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).
HIGH PLAINS CYBORG (CYBORGS ON MARS BOOK 0) by Honey Phillips
When Jo’s partner abandons her as soon as they arrive on Mars, it’s yet another reminder of what she has always known: the only person she can count on is herself. But she is determined not to let his absence prevent her from claiming the one thing she has always wanted – a permanent home. Earth Government is offering land to anyone who can work a claim for five years and she isn’t going to let loneliness, global dust storms, or a mysterious, attractive cyborg stop her.
C-487 no longer feels human emotions. They have been left behind in the pain of his transformation and the long, lonely years working to make Mars suitable for human settlement. The majority of that work completed, there is little left for him now except making sure that these foolish humans don’t kill themselves or each other. Until he sees her – a tiny, determined female who makes his long-forgotten heart beat faster.
Can a woman who is afraid to trust and a cyborg who has forgotten how to love find their dreams together?
ARCAV PRINCE’S CAPTIVE: BOOK 5 (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION) by Hope Hart
Everly, tough, fierce ex-federal agent has broken with her past, moving to Arcavia and training as the Queen’s guard. Along with the challenges of adjusting to a new planet, she’s dealing with a disastrous complication: The fallout from an incredible, stolen night with Korva, a broken male known as a traitor amongst both Arcav and humans.
For Korva, his night with Eve was a destructive mistake, betraying the female who was once his. Unfortunately, he can’t escape the crippling need to protect the human who insists she needs protection from no one. As Eve works to defend the Arcav from a devasting attack, will she be able to keep her new life, and heart intact? And will Korva miss out on the chance of a future with the woman who once offered him his first taste of hope?
ACCEPTING THE LANCE (LIADEN UNIVERSE BOOK 22) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
VS note: Not a romance but a release of note…
NEW NOVEL IN THE NATIONALLY BEST-SELLING LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES. Sequel to national bestseller Neogenesis.
Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from The Department of the Interior’s infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back-water planet Surebleak, whose people are as untamed as its weather. The old Boss-controlled fiefdoms largely fell to Pat Rin yos’Phelium’s influence, but the world is restive, the influx of outworld lawyers, guns, and money a brewpot for armed dissatisfaction.
Far beyond the surface of frigid Surebleak Korval’s farflung trade network needs a serious reset to recover from exile. From flagship Dutiful Passage to the experimental—if centuries old—self-aware Bechimo co-captained by the Delm’s blood-sister Theo Waitley, the clan’s ships are prowling space lanes seeking trade. Meanwhile, Old Tech from a failed universe—the ancient but revived Tinsori Light—and the machinations of the mysterious Uncle are coalescing into dangerous opportunity or nefarious trap.
And the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet. They seek a final fully reckoned revenge, with Surebleak and Korval’s ships and people everywhere in the crosshairs.
OUT OF NOWHERE (THE NOWHERE BOOK 2) by Felicia Davin
VS Note: I had this pre-ordered because I loved the first book. Can’t wait to read this one.
Aidan Blackwood barely survived an unethical experiment by Quint Services. Researchers there robbed him of his ability to access the Nowhere, a void between worlds that allows him to teleport. Aidan plans to destroy the company and the man behind it, trillionaire Oswin Lewis Quint.
The problem? Aidan’s childhood best friend Caleb is the one who rescued him. Aidan’s spent years distancing himself from Caleb. It’s the only way to protect him from the dangers of Aidan’s life as a Nowhere runner—and the only way for Aidan to protect his fragile heart from unrequited love. Now Caleb is inextricably involved in Aidan’s most dangerous plan yet. Aidan’s already lost his power. He can’t lose the person he cares about the most.
Caleb lied his way into a secret Quint Services facility to rescue his best friend. He won’t be shut out of Aidan’s life now, even if it means risking his own life in Aidan’s wild scheme for revenge. As they pit themselves against a ruthless, corrupt trillionaire, Caleb worries that his unexplored feelings for Aidan might be love—and that he might not live long enough to find out.
ZOE (KLAXIAN CYBORG MATES BOOK 1) by L Starfyre
Zoe’s moods have been in the dumps lately, probably longer than she cared to admit. Having lost the use of her legs when she was fourteen and facing the prospect of losing her job, she craved a change. Maybe even some hope.
When the Aliens came to Earth the year before, they built EFPCs, mate-matching centers. Places that might offer her what she wanted. So what was the problem? If they could give her the ability to walk again, she thought she could make an exchange; her way of life for her legs. She’d be required to mate an alien. Was she ready for not only the mating, but also her first steps in years? She didn’t know, but she was going to find out. And what if her exchange was for more than she bargained for? More was better right?
THE AI WHO LOVED ME by Alyssa Cole
VS Note: Seems to be audiobook only.
Performed by Regina Hall and featuring Mindy Kaling, a captivating romantic comedy with a thrilling sci-fi twist!
Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down.
Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd – and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door – he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.
HOMEWORLD FOR THE HOLIDAYS (THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 12) by Cassandra Chandler
Buddy didn’t mean to stow away on an alien warship. He just wanted to surprise Nika with a holiday dinner she’d never forget. But now, he’s stuck aboard the Reckoning with his dog, of all things, headed to a star system far from Earth and the Christmas dinner where he planned to introduce Nika to his family.
Nika has enough on her plate building colonies, dome worlds, and space stations in the Sol system—all without Earth’s governments detecting their presence. With a war going on throughout the galaxy, it’s up to her to create sanctuaries for sentients who have lost their homeworlds. When she’s called aboard the Reckoning to track down odd system errors—and pulled from a holiday dinner with Buddy—she knows something’s gone very wrong. It goes from bad to worse when she finds Buddy and his dog on board.
Now, they have to work together to figure out how to fix the ship for good, keep Buddy and his dog hidden, and forge an alliance with a planet full of super strong warriors with impulse control issues. For a galaxy at war, can a chef, his dog, and a little holiday four-part-harmony pave the way to peace?
