by Joyce Lamb)
Might as well say "farewell to sleep" as you peruse these highlights from this week's new romance releases.
Farewell to Dreams by CJ Lyons. Fatal. Insomnia. In the chaos of the ER, functioning without sleep is a prized skill. But even Dr. Angela Rossi will admit that five months is far too long, especially when accompanied by other worrisome symptoms: night sweats, tremors, muscle spasms, fevers. Then a dead nun speaks to her while Angela is holding the nun's heart in her hand. "Find the girl," the nun commands—although no one else in the trauma room can hear, the words drilling directly into Angela's brain. "Save the girl." Falling into catatonic states where she freezes in the middle of a resuscitation and hears dead nuns talking to her? Not good. Maybe she should check herself into her own hospital…except a lost girl's life depends on Angela. Because the girl IS real. The threat to her is deadly. Aided by a police detective fallen from grace, Angela searches the midnight catacombs beneath the city, facing down a ruthless gangleader and stumbling onto a serial killer's lair. Her desperate quest to save the girl leads her to the one thing she least expected to find: a last chance for love. As her symptoms escalate in bizarre and disturbing ways, Angie realizes exactly how serious her illness is. She might be dying, but she's finally choosing how to live…
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones. Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle. —Bumper Sticker Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow—but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She's a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who's known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he's dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes' childhood happens to land into her lap, she can't help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can't get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed
Testing the Limits by Kira Sinclair. Social worker Quinn Keller sees the best in people…and the worst. When she rescues a prominent businessman's battered wife, Quinn is targeted by the woman's violent husband. Her only option is to place her safety in the hands of Ranger Jace Hyland—tattooed, scarred, incredibly hot…and the brother of Quinn's deceased fiancé. An entirely different kind of dangerous!
Riding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson. There ain't a rider that can't be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O'Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancée with his best friend. Now he's starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn't perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble…. Lily King…
Loving Laney by Harmony Evans. A Broward—and a world-class athlete, no less—unmarried and expecting? Laney Broward is amazed she has kept her pregnancy a secret this long. Now headlines are blaring from the tabloids that she is in the family way. She can't believe that one impulsive, out-of-character night could have such lasting repercussions…. The news that he's a soon-to-be father stops millionaire heartbreaker Austin Johns in his tracks. This internationally known horse breeder never planned to become a parent, but he is warming to the idea of his own family.
Fortune's Prince by Allison Leigh. There was a beautiful princess, raised in riches but lonely of heart. When Amelia Fortune Chesterfield discovered her Texas roots, she hurried to Horseback Hollow, eager to find her past. And there she found her future….The prince wore spurs and a Stetson and was unlike any man she had ever known. In one magical night, Quinn Drummond transformed the shy, reserved girl into a passionate, feeling woman. But in the morning, the princess had to flee, tearing asunder their happily ever after.
Trigger by Julia Derek. Sparks fly when struggling actress Nina Tyler meets hot lawyer Dylan Whitman. The chemistry between them is so intense Nina even rethinks her staunch position on relationships. Maybe they're not a waste of time after all. But there's something about Dylan that scares her—and she knows it has nothing to do with fear of getting close to a man, like her best friend thinks. It's something far worse. Preppy Dylan has had his heart broken and his uncle challenges him to move on by going on five online dates. Dylan ends up on a date with Nina. While her unabashed attitude unsettles him at first, he soon realizes that he really likes her. But as they get closer, she pulls back. It's as if she's convinced he'd physically hurt her, which he'd never do. Still, if he doesn't figure out what's triggering her fear, she'll never be his. Little does he know her fear is directly tied to him.
Hannah's Courtship by Emma Miller. Amish widow Hannah Yoder never intended to marry again. Yet when her friendship with veterinarian Albert Hartman begins to bloom into something more, Hannah wonders if perhaps she's finally ready for a new love. Albert waited his whole life to find the right woman, only to realize Hannah was there all along. But there's more than their friendship to consider. Albert is a Mennonite, born-and-bred, and Hannah cannot—will not—leave her Amish faith, not even for him. Does Albert have the courage to give up his modern life for Hannah…and will Hannah have the courage to let him?
