Genres: College Romance, Sports Romance

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THE PLAY by Elle Kennedy

Series: Briar U, #3

Genre: College/ Sports Romance

Release Date: 7th October 2019


A brand-new standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Briar U series!

What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friendswith a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound.

And she’s making a play for me.

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts.

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart.


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★4-4.5 STARS

Hunter Davenport is a man on a mission after the abysmal end to his last hockey season. He’s resolved to stay away from vices and leading his team to victory is the only goal he has his sights on. If you’re a fan of the series you’ll remember Hunter from The Chase. He wasn’t cast in the best light so it’s refreshing to see him renewed haven shaken the funk that led to downfall.

What unsuspecting Hunter doesn’t know is that his temptation would come in the guise research project partner, Demi Davis. The fact Demi has a boyfriend reinforces just how off limits she is, and if anything lays the path to a genuine friendship that they develop. 

Demi is the perfect ying to Hunter’s yang. She’s sweet but tough, and gives Hunter a run for his money when it comes to their verbal sparring. When her relationship falls apart, Hunter is there as a shoulder to cry on. He’s so much more than she took him for and not long before she wants to explore things further, much to Hunter’s hesitance. 

Elle Kennedy did not come to Play with the latest addition to the Briar U series. The humor is ever present and it was laughs aplenty, but it was the slow burn that made this a winner for me. Hunter totally redeemed himself from the previous poor judgement I had of him, so much so he’s my favourite Briar U boy yet.



About Elle Kennedy:


A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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When a stalker gets too close to plus-size model Mae Cooper, it’s time to hire some muscle.

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CLOSER by Kylie Scott

Series: A Stage Dive Novella

Release Date: 24th September 2019


Enter former military man turned executive protection officer Ziggy Thayer. Having spent years guarding billionaires, royalty, and rock n roll greats, he’s seen it all. From lavish parties through to every kind of excess.

There’s no reason some Instagram stylista should throw him off his game. Even if she does have the most dangerous curves he’s ever seen…

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★3.5 STARS★

There will never be any hesitation from me when it comes to delving back into the world of The Stage Dive crew. This time around the story centres around plus sized Instagram model, Mae Cooper and ex military – now turned executive protection officer, Ziggy Thayer.

Mae has been receiving unwanted attention from a stalker but her ties to The Stage Dive wives mean they hook her up with the best in the personal protection business. If Mae is honest she feels quite silly at the fuss made at keeping her safe, but at the same breath she’s so grateful to the sense of calm she has being in Ziggy’s company.

Ziggy is a consummate professional and her attempts at engaging him conversation initially fall flat. She’s highly aware of the cliché of falling for her bodyguard but her feelings aren’t as one sided as she thinks. Their chemistry is palpable but his desire takes a backseat to dealing with the danger at hand. 

I really enjoyed the suspense from not only the stalker plot but also that of the progression of Mae and Ziggy’s relationship. Admittedly I would have loved to have seen more of them as a couple, but overall it was a enjoyable read. I would remiss to mention the appearance of fan favourite Mal, he is just as amazing as we all remember him and these novella’s wouldn’t be the same without him.




“Your keys and security alarm code please, miss?” he asked, hand held out waiting.

It might have just been me, but we seemed to be standing awfully close together. It almost seemed weirdly intimate. Almost. No, my bad. Ziggy wore his usual professional façade with nary a hint of emotion on display. His gaze was shuttered, his bearing military rigid. It was definitely just me and my overactive imagination. Being vaguely attracted to your bodyguard was kind of a pain in the ass. Not that I couldn’t use the distraction right now.

Ziggy continued to stand there patiently waiting.

“Keys. Right.” I rummaged inside my Balenciaga City bag. Designer goodies were not only a weakness of mine, but a happy perk of being in the industry and achieving some small fame. “Ah, just a minute. They’re in here somewhere.”

I pushed aside my purse, a cashmere shawl, tampons, a candy bar, some loose change, my small Chanel cosmetics case, a power bank, hair ties, pepper spray, a copy of the latest Sarah MacLean book, mints, a spare charging cable for my cell phone, the cell phone itself, Chapstick, Prada sunglasses case, my grandma’s rosary, dental floss, deodorant, a couple of pens, Kleenex, ear buds, water bottle, a USB stick, reusable straw, condoms, nail file, some old receipts, a travel size umbrella, hand sanitizer, lotion, a pair of pearl earrings, tweezers, Advil, a hair band, and some bobby pins.

“Sorry about this,” I murmured. “I know I put them in here when we left.”

He said nothing. A whole lot of nothing.

“Huh.” With a great sense of victory, I held up a bottle of nail polish. “I thought I’d lost this.”

One of his dark brows crept upwards.

“I’ll have you know this color was limited edition. Little Death at Midnight by Oxley. You can’t buy it anymore.”

His lips did not move, but that damn eyebrow arched even higher as he leaned forward a little and took in the contents of my bag. I swear his eyes widened.

“Don’t you judge me. All of these things are necessary for my ongoing existence.”

“Of course they are, miss.” The man was so judging me. Bastard. “You carry a koozie around with you, I see.”

“It pays to be ready to party, Mr. Thayer.”



About Kylie Scott:

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.


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Genres: Contemporary Romance

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MOONLIGHTER by Sarina Bowen

Release Date: 22nd October 2019


Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.  


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Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller’s list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.


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Genres: Romantic Suspense

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 15th September 2019



At nineteen-years-old, college student Josie Stratton was kidnapped by a madman and held shackled for ten months in an abandoned warehouse before she finally escaped her hellish prison.

