The sole survivor of a dark magic that destroyed her entire family, she has spent the last eight years caring for the ailing, impotent monarch who saved her life and claimed her for his own. Now, she flees for her life, a fugitive in her own kingdom as she seeks allies to help her take back her stolen throne. Thankfully, Lorelai is not without friends. The fierce, dashing knights of the Order of the Regent have always been loyal, and during her darkest hour, they come to her aid. Especially when the alternative is not just death, but the end of the entire world as she knows it.
I wake up dead. Now I have to figure out a few things. How did I die? Why am I in this massive bed with purple, silk sheets? Why are there four seven-foot-tall, hunks of muscle and man staring at me? The first thing I figure out is this: Things go south when she realizes her next mark is an old coworker from her human days…a seriously hot one, who she had deep feelings for.
Worse, the council was wrong. One she refuses to kill, regardless of orders. Even more so to learn the sweet one-time human is now an assassin-assigned to kill him, no less. His orders are clear. The man who broke her heart years ago. Wickedness haunts the slums of London, even as the members of the Shadowlyte Clan work to chase down its source. Children are disappearing and the queen herself has tasked the Alpha with discovering why. His only hope of finding the missing boys lies with a woman who escaped hell herself.
Freedom is a distant memory for Katryn until the handsome black wolf offers her asylum with his people. His kindness awakens a part of her she thought long dead. Despite all she suffered, Katryn knows she owes him any assistance she can provide. No one is safe until the villains who captured her and the other children are brought to justice.
Thrown together by darkness, Chase and Katryn will face the kind of depravity that only the strongest can endure. A new case comes with a new partner: Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets.
Flint is an ancient Vampire. He used to work as a bodyguard for his friend, Victor, but when Victor finds his Bloodmate and heads off on a round-the-world honeymoon, Flint goes on his own adventure, setting off to the Highlands of Scotland. That is, until a strange, mysterious, and magical feeling takes over him as he flies over Edinburgh Castle…at the same time as he wants to tear into the throat of the mortal confined within the cabin with him.
Never before has he lost control to his dark side…well not against an innocent. Flint is hard, tough, and more than capable of inflicting pain when he deems it necessary, but losing control: He has the fight of his life on his hands. One he is determined to win. When he goes in search of the secretive nightclub Mystique, he is shocked to his very core by a chance encounter. Kenzie McBride, a damsel in distress needs his help, but the rescue mission ends up with a horde on their tails. By night, sins of the flesh—drinking, dancing, and sex—keep his volatile warrior dragon in check.
With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways—until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart. Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business—hunting down dragons—to her brothers. She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul—the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Now what is she supposed to do?
Kyle hates dragon shifters. After all, one nearly killed his sister. When he meets the highly tantalizing and intelligent Nessa though, all his preconceived notions fly out the window. And just a reminder of my own recent new scifi romance release: Not exactly sure where to classify this, but wanted to mention Pauline B. A touch of romance. Some truly violent bad guys. And one little black cat. We have magic in all forms, from the magic that gods use when they come to Earth to magic that a familiar inspires when she helps a man with limited ability keep his spells fresh. We have vampires and werewolves.
We have parasols and tea and lovely chocolates. We have FBI agents facing killers and assassins who can kill with a blink. Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb… you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller. Luck is what makes Life interesting; introducing spicy bits of chaos — good, bad, and neutral.
Without Luck, there is no savor — no adventure — in Life. The yeast of Life, Love expands our horizons, deepens our understanding, and opens our eyes. Love makes us daring. So here is small tale of Lives in progress, plans made and altered — and altered again. A tale of bread, and Luck, and Love.
We start with two people — a baker, Don Eyr; Serana, a captain of the Watch. Two people who have not much in common, until Luck brings them together, and they see each other. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender.
I really enjoy her books — she mixes detailed worldbuilding with some really steamy scenes and lots of romance. This went onto my TBR for sure. Harper Wilde is sitting on the beach, minding her own business when a huge, muscular Kindred warrior with black hair and blazing white eyes demands that she accompany him into the future. By using her, they can conquer both the Mother Ship and the human race. Unless Harper is altered so the Hive cannot make use of her, the grim future she finds herself in will become reality.
Shad is a Shadow Twin—a Kindred male destined always to walk alone with very little chance of forming a bond with a female. Yet, he alone is able to make use of the looper—a time travel device which allows him to move back and forth between the past and the future to try and save Harper. But he knows he must put his feelings aside and do what is necessary to change the past…unless he wants the future to Vanish forever. As the flagship of the Spire Empire, Vengeance is a legendary AI whose broken heart has proven his greatest battle yet. But his new telepathic link, a little girl named Hayley, finally teaches him to love again—until rogue AIs attack her planet and level her home in a storm of fire and destruction.
Vengeance is left with only one hope in his potentially immortal existence: But the closer he tries to get to her, the harder she pushes him away. Olivia Hawthorne risks everything—her friendship with her telepathic sisters and even her life—to assume a new identity so she can serve aboard Vengeance.
After suffering at the hands of rogue AIs, she should be wary of trusting one again, even her old friend. But when rogues raid Spire colonies, Vengeance and Liv must learn to overcome the fears shackling them to the past.
What can I do to prevent this in the future?
Clara was confused when she encountered the sign outside the Cyborg breeding facility. She wanted a child and nothing would stand in her way. Her heart was already on the line. Reid was the ultimate protector, the perfect bodyguard, his loyalty embedded in his DNA.
The animal his creators chose for him was a favorite, a downright blessing, and an ongoing nightmare. He found the perfect reprieve after the Great Galactic War: Division Head of the last Cyborg breeding facility on Earth. The empty halls offered more than silence—they offered him sanctuary.
Twenty-three years ago, Azalyn Rippak Sulani had the misfortune of falling in love with a prince. However, after a group of aliens kidnap her and knock her unconscious, Azalyn wakes up in the Kelderan palace and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart. Because of certain circumstances, she has no choice but to stay in the palace. Prince Keltor tro el Vallen is heir to the Kelderan throne and must put duty above all else. Social connections, especially those with love involved, are dangerous.
So when the only female who ever treated him as a man instead of a prince comes storming back into his life, it takes everything Keltor has to keep his distance and resist the lively, straightforward woman. As Keltor and Azalyn start to realize that they fit better together now than in the past, they face a bigger problem. Namely, if a prince marries a commoner, there could be war. Can they find a way to recapture their love and start over?
Fast-talking, and as hard-as-nails as any sailor, she navigates the most dangerous solar roads in the universe. Times are tough, but she gets the job done. The last thing she needs is a delay, but when she runs across a stranded sailor she has no choice. The law of the roads demands she rescue him… even if he is the last man in the universe she ever wanted to see again.
The husband she fell for, but ran from before their wedding night…. Kelwin Sayeed is a super-soldier without a war and with money to burn. Humans were inferior and troublesome creatures, and unlike his fellow warriors, Moroco had no intention of ever mating one. Trust a female again? Not when he knew how easily they could betray you. So why did he care so much about a certain prickly, irritating female who seemed to take great delight in rousing his temper? All she cared about was keeping her sister safe, and now that Sophie had found her mate, well, it was probably time to leave. If only to tell him exactly what she thought of him.
Jennifer Montgomery has never needed anyone in her life except her daughter. A single mom of a now eighteen year old, her entire life has revolved around Lila. But when Lila goes missing, Jennifer is devastated and determines to do whatever it takes to find her. She just never expected her search to lead her to the Terran Station and their bride program. Siril, Captain of the Herack, is revered on his world for his tireless pursuit of the space pirates infesting the galaxy. The best of the best, as they say.
But all the blood is starting to wear on him. There are only so many heads you can lop off before it grows old. Who would ever want a battered and broken old warrior like him? But Jennifer is fierce, sexy as hell, and he wants to make her his. Kinyi has trained her entire life to be the strongest, most lethal rider on Kladuu. Tane spends his life running from the myth of the White Horn.
In a desperate act of defiance, she became a mail order bride for an alien species. On Arkani, a peaceful planet, there might have been a chance to show her scientific skills. All bets were off when her spaceship was captured by the warriors of Milisaria and the king chose her as a mate. Humans only interested him as allies in war. But, this one began to get under his skin. She withstood cruelty and pain in order to uphold her self-respect. In doing so, she gained his as well. He had far too many concubines already. He had her beaten and starved. Miah Dorsey spends her days slaving away for the Onyx Corporation.