A BROKEN WINTER by Kale Night
VS Notes: Apparently this began as a webcomic years ago and is now a novel. Average of 4 stars on Goodreads.
General Auryn Tyrus is tired of serving an emperor who turns political dissidents into expensive steak and claims to have swallowed Ankari’s sun. He is fed up with pretending not to know Emperor Haken is buying biological weapons and collecting taxes for a war that doesn’t exist. Auryn’s role in the entire mirage leads him to drastic choices, but unexpected news halts his plans. Seven-year-old Keita Kaneko, the son of a former lover, is captured by the emperor’s special forces. Auryn secretly intervenes and spares Keita from execution.
Keita changes everything. Instead of feeling helpless and oppressed by a self-proclaimed living god, Auryn works to expose the emperor as a fraud. But he knows exactly will happen if he’s discovered, and the extent of Emperor Haken’s lies is worse than anticipated. If Auryn expects anyone to believe the truth, he’s going to need proof. And a lot of help.
KISSED ON ALIEN CHRISTMAS (ADRIFT IN SPACE BOOK 1) by Harpie Alexander
Kissed on Alien Christmas is a very short, slice of life novella, with a holiday like Christmas theme. Rena: Earth is gone and all I want to do is settle down and find a place to call home, but I cant stop thinking about everything I’ve lost. That all changes when a mysterious alien walks into a bar on Delarou Valdani, there’s just something about him that captivates me. That was a few months ago, and just when I thought I’d never see him again, he appears on what’s beginning to feel like Alien Christmas.
Aarvik: My people are scattered across the galaxy, but here I stand, on Delarou Valdani, wondering why I’ve been led to this mining planet. Just when I think all hope is lost, a beautiful human saunters into my life. I’m not sure what she has to do with the future of my people, but I’m willing to find out.
PROTOCOL (PROTOCOL TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Beatrice Crowl
VS note: Reviews indicate it may end in something of a cliffhanger and be more scifi with romantic elements than SFR.
A massacre by a telepath sets off a powder keg in the volatile human system. With the trial of the telepath approaching, humans’ fear of outsiders threatens to boil over.
Private Sadie Wydell, fresh from training, is plunged into a maelstrom of political suspicion when she’s picked to be the personal assistant to one of those outsiders: her alien commander. Despite his being under suspicion for his willingness to testify in the telepath’s defense, Sadie develops an all-consuming crush on him.
Commander Serrah is the only non-human in the human military, and he was never one to stick around in any single system. He’s determined to testify in defense of the telepath on trial, despite the military higher-ups having opened up an investigation into him for doing so. With his every move monitored, scrutinized, and dissected for its potential to be used against him, Serrah must stick to protocol to make it through the trial and investigation. Then he will move on to the next system. This three-month long flight to testify at the telepath’s trial is a minefield for both Sadie and Serrah, and a single misstep may cost Sadie her future and Serrah his life.
RILEY’S PARADOX (HEARTS OF ICARUS BOOK 9) by Laura Jo Phillips
VS Note: From November. Recommended by reader Donna M.
It’s the end of the galaxy as we know it . . . or, it will be unless Riley Bearen and her destined soul-mates, Wilder, Weston, and Winston Katre can do their part in resolving an existential paradox that, if allowed to take root, will literally unravel the fabric of reality and destroy every living thing in the known universe. To help them along, they have clues from a sphinx brought to terrifying life from the ancient legend, the kitten-sized Percy the Lonyx who combines irresistible cuteness with unparalleled deadliness, as well as some of Planet Jasan’s most powerful and wise male-sets and gifted Arimas. Unfortunately, Riley can’t do her part in saving The Thousand Worlds since shortly after meeting and forming an unbreakable bond with the thrillingly masculine Katre brothers, she is kidnapped and placed in a medically induced coma to be used for genetic experimentation on an unknown world.
Everything will be lost unless they can unravel Riley’s Paradox.
PASSION SURGE (CYBORG EXPLORATION BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax
VS Note: A free story from Ms. Sax.
Surge is fascinated with newly manufactured offspring. He has studied them extensively, was one of the few medics present when the very first freeborn cyborg entered the universe.
He’s currently assigned to a battle station with an all-male crew. The probability of tending to an offspring is a dismal 0.0000 percent.
That changes when an unknown ship ventures into the sector they’re protecting.
Nu is an extremely exhausted single mom with a fussy newborn daughter. She has no time or energy for anyone or anything else. That includes a cyborg medic with gentle hands, brilliant blue eyes, and a voice deeper than space.
He claims she’s his female, the one being genetically designed for him. She has heard those types of declarations in the past.
Only a warrior without equal—and some much-needed rest—would prompt this universe-weary mom to believe in romantic love again.
CAPTURING CARMEN (THE FORSAKEN BOOK 1) by K A Knight and Loxley Savage
A hundred years ago Earth was invaded by the Yarek, aliens with weapons of mass destruction. Humans were on the brink of annihilation when the Totiv, another alien race who wanted Earth to survive for their own sinister purposes, fought alongside us.
A decade later, the Totiv and Human collective defeated the Yarek. A treaty was forged as a way of giving thanks to the Totiv…but it wasn’t any of Earth’s natural resources they were after. It was our women.
As their own females began to die out, the Totiv sought human women as mates. And so, we were Forsaken by our world. Every year, special girls from around the world are taken to special training houses, in preparation to become a mate to one of the Totiv’s many unmated Klans. They are known as Harvest Girls. My name is Carmen and I am one of those girls.
INTERSTELLAR HUMAN PETTING ZOO (POSSESSIVE ALIENS) by Loki Renard
The sign on my cage says I am exhibit #42, a real human female.
I don’t know where I came from.
I don’t remember anything besides waking up in chains.
Thousands of alien creatures stare at me every day. Touch me. Treat me like an animal.
I can’t live like this.
When Death comes for me, I don’t fight him. But he doesn’t kill me. He breaks my chains.
Destroys my captors. And I fall in love.
