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).
PIRATE FESTIVAL (SWAG STORIES BOOK 1) by Carysa Locke
Nayla has a rare Talent: biokinesis, the ability to manipulate life at the cellular level. Healing people is her calling, and she’s never been happier than she is working with Doc, her mentor and the pirates’ chief physician.
But now a call for aid has come from the most unlikely source: the home planet of the Talented called Killers, those who take life with a thought. Nayla’s gift is the only chance to save a young man’s life, so reluctantly, Doc agrees that she must go.
To serve her patient, Nayla will travel to the most dangerous place in the pirate colonies. She will face assassins, and challenge her Talent in ways she never expected. But most dangerous of all, she will confront her own past.
Because once, she used her Talent to take life instead of save it.
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THE COMMANDERS’ MATE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 15) by Grace Goodwin
Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride.
Besides, he doesn’t have time to deal with a feisty human female and share a passion so hot it burns him to his warrior’s soul. But he’s been matched. He must choose a second and together, they must claim their bride or lose her forever.
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GRETA AND THE GARGOYLE: A SCIFI ROMANCE (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 3.5) by Honey Phillips
Sentenced to death for killing her alien master, Greta’s only hope is a compassionate guard. Despite his frightening appearance, she is drawn to the massive alien – but is what she feels only gratitude?
Mikaroz has been waiting his whole life for the perfect mate but he never expected her to be a condemned prisoner, let alone a small human female. He cannot allow her to die for defending her honor, no matter what he has to do to save her.
With their lives on the line, can Greta risk trusting him—with her life, and her heart?
SOLD TO THE ALIEN MOBSTERS (ROGUE AURELIANS BOOK 2) by Corin Cain
We’re brought kicking and screaming to the alien auction house.
I was supposed to be an artist. I was supposed to be a sculptor, creating beauty. Instead, I am reduced to nothing more than my body. The men who come to a slave auction care about one thing, and one thing only…
There aren’t supposed to be Aurelians at the slave auction. The seven-foot-tall perfectly muscled God-like aliens are supposed to have… strict rules forbidding slavery. These three are covered in scars and tattoos, and every man in the room quivers in fear at their presence.
Rogues Aurelians. Criminals who threw off the shackles of their Empire to claim their own destiny.
They own the room…
And they want to own me.
ATHENS – A SPACE OPERA COLONIZATION ADVENTURE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANNAN 4) by M D Cooper and J J Green
VS Note: Not a romance. Romantic elements possibly?
Erin and her family find themselves on Athens as the massive device that regulates the planet’s temperature begins to suffer a serious malfunction.
THE INNOCENT (CLAN OF THE WOODLANDS BOOK 2) by V K Ludwig
Max discovered a terrible complication, pushing the government and their control over human procreation to the edge of collapse. As a scientist, it’s his job to find a solution, but test subjects are hard to come by. Until a fiery clanswoman arrives at the Districts, who is none other than Autumn, the sister of the chieftain of The Clan of the Woodlands.
Things go great until they go all wrong because Autumn is desperately trying to find something. Besides, numbers and charts have always bored Autumn – she prefers to be hands on. Beautiful and hot-headed, she makes Max question everything he stands for, and shakes the Districts to its core.
IVAR (CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN VIKING) SPACE VIKING SERIES BOOK 3 by Molly Rowland
Annie is running out of options.
Since the water on Earth became contaminated, life has become a struggle for survival. Annie will do anything to earn credits for clean water. Now that an alien planet has been discovered and another option is available, she is desperate enough to give it a try.
She meets Ivar, one of the alien Viking warriors, and is immediately drawn to him. He’s massive and intimidating, his muscles carved from stone. Her body is telling her one thing while her mind is consumed with the choices she made back home.
She knows he has the ability to give her a good life. He protects her and keeps her safe. But eventually, things start to unravel and even he is helpless to fix it.
TIAMAT’S WRATH (THE EXPANSE BOOK 8) by James S A Corey
VS Note: Not a romance but I know many are fans of “The Expanse”…so this is a release of note.
Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.
In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.
At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father’s godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn’t guess.
And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte’s authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia’s eternal rule — and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose — seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough…
BEAST OF EDEN (EDEN SERIES: TOLBA BOOK 1) by Lexi Post
The Woman – Xavia Jones, a zoologist with a focus on evolution is only on planet Eden for two days before one of her Edenists is exiled from his city. Furious over the injustice of his banishment, she stows away with him. But once outside the walls of Tolba, in a jungle filled with criminals and a beast she could never have imagined, she’s having second thoughts.
The Man – Lyka feels the weight of responsibility for Xavia’s safety and despite believing she’d be better back in the city with the brothers of his heart, he’s honored that she’s with him. Now he just has to convince his old friend and long-time exile, Davos, that keeping her with them is best for everyone. As far as he’s concerned, only the beast can protect her.
The Beast – Davos blames himself for every Kindred of Eden being exiled from Tolba. It was his lack of control over the Beast that caused the city to distrust his Kindred. Now he must ensure they all survive in his jungle home. It is a hard life for a man and no place for a woman. A woman will cause disruption and chaos. A woman will release the Beast.
TORMENTED (THE CONDEMNED SERIES BOOK 3) by Alison Aimes
Council assassin Jade Lakotesh survives by trusting no one. Attachments a weakness. Sex a weapon. Her mission success rate flawless. Until she ends up naked, captured, and collared, her latest assignment in jeopardy. The blame for her predicament: the hothead, scarred man who prowls the cage beside her—his confusing appeal a danger she has no idea how to neutralize.Ex-Resistance fighter Walsh Ryker hit rock bottom with the deaths of those he loved most. Now, he’s plummeted to a new low, trapped with a cellmate as ice cold as she is stunningly hot. She’s out for blood, lacks any ability to cooperate…and leaves him more alive than he’s been in years. For a man no longer interested in feeling anything at all, she may be the greatest hazard he’s faced to date.
