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).
EDGE OF INSANITY (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 6) by S E Smith
VS Note: Always terrific to have a new book from SE!
Edge remembers little of his capture but all of what has happened since. Sold to the Waxians, he resists their efforts to gain information on the Trivator military and weapons systems. He can feel his mind splinter from their repeated tortures, but a soft voice in the darkness urges him to resist-and fight back.
Lina Daniels is used to fighting fire with fire. She isn’t afraid of death, but she is terrified of being captured. As a resistance fighter on Earth, she knew the dangers. Those threats seem minuscule compared to those on the alien world she was taken to.
Determined to return home, her plan is simple-free the Trivator warrior she discovered and force him to take her and the other women that are with her back to Earth. That plan turns out just as hazardous as being a fugitive on an alien world! The last thing Lina expects is for the Trivator to have an intense protectiveness of her or his stubborn determination in believing she is his Amate!
The soft sound of Lina’s voice is the only thing that prevents Edge’s mind from completely shattering. With the Waxian and Drethulan forces on their tail, it will take more than a few daring moves to escape to freedom. Can a tortured warrior and his rebellious rescuer escape the forces chasing them or will the threat of losing the last thing holding him together hurl Edge over the precipice and into insanity?
KIRK: ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #10 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black
VS Note: I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this one and I really enjoyed it. Fun!
Katie Henderson has been a teenager in the collective consciousness of Sci-Fi fans for a decade. Never mind that she’d rather be called Kate and is tired of wearing a starship uniform. Like her character in Suspended in Space, Katie’s life has been hopelessly stuck, still orbiting the waylaid starship that made her a household name, long after the show’s cancellation. She’s decided to do one last Comic Con circuit during her college summer break. After that she can’t wait to start a new life where she can make a real difference and leave the world of Sci-Fi behind.
Kirk is a visitor from another planet. Back on Aerie, he was migrated into a gorgeous human body, and assigned to learn about humans by choosing a female to annihilate with pleasure. Kirk looked forward to his assignment, but had no idea that his first look at Kate would bring him to his knees. He is desperate to make her his mate. But the impudent little human doesn’t want to get involved with an alien.
When an over-eager fan starts showing up where he doesn’t belong, Kate allows Kirk to act as a temporary bodyguard. But sharing close quarters with the achingly handsome alien threatens to push Kate’s willpower past the limit.
Will the practical former actress hold out for a “normal” life? Or will this interstellar hunk convince her to lighten up and relish all that he has to offer?
CYBORG FEVER (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 5) by Grace Goodwin
VS Note: I LOVE this series. One clicked, oh yes.
Warlord Anghar survives hell as a captive of the evil Hive. Convinced he will never break free, he chooses death over dishonor. When the Coalition ReCon Team sent to kill him frees him instead, he begins the long, tortuous journey back to a true Atlan, a warrior proud of his beast, of his service.
But no amount of honor, of bravery, or strength of will can save Angh from a life alone, banished with the other “contaminated” warriors on The Colony. And no amount of prayer to the gods will save him when the fever in his blood grows beyond his will to control – and the Atlan Mating Fever steals his final shards of belief.
Imprisoned, awaiting execution, one hope is left; a woman brave enough to tame his beast – and strong enough to fight the demons inside both his head and his heart. Because he may have escaped the Hive…but they aren’t finished with him yet.
FIRST MATE’S ACCIDENTAL WIFE: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais
It was supposed to be a simple mission. Locate a kidnapper’s vessel. Rescue the woman. Return her home. Collect a reward.
Instead, the First Mate of the Gypsy Moth finds himself married to a galactic crime lord’s daughter and fighting off those that would make her a widow.
Busy watching his back, while keeping her safe, Damon misses the deadliest attack of all. The one on his heart. She’s taken it, and he’s got to decide whether giving up his freedom is worth the price of love.
