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).
PULLED BY THE TAIL: CELESTIAL MATES (TAIL AND CLAW BOOK 2) by Nancey Cummings
A clerical error matched Georgia to the wrong alien. It’ll take months to get their marriage annulled, so she’s stuck in a grand house that’s falling down on a backwater planet with a massive brute of an alien who likes books more than people. But the more time she spends with Talen, the more she questions if their marriage was a mistake after all.
All Talen has in the universe is his family. When his brother’s latest scheme delivers a human female to his door, technically his wife, he refuses to turn her away. She’s part of his pride now and he knows that her luscious form and biting wit is vital to his future. He’ll win her heart and convince her that nothing about the heat between them is a mistake.
TYREE: BOOK THREE IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS… by Alana Khan
Surviving a horrifying alien abduction and dangerous slave revolt, Grace thought she was finally safe on this spaceship full of protective alien gladiators. Until her musical improvisations accidentally go viral. Now she needs to overcome her crippling stage fright or it could mean death for them all.
The one good thing in her life is her new alien friend, Tyree. A few weeks ago he morphed from a small, female-looking elf into the hottest male this side of the Milky Way. Which means he has problems of his own, like avoiding tripping over the genitals swinging between his legs, and dealing with the constant arousal of being around Grace, the human woman haunting his fantasies.
SAVING RUNT: COSMOS GATEWAY BOOK 7 by S E Smith
Amelia ‘Runt’ Thomas’ life revolves around a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the most ruthless criminals in the world. She follows two codes: the code of hackers and her personal code of honor to bring down anyone who thinks they’re untouchable. She is on target until one fateful night when the touch of a strange man sends an unexpected shock wave through her. Now, the faint whispers in her head are growing louder and more annoying, distracting her from her mission.
Derik ‘Tag Krell Manok’s search for the mysterious woman who changed his life nearly two years before is finally over. As a Prime warrior from another world, he knew the moment he touched Amelia that she was his bond-mate—but she disappeared before he could whisk her away to safety. He is determined not to let that happen again, but he also knows that he needs to proceed with caution because Amelia is unlike any woman he has ever known before.
As their connection grows, so does Derik’s fear that he will be unable to keep Amelia safe from a man who is just as determined to find her and use her amazing talents for his own devious purposes. Find out what happens when an alien warrior, a determined AI named RITA, and a few other surprising twists come together to save a special woman named Runt!
LIONMAN KIDNAPPING (CHIMERA SECRETS BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais
He never wanted to become a beast. But the only way to stay a man requires the taming touch of a woman.
Marcus escaped the doctors who thought it was okay to experiment on him. Totally expected to savor freedom far, far away from the evil wrought by the Chimaeram Clinic.
Instead, he finds himself inexplicably drawn back to the place that made him a monster.
And what do monsters do best but terrorize humans?
When he kidnaps Jayda, he has no thought other than to make a certain doctor pay. However, taking an alluring woman to his lair means having her close. Hearing her. Smelling her…
Remembering what it means to be a man.
Wanting to be her lover.
Is she his salvation, or his downfall? Because there is only one punishment for a project gone rogue.
COALITION RECKONING (DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 10) by Cassandra Chandler
VS note: A fun series!
When a reclusive billionaire hires Brigid as his personal chef, she has a feeling the job is too good to be true. The pay is jaw-dropping—as is the wannabe she’s replacing in the kitchen. Dane’s heart is in the right place, but seriously, baked beans over pasta? It’s like he learned to cook on another planet. He’s eager to learn her ways, and Brigid is more than happy to give him very personal lessons.
Dane has never felt like he belonged anywhere. Not among his fellow Sadirian soldiers in the fleet of the Coalition of Planets and not as the highest ranking med-tech assigned to assist the Department of Homeworld Security on Earth. All of that changes the moment he meets Brigid.
Resisting their mutual attraction is impossible—especially when soldiers from the Coalition arrive to arrest the Sadirians living on Earth and wipe the memories of all the Earthlings who’ve encountered them. But as Dane and Brigid fight to preserve their chance at a future together, they find that a new enemy has risen in the galaxy that threatens everything they know and love.
As their worlds shift around them, can they hold on to the spark that connects their hearts?
ACE’S ODDS: FAVOR’S FATE (OBSIDIAN RIM) by Sela Carson
Mkhai Kerbasi is a former soldier running on luck’s fumes. He gambled and won, but he’s still in debt to the mob boss who runs Gizem, a glitzy, glamorous space station where all the shine hides a dark underworld. The only hand he’s got left to play is getting the mob boss’s daughter off the station… but how much of his heart is he willing to lose?
Silbe Otxoa is no pampered princess, even if her father is one of the most feared men in the ruined galaxy. Now that she’s embroiled in a desperate scheme to keep her family safe, she has to team up with a roguish smuggler who makes her want to bet on him with everything she’s got.
The two of them together might be able to beat the odds, if they can trust each other enough to lay their hearts on the table.
FIX THE GAME (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 4) by Viola Grace
Forced to be a medic at a corrupt arena, Cracker dreams of getting one person on her side, and then, he shows up.
Cracker’s life after the explosion was textbook. She only had one broken leg from the blast, but she was sent to the arena at the request of some retired generals, and there, she was altered into a lost leg with a tether running through it.
She was delighted when communication with everyone as possible, and even if she had to hide her equipment, she had friends to talk to again. She hid her situation as best she could, but the day that she met the first-gen cyborg, she thought that things might just be turning around.
With a tiny drop of hope in her life, she asked Lucky for programs that would help her out of her situation, and her friend delivered.
Cracker was now back in action.
RASSAN (IZOTHIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elle Harper
Harper – This was it. Our one and only chance to have the kind of adventure each of us could only dream of. A rag-tag crew of (mostly) scientists, a spacecraft that definitely wasn’t going to pass any inspections, and the type of desperation that comes from living each day on a dying planet.
Okay, so we didn’t plan for the space battle we found ourselves in the middle of. The sad thing is, when we felt our spacecraft falling apart after being hit, to a one, we thought: still better than life on Earth. Dying among the stars… there are worse ways to go.
It’s not like any of us had anyone to go back home to, anyway.
Rassan – I rescued the tiny Earth woman.
Plucked her nearly lifeless body from the vastness of space. And from the moment I saw her face, I knew I’d never be the same.
The alien is making me feel things I’ve sworn to never feel again, want things I have no right to want. This is madness…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
FARBORN (MAXIM COLONIES BOOK 2) by Lesli Richardson
Davies McKellan is a man without a true home. The cocky mining contractor navigator has spent his entire adult life roaming the stars and refusing to be tied down by anyone.
But that doesn’t come without cost. Like loneliness.
When Davies makes his first run to the planet Pfahrn, he meets Olarte, a Pfahrn who intrigues him in ways he never dreamed possible.
Except duplicity and deadly secrets are a killer combo that’ll make any man rethink his past. And if the eight-foot-tall green alien is Davies’ future, he might be down for that. He’s got priorities, though.
Like making sure they uncover the truth first, and don’t die in the process.
TERRAN TEMPTATION (TERRAN 1) by Echo Ishii
Dr. Annalisha Montague has earned a glowing reputation as a Terran scientist. She has also attracted the attention of two men, a senator who wants her for her bloodline and a Terran commander who wants her heart and soul. Will she choose to honor her bloodline or her heart?
ASSASSIN’S MATE: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 9) by Rena Marks
Zealish has finally found his mate—only to wake in the hospital to find out he was dreaming. The whole thing—sneaky caresses, possessive touches, caring for the one person meant to be his and his alone—vanished. A figment of his wandering imagination.
