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).
DOMINANCE AND DISSENT (CYBORG EXPLORATION BOOK 3) by Cynthia Sax
VS note: This has been on my pre-order list forever! I love her cyborgs.
Dissent has one primary mission—to find his female and protect her. He doesn’t know who she is, where she’s situated, or what she looks like. That doesn’t stop him from searching the universe for her. He’s a cyborg and he’s determined. He WILL track her down.
While the J Model warrior is exploring a settlement on a merchant planet, he hears a defiant scream. Dissent has finally located the one being he’s genetically compatible with. He rushes to his little human’s side, ready and willing to defend her, eager to claim his female…forever.
Greer has only one dream—to be free. She’s been a slave her entire lifespan, has been subjected to soul-crushing abuse and pride-shredding humiliation. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, she takes it. Steps away from independence, she’s apprehended.
As she looks death in the face, waiting for the final strike, a tall, handsome cyborg warrior saves her. He exudes power, makes her tremble with desire, is unlike any of the males she’s ever known…except in one heartbreaking way.
He wants to own her.
As Dissent and Greer battle for dominance, danger looms. An enemy from the past has returned. He’s heavily armed, he’s not alone, and his sole goal is to kill both of them.
ALIEN HOPE (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 5) by Honey Phillips
For as long as Emlan could remember, T’renan had been part of her life – friend, protector, confidant – but when she tried to show the massive alien warrior she wanted more, he left her. When she heard that he had been killed, she couldn’t let herself believe he was really gone.
Ten years later, just as she finally starts to move on with her life, word comes that he is alive. At first she is overjoyed, but the protective warrior of her youth has been replaced by a bitter, angry male.
T’renan never wanted to leave Emlan, but neither could he resist her innocent advances. A temporary assignment guarding trade routes seemed like the best alternative – until his ship was captured and he was enslaved in the mines of Quatar. Only the memories of Emlan keep him sane during the torturous years of his imprisonment, but when he finally manages to escape, nothing is the same. He has lost everything else – is he going to lose her as well?
Fate kept them apart for ten years; can they overcome the distance between them and find their way back to each other?
THE ALIEN REINDEER’S WILD RIDE (WINTER STARR BOOK 5) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress
She’ll be home for Christmas… even if she has to steal a ship to get there!
Rowan has missed out on the last three big family holidays, and she’s determined not to miss another. Holiday travel is always a mess, and even worse when she needs to get from Mars to Minnesota. Every flight is booked through the New Year and things aren’t looking good. Until someone whispers the name Dashiel Blitz and gives her a bit of holiday hope.
He just wants to spread good cheer…Dash makes a life shepherding sick children from planet to planet so they can be with their parents or get medical treatment. Rowan isn’t like his usual passengers, but his soul sings when they meet and he can’t say no. She’s on his ship for a ride, but he wants even more.
One tiny problem…Dash isn’t just a pilot. He’s a reindeer shifter and he needs to keep that a secret if he wants to stay safe. But if Rowan is his mate she needs to know the truth. And when a delay in their trip threatens to strand her on the wrong side of Earth, he may have to reveal himself in the most dramatic way possible. Could a determined human woman want an alien shifter for a mate? Or will their wild ride end with a crash and burn?
THE ALIEN REINDEER’S BOUNTY (ALIEN STARR BOOK 6) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress
Mads + Odessa = 4EVA – Except forever ended when Mads kissed Odessa, bit her and then ghosted her.Twelve years later, he’s back and looking to pick up where they left off. Um, no thank you. Odessa has more to think about than her own heart. She’s now a single mom and can’t afford to get involved with a man with a track record of vanishing.
It doesn’t matter that he’s haunted her dreams for years. Or that when they’re together, she feels like she can finally breathe. And it certainly doesn’t matter that her traitorous body craves his touch. Besides, Mads hoards secrets like they’re made of chocolate. One, he’s an alien shifter. Like he turns into a reindeer with antlers and everything. Two, that bite made them bonded mates. And the third secret is the most dangerous of all. How can they have a second-chance at love when the sins of the past threaten to tear them apart?
THE ALIEN REINDEER’S JOY (A WINTER STARR BOOK 7) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress
For reindeer shifter Kaelar, Christmas means a lot more than caroling and hot chocolate. Without him and his fellow reindeer working for Santa, excess joy would go to waste instead of into the hearts of children who need it.
Kaelar is committed to the season and the work that comes with it—even when it means working against evil aliens whose mission is to vacuum away all the joy the reindeer fight to keep alive. With the happiness of hundreds of children on his shoulders, murderous reindeer hunters on his tail, and a group of vicious aliens stealing joy, finding a mate is the last thing on Kaelar’s mind.
Until he meets her. Chloe is a doctor at a children’s hospital, and while she wants to fall in love and have a family, her patients are her priority—so it feels like a gift when a mysterious reindeer shows up at the hospital and brings happiness to the children seemingly by magic. Could the visitor be connected to the handsome, reindeer-costumed man who’s been cheering up children around town? The man Chloe can’t stop thinking about? All Chloe knows is that the man seems to be counteracting a strange joylessness that has shrouded the town.
Can Kaelar save Chloe’s town before it’s too late? Or will Christmas be ruined forever?
THE ALIEN REINDEER’S REDEMPTION (A WINTER STARR BOOK 8) by Elin Wyn and Starr Huntress
Warrior Rylant doesn’t want anything to do with Earth or the barbarians on its surface. He’s there to complete his mission. Get in, retrieve the lost Vondin tech, get out. Then maybe his superior officers will get off his case about not being a team player. Whatever. He didn’t count on a grey eyed goddess crossing his path. Needing his help. Setting his blood on fire. Until all he knows is he’s on her team. No matter what.
Single mother Megan just wants to get her little girl back. Strange men? Totally off the table. No matter how hot they are. Or nice they seems. She’s learned long ago trusting is for suckers. But when the only way to get to the madman holding her baby hostage is to trust a stranger, can she let him in through the walls she’s built around her heart?
THE ALIEN REINDEER’S CHRISTMAS PACKAGE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 9 by Leslie Chase and Starr Huntress
Dhannar – Delivering gifts to a human colony world was supposed to be an easy job. And it would be, if not for the invaders stealing anything Christmas related — which means shooting Dhannar down to take his cargo. But it’s worth crashing on this ball of ice to meet Megan. The human female is everything Dhannar hoped for: beautiful and bold, smart and sassy. The moment he sees her Dhannar knows that Megan is his fated mate.Now there’s something even more important than his mission. Protecting Megan is his priority — protecting her and claiming her as his. Even if it means facing down an entire alien invasion.
