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).
THE CYBORG BOUNTY HUNTER: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Miranda Martin
Lily needs to earn enough credits to get to the one station where her past won’t look for her. But the first gig she lands is funded by the same monster she’s on the run from.
Once, before the enhancements, Cole was human. Now he’s more machine than man—intense, demanding, and concerned only with facts. No matter what it takes, the bounty is all that counts.
Lily is the only lead the cyborg bounty hunter has to his target. She’ll work with him because he’s not going to give her a choice. But neither of them were prepared for their connection or the way fate moves.
VIOLET SOULS: THE EVOXIAN LEGACIES BOOK 1 by Abbey MacMunn
While searching for clues to her past, single mother Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth. And she’s one of them. Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the 324-year-old, violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.
Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s. He’s fraught with frustration and desire, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.
At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power. Will Quinn still love Bree when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?
ALIEN VOWS (WAKANREO BOOK 2) by Carmen Webster Buxton
Yulayan Bellaire has grown up knowing she’s different. Her mother is human but her father is Wakanrean. No matter how Wakanrean she looks, no matter how much she tries to blend into Wakanrean society, her human half is still there. Still, Yulayan expects to mate as all Wakanreans mate, totally by chance, as soon as she comes near a man with compatible pheromones. And then one day she meets Kamuhi Hailoaka, a physicist from Terra who finds her unique genetic combination appealing, and she discovers that her human half is more in control than she had thought possible.
THE DANCER (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 7) by Elin Peer
Sometimes the purest love can turn to the deepest hate.
I was twelve when I promised Solo that I would one day marry him. Maybe I would have if he hadn’t gotten impatient and ruined everything that summer when I was fifteen. For the last seven years I’ve replaced the love I once felt for him with anger over his almost getting me killed.
Willow, a talented Motlander dancer, goes on tour in the Northlands. What should have been a chance for a new beginning brings her face to face with her traumatic past when Solo, a mountain of a man and the fiercest warrior of his generation, is put in charge of her safety against her will. If she can’t get rid of him at least she can return the favor and make his job a nightmare too.
REUNION AT KASHA-ASOR: A TRAVELLERS NOVELLA by Pippa Jay
Having returned to the island of Kasha-Asor, Quin and Keir need to reconcile a question of trust: of secrets untold and their precarious situation on a planet where Quin has already been betrayed once. Can they truly find the idyll they seek, or will they be forced to run?
DAWN OF THE RED SUN (THE SUNSCAPES TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Michelle O’Leary
Being the daughter of a megalomaniac isn’t easy. Liaena Griffin suffers abuse from her father and suspicion from his adversaries, the Shays. She’s always admired them, especially enticing Kai Shay, and needs their help to save her mother. Convincing them she’s not her father’s evil puppet won’t be a simple thing.
Kai has never trusted Liaena, though she attracts him like no other woman. So when she offers to be their spy in exchange for rescuing her mother, his misgivings multiply. They can’t pass up this opportunity in their fight to prevent Webster Griffin from dominating the galaxy. But keeping his hands and heart to himself may be the greatest challenge he’s ever faced.
As the epic conflict between their families draws to a close, Kai and Liaena struggle to find common ground. How do they save loved ones from a tyrant’s rule without falling for each other?
REVIVING ZEKE (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 4) by Becca Jameson
Zeke is the fifth person to be reanimated after being cryonically preserved for ten years.
But he wakes up to a world that resents his very existence.
Everything he worked for is in danger of being destroyed.
The last thing he needs is a well-meaning scientist with her own agenda.
Michelle would rather work with anyone besides the surly scientist she’s been partnered with.
The man desperately needs an attitude adjustment.
Too bad his penetrating glares also manage to hit a long-buried place inside her… (more blurb on ebook seller site…).
MODEL: SERENITY (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 1) by Nix Whittaker
K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes baby … wait that isn’t right. But that is how Aaru has planned it, have a baby even if she can’t find the right guy. On a planet where everyone is in a rigid caste system determined by their genetics, Aaru is part of an outcast model of human called Serenities. They had a tendency to go mad so Aaru wants children before that dreaded day appears. She never expected to meet the donor. Unfortunately, her plans change when the Scribe government comes for her and her baby. She would have been taken if the baby daddy hadn’t arrived on her doorstep.
