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).
REEDE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 9) by Veronica Scott
Lt. Fallyn Damara was sent by the Sectors to investigate a strange transmission from an isolated planet and determine whether the residents of a vanished colony had been transported there by alien enemies. Fallyn’s ship crashes and she’s taken prisoner by the Khagrish scientists, to await her fate in the slate of horrifying experiments being conducted.
Reede, the second ranking enforcer in the Badari Warrior pack, volunteers to be recaptured by the Khagrish in an effort to locate and rescue Fallyn inside the deadly lab complex.
While a prisoner Reede discovers Fallyn is the woman destined to become his fated mate but the moment is bittersweet because Fallyn will be leaving their world at the first opportunity, to report back to the Sectors. He refuses to complete the mate bond, believing to do so will lead to nothing but lifelong misery for them both, separated by lightyears and interstellar politics.
For her part, Fallyn wants to shake up the rule-bound enforcer and persuade him to take a chance on love.
But first they have to escape the Khagrish.
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ADDICTED TO THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 8) by Sabrina Kade
She can’t afford to lose control…but can she control herself around him?
Arizona refuses to give up her long-held title of top working Intergalactic Call-Girl despite having the hottest nubile alien she’s ever seen claim her as his mate. It’s clear that despite his relative youth, he knows what he’s doing in the bedroom, and is walking, talking proof that age is nothing but a number.
Drozass knows claiming Arizona is a risk. No display of wealth or status has yet revealed Arizona’s softer side, and he has neither. He may be young, but Drozass is convinced he’s exactly what she needs. Can the legendary Arizona really fall for a client and will it cost her the respect of her closest friends, much less herself?
ALIEN WARRIOR’S SECRET (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 9) by Mina Carter
Being captured by aliens is better than being sent home…Pilot Randy Rivers always has had a sassy mouth. This time though, it’s not her mouth but her temper that lands her in trouble and given her marching orders home. That and apparently slamming a superior officer’s face into a table is a no no. Even if the guy is a misogynistic asshole. And groped her. Faced with the prospect of going back back to over-crowded earth with it’s slum-cities, she takes a high-stakes, off the book mission into the heart of enemy territory.
When things go sideways, she expects to end up as a prisoner of war, not holed up and kept secret from every one else on the ship by the sexiest alien guy. One who’s determined to prove that enemies can make the best lovers…
Sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected of places… like under a seating rack. Riis K’Vass knew humans could be unpredictable and, frankly, insane, but even he didn’t expect them to try and sneak onto a heavily armed and armored warship, filled with a small army. They did though, and were easily captured. But, the numbers don’t add up, and Riis realizes that they’re missing one human. A female hiding in the tiniest of spaces, easily missed with how tiny human women are. A female who takes his breath away with her beauty and makes him smile with her stubbornness and intelligence.
Just a few days. At least, that’s what he tells himself. If he can keep her secret for long enough to get himself some mating marks and bond her to him, then they’ll never be able to take her away from him.
But jealous eyes are always watching and a warship is no place for keeping secrets. Especially where rare and coveted females are concerned. When Randy is discovered, Riis must fight for his life and a chance at a life with his little mate. Because mating marks don’t do a warrior any good if he’s dead.
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ZHORYAN’S GAME (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 5) by Michele Mills
He’s an arrogant, celebrity warlord who thinks marriage and snot-nosed children sound like the lowest level of hell.
She’s the filthy-mouthed daughter of a High Priest who wants LOTS OF KIDS.
When their deck explodes they rush into the same executive escape pod and eventually crash-land together on a mysterious planet. Without food and water. Without any way to communicate with their ship. And most importantly, without Zhoryan’s gloves of the unmated. The one item that will prevent testing of mating compatibility.
And then they find out why it’s called ‘Ship-Trap Planet.’
Will Zhoryan be able to resist touching this female’s bare skin while being hunted by the psychopath who owns the planet?
And will Janet learn to love such an unbearable @$$hole?
Because, one touch is all it takes.
SPACESIDE (PLANETSIDE BOOK 2) by Michael Mammay
VS Note: Not a romance, military scifi…I really enjoyed his first book last year and have had this on preorder. It’s a release of note to me this week!
Following his mission on Cappa, Colonel Carl Butler returns to a mixed reception. To some he is a do-or-die war hero. To the other half of the galaxy he’s a pariah. Forced into retirement, he has resettled on Talca Four where he’s now Deputy VP of Corporate Security, protecting a high-tech military company on the corporate battlefield—at least, that’s what the job description says. Really, he’s just there to impress clients and investors. It’s all relatively low risk—until he’s entrusted with new orders. A breach of a competitor’s computer network has Butler’s superiors feeling every bit as vulnerable. They need Butler to find who did it, how, and why no one’s taken credit for the ingenious attack.
As accustomed as Butler is to the reality of wargames—virtual and otherwise—this one screams something louder than a simple hack. Because no sooner does he start digging when his first contact is murdered, the death somehow kept secret from the media. As a prime suspect, he can’t shake the sensation he’s being watched…or finally succumbing to the stress of his past. Paranoid delusion or dangerous reality, Butler might be onto something much deeper than anyone imagined. But that’s where Butler thrives.
If he hasn’t signed his own death warrant.
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VREHX’S QUEST: A CONQUERED WORLD STORY (THE CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 11.5) by Elin Wyn
The wait is almost over. But is Vrehx ready for his biggest challenge yet?
A SECRET LOVE: SUPERHERO ROMANCE “SECRET” SERIES BOOK 2 (THUNDER CITY) by Debra Jess
Secrets, like lightning, can strike.
Dedicated to defending Thunder City, superhero Serena Jakes must work with the family of her ex-fiancé, Nik Blackwood, if she’s going to climb the ranks of Thunder City’s superhero community. Even worse, when her estranged sister sends a coded message begging for help, Nik’s younger brother, Alek, is the only one who steps up and offers his assistance.
Alek Blackwood fell in love with Serena the moment Nik introduced them. As Highlight, she has the ability to make sunlight dance at her fingertips, just like he has the ability to make lightning dance in the sky. Working with Serena over the years made him admire her for her dedication and loyalty to the superhero community. When Serena asks for aid, he knows this is the perfect time to show her he’s more than just Nik’s younger brother.
Alek risking his life for Serena’s family makes her see him in a new light. When the rescue takes a dangerous turn and the truth of long-buried emotions emerge, can Serena trust Alek with her heart? Or will the past come back to haunt them both?
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THE KRINAR ECLIPSE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Lauren Smith
Bianca Wells, the President’s daughter, experiences a close encounter with the aliens who invaded Earth five years ago. The Krinar are powerful, attractive, but also mysterious. There is one in particular she can’t get out of her head—the seductive Krinar Ambassador named Soren. With his hauntingly beautiful eyes and god-like body, he invades her dreams, spinning sensual encounters that leave her aching and breathless. But he, like the others of his kind, is dangerous. With impossible speed and strength, wielding incredible intelligence and advanced technology, the Krinar control this planet and every human on it. Bianca should want nothing to do with Soren. A single touch from him might cause an interstellar war. But after one scorching, forbidden kiss, she’ll risk everything to be with him.