Eight years later, when the body of a young woman is found chained in the basement of a vacant house, Cincinnati Police Detective Zach Copeland is instantly reminded of the crime committed against Josie Stratton. Zach was just a rookie on the perimeter of that case, but he’s never forgotten the traumatized woman with the haunted eyes.

As more information emerges, the crimes take on an even more sinister similarity. But Josie’s attacker died by suicide. Does the city have a copycat on its hands? A killer who picked up where the original perpetrator left off? Or are they facing something far more insidious?

Josie has spent the last eight years attempting to get her life back on track, but now there’s a very real chance she could be the unknown suspect’s next target. As Zach vows to keep her safe, and Josie finds herself responding to him in a way she hasn’t responded to any man in almost a decade, the investigation takes on an even more complex edge of danger.

As past and present collide, Josie and Zach are thrust toward a shocking and chilling truth. A revelation that threatens not only Josie’s life, but everything she’s been fighting so desperately to reclaim.

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Where The Blame Lies both shattered and soothed me. It’s premise is born from a dark and traumatising event that changed the course of Josie Stratton’s life. As she attempts to rises from the ashes that was once her life, she is pulled back into the darkness in order to save others from the cruelty she once suffered.

At the head of the investigation is  Detective Zach Copeland. Like myself he is moved by Josie’s strength and determination. Although stronger now, he is there as a shoulder and to carry her when she buckles from the memories that threaten to overwhelm her of late.

Mia Sheridan can always be relied upon to bring such heightened emotion to her stories. She has the ability to tap into the core of human nature and bring forth it’s beauty no matter how dire the circumstance. 

Although a suspenseful and vivid story, it was delicately balanced by the intimacies between Josie and Zach, as well as Josie’s own personal triumph. I adore all Mia’s Characters but long with Archer, Josie stands above the rest.


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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.


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Genres: Contemporary Romance

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BEARD WITH ME by Penny Reid

Series: Winston Brothers, #6

Release Date: 17th September 2019


‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. 

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching.

Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.

No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying.

Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.



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Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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NEED YOU NOW by Molly O’Keefe

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Release Date: 9th September 2019



I have loved Rosa since I met her in high school English, even though the odds have always been stacked against us. She is the child of criminals, resigned to a bleak future. I’m the heir to a successful construction company and am not afraid to go after what I want.

And I want Rosa. Always and forever.


I broke the law to make sure Marco got custody of our daughter, and I paid the price. But now that I’m out of jail, I’m terrified my ugly past might bleed into our daughter’s future.

The only way to ensure that doesn’t happen is staying far away from both of them.

But Marco isn’t letting me run from him. Not again.


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Genres: M/M Romance

WORK FOR IT by Talia Hibbert

Genre: M/M Romance

Release Date: 3rd September 2019


For men like us, trust doesn’t come easy. 

In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes me like dirt beneath his designer boot.

When the prettiest man I’ve ever hated shows up at my job the next day, I’m not sure if I want to strangle him or drag him into bed. Actually—I think I want both. But Keynes isn’t here for the likes of me: he makes that painfully clear. With everyone else at work, he’s all gorgeous, glittering charm—but when I get too close, he turns vicious.

And yet, I can’t stay away. Because there’s something about this ice king that sets me on fire, a secret vulnerability that makes my chest ache. I’ll do whatever it takes to sneak past his walls and see the real man again.

The last thing I expect is for that man to ruin me.


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It was clear from the outset that the story would be an emotional one, and I was surprised at how quickly I had formed bonds with Olu & Griff. For the most part they are plagued with self doubt that manifested itself differently in both of them.

Olu has hurt deeply by a breach of trust and as a result he finds himself crippled by the notion of intimacy. His visceral reaction to Griff catches him unawares and his immediate reaction is to harshly reject him. For years Griff has been dismissed and  overlooked and to be seen by someone like Olu, albeit briefly, opens him up to the idea of love and being loved.

WORK FOR IT was much more than what was eluded to in the blurb, and as much as I am a sucker for a grumpy hero, I was humbled by the challenges faced by both protagonists. Testament to the author’s story telling it was realistic, poignant and heartbreaking at times. I was completely overwhelmed by my adoration Olu & Griff and my need to champion their happiness. A story of hope and self discovery, it’s not one I will forget anytime soon.




About Talia Hibbert:

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia publishes independently via Nixon House and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.


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Genres: Historical Romance, Women's Fiction

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Genre: Historical Romance | Women’s Fiction

Release Date: 3rd September 2019


A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels, in which a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke….



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Genres: Contemporary Romance
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WELL MET by Jen DeLuca

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 3rd September 2019


All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.


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Genres: Dark Romance

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Release Date: 26th August 2019

Genre: Dark Romance


According to canon law, it is forbidden for a priest to betray the penitent for any reason. Even murder.

The consequences?


For years, I’ve listened to your confessions. I know your darkest secrets, and have swallowed your sins in silence. In return, I’ve offered you forgiveness in His name. But behind the partition that separates us, I’m nothing more than a man who has long questioned his own faith.

Your contrition is my invitation: to mete out the kind of justice you pray will never come. I’m neither pious, nor merciful, despite what you see. I’m an imposter, an abomination to all I represent. A quiet executioner who’s kept below the radar.

Until her.

She’s seen what I’ve done. She knows the man beneath the cloth and my every mortal sin. She has witnessed the uncontrollable vices she hopes to use against me in order to get what she covets most.

Yet, I know her sins, too. Ones she doesn’t bother to confess. The kind, for which, there is no absolution.


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