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) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!
It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.
(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)
Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…
FIRST AWAKENINGS (PROJECT GLIESE 581g BOOK 2) by S. E. Smith
VS Note: I’ve been waiting for Ash’s story…
Lieutenant Commander Ashton “Ash” Haze has always embraced two things in his life: adventure and women, but when he awakens on an alien planet, there’s no time for anything other than survival – or so he thinks.
Kella Ta’Qui is a Turbinta – a guild that discards their genetic identities in favor of what they train to become: assassins. Her first mission is to find and kill whatever was inside the unusual capsule that landed on Tesla Terra, but predator becomes prey when she is wounded by her target. Dazed and confused, she stumbles into a group who plan to sell her to the highest bidder – until a rescuer appears.
Can an easy-going Navy pilot and an alien assassin work together to reach the location of one of the other capsules on the cut throat Turbintan planet, or will Ash find himself served up to the Legion for the highest number of credits? Whatever happens, the war has begun with the first awakening of the resistance – and Ash is right in the middle of it.
AN ENDURING SUN (PROJECT AEON BOOK 1) by A. R. Declerck
VS Note: Another book in the multi author Takamo Universe series…)
Sharyn Moran joined the Rangers to save innocent lives. Her personal vow is to never see another broken child in the ERCA Territories again. When she is caught stealing a bike on her newest mission, she’s sure she is about to turned over to her enemies. Surprisingly, the stranger offers to help her, but after an accident in the desert, they end up at his isolated home with his family.
It’s clear that Ren and his brothers are hiding from something and, more than most, Sharyn knows how hard it is to keep secrets. She senses that the brothers and their father have all been through a terrible ordeal, but hesitates to invade their precious privacy. However, the longer she is with them, the more she begins to care about them. She begins to imagine a life with Ren, even if it can only be an impossible dream.
When Sharyn and Ren get sighted together through facial recognition, Ren’s enemies know exactly how to flush out their quarry. They will kidnap, murder, and torture their way across the galaxy in order to accomplish their final goal. Ren knows the only way to stop them is to face what he is…what he was….and what he might become….in order to save Sharyn and the rest of the galaxy from the rising tide of death and destruction in their wake.
BOUND TOGETHER (A SEA HAVEN NOVEL) by Christine Feehan
VS Note: So I totally loved Author Feehan’s Drake Sisters series, set in Sea Haven. Reminded me of the “Charmed” TV series in all the best ways. HUGE fangirl of that series and Feehan’s book series (which was not related to the TV show). I really enjoyed Water Bound, the first book in this Sisters of the Heart series, also set in Sea Haven. The autistic heroine in that one was very well drawn, I felt. Then I kind of got less enthused with each succeeding book and even DNF’ed one of them (too much Russian mobster stuff for me). But that’s kind of my experience with her books and series – I passionately LOVE some of them and others, not so much! Your mileage may vary (YMMV).
For five years, Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold in order to take down the world’s most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing the club’s exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there’s only one cure: to see the wife he left behind…
Blythe Daniels thought she’d never see Viktor again after he murdered her stepfather and left without a word. She rebuilt her life without him, becoming a personal trainer and physical therapist…becoming strong enough for others to lean on. But when Viktor comes back to Sea Haven, he’ll make Blythe question everything she thought she knew about good and evil—and the dark desires of the heart…
WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER (A BREEDS NOVEL) by Lora Leigh
VS Note: So the Breeds series is another one where I have wildly LOVED some of the books and reread them so many times (Elizabeth’s Wolf and Coyote’s Mate are my favorites) and not so much others. But a new release in the series is always a good thing!
Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon.
After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.
Now he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Cullen is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. He lacks the ability to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. And he remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he loved—at the cost of her life.
He’s no longer a Breed, merely a man. . . or so he thinks. But his tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same…
THE CHARM by Linda Mooney
She sold herself to a dark and angry master.
He bought her, hoping she would save his world, and himself.
Tired of letting his people down time and time again, Egan Pri, costell of Unurit, has decided to do whatever it takes to save his people. A Charm is coming to town, and if he can scrape up enough money to buy her, his people could reap the benefits…but he’s skeptical. Still, he’ll try anything. The only rule? Keep her happy. He could do that.
Genesee ii Duuru, a magical gypsy of sorts, is ready to be sold. She feels the pull of a planet desperate for her help. The sadness, the hopelessness—it’s time for her to do her part, what she was born to do. With two offers on the table, does she go with her heart, or the betterment of her tribe?
Genesee finds herself wanting to heal more than just the land and the people. But with this being her first sale, she fears she’s gotten in over her head. What had started out as answering a call for help had morphed into her becoming a pawn in a political game she had no business being a part of.
Forgotten enemies, unexpected allies, and a love forbidden. And that was only her first week.
SEAMUS’S MATE by Elizabeth M. Valey
VS Note: I like Valey’s writing style and I’ve enjoyed the snippets from this book she shared with us on the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop. So this is on my TBR List.