Soren came to Earth to ensure the survival of his people, but now he has one desire: to possess the brave and irresistible Bianca. Knowing he could destroy peaceful relations with the humans if anyone sees him with her, he takes matters into his own hands, rescuing her from an assassin. After one “big-bang” of a kiss, he knows he can’t let her go home. She belongs to him, and he will break every rule in his carefully controlled world to keep her.
After their forbidden night of passion, Bianca enters Soren’s dark, seductive world. But her new life as Soren’s woman puts a target on her back, and her status as First Daughter only makes things worse. As enemies surface all around them, Bianca realizes she will have to trust Soren with her heart, even if it means giving up her freedom.
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THE KRINAR CODE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Emma Castle
Harper King is like most humans—she works hard at her job and does her best not to think too much about the Krinar. The mysterious aliens took over her planet five years ago, and since then, rumors have surrounded them… whispers of super strength and speed, incredible beauty, and advanced technology. Harper should hate them, since her parents died the day they invaded, but something about the infamous Krinar fascinates her. Little does she know that the sinfully gorgeous drifter who rescues her from a bar fight will give her the close encounter she’s always dreamed of.
Sef is supposed to be infiltrating a human resistance group, not seducing sweet little human females. But from the moment he sets eyes on Harper, he knows he must have her and will do anything to possess her. Using his human disguise, he lures Harper into his arms and his bed. When it’s far too late for her to escape him, he reveals that he’s a Krinar, one of the powerful and terrifying aliens she’s always wanted to meet. He gives her a choice: to save her brothers, she must give herself to him—heart, body, and soul.
Will she choose her dark, seductive alien lover to save her family? Or will she resist the secret desires of her own heart in order to be free?
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ALIEN APPETITE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVEL by Josie Walker
Tessa is beginning to regret her impulsive decision to sneak onto an alien spaceship. She’d wanted to keep her best friend safe and enjoy a nice interstellar getaway free of charge. But everything goes to hell when an unknown race of aliens crashes her space vacation and kidnaps her along with a group of terrified Krinar females. They seem more like robots than aliens, with bodies covered in an impenetrable layer of thick cold metal, yet their shape is still manly.
One of the aliens in particular seems to be very interested in her. She’d tell him she was “flattered, but no thanks,” if she thought he could understand her words. The only sounds he makes are like clicks and glass breaking, which means they have a lot more than a language barrier standing between them. So much for her useless high school Spanish class! He seems to want her, but what if he wants to use his weapon hands to skewer her? Or is he motivated by hunger of an entirely different nature? If the latter proves true she really, really hopes he doesn’t want to hold hands, because that looks about as dangerous as making out with Edward Scissorhands.
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MORE REAL THAN HIM by Silvia Park
VS Note: Not a romance but scifi. Caught my eye. Might be interesting. 3.33 rating overall on Goodreads.
The beginnings of a tentative friendship between two roboticists complicate over career envy, female beauty, and a stolen robot designed to resemble a famous Korean actor.
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SAVED BY HER ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 4) by Tempest Luna
The wormhole that destroyed her ship left Maren clinging to life. When Zaden pillages her ravaged craft for parts to trade at the auction, he never expects to find a human woman. One who stirs his heart and awakens his withered soul. Only the bond can save her. But it could also kill them both.
WARRIOR OF THE STARS: BOOK 1 OF THE GALACTIC UNION ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE SERIES by Lucee Joie
Beth is a corporate lawyer who wants to be anywhere but in her current position. With a job that supplies financial stability at the expense of love, she wishes for a new and exciting life — until she is abducted from Earth and forced into a breeding program she never signed up for.
Horgeer is a handsome alien tasked with helping his dying race to survive. When he wins his human breeder in the Galactic Lottery, he never expects to find love in such a harsh environment.
ALIEN HEALER (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 15) by Sadie Carter
Racar is determined to find a way to ensure that human females live as long as their Zerconian mates. Solving this problem has become the focus of his life. To the point that he hasn’t even noticed his own mate is right under his nose…
Trying her best to be noticed.
Ellie has tried everything she can to get the clueless, hunky healer to actually see her. Short of running around naked screaming his name she wasn’t sure what else she could do.
And frankly, she wasn’t even sure that would work.
When Racar discovers she is his mate, she doesn’t know whether to trust in him. To believe him.
To let herself hope.
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TRADED TO THE ALIEN REGENT by Juno Wells
Grace – Grace became a fighter pilot after the loss of both her parents on a deep space voyage forced her into stepping up, becoming both mother and father to her younger sisters. It was dangerous work, with constant attacks and long stretches between planets while the command crew searched for a suitable new home. Something similar to Earth they could settle on and create a better society. Maybe then Grace would have time to think about something more than surviving.
Grace is ready to sacrifice herself in a losing battle with alien pirates but the Davarians, green-skinned warriors with elven features and sharp fangs, intervene just in time. They only ask for one thing in return. Trade rights for willing females to aid their failing bloodlines.
Their regent takes a liking to Grace but he’s abrasive, annoying, demanding, and a total pain. Can she find common ground with the five thousand year old ruler or will their falling out cost her crew the only safe haven they’ve found?
Bradon – Once regents were plentiful among his people but now only three remain. Bradon took his turn ruling for twenty years then slept through the reign of the other two. Prolonged use of his people’s hibernation units has caused physical changes to his body.
Awakening to find humans taking refuge among his people was shock enough, but nothing compared to the long dormant feelings of love and lust one feisty female fighter pilot inspires in him.
The more she argues and defies him the more he wants her for his own. Yet he can’t stop being a beast to her, everything about her provokes his ire. Except when it doesn’t. How does he get a beautiful young human to fall in love with him when his body has become monstrous and she does nothing but enrage him?
SWORD OF DAMAGE (SKY CITIES BOOK 3) by Lucy Smoke
Just because something is legal, doesn’t make it right. I never expected that leaving the refuge of Corvallis would result in such dire circumstances. When rogue rovers commandeer our airship, I’m left with an impossible choice. Stay and risk my life to save the others or let them be captured along with me.
Just because a choice is hard, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. There’s no question. I choose them. Even if it means I arrive on Bath as a prisoner and slave. Bath is more dangerous, perhaps, than even my home city of Tartarus. Rogue Rovers. Black market slavery. A strange girl with a dark secret. I find myself dropped right back where I started. Alone and helpless. There are no friends on Bath, only alliances and I need to be very careful who I choose to align myself with. And what I promise them in the name of freedom.
