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).
***And this week I have one of my own to announce!***
THE CAPTIVE SHIFTER by Veronica Scott
Concealing her own considerable magical powers, Caitlyn enters the service of the northern Witch Queen masquerading as a simple healer. Under order from her goddess, she’s searching for a magical gem stolen long ago from her own people, believed to be hidden in the massive castle. The task is daunting but Caitlyn is sure she can locate the gem and escape, bringing the prize back to the temple where it belongs. Until she meets the captive shifter and her loyalties become dangerously divided.
In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?
The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?
CHAMPION (GALACTIC GLADIATORS Book 5) by Anna Hackett
VS Note: WHEE! Another book in this terrific series!!!
Space marine Blaine Strong enjoyed being a composed, controlled member of space station security…until he was abducted by alien slavers. Forced into underground fight rings and pumped full of drugs, he’s now seething with anger and out for revenge.
Rescued by gladiators and fellow humans on the desert world of Carthago, Blaine is fighting to be the man he once was. But when the House of Galen is attacked, he must focus on joining the gladiators to fight back. That means teaming up with a tough, competitive female gladiator who not only challenges him at every turn, awakens a fierce desire he’s never felt before, but a woman who can sense the churning emotions inside him.
Gladiator Saff Essikani is the best net fighter in the Kor Magna Arena. Raised from young to fight, she bows to no man and uses her empathic abilities to win at whatever cost….
REDSHIFT by A. R. DeClerck
VS Note: Always great to have a new release from AR!
When a mysterious wormhole appears on the edge of a Nevada town, Rand Hazen and his team race to study it. Together with his partner and the love of his life, Rand knows he can be the first physicist to prove that time travel is possible. In a devastating twist of fate, the wormhole goes into flux, and when Rand opens his eyes all of Verity Pines is gone, taking with it his lover. Rand knows that he will do anything to find her, even going so far as to jump into the hole to follow her. Rand vows to himself that he won’t say her name until he sees her face again. On the other side of the wormhole Rand finds himself in a place he never imagined: the far, far future. The world as he knows it is about to end, but none of that matters; all he cares about is finding HER. Through a shining silver city and into a vast desert, Rand will comb this world until her finds her, or until the world itself burns around him.
JAGER (GALACTIC DEFENDERS BOOK 2) by Jessica E. Subject
VS Note: I’ve been really enjoying the snippets Jessica has shared!
Jager’s new squad of Defenders has completed training, but the spoiled princess who has grated on his nerves since her first day of training is called back to Hemera for a yearly celebration. When Princess Katrina doesn’t show up, Jager must find her and drag her home, where he wishes she would stay.
Katrina is a Defender, not a princess. And there is no way she wants to return to a planet she hates for some stupid ceremony. Not when she could be out killing Erebus with her squad.
But when a new enemy threatens both their lives, they must work together to survive.
TURNING LEAF (THE AWAKENING VOLUME 1) by Anne Mayburn
As a little girl, all Leaf Hatathli dreamed of was growing up and having a family of her own, but fate had something else in mind for her. Instead, she’s spent her life as a mercenary working for the Goddess, acting as her hand of justice in a world torn apart by the reappearance of magic. It’s a lonely business, and Leaf had given up on the idea of ever being someone’s beloved. After all, who could love a woman who’s possessed by a sex demon? When Mir DePaul, Alpha of the Shiraz Pride, is captured by slavers he never expected rescue to come in the form of his true mate. And he certainly never expected his mate to be a Shadow, a human sharing a body with the spirit of a demon. He shares his body with his tiger spirit, and they both know their mate when they see her. Even if she refuses to believe it. They’ll do everything they can to convince Leaf and her demon that their love is real…as soon as they escape the contingent of death wizards hunting them down. Everything has a price, and Mir will do anything to keep his mate safe while she tries to save the world from an ancient evil that threatens them all.
ALIEN SACRIFICE (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 9) by Sadie Carter
Sent to Zerconia as a spy, Annabel is certain she’ll discover some nefarious plot to lure human women to Zerconia. Instead, she encounters a race of honorable, protective, gorgeous Alpha aliens.
Not that she’s attracted to any of them. Nope, not at all. Particularly not arrogant, grouchy, stick-in-the-mud Macon
Macon has his future mapped out. He likes his life well-ordered. His mate will be obedient, honest and most importantly, Zerconian. He does not understand these human females. They are strange, confusing, loud and fragile. Far too fragile.
They are not for him.
No, he will never take a human mate.