STRANGE FAE (THE AETLANTIS GENOME BOOK 1) by A D Macle
I’ve always loved stories, the more fantastical, the better. I never realized that the life I was living wasn’t my own and that my story would rival some of my crazier reads. It’s not enough that I’m stuck with my loveless egg donor and her jerk of a boyfriend, I can deal with that; it’s the mess I’m about to walk into that is going to either break me or prove my salvation. Four handsome strangers at my school are about to turn my life upside down, whether I’m ready for it or not. I guess it’s time to buckle in and get ready for a crazy ride.
TWICE AS NICE by Ava Lee Mosley
VS note: Listed as erotica.
Allie is a Terran starfarer who is not easily satisfied. Brex is a cocky Primasul warrior who doesn’t think much of Terrans and who is quite attracted to this particular one. When he finds out that Allie needs information about a rare and priceless relic, information that he happens to have, he posits a challenge that she can’t refuse.
Will Allie swallow her pride to give herself completely to Brex? And will Brex satisfy the dark secret urges Allie has, even though it goes against Intergalactic Law?
UNEXPECTED ENEMY by Layla Stone
On the wrong side of space, the shadows can kill you….Was it wrong to be excited about that? Lita had a special gift, or curse, depending on how you viewed naturally destructive people. Idle hands and all that… Lita’s a mechanic on a Federation star carrier when a new mission makes life considerably more interesting. Deadly shadows. Trees that eat people…bring it on. The only part that truly tested her was dealing with an arrogant but sexy know-it-all cyborg. Sure, he may be her boss, but he’s not endowed with her skills and there is no one in the universe who knows machines better than her. Or so she thought.
UNCHARTED (CHRONICLES OF THE COMMON BOOK 4) by Elise Night
On the hunt for the mysterious new solar system that could save the hybrid population of the Common, the crew of the Casta Pollux head for uncharted territory at the edge of explored space. With Synergis still on their tail, they journey into the uncivilized Overworld, where pirates rule the stars with bloodthirsty cruelty.
Luhcean is well versed in the perils that accompany his reputation as the “Beast of Bhareketu.” But when he and his crew are captured by the ruthless Bshossell pirate clan, Luhc’s violent past suddenly lands him in the middle of a gladiator pit, fighting for his mate’s life.
Torn between her desires to protect the people she loves and to complete the mission to save the Hahtta, Eva is forced to confront the reality that her presence puts everyone around in her in danger. But when the pirate queen, Kadea, drags her into a political civil war, Eva must decide if she will sacrifice herself to save the crew of the Casta Pollux, or will she fight for the life she has built, and risk losing it all.
BOUND (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 6 ) by Tana Stone
For Shreya, taking an alien for a mate was never in the cards. As one of the human women who rejected the idea of being a tribute bride to the Drexian warriors, she was just fine without a big, hulking alien. Even if they are gorgeous. But now that she’s been taken captive by one who won’t take no for an answer, it looks like she may not have a choice.
Vox barely remembers being taken by the enemy and turned into a monster, but according to the human he has tied up, he was once Drexian. Not that it matters anymore. The only thing that does matter is completing the mission he’s been taxed with—mating with the reluctant female. Even if it means keeping her locked up with him in an alien pleasure house until she submits.
But, her friends are looking for her and the pains in his head are only getting worse. The more he gets to know the human, the harder it is to imagine forcing her to submit to him, although he can’t deny his desire to claim her. Will he be bound by the aliens who control him or will he listen to his heart?
SLOTH: A FATED MATE SUPERHERO ROMANCE (THE DEADLY SEVEN BOOK 4) by Lana Percherczyk
Nothing much appeals to Sloan Lazarus, except the burning hatred for the man who stole her heart and then ghosted her—right after she confessed her crime-fighting secret. When he turns up two years later, completely complacent and hot-as-sin, Sloan is determined to make his life a living hell. Then she discovers he is her lifemate… and her unstable powers kick in.
After being dishonorably discharged from the army, Maximillian Johnson has come to the sin-soaked Cardinal City to make a difference. A dark secret drives his motivation, and coloring outside the lines of law enforcement with the Deadly Seven is just what he needs. It doesn’t hurt that he gets to work with the beautiful woman who still holds a long denied place in his heart.
Problem is, the fanatical Syndicate are closing in, and just when the Deadly Seven think they’re making headway, they take two steps back. Sloan must learn to make peace with the brooding security specialist, or suffer the consequences of being imbalanced. If she can’t learn to trust again, and control her devastating new powers, life will be worse than a living hell… it will be deadly.
STARS SNOW AND MISTLETOE by Various
When the nights get longer it brings people together with hot drinks, holiday festivities and cozy nights by the fire.
They Come for Beyond Anthologies invites you to join eight authors for tales of holiday love that span the stars. Whether it be by hunting for the perfect Christmas tree or discovering the joy of the season in various small, meaningful ways, these eight tales celebrate the promise of hope and new beginnings with the magic of the season.
BLADE WITCH: A SCIENCE FICTION HOLIDAY NOVELLA by Jenny Schwartz
Finally finished with her bodyguard contract to protect a diplomat—ugh, yuk, and such an ANNOYING enchanter—the Blade Witch is heading home for Thanksbee. But when the ex-diplomat and the Blade Witch’s current annoyance insinuates his way into her journey home, and an orphan AI attempts to pick her storm cloud pocket, and bandits appear from a hypnofield, well, the Blade Witch may find that her blades can’t solve every problem in the universe. Nah. It’s time to carve up the galaxy!
TEMPTING TEMPEST: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 11) by Rena Marks
Many months ago, they agreed to a purely sexual relationship. Of course, that was before she accidentally killed him. Tempest can’t allow herself to fall for a human, no matter how scrumptious he may be. Her trainer, Shawn, is the only one who manages to tempt that rule. She’s sure it’s guilt over the stabbing, compounded by the fact that he’s the sexiest man in Xenia. Unfortunately, he’s human and therefore…weak. She can’t fall for someone she may lose.
