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).
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ROGUE HAVEN (ROGUE STAR BOOK 6) by Elin Wyn and Ava York
Somehow funny, smart-ass navigator Qal seems to be able to see straight into my very soul. Me. Manda. The one no one notices.He makes me laugh. And listens to me. And his kisses set me on fire…
Everything would be fantastic, except for the alien slavers trying to catch us.With the forces of the Enclave and the Dominion hot on the trail of the Rogue Star, the time to hide is over.They’ll find out that together, we’re far more than they bargained for.
ALPHA COLLECTS (ALPHA HORDE BOOK 4) by Milana Jacks
It takes a special kind of Omega to bring an Alpha to his knees.
Beautiful. With legs that go on forever, colored eyes, perky protruding nose, funny ears, and… Were was I? Ah yes, I collected one such Omega, and I’m bringing her before my king.
I am Tayseer, the Collector, the Legend.
And I will deliver my people the queen.
SHOCKWAVE (STAR KINGDOM BOOK 1) by Lindsay Buroker
VS Note: Always exciting when Lindsay starts up a new series!
What if being a hero was encoded in your genes? And nobody told you?
Casmir Dabrowski would laugh if someone asked him that. After all, he had to build a robot to protect himself from bullies when he was in school.
Fortunately, life is a little better these days. He’s an accomplished robotics engineer, a respected professor, and he almost never gets picked on in the lunchroom. But he’s positive heroics are for other people.
Until robot assassins stride onto campus and try to kill him.
Forced to flee the work he loves and the only home he’s ever known, Casmir catches the first ship into space, where he hopes to buy time to figure out who wants him dead and why. If he can’t, he’ll never be able to return home.
But he soon finds himself entangled with bounty hunters, mercenaries, and pirates, including the most feared criminal in the Star Kingdom: Captain Tenebris Rache.
Rache could snap his spine with one cybernetically enhanced finger, but he may be the only person with the answer Casmir desperately needs: What in his genes is worth killing for?
STEPHANIE’S CHALLENGE (CHALLENGE SERIES BOOK 4) by M K Eidem
VS Note: Mentioned this book last week when it was only available on the author’s website but now it’s wide.
Stephanie Michelakakis worked and sacrificed for her position as a Lieutenant in the Coalition. She was on track to become the first woman ever accepted into a Royal Guard, specifically King Jotham’s Royal Guard. Then a life-altering injury shattered her dreams. Now she must figure out how to move on with her life.Nicholas Deffand was the youngest male ever named as the Captain of King Jotham’s Royal Guard. He served and protected his King to the exclusion of everything else. But now he’s found a woman who not only understood what his job entailed but his dedication to it as well.These two dedicated people never expected to find love. Will they be strong enough to make it work or will their relationship be another sacrifice they must make?
MATCHED: JENNIFER’S DIARY (XAERD MATES BOOK 1) by L Starfyre
Sci-Fi geek Jennifer is fed up. Her family is unsupportive and her love life is far from satisfactory. It’s not her fault that she has a super healthy libido.
Desperation leads her to volunteer for a partnership program offered by the Alliance of Autonomous Planets that promises to match her with her perfect mate(s). Maybe she will finally find relief. Human men have been a disappointment.
Will an alien mate fulfill her desires? Are shifters a real thing?
MODIFIED AND SACRED by Jana Denardo
Lieutenant Addison Hunt is proud to serve the Confederation even if he still feels like he’s on the outside looking in. Addison was illegally genetically modified as a child, leaving him burdened with a sense of shame. Emotionally isolated from his fellow crewmen and recovering from injuries from his last job, Addison is happy to have light duty transporting an esteemed diplomat to a peace conference.
Deveral is one of the Sacred Kin, possessing a psychic ability that his people consider a spark of the divine. Like all the Sacred Kin, he’s led a sheltered life as a temple priest, but his heightened empathic ability makes him the perfect diplomat. Nervous to leave his home, he’s curious about his new companion, Lieutenant Hunt.
Not everyone wants the diplomatic mission to succeed, and a rebel faction poses a real threat to Addison and Deveral. Finding themselves cast adrift on a “lost” colony, they’ll have to fight to stay alive.
THE PROMETHEUS CURSE BOOK 1 by K B Wheelock
Created in a lab, moonbound, Rebby doesn’t belong.
Experimented on by mad scientists, changed into a creature she doesn’t understand, Rebby flees her captors as soon as the opportunity arises. She doesn’t expect to meet two shifters who will place everything on the line to help her.
Working together they must solve the mystery of what Rebby is and where she came from, and in the process prevent a shifter war and exposure to the humans.
STOLEN AND SEDUCED by Stella Cassy
River’s never had anyone constant in her life and she likes it that way—so she says. Emancipated at 15, she’s stomped her way to a small home and a business of her own. It isn’t much, but it’s all hers. Reading tarot cards for the gullible, she manages to make it until an alien kidnaps her for her future-telling talents.
