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).
AURIC (CRASHLAND COLONY ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Leslie Chase
VS Note: I LOVED this book.
Tamara expected the trip to Arcadia Colony to be safe and boring. And it is — until an impossibly hot alien warrior crashes into the ship, bringing a warning that only Tamara believes. Helping the rugged alien means mutiny… but the threat he’s warning about is worse.Auric turned his back on the Silver Band when they abandoned honor in favor of piracy. Drawn by the riches of the colony ship, the Band are on their way — and once they arrive, the humans are doomed. Now that he’s met Tamara, Auric knows he can’t let anything happen to her. She’s the woman fate has chosen for him, the woman he would give his life to save.When the humans and their alien attackers are stranded on a forbidden planet, Auric and Tamara are flung together on a journey to find other survivors. Will fate be enough to keep Auric and Tamara together? Or will the dangers of the planet tear them apart?
DRAGON’S SECRET (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 14) by Miranda Martin
This isn’t how I saw my life going. It’s not what was supposed to happen and damn it, I want to live my dreams!
Every day it becomes clearer that I’m going to be the Mary Poppins of Tajss. I do love helping with all my friends’ half-Zmaj, half-human babies but it also fuels the empty ache of wanting one of my own to hold and raise.
None of the human men that survived hold my interest and there aren’t any of the Adonis-like, seven foot winged and scaled alien dragons unspoken for, leaving me destined for a life without that heart-stopping, throat-clenching, breath-taking love that I desire.
Then he shows up. Strange, mysterious, and so damn big and sexy. An unknown Zmaj.
The golden-eyed dragon warrior is not welcomed with open arms but my heart knows what it wants and he’s it. Now I have to figure out how to make it work without losing all my friends along the way.
CONSTELLATION XXI by Ed Hoornaert
VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets Ed has been sharing. This is on my TBR List.
Although Sienna Dukelsky had been the most promising student pilot at Keening AstroSpace Academy, she inexplicably settles for a routine, unglamorous job guiding incoming spaceships to safe berths at Farflung Space Station. Rumors, never verified, blamed her surprising decision on a boyfriend who got expelled from Keening.
Crispin Hunt, fleeing enemy forces, is greeted by a tugship captained by Sienna, his former girlfriend. Love rekindles—until an old betrayal boils up. Her ship loses power while aimed dead on at the space station, forcing Sienna to confront the terrifying truth about Crispin and his cargo…and her routine job suddenly becomes the most important in the entire galaxy.
TCHAIKOVSKY: STARGAZER ALIEN BRIDES BOOK by Tasha Black
VS note: I’ve been enjoying this new series! On my TBR List.
Angel signed up with the Space Cadets to join her twin brother after he left to explore new frontiers. Instead, her stasis pod was lost in space. Now, hundreds of years later, Angel has been rescued, but all her hopes and dreams are dead. Becoming a space pirate seems as good a way to fill her time as any other. She certainly isn’t going to put her heart on the line again. But when she meets a sexy yet complicated alien security officer on her very first mission, her priorities start to get confused.
Peter has always been the strongest of his brothers. But being captured and forced to serve on the pleasure ships against his will until his brothers broke him out has changed him. The enormous alien is confident on the outside, but broken inside. He never expects to share a physical connection with another being. But impossibly, the human scavenger aboard his vessel awakens both his lust and his most violent protective instincts. Angel is destined to be his blood mate, if Peter dares to bring her into his bed and his heart.
When the unlikely mates discover a pod onboard with a baby who just might be the clone of the famous classical composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the two must finally face the music.
Can these broken travelers make each other whole again? Or will their escape from the abandoned cruiser be their swan song?
NERO BLOOD (THE NERO RISING SAGA BOOK 4) by Keary Taylor
Dominion’s strong hold, the planet Isroth, is crawling with soldiers, and worse—the Kinduri. Nova knew her mission was impossible, but hiding the truth of what she really is may be the most critical thing she’s ever done.
Presented to Cyrillius as the fugitive he’s been chasing for lunars, the last thing Nova expected was to be complimented and revered by the man, praised for her work. The destroyer of planets has offered her a job, and it’s one Nova can’t refuse.
She came to Isroth with a goal: kill Cyrillius. But something is wrong. She just…can’t. Something is stopping her. Maybe she judged Valen for not being able to leave Cyrillius too harshly. Maybe he truly just can’t.
Time is ticking. Because the longer it takes her to figure their freedom out, the more sense Cyrillius and Dominion is starting to make.
PINE, ALIVE (FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 1) by A W Cross
Pine never wanted to be a real girl.
But when the sentient androids of Foxwept Province are emancipated, she finds herself with little choice. Sent from her beloved Ghostlight Sea to the human city of Portfade, Pine must find herself a new place in a world that doesn’t respect the humanity it gave her.
Ex-soldier James Cruicéad isn’t thrilled about her liberation either. He’s had his own experiences with synadroids, and none of them good. They’re dangerous and unpredictable, and the one newly acquired by his mentor is no exception, no matter how naïve–and fascinating–she may seem.
But when James is tasked with watching over Pine, the pair are forced to confront some harsh truths–not only about the feelings they have for each other, but about the new era they both live in.
When the time comes to sink or swim, will they drown? Or will they be able to cross the ocean that divides them and discover what it really means to be alive?
THE FIGHTER (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 9) by Elin Peer
Raven is a force of nature who won’t take no for an answer. She uses her humor and feistiness to blaze through every obstacle, and right now the biggest one is her rigid boss Leo Da Vinci.
Leo wants her to stay safe in an office categorizing unsolved cases, but Raven is longing for action. That’s why when one case turns out to be the unsolved murder case of Dina, the ruler’s sister who died when she was fifteen, Raven sets out to solve the mystery and bring the murderer to justice. Little does she know that coming face to face with the troubled past of the Northlands might set off an unwanted avalanche of events and endanger the lives of herself and the people she loves.
TAKEN BY THE DRAGON LORDS (DRAGON SHIFTERS OF KIYRIA BOOK 3) by Lexa Lumos
Brea Duncan is sick and tired of men who treat her like dirt. So when a mysterious man with glowing gold eyes saves her from getting beat up by an ex-boyfriend, she’s willing to overlook the fact he abducts her and carries her off to the stars. Sort of.
Turns out her abductor is a dragon shifter from Kiyria and he and his brothers want her as their mate. Unfortunately, she’s been burned too many times and is hesitant about risking her heart, even with three such amazing men. It isn’t until their lives are in danger that Brea not only finds the strength within herself, but her love for her three men.
LOST HOPE (SHIFTING ALLIANCES BOOK 5) by Severine Wolfe
Nan’s entire life had been stolen from her before she’d been abducted and given away to pay a debt. All she wanted to do was give up and die and join her dead husband in whatever afterlife there was. Frustrated at not being allowed to go back to what little bit of life she had left on Earth, she grabs on to the chance to learn about new engines and propulsion systems. When she’d invited to visit a new ship with brand new engines, she feels life inside her for the first time she can remember.
Miko left Selu as a young man to attend The Academy and become and engineer on the best ships with the best engines The Accord has to offer. He’s given up finding someone he wants to spend his life with until a woman walks into his engine room and he feels the mate bond his people had abjured centuries ago.