Her day goes from bad to worse when her transport ship is attacked and crashes on an alien planet. The only other survivor? An arrogant, imposing, emerald-green alien warrior. Beast is an extremely dangerous Zoran alpha warrior. The only thing he hates more than humans is humans who work for Onyx. Until he meets Miah. Never before has he met a human like her. Her shapely curves drive him mad with lust, and her defiant attitude humors the growly warrior. Stranded on an alien planet, the two enemies have to rely on each other to survive. Will Beast be the protector Miah needs?
Or will he give into temptation? His name is Khazaar Drasurq. For the mighty Khazaar, on the other hand, the Earth women exists only to secure the survival of his race. She is a small cog in the big plan the merciless Alien Lord is following. As Cassie is thrown into his dangerous world, she soon comes to understand just how desperately she needs something only he can give her — his protection. So perfect that demand to be his mate was so high that entering into a lottery was the only way to decide which lucky woman would bear his babies. That lucky woman was Agena Morrow. However, Agena was set to get more than she bargained for.
Especially when it became apparent that whilst Thrax was happy to participate in the act of making a baby, he had no true intention of ever producing one. A mysterious satellite crash. A late-night car accident. After hitting Eric with her truck in the middle of the Wyoming wilderness, Joanna has no choice but to take him back to her cabin. But his wounds heal suspiciously fast, and she begins to suspect his concussion is covering up some deeper secret. For Olivia Shaw, the danger of her assignments as a deadly Whisper agent is matched only by that of her hidden status: When her handler sends her into the Quillian Empire, her mission is complicated by stumbling upon a kidnapping in progress.
Liv is drawn deep into political upheaval when her hostage is revealed to be the infamous Red Wolf, Galen De Corvus, brother of the Quillian Empress. If he realizes what she is, he could expose her secret to either government and doom her to a life as breeding stock. Quillian nobleman turned operative Galen never planned to involve himself with a citizen of the cold, cruel Syn, but Olivia entices him more than she should. As they work together to protect his royal sister from a violent coup, the passionate bond between them proves to be more than mere biology.
Ruthless, devious, and ambitious, Lucius Mercio has elevated the Serengeti Group to the third wealthiest cartel in the Twelve Systems, cementing his place among the twelve most powerful members of the ruling warrior class. Few will dare to attack Lucius directly, instead they will move in secret, targeting the most vulnerable aspects of his empire including his disgraced and reviled apprentice, Lilian. Expecting only the meager assignments reserved for apprentices, Lilian was stunned to receive the conservatorship of a valuable Vistrite Crevasse—an honor reserved for proven and trusted warriors.
She spends her days teasing brilliant performances out of the actors she auditions. And she spends her nights fantasizing about her mentor, tall, dark and handsome Adrian Harkness. Adrian Harkness has been under a spell that granted him reprieve from shifting into a massive wild panther. Lucy is talented, hardworking, stunningly sexy and one hundred percent off-limits. Or believe in crushes. When things go sideways, will Adrian unleash his panther to protect the woman he loves? Or will violence crush this romance before it can blossom? Just like Rapunzel from the fairy tales, dreamy, romantic Amy lives a hidden life.
But Amy has a secret — she desperately wants to be stolen. She would love to be rescued from her life of idleness and the thought of a devoted drakoni male charging in and saving her from her boredom sounds perfect to her. Of course, she wants a romantic, loving male who will adore her. Ryenne Cavanagh is a kick-ass shifter hunter in a world where most shifters are law-abiding, but rogues like to make trouble.
Especially not from shifters. Worse still, her new client forces her into competition against a sexy French shifter hunter with a dangerous secret. She needs to solve the case first or lose her fee. Despite their rivalry, the French hottie is breaking down the protective walls built around her heart since she lost her brother and father.
Will she uncover the identity of the rogue first or lose her heart along with her fee? More importantly, will she bring the rogue to justice before she becomes his next victim? Wolf shifter Cole Masterson has been waiting impatiently for his future to arrive. Dani Neville thought the covert training offered by the leader of an ultra-secret shifter association was her only escape from being stuck forever on an isolated island with her bear-shifter clan. A world where vampires are real, rich and hungry, a world where Blood Courtesans satisfy all their needs.
Luxury, fast cars, adventure, whirlwind romance and cold, hard fangs. Karis Dunway is looking for a complete overhaul of her life. On the tail-end of a heartbreak, she makes a desperate move and applies to be a part of a matchmaking program for big predator shifters. But Colt has a nickname that sends up big red flags. His friends and enemies call him the Warmaker, and pretty soon she will figure out exactly what that means.
Colton Dorset, aka the Peacemaker, aka the Warmaker, is hunting for something to tame his bear. If he could figure out what kind of shifter she is, he might be able to navigate this new arranged match, but Karis keeps him guessing at every turn. And as life at the ranch spirals out of control, he will have to figure out if her animal is a help, or a huge hindrance. But her dangerous search for clues only leads her to a blood soaked piece of land, and a trip down a rocky ravine.
Volunteer pack enforcer and full-time ranch hand, Luca Weylyn has been a loner his entire life. But Natalie is human, and Luca is a wolf shifter. Can there be any future for Luca with a woman if he can never share his secrets? When political unrest uproots Caitlyn once again, will she be able to find her feet in an ever changing world of intrigue? Returned to the gilded cage of her family, Caitlyn attempts to hold her own in a sea of political maneuvering. Floundering and cut off from the support of her guys, she finds herself bereft all over again.
When Caitlyn is presented with choices for her future secretary, she begins to see how complicated life can become. Faced with those trained in seduction, will Caitlyn be able to resist their proposals? Whispers of her guys ill intentions only furthers her doubts as Caitlyn struggles to choose her path: My name is Ria. Like Leah, but with an R? My life is pretty normal, I guess. Tantalizing pleasure, exhilarating joy, even paralyzing fear—I can make you feel it all, or I can take it all away.
Drain you of every single emotion. But things start to go from almost normal to straight-up bizarre when not one, but four insanely gorgeous men stumble into my life. My name is Clara Daniels. I was your average New Yorker with a degree in business and a need for a job. Everything in my life was normal; well, as normal as it could be with an overbearing mother obsessed with the Lord and trying to find me a man.
Not to mention, dealing with the many chauvanistic men that dominate the business world of New York. Then one day, I ran into Fate — literally — and my entire world was changed. Now, my normal is being the human soul for four, overpowering, disturbingly hot gods. Turns out all that mythology was true. Can I trust them to protect me? Or will they let me down like so many others before them? Kiri Helena Solene thought her trial was over.
Prophesied to be the strongest of her kind, Helena is still coming to terms with the depth of her power and what it means to rule. When he disappears, her tenuous hold on her magic begins to slip. Helena must find Von, and soon, or risk losing control completely. A malevolent force has risen; threatening the lives of Helena and those in her Circle. Cecily Houseman has never been happier. Torrence wakes one morning with a single thought: The nearer he gets, the stronger his beast rails in his head. As he comes to a donut shop, his beast forces a shift so fast and hard that he rips the door off the shop and takes out the town gazebo with his tail.
Wolf-shifter Agent Bryon Day has been deep undercover for more than a year, investigating a human trafficking ring, when he goes MIA. FBI agent and ace cryptographer Kari Tomlin is selected for the rescue task force. Under the ruse of a ditsy tourist, she searches an ancient European city for Agent Day. Together they risk the dangerous, booby-trapped tunnels below the city for freedom…and a chance to discover if this really is a mate bond growing between them.
Sworn to protect his Clan, Nick Balam heads to Hollywood to keep an eye on a rising star who has seen too much for her own good. She saw a young jaguar shifter transforming and may have damning evidence that could expose them all to the world. Nick is able to insinuate himself into her security team. The only problem is… once he gets close to her, he realizes she might very well be his mate. His mission expands to keeping her safe, catching her stalker and then figuring out what she intends to do about her newfound knowledge of shifters.
Sparks fly and passions rise. Can he keep her safe and prevent her from revealing what she knows? Or will he have to forsake his Clan to find true happiness with a woman of rare beauty and…magic? So why does his wolf shifter side have the overwhelming urge to step through a portal into a mysterious new realm? Is Kaleena Sinclair his mate or just a figment of his overactive imagination? The clock is ticking, and Finn must survive impossible odds if he is to save his future mate.
