Big week for me – PETS IN SPACE® 4 released! (Details below). My co-founder Pauline Jones and I work on this all year and have so many great authors with us again for the 4th volume…
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).
PETS IN SPACE® 4 by SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Regine Abel, Veronica Scott and 8 more best selling and award winning authors!
Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero Dogs, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Includes 13 never before published stories from your favorite series. Journey to far off worlds with Anna Hackett’s House of Roan (Galactric Gladiators) or board Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr for another amazing Interstellar cruise (my novel inthe anthology is STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE). From S.E. Smith’s Lords of Kassis, Tiffany Roberts’ The Infinite City, to Pauline Baird Jones’ Project Enterprise series (and more), you’ll find the perfect story along with unusual pets.
MY BIG FAT ALIEN WEDDING: STARGAZER ALIEN REALITY SHOW BRIDES #2 by Tasha Black
VS Note: Tasha’s books are always fun! I did receive an ARC or else I’d be one-clicking.
Parker never understood the concept of Earth love until he met Ruby. Now he’s head over heels for his brother’s curvy wedding planner. His heart aches, his pulse throbs, and all the love songs and chick flicks of Earth suddenly make perfect sense to the sexy alien.
Ruby is planning an amazing reality show wedding for her best friend, but can’t help getting weak-kneed every time the groom’s brother is around. When Parker offers to help Ruby so she can bring the wedding off in just one week, Ruby is eager to spend more time with the hunky alien. The only challenge is to hide her attraction from the cameras at all costs – after all, they are supposed to be planning Margot’s big day!
But when Ruby’s old high school crush conveniently arrives on the scene to star on the show as her co-wedding-planner, things get complicated quickly. It seems to Parker that the producers have something specific in mind when it comes to Ruby’s future. But even with interplanetary relations in the balance, how is he supposed to keep his mouth shut and watch her fall for another man?
ANTAGONIST, LOVE AND WAR BOOK 5 by R A Steffan
VS Note: I’ve been enjoying this series, so I one-clicked.
His fate is to save a planet in crisis. Survival comes second to that.
That’s what Kade of House Shadow Wing has always believed, ever since his parents were executed for their political beliefs and he was jailed for daring to be their son. Just his luck that a female human diplomat with hard eyes and a silver tongue would choose the most inconvenient possible moment to barrel in, upending all of Kade’s carefully constructed plans.
With the situation on Ilarius descending into chaos, Ambassador Isadora Martinez makes him question all of his assumptions about the future. A former Terra Novan Special Forces Major and current pain in Kade’s ass, Martinez seems to think there’s a way out of this mess that doesn’t involve blood running like a river through the streets of the Capital.
But talk is cheap in Kade’s world. When the pair become the prime targets of an out-of-control Regime desperate to cling to power, their ability to work together will mean life or death not only for themselves, but also for the besieged human population they’re struggling to protect.
JET: STAR-CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes
As the first Pyrosian ambassador to Earth, Jet has his hands – and his schedule, full.
With protesters at the gate, VIPs on the way, and the population of an entire planet to win over, he’s got no time for distractions like getting kidnapped.
SK’LAR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 13) by Elin Wyn
Strike team leader Sk’lar just wants to do his job well. Through long, painful experience, he’s developed the skills to do just that. Until a strong, fierce human woman rocks his world. And then nothing else matters but her. She doesn’t know it yet. But she’s his.
And he’s hers. Forever.
Focused, beautiful Phryne Manka doesn’t do relationships. As the head of security for Vidia Birch, she barely has the time or interest to think about people. But there’s something about Sk’lar that makes her relax her guard. Have fun. Feel like a woman, not a soldier. Good thing he’s just a friend, right? Simpler that way. Easier. But when there’s a threat to her life, he’s the only one she can trust. And in the chaos that follows she has to ask, does really know what her heart wants?
KRAEV: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF RAE BOOK 1) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress
She wants to be more than some alien’s mate…Olivia is well on her way to becoming a doctor when fate intervenes. Genetic compatibility testing is mandatory for all single, fertile women of Earth, but Olivia never thought she’d be matched to a Mahdfel warrior of her own. A single result rips her from her life and teleports her to her new mate on a barren, nameless mining planet brimming with danger. Great.
He’s been waiting for his match forever…Kraev has always wanted a big family, and he couldn’t be more excited about the mate on the way. His tattoos burn for the beautiful, curvaceous Earthling and he can’t wait to get her in his bed. But his mate isn’t happy to be there, and they’ve got bigger problems. The planet has been infiltrated by the Mahdfel’s biggest enemy, the Suhlik.
Trying to survive with a brand new mate on this hostile planet is no easy feat. But where there’s a will, there’s way. Maybe even into Olivia’s heart.
CONDEMNED AND CONSUMED (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Jude Gray
I’m abducted from Earth and sold to a panel of high judges—important, wealthy men partly responsible for punishing and sentencing aliens who break the law and protecting those who obey. Unfortunately, there are no laws that protect abducted humans.
When I kill one of the depraved high judges, I have two choices—stay and face whatever hell of a life his friends subject me to or run and sneak aboard the transport ship bound for the worst prison planet in all the worlds.
I’m immediately claimed by the man who rules Stygian—and once again, I’m on the run.
This time, though, there’s no place to go, and it’s just a matter of time before I’m caught.
When a ship crashes near my hiding place, I think maybe my bad luck is changing.
But then I meet him. Zac. A huge, tattooed male scarier than any alien I’ve seen so far. I feel something when I look at him. Something consuming. Too bad for me that he doesn’t feel the same way. And too bad for both of us that his ship is damaged, his weapons useless, and neither one of us is likely to make it off Stygian alive.
