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She's known him since she was fifteen. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon - the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate.
Previously published in the print anthology Dark Dreamers. There are those who do terrible things in this world, and others who simply watch. As a gargoyle, sworn to protect the weak, Charlie can do neither. He has been imprisoned by a witch, and his only release will come at his own destruction-or through the help of clairvoyant Aggie Durand. Sweet as a kiss, she is the one dream he does not dare desire-and yet, she might be his soul's salvation.
Like every member of the Dirk & Steele Agency, Blue Perrineau is far from "normal"-and he believes in the organization's creed: Protect the innocent in secrecy. Now an obligation to the family that rejected him is leading Blue into the light and shadow of Sin City . . . and to a remarkable woman, beautiful, desirable, and untamed. Iris is a headliner in Vegas, dazzling crowds with her feral sensuality and her uncanny affinity for dangerous beasts. But there is a darkness in her world that she never knew existed, and a champion has appeared to protect her-a man charged with electricity, who guards a secret as strange and powerful as her own. And every secret is a liability when darkest evil exists that follows no rule under heaven. Yet with passion and love sustaining them, together Blue and Iris might yet live to see the dawn.
Long ago, shape-shifters reigned as gods. But even gods have laws that they break at their own peril . . . Each member of Dirk & Steele has a unique ability. Soria's is the gift of communication-which is why she's been chosen to learn the language of a tormented warrior resurrected after thousands of years of icy sleep. He is Karr, and once he was a king. Strong as a lion, quick and deadly as a serpent, he saw everything he loved consumed in flames. Death was to be his salvation, but thousands of years later he has been awakened against his will. Now a breathtaking human moves him in ways he neither understands nor desires. But Soria can see beyond his rage . . . and only she can speak the words that will cool the destructive fury in his soul. Words of love.
This holiday, spend quality time with family and loved ones-living and dead . . . There's no place like home for the horrordays-unless you'd prefer a romantic midnight walk through a ghost-infested graveyard . . . or a haunted house candlelight dinner with the sexy vampire of your dreams. The (black) magical season is here-and whether it's a solstice sÉance gone demonically wrong with the incomparable Kim Harrison, a grossly misshapen Christmas with the remarkable Lynsay Sands, a blood-chilling-and-spilling New Year's with the wonderful Marjorie M. Liu, or a super-powered Thanksgiving with the phenomenal Vicki Pettersson, one thing is for certain: in the able hands of these exceptional dark side explorers, the holidays are going to be deliciously hellish!
Four all-new stories featuring demon huntresses by four "New York Times"-bestselling authors--Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jenna Maclaine--are collected for this sizzling new anthology.
She could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes . . . She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business-a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown . . . and the incredible. And now he has found her again, her boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human, leaving Jenny weak with desire and aching for his touch. But with their reunion comes danger. For Perrin and Jenny-and all living creatures-their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea . . . and in the power of their dreams.
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."
Duty called Dr. Rikki Kinn to the Congo. One of the world's top virus hunters working for the CDC, she is on a mission to investigate a deadly new plague. But there are those determined to stop her-at any price. Shape-shifter Amiri was born in this land of untamed splendor. Here he woke with the sun and raced as the cheetah . . . until he was kidnapped and subjected to terrible experiments by the evil Consortium. Now his colleagues and brothers in Dirk & Steele want him to return to Africa to face his nightmares. For a good woman has been targeted for death-a beautiful healer who holds the fate of millions in her hands, whose destiny is intertwined with his-and whose need leaves Amiri vulnerable, threatening his heart, his passion . . . and his soul.
THE BONDS OF LOVE...THE BONDS OF MATRIMONY... THE BONDS BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE... SOME BONDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN. HERE, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, ARE FOUR STORIES BASED ON THE CLASSIC IDEA OF THE "FAERIE TALE WEDDING"----EXCEPT THIS TIME, THE DAMSELS AREN'T THE ONES IN DISTRESS. #1 New York Times bestselling author LAURELL K. HAMILTON spins a story of a princess who decides to take her own destiny in hand and rescue a pampered Prince Charming from an evil sorceress in "CAN HE BAKE A CHERRY PIE?" A selkie on the run from a century-old broken marriage arrangement has finally found true love--only to have the darkness from her past return to threaten both her and her dearly beloved in New York Times bestselling author YASMINE GALENORN'S "THE SHADOW OF MIST." New York Times bestselling author MARJORIE M. LIU tells the tale of a young princess who escapes betrothal to a warlord by entering a magical forest. But when an evil queen sends her on a quest to "THE TANGLEROOT PALACE," she faces dangers more perilous than marriage. When a princess refuses her boring betrothed, the king holds a competition to see who will win his daughter's hand. But in matters of the heart, is a winner truly worthy--or can a loser offer even more in national bestselling author SHARON SHINN'S "THE WRONG BRIDEGROOM"?
