A note by the way – although I’m very sad that USA Today is closing the Happy Ever After blog at the end of December, I’ll still be writing for my own blog, including doing these New Releases reports, and also at Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog and the Love in Panels site. I LOVED writing for HEA and really appreciated their support for scifi romance. HEA will be sorely missed!
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).
WARLEADER (THE BORDERLANDS BOOK 1) by Susan Grant
VS Note: The author states this is “based on the retired title Moonstruck…”
Admiral Brit Bandar is the Coalition’s greatest starship commander. The outlaw known as the Scourge of the Borderlands taunted her in a galactic game of cat and mouse for years, but she never caught him. Now they’re supposed to make peace and serve together on the same starship? Not so easy to do when your sworn enemy turns out to be the hottest piece you’ve ever seen.
Warleader Finn Rorkken doesn’t care how many medals “Stone-Heart” Bandar has. He’s going to show her what it’s like to be pursued and caught by a master. Intergalactic peace is on the line, and if she wants his obedience, she’ll have to pay his price. Challenge accepted, Admiral.
ANGIE’S GLADIATOR (ICE HOME BOOK 5) by Ruby Dixon
As an a’ani warrior, my life matters little. Cloned from the same matter as thousands of others, I am but one of many. Here on the ice planet, though, I can start over. I can become my own person, have my own needs, my own wants.
I know what I want. I have known since the moment I arrived.
Her name is Angie. She is human, with sad, lonely eyes and a very pregnant belly. To her, I am not just another clone. I am Vordis, the one who laughs at her jokes, tends to her needs, and makes her smile. I will do anything to make her mine.
But my brother and fellow clone Thrand thinks the same way, and he’s just as determined to win her. Will I have to destroy my bond with my brother to win my female? Or will he cause a rift between us that’s impossible to mend?
TOPPER’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS: MY CRAZY ALIEN ROMANCE, BOOK 4 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by Donna McDonald
The holidays are happening in Magic but temperatures are still sweltering. Despite all Topper’s lectures to her young witch daughter about life in a desert climate, Jessica longs to celebrate the festive season like people in cooler climates do. The main thing on Jessica’s holiday wishlist is getting her witch mother and alien father to make her some snow. Conjuring cold is not a magical problem for Topper, or for Stark who’s an alien from an ice planet, but getting rid of the men in black who show up to investigate it will be.
Jessica’s insistent demands are already driving Topper crazy, but the arrival of Dr. Lena Verglas from the University of New Mexico makes things even worse. The human doctor of climate science wants to build a bio-dome and make it snow in the desert. Magic tolerating a bunch of human academics moving into town? That’s never happening as long as Topper can prevent it.
Thankfully, Sheriff Theo and Deputy Calyx—Magic’s dragon law keepers—are both in favor of running the human scientist off. Or at least they were until Deputy Calyx started sleeping with her. Dragons and their outrageous libidos are one more problem Topper doesn’t need this holiday season.
Could things get any worse? The arrival of six more naked aliens from Glacier makes the answer a definite yes. When she adds in dealing with a set of bad hyena shifter parents, entertaining a bunch of Greek dragons, and Stark wanting to have another baby—it’s all enough to send Topper right over the top.
As the witch in charge, she’s got to get a handle on the mounting chaos before it’s too late.
LAVENDER DREAMS (LIFE AFTER US BOOK 2) by Rebekah Dodson
On the run from invading forces, Vicki escapes into the woods with Ambrose. After his truck is stolen, she has to make a choice: accept her fiance, Will, is dead, or keep searching — possibly in vain. Can she learn to love Ambrose as she loved Will?
Khaki. That’s what everyone thinks of him, but Vicki knows the truth, and after that kiss, Ambrose yearns for more. He wants Vicki to forget about her fiance and accept the fact he is dead. They saw him being dragged off in handcuffs before the explosion!
But, what if he’s not dead?
What if he made it out alive?
When Vicki is kidnapped by terrorists, Ambrose fights to find the woman he loves. Yet their lavender dream promises of serenity may never come.
REAPER (THE CYBORG CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Kelsey Marie Price
When the Global Allegiance terminated all Cyborgs, rumors were rampant that they still existed, either hidden away with wealthy collectors or—even more scandalous—part of the Cyborg Rebellion.
Aria: I never intended to join the cyborg rebellion. In fact, cyborgs never crossed my mind until my best friend fell in love with one named Dash. Their love indirectly lead to me being kidnapped to be used as a bargaining chip. I’ve been rescued and now I’m free…kind of. During my time in captivity, I inadvertently became the mother to cyborg child and may have accidentally started to also have feelings for a certain cyborg. Not just any cyborg-The leader of the cyborg rebellion. Mr. Gray, Annoying and Wielding a battle axe bad to the bone cyborg. I’m not sure Reaper is the one but I can’t keep my hands or my heart from wanting him.
Reaper: I am the cyborg rebellion. I make sure that those in my care are safe and well taken care of, but neither of those things requires me to be nice. I’m a Military Model. I don’t do nice. Well, I didn’t until I saw her. Now I’m suffering from system wide malfunctions that includes wanting to give out hugs, and the random urge to hop up on tabletops and jump for joy. And it’s all because of one tiny blonde female. Aria has invaded my processors and hijacked my circuits. How can one female cause so much chaos? And how do I make her mine?
KIRAN THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE (RIGHTS OF THE STRONG BOOK 2) by Ellen Stellar
Not even the most reliable and strictly guarded palace of Eeristan could contain and repress Kiran: she outwitted the warriors and ran away. Although… leaving things as they are simply won’t be enough for her. She has endured and witnessed too much and now her father must pay! After all, revenge is a dish best served cold.
Her father, the great khassar of Aigor is looking for her throughout the planet. Meanwhile, Kiran is gathering up the strength to ruin his empire with the help of her mother. While she is plotting, the tall, blond, handsome warrior appears again. Now Kiran is torn apart between her sweet revenge and her even sweeter flame.
