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11 Hot Reads for November


11 Hot Reads for November

We know, this year has absolutely flown by!

There’s still a handful or two of weeks to go, and if you’re like me and are trying to pass the time until the holidays, here are the best books to bury your head in this November.


East of Alice by Annie Seaton

A gem-fossicking discovery echoes through time and leads to a dangerous journey through the red dust outback. A gripping mystery from Australian author Annie Seaton.

Gemma Hayden has returned to her hometown of Alice Springs for a new job as a primary school teacher. It’s been six years since her family broke apart following the disappearance of her twin brother. And the scars still run deep.

Hard on the heels of her homecoming, Saul Pearce, the man she once loved, is reposted from Parks and Wildlife in Darwin back to Alice. When an old car wreck is uncovered, washed down the river to Ruby Gap, Saul investigates only to find that the wreck belonged to Ethan, Gemma’s twin – and there’s a coded note for her in the glovebox.

Joining forces, they trek through the rugged outback, piecing together clues that not only bring them to the attention of a criminal organisation, but lead them to uncover an even older puzzle … One now lost to the history books.

With targets on their backs, will they unearth the truth in time?

‘A taut, page-turning mystery, set in the magnificent Eastern MacDonnell Ranges of Central Australia, linking the past and the present into an adrenaline-fuelled rush for the truth. Couldn’t put it down!’ – Tanya Heaslip, author of Alice to Prague on East of Alice

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Secrets By Nightfall by Nora Roberts

When night falls, no one is safe from desire or danger…

Night Shift

Radio host Cilla O’Roarke loves quiet evenings running the late-night show at her station. But when she receives a threatening call from a listener, her ideal job suddenly turns dangerous. Used to being alone, Cilla insists she can handle the calls by herself, but that doesn’t stop Detective Boyd Fletcher from wanting to investigate further. Boyd also senses there’s something beneath Cilla’s cool demeanour and challenges himself to uncover her secrets. But when the sinister caller begins stalking Cilla, Boyd realises he wants to protect Cilla more than anything else — and Cilla finds that trusting Boyd might be her only choice.

Night Shadow

When Deborah O’Roarke is rescued from a dark alley by the city’s own masked vigilante, Nemesis, she starts to rethink her idea of what a hero is. A practical lawyer, Deborah doesn’t like anyone who disrespects the law — and Nemesis’ bold actions and brash attitude are definitely against her morals. But when she needs details on a murder case, she has no choice but to turn to Nemesis for information. As the two work together, Deborah starts to understand Nemesis’ dark allure…and learns that there’s more to the man behind the mask than she thought.

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When Sparks Fly by Ally Blake and Rachael Stuart

When Opposites Attract – Ally Blake

Quirky Adelaid yearns to be taken seriously as a journalist — writing an article on genius Ted Fincher is the perfect way. But when she meets this tall hunk of gorgeousness, the frisson of attraction between them is completely distracting! She should suppress her exuberance long enough to discover why Ted’s heart is so guarded…yet she can’t resist bowling headlong into an affair — one that has shocking consequences!

When Temptation Calls – Rachael Stewart

My foster mother’s will states I, Summer, must live with her grandson, infamous billionaire Edward Fitzroy, for one year on her Scottish estate or we forfeit our inheritance! Years ago, scared of our intense connection, I left without saying goodbye. Now, I’m completely unprepared for how devastatingly attractive Edward’s become — and how he still makes me feel. We’re from different worlds, surely this can’t work! But it’s oh-so tempting to give into the sparks flying between us…

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Ash Gully by R.J. Groves

A teacher. A goat farmer. A rebellious daughter.

School teacher Sophie Bamford is ready for a sea change, and the small town of Ash Gully seems the perfect place to be left alone. She needs time to heal and rediscover herself, but she never anticipated what she would find as she did. Certainly not the handsome farmer the town loves so much.

