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).
WARLORD’S BOUNTY (CHAMELE BARBARIAN WARLORDS BOOK 2) by Cynthia Sax
VS Note: Her books are always a one click for me! Author states this book is based on “a much shorter story with the same title.”
Wanted: One Barbarian Warrior.
The bigger the bounty, the more dangerous the target.
Khan, a Chamele Warlord, has a huge bounty on his head. His enemy wants him captured and is offering any being in the universe an outrageous number of credits to accomplish that.
Khan wants to be captured, but only if the being apprehending him is a tiny, brown-eyed female with wickedly sharp daggers and an even sharper tongue. His passion for the feisty human can’t be inhibited by restraints. He’ll allow her to subdue him…in a variety of enticing ways.
When she finally collects her credits, he’ll collect his revenge, killing his enemy and claiming his little bounty hunter forever.
Zeta doesn’t do forever. After a lifespan of chasing dangerous beings across galaxies, apprehending and trading them for credits, she doesn’t get involved emotionally…with anyone.
Khan might be fierce and sexy and the most dominant male she has ever encountered, but the barbarian is also her target, and once she sates herself with his body, she’ll betray him.
That’s her job.
MAMA AND THE ALIEN WARRIOR: TREASURED BY THE ALIEN by Honey Phillips and Bex McLynn
Abby Wentworth never regretted abandoning her corporate career to adopt her orphaned niece and run a maternity home. But she certainly never expected to find herself and her girls abducted by aliens who intend to sell them as breeders.
When they are rescued by a massive alien and his crew, desires she has long suppressed start to surface. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the captain who treats both her and her daughter with unwavering devotion.
Until his ship intercepts an illegal Vedeckian trader, Captain Hrebec is resigned to spending his life alone. The Cires lost their females to a plague many years ago. Now for the first time, this luscious human female has him longing for a mate and a family.
But Abby has to get her girls back to Earth, and Hrebec may have one last chance to save his race. Will their duties force them apart? Or will they finally find a family of their own?
CHILDREN OF RUIN by Adrian Tschaikovsky
VS Note: Hard scifi not a romance but a release of note. I’m intrigued but might start with book 1, CHILDREN OF TIME.
THE FIFTH GENDER: A TINKERED STARS MYSTERY by Gail Carriger
A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship.
ALIEN – Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He’s even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals.
Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!
MURDER – Except that Tristol’s beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it.
Tristol knows this because he is galoi.
ALIEN CHARMER (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 14) by Sadie Carter
She met him in a dark alley and he followed her home, like a stray puppy. If a stray puppy were a six-foot-eight alien with muscles that didn’t quit, a face to die for, and a huge protective streak.
And don’t get her started on his ego.
Blue was tough and independent, she didn’t need anyone to take care of her.
Especially not him. Nope. Not happening. Ever.
Safan was under no illusions of his appeal to the opposite sex.
So imagine his surprise when he meets a female who isn’t all that interested in his charm, his body or his protection.
It’s enough to confuse an arrogant warrior. And make him even more determined to prove to this prickly female that she is the one for him.
But before he can manage that something happens to threaten their very existence.
RIDE ON A STAR: CELESTIAL MATES (YOLCADIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Suki Selborne
I’m a brave hero. A Yolcadian warrior. A superstar space commander with a perfect battle record.
The only thing missing is a mate.
My warrior status mean I must stay single. So when a captivating Earth girl arrives on my ship for protection, I know she’s off limits–no matter how much I crave her sweetness.
Her frosty attitude entices me. Her soft curves light my body on fire. But touching her would destroy the peace our planets have worked so hard to build. I’m supposed to stay away from her.
Not a chance.
She’s mine. Even if I have to tear down the whole damn empire to get to her.
10 THINGS ALIENS HATE ABOUT YOU (ALIENN, ARKANSAS BOOK 4) by Fiona Roarke
Valvoline Ethyl Grey, the youngest sibling and only daughter in the Grey clan, knows the rules when it comes to Alpha-human relationships—it’s fine to have a little fun, just don’t get too attached, unless you want a one-way ticket back to a homeworld that’s never been home.
Skeeter Bite Sheriff Wyatt Campbell is as easygoing as they come, but even he has his limits. At first he thought Vee wanted to keep their romance under wraps to protect him from a butt-kicking from one—or all—of her six brawny older brothers. Since they seem to like him well enough, that can hardly be the case. Now he just has to convince his commitment-shy girlfriend to take a chance. She already has his heart. Why not his ring?
A woman raised among oblivious humans in a super-secret alien colony in Alienn, Arkansas should know better than to have a super-secret love affair with a human, let alone a sheriff. But strong-willed Valene is all too weak when it comes to a certain tall, blond and utterly scrumptious lawman.
Although he comes to her family’s aid when they need him most and vows to keep the secret from other humans that aliens live among them, Valene is determined to sacrifice her love for Wyatt’s greater good.
Wyatt has other plans.
ASHORE (STAYING AFLOAT BOOK 2) by Isabelle Adler
You can only put the past away for so long.
This had never been truer for the crew of Matt’s ship, the Lady Lisa. Even as their engine suffers a critical malfunction and Matt scrambles to fund the costly repairs, Val, the ship’s reticent engineer, unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a deadly ghost from his past. Now it’s up to Matt, Ryce, and Tony to rescue him, even if it means breaking the law and striking an uneasy bargain with a local black-market kingpin—but what if this time their best efforts simply aren’t good enough?