OF A DARKER VOID: ASTERION NOIR BOOK 2 by G S Jennsen
Nika Tescarav has lived many lives, though she no longer remembers most of them. Chased by agents of a regime that will do anything to protect the secrets of the Rasu Protocol, Nika flees to the stars with her once and future lover on a mission to expose those secrets. A race across alien worlds both exotic and deadly leads them to the bastion of the enemy, but its discovery brings a terrible revelation: sometimes the truth is indeed worse than the lies spun to conceal it.
With Nika and Dashiel on the run, NOIR steps up to defend against a virulent pathogen unleashed upon innocent civilians. When a desperate government moves to crush the resistance once and for all, unlikely alliances are forged between former adversaries and all paths converge in an explosive showdown that will change the future of the Asterion Dominion forever.
HAVEN by Jessica Marting
VS Note: From mid November.
One stupid decision leaves Cressida stranded on Haven, an uninhabited planet on the edge of nowhere.
But it isn’t totally empty.
And Lukas, the cyborg living there in secret, is fascinated with her and has no intention of letting her leave.
IMMERSION (A FALLEN EARTH NOVEL BOOK 2) by J J Lore
I’m barely surviving the world’s toughest hands-on training course, but at least my three instructors are kind. And increasingly attractive. We’re still in the same devastated city with voracious aliens waiting at every turn, but instead of checking houses, we’re now clearing entire factory buildings, and I’ve forgotten what it’s like to relax.
Everywhere I turn is danger, or one of the men sworn to protect me. They’ve become so important to me, I fear for their safety as much as my own, especially when the creatures we’re here to kill keep evolving, making everything we thought we knew obsolete. One thing I do know is that my extracurricular desires will put a strain on the bond we share if I act on them.
When we join other extermination units, my special skills provoke unwanted attention, and instill a suspicion that maybe I’m not as safe with my men as I’d hoped. It’s a difficult lesson to learn that some of my fellow fighters might be just as treacherous as the creatures we’re ordered to kill.
PHOENIX RISING by Chris Heinecke and Kate Reedwood
Axel, Ellie and the team are in a race against time to find Amasis, the mysterious home world of the aliens who gifted Stardrives to humanity a millennium past. Caree’s life is in danger and the Visitors may be the only ones who can save her. But little is known about the planet, as any who’ve ventured there have never returned. Pursued by bounty hunters and the ever-tightening net of the Galactic Core, the team risks everything to find the answers they need before it’s too late. But when Tobias goes missing and can’t be found, the team may already be out of time.
TALYN by Arcadia Shield
Talyn Dazan feels broken. His empath ability is too strong, so he lives his life blocking everything. Anger, rage, sadness, happiness. He can’t cope with the noise seeping from other people’s heads. But a plea from his sister sees him looking for love at My Single Alien. If he can find a single human female to tolerate being around, that will be enough.
Sinead Murphy’s a good time girl. She can drink anyone under the table and lives by the motto: I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time. Life is too short to worry. Her Momma taught her that. Beautiful, outgoing, and a commitment-phobe, she still loves a good old-fashioned romance, that’s why her job at My Single Alien is such fun. That is when she’s not nursing a hangover and hiding from the big boss, Diadora.
When the latest batch of hopeful single aliens arrive on Prodigy, Sinead’s on the case, fluttering her lashes and making sure they’re happy. Then Talyn stomps off his ship, and her charm fails her.
What should have been a simple case of matching lonely hearts goes wrong when Sinead’s signs up for much more than she bargained for with Talyn. And when Talyn almost loses his mind after a dangerous encounter with another empath, he faces a life or death situation.
WARRIOR AVENGED (ARCHANS OF AILAUT BOOK 3) by Danae Ash, Emma Alisyn, Sora Stargazer
Reclusive warrior Deshua demands vengeance for the murder of his Wolves, claiming possession of his enemy’s only daughter in recompense. He intends she pay for her father’s sins—no Archan’s daughter is innocent, after all.
The honor of her father’s Skyhall demands half-human Bethany accept an indefinite imprisonment in Deshua’s mountain tower—and whatever punishment he chooses to inflict. When she learns that her father’s hand in the death of Deshua’s ancient Wolves is tied to her research into a strange new drug devastating New Jericho, she and Deshua realize they may not be enemies after all.
As they fight an unexpected desire, they realize they may be much more. Deshua can choose love or vengeance. . .but not both.
SPACER’S CINDERELLA by Adria Rose
Born on an abandoned colony barely held together by sealant tape and hope, Aurora Sato is at the very bottom of the social pecking order. Hard work and brains got her into a coveted spot in the quadrant’s top university… But her new supervisor is a woman who’s not about to let an upstart like Aurora get anything close to a break.
And a break is exactly what Aurora needs right now. Her home colony is dying and nobody is in any rush to save it or her family. Aurora’s research project is their last hope, but only if she can complete it in time — an impossible task.
One night out is all she’ll allow herself. One night to forget her troubles. She never expects to meet a man who dazzles all her senses. Magnus Thorne is a battle-hardened, ruthless cyborg. Rich, respected and powerful, he’s too much for innocent Aurora. For one magical night he makes her feel like a princess, awakening a longing she doesn’t know how to quell.
But Aurora is in more danger than she realizes. And Magnus isn’t about to let her face it alone, no matter how hard she tries to shut him out.
He’s determined to break every rule to save her from ruin. But will she trust him enough to let him?
THE CLAN CHRONICLES: TALES FROM THE PLEXIS edited by Julie E Czerneda
VS Note: Not romance but sounded interesting. Always fun when an author allows others to ‘play’ in their world.
Welcome to one of the iconic settings of the Clan Chronicles: the infamous interstellar shopping extravaganza of the Trade Pact known as Plexis Supermarket! A market and meeting place, Plexis is where pirates rub shoulders with freighter crews, where the rich come to party and the out-of-luck chase that last opportunity, where anything can be bought or sold and only your airtag tells the truth. Most of the time.
Dock your starship, pay your parking fee, and enter. You’ll never know what you’ll find. Or who you’ll meet. Because here, for the first time, Julie E. Czerneda has opened the airlocks to her fellow scribes and lovers of all things Trade Pact to produce this anthology of remarkable, all-original stories.