RAPHAEL (THE A’ROUK BROTHERS BOOK 5) by Serena Simpson
Raphael was a genetically engineered assassin which would have been great if the people who created him hadn’t screwed up. Unlike those around him, he knew his days were numbered.
Effie was living low-key, pretending to be like everyone walking the streets.
A chance meeting on a dance floor brought two people together that should have never met. They both chose to stay apart for the sake of the other, but fate doesn’t really care what you think.
Between desire and possible killers, can they learn that they are stronger than they thought they were? Can they live one day at a time or will they let the very real thought of life separate them? And death, don’t forget death. If they can overcome their obstacles, the biggest being what they refuse to acknowledge. Then there’s a chance happily ever after will apply to them after all.
SORTA SEIZED BY THE ALIEN (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 1) by Athena Storm
I am Gurtal and I’m a dreaded Vakutan warrior…and I am collecting dust. So what if I can kill countless fearsome Odex soldiers with my bare hands? My dad, the General, sidelined me as a bodyguard to a scientist. My friend Vera wants me to go on an urgent mission.
Rescue a beautiful human Companion named Xana from a prison planet.
An adventure to save the pretty girl who’s sure to be very, very grateful? Or waste away on a boring task I’m overly qualified for? Is there even a choice here?
I’ll have to go undercover, sneak in, grab her, and get out.
Well…I find Xana alright. I fall for the gorgeous woman instantly. Mine, mine, mine, MINE. Just one problem. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
MAAR: TALES FROM THE ATHENAVERSE by Athena Storm
I’m a warrior, bred for combat. She is a woman – made for love. At first, I don’t want to go to Mars. My life has been all about pursuing vengeance against the Coalition.
But the recent battles in this never ending war have left me broken and scarred. My superiors command me to be healed by a doctor.
That’s where I meet Laila Conners.
Gentle. Sweet. Loving. A beauty that I would fight to protect. She brings me back to health. She replenishes my body. Saves my soul. I crave her. But I can’t have her.
The thirst for vengeance won’t let me stay. She cries for me to give up my bloodlust.
I know there’s happiness in her arms.
I just need to learn to…Lay down the sword. And lift up my love.
PRIME OBSSESSION (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Monette Michaels
VS Note: A re-release
Melina Dmitros is a seasoned battleship captain for the Galactic Alliance. Calls from ships in distress are not all that uncommon in the outermost spirals of the Milky Way. Calls from the warlike Prime were. Now that they were allies, Mel figures she’d better get used to working in conjunction with the chauvinistic race. She never expected to be attracted to one of them.
The Prime, one of the oldest species in the galaxy, were known for going their own way. But with problems on Cejuru Prime and increasing attacks by the Antareans, the Prime joined the Alliance to lend their expertise in battling the warlike reptilian species–and ultimately, to survive as a race. Captain Wulf Caradoc, the eldest son and heir apparent of the Prime leader, looked forward to the trip to the Alliance ambassadorial planet. His mission is ostensibly to deliver the diplomatic team to the new Prime embassy.
His real mission is to meet his fated mate, his gemate, one of the Lost Ones. Wulf hadn’t anticipated the diplomatic mission being attacked by pirates–and he especially hadn’t anticipated his gemate, Melina Dmitros, being the one sent to rescue his ship.
Two strong people pulled together by biology and fate. Their union will be forged in a crucible of survival, treachery and duty.
PRIME SELECTION (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Monette Michaels
VS note: A re-release
Commander Nadia Petrovich, Science Officer of the Alliance Starship Galanti, has a problem—which has nothing to do with science. Her problem is Commander Huw Caradoc, the Galanti’s Chief Engineer. She and the stubborn Prime male have a growing connection he refuses to acknowledge—a bond that could drive him mad.
They are connected psychically and the bond grows stronger every day. If Nadia didn’t know it was impossible, she would suspect they were mating in the Prime tradition—a biological imperative that locates and marks a Prime’s optimum mate. But she isn’t Prime, as Huw tells her and anybody who’ll listen.
Nadia’s emotional anguish couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Prime and Galactic Alliance merger is finally under way, and the all-male Prime crews are learning how to work with female Alliance crew members. The Antareans threaten the outer arms of the Milky Way, and Prime rebels wreak havoc on the Prime home planet and elsewhere.
Despite the conflict surrounding them, Nadia and Huw will not be able to avoid their fate or their growing love. Prime selection will make the decision for them whether the timing is right or not.
PRIME IMPERATIVE (THE PRIME CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Monette Michaels
VS note: A re-release
The Prime race is facing extinction, but the research of Dr. Brianna Martin may hold the answer to their salvation. There’s just one problem, a group of Pure Blood fanatics will stop at nothing to see her dead! On the run from deadly peril, Bria meets her match in Iolyn Caradoc, a man determined to save her at all costs! Prime Imperative is a fast-paced, sexy, and thoroughly entertaining addition to Monette Michaels’ exciting series, The Prime Chronicles.
Adopted and raised by Terrans, Dr. Brianna Martin never quite fit in. She’s thrilled to learn she’s a long-lost female of the Prime race. And that she has a mate living somewhere on the planet Cejuru Prime—one genetically destined to be hers alone. Before she figures out how to approach him, she’s attacked in her research lab.