Kaidan is a Warrior and protecting people is part of his DNA. The stakes are just higher because Aaru is carrying his child. But to face the power of the Scribe government means he has to give up everything to follow his heart.
BEYOND MERIDIAN by C C Bridges
Captain Rick Raine thinks he’s just picking up a passenger and some cargo when he takes on Karl as a member of his crew. He didn’t sign up for battling privateers, the United Planetary Alliance, and his own heart. But everyone has secrets in space, even a naive kid who knows more than he should.
Karl is on a mission, deep in the heart of enemy space. Sam saved him from a life of servitude and now it’s time to return the favor. For that he needs a ship and someone to fly it. Captain Raine seems like the perfect guy, a good pilot and an honest thief. But Karl doesn’t count on falling for the spacer, not when he has a mission to accomplish and the UPA’s secrets to keep.
ALIEN CONTACT FOR RUNAWAY MOMS (ALIEN CONTACT FOR IDIOTS BOOK 5) by Edward Hoornaert
She’s running from an abusive lover…but what is she running to?
When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island. But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals — and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?
Though his life has degenerated into drinking, fighting, and physical labor, Tal Pelletier used to be a brilliant technician. When Audra asks his help finding a hidden entrance into Kwadra’s abandoned underground, it’s a second chance at life, because she and her baby remind him of the wife and child he lost. But can he protect them from the criminal gang—and the demons inside him?
BECOMING SUPER (SUPER SERIES BOOK 1) by S Cinders
Four strangers from around the globe awakened that Saturday morning expecting the day to roll out in front of them much like any other had. What these four strangers didn’t know was that they shared something so precious, so rare that it would ultimately change the course of their lives forever. It wasn’t riches and fame. No, what they shared was far more valuable. These four women carried the one thing that would alter the very fabric of the galaxy. The ability to become SUPER. (…Much more blurb on ebook seller site…)
THE CHILD THIEF 3: THIN LINES by Bella Forrest
The Compliance Authority does not take kindly to dissidents. Particularly dissidents who have managed to escape their grasp, not once, but twice.
Things are about to get a lot more dangerous for Robin, Jace, and their team. Making it all the more urgent to figure out what, if anything, Nathan is hiding—as well as if their convenient allies are, in fact, allies.
Because there’s only one thing Robin can be sure of right now.
LEVERAGE IN DEATH: AN EVE DALLAS NOVEL (IN DEATH BOOK 47) by J D Robb
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?
Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY: EXPANDED EDITION by Mur Lafferty
Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he’s trapped in a life of poverty and crime—and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang—reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi’ra, he makes it out—but she doesn’t. Desperate for a way to find his own offworld vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy—the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn’t play well with others.
When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.
IGNITE THE STARS by Maura Milan
VS Note: YA but I liked the plot. One review referred to a ‘slow burn romance’ so I doubt there’s much romantic content.
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.
A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.
Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?
BLOOD HUNTER: A THUNDER CITY NOVEL (BOOK 2) by Debra Jess
Hannah and Scott return to Thunder City, their love stronger than ever. The Oversight Committee has other ideas, and decides the two alternative humans must be separated because they are too dangerous together.
Refusing to comply, Hannah and Scott go on the run again. For Hannah, help comes from a sympathetic doctor who understands her ability to heal and promises to protect her from the Committee. Scott discovers his own mentor, who uses live ammunition and a take-no-prisoners attitude with Scott’s translocation power.
Both of them flourish under their new trainers, until (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)
MAVERICK (CAT STAR LEGACY) by Cheryl Brooks
Zetithians are back. And they’re hotter than ever…
Having the Zetithian feline gene gives Larsanken “Larry” Tshevnoe awesome beauty and sensuality unmatched by any other males in the universe. But it can make the quest for true love…complicated.
Enter childhood friend and fellow Zetithian Althea Banadänsk. Her empathic powers make her the only one who can show Larry what he truly desires, and Althea would do anything to help her friend…even if that means hiding her own intense craving for him.
But when a distress call sends them off course–and into danger–they find more than their hearts are at stake. Now it’s up to them to become the champions of truth and justice throughout the galaxy…or risk losing it all.
STOWAWAY (STAR LINE EXPRESS ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Alessia Bowman
Aymee Desryx should be on Choryn with her future life mate. Instead, she’s stowed away on the Star Line Express. Without a plan of any kind.