The two of them discover each other and sabotage out on The Rim and find another piece of the puzzle into the faction that is trying to tear The Accord apart. Things turn especially dangerous when their ship is stranded far from a jump gate and dozens of saboteurs on board. They must discover how and why The Graxxus has been targeted and the discovery puts them into a race to beat the forces determined to rob them of the happiness they have found.
THE FORGOTTEN COMMANDER (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 1) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard
Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying.
A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell.
My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak.
Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford.
The most we can hope for is survival.
We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.
Five females—a chance at a future.
Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
They’re ours now.
Asleep and made ready for breeding.
We won’t die out—lost and forgotten.
It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.
I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander.
My people will have the future they deserve.
I’ll make sure of it.
My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.
TERMINAL UPRISING (JANITORS OF THE APOCALYPSE BOOK 2) by Jim C Hines
VS Note: Not a romance but a book of note this week.
The Krakau came to Earth in the year 2104. By 2105, humanity had been reduced to shambling, feral monsters. In the Krakau’s defense, it was an accident, and a century later, they did come back and try to fix us. Sort of.
It’s been four months since Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos learned the truth of that accident. Four months since she and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists stole the EMCS Pufferfish and stopped a bioterrorism attack against the Krakau homeworld. Four months since she set out to find proof of what really happened on Earth all those years ago.
Between trying to protect their secrets and fighting the xenocidal Prodryans, who’ve been escalating their war against everyone who isn’t Prodryan, the Krakau have their tentacles full.
Mops’ mission changes when she learns of a secret Krakau laboratory on Earth. A small group under command of Fleet Admiral Belle-Bonne Sage is working to create a new weapon, one that could bring victory over the Prodryans … or drown the galaxy in chaos.
To discover the truth, Mops and her rogue cleaning crew will have to do the one thing she fears most: return to Earth, a world overrun by feral apes, wild dogs, savage humans, and worse. (After all, the planet hasn’t been cleaned in a century and a half!) What Mops finds in the filthy ruins of humanity could change everything, assuming she survives long enough to share it.
Perhaps humanity isn’t as dead as the galaxy thought.
COSMIC CAPTOR (DRAGON SCALES BOOK 1) by Stella Cassy
CARISSA – I’ve never known Earth. Or freedom. Both were taken from me when I was too young to remember.
But I know exactly what the latest alien scumbags to buy me have in mind, the moment I hear the word “fertile.”
Desperation’s the mother of invention, and one easily seduced guard later, I’m escaping to finally live on my own terms. To find my mom, my one connection to a planet I’ll probably never see. The only person who’s ever given a damn about me.
It’s all that keeps me going. The source of every last drop of energy I eke out of this miserable existence, when I have so many reasons to just give up and fade away.
Like my crap luck. Reason infinity why I should just pop out the airlock of my stolen ship and say “Sayonara universe, PS you suck.”
My first escape attempt that’s ever resulted in an actual escape, and I run smack into one of the most infamous dragon shapeshifters in the galaxy. ..(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller page…)
A FALL IN AUTUMN by Michael G Williams
VS Note: From January
It’s 9172, YE (Year of the Empire), and the future has forgotten its past.
Soaring miles over the Earth, Autumn, the sole surviving flying city, is filled to the brim with the manifold forms of humankind: from Human Plus “floor models” to the oppressed and disfranchised underclasses doing their dirty work and every imaginable variation between.
Valerius Bakhoum is a washed-up private eye and street hustler scraping by in Autumn. Late on his rent, fetishized and reviled for his imperfect genetics, stuck in the quicksand of his own heritage, Valerius is trying desperately to wrap up his too-short life when a mythical relic of humanity’s fog-shrouded past walks in and hires him to do one last job. What starts out as Valerius just taking a stranger’s money quickly turns into the biggest and most dangerous mystery he’s ever tried to crack – and Valerius is running out of time to solve it.
Now Autumn’s abandoned history – and the monsters and heroes that adorn it – are emerging from the shadows to threaten the few remaining things Valerius holds dear. Can the burned-out detective navigate the labyrinth of lies and maze of blind faith around him to save the City of Autumn from its greatest myth and deadliest threat as he navigates his feelings for his newest client, the handsome golem Alejandro?
ASCENSION SAGA: 9 by Grace Goodwin
Destiny is doing everything she can to find her mother and stop the evil traitors from taking over her planet. But explosions, murder plots and chaos are just the beginning. And now she has more on the line than ever before.
Now, she’s in love.
And Nix isn’t the sit-by-and-watch kind of guy. He’s right there next to her, risking everything.
Every time they get close, their enemy slips through their fingers like a thousand grains of sand. The hunt is on. The end is near. And if Nix dies protecting her, she’ll never forgive herself.
NO LOOKING BACK (A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE LOVE STORY BOOK 7) by Kate L Mary
Landon and I parted ways five years ago, ending an eight year relationship that I’d thought would last forever. Then the virus came and everything disappeared, along with my hope of ever being reunited with the man I never stopped loving.
When he showed up at our settlement eight months after the world ended, I felt like I’d been handed a second chance. But my joy was short-lived when a simple decision I’d made months earlier came back to haunt me. Now everything I’ve worked to build was being threatened, including the life of the only man I’ve ever loved.
Thankfully, I’ve never been one to give up without a fight.
BARBARIAN’S VALENTINE: A SLICE OF LIFE NOVELLA (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 19) by Ruby Dixon
Maddie’s mate is returning soon, and she wants to make his homecoming a special one. Pregnant Josie wants to seduce her mate all over again. The solution for both of them? A Valentine’s Day celebration, ice planet style. There’ll be kisses, scanty outfits, and a pair of reunions you won’t forget.
FEARLESS (INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL UNIT BOOK 2) by Kelly Goode
The aliens didn’t invade Earth as depicted in the movies – they were smarter than that.
Doctor Helen Peters is a woman of science and medicine, and it’s not until she’s kidnapped by an alien that she discovers the truth about the creatures that have been living undetected on Earth for centuries.
Viktor was a prince on his home planet, and since crash-landing on Earth, has dedicated his life to protecting his colony’s secrets. He hates humans. Except a certain red-headed doctor has caused him to question everything he knew about inter-species relationships. He stole her away from her people, but she may steal something of her own in return – his heart.
WARRIORS OF MARI-UE: THE RESISTANCE by Astra Lynne
Several Millennia ago, explorers from Mari-Ur interrupted the evolution of the Earth. Now the Earth is dying and the only way to save it is to take every man, woman, and child off of the planet for 300 years. For most, this means going into cryostasis, but for some, this is not a possibility. For them, they will begin a new settlement on Mari-Ur. Chosen to be among the settlement’s leaders, Dr. Julia Baxter-Brynn volunteers to be the first human to exit the ship, and unknowingly walk right into an ambush from Mari-Ur’s greatest enemy.
Facing certain death, Julia has no choice but to trust the Mari-Ursian, Susuda when he rescues her and takes her deep into the wilderness of the strange new planet. Susuda, who has overcome his low birth to rise among the ranks of the elite Warriors, risks exile and death to save the human female who has haunted his dreams and is fated to be his. Together, they and the other survivors will launch the Resistance in the hopes of saving both their planets.
THE VADOROK (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 1) by SJ Sanders
Sara – First contact changed things on Earth. It opened possibilities that were never before possible. In what started as a trip to participate in an cooperative study, Sara found herself a test subject for breeding compatibility by a species known as the Agraak. Determined that she would not submit to be bred and relocated to serve as a breeder for the rest of her life, she escaped into the wilds of a hostile subarctic planet. Not knowing who to trust, and almost dying on the ice flows, she is rescued by a male larger than life whom her body craves.
