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).
INOUYE (TRISYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 1) by JC Hay
VS note: Exciting to see a new series from JC! Put this on my TBR.
Old wounds can leave the deepest scars.
Lance Corporal Ren Inouye has spent a decade forgetting his homeworld and the girl who cut out his school-age heart. With the help of his umbra wolf partner, he’s almost succeeded. When he’s ordered back home, the last thing he wants is for her to drop back into his life and tear open those scars he thought long-healed.
Lucia has spent five years doing refugee work, trying to make up for her family’s name and her own spoiled childhood. When her aid shuttle gets shot down, she’s forced to rely on the one person she thought she’d never see again.
Thrown together, it’s impossible to ignore that their old passions still run hot. If they want a future, they’ll need to put the past on hold and work together, because someone’s trying to heat up a cold war on their homeworld, and the fastest way to do that is to make sure they’re both dead.
THE CAPTAIN’S SECRET DAUGHTER: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais
She betrayed him. His wife. The woman he loved. She fled, and Captain Kobrah Jameson thought himself rid of her until the day she comes back.
And Dara isn’t alone.
Kobrah doesn’t want to believe the child by her side is his daughter. The facts don’t add up, but the genetic testing doesn’t lie.
And apparently his heart hasn’t learned its lesson because this captain is thinking of giving his wife a second chance.
If they don’t get killed first.
BONDED BY ACCIDENT: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
VS note: I’m a book or so behind on Evangeline so I added this to my TBR.
Slade is an ex-slave, an ex-con, and a widower who has made a vow never to love another woman since his mate died tragically. But after his escape from BleakHall Prison, he finds he has a desperate need for female companionship. How to scratch his itch without breaking his vow? Easy–visit the Pairing Puppets aboard the Mother Ship–female-looking androids without emotions that help unmated Kindred males relieve their urges until they can find mates.
Brandi Dixon is a single mom with a difficult life. She and her daughter live in a double-wide trailer in small-town rural Florida. Brandi longs for a man but she’s picky and doesn’t want to bring home a string of “temporary daddies” for her daughter like her mom did to her when she was growing up. Then her cousin wins tickets to tour the Kindred Mother Ship and tells Brandi there’s a place where she can have hot, no-strings-attached sex with a Kindred warrior. Brandi wouldn’t normally do such a thing but she’s desperate–it’s been a three year dry spell and she needs a man–even if it’s only for a single night.
Posing as a Pairing Puppet, she gets picked by Slade for a night of passion. But imagine her surprise when, after the best sex of her life, she hears the big Kindred’s growling voice inside her head!
Now Brandi is freaking out and Slade is pissed off that he broke his vow. Yet neither of them can deny the animal attraction that keeps drawing them together. When Brandi’s daughter, Emmie, gets herself into terrible danger, Slade is the only one who can help. Will Brandi let the huge Kindred warrior into her life?
DRAGON’S HEART (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 10) by Miranda Martin
Kate has had enough. Her research pod went down after the Generation ship crashed and now she’s stuck on the steaming hot hell that is Tajss. The handful of people that survived initial contact with the planet’s monstrous creatures have been forced underground into darkness. Worse is Annabel, self-appointed tyrannical leader of their small group. After a blow up that’s the final straw, Kate and several others leave in search of other survivors and a better life.
Errol is hiding from a half-remembered past he doesn’t want to face. The other Zmaj males of the Tribe are finding their mates among the human females but none spark a fire in his heart. None are his treasure. His past is too painful and with no mate, the seven foot winged and scaled craftsman has no future.
Trying to outrun his memories starts a crash course trajectory right into Kate, where the past will collide with the present and forever change the future.
UNEXPECTED HOSTAGE (UNEXPECTED SERIES BOOK 1) by Layla Stone
My new cabin-mate is a telepath and the whole ship’s scared of him. I was too, for about three seconds. He’s quiet, but once I get him talking he’s the most fascinating man I’ve ever known. He shouldn’t be in that cage. He didn’t do anything wrong. But good thing he is, because I would love to snuggle down for a long night with a body like his.