But how in the world can they fulfill their destiny as fated mates if some ruthless force is hell-bent on keeping them apart? When Angela McAllister and Connor Wilcox are asked to help find out who — or what — killed a de la Paz clan private investigator, Angela agrees with only a slight hesitation. After all, with Connor at her side, she and her unborn child should be safe.
They quickly learn the entity haunting the Tucson crime scene is stronger than anyone anticipated, with uncanny powers they can barely fend off, much less identify. But when Levi vanishes, and news comes to light that a pair of old enemies have died simultaneously, Angela and Connor realize their clans are being set up for destruction. The days of choosing whose unique powers best fit a given situation are over. Only by joining forces and combining powers — and learning to control dangerous new ones — can they defeat their deadliest enemy.
New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world—for humans and supernaturals. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. A game about to spill out into the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world—but first, we have to save ourselves. Her boss needs help with his rebellious teen daughter who believes rules are made to be broken and her current boyfriend Homeland Security agent Mick Petrov is becoming an absentee lover, dropping hints about a major decision he faces.
When a paramilitary group called New Dawn wants her soul-reading skills, Mel meets five-year-old twins who steal her heart. Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life. A mystery not scifi or fantasy but touches on ancient Egypt.
Has anyone read these? His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything.
The seven planets of the Verdant String, the green, fecund sources of life spanning five solar systems, comprise the Verdant String Coalition. This is the setting for a new science fiction romance series from award-winning science fiction romance novelist Michelle Diener. While the people of the Verdant String know they have a common ancestor, a group of explorers who colonised the planets at the same time a thousand or more years ago, the mysteries of who they were, and where they came from, persist.
A standalone book in my alien empath series…. Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance.
Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others. Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own—secrets that could get them both killed.
The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses? Tygean Mia Jag has grown up in the shadow of her famous older brother.
Partnered with a stranger to make the difficult and dangerous race in an unknown star system? Instead of one of the more easily managed races, her partner is from one of the most feared and little known—an Aurelian. Ferocious and warlike, they rule their isolated quadrant of the stars without mercy, refusing to join the InterGalactic Alliance or allow diplomatic missions to cross their borders.
Rescued by the humans and gladiators from the House of Galen, Ryan Nagano is working hard to piece her life back together.
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Her priorities are conquering her anxiety, recovering from her captivity, and using her exceptional computer skills to help the House of Galen decrypt alien data that could reveal the location of other abducted humans. But when she needs help, she finds herself having to work with arrogant genius Zhim…and discovers that the two of them redefine the word explosive. Zhim thrives on the need to uncover information and ensure his wealthy, carefully constructed life is exactly as he wants it. Then one infuriating menace of a woman blasts into his life.
Ryan matches him skill for skill, drives him crazy, and worms her way under his skin. Neve Haynes survived her abduction through grit and determination. Corsair is a man of the desert and leader of the Corsair Caravan. He listens to his gut and something about Neve draws him in. As they trek deep into the desert on a dangerous mission to find a map to an infamous desert arena, they will fight side by side and be forced to depend only on each other to survive. But when the mouthwatering seven foot alien pirate wrapped in chains stepped onto her ship, she never thought finishing her drop mission would be the last thing on her mind.
Life started awkwardly and became a game of survival for Kiala. She performed the entry exam for the Assassins Guild and sold her services to them for five years. When her years as a bodyguard were up, she tried to work as an auditor, an investigator, and attempted to find her place in world without danger around every corner. The Citadel made her an offer, and she agreed to time as a sidekick to a recruiter.
When the contract is up, she is given another choice, another chance and another fresh start. Seeing a familiar face is the first shock of many as she works as a Citadel liaison in Nyal space. The fate of our entire planet, of every human and Zmaj both, rests in my hands. It was easier before she came. Do I give in to desire or hold true to my path?
Axel Ryan is running for his life. Pursued by bounty hunters with a price on his head, he should disappear into the stars to hide and continue his search for Stardrives. But his soulmate, Element Cruz, has resurfaced and after spending the last six months searching for her with no luck, finding her again is worth gambling his life.
It should be an easy mission. Crash the auction, save his girl, and fly off into the galaxy to live happily ever after together. But she intends to make a fresh start, which means severing ties with the dominant Zandian who once held her collar and a leash. The male who knows just how to master her. So why does she keep coming back for more? But the government wants him mated first. Eyrl knows one thing for sure: Now, where to find her?
All Lily wants to do is dance. But when she gets badly injured, her one chance is to go to the stars to have it fixed. All she has to do is sign up for a program to be matched to a dragon. Who happens to be a prince. Oh, and the hottest creature in the universe. What is love anyway? Just another emotion that makes otherwise sane people do stupid things.
All she needs to do is marry him and produce babies. On the surface, young Dramok Ospar has it all: Yet what he dreams of most is outside his grasp. His drive to prove himself has left him lonely, with no one to turn to…except the Nobek bodyguard who is decidedly unimpressed with his accomplishments. Nobek Jol faces his worst security assignment ever: Temple of Life priest Imdiko Rivek wishes for inner peace and total enlightenment.
I am expected to breed. As I am the heir to the throne, Princess of Aristol, Having children is my royal responsibility. I would prefer to be nestled in the library with a good book. It is no secret that I have little choice but to accept my role. My nefarious sister chose Prince Vallon, an alien, as a suitable companion. His outrageous tales of being from a planet where men are in charge, And women are kept in line by means of corporal punishment, Have me intrigued.
His words captivate me… But is he as dominant as I desire him to be? Sarah finds herself millions of lightyears from home, held captive on the Aeon planet. The Aeons are a race of psychic aliens, hell bent on destroying their enemies, the Zaytarians. To do that, they need their doomsday weapon, which can only be run by the crystal Sarah has worn on a necklace around her neck for years.
Gar meanwhile teams up with Adam, another human lost to the stars like his new love, and he heads across the galaxy in hopes of finding Sarah and saving her before the Aeons can harm her. Will Gar find Sarah in time? A wish made from the heart. His wish — to escape a prison of his own making… Her wish — to save her mother… Destiny intervenes. To save himself, he must first save her. John Starkweather, once a hotshot field agent, is now benched. But what at first seems like a busywork assignment takes a darker turn, as John begins to suspect the increase in possessions might not be coincidence, but part of an unseen conspiracy.
The vampire spirit Gray was made to hunt demons and drink their blood. But their new partners refuse to let Gray use any of his abilities, let alone actually hunt and fight. Welcome to Keating Hollow, the village full of love, magic, and cupcakes, and where nothing is more important than family.
At age eighteen, after a potion tragically backfired, Abby Townsend left Keating Hollow and her magic behind to find redemption. This is not the first time Logan has died. This is not the first time she has fallen in love with Cyrus. Logan is not even the first name she has been given. Logan fell irreversibly in love with Cyrus, but she needs time to cope with the ramifications of his choice, one made thousands of years ago. She needs time alone to piece herself together. She has to face the woman who brought her into this immortal world. She wants answers—who tried to kill him and why?
Past sins are never easy to forgive, but as memories surface, staying away from Cyrus begins to feel impossible. Through everything, Cyrus has fought for her, death after death. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. Best Wishes for a very happy February 14th! Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.
Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers. Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments.
For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond. Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? But no one knows my mate like I do. I know why she struggles.
I know how strong she is. This story explores the long-awaited romance of Ariana and Zolaya. I love anything to do with her Dark Planet warriors. This is a novella. Will he succumb to the darkness? Until someone she trusts leads her into a trap. Now she has to put her faith in the stranger trapped in the cage next to her if she hopes to escape. They trusted each other when they had no one else then betrayal tore them apart.
Can they overcome the lies to accept the love they both deserve? Carly and Miki have never forgotten the stories that Grim has told them of the Great Raptor, the symbol of their new home world of Luda. Yet, it is the comparison their mother once made of the Great Raptor to Grim that gives them the courage to help the injured bird they find in the garden. Find out what happens when their single act of love, faith, and kindness creates far-reaching consequences that no one, including their mother and Grim, could ever have predicted.
Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
Diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer, the doctors on board her generational spaceship had no choice but to put her in stasis, hoping to keep her alive until a cure could be found. Two blazing suns, nothing but sand and more sand. Salvation comes in the form of four powerful dragon-men. Kaidan, Ejder, Anguis and Mikhos are all possessively alpha and will do anything to be the one who gets to claim Piper as his treasure. The world as they know it is ending, a new world is taking its place.
Among the doctors and nurses of a clinic-turned-fortress, Kath is coming of age in this new world, and helping define it. Keva Duste is an engineered human on a mission: Humanity has conquered the black, but not their own inherent greed. The four systems surrounding Kalamatra Station provide members of the Elite class with everything they could want: Terrans and common spacers suffer under untenable work conditions and crumbling, radioactive stations while the Elite thrive.
Now the commoners are threatening to revolt. The Elite have planned to test deployment on the mutinous Red Sky colony and force their compliance. Codex Syndicate agent Keva Duste is an ex-military, engineered human with a score to settle. Together with a renegade space captain, an Elite refugee, and two sentient AIs, she must race to locate the weapon and stop the genocide of the human race before it can begin. Can Keva save Red Sky from destruction before the Elite turn this weapon on the rest of the settlements?
And if she does, will she ignite a revolution? Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike.
And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them. Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most? Jude Ember thrives on keeping his brothers, and everyone in the bunkers, safe.
He works hard, loving what he does. But he has a weakness: He has to meet her. A new threat from the State gives him the reason he needs to draw her closer. Will she live up to the fantasy he has created? Octavia has survived alone for almost two years. It gives her a way to reach others, without revealing her scars — both the physical and emotional ones. Then she hears an indecipherable message being sent by the State.
She has to get help. If he does, that would be worse than a year of torture by the State. When they meet, sparks fly. But is it real, or does Jude feel sorry for Octavia? Or will their union change the balance of power and send the State scuttling away on their scaly limbs? No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch.
But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? She would finally be in the thick of important research to aid humans, or so she thought. What she found in the lab was perplexing and heartbreaking. The aliens soon became real to her, not the animals she had imagined. Ohber was a mighty Milisarian Knight, a warrior from another world. He was captured years ago by scientists who have done tortuous experiments on his body. Ohber felt betrayed by his fellow knights who had not come to his rescue.
He trusted no one, until the beautiful and compassionate daughter of his captor gave him hope. Valeri was shocked to see the devastation the experiments were causing on the aliens. She found the other species to be quite intelligent and far surpassing humans in many ways. As she probed deeper into the hidden records of her own father, she found greed was behind his work instead of the altruistic motives he claimed. Rennek is an honor bound male whose very existence in life is tarnished by the sins of his father.
When he and his crew stumble onto a trafficking ring his immediate instinct is to rescue the females. He finds himself drawn to one of them, setting in motion a dangerous course of events propelling him towards his destiny. Can Rennek be the leader his people need him to be as the secrets of the past are uncovered?
Kate has spent years muddling through life, never quite finding a place for herself. When she wakes in an alien cargo hold, life surprisingly becomes a lot easier. Well, except for the bounty hunters and dirty space cops pursuing her of course. Will Kate be able to move beyond the hangups of her past and give herself completely to Rennek?
Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happy Ever After, and can be read in any order. I was your average citizen, innocent of any crime worth going to prison for, and yet here I am. Not by me, anyway. The tribe of aliens that have taken me captive? Facing my fears to withstand the creatures that wanted to eat me, and the four alien men that watched me like a morsel they wanted to sink their teeth into…. A woman on fire.
Lucie survived four hellish years in prison, being sucked through a wormhole and crashing onto an alien planet. All she wants is to go home. Passion and rage burn in her. She wants her life back and nothing will stop her: Alien men forged from fire. Sarsen, Ertale and Asche spent the last thousand years waiting for release from their bonds.
When the intriguing female bursts into their lives, she frees them from their unending servitude and ignites the fire in their heartstones. Now she thinks she can just leave them behind? Aveline got what she deserved. When a wormhole opens near the space station, Aveline is sucked out of hell and into a world she never knew existed—Sonhadra. Locked away by a species known only as The Creators, the Ventos, a race of air elementals, have lived a half-life—alive but unaware of the passage of time, or who they are. The last four Ventos in Sonhandra, Aaddhar, Branesh, Ettan, and Thanasis, are awake now, and Aveline holds their hearts in her thieving little hands.
Faced with a world utterly changed and unfamiliar, they decide to forge a new one. The person at the heart of her downfall, the one who pushed her onto the path that led to loss and pain, has fallen through the wormhole as well. And she threatens everything Aveline and her Ventos have created. Will they be strong enough to survive the threat they now face? Or will the Ventos be sent back into oblivion and Aveline into hell? Yahiro never thought she would end up in prison.
Let alone on a prison ship where escape was impossible. But none of that mattered anymore because while she was curled up in the corner of her cell, the lights went out. And when they turned back on it was worse. DEJA thought she could fear nothing more than the daily treatments she received during her imprisonment on the Concord. The horrible experiments which rack her body with unimaginable, searing pain.
Struggling to outrun the beasts hunting her, fighting to outrun the light, Deja hastens for the only cover she can find — between the feet of a giant stone statue. Her existence aboard the Concord is a nightmare, broken only when the station is torn through a wormhole and crash lands on an alien world. After waking up alone and bloodied, but somehow unharmed, she seeks shelter in an abandoned city — where she discovers an ancient, wondrous mystery. Can she survive alongside a being whose touch means death? Neither was becoming a test subject for a mad scientist, a crash landing in the prison spaceship and then struggling to survive in a deadly alien jungle.
I could have paid with my life, instead, I was given two incredible reasons to love again and this time the thing I need to do is to hold on to them.
Simply enduring is no longer enough. I want to truly live. The future looks grim until she stumbles upon a magnificent city of ice and its most unusual inhabitant. Kai is fascinated by the delicate stranger fallen from the stars with the power to bring his hibernating city back to life. She stirs emotions long forgotten by his frozen heartstone.
Can she be the salvation of his people or will the trap set by the Creator bring about their collective doom? Hannah set out on a supply mission in the dangerous post apocalyptic world that is overrun by Clenok cyborgs. Her team comes across a hostile band of humans and all hell breaks loose.
The fight attracts the cyborgs and Hannah is taken hostage. Now she begs this handsome creature to take her home to her twin sister Helen. He agrees, but only if she gives him what he wants in return. General Rai Razook is on a mission to spread the virus that will bring down the cyborgs, but he also has his sights set on finding a human female mate.
But when she is resistant to the idea, he makes an agreement with her. He will help her get home, if she will help him satisfy his urges. Hannah wants nothing more than to get home to her sister, but will not give in to the arrogant alien Rai. But Qon abducts her anyway, and now Rai must fight to get her back. Will Rai be able to save her? Will she ever want him the way he wants her, or will she just use him for a safe journey back home? Blue and Forrest made the decision to return to Karran.
She even managed to get a Portal open. The reunion with her clansman is marred by unfinished business. Phillip is still out there, still using that crystal, still killing, and slowly going insane. She was prepared to learn a new language, new customs and tackle a new kind of relationship. She was not prepared for cub-babies with razor claws, stubborn clansmen and mercenaries, and long-lost mob families.
Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passions both in the air and on the ground. Being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages — it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her.
At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class — it led to heartbreak. Then they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup from an alien world. The rules of mating have changed, and Walker will do what he has to in order to protect the bonds that have eluded him for so long.
Walker and Aimee must turn to each other when the powers around them change and the paths that had been laid before them are no longer clear. Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire.
They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void. To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.
Sir William Fremont returns from war to reclaim his castle from his brother and win back the hand of the woman he loves. But along the way he makes a stop in town where he sees Lady Ella de Bar, the woman he almost married before he left to campaign for the king. The longer the curse continues, the more people forget Ella exists at all. And if anyone tells her about her past, the curse will never be broken. But when his memories of her start to fade as well, it looks as if all hope is lost.
When English beauty and avid poetry lover Ophelia is holidaying with her two sisters in19th century Blackpool, she finds herself unmistakably called to the water. Will she flee in horror at what lies beneath the waves, or can she learn to look beyond the shallows? Meanwhile, the Damaged are back and slowly taking over. After receiving word that neighboring compounds are suffering, Lucien is tapped by his parents, Yulen and Atty, the Battle Lord and Lady of Alta Novis, to accompany them on a rescue mission to Green River.