Vidok – A warrior-priest of the VaDorok, Vidok had long given up hope of finding his ulukska, his mate. When he finds a tiny female offworlder on the ice flows of the far northern territory who brings forth his mating heat, his life changes. To keep her, he not only has to help her save her companions, but must also risk their love facing repercussions among his tribe and the Intergalactic Council.
TAKEN (STAR BREED BOOK 7) by Elin Wyn
Lorcan and his surviving brothers battled to secure their place in the Empire. They’ve found a place of their own. A home to protect. People to care for.
When a new mission leads away from Orem station, Lorcan volunteers for the job. Anything to keep their new home safe.
His only regret?
Leaving behind the beautiful jeweler who caught his eye with her clever fingers and flashing smile. He’s resigned to seeing her only in his dreams until he returns.
But his dreams turn to nightmares when he finds her in a den of torment . Torn between duty and desire, can he find a way to save her without abandoning the mission?
Cintha Rosek carved a quiet life for herself. Clients who respect her skill. A safe home and a few friends.
All she dared hope for.
But the mysterious disappearance of her brother casts a long shadow. When her young niece begins to ask questions in dangerous places, Cintha will have to put aside her tools and investigate the darkest corners of the Empire’s Fringe.
A giant mercenary could be her salvation, but like everything else around her, he’s not what he seems.
When reality itself bends around them, truth and lies blur, until nothing becomes more certain than his heated touch.
THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by Charlie Jane Anders
VS note: Not romance but a book of note this week.
January is a dying planet–divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk.
But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.
Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.
But fate has other plans–and Sophie’s ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL: A NOVEL by Kate Mascarenhas
VS note: And another non romance but novel of note!
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.
Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
XISTROSIE’S LAW (RAVEN WARS) byK B Wheelock
All she wants is for her ship to be her own. Or at least that is what she tells herself…
Akyra Ronzi, space pilot, flies solo by choice. Traveling the stars with her onboard Artificial Intelligence, Tiri, she always stays one step ahead of her past.
Until one day when five hunky men become her responsibility, and everything changes.Having no idea what life off the glittering planet of Xistrosie is like, the men must fight alongside Akyra against a powerful government and vengeful memories that chase them.
The discovery of a secret organization, existing only in shadows and whose purpose is unknown, complicates matters as Akyra and her new family learn to navigate this unfamiliar universe.Xistrosie has one rule: save a life, be owed a debt, but take a life and the debt is yours to pay.
NEVER TAMED (CHOSEN NARRATIVES BOOK 2) by Sabrina Kade
Having abandoned her former owner, Hollis reluctantly agrees to live in Chimase’s building. But to protect her fragile heart, she maintains a polite distance from the Sidyth. And when Hollis is confronted by Vydeka, a Sidyth female who claims Chimase as her own, she’s convinced her formal demeanor was the right move—even if it doesn’t keep her heart from breaking now.
With nowhere left to turn, Hollis sets out to find her owner. At least with him, she knows her heart is safe.
Chimase, however, has no intention of taking Vydeka as his mate—or of allowing Hollis to return to her old life. Even if it means tracking her to the coldest, least hospitable part of the country, he will convince her that he chooses her above all others. But first he’ll have to show her that if she opens up to him, she won’t be putting her heart at risk again.
THE RION (SCIONS OF ANY BOOK 2) by Bridget Breslin
She went from lost in space to being sold at auction to an Anuian Prince.
The Prime Triad had been searching for five hundred years for the female who would be their mate and, if the One God was willing, she would become the Arianu, the demi-goddess of Anu. It is foretold that when the Arianu is born, she will bring love, happiness, life, and joy. She will heal their planet and bear many children—female children.
Who would have guessed that she was the female they were looking for?
When she arrived on Anu, she discovered that all Anuian males are born as triplets. The King, or Ri, of the planet Anu, along with his two brothers, make up the Prime Triad that governs their planet as well as all others in this galaxy. Not only are they large and in charge, but they are gorgeous males! She also found out that they must mate together in order to procreate …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
HUNTING PURITY (THE HUNTING SERIES BOOK 2) by Tracy Lauren
Stolen from her world, Purity can hardly fathom what’s going on around her. Released from a cage, face-to-face with apparent monsters… This has to be some kind of sick fraternity prank, because surely, she hasn’t been abducted by aliens. But when a scaled beast rescues her from certain death, regardless of appearances, she knows she’s found her hero.
Champion gladiator, He’Rokvska Naa, spent years fighting his way to freedom. Now, at the cusp of his career as a master, he’s offered an opportunity to stoke the fires of his fame. When the cages open, he stakes claim on the fiercest warrior he’s ever seen. With his honor on the line, will Hero get more than he bargained for when HUNTING PURITY?
JAKE (FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOK 3) by Prudence MacLeod
VS Note: From January
Shipwrecked on an abandoned planet, injured, and facing unknown dangers, Jake must find a way to survive. Worse yet, his only companion is a super-powered alien woman who cannot function without others of her kind nearby. This is no place for a man who has lived all his life on a spaceship. Wait, what was that in the shadows?
CHARMS AND DEATH AND EXPLOSIONS (CASE FILES OF HENRI DAVENPORTH BOOK 2) by Honor Raconteur
VS Note: Recommended by reader Elizabeth N. A Steampunk detective story.
A dead charm maker is only the beginning.
Humanity seems determined to come up with increasingly clever ways to murder one another. They seize upon new technological advances in a way that’s alarming, their creativity and blood-thirstiness knowing no bounds.
When a charm maker is blown up inside his own vehicle, for once it’s not Henri Davenforth’s expertise needed: it’s Jamie Edwards’, the Shinigami Detective. Car bombs are something unique in Kingston, and only she has experience with them. But the unique murder takes an unexpected turn when it becomes evident that the dead charm maker dabbled in something he should not have, inciting disastrous results.
The dangers he unleashed upon Kingston threaten thousands of lives and it launches a race requiring not only Jamie and Henri’s expertise, but the Kingsmen’s as well to beat the menace spreading through the city.
Meanwhile, the murderer is still at large, leaving Henri and Jamie to wonder: what will blow next?
THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF THE APOCALYPSE (THE BRIGHTER SIDE SERIES BOOK 1) by Philip H Voss
VS note: Not billed as a romance so romantic elements perhaps…I have not read the book.
The world, as she knew it, was over for Amy Gouyen even before the mystifying Puissance Virus emerged, turning all those it infected into virtually invincible, super cannibals. While society deteriorated around her, Amy’s survival instinct and the fire in her Apache blood served her well and kept her going. But in the Apocalypse, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself in a jam, seemingly impossible to get out of.
Just as the jaws of death close in on Amy, Fate plays a wildcard. Elias Kincade enters her life in a storm of bullets and blades, rescuing her from certain demise. Her savior appears to be a charismatic cowboy but it isn’t long before Amy discovers, the hard way, that there is more to him than meets the eye. Elias is a vampire, one who is duty bound to not let her go after she’s discovered what he is, and he doesn’t want to kill her unless she forces him to.
An uneasy truce between the two quickly evolve into a partnership as Amy moves deeper into the tumultuous world the vampires face in the Apocalypse. Susceptible to the Puissance Virus–in their own way–the vampires have to diligently protect themselves while a rebellion within their ranks and a play for ultimate power threatens the future of vampire society, as well as the destiny of every uninfected human left on the planet.