Everyone is aware that Tempest is perhaps the most damaging—and damaged—Xeno Sapien there is. Coveted for her beauty, her body was a prize for others to battle over. Being abused taught her to protect herself by hurting others—and herself. It’s Shawn’s job to teach her otherwise. His job to teach her she can be loved. Because there’s no one else he loves more than her.
SHADOWS OF THE PAST (THE CASSIE TAM FILES BOOK 4) by Matt Doyle
Shadows of the Past is the new novella collection set in The Cassie Tam Files universe! Enjoy two new stories that follow PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori Redwood as they deal with the fallout from LV48. This book is part of a series and needs to be read in sequence.
A Week in New Hopeland – When Lori Redwood agrees to help out her girlfriend, PI Cassie Tam, by going undercover at a local shipping firm, she gets more than she bargained for. Her ‘boss’ Mr. Graves is a misogynist and a bully, and has been targeting one girl in particular. Cassie is known to him, and he tends to be cautious around Tech Shifters. Which means that Lori may be the best person for the job. Will Lori be able to help Cassie gather enough evidence for the police to act, or will she become the next target?
Shadows of the Past – PI Cassie Tam is not the only person who lives with regrets, and like most people, she just wants to get on with her life. But in New Hopeland, the past never remains buried. When she’s hired to track a stalker that’s been using some interesting tech to mask their identity on the city’s security cameras, Cassie ends up face-to-face with her darkest memory. Can Cassie find out who’s responsible before her past mistakes tear her – and her friends – apart?
ALIEN BRIDE FOR CHRISTMAS: REBELS OF SIDYTH NOVELLA by Sabrina Kade
Esla James is the best when it comes to steamy alien romances. She specializes in big blue aliens owning and ravishing their female mates. But Esla doesn’t write from experience. Outside the pages, she’s single, curvy, and self-conscious. Her famously descriptive wild sexcapades are imaginative retellings of her party girl roommate’s late night tales.
Now Esla’s been abducted by real aliens, and her kidnappers believe she’s the perfect match for a client who’s looking for an alien expert. Esla must prove she’s the real deal after encountering the only kind alien she’s met so far, but how can she play the role of interspecies sex goddess when her real-life self is a clueless virgin?
A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE BY Nalini Singh
VS note: NOT a romance, not scifi, paranormal or fantasy. It’s a mystery with some romantic elements but the emphasis is the mystery. I’m including it because I love all her books and I had this one pre-ordered.
On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.
That is until one fateful summer—and several vanished bodies—shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement to not look back. But they can’t run from the past forever.
Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape. It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.
DARK KING (THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden
Jennifer Foxray is a badass MMA fighter. When she finds herself kidnapped and brought into another dimension, her skills are an asset. Arrows whizzing past her head? No problem. She’ll still kick major goblin backside. She can take care of herself and save her friends. She doesn’t need a man to save her. Nope. Not even if he’s hot enough to melt her resistance.
Hyz is on a quest, with his trusty horse Thunder. He needs to know if the rumors of impending war are true. His plans come to halt when he comes across the most gorgeous woman on the planet, fighting off a horde of goblins. Though she can clearly hold her own, Hyz steps in to save her. That’s what heroes do. His saber toothed tiger wants her for a mate and Hyz is definitely attracted to her. But she can’t be his. He must wait for the woman with the glowing rock.
It’s a good thing Jenn doesn’t do relationships, because her rock isn’t glowing at the moment. Plus, she has two best friends to find and Hyz’s world to save. And really who has time for tingly girl parts and feelings when there’s butt to kick and a battle to destroy the evil creatures trying to take control of Crystal Kingdom?
THE INCUBUS IMPASSE (A CHARLIE RHODES COZY MYSTERY BOOK 6) by Amanda M Lee
Charlie Rhodes is at a crossroads in her life. Her big secret is out – at least with the most important person in her life Jack Hanson – and now they have to deal with a whole new reality.
Things are going relatively well when the Legacy Foundation is sent on a mission to Charleston. It seems women are dying under strange circumstances: open windows, no immediate sign of violence, locked doors. The leader of their group is convinced it’s an incubus, and even though he was the chief naysayer before, Jack has no idea what to believe given the reality of his magical girlfriend.
It’s a new world and Charlie is excited to embrace it. Jack wants to keep her close while exploring her abilities. They make a fearsome twosome … although there’s danger at every turn.
It seems Charlie resembles the dead women, and even though local police thought they had nothing in common … it seems they actually did. They were bucking for a reality television show and it appears someone in that business may be a murderer.
Charleston is a new environment and Charlie and Jack are embracing a brand new world. Things are going to be fine … as long as they live to tell the tale.
A murderer is stalking Charleston, death is close, and only Charlie can save the day. She’s going to need those closest to her to do it. Luckily, they’re up for the challenge.
PEARL (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 8) by Tabitha Barret
Pearl “Celeste” Dreger is a witch who can’t cast spells, much to her family’s embarrassment. She reluctantly leaves her friends at Hallowed Woods Academy and returns home for the Winter Solstice Celebration. All Celeste wants to do is disappear into a good book until she learns that she must help plan the coven’s seasonal events with the witches and wizards who have mocked her for years.
One bad day and a Pumpkin Spice Latte later, everything in Celeste’s world is completely turned around. Benjamin, the boy next door that her mother doesn’t approve of, breaks her heart. Carson, the handsome jokester, professes his love for her. But, strangest of all, the black cat, that only she can see, reveals a dark secret that puts her in danger.
Can Celeste prove that she isn’t powerless or broken to a town who looks down on her? Can she figure out the identity of the Shadow Masters before they harm anyone else close to her? Will she live up to her namesake and save her hometown?
STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING: A MAGICAL HOLIDAY COLLECTION by Various
Enjoy a holiday collection from some of your favorite Dragonblade Publishing authors in this collection of never-before published tales! From the bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of Medieval England, and everything in between, welcome to the magic of a holiday collection that will bring the joy of the season into your heart and into your home. Ten New York Times, USA Today or Internationally bestselling authors bring you their twist on the holidays using some of your favorite characters in STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING.
