New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 3

hunter anna hackettAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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HUNTER (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 12) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: This is a re-release of Anna’s story from the Pets In Space 3 anthology. I loved this story…Anna states there’s also a new novella and a new short story included in the volume.

Born, raised, and sold into servitude on the desert world of Carthago, Mersi Kassar has finally found her freedom and her place on the Corsair Caravan, leading travelers from the gladiator city of Kor Magna through the desert. She also works side by side with her friend—the big, silent Bren—a man she’s desperately in love with. But stubborn Bren shuts down her every attempt to deepen the feelings they have for each other and Mersi isn’t sure she can take the pain anymore.

Desert hunter Bren Hahn hides a terrifying darkness within, and will protect the few people he cares about. That includes Mersi—a woman who sparks a simmering passion he finds harder and harder to ignore. On a perilous journey in the heart of the desert, Mersi and Bren rescue a strange alien creature. Working together to heal the big, shaggy canine, their smoldering desire ignites, but their feelings turn out to be the least of their concerns. A deadly enemy is hunting their new pet. An enemy that threatens Bren’s darkest secret and all they hold dear.

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forbidden lettersFORBIDDEN LETTERS (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 0) by Elin Peer

“Few dared live as close to the border as us. Not even the long-standing peace treaty between our two nations could make people forget how the savage Men of the North used to hunt down and kidnap women here.”

If only Devina hadn’t been so damned curious by nature, she would have never picked up that letter thrown across the Northern wall. Now, she is horrified to see that it’s from a teenage girl who is only weeks away from being auctioned off in a bridal tournament. With no time to waste, Devina is determined to help the girl escape, even if it means putting herself in danger.

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jovens brideJOVEN’S BRIDE (INTERSTELLAR MATCHMAKING SERIES BOOK 3) by Clarissa Lake

Carly Adrian discovered Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service after the alien United Galactic Alliance of Worlds made their presence known to Earth. More than a career Carly wanted children of her own, but she had no luck finding the right mate herself. The matchmaking service promised a 99% success rate using genetics to match applicants to their soul mates.The gorgeous male cyborg with starkly blue feline eyes, who could shift into a lion size panther was not what she expected. But then he spoke her whole body responded along with her heart and mind. She wouldn’t get a 99% guarantee anywhere else. Carly never expected her passenger freighter would be seized by alien pirates.Joven Brendict was a starship Captain in the war against the Drayid Crusades to bring down the Alliance. No pirate is going to steal his soul mate, his meomee…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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truth changerTRUTH CHANGER (TRUTH SEER TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Kay L Moody

A hundred years in the future, Kenyan-born Imara Kalu becomes a fugitive in the city she just saved. She must return to her home and stop a global vote that could destroy the world.

The taggers—terrorists obsessed with moral cleansing—move to her home city with a plan to force their ideals on the entire population. They tag innocent citizens with labels that incite anger and fear. The city soon becomes a breeding ground for mobs and riots.

With the help of her friends, Imara seeks to provide refuge for the tagged. But when it comes to saving the world… she might be too late.

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sylorSYLOR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 9) by Elin Wyn

Sylor refuses to be the typical Valorni warrior. He craves order. Discipline. Certainly not her. It’s simply impossible that one wild, criminal human female could make him forget everything he believes in. Impossible. And yet…

Nesta hates the surface world and surface dwellers with their stupid rules. Humans or alien warriors, it makes no difference. The only way to survive is to take what she needs. When did her needs include a burly green skinned warrior, and his possessive, claiming touch?

They may be able to find a way out of the trapped city. If they can work together that long.

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wanderersWANDERERS: A NOVEL by Chuck Wendig

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note this week. I had it pre-ordered.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

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immunityIMMUNITY (CONTAGION BOOK 2) by Erin Bowman

VS Note: Scifi with romantic elements. I loved the first book so had this pre-ordered.

Thea, Coen, and Nova have escaped from Achlys, only to find themselves imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety. Now the nightmare they thought they’d left behind is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare, putting the entire galaxy at risk.

To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, they’ll have to harness the evil of the deadly Achlys contagion and deploy the only weapons they have left: themselves.

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caveman alien's trickCAVEMAN ALIEN’S TRICK (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 8) by Calista Skye

Phoebe – A caveman tricked me.
It was the oldest trick in the book. And I fell for it.
I’m inside a pitch black leather sack, being carried away from my village and the other Earth girls. I scream and kick, but nobody can hear me.
I know what this means. The giant caveman carrying me is taking me to his tribe.
I’m the only woman he’s been this close to. And these guys like to abduct Earth girls and impregnate them.
It won’t work with me.
I’ll escape the first chance I get. And if escape is impossible, I’ll kill him.
Or myself.
I can be tricky, too.
Rax’tar – It was remarkably easy to capture this alien woman.
It is a sign from the Ancestors, of course. She is meant to be mine.
And what a woman she is! Small, soft and luxuriously round. She makes my blood sizzle just by existing.
I have plans for her. Taking her from her alien village was the first step.
The other men will be so surprised when I arrive with her!

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feral luna hunterFERAL (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 4) by Luna Hunter

DEV – Surlok’s workshop is forbidden territory, but my curiosity gets the best of me. One quick peek can’t hurt, right?
Wrong.
The shiny device I pick up hums to life and conjures a vortex. A horned, savage monster reaches through with his sharp claws and pulls me into his alien world.
Now I’m stranded light years from home, completely at the mercy of this gorgeous beast. His dominant gaze and broad, scarred chest are making my stomach flutter…
I have to find my way home — before I lose my heart in this alien place.

FEBAKUR -She is the one. The one that will heal me. That will save me. That will complete me. Kysus burns and my brothers are missing. I have failed my people, but this curvy, human female gives me hope. She offers me a chance to redeem myself.
I must win her over — before the feral beast inside of me takes over.

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resurrection ana joleneRESURRECTION (GLORY MC BOOK 4) by Ana Jolene

When the president of the club goes missing, Beck Caulder, Glory MC’s sergeant at arms, is the one to strap on his anti-radiation gear and go in search for him. The problem is, ever since Knuckle learned that a hit was placed on him, Beck won’t be the only one on the lookout for him.

When Beck discovers that the president is hiding in Westborough, the most dangerous place located in Ward Four, he has no choice but to run headlong into Slasher territory. There he encounters Devine Blaise, the raven-haired beauty, covered in leather and tattoos. With her killer bod and equally killer instincts, Devine quickly becomes Beck’s dream woman. Too bad she’s also the hitman hired to take out his club’s president.

Equally matched in determination and skill, the chase soon becomes a battle of the most deadly as Beck and Devine try to take each other out before they can reach their target. This should be easy for the club’s sergeant at arms, but defeating the killer proves impossible when she becomes the only woman he can’t resist.

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forecastFORECAST (TEAM 8 ORIGINS BOOK 2) by Viola Grace

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance. The author said the first one in the series did not…

Lore began life on a restrictive world where her options for a future were rapidly running out. With the help of family, she escaped and started a new life with her son.

Six years later, the world and organization that gave her sanctuary want something from her. They want her gift to work for them.

Seeing the details of her entire future and history has always been something to adapt to. Using it for the greater good is something she does on the sly, and crafting suits for heroes is something she does for family.

Her life is full, but it is about to become everything she ever imagined. She has seen it all happening, after all.

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maloqMALOQ (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by C R Corbin

Denise – He was an arrogant, brutish, rippling tower of muscles. Yet here I was, forced to work with him if I wanted to free our troops from the clutches of a warlord.
Sure he was powerful, charming, and incredibly sexy, but he was the enemy.
An enemy that I soon realize is set on claiming me as his.

Maloq – A troublesome, fiery, and beautiful human commander, that’s who she was, my enemy. Now, stuck on an inhospitable and sweltering desert world with my men imprisoned, she was my only ally. An ally that I soon realize is also my mate.
Now, when confronted with enemy forces determined to end our lives and dash my hopes of claiming her, I realize my purpose. I was determined to claim that curvaceous and astoundingly lustful human as mine, no matter the cost.

