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).
BARBARIAN (GALACTIC GADIATORS BOOK 6) by Anna Hackett
VS Note: I have been WAITING for this one! Didn’t even finish reading the blurb before I one clicked LOL.
Abducted by alien slavers, experimented on, and left blind, the last thing doctor Winter Ashworth needs is a big barbarian gladiator in her life, especially an annoying one who thinks she’s small and weak.
Rescued by gladiators on the desert world of Carthago, Winter is doggedly working to embrace her new life. But two of her friends are still missing and she’ll do anything to help get them back…even if she has to work alongside Nero Krahn: hunter, barbarian, gladiator. The scowly, brooding man is too big, has too many muscles, and pushes all her buttons.
Nero is the House of Galen’s best hunter and tracker. Raised on a barbarian world, where strength and might are prized, he was bred to hunt and fight. Now the arena is his home and his loyalty is to his imperator. He knows he can use his skills to find the two lost women, even if that means protecting a small blind woman who takes every chance to misjudge his words and lash him with her sharp tongue.
But as they follow a dangerous trail to save their friends, a new enemy emerges–one who wants Winter. The pair find themselves reluctantly attracted to each other, uncovering a scorching desire that shocks them both. As Nero fights to protect Winter, the barbarian gladiator will discover the true meaning of strength from the small Earth woman he wants to claim as his.
LOVERS AND LUNATICS (MARS ADVENTURE SERIES BOOK 2) by Jennifer Willis
VS Note: I haven’t even finished raving about Book 1 MARS HO yet LOL so of course I one-clicked on this!
Is true love lurking in the junkyard of low Earth orbit?
Hannah Cuthbertson’s job is on the line when she is ordered into orbit aboard a fledgling salvage ship to promote a new reality show, Space Junkers. Worse still, she has to work with the Face of Space himself, Gary Nelson—the perfectly groomed and professionally sculpted Mars Ho! host whom she abhors.
But one dangerous occurrence after another proves that this is no ordinary assignment.
As two frenemy salvage crews compete for the same payload, Hannah and Gary must put their suspicions aside to get to the bottom of a treacherous conspiracy—and to satisfy the escalating heat between them.
Will Gary escape the amorous clutches of his most ardent space groupie? Will Hannah and Gary risk everything to expose the truth?
COSMIC RIFT (GRAND MASTERS GALAXY BOOK 4) by Aurora Springer
Empath Violet embarks on a new and desperate mission to find her missing lover.
Violet’s happy family life is shattered when Athanor Griffin vanishes. The formidable Grand Master might have teleported anywhere in the galaxy. Violet strives to find her psychic partner, while looking after their baby and fulfilling his duties on the Council. Her frantic search uncovers a new threat to galactic civilization along with resurgence of the infamous Ixioth slavers. The Council dithers in response to her call for action, and even her former allies believe the Griffin is dead. She must risk her son, her psi-powers, and her life to rescue her beloved mate in the hope they can unite to fight the menace.
FIDELITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 10) by Eva Caye
Prince Richard Sinclair is his brother’s right-hand-man and go-to guy, who excels as the Emperor’s Fireman because he can’t deal with his personal life. He only plays the Imperial Bad Boy because that’s what makes the dukes respect him, despite his age, intelligence, education, and birthright. Delightfully intrigued by Lady Meredith Lauder, his virtual Cinderella, he rescues her from her burdensome family life at the first opportunity.
Scarred by ridicule and neglect, Merry gleefully abandons her family, but she feels she has to work at the Imperial Palace to compensate for Richard’s generosity. Even as he entices her to his bed, she believes she’s being true to her core principles, to never be dependent upon a man, and to pursue a relationship of equals. (more…)
NEVERWYLDE (RIM OF THE WORLD BOOK 6) by Linda Mooney
Finally rescued from the half-world, Kyber and Kelen believed the worst was behind them.
They were wrong.
Another ship has landed on Neverwylde, but are the visitors friend or foe? Kelen, Kyber, and the crew are hoping for a rescue, but preparing for a battle. The fight between Terrans and Seneecians has been put behind by those on the half-planet in order to survive, but the newcomers are not of the same mindset.