THE NIGHT MARK by Tiffany Reisz
Faye Barlow is drowning. After the death of her beloved husband, Will, she cannot escape her grief and most days can barely get out of bed. But when she’s offered a job photographing South Carolina’s storied coast, she accepts. Photography, after all, is the only passion she has left.
In the quaint beach town, Faye falls in love again when she sees the crumbling yet beautiful Bride Island lighthouse and becomes obsessed with the legend surrounding The Lady of the Light—the keeper’s daughter who died in a mysterious drowning in 1921. Like a moth to a flame, Faye is drawn to the lighthouse for reasons she can’t explain. While visiting it one night, she is struck by a rogue wave and a force impossible to resist drags Faye into the past—and into a love story that is not her own.
Fate is changeable. Broken hearts can mend. But can she love two men separated by a lifetime?
THE UNYIELDING (CALL OF CROWS) by Shelly Laurenston
VS Note: I always enjoy her sense of humor. And her taste in stock photo cover models – the guy is also ‘Conor’ on my new SFR release coming in two weeks. The joys of using stock photos! We do all share in the romance world. Someday I’ll be able to afford my own unique cover shoots (I say in a dreamy hopeful voice…)
Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…
Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.
With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…
MATHIAS BOOK 3 (DRAGOFIN CLAN MATED) by Mychal Daniels
Mathias (Matt) Griffin is a Gryphon warrior guardian, top fighting strategy trainer for the Dragofin Clan and head over heels for his newly met mate, Wren Douglas. Now, if only she’d get a clue!
Give him thousands of portal breaching alien parasites to fight over the torture of being this close to the one woman who gives him new life and strength. Matt has a lot of things on his plate. With the advent of the prophecy, an influx of activity had increased at the interdimensional portal the Dragofin are tasked with guarding. Every new assignment drains him more and more. The only way to refill and regain his strength is to mate with the only woman able to fulfill the calling of being his partner for the rest of their lives. How can he show her he wants her for her and not for what she thinks he needs in a mate–oh and help her get over a real fear of danger and death? [more…]
GENESIS REVEALED (THE GENESIS PROJECT BOOK 2) by S. M. Schmitz
When Drake and Cade arrive in Somalia to retrieve the stolen cargo, Drake is faced with a horrifying realization: The Genesis Project is still with him. He’d never freed himself after all.
Back in the hands of Dr. Mike Parker, Drake’s fate takes a sinister turn. But the more he learns about his past, the more he’s revealed to be the monster he fears, and he will have to find his way back from losing what is most important to him: His own identity.
SCALING THE RIM by Dorothy Grant
VS Note: From February. Found by reader Celestine of the Sci-fi Romance Group on Goodreads. I one clicked this….
Never underestimate the power of a competent tech.
When Annika Danilova arrived at the edge of the colony’s crater to install a weather station, she knew the mission had been sabotaged from the start. The powers that be sent the wrong people, underequipped, and antagonized their supporting sometimes-allies. The mission was already slated for unmarked graves and an excuse for war…
But they hadn’t counted on Annika allying with the support staff, or the sheer determination of their leader, Captain Restin, to accomplish the mission. Together, they will overcome killing weather above and traitors within to fight for the control of the planet itself!
THE ALIEN’S MATE (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 2) by Zooey Draven
Kate Harper can’t believe that a month ago, she was living on Earth, going through the motions of a normal, human life. Now? A seriously sexy, insatiable, alpha alien knocked her up and she’s learning how to rule over an entire species with her new mate. As Kate tries to carve out a place for herself on Luxiria–all while pregnant with an alien warrior’s baby that loves to kick–there’s unrest brewing on the planet and her strong alien mate’s authority is challenged. And why can’t she shake the feeling that he’s hiding something from her?
TAKEN BY ALIENS by Cynthia Wilde
VS Note: From the reviews, evidently quite short with a lot of other bonus material. From February. Found by Merry of the SciFi Romance Group on FB.
Kiley thought she looked pretty hot in her borrowed little black number, but she was still a little nervous to see Brian at the party. She had heard he was into her, but still…what if he didn’t like her? This concern turned out to the last thing she had to worry about when after a night of decidedly earth bound passion, she awakened to find herself in a strange new world with beings intent on using her DNA to repopulate their own dying world. Was she going to be trapped on this alien world forever, or could she somehow leverage their complete lack of sexual experience to her own benefit to once again find her way home? Could she satisfy their scientific curiosity with a demonstration of her passion? And most of all, could she awaken the passion in the Adonis-like one known as Nathan, as a means to convince them all to ultimately allow her to go free and return to earth?