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fire strikeFIRE STRIKE: EDGE OF SUNRISE #2 (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 5) by Elsa Jade

Arjay—incarcerated as Miner 870—has pledged his considerable hacking prowess (and a few other illicit skills) to saving Ydro-Down from those who would subjugate its people again. But there was a time he championed the rule of law, and when he accidentally uncovers a legal loophole that might legitimize the miners’ claim, he dares to hope maybe he can reclaim the charmed life he lost.

What he found was a half-feral girl.

Tick’s mothers buried her in the heart of Ydro-Down to protect her when their colony was attacked for the valuable qubition found there. Imprisoned in cryo, Tick wakes to her world still in danger. Though she’s kept herself barely alive scavenging the depths, her encounter with the big, clever miner convinces her to seek a life out of the darkness.

But on the Obsidian Rim, only might makes right. And stepping out into the light might mean reaching for the stars…or igniting a fire that burns everything to ash.

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first contact sj sandersFIRST CONTACT (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 0) by SJ Sanders

Before humanity met the Budo, before humans were sold for breeding compatibility experimentation to the Agraak, there was a crash landing on an unknown world—Earth.
If a male wasn’t born into the upper tiers of Forad society, he would never know the comfort of his own mate. Ehmhy was not such a fortunate male, he was a trader of a long line of traders. Resigned to his lot in life, he never expects to be stranded on an isolated primitive planet with his nephew whom he’d recently become guardian of. Separated in the crash, Ehmhy is desperate to find his nephew and get back home. What he doesn’t expect is to meet a local female who does what no offworld female ever has done before—make him yearn to make her his mate.
Gerry works in the French Quarter and while her life isn’t glamorous, she enjoys her simple lifestyle. Things become complicated quick when she helps a stranger during Mardi Gras wearing a complicated cat-man costume who’d become separated from his nephew. When he is revealed to be a stranded alien in need of help, she couldn’t, in good conscience, retract her offer. Without the government on their trail and a Forad boy in need of rescuing they become closer as passions stir and something more blooms. But they have no future—or maybe they do.

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forbidden matesFORBIDDEN MATES (SYFER HAREM BOOK 2) by Athena Storm

The balance of power on Syfer comes down to one thing. Public relations.
For biologist Jane Wyatt, the most she can hope for is to find some peace after the death of her beloved brother.
To be forgotten by the world to grieve in peace.
That is until she’s rescued from death by three very handsome aliens.
Three, very, very, handsome aliens.
Now, with a slender human female teamed up with three of the Alliance’s most ruthless warriors to go up against the Coalition, Jane Wyatt is definitely not forgotten.
All of a sudden, she’s desired from every direction by her alien rescuers.
It’s so hard to pick just one. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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unsung heroineUNSUNG HEROINE (HEROINE COMPLEX) by Sarah Kuhn

Lucy Valdez is many things: fight trainer/bodyguard to superheroines, fabulous vintage fashion plate, undisputed karaoke queen at local joint, The Gutter. She is also one of the toughest fighters in all of San Francisco without superpowers. So why can’t she seem to confess her feelings to her longtime crush Rose Rorick, head of the San Francisco Police Department’s Demon Unit?

Well…. actually, she knows why. She’s afraid Rose won’t like the real Lucy, the Lucy underneath all the fabulous bravado. (She is still fabulous underneath that bravado–just in a different way.)

When a mysterious new karaoke star rises up at The Gutter and eclipses her, Lucy finds her confidence further shaken–and when strange, seemingly supernatural happenings threaten both this new star and The Gutter’s very existence, she must rise to the challenge and investigate alongside Rose. Will Lucy be able to vanquish the demonic threat to her beloved karaoke haven, confess her true feelings to Rose, and reclaim her karaoke throne?

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homecoming j scott coatsworthHOMECOMING by J Scott Coatsworth

VS Note: A re-release

Spaceman meets wolfman.

When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world becomes a mad dash for survival.

When they awaken from deep sleep on Earth, abandoned by humanity five centuries before, they must quickly learn about their new home. While exploring the region around the ship, Aldiss meets Hari, a human-wolf hybrid, whose people harbor secrets which just might cost the crew their lives.

Will Hari and Aldiss uncover the secrets of the past and find common ground? Or are Aldiss and his team doomed to failure?

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liberating laceyLIBERATING LACEY (MARKS MERCENARIES BOOK 3) by N J Walters

Garth Marks and his brothers are space mercenaries and traders. Their life’s mission is to find their younger sister, who was kidnapped ten years before. Their search has led them to Eden, a planet that is home to a cult-like group.

Lacey Freshlan wants to get away from Eden, and the strangers who have come here might be her ticket out. Garth is willing to use the sizzling attraction between them to get information from her, but he won’t agree to take her with him. As much as he’s drawn to her, Garth won’t risk the safety of his family.

When Lacey foils a plot to poison them, Garth takes her with them when they flee. But they are not free yet. Betrayal and lies lead to a battle not only for their safety but also for their hearts.

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golden chandra ryanGOLDEN (DRAGON ACCORDS BOOK 1) by Chandra Ryan

Mesha has lived with one truth: Dragons are the enemy. Sure, they’re sexy as hell and their touch makes her weak in the knees, but they are the aggressors in the centuries-old war between their people.

Aarush, Divit, and Hiran have a truth of their own: Humans can’t be trusted. And Mesha swears she’s human. A human who works for the Agency. She’s their enemy. But something about her calls to them.

Unfortunately for them, love and war are complicated, enemies and alliances aren’t set in stone, and sex is never simple.

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alfheimTALES FROM OLYMPUS: ALFHEIM by Erik Schubach

As Artemis looks on, the Olympians, under the threat of attack of two incoming Titan vessels, must flee their home and abandon their Citadel on Olympus. Kara, the Wild One, First Valkyrie of Asgard heads out into space to draw a line to dare the Titans to cross.
A plan is devised that may allow for the rapid charging of the Citadel’s Jump Drive. But for the plan to succeed, they need to forge a pact with the only planet with people not of the United Races.
Artemis, the Three Embers, and a peace envoy must travel to Alfheim to treat with the Queen of the Light Elves to allow the Olympians to seek sanctuary on their planet.

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vampire detective midnightVAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT: A SCIENCE FICTION VAMPIRE DETECTIVE NOVEL by J C Andrijeski

Vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all state-reg’d vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government housing, and basically can’t sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about it.

More than anything, he just wants to be left alone, to endure his immortality in peace, but he’s barely in New York two weeks when things start to go sideways.

It all starts with his new case––a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, a kid who shouldn’t exist at all, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans in New York.

That doesn’t even get into the school principal, a woman with secrets of her own, who has a deeply unsettling effect on him.

Nick finds he can’t get personally uninvolved with any of it. Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he’s pretty sure he’ll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human owners––assuming they don’t just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.

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warriors claim tehya titanWARRIOR’S CLAIM (WARRIORS OF VOR BOOK 4) by Tehya Titan

After being blown up and almost dying in a drug raid, Roxanne Arroyo isn’t about to waste a moment of her second chance. Sure, that new beginning happens to be on an alien planet, but there are worse things than being bonded to a gorgeous warrior who is completely devoted to her. As time passes, and no male steps forward to claim her, though, she realizes she can either sit around waiting for her mate to find her, or she can go out and find him instead.

As chieftain of a remote island clan in the far north, Soujin Mahar lives a simple, peaceful life. His distrust of outsiders has kept his people safe for decades, but when Rox lands on his shores—and is immediately carried away by a giant bird—he doesn’t hesitate to save her. He never thought he’d be blessed with such a lovely mate, and there isn’t anything he won’t do to make her happy. Anything, except let her walk away. She may not fully understand the customs of his people yet, but if she’ll let him, he’ll teach her exactly what it means to be claimed by a warrior.

