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).
CLAIMED BY AN ALIEN WARRIOR: BBW ALIEN ROMANCE by Tiffany Roberts
VS note: I read this over the weekend and LOVED it. Really good.
After losing her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one afternoon, Zoey doesn’t think things can get any worse. Then an uninvited passenger — green, four-armed, and sexy as sin — proves her wrong by dragging her into his frantic escape. Helping Rendash is the right thing to do, but it means becoming a fugitive and risking the only things she has left — her life, and her heart.
Weakened by years of captivity and torture, Rendash, an elite aligarii warrior, seizes his only opportunity to escape. Alone in an alien wasteland, he seeks the aid of a human — one of the very species that imprisoned him. But he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zoey, and his need to protect her soon wars with his mission — return to his homeworld.
With a shadowy government agency pursuing them, Zoey and Rendash must race across the country before he is recaptured, and she is thrown in a dark cell as a traitor to her kind. But their greatest obstacle may be the most unlikely — their insatiable attraction to one another.
DECEIVING THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon
VS Note: On my TBR list.
The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.
It’s a female.
Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.
He’s determined to find her and claim her, no matter what it takes. But when he does locate her and discovers that she’s been lying to him about who – and what – she is, will he still love her?
Or is the fact that Zoey’s human too much for this blue-skinned male?
IMPRISONED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 22 by Evangeline Anderson
VS NOTE: And another for my TBR list!
Lady Arianna Blackthorn is a woman on a mission–she intends to rescue her brother, Jak, from the infamous BleakHall prison. BleakHall is a Triple Max Penitentiary where only the worst of the worst are sent–a males-only facility where not even female prison guards are allowed. So how can Ari infiltrate this fortress? With the use of a holo-projector that makes her look male (the important parts anyway) she’s determined to get in and she has a foolproof plan for getting both herself and Jak out…or so she thinks.
Commander Lathe is a Blood Kindred who lost his younger brother to the horrors of BleakHall. He is on a mission to go undercover and collect evidence against the cruel and ruthless prison guards who run it and the Yonnite Mistresses who own it. He also has a plan to get out but it’s going to take some time and while he’s waiting, a strange new inmate comes to BleakHall–a boy called Ari.
Ari is in over her head from the minute she steps through the prison gates. She is immediately singled out by Tapper, BleakHall’s most ruthless sexual predator, as his next conquest. Only Lathe’s timely intervention saves her from a fate worse than death…and death itself. Lathe moves Ari into his cell to keep her safe but he has no idea she is really a female and Ari doesn’t dare to tell him.
Can Ari keep her secret from the big Kindred? Can Lathe sort through his confusing feelings for the “boy” he has taken under his wing? (Why does he smell like a female? Why can’t Lathe stop thinking about him…stop wanting to touch him?) Can the two of them rescue Ari’s brother and escape from the maze of sadistic guards, psychopathic prisoners, and ravenous lashers–the huge carnivorous snake-cats that roam the corridors of BleakHall at night waiting to devour any inmates attempting to get away?
THE BEAST (BRETANIA BREED BOOK 0) by Jenny Foster
His name is Ar’Van.
He is the best hunter money can buy.
Tall, dangerous, non-human – and the last of his kind.
When a new assignment brings him to Earth, he doesn’t expect much resistance. The women he is supposed to deliver to the warlord of the Qua’Hathri are easy targets. He could outwit the earth men that protect them, with his eyes closed.
But every plan can go wrong.
Not because he is careless. He just hadn’t expected his worst enemy and best accomplice to feel drawn to one of them. Inside of him lives a powerful beast.
Until now, he has been able to keep it in check.
But in the presence of that female human, his dark side starts to show itself. The monster wants to own her—as does he. When a murderer starts his bloody work in the confines of his spaceship, Ar’Van has only one choice: He must save her life.
At any cost. Even if it means letting the beast come to light.
KISSED CYBORG (BOUND BY HER BOOK 3) by Nellie C Lind
Faye never intended to bind the Fighter, Silver. She kissed him to save her best friend’s cyborg, but the contact initiated the bond. When they come face to face again, she wants to be set free. She never wanted a cyborg, and nothing will change her mind, not even Silver’s attractive appearance and charming personality.
