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).
HEART OF THE DEEP (THE KRAKEN BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts
VS Note: I love this series and really enjoyed this book – an excellent continuation of the scifi romance series!
Larkin has spent almost a year hunting the monstrous kraken in the hope that they knew the whereabouts of her missing brother. Her efforts finally come to fruition when she and the other rangers capture three of the beasts — but the reality is nothing like the stories they’ve been told, and the kraken are not the monsters she expected. Dracchus awes her, captivates her, and makes her long for things she’d never dared dream. With tensions between their people escalating, can she jeopardize everything by trusting him? Is a taste of him worth her life?
Dracchus has risked himself countless times for the sake of his people, doing anything and everything to protect and provide for them. Between the vocal, anti-human kraken at home and the hunters prowling the seas, everything is falling apart around him. But when he meets Larkin, he allows himself hope — hope for a mate of his own, for a family of his own. She is his match, unlike any female he’s ever known. To have her, he’ll have to endanger her, along with all those he’s come to care for. After years of selflessness, how much is he willing to gamble to fulfill his own desires?
FALLOUT: SCIONS OF THE EMPIRE #2 by Athena Grayson
A good deed is a hard sell when you’re a bad girl.
Among Landfall’s elite, reputation runs everything–even the economy. Princess Ione has cashed in on playing the party girl for most of her life, but not even an imperial princess can escape the fallout of one too many scandals. Her efforts to repair her reputation have tanked, but she gets one last chance to make good, by planning a charity function for an embattled colony world. If she’s going to go from party princess to people’s princess, she’s going to need all the friends she can get, including the man who could have been her prince, but can now only be her secret.
For Den Hades, his rising star comes with a dangerous tail. His father’s rage has only grown since Den’s one act of defiance ruined his House’s chances of alliance with the Imperial House–and kept him away from the princess who captured his heart. Den’s rising Social Capital edges him closer to achieving Scionhood and freedom, but his father’s influence peels more of Den’s friends away. As his friends buckle under pressure from their own Houses to choose sides, his only chance is to find allies among his enemies and keep his secrets closer than ever–including his secret relationship with Ione.
It’s not the fall that’ll kill you…It’s the sudden stop at the end.
WILD CARDS AND IRON HORSES by Sheryl Nantus
VS Note: A re-release from Sheryl
Their love rides on a spring and a prayer…
During the recent Civil War, a soldier risked his life to save Jonathan Handleston—and lost. With the help of an advanced metal brace on his crippled hand, Jon now travels from one poker tournament to the next, determined to earn enough money to repay the man’s debt.
Prosperity Ridge is supposed to be the last stop on his quest, but his brace is broken and he needs an engineer to repair the delicate mechanisms. The only one available is Samantha Weatherly, a beautiful anomaly in a world ruled by men.
Sam is no fool. Jon is no different from any other gambler—except for his amazing prosthetic. Despite a demanding project to win a critical contract to develop an iron horse, she succumbs to the lure of working on the delicate mechanisms. And working with the handsome Englishman.
Like a spring being coiled, Samantha and Jon are inexorably drawn together. Sam begins to realize honor wears many faces, and she becomes the light at the end of Jon’s journey to redemption. The only monkey wrench is Victor, a rival gambler who will stop at nothing to make sure Jon misses the tournament. Even destroy Jon’s and Sam’s lives.
BLAZE OF GLORY (3 Books in one Volume) by Sheryl Nantus
VS note: Sheryl is re-releasing all 3 books in her super hero series in one volume. Blurb is for book 1.
Jo Tanis is a superhero, fighting evil on the city streets–and it’s all just a show.
When Earth comes under attack, suddenly the show becomes deadly real. Unable to deal, the “supers” are falling in droves. Millions are going to die…unless Jo can cobble together a team from among the survivors. Including Hunter, the super-hot super who seems to know more than he should about how the mysterious Agency that kept them all under control.
Forcing a rag-tag bunch of former enemies to work together is the least of Jo’s problems. The trick is determining if Hunter is friend or foe–and becoming the hero everyone thought she was before the world is destroyed for real.
ALPHAS AND AIRSHIPS (STEAM PUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 2) by Melanie Karsek
While airship pirates are a common plague upon the kingdom, the airship Fenrir proves particularly troublesome–especially on a full moon.
Clemeny must take to the skies before these shape-shifting Vikings kick off a new Ragnarok. Easier said than done now that she’s down one good eye, a partner, and not to mention the fact that she gets motion sick.
