Trying to outlive the shadow of his villainous uncle, Bex needs to marry quickly—to a woman of good character. And smart, beautiful Ester fits the bill. It was meant to be a one-night stand, a one and done. However, as Marisa Price and Aidan Graywolf discover, life never plays fair. A divorce has left Marisa with trust issues and her personal life void of romantic entanglements, which suits her just fine. Or so they say. Anton stays mum on the subject. If the world thinks he chooses to abstain from sex, so be it. In Philadelphia, runaway slave Genie Oliver uses her dress shop as a front for her work with the Underground Railroad; and reluctant heiress Abby Read runs a rooming house not just because she hates the life of the idle rich society woman, but because she has no intention of ever marrying a man.
All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow. Tasked with neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, she turns to the one person capable of helping her stop the threat of pandemic in time: the love of her life, back from the dead and mad as hell at her supposed betrayal.
Instead, they eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband. Now, four years later, with a child, she wants to move on with her life. A marriage of convenience will do. Ruth already had a love for the ages. After a young woman is kidnapped by an evil Faerie Queen and trapped in a far off realm, she must survive teen Victorian fairy fight club in order to get back home.
The war is over. The war has just begun. Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Journey King is an expert at managing the family business. The first time I meet Valerie Chow, she spills durian ice cream all over me. Now, durian is my nemesis.
We have a long, painful history. In my opinion, the spiky fruit smells like natural gas and rotten onions with eau de vomit. But despite her love for durian, Valerie is beautiful and delightfully prickly and stares at me when I take off my soiled shirt. When I ask her out, she shoots me … Continue reading Man vs. The extraordinary sequel to the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper is daring, dazzling, defiant. Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light — an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds.
The shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. A Warrior in Disguise All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight.
If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel. It should be the happiest day of his life. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And she has a lot of catching up to do. Romance blossoms between two city planners posing as newlyweds in this first in a bright new series by acclaimed author Ruby Lang The last thing Oliver Huang expects to see on the historic Mount Morris home tour is longtime acquaintance Fay Liu bustling up and kissing him hello.
Camilla Anthony painstakingly restores older Chicagoland homes to their former glory. But when this born-and-bred city girl is literally swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes country life has some serious and seriously steamy possibilities. They can escape their enemies, but not the desire between them.
Prosecutor Camden Warren is on the fast track to professional nirvana. Nothing can derail his rise to the top… until an attempt on his life forces him to accept the help of a man he walked out on five years ago. A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future.
My name is Salvador Rosas. However, her goodwill is tested when last minute changes—mainly her father ditching her for an all-expenses paid vacation—forces her to make the journey with a man who is the human version of a pebble in her shoe. He burns for her. Lucky for him, she likes to play with fire. My name is Eddie Rosas, but everyone calls me Trouble. My older brother says I need to move on. Aliette de Bodard brings us a new novella set in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Xuya universe!
Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. To the other firefighters in Montgomery, Javier is a quietly heroic figure with a reputation for staying calm and doing what needs to be done. She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.
Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. Danny Kim is the frontman of a Seattle indie rock band. After rudely hitting on a cute guy at one of his concerts, he gets in even deeper trouble when the guy proves to be the TA of his accounting class. Though Jiyoon clearly would prefer never to see Danny again, a rough breakup brings them unexpectedly together and a tentative friendship forms. Here we shall begin to tell a story: a tale of a throne lost, of monsters and magic. A tale of gods and of the shadow realm.
But this, our story, it begins in our world, in the land of mortals. It begins with a woman. Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed. The Fernandez sisters have always had big dreams, and the talent and drive to pursue them. And in this sunny, spicy new series, each one will discover that success is that much sweeter when love follows. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless — people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.
Oliver Burns knew sneaking out on the most delicious one-night-stand he ever had would come back and bite him in the ass. You can take the girl out of teenage hell, but can you take teenage hell out of the girl? At fourteen, Andrea was a geeky, gangly teenager who spent one magical summer with the rich and famous—surrounded by art, polo ponies, and children who bear the names of corporations and main avenues. Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him — and also avoided him all together.
This exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a celebration of storytelling sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi and Jenna Evans Welch! An ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression.
Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller. They thought the ship would be their salvation. Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours.
Risk everything. Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face. Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion she deserves when she returns to work in the city. From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.
A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love. Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal.
A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul. No one in modern-day Seoul believes in the old fables anymore, which makes it the perfect place for Gu Miyoung and her mother to hide in plain sight. She feeds every full moon—eating the souls of men who have committed crimes, but have evaded justice. Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. I hate ice cream. Unfortunately, my five-year-old niece is a budding foodie and her favorite place in the world is Ginger Scoops, a cutesy Asian ice cream shop.
Of all the taxis in all of Cape Town, Sophia Roux had to stumble into his. But the thought of spending hours at the hospital with her suffocating relatives has Sophia hailing the first taxi she sees. Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen.
The problem? His archive has been deleted. First, a very public betrayal by her lover and the death of her mother lead to a career-ending mental breakdown. Then, at the same time, her attorney makes off with all her hard-earned fortune. The only chance she has of resurrecting her career is in the recording studio her mother left in her name. Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. A charming romantic comedy about three sisters who are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business afloat—all the while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters in the process.
The first in a sweeping and epic own voices debut fantasy trilogy—set in a stunning Latinx-inspired world—about a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince who must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed. A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends… First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic.
From award-winning author G. I was a loner for a reason. I had too many secrets, too much to hide, and way too much at stake. So, when a stranger showed up at my door, with her talk of saving the world, I should have sent her away. I had to have her, even if I was a criminal…and a virgin.
So, I let her in, made her mine. Then everything went to hell. Relationships are a thing of the past for Eva Montgomery. Her current motto? Love never dies. Hope never ends. Frustrated, she hands in her notice. Now that her cousin has tied the knot, Iris Chin—structural engineer, party girl, and queen of kitchen disasters—is the last single grandchild.
She enjoys her independence, thank you very much. One-night stands are more her style. Cora Justa Dumagat has had enough. Despite advice from her Queen, Cora has decided to take matters into her own hands and hit the Joaquins where it hurts—to steal their precious Juan Luna painting right from under their noses in Barcelona. Their latest mission left her with a price on her head and a scar on her heart.
One reluctant heir If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. Best friends Jo and Liza are as opposite as night and day.
Sex worker Jo swears by the worry-free, one-day-at-a-time dance through life. Deciding between staying together and drifting apart … Continue reading You, Me, U. Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Hemdeep Singh knows exactly what he wants. With his intelligence and determination, he has what it takes to build his own legacy away from Bharat, Inc. But when his brother calls him home, Hem puts his dreams on hold once again to help save the company he walked away from.
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Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams… After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do. At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society.
Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. When a man makes his living by his looks, he can forget that love—and lust—are more than skin deep. But when an accident leaves him changed forever, he hides away in his secluded Montana ranch. Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in.
Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. She loves pandas. Six people and three love stories all in one bakery. Saccharine Jen goes to work, agonizes over college, and looks forward to the stolen moments in the kitchen. There she can watch Emilie bake love into every morsel. Delectable James has never been kissed but he wants to be.
Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart.
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This boxed set includes the following full-length novels, plus a collection of professionally developed confectionery recipes. An assassination plot that could end the Civil War, and a drive for vengeance that could destroy a secret league of unsung heroes. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first short story collection. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time.
In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft … Continue reading How Long til Black Future Month? In the world of the Harwood Spellbook, 19th-century Angland is ruled by a powerful group of women known as the Boudiccate — but in order to become a member of that elite group, any ambitious young politician must satisfy tradition by taking a gentleman mage for her husband.
Amy Standish is a born politician…but Jonathan Harwood is her greatest temptation. What do you do when desire drives you to the very brink? The day Navajo journalist Katherine James met Gabriel Rossiter, the earth literally moved beneath her feet. But right now? Broadway hotshot Nik Kovalenko is a confirmed bachelor. Ballroom champion Jess Davenport is a bona fide Scrooge.
