A collection of stories by Mardi Ballou, Lyn Cash, Lexxie Couper, Alexis Fleming, Calista Fox and Rena Marks
Boy Toy by Rena Marks Nina has been taught to lessen emotional attachments. A necessary skill to have when a woman intends to stay single forever, with one goal in life-to train men as Boy Toys. A century-old curse haunts Tristan. For one month out of every year, his birth month, a woman who wears his birthstone pendant can control him sexually. He's grown to hate the women who hold the reins over his life. But Tristan falls hard for sexy divorcée Nina and knows she's the one for him. His only problem is to convince her of this. Until a new issue arises. His hated pendant falls into the hands of the woman he loves. Forever in Her Eyes by Calista Fox Rayne has spent centuries protecting the legendary peridot, "The Emerald of the Evening". It is a priceless antiquity that possesses the gift of immortality. But following a heartbreaking betrayal centuries ago, Rayne-an immortal since birth-has given up on finding her perfect match. Until she meets sexy, seductive Dyson. Dyson is more than just a broker of unique jewels. Priceless gems are his passion, but he's looking for something that goes beyond his ideal of "distinctive". The moment he lays eyes on Rayne, he knows he's found a rare treasure. But Dyson has no idea how much Rayne is really worth... When an old adversary pursues Rayne, she knows the safety of The Emerald of the Evening is threatened. But Dyson just might be the one man who can keep her safe and inflame her desire. Is he worthy of the precious gift she has to offer? Ring of Seduction by Cash & Alexi Fleming Mellika's lusted after Zeb for some time now, mostly because of his exotic good looks. So when he pauses to admire her peridot ring at an Arabian Nights-themed party, she can't wait to find out what's under his genie costume. She's about to get more than she bargained for, though-Zeb is an actual djinni. As in the magic-making kind. Luckily for Mellika, her ring isn't the only thing holding Zeb's interest. The peridot may give them a special connection, but true passion can't be conjured by magic. Zeb is about to make all her wishes come true, and then she'll be a believer for good. Stone's Soul by Lexxie Couper When geologist Jordynn Harrison finds an unusual gem on the rim of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, she gets more than just a pretty stone to study. Touching the peridot makes her body burn-in more ways than one. The stone conjures her dream man, a Hawaiian warrior who fulfills her lustful fantasies with his hands, his lips, his tongue... Though Jordynn knows Kale is just a creation of her lonely psyche-how else can he know her every desire?-she lets him take her again and again. But as dreams and reality merge, Jordynn begins to wonder if perhaps her masterful lover is more than just a figment of her overworked imagination. Whatever Maura Wants by Mardi Ballou Maura wasn't expecting anything special for her birthday. So when she spots the enormous peridot lying on her coffee table, she's quite puzzled. But that stone is nothing compared to the present that shows up at her door. Antonio is a tall, smoldering hunk who seems to know her every wish and need-and how to fulfill them. Antonio arrives at Maura's doorstep on a mission-to recover a prized peridot. High-level demon that he is, he can't afford to piss off his boss. But although Antonio's the one with magic powers, Maura has him under her spell the second he walks through her door. Sure, he'll have no problem seducing her, but can he swipe the stone and escape with his heart intact?
March 2009 : USA Paperback