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Ex-government assassin turned bounty-hunter Nyx is good at solving other people’s problems. Her favorite problem-solving solution is punching people in the face. Then maybe chopping off some heads. Hey—it’s a living.
Nyx’s disreputable reputation has been well earned. After all, she’s trying to navigate an apocalyptic world full of giant bugs, contaminated deserts, scheming magicians, and a centuries-long war that’s consuming her future. Managing her ragtag squad of misfits has required a lot of morally-gray choices. Every new job is another day alive. Every new mission is another step toward changing a hellish future—but only if she can survive.
Apocalypse Nyx is the must-have collection of Kameron Hurley’s five newest Nyx adventures.
Source: @KameronHurley on Twitter
Apparently there’s a lesbian threesome.
Linnea Peterson’s life is perfect: perfect hair, perfect house, perfect job, and perfect(ish) boyfriend. She runs marathons, has wine nights with her friends from coven, and does everything you’d expect from a witch with intermittently useful powers in her mid-twenties. The few things in her life that aren’t perfect are just details, really.
But then her law firm hires someone who threatens to upend everything she thought she knew about herself. The more time she spends with Jack, the more Linnea comes to realize that perfect doesn’t cut it when it’s just a façade.
She doesn’t want something perfect, she wants something real.
Source: @E_Davis_Romance on Twitter
A lawyer witch!
Criminal Intentions: The Cardigans
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When a string of young queer men turn up dead in grisly murders, all signs point to the ex-boyfriend—but what should be an open-and-shut case is fraught with tension when BPD homicide detective Malcolm Khalaji joins up with a partner he never wanted. Rigid, ice-cold, and a stickler for the rules, Seong-Jae Yoon is a watchful presence whose obstinacy and unpredictability constantly remind Malcolm why he prefers to work alone. Seong-Jae may be stunningly attractive, a man who moves like a graceful, lethal bird of prey…but he’s as impossible to decipher as this case.
And if Malcolm doesn’t find the key to unravel both in time, another vulnerable young victim may end up dead.
Source: @Thisblackmagic on Twitter
Cole listed quite a bit of catnip for this one.
Love Spells for the End of the World
Leyton is pretty much your normal town. And I’m pretty much your normal twenty-something. Except that Leyton is populated by magical beings and I’m a witch.
Every year, for the month of October, Leyton opens its doors to the mortal world. They bring their money, their hokey human charm, and…they bring Him.
Elijah Thorne is a proper thorn in my side. And a world-renowned witch-hunter who, for some reason, is obsessed with the idea of hunting me. For years, we’ve been playing this game of cat and mouse and for years, I’ve managed to evade him.
But this year…Well, this year I accidentally knitted all of my anxieties into these enchanted scarves I was selling on Easy, one of them got back to an all-powerful warlock in the Fairy Dimension, and, as punishment, he’s going to bring about the end of the world on Halloween night.
So, the witch hunter and I have to team up with the rest of the town to stop him. Which would be easy if I could just, you know, stop falling in love with Eli long enough to finish the job.
Perfect for fans of Practical Magic, Halloweentown, and Hocus Pocus, this Halloween romance will have you under its spell!
Source: @WriterAlys on Twitter
A Halloween romance novella!