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).
EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 3 by Various Authors, including ME!
VS note: I’m so excited that our scifi romance anthology is releasing today! I wrote a 41K Sectors novel for my entry (Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer) and SE Smith also wrote a novel, plus MORE! Can I entice you with a Galactic Gladiators short story? A Mandrake Company tale from Ruby Lionsdrake? Among others…
Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!
WILLA’S BEAST (ICE HOME BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon
VS Note: And I one clicked…
Beast. Creature. Monster.
All of these things have been said about Gren.
Willa doesn’t believe it, though. She knows that monsters can sometimes come in appealing packages. She knows that for all of his snarls and fearsome appearance, he’d never hurt her.
And she knows she has to get Gren away from the Icehome camp, because no one will ever see him as a person, not when he attacks all who come close. Not when he’s tied and treated like an animal.
She’s going to save him…or fall in love. Maybe both. Willa doesn’t mind that he’s a beast, as long as he’s *her* beast.
BREAKEVEN (VERDANT STRING) by Michelle Diener
VS note: I really enjoyed book one in this new series so I can’t wait to read the new story!
Dee had been fighting one war, only to find herself caught up in another . . .
When circumstances leave Dee stranded on the Breakaway planet of Lassa, she has to choose–take the easy way out, or stand and fight an enemy much like the one she left behind on her home world of Garmen.
For Sebastian, leading the Lassian resistance has come at a heavy price. Forced to gamble the last of his resources on a risky ploy to get some leverage over the Core Companies that run Lassa, he stares defeat in the face when it fails. There’s no backup plan left. Nothing more to work with. And all around him, people are starving, and it looks as if the Cores have entered a deal with a hostile alien force, to enrich themselves even more.
But Dee inspires him. Even though it’s his fault she’s on Lassa to begin with, her courage and steady calm are the assets he needs, and unbeknownst to both of them, she has with her the key to bringing the Cores to their knees.
Now they just have to turn the lock in time.
DARAK: DRAKONIAN ALIEN MALE ORDER BRIDES #1 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol
Revenge is best served sweet with a hot, horned alien
Free-spirited pastry chef Lexi Sutterman has discovered that true love is pie in the sky. The only thing more difficult than finding an Earth man willing to commit is pleasing her wealthy, hypercritical family who view her as a failure. So she’s given up on both, focusing her energy on her new bakery. Now that her uber successful little sister manages to nab a well-heeled fiancé, Lexi fights back by joining the Intergalactic Dating Agency. She plans to bring a huge, purple, tentacled alien as her plus-one to the wedding.
Darak of planet Dakon isn’t purple or tentacled—he’s just seven feet of horned alien hotness. To get a woman on his world, a guy has to literally win the lottery. Tired of waiting for the Fates to send him a female, he joins the dating service to meet a nice Earth girl to call his own. He recognizes Lexi as his true mate, but realizes convincing her they’re meant to be together forever and not just a weekend will be no cake walk.
But when a sweet-tart pastry chef and a horned alien hottie fall in love, everyone might get their just desserts.
BURTON: STARGAZER MAIL ORDER BRIDES #14 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black
VS Note: I received an ARC of this and enjoyed it very much. Burton trying to bond with the bees was an especially fun moment.
Tansy Martin’s dream is simple – to live out her life running the family farm in the sweet small town of Stargazer. But lately something sexy has been slipping into her dreams at night, and the tall dark and handsome fugitive alien seems determined to make his way into her daytimes too.
Burton is hypnotized by tall, tough, tantalizing Tansy. His only desire is to serve her in the fields by day and in her bed by night. But his exquisite intended is determined to focus on the farm no matter how he tries to tempt her into becoming his mate.
When bee rustlers threaten Tansy’s one chance to save the orchard, their madcap adventure begins. Tansy will need Burton’s help to hold onto the family farm. But will she be able to hold onto her heart?
DEFIANT RUIN (THE ASARLAI WARS BOOK 3) by Maria Andreas
The fight for the Commonwealth comes to an explosive conclusion!
