Lily Yu and Rule Turner's engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There's hate mail. There are death threats. Lily's car is vandalized. But professionally, things are running smoothly...until a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree. Then Rule's brother, Benedict, catches a lovely intruder--twice. The first time, she's sneaking around the home of the leader of Humans First. The second time, she's sneaking around Nokolai Clanhome. It may not be possible to deal with the rapidly escalating situation the way Lily always has: through the law. When she's pulled off the case due to an alleged conflict of interest, Lily's loyalties will be stretched to the breaking point when she discovers that the deaths in Tennessee were only the opening skirmish in an all-out war...
Touch-sensitive FBI agent Lily Yu and her werewolf bond-mate are recruited by the Secret Service to help identify elected officials who have accepted demonic pacts. But Lily must turn to fellow agent Cynna Weaver for help when Cynna's former teacher, a demon master, emerges as the main suspect behind the pacts. After a demon commits a gruesome murder, sorcerer Cullen Seabourne joins the team racing the clock to find the apprentice of evil who uses demons to kill. Cynna and Cullen must work together--a challenge indeed when each has good reason to ignore the desire simmering between them. But passion and events both spiral out of control as an ancient prophecy is fulfilled--and the lupi's greatest enemy sets her sights on total devastation...
As they plan their wedding, Lily Yu and Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, are facing a great deal of tension from both their families. Not everyone can accept their mixed marriage: she's Chinese; he's a werewolf. Even Lily's grandmother is acting strangely distant, though Lily and Rule are about to discover that her behavior has nothing to do with their upcoming nuptials. A powerful, undying nemesis has come to San Diego to exact vengeance on Lily's family--and turn the city into a feeding ground. It's up to Lily and Rule to stop her, in spite of ancient treaties and an inheritance passed down through the blood. Otherwise San Diego could go up in flames, and they won't live to make it to the altar...
WHAT EXACTLY DO COWBOYS DO BEST? Seduction. Chase McGuire knew he shouldn't seduce his new, pretty boss lady. But he wanted Summer Callahan in the worst way. Wanted to show her what his work-roughened hands would feel like, as they rolled in the prickly hay in the barn, tangled in the cool sheets in his bed... EVERYTHING, HONEY! No man had ever made Summer feel the way Chase did. But she was a forever kind of woman and he was a wandering man who'd never commit to one place or one woman. Could Summer take a sultry, torrid affair and turn it into happily-ever-after?
When Lily sees a ghost at a shooting range, she has no idea who the spectre is or was or what it wants-but she feels it is a premonition of things to come . . . Lily's boss, Ruben, is recovering from an attempt on his life that nearly succeeded--and they don't know which traitor in the Bureau tried to kill him. But he reveals to Lily and her fiance, lupi Rule Turner, that he's used his recovery period to form a ghost unit that will operate in secret.and outside the law. Lily's conscience won't let her join. Rule has no such reservations, though. His people's most ancient enemy is active once more. The lupi are at war. But when a senator is killed by a dagger imbued with death magic and Lily is assigned to the investigation, so much more hangs in the balance than Lily can guess. Her decision becomes a matter of life and death and all the magic in between...
After one sultry summer together, Dixie McCord's affair with Cole Ashton had grown chilly. Unable to stay with a man who put business before love, Dixie had left Napa, never expecting that one day she would return to Louret Vineyards--and once again feel the irresistible thrill of Cole's touch. Cole couldn't believe Dixie had agreed to work for him after their years apart, and he set plans in motion to seduce her. He'd fulfill all of his fantasies. . . and then leave her as she'd once left him. But the fire burned hotter with Dixie's every surrender, bringing her closer to his family's secrets. . . and his own melting heart.
When he learned Charlotte Masters was pregnant with his child, Rafe Connelly moved mountains to find her -- one step ahead of the killers who'd put a bounty on her head. Despite her protests, Rafe needed to keep Charlotte safe. For the sake of his unborn child, he'd do anything...even marry the woman who'd betrayed his family. Oozing confidence and masculinity, Rafe was irresistible. Charlotte knew she could deny him nothing. Hadn't she already shed her prim facade and satisfied his every desire in a torrid night of pure pleasure? But she couldn't accept his proposal, for to a woman with secrets, Rafe was as dangerous as the killers at her heels....
Lord Drew Harrington didn't believe in psychic nonsense-and he never seduced virgins. So why couldn't he stay away from the woman who claimed to be both? Shopkeeper Rose Giaberti seemed the least likely suspect when a bomb went off near Montebello's palace. Yet Rose had reported the bomb minutes before it exploded. Drew swore to learn the dark beauty's secrets and determine if Rose posed a threat to his royal family. . . ;. Rose knew what Drew suspected, yet she couldn't resist the intensely protective lord. Experiencing a whirlwind royal romance was less dangerous than trying to explain her gift. . . ;or that she'd dreamed Drew was her destiny!
Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time! From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems--in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark. This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world. From the Back Cover: New York Times bestselling author Karen Chance's "Skin Deep" tells the tale of a war mage in Las Vegas who stumbles across an ominous magical ward that appears as a dragon on her skin--and has a mind of its own... When New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu's demon hunter Maxine Kiss investigates a grisly murder, she finds herself involved in a conspiracy dating back to World War II--and a secret mission that her grandmother may have carried out for the U.S. government, one that involves the mysterious "Armor of Roses." In New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn's "Etched in Silver," a supernatural agent is on the trail of a sadistic serial killer when an unexpected--and dangerously seductive--ally comes to her aid, setting in motion a magical ritual that may end up binding them together, body and soul. When the magically tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town, FBI Agent Lily Yu is drawn into the case. Trouble is, the victim wasn't human-and the killer isn't finished in USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks's "Human Nature."
Known as the Iceman for his cool, controlled business dealings, enigmatic Jacob West planned his takeovers with precision - and always succeeded. So when Jacob needed a wife to secure his massive inheritance, he plotted to "acquire" the perfect bride, Claire McGuire. The vulnerable beauty reluctantly agreed, for she desperately needed the fortress of Jacob's protection. Though love would be off-limits, passion would heed no boundaries. Now Jacob was shaken by the deep possessiveness his bride-to-be awakened. Had this ferocious Texas power broker been overpowered. . . by love?
HUSBAND FOR HIRE?The secluded beach house was the perfect honeymoon hideaway. And Dr. Sara Grace was there with her real-life fantasy man. Except that the man she called "husband" really wasn't her spouse.Dark, brooding Raz Rasmussin had a very strong interest in Sara's body-in a professional sense, of course. Raz had been hired to guard Sara from a ruthless killer. So to better protect her, they pretended to be married. But then the "newlyweds" began their honeymoon very seriously. Trouble was, the last time the confirmed bachelor had mixed business with pleasure, the consequences had been fatal. Now, more than Sara's heart was at stake....
"I'M WHAT?!" The doctor had confirmed it--Jacy James was two months pregnant. Her torrid, twelve-hour affair with Tom Rasmussin had apparently left her more than just satisfied. Trouble was, the father-to-be had run off while the tousled sheets were still hot. Now Jacy had to tell him the news....Detective Tom Rasmussin hadn't been able to get Jacy or that searing night of passion out of his mind. So when he learned he was going to be a daddy, well, marriage seemed the right thing to do. But the proud woman turned him down flat. And now this determined bachelor had to convince Jacy that one night of passion could mean a lifetime of happiness....
CELEBRATION 1000 DEBUT AUTHOR "WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED?" She woke up cold, practically naked and in a stranger's bed. Sophie couldn't remember a thing...and she sure didn't recognize the brooding loner who was nursing her back to health. But still she felt drawn to the tempting mountain man.... The last thing Seth Brogan wanted in his cabin was a mysterious, sexy woman. Especially since he could tell she was running from something-or someone. But Seth wasn't as tough as he pretended, and he soon realized he couldn't refuse to help this damsel in distress. CELEBRATION 1000: Come celebrate the publication of the 1000th Silhouette Desire, with scintillating love stories by some of your favorite writers!
A few minutes in the Love Me Tender Chapel, and Maggie Stewart had toppled the giant of all bachelors, sexy-as-sin Luke West. But their marriage came with an expiration date - on payment of Luke's colossal inheritance. The honorable horseman promised to rein in his powerful wife-craving, for he'd never compromise precious Maggie. But his bride had vowed to push her husband to the brink of pounding desire, then offer herself as satisfaction - on one condition. . . that their loving last not just one night, but a lifetime!
Seely Jones might have been able to see auras, but when Ben McClain got his first good look at the mysterious woman who saved him from a near-fatal car crash, all he could see was a pair of never-ending legs and soulful eyes. When Seely agreed to move in to Ben's house and nurse his wounds full-time, he wasn't sure if he could withstand the sweet torture of her by his bedside day and night. Seely had secrets, hidden talents, a shadowed past. But in Ben's arms she wasn't the elusive earth mother she seemed, but a fiery temptress he was determined to keep in his bed...and in his life forever.
A covert rescue mission left special forces operative Michael West stranded in a tropical wilderness with beautiful Alyssa Kelleher. The military renegade was to deliver the damsel to safety, but his instincts insisted on another destination-his bed. Michael's strict code of honor kept his hunger for Alyssa in check...until one torrid kiss toppled all reason. Loving Alyssa opened a door to unrivaled intimacy, and Michael vowed to make the fiery widow his wife! For she was his temptation, and how better to live with fervent desire than to fulfill it...night after night after night...?
WAY OUT WESTLONE-STAR LONER?Nathan Jones was the richest rancher around-but he was the outcast of Bitter Creek, Texas. Once his hometown's Prince Charming, his love for the wrong woman had cost another man his life. Now a fallen hero, Nate swore no one would ever break through the impenetrable fortress he'd built around his heart.But Nate had never counted on the sweet beauty of Hannah McBride. What was it about his injured brother's nurse that had Nate hungering for her healing touch? Even though her innocent heart was as transparent as a glass slipper, hadn't Nate learned there was no such thing as happily ever after?Because there's nothing like a cowboy.