Secrets about the vampires, humans, chompers, and the Puissance Virus itself are revealed as Amy and Elias find their places in what’s left of the world and risk everything to secure a brighter future.
DUKES ARE FOREVER (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 5) by Bec McMaster
In a steam-fuelled world where vampires once ruled the aristocracy, a dangerous conspiracy threatens to topple the queen, and the Duke of Malloryn knows his nemesis has finally returned to enact his plans of revenge.
Malloryn can trust no one, and when incriminating photographs surface—of an enemy agent stealing a kiss from his wife—he is forced to question just why his wife, Adele, trapped him into marriage.
Is she an innocent pawn caught up in a madman’s games, or is she a double agent working against him?
The only way to discover the truth is to seduce her himself…
Adele Hamilton may have agreed to a loveless marriage in order to protect herself, but that doesn’t stop her heart from yearning for more.
Her husband promised her a cold marriage bed. He swore he’d never touch her. But suddenly he’s engaged in a campaign of seduction—and the only way to keep her wits about her is to fight fire with fire.
The ruthless beauty has locked her heart away, but can she deny the passion that flares between them? And when the truth emerges, will she be the only thing that can save Malloryn’s life?
Or the weapon his enemy will wield against him?
CAPTURED DESIRE by Tasha Winters
Empath Amara, beaten and nearly forced to become a reproductive machine for rich men, escapes with the help of her cousins. She runs far away, hoping to find freedom for herself and ultimately for all women. The world she finds herself in holds the key she is seeking, but it’s more complicated than the one she left, and equally as dangerous.
When she is captured again, three powerful men rescue her, agreeing to help Amara on her quest, knowing they could lose her forever. But when she becomes a target, their focus changes to keeping their woman safe – by any means necessary.
AWAKENED BY THE GIANT: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED by Evangeline Anderson
Meet the Jor’gen Kindred. After leaving the main Mother Ship centuries ago to make a genetic trade with a massive race of people, they are thirty percent bigger than their ancestors. Which makes them 9 feet tall—giants to regular sized humanoids. Hundreds of years after the genetic trade which made them so huge, the Jor’gen Kindred have no more females and are seeking a new people to trade with–
All but Calden
Believing he doesn’t need a female in his life to be happy, Calden moves to the Mentat Space Station to devote his life to biological research through cloning. The Station is ruled by a harsh taskmaster–an AI called FATHER who forbids any females. But Calden doesn’t care, as long as he is allowed to clone and study as many specimens as he wants.
Then one day, the recovery droids find something new–the remains of a sentient human female and the ship she crashed in. Consumed by scientific curiosity, Calden gets special permission to make a clone of the dead woman–he doesn’t know she will cause him to break the rules and risk his career and even death…when he falls in love with her.
Madeline Harris has no idea what’s going on. She wakes up in a vat of green goo with her memories fractured, surrounded by the big, scary Mentats of the Station. Then a giant comes to save her. It doesn’t take much for her to fall for Calden but she doesn’t realize that the station is a hostile place for women…or that she could be in big trouble if the AI, FATHER, discovers how very much Calden cares for her in return.
Will they escape the Mentat Station in time to save Maddy’s life? And will she ever forgive Calden for keeping deadly secrets from her?
STRANGER THINGS: SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Gwenda Bond
VS Note: Not a romance. I enjoy this scifi TV series.
It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.
But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.
But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.
Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.
THEIRS TO RANSOM: SOPHIA’S BOOK by Stasia Black
Sophia Wolford’s always looked at the world as if the glass is half full. Even after the Apocalypse. What’s the point of focusing on the negative, after all, when you need to get busy rebuilding the world?
Finn Knight sees things differently, however. His motto is: Trust no one and always suspect the worst.
Not surprisingly, Sophia and Finn get along like oil and water.
When Sophia sees an opportunity to save not only Jacob’s Well, but the entire country which is on the brink of war, however, Finn is the only person who can help her.
Sophia gets a lot more than she bargained for, though, when she heads into the wilds of New Mexico and offers herself as a Raffle Bride.
She discovers too late that her new husbands might not have the most honorable intentions. Will she and Finn be able to find a way to save themselves in time, much less the Republic?
RUNES OF ROYALTY (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 4) by G Bailey
Protector. Angel. Assassin…and now Queen. Evie is now queen of the protectors, and rumoured queen of the demons aswell, but dealing with the black magic she can’t control is far more dangerous than either of those titles.
The protectors have fallen, demons along with them, and earth is not far behind.
Can Nix, Trex, Connor and Azi help Evie survive a power no one understands? Or knows how to stop…
With random portals opening everywhere on earth, a war to be won and Cex tracking her every move, can the assassin-now queen- win the war?
TREE OF DREAMS (THE RIVER AFTER DARK BOOK 1) by Mel Sterling
It’s said that if you sleep under a willow tree, you’ll dream of your true love.
Emma Leighton doesn’t believe in fairy tales or monsters until a bolt of lightning from a freak summer storm reveals a glimpse of a river creature so fantastical, she can’t be certain he’s real.
Stranded by the storm, she spends the night in eerie Willow Cottage where terrified guests check out early, vowing never to return. Emma sees nothing out of the ordinary, but her dreams bring her a secret lover like no other, disturbing and alluring in equal measure. Moss is half man, half water serpent. His kisses are cool and deep as the Columbia River itself, and he’s been in love with Emma for a long time.
What begins as a dream becomes flesh, an erotic fusing of hearts, souls and bodies. But when others learn the secret sheltered by Willow Cottage, they’ll do anything—including kill—to possess it.
BLOOD APPRENTICE: AN ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVEL by Elizabeth Hunter
When a map to the mysterious fortune of notorious privateer Miguel Enríquez falls in the lap of Ben and Tenzin, only one of them is jumping at the opportunity. Tenzin can’t wait to search for a secret cache of gold. Ben, on the other hand, couldn’t be less excited.
All Ben knows about Puerto Rico is what he hears on the news and a few lingering memories of his human grandmother. Going back to his roots holds zero appeal for the carefully constructed man he’s become.
But in the end, the lure of hidden gold can’t be denied.
Ben and Tenzin head to Puerto Rico where the immortal world is ruled by Los Tres, a trio of powerful vampires commanding the wind, the waves, and the mountains that make up their small island in the Caribbean.
To find Enríquez’s treasure, they’ll have to walk a fine line between flattery and secrecy. To leave the island might mean a bigger fight than either one of them foresaw.
FAMILIAR DEMON (FAMILIAR LOVE BOOK 2) by Amy Lane
For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown.
Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest.
But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?
A BLAZE IN THE DARK (BOT SERIES BOOK 1) by Miranda Turner
Bain never thought he’d escape the prison he’d lived in for the last five years. He spent his days chained up like an animal, and his nights…they were better not spoken about. Until one day Antonio came stumbling into his darkness, lighting a fire in his soul and giving him a chance at a new life.
Antonio loved his position as a Bellator, and he loved his brother Luc; it was Luc’s friends he could do without. When he came upon an emaciated and beaten boy at his brother’s best friend David’s house, he knew he had to get him out of there. Risking his place on his team, his relationship with his brother, and even death was something he’d never regret. After all, Bain was Antonio’s sodalis vitae, and soulmates were forever.