As danger mounts and they must work together to defeat a shared threat, will the unwelcome passion between these two enemies entomb them in the dark forever—or be the key that sets them free?
OUTLASTING AFTER by L K Magill
There were no women left.
He was sure of it. After the war, Cole Tanner was pretty damn certain they were all dead.
Hell, he and his unit hadn’t seen one in years.
But then there she was. A woman. All alone, standing in the middle of the road.
She looked so haunting. So hungry and dirty, and well… vulnerable. He was going to help her, really
he was. And for a split second, he wondered just how she’d survived.
Then she leveled the gun at him… and he had his answer. Damsel in distress? Apparently not.But that didn’t change things, not how Cole saw it. No, she still needed him and his team
… same as they needed her. And Cole was nothing if not good at convincing people to follow him. Or at least, he used to be.
So he’d try his hand one more time, and hope like hell she didn’t pull that trigger.
ROGUE INSTINCT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 3) by Elin Wyn and Ava York
People aren’t my strong suit. Give me an engine, anyday — even on a spaceship.
And when a giant, sexy bronze-skinned alien decides I’m not good enough to work on his baby?
Game on. Even if he does have talented, broad hands.
I just hadn’t figured Orrin and I would be working together quite so closely…
And when danger threatens the crew of the Rogue Star, we’ll have to put everything on the line.
CAPTIVE OF THE HORDE KING (HORDE KINGS OF DAKKAR BOOK 1) by Zoey Draven
On the unforgiving planet of Dakkar, I did what all the humans in our village did: kept my head down, worked to provide for my family, and I certainly didn’t break any Dakkari laws to risk inciting the alien race’s merciless wrath.
Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for my brother and one careless mistake brings a horde of the nomadic, barbarian Dakkari straight to our doorstep, led by their powerful horde king—a cold, ruthless, battle-scarred warrior demanding retribution.
In order to save my brother’s life, I do the unthinkable.
I sell myself to the horde king as his war prize. I agree to warm his furs, to travel with his horde across the wild lands of Dakkar, and to never see my family again.
But as I struggle with my new reality, I discover that the surly, mysterious, dominant horde king never intended for me to be his concubine…
He wants me as his queen.
JAILMATES (MAXIM COLONIES BOOK 1) by Lesli Richardson
Simon Quigley had no idea what to expect when he agreed to do this for the money, but the eight-foot-tall pink alien isn’t what he was expecting. For starters, Simon’s straight.
And Mohrn isn’t a girl.
The contract? It’s unbreakable.m It’s going to be a long five years.
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SAVING MERCY (PLANET ATHION PIONEERS BOOK 3) by Angel Lawson
Mercy left Earth to help the pioneers acclimate to a new world.
Now she’s trapped as a slave.
Two of the men she loves are held prisoner in the bowls of The Master’s facility and the other two…well, they took off to get revenge unaware of the fate of their family.
In the final installment of Pioneers: Planet Athion Mercy must fight for her life, her lovers and the mission so close to her heart.
HEAVENLY PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (GEMMA-HYDROX BOOK (PURPLE POSSE) 3) by L J Vickery
Thomas Wheeler, director at the FPU has lent his team to the Premier Guard on another planet. He and his right hand human, Martin Galvez, are trying to make a go of the department on their own, but dammit, they need shifters. When he hears about a contingency of six from Gemma-Hydrox who might fit the bill, he’s both elated and stunned, because never in his life has he come across anything like them.
Reena can’t wait to leave Gemma-Hydrox and start her new job on earth. Having been incarcerated for the majority of her life, she’s only dreamed of seeing new worlds and meeting new people. What she doesn’t anticipate is her new boss, and the things he’s kept deeply hidden…even from himself. He tries to keep distance between them, but she digs in her claws. She knows just what he is, and just how to help him.
POPULATION by Elizabeth Stephens
Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow – rules that she created to keep her alive. But when her best friend’s daughter is taken by the Others, she can’t keep playing by the rule book. Instead, she must begin a life defining journey that will test her survival techniques and bring all of her instincts into question.
When she finds herself allied with one of the Others, Abel must confront foreign concepts like allegiance and desire and trust as he challenges her ability to find what she has always feared: hope.
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE (TEIXCALAAN BOOK 1) by Arkady Martine
VS Note: Scifi not a romance but possible romantic elements. A release of note this week…I read the Look Inside and then one clicked it. I think it’s going to be a book I’ll have to take time to read, in terms of the world building seems quite complex and dense inagoodway but intriguing. We’ll see!
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.
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SKY WITHOUT STARS (SYSTEM DIVINE BOOK 1) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
VS Note: Not listed as a romance but a release of note this week.
When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.
Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…
Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.
Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.
Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.
All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.
Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.
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UNDAUNTED (INHUMAN, BOOK 2) by Kat Falls
Lane McEvoy barely survived her first journey to the Feral Zone — the forbidden, overgrown landscape east of the Mississippi River that was abandoned when a virus spread through the United States. But Lane has crossed the quarantine line, and she knows the truth. There are survivors in the zone — people who have gone feral, whose bodies have warped and evolved to display a variety of animal traits.
Six months after the events of Inhuman, Lane ventures back into the Feral Zone on a humanitarian aid mission. But she also has a darker, secret purpose: The one she loves, Rafe, has become more beast than man — and she promised to put him down if he ever goes feral. Now, Lane fears the time has come to carry out her vow.
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CONVICTION (A NEW WORLD BOOK 2) by M D Neu
VS Note: Scifi, not sure how much romance or romantic elements there may be…
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.
Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.
After the attack on San Jose, Todd is appointed to Special Envoy for Terran Affairs by the nentraee, a position many world leaders question. Undeterred Todd wants to build bridges between both people. However, this new position brings with it a new set of problems that not only he, but his new allies Mi’ko and Mirtoff must overcome. Will the humans and nentraee learn to work together despite mistrust and threats of more attacks by a new global terrorist group, or will the terrorists win? Will this bring an end to an already shaky alliance between nentraee and humans?
