B&N Press Top eBooks to Read this Summer!

Trending now, check out what readers are buying in this new collection of top eBooks to read this summer! From lyrical coming-of-age fiction, to unexpected romance, with fantastical mysteries, chilling thrillers, and more, there’s plenty to love from these great books at great prices.

Published with Barnes & Noble Press, these 40 top eBooks to read will keep you turning pages well past the dog days of summer.

Check out the collection and find a new favorite today!

 

Securing Zoey by Susan Stoker

After an unstable childhood, Zoey Knight landed in Juneau, Alaska and never left. Now in her early thirties, Zoey again finds herself adrift in uncertainty after the death of a beloved father figure. For Mark “Bubba” Wright, life as a SEAL doesn’t allow for much spare time. And missing his father’s passing, Bubba regrets not trying harder to visit home.  When he finds himself on a plane with Zoey, his old crush and the girl that cared for his father, he thinks this could be the chance to find a bright spot among the darkness. But neither counted on someone wanting them dead. And when their plane goes down in a remote stretch of wilderness, Zoey and Bubba must learn to rely on each other as they struggle to survive in the Alaska back country.

What people are saying: An epic wilderness adventure brimming with action and attraction. This ending will leave you craving the next book in this suspenseful series.

 Rescue After Dark by Marie Force

Reality TV star Jordan Stokes is taking time to figure out her next move. Along with her twin sister, Nikki, the girls settle in for down time at their grandmother’s home on Gansett Island. It’s the perfect place to heal and regroup. Fire Chief Mason Johns might put out flames for a living, but the fitness buff also knows how to heat things up. When he locks lips with the island’s newest resident during a rescue, he feels an undeniable spark that he can’t ignore. The recovering alcoholic has had his fair share of bad relationships, but Jordan could be a game changer. He saved her life… but she just might rescue him right back.

 

What people are saying: Get swept away by romance on this idyllic island. Unexpected and emotional, this is a new favorite entry in the Marie Force Gansett cannon.

Dominik by Sawyer Bennett

Dominik Carlson built himself up from nothing. A product of the foster care system, he learned early on how to fight. Whether it was starting his first company in college, earning that first billion, or buying his first professional sports team. Dominick know how to get what he wants, when he wants it. But Willow Monahan is fierce, independent, and unwilling to give in to Dominick’s demands. Buying a hockey expansion team, building the Arizona Vengeance from the ground up, and bringing home a championship may prove to be an easier feat than winning Willow’s heart. But Dominik’s never been a quitter. And he’ll do anything to win Willow’s in the end.

What people are saying: Sexy, seductive, and with undeniable chemistry between the leads. You’ll want to keep the A/C running because this is another red hot entry in the Arizona Vengeance Series by Sawyer Bennett.

No Fixed Line by Dana Stabenow

It is New Year’s Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But now there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the National Transportation Safety Board unable to reach the crash site, ex-Trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing. But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don’t speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation from beyond the grave, a charge that could change the face of the Park forever.

What people are saying: Though 22-installments into this intrepid series, Stabenow continues to keep the intensity high and the plot intriguingly twisted.

The Inevitable fall of Christopher Cynster by Stephanie Laurens

Christopher Cynster has finally accepted that to have the life he wants, he needs a wife. But before he can even think of searching for the right lady, he’s drawn into an investigation into the distribution of counterfeit banknotes. London born and bred, Ellen Martingale is battling to preserve a tough fiction about her much-loved uncle. While Ellen appears to be the sort of frippery female Christopher abhors, he quickly learns that, in her case, appearances are deceiving. But then the villain steps from the shadows, and love’s strengths and vulnerabilities are put to the test.

 

What people are saying: With a feisty heroine and a dashing hero, it’s easy to travel back in time in this historical romance with a mysterious twist.

Block Seventeen by Kimiko Guthrie

Akiko “Jane” Thompson, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian woman is attempting to forge a quietly happy life in the Bay Area with her fiancé, Shiro. But after a bizarre car accident, things begin to unravel. Jane’s mother seemingly disappears. And Jane wants to ignore these worrisome disturbances until she’s forced to uncover a long-buried family secret. As Jane searches for her mother, she confronts her family’s fraught history in America. She learns how they survived the incarceration of Japanese Americans, and how fear and humiliation can drive a person to commit desperate acts.