The small problem of Bain being a member of the Tenebrix, the Bellators’ mortal enemies, was nothing compared to what could happen if David found out where he was. But Antonio won’t let anything–race, being hunted by his own kind, or Bain’s fears–keep him from finally claiming his mate.
DRAGON PRINCE (QURILIXEN LORDS BOOK 1) by Michelle M Pillow
With all that is happening in his land, the upcoming shifter mating ceremony is the least of Grier’s concerns. Even though he is heir prince of the dragon-shifters, he doesn’t have the authority needed to help the humans stranded in dragon territory, nor can he banish those who ruthlessly control them. Yet honor demands he finds an opportunity to intervene, and he hopes that doing so won’t start a war the shifters can’t win. Discovering his destined mate couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Salena knows what it is like to be a pawn of the Federation. They might have kidnapped her and brought her to this strange territory, but she will never do what they want of her… what everyone wants of her. The last thing the fugitive needs is the very public attention of a fierce dragon prince claiming they’re fated by the gods—even if the sexy man makes her burn in more ways than one.
HUNTERS AND PREY: THESE ALPHA FEMALES DON’T NEED SAVING by Various
Pick up these eight standalone novellas featuring kick-ass female leads who certainly aren’t waiting around to be rescued.
Hunters and Prey includes Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Sci-fi Romance titles.
TAINTED BY PROPHECY: KUMARI’S KITSUNE by Hanleigh Bradley
Even at its very beginning, her reign felt tainted by the prophecies that surrounded it and the death that they foretold.
They were dark, speaking of unknown evils and the potential destruction of the realm and even the eradication of magic. It was not a destiny that Bae, the Kumari, wanted but it was the one allotted her.
Bae wished that she could deny them, call them falsehoods but she couldn’t, not when the fate of the whole realm rested on her shoulders.
It might cost her her life, or the lives of those she loved most, but she would stop at nothing to save magic, save her ren and hopefully save herself.
DEMON’S DANCE (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 4) by Keri Arthur
After dealing with human hunters killing werewolves for their pelts and a heretic witch determined to claim the wild magic for his own, the last thing either Lizzie Grace or Belle Kent need is a new evil burning into town.
When Lizzie’s asked to find a missing woman, she’s well aware death awaits. What she doesn’t expect to find is a very human pile of skin next the woman’s body. Nor does she expect to be called to a murder scene that has the classic hallmarks of a vampire attack… except the bite marks don’t match any recorded vampire bite.
As the body count grows, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden struggle to find—and stop—whoever or whatever is behind the atrocities. But there’s an even greater danger on the horizon.
The newly appointed reservation witch has arrived… and it’s someone Lizzie knows.
THE LEGEND OF CRYING GIRL CREEK by Robena Grant
Adventurous American nurse Samantha Winters is on a study abroad program in Australia. But after one perfect night with a handsome stranger, she finds herself with child. Intrigued with an elderly patient’s tales of a local creek where pregnant women drown themselves, Sam agrees to help end the curse.
Historian James Campbell keeps a vigilant watch on his family’s haunted land, hoping to prevent more deaths. A loner in his personal life, he’s stunned to discover his grandmother’s nurse is the one woman he can’t forget.
Sam is a believer. James is a skeptic. With the legend’s anniversary looming closer, the two work together to solve the mystery of Crying Girl Creek. Amid the tangles of secrets and lies Sam has a secret of her own: James is the father of her baby. And he doesn’t want children.
TARIAN ALPHA (NEW TARIAN PRIDE BOOK 1) by T S Joyce
The Tarian Pride is right in the middle of a historical power-shift. Ronin Alder is taking over as the New Tarian Alpha, but the entire Pride of lion shifters needs to be completely rehabilitated. Back in the Pride after years hating it, his job is to push the monsters here to a new future, one where they will stop warring with every shifter Crew in existence. But when he mans a rescue mission and finds a hurt woman in the woods, he had no choice but to save her…or kidnap her. And when he learns her story, and recognizes just who, and what, she is, his entire future as Alpha of the New Tarians takes a new direction. His life had been laid out before him, but now he wants so much more. He wants Emerald.
Emerald Lawson is a descendant of one of the original Tarians, her bloodline highly coveted by the Old Tarian Alpha, Cassius. He’s put her between a rock and a hard place and turned her entire life upside down. She’s accepted her fate on the throne of the Old Tarians until she stumbles upon a man on a mission in the woods. When she’s kidnapped by the New Tarian Alpha, one day with Ronin changes her life forever. How can she go back to living in a cage after he’s set her free? She’s a submissive lioness who doesn’t belong, but Ronin challenges Emerald to be something she’s never been before—fearless. And as a new uprising begins, she will find herself at the helm of a destiny that could change the entire future of the Tarian Pride.
DJINN UNLEASHED (THE ELVEN TRINITY BOOK 1) by Mark Albany
Elves were supposed to be gone, defeated in the great war. Magic is practiced behind closed doors, and only by the elites.
All I was trying to do was survive, maybe with a bit more curiosity about my master’s magic than I should’ve allowed. He caught me snooping, and sent me on a quest to steal a magic scroll. A quest that would change my life.
Soon I found myself caught up in a whirlwind journey that involved elves, monsters, and more than one hottie in my bed.
I was terrified. I was challenged. I was pleasured beyond belief.
I was loving every second of it, and now get to share that journey with you.
NOBLE DRAGON (THE ELVEN TRINITY BOOK 2) by Mark Albany
The djinn I unleashed is now my closest ally, and then some. Teamed up with a noble elf, we’re all that stands between a dark magician and his quest to unleash the great evil locked away long ago.
We’re missing one key to stopping him, however, and that’s the third in the Elven-Trinity.
As we search for the third Sister, our quest pits us against an obsidian hell hound, more golems, and a greater power than even the elves know how to deal with.
Oh, and we might find ourselves a dragon pet along the way.
APPRENTICE OF MAGIC (THE FAIRY TALE ENCHANTRESS BOOK 1) by K M Shea
Angelique hates her magic. Her time in the magical academy has been a long chain of criticisms, reprimands, and punishments. Her war-like ability to control any weapon has earned her nothing but the fear and scorn of fellow students and instructors.
And now, she finds herself before the highest council just one vote away from having her magic sealed forever.
Until Enchanter Evariste appears.
The mysterious prodigy is one of the few with the authority to go against the Council. Which is exactly what he does when he takes Angelique as his apprentice. Though his lessons are challenging and eccentric he shows her more kindness than she ever hoped to receive.
Everything seems perfect.
But things are changing in the world. Dark things. Evil things.
Once upon a time is about to become very real.
YOU’RE LION TO ME (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 20) by Milly Taiden
From planet Aurora, lioness shifter, Dalissa Furr, wants to explore new places before she goes insane from boredom. So a trip to Earth is a must. Finding her mate in the process would be great too, if Gerri Wilder can make it happen. But according to her parents, her smaller than normal size and delicate features make her undesirable to a shifter.
Azai Whittip, alpha of the White Tip wolf pack, will only accept his true mate for a life-long partner, to the dismay of the females in the pack. When Gerri asks him to take her friend sightseeing, he doesn’t expect this friend to be gorgeous and smell so damn good. Oh, and bonus, she’s his mate.
As far as Azai is concerned, life’s perfect now that he found Dalissa. But someone in his pack or the neighboring lion pride think wolves and lions don’t mix. When both alphas and the male wolves come up missing, it’s up to Dalissa to figure out what’s going on and how to stop the one person set on destroying both packs and dominating the human world. Talk about an adventure!