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HER CONSORT: A SHORT ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCE by Maren Smith
VS Note: a re-release
She was a salvage operator, patrolling the depths of deep space.
He was a professional consort to royalty, built like a Neanderthal. Twice her width and twice her weight, his six-pack abs had six-pack abs. She knew, because she’d seen them.
It really was kind of too bad they didn’t get along.
ONCE AND FUTURE by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
IN THE MONTHS THAT FOLLOW by A R Moler
VS Note: A re-release
In the distant future, human kind has spread out into the universe–way out. Among the Terran Alliance Marines assigned to a distant sector is Caden Roth, a medic, and pilot Benjamin Magnys.
Caden and Ben meet when Ben is injured during an alien raider attack. Ben is from Gaddo, a colony so remote and with such extreme environmental conditions, that the colonists there were forced to alter their genome in order to survive and to ensure a healthy gene pool.
After the kind of bad day that only emergency medical people can have, Caden and Ben meet again for a drink. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed together, which eventually evolves into a fledgling relationship. However, antibiotics and altered genetics throw the new lovers a definite twist.
Going home to tell the parents that they are pregnant is going to be interesting.
NERO NIGHTS (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 5) by Keary Taylor
Nova and Valen barely escaped Isroth with their lives and now they’ve crash-landed on an empty planet—no people, no tools to fix their ship. Nova has spent her life building and creating mechanics, but this is the most advanced vessel in the galaxy, and she can’t figure out what’s wrong with it.
But maybe the crash was a blessing in disguise. They’ve seen their entire lives together, but this is the first real time they’ve ever had with one another. This is their chance to see if their future is worth fighting for, and if there is anything between them besides attraction and fate.
On this empty planet, there is no fighting, no war, no conflict. Their days and nights are filled with uncertain glances, soft touches, and life-altering vows.
What was once never a question is now a serious consideration: do they even want to fix the ship, or is this the beginning of a brand new, perfect life?
REFUGE IN TIME (THE AFTER CILMERI XERIES BOOK 17) by Sarah Woodbury
April 2022. When an unknown gunman sends David and William back to Earth Two, Michael and Livia are left gasping along with the rest of their universe. Accepting that their respective employers are possible suspects, not to mention untrustworthy, the pair band together in the shooting’s immediate aftermath, in an attempt to put the first few pieces of the puzzle together. But when an unexpected bout of time travel upends everyone yet again, Michael and Livia realize they are on their own, and this particular puzzle is one that they–and only they–can solve.
IN A BADGER WAY (THE HONEY BADGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Shelly Laurenston
Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.
Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.
But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.
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AWAKE IN SHADOWS (THE FORSAKEN CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais
Rebuilding a life while still missing an identity isn’t easy, but that’s what Adara’s determined to do. It’s why she’s been ignoring the overtures from an elegant vampire and the stalking by an overprotective werewolf.
However, when a mysterious presence begins to haunt her memories—and dreams—wakening a primal terror, she has no choice but to ask for help.
The problem is, unraveling her secret past seems to be triggering demon attacks. Someone doesn’t want her finding answers.
Adara might be forsaken, but she certainly hasn’t been forgotten. For he is coming after her…
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EVIL EYE: TIGER’S EYE MYSTERIES by Alyssa Day
When swarms of treasure hunters descend on Dead End in search of legendary pirate Captain Pierre Arneaux’s fabled lost gold, chaos crashes down on the normally quiet town.When the only treasure chests found have corpses instead of coins, Jack has to spring into action. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.
Tess Callahan, who owns a pawn shop in the strangest town in Florida, is barely over the last dead bodies on her doorstep when her new private investigator neighbor asks for her help again.
But it’s her town, and she’ll take on anybody to protect it. Even treasure hunters, vampire slayers, and the ghost of a certain French pirate who still thinks he’s in charge.
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MATING INSTINCT (MORGAN CLAN BEARS, BOOK 2) by Theresa Hissong
Ada Carlisle never knew anything outside the gates of her clan, but she isn’t oblivious to why the men were there to touch her. When she is put up for sale to the highest bidder, she flees her home clan for a chance at survival. After traveling for weeks, her bear calls to build a den for the winter months. Once spring arrives, she wakes scared and alone on the land of three male grizzlies.
The spring mating season comes with the discovery of a female bear shifter on the Morgan’s land. Rex Morgan knows immediately Ada Carlisle is to be his mate, but she’s too weak to complete the mating. When it is revealed her clan intended to sell her to a male in Montana, the Morgan brothers vow to take down the leader of the O’Kelly clan and bring justice to the male who paid for her hand.
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HER TEACHER MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 1 by Tasha Black
Ten years ago, Ian Anderson met the woman he instantly knew was meant to be his mate. There was just one problem – he was a brand-new high school teacher, and she was a top student. Though he ached to protect Bianca and was desperate to take her as his mate, he knew she was still too young for him to stake his claim. So Ian did the only thing he could – he walked away – from his job, and his forbidden desire.
Now Bianca Silver is back in Tarker’s Hollow to do her graduate research. She’s never gotten over her inexplicably intense yearning for Mr. Anderson, which she swears is more than a silly schoolgirl fantasy. But an unexpected encounter with him alone in the woods sends her quiet new life into a tailspin, putting Bianca in the path of grave danger and showing her a depth of longing and pleasure she never imagined was possible.
With Bianca by his side, Ian has everything he ever dreamed of. But loving her isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Between Bianca’s stubborn streak and the efforts of a mysterious attacker who seems to want her out of the picture, it’s going to take all her smarts and his experience for these fated mates to begin their new life.
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HER LAWYER MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 2 by Tasha Black
Wolf shifter Hector Thayer is a top lawyer at his small firm in Tarker’s Hollow. A driven and passionate man, Hector has nearby family, good friends, and pro bono work to keep his every moment occupied. But when Hector meets his mate, it begins to feel like the rest of his carefully curated life was all just an elaborate holding pattern. Smart, funny Mei makes Hector and his inner wolf lose control. If he can convince her to accept his role in the pack he might find the happiness he’s always longed for.
