As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
REBEL AND THE ROGUE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM BOOK 19) by Grace Goodwin
Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body. Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.
Ivy Birkeland’s entire ReCon unit was annihilated as a result of Quell, a mind-altering drug the pirates of Rogue 5 are known to distribute. A rebel to her core, her heart still broke when she was forced to walk away from her life as a Coalition fighter. Now she hunts a bounty that will allow her to catch the criminals selling Quell and avenge her dead friends. Free of the Coalition Fleet’s strict regulations, she makes a deal with an unknown Rogue 5 operative to gain access to his home planet and travels to Transport Station Zenith to meet him.
When Ivy’s smoking hot, one-night-stand turns out to be her Rogue 5 contact, every carefully-laid plan she’s made goes to hell. Because when a rebel and a rogue are forced to work together, sparks will fly. They don’t need the criminals to kill them, they just might finish each other…if they don’t fall in love first.
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STRANGE LOVE (GALACTIC LOVE BOOK 1) by Ann Aguirre
He’s awkward. He’s adorable. He’s alien as hell. Zylar of Kith B’alak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he’ll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This ‘human being’ is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.
She’s frazzled. She’s fierce. She’s from St. Louis. Beryl Bowman’s mother always said she’d never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.
They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.
SWEEP WITH ME (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Ilona andrews
VS Note: I LOVE love love this series. Had this pre-ordered.
A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]
Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone. All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?
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WHEN SHE’S MARRIED: A SCIFI ALIEN ROMANCE NOVELLA by Ruby Dixon
Escaped convict Vordigar has been hiding out on Risda III. When he’s scooped up by law enforcement, he has two choices – he can be shipped back to the Haven prison system, or he can marry one of the locals. Piper is from an alien race called ‘humans’ and she needs a mate to help her protect her farm from aggressive neighbors.
Vordigar’s not interested in forever. Or marrying. Or settling down. He’ll go along with Piper’s plans just until he can get off planet…or so he thinks. Because one night in Piper’s bed changes everything.
NAVAT (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 17) by Elin Wyn
Navat may have to work with the the human woman assigned to help his team.
But he doesn’t have to like her. Not her attitude. The soft curves of her lips.
Or her stormy eyes. Or the way his skin burns when they touch. Not the way the scent of her make him lose his mind whenever she’s near. Nope. Not a thing.
PARADISE (ZONE CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Jessica Marting
Petty sabotage knocks Matthias’s freighter off-course to an uncharted moon, but before he can right his ship, a distress call lures him to its hidden compound and the beautiful woman trapped there. Confined to a luxurious prison for years, enhanced until she’s a machine in a human body, Serena is desperate to escape, even if doing so could mean her death. But if she’s going to die anyway, she may as well really live while she still has the chance.
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FOX HUNT (SWAG STORIES BOOK 4) by Carysa Locke
VS Note: A re-release “expanded into a longer version and contains never before published content” per the author.
Teegan works a job no other Hunter wants – tracking down the Talented driven insane by their gifts. She and her bond-mate, Ember – a psychically gifted fox – have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. But when one of his most dangerous patients escapes, the Hunt may prove deadly for not only Teegan and Ember, but a whole planet’s population. Teegan prefers to work alone, but Cole is as stubborn as he is distracting. And distraction on this Hunt could make it her last.
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FOLLOWERS: A NOVEL by Megan Angelo
VS Note: Mixed reviews. Not a romance as far as I can tell (although it was released by Harlequin???). A release of note…
Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.
Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.
Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.
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THE SLAVES OF CORA by Rule Hardy
When Naaji, a strange-looking merchant’s slave, falls ill on the Trading Hall floor and a strong, mysterious stranger comes to his rescue, passions ignite. Naaji’s savior, Lu, is a powerful general and the planet’s most outspoken abolitionist. Despite their differences, their chemistry is undeniable. They have to be careful. If discovered, the affair would be scandalous!
It doesn’t matter that Naaji shouldn’t be on Cora. His ancestors, genetically engineered on Old Earth, won their freedom centuries before, and his people are now under the Guild’s protection. Few Corans would bother to concern themselves with the provenance of such an exotic slave when there are infinite pleasures to be found on such a lawless planet. They care not where he is from, only how much he costs. But Lu is worried. He knows there is more to Naaji than just physical beauty. There is a cruel secret written into his DNA, a genetic destiny inherited from his ancestors, an impending metamorphosis, he will have no choice in. This transformation could bring them together, but if Lu and Naaji’s enemies have their way, it could tear them apart forever.
A pending deal with the Guild means slavery might soon end on Cora. Naaji could be free to love who he wants, but Unification might not come soon enough for him and Lu. With the clock running out, a tragic turn of fate upends their fragile union putting Naaji in grave danger. Against all odds, will love find a way?
GUARDING THE GODDESS: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
Y’res the Fourth–otherwise known as Ellina–the newly crowned ruler of Helios Beta, has a problem: someone is trying to kill her. There has already been one assassination attempt on her life and she fears that soon there will be another. She needs someone to guard and protect her–someone she can trust. Which is why she calls on the Kindred.
Commander Ty’rial is a Kindred warrior in the Elite Espionage Corps. He takes the job of guarding the new ruler of Helios Beta with some reservations. For Ty is a Modified Kindred–his DNA was manipulated before his birth to make him the perfect slave, fit only to serve a spoiled, rich Mistress. Rejecting this fate, Ty has made his own way in life and he has no interest or intention of falling for a female in power–even one who feels frightened and powerless, as Ellina does.
Two worlds collide when Ellina admits her fear and Ty begins to see her as a person–not just a Potentate. Feelings between them grow but they can never be together–for Ellina must choose a consort from among her own people–one who can give her an heir with the same Sacred Blue skin tones which she alone possesses. But when another assassination attempt and a villainous plot sets off Ellina’s Heat Cycle, can the two of them stay apart? And will either of them ever be the same after Ty is tasked with…
Guarding the Goddess?