First Officer Niklas Arca, whose fiancée ran off with his brother, is through with romance. But then he discovers Aymee hiding in the cargo hold.
But Aymee’s not just a stowaway—she’s wanted on Choryn for high crimes. And Nik knows his duties to his ship must come first.
Yet can passion ever be denied?
HOMEPLANET by Kail Muse
Centuries ago Earth was declared a dead planet and humanity was left with a cluster of space stations called the Human Colonies. Now a power shortage could lose them their home all over again. Desperate not to let that happen, they turn to the kyni for help.
One of the most powerful species in the known universe, the kyni are the only ones with both the power and the ability to fuel the Human Colonies. Though Calder has never heard anything good about them, he accepts a job as a bodyguard, determined to guarantee his brother will have a home. If he has to work for terrifying, heartless aliens to do that, so be it.
But when the kyni arrive, they’re nothing at all what anyone expects.
AMAZONIAN’S LOVE by Misty Vixen
Paige is an Amazonian, a genetically engineered warrior woman. She works for herself, by herself, breaking into corporate buildings and stealing data to sell off to her clients. But she’s running into more and more trouble lately and is slowly realizing that she needs to take on a partner…
Ethan is a young hacker who infiltrates digital archives to steal and sell off information. He’s good at his job, but when someone screws him over, he finds himself deep in debt and desperate for money. So when a seven foot tall brunette shows up, looking to hire him for his tech skills, he signs on…
Both of them begin to develop feelings for the other, but both are convinced that the other will have no interest in them. Can they overcome their fears and doubts?
HARDWIRED by Andrea Bills
VS note: Put this on my TBR list, sounded interesting.
When Navy Seal Operative Luke Kiersey is finally granted leave after five years, he finds himself driving to a house he doesn’t recognize in a town he’s never been to. The house is home to a beautiful woman and a little girl with big blue eyes. Day after day, he drives back only to hide in the shadows and wonder why he can’t seem to walk away from them.
His therapist says is PTSD.
His handler tells him he’s just not cut out to be part of the civilian world.
Luke can’t help but feel like it’s more.
The dog tags that once hung proudly around his neck, now feel like a collar; leashing him to a life that he fears he didn’t choose. After the terrible things he’s done in the name of freedom, could he possibly be worthy of something as precious as the woman and child he continues to watch?
When the two worlds collide, Luke needs his mind to be stronger than the implant the government placed in his back. They’ve told him he can’t survive without the implant they use to control him, but Luke’s wondering if he can survive without the little girl with big blue eyes and the gorgeous woman she calls mamma.
THE SKY WOMAN by J D Moyer
VS Note: Recommended by the Whiskey With My Book blog, with the caveats from WWMB that the romance is pretty much incidental (and it isn’t listed as a romance) and there’s a cliffhanger ending of sorts.
Car-En, a ringstation anthropologist on her first Earth field assignment, observes a Viking-like village in the Harz mountains. As Car-En secretly observes the Happdal villagers, she begins to see them as more than research subjects (especially Esper, a handsome bow-hunter). When Esper’s sister is taken by an otherwordly sword-wielding white-haired man, she can no longer stand by as a passive witness. Knowing the decision might end her career, she cuts off communication with her advisor and pursues the abductor into the mountains.
ALIEN CAPTIVE (TSENTURION MASTERS) by Lee Savino and Golden Angel
Who knew reading sexy alien abduction stories could get a girl into trouble?
Or that an e-reader could also be the gateway to another galaxy? I definitely didn’t… but here I am anyway, mated to the Tsenturion High Commander just like the unwilling human heroines in my favorite sci-fi romances.
The Commander demands obedience. He intends to claim me, train me, and turn me into his perfect little pleasure trophy.
He doesn’t believe in love. I don’t believe in giving in without a fight.There’s no amount of discipline or ecstasy that could break me to his will… I hope.
THE GOLDEN LINE: AN OMEGAVERSE DARK ROMANCE (KNOTTED BOOK 1) by Addison Cain
VS Note: One reviewer points out this was previously published in an anthology.
They call me brutal. They call me unrepentant. They call me possessive. I am all these things and much worse.
But to her, I will be conqueror.
The Golden Line is a dark, sinister Omegaverse romance for those with twisted tastes and a love for delicious villains.