My race is known for being peaceful, and I was too…until I was electrocuted, kidnapped, sold, and then put in a cage. I’ll get out of here soon, but while I plot my escape, I’ll enjoy my cabin-mate’s attention. She thinks she has figured me out. She’s not even close.
The ship is being attacked, a perfect diversion. There is only one problem…I want to take my cabin-mate with me.
BETWEEN THE SHADOWS (LAKE LANIER MYSTERIES BOOK 3) by Casi McLean
She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…
After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.
An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.
Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?
LOSING TIME (KNIGHTS IN TIME BOOK 5) by Chris Karlsen
Can love survive the wrong time and place?
Felicia Wycliff’s peaceful stroll through the woods turned to disaster when her dachshund bolted after a rabbit. One minute Felicia was running after the determined little dog, the next she was hurled to the ground. Gathering her wits after her tumble, she brushed herself off and continued her pursuit—-right into three mounted knights who blocked her path.
They were so authentic looking. They might’ve stepped from the keep of the nearby castle, Elysian Fields. But the old Norman fortress was a ruin and had been for three hundred years…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
ALMOST HUMAN (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 5) by Rena Marks
When futuristic Earth finds alien DNA and creates a new species of hybrids in hidden labs, Dr. Robyn Saraven helps the “creatures” escape. She uses her connections to establish their own city on Earth-Ground, where they can learn, grow, and avoid the corruption and greed that created them.
The only set of Xeno Sapien twins—Jett and Brax, were created from each other. They balance each other. They can’t live without each other. But they were also created to destroy each other.
The first time they see Heather, an unusual new human employee, they can’t live without her. Heather was born different—a throwback redhead in a world of brunettes. Surely she would know what it’s like not to fit in? And fit in, the twins don’t. The scientists who created them depended on their alien attributes over their human DNA—for what better way to get them to fight to the death?
Heather Marlow had an ultimate goal. Apply at Xenia, steal a real, live Xeno Sapien for ransom money, and rescue her grandmother in one fell swoop. But things went awry.
After being captured for her crime, the twins get their wish. She won’t be allowed to live without them.
Can she see past the alien differences that leave them almost human?
DESCENT (ADVENTURES OF FIX-IT BOOK 4) by Erik Schubach
VS Note: A short novella, NOT a romance but sounded like a fun series.
As Prime comes out of its perihelion orbit at the end of the pass, a new peril raises its head and only Fixit, Vega, is in any position to save the star system from calamity.
Vega and Glitch must put all of their knowledge, skills, and creativity to the test to go off world to save Vashon and the population of the floating cities of Prime from certain death.
Familiar friends and new enemies abound as Fixit races against time in the harshest environment she has ever faced… space!
THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE VOLUME 4 by Various
VS Note: Includes Kayelle Allen and Drew Avera. The collection isn’t romances, seems more slanted toward ‘hard’ scifi.
Twenty remarkable stories. Twenty award winning & bestselling authors. One incredible science fiction collection to awaken your mind to infinite possibilities. Aliens, snipers, warships, royalty, intrigue. Battles fought with railguns, plasma beams, and blasters–with words–or even only within the mind.
The universe is expanding, and these are its fantastic stories, beyond our understanding, beyond time and space itself. What we do know should terrify us–and what we don’t know can kill us. Yet human courage will take us beyond our limits—far beyond in deep space. Maybe even closer to home where the boundaries exist only in our minds.
CHASING EARTH: SAVING ASKARA PART 2 by J M Link
Tori knows Aderus sees dealing with Earth as necessary to an unlikely, but last-ditch effort to save his world, as she tries to bridge the gap between two vastly different species while proving to him she’s more than just some unimpressive human. But her fascination and his frustration have led to an attraction she’s unprepared to handle. Or more precisely, the consequences of acting on it; which not only involve changes to her body, but struggling with what the fierce Askari inspires. And what’s actually possible between them.
Aderus never imagined a creature like Tori would be what he has come to crave, even over his own kind. The sentiments she provokes perturb as much as they invite and entice him and understanding her proves a separate challenge. But when his actions result in an unintended threat to the balance of power in a fragile alliance between their two races, he is forced to weigh his trust in her against the only thing that matters to him. Or so he thought.