The last thing Silver wants is to be bound to the feisty and annoying little Faye. He hates her for kissing him, but the bond gives him no choice but to love her. Unless the Fighters figure out how to remove the bond, he’s stuck with her for the rest of his life, and he refuses to accept the bond–or Faye.
CAVEMAN ALIEN’S TRAP (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 5) by Calista Skye
VS note: I read one of the earlier books in the series and it was a fun romp.
Caroline: I’m trapped. Not just stranded on this lethal dinosaur planet. But actually trapped. As in, there’s a crude net all around me and I can’t move.The guy who trapped me is right in front of me, just staring at me through the net like he’s never seen a woman before.Which he hasn’t. The cavemen on this alien planet don’t have women of their own.So they like to abduct Earth girls and then get them pregnant. And the way this guy is looking at me, I think that’s exactly what he’s planning.But if that’s what he thinks will happen, he’ll be disappointed. I’d rather die.
Xark’on: This is not what I thought I’d catch. It’s a woman. Even I can see that. She’s round and smooth and small. And her scent is so alluring it makes my head spin. My crotch swells uncontrollably at the sight of her. I’ve never felt anything like it. I caught her, so I can do with her as I please. And I know exactly what I’ll do.
EUPHORIA by Jayne Lockwood
With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.
Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.
The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.
But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?
REBEL WITHOUT A PULSE (CITY OF RUINS BOOK 1) by Odessa Gillespie Black
Nerdy, high school senior, Willie Hatcher’s mundane life is forever changed when Cherryville’s water supply is contaminated with a lethal virus that revives the dead. After a fatal bite, Willie’s corpse arises fortified with corded muscle, increased stamina, and enhanced senses. The only downfall: he’s a carrier with the animalistic urge to devour human flesh. To salvage any humanity he has left, Willie becomes Will, leaving all evidence of his previous life behind. He’s successful until he crosses paths with Kaylee, an old friend who not only threatens to reveal his monstrous secret, but steal his heart, a devotion in which his devastating affliction leaves him incapable.
Two years after the catastrophic event, Kaylee resides alone in an abandoned home. Her semi-peaceful life comes to a crashing halt when a human-trafficking ring abducts her and tosses her into nightmarish repopulation attempt. Freed by the strangely-familiar, smoking-hot Will, she notices uncanny similarities between her vigilante and a nerdy, but cute class mate she once knew as Willie. Kaylee’s attraction is obviously reciprocated, but Will rejects her at every turn. With such a devastating and dangerous secret between them, how can Will and Kaylee build a future together?
BELLEWEATHER by Susanna Kearsley
It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.
THE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
VS Note: YA
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space—against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
KROL’S GODDESS (RUTH & GRON BOOK 5) by V C Lancaster
Krol doesn’t trust females. His brother’s Queen tried to kill their son, and killed him when Krol escaped with the baby. Then she caught up with him and beat him almost to death, leaving him scarred and maimed. But Krol survived, and has been raising his nephew by himself in hiding for three years. Unlike the rest of his kind, Krol can see Bonding for what it really is, nothing more than a way for selfish, unscrupulous females to enslave the men around them. He is determined that will never happen to him, nor to his nephew, Ryll, who is the only thing keeping him from losing what’s left of his mind out in the wilds.
Naomi is a Scout leader, so she’s not too worried when she finds herself in a strange jungle. She knows how to survive. What she doesn’t know is where she is or how she got there. Nevertheless, she’s determined to put a brave face on things, until she discovers Krol and Ryll, who she thinks are Bigfoot! A misunderstanding leads Krol to attack her, but when torrential rain hits the area, they are forced to take shelter together in the same cave… (more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
DRAGON HEART (COBALT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade
What better way to improve morale on a military base than a talent show?
Sergeant Linny Cantor never expected to participate, but now she’s dusting off her old box of tricks for a chance to win her choice of grand prize options. A month’s paid leave is as good as hers, if she can just keep a meddling dragon shifter out of her practice area and her pants. He’s deliciously hot and says all the right things, but her focus has to be on winning that prize. Oh, and did she mention that he’s competing against her?
