What could be better than mythical creatures, costume parties and kisses, just in time for Halloween? The three novels we’ve chosen to share with you this month will take you to New York City, Seattle, Toronto and Europe with lots of thrills, chills and romance along the way. Prepare to be enthralled.
KISSED BY POISON
Archangel’s Viper is the tenth novel in the wildly popular Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. Holly Chang was rescued from an insane archangel, but not before he turned Holly into a vampire against her will. She has spent the last few years learning to cope with her new reality, while under the protection of the Archangel of New York. But she’s a unique being, and no one truly knows her potential or what lives inside her. Only Venom, the vampire whose bite also carries poison like Holly’s, knows what terror stalks her dreams. When Venom and Holly investigate an attempt on her life, they stumble upon a secret from her past that no one anticipated.
Venom has always been drawn to Holly, but nothing prepared him for the explosion of lust and love that hits him when her life is threatened. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, but he knows she may have to die in order to save the world. How can either of them balance their need for each other against the sacrifice their honor may demand?
Singh is unparalleled in her ability to produce epic world building and riveting, unforgettable characters. Toss in intrigue, danger, affection and seduction, and readers are in for a rare treat.
THE BAD BOY AND THE BAKER
Marie Harte celebrates the spooky season with All I Want for Halloween. At 32, baker Sadie Liberato is done with the party and dating scene. She’s more than content to spend her evenings hanging out in sweatpants and watching Netflix. Unfortunately, her brother insists she attend a Halloween party and promote their fledgling catering business. Grumbling, Sadie dons a warrior princess costume and shows up. She hopes to make use of the evening to hook up with a masked stranger.
Soon-to-be ex-reality TV star Gear Blackstone is equally reluctant to attend the party but is contractually obligated to do so. The two meet and commiserate over drinks—and end up having a fast, steamy encounter in a dark corner. When Gear’s cheating ex-fiancée confronts Sadie afterward, their conversation quickly deteriorates, and Sadie punches the other woman. Gear is amused and determined to pursue the intriguing Sadie. When he barges into her quiet life and refuses to leave, Sadie is stunned. She can’t deny the attraction, though, and agrees to keep seeing Gear. But Sadie keeps insisting to her friends that seeing Gear isn’t a serious thing, and Gear keeps telling his family that hooking up with Sadie is just casual. Sadie’s busy coping with a booming bakery business, courtesy of her notoriety after punching Gear’s ex-fiancée, and Gear is facing life-changing business decisions. Will they ever take time to talk about the “l” word and what it means for their future together?
This book is so much fun it ought to be illegal. The snarky, sassy and sexy pair are complemented by a story with lots of heart and enough plot twists to keep the reader engaged. Read with a fan and glass of ice water near at hand.
CENTURIES IN THE MAKING
Bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns readers to the world of the Argeneau family with Immortally Yours. Beautiful vampire Beth Argenis has known Scotty MacDonald for 125 years—and that’s exactly how long she’s had a crush on him. What she doesn’t know is that 800-year-old Scotty recognized Beth as his mate when they first met. He never told her because he felt she needed time to grow accustomed to the change from mortal to vampire. Or so he told himself. Now Beth is strong, mature and a powerful Rogue Hunter in her own right. When they’re paired to hunt rogue vampires, the passion between them blazes out of control. But is lust enough to overcome the emotional damage done to both Beth and Scotty in their mortal pasts? When Beth’s life is at risk, Scotty is faced with the very real possibility of losing her. Faced with betrayal, can the two survive and find a future together?
This novel features a steamy romance, lots of intriguing twists and a few surprises. The supporting cast is full of endearing characters that will make readers laugh out loud. If you enjoy sexy paranormal romance with humor, don’t miss this one.
Lois Dyer writes from her home in Port Orchard, Washington.