CHARGED (THE OTHERWORLDS SERIES BOOK 1) by Gillian Zane
Bobbie Flemming was having one of those terrible, no good kind of days.
Her boss yelled at her because of something a co-worker did, her sometimes boyfriend was getting engaged to another woman, and she wore two different shoes to work. To make matters worse, she agreed to be in a charitable “most eligible” auction for her friend Chuck, who won’t speak to her if she doesn’t show up.
Bobbie doesn’t feel most eligible, and she definitely doesn’t feel like going on a date with someone so desperate they have to win her in an auction. But when two of the hottest men on the planet, who happen to be twins, show up and outbid everyone, Bobbie thinks she’s won the lottery. Until the one in charge opens his mouth and she realizes he’s bat sh*t crazy.
Now, Bobbie’s being whisked off, without her consent, to the middle of Central Park — and what is that — a spaceship?
This was how Bobbie finds herself stranded on an alien planet, with not two, but four incarnations of the same man. (They do that on their planet, it’s like their thing.) And all four of these hot alien males think Bobbie is their fated charge mate. All Bobbie knows is she didn’t sign up for this. Sure, the sex might be awesome, and the guys might be super-hot, but what does it take to get back to Earth where everything is normal, and there aren’t Emperors who want to kill her?
FAT GIRL FINDS LOVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Nancy M Griffis
VS note: I liked the ‘voice’ in the sample, on my TBR (me and those end of the world stories LOL.)
As a makeup artist in Hollywood, Beth had seen a lot of weird things over the years, but actual zombies took the cake. With no help from the government, the fully-armed neighborhood steps up to keep the streets safe. On a supply run, Beth ends up face-to-face with a shotgun held by the most gorgeous woman she’d ever seen and has to wonder… Why did it take a zombie apocalypse for her to find love?
AMBASSADOR’S STOWAWAY (KORYSTUS ALIENS BOOK 3) by Avery Rae
Talys is supposed to be an ambassador but he has the social graces of a donkey. And now I’m stuck with him.
Look, I know people are trying to change things on Korystus. They want to prove that humans and Korysti can live together. There’s too much bad blood, if you ask me.
Talys is kinda proof it’s all a waste. I mean, he plans on hauling me right back to Korystus when he’s done with his trip. Our kind will never get along as long at this rate.
Which is why I shouldn’t be so tempted by Talys’s offer to join him in his quarters. I gotta stick to my guns, though. I’m not taking a tumble in his sheets, and I’m definitely not going back to Korystus.
So, all I have to do is stay out of his room, keep my mouth shut, and run for freedom when we land. Simple, right?
The thing is… my self-control sucks, he’s really good at getting a rise out of me, and I’m a terrible runner. This is going to be a long trip.
RED SKY AT MORNING by Genna Donaghy
Fox has been secretly in love with his best friend, Tobias, since grade school. But even though Fox has fought in wars overseas, he hasn’t worked up the courage to do act on his feelings.
Then, an alien ship appears in the pre-dawn sky and bombs San Francisco.
Fox never imagined he would have to go to war again. Now things have changed. To save himself, and the man he loves, Fox will have to join the fight against the invaders.
But the aliens aren’t what they seem, and the real enemy may be within.
WORLDSHAPER by Edward Willett
VS Note: Science fiction, no mention of romance so who knows if there is any, but what a cool concept!
For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends.
But one shattering moment of violence changes everything. Mysterious attackers kill her best friend. They’re about to kill Shawna. She can’t believe it’s happening–and just like that, it isn’t. It hasn’t. No one else remembers the attack, or her friend. To everyone else, Shawna’s friend never existed…
Everyone, that is, except the mysterious stranger who shows up in Shawna’s shop. He claims her world has been perfect because she Shaped it to be perfect; that it is only one of uncounted Shaped worlds in a great Labyrinth; and that all those worlds are under threat from the Adversary who has now invaded hers. She cannot save her world, he says, but she might be able to save others–if she will follow him from world to world, learning their secrets and carrying them to Ygrair, the mysterious Lady at the Labyrinth’s heart.