VYKEN DARK: CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 1 by Christine Myers
Cyborg Vyken Dark is back on Earth after fighting for eighty years in the Procyon War against the Mesaarkans. He came to help restore order out of chaos in old Chicago USA. Every major city on Earth is in ruins. Most are now run by gangs of thugs ruled by overlords who take everything of value and prey on those who are just trying to survive. Vyken and his four brother cyborgs are all that’s left of their starship crew of three hundred.
He didn’t want the job, but when his old mentor Admiral Carson Gregor asked, Vyken Dark could not refuse. If he could have chosen a man to call father, it would have been Carson Gregor.
Vyken chose the name Dark because the darkness in his soul drove him to kill the enemies of the Federation with a ruthlessness that few natural humans possessed. Sometimes that darkness overwhelmed his humanity and made him weary of his life… Until he came back to Earth and found her.
AURORA TERMINUS by S E Fanetti
VS Note: I love post apocalyptic tales so I read the sample (grim to a degree but post apoc IS grim, right?) but the heroine has a dog and a bear and….ok, I one-clicked. You knew I would, right? Seems like there is a romance from the reviews.
The end of the world came quietly, in a breathtaking display of light and color, while everyone stopped and watched, entranced.
And then the lights went out, and death and chaos took over.
A woman went up, high above the fray, and tried to build a life alone from what was left of the world that had been.
A man stayed down, in the midst of the turmoil, and tried to find a home in the world that had become.
But neither life nor home is possible until there is family, until love and trust and hope return.
Until then, there is only survival.
THE VERIDIAN CONVICT (BLUE DOMINION) by Sam York (aka Sabrina York)
The Godfather meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this crazy-ass adventure set on Viridian, a prison planet full of aliens…who want to eat you. Tig, the only human, is thrust into a lose/lose/lose situation when the mob boss he works for asks him to pick up and deliver a package that the Fed—the governing body of the known universe—also wants. To make matters worse, the “package” has curves for days, an attitude to match, and her own agenda for how this is all going down.
RESCUING ROMILIA (MORGAN SELWOOD) by Greta van der Rol
When Jirra and Toreni rescue Romila from a raid on her antiques business the Misfits start off on a mission to uncover a drug-smuggling operation. A new, very potent drug is on the market, hidden in statues of ice warriors carved on a remote world.
But all’s not well within the team. Toreni and Chet have fallen out, Toreni has received an offer that might be too good to refuse, and Jirra has doubts about her future. When the drug-smuggling operation morphs into something even more dangerous, the Misfits must resolve their differences. If they don’t act together, and quickly, many lives will be at risk. Including their own.
BLEND AND DEFEND (INNATE WRIGHT SERIES BOOK 6) by Viola Grace
The pilots of Bot City have been focused on securing the safety of their people, and incidentally the human city, for the last few days.
With one final battle to expunge the Tokkel before they can try and get a foothold on Hera, the bot pilots are ready to take up the customized weapons and use them to show the alien invasion who is in charge.
Their goal is clear. They have to repel the Tokkel and learn the actual history of the valley as not one version of the tale has rung entirely true. The Nine have their version, the elders have their version, the city has their version, and then there is the truth. It is past time for the truth to be heard. The pilots have earned it.
ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL (THE COVENANT OF THE RAINBOW BOOK 2) by Elana Brooks
Psychics battle aliens to save Earth—and love is the ultimate weapon.
Since he was a child, Steve has been seeing terrifying visions of aliens arriving on Earth. For many years he dismissed them as nightmares, even choosing a career in paranormal research in order to prove that psychic powers didn’t exist. Then the Covenant of the Rainbow found him and showed him irrefutable evidence that mental powers were real and his visions gave vital insight into the crisis they’ve been anticipating for centuries. Now he’s a member of the Eight, one of the Covenant’s leaders.