The magic was cut short when Nik went on tour the next day, but he never stopped thinking about that kiss—or Jess. When the holidays roll back around, Nik runs into Jess again. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin. Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series! While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app.
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez—her family, her people, her country. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls.
But when they peel away the layers and the assumptions—and their clothes—everything falls into place. The need. The want. The light. The laughter. Is it enough? How hard would you fight for the one you love? Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister.
No one knows it was her fault. Two top athletes, both with world titles in their sights. Simple, right? Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions — like grief.
And love. His family knows better— that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Even gods can be slain…. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests. Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. But after being dumped, the humiliation of showing up alone is too much for Leah to bear.
She needs a stand-in ASAP. At the top of her list: her hot next-door neighbor, Caleb Scott. For the past four months undercover detective Caleb Scott has been on self-imposed … Continue reading Mr. Seven tales of romance, hope, and passion. Even after the roughest night, dawn promises new beginnings. A harsh businessman and a passionate career woman. A misunderstood ex-con and a strong-willed ballerina.
A reckless sports star and a defiant tattoo artist. Enjoy three steamy and suspenseful stories set against the grit and glamour of the United Kingdom. Read all k words of intense, interracial romance at the lowest possible price. Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom. Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup.
Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. Three and they label you a serial killer. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. Natalie Chin-Williams might be a cranky professor of climatology who thinks the world is doomed, but she believes in lasting love…just not for herself.
Worse, weddings are always drama-filled disasters in her family. Continuing the grand sweep of alternate history laid out in The Calculating Stars, The Fated Sky looks forward to , when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars.
Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but could the International Aerospace Coalition ever stand the thought of putting a woman on such a potentially dangerous mission? Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears. Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him.
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Her body. Her heart. Then it all came to an abrupt end. He wants his son. This Halloween, love bites back… hard. Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. Since retiring from the boxing ring, Sam Fox has made his pub, The Bell, into a haven for those in his Free Black community. Sometimes love can take you by surprise. Kara Newell has a big-city life that needs a major shake-up. Her dedication as a social worker is unwavering, yet her heart tells her that there is more to life than just work. Kara gets the push she needs when she shockingly inherits a large estate on an island off the South Carolina coast.
Now the charming town of Angels Landing awaits her. Or will the scrappy know-it-all fold under the pressure? Camille Downing has lived most of her 29 years in the shadows of other people. The bad boy that got away… Can they get a second chance at love? She decides to head back to D. A proper English wife, or the freedom of the sea? Lord James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, a captain in the Royal Navy, and at a loss for what to do next. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired.
Her plans, certain. But when it all falls apart, she decides to throw caution to the wind. Her journey to reclaim her future leads her straight into the grown up arms of the boy she left behind. In them, she finds passion long denied and love she thought was lost. As a little girl, I saw my father destroy the family he claimed to love. I watched my mother waste her life dreaming of a man who left her without a second glance. I would never let anything as frivolous as love distract me. Until I meet Simon. As the only daughter of a single mom, Connie Reyes swore she would never put herself or her child in a similar position.
But when she runs into oh so tempting Jonathan Pierce at a wedding, she knows she must stay away. New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned… Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare.
Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. The contributing authors are awardwinners, bestsellers, and newcomers including Kody Keplinger, Kristine Wyllys, Francisco X. Not even when a pair of bright eyes catch hers at the highly exclusive Rose club. In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer.
She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. But one look at sexy single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti, and her plan to keep romance out of her kitchen goes up in flames. The millionaire restaurateur wants stability. Not unbridled passion that makes him lose his senses. Amara Maria Robles is a good girl. So good that she gave up her dreams of becoming a renowned pastry chef to help her parents with their struggling Mexican bakery.
Yet her parents reject any changes she suggests, and refuse to sell her mouth-watering confections. Combines Issues Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech.
The inquisitive beauty drives Will crazy with her feisty attitude and sassy mouth…the one with the full lips just made for kissing. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. Desires and loyalties clash when a sensual assassin and an intriguing enemy agent must fight together in this exciting debut by Ada Harper. Growing up as a young girl, Sabrina Jacobs could only dream her life would be this good.
