Including one from me this week – WHEE!!!
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).
DARIK: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 4) by Veronica Scott
Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.
Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.
Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?
Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
IMPERATOR (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 11) by Anna Hackett
VS Note: Have I been waiting for this one!!! One clicked.
Space station security specialist Sam has done one thing since her abduction by alien slavers…fight to survive. But now one strong alien gladiator stands at her side and Sam knows she is no longer alone.
Thrust into a lawless desert arena, Sam Santos has done terrible things in order to stay alive. As the Champion of Zaabha, she’s been fighting to find a way out. Everything changes when the Imperator of the House of Galen sacrifices his freedom to help her. The hard-bodied, fierce man has vowed to help her escape, but getting out of Zaabha is only the first deadly task they face.
Galen was bred to be a royal bodyguard and protect his prince. With his planet now destroyed, he’s grown powerful and forged his wealthy gladiatorial House on the desert planet of Carthago. All Galen knows is honor, service, and sacrifice. Now his life depends on working with one battle-hardened woman of Earth as they fight together to survive. But Sam Santos is not what he expected. Tough, yes. A brilliant fighter, for sure. But there is a softer side to the woman as well. And Galen finds himself irrevocably drawn to all of Sam’s captivating facets.
Then they uncover a devious plot by the Thraxians that could bring down the foundations of the Kor Magna Arena and all they hold dear. Galen and Sam will stop at nothing to defeat the evil alien slavers, even if it means war. In amongst the fighting, Sam may finally show a man who lives for everyone else, that he deserves more than just honor and freedom, but love as well…if they survive the coming battle.
LOST VALYR: PROJECT ENTERPRISE BOOK 7 by Pauline Baird Jones
VS Note: I’ve been really enjoying this series so I had this pre-ordered.
Dr. Rachel Grant knows her way around the Garradian tech on the Kikk Outpost. But the technology she encounters in an alien medical lab stumps even her brilliant mind. With a little help from her scheming parrot sidekick, she manages to push the right buttons and transport them to an uncharted planet…where they find a recently defrosted alien, who heats up Rachel.
Valyr wasn’t going to warm up to the bright-eyed scientist anytime soon…not after she pried centuries of cryosleep from his cold fingers. But waking up in the wrong century is nothing compared to the robots targeting his still-frozen team. And their situation only gets worse when he discovers the spiderweb of destruction trailing in the robots’ wake. With their backs against the wall, Valyr is blown away by Rachel’s determined passion in the face of impossible odds… but they’ll need more than a chemical reaction to survive what is headed their way.
UNIT 78: RESCUED (CyBRG FILES BOOK 2) by Evangeline Anderson and Mina Carter
VS NOTE: I’ve had this one on pre-order and I am SO IMPATIENT. I LOVED the first book in the series so much.
Unit 78, formerly Corporal Richard Hardgraves, is a Cyborg with a mission: to rescue the Admiral’s daughter from the dreaded Tr’Low Cult on Beacon 5. The Tr’Lows have a prophesy that a half-metal man will come from the sky and father the perfect child on a chosen bride–Rich tells himself he will play the part just long enough to grab the girl and run.
Kyrin Pierce is a Peace Keeper with IPKA–the Interstellar Peace Keeping Association. Lured to Beacon 5 by a fake call, she was captured and now she is being prepared for an unspeakable ceremony. She too plays into the Tr’Low prophecy because of her flame-red hair. As the priestesses of the cult inject her full of hormones to drive her wild with need, she has nearly given up hope of escape.
Rich might be more metal than man but he still has a heart and when he sees what the Kyrin has been through, he aches for her pain. But in order to get her out of the Tr’Low compound, he must do the unthinkable…and give the cultists what they want by taking Kyrin in their public ceremony.
Kyrin doesn’t care that the man who has come for her is a cyborg, she only knows that her body needs him desperately. And after he rescues her, her heart needs him too.
But Kyrin’s father, Admiral Pierce, doesn’t approve of his daughter loving a “metal monster.” When he separates them and sends Kyrin to a hospital to take care of her “problem” can Rich rescue her again…in time to save their baby?
HELLDIVE (AEON’S LEGACY BOOK 4) by Alexis Glynn Latner
VS Note: This is on my TBR.
Hidden inside the Starcross Nebula is a place of interstellar shipwreck. It’s like a Bermuda Triangle half as old as time. It harbors malicious monsters and dangerous mysteries.