 

What people are saying: Melodic and suspenseful. A journey into a shocking past through an unreliable present. This book offers a glimpse into the difficult moments of American history mirrored in modern times.

Can’t Fight the Moonlight by Barbara Freethy

Justin Blackwood can’t remember a time when he believed in the magic of anything, least of all love. A cynical businessman, who grew up in a broken home, he guards his heart with every breath he takes. His job has taken him all over the world and roots are the last thing he wants…until he meets a beautiful innkeeper in Whisper Lake. Warm-hearted, free-spirited Lizzie Cole wants it all. Despite a previous romantic setback, she still believes in happily ever after and her perfect soulmate. But she just has to find him. When a lunar eclipse throws Whisper Lake into darkness, Lizzie and Justin find themselves struggling to fight the moonlight and a love that could change their lives—if they’re willing to take the risk.

What people are saying: Another beautiful and sweet chapter in Barbara Freethy’s Whisper Lake series. If you are looking for a true, feel-good read, look no further!

Creole Kingpin by Meghan March

The thing about ghosts is they’re supposed to stay dead. That’s exactly what I am, but I can’t stay away from Magnolia Marie Maison for one more day, let alone another year. We’ve already got fifteen of those between us. As it stands, she’ll want to kill me as soon as she lays eyes on me. And knowing her, she’s completely up to the task. But I’m a man on a mission, and I’ve got everything riding on this. So, here I come, Magnolia. This ghost is ready for whatever you got. After all, there’s only one way I want this to end—’til death do us part.

 

What people are saying: The first book in the new Magnolia Duet. With electric chemistry and steamy passion, this new edition to the Meghan March pantheon will leave readers more than satisfied.

Execution in E by Alexia Gordon

When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane realize she has her hands full. Then wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear a friend’s name. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?

 

 

 

What people are saying: A fun and suspenseful adventure in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series. Action-packed, but filled with complexity and humor, you won’t be able to put down this delightful cozy mystery!

Forever Freed by Kathleen Brooks

Jackson Parker has seen evil first hand as a Tier 1 government asset with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. After months of black ops work overseas, he’s finally coming home for a break. But with Keeneston’s wedding of the century, a stowaway on the run, and a plot that could kill thousands of civilians, Jackson gets anything but rest and relaxation. vie Scott is running from evil. She’d tried to warn the authorities, but now it’s too late. Her only option is running. She had never felt safe before. But being in Keeneston and with a man she’d fallen for might do the trick.

One escape. One chance to live. One man who will do anything to protect her. And one chance to love.

What people are saying: Sparks fly in this romantic suspense filled with drama, romance, and action. Keep your day free because you’ll never want to put this down until you reach the exciting ending!

Perfect Chaos by Jodi Ellen Malpas

It starts like any other Monday for Ty Christianson. Then a meeting with his business partner and life-long friend, Sal, upends everything. Sal hasn’t just hired a new personal assistant, he’s hired an absolute goddess. And she’s off limits. Lainey Summer drives Ty crazy with her savage beauty, her effortless sexiness, and her unfathomable veneer. She plays her cards way too close to her chest, and doesn’t that just make her more enticing? Unlucky for Lainey, Ty’s notoriously irresistible. Unlucky for Ty, Lainey can resist him. As Ty sets on a mission to break Lainey, an intended conquest becomes a fixation. And in the process, he’s thrown into perfect chaos.

What people are saying: If you think this is like other romance books, rest assured this one takes a turn! Each chapter will get your heart racing with an ending so unexpected you might just have your heart beat right out of your chest.

Pale by Edward A. Farmer

The summer of 1966. Finding herself in a precarious position, Bernice accepts a job working for a white family on an old plantation. But the secrets of the house are plentiful. And the silence that has encompassed it for so many years suddenly breaks with the arrival of the harvest and the appearance of two brothers, Jesse and Fletcher. Bent on revenge, when the Missus starts flirting with Jesse, she sets into motion a dangerous game. Bernice must walk the fine line between emissary and accomplice, as she tries her best to draw secrets from the Missus’s heart, while using their closeness to protect the lives of the people around her.