Mei Cohen is lost in lust with Hector Thayer. But he’s dangerous – a wolf shifter and a heartless attorney – the opposite of the person philanthropist Mei wants to spend her life with. If only she could convince her libido he’s not the one for her. The crazy things he does to her body keep her crawling back for more, even when she most wants to let go.
When a mysterious stalker comes after Mei in the home where she is staying, Hector is desperate to stake his claim. And though Mei has never relied on a man to protect her, she allows Hector to get closer than she ever meant to.
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A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 74: A PIECE OF SCYTHE by Bella Forrest
Death’s Scythe is missing. Broken into three pieces and scattered across the universe—Taeral and his team must retrieve it if they wish to save their worlds from certain destruction.
But they have no idea what sort of obstacles lie in the path of such a mission. And even though Seeley has been tasked with following them, he has been forbidden to intervene… No matter what.
BUNNY OMEGA ON THE RUN (SHIFTER TOWERS BOOK 1) by Jessica E Subject
As a pop star, I never expected to find true love.
Not in a world where everything is temporary and often fake. But then he ran into me. Not once, but twice. My tiger instantly recognized him as my mate. Now, I just have to convince Kish that what we have is real.
The oldest of ten kids, I saw what my mother went through after my father left. After that, I started taking blockers so I would never go into heat, never have kids. Because love was for the weak. And I was doing just fine on my own.
Then I met TK. Literally smacked right into him. But no matter how much I wanted it to be true, I refused to believe that he could love a bunny shifter from the wrong part of town.
WINNING SKYHUNTER (STONEFIRE DRAGONS UNIVERSE BOOK 1) by Jessie Donovan
Asher King had been locked away under the former clan leader for speaking out against his cruelty. Now free, he wants to win the leadership and guide his clan to a better future. However, being the nephew of the old leader isn’t easy, and if that wasn’t enough to overcome, he’s still recovering from the torture he endured while imprisoned. Still, he’s determined to win and keep his clan from being disbanded by the humans, even if it means competing against his ex-girlfriend and denying how much he still wants her.
Newly returned from her stay in America, Honoria Wakeham puts herself up as a candidate to be clan leader. Not everyone approves of a female candidate, but that doesn’t faze her. The old clan leader killed her parents, and in order to fully heal, she wants to bring the clan together and move their practices into the twenty-first century. What she didn’t count on was running into Asher King, the male she loved over a decade ago, before she was sent away to stay with her American relatives for safety.
It doesn’t take long for Asher and Honoria to give in to their attraction, but from it springs an idea that may be the best of all. Can they win the leadership trials and keep their clan together? Or, will one of the other candidates win and try to keep Skyhunter in the past?
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LINE (THE LURE OF THE MER BOOK 2) by Laney Kaye
Burned by a controlling relationship, professional fundraiser Krissy Bourke is determined to seize every opportunity her barely-even-vanilla relationship with her ex denied her. When a hot-as-hell lifeguard enters the picture, sparking her stifled lust, she’s more than ready. Then he suggests his Thor-like cousin join them, and her fantasy of defying all the taboos will finally be realized. Yet, her new lover is hiding something.
Erik Okeanós is a member of an elite group of Australian lifeguards who hide a secret; they are the last of the Mer. Their numbers are dwindling, so Mer law forbids sex with humans unless another Mer joins them. He’s shared women for over two-hundred years, and this pretty little human is no different. So why is he suddenly yearning for something more? Something that comes with too high a price…his immortality.
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THE PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 1) by Nina Croft
Whoever sacrifices the virgin, Raven Cole, on her twenty-first birthday will achieve a great victory in the war between good and evil.
That’s bad news for Raven. Half-vampire, half witch, and cursed from the moment she was born, Raven has been a prisoner of the fire-demons for the last seven years. Now, as her twenty-first birthday approaches, time is running out.
Kael Hunter believed he would do anything to stop the fire-demons from winning. Until he saw her. Now, rather than kill the alluring vampire himself, Kael has another plan: to prevent the prophecy by taking Raven’s virginity.
But Raven is prepared for death not seduction. Can Kael use their one night of passion to convince her she has a future – and that he should be a part of it?
BOUND MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 2) by Jenny Schwartz
Six billion people are dead. More are dying. The Faerene Apocalypse isn’t over, but the seeds for a new beginning have to be planted, now.
The future of Earth is that of a planet of many sentients: of the invading, magical Faerene and mundane, traumatized humanity.
But a few, exceedingly rare humans do have magic. Amy Carlton is one of them. Forced to bond with the black griffin, Magistrate Istvan, and act as his familiar, she doesn’t understand the magic she possesses. Nor does she understand the Faerene society she is thrown into.
She’ll have to learn fast because the cost of Amy’s ignorance couldn’t be higher. Death stalks an apocalypse, and the lives lost could be those of people she loves.
OF BLOOD AND MONSTERS (PIPER LAURIE SERIES BOOK 3) by D G Swank
A demon army is descending on Asheville, prepared to drag Piper and her friends to hell for defying Okeus, the god of war and hell, a threat her band of battered and weary defenders is nowhere near strong enough to hold off.
To add to her worries, a crescent moon is destined to appear on her left palm that will compel her to kill Kieran Abel, the demi-god son of Okeus. Now that Okeus has discovered his long coveted human son, he will torture Piper for eons if she follows through.
But she can’t ignore her new inexplicable craving for demon souls. With every monster she kills, her power grows and she feels herself turning darker.
Time is running out and Piper will do anything to protect those she loves, even if it means risking her own soul.
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GHOSTWALKER (BLACKWOOD PACK BOOK 6) by Mary Rundle
VS note: The cover, although beautifully photographed, is a little too hot for my blog.
