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).
SANCTUARY: A DARK PLANET WARRIORS NOVELLA by Anna Carven
VS Note: One clicked this of course!
Abbey goes shopping.
Tarak learns an important fact about human female biology.
Ami develops new (and somewhat scary) abilities.
Oh, and it’s Christmas soon.
It’s just another day in the life of our fearsome Kordolians and their human mates. A light-hearted peek into Tarak and Abbey’s new life on Earth.
CHAOS CROC (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by Naomi Lucas
Janet was a maneater.
She knew what men wanted, took what she pleased and used that to her advantage. But the men who lived in the small colonies on her home planet were not the same as those who traveled and conquered the universe. They were nothing like the Cyborgs who showed up to solve all her family’s problems, especially the green-eyed god who crowded her space.
So she used him like she used the rest—and bit off far more than she could ever chew.
Zeph carried a demon on his back, one that scratched at the inside of his skull relentlessly. No one would guess that the neon green knight had a terrible secret, not with his charm and his lies. And because of his charisma, his razzle-dazzle darkness, the EPED used him for all he was worth. But sometimes missions can’t be fixed with diplomacy. Sometimes you have to follow your own instincts—even a croc’s instincts—to go after what you really want.
He wanted Janet. He wanted to keep her.
But the demon wanted something else entirely.
HITTING THE TARGET: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
Ormyu Five is the world divided in two
To the north, a police state ruled by the heavy hand of The EYE, which spies on its people constantly and keeps iron control over their lives.
To the South lies Bountiful, a country of free thinkers bustling with trade and blessed with balmy weather. But those from the Northern Block never get to experience its temperate climate for the two halves of Ormyu Five are divided by an impenetrable wall of blue energy called the Great Barrier.
Mia lives in the North and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t looking over her shoulder. Everyone spies on everyone else and reports to The Eye. It is a land of paranoia—a place of constant fear. Even Mia herself has been forced into the ranks of informants—she works as a nurse but also as a covert agent, reporting weekly to her Commandant in The EYE’s headquarters for new assignments. Imagine her surprise and dismay when she recognizes her new target—a huge male with a mane of golden brown hair and pale piercing eyes—as the one she has been dreaming of for months.
Treygar is a rare Lei’on Kindred which means he keeps a hungry beast locked within himself. He came to Ormyu Five with his people, looking for a new genetic trade on the strangely divided planet. What he doesn’t expect is to start dream sharing with one of the inhabitants of the backwards world but that is exactly what happens. He wants to go and find the mysterious, curvy little female but before he can, he runs into her at the transport station.
Mia is scared to death of the huge Kindred warrior. She’s been dreaming of him for months but she assumed It was just that—a dream. Even worse, he is the target she had been sent to the South to track…and possibly to kill. Can she keep herself from falling for Trey and complete her mission? Or is the big Kindred aiming for her heart, Hitting the Target?
ALIEN OUTLAW by C F Harris
All Rachel wanted was a little excitement. She was tired of the same old boring work traveling through deep space working as a glorified warp space telephone repair tech.
Only Rachel is about to learn she should be careful what she wishes for as a sexy golden Vosk pirate ship drops out of warp space and hits her with the hottest alien invasion in the history of Terran-Vosk relations!
Vrath knew a raid deep in Terran space was a terrible idea. High risk, high reward. Only the job quickly becomes all risk, no reward, and ridiculously complicated as they run into a Terran repair frigate that shouldn’t be there and half his crew mutinies when he refuses to kidnap the humans and sell them into slavery!
Which is bad, sure, but all Vrath can think about is her. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
UNWELCOME (HER ILLUSIAN WARRIOR BOOK 2) by Annalise Alexis
You know the worst part about surviving? Mourning your dead.
I never saw it coming. Never expected to watch the life drain from so many people I loved. The sting of betrayal cuts deep, and after choosing to break UCom law, I’ve been blacklisted–deemed an Unwelcome.
A group of females is missing, destined to be sold as slaves. So, when the Illusians and the warrior I love take off to find them, I join without a second thought.
Hell hath no fury like an Illusian scorned. And my Ren? He’s about to set the universe on fire.
RISING TIDES (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 10) by Rebecca Royce
An embrace can offer comfort… Amber Delacroix Chen reunited with her husbands only to have to send them off to war. Now a doctor, she works tirelessly to patch up the wounded to send them back to the front lines while protecting the people at the heart of the Chen Empire. She delivers babies, tends to the injured, the lost, and even her fellow physicians, everyone—except herself. Thankfully, she has her very own Z Warriors who will lay down their lives to protect her. After years of separation, anxiety, and pain, she is finally herself and the love she and her husbands share sustains her. In so many ways, Amber’s life is perfect, if only her husbands were with her.