Learn the beginnings (and kitchen secrets) of the famed Claws & Jaws: Interspecies Cuisine. Solve mysteries. Slip through service tunnels or shop with goldtags!
Want the truth about Turrneds? The Neblokans? How Terk met his partner? More of Raj Plexis and Bowman? The way to Ansel’s heart? Kurr di Sarc. Huido. Manouya. Those balloons.
Plexis awaits your pleasure.
FORBIDDEN PURSUITS (THE GALACTIC CAPTAINS BOOK 2) by Harry F Rey
When Daeron’s mother, Captain Sanya, is offered a risky but lucrative job, rescuing an experimental galinium scientist from Aldegar, the lost loves lurking in her past mean she must send Daeron away to the other end of the galaxy—to the father he’s never met on the Kyleri Empire’s capital, Jiwani.
On Jiwani, the heir to the galaxy’s most powerful empire, Prince Osvai, balances deference to rigid Kyleri customs with his desire to explore the forbidden secrets of the Royal Baths, and the dark pursuits no prince should have.
But when a mysterious stranger from the Outer Verge turns up to work with his ambitious Uncle Viscamon, Osvai’s temptations lead him into a web of intrigue that could change the Galactic Balance forever.
As Sanya, Daeron, and Osvai pursue their forbidden desires, they become entwined in a galactic power struggle stretching from the frozen tundra of Jansen to the searing memories of Captain Ales’s lost homeworld, Teva.
They’ll soon discover all love has consequence, and the more forbidden the desires, the more deadly the pursuits.
KAIN ENCOUNTERS (HER ALIEN COUTS BOOK 1) by E M Moore
When Lia woke up to her boring, trivial, unsophisticated life, she never dreamed she’d be visited by aliens…let alone three hot aliens.
After Lia’s parents died, she became the reluctant owner of a small-town motel with an even smaller guest list. For kicks, she watched TV and a lot of it. Her favorite shows included Supernatural and Shadowhunters, basically anything with swoony guys to make her heart melt.
So, when the Kains come, she thinks she’s right in her element. Until reality sets in that is.
Maybe there’s not something so sexy about a drop-dead gorgeous guy telling her he needs to take her back to his planet to save his alien race. Even less sexy than that is the sudden influx of men in black suits who want to hold her hostage, so she can tell them everything she knows about her new alien friends.
But as the lines blur between alien and human, Lia might just find herself in a not-so-fictional world she would do anything to protect.
THE LOST QUEEN (THE TRUE IMMORTALS SERIES BOOK 3) by E M Jaye
She was born to be a Queen, but raised in squalor…Eleanor Sette is struggling to find her place in the world now that she has been claimed by a warrior King. After a life of hardship and abuse, she must now learn to lead an army.
If she fails, more than just her life will be on the line. The entire galaxy will fall. She feels overwhelmed by the daunting tasks before. How can she be a Queen when all she feels is lost?
He was born to be her mate, but has lived without her….Danion Belator of Old, the High Warrior King is the strongest being known in the galaxy and yet he feels weak. His mate is struggling in her new life, unable to find purchase.
After yet another devastating turn of events, Eleanor’s life is threatened once more. He refuses to lose his mate, he will do whatever it takes to save her. Even win a war against an unbeatable enemy.
OF BLOOD AND BONE: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE BOOK 2 by Nora Roberts
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.
BALANCE OF POWER (GUARDIANS BOOK 5) by Damien Lenoit-Ledoux
VS Note: Superheroes, not sure there’s any romance.
As The Order’s decimated leadership cowers and licks its wounds after Blake’s brutal blitz against the Archimandrion Council and the successful capture of the Seavey Island facility by U.S. Marines, the maniacal Victor Kraze seizes control of the organization’s resources and strikes back at teenage superhero Quinn McAlester.
Dumbfounded by Victor’s sudden and zealous propensity for destruction and revenge, Quinn enlists the help of the enigmatic and reluctant tutor Ana Maria Garcia to stop the super villain from enacting his master plan of unleashing an army of sinister superhumans determined to to destroy anything that gets in his way.
Faced with growing odds, a sinister plan, unexpected loss, and no time to grieve the loss of his best friend, Quinn and his small team of dedicated individuals risk everything to protect the people they love and keep the world safe until they can restore balance to the awesome power Quinn wields.
WARRIORS CLAIM (THE SWIRL BOOK 2) by Michele Mills
Three Xylan Warriors. One female Cyborg…
Wyric, Zaxon and Bex.
Trish can’t stop staring at the three handsome warriors who’ve recently moved in next door. She’s supposed to be helping them upgrade their facility, but Trish can’t keep her eyes off of their perfect physiques. Loving the sound of their harsh voices and their fierce demands.
Wanting them. All three of them.
But these males are Xylan Triumvirates, non-identical brothers who share a special bond. And they’ve been deemed dangerous and removed from the Xylan mating database for a valid reason…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SAVED BY HER ALIEN MATES: A COSMIC BRIDES REVERSE HAREM by Harper Rosling
I’ve been on my own since I was twelve. I don’t need anyone. My choices haven’t always been the best. I did what I had to do to survive. When I see my no good ex kill an important politician, I come face to face with the worse decision I’ve ever made. Now, my life is in danger and running is my only choice.
So, I hit the road on the first flight out of Dallas in a spaceship for Cosmic Brides, a matchmaking service for alien races. When given two destination choices, I choose the warrior planet my friend Darcie insisted was the best choice for me. I never expected to find myself with not one, but six alien mates. What’s a girl to do when she finds a love she never she wanted in the arms of all that muscle?
APRIL IN ATLANTIS: A POSEIDON’S WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL by Alyssa Day
She’s Poseidon’s first and only female warrior…When April, Poseidon’s first-ever female warrior, meets Pine–“don’t call me a werewolf” — prince of the European wolf shifters, she saves his life and then gives him the finger, because the sound of his sexy Scottish accent when he said “I think I’m in love, lass” gave her shivers in places shivers had no right to be. She’s a warrior, not a werewolf groupie. But now she’s trapped between the werewolf who wants her and the werewolf who wants her dead.