Angela will do anything to protect her twin sister. But when she meets Zealish, who loves Everly and can’t have her, she refuses to be the substitution. His second choice. The wrong twin.
But when Zee leaves the city and comes after her to save her life? Angela wonders if she’s the wrong twin after all.
DIRTY LOVELY BROKEN: A DARK SCIFI FAIRY TALE (TWISTED KINGDOM BOOK 1) by Emmy Chandler
VS Note: The Author’s Note from ebook seller’s page: Please note: This is NOT at ALL like my other series. This is a messy, angsty, dirty reverse harem sci-fi fairy tale arcing over the course of three books. The HEA won’t come until book three. If you have triggers, do not read this book. If you’re still with me…welcome to the Twisted Kingdom! states the HEA will be at the end of book 3.
Jude Camden slaughtered thousands of her soldiers. He executed her brother in front of her. And he was only willing to accept an end to the war—harmony across the planet Syrus—on one condition…
Taken by the infamous Camden princes—Jude, Orlann, and Malac—Maari Delayne must cement a fragile planetary peace by merging two rival bloodlines. The Camdens are powerful, insatiable, and remorseless. They are as irresistible as they are infuriating, ruthlessly wringing pleasure from their captive night after night.
Yet Maari is far from helpless in their grasp. She has a gift that will let her deny the brothers what they need most from her—as long as she doesn’t let any of them into her heart.
THE HUNTER’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 5) by Susan Trombley
Still haunted by nightmares about Hunter’s sacrifice to save the lives of her and her friends, the last alien Tarin expects to see on Akrellia is the Menops bounty hunter himself. She’s drawn to the dangerous male, despite his insectoid appearance, but chalks it up to their experiences together, unable to accept it might mean more—even as she decides never to let him out of her sight again.
Hunter has spent his life searching for one thing and one thing only—a cure for imprinting. To that end, he joined the traitorous Iriduan, Halian, in a devil’s bargain that has him deceiving Tarin and her friends, and he’s not comfortable with that deception—or with his growing concerns about Halian’s plans.
When the execution of part of Halian’s plan isolates Hunter and Tarin on an unknown alien world, far from help, Hunter’s problems grow even more complicated. An unanticipated metamorphosis leaves his body completely changed—in a way that makes it impossible to ignore his growing feelings for Tarin.
But secrets, lies, and a past he can’t change form a seemingly insurmountable obstacle between them. Hunter must prove he’s worthy of his queen and earn her forgiveness for his past mistakes, but the consequences of those mistakes have yet to fully manifest—and when they do, no one will be safe.
CLAIMED BY HER ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 2) by Tempest Luna
Transported through a wormhole on what should have been a simple harvesting mission, Naomi ejects from her burning ship moments before impact. Injured, desperate, and alone, she breaks into an isolated dwelling to steal food and water.
Vrax comes back from the trade to find his house raided and the most delicious scent infusing the air. Still, no one steals from him. No one besides the Sypians, of course. The race of alien invaders have enslaved the entire planet, and if Vrax doesn’t report the tiny human to the monitors, he could lose what little freedom he has left. But Naomi is different from any creature he’s ever seen. Delicate, yet strong. One choice, one split-second decision, and he will do anything for her. Even give up his own life.
ASCENDANCE: SCIENCE FICTION STORIES ABOUT REACHING FOR THE STARS by Alexis Glynn Latner
VS note: Hard scifi not romance but I always enjoy Alexis’s stories.
Nine previously published novelettes and short stories and one new novelette span five thousand years of future history as humanity reaches across the stars.
CONDEMNED: A DARK SCIFI REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Cari Silverwood
She owes them her life. She’ll pay with her body.
After she is caught trying to steal an artifact from an alien temple, Avalon is saved from a terrible fate by four veteran warriors, but the battle-scarred brutes make it clear they have no intention of setting her free. She belongs to them now…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
MODEL: RUSTIC (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 3) by Nix Whittaker
Model humans are divided. Some are wary of the possibility of humans from earth arriving while others are on a war footing. When a scout from earth arrives Crescent is forced to choose a side. Putting her family at risk and everything she has ever cared for.
Levi had been told the new planet he was scouting was empty of human life. Thrown into the middle of a political war he has to rely on a stranger.
THE HOUND OF JUSTICE (THE JANET WATSON CHRONICLES) by Claire O’Dell
Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes, introduced in the acclaimed A Study in Hour, continue their dangerous investigation into the new American Civil War with the help of fresh allies, advanced technology, and brilliant deduction in this superb reimagining of Sherlock Holmes.
It’s been two months since Dr. Janet Watson accepted an offer from Georgetown University Hospital. The training for her new high-tech arm is taking longer than expected, however, leaving her in limbo. Meanwhile, her brilliant friend and compatriot, Sara Holmes, has been placed on leave–punishment for going rogue during their previous adventure.
After an extremist faction called the Brotherhood of Redemption launched a failed assassination attempt on the president that caused mass destruction, Holmes, who is now operating in the shadows, takes on the task of investigating the Brotherhood. Holmes is making progress when she abruptly disappears.
When Watson receives a mysterious message from Holmes’s cousin Micha that indicates that Sara Holmes’ disappearance might be connected to the Brotherhood and to Adler Industries, Watson and Micha go on a high-stakes mission to reunite with Holmes once more.
Together, Watson, Holmes and Micha embark on a thrilling, action-packed journey through the deep South to clear Holmes’s name, thwart the Brotherhood’s next move, and most important, bring their nemesis to justice for the atrocities she’s committed in the New Civil War.
RED SANDS (WARLORDS OF ATERA BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle
Fleeing a life of abuse, Sheri climbs aboard a mail-order mate spaceship bound for a distant station, but never arrives… Fate intervenes and her trip takes a quick, deadly turn when she crashes on the planet Atera. She’s surrounded by endless sand dunes, dangerous creatures, and alien beings that remind her of Earth lizards. But one particular lizard hardly leaves her thoughts—a sexy, two legged, muscular male bent on protecting and caring for her at all costs.
Drazan is a fierce warrior, the strongest Ateran of the Red Sands, he rules his dunes with an iron fist and sharp sword, and is honor bound to face all challengers to his position. During one of these battles something… strange… happens. Fire rains from the skies and a strange black metal box filled with females crashes to the sands. All thoughts of fighting are lost to the allure of these odd humans—especially one deliciously curvy female who stirs his blood. Now he finds himself with dark yearnings, strong need, and a hardness between his legs that he’s never used before.
With Sheri consuming his thoughts, Drazan may have forgotten about his last challenge but his opponent’s brother hasn’t. Now he’s determined to see Drazan suffer… even if that means killing Sheri.
MIGRATION: QUEER SCIFI’S 6TH ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST by Various including J Scott Coatsworth
VS Note: Not romance but a release of note. And flash fiction is always fun!
1) Seasonal movement of animals from one region to another.
2) Movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.
3) Movement from one part of something to another.
Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.
Migration feaures 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
VIVID AVOWED (THE EVELYN MAYNARD TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Kaydence Snow
Evelyn’s secrets have all been revealed, even questions she never thought to ask. Despite the turmoil surrounding her childhood and true identity, she knows one thing for sure: she belongs with her devoted Bonded Variants – Ethan, Josh, Tyler and Alec.
But the truth hasn’t set Evelyn free.