Beneath passion and purifying fire is . . . The Red Heart of Jade Dean Campbell can see and sense things that others cannot-an extraordinary ability that drew the ex-cop to the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency, a global association of more-than-human men and women. Dean and his peers-shapeshifters, psychics, and other paranormals-are dedicated to protecting life. But there are those who live for destruction. Now Dean's investigation into a series of unthinkable killings is calling him to Taipei, where a pattern is emerging that is more deadly than anything he could have foreseen. At the center is a power that could change the world . . . and the woman who can truly complete him: Mirabelle Lee, the girl Dean loved in his youth, the childhood sweetheart he once believed dead. Now that his heart has been reawakened, he will not lose her again-even as the forces of an immortal evil gather to destroy them and everything they love.
Elena Baxter can work miracles with her fingers. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind and spirit. That is why she is taken. Artur Loginov joined Dirk & Steele, an international detective agency that specializes in the impossible, to help extraordinary souls in need-and to keep their secrets safe. For Artur himself is not like ordinary men-handsome, powerful, and tormented, he is able to do wondrous things with nothing but a thought and a touch. That is why he, too, is taken . . . Drawn together into the darkness, Elena and Artur find themselves caged and cornered, joined in a desperate fight for their lives. But they will find strength where they never expected it: in a passionate look, in a tender kiss, in a heart-soaring, breathtaking . . . Shadow Touch
Against her will, Kitala Bell can foresee the future. But only darkness and violence . . . and death. And now it is her own future that is in peril. Her fate is in the hands of a prince of the sea. More than a man-impossibly beautiful and dangerous, with a voice that can seduce and hypnotize- M'cal's song manipulates lives the way Kitala coaxes sweet music from the strings of her violin. Yet he is a prisoner, the captive of a malevolent mistress intent on using his powers to evil ends, and stretched to the very limits of his endurance. For Kitala, he is light and hope and fantasy, and survival for them both requires a bond more intimate and passionate than either has ever known. But it comes at a pr ice, for their love threatens not only the lives they've always known . . . but the very essence of their souls.
Los Angeles is no longer the City of Angels; dark things haunt its streets-dark, restless things. Bodies have been found, and the tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox needs to know why. If she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night from day, as tooth from claw. He's a slayer, a betrayer, an enemy. But nobility lurks in dark places, and Keeli herself is no stranger to shadow. As sure as the moon will rise, Michael was meant for her. Life is about to change. Only three things will remain: the color of blood, the hot joy of skin on skin, and the danger in . . . A Taste of Crimson.
Long ago they roamed the earth -- dragons, tigers...shapeshifters -- men who wore the forms of beasts. Their world was magic. Now it is gone. But some remain... He looks out of place in Dela Reese's Beijing hotel room -- exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he's like nothing from her world,. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul, and knows this warrior will obey her every command. Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela's eyes -- and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where before he knew only hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key. For Dela, he will risk all.
Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only an exceptionally handsome man. But his beauty is a prison, locking the dark truth inside his tormented soul. For Lannes is one of a dying race of remarkable creatures, hiding in plain sight among earth's human masters. His existence is solitary and sad-until the night he encounters a young woman on a deserted street, desperate, frightened, with no memory . . . and covered in blood. She has no recollection of who she is or what she's done-and now she must trust a mysterious stranger whose imposing presence masks a gentle heart. Her need draws Lannes into a mystery that will cause him to confront his worst fears and question everything he believes-and compel him to risk his secrets for the one woman who might well be the love of his life . . . or the destruction of it.
Joining the Dirk & Steele Agency turned Eddie's life around. A pyrokinetic and former car thief, he cannot refuse an assignment to cross the continent in order to rescue an extraordinary woman in peril . . . even though he fears losing control of the destructive power of flame at his fingertips. The last of her shape-shifting kind, Lyssa hides in the abandoned tunnels beneath Manhattan, seeking refuge from those who murdered her family a decade ago and would now destroy her as well. Like Eddie, fire is her weapon, her destiny . . . and her curse. Yet she wants nothing to do with this mesmerizing stranger who seeks her trust while enflaming her passion. For beneath Lyssa's extraordinary beauty are dangerous secrets . . . and even darker, nearly irresistible urges. But she has won the heart of a fearless protector . . . and all the demons in the world will not make him back down. and Nalini Singh. Within the Flames is a must-read for paranormal aficionados. Remember: "If you have yet to add Liu to your must-read list, you're doing yourself a disservice" (Booklist).
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