Rokk, a cobalt dragon, is in a great mood. He’s going to win the talent show and take his choice of the grand prize: twenty-five thousand dollars of his fellow dragon’s money. The fact that along the way he’s found his mate and is going to win the bet with his twin brother is making it even sweeter. The treasure pile he’s going to spoil his mate with is growing larger by the day.
Caught red-handed trying to spy on his primary competition, Rokk is also accused of sabotaging some of her equipment. When it happens again though, it’s become clear—someone is targeting Linny, and only Rokk’s dragon powers can keep her alive. With the threat of Outsiders from one direction, and a traitor from within, the pair must work together to defeat their enemies, learn the truth, and ultimately, win the talent show and each other.
CLAIMED BY THE ALIENS by Maia Starr
Reena was captured and taken to the virgin camps.
She knew she would have to marry four alien men, the Dains.
But she was tough and could do what was necessary to survive.
She had loved and lost, just as all humans on Earth had.
The invasion of the Dains took everything from them.
They caused the apocalypse.
But her new alien husbands are not what she expected. They are kind. Each Dain intrigues her
for more than just their sexy looks. There’s Keara, the one who first laid eyes on her and treats
her like royalty. Arin who is forceful, strong and primal in bed. Bryne and Lokin make her laugh
and feel safe. Every day she begins to trust them, to care for them.
But there is a secret that could cost her, her life.
She is pregnant with a human child.
This is forbidden.
Will Reena be able to keep her baby a secret from her new alien husbands until she can figure out an escape? Or is she doomed from the start?
SKY FULL OF MYSTERIES by Rick R Reed
What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?
That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.
Where has Rory been all this time? Has he time-traveled? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into outer space? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.
Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.
Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars.
LOVE FROM ABOVE (YEARNING BOOK 1) by Stella Casey
Alyssa: The tiger followed me home. Talk about things you never expect to admit but that’s how it all started: the tiger followed me home. …Except he wasn’t a tiger. It turns out, the zoo’s tiger is some kind of shapeshifter from another planet.
And I think I might be in love. Being a single mother with two full-time jobs is hard enough–I don’t have time for love! I can barely keep a roof over our heads as it is.
What even is my life these days? I’m just a veterinarian. What do I know about aliens? Until yesterday I didn’t even believe in them but he’s just so… fascinating.
Lii’thoou : Exiled from my home world, branded a criminal, it was easier to find a place with free meals than it was to try to fit in with these humans. I’ve watched for her through the glass since the first day I spotted her. There’s just something about her that makes me hold my breath for that extra second when her hips twitch with those high heels and-
I’m not supposed to reveal myself while I’m here but who’s going to find out if I do? I’m sure I can convince her to keep quiet and she has a darling little girl. I’ve always loved children.
Sure, she doesn’t realize she’s got someone special purring after her every move but how would she know? Humans don’t often talk to shapeshifters lounging on earth as tigers.
A HEAVEN FOR TOASTERS by Nicholas C Rossis
A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek islands. Instead, she finds herself caught up in a sinister plot, hatched by a reclusive billionaire with a penchant for illegal genetic engineering. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to put up with her new partner, Leo. Leo is an android—or toaster, as people scornfully call his kind. The only thing that could make things even worse would be for the headstrong Mika to fall for Leo. But people don’t fall for toasters—do they?
TO SEE THE SUN by Kelly Jensen
Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion — someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.
Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He’s spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he’ll do just about anything — even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael’s has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.
Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work—until Gael’s past catches up with them, threatening Abraham’s livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.
YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster
Five years ago, Gemma Townsend learned the hard way what happens when you break this rule. She lost everything. Her mentor’s trust. The man she loved. And almost her life. Love is a weakness she can never afford again.
When offered a chance at redemption, the seductive spy is determined to complete her assigned task: to track down a dangerous assassin known as the Chameleon, a mysterious killer sent after the queen, whose identity seems to constantly change.
But as her investigation leads Gemma into a trap, she’s rescued by a shadowy figure she thought was dead—the double agent who once stole her heart.
