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).
BRAXX: DAKONIAN ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Cara Bristol
If there’s anything Holly Hansen has learned it’s that falling for a persuasive charmer is a sure path to a broken heart. It happened when her fiancé abandoned her just when she needed him most. Everything about the smoking-hot alien, Braxx, reminds her of her ex: his good looks, his confidence, his persistence. He won’t take no for an answer and shows up night after night at the restaurant where she works. It’s enough to wear a girl down, make her doubt her convictions, maybe hope that love can conquer the heartbreak of the past…
Dakonian Braxx is a simple man with simple needs: find a good woman and have a big family. With females in short supply on his planet, he heads for Earth through the Intergalactic Dating Agency. The instant he meets Holly Hansen, his horns begin to throb, and he realizes she’s the ONE. His Fated Mate. He can’t wait to settle down with her and make beautiful babies together. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to recognize they’re meant to be together. But he didn’t come this far to give up easily, and he hopes that with patience and baby steps, he’ll win her heart.
Just when it seems he’ll succeed, Holly’s past comes back to haunt them. Can a heartbreak be too deep for love to fix?
CALLIE’S CATASTROPHE (ICEHOME BOOK 9) by Ruby Dixon
What’s a bigger disaster than being stranded on an ice planet with a bunch of aliens, never to return home? Resonating to the biggest jerk of all those aliens, of course. I hate M’tok, and it seems to be mutual. He thinks I’m ugly and unpleasant, and doesn’t understand why I don’t just fling myself at him. In his eyes, resonance has decided, and that’s that.
Problem is, resonance keeps pushing us together. And when that doesn’t make me jump into his furs…he steals me away from the camp. I can’t avoid him if there’s nowhere to go. I want to hate him even more for that. But I keep finding out that M’tok isn’t who I thought he was. And the man I hate? Doesn’t hate me at all.
CATAPULT (CAT SHIP BOOK 2) by Jody Wallace
VS Note: An Obsidian Rim novel…
Lincoln doesn’t want trouble. Briar is trouble personified.
Lincoln Caster owes everything he has to the Trash Planet recycling plant that hired him, allowing him to lead an uneventful life for a change. When he’s asked to plan a heist from a less than savory rival factory, he wonders if his checkered past is the only reason he got the job. That is, until he realizes the priceless item he’s been asked to steal will save a top-secret generation ship full of cryopreserved humans…and freakishly intelligent cats.
But first Lincoln has to seduce—or at least fool—the rival factory’s sales agent, cool, competent Briar Pandora, who may or may not be leading a double life as a corporate mole. He’ll have to trust her with the truth…unless her own agenda results in them becoming targets of a vicious intergalactic corporation that will stop at nothing in its quest to hijack generation ships and sell off their parts—and their passengers, be they human or feline.
HIGH FLYGHT (THE FLYGHT SERIES BOOK 3) by S J Pajonas
Vivian Kawabata won’t rest until she reverses her family’s unfortunate lot. Still fuming over her brother’s betrayal, she struggles to rustle up a few more eligible men for her anemic relationship network and a medic for the crew before someone dies on her watch. But she thinks her luck is finally beginning to change when they uncover her conniving brother’s stash of valuable superhero seeds.
Hoping the plant’s mysterious powers can buff both her crew and her bank account, she races to turn the crop into cash. But when her alluring ex, Ken, returns, managing her bedroom threatens to steal her focus. With old wounds reopening, jealous competitors, and dangerous side effects, Vivian fears for her life… and her heart. Are she and her newfound network doomed, or can she finally chart a course for success and love?
DRAEKON WARRIOR (REBEL FORCE BOOK 1) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino
Captured in space. Imprisoned. Sold to the highest bidder.But my biggest problem is the bossy, aggravating, impossible, alien who’s supposed to rescue me. The bossy alien I kissed. That might have been a mistake. Kadir is dangerous. I’ve seen him fight and his body is littered with scars. He’s a soldier. A warrior. And when he loses control, he turns into a big scary dragon and breathes fire. Everyone’s terrified of him. I’m not. No, call me the biggest fool in the galaxy, because I’m attracted to the big jerk.
When I first met the small human I was sent to rescue, she punched me in the jaw. And broke her wrist in the process. Irrational woman. Then she insists that the two of us set out immediately to find her missing friend. No, what I have to do is get Alice Hernandez to safety. She’s soft, yet she’s strong. Fragile, yet so brave. She’s everything I’ve never known I wanted. Everything I can’t let myself have. When the scientists tortured me, they broke me. And when Alice finds out the truth about the fearsome, raging dragon inside me, I will lose her.
FIRST SHOT (JIN AND TONICK BOOK 1) by Bokerah Brumley
GenCor, a corrupt governmental corporation, runs cruel experiments on human beings. In a crumbling world they kidnap and kill in pursuit of genetic perfection… until Jin and Tonick fight back, bringing their burgeoning rebellion to GenCor’s front door.
I AM C-3PO – THE INSIDE STORY by Anthony Daniels
VS note: Not a romance obviously but a new book of note…
When Star Wars burst on to the big screen in 1977, an unfailingly polite golden droid called C-3PO captured imaginations around the globe. But C-3PO wasn’t an amazing display of animatronics with a unique and unforgettable voiceover. Inside the metal costume was an actor named Anthony Daniels.
In this deeply personal memoir, Anthony Daniels recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly describes his most intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film – from his first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
With a foreword by J.J. Abrams and never-before-seen photography, this book is a nostalgic look back at the Skywalker saga as it comes to a close. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story reveals Anthony Daniels’ vulnerability, how he established his role and what he accomplished, and takes readers on a journey that just happens to start in a galaxy far, far away.
BOUND BY FATE (TERRA NOVA COLONY BOOK 1) by Maddie Taylor
After years of study, Adria is on the verge of becoming the first female physic in Primarian history. A string of mysterious incidents has the entire Terra Nova Colony on edge, but she isn’t going to let that stand in her way and neither is Beckett Kincaid. Gorgeous, bossy, and infuriating, she thought Beck was her friend. Given what they shared, he could have been so much more. But the domineering owner of BRK Construction betrays her trust. And when Adria is sent home, delaying her dreams, if not completely dashing them, she isn’t sure she can ever forgive him.
When she’s permitted to return to the colony to complete her training, the first order of business is finding Beck, clearing the air, and finishing what they started. But after saying things in anger she now regrets, is it too late for them? Adria barely sets foot on Terra Nova when trouble finds her again. It seems the evil infecting the colony is more sinister than anyone could have imagined.
Drawn to her by otherworldly forces he can’t explain, Beck is intent on protecting Adria no matter the cost, even if it means risking his once shattered heart. With intrigue and danger swirling around them, can they defeat the insidious threat plaguing the budding colony, and with their Primarian allies’ help, preserve the only hope for his people’s survival?
BETRAYED: THE FALLEN WORLD SERIES BOOK 3 by C R Jane and Mila Young
Survival is just the beginning. Ella must fight for love and freedom on the rim of the galaxy…Years ago, the skies blackened with the arrival of the Vepar to Earth. Dominant and secretive, they changed the world, ruling over Earth with fear. Ella’s always been a survivor, a fighter. But now kidnapped, she finds herself on a foreign planet and running for her life. The three men she fell for made a mistake. A grave mistake, and now their blood-mate, Ella must pay the price. Fear drives them to keep Ella safe from the monsters who are determined to hunt her down and use the power in her blood for their own deadly purposes.
