In this series by Aspen Mountain Press, each individual story is named for an alcoholic drink. Del Fantasma is a safe haven for all things paranormal with a little splash of human thrown in. The bar is run by Cody Warren, a matchmaking vampire who hasn’t been wrong yet, be it shapeshifter, demon, vampire, human, siren, or fae.
Multiple authors have contributed to this collection. The stories are listed by release date and are loosely related. They can be read in any order, however, as the characters are introduced and continued, mating bonds and events are sequential, it is recommended to read the stories in as close to published order as possible.
Texas Tea by Maura Anderson
Photographer Lara Saunders has a lifelong secret — she can see and hear ghosts. When she was rescued from a near drowning by the ghost of a lighthouse keeper, he set her on a mission to document historic lighthouses and the lives of their keepers so they were not forgotten. Now on her third book in the series, Lara has arrived in San Diego to document the Old Point Loma Lighthouse but hasn’t counted on becoming the target of Cody Warren, the matchmaking owner of the Del Fantasma bar. Or falling in love with a handsome Park Ranger whose secret is even more strange than her own.
Shayne’s careful when it comes to relationships, even those that last only a few hours. Leon’s disillusioned with life and haunted by his past. To complicate matters, he’s a shape-shifter.
Shayne’s looking for something out of the ordinary and he can’t say he hasn’t found it. Leon’s looking for company but Shayne’s not quite what he expected.
Screaming Orgasm by Michelle Hasker
Tara’s not looking for love, and will go to great lengths to avoid becoming intimate with a guy. Brandon is tired of taking no for an answer. He loves Tara, and when a mysterious stranger takes a very active interest in her, it’s time to stake his claim.
Sea Breeze by Jade Rivers
Serai, a sea siren, has one chance to leave the ocean’s depths and walk on land to find a mate. Failure means death.
Undertow by J M Snyder
Derek Meredith lost his lover, Tad Archer, in a boating accident. Four months later, anonymous phone calls lead him to the Del Fantasma bar, where he runs into an old friend named Kellen who has found what Derek has lost.
Both men are merrows, a mythical race of sea creatures. Kellen has loved Derek from childhood, but Derek’s heart led him to the shore. Tad was why he left the ocean behind, and Kellen never managed to move beyond that rejection.
Now Kellen offers Derek an “indecent proposal” ~ a night of passion for the return of his lover.
Black Wolf – Jade Buchanan
Adam Bates is in trouble. He’s virtually penniless, is being threatened by his landlord, and now he’s late for work at his new job. Expecting to be chastened by his boss, Adam doesn’t expect Cody to provide him with a protector instead. He definitely doesn’t expect his minder to be a big, bad wolf with attitude.
Marcus Black has just arrived at Del Fantasma after his latest black ops mission. He’s ready for some R and R, but Marcus won’t refuse Cody when he asks him to help a little tabby cat. When Adam is threatened by his landlord in front of Marcus, his alpha wolf won’t let him stand by and let it happen.
Adam is about to find strength in submission, and his own set of claws. Marcus is about to find the mate he’s been searching for in a deceptively small tabby. Now, if only they can hold on long enough to survive.
Silk Panties by Celia Kyle
Lisa Bradenton is breaking out of her shell. What better way to take a walk on the wild-one-night- stand-side than a visit to the infamous Del Fantasma? At the urging of her friends, Lisa goes to the bar with the hopes of finding a lover to take her mind off her ex-boyfriend. Soon after walking through the doors she’s overwhelmed by the sexy bartender who has a quick smile, sexy eyes and deep rumbling voice. He is definitely one-night stand material. Definitely.
Jonathan and his inner beast crave the sexy, sultry and curvy siren’s touch. A smile and good conversation aren’t enough for him. Even after he’s gotten her in his bed, he still craves everything about the seductress. Her looks reeled him in, but her uncertainty and open nature snare him forever. But after one night of bliss, she disappears. What the hell is he supposed to do now? Lisa is his mate and without her, he’s lost.
Latin Lover by Tina Bendoni
Grace Ridge is a waitress at Del Fantasma, and has recently moved to the late shift. She is trying to pay off debts her ex-boyfriend left her with when he skipped town. Debts both legal and illegal. When a mysterious vampire butts into her life, she is anxious to keep him out, but circumstances beyond her control drag him further in than she wanted. Once he is there, though, does she really want him to leave?
Riley’s Sparrow by Mary Winter
Exiled into the mortal world with one condition—not to use magic—Cheri Aerchere, fairy princess, knows she can’t live on the run forever. She’d used magic, broken the terms of her exile, and now, she has to pay the price.
In order to redeem himself for a night of passion he spent with Cheri, Riley Hawk knows what he has to do—bring her back to the Fae realms to face her punishment, then forget about her. In the world of Fae politics, his feelings are of no consequence.