Frightened and hounded, Shawna sets off on a desperate journey, uncertain whom she can trust, how to use her newfound power, and what awaits her in the myriad worlds beyond her own.
THE WASTING (REVEL AND ROT BOOK 3) by Ellabee Andrews
Katherine and the guys are about to embark on their most dangerous journey yet. With over a thousand miles of asphalt and death separating them from their final destination in Maine, they’ll have to be prepared to face anything.
In this final installment of The Revel and Rot series, the group will be faced with challenges like they’ve never imagined, and will deal with changes they don’t understand.
Will they be strong enough to make it across the country, or will they just become another meal for the Sightless?
Can they survive it, or will they lose everything trying?
CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN CHIEF (ZOCRONE OF THE SEVEN GALAXIES BOOK 1) by Sloane Meyers
Daxar Kotula serves as the all-powerful Chief of Zocrone, and he doesn’t allow visitors on his planet. He made the mistake of trusting outsiders once before, and it almost destroyed his people. So when human smuggler Nova Wolke and her crew crash land on his planet, he immediately tells them to get out. But in the short time it takes for Nova to repair her spaceship so she can leave, Daxar finds he can’t stop thinking about how soft and beautiful this intruder is…and how much he wants to claim her for himself. But that will never work. After all, he hates outsiders. Doesn’t he?
Nova Wolke lives life on the edge. Years ago, she left behind a tame life on Earth to make something of herself in the Seven Galaxies. Now she captains a ship running high stakes smuggling runs, and she’s always just one step ahead of disaster… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SLAVE (DOTHKAN ALIEN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Gillian Zane
There are worse fates than crash-landing on your sworn enemy’s planet.
Like surviving, and being taken alive, being sold for their entertainment.
The Dothkhan take what they want—iridescent, battle-hardened brutes all toned muscle and sculpted bodies.
They want me to be their perfect little pet, compliant and composed, to bear their young, but I have other ideas.
They take me hard and often, one at a time or sometimes all at once.
I’m trying to remain defiant, but the pleasure they’re showing me is starting to outweigh the pain.
My traitorous body has never been so satisfied or fulfilled.
There’s just one problem.
I’m the most powerful bargaining chip in the entire galaxy.
And they don’t know it… yet.
REBEL CITY: DARK SCULPTOR BOOK 2 by D R Rosier
VS note: From August
James Cook found a new world he might just be able to call home, and he had very good company to share it with. He was fairly sure he wouldn’t even entertain the idea of going back to Earth, even if it was possible.
Well, he’d have a good life, if the city of Eastguard doesn’t tear itself apart from the inside. Or if the king doesn’t have him assassinated, or if the king’s army doesn’t raze Eastguard to the ground with him in it.
James has more than a few challenges to face, including some he doesn’t know about or even suspect yet, if he’s going to claim the life he wants, with the women he loves.
KOOP’S SPARK (GRACIAN MATES BOOK 2) by T Cobbin
Maggie is among a group of human women who were kidnapped by aliens. The Lesh intended to sell them into slavery, but thankfully, before that could happen, they were rescued by the Gracians. All Maggie wants to do is return home to her twin sister and her life as an architect. But the women’s rescuers have informed them they cannot return home. Maggie is despondent as she struggles to accept her new life aboard the Gemorph.
Among the kidnapped victims, several Gracians have found their sparks, or mates. They are ecstatic as their race was in danger of becoming extinct, but now they have hope for survival. They want to visit Earth to see if more mates can be located, but first they need to train to become more human-like. They ask Maggie to help in that endeavor. As part of the plan, she gets to return to Earth, for a short time at least, and will ask her sister for assistance with executing the first step of the plan.
Koop is an officer on the Gemorph. When his captain asks him to work with Maggie, one of the human females, to create an area for their warriors to train in, Koop accepts the challenge. But things don’t go as planned when a human custom of shaking hands goes wrong. As soon as the pair touch, it’s obvious that they are sparks.
