As Autumn's chill descends, these white-hot romance reads from Kensington, Brava, and Zebra Books will light your fire!
Terrific Fall titles featuring ravishing romance and sizzling supernatural story lines!
Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood—and bound for eternal love…
Dark Secret by Hannah Howell
Alone in the world, Murdina Dunbar sets out in search of the only family she has left—and finds an ally in the mysterious Sir Gillanders Baldwin. Something about her sexy protector stirs her blood. Soon, not even the whispers that he’s a dangerous demon can keep her from his bed….
Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley
Rumored to be a vampire, the rakish Mr. Macane is ravishing all the ladies of the ton! Yet, Miss Elspeth Ramsay cannot bring herself to tremble in his presence. But once Ellie feels the touch of his teeth at her throat, she finds herself biting him back! Surely this sudden bloodlust can only mean danger for her family—and her heart….
Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby
As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbell could destroy her. But one taste of her healing blood and he craves her like no other. Dare claim her as his own, knowing he might lose her forever?
"Born to Bite" is a sensual supernatural anthology featuring stories from talented authors Hannah Howell, Diana Cosby, and Erica Ridley. Early 1500's Scotland is the setting for Hannah Howell's "Dark Secret". Murdina Dunbar, homeless and without family, travels far to find her aunt and uncle. Hoping to meet up with some cousins too, she finds her aunt and uncle have passed away, and all her hopes for a family reunion are buried along with them in a cold, windy graveyard. With nowhere else to turn, Murdina accepts a position as a maid in the local keep, working hard and trying to find out about her cousin Adeline. Chosen to be the personal maid for the handsome and mysterious Sir Baldwin, Murdina finds herself irresistibly drawn to the darkly appealing nobleman. Sir Baldwin is actually Gillanders MacNachton, staying at the keep in hopes of finding out who murdered a member of his clan. Gillanders is no mere mortal, and Murdina has a secret of her own: she can read the thoughts of others. Realizing Murdina is his fated mate, he wonders if she will accept his true nature. Others do not wish for a happy ending for these two, and much mayhem is about in the keep. Gillanders and Murdina are more connected than they could have imagined, and it is a perilous bond indeed. Medieval Scotland is the era for Diana Cosby's "Highland Vampire". Drawn to a ceremonial stone circle by a compelling voice invading her mind, Rowan Campbell discovers a dying warrior. Aedan MacGregor, Laird of the Highland Vampire Coven, has been betrayed and left to burn in the searing rays of the rising sun. Unable to resist his allure, Rowan leads Aedan to the safety and darkness of a cave, and later allows him to drink a few drops of her blood to restore his strength. With the first taste of the heady and precious life-giving elixir, Aedan knows that he has found his destined mate. However, they learn that Rowan is a witch and the granddaughter of the Fairy Queen of the Underworld, and their union is not only forbidden, it is dangerous. Becoming a vampire could prove fatal to Rowan, and Aedan's enemies will do all in their power to destroy the Laird and his Lady Love. Erica Ridley's "Never Been Bitten" takes place in England at the twilight of the Regency Era. Miss Elspeth Ramsay, seemingly spinsterish societal miss, is also a paranormal investigator. Accepting assignments from the wealthy and willy-nilly, she finds herself at loss when faced with a genuine vampire. Martainn Macane, known as "Cain", is a highland warrior on a mission to find the runaway bride of his laird. The search has lasted for over two hundred years, and Cain has become known as "Lord Lovenip", an "is he or isn't he" rogue known for leaving lovenips on the necks of society beauties--all the better to seek out the elusive bridal escapee. When Elspeth bites him, all preconceived notions fly away on night-wings, and Elspeth will soon learn that her life has been a lie, and she is far from a normal young lady. Can it be that Cain will find the love and happiness so long denied him as he closes in on his prey? After reading "Born to Bite" you will definitely sleep with a nightlight burning--not because you are afraid of the dark, but because you are hoping for a nibble!