But what happens when Ella finds out that Thane, Derrial, and Corran might be the monsters she needs to fear the most.
AWAKEN (NUELDA BOOK 1) by Linda Harley
Waking up to a world you don’t recognize is terrifying…When an eccentric bot asks her for help in saving the mountain where a million sentient bots live, Anna McKlendle does what she always does – she finds herself in more trouble than she was expecting. Now, with a maniacal bot and mutants on her heels, Anna raced to find a rare element called trisidiumpac to power the mountain.
Hogarth will stop at nothing to turn every living creature into a bot that he alone can control, but he needs the trisidiumpac to power them all. Only then can he create the utopia he’s been dreaming about. Unless Hogarth is stopped, thousands and possibly millions will have their minds ripped from their bodies.
MARYAM by Tracy St John
Defying Earth laws and beliefs, putting her life in danger, Maryam carries the child of a grieving Kalquorian clan—and falls in love with men she can’t have.
Maryam left Earth’s repressive regime and her ruined dreams years ago. She lives on an alien space station, trying to forget her disappointments. Then a young, pregnant Kalquorian woman, seeking one last adventure, barrels into her life. High-spirited Briel reminds Maryam of all she’s given up on.
Matara Briel is soon followed to the station by her clan, three older men exasperated with her antics. Clan Kels has one mission: to reclaim their wayward lifemate. When the discovery is made that Earther women can carry Kalquorian men’s children and save their people from extinction, Dramok Kels is tasked with a new mission by his government: bring Maryam to Kalquor, by force if necessary…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
DRAGON’S REDEMPTION (REDPLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 17) by Miranda Martin
Jormund – I have to have her. These other males can’t care for her the way I will. They’ll try to get her back, of course. What else could they do? I’ll have to outsmart them to keep her. And keep her I will. She-who-is-mine will see, eventually. We are fated. She is my heart and my soul.
Delilah – I’m resigned to my life alone. Well, not really alone. I’ve got my friends and their kids and the entire Tribe to care for. It’s my life and I love them but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone just for me? Except there are no single Zmaj left. That’s what everyone thought until a half-wild dragon, lost to his inner beast, seizes me. Now I’d give anything to escape and get back to the Tribe.
VIKEN COMMAND (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 18) by Grace Goodwin
Whitney Mason is the daughter of a Wall Street con man. When he is sent to prison and her family’s name is destroyed, she is eager for a new life on a new world. Anywhere but Earth. Tested by the Interstellar Brides Program, she is matched to a strong Viken warrior. What she doesn’t know is that her mate and the other two warriors waiting to claim her are on a secret and dangerous mission for the Coalition Fleet’s Intelligence Core. From the moment she arrives on Viken, they are forced to lie to her… about everything… except their desire.
For Alarr, Oran and Teig, the arrival of a bride is an unexpected complication. The timing couldn’t be worse, but IC command is thrilled. A bride is the perfect cover, giving the fighters access to every inch of the famous pleasure resort where they are working undercover. The males are eager to satisfy their new mate, but keeping her safe is their top priority, even if that means lying to her and using her pleasure to take down the enemy. But their sexy mate’s past will come back to haunt them all, for even if they survive the mission, the truth will be revealed and their beautiful, curvy female can forgive anything—except lies.
DOCTOR DRAGON (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Charlene Hartnady
Since the death of his mate – a death he is responsible for – Druze has dedicated his life to finding a cure for the fertility problems surrounding species females. For years, he’s worked day and night to qualify as a healer. There is still so much for him to learn.
Druze is shocked when he’s enlisted to find a cure for a life-threatening illness. A terrible disease that has claimed the lives of so many of the Feral species. Surely there are those more qualified for this role. Unfortunately, he knows only too well as to why he was chosen. It is a chance for him to repent. A chance to redeem himself, if only by a small margin. Druze will never be able to atone for the hurt he caused. For the pain, the suffering…for her death. It is not possible! Nonetheless, he will tackle the task with the ardor it deserves.
It’s a race against the clock, with not just one, but two lives in the balance. Druze feels out of his depth. It’s a task he can’t possibly perform alone and so procures the help of an avian veterinarian and a gynecologist. Both human. The one is a male and the other a female. The male is cocky and arrogant, but the best in his field. The male’s attitude is an irritation Druze is willing to ignore. The female is highly skilled, extremely intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful. The latter could prove to be a distraction. Not to him, of course, but to the team dynamic. He’ll have to play it by ear…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE LONELY ORPHAN (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 5) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard
Our planet has hope. Still decaying and barely inhabitable, but ours. With the arrival of the females, we’re no longer lonely. Well, some of us aren’t. For the rest, we ache for what they have. Peace. Happiness. Love. But where the other unmatched Morts want a mate to call their own, I’m different.
Life cruelly made me fall for the one person I’m not allowed to have. Bitterness and jealousy are my mates now. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will always be alone.
Until my commander sends me on a mission to rescue someone very important to his mate—her sister. A woman so different. So imperfect. So maddeningly defiant. Someone I have no interest in whatsoever. This feral female will never own my heart. Or so I thought. Love always has a plan of its own.
RELKOR (RIALAN CAPTIVES BOOK 1) by C R Corbin
Kelly – It was the first real expedition out of the solar system, a mission to investigate possible terraforming sites in some nearby star systems. The only real duties that I had were taking care of small bugs in the ship’s code every so often and stargazing while everyone else was asleep. Now that had all changed.
The ship was taken over by strange, massive, alien men that seemed to be focused on subjugating us rather than wholesale slaughter, I knew that much. We would resist, we would make sure that we were rescued or that this ship would crash before it even touched the edge of their star systems. But my plans are complicated by one of their commanders who seems to be especially interested in me. He was impossibly tall, muscular, and was as arrogant as he was irresistable. And as he towers over me, I understand that he was determined to “claim me”.
Relkor – We were to capture the ship, find the prince his mate, and that would be the end of it. Should we do that we would be allowed back into Rial. But as I descend into the lower decks and discover this human female cowering under her bed, my motivations come into question. She was soft, lovely, yet entirely uncooperative. She was my mate. And I was determined to mark her as mine before we returned home.
AN OFFICE ALIEN CHRISTMAS: RO (OFFICE ALIENS BOOK 5) by V C Lancaster
Revisit the DETI office for their Christmas party in these four connected shorts!
A year after their first kiss at the office Christmas party, Ro and Maggie are now a happy couple working and living together. They’ve had their difficulties with Ro’s health, but with Christmas coming once again, they couldn’t be happier. Get Ro’s point of view for the first time as he and Maggie plan the next party for their colleagues, including Kez and Bia, Zir and Lois, and Khy and Anna!
HIS TO MATE (NEW EARTH BOOK 2) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper
Ann tried to love Rex. Despite everything he did to her, the way he treated her.
He blamed her for marrying their alien overlord. But Ann refused to believe that he could harbor this much spite and resentment. Surely, deep down, he was that same childhood sweetheart she once knew. She doesn’t want to love Rager. She didn’t have any say in marrying him—he chose her. But he’s been a surprisingly good husband… and a good lover. He’s made her feel things that she’s never felt before. He’s given her a good life. He’s given her more than any human could really expect in this new world.
But can humans truly make good mates for Rager’s kind?
Rex clearly doesn’t think so, and many of Rager’s people agree.
Ann can’t help but wonder, are they right?