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STRANGE EXIT by Parker Peeveyhouse
VS Note: Not a romance…but the concept was interesting. Reminded me a bit of The 100.
Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.
No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it’s a simulation. It’s up to Lake to help them remember.
When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.
CAPTIVE (THE SURVIVAL RACE BOOK 1) by K M Fawcett
VS Note: A re-release. I enjoyed the story the first time around…
Rookie cop Addy Dawson must escape her alien captors. Caged with a brazen alpha gladiator claiming to be her mate, Addy refuses to breed warriors for the Survival Race—a blood sport where the last man alive wins. Nothing and no one will stop her from finding a way home, including the exasperating rogue determined to seduce her.
Years of killing for entertainment have turned Max into a hardened beast. The only time he feels human is when at stud. But when a fiery woman from his home world rejects him, her rebellious spirit awakens a part of his soul he thought long dead.
Bound together by a desire for freedom, Addy and Max will risk torture or worse to break out. But the hunted pair will never find refuge unless they can learn to trust each other with their lives…and their hearts.
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LISSA BEAUTIFUL: A FUTURISTIC ROMANCE RETELLING OF THE FROG PRINCESS (FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 4) by A W Cross
Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince. And sometimes, you have to be one. Lissa has lived most of her life in the mysterious Wildwood, hidden from those who live beyond the Perimeter. Mocked and loathed for what she is, she longs to leave her secretive existence and discover the beauty of a world she can only imagine.
Instead, she meets him.
Artem is exactly the kind of man Lissa usually avoids. Rich, handsome, normal.
And completely trapped in a life he wants no part of. Artem’s only chance at freedom is to become an instrument in his father’s plan to destroy the Wildwood. He accepts, hoping to discover the key to his escape. Then he finds her. But with his father’s plan already in motion, Artem and Lissa must race to save not only the Wildwood and the incredible secret it holds, but also their chance at true love.
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TALES FROM THE GUNPOWDER CHRONICLES: A COLLECTION OF OPIUM WAR STEAMPUNK NOVELLAS by Jeannie Lin
VS Note: From mid December. Paperback only on Amazon, at least the day I checked for this post. ebook on Apple.
Big Trouble in Old Shanghai – The signs are there. Gangs roaming the streets, the very earth shaking beneath their feet. Ming-fen could tell something was coming to Old Shanghai, but she didn’t know exactly what until the city erupted in fiery rebellion — with her brother caught on the wrong side. With the streets in turmoil, Ming-fen must rely on her fighting skills and a blue-eyed foreign devil to survive the day, and perhaps keep an already broken city from all-out civil war.
The Island of the Opium-Eaters – Sagara Satomi hasn’t set foot on land since she was exiled from Nippon and cast adrift upon a ship owned by a notorious Chinese rebel. Rogue alchemist, Yang Hanzhu has spent years chasing dark rumors, plotting a course toward an unmarked island with a mysterious past. Will they uncover the island’s secrets? Or be buried there along with them?
Love in the Time of Engines – A prequel to Gunpowder Alchemy. Amidst rumors the West has developed powerful steam engines, the Ministry of Science seeks to recruit new talent. Golden boy Jin Zhi-fu meets mathematics prodigy Shi Anlei while attending the Academy, but doesn’t realize his new friend is a woman disguised as a man. It’s the only way she’d be allowed to take the imperial examination. When Anlei’s hidden identity is discovered, Zhi-fu and Anlei are forced into a test more difficult than the exam — one that challenges the limits of duty, friendship, and love.
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WYZAK (THE SRAIBUR CREW BOOK 2) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells
You can’t put a bounty on true love…Bounty hunter Gemma didn’t expect capturing a Xaravian pirate to be easy, but the moment she lures handsome Wyzak away from his crew, she knows she’s in over her head. He’s furious at being captured and intense enough to make her heart pound, not to mention he’s enormous, powerful, and too good-looking to be ignored.
The Sraibur’s second-in-command Wyzak isn’t going to go quietly when a bounty hunter kidnaps him. It’s only a matter of time until the Sraibur saves him — and captures the beautiful Earther who caught him. He should be furious with her and ready for vengeance, but she’s too alluring. Too sexy. Too… perfect.
When Gemma tries to make things right, she ends up with a bounty on her head, too. The only way they’ll survive and remain free is to work together, but Gemma’s past and their rocky start keep getting in the way. Can they put the past behind them and find a future together?
STARLIGHT by Jennifer M Eaton
New to her pilot’s stripes, Mia throttles her rescue team to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to save a hero missing in action. The problem is, Jason Starlight isn’t sure he wants to be saved. For the past 5 years Jason has been the only thing standing between the people of his new world and a vicious band of pirates. Now he’s faced with a choice, turn his back on the planet he now calls home, or drag Mia and her team into a fight that will probably get them all killed. Jason knows the greatest heroes stand up for what’s right no matter the cost, but Mia knows it’s only the smartest heroes that live to tell about it.
TRINARY (SCAR FORCE DELTA FACTION BOOK 1) by Gaja J Kos
VS Note: Apparently a series of ‘episodes’…mentions a slow burn romance…
When a high-end heist goes south and not even the best stealth ship in the Vedrina trinary system can keep her off SCAR Force’s radar, Cairo’s thieving ways become the least of her problems. The Space Combat and Retrieval Force doesn’t forget past sins.
And what they have in mind for Cairo’s transgression beats even her worst nightmare.
SMOKE DANCE (ALIEN BLOOD WARS BOOK 7) by Samantha Cayto
Willem is a good drone, a consummate pilot and an obedient and deadly warrior. He has sat out the war with Dracul for many years, raising the only hybrid daughter among their kind. For years, he kept that information from the others, but when Will answered the call to arms, his secret came out. Yet there is one more secret that could change Earth forever. Because he is determined to both keep it and help bring the war to an end, he will not risk taking another lover. The problem is that he didn’t count on the irresistible temptation of the club’s sous chef.