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ingeniousINGENIOUS by Barrie Ferris

Little is known about the ancestors who built the canal and its cities. Vines, bioengineered to repair Earth, infected males with a gene for violence. By the time the Ruling Mothers wrested control, history was erased, and the shortage of women allowed a wife to have three husbands. All boys are isolated in an academy until they graduate at twenty, conditioned to obey the rules.

Gifted with a brain wired like the ancestors, Cadet Quiggs Fallon spends his time deciphering the ancient tomes. Whatever the puzzle, he figures it out. If he finds a means to kill the vines, he will earn a seat in the Assembly of Ruling Mothers and become the first man allowed to argue the rules without getting executed for treason.

Out of shape from skipping athletics, Quiggs doubts anyone will sign his slate in the clinic for mandatory same-sex training when he turns eighteen. When he finally wins a bet to lose his virginity, the ambitious governor coerces Quiggs into a marriage contract. Banned from the sex clinic, he dreads the consummation of his marriage after he graduates. Female plumbing is one puzzle he has never wanted to solve!

When a badass soldier with secrets saves Quiggs from an assassin, their surprising attraction burns hotter than his amazing new fuel paste. But Quiggs is off-limits, and the gorgeous sergeant is honor bound to defend the rules. With threats from the governor, assassins stalking him, and female ferals scouting the border for studs, those damn vines are growing smarter. Unless Quiggs figures out a way to kill them, the Triangle is doomed. So why not break a few rules?

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protect the princePROTECT THE PRINCE (A CROWN OF SHARDS NOVEL BOOK 2) by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book so I pre-ordered this one.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen.

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bound to the battle godBOUND TO THE BATTLE GOD: A FANTASY ROMANCE by Ruby Dixon

When I went to my neighbor’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land…and I’m stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved.

Fun place.

How do I get home? GREAT question. Wish I had an answer.

The one person that might be able to help me is also the one person I want to throttle most. Aron, Lord of Storms, Butcher God of Battle, is my new companion. Or rather, I’m his. As Aron’s anchor to the mortal realm, I’m the one that’s supposed to be guiding him through his exile in the mortal world.

Ha. Joke’s on him. I know nothing about this place.

But Aron and I have a common goal – get home. And we’re bonded – anchor and god – with a bond unlike any other. So we travel together. We bicker. We bathe together. We fight our many, many enemies together. And sure, he’s a god, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. Brawny, smoking hot, irresistible jerk. I should want nothing to do with him. I certainly shouldn’t want to do things to him.

Mortals and gods don’t mix. We stick to the plan and ignore our attraction. Focused, with one goal in mind.
One task. One goal.
Focused.
I—oh heck, I’m going to end up kissing him again, aren’t I?

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adelaides trustADELAIDE’S TRUST (HER FATE SERIES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

When Adelaide moved to a sleepy little town in Scotland with her sister, the last thing she expected was to find out she isn’t even from this world.
Now the world she was born in is at war, and they need a ruler.
They need a queen, just not the one who is currently ruling Fray.
Not the queen who will do anything kill Adelaide and the men she has fallen for.
Rick, Nath, Mich and Josh have to keep Adelaide alive in a world none of them know or understand.
Or there will be nothing left once the prophesied war is over.
Her pack must save her.
Her fate must protect her.
The fates are close, and when they call, you don’t have a choice.
Not when you are a wolf of fate.

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storm damagedSTORM DAMAGED by Kerry Adrienne

She’s running from a life she doesn’t want. He’s hiding from a past he can’t forget. But the tide is turning in favor of new beginnings… and love.

In a world where humans don’t know mermaids exist, independent Mari leaves her ocean home behind to start over on land. Her quaint island life, free of her overbearing mother, her possessive betrothed, and her tribe’s unrealistic expectations, is exactly what this mermaid needed. And the sexy bartender above her shop gives her hope for a future that isn’t so lonely.

Former Navy diver Chase has never recovered from the accident that claimed his brother’s life. And his unshakable fear of the ocean, a place he used to love, is all the more reason for him to sell his bar and move inland. Not even the mysterious beauty who rents the shop below his bar can lift his spirits. He’s too damaged to even consider a relationship.When a hurricane threatens the island, Mari and Chase must work together to save both his bar and her shop. But as they make preparations, and become marooned on the island, they don’t realize that the storm won’t be the worst challenge they face. Mari’s betrothed is on the rampage, incensed she won’t marry him and determined to get his revenge.

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ravens gameRAVEN’S GAME: AN ORB OF ORISTE NOVELLA by Kerry Adrienne

People say Raven is not a very good fairy–she’s well known as the fairy who can’t do anything right.
In a world where magic wanes as dragons terrorize the countryside, Raven tries everything to help her family make ends meet.
With creditors and collectors growing tired of excuses, Raven finds herself presented with an extraordinary opportunity. Winning the high-stakes game with some of the most terrifying creatures in Oriste would allow her to prove herself as competent, solve her money troubles, and possibly even rid her world of the overbearing dragons.
Win, and no one will ever call her a failure again. Lose, and her enslavement will be soul-deep and eternal.

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pleasing persephonePLEASING PERSEPHONE (INTIMATE IMMORTALS BOOK 1) by Mimi Milan

The accidental discovery of a lost scroll at the Temple of Concordia has Desi Sagona flying halfway around the world to Persephone Island, a small spot off the east coast of Sicily where the fabled goddess herself supposedly once resided. It’s a welcomed change for the newly graduated archeologist who can’t get away fast enough from her alma mater of Chapel Hill–nor the rumors about an embarrassing affair with her apparently married professor. Ready for a change of scene, she’s thankful when a friend tells her about the opportunity to assist on a dig in the country of her dreams. However, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare when the excavation site collapses, leaving her buried inside.

With the scroll still in hand, Desi slips in and out of consciousness as she tries to translate the story that will change her life forever.

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DRACO’S WRATH (ELEMENTALS MC BOOK 11) by Alexei Ferreira

VS Note: Cover a little too hot for this blog.

DRACO – They decided to attack my club, my brothers, and my woman. They have brought pain to many of us throughout these years, hiding in the darkness while they conspired to eliminate my kind. Well, it’s time to show them who we really are.
Katrina is my very existence, they hurt her, and now I will hurt them back. They have no idea the wrath that they have unleashed.

KATRINA – I always felt that I had a purpose in life, and only when I met Draco did that purpose reveal itself. Draco hasn’t only touched my heart, my very soul but he has brought me clarity and a reason to fight for what I believe. I now have a family, and I will do anything to help keep them safe.

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troll brideTHE TROLL BRIDE: A MONSTERLY YOURS ROMANCE by S J Sanders

Cavek, youngest son of the Troll King of the Middling Kingdom, never thought he would fall in love with a human, but when he sees Kate, he knows that she is his fated bloodbonded mate. They have one perfect night and he promises to return for her, but when he is delayed for a year in returning for her, he does not know how welcoming she will be. Amid war brewing with the werewolves, he has a mate to woo and an infant son to claim. How hard can it be?
When her best friend Sammi came home with an orc husband, Kate didn’t know what to think. As an avid reader of all things pertaining to folklore and high fantasy she didn’t imagine anything dealing with orcs and trolls to be good news; yet, she was surprised to find that they were nothing like she’d ever been led to believe—especially not a sinfully sexy troll named Cavek. One night of passion is all they had before he returned to his world with whispered promises to return.
When she discovers she is pregnant she adjusts her life to the expectation of having to raise a troll baby on her own. A year later she wakes up in a strange world and a troll determined to be her forever one and only. He says they are fated to be together, and now they have a son to raise, but time will only tell if love will find a way.

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harley merlin 9HARLEY MERLIN 9 (HARLEY MERLIN AND THE MORTAL PACT) by Bella Forrest

Without magic, Harley knows the odds of defeating Katherine are stacked against them. Yet a sliver of hope survives in the pages of her parents’ Grimoire. The final, mind-boggling spell entails making a deal with a Child of Chaos. But what must be offered in return?

Finch wants to be the one who ends Katherine. Mother Dearest brought him into the world, and he wants to take her out. He will give anything for that chance—even his life.