What people are saying: The tension builds slow and steady, a pot of boiling water ready to bubble over. A thought-provoking read exploring the complex relationships between race, class, loyalty, and humanity.

Come Back for Me by Corinne Michaels 

In the morning, she was gone and had taken my solace with her. I left for the military that day. When my father dies, I’m forced to go home to bury him. At least I’ll finally be rid of his farm, which is grown over and tangled with memories I’ve fought to forget. And that’s when I find her. She’s even more beautiful than I remember and has the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen. Years have passed, but my feelings are the same, and this time I refuse to let her go. They say you can’t bury the past, and they’re right. Because when long-ago secrets are exposed, rocking us both to the core, I have no choice but to watch her walk away again. . .

What people are saying: The first book in a new series from this bestselling author. This is a beautiful story of two people finding each other again with heartfelt emotion and dynamic pacing.

A Life Without Water by Marci Bolden

Carol Denman divorced her husband over twenty years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter’s thirtieth birthday, John barges back into Carol’s life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built. John Bowman is sick. Very sick. While he still can, he has some amends to make and some promises to fulfill. But to do that, he not only needs his ex-wife’s agreement…he needs her. With the past hovering between them like a ghost, Carol and John embark on a decades-overdue road trip. Together they plunge back into a life without water…but which may ultimately set them free.

What people are saying: Between beauty and tragedy, the journey of these characters is a hard road, but one filled with the love and resiliency of the human spirit.

The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardner

He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating. Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this unknown subject doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication. Because within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?

What people are saying: Terrifying and thrilling, a book that chills you to the core. Beware the shadows and leave the lights on when reading… you’ll be left gasping with each twist and turn.

Long Lost by Lexi Blake 

With no memory, an identity erased, and his freedom taken, Tucker believed the nightmares of his life were over. Until he heard the name Steven Reasor. Now his world is in chaos and his only path to finally uncover the truth and atone for his sins leads to Veronica Croft. Veronica Croft knew Dr. Steven Reasor was bad for her, but she also saw a side of the man that no one else knew. Their affair was passionate and intense, and also fraught with danger. When he disappeared, she took her first chance to run and never looked back. As Tucker and Roni unravel the secrets of his past, a dark force rises and threatens to destroy them. But as Tucker’s memories begin to come back, will it free them both or tear them apart forever?

 

What people are saying: Fast-paced and tinged with sarcastic wit, the revelations unravel at breakneck speed leading to an emotionally bittersweet ending.

Love Hard by Nalini Singh

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After a tragic death, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. Then scandal magnet Juliet Nelisi walks into his life. As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against loneliness and rejection. Years later, she’s looking for a change.  The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend. Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.

What people are saying: Another sizzling story in the Hard Play Series. With relatable characters and a romance that will touch your heart, escape into this dreamy sports fantasy.

The Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman

A young boy is missing—and Deputy Shelby Lake knows she is the one who must rescue a child. The only evidence of what happened to ten-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. As the close bonds of Shelby’s hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion, it seems everyone around her is keeping secrets. Unearthing the lies of the people in Jeremiah’s life doesn’t get the police and the FBI any closer to finding him. As time passes and the case grows cold, Shelby worries that the mystery will stay buried forever under the deep, deep snow. But even the deepest snow melts… revealing hidden secrets of the past.

 

What people are saying: An intense, emotional mystery. This page-turning puzzle keeps you guessing how it all fits together right until the end.

Dream With Me by Kristen Proby

Kane O’Callaghan knows what it is to have his work shown all over the world. Though Kane is a bit of a recluse, spending time on his farm alone and committed to his art, his life feels full. Until the day he meets her. Art feeds Anastasia Montgomery’s soul in more ways than one, inspiring her intricate cake designs. Then a second chance meeting at a charity fundraiser ends with an incredible, unforgettable night together. Anastasia finds herself thinking of Kane and little else, even her precious work. Will this relationship bloom into the romance of a lifetime, or will their dreams of success get in the way of true love?