Damien’s life has been hard. Coming out as gay left him homeless and desperate. If not for the kindness of the strange Stelalux family, he would have ended up living on the streets for years. He loves being a chef and would do anything for the family, now his friends. He didn’t plan on falling for one of them, however. The new and compelling Willem tests his resolve to not get involved with any man, and despite his best efforts, he finds himself lured into the man’s bed. With new trouble brewing, Will has no choice except to turn to Damien for help. The human is willing to put himself at risk, not only out of gratitude, but also out his growing love for Will.
THE COSMOS COALITION (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 9) by Wendie Nordgren
The rulers of the Parvac Empire, Laconian Sector, and Galaxic Expanse have decided to cooperate in a clandestine endeavor to expose the villain behind a nefarious plot designed to instigate a war which would threaten their fragile peace. Appointed by Emperor Probus as his proxy in matters of interstellar security, Princess Teagan Probus is investigating the disappearance of Katherine Dylan, one of only two known survivors of the Asylum, a merchant ship involved in the testing of a devastatingly powerful alien weapon and the key to a terrifying plot…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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CATFISHING ON CATNET: A NOVEL by Naomi Kritzer
VS Note: I enjoyed this book but did find it skewed a little young YA for me and I felt the plot went a bit over the top toward the end BUT it was an enjoyable read, with the process of the AI becoming self aware especially interesting. Very mild F/F romantic element.
How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks. Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.
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EXPENDABLES (THE WALL SERIES BOOK 1) by Alison Ingleby
For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one. When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt government. Then she’s introduced to Trey, an Insider who’s been brought up with everything she longs for: wealth, privilege, education. An Insider who, like her, is being hunted by the government’s sinister militia. Aleesha wants to hate him. But Trey may be the only person who can help her find her father – the man who could be her ticket out of poverty. If she can learn to trust him. But discovering the truth comes at a terrible price. And too late, Aleesha and Trey realize that they’re just pawns in a much bigger game.
BREAKING THE SURFACE (THE OUTSIDER PROJECT BOOK 2) by Rebecca Langham
Alessia is an Outsider—a member of the not-quite-human community that has recently been released from their underground prison. Shortly after their liberation, Alessia is given an ultimatum: obey all the United Earth Alliance’s demands, or her mother will forever remain a hostage—a mother she’d believed dead for fifteen years. Reluctantly, she agrees, though she has no idea what those demands may be or how she will balance her obligations to the UEA with her responsibilities to her people and her family.
As the UEA tightens its grip on humans and Outsiders alike, it becomes clear that meaningful social change will not be possible without a revolution. Alessia and her peers embark on a mission to discover just how far the government is willing to go to maintain their monopoly on power.
What Alessia and her comrades discover, however, goes much deeper than they’d ever anticipated. Who are the Outsiders, really? What secrets of their destiny lay hidden within a top-secret space station? And why are the Outsiders linked to an emerging disease the UEA seems desperate to keep secret? As they delve deeper, it isn’t only Alessia’s identity that will be called into question, but the fate of the entire planet.
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WICKED COURT (A NOBLESSE OBLIGE DUET BOOK 1) by May Sage
Vlari has always known her place: as far away from court as the unseelie queen can send her. The youngest royal, born in an impoverished household, she endeavored to earn her keep as an assistant and stay out of trouble. Dark, striking, and with a hidden agenda, Drusk definitely qualifies as trouble, but he refuses to leave her alone, clashing with her at every corner. Then the world implodes around her. With friends and foe by her side, she can fade with rest of the unseelie kingdom, or protect a court that has never cared for her.
AUTUMN THORNS (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn
Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater and when I returned, I not only inherited my grandmother’s house, but her gift. Like her, I must take on the job of spirit shaman. It’s my gift-and my curse-to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people-and secrets-don’t always stay buried.
A trunk hidden in the attic throws my life into chaos. My mother vanished when I was little and I was told she ran away. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of Bryan-my mysterious and brooding neighbor-we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, we unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now, I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.
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IMMORTAL (ANGEL ROMANCE DARK ANGELS BOOK 1) by M L Guida
Time is running out for Scythe…Orders have been given to hunt down his traitorous brother…But his brother has other plans…Plans that will turn deadly for his mate…Heather Bowen has grown under suspicion…She’s determined to prove her innocence…Two men are pursuing her…She doesn’t know who to trust…If she makes the wrong decision, more people will die.
HIDDEN IN TIME (THE MACCARTHY SISTERS BOOK 2) by Barbara Longley
Grayce MacCarthy possesses the gift of foretelling—but to her, visions are more a curse than a gift. While visiting Ireland, Grayce takes a hike in the Comeragh Mountains, only to fall into a hidden world with no way out. She’s rescued by a gorgeous warrior dressed like a medieval hero in a romance novel. He’s convinced fate brought her to him, while Grayce is convinced her fae-gifted family will find a way to bring her home.
After more than a millennium, the Tuatha dé Danann magic separating the hidden valleys from the rest of the world is unraveling. A new chieftain must be chosen to guide the clan through the perils to come, and Brían MacSloan is determined to win that coveted role. When a beautiful woman falls into his world, Brían’s life is turned upside down. Grayce challenges him at every turn, questioning his motives, distracting him from his goals, and stealing his heart.
As passion grows between them, Grayce realizes Brían is the only man for her. But then she has a vision revealing a plot to murder Brían, and old rivalries turn deadly. The two are torn apart, and Brían must defeat his enemies and get to Grayce in time, or she’ll be lost to him forever.
REBEL REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 2) by Ann Gimpel
Come fly with me. Catchy, huh? It works for airplanes. Maybe it will work for the dead once I launch my own Reaping business. Except my new tagline will be, come die with me. Back when my life was simpler, I thought all I had to do was hold gateways for the dead to pass through. Silly me, I actually enjoyed Reaping. Almost like a drug or fine, old whiskey, it made me high, filled me with delight, and left me glowing with the rightness of providing a last bit of compassion.