The good news is that Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain and most of her rag tag band of mercenaries managed to survive a devastating confrontation with the resurrected ancient enemy the Asarlaí. The bad news is that the WARRIOR WENCH has crash landed on a deserted planet in an unknown galaxy. Priority number one is getting off this dead rock and hopefully reuniting with the rest of their missing crew. Sadly easier said than done, especially when a supposedly long ago destroyed ship called the DEFIANT shows up.
Vas and the gang can’t seem to catch a break, for just as they are starting work on salvaging the DEFIANT, Garmainian bounty hunters suddenly appear to claim a prize on Vas’s head.
Now Vas is guilty of a lot of things, but she honestly can’t remember the crime she is accused of committing and as far as she knows hasn’t ever been to Garmainian space. Disturbingly, this crime apparently occurred during the mysterious missing weeks Vas experienced on her recent “vacation”.
Vas and her second in command Deven’s to do list keeps getting longer: escape from the Garmainian hunters before they get executed; reunite their small banged up fleet and try to get back into Commonwealth space; find out if their frenemy Marli survived; and of course finally defeat the Asarlaí for good.
Unfortunately during the six months Vas and company have been stranded, the Asarlaí have been on the move….which means time and options are rapidly running out!
LIGHT YEARS by Kass Morgan
VS Note: Author of The 100
Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.
Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.
These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.
TOREL: STAR CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes
What do you do when your planet runs out of women? Send for takeout, of course.
Torel is the best medical officer in the Pyrosian fleet, but being the best comes with a cost. When the queen orders him to apply to Star-Crossed Dating, he’s relieved when there’s no match for him among the human females of Earth. He doesn’t have time for that kind of distraction.
Mated or not, he’s on his way to Earth to help newly-mated females adjust to the life awaiting them on Pyros. All he has to do is keep them healthy and happy during the voyage home. It should be the easiest assignment of his career.
HAVE TAIL WILL TRAVEL: CELESTIAL MATES by Nancey Cummings
Tragedy left Merit as the guardian to two young kits and he’s in over his head. He needs help. He has no time for romance and doesn’t think he needs it. He applies to Celestial Mates, willing to take the first available female, even a flat-faced, ugly human.
What he gets is a woman whose mind challenges him and patience humbles him.
He brought her to his planet under false pretenses. Now he hopes he can make it right before she leaves for good.
THEIRS TO DEFY by Stasia Black
Drea doesn’t let anyone close. Ever.
She has a mission: save the women she was forced to leave behind at the all-women’s island of Nomansland. When she’s thrown in prison by the President of the New Republic, though, she has no choice but to depend on her nemesis, Eric Wolford, the Commander of Jacob’s Well for help.
Eric has his own reasons for wanting to help Drea, ones he’s not even fully ready to admit to himself. But ever since she showed up, bedraggled and furious on his doorstep, Drea Valentine has been a fascinating puzzle he can’t help but want to solve.
Nothing’s ever simple in the apocalypse, though, is it?
They soon find themselves in DIRE need of help. And what better way to create an unstoppable team than to build a family… or… a clan?
Drea never thought in a million years she’d be walking down the aisle to take vows as a clan bride to 5 men. Then again, she swore an oath that she’d do anything if it meant saving her girls.
But does exchanging vows and letting them in to her bed mean she has to let them into her heart?
VREHX (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn
Giant spiders, walking trees, bloodthirsty vines.
For Jeneva, it’s just another day trying to survive in the jungles of Ankau.
Until the sky ripped open, and the true monsters came through.
Now her world is under attack, and the only place of safety may be at the side of a rock-hard scaled alien.
But he’s filled with secrets – how can she trust him?
Vrehx cares for nothing other than the destruction of the Xathi hordes who burned his home and killed his family.
But when a weapons test goes horribly wrong, the battle spills over to an uncharted world.
The planet is filled with lethal native life…but nothing is more dangerous than the human woman who obsesses his thoughts.
When war rages around them, can they fight together, or will his burning need for her drive them apart?
CAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ESCAPE (BOOK ONE) by Laney Kaye and Christina Wilder
VS Note: From mid September
A cat shifter mercenary–gun, fangs, and claws for hire–doesn’t fall for a pretty little human. It’s cost the Regime big-time to have me and my guys hunt down the Resistance fighters skulking in caves spread across this gods-forsaken planet. My sole focus here is this deployment.