Drem has spent his life fighting off the predators that roam his home planet. The seers tell of a far-seer, one in the distance who can end the suffering of his people. Steeling himself, he takes flight to find her and save his people. But he isn’t counting on the far-seer being unaware of his intentions and when she’s more fight than flight, something more than hope stirs in his chest.
Can River and Drem manage to come to an understanding before Drem’s homeland and his people are just one more footnote in the universe’s history?
DEVOR (THE ALPHA QUADRANT SERIES BOOK 1) by Enid Titan
Stolen from my home.
Trapped on a giant spaceship.
Taken by the Prince of an alien species I never knew existed.
He’s more than a man in so many ways.
But I can’t let myself fall under the telepath’s spell.
I can’t think about his long silver blond warrior’s hair…
His glowing eyes…
His unique tongues…
Or the immense equipment dangling between his legs.
I have to be sensible — I have to escape.
The only problem is that the Crown Prince will never let me out of his sight.
And even if I did escape, I’d have no way to get back to Earth.
ANGEL RISING (TRUE SPACE RENEGADES BOOK 1) by Cairo Ford
She’s the free-spirited captain who can’t find her way…eautiful. Righteous. Lost. Angelica Justice is a warrior without a war, fighting on long after the peace treaty is signed. The only person she trusts is her AI companion, Odysseus, whose existence she has to keep secret to protect them both.
Alek. Bale. Maddox. Sateo. Mercenary. Genius. Veteran. Warrior-monk. Each of them works alone, haunted by the ghosts of war, exile and loss.They never expected to find everything they needed in the depths of blackest space — in her, the captain of their hearts.>Stealing them was the smartest thing she’d ever done.
UNEXPECTED HOPE (SHIFTING ALLIANCES BOOK 6) by Severine Wolfe
Andrea Collins had been drifting before she’d been abducted and tossed into a Cosmos that didn’t really care what her desires were. When she was asked to visit the Accord Prime planet to corroborate some data and attend a few lectures on xenobiology she had jumped at the chance. She had met a telepath who had showed her the beauty of the mate bond and she had fallen in love with it. She wanted that bond more than she wanted anything else. Rudderless without her family, she wanted to have someone for herself.
Lomar of Masinia had long live with Accord misconceptions of his rave and tried to educate where it was possible. However, he did not desire a bond mate. Despite his defense of his race, he felt like women held too much power in their relationships. When he meets Andrea and recognizes who she is to him, he fights it. Hard.
The universe has a way of teaching lessons in a harsh manner and Lomar learns very quickly that denying the bond is possibly his worst decision. The both find themselves fighting preconceived notions and each other until The Universe teaches them a harsh lesson and they find it easier to learn than to fight.
RESURGENCE: KATIERAN PRIME by KD Jones
What happens when a doctor from Earth meets a sexy male alien that fulfills her vine-swinging ape-man fantasies? Explosive passion and an adventure of a lifetime. The bestselling science fiction series Katieran Prime gives us another great installment with Resurgence.
FROST FIRE (A NOVEL OF THE DRACOL BOOK 3) by Michelle Howard
Madness has spread among the Dracol shifters one sect at a time. Now it has come to the Silver through their King. Instead of being the hunter, Faris is the hunted. As time goes on, it gets harder and harder to ignore the growing voices in his head. Especially when they tell him to kill the only female he’s ever wanted as his own.
Rena never understood why the male who owned her heart left her. She tried to move on, but no other lover compared to the silver-haired King. When opportunity presents itself, she must fight for what they could have or die trying.
BLUE ALIEN PRINCE’S OBEDIENT MATE (ROYALLY BLUE – CELESTIAL MATES) by Zara Zenia
Prince Draklan must find a bride—and fast. With only 90 days to tie the knot or lose his claim to the Tamarax throne, he resorts to a matchmaker to find him a wife.
Margot wants to leave Earth, and Tamarax is her dream destination, but the only way to live there is through marriage. The matchmaker from Celestial Mates assures her Draklan is her perfect mate, but neither of them know the truth—she’s no matchmaker at all.
Their opposing views and differences become apparent almost immediately, but when they’re forced to rely on each other and fight for their lives in the wilderness, the attraction and feelings grow into something both of them hoped for but neither expected.
Can the couple survive the trials they face in the vast wilds of Tamarax, or will the forces working against them win out over love?
ROHN: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF SANGRIN BOOK 7) by Nancey Cummings
Nakia may have lost a leg during the Invasion, but she’s not going to let that keep her from what she wants.
And she wants Rohn. She has since the moment the alien warrior rescued her from a collapsed building. But she’s afraid he still only perceives her as a damaged, frail human. She wants him to recognize her as so much more, and she won’t rest until he understands they belong together.
Rohn might be past his prime, but he’s not blind.He sees how the other males look at his mate with envy, admiration, and want. They would tempt her away from him, take her for their own, and claim that an old, scarred warrior like him could not satisfy the appetite of a vibrant young female. He’ll battle any threat to his mate, friend or foe, and prove himself worthy.
BY FIRELIGHT: A POST APOCALYPTIC REVERSE HAREM SERIAL by Aveda Soren
My name is Eliza and this is my story.