Love Makes a House a Home by Kimberly Rae Jordan. Book 3 of the Home to Collingsworth series. Jessa Collingsworth has had to step into her deceased grandmother's role as matriarch of the family. The weight of that responsibility is complicated by the return--at Gran's request--of the man who broke her teenage heart. As secrets are unearthed and truths revealed, will Jessa be able to trust God to work things out? Or will she follow in her grandmother's footsteps and try to keep hidden those things that might bring harm to her family?
Single Dad Cowboy by Brenda Minton. Determined to start over, Harmony Cross returns to Dawson, Oklahoma. She needs time and space—not complications. Especially not in the form of the charming Dylan Cooper. But the handsome cowboy is not the man Harmony remembers. Now he's a single dad with two sweet and vulnerable children to take care of. Harmony never thought she'd see the day—not only is Dylan more kindhearted than she ever imagined, but she's falling for the last man she ever thought she'd love. Can this unlikely hero give her a perfect forever?
A Thief and a Gentleman by Shady Grace. A love-seeking man and a gold-thieving woman… Oliver Nash is looking for a mistress. What interesting circumstances, to discover a ravishing thief trifling in his bedchamber. Her eyes arouse him, her passion ignites him, and her gall amuses him. Considering the circumstances, he gives her a bargain she cannot refuse, which unleashes her secret…and it's about to change everything. Can love's glow surpass the glitter of gold?
Home is Where the Heat Is by Amelia James. Dependable paralegal Claire O'Connor knows the man of her dreams is out there waiting for her, and she's ready for him. Imagine her surprise-and delight-when she discovers not one but two men who lust for her. One adores her; the other challenges her. One makes sense; the other is a gamble. Despite the family tragedy that shaped his past, JT Luck has only known success professionally. His personal life, however, is a failure. He doesn't want a relationship, and while his 'let it ride' attitude keeps most women at a distance, Claire is eager to roll with him. But when she finds out Kurt Langston, the office's resident computer geek, harbors a secret crush on her, she wonders if he's the safer bet. Kurt doesn't get close to people, and his feelings for Claire make no sense in his carefully ordered life. His unexpected bond with JT pushes him to take chances he never imagined. ~ Go all-in or go home? Either way, the heat could be more than they can handle.
A Skinwalker's Legacy by Shae Wynters. Lexia Torrance's gift of second sight enabled her to successfully aid the Phoenix Police Department in a number of investigations. Why wasn't she warned of her own future? Now she's facing danger on all sides . . . not least of which is her growing mutual desire for the handsome guardsman who has sworn to protect her.
Protecting Olivia by Caitlyn O'Leary. After almost being beaten to death, Olivia Prescott, who runs a charity to help the homeless, is recovering in Fate Harbor. There she meets and falls in love with firefighters Joshua Parker and Ian Ransom. Devastated at the thought of coming between these best friends, she flees to Boston, despite the threats lurking there. Realizing the danger that Olivia is in, Ian and Joshua put aside their differences, and rush to Boston determined to save the woman they love.
So Caught Up In You by Tracy Como. A Two Tickets to Paradise novel. Once again, Danielle Lawrence wakes in a stranger's bed with no memory of how she got there. No, she's not a lush, she's possessed, host to an entity with a mysterious erotic agenda. Fearing for her safety and her sanity, she sneaks back home to Florida, the site of her possession and the place where her problems began. But in a town like Sugar Beach—where the natives are a distilled mixture of cane syrup, corn mash, and crazy—quiet homecomings and easy answers are not a good bet. Danielle's biggest roadblock is the irresistible Mason Montgomery, who unwittingly holds the key to her freedom and whose troubles are tied to her own. Things heat up between Mason and Danielle quicker than you can say Wild Willie's Whiskey Wing Sauce, but Mason can't afford to get distracted by the sexy woman snooping around his office when his family's seaside retail empire is near bankruptcy.
Crimson Sins by Madeline Pryce. Created in Darkness and born of Death, three brothers carry a deadly secret. One lethal enough to make the dead outnumber the living. Necromancer. Biohazard. Zombie. The abomination inside Bastian Hale demanded constant payment--fresh blood. Without it, he'd rot from the inside out and become little more than a mindless monster. Some called him a living vampire--others considered him contaminated. One woman would call him hers. Morgan Cross never understood the innate necromancer power running through her veins or why ghosts and zombies sought to ruin her life. When someone's deadly obsession throws her into Bastian's arms, their pasts come back to haunt them and she must avoid the one thing she was born to do--claim him as her own.