Until Maya touches me, igniting the first phase of a bondmate.
It doesn’t matter how freakin’ sweet she is. How sexy. No way in all seven hells will I complete the three bonds. As long as I don’t kiss her, we won’t hit second base. And I’ll be damn sure to keep my hands off her incredible body, because having sex with her would bring on bond three, linking our souls for eternity.
Problem is, now it’s not just my damn life that’s in danger.
My heart is in all kinds of trouble.
Herc has to believe I’m nothing more than a nurse working for the Regime. If he finds out I’ve infiltrated the military compound to rescue my imprisoned sister, my life’s in danger.
He may be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen –shifter or man–but I refuse to bond with someone who’s hunting my people into extinction.
Now that my mission’s accomplished, I can flee into the desert. He’ll never find me once I’m hidden in the Resistance stronghold. Problem is, Herc’s hot on my heels. If he catches me, will he return me to the Regime? Or does he have his own–very personal–plan for me instead?
Hooking up with me will ruin Herc’s career and make him an enemy of his own people.
But if he hands me over to the firing squad, the bullets won’t need to hit my heart to shatter me into a billion pieces.
GISELLE by Linda Mooney
VS Note: The author explained the scifi apocalyptic twist to me since I haven’t read it and the blurb is a bit mysterious (but I can’t give spoilers!) so I’m including the book today!
Sick of the same day in, day out, soul-sucking job, Giles Noft decides it’s time for a change. Starting a new career as a voice actor with Voce Audio, he realizes it’s also the perfect opportunity to narrate his own published book after hours.
Renting studio space in the evenings, Giles plans to have his book finished in a couple weeks. What he didn’t expect was to find a companion while in the recording studio, or for that companion to completely turn his world and his future upside down.
A chance and seemingly impossible encounter with Giselle Renard changes his entire life. Armed with new information, Giles starts planning for a tomorrow no one knows is coming. Their fast friendship leads to more, but “The End” is closing in. And although neither want their time in the studio to be over, they know there is no way they can avoid the cold, hard reality of what has been, and what is to be.
KYLLIAN: DELTA UTOPIA 6 by Celeste Raye
Savanah survived her time in an unsanctioned, underground sex trafficking organization on Delti Utopia 6. She made a vow to find and release those left behind. If that meant taking on the entire organization herself, then so be it.
Kyllian was raised by his mother, a weredragon, on Earth. They were abandoned by his father when it became clear that Kyllian was of his mother’s species. Now, his father wanted him on Delti Utopia 6 for a reason that baffled Kyllian, as there was no love between them. Their agendas and personalities clashed until Kyllian realized his father wasn’t in control of his own mind.
Kyllian and Savanah must join forces with pirates and the authorities to discover the depths of the sex trafficking. An unknown evil force is behind it and may prove deadly to Savanah and those she loves, including Kyllian who has become the man that took her heart.
RED BETWEEN THE LINES by Parker Foye
Wynfield, a washed-up former Corpsman with optical bioware and a healthy chip on his shoulder, is reluctantly drawn into a conspiracy to take down Nutrindustry, the company responsible for both his “upgrade” from human and the city’s food shortage.
Playing clinic doctor for the day, Yeven doesn’t expect the mouthy former pilot and their begrudging attraction—nor the fresh twist of shame for his part in Nutrindustry’s past. He needs Wynfield, though, and for more than his smart mouth. Feelings would just get in the way.
In a world where the line between man and metal is thin, there’s more happening behind the scenes than even Wynfield’s enhanced optics are able to see.
MACH ONE: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (CYBORG COWBOYS OF CARBON COUNTY BOOK 1) by Elsa Jade
VS Note: One clicked this one.
Oversized Montana rancher Mach Halley’s very big Stetson and giant belt buckle are hiding a secret of cosmic proportions: He’s a survivor of a transgalactically prohibited private army of cyborg alien warriors built to kill. But with a long-dormant member of his unit about to be born, he needs a healer—even if it’s a pretty little lady doc who must forget everything she sees.