David spent most of his life as a prisoner, beaten countless times as he was taught by the Sisters of the Four Gods. After learning the truth about what they had planned for him, he escaped and eventually landed in Scotland where he was rescued by kind shifter who gave him a job and a bed. His feeling of safety ended abruptly when he was discovered by the ones he fled.
Zane, the Blackwood Pack’s genius computer programmer, joined his brothers and friends in Scotland on his very first vacation. It had been a long and hard road for him since parents and younger siblings were massacred, but his life was finally coming together Not expecting anything more than fun and sightseeing, he was stunned to find his Fated Mate there.
Before they can claim each other, they find themselves in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, trying to elude brutal pursuers who want to capture David and kill Zane. As they fight to stay one step ahead of them, Zane sets out to win David’s heart and restore his confidence and also becomes his protector and lover.
Learning about each other’s abilities and gifts—and about the gods’ plans for David’s formidable new role in the shifter world—they form a unique bond with undying trust and a deep love that will bind them forever together as one.
BLOOD ENTWINED: THE LAURENT BLOOD LEGACY (MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 44) by Evelyn Lederman, Forward by SE Smith
Left for dead after a vicious vampire attack, a compulsion drives fledgling Annie Gerard to Magic, New Mexico. After believing herself safe, she’s manipulated into being the bait to capture the creature who turned her into a vampire.
Hunter Marc Bouchard failed at his last assignment, destroying his self confidence. He moves to Magic to lick his wounds and begin a new phase in his immortal life. Asked to house a female vampire and the promise of a centuries old spell turns his solitary existence upside down.
Will the blood legacy spell save the two would be lovers? It can only be possible in Magic, New Mexico.
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HUNTED AND CLAIMED (WAYWARD MATE BOOK 7) by Delta James
Riley decided years ago that she would be better off on her own, but when the alpha of the local pack finds out there’s a lone wolf causing trouble on his turf he takes matters into his own hands.
As far as Cameron Nichols is concerned, Riley will be joining his pack whether she likes it or not. Her only choice will be whether to submit to his authority with or without needing to be stripped bare and spanked over his knee until she is kicking and crying and promising obedience. When she chooses the latter, the Navy SEAL turned cowboy is more than happy to oblige.
But Cameron knows instantly that Riley isn’t just a feisty female in need of an alpha’s firm hand. She is his mate, and she knows it too, despite her best efforts to deny it. No matter how many times she tries to run, he will always chase her down, punish her thoroughly, and then mount and claim her so roughly that all she can do is scream her helpless, shamefully intense pleasure into the pillow as her body betrays her and surrenders ever more completely to his demands.
TWICE CLAIMED (CROWNED AND CLAIMED SERIES BOOK 2) by Betty Schreffler
As a newly crowned Queen, I’ve been chased from my home, forced to turn to an unfamiliar man for protection. In my world, we thrive on what you have to offer, and in order to save my home, I must give myself to a King in exchange for victory.
I promised I would make the necessary sacrifices to end the tyranny forced on my territory, but to give my heart, and lose the man who owns it, is the one thing capable of breaking me. When the choice is stolen from me, my only option is to follow through with a marriage alliance or lose the ones I love.
With tragedy striking from every attempt to win the war, I turn to the one who swore to protect me. With his love, I find a new source of freedom, and tip the scales in my favor. So I believed.
ONI’S TEARS: A STEAMFUNK ADVENTURE (A UNITY ISLES NOVELLA BOOK 1) by Kai Leakes
He is the eater of magic. The taker of souls. An entity who wants lands to turn to dusk. The skies to turn obsidian and to rule the world through the slaughter of the paragons.Since childhood 20-year-old Olivia Oni Lovejoy has trained with her family to keep magic in the world safe from the Big Juju Man. However, a close loss has sped up her succession as the Orisha Oya’s paragon and brought with it nothing but melancholy to her soul. When the Juju Man’s minions, the Ajogan descend on Alton, Illinois bringing destruction, it’s the loving wisdom of Oni’s father and a well-timed introduction of Midnight Horn, that leads her on an adventure against evil. As Oni’s tears fall, in another world, a doting grandmother tells Oni and Midnight’s journey as Paragons, in this exciting and haunting fantasy in a steampunk/funk driven world & foundation of a magic distant town.
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FORBIDDEN ARCANA: LUNA by Tamryn Tamer
Forbidden Arcana was full of dungeons. There were towers filled with evil warlords, caverns filled with man eating insects, and ruins overrun with undead. The Magus Puzzle was nothing like those and Luna would do anything to complete it, even bind herself to a mage.
Jericho needed a spatial magic user and Luna needed a master. Sure, they could have met under better circumstances. She could have knocked on his door and introduced herself rather than spy on him for weeks, even during his most intimate moments. But, in the end, she decided she liked what she saw and that’s what really mattered.
Jericho was going to help her solve the Magus Puzzle, if for no other reason than he was just as curious as she was about what was inside of it.
In the meantime, Terra offered to keep the other familiars occupied with a trip to a dungeon of their own. All she needs to do is figure out how to keep them under control without going insane.
WORTHY (THE WORTHY TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Siobhan Chase
Attacked one night by vampires only to be saved by her neighbor, Kai Jung, Ashiya learns not only is Kai a vampire, but her husband, who took her memories away in order to protect her. Armed with a gift she can’t control, Kai sweeps her into a dangerous world run by Elementals and protected by Shatans amongst many creatures of myth.
Tied together by a past Ashiya can’t remember, both fight intensely to stay together. But when Ashiya learns about a family curse that affects the whole Hyper world and Kai’s past comes back to haunt them, Ashiya must prove her worth to the new community she is now a part of making the ultimate sacrifice – herself.
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SHIFTED INTO LOVE: LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Various
VS Note: From February
This Valentine’s we wanted to celebrate black women, sexy shifters and our love of both in this anthology. Our authors range from a newly published writer to established authors with dozens of titles to their bibliography. Each lady brings her unique spin to the paranormal romance genre and shifters. Cozy up with a blanket and some hot cocoa and relax into the diverse worlds we have created for you.