Good little Reaper that I am, I never examined any of it too deeply, just crafted portals, exactly as Death trained me. Ha! She neglected to mention I command way more magic than she’d let on in Reaper school. Death smiled pretty to my face, and then lied to me. Used me. Me and all the other Reapers. I can’t not Reap. It’s hardwired into me. But I can tell Death I quit. Big words. I have no idea if I’ve got the guts to follow through, or what Death would do about open insubordination. I’ve always liked to live on the wild side, though, so I guess I’m about to find out.
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SPARTAN DESTINY: A MYTHOS ACADEMY NOVEL(MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF BOOK 3) by Jennifer Estep
This Spartan makes her own destiny . . .Most kids at the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy know me as Rory Forseti, the daughter of Reaper assassins. Secretly, I’m a member of Team Midgard, a group of students and adults tasked with stopping Covington, the evil leader of the Reapers of Chaos. For me, the mission is a deeply personal one, since Covington is also the man who murdered my parents.
When my friends and I get a lead on a powerful artifact that Covington wants to steal, we think we finally have a chance to thwart the Reapers and stop them for good. Team Midgard comes up with a plan, but everything goes sideways, and I’m suddenly in the fight of my life. My worst fears might have come true, but I know what my Spartan destiny is—to save my friends, or die trying.
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YEAR ROUND TROUBLE: 14 ORIGINAL COZY HOLIDAY MYSTERIES (FAMILIAR LEGACY) by Various
VS Note: Not sure how much if any paranormal content there might be but I quite like the concept…
14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love! From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.
Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice. Authors are Ritter Ames, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Boles, Pamela Sue DuMond, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Miranda James, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Joanne Pence, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Susan Y. Tanner, Jaden Terrell. Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!
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DARKLIGHT 4: DARKBLOOD by Bella Forrest
The Immortal Plane’s capital is as dazzling as it is lethal. Without the security of a safe house or their Hive allies, Lyra, Dorian and their team must find sanctuary wherever they can – even if it comes from unexpected quarters… They must unearth the secrets of the forces threatening the balance of the universe – whatever the cost.
Lyra can’t forget the potential solution to her and Dorian’s problems, either. But when the perfect opportunity to attempt it arises, the question remains: will the rewards outweigh the risks?
TIME HOPPER BOOK 3 by Tamsin Baker
She lost everything to save the ones she loves…but can she save herself? Love is both a gift and a curse. I learned that the hard way. After risking my life to save my sister, she repaid me with betrayal. And to protect the man who holds my heart, I had to gamble with fate. We time-hopped to change the past. Now I’m trapped in an alternate timeline.
It’s a life I don’t recognize—and the man I love doesn’t know me. My sister’s deceit cost me everything. My job. My man. My identity. But I won’t let her win. In a world where family is foe, and enemies are allies, the only person I can truly trust is myself. And I’ll fight to get my life back… even if it kills me.
LAND OF FLAMES by Lexi Ostrow
Jess knew something fascinating lurked beyond the towering wall her family guarded. Though fire shot high in the sky and noises akin to dinosaurs sometimes floated by in the night, she never saw a thing when she dared to look. Then she was taken and awoke in a world unlike anything that should exist. Emmett stole Jess. As king of the dragons, he needed a queen to unite his kingdom with the humans just over the wall so his his world would not die and send his kind fleeing into the human realm. Jess was no stranger, but the woman who left his land behind on his command. With the world dying, he took her back. Jess had no memory of him or their shared past. Scared and intrigued by the sensual man who claims he’s her soulmate, Jess listens to him. Then he shifts to a dragon before her eyes and she tries to flee. Emmett has no choice but to let Jess go, but he watches and waits until his cousin seeks to take her, and Tristan’s kingdom, by force. It’s magic versus dragons and one woman remains caught in the balance as the only person who can save two worlds.
VAMPIRE DEBT (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 2) by Kelly St Clare
Last week, I inherited every cent of the multi-billion-dollar Le Spyre estate. But tequila is far easier to swallow than the coincidence of my beloved grandmother’s death. I’m over this supernatural game, yet walking away from Kyros isn’t simple with the damn mate thing on the cards. The Indebted need my help. My grandmother deserves justice. And, uhm, the third blood exchange did something to me. It’s official. I’m done playing by paranormal rules. I’m making my own–and playing to win. Because if I enter Ingenium on my terms, there’s no turning back. Winning is the only option.
SPELLED TIDES (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 2) by Bella Claire and Kasey Kaye
No one said being Ursula’s granddaughter would be easy, especially when I’m known to be a real b-Witch on occasion. You could say I inherited all of her best qualities. I’m smart, sexy, with a real tentacle for entrepreneurism. Curses and potions are just some of my specialties. If you can think it, I can brew it. I’m not what you would consider ‘popular’ at Coral Reef Academy but everyone knows my name. So it’s not surprising when a few of the students start acting out of character, everyone turns to me to pin the blame. You put a little potion in the ocean and boom! You’re the bad witch.
When the Academy’s resident bad boy and the infamous ice cold student body president find themselves ‘suckered’ into chaos, I have no choice but to accept their help. Our mission is simple: Find the real culprit or I can kiss my college days buh-bye. Nothing is ever what it seems. There’s something brewing in the trenches and whatever it is, it’s going to take more than a cauldron to contain it.
A LONGER FALL (GUNNIE ROSE BOOK 2) by Charlaine Harris
n this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.
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BINDINGS OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF THE GALATHEA BOOK 23) by Elle Beaumont
Selith Academy trains elite merfolk to perfect their magical abilities by hosting a Trial every twelve years. Zinnia-one of their most gifted students-and her friend, Dru, witness Princh Loch threatening an infamous Sea Witch for his magical abilities despite the royal family hosting the upcoming Trial.