And it might be that Val isn’t the only crew member Matt risks losing when his budding relationship with Ryce unexpectedly runs aground. With their love and commitment put to the test, Matt and Ryce must rally to save their friend and to keep their ship afloat, but in a race so desperate there might not be any real winners.
IMPRESS HER POSSESS HER (HEROES OF NEOMA BOOK 1) by Sheridan Knight
VS Note: I’m not sure why but there are actually two books in the volume. CHARM HIM DISARM HIM is the other. Re-releases maybe? This author also writes as Sheri Lynn.
Calliope dreams of escaping Nysa, traveling to Earth and living free. Her plans are thwarted when she ends up placed with a dedicated soldier as his plaything. Regardless of her developing feelings for Amerrande, she knows she must not let anything get in the way of her plans to escape, and after a terrifying attempt and hazardous journey, she reaches Earth – only to discover freedom is not long lasting, as Amerrande is sent to find and execute her.
Phaedra has one purpose: service assignment soldiers for one month in whatever capacity they desire. Her doctor sedates and forces her to leave for the desecrated and disease-ridden Earth, followed by transport to Neoma, the frozen death planet. His plan was to save her from a life of servitude and offer her a freedom she wouldn’t have had. But all isn’t as it seems. And when Phaedra learns to see and trust with her heart and not her eyes, she will risk not only her life, but the life of the man she wants to share it with.
THE ALIEN’S REBEL (GUARDIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden
Cirrus Moonmist will walk through the fires of hell, move heaven and earth, and travel to the ends of the galaxy for her daughter. Diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease, the little girl’s only hope of survival lies on a distant planet and Cirrus plans to get it. Even if it means knocking down a smoking-hot bad guy who makes her panties wet and knees weak.
Sent to infiltrate a rogue faction, Guardian Defender Gavin Sagestar is so deep undercover even he has trouble remembering which side he’s on. Then he sees Cirrus. Law, duty, and order take a backseat to want, need, and…damn, is that love? Smart, beautiful, and curvy, Cirrus is his and anyone who thinks otherwise can fuck right off. Even the rogue military leader who wants her for his mate.
To have the sexy-as-hell housekeeper, Sagestar has to get Cirrus away from the bloodthirsty tyrant eager to kill. Time’s running out. Two lives hang in the balance. Sagestar is determined to save both mother and daughter, no matter what. Even if it costs him his life.
ALPHA (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 2) by Luna Hunter
MAKAYLA – I screwed up. I ignored the warnings and wandered too far from home. And now a colossal alien warlord has got me tied up. He’s all horns, claws, and muscles upon muscles. My captor is savage, ruthless, dominant. Everything I hate.
And yet, the look in his alien eyes makes my heart race and my stomach flutter…He’s supposed to be my enemy. I want him to be so much more.
KERAX – I came to Earth to claim the throne. And then I saw her, and I knew I had to make her mine. Her scent drives me mad. Her skin is soft and perfect. Her luscious curves fill me with desire. I can barely control myself around her. The throne can wait.
First she will give me an heir
MILITARY SCIFI BUNDLE – includes THE INDIGO REPORTS STORY 1 – NEW STAR RISING by Tracy Cooper-Posey
VS Note: Not romance but many of us are fans of Tracy’s no matter what genre she’s writing in. (And I personally do enjoy military scifi.) This bundle is only available until May 30th. You’ll have to read the note on the bundle site for how to buy the books, etc. Here’s an excerpt from the site: “Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has curated a gigantic new Military SF StoryBundle, TARGETS LOCKED, with a dozen action-packed titles, all for immediate download into your e-reader, and you name your own price. This bundle includes THREE boxed sets and one omnibus, for a total of 25 big tales to enjoy.” More detail on the site…
Here’s the blurb for Tracy’s book, released in 2017, so not a new release by any means but an item of interest this week:
Bellona Cardenas Scordina de Deluca, daughter of the primary Cardenas family, went missing ten years ago. Reynard Cardenas, Bellona’s father and head of the family, receives anonymous, unsubstantiated news that she has been found. He sends the most disposable person in the family to investigate—Sang, the family android.
Sang’s investigation trips off chain reactions which shift the generations-old luke-warm war between Erium and Karassia into a galaxy-wide conflagration which will engulf the known worlds, including the neutral, fiercely independent free states…unless a hero can be found who will fight to hold the line against the two colossal forces.
MATED TO THE ALIEN PIRATE: CELESTIAL MATES by Leslie Chase
With alien mobsters hot on her trail, Marcie Cole needs a way off Earth fast. When the Celestial Mates Agency matches her with an alien on the far side of the galaxy, she jumps at the chance to get offworld. Her match may be a sexy alien, but she doesn’t expect to like him. And she definitely didn’t expect him to board her ship as the captain of a lethal crew of space pirates.
Pirate Captain Arrax is huge, deadly, and hot as hell. But can she trust a pirate to keep her safe, or should she hide the truth about herself?
As soon as Arrax sees the delicious Earthwoman, he knows he can’t resist her — and a pirate captain takes he wants without a second thought. Facing a mutiny from his pirate crew and the deadly aliens chasing Marcie, he has to fight to keep what’s his.
Will Arrax be able to keep Marcie safe by his side, or will the battle for his mate doom them both?
AT THE TROUGH by Adam Knight
In a future where schools have no teachers and no classrooms, Jennifer Calderon is the perfect student. Every day she watches her video modules, plays her edu games, and never misses an answer. Life is comfortable in the Plex, a mile-wide apartment building. Corporations and brand names surround her and satisfy her every want and need.