An embrace can offer hope… For their part, Amari, Shane, and Hunter are in the thick of the war with Evander. It’s a fight to save their planet, their empire, their way of life…and their wife. Time together is a precious commodity and fleeting seconds of passion must sustain them. The tide is rising and there is nothing they won’t do to win this war…but when enemies old and new come for them, there is nothing the Chens won’t do to save each other.
RESISTANT (HER REVERSE GENUS BOOK 3) by Adell Ryan
This is where I introduce myself… for a third time. Quite honestly, we’re past formalities now, so how about this instead: young woman, early twenties, special DNA, can often be found in a state of duress… or with four attractive men.
That’s pretty much the basics of my recollections these days. Last thing I remember is dancing the night away. The next morning, I wake up in an unfamiliar place and am told something terrible happened to me. However, no one knows the specifics, and the guys are being tight-lipped about what little information they do know.
When we finally learn what happened during those mysterious hours, the five of us are thrust into a situation we never would have imagined. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
HOPE, TEARS, STEAM, GEARS by Gregory L Norris
At the request of the Earl of Kensington, Donovan Tisdale attends a mind-expanding presentation by Richard Sandominus Flynn, the Minster of Steam-based Sciences. Flynn reveals the next step in steam-based power—flights to the moon and far beyond conducted by mechanical men.
The attraction between Donovan and Flynn ignites from the moment they meet and follows them through the dangerous political climate of Her Majesty’s jeweled city as dark powers seek to dismantle the clean-based power poised to send humanity to the stars.
THE LUMINOUS DEAD: A NOVEL by Caitlin Starling
VS Note: Scifi not a romance but I did put it on my TBR. Sounds intriguing.
When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.
Instead, she got Em.
Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .
As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.
But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?
THE VANISHED SPECIALIST (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 2) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard
My lilapetal is dying…and I can’t save her.
The woman who brought me back to life may not live long enough to see me truly happy.
All the tests, the experiments have failed me…and I have failed her.
If I don’t devise a cure to save my alien, I’ll spend the rest of my existence on Mortuus alone.
The others believe my mate isn’t strong enough to survive. That she can’t breed and should be put back into cryosleep until she’s healed.
But I won’t allow it.
I will defy the only family I’ve ever known to save her.
Even if it means vanishing into the unknown.
She is all that matters and no amount of her protests will keep me from doing what I must to keep her safe.
PARESHKA’S HUMAN MATES by Alexis Starr
Pareshka. Her name rolls from my tongue and stirs an unsated desire.
We audition for the Priestess. Surely it can’t be hard for men like us. Passionate, protective and loving.
But Pareshka needs more than us. She has to save her community. She needs a third to complete her.
My oldest brother is the most dominant of us all, we need to find him and persuade him to join us.
If we truly are the fated mates of Pareshka, we three must unite and fulfil her one true need….a baby to save her planet.
RESCUING MARA’S FATHER by D M Burton
VS Note: This is a middle grade scifi adventure, not a romance but it’s a release of note since Diane Burton is a novelist in the scifi romance community! In the snippets she’s shared, the MG ‘voice’ is good, so if you know an MG reader who might like some scifi…
Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.
Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or, better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he’s gone.
Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately.
Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships.
Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him.
Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father…(more blurb on the ebook seller page…)
V’HOR’S NESTMATE (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 7) by Michelle Howard
An elite soldier with the Jutak warriors, V’hor Dahreel had a reputation for being cold and on the verge of being out of control. He never imagined the cure to his troubles was a human woman from Earth. Finding his nestmate during a mission was the last thing he expected but Eva was everything he’d ever needed.
Eva Blake left Earth to find a husband and ended up in the arms of a fighter who killed without caution. Or so she thought. When the truth comes out he’s already conquered her heart as easily as he conquered his opponents in The Pit. Freedom is the last thing on her mind and dreams of love tempt her to stay.
DRAGON’S TEMPTATION (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 15 ) by Miranda Martin
It’s a simple mission, right? Not a thing. Go, meet the new group of massive alien-dragon Zmaj warriors who call themselves ‘The Order’, make friendly and come home with everyone on good terms and willing to work together.