She has a successful career, a famous sexy husband, two children, a house in an affluent Westchester suburb and a shoe collection worthy of a magazine spread. It has been almost a year since her husband admitted he had an affair with a younger and bouncier coworker. The Silk Sisters—longtime friends Janelle, Sandra and Vicki—have turned their business savvy into a top-tier event agency.
Growing up among the powerful and privileged, formal-wear designer Sandra Woolcott learned early on to never show weakness—just smile and hold your head high. New Yorker Jasmine Washington had a successful interior design business, a high-powered marriage, and a chance at motherhood—until her perfect husband betrayed her big-time.
While brooding over an espresso, I meet Courtney Kwan, a biomedical researcher who savors the little things in life. And, suddenly, an idea strikes me—I will pay this woman to teach me how to enjoy my vacation from … Continue reading Mr. This bad-ass band of sisters plays for keeps. Rescued from the streets by the world renowned Parish family, she joined their covert sisterhood of vigilante assassins. Her next target: a sex-trafficking ring in the war-torn Middle East.
Sometimes Love Can Be Arranged. Arav Shetty had it all. He also had a plan — buy out the brilliant upstart nipping at his heels, and dominate as the biggest and best tech company in New York. The strategy had worked for him in the past. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like. But is there more to these professional hotties than meets the eye? But the road to true love can lead to the unlikeliest places. Disowned by his conservative Peruvian parents, Lito Apaza headed for gay-friendly Atlanta.
Love can move mountains. He never expects part of the challenge will be getting along with one of his fellow climbers—or that the greatest peril may lie beyond the summit. A passionate, life-long climber, Pakistan born Farah Nawaz is skeptical of the hotshot from Arizona.
The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. Until Alexandra Bridges learns of the hundred-year old family feud that makes the hunk next door her sworn enemy for life. The man has a body that makes Alex want to make love, not war. But there is an additional quarter million-dollar inheritance at stake. Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings.
These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate. Henry believes that someday, something awesome will happen—everything will turn out all right and all her problems will disappear once her letter arrives, welcoming her to magic school. After all, hundreds of books have said so. When the cameras stop rolling, the real scene begins.
Behind closed doors, their open marriage lets them freely indulge in all manner of forbidden passions. The arrangement suits them both, but as they begin filming on the set of their new movie, the heat of new and rekindled flames singes the pages of what they thought would be a fresh script. Jimi Elba has it all: good looks, popularity, money, and the arrogance that goes with it.
Panicked, she skips out on the morning-after encore and hides out at the poker tables. To protect her brother, Lizzie must seduce the man she despises… Isaac Montgomery is a killer. A savage. Jasmine Allen has many vices. Because everything Jas touches turns to dust. Rahul disagrees. When disaster drives Jasmine into his spare … Continue reading Wanna Bet? Bella Sinclair is about to turn Turns out she was actually the other woman, as the louse was engaged to someone else.
In Willow Springs, the formidable Mama Day uses her powers to heal. In this bewitching new fantasy series, join seventeen-year-old Arianna Belvedor in her fight for liberty and her quest to discover the meaning of magic. Whichever her fate, freedom is certain. In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there.
Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. Thought-provoking, powerful, and revealing, this anthology is composed of 28 dark stories and 14 poems written by African-American women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens, and shocks them will enlighten and entertain readers. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South.
Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice.
Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. I like my reclusive life. Her ex is going to be there and she needs me as a buffer. I should have said no, but Naomi is bubbly, energetic, and beautiful. The romance of Stephanie Perkins meets the quirk of Maureen Johnson, then gets a Bollywood twist in this fate-filled debut that takes the future into its own hands. Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soul mate, but their love was written in the stars.
Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it.
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. The second installment of the exhilarating Safeguard series from Piper J. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. So when she strikes up a conversation with a nerdy but gorgeous stranger on the train, getting serious is the last thing on her mind.