On top of that, the new scar across her face makes Clemeny feel like she’ll have better luck intimidating her foes than finding a beau. But Agent Edwin Hunter, recently assigned as head of Clemeny’s division, is proving to be an interesting prospect. Despite her apprehensions, it’s up to Agent Louvel to chase Fenrir across the heavens.
THEIRS TO PLEASURE by Stasia Black
Shay bringing meals to his cell a few times a week is the only bright spot in the sh%t show that has become Charlie’s existence after being captured by the enemy.
He can’t stop thinking about her.
The barest brush of fingertips as she passes him his tray through the slot in the door.
How she looks up at him through her eyelashes with those gorgeous, haunting green eyes of hers.
Where did she come from?
Who the hell is giving her those bruises on her face?
And more importantly, how can Charlie protect her when he himself is locked up like an animal?
But then one day, Shay’s saves him.
She breaks him out of prison and says she knows where Charlie’s sister is—the sister Charlie was afraid was dead.
As soon as Charlie’s free, he makes a vow.
He’ll protect Shay at all costs, even if it means his life.
There’s just one little problem.
The township where his sister lives?
Turns out they have a law that every woman must marry five men.
And His. Sister. Married. Five. Guys.
Even worse? Shay’s the next up for the lottery.
XANDER (THE NOVA FORCE BOOK 1) by Vivienne Savage
In a future where anything alien is mistrusted, Doctor Xander Vargas hides his true nature. Reassignment to a new ship is the second chance he needs, and spoiling it isn’t an option. Until he meets his one temptation, a woman his alien genes would kill for.
Sergeant Thandie Kruger finds herself under the care of the navy’s sexiest cybernetic surgeon. She should resist him, but she’s fascinated, and his mysterious eyes hold a dozen secrets.
Although they’re divided by rank and united by undeniable attraction, there are bigger problems in the galaxy. Cyborgs like Thandie are vanishing from colonies at an alarming rate.
And anyone could be next.
DIAMOND EMBERS: THE BEGINNING OF DRAGONS (JEWELED EMBERS) by Jadyn Chase
At an ultra-secret military base in Antarctica, Project: Reborn Fire has succeeded in creating genetically engineered dragons to serve as the perfect all-purpose weapons.
The Sapphire, Obsidian, and Diamond dragons are all beautiful and deadly. But the plan goes astray when the dragons, built in part from human DNA, begin to show a chameleon-like ability to fully change their shape and appear as men.
Then, in a single night, the project is lost entirely when an asteroid strike sends the world into an apocalyptic nightmare. After that, the powerful dragons establish rule over the ruined planet.
The Diamond and his devoted scientist, Dr. Rose Morgan, leave the Antarctic base along with the Diamond clones and their female humans. They find a sheltered tropical beach where they will rebuild their lives.
But Rose and the other women quickly learn that when in human form, these Dragonmen – strong and handsome and protective as they are – also have the cold and distant personalities of their dragon sides. They compete viciously with each other for leadership and have little concept of love for their females.
If they hope to find not mere survival with their dragon mates, but real love and a new life worth living, Rose and the other women must somehow reach the human side of their Dragonmen – but that could be a very dangerous task, if not an impossible one.
JO’AQUIN (A HEXONIAN ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Charmaine Ross
When her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, scared and alone, Lauren mistakes a light in the sky for rescue. The help she thinks is coming turns out to be a terror far more sinister than she ever could imagine.
Jo’Aquin is honour-bound to fight the war against the Reptiles. He has a personal score to settle with them and he won’t let anything stand in his way. Stationed as protector over the Earth, Jo’Aquin chases a suspicious Reptilian craft as it crashes though a wormhole and into another galaxy in a failed attempt at escape.
Lauren wakes to find herself on an alien planet in the arms of the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on, only to learn that he’s an alien and she’s stranded on a planet that is definitely not Earth. When they’re taken prisoner by the planet’s natives, an old shaman woman tells Lauren she is the key to free the mind-enslaved from the evil Reptiles.
Jo’Aquin is imposing and aloof, and Lauren knows he hides a soul-destroying secret. Lauren has her own secrets. But there’s something about the way that he touches her that sets her skin on fire and sparks flying through her veins.
Can Lauren be the saviour everyone thinks she is, despite the desperate battle of life and death she finds herself in?
Can Jo’Aquin save the woman who, against all odds, has stolen the heart he was determined never to give?
BLAYZE (TALONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Celeste Raye
Belle is a CIA agent dreaming of staying in one place to make a home and believes she had found it until the news of a terrorist attack in the city of her childhood ends that dream. She is given the assignment of getting to the truth behind the attacks and finds a deeper attachment than she imagined. The pictures of the incidents sicken and shock her, yet she refuses to believe the rumors that the Talonian weredragons are responsible.