Meanwhile, Katherine needs Harley’s body, or her carefully crafted façade will crumble. And she can’t let that happen, not when she’s so close to becoming a goddess walking the Earth.

Unbeknownst to them all, Chaos still has surprises in store—ones that not even Eris herself could predict—in a showdown of epic proportions.

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problem with witchesTHE PROBLEM WITH WITCHES: AN ARCANE SHOT SERIES NOVEL by Joey W Hill

VS Note: I love her books.

Ben O’Callahan has worked a long day. The last thing he wants is to find a couple witches and two guys who claim to be “Guardians,” aka sorcerer-style cops, lying in wait for him on the parking deck of the K&A offices. But he has information they need, about a dark witch from his past who may have plans to destroy New Orleans. Well, screw that. This is his town. Much as he’d prefer to go home to his beautiful submissive and a nice steak, a knight knows when it’s time to don the armor and go fight evil. Only in this case, his lady isn’t the type to wait at home. Marcie is going to fight for the city, right by his side, with the Guardians and witches who know that love is the one thing that evil can’t defeat. Not if the will is strong enough.

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dualityDUALITY (LUGHNASADH ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Layla Heart

The last couple of days haven’t been easy on Litha, being sent to a world she had no knowledge of, finding out she’s part of a prophecy which will bring peace to the four kingdoms, getting pursued by four sexy princes and finally walking in on her hot roommate getting ready for bed. The last one she definitely didn’t do on purpose.

But things between the princes aren’t going as well as they appeared either, Rune has been keeping a big secret and Kit is very hurt when he finds out about it, putting strain on the friendships of all four men.

Having added another member to their harem, daughter of the highest witch priestess, Phoenix, the six are called to the headmaster’s place for a ‘chat’, and that can’t mean anything good.

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moody and the ghostMOODY AND THE GHOST (MOODY MYSTERIES BOOK 4) by Kim Hornsby

Bryndle Moody has a dilemma–she keeps waking up in the 1850’s.
As if that isn’t troubling enough, her lover, the handsome sea captain, Caspian Cortez, doesn’t recognize her in 1850 and is little help in explaining the woman who follows him around. Making sense of time traveling takes over Moody’s life and leads to her enlisting help from Eve and Carlos. Deciphering the mystery of why, how, and when time traveling will strike next has all three head scratching with Bryndle stuck in the life of shipping and smuggling along the Oregon coast until being murdered on a dark beach seems possible for at least one of the star-crossed lovers.

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smoke and survivalSMOKE AND SURVIVAL (BEST WISHES BOOK 2) by A J Macey

Life at Redwood Supernatural University is about as predictable as you could imagine a supe college would be- mean girls, douchebags, drama, and a lot of studying, but things are looking up. The Bitch Crew has started to leave me alone, and Justin has been expelled. With that nasty mess out of my way, it looks like I can finally focus on figuring out what is going on with my guys and our budding relationships and getting a hold of my powers.
That is until the nightmares that plague my dreams come to find me in my new life.
At least this time when I face my tormentor, I won’t be alone. I’ll have the support of my friends, a powerful supernatural, and six guys who are determined to keep me safe from my past.
I got this…I hope.

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raphaelRAPHAEL (DEADLY VIRTUES BOOK 1) by Tillie Cole

They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin.

And Raphael lives to sin.

His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs, and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.

Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…

Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.

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ghost houseGHOST HOUSE (HAUNTED SOULS BOOK 4) by Pandora Pine

Ghost Detective Jude Byrne is missing the excitement of the high-profile investigations he and his partner have been handling. Every time the bell jingles over the shop door, he finds himself hoping it’s their next big case. Jude gets his wish and then some when Anson Hollister, curator of the Salem Witch House, walks into West Side Magick with a frightening story to tell. He’s been visited by the spirit of Thatcher Webb, the judge who’d presided over the Salem Witch Trials, sentencing nineteen innocent women to hang.

Psychic Copeland Forbes is enjoying the slower pace of life with Jude. Back from vacation and settled into their new house, he’s content working cases that don’t make him want to sleep with the lights on. Agreeing to take Anson’s case, Cope becomes violently ill on a trip to investigate The Witch House, making him fear there is something more sinister involved rather than the simple haunting Anson described.

With no sign of Thatcher Webb’s spirit, the investigation is at a near standstill, until warlock Callum Churchill, who’s ancestor, Abigail, was one of Thatcher Webb’s victims, disappears on a visit to The Witch House. Can Jude and Cope find the missing witch and put a stop to the diabolical goings on or will they become the next spirits haunting the ghost house?

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seven wishesSEVEN WISHES (THE CAELUM TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Serena Akeroyd

The threat of death isn’t new to Eve, but when she’s given the chance to escape her past, she prays her future will be brighter. How wrong she is. Raised in a cult, Eve has no understanding of the modern world. Targeted as a freak, a Pack of boys take her under their wing but one among them recognizes Eve for what she is. Trouble. And a threat. At Caelum, threats need eliminating…Eve survived her past, but what of her future?

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eight soulsEIGHT SOULS (THE CAELUM TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Serena Akeroyd

Caelum.
Home to ‘freaks’ the world over.
Haven to children declared insane by humans, but whose beautiful minds contain the souls of seven creatures. In the human world, they’re sick. Ill. Labeled schizophrenics at best, deviants at worst. At Caelum? They’re normal. More than that, they’re future warriors in a war no human knows is happening. Into this mix tumbles Eve. An oddball even among oddballs. Raised in a cult, she can’t handle a TV remote never mind news that she isn’t insane, is old enough to join the war effort, and oh, is mated to several males. Caelum is more of a home than she’s ever known but, just like in the New Order Cult that reared her, anyone out of the ordinary is a dead man walking.

And Eve? She doesn’t have seven souls like everyone else. She has eight. Dead woman walking?

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nine livesNINE LIVES (THE CAELUM TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Serena Akeroyd

The Ghoul population is on the increase.
FACT.
Creatures’ numbers are dwindling.
FACT.
Into this sorry state of affairs falls Eve. She’s abnormal in all the ways that count to humans, but at Caelum, where she should be among her peers?
Even here she’s weird. No woman has more than one mate. Eve? She has seven…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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guarded by vayneGUARDED BY VAYNE (CARNAL CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Haley Weir

Dr. Zela Harpy’s is just as beautiful as she is brilliant.
Her world is turned upside down when a strangely unique case ends up on her desk.
Vayne and Valor Grimm are twin brothers who claim to be were-wolves at war with another pack.
Born into a cursed bloodline of Viking lords, Vayne Grimm has led a life of pleasure and recklessness.
Despite the insatiable passion she feels between herself and Vayne, Zela has no choice but to remove them from her life. After a jarring home invasion, the only thing standing between Zela and death is a beast with familiar glowing eyes.
Is there more than fate and instinct binding them to one another?

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three wishesTHREE WISHES (BLACKWELL DJINN) by Nikki Kardnov

As a djinn, Dae has spent the last several hundred years striking deals with humans and then twisting their wishes for his own amusement. These silly little mortals with their petty dramas and tiny life spans.

But then he makes a deal with Ashley, a bombshell office assistant: just the usual, three wishes, whatever her heart desires…and for some reason everything’s different. He’s never felt such a powerful attraction. He can’t keep his eyes—or his hands—off her luscious curves. He needs her in his arms. Needs her warm body beneath his, to hear her breathy gasps as she calls out his name. It’s more than that, though—it’s the connection between them. It’s like nothing he’s ever felt before…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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LORD ROKKAN’S PRIVATE TOY by Hollie Hutchins

VS note: Not a fan of the cover.