Survival on Tajss is hard, everyone needs more allies, it’s a no-brainer. Easy. No problem whatsoever. The perfect opportunity to put my natural skills to work!
Except nothing could have prepared me for him.
Big. His muscles have muscles. Wings, that tail, colorful scales but more than anything those eyes! The way they burn when he looks at me, smoldering, calling to every dirty instinct my body has. If that was all maybe I’d be okay, but he’s cracking the shields of my heart too.
I’m in trouble in a lot more ways than one.
COMMANDER’S PRICE (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 1) by Diana Logan
He was the most gorgeous creature to ever walk into Katy’s dive bar. And he claimed he was looking for a woman. Two shots of tequila later, Katy is more than willing to accompany her new friend back to his place for a night of mindblowing sex that proves to be out of this world.
Katy wakes up on a spaceship halfway across the galaxy, the captive of a smoking-hot alien who claims he’s an exiled prince, and that Katy holds the key to helping him win back his throne, as long as she’s willing to pay the… COMMANDER’S PRICE
RUSE by Cindy Pon
VS Note: Not a romance but seems to have a bit of romantic elements.
Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.
Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.
When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?
WE ARE THE CATALYST (PSIONICS BOOK 2) by Tash McAdam
VS Note: Unclear if there’s any romance…from February.
Kidnapped and imprisoned, telepathic children are forced to gather military intelligence. Repeatedly stripped of their memories, they live in ignorance of the world above. You can’t tell anyone a secret if you don’t remember it. It’s not child abuse if no one knows you exist.
Epsilon 17 appears to be just another mindless tool, empty of thought. But it’s a lie. The carefully constructed shell she hides behind protects her from their mind wipes. One day she will destroy the Institute. All she needs is a chance.
That chance could be Toby, if he doesn’t die first. He should never have left the safety of the suburbs, but cornered in an alley by a gang, he’s out of options. Of course, if he realized he had superpowers, he probably wouldn’t have been so worried. Unfortunately, they come at the cost of a finger, and his old life. Injured and panicked, he would have stayed on the dirty ground until the Institute came for him, if it wasn’t for Serena. Name-taking, ass-kicking Serena. She can punch through walls and practically fly, surely she can keep him safe…
But the Institute is sending Epsilon 17 to hunt him down, and she’s never lost a trail.
Can ARC, the mysterious group Serena works for, protect him? He has to get his powers in order, fast. It’s time for Toby to stand up for himself. An underground war is raging, and Toby’s just been drafted.
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY BOOK 3; THE BEGINNING OF ALWAYS by Karen Janowsky
VS Note: From February
When gods and superheroes fall in love, it takes gods and supervillains to keep them apart.
Powerful alliances from both Daniel and Nina’s pasts are about to rip apart the fabric of time. Dark, tragic days loom close as those plans come to fruition. Meanwhile, Nina and Daniel struggle to explore the boundaries between passion and possessiveness, duty and desire. They are gambling with much more than their future together. This is a race for the survival of history, itself, and their pasts are about to catch up with them.
History is about to end before it has begun.
VS Note: Here’s part of her blurb for Book One, also released in February (as well as Book 2) which explains the background of the series a bit more: “Daniel Hecht doesn’t belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he’s out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called “Lionheart” and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher.
Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she’s from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened…” (a bit more Book 1 blurb on its ebook seller page…)
ALIEN BRUTE (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 4) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon
The brutal scars covering Fynd’s face are nothing compared to the wounds that have festered in his heart. After the bitter, public rejection by his intended mate a long time ago, he doubts any female will wish to become his…so he purchases a small human female named Lucy from a slave market. She’ll bear him a few children and he’ll provide for her in return, but he will not expect her to harbor any amount of affection for him. How could she? He’s a monster.
He wishes she wasn’t so sweet and beautiful. He also wishes his heart didn’t fill with warmth in her presence. She’ll likely never return his affections, but he cannot let her go. Ever. A Vaxxlian warrior always mates for life.
Life hasn’t been easy for Lucy. She prays her next master will be kind, and she’s terrified when the new alien who buys her looks like an angry bull with glowing green eyes. After she attempts escape, she’s certain he’ll punish her severely. Her old master would have. But the alien warrior named Fynd kisses her instead–a shockingly tender kiss that makes her all tingly inside–and she starts to wonder if perhaps there’s more to the unsmiling alien warrior than meets the eye.
There’s a gentleness beneath his hardened exterior, but breaking his defenses down won’t be easy. As far as alien warriors go, he’s as stubborn and proud as they come. Can they both find healing in one another’s arms, or will a new threat tear them apart forever?