Megan – She should be spending Christmas celebrating with her family. Instead, Megan’s running from alien invaders who want to steal the holidays. Her only hope is Dhannar, the reindeer shifter who crashed in her path. An incredibly hot reindeer shifter who seems to think she belongs to him. He’s powerful, dominant, strong and sexy, and huge. He’s fighting the aliens who’re after her. And he wants her to be his mate.Megan may not know exactly what that means, but she expects she’d enjoy finding out!
THE ALIEN REINDEER’S ESCAPE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 10) by Eden Ember and Starr Huntress
Elzarr comes to Alaska, the last place he expects to meet anyone. He wants the freedom to run wild and free and be who he is. When he trots right up to Piper Stone as she’s gathering firewood for her cabin, he’s instantly mesmerized with the beautiful human. And the feeling is likewise, only she thinks he’s just a majestic reindeer. Imagine what she thinks when she’s falling from her roof only to land in the arms of a naked and very sexy mountain man, during a snow storm.
HARD SANDS (WARLORDS OF ATERA BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle
She doesn’t belong on Atera no matter what the hottie lizardman may say…Nothing in Kalinda’s plans includes crash-landing on a backwards sand planet full of lizard-aliens. But when she spots Warlord Nakan, she’s willing to take a little detour. He’s a sexy, muscular scaled creature that she wouldn’t mind… studying. But no matter how interested she is, and no matter how much he lights her up inside, she’s determined to get off his godforsaken planet.
Nakan is busy caring for his tribe and fighting off challengers to his position as Warlord of the Hard Sands. A mate? And an alien human female, at that? No, he has other responsibilities that need his attention. Kalinda of Earth can’t be for him. It does not matter that her curves stir his blood like she’s his true mate.
But if Nakan won’t have her, his enemies will. Too bad for them that the Warlord of the Hard Sands doesn’t share. He’ll have to find a way to claim his mate and hold his position, or he’ll lose everything: his woman, his tribe, his territory… and his life.
STOLEN BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 1) by Skye MacKinnon
There are two basic facts every woman needs to know. The Trads are bad. They will impregnate you and use your womb to bear their children until you die. The Athions are good. They’re strong and protective, and you’ll practically be begging them to father your babies. But none of that is true. Not for me, anyway. I was kidnapped by Athions and now two Trads are trying to rescue me. Has everything been a lie or are these guys just pretending to be different from the rest? I can’t let down my guard. I need to get away. But how do you escape when you’re trapped on a spaceship in the middle of nowhere?
HEART OF THE MACHINE: IN THE STARS (JIT-SUKU CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Bianca D’Arc
Billie Latimer is the half-trained navigator on a ship full of refugees, crewed by cyborgs who are just starting to remember who they once were. It’s heartbreaking, but she’s glad to help the men who had everything stolen from them by the military machine. Especially one very special man, who has captured her interest – the captain of the ship. Working with him day after day only brings them closer. She suspects he’s interested in her, as well, but something is keeping him from taking that final step closer.
Captain Medeus knew almost from the start that Billie is the sister of a man he had once called friend. A man who had died aboard Medeus’s last ship. He blames himself and carries a lot of guilt, now that he remembers who he was. He’s not sure it’s fair to continue his pursuit of Billie, knowing she would blame him for the death of her beloved brother, if she knew.
With hostile aliens and the military ready to blow them to smithereens, not to mention pirates, there’s a lot to contend with. Can they keep everyone safe and learn to live again in the chaotic world in which they find themselves? Neither is sure if they can forgive the past and start anew, or if misplaced guilt will keep them apart…forever.
LOVE THE BEAST (VELDAN BEASTS BOOK 4) by M Garnet
A Princess and a Veldan Warrior Beast must learn to help each other in order to escape in the middle of the horrors of war. A spoiled Princess and a Veldan Shifter are trapped in the middle of a war. He cannot change into his human shape and she must learn to change. Will the war change them and allow them to escape with the help of one lone Marine Sargent?
With death around them, he becomes understanding even as a beast and the Princess lerns the horrors of war and how she wants to lead if she lives to return to her own world. Still there is a bond between the two that cannot be broken.
THE TRAITOR’S TRUTH (MINDWIPED BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen
Kira’s memories are gone, and she’s trapped on a closed planet. Commander Tal Kaegen insists she’s his wife, but that can’t be right. The man has too much power, too much anger. She isn’t his wife. She can’t be. And yet her body betrays her, responding to his every touch. She will escape this accursed world—and the man who’s invading her every thought.
A killer by training, Tal will hunt his enemies and retake what is his—Kira. His enemies are wiping the memories of top officials. And Kira is key to their endgame. He must protect her at all costs, But she’s hiding from him—physically and emotionally. He wants his wife back. All of her: her body, her compassion, her love. Tal’s enemies may have weakened him by turning Kira against him. But their greatest mistake was underestimating what he’ll do to save the woman he loves.
THE LOST COLONY (THE LONG WINTER TRILOGY BOOK 3) by A G Riddle
VS note: Not a romance (although with mild romantic elements) but a release of note this week…I enjoyed the first book in the series and have the second one on my TBR List, so this will be as well.
The last survivors of the human race escaped a ruined Earth. Their new homeworld–Eos–seemed perfect at first. Warm. Hospitable. Safe from the grid. But everything isn’t as it seems.
The first colony of settlers–from the Carthage–have disappeared. Their settlement is still there, but everyone is gone. As James digs into the mystery of the lost colony, he discovers a series of spheres, buried on Eos. Are they the key to finding the lost colonists? Or are they responsible for their deaths?
Just as James is unraveling the secrets of the spheres, a storm hits Jericho City. Emma, recently elected mayor, struggles to lead her people to safety while James tries to make his way home. In the middle of the chaos, a new danger emerges–a threat no one saw coming.
With time running out to save the colonists, James and Emma face their hardest choice yet.
KROGA’S REDEMPTION (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 7) by Michele Mills
Waking up in med bay with temporary amnesia is terrible. But Melachine is managing to live through the trauma of memory loss with the help of her doting mate, Kroga of Seventy-Five. He’s vowed to love her with unspoken devotion until days turn into time. And he has. He so has.
She’s desperately attracted to this sexy warrior, happily sharing his bunk, and living with him (and their kittens) in the Swirl. He’s told her why they’re hiding on the edge of the universe and why they have to keep their whereabouts secret, but she can’t seem to remember…And then one day a flood of shattering memories invades Melachine’s mind, wiping away the amnesia and turning her world upside down with the blazing light of knowledge. She’s left standing shakily on the bridge, realizing nothing is as it seems. Everything Kroga told her was a lie. But does that include his love…?