SISTER PLANET by Rena Marks
We had no idea that over time, we would be referred to as the Sister Planet. A term which came to mean the bastard sibling no one wants to claim. Because we threw out all of Earth’s rules and live by our own: Anything goes. A place where you can be single…or you can date six people. Earth frowns at our heathen ways. But the joke’s on Earth. Centuries later, we’ve bypassed them in education and technology. But like a bully big brother, Earth still tries to use us. My name is Lady Nivea Gilleon. In a mating with four of the most powerful individuals on Mars, I become Earth’s pawn. It takes the gorgeous man I threw away like yesterday’s trash to rescue me.
MATED (IMPRISONED BOOK 2) by Victoria Vallo
If you commit a crime on Vaharis 6, there’s more than one way to work off your sentence…Sam doesn’t know what to think when his “alternative sentence” ends up being an arranged courtship with another male panther shifter. It’s better than going to prison, but Sam can’t help worrying when he finds out how much was paid for his freedom … and how determined his new keeper is to make Sam his true mate.
Laxus has been shunned by other shifters for many reasons, including his preference for male lovers. He’s more than willing to rescue Sam from the horrors of prison life, especially when he sees Sam’s reaction to his touch. As the younger man tries to deny his reactions, Laxus becomes more resolute than ever to seduce Sam and work his way into his heart.
SALVAGING ABBY (MARKS MERCENARIES BOOK 4) by N J Walters
Space salvager Abby Marks has lived through the deaths of her brothers and an abduction. Independent, she lives by her own rules. But her life takes a turn when she decides to salvage what appears to be an abandoned Gravasian ship—only to come face-to-face with Vaden el Gravaso, an intimidating, yet downright sexy warrior, who seems intent on keeping her.
Engine troubles have disabled his ship. When Abby boards his vessel, she pulls a blaster and shoots him, so how can he not want her? Vaden knows her brothers are very much alive and searching for her, but so is her abductor. He isn’t about to let any of them have her. As her past and present collide, both their lives and hearts are at risk.
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LADY DOCTOR WYRE: A JANE AUSTEN SPACE OPERA by Joely Sue Burkhart
VS Note, added AUG 30: A reader has indicated to me this may be a lightly edited re-release. The book seemed familiar to me but I wasn’t sure and didn’t find an earlier copyright date…I do try to flag re-releases where I can.
In a universe where ladies rule supreme…A mash-up of Jane Austen and Firefly, this series puts ladies in charge—in space. If you love a Regency romp and space opera, join Lady Wyre on her adventures.
Hiding in the backwards colony of Americus for seven years is preferable to even one day of torture in the Tower of Londonium. Without her research or the simplest of luxuries, Lady Wyre bides her time by dallying with the safe and honorable Sheriff Gilead Masters.
Until her other lover, the dashing assassin Lord Sigmund Regret, arrives for their yearly solstice interlude a few days early.
While she’s trying to keep her two men from each other’s throats, the colony’s rebellion against Britannia becomes more volatile. Her not-so-safe sheriff reveals a secret past that drags her straight back into the dangerous chess game of politics. With the Queen’s Ravens closing in, Charlotte wearies of her life on the run. She fires a warning shot across Britannia’s bow.
Cease hunting Lady Doctor Wyre—or lose the technological power the Crown holds so dear. Forever. Alas, Dear Reader, her two lovers may ruin her perfect plan by killing each other.
DREAMING OF AYAMA (DAWNBREAKER BOOK 2) by K A Knight
The day the Dawnbreaker exploded and we crash-landed changed not just my life, but also thousands of others’ lives for good. Faced with an uncertain future on a mysterious and unknown planet, I am forced to adapt quickly. When it becomes clear we are not the only ones on this world, we need to try and gain their trust and friendship, or we will unwittingly start a war we have no chance of winning.
With my men at my side, I can take on anything—at least, I think so. But what if the men I trusted are hiding secrets of their own? Lies unravel, truths are revealed, and The Saviours live on.
With enemies on all sides and people looking to me for guidance, will I bend and break, or stand tall and come out stronger than ever?
I’m Indy Stewart, a member of Colony Mission 43, and I am a survivor—whatever it takes.
IGNIS: BOOK TWO IN THE GALACTIC SEDUCTION SERIES by Lula Monk
Clea knows where she is, and she knows what she is expected to do. She just can’t bring herself to do it. When a handsome, aged creature named Ignis wins the bid for Clea’s body, she makes up her mind: she will fight her way out of his arms before she lets herself be forced into his bed.
Ignis didn’t want to be at the Hub, and he definitely didn’t want to be in the position he was in now: that of wooing his way between the legs of the human woman before him. What he really wanted was his wife, the one whose flame had been extinguished many annums before. But the fate of his entire planet rested upon his shoulders, and he was determined to do his duty.
And yet, the longer Ignis is around feisty human Clea, the more the ruler of the war planet Incenda realizes the Earth woman has her own fire deep inside. Will Ignis persuade Clea to be his mate and help him save his home planet, or will the heat of their warring desire and hatred for each other consume them both?
STAR KNIGHT ERRANT: THRUST by A K Shelley
When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.
When Evander Mór transports to an unknown desert planet, his mission changes. Instead of brokering a peace deal, he’ll figure out what backwater he’s landed on and enjoy a well-earned weekend off with a gorgeous scientist. But when things get hotter than a supernova between them, he discovers he only has eighteen hours to stop an AI bent on murder, convince Cass he’s more than fiction, and find a way to cross the gulf between galaxies to bring her home.
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CONQUERED (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 4) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards
Aja—I may be his captive,
But I won’t be conquered.
The dominant alien ordering me to call him Master is more than a warrior. Dark and mysterious, he has skills and talents beyond any I’ve ever encountered.
He can read my soul.
He’s discovered my naughtiest secret desires. And he’s determined to make me act out those wicked fantasies—for his enjoyment.
But I have another secret. One he must never learn. For it could cost me my life.
Vyraz – I am the last of my kind, preparing for the end. Until a headstrong human dares me to conquer her—and brings me back to life.
Arythios is gone, destroyed by an evil force. Men, women, children—dead. All that remains of our world, once the most powerful in the galaxy, is a team of warriors, a handful of starships, and me – the last surviving Archon.
I carry a heavy burden, that of keeping our history alive. And now I’ve been tasked with another. Choose one of the females sent to us as a breeder…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
MALIK (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Kiki Burrelli and Crista Crown
VS Note: Authors state this is an alien mpreg series
All his life, Loshka has been trained to be one thing, a pleasure slave. Led by a higher calling, he was taught the path to eternal glory was paved with obedience. His will is not important, not when compared to the will of his future master.
But his faith is tested when Loshka is given to a brutal alien master who enjoys Loshka’s screams of pain more than his pleasure. As Loshka resigns himself to a short life with the cruel monster, he is kidnapped by a group of warriors.
Malik and his warrior family are searching the forsaken lands for a missing boy when they find Loshka. Malik never expected his mate would be an alien man who is as soft as he is vulnerable. He doesn’t have the hard scales or sharp claws that Malik and his kind use to survive daily in the harsh desert landscape.