KIDNAPPING HIS REBEL (ZALARYN CONQUERORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm
BANTOKK – This human rebel is wild, crazy and violent—and determined to start an intergalactic war.
It’s my job to take her, tame her, bend her to the will of the Zalaryns.
I’ll be glad when it’s over and I can leave her on some remote planet. She’s a professional thief and a liar—the complete opposite of everything I stand for.
But there’s something growing between us that I can’t control. Something primal. I can’t believe that she’s my bonded mate, because I can barely stand being around her for 2 days, let alone eternity…
LIA – I hate this alien bastard. He thinks he can kidnap me, hold my crew hostage, and tell me what to do. Yeah right.
I didn’t escape years of captivity only to be bossed around by yet another alien.
I’ll follow along and help him, but only because I’m trying to save my sister.
I need his help. That’s it. I don’t need his protection—and I definitely don’t need his dirty promises to come true. Even if I sort of want them to.
HIS TO CLAIM by Taylor Vaughn, Eve Vaughn and Theodora Taylor
Every human girl growing up on New Terrhan knows one thing … that she will be taken by one or several Xalthurian males when she turns twenty-one. The Xalthurians are rough, domineering, and huge all over, but this is the deal our leaders struck so that they would provide our human colony with desperately needed supplies.
If the baby born from our taking is a girl, we will be allowed to keep it. If the baby is a boy, it will be taken away, never to be seen again. That is the way it has always been on our small planet and that is the way it will always be.
I should accept my fate, but I can’t. When they come for my sister’s baby boy, I dare to defy the alien, they call “Tel.” As it turns out, “Tel” means prince. But rather than killing me for my insolence, the future overlord vows to return to the planet. When I am twenty-one.
He’s huge, all-powerful, and determined to claim me.
Can I stop him?
And how will I answer when the question becomes, do I want to?
3013: FEVER (3013 THE SERIES BOOK 16) by Kali Argent
Ten years ago, Commander Lucas Brighton left behind everything safe and familiar in hopes of outrunning his family’s legacy. For a while it worked. For a while, he was more than just the son of a killer or the heir to a pharmaceutical empire. Now, instead of his coveted command post on Alpha Station: X4, he spends his days in an underground lab failing to turn a bunch of magical flowers into an effective treatment for infertility.
When the king of the entire planet asks you to aid in the advancement of human medicine, you do it. For Jael Moonmist, that means leaving Xenthian for the first time in her long life and traveling across the galaxies to a strange, unknown world. Arriving at the front door of the hilltop mansion, she holds few expectations. Least of which is meeting her soulmate, then having him pass out before she can even introduce herself.
Their relationship gets off to a rocky start, but when a mishap in the lab leaves Jael suffering from a mysterious illness, Luke will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if that means abandoning everything and embarking on a frantic trek across the universe.
With the clock ticking, can he reach the antidote on Xenthian in time, or will he be forced to watch as his new mate is consumed by the fever?
HAAKEN’S HONOUR (FIRST CONTACT BOOK 1) by Leona Windwalker
When a dirty, naked creature dashes onto their ship with armed Talit in desperate pursuit, they know something is up. When the creature begins to utter sounds that sound suspiciously like sentient speech, Captain Mauu finds himself in a quandary. The Ha’ak don’t permit slave trading, while the Trade Confederation only extend rights to members. When the Talit claim Mauu and his crew have stolen their merchandise, Mauu finds himself in a quandary as the livelihood of his entire clan is at stake. He knows one thing. Even if he wasn’t captivated by the being with the startling blue eyes, he could never stain his honour or that of his crew or his home world by participating in slavery. But how to claim the strange male so that he falls under member protection?
UNBEARABLE FAILURE (BEARS OF ARIA BOOK 1) by M L Guida
Vaughn: Our women are dying on Aria and we don’t know why. An Earth woman may have the cure, but she won’t hand it over. I don’t like kidnapping, but she leaves me no choice. And she’s my mate.
Sandra Rotella: Everyone thinks I’m a failure. Except for an alien. He’s desperate for my formula, desperate enough to abduct me. And he tells me we’re fated to be together. He believes I can save his people. But what if he’s wrong?
HIS HUMAN DOCTOR (GALACTIC COURTSHIP SERIES BOOK 15) by Lily Thomas
Brenda’s an ER doctor and accustomed to the high level of stress that comes with the job, but when she accepts a position with the army, she begins to fear for her life. The war with the Sri’thaens is heating up, and she is on the front lines aiding the injured. Just when she believes her time is up, a Kellian soldier sweeps her off her feet and shows her there might be some hope left in this war.