A man with few memories, all Obsidian knows is Gemma betrayed him, and he wants revenge. But one kiss ignites the unextinguished passion between them, and he can’t bring himself to kill her.
Can Obsidian ever trust her again? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? Because it soon becomes clear the Chameleon might be closer than either of them realized… and this time Gemma is in the line of fire.
STARS UNCHARTED by S K Dunstall
VS Note: Recommended by Riley at the Whiskey with My Book Blog who says basically not a lot of romance but “worth the time spent reading”. Put it on my TBR list.
Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.
His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.
A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war . . .
Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.
2230: THE PERFECT YEAR by C M Corett
Alex Coulson spends his days as a lowly laboratory assistant. At night, he watches movies in his lonely apartment and dreams of exciting adventures and handsome leading men.
When an electrical fire breaks out in the lab, an experimental machine malfunctions and Alex is caught in the explosion. He awakens, injured and confused, to learn he has traveled two hundred years into the future—to the year 2230. Under the care of the gorgeous Doctor Baylin Davies (a definite contender for a leading man) Alex recovers quickly, and his feelings for Baylin deepen each day. Baylin is handsome, sexy, caring, and a verified genius—everything Alex could ever dream of. Add in the whole concept of living in the future, and Alex soon decides the year 2230 is the perfect year to begin his new life.
But then there’s the major…
Whenever the intimidating military man, Major Marcais, is near, a strange power overcomes Alex’s senses, clouding his mind and weakening his desire to be with Baylin.
When the major reveals he is an alien and declares Alex to be his life mate, Alex must find the strength to resist him. And while fighting for the man he truly desires, Alex just might discover he’s the leading man in his own adventure.
MISSION: HER PROTECTION (TEAM 52 BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett
VS Note: A new series, has touches of scifi at least but is listed as a military romance. I always love her books, in all genres!
When Rowan’s Arctic research team pulls a strange object out of the ice in Northern Canada, things start to go wrong…very, very wrong. Rescued by a covert, black ops team, she finds herself in the powerful arms of a man with scary gold eyes. A man who vows to do everything and anything to protect her…
Dr. Rowan Schafer has learned it’s best to do things herself and not depend on anyone else. Her cold, academic parents taught her that lesson. She loves the challenge of running a research base, until the day her scientists discover the object in a retreating glacier. Under attack, Rowan finds herself fighting to survive…until the mysterious Team 52 arrives.
Former special forces Marine Lachlan Hunter’s military career ended in blood and screams, until he was recruited to lead a special team. A team tasked with a top-secret mission—to secure and safeguard pieces of powerful ancient technology. Married to his job, he’s done too much and seen too much to risk inflicting his demons on a woman. But when his team arrives in the Arctic, he uncovers both an unexplained artifact, and a young girl from his past, now all grown up. A woman who ignites emotions inside him like never before.
But as Team 52 heads back to their base in Nevada, other hostile forces are after the artifact. Rowan finds herself under attack, and as the bullets fly, Lachlan vows to protect her at all costs. But in the face of danger like they’ve never seen before, will it be enough to keep her alive.
THE WARRIOR QUEEN (THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN BOOK 4) by Emily R King
Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.
But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.
Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.
She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before.
MISTY’S MAYHEM: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 3 by Robyn Peterman
VS Note: Did you read my USA Today/HEA post on mermaid romance, interviewing Robyn and 9 other authors? You’ll want to read about her childhood alter ego ‘Swimmy’…this is a really long blurb but I couldn’t figure out where to logically truncate it!
Misty: What’s love got to do with it? If you’re Cupid, everything. If you’re me, not a thing in the sea. I don’t believe in love.
Poseidon is smoking some bad seaweed if he expects me to take the one job I’m obviously not qualified for. Rumor has it, Cupid is a chubby baby with a bad attitude. That’s all I need. A pissed off porcine toddler with love arrows gunning for my tail because I took his job.
On top of that, the idiot I’m kind of seeing who shall remain nameless—mostly because I don’t know his name… don’t judge—left red and silver magic all over my skin and hair last time we… umm…went on a date. And guess what? It doesn’t wash off.
