Brokenhearted aspiring chef Javi del Toro starts a promising new position at Nocturne, a high-end restaurant only open at night. He falls in love with everything about the job—except for Nocturne’s owner, the cold, disinterested Adrien Volt. Javi is determined to win Adrien’s approval but quickly realizes his goals may be about more than just professional validation from his boss.
Adrien Volt hides in plain sight as a member of Chicago’s vampire collective. He devotes himself fully to running his business and has little personal life to speak of. But then the new hire in his restaurant catches his eye, and Adrien is drawn to Javi’s unbridled passion and natural talent in the kitchen. When Adrien discovers something sinister is lurking in Javi’s past, he’s suddenly compelled to do everything in his power to keep Javi safe.
As Javi and Adrien stumble through their feelings and learn to trust each other, their lives clash and overlap in dangerous ways, forcing both human and vampire to decide what it will take for them to be together.
Twenty-something Ethan encounters a mysterious stranger in the arcade of the bowling alley where he works. Turns out the man is no human, but a demon named Pez, who enjoys vintage arcade games, breakfast food, and making Ethan’s head spin whenever he’s nearby. Even with Pez’s intricate tattoos and enchanting presence, demons are probably not great boyfriend material, right? So why can’t Ethan stay away, despite being warned that his involvement with Pez will bring destruction to the mortal plane?
As the creator of groundbreaking AI software, James “Cash” Pike lives and breathes bots. He prefers little about human company, having turned down the opportunity to helm his father’s trillion-dollar robotics company, Cygnus, in favor of working independent contracts from the seclusion of his Yosemite Valley compound.
When he receives a contract to perfect a companion bot prototype from an overseas company, Cash initially feels the job is beneath him, but after some convincing from his closest friend and Pike Tech’s CEO, Devin Salter, Cash begrudgingly accepts the six-month contract.
But there’s a catch. The project comes with a live-in assistant named Hiro Tanaka, who seems too perky and sugar-obsessed to know anything about bots. Then Cash finds out his new assistant graduated from the New York Robotics Institute at fifteen and seems to be intimately familiar with Cash’s AI software. As Cash realizes that working with someone on his level isn’t the end of the world, he begins to develop something for his assistant that speaks beyond codes and wires.
A bounty hunter and an outlaw witch make a dangerous journey across the western States to take revenge on a powerful clan of beastmen that betrayed them both.