Now would be a great time for those specialties to shine. But if left unchecked, that enemy could wipe out all Mutah. A wood elf and a dark elf, Dorlyn and Vylkur, have taken refuge in the sanctuary city of Lehnos because their love was shunned by both of their peoples. There, as they made a life together, a fiery redheaded half-breed mercenary, Liandrya, became more than a typical, casual fling. Though the mated men knew the half-elf was not immortal as they were, she still managed to work her way into their hearts and turned the couple into a trio.
Unwilling to turn the artifact over to her employer, an evil dark elf sorceress, the three lovers embark on a journey to destroy the mask, but risk the same fate to their unconventional bonding with each leg of their quest. But, for the first time in her life, she has doubts about her future. After the events in Kenya, Ryenne and Lucien are moving forward as a couple, but Ryenne has always been a lone wolf.
But as long as there are rogues in the world, there is no such thing as a break for a shifter hunter. A stabbing in a nightclub and a mysterious string of armed robberies tied to the Fangs challenge Ryenne to face her feelings for Lucien. How could she ever find the One who shares the Merlin gene, the destined love who will unlock her magic? Just when she has given up hope Tammy sees a young man ringed in fire during a confrontation with the Clan. She knows in her blood and her bones that her Destiny is a member of the Clan. She must reject him as an enemy.
Now she has called him to the Clan compound in order to fulfill it. His course is set—until he sees a redhead across a parking lot. He escapes the Compound in search of Tammy Tremaine. Tammy makes a plan to dodge both Morgan and her family to find out if she and Thomas can survive their differences. But the world is about to change. Will their story end in tragedy, or can they find, in the midst of all this chaos, a magic moment of love?
Shadyia and Deresi are trapped in a deserted city. Separated by powerful forces, they become pawns in the eternal struggle between life and death. While clashing entities tempt one with immortality to champion their crusade, a being once worshiped as a god demands the other stand as advocate for his cause. With far more than their lives at stake, Shadyia and Deresi may have no choice but to submit, but the ancient divinities of the world be warned; the pawn that survives can become a queen—or even a magician. Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.
Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer—much to the chagrin of local law enforcement—when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim.
But his muscles and charm say yes, as does the forty-eight hours of leave that she just started. What could go wrong? He should be asked, not told; his power as a dragon must be respected and feared. With his own interests in mind he convinces a gorgeous woman to help him trick those in charge to sending him on his way. Only he never expected it to be more than just a joke…. Caught between her desire to return to the military and her burgeoning feelings for the dragon, Carla knows there must be a way she can have both.
But will she find the answer in time? From getting her treated differently at school, to getting her kidnapped by rebels, her marks have caused chaos in her life. But when her tragic past comes back to haunt her in the form of an unstoppable dragon assassin, a drop-dead gorgeous cop cruises through the door of the cat shelter and into her broken heart …. Her family is crazy, her mom keeps meddling in her non existent love life, and their restaurant is about to be repossessed by a jerk who calls himself The Lord of All Foxes.
Resa Robinson, a sassy reporter and fantasy blogger, showed up at my office for an interview one day, looking for the real story behind the mysterious CEO of Cobalt Computers. With no other option but to take her as prisoner, I now have to decide what to do with this bold, beautiful woman who is more intrigued than intimidated by my status as a dragon. The longer I hold her captive, however, the more my attraction to her grows by the second. Will I be able to convince this feisty beauty to stay with me and keep our little secret?
But something strong was drawing them closer together and she was powerless to resist. They had a job to do… Traveling together on the hunt, Margo and Gabe discover and explosive mutual attraction. Can they make this incredible thing between them work long-term? He wants her for his mate, but will she be able to cross the lines and give her heart to a mage? When he agreed to help test a drug that could help supernaturals with control issues, he never thought it would have the opposite effect on him.
Winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt felt like a dream come true for Brooke Larner. And she soon realizes that creatures from stories and nightmares are altogether too real. After five years of searching for Brooke, Malik has finally reached his breaking point. Already the obsession to find her left him shifting into a lion in a very public place before being forced on mandatory leave. The suppression drugs have been out of his system for years. The burning desire for Brooke should have gone with them. So when chance leaves their paths crossing once more, he realizes destiny is at play.
As demons from their past resurface, they find themselves in a battle to save everything they hold dear. Heather Hayden has everything a young witch could desire: Heather has no idea what she wants. Owen Liddell is in big trouble. A hundred years ago, a descendant of Arachne tricked him into staring into the eyes of the Great Sphinx, leaving him bespelled into the form a cat. Can Owen escape the evil spider sisters, thwart the spell, rescue the girl, save his friendship and pass his finals all before Zombie Prom? But unlikely things are known to happen in Nocturne Falls.
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We start with two people — a baker, Don Eyr; Serana, a captain of the Watch. Two people who have not much in common, until Luck brings them together, and they see each other. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. I really enjoy her books — she mixes detailed worldbuilding with some really steamy scenes and lots of romance. This went onto my TBR for sure.
Harper Wilde is sitting on the beach, minding her own business when a huge, muscular Kindred warrior with black hair and blazing white eyes demands that she accompany him into the future. By using her, they can conquer both the Mother Ship and the human race. Unless Harper is altered so the Hive cannot make use of her, the grim future she finds herself in will become reality.
Shad is a Shadow Twin—a Kindred male destined always to walk alone with very little chance of forming a bond with a female. Yet, he alone is able to make use of the looper—a time travel device which allows him to move back and forth between the past and the future to try and save Harper. But he knows he must put his feelings aside and do what is necessary to change the past…unless he wants the future to Vanish forever.
As the flagship of the Spire Empire, Vengeance is a legendary AI whose broken heart has proven his greatest battle yet. But his new telepathic link, a little girl named Hayley, finally teaches him to love again—until rogue AIs attack her planet and level her home in a storm of fire and destruction. Vengeance is left with only one hope in his potentially immortal existence: But the closer he tries to get to her, the harder she pushes him away.
Olivia Hawthorne risks everything—her friendship with her telepathic sisters and even her life—to assume a new identity so she can serve aboard Vengeance. After suffering at the hands of rogue AIs, she should be wary of trusting one again, even her old friend. But when rogues raid Spire colonies, Vengeance and Liv must learn to overcome the fears shackling them to the past. Clara was confused when she encountered the sign outside the Cyborg breeding facility. She wanted a child and nothing would stand in her way.
Her heart was already on the line. Reid was the ultimate protector, the perfect bodyguard, his loyalty embedded in his DNA. The animal his creators chose for him was a favorite, a downright blessing, and an ongoing nightmare. He found the perfect reprieve after the Great Galactic War: Division Head of the last Cyborg breeding facility on Earth.
The empty halls offered more than silence—they offered him sanctuary. Twenty-three years ago, Azalyn Rippak Sulani had the misfortune of falling in love with a prince.
However, after a group of aliens kidnap her and knock her unconscious, Azalyn wakes up in the Kelderan palace and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart. Because of certain circumstances, she has no choice but to stay in the palace. Prince Keltor tro el Vallen is heir to the Kelderan throne and must put duty above all else. Social connections, especially those with love involved, are dangerous.
So when the only female who ever treated him as a man instead of a prince comes storming back into his life, it takes everything Keltor has to keep his distance and resist the lively, straightforward woman. As Keltor and Azalyn start to realize that they fit better together now than in the past, they face a bigger problem. Namely, if a prince marries a commoner, there could be war. Can they find a way to recapture their love and start over? Fast-talking, and as hard-as-nails as any sailor, she navigates the most dangerous solar roads in the universe.
Times are tough, but she gets the job done. The last thing she needs is a delay, but when she runs across a stranded sailor she has no choice. The law of the roads demands she rescue him… even if he is the last man in the universe she ever wanted to see again. The husband she fell for, but ran from before their wedding night…. Kelwin Sayeed is a super-soldier without a war and with money to burn. Humans were inferior and troublesome creatures, and unlike his fellow warriors, Moroco had no intention of ever mating one. Trust a female again?
Not when he knew how easily they could betray you. So why did he care so much about a certain prickly, irritating female who seemed to take great delight in rousing his temper? All she cared about was keeping her sister safe, and now that Sophie had found her mate, well, it was probably time to leave. If only to tell him exactly what she thought of him.