I live in the underground the world after the world.
I am one of the survivors of the end.
Now 20 years after the solar flare that devastated the entire world had passed, there are no laws no governments and no peace.
The only rule is, Know your place.
I live as a boy, avoiding unwanted attention as a pair of extra hands doing the biffing of the Preppers the closest things to kings in this world.
Until I break the rule in an attempt to save the life of one young boy.
The moment I do a series of events propels me to run to the surface where I discover 4 extraordinary men, and that the Surface was far more than I thought.
WHAT BLOOMS BENEATH by A D Ellis
Kellan considers himself lucky to have an adequate existence on earth where, in the year 2044, common citizens toil under the oppressive thumb of a corrupt and unscrupulous government. Kellan dreams of becoming part of the Department of Paranormal, Supernatural, and Fantasy Sciences, but his application is continually denied because he has no extra-sapien blood. Kellan’s simple reality shifts when Rhône unexpectedly enters his life.
Rhône, living in a camouflaged, underground village, never planned to get involved with an individual from the outer world. When Rhône and Kellan cross paths, there’s no denying the attraction and pull between them. But there’s something else, something more, just beneath the surface.
A hidden world and painful secrets are a potentially complicated blend. However, with Rhône by his side, enlightening details and unexplored powers provide Kellan with an opportunity for deep self-discovery. Will Kellan’s open and accepting heart allow for an extraordinary love to bloom? Or will the vast differences between Kellan and Rhône take root and strangle any hope for a flourishing future?
MIDDLEGAME by Seanan Mcguire
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note this week.
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.
Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.
Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.
Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.
Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.
ELECTRIC FOREST by Tanith Lee
VS Note: A re-release. Not listed as a romance but a re-release of note.
In the futuristic world of Indigo, reproduction is controlled by the government, guaranteeing that every baby is happy, healthy, and beautiful. But mistakes happen, and a rare few babies are accidentally born biologically, like Magdala Cled.
Because of her natural-born features, Magdala is an outcast in society–abandoned at birth, abused in the orphanage she grew up in, and branded with the cruel name “Ugly.” But Magdala’s world turns upside down when she’s approached by Claudio Loro, a wealthy scientist who has created a beautiful artificial body. When he offers to transfer Magdala’s consciousness into the body, she cannot refuse the priceless opportunity for a new, beautiful life.
However, unbeknownst to her, Claudio has crafted her new body to resemble Christophine del Jan, his rival scientist and former lover. Now Magdala must impersonate Christophine to infiltrate high society, court Claudio’s advances, and decide whose side she is truly on–all while maintaining her real body lest it die…and she die with it.
AURORA RISING (THE AURORA CYCLE BOOK 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . .
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger-management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
STORM CURSED (A MERCY THOMPSON NOVEL BOOK 11) by Patricia Briggs
VS Note: One of my favorite series, had this pre-ordered forever!
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it.
HER PROFESSOR MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS #4 by Tasha Black
J.D. MacGregor is the beta of the Tarker’s Hollow pack. Respected by his pack-mates, adored by his fellow professors, and crushed on by his female students at Tarker’s Hollow College, all Mac really wants is to be loved by Parker Everly. But the curvy middle school teacher can’t forget his bizarre behavior at a party several years ago. And since he has to keep his wolf-shifter identity secret, he can’t explain what was going on that night. Parker seems to find him cute at best and amusing at worst. Meanwhile, poor Mac is driven out of his mind with lust for his former student teacher.
Parker Everly has always had a crush on Mr. MacGregor – he’s hot as hell, funny, and crazy smart. But he’s obviously an incurable ladies’ man. And Parker’s got problems of her own, problems that seem to defy the natural order of the universe. As her mysterious dreams grow more frequent, Parker begins to see things in the shadows that shouldn’t be there. She’s always been a light-hearted person, but it’s beginning to feel like the world is closing in.
When a horse-ride through the darkening woods turns into an impromptu camping trip, Parker and Mac are thrown together. It’s hard to deny the strange happenings around them, and even harder to deny the attraction between them. Will the two manage to restrain themselves? Or will Mac finally profess his love?
THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER: A TWELVE KINGDOMS NOVELLA (UNCHARTED REALMS) by Jeffe Kennedy
VS Note: Previously published in an anthology. I LOVE this story. This series is one of my alltime favorites and the character of Harlan the Dasnarian is…wonderful.
As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women
F IS FOR FAIRY (ALPHABET ANTHOLOGIES BOOK 6) by Various
Retellings of familiar favourites from new perspectives, and brand new stories share the pages of this fairy-themed collection. Within these offerings you’ll find fairy music and food, contracts (making and breaking them), changelings, circles and curses–these stories deliver all the things you already love about fairies and a few new tricks as well.
A dusting of dragons, shapeshifters and ogres accompany these tales which include feminist fairies overcoming trauma, Norse fairies breaking the rules to interfere in human affairs, intergalactic fairies hitching a ride to a new home, political satire featuring an idiot king and talking animals, a new Robin Archer story, fairy run nightclubs and so, so much more.