FORGE AND FIRE (THE REPLACEMENT BOOK 1) by Ripley Proserpina
Sticks and stones and moss and leaves… that’s what Tatiana is made of.
Tatiana is a replacement—an exchanged child—created to take the place of a perfect human baby and left in a cradle on a cold, winter night.
But twenty years later, her time is running out. The creature who made Tatiana returns and challenges everything she knows. Not only is Tatiana not human, and her family not her family, but the human world is killing her.
Determined to give her family the life—and daughter—they deserve, Tatiana journeys to a strange world, one of fire and dust, and concrete and glass. There, she’ll risk everything to find the human girl she replaced, and make things right.
But she won’t be alone. Grisha, a roamer, and Fedir, a mysterious shifter, find her and vow to help her.
And they aren’t the only ones.
Soon, Shubin, Taras, and Kopala, are caught up in Tatiana’s quest. Fascinated by this exchanged girl, the five otherworldly creatures will put their trust in her.
But hope is a fragile thing, and Tatiana’s been burned before. Will she come to believe she’s finally found a place to belong?
THE MAGIC OF LUST (THE DARK ORCHID BOOK 2) by Auryn Hadley
Mages are always men. Until her. They harvest the power of simple, primitive emotions. Until her. Jaeda is something new, and the best way to protect herself is to make sure the enemy doesn’t have a clue.
That’s going to be difficult with an Adevian mage about to take her town.
Shahwa has become her home. A haven of pirates, whores, and vagabonds, this desert oasis is a myth to many and a scourge to the rest, but there’s something special about it. It’s filled with compassion and made up of people who know exactly what it’s like to belong nowhere else.
Now, it’s her job to protect them. Hopefully, she won’t have to do it alone, because the Jackal still hasn’t shown up. She thought what they had was special. Now, she’s not so sure, even though her heart says he’ll still come. Her mind says she’ll save herself either way.
But the Jackal promised her everything, and he meant it. One woman, three men, and they’re all bound together by magic. He’s not about to let that go.
Together, they have a chance to find happiness, yet before any of that is possible, they have to sort out their own issues. If they can figure out how to do that, then these four have something worth fighting for: each other.
Because what they have is more than just the magic of lust.
MYTHS AND MORTALS (NUMINA BOOK 2) by Charlie N Holmberg
Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.
Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world. Sandis knows she must be the one to stop him, but with her own trusted numen now bound to another, and finding herself with no one she can trust, she is in desperate need of allies. Rone seems determined to help her, but Sandis has no intention of letting him get close to her again. What she doesn’t know is how much Rone gave up to protect her. Or how much more he is willing to give up to keep her safe.
As chaos mounts, Sandis must determine whom to trust. After all, the lines between enemy and ally have never been less clear…and corruption lurks in the most unlikely of places.
A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 72: A CONSPIRACY OF REALMS by Bella Forrest
The rogue Hermessi are spiraling out of control. But GASP might have finally found the key to their demise… The problem? It might mean tracking down Death herself.
And with the Hermessi birthing monsters from the literal bowels of the earth—and stepping up their game with a sinister side plot… let’s just say GASP’s to-do list is filling up.
DESTINED STORM (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 4) by Tessa Cole
I’m in trouble. Big trouble. A split-second reflex that saved Kol’s life, and all hell busted out. Rather, my secret busted out for all to see. Now the only thing keeping a lid on my wild, unpredictable magic is Cassius’s magical handcuffs. Kinky? Yeah, no.
I need to show Gideon, Marcus, Jacob, and Kol that my nephilim blood is the only thing I lied about, even if it means letting my memories be mined for the truth. Except when that soul-scraping spell comes up hard against an unbreakable magical wall, it reveals a secret that’s news even to me.
But finding the answers will have to wait. A new danger threatens the city. Three glyph witches so powerful every body-shredding battle leaves my guys barely alive.
We don’t know what the witches’ end game is, but if we don’t figure out how to play — and how to harness my magic — we’ll lose. And so will every innocent civilian we’ve sworn to protect.
STRAY MOON: A STRAYS NOVEL by Kelly Meding
VS note: There’s no blurb given but the reviews seem positive. Paranormal.
THE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 2 (THE EBUROSI CHRONICLES 9) by R A Steffan
The survival of the last living dragons rests with me and my misfit friends.
So… yeah. No pressure.
Mind you, this whole thing would be easier if two of our number weren’t hell-bent on killing each other. Rayth and Nyx have both been hiding secrets for a very long time, but now they face a choice. Let go of their ugly pasts, or watch the future burn to the ground.
We won’t be able to hide five hungry, growing dragons in the mountains forever. As soon as someone catches sight of them, every soldier in Utrea will be after us. And there’s no way we can fight for our dragons’ survival when we’re this busy fighting amongst ourselves.
I’ve always been the queen of questionable life choices, but falling for four proud, stubborn, damaged men at the same time is a new benchmark even for me. What we’re building with the dragons—and each other—could be amazing beyond belief. It could also end in tragedy beyond measure.
If I want it to be the former, it looks like I need to start banging some heads together.
Otherwise, our hopes and dreams could well go down in flames.
NOMAD’S DREAM by August Li
VS Note: From January
Two men, each with a hidden destiny. Can they defeat a web of deceit and dark magic to ensure their fates intertwine?
Bedouin Isra al-Grayjaab’s dreams lead him to Janan, an amnesiac beggar on the street of Qena—one who steals his heart and starts him on a seemingly hopeless quest. With only their wits, Isra’s knowledge of the desert’s secrets, and the aid of a mercurial djinn, they must recover Janan’s past. But neither can predict his true identity or the lengths others will go to see that his mind remains broken and his true power out of his reach.
In a sweeping romantic adventure that takes them across the Eastern Desert to the modern streets of Cairo and on to the luxurious Red Sea Coast, Janan and Isra seek a truth that will either bring them into each other’s arms or tear them apart forever.
FOREIGN TO YOU by Jeremy Martin
The harmony between humans and fianna, a species of shapeshifting deer, begins to wither as racial tensions and deeply rooted resentment turns violent.
Ruthless hunter Finn Hail and prophesied liberator Adelaide may be heroes to their own species, but they are enemies to each other. With war on the horizon, the reluctant pair must team up to find the most elusive of prey: the god of the Forest.
As enemies press in from all sides, true intentions begin to show. For Finn to save the boy he cares for most, he might need to aim his gun at the very god he seeks. And Adelaide, with her festering hatred for mankind, will have to determine if peace holds true salvation for her people.
COURT OF EARTH AND AETHER (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 4) by Meg Xuemei X
Cass Saélihn is the weapon, the hybrid born to kill the Olympian gods.
Only the price is her own life.
One dies so millions can live. So her mates will live.
But Cass can’t just abandon them, can she? She’s just found them–a home she’d never imagined she could have. So when Death offers her a way out if she plays one of his sick games, she can’t refuse. If she plays it right, she might just rise from ash and ember.
And her loyal warrior-mates will be with her in life, or death. Even when she has to become the Darkness that devours the worlds. Even when she’s lost to herself.
She’s not lost to them.
So, she’ll play the final deadly game, and when Cass unleashes her true, powerful self, the immortal gods will burn in her flames.