From the sands of Egypt to the decadent halls of Zargobia, these seven stories will take you on the paranormal adventures your heart craves; foiling assassination attempts to shifter speed dating to being auctioned off to the highest bidder or fighting your way through the pack to claim your mate. Every story features the sexy shifters your heart and body desires, they break barriers and definitely some hearts.
ECHOES by L A Ashton
VS Note: From February
After one thousand years of listless eternity, Oskar is used to his particular brand of loneliness. But a long walk through Middle America and a few chance encounters will lead him straight to a man he’d known to be long since dead―his childhood best friend, Aranck.
Being undead hasn’t stopped Aran from living life to the fullest. He has all the money and power his charm and business savvy could earn him, and plenty of friends. Lately, though, something seems to be missing. After a millennium, perhaps the world’s shine has worn off—and that’s when Oskar stumbles back into his life, reminding him of who he used to be.
Together the two vampires remember what it felt like to live, all the while navigating a conflict with the local pack of werewolves. A lot has changed in a thousand years, and only time will tell if those changes will bring Oskar and Aranck closer together, or ensure they remain apart.
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THE INNAMORATA AND HER CLAN ON DRAGONS (THE DRAGON CLAN SERIES BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Clare
She escaped her gilded cage. Can she find a home?
In a world where dragons rule, they were once a respected and powerful clan. Now they are outcasts and dysfunctional.
Working as enforcers, and feared by most everyone, their goal is to hunt down whoever is kidnapping and torturing their kind, and destroy them. But their time is limited; without their Innamorata they are barely holding on to their sanity.
Ayah has finally escaped the restrictions imposed on her from birth. Rare and uniquely gifted, she is determined to discover the extraordinary woman she is meant to be. So, being claimed as their Innamorata by five desperate dragon-men, is not something she will easily accept, without a fight.
However, fate has other plans. Thrown together by destiny, can they work together before it’s too late?
Amidst the danger, will they be able to deal with their differences and find the happiness that has so far eluded them all?
TARIAN OUTCAST (NEW TARIAN PRIDE BOOK 3) by T S Joyce
Katy Craigson is on the run. Not from anything too scary, because she is a safe girl and doesn’t do danger, but she’s running from a past that keeps trying to drag her under. All she needs is a week with her best friend in the mountains of Colorado for a week. But when an unlikely hero comes to her rescue, she’s sent on a path she never saw coming. For some reason she can’t stop thinking about Kannon, the sexy, quick-witted lion shifter. He’s explained that humans have no place around the Tarian Pride, but her heart isn’t listening. She’d almost given up on men, but he’s showing her just how good a man, or shifter, can be. The old Katy would’ve run from the danger that immerses his life, but the new Katy is up for a little adventure.
Human Katy has Kannon Killian’s full attention. That’s not good for her. The Tarians have a strict law against humans near the Pride. Humans are too breakable around these violent big cat shifters. Kannon’s lion is on the hunt though, and pushing him to do unspeakable things to keep the pretty girl who can make him laugh on a dime. And too bad he’s not the only one hunting her. Three lion shifters have interest in Human Katy, and for all drastically different reasons. She has no idea how much danger she’s in, and it’s entirely his fault. He should’ve never dragged her into the chaos of his life…but then again…he never really had a choice. The animal inside of him has chosen a girl who is too fragile for his Pride of war lions. Or is she?
DARK DREAM’S TEMPTATION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 26) by I T Lucas
Julian has known Ella is the one for him from the moment he saw her picture, but when he finally frees her from captivity, she seems indifferent to him. Could he have been mistaken?
Ella’s rescue should’ve ended that chapter in her life, but it seems like the road back to normalcy has just begun and it’s full of obstacles. Between the pitying looks she gets and her mother’s attempts to get her into therapy, Ella feels like she’s typecast as a victim, when nothing could be further from the truth. She’s a tough survivor, and she’s going to prove it.
Strangely, the only one who seems to understand is Logan, who keeps popping up in her dreams. But then, he’s a figment of her imagination—or is he?
INFINITY CHRONICLES BOOK ONE by Albany Walker
New town, new school. Same story. I’m Laura, I’ve spent most of my life crisscrossing the county yielding to the whims of my transient mother. We’ve never stayed in one place long enough to call it home, and I don’t have any hope of that changing.
I follow the rules; no drawing attention to myself, no friends, and especially no boys.
But my mom’s been keeping secrets, secrets so profound they threaten to turn my world upside down. I’ve always assumed her paranoia was a symptom of a mental illness, but as her secrets begin to unravel, I realize nothing is what it seems.
As my life careens out of control a group of guys from school promise to give me answers about who I really am. I’m afraid of what I might learn, but more afraid of what I could be giving up if I don’t listen.
PROTECTOR (THE FULL BLOOD BOOK 1) by Serena Nova
I have a Secret and I’m going to tell you.
I’m the last Full-blood Witch.
I’m the last Savill Royal.
I’m the heir to a throne four King’s rule the world from.
I told my secret twice now, to you and my best friend.
Now it is time to keep that secret again.
Because if they knew I was still alive, it would mean losing my freedom.
Maybe even my life.
Only for me to end up in the wrong place.
SILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant
Dragon knight Mikhail has spent the many years of his life in the pursuit of duty. But when his latest mission sends him to a sleepy California beach town, he’s shocked to come across a murder in progress. And even more shocked to realize (after plummeting from the sky to save the day) that it’s four older women in a writing group acting out a scene from a murder mystery.
But that’s nothing to how he feels when the “murder victim” looks into his eyes… and he knows that the beautiful gray-haired woman is his mate.
Bird Worcester used to write children’s books, before a bitter divorce separated her from her beloved son and daughter. Twenty-seven years later, she’s still picking up the pieces. But when a handsome, silver-haired stranger literally drops into her life, she finds that her heart just might still be alive after all.