“I like my breakfast to be served in my room.”
“You will make me my favorite dish for dinner.”
“You are here to serve your Prince. And you shall serve him well…” 
And what is a poor girl from District 1 to do?
Spill hot-boiling soup on the Prince’s face.
Jerk. 
He had it coming.
Of course, he sent me off to the dungeons.
I’ve never cried so hard in my entire life.
He shows up the next morning, his skin still red.
“I could have you hanged for this.”…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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piece of vampirePIECE OF VAMPIRE (HARET CHRONICLES QILIN BOOK 6) by Laurel Chase

One step forward, two steps back. Our enemies are out in the open now – we have them in our sights. Unfortunately, that means we’re more exposed than ever, too. We found the Qilin, but we’ve lost my vampire. My guys tell me he’ll be fine, but will we? Just when I think I have Haret figured out, I find a new piece to the puzzle. There are cities in the sky, magical creatures losing magic, and goddesses cracking under the pressure. We might even have to make a bargain with an old devil, just to survive. There’s a war coming, and everyone is choosing sides between the fae and the mages. I say it’s time a third party enters this circus ring. I’m Carlyle Licorne, and balancing the darkness starts with me.

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pretty bridePRETTY BRIDE by Kati Wilde

As keeper of a sacred oath, Aruk allows nothing to tempt him away from his duty. Not gold, not women, not power. So when the barbarian warrior is marooned in the middle of the ocean, his only thought is of escaping the island paradise and continuing his quest.

Until a pretty princess washes up onto the beach. Spoiled and disobedient, Jalisa should have been easy to resist. But when Aruk discovers the secrets concealed by her beautiful smile, he’ll have to decide between his duty and his heart.

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deaths angelDEATH’S ANGEL by Michael Mandrake

Death’s plan for revenge is derailed by his lust for one of the Creator’s angels.

Being second to Michael has never sat well with Allerio. Feeling slighted, he travels beyond the heavens, meeting a creature who informs him of his Father’s secrets. With curiosities niggling him, he challenges his god, seeking freedom from stringent rules. Though the prize might look wonderful on the surface, it comes with a heavy price the angel will bear for eternity.

Death’s banishment was only the beginning of his descent. Since then, he’s concocted a scheme to overthrow the highest being, proving him to be a liar. Although confident his plot will succeed, he convinces one of High’s top helpers to assist him. However, Death never intended for feelings of affection to consume him. Suddenly wrecking God’s perfection isn’t as important anymore.

Two gods join forces and become bonded in more ways than one. Can they overcome their emotions to achieve their ultimate goal?

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bear delta jamesBEAR: A DARK SHIFTER ROMANCE by Delta James

He was a man once, long ago. Now people say he is nothing more than a myth, a legend, a story locals tell one another around the campfire. The tale of the mountain man who became a bear.
But I know better. He saved my life, and he watches over me still. Because I belong to him.
The man in him is old-fashioned, from a time when a headstrong woman was taken over a knee, but the beast in him is as wild as this land itself, and when he claims me it will be truly savage.

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dragon rebel ophelia bellDRAGON REBEL (IMMORTAL DARGONS BOOK 4) by Ophelia Bell

If Assana looked up the word “nymphomaniac” in the dictionary, she might expect to find her own image in place of the definition, especially after meeting the immortal red dragon, Gavra. The timing couldn’t be worse for her to discover the mate that Fate intended—the one she’d be willing to let go of her tightly bound hold on her deepest sexual desires for—the one who literally drives her mad with lust. Now that she needs her sanity more than anything to regain control of her race’s home from her insane mother, she’s faced with the inconvenient desire to lose control and be that primal nymph she keeps locked inside.

Thank Gaia for Silas. The handsome young ursa male is blessed with magic that can calm the lust-filled madness threatening to consume Assana’s mind. She needs him more than ever now that she has no choice but to spend her days in close proximity to the dragon she desires, yet doesn’t dare touch lest she give in to that ancient, primal need all nymphaea are born with.

For red dragon Gavra, he can only put off having the beautiful nymph maiden for so long, or the ursa male who Fate has promised him. Once Assana’s crazy mother is out of the way, nothing will stop Gavra from claiming and marking them both as his.

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witchin sugarWITCHIN SUGAR: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Lisa Matthews

Merry Christmas! Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not really Christmas, but look! I have snow falling on my cottage and twinkling lights strung from here to there, and back again. And doesn’t it look adorable all decorated?

Okay, fine. I get it. You’re not into this Christmas in July thing. But what about cookies? You like sugar cookies, right? Me, too!

See, I had this grand plan to bake all the cookies this week, but that speck of dust on the recipe? Apparently, it wasn’t a speck of dust at all because I now have three old-fashioned, thieving ghosts in my kitchen…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hound don't huntTHAT HOUND DON’T HUNT: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (MAIDENS OF MAYHEM BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

Take…Seventeen screaming Shifters without a smidgen of sense…Five feathered femme fatales led by the most fantastic fuchsia Flamingo…One broken-down, bramble-covered, behemoth of a building called Bailmore Hall…  And a hot-as-homemade-sin hunk of a Hound Dog with hazel eyes who makes me huff and honk and think of humping.

Throw them all together in the backass Swamp on the wrong side of Tallullu Parrish, Louisiana, sprinkle with a dash of murder, a pinch of mystery, and a helluva lotta mayhem and you’ve got my life.

My name’s Maxine Monroe. We are the Maidens of Mayhem. Bodies buried with twenty-four-hour notice and a picture ID. Padded rooms and straight-jackets kept in the closet on the right ~ arranged according to size. And alibis provided upon request.

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dearly departedDEARLY DEPARTED: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (POPPY CARLYLE CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Boone Brux

My life as a grim reaper has weighed heavily on the lonely side here in West Virginia, but things are looking up. I’m finally dating Jax, the man of my dreams, and I have high hopes for a happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, he and I are about the only two that are excited about our burgeoning romance.

Our families have been feuding for decades and none of them are very happy that Jax and I are getting serious. The harder I try to keep my private life private, the more they pry. Even the dead are rising from the grave to put in their two cents, and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to stop this family drama. One thing is certain, somebody is about to get reaped.

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witch trippinWITCH TRIPPIN: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (WITCHIN BOOK 3) by Claudy Conn

Okay, I broke a rule—who doesn’t? But sending me off to a place called Assjacket was the outside of cruel. I am a party witch, born and bred in New Orleans. Assjacket is off the charts a nowhere zone.But no sooner did we land there, when this hunk of a hybrid walked in the door and oh hell, my body reacted, my thighs clenched. Who knew there was so much trouble and there was, in a place called Assjacket, West Virginia!

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oops I hexed it againOOPS, I HEXED IT AGAIN: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (HEX DRIVE BOOKJ 2) by Renee George

Witch Gigi Wise, the Bravo Team leader for the Rogue Magic Control Agency, has two rules in life. One, the job comes first. Always. Two, when it comes to romance, see rule one. She was almost dumb enough to break Rule #1 for magically delicious Monty Abadose who is, unfortunately, the Alpha Team leader for the RMCA. But, hey, what are the chances she’ll ever have to work with the magical Lothario again?

Turns out the odds are not ever in her favor when it comes to Monty. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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jinxerellaJINXERELLA: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE  (JINXED BY LOVE BOOK 2) by Cherie Marks

It’s like she’s been jinxed, but what are the odds of that? The opportunity of a lifetime is here, if she can get over her shyness long enough to play tennis in front of a packed crowd. Maybe wearing a magical glamour…and not sucking…is the answer she needs to change her life forever.

Of course, the heartbreaker has been a bad, bad boy. Magnus Cruze is the most popular tennis player on the Paranormal Professional Tennis Players’ Tour. Now, he’s back in his hometown of Asscrack to garner some positive public relations to save his career. He just has to be the perfect poster-boy of good behavior and not mess up again. That means keeping his hands off of Ella Mae…er…Tater Tate…or any other tennis player he comes across.

Tennis can’t fix everything, but when jinxes fly faster than tennis balls, tell ’em to kiss your ace!

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witch way aroundWITCH WAY AROUND: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Kate Richards

Angie Baybee Jewel, is a timid soul, who never goes out on a limb and only wants to spend her life designing beautiful gardens. Her magic is of the landscaping variety, and it’s not so much magic as a green thumb. But she’s talented in that department despite her self doubt, making her a very welcome guest at the Witch Way Inn in the High Sierras. One of the few witch-owned establishments that welcomes all magical and non-magical people, it’s a beautiful home refurbished by her cousin Karina, and Angie is considering staying a bit and taking on more duties between her landscaping jobs because it’s calm…mostly. At least she has her quiet suite when predator shifters come to stay.