Something to Lose by Tamra Lassiter. Everyone has something to lose. Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it's not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won't help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth's version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?
Shattered by Alice Sharpe. Deputy sheriff Nate Matthews doesn't know what to think when he arrives in Nevada and discovers his friend murdered. He is sure about the beautiful woman pointing a rifle at him. Sarah Donovan is a liar, she may have murdered her father…and she stirs something inside him he can't possibly explain. But before they can solve one murder, Nate and Sarah find themselves dodging bullets.
Scars of Betrayal by Sophia James. Cassandra Northrup had believed Nathaniel dead…until now. Once, she had loved him, given herself to him in the hidden depths of the snow-covered Pyrenees. But then she had betrayed him….
High Octane: Ignited by Rachel Cross and Ashlinn Craven. Everyone's fueled by something… Cassidy Miller was living her dreams as an EMS helicopter pilot saving lives in Arizona but it all came crashing down. Suspended from her job and desperate to escape memories of that night, she jets to Europe and is swept along on a whirlwind world tour of Formula One racing courtesy of her father, an executive sponsor of a team. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a driver, who thrives on risk.
Starlaw by Candace Sams. Darius Starlaw is the commanding officer in control of the starship Titan. He's charged with bringing back a murderous space vampire and will do whatever it takes to see his mission succeed. With him, the operation is less a matter of duty than a sworn vendetta. Every moment his suspect remains free is one more he has to live with memories of what that killer did. Years have passed and their physical scars have faded, but the pain runs deeper than ever. Yet passion can be born out of betrayal—and as desire crackles between them once more, will Cassie reveal the secret she's long kept hidden?
Chase the Lightning by Madeline Baker. Trey knows that the white stallion approaching him is the one his grandfather told him would always carry him away from harm. What he doesn't know is that the horse will carry him away from danger and into another world. Amanda doesn't know what to do with the wounded, beautiful man on the white horse, but she does know that he evokes an attraction that her fiancé never has. And though the man may not understand the ways of the modern world, he knows the way to her heart. And that's where she plans to keep him.
Docked by Rachel Wade. It's not water that paralyzes Anya Banks—it's the ocean. Tumultuous and powerful, sleek and unpredictable, it's just like Tanner Christensen, owner of Trident Voyager, the cruise ship she's been talked into boarding by her vivacious, foodie fanatic best friend and co-worker, Lana. Tanner exudes confidence, and his raw masculinity is hard to resist. But Anya came aboard to work, face her demons, and then get the hell back to dry land. Until Tanner convinces her to take the plunge. She quickly dives into a fun, carefree arrangement with him and embraces her goal to be brave, no matter how loudly her shaky knees tell her to abandon ship. For twelve days, Tanner's all hers. For twelve days, she's his goddess. Once the cruise is over and the ship docks, she won't be the same. But being brave always costs something, and this time, it might cost her heart.
Wild Loving by N.J. Walters. Broke and homeless, Eliza Hart is at the end of her rope. She's spent the last year of her life trying to evade a dangerous stalker. In desperation, she turns to the man she once loved, the man who walked away from her without a backward glance—Rabb Hatter. Rabb is shocked when Eliza shows up at Hatter's—the club he co-owns with his brother—looking for a job. He'd left her and hadn't looked back when he'd thought she'd cheated on him with another man. Now he discovers that not only did Jason Ware lie, but he's been stalking Eliza the whole time. The spark between them certainly hasn't died, and when Rabb learns she's lost everything, he's determined to protect her. But first he must overcome the pain of their past and convince her she's right to trust him with her heart.
Sacred Fire by Tanai Walker. Tinsley Swann is cursed to change into a beast for seven days, every seven years. She keeps her distance from the world, and has more of a relationship with the antique erotic postcards she collects. With the time of her transformation approaching, she finds herself torn between two women. One woman is Sandra, Tinsley's new boss, and the two are having an affair. Sandra glimpses her transformation and is kind, not frightened. The other woman, Leda, bears a striking resemblance to one of Tinsley's turn of the century postcards, and she becomes obsessed with the young woman. Tinsley must choose between these two women and ultimately two factions, one that will save the world, the other with plans to destroy it.
