RECOMMENDED: Dark Prince is $1.99 at AMZ and .99 at BN, and is the first book in Feehan's very much amazing Carpathian series. $1.99 is a terrific price if you've never read it but Be Ye Warned: crack is within these pages. I reviewed this edition in 2011 and gave it a C+, but even though I could identify the problematic parts and disliked them, I couldn't stop reading.I've read it six-plus times and STILL the crack was working on me:
Dark Prince was the first of these types of books that I read, and I am still somewhat baffled as to why I find it so fascinating, even in a larger edition, in a hardcover, for the third or fourth time. I can only surmise that a book like this, something that was so new, so powerful and so different, even after it’s been imitated countless times, doesn’t diminish with time. The powerful innovation of the forerunner of a genre doesn’t lose it’s effect. At least, it doesn’t on me.
If you've never read the Carpathians, clear your schedule and enjoy the crack. The Carpathian series was a big favorite of mine, and one of the earliest entries I wrote for SBTB outlines the Carpathian Madness – the elements that are in every Carpathian story and I read them anyway because crack.
Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion. A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.
Mikhail Dubrinsky is the Prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness. Until the day a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning. From the moment they meet, Raven and Dubrinsky are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them.
But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers—Carpathian and human—build a future together? And how can Dubrinksy bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?
Awaken Me Darkly is $1.99, and is the first book in Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series. It features paranormal investigation and is a mix of science fiction, urban fantasy and thriller. The heroine is a dichotomy of strength and vulnerability that I thought was fascinating.
In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects — but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.
They are ice and fire.
The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction…and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs — and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.
Sweet Starfire was originally published in 1985 and is $1.99 at Amazon only. It's $4.99 at other vendors. If you've been curious about Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, this is one of her earliest books published under the Castle name. This is a paranormal science fiction futuristic novel with, according to reviews, a memorable hero at its heart.
Cidra lacks the telepathic skills of the Harmonic people. She will always be an outsider unless she discovers the secret that will allow her mind to commune with others. Teague Severance is the ultimate delivery man in the Stanza Nine system…he will deliver anything if the price is right.
Tough, mysterious and dangerously sexy, Teague is trouble in more ways than one but he has an honorable reputation for fulfilling a contract. Cidra takes the risk of hiring him to transport her to the rough outback of the Stanza Nine system. Teague is certain Cidra isn't his type.
He soon discovers that he is wrong. The passion that flares between them will put both of their lives in jeopardy.
Becoming Human is a self-published dystopian science fiction thriller – marked in some places as YA. It's .99c at most vendors, and caught my eye because of the many positive reviews.
Two worlds.Two species. One terrifying secret.
A dystopian Earth forces humans to scour the galaxy for a new home. The discovery of another race on the new planet is disrupting efforts to relocate the entire population. The Indigenes, the race that occupies Exilon 5, must become human to protect their species from further harm.
A terrifying secret will change everything. In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied.
Having already begun a massive relocation programme, Bill Taggart is sent to monitor the Indigenes, the race that lives there. He is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. His surveillance focuses on the Indigene Stephen, who has risked his life to surface during the daytime.
Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human. But one woman holds a secret that threatens Bill’s and Stephen’s plans, an untruth that could rip apart the lives of those on both worlds.