Kit Wilde is a tiger shifter. He’s hot, sexy, and daring, is the ringmaster of the circus and the operator of the largest traveling Ferris wheel in the West. He loves travel and excitement and new challenges but feels a call to return home to take up duties as alpha of his tiger streak. Meeting Angie adds a whole new level of worry to his life. The alpha tiger cannot marry a witch. But will the woman his tiger swears is his mate be willing to run away with the circus?

Angie and Kit know they have something special when they set eyes on each other but it seems their destinies lie too far apart to ever find one together. A witch with little or no magic and a tiger alpha who travels with the circus? Impossible? Or not.

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ruby t l christiansonRUBY (SHADES OF RED MOROI SOCIETY BOOK 3) by T L Christianson

Caught between an influential vampire clan leader and a sexy human bounty hunter, Hazel Richards, unfortunately, can’t have them both.

Finding herself kicked out of her clan, job, and Manhattan apartment, Hazel teams up with bounty hunter Alexei. Their target is the Butcher, a notorious killer of Vampires. During the investigation, sparks fly between the two. However, Hazel’s clan leader, Aurev, won’t escape her mind. She’s been close to him for almost 80 years. Surely, she’d know if Aurev wanted more…or would she?

When a cryptic thumb drive comes in Hazel’s life, it implicates her clan and could spell ruin for them all. Alexei already has a job, but he’s willing to abandon a rich reward to help solve the mystery. But he might not help her if he knows that she’s devoted to her leader. Is Aurev really unattainable or has he harbored feelings for Hazel all along? Is Alexei who she really wants or is he just a backup?

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spellbound captiveSPELLBOUND CAPTIVE (BEWITCHING THE BEAST BOOK 2) by Tamara Hughes

She’s enchanted by a beast. He’s enchanted by her.

Freed from possession, Kade Rennick is obsessed with ridding the world of dragon spirits—especially the one that infected him with its spawn. But first he must get past the beautiful yet confused witch who is protecting the beast.

Enthralled by the monster that has control of her childhood friend, Faith Edwards doesn’t always understand why she makes the choices she does, but one thing is for certain. She will stop at nothing to save her friend and free herself from the nightmare she’s been living in for the last twelve years.

Despite Kade’s insistence that her mission is a lost cause, their attraction for each other intensifies. When Faith crafts a powerful spell that will open a portal to the dragon spirit realm, Kade must stop her, no matter what it takes. Humanity hangs in the balance.

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enemy mate lj redENEMY MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red

Talon is ready to die. A savage vampire assassin, he has led a life of violence, raining terror and death on enemies of the Shadow. His heart is encased in ice and he can barely remember any emotion that isn’t brutal rage.

Until he meets Eden—a captivating vampire from the enemy Bloodline terrorizing Chicago, and Talon’s fated soulmate. No matter how hard he fights his desire, the soulmate bond is too strong to break.

Eden hates being a vampire. All she wants to do is keep her sister safe from the mistakes she’s made. But can she trust the wildly attractive warrior to protect her? Talon seems to despise her, yet he defends her with a fierceness that shocks her to the core.

Pulled into the deadly, seductive world of the vampire elite, Eden can’t understand the desire burning between them. As the two fight their feelings, the war between the Bloodlines threatens to swallow the entire city. Can they accept their soulmate bond in time to save each other from the evil around them?

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heart of sherwoodHEART OF SHERWOOD by Edale Lane

VS Note: OK, this is from OCT 2018 but I just recently saw it mentioned in my twitter feed… it’s an F/F take on Robin Hood, which is so different…

When Robyn’s father and brother are killed in the Third Crusade, she is banished from her manor home and branded a traitor by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Disguised as a boy, she joins Little John and the rest of the gang in Sherwood Forest—and soon finds herself their leader.

Queen Eleanor suspects Prince John is up to no good, and colluding with Sir Guy and the Sheriff of Nottingham. To learn more, she engages Maid Marian as a spy—and unwittingly reunites Marian with her old childhood friend, Robyn. Together, the women help the queen acquire the funds needed to free King Richard and help Nottinghamshire—and perhaps fall in love along the way.

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hexxedHEXXED (WITCHES OF THE BIG EASY BOOK 1) by Shannon West

Self-exiled to New York for the past two years, Nic Gaudet never planned to return to New Orleans. But with the mysterious death of an old man named Abel Delessard, a member of a family of Cajun witches who were his own family’s greatest enemies, it seems he has fallen under suspicion of murder. He’s been accused by none other than the man’s grandson—and Nic’s former lover—Thibeau Delessard. Nic is furious and travels to confront Thibeau and his family in an official capacity—Nic is a member of the Legislateurs, the governing body of all the magic practitioners in the Big Easy, both the living and the undead. What he doesn’t expect is for all his old feelings for Beau to come rushing back in the moment he sees him again.
Thibeau Delessard had an excellent and heartbreaking reason to break up with Nic two years earlier, but it hasn’t been anything he could tell him until now. Secrets and lies separate them now as they did in the past, but soon, they find themselves back in love and back in danger…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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in for a spellIN FOR A SPELL (THE MAGICAL MATCHMAKER SERIES BOOK 4) by Sharon Clare

Be careful what you wish for. You may be in for a spell … from which you can’t escape.
Maisie Armstrong wishes desperately to change her life, but when she suddenly finds herself in 1790 Scotland, lying about her identity, betrothed to a cursed laird whose wives die untimely deaths and scrutinized by his dangerously sexy brother, she must do things she never wished for.

To escape the ugly gossip about him, Thane McKendrick plans to leave Scotland forever, as soon as his brother is wed to the beautiful lass just arrived from the Americas. Maisie’s secrets make him suspicious of her motives, protective of the McKendrick mill he planned to leave behind and second-guessing not only the woman meant to marry his brother, but his own salacious thoughts.

Finn, the magical matchmaking elf, has come to eighteenth-century Scotland to find a missing spell book and study the strange energy he sees around humans. If this is love, what is it good for? When he challenges a lovely matchmaker to a contest, he begins to question if he can follow through with the king’s orders and destroy human lives.

Despite the magical matchmaking efforts going on around her, Maisie must not fall in love with Thane. She can’t stay in a century where telling the truth means losing him forever.

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promised to the alphasPROMISED TO THE ALPHAS: A REVERSE HAREM OMEGAVERSE DARK ROMANCE (WAXING CRESCENT BOOK 3) by Jasmine Mills

All I ever wanted was to be like everybody else. But I’m not. I’m an omega, subject to my pack’s rules and traditions. Without my knowledge, my parents promised my hand in marriage to two alphas.

Each.

Now all four alphas are saying I’m theirs, and I’m bound by shifter law to be their mate.
If they can unlock my submissive nature, maybe they can make me fall in love with them.
But does love even matter when I was promised to the alphas?

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risque businessRISQUE BUSINESS (LORDS OF LYSUHOHL by L C Alleyne

Lars Thorrson, human bodyguard to the Anda dragon shifter clan, is taking a needed vacation in Hawaii, but his attention is pleasantly distracted by a woman who doesn’t meet his usual standards.

Victoria Anderson’s trip is a vacation in disguise. A redeemed thief, she’s recruited by the FBI to reconnaissance a drug dealer’s plantation in order to clear her brother’s name. But the hot, sultry weather, along with a blond Viking whose heated gaze is always on her, makes it difficult to concentrate on her mission.

When everything goes wrong, and Lars discovers her dangerous secret, he doesn’t hesitate to risk his life to keep Victoria safe.

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hostile magicHOSTILE MAGIC (WILD MAGIC BOOK 2) by Eileen Troemel

Tensions rise between the leaders of Linos and Scons. Linos increases their soldiers at the border. War looms on the horizon.
Refugees flee from hunters into Scons. Garlen wants to protect them but prophecy warns of danger and betrayal.
Garlen sets aside his lingering distrust of magic and Mallory to protect his new daughter, Arial and his province.
Family – is it those you’re born to or those you love? Mallory meets her blood family. Anger clouds her judgement. Will her emotions cause harm to the family of her heart?