Rosalia’s grandmother taught her to accept and value her psychic gifts. She dreams of a day when powers like hers will be acknowledged and valued by all. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller’s site)
SAVING ASKARA by J M Link
Victoria’s day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of “post-discovery”. Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn’t? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That’s what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she’s not so sure she didn’t stick her foot in it…
Be careful what you wish for.
Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn’t fate. Earth’s proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular.
SPACE OPERA by Catherynne M Valente
VS Note: Not a romance as far as I know, but a fun concept for a scifi novel.
A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.
Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.
This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.
Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.
FIRE, BLOOD AND BEAUTY by Zara Zenia
One minute I’m a nineteen year-old woman trying to get through life and the next second I’m in space, charged with saving the human race on an alien planet.
Four men show up vowing to love and protect me … except they aren’t men at all, they’re alien dragon shifters and vampires.
They say we’re mates. I say they’re crazy.
I’m charged with a mission: have their baby.
Um, how about no.
They say it’s destiny. I say I’m a long way from home!
Purple Alien Prince’s Pregnant Captive by Celia Kyle
Baila spent one night with the sexy alien—over six feet of purple hotness—and now she’s paying the price. The cost? One great big (purple) alien bun in her very human oven. With no alien partner in sight, she’s determined to take care of herself—and her baby—on her own. Except, it’s hard to hold down a job as a sexy waitress with a huge stomach the color of grape Kool-Aid. Jobless and twenty-four hours from being evicted, she runs into the one person she never thought she’d see again.
KELAN: TALONIAN WARRIORS (A SCIFI ALIEN WEREDRAGON ROMANCE) by Celeste Raye
Kelan Rankin owned a company worth billions. His weapons were considered
evolutionary. He freely shared them with the entire world. He had been commanded to
stay uninvolved with the humans by the leaders of his planet. It was difficult for one so
kindhearted. He found them to be like family and he cared deeply for their welfare,
especially that of his personal assistant.
Michelle Langtree was shocked to be chosen as personal assistant to Kelan Rankin. Her
resume wasn’t up to par. She found her duties a challenge she was ready for. Kelan
trusted her and that meant everything to her. Her personal life was a shambles. She was
shackled to a man who abused her endlessly.
When Kelan discovered Michelle being choked by her abuser, anger took over his body.
He transformed into a terrifying creature. Michelle was saved, but at what cost? She now
feared the only man she had ever trusted and Kelan’s secret was out.
PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY: UNLEASHING HER SABER (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Rebekah Ganiere
Ursa shifter Stix is mortified when his mother marches him to Gerri Wilder, the best matchmaker in the universe, in an effort to secure him a bride. And though Stix appreciates his mother’s concern he turns down Gerri’s offer, determined to find love on his own terms.
Saber shifter Satia was almost broken by the torment she endured as a captive on Aurora. But now on earth, and with new found freedom she finds herself with her entire life ahead of her. So she heads to New York City to ask the strongest woman she knows to help her get her new life started, Gerri Wilder.
Under the guise of securing Satia a job, Gerri sends the girl off to work for Stix. As it becomes quickly apparent to both Satia and Stix that they are meant for each other, a bombshell from Stix’s past comes to light that threatens to tear them apart before they even get started.
KIAN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove
Devastated by loss and divorce, Everly needs a fresh start. When she answers an ad for a nanny, she finds herself living with an impossibly hot man called Kian and caring for his sweet baby girl, Ember.
Kian knows, the instant he meets Everly, that she’s his mate. He also knows that no matter how much he longs to tell her the truth, he can’t reveal his secrets to this unsuspecting human. Instead of confessing that he’s an alien refugee from another planet, he tries to give her everything she could possibly want.
A shocking discovery leads to Everly and Ember being kidnapped by vampires. Can Kian find them in time? And even if he does, will Everly accept the truth of who he is?