Then one day, her foul-mouthed, free-spirited, 90’s-kitsch-wearing girlfriend Melody disrupts everything. She introduces her to a cynical, burned-out former teacher, who teaches them the things no longer taught in school. Poetry. Critical thinking. Human connection.
But these lessons draw the attention of EduForce, the massive corporation with a stranglehold on education. When they show how far they are willing to go keep their customers obedient, Jennifer has to decide what is most important to her and how much she is willing to sacrifice for it.
SHOUT OF HONOR: ADVENTURES IN THE LIADEN UNIVERSE BOOK 29 by Sharon Lee and Steve Mille
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note.
Commander Vepal is a Hero. He is also the Yxtrang ambassador to the greater universe.
These two facts do not make Vepal’s life easy. But they do make it interesting.
It was Commander Vepal who discovered the continuing orders from Headquarters, far back in old and moldy archives, which directed those of the Troop who had survived the collapse of the old universe to locate, in the new universe, the proper authority to which they might, with honor, offer their allegiance, and their skills.
Because of this discovery, Vepal is made ambassador, while the rest of the Troop continues to prey on those it finds weaker than themselves.
In pursuit of his duty, he and his small delegation put into Inago Station, where there’s a military job fair in full swing.
WORLDS AWAY (WARRIORS OF RISNAR BOOK 4) by Tracy St John
She escaped from a cult. Fought in Afghanistan with an Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit. Was discharged from the Army after a court martial. Fired from her latest job. Selena ‘Boom-Boom’ Baumer is no stranger to conflict. However, diving into an interstellar war on a planet she’s never heard of is pushing the limits, even for this rebel. It’s only temporary though, and in the meantime, the striped alien men are easy on the eyes. Helping them defeat a monstrous race of invaders can’t be a bad thing, right?
Arga Bolep, war commander of the planet Risnar, needs an explosives expert, and Selena comes highly recommended. He’s not sure what he’s supposed to do with this blue-haired, naughty-limerick singing, hardcore partier, but he knows one thing’s for sure: he’s not about to fall in love. Not when he’s too aware of how gut-wrenching loss can be. Despite his fascination with Selena, he’ll keep their relationship as professional as her outrageous personality will allow.
When the enemy race of Monsuda launch a surprise attack, threatening both Risnar and Earth, Selena and Arga are forced to depend on each other just to survive. A reckless plan to defeat the enemy could spell doom for the reluctant lovers—but the more impulsive feelings they have for each other try their hearts and souls.
REINVENTING LINDSEY by Maggie Brown
VS Note: Not exactly a scifi romance, but there’s robotics involved and the plot sounded fun. A release of note.
Studying the past hasn’t prepared Daisy Parker—anthropologist-turned-matchmaker—for her latest client. Finding Lindsey Jamieson-Ford a life partner isn’t exactly a simple exercise. Not only hasn’t Lindsey dated for years, the prickly reclusive scientist relates better with her robots than with people.
Lindsey has no idea what matchmaking involves when she hires Daisy. She’s never met anyone quite like the bubbly matchmaker and doesn’t know how she’s going to survive the infuriating woman. Now her life has lurched onto a roller coaster that just won’t damn well stop.
Guiding Lindsey through the courtship process is a challenge. Before the reticent scientist can move forward, Daisy has to teach her to leave the past behind. But another problem soon enters into the mix…How can Daisy stay detached when her body seems to be answering Lindsey’s mating call?
A BROKEN JEWEL (JADE BOOK 1) by Lucy Rains
VS Note: Apparently either an SFR or PNR reverse harem novel. Wasn’t clear to me, even from the reviews but it’s charting high in SFR.
Don’t stand out.
Don’t draw attention.
These are words that Jade lives by every day. Her abilities that she doesn’t understand must be kept hidden. With only a few friends and an over controlling mother, Jade is just trying to get by in life until she can move out on her own. Then a beautiful stranger walks into her life. And another one. And another one. They say they understand her and promise to take her away where she can be herself. They say she is like them. They say she is in danger. But Jade has never trusted anyone before and doesn’t know how to start now.
Until Jade is out of time and the guys make the choice for her.
ABDUCTED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 6) by Sabrina Kade
On the planet Hethdiss, shy and timid Phoebe faces a dilemma: two aliens want her. One, the pushy Iriel, claims he’s the only one who can protect her from the horrors of this dangerous world. Drazal, though, makes her think there might be more to life than playing it safe—with him, her whole body comes alive. But tempting two Sidyth males is a dangerous game for a human woman to play.
Drazal’s certain Phoebe doesn’t want to be with Iriel. But Iriel’s the one she turned to in a moment of terror. He’s the one who claims her as his own. And Drazal’s equally sure she’ll never be truly happy unless she learns to stand up for herself.
When bigger problems take center stage on Hethdiss, however, Phoebe’s fears are laid bare for all to see. And in that moment, there’s only one alien she wants. One alien she’ll face hell to gain. No matter how much danger that might land her in.
RESCUING RORY (MARKS MERCENARIES BOOK 1) by N J Walters
Betrayed and sold into slavery after her father’s death, Rory Banks finds herself dancing on the Exos, a deep-space pleasure ship. So when a stranger breaks open her cage and offers her a way out, she grabs it and runs.