The division between Variants and humans continues to widen. Nowhere is safe. Behind all the chaos is one man – Davis Damari. He’s the truth she’s been chasing her entire life, and the only one capable of destroying the life she fought to build in Bradford Hills.
Davis will stop at nothing to get Evelyn. Her Bond will stop at nothing to protect her.
Evelyn must find a way to embrace her immense power, or risk losing it all.
THE ALIEN COMMANDER’S BABY: THE BREVIEX SERIES BOOK 2 by Molly Rowland
Marian never expected to find salvation in her alien captor. But, Vrox, a muscled warrior from Ranov, stole her heart when he rescued her from life as a concubine in the king’s service.
Now, Marian and Vrox are racing through space, outside of the King’s grasp, searching for a quiet corner of the galaxy to call their own. A safe place to raise their child.
But the king is more cunning than they could have imagined. And he won’t let their insolence stand.
VARRO’S HUMAN BRIDE (TARRKUAN MASTERS BOOK 2) by Sue Lyndon
Julie is desperate to travel to Tarrkua and join her sister–the only family she has left in this universe. But to reach the distant alien planet, she must assume the identity of another Earth woman who’s supposed to marry a Tarrkuan. Can she pull off the switch without her new alien husband learning of her deceit?
After years spent in the asteroid mines, Varro returns to his home planet only to discover his betrothed has married another. Angry and hurt, he vows to never trust another female again, though he knows he must fulfill his duties to his people and procreate as soon as possible. Now he must take the human bride who’s offered to him–a stranger from Earth, no less. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY (SHAPE UP OR SHIOFT OUT BOOK 1) by Mandy Rosko
Rita is the most amazing shifter in existence. She can turn into one of the most beautiful and clever animals in the world and she loves it.
Rita is a racoon shifter, and despite being so awesome, she’s not having an easy time finding her mate. When she tries to entice matchmaker extraordinaire, Gerri Wilder, with an offer for exchange of services, she’s dismayed that Gerri tells her no.
Something about having to wait till the time is right – bah!
So when she receives a mysterious message from Gerri, Rita thinks Gerri has finally taken her up on her generous offer. The thing is, Rita is expected to pull off a heist and steal an item of value for Gerri.
What she finds instead, is that Gerri sent her to meet a half-man, half-cyborg!
One who is really sexy and just Rita’s type.
CLOCKWORK HEART by Mandy Rosko
A Great War has wreaked havoc on the world, but that’s nothing compared to what Brandon did to her.
Betty Bel-Grant lives every day preparing for revenge. She uses her father’s plans and builds machines of destruction that no one has ever dreamed of, waiting for the day when the automaton returns.
But when he finally shows up again, this time minus the glowing green eyes, he pleads with her to believe that his clockwork parts had been sabotaged; his machinery had been hijacked to make him attack.
The excuse is convenient, but unbelievable, because why would her Uncle Jimmy want to kill their family? Betty’s determined to find out the truth, and to see to it that the person responsible pays. Even if it’s the man she loves.
DAD PANTHER (ALIEN GUARDIANS OF EARTH BOOK 3) by Donna McDonald
Bad Panther is about to become Dad Panther…Dr. Sugar Jennings, host of a Protector Blade, is about to become the mother of twins. Axel of Rodu, her alien panther mate and next in line for the Lyran throne, is already in Dad Panther mode and freaking out.
When the fourth and final blade surfaces and sends out a distress call, Sugar has no choice but lead the existing blades on a rescue mission. The Creator Blade and its reluctant host are on the run.
ZHADRA: OBOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Sabine Ferruci
The view from an alien cage is not how Commander Grace Summers planned to see the universe. This was so not in the training manual. But in the cage next to her, Grace finds a helping hand. A big silver one. With claws. Jackpot: an alien hunk who has a decent escape plan. But why do Zhadra’s eyes start to glow when Grace wants to improve the plan? And why does his every growl make Grace melt into a heated puddle of need? After escaping, close encounters with the big guy nearly distract her from their destination: his planet. Is there a place for her on Obos? And will it be with him or without him?
AFTER THE FALL by Kyndra Hatch
VS note: A re-release of Kyndra’s story for the 3rd Pets In Space anthology, which is no longer available.
The Invaders took everything worth living for. Can an Invader show him how to live again?
A’ryk Chiste of Korth marooned himself on an uninhabited world for a reason. He doesn’t want to be reminded of a galaxy where his people lost the war, taken over by the merciless Invaders who changed his life forever. A galaxy where he failed at the one thing he was born for, to protect worlds. He wants no part of the shaky forced ‘peace.’ So when an Invader crashes onto his planet, the simple solution is to let her die. But his furry companions have other ideas.
Lyra Merrick is a surveyor for the Earth Council of Habitable Worlds. She searches for and reports planets that can be terraformed for human survival, comfort and stability. It is business as usual when she finds another planet in a little known section of the galaxy. A routine mission turns into a fight for survival when her ship has a malfunction and she crashes to the icy, unrelenting world. When she comes to, she hears a voice in her head. Confused, she wonders if the lonely existence of a surveyor finally made her crazy. Not only is she hearing things, her eyes are deceiving her too, because she’s in the domicile of the sexiest man she’s ever seen.
SURVIVE THE CHAOS (SMALL TOWN EMP BOOK 1) by Grace Hamilton
VS note: Not sure how much romance if any there is but it’s charting high in the SFR cateogry. And I do love post apocalyptic stories. Put this on my TBR list.
After Austin Merryman’s wife died, he and his fourteen-year-old daughter left home to travel the country in an old RV. But the comfort and renewal they sought soon descends into chaos—even before the EMP hits.
When a message from an old college buddy leads Austin to a bridge in the middle of nowhere, he finds his friend—now an NSA agent—waiting to give him a USB drive. Before the contents can be explained, machine gun fire strafes the bridge, killing Austin’s friend and forcing Austin into the raging river.
Rescued downstream by a beautiful veterinarian, Austin learns that EMP attacks have thrust the world into eternal darkness—and separated him from the only person he has left: his young, but resourceful, daughter. Now, he’ll move heaven and earth to locate her and make it to his brother’s prepper hideaway in Utah.
But the post-apocalyptic world is no longer a friendly place. Resources are growing scarce. Factions break out and walls go up. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. And Austin’s daughter is caught right in the middle of this splintering society.
But an even deadlier foe stalks them as they struggle across the landscape. Someone who hasn’t forgotten about the USB drive Austin possesses.
And they’ll do anything to get it back.
CAPTIVE FLAME (FORBIDDEN ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS) by Naomi Sparks
Since birth, I’ve been locked in an underground training facility beneath a secret bunker.
The war wages on above me, but I’ve never seen it. In fact, I’ve never even seen the sun.
They wanted me to be their perfect weapon. Their perfect warrior princess.
But now that I know the truth, I’m fighting for myself.
BREAK THE DAY: A MIDNIGHT BREED NOVEL by Lara Adrian
After a shocking betrayal nearly killed him and the people he cares about the most, what Breed warrior Rafe wants more than anything is revenge against the insidious brotherhood called Opus Nostrum. But to achieve that goal, he must turn his back on the Order and infiltrate a dangerous gang with ties to Opus. Risking everything to redeem himself and carry out his deep-cover mission, Rafe will let nothing stand in his way–least of all his desire for one of the loyalists he should despise, a mysterious, dark-haired beauty named Devony Winters.
But Devony has secrets of her own to protect, as well as a personal duty she will do anything to fulfill. And as a daywalker passing herself off as human to the gang she’s been embedded with for months, the last thing she needs is a dangerous former member of the Order unraveling all her hard work. Her plans depend on keeping Rafe at arm’s length, but if she surrenders to the dark need he stirs within her, it will be her heart that pays the ultimate price.