Poseidon saw me sparkling away and now I’m freakin’ Cupid. Getting to the bottom of this abyss means finding what’s his name and thrashing his fine, smexy behind with my fin.
Why does this send shivers of delight all the way to the tip of my tail you might ask? I have no clue and no time to figure it out. Don’t judge.
I’m about to give love a bad name.
Cupid: Love is a fool’s game. Or at least I thought so for the past millennium.
Getting fired by a slightly inebriated God of the Sea isn’t so bad as long as you can find your way past the slurring of his words. Finding out Poseidon’s replacing me with the Mermaid I’ve been seeing for the past fifty years is an arrow straight to the heart. And not the good kind.
No big deal, right? I’ll just go to her and explain the job is mine. End of story.
Of course, it could get a bit awkward since we never actually exchanged names.
I’m Cupid and will always be Cupid. Sure, I may have slacked off a little and caused a tear in the abyss that may have possibly let some Demons through to this plane. I mean, who doesn’t let that happen every now and again? But the word around Mt. Olympus is that said Demons are coming for Cupid. And if she’s Cupid and I’m not, then they’re coming for my Mermaid. Unacceptable.
It might be a battlefield—but in the name of love, I’ll fight for this crazy little thing.
THE PRINCE: A WICKED NOVELLA by Jennifer L Armentrout
She’s everything he wants….Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.
She’s everything he can’t have…Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.
She’s everything he’ll take….But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.
She’s everything he’d die for.
DIONNA’S RANGER (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan
Desperate to avoid the Archon’s demands—and his inevitable wrath at Dionna’s unwillingness to share her secret tying runemagic ability—Field Marshall Tyronix sends them on a dangerous mission: traveling behind enemy lines to the Daggerscar Canyon, where the Hivemind has erected a hive dedicated to producing the Silithik wasps which have been plaguing the western front. Dionna’s Quint must sneak into the canyon, destroy the hive with their superweapon, and find a way to escape.
But Tyronix isn’t sending them alone. A unit of Archenon archers is reassigned to escort them to the canyon, and to guard them from the constant wasp attacks. A simple duty, until they overhear one of the runemessages from the Archon accusing Dionna’s Quint of treason…
Can Dionna and her Quintmates complete the mission and escape the canyon alive? And more importantly: will it buy Tyronix enough time to convince the Archon of their loyalty?
DENIED A NOVEL OF THE SAZI (LUNA LAKE) by Cathy Clamp
Anica Petrovic used to be human, until she was kidnapped and turned into a shapeshifter with the ability to become a bear. Political strife in Serbia led Anica, her father, and her brother to settle in the Pacific Northwest, in a shifter community where all are welcome.
The town is rocked by a series of brutal murders which appear to have been committed by a bear. Anica and her family are all bears, but she knows they are all innocent. Not so innocent is newcomer bear shifter Tristan. Anica’s sensitive nose tells her he’s hiding something, but she can’t believe he’s a killer.
She’s wrong. Tristan has killed—though he’s innocent of the murders in Luna Lake. He’s tracked an ancient evil to Anica’s home town, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to find that evil and destroy it.
MIND GAMES: A PARANORMAL EROTIC THRILLER by Cecelia Tan
VS note: From July
Ever since she foresaw the death of her parents, Wren has suppressed her latent psychic abilities. Avoiding strong emotions, Wren leads a placid but lonely life until her quiet is shattered by her sister Abby going missing… and the private investigator searching for her.
Derek Chapman isn’t what Wren expects. He’s young, handsome, and surprisingly sensitive. Wren is attracted to him immediately, but fears that deepening any connection with Derek—emotional, spiritual, or sexual—will open the floodgates locked in her mind.
A mystery man appears in Wrens dreams, dealing pain and pleasure. Is Wren’s subconscious warning her away from Derek, or longing for him? When the search for Abby leads to a secret sex club, it seems fate is pulling Wren into Derek’s arms, whether she is ready or not.
BLOODLUST BY MIDNIGHT (LAST WITCH STANDING BOOK 2) by Deanna Chase
Being a badass witch isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Vampire Hunter Phoebe Kilsen’s world is falling apart. Her shifter partner has been drugged and is in danger of turning rabid, and her brother has disappeared into thin air… literally.