The two friends start an investigation that will uncover buried truths and jeopardize the entire kingdom. Zinnia and Dru will find help from an unexpected source as they use their magic to help bind evil back into the depths, and will find themselves at the forefront of the battle that has surfaced after four centuries. Will the sea’s buried truth destroy them all?
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CHARMED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 2) by Candace Ayers
Fern Day is barely holding it together most days. The single, fully-human mom of a fifteen-year-old-shifter-with-an-attitude has no time for herself. Her life is chaos, she’s a hot mess, and her daughter is her first priority.
Sunkissed Key’s handsome pediatrician sure is tempting, though. When he offers to teach her daughter how to handle her animal side, Fern can’t refuse. But that’s not his only offer Fern can’t refuse. Harrison Daniels knows Fern is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He also knows that she’s not ready to learn about shifter mating. She’ll only view it as another responsibility, and lord knows she’s juggling enough of those already. That child of hers is an unholy terror. Harrison has his work cut out for him. He not only has to convince Fern that he’s in her life forever, he also has to gain the approval of her spawn from hell. Good thing Harrison never backs down from a challenge. Bring it on.
THE LOVERS: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 5 by L A McGinnis
I’ve spent my entire life fearing my mobster family. Doing what I’m told. When I’m told to do it. But the fall of the world changed everything for me. For the rest of humanity, it meant the end of life as they knew it. But for me, it meant freedom. At least it did until my brother found me and forced me into one, final job. If I defy him, I’m dead. And in a world on the edge of destruction, the only thing that matters is staying alive.
THE HIDDEN WAR: BOOK ONE by Marie Andreas
VS Note: An ‘expanded’ re-release…
Hundreds of years ago, fae and humans lived together in peace. Magic was strong and the fae showed the humans how to use it as never before. Then the fae stole the magic and fled back to their homeland. Humanity took a hard blow as many died while they relearned how to live without magic.
Fifteen years ago, Eladrea’s village vanished. Rather, the people vanished. The buildings were left perfectly intact along with five-year-old Eladrea. Found by a group of neighboring villagers, Eladrea grew up wondering if her parents and the rest of her birth village would ever come back. Two years ago, another village vanished. No one remained this time. A day ago, another village was taken. This time there were bodies left behind and not all were human. Trained as a fighter by her new village, Eladrea has to work with a handsome traveler to find out who is attacking the villages, and if the fae are coming back to steal the villagers as they previously stole their magic. Things are not always as they seem, and that holds true for magic and as well as love.
THE MAYHEM OF MERMAIDS (THE ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND JONES BOOK 2) by Marie Andreas
Dr. Nettie Jones is an agent for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplainable, a secret organization protecting England from unnamed sources. She also recently helped defend Mother England, and possibly the world, from an alien invasion. And she’s half-vampire on her mother’s side.
While working in the London Society headquarters, Nettie becomes caught up in a new conspiracy—one coming from the ocean itself. Tracing the attacks to a small area in Northern Wales, Nettie and the rest of the London contingent troop north to try and stop it before things get worse.
Fairy tales tell of loving mermaids wishing to come to the land. The truth is far more brutal, and the mer-people want far more than just to come on land for a visit.
SHADOW MOVES: A REGENCY TIME TRAVEL NOVEL (TO LOVE A SPY BOOK 1) by Cynthia A Clement
Brandi, on leave from Afghanistan, spends the night at a quaint British inn only to wake up to find a strange man, Halton, in her room. Worse, she has traveled two hundred years into the past. When she overhears plans to kill Halton, she helps him escape. Together, they travel the British countryside in an effort to avoid the men pursuing them.
The Earl of Halton, is a British spy on a mission. The last thing he needs is a woman complicating his operation, especially one claiming to come from the future. He can’t deny that her fighting skills and instincts prove useful in dodging the killers on his trail. Can he believe her tales of the future? Dare he trust in the growing love he feels for her?
As they dodge bullets and assassins, the attraction between Brandi and Halton grows. Can they defeat their enemies? Will they stay together or will Brandi be thrust back into the future?
WOLF GONE WILD (STAY A SPELL BOOK 1) by Juliette Cross
What’s the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he’s cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.
Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven–no werewolves. They’re known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she’s ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules. What Evie doesn’t know is that Mateo’s wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she’s in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.
UNNATURAL ALLIES by Edward Kendrick
Vampires and werewolves are natural enemies. Therefore, Andre has no regrets about killing Raúl, the Alpha of the Wintermane pack, who plans to attack the Crimson Cathedral nightclub, revealing the presence of vampires to the human world.
When Sand learns of his brother’s murder, he debates seeking revenge because he hates Raúl, who backed their father when he forced Sand out of the pack for being gay. Then, he discovers that Estebe, the new Alpha, plans to continue Raúl’s mission.
Things come to a head when Sand, a bodyguard, escorts a client’s daughter to the nightclub and the club’s owner tells Andre to find out why Sand is there. Despite their differences, instant lust drives Andre into Sand’s bed-but not before they agree to work together to stop Estebe. Can they successfully end Estebe’s existence — and survive? And, will their relationship stand a chance as lust turns to an attraction that defies the belief that they are supposed to be mortal enemies?
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SPELLBOUND by Jackie Copeland and Jackie D
Hazel Abbot spent her whole life unaware she was a witch. When a spell thrusts her great-aunt Sarah Hutchinson forward from the Salem witch trials of 1692 and lands her in Hazel’s bookstore, everything Hazel thought she knew about herself changes. Complicating matters, Raven Dare, a supernatural hunter, informs her that they’ve all been summoned by the Queen Witch, Morgan le Fay.
Morgan compels Hazel, Sarah, and Raven to correct the shift in the realms of good and evil by ridding the world of the evil that followed Sarah into modern day. If they fail, the forces of white magic will be extinguished forever. But completing the perilous mission, convincing Sarah to return to Puritan life, and resisting their growing attraction for each other might prove more difficult than Hazel and Raven ever anticipated.