THE WILD WITCH (THE COVEN: ACADEMY MAGIC BOOK 3) by Chandelle LaVaun
In the Old Lands, nothing is as it seems. Something lurks in the darkness…watching…waiting. I see it moving in the shadows. I hear it whisper in the wind. I sense it following our every step. I feel it on my spine like the caress of fingertips across my skin.
Is it Joseph and his army waiting to ambush us again? Or is it just the ancient chaos of this place waiting to suck us in and never let us back out? As I stand here within the darkness staring at the dancing flames, I know our time is up. We have to make our run for it. Now.
This was a rescue mission, except now we might need the saving. With Tegan still unconscious, and Tennessee lost to his fear for her, no one knows what to do. All we have is my crazy plan and it might get us all killed. We made it to the balefire….but now, we have to make it back out alive.
MERMAID’S HEART (DARKSEA ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Stacy Claflin
Being a royal should make my life easier, but it only compounds my problems. When my father, the new King of Valora, succeeded the beloved King Tiberius, many of his subjects believed he killed my uncle just to gain the throne. His new policies only make the people hate him more. Just my luck, they transfer their loathing onto me.
Even my best friend and my boyfriend aren’t enough of a buffer, and I’m continually fending off verbal, and sometimes physical, attacks. That’s when my powers start growing…
When no one at the academy can—or will—help me learn about my new abilities, I begin to research them on my own. Modern answers seem to be entwined with a terrifying ancient legend. If the lore is true, my destiny is far more tragic than my present problems. And I don’t know if I can change it. Or if I should even try.
RESOLVED (THE QUEEN’S ALPHA SERIES BOOK 12) by W J May
Who do you hold onto, when the sky begins to fall?
When an ancient curse takes hold of the land, Katerina Damaris and her friends are forced to do the impossible. To venture into the belly of the beast.
Trapped in a wasteland at the end of the world, they find themselves facing dangers they could have never imagined. Old enemies and resurrected monsters. An army of darkness like never before.
The gang races to unlock the prophecy, but before the secret is unveiled, one of their party is taken before their very eyes. …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
KINGDOM OF MIRRORS AND ROSES by Various
Beauty and the Beast, but not how you remember it…Deep in the forest, a castle hides. No one knows who lives there, but rumors of a beast keep people away.
Cloaked in shadows, hidden from view, a prince destroyed by a curse shuts himself away from the world, ashamed of the beast he’s become.
And in the village, a beautiful girl with her nose in a book, yearns for something more.
True love is the only thing that can break his curse. True love is the one thing she’s looking for, but how can they find true love when neither knows the other exists?
Find out if love really can defy all odds in this set of thirteen captivating retellings of the classic fairytale, filled with love, hope and the strength of two people willing to do whatever it takes.
KISS OF THE RED SCORPION by Various including Susan Tisdale
A deadly curse. When two goddesses clash, a cursed object is hurled through time. A scorpion necklace, beautiful but deadly, surfaces again and again over the centuries with the power to level cities and destroy mankind.
A timeless battle. From ancient Ireland to near-future New York, the necklace calls to those with the propensity for evil, energizing the wicked and, when worn, bringing disaster to the wearer and turning the good to bad.
A love worth fighting for. Honorable men and women have fought to keep the necklace safely hidden, its dark magic carefully buried for the good of humanity. But over the years, the necklace and its powers have been unveiled. Only an act of selfless love can break the curse—if the soulmates can find each other in time.
HELLFIRE: A COLLECTIVE WORLD NOVEL (ACADEMY’S RISE TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff
Cosmo Saville guiltily hides a paranormal secret from his soon-to-be husband. And if he can’t undo a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime rival, he could spend his honeymoon behind bars…
Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith never believed in love until Cosmo came along. Falling head over heels for the elegant antiques dealer is an enchantment he never wants to break. So when all fingers point to Cosmo’s guilt, John struggles to believe what his heart is telling him.
As Cosmo searches for the real killer among the arcane aristocracy, John warns him to leave it to the police. But with an unseen enemy threatening to expose Cosmo’s true nature, the couple’s blissful future could shatter like a broken charm.
Can Cosmo find the lost grimoire, clear his name and keep John’s love alive, or will black magic “rune” their wedding bells?
A WITCH IN TIME: TRUE MATES GENERATIONS BOOK 4 by Alicia Montgomery
When three strangers appear at his doorstep, Lord Reed Townsend, Duke of Huntington, knows something is not quite right. And it’s not just because his wolf immediately recognizes Elise Henney as his True Mate. But the cold, unfeeling Alpha doesn’t want to risk his heart again, despite the fact that his wolf is urging him to claim their mate. He ignores his instincts, hoping that the desire and longing he feels for the young American miss would eventually go away.
Transported from modern day New York to Regency England, wolf shifter Elise Henney and her companions deduce that their only way home lies with the London Alpha. But, Reed’s suspicious nature is a major hindrance, not to mention, his cold, unfeeling nature. Still, she can’t help but feel drawn to the broody duke, but he can never know who she really is or where she’s from.
Sparks fly despite their denial of their attraction to each other. But, Elise’s only way home relies on Reed’s fate, one she cannot change no matter what happens. Can they let history play out as it’s supposed to or will they defy time, in order to be together?
SHADOWS by Suzanne Wright
Devon and Tanner fight like… well, cats and dogs. Which makes sense since hellcats and hellhounds aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, their demons’ antipathy towards each other is matched only by the red-hot sexual tension between Tanner and Devon. It’s driving them – and their long-suffering friends Harper and Knox – mad.
When Devon is nearly kidnapped, Tanner’s protective instincts kick into overdrive – he’s sticking by her side, day and night. But staying so close means their hunger can no longer be denied . . . They know their demons won’t accept the match, but after one red-hot night they’ll fight to stay together as long as they can, even though shadows are gathering around them. Devon’s would-be kidnapper is still on the loose, a serial killer carrying rage from a twisted past threatens the lair and, most of all, Tanner and Devon are losing themselves to the heat between them. When this relationship goes up in flames, it could be a blaze that neither of them can walk away from.
PARANORMAL MISDIRECTION (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 5) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires
With my seer powers finally under my control, I’m ready to plunge into the unknown to find my father.
He may have abandoned me, but I’ll go to the ends of the Otherlands to save him from his torment.
Only problem? With unexpected allies and even more surprising enemies, this rescue mission might be more than I bargained for.
ENLIGHTENED (THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Moni Boyce
When her mother’s letters reveal an ancient tome exists, Willow realizes more is at stake. Killian knows about the book as well and will do whatever it takes to possess it and her. To stop him, they embark on a global scavenger hunt to find it before he does.
On the journey, Willow and Eli explore life as a couple. They’re falling head over heels into bed and in love, now that Eli has put passion before duty. But, navigating romance proves challenging when their relationship becomes embroiled in controversy. Besides warring with Killian, they must fight against the people that oppose their romantic union.
Along the way, their chase to find the missing book unveils unknown aspects of Willow’s powers and unearths secrets and betrayals.
As Eli told her before, ‘All magic comes at a cost.’ By the time they reach the end of their quest, they will pay a hefty price for staying one step ahead of the vampire king. Can their budding romance withstand the chaos and fallout? Or will evil triumph?
BLAZING PETALS (THE ANOMALY SERIES BOOK 2) by Aster North
Dancing Flames. Cold Steel. Flowing Blood.