SEXTUS: BOOK 1 IN THE GALAXY PIRATES ALIEN ABDUCTION SERIES by Alana Khan
Sextus is a cynical scofflaw. Lexa was raised to be a con artist. Can two hard-assed misfits outsmart the bad guy, let down their barriers, and fall in love? You’d think a relationship couldn’t survive a foundation built on a devious scheme, but when Sextus and Lexa are forced together at the Galaxy Gambling Championship their barriers begin to crumble. Throw in the Galaxy’s most vicious villain, an art swindle, and credible threats of death and dismemberment, and you have an action-packed, sexy romance full of love, lies, and straight flushes.
THE MONARCH’S MATE (HOUSE OF KAIMAR BOOK 2) by Miranda Bridges
My life sucks. All the other human breeders have males who are head over heels for them, but do I get that? Nope. Not even close. My alien is the future king of the Dravian race and believe me, he acts like a royal jerk. Yeah, sure, he’s hot as hell, but that is not the point.
Anyway, I’m still trying to figure out how to get him to do what I want when I stumble onto plans for an assassination. I decide to get involved because if anyone is going to kill the sexy prince it’s going to be me. Especially if he calls me his “namori” one more time. Whatever that means. So now I’m trying to keep us alive, but he’s making everything difficult with his kisses and his… well let’s just say I better keep my mind focused and my legs, er… mouth closed.
PRIMAL MATES (DRAGON WARRIORS BOOK 2) by M L Guida
Scotland. Lauchlan thinks his dragon powers are evil. His visions are getting stronger. He’s afraid he’ll turn into the alien foe hunting them. The only way to stop the prophesy is to protect his beautiful mate. She’s key to keeping him on a righteous path. The last thing Faye MacFarlane wants is to be controlled–even by the handsome dragon shifter. She’s discovered she has abilities and wants to be independent. But she’s having trouble convincing her dragon-shifter. Can Lauchlan and Faye combine their powers and find true love to stop evil from destroying their world?
PLACES BEYOND THE WILD: A POST APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY (Z-DAY BOOK 4) by Various
VS Note: not a romance but you know me and post apocalyptic stuff. Looked interesting…I went back and bought book one (600 pages!!!) and I’ll see if I like that one…
The vast wilds outside a place called Hope hold their own stories. When the end came, what happened to everyone else? Massachusetts. Texas. Alabama. Tennessee. Pockets of humanity have persisted through the apocalypse. All have tales of survival and loss.
Mad Dog Mattis’ last stand at the Pentagon. The first Christmas after the end of the world. A family isolated on their homestead as the evolving dead press at the fences. A desperate quest for helicopters to destroy the undead. Come read through this expansion of Daniel Humphreys’ Dragon Award nominated Z-Day universe. Twelve brand new survival stories written by the best up and coming independent sci-fi and fantasy writers will thrill fans of the series.
STOLEN BY THE CURSED ALIEN (WARRIORS OF VALKRED BOOK 2) by Roxie Ray
A cursed prince can’t claim a mate…And yet my blood sings for the human woman with a collar around her throat. Miranda is everything I dream of in a mate, and yet she can never be mine. A stupid act of misplaced nobility will see me dead in a matter of weeks, but even if I break my curse, the galaxy is still on the edge of war. I have a duty to find a traitor and stop the oncoming violence, but how can I do that when the only thing I want is my mate in my bed?It’s no time to fall in love… and yet I can’t resist stealing my woman away from her captors and keeping her close.
I’m a long way from Earth and I don’t know how to get back…I’m supposed to be home training my clients and writing music, not being bounced from alien to alien and planet to planet. I have to find a way to free myself, but every time I get close, something seems to stop me. When a mysterious alien prince snatches me from my latest captors I dare to hope …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
STAR PIRATE II: WRATH OF THE QUEEN by Mia Archer
VS Note: From September
Get the loot. Save the day. Get the girl. That should’ve been Flynn’s happily ever after. It should’ve been a simple matter of selling off the haul from the greatest heist ever pulled in the civilized galaxies. If only it were that easy.
It turns out selling off a stash of gems stolen from the most powerful and homicidal royal family in the civilized galaxies isn’t as easy as she’d thought. Sure there are plenty of fleets out there looking to take them off her hands, but they’re paying in turbolaser blasts and Flynn isn’t interested in selling at that price.
Her only hope is to get in touch with the mysterious Selevas Separtists and hope they’re stupid enough to buy her gems and paint the target on their back. The only problem? This is one rebel alliance that seems more comfy hiding out than they are in blowing shit up. What’s the most notorious pirate in the civilized galaxies to do?
Escape her mother. Strike out on her own. Get the girl. That should’ve been Seleya’s happily ever after. All she wanted was to fade into obscurity and live her life far from the center of galactic power with the girl of her dreams. Too bad the girl of her dreams is now the most notorious pirate the civilized galaxies has ever known! Now she’s having the time of her life, but…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THADE: VAXXLIAN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #3 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Sue Mercury
Alien warrior and single father Thade needs a human bride. He travels to Earth, hoping he’ll be matched with a sweet human who will help him raise his four energetic children. When the first human matched to him backs out of their mating contract, he’s forced to seek out a bride on his own. But the moment he meets Alana, the golden-haired beauty who’s supposed to watch his offspring while he goes out on the dating scene, he realizes his search need not go any further. She’s the only human for him–even if she doesn’t agree yet. One way or another, he’s taking her back to New Vaxx with him.
Alana is shocked when she shows up at her newest babysitting gig to find out she’s supposed to watch four alien children–three of whom are taller than her. She’s stunned speechless when their hunky father proposes marriage to her within minutes of her walking through the door. Thade seems like a nice alien and a loving father, however, she has her whole life planned out on Earth. But as she gets to know him better, she cannot imagine watching him leave her planet with another woman as his bride. Could she really find happiness on a faraway world?
UNINVITED ROOMMATE (MARNAK SERIES BOOK 1) by Layla Stone
Naff was an undefeated fighter at The Pit. No one liked him. No one could beat him.
He thought his life was set, until a short, curvy beauty challenged his wretched black existence. She should be terrified, because now that she’s got his attention, he’s never letting her go.
HIS TO SAVE (NEW EARTH BOOK 3) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper
The truth is…She’s beginning to fall for Rager, the alien overlord. And now she’s carrying his baby. The aliens hate her—they believe the baby should be pure blood. The humans see her as a traitor. She feels lost and doesn’t know where she belongs. Maybe nowhere.
Then Rex took her. He said he was saving her from the aliens. But why is she so terrified of her highschool sweetheart? Terrified of what he’s become. Terrified of what he might do to her, to Rager, to their baby. Now she’s questioning everything. Can humans and aliens truly be in love? Even if then can, can that love survive in this new world?
