Awakened

Belladonna Agency

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Harm no human. While the FBI tries to keep rogue vampires from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure—the stakes only get higher.
 
“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”—New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner
 
Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real—until the Bureau recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. Teamed up with her former lover, undercover sniper Nick Maltese, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her.
 
Nick’s hunting a different kind of enemy from what he was used to in Iraq. But what really throws him for a loop is seeing Barrett again. As desires from the past resurface, Nick finds he wants her more than ever. Together the hunt begins—and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.

Praise for Awakened
 
“Barrett and Nick’s electrifying chemistry, coupled with a clever and intricate plot, makes this one amazing read.”RT Book Reviews

“A nifty romantic suspense to sink your teeth into.”Fresh Fiction

“One for re-reading and keeper files.”—Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews

“Virna DePaul did an amazing job.”—Smitten with Reading
 
“I am more than satisfied. Between the great character and good plot, a paranormal romance fan couldn’t do any better.”—The Jeep Diva


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Publisher
Bantam
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Published on
Jul 1, 2014
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9780345542489
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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High finance and a sizzling office affair raise desire and passion to the boiling point in Virna DePaul’s seductive new contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, and Molly O’Keefe.
 
Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, supporting not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.
 
Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.
 
In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.

Praise for Filthy Rich
 
“With a wonderfully seductive story—not to mention an absolutely delicious hero—Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul is an absolute must read!”—New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner

“DePaul spins a familiar romantic setup into a web of seductive intrigue and sizzling romance in her latest contemporary love story, set against the skyscrapers of Manhattan. . . . The twists and turns of the fast-paced plot are delightful, and the book is filled with page-scorching heat. The dominant, rich hero and strong, capable heroine break away from stereotypes in a subtle yet definite manner, making their story entirely believable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Filthy Rich boasts a detailed mystery plot and hot love scenes that scorch the page. The smart, honorable hero and heroine are supported by a strong secondary cast of characters who add depth and warmth to an already solid story.”—BookPage

“The story starts off strong with great flirtation and sexual tension.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Filthy Rich is definitely a good choice. It will keep you entertained and get your lady bits tingling. It will leave you feeling satisfied. So don’t miss out on Cara and Brendan—their adventure was fun and I absolutely suggest you read their book.”—Maine Book Mama
 
“I liked the story. You don’t see many romance storylines that deal with Wall Street, so I was all over this one.”—Cocktails and Books
 
“Filthy Rich combines intense passion with intrigue and danger in a fast-paced and enjoyable story with surprising twists and turns. Ms. DePaul does a great job of building up the tension.”—The Sassy Bookster

 “I love it when I think I have guessed who did what and then, boom, plot twist! LOL! This story will suck you in and leave you begging for more.”—Wicked Women Book Blog


From the Paperback edition.
Welcome to a mesmerizing paranormal romance series in which vampires secretly coexist among humans, known only to the FBI. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are those who refuse to play by the rules.
 
“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom
 
Ty Duncan’s singular mission is to bring rogue vampires to justice. Working for the Bureau’s newly formed shadow agency, Ty must recruit Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights his hunger for Ana, whose vulnerability makes him want to claim and protect her.
 
Ana has no choice but to trust the captivating stranger who tells her he knows the whereabouts of her sister. Unfortunately, Ty also awakens her deepest desires. But as their dance of seduction leaves Ana bare and aching for more, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.
 
In this thrilling underworld, temptation rules the night—and the stakes are nothing less than life-changing.

Praise for Turned
 
“Plenty of action, an intriguing plot, a crisp narrative and stellar pacing pulls the reader into the story and keeps the pages turning.”—RT Book Reviews

“DePaul’s first Belladonna Agency paranormal will appeal to readers who like their vampires sexy [and] their heroines spunky.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner

“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero that’s to die for.”—Bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd
 
“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom

“With Turned, Virna DePaul delivers a sexy and exciting new take on the vampire novel, one that comes complete with a kick-ass heroine and a to-die-for hero. I can’t wait for the sequel!”—Tracy Wolff, bestselling author of Ruined

“Turned is intense, intricate, and insomnia inducing (plan to stay up way too late!). Virna DePaul puts the awesome in the awesomesauce of paranormal romance.”—Joyce Lamb, curator, USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“The chemistry between the two was great and made for some very sexy scenes.”—Fresh Fiction

“This book has everything you could want and so, so much more!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“Turned is an intriguing story with flawed characters who I connected with immediately. Fans of paranormal romance rejoice, here’s a compelling new series to sink your teeth into.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Strong characters and great writing . . . Virna DePaul will have you coming back for more!”—Booked and Loaded


From the Paperback edition.
Welcome to a mesmerizing paranormal romance series in which vampires secretly coexist among humans, known only to the FBI. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are those who refuse to play by the rules.
 
“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom
 
Ty Duncan’s singular mission is to bring rogue vampires to justice. Working for the Bureau’s newly formed shadow agency, Ty must recruit Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights his hunger for Ana, whose vulnerability makes him want to claim and protect her.
 