Goat farmer William Copely is struggling to make ends meet while trying to be the best dad he can be to his teenage daughter. He doesn’t have time for a relationship, but he just can’t get his daughter’s new school teacher out of his head.

There’s an attraction there that neither of them can deny. But when William’s daughter starts acting out and seems determined to hate her teacher, Sophie feels compelled to get to the bottom of it.

But will the town’s secrets be revealed a little too late?

And is their relationship strong enough to withstand it?

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‘Tis The Season by Betty Neels

A Christmas Romance

Office clerk Theodosia Chapman’s can-do attitude and sunny disposition have got her through even the most trying of times. So when her only remaining family withdraw their offer for her to spend Christmas with them, she won’t let it get her down. It looks as if she’ll be spending the festive season alone, until handsome physician Hugo Bentinck arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Eve and whisks her into his world! And Theodosia’s about to find that his love for her is for Christmas — and forever.

A Happy Meeting

All alone in the world, Cressida had little choice but to accept Aldrik van der Linus’s help. He certainly seemed happy to fix her up with a job, and even to assist with her other day-to-day predicaments. Yet she couldn’t help but wonder what he would do if she presented him with the most serious problem of all: unrequited love!

Always And Forever

When Dr Oliver Fforde unexpectedly arrives at Amabel’s guesthouse during a winter storm, he makes a lasting impression. Of course, Amabel doesn’t expect to see him again. Yet every time she finds herself in a sticky situation, Oliver reappears!

Trying to be an independent woman is proving difficult with such a chivalrous and charming man on hand. In fact, Amabel can’t help but wonder if their loving friendship could become something more…

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Home Sweet Home by Susan Mallery

With twinkling humor and heartfelt Christmas spirit, two friends find love in a town called Wishing Tree…

Until Camryn Neff can return to her ‘real’ life in Chicago, she’s in Wishing Tree to care for her twin sisters. She’s not looking for forever love, not here. But handsome hotelier Jake Crane is a temptation she can’t resist, so she suggests they pair up for the season. No golden rings, no broken hearts. At his side, she sees her hometown through Christmas-colored eyes. The cheer is cheerier, the joy more joyful. She thought she had put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.

New in town, River Best is charmed by Wishing Tree’s homespun traditions and warmhearted people. When she’s crowned Snow Queen, she’s honored but wary. Dylan Tucker, her king, seems like the stuff of sugarplum dreams, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something big. As they perform their ‘royal’ duties — tasting cookies, lighting trees — Dylan’s good humour and melty kisses draw her to the brink of love. But she can’t let herself fall until she uncovers his secret, even if her lack of faith means losing him forever.

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Bring Me Home For Christmas by Robyn Carr

Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list – getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It’s time she got over her silly college relationship and moved on.

So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother’s men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters.

As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. And the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.

Includes a bonus story, My Kind of Christmas

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Christmas With The McKettricks by Linda Lael Miller

A Lawman’s Christmas

The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman…and twenty-five-year-old Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. Now as winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she doesn’t have many options options. Unfortunately, she must decide — soon — because there’s a new marshal in town, and she’s living under his roof.

Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn’t interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her friendship and — if she’ll let him — passion. And when they say ‘I do’ to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman’s Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his wife for good…

An Outlaw’s Christmas

With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn’t ready to settle down on the family ranch. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he’s injured — and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady.

The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James’s room behind the schoolhouse says he’s a McKettrick, but he looks like an outlaw to her. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering long-ago dreams of marriage and motherhood. But for how long is Sawyer willing to call Blue River home? As the gray skies clear, Piper’s one holiday wish just might bring two lonely hearts together forever.

Coming Home

After living for years in Seattle, coming home to the slow pace and rural beauty of Cassidy McCullough’s hometown is a bit of a shock to the system. But not as big a shock, it turns out, as it is to see G.W. Benton again, and realising her attraction to him hasn’t gone anywhere while she’s been gone. Which is terribly inconvenient…after all, Cassidy’s made the long trip home hoping her best friend can calm her doubts about her fiancé — definitely not to resurrect the lifelong crush on the cowboy she’s tried hard to forget. But something about the sunlight, the sweetness of the air, and being back amongst the ones she loves most has Cassidy seeing more clearly than she has in a long time, and wondering if it’s time she stopped denying the truth in her heart.