Kal Marks and his brothers are space mercenaries and traders who have spent the past ten years searching for their younger sister. Their hunt has led them to the Exos and to Rory, who they hope will have information. But Kal never counted on wanting Rory or on the sexual tension and scorching heat that blazes between them. This mission just got a lot more complicated.
GRAVITY: CRYOBORN GIFTS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 1) by Maggie McVay
VS Note: This is the first release in a new connected universe, Obsidian Rim, by various SFR authors. Books are standalone.
Lehana Saar learned the smuggler’s trade the hard way–as an indentured servant to the Rim’s most notorious pirate. With the skills she acquired and now with her own ship, the star freighter Phoenix, Lehana is known throughout the Rim as a trafficker who will take any job, however dangerous, for the promise of a good profit. But when she’s forced to crash land near a mining colony owned by the heinous, galactic cartel QueCorp, she’ll need all her cunning and experience just to survive. And maybe, with a little luck, she might even turn a profit by forging a deal with the mine’s owners. That is if she can turn a blind eye to the dismal conditions and merciless exploitation of the thousands of QueCorp’s slave laborers.
Forty-five years ago Kash Trider and his wife crashed on Ydro-Down. Captured by QueCorp, they were forced into the mines with no chance of release. Qubition ore killed Kash’s wife and now only two things keep him going: his hatred of QueCorp and the hope of freeing his two children from the same fate. When the Phoenix crashes near the mine, Kash risks everything to get his children on that ship. But will the hard-edged captain help him escape or will she turn him in for the five million DIC price on the head of a fugitive QueCorp slave?
TAKEN BY THE ENFORCER by Adrian Blue
If there is trouble to find, Matilda D’Kan will find it. From galactic smuggling to working for Narvel ‘The Wolf’ Reon, Mattie has made her share bad choices. But attracting the attention of Adnin the Destroyer may be her worst mistake yet. The Destroyer has sent his right-hand man after her, the only person with a more frightening reputation than him. The Enforcer. But is there more to Morik the Enforcer than meets the eye?
BEDSIDE MANNERS FOR ALIENS (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 2) by Dane Griggs
Serena: Aliens have landed on earth and offered a cure for cancer in exchange for human brides to save their race. The program has led to protests and, increasingly, violence. But as a hematologist specializing in leukemia, I still jump at the chance to work with the Cerastean doctors to help cure patients. I’m assigned to work with Physician L’Vect who is well—he’s different. But there is something…
L’Vect: I have been told that I am socially inept around my own people, and I am even worse with the humans. I do not pick up on their most basic social cues. I want to help our patients, but all I can scent is their fear when I speak with them. Luckily Dr. Serena Salcedo has offered to instruct me in ‘bedside manners.’
ZAVEN’S PASSION by C R Corbin
Katie’s life had always been mundane. Between university and a meandering social life with little male attention granted to her due to her curvy body, it seemed like she was on a stagnant path. That is until Makhil, an alien warlord, abducts her and takes her aboard a space-faring prison with little hope for escape of any kind. But just as Katie begins to resign herself to this fate, hope emerges in the form of an arrogant yet charming Sorilian prince.
Zaven has one last task before he can take the Sorilian throne, to hunt down Makhil and bring him to justice. As soon as he raids Makhil’s ship, however, he discovers that there is something that may eclipse his desire for the throne. A curvy human girl that he finds in Makhil’s chambers, a human girl that soon ignites a spark in his heart that he thought may have never come, a human girl that just might be his mate and Soril’s future queen.
As the two venture to hunt Makhil they not only encounter trouble in the form of crash landings and crime-ridden cities but soon discover a burgeoning passion building between the two of them. A passion that may lead the prince astray from his hunt of Makhil and bring Katie’s desire to return to Earth into question.
TRAYIS (VLG SERIES BOOK 11) by Laurann Dohner
Growing up mostly human in a Lycan pack has been hard for Shay. Shunned and distrusted by most, she wouldn’t have survived without the support of her foster family and alpha. She’s had a longtime secret crush on Trayis, her alpha’s VampLycan half-brother. Shay thinks he’s hot and finds the courage to approach Trayis during one of his infrequent visits. She’s hoping for just one night of ecstasy before she spends her life alone, unwanted.
Trayis is stunned when he realizes the sweet, timid Shay is interested in bedding him. He’s also furious when some pack women attempt to humiliate her in front of him. He’s more than happy to pick her over one of them. She might not be his type but it’s just sex. He’s up for that. What he doesn’t plan on is how she makes him feel.
So much for a simple vacation and a one-night stand.
THE TROUBLE WITH WITCHES (SHADOWVALE BOOK 1) by Kristen Painter
Shadowvale isn’t typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.
No one knows this as well as raven shifter Deacon Evermore, who, like everyone in his family, has a curse. While his position as Shadowvale’s peacekeeper lets him use that curse for good, he’d rather live anywhere else. He stays for his family, but doubts he can last much longer.
Fledgling witch Emeranth Greer is determined to escape her past and make a fresh start in Shadowvale with the aunt she’s never met. Her aunt and the town prove to be far better than she imagined. There’s no way Em is leaving this magical place. Especially when staying means more time with the handsome Deacon.
But when Em’s troubled past catches up with her and nearly destroys the romance budding between her and Deacon, her instinct is to run again. Except there’s magic in the mix now and the town won’t let her leave. Only Deacon can save her, but can a cursed man clear her name…or will her history destroy them both?