Ana has no choice but to trust the captivating stranger who tells her he knows the whereabouts of her sister. Unfortunately, Ty also awakens her deepest desires. But as their dance of seduction leaves Ana bare and aching for more, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.
 
In this thrilling underworld, temptation rules the night—and the stakes are nothing less than life-changing.

Praise for Turned
 
“Plenty of action, an intriguing plot, a crisp narrative and stellar pacing pulls the reader into the story and keeps the pages turning.”—RT Book Reviews

“DePaul’s first Belladonna Agency paranormal will appeal to readers who like their vampires sexy [and] their heroines spunky.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner

“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero that’s to die for.”—Bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd
 
“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom

“With Turned, Virna DePaul delivers a sexy and exciting new take on the vampire novel, one that comes complete with a kick-ass heroine and a to-die-for hero. I can’t wait for the sequel!”—Tracy Wolff, bestselling author of Ruined

“Turned is intense, intricate, and insomnia inducing (plan to stay up way too late!). Virna DePaul puts the awesome in the awesomesauce of paranormal romance.”—Joyce Lamb, curator, USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“The chemistry between the two was great and made for some very sexy scenes.”—Fresh Fiction

“This book has everything you could want and so, so much more!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“Turned is an intriguing story with flawed characters who I connected with immediately. Fans of paranormal romance rejoice, here’s a compelling new series to sink your teeth into.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Strong characters and great writing . . . Virna DePaul will have you coming back for more!”—Booked and Loaded


From the Paperback edition.
Charmers, bad boys, and billionaires—oh my!

They say variety is the spice of life, and this hot and sexy trope-driven romance series proves that to be true. Follow this group of commitment-phobic bachelors as they each meet the women of their dreams and learn to pursue what matters most: love that lasts a lifetime.

This boxed set collection includes three full novels—Bedding the Wrong Brother, Bedding the Bad Boy, and Bedding the Billionaire—each with a sexy and deeply moving romance inside.
 
In Bedding the Wrong Brother, Melina enlists her childhood friend Max to tutor her in the art of passion. But she’s in for a surprise when Max’s twin brother, Rhys, steps up to the challenge…
 
When Grace decides to conduct interviews for a baby daddy, she never dreams Bedding the Bad Boy Max will step to the front of the line. First, however, he’s determined to give her the mind-blowing orgasm that has been eluding her…
 
Lucy has one goal—get guardianship of her orphaned niece. Billionaire Jamie offers to help her by playing the part of her fiancé, but the game spirals out of control when love enters the picture in Bedding the Billionaire.
 
This collection of fast-paced, romantic, and sexy stories will brighten your day and make you smile long after you turn the last page.
 
Indulge in these swoon-worthy romances that prove even the most dedicated bachelor can change his tune when it comes to true love.
 
"I really enjoyed every minute of this book. Simply couldn't put it down! Can I have a Rhys of my own? " ★★★★★ from Ashleigh Parkers
 
"I really liked this book! I loved the story line and the writing grabbed my attention from the very first chapter.” ★★★★★ from Madison T. Edwards
 
"Absolutely LOVE this series. I can't wait to start the next one. After I read the first one, I bought the rest in one fell swoop." ★★★★★ from Samantha

Book 1: Bedding the Wrong Brother
Book 2: Bedding the Bad Boy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Bedding the Best Friend
Book 5: Bedding the Biker Next Door
Book 6: Bedding the Bodyguard
Book 7: Bedding the Best Man
Book 8: Bedding the Boss
Book 9: Bedding the Baby Daddy
Book 10: Bedding the Friend with Benefits (Coming Soon)

In 1980s San Francisco, a mother searches for her missing daughter in this Nebula Award–nominated tale that is part fantasy, part mystery, and part love story.

Offering “a deft blend of the oldest of magicks in a dragon, and the newest of sorceries in computers” (Anne McCaffrey), this is the incomparable novel that garnered Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick Award nominations, and earned its author the John W. Campbell Best New Writer award—the “astonishing fantasy debut” of R. A. MacAvoy (Locus).
 
Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble—she just doesn’t know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact they've had for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her mother a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at the city’s most luxurious hotel. Yet, since Martha checked in, she still hasn’t been contacted by her daughter, and is feeling lonely, confused, and a little bit worried.
 
But Martha meets someone else at the hotel: Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who is drawn to Martha’s good character and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. They become close quickly, and he promises to help her find Elizabeth. Before he can solve the mystery, though, Martha herself disappears—and Mayland realizes that he’s in love with her.
 
Now, a man whose true nature and identity is unknown to those around him will embark on a potentially dangerous adventure in a city on the verge of exploding with its own sort of magic as technology spreads through the region that will become known as Silicon Valley. An elegant, delightful, and unusual novel that blends ancient myth with modern wizardry, Tea with the Black Dragon is “a small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background” (Booklist).
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