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).
STARSTRUCK by S. E. Anderson
After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.
Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.
Now she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?
PROMISE THE STARS (CORWINT CENTRAL AGENT FILES BOOK 5) by C. E. Kilgore
Nikki’s been to the deepest pit of darkness in the universe and lived to tell about it, barely. But, to move forward with her life, she must first go back to Thetos – where a buried secret and her father’s promise await her return. Despite her independent, defensive nature, she lets Brom into her world and under her skin bit by bit. With her Trexen biology clawing its way into fruition, including unwanted side effects like mind-reading and a deadly temper, she struggles to see herself as worthy of her father’s intellectual legacy. The more she reveals to Brom, the faster she expects him to leave. She quickly learns Orellians don’t give up so easily, and Brom’s as stubborn as they come.
But someone’s been waiting for Nikki’s return and the secret she guards. Its discovery could mean a chance at peace, or lead to all out war. In the wrong hands, even the best intentions can lead to catastrophe, and a promise can decay into regret.
PRISON PLANET BARBARIAN by Ruby Dixon
Being kidnapped by aliens is one thing.
Being kidnapped by aliens and then sent to a prison planet is something infinitely worse.
Here in Haven’s prison system, I’m stranded among strangers, enemies, and the most ruthless criminals in the galaxy. There’s no safety for a human woman here, especially not one branded as a murderer. I’m doomed to a fate worse than death.
Then…he decides I should be his. His name’s Jutari. He’s seven feet tall, blue, and horned. He’s an assassin and one of the most dangerous prisoners here. He’s like no one I’ve ever met before…and he might be my only chance.
HER ALIEN MASTERS (CAPTIVES OF PRA’KIR BOOK 3) by Renee Rose
SHE SURVIVED THE CRASH…
THEY’LL MAKE HER WISH SHE HADN’T.
Mira thought the crash into an alien planet was bad. Even worse was their police chasing her through a mall and shooting at her. Imprisonment for her and her shipmates’ supposed crimes took the cake. But now they’ve sentenced her to a lifetime “fostering” with two enormous males who punish her, keep her subjugated and force her to call them “master.” And they’ve given her a job–raising their three nieces, whom she inadvertently orphaned when her ship crashed…
THE MILITARIAN JOB by Arwen Chandler
Gwyn’s smuggling activity has never been secret, but she has always flown under the radar of the Militarian — until now. Forced to smuggle or die by order of the Militarian authority, she is on the run with a steep price on her head. Smuggling may be lucrative, but it becomes clear that her dangerous activity has compromised both herself, a new life form, and her family back home. Faced with a lifetime sentence on a prison planet, she and Adrik, her new ex-Militarian ally, must find a way to right the wrongs they’ve committed, and escape the Militarian death-grip she’s fallen under.
THE SPIDER QUEEN (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 5) by Wendie Nordgren
When an alien species attacks the Talpa Sector, Teagan leads a fleet of warships across the vastness of space to rush to the aid of its peaceful inhabitants. However, being thrust into the center of an alien war is the least of her worries. A sinister presence from the past attempts to capitalize on the havoc created by the alien invasion to destroy the fragile peace between the Parvac Empire and the Galaxic Expanse. In a deadly game of subterfuge spanning the universes, Teagan and those who are loyal to her may have met their match.
MATED TO THE CYBORGS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES: THE COLONY BOOK 2) by Grace Goodwin
FBI Agent Kristin Webster has spent the last eight years tracking and taking down the worst of humanity. She’s seen to much to believe she could ever trust a human man, but the promise of a perfect match through the Coalition’s Interstellar Brides Program has her settling into the testing chair to be matched to her alien mate. But her match isn’t a male from a distant planet, but two scarred Prillon warriors on the Colony. And when warriors begin to disappear, Kristin will take matters into her own hands.
Captains Hunt and Tyran have been waiting too long for a mate to allow her to risk her life chasing evil. But their defiant little human won’t listen. They are determined to tame her, claim her, keep her safe…no matter the cost.
A CIVILIZED MATING (THE INSTINCT BOOK 1) by Marie Harte
If one barbarian is lethal, two are even more dangerous…in bed
Earther Skye Jones arrives to rescue her friend from a kidnapping, knowing she’ll be throwing away her chances of a dream job on planet Ussed. But with her skills, she doesn’t anticipate being captured by a group of the lethal barbarians. Or that she’ll fall for the sexy squad leader. If that weren’t bad enough, she’s brought back to their encampment, where she meets their clan leader, yet another hulking warrior that sets her blood afire.
When the mating instinct takes over, Skye finds herself with not just one, but two bed partners. Her life isn’t meant to be lived among the uncivilized. Or is it? Before she can decide what she wants, the choice is taken out of her hands by an enemy clan. And if she’s not careful, she’ll lose a lot more than a stubborn heart.