JAGUAR’S MATE (CRESCENT MOON SERIES BOOK 8) by Katie Reus and Savannah Stuart
She’s not looking for a mate…Sapphire is cursed. Every relationship she’s ever been in has ended poorly. So she’s sworn off relationships and is happy with her life. Until Eli comes along—a one-night stand that turned into two nights. When things got too intense, she did what she always did. She ran.
He’s not letting her get away…This time Eli isn’t letting Sapphire go without a fight. When her friend needs help escaping an abusive situation, he steps up, no questions asked. It doesn’t matter that Sapphire won’t tell him why she’s holding back from him. He’s a jaguar shifter and cats are very patient—he’ll wait for his mate to come around. But before he can claim her once and for all, they’ll have to deal with an angry bunch of shifters who are out for blood.
A VALENTINE’S DREAM by J S Scott and Lane Parker
VS Note: The fantasy element appears to be dreams.
Amy: February 14th is just another day to me.
I don’t really believe in hearts, flowers, romance, or happily-ever-afters. And I certainly don’t think there’s a dream man for a curvy woman like me, even if my little sister had found hers over the holidays. I’m more realistic. Or at least…I was…until I met Levi Gillette during my sister Hayden’s wedding rehearsal dinner The man seems to have an annoying ability to make me lose my cool and calm facade. Yeah, he’s definitely hot, but my sister’s brother-in-law-to-be was also arrogant, infuriating, presumptuous, bossy, and most likely one big player because the man could be charming when he wanted to be.
No thanks! Been there, done that, and I’d had more than enough of men like Levi Gillette. But when I start having amazingly erotic, intimate dreams about him, it’s almost impossible to ignore him in the flesh.
In my dreams, it was like I’d known Levi forever. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
PATHWAYS (THE KINGDOM CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Camille Peters
Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.
One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest’s pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom’s Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen’s heart, the one thing she’s vowed never to give.
BOUND ANGEL (HER ANGEL SERIES BOOK 4) by Felicity Heaton
Second in command of the most fearsome legion of fallen angels in Hell, Rook only cares about one thing—seizing control of the First Battalion and moving one step closer to the Devil. But a dark angel of Heaven keeps seeking him out, insisting a witch needs his help, and one glance at an image of the ethereal silver-haired beauty stirs powerful emotions long forgotten and rouses a deep need he cannot deny or understand—one that commands him to risk everything and save her.
Isadora has been a fool. Millennia alone, enduring an eternal life created by the bond she shares with the angel she lost, has taken its toll on her. Desperate to see a familiar face, she followed rumours to Paris and placed her trust in a group of witches, only to be betrayed once again. Now, they want the spell that has made her immortal and she’s close to breaking… until a formidable warrior with crimson wings comes to her rescue, awakening old feelings never forgotten in her shattered heart.
With the mounting threat of witches and an enemy of old in danger of tearing them apart, can Rook untangle the truth about the past he can’t remember and can Isadora convince her demonic angel the forever he desires is the one he promised her?
SINGED (ORESTAIA SERIES BOOK 2) by Misty Malloy
I’d always thought one guy in bed was enough. Now I have four. All the extra pleasure may be more than I bargained for…but it’s so good.
On top of that, the orestaia–the fertility stone–is completely inactive. Guess who gets to figure out how to heal it? That’s right. Me.
My plan of action is a bit fuzzy. Actually, really fuzzy. All I know is I’m supposed to head out to the red rocks and blue skies of Sedona to locate the infamous Dragon Oracle.
And if I can’t find her? Well, then everyone gets screwed. My sister stays sick. A sleazy oil tycoon keeps breathing fire down my neck. And pretty much all dragon procreation ends.
All of my hopes and dreams for a baby and a family can go straight out the window, too. See you later, dragon race.
I have to heal the orestaia. All of our futures are in my hands. No big deal. Right?
THE ROYAL TRIALS: SEEKER by Tate James
One quest. One crown. One shattered heart.
The Royal Trials were never meant to be easy, not even for an imposter like Rybet Waise. But nothing could have prepared her for the magical storms, mutated animals and malicious gods standing in her way.
There is no time for tears, mere hours after being bathed in Prince Alexander’s blood, Rybet must embark on a quest. The second trial dictates she find a missing magical artefact–Queen Ophelia’s crown.
Released from the overbearing confines of the royal palace, Rybet competes not only with the other remaining ladies, but also with the land itself. Magic is more volatile than ever, and the gods have come out to play.
Royal love interests who don’t know how to share only make things harder for this dirty pond-dweller–if that’s really all she is.
Rybet will do whatever it takes to make it out alive, and with her heart unbroken.
CRYING FIRE (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 49) by Zenina Masters
Thadra has spent decades as the fey executioner. When the fey or their half-human offspring need to be punished, the human courts have no power, so the fey court must step in. If the court pronounces a death sentence, Thadra must go in and prove that the accused isn’t redeemable by letting them commit the predatory crime one more time.
Dealing out death takes a toll, and when the fey court forcibly retires her, her marching orders include a trip to the Crossroads until she meets her match.
Rik has been waiting for weeks at the Crossroads, and the moment he sees the fey woman radiating power and control, he knows that she is meant for him. He just has to convince her that a fey shark shifter is warmer blooded than their reputation would suggest.
FOR THE LOVE OF CUPIDITY: A VALENTINE’S DAY NOVELLA (HEART HASSLE BOOK 4) by Raven Kennedy
First comes love, then comes mating, then comes the baby and some cupid training.
Cupidville is overrun with new cupid recruits, and it’s up to me to train them in time for Valentine’s Day. Too bad I have four mates who keep insisting that it’s time for me to take a break.
Juggling my role as the cupid boss, being a mate, and handling motherhood isn’t always easy, but it’s sure as hearts worth it. Let’s just hope I can get these cupid flunkies trained in time.
WARRIOR NAKEERI (DRAGON MASTERS OF LIMEA BOOK 2) by Tamsin Baker
Nakeeri, warrior woman and one of the only remaining dragon riders on Limea, is loyal to her corrupt kingdom. Not by choice but for a long ago bargain she made to save her life.
Curiosity leads her to the castle of Gregorick and Kalvis, the Captain of the Guard. A man who makes her heat blaze and who she can’t resist. The man foretold to sire her child, perhaps one of the next dragon riders.
Kalvis feels unworthy to be Nakeeri’s mate but the wild woman is destined to be his. When she is imprisoned by her malevolent king he finds more strength than just a loyal guard. He finds the heart of a lover and protector.
POLAR OPPOSITES by Cheyenne Meadows
VS Note: From January
Donovan is the new guy in town, a polar shifter, harboring a big secret. He’s a big city bear who moved to the tiny town of Forgotten, Wyoming, in hopes of finding peace. What he finds is poison ivy and angry wasps.
TJ, a grizzly shifter, is the local doctor with a past. He’s found a home in the country, but lacks happiness and a sense of belonging. The fact that he’s in the midst of his natural mating season doesn’t help in the least. The moment Donovan enters TJ’s clinic, sparks fly. TJ is determined to resist the temptation that is Donovan, but his inner bear and Donovan have other ideas.
When a hunter starts going after shifters and a blast from Donovan’s past show up for revenge, things get hot. But not as hot as the attraction between Donovan and TJ. If they can pull together and survive, they just might discover that, while they might be polar opposites, sometimes opposites do attract.
ENSNARED: AN ETERNAL GUARDIANS NOVELLA by Elizabeth Naughton
RYDER–Mysterious, powerful, every woman’s fantasy come true.
