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Author: Blakely, Lauren
Romantic Comedy

In my defense, putting a fake ring on my best friend’s finger seems like a good idea at the time. My dad needs me to look like a committed guy to close a business deal, so what’s the harm in boasting to, well, everyone that I’m the marrying kind of man?

Now, I just need my best friend to help me out and play my fiancée for the next week. Good thing Charlotte has her reasons for saying yes to my plan. Just as long as we agree to zero touching, and absolutely no feelings.

I can do that no problem. And for the first few days, we’re pulling off this pretend act like we’re going to win an Academy Award.

But pretty soon, all this playing pretend in public leads to a whole lot of temptation in private. Until one night, we break our no touching rule in spectacular fashion.

There’s no faking the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets that night, and the next, and the one after.

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Author: Bold, Kate
FBI Suspense Thriller

FBI Agent Nina Veil wakes from a two-year coma having forgotten most of her life—but her skills are just as sharp as ever.

When victims of a dangerous new killer are found inside locked cages, FBI Agent Nina Veil’s broken memories could hold the key to catching the very same man who put her in a coma—before he strikes again.

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Author: Cross, Wesley
Cyberpunk Science Fiction

There’s a corporate cabal that wants to rule the world. Some might say it has been doing it already for decades by whatever means necessary. But they are no longer content to hide in the shadows. They want to become true masters.

Jason Hunt knows nothing about that world. But when his wife becomes ill, he finds himself pitted against the cabal that might hold the key to her survival. To save her, he needs to embrace technology he doesn’t understand, take over a billion-dollar company without a billion dollars, outsmart professional assassins, and land a contract with the DOD. But even that might not be enough.

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Author: Davies, David Stuart
Historical Mysteries

1940. London is at war.

When World War II breaks out, the young policeman John Hawke enlists in the army.

His dreams of fighting for his country, however, are cut short after he loses an eye in rifle training.

Invalided out of the army and offered a desk job with the police, John sets up as a private investigator in London instead, hoping for excitement and danger.

In the autumn of 1940, John is hired to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman.

What is the connection between her brutal murder and the fading film actor Gordon Moore?

And is there a connection to the runaway boy who may have witnessed something terrible.

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Author: Logan, Patrick
Hard-Boiled Mysteries

His hands are bound behind him, a crude butterfly drawn in blood on his bare back. He isn’t the first.

When a drug addict finds the body of a man in the basement of an abandoned warehouse in New York City, Detective Damien Drake is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim was a philanthropist, father, doting husband, and wealthy junior partner in one of the cities most respected law firms.

He seemed to have the perfect life.

Yet when Damien probes deeper, he realizes that this man isn’t the first. His investigation soon connects this murder with another in Montreal, both of which were emblazoned with the same bloody butterfly.

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Author: St.John, Elizabeth
Medieval Historical Fiction
London, 1609. When Lucy St.John, a beautiful highborn orphan at the court of King James, is seduced by the Earl of Suffolk, she never imagines the powerful enemy she creates in his beloved sister, the Countess of Rochester. Or that her own sister Barbara would betray her and force Lucy to leave the court in disgrace. Spirited, educated, and skilled in medicine and precious remedies, Lucy fights her way back into society, and through an unexpected love match, becomes mistress of the Tower of London. Living inside the walls of the infamous prison, she defies plague, political intrigues and tragic executions to tend to aristocratic prisoners and criminals alike. Now married into the immensely powerful Villiers family, Barbara unites with the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, to raise the fortunes of Lucy and her family to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes treachery, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery.

Pearl in the Sand (affiliate link)

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Author: Afshar, Tessa
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Christian Historical Fiction

Can a Canaanite harlot who made her living enticing men be a fitting wife for a leader of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

This 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes new features that will invite you into the untold story of Rahab’s journey from lowly outcast to redeemed child of God. Rahab’s home is built into a wall, a wall that fortifies and protects the City of Jericho. However, other walls surround her too, walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness… Years of pain and betrayal have wounded Rahab’s heart—she doubts whether her dreams of experiencing true love will ever come true…

A woman with a wrecked past—a man of success, of faith… of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

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Author: Reynolds, Frances
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Adaptations & Pastiche Fiction

Mr Darcy is the most honest man in London, I am perfectly convinced. So much so that even civility has no claim upon him.