Jennifer Montgomery has never needed anyone in her life except her daughter. A single mom of a now eighteen year old, her entire life has revolved around Lila. But when Lila goes missing, Jennifer is devastated and determines to do whatever it takes to find her. She just never expected her search to lead her to the Terran Station and their bride program. Siril, Captain of the Herack, is revered on his world for his tireless pursuit of the space pirates infesting the galaxy.
The best of the best, as they say. But all the blood is starting to wear on him. There are only so many heads you can lop off before it grows old. Who would ever want a battered and broken old warrior like him? But Jennifer is fierce, sexy as hell, and he wants to make her his. Kinyi has trained her entire life to be the strongest, most lethal rider on Kladuu.
Tane spends his life running from the myth of the White Horn. In a desperate act of defiance, she became a mail order bride for an alien species. On Arkani, a peaceful planet, there might have been a chance to show her scientific skills. All bets were off when her spaceship was captured by the warriors of Milisaria and the king chose her as a mate.
Humans only interested him as allies in war. But, this one began to get under his skin. She withstood cruelty and pain in order to uphold her self-respect.
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In doing so, she gained his as well. He had far too many concubines already. He had her beaten and starved. Miah Dorsey spends her days slaving away for the Onyx Corporation. Her day goes from bad to worse when her transport ship is attacked and crashes on an alien planet. The only other survivor? An arrogant, imposing, emerald-green alien warrior. Beast is an extremely dangerous Zoran alpha warrior. The only thing he hates more than humans is humans who work for Onyx.
Until he meets Miah. Never before has he met a human like her. Her shapely curves drive him mad with lust, and her defiant attitude humors the growly warrior. With Mayor McCoy's assistance in closing down the school, Hermione reassured her that she'd get her commission, a sizable donation to her re-election campaign. With business completed, Sierra's phone began to light up with phone calls. That night Hermione and Hiram invited Archie up for dinner. Veronica explained that she's established a welcoming committee to welcome the incoming Southside transfers.
Archie pressed the closure of Southside being close to the SoDale project and assumed it's bad for business. Hiram corrected him, saying that drugs, gangs, and violence was in fact bad for business. Archie mentioned the St. Clairs, but Veronica told him that they were no longer investors. Hermione confirmed that they severed all ties with the family considering what had transpired between Nick and Cheryl ; they didn't even call them after the accident. This news gained Archie's attention and so he asked what happened. Hiram claimed to not know what happened, that he either had a car accident driving back to Vail or on the slopes.
Hermione reassured Archie that he'd recovered enough to be back at Greenwich Prep. The next day, Hermione and Hiram had another talk with Veronica after a tumultuous week of Southside and Northside integration. They've learned some news from Mr. She confessed that Reggie was just being Reggie, though gang ware, specifically the Serpent Jacket, had become a flashpoint.
She suggested that looking the part would help quell the tension between them and proposed a charitable donation to help out the "fashionably misguided". Considering their options, Hermione and Hiram accepted her proposal. The topic of discussion - the students who had been transferred to Riverdale High a week ago. While they were fine, their parents were in Mayor McCoy's office everyday to demand that she reopen Southside High. Which is why Hermione, Hiram and Fred had discussed how their new neighborhood could use something positive to focus on.
Sponsored by Lodge Industries with Andrews Construction co-sponsoring. Mayor McCoy took this to mean that they wanted to make Pickens Day a commercial event for the SoDale , similar to their open house , though as Veronica disagreed. She pointed out that the open house was for investors while Pickens Day would be for North and Southsiders alike.
Two halves of a whole coming together. Mayor McCoy worried that trying to distract people with a party would backfire, resulting in violence. While the Southside Serpents had been laying low, they were wild cards and reasons for concern. Having prepared for just that scenario, Hermione, Hiram and Fred had offered to hire the Serpents as security for the event since FP had told Fred that the Serpents were looking for work.
Furthermore, the party would let the Southside know that they haven't been abandoned. The meeting was then brought to an abrupt as Archie returned home. A couple days had passed since her meeting at Fred's house when Hermione learned from Veronica that Sierra was acting cold towards her, almost as if Veronica was a bad seed who was out to corrupt Josie. In hearing this, Hermione surmised that Sierra wasn't comfortable with how involved in the family business Veronica had recently become. She likely feared that Veronica would tell Josie something that she shouldn't know.
Veronica insisted that she would never do anything that would compromise what they had planned, which Hermione knew to be true. In fact, should Sierra's coldness towards Veronica persist, Hermione would have a conversation with her. On Pickens Day morning, at the breakfast table, Hermione noticed that Veronica was upset. She assumed that it was in relation the conflict between to Archie and Hiram, but in actuality, it was about Josie.
The two of them got into a fight and Josie dropped out of their Pickens Day performance. With Sierra's coldness persisting, Hermione decided to take care of the situation. But Veronica asked that she not. Veronica recalled Hermione previously telling her that their family worked differently from others. So if Josie and Sierra didn't like the way they did business, that was on them. But the show must go on. With that, Veronica devised a plan to solve her dilemma.
Hermione greeted Sierra and Josie as they arrived at the Pickens Day celebration. She was surprised to see that they made it and sorry to hear that Josie wouldn't be performing with Veronica. Sierra explained that she had forbade Josie from performing following the publishing of Jughead 's article because of the possible dangers she could face while possibly encountering outraged townsfolk.
Hermione and Hiram watched from the crowd as Veronica and the Pussycats performed on stage. Half way through their performance, the Serpents marched into the park as a protest with duct-tape covering their mouths and signs that read 'honor this land' and 'sacred land'. With Sweet Pea and Fogarty at her side, Toni , who seemingly led the protest, stood in front of the stage to announce that they represented the dead and the silenced.
Pickens Day was a lie. General Pickens slaughtered the Uktena tribe, Toni's grandfather 's family. And the land in which they were standing on, would soon give way to a new Southside, which was stolen from them. While the Serpents couldn't bring them back, they could at the very least honor them.
Hoping to defuse the protest and resolve any conflict, Hiram got on stage to applaud the Serpents for standing up for justice, as well as the honor and legacy of the Uktena, who contribute to the rich tapestry that is Riverdale, that is the Southside and that will be SoDale. Its head had been removed and red paint covered the statue to simulate blood.
Since Hiram and Hermione were calling the shots, Sierra asked how they would like it to be handled. Hiram replied that the investigation of the missing head should be handled swiftly and with extreme prejudice given that the most likely suspects were the Serpents. At the Pembrooke , Hermione and Terry sized Veronica for her dress in preparation for her confirmation ceremony.
Later that day, a confirmation present from the St. Clairs arrived for Veronica, leaving her to question what would make them think that they had the right to send her a gift after everything that went down between them when they were in town. Hermione explained that it's what families that are in their line of business do.
Even when they're at war. They give gifts to show respect Or, in this case, to try and make amends for the events that had transpired. Whatever the gift is, Veronica wanted no parts of it, telling her mother to burn or regift it. As she was leaving, Hermione told her that Simone St. Clair called to follow up on this gift and that during that call, she said that Archie paid Nick an unfriendly visit. Hermione asked Veronica if this was true.
Admittedly, Sierra had misgivings about some of the decisions that Hermione and Hiram were making which was wrong and inappropriate. Given the stressful times, neither Veronica nor Hermione held any grudges. In fact, as proof of this, Veronica invited them both to her confirmation. Sierra graciously accepted as this made giving them their gift that much easier.
The aforementioned gift was Josie's offer to sing at Veronica's confirmation. While Veronica already had plans to sing herself, Hermione accepted Josie's offer for her so that they could perform a duet. The following night, all the women got together at the Pembrooke for girl-talk. Veronica told her family that her confession with Monsignor Murphy didn't offer much piece in mind.
Hoping to help, they shared their "things" which helped them get through the day and they advised Veronica to find her own. Tia then asked about Archie after seeing him a couple days before. Veronica told them that he was her boyfriend and that he would be attending the ceremony.
Archie was a local boy and he was as Hermione put it, "inocente", which is Spanish for innocent. The very next day, Hermione sat alongside Hiram and his mother as Veronica's confirmation ceremony commenced with her and Josie singing a duet of " Bitter Sweet Symphony " from the Cruel Intentions soundtrack. She watched proudly as Veronica was anointed and confirmed by Monsignor Murphy.