The last place Ryrth thought he’d encounter his mate was on a war-torn human colony, but now that he has her, he’s reluctant to let go. Unfortunately, a soldier has to follow orders, and when he leaves her side, it nearly leads to her death. Now he wants her far from this war, but she’s more headstrong than he’d initially thought, and now he’s fighting two wars.
THE SAVIOR (THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES BOOK 17) by J R Ward
In the next heart-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series, J.R. Ward delivers a brand-new paranormal passion with the story of Murhder, who returns after his appearance in The Thief!
SEDUCED BY THE HIGHLAND WEREWOLF: AN IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER (DRUID SERIES BOOK 5) by Mandy M Roth
Alpha-male, wolf-shifting druid sorcerer Duncan O’Caha has one regret in his immortally long life—letting a demon escape his clutches years ago. Memories of that night have haunted him for decades.
When the nightmares of old surface once more, he wastes no time returning to the scene of the crime. Deep down, he knows the demon is back with a vengeance. This time he plans to kill it—that is, if he can keep his head in the game and off the captivating young woman he finds in the small town that is full of dark secrets.
Catrina calls to him on a base level, leaving him at war with the beast he carries within. He’ll have to keep his head in the game and off seducing the young female if he has a chance in hell of ending the demon’s reign of terror once and for all.
MAX (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder
Max Chase, exiled lion shifter and bouncer at the hottest club in town, doesn’t believe shifters and humans should mate. Though his rippling muscles, large build and beautiful mane attract attention, Max pushes it all away, ready to spend the rest of his life alone. That is until a new face at Club Crimson lights up Max’s protective instincts, making the beast inside him roar…for a human.
Jackie Moore isn’t usually one for late nights and club outings. So when her coworkers bring her along to an unknown place at the far edge of town, and things take a turn for the worst, she’s ready to swear off going out ever again. That is, until an impossibly handsome, impossibly huge man with a glare that could stop a charging rhino ends up entangled with her in the fight to save an innocent creature’s life.
As Jackie and Max are pushed together, the chemistry between them erupts into heated hisses and steamy encounters. Max knows he wants Jackie for his mate, forever. But Jackie still has no idea of the dark secrets at Club Crimson, and Max doesn’t know that danger is waiting around every corner, threatening his new love.
WHITE WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 1) by Suzanne Roslyn
Moving onto a the shifter reservation near the Shadow Lands of the Evergreen Mountains, Audrey Johnson risks losing guardianship of her young shifter nephew, Toby. A human without any connection to the mountain, Audrey must find a mate or hand over custody to wolf shifter, Liam Holden, and leave the shifter reservation and her nephew forever.
Desperate and lonely all these years, Liam isn’t sure he can trust his wolf spirit’s instincts when it comes to finding his one true mate. Audrey tries to lure Liam into mating with her. As the mate bond grows stronger between them, and Audrey is running out of time to find a mate. Liam is forced to protect her. His wolf and his heart will have to claim Audrey before the dark shadows of the mountains take her from him.
FEROCIOUS (SECRET OF CERES BOOK 1) by Stella Williams
The Sanctuary of Ceres is the best-kept secret in the non-human world.
Farrah Andromeda is a headstrong Aura PI in the human world. Donovan Mars is a straight-laced Security Force Officer of Ceres. They both want to solve the case of a missing Aura teen, but their methods put them at odds.
When clashes of the mind turn to sparks in the bedroom, will they be able to put aside their differences before the world as they know it goes up in flames?
CROSSROAD (HEROES BY NECESSITY BOOK 4) by Riley S Keene
The Age of Mortals temporarily forgotten, Elise Bresch and Ragan Ermolt regroup to focus on returning their friend and companion, Athala Dohn, from the Nether. Or wherever Meodryt’s fateful bite sent her.
Following instructions that are little more than campfire tales leads them to Marska, a long-abandoned city full of rumors – and bandits. Finding the fabled Temple of Isadon – a relic of centuries past – is easy, but getting inside proves to be a bit tougher.
Elise and Ermolt refuse to leave empty handed; their goal is to retrieve the Favor of Isadon, a magic relic of the forgotten God of Death, and use it to bring Athala back. But the guardians of the Temple – including the fearsome Champion – refuse to just let them take it. Will Elise and Ermolt overcome the trials of Isadon’s Temple, or will the long-dead God of Death gain two new servants?
