The Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the realm of Ephemera, corrupting people's souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater's plans. But she has been branded a rogue, and must stand alone against the encroaching entity.But she is not alone. In dreams, a call has traveled throughout Ephemera-"Heart's hope lies within Belladonna"-and reached Michael, a man with mysterious powers of his own.
Midwesterner Isabella Ariel Nickerson is just 18, visiting London with her cousin June, when she is invited to what she thinks will be the most fabulous costume party. The year is 1935, and Isabella, innocent, spirited, and trusting, is about to be taken from the world she knows and subjected to the whims of a cabal of wealthy aristocrats who answer to no laws but their own. But, looking forward to her party and utterly inexperienced in life, Isabella does not know how far men will go to satisfy desire. Or how far a woman must go to redeem her soul...Instead of dancing at a masked ball, Isabella will become the sacrificial lamb in a ritual of domination and submission known only to the noblemen who call themselves the members of the Club. Robbed of her freedom, identity, and dignity, the girl known as Isabella slowly disappears. In her place, a new woman is born. She calls herself Belladonna, and she lives for one purpose - revenge.Now, after an odyssey of escape, flight, and transformation, the bejeweled and utterly mysterious Belladonna will appear in swank 1950's Manhattan to create a spectacular nightclub. Always masked, as those who tormented her were, Belladonna will captivate both imaginations and hearts. No one outside her circle of loyal retainers guesses her true aim for becoming the toast of high society: She is waiting like a deadly spider for a member of the Club to walk into her web. And when he does, her exquisite plan for vengeance can finally begin...
"Great Reading of an OK Book"
Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That's why she's accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner - and romantic sparring partner - the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the comte has shredded Ophelia's last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party.
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.
In Suzanne Palmieri's thrilling novel The Witch of Belladonna Bay, Bronwyn is forced to return home to Magnolia Creek, Alabama - a place she hasn't been since her mother, Naomi, died 14 years earlier - and the troubled family she left behind. With her brother Patrick behind bars for the murder of her childhood friend and her eccentric father, Jackson, at wit's end with her 11-year-old niece, Byrd, Bronwyn finds herself back at her childhood home, the Big House, and surrounded by ancient Magnolia trees dripping with Spanish moss.
"Really loved this one"
Dumped by his lover, Harlie Rose ducks for cover into the Belladonna Arms, a seedy apartment building perched high on a hill in downtown San Diego. What he doesn't know is that the Belladonna Arms has a reputation for romance - and Harlie is about to become its next victim. Finding a job at a deli up the street, Harlie meets Milan, a gorgeous baker who is also suffering from a broken heart. The two men circle around each other, manning the barricades, both unwilling to open themselves up to love yet again.
"Love the story, less excited about narration"
Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist, and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden, but there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice.
Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real - until Belladonna recruited 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 is a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. She will be sold unless Barrett can find her first.
Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he's arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass' life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose - the only evidence that will prove he's innocent. So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose.
On the other side of Romania sits a cottage on the hill. An unexpected visitor stumbles upon the cottage occupied by its owner Maura Avram and her daughter Belladonna. The stranger falls for the daughter, quickly finding out that he has stumbled upon a nightmarish love affair.
A black Columbia professor punches a white woman during an argument about race. We talk about racism. The chimp attack lady shows her face on Oprah and we listen to the audio. A girl sneezes 12,000 times a day and can't stop. Model Mary Weiland stops by to promote her new book. Porn star Belladonna joins the show. And Big A stops by to say hi to Belladonna.
When Thomas Rose first spots the girl concealed in a ditch outside his rural village, she looks as drab as a lark, blending with the English countryside. Only her bright-red kerchief gives her away. Yet French Hélène, who goes by “Ling” - for the year is 1757, and England and France are at war - is no ordinary bird. She is tiny and agile, with huge dark eyes and hair as black as plums. Ling enchants Thomas with tales of the circus, where she danced atop Belladonna, a pure-white horse with a tail the color of barley. But the leader of the troupe has sold Belladonna....
Lady Danielle Hampton has really made a muck of her life. Not only is she guilty of entreating carnal fantasies, but her aunt has sold her into slavery to pay off the family's debts. Little does Danielle know the group she's been purchased to service aren't just Lords and Princes, they are the legends from which fairytales are wrought. Prince Gabriel LeFay is in search of his next mate. First he has to find a woman who is as uninhibited as his kind, the Fairefolk, and then he has to teach her the ways of a submissive. In Danielle he finds the woman of his dreams.
"This was different"
Eliza Dogood is a half-fae-maid coming into maturity and suffering all the growing pangs caused by this life-altering time. The one aspect she's finding harder and harder to cope with are the lurid fantasies. It's not uncommon for her kind, but having put herself on the shelf, Eliza faces a lonely future with only her naughty dreams to keep her warm at night. Until she meets him.
He'll bring out the best and worst in her. A pariah amongst London's elite, Julia Westchester has become the toast of Parisian society. She's stunning, well-versed, and in high demand. Little does she know the real reason she's garnered the attention of many a young man is that she's half paranormal and about to enter her first mating season.
Jenny Lofstrand has been abandoned by those who supposedly love her all her life. Now she's the personal assistant to a woman who'd drive the Devil to drink. Jenny knows she's the glue that holds her boss's life together. Even this nurturer has a limit though. The Veil is going to take her on a trip to twelfth-century Scotland and thrust her into the arms of her dream man. Iaen Kincaid has seen more than his fair share of life. The young laird of the clan Kincaid is either in a border war with his cousin to the north, or he's dealing with some problem within his land.
"The Highlander's Time"
Valkryean warrior Takawain Brishstalker has just attended her first Trollian mating ceremony - a wild and wicked experience where sex is as much a part of the ritual as the vows exchanged.
Three years past, Lady Victoria Cummings was the talk of the Season. Adored by her friends, the beloved only child of her doting father, and rumored to be wed to the most eligible bachelor in all England, Victoria's future looked bright indeed despite the secret she was an empath with telepathic tendencies. Her world crashed to bits the morning of her eighteenth birthday when her gifts went out of control.
His ultimatum is a sexual eye-opener for her. Wendy Williams was groomed from birth to be the perfect daughter and eventually become a trophy wife. Her parents' grand plan for her took a detour when Wendy met the man of her dreams, Elijah Dickens. He's hot and she's hot for another go across the mattress with him. Elijah Dickens, born from werewolves, is about to make his life mate realize he's the only wolf for her. With the help of his two friends, he leads her into the racy and erotic world of BDSM.
She's coming to his rescue. He's about to rock her world. Captain Avawain Morro understands one thing about earthlings - they are new to deep space travel and about as backward as they can be when it comes to intergalactic customs. When she's ordered to rescue the crew of a space station, she's surprised to discover the commander of the mission is as hot as hell and sends her mating hormones into the stratosphere. Commander Christian Anderson needs a woman. Years of being stuck in space have made him sex-crazed.