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FEATHER (ANGELS OF ELYSIUM BOOK 1) by Olivia Wildenstein
It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed. With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple. If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels. What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers. She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her. Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart. A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.
INFINITY SON (INFINITY CYCLE BOOK 1) by Adam Silvera
VS Note: Not a romance. A release of note…
Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.
Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.
Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.
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DARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore
Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.
Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.
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VICIOUS AS A DARLING (DAUGHTERS OF NEVERLAND BOOK 1) by Kendra Morena
Beware the happy thoughts…Neverland has one rule: never grow up. So why is everyone suddenly aging? Wendy Darling knows two things. 1. She came to Neverland as a child.
2. After being frozen at sixteen for as long as she can remember, she’s suddenly getting older. There’s something wrong with Never Never Land and Wendy is determined to find out what it is. Danger lurks in the ocean, on land, and around every corner. The ticking clock is growing louder and not even Captain Hook can stop the inevitable.
The Daughters of Neverland are in trouble. Will they be strong enough to survive the spreading evil? After all, Neverland belongs to the nightmares…
WICKEDLY EVER AFTER: AN ANTHOLOGY OF RE-TOLD TALES by Various
Something wicked this way comes–and this time, wicked is going to win. Villains are the heroines and heroes of their stories and in this anthology they are going to be the leading players–and finally find love. In these 10 stories you will find villains from fairy tale, folklore and myth. From the familiar to the fantastic. From Hades to Grendel. You’ll meet: A man who gets more than he expected by binding himself to a selkie, A woman who discovers the loveable Beast in the young man she once knew, A mermaid who is not meant to be with a prince, A witch who has so much more to offer than a cabin made of sweets, A singer who has promised something she cannot deliver and gets help from an unexpected source, And more. If you’ve ever rooted for a witch, an evil fairy or a wolf, this anthology is for you.
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THE NEW IMPROVED SORCERESS (WAYWARD MAGES BOOK 2) by Sara Hanover
Tessa didn’t believe in magic, but magic believed in her, and that started a fight for her life. An ancient artifact known as a maelstrom stone has embedded itself in her left palm. It thrives on chaos, which describes her new life perfectly. She battles to find a balance between the ordinary world and the magical one, all while freeing her father from his ghostly state, helping a phoenix wizard restore his rejuvenation ritual, and retrieving the stolen Eye of Nimora for the Broadstone clan. Tessa must also help her mother navigate the rocky road of academia and single motherhood finances, fall in love herself, and steer her college teammates to a divisional championship. She needs friends, both ordinary and magical, by her side.
Then a strange and forbidding book of the Dark Arts strikes her with actual power…and Tessa realizes more than ever that there is no I in team–unless it’s the one in new, improved sorceress.
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HOWLING ON HOLD by E J Russell
Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks. That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday might be his last chance to act on his strongest instinct and finally kiss Chase Denney.
Chase is RA at the Howling residence affectionately dubbed “the Doghouse,” and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that when he realized he was developing feelings for a resident, he forced himself to keep Tanner at a distance. But now that Tanner’s twenty-one, he’s not Chase’s charge any longer. They could be friends or—if Chase is lucky—something more. At least until they both return to their home packs for good, as tradition demands. It would take a miracle for them to get together—especially when the other Doghouse werewolves insist on “helping.”
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THE KING’S PHYSICIAN by Edie Montreux
Devlin was the King’s Physician until a blood mage siphoned Devlin’s magic and used it to wipe the kingdom’s memories. Sir Eldrich, his replacement, has protection against Filvane’s spells, but he only knows the whispered rumors: Devlin, the former King’s Physician, stole King Korgon’s crown on his coronation day.
Once Eldrich is appointed King’s Physician, Devlin notices a decline in King Korgon’s health and wonders if Eldrich is to blame. When Eldrich nearly bleeds to death on Devlin’s doorstep from grievous sword wounds, they’re thrown together in a race to keep King Korgon alive. They question the other’s allegiance to their king, but it will take their combined efforts and trust to stop Filvane from destroying Korgon and the entire realm of the living. In the end, these two physicians may have more in common than their titles. They may even fall in love.
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FROM THE FALLEN STARS by G Bailey
Aura Scott didn’t want to move house, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbours from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
Maxx and his brother have dark secrets, and Aura might want to run when she finds out the truth.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house across the street, Aura finds out there is more than just secrets to be frightened of.
HELL HATH NO FURY (FEDERAL BUREAU OF MAGIC COZY MYSTERY BOOK 7) by Annabel Chase
Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight. When Chief Fox turns into an animal during a moment of passion–and I mean that literally–I’m desperate to restore him to his human form. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how to make it happen. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to hide my relationship with him. Let’s face it, keeping a secret from my family is like walking a tightrope made of vipers. With Deputy Guthrie in charge of law enforcement and the chief unable to do anything except look adorable, my hands are full trying to keep the chief’s secret and solve this supernatural puzzle.
Can I restore Chief Fox to his human form in time or will he be doomed to live the rest of his life in the forest with the rest of the woodland creatures?
YOU’LL KNOW IN YOUR HEART (THE GODS MADE ME DO IT BOOK 7) by Lisa Oliver
Baby, youngest son of Poseidon had started to avoid going anywhere near his family. Between love-struck mates, and tiny children, more and more he was starting to feel as if he just didn’t fit. Anywhere. Abandoned by one father at birth, and pretty much ignored by the other, Baby roamed the world, looking for some kind of acceptance, but all he could find was hook ups. And there were plenty of those. Being the son of Himeros, the god of desire as well, wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. But none of the people he saw for brief moments touched his heart, and most of them never wanted him to stay longer than an hour or two at most.