Been there, done that, and she has the emotional baggage to prove it. Moira Vasquez is a doer. A planner. A get-up-and-goer. At twenty-two, she left her hometown to work in Singapore, to satisfy a need to travel as well as give her savings account a boost. Everyone has secrets. He wants all of hers. The small town of Ravenswood seems perfect—until he stumbles upon a vicious web of lies with his new neighbour at its centre.
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Does she perform ritual sacrifices? Howl at the moon? Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. With too many variables trust is hard to come by… Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active-army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. What future is there for such a girl? But a mysterious figure steps forward and offers to instruct her in the highest forms of martial arts—a path to a life of strength and independence.
For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her.
Belle Palmer is finally free! For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle can speak her mind—except for her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man—The Beau. Educated and handsome, at eighteen, Daniel Best is engaged to the prettiest if a little spoiled girl around. Falling for the boss, or taking him down? Savannah Carlisle had the perfect plan. Because sexy Blake Abbott, heir to it all, is simply intoxicating. Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets.
Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. Loch is seeking revenge. The plan: to steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but now is in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. But starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep—especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make-or-break project. For one thing, the risk-taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be.
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Striking a perfect balance between heartfelt emotions and spot-on humor, this debut features a pop-culture enthusiast protagonist with an unforgettable voice sure to resonate with readers.
Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows best friends totally included with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling. Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty.
Anxious and disoriented, the only person who elicits any feelings is Jonathan Moran, a gorgeous chef with compassionate brown eyes. Readers love the Madaris Family! The last thing a broken heart wants might be the one thing it needs… After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, Lorren Jacobs returns to her roots in Texas to escape the trouble and heartbreak men cause, but then she meets physician Justin Madaris.
She finds more than she expected, namely Miles Cooper. The smooth-talking musician walked out on her three years ago, taking her music and her heart with him. From debut author Mary H. For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Two decades ago, assassin Katherine Zhang faked her death to escape the Keepers, a secret council of witches who use magic to kill those who pose a threat to their kind. Once a powerful Keeper, she lives a solitary—but peaceful—life as a tattoo artist.
Until a strange, handsome lone wolf named Marcus Delgado walks into her shop. Marcus has his own reasons to hate the Keepers. Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details.
This debut novel of longing for family, love, and acceptance finds some interesting territory before settling too early into inevitability. Davidia Jones, a nerdy child of poverty, is abused by her alcoholic mother and despicable father and is the subject of merciless taunting at her high school. When Nik Paterson went to the Dodgers game with her C-list actor boyfriend, Ford, for his birthday, she expected nothing more than a few boring hours with him and his bros.
Or her name to be misspelled. One offer from a team owner has me rethinking everything I thought I wanted for my career. The problem is, we do not fundamentally agree on basic issues. A meteor decimates the U. This prince is no fairytale. Everything from her rollercoaster curves to her fearsome attitude commands his attention. And best of all? She has no idea who Ruben is.
Acute Reactions: The man with allergies never gets the girl, but that may change for restaurateur Ian Zamora when he makes an appointment with Dr. Petra Lale. When sparks fly, a little romance just might be chicken soup for their hearts. Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value-until somebody tried to kill her for it.
The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. Looks can be deceiving. I knew that most people took one look at the ink and the impossibly big and strong body it covered and decided I was a brawler…a bruiser…a beast. However, I was hardwired to be a thinker, not a fighter. I should have chosen to use my brain and talents to be one of the good guys, a hero, a man with dignity and worth. Bina MacLaine is having a rough time.
New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.
Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned out wagon. I Love You Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer.
When fear writes the past, only love can direct the future. Priya Roy is back in Bollywood with a rock-hard body, a precious gem of a secret and a heart of ice. What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. Dallying with the dashing man in blue could cost the pretty, independent Kansas schoolteacher her job and her reputation.
Her employees depend on her for their livelihood and her father, with his diminishing health, is sending her to an early grave, or a bed at Bellevue Hospital. All of that changes when her newest client, Patrick Kelly, waltzes into her showroom looking to purchase a bespoke suit. Be careful what you wish for? Because Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has just the remedy for the boring life of this woman who denounces his existence.