STATION COMMANDER’S SURROGATE: OLYMPUS STATION #1 by Aurelia Skye
Piper fled Olympus Station with a broken heart, finding solace in the far reaches of the galaxy as an exobotanist breeding rare plants. She left behind an unspoken love and a cruel sister, who enjoyed making her suffer. Eight years later, the last person she expects to hear from is her sister’s husband, Weston Templeton–especially bearing the news her estranged sister is near death, and her baby needs a womb to continue developing after Pippa’s passing. Somehow, she finds herself agreeing to act as a surrogate and steels herself to face the man she’s never stopped loving—the man who married her sister and never realized she existed years ago. Things have changed, and as she learns the truth about Weston and Pippa’s miserable marriage, old feelings she thought dead return. He seems to be falling for her too, but can she let herself love Weston again, or is it too late for them?
THOR (FAR HOPE SERIES BOOK 1) by Emma James
To some, the risks seem unnecessary, but to Kira that risk goes hand in hand with being an elite military pilot.
She has no way of knowing that her fame for bending the rules and always getting the job done is about to put her in danger.
What starts out as a simple off-the-books mission turns into a race against time to stop one man, driven mad by his lust for power.
Running from pirates, bounty hunters and cybernetically enhanced super soldiers, Kira and her crew must find a way to win at any cost – the fate of the human race could depend on it.
JION (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr
Curvy female Lauren Kate wakes up in an unknown strange place. She can’t remember anything.
So when the tall blue alien tries to calm her all she can do is run, but he is too strong for her and
now she is his prisoner.
Ambassador Jion Lek is a prominent official of the Kynon alien race. He was on a mission with a
difficult Captain that never listened to him and now they are paying for it.
He has crash-landed on a strange planet and his crew is nowhere in sight. All that remains is one
small human female with thick curves that drive him wild, but she too is difficult…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…
BROKEN BY THE ALIEN by Loki Renard
I’ve been a slave since Earth was conquered, but today a powerful Rathkari commander has singled me out. He’s brought me aboard his ship and made sure I’m bathed and pampered. Now this huge, fearsomely sexy alien warrior plans to do absolutely anything he wants with me.
I hate him and his entire race, and I fight him with everything I have… at first. (…more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…
THE THIEF: A NOVEL OF THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J R Ward
Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?
As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?
RESCUE ME (SPARKS OF DESIRE BOOK 2) by Valerie Twombly
Fighting fires is in Derrick’s blood. Left shaken after the tragic loss of his best friend, the event forces him to realize he can’t afford to care. Love has cost him everything and the pain has him vowing to never suffer such heartache again. When he tries to start over in a small northern town, a beautiful woman steps into his life and pushes every boundary he sets in place.
Being a full-blooded dragon shifter makes Halee an anomaly among her kind. With her eldest brother pressuring her to choose a mate, her loyalties are torn. Turning to a stranger for the night, she hopes to forget the fate she must face. But when the stranger, Derrick, shows up as the new guy at the station, Halee must choose between duty and stability or a man whose kiss unleashes a passion she never realized existed.
Both were looking for escape, but neither expected to find each other. Every heated encounter pulls them closer together. When fire strikes again, it will leave Derrick facing the ultimate choice: break his vow or walk away from Halee forever.
MYSTIC REALMS: A LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY ROMANCES By Various
What goes bump in the night? What causes you a fright?
While the answers for each may vary, I promise that these stories will not leave you wary.
From vampires and demons to shifters and creatures that you’d never suspect, this set will leave you breathless in the best possible ways.So, don’t be afraid. Come, step into our realm. Allow the mysticism of romance in many shapes and forms fall over you like a veil of sweet, soothing, spine-tingling comfort.
We promise… you won’t be sorry.
DRAGON’S FIRE: A REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Lili Zander and Rory Reynolds
VS Note: Here’s part of the Author’s note: “A full-length reverse harem novel containing all five episodes of the Blood Prophecy serial.”
Contrary to popular opinion, I really don’t have a death wish.