PROTECTING HIS PACK (NORTH AMERICAN WOLVES) by Morgan Elektra
VS Note: From November…
It’s been less than a year since Lane Perkins left his controlling ex and the big city behind for a new job and a new life in small town Watson Hollow, NY. When he meets enigmatic widower Jared Atherton, Lane can’t deny he feels a pull, but there’s no way he’s getting involved with another man so soon.
Jared has enough on his plate as a single father and Alpha of the smallest pack in North America. He’s not interested in a relationship, especially not with the aggravating human teacher who knows nothing of his world.
Fate has other plans however, and when a threat to Lane’s life leads him within the walls of Jared’s estate, they’ll be forced to face their attraction once and for all. But will it be enough to save them both from the wrath of a bitter rival?
MISS FROST SAYS I DO: A NOCTURNE FALLS MYSTERY (JAYNE FROST BOOK 7) by Kristen Painter
Welcome to the North Pole, the town where Christmas is everyone’s job.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and soon to be newlywed. Now that she and fiancé Sinclair (and their cats, Spider and Sugar) have moved back to the North Pole, they’re firmly entrenched in planning their wedding. With Jayne’s royal heritage, it’s a major undertaking.
And while Jayne is trying to organize the myriad details, Sinclair is taking the necessary classes to learn how to be a royal and adjust to his impending new life as Prince Consort. But with too much assistance from her well-meaning mother and aunt, Jayne quickly gets overwhelmed.
Sinclair suggests calling a friend to help, the ever-resourceful Birdie Caruthers. Jayne does, and Birdie is thrilled to pitch in. Not long after she arrives, however, the trio discovers the most terrible thing in the wedding carriage. Will this dreadful discovery derail the wedding? Or can they solve the problem in time to make it to the altar unscathed? Make no bones about it, this is some serious trouble.
DARKLIGHT 3: DARKWORLD by Bella Forrest
What lies beyond the tear? After achieving sanctuary in Scotland, Lyra, Dorian, and their clan have earned a much-deserved reprieve. But they cannot sit still for long. Darkness rises, unchecked, in both realms, while the tear continues to widen. With Alan’s chilling words ringing in their ears, it is time to face what Dorian has put off for so long: a return to the Immortal Plane.
Lyra remembers her small glimpse into that world, but this time, she will be on the ground, along with a small human-vampire team led by Dorian and Kane. It would be treacherous enough without Dorian’s attraction for her causing near-lethal heartburn… but maybe this journey will help them with that, too. Together, the team must search for the truth to end the madness. And discover just how deep the darkness lies.
DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON: TRUE MATES GENERATION BOOK 6 by Alicia Montgomery
They say mending a broken heart takes time and distance, so wolf shifter Desiree “Deedee” Creed takes the first chance she could to get out of New York–by going on a year-long archeological dig halfway across the world. Not only was this good for her career, but it would give her a chance to forget the sting of rejection and let her heart heal. However, a freak sandstorm sweeps her up and straight into the arms of a mysterious, handsome prince who calls to her wolf. But he can never know her true shifter nature, and she must resist him and ignore the desire he awakens in her.
When his father dies suddenly, ruling a kingdom wasn’t the only burden left on Crown Prince Karim’s shoulders. He is also the bearer of the Great One, a mystical creature bound to his blood and soul that marks him as the future king of Zhobghadi. Ensuring the safety and prosperity of his people and country is the duty that’s been ingrained in him since he was born. But, when the beautiful archeologist shows up in his bed and ignites his lust and intrigues his beast, he can’t help but wonder if there is more to life than becoming king.
When the secrets they were hiding from the world and each other come to light, it only pushes them together, and they realize how perfect they are for each other. As their passion for one another grows, so does the danger around them. And secrets from the past never stay in the past. Will these forces bring them closer together or keep them apart?
WINTERWORLD by Barbara Elsborg
VS Note: It wasn’t clear to me if the ‘magic’ referred to in reviews was the fantasy kind of magic. I decided to include the book here because it sounds good!
‘Tis the season of Santa and snow and sparkles…and secrets.
With the looming grand opening of Winterworld, the Overton family’s Christmas extravaganza, the last thing groundsman Kem needs is to be partnered with the Overtons’ prodigal son. Kem’s got enough on his plate with a brother increasingly lost to drugs, a spurned boss, herding three adoring but out-of-control wolfhounds, not to mention Lady Overton’s contagious love of all things Christmas, and her never-ending to-do list. He has no time or desire to babysit a clueless young aristocrat.
Fabian’s been travelling the world for the past two years. Or at least, that’s his parents’ version of events. Lying low at the family estate, no home or money or future to call his own, he has no option but to toe their line. And yet, despite his resentment of his every move being orchestrated, he discovers working with Kem has its benefits, including those of the sexy, fun kind.
Winterworld isn’t the only magic Kem and Fabian are creating. Attraction, friendship and trust deepen as they discover they have more in common than either thought possible — including pasts and secrets neither wants to talk about. But their budding relationship doesn’t please everyone, and acts of betrayal threaten to blow them apart for good. Can the magic of Christmas, a secretive, sees-all Santa, and a meddling but well-meaning mother, save the day?
GORGON’S PRICE (REDEMPTION OF THE GORGONS BOOK 1) by Clare Davon
Euryale will never forget the day the gods turned her into a monster. After millennia, her heart beats faster at the idea of regaining her normal form. For the feel of skin and not scales, hair and not snakes. But the price could be too high.
Knowing full well the gods can’t be trusted, Euryale agrees to take on a reluctant partner to track down whoever is murdering a growing number of gods. A murderer no one cared about until the killings edged uncomfortably close to bigger and bigger pantheons. Tracking the murderers down is the price she has to pay for her newly restored form—and that of her two equally cursed sisters.
