A dryad is a tree nymph or tree spirit who are often tied to the very tree they spring from thus if the tree dies the dryad does as well. However, for the purpose of this list, I am counting heroes and heroines who are botanically based or have botanical powers.
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My lists are never in any particular order.
1. Garden by Viola Grace
Garden has been called in on a rescue and she carries it out without any second thoughts. With her weapons all in the biological range and her body the pinnacle of genetic manipulation, she is ready for anything.
Mercury is a Guardian mistaken for a robot on a planet that fears technology. Pinned in place and not wanting to hurt the locals, he waits for a rescue and is shocked to find it in the purple-haired woman with the twinkling eyes.
Together, they face attacks and decide that their destiny is worth pursuing. Together.
2. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .
3. Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell
A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie's Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn't experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn't long before craving gives in to need.
In a unique community of supernaturals, tree-loving outcast Amara Schwedler has never quite fit in. She's scarred by a traumatic incident and feared by the local townsfolk. She's convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she's not one of the O-positive set, and can't believe it when Parker finds her irresistible.
When the witch who's been plaguing Parker's life discovers the newfound attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie's Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch?
4. Remedy Maker by Sheri Fredricks
Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.
He's the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder have broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the Boronda forest.
Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.
Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn't push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.
When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.
Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?
5. The Duke and the Dryad by Elizabeth Rose
uke Odwolfe of Manterra is known to his friends as Wolfe, and to his enemies as Duke the Destroyer. When his prized bull goes missing, he sets out to find it. It has been stolen for a sacrifice by the druids who are conducting their pagan ritual in the forest, within the circle of standing stones. And when he finds he is too late to save his animal, he demands one of them come to his castle as his servant in exchange for his loss.
Rae-Nyst is an elemental of the earth, better known as a dryad. She has both fae as well as human blood running through her veins. She gets her power from the earth, however, fire can kill her. And when the Duke of Manterra decides to take her in exchange for his bull, she finds herself not able to fight him, as her power is draining quickly by the flaming torch he keeps waving in her face.
Can a man who believes in nothing but war and destruction accept the exotic fae girl who honors all life instead of death? Or will she have to give up the ways of her nearly extinct kind in order to be with the man who has stolen her heart? Passion and fury rage in an epic adventure as two headstrong people find themselves faced with a dilemma that could either kill them or bring them closer together in The Duke and the Dryad.
6. The Dryads' Tower by Judy Mays
or twenty long years, no druid has inhabited the tower in the dryad's valley, leaving them vulnerable to humans who'd cut down their trees. Finally, though, a mage who can protect their sacred grove has arrived seeking the magical knowledge the tower contains.
Navaar isn't a druid but they've waited long enough. No children have been born to them in too long because a dryad's tree consort, after all, cannot sire her children. A human male is needed for that. The mage Navaar is perfect, for the night they captured and seduced him, three of the dryads became pregnant. Yes, Navaar is a worthy successor to the druid who left them so long ago.
But then Navaar rescues a druidess from a Blood mage who'd wanted the tower for himself. Dylana, daughter of the druid who'd last inhabited the tower and a dryad mother, has returned to the place of her birth; and she wants the tower for herself, and no man, even if he is a powerful -- and enticing -- sex mage, is going to keep her from claiming it.
7. Free Spirit by JennaKay Francis
Diesa de Tyronmen escapes from a brutal master only to be sold to an elf. Though mesmerized by his beauty, Diesa struggles for both her freedom and her growing love for the elf. Unwittingly, Diesa learns that she was bought only to win a wager, and she realizes her mother's words were right: An elf will claim your heart with his words, your soul with his touch.
8. Sinful Sundaes 4 by Leanne Strange
Sundae: Sprinkles & Hot Hunks, Laurance went into Sins for a specialty banana split, he didn't expect to get a helping of trouble from Dina.--Mondae: Munchies & Hot Monsters, A witch doctor attends the Mad Scientists Bash, and unearths monstrous passions in the most improbable place.--Thursdae: Things & Hot Taffy (Part 1), Taffy & Manny work hand in hand to help each other solve problems, but fingers do the walking in the realm of love.--Wednesdae: Wizards & Hot Wings, When Willa, an estranged angel with hot red wings, meets ghostly wizard Synkor, strange sensations happen.--Tuesdae : Taffy & Hot Things, (Part 2), Things get even hotter as Manny and Taffy unearth clues that lead to surprising results.--Fridae: Furies & Hot Flambé, Some one put a misfortune hex on Logan. The only one who can remove it is the Fury who's carrying out the hex!--Saturdae: Shifters & Hot Fudge, Adam Spellfire a demvir and Tristine Havoc, a witch, always feuded. Tris can't help but succumb to Adam's special hot fudge delights.
9. Big, Blooming & Wild by Eve Vaughn
Daria West has met the man of her dreams. Ethan Granger is handsome, charming, and funny -- and the biggest plus -- he loves every inch of her voluptuous curves. Unfortunately, he forgot to mention, he’s a tree. And there are two of him. And Daria West is not a woman who likes being played.
Identical twins Ethan and Cole Granger have always done everything together -- including falling in love. They’ve searched for their perfect mates since they reached pollisexation. The problem is, they keep falling for the same woman. The perfect solution: a mate who falls for them both -- if they can just get past the shape-shifting tree thing… before she shreds them limb from limb.
10. Alice and the Green Man by Constance Sprague
Angry, and newly divorced, Alice Owens found solace in a beautiful garden she planted on the abandoned lot next to her tiny house in Falls Church, Virginia. But when a developer threatens to pave over her paradise, Alice has no way to stop the corporate bulldozer until a mysterious Green Man steps out of a tree and into her life. Fergus, one of the legendary immortal Green Men whose job it is to nurture and protect all green and growing things of Earth, offers to help Alice protect the garden. She is skeptical of the Green Man's claims, but unable to ignore the way her body and soul respond to his. As Alice and Fergus work together to prevent the destruction of the garden, the developer pushes ahead with his agenda. While Alice’s teenage sons take opposite sides in the conflict, her ex-husband schemes to put an end to her garden and her new romance in the hope of winning her back. But when the Green Man casts a magical Web of Protection to shield the garden, a firestorm of media attention rages out of control, and Alice must risk losing everything she holds dear to save the one man she can’t keep
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