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Outback Calling by Lindsay Armstrong

The Australian’s Convenient Bride

Rough, handsome cattle-station owner Steve Kinane needs a temporary housekeeper — and Chattie Winslow is perfect for the job. Chattie and Steve try hard to resist the intense sexual chemistry between them. Then Steve discovers the reason for Chattie’s presence in the Outback, and he has a proposal to make: a marriage of convenience. Now that Steve knows the secrets Chattie’s been keeping, she’s forced to become his bride…

The Cattle Baron’s Virgin Wife

Sienna Torrance is used to helping people get back on their feet. But she’s finding rugged billionaire Finn McLeod an impossible patient! Spending every day with him is confusing for Sienna — not least because of the searing attraction that flares up between them. Nevertheless, Sienna’s amazed when Finn proposes! How could someone so powerful and charismatic want her — an inexperienced little mouse — as his bride?

The Unconventional Bride

Melissa Ethridge agreed to a marriage of convenience with Etienne Hurst to keep her family property from being sold. But what about giving up her freedom? Mel decides to be an unconventional bride and retain her independence — and that includes in the bedroom! But marriage to Etienne isn’t what she’d expected. Her new husband wants her, and she finds him incredibly attractive. Should she abandon her marriage rules and become a conventional wife?

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A Christmas Gift by Debbie Marcomer, Sheila Roberts and Jill Shalvis

The Snow Bride – Debbie Macomber

Practical Jenna Campbell has done something impractical: she’s met a sensitive, gallant and romantic man on the internet and now, a month before Christmas, she’s going to Alaska to marry him. On the flight to Fairbanks, she has the misfortune to sit beside Reid Jamison, who obviously isn’t sensitive, gallant or romantic. However, he’s not impressed with her plan to marry Dalton, a man he detests. So Reid takes it upon himself to change her destination — and her marriage plans.

Which is why Jenna ends up at Reid’s cabin in tiny Snowbound, Alaska. It’s currently a one-woman town (and the other woman’s out of town). That leaves Reid, a bunch of eccentric old men, a few grizzly bears — and Jenna. Kidnapped! And then there’s a blizzard. With the two of them stranded in Snowbound, maybe she’ll be a Christmas bride, after all!

The Road To Christmas – Sheila Roberts

Michelle and Max are not planning on a happy holiday. Their marriage is in shambles, but now their youngest daughter, Julia, wants everyone to come to her new house in Idaho for Christmas, and she’s got the guest room all ready for Mum and Dad.

Their other daughters, Audrey and Shyla, are driving up from California and hoping to meet a sexy rancher for Audrey along the way. What they don’t plan on is getting stranded on a ranch when the car breaks down.

The ones with the shortest drive are Grandma and Grandpa — also known as Hazel and Warren. It’s still a bit of a trek, and Hazel doesn’t like the idea of driving all that way in snow, but Warren knows they’ll have no problem. They have a reliable car — and snow tires and chains if they need them. They’ll be fine.

Surprises lie in store for all three sets of intrepid travelers as they set out on three very different adventures, all leading to one memorable family Christmas.

Hug Me, Holly! – Jill Shalvis

Sheriff Riley McMann couldn’t believe his ears when Holly Stone announced that she’d be taking over the only café in Little Paradise. She looked as if she hadn’t worked a day in her life, and besides, he had to eat there! But he was soon working up quite an appetite for ‘Calamity Holly’ when he discovered there was more to her than designer clothes and an attitude. Maybe his Christmas wishes were going to come true after all…

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Merry Christmas Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Merry Christmas Cowboy

As the snow falls on Four Corners Ranch, all this untamed cowboy wants for Christmas is the family he’s never had…

Cowboy Wolf Garrett is delighted his brother is happily married — really, he is. But time can never heal Wolf’s own wounds, so being surrounded by such marital joy is a bit…much. A trip to his extended family’s ranch in Copper Ridge seems the ideal change of scenery. Until he meets local innkeeper Violet Donnelly and realises he’s exchanged one form of torture for another — trying, and spectacularly failing, to resist their instant, wildly hot chemistry.