It’s a hell of a place to attempt a rescue mission.
Captain Zilka Devreze and her crew on the starship Guardian Angel must race against time to find shipwreck survivors in mortal danger. They’ll use Zilka’s genius grasp of the intricacies of fast starflight to get in and back out again.
Mission specialist Jack Mistry was an accident investigator in the Solar System in his previous life. Abruptly revived from stasis in the starship Aeon, he agrees to join the unprecedented mission. When he fled from Earth on Aeon, what he expected to find on the other side of the stars wasn’t an interstellar accident scene like this. Or a woman like Zilka.
Always as singularly alone as she was brilliant, Zilka discovers that this can change. But first she has to learn how to lead a very assorted crew. And Jack has to learn to follow his heart. They will all learn how death and life, hell and hope, and danger and love intersect in the Starcross Nebula.
SPACE DEPUTY (INTERSTELLAR SHERIFF BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz
A millennium into the future, the Saloon Sector is where the Wild West meets the 1950s, in space, with robots. It’s where careers go to die.
Thelma Bach graduated top of her class after four years at the Galactic Justice academy. But she’s a Rock Sector citizen. The core worlders were never going to let her transcend her background. So she’s been assigned to serve her seven years as a deputy in the Saloon Sector. The message for the Federation’s out-world citizens is clear: you’ll never be our equal, so don’t even try.
The stuffy bureaucrats of the Galactic Justice service chose the wrong person to push around. Thelma will subvert her interstellar sheriff, charm artificial intelligences, fight bandits and hunt the legendary Eldorado Cache. But with the frontier region holding secrets of its own, she needs to choose her new allies wisely because a scary, business-suited enemy is hunting her.
KAREK (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr
VS note: Author spells the hero’s name differently on the cover and in the blurb; just FYI, it wasn’t me doing typos, I swear!
Kerek Khane knows he’s in a position of power.
He’s expecting the human to show up with weapon codes.
He abducts her to take her to his leader.
But on the long space voyage – passion.
He can’t resist her strength, courage, body.
But she has betrayed the deal.
She brought fake codes.
Now her life is in danger.
Only Kerek can save her.But saving her means giving up his position in his clan.
If he saves her he loses everything. If he doesn’t – he loses her.
How can he make a choice when there is so much on the line?
SUN IN THE OVEN: GALAXA WARRIORS (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 16) by Milly Taiden
Henley Rourke is a woman who loves a challenge. A while back, Gerri Wilder convinced her and two friends to make an interstellar jump to another galaxy. A thrill too hard to resist, Henley found herself on a planet filled with gorgeous shifters. But she’s restless and looking for a little adventure. And then she meets Damen Iceri. Badass. Shifter. Oh, yeah, and so hot, he makes her undies disappear. She gets more than she expects when she realizes Damen isn’t the only hot shifter who wants her.
Gunner Lukas, alpha of the Summit Bear Clan is a pair with Damen. Gunner is also the alpha to Damen’s omega. Bound by tradition and ritual, these two bears are looking for their mate, the one woman to complete their triad. And that’s Henley. But he’s not sure how she will handle finding out. When this triad gets together, things go from hot to explosive.
They’re ready to make their mating dreams come true along with all the dirty thoughts she’s had since meeting them. A forever threesome? All about her? Yes, please! But there’s no time to think about forever—not when they are charged with finding the source behind a series of deaths by poison and doing their best to keep Henley from becoming the next victim.
CAUGHT IN TIME (KENDRA DONOVAN MYSTERIES) by Julie McElwain
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.
October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.
When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
MATED ON HADES (CELESTIAL MATES) by Golden Angel
Tarrik would do anything to avoid breaking his mother’s heart, so he begrudgingly signs up for Celestial Mates and agrees to come home and settle down once the agency finds his match. There’s just one catch: he’s not ready to give up his free and easy life traveling the galaxy. And he’s doing exactly as his mother asked, so what will it hurt if he makes himself as unappealing as possible on his mate application?
Juliette is a woman on the run. Her attitude, and more importantly her hacking skills, have pissed off all the wrong people. Now the target of a contract hit, she’s decided the solution to her problems is to leave the planet as fast as she can. The Celestial Mates program is exactly what she needs. By the time her “mate” realizes she’s impossible to live with, hopefully it will be safe for her to return to earth. She wasn’t counting on a seriously hot alien who looked like the devil and could do the most sinful things with his tail.