But Maggie has struggled so hard with the idea of being on the Gemorph, unable to resume her life on Earth. How will she deal with being a Gracian’s spark? Koop would never force her to accept him, but if she doesn’t, it’s a death sentence for him…literally.
TIME’S CONVERT: A NOVEL by Deborah Harkness
On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor–the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for–is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both–forever.
CASTING CURSES (BEWITCHING BEDLAM BOOK 5) by Yasmine Galenorn
A November windstorm smashes through the roof of the Bewitching Bedlam, and the damage exposes a hidden room containing a dark secret. An ancient force has been unleashed, and a curse is endangering everyone who Maddy loves, and everything she’s worked for. With her loved ones in danger, Maddy must undergo an arcane ritual in order to lift the curse and exorcise the angry spirit. But, her magic is on the fritz, and without the use of her powers, will Maddy be able to face Ereshkigal, the goddess of the Underworld, and survive?
GRAVE MAGIC (HOW TO BE A NECROMANCER BOOK 4) by D D Miers and Graceley Knox
Vexa Tzarnavaras, funeral home assistant and amateur necromancer, is trapped within her own mind, isolated from everyone who cares about her, unable to help as Aethon, her 600-year-old power crazed ancestor, goes on a destructive rampage.
Her lovers Ethan, the cursed werewolf, and Gwydion the exiled Unseelie Fae, worry for her; but only Cole, the once rival necromancer turned ally & lover, can reach her. But the intimacy of sharing minds, and the secrets he hides, makes him reluctant to give Vexa the support she needs.
As she struggles to battle her own demons and return to who she was before, Vexa’s journey takes her down strange paths into a place far beyond the imaginable.
SHAKER OF EARTH (SPECTR SERIES 2 BOOK 5) by Jordan L Hawk
Charleston is reeling beneath the onslaught of demons unleashed by the vampire spirit Drugoy and his human host Yuri. Alone and drained almost to the point of death, Gray and Caleb must make their way across a city gone mad in hopes of putting an end to Yuri and Dru. But the other drakul isn’t the only enemy they have to worry about.
After the death of a rogue agent at Gray’s teeth, John’s faith in his lovers has been badly shaken. But when SPECTR Chief Barillo orders the vampire destroyed by any means possible, John and his allies find themselves in a race to find Gray and Caleb before their fellow SPECTR agents.
Because their only hope of stopping Yuri and Dru is by working together. And if they fail to unite, the streets of Charleston will run red with blood.
A FERRY OF BONES AND GOLD (SOULBOUND BOOK 12) by Hailey Turner
Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.
Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.
Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.
In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.
MINE FUREVER (BUILT FUR LOVE BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder
Grayson Carver is in a tight spot. On one hand, he’s doing his best to help the local wolf shifter pack and keep a promise. On the other, the wolves only see him as a rogue and an outcast, a troublemaker. But trouble is only the tip of the iceberg when a human woman wanders into their settlement, leaving Grayson to deal with her. Now the battle-hardened wolf may have just found his mate.
April Nielson has made it her life’s work to research and aid in the preservation of wolf packs nationwide. So when reports of wolf sightings in the sleepy town of Silver Lake drift in, she’s immediately on the scene to do her job. But instead she comes across the most stubborn, tough-looking, and sexy man she’s ever laid eyes on. One with piercing gray eyes and a body that is beyond even her wildest fantasies.
Though Grayson knows he’s supposed to send the little woman packing before she can uncover the secret of the pack’s identity, Grayson’s wolf has other plans. Like mating the wolf-obsessed researcher as soon as possible. But even as hot attraction explodes into earth-shattering romance, April knows there’s something that Grayson’s not telling her. Something that may just come back to bite them both.
PAWNED by Laura Bickle
VS Note: YA but sure sounds fun.
You can hock almost anything at my family’s pawn shop…even your own soul.