But once he sees her again, their sexual attraction cannot be denied, and neither can their feelings for one another. Because Cheri has always belonged to Riley, and once he marks her as his mate, nothing, not even the Fae Court, can separate them. Now that he’s found her, it’s up to him to teach her how good it can be to fly…together.
Engaged to be married, full-figured Niccy had resigned herself to a lackluster marriage both in and out of bed. Just once, though, she wanted to experience passion the same way the heroine of one of her favorite books did…tied to the bedpost and pleasured by two men. But the two hottest men at Del Fantasma were already mated…to one another.
Seth doesn’t want to visit with another vampire, but his beloved wants to see Cody, and whatever Hannah wants, Hannah gets. Cody may have the answer to their grief, but while Hannah is optimistic, Seth’s moods are interfering with her plan. Then there’s the complication that the human who might well save them is a virgin.
Scott would never have dreamed he was pure of body, heart and soul, but then he had no cause to believe unicorns even existed until he reluctantly drove to Del Fantasma late one night to rescue his stranded brother, Bryan.
Jack may be a unicorn, but he’s he avoids virgins like the plague. The chances of meeting that special type of virgin is slim-to-none in bars like Del Fantasma and he delights in every opportunity to feed his own lusty appetites while he can. After all, a unicorn may be undeniably attracted to virgins but that doesn’t mean he has to be one himself.
Unfortunately for Jack’s plans, their bond is instantly formed when he meets Scott. Jack is now Scott’s to command. He just has to convince him what he is, something that sounds a lot easier than it is.
And Bryan? Well, it turns out that their meeting wasn’t entirely by chance. Bryan was instructed by a group of vampires to get the two together. Now that he has, can Jack and Scott discover the threat against them and save Bryan in time?
Mudslide by Selena Illyria
Pietro, future king of the demons is looking for a mate. He doesn’t expect to find her in mortal, Callisto Monroe. At first he wanted a fling but as be begins to bond with her, he ends up falling in love with her. He claims her as his mate and future queen of the demons. Will she accept what fate has now thrust upon her?
Callisto Monroe works a negotiator for the paranormal world. When she goes to a friend’s wedding and meets sexy as sin demon, Pietro, sparks fly. She agrees to spend the weekend with him. When she finds out he is the future king of the demons, their growing relationship takes on a whole new dimension. Will he be able to convince her to stay with him and rule by his side?
Can he convince her that they should be together despite the fact that she is mortal and he is a demon?
Winter Break by Dawn Montgomery
Christmas alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and for adult toy QA tech, Nicollete Snow a little non-silicone action at the Del Fantasma is just the ticket. Who shows up a little ticked off and delicious riding a sweet bike but Jack Frost, ready to cause a little mischief. What happens when Old Man Winter takes a holiday?
Scotch On the Rocks by Liadan Brodie
When Braeden and Matt are sent to bring a rogue wolf home, they have more than justice on their minds. They had been together for years before Elizabeth came into their lives. When Elizabeth is taken from them by a rogue member of their clan, they realize how much she’s come to mean to them.
Rescuing a child was not on their list of things to do but it brings them one step closer to saving Elizabeth .
With the help of a local panther clan, will they be able to bring down the wolf who has stolen their love and is threatening the panthers before it’s too late?
White Russian by Selena Illyria
Halfling Tuesday Dean never thought she would see her old lover, demon Gavriil Chimera again. When he comes back into her life wanting to be with her she has a choice to make, let the past influence her happiness or be with the man she loves.
Tiger Juice by Melisse Aires
Widow Letha flees a repressive religious community on the northern prairies, where she lived under the suspicion of having demon blood. Her journey ends in Vista Loma, CA at the Del Fantasma bar. Perhaps working for vampire Cody in a paranormal friendly bar will give her some answers regarding her psychic abilities.
Jagger comes from a tight knit clan of white tiger shifters, but he left the family entertainment business to run a contracting business. Hanging out at his friend Cody’s bar he’s waited on by the repressed widow. And, when Cody asks Jagger to take Letha home to keep her safe during the Storm of the Century, Jagger and Letha discover not all is as it seems when it comes to the paranormal.
Duck Fart by Jade Buchanan
Keith Malone is incredibly content. He loves coming around Del Fantasma… great food, great company, and a decent place to rest his soul when he needs it. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Cody lets him dust off his carpenter skills with the odd job here and there.
Bailey Mitchell is incredibly nervous. He’s come all this way to San Diego, following up on a chance encounter that happened months earlier, and now he doesn’t know what to do. One glance and it’s obvious Adam’s already taken. What’s a lonely Siamese shifter to do?
Drake McKale is incredibly grouchy. He’s sick and tired of every shifter he’s run across making fun of him. Hey, duck’s have feelings too! So what if he’s smaller than everyone else? Spoiling for a fight he can actually win, he decides to pick on the shy, little kitty in the corner. Only, Drake never reckoned the diminutive cat would proposition him. Or that the big human in the corner would want in on the action.
One part burly human, one part shy Siamese shifter and one part twinky (and kinky) duck shifter… layer together and enjoy!