Loshka is not just afraid, but completely unaware of what it means to belong to another, not as an object, but as a mate. It takes every ounce of Malik’s patience to convince Loshka that he deserves more than the life handed to him.
But just as Loshka learns that with love, a future and a family are not impossible, his past returns to drag him back into a life of forced servitude. The fated mates have already been through so much, can they survive one more threat to their bond?
RISE AGAINST: A FOUNDLING NOVEL by Hailey Edwards
Luce has come, literally, through hell, and now she’s trying to pick up the pieces. Earth is getting ready for the war to end all wars: it’s angels vs demons and Luce is the only one who seems worried about humanity, hapless pawns who are stuck in the middle of the battlefield. Between building an army and running for her life, she’s got a lot on her plate – and that’s not to mention her beloved Cole.
As angels drop dead and violent forces begin to gather in the city, the final pieces of an ancient war fall into place, and it’s time for Luce and her loyal coterie to face an enemy like no other. In order to survive, they’ll need to team up with those they’ve considered enemies, and try to decide who, if anyone, they can trust. And Luce must decide how much she’s ready to risk in the name of peace – and whether she’d be prepared to sacrifice her very soul.
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BLAZE: QUEEN’S BIRD OF PREY BOOK 2 by Kathi S Barton
Blaze and her warrior sisters had been around for several millennia, their time of fighting in wars and conquering kingdoms now a distant memory. Before Queen Dante passed, she’d graced her prized warriors—the falcon, hawk, eagle, phoenix, vulture, and owl—with humanity as well as immortality.
Blaze, a hawk, had done many things in her immortal lifetime. Now, making toys was a pastime she enjoyed. However, the owner of the print shop that made the blueprints for her designs had not only ripped her off, but several other companies by giving them faulty blueprints and keeping the correct ones for himself to profit from. Blaze had caught the defect before she had put her project into production, the other firms hadn’t been so lucky and had lost millions. Given the opportunity, Blaze purchased the print shop.
Bryson had worked for the print shop for ten years. However, he had no knowledge of the owner’s dirty dealings. When the new owner stepped in, he was happy to still have a job and was eager to help in any way he could. What he hadn’t expected was the jolt he received when he shook the new owner’s hand. In that moment he knew two things, she wasn’t human, and she was his mate.
TARYN’S TIDERIDER (ALIENS OF ATLANTIS BOOK 1) by JL Madore and Skylar Rain
Can love save two races headed for extinction?
Alien abduction? Seriously? After the ice caps melt and humanity devolves to its base survival instincts, Mackenzie can’t imagine life getting any more dangerous. Until she wakes in an underground city of protective alien warriors.
Taryn should never have brought the human back to Atlantis. Now, instead of dealing with the attack of sea creatures, failing shields, and their kind nearing the brink of extinction, he’s fighting the constant arousal of being near Mackenzie, the human woman haunting his fantasies.
INNOCENT BAIT: SERVING HER ALIEN FATED MATES by Corin Cain
Seven-foot-tall Aurelians are addicted to claiming innocence.
Mia: Mine is the bait.
The huge, dominant species cannot control their mating rage around a woman untouched. They have deep biological drives to find their Fated Mate. It blinds them. It turns them into animals. Dangerous animals. I can’t be near the aggressive warrior species…I have no choice.
I’m a Sector 4 thief, and when my boss tells me to do something, it’s either do it or get my skull cracked open. Even if that means trying to fool a species that can smell what you’re thinking.
I have to infiltrate the manor of the most powerful aliens on the planet. I have to convince them I’m a maid. A damsel in distress. Nothing more than an innocent, helpless woman on the big bad planet.
Gallus. Cyrus. Varian. Three powerful aliens who have built a fortune seeing through deception. Ivory skin. Huge rippling muscles and hands that could crush your skull in a single squeeze. Blank grey eyes that see through me. Protective, possessive, and controlling. Once I’m in their manor, they won’t let go. Will they be blinded by my innocence…Or will I be caught and punished?
BHYR (ALIEN WARRIOR BOOK 3) by Penelope Fletcher
We are the destroyers of worlds. The scourge of the weak and the masters of creation. We are as one fist, one blade, one almighty force. We are horde.
~Unknown, Ranked Warrior of the Azteka Horde
Bhyr, leader of the Azteka Horde, is committed to saving his species from extinction. Taking the human female as a breeder is his divine right. He will breed her, anoint his spawn, and then rid himself of the complications that come with a mate. But when the time comes, will he be able to strike down the one he loves most?
Indira is abducted from Earth and leashed to an alien barbarian. He wants one thing of her: an heir. Vowing to escape his clutches, Indira begins a revolt that causes ripples throughout the galaxy. But as she strives to thwart the most feared being in the universe, she must question how the warrior she defied became the darkest desire of her heart.
GALAXY’S EDGE: BLACK SPIRE (STAR WARS) by Deliliah S Dawson
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note. Here’s the publisher’s note: Walk the ancient streets, meet the colorful characters, and uncover the secret history of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new expansion to the Disney Parks experience!
After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.
A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.
To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.
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THE ARCAV KING’S MATE (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 1) by Hope Hart
When the Arcav invaded Earth, human leaders didn’t even try to fight. All human women were forced to give blood so they could be tested for compatibility as Arcav mates. Harlow’s life changes forever when her name is announced as mate to the Arcav King. Within just a few seconds, she’s no longer a cop. Now, she’s expected to hand herself in and travel back to Arcavia with an alien she has never met. Instead, she works with the resistance, fleeing with the help of other humans and fighting for her autonomy. If there’s one thing Harlow knows, it’s this: She’ll never give up her freedom for a seven-foot, horned alien. Even if his heated looks make her toes curl and his dominant ways give her goosebumps.
Varian doesn’t understand why Harlow won’t come to him. How can she overlook the pleasure that awaits in his arms? He’ll keep her safe, even if that means stealing her freedom forever. With his sanity on the line, he can’t afford to go back to Arcavia empty-handed. When another species of aliens begin eyeing up Earth’s resources, the Arcav may be the only ones who can keep Earth in one piece. Can Harlow stay on the run forever? Or will Varian convince her to take her rightful place… at his side?
THE PASSENGERS by John Marrs
VS Note: Not a romance but wow, when I read th4e concept, I was hooked and one clicked. A release of note, surely it’ll be a movie…
You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”
Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.
From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save?…And who should we kill first?”
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SAPPHIRE FLAMES: A HIDDEN LEGACY NOVEL by Ilona Andrews
VS note: They’re an autobuy for me.
n a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.
But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.
To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.
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SOUL OF THE DRAGONS (BAD DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder
Anna didn’t expect things to go this far in the Blur. But after misadventures, death-defying rescues, and romantic interludes aplenty, she’s now face-to-face with the fact that she’s madly in love with five powerful, incredible dragons. And ALL of them want her more badly than air. But as perfect as they all are, how can she possibly choose between them if doing so will only break her heart?