Asher’s unusual gift for eerily horrific sound effects make him a highly sought-after voiceover artist. While he keeps a low profile, there has always been a ticking time bomb in the form of the bargain between his banshee mother and his father, the god Ares. It’s time to pay up—or pay with his life.
As Euryale and Asher dance around their mutual mistrust, the friction ignites a fire of unexpected attraction. But love is almost as impossible as the dangerous task ahead. Because even if the murderers don’t stab them in the back, the fickle gods certainly will.
HER MISTLETOE MINOTAUR (A VERY ALPHA CHRISTMAS BOOK 1) by Erin St Charles
The adorable little shifter town of Perdition, Texas, turns into a winter wonderland every December. Which is why minotaur shifter Mitch Wayne has carefully cultivated a Grinchy, grumpy persona for years, keeping carolers, charity solicitations, and holiday invitations at bay. He hated Christmas, and he hated how the town residents lost their ever loving minds this time of year. Every year, he hid in his log cabin mansion outside of town, safe from the merry making, and avoided going into town until after the New Year.
The only thing Mitch hated more than Christmas was having strange people in his space.
So why did he bring a woman stranded on the side of the road during a snowstorm back to his cabin? A woman with the absurd name of Petunia, who was too young, too cheerful, too Christmassy to be endured? A woman who interrupted his solitude with holiday cheer, set off his smoke detectors with her cooking, and fascinated his beast *and* his libido?
And why did he have just one thought when he looked at this annoying little woman:
THE DRAGON’S TREASURE (BLACKWING DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Victoria Wright
No one steals treasure from a dragon. So what was Sevyr thinking when he stole tribute from another clan? The dragonborn divided the land specifically to avoid inter-clan conflicts, but when his lover is about to be sacrificed to a neighboring clan that will kill her, Sevyr does the only sensible thing he can think of: he steals her away to the safety of the Red Mountain.
His plan is not without flaws. The biggest one? Desdemona is more than she appears, and Drake Bronzeclaw has very personal reasons for wanting to ensure that she winds up stone cold before her secrets are revealed. Sevyr will do anything to protect the woman he loves. But will the rest of his clan risk going to war over a matter of the heart?
CHRISTMAS AT DALGAARD CASTLE by Grace Augustine
A rogue Fire Dragon Guard has assembled and is determined to capture the kingdoms of Marenth and Taydaryn. Their leader, Anwan of Osig, will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Respect for the deceased Queen of Taydaryn, Isara, is all that stood in the way of Anwan having a victory the first time the FDG waged war. Now that Brenna is Queen, will Anwan be respectful or will he begin something that will take down the peace keeping kingdoms?
Tirdon and Martrand journey to the Kingdom of Osig to negotiate with King Anwan. Their efforts come to a quick end that sends them hurrying to their homes when Anwan dismisses them. Leaving Osig without escort makes the men cautious as they travel. Tirdon spots a spy, no doubt one of Anwan’s, as they make their way through the forest.
Brenna and Eldra are safely tucked in at Dalgaard Castle, along with their children and castle manager, Edith. Nightmares plague Brenna and alarm her sister, children, and others within the walls of the castle. Is Brenna safe from the ruthless King Anwan? Can Tirdon reach Taydaryn before tragedy strikes?
BEST KNIGHT EVER (A KINDA FAIRY TALE BOOK 4) by Cassandra Gannon
What if a warrior falls in love with his fiercest enemy? For years, Trystan and Galahad fought on opposite sides of the brutal Looking Glass Campaigns. Trystan is a gryphon, part of a winged race who battled Camelot’s invasion of his homeland. Galahad was a knight of Camelot, who helped his king wage a relentless war, before he saw the dishonor in it and gave up combat forever. The two men have every reason to hate each other.
Now, the Looking Glass Campaigns are finally over. Suddenly, these former opponents on the battlefield need to become allies as they search for a “treasure beyond counting.” Traveling through a fairytale world of scheming enemies, magical temples, and the occasional leprechaun, Trystan and Galahad will have to follow an ancient map towards the lost city of Atlantis. Galahad’s reputation for perfection irritates the hell out of Trystan. Trystan’s propensity to kill everybody upsets Galahad. But the attraction between them is undeniable and growing stronger all the time.
As danger mounts and romance swirls, can these two powerful warriors settle the past and find their happily ever after?
DRAGON IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: CLAN OF THE PRIMORDIAL FLAME 1: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY by Julia Mills
From the deepest desire, springs the deadliest hatred…Out of the darkest cavern, emerges the most lethal fear…The time has come. Time to do or die. Faith in things unseen…Hope in a myth only fools believe…Destiny woven together by the tender hands of the Universe…With her only chance at happiness, her very existence, teetering on the head of pin, Addilyn waits for her Mate, only one prayer on her lips…“Please don’t go away. Please come for me and stay. Fate Won’t Be Denied. Dragon, it’s Cold Outside.”
THE BONES BENEATH (A MILITESS AND MAGE NOVEL BOOK 3) by Monica Enderle Pierce
Halina and Gethen are the last fighters standing against the evil engulfing Quoregna. Newly allied Nalvika and Ursinum march against their eastern neighbors in overwhelming numbers. Citizens are conscripted or killed, their possessions seized. Shrikers roam the lands, stealing children’s souls to empower King Waldram’s necromancy, while mages and hedge witches are seduced by the dark magic feeding his madness. Besera teeters on the brink of collapse and Or-Halee is under siege. Only distant Teleyansk remains free from war’s chaos.
Relentlessly hunted by their enemies, Gethen and Halina must journey to Quoregna’s farthest reaches in search of allies. Can they muster aid from strangers, or will fear of Waldram’s combined armies force the militess and the mage to travel a deadlier road to raise a force against his tyranny?
THE ROSE OF STONE (THE GARGOYLES OF THE ROSE BOOK 0) by Leigh Anderson and Alice Wilde
The people of Briarlynn Castle thought they were safe. They thought they could never be defeated…that their gargoyle guardians would be enough to protect them and to save England. They were wrong.