DARK SENTINEL (A CARPATHIAN NOVEL) by Christine Feehan
After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers.
Andor Katona’s existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him.
In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognizes Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars.
EXILE OF THE SEAS (CHRONICLES OF DASNARIA) by Jeffe Kennedy
VS Note: This fantasy series is not romance per the author (although I believe maybe romance is coming in volume 3?) It’s set in her overall world of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Uncharted Realms fantasy romances and I’m a huge fan (there’s even a very minor character named for me)…
Once she was known as Jenna, Imperial Princess of Dasnaria, schooled in graceful dance and comely submission. Until the man her parents married her off to almost killed her with his brutality.
Now, all she knows is that the ship she’s boarded is bound away from her vicious homeland. The warrior woman aboard says Jenna’s skill in dancing might translate into a more lethal ability. Danu’s fighter priestesses will take her in, disguise her as one of their own—and allow her to keep her silence.
But it’s only a matter of time until Jenna’s monster of a husband hunts her down. Her best chance to stay hidden is to hire out as bodyguard to a caravan traveling to a far-off land, home to beasts and people so unfamiliar they seem like part of a fairy tale. But her supposed prowess in combat is a fraud. And sooner or later, Jenna’s flight will end in battle—or betrayal.
CLAIMING HIS LIONESS (SHIFTER WARS) by Kerry Adrienne
Lara has always relished being a thorn in Mason’s paw. When she was chosen as pride Enforcer, it was easier than ever to get under the passionate shifter’s skin. But with the scent of humans in the air comes a threat she’s powerless to battle alone.
It’s time Lara unites with the one man she needs, the one man she’s secretly drawn to…as if by fate.
If there’s one thing Mason hates more than relinquishing control to a female, it’s the attraction he feels for the fiery lioness. Joining forces with Lara against an insidious enemy only makes their primal bond hotter—and the two of them stronger.
Now it’s up to them, side by side, to bring together three warring shifter clans, win the final fight and save Deep Creek.
THE PRINCESS MUST DIE (STORM PRINCESS SAGA BOOK 1) by Jaymin Eve and Everly Frost
n an Elven city beneath the streets of Chicago, the perfect storm rages, kept under control only by Marbella Mercy, the Storm Princess. Now she is of age, champions from each of the elven houses will play a game of wit and strength to fight for her hand – and for the chance to control the forces of nature.
Baelen Rath is the last of his line and risks everything to be a champion. But what he and the others don’t know? The princess is fighting too.
Because she’s discovered that the winner is cursed to kill her, not marry her, and the only way to save herself is to win.
But Marbella is fighting a power greater than herself, because someone believes that the perfect storm should be unleashed and for that to happen – the princess must die.
RISE FROM THE EMBERS (LIGHTNESS SAGA BOOK 4) by Stacey Marie Brown
While Stavros moves to take over Lars’s throne, the war for the entire kingdom begins. However, this is no ordinary war against Seelie or Unseelie. The real enemy is the most powerful object in the world. The Stone of Fail.
Lars isn’t the only one the stone wants. Zoey Daniels is next on its list. And the stone will do whatever it takes to finally get the girl.
With a battle on all sides and lives of those they love threatened fae, humans, Druids, pixies, and a certain sprite-monkey will have to come together to save the true King, along with the world, from destruction.
Out of ashes, true heroes Rise from the Embers.
WAYFARER’S KEEP (THE BROKEN LANDS BOOK 3) by T A White
Branded a traitor by her people, Shea and her warlord—the fiercely dangerous Fallon—travel to the Pathfinders’ seat of power at her father’s request, hoping to form an alliance despite the distrust between them. It doesn’t take long before Shea and Fallon realize something is dangerously wrong in the place she once called home. Ancient, deadly creatures—gone for hundreds of years, once again walk the lands, awakened from a deep sleep. Worse, it seems the Pathfinders are keeping a secret—one that could destroy them all.
On the brink of battle with each other, the Pathfinders and Trateri must join forces if they hope to defeat the evil at the heart of the Badlands. As the tension rises between the two peoples, and Shea and her family, Shea and Fallon must convince them to overcome their differences if they are to triumph over impossible odds. Because the beasts may be the least of their worries. Sometimes betrayal comes from within, and the most dangerous monsters may be those closest to them.
