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The Gypsy Blessing: An Austen-Inspired Romance


Wendi Sotis - 2013
    For her exceptional kindness, Elizabeth is awarded a blessing, bestowed through gypsy magic. Forgetting the incident, Elizabeth thinks it merely odd when she begins to receive drawings in the mail with no return address—until she recognizes these same scenes as they become true events in her life. Through the blessing, circumstances bring Elizabeth and Jane Bennet to Ramsgate, where they meet Georgiana and Fitzwilliam Darcy, along with a charming young man named George Wickham. Will Elizabeth’s efforts to reshape future events alter her destiny?

Shoes: A Reluctant Fairy Tale


Elizabeth A. Reeves - 2014
     It’s pretty obvious if you think about it that it wasn’t a magical girdle that Aphrodite had. It was a pair of magic shoes. So where are those shoes now? Making the rounds with mortal women! Grace Gallagher would be the first to say she’s nothing special. Short, on the plump side, with a failing bookstore, she is the black sheep of her large family. More than anything she wants to live her own life, have an adventure, maybe even a little romance like in those books she hides from her parents. Then a strangely handsome man drops off a package at the shop, addressed to her. Inside are a pair of shoes.

Fairy Misguided


Elena Gray - 2019
    Honesty...not so much.Gwen Palmer's saucy mouth gets in the way of her heart's desire...thanks to her fairy godmother's mixup. Just when Gwen is about to trade her baker's hat for a nun's habit, she comes face to face with her cooking idol, Ethan Reynolds.Ethan isn't immune to Gwen's loose lips. Nor her quirkiness. And something about her smile tugs at his heart. Will he look beyond her outrageous remarks and see the truth inside? Or will Gwen lose her one chance at true love?

The Lost Lady


Amelia M. Brown - 2019
    Luveday is a researcher and spends most of her time behind a desk or a book. When she is transported to Anora, another world that resembles medieval England, she is at a loss, but she's smart enough to know that a woman on her own has little chances of survival and fewer rights. She finds herself rescued by a knight on his way home to Lander's Keep, and works to make herself indispensable to the castle and it's absent Lord, hoping that she won't be thrown out into the cold before she can find a way home. The King's Champion... Lord Iain De Lane returns home to find his ancestral castle, long neglected, has been transformed and a mysterious lady is responsible. His elderly Aunt, Lady Emmalyn and young Ellie, sing her praises, in fact the whole castle and village have nothing but good to say about her, but the last thing Iain needs is another woman in his life. Especially since, his fiancé, Lady Christabel, has taken up residence unexpectedly, and despite the improvements, they are both finding out that a court favorite is not the proper wife for a northern lord. Still, Iain is locked into a betrothal sanctioned by the King, and he needs the coin to keep his people fed. No matter how appealing Lady Luveday may seem in comparison, he could never choose the penniless noblewoman. As Luveday grows to be more to Iain and his people, it becomes clear that the Lord of the Keep has made a serious mistake in choosing a bride. When the wedding draws near, and the lines between Lord and Lady blur, will Iain follow his heart and marry her or will Luveday need to make a hard choice of her own, and leave the place she loves or risk becoming more than a lost lady, but a fallen one?

Highland Magic: The Complete Highland Historical Series


Kerrigan Byrne - 2017
    and that's a Berserker who's found one. The MacLachlan clan is cursed with an ancient bloodline, strong as ten men and violent as a leigon. Here are 9 stories of men who battle the beast within, and the woman who are strong enough to tame them.

The Arrangement


Christine Pope - 2017
     Jeremiah Wilcox's wife died cursing him and all the sons of his line. Struggling with his solitary existence, Jeremiah has spent the days since her death ensuring his family prospers…even while wishing for what he knows he'll never have.  When the enchanting, widowed Lorena Simms arrives in Flagstaff, Jeremiah finds he may have to reexamine everything he believes about the curse — and his own heart. But first he must convince Lorena that he will love her for who she truly is.  Can either of these cursed souls have a chance at true happiness?