BOOTH (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 9) by Theresa Hissong
Booth Woods has lived a quiet, rewarding life as a Guardian to the Shaw pride. He’d planned out his life, never wanting to take on a mate. When Jade O’Connor arrives, requesting to fight in the Summer Solstice, his alpha tasks Booth to test her abilities. Her presence will throw his world into turmoil over the decision to touch her or let her go when she decides to stick to her current plan.
Jade O’Connor has trained for this. She’s wanted nothing more than to be a Guardian ever since she began her private training. When her pride finds out, and her alpha sends a clear message she is not allowed, Jade flees to the Shaw pride on a rumored acceptance of training female fighters. Determined to prove her worth, Jade will vow herself to the pride, but she will never accept their denial for her chance to fight for her rightful title…
MAGICAL CREATURES ACADEMY 2: LION SHIFTER by Lucia Ashta
The Magical Creatures Academy only accepts those supernaturals with the greatest potential. She’s now certain she has what it takes … and then some. She has more power than she has bargained for.
The Academy is the leading institution for paranormal creatures in the world. Its students are the finest of shifters, vampires, and fae.
In Rina’s opinion, Prince Leander Verion is the finest of all the fae, but he’s also entirely off limits. She lacks the requisite pointy ears to make her an acceptable match.
But Rina is far from acceptable, she’s exceptional. If only she can learn to master her wild powers … before they master her.
Whether she likes it or not, Rina is about to find out why she has rightfully earned her place at the academy.
HARLEY MERLIN 8: HARLEY MERLIN AND THE CHALLENGE OF CHAOS by Bella Forrest
Time is running out. For the final ritual, Katherine will sacrifice twelve magicals with rare abilities.
Harley has already lost so much, and she can’t bear to sacrifice anything more. She will protect her friends at all costs—even if that means flying solo against the greatest evil the world has ever known.
With her parents’ Grimoire, Harley finally has a weapon capable of overpowering Katherine. If only she could figure out how to reveal the hidden pages within, to perform the spell Chaos itself has written. And the spell may reveal more than she’s bargained for…
All Katherine wants is to be Queen of Everything—is that so much to ask? Her little niece has been a real thorn in her side, but that’s all about to change. Pity she can’t kill Harley just yet, since the girl is still useful. There’s also the matter of that too-handsome Necromancer, Davin Doncaster. From personal experience, Katherine knows one should never trust a pretty face.
HIS WITCH VIX (PARANORMAL PROTECTORATE Book 2) by Rebecca Airies
VS Note: Previously published but author states it has been revised and rewritten.
Serena Blackwood is turning into a vix. As if that’s not enough to stress a witch out, she has to work with sexy vampire Marcus Castillo to catch a rogue vampire and keep her secret. The attraction burns between them and every moment they’re together increases the chances of falling into bed together and her secret being revealed.
Marcus knows Serena’s hiding something, but can’t figure out what. She’s a beautiful and talented witch. The mystery draws him almost as much as the urge to kiss and caress the brave woman.
But the rogue has big plans. Serena and Marcus must work together and put aside their differences or they could lose everything.
WILD WOLF CHASING (BLOODRUNNERS BOOK 9) by Rhyannon Byrd
Max Doucet is a “turned” Lycan who still longs for the human life stolen from him in his teens. Now a deadly Bloodrunner, Max is too busy looking back to fully embrace who and what he’s become. But from the moment he finds himself chasing after the intoxicating Vivian Jackson, his convictions and beliefs about where he belongs no longer hold true. She’s everything he needs, and so much more than he ever thought could be his—but before he can win her heart, he’ll have to catch her. And Vivian has no intention of slowing down.
Vivian Jackson has always lived a hard, but normal life—until the day she realizes that nothing in her “normal” world is as it seems. On the run from a sadistic madman and a sexy-as-hell badass who claims to be her protector, Vivian has no idea who to trust—that is, until the beautiful, blue-eyed stranger saves her life. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
BURN BABY BURN by R J Blain
Bailey Ember Gardener Quinn should’ve read the manual on caring for an incubus before marrying hers. The marriage license hadn’t mentioned anything about their sexy, insatiable ways. If she doesn’t get a single night of undisturbed rest soon, she’ll snap—or go on a napalm bender.
Either would work.
Recruiting Tiffany “Perkette” Perkins to be her partner-in-crime isn’t the best idea, but nothing says fun quite like a road trip, and Perkette the Misdemeanor Collecting Queen could teach the devil a thing or two about having a good time.
Add in a string of rabies cases, more puppies than she can count (or readily adopt,) a job promotion, and her very own incubus in disguise on the hunt for her, and Bailey’s in for one hell of a ride.
THE SILVER MIST (WILD HUNT BOOK 6) by Yasmine Galenorn
The Wild Hunt is on the trail of the Tuathan Brotherhood—a hate group terrorizing humans and shifters alike. Their investigation takes them over to the Olympic Peninsula, where they plunge into the heart of the haunted old-growth forest in a desperate attempt to stop the group before they strike again.
Meanwhile, one of Herne’s friends turns to the Wild Hunt. He’s unwittingly unleashed a terrifying spirit who threatens Port Ludlow with the fury of her storms. Now, they must not only locate Rafé, who has vanished while undercover in the forest, but they must also appease the Cailleach before she destroys the entire community and everyone within it.
ROGUE HUNT by L L Raand
VS Note: The scathing 1 star review on Amazon is for the audiobook narrator, not the ebook itself. In general the author’s books are pretty well reviewed although I have not read them myself.