Blayze has chosen a job that is simply outrageous for a weredragon. He works on an oil rig in the Texas gulf, where dragon fire is a hazard. He is captured by the terrorists and unwittingly recruited to bring destruction and death to mankind. His only hope depends on the tenacity of the woman he fell in love with on the dance floor, Special Agent Belle Simons.
The terrorists have broken something inside Blayze and he can not be trusted to control himself. As the world awaits the outcome of the terrorists regime and the weredragons innocence is questioned, he fights a personal battle within.
The terrorist plan unravels, revealing a shocking, diabolical schemer. To him the weredragons, including Blayze are expendable. Belle feels differently. Will you?
EVEX (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr
Evex Ein doesn’t care for humans. They are weak and pathetic.
He captured one to get trade secrets.
But this human man has an amulet, and inside was a photo of her.
With her fiery red hair and glaring look, he knew he wanted to play with her.
So he sets out to find her, in a world where it is forbidden to speak to humans.
When he finds her, she is sad. Having lost her husband.
Evex Ein now has a secret to keep from her.
He was the one that killed her husband.
But he only wants her for play, and then he will return her home.
But Imuna is pure fire.
He seduces her, as he is always able to do with females.
But after returning her home, she haunts his mind.
He needs her back.
But he can’t have her.
There are too many obstacles and he must let her go.
But when he finds out that she carries his child, all bets are off.
How can he get the woman that carries his alien child to love him, once
she finds out his dark secret?
CAVEMAN ALIEN’S PRIDE (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 4) by Calista Skye
Aurora: I’m being carried caveman-style through an alien jungle.By an actual caveman, seven feet tall and all bulging muscle.And he’s tied me up so I can’t move.In fairness, I did shoot him with my bow and arrow first.
I don’t know where he’s carrying me. But I do know that these guys like to abduct Earth girls and then make them pregnant. And the lusty way this guy looks at me with his piercing eyes, I think that’s exactly what he’s planning.
Trak’zor: She’s small and round and beautiful. She’s the first woman I’ve ever seen. And she shot me. She’s dangerous. But so am I.I was going to take her home and determine what to do with her. But I also want to throw her down, tear off her garments and Worship her right here in the jungle.
After all, I found her. She’s mine.
COCKY VIRGIN PRINCE (OF ANDROID CITY) by Wendy Rathbone
MM romance novella. A human drama on a futuristic backdrop set in an unknown time.
You are about to enter the Exalted Sacred Chamber of Pleasure. You are about to participate in the Rite of Ecstasy. All humans of Android City must go through this rite to honor the body-temple while they are still young and have all their natural human attributes.
You are unwilling, unsure, unhappy, and you are a cocky, defiant prince who hates his life.
Your story began when your one true love left when you were twelve and you barely knew what love was. You never got over it. You named him your number one archenemy. And you have decreed, as Prince Night of Android City, that no one touches your royal ass. No one.
Nevertheless, your father the cyborg king forces you into the Sacred Chamber.
And who should appear after nine years of sorrow, grief and loneliness but your very best friend from childhood. Yes, the one who left you. The one who entered the Academy of Sacred Pleasure to become one of the sexiest and most talented Guides for leading others in the Rite of Ecstasy.
Your number one archenemy. He is a beautiful man now, and you hate him even more than you can imagine. Though by law you cannot leave the Chamber until your virginity is forfeit, you don’t care.
You will never let him touch you.
REDSON (VLG SERIES BOOK 10) by Laurann Dohner
Rescued as a child by her grandpa, the powerful Vampire Malachi, Emma has been on the run for nearly forty years from a Vamp determined to see them both dead. When he enlists the aid of assassins from the Vampire Council, their luck runs out. Forced to separate, Malachi sends Emma to a trusted VampLycan for protection.
Redson knows trouble when he sees it, and sure enough, the gorgeous, mostly human female seeking shelter immediately disrupts his future plans. His father swore a blood oath to her grandfather, and Red is honor bound to protect her. He’s surprised when his instincts demand so much more—protect…claim…mate.
Their attraction is explosive, but Emma refuses to consider mating while her grandfather is in danger. She needs Red’s help…but is he Malachi’s savior? Or his biggest threat yet?
EMBRACING EHRIN (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 8) by R E Butler
Stepbrothers Domino and Henry Fallon have known for years that they’re meant to share a mate. Domino, a rare albino panther, and Henry, a mountain lion, are ready to start the next chapter of their lives and find their mate.
