There’s something downright delicious about otherworldly bad boys with magical powers. These three novels feature heroes and heroines who are anything but the boy or girl next door.
Bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks launches a new paranormal series with How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days. This charming tale is set in a mythical world where handsome but dangerous Leofric of Benwick is Lord Protector of the Realm, nephew to the king and leader of the realm’s armies. Hit by lightning as a child, Leo carries its power within him and is routinely struck anew during storms. No one can physically touch him, for to do so would bring instant death. Citizens have dubbed him “The Beast” and are terrified of him.
When Leo is commanded by the evil king to marry the daughter of a duke, he knows he has no choice. But he never expected to fall in love with the beautiful, kind heiress. More importantly, he never expected she would miraculously withstand his touch. What Leo doesn’t know is that the woman he knows as Tatiana has magical powers of her own. Attraction sparks instantly between the two, but danger surrounds them, for their king plots to kill them both and sweep their wealth into his own coffers. The attempts on their lives multiply even as the connection between them blazes ever higher.
This novel is a delightful fairy tale for adults, complete with a lovely lady in a tower, the “Beast” who saves her, an evil villain, much danger and derring-do and lots of humor. Toss in a plot with several intriguing twists and it all adds up to a novel readers will love.
Television actress and author Sara Humphreys leads off a new series with Undiscovered. Private investigator Rena McHale grew up in foster homes and never knew her parents; she doesn’t know why she has the gift of finding lost people. Nor does she understand why she keeps having terrifying dreams of dragons and death. When a handsome stranger steps into her office and hires her to find his brother, however, Rena has a feeling he knows the answers to her questions.
Dragon shifter Zander Lorens needs Rena’s help to unlock the centuries-old curse that has trapped him in his human form and his twin brother in his dragon form. Zander never planned to fall in love with Rena, but the compelling attraction between them is irresistible. He knows he can’t claim her, however, for only she can become his brother’s mate and free them both. But there are dark forces at work, determined to keep Zander away from his brother, even if that means Rena’s death. When secrets are revealed and time runs out, will Zander save her, or will Rena’s dreams of death and dragons finally come true?
Imaginative and compelling, this interesting take on shapeshifters living among humans has lots of adventure, action and sexual tension.
THE DARK KINGS RETURN
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant returns to the world of the Dark Kings with Firestorm, the tenth novel in the popular series. Absent-minded archeologist Dr. Faith Reynolds is fascinated by an ancient dragon skeleton she has discovered in a cave on a remote island off Scotland. Speculation in the press is rampant, for dragons are, of course, fictional creatures. Her discovery interests more than humans, however, for the Dark Fae and the hidden Dragon Kings each want the skeleton. White Dragon shifter Dimitri is sworn to protect the secrets of the Dragons, and arrives at Faith’s island to destroy the skeleton. One glance at Faith, however, and he feels an attraction so strong that he begins to wonder if she might be that rare human who is unafraid of his dragon form.
Faith is fascinated by Dimitri and soon, her curiosity about the man evolves into passion. But Dimitri has secrets—so many secrets. When the Dark Fae arrive on the island, determined to claim the rare dragon skeleton and endangering everyone on the windswept, wild island, will Dimitri be able to keep Faith alive, his secrets safe and defeat the Dark Fae?
This rousing tale of adventure, thousand-year-old secrets, lust and love is vivid and intense. This is another excellent installment in this fan-favorite series.
Lois Dyer writes from her home in Port Orchard, Washington