TAVARR’S MATE by Sue Lyndon
My name is Katrina. After the Kleaxians attacked the humans on Tallia, I was captured by a cruel alien named Vonn. He claimed me as his mate, but tormented me for weeks and even tried to kill me. When he was executed for his crimes, I thought my nightmare had finally come to an end. But then his older brother, Tavarr, shows up burning with a biological urge to claim me.
Darkly handsome Tavarr’s mere presence makes my body hum with pleasure, and his touch prompts a relentless ache between my thighs. But I’m worried he’s too much like his brother. What if he tries to kill me too?
Despite my fears, I’m drawn to the tenderness in Tavarr’s dark otherworldly gaze, and I want to believe his intentions are true. However, the flashes of primal lust in his purple eyes don’t escape my notice. When it’s time to claim me, I don’t think he’ll be quite as gentle as promised.
DEADMEN WALKING: A DEADMAN’S CROSS NOVEL by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Deadmen tell their tales . . .
To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane– an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn– an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.
But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races— a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose….
THE QUEEN AND THE CURE by Amy Harmon
VS Notes: The reviews convinced me to give this a try, and I started reading the excerpt in the Look Inside feature and got completely caught up in the story.
Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.
But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.
Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.
HUNTED BY THE DRAGON DUKE by Mina Carter
VS Note: OK, I did one click this one!
Sexy, royal and one of the ferocious black dragons… he’s way out of her league.
Orphaned and forced to live under the cruel eye of her stepmother, Saskia spends her days and most of her nights sewing gowns for rich dragonesses to wear to balls she will never see. When a chance encounter brings her into contact with the handsome Callan, Duke and cousin to the Queen, she thinks nothing of it. After all, what royal duke would want a woman with a broken, mad dragon?
But when the otherworldly intervenes, Saskia gets her chance to go to the ball, and dance with the man of her dreams…
Tiny, delicate and utterly beautiful… but where has he seen her before?
A royal duke by birth, and a black, Callan’s life has been dictated since the moment he was born. Ordered by his cousin, the queen, to pick a bride at the ball or she’ll pick for him, he’s between a rock and a hard place. Until he sees her. The tiny woman in the purple gown runs him a merry chase over the ballroom but one look and he’s determined. She will be his.
And she is, for the briefest of moments before his duty intervenes and he has to return a wayward youth to his father before he gets himself into a lifetime of trouble. When he returns his delicate princess is gone, leaving behind a single shoe…
Furious, Callan launches a hunt for his love…one that leads to a woman who is not who she pretends to be, a raid on a brothel and a fight with a troll. Can he persuade his delicate princess she’s not broken, but that she’s the perfect dragoness for him?
TO CLAIM A KING (AGE OF GOLD BOOK 1) by May Sage
Accused of consorting with demons in her home town, Xandrie flees, only to find herself in a greater danger.
She’s a mere human woman, thrust in a brutal tournament pitting vicious dragons females against each other.
Yet, she can’t find it in herself to give up, as the winner will Claim the throne, and more importantly, the hand of the enticing Dragon King.
BOUND IN ETERNITY (DRACHEN MATES BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden
VS Note: I want this one! Put it on my TBR List…
Avery Harper hasn’t dated in two years. After losing her fiancé during his deployment, she chose to stay away from men and the games they play. That worked great until she met Jae Drachen. He overwhelms her senses from the moment she meets him. It has her wondering if love at first sight truly exists. The more time she spends with Jae, the more she believes it does.
Jae wants Avery. He’s built a corporate empire through years of all work and no play. That never bothered him until now. He’s finally met a woman who makes him feel alive; he no longer wants to wait for his marked mate to appear. What he feels for Avery is stronger than what any mate mark could create for someone else.
That all changes when another woman shows up. One who’s dreamed of Jae and has a mate mark. He’ll give up anything, including his dragon and long life, if it means keeping Avery. He’d sacrifice his life for her, but she loves him too much to let him destroy himself for her. She’d rather he be with someone else and living than dying because of her.
DARK GUARDIAN (CHILDREN OF THE GOODS BOOK 11) by I. T. Lucas
What would you do if you stopped aging?
Eva runs. The ex-DEA agent doesn’t know what caused her strange mutation, only that if discovered, she’ll be dissected like a lab rat. What Eva doesn’t know, though, is that she’s a descendant of the gods, and that she is not alone. The man who rocked her world in one life-changing encounter over thirty years ago is an immortal as well.
