For my last Spotlight of 2021, I’m revisiting a handful of favorites from the past year.
Marie Johnston’s foray into contemporary romance with the Oil Kings lacks the good versus bad suspense of her other works, but it makes up for it in entertaining and only mildly angsty family drama.
I lost my job and got kicked out by my roommate, who happens to be my ex-husband, on the same day.
If I nail one interview, I can get my life back on track. I even get to fly on a private jet with my prospective boss’s dad Gentry King, a widowed oil company CEO. We’ll make one stop and once Mr. King’s business is done, we’ll continue on to Denver where I’ll hopefully land a high paying job that’ll keep me from moving back in with my parents. I’m not even thirty, I can’t go backwards in life.
Mr. King is unbelievably attractive and intimidating, but it’s a short flight and I never have to see him again after it’s done. Only we don’t make it to Denver. A snow storm strands us in Wyoming where the only hotel room available has one bed. Unlike me, Mr. King remains undaunted and continues to work remotely at the desk in the room, otherwise ignoring my existence. Until the power goes out and there’s nothing for us to do but get to know each other.
Between our age difference, his adult kids, and his former mother-in-law who’s still in control of the company, what happens in Wyoming might have to stay in Wyoming.
Seven time SFR Galaxy Award Winner, Veronica Scott, writes fabulous scfi action-adventure blended with classic romance. Within her Sectors SF Romance series, the Nebula Dream trilogy re-imagines the Titanic disaster in space with two follow up stories about the survivors.
Welcome to the story of the greatest interstellar cruise liner disaster of all time (“Titanic in Space” as the Galaxy Express Blog termed it), one small group of survivors and what befell them in later years, as told in three novels.
Wreck of the Nebula Dream
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory.
They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.
As a child, she survived the Wreck of the Nebula Dream. As an adult, she cannot move forward with her life until she faces the past. On the edge of burnout, bodyguard to a celebrity should be like a vacation . . . but someone doesn’t want the child to remember.
Each novel has been previously published on its own and all can be read as standalone tales. Although interrelated, each story is a standalone romance with an HEA.
Omegaverse stories are premised on societies wherein humans are divided into a dominance hierarchy of dominant “alphas”, neutral “betas”, and submissive “omegas”. *Wikipedia
Books in this subgenre are on the darker side and, as Alison Aimes demonstrates in her Ruthless Warlords series, ideal for blending with the popular ‘mafia’ romance trope.
He’s out for revenge. She’s out to escape. Neither intends to fall in love.
His instructions are simple: do not open the bag. To escape exile and enact revenge, crime boss Magnus Avitus agrees to play the part of errand boy. But when the volatile package he’s been tasked with delivering begins to squirm, he has to take a peek. He never expects to come face-to-face with her. Or to have everything inside him roar “mine.”
Her plans are simple: escape the bag and those intent on using her. But when omega Amora Rose’s prison is unpacked before she can free herself, she is claimed by ferocious, scarred warlord who makes her heart whisper “mine.”
Except she has a secret that’s about to send all their simple plans up in flames.
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