Weekly Releases for the week of March 14th, 2023

Happily Ever Never by Carrie Ann Ryan

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan returns to the Montgomery Ink world with a blind date romance between two unlikely strangers.

I love falling in love.
Only I’m the worst at it.

My friends call me a serial first dater and I can’t blame them.
All I want is a happy ever after, yet all I find are happy ever nevers.

This is my last chance. After this set up with my friend’s tattoo artist, I’m done.
No more dating. No more chances.

If I don’t fall in love with Leo Johnson, I’ll give up on dating.
Even if it shatters my dreams in the process.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

For nEver by Aurora Rose Reynolds

I had no idea that taking a temp job for the summer would send my life into a tailspin, but that’s exactly what happened when I started working for Jace Ellis.
One day I was his secretary and the next I was sitting on his private plane, wearing an obnoxiously large engagement ring, after he asked me if I would pretend to be his fiancé for one week.
I can admit that greed got the best of me. But the money he offered in exchange for my lie would help not only me, but my mom out tremendously.
I just had no idea what I was actually getting myself into.
I didn’t think about the fact that we would be sharing a bed, that we would have to pretend to like each other, and I sure didn’t know that I would be surrounded by his entire family at their annual family reunion.
But if the guy want’s a fiancé, I’m going to be the best one he’ll ever have.
I just hope I can remember that this isn’t forever; it’s for never.

The Way of Us by Claudia Burgoa

Sometimes you have to stop planning and live in the moment.

What do you do when your grandma wants to set you up on a date?

You fake it. Simple.

At least, that’s what I thought ten years ago.

It was a little lie: I’m dating Heathcliff Spearman.

Tall, dark, and incredibly handsome Heath Spearman.

My best friend.

I never thought things would get out of hand.

But things snowballed, and my grandparents think he’s my fiancé.

Oops!

They say some moments can change your life forever. Five happened to me in less than two months.

1. My grandparents threaten to visit me.

2. Heath offers to play the role of my fake fiancé.

3. We kiss—the kind of kiss that takes your breath away.

4. The lines between us blur. We go from friends to friends-with-benefits.

5. The word positive appears on the pregnancy test.

I’m positively screwed.

Have I mentioned Heath doesn’t want children or a family?

Oh, and of course, my grandparents caught the lie…

What am I supposed to do now?

The Way of Us is an interconnected standalone in the Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers series. A beautiful and heartfelt story of a strong woman who never gave up on family and love. A man who’s determined to rescue and defend her.

This is a redeeming love story that’ll have readers holding their breath until the very last page.

Puck Boy by Hannah Gray

Puck boy? I’ll take it. Heck, I’ve been called a lot worse.

Good time? You know it. Just ask anyone at Brooks University.

From a young age, the only thing in life I’ve ever taken seriously is hockey, and I’m not the guy who anyone—besides family and teammates—can count on. This is all true. At least until a certain curly-haired, blue-eyed goddess comes to me, looking for an easy hookup. And hook her up I do.

But what’s supposed to be a one-night stand doesn’t stop at one night. What’s meant to be easy … sure as hell gets complicated fast. And it becomes clear that Addison LaConte is just as much my savior as she is my demise.

They say if you love something, set it free, and if it’s meant to be, one day, it will return.

Well, I don’t think our story is going to be that simple.

Never Saw You Coming by S.L. Scott

Loch

I wish I could say it was love at first sight. But I can’t.

Snarky.
Impatient.
Demanding.

Everything about the woman standing next to me was complicated, from her designer clothes to her coffee order. I don’t do complicated unless it comes with a good time. And then it’s only for a night or two, max.

I was more than happy to leave the coffee shop, and her, behind, but neither of us saw what was coming . . .

Tuesday

I wish I could say I remember him. But I can’t.

Patient.
Generous.
Handsome.

The same stranger who saved me steps in again when I have nowhere to go and no memory of who I am. He’s broody and rigid, but I see a different side of this gorgeous man and start to realize I’m not the only one who needs saving.

Falling for him wasn’t in my plans, but as I search for answers to my past, I realize that I don’t worry about getting my memory back. My fear is losing my life twice.