Iolyn Caradoc is stunned at the news that his mate, matched to him soon after birth, still lives. Even more amazing, she’s a research scientist on the verge of discovering why the Prime race is dying. But Pure Blood fanatics are trying to kill her and she’s on the run…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE MELIER: PRODIGAL SON (WOMEN OF DOR NYE BOOK 6) by Poppy Rhys
Dania just wanted a normal life on Dor Nye after years of living a nomadic existence among the stars. But when a rude and dangerous alien playboy sits down at the bar where she works, everything changes. No questions. No strings. No names.
Suddenly her future flies into a tailspin that lands her back in the lawless wild west of space. It’s a fight for life, love, and a future she didn’t think was possible any longer.
Will she survive it?
A VIKING’S NEED (VIKING IN SPACE BOOK 3) by Zoe York
Viking monk Bjorn Önnuson has chosen a life of celibacy and prayer on a remote corner of planet Midgard. Solitude is preferable to the excesses of the capital city, but when hedonistic dragon rider Britt Andersdatter flies into his life, being alone no longer makes sense.
THE DAEMON DEVICE: BOOK ONE OF THE ENCHANTER CHRONICLES by Jeri Westerson
London, 1891. Dirigibles, like dark leviathans, surge through the sooty skies of London. Steam powers the engines that supply electricity to the new lights along the Thames. And strange murder appears on the seamy streets.
Someone is killing women and gutting them for their body parts. Is it Jack the Ripper returned, or a far more sinister plot afoot than murder?
Magician Leopold Kazsmer, the Great Enchanter, ashamed of his Jewish-Gypsy blood, has fashioned himself into a proper English gentleman, though he harbors a carefully guarded secret; he has learned the dangerous art of summoning daemons and through it, performs real magic.
With the help of Raj, a tarot-reading automated man, and Eurynomos, a shrewd Jewish daemon, Leopold must discover what is behind the revolting murders that suddenly seem to involve tight-lipped German scientists, Golems in a plot of world domination, ghosts, demons, and the beautiful Scotland Yard Special Inspector, Mingli Zhao. Is she truly from the secret depths of Scotland Yard or is she instead a heartless spy and murderess?
SPACE DRAGONS: THE DEMO VERSION (A MOM GAMER ADVENTURE BOOK 1) by Bokerah Brumley
VS Note: Not a romance but sounds fun…
Zelda Traine doesn’t quest…at least not in real life…But when the mom-gamer and her sarcastic tween daughter, Emma, get sucked inside of MomQuest, the duo is given a mission. Playing as the character Kick Exploit, Zee must rescue the Space Dragons from a greedy trophy hunter who threatens their existence. Inside the game demo she knows nothing about, Zee has to battle her way across a space ship, beat the bad guy, and rescue giant creatures. If Zee doesn’t complete the quest and beat the bad guy, she risks losing her daughter to the digital landscape… forever.
FIRE BEYOND THE FROST by Thea Landen
Following a failed relationship with her supervisor at work, Dr. Catalina Frost volunteers her services with a charitable organization providing medical aid to those in need. In her first journey away from her home planet of Earth, she travels to the opposite end of the galaxy to the icy world of Ruvuk. Dismal weather conditions and an unfamiliar species of aliens take her far outside her comfort zone, but she’s determined to fulfil her obligations.
When Sari, a human settler on Ruvuk, first heard about a doctor being assigned to lend assistance to her health clinic in a remote village, she never expected the gorgeous woman who walks through her door. She introduces her to the planet’s ways of life and is impressed by her skills and experience. Though she drops hints about her growing attraction to Catalina, she’s shocked when those feelings are reciprocated.
The pair embarks on a romantic fling, but the definitive end date of Catalina’s assignment approaches quickly. She wants to plan for the future, but Sari has been hurt by false promises before and asks that they simply enjoy the time they have left. Will they each return to their separate lives, or can they find a way to reunite somewhere in the galaxy?
LAWLESS (STEEL DEMONS MC BOOK 1) by Crystal Ash
I once dreamed of becoming a nurse. That dream went up in flames the same day I graduated nursing school, when women were banned from holding any kind of medical license. Now as an unlicensed medic, I travel what was once the southwestern United States, trading medical services for food, transportation, and shelter with the hopes of reaching Canada. Because the United States is no more. And the lawless land that’s replaced it is a deadly place for a woman.
My worst fear comes true when I’m captured by the Steel Demons MC, the most ruthless biker gang in the Southwest. These men thrive on the violence and chaos brought on by the Collapse, and they’re eager to unleash it all on me. It doesn’t even matter that the President’s dog likes me. I’m as good as dead.
ALIEN CAPTAIN’S PRISONER (CAPTIVE MATES BOOK 2) by Corin Cain
Captured by seven-foot-tall aliens who deal with escape attempts… harshly. Tasha: I stole from the Aurelians. I thought I got away clean. Then I was taken captive by an alien captain with a deathwish and an obsession for me. If he’s working for the Empire, I’m facing a hundred years in jail. If he’s Rogue? Rogue Aurelians claim human women. When they smell the scent of a potential Fated Mate, they go mad with need. Any attempts to escape the spaceship will be dealt with the mercilessness of the species. Mercilessness that could trigger the fabled mating rage…
Captain Aleon. Possessive. Dominant. Seven-feet-tall of chiseled perfection and pure, cocky arrogance. He’s flanked by the two brutish men of his triad who live for blood and violence. I’m drawn to them, but I can sense the anger and pain deep in their souls. I’m trapped on an alien warship with hundreds of the testosterone-fuelled warriors who haven’t seen a woman in years…And there’s no way out.
THE BURNING SHADOW (ORIGIN SERIES BOOK 2) by Jennifer L Armentrout
When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.
Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.
Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.
And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.