DRAEKON FEVER (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 6) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino
Being the only virgin on the prison planet isn’t so bad.
No, actually, it totally sucks.
There are two Draekons who are interested in me. Well, I thought they were, but they keep blowing hot and cold. They won’t make a move. It’s infuriating.
Whatever. I have no use for broody aliens. None at all. No matter how gorgeous they are. No matter how much my insides tingle when they touch me…
Then it turns out that the Draekons have a very good reason for staying away.
Because they’re ill with the fever, and it will kill them unless I can find a cure.
This time, the virgin is going to save her two dragons.
CALAN: PSION FACTOR SON (ALEDAN SERIES BOOK 6) by Christine Meyers
Ajha Lann, a dawning psion grew up under the wing of an older girl. Together they scrounged for food and avoided capture by the gangers in the ruins of Farringay. Left on her own when Mikki is captured by gangers, the voices in her head seemed to get louder but one presence is stronger than the others. It gives her hope of something better for her future.
Calan Narcaza’s mother, the former Michelle Marlow was born in the ruins Farringay outside the Starport Compound. Little had changed since his father went to Earth to find Chelle and claim her as his mate. Calan knows the dangers, but he has felt Ajha Lann reaching out to him from several years. He knew that for her to reach him over such interstellar distance could only mean that she was his psion mate.
His brother Jamerin brings Calan to Earth in his starship, though he is skeptical about leaving his baby brother on his own. Then they find a cyborg in stasis at the industrial complex that Calan bought to give refuge to the people struggling to survive in the city ruins. They wake him.
Calan and cyborg Rax Ven become allies building the Refuge together and facing off with the Overlords and gangers in a final showdown.
ALIEN’S CAPTIVE (TERRAMATES BOOK 15) by Lisa Lace
I know what I want from an Earth woman.
Someone to cry out my name with desire.
Someone to have my babies.
What I don’t want is a wife.
The last thing I need is a distraction.
A delectable earthling makes me reconsider my plans. Perri is lovely. Curves, blue eyes, and ivory skin I want to taste. Her beauty makes planning to overthrow the corrupt government hard.
I terrify her. When I get close to her, she darts away. She calls me a rogue and a brute.
No one can talk to me this way…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
LIGHT UNFOLDING (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 8) by Rebecca Royce
Hurled across time and space, Waverly Sandler lives in unexpected exile on a planet doomed to be destroyed. A nurse and caretaker, she finds herself going through the motions waiting for an inevitable end she cannot change and missing the four parts of her soul she left behind—in the future—whenever. The last thing she expected was salvation in the eleventh hour, or a wild journey through the time warping effects of the black hole, but their reunion is only the next step in an ever spiraling journey.
With Ari, Jackson, Rohan, and Canyon willing to break every rule, they will rely on Waverly to light their path.
HER ROHXARI GUARDIANS by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress
Following the last alien attack, Angel lost much more than her arm — she lost the respect of her crew. Traveling around space, it’s easy to get lost…But sometimes, instead, you find everything you didn’t know you were looking for.
Like three huge, powerful, armed Rohxari guardians tasked with beating away the very aliens that nearly took Angel’s life. Like a savage planet, a paradise; a home.
Like a prophecy, that can’t possibly be true, that the Rohxari Queen will soon be returning. Angel doesn’t believe in prophecies; she doesn’t believe in fate. But Saxxon, Wylar and Huck do.
She’d walk away, but … there are three of them, and they’re much stronger than her. And, hell, maybe it’d be fun to be princess of paradise for a day.
STARLESS (HALF LIGHT BOOK 3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
VS Note: YA/NA
They are all trapped under a starless sky…
It turns out correcting the balance of the universe is harder than anyone could have imagined. Noah and Rachel’s mission to find Caspian’s starmate is interrupted when aliens board their ship. Noah is sent into his worst nightmare, while Rachel is forced to continue on alone. Across the galaxy, Angie is trying to survive her training mission while fighting her growing feelings for Kelby. Heading back to Andrelexa, Caspian is still completely in love with Rachel, and determined to do anything to ensure her protection.
When communications go down throughout the galaxies, being lost in space takes on a whole new meaning.