MILLION MILES AWAY by Alice Bane
I won’t bore you with details about the mysterious medical issues I’ve had over the last year; the sudden severe allergies to food and medication, the sleep paralysis. All I’ll tell you is that they turned my life upside down. But I’m a rational person. Naturally, I assumed that my mind was playing tricks on me when I saw the strange figures standing over me. But it felt so freakishly real; especially one face in particular that always stayed with me long after I woke up. Something about him always drew me in and I knew he was different. He made me feel different. All my life, romance has felt like something that was reserved for everyone but me. I’d accepted that the only love in my life would be experienced through my artwork. Now I’m questioning everything I know about myself, about reality, and especially about love. For the past year, sleep paralysis has been little more than a thorn in Natalia’s side. That is, until she meets Korin, a strange but beautiful alien being who makes her question everything she knows about the universe.
WARLORD’S PROPERTY (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 1) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr
I invaded her home. Then I saw her. So I conquered both.The Kraaj have no mercy. We kill all in our way. If the humans stood up to us with anything resembling a backbone, we’d mow them down instead of pen them in cages. One woman does. Her name is Janna and she’s a pretty little thing. She tries to stand up for her kind, and so I just take her for myself. I’ll claim her. Train her. Turn her into my property. But she’s feisty and filled with fire. If I succeed, this human woman will be a perfect companion and weapon. If I fail, her fire will end up burning me alive.
CRYPTO : COSMIC MAIL ORDER BRIDES #3: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY by Annie Nicholas
Aliens are real. Diana Brooke knew this. They came like burglars in the dark, stealing Earth’s natural resources. In kind, she makes them pay for their thefts by tracking them across the planet and pilfering from them. Advance tech brought in good money after all. On a remote island, the group she’s tracked isn’t taking from the planet. They’re abducting humans.
Crypto is an Intergalactic Intelligence agent hell bent on tearing apart a human trafficking ring, but he’s separated from his team. There are many slavers guarding their island base and human casualties will be high if he attempts a rescue by himself. Then he confronts a female human clad in mismatched alien warrior tech. She is the opposite of all his expectations of this planet’s fragile race.
She makes it clear she hates aliens, but is willing to put aside her prejudice to help him save her people. His nanotech makes him appear like a man but his real form is terrifying. Can he steal this thief’s heart so she can see past their differences?
SHADOW KISS (FROM THE STARS BOOK 3) by G Bailey
Two planets will break in war and hate. For sharing the true light has a fate… If the mountain held secrets, it has nothing on the secrets Aura and Maxx find in the clans on their return. The dark and light clans are going to war, and only the true light has a chance to stop it. Aura, Maxx and everyone they love need to find a way to move on from the past and save the future they hope for. It is said the true light comes at a price. In a war, there can only be one price that no one wants to pay… When the clans go to war, will the true light be enough to save everyone?
INTO THE RAPTURE (THE ARCADIANS BOOK 3) by Laurie Roma
As Commanders of the Guards of Sand City, Braden, Jasyn, and Aeron Mazer have earned the loyalty and respect of those they lead. They take their responsibilities seriously, especially guarding the royal family, but their secret obsession with Princess Liandra could end up costing them everything. She is the one female they can never have, yet that doesn’t stop them from wanting to claim the sweet, gentle beauty as their mate.
However, sometimes love is all it takes to change fate…Princess Liandra Dracor has loved the Mazer brothers for as long as she can remember. They have been her protectors and confidants, though she longs to call them more. Duty demands she find mates with royal blood, but her heart already belongs to Braden, Jasyn, and Aeron. Now, she just has to find the courage to defy tradition and claim them as her own.
A BRIDE FOR THE ALIEN KING (PROTECTORS OF SVANTE) by Roxie Ray
A fated mate is a rare gem … one I never thought I’d find.With fifteen males born to a single female, women are my people’s most precious resource, one we’re in dire need of replenishing. And Earth is just the place to do it. Arranged matings are the only way we can survive, and as king I must set an example. But I never thought I’d meet her. One look at Rosa and I know she’s meant to be my queen. She’s nothing like I imagined, and more than I could ever dare wish for. But humans have only just learned that aliens exist, and I would surrender my kingdom before I forced her into a relationship she doesn’t want.
Time grows short as ancient enemies close in on my home planet, and if we don’t transport our volunteer mates quickly we will run out of time. I cannot command Rosa to come with us … but I’m more than ready to seduce her into becoming my queen.
RAVISHED BY THE CROWN PRINCE (ZUNATORIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Gabby Dark
Ever since the territories were divided, Ryleigh has been a rebel: an activist against the current regime. After her group is captured, they’re put on trial for their crimes. Ryleigh is labeled as salvageable and carted off to a lab with a group of other women. But the research facility is not where she ends up. Instead, she’s abducted from Earth by huge alien warriors and marked as a breeder. This has to be some kind of mistake.
Anik is the crown prince of Zunator. He has conquered more than he has lost. But some fights cannot be won on the battlefield. A stubborn ailment has rendered more than half of the Zunatorian females unable to conceive. Now his people are in a race against time to save themselves. All male Zunatorians must breed. His title doesn’t excuse him. He will take a woman…(more blurb on e book seller page…)
THE DEEP by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes
VS Note: NOT a romance but a release of note this week.
Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.
Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.
Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.
ROCK-A-BYE BABIES IN SPACE (PURPLE PEOPLE BOOK 5) by Rena Marks
There is a new mission for the cousins of those infamous Freijians who discovered a dead planet with an orbiting pod of beings in stasis. Unfortunately for the two-man team, the Kadian Guardians, their vessel crash lands on Planet Earth.
Earth: The wayward, backward planet from which the world has discovered houses prolific, fertile females. The planet from which the female mates to the Freijians have come.Melissa Twining may come from a small, rebellious town in Wyoming, but she knows aliens exist. And she knows two handsome ones have touched down on her land. Unfortunately, so does the local sheriff. Torrington, Wyoming: A rendezvous point for drop-off and retrieval of dangerous aliens. The one town on Planet Earth that is not yet ready to accept the existence of other beings and other galaxies. Now the captain and first commander of Helian Six must rescue the Guardians from the rendezvous point of Torrington, Wyoming. Things never go as smoothly as planned when naughty purple babies stowaway on the ship.
PAX NOVIS by Erica Cameron
Cira Antares is deeply loyal to two things: Pax Novis—the cargo ship captained by her mother that transports supplies across war-torn star systems—and her personal mission to save war orphans. But hiding them as stowaways on the ship is illegal, and if any of them were found, not even her mother could protect Cira from the consequences.
She has successfully kept her secret…until supplies start to go missing. Food. Clothing. Tools. All signs point to her stowaways, but they wouldn’t do anything to risk exposing themselves—or her. Especially not Riston, the oldest of the group and someone Cira has grown close to. Someone she might even be falling in love with…
And petty thefts are only the beginning—whole ships are disappearing now. Not caught in a firefight. Not destroyed by another planet. Vanishing. Without a trace. And Pax Novis is next.
MASKED BY VENGEANCE (VEGA CITY VIGILANTES BOOK 1) by A J Macey
I always loved superhero stories, at least until I found myself living one. A wave of radiation washed over the Earth 22 years ago, changing a portion of the population. Less than an eighth of the world found themselves with strange powers, capable of doing amazing feats. Those affected were named Phenomenals. I am one of them.
Orphan. Hermit. Phenom with blue lightning.
After a case of heart-wrenching bad luck cost me the three people I loved most in the world, this was who I’d become, finding more comfort in the night with only shadows beside me. With my powers, I’ve hunted those who prey on the weak of Vega City as I bide my time and wait for the day I’ll avenge what happened to my brother.