SABRINA AND THE GARGOYLE by Marie Dry
Sabrina married Mark after only knowing him for two weeks. Although he’s the man of her dreams, the man she loves more than life itself, she’s started getting strange vibes from him. Sometimes, she could swear he moves faster than the human eye can follow, and she’s sure she’s seen him change into something with wings. Could he be a vampire? A gargoyle? She tries to tell herself she’s being ridiculous, that those things don’t really exist. But when a strange being bursts through her bedroom window and kidnaps her, Sabrina is forced to admit the truth—not only are the creatures from her nightmares real, her own husband is one of them, and he married her for reasons other than love…
HEART OF GOLD (FIRECATS BOOK 1) by P. J. Jameson
A curse that can’t be broken…
Thomas “Ratchet” Golding used to be a fearsome and powerful werecat. Until he and his wicked clan of Alley Cats messed with the wrong coven of witches. Now a curse has crippled his animal and made him question his entire existence. He knows if he’s ever going to break it and heal his cat, he has to learn to love. Easier said than done when he was bred and raised to hate, hurt, and maim. But he’s gotten used to finding treasure among the ruins. Whether it be his life or the trash heap the Alley Cats call home, he can spot the gold among the muck. And he’s about to find the greatest treasure of all.
A life stolen…
Marlee Benson has been missing for ten years, and now she’s found. But still not free…
JOVIENNE (THE IMMANENCE SERIES) by Linda Robertson
A horrific car accident put Jovienne in a coma. When she awakened months later, she was told that her family had died. And Jovienne? She felt different…irreversibly changed.
Years passed, and she was raised by a stranger who trained her to use the quintanumin. She excelled at every lesson, and she longed for her mentor to become much more. When the time came for her final test, a death-match against a demon, she uncovered a terrible truth: the man she had trusted to teach her had a dreadful secret, and Jovienne had become a monster’s monster.
The traumatized Jovienne becomes desperate for a way out of this new life, working on a way to rescind her immortality….
A WOLF’S HUNT by Echo Ishii
Stephen Skollsgaard is worn down from the duties of Pack Alpha. Now, the Huntress demands he hunt magical prey in a ceremonial hunt — one more burden for an overwhelmed Alpha. And worse, she sends an arrogant, narcissistic dragon to accompany him.
The Dragon Zhang doesn’t care much for things outside the Celestial Realm-but one good look at the sexy Pack Alpha Stephen and he’s willing to spend a little time in the real world. Plus, that Alpha looks like he needs a bit of taming, which Zhang is always eager to do.
It’s time for Stephen to prove his worth and hunt his prey, but will he find he’s the prey of the dragon, instead?
CHARMED WOLF (WOLVES OF WHISKEY HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Lia Davis
Power is her greatest weakness, but love could be her salvation.
Dana Hutson is about to make one of the toughest decisions of her life: walking away from her twin and her Pack. But the anger of her late mate’s betrayal burns deep, and her guilt threatens to push her over the edge. Combined with the magic she was born with intensifying to a lethal level, she has no choice but to leave Whiskey Hollow in search of her inner peace. But what she finds could be more than she bargained for.
Cooper Reed will do anything to keep his sister and adopted daughter safe from the demented rogue Alpha of the Bloodrose Creek Pack. That includes killing anyone who threatens his family and going on the run. He is willing to do whatever it takes. He isn’t prepared to find his mate in the midst of the chaos.
When even more secrets and dangers come to light, Dana and Cooper must band together to stop the rogue and his minions before all is lost. But will their bond be enough to harness the power needed to defeat such a foe?
WHEN DANGER BITES by Heather Long
VS Note: I liked the idea of a military romance mixed with shifters…on the TBR List.
Buttoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.
Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax.
WHEN THE CROW SMILES (TALES OF REMNAS BOOK 3) BY Genvieve St-Yves
The Weight of Honor – As captain of the elite guard, the Blue Coats, Lord Sigrund Talrun believes no price is too high to pay in service to the elven King of the Summerlands. Then his liege demands he do the unthinkable to prove his loyalty. Racked with doubt and guilt, Sigrund attempts to bolster his crumbling resolve. He takes on a mission to capture the realm’s most notorious traitor, a woman who is both his mortal enemy and his secret obsession.
The Price of Betrayal – Caska the Ghastly Smile devotes herself to freeing her people, the Dark Elves, from the yoke of slavery…
DEADMAN DATING by Jambrea Jo Jones
Hollis Morgan’s zombie life would be considered boring by most, but for him it was perfect. Until his best friend tricked him into speed dating. With friends like Felix, he didn’t need enemies, but after meeting Dr. Umberto Yanukovich, he might forgive Felix. Only problem? The doctor was human.
Can there be a future for a zombie and a human?
THE BURNING WORLD: A WARM BODIES NOVEL Book 2 by Isaac Marion
VS Note: I know many people loved the “Warm Bodies” movie. I’d say read the reviews on this book, which cover a range of reactions to this story. Also apparently this is really a longer book broken in two (according to some reviews anyway)….so Book 3 will arrive at some point. I enjoyed the movie itself but never read the book…
The New York Times bestseller Warm Bodies captured hearts worldwide in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and a cult fandom. Now R the reluctant zombie continues his journey in this much-anticipated sequel.
Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He’s learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.
And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.
How do you fight an enemy that’s in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn’t want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.
VS Note: Can’t remember if I mentioned (lately) that I’d put three of my award winning scifi romance novels into one set.
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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…