Ehrin Knox knows why the alpha of her hawk nest called her to his home on a chilly spring morning – it’s not for a cup of tea, but to tell her she’s banned from the nest. Because she was never able to shift, Ehrin couldn’t secure a mate, and once she reached twenty-one and was still unmated, it was the end of the line for her. Only mated males and females could stay in the nest after age twenty-one, an archaic and unfair rule as far as she was concerned. Saying goodbye to her family, she leaves for her friend’s home in Ashland, Indiana, until she can find work and a place to live.
When Domino hosts an art exhibit at the school’s open house, a beautiful redheaded female immediately goes into distress when she sees him. Domino knows the moment he sees her that she’s their shared mate, and he calls Henry. Once the three are together, Ehrin shifts into a stunning red-tailed hawk.
Ehrin’s surprised when her parents show up in Ashland, with her former alpha bringing along a hawk male to mate with her. They want her to choose the hawk and come home. When she can’t have both, will Ehrin choose the pride or her family?
SMOKE IN THE SUN (FLAME IN THE MIST) by Renee Ahdieh
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.
THE MERMAID’S JOURNEY (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 2) by Kellie McAllen
After escaping the curse that bound all mermaids to the sea and meeting four, sexy potential human mates, Coral longs to explore their world and live as a human.
But even though the guys have agreed to share her affections, it’s not easy to keep four very different men happy, and Coral is frightened and overwhelmed by the complexities of life on land and struggling to find her way in a whole new world.
When Coral’s secret is discovered, she’s torn from the men she loves and thrown into captivity. But when an unexpected rescuer reveals an intriguing world she never knew existed, she’ll once again have to choose between the land and the sea.
LEGENDS: CATORI (THE LEGENDS SERIES BOOK 1) by Maggie Adams
It’s hard to keep secrets in a small town…
It’s even harder to keep a secret that could expose not only your family but an entire species. That’s what Frankie Cavanaugh must do. As the daughter of the leader of the Wisdom Counsel, it’s up to her to step into her father’s shoes until another leader is chosen.
It’s also up to her to continue her lineage within the species.
She wants to do neither. She considers the shifter gene a curse rather than a gift, robbing her of a normal life. Unfortunately, the Council doesn’t see it that way and is determined to wed her to their next leader – by force, if necessary.
Tanner Coalson is fresh out of college and ready to tackle whatever life has in store for him. The first item on his to-do list is marrying the woman he has loved for years. He knows Frankie will balk at the notion because she’s fifteen years older and was his childhood sitter. He’s no longer a young boy, but a man who is determined to win her heart, and he is prepared to do just that.
But convincing her they are destined to be together gets much harder when she is kidnapped by an old enemy. In order to survive, Frankie may have to reveal her secret, and Tanner may have to accept what seems impossible, or reject the love of his life.
DRAGON UNDERCOVER (DARK SCALES DIVISION BOOK 1) by Lia DAvis and Kerry Adrienne
Dragon shifter and team lead for DSD—Dark Scales Division—Owen Ashton has never lost a case.
When his sister’s murderer turns serial killer, he is determined to take the rogue dragon down, for good. His team tracks the murderer to a small town in Minnesota and Owen goes undercover to finally end Huff’s reign of terror. The last thing Owen expected was to discover his mate vacationing in the lake house next to his.
Nadia Hasting, along with her sister Sage, take the first vacation in years since their parents’ deaths. Visiting the lake house their family rented every year when they were children is exactly what they need for downtime before Sage heads to college. The hot neighbor is a bonus, but Nadia isn’t sure she’s ready to date. But the pull toward the sexy stranger proves too strong to ignore.
When Sage goes missing, Nadia turns to Owen to rescue her sister from a mad man.
But will Owen’s dragon scare her away from the one man that can save them all?
BUILDING TRUST (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Severine Wolfe
He had sworn never to get seriously involved with a woman ever again. No woman would ever again rip him apart just to check off a box on some imaginary list.
Dhev Tella was coming home to Mumbai. His tail wasn’t tucked between his legs. No. He was a leopard shifter, he never tucked his tail. He was getting down to business and shouldering his weight in the family business. But family? No, family were the devil. They had brought HER into his notice.
Sarah Cummings was flying from Borneo literally and figuratively, after bringing some poachers to justice in the jungles there. She was taking a coveted position at a prestigious wildlife refuge, giving her a year in the same place with air conditioning.
Dhev discovers his mate, and Sarah is delighted with him. But they have real and imaginary foes to vanquish. It seems, to both of them, that the real foes may be easier to conquer. However, Sarah refuses to pay the freight for another woman.