Owen was known by many names, but the one title he’d spent a long time avoiding was that of “Baby’s mate”. Having known who his mate was from Baby’s birth, Owen had stayed hidden away from life, content to watch his mate through his Oracle stone, until more than a thousand years had past. When the destructive behavior he believed Baby was falling into got worse, Owen knew it was time to step in. Baby needed a fixer, and the Fates had given Owen the job. But Baby didn’t want to be fixed. In fact, he resented the very idea, which meant Owen needed to make a few attitude adjustments. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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I’LL BRING YOU BACK by Richard Brown and Joe Hart
VS Note: NOT a romance so I have no idea if there’s an HEA. Reviewers speak of an unexpected ending so…but a release of interest…
Londyn and David’s friendship bloomed under an oak tree. Through the years they endured hardships, triumphs, and the awkward transition from friends to something more. But a sudden accident on a snowy mountain road, changes everything.
Instead of celebrating the end of her senior year and acceptance to college, Londyn spends her days at David’s hospital bedside, squeezing his hand and urging him to wake from a prolonged coma. It’s during one of these visits that Londyn slips into another world—a mirror of her own, only it’s decaying and threatened by an encroaching darkness. A world that may all exist within David’s dying mind.
Navigating the treacherous landscape leads Londyn through memories of her past, of her relationship with David—adventures, heartbreaks, first kisses. Each memory seems to draw her closer to David, to bringing him back. But the world around Londyn is crumbling, getting darker by the minute. And what if David isn’t the only one lost?
HER VAMPIRE HERO (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 4) by Nicolina Martin
Don’t go looking for the monsters in the shadows. They will find you. The young doctor in the ER thought she saved my life. I repaid her kindness by stealing her away from everything she knew. I fought the devil in me, but I have lived too long, and am too lonely to deprive myself of her. She will be my perfect submissive. My pet. My true north.
Katarina Donovan was good and pure, and so, so human. And then she met me.
I’LL BE DAMNED by Mandy Rosko
Someone shaved her beaver… Waking up without her memory, unable to shift, and sore all over sucked. The big one. Who is she, and who shaved her beaver?! Beverley wants answers but she’s having a hard time getting the truth from the barn owl who claims she’s his mate. At least he’s handsome. However this supposed husband of hers is hiding something and it’s driving her a little woody. She will gnaw at him until he tells her what’s really wrong. But when she finds out the truth…having her beaver shaved will be the least of her problems.
Content warning: If you prefer to avoid books that include topics such as the loss of a child, we recommend you skip this book and stay tuned for the next FUCN’A installment. If you do decide to read, just know that there is a happily ever after!
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DARK SEDUCTION (DARK LEGACY BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries
VS Note: A re-release
Mia Turner is all about work and she has no time for a personal life. Forced by her business partners to take the vacation time she has accumulated Mia decides to go to Milan. Despite the beauty of the city she cannot forget all the work that she has left at home. Going up onto the rooftop of her hotel she calls to check what is going on with the business. The unexpected sight of a scrumptious looking man bursting out of stone leaves her shocked and unable to think. Gargoyles couldn’t be real, could they? Something about this man compels her to accept his offer to show her around Milan, yet it is the promise of so much more in his eyes that makes her breath catch and her pulse race.
Remy Wilde knows how to work and still have time to enjoy the finer things in life. As the oldest in the Quilez clan, he has many obligations and everyone looks to him for decisions. He works as hard as he plays. In his downtime he has learned to enjoy each moment. Unlike the sexy, voluptuous and tempting woman on the cell phone who seems not to know how to relax. Bursting out of the stone he encased himself in atop a Milan rooftop Remy is drawn to this woman. He knows he wants her yet he also wants to help her relax and enjoy life. He offers to show her the beauty of Milan. When the woman accepts, Remy takes her on a journey of seduction and relaxation however he never expected what fate and the cycles of life have in store for him and this woman he set out to take on a Dark Seduction.
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DARK EMBRACE (DARK LEGACY BOOK 2) by Talia Carmichael
Quinn Kane never expected that going to help friends with the wedding plans would lead him to a man who challenges all his senses. Quinn doesn’t trust easily and from the moment he meets Ashton, his instincts are conflicted if he should run or stand and claim this man. But not one to walk away he decides to see what happens. This leads him on a path he never expected.
Ashton Wilde enjoys solitude and doesn’t like people. Yet Quinn is under his skin before he even meets him. Just the sense of the man is enough to make his Garlven –human term Gargoyle – side ready to claim this man. A warrior who is cautious one moment yet so tender Ashton wants him more than anything. He’ll just do as he did best, be himself and bring this warrior into his life to become part of his Dark Embrace.
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TIES THAT BIND (THE FAMILY NOVAK BOOK 2) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown
In a world where the rules are gray and the Don’s word is a law unto itself, only one thing is sacred… family. A Team A.L.P.H.A. and Alphabits spin-off series.
OMEGA HUNTER by Sky Winters
Malcolm – I’m on the hunt for an omega wolf. I will secure my position as alpha. And my omega will deliver the largest litter. But now I am responsible for this injured bear.
I should leave her behind, except, I can’t ignore my desire to protect her.
Autumn – I’m an omega she-bear, and I’ve been promised to a scoundrel. I will not marry him no matter what my packs says. Malcolm has saved me. He protects me. I just wish I was the wolf he was hunting for.
WYATT – THE STANTON PACK – PARANORMAL COUGAR SHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton
The explosion on the school bus had affected everyone in the town one way or another, including the Stantons. Bryn had been driving the bus when the bomb had detonated. Injured herself, she was the only one to go back into the flames to help rescue the few injured and retrieve the dead. She died a few days later from her injuries.
Sidney Daniels, Bryn’s best friend, flew into town to see Bryn’s father, Les. She wanted him to know about a lot of things, but also that she and Bryn had been conducting an investigation before all this happened. Sidney was sure Bryn was the target. Now she had people following her too.