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pavoPAVO (DRAGON KING BOOK 1) by S Cinders

This is a story about Pavo, the dragon realm, and the four dominant Dragon Kings who rule there. For years there has been a liaison between the realms to supply the lusty dragons with sensual companionship. Zoe, a voluptuous librarian, accidentally stumbles upon the earthly portal and is transported to Pavo. Upon first glance of her beauty, Cane knows that he must have her in his bed – no matter the cost. Zoe finds herself drawn to the alpha dragon king and his fiery temperament. But a dragon could never mate with a human – could he?

Meanwhile, a sinister evil far greater than anything they have yet faced is coming for their kind. Thankfully, they have allies: wild, sensual creatures with scales and wings. They are ancient beasts that have sworn to protect the five realms.

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sky lords mateSKY LORD’S MATE (SIN AND SALVATION BOOK 1) by Alana Serra and Holly Lexington

VS Note: Authors state the books end on cliffhangers.

My whole life, I’ve never been anything special. I’ve struggled for every penny, every grade, and every opportunity. When there’s a chance to make some extra cash, I’m all in–right into another realm, and a war between angels and demons. Now a hotter than hellfire demon warlord is saying I’m his mate. He offers me a bite of the sweetest forbidden fruit, everything I’ve always wanted. But this place isn’t my home, and as I’m caught between two worlds, I can’t tell if I’m careening towards sin or salvation.

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sky lords desireSKY LORD’S DESIRE (SIN AND SALVATION BOOK 2) by Alana Serra and Holly Lexington

VS Note: Authors state the books end on cliffhangers.

It’s hard to resist a demon warlord. Aramon is everything I never knew I wanted, and he’s completely devoted to my happiness. When there’s a chance to get back to Earth, I find myself wondering if that’s really what I want. But my heart–and an unexpected enemy–may have other plans.

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alaskan magicALASKAN MAGIC: SHADOWS OF ALASKA BOOK 1 by CC Dragon

Paranormal kids begin disappearing at higher rates, and the only people who can save them are at odds.

FBI Special Agent Dot Foster keeps tabs on magical cases, but even with everything she’s seen over the years, her most recent case has her stumped.

The only thing half-fae Dot can tell for certain is that dark supernatural forces are behind it. With her human partner out of commission, Dot drags a former agent onto the case. Mason is smart, hot, and magical. They have a complicated past, but she didn’t expect him to be a distraction.

Mason’s much younger sister might be the next target. He’s not willing to trust anyone else to save her…but if he doesn’t respect Dot’s unique gifts, his stubbornness may cost them all their lives.

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mad moonMAD MOON (HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS BOOK 6) by Regina Carlysle

Madden Moon knows what the woman is the second she walks into the old café. Shifter. Wolf. Trouble. Struck by her beauty and the air of exhaustion about her, the leader of the Texas Rogues wishes her straight out of town. But as the mating energy of their species sizzles between them and her enemies approach, Madden has no alternative but to bring the beautiful lycan under his protection and into his bed.
Runaway Lana Vronski is in big trouble. As she races through the woods, local wolves in hot pursuit, she believes all is lost until she’s rescued by oh-so-sexy Madden. When he offers her sanctuary and sex hot enough to singe them both, she accepts his proposal. But it isn’t until the mating heat between them burns wildly out of control that Lana learns her true salvation awaits in his arms. Lana’s enemies are relentless, however, and will stop at nothing to rip her from the arms of the man she loves.

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mauledMAULED (URBAN JUNGLE BOOK 1) by Espen Arcadia

Trent, powerful jaguar shifter, and one of the biggest business names in Chicago, has a lot on his plate. He’s taken on the role as leader of the urban shifters and finds himself at odds with the surrounding rural community. His latest plan to buy land from the country shifters, with the promise of a better future for them, has them up in arms.

When they grow desperate enough, the rural leaders call on Ash, a fox shifter with ‘skills’. His job is to take the high and mighty and bring them crashing down from their own hubris and corruption. Born and raised in Chicago, Ash returns to his home city, with his crafty gaze set on destroying Trent’s career.

When the two meet, personalities and intentions will bounce and crash off of one another. Sparks will fly, and secrets will come pouring out of the shadows. Ash and Trent will deal with not only with their growing attraction to one another, but getting caught in the middle of a deadly scheme.

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caught claire cullenCAUGHT (SIREN COVE BOOK 5) by Claire Cullen

Rafael is about to betray his oldest friends. Traveling to the Cove under the guise of friendship, Rafe is there for one reason and one reason only— to steal a siren. Drawn to Skye from the moment their eyes meet, he finds himself torn, but there are no good choices here.

You’re supposed to run away from a predator not toward them.
Raised among humans, Skye isn’t a typical siren. He comes to the Cove to see Aden, but he stays because of Rafael. When he feels the wolf’s eyes on him, he knows he’s being hunted. But in Rafe’s gaze, he sees something more.

Stealing Skye is the lesser of two evils.
With his pack at Magnar’s mercy, Rafe has no choice but to do the unthinkable. The siren makes it all too easy, leaving Rafe to war with his own feelings, his guilt, and the unearned trust he sees in Skye’s eyes.

“You always have a choice.” Skye should have known better than to put his curiosity above his own safety, especially when it comes to Rafe. But with their very existence at stake, Rafe is their best chance of survival. The alpha is deeply troubled, and Skye wants — he needs — to help. Even if it means throwing himself headlong into the path of danger and into Rafael’s arms.

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spellbinders denialA SPELLBINDER’S DENIAL (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK – WARLOCKS BOOK 5) by Marie-Claude Bourque

THE SPELLBINDER: Billionaire spellbinder Duke Morgan is a warlock in name only. Riddled with guilt after his unleashed powers wrecked lives decades ago, he vowed to deny his blood legacy and use his wealth to make amends. But when the woman he’s been trying to forget crosses his path, even his fortune won’t be enough to protect her.

THE BANSHEE: Savvy banshee Sloane Davenport will do anything to provide and care for her adopted baby girl, even accepting to move in with Duke to give the tragically-orphaned child a better life. But when all she sees is death, his resources and her love won’t be enough. The undead are after banshee’s blood and only warlock sorcery has a chance to defeat them.

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mermaids songMERMAID’S SONG (DARK SEA ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Stacy Claflin

I’m Marra Ayers, a mermaid pretending to be human. Or at least, I was. It’s over now that my uncle died, making my dad the new king of Valora. My parents are dragging me away from the life I love to our undersea kingdom. And to make matters worse, everybody hates us.

My parents send me straight to the Dark Sea Academy, where the building is creepy and the students are worse. The dean pairs me with a student to show me the ropes.

I get stuck with Bash, who’s one wrong move from being expelled, and showing me around is his latest punishment. He’s as gorgeous as he is arrogant. And an incredible guitarist, as it turns out. Not that it matters. We can’t stand each other…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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servants and the beastTHE SERVANTS AND THE BEAST by Various

You think you know the story – prince gets cursed, girl meets Beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If only it was that simple. But dating is tough even in the best of circumstances.Ever since the fateful day when we let that horrible Good Fairy into the castle, our lives have been on hold. When she turned our bad-tempered prince into a Beast, she lumped us, his loyal servants, into the curse too, just because she assumed his rude behavior was our fault. Theodore the butler should never have let her inside, and the rest of us should have helped bar the door.Now Theodore is an armchair, and we’re all trying to carry on our duties as a piano, a coat rack, a bookcase and the like. At least we have Robert to clean up the pink sparkles piling in the corners from the Good Fairy’s curse, since he’s a mop now. We know we just need the Beast to fall in love to break the spell. We’re all doing whatever we can to help him find True Love, one visitor at a time, hoping the right person finally comes along–but will the Beast ever learn to love?