You think running a pawn shop full of cursed objects with your dad and grandpops is cool? Try it for a week and get back to me. Now try picking up any random object and seeing its creeptastic history play out right before your eyes — yup, that’s my little “gift.” It’s my job to sort out what’s haunted and hexed from what’s not, and do my best to keep all of us — including Bert, our ice-cream-truck-driving-lizard demon — employed.
So it wasn’t all sunshine, roses, and possessed samurai swords even before grandpops’ heart attack — but now things are garden-gnome levels of bad. Dad made a deal with the wrong end of the dark side to save grandpops’ life, putting my whole family smack dab between the forces of evil and our friendly local blow-your-pawn-shop-to-smithereens mobsters. And Lily next door…I shouldn’t even be thinking about Lily.
All I ever wanted was to get out of this crap town and away from my messed-up family, and instead it looks like I’m gonna have to use every scrap of magic in this joint or there won’t be any family left to leave behind.
ONE TRUE MATE 9: SHIFTER’S DREAM by Lisa Ladew
Troy was a man trapped in a wolf’s body for three decades, until a nap changed his life forever. Now that he’s a wolf trapped in a man’s body, he’s not going back. Food? Good. Partying? Better. Women? Best. With one brother missing, one brother overwhelmed by parenting twin engels, and only distracted Mac to keep him straight, Troy is fulfilling his every desire, never sleeping, rarely working, refusing to reel it in.
Until he sees her.
Reed has many rules, but the biggest one might be, never date a cop. There’s also never kiss on the first date. Never tell anyone your business. Never go in the forest. Never-
But then that cop walked into her bar. The one with the wild eyes and the chiseled jaw. The one who devoured her every time he stared at her.
Don’t go in the forest, Reed. Never go in the forest.
That’s where the wolves live.
MATED TO THE GRIFFIN (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant
Everyone calls Chiara crazy werewolf lady. But the curvy journalist is determined to prove the supernatural is real. Even if it means her friends and family abandon her. She has a plan, and she’ll fight this battle on her own if she has to. That is, until she runs into a mysterious, hot-as-blazes man with light-filled eyes, and starts to dream of a future where she doesn’t have to fight alone…
Loyal, honorable and devoted to his duty, Griffin shifter Jared hides his loneliness behind smiles. His work has taken the place of the family he’s never known. Until quirky Chiara with her mermaid hair and theories about aliens crashes into his life. Suddenly, there’s something more than duty to live for.
But with an evil shadow dragon after them and only an ancient map to guide their search for the fifth elemental dragon, their failure could destroy the world. And as the sparks between them turn into a passion impossible to resist, a terrible, ancient enemy finally reveals itself. Soon, the world could fall to Darkness…
Will losing their hearts win the war?
FIRE BREATHING BEAST (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 1) by Candace Ayers
Sky Broussard has spent the last nine years of her life fighting for custody and raising her nephews. Between trying to make ends meet as a waitress at the Bon Temps Café, and keeping an eye on two troublesome teens, she’s had zero time for indulgences like romance.
No worries, she hasn’t been interested in the opposite sex for a long time. Not until she meets the snarling, growling, hotter-that-an-inferno hunk who caught her nephews trespassing on his swampland deep in the Louisiana bayou.
Too bad he’s off his rocker. Seriously. He thinks he’s a dragon, calls her his mate, follows her home, and refuses to leave her side. She really should put a stop to the insanity. She really should. Except, her libido is running on overdrive and, who knows, he might be her chance to finally lose her V-card.
DAMIEN’S NANNY (BEVERLY HILLS DRAGONS) by Meg Ripley
Dragon shifter Damien Van Buren has it all: a fantastic job as a record label executive, an adorable young daughter and a gorgeous home in Beverly Hills–along with Linda, a cheating ex-wife who would like nothing more than to take him to the cleaners. Now that he’s divorced, Damien needs to find a full-time nanny to help him care for little Stephanie. But when he takes a chance on hiring an au pair from overseas, he’s not prepared for the fire she’ll spark in his lonely heart.
Brianna Murphy dreams of moving away from Ireland to realize her fantasy of becoming a singer. Knowing she’ll never be discovered if she stays in her quaint hometown, she decides to apply for an au pair position just outside the bustling music scene of LA. When she manages to land the job, she never expects to fall in love with the sweet little dragon she’s in charge of–and she definitely doesn’t expect to fall for her new boss.
