, and we’re aching for what we can’t have.
One night, and we’re falling fast.

Dragging her into my sordid world is wrong.
It doesn’t matter.
Eden Murphy is mine. future?

Wild Texas Hearts #5

30.08.2021

Can a cowboy with amnesia find his way back to his greatest love?

Parker: I’ve not been home to Wild Heart, Texas in nine years. I’ve been recovering from a head injury I got on my cattle ranch in Wyoming. Trauma that stole large chunks of my memory and left me with scars I don’t want my family to see.

When my brother Walker announces he’s getting married at Christmas and wants his big brother as his best man, I’m out of excuses and must go home to face my family.

I wasn’t expecting to meet the woman who’s been haunting my dreams for nine years, a woman who holds the key to my best stolen memory. The greatest night of my life.

Grace: I met an alluring stranger nine years ago and then never saw him again. I knew it was a one-night stand, but my mystery man left me with more than just amazing memories.

When my best friend, Emma, asks me to be the maid of honor at her upcoming Christmas wedding and begs me to let the best man stay in the apartment over my garage for all the wedding and holiday festivities, saying yes is easy.

Then I meet the mysterious Parker Rhodes. Only he’s not exactly a stranger…

The Cowboy’s Christmas Bride is part of the Wild Texas Heart Cowboy Series but can be read as a standalone. No cheating. No cliffhanger. HEA Guaranteed.n.

Annapolis Harbor #5

31.08.2021

He’s off-limits, continually underestimates me, and yet… I can’t ignore the attraction between us.
Callie
When I landed my dream job, I didn’t realize I’d be working with the one guy I’ve always avoided.
Jonah.
Caught off guard with a career-ending injury; he is the life and soul of every party, a likable, sociable guy on all accounts. His future relies on the success of the sports complex I’ve been hired to manage.
But…he doubts my capabilities from the get-go.
I’m tired of being underestimated, of having my capabilities judged by just my pretty face. This is my opportunity to prove everyone wrong, including Jonah.
I just never expected to fall for him, or to learn that Jonah isn’t the man he pretends to be.
Now I’m not sure if I can handle the truth.

Jonah
It only takes one injury to ruin your career and I’m not even sure I still have one. Investing in a sports complex made sense, until I realized that Callie was hired to manage it.
She’s young, beautiful and has an alluring innocence I have to remind myself to ignore. As my teammate’s personal assistant, Callie is off limits in more ways than one. She’s straight out of college, has no experience and now my future lies in her hands.
The closer we work together, the more I become captivated by her. She’s nothing like I expected her to be, but then we all hide behind masks.
Especially me.
If Callie learns the truth, both my future and my heart could be shattered.

The Valentini Family #2

02.09.2021

I’ve spent a lifetime avoiding the various factions of the mafia in NYC, yet somehow I’m in it up to my eyeballs.
I should be scared.
I should want to run.
Yet the city quivers in fear with every designer-clad footstep I take, because the Valentinis have ascended, and I’m the Don’s Lady.
It’s intoxicating.
However Luciu comes with vendettas and a craving for vengeance that could get him killed.
With my allegiance tied to the Irish, can I say yes when he wants me to take an oath to the Sicilians?
Is a happily-ever-after on the cards when the ‘after’ isn’t even promised?

This is the second part of ‘The Oath’ duet in The Valentini Family series.
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North Carolina Highlands #4

02-09.2021

Hiring the woman who wrecked me to nanny the kid I just found out I have is a dumb idea. Getting naked with her in the back of my truck is even dumber.

But old habits die hard.

Amelia Fox was my high school sweetheart, the girl who broke my heart and nearly ended my football career nine years ago. It was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other, much less make a comeback.

But I did come back. And I’m not about to let go of everything I fought for just because my world is imploding again.

When I find out I’m the father of a two-year-old boy, I’m ready to start my final season in the pros. It’s my last chance to nab the championship I promised my dad I’d win before he died.

Enter Amelia: teacher, toddler whisperer, and—oh yeah—my ex-girlfriend. We haven’t spoken in almost a decade, but I’m desperate, and she’s looking for a job.

I need to focus, which means I need help with this kid. Which means I need her.

The arrangement works until one night of bad decisions and great sex threatens to ruin everything.

Can we make it work this time around?

Or is she just another bad habit I need to break before she breaks me?

SOUTHERN PLAYBOY is a full-length, standalone novel coming September 2 to KindleUnlimited.

The Lupu Chronicles Book #2

02.09.2021

I am Luca, the black sheep of the Romanian mafie Lupu clan.

Cat, the woman I want as mine, happens to be my brother’s fiancée.

What wouldn’t I do to tear their engagement apart with my bare hands?

Luca

As the second son, I scoff at the antiquated rules and traditions of my clan. When my family needs to make an arranged marriage with a rival clan, the next in line to wed the spoiled mafie princess is me.

I’ll be damned if I’m led to the slaughter like some sacrificial lamb.

Let my younger brother, the family lapdog, do the deed. The man is a soulless bastard, anyway.

But the moment I set eyes on the precious princess at my brother’s engagement party, I regret my decision. My knees almost buckle. Holy hell, but she’s beautiful. Sultry and innocent, she’s a lethal combination the likes of which I’ve never seen before.

If only she wasn’t already pledged to my brother.

Cat

My family loves me but I’m merely a pawn in the shifting chess game between the Lupu clan and mine. As the good, obedient daughter to the boss of the Popescu family, I do what I am told. And that is to marry the youngest brother, a ruthless mafie prince with a reputation for cruelty. It’s the least I can do to make up for the grief I’ve caused my family over the years.

At my engagement party, I’m introduced to my fiancé’s older brother, Luca.

A man with cold gray eyes that makes my skin sizzle with desire.

The same man who already rejected me as his fiancée.

I should hate him for it. Instead, the more time I’m forced to spend in his presence, the less I can remember that he is strictly off-limits.

The Boys of Clermont Bay #3

02.09.2021

Rich. Vicious. Vengeful. Forbidden. The Boys of Clermont Bay had always been untouchable.

And Carson Hale was the worst of them all.

He was pretentious and a player, and he had hated me for so long I forgot that we were ever anything more than enemies.

Brutally beautiful and savagely heartless, his only plan was to ruin everything I loved.

But dares were made, and even though I had no business saying yes, I found myself in trouble and forced to work with my rival to get us out of it.

He had always been cruel, but something changed.

The lure of him was too much. The way I craved his touch unbearable.

Just as I fell for him, he proved himself to be exactly who he had been all along.

L.A. Ruthless Series #2

03.09.2021

My name is Alana Montoya.

My husband is the King of L.A. And I am his Queen.

I never asked for this life, but now that it’s mine, I will fight for it with every breath in my body.

Our love is fire and fury, burning brighter than the heat of a thousand suns. But when secrets and betrayal threaten our chance at happiness, will the flames be enough to vanquish our enemies, and destroy our doubts and fears? Or will the ashes and embers of what we once had be all that remains?

A war is coming to L.A, and when it is over, only one side will be left standing.

A fierce King will burn the whole world down to get what he wants.

But, a wise King knows that he can’t win a war alone.

Because when all is said and done, everyone knows that the Queen is the most powerful player on the board.