BLAZE (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 6) by Lisa Carlisle
Mike is good at playing with two things–numbers and his guitar. People, not so much. So when he stumbles upon two women having fun in the shadows at an underground club, and a bouncer urges him to get one to safety, he’s wary. But, when he discovers she’s been bitten, something wakes inside of him. He’s compelled to protect her.
When Allana runs into Mike, the humiliation burns. It might have only been a fling last summer, but she didn’t expect him not to recognize her.
Well, she had enough going on in with her yoga studio to deal with guy drama. But, he insists she leaves Vamps with him.
She wants to refuse, but he warns she’s in danger.
MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 2) by Ellen Dugan
Gabriella (Ella) Midnight is the dependable middle sister of her family. Working from home, where she likes it best, she designs both websites and the occasional book covers for her clients. But she has a little secret—she’s head-over-heels in love with the hunky owner of the local garden center. The problem is, Max thinks of her as his best friend.
When her clients throw a fancy masquerade party to celebrate the grand opening of their winery, Gabriella decides to cast a glamour on herself to bolster her confidence. With the hopes that if she’s finally brave enough to tell Max her true feelings he will see behind the mask of friendship she’s been wearing for the past two years and love her in return.
But the magick takes an unexpected twist, and Gabriella’s evening doesn’t turn out quite how she planned. In the shadows of the old house on the cliffs, she meets Philippe Marquette, and the enigmatic Frenchman is the last thing she would have ever expected to conjure into her life. Seems that glamour spell ended up working…maybe a little too well…and in a way she never would have imagined.
However, there is always a price to be paid for magick, and when Gabriella realizes what the cost of her spell is, she is forced to keep an even bigger secret. In one night the path of her life has irrevocably changed and now she must face the consequences of the midnight masquerade.
THE BILLIONAIRE’S WEREWOLF PRINCESS by Michele Hauf
Ryland James is a wealthy philanthropist. He’s also a werewolf, and the son of the Faery king. Indigo DuCharme seems like a typical socialite, but as she moves deeper into Ry’s world, something in her awakens—something she never could have imagined. She’ll need to accept her true nature if they’re going to have a chance at love, and if they’re going to protect human children from the fae.
FINDING THE TEXAS WOLF by Karen Whiddon
Investigator—and werewolf—Maggie Kinslow is used to uncovering secrets, but reporter Jake Cassell’s hoping to prove shapeshifters exist. To protect her kind, she must distract him…and keep their attraction from burning out of control!
Vampire Carmen Vargas must stop a terrorist group from unleashing a virus. Being undead makes her the perfect undercover operative, but her growing feelings for her handler, Rick Fallin, could endanger millions.
BORN OF AIR (THE DRAGON SOUL SERIES) by Sean Michael
SWAT cop and dragon shifter Mark Beteferoce had—and lost—a soul mate. He’s finally at the point where he can get through the days without thinking about what used to be…until he tastes Quincy O’Brien’s doughnuts and takes him home to play.
Quincy O’Brien is a gifted baker, but at night he dreams of soaring through the sky on dragonback and being topped by the perfect Dom. Mark satisfies the kinky urges Quincy has only explored in his subconscious, pushing his limits and caring for him afterward.
From the start, their connection was more than sexual. It’s known; it’s familiar somehow. And it’s slowly driving Mark insane. What shouldn’t be possible most certainly is, and the bond between himself and Quincy runs deeper than either of them could ever have realized.
DRAGON BETRAYED (DRAGON GLADIATORS BOOK 2) by Zara Stark
I’m Octavia Alexander, a modern-day librarian turned ancient Roman supernatural gladiatrix. I’ve won one tournament and only have eight battles left until I can earn my freedom and hopefully return to a life of hiding between bookshelves back in the modern day. I’m not totally unprepared, I have a deck of cards that with a single touch come to life to perform my bidding. I also have my childhood friends now apparently my soulmates Azar, Cobalt, Nevada, and Raiden by my side. Things have gotten a little strange between us recently, I hope the shift in our relationship doesn’t hurt our teamwork on the battlefield. These darn dragons tend to hoard their treasure and want to protect it and they consider me their treasure. But I’m not the kind of girl that needs protecting, if they think they can keep me from protecting all of us, they have another thing coming. The tournament this time around is even more fierce, we battle powerful dragons, phoenixes, and banshees to the death. Our team is split and it looks like the Concilium is going to snatch our freedom right from our grasps. I’m starting to want to end this tournament once and for all, I just need to get us free first.
THE MOONLIGHT MARKET by Aidee Ladnier
VS Note: A re-release; sounds cool…
Sanderson always envied the townies, all smiling faces and holding hands at his performances. He wanted the happy ever after that came with real life, not the pretend one in the twinkling fairy lights of the Moonlight Market. So when the Weaver of Dreams conjured him a normal life, college classes instead of performances, a chance at a boyfriend instead of an audience, he ran for daylight.