What people are saying: Love can surprise us at any moment. Intense and realistic, this new entry in the With Me in Seattle series doesn’t disappoint.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Poppy’s life has never been her own. Solitary. Modest. Isolated. Virtuous. Only waiting for the day of her Ascension. But she would rather be fighting back the evil that took her family. The choice has never been hers. But when a golden-eyed guard bound to ensure her Ascension enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. Hawke incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

What people are saying: A sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy that captivates from the very first page. It’s going to be a hard wait until the next one…

The Restaurant by Pamela M. Kelley

Mandy, Emma and Jill are as close as three sisters who live hundreds of miles apart can be. When their beloved grandmother passes peacefully in her sleep, she leaves them quite a surprise. In addition to her Nantucket home, they learn that she was the silent owner of Mimi’s Place, one of Nantucket’s most popular year-round restaurants. There is of course, a catch. She left the restaurant equally to Mandy, Emma, and Jill. There’s also Paul, the restaurant chef for the past fifteen years. And before they can sell, all three girls must work at the restaurant for one year or their shares of the restaurant will go to Paul. The same Paul that broke one of their hearts many years ago.

What people are saying: A scrumptious read in more ways than one. Book your stay and settle in for a delicious comfort read.

Blaze by Chelle Bliss

Lily Gallo prided herself on her pristine reputation. A dedicated bookworm. An awkward goody-two-shoes. Lover of fiction more than reality. Jet Michaels had always had a broken moral compass. A cocky egomaniac. An unashamed womanizer. Craving adventure instead of responsibility. But what was supposed to be a platonic arrangement quickly spiraled out of control. Can the inexperienced nerdy girl tame the notorious player? Or will he peel back her pages, exposing the wildcat hidden underneath?

 

 

What people are saying: A hot take on the good girl meets bad boy that will leave you swooning, laughing, and rushing to read the other books in this Men of Ink spin-off series.

All Things Left Wild by James Wade

The American Southwest at the turn of the twentieth-century. After an attempted horse theft goes tragically wrong, sixteen-year-old Caleb Bentley is on the run with his mean-spirited older brother. Wealthy and bookish Randall Dawson, out of place in this rugged and violent country, is begrudgingly chasing after the Bentley brothers. When Randall meets Charlotte, a woman experienced in the deadly ways of life in the West, together they navigate the murky values of vigilante justice. This is a coming-of-age for one man, a midlife odyssey for the other, and an illustration of the violence and corruption prevalent in our fast-expanding country.

What people are saying: A breathtaking debut, lyrical and fast-paced. Merging classic western style and a unique storytelling voice, this is a revealing story that explores the depths of morality and the complexities of human nature.

Better than Sexy by Carly Phillips

When hot as sin Landon Bennet offers sexy songstress Vivienne Clark a summer residency at his popular Manhattan nightclub, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she can’t resist. Add in the man’s obvious interest and seductive attention and life is perfect. Until she puts together the pieces of his past. Fate might have brought them together, but is the intimate relationship they’ve been building strong enough to overcome one painful fact. She’s the sister of the man who killed his twin.

 

 

What people are saying: An emotional, eye-opening passage in Carly Phillips’ Sexy Series. Taking an unexpected turn that makes you wonder how do we and can we bear the burdens of others…

A Woman of True Honor by Grace Burrowes 

Valerian Dorning is handsome, charming, and absolutely pockets to let. He’s hopelessly attracted to heiress Emily Pepper, but an honorable man must bring independent means to his marriage. Emily has been chased by enough fortune hunters to know that the forthright fellow who balks at taking advantage of her wealth is exactly the man she needs, but she’s hiding secrets that Valerian must never learn. He needs a fortune, she needs a miracle. How can true love prevail?

 

 

 

What people are saying: Full of heart and tenderness. This historical romance reminds readers why we love happy endings, especially well-deserved ones.

The Impostor’s Inheritance by C.J. Archer

A sordid scandal rocks the Glass household and threatens to ruin Matt’s family unless he can suppress it. But after word gets out, and a rare magical coronet is stolen, he and India find themselves scrambling to recover the heirloom and suppress the gossip before reputations are ruined. To make matters worse, someone is sending threatening letters to the magicians of London, stirring up trouble between the artless and magicians. Tensions are rising, but India and Matt choose not to investigate – until the author of the letters is assaulted.