Afterward, during the post-ceremony celebration, Sierra told Hiram and Hermione that it was a beautiful service before handing them a deed. They were now the proud owners of what was previously Southside High. Later, the ladies took family photos together. As Veronica attempted to leave, Hermione pulled her back in for follow up pictures. That night, after the party, Veronica received one last gift. She opened it to discover the head of General Pickens' statue. Realizing that it was actually for her parents, she called them over to deal with the head that was wrapped neatly in a box.
Picking up from where the previous episode left off, Hermione, Hiram and Veronica sat around the table where the head of General Pickens' statue was placed. Hiram interpreted the delivery of the head as a deceleration of war. Hermione stated that they always knew that they would have to go to war eventually. But of course, there was another option. Veronica reminded them that at Spence, she was Secretary General of the Model UN, and before declaring war, they'd always try to negotiate a settlement. So if she could broker a detente between the Contras and the Sandinistas, then Hiram could surely de-escalate relations with the Southside Serpents.
This isn't high school, Hiram remarked. But as Veronica reminded him, cutting off the head of a statue was fairly immature. A remark that Hermione found humor in. Veronica offered to get them to the table while all he had to do is play nice. A couple days later, Hermione and Hiram got into a heated argument with Mayor McCoy over the Southside land development. As she exited the study, Sierra told them that she was fairly close to telling Jughead everything and that it would be a lot worse for them than it would be for her.
So they told Sierra they might have to announce their plans for Southside High , but she refused and demanded that they wait until after she's reelected. Should they proceed without her, she threatened to expose them. If this wasn't handled properly, the whole town would be out for their blood. However, if they got Sierra out of the Mayor's office, under a cloud of scandal, the damage she could do to them would be minimized.
They would go about doing that by revealing her affair with Sheriff Keller. The next day, Hermione and Hiram watched as Sierra resigned from office over a live broadcast. She claimed that seeing them through a triumphant Jubilee and the terrors of the Black Hood killings had taken a personal toll. So she had decided to step down as Mayor, to spend more time with her family and to return to her own legal career right in Riverdale.
Hermione and Hiram were surprised by Sierra's sudden decision to resign since they hadn't even made their play yet. Veronica told them that this was good news since now they don't have to. If they did, it would be cruel. Later that night, Hermione sent Andre to retrieve Archie following his admission to Hiram that the FBI had approached him three weeks ago to be an informant.
Hermione stood at the edge of a cliff, where down below was a long and deadly drop to the ocean. Archie approached her under the impression that he was meeting "the boss" i. Much to his surprise, the person who Andre identified as the boss was Hermione. It's their code of silence. It states there is no worse, no more cowardly crime than snitching. Archie assured her that he would never do anything to betray her family. Which he'd unknowingly proven to her in those last few weeks. She and Hiram, unbeknownst to Veronica, enlisted one of their closest associates to approach Archie and say that he was an FBI agent investigating Hiram.
Agent Adams isn't real. He worked for Hermione as one of her Capos. She asked him to apply a lot of pressure to Archie by threatening his father to see if he would crack. It was all a test, which Archie passed. With that, Hermione welcomed him to the family. Hermione and Hiram invited Fred and Archie over for dinner at the Pembrooke where Hermione, Hiram and Fred told stories from their youth when they apparently broke into Thornhill for a swim and stole the school's van.
However, according to Hermione, it wasn't her and Mary who stole the van for a joyride, rather it was Alice. She and Hiram then invited Fred into the study where they proposed that he run for Mayor. With the odds of Fred saying yes being at about , the next morning at the breakfast table, Hermione suggested that Veronica influence Archie into convincing Fred to run for Mayor. While reluctant, Veronica agreed to her parents' request. Hermione and Hiram watched Veronica get shut down by Archie as she called him the next day after doing some research.
Apparently, Fred needed 12, signatures before he could even run for Mayor. And so Veronica was thinking that the two of them could collect the signatures together. However, Archie blew her off, claiming that he had homework to do before hanging up. The following morning, Hermione learned from Veronica that while she was willing to do the family's bidding at school, Archie was off the table as she was afraid of losing him. He had become a pawn on their chessboard and it was hurting her relationship with him.
However, as Hermione explained, the women always walked the razor's edge. The men were the gangsters, but the molls, they used their wiles and cunning, such as a hand on an elbow or a whisper in an ear to manage things from behind the scenes. While this was the case for most, Veronica refused to take part. And so Hermione conceded. Hermione, Hiram and Veronica learned from Pop Tate that Jughead was asking questions about the ownership of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe , meaning that there was someone in their inner circle feeding him information.
However, the only people that knew about the secret purchasing of Pop's were the three of them and Archie, leaving them to believe that Archie was the mole. Although, Veronica confessed to telling Jughead about them secretly buying Pop's in order to get him off their trail. Hoping to throw him off, Veronica distracted Jughead with the smallest truth she could, or so she claimed. While Hiram was enraged, Hermione claimed it was quick thinking.
She agreed with Veronica's decision to feed Jughead a little bit of information in order to keep him from learning a lot more. Her gambit bought them the time that they needed for some preemptive damage control. The next day, the Lodges learned from warden Jeffries at Shankshaw prison that Jughead and FP paid a visit to an inmate, one of FP's well informed cronies. They suspected that the Jughead and FP had learned everything regarding Hiram's plans for the Southside, meaning that it was only a matter of time before it made the papers.
With their hands being forced, the Lodges called Fred and Archie over to inform them of the master plan before Jughead could break the story. They revealed that their plans for Riverdale entailed turning Southside High into a private, for profit prison. As for SoDale , it was intended to be housing for the employees of the prison. Unfortunately, Fred refused to support their plan. He called Archie over as they were preparing to leave. However, much to their surprise, Archie decided to stay as he wanted to hear their proposal out. Later that day, outside Town Hall , the Lodges held a press conference where they announced that Hermione would be running for Mayor.
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Hermione went on to give a brief campaign speech as the crowd applauded. Like many of you, I grew up in this town dreaming of a better tomorrow. For myself, for my family and for my friends. And now, for the future that you all so deserve. Riverdale is one of the most dynamic, resilient communities. We will need your trust. We will need your loyalty. After so much adversity, aren't we all ready for a taste of prosperity? Hermione sat down for an interview with Hal Cooper at the Pembrooke for their Register readers. She was kind enough to also allow Veronica and Kevin to sit-in.
When Hal asked why she chose to run for Mayor of Riverdale , Hermione explained that she hoped to fix the yearly decrease in population and business closings. That is why Lodge Industries had secured a bid for a maximum security prison on the Southside. That meant jobs, economic growth and stability. It'll give Riverdale its future back. After they discussed building the prison on the bones of Southside High and whether or not Veronica would be running for student council president at Riverdale High , Andy Cohen , a family friend, came to give his endorsement of Hermione.
One more step
Moving onto official business, the campaign wouldn't be easy, especially since they had to lead with her Hiram 's plans for the prison. Certain people would see them as the enemy. So after the endorsement, they needed to keep their heads down. Hermione and Hiram confronted Veronica the following morning after learning that she had punched Reggie Mantle in the face a school. Veronica apologized for stepping out of line, though she was suddenly determined to get Ethel Muggs ' father a job at the prison to make amends.
However, they refused to oblige her request and demanded that she keep her head buried in the sand, so to speak. He was hoping for a clean break, however, they would inevitably have to get their lawyers involved. The following evening, Hermione and Hiram discussed their contract with Fred and his lawyer, Mary , who had just returned to Riverdale per his request.
Mary claimed the contract was exploitative and that Fred should be immediately released and compensated. Hermione confronted Veronica as she walked through the front door from school after learning that Veronica had gone against her wishes to lay low by running for student council president. To make matters worse, there was a flyer going around school, exposing Veronica for all her lies. This was precisely why they asked that she keep a low profile. Veronica explained that she was out there every day, facing what they all had done.
And maybe, if she was their President, her friends would stop looking at her like she's just the daughter of criminals. Essentially, she needed something she could use as a shield against everything that was coming their way. Protection from everybody out there who hated them and was out for their blood. Hermione and Hiram attended the school hall meeting at Veronica 's school, where she and Archie squared off against Jughead , Betty , Reggie and Josie.