Now a year later, he’s learned that connecting with someone physically doesn’t always lead to a lasting relationship. To get closer to the man of his dreams, Sanderson offers to help Cory find his missing sister. This means navigating the twists and turns of the Moonlight Market, the disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights, sounds—and dangers. The sinister Weaver of Dreams offers to forgive Sanderson’s obligation in return for a lost soul, for Cory, who is still grieving the death of his parents and the disappearance of his sister. Surrounded by both friends and enemies, Sanderson fights doubts about his budding relationship with Cory while guiding them ever closer to his ultimate dilemma. The debt is valid and the choice is clear–his lover, or his dreams.
THE BEAST’S BELOVED by A J Ryder
Chased through the woods by bandits after whatever coin she carried, as well as the prize of the fair, young maiden herself, Klaryssa’s path leads her directly to the dreaded black knight. The trembling maiden feels her luck has run out, but the man in dark yet gleaming armor is not quite what he seems…
Dresdyn y Blaidd: Lord of the land, the black knight, fearsome shifter warrior, and Thane of his clan, has found an unexpected treasure in Klaryssa. Though Dresdyn swore that he would never take a mate, he knew immediately that his heart and soul belonged to Klaryssa. His fate now determined, Dresdyn must win Klaryssa’s heart and trust so she can become his destined mate.
But, bringing the spirited young woman into his clan and pack is not as easy as Dresdyn would hope. Traditions will be tested and broken, and the clan must fend off attacks from their sworn enemies…the gnolls.
Will true love prevail?
THE HUNT by Susan Bliler
Kidnapped, corralled, and marked, Vesa Watson refuses to break. A nameless face in the sea of a dozen or so other women who were snatched off the street just like her, Vesa refuses to show any sign of weakness. She can’t. There’ll be no hope of escape if she loses it now. Unsure what is going to happen, she knows one thing for certain. She’s going to fight! No matter what, no matter who, no matter how, she’s going to fight with everything she has even if the captor who’s had her marked is some sexy, dominant, beast of a man who can’t keep his eyes off her.
The Hunt has been a part of wolf shifter history for as long as anyone can remember. Still, it doesn’t keep Haddix BloodMoon from fuming at his forced participation. Tantamount to an arranged marriage, The Hunt is the Council’s way of controlling the packs. Worse, the crying, sniveling women who were taken and transported to the event’s mountain site aren’t his type. No, Haddix needs a dominant female. A strong-willed, no-nonsense, take no sh*t woman is what his wolf needs. When he finds a little fighter among the offerings, both he and his wolf take notice.
Vesa thought that being kidnapped and forced into marriage with a wolf-shifter was the biggest threat to her future, but it’s not. It’s falling for her new mate, Haddix BloodMoon.
DRAGON CRAVING: EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 3 by Amelia Jade
Hired to take a mega-ranch from pitiful to profitable, Cheryl Payne needs to stay focused. The hunk freeloading on his friend’s ranch is a temptation she can’t afford to indulge. First in her family to graduate college, she’s gambled everything to prove she can do this job. Now is most definitely not the time to fall in love.
Emerald dragon Rowe is pulling out all the stops to delay his trip back to the dragon enclave. Living among humans held little appeal, until he met the enticing and driven ranch manager, Cheryl. When she stumbles into the kitchen more desperate for coffee than clothes, his dragon comes alive. He’s finally found his mate. The only problem will be convincing her that his cravings are more than skin-deep.
The battle she’s fighting between wanting to save the ranch, and wanting to run her hands over his body, grows fierce as things spiral out of control. Forced to turn to him for help, she comes dangerously close to picking pleasure over business. The discipline and concentration that got her through school disappears under his intense green eyes and ripped body. The only thing worse than giving in to her craving would be to do nothing, because Rowe is the only one that can stop the danger heading straight for the ranch.
PREY (DARK MONSTER FANTASY BOOK 1) by Cari Silverwood
To stay ‘alive’, a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years.
When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I’m busy.
After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she’d rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and turned into jam.
Everything goes wrong, of course.
Lord Zarblu, stoneshifter and owner of the enormous black fortress looming over the city, turns his gaze upon Mila. Like a giant cat with a teensy mouse, Zarblu plays with Mila. Catch…release…catch. Gentle and caring are words that no stone-beast monster should claim, surely?
Desiring something that might kill you is insane yet the sacrifice table begins to look attractive. Zarblu is a big, strong, determined male who’s had a thousand, thousand years to contemplate life.