FEARLESS: THE ROGUE WARS: BOOK 1 by Molly Rowland
In the facility, my memories and emotions are kept from me by the injections I receive daily. I don’t know where I’m from or who I was before this place. I only know what is expected of me in here. I push the boundaries, perhaps subconsciously, so I can feel something, even if it is pain. That all changes the day I meet Khascex.
He isn’t like the other guards. In fact, he doesn’t belong here. But when he saves me from an attack, I feel something strange in the pit of my stomach. Unlike other males, he holds me gently against him and promises to keep me safe.
There are a lot of things I don’t understand about this alien world, but my instincts tell me to stay close to Khascex so that’s what I’m going to do. His touches are pleasing, awakening feelings inside of me that I didn’t know were possible. For the first time in my life, he makes me wonder if I could have a happily ever after…with him.
JAGHER (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Kiki Burrelli and Crista Crown
After Cillian’s ship crash lands in unfamiliar territory, he’s eager to continue his mission to explore space and discover new alien species. Okay, maybe he is a little scared meeting his first alien group, but who wouldn’t be wary of all that muscle and warrior’s determination? Not to mention the amount of bare skin… Still, he’s lived a sheltered life until now and has dreamed of making first contact with an unknown race. This is his chance.
Jagher’s not sure what to make of the bumbling science crew when they nearly take his head off, falling from the sky. They are aliens, that much he is sure, but they don’t seem to pose a safety risk. Especially Cillian, he’s too soft and sweet, and makes Jagher extremely protective and possessive whenever he is around. But thanks to Jagher’s status as a playboy, his warrior brothers don’t believe the strength of his affection until Jagher and Cillian touch for the first time and Jagher discovers they are mates. Now that he has Cillian, he has no desire to look at another again.
Cillian was only ever meant to spend a short time exploring space, and back home, his father has a life planned for him that will take Cillian out of Jagher’s arms. They set off through space together on a mission that will not only prove the depths of their affection, but introduce something new, and adorable, into their world.
Jagher is the second book in The Kif Warriors, an alien mpreg series. ..
THE KRAKEN’S HEART: ALIEN MENAGERIE BOOK 1 by Annie Beth Rider
Lexi – Lexi doesn’t live anywhere near an ocean, lake, or even a sandbox. When she wakes up on a sandy beach, she knows that something must be very wrong. As she starts to take in her surroundings, she realizes that her situation is worse than she ever could have imagined. She was abducted from Earth and put on display in a massive alien zoo. Her enclosure is surrounded by terrifying alien monsters, but none are as scary as the one she is trapped with. When she first glimpses the Kraken swimming in the water, she was sure that she had been put in the enclosure to become his next meal. After a misunderstanding in their first encounter, she realizes that the shy man with tentacles might not be the monster that she had made him out to be.
Drax – Drax has been a prisoner in the strange alien zoo for such a long time that his homeworld is a distant memory. His only companion is a humanoid butterfly alien trapped in the cage next to his. When the bugman is gifted a human as a mate, Drax knows that he would do anything to have his own human. He risks his life in a desperate attempt for a mate. Lexi is everything that he could have hoped for and more. He is enchanted by her alien beauty and the two strange appendages she uses to walk. However, he doesn’t know how to make her happy in the cage they share. His fumbled introduction only seems to make her more frightened of him. He would do anything to make her happy, even if it means staying out of sight so that his tentacles didn’t scare her again. When he finally allows himself to go near her once more, he realizes that he had misunderstood her fear. His hope soars as he discovers that he might finally have a chance to make her his mate, for she already has his heart.
AHDAN (LYQA PLANET LOVERS BOOK 4) by Nikki Clarke
Left by his soulmate and forced to watch his brothers build lives with their true loves, Ah’dan finds new promise in the beautiful eyes of a human woman, Niya. Still bound to his lehti for life, Ah’dan hopes he isn’t too broken for another kind of happiness. But when your heart isn’t really yours, can you ever truly give the woman you love what she deserves?
FLANKED (DRY RUN BOOK 2) by Lolly Walter
When he finally — violently — escapes his sadistic boss at sex tourism den Flights of Fantasy, Joe has a plan: he and his lover, Devin, will hike over a thousand miles from bleak and barren Austin, deep in the Texas Territory, to the crown jewel of New America’s domed cities, Minneapolis. Joe’s been planning the escape for years, hoping to locate the father who left him behind, but he has no idea what he’ll find. All Joe wants is to keep Devin safe. All Devin wants is Joe.
Life on the road is unforgiving and even more desperate than life in Austin, and it isn’t long before Joe’s careful plan falls apart. When he and Devin rescue a band of teenagers also on the run from Flights of Fantasy, things go from bad to worse. Battling hunger, thirst, pain, and prejudice, with every stranger more dangerous than the last, Joe will do anything to keep Devin and the teenagers alive. He can’t afford mistakes, and he doesn’t have time for anyone, even Devin, to question his decisions. But mistakes happen. And Joe finds the hardest questions are the ones he asks himself.
THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION by Michael Crichton and Daniel H Wilson
VS Note: Hard scifi, a modern sequel to The Andromeda Strain so how could I resist? Yup, I one clicked…
In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.
In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.
With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.
But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.
WICKED CHARMING CRUEL (TWISTED KINGDOM BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler
Three months into her captivity, princess Maari Delayne’s secret has been exposed. Now that the Camden princes know they must conquer her heart, as well as her body, Jude, Orlann, and Malac will stop at nothing to seduce their royal prisoner.
Plied with meaningless luxuries during the day, Maari finds her captors hardest to resist at night, when they wield indescribable pleasure against her, skillfully and ruthlessly commanding her surrender to ecstasy again and again. Her submission seems inevitable—until advice from an unlikely ally gives her new fortitude.
It turns out Maari isn’t the only one keeping secrets, and if she can twist this new information to her advantage, there may just be a way for her to go free for good.
PURSUED (THE SWAMP BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce
Alone, devastated, and on the run, McKenzie Harper is crossing the country with her brother, the only ally left to her after losing not only her mates but their entire family to some mad corporate scheme. When those same corporations send her mates after her, she will have to fight to save them before they slaughter her, or worse, capture her.
With her mating marks gone and her dreams haunted, the only Omega is doing the last thing left to her—saving every wolf she can before she too, falls.
For MacKenzie it is the end of her whole world and she won’t go down without a fight.
CAMP POUNCE (A RARE AND UNKNOWN WORLD) by Shai August
Sally Ann Washington’s life has gone through major upheaval and she just spent a nail biting, cringe worthy Thanksgiving with her littermate’s new extended pride.