THE SIMILAYER PROJECT: PART ONE by Various
VS note: OK, I’m a sucker for post apocalyptic tales so I read some of the ‘Look Inside’ and one clicked.
A deadly virus born of good intentions ravages the planet, leaving humans on the bottom of the food chain as the infected mutate into creatures born of myth and nightmares.
As the military sets out to gather the healthy inside the walls of a biolab located in the central United States, the fight for survival begins for anyone willing to step beyond the safety of their own front door.
Follow five groups of survivors as they journey from California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, and Massachusetts in an epic adventure to find, not only what’s left of their government, but their independence, true love, and the strength to survive in a world bent on breaking them.
KEY TO THE DEADFALL: INTO THE DEADFALL BOOK TWO by Susan Trombley
Evie managed to survive for months in the strange parallel dimension where she was dropped after accidentally activating a portal in her father’s shed. The Dead Fall doesn’t treat survivors kindly, as Evie discovers when she’s captured by alien creatures and taken to the settlement of Omni to be put on display in a bar.
When a gray alien appears in the bar to rescue her, she wonders at first if she hasn’t gone straight from the frying pan into the fire. Yet, the alien she nicknames Gray proves to be friendly, if a bit too determined to see her meet some destined mate she’s not interested in finding.
Gray tells her she must seek her own destiny, but she can’t help thinking she’s already found it, despite what he says. After all, her knight in shining armor has come to rescue her, and if he just so happens to have a flying saucer instead of a white horse, that’s okay with her.
Doshakeren is a hero. A legend. They sing epic songs about the warrior among his kin. When his most trusted advisor betrays him and locks him away with a strange artifact that casts him into another realm, he faces challenges beyond anything he’d ever faced before—the biggest being his fascination with the human female who makes him have forbidden thoughts that would see him outcast from his nest.
Evie must choose her own destiny, but nothing will be easy for her, least of all the Dead Fall itself, because the Nexus is watching. And waiting.
HEROINE’S JOURNEY (HEROINE COMPLEX BOOK 3) by Sarah Kuhn
If there’s one thing Beatrice Tanaka never wanted to be, it’s normal. But somehow, her life has unfolded as a series of “should haves.” Her powers of emotional projection should have made her one of the most formidable superheroes of all time. And she should have been allowed to join her older sister Evie as a full-fledged protector of San Francisco, pulverizing the city’s plethora of demon threats.
But Evie and her superheroing partner, Aveda Jupiter, insist on seeing Bea as the impulsive, tempestuous teenager she used to be–even though she’s now a responsible adult. And that means Bea is currently living a thoroughly normal life. She works as a bookstore lackey, hangs out with best friends Sam Fujikawa and Leah Kim, and calms her workplace’s more difficult customers. Sure, she’s not technically supposed to be playing with people’s mental states. But given the mundanity of her existence, who can blame her?
When a mysterious being starts communicating with Bea, hinting at an evil that’s about to overtake the city, she seizes the opportunity, hoping to turn her “should haves” into the fabulous heroic life she’s always wanted. But gaining that life may mean sacrificing everything–and everyone–she holds dear.
DARK CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRIES by Daryl DeVore
What’s a naughty fairy tale like Red Riding Hood without Red, the huntsman, grandma and especially, the big bad wolf?
Esmerelda ‘Red’ Hood is summoned to her mother’s executive suite only to learn her sweet granny is headed for a romantic cruise with a gigolo. Horrified, Red races off to save her grandma before it’s too late.
On board, Red meets Andrew Woodsman and Willem Olf. One a cutie with the biggest puppy eyes and the other a dark, sophisticated predator. Her grandmother’s warning rings in Red’s ear “Never trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Even with the warning, Red has trouble choosing which man could be the big bad wolf and which could be her happily ever after.
SHADES OF FAE by Various
Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.
We only know three things about the Fae: They don’t lie, they cheat. What they aren’t given, they take. And if they can’t rule…they conquer. Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.
Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York City, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection from today’s hottest USA Today, award-winning, and international bestselling paranormal and fantasy authors.
Shades of Fae is your ticket to a mystical realm where Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings unparalleled danger.