 

 

What people are saying: Another exciting entry in the Glass and Steele Series. With a distinct mystery, it’s the character development that takes center stage.

You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster

Lizzie Burdett was eighteen when she vanished, and Noah Carruso has never forgotten her. She was his first crush, his unrequited love. She was also his brother’s girlfriend. Tom Carruso hasn’t been home in over a decade. He left soon after Lizzie disappeared under a darkening cloud of suspicion, and now he’s back for the inquest into Lizzie’s disappearance—intent on telling his side of the story. As the inquest looms, Noah meets Alice Pryce on holiday. They fall for each other fast and hard, but Noah can’t bear to tell Alice his deepest fears. And Alice is equally stricken—she carries a terrible secret of her own. Is the truth worth telling if it will destroy everything?

What people are saying: A dark and exciting psychological thriller. With strong character development, reaching the end brings as much as anxiety as it does relief.

Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern. Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old. Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant. Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore. Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have. When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises. But we didn’t come this far to give up now. And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

What people are saying: A love lost over the years. In a world made up of tenuous attachments fueled through social media stories, is there a place for true love? In the richly built world from Kennedy Ryan, unrequited love, untethered love, may just prove the strongest ties.

Extraordinary Rendition y J. Robert Kennedy

When CIA Special Agent Dylan Kane returns home from assignment, he finds the apartment he shares with the love of his life, empty. Former Chinese Special Forces operator Lee Fang is gone. Taken. And the race to find her begins. With heartbreaking consequences sending Kane down a reckless path of despair and revenge. Each step closer might just result in an international incident that could lead to war.

 

 

 

 

 

What people are saying: A gripping story you won’t be able to put down. With a ripped-from-the-headlines plot, intricate twists, and spellbinding action, readers will be left wondering the truth behind the fiction.

Somethin’ About That Boy by Lani Lynn Vale

Banner Spurlock left his status as king of Benton High School behind and moved to a new school where not only would he have to try out for a new football team and prove himself, but he’d also have to find a place for himself in the hierarchy. Perry Street hates school. She hates her peers—most of them anyway—and she hates her classes. All she wants to do is finish her senior year, graduate, and find a place that will give her a full scholarship so that she doesn’t have to be stuck in Kilgore, Texas forever. Then she walks into first period, on her first day and seconds later, he walks in. And the boy brings trouble with him that nearly kills her.

 

What people are saying: This may be a teen story filled the usual angst, but it’s an adult worthy read. It’s easy to feel the connection and young love from this pair of opposites.

Wrong Side of Forty by Jana DeLeon

It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender. Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. Excuse me? Oh, and she has roughly a week to do it. Marina’s search for a magical item of power reveals far more than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.

 

What people are saying: Funny and charming with a dose of realism and insight about age, beauty, and unrealistic expectations in our modern times.

Hope Harbor by Jill Sanders

When Eve inherits the family business, she arrives to find that her family is in an uproar. The group of sniveling babies had been living rent-free in the luxurious, but outdated hotel and using her grandfather’s bank account to bankroll their own extravagant lives. But Eve has a business degree and all the power now. To help save the Candlewood Inn, she hires the only man on the island who can swing a hammer and not miss. Single-dad Dylan jumps at the chance to remodel the inn and make his mark. But someone in this desperate family is out to destroy everything before Eve and Dylan even have a chance to begin.

What people are saying: Romance with a twinge of mystery and murder. Hope springs eternal in this heartfelt second.

A Little Big Wicked by Melissa Foster

What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much. But she couldn’t be more wrong. Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing.  He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Chloe has worked hard to move past her own difficult upbringing. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?

 

What people are saying: An emotional friends to lovers tale. Justin and Chloe will pull at your heartstrings with passionate moments and tearful hardships.

Lowcountry Boondoggle by Susan M. Boyer

Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews thought they’d put Darius Baker’s troubles to rest. Then his recently discovered son ropes him into a hemp farm investment with his college buddies. When a beloved Charleston professor—and potential investor—is murdered, Liz and Nate discover Darius keeps the PIs on speed dial. Though the stakes might be far higher than Liz imagines, she is hellbent on finding the no-good killer among the bevy of suspects. But will the price of justice be more than Liz can bear?