What she wants for the rest of her holidays is to find a little peace and quiet and maybe a little love between the pages of her favorite romance writer’s new book.
But her pushy mother has already purchased her a speed dating package at Camp Pounce. Can she speed date her books and ignore the hot guys trying to distract her out of the pages?
WHEN THE WIND SPEAKS (STARSTONE PROPHECIES BOOK 1) by Corinne Kilgore
When a surge of primal, living magic levels a mage tower and offers Dnara a chance to escape a life of slavery, she takes it and runs. When the unleashed magic catches her, it offers her a choice. A choice is made and a gift is given, but what one being considers a gift, another may consider a curse.
The blight took everything from Athan, except for his will to survive. Athan scrapes a meager existence out of a dying land as a traveling forester, waiting for his luck to change. When he comes across an injured Dnara in the Thorngrove thicket, he doesn’t know if his luck has changed for the better, or for the worse.
From her sovereign rooftop nation, Naomi looks down upon the city of Ka’veshi and hears rumors of a brewing guild war. Orphaned, unguilded and alone, she must navigate a decaying city and the hand fate has dealt her. Deep within the Elvan Silverwood, Serenthel awakes from a dream. The darkness within it startles him, but the call of his destiny is exhilarating.
The lands of Ellium are dying. A blighting corruption born a thousand years ago spreads slowly westward, sowing seeds of chaos and despair…(mre blurb on ebook seller page…)
ACADEMY OF MAGIC by Various
A little learning is a dangerous thing, but an education at the Academy of Magic is a whole other ball game….Choose wisely because the magical education you pick could set the course of your whole life….or sometimes ever after. Join Mages, shifters, princes, princesses, witches and spies in this fantastical collection of magical academy books by USA Today and Amazon best selling authors.
REVERSE HAREM ADVENT CALENDAR by Various
VS Note: Not sure how well this concept fits with Christmas and other winter holidays but it’s an unusual idea and the authors say any resulting sales of the books mentioned benefit Doctors Without Borders so…calendar is free at the moment as far as I can tell.
Ho! Ho! Hot! The first-ever reverse harem advent calendar is here! Twenty-four first chapters from bestselling reverse harem novels, perfect to fill up that reading list for the holidays. Get a taste of books you haven’t discovered yet and be inspired to re-read the ones you know already. Plus, exclusive behind the scenes insights about your favourite authors. How do they come up with ideas? How do they spend the festive period? You’ll get answers to those questions, as well as fun titbits about pets, unruly characters and the craft of writing. Make yourself a hot drink, cuddle up on the sofa and get ready to open your first door… it’s about to get hot. All proceeds from paperback sales go to Doctors Without Borders.
TOPAZ (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 5) by J E Cluney
Not many people looked my way normally, but when you’re running down the street in a sky-blue ball gown with tears running down your face at the crack of dawn, they’re going to notice. I’m Topaz, a tiger shifter, now chosen partner of our leader’s son. A complete and utter jerk of a shifter. I didn’t get a say in it, clearly. I’m not about to write my life off to be the mate to some egotistical, self-centered asshat. But when my best friend tries to help and cheer me up, things go from shit to complete crazy when we hit a shifter on the road. Things keep spiraling out of control, and I find myself crazily attracted to three unexpected men. I’d never have thought I’d feel this way for any of them, but here we are. What the hell is going on?
HIS REBELLIOUS OMEGA (THE ROYAL OMEGAS BOOK 3) by P Jameson and Kristen Strassel
I might have a reputation around the Badlands as a troublemaker. I’ve spent years fighting for justice, but our new arrangement with the royals isn’t exactly what I had in mind. For years, we thought omegas were being abducted and taken to the Human Keep. I recently discovered they’ve gone there by their own will, and they’re thriving. I wonder if I’d be better off leaving the royal court behind and joining them.
When Cassian catches me stealing a military vehicle to make my getaway, he should’ve thrown me into the dungeons and forgotten about me. Instead, he helps me. The alpha shows me a side of him that I’ve never seen before. One that I can’t live without.
When we get to the Human Keep, we discover a truth that will change the lives of everyone in Luxoria. Will Cassian stay loyal to our covert mission, even if it could cost him his title and possibly his life?
JAKLYN’S SAVIORS (RAVENS OF WAR BOOK 3) by Elle Boon
SHE KNEW ALL ABOUT PAIN…Jaklyn Marx learned at a young age what pain was at the hands of her father. For seventeen years she’d lived with the physical scars, and the knowledge that she was a latent wolf. When she meets two men who claimed she was meant to be theirs, she ran.
THEY KNEW ALL ABOUT WAITING…Gray and Colt had been searching for their Fated for thousands of years. When she ran they were prepared to do anything to find her and keep her, even call on a goddess for help.
THE PAST WASN’T MEANT TO STAY GONE…Just when the trio finds happiness a demon from their past threatens to destroy them. Jaklyn refuses to allow her father to take anything else, especially her newfound love for the two men who save her past, present, and future.
LOVE WILL TEST THEIR BONDS…They will need more than just love to defeat Seamus and his tainted pack. They’ll need the help of all the Ravens and a god or two in order to destroy something Cronus created.
BOUND BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVERLAKE BOOK 8) by Vella Day
Dragon shifter, Logan Caspian, has his hands full with journalist Wendy Oprander. Sure, she might be a wolf shifter, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be killed. And it would be an understatement to say he was upset when he found out she was investigating the same dangerous case he was working on. Naturally, Logan was quick to suggest she drop the story, but that discussion did not go over very well at all. Not to worry. He could be just as stubborn as Wendy. After all, Logan was a Guardian and her mate.
Considering everyone she talks to seems to be lying, Wendy is struggling to figure out who to trust. Having the super-hot Logan hovering over her isn’t helping one bit. Her focus has to be on getting the scoop on this big conspiracy and not on him. When someone tries to kill her, she has to decide if she is willing to risk it all for her dream job or chance losing the man she wants more than air itself.
SHATTERED (LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND BOOK 4) by T L Reeve and Michele Ryan
Mackenzie Raferty’s had a crap life, most of it his making. When he meets Holly Geithner over ten years ago, he believed it was his chance to make up for his past transgressions. There’s just one catch, Holly isn’t who she says she is. Now, with Holly in prison for being the backbone of PBH—Paranormal Bounty Hunters, Mackenzie has to pick up the pieces of his life once again.
However, this time, he’s doing it alone…Aurora McNamara doesn’t have time for relationships or people in general. As the sole guardian of her niece Abigail, she’ll do whatever it takes to give the little redhead a normal life with normal friends, especially after a life-threatening and life-altering surgery. When the doctors tell Aurora dry, warm climates would help Abigail heal and feel better, she begins her new life with her niece in Window Rock, Arizona.