Alpha Sylvan Mir‘s efforts to achieve sovereignty for the Weres, Vampires, and other non-humans is made even more difficult when a neighboring wolf Were Pack petitions Sylvan for aid. Someone, or some thing, is raiding the territory of the Snow Crest wolf Weres along the Canadian border. While newly ascended Snow Crest Alpha Zora Constantine, along with the Ash, the captain of her guard, await the decision of Sylvan’s war council, inter-Pack tensions rise. Especially when Ash and Sylvan’s centuri Jace develop an unexpected and unwanted primal attraction.
Are the raids just an attempt to secure more territory by rogue Weres? Or is it all a ruse to bring Sylvan and her mate Drake out into the open where they are vulnerable to enemy attacks? When Sylvan and Drake’s war party heads north to hunt the rogue raiders, Ash and Jace must decide between duty and the call of their deepest desires.
PERFECT MATCH 2: KING’S CHOSEN by I T Lucas
When Lisa’s nutty friends get her a gift certificate to Perfect Match Virtual Fantasy Studios, she has no intentions of using it. But since the only way to get a refund is if no partner can be found for her, she makes sure to request a fantasy so girly and over the top that no sane guy will pick it up.
Except, someone does.
SPARK (ACADEMY OF UNPREDICTABLE MAGIC BOOK 1) by Sadie Moss
Unfortunately, not all people from magical bloodlines have powers, and at 22, I’m several years past the age they usually appear. So I’ve resigned myself to a boring, magic-less life.
Then something strange happens…I get stuck in the middle of a bar fight, and instead of just punching the guy back, I blow a hole in the wall. So… I guess I do have powers. But they’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. This shit is definitely not normal.
And it seems the magical authorities agree, because they give me a choice: either I go to school to learn to control my crazy new magic, or they’ll take it away. Permanently.
Now if I can just survive the bitchy mean girls determined to take me down a peg, the mysterious attacks on students, the three hot-as-hell guys who don’t seem turned off by my prickly exterior, and the professor who makes me long for detention, maybe I’ll get out of here in one piece.
Wouldn’t bet on it though.
COVEN’S END: VOSS (COVEN’S END SERIES BOOK 2) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff
I’m arguably the strongest Lycan in the pack. My father would have it no other way. He raised me to mate the Princess and become the High Alpha. He was wrong. The High Alpha is letting his daughter choose her own mate. He’s letting her choose love.My competition is fierce. The cocky Vampire prince and the Princess’s best friend both hold a piece of her heart. Too bad for them, so do I. They aren’t backing down. Then the Vamp suggests we share her. If we truly loved her like we say, why make her choose? I don’t know if I can do it. I didn’t intend it to happen, but I already love her. One thing is for sure. I’m not walking away from her.
SEDUCING HER VIKINGS (NORSEMEN ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon
Being stuck in the past is the least of Lainie’s worries. Hjalmar is missing, lost in time, and there’s no way she can bring him back on her own. To survive the harsh reality of Viking life, she’ll have to make new friends… but what if some of them want to be more than just friends?
QUEEN TAKES DARKNESS: HELAYNA (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 8) by Joely Sue Burkhart
Chained in eternal darkness. Kidnapped by a primordial evil. Freeing this vampire queen will unlock hell itself.
Helayna Ironheart doesn’t know where she is, or how long she’s been trapped in the darkness. She only knows pain and horror when her captor feeds on her suffering.
Her only hope is to access her power as an Aima vampire queen. But how can she call her guardian Blood, when she’s trapped in an alternative dimension at the bottom of the world tree?
Only Darkness lives here.
So that’s exactly what she must take.
FIRST QUEEN OF GRYPHONS (ISHTAR’S LEGACY BOOK 5) by Lisa Blackwood
Hillalum is destined to become a king unlike any other before him, for the Goddess Ishtar has endowed him with a special gift—he is the first gryphon capable of taking on human form.
Amata, a humble shepherdess, wishes only to live a peaceful life until raiders attack her village and kill her father and brother. A consuming need for revenge soon arises from that day.
When King Hillalum’s goddess orders him to watch over a human shepherdess, he thinks he’ll find the sheep more interesting than the woman, but once he meets Amata, he soon understands the full scope of his deity’s plans.
Ishtar wishes to transform Amata into the first of her Avenging Blades—a sacred warrior born into the world when danger stalks the line of the gryphon kings.
But before Amata and Hillalum can complete the ritual to unleash the fierce magic of a goddess forged Blade, they must first win each other’s hearts. Only then will they possess a power great enough to rid their land of the raiders.
WILD FATE (BLACK CLAW RANCH BOOK 4) by Cecelia Lane
A bear shifter attack left him nearly dead in the woods. His only choice—embrace the animal within. Forget his job, his future, and Liv.
Olivia West has spent years putting the past behind her. After her boyfriend suddenly disappeared she swore off love forever. But that was years ago. Now, Liv believes she might have seen Alex. Determined to track him down and get answers, she confronts the man who broke her heart…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
TALES AND DREAMS (LOST TIME ACADEMY BOOK 2) by G Bailey
Madilynn Dormiens didn’t know how dark the world really is, that is until the dark tales took it over.
Death, pain and torment are the new motto of Lost Time Academy.
There is no place for love in this academy.
If the dark tales controlling the Lost Time Academy weren’t difficult enough, The Tale brothers are out of control, and Quinton Frostan is causing trouble now that he is back in Madi’s life.