COVEN AT CALLINGTON: THE CAULDRON EFFECT BOOK 1) by Shereen Vedam
In the year of our Lord 1815, Thomas Drake Saint-Clair, Earl of Braden, a Guard of the Green Cross, is tasked by his archbishop to rescue a missing boy and return him to his warlock father. The order lands Braden in the middle of an unholy war between witches and warlocks and shoves him headlong past a sacred line he’d sworn never to cross.
Newly confirmed Coven Protectress, Merryn Pendraven, rushes to rescue a witch’s son. She’s convinced the same evil warlock who was responsible for her younger brother’s death is behind this kidnapping, too. She has no intention of letting this vile villain get away with the same crime, twice.
When Merryn discovers Braden is also on the case, she’s tempted to join forces. Yet, how can she truly trust him when her aunt has warned that Braden’s second secret charge is to destroy their coven? Finding love in this cauldron of trouble might prove to be Merryn’s deadliest mission and Braden’s complete undoing.
LOVE AND PAYNE (THIRDS BOOK 13) by Charlie Cochet
Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.
THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.
When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.
Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be.
APOCALYPTIC (ALEXA O’BRIEN HUNTRESS BOOK 14) by Trina M Lee
Power joins the twin flames. A power that will destroy them. Alexa alone stands a shred of a chance at repairing the shattered fragments of a bond as old as time. Provided she and Arys don’t kill each other first.
This has been a long time coming.
OF BLOOD AND TWISTED ROOTS (RISE OF THE MORPHLINGS BOOK 1) by E M Moore and Beth Hendrix
As long as I can remember, I’ve been alone and on the run. Fleeing from an unknown enemy who attacks on the full moon. I’ve lived my whole life not knowing who I am until I find a letter from my parents that turns my whole world upside down.
My name is Anika, and I’m one of the last of my kind.
Now I am on the hunt to find the last remaining Morphlings. All while trying to get rid of a mate I don’t want, and hoping to find myself in the process. Will I find the rest of my people? Or will I finally be captured by those who want to hurt me?
And most importantly, can I deal with the pressures of finding a family?
THE NIGHTSHADE’S TOUCH (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Pippa DaCosta
The unseelie—banished by Oberon long ago—are stirring awake, and there’s one name on their poisoned lips: Nightshade.
Kesh is beginning to settle into her role as Halow’s messenger, saving people from the fae with the help of Kellee, Talen, Arran and Sota, but if she has any hope of making her wrongs right, she must trust those around her. Without them, there is no Messenger. Friends, lovers, more. But one has a secret. A secret so dark it threatens to change everything Kesh believes in. A secret that could change the fate of Faerie, Halow, and all of humanity.
When the fae abandoned the stars long-ago, they left behind more than fairytales.
They left behind their monsters.
CURSE OF IRON (HALF BLOOD CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by D D Miers and Graceley Knox
I’m Morgana Silk and I’m a hybrid. Daughter of the Fae Storm King, my mother’s witch family has wanted me dead since I killed her in childbirth. Fun. Right? Yeah. Until one day, I wake up with a dead body in my bed, and find myself framed for the murder of a highly respected alpha.
Grayson Xenos is tailing me. He’s as handsome as his jaguar is deadly, and I certainly didn’t expect him to have my back. The enemy has an evil magic I can’t face on my own, and Grayson needs me to help him just as much as I need him. He’s a temptation I can’t ignore nor deny. I have the power to unmask the hidden enemy and he has the power to take them down.
But only if I can embrace the heritage I’ve avoided for so long.
FAIRY DUSTED by Shannon West and Susan E Scott
When FBI agent Cole Gregory is called to his bureau chief’s office and recruited for a special task force, he is confronted with the commander of the force, a handsome, enigmatic man named Commander Levi who makes Cole feel restless and uneasy. Cole learns of a world beyond our own, one entered only through special Blood Gates, into a world where Faeries and Demons rule, and where Fae and Paranormal creatures exist. These creatures are dangerous to humans, and the FBI has a secret special task force to keep the Blood Gates sealed. An astonished Cole is informed that he has been selected as a member of this force. While all that’s hard enough to believe, even worse is the way Commander Levi looks at Cole, as if he wants to consume him. When Levi changes into a powerful demon right before his eyes, Cole begins to wonder if he’ll even survive this encounter, or will this demon take possession of not only his body but his very soul?