THE LITTLE CYBORG: A SPACE AGE FAIRY TALE (STAR CROSSED TALES) by J. M. Page
Celine Velmann’s never seen the sky. Her entire life, she’s lived in the Wastelands, where brutal dust storms that fill the sky are a way of life. She’s always dreamed of the stars that she’s only seen in pictures, but even her infallible robotic arm can’t craft the technology to get into orbit, so she’s stuck on the ground.
A Pampered Prince…
Ben’s never been good at anything but flying, but in the air, he’s the best there ever was. When the King — Ben’s father — orders all flights in the city grounded, he’s left stir-crazy and starved for action. Crazy enough to steal a ship and volunteer for a desperate, doomed, last-resort mission straight into the gaping maw of the Wasteland….[more]
THE TRIDENT LEGACY (COLLECTION ONE VOLUME ONE) by Kathryn Le Veque and Sharon Hamilton
VS Note: A novella duo, in one the hero becomes a Navy SEAL, from the extended blurb…
We are brothers, the Sons of Poseidon, though our mothers have gone many eons ago. Given special powers, we are required to protect humanity from the dark forces of the universe that coalesce and then plunge back into the inky pit of evil only to rise up again to be defeated.
My task is to blend in as a normal, common man. But I am not a common man. I bear the mark, and I have worn it proudly, although sometimes I find that calling more difficult than others. However, I’ve never run away from it nor deny the obligation of my birthright.
Oceans and worlds are fully accessible to me. There is only one thing that I am denied: a true love partner. I’ve loved many times, but never for evermore, only for the here and now….[more]
IMMORTAL UNCHAINED: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands
Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…
Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection—none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like…
ALDERIC (THIRD WAVE BOOK 1) by Mikayla Lane
Sotier Alderic Du’ Castine, Leader of the Dranovian Order of the Tri-Worlds, Guardian of the Rituals of Tongerno and Commander Priest of the Dawn, was in the middle of brokering peace between two warring communities of Daetz’ when he saw the shimmering portal open in the sky.
With the portal so close to the Dranovian stronghold, Alderic is forced to participate in a Human Hunt for the first time. As he searches the forest surrounding the Talunaha, he is shocked to see the beautiful and wild-eyed human standing fearfully in front of him.
Helena Chapman moved to Nome, Alaska after catching her fiancé in bed with her best friend the night before their wedding. Ignoring the warning of the longtime residents, she set out for a lone hike in the Denali National Forest. Her first night out she saw the strange, Mirage city in the sky and was swept into what she thought was a nightmare.
Literally from two different worlds and cultures that are evolutions apart, Alderic and Helena will have to try and forge a new path for the tri-worlds in order to prevent a human uprising that threatens Helena’s life and to unravel everything Alderic has ever fought for.
ETERNAL DAWN (AETERNAE NOCTIS BOOK 2) by Jade Kerrion
All parents in Aeternae Noctis have lost children to the culling, among them, the herbalist Rafael Varens. Once more, humanity’s remnants rise in rebellion against the ruthless rule of the three immortal icrathari and their vampire army. Yet again, they are crushed.
When the icrathari Siri seeks a salve for her chronic pain, she and Rafael strike a bargain. He will cure the poison in her blood if she expands the settlement and frees the children, including his son. Their tentative alliance ushers in unexpected friendship, until it is shattered by the cruelest betrayal.
From the darkness below the earth, an ancient and implacable enemy rises, twisting their pain and turning Rafael and Siri against each other—his first step in the destruction of Aeternae Noctis…
WIN (WERE ZOO 3) BY R. E. Butler
VS Note: Seems like a fun series. Is listed as a short read.
Gorilla shifter, Win Carlson, would love to find his soulmate, the one female on Earth perfect for him. Thanks to the VIP Tour tickets that the Amazing Adventures Safari Park sent out to eligible females in the area, he is seeing a lot of females on the weekends. But none of them are his soulmate, and he’s finding it hard not to get discouraged.
Curvy baker, Alexandra Flynn, has won awards for her banana cream pie, but her dream is to have her own bakery….
HOARDING SECRETS (A DRAGON SECRET NOVEL Book 3) BY C. I. Black
She can’t remember. He can’t forget.