Will Damien and Brianna be able to keep their relationship strictly professional, or does fate have something else in store for these two dragons?
THE BEAR’S ARRANGED BRIDE (BEARS WITH MONEY BOOK 8) by Amy Star
Sherry – I can’t believe my father has arranged for me to get married. Does he not realize that people don’t do that anymore?
However, it is not all bad. Jaxon is so handsome and we used to f*ck years ago.
It might actually be fun to do it again a few times.
That is before we get our marriage annulled and go our separate ways.
Jaxon – So it seems like I am getting married to Sherry.
It could be worse. At least I know she is a demon in the sack.
But even though we have history, Sherry has no idea about my furry secret.
And I wonder if she found out, would it put her off? Or just turn her on even more?
DESTINED FOR ETERNITY BOOK 3 (DARK DESTINY SERIES) by Susan Illene
Demons and pregnancy don’t mix.
Cori and Bartol have six weeks left to go until their baby is born, but all hell is about to break loose before that happens. Demons are possessing humans again and wreaking havoc. No one knows what their agenda is, but it’s increasing tensions between the humans and supernaturals, escalating into violence. As one of the only people capable of slaying the hell spawns, Bartol has been called upon to deal with them. But impending fatherhood is challenging enough, especially when he’s still struggling to overcome psychological trauma in order to have the relationship with Cori that she and their child deserve.
Unfortunately, an ultimatum from the angels forces Bartol into the fight, and leaves Cori battling her own doubts and fears. Their child is coming—will they be ready?
A FEY’S WOLF (MYSTIC WOLVES BOOK 5 ) by Elle Boon
An Enforcer…Torq’s place among the Mystic Wolves gave him the freedom to search for his mate, but when he finds her, he realizes things aren’t as easy as he’d hoped they’d be. However, years of honing his skills have proven he was more than the man and wolf for the injured Fey.
A Powerful Fey…Talia’s tired of hiding but isn’t quite ready to make that final step as a normal female after years of captivity. Hiding out on the Fey Realm seemed like another form of being caged, however being caught in the sights of a shifter far larger than any man she’d ever seen was more than she’d bargained for.
A Plan Set In Motion…Things don’t always go as planned, but when the Goddess puts two of her people together, she assumes things will end up how they should. However, outside forces realize a powerful Fey are within their grasps and want what they didn’t have…a link to the Fey Realm.
Will the wolf and his Fey have a chance to find their happily ever after, or will they be destroyed before they get the chance?
INFINITE BLUE by Natalina Reis
Shahin Halcón has been taught that if and when he meets his soul mate, he’ll know immediately. Always the rebel, he doesn’t believe it until the day he crosses paths with Cai, a full-human.
Plagued by unsuccessful relationships and heartache, Cai Banes’s life is quiet and unexciting. When he meets young and wild Shahin, his life is turned upside down, and he’s not sure he likes it.
But neither can deny the powerful pull that draws them together.
Old secrets and ancient myths about cross-species relationships plague their romance and threaten to put their happiness and life at risk. Will their love for each other be strong enough to survive?
THE MATE by Abigail Owen
Maddie Thompson’s life just fell down a rabbit hole. Finding out she’s a dragon shifter was one thing—she never quite fit into the human world, and this new reality feels…strangely right. However, discovering the next step is to choose a mate, and if she chooses wrong she’ll die, is the other side of crazy. Especially when she already left a piece of her heart with someone who didn’t want it.
To say dragon enforcer Fallon Conleth was shocked when the Mating Council summoned him as a potential mate for a newly found dragon doesn’t quite cover it. A mate is rare and precious and many dragons never find theirs. Fallon isn’t sure he’s worthy of the honor, not when so many deserve it more. He’ll just go through the motions and return home alone…until he sees Maddie. The human woman he reluctantly let walk away.
Fallon already broke Maddie’s heart once, but if he can’t convince her that they’re meant to be, she’ll die… and he won’t be far behind.
