Two years ago
Dr. Elizabeth DeMarco struggled to loosen the cord that bound her wrists. Overhead, the jungle canopy was too thick for moonlight to penetrate. Hot, damp darkness pressed down on her as she trekked deeper into the Amazon rainforest, away from camp, away from the other scientists and graduate students, away from help. Her eyes focused on the thin flashlight beams that illuminated the narrow trail.
"Move," one of her mercenary captors growled from behind her. He gave her a hard shove. She stumbled but managed to right herself before she face-planted on the muddy earth.
"My team will find me, you know. When I didn't return to camp, I'm sure they started a search and notified the police. Just let me go. Do you really want the attention my disappearance will bring to your boss's illegal logging enterprise?"
The man she'd labeled "pretty boy" just laughed. His dark, amused chuckle lifted the hair on Elizabeth's nape. "We do not fear the police, but it'd be quite inconvenient if they discovered our routes through the jungle."
She swallowed and tried a different tack. "Look, even if I did go to the police, which I wouldn't, you'd be long gone by the time anyone ever considered investigating. Think about it. I don't know your names. I can't produce any drugs. Kidnapping me is more trouble than it's worth."
He snorted. "Do not worry. The search for you will be short. Your body will be found quickly. Many bad things can happen to a woman alone in the jungle. There are predators everywhere."
Panic pounded in Elizabeth's chest as the threat hovered.
How the hell was she going to get out of this?
She shouldn't have wandered away from the expedition team. But, as usual, her excitement over the variety of plant species she'd collected had gotten the best of her good judgment. Maybe for the final time. Her chances weren't looking good.
Her gut clenched. She'd never see Logan again. And with the way they'd left things between them....
Regrets could wait. She studied her rugged band of captors. Thank God she'd sent her assistant back to unload the samples. If she hadn't, these mercenaries would have two hostages instead of one. Stumbling through the dark, she tugged at the knots binding her wrists. If only I could loosen the ropes.
She shook her face to dislodge a mosquito. How long had they been marching? From the thirst and the aches in her legs, it seemed like many hours. Elizabeth's eyes and ears strained, listening for the sound of help, searching for a chance to escape. Deep inside she knew she was on her own; well and truly trapped. Even if she managed to elude these mercenaries, she had no supplies, no navigational equipment. She'd never find her way back to the camp site. This deep in the Brazilian interior, she could wander the rainforest for days and never encounter another human being.
They entered a clearing. Moonlight burst through the trees, and the mercenaries stopped.
She felt the man behind her step forward, press against her. "We camp here for the night. After we set up camp we have some fun. Yes?"
"Never." Bravado aside, Elizabeth's insides turned icy. They both knew there wasn't much she could do to prevent the men from doing whatever they wanted to her. Eleven to one weren't good odds. "I'd rather die."
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral
He wasn’t supposed to choose her…
Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.
She didn't dare wed him...
A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate’s gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control—until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.
Until evil threatens everything they hold dear…
When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys begins a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer’s formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.
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Someone is watching Jack and Chris from the shadows. What starts as a series of creepy encounters leads to deadly attacks.
Jack and Chris must set aside their differences and work together to survive a homicidal stalker. But can they survive their explosive connection?
The recluse billionaire of New York
Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.
So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money.
We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding.
I’m impatient and inexperienced.
The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets.
And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.
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As a collections demon, Zavier grants his “clients” one wish in exchange for their souls. His job sucks, but once you make a deal with Corporate South, they own you. The trouble is, Zavier’s not a very good collections demon, with his tendencies to spurn authority and find loopholes to help deserving clients out of their contracts. He’s under scrutiny from the head of his department, who would quite literally like to see him burn. He just needs to close a simple deal to get upper management off his back. Instead, he meets Ryan.
Ryan is desperately searching for a way to save his dying sister. He doesn’t believe in magic and demons, but he’s out of options. Zavier’s not what he expects in a demon, and even more unexpected is the strong sense of familiarity—very intimate familiarity.
While trying to free Ryan from his contract, Zavier discovers secrets unscrupulous even by South standards. Exposing them could cost Zavier everything, but it might be Ryan’s only hope.
I thought I would finally be free, finally get my life back.<br>But Balto has other plans for me. Now I'm his prisoner. He'll keep me and enjoy me as long as he wants.<br>Until Lucian gives him back the Skull Diamond.<br>I never want to return to Lucian again, not after being with a man like Balto. The only chance I have is to become more valuable than that diamond, to have Balto want me enough not to trade me back to Lucian.<br>But can I ever compete with a diamond worth billions?
Danny Reynolds thought Kieran McCade was the one—true love and hot lust forever—until Danny found out Kier’s bloody secret and ran away screaming. Months later, Danny is facing his own paranormal crisis, and he needs Kieran’s help, but are there enough ways to apologize for breaking a vampire’s heart?
Nothing about Danny’s transformation is normal—not the attack that led to it, and not the symptoms Danny’s plagued with—but being in close proximity to Kieran is even worse than becoming a thing that goes bump in the night. Danny and Kieran aren’t the only things threatening to bump each other off, though. Secret organizations and clashing vigilante agendas want to get their hands on Danny. His only hope is to find a fix for his problem before he’s either captured or his abnormal transition starves him to death.
Danny and Kieran might have a real chance to repair their broken romance... but only if they keep Danny alive!