BULL IN A TEA SHOP (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant
Big, tatted-out bull shifter Maddox used to work as a thug for hire, but now he’s a drifter with his old life in ruins. All he knows is that he wants to be better than he was. When he hitchhikes into the small town of Silvermine, Arizona, he’s not planning to stay. But first he helps out a teenager in trouble, and the next thing he knows, the kid’s alluring aunt walks into his life, and runs away with his heart. For the first time in his life, Maddox has something of his own to protect.
Blind tea-shop owner Verity has been caught up in a dangerous struggle with the town’s corrupt sheriff and a greedy landowner trying to force her to sell. First Maddox saves her niece, and then he offers to help her save her business. Teaming up might be the solution she’s been hoping for, but Verity has spent her life learning not to believe in happy endings.
And with a sheriff who would break every law to stop them, it’ll take all his strength, her wits, and their courage to get out of this alive.
THE ASTRAL TRAVELER’S DAUGHTER : A SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS NOVEL BOOK 2 by K C Archer
With trepidation, Teddy enters her second year at The Whitfield Institute, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students master telepathy and telekinesis, investigative techniques and SWAT tactics for covert roles in government service. She has been obsessively tracking the movements of the Patriot Corps, a secret organization that seems to be behind a string of crimes on US soil—including the disappearance of her friend, Molly. She is not sure who she can trust with her findings: her friends think she is crazy and her teachers insist she focus on her schoolwork.
Teddy tries to do what she is told. She tries to forget about her missing friend, her long lost birth parents, her rivalry with other students, even her forbidden romance with an instructor. She learns to be a meat shield: a Secret Service operative trained to protect whatever dummy they throw her way. She learns to disarm explosive devices. She also learn to transport herself through time, as she begins to grasp astral travel (that is, if she doesn’t get lost in the time-space continuum). But Teddy has never been good at following the rules. So when an unexpected assignment leads her to the answers she’s chased for so long, and reveal a clue about her own past, she takes a risk that puts everyone else she cares about in danger.
FERAL ICE (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel
Doctor and biochemist, Erin signed up for six months aboard an Antarctic research ship to escape her stifling surgery practice. Jerked from her cozy cabin, she’s dumped in an ice cave by men who assume she’s dead.
Konstantin and Katya, twins and dragon shifters, have lived miles beneath the polar ice cap for hundreds of years. Other dragons left, but they stuck it out. When several humans—all but two of them dead—end up not far from their lair, the opportunity is too good to pass up.
If the lore is to be believed, humans can become dragon shifters. Delighted by a simple solution to their enforced isolation, the dragons lure the humans to their home. Surely, they’ll be thrilled by the prospect of becoming magical.
Too bad no one shared the script with the humans. Science be damned, they’re horrorstruck in the face of fire-breathing dragons. All they want is to escape, but home is thousands of miles away.
MIDKNIGHT (TANGLED CROWNS BOOK 2) by Ann Denton
Think you can steal my sister and then hide?
I will find you, and I will destroy you.
I’ll make you rue the day you thought you could take from me.
As soon as I figure out who you are.
Which will happen as soon as my butler, a visiting queen, and a rebellion are put in their place.
I won’t lose my sister to you or my kingdom to anyone.
I will fight to the bitter end.
And I will win.
HEART OF GLASS (FIRECATS BOOK 3) by P Jameson
They call him Skittles because he inks his body with the colors he can’t see. Enough colors to tell a story. Like a stained-glass window, the light only shines through when there is darkness. He needs darkness, and she comes to him as a photo of broken captive woman. But he will find her, and he will fix her. And perhaps… she will heal him too in the process.
They call her Seven, a title given to her by the crime lord holding her captive. It’s meant to strip her identity and make her a possession instead of a person. But she remembers who she really is, and she knows the Firecats are coming for her. When they do, she will have her revenge on the ones who wronged her. As long as the one called Skittles doesn’t derail her plans with his careful attention. Attention she craves.
Can a fire breathing werecat show her a different future awaits her after freedom? Nothing is sweeter than revenge, they say. But maybe it’s only because they’ve never tasted the rainbow.
DESTINED RADIANCE (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 5) by Tessa Cole
My whole life has been turned upside down and set on fire, but now I’m Agent Essie Shaw, full-fledged JP team member. I walk hand-in-hand with Gideon, crave all of Marcus’s ferocious passion, yearn for Jacob’s intense stillness — and ache for Kol, whose soul is torn so deep he’s thinking of doing the unthinkable. Leaving the team.