A Pirate's Kiss (A Pirate's Kiss #1)


iluvdaisychain
    Circe's Father has always told her so. So when a mysterious shadowy figure with gold and silver eyes appears on her balcony and attemptes to steal her away the first thing that she wonders is why? Why does this mysterious stranger seem to know her more than she knows herself with just one look? Why does her Father pity Pirates? And why does she feel a strange pull towards the sea? Two years will go by before she finds the answers she is looking for, by then Circe is certain that the Pirate will have forgotten all about her and the promise he made and sealed, with a stolen kiss. Unfortunatly there is still one other thing she needs to learn. A Pirate never forgets. Join Circe on her journey for truth as she discovers a world of lands and beings that she never believed to exist. Will she find all the answers that she is looking for? Or is something dark and deadly coming her way, determined that she should never for fill her true destiny.Winner of the Adventure category and Best Hero in the Watty Awards 2011

Serena's Magic


Heather Graham - 1984
    From the moment he walked out of the forest and into her arms, Serena Loren knew they had met before, that this magnificent man had returned from the past to claim her again. Until she awoke to find herself alone, bereft-- and angry. Who was he? Where had he come from? Too soon she'd learn that Professor Justin O'Neill was a boarder in her own inn, The Golden Hawk, a psychologist researching witchcraft at its Salem source. How could they have known they were both spellbound, reliving passions generations old,sentenced to a tragic fate -- that could only be challenged and changed by love.

The King of Hearts (The Dark Kings Book 9)


Jovee Winters - 2020
    but you're wrong.The day Aphrodite learned of her pregnancy she received a prophecy from the Three Fates, that she would lose the love of her offspring to another. A woman. A mortal woman at that. Determined that that fate will never befall her Aphrodite will stop at nothing to make certain she ruins any chance of happiness for that vile human. There's only one problem, she's not quite sure yet who that woman is. But it's only a matter of time before she discovers her.Eros. The most beautiful winged male in all of Olympus. Loyal. Brave. And dim. At least that's how all of Olympus sees him. A mindless puppet who serves his mother's every whim, no questions asked. But that's not how Eros views himself. He believes that love is loving despite someone's flaws. And that if his mother demands something of him he must faithfully execute her wishes. But lately, his mother's behavior has grown increasingly wild and erratic. Her demands of him are beginning to make him uneasy. She's gotten colder through the years, crueler even. And now her sights are set on a princess from the land of men. She tells Eros to go and curse the female. And though he goes, this time her demands of him do not sit well in his gut. But when he finally spies the woman, he begins to question all that he believed. And starts to wonder if maybe there is more to his mother's madness than he knew.There is one on Olympus determined to thwart Aphrodite's efforts. He works in shadows and few could ever imagine just what a formidable foe he can be when he sets his mind to it. But he knows something about the mortal princess that no one else upon Olympus does. Psyche must be saved at all costs. Her fate is far greater than any of them could imagine...

First Fae-Bear Baby


Charlie Hart - 2019
    But I never was a rule follower. When I see a crazy-pants ad on a DF Forum from a supposed bear pack, looking for a woman to breed, I’m curious. And more than a little aroused. It’s not long before I find myself on the doorstep of a cabin with three burly men ready to claim me. It’s all fun and games until they shift. Then sh*t gets real. Turns out my mother warned me for a reason. I’m more than a rule-breaker - I’m a freaking Fairy Queen. Welcome to Diablo Falls, where the world of the supernatural is out in the open, and where fangs, fur, and magic are the norm. Join the authors of Bite Club and meet those who are experiencing paranormal firsts in our growly, filthy collection of thirteen steamy “First Time” short stories. Because we all know... you never forget your first.