Making a name for herself in rural, large animal veterinary medicine has been tough for Doctor Chien Lun-mei, so she takes a strange midnight call to prove herself—only to discover a secret wilder than any bucking bronc. If she rants about UFOs and ETs, she’ll be laughed out of the county, but this strong, silent cowboy who feels even more out of place than she does touches her in more ways than one.
Together they’ll fight to save an alien life, but for Mach to escape a war he never wanted, he’ll have to risk an alien love.
WARRIOR’S PLIGHT (CADI WARRIORS BOOK 6) by Stephanie West
Vintor crossed the universe to save the human race, except things didn’t go quite as planned. He awoke to find himself imprisoned in a human stronghold, fighting against the drugs they used to subdue him. That’s where he found her, his enemy and his only salvation.
Working for a secret branch of the government had taken its toll on Maya, but there was no way out, not if she wanted to hold back Armageddon and protect everyone she loved. The beast of a red man from an unknown race who showed up on her operating table only highlighted what she’d fought to repress—she couldn’t spend another day in this living hell.
When her own people served her up like a sacrificial lamb, Maya squeezed her eyes shut and waited for death’s release as the demonic alien pinned her to the wall. She never expected to find redemption in the arms of a captive alien or a love so strong she was willing to take on the world to free them both. Getting lost in the embrace of her warrior was a wonderful plight.
TYRE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANAAN BOOK 2) by J J Green
Erin’s next mission takes her further insystem in New Canaan, to the word of Tyre.
ALIENS, SMITH AND JONES (THE PRIMROSE FILES) by Blaine D Arden
Working for a secret organisation specialising in alien cover-ups, Connor Smith is no stranger to the abnormal or dangerous. His love life on the other hand… not so exciting. Until he reluctantly agrees to a blind date and meets the perfect bloke, Jason.
Things are finally falling into place for Connor, so of course that’s when he attracts an alien stalker.
Noah Jones, ex-alien, has been stranded on Earth and forced to live as a human since 1648. Alone and detached from the world around him, Noah has spent centuries observing and recording humankind. In all that time, he’s only experienced a connection with a human once… until he finds Connor.
Even knowing Connor is in a relationship, Noah can’t ignore their potential bond, or stay away…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE DELPHI REVOLUTION (THE DELPHI TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Rysa Walker
Eighteen-year-old Anna Morgan is on the run from the very government project that created her abilities. Now they seek to weaponize the gift she doesn’t want and can’t control: the invasion of her mind and her body by spirits, some of whom have their own unusual powers. Her latest “hitcher” is a former top Delphi executive. Unlike Anna’s previous guests, this one has taken over, and he’s on a personal mission of revenge.
The target is Senator Ronald Cregg, a corrupt, power-hungry presidential candidate. One of Delphi’s creators, he’s now manipulating the public into believing “psychic terrorists” are a scourge to be eliminated. There’s only one way to stop him, but Anna draws the line at murder.
Pulled into a dark conspiracy, Anna struggles to reclaim her body, mind, and soul as she and the other Delphi psychics join together to fight for their right to exist.
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE edited by Lisa Yaszek
VS Note: Not romances, all very old re-releases but it’s of note this week.
SF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling collection of twenty-five classic tales. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr., and Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery.
STAR CROSSED by Various
VS Note: My understanding is these are all previously published novels but a good scifi romance selection.
Sci-fi to fall in love with…
7 full-length novels that explore the future without forgetting that the most dangerous battles will always be within the human heart. Aliens, AI, cyborgs, galactic empires, space battles, and romance…you’ll find them all here, along with heroines and heroes you’ll cheer for.
Space doesn’t have to be cold! Download Star Crossed today.
EARTHQUAKES by A T Weaver
David Cummings has dreams.
For ten years, he’s dreamed about two men who lived in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He feels that he was one of the men. Their relationship was cut short when one of them died in the great earthquake and fire.
David decides to go to San Francisco to see if either man really existed. There he meets Marc Willis.
Marc Willis has dreams of two men as well. He feels that he was one of the men.