The sort of trouble that will get them all killed.
Except Quinton is determined to make a big change, one that could bring someone they all want back…but the price of that change is too high.
Too dangerous. Love just might get them killed after all.
Even the darkest Fairy Tales can fall in love.
A TRILOGY OF KNIGHTS by Megan Derr
THE KNIGHT AND…THE DRAGON – Bran is tired of living a life of blood and violence. After decades of serving his king on the battlefield, he wants the peaceful, violence-free life he has earned. When the king refuses to grant him freedom, Bran volunteers to go slay a deadly dragon—with every intention of dying alongside it.
THE STATUE – Grey has always kept to himself, so solitary and strange he is named after the mist-filled valley where he was found as a child. But he longs for things he cannot have – like Dunstan, a beautiful, young mage far out of reach. Then he learns Dunstan’s family is being tormented by mercenaries, and Dunstan himself turned to stone—and Grey and his strange past are their only hope for rescue.
THE PRINCE – All Victor wants is to be taken seriously by his so-called peers, who constantly bully him for his fussy ways and his close relationship to the throne. Then he rescues a foreign prince being chased by assassins, and finds himself swept into a strange world that feels more like home than anywhere he’s ever been.
ELEMENTAL BETRAYAL (THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS BOOK 3) by Elle Middaugh
This is it.
Everything I’ve done over the past year has led me to this point: eliminating the Elitists and finishing the Elemental war.
But my dear old grandfather won’t go down without a fight, and neither will the Shadow Sect. It’s going to take every ounce of power I have—and then some—to somehow survive and defeat them in the end.
Then comes the treachery…
When the world is crumbling, our backs are against the wall, and crap is seriously hitting the fan, that’s when our loyalties are truly questioned. It’s like everyone I know is either betraying someone or is being betrayed themselves.
So, who can I trust when all faith is lost? Champions—at least that’s what the Elemental gods would have me believe. Nicholai has amassed far too much power, and the chosen champions are the only ones who might be able to help tip the scales. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
RENEWED BY LOVE by Sharon A Callender
VS note: Appears to be a paranormal ghost story romance.
Thirty-two-year-old Michaela Dutton, a workaholic and a former modeling agency executive, is starting over after her fiancé dumps her for a runway model. Abandoning her fast-paced life in Manhattan, she moves to a small town in Tennessee where she pursues her entrepreneurial dream.
As she settles into her new home, Michaela is haunted by sensually powerful visions and dreams about a mysterious man with piercing green eyes. He leaves her longing for his touch in her waking life and sparks an overwhelming desire to find out his true identity.
CAPTURED BY THE ROYALS by Hollie Hutchins
I wanted the money, but I failed miserably.
Now I’m chained in a prison cell with a half-naked prick.
And a baby dragon that thinks I’m its momma.
And how did I end up here?
Well, I really needed the gold.
So I took the mission to steal The Dragon’s egg.
The plan was simple:
a) Get to the egg.
b) Grab the egg – very carefully.
But the unsolicited happened. I wasn’t alone when I got there. The dark-haired prick was awaiting me. And he wasn’t going to give up his treasure so easily. Fight!
But by the time we stopped squabbling, it was too late.
The egg hatched.
You gotta be kidding me!
Of course, we were caught and thrown into prison.
Thanks to him, I wasn’t able to get away.
Now I’m stuck in this cell with a baby dragon and a lunatic who keeps taking his clothes off.
“It’s too hot,” he says.
How am I going to get out of this one?!
WHEN HEROES FALL (CHAMPION OF THE GODS BOOK 5) by Andrew Q Gordon
The Six defeated Neldin three millennia ago, but time has no meaning to a god. Before the dust settled from the first conflict, both sides set in motion plans for the next one. As Champion of the Six, Farrell, with Kel’s help, gathers those loyal to the Six to meet Meglar and his army.
But Neldin plotted as well, and like the Six, His plans all lead to the final confrontation between Champions. Kel teaches Farrell that weapons and power will not be enough—victory requires something from within each Champion. But Neldin also knows this and unleashes a final surprise at a critical moment that claims some of those Farrell loves most.
With the fate of Nendor riding on his actions, Farrell must ignore the pain and find the will to win. If not, his world and everyone he loves will fall to Meglar’s darkness.
KISSED BY WILDFIRE: A DARK ACADEMY ROMANCE (THE CIMMERIAN CAGE BOOK 1) by Cate Corvin
My name is Lu Darke. I’m a witch by birth and an arsonist by accident, but I never thought I’d find myself in a place like this. Cimmerian Reform Academy, called ‘the Cage’ by its students, was once an asylum, but now I’m forced to call it home.
My roommate hates me, the Headmistress has a sinister agenda, and worst of all, students have a habit of dying young and fast in the Cage. If I don’t watch my step, I might be the next to go, but help could come from dangerous places… for a price.
Roman and Shane were imprisoned for illegal shifting, and they look at me like they want to rip off my clothes with their fangs.
Professor Steele is a hard taskmaster whose special brand of punishment leaves me craving more.
And in the darkness beneath the Cage lurks the most deadly of predators- Locke, a vampire who walks through my dreams with a thirst for more than my blood.
Secrets lie in wait behind the black doors, students vanish overnight, and everyone hides what they really want. In the case of these four, however, what they want is crystal clear: me.