Yes, I’m a thief, but after almost being torn limb from limb by an irate panther shifter, I’ve given up my law-breaking ways. From now on, I’m sticking to the straight and narrow.
Then Drakkar Raedwulf dangles one tempting, yet impossible job in front of me. Steal a gemstone from the five dragon princes.
I’m not a fool, but Silas, the closest thing I have to a father, is gravely ill. He’ll die if I can’t get him the treatment he needs. Treatments that are far more expensive than I can afford with my crappy minimum-wage job.
So I take the job.
And promptly get caught by the five princes. Bastian. Casius. Rhys. Mateo. Erik.
And that’s where my story really begins…
Because the dragons are cursed, and my blood might be the secret to freeing them.
HER GUARDIAN ANGEL/A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD/MASTER AND MERCENARIES NOVELLA (LEXI BLAKE CROSSOVER COLLECTION BOOK 2) by Larissa Ione and Lexi Blake (Forward)
After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.
Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.
Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.
SON OF THE DAWN (GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
VS Note: YA, not sure there’s any romance.
The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.
1000 OF YOU by Linda Mooney
She was traded to him for a weapon.
Traded, as if she was no better than a piece of property. Gova Dov doesn’t know what to expect, but it can’t be as bad as the abuse she’d received at the hands of her last master. Gova has never known kindness like Muam. She soon learns she can trust him, but can he trust someone like her? He’s told her she’s free to leave, but does she want to go? Does he even want her to stay?
Muam Kai works hard to earn his living, and payment in flesh won’t exactly buy his next meal, but he can’t turn the abused girl away. However, he’s no slave owner.
When Gova’s past comes back for her, Muam vows that no matter what happens to them, they will always have each other. Always find each other. In this life or the next.
It’s a dying promise that would prove to be a curse on them both.
SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT (CHRONICLES OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Debbie Cassidy
Life in Midnight is anything but dull. Training a human unit to work alongside the MPD while keeping an eye on a new ghostly presence in the district, means Harker has her work cut out for her. When a scourge run goes wrong leaving Harker’s life hanging in the balance, a hidden threat is revealed.
Now the team must work against the clock to figure out the identity of their new enemy and learn how to stop them. Something ancient and powerful is about to make an entrance into Midnight, and Harker will be forced to make a choice that could damn them all.
SUMMER’S HEAT by LJ Vickery
Emesh, the god of summer, couldn’t be more astounded. While his twelve Immortal friends frantically search for their remaining Chosen…female Chosen, he’s always assumed his chances of finding his eternal mate were crap. Despite being thousands of years old, he’s never experienced a gay relationship, doesn’t know where to look for one or how to initiate a hook-up. But now, standing no more than seven yards away, is proof positive he’ll soon receive an education in every nuance of male love he’s ever imagined…and it scares him shitless.
Douglas Wingfeather never allows visitors. Never. He’s the master of one-night stands, and likes it that way. So what the hell does he want with this guy, Emesh? The answer can only be…nothing. Strange attraction or not, his libido needs to shut itself down. His screwed up past doesn’t allow room for a normal relationship. End of story.
BLOOD MOON (DESTINY PARAMORTALS BOOK 6) by Livia Quinn
There’s a new warrior in town. Dressed in red leather, the stunning violet-eyed fae saunters into Destiny’s supernatural tavern carrying a giant head-splitter of a sword. Her mission is to slay a dragonhunter and she accuses djinn River Pomeroy of protecting her target.
River feels an instant attraction to Cinder and relief from the despair that’s served as his only companion since his rescue from kidnappers by his sister Tempe and Sheriff Lang. But with her news, his sense of doom returns. It’ll take more than three wishes to get him out of this mess. You see, River has a secret and ample reason for staying silent. No matter what he does, his enthrallment promises devastating consequences for his family and the other Paramortals.
After his sister and the dragon sheriff go missing, River and Cinder join forces. But history has a way of coming full circle and the past brings shattering revelations about the dragonhunter’s true identity.