As David and Marc search for answers, they wonder:
Are they the same two souls?
Did they know and love each other in that past life?
Will Fate grant them a happy ending this time?
Or, will this life end in tragedy like before
QUEEN OF DRAGA (THE DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 5) by Emma Dean
VS Note: No blurb was shown for this one
VASI: PRISONER OF THE ALIEN PRINCE by A K Vincent
The vasi were supposed to be a legend. It was said that they’d existed hundreds of years ago, then vanished without a trace. When Tera’s research crew is captured and taken aboard an alien space station it becomes impossible for her to deny that the vasi exist. With her entire crew’s lives on the line she’s given a choice: allow them all to die, or submit herself to a twisted experiment—one that will require her to lie with a vasi prince.
Prince Cale, a half-human outcast among the vasi royalty, has been taught all his life that humans are vile and cannot be trusted—so when his human prisoner stirs a desire within him that’s deeper than anything he’s ever known, his very existence is called into question. The human named Tera threatens to change everything that Cale and the vasi believe to be true—for better or worse. The vasi who don’t want Tera in their bed want her dead, and Prince Cale must step out of the shadow of his brothers if he hopes to hold on to what’s rightfully his.
THE ARROWS OF THE HEART ( UNCHARTED REALMS BOOK 4) by Jeffe Kennedy
VS note: I LOVE this series (and the Twelve Kingdoms series which came first) and this was another great entry. After I finished reading ARROWS, I re-read all the books, going back to the beginning! I did receive an ARC of this book.
As the Twelve Kingdoms and their allies are drawn toward war, a princess cast aside must discover a purpose she never dreamed of…
Karyn af Hardie behaved like a proper Dasnarian wife. She acquiesced, she accepted, she submitted. Until her husband gave her a choice: their loveless, unconsummated royal marriage—or her freedom. Karyn chose freedom. But with nowhere to run except into the arms of Dasnaria’s enemies, she wonders if she’s made a mistake. She wants love, security, a family. She can’t imagine finding any of it among the mercurial Tala.
Worst of all is Zyr. The uninhibited shapeshifter is everywhere she looks. He’s magnetic, relentless, teasing and tempting as if she’s free to take her pleasure where she wishes. As if there isn’t a war rising before them, against a vile and demanding force far stronger than they. But with Karyn’s loyalty far from certain, Zyr offers her only chance to aid the defense—a dangerous gambit to seek out a land not seen in centuries, using clues no one can decipher. Together, they’ll have every opportunity to fail—and one chance to steal something truly precious.
PRINCE OF DREAMS (HOUSE OF TERRIOT BOOK 4) by Nancy Gideon
VA Note: I’ve been reading weekly snippets from the book and really enjoying the ‘voice’ and the story. Put it on my TBR List.
Kip . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot – He’d said he wasn’t a mobster. . . She should have asked if he was a monster.
Who was this too good to be true, always ready in a crisis guy working a menial job for her father? Ophelia knew things. Something was not quite normal about the Kip Terriot hiding behind another name in lace-up dress shoes and a preppy wardrobe – something wild and exciting as all hell. A dangerous something calling to that restless difference in her own soul.
Ophelia . . . daughter of his enemy, girl of his dreams – So sassy, so sweet so perfect . . . and what he had to do would destroy her.
Kip was in New Orleans to save his clan and his kind, not to play white knight for Ophelia Brady with her quirky habits, curvy body and tormented past. His deception would rip the heart from her world, not help heal it. Was his family’s nemesis using his own daughter to make Kip the played instead of the player, pulling him between love and duty to make an impossible choice?
A MATE TO SACRIFICE (THE HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Laylah Roberts
A mistake she deeply regrets…
Growing up the daughter of a gang member, Peyton didn’t exactly have a life filled with cupcakes, family holidays and daddy-daughter dances.
Not unless you counted a trip to the prison to visit your daddy a family holiday.
So what does she do? She stupidly accepts a proposal from the first man offering an escape.
He was supposed to be her savior.
He turned into her nightmare.
A female of their dreams…
On the hunt for a murderer, no one is more surprised than Caden and Sangel when they come across a fragile, tiny, human female — with a backbone of steel and a mouth like razorblades.