Written in the Cards by Lauren Linwood. When dime novelist Maggie Rutherford interviews cowboy Ben Morgan for her next book, she falls fast ... and then learns he's actually a gambler with a gunslinger hot on his trail. Will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and an outlaw's promise of death—or will he make a stand for his life—and love?
Changing Paths by Marilu Mann. Book 4 of the Lusting Wild series. Harmony, Moon-Denied, is unable to shift to animal form. She swallows her pride to return to her Pack for her daughter's sake. The moody teenager might be Moon-Called—a true shapeshifter. Now Harmony fights the instant heat she feels for a scarred, sexy shifter. Gareth is all that's good and bad about the Pack. Gareth, second in the Pack, has made peace with being a loner. No shifter female will have him because of his scars—internal and external. He fights his attraction but he's consumed by a burning desire for this amazing woman. How can he convince Harmony that she's his mate? Everything has to wait as the Wisconsin winter closes in. When Moonlust takes control, need and desire overcome everything else. As Harmony seeks her truth, her past encroaches, threatening everything she holds close.
Edge of Need by Sara Brookes. Book 3 of the Body Masters series. Sidelined by a devastating injury, Sutton searches for someone who will command her, pleasure her and push her to the limits of her darkest desires. Within seconds of meeting a Dungeon Monitor, she is captivated by the rough edge of dominance he possesses. Adam lives and breathes the lifestyle, unleashing his wilder side to deliver extreme and uncompromising demonstrations. But when he finds himself without a submissive, Sutton offers herself. One night under Adam's sensual command and Sutton knows she's found her perfect Master. Their scenes are white-hot and they discover a fervent need that is not easily sated. Soon they are fighting a love they never expected, surrendering emotionally to fill the aching void in both their hearts.
Satin Sheets by Paisley Smith. Honkytonk Angels, Book Two. After hearing talented songbird Jezebel Jones playing for tips on a Nashville street corner, record producer Mallory Hayes approaches her to join her rockabilly band, the Honkytonk Angels. Jezebel's first love is her music, and Mallory's offer is tempting. But it comes with a caveat. To be considered, Jezebel must undergo training with a dominatrix. After just one taste of submission with domme Billie Martin, Jezebel's left yearning for more. In the dungeon, she's bound, spanked and, beyond anything, pleasured. But for them to share a future, Jezebel must be willing to risk everything for the girl born on the wrong side of the tracks. Training a sweet, sexy sub seems like just the distraction Billie needs, but a dark secret from her past has returned to haunt her and even love might not be enough to save her.
Blood of a Mermaid by Katie O'Sullivan. Shea MacNamara sank to the bottom of the ocean and survived. As the son of a mermaid, saltwater is in his blood. Literally. But darkness lurks under the sea. When a villainous sorcerer kidnaps his girlfriend, Shea is reminded that having royal blood means making tough choices. In this sequel to last summer's Son of a Mermaid, Shea MacNamara tries to navigate his new life... without losing the love of his life.
Stealing the Moon & Stars by Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens. Scottsdale, where the Wild West meets Beverly Hills. Jordan Welsh PI is hired to find the dirtbag stealing hundreds of thousands from the Moon and Stars Children's Foundation. As the pieces fall into place, the case takes a turn up a blind alley. Jordan gets beat up, blown up, and fed up, but maybe she's getting off easy. There's no one she can trust, not even her mysterious partner, Eddie Marino, who may be a killer.
Saugatuck Summer by Amelia C. Gormley. Hi, I'm Topher Carlisle: twenty-one, pretty, and fabulous. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. But let's get real. Walking the fake-it-til-you-make-it road to independence and self-respect isn't easy. Especially since my mom's a deadbeat alcoholic, and most of my family expects me to turn out just as worthless. Oh, and I'm close to losing my college swimming scholarship, so let's add "dropout" to the list. My BFF has invited me to stay at her beach house on the shore of Lake Michigan. That'll give me one summer to make money and figure out what I want to do with my life. So of course I decide to have an affair with my BFF's married, closeted dad. Because that always works out. Now I'm homeless, friendless, jobless. Worthless. Just like my family expects, right? Except there's this great guy, Jace, who sees it differently. He's got it all together in ways I can only dream of—he's hot, creative, insightful, understanding. He seems to think I don't give myself enough credit. And if I don't watch out, I may start to believe him.