A dramatic confrontation with a new enemy that threatens to obliterate everything will push the dragons to the very limit of their abilities, both individually an as a group. Meanwhile, Anna will be brought face to face with the person that started it all, back in the library so long ago. But now that she’s in love with five dragons equally, there’s only one question left to ask. Can she love one more broken dragon?
With their mate in danger, and their world on the brink of war, the dragons must band together to save all that they hold dear. Meanwhile, Anna will be forced to make the toughest decision she’s ever made, all while the fate of the world and her beloved dragons is in her hands.
SERATIS WAR OF THE GODS (SERATIS THE GODDESS OF EGYPT BOOK 2) by N J Adel and Noor Malek Zayn
An immortal battle to the throne.
Full with Egyptian mythology, fantasy, wild romance and sizzling scenes, Seratis Daughter of the Sun makes the perfect escapism for fantasy lovers, Egyptian historical myths fans, and spicy paranormal romance readers.
EYE OF DANGER: TIGER’S EYE MYSTERIES by Alyssa Day
When Tess Callahan’s long-lost and presumed-dead father comes back to town, running from the mob, she’s not sure how to feel. But when she finds out the bad guys are really after her, to use her “gift” as a weapon, she knows exactly who to turn to. When Jack Shepherd must confront mob bigwigs, a rogue vampire, and Tess’s dad all in the same day, he realizes that small towns can be every bit as deadly as the rebellion he led when he was a soldier. Tess is in trouble, and there’s no way Jack will let anything happen to her—they haven’t even gone on their first date!
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WONDERLAND ACADEMY BOOK 1 by Melanie Karsak
Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy:
You must be a little mad.
You must follow the white rabbit.
You must find the key to enter Wonderland.
You must not be named Alice or risk being beheaded by order of the Queen of Hearts.
We might have an issue with that last one.
My name may be Alice, but Wonderland Academy is everything my real life isn’t. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy? As long as no one figures out my real name, I should be fine.
The only problem? Aden, the Queen of Hearts’ son, is quickly becoming my best friend. And then there’s Corbin. Brooding, surly, tattooed, and definitely not my type, I can’t stop thinking about him. But Corbin has secrets of his own, and Wonderland and secrets don’t mix.
How I’m going to pass my classes and protect my secret like my life depends on it is beyond me. But I better find a way. Because in Wonderland, no Alice is safe.
SALT AND THE SISTERS: THE SIREN’S CURSE 3 (THE ELEMENTAL ORIGIN SERIES BOOK 9) by A L Knorr
VS Note: From July
Determined to end the dreaded mermaid mating cycle between land and sea, Targa and Mira scour rare fragments of mosaic art from deep in the ocean for clues. On the hunt for the ancient spell’s source, all signs point to the ruins of Atlantis. Before the legend’s final chapter can unfold, Targa learns that only she has the strength to break the curse… the cost of which may be her life. Can Targa find the courage to face her destiny and liberate an ocean of chained hearts?
THE ABYSS (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 7) by Lily Archer
Beth has lured me into the slave rebellion with promises that spark a fire in my heart … and in other places, as well. The Bazaar will either lead to a revolution, or end in countless lives lost and an even greater stronghold for slavery. On top of that, an old enemy has arisen, and fighting him will take every bit of strength and magic I possess. But he has more lives and more plans than I can fathom, and each of them includes destroying the realms, my king, and my mate.
Beth’s journey to the mines is even more fraught with danger, but her will is insurmountable, and my need to claim her only reinforces our agreement. The future may be filled with pitfalls, but I swear to the Ancestors I will get her to the mines and claim her so well that she will never doubt my devotion. But first, we’ll have to survive the deepest, darkest hole in all of Arin–the Abyss.
SONG OF THE ABYSS (TOWER OF WINDS) by Makiia Lucier
They came in the night as she dreamt, in her berth, on a shipsailing home to del Mar. After, they would be all Reyna thought about:two carracks painted scorpion black. No emblem on either forecastle, nopennants flying above the mainmasts to hint at a kingdom of origin.
Never a good sign.
As the granddaughter of a famed navigator, seventeen-year-old Reyna has always lived life on her own terms, despite those who say a girl could never be an explorer for the royal house of St. John del Mar. She is determined to prove them wrong, and as she returns home after a year-long expedition, she knows her dream is within reach. No longer an apprentice, instead: Reyna, Master Explorer.
But when menacing raiders attack her ship, those dreams are pushed aside. Reyna’s escape is both desperate and dangerous, and when next she sees her ship, a mystery rises from the deep. The sailors–her captain, her countrymen–have vanished. To find them, Reyna must use every resource at her disposal . . . including placing her trust in a handsome prince from a rival kingdom.
Together they uncover a disturbing truth. The attack was no isolated incident. Troubling signs point to a shadowy kingdom in the north, and for once, the rulers of the Sea of Magdalen agree: something must be done. But can Reyna be brave enough to find a way?
ALASKAN BONES: SHADOWS OF ALASKA BOOK 2 by CC Dragon
Kicked off the case by the good guys and attacked by the bad guys, Dot and Mason aren’t giving up!
Kids are still going missing, and the locals want their help. Add in fairies, Yeti, and crazy symbols, and it’s all uphill, headed for disaster. With a dark wizard on to them, every move they make could be walking right into an ambush.
Dot’s powers take a deeper shift, and it might be the opening they need or the evil trick which turns them into a pile of bones.
SINFUL AS HELL (nTHE DEMON ACADEM Y BOOK 1) by G Bailey
My name is Lexi Cameron and until three weeks ago, I thought I was human.
It was all a lie.
I’m a demon, and I’m signed up to attend The Demon Academy.
I soon find out it’s the darkest, cruellest school around and not many survive a full year, let alone three.
Welcome to DA, where unless you are a high demon, you can expect to be treated like trash.
To be invisible and get the hell out of this academy, but it doesn’t work out that way…
I have one angel teacher trying to get rid of me, the students of DA making sure I know what a demon can do and I’m not going to survive Demon Academy for long.
That is until the Lucifer sons see me.
They want to break me,
they love to play games with my heart,
and even if I wanted to run from them…I can’t.
I’m apparently their mate.
And just like their father’s home, hell can’t be escaped.
DAME AUDREY by Aurora Springer
VS Note: The snippets she’s been sharing weekly have been very enjoyable. I pre-ordered this.
Young widow seeks true love amid the turmoil of Chaucer’s England.
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But several of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.
Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.
Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a husband’s will?
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IMMORTAL SKYE (VAMPIRE MATES) by K L Bone
Every vampire dreams of finding their destined mate—the one who brings the beat of life to their undead heart. Nearly two millennia ago, a pure-blood daughter of the Skye vampire bloodline found her soulmate in Rónán, the selkie knight charged with protecting her from all harm.
Rónán had saved Julia’s life when she was a child. Instead of being rewarded, he was enslaved by her father. Forced to serve the Skye family against his will, Rónán’s only comfort comes in watching over the lord’s daughter, whose innocence and sweet nature steals his heart.