Review Copy Gratis Kensington Books
They hunger for your pleasure. They growl for your touch. And in these sizzling stories by New York Times bestselling author Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden, these sexy wolf shapeshifters are lust at first bite…
Like A Wolf With A Bone Shelly Laurenston
Quiet little Darla Lewis couldn’t be happier when the most-feared member of the South’s rowdiest pack kidnaps her. A girl gets real tired of being overprotected by her own shifter family, and there’s nothing like an oh-so-big bad wolf to start a pack feud, unleash her instincts—and have her surrender however and whenever she wants…
Wed Or Dead Cynthia Eden
Gage Ryder knew his human bride had a wild side. But spending their honeymoon night on the run from hunters out to finish him and his pack is sure not the kind of fun he was looking forward to. No problem—Gage will do whatever it takes to lay bare Kayla’s secrets and find the truth. If he can keep from being captured by his own seductive game…
An anthology duo from authors Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden makes for a very entertaining combo read. Two differing sides of paranormal romance, one more campy humor, and one more rip-roaring action, and both sides are definitely furry. Hey--you scratch my back and I'll scratch your back! "Like a Wolf with a Bone", from Shelly Laurenston, is set in the seventies--the perfect era for this funny, "far out", clan-with-a-plan paranormal romance romp. Darla Mae Lewis is the "quiet one" in a family of loud and proud she-wolf sisters. When she falls into the protective care of Eggie Ray Smith, nothing in the world will ever be the same. Eggie Ray is big, bad, and you won't like him when he gets mad. A lethal combat assassin, Eggie is not exactly a "social animal", and he knows that he should keep Darla Mae at arm's length. However, her sweet and sassy nature brings out a depth of tenderness and passion in Eggie that no one ever expected, except for Darla Mae. Besides all that, the girl can make pies like nobody's business! Better together than apart, they must find a way to defeat their enemies and sooth the fuse that lights the feud between warring shifter clans. "Wed or Dead", from author Cynthia Eden, is a suspenseful and passionate paranormal romance adventure. Kayla Kincaid, a hunter--a slayer, makes the deadly mistake of falling for her assignment. In fact, she falls so hard, that against all her better instincts, she marries him! He is Gage Riley, Alpha Wolf, and leader of his pack. He knows exactly whom he is marrying, but love leads him down the aisle and into a deadly confrontation with an evil Kayla never suspects. The villain in this story is beyond vile, stealing the trust of a selected few as he leaves the carnage of their loved ones behind. Kayla's brother is a pawn in this deadly game, making her take chances that she can't afford to lose. Gage has already lost his heart, but he can't let the threat to his pack go unanswered. Can Kayla and Gage find the courage to trust each other above all else that they have ever known? Is their love as strong as their passion? Cynthia Eden takes her readers on a thrilling paranormal romance ride that starts and ends with a Alpha Wolf and his bride.
Review Copy Gratis Brava Books
A Vampire In Chains
Held captive in a basement prison, wrapped in silver chains, the vampire Gideon is too weak to fight the monster who enslaves him. For years, she’s tapped his precious blood like a fountain of youth—sustaining him with human females she captures for his pleasure. But with the latest victim she brings him, he senses something intriguingly different. Something dangerous, yet oh so tempting.
Kay Alissano is no ordinary woman. Every full moon, she must answer the call of the wild—unleashing the wolf within. As daughter of the Shadow Pack’s Alpha, Kay is extremely powerful—and when she’s offered up to Gideon, she doesn’t surrender easily. In wolf form, she might be able to unchain Gideon’s heart and set them both free—if only he can resist the urge to consume her, body and soul, before the next full moon…
“Ashley is a master storyteller.” —Romantic Times
“A classic vampire tale of sensual, spine-tingling suspense.” —Christine Feehan on Desire After Dark
“A master of her craft.” —Maggie Shayne
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…
Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.