WHEN SUCH GOOD FRIENDS BECOME LOVERS, IT'S FOR KEEPS. Jack would do anything for Annie. He'd even tell her he loved her, if that's what she needed to hear. But Jack doesn't believe in the promises love makes. He believes in friendship, and he wants to keep Annie forever--as a friend. But sometimes friends become lovers . . . Annie is crazy about Jack, and always has been. But he's a heartache waiting to happen for any women foolish enough to become involved with him. The only way to keep a man like him around is to be his friend--and only his friend. Promises--the ones made and not kept, the ones meant but not made--tore these two friends apart. But when Jack is threatened by a mysterious enemy who also threatens Annie, keeping Annie safe is more important than pride or pain. More important than anything.
Former homicide cop Lily Yu has a lot on her plate. There's her sister's wedding, a missing magical staff with unknown powers, and her grandmother's sudden decision to visit the old country just when Lily could use a little advice. Maybe she should turn to the man she's involved with, but for all the passion that flares between them, she doesn't really know Rule Turner. Yet she's tied to him for life, both of them caught in an unbreakable mate bond. That Rule is a werewolf, a prince of his people, only complicates matters... Now an agent in a special unit of the FBI's Magical Crimes Division, Lily's job is to hunt down Harlowe, a charismatic cult leader bent on bringing an ancient evil into the world. But what Lily doesn't realize is that Harlowe has set a trap-for her. And then the unthinkable happens. In the blink of an eye, Lily's world divides and collides, and she is thrust into a new and frightening reality. Her only hope will be to trust Rule and herself or Lily will be lost forever...
Welcome to the strange magic [and] fantastic realms of Eileen Wilks's world of the lupi, where some sins are so dark and unlikely, no one thought to forbid them... FBI agent Lily Yu is in North Carolina with her lover and mate, Rule Turner, Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan. He is there to take custody of his son from the boy's grandmother. It's a purely personal trip until Rule, in wolf form, finds three bodies in a shallow grave. They carry the stench of death magic, which makes the murders a federal crime. Lily takes charge of the investigation and soon realizes that nothing adds up--not the motives or the main suspect, who is behind bars when death strikes again. But murder, however bizarre, is an everyday affair for Lily, who was a homicide cop before being recruited into the FBI's Magical Crimes Division. A more personal shock arrives in the form of Rule's son's mother. Why would she now challenge Rule's plan to bring his son to live among the Nokolai? But family matters must take a backseat when the violence escalates, and there's no rhyme or reason for the next strike--by a killer who may not even be of this world...
FBI agent Lily Yu is living at Nokolai Clanhome with her fiance, Lupi Rule Turner, when an intruder penetrates their territory and steals the prototype of a magical device. But the prototype can be dangerously erratic, discharging a bizarre form of mind magic and it looks like the thief wants it for that very side effect. Accidently, whoever stole the device didn't learn about it. There's a Nokolai traitor in their midst. Lily and Rule have to find the traitor, the thief and the prototype.
Alex must keep his emotions in check when an undercover assignment reunites him with the woman who'd saved his life. She was holding out for promises of forever-the one thing this agent couldn't guarantee. Then the rules changed when his deadly mission forced them into close captivity. Would they survive the night of no return with their lives-and hearts-intact?
Pregnancy has turned FBI Agent Cynna Weaver's whole life upside down. Lupus sorcerer Cullen Seahourne is thrilled to be a father, but what does Cynna know about kids? Her mother was a drunk and her father abandoned his family. Or so she's always believed . . . As Cynna is trying to wrap her head around this problem, a new one pops up in the form of a delegation from another realm. They want to take Cynna and Cullen back with them--to meet her long-lost father and find a mysterious medallion. But when these two born cynics land in a world where magic is common place and night never ends, their only way home lies in tracking down the missing medallion--one also sought by powerful beings who will do anything to claim it.
On the make. On the scent. On the edge. ON THE PROWL... Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs The werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack--and inspires a power in Anna that she's never felt before. Inhuman by Eileen Wilks Kai has a secret gift of sensing thoughts and desires. What she senses in her neighbor Nathan could be dangerous. Because he has a secret gift, too, and it's about to be let loose. Buying Trouble by Karen Chance In a New York auction house, a Lord of the Fey crosses paths with a fiery redheaded mage named Claire. But in this strange underground society, the rarity up for sale is Claire herself. Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny Among the children of the moon, Mona Lisa is of Mixed Blood--part Monere, part human, and destined to be alone. Then she meets a man who could be her salvation--or her downfall.
Seven-months-pregnant Emma Michaels had come to Texas seeking a safe haven from her stalker. But she soon faced a greater danger from darkly handsome Flynn Sinclair - her round-the-clock bodyguard. Though duty-bound Flynn tried to ignore their smoldering attraction, pent-up desire soon gave way to passion. And when the present danger had passed, could Emma convince her fearless guardian to face his greatest challenge. . . and entrust his heart to her safekeeping?
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