INKED (CIRQUE DE LA LUNE BOOK 1) by Emma Hamm
Booker Ward is known by many names. Assassin. Freak. The Tattooed Man. He’d given up on life itself until she walked into his life. Now, he’s realizing there may be a future for him yet, if only he can figure out a way to convince her to love a monster.
Irene Evans has only known sin. As the daughter of a pastor, she shouldn’t be able to see the souls of the dead. Her father sees her as possessed, and calls in an expert on exorcism. When she sees a chance to escape, she flees to a nearby circus where her life is turned upside down.
Freedom tastes sweet. She learns from this dangerous man two things.
First, that her life is her own. If she wishes to become a circus act, then she can and he will help her.
Second, that love is freedom and it can overcome all things.
BONDED TO THE BEAR by Fay Walsh
Roan, the Bear Alpha of the Fairview clan, doesn’t need a woman. He has just put himself together, after the death of his mate and he is focused on his clan’s needs. With the help of his beta he is taking care of the younglings, while with the help of his brother, he is keeping a good relationship with the neighboring clans. That is, until this curvy woman arrives to town. A strange feeling, an electricity surges through him every time he is around her. This can only mean one thing…
Harmony is hoping that a fresh start in Fairview will do them good, both to her and her sister. At least, for the few months she intends them to stay. A promise to her mother binds her to always run, in order to stay safe. However, when this sexy stranger comes to aid them when her car is broken, she can’t control herself. Maybe it’s time for her to settle down…
Soon the two of them will find out that they have more reasons to be apart than they thought. There will be nothing left but their love to prove that they are mates. Forever and Always.
STALKER OF SHADOWS (SPECTR SERIES BOOK 1) by Jordan L Hawk
John Starkweather feels restless. Though still technically an agent for SPECTR, his only job now seems to be hanging out with his boyfriends, Caleb and the vampire spirit Gray, and binge-watching TV in their New Orleans apartment.
The inactivity comes to an abrupt end when a rougarou attacks John’s estranged grandfather. Even though he hasn’t seen his family since he was a teen, John can’t pass up the opportunity to reconnect.
The more John investigates the attack, the stranger everything about it seems, from his parents’ odd behavior to the rougarou’s unnatural size. And the closer John comes to finding answers, the nearer he draws to a truth that might be better left uncovered.
WARRIOR WOLF: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL: TAURUS (SUPERNATURAL WARS BOOK 8) by Crystal Dawn
Grant is a werewolf warrior sent to fight in South America out of the large base they have there. He’s itching to fight and he wants to mate Jaclyn the lovely witch who came there recently. She’s lost here where her professional exterior doesn’t fit in and she needs to get back to her wild witch roots.
Can these two different people manage to work together and find something special that’s growing between them?
POSSESSED (THE ELECTI SERIES BOOK 3) by Elise Noble
Geneticist Nicole Bordais has one goal—to find a cure for her supernatural powers so she can walk the streets of California without the spirits of the dead constantly harassing her. But when her scumbag of a boyfriend steals a precious family heirloom and skips town, her priorities change. Now, along with her best friend Lulu, she’s on a mission to get her necklace back.
Part-time bounty hunter Beckett Sinclair doesn’t want to hunt down escaped felon Corey Hastings. No, he’d rather stick with his regular job as a nightclub bouncer and his hobby researching the paranormal. But family obligations send him west, where he finds more than he bargained for in San Francisco.
PERPETUAL PREY (AN OBSCURE MAGIC BOOK 9) by Viola Grace
Elsinor has walked the earth for thousands of years, but every few decades, she must start over. Waking up in agony with her organs slowly regenerating, she has coined a new phrase Prometheus Syndrome.
With modern technology and magic available, this might be her one chance to learn who she is and who she has been in the past. The clock is ticking, and she is ready to defend herself. She is going to find her attacker and take the fight to him. Elsinor is tired of living for the moment before her life has to start over again.
SHADOW WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 2) by Suzanne Roslyn
A mistake has been made…And wolf shifter, Jacob Grayson intends to make good on it. Years ago, he gave up his rights to claim his true mate to his brother. Now a widow with twin girls, Kasa agrees to return to her pack and raise her children, but when a stranger tries to take one of her girls, she must turn to the man who broke her heart long ago.
Jacob can’t hold back his feelings for Kasa and his need to claim her as his mate any longer. He’ll have to convince her his intentions are true this time, especially before something happens to one of those precious little girls he thinks of as his own.
When Kasa and the girls go missing, Jacob will have to rely on an unlikely source to get her back and confront the one person he never thought to see again.
VS note: Picked one of my favorite, older scifi romances to feature today: TRAPPED ON TALONQUE, which has an alien sleeping beauty subplot…it was a fun challenge to write an alien woman trapped on a primitive planet for thousands of years and what she finds when she’s awakened. Not that my characters had fun… I always think someday I really need to write another book with these characters! I had a sequel in mind but there’s only so much time and so many books to write.
When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they’re taken captive and given a challenge–win at the violent ball game of sapicheand live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.
Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they’re brought before an alien ‘goddess’, sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good–he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She’ll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.
Bithia sleeps in her chamber, as she has for thousands of years, since her own people unaccountably left her there. Viewed as a goddess by her captors, she must hide her ancient secrets to survive. But only the bravest of men may free her. Can she use her psychic powers to keep Nate and his men alive long enough to help her escape, or will her only hope of freedom die with them?
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. And I may mention ‘special items’ like the military scifi bundle (which I have no involvement in).
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.