BENNY (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder
Benny, owner of Club Crimson, is not what he appears to be. Outwardly, he’s a handsome, friendly giant of a man who treats everyone like family. Inwardly he’s fighting a battle, and if he ever slips, it could mean certain death for those around him. So even though he’s been in love with Harley for a lifetime, he has never been able to pursue her. Until someone close to him gives him just the push he needs…
Harley knows she can’t wait much longer for Benny. She’s been in the friend box for years, given hope by Benny’s protectiveness and his inability to look at any woman but her. But when she’s about to give up, Benny makes a move that results in the hottest night of her life, far beyond what she’d ever imagined. Now if only she could uncover the secrets hiding in Benny’s beautiful hazel eyes.
Though Benny wants to claim Harley more than he wants his next breath, there’s still danger inside him, forcing him to hold back. So when a mysterious person appears with a devastating revelation and a tempting offer, Benny might not be able to refuse him. And that might be the last mistake Benny makes.
BLOOD OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 3) by Olivia Ash
I’m not the girl I used to be, and the world is no longer as it was.
The magic I possess—the magic I’m quickly mastering—it can destroy whole cities. Start wars. Change the tides of a battle.
As the dragon vessel, pretty much everyone wants me either locked up or dead.
Out of the shadows comes a new threat—a fighter who reminds me a little too much of my mentor.
He wants to take my old place at Zurie’s side. And the only way he can get it, apparently, is to kill me.
Dragons and humans alike just won’t leave me alone. In the end, that’s going to be their fatal mistake.
Because I don’t go down quietly.
Those who come after me die early deaths, and none of these fools will take my magic—or my beautiful newfound freedom—from me.
TWIST OF FATE: A TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE SET IN ANCIENT POMPEII by Marlie May
Twenty-first century Greek goddess Pandia is shaking in her Jimmy Choos. A few weeks ago, she traveled back in time to attend a party, where she accidentally suggested Julius Caesar abandon politics for gardening. Her father, Zeus, summons her to modern Olympus after he discovers her meddling eliminated the month of July. To teach her the importance of fate, he strips Pandia’s goddess powers and sentences her to a stint of mortality in ancient Pompeii.
Pandia refuses to let her punishment get her down. She’ll do her time, leave destinies untouched, and be home in time for her next shift at the local animal shelter. Instead, she’s mistaken for a prostitute and arrested for inciting a riot. Sentenced to serve as a massage therapist in Pompeii’s gladiator school, she’s assigned to Caladus, a gladiator whose washboard abs test her vow to remain uninvolved.
To escape Pompeii, Pandia must prove she respects mortals’ fates. But she’s falling for Caladus, and her time’s running out: Mt. Vesuvius is rumbling.
THE LADY’S CHOICE C(QUEENMAKER SAGA BOOK 2) by Bernadette Rowley
…the perfect plan…With her people on the brink of starvation, Lady Benae Branasar devises a daring rescue. She will marry powerful Prince Jiseve of Brightcastle and use his fortune to save her estates. But first she must compete against three princesses equally determined to win his hand.
…a dangerous distraction…When she finds herself drawn to her reluctant escort, the prince’s squire Ramón Zorba, her plans begin to unravel.
Ramón is dealing with problems of his own, but as he thaws, Benae glimpses the devastating man beneath. The more time they spend together, the harder Benae finds it to focus on her objective. Will she stay true to her people? Or will love and fate intervene?
FALL FROM GRACE (FIRE AND SHADOW BOOK 1) by Skyler Andra
I am the Archangel Jophiel, the last of Heaven’s warriors. Charged to wipe the scourge of darkness from the earth, spread by Lucifer, my fallen brother. Each day he grows stronger as humans and the archangels sent to defeat him, succumb to his will. But one by one, Lucifer is hunting the archangels, and I must find them before it’s too late.
But I never expected to be drawn to Michael, the leader of the archangels, as if my purpose, my world, didn’t exist. Nor fall for the rough charm of the battle weary soldier Zadkiel. I don’t have time to surrender to my feelings when the world is in peril. All I have to fight with is the gift of beauty in a world shrouded in darkness. That’s if Lucifer doesn’t find me first.
COVEN’S END: KANE (COVEN’S END SERIES BOOK 1) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff
Bad boy. Alpha. Lethal. Some say those are qualities of a good leader. Heir to the Vampire throne and Lilith’s only son, I’m being forced to find a mate. Unfortunately for my beloved mama, I found my fated mate already. No one compares to her.
The problem? She’s a Lycan princess– completely off limits. If that’s not bad enough, I’m not her only potential mate. Can I ignore the pull of my fated mate to make my mother happy and take the throne?
CHAINED (ALPHABITS BOOK 4) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown
Six years ago, Lance Lancaster (no, his parents hadn’t hated him—they were just that snooty) lost the only member of his family who cared about him—his six-year old autistic half-brother, Spencer Maximillian. He’s certain the anti-shifter group protesting outside of Spencer’s school is to blame, but no one has made any progress on the case, and he’s certain everyone has given up.
