Must Read Author – Ophelia Bell
Animus (Sleeping Dragons Book One)
For Erika and her team of Ivy League-educated archaeologists, trekking through a hot, wet jungle and penetrating the depths of the elusive dragon temple they’ve been hunting is all in a day’s work. Little do they know that once inside, their minds and bodies will become immersed in centuries-old magic, the tantalizing effects of which they are powerless to resist.
In spite of her attempts to prove she still has control, the magic compels Erika to begin a series of rituals to revive the long-sleeping denizens within the temple. Uncertain what to expect, her desire wins out when she sets eyes on the figure she is meant to awaken—a red dragon bound in the form of a beautiful man frozen in jade but definitely ready for her attention.
Animus is the first episode in a series of six super steamy novellas that include all kinds of fun kinks involving shapeshifting mythical beasts who breathe magic smoke and have very long, prehensile tongues. It is intended for adult audiences.
It was just a simple job transfer interview, but it was far from simple.
After the most mind-blowing ‘interview’ of Melody’s life, she signs a contract with a gorgeous man named Skye, who she believes isn't really human. Neither is his assistant. The sweet, blond Garen is every bit as enticing as his boss. He's even more inhumanly gorgeous and just as hungry for what Melody has to offer.
And she's supposed to work for these two?
Within the first week, everything goes south when she finds herself falling for both elusive men and their otherworldly charms. In spite of the unconventionally intimate ‘position’ she now holds, Melody never considered the possibility of love. She rejected romance for most of her life, because love was her enemy. Love left her mother wanting and left Melody nothing but loneliness for two decades.
The realization that she has to choose between two men she loves beyond all understanding sends her running scared. She refuses to choose, but the only other option is to lose them both and risk even worse heartbreak. Will she follow her heart or lose it all?
Garen and Skye follow, too consumed by love to do anything but compromise for Melody's sake. They forsake their own complicated romance in Melody’s favor, believing only one of them can have her, but she is the one who is burdened with the final choice.
Once in their embrace, she makes her choice—the choice Fate intended all along.
Publisher's Note: Dragon's Melody is a standalone novel set in Ophelia Bell's Sleeping Dragons world.
Night Fire (Rising Dragons Book One)
Rowan grew up believing she was an outcast, but found her place in the world nonetheless. Or so she believed. Her unusual features attract a very unusual and attractive man when she's in a night club looking for a new sexual diversion. What she doesn't know is that this man knows more about her than she knows herself—he knows what kind of creature she really is. She falls in love with him in the process of opening her eyes to the world she really belongs in. But his love may not be enough to make her stay.
Dragon Betrayed (Immortal Dragons Prequel)
Every villain was once a hero in someone’s eyes. Nikhil was that hero to immortal dragon, Belah. The immortal blue dragon was a goddess to him and the most powerful creature he'd ever known, yet she needed something that only he could provide a woman so powerful.
Only Nikhil was strong enough to give her what she wanted most—bondage, pain, humiliation, and pleasure combined—whatever she desired to let her feel mortal, to relieve the burden of ultimate power from her, if only temporarily.
She needed him to take her to those dark places where pain and pleasure melded, and the sadistic military commander needed to take her there. He was too perfect for her, with his vicious mind and fearless heart. He gave her everything she asked for and more. But they were from different worlds and her world required a sacrifice she wasn’t willing to give.
Fate requires balance, and takes it regardless.
This is not a love story. This is how one woman’s reckless love and one man’s obsession might become the downfall of the entire dragon race.
Sometimes Fate doesn’t like happy endings, (she’s a bitch that way). But every unhappy ending can be a new beginning, and a chance at redemption.
Dragon Blues (Immortal Dragons Book One)
One of only six immortal dragons, Belah Blue seeks one more chance at love. Though wary of venturing into the world after a mistake she took millennia to recover from, she seizes the moment, leaving her sanctuary to find a worthy mate among one of the dragons’ three sister races.
Lukas and Iszak North have managed to stick to the fringes of the world for two hundred years. Plagued by regrets after their sister’s murder decades earlier, they finally hope to find happiness when a beautiful female dragon walks into their lives. Their race of falcon shifters mate for life—one look at Belah, and both North brothers know she’s their One.
But Belah has more than one dark secret, and her quest goes far beyond simply finding love. She’s lost so much, but so have the two men who can’t help but love her. Centuries of buried animosity blaze when they learn her secrets, threatening to ruin the first true love the three of them have found in several lifetimes.
When Belah’s past rears its ugly head, all three learn there is more at stake than love, and an even darker compromise to make if they want to keep the love they have.
Stonetree Trilogy (Black Mountain Bears Series One)
Emma Stonetree’s father is missing. Worse yet, her uncle’s gone too, leaving her and her two cousins, Jasper and Jade, floundering for an explanation.
All Emma can think of are their fathers’ stories—tall tales of magic, mystery, and a whole host of shifter races. Stories she might not have believed, if not for her own research into the matter—research that hardly prepares her for the trials of magic she and her cousins will endure as they set off that Midwinter’s night to discover their roots.
Nor does it prepare the three for what they find on the other side of the mystical portal their fathers disappeared into: the ursa, a fertility-focused race of bear shifters, with customs that defy their human sensibilities. Except the trio swiftly learn they aren’t really human either, and once inside the ursa Sanctuary, they are just as bound by ursa laws as the earth is bound by the seasons.
Emma and her cousins must make a choice: accept their legacies as ursa royalty, accept the love they find inside the sanctuary, or reject their passions and retreat to their safe, mundane lives, never to return to the realm they were meant to inherit.
Publisher's Note: The “Black Mountain Bears” series is a parallel story to the “Sleeping Dragons” series by Ophelia Bell. You can read them independently, but the story will be enriched by reading them both.
Author Bio: Ophelia Bell is the author of the super steamy bestselling Sleeping Dragons series. Ophelia loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories—women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom. Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
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