For thousands of years, Ryder has reveled in his role as an immortal messenger—a dream weaver sent to seduce and manipulate. Until he’s ordered to deceive a fantasy of his own.
Zakara, the daughter of one of the mightiest Eternal Guardians, is his perfect woman. But she’s impervious to Ryder’s advances. Each attempt to sway her to his will pushes him deeper into a dreamscape she seems to be controlling. To survive, Ryder will need to find a way to master his sexy new prey. Because if he can’t, he risks forever condemning himself and the woman he’s grown to love to a never-ending nightmare drawn straight from the twisted depths of hell.
CITY OF THE ENCHANTED QUEEN (THE NIGHTHELM SERIES BOOK 3) by Olivia Ash
Once a guardian of the people, Sophia is now a wrongfully convicted fugitive of Nighthelm—and the hunt is on.
Deadly assassins stalk her every step, and the murderous creatures of the Witch Woods are hot on her heels. Nothing and nowhere is safe. Anyone brave enough to fight beside her risks a gruesome death.
Though Sophia and her men barely escaped Ripthorn mountain with their lives, they must return. For deep in the mountain, the heir still lives… for now.
Enchantments, corruption, and assassins stand in Sophia’s way.
As with so many things in this timeless city, not everything is as it seems. Old enemies resurface. Painful truths are unearthed. And the only way for Sophia to discover the truth behind her fractured magic is to end the Nameless Master’s takeover… no matter the cost.
Edric is a master of war. Zeke, a master of magic. Andreas, a master of death. These men fear nothing but losing the woman they love—and though they would die for her, only Sophia can end the bloodshed.
For the truth is she’s painfully familiar with the one responsible for the deep corruption in Nighthelm…And she’s closer to the lethal truth than even she realizes.
CUPID DADDY (FANTASTICAL DADDY DOMS BOOK 5) by Allysa Hart and Rayanna Jamison
What kind of matchmaker looks for dates on Tinder anyway?
The desperate kind.
My brick and mortar matchmaking service was the last of its type.
Until HE came to town and opened up shop right across the street.
Suddenly clients are lining up down the block hoping to find their one true love.
The only problem?
They are lining up on his side of the street!
I don’t know who this Greek god-like man with a Midas touch for making love matches is, but he is seriously messing with my life.
Every time I see him I want to throw him against a wall.
And rip his clothes off.
And screw his brains out.
I need him gone. Like, Yesterday.
Before I lose everything. Including my pride.
TORN: FALLEN ANGELS SERIES by Ditter Kellen
One angel’s redemption and the love that saved his soul…
A fallen angel desperately seeking redemption, a terminally ill girl hoping for a miracle she believes will never come, and a demon who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
When Exodus and Niki’s worlds collide, they just might find what they’re looking for.
If they survive.
MISSION: HER DEFENSE (TEAM 52 BOOK 4) by Anna Hackett
VS note: Not exactly scifi romance but I love all of Anna’s books!
Blair Mason is badass to the bone. She’s no stranger to loss and barely survived the mission that ended her military career. Now, as part of Team 52, she never shies away from a fight to ensure pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, she’s often forced to “liaise” with the team’s contact at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. The tall, hard-bodied detective ignites her temper quicker than any man she’s ever known…and after a terrible massacre, she’s horrified to find that she and MacKade are being ordered to work together.
Detective Luke MacKade was born a protector. He takes care of his family, and as a dedicated homicide detective, he protects his city. He is less thrilled with his job of cleaning up after Team 52 after they tear through Vegas on a mission. Blair is a woman who sets him off just by breathing, but even he can’t deny the powerful attraction he feels to her strength and skill. When several cursed samurai swords are stolen in a bloody attack, it is up to Luke and Blair to get them back…before more blood is shed.
But others are after the swords and their hidden powers. As Luke and Blair’s dangerous investigation intensifies, they face danger at every turn. Luke battles his intense need to protect the woman he’s falling for, a woman who neither wants or needs his protection. But as their desire burns white-hot, Luke will learn that the toughest defenses are the ones around Blair’s heart.
SLEIGHT OF FANTASY (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 4) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires
My deal with Nero and my growing powers are supposed to keep me and my loved ones safe—yet the unthinkable happens.
When lines are crossed and blood is spilled, nothing will ever be the same again.
SOUL IN DARKNESS by Wendy Higgins
People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.
But gods are known for their jealousy.
Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.
Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.
THE BLOOD SPELL (RAVENSPIRE BOOK 4) by C J Redwine
Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.
Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.
When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.
When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?
KINGDOM COLD by Brittni Chenelle
Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.
STONED (THE FOUR BOOK 2) by Layla Frost
Once upon a time, there lived a witch. A kickass, brilliant, dope as hell witch whose magicks inspired fear and envy. Like all classic fairy tales, her story had the usual goodies.
Unfathomable evil, the precarious fate of the entire universe, blah, blah, blah.
But let’s get back to that witch with the awesome hair…
Fine, it’s me. I’m the all-powerful witch. And, okay, maybe my story isn’t a classic fairy tale. Not unless I missed the part about Little Red delivering comic books and munchies in her basket and Beauty sleeping off two-for-one margarita night. But I do have a soul mate—my very own Charming.
Except he’s no prince. He’s a level-headed, by the book, insanely sexy detective.
Well, I’m Stoned.
DANGER CALLS (THE CALLING IS REBORN VAMPIRE NOVELS BOOK 2) by Caridad Piniero
Dr. Melissa Danvers knows a normal life is impossible for her. Since her parents’ death Melissa has been bound to the man who has always been there for her, only he’s not a man. He’s a 150-year-old vampire and it’s Melissa’s destiny to be his keeper. But after experiencing a night of passion with Sebastian Reyes, a young, sexy, computer hacker, she yearns for the life she thought impossible.
Sebastian Reyes finds himself drawn into a wild world of vampires and death.
After a night of wild lovemaking with beautiful physician Melissa Danvers, Sebastian wonders if it can be more. When Melissa needs his expertise to discover the truth behind her parents’ deaths and stay one step ahead of their killer, Sebastian answers the call of danger and desire.
OH HOLY KNIGHT (WICKED KNIGHTS) by Amelia Hutchins
VS note: a re-release
Erie isn’t having a great week. Her time of freedom is up, and the Templar Knight who comes to claim her is an overgrown, broody, alpha a-hole who kisses like sin, and is determined to have her. What’s a girl to do other than teach him that she cannot be owned by him or his kind?
Callaghan will stop at nothing to save his race. Bound by the Templar Code, he has stood as protector of humanity; a witness to the countless wars that forged the world. Too much depends on his ability to catch one female, and create a life before time runs out. If the hour glass finishes before he succeeds, both races will fall to the curse placed on them by ancient witches have been awakened from the eternal slumber.
With two races hanging in the balance, he’s going to have to get creative to trap the little she-wolf who seems to be as elusive and untamed as her name claims her to be.
VS Note: In case you missed my new release last week!
STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER
VS Note: First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…which was a USA Today Best Seller and received two SFR Galaxy Awards in January, but which is no longer available, so I’m issuing my story as a standalone title. The story is exactly as published in the anthology – my Muse doesn’t resonate with revising or adding to a book that’s already in the ‘finished and released’ status.
Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.
Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?
And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?
As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.
A science fiction romance take on the Anastasia tale.
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.