He’s Europe’s werewolf prince…Pine wanted April the moment he saw her, just before she saved his life. Then he knew he must make her his. But the appearance of his long-lost and presumed-dead twin complicates Pine’s plans, and this time it’s April’s life at stake. Together, April and Pine are so much stronger than they are apart, but the heat between them may be enough to burn down the world.
THE DARKEST CAPTIVE (A LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD NOVELLA) by Gena Showalter
For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.
Then he met her.
Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.
Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?
A SHADOW OF CROWS (WILD HUNT BOOK 4) by Yasmine Galenorn
As autumn approaches and Ember approaches the Cruharach, a revelation rocks Herne’s world that threatens their relationship. In the middle of the chaos, the Wild Hunt is approached by Raven, one of the Ante-Fae. A bone-witch, Raven hires them to find her missing fiancé. The spirits have warned her that he’s in danger.
As the Wild Hunt follows a trail of blood and bones, it leads them into a labyrinth of grisly deaths extending far beyond Raven’s lost love. A serial killer is murdering humans and Fae alike, hoping to win favor with one of the gods. But as Ember and Herne draw close to solving the case, yet another bombshell drops. And this time, the fallout could lead to outright war between the Fae Courts and an ancient enemy.
QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS (DARK ARTIFICES BOOK 3) by Cassandra Clare
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
‘ROO AND THE ANGEL (FURRY UNITED COALITION BOOK 7) by Eve Langlais
…Jeb did something bad… He did, however, smuggle a test subject out of an experimental lab against orders.
In his defense, he saved an angel.
At least that is how Jeb sees Nevaeh with her shadow wings. She’s a maiden in need of rescue and a sweet girl—until you get on her bad side. Then things get really interesting—and violent. Which might be kind of why everyone is so interested in getting their paws on her. And don’t get him started on A.S.S. shaking its tail feathers, too.
Everyone wants a piece of his angel. Know what he says? Too bad. So sad. Because this stubborn ’roo has decided he wants her as his mate.
DRAGON TEAR (AGENTS OF THE CROWN BOOK 5) by Lindsay Buroker
Now that Jev is no longer obligated to marry a manipulative noblewoman, Zenia can finally pursue a relationship with him. But there’s something else she must deal with first. She’s learned that the magical dragon-tear gem she wears around her neck is linked to a living dragon, one that is being held prisoner and tortured.
Zenia owes her life several times over to the creature. She must set aside personal desires and lead a team to the distant and dangerous continent where the dragon is imprisoned.
But it took someone—or something—very powerful to capture such a great creature in the first place. Zenia, Jev, and their friends may not have the magic or might necessary to free their scaled ally. If they fail, the dragon will be enslaved forever by a cruel master, and Zenia and Jev may never see their homeland again.
COMET’S FATED MATE (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 8) by R E Butler
Quad shifter Vaughn didn’t know what it would be like to meet his fated mate, but he never expected a workaholic bar owner to be so immune to his charms. His beasts are going crazy now that he’s finally found Holly, but she’s not interested in anything he has to offer. He’ll have to figure out a way to get her to see him as more than a bartender and employee.
Holly isn’t interested in anything but keeping her bar from financial ruin. She knows her sister, Ivy, isn’t happy, but she can’t seem to dig herself out of the mess left behind when a contractor skipped town with all her savings. When Vaughn, the sexiest guy she’s ever met, wiggles his way into her life, she finds it hard to keep her distance. She doesn’t have time for romance, but his kissable lips are making it difficult to think of anything else.
Vaughn wants to share his shifting nature with her and make her his mate, but he has no idea how to scale the walls she’s erected around her heart. Vaughn needs a Christmas miracle to make Holly see the light. Too bad all the magic is up in North Pole City.
A MAGIC REDEMPTION (DEMON’S WITCH SERIES BOOK 5) by Tena Stelter
Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin.
When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.
Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.
UNDER THE MOONLIGHT (MOONLIGHT RIDGE BOOK 1) by Codi Gary
In the scenic mountain town of Moonlight Ridge, danger lurks within the dense forest…
When Greer Kimble has a deadly run in with a wolf in the woods, she doesn’t expect to come out of it alive. Let alone in the arms of handsome Xander Thorson. The undeniable pull she feels toward Xander is something she’s never experienced before. Fighting her attraction is the last thing on her mind, so why is he keeping her at a distance?
Xander knows getting close to Greer means putting her in the path of the dangerous sociopaths he’s been tracking. Five years ago, rogue shifters slaughtered his family, and now that he’s so close to getting his revenge, Greer is a complication he can’t have. No matter how much he wants her in his arms and heart.
But when people close to Greer begin disappearing, Xander has no choice but to tell her who he really is. Can Greer come terms with the fact she’s fallen in love with a shifter before all hell breaks loose?
JACK ADDISON VS NESSIE’S TENTACLES (JACK ADDISON VS A WHOLE WORLD OF HOT TROUBLE BOOK 2) by K A Merikan
VS Note: Part 2 of a serial, classified as M/M romantic erotica
Jack Addison is on his way to becoming a famous monster hunter, but luck had been against him at the Annual Nessie Hunt the previous year. Now, he’s back at Loch Ness to show everyone what he’s made of.
He’s got a lot to prove to Roux Chat-Bonnes, the snotty cat-like creature who saved his life last time, so Jack goes into the woods to hunt Nessie armed with a brand new detection device.
But the creature he finds is nothing like he expected. Where he thought he would slay a monster, he ends up learning a valuable lesson about opening his horizons to new lifeforms.
FATED REALMS (THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 5) by C R Jane
Eva is in search of her past. Every time she thinks she has it figured out, something comes up that changes everything. A daughter, a lover, a queen; each part of her story fluctuates like the wind. When a new secret of her past is revealed, will it alter everything she has come to know? And will she ever discover the connections to the men that now reside in a place inside her soul? Join Eva in her journey into the faded realms. Sometimes things are better off staying hidden.