A BEAR’S MERCY (SHIFTER COUNTRY BEARS BOOK 3) by Dakota West
Charlotte “Charlie” Mullins doesn’t mind putting herself in danger. She’s actually volunteered to hunt down Kade Lessing, a feral alpha bear who might be attacking and killing wolf shifters in Cascadia. Charlie’s not scared of the big bad bear, though maybe she should be…
Kade Lessing isn’t really feral, though sometimes he wishes he were. God knows he’d be less tormented, and it would make things a little easier on him and his mate Daniel. When Kade hears a woman scream in the forest, he runs to the aid of a total stranger.
With one glance at the curvy, tomboyish girl left bleeding on the ground, he knows instantly that he’d do anything to save her – including fighting off the wolves who attacked her. When Kade carries her back to the cabin, Daniel feels exactly the same way.
They’ve saved her life, but can Charlie tell them the truth – that she was on a mission to take down Kade? Can their triad bond survive a battle between wolves, bears, and humans, or is their fated love doomed to fall apart?
DRAGON’S BLOOD: STORY OF THE BRETHREN BOOK 2 by LaVerne Thompson
After losing her mother at a very young age, Arianna’s world changed when her father came to get her. He took her across the Atlantic Ocean, away from everything she’d ever known and loved. But once again she’s forced to cross the Atlantic, this time leaving everything she’d grown to love behind. Running from the thing that had killed her remaining parent, running for her life. And fleeing from the being she’d dreamt of for half her life. Nothing could save her, she didn’t believe in myths and fairytales. Didn’t believe in the man with the eyes that flashed gold. She could trust no one. Not even the voice whispering inside her head she recognized as her own.
Talon had come to Earth searching for his truemate. Knowing she was near but still so very far away. Only able to reach her when they both closed their eyes, but waking up to find it had all been nothing but a dream. Until one day he heard her cry of pain and felt the crippling pang of fear that invaded her mind. She needed him, but he couldn’t find her. Not until she released her block against him. He just hoped it would not be too late. Because an ancient enemy roamed Earth once more and hunted his truemate. It was a race as to which one of them would find her first. Talon would not lose.
COURT OF FLAME (THE PHOENIX WARS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin and Nadia Hunter
The former mad King Emberich is back and out for vengeance. He wants to destroy Sven, my love and sovereign, for daring to stand up to the crazed, bloodthirsty tyrant.
I have to stop my father, nothing else matters.
I’ve got allies, sure, but if I call on them there’ll be open warfare between the Dragons and the Phoenixes. No one wants that, least of all me.
I know what Sven would say. I should let him go rather than risk everything. But that’s not going to happen.
He’s mine, I’m his, and I’m going to solve this. My heart wars with my duty but I refuse to let either one go.
WENDIGO HUNTING (WENDIGO REDEMPTION BOOK 2) by Wendie Nordgren
Prejudices can run deep, and grudges can last for decades. Unfortunately for Rozene, such is the case between the Wendigoag, the Four Bears tribe, and the werewolves.
Fearing what she has become and fighting against her own nature, Rozene desperately tries to follow her heart. Rejected by the man she loves, she is determined to put her pain behind her, but her romantic entanglements have become knots. Her heart is torn amongst Hunting Wolf, with his Wendigo magic calling to her blood, Colby, the cowboy turned werewolf, who has claimed her as his mate, and Chief Sam Stillwater, the bear shifter, who her own heart has claimed. Each of them calls to her soul, demanding her loyalty and love, but whose call should she answer when she loves them equally?
However, Rozene’s romantic angst will have to wait. An ancient dark magic is unleashed upon the inhabitants of Silver Springs. Chenoo, evil ice spirits, are freezing to death people and livestock. To survive, the Four Bears tribe, the Wendigoag, and the werewolves will have to overcome their own prejudices and fight together or die together.
THE CONCUBINE AND HER VAMPIRES by Julie Morgan
VS Note: From May
Born a blood demon, Olivia Martin’s sole purpose is to become a blood slave to a vampire. She is nothing more than a blood bag.
With a vampire as her master, she would want for nothing, her every need and whim catered to, but becoming a prisoner was not the life Olivia would have chosen for herself.
At least, until she met Jared and his four brothers-at-arms. Giving yourself to one person was easy. Having fun with two, exciting. But a harem of lovers? It was more than Olivia ever considered possible.
Need, lust, and blood drive Olivia to find a strength inside herself to not only accept her five sexy-as-sin vampires, but to also protect herself from an evil hell bent on claiming her for its own.