Just as Phoebe is on the verge of making a major breakthrough on finding her long-lost brother, a new drug is introduced into New Orleans’s black market. It’s Phoebe’s job to find out who is responsible and neutralize them before New Orleans is overrun with rabid wolves. With Eadric Allcot as her number one suspect, she finds herself once again facing down the most powerful vampire in New Orleans. But when her partner Dax is viscously attacked with the drug, she needs Allcot’s help to save him. Now she’s forced to make a choice between defying orders and saving the one she loves. The decision is an easy one for Phoebe. She’s willing to break all the rules to save Dax… and if luck is on her side, she might even find her brother.
WILD HUNGER (AN HEIRS OF CHICAGOLAND NOVEL) by Chloe Neill
As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.
When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.
BEWITCHING THE BEAST by Tamara Hughes
Ethan Lockwood hates what he’s become—a slave to a parasitic monster whose victims’ names pepper the obituaries. He’s possessed by The Beast, a dragon who feeds off human spiritual energy. After a year of fighting The Beast’s demands, Ethan is losing the battle. The creature is taking over his mind, body, and soul. When he spies Tess, he can relate to her weary look and the sadness in her eyes, but her aura shines like a beacon, attracting The Beast. Ethan is forced to drain her energy, but for a split second, she subdues the creature inside him, compelling the spirit to slumber. How? Can she somehow free him from The Beast? Ethan chases after her. He can’t afford to let Tess die.
Since her fiancé’s death, Tess Edwards struggles to find new meaning in life. She doesn’t expect that new meaning to involve a sexy photographer who says he’s possessed by an energy-stealing beast. He claims she’s in danger and that he’s the only one who can save her. Great. He’s a nut job—cute, but delusional. She doesn’t believe in dragon spirits and magic, not until she finds her grandmother’s Book of Shadows. She’s descended from witches, and the book warns her of her fate. Although the beast inside Ethan needs her alive, he isn’t the only one of his kind. There’s another, and he wants Tess dead.
MIDNIGHT PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Ellen Dugan
Camilla (Cammy) Midnight is the youngest sister of the daughters of Midnight. Organized and confident, the pink-haired wise woman has her future all neatly mapped out. She is on the brink of launching her own business, and Camilla has no time for distractions or romance.
Camilla meets Jacob, the landscaper in charge of redesigning the gardens of the old haunted house on the cliffs. The rugged, single father is unquestionably attractive, and his five-year old son is absolutely adorable. Despite herself, Camilla is smitten, until she realizes that the landscaper is a skeptic. While Jake has been captivated by Cammy and her edgy style, she tries to dismiss him and his narrow-minded attitude. What he assumes is all a joke, for Camilla is an essential part of who she is. Nevertheless, something keeps pulling the two of them together.
Destiny, it seems cannot be denied. .. (more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SHIFTING AURAS (UNIVERSE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Clare Davon
VS note: From July
Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.
She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.
Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.
But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.
UNREWARDED LOVE: MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 2 by E L Roux
What was I supposed to do when my sick mother asked me to help her finish prepping for her fashion show? I wanted to say no, because it meant working with Kyla, a man I detest, but when no one else can help, I have to step up.
Except I don’t trust Kyla. I know he’s pretending to want me for unrestricted access to my mother’s clothing line. But as the week goes by, I have to admit, he’s been more help than hindrance. I hope he doesn’t betray my building attraction for him with deceit, I don’t think my heart can take the pain.
CRIMSON by Tamela Miles
Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows.
Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.
BORN INTO CHAOS by Lily Lamb
Many hundreds of years ago, he was born into a world of chaos. Shunned by the gods and the humans because of his lineage. He lived in isolation, filled with resentment and shame for not fitting in anywhere. As his resentment built, he no longer cared for anyone but living by his own rules that nearly destroyed him.
One night, a feeling of wonderment crept into his heart, reaching every cell within his body. Although he beamed from ear to ear, he didn’t know why he felt such elation, until he sensed the gentle, rhythmic beat which would beckon him…giving him the will to wake up from a deep sleep, curiosity in tow, his last chance at reparation for his misdeeds. It will lead to a deceptive fight for his sanity and future. Living has never been more deadly and costly… or fulfilling.