SHADOW’S MOON: KYN CHRONICLES BOOK 3 by Jami Gray
VS Note: Author states this is a revised version.
A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.
It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans. The resulting carnage begins to fray the thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural Kyn community from public scrutiny. It also ensures there is no escape from the one man she’s determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.
As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn’t in Warrick Vidis’s vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander, refuses to abandon the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats, jeopardizes his normal steely control. Add in Xander’s continual reluctance to accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman’s love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf.
As the danger escalates, Warrick and Xander must learn to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything–their pack, their friends and each other.
THE SOMBER CALL (ARIANE TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Michelle Dare
The pack war was drawing closer, and Ariane found herself at a crossroad amid the chaos that was her life.
Which road should she follow? One gave her a chance at normalcy, while the other threw her deeper into turmoil.
She had new powers, a shifter for a boyfriend, and blood on her hands. There was also the lone wolf who had been cast out and sought solace with Ari as he fought to return home.
This wasn’t how she thought her life would play out. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made. And in the middle of it was Orion, wondering which road Ari would follow.
THE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan
VS Note: I read this last week and LOVED it. Reminds me a little of the best of the old Gothic romances, with a touch of a curse, a hint of ghosts, a whisper of voodoo, plus New Orleans, ballet and a sort of “beauty and the beast vibe”. I have to read more by her now!
New Orleans, a city of mystery and magic, of secrets and dreams, and a history drenched in both love and the deepest of heartache.
When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls, but to Clara’s great surprise, it is not a ghost she hears through the stone wall surrounding the property, but a flesh and blood man. A scarred stranger with a pain deeper and darker than the churning waters of the Mississippi river that flows beside his self-imposed prison.
The ruined man behind the wall hides himself from the world. The last thing he expects is to find a friend in the selfless girl who speaks to him through the cracks in the rock. The girl who keeps returning week after week. The girl who makes him wish for things he has long since given up on. The girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart. But there can be no future for them, no life beyond Windisle, for no one knows better than him that monsters only live in the dark.
THE LAST VAMPIRE BOOK ONE by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Wolf
Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of stuff when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.
Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.
So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.
But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not.
MINOTAUR’S CURSE (INTO THE DEAD FALL BOOK 3) by Susan Trombley
Lauren was haunted by nightmares of monsters as a child, but learned the hard way that the worst monsters look like everybody else.
While visiting her mother and stepfather during the holidays, she’s sent to search for her two younger brothers, who have a tendency to wander onto the land of their nearest neighbor—land that has been abandoned for a reason. When she stumbles across something unexpected, it changes her life forever, drawing her into a world beyond the boundaries of the civilization that has always sheltered her.
There, her courage will be tested, as the monsters she’s always feared when she was a child turn out to be real. When the Minotaur of myth helps her take down a manticore, she wonders if she isn’t still trapped in those childhood dreams. Except there’s nothing childish in her feelings for her bullheaded rescuer.
Asterius has just one chance to prove himself a worthy mate and win the love of the new female that has fallen into the Dead Fall, so she can break the curse upon him.
He knows it will be difficult to win her love, because she’s as beautiful and fierce as any goddess, and he fears she will never be able to see the man beneath the monster.
He will risk everything to protect her from the dangers of the Dead Fall, which seems determined to destroy all life within it.
RAIDEN: HOUSE OF STORMS (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 7) by Scarlett Grove
A Driven Scientist :For Flora Baptiste, nothing is more important than finding a vaccine against the vampires who kidnapped and changed her. She will stop at nothing until the problem is solved. While working at the House of Storms, she can’t be distracted by her attraction to her best friend, Raiden. She isn’t even his mate. He’s said so.
A Disgruntled Gamer: Raiden might love video games, but that doesn’t mean his captain approves. The roguish warrior is preparing for the war he knows will come, and the game keeps his senses keen and his reflexes honed. Along with hours in the gym, Raiden is pumped and ready for the inevitable onslaught. If only he could reconcile his attraction for is best friend. He wants nothing more than to kiss her, but his inner dragon hasn’t made a peep. If his dragon is silent, how can she be his?
Game, Set, Match: With humans going missing and mysterious murders happening in the streets, Raiden knows that his preparations were warranted. Flora works desperately to find the vaccine, but everything she does seems to fail. Will Flora find the missing ingredient before vampires drive the human race to madness? And can Raiden claim the love he desires without the help of his inner beast?
SUNSHINE IN THE DRAGON’S HEART by Jaime Samms
When Sunny retires to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, he’s hoping the change of scenery will afford him some peace and quiet.
His hopes are soon spectacularly dashed.
In self-imposed exile, dragon Emile runs across the Fold between his dimension and Sunny’s—and right into Sunny’s arms. Centuries out of touch with human culture, bright, beautiful Emile incinerates any hope Sunny had for an ordinary existence. With dryads and water sprites coming to life all around them, Sunny can’t deny the magic Emile brings to his life—or his heart. But that same magic leads the unrelenting dragon who would keep Emile captive right to them. To save his love, Sunny will have to reach deep and find some magic of his own.
ONE APOCALYPSE (THE DARK SIDE BOOK 4) by Kristy Cunning
The life goals have stacked up since I started this journey as a sad, lonely little ghost. I’m not sure how things escalated so quickly from trying to be seen and heard, to bearing the weight of the world on my vain little shoulders.
As a result, my goals have gotten a little more serious…
Goal #14: Learn to take a hit without breaking or suffering some type of death.
Goal #15: Decide once and for all if I’m going to save or destroy the world. I’m not sure why people put this sort of responsibility on hell-spawn like me.
Goal #16: Practice my evil laugh, because all hell-spawn need a good evil laugh.
Goal #17: Find and kill all the unicorns. Mwahahahahaha.
Goal #18: Live to enjoy forever with the guys I sacrificed all my memories to save.
Goal #19: No matter what, they don’t get to die. Or I really will be THE Apocalypse.