Slade is another FBI agent and Cole’s best friend. When Cole suddenly goes missing and no one can explain where he is, he goes looking for him and stumbles into an open Blood Gate, where he encounters a powerful and handsome wizard, who tries and fails to send him back to the human world.
They seek help from others in the Realm and soon become caught up in a powerful war raging in the Faery Domain, one that his friend Cole, along with Levi, are already mixed up in. When Cole and Slade are both taken by the evil Faery king and slated for sacrifice, they realize they have to stick together and use all their training and a bit of luck to make it out of this alive.
UNDETECTED (TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY BOOK 8) by Anna Hackett
VS Note: Not scifi, fantasy or PNR, but I love Anna’s books and this has been a good series!
Darcy Ward has sold her soul to the devil. Okay, not quite the devil, but she did agree to work with Agent Arrogant and Annoying—aka Special Agent Alastair Burke of the FBI’s Art Crime Team to lay a trap for infamous black-market antiquities ring, Silk Road.
Darcy loves shoes, computers, caffeine, and working at her family business, Treasure Hunter Security. The only thing missing is her dream of a once-in-a-lifetime love, like her parents share, and a man who’ll put her first. She’s not so crazy about Silk Road trying to kill her family and friends, nor is she fond of an order-giving FBI agent and his distracting cologne. Using a trio of cursed diamonds as bait, she’s working hard to set a trap for Silk Road in the Dashwood Museum, but as the black-market thieves escalate their attempts to stop Darcy, she finds herself swept into Alastair’s strong, protective arms.
Alastair Burke is driven by vengeance. He’s dedicated his life to taking down Silk Road and its mysterious leader, the Collector, and now he finally has his chance. He can’t allow anything to distract him—especially not a sassy, smart woman who tests every bit of his control. But as the opening gala of the cursed diamonds exhibit approaches, the thieves target him and Darcy with a series of deadly attacks…and Alastair realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe.
With the FBI and the former SEALs of Treasure Hunter Security at their backs, Darcy and Alastair are caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and their fierce attraction. But with lives on the line, Alastair will find himself caught between his desire for revenge and keeping the woman he’s falling for alive.
DEADLY PASSION (HEAVEN’S HEART SERIES BOOK 1) by Amanda Pillar
Dru is a blood-bound assassin, tied to Hell and her master for eternity — okay, not ‘eternity’, but it sure as Hell feels like it. She’s got a slight attitude problem, a strict no-touching rule and she has claws and knows how to use them. She’s also willing to earn her freedom at any cost, even if that means stealing from an angel.
Azrael was once a member of an elite unit in Heaven’s army, but after a priceless artifact was stolen on his watch, he was thrown out of Heaven. Now the fallen angel is on a mission: find Heaven’s Heart, save his missing comrades, and get even with the angel who took his wings.
The first time Azrael and Dru meet, she leaves him for dead. The second time, they’re tasked with the same mission — retrieve Odin’s Orb. Will their sparking passion derail their best-laid plans? Or will they play for keeps?
PROFESSOR DRAKE (FIRE BOUND PROTECTORS BOOK 2) by Haley Weir
At first, Claire resists the advances of Drake. But she soon finds she’s incapable of resisting the security she discovers in his arms.
Drakkain, Dragon Lord, is honor-bound to keep Claire safe. Drake finds Claire’s resistance to his advances enticing, but potentially dangerous. Outside forces threaten to disrupt his seduction of the fiery-tempered TA.
Drake fights for his home when evil threatens it, and is responsible for fanning the flames of desire and the blazing inferno of war across Hudson Valley’s night skies.
INTERVIEW WITH HER BEAR (SHIFTER SPECIAL FORCES BOOK 6) by Summer Donnelly
Blogger Luna Flowers has arrived in Silver Fells, NC to help bring awareness to the Shifter Marriage Act being floated in Raleigh. But Luna has an ulterior motive, a secret that she’s been asked to keep that could change the way the shifters view themselves.
Bartender Jason Fox wasn’t looking for love. He’d long since given up on trying to find his mate. The 6’7″ shifter was aware he wasn’t good with small things and was content with his lot in life. But when he meets tiny Luna, he may need to rethink his position on mates, love, and small things.
Will Luna’s secret break them apart? Can Jason trust himself and his mate? Will the magic of Little Yellow (aka The Love Shack) prevail?