What if he isn’t quite the monster she thought he was…
What if he wants her to be his sacrifice?
ETCHED IN STONE: TWILIGHT COURT BOOK 9 by Amy Sumida
In the riveting conclusion of the Twilight Court Series, Seren is faced with a ruthless enemy who seems to have discovered a way to steal magic from fairies. All evidence points to Lana Clach—ex-queen of the Colorado Underground—but the Councils aren’t convinced. Can Ambassador Seren prove Lana’s guilt before it’s too late? Or is the future already etched in stone?
BURNING VIOLET (LICK OF FIRE) by Kallysten
For five months, Idris has languished in a government detention center for paras—people with paranormal abilities. No more. He’d rather die trying to escape than spend one more day in this hell. Today, he’s getting out, and he’ll set anyone who stands in his way on fire.
It was just another mission for Violet: help her squad free paras from unjust imprisonment and get them safely to Sanctuary. However, when she’s caught between her leader’s orders and the sudden realization that one of the prisoners might be her mate, this phoenix shifter needs to choose between duty and destiny.
On the run from the authorities, Idris only has one thing in mind: revenge. He doesn’t mind that Violet insists on accompanying him, though… after all, he’s been celibate for far too long. But when he realizes why she’s so interested in him, he can’t run away fast enough. Even running into danger on his own is preferable to yielding to love.
IN DARKNESS TRANSFORMED (THE PALADIN STRIKE TEAM BOOK 1) by Alexis Morgan
Dying hurts…but not as much as living.
Eli is lucky to survive the helicopter crash that killed the rest of the passengers. But when he notices his wounds healing before his eyes, it seems like his survival may have come from more than luck.
Safara knows what Eli does not—Eli is a paladin, a mortal enemy of someone like Safara, someone from Kalithia.
Still, after Eli saves Safara’s life, and Safara introduces Eli to a whole new world, they just can’t seem to treat each as enemies.
THE WISDOM OF MADNESS (MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES BOOK 10) by C J Archer
With Alice determined to discover the truth about her past, and Seth determined to help her, the couple find themselves sucked into a world where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. On the run to escape a mad queen’s wrath, and with an entire realm looking for them, tensions fray and friendships are tested.
Even worse for Seth, shocking secrets he’d rather leave buried are brought to the surface.
Joined on their adventure by an irritable Gus and a mysterious Eva, the four friends must learn the truth of Alice’s past so she can forge her future.
But a future with whom? And where?
THE MEMORY OF FIRE (THE WAKING LAND) by Callie Bates
Thanks to the magic of Elanna Valtai and the Paladisan noble Jahan Korakides, the lands once controlled by the empire of Paladis have won their independence. But as Elanna exhausts her powers restoring the ravaged land, news that the emperor is readying an invasion spurs Jahan on a desperate mission to establish peace.
Going back to Paladis proves to be anything but peaceful, however. As magic is a crime in the empire, punishable by death, Jahan must hide his abilities. Nonetheless, the grand inquisitor’s hunters suspect him of sorcery, and mysterious, urgent messages from the witch who secretly trained Jahan only increase his danger of exposure. Worst of all, the crown prince has turned his back on Jahan, robbing him of the royal protection he once enjoyed.
As word of Jahan’s return spreads, long-sheathed knives, sharp and deadly, are drawn again. And when Elanna, stripped of her magic, is brought to the capital in chains, Jahan must face down the traumas of his past to defeat the shadowy enemies threatening his true love’s life, and the future of the revolution itself.
CROWN OF RUIN: BLOOD DESCENDANTS UNIVERSE (CROWN OF DEATH BOOK 3) by Keary Taylor
Logan has returned to Roter Himmel. Once a peaceful haven for the Royals, it is now a kingdom of chaos and distrust. The people may love their queen, but she has never ruled them on her own.
Sevan has seen Cyrus work miracles long ago, and learned his methods herself. His curse has sustained stronger than death before but the visage of Cyrus’ demise is undeniable. Still, Logan refuses to believe this is the end. Cyrus keeps appearing to her in strange dreams, rambling that she must prepare—that the day is coming when night will rule the day.
While the entire world of vampires watches, Logan will take on the weight of the crown, the certainty of impending change, and the threat of war.
They all should have known better than to test her. She’s had multiple lifetimes to prepare for this.