When Wyatt Stanton went to the airport to pick up Sidney, he wasn’t prepared for the woman to wrap her body around him and plant the most intoxicating kiss on his lips that he’d ever had. She had done it as a diversion to shake the guy trailing her, but Wyatt couldn’t think of a better way to discover his mate. Sidney wasn’t as impressed. She was here to shake things up, and the guy better get on board, or she was going knock some sense into him.
THE PACEMAKER (THE PACEMAKER SERIES BOOK 1) by Imania Margria
Minerva Walsh forgot everything about her life before her eighteenth birthday. Since then, betrayal, hardship and strife plagued her life over the last five years, and good fortune was never on her side. However, when Minerva receives a full-paid scholarship to the most prestigious school in the country, Calendula University, and is given a chance to restart her miserable life, she feels her luck has changed.
But after arriving, the dark shadows and deadly secrets looming underneath the serene facade of this academic paradise shows Minerva that her new life is far from the peaceful escape she thought it would be. She learns about the curse haunting the university and claiming innocents’ lives in unusual accidents. Minerva also gains a strange power which lets her control the heartbeats of time and space and enter a world outside of reality. To solve the mystery behind Calendula’s curse, Minerva must use her new powers to investigate the secrets surrounding this elite school before the curse claims the lives of those close to her. But as she draws near the truth, pieces of her missing past come to light. Can Minerva unravel the mystery behind her forgotten memories and the school’s curse? Or will she become its next victim?
HAVEN 2: PREDATORY DEMANDS by Nia Foxx and L Finchille
Haven, believed to be your quiet, run of the mill remote mountain town full of regular small town folk. But, is anything ever as it seems? Try this on for size:
•A quirky hodge podge of shifters.
•An overabundance of Alpha male testosterone on deck and the women who know how to keep it in check.
•And the recovery of a missing woman.
Oh, did I forgot to mention a mystery that threatens to expose the entire community?
BLOOD AND ASH (THE JEZEBEL FILES BOOK 1) by Deborah Wilde
Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake. She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess. Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender. And don’t even get her started on the golems. Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that? But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi’s arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?
CLAIMING MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 2) by Shaw Hart
Delaney Irvine only stopped in Ash Mountain to grab something to eat and fill up her gas tank. She just spent the last ten hours photographing a wedding nearby and she’s drained and anxious to get home to her best friend, Clementine. When she stops to take some nature shots, she’s not prepared for how it will change her life.
Finn Hunt is a shifter and the Beta of the Ash Mountain Pack. he’s been searching all his life for his mate and he can barely control himself when he finally picks up her scent. Finn knows that Delaney can feel this connection between them too. So why is she fighting it? Will this shifter be able to claim his mate and convince her that there’s nowhere else she belongs than in his arms?
DARK FALLS ACADEMY: FORBIDDEN MAGIC by Anya J Cosgrove
Beauty is vain. Beauty is dangerous. The kind of beauty I found at Dark Falls Academy is deadly. My sister Allie told me all about the sorcery classes, the potent potions, and the incredibly hot supernatural creatures that frequent Dark Falls Academy. Soon, I’ll be one of them. Only my first day doesn’t go as planned. Allie has been lying to me. This school isn’t a dream; it’s a nightmare. Creepy shifters, brooding vampires, snarky mermaids, and vicious Fairy folk all want a piece of me, and they’re not willing to ask permission.
Flynn, the cruel bully. Trent, the thirsty vampire. And Cole, the dark Fae prince. How I am supposed to kick their asses in the arena and in the classroom with all the mysteries and dangers lurking in the stony halls? Dark Falls isn’t about good grades. It’s about survival.
SURVIVAL (THE HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Ellabee Andrews and Helen Scott
What’s my secret? That’s something I intend to take to the grave. When my best friend and the only person who knows who–and what–I really am gets selected for the Mating Games, I know the only way to save her is to try and win her for myself. All I need to do is navigate three trials while not letting anyone know I’m a woman, or, and this might be even more important, that I have magic. Easy, right? Easier than slaving away for all hours of the day swinging an ax in the mines. Or so I thought. I certainly didn’t count on the one man I’ve longed for, the one man who stirs feelings of femininity and desire within me, to enter the games as well. Every minute that I’m there I’m risking everything. If I’m discovered I’ll become nothing more than a broodmare, but I can’t abandon the woman who is like family to the fate that the Divine would deem she have.
I’ll do whatever it takes to save her from the desolate future of becoming nothing more than a prize for the victor of the games. The only question is, will my secret still be intact by the time the trials are over? Or will I have condemned us both to a fate worse than death?
TAROT ACADEMY 2: SPELLS OF BREATH AND BLADE by Sarah Piper
I spent my whole life believing magick was a curse—and that I didn’t have enough of it to worry about, anyway. Turns out I was wrong on both counts. I’m so much more than a magick-blessed Academy student. I’m an Arcana Witch, bound to a sacred order whose sole duty is to protect magick—and one another—at all costs. Thankfully, I’m not alone.
My Arcana magick brought four fiercely loyal, impossibly sexy Arcana mages into my life. But it also brought trouble.
Corrupt Academy officials. Mysterious attacks stripping students of their power. And the terrifying Dark Arcana—five insanely powerful ancient beings desperate to reclaim the magick they believe is their sole birthright… and destroy the rest of us. Our best shot at defeating them is to track down the hidden Arcana artifacts—sacred Tarot relics that bind and balance all magick. But to do that, we’ll have to embark on a dangerous otherworldly journey—one that will change us in ways even the Tarot can’t predict.
Surviving my first month at Arcana Academy was no easy feat, but compared to what’s coming? That was training day. This is the real deal. And the fight is just beginning.
WANTED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 7) by Jessica Aspen
He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it…
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne. And she’s looking for answers…All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so, he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect woman falls into his hands, he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…
Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up, or be lost forever under his spell.
VS: Featuring STAR CRUISE: MAROONED, one of my biggest sellers, from my backlist. SFR Station featured it last week as well.
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
January 1, 2020
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. And I may mention ‘special items’.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list by hand every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.