We’re the most screwed up collection of antiheroes the world has ever seen, because the only thing that makes me want to save the world is knowing I could lose my boys forever if I don’t. It’s one HELL of a love story, you know?
THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON’S MATE (CHRISTMAS VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant
All her life, curvy Dara Jenkins has dreamed of a White Christmas. But when she drives into the mountains for the holidays, what she finds instead is a snow storm that threatens to claim her life. To Dara’s amazement, she’s rescued by an ice dragon – who turns into a sexy, charismatic man who hasn’t left his snow castle in twenty years.
Henrik Drakeson is a dragon shifter who lost his parents long ago in a terrible accident. For most of his life, he has carried that burden with him, choosing loneliness over the happy visitors that once came to the family’s snow castle every winter. He’s promised himself he’d stay forever alone, so he’d never hurt anyone again – until his mate suddenly appears on his doorstep in a snow storm, bringing all the joy and cheerfulness of Christmas to his lonely home.
Can Dara heal the pain of his wounded heart? And can they uncover the truth about his past – and defend each other against the ruthless enemy behind the old tragedy?
FANGS, FUR AND FA LA LA: A PARANORMAL CHRISTMAS COLLECTION by Various Including Lisa Kessler and Valerie Twombly
VS note: No summary for the collection. Individual story summaries on ebook seller page. Great title!
ONE OF A KIND CHRISTMAS (A CHRISTMAS CAROL BOOK 4) by Lexi Post
To reach her heart, he must face a spirit, an angel…and himself.
The spirit of Cameron Douglas has totally screwed-up…again. Now, he has to fix his mess in one night with the help of his best friend and somehow encourage his widow to move on.
Holly Douglas is anguished that this is the last Christmas she’ll be visited by her late husband, Cameron. For three years he’s sent her the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and they’ve helped her cope with her loss. But now all that ends, and she doesn’t understand why her late husband must push her away.
Ethan Stewart has been in love with Holly since Cameron’s death, but she isolated herself from everyone, including him. Then something changed, and he was welcomed back as her friend. But he wants more— to love her openly, and most of all to make her happy again. Though he loved his best friend like a brother and will do anything for Holly, as he’s pulled into the spirit world, he discovers not all is as it seems. If he doesn’t figure it out soon, none of them will have a Merry Christmas…ever.
HUNTED BY SHADOWS (SHADOWBORN SERIES BOOK ONE) by Erin O’Kane
They say not to jump at shadows. That’s all well and good, but what if you are being hunted by one?
Trying to escape her past, Ari is working to atone for her actions and have a normal human life. The only problem with that? She isn’t human. Unlike most werewolves, she avoids as much contact with the supernatural world as possible, building a life for herself in the human world.
Until one day her past catches up with her, and she is forced to immerse herself in the supernatural world. Offered protection from the local wolf pack, she is forced to accept it, but nothing in the supernatural world comes for free.
For highly independent lone wolf Ari, this is her worst nightmare, especially as several Alpha males start vying for her affections. Ari will have to decide whether her independence is more important to her than her life.
SNOW’S SEVEN (ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE BOOK 1) by Piper Collins and Cassie Alexandra
A princess on the run from her wicked stepmother.
Seven dwarfs willing to risk everything to keep the raven-haired beauty safe.
A vain woman who sold her soul to be “the fairest of them all”, but failed to read the fine-print. A steamy reverse harem fantasy with dark humor, seven fearless heroes, and a princess who refuses to choose just one for her happily-ever-after.
THE MAGICIAN’S ANGEL (THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL BOOK 3) by Jordan L Hawk
VS Note: Sounded good!
Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.
Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family’s theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.
When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas.
The Christmas Angel series of holiday romances follow the travels of an angel ornament through the decades as she inspires (and sometimes nudges) lonely men to find their Happily Ever After.
SHAKE THE EARTH (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Elizabeth Briggs
It’s time for me to embrace my destiny as the next Black Dragon, the one who can control all five elements and bring balance to the realms.
I’ve bonded with two of my mates, Jasin and Auric, and now we continue our journey so I can become intimate with Slade and Reven. It’s a race against the Dragons we’re meant to overthrow, who will do anything to stop us from fulfilling our destiny.
We’re going to need allies if we want to defeat the Dragons, even if that means confronting the dark secrets of our pasts. But death and destruction follow us at every turn, and unlocking the hearts of my last two mates seems nearly impossible.
When all seems lost, will love be enough to save us?
DEATH KNELL (THE FOUNDLING SERIES) by Hailey Edwards
After her two worlds clashed apocalyptically, Luce Boudreau needed some time out. But Destiny had other ideas.When bodies begin washing ashore down the Mississippi River, Luce discovers they are part of a gruesome, lethal message. Her final sister, Death, is trying to break through.
Every sign is clear: the end is coming, but earth will be destroyed – quite literally – over Luce’s dead body, even if that means she’ll be battling her own nature. And her coterie will stand with her, though Cole keeps standing one step too goddamn far away. Her mysterious new partner, Adam Wu, on the other hand, seems determined to keep her close at all times. And the more Luce learns about the new world she’s part of, the deeper the secrets go. Who – if anyone – can she really trust?
As the final pieces of an ancient war come together, Luce’s chance to fight back comes sooner than she expected. Death can come at her . . . she’s eager to return the favour.
EVERBOUND (THE KINDRED BOOK 3) by Donna Grant
The power of Helena’s magic has made her a target for the Coven. She wanted no part in the war of the witches, but it’s out of her hands now. She has to make a stand – and she does that by helping the Hunters and their allies against their common enemy. And now, the witch who ripped Helena’s future apart is coming. Sybbyl’s vengeance is swift and terrible, pitting the two against each other. But Helena doesn’t have to fight the Coven alone. A seductive warlock offers his aid. Helena is hesitant to give her trust to him – because it’s more than her life on the line. It’s her heart as well.