When an unexpected event occurs, my past and current life collide, and I find myself surrounded by five men who’ve decided to join me in the shadows. Can they help me in the hunt for what I desire most? Or will we be torn apart by the secrets surrounding us?
LEOPARD’S WRATH (A LEOPARD NOVEL BOOK 12) by Christine Feehan
Born into a world of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It’s constantly trying to claw its way to the surface, until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it’s only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he’d rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own.…
Considering her family’s history, Ania Dover should know better than to get mixed up with a criminal like Mitya, but she just can’t stay away. Something wild in her responds to his presence. A need so strong it scares her. But she’s not sure she can accept what he’s offering. Ania has always been an independent woman, and Mitya expects to be obeyed in all things.
Even with her body calling out for his, Ania won’t let anything stop her from settling a deadly score years in the making—not even the man who wants to claim her as his mate.
WHEN A LIONESS HUNTS (A LION’S PRIDE BOOK 8) by Eve Langlais
What happens when a lioness with dubious accounting practices gets involved with an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service? How was Melly supposed to know she shouldn’t claim illegal ammo on her taxes? So what if she took a few liberties with the term “allowable expenses”? Her creative accounting is why the IRS ends up on her doorstep. Lucky for her, they sent the cutest geek in glasses.
The kind that tempts a girl to fling them clear across the room that she might better maul him. Silly man thinks he can play hard to get. Doesn’t he know a lioness always gets what she wants? Problem is, Theo sees more than he’s supposed to. Worse, he poses a threat to the pride. Can she distract him from the truth, or will his digging force her to assume her role of huntress?
WITCHIN’ AROUND THE CLOCK (WICKED WITCHES OF THE MIDWEST) by Amanda M Lee
Witches are descending on Hemlock Cove and the town is gearing up for mayhem. Bay Winchester is ready to cover the event for her newspaper, and is excited to see faces she hasn’t interacted with in more than a decade.
Then the unthinkable happens.
The local blacksmith shop catches fire and Bay and her cousin Thistle risk death to try and rescue the owner. Unfortunately, they’re too late, and the man is unable to be resuscitated. Not only that, but it wasn’t the fire that killed him. No, he was murdered.
Bay can’t shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
CHASING TIME (HER IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson and Katie May
I don’t know what I expected to happen when I swallowed the little golden pill, but passing out and waking up in another century was not a side-effect I was prepared for.
Neither was being hauled out of the Thames sputtering and shivering by a man with only half a face and being taken back to his home. Or finding that he lived with three other equally mysterious and gorgeous men.
They weren’t exactly quick to welcome me, and something about them isn’t right. Not entirely… human.
I was on the cusp of figuring it out when I woke up. Back in the present. At first, I chalked it all up to a bad trip, but I’ve never been good at letting sleeping dogs lie.
In my hunt for answers and the dealer who can get me more of the strange drug, I’ll find the truth. Whether I’m ready to hear it or not. And then there will be no turning back.
AWAKEN THE DRAGON (THE LEGION BOOK 1) by A C Arthur
Next in line for the Drakon throne, Theo Masters is the most powerful half human, half dragon in the world. Royal power is the last thing he wants, however. He lives as a human and runs the Legion Security Company. But his new client—a mysterious, beautiful human from a small African village—and the unknown danger she faces may forever change the quiet life that he’s chosen.
Shola N’Gara exists to kill the dark spirit that is attempting to demolish her people. It’s her purpose and her destiny. The gorgeous protector who taunts her with his sexy voice and body is not—especially after he shifts into a magnificent black dragon with turquoise eyes.
A rise in demon activity and the brutal murders Theo’s agents have been reporting start to add up. Someone is making a play, and it’s big enough to change the course of the world as they know it. Now Shola must choose between her destiny and her heart. And Theo must decide if standing by the woman he’s fallen in love with is worth facing his father in a battle to the death.
DARK QUEEN’S KNIGHT (CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 33) by I T Lucas
As the only one of his clan with a godlike power over human minds, Yamanu has been shielding his people for centuries, but that power came at a steep price. When Mey enters his life, he’s faced with the most difficult choice.
The safety of his clan or a future with his fated mate.
DRAGON’S HEIR (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 3) by Ann Gimpel
Rowan hasn’t made a dent in coming to terms with her black-to-his bones dragon father when she gets pregnant. The dragon-child isn’t even here yet, but everyone’s already fighting over his future.
HAVING HOPE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 11) by R E Butler
After graduating from college with a degree in elementary education, mountain lion shifter Hope Parkins is thrilled to accept a job at Ashland Elementary School. She heads to Ashland to stay with her best friend, Treasure, a fae-dragon hybrid. When she arrives in town, she’s greeted by not only her bestie, but three mountain lion males who she and her cat recognize on sight. They’re her mates, and she knows her life will never be the same.
Owen, Ben, and Nathan Fallon have felt an odd longing for years. They believe they’re meant to share a mate, but none of the females they know are her. While visiting their Uncle Rhett, they sense a presence that draws them to the farmhouse, where they meet a beautiful mountain lion female. They know immediately that she’s their shared mate. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
GREY DAWN (BLACK AND WHITE SERIES BOOK 3) by K L Rymer
Black. Empty. Nothingness. True life after death. Well, that was what Eli had always believed. Until a bright light appeared out of the void, sending him crashing into a surreal, dream-like world. There are no fluffy white clouds. Nor flames or fiery pits of volcanic lava. There’s just a world between. Heaven and hell on either side. So which does Eli choose? Fluffy clouds or burning lava?
He chooses Crystal. Even if he has to search all of eternity to find her. But can he find her before it’s too late? Before the dark forces capture his soul? Her father had betrayed her after all…Eli had been right. Shot down in her prime, Crystal is forced to navigate the treacherous storms of limbo alone. All hope seems lost. Now she will never see her loved ones again.Yet thoughts of Eli keep her grounded, and soon the storm gives way to a beautiful landscape.
Now tasked with a new mission, Crystal sets out in search of Eli. Together they can stop her father before he hurts anyone else. Before he brings an end to the human race. Can good and evil come together for the common good?
MATING THEIR WITCH (SALEM WOLVES SERIES BOOK 1) by T L Reeve and Michele Ryan
Jamie Bishop is starting over. A new town and a new life is exactly what she needs after the death of her best friend, Mary. However, when she arrives in Salem, things aren’t what they seem to be and being there comes with its challenges, namely, Zane Adock, local Sheriff.
Zane Adock has been waiting for what feels like forever for Jamie to come home. But, every time he tries to talk to the little witch, she wants nothing to do with him. What’s worse? She doesn’t even remember him.
Cian Kane is Zane’s beta and his lover. They are two parts of the Trinity. All they need is little Jamie Bishop to join them to make it complete. He’ll stop at nothing, right along with Zane to get her memories back.
Unfortunately, there’s a killer in their midst. The ritualistic scenes remind Zane of a time twenty years ago when witches were being murdered without compunction and Jamie had been sent away. Now, Zane, Jamie, and Cian must work together to find the killer before the killer can find his next target—Jamie.
VOICE OF THE KNIFE by Mel Sterling
VS Note: A re-release, novella.
Biologist Charles Napier doesn’t mind getting lost in a Florida swamp—it’s part of a scientist’s job. Logic and training will get him out safely. Except lurking in this swamp, there’s a monster Napier’s science can’t explain…a lonely, exquisite, desperate monster.