The trial of Holly Geithner is upon them. Mackenzie along with Hayden, his niece, must testify against Holly. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
BOX OF PUPPETS (FOXY WITCH BOOK 1) by Aster North
Witch. Kitsune. Crazy cat lady. Hey there! My name is Mei. Normally, I’m a ‘roll with the punches’ kind of girl, but I fear I’m going insane. I say things I do not think and do things I cannot control. My reality has become a nightmare. I feel like a puppet dangling from frayed strings. Three vampire hunters alter my course when they stumble into me one night. Plagued by the same instability, they work their way into my life and my head. Together, we must try to find a way out of our madness. Hopefully.
Sounds like I have a plan, right? Wrong. You see, I have a couple of other problems that are pretty pressing as well. I’m almost sure that my boyfriend, Finn, is going to ask me to marry him. And, well, I can’t stand him. Oh, and there are a few other things, but I can’t tell you about them just yet. That would spoil the surprise. Throughout it all, my search for the truth never falters. Insanity is the easier answer, but no one ever said life is easy.
THE NAME OF ALL THINGS (A CHORUS OF DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Jenn Lyons
VS Note: Not a romance but seems to be epic fantasy and a release of note on OCT 29. I found the idea of gender roles in one society being based on horses (???) intriguing, which one reviewer mentioned…
Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man. Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin. Janel’s plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin’s old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.
Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world—the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants. And what he wants is Kihrin D’Mon.
RISE OF THE FIRE WITCH (STONE SENTRIES) by Lisa Carlisle
Roman, Commander of the Stone Sentries, is on high alert as he patrols from a Boston rooftop. The eclipse of the red Supermoon bodes danger. When a blast of dark magic soars past him, he tracks a beautiful, mysterious woman.
Larissa has spent her entire life trying to be normal–even if it’s given her insight as a police officer. But, she’s different–she can sense things before they happen. It doesn’t help her the night she meets Roman, however. A harmless fling turns into something much more dangerous. What she discovers about Roman is shocking enough. But, when she learns the secrets of her past, she’s blindsided by the truth.
THE GIFT: PLEASURE TIMES FOUR by Candace Blevins
Kieran and Gwen are powerful Strigorii vampires who’ve been married over three and a half centuries. Their Master Vampire, Abbott, realizes the couple is on the eve of dissolving their marriage, but no one wants to see their long-time romantic partnership break up. Abbott hopes the gift of a shared blood servant who happens to be a trained bodyguard can solve several problems in one solution. With the coming war so close, he needs to take steps to protect the couple who manage his vast fortune. If the former slave can also help them find common ground and rekindle their romance? Even better.
Ajax was abducted from foster care as a small child and raised as a slave. Chosen for his size, he was forced into hard physical labor to create a huge, intimidating physique. His original Vampire Master had the slave trained to be his personal bodyguard, and Ajax excels at it. When Abbott took over the territory, he tried letting Ajax work for Drake Security, but the werewolf was miserable.
How can a swan possibly fit into this? Arabella’s mother sold her eggs to the traffickers, and the swanling was hatched into slavery. When the Swan Queen took over the crown, she tried to award Arabella her freedom, but it never took. Surprisingly, it’s possible the little swan might be the glue that holds everything together.
CHRISTMAS AFTER DARK by Various including Alyssa Day with CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTIS
Baby, it’s cold outside…Cozy up and get lost in supernatural worlds of shifters, gods, Atlanteans, werewolves, witches, and more… A holiday treat guaranteed to jingle your bells! CHRISTMAS AFTER DARK is a boxed set anthology of novellas from six of the hottest paranormal romance authors out there.
HEXES AND HAVOC (SLEEPY HOLLOW ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Zara Zenia
A new semester and a new sinister plot takes aim at the supernatural students of Sleepy Hollow University. At first, the mystery illness is only a mild concern, but when my classmates start dropping like flies, it becomes clear this isn’t some random bug but a dangerous, targeted attack. It can only be the work of witchcraft, and when one of the men who holds a piece of my heart falls prey to the disease, my other suitors and I must band together to search for the source of the powerful spell.
With Hunters breathing down our necks and a friend being ravaged by the virus, the quarantine at Sleepy Hollow University doesn’t just work to keep the infection contained, it forces us into close quarters with the very real threat intent on destroying all of us.
I guess it’s just too much to ask for a semester where we aren’t fighting for our lives.
ROGUE SOULS: A LIMITED EDITION REVERSE HAREM ANTHOLOGY by Various
VS Note: From OCT 29
From the mean streets of urban cities to exotic lands, these heroes and heroines fall in love and still manage to slay a monster or three. Sink your teeth into Rogue Souls, an urban fantasy collection packed with action, adventure, magic, mystery, and more.
An entire rogues’ gallery of heroines and their heroes bare their souls—and sometimes more—in this hot new reverse harem urban fantasy collection!
NIGHT OF THE OWL (THE NOVELS OF RAVENWOOD BOOK 4) by Judith Sterling
PhD student Ardyth Nightshade has renounced men and pursues her twentieth-century career with single-minded focus. When fate whisks her to medieval England, she meets her match in a man whose passions mirror her own. Can she sacrifice ambition for a love she never sought?
Hugh, Lord Seacrest confounds all who know him. He refuses to marry without a meeting of minds and hearts, and no lady has even approached his ideal…until Ardyth. But she’s an odd one, with unique skills, shocking habits, and total conviction she needs no man. She also harbors secrets, and in the midst of rumors, plots, and murder, trust is fragile.
A woman outside of her time. A man ahead of his. They must take a leap of faith to forge a bond that will shape history.
RED SNOWFLAKES by Kristal Dawn Harris
Forensic photographer, Dena Williams, has spent her life trained to see what others cannot. Vampire, Dimitri Kovac, has waited every Christmas for a miracle that does not come. In the Oregon wilderness, during a snowstorm, these two destined souls collide. Dena’s only hope of survival rests in a vampire with the heart of a poet. Dimitri only has five days to win a skeptical woman’s heart. As the Christmas tree lights burn brightly and the snow continues to fall, will Dena succumb to a vampire’s charms? With so little time, can Dimitri win her love?
LAGOON OF DREAMS (STRANGE, STRANGE WORLD BOOK 3) by Tinnean
David Knight has been plagued by dreams his entire life, only to have all memory of them vanish when he awakens. Now the dreams are coming with more frequency, and they seem to be drawing him to the Amazon.