Lord Skye has other plans for his only heir, including a politically advantageous pairing, and protecting her pure-blood lineage. Forced into an arranged marriage, Julia struggles to resist her father’s plans, but an ancient spell is cast upon her, rendering her helpless to the manipulations of others. As a result, Julia shatters the heart of the man she swore to love above all others.
After centuries apart, Julia is summoned home to the Isle of Skye, where she must face her past, and attempt to set right the wrongs committed against the man to whom her heart is eternally entwined.
DIG DEEPER (KEEPERS OF THE SWAMP BOOK 2) by T S Joyce
Morgan Holland is a poacher’s daughter looking for a way out of the swamp. She’s been making secret moves to relocate, but it seems like every time she takes a step forward, she gets shoved two steps back. Her dad and friends are on the hunt for the Shifters, and they’re closing in fast. She doesn’t know Liam Lachlan, but he’s in danger, and she’ll take a huge risk to warn him. She’s walking a fine line that could get her in deep trouble with both sides. But the more time she spends with Liam, the more she wants to keep him safe—even if it means risking her own life and the future she’s been fighting for.
Liam Lachlan is one of the legendary gator shifters in the swamps of Uncertain. He’s been quiet about what he is all these years, but rumor has it some poachers have figured him out and are hunting him. Good. Bring it. It’s been a while since he had a good war. Only problem is, the girl who warned him is the daughter of the biggest, baddest poacher in the swamps, and hurting her people means demolishing her. If it’s up to the gator in him, he’ll put an end to anyone who is hunting his family. But the man in him will stop at nothing to keep Morgan safe.
IMMORTAL ENEMIES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Jessie Lane
More than a thousand years ago, their love burned brighter than the sun.
Now, the only thing that burns is his hatred for the woman he once sacrificed his life to save… and his skin in the daylight.
Arne Eriksson grew up in a time when Vikings ruled the seas. He’d longed for the day he would earn his entrance to Valhalla. A treasured afterlife he’d never see since being turned into a vampire.
The person responsible for making him a monster– the woman he’d once wanted to marry.
Liv Nornssdottir was the outcast of the Viking era. The daughter of the mystical Norns and accused of not being entirely human, the village shunned her.
All except for one… a boy who grew into the man she came to love.
When he sacrificed himself to protect her, she did the only thing she could think of to save him– she had him turned into a vampire. Something so taboo she knew it would cost her Arne’s affections for all eternity. In the moment, she didn’t think, she reacted.
She’s been running from him ever since.
Lovers turned to immortal enemies.
The problem is… he’s found her.
And Arne is none to happy to learn the woman who damned him to an eternity without glory is also his mate.
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IMMORTAL PROTECTOR: VAMPIRE MATES by Alice K Wayne
On the word of an Oracle, Kai leaves his home in search of his destined mate. One of the fiercest vampire warriors the Maori people have ever seen, even he may not be strong enough to melt Katya’s frozen heart.
She’s the daughter of a prominent Russian drug king, and a life full of violence, power struggles, attempts on her life, and betrayal has turned her into an Ice Queen.
When a beefy, boisterous Maori warrior forces himself into her life—and maybe even her heart—she’s not sure she can freeze him out. No matter how hard she tries.
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ACADEMY FOR THE FALLEN: YEAR ONE (UNDERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Avery Song
After falling in battle, Lilith, known as Queen Merciless to foe and friend alike, expects to wake up in the toasty halls of hell —not the depths of the Underworld as a candidate for entry into the Academy for the Fallen.
Confused, she assumes it’s either a misunderstanding or someone’s idea of a joke. Forced to prove her strength with three challenging tests, Lilith is determined to dominate, showing she has no need for more schooling.
She’s no damsel needing protection or rescue.
Stuck with a former angel on the outs with God, a hellhound with a dangerous secret, and a trickster shapeshifter posing as the previous King of the Afterlife, Lilith thinks they should change the school’s name to Academy for Psychos.
Her opinion only strengthens when she meets the dastardly sexy headmaster.
There are no math classes. No one cares what books you read. And the only chemistry that matters is deadly.
Academy for the Fallen has no use for the weak and pure. Its purpose is to train an elite force of the evilest, blood driven souls to keep the Damned from escaping Satan’s grasp and unleashing hell on Earth.
Time for Lilith to dust off her crown and fight alongside the irresistible dark trio determined to win her affection. There’s a new war to wage — the battle between evil and evil — and no one is a badder bitch than Queen Merciless.
WALK TALL (ASSASSIN’S CLAWS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke
Clay Moreno is a paid killer, just like his four brothers. It’s the family business—they fight together, they die together. Whether they’re working as a group or alone, they are a tight unit who protect their own.
Clay drew the short straw on their latest mission: assassinate the American president. He knew the case was going to be tough, but the last thing he expected to find was his mate… the president’s own son. The fact that he began the case with plans to seduce his way into the White House via that same son is beside the point. What his mate doesn’t know shouldn’t hurt him…
Nick Jackson is lonely and ordinary in a family of overachievers. He doesn’t want to do photo ops for the press, prep for the next year’s tests over the summer or any of the hundreds of other things his mother hassles him about. All he wants is to relax after his first year of college, work on his tan… and maybe find a boy to flirt with.
VAMPIRES DON’T SPARKLE by Mia Archer and Andrew Beymer
All I wanted was a normal high school life, but it turns out fate had other things in mind.
I’m a reaper like my father before me. Tasked with ferrying souls from the mortal world to their eternal reward when they die. I didn’t want to go into the family business, but crazy supernatural shit keeps finding me whether I want it or not!
Take my latest problem. Vampires. Nosferatu. The undead. Children of the night. Bloodsuckers. They’re totally real, and they’re totally sneaking around my school and trying to put the moves on my girl!
Which is a problem. Most mortals have the good sense to stay away from things that go bump in the night, but not Stacy. Show her a hint of the supernatural and suddenly she’s acting like we’re a combination of the Scooby Gang and the Ghostbusters and she’s running in, stakes out, without an appreciation for how often encounters between the undead and the living result in the living becoming the undead!
I thought life would settle down after all that nasty business with Graham the necromancer. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There are bloodsuckers infesting my school, they’re after my girl for some reason, and it’s time to show them how wrong those old dudes were when they said don’t fear the reaper!
TROUBLE EX MACHINA (THE RARE AND THE UNKNOWN BOOK 5) by Shai August
Trouble McNamara is on a mission to find the dark witch Mahjabeen, with help from her…something Romeo Crutchfield she traipses around the world. Can Trouble corner the dark witch and bring her to justice for her attempts on the leaders of the Rare and Unknown? Or will Mahjabeen escape from trouble? Trouble returns and she causing all manner of trouble.
GENTLEMAN WOLF (CAPITAL WOLVES DUET BOOK 1) by Joanna Chambers
An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh… 1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.… on a mission… While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.… meets his match
As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?
Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.