JAVIER (THE LOST WOLVES BOOK 3) by Emilia Hartley
Javier is a giant wolf-shifter, big as a smart-car, strong as the mountains he loves, and sensitive enough to protect everyone he cares about, especially his little sister, Thalia. Or at least that’s who he was until an enchantress ripped out his soul and tinkered with it, trying to turn him into a tool for her own evil purposes. Though no longer physically the woman’s captive, Javier is a shell of his former self, so numb to the world that he’s only vaguely aware of what he’s missing. He’s at least aware enough to distrust the woman fate has tied him to—Nora, the enchantress’s daughter.
Nora fights numbness of her own, numbness left over from the still-fresh-after-two-years loss of her husband. She also carries guilt from years of complicity in her mother’s schemes. But now that her bond with Javier has opened her eyes to the truth about her family, she’ll do anything to defeat them and help him regain his soul. Will all her sacrifices and all her love be enough to bring him back to himself?
WISHFUL THINKING (THE CONDUIT TRILOGY BOOK 2) by K B Ladnier and Anita Maxwell
Arsyn Henley has just found out that she is the Conduit to the first Quad Jinn in hundreds of years. The betrayal and shock she felt towards her Jinn caused her to make a mistake – one that could cost Arsyn her life. Killian, Elijah, Zachary, and Talan must do everything in their power to find their girl before it’s too late. But once they do find her, do they have what it takes to keep her or will she disappear into the darkness that surrounds her?
BEAR YOUR FATE: MCMAHON CLAN BOOK 4 (FATED MATES BOOK 7) by Rochelle Paige
Watching your children as they find their mates and build their families eases the pain of loss and makes it easier to bear your fate. But it doesn’t stop the longing for what you’ll never have.
Carrick McMahon is happy for his sons and daughter. He’s worked hard to make sure they have the one thing he knows he never will—their fated mate. He lost his chance years ago, when the woman fate paired him with chose another… a man who tried to destroy his family.
With his death, the danger to the McMahon Clan has passed. Carrick is focused on his growing family and position on the council. But his newest daughter-in-law isn’t willing to let him settle. She wants fate to give him a second chance…and she has the power to make sure he gets it.
CURSE REVERSED (WARDS AND WANDS BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce
In and out of institutions for over a decade, Eleanor St. Vincent can’t get the episodes racking her to stop. Half-witch, and lousy spell caster, she doesn’t picture much of a future. Then one day, Mitchell Sharpe catches her eye.
Mitchell Sharpe never dreamed he’d need the Prestige Institute. A year spent under a hex cost him everything, and he has no idea where to go from there. The last thing he expected to find was love.
Their happiness is short-lived as societal demands and ancient curses threaten to cave-in all they want to build. The deck might be stacked against them, but Mitchell and Eleanor will fight for their second chance at life…and love.
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolfe
VS Note: YA but sounded good.
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.
THE HILLS HAVE SPIES (VALDEMAR FAMILY SPIES ) by Mercedes Lackey
VS Note: Not a romance, but for those who enjoy Ms. Lackey’s books…
Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife Amily are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Justyn, has the Gift of animal Mindspeech–he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Justyn’s dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Herald Spy, but has yet to be Chosen by his horse companion.
Mags is more than happy to teach Justyn all he knows. He regularly trains his children, including Justyn, with tests and exercises, preparing them for the complicated and dangerous lives they will likely lead. Justyn has already held positions in the Royal Palace as a runner and in the kitchen, useful places from which he can learn to listen. As the next stage of Justyn’s training, Mags proposes that Justyn joins a group of traveling players and musicians, to get experience away from home and out in the world. Justyn joins the troupe, and he starts collecting information for his father. And the patterns he finds are unsettling….
During the troupe’s travels, Justyn witnesses growing rural unrest about an indigenous community of Valdemar, known as Hawkbrothers. When the troupe settles for a season at a fortified manor of a local lord, Justyn watches the unrest grow increasingly hostile. The manor lord dismisses Hawkbrothers as inhuman–and has a local militia to back up his hatred. When a child goes missing, the locals immediately blame Hawkbrothers, and Justyn finds himself in a dangerous position.
He enlists the help of a local stray dog, who knows a lot about the town’s goings-on, despite being a bit…odd. Justyn must find the missing child and warn the Hawkbrothers community of the trouble headed their way–before tensions turn deadly.
ADRIFT by Rob Boffard
VS Note: This is science fiction, no romance and WOW. I read it in one sitting yesterday – forget all the other stuff I had to do. This poor heroine – what a first day at work she has. It’s a disaster movie, it’s a thriller, it has twists and turns, and just when you think you know everything, the author changes up the circumstances…loved it. The book reminded me of the best of the old Alistair MacLean novels and it really ought to be a movie IMHO.
VS Note: Book 1 of my Badari Warrior scifi romance series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:
The story: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.
Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.
Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?
As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.
The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?
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