My name is Everly Banks, and I seem to collect problems like most people collect dust bunnies. With an army of enemies at the gate, I must gather one of my own.
With the hunters on my side, and maybe even in my bed, I begin to have hope that I will make it through the coming war with my mind and heart intact.
Some people seek to use me while others play the long game. But not all of my enemies are what they seem. A betrayal blindsides me and lives hang in the balance as my magics cry out for me to destroy it all.
I will dance among the blazing petals and cover myself in the ashes of their destruction. The line in the earth is being drawn, and it won’t be my blood that flows freely. Choose your side wisely.
MINK OMEGA IN HIDING (SHIFTER TOWERS BOOK 2) by Jessica E Subject
VS note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets Jessica has been sharing…
Roan is looking for a way out…As a mink shifter omega, I never thought I’d escape the soul-crushing, gang-ruled world I lived in. But, one night on my way home from working at the strip club, the opportunity arose. I needed to find a place to hide, somewhere I could go where no one from this life would ever find me. Someplace I could start over. With my parents deceased, I only had one person from my past I could ask for help. But would he want to see me again?
Hansol has everything in his life, except his mate…After two years of running a successful fitness center with celebrities as my personal clients and friends, one would think I had everything I’ve ever wanted. But I don’t. The one thing I still desire is to have my mate by my side. Something my sun bear keeps reminding me of every day. Sure, I’ve had plenty of omegas and other alphas in my bed, but no one I want to wake up with each morning. That person left my life years ago with no explanation and no goodbye.
Will they find their way back to each other? Then Roan shows up on my doorstep, soaking wet, and with no belongings. Of course, I take him in. But I don’t know how long I have until he leaves again. Can I trust him this time? Can I finally claim him as my mate? Or am I holding onto false hope? Because I know there is something he is keeping from me.
TALES AND DARKNESS (LOST TIME ACADEMY BOOK 3) by G Bailey
What if fairy tales wanted to destroy the world? What if you are the only one who can stop them…
With Lost Time Academy and the rest of the island fast asleep, Madi and her men set off to find the secrets hidden in the council of good tales before they wake up.
With a goddess declaring war on earth, Quin’s uncle missing, and no one else stepping in to help, Madi, Warren, Quin and her tale brothers need to save everyone.
With dark powers arising, hidden prophecies coming true and a world to save, Madilynn Dormiens needs to become what she has always meant to be.
The sleeping raven.
Even the darkest fairy tales can fall in love.
DARK TEMPTATIONS VOLUME 1: A COLLECTION OF SHORTS STORIES FROM K A KNIGHT AND ERIN O’KANE
The twisted minds of K.A. Knight and Erin O’Kane have come together to bring you short stories that will leave you wanting more. See your favourite characters like never before…you asked for more…we delivered.
In this addition find yourself immersed in the circus as you find out what Rhea and her men got up to at Christmas with some never before seen bonus scenes.
Why not pull up a chair and get ready for some steamy extra stories from The Wild Boys, with never before seen scenes and a short story set after The Wild Interview.
THE TIME TRAVELER’S MAGIC (BOOK 1 OF THE MAGIC BOUND SAGA) by Anna Applegate
A stranger thrusts Ember Brighton into another time, where she learns her crumbling life has a greater purpose. Pursuing this new life, however, will leave her loved ones in danger until she realizes who she is and what she’s capable of. If she fails to work quickly enough, her mother’s deadly fate will be sealed.
When the confident and mysterious Rane Andersson shows up at all the right moments to help, Ember can’t help but distrust his motives. Without him, though, she’s left with more questions than answers, and more people trying to kill her than she can fight off alone.
Despite her reservations, she’s forced to put her faith in him. Now Ember’s running out of time to find her way home, save her mother, and fix the balance of time itself.
Will her run-ins with rogue vampires and evil shifters prove to be more than she can overcome? Or can Ember face her destiny head on?
FIRST HUNT: A DIABLE FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Alexis Calder
Violet – I was raised as a hunter – trained to kill all of the monsters that go bump in the night. I left that life behind, vowing to never kill unless necessary. Unfortunately, necessary happened pretty quickly. With blood on my hands and no place to go, I rely on the help of a sexy rancher. Turns out he’s a wolf shifter and I’m falling hard. FML.
Jackson – When I inherited the family ranch, my whole life went to hell. Then, I met Violet. She’s strong, sexy, and just fiesty enough to put up with someone like me. Basically, she’s everything I ever wanted in a woman. The only problem is that she’s a hunter and I’m a shifter.
FIRST CURSED (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Fiona Starr
“True love can break the curse, Hazel,” the witch said, laughing in my face.
Ever since leaving my coven, everything has been going wrong. None of my spells work, my potions turn to ash, and now I think my dog is losing the ability to talk to me. I don’t deal in curses, but after that witch reveals her intentions, it’s clear that I have been living under a rather potent one.
Things change when Jamie Ross walks into my shop. All it takes is one brush of our hands and everything’s different. I always thought curses were meant for fairy tales, but the joke’s on her because I just met my happily ever after.
FIRST TASTE (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Laney Powell
A century ago, a seer foretold that not only would my mate be the one to find me, but that she’d be a witch with a dark past. A witch and a vampire? Not bloody likely. No, I’ve been around the world, and I have met my share of witches. Trust me when I say there is no mate for me among them.
When a strange girl has a bad car accident passing through Diablo Falls, I’m just doing my job as an EMT to save her life. I have no expectations of anything. But as I accidentally taste her blood, the words of the seer ring in my ears: “One drop is all it takes.”
She has no idea who she is, what she is, or anything about her past. How can I convince this witch that she’s my mate?
FIRST AWAKENING (DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Alexx Andria
Fate will not be denied — no matter how hard he tries.
On the trail of a supernatural killer, Paranormal Crimes Operative Beckham Carter lands in Diablo Falls and right in the crosshairs of his Fated Mate, Lyric Johnson.
Lyric doesn’t know what she is and Beckham isn’t interested in teaching her the shifter ways but when danger comes for them both, they must work together or die fighting an ancient evil.
FIRST BLOOD: A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Kirsten Strassel
I’ve been waiting for her for centuries. Now it’s time to bring her home.
I didn’t make it to Diablo Falls, a safe haven for vampires like me, until it was too late. Humans captured my beloved, accused her of witchcraft, and punished her as they saw fit.
Never to be seen again. Or so I thought.
I can feel her, and it’s time to put the plan I’ve spent years crafting into action. She’s different this time, and I’m excited to get to know her, and fall in love all over again. But I had to wait until she was willing to take a chance on the unknown.
The one who has loved her forever.
She’s here now, in my tarot card shop, wanting answers on what led her to Diablo Falls. Where the mysterious invite came from. Will I be able to convince her she’s mine?
DAMIEN’S DILEMMA (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Julie K Cohen
Damien needs to blood-bond a shifter to retain control of his wolf and his pack. He would blood-bond Tess in a second, except his enemies have destroyed her ability to shift. And they’re not done with her. . .
Tess is determined to navigate this new world without her shifter abilities. She won’t let anyone get in her way, least of all Damien, the alpha who’s determined to make her his. . . even if it kills him.
DAGGER OF BONE (LEGEND OF THE CLANBLADES BOOK 1) by R K Thorne
One contest, one chance to change their fates.
Everyone expects Nyalin of the Obsidian Clan to do great things. And he’d gladly do so, except that he hasn’t inherited a single drop of his late mother’s legendary magic. Now his clan refuses to waste resources to teach him, and the last chance to discover his father’s identity—something his mother took to the grave—is slipping away.