She is everything they ever wanted. But when she sacrifices herself to save Sangel, will they lose it all?
TRANCE (THE SLEEPING COURT BOOK 3) by Dagmar Avery and K Margaret
Surviving the attack on the Sithen, Verity, Prince Aziz and both their guard are shaken and on high alert. So when an emissary from High Court comes to ‘invite’ Princess Verity to the monarchy competition, weeks ahead of schedule, Verity knows that her timetable has been accelerated and there isn’t much that she can do.
But her guard, allies and ladies in waiting are ready, and they will not let House Salim have a poor showing at court.
High Court has its own dangers, and when Verity and her guard are presented with not only challenges, but mysteries, they are more than ready to meet everything thrown at them.
Allies will be won.
Gauntlets will be thrown.
And the competition for the crown will begin.
DARK SEDUCTION by Various including Larissa Ione and four more
A box set of five paranormal romance novels that will slay you!
CARDS OF LOVE: THE MOON (NEW CAMELOT BOOK 4) by Sierra Simone
She’s angry that I left. I’m angry that I died.
It’s the trouble with our two lives: we don’t only have one past to work through, but two. Double the pain, twice the betrayal.
A million times the tragedy.
***The Moon is the story of Merlin and Nimue from the New Camelot trilogy. It’s recommended that you read the trilogy first, as there are American King spoilers in The Moon.***
ROAM by Dez Schwartz
Ethan Roam suffers from night terrors and vivid daydreams, which lead him to the doorstep of the eccentric Dr. Grady Hunter, who thrusts him into a world of supernatural misfits. Ethan quickly learns that there’s more reality to his dreams than he suspected.
As Ethan unravels the truth behind his nightmares and falls into his first experience with love, he also finds himself the target of a sinister plan.
Ethan’s trust in his new companions will be tested and he’ll have to decide who he can rely on and who he must defy in order to survive a fatal Halloween night.
VAMPIRE HOOK (ANGLER BOOK 6) by Annie Nicholas
VS Note: Reviews state there’s a cliffhanger but are favorable.
Island living in Greece is a far cry from Connie’s NYC roots. She’s gone from vampire bait to their king’s consort. She’s found love, a home, and started a family with Rurik—and their lover, Tane. But as the king’s power has grown, so has the caliber of his enemies, and there are those eager to dethrone him.
When vampires attack their home, Connie is stripped of everything. Now she’s on her own, a soccer mom with rusty slayer skills, a city girl lost in the Carpathian Mountains. With both of her lovers MIA, she has no choice but to mount a rescue with the aid of the unlikeliest of partners.
She knows there’s little chance she’ll survive, but family is everything, and she would risk it all for her men and their daughter.
A COURT OF FIRE AND METAL (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 2) by Meg Xuemei X
The four mighty, smoking-hot warriors had wanted to use Cass Saélihn as the weapon to kill the Olympian gods, but they fell for her instead. Now all they want is to protect her. So they hide Cass in the magically glamoured Academy, the only safe place for earthlings.
But Cass won’t cower or run from danger. She sets her own rules and stands her ground, no matter how her blood heats for her alpha mates. She’s determined to take the fight to the gods, not as a weapon but a leader.
Yet an all-powerful, beautiful, cruel god is already among them, much closer than she and her four mates can imagine. He covets Cass and her power more than anything, and when the god strikes, he leaves nothing to chance.
ALLISON AND THE TORRID TEA PARTY (HAREM OF HEARTS BOOK 2) by C M Stunich
I met fallen angel princes; I met a Savage Duke; I met a Cheshire Cat.
And remember—how could you possibly forget—I’m the fabled Alice from the prophecy.
Just a twisted, dark version of the girl in Lewis Carroll’s old books.
Except in those books, there was a happy ending.
In those books, Alice wasn’t dating nine very different, very beautiful men.
But now that I’ve met the King of Hearts and the Mad Hatter, I’m not sure who the real bad guys are.
I’m the only one who can turn Underland back into Wonderland again.
But if I have a chance to escape the blood, the death, and the intrigue in this place, should I take it?