BALEFIRE (WHYBORNE & GRIFFIN BOOK 10) by Jordan L Hawk
Whyborne’s Endicott relatives have returned to collect on the promise he made to help them take back their ancestral manor from an evil cult. In exchange, they’ll give him the key to deciphering the Wisborg Codex, which Whyborne needs to learn how to stop the masters.
To that end, Whyborne, his husband Griffin, and their friends Iskander and Christine travel to a small island off the coast of Cornwall. But when they arrive at Balefire Manor, Whyborne must not only face the evil within the ancient mansion, but the painful truth about his own destiny.
ARIEL’S ANTICS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 2 by Robyn Peterman
What in the clam shell does a Mermaid have to do to find true love?
I’m bored. And if I’m being honest, I’m jealous. I want my sister to have her happily ever after. I do. But I want my own adventures and my own true love. For two hundred years I’ve suffered through one immortal asshat after another while stuck on Mystical Isle. And while running a tourist trap for humans might be entertaining, I’m never going to find my true love in this sea of monotony.
Of course, there is a Selkie… the sexiest most idiotic man-seal I’ve ever had the misfortune of swimming across—definitely an asshat. Unfortunately, the dork still invades my dreams on a regular basis.
I finally have a shot at an adventure. I must save our island home. However, the mission is to seek out the very Selkie who stole my heart… the same asshat whose Johnson I’d tried to truncate.
Holy hell and seashells. Only I would agree to a tsunami waiting to happen.
Ask any tuna you happen to see… Who’s the craziest Mermaid? That would be me.
CAUTIOUS CAT (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Severine Wolfe
Talikha Tella had seen Aleksei Koukleva in a lecture hall at Oxford University and known the was his. She had plans. Big plans. Every single cousin of hers who had ever told her she’d never find a mate would suck it because she had, and he was beautiful.
Aleksei Koukleva had never seen a more beautiful woman that the student who had grabbed and kept his attention at a lecture he’d done as a favor to a friend. He was the mate he had always imagined. He could not wait to get her back to Russia and his Tiger Streak.
Being kidnapped, beaten and halfway starved to death changes a person and Tali doubts everything she ever thought she knew about her mate. They have to fight to keep themselves together. The hardest battle must be fought within themselves.
THE FACELESS WOMAN: A SWAN PRINCESS RETELLING (OTHERWORLD BOOK 4) by Emma Hamm
VS note: Sounds good! Put it on my TBR.
Once upon a time…
A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do.
She curses him.
Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds them together. His life is hers and he refuses to die. He saves her from the fires, casts a hex on the townsfolk for good measure, then whisks her away to safety. His only stipulation? She has to remove the binding curse.
Unfortunately for them both, she can’t. Witch and Unseelie must travel across the Otherworld to break the ties that bind them. Secrets and lies stand between them, but both will stop at nothing to save themselves.
EMBERS (A DARK IN YOU NOVEL) by Suzanne Wright
With the birth of their son, Asher, Harper and Knox are both more powerful and more vulnerable than they’ve ever been before. Asher’s charm has seduced even the devil himself, but Harper knows that the real villain is still out there, and as desperate as ever to see the Primes fall. They’re laying low, and there’s no way to tell which one of their circle is really a deadly foe . . .
When the final horseman makes their move, Harper and Knox will have to use all the considerable power at their disposal – and that may even include Asher’s mysterious abilities. One thing’s for sure – this is a baby who’s more than a match for any demon coming after him.
FIRE BORN (QUEEN OF THE SEVEN STARS BOOK 1) by Kallista Dane
I learned my fate on my eighteenth birthday, the day my father died and I became the virgin Queen.
The day my life changed forever.
The Lord of Darkness has risen. He means to conquer my kingdom and take me as his bride. But to succeed, he needs the power of the five Sacred Sources.
I must find the Fire Born. The one who shifts into a fearsome dragon. He’s come to me in dreams in his human form, stirring shameful, dark desires inside me. The prophecy says he will take me as his mate – and join with me to battle the Dark Lord, who has awakened from the spell cast on him a thousand years ago.
Then I must seek out the others. Five in all, each with his own special skill.
The Warrior. The Wizard. The Mystic. And last, the Rogue.
I must secure their protection, their allegiance, using whatever means necessary, whether it be to offer them riches or a title… or my body. A place in my bed as well as on the throne.