As the most feared and respected warrior of the Varroki, Jarin is used to being on his own. But with the Coven’s quest to locate the bones of the First Witch escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to retain his solitary existence. When Jarin encounters Helena, he is helpless to resist her. She’s everything he didn’t know he wanted, and with her help, he’s convinced that maybe his people can finally defeat their foe. But there’s so much more at play than they know―ties in blood and sacrifice―and the loss that’s sure to follow may be greater than any of them can bear.
THE TARCZAL ALLIANCE by J Paulette Forshey
Logan Kincaid was trying to find the spy in his company when she walked in, – long blond hair, longer legs, and intelligent green eyes – damn, all his weaknesses rolled into one. He’d lived for 445 yrs. believing the Blood Witches and T’yhiéls of his vampiric childhood were nothing but myths until one walked into his life and all hell broke loose.
Allyson Weston needed a scholarship to continue her career, and she wanted her abusive ex out of her life. Allyson got both and more when she found out the benefactor of the scholarship’s bite was worse than his bark and her ex was found dead in her driveway.
DRAGON XMAS MIRACLE by Maia Starr
Amelia is determined to get away from the horrible wolf shifter that duped her, captured her, and impregnated her with its spawn. But it isn’t so easy once she is on the road and driving for her life. Luckily, a sexy man that makes her blush and fill with heat finds her and brings her back to his hut on a mysterious island she has never even seen before.
Kellan is the leader of a pack of dragon shifters and is fighting against his nature trying to come out an take over since he has yet to find a mate. When he saves the beautiful and enchanting Amelia, his body, heart, and mind get lost in a sea of lust and longing. But his need to protect her comes at a price of keeping her away from the dangers of his own people while trying to figure out how to tell her what he is. Will their secrets bring them together or rip them apart?
DASHER CLAWS (THE 12 MATES OF CHRISTMAS BOOK 1) by Sable Sylvan
Marathon runner Sean Jackson’s been running all his life — away from his responsibilities, away from the title of Clan Alpha, and away from Fate. Fate’s caught up to this werebear, and so has Santa Claus, because Sean’s furry butt ended up…on The Naughty List. Will Sean claim his curvy mate by Christmas, or lose his shift forever?
OWNED BY FATE (THE DRAGON SOUL SERIES BOOK 5) by Sean Michael
Dr. Mike Beteferoce turned his back on magic long ago. His heart broke and his desire for a soul mate disappeared. When he sees his family crest branded above Corryn’s heart, his first instinct is to flee. The last thing he wants now is a Fae interfering in his life—especially one who has already rejected him.
But fate has other plans.
Corryn knows Mike is his soul mate, has known since the sigil was branded on his skin centuries ago. Long before Mike came to him as a studly young dragon just entering his prime. It was far too early for them to be together then, but now their time has come.
But despite their draw to each other, Corryn doesn’t believe Mike can accept him for who—and what—he is. Mike must breathe life into their bond—loving Corryn as both soul mate and Fae—if they are to fulfill their destiny.
DAMON (RALEIGH TEXAS WOLVES BOOK 1) by Teagan Wilde
Damon came into my life when I needed him the most. I’d never imagined my mate would be the Alpha of the most notorious pack around.
He became my everything, but little did I know my future with him was in danger.
Things were not what they seemed…
Damon: When I allowed a new member to join my pack, I never imagined that she would become mine. Farren was not what I’d expected, and yet she was everything I needed.
Someone was out to hurt her, but they didn’t expect me and my pack to be standing in front of her, protecting her.
Let the hunt begin.
OUTCAST (HUNTER: A THIEVES SERIES BOOK 4) by Lexi Blake
It’s been months since Trent Wilcox was sentenced to exile, but Kelsey hasn’t given up on finding a way to bring him home. Grayson Sloane doesn’t share her enthusiasm. Loving two men is challenging enough without them being at each other’s throats, and she is unwilling to compromise on the future she knows is meant for them.
Kelsey’s only hope for bringing them all together comes in the form of the Hell lord who insisted on Trent’s exile – Gray’s father. Lord Sloane is willing to acquiesce on Trent’s punishment if Kelsey will do one little job for him. A stray wolf is on a killing spree in Wyoming and he’s killed a number of witches in Lord Sloane’s service. The situation is made all the more complicated by the presence of a sinister werewolf cult in the area. Lupus Solum is known for being cruel to their own kind, and even worse to outsiders.
Caught between a craven wolf cult, a brutal killer, a Hell lord, and a mounting pile of bodies, Kelsey is going to have her work cut out for her. But if she can solve the case, she might have a chance to earn her happily ever after.
CURSED DARKNESS (ANGELS OF FATE BOOK 2) by C S Wilde
Liam Striker has been through a lot in his life, but nothing quite like this. As he adapts to his new reality, he joins a mission to find out who’s behind the attacks on the In-Betweens.
Meanwhile, Ava tries to kill the evil that rots the Order from inside. But it’s not as easy as she’d hoped, especially when she must work so closely to Ezra, the angel she used to love for an entire century.
FALL OF DRAGONS (SERA’S CURSE BOOK 3) by Clara Hartley
With the new monarchy, people have no choice but to listen to our demands. We’d continue the rest of our days like this if I had my way.
But the goddess shall descend and take me soon. What we have can’t last. The princes and I are trying everything to find an alternative, all while managing the hot temperaments of our dragon people.
Will we prevent another famine?
Can we stop the goddess from stealing my body?
And will Frederick finally learn how to stop using his horrible vegetable jokes?
A GUARDIAN REVEALED (GUARDIANS OF LIGHT BOOK 3) by Renee Wildes
Years ago, the pull of the full moon and a powerful curiosity drew Finora into a human fisherman’s bed—a man who stole her selkie skin and took its location to his grave. For seven years, trapped on land, she has searched fruitlessly. Hope fading with every passing year.
Tasked with finding and returning dragons to his mountain homeland in the east, Trystan follows a slim lead westward across an unfamiliar sea. When pirates attack his ship, leaving him with injuries too severe for his werewolf to heal, he comes face to face with the most unexpected of rescuers—Finora, her two, half-human children, and the biggest damned dog he’s ever seen.