When Seamus discovers Kaila is in danger he sets out to save her. He couldn’t care less that she doesn’t want him there. His objective in life is to love and protect her. Besides, she might refuse to be with him, but her body knows better. With both their lives on the line, she can’t say no to his aid, can she?
For years, she has ignored her feelings. Kaila’s mission was supposed to be easy: enter the demon’s lair and save her sister. Then, he came along. For close to twenty years she has been fighting against the mating pull. She has avoided Seamus at all costs, but now they’re both trapped in hell and she has nowhere to run, except, maybe, into his arms.
AN EMPEROR FOR THE ECLIPSE (AFTER EXILE BOOK 1) by Eris Adderley
Raothan Ga’ardahn wants to take his own life. Twelve years in exile have a way of beating a man down, and the shameful secrets of his past, no matter how far buried, weigh enough to keep him that way. The last thing standing between him and oblivion is a sign from the gods. That, and a unit of Imperial Guard trooping onto his farm one late summer’s afternoon.
Across the continent, the Taunai heed the warnings of their dead: act to correct an unforeseen fracture in the Pattern of events, or face annihilation. Niquel, their bravest Questioner, accepts the challenge to descend into the dangerous lowlander capital for the good of her people. A journey alone away from her snowy mountain home awaits. Any worry about the strange man in her dreams will have to come later.
When the paths of the two outsiders cross on the steps of the imperial palace at Protreo, the fate of the empire shifts. One the Novamneans call ‘exile’, the other they call ‘witch’. Neither will ever be the same.
REDEEMING THE BEAR (TRAPPED IN BEAR CANYON BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder
Ryland Brolin is a walking time bomb. For years he’s kept the monster inside him locked away, allowing him to create a vast business empire and interfere in benevolent ways in his brother’s lives. Now that they are both happily mated, he has one last thing to do: shut down the Bear Canyon Brawl and end the violent legacy their father left behind. The only problem? In the process, Ryland has finally discovered his mate.
Lea Atherton knows it was a mistake to let her training sessions with billionaire Ryland Brolin end with sweaty sex on a gym floor. He’s the last person in the world she could be with, no matter how incredible he made her feel….
IMPERIAL BRIDE (CELESTIAL MATES) by C. J. Scarlett
VS Note: Thanks to Merry of the SciFi Romance Group on Facebook for making sure this one didn’t escape my notice!
Hating her isolated, sheltered life in the Japanese Imperial Family Maiko longs for action and adventure among the stars. When her opportunity come, she grabs it with both hands and risks everything to protect her new home world when a temporal anomaly threatens to swallow everything in its path.
Little does she know her father has made an exception to the longstanding rule that no Imperials leave Earth, only because he plans to have her fitted with new husband from the Krylon Imperial House. There are two brothers. She has her heart set on the scarred one with curious eyes. Unfortunately, arrangements were made for her to be courted by the one with a smirking face, snarky attitude, and reputation for running around the galaxy chasing women.
No thank you dies on her lips about the time he hits her with their very first kiss. A handsome clone from a nearby world seems mesmerized by her intelligence and charm. He would be a much better fit, since he’s not been caught cavorting in the harems but something is missing when they are together.
It all may become a moot issue unless they can figure out how to stop the darkness from swallowing their world.
JACE (LUNA LODGE: HUNTERS OF ATLAS) by Madison Stevens
VS Note: Another nudge from Merry! Love the heroine’s name LOL.
Conservation researcher Veronica has come to the rural town of Eagle Ridge to investigate reported animal attacks that have left pets and a man dead. The locals need the help, and she could use the data to complete her research work.
She doesn’t expect to find anything that unusual. After all, she’s been dealing with dangerous animals for years and thinks she knows the habits of desperate creatures. She certainly doesn’t expect a mutant killer.
Hybrid Jace is desperate to locate a killer Glycon his people believed already dead. They know it’s only a matter of time before the monster strikes again, costing another innocent life and exposing the hybrids to the outside world. It’s just hard to investigate the Glycon when the beautiful Veronica keeps showing up and Jace’s mind goes more to passion than the enemy.
With a ruthless enemy still on the loose and secrecy at a premium, Jace’s going to have to risk it all if he wants to save Veronica and take down the monster.
NEBULA NINE by Pauline J. Baird
VS Note: While I don’t have space to list all the many books being re-released, I will from time to time mention short stories or novellas that have previously only been in anthologies. This one was in the Dealer’s Choice An Intergalactic Bar & Grille paperback, which was only available as swag at last year’s RT Booklover’s Convention. A very limited edition! (I had a story in there too – look for mine to release in early May.)
Lives at risk. Time out of whack. Is it a test? Or a trap?