Once a powerful warrior, Grey’s greatest battle now is with his out-of-control magic. What empowers him to remember everything also threatens to imprison him in his most horrific moments. He yearns for peace, but with the dragon sorcerer, the Handmaiden, missing, he has nowhere to turn. So when someone ransacks the sorcerer’s chambers, he agrees to investigate, hoping he’ll find her. What he didn’t count on was having to work with an agent of the Dragon Court, who instantly captivates and soothes his writhing memories but endangers everyone he holds dear.
Tortured with a lack of memory, Ivy wakes each day not knowing who she is and having to learn again and again that she’s the servant of an insane prince….
ENFORCER (BATTLE BORN BOOK 11) by Cyndi Friberg
Alyssa, a reluctant spy and hacker, comes to Lunar Nine hoping to disrupt their computerized systems and slow down the mysterious transformation program. She’s brilliant when it comes to coding, but helpless against the overwhelming attraction she feels for Dakar Lux, one of her potential mates.
As senior enforcer, Dakar is responsible for the safety of every person on Lunar Nine. He senses danger and deception in his lovely potential mate, yet he can’t stop thinking about her. He has always believed in keeping his enemies close, so he courts her, seduces her, determined to learn her secrets while he slowly stakes his claim.
ELVIS GETS HIS GROOVE BACK (MOONCHUCKLE BAY ROMANTIC COMEDY BOOK 5) by Heather Horrocks
Years ago, siren Charlie Melodi saved a newly made werewolf and his alpha still owes her. Today, after nearly killing a man, she calls in her marker. He sends a werewolf to bring her from Vegas to Moonchuckle Bay — and that werewolf looks suspiciously like Elvis. Can two people who have vowed to never sing again still make beautiful music together?
STOKING THE FLAMES by Various
Surrender to the Desire…
Embrace your Destiny…
Soar with the Dragons…
Stoke the flames that 13 of your favorite NY Times, USA Today and International Bestselling authors have ignited with their ALL NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED fiery tales of the scorching passion that erupts when a dragon is united with their soul-mate.
THE ASCENSION (ENTANGLED SERIES BOOK 3) by Jill Sanders
Jessica was getting tired of fighting fate. Not only had some really weird stuff been going on the past few months, but now she found herself crawling out of Jacob’s bed. She hated the guy. Well, okay, she’d avoided the guy. Sure, she’d fantasized about him most of her life, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t fight the attraction. Something was coming and everyone in town felt it, not just the chosen group she’d found herself part of in the last few months. And, if her being with Jacob was fated, she was determined to fight it for as long as she could, because she knew what was coming, even when no one else did. She knew how important everyone’s roles where in the next few weeks, but with the disappearance of Breanna, fate may have just taken a huge turn. For the worse.
Jacob has completely lost it. That’s the only explanation for what he’d been going through. And now, suddenly he’s found himself inexplicably drawn to Jess. But these new desires he felt for her were stronger than the need to breathe. What new powers did this witch hold over him? But more importantly, was there a chance they would survive the upcoming horrors?
Cauldrons & Confessions (WARLOCKS MACGREGOR BOOK 4) by Michelle M. Pillow
Malina MacGregor is more than just a delicate flower in need of manly protection, but you wouldn’t know it by the slew of male family members who show up anytime she tries to go on a date. Sure, she’s made some poor choices in men in the past—like the demon she mistakenly hooked up with in Las Vegas years ago. But that was then, and this is now, and she more than made up for that mistake.
Darragh “Dar” Lahey may be a luck demon, but his luck ran out the night he met the temptress—Malina. Now he’s back, and he has an axe to grind. Malina needs to pay for what she did to him, and the supernatural attacks he’s firing at her magickal family is just the beginning. There is only one hitch in his plans for revenge—even after all this time the stubborn woman can still make his heart ache, and his body burn with need.
AEQUUS (A ROYAL PROTECTOR ACADEMY NOVEL) By Randi Cooley Wilson
Serenity is being with the one you love.
Despair is being kept apart.
After the rain comes the war.
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? For Serena St. Michael and Tristan Gallagher, this is reality. Tristan has accepted his impending nuptials. He’s returned to his realm and his betrothed. Their unification will create peace. Serena is still struggling with her protector’s choice. With a firm resolve, she will forsake her own future in order to save him. Their love will trigger an ancient war. Can Serena and Tristan rewrite their destinies? Or will the Vergina Sun prophecy be fulfilled, and the lovers fall to fate? Welcome back to the Royal Protector Academy.
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roksani Chokshi
VS Note: Listed as YA, not sure how deep the romance runs but sounds intriguing and has good reviews.
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
My standard Notes and Caveats:
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 often include only the beginning of the book blurb…