Until Oswald “Ozzy” Ryder and the Alphabits pick up the cold case. Ozzy swaggered into the Maximillian mansion expecting business as usual. He didn’t expect to find a handful of adorably too-big eared fennec fox with a scent that screamed mate!
With Lance’s obsessive data collection and the Alphabits’ know-how, Lance begins to feel hope he might see his brother again. But things aren’t what they appeared, and it takes the insight of a new team member to put the team on the right track… and hope they’re not too late.
RUN LITTLE PRINCE (THE FOREST PACK SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey
VS Note: From early April
After jumping into the elf realm and leaving her daughter behind to save her mates, Snow finds out there are much darker secrets going on inside the locked up castle she is desperate to invade.
When the extremely seductive prince of the elves offers her help in exchange for her hand in marriage, Snow knows she must accept it.
To save her mate, her prince and her new husband, Snow will do whatever it takes.
Even poison the queen.
BLOOD MOON MAGIC (FANGED FAE SERIES BOOK 1) by Ashley McLeo
Mauri awoke to find three hot fae leaning over her. They told her she was a hidden demi-fae princess. And that she’d just been bitten by a vampire. Now she must find the vampire who bit her and kill him to reverse the curse. All while fighting her rising bloodlust.
If she fails, she’ll become a vampire-fae hybrid that terrifies even her hunky fae friends. A monster any vampire monarch would love to control. She only has five days to save herself.
A DROP OF NIGHTSHADE (THE ORGANIZATION BOOK 1) by C M Cevis
VS note: From March
The deeper you delve into the paranormal world, the higher the chances that you’ll get lost. That’s where I come in: I’m an agent for the Organization, a government agency that deals with all things supernatural. My particular area of expertise involves angels and fallen. I seem to be one of the few that can kill them.
Angels will always be a special breed, but there are certain things that you can count on them to never do. Committing murder and then killing themselves was always one of those things, until recently. When angels killing humans and then themselves becomes a reoccurring issue in my city, even bringing around the angels investigating to ask us for help, there is something very wrong. Something that we have to stop before anyone else gets hurt.
This case is one unlike any I’ve ever taken on before. Personal lines are crossed, and things that I thought I knew about myself turn out to be part of a bigger plot. A plot that has a hand in this very case. What am I supposed to when half of this case is… me?
I do the same thing I’ve always done: I take out the bad guys, I save the innocents. And then I go home and let my heart break. All in a day’s work, right?
DON’T FIGHT THE SPARK: SOLDIERS AND MERCENARIES STORY by Kasia Bacon
As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year.
The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration—by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren.
His last match. One he can’t win.
With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he’d stop at nothing to save.
UNSPOKEN (UNBORN BOOK 3) by Amber Lynn Natusch
With the Underworld still in chaos, Hades, King of the Dead, can’t return home. His traitorous wife, Persephone, remains on the loose—and she’s not the only one. Many of the souls that Khara unwittingly released from the Oudeis have not been accounted for, including former gods, and neither have some of her father’s minions. While Khara and Oz search for Persephone, her brothers work to secure the escaped souls and discover who murdered Drew. But they soon find themselves faced with an even greater problem—one with a name they dare not speak.
Forced into shady alliances with would-be enemies, Khara must work to restore the Underworld and place her father on the throne before the world above claims him and everyone else she loves.
DRACO’S SALVATION: ELEMENTALS MC (BOOK 10) by Alexi Ferreira
DRACO – She doesn’t know this yet but she’s my salvation, after an eternity of fighting not to unleash my fury on this world a smart mouthed, red headed vixen confronts me with a fire that has me burning for her like I have never burned for anyone before. I am stronger than any other Elemental on this world, and meanwhile this woman brings me to my knees with a simple smile. She’s in danger as my enemies will stop at nothing to get to her, they shouldn’t test me, I have kept my fury leashed for centuries by willpower alone, but anyone tries to harm what is most precious to me and I will destroy everything to keep her safe.
KATRINA – I’ve never been one to shy away from danger, but Draco is danger personified. Not only that, he oozes sex appeal, his intense blue eyes has me submitting to his will at every turn. His smile gives the word erotic a whole new meaning. He doesn’t know this yet but I will endeavor to bring light back into his life.
AN ARCHMAGE’S DESTINY (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK WARLOCKS BOOK 4) by Marie-Claude Bourque
THE ATTORNEY: Bryce Jackson is a steadfast attorney who stands by nothing but a job well done. Her reputation on the line, she must convince Knightley Morgan to return to the folds of his powerful New England family or apply the devastating consequences herself. But when the daredevil archmage refuses to comply, she must choose between her stellar reputation and her heart’s deepest desire.
THE ARCHMAGE: Knightley has cut ties with the stifling Order of the Dark Oak when he left them all behind to hunt evil in Seattle on his own terms. He will not give up his freedom, no matter how dire the cost. But is he really ready to lose the magic forever? Especially when he’s fallen hard in love with the executioner carrying out his sentence?