Then one small gesture of kindness changes everything.
Everyone expects Lara of the Bone Clan to do her duty. But in the wake of her brother’s untimely death, that means marrying the cruel and power-hungry heir to the Dagger of Bone. Lara is willing to risk everything to escape her fate, even if it means taking a chance on a famous orphan everyone says has no magic.
Then one small gesture of defiance changes everything.
With the contests to confirm the Bone Clan heir approaching, Lara and Nyalin must unravel dangerous secrets if they want a chance at happiness. But they have more enemies than they know. Enemies who won’t stop until the empire itself lies in smoldering ruins.
BLOOD, BOOK AND CANDLE (BAD WITCH BOOK 6) by Robyn Bachar
Anne Williams is a seer—the rarest, most dangerous kind of magician—gifted with the ability to divine the past, present and future. Anne spent her life hiding her true nature to protect her from those who would abuse her prophetic powers, but with an impending apocalypse on the horizon Anne can’t afford to stay in the shadows. Anne steps up the plate to help magiciankind, but someone tries to take her out of the game—permanently.
Wounded and with nowhere else to go, Anne finds shelter with chronicler Simon St. Jerome, but with one touch he plunges Anne into a tangled web of secrets and lies. Simon spent centuries concealing his past while recording the history of magician society, but nothing can hide the truth from a seer. As his soul mate, Anne is determined to discover every secret he’s buried—including the tale of how she died once before in a failed attempt to spend eternity with her immortal lover.
As danger closes in around them, Anne and Simon must overcome the scars of their pasts, or risk never seeing their futures.
THE MIDSPRING REBELLION by Doreen Heron
Things are amiss in the fairy court, made worse one spring morning when King Oberon’s wife decides to leave him. His decision to gather his thoughts in the human realm lead him into the path, and arms, of workaholic human Nick Chandler. But when Oberon’s throne is threatened, will he be able to retain his kingship and his newfound love?
ANCIENTS (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 4) by Kathryn Moon
The Ancients, a race of creatures between gods and monsters, are trapped in Canderfey. Fighting for their home, the University, and the remaining residents of the town, Joanna and her coven are in daily peril. When one of the Ancients escapes the boundary, the coven is separated, Isaac traveling in search of a solution to the turmoil of the summer.
As days wear on, can Joanna and her coven keep their warrior spirit, or have they been fighting too hard and too long? Perhaps the Ancients—older, more powerful, and impossible to kill—are an obstacle too enormous to overcome.
Will Canderfey be saved and the coven free to live in peace? Or will the cages, keeping Ancients in and magic out, crumble and set chaos loose upon the world?
SPELLBOUND (MAGIC IN MANHATTAN BOOK 1) by Allie Therin
1925 – New York
Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether.
Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no.
Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.
GROWL’S QUEEN (WOODLAND PACK BOOK 1) by V Vee
Angelo “Growl” Marconi is known as The Growling Wolf CEO because of his viciousness in handling his rivals in the business world and the way he had a tendency to growl when he was annoyed or turned on (something his lovers found extremely arousing). “He stalks them, pounces, and rips out their throats,” is a statement synonymous with the gorgeous half Italian, half Cree Indigenous man. However, most of his associates, friends, haters, and lovers would be surprised to know exactly how close they are to his true identity with his infamous moniker. Because, Angelo “Growl” Marconi actually is a wolf. A wolf shifter to be exact. And even with his long lifespan he has focused on his business, his younger brothers, and his pack. Nothing else.
That all changes the day that Joi Young marches into his office building. Joi is a creative, talented, independent, snarky, full-figured, brown-skinned beauty and Angelo’s mate. Knowing she belongs to him does something to Growl and he’s determined to claim her, bond with her, and possess every inch of her. Just the way the spirits intended. However, Joi has other ideas. She already escaped one demanding and controlling man and has no plans to return to the same type of relationship again. No matter how hot the sex is.
But Angelo refuses to take no for an answer. They belong together, and he’s determined to show that to her. But when Growl’s secret business dealings, his secret dual nature, and Joi’s ex returns to the scene to cause havoc, Angelo has to do everything in his power to keep Joi safe and prove to her that she’s his queen… and his love.
TROUBLE WITH HONEY: A MCGONAUGH PACK NOVEL (HALPERT MCGONAUGH PACK BOOK 2) by Jeanette Lynn
It was only supposed to be one night, that was all Bea was willing to allow herself. One night, a random stranger, one that didn’t drive her up a wall, no strings attached, no holds barred fun.
And it was fun, a hot night with an even hotter wolf, that continues into the wee hours of the morning.
Things start to get a little, ahem, hairy, and it isn’t long before Bea realizes their fun extended night is swiftly coming to an abrupt end.
Not one to hang around and drag this out, feeling just a mite cornered and, truth be told, a little scared to find out how it could all unravel, Bea does the only thing she feels she can: she flees.
What’s a shebeast to do when she realizes the wacky wolf she fled so many nights ago may very well be the male she’s always wanted?
DARK PRINCE’S DILEMMA (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 30) by I T Lucas
Would Kian decide that the benefits of trusting Lokan outweigh the risks?
Would Lokan betray his father and brothers for the greater good of his people?
Are Carol and Lokan truelove mates, or is one of them playing the other?
NOTHING GAINED: THE CHOSEN ONE BOOK 4 by Macy Blake
Sawyer Smith’s life is a hot mess.
Hot, because he’s found six of his eight mates. To say things are heating up between them is putting it mildly.
A mess, because he’s the Chosen One, the son of a goddess with no powers of his own, tasked with fixing the broken magic in his world… and he has no clue how to do it.
With every new layer of mystery that’s revealed, Sawyer’s doubts about his abilities get stronger. To complicate matters, Sawyer is growing weaker by the day. Meanwhile, his newest guardian, the one he’s calling Yellow Eyes, refuses to reveal himself.
With time running out, Sawyer’s desperate enough to make a daring move — one that’s potentially deadly for him and his mates. Because at the end of the day, if there’s nothing ventured… there’s Nothing Gained.
STONE AND STEEL: VAMPIRES OF BLOOD AND BONES by B A Stretke
Silas Patronne was on a mission for his Coven, Coven DuCane, in Perrysburg, Ohio trying to locate the missing brother of a friend of the Coven when he met the most fascinating creature he’d ever laid eyes on. Locked away in a closet, tortured but not broken, he found his forever love chained to the floor and borderline feral. He and many others were held captive by the Coven in Perrysburg and used and tossed away, but this man would not be broken. Silas marveled at the strength and fortitude of his beloved and wondered how he would ever pierce the armor and win his beloved’s love and trust. Life hasn’t been easy for Wolfe Reynolds, even before he was kidnapped by this evil coven of vampires. Baggage is Wolfe’s middle name and he’s gotten so used to being on his own, so used to running when things get tough, how can he even begin to believe that Silas really loves him. Silas is determined to win his beloved’s trust and avenge his treatment at the hands of this renegade coven, by any means necessary. No one torments a beloved of Coven DuCane and lives the tell the tale.