MISTLETOE AND IVY (LEGEND OF MAGICK SERIES, BOOK 10) by Ellen Dugan
Ivy Bishop has plenty to keep her busy this Yuletide season. Over the past few years she’s been hard at work establishing her career, and now she has landed a lucrative gig shooting holiday photos at the local Christmas tree farm. The picturesque property offers amazing natural backdrops for her photography. It has rolling fields of evergreens, ancient apple trees covered in mistletoe, and it also runs adjacent to a wooded park, where, rumor has it, a monster has been lurking.
When Ivy is approached by a family friend about the attack that he and his friends experienced, she decides do a little investigating on her own. This isn’t the first time that the creature was reported…But now legend and myth are becoming all too real.
If that wasn’t enough to keep her on her toes, Ivy must find a way to get along with the cynical—yet annoyingly handsome—owner of the farm. Fortunately for Ivy, she’s never been attracted to the rugged, down-to-earth types. Unfortunately, the longer she’s at the Christmas tree farm the more her feelings involving a certain gorgeous yet pain-in-the-ass man begin to grow.
They say, what happens under the mistletoe stays under the mistletoe. But that may no longer be an option for our snarky heroine. While Yuletide may be a season of magick and peace, for Ivy Bishop, the holidays just got very complicated.
GRAVEMAIDENS by Kelly Cook
VS note: Not sure there’s any romance but sounds good…put it on my TBR list.
In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.
When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.
But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.
Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.
QUEEN TAKES CAMELOT: GWEN (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 10) by Joely Sue Burkhart
VS Note: A re-release
The Once and Future King has always been my curse. You think King Arthur is a hero.
You blame me for the fall of Camelot. Because I refused to choose. Yes, I loved Lancelot. Once upon a time, I loved Arthur, too. I loved all of his friends, even Merlin, the cantankerous wizard.
But Arthur’s jealousy destroyed our love. He smashed the Round Table, banished Lancelot, and locked me in a burning tower. He would rather see me dead than love another man. Even his best friend.
So now I’m doomed to repeat this grim tale over and over until Arthur wins my love. But this vampire queen will never choose Arthur. Not after what he’s done. I will certainly never choose him over Lancelot.
I will never settle for just one knight. Not when I can have them all.
Oh, and this time? Arthur will be the Once and Dead King, because Camelot is mine.
This expanded version contains both Queen Takes Camelot & Queen Takes Avalon!
TURNED (THE BELLADONNA AGENCY BOOK 1) by Virna DePaul
Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden, but not everyone follows the rules….Vampires hide among humans, and only the FBI knows they exist. Although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.
Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must recruit Ana Martin, a troubled ex-gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot.
From their first encounter, Ty awakens Ana’s deepest desires but she’s learned long ago to trust only herself. To find her missing sister, however, Ana agrees to join Belladonna. As they work together, Ana and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion even as an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both? Or will their growing love lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?
FORGOTTEN (THE HOUSE OF OTHERWORLDS SERIES BOOK 3) by P C Cast
Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all …
In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Lankford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work—and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power? …more blurb on eboos seller page…
A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD by Amanda Joy
VS Note: Not a romance per se but a release of note last week…
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and marrow–a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne–because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.
When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.
MAGIC AND MIRRORS (GAY EVER AFTER BOOK 4) by L M Brown
When King Lucius is imprisoned in a magic mirror by an evil wizard, he is forced to watch as his life is destroyed and his kingdom brought to the brink of ruin. Trapped in his own reflection, he only has the freedom to move and talk when the wizard sleeps.
With his subjects under the dark spell of the wizard, Lucius is forced to rely on the most unlikely of heroes if he hopes to get his life back.
Harry comes from a long line of assassins and prides himself on being one of the best in the kingdom, but when he is hired to kill King Lucius he discovers that all is not as it seems in the Kingdom of Cinders.
Harry agrees to help Lucius in return for a full pardon for his crimes, but to complete his quest he may have to give up everything, including his freedom and the king he has come to love.
MEOWS AND MISTLETOE (CATS PAW COVE) by Various
Eight holiday tales in the magical town of Cat’s Paw Cove – more details on ebook seller page…
DRAGON DESIGNED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Viola Grace
Eltrinia has been progressing. She is the master of the on-loan gallery, she takes tours of all ages around, and she has been recruited for operative training at the capital.
Learning combat tactics in sparring matches with Trin is bizarrely fun. It is like looking into a tinted mirror.
When she finally gets clearance for her first mission, she is paired with Inoth and must wait for her paperwork before she can go and play spy. They finally make their way to their assignment. It turns out that he gets to be himself, and she has to pretend to be an airhead. Yay.
Inoth has been working on getting closer to Eltrinia, but circumstances and the dragon senator have been very effective at keeping them apart. When he volunteered to be her partner, there were a few snickers, but no one knew Eltrinia like he did. There was no doubt about it, he had gotten the pick of the trainees. She had skills that even he didn’t know about, but he was willing to learn.
REIGN OF THE VAMPIRES (THE SOCIETY BOOK 1) by Rebekah R Ganiere
Ten years after the Outbreak of the V2000 virus turns the majority of humans into a mutated Vampire sub-species, the last remaining pure humans are the world’s hottest commodity. In this new world, it’s The Vampires that rule.
Independent Danika Chekov refuses to let her father’s legacy die. Being the only female Vampire Lord in America isn’t easy. Being thrust into the role of CEO of the world’s largest synthetic blood company is even harder. But after she’s almost murdered, she’s forced to purchase a guardian from the slave markets – Mason.
Mason is human, or so the Vampires think. Determined to protect his secret at all costs, his plans of escape are thwarted when the beautiful and strong-willed Danika buys him to protect her from an unknown enemy.
Their desires threaten everything they both want most. But their passion sparks a love that could change them both forever.
WISHES, SHE ROARS (A NEVER AFTER TALE) by Angela Kulig and Angela Sanders
Princess Cyra isn’t cursed, and she doesn’t need Aladdin’s wishes to save her kingdom.
People are starving in Henjanan but in the palace on the mountain, otherworldly parties continue almost every night. In the middle of the crowd, where colorful veiled ladies dance with young lords and whisper lies and secrets, sits a sultan with a devil on his shoulder—The Grand Vizier—who does far worse than lie, cheat, and kill.
Absent from most of these parties is Princess Cyra al-Budur, who seeks to root out the evil inside her country by whatever means necessary—even if it means never marrying or finding love, even if it means donning claws and fur, even if it means giving up everything she has. She doesn’t dare fail. In the middle of a monsoon, with the world raging around her, a chance meeting with the handsome son of wealthy merchants leaves Cryra attempting to outwit a kind soul. Aladdin refuses to believe she doesn’t need to be saved and tries to prevent the inevitable fallout of wishes three.
ICE DRAGON’S CARESS (HIGH HOUSE DRACONIS BOOK 3) by Riley Storm
Liz Wray never expected she’d end up a single mom, but after wild one night with a mysterious stranger, that’s exactly where she’s at. Three months later, the father shows up, intent on making things right. It’s far too late however, and for Liz, there’s a lot more to fatherhood than just biology. Still, the more time she spends with him, the harder it’s becoming to ignore the burning desire between them.
Valla Drakon is the newest awakened dragon, and he’s in a bit of trouble. Halfway through his training, he snuck out one night and managed to get a human pregnant. He should be fighting vampires, but he’s too busy fighting for the family he never knew he wanted. Distracted by his dragon duties, he’s torn between two worlds and trying to bring them together might rip him apart.