I’m Allison Liddell, and I’ve got a choice to make: stay here and fight the darkness, defeat the Anti-Alice, and survive the Torrid Tea Party … or run.
Tweedledee says I can change the world.
So if you’re reading this, will you help me decide what I should do?
I want to go home, but I can’t leave this place as broken as I found it, now can I?
COUNCIL OF CONSORTS #1 by Jade Lewis
VS Note: Cliffhanger
The great Council of Unnaturals has been around since the beginning of time, each member replaced by their eldest child when the time comes.
And my mother is the head of the Oasis.
Her eldest? Well, that would be me.
But I’m not interested. I’d rather live above ground.
Besides, there are much better things to do with my time, like saving a family of shifters, keeping humans from causing mass extinctions, and fighting back demon hordes.
Magic is my weapon of choice, and I wield it with precision.
But my people are relentless and send a small group of handsome men to capture me. An angel, a vampire, and a wolf. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)
PIECE OF DRAGON (QILIN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Laurel Chase
The Ringmaster is coming… to steal me away.
For years, my odd ability to manipulate others kept me one step ahead of the Underbelly Circus – a place nobody like me lives through.
Everything goes to hell when a gorgeous stranger dies right in front of me, resurrects himself as a dragon, and begs me to follow him straight into the Underbelly beast.
He claims I’m the lost Qilin Queen – a magical freaking unicorn.I can smell the truth in his words, and he’s desperate. How can I help him, if he works for my greatest enemy?The answer comes barreling into my world when his brothers-in-arms find me, too – lion shifter, mage, fae, merman, and vampire.They’re all from a magical world beyond mine, and they need me to help them find the way home.
Only a pure Qilin can find the Path, and these six men think I’m the last one alive.I’m Carlyle Licorne, and I’m no innocent unicorn.
A BRIDE FOR THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant
Trapped in human form. Stripped of his memories and transported to a strange city where none of his magic works. His only ally: A beautiful stranger who seems to have known him all his life.
Dragon prince Liev Drakos has no idea what’s going on. But he’s sure of one thing: He’ll protect this mysterious woman from the beastly assassins pursuing her, or die trying.
Because even if he doesn’t know her, there’s something about her that calls to the deepest part of him… something that he knows he can’t live without.
Robbed of her powers. A murderous manticore on her tail. The only person she can trust: An amnesiac dragon prince who sets her soul on fire.
Dragon shifter Darklis Novak is happy leading a quiet life, loving nothing more than curling up with a good book. But now she’s on the run from a deadly threat, and in way over her head.
She has only her wits, the clothes on her back… and a devastatingly handsome dragon prince, who doesn’t remember her name – much less that he’s her fated mate.
STONE HEART (THE GARGOYLE PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Ariel Marie
An unknown entity, an unexplained power source… Earth was in danger.
Gargoyles, a winged humanoid race of warriors, had spent thousands of years ensuring the survival of the planet. Rhodack Gahnoth, leader of Clan Gahnoth, demanded his gargoyles defend the realm against a new threat. Sending his most trusted warrior to investigate the unexplainable, he was left speechless when the warrior returned with a little wisp of a female with golden hair by the name of Rina Smith.
Her powers were the strongest of any being, and something was hunting her down. To make matters worse, she was under a powerful spell, believed herself to be human, and she was Rhodack’s mate…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
THE PALACE OF LOST MEMORIES (AFTER THE RIFT BOOK 1) by C J Archer
The king’s magnificent palace was built in a matter of weeks. No one saw the builders, no villagers are allowed beyond the gilded gate, and only one servant has ever left. The haunted look in her eyes as she was recaptured by the palace guards is something Josie, daughter of the village doctor, has never forgotten.
For Josie, the palace is a mystery that grows more intriguing after she meets the captain of the guards, a man known only as Hammer, as mysterious and captivating as the palace itself. Whispers of magic fuel Josie’s desire to uncover the truth, but an ordinary girl like her can only dream of ever being invited inside.