Wolfe Reynolds has known hardship all his life. From the foster care system, to the streets, to dancing on a bar for tips, nothing has come easy. When he sees a naive young man being lured out to the back alley behind the bar, he knows he has to step in, what he doesn’t know is that he is no match for the creatures waiting for him. Chained and alone in a dirty and dank closet, Wolfe refuses to give these monsters the satisfaction they want. He fights every feeding and ponders his next move. When Coven DuCane comes to save the day, Wolfe is unsure. Can he trust these vampires any more than the others who have held him captive? He grows attached to the man who freed him, Silas Patronne, but he cannot let himself fall for him. He can’t let himself be that vulnerable again. Danger lurks beyond the walls of Coven DuCane and to protect Wolfe, Silas will invoke an ancient rite, so barbaric it was relegated to history, until now. Can Silas avenge his beloved and come out of this alive? Can Wolfe learn to trust his heart and the man who holds it?
Fate is never wrong.
ALPHA’S SUN: An MC WEREWOLF ROMANCE by Renee Rose and Lee Savino
How to date a human:
1. Just say no.
Sunny Hines is the most infuriating female I’ve ever met.
Long hair, big sunny smile, cute little freckles, yoga-tight body.
2. Resist the urge to claim. Walk away.
My wolf wants to mark her, but there’s no way in hell I’m falling for a human.
This pretty little hippie human is driving me crazy.
Two years ago, I had her beneath me, howling my name, until she left.
Now she’s back, but she’s not going to put me on a leash.
3. No…Just no.
But when I see her with another man, I can’t stop myself from
Marking my territory and making it clear:
Sunny is mine.
PIECE OF QILIN (HARET CHRONICLES QILIN BOOK 7) by Laurel Chase
The mages and the fae aren’t letting go of their differences. They’re both willing to go to war for domination, even if it tears Haret apart.
It’s time to stop hoping for compromise and start flexing my magical muscle. I just need a way to shelter the innocent. I can’t protect everyone, and I still have a long list of tasks from Iaga. We’ve been moving from city to city, and we need a home base.
Not everyone will make it out of this alive. A lot of Haret’s history was buried, and uncovering it just might start an avalanche of trouble. The future can still be bright, as long as we keep our sights on that rainbow and the light it represents.
I’m Carlyle Licorne, and I’m fighting for my happily-ever-after.
YOUR BEATING HART (BEATING HART SERIES BOOK 3) by J L Ostle
…this book has one special girl and four vampire rockstars who are ready to protect her heart and soul.
Ivory Bennett has a gift… and she is ready to return it.
With the dark power looming over Ivory, her world is once again going to be turned upside down.
Not knowing who to trust, what to believe, she gets pulled closer and closer into the darkness.
With the final fight drawing closer, will Ivory be strong enough to do what is right? To protect those around her?
Or will she let the darkness take over, letting him have what he wants…
THE LAST VESSEL (THE CHRONICLES OF LUNA MOON BOOK 1) by Winter Rose
I thought that the hardest thing I would have to face this year would be Trial Month.
Gods, I was naïve.
My name is Luna Moon. Don’t ask me what I am, because complicated doesn’t even begin to cut it. I recently found out that
everything I knew to be true has been a lie.
Including who I am.
The goddesses and their chosen Guardians have been keeping a secret, and in the wrong hands, this secret would plunge our worlds into chaos.
We are the only thing that stands in the way of the realms’ greatest evil escaping his eternal prison.
Scratch that, I’M the only thing standing in his way.
Themis’ scales have tipped. Nobody is safe. Nothing is as it seems. No one can be trusted.
KING OF ASH (BLOOD COURT BOOK 2) by Ava Mason
Everyone is born with a purpose in this life. I’ve always known that. As soon as a person takes their first breath, they are endowed with a meaning, a quest.
It’s what defines them, what drives them. For twenty-one years, I thought I knew what that was for me.
Then, everything changed.
Now I know that purpose. Her.
The woman I’m meant to live for and the one for whom I would lay down my life.
And now, I would do anything to keep her safe.
QUEEN OF ALL (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 6) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley
The world of Under has been remade into what it was long before the Ancients were put in their prison. They are free, and with them comes the reign of the callous, merciless King who was once the man I loved.
I always knew Aon was a monster, and as the King of All he is far worse. But a part of me refuses to give up on him, hoping that Aon might be strong enough to shed the skin of the ruthless King he has become.
But time is running out, and the Ancients are forcing me to choose. Either I let them destroy who I truly am, or fall to my knees and be remade into the one thing the King of All has always wanted, yet has always been denied…
The Queen of All.
ROCKS AND RAILWAYS: STALLION RIDGE #4 by Maz Maddox
Mack Kelly is a man of many talents: deputy, former solider, expert coffee drinker and a real suave player with the men. What he’s absolutely not is a person who should be in charge of anything.
Especially an entire town.
When Stallion Ridge is down one sheriff, the absolute last thing Mack wants is to have to fill in Centaur size horseshoes. Wearing the mantle of the man in charge, he now has to not only keep the town in order, but help facilitate the construction of the shiny new railway.
There’s just one tiny problem — there’s a damn demon sleeping inside where the railway needs to go. Not just a demon, but one made of stone who used to be a god.
And a tail.
And a really nice ass.
TWO DEALS (BLACKWELL DJINN) by Nikki Kardnov
WILLA – Willa Locke, crappy psychic and crappier bartender, is battling some demons. Literally. She just wants to run away from it all and be normal for once. Why can’t she have the perfect happy life that seems to come so damn easy to everyone else?
Thankfully, she knows of one very suave, very self-indulgent djinn who might just be willing to help her if the price is right.
POE – Poe Blackwell has lived for centuries by two rules: always look out for number one (ahem, himself) and never get thy hands dirty. Well, unless he stood to gain something. And the only thing Poe has ever wanted is power.
So when Willa comes to him looking for a deal, his first thought is: what do I get out of this?
Willa claims to know the name of his soul mate. In the world of djinn, a soul mate is a gateway to incredible power. If he can find this woman and bind himself to her, he would always be the most powerful man in the room.
But as their deal plays out and Poe spends more time with Willa, he starts to feel an insufferable attraction to her. What the bloody hell is going on? Why can’t he stop thinking of her? And why does he suddenly want to protect her from her demons?
When it comes down to it, Poe is faced with a choice: power or love?
BOUND TO THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant
The town of Hainesville might not be anyone’s idea of paradise, but curvy nurse-turned-restaurant-owner Mercy Reynolds would do anything to protect it. She’s got no time to daydream about love or happy endings – not when she’s got her hands full running her diner, looking out for the local kids, and taking on every other job she can handle… and even some she can’t. Like standing up to the criminal gang that’s been terrorizing the neighborhood. And patching up the devastatingly handsome stranger who’s just put his life on the line to protect her from them.
Dragon shifter Dante Novak is doing his best to rebuild his life. He’s escaped from the manticore gang who forced him into a life of crime – and now, all Dante wants to do is make up for the hurt he’s caused. He knows Mercy is his fated mate from the first moment she drags him into her kitchen to treat the stab wound in his side. He’ll do anything to protect her – but will she still want him after she discovers the truth about his past?
When they find themselves up against the terrifying enemies who will stop at nothing to make the town theirs, it will take more than Dante’s strength and Mercy’s determination to make it out alive.
HERE COMES THE SON by Dahlia Donovan
When evil stirs in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, heroes come in both ordinary and extraordinary packages.
Ignatius Faber knows a few things for absolute certain. He’s half-demon, his father is the unequivocal prince of darkness, and demons want to destroy his city. And if he doesn’t make the first move on his crush, they’re never going to be anything more than a teenage fantasy that’s lasted into his thirties.
Lalo Pavia grew up hard and fast, orphaned at a young age. As an autistic, he’s learned to approach life cautiously. He throws his energy into gardening and photography—allowing both to provide a buffer between himself and the rest of the world.