Liz isn’t about to let some deadbeat into her life, and with every turn, Valla just digs himself a deeper hole. Yet with each conflict, the two find themselves inevitably drawn to one another again and again. She can’t ignore his desire to give her the world, but when imminent danger arises, nor can she ignore that it was his reckless action that put her there.
CHOSEN (HELLFIRE ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Alicia Wilde
As if life on Earth isn’t confusing enough already, The Demigod Trifecta, who have time and again made it perfectly clear that they do not want me here, are actually being nice to me…too nice. I know it’s in my nature to want to believe the best in others, and that there’s some good in everyone, but even I’m having a hard time accepting this change…
So, when things around Hellfire Academy start to get even stranger, will I be able to turn to the Demigod Trifecta for help, or will they fall back on what they know best?
Our time at the academy is running out, and I don’t know if anyone can be saved.
BRIDGING THE VOID by Kristel Beck
Gloria has found her ideal man. She has never met him, he’s in love with someone else, and he vanished one-hundred years ago.
Gloria Sims, an embittered thirty-three-year-old divorcée, moves to the tiny town of Squatter, North Carolina, for a fresh start. She gets more than she bargains for: a dilapidated old house, an ancient Cherokee legend, and a fling with the town’s womanizer. The discovery of a Victorian gentleman’s long-forgotten journals propels her into a fascination with their author. She becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of his disappearance.
After the arrival of a stranger that bears a striking resemblance to the object of her passion, Gloria is thrown into a mystery that has her questioning reality.
EVERGREEN by Marissa Doyle
It’s 1901—a brave new century—and seventeen-year-old Grace Boisvert thinks it’s high time to forget that she’s a dryad; being able to talk to trees just doesn’t seem very useful in the automobile age. A little hair dye to touch up her green roots, and she’s off to join her best friend Alice Roosevelt for a visit to glamorous Newport, RI, with her family’s warnings not to fall for any human boys ringing in her ears.
As it happens, the only interesting boy in Newport, Kit Rookwood, clearly prefers Alice to her. But that changes when he and his family unexpectedly follow the girls to a secluded Adirondack camp to join the rest of the Roosevelts. All of Kit’s considerable charm is now focused on Grace, and she finds herself falling in love—and not just with the breathtaking forests.
But sometimes stern family warnings really should be heeded…and ancient magical heritages not forgotten, especially when it turns out that not everything—and everyone—are quite what they seem.
GIFT OF SECRETS: BARRIER WITCH BOOK 2 by Amir Lane
Despite orders to leave the Black Birches dryad gang alone, Detective Fairuz Arshad is determined to do whatever it takes to stop them. Tipped off by Interpol, she uncovers a Black Birches enforcer, Audra Jansens, in a Toronto prison who might have information she needs.
But time is running out. Jansons is awaiting transfer to be deported. Fairuz’s only chance is to go undercover in hopes of extracting leads that could bring Rowan home and bring down the Black Birches. Aboard the transfer van, things spin out of control when the transfer van is ambushed.
Barely escaping, Fairuz is on the run with the mysterious enforcer, who appears to be more than Interpol claims, and grappling with the realization that she and Jansons were set up. Someone on her team isn’t who they appear. Can she figure out who the mole is, or will Fairuz, Jansons, and Rowan pay for her failure with their lives?
ELF KING (THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden
Avery Lotusmist, a pro gamer, went on a camping trip to celebrate her friend’s birthday and ended up kidnapped. Maybe? Avery thinks she’s really in a dream-like video game simulation. The catch? In order to wake up and go home, she has to beat every level! This is gonna be awesome. Being sucked into a game was great way to test her skills. Unless it’s not really a game. But it has to be, right?
Tylen Wyndove, Elf King, has a whole kingdom to keep safe. When he saves the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen at a slave market, he realizes he’s in big trouble. He knows he’s found the woman he wants and no wizard, orc or legend will take his mate. And his shifter fully, one-hundred percent agrees. He has no idea what a video game or levels are, but he’s really glad that Avery is as in love with him as he is her.
Avery’s levels get harder by the second. Meet the sexiest man at a slave auction: Check. Marry said sexy man, who’s also the Elf King: Check. Fake seduce a madman to save a bunch of people: Check. Wear a crown that won’t come off her head: Double check. Realizing you’re not stuck in a video game and you are in love with the Elf King: Say what?
SPELLBOUND (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 8) by Dannika Dark
Niko is caught in a powerful spell that was cast from the very book he sought to protect. Trapped between life and death, his chances of returning look grim.
Gem is determined to set things right. Armed only with her innate knowledge of language, she begins her daunting quest to break the diabolical spell… no matter the cost. When an irreversible action unleashes a new threat, Keystone scrambles into action. Lives are at stake as the team scours the city in search of an elusive foe. A bond forged in secrets. A courageous sacrifice. Will Gem succeed at her daring attempt, or will she inadvertently destroy them all?
THE EPILOGUES: HOW TO KISS AN UNDEAD BRIDE (THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO NECROMANCY BOOK 7) by Hailey Edwards
Groom? Check. Dress? Check. Cake? Check. More cake? Double Check. Even more cake? Triple check. (Seriously, who left Lethe alone with Grier’s credit card?)
Anything that can go wrong has,but all the deposits have been paid, and the menus are set. Mostly. There’s always room for more cake, right? All that’s left is for Grier and Linus to exchange vows and set off on their honeymoon. Their happily ever after awaits, so close they can taste it. No. Wait. That’s probably just more cake. Frosting gets everywhere. Anyway, there’s also murder, arson, and general mayhem. This is what happens when two potentates marry. Just cross your fingers they survive exchanging vows, and that the knot they tie doesn’t turn into a noose.
EMBRACING FOREVER (BLOOD RESONANCE BOOK 2) by K Aten
Sarah Colby is a musician, teacher, lover, sister, and so much more. In the past year, she learned that sometimes life takes you places you never even knew existed. For Sarah and her sister Annie, they found out that not only were the monsters real but sometimes you loved them. Now the Colby sisters and their friends are being targeted by someone with a grudge. They must discover who is attacking the people of Columbus or risk losing all that they hold dear. Nobel Keller is with them every step of the way but will she bring salvation or merely the end of their lives in Columbus?
HECTOR (OUTBACK SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant
Myrtle thought her Australia trip was to study endangered moths. But her grant proposal should’ve said, “I propose to co-parent a baby pegasus shifter with an insatiable appetite for mashed apples while getting chased across the outback with a smoking hot Australian cop named Hector. Did I mention that he’s smoking hot?”
But Hector isn’t just any incredibly hot cop with an amazing accent – he’s also a griffin shifter, and he’s certainly being cagey about showing her his badge.As an undercover operative for a secret law enforcement agency, Hector’s plan to take down a smuggling ring didn’t include a gorgeous woman who turned out to be his mate, the adorable baby pegasus who captured both of their hearts, or the deadly conspiracy that now has them on the run in the wild outback. Now all Hector has to do is protect his new family, survive a landscape that’s trying to kill them, defeat the shadowy enemy that threatens to destroy them all… and teach his mate to appreciate Vegemite. What could go wrong?
WINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw
Be careful of the dark, dark wood…Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.
But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.
GUT DEEP (TORN WORLDS BOOK 1) by Donna Augustine
Penelope – They steal our world, destroy our lives and view us as worthless chattel. I never thought I’d be desperate enough to ask one of them for help, and worse, one of their leaders. But with a vampire stalking me, a werewolf might be my only salvation. I’m still not sure which is worse, him or death.
