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The Angel Wore Fangs (Deadly Angels 7)
by Sandra Hill
Once guilty of the deadly sin of gluttony, thousand-year-old Viking vampire angel Cnut Sigurdsson is now a lean, mean, vampire-devil fighting machine. His new side-job? No biggie: just ridding the world of a threat called ISIS while keeping the evil Lucipires (demon vampires) at bay. So when chef Andrea Stewart hires him to rescue her sister from a cult recruiting terrorists at a Montana dude ranch, vangel turns cowboy. Yeehaw!
The too-tempting mortal insists on accompanying him, surprising Cnut with her bravery at every turn. But with terrorists stalking the ranch in demonoid form, Cnut teletransports Andrea and himself out of danger—accidentally into the tenth-century Norselands. Suddenly, they have to find their way back to the future to save her family and the world . . . and to satisfy their insatiable attraction.
Avenger (Reaper Hawk 2)
by DJ Chamberlain
Betray a barbarian? Risk awakening the Avenger! Reaper Hawk has often been accused of having too little regard for other’s lives. When his friend is murdered, he’s prepared to show just what regard he has for the lives of those responsible. Avenging a fallen companion is never easy. This time it’s especially hard, because the assassin is a man protected by the power of fallen gods. Reaper not only has to find the assassin and discover how to kill him, he also has to find out who paid him to do the job and make them bleed. In order to get vengeance, he’ll have to go places no human should go and face monsters from the past. Reaper will put not just his honor on the line, but his life, his sanity, and his soul.
Blood Lust (The Sentinels 3)
by Alexandra Ivy
The Sentinel assassin, Bas, is facing the greatest challenge of his outcast existence. His young daughter, Molly, has been kidnapped. But her disappearance has brought the return of her mother, Myst, whom Bas has never forgotten–or forgiven.
Haunted by a vision that she’s destined to create a weapon that will destroy thousands, Myst was never impulsive–until she met the irresistibly handsome Bas. But with the Brotherhood, the enemy of the high-bloods hunting for her, Myst had to stay on the run, to keep her child, and the world, safe. Now, with the most important thing in both their lives at stake, she and Bas must embark on a treacherous journey to save Molly, to confront the truth of Myst’s fate–and to face their fierce desire for one another.
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld 12)
by Gena Showalter
Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.
Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.
But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.
Deliverance (Blood Inheritance Trilogy 3)
by Adrienne Monson
For three years, Leisha has worked hard to raise and keep Liam safe from the immortals’ clutches. But when Leisha is taken, 20-year-old Samantha is faced with an enormous burden. The immortals and vampires are closer than ever, and she can’t keep Liam safe while helping Leisha stay alive through their bond. Reluctantly, she turns to ex-boyfriend Nik for help, determined to keep her heart closed this time. In this epic finale to the Blood Inheritance Trilogy, the ultimate battle between vampires and immortals erupts as they discover Liam’s purpose as the prophecy child. But does his destiny truly bring both races together, or is there something much darker at work?
Force and Motion (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
by Jeffrey Lang
In 2367, Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the starship Phoenix ordered the destruction of a Cardassian warship and a supply vessel, killing more than six hundred crew members. Maxwell believed that the Cardassians were arming for a new attack on the Federation, and though history eventually proved he was probably correct, the Federation had no choice but to court martial and incarcerate him.
Almost twenty years have passed, and now Maxwell is a free man, working as a maintenance engineer on the private science station Robert Hooke, home to crackpots, fringe researchers, and, possibly, something much darker and deadlier. Maxwell’s former crewmate, Chief Miles O’Brien, and O’Brien’s colleague, Lieutenant Commander Nog, have come for a visit. Unfortunately, history has proven that whenever O’Brien and Nog leave Deep Space 9 together, unpredictable forces are set into motion
Fire at Sea (Beauty and the Beast 3)
by Nancy Holder
More determined than ever to focus on their hard-earned relationship, Vincent and Catherine attempt to celebrate their marriage with a romantic getaway, far from the city and the stresses of work, family, and anything else that could keep them apart. No cell phones, no guns, no beasting out—just each other. But when their tranquil cruise ship is transformed into a crime scene, there’s no escape, and Cat and Vincent are submerged in chaos. Can they bring down the threat before it brings down the ship?
Leviathan’s Blood (Children Trilogy 2)
by Ben Peek
At the end of The Godless, Mireea lay in ruins, the dead of the city had risen as ghosts, and the keepers Fo and Bau had been slain by Zaifyr.
The Mireeans have now fled to the city of Yeflam with the immortal Zaifyr in chains to barter for their safety. With the threat of war arriving at the Floating Cities, Zaifyr’s trial will become the center of political games. However, Zaifyr is intent on using his trial to begin a new war, a motive that many fear is an echo of the dangerous man he once was. Ayae, a young girl cursed with the gift of fire, sees a chance to learn more of her powers here in the floating city, but she is weighed down by her new responsibilities regarding the safety of the Mireean people.
Across the far ocean, exiled Baron Bueralan and cartographer Orlan have arrived in the city of Ooila with some chilling cargo: the soul of a dead man. As the two men are accepted into the city’s court, they are pulled ever deeper into the Queen’s web of lies and deceit. All the while, a rumor begins to spread of a man who has come ashore, whose seemingly innocent presence threatens them all.
The Pages of the Mind (The Uncharted Realms)
by Jeffe Kennedy
Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human…and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.
Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer–she’s a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne’s ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.
Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect.
Rebel (Vicky Peterwald 3)
by Mike Shepherd
Vicky Peterwald is no longer just the heir apparent to an imperial dynasty. She survived naval training and proved her mettle in combat to help the starving people of the ravaged world of St. Petersburg. Now, she is truly a Grand Duchess, leading a growing battle fleet in a rebellion against the tyranny of her stepmother, the Empress.
Determined to stop her spoiled stepdaughter’s betrayal from upsetting the balance of power within the Peterwald Empire, the Empress is leading her own armada to St. Petersburg, intent on killing Vicky and every soul on the planet that gave her refuge.
A Shadow in the Deep (The Shepherd 3)
by Anthony Pryor
Disaster strands Alex St. John — the Shepherd, wielder of a goddess’s mystic weapon — in a drowned world conquered by Tulxatash, a sentient ocean known as the Shadow in the Deep. Meanwhile Alex’s comrades face the very catastrophe that destroyed the world, and must ally with their greatest enemies to turn back the deluge and save their lost friend.
The Thief’s Daughter (The Kingfountain Series 2)
by Jeff Wheeler
Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childhood friend, the duke’s granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king’s machinations.
A pretender to Severn’s throne has vowed to seize the crown of Kingfountain. But Severn means to combat the threat by using Elysabeth as bait to snare the imposter—and forcing Owen, as a pawn in the dangerous charade, to choose between duty and devotion. With poisoners and spies circling ominously, and war looming on the horizon, Owen must make painful sacrifices to beat back the advancing shadows of death and disaster. Will Owen’s conflicted heart follow the king’s path or will he risk everything for love?
World Weavers (Desert Rising 3)
by Kelley Grant
It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.
But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.
In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged.
Byron Dunn is an AISFP contributor and a friend to werewolves. He enjoys cake, both the food and the band.