FORD (CANYON HOLLOW SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Terra Wolfe and Meredith Clark
Ford Pearce is the Alpha of the Canyon Hollow Shifter Clan. The fight with the coyote pack has gone on long enough. There is too much at stake, and he isn’t willing to lose anyone if it comes to a fight. The only thing he can do is ask another Alpha for help. But what the other Alpha wants in return? Ford to marry his daughter.
Enter Amelia Evans, next in line to take over the Canyon Hollow Wolf Pack. She has always known that her parents would eventually arrange a marriage for her. After all, her parent’s marriage was arranged and they have one of the most loving relationships she has ever seen. But still, she has reservations.
Ford has to convince Amelia that he’s worth her time if he wants to save his clan. But how is he supposed to marry Amelia if she won’t even speak to him?
HER COUGAR COWBOY (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY) by Moxie North
Genevieve Mason has the job she’s always wanted. As a buyer for Saks’ exclusive plus-size fashion line… she gets paid to shop, and there’s nothing she’d change about her life. Except maybe one thing. On a whim, she decides to reach out to Gerri at the Paranormal Dating Agency. At worst she’d have a few dates with some hot shifters, and if her luck was really good, she might wind up with something completely unexpected – a mate.
Brooks Alder wasn’t looking for love. Sure, every shifter was on the hunt for their mate, but he was busy enough with his ranch to be able to forget what was missing in his life…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
FLOWER IN THE PALACE by Jordan Silver
Prince Jai of Zihan was soon to be named Crown Prince once his father ascended the throne. At seventeen he was an accomplished young man who had learned at his father and grandfather’s knees the ways of an emperor.
There was no doubt that he would one day be a formidable ruler. But now there was a great struggle about to unfold, the fight for the position of Crown Princess Consort.
She would one day become the Empress to rule at her husband’s side and the vying political factions were willing to go to any lengths to get their preferred noble daughter on the throne.
By chance prince Jai, when he was still a young man came upon a beauty unlike any other he’d ever seen before…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
WICKED FAE (MAGIC AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Helene Gadot
Vivid dreams have always plagued Ginevra, and they constantly star the same four magical people. She spent her childhood in and out of therapy until she learned to lie and hide the invisible friends who grew up with her and played with her every night.
But lately, the dreams begin to bleed into her waking hours – talking to her, calling to her, teasing her.
She just wants to focus on her career as a cellist, but she’s losing the line between sleeping and waking and they refuse to leave her alone.
They tell her she chose them.
They tell her they need her.
They tell her they’re coming for her.
BAKRA BRIDE (TAPESTRIES SERIES BOOK 2) by N J Walters
VS note: Listed as erotica
After witnessing a gruesome murder, Jane Smith has watched her life crumble around her. Her only solace is the stunning and mysterious tapestry she discovered at a thrift store. When the image stitched into the tapestry magically comes to life one night, Jane finds herself transported to a mystical Medieval world, where two massive warriors declare their intentions to cater to her every sensual desire.
Zaren and Bador are stunned to realize that the prophecy of the tapestry has come true and brought Jane to them. The brothers willingly accept their duty to indulge her in every possible form of passion. But Jane’s arrival has also attracted the attention of rival warriors, who will go to any lengths to steal her from the Bakra brothers and claim her as their own.
As Jane adjusts to this frightening but enthralling world, Zaren and Bador risk all to protect her—even as they use all their sexual skill, separately and together, to take her to unimagined sensual heights. Because the time for Jane to choose is drawing near, and the Bakra brothers must convince her to abandon her former life—and take one of them as her loving husband for all time.
THE WOLF’S BANDIT by Milly Taiden
Robyn Loxley is determined to save every homeless child she can find, even if she has to break the law to do it. Since the royal foundation rudely turned her down, her target has become their crown jewels. She needs only one more job before she’s done for good.
Wolf shifter Aitan Hansen is the crown prince of a small country where he runs his royal foundation and takes care of his shifter town. He comes to the U.S. to find who has been stealing his family heirlooms. He’s completely unprepared to meet his mate, especially when he suspects her of being the thief.