Make Me Burn by R.G. Alexander. Fireborne, Book 2. Aziza Jane Stewart is the last of the Fireborne, and so far it's been nothing but a curse, destroying her family and putting everyone she loves in danger. Now she's on a quest to find her brother's portion of the power that flows in her veins and track down the murdering Jiniyr who are a threat to her loved ones. She and her Enforcer lover Brandon are officially "in a relationship", but she's still torn between two men who both set her on fire. Brandon's duties are driving a wedge between them, and her need to protect her Jinn guardian isn't helping. Exiled and stripped of his powers, Ram is focused on satisfying his darkest urges…and tempting her to come along for the ride. When Aziza discovers Brandon has been keeping news of ritualistic murders from her and the evidence is pointing at Ram, all bets are off. It's time to find her own answers, embrace what's inside her and make her own rules, damn the consequences.
Once is Never Enough by Delilah Devlin. Delta Heat, Book 5. When his four Memphis PD friends needed to let off steam, Mondo helped them all navigate the BDSM world—his world—and find the women of their dreams. Now the vice cop and La Forge Master/Dom is the last single man standing. And he's feeling a little like the odd man out. He's been waiting a long time for the right woman, one strong enough to match his dark passions. A timid grade school teacher definitely doesn't make the short list. Sunny Boudreau was content with her rather prosaic life until a trio of lovers moves in next door. But as she gets to know them and all their friends, she's drawn to the edge of their ménage/BDSM play. She's tempted to take the plunge—except Mondo warns her off. Her first taste of the club only whets her appetite and ignites her desire to prove she's exactly the woman Mondo's been hungering for.
Summer Wine by Jess Dee. Tastes of Seduction, Book 1. Angus Lowe feels like he's just stepped onto the set of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. He's checking out a luxurious boutique hotel and winery, lured by the possibility of landscaping the gardens. And he's crazy mad about the woman giving him the tour. Problem is, Lily Hemington is way out of his league. Not only does she live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, she is also crazy mad about the owner of the hotel, Blake Seymour. Issues get cloudier—or could that be steamier?—when Angus meets Blake. It's clear Blake has deep feelings for Lily, but it's also obvious he can't take his eyes off Angus. While Angus doesn't find this at all unpleasant, he's painfully aware Lily and Blake are perfect for each other, and that he doesn't belong in their perfect world. Now it's up to Lily and Blake to convince Angus the only world that counts is the one they all create together.
Thrown by Cat Johnson. Studs in Spurs, Book 6. Skeeter Anderson was born to ride bulls. He bypassed college to shoot straight to the top of the elite pro tour, but lately all he can seem to do is hit the dirt. Unwilling to admit his career might be over at twenty-one, Skeeter brainstorms a bull-riding boot camp with his buddies, which will put him closer to a girl who's caught his eye—a stock contractor's daughter called Riley. Riley Davis lives and breathes bulls. Since her mother's death, she's been her father's business partner as well as the apple of his eye—until a coronary rips him out of her life. Now, at nineteen, she must find a way to hang onto the family business. When Skeeter hears about Riley's dad, he drives straight to Mississippi to lend her a hand, his buddies hot on his heels. Suddenly Riley has more help than she can shake a stick at, and an attraction to Skeeter that's heating up by the minute…
Mark of Cain by Kate Sherwood. After a tough day of counseling sessions, Anglican priest Mark Webber is looking forward to a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. When he sees who's bellied up to the bar, though, he reaches for his cell phone to call the police. It's Lucas Cain, the man who killed Mark's brother three years ago. Apparently he's out of jail and hanging out with his old crowd, which has to be a breach of parole, right? Pulled over upon leaving the bar, Lucas blows a clean breathalyzer and hopes this isn't a harbinger of things to come. He's ready to build a sober, peaceful life. His friends aren't ready to let him move on, though, and he ends up taking refuge in an Anglican half-way house. Thrown together, Mark and Lucas find common ground in the struggle to help a young gay man come to terms with his sexuality—and the fight against homophobic townsfolk. As attraction grows, the past is the last stumbling block between them and a future filled with hope.