Can they forgive the past to overcome their common enemy or will the news tear their relationship and the Paramortals apart forever?
DRAGON REDEMPTION by Amelia Jade
Violet Walker has always wanted to open a cupcake shop, but she’s never had the money. So when she meets a handsome man at her best friend’s bar who promptly offers to front her the money, she can’t say no, can she? He’s young, single, obviously successful, and most of all he makes her want to melt into a puddle every time he looks her way. Which is exactly why he has to stay as a business partner, nothing more.
Determined to make his mate’s dream come true, ice dragon Ivore will stop at nothing. He knows that by locking her into a business deal he’ll have as long as he needs to seduce and eventually claim the shy beauty. Dragons are patient creatures, but every second that passes without being able to claim her is driving him wild with desire.
Although she won’t tell him, Ivore knows that Violet has been hurt, and hurt bad. What he doesn’t understand is that she’s not rejecting him for her safety, but his. The dragon wants to help her make peace with her past, but first they’re going to have to deal with his present, including a crime boss hell-bent on revenge against Ivore and his brothers that has just put Violet square in his crosshairs.
DRAGON’S SECRET BABY (SILVER TALON MERCENARIES BOOK 1) by Sky Winters
Thorne Lewis, leader of the Silver Talon Mercenaries, will do anything for a paycheck—no questions asked. His next assignment? Travel to New Orleans at the behest of the mysterious and powerful Abruzzi dragon clan, to kidnap a girl named Adelaide Wilson.
The job seems easy enough, but there’s one catch—Thorne is taken by Adelaide’s beauty from the start. As the heat between them rises, will Thorne abandon his mission for his feelings? Will he put the Silver Dragon Mercenaries in jeopardy?
SHADOW KISSED (THE WITCH’S REBELS BOOK 1) by Sarah Piper
Blackmoon Bay is a city of monsters. Surviving here means never leaving home without a sharp stake. It means keeping secrets, even from friends. And unless I want the Hunters finding me again, it means my witchcraft stays on permanent lockdown.
Good policy—until the night I accidentally resurrect a dead girl, rekindling my magic and drawing the Bay’s most dangerous men to my doorstep.
Asher, the bad-boy incubus. Darius, the cunning, oh-so-sexy vampire. Emilio, the wolf shifter with a big heart and a treacherous past. Ronan, the only demon I trust with my soul. And Death himself, bound to my magic for reasons I don’t understand.
Together they’ve sworn to protect me from the evil out there, but it’s not the evil out there I’m worried about.
A shadow lurks inside me, black and deadly as a bomb.
And I’m pretty sure my magical mishap just lit the fuse.
FALLEN REIGN (SE7EN SINNERS BOOK 4) by S L Jennings
Yesterday, I had the audacity to imagine a future.
One that didn’t include hunting demons hellbent on destroying humanity or being used as a pawn for my father’s revenge. One comprised of a home and a family and all the things I’d longed for as a broken child.
Then in the blink of a silver speckled eye, my foolish hope was extinguished, and my world came crumbling down.
We stood strong. We fought. We lost.
Legion, the demon I dared to love, was gone.
Now I’m going to tear myself in two and do the unthinkable to find him. I’m going to put my trust in his brother–his enemy–and make a deal with the Devil. And while his darkness and depravity echo mine, I know this won’t end well for either of us.
My body may survive, maybe even my soul. I can’t promise the same for my heart. This time, I will not fail. I will not hesitate. And if it comes down to it, I’ll be the weapon I was created to be. I will follow the code of the Se7en and do what I should have done when we had the chance.