For centuries, the gargoyles and people of Briarlynn have safeguarded an ancient secret. One that could destroy the world if it fell into the wrong hands. Now that their home and life as they know it is threatened by invasion, everyone must make a choice.
But the women of Briarlynn are not called Stone Roses for nothing. Emma, the princess of Northumbria, a woman of strength and beauty, a woman whose heart belongs to her gargoyle guardians, will not stand by and watch as her castle, her lovers, or her kingdom fall without a fight.
HATEFUL HEROES (GIFTED ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Michelle Hercules
VS Note: From November
The impossible has happened. I became the thing that I’ve hated my entire life. Thanks to Bryce’s gift, I’m now an Idol. But I no longer want to see them all destroyed. Thanks to Bryce, Rufio, Morpheus, and Phoenix, the four powerful Idols I’ve fallen in love with, I realize I can’t blame an entire race for the evil doings of a minority. Being an Idol doesn’t make my existence easier, though. On the contrary, thanks to the rare gift I’ve developed, I’m now wanted dead or alive. Some want to use me as a weapon; others want me gone forever. We’re living in dangerous times, and the only Idols I can trust are my boyfriends. But we need allies because war is coming and we can’t fight in it alone.
EMBRACED BY SHADOWS (THE SHADOWBORN SERIES BOOK 3) by Erin O’Kane
VS Note: From November
Ari is in trouble. Mourning the loss of her best friend she is trying to uncover who is truly behind Tori’s death, and has attracted the attention of some very powerful enemies. Shifters are still disappearing, and war is brewing in the city. Since embracing her powers and discovering the presence of more Shadowborn, Ari must learn to rely on others to help her though her grief. With the help of the men in her life, and the support of Moon River pack, she might be able to finally have a place that she calls home.
Ari finds herself in way over her head and has to accept the help of the corrupt supernatural law enforcement team, ASP. Will Ari and her new family be able to overcome this unknown evil filling the city, or will everyone become Embraced by Shadows?
NEVER SHE LANDS: A NEW ADULT ADVENTURE OF PETER PAN by Jax Garren
In a corrupted Never Land, Peter becomes a young man as the boyhood fantasy around him grows the jaded teeth of adulthood. Pirates, once confined to a single ship, have taken over the coasts, mermaids work the brothels of Buccaneer City, and worst of all, fairies are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Peter returns to Earth to fetch Wendy—and instead finds her great-great-great-great granddaughter Gwendolyn, a musician with big dreams and even bigger responsibilities that keep her from living them. She doesn’t have time for the shenanigans of a charming swashbuckler with his head in the clouds. But together, the woman who never had a childhood and the man who never grew up may be the perfect team to save the Never Land.
SOLSTICE GIFTS: A WINDBORNE HOLIDAY SHORT STORY by Laurel Wanrow
A new wizard boyfriend. Differing holiday traditions. First gifts for each other.
’Tis the season to be jolly…and anxious. Combining wizard and human holiday celebrations becomes tricky when everyone in Fern and Beri’s new family—even Hilda the guinea pig!—expects something different, causing trouble and tugging at their heartstrings!
SOLSTICE GIFTS is a festive and sweet romantic YA fantasy short story (35 pages) in the Windborne series, taking place after the events of The Witch of the Meadows. (It contains spoilers.)
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A WEREWOLF by Liana Brooks
Del hates Christmas. As a child, she spent too many Decembers on the streets after her parents abandoned her. As an adult, the enforced family focus, the clients who see the holidays as an excuse to get gropey, and the mistletoe her well-meaning colleague Maureen hung over her work desk just seals the deal: December sucks.
If only it could stay Halloween for a couple of months instead. Del loves the excuse to slay monsters, the spooky atmosphere—and of course, the werewolves. Because everyone knows werewolves make the best lovers… Pity they’re not real.
When Maureen conjures up a list of eligible bachelors for the holidays and insists Del take her pick, Del does the only reasonable thing: she lies. And when nosy office Grinch Rafael Kane asks who the lucky fellow is, Del announces it to the whole office: she’s getting a dog. So now, the first item on Del’s holiday to-do list? Find a dog. Fast. Because if she doesn’t, nothing will protect her from Maureen’s list of Miami bachelor rejects.
BRAVERY (OMEGA QUEEN SERIES BOOK 2) by W J May
How long can you outrun your fate? When Evie and her friends set out to fulfill a long-awaited prophecy, they never thought their adventure would turn into a nightmare before their very eyes. Trapped in a cavern beneath the ground, they find themselves going up against a creature so twisted and terrible, they wouldn’t have believed it was real. Their strength is tested and friendships are strained. But as they soon discover, the creature was the least of their problems.
The world is shifting. Shadows and darkness are entering the land. Rumors are whispering around the remaining kingdoms. Rumors of a dark and powerful stone.
Can the friends find it in time? Or are some prophecies never meant to be? Be careful who you trust. Even the devil was once an angel.
VINCENT’S PLACE (AVALEIGH’S BOYS BOOK 6) by Sandra R Neeley
Vince is a Lion shifter, happily living life as a bachelor on the outer edges of the mix-matched clan of shifters his sister has married into. He’s fine like he is, or so he tells himself. Then one afternoon a woman wanders into his bar on the run from everything she calls home. His Lion sits up and takes notice. This must be it he thinks — this is the Mate call I keep hearing everyone talk about. He calls her Mate and sets about trying to make her believe it — no matter how much she resists him and keeps her distance.
Visiting the hospital to welcome a friend’s new baby, Vince’s Lion suddenly surges to the forefront, roaring ‘Mate’ in his mind. He’s stunned, speechless, and anchored to the spot he was standing in when he first caught sight of the pretty, brunette nurse. Then, the woman he’d mistakenly called Mate speaks behind him. Slowly he turns, realizing this can’t be right — he’s already got a Mate, already made promises, given his word — and he’s a man of his word. His Lion is outraged, his heart pounding, his soul shaken. How could he have been so wrong?