HOW RORY THORN DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE: BOOK ONE OF THE THORNE CHRONICLES by K Eason
Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.
Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.
When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.
PRIMAL URGES (PRIMAL ALPHAS BOOK 1) by Lizzy Bequin
At the Facility, I was used as a human guinea pig for the professor’s bizarre whims. Now I have escaped, but I don’t know how long I can last in this unforgiving wilderness. Lost and alone, I fear I will fall prey to one of the predators inhabiting this dark forest. But I never expected the predator would come in the shape of a man. The rough and rugged alpha warns me to stay far away from him. He tells me he is a beast with carnal instincts that he can’t restrain. He warns that if I stay, he will have no choice but…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SHARPEST STING: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK by Jennifer Estep
The truth won’t set me free—but it will probably get me killed …As Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, I’m used to having a target on my back. But ever since I started investigating the secret society known as the Circle, that target seems bigger than ever.
Still, I’m trying to relax and enjoy the events leading up to my friends’ wedding when I learn that an old enemy has returned to Ashland. And that’s the just beginning of my latest nightmare. Soon, I have Circle goons watching my every move, but I have no choice but to continue searching for a key piece of evidence against the evil group.
The deeper I dig, the more horrifying secrets I uncover, and the more dangerous things become for me and my friends. Just when I think I finally have a handle on things, a shocking revelation shatters my heart and leaves me with an ugly realization—that betrayal is the sharpest sting of all.
DRAGON MEETS GIRL (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder
Janet Dixon never thought she’d fall in love. That’s why she got used to quiet nights alone with her books, dreaming of fantasies that would never come true. But she never expected a ridiculously hot alpha by the name of Xander to suddenly show up into her life. And in spite of his playboy-good looks and charming personality, he seems to have his sights solely set on her.
After living his whole life on the run with his twin, Tristan, Xander got used to keeping people at arm’s length at all times. Especially women. That is, until he meets Janet, who seems to be the only person that doesn’t instantly fall for his good looks. But even if she thinks she can deny her own attraction to him, the stubborn red dragon will do anything to claim his mate.
As opposites ignite in scorchingly hot interactions, Janet soon realizes there’s much more to Xander than the tattooed charmer wants to let on. He’s deeply romantic, and strong, and…hiding secrets. Secrets that might end everything, if Xander and Janet can’t find a way to overcome their pasts and fight for their future.
MAGICAL MISTAKE (MAGIC AND METAPHYSICS ACADEMY BOOK 2) by L A Boruff and Laura Greenwood
Playing both sides is never easy, especially when one of them is the hottest clique at the academy. Magic and Metaphysics Academy wasn’t what Lou expected. She never expected to become one of the most popular girls there, and now she’s getting more attention than ever. Just not from the people she wants.
Can she manage to keep her friends and her sanity? Or is she going to lose it all?
REGALLY BITTEN (BLOOD ALLIANCE BOOK 3) by Lexi C Foss
Luna – An arranged marriage? F*ck. This. I’m an alpha female. I choose my future. Not society. Not my father. And certainly not him.
Silas – I didn’t survive just to be cast aside as a low level lycan. I’m more powerful than they realize. More determined. More intelligent. And far more worthy of her than anyone else.
Edon – Duty–a word I loathe. I’m the future Clemente Clan Alpha. There are rules. There are responsibilities. There can be no love. No free will. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and right now, I desire them both.
ADELAIDE’S STORM (HER FATE SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey
The four courts of Frayan, or what is left of them, have risen to stop a war.
But they will need a queen who will win the war.
Adelaide Autumn has to make a choice between her family and her duty.
Either way, it will break her heart.
Royals can’t always have it all…
Her pack must love her.
Her fate must be her choice.
The fates are going to war, and when you are one of them, you must choose.
Family or fate?
SHIFTED INTO LOVE by Various
Welcome to the Hotel…you know the rest. It’s a lovely place but these paranormal romance writers are taking you on spine tingling adventures with shifters and fantasy creatures that will keep you wishing that you never have to leave.
DISCIPLINE (OMEGA QUEEN SERIES BOOK 1) by W J May
Not every fairytale has a happily ever after…For the first time in hundreds of years, the five kingdoms were at peace. United by the band of young heroes who’d won the Great War, the realm had entered a time of wealth and prosperity unlike anything it had known before. New families. New Beginnings. Old alliances were on the mend.
But such a thing can never last.
When Katerina and Dylan’s teenage daughter finds herself at the center of a strange prediction, she and her friends are swept away on a wild adventure that may very well claim all of their lives. Old evils are lurking the shadows. A secret new darkness is waiting to take hold.
Can the new band of heroes stop it in time? Or has their happily ever after finally come to an end?
HALLOWEEN DREAM (BEAUDREAU WITCHES – A SWEET ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Luna Alchemie
VS note: A 13K short story.
I’m one of identical triplets, but I didn’t learn about that until my Aunt Aggie asked me to visit her. Or just flat out move to Montana. I decided to move, since I couldn’t pay my rent. Aunt Aggie and Montana are lovely, though she does have some odd ideas. She believes the Fae are real, and we are of Fae blood! It all seems pretty far-fetched to me!
Though it does seem a bit magical that both my sisters decide to move here, too.
And there is the guy with the beautiful eyes… Aunt Aggie wants us to do a family Halloween Ritual. I don’t believe it will do anything, but Aunt Aggie is so sweet. She wants magic to bless us.