A scientist with a PhD in ichthyology and a dedication to learning all he can about lungfish, whose existence dates back to the Devonian era, David is determined to see what the Amazon holds. His hopes seem about to be answered when Dr. Carlos Avila contacts him. It seems the Brazilian archeologist discovered the remains of a previously undiscovered species on a tributary of the Amazon, and he’d like nothing better than for David to join the expedition to see if more of the creature can be found.
Of course David leaps at the opportunity and flies to Pesadelo Bay to join the mismatched team. Once there, he discovers not only does Dr. Avila have his own agenda, but a former conquest as well as a friend who’d saved his life years before are part of the team and are engaged to be married. Meanwhile, the need to sail up the Amazon to find what … or who … is calling him there has become more and more pressing, and David must decide which is the most important — learning what Dr. Avila really is searching for, or finding the answer to his dreams?
GHOST REVELATIONS (GHOST DUD BOOK 1) by Aspen Black
I was always told growing up in my family, surrounded by magic, that I was a dud. I had no power except the ability to talk to ghosts. It never bothered me because I enjoyed my job as a bartender at my Uncle’s bar that caters to the supernatural community. I spend my nights working and getting to flirt with my crush.
Then one night, my life turned upside down. Someone was murdered right around the corner and suddenly a hot wizard detective with a perfect bubble butt from MEPA, The Magical Entity Protection Agency, swooped in and asked for my help with the victims’ ghosts. Working with the detective soon leads to a race to stop a killer who is bent on exposing the supernatural community to humans with more deaths.
Join Victoria on her journey as she works to stop an evil being with the help from her crush Akira the werewolf, Lucian the wizard, and her ex-boyfriend Shax.
FRANK’S FELON (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Julie K Cohen
Getting past that brute of a guard patrolling Damien’s territory was hard, and rather fun.
Delilah wants to taste every delectable square inch of him, but Frank wants more from her than she can give. She has to leave, before her enemies catch her, punish her. . . before Frank makes her feel again. Delilah’s no good. She’s tainted, with a target on her back. And Frank wants her, badly. She’s his future, but she won’t admit that.
He won’t let the humans have her, even if it means starting a war.
I SPY A DEMON by Keta Diablo
When twins Cecily and Calder Sizemore’s parents are killed in a car accident, they’re adopted by the Frost family—Gus, Mae and their sons, Marcel and Elliott. Over the years, Cecily’s love for Marcel evolves into anything but sisterly.
Cecily always knew something was amiss in the Frost household. Little things belied the calm, peaceful ambiance Mae did her best to portray. Calder tried to warn her things were not as they appeared, but she didn’t want to believe him. When Calder begs her to leave Des Moines, start a new life away from the secrets, away from the Frosts and away from Marcel, she takes his advice and her shattered heart and moves to Minnesota.
Now she’s been called home for her beloved brother’s funeral. There’s more to the story than meets the eye. Discrepancies in how her twin died lead her back to Des Moines, and back to Marcel―the boy who stole her heart, the man whose very presence turns her blood to liquid fire. Marcel has always kept dangerous secrets, but this time, Cecily is determined to uncover the truth about the Frosts… and the truth about how Calder really died. She’ll find out what really happened to her brother, even if it’s her last act in life.
THE LADY AND THE ORC by Finley Fenn
He’s the most feared monster in the realm. And she’s what he needs to win his war…In a world of warring orcs and men, Lady Norr is condemned to a childless marriage, a cruel lord husband, and a life of genteel poverty — until the day her home is ransacked by a horde. And leading the charge is their hulking, deadly orc captain: the infamous Grimarr.
And Grimarr has a wicked plan for Lady Norr, and for ending this war once and for all. She’s going to become his captive — and the perfect snare for Lord Norr.There’s no possible escape, and soon Lady Norr is dragged off toward Orc Mountain in the powerful arms of her greatest enemy. A ruthless, commanding warlord, with a velvet voice and mouthwatering scent, who awakens every forbidden hunger she never knew she had…
But Grimarr refuses to accept half measures — in war, or in pleasure. And before he’ll conquer Lady Norr’s deepest, darkest desires, she needs to surrender everything.
Her allegiance. Her wedding-ring. Her future… And with her husband’s forces giving chase, Lady Norr can’t afford to play such a dangerous game — or can she? Even if this deadly orc’s plans might be the only way to save them all?
CAILLEADHAMA: THROUGH THE VEIL by J Scott Coatsworth
Colton is a trans man living in a climate-changed world. He plies the canals that used to be city streets, earning a living taking tourists on illicit journeys through San Francisco’s flooded edges beneath the imposing bulk of the Wall.
Tris is an elf who comes through the veil to the City by the Bay – the Caille – on a coming of age pilgrimage called the Cailleadhama. He is searching for his brother Laris, who went missing after crossing through the Caille years before.
The two men find they have common cause, and together they set off to find Laris in a world transformed by the twin forces of greed and climate change. And in the end, they find out more than they ever expected, both about the warming world and their own selves.
AMBROSIA NIGHTS: A HIGHER PLAINS SHORT by Kristy Nicolle
Step out into Olympolis for a night on the town with Apollo and Aphrodite in this short but ambrosia sweet look into life among the gods and goddesses of the higher plains.
PURITY WAR: BOOK 2 OF THE MORTAL HEAT SERIES by Laurel Night
Just when things seem settled with their blood-drinking boyfriends, Lucy and Emily discover there’s still much they don’t know about the Vimpiri. Now that Emily and Todd are paired, Lucy is ready to lose herself in that first euphoric bite from Mick. She offered herself to him, and his surprising rejection stung. Could there be more going on than she knows? Emily develops impressive new powers, and suddenly her relationship with Todd has more consequences than she knew. Another trip to the alien enclave in Austria reveals there’s far more at stake than anyone could have imagined.
THE HAUNTED WEDDING (A LIN COFFIN MYSTERY BOOK 12) by J A Whiting
The double wedding of Lin Coffin, her cousin, Viv, and their fiancés is fast approaching.
One afternoon, the two young women decide to take a walk around the fairgrounds and sports fields of the Tom Nevers area of Nantucket, when they notice a commotion down by a storage shed. Inside the building, a young man has made a ghastly discovery and the police have been called to investigate the find. Is what’s inside the shed linked to a decades-old double murder on the island?
When a ghost appears to request Lin’s help, will she and Viv, with the assistance of a friend from Boston who has arrived for the marriage celebration, be able to solve the mysteries before the special day turns into a haunted wedding?
This story has some mild paranormal elements.
REFLECTION (THE KINGDOM CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Camille Peters
Princess Rheanna’s self-esteem shattered when her former fiancé unexpectedly ended their betrothal. Years later, the rejection continues to haunt her, and now that she’s faced with yet another unwanted political engagement, Rhea will do anything to avoid another heartache.