Tristan and Finora’s attraction is instant, undeniable, and hopeless. Finora is pulled to the sea, Tristan is tied to the land. But Finora can help him complete his mission, and share one night of searing, heartbreaking passion. And memories only the deepest of betrayals could shatter.
CYCLONE: A PARANORMAL ROMANCE (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 7) by Jasmine Wylder
She is beautiful.
Her full lips.
Her lush curves.
I didn’t count on her getting under my skin!
But she’s untouchable.
She is my best friend and a badass shifter wolf at the Brotherhood.
As my supervisor I have to play by her rules…for now.
She is the missing element that will make me whole.
It was either complete the ritual or die.
And now I’m finally complete…
Ready to prove myself as a worthy member of the Brotherhood.
Ready to fight against these cold bloodsuckers.
Ready to take what’s destined to be mine.
This war is going to leave many dead,
and I swear it won’t be Frieda.
Will we survive or will this war destroy us all?
VAMPIRE KING’S MATE (FATE POF IMPERIUM BOOK 2) by C A Worley
For five long years, Viktor, The Heartless King of Prajna, has ignored the cicatrice on his palm. The birthmark, which awakens only when a vampire’s fated mate is soon to cross his path, is a complication he does not need. A chance encounter with his true mate unexpectedly rocks him to the core. Unwilling to deny the pull of her soul to his, he bonds with the female, believing he can handle the one major obstacle standing in his way of happiness.
When Eden’s betrothal to the Wolf King of the North falls through, she rejoices. For the first time in her life, she believes her fate is her own. She later finds out how very wrong she was, and runs headfirst into the arms of a vampire. Soon, nefarious forces work against the pair. While Viktor tries to protect his mate, Eden learns the consequences of falling for a king who has no heart.
THE HEART OF THE FALCON: THE GUARDIAN MAIDENS BOOK 3 by Marilyn Foxworthy
VS Note: The cover was tasteful but a little too risque for this blog.
My name is Ronin. This is the third book of my life as an Adventurer Monk. So far, I’ve made a name for myself locally and established a house with wonderful mates. Today, the 311-year-old Elf-Woman, The White Falcon, appeared and says that she will join us. She was a surprise. 311 looks good on a strong-blooded Elf. This should be an adventure in itself.
The Kobold Cave is empty…of Kobolds. I expect even more dangerous creatures are waiting for us deeper in. I intend to take my beautiful, highly sexual spouses, and explore it. At least four of us, and possibly five now, are Adventurers. Brenda and Alice will stay home. I know that the real Adventure will be learning to live as one, learning what love is for us, and healing each other as we grow…(MUCH more blurb and detail on ebook seller page…)
FALLEN ANGEL (HER ANGEL: BOUND WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 2) by Felicity Heaton
Cast out of Heaven for a crime he didn’t commit, Lukas has spent three years searching for a way to prove his innocence and slowly falling for a beautiful mortal female. When things take a turn for the worse, he seeks solace in the bottom of a bottle and ends up finding it in Annelie’s arms. But one moment of Heaven becomes one of sheer Hell when his wings make an unexpected appearance. Now, he’s in danger of losing not only his duty, but the woman he loves.
Annelie fell for Lukas the moment he walked into her bar and she fell hard. The tall, sensual blond sets her heart on fire with his otherworldly green eyes and wicked smile, so when one kiss leads to something more, seizing her chance and Lukas with both hands seems like a great idea… until morning rolls around and she discovers he’s not the man she thought he was—he’s an angel.
Lukas will stop at nothing to prove both his innocence and his love for Annelie, but when he discovers who framed him and she ends up caught in the crossfire, will he be strong enough to protect her? And can Annelie vanquish her doubts and fears to claim the heart of her fallen angel?
SUMMERFIELD’S ANGEL (THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL BOOK 2) by Kim Fielding
After the hard winter of 1888 ended Alby Boyle’s work as a Nebraska ranch hand, he returned to New York City in search of his long-lost family. His mother and brothers are nowhere to be found, however, and after Alby’s years of absence, Five Corners no longer feels like home. His prospects seem as dim as the nighttime alleys.
When Alby pauses to admire an angel ornament in a department store window’s Christmas display, he meets Xeno Varnham-Summerfield. Wealthy, handsome, and enthusiastic, Xeno brings Alby some temporary cheer. But for Alby to achieve his dreams of love and a real home, well, that may take a bit of holiday magic.
THE STARS AFIRE: AN ELEMENTAL MYSTERIES ANTHOLOGY by Elizabeth Hunter
A new anthology of short fiction featuring your favorite characters from the Elemental Mysteries.
In Lost Letters and Christmas Lights, Christmas in Rome wasn’t quite what Giovanni and Beatrice had in mind, until a set of misplaced letters leads them back to their library in the heart of Italy. Serafina Rossi hadn’t expected vampires for Christmas, but the thought of meeting the cantankerous and intriguing ally of her employers was more than she could resist.
Giovanni Vecchio has a headache, and Richard Montegu is it. In Finding Richard, Giovanni and Beatrice head east to New York City in order to take care of a little problem who’s been spotted off-off-Broadway.
Giovanni and Beatrice return to Italy in Desires of the Heart. With their nephew growing older every year, Giovanni and Beatrice travel to Rome for the holidays, this time with a new vision for their future and the future of their family.
WORRY BEADS: THE BIG UNEASY 4 by Pauline Baird Jones
VS Note: I don’t usually talk about other genres and this is romantic suspense/mystery but Pauline writes really good scifi romance too! (And is my partner on the Pets In Space anthologies.)
Laura Baker has seen a lot during her job as a New Orleans EMT. She has responded to just about every type of emergency known to man. An unexpected act of kindness during one call puts her on the news—and her life and heart at risk.
Archie Gunn receives an unexpected tip sends him to the beautiful and mysterious city of New Orleans. His trip opens up more than he expects –and a bayou full of danger. There is a lot going on in New Orleans and it isn’t all good times and Mardi Gras.
Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, side by side with the humans they love…battling for freedom from the alien scientists who created them and kidnapped the humans for experimentation…
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.