SPELLS AND MAGIC (PARANORMAL M15 TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Rachel Medhurst
One killer down, one to go. With the serial killer off my back, my mother, the head of Parnormal MI5, wants me to move on to another case. Only problem is, my best friend has been kidnapped and held by a man who helped the evil killer.
My magic is almost restored, but the fate of my soul is still in question. If I took the time off to save my friend, and myself, would my job as top Paranormal MI5 agent still be there when I returned? The risk was great on both sides, but when life trumps magic, I have to brace myself for impact.
SIX OF ONE: EGRESS (BOOK 4) by DeAnna C Zankich
Evan’s apprehension of what he will find in Scotland keeps him away for seventeen years. It’s not lake monsters and fairies that concern him; it’s the two people he loves most.
He has never known Kathryn and Kellan without the magical manipulation of their witch grandmother. When they are in Mount Iolite, Ginny conceals their supernatural gifts so the vessel and outcaster can rest. That cloak prevents Evan from understanding their true powers, leaving him to his own dark and fearsome imaginings.
His engagement to Kathryn emboldens him enough to finally experience the wild land…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
BLOOD OF THE SHAYDE (VAMPIRES BLOOD MATE BOOK 2) by Lili Zander
One deadly human assassinsent to kill me. Two powerful vampire politicians,playing games with human lives.A gorgeous, terrifying, inscrutable prince who wants to claim me. Three deadly enemies. Three mortal threats. But I am not alone any more. I have Saber, Zeke, and Nero on my side. And together, we can do anything.Bring it on.
WOLF’S GUARD (TEXAS RANCH WOLF PACK SERIES BOOK 11) by Lynn Nodima
Nate, king of all shifters, not only has to deal with the werewolf threat, but he must also deal with the consequences of being outed to the public. No one said being the king of all shifters would be easy. No one said it would be this hard, either.
Meanwhile, Bess finds her mate in the queen’s kitchen. Learning he’s a dragon is almost too much. Bess doesn’t need a man to be happy. Especially not one who keeps his foot in his mouth.
As the only dragon on Earth, Magnus never expects to find a mate. When he sees Bess, he knows she’s the bear for him. But she won’t have anything to do with him, and everything he does seems to shove her away.
TAMED BY THE TROLL (THE PERISHED WOODS BOOK 1) by Tracey Lauren
Once the belle of her village, life took a dark turn for Adelaide upon her parent’s death. Plagued by lingering grief, there was not a soul who didn’t turn their back on her. They called her angry and spiteful… Hell, they called her a monster.
One fateful day Adelaide finds herself alone, lingering on the edge of The Perished Woods–a cursed and evil place. Without warning, an orc army attacks.
Her village ablaze, Adelaide races into the Perished Woods, seeking refuge in a place of nightmares. With orcs at her heels, she’s desperate to escape. But when the young woman crosses an aging stone bridge in the middle of the cursed forest she’s met with an even more fearsome enemy. A troll… one who is determined to save her.
HER FRENEMY BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Cynthia Wilde
Single mother, Alexandra Winter lived in Burning Falls her whole life without knowing the depths of secrets within the small town. As she notices more and more odd occurrences, Alex begins to wonder if there is more going on than meets the eye. It does not help that she keeps crossing paths with her old high school nemesis, Jackson Forester. Perhaps the budding friendship between her young son and his daughter might be a new start for her, or will her own stubbornness get in her way once again?
Still new to being a shifter, Jackson learns that his need to find a mate gets stronger with each passing day, and his growing attraction to a woman who hates him does little to solve his problems. Will his increasing need interfere with his ability to protect her from the secrets of Burning Falls? Will she be able to handle the truth once it is revealed, or will his past transgressions be too much for both of them?
BREAKING HIS SPELL by Foster Bridget Cassidy
Klint doesn’t believe in true love. As an Alma, an immortal magician, he knows such feelings can’t last forever. The death of his mortal lover almost a hundred years ago proved it. But Klint’s resolve gets put to the test when he’s tasked with saving a prince from a dark spell. With Carishina, his friend and fellow Alma, in tow, he sets off for Terius.
Carishina’s ideas for breaking spells differ greatly from Klint’s. While he tries potions, Carishina tries kisses. Only one of them will succeed.
ROYALS OF VILLAIN ACADEMY 1: CRUEL MAGIC by Emma Chase
I thought I was ordinary Rory Franco: college student, artist, and over-protected daughter. Then mages barge into my family’s home, murder my parents, and whisk me off to a university known to the rest of magical society as Villain Academy.
It turns out I’m Persephone Bloodstone, the long lost heir to one of the five royal families of dark magic. I’m destined to learn how to manipulate the world with fear—and to stand beside the four other scions: the scorching-hot, arrogant young men who rule this school.
Unfortunately, I’m having trouble locating my supposedly wicked skills. I don’t want to use a power that feeds off people’s pain, but I have to tap into my talents fast if I want to survive. I’ve got no time to grieve for my family. The students here are even more vicious than the teachers, and my fellow scions are worst of all.
The four of them crush anyone who doesn’t kowtow. No way will I bow to any villain, no matter how brutally alluring. They can turn on the charm or tear me down, but they can’t break me, even if I can barely get my magic working.