"Hearts of Darkness", from author Kira Brady, is a whip-cracking wild ride which blurs genres between urban fantasy and paranormal romance and creates something shockingly new. The bleak, black depths of alternate reality Seattle, WA are the battlegrounds of two powerful shapeshifter clans: the Kivati, whose animal shifters seem to leap from Native American totems, and the Drekar, whose wings are given flight from ancient Norse legends. This parallel universe Seattle is home to the gate between the real world and the other world, a gate which holds back the dead from the land of the living. Into this world comes Kayla Friday, on the heartbreaking mission to identify and claim the body of her dead sister, Desi, who supposedly died from a drug overdose. Kayla is a nurse, and once she sees her sister's body, she knows the death was not due to drugs. Kayla's tragic reunion with her sister is forcefully interrupted, first by sexy wolf shifter Hart, who claims Desi stole a valuable item from his boss and demands its return. Hot on Hart's heels are a group of goons also desperate to recover the missing artifact. Hart need's Kayla trust so that he can recover the stolen goods and gain his freedom from enslavement by Norgard, the ruthless, soulless ruler of the Drekar. What Hart never imagined was that his own hardened heart would start to thaw from the genuine warmth and spirit of this lovely human woman, and now he must choose between a free life or the love of a lifetime. Can a were shifter have both? Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance is based on a harsher, darker world with escalated drama and violence. The heightened tension leads to more intense sensual situations. All of these elements combine for a knockout punch, but they have to handled just right to avoid overkill and remain readable. As far as "dark or light" goes, it all depends on the story line and the personality that the author builds within each character. Thanks to talented and imaginative authors, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, and Urban Fantasy genres continue to cross boundaries and merge storytelling elements in an increasingly delightful feast for fiction lovers! My interest in the subject will draw me to the work, be it light and humorous or dark and compelling. The skill of the author as a storyteller is what will hold my interest in the work. Since Urban Fantasy is futuristic fiction, it's pretty much wide open to speculation. I think it is great fun to take our present reality and amp it up into a decidedly darker view of things to come. "Hearts of Darkness" is the first book in Kira Brady's "Deadglass" series.
Review Copy Gratis Zebra Books
A Woman’s Secrets
The saloon singer known as Lady Gone Bad is the most drop-dead gorgeous outlaw the West has ever seen. Lady has never met a cowboy she couldn’t entice, or a lawman she couldn’t outrun. But when Lady tangles with a sexy U.S. Marshall, she’s tempted to stick around long enough to watch him lay down the law—in her bed.
A Man’s Desires
U. S. Marshall Rafe Morgan wants to lock up Lady Gone Bad for good—and he won’t let his attraction to her slow him down. But when his attempt to bring Lady to justice goes awry, Rafe is nearly hanged—and by dawn, his face is plastered next to hers on every “Wanted” poster in Texas.
A Passion Unleashed
Now on the run together, Rafe and Lady find themselves in very close quarters—and even more compromising positions. As Lady surrenders to Rafe’s touch, she slowly begins to reveal all her secrets—including her real name. Maybe Lady Gone Bad isn’t beyond redemption after all. Either way, Rafe is in for one wild ride…
Author Sabine Starr offers a passionate historical western romance that packs a potent punch in "Lady Gone Bad". When the sultry saloon singer known as "Lady" lends her smokey-sweet voice to a song, men become her devoted audience. If the song is her trademark, "Lady Gone Bad", then they become spellbound. Determined lawman Rafe Morgan tries his best to ignore Lady's considerable charm. He is a US Marshal, and she is at the top of the "Wanted" list--a legendary outlaw--or is she? When she beats him at his own game and leaves him handcuffed to a chair in a saloon to make her getaway, the crowd turns ugly, beating Rafe and preparing to hang him. About to make a fast break in her guise as a boy, Lady rides into the crowd and saves Rafe from the hangman's noose. The two of them begin a journey to freedom, and it doesn't take Rafe long to see through her disguise. Working together to flee the angry mob, each of them also has their own agenda. Lady, whose real name is Sharlot Eachan, uses her outlaw persona to seek out her beloved horse Copper, who wears a special horseshoe and was stolen by the murderer of her parents. Rafe, while trying to capture and bring to justice the infamous "Lady Gone Bad", is also searching for his sister Crystabelle, who was abducted. All the while Rafe and Sharlot are on the run, they are learning more about each other and fighting an intense attraction. Will Rafe have to surrender his Lady to the law, losing his love as he has already lost his heart? An action-filled historical western adventure, "Lady Gone Bad" is a hot romance with a touch of tenderness at its core.