Special Forces Temporal Agent, Jane Jones finds the thrill of going where she’d never gone before giving way to wondering what is wrong on Nebula Nine Space station. Is the Agency testing her loyalty? Or has she jumped into a trap? As her doubts grow, so do her fears of destabilizing her own timeline and disappearing from existence. And who is Ryder Jaxon?
Ryder Jaxon doesn’t trust anyone. And he sure doesn’t trust things that only he can see. So when he starts seeing visions of the station blowing up, and he has to work with a woman he wants to trust, he wonders if he should take a long vacation.
It’s a trip into crazy for both of them and as they race to stop a madman intent on destroying the station. But when they realize how completely they have both been betrayed, look out. Join Jane and Ryder as they take back their future from those who think it is a game.
HIS VIRGIN MATE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES: THE VIRGINS BOOK 1) by Grace Goodwin
VS Note: I one clicked this.
One look, one touch, and there is no denying the heat…
Twenty-one and single, Alexis Lopez hopes her lackluster response to men is a problem she’s eager to solve by volunteering for the Interstellar Brides Program. One look at the large, dominant alien who claims she belongs to him sets her body on fire. When he tells her, in explicit detail, how he’ll claim her in every way, she is eager to give her mate everything, body and soul.
Von of Everis is a ruthless and high ranking Hunter who’s spent years fighting in the Hive wars. But his bed, and his life, are empty until Alexis arrives. One look at his innocent little bride and he knows she belongs to him.
Simple, right? Nope. The match is challenged by one of the most feared warriors on the planet and stolen kisses and mind-numbing pleasure won’t save Von from a deadly duel. But Von is a Hunter, a warrior, a protector, and someone is trying to take what belongs to him. Only him. He will do whatever it takes to protect, save and claim his virgin mate.
Varin is a Vision Kindred and an elite bodyguard, bound to Princess Brynnalla of Galen Prime. Though he can never have her, Varin is sworn to protect her with his life…but there are some things even he can’t protect her from. When Brynn’s parents sell her to a race of insectile beings called the Hive as a Breeding Queen, he must risk everything to get her back…even if it means losing his bond with her forever.
THE DRAGON GENE (WEREGENES BOOK 1) by Amira Rain
In a world where some humans are blessed with a special gene that allows them to shapeshift into different forms…Kylie Donovan has just discovered she is a carrier of “THE DRAGON GENE”.
As a result she is being forced by the government to mate with a male carrier of the dragon gene called Matthew in order to produce a special “super” baby that will have two sets of the gene.
However, some genes should never be combined and the results of this match up could be about to threaten the existence of the planet and dragon-kind as they know it…
SINS OF THE SOUL (THE SINS SERIES BOOK 2) by Eve Silver
Alastor Krayl’s world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor’s obsession. And the enigmatic Naphré Kurata, a witness—or is she the killer?—has the answers he seeks.
A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender.
THE STRUGGLE (A TITAN NOVEL BOOK 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A bloody path has been chosen…
The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.
The Great War fought by the few is coming…
All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.
EXILED (A RETURN OF THE ELVES NOVELLA) by Bethany Adams
A willing exile
For a hundred years, Delbin has lived on Earth, voluntarily cut off from his birth land, Moranaia. He’s learned to hide his elven nature and use his mind magic without getting noticed. Until he accidentally wields it on the Moranaian scout sent to check on him.
A hesitant ally
Though Inona has good reason to mistrust exiles, part of her job is to make sure they aren’t causing trouble. She sets out for Earth with one goal—get this annoying mission over with. But from the moment Delbin tries to use his power on her, she can tell he is different….
RISING FLAMES (SURVIVING ASHES BOOK 5) by Kennedy Layne
VS Note: Yup, one clicked this too…dystopian/military/romance – how could I resist?
Van Overton had given years of service to his country. He’d paid his dues and he no longer needed to put his life on the line. He could live out the rest of his days doing what he did best—making money from inside the heart of the world’s fastest paced financial system.
Allie James had wished time and again for something—anything—to happen just so she didn’t have to open another eviction notice. She adored the hustle and bustle of the city, her cozy apartment in a good neighborhood, and the rugged looking man across the hall wasn’t half bad to look at either. Regrettably, she’d been thinking more along the lines of winning the lottery than an approaching apocalypse.
Van should have known his luck wouldn’t hold out, but a supervolcano eruption? It was a good thing his time in the military had taught him to be ready for just about anything. Unfortunately, his next-door neighbor didn’t fit into anyone’s idea of a survival plan. Allie was everything he tried to avoid in a woman, but she was definitely the one who had the ability to steal his heart.
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
VS Note: I haven’t read this as yet but I enjoy Scalzi (interviewed him for USA Today/HEA once, which was an amazing experience, a real master class in a nutshell, and fun!). He usually writes strong women characters, although he falls into the hard scifi category…I’ll be reading this one…
Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.
Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.
The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
VS Note: This book is ‘hard’ scifi (not romance) and although I have not read it, the premise, the themes and the reviews sounded interesting. So it’s my final mention for today.