 

 

What people are saying: Take a virtual vacation to Charleston in this latest Southern charmer from the Liz Talbot Mysteries. Come for the mystery, stay for the glorious descriptions of delicious southern cuisine!

The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

Thrust into leadership, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he’s now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin’s efforts, the sun is fading—and the end of the world may be at hand. But Prince Ahkin must be married before he can ascend the throne. From six noble daughters, only one can be chose as a possible wife. Those who are not chosen will be sacrificed to the gods. As a bloodred comet and the fading sun bring a growing sense of dread, can two young people hope to change their world?

 

What people are saying: This compelling debut is rich in imagination, romance, and the legends of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

Handcuffs in the Heather by Dale Mayer

The four boxes of files Doreen inherited from journalist Bridgeman Solomon have already helped her solve one crime. But, when she stumbles over a pair of pink satin handcuffs in her neighbor’s heather patch, it’s hard to believe that those reporter’s files could bear further use. And yet… those pesky files send Doreen down a merry trail of prostitution, embezzlement, and, of course, murder. With her trusty animals leading the way, Doreen sets out to find the connection between the reputable banker who died in an unsolved hit-and-run and the prostitute who owned the pink satin handcuffs. As Doreen puts it all together, even she is surprised at the outcome of her latest investigation.

What people are saying: Ever charming, this edition in the Lovely Letha Garden Series is a surprising tiptoe through the tulips for this amateur gum-shoe.

Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend by Lauren Blakely

Let me just say, none of this was supposed to happen. I didn’t expect the letter to go viral. I didn’t think anyone would figure out who was my Dear Sexy Ex. And I especially never thought he would find out about it. But see, I need the money to fund my brand new venture. And Dear Sexy Ex, well, it turns out he needs me to save his business. By becoming his fake fiancee. Now, I have to pretend to be madly in love with the charming, brilliant, and utterly infuriating man known as Dear Sexy Ex. Only, it’s not an act. And he can never know.

 

 

What people are saying: Never presume to know how a Lauren Blakely book is going to end. And along the way, this story is witty, funny, entertaining, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments mixed with a good dose of flirty, sexy scenes.

The Queen of Paris by Pamela Binnings Ewen

Against the winds of war, Coco Chanel finds herself residing alongside the Reich’s High Command in the Hotel Ritz. Surrounded by the enemy, Chanel wages a private war of her own to wrestle full control of her perfume company from the hands of her Jewish business partner, Pierre Wertheimer. With anti-Semitism on the rise, he has escaped to the United States with the confidential formula for Chanel No. 5. While Chanel struggles to keep her livelihood intact, she will do anything to survive. But what lengths will she go to keep her stormy past from haunting her future?

 

What people are saying: A dazzling historical thriller. Straddling danger and deception, the history behind the legend makes for a fascinating read.

Cottage on Oceanview Lane by Lilly Mirren

Sarah Flannigan is moving home to the small, beachside hamlet of Emerald Cove. After years in the city building a career as an editor at one of the top publishing houses in the country, she’s uprooting her life to help her mother run the family cafe after the divorce. Cindy Flannigan never thought she’d find herself single and alone in her sixties. Her husband run off with a younger woman, she uncovers his secret debts and is forced to call on her eldest child for help. But concerns for her daughter’s future happiness soon mar the reunion.

 

 

What people are saying: The first in the new Emerald Cove Duet, this is a heartwarming and uplifting mother-daughter story with romantic elements and a hint of mystery.

One Last Step by Sarah Sutton

Two hikers go missing along the Appalachian Trail. And when another hiker collapses on someone’s porch in New Hampshire, the local police realize they have a serial killer on their hands. FBI Agent Tara Mills is young, brilliant and new to the force. With a promising career in front of her, she faces the ultimate test when she is assigned the case. It soon proves to be more challenging than she ever could have imagined. An impossible riddle that leaves even her seasoned partner stumped. As more hikers go missing, and with her job on the line, Tara finds herself on a race against time as she combs through the forest’s trails. And just when she thinks she has it all figured out, her instincts lead her to the most shocking truth of all.

What people are saying: The debut novel in a new FBI mystery series, the plot is fast-paced, the mystery riveting, and the conclusion explosive.

 

 

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