ARCANE HEIST (ARCANE TALENTS BOOK 2) by Angela Knight
When a pair of cops with magical abilities become the target of a hate group, they must unravel the plot against them before it costs them their lives — and love.
Deputy Erica Harris is a witch who can see the magical auras of those around her, a talent which helps her determine when someone intends to commit a violent crime. Her partner, Deputy Jake Nolan, has a psychic link with an African lion that allows him to manifest the animal’s powers.
But it’s tough to serve and protect when demagogues stoke public fear of you. As the two cops fight to unravel a politically motivated web of hate and deceit, Erica and Jake are targeted by a magical assassin hired by the plotters.
While dodging murder attempts, they begin to fall in love. But as Jake’s desire makes his inner lion more possessive, his self-control erodes. Can they afford to take a chance on love when so many lives hang in the balance?
GRIFFIN’S MATE (ARMAGEDDON MATES BOOK 5) by Hazel Gower
Griffen has found his mate, but Pet isn’t what anyone expected. He found her near death and nursed her back to health. The pack doesn’t approve of their Omega’s mate. Griffen hopes, given a chance, his pack will fall for Pet just as he’s beginning to.
Pet had been a prisoner all her life, forced to use her visions to aid the demons in their fight to conquer Earth. Thanks to Griffen and his family she’s finally free, and she’s willing to give up her seer abilities to live a new life. The problem is no one but her mate is happy that she’s become part of the pack. Pet just wants to live her life, make friends, and have a family. The question is will she be accepted in Griffen’s pack and get everything she yearns for?
CROWN OF BONES: BLOOD DESCENDANT UNIVERSE (CROWN OF DEATH BOOK 4) by Keary Taylor
Logan’s biological father has been building an army to rise against the Crown, to challenge Cyrus and Sevan for control over the vampires, and their voices will be heard: every one of them is a rightful Royal.
He is not the only one who is tired of hiding in the shadows. Other family members lost their lives trying to bring all vampires into the spotlight, to show the world what they are capable of. With this many descendants, with this much bad blood, this will be a war fought with enemies new and old. This is the same war the King and Queen fought over a thousand years ago. It will be a battle to the death to keep the vampires’ secret.
But time has always been Sevan’s greatest enemy, and now it is running out in every way. The Crown, the safety of the humans and the world, Logan’s time with Cyrus.
VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lyndsay Sands
When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…
Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?
CADEN (APACHE COUNTY SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
Caden Raferty messed up—big time. He’s turned his back on his family and friends, but most of all his mate, Danielle Blueriver.
Danielle is done with love and done with Caden. After two near death experiences, she’s regressed into herself, not wanting to be seen or heard. Her life is crumbling down around her and the only thing giving her the will to live are her boys, Aiden and Nicolas.
But, an old foe isn’t done with either of them, and once again, they are thrust together in a situation neither can get out of.
Can Danielle and Caden find their path to happiness this time, or will the sins of their past destroy their future?
SEE ME (THE NOVUS PACK SERIES BOOK 1) by M Jayne
Throughout history, The Lady, Goddess of the Lycan world, has gifted werewolf packs with humans who carry her mark. Theodora Morrissey’s plans to return to college for her graduate degree are ended when she is awakened by an otherworldly voice on a rarely used airstrip in Nebraska. Injured and disoriented, she has no idea the discoloration on her back has marked her as a Seer, and that she is now a possession—and the prisoner—of the Novus Pack of Lycans.
To the Novus pack, the word of their leader, their Laird, is the law. With compelling gray eyes and long dark hair, Raider Black rules his pack with intelligence and ruthlessness. To cement the security of his pack, Black has committed to mate another Packleader’s daughter. But he’s finding it impossible to fight his attraction to the pack’s alluring new Seer, claiming her as his own.
Sweet, fearless, and unintentionally funny, Theo upends Black’s world and pushes the boundaries of his rules. How far is Black willing to go, and what will he sacrifice, to save both his pack and the human Seer who’s found a way not only into his bed, but his heart?
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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…