ELIZABETH BENNET and her sister Jane have come to London in the autumn at the invitation of their uncle. Mr Gardiner’s fortunes, happily, have risen so greatly as to admit him and his relations into the company of earls, admirals, and other such worthies. Elizabeth is initially delighted by the novelty of new acquaintances and experiences in London, although she cannot like the proud, conceited, unfairly handsome Mr Darcy who renders a grievous insult to her at one of their first meetings. Alas, the social downfall of this insult is rapid and severe for Elizabeth. Still worse is the fact that Jane Bennet’s romantic inclinations cause Elizabeth to be thrown into company with the haughty Mr Darcy far too often.

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Author: Rendell, Ruth
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Historical Thrillers

Now in one volume, two novels in “one of the best-written detective series in the genre’s history,” from a New York Times–bestselling and three-time Edgar Award–winning author (The Washington Post).

The Veiled One: “Why on earth?” wonders London’s chief inspector Reginald Wexford when a sixtyish housewife is found garroted in a shopping mall garage, her body concealed under a velvet shroud. Before he can find the answer, he’s nearly killed himself—by a politically motivated car bombing targeting his activist daughter. With the inspector in the hospital, the case falls to his partner, Mike Burden. But when a strange mother and son are suspected, Burdon’s trail leads him down a very twisted road.

An Unkindness of Ravens: When a neighbor’s husband vanishes, Chief Inspector Wexford suspects the cad most likely ran off with one of his girlfriends.

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Author: Hall, Ellie
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Sweet Romantic Comedy

Could anything make visiting my sister on a tropical island better?

Actually, yes. I wish I could say my ex-boyfriend is an ex-con, but more like a current con-man. I’d rather not be hiding out, but I can’t think of a better location than this forgotten Florida Key.

I’m not complaining because my sis and I are besties. When she’s not working at a law firm, bonus, she’s side hustling a bookstore-café. I’m all about the beach reads until I do my sibling a solid and stand in for her to read a will—thankfully, not my own. At least not yet.

It’s rather mysterious, containing riddles and puzzles. Plus, the McGregor brothers aren’t bad to look at—I mean the scenery. It’s beautiful. Especially the second oldest—I mean the clear sky and turquoise sea. All this sunshine must be scrambling my brain.

Little Ghosts (affiliate link)

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Author: Dunnett, Gregg
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Psychological Fiction

One moment my beautiful daughter, her face flushed from the sun, her curls still wet from splashing in the ocean, was waiting in line for a strawberry ice cream, the next she was gone…

As I sit in her dimly lit bedroom, surrounded by flickering candles, I feel the crushing weight of my daughter’s absence. It’s been two years since Layla was murdered. The police have searched tirelessly for her killer, but they’ve found nothing – it’s like whoever did it vanished into thin air.

My once-perfect marriage is falling apart, we can hardly look at each other anymore. Our ten-year-old son Gale is struggling. He’s changed since she died. He’s more secretive and also… I can’t quite put my finger on it. They were so close, is this Gale coming to terms with her death? Still, unease creeps over me as I watch him. He just stares past me at something I can’t see.

Then one day, as I butter his toast for breakfast, my son tells me something that stops me in my tracks. “I know who killed Layla.”

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Author: Scott, Savannah
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Women’s Humorous Fiction

Can you keep a secret? … I’m in love with my best friend.

There are three things you should know about me.
I hate running. No, really. I only run when someone’s chasing me, and thankfully that’s never happened.
My ideal Friday night includes pizza, The Princess Bride, and dancing with abandon.
And, I’m madly in love with my best friend.
That right there, that’s my secret.

Trevor, and I grew up next door to one another. Yes. He’s the boy next door. Even now, we rent opposite sides of a duplex, and we work across the aisle from one another at the Corn Corners Tribune. Basically, there isn’t a part of my life Trevor hasn’t touched. I take that back. Me. He hasn’t touched me.

He’s made it clear we’re in the friend zone and whatever feelings he had for me were a passing thing for him, while mine keep growing like a Chia pet on a humid summer day in the midwest. Unruly, and apparently pointless.

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