PERFECT PRIDE (GESA’S MENAGERIE BOOK 9) by Kaye Draper
Gesa just wanted to finally settle down for some damned peace and quiet with her pride. But of course her kraken has decided to go off looking for long-lost family…and now the ancient sea monster has fallen into the clutches of the sirens. Once she gets Kai back home, Gesa is going to ban the pride from leaving the house. Permanently. Krakens attack, gryphons rampage, demons plot, and all the monsters finally find a home.
A SYMPHONY OF STARLIGHT (ABBY SINCLAIR BOOK 4) by Allison Pang
In the span of a few months, mortal TouchStone Abby Sinclair has been trapped in a painting, had her memories stolen, and been Tithed to Hell, killed, and brought back to life by the OtherFolk. Now she’s pregnant and torn between her incubus lover, Brystion, and her elven king of a husband, Talivar. Otherworldly love triangles notwithstanding, she’s more than content to set the political drama of magic and mayhem aside and quietly settle into motherhood. But nothing is ever that easy . . .
Years ago, Abby’s best friend, Melanie St. James, virtuoso violinist and DoorMaker to the CrossRoads, lost her soul to the Devil in return for an enchanted violin. Now the magic of her violin is fading, and the Devil is calling in her debt to serve Him as His TouchStone. In an effort to escape the terms of this reckless bargain, she flees to the CrossRoads with her lover, Nobu.
But reneging on a deal with the Devil isn’t the wisest of moves, especially when He knows Abby is the only one who can bring Him what He wants. And when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Abby and her friends to find a way to stop the violin from consuming Melanie’s soul before it’s too late, even if the journey takes them straight into Hell itself.
DRAGON’S BLOOD (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 2) by Ann Gimpel
VS note: From September
After discovering her father was a dragon, Rowan figures it can’t be any worse than being related to the Celts. That’s the thing about assumptions, though. They come round and bite you in the ass.
THE POOKA’S SHARE by K L Noone
Faerie horses should at least show up on time. That’s Aidan’s opinion, anyway. He’s been waiting for the pooka all night, to catch it stealing apples from human orchards. This Magical Enforcement Division assignment’s supposed to be easy — and Aidan could use the break, after a previous case gone badly wrong. But when the apple-thief pooka does show up, it takes the shape of a gorgeous young man … who doesn’t seem to mind being captured at Aidan’s hands.
Ink left his herd to seek out adventure, and he’s found it in the form of a devastatingly handsome MED agent. He’s always been up for a challenge, and Aidan Callahan is certainly that: gorgeous, powerful, and good at his job. Ink’s perfectly happy to let Aidan put a hand — or an enchanted bridle — on him, especially with that note of command. It’ll be simple and fun, a decadent magical one night stand … and Ink knows they’ll both enjoy it.
But this night isn’t simple. Ritual magic and Aidan’s own complicated gifts collide, and the family legacy he’s been avoiding becomes important, though Aidan’s starting to think it isn’t as important as keeping Ink in his arms.
MISFORTUNATE SOUL (THE ASHWORTH LEGACY BOOK 2) by Casey Wyatt
Radiance Ashworth’s life as a soul redeemer hasn’t been easy. The hours stink and she’s already seen enough trouble to last a supernatural lifetime. Just when she thinks she’s got a handle on her new life, she’s transported to a 19th-century Californian resort by her ghost friend, Julian. He’s convinced enemies are working to erase the past as he knows it. After several prominent guests are murdered and their souls are stolen, Radiance fears that his theory might be true.
It doesn’t take long before a deadly encounter with soul-sucking demons nearly ends her unplanned vacation permanently. With assistance from grifters posing as stage magicians, Radiance infiltrates the high-stakes world of the Edwardian elite. She needs to unravel the mystery at the San Marco Hotel before sinister forces remove her and everyone she loves from existence.
WICKED WARLOCK (CURSED COVEN BOOK 2) by Marina Simcoe
I may not have much in this world, but I do have a life plan: work hard, save every penny, get that college degree, and build a better life for myself.
Getting involved with the guests of the hotel where I work would derail me from that path. I have been specifically warned to keep away from the ones who stay in the top-floor suite, the best the hotel has to offer.
That includes the mysterious man, who keeps his face hidden and has some extraordinary things happening in his room.
Before I know it, though, I am drawn to the mystery, to the man himself, and to the incredible world of magic that surrounds him. And when he asks for my help because of a strange affliction that apparently prevents him from using anything electronic, I agree.
Soon, I learn the devastating truth about the curse that plagues him. With time running out, I need to find a way to break it before it takes from me the love I have just found.
WYNTER’S CAPTIVE by Milly Taiden
Lili’s life had never been very exciting, so she hoped her cousin’s wedding would provide some entertainment in her life. What she didn’t expect was to almost kill a man on her way to the ceremony. She definitely didn’t expect to get chased by naked men in middle of the forest. Oh, and she sure as heck didn’t foresee a hot mountain of a man giving her the hottest sex of her life. But, hey, it happens.
Cade Wynters wants revenge. He’s got the perfect plan: Abduct his former friend’s fiancee and keep her past the wedding date. He never thought he’d find his mate in the abducted, sassy-mouthed, curvy goddess. Lili’s giving him a run for his money and he loves every second of it. Crap definitely hits the fan when he realizes he took the wrong woman, and she doesn’t handle being lied to very well.
Cade’s brother is working behind the scenes to take control of his pack. Someone’s trying to hurt his mate and he still hasn’t told Lili she’s probably going to grow fur. It’s the final countdown and Cade needs to get Lili to forgive him while keeping her safe. Easier said than done. He’s ready to give up his pack to keep his mate…and he might have to.