With the opportunity to score a lucrative piece of artwork, Robyn jumps at the chance. The problem is Aitan isn’t the only one interested in her night job. Her black-market dealer doesn’t want to share profits any longer and he’ll do whatever needed to get her latest heist, even taking her with the merchandise.
PHOENIX AND THE WOLF (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 2) by Bianca D’arc
Diana doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. She feels drawn to the sun and dreams of flying under her own power, but her commitments in the real world—and the grandmother who depends on her—keep her grounded. Then her car breaks down in front of a high-end repair yard and she meets a man who makes her want to forget all her responsibilities and take a walk on the wild side…with him.
Stone’s enchanted by the redheaded damsel. He’s charmed by the way she talks to her grandma on the phone. And he’s totally ensnared by the idea that she might actually be his mate. But there’s something about her… Something intensely magical and a bit too familiar. Could she be another of the near-mythical phoenix shifters? Or is she something else entirely?
SOUL OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame
Wolf expert Maddox “Ripp” Rippington knows nothing about her past and has only ever felt at home among her wolves at Willow Creek Wolf Sanctuary. When the Sanctuary is shut down, she’s lost. The only clue to her past is a birth certificate with the name Ansel Wolfgang on it, but she has never been brave enough to track her father down. Until now.
Kindergarten teacher Kyra Wolfgang is more than attracted to the mysterious human who arrives in Wolfgang County, a human as dominant and confident as any wolf she has ever met. For the first time in her life, Kyra knows the passion she has always longed for. But with the Wolfgang Alpha and Second distrustful of Ripp’s sudden appearance and her claim of a connection to the pack, does Kyra and Ripp’s love stand a chance?
A GIFT OF GRACE (TASSAMARA BOOK 4) by Sarah Wynde
For Noah Blake, pretending to be normal is getting harder by the day. A brush with death in Iraq has left him suffering from chronic auditory hallucinations. Ignoring the voices he hears isn’t always easy, but Noah knows it’s better than the alternatives.
Yet when a mysterious redhead hands him a seemingly innocuous business card, a new voice — that of a teenage boy — becomes too insistent to deny. It wants him to go to Tassamara. It swears he’ll find help there.
It’s bad enough to have hallucinations, but doing what they say is bound to lead to disaster.
In the quirky small town of Tassamara, Florida, everyone’s got psychic abilities. Or almost everyone. Grace Latimer is the only one in her family who doesn’t.
But she doesn’t need them: she’s got compassion, common sense, and courage, and that’s all it will take to help Noah, a handsome stranger with a serious ghost problem. Well, that, and a little assistance from the rest of the town.
A TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan
VS note: Not sure how much actual romance there is but I was intrigued by the idea of a daughter of King Midas. YA
King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.
Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?
BLACKOUT (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 5) by Dannika Dark
After what was supposed to be a simple job, Raven and Christian uncover a sinister plot against the higher authority, and the stakes are as high as the body count. The assassins are merciless, with anyone who stands in their way becoming collateral damage. Meanwhile, Raven is still struggling to make sense of her feelings for Christian following a memory wipe.
During a blackout, the city erupts into chaos. With Breed on the brink of war, Keystone has only twenty-four hours to complete a secret mission. Raven seeks help from the most unlikely of places, but at what cost?
HUNTER HUNTED (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 3) by Keri Arthur
VS Note: Urban Fantasy so not sure how much romance there is.
Christmas is fast approaching, and Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar, Belle Kent, are hoping it’s going to be a quiet one.
But those hopes are dashed when, on a quest to find a customer’s errant husband, Lizzie comes across the body of a witch and a dark circle of power neither she nor Ashworth can break.
Then werewolves begin to turn up dead—skinned.
As the body count rises, and the hunters become the hunted, it’s evident there’s a new evil in town.
One that is determined to claim the reservation—and the wild magic—for his own.
VERONICA NOTE: Featuring two connected books from my backlist (although they can be read as standalones):
PULSE POUNDING SECTORS SPECIAL FORCES SCIFI ROMANCE
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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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.
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…