They’ve never met anyone like me before. I don’t care about ruling. I just want to avenge the people I loved. It doesn’t matter what kind of power runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.
COYOTE LIES: COYOTE HUNGER BOOK 4 by Rhian Cahill
Brady Connelly is finally coming home to Whispering Springs. He doesn’t expect a warm welcome, not after he and his mother disappeared in the dark of night all those years ago. And don’t get him started on the trouble his father and brother have caused the Whispering Mountain coyote pack. Throw in a reluctant mate and Brady’s return is as frigid as the mountains around him.
JACKSON – HOUSE OF WILTSHIRE by Kathi S Barton
Jackson William hadn’t seen his father in centuries. Now his father was dead, he was now king, and the dragon council wanted to hold him responsible for his father’s crimes? And there had been many. The truth would be his salvation.Nicole needed a job. A job that would put a roof over her head as well. She hadn’t had a decent meal in a week. But the ad didn’t say there were faeries and witches. Where there were faeries, there were dragons and Nicole was petrified of them. And with good reason.The poison from the dragon bites flowing through Nicole’s veins left her weak and in a lot of pain. She was a mere human, and her body’s inability to heal from the bites left her vulnerable to new dragon attacks. Now this dragon, Jackson, was claiming to be her mate? Would this nightmare never end?
CAPTURED BY DRAGONS (FIVE CROWNS BOOK 1) by Athena Aston
A car accident leaves Diana searching for answers. One minute she’s in the Arizona desert, the next, she’s on a beach in an unknown land. Groggy and scared, she needs help. The first man she sees doesn’t look like help, though. He stalks her like prey, watching and waiting.
How in the hell did she get into this mess?
Just as he’s about to strike, Diana is rescued by Cetus, a dragon shifter, and a royal one at that. She’s certain this is all a dream, especially when she sees his chiseled features and the way he looks at her. He’s interested. In her. Swoon. He returns to the Emperor, who happens to be his uncle, with Diana in tow. She’s amazed by the beauty of the palace and its inhabitants, but she’s in for more than she bargained for.
Cetus has three cousins: Geb, Lux, and Aurus. Each a different type of dragon shifter, they’re all kinds of beautiful in their own protective ways…and they all want her.
Now Diana is their servant, doing anything the dragons require.
But as she stays at the palace things begin to change. She begins to change. Standing beside these four dragons, she’s beginning to feel like she belongs.
Can their love be split five ways, or will their dragon nature burn everything to the ground?
THE HERO COMPLEX by K A Knight and Erin O’Kane
Eden’s the name, and hero-ing is my game.
Well, sort-of…I try, but honestly, I’m just not that good at it. This whole hero gig is a lot harder than it looks!
It seems my latest ‘mishap’ has finally pushed Boss Man over the edge. Not only do I have just one more chance to earn my Hero title for real this time, but it’s also my last shot before they reclassify me as a Villain!
I guess it’s time to Hero-up!
THE MAGE ON THE HILL (THE WEB OF ARCANA BOOK 1) by Angel Martinez
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
TROPICAL LION’S LEGACY (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 9) by Zoe Chant
Graham Long left his career—and his real name—behind to make a fresh start for himself at Shifting Sands. He’s done with dueling, and wants nothing more than to quietly raise his strawberries and tend the lawns at the tropical shifters-only resort.
A fight is the last thing he wants when his lion insists that his friend’s bear shifter bridesmaid is his destined mate.
But fiercely independent Alice Anders has a life of her own already. She’s not going to turn her back on the people who need her and the job she loves just to run away to a tropical island paradise with a gorgeous gardener that makes her knees weak with one blue-eyed glance. She’s not at the resort to find her own true love… and she’s not there only as a bridesmaid, either. She’s been given a fighting chance to save her family: all she has to do is uncover the shift form of the mysterious resort owner, Scarlet, for an equally mysterious man for whom money is no object.
Between the secrets they’re keeping and the answers they’re searching for, it’s a hard road to honesty, and harder road still to a happy ever after.
ALEX’S MATE (SHIFTER BEARS OF BIG BEND) by Meg Ripley
My nights are filled with reckless abandon with my crew of badass biker bitches.
My days are spent wearing a Ranger uniform in Big Bend.
And lately, working alongside the world’s geekiest bear, Alex.
Our clans paired us up on an assignment, and we couldn’t be more different.
So why does my inner wolf practically go into heat whenever he’s near?
He may be a nerd, but his broad shoulders and muscular frame fill out his uniform in all the right places.
Seriously, fate? Whatever stunt you’re trying to pull, you’re not gonna win this battle.
After my cheating bastard of an ex took off with my so-called best friend, I’m freaking done with men.
All I need are my bitches, my bike and the open road.
But one night, when sh*t starts to get real with my crew and they suspect I’m a shifter, I realize I might need Alex more than I think.