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DOCTOR ENCHANTED: REVENGE OF THE BEARS by Juniper Hart
He’s hot, intense, somewhat of a jerk…and my boss. On top of that, he’s a rich, powerful alpha. I thought he hated me, but one passionate night, he proved me wrong. My life was almost a dream come true…until one cursed night at a party aboard a yacht. Now everyone seems to know about our secret affair. That’s not the worst of our problems, though. The nightmare has a name: Helios. A dangerous fugitive with a lust for vengeance so deep that he doesn’t care who he has to kill to get it—and our hospital is harboring him.
The question is, what the hell does Helios want with us? From the look of things, I’d say he wants me.
ALPHA’S DECEPTION: REVENGE OF THE BEARS by Juniper Hart
One night at an Enchanted bar changed my entire world forever… I should have just let him have the drink and run. I didn’t. Toby’s eyes sucked me in—almost as fast as his lips.
I have no idea who I thought I was fooling. Could a thieving witch and a billionaire bear ever end up together? Of course not.
Is that why I hid our baby from him for years? Or was it his underworld ties and workplace scandals?
Now, I am caught up in something that is forcing me to steal from him.The matter is life or death, after all. He still has the same effect on me as he did when we first met, but I can’t get sucked in again. If fate finds you once, it has a pesky way of catching up with you again—not unlike your past.
THE GOLDEN GRIFFIN’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant
In the last year, Lila has lost everything. Her husband. Her home. Her community. All she has left is her children…and the kindness of the town of Oak Ridge, who took her in when her husband’s pack leader showed his true colors.
Griffin shifter and Marine veteran Flynn is a naturally suspicious man. He’s seen too much evil in his life to trust in good hearts and happy endings–much less believe that any of it could be his. So when Lila shows up in town, complete with adorable kids and a sad sob story, he’s sure she must be a spy for the predatory lion pack she came from.
Then lions attack her home. And Flynn realizes how wrong he’s been.
Suddenly, Flynn is caught up in protecting a woman he’s just met, and caring for a child and a baby who’ve taken his heart in a way he never could’ve predicted. Can Lila open up her bruised heart and let him in? Can Flynn learn that he deserves a family? And what happens when the truth about Lila’s husband’s death comes out?
SPIKED (THE SUNDANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by C P Rider
My name is Neely and I’m a telepath-spiker. Not only can I read a person’s thoughts, I can also spike deadly power straight into their brain. But don’t worry, I have strict rules about that sort of thing.
I’m hiding again. This time in a California desert truck stop town run by Lucas Blacke, a tiger shifter and alpha leader who’s as handsome as Lucifer and twice as slippery. I’ve been running from alphas like him my whole life. They either want to own me or kill me—there is no middle ground.
Now a homicidal alpha from my past is threatening everything I care about and I know I can’t fight him alone. Lucas Blacke is dangerous, and his intentions are murky at best, but I’ve run out of options. If I want to live, I’m going to have to put my faith in a man I know I can’t trust.
ONCE UPON A PRINCESS: LAND OF DREAMS – A PARANORMAL FAIRY TALE by Deborah A Bailey
VS Note: Lovely to see a new title from Deborah! I enjoyed her scifi romance HATHOR LEGACY series…
Formula for Fairy Tale Love: 1 adventurous Heroine + 1 tortured-but-noble Hero = Happily-Ever-After.
In the rich and fertile land called Montrose, humans and creatures of magic exist together in a complex web of harmony…and deceit.
Willem was created of magic and trapped in the Land of Dreams by a curse in which he shared his gargoyle form with Eduardo. When Eduardo freed himself from the evil spell his jealous half-brother Erokan cast on him, Willem survived and was given a new life by the faeries. Haunted by the duality of his previous existence as well as the woman he and Eduardo both fell in love with while hexed, Willem, now a gargoyle shifter, meets the daughter of Lord Montrose. Compassionate, graceful and adamant about marrying for love and not riches, Cicely is far more wondrous than her outside beauty suggests. Suddenly, everything he’s ever wanted is within his grasp. But he isn’t the only man who longs to capture her.
Aware that Cicely descends from the royal line and was hidden away as a child to keep her magical ability a secret, a mysterious stranger intends to bend the powerful fire elemental to his will. To succeed, he has only to dominate Willem, still anguished by the curse that trapped him…and easily beguiled by a fair princess.
Cicely knows she possesses magical ability, but her origins are a mystery even to her. She loves her family and her land. Falling in love with the courageous, self-sacrificing Willem may be the key to awakening…or unleashing…something formidable buried deep inside her.
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THE WEAVER (THE WEAVER Trilogy Book 1) by Heather Kindt
Most writers choose the endings to their stories . . . most writers are not Weavers.
Laney Holden is a freshman at Madison College whose life goes from normal to paranormal in a matter of seconds. When the antagonist in the book she’s writing shoves her down the stairs at the subway station, she learns she is a Weaver. Weavers bridge the narrow gap between fantasy and reality, bringing their words to life. Laney soon meets William whom she also suspects is a character from her book—one she’s had a mad crush on since her pen hit the paper. But he’s in danger as her antagonist reveals a whole different ending planned for Laney’s book that involves killing William. Laney must use her writing to save the people closest to her by weaving the most difficult words she will ever write.
THE WITCHSTONE AMULET by Mason Thomas
Protect it at all costs.
That’s what rugby player Hunter Best’s mother told him before she died. But when Hunter surprises an intruder in his Chicago apartment, he discovers her amulet stolen. Hunter pursues the thief—all the way through a strange vortex. He wakes in a bizarre and violent world, a benighted realm on the threshold of civil war.
The queen has become a ruthless tyrant, punishing any who oppose her, weakening the kingdom’s defenses against the brutal Henerans. To survive, Hunter must depend on the man who robbed him, a handsome former spy named Dax, now a leader of the resistance that believes the queen is an imposter—a Heneran disguised by magic… who also looks identical to Hunter’s mother.
There’s no love lost between Hunter and Dax, and even if Hunter grudgingly agrees with the resistance, he just wants to reclaim his property and go home. But he might be the only one who can oppose the queen and end her reign of terror.
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DARK PRINCE’S AGENDA (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS BOOK 31) by I T Lucas
While Turner and Kian work out the details of Areana’s rescue plan, Carol and Lokan’s tumultuous relationship hits another snag. Is it a sign of things to come?
ALPHA AND OMEGA (DEVIL’S WOLVES MC BOOK 1) by J L Wilder
Jane – as Alpha of the Silver Fang She-wolves, it’s my job to enforce our survival code:
1. Obey Your She-Alpha
2. Hunt or be Hunted
3. Never Trust a Man
But now that the Red Claw are invading our territory, our code is being turned upside down! The only way for me to ensure my pack’s safety is by negotiating with the old-school Alpha of the Devil’s Wolves MC. But first, he’ll have to learn to respect who I am—a proud She-Alpha.