REIGN OF MAGIC (THE FAIRY TALE ENCHANTRESS BOOK 3) by K M Shea
Angelique’s spirit is almost broken. She has sacrificed, she has trained, and she has driven herself to exhaustion while battling her way across the continent. But all her efforts have led to nothing. She still hasn’t uncovered Evariste’s location, or the identity of his captors. Yet the occurrences of evil magic across the continent show no sign of slowing. Wyverns, goblins, trolls, and other evil creatures have become almost commonplace. And the attacks on the royal families and her fellow mages have continued to escalate.
When Angelique is ambushed by one of those who kidnapped Evariste, she is forced to face the truth: her core magic—which she despises—may be the only thing standing between her world and the coming darkness. For those who have captured Evariste aren’t finished. And their plans are far older and more devastating than anyone could have guessed.
BAD BLOOD (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 2) by Cate Corvin
Will and Sura made me believe I was one of them, only to betray me in the worst way. With a second chance to prove I deserve to be in Libra Academy, I’m going to serve the pain back in spades. I’ll destroy Will’s pride and unearth Sura’s secrets, annihilate their family honor… and stab their accomplices in the back for good measure. If they die, they die, but I’ll be the last one laughing.
My hate for the Shadowed World has been turned inside out, in no small part because of my alliance with Càel, a knight with an inexplicable desire for me. Who’d have thought a vampire would be the one to defend me from my own kind?
With my unlikely ally at my side, I’ll have my revenge on the ones who tried to ruin me. No punishment is too harsh for them. But our feud isn’t the only one, and there are others who want me dead and gone.
Unfortunately for them, I’ve got vengeance to spare.
A MATE FOR ORION (FORBIDDEN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Selena Scott
Something is up with the shifters in Portland, Oregon. And if there’s one person who’s going to get to the bottom of it, it’s Diana Paul. As the executive director of a center that offers all sorts of services to shifters, Diana is extremely protective of her clients. All except for one extremely annoying -extremely attractive- wolf shifter named Orion.
Orion is used to taking care of his siblings, he’s been the protector who’s been doing it his entire life. Maybe that’s why Diana’s take-no-prisoners attitude draws him in so quickly. She doesn’t need anyone to take care of her, she kicks ass and takes names. Orion didn’t even realize he was looking for a woman like her until he met her. Now, if only he convince her to date a client…
As Diana and Orion get closer and closer, they begin to notice the strange behavior of someone in their lives. Little do they realize, they’re falling in love on borrowed time. There is something dangerous barreling toward Orion and his siblings and Diana might be the only one who can stop it.
HUNT AND SEEK (ENCHANTED CROSSROADS BOOK 3) by Zenina Masters
Roxanne has spent her adult life as a seeker, looking for fugitives for the guild. She is very good at her job, and she considers the trade of her mother’s medical care for her service to be fair.
When the shifter bride asks her to go to the Crossroads in exchange for some fey healers, Roxanne agrees. Cancer is relentless and forces her hand. She goes to the Crossroads to seek out a mate. She always finds what she is looking for.
Moriven is the best hunter at the guild, and he never misses. When he finds out that Roxanne is at the Crossroads, he heads there immediately, hoping to catch the bloodhound of the guild. There have been rifts between them, but he doesn’t want her marriage to another male to be one of them.
FIGHTING THE BEAR (EMERALD HAVEN BOOK 3) by Ruby Shae
Curvy girl, Erica Moore, has been living in a town of bear and wolf shifters for six months. Apparently, that can happen when you buy a building in a town you’ve never lived in before. Fortunately, the shifters don’t scare her, especially the Alpha. In fact, she likes the perfect man a little too much.
Zane Matthews, bear shifter and Alpha of his clan, has known his mate’s identity for six long months, and he’s done being civilized. He’s tried to be her friend, and curb his lust, but he’s tired of staying away from the sexy human.
Sparks fly when Zane and Erica finally come together, but claiming a feisty, independent mate isn’t easy, especially when a crazy clanmate and past hurts make themselves hard to ignore. Luckily, Zane is Alpha for a reason, and the powerful bear isn’t afraid to tackle a few annoying obstacles to get exactly what he wants.
FAKE MATE FOR THE SOLDIER LION (SHIFTER NATION: SPECIAL OP SHIFTERS) by Meg Ripley
Hudson Taylor knows there’s something missing from his life: a mate. But between his tactical missions with the Special Ops Shifter Force and running his communications company, this veteran can only ignore the roar of his inner lion. Until the day a sassy, iron-willed lioness shows up at the Force’s secret headquarters unannounced.
Leona Kirk was living her dream as a Green Beret, but when an IED injured her overseas, her military career was over in an instant. She’s restless and won’t be happy until she lands a job that will give her the same satisfaction she had in the service. As soon as she hears about the SOS Force, she knows what her new dream is. But that dream evaporates into thin air the moment she locks eyes with Hudson.
Although they weren’t hiring, the Force’s Alpha reluctantly agrees to let Leona head out on a test mission—where she and Hudson will be posing as mates. The only problem? Each immediately recognizes the other as their one true match. And dating within the Force is strictly forbidden. Will honor and duty keep these big cats from realizing what’s written in the stars for them?
PEACE, BLOOD AND UNDERSTANDING (HALF MOON HOLLOW SERIES) by Molly Harper
Ever since Jane Jameson took over running the Vampire Council for Half-Moon Hollow, things have been a little unorthodox and that doesn’t sit well with the head office. Who would have thought vampires were so into bureaucracy and tradition?
Enter a vamp from corporate who’s determined to unseat Jane and get the council back on track—which means no more of this Kentucky neighborliness and mixing with humans, werewolves, witches, or anything else.