ONCE UPON A WOLF by Hurri Cosmo
VS Note: From April
Hawk is alone, hiding from the world, living in a tiny, rickety cabin his grandfather built. He has few supplies and fewer yet of the skills needed to survive on his own, but because of what he did, because of what his father caused him to do… well, there’s just no other choice. But then one day “Ghost” shows up. A large black lone wolf who begins to “take care of” Hawk. He brings him game, he protects him from predators, and he even pulls him from a raging river. He is Hawk’s only friend and Hawk begins to talk to ghost as if he is human and can understand.
Except Ghost isn’t human.
Ghost has filled a void in Hawk’s life, and he is very grateful, but he is a wolf and Hawk needs the company of a human. In fact, Hawk is desperately lonely, to the point he even tells Ghost he longs for the touch of a man, the first time he has ever said such a wicked thing out loud. Then one full-moon night, a large, beautiful, naked man breaks into the cabin. At first Hawk is terrified, until he realizes the stranger has Ghost’s amazing golden eyes.
BLEEDING HEARTS by Various
VS note: From April
Some say love is the strongest emotion while some would rather die than feel it…but what if it could last forever? The idea of immortality can haunt and fascinate to the point of insanity, especially those who actively seek it. But what if you fell in love with someone with the blood that gave them the power to live forever? A love that could last or a love that could crumble you to pieces.
Creatures of the night.
These converge in this collection of paranormal romance stories meant to tantalize the senses and penetrate the soul.
SOMETHING WICKED (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA: ACADEMY OF ENCHANTMENTS AND WITCHCRAFT BOOK 1) by Emma Dean
If she could make it through her first semester without killing anyone…that’d be great.
San Francisco Bay Coven has been torn apart and no one feels this more than Mika Marshall. Kenzie Kavanagh exposed her father and brother’s betrayal.
So Mika is starting at the University of Morgana a semester late and praying to the Fates that she’ll be able to catch up and graduate with her class. But as a witch with an undeclared specialty she’s trying not to bring too much attention to herself.
Because Mika has a secret and if she doesn’t learn to control her powers, people will die.
CURSED LANDS by Various
Mysterious strangers. Hidden abilities. Inescapable darkness…
Join our courageous heroines and heroes as they battle demons, governments, and secret organizations in worlds where fae, vampires, angels, witches, humans, and more fight for survival.
Cursed Lands will lead you through one doomed world after another in this haunting dystopian, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance boxed set. Inside, you’ll find 22 exclusive, page-turning tales from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors.
Do you dare venture into Cursed Lands, where magic, danger, and romance lurk between the shadows and the light?
CHOSEN CHAMPION (AIR AWAKENS: VORTEX CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Elise Kova
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.
The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.
She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time.
EMPIRE OF GRASS (LAST KING OF OSTEN ARD BOOK 2) by Tad Williams
VS Note: Not listed as a romance but is a release of note…
The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions.
Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side. Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves, battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilizations to pieces. And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive.
But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies—not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them.
ROYAL DRAGON BIND: ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS OF MOROCCO #1 by Ava Ward
Layla Price’s life isn’t what it should be. Bartending in Seattle sucks, and with a PhD in International Relations but no jobs available, she can’t afford rent, much less pay her student loans.
So when a ridiculously hot billionaire shows up at Layla’s favorite art gallery and purchases a priceless Moroccan wrist cuff, gifting it to her with an offer to work for him, should she take it?
The Red Letter Hotel is an exclusive business shrouded in secrets. But when Hot Mystery Guy runs out on her and all Layla gets is a business card with no name and an international number – plus the memory of his unreal aqua eyes that burn with hot desert winds – her life goes up in flames.
Call this number, he said. Become who you were meant to be.
But who is that – and does she dare find out?
EYE OF THE HURRICANE (A FATE’S FOOL NOVEL): BREATH OF AIR COLLECTION by Ophelia Bell
According to entertainment news, I’m the Angel of the Las Vegas Strip, the most sold-out singer at the Pandemonium Casino. According to the higher races—who I didn’t even know existed up till now—I’m part of the bloodline, which means I’m part-human, part-something else.
It also means I’m a threat to Fate’s precious balance.
To protect me from Fate’s wrath, three demigods have taken it upon themselves to act as my guardians—and lovers. But with the hounds of Fate nipping at my heels, can the Winds tear themselves away from their sibling rivalry over my affections long enough to keep me safe?
And why do I have to choose?
VS Note: Interested in what is in the FREE PISA4 Sampler? We have new and exclusive short stories from S.E. Smith’s Lords of Kassis series, Anna Hackett’s Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone, Tiffany Roberts’ The Kraken series, Veronica Scott’s Star Cruise series, Pauline Baird Jones’ Project Enterprise series, Donna McDonald’s My Crazy Alien Romance series, Cassandra Chandler‘s The Department of Homeworld Security series, and Alexis Glynn Latner. Teasing us all with preview chapters of their Pets in Space 4 stories are Laurie A. Green, Regine Abel, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, and Kyndra Hatch! And don’t miss gorgeous alien artwork from Tiffany Roberts.
My short story in the sampler is entitled STAR CRUISE: BUTTERFLY HAIR…..
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.