Far Too Tempted by Emma Wildes. Alexander Ramsey, the youngest son of a duke, has returned to England with a barely healed wound and a war-torn heart. He hopes retiring to a life raising horses near his family's estate will bring him some peace. If only it was that easy. The girl he's done his best to forget has grown into an enticing woman. A woman who despises him, if their accidental encounter in his new house is any indication. Jessica Roweland has no family, certainly no fortune, and to make matters worse—which hardly seems possible—the only home she has ever known has been sold to her despicable arch enemy. The man she once thought she loved. Caught alone in his presence, Jessica faces utter ruin as society begins to whisper over the incident. Unless she can restrain the urge to strangle him and marry him instead, she will be the subject of endless scorn and scandal. Forced into marriage and called upon by the Crown to solve a series of murders, Alex accepts both tasks—the first, his very distinct pleasure. The second, a very difficult mission that will threaten both their lives.
Dark Strangers by AJ Storm. Tammy Malkov is a beautiful dark haired, sassy, kickass vampire who never follows rules. Her friends are werewolves and humans much to the dismay of the Vampire Council. Derek Adolphus is the alpha male of the shifters and is Tammy's best friend. A dark and brooding dominant, he's devoted to his pack and Tammy worries he'll remain alone never finding true love. Tammy's longtime friend Jennifer is a soft spoken, sexy, human with flowing red hair and emerald green eyes. Tammy arranges an impromptu meeting between Jennifer and Derek. She believes they're meant for each other. Ethan Volek is blonde, hot, and a motorcycle riding rebel vampire. The son of the leader of the Council, he's been sent to spy on the Malcov family. His rebel days are about to change when he set his eyes on a dark haired curvy vampire named Tammy.
Outback, House Calls by Mark Davis. In the wilds of the Australian Outback there's a service called Royal Flying Doctor Service. Many brave and dedicated doctors fly planes to cattle stations and residences in the Outback with medical care. Mike Barnes is one of those doctors. The year before, one of his cattle station owners died leaving his wife Jan to run his establishment. She surprised everyone. Mike is called upon to fly out to her station to help an injured stockman. He finds he's way too happy to see the attractive widow who is fifteen years his senior and still a beautiful vivacious woman. But she's more and he'll discover woman who is well trained in the art of love, passion and pain.
Captive Heart by Suzzana C. Ryan. Juliet Hamilton was married to millionaire Andrew Hamilton, the most successful Hollywood producer of the 21st century. But Juliet's world tumbles when her husband leaves the United States for Central America to buy himself a kidney. Unknown to Juliet, her millionaire husband has gotten himself involved with the drug trafficking cartels in South America and with their help, he's procured an illegal body part. When Andrew's transplant goes array with the donor dying alongside her husband, the Nicaraguan government confiscates her passport, threatening Juliet with imprisonment. Handsome, Afro-American Colonel Terrance James Whitingham and his Special Forces team are called upon to rescue the attractive Juliet Hamilton and he knows he'll have to take her by force from the crooked Managua Police.
Vanity Bishop, Bitten by Suzzana C. Ryan. Vanity Bishop came from an ancient clan where the female was the superior warrior, so much so that the males were led out into sun to their death when mating ceased. She lived in a world inhabited by all walks of life, including the human kind. Vanity Bishop was a vampire and her destiny predetermined. She'd been chosen to be inducted in an elite sect of vampires all superior and deadly. When her training begins, she meets a human warrior an ex-navy seal who'd been seriously wounded protecting her world and his. Her attraction to the fallen warrior could be lethal. Vanity learns he's more than what he appears to be. Will age-old customs come back to destroy her future?
Changeling by K.R. Wilburn. All college Freshman Cassie Marshall has ever wanted was to be brave enough to find her own place in the world without her friends or parents choosing for her. When she wakes up on her nineteenth birthday in a parallel world she feels she may have finally glimpsed her true purpose. She learns that she is a Changeling with the ability to pass through the Dreaming and into the Otherworld. Now she has one year to decide whether to forsake her destiny and remain a mortal or to sever her ties to become an immortal Fae, standing guard over the dreams of sleeping mortals. When other changelings go missing, whispers of a dark and shadowy threat begin to spread through the Fae courts. There is an Erlking, an elf twisted by thousands of years trapped in the mortal world, hunting down the changelings where the Fae can't protect them and draining the magic from their souls. Cassie is thrown into a race against time to decide what she wants most before it finds her and devours her soul, taking away her choices for good.