Even if they are rescued, where will that leave Kelen and Kyber? With neither being accepted by the other’s race, will they be forced to go their separate ways?
Everyone is hoping for their own happily ever after once and for all. But sometimes the worst terrors don’t come from alien worlds.
They’re closer to home.
TIED UP IN CUSTOMS (DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 4) by Cassandra Chandler
Eric Peterson is a man on a mission: get his AWOL asset, Brendan, back to work on a classified communications relay his superiors want finished yesterday. When Eric tries to reconnect, a gorgeous—and strange—woman shows up in Brendan’s place, claiming to be an alien on a mission to save the planet.
Sorca has been sent to bring Eric to the Arbiter so that he can join the Department of Homeworld Security…or receive a mindwipe if he’s not interested. As the strongest soldier in the Coalition fleet, her plan is simple—ask him nicely, and if he says no, take him anyway. But the more contact she has with the Earthling, the more her thoughts turn from battling the human to bedding him.
Can they let go of their missions for long enough to follow the orders of their hearts?
A WARRIOR’S CLAIMING (THE INSTINCT BOOK 3) by Marie Harte
It’s time to claim her mates…
Raia is on the hunt, and she never misses a target. No matter how big he–they–might be.
Arghet doesn’t know what to make of the new addition to the clan. Skehl is huge, an indomitable warrior with a beserker’s power. Once part of a hated enemy clan, he’s watched carefully. Somehow Arghet finds himself having to look after the beast. Arghet’s a Vyctore warrior. He has more important things to do than care for a troubled male. He’s doing his best to track down the strange female who stole his kill not long ago. Oddly, she bears the same skin markings as Skehl, a dark tribal marker on her left cheek.
But when he finally finds her, Arghet learns he’s no longer the hunter, but the hunted. And that Skehl is much more than the quiet, subdued warrior he once seemed.
RECKONING (KATIERAN PRIME BOOK 13) by K D Jones
Commander MarIK made a decision that led him down the wrong path. Now he has to find a way to help the Katierans and protect the beautiful negotiator who was in danger. Then he can take his own vengeance against the leader who used him and others and now made alliances with the enemy. OrIN had finally gone too far; MarIK would not let this slide. A day of reckoning was coming. May the Goddess help any who stood in the way.
TRANSCEND (ORIGIN BOOK 2) by Scarlett Dawn
Women are disappearing in New City, and the Corporate Army assigns their best soldiers to the case. In a world still recovering from war and death, every woman is needed for the survival of the human race.
Mina Kramer is a socialite in New City. She smiles for her father’s business associates, laughs at all their jokes, and acts the perfect daughter. When she’s suddenly abducted from a party at Baker Corporation, her whole world turns sideways. The kidnappers aren’t asking for her family’s money, the one item her parents have plenty of. With only confusion and captivity in her future, she prays for a rescue by her parents.
Except her saviors come in the form of the all-power Mr. Finn Baker and Poppy Carvene, a tiny sprite of a woman. And they don’t return her to her parents. Mr. Baker decides he wants to keep her and use her as bait to flush out the kidnappers’ leader.
Mina must push her fears aside or dive deeper into them. Does she want to run to her parents, who are safe? Or will she transcend to a woman who fights criminals bent on destroying New City? And can she overcome her startling feelings for the sexy Mr. Baker, a man who harbors secrets of his own?
OBLIVION by Adriana Moon
VS Note: From mid-June, picked up from a Goodreads comment by Reader Jen in the Sci-Fi Romance Group over there.
Captain Breanna Delaney knew Caleb Sylvaine would be trouble from the moment she reviewed his military records, but she didn’t have many options available to her on the last-minute mission. His distractions could spell disaster for her, but she wasn’t known as the Ice Queen among them for nothing—something Sylvaine sees as an intriguing challenge in spite of the danger.
The recently surfaced colony ship needed recognizance, and it was up to her to bring her ragtag group of mercenaries to investigate why the ship disappeared twenty-five years before, and what had brought it back onto their radar. None of them realized the horrors that awaited them in the bowels of the abandoned craft.