But Jane’s not interested in going back to the bad old days when the council was mired in corruption and tended to “accidentally” eat people now and again, but she might be in over her head this time. Good thing there’s a pretty new face in town who just might be the perfect distraction and help save Jane’s career.
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo
VS note: Not romance but a release of note…
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.
THE TWELFTH KNIGHT (GUARDIANS OF CMELOT BOOK 1) by Victoria Sue
For 1500 years, Lancelot has fought for good, now facing an evil plot hatched by Morgana hundreds of years earlier, he can’t defeat her alone. He must find the other half of his soul, but there is just one problem, he doesn’t know where to look. Whomever it is, he’s sure they live in New York City. The clock ticks. Time is not on his side.
Mel has struggled since his father died when he was only a child. He’s had to do anything to get by and it hasn’t been easy. When a strange Englishman reaches out to him, with a story beyond belief, he has a decision to make. Follow his heart and trust him or run? Can Mel and Lance defeat the greatest enemy the world has ever known? Or in the midst of fighting evil, will they discover the real threat has always been a shattered heart? And what if the one fight they cannot ever hope to win is with themselves?
HUMAN ENOUGH by E S Yu
When Noah Lau joined the Vampire Hunters Association, seeking justice for his parents’ deaths, he didn’t anticipate ending up imprisoned in the house of the vampire he was supposed to kill—and he definitely didn’t anticipate falling for that vampire’s lover.
Six months later, Noah’s life has gotten significantly more complicated. On top of being autistic in a world that doesn’t try to understand him, he still hunts vampires for a living…while dating a vampire himself. Awkward.
When one of Jordan’s vampire friends goes missing and Noah’s new boss at the VHA becomes suspicious about some of his recent cases, what starts off as a routine paperwork check soon leads Noah to a sinister conspiracy. As he investigates, he and Jordan get sucked into a deadly web of intrigue that will test the limits of their relationship.
THE BEAUTIFUL by Renee Adieh
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.
When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.
WICKED WINGS (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 5) by Keri Arthur
In a reservation where magic has been unrestrained for entirely too long, there is no rest from the wicked…After dealing with the fallout of a shape-shifting, fire-throwing demon, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden are hoping the reservation will finally catch a break from the constant influx of evil. Those hopes are quickly dashed when Lizzie comes across the scent of evil and tracks it back to the clean-picked bones of a man.
As it quickly becomes obvious that this is not a one-off situation and there’s now a demon with a taste for human flesh on the reservation, another problem arises in the form of a White Lady—a ghost not only seeking bloody revenge, but demanding Belle’s assistance to get it. And she won’t take no for an answer.
But the greatest threat of all might be the witch who is a magical bloodhound. A witch who’s been sent to the reservation to by one Clayton Marlowe…Lizzie’s husband.
WISH LIST (HOW TO BE THE BEST DAMN FAERY GORMOTHER IN THE WORLD (OR DIE TRYING) BOOK 2) by Helen Harper
Saffron Sawyer is a faery on a mission. She may no longer have the same rose-tinted spectacles about her job as she once did, but she’s still determined to be the best faery godmother that there is. And when she’s given the role as leader of a taskforce designed to hunt down the elusive trolls, she knows it’s her time to step up and be counted.
Juggling her new responsibilities while dealing with difficult clients isn’t easy, however. Danger lurks around every corner – and Jasper, the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, is continually looming over her shoulder in the office. Can Saffron prove her worth to the world of magic? Or will she make one mistake too many and find herself in mortal danger?
THE VAMPIRE’S PRICELESS TREASURE (NOCTURNE FALLS BOOK 11) by Kristen Painter
Half reaper, half vampire Kora Dupree has made big changes in her life. She’s on good terms with her previously estranged father and taken on all kinds of adult responsibilities. But when an opportunity to find out the truth about her late mother comes along, she can’t resist pursuing it. Even when it means returning to her somewhat dubious ways.
Vampire Greyson Garrett knows the bad but beautiful Kora is up to something. He’s wise to her games. After all, her father has hired Greyson numerous times to save Kora from all the sticky situations she’s gotten herself into. If she were just…better behaved he could see himself falling for her. Hard.
Even though Kora promises she’s changed, Greyson has his doubts. So much so that he follows her one fateful night and gets pulled into her latest scheme. It’s not like he hasn’t been here before, but this time he swears it’s her last chance to prove she’s different.
Kora’s new adventure sends them on a treasure hunt that takes them all over the globe, and in the course of their travels, they realize how good things are when they work together. But will that all change when the adventure is over? Are they really in love? Or just addicted to the rush?
BOUND (A FAERY STORY BOOK 1) by Sophie Oak and Lexi Blake
VS Note: A re-release
A stranger in a strange land – Megan Starke has given up believing in knights in shining armor. With an unrewarding job and a failed marriage, no one would confuse her life with a fairy tale. No one is coming to save the day or carry her off to a romantic fantasy. So when she wakes up in a magical world and discovers she is to be the grand prize in a fierce and bloody tournament, she isn’t sure if she’s having a sexy dream or a horrible nightmare.
Two kings without a kingdom – Beckett and Cian were raised to be the saviors of their people. Prepared all their lives to lead the Seelie Fae, prophecy proclaimed they would find a bondmate whose love would complete them and unleash their magical powers. But the thrust of a traitor’s blade stole that future and now it threatens to take their lives. Struggling in exile, their glorious destiny has become a curse. Unless they can find the perfect woman to save them, they will descend into madness and ruin. When all hope seems lost, Beck sees Meg and knows she’s the key to their salvation.