But years of lonely solitude and their very different lives aren’t their only obstacles. There’s also the little matter of Mikhail’s dangerous mission.
DEADLY PROTECTOR (FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden
Katrina Mejia knows she has to prove herself. As the newest member of the Federal Paranormal Unit, she’s in a whole new world. She needs a lot of field time to get up to speed and is happy to take on any case. She’d also like more information on tall, dark and broody who makes her heart skip a beat and her panties shrivel into nothing.
Hunter Cross is content with the anonymity of working undercover. He’s not a people person and isn’t interested in a mate or a relationship of any kind. His heart is dead to emotions and he’s more than happy to keep it that way. But things change when he finds his mate. A mate he doesn’t want but craves.
Putting herself in the sights of a madman abducting women, Kat’s about to become more than one man’s prey. When a piece of Hunter’s dark past shows up unexpectedly, it’ll take more than his dragon to keep his mate alive. Danger takes center stage as Hunter and Kat team up to take down a predator while fighting their burning passion.
SWITCHING WITCHES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM BOOK 7 by Robyn Peterman
How in the Goddess’s name did I get stuck at the Witchypoo Convention at Rump Arena in Hexington, Kentucky? Whoops… my bad. Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Whatever. It’s like one cavernous indoor garage sale of “magic” crap. It’s nothing more than a convention of human wanna-be witches in pointy ankle boots and half-price black hats.
And where in the Goddess’s gauchos did these humans get their info on witch-wear? Real witches wear Prada… and Stella McCartney and Alice and Olivia and … well, you get my point.
Baba Yopaininmybutt sent me to root out the very evil shenanigans going down in the sea of faux witches, mummies and vamps. On the plus side, I’m looking forward to hotel sex with my hotter that heck werewolf mate. However, nookie time is nada. Believe it or not, a gay fainting goat shifter, a magical mystery woman and a dude who looks alarmingly like me have shown up to complicate matters.
A mystery witch is dealing in blood. I might have a twin. Where do gay fainting goat shifters come from anyway? And I will be seriously put out if I can’t have hotel sex.
But I’m motivated … by multiple big O’s.
Let the motherhumpin’ witch-hunt begin.
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EMBROIDERED FANTASIES (TAPESTRIES BOOK 5) by N J Walters
VS Note: Re-release
With her abusive ex-husband safely behind bars, Roxanne Sykes is trying to carve out a quiet life for herself. Just as she’s beginning to feel free to explore her new possibilities, word reaches her that her cruel ex has been released from prison. When he shows up at her door bent on destroying her, it’s only through the magic of a well-loved tapestry that Roxanne is whisked away to safety—and into the world of a warrior she’s known only from her fantasies.
Radnor Craddock has known only a life of violence and brutality at the hands of his older brothers. Now that they have fallen in battle, Radnor and his twin brother Sednar can finally put their house in order. Just as their efforts are bearing fruit, fate smiles upon them again by delivering a potential tapestry bride to their doorstep. Well aware of what they must do to win her hand and her heart, the brothers dedicate themselves to granting Roxanne every imaginable pleasure, driving her to sensual heights unlike any she has ever known.
With each new erotic encounter stirring a loving bond between the three, Roxanne is tempted to accept the promise of the tapestry and make a new life and new home with the brothers. But she has trusted before and been painfully wrong, and she’s frightened by the whisperings of the brothers’ violent past. Unsure of herself and threatened anew when her merciless ex finds his way to her once again, Roxanne must trust her heart as the brothers vow to protect her and destroy her ex—and to give her a life and love she had never dreamed possible.
MEMORY’S FLAME (WOLF HERITAGE BOOK 6) by Tielle St. Clare
Bridget has always known her role in the Pack…mate with a strong wolf who would take over from her father and assume the role of Alpha.
As a dominant wolf herself, Bridget has yet to meet the male who could best her. She won’t accept anyone except the strongest wolf as her mate.
Payne has come to town for a story… It isn’t really possible that werewolves exist, right? Either his research is going to lead him to a bunch of crazies who dress up on the full moon or the biggest story of his life.
Injured years ago, Creed’s wolf is damaged. He’s no match for Bridget. He can only be her friend and lust for her from afar.
But when the past returns with vengeance in mind, there’s only one way to survive—they must join together and fight fire with pure fire.
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A PHOENIX IS FOREVER (PHOENIX BROTHERS BOOK 3) by Ashlyn Chase
Dawn Forrest is ready for a big change. She’s determined to put her criminal past behind her and only use her extraordinary psychic abilities for good from now on.
Luca Fierro is a Phoenix shifter and rookie cop with something to prove. The last person he should tangle with is a newly reformed bad girl, especially one as irresistible as Dawn. But he needs her help to find a missing child, and every minute counts. This case is going to put their skills to the test and force them to keep their sizzling attraction at bay.
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FOREVER WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES BOOK 3) by Maria Vale
Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is…Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.
Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world…or perhaps, the beginning…With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack’s survival, side by side and heart to heart.
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FATE KNOWS BEST by Alanea Alder
VS Note: Re-release
After her boss became her ex-boyfriend and turned her life inside out, Rebecca is on the road looking for adventure and a place to call home. She never imagined the mysterious road she would take would lead her to a grumpy hot Sheriff, a gorgeous playboy and a group of gay fashionistas, or, that they would be bear and lion shifters. Reading about being a shifter’s mate was one thing, living it was another.
Aleks has sworn off human women. After working a brutal homicide he as returned to the shifter-only town of his birth to date the local shifter women and hopefully find a nice female bear-shifter to give him cubs. When Fate throws him an itty, bitty human as a mate, he refuses to have anything to do with her.
As the attraction between them grows Aleks realizes that he can’t seem to stay away from the tiny dark-haired human, but the realization may come too late, as he faces the fact that though her body was never in any danger, he may have shattered her heart.
He wonders if she will be safe with him and she wonders if she will ever be what he he truly wants.