His recipe for disaster? Well, until he sees her. It's been 1, years since Kellan has walked among humans - and there's no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Government secrets are being sold, and the newly sworn in president of the United States already feels out of options.
Without knowing the full scope of the scandal, the president decides to turn to the one person he knows he can trust - former FBI agent Elizabeth James. Her deep distrust of the system is rooted in her unfair discharge from service. Now she sees a chance to restore her reputation and send a message to those who would use their power to destroy others' lives. When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law.
Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. You can run from the grave, but you can't hide. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead.
She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her. But when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind. Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job.
Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an optioneven if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad. First, Elena P. She is tough as nails, but fragile at the same time.. Nalini Singh is an instant download author for me simply because of Elena. Now, the book is the first book in the Guild Hunters Universe I still love this book, as this is where it all begins Narration was simply superb! Justine Eyre simply must continue to do this series, as no one else can be Elena or Raphael, or even creepy Leiwan for that matter Edward I is in the midst of his campaign to tame the Welsh, but rising from the chaos is a Welsh knight known as the Serpent.
Bhrodi ap Gaerwen de Shera is a warrior of tremendous range and power. Descended from the kings of Anglesey on his mother's side and the earls of Coventry on his father's, Bhrodi is in the unique position of having Welsh royalty and English nobility. Edward knows he must make an alliance with de Shera.
Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple - she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different.
And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years-long enough to know that Krysta is special. It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man - the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.
Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people? Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough and beautiful Arianne Wilder has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father's domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang's clubhouse--at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.
The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner's Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. I lost track of my life. Spiraling down the rabbit hole, I lost myself and became one of them. Living undercover within the MC, the days bled together as I became absorbed in a life of excess and violence.
Becoming consumed was easy. Before, I could answer with certainty. But now, there's a darkness that has settled deep in my soul, fusing with my heart and altering my reality forever. Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn't been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she's left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now - her father. She knows her father is the president of an MC club, but she doesn't quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club.
Raised within the Devil's Crusaders, Maura has been exposed to many of life's uglies and sheltered from any real relationships. She has all but given up on the idea of love. Until she meets Corbin Marx, a sexy beast of a marine who refuses to back down from any challenge. He is the type of man Maura has craved, the type who might just be strong enough. This journey will be brutal, littered with violence, deceit, and heartache. After spending the last two years stuck behind bars for a crime she didn't commit, Harlow "Princess" Gavelson's time inside has finally come to an end, and she's ready for revenge.
Unfortunately, being the daughter of the vice president of the Ravage Motorcycle Club cuts into her plans, as orders must be followed. Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club. My life was perfect - until a shocking tragedy pulled the rug out from underneath me. My children were left without a father. I was without a husband and a provider.
Instead of wallowing in my grief, I buried myself in my work at Dovetail Enterprises. Getting saddled with Milo Huxley as an assistant is exactly the opposite. This was a sexy, fun and emotional slow burn office romance that was a second chance at love and I loved every second of it! I cannot begin to tell you how my heart broke for Danielle. I cannot even begin to imagine being in her shoes, but her children were her first priority and for them, she needed to move forward. After losing her husband tragically, she was struggling as a parent and mom, let alone just being a woman.
But she was so freaking strong, even when she did not see it… I want to tell you everything, but this is really a story that just needs to be experienced. What I can tell you is this story was emotional and heartwarming. I loved every moment of this audiobook. Sophie Eastlake and Shane East were absolutely amazing. Both narrators did an amazing job brining Milo and Danielle to life. I cannot recommend this enough! A must-read!
When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children - neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household, both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races.
Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a bed-and-breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy, and her family. She meets new people every day and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she's also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone, until Rhys O'Shaughnessy walks through her door. After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie's hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job.
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But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn't about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she's incapable of doing anything on her own.
Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town's sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she's ever laid eyes on - and a complete jerk.
Jess knows all about women like Gigi. She's stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his. Badass Heroine She stands up for herself, defies convention, and wields her signature snark like a weapon. Recommended for You in Badass Heroines.