Afterward, Hermione and Hiram exchanged words with Fred and Mary in the halls as Archie and Veronica played peacemakers. All of Riverdale was buzzing about Fred's decision to run against Hermione for Mayor. When Mary pointed out that they were still waiting for Hiram to sign the papers to release Fred from his contract to Lodge Industries , Hermione countered that they were still waiting for Mary and Fred to sign the NDA that they had sent over.
In the lobby was Lenny Kowalski and Carl Martin. Two mob bosses who requested to speak with Hiram privately. A couple days later, Andre was attacked in the lobby of the Pembrooke. Archie managed to unmasked the hooded assailant. In doing so he discovered that Andre's attacker was Adams.
He had apparently double-crossed the Lodges. Adams then overpowered Archie and told him to tell Hiram to take Kowalski and Martin's deal. Archie relaid this message to the Lodges who weren't pleased with these latest developments. They concluded that Kowalski and Martin either offered Adams money or he sensed that they were weak and vulnerable. The message being sent was clear, either cut Kowalski and Martin in or suffer the consequences. With them being essentially unprotected, Archie offered to keep watch on the lobby.
However, that was only a short-term solution to a long-term problem which Hiram had no answer for. As for the time being, they would circle the wagon. Any campaigning that Hermione needed to do would be done from the Pembrooke and Veronica was only ever to be at home or school, and Archie was to see her to and fro. Later that week, Hermione, Hiram and Veronica arranged a surprise for Archie. They met him outside of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe with a brand new car that they had purchased for him.
Archie was shocked and couldn't except such an amazing gift but they insisted that he take it, especially since he would have to continue his duty of escorting Veronica to and from school. While Veronica started up the car, Hiram pulled Archie to the side to talk about their enemies and Archie blowing up their car as a short-term solution. At the Pembrooke , Hermione asked Hiram if Fred had a shot at winning the election. In their favor, he's essentially running on a platform of family values with none of his family by his side.
Luckily for them, Mary returned to Chicago. As for Archie , he and Fred have never been more distant, and Hiram planned to keep it that way. After learning from Veronica that Archie was hiding Firebird, the car they had bought him, in the Pembrooke garage out of fear of how Fred would react, Hiram told Hermione that he had come up with a wicked idea to further strain their relationship.
An idea that would later prove unsuccessful. Opening night of Carrie: The Musical, Hermione arrived at the play, greeting those in attendance as she passed out buttons for her campaign. The town gathers for Midge's funeral to pay respect. Cheryl sings a song in Midge's honor. She and the rest of the River Vixens are dressed in all-black cheerleader uniform.
Midge's death has seemingly taken a great toll on Riverdale, Mrs. Klump and Moose especially. Hermione stands alongside Hiram and Veronica as the service commences. At the Pembrooke the following day, Hermione announces that she will be going door-to-door to ensure the residents of Riverdale that Lodges are for safety first, unlike Sheriff Keller. Hiram and Hermione then look to Veronica for assistance in one particular objective involving Cheryl given that she and Veronica are friends and that Cheryl seemed particularly devastated over Midge's death.
However, Veronica wants no part of whatever schemes they're cooking up. Hermione pays Cheryl an unexpected visit at Thistlehouse. Cheryl invites her in nonetheless. Hermione claims that she was moved by Cheryl's speech at Midge's funeral. Cheryl replies that it came from the core of her bosom as it is an absolute travesty what happened to Midge. If only Riverdale had more competent law enforcement. Which brings Hermione to her point. She is right in the middle of writing an editorial calling for Sheriff Keller's head, and seeing Cheryl's passion in the subject, Hermione thought that maybe Cheryl would be willing to write an op-ed.
At the Pembrooke, Hermione and Hiram celebrate a small victory after she managed to recruit Cheryl herself. Veronica then gets a call from Nick St. Clair who has kidnapped Archie and is holding him for ransom. Unfortunately, they refuse to pay Archie's ransom because Hiram won't be cowing down to who he describes as being a teen terrorist. With that, Veronica decides to call the police, but Hermione and Hiram warn her against it. Clairs are a mob family with ties to the underworld. This entire time, Veronica was under the impression that they were only music producers.
Now that she knows the truth, involving the police puts themselves at risk. Which i likely why Nick was so brazen and not even bothering to hide his identity. They ask Veronica to be patient but she can't. Not with all the terrible things Nick could be doing to Archie, like cutting his ear off. When Veronica leaves the room, Hiram tells Hermione that Archie isn't their blood.
If they pay his ransom, it shows that they're vulnerable. And if that happens, Veronica will be targeted. Hermione and Hiram return home to find Veronica standing over a large sum of money. Veronica explains it's ransom money from when she turned the tables on Nick and held him for ransom instead. Hiram tells Veronica that he was dealing with it, but the thing is that the St. Clairs hadn't heard a thing about Archie's kidnapping. But Veronica leaves that up to her father to explain to Archie. Hermione waits in the dinning room with all five of Veronica's suitors from the mob families.
Hermione informs Veronica that they've come to pay their respect. While she is eager to hear their proposals, Veronica has to get to school. Hermione isn't pleased with Veronica putting off such an important matter, but Veronica has her own way of doing things. Back at the Pembrooke, Hermione and Hiram discuss the Mayoral election. Hermione and Fred are neck-and-neck. And with the town divided over their prison, the debate is the single most important event of the election. While they already control the Sheriff Station and the Register, they need the mayor's office as well so that the prison can't be blocked.
Hiram's counting on Archie's Dark Circle to cause unrest within the community. If Fred can't control his own son, then he certainly can't control a town on the verge of sliding into chaos. Hermione and Hiram make their way over to the Andrews house after learning that Fred got a letter from the Black Hood. Prank or not, Hiram, Hermione and Archie want to cancel the debate, but Fred wants to go on. He asks if Sheriff Minetta can tighten security at Town Hall, which he can. Fred explains that the town is scared, but they need to show that they can't be cowed.
If Fred wants to do it, then so does Hermione. The night of the Mayoral debate has arrived. To Hermione's right stands Hiram and Veronica. Jumping right into the debate, fear and unrest rule the streets, so Alice asks how Hermione plans to restore safety to the town. Hermione claims that they're already making strides. Not one week on the job, and he's supposedly apprehended Midge Klump's murderer. Fred argues that they don't actually know that Fangs is the killer. He makes a point to not call for blood until they've had a trial.
Regarding his comment about calling for blood, Hermione enlightens him about the Dark Circle, who she refers to as a dangerous, radical group that traffics in terror, violence and street warfare. This group, she points out, was started by Archie. Hermione adds that they can't trust Fred to run a town when he can't even keep his own house in order. Veronica then spots the Black Hood on the balcony with a rifle. The Lodges return to the Pembrooke. Hermione is shaken up. She can hardly hold her glass still. Hermione insists that she's fine however.
Veronica understands that she wants to be strong for the campaign, but if tonight was any indication of what's to come, then maybe she should drop put of the race. Hiram refuses to allow that to happen. They've worked too hard on their plans. They can't quit when they're so close. Veronica reminds him that they were shot at, but Hermione agrees with Hiram that the plan must move forward.
The campaign is bigger than her. She assures Veronica that she'll be fine. Veronica explains that Hiram is willing to put Hermione's life at risk all for his plan. Hiram demands respect from Veronica, but she questions where was her respect when he asked her to entertain the sons of his enemies or the respect that he showed her when she explained that she worked everything out with the casinos, only for him to brush her off. Regardless, Veronica's done the work and plans to go along with the casino plans on her own. Little does she know that Hiram has already put her the money that she got from Nick's ransom in a trust that she won't be able to touch until she's Hiram gets a call from Andre that he's picked Veronica up from the Andrews house and that he's bringing her directly home.
Now that Hermione and Hiram know that Veronica is safe, one of Minetta's deputy's will take Hermione over to the Register so that she can make her announcement. They're taking an huge gamble, which concerns Hermione as there will be no way of controlling what will follow. Hiram counters that chaos works in their favor. They have the pieces in place to restore safety and order when Fred doesn't. Andre will also keep watch over Veronica.
When Hiram says that he'll be out with another deputy, Hermione asks if he's keeping anything from her. He tells Hermione that now is not the time to start doubting him, before giving her a kiss.