XAVIER (AN OMNES VIDENTES NOVEL) by Wendie Nordgren
The Parvac Empire sends Xavier, a genetically engineered hybrid soldier, on a mission to capture a dangerous weapons manufacturer. When he discovers a tech slave who is desperate to escape, he finds salvation from a lifetime of unrequited love. However, Xavier isn’t the only one who wants her. Her cyborg master sends his brutal AI soldiers to take her back. Will Xavier’s telepathic and empathic abilities be enough to save the woman he loves?
THE MECH WHO LOVED ME (THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 2) by Bec McMaster
VS Note: I love her BURNED LANDS dystopian SFR series so I’ll have to try this!
Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case… and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her.
Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there’s more to the case than meets the eye and wants a chance to prove herself. There’s just one catch—she’s ordered to partner with the sexy mech, Kincaid, who’s a constant thorn in her side. Kincaid thinks the only good blue blood is a dead one. He’s also the very last man she would ever give her heart to… which makes him the perfect candidate for an affair.
The only rule? It ends when the case does.
But when an attempt on her life proves that Ava might be onto something, the only one who can protect her is Kincaid. Suddenly the greatest risk is not to their hearts, but whether they can survive a diabolical plot that threatens to destroy every blue blood in London—including Ava.
IT’S GETTING HOT (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS SHORT STORY) by Miranda Martin
Life on Tajss can be hard. There’s very little water, it’s hot as hell, human technology has been set back to the stone age, and some of the survivors just want to cause trouble for everyone else. Despite everything, there is hope for the future of two races. Adorable half-alien babies prove love can conquer all.
This short story is part of the Red Planet Dragons of Tajss series and is not intended to be stand alone. It should be read after book five, Olivia’s story (Dragon’s Kiss), and is a quick look into life as a survivor for those who just can’t get enough of the Red Planet.
THE UNLIKEABLE DEMON HUNTER: STING (NAVA KATZ BOOK 2) by Deborah Wilde
After a bumpy start as the only female demon hunter in the top secret Brotherhood of David, Nava Katz heads to Prague for her first undercover mission: unmasking a demon movie star. She’d be all kinds of thrilled if it weren’t for the fact that her fellow hunter-with-benefits, Rohan Mitra, has reclaimed his rock star status and assigned Nava the role of groupie.
Rejecting her “be a good girl and follow orders” directive, Nava unleashes an alter ego guaranteed to hook their celebrity target and drive Rohan crazy. No downside-until she finds herself up against Rohan’s past, the Brotherhood’s antiquated thinking, and her own identity issues, turning her personal life into a bomb that could blow up the entire operation.
Sparkly and deadly; it’s a plan.
RED HAVOC BAD BEAR (RED HAVOC PANTHERS BOOK 5) by T S Joyce
The countdown is on. Crazy Lynn Matheson has six days until she’ll join all the other shifters who have lost their minds and been put down by their alphas. All she wants to do is get through the next week with the Gray Back Crew as quietly as possible, but some of the big, dominant males in Damon’s Mountains are pushing her to fight her destiny. The main culprit? A tatted-up, motorcycle-riding, trouble-making giant of a man named Jathan Barns. He’s watching her every move, angering the panther inside of Lynn. She wants nothing to do with love, but Jathan is stirring up emotions she never thought she would feel again, and now he’s making her question everything—her destiny included.
The countdown is on. Jathan Barns has six days to save Crazy Lynn. She fell apart when she left Damon’s Mountains, and now no matter what it costs him, he is determined to keep her alpha from putting her down…
BEYOND TIME (A KNIGHTS THROUGH TIME ROMANCE) by Cynthia Luhrs
What happens when a 14th century Scottish hunk ends up in the 21st century? Would you believe his story?
When Mellie Evers is dumped on social media she decides to put her imagination to good use. And with the big family reunion rolling around, there’s no time like the present. Mellie tells everyone about her new boyfriend. He’s perfect, charming, Scottish…and fake. Well, he’s based a little too closely on a certain Scottish hottie but that guy? He’s a thief and claimed to be from…the 14th century and she kind of played a big part in getting him sent away. When he appears at the museum again, Mellie tells him she’ll help him out if he’ll pretend to be her fake boyfriend for the big reunion. Only Mellie doesn’t know Connor isn’t lying, he really is from the 14th century…and this time, he’s keeping that secret to himself.