Case – As Alpha of the Devil’s Wolves MC, I ensure that my pack follows our code:
1. Don’t #&CK with me!
2. Never Kill In Cold Blood.
3. Whiskey is For Drinking, Omegas are for Breeding.
My pack has been without mates for far too long, and with the Red Claws moving in, I’ll need to negotiate with the most stubborn she-wolf in the southwest. But first, she’ll have to accept who I am—her Alpha Daddy.
THRIVE (DEFY THE RAVAGED BOOK 2) by E M Raegan
VS Note: Author states this ends in a cliffhanger.
The days are blurring together. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. Terror follows us everywhere we go. Nowhere is safe. It’s spreading. Thriving. We can’t outrun it. All we can do is bunker down and pray it passes us by. But that’s wishful thinking. The ravaged will find us and there’s not a thing we can do to stop them. They are everywhere.
I haven’t seen him. I haven’t spoken to him. But I know he’s there. I know he’ll be there if I need him. It’s not long before I do. My name is Willow. His name is Jason. I hate him—or I used to. Now I just need him. Want him. Miss him. The ravaged are coming. They always are, and he’s always there to stand between them and me.
But the Ravaged aren’t the only dangers lurking behind every corner. There’s something more sinister stalking me. And when it finds me, I’m on my own.
POWER OF FIRE (THE BROKEN ACADEMY) by Jade Alters
An unforgivable accident tore my family apart. It wasn’t my fault. It was his.
I’m a Dragon and I’m seeking revenge. But in order to do that, I need to control the wildfire within me.
Joining the Broken Academy is the only way.
Yes, this secret world is my only hope. And another Dragon, Lee, wants to help me.
Along with the other men who now seem more like lovers than mere allies. It’s a romantic world in here. But I can’t stray away from my path. There’s a reason why I came here. Him. The one who destroyed my family has to die. And I’m the one who’ll put him in his grave.
A NOBLE CAUSE (LEGACY BOOK 2) by Mickie B Ashling
Having achieved his heart’s desire at a high price, Prince Colin of Sendorra and his fiancé, Nobel Prize winner Alain de Gris, find themselves at the epicenter of a twisted plot. Colin’s cousin, Drake Bradford, and his grandmother Maura, the high priestess of the Bradford Coven, have conspired for years to bring down the royal family.
Resembling his cousin in features and coloring, Drake, the soulless rat, has been using their similarities—and black magic—to his advantage. Princess Charlotte, Colin’s ex-girlfriend, is unwittingly drawn into the feud, blissfully unaware she’s been sleeping with an impostor.
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COOKIES AND CLAIRVOYANCE (A MAGICAL BAKERY MYSTERY BOOK 8) by Bailey Cates
Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot is juggling wedding preparations, a visit from her father, and home renovations on top of her long hours at the Honeybee Bakery, where she and her aunt Lucy imbue their yummy cookies and pastries with beneficial magic. But when firefighter Randy Post is accused of murdering a collector of rarities, and his prints are on the statue that was used to kill the man, Katie steps in.
Randy is not only Katie’s fiancé’s coworker, but also the boyfriend of fellow spellbook club member and witch Bianca Devereaux. Bianca and Declan are both sure Randy is innocent, and so is Katie. However, to prove it she’ll have to work with ornery detective Peter Quinn again—and this time around he knows she’s more than your everyday baker.
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THE PLAGUE DOCTOR (THE PARANORMAL UNIVERSITY FILES: SKYLAR BOOK 4) by Vivienne Savage and Dominique Kristine
When a zombie epidemic sweeps trough the local mall and kicks the school year off with a bang, Sky can’t wait to take on her first official operation of the term. Thankfully, her kind are immune to it, right?
HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by Various
HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.
DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS
For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.
HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS
With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.
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THE BRIDGE KINGDOM by Danielle L Jensen
Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.
But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?
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BOUND BY PASSION (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 4) by Brenda K Davies
When Kadence has a vision of a cabin in the woods, Saxon and his friends are determined to find it. He’s beginning to think they’re on a wild goose chase… until he stumbles across the cabin and a horde of Savages. Elyse and her father have spent months imprisoned by Savages. Tortured and brutalized, she has no hope of getting out alive. When Saxon arrives, he gives her a chance at freedom; however, he wants to know why the Savages imprisoned her, and she can never reveal that. She tries to keep her distance, but when they are trapped together, it becomes increasingly difficult to resist the growing desire between them. Desperate to save her father, Elyse realizes Saxon may be the only one who can help her, but if she reveals the truth, will he forgive her… or kill her?
***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series to follow the Alliance Series.
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THE BLACKSMITH QUEEN (THE SCARRED EARTH SAGA BOOK 1) by G A Aiken
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.
Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned.
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RAGE: A STORMHEART NOVEL by Cora Carmack
Princess or adventurer. Duty or freedom. Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves. If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.
In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different…they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent. This feels like more than rage. It feels like war.
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WILD SAVAGE STARS (THE SWEET BLACK WAVES TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Kristina Perez
Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.
Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart—and finds herself considering a darker path. Not everyone wants the alliance with Branwen’s kingdom to succeed—peace is balanced on a knife’s edge, and her only chance may be to embrace the darkness within.
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STAR CROSSED WITH SCARLETT (MIDDLEMARCH CAPTURE BOOK 6) by Shelley Munro
The moment the resonance traps Ransom, he’s tossed into a living hell. Everything meaningful to him is in danger unless he follows the orders of a prince lying in stasis.
But that’s not the royal’s only demand.
Prince Kalim expects Ransom to deliver Scarlett—the woman Ransom’s dragon desires.
Captured by a dragon. Scarlett Mitchell can’t believe this twist of fate and, once she learns of the dragon-man’s quest, she struggles with the blast of excitement and yearning that seize her imagination. She’s the queen of lists and measures the pros against the cons in every decision—a lesson taught by experience. Life works better when she reins in her spontaneity.
She should turn her back on this dangerous journey, but she can’t.
Romantic sparks fly between Ransom and Scarlett as they travel to the final showdown with the prince. Painful secrets from the past poke at weak spots and emotions run high while a volcanic eruption threatens to annihilate everyone and everything in its path.
Two star-crossed lovers…Courage, determination, and pure grit are required to save the day before this ill-fated quest turns into another impulse gone wrong, or worse—a death trap.
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WISHFUL THINKING (HOW TO BE THE BEST DAMNED FAIRY GODMOTHER IN THE WORLD OR DIE TRYING) BOOK 1 by Helen Harper
Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbearable. And to add to her misery, she discovers that someone is abducting her coworkers one-by-one.
Desperate to prevent another kidnapping, she scrambles to piece together the clues. After teaming up with the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, she uncovers a strange connection between the disappearances and her lowly former gig. But when Saffron learns her promotion was only a ploy, she vows to ruin the devious plan.
Can Saffron muster enough magic to trap the villain before she’s sacked or stolen?
VS Note: Highlighting my STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER this week, which was a scifi take on the legend of Anastasia, combined with dancing, so I had FUN writing this one!
First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…
Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.
Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?
And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?
As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.
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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.