The timing couldn’t be worse for me, my guys, and the dangerous task that still lies ahead of us. The fight we almost lost with those three near-unstoppable glyph witches only scratched the surface. Their source is an evil so powerful, it will restart Michael’s war against humanity.
I’ll do anything, even risk letting darkness devour my soul, to pinpoint that source and prevent another war. Because I’m done running, done hiding. The future of all mankind is at stake, and the JP team — allof us, together — isn’t going down without a fight.
DRAGON UNDONE (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Viola Grace
All Aeli wanted was revenge for her father. She planned and schemed in secret, finally carrying out a plot that she had designed as a disgruntled teen.
She takes the spell to the dragon council and lets the ball go, shattering, spreading the banishment spell, and kicking all the dragons out of the city in one large cascade.
Imagine her surprise when she gets sucked out into the open wasteland outside the city, and the dragons know who is responsible for her plight.
Councillor Kreelo comes to her rescue and flies her to safety where she comes to grips with what her banishment means and how it will affect her life. She had no idea she was a dragon and thinks it is ridiculous, but how else would the spell grab her.
She needs to undo the spell so she can return to normal. If anyone in Rekker City will accept her apology.
SCRIVENS (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 3) by Kathryn Moon
The Coven’s adventures in Vermenia created a ripple they could not predict long after Joanna and her men returned safely home to Canderfey. The university now has visitors: the hidden Scrivens community, refugees running from their own government. While Joanna is thrilled to see her family again and learn more about her magic and the history of the Scrivens, others are less enthusiastic at the newcomers’ arrival.
Canderfey University’s President is resistant to the changes taking place on his campus. Soon it appears as if he has reason to be, with mysterious incidents damaging the Scrivens’ reputations. Joanna will fight against anyone to keep her family and the other innocent members of the community safe from suspicion and hatred, but tensions rise even within the coven as Aiden seeks to keep peace between all parties. Can he hold his coven together or are the fractures he senses growing too deep to repair?
ASHES & BONES (THE RED MASQUES BOOK 2) by M Sinclair
Magic is real. So where does reality end and the madness begin?
Whoever said magic was beautiful didn’t mention the blood. The violence.
Or are we just special?
Better question, where is Lucida?
Also, why can’t Edwin or Byron answer any of our questions?
AND for the love of all that is bloody… why are there bird bones everywhere?
KING OF FLAMES (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Everything about my life has been pretty normal working as a forensic autopsy technician. Until the day I woke up with a mysterious symbol tattooed on my arm.
Suddenly normal no longer existed. The barrier between Earth and a world called Under, dissolved…
Now I’m trapped with dozens of other people. Held prisoner by the creators of myths and legends, where the realm is ruled by two masked kings who want to turn us into creatures like them.
But even though I didn’t choose to be here, this new world manages to pull me deeper, affecting me differently than other humans. Unfortunately King Edu, also known as the King of Flames, notices this and I’m now considered a threat.
If I want to survive King Edu and the dangers of Under, I need to escape. The only problem is, there’s another masked king who seems to have an interest in me. Aon, the King of Shadows, wants me here in this world, and he wants me alive.
I just need to figure out why.
HITCHED: THE TOP TEN by G K DeRosa
Now that the truth is out about the supernaturals, things are starting to get interesting. With ten bachelors remaining, Kimmie-Jayne needs to get her head in the game. But with a murder investigation underway on set, listening to her heart only complicates matters.
To make things worse, the mysterious accidents that were supposed to end with the big supernatural reveal are back with a vengeance.
As if choosing between ten hot guys wasn’t hard enough, Kimmie-Jayne still needs to watch her back. With more twists and secrets being revealed everyday, is there anyone she can really trust?
Will following her heart be the answer or her ultimate downfall as she narrows it down to the final five bachelors?
GRAVE DESTINY (AN ALEX CRAFT NOVEL BOOK 6) by Kalayna Price
Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup.
But as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realizes that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the center of centuries-old arcane unrest, and if Alex isn’t careful she may follow the twisting path ahead of her right into her grave end.
TALES & TIME (LOST ACADEMY BOOK 1) by G Bailey
When Madilynn turned seventeen, her parents dropped a big, ancient-looking book in her lap and said to open it by herself. Madilynn almost wishes she hadn’t when it reveals she is a descendant of a fairy tale, and her parents tell her it’s time for her to attend Lost Time Academy.