Review Copy Gratis Brava Books
Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. But I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.
So if Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it—namely me—I’ll let him. Because while I’m trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I’m going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat...
Praise for The Dragon Who Loved Me
“A chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book.” --All Things Urban Fantasy
“Aiken aces another one.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“A hot, hot series.” --Library Journal
Together, anything is possible…
Edan Mirav must protect his people from the enemies who wish to destroy them. Despite his extraordinary abilities, Edan has not been able to locate his double—the one person who could make him whole and help him control his remarkable power to age himself with a simple thought. With her, he can grow even stronger. Without her, he is doomed to an uncertain fate. Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, she stands before him like a shimmering mirage…
Recently rescued and freed, Ava Arganos has been waiting for the day that her double finds her. When Ava first lays eyes on Edan, she doesn’t recognize him immediately even though she feels the charged, sizzling connection between them. Now united, Edan and Ava surrender to a fiery, explosive passion that only renews their bond as they combine forces to battle their most treacherous foe yet...
“A magical, mystical tale, one you won’t soon forget.” —Amanda Ashley on Reason to Believe
“Readers are sure to find this a fast, intriguing and lovely tale.” —Romantic Times
There is nothing but nothing. Everything is simply darkness, a black swirling hole in the middle of a void that is enormous, bigger than all the words that could possibly describe it. In this monstrous darkness, there is no light, no swirl of stars, no planets blinking in the reflection of a sun.
But as he looks more closely, as he stares into the nothing, he sees an eddy, a movement, a pooling of the black fabric of the nothing. The pooling intensifies, grows more vigorous, turns into a stream, a current beating against rocks, the shore, beating against the blackness. Becoming denser, it forms an orb, a circle of molten night, swirling against itself, until the colors begin to change, to shift. It pulses, flickers, flares black and red, pulses into being, spinning fast, a whoosh of matter. The orb grows larger, enough so that when it spins, it seems to pull the fabric of darkness with it, turning the darkness into colors—brown, green, blue, red, white—colors that now form and cover the orb.
Behind and around the orb, the darkness fills with light, first the tiny pinpricks of stars and then the glow of a much larger star, a star that must be warm, that must give life, the light hot and orange and bright. The slowing orb seems to absorb the light, taken in the warmth, slow into a regular spin, beginning it seems to orbit the large star.
He wants to go down to this world. He can imagine what it is like, teaming with animals and full with plant life. Enormous, dense forests, wide plains of grasses, mountains with snowcaps. He can almost feel the salt tang of the many oceans, full of fish, of whales and seals and dolphins. Under the water there are more colors: aqua, indigo, vermillion, topaz, sunflower, pink. This world is perfect, pristine, lovely, and his, a place that he wants to take care of and honor and live on. All he wants is to be on this world, to run on it, roll on it, breathe in the sweet air, but just as he’s about to push himself there, the orb begins to change again, spinning slightly as it does. It’s morphing from an orb into a shape, and figure, a form. It’s still brown and green and blue and red and white, but it is now an hourglass, no, a body, no, a woman.
He stares at the shape, watching the colors slowly fade to neutral, to beige, to sun-kissed taupe. The woman now has hair, hair long and blond and flowing. As he stares at her, the woman looks up at him with eyes the color of warm earth. She knows him. She’s waiting for him. She wants him. She’s the world, his world. She’s what he wants, more than anything.
But as he moves toward her, this woman who is his world, the only world he wants, the dream breaks into shards, one dark eye caught in a shining reflection of glass and light.
And then he is awake.
The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their lustful appetites are legendary…
Her Visions Lead Her To Danger
Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her…
And Only He Can Save Her
As Cassie’s mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine’s magnetism, and unsure if he—or her feelings for him—can be trusted. But Cassie can’t afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize—and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world…
Praise for Alexandra Ivy
“Beyond the Darkness kept me riveted! The Guardians of Eternity series is highly addictive.” —Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author
“Ivy always packs her books with buckets of action, emotion and sexy sizzle. Another winner!” —Romantic Times on Devoured by Darkness
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