An epic battle begins – In a world filled with dethroned kings, upwardly mobile vampires, and dangerous, feline-loving hags, Meg will need all her strength to survive. Finding herself caught between Beck and Cian, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to claim her happily ever after.
MATING CHAOS (SHIFTERS OF ASHWOOD FALLS BOOK 11) by Lia Davis
As pack Beta, Dane Raines has seen far too much pain and death. But with war on the horizon yet again, thanks to the new Alpha of Onyx, Dane will have to work twice as hard with the other Ashwood Falls leaders to ensure the safety of his pack. The last thing he needs at a time like this is a complication like Jasmine.
Jasmine Russel’s life is chaos. Between her first full-time job running the family bar, and her second full-time job caring for her trouble-making twin brothers, she never slows down and she’s always on edge. The prospect of another war only adds to her life of turmoil. She’s determined to keep what’s left of her family safe no matter what the future holds, and that means keeping Dane as far away as possible.
Yet the unavoidable truth for all wolves is that once a mate is found, the bond cannot be denied. Dane is tired of waiting, standing on the sidelines with nothing more than Jasmine’s excuses to keep them apart. With everything on the line, he’s prepared to claim his rightful mate once and for all, even if that means mating chaos.
RETURN TO THE DEEP: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by P Jameson
Huran found his mate, his cursebreaker, his beloved, long ago. His happily-ever-after should be in the bag. But he’s been keeping a secret from her: the curse that turned him into a finned wonder was never completely broken. Magical kisses be damned, something holds him to the water. And he’s not sure how long he can keep his lingering Mer-tail from the people he loves.
Christienne knows Mer lore like she knows the shape of her mate’s abs. But something is very wrong with Huran. When she catches him sneaking out to the lake at night, she suspects his secret is bigger than she can handle. Somehow, she must find a way to meet her merman in the depths of his despair if there is any hope of them making it to their next mate-aversary.
But she has a secret of her own, and no guarantee that Huran will be by her side when the truth comes out. There’s only one thing to do now…Fight for love and hope it’s enough.
CHASE THE MOON: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by Kristen Stassel
I’ve traded rules and expectations for the adventure of a lifetime. But my plan for life on the road is quickly derailed when I bump into what has to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. And bonus, he’s dressed as a Viking.
But it isn’t until I spill maple syrup on his fascinating tattoo that my adventure truly begins. Abel claims he’s an ancient warrior and believes I’m the only one who can free him from a centuries-old curse.
Mate or not, I have three days to decide his fate. Do I send Abel back to his watery prison? Or do I embrace the exciting adventure fate has laid before me and claim this Viking god as my own?
THE CASE OF THE DEADLY ARROW PART 2 (MAI-FLY MYSTERIES 3) by Stephanie Burke
Mai becomes trapped in a deadly game with an assassin as she tries to get rid of the riots on her doorstep and understand the beast within her, with the intimate help of a Dryad named Ptris. Can she maintain her relationship with her Gremlin Ry-Ry and uncover the mysteries of the deadly arrows before one of them hits their target?
FERAL DRAGON (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Charlene Hartnady
Stone is shocked to find that he is the only male in attendance at a fertility conference. This, when the brief clearly stated that a male and a female from each of the species is recommended to be there. Things go downhill fast when he is paired with a Feral female who hates his guts on sight. Why? For no other reason than that he is a non-human male. They need to work together as a team for the next few days. It’s going to be tough since the female doesn’t seem to want anything to do with him. The animosity is palpable. Tempers flare ‒ but so does a raging attraction between them. One that will get them exactly nowhere.
Who does this dragon male think he is? What is he doing here? This male knows nothing about the heartbreak surrounding infertility. Cordia might have been paired with him, but she doesn’t have to like it. She might be attracted to him, but she doesn’t have to act on it. This male can go to hell!
DEFENDER (THE LOST PACK BOOK 1) by Claire Cullen
In a world that no longer welcomes packs, it’s all Brax can do to hold his team together. Four alphas without omegas is a recipe for disaster. And now that they’re civilians, with the military watching their every move, it’s not going to be easy to keep the truth about their pack hidden.
Brax’s most pressing problem is his buddy Duke’s stolen son. Everywhere he turns for help is a dead end, until chance introduces him to Oliver, the capable, captivating omega—and legal advocate. Brax’s luck might finally be turning around. But can he trust Oliver with more than just their legal troubles—can he trust him with his secrets?
Oliver has everything he could want in life—a successful career, the respect of his peers, an apartment in the city. But not an alpha. Been there, done that. No shifter he’s dated could handle the fact that, some days, Oliver’s job comes first. When the death of his estranged parents takes him back to his childhood home, he meets Brax—the handsome, troubled doctor who just might be the exception to the rule.
SPIRIT OF THE FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 4) by Linsey Hall
I have a knack for getting myself into some bad situations. What can I say–I like to live dangerously. But waking up partially dead in the Court of Death takes the cake. It’s small consolation that my fated mate Tarron is at my side, since it means that he’s mostly dead too. Worse, I might love him but don’t know if he feels the same.
To make matters worse, the false queen who plans to destroy both our kingdoms is still alive and regaining her strength. We must work together to return from the dead and stop her from killing thousands—including my sister.
Escaping the Court of Death means completing a series of dangerous challenges. When we learn that only one of us can return to earth, true escape becomes impossible.
VS Note: If you enjoy the interstellar cruise in STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE in the new Pets In Space® 4 anthology, I have 5 more adventures in the series. They’re standalone with mild spoilers for the earlier books. Take another cruise on my luxury spaceliner Nebula Zephyr!
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