Except for Iggy.
Can they find triumph, life, and even love in the middle of a city in flames?
Their fight for the mile high city has just begun.
THE SPELL’S PRICE (MATES AND MAGIC) by Jade Alters
Basic looks, basic magical abilities, basic life.
That’s my curse.
When I saw the four of them, the Grace Brothers they were known as, I knew basic wasn’t going to be good enough anymore.
I can’t play it safe my whole life, but I have no idea how wrong things could go when using a spell way past my abilities to control.
Also, there’s that one small thing about me that isn’t so basic.
I can shift, and who knows how that’s going to affect things.
Oh well, I’m willing to risk my sweet panther body on the chance I’ll get my human life out of basic mode.
No risk, no reward…Right?
SAVED MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red
Jacob tore through the hunters that held his soulmate hostage, slaughtering anyone who stood in his way. Now she’s safe in the Sanctuary with him, but too afraid of him to even meet his eyes. Desperate for her touch, he will prove to her he’s more than the brutally dangerous vampire he seems, but violence is all he knows…
Sparrow has barely started to recover from her traumatic kidnapping. Her only source of safety is Jacob’s silent, icy presence. She should be running in the opposite direction. She doesn’t know why the terrifying vampire warrior makes her feel so protected, so safe.
When she starts seeing horrific visions and getting strange urges to hurt and kill her only friends, she realizes the nightmare of her torture isn’t over, and her bond with Jacob may be the key to saving them all.
HEARTS OF BLOOD (CHEVALIER BOOK 2) by Kay Doherty
Omega wolf shifter, Vance, and the rest of his small pack have finally found an Alpha willing to take them on and were still trying to regain their footing when the McBane Pack attacked them. When a vampire appears in front of him, Vance realizes he’s looking into the ice-blue eyes of his mate, and the fact that his mate is something other than wolf scares him.
Sakima knew the wolf shifter was his destined companion the moment he scented him at Elysium, but claiming the gorgeous young Omega wolf is a dangerous proposition. Vance and his unconventional pack have attracted the attention of the vampire coven. As the owner of Elysium, Sakima has been asked to use the club to gather information on the powerful interspecies pack and its Alpha.
Unfortunately for Vance and Sakima, the vampire coven and the continued attacks by the McBane Pack are only a portion of their problems. Amidst concerns over Alpha Tanner’s abilities growing with Sakima’s addition to the pack, a spurned ex targets Vance in an attempt to remove him from Sakima’s life, and Elysium becomes a hot bed for interspecies mingling where anyone could be an enemy.
FEAST OF SPARKS (THORN CAHPEL BOOK 2) by Sierra Simone
I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.
But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.
And so do I.
Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.
If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.
But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.
SHATTER THE SKY by Rebecca Kim Wells
Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.
If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…
With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?
SAVAGE SALVATION: A DIRE WOLVES MISSION (THE DEVIL’S DIRES BOOK 7) by Ellis Leigh
No one can understand the tormented life of Dire Wolf Luc. As Alpha of his pack, he should be the most powerful and confident in the bunch, but his ability to sense others—the emotions and presences of existing as both shifter and human—has worn him down. Dire Wolves seem to live forever, but Luc has begun feeling as if the end of his road is approaching. He’s also stuck on a mission he can’t solve, searching for shewolves he can’t find, and failing his pack all the way around.
Cassiel is a woman who makes her own rules and lives her own life—a solitary one in the bush of Alaska with just her sled dogs and a healthy respect for the dangerous lands around her. She has no interest in other people or trying to follow someone else’s rules. But anyone alone in the bush needs to be prepared for predators, and while she’s ready to tackle any threat, there’s one that scares her more than the others. A creature from her nightmares lurking in the dark and howling at the moon.
One soldier struggling with the overwhelming chaos in his mind, one woman terrified of the monsters that seem to haunt her world, and a chance encounter that brings each of them closer to the edge of death than ever before. In the world of the Dire Wolves, the leader of the pack is the strongest and surest of them all. But when the mission stalls out, Luc will have to use any means necessary to find the women he can’t be sure actually exist…even if that includes scaring off the one woman whose very presence quiets the storm inside him.
One soldier, one fight…one chance at forever.
BRAVE THE TEMPEST (CASSIE PALMER BOOK 9) by Karen Chance
Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she’s battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it’s not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community’s newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond.
To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they’ve never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.
THE BOOK CHARMER by Karen Hawkins
VS Note: Not a romance and not full blown fantasy but ‘magical realism’. Sounded good and is a release of note…
Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.
If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.
THE ROGUE KING (INFERNO RISING BOOK 1) by Abigail Owen
Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who―and what―she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.
But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.
A MATTER OF PRIDE (GESA’S MENAGERIE BOOK 7) by Kaye Draper
Gesa and her pride have managed to survive the fae lands and take back their mate from his psychotic father. But Oisin is broken, unable to recall much of his previous life—including the reasons he fell in love with a big, brash gryphon or a young, unstable fox.
Meanwhile, Hisashi’s display of power in the fae lands has only increased the growth of his dangerous, uncontrollable spirit powers. He needs an anchor. And that might mean tying himself to the family shrine for the rest of his long life.
Oh yeah, and then there’s the matter of the gruff, asshole mage who is about to be forcibly returned to the guild for redistribution—and he doesn’t take well to the idea of Gesa buying him.
CARDINAL SINS (HIDDEN GEM BOOK 2) by Lissa Kasey
The most powerful man in City M, Paris Hansworth, has been hiding a painful secret: the world’s toxic environment is killing him. It’s killing everyone, or at least changing everyone’s DNA. Paris believes the only way to save his city and his friends is to find answers to the many mysteries of the last plague. His search leads him to a long abandoned facility, and to the rescue of a mercreature by the name of Rain.
Left behind and trapped by ice and toxic water, Rain finds himself intrigued by his strange savior, though he’s been lost so long even the language of the world has changed. He only hopes that he and Paris can find common ground before the internal demon Rain can see eating away at Paris, finally devours him completely.
A virus spreads through the city, targeting Paris’s loved ones, and Paris is willing to sacrifice almost anything, including his own life, to save them. But when the past Paris thought he’d escaped comes calling, he’s forced to adapt again, possibly becoming a monster himself. He’ll need to overcome his past to save his friends and only then will he have a chance at finding love.
ENTWINED by M M Wilde
For as long as fae Bram can remember, he’s been anxiously awaiting the day he reaches his maturity. As a life-giver, it means his Alpha will finally become known to him and he can begin his own family. But when his one true mate doesn’t appear, the devastated omega fears he must be broken.
Nerdy human Darby has been dumped by his boyfriend via email. As if that wasn’t bad enough—his job sucks, his tiny apartment is a hovel and he has no social life. And now he’s hallucinating that the cute twink who shows up in his dreams is in love with him. Clearly, he needs professional help.
When Bram learns that his Alpha is a human, he must cross the veil so they can be together. However, no fae can survive on the earthly plane for long before they die. If Darby doesn’t believe he truly exists, then Bram will have no choice but to leave his fated mate forever.
Convincing a flustered human that fairies are real has never been so annoying—or so dire. Because now, there’s more than one life at stake.
VS: For my backlist highlight this week, I’m picking STAR CRUISE: MAROONED! This was one of those books where I woke up in the morning with the whole plot in my head and I just HAD to sit and write…it was my first really big seller too, which was satisfying to say the least, to see that readers liked it!
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’sshuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
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’.
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 by hand 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.