When the king decides to take a wife from among the eligible daughters of the noble families, the palace gates are finally thrown open and the kingdom’s elite pour in. In a court where old rivalries and new jealousies collide, the king’s favorite is poisoned and the doctor is summoned. As her father’s assistant, Josie finally sees inside the lavish walls, but she soon learns the palace won’t surrender its secrets easily, for not a single resident, from the lowest servant to the king himself, has a memory from before the palace existed.
In the search for the truth, Josie is drawn deeper into danger, and the answers she seeks might shake the very foundations of the kingdom.
DRAGON NIGHT: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant
There has never been a hunt that Dorian has lost. With his sights sent on a relic the Dragon Kings need to battle an ancient foe, he won’t let anything stand in his way – especially not the beautiful owner. Alexandra is smart and cautious. Yet the attraction between them is impossible to deny – or ignore. But is it a road Dorian dares to travel down again?
With her vast family fortune, Alexandra Sheridan is never without suitors. No one is more surprised than she when the charming, devilish Scotsman snags her attention. But the secrets Dorian holds is like a wall between them until one fateful night when he shares everything. In his arms she finds passion like no other – and a love that will transcend time. But can she give her heart to a dragon??
POWER SURGE (THE EVANSTAR CHRONICLES) by Sara Codair
Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.
While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.
Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.
RELUCTANT PSYCHIC (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 3) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires
Life as a seer is not all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you’re unemployed, and your former boss blacklists you everywhere.
Or when a legendary Russian witch calls in a favor owed, demanding the unthinkable.
When danger threatens everyone around me, there’s only one man I can turn to—and he may not be what he seems.
BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McElmore
VS Note: Not sure there’s romance but sounds like an intriguing take on two fairy tales.
The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them.
THE IMPOSTER KING: BOOK 2 OF THE IMPOSTER SERIES by Wendy Rathbone
Dare and Prince Malory are happily married and in love, but the secret of Dare’s true identity as a mere servant threatens their romantic bliss.
Messages to the king of Brookfall go unanswered, and rumors of war unsettle both kingdoms. Until one day heralds arrive with bags of gold to ransom Dare and demand his return to Brookfall.
King Millard, Prince Malory’s father, orders Dare to make the journey to see his father. But Dare is not the true heir, and if they meet, the secret he and Mal have been guarding will be revealed. Also, impersonating a royal means a death penalty offense. Worse, it could mean all-out war between their countries.
BITTEN BY THE BEAST by Alexa Riley
Juliet Simon gets herself into all kinds of situations, but breaking into the scary mansion near her college campus has got to take the cake. When she finds more than she bargains for behind closed doors, will her fear take over, or will she fall for the beast?
Kane Viscardi is unlike other vampires. He’s spent most of his time hiding away and is alone in the world without a mate. Until one night when there’s an unexpected knock at the door. Suddenly something awakens inside of him for the first time in a century.
MISSION: HER RESCUE (TEAM 52) by Anna Hackett
VS note: Not scifi but I love all her books!
When archeologist January’s plane is shot down over the Guatemalan jungle, she knows she’s being hunted for the invaluable Mayan artifacts she’s carrying. Only one man and his team can save her…the covert, black ops Team 52, and the distrusting former CIA operative who drives her crazy…
Dr. January James has a motto: live life to the fullest. A terrible incident in her past, where she lost both her mother and her innocence, taught her that. Now she spends her days on archeological digs doing the work she loves. When her team uncovers a pair of dangerous artifacts in an overgrown temple, she knows they need to be secured and safeguarded. But someone else knows about the artifacts…and will kill to get them.
Working for the CIA, Seth Lynch learned the hard way that people lie and will always stab you in the back. He has the scars to prove it. He lives for his work with Team 52—ensuring pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. When he learns that the feisty, independent archeologist who works his last nerve has died in a plane crash, he makes it his mission to discover who the hell is responsible.
Deep in the jungle, Seth rescues a very-much alive January and it is up to him to keep both her and the artifacts safe. Hunted from every side, their attraction is explosive and fiery, but with January’s life on the line, Seth must fight his own demons in order to rescue the woman he can no longer resist.
Art by Nyssa Juneau, based on Author inputs.
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…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.