Donovan – She’s nothing to me but an inconvenience, a burden, another complaining human singing the song of the wronged. She strolls into danger as if she’s begging for death, taking risk after risk. I should let the monsters she tempts have her. I would if I didn’t want her for myself.
FOR SALE ON DISPLAY by Hollie Hutchins
VS Note: Paranormal
I’M THE “UNTOUCHED” GIRL FOR SALE BEHIND THE GLASS.The pretty trophy in skimpy underwear. The doll confined to a box of glass. I can only get out if someone buys me. I just never expected that person to be my boss. Embarrassing is an understatement. I tried to scream and banged my fists on the walls. But they found it so funny, so cute that I would try to get away. He wasn’t supposed to be here. I wasn’t supposed to get caught. And I’m hella sure he wasn’t supposed to see me in ridiculously revealing, utterly sexy lingerie. But now he’s paid to take me home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SONGS FROM THE DEEP by Kelly Powell
Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.
Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.
THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION (CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Kiersten White
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?
THE DRAGON’S PREGNANT MATE (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant
Lawyer and lioness, Elizabeth is used to making her own way and solving her own problems. That’s what she did with her corrupt pack leader: he’s going to jail, and she made it happen, because she wanted a better world for her unborn child. But the repercussions could be deadly.
Dragon shifter Malachi is dedicated to keeping his town—and his teenaged daughter—safe from invading lions, hostile dragon clans, and anything else that might turn up. Oak Ridge and Hayley are his world, and he never thought he’d want anything more. But when Elizabeth appears in town, sick and exhausted and fiercely brave, she changes his world.
Malachi, Hayley, and Oak Ridge are all radically different from the life Elizabeth had pictured for herself. Instead of a lonely apartment in the city, there’s a protective and loving mate, a family, and a whole community surrounding her. But can Malachi keep her safe from Victor’s henchmen? And can they stand strong together when a new threat appears?
THE STARLESS SEA: A NOVEL by Erin Morgenstern
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
DAN’S HAUNTASTIC HAUNTS INVESTIGATES: GOODMAN DAIRY by Alex Silver
Dan is a vlogging ghost hunter. He has devoted his life to documenting paranormal activity. In his converted van, he travels around the country exploring haunted sites. He loves the thrill of filming restless spirits.
Chad Brewer, skeptic, works for an insurance company. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, but watching Dan’s vlog is his guilty pleasure. The cute vlogger is accident prone. He has Chad’s work extension on speed-dial. The two talk whenever Dan gets hurt during an investigation, a frequent occurrence.
When Chad loses his job for approving too many claims, Dan offers him a position as his personal assistant. The pair sets out to investigate a haunted dairy barn for the vlog’s next video series. The catch is that they must live and work together in Dan’s tiny traveling home. As the paranormal activity at the haunted dairy ramps up, so does the romantic tension between the two men. Can the love between a skeptic and a social media sensation conquer a vengeful ghost?
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL HOLIDAY ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Various
VS Note: I love holiday stories and the blurb says there are a couple of shifter stories, although the majority are contemporary romance.
Helmed by USAT Bestselling Author Caitlyn Lynch, 18 authors explore several lesser-known holidays. Featuring sweet country romance and sex in the big city, there’s something for all romance readers. Polar bear plunges. Sexy neighbors. Even a cute shifter or two. This anthology has it all!
THE MONSTROUS CITADEL (CHRONICLES OF AMICAE BOOK 2) by Mirah Bolender
Amicae, City of Sweepers, survived the Falling Infestation which nearly destroyed it thanks to the efforts of Laura and Okane. While the ancient monsters have been beaten back for the moment, new and more monstrous dangers face them in the form of belligerent bureaucracy, dangerous gangs, grasping Sweepers bent on personal glory . . .And Rex, the City of Kings, who breed their own kind of monstrosity. Laura and Okane must go to Rex to reclaim the secret weaponry that keeps Amicae safe and come face to face with a horrifying truth about the Rex and their designs on all of Orien’s cities.
UNNATURAL MAGIC by C M Waggoner
Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy. Undaunted, she sails to the bustling city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a university where they don’t think there’s anything untoward about providing a woman with a magical education. But as soon as Onna arrives, she’s drawn into the mysterious murder of four trolls.
Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader’s daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon the body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them, one that is tested when an unknown mage makes an attempt on Tsira’s life. Soon, unbeknownst to each other, Onna and Tsira both begin devoting their considerable talents to finding out who is targeting trolls, before their homeland is torn apart.
THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Carla Caruso
The festive season isn’t Mina Rosso’s favourite time of year. It reminds her that as a descendant of La Befana – Italy’s Christmas witch – she’s cursed to forever be unlucky in love… Her plan this Christmastime is to lie low, keeping her secret identity under wraps as usual, and do what comes naturally: spread goodwill.
Unfortunately, the arrival of her boss’s son, Jadon Eder, puts a spanner in the works. Fresh from working in Milan, Jadon’s full of big-city arrogance and plans to overhaul the antique shop Mina loves. Pity he’s also sinfully attractive. Despite her best intentions – and even though he’s human, a no-no in the witchy world – Mina finds herself falling for him.
Then she finds out some bad news. Some of the spells she’s sold online have backfired … horribly. While she’s critical of the dark witches in her neighbourhood, is she really the good witch she thinks she is?
ASCENDING FROM MADNESS (WINTERLAND TALE BOOK 2) by Stacy Marie Brown
Life for Alice Liddell should be normal. Work, family, and her general sucky life back at her parent’s house, working as a slutty elf in Santa’s shop. But from the moment Alice woke up from a terrible fevered dream, nothing feels ordinary.
Visions of strange creatures, an obsession with creating top hats until her hands bleed, and an inexplicable attraction to her married neighbor, Matt, she feels like she’s going crazy.
When her illusions of twin elves, singing penguins, and sexy reindeers start to turn into full blown hallucinations, her family feels they have no choice but to find her help. Her therapist is Matt’s wife, Jessica Winters, someone Alice feels in her gut she shouldn’t trust. But the more Alice loses her touch on reality, the more her parents turn to Jessica.
In one night, Alice loses everything, landing her to an insane asylum. Where she learns not only Jessica is not who she seems, but no one is in there. As Alice’s mind cracks more, her visions feeling more like memories, she’s in a fight for her life against the mad ruler of the institution.
Except who will believe her? She’s the crazy girl. The one who’s visited by ghosts of holiday icons. But one thing good about going mad? In some places being mad is exactly what you need to survive.
GRAVEYARD SHIFT (NOT DEAD YET BOOK 3) by Jenn Burke
Ghost/god Wes Cooper and his not-life partner, vampire Hudson Rojas, have settled into cohabitation in an upscale part of Toronto. So what if their hoity-toity new neighbors haven’t exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the paranormal pair? Their PI business is booming, and when a suspect they’ve been tailing winds up in the morgue, it’s alongside a rash of other shifters in apparent drug-related fatalities.
Now Wes and Hudson must connect the dots between the shifter deaths and an uptick in brutal vampire attacks across the city. Throw in a surprise visit from Hudson’s niece—who may or may not be on the run from European paranormal police (who may or may not exist)—and guardianship of a teen shifter who might be the key to solving the whole mystery (if only she could recover her memory), and Wes and Hudson have never been busier…or happier.
But when a nightmare from Hudson’s past comes back to haunt him, their weird, little found family is pushed to the brink. Mucking this up would mean Hudson and Wes missing their second chance at happily-forever-afterlife.