ELIZABETH AND THE RAGE OF DRAGONS (RH FATED ALPHA BOOK 7) by Ava Mason
As Lizzy and her men are captured, collared like dogs, and thrown into cages, Lizzy must deal with the betrayal that came from within. She is powerless and under Elias’ utter control.
Then members of her team are divided and forced to fight each other… to the death. Lizzy must stand by and watch as her men tear each other apart. Every second counts as Lizzy tries to outwit her greatest adversary yet.
STEALING TRANQUILITY (DRAGON DESCENDANTS BOOK 1) by J L Weil
Olivia Campbell’s life gets turned upside down when her mother suddenly passes away. Left with only a stepdad who despises her, she turns to the streets. Penniless and alone in the Chicago winter, how much worse can it get?
She is about to find out.
A chance encounter with a stranger who has the most breathtaking violet eyes changes her world. Just a warm smile and a quick flash of dimples is all that it takes to capture her interest in Jase Dior. Olivia wonders if her luck has finally returned.
She soon finds out that Jase collects things—pretty girls to be precise. A glimpse of her sultry honey hair in an alley excites him. He must have her. And he isn’t taking no for an answer.
Jase sweeps Olivia off the streets to the Veil Isles—a mystical and hidden land uncharted by any mortal and ruled by the only dragon coven left in the world.
What the heck did she get herself into?
BLACKMAILED BY THE WOLF (SHIFTERS INC BOOK 6) by Georgette St Clair
Blake Wheeler has never believed in fated mates, families, or happily-ever-after – so why does his inner wolf sit up and howl every time he sets eyes on curvy nurse practitioner Krista Ellis? A kidnapped cub and her estranged family’s possible involvement mean he’s constantly on her foxy little tail – but the bitter ex soldier tells himself he’s only interested in her colorful past, not the future they could have.
Country girl Krista’s left the wreckage of her childhood behind and built a new life for herself in the city. She hopes her future might include the sexy stranger who’s been shadowing her – until she finds out what he really wants from her. She’s a ticket to completing his next mission, and nothing more. Too bad her inner vixen keeps sniffing around him like he’s an all-you-can-lick buffet.
Will their destiny as fated mates survive the darkness of Krista’s past?
THE FORGE KING (THE DARK KINGS BOOK 6) by Jovee Winters
VS Note: OK this sounds way more angsty than my usual read but also sounds good! A long blurb but kind of needed it all to lay out the story. I put it on my giant TBR list. Sigh.
You know the tales of the Greek Gods. Mighty and ancient gods of old. Ares, the foreboding and handsome god of War. Aphrodite, the embodiment of sensuality and sexuality, the goddess of Love and consort of War. Hephaestus, the lame and twisted god of the Forge. He is nothing really, only the lightning maker. He is nothing at all.
But the stories you know aren’t always the full truth. Sometimes they have been distorted. Turning villains into heroes and heroes into villains. But, what if the truth actually lies somewhere closer to the middle? What if Aphrodite is so much more than just a pretty face and Hephaestus is not forgettable at all but something else entirely?
A terrible curse laid waste to the world that Aphrodite had once known. A world in which she was loved and loved deeply in return. A world in which she was adored by the mighty god of the forge, Hephaestus. The only male she will ever truly love again. Aphrodite has just woken up in a brand new world, one nearly identical to her own, but cruelly different too. Because in this new world she is not loved. She has few friends, if any, to speak of. And the only male she worships hates the very sight of her. It doesn’t take long to figure out that when she was tossed from her world into this new one she took over the body of the woman they’d called Aphrodite. She has none of the old Dite’s memories, but soon she learns just how wicked, cruel, and spiteful this other version of herself had been, especially to her beloved Hephaestus.
And the one man she loves with all her heart, mind, soul, and body not only doesn’t want her anymore but loathes the very sight of her. Hephaestus is seeking a divorce, and now the entire pantheon believes she’s a heartless and faithless goddess. She has only days to prove them wrong and win back his love or risk losing her happiness forever, but there is just one problem. Dark magic can be cruel, and when Aphrodite took over this form she’s discovered to her horror that not only is she pregnant, but the children are probably not Hephy’s at all. She needs a miracle if she’s going to prove herself. Thankfully, sometimes miracles do happen, and this miracle just so happens to come in the form of a monster the Olympians call the god killer.