The Oracle says only by uniting with these five powerful men will I accomplish my mission. Avenge my father’s death – and save the World of the Seven Stars from an enemy as old as the Universe.
But she never warned me about the dangers of falling in love.
CLAIMING THE DRAGON KING: THE ELITE GUARDS NOVEL by Amelia Hutchins
The Horde took everything from him.
He’s honor bound to avenge his people and take back his palace by any means necessary.
Blane has kept his people hidden from the Horde since the day they came in and wiped out the dragon race, but they didn’t kill them all. Now he’s back, and making a move against the Horde. He’s going to take back what’s rightfully his in a step to wage war against those who took everything from him. The one thing he didn’t expect was to find her instead of the Horde King’s offspring.
Ciara has lived in the shadows and survived torture at the hands of her own father. She’s trained hard to find her place among the Elite Guard. Until she is captured by him…changing her destiny along with it in one fateful night.
Now, she will taste unbridled passion at the hands of her captor, and she isn’t sure she’ll survive the heat of the Dragon King.
RIVER (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 7) by Samantha Leal
Stacey: It all started with her friend giving birth. Then strange things start happening in Lost Creek…and if she is to believe what she is being told…she has an integral role to play…and a secret destiny only she can fulfill…It just so happens that the dark and sexy River will be the catalyst…
River: He is a natural protector. And when he returns to Lost Creek and more secrets begin to be revealed, he knows exactly where…and with whom his skills are needed…
Can this unlikely pair navigate the rising dangers as well as their own passions to save Lost Creek from this unseen threat? But first of course…can they save themselves?
I’M NOT LION TO YOU (SOULATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 2) by Krystal Shannon
Kann is a lion shifter from another world. Literally. Even though he’s learned how to walk, talk, dress and sound just like everyone else in Mystery, Alaska, he still can’t find his mate. Until she walks right into the local grocery store. Her blue eyes and killer legs make his lion stand up and roar. Well, that and her soul is glowing just for him. That only happens… with soulmates. Which means the magick of his world did cross over to Earth with the survivors.
Penny is on the run, being chased at a breakneck pace over the Alaskan countryside. She can’t trust anyone and knows it’s only a matter of time until she’s caught. When she meets Kann, the sexy backwoods, plaid-shirted man from Mystery, she’s instantly attracted. However, she can’t afford a distraction and she doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt when they come for her.
Except, Kann has never met an objection he couldn’t overcome. With patience and determination, he wins Penny over inch by inch. But will Penny’s past steal everything from both of them?
JAZZIE & SUGAR BELLE by Lilith St Crow
Jozzie Shale, missing a particularly intimate piece of his person, lands in LA with a hangover and plenty of determination. He needs help, fast–and fortunately, he’s got the address of a witch who owes his buddy Petey a favor.
She’s a solution: Sugar Belle, of the Virginia Belles, is only mildly amused when a drunken shapeshifter shows up in her tattoo chair. Add a warlock with a necromantic book, coyote shifters, the end of the world, plus a few hundred pounds of cheese, and even a witch of Sugar’s caliber might be in for a bad night.
HOCUS POCUS & THE ALL NEW SEQUEL by A W Jantha
VS Note: No idea if there’s romance but wow, did my family ever love the original movie.
Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.
Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on Earth to torment Salem for all eternity.
Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.
OF FIRE AND STORM (PIPER LANCASTER SERIES #2) by D G Swank
Just when Piper begins to accept her new role as demon slayer, a fresh threat rises.
People are disappearing, and Piper is sure a sinister, otherworldly force is at play.
Add to that ghosts who show up out of thin air, warning her of a danger she won’t be able to outrun, and a freaking bevy of supernatural creatures hiding in the background, and Piper suddenly has her hands full. Especially when the new creatures aren’t demons, or ghosts and she has no idea how to deal with them.
Or whether or not they be good little monsters, or bad.
There is one man who has the knowledge she needs to survive but she can’t even count on him. Why? The bastard left town.
One thing is certain: a big bad demon’s come to town and Piper has to stop him—but she needs help to do it.
If only she could figure out whom to trust.
AWAKEN THE DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 8) by Dianne Duvall
He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.
When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.
VS Note: Just a reminder there are three previous books in the Badari Warriors series available!
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
My standard Notes and Caveats:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…