Being thrown into a world that is literally full of fairy tales, the last thing she expects is to see the four guys she grew up with.
Four guys who have grown from boys to now geeky, dark, passionate men who rule the Academy…and they never forgot Madilynn.
Time makes all tales come true, including the dark ones.
THE SOULSTEALERS by Jacqueline Rohrbach
Arnaka Skytree grew up believing she was chosen to bring new magic to the world. As the heir to the cult of druids responsible for keeping their floating palace habitable for the wealthy aristocracy, she’s expected to wield her power as those before her did: by culling the souls of peasant women.
But when Arnaka learns more about the source of her magic, and that her best friend’s soul will be harvested, she embarks on a journey to end the barbarous practice and to restore a long-forgotten harmonious system of magic practiced by the original druids. Along the way, she discovers she’s not the only girl chosen to restore balance to their world—many others have powerful magic inside, and with them, she will tear the floating palace from the sky so everyone can live in the sun—out of the shadow of the eclipse.
BRIGHT KEYS (ADELMAN ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Shan Marin
I found a new home at Adelman Academy. As an untrained mage, I must study hard to prove I belong at the elite school of magic.
However, my presence has brought chaos to the Academy. My intended husband stalks me, my blood has freed an ancient evil, and the school is under scrutiny by the Mage’s Council.
My guilt drives a wedge between me and my men. Jacen – my sweet, stern protector – is paying dearly for my mistakes. Kylan won’t be patient forever, and Tamas is hiding a deep, life-altering secret.
Even the Mage’s Council’s delegate senses I am not being completely honest. Her judgment determines my future, and the school’s.
The greatest danger might not lurk outside, but within Adelman’s walls, and within my traitorous heart.
PROTECTING THEIR SHADOW QUEEN (THE SHADOW COURT HAREM BOOK 2) by Kim Loraine
I am the queen of the Shadow Court.
My heart is split between three men sworn to me alone. My powers grow every day, and with each moment spent together, so do those of my protectors. But sinister forces work to tear us apart, and I can’t help but wonder if there will be blood spilled before long. Threats to my people and my kingdom loom, and war is on our doorstep.
Am I willing to fight for my crown and potentially lose my loves in the process?
THE DARKNESS (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 2) by Nina Croft
All magic has a price. And now the balance is overdue.
A witch with the power to see the future, Gina led a sheltered existence until the vampire, Darius Cole, crashed into her life, abducting her, seducing her, forging an emotional bond between them. Then circumstances tore them apart and the bond faded. Until twenty-one years later when they are drawn together to save their daughter.
But while their passion is rekindled and the bond renewed, Gina can offer Darius nothing, and she feels his bitterness and the Darkness within him, threatening to take control. Only she has the power to draw him back, but how can she when her very life is forfeit?
THROWN TO THE WOLVES (BIG BAD WOLF BOOK 3) by Charlie Adhara
VS Note: Sounds good so I decided to buy the first one in the series and work my way up to this one.
When Agent Cooper Dayton agreed to attend the funeral for Oliver Park’s grandfather, he didn’t know what he was getting into. Turns out, the deceased was the alpha of the most powerful werewolf pack on the eastern seaboard. And his death is highly suspicious. Regardless, Cooper is determined to love and support Park the way Park has been there for him.
But Park left him woefully unprepared for the wolf pack politics and etiquette. Rival packs? A seating order at the dinner table? A mysterious figure named the Shepherd? The worst is that Park didn’t tell his family one key thing about Cooper. Cooper feels two steps behind, and reticent Park is no help.
There are plenty of pack members eager to open up about Park and why Cooper is wrong for him. Their stories make Cooper wonder if he’s holding Park back. But there’s no time to get into it…as lethal tranquilizer darts start to fly, Cooper needs to solve the mystery of the alpha’s death and fight for the man he loves—all before someone else dies.
THE SHIFTER BACHELORETTE: A RARE AND UNKNOWN ROMANCE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 2) by Shai August
Cheryl Junaid finds herself sucked into the vortex of her twin brother’s mating and shifter society wedding celebration. She keeps trying to pull away gracefully, but everyone just keeps pulling her in deeper and deeper. Then the accident of the century makes her the star of the newest, hottest dating show in the world.
SMOKE AND KEY by Kelsey Sutton
She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.
She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.
Then the murders start. Bodies that are burned to a crisp. And after being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she loses her life for good.
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Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens.
And some find their fated mates among the human women…
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.