When a mysterious lure draws Rhea to an abandoned turret of the palace, she discovers a magic mirror and is shocked to find a snarky man trapped inside. Although she agrees to help break Drake’s curse, things quickly grow complicated, for not only does she begin to fall in love with him, but breaking a curse proves quite difficult when she herself feels trapped––by her own self-doubts.
Rhea and Drake’s relationship sets in motion a series of events that threaten both herself and her kingdom. As she seeks to unmask the evil within the palace and overcome the poisonous doubts consuming her mind, Rhea must make a difficult choice between the path she’s expected to walk and the man she’s forbidden to love. But the more time she spends with Drake, the less convinced she becomes that doing her duty will be worth the sacrifice it will cost her heart.
CALL DOWN THE HAWK (THE DREAMER TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
VS Note: Not a romance. but intriguing elements..
The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die. And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.
ENTHRALLING THE ORC (THE PERISHED WOODS BOOK 2) by Tracy Lauren
Desperate to find answers to the whereabouts of her niece, Ellyn does the unthinkable and releases a criminal brought in from the Perished Woods. Believing him to be nothing more than a man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, she enlists his aid as a tracker.
But the dark night can only shield his true form from her view for so long and when Ellyn finally looks into Ash’s ghostly eyes, she knows exactly what type of monster she’s released. An orc… the same fearsome beast responsible for the burning of her niece’s village. Forced into the cursed woods with a traveling companion he never meant to keep, Ash wants nothing more than to lose the girl, but the longer he walks with Ellyn at his side, he realizes he’s more apt to lose himself.
STALKED BY SHADOWS (A SIMPLY CRAFTY PARANORMAL MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Lissa Kasey
Alexis Caine survived an attack in the deserts of Afghanistan. An attack the government denied and discharged him for, leaving him broken and in a mental institution. What Alex saw that day in the desert continues to haunt him.
When a new job working as a bodyguard for a New Orleans ghost tour guide, Micah Richards, opens Alex’s eyes to a world of paranormal possibilities, he’s not sure he can believe his eyes. What if he’s not crazy after all? When a ritual murder in which two fellow tour guides die and a tourist vanishes, Alex wonders if he brought a curse down upon them all. A shadow from the desert rears its nightmarish head offering Alex something he wants more than anything, but at what cost?
QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED (ISLANDS OF BLOOD AND STORM BOOK 1) by Kacen Callender
VS Note: Not a romance but a fantasy release of note this week…
Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands’ colonizers, who have massacred and enslaved generations of her people — and now, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge.
When the childless king of the islands declares that he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney uses her ability to read and control minds to manipulate her way onto the royal island and into the ranks of the ruling colonizers. But when she arrives, prepared to fight for control of all the islands, Sigourney finds herself the target of a dangerous, unknown magic.
Someone is killing off the ruling families to clear a path to the throne. As the bodies pile up and all eyes regard her with suspicion, Sigourney must find allies among her prey and the murderer among her peers… lest she become the next victim.
RISE OF THE FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 5) by Linsey Hall
The false queen has taken everything from me. My throne, my people, and worst of all, my mate. Her dark curse has stolen Tarron’s mind and compels him to try kill me.
I’ll do anything to cure him and stop her. When a prophecy tells me to go find the Dragon Bloods, I know I’ll be walking into a deadly situation. It won’t stop me.
Together, my friends and I will face hell itself to save the Unseelie Fae from the false queen. The question is…can we? Revolution is on the horizon, and it’s time for a new queen.
FRIENDS WITH THE MONSTERS by Albany Walker
VS Note: From OCT
Gather round close, for I have a secret to tell. Late at night, while everyone is sleeping, dreaming of white knights and fairytales. I’m making friends with the monsters. They call to me, like finds like, right? My biggest secret, I’m the scariest monster I know. I think I’m the bad guy.
PATRICK (SILVERBACK REDEMPTION BOOK 2) by Harmony Raines
It was a dark and stormy night! Bear shifter, Patrick, is helping fellow Silverback Savior, Gunner and his mate, Sadie, get to the hospital. It’s an emergency since Sadie is in labor and not even a raging storm can stop her baby being born. However, a downed tree might just stop them getting to the hospital. And being born in the back of a truck, is not the way they want to welcome the new baby into the world.
Then, fate steps in.
A large fallen tree is blocking the route to Kelly’s new home and new life in Bear Creek. When a vehicle pulls up behind them and a handsome stranger taps on the window, single mom Kelly has no idea how her life is about to change.
What Kelly is about to discover is that her new life is missing one thing, a bear shifter for a mate.
But things do not run smoothly. Kelly’s reason for starting over is her son, Danny, who has become a shadow of himself since he witnessed a tragic accident. She hopes the move will help Danny put the past behind him. Her son is her sole responsibility and she intends to support him in any way she can. There is no room in her life for romance with a stranger. Or is there?
CROWN OF OBLIVION by Julie Eshbaugh
VS note: Not a romance but a release of note…
In Lanoria, Outsiders, who don’t have magic, are inferior to Enchanteds, who do. That’s just a fact for Astrid, an Outsider who is indentured to pay off her family’s debts. She serves as the surrogate for the princess—if Renya steps out of line, Astrid is the one who bears the punishment for it.
But there is a way out: the life-or-death Race of Oblivion. First, racers are dosed with the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memories. Then, when they awake in the middle of nowhere, only cryptic clues—and a sheer will to live—will lead them through treacherous terrain full of opponents who wouldn’t think twice about killing each other to get ahead.
But what throws Astrid the most is what she never expected to encounter in this race. A familiar face she can’t place. Secret powers she shouldn’t have. And a confusing memory of the past that, if real, could mean the undoing of the entire social structure that has kept her a slave her entire life.
Competing could mean death…but it could also mean freedom.
BLOOD ASCENDANT (SONS OF NAVARUS BOOK 7) by K M Scott
Theron has grown into adulthood knowing he is the war machine the Sons will need to defeat their enemy. The most powerful vampire ever, he’s finally ready for what the Prophecy of Idolas foretold all those centuries ago. But is he destined to ascend to power forever alone?
For ages, the Sons and the Archons have known all-out war was inevitable, a fight for the domination of their world. The Archons have nothing less than a god on their side, but the Sons and their allies have something more to fight for, more than just control of the vampire world.
The Sons fight for family, for friends, and for love, but their duty to the vampire world is clear. Stop the Archons. No matter who must die and what they must sacrifice, the Archons must be defeated.
VS Note: I’m getting ready to release my next Badari Warriors book soon so in the meantime I’m highlighting one of my favorites in the series (not that I don’t love them all LOL): CAMRON
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.