Violet knew Wolf was trouble the moment he walked into her inn. But it’s a whole new level of trouble when she discovers that their secret nights have left her pregnant! Especially when she has six feet of gorgeous, furious cowboy demanding that she come home with him for the holidays and marry him. Wolf has lost more than she could ever imagine, but Violet believes in the power of love to heal, and she’ll do anything to give their future family a chance. Wolf has already given her so many firsts — dare she hope he’s about to become her first Christmas miracle too?

Her Cowboy Prince Charming

Their one night of passion changes everything, but is a fairytale ending possible with her cowboy prince?

Tired of being alone for the holidays, tomboy Jessie Granger decides to make her debut at the annual Christmas Masquerade Ball. In a gorgeous dress and mask, she meets a handsome masked stranger, and they spend one passionate night together. And just like Cinderella, she even leaves a shoe behind. Neither expect to see one another again…until Jessie realises it wasn’t a stranger at all but her brother’s best friend and her unrequited crush, Damien Prince.

Jessie knows Damien isn’t looking for anything serious, especially something that would put his relationship with her family in jeopardy, but her youthful crush is feeling more and more like something real. As the sparks between them continue to grow stronger, can they survive falling in love with the one person they were never supposed to touch or will the other show drop this holiday season?

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Christmas Blockbuster 2022 by Lynne Graham, Catherine Mann, Scarlet Wilson and Amanda Renee

Christmas Babies For The Italian – Lynne Graham

Sevastiano Cantarelli can barely believe Amy Taylor is real. After the lifetime of betrayal he’s experienced, her surprising sweetness is the ultimate threat to his cynical worldview! Unwrapping her innocence was a gift he couldn’t forget…but one he knows it wouldn’t be fair to repeat.

Their encounter left Amy exhilarated — and wanted for the first time. She knows that walking away from the commanding Italian forever is the safest way to keep her heart intact. Yet now, as she discovers she’s pregnant, it’s the one thing she can’t do…

Hot Holiday Rancher – Catherine Mann

Texas Cattleman’s Club member Jesse Stevens just hired a matchmaker to lure an appropriate wife to his remote ranch. But when a flash flood dumps Houston heiress Esme Perry on his doorstep instead, days before Christmas, is it a sign? Esme is smart, sexy…and a big-city girl to the core. Totally wrong for him. So why can’t they keep their hands off each other?

A Family Made At Christmas – Scarlet Wilson

For physiotherapist April Henderson, gorgeous army doc Riley Callaghan is off-limits. With her life-altering surgery looming, she can’t afford to consider anyone else right now. But when Riley is given the biggest news of his life — a son he knew nothing about — April can’t help but offer him support.

Spending time with Riley and his adorable son, Finn, this Christmas gives April a glimpse of the life she’s always wanted. But can she risk her heart when her future is so uncertain?

A Snowbound Cowboy Christmas – Amanda Renee

Some people would have thought getting stranded at the Silver Bells guest ranch in Saddle Ridge, Montana, for Christmas — with the dreamy Dylan Slade, no less — was idyllic. But for real estate acquisitions expert Emma Sheridan, it’s a disaster! Because Dylan is standing in the way of the takeover deal that could secure her promotion and her daughter’s future.

Dylan has no intention of selling. So why does he suddenly care so much about what happens to Emma…and her unborn baby girl? Now, with a preterm labour scare and a serious storm conspiring to keep them snowbound for Christmas, Dylan has two weeks to change her mind about her company’s takeover. And maybe even about him!

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Happy Reading!


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