ROYAL MATE (MISTY WOODS DRAGONS) by Juniper Hart
Poet has always had an interest in ancient civilizations and thinks that she might have solid proof that dragons exist. As a woman of science, she has the drive to be the first one to prove the existence of these mythical beings. When she realizes her research is threatening her safety, it could be too late. When a mysterious man rescues her, she is taken by his strength, masculinity, and the way he brings out her primal instincts. Even though she feels like she can trust him, she also senses he is hiding something…
Max is sent to kill Poet, who is threatening to expose the dragons from Misty Woods. When he meets Poet, he can’t tame the flames of passion that burn within his heart. Besides, there’s just one more problem: she’s a princess. The repercussions of killing such a high-profile woman could be catastrophic.
Max’s loyalty to his family is put to the ultimate test. If he doesn’t kill Poet, his family will turn away from him. If he doesn’t save her, he will never forgive himself.
ARYNN’S CHOSEN MATE: BAD ALPHA DADS (IRON WOLVES MC BOOK 8) by Elle Boon
They say blood is thicker than water, but a bond that’s chosen is stronger than steel. Nothing and nobody can sever those that are forged between ones chosen family.
They say love hurts. For a shifter who thinks he’s lost it all, it’s more than just a saying, it’s a reality. When Arynn is finally reunited with his daughter and finds the one woman created just for him, he swears love does hurt, but it’s a feeling he would give his life to experience.
Family is supposed to love and cherish one another. Sheila never had that growing up. When she became a mother of not just her own child, but her twin sister’s as well, she vows to love them more than she’d ever experienced.
When you find love that’s worth fighting for, you grab it and hold on tight. Families don’t always have to be blood, sometimes ones that are chosen are even more special as they are forged in love, instead of duty.
Can Arynn and Sheila along with their two girls finally find peace as a family, or will the darkness from their past destroy the goodness they’re creating?
BOUNTY HUNTER BEAR: CROSS ROADS 1 (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 11) by Bianca D’Arc
Bounty hunter turned corporate troubleshooter, Ezra Tate never thought his path would cross again with the bear shifter female he’d helped rescue from a basement prison in Lake Tahoe. But stranger things have happened.
Theodora Jackson is on a solo motorcycle trip to try to rediscover her identity after a terrible ordeal that almost killed the bear spirit that lives inside her. She remembers the strong Alpha presence of the man who wouldn’t let her give up in those first few hours and days after her rescue. She’s never forgotten him, but she doesn’t know who she is now, and isn’t sure if Ezra even remembers her.
When they run into each other on the road heading for the same town, it’s clear there’s still something between them. Sparks fly as they confront an evil that’s trying to cause bloodshed at a world famous motorcycle rally, Ezra hunts down drug runners, and Thea rediscovers the Alpha animal inside her…and that she wants sexy Ezra for her mate.
KISSED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 3) by Vella Day
Lily Harper needs protection—a lot of it. Just her rotten luck, some crazy human trafficking Lord wants her for himself. If that doesn’t bite enough, Lily ends up with Birk, a dragon shifter, as her bodyguard. Her last boyfriend was a dragon and that was a total disaster. That puts Birk definitely off limits. Too bad his teal eyes, his glorious body, and his tender touch, really light her fire.
The moment Birk sets eyes on the beautiful Lily, his inner dragon starts scratching and clawing to take her as his mate. But holy crap. Every time she’s near, she pulls away, clearly fighting her feelings. She’s a real challenge, but as sure as he is a Guardian, he will not let this human win, especially when it involves his heart.
MASKED DESIRE (THE MASKED ARCANA SERIES) by Alana Delacroix
As security chief of the supernaturals’ ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered, Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and worse, distractingly attractive.
An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand. But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share.
THE FAIRIES OF SADIEVILLE: THE FINAL TUFA NOVEL by Alex Bledsoe
VS Note: I hadn’t heard of this series, sounds intriguing. Not sure of the romantic content, if any.
“This is real.” Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.
Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tír na nÓg?
VS Note: I went to the King Tut exhibit last week to admire his gorgeous, golden treasures from 3000+ years ago. That put me in the mood to mention my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance series, GODS of EGYPT!
A few images from my visit to the exhibit (all photos my own):
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The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.