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hunt for havarlorn hillsTHE HUNT FOR HAVERLORN HILLS (THE FATE OF THE WORLD TREE BOOK 2) by Mirajane

Somehow I knew I would regret meeting Avery Fletcher. I wanted her like I had never wanted anyone before. And it was going to get us both killed.I vowed my sword, and my life, to her the night she decided to join Odin’s Shadow. And I immediately regretted it. Every minute spent in Alfheim is borrowed time. And I don’t know if I can handle it when ours runs out. But I have to protect her from her guild—and herself. Even if it means facing my greatest fears while the game itself turns on us. Something’s coming for all of us. I won’t lose her. I can’t.

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freeing fortuneFREEING FORTUNE by Ashley J Barner and Jennifer Sanders

Linnea Santiago loves everything about Ben Fortune. Sadly, he’s a fictional character. And now he’s standing in her living room. Mr. Fortune was supposed to remain the hero of Linnea’s favorite Regency romance, Fortune’s Folly. But Linnea has stumbled across a magic spell in the library archives, and now Ben Fortune is real, adjusting to the 21st century—and changing the plot in every copy of Fortune’s Folly, wreaking havoc by his absence. Worse yet, his young sister is now in danger, and he needs to go back into the book to save her.

Can Linnea find the right spell to send him back to fictional Regency England—and does she even want to?

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warriors promiseA WARRIOR’S PROMISE BOOK 1 by Minerva Vesta

VS Note: A historical fantasy which author states ends in a cliffhanger.

They could be heard from miles away, Warriors, galloping across the countryside. The echo of their horses’ hooves and the clanging metal of their armor filtered through the mist that floated low atop the hills. When the men won a battle, the spoils of war always accompanied them back to the kingdom. Most often it was weapons, cattle, or new able-bodied men, who would eventually join their cause, rarely was their trophy a woman.

Rheon McEachern was a man of honor. He’d fought his way up through the ranks from soldier to General. When his king’s wish for more power caused a shift in his beliefs, Rheon begins to question what exactly he was fighting for.

Deep in the countryside of the warring kingdom, Samaria lived a simple life with her only living relative, until tragedy struck, leaving her orphaned. The change could not come at a worse time as the never-ending war reaches her little village. In a split-second decision Rheon with no choice but to take her as a spoil of war…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ninepenny elementTHE NINEPENNY ELEMENT by K L Noone

Verity Friday has been a good witch all her life: good at anticipating her coven’s needs, good at looking out for her little brother, good at helping others. She’s never been the most powerful or the most gifted at magic, but she knows she’s made a difference.

But now her brother’s moved out and found love, and Verity’s feeling more alone than ever despite her coven family. Meeting her brother’s boyfriend doesn’t help — they’re so obviously happy, and Verity’s happy for them, but she’s starting to think about what she might want for herself … and about the gorgeous lawyer she’s just literally run into outside a bookshop.

Successful lawyer Amelia Burne is having a terrible day. She’d swear someone’s cursed her with bad luck, but magic isn’t, right?

Except the self-proclaimed witch she’s just run into claims it is … and Lia actually is cursed. Lia isn’t sure she believes this unlikely story, but Verity seems serious and wants to help, and maybe it’s worth a try. Because when Verity smiles, the whole world gets brighter … just like magic.

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reign of mistREIGN OF MIST: BOOK OF SINDAL BOOK TWO by D G Swank

Rowan might be the firstborn of the Whelan sisters, but her magic is far from first class. Outshone by her younger sisters’ rare and powerful gifts hasn’t been easy, but she has always taken her position as leader of their family seriously. Even more seriously when her sisters are endangered and they lose—yet again—the Book of Sindal, a magical tome of evil spells and incantations their small coven of three has been tasked to protect.

When the Dark Set, a group of mages determined to take over the magical community, comes for Rowan, she turns to an unexpected and very human source. Local cop Logan Gillespie might not be a mage, but he’s not to be underestimated.

The question is why Rowan? As the weakest witch, she shouldn’t be of interest to the Dark Set. Yet they’re sure she’s the secret to unlocking the power of the book.

Can she convince them they’re wrong? She has to find a way because the lives of her sisters, Logan, and possibly the world depend on it.

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dead seaDEAD SEA (CHRONICLES OF DEADWORLD BOOK 3) by Debbie Cassidy

When war knocks on the door, burying your head in the sand won’t make it leave. Death called and I answered. Now Genesis is coming for us. But with the council making every excuse not to listen to my warnings, there’s no other option but to plot behind their backs. Time is limited.

The sea kingdom awaits, and the sea king isn’t the kind of man to accept a rain check. It means the guys and I will need to hold fire on our plan to pinpoint Genesis’s location. Let’s just hope that the shit stays away from the fan until my return… Let’s hope it doesn’t follow me.

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sharing spellTHE SHARING SPELL (MATES AND MAGIC) by Jade Alters

I know my way around a spell or two. Not enough to play around with a force like love though it seems.
All I wanted to do was make some creep leave me alone.
One mistake, one wrong ingredient, and now I’m getting hounded by practically every last man who even looks at me.
When four hot police officers show up to take my statement though, I wonder if the spell won’t work out to my benefit after all. Should I feel guilty when they vow to protect me?
I could tell them that it’s just a spell gone wrong, but do I want to?
For some reason, I could start to believe those looks in their eyes.
Maybe what they are feeling isn’t just the result of one simple spell gone wrong.
Anything is possible, they’ve got their own shifty secrets.

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marked and brokenTHE MARKED AND THE BROKEN (THE LOST SENTINEL BOOK 3) by Ivy Asher

My name is Vinna, and my magic is an asshole. I mean, what else would you call it when it does whatever it wants, whenever it wants?
Now I have Enoch and his coven looking at me like I’m the one, and a bunch of pissed off Chosen.
I have no answers and no time to deal with this shit. Lachlan and Keegan managed to get themselves caught by Adriel, the big bad lamia who murders and hunts Sentinels.
Time is running out, and If my Chosen and I can’t get battle ready, then we’re destined to become more names on the list of the missing.
It’s time to meet the lamia who’s been coming for me my whole life. It’s time to do what no one else has been able to do. It’s time to cut the fucker’s head off.

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tethered to the worldTETHERED TO THE WORLD (A PHANTOM TOUCHED NOVEL BOOK 1) by Stacey Brutger

Born with the ability to defy death, Annora has been warned to keep her gift secret, but her greedy uncle can’t resist exploiting her by any means necessary. Starvation, beatings, broken bones–she’s survived them all and emerged stronger. But it’s not enough for him. It will never be enough. When she discovers her uncle plans to sell her to the highest bidder, she risks everything to escape the prison that has become her life.

The last thing she expected was to land at a university for supernaturals…or be paired with a pack of men as broken as her. As students go missing, Annora can’t get over the suspicion that she’s being hunted. To protect her, the guys must set aside their personal troubles and begin working as a team. But as her past collides with her present, she must make the ultimate sacrifice and expose her secrets to save the guys who’ve become more than family to her…and hope she’s strong enough to live with the consequences.

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moonstruckMOONSTRUCK (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 7) by Dannika Dark

Transporting goods is part of the job, but when Keystone accepts the daunting task of moving precious cargo, the team splits up. Raven has orders to follow, but Christian’s seductive ways draw out her violent soul. Their journey is dangerous, their enemies ruthless, and one misstep could prove fatal.

When one team member mysteriously vanishes, the rest must choose between cutting their losses in the face of chaos or seeing it through to the bitter end. Will Keystone have the fortitude to complete the mission, or will they fall like dominoes?

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Trapped on TalonqueVS: This week I’m featuring TRAPPED ON TALONQUE from my backlist because the planet is hot (like summer here in the USA), the human prisoners have to learn and win a sacred ball game to survive and there’s an ancient alien Sleeping Beauty plot…plus I had all kinds of fun writing it.

Will an alien sleeping beauty awaken to save him, or destroy everyone around her?

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?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 26

June 19

June 12

June 5

May 29

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 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.

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