Protect


Laura Wylde - 2019
     I dug a hole. A deep hole. Now I’m being targeted by a gang of ruthless harpies who are power-hungry, dangerous and wreaking havoc on NYC. When I met Sergeant Daniel Richards, he reveals a side of the city I never could have imagined existed - including the three other stunningly HOT protectors who stand by my side: Lenny: The rebel who wears his heart on his sleeve. Jack: Two words: Champagne and Chopin. Jamie: The type of person who behaved as though he has always known you. Social. Relaxed. They’re a very special unit of Phoenix shape-shifters and their responsibility is to keep the balance between Earth and the nether-world. Unfortunately, things couldn’t be further from.... The closer I get to my protectors, the more drawn to them I become. But now’s not the time to be thinking about that while the whole city goes to hell…. is it? A steamy shifter romance that will bring your body temperature up a notch and leave you wanting more.

Alpha Temptation: Sanmere Shifters Romance Collection


Lola Gabriel - 2020
    

Fated (Mystic Academy)


Ednah Walters - 2017
    She thinks it's the reason for the tragic accident that killed her parents when she was a child and has become an expert at hiding her gift from the world by age eighteen.  That is, until a soul reaper from Hel walks into her life.   From the moment they meet, Syn Shabaka pushes Lana's buttons. He is the first person she's ever met who is immune to her gift, and the first person to offer her a way to be with other gifted people like her. The offer tempts her, but fear that he will discover the truth about her adopted family keeps her from accepting.  Lana has already lost one set of parents, and she refuses to lose another. As sparks fly between the pair, Lana must decide what is important, keeping her family safe or finding her happiness.

Seduction (Fated Souls Book 3)


Elle Lincoln - 2020
    

Morna's Legacy: Box Set #2


Bethany Claire - 2015
    She falls for him quickly but, after a spell sends them back in time to the seventeenth century, Grace is forced to accept the amazing truth about the man she's just beginning to know and to re-think the life she had planned for herself. Will their love for one another be enough to make Grace stay in a time so different from her own - a decision that will alter the direction of her young son's life entirely? Or will she sacrifice a future with the man she loves to give her son a life of normalcy? In the end, she may just learn that the decision isn't hers to make. IN DUE TIME (A NOVELLA) - BOOK 4.5: For Jeffrey Oakes, life in the seventeenth century hasn't been the thrilling change of pace he hoped it would be. Among the Scottish countryside, with women so different from himself, he knows his chances of finding a woman are small. If only Morna could work her magic for him like she has done for so many others. Kathleen Carter's life is changing. With enough money now saved to fulfill her dream of restoring the castle she inherited, her job as housemaid is coming to an end. All she wants now is for moving day to arrive so that she can get to Scotland. Little does she know that a move isn't the only big change life has in store for her and that perhaps her dreams might include more than devoting her life to a big, empty castle. LOVE BEYOND COMPARE - BOOK 5: Jane Mitchell has many dreams for her life, but living in the seventeenth century was never one of them. Castle life doesn't suit her, and Jane takes work at the village inn to fill her time. One frigid evening, she takes in the most infuriating man, never suspecting for a moment that he could be the one her soul hungers for. Adwen MacChristy doesn't want to be laird of Cagair Castle. He would rather spend his days as a penniless wanderer than take on the responsibilities handed to him by his father. On his last night of freedom, Adwen stops at the inn near McMillan Castle and meets the only lass to ever deny his advances, bewitching him in an instant. Suddenly, he finds himself believing that responsibility might not mean a life spent in chains if he has a fiery lass like Jane by his side. LOVE BEYOND DREAMS - BOOK 6: Gillian Wright dreams of the same man every night - his kind eyes and gentle smile as familiar to her now as her own reflection. She looks forward to her nights spent with him, but when she starts to hear his voice in the winds around Cagair Castle, she can't help but wonder if he's more than a figment of her imagination. Only pain comes to him when he sleeps. His dreams give him glimpses of all he can't remember when awake. His name and memories are lost to him in a way that leaves him troubled and wanting. Then the opportunity for a new life places him in the path of a lass who seems to already know him. Could she be the key to helping him remember?