TEMPTING THE DARK by Michele Hauf
When the door to Daemonia is opened, Savin Thorne is reunited with a childhood friend he thought he’d lost forever. After years of captivity, Jett has escaped—along with hordes of monsters streaming into the mortal realm. With Savin, she has her first experience of desire. But their passion can’t save them. It might even be their undoing.
LOVE IS THE LAW (HEART’S DESIRED MATE) by Melissa Snark
Hotshot LA lawyer Chase Baron doesn’t know whether to kiss or throttle his best friend’s little sister. She’s a spoiled, unpredictable brat, and she drives this alpha wolf shifter howling mad. The last thing he wants is a chaotic witch disrupting his orderly life. When magic frees him of all his inhibitions, his wolf claims his one true mate. Once the claiming is over, however, he’s left mired in resentment over his lover’s manipulation.
Arabia Jensen doesn’t mean to cause trouble. It’s her natural-born talent as a raven shifter. She casts a Heart’s Desire spell intended to capture the attention of a certain stubborn werewolf. But after the magic takes hold, she’s the one who loses control. Arabia finds more than just her hands full with a big bad wolf who’s horny and lookin’ for love.
Once the pandemonium fades, Arabia’s antics land her in prison. Chase is the only attorney willing to take her case, but even he thinks she’s guilty. What’s a woman to do when the man she loves believes she’s committed crimes of the heart?
LEGENDARY WOLF by Barbara J Hancock
Once upon a time, Anna was an orphan girl, her only friend a shifter. Then the red wolf Soren Romanov learned that the girl he loved was the daughter of his family’s greatest foe… Now grown and beginning to master her own power, Anna knows that only Soren can help her stop a great evil. Can he learn to trust the woman—and the witch—she’s become?
MISFORTUNE TELLER (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 2) by Dima Zales
So I’m a seer. A Cognizant under the Mandate.
Life should be easy now, right?
With all the “accidents” that keep befalling me, I’ll be lucky to survive the week. That is, if my crazy boss doesn’t work me to death first.
FOR YOU I FALL: ANGELS AND MISFITS BOOK 1 by T N Nova and Colette Davison
Despite having had a rough life, Seth has a big heart. After spending nearly ten years sleeping rough on the streets of New York, he’s managed to get himself freelance work and a place to live. But his new found security is about to be torn apart, as the horrors of his past come back to haunt him in the worst possible way.
Dante was sent to watch over a young Seth when his mother died. As an angel, he had many rules to follow. The most important of which was to never fall in love—especially when it involves a human who is your charge. For the last ten years, Dante has kept his feelings for Seth hidden. That is until the night Seth’s past catches up with him.
When Seth is murdered, their destinies are changed forever. Feelings and emotions come to the surface, but will the rules that govern the afterlife keep Dante and Seth apart for eternity, or will they be able to find their happily ever after together?
VS note: Mentioning one of my backlist titles: STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY, which was my first Pets In Space novella.
In this volume I’ve gathered three stories set in the Sectors which have previously only been available in anthologies (which are no longer on sale), plus a bonus Sectors short holiday story that I originally wrote for my blog.
Star Cruise: Stowaway: A novella of 22K words, previously in the ‘Pets In Space’ anthology.
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.
Star Cruise: Rescue: A short story of 9K words, previously in the ‘Romancing the Stars’ anthology.
When a shore leave excursion goes terribly wrong for Mira Gage, a member of the Nebula Zephyr’s crew, Security Officer Clint Miltan races the clock to find her before the ship leaves orbit and abandons Mira to her fate. Clint’s got more than a professional interest in Mira, but will he be able to save her from the aliens holding her prisoner?
The Golden Token: A short story of 13K words, previously in the limited edition ‘Dealer’s Choice’ paperback anthology handed out at the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention Interstellar Bar & Grille event.
Sectors Special Forces operator Charlie McBrire had a few days to kill on a layover at Space Station 47. He never expected to find himself in the middle of a miners’ rebellion, fighting to save the life of a casino dancer he just met but can’t imagine living without.
BONUS: Star Cruise: Thanksgiving: A short short story of 3K words, originally published on my blog
The crew of the Nebula Zephyr arranges a holiday feast for one of their members.
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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…