SEDUCING DESTINY/DARK KISSES DUET by Anne Kane
Seducing Destiny: Jack, the alpha of the North Rockies pack, knows Destiny needs some time to come to grips with her werewolf heritage before he springs the whole mated for life thing on her, but when a band of rogue werewolves move into the area, Jack can’t afford to have his attention divided. It’s time to convince Destiny she belongs in his pack — and in his bed.
Dark Kisses: Kidnapped and dumped in unfamiliar territory, Katie has no idea where she is or why the geriatric old fool chose the Northern Rockies Pack territory to dump her, bound hand and foot. The fact that she’s just come into heat doesn’t help matters either. When Jeff finds her, his mere presence sends flames of liquid lust sizzling through her veins. Can she resist the dark wolf, or will she succumb to his wildly sexy dark kisses?
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAUNT ME: A HAPPILY EVERLASTING WORLD NOVEL (BEWITCHINGLY EVER AFTER BOOK 3) by Mandy M Roth
Welcome to Hedgewitch Cove, Louisiana, where there’s no such thing as normal.
Shark-shifter and natural-born hunter, New York (York) Peugeot, has been living under a curse placed upon him by his well-meaning grandmother. She only wanted to help her grandchildren find their mates, not drop a spell of chaos upon their heads. The only way to break the curse is to find his true mate, but York has no desire to seek out some mythical woman. He’s already infatuated with a woman he can’t even see and who has a pesky little issue of being living-challenged.
As a ghost, Morgan can’t possibly be his mate, or can she? He can’t recall a time in his life when he wasn’t drawn to her in some form or fashion and when he realizes he’s not the only one, he finds himself in a race to save her soul and their future.
NOVICE DRAGONEER (A DRAGONEER ACADEMY NOVEL BOOK 1) by E E Knight
VS note: Not a romance.
Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she’s dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.
While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She’s then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands.
SHIFTED ILLUSIONS (ALPHA DIVISION 5) by C E Black
The recent attack on the Alpha Division left Leo a broken shell of the man he once was. Gone are the dimpled smiles and his signature smirk. All that remains is a twisted, scarred mess. If anyone could love such a beast, it would be Hawk. But his best friend still dreams of the “woman who got away.” A woman who stars alongside Hawk in Leo’s own fantasies. Fantasies too perfect to ever become reality.
Having escaped a life of torment, Beth is finally free. Free to pine for her ex who would never love a half-breed like her and his best friend, a man desperately in need of her love. But when her past rears its ugly head, she must place her life in the hands of the two men she wants most. Now if only she can protect her heart from being torn between them.
Hawk has always harbored a fierce desire for Leo, but he couldn’t risk losing his best friend. So, when Beth comes barreling back into his life, he thinks he’s been given a second chance. If only he and Beth weren’t in love with the same man… but maybe together, they can heal him.
FIND ME THEIR BONES (BRING ME THEIR HEARTS BOOK 2) by Sara Wolf
No one can save her. In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.
But fate isn’t ready to give her up just yet. With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity. Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder. But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart? The hardest thing she’s ever done.
SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER by Julie C Dao
Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.
Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?
A BEARY HAPPILY EVER AFTER (BEAR CLAN, 6) by Jenika Snow
DAMON – An alpha, bear-shifting virgin who was saving himself for his mate. That’s what I was. And I was fine with that, because saving myself for the one female who was meant to be mine was the only thing I ever wanted. A lone bear without a mate was a depressing thing. And even though I knew she was out there—the other half to my soul—I was beginning to think there was no happily ever after for me. Until I saw another male lusting after her. There was no way I could control myself. She was mine, and if that meant kicking the ass of the man who wanted her… then so be it. Rue would be mine.
It started with a swim in the lake, and then suddenly there was a possessive bear shifter tackling my friend to the ground for touching my hair. It ended with me being pressed up against a tree, staring into the dark eyes of a feral man who claimed I was his mate… that he wouldn’t stop until I was his, until I was marked as his.
And as much as I knew being mated to Damon meant my life would be forever changed, knowing he would never let me go, would scare off any male who even looked in my direction, all I wanted was to be with him. All I wanted was to wear his mark.
HARVEST MOON (BEAU REVE COVEN BOOK 4) by Delilah Devlin
Radha’s sister witches become concerned when her health begins to fail. Her sleep is never restful, but they are unable to pinpoint what is wrong.
Khan, a jinn who’s been tasked to serve as her guardian, has watched her restless sleep and believes he knows the answer. Her dreams may be haunted by a demon set on draining her of power. As much as Khan loathes the idea, he seeks an old enemy, a vanir, whose magic should allow him to enter Radha’s nightmares to slay the Mare, an enemy bent on taking advantage of Radha’s vulnerability to make her his own.
Until the vanir arrives, Khan and the satyr who is her other guardian must keep her safe–even from their own lustful natures.
SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT by Sara B Larsen
Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world—including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.
On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out—leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.
For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.
NAUGHTY BUT NICE: A BEAR SHIFTER CHRISTMAS ROMANCE by Mirajane
It’s Christmas season. Going back to my hometown meant celebration and cheer. It also gave me hope for a second chance with Tyler. But a dark cloud is looming over our heads. A bear is killing people in the woods. Could it be Tyler? If it is, then I need to stay miles away from him. And if it isn’t, then my life is in danger. Tyler is the only one who can protect me from this bloodthirsty bear. I need him to save my life. But what if he can’t get to me on time?
CAPTURED BY THE SOLDIER WOLF (SHIFTER NATION: SPECIAL OPS SHIFTERS) by Meg Ripley
After being ousted from his pack, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Flint Myers has found a new sense of family in his Special Ops Shifter Force brothers. But ever the lone wolf, he still has a restless feeling gnawing at him, and he’s not sure how to quell it. Soon after he’s sent on a secret mission to infiltrate a pack in the Rockies, he realizes that finding a mate might be just what he needs to finally soothe the beast within—when he meets their Alpha’s alluring sister.
Audra Larson has just returned to her home pack with her little boy after a messy divorce, hoping to piece together a new life. But when her brother asks her to keep an eye on the newcomer, Flint, to make sure he’s not a spy, Audra’s wolf discovers he’s something entirely else: her mate. The last thing she needs is another man in her life at this point, so she does her best to focus on the task at hand.
When she happens upon Flint one night deep in the forest and overhears his phone call with the Force, Flint has no choice but to take her hostage. He must keep his cover and protect the integrity of the mission, but when tensions rise between these two shifters out in the middle of the woods, will they be able to ignore the howling of their inner wolves?
SAVIOUR (THE FULL-BLOOD BOOK 2) by Serena Nova
My secret is out. Everyone knows who I am. I don’t have to hide. Which should be a relief. Instead, it brings new problems. Things went fast and people got killed. Now I need to rescue my best friend. We’re going into the Dark-World. We’re going to get her back. And I don’t care who stands in my way. If I need to, I will go through them. She’s my family, they are my family. Nobody touches my family. I will save her and my world.
I’m Isadora Seraphina Savill Royal. I’m a Full-Blood Witch and Protector. Now I’ll be a Saviour.
VS Note: We donate a portion of royalties to Hero Dogs, Inc., up through Veteran’s Day, November 11th, so I’ll mention PETS IN SPACE® 4 one more time, if you haven’t gotten your copy yet! Nearly 1500 pages, 13 stories from top scifi romance authors (including a STAR CRUISE novel from moi) like SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts and more…USA Today Best Selling…
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.