NO PERFECT MAGIC (UNEXPECTED MAGIC BOOK 6) by Patricia Rice
VS Note: OK, I haven’t read this series and I’m not sure it’s strictly speaking fantasy or a paranormal BUT hey, it sounds GOOD. Put it on my TBR List.
Will Ives, the bastard of the late marquess, is as strong, handsome, and smart as his titled brothers, but he has no interest in society or book learning. His unique gift for training highly-prized rescue dogs is all he needs. His peace is shattered the day the beautiful but eccentric Lady Aurelia demands his help in finding a child no one knows is missing.
The daughter of a duke, Lady Aurelia has everything: wealth, beauty, and a family known for their good works. Unfortunately afflicted with hyper-acute hearing, she spends most of her time cringing in her room. She wants to please her father and make a good match, but how can she when every dinner, tea, and ball is pure torture?
When a child only she can hear cries for help, Aurelia must find a way to turn her affliction into the gift it is, before it’s too late. Will, in turn, must overcome his hesitancy to work with a lady who makes him feel inadequate in all ways but one.
With the reluctant aid of Will and his dogs, the pair sets out on an unusual journey that will surely lead to heartbreak— or a love against all reason.
A DESTINY OF DRAGONS (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 2) by T J Klune
Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.
Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.
GARDEN OF GRAVES (HOUSE OF ROYALS BOOK 8) by Keary Taylor
The King has arrived in Boston.
Lexington confessed to a crime he didn’t commit to save Elle’s life. Now she’s summoned the one and only person who can spare him, but it comes at a dangerous price: confessing every one of her secrets to the King. That she is the one who has been curing the Bitten, and who the true father of her unborn child is.
Trying to do good comes with unforeseen consequences—a cured Bitten, one who should have just walked away and tried to forget, wants revenge. The cycle must stop, and the only way to do it is to expose all vampires to the world.
The decree has been made, the fate of Charles Allaway is sealed; he will die. But first they have to find him. No more hiding, Elle is ready to take her fate, and that of her child, into her own hands.
ONE THOUSAND WISHES ONE THOUSAND STARS (THE COMPLEX BOOK 0) by Katherine Rhodes
The Angel fell, but not for him.
P’iliticus Alvinad had pined for the beautiful angel Arahambramin for centuries. But angels—living just a quarter turn out of the reality all the Metas inhabited—were one of the most mysterious of all the species, and she had never taken a second look at the diminutive djinn.
Pili’s heart was crushed when Min chose another to love. His ire rose when he found it was a Human. He knew he could ever turn her away from the Human who fathered her child.
He didn’t trust his heart after that. For his own safety, he entrusted his lamp to John Smith, the vampire. When John brings the lamp to the Complex, Pili is forced to follow. There, he discovers what his angel never knew about her chosen mate…
…and his plans for their child.
MOUTH WATERING (ST LEASING BOOK 1) by L P Maxa
Looking to change her life, Corey Cooper moves across the country to a remote town in Colorado to become the new guidance counselor at St. Leasing, a prestigious all boys prep school. But soon she learns her attraction to the gorgeous head coach, Dominic Hardy, is more than the usual chemistry, and that her students are more than the typical randy teenage boys.
Dominic Hardy loves his life at St. Leasing. As head coach, he’s fulfilled by his career, and in the small Colorado town outside the school’s gates he has all the entertainment a man could desire. No complications, no attachments, life was good. Then Corey Cooper comes to St. Leasing and Dominic’s instincts kick in – she is his, and that’s for life. Throw in a troubled teen, a tyrannical parent, and a mysterious disappearance, and all of a sudden everything at St. Leasing has become a matter of life or death for his kind.
VS: My SFR Galaxy Award Winning Novel HOSTAGE TO THE STARS is still on sale for $.99!
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…