This book is a complete standalone with no cheating and guaranteed happily-ever-after. If you’d like to spend more time with the hero, you can meet him in his brother’s book, Swear on My Life (now available). You are going to fall head over heels for the Westcott Siblings.

The Games We Play by S. Cole (Live 3.16)

From USA Today best selling author Scarlett Cole, writing as S. Cole, comes an electrifying MC, forbidden lovers romance.

Iris:
As a woman born into an Irish crime family, I’m expendable.
It’s why I’ve extricated myself from that life.
Only now, I’m wrapped up in another one when I witness the death of the president of a motorcycle outlaw club.
And the club’s sergeant at arms has declared himself as my protector… Or stalker.
And I can’t decide if he terrifies or excites me.

Spark:
Too many people have died on my watch in Kabul and New Jersey.
My conscience can’t carry the weight of one more. Especially a pretty young thing with eyes that pierce my truths.
But her family is our enemy. One of many.
And she hates the things I pride myself in standing for.
Until she needs me to play her family’s deadly game. A game to ruin us all.

Into the Tide by Laura Pavlov (Live 3.16)

Lila James is my best friend’s little sister and I’ve always looked out for her.
She’s five years younger than me, and when she left for college, she was just a kid.
But now she’s home for the summer—and she’s definitely not a kid anymore.
She’s beautiful and smart and everything I didn’t know I needed.
Dark eyes. Long wavy hair. And legs that are meant to be wrapped around me.
I’m the guy who likes to have a good time.
Keep things light.
When her brother asks me to hire her at my restaurant, it’s a no-brainer.
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her.
Until she asks me for one more favor.
She wants me to be her first.
Take her V-card.
Go where no man has gone before.
Her words, not mine.
And damn if I don’t want to go there more than I’ve ever wanted anything.
She’s only here for the summer, and she says it will be our secret.
It’s temporary.
We’ll go back to being just friends at the end of summer.
She promises that she won’t fall for me.
She knows better.
But Lila isn’t the one I’m worried about.

**This is book 1 in the Cottonwood Cove Series. Each one can be read as a complete standalone. A HEA is guaranteed!**

Flyball by Lisa Suzanne (Live 3.16)

Fighting against our relationship turns into keeping it a secret…most importantly from her father.

At first it’s fun sneaking around, but then it feels like every time we’re close to coming clean, something happens to stop us.

And then life takes another detour as the reminder that life is short plows into me.

It’s moments like these that make me think long and hard about the future. For the first time, the twelve years between us start to have some meaning as I wonder whether I’m robbing her of the future she deserves.

Just like all flyballs, all this is going to come crashing down to the ground.

FLYBALL is the third book in the VEGAS HEAT: THE EXPANSION TEAM series. This series must be read in order.

Flirting with Forever by Claire Kingsley (Live 3.16)

Nora Lakes is sophisticated, successful, and happily single. Career problems aside, her life is fine the way it is, thank you very much. Sure, her best friends are all moving into a new season of life—full of husbands and babies and white picket fences. But that’s not what Nora wants.

Neither is the gruff, tattooed guy next door.

Tattoo artist Dex St. James has enough trouble on his hands without the distractingly beautiful woman next door. Being a single dad to a teenage girl is no joke. The last thing he needs is a flirtatious new neighbor who makes his blood run hot.

He’ll just avoid her. She’s not his type anyway.

But Nora and Dex can’t seem to stay out of each other’s way. Between a pesky nocturnal visitor, Nora’s blossoming friendship with Dex’s daughter, and their undeniable chemistry, that up-against-the-wall, brain-melting kiss was probably inevitable.

Nora has rules when it comes to men, and she has her reasons. Dex threatens to break every last one of them. She doesn’t want forever. He won’t settle for anything less. But when these two collide, the result is fire.

And maybe even forever.

Author’s Note: opposites attract in this fun, swoony, single dad romcom. A smart, sassy woman meets a rough-around-the-edges tattoo artist with a heart of gold. Daddy/daughter moments, all the banter, neighborly shenanigans, a meddling family, badass lady friendships, and a hero who’s determined to fight the heat between them—until he falls first.
Flirting with Forever can be read as a stand-alone.



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