In the end they will both see that, Fate Knows Best.
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MOONSHINE AND MALICE: MOONSHINE HOLLOW #2 by Kathleen Brooks
What was an accidental witch to do when fate sends a sexy witch on a motorcycle, only to find out he might be there to kill her?
Zoey Mathers was adjusting to life as a witch— a real finger wiggling, magic casting, talk to spirits witch who was thrown into the middle of a war between good and evil. And now Slade, fate’s sexy twist, was asking her out on a date and talking about her part in an ancient prophecy.
It was up to Zoey to decide if she could trust Slade not to kill her. She also has to discover the reason for her particular powers. And then there’s that little thing about her possibly being the key to ending the War of the Witches. Ah, the quiet small town mountain life.
Now, if only she could only avoid losing her heart, and more importantly her life to Slade.
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STONE COLD PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 38) by Julia Mills
Blowing things up since before he could walk, Oz, Oscar Tomas to his momma and only his momma, could make bombs out of anything and everything ~ lady’s knickers, a torn shoestring, even dried-out, old cow patties. There was nothing he couldn’t make go boom, nothing he couldn’t bend to his will.
Then came London.
Intelligent, quick-witted, and strong-willed with more curves than a country back road, Oz was defenseless in the face of the fiery attraction he felt for this redheaded bombshell…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
AYIL: DARK WARRIOR ALLIANCE BOOK 18 by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka
Ayil, a powerful warrior angel, is on a mission to discover if a Phoenix clan is working with demons. Unfortunately, his plan goes south the moment he meets Kennex, an irresistible clan member who unknowingly possesses demonic energy. When he sees evidence she was attacked, Ayil can’t resist intervening on her behalf, despite the fact his actions threaten his task, as well as, the very foundations of Heaven and angelkind.
Kennex vowed long ago to never trust angels. Her experiences taught her they’re as controling and manipulative as any demon, some even more so. When her tormentuous past hunts her down and stakes a claim on her body and soul, she’s forced to rethink her strategy and seek alliance with Ayil, a sexy warrior angel. The thin line between love and hate quickly blurs as attraction blazes between them…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
MONSTER (SHIFTER ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Scarlett Haven
If I thought my mates were protective before, that’s nothing compared to how they are now.
It’s for a good reason… somebody is after me, but we don’t know why.
What am I?
As I start developing more and more powers, the only thing we have is questions.
Maybe these people are right to come after me and hunt me down?
What if I’m a monster?
THE CRYSTAL ROSE (RITE WORLD: RITE OF THE WARLOCK BOOK 3) by Juliana Haygert
Luana – Keeran and I have decided to be together, but the world is intent on ripping us apart. His magic is driving him mad, and I’m left alone to decide how to take down Isalia. But I’ve made too many promises, and I’ve sworn to protect too many people. To win this war, I’ll have to accept a destiny I’ve never faced– and a crown I didn’t even know was my birthright.
Keeran – I’m hiding secrets from Luana– secrets that are killing me. I love her, but I’m losing my mind, and I don’t know how to regain my sanity. War isn’t coming, it’s already here, and I’m the only one who can stop it. To protect my love, I’ll have to do the unthinkable… and make an irreversible sacrifice.
THE DRAGON’S LIFE WITCH (SIX ISLES WITCHES AND DRAGON BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels
They arrested me as a witch. And I’ve one night left to live.
At least, I thought I did, until the nobleman turned up.
He calls himself Meridas, and he thinks my magic will be of use. Also, he’s a dragon.
A sky-cursing handsome dragon person, if I’m being honest here.
I don’t like the idea of being used, but it’s not like I have a choice. Not unless I want to survive the next day. It helps that he lives in the floating cities, though.
I always wanted to get out of the slums. Maybe not quite in this manner… but a girl’s gotta take every opportunity presented, right?
It does help that he’s everything a girl looks for in a man. Kind. Attentive. Strong and determined to save his sister, and save me. Things I’m definitely not used to.
Things I wouldn’t mind exploring further, if I get the chance.
THE WATER LEGACY (ACADEMY OF MAGICAL CREATURES BOOK 2) by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades
Sophia – Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.
But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors— or I’ll lose everyone I love.
Liam – Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her.
The Water council has promised they’ll bring my Familiar back from the dead— my literal soul— if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?
But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die… and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.
FOURTH RITE (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 4) by Jacquelyn Faye
There are two things you should always remember about elves. One, they never miss. Two, they never give up.
I thought I was safe when my familiar stopped the arrow from turning me into a kabob, but as I said, elves don’t give up. Especially when they think you destroyed their city and killed their king in some grandiose quest for power
They didn’t know me very well.
He may not have believed me, but he believed the goddess when she showed up to proclaim my innocence. Unfortunately for him, she turned him into my full-time body guard. I should have been grateful, I should have been happy I had another hottie keeping me from getting dead. I should have been a lot of things, but all of them would have been easier if he and I got along better than nitro and glycerin. Did I mention the third thing you should always remember about elves? They’re kind of stuck-up jerks with pointy ears and nice butts.
Now, my body-guard and I get to travel to Faerie to convince the royal family of my innocence. Sounds fun, right? Try telling your boyfriends that they aren’t invited.
HEAVEN IS A HAREM: BOOK 2 by Kim Faulks
How do you fight for a mortal’s damned soul? With teeth and claws. With wings and hate. With brass knuckles coated with Demon blood.
And that’s exactly what my Archangel intends to do.I never wanted this bloodline, never wanted to belong to both the darkness and the light. I’ll renounce Lucifer’s hold over me, and I’ll fight.
But the Nephilim are rising, staking their claim over my body and my soul, bringing that dangerous part of me to the surface, until one night…in a derelict church in the middle of a desert, they come.
Dark against light. Heaven against Hell.
VS Note: In case you missed the news of my new release last week!
KIERCE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 6) by Veronica Scott
Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.
Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.
Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.
Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.
Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.