Natalie is a nurse spending her life working in two hospitals. Every waking moment she is helping someone somewhere, in an effort to keep herself focused on anything other than her private life. She’s been lied to, cheated on, and hurt so many times, she refuses to allow it to happen again. Then, while working with a very unique couple of new parents, she runs into a man she can’t ignore. This man steals her attentions, captivates her with his presence, and it seems she unwittingly has the same effect on him. She dares to think that maybe, just maybe, this time will be different. When his girlfriend shows up to visit the new parents, Natalie’s hopes are dashed. Angry for allowing herself to be attracted to a man who is already committed, she runs — leaving him and any explanation he may have to offer behind.
But, Vince isn’t even close to ready to give up. Natalie is his. He knows it, and his Lion knows it. Now all he has to do is find her — if he can.
FATE OF THE DEMON (WITCH OF THE LAKE BOOK 2) by Miranda Honfleur and Nicolette Andrews
Before the night of the winter solstice, Brygida has everything: her mothers, a full heart, and possibly a place in two worlds. But between those worlds is the darkness, and when it comes time to make the offering to the dark god, the lady of Rubin falls in… and so does Brygida.
The land of Rubin is caught in a wolf’s maw. As a smaller, weaker region, it relies on Lady Rubin’s gift of diplomacy to stave off ruin. But as the heavy snows appear, she disappears without a trace. And Brygida, true to her ill-made offering, becomes the village’s prime suspect—along with her mothers. When she’s attacked by a demon and marked, she believes the same demon may have taken Lady Rubin. To defeat it before the mark reaches her heart and kills her, and to avoid a clash between her mothers and the village, she agrees to help Lady Rubin’s son Kaspian find her. As the winter deepens and the search stretches, however, demons and spirits begin to emerge in great numbers… with great hunger…
Plagued by strange creatures and malevolent foes, Brygida and Kaspian search for Lady Rubin, praying to find her alive. If they succeed, it could balm the divide between the witches and the village, as well as that between Rubin and the bloodthirsty land at its border. To rescue her might repel the wolf at the door, but then there remains the mark reaching for Brygida’s heart, and the mysterious swell of demons and spirits, staining the snows like an ever-spreading pool of blood.
SUMMONED (THE SUNDANCE SERIES BOOK 2) by C P Rider
My name is Neely and I live among shapeshifters in the desert truckstop town of Sundance, California. As a telepath-spiker, I can read a person’s thoughts. I can also spike deadly power straight into their brain. I’m in an uneasy relation-friend-ship with Lucas Blacke, an enigmatic tiger alpha that I’m drawn to, but don’t fully trust. When Xavier Malcolm, Lucas’s abusive ex-alpha leader, asks me to spike into his brain to save his sanity, I sense a trap. Problem is, no one refuses Alpha Xavier Malcolm without paying for it in one way or another. So, I spike. And bring down the wrath of a thousand-strong wolf pack on all our heads.
SAVED BY THE ALPHA (BEAR RIDGE BOOK 1) by Natalie Kristen
Out of the foster care system, Marie Lynn has learned early in life that she has only herself to rely on. Fiercely independent and guarded, Marie is nevertheless incredibly kind, courageous and protective. Her protective streak lands her in trouble and Marie finds herself in the hands of a dangerous, merciless predator.
Gage Harris is returning to Bear Ridge and he never expects that a stop at the gas station would change his life forever. He catches the scent of his mate…coming from the trunk of a stranger’s car! There is no mistake. His mate is hurt and barely conscious in the trunk of that speeding car.
When Marie is saved by a gorgeous alpha bear shifter, she can hardly believe that she has managed to escape from her ordeal alive. She has no idea just how much her life is about to change. Just as Marie begins to open up her heart to love, danger starts to close in on her. She escaped the first time. But she may have run out of luck. Will her new life end before it can even begin?
HEARTS OF MAGIC (CHEVALIER BOOK 3) by Kay Doherty
A moment of quiet was all Theran was looking for. He was not looking to be nearly decimated when he stumbled across a sorcerer near the pack’s hunting grounds. He’s certainly not looking for his mate when the pack congregates at Elysium for a meeting, but that’s exactly what Theran finds when he runs into the sorcerer a second time.
Colby has been the bartender at Elysium for a year, and he’s been relatively happy. He hides his paranormal identity well, flirting for tips while using sarcasm to keep others away. When he first saw the wolf in the forest, he was stunned. Learning the wolf he’s been dreaming about is real is only compounded by learning the wolf is his mate.
With the Sorcerer’s Enclave now interested in the Chevalier Pack, Colby attempts to protect Theran by kidnapping him, which only results in a deeper involvement with the pack. Despite managing the Enclave, dealing with increasing threats from the McBane Pack, and forging new alliances, Theran and Colby are determined to find their happy ever after.
POWERLESS (STEEL DEMONS MC BOOK 2) by Crystal Ash
Somehow, I’m still alive. So are the gruff, dangerous men I’ve found myself strangely at home with. The Steel Demons escaped execution only to find they’ve been betrayed by one of their own. Once an unbreakable brotherhood, tension and distrust grows between them. Meanwhile I’m stuck between a rock and Reaper’s hard place. I should have known better than to fall for the green-eyed, rough-handed president. I knew a man like him would only hurt me. When he drops hints about sharing me with his two best friends, that says enough about what he thinks I am–an object to be passed around, just like every other woman after the Collapse. The only question is, can I find the power to walk away?
TEA, ANYONE? (A BROOKE AND ABBY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 1) by S R Mallery
How do two modern, quirky, twenty-something gals solve murders in a small, cozy USA town? Easy. With a little time travel, some humor, and a lot of hard work. When the skeptical Brooke first meets the psychic Abby, she’s not impressed. But with the help of her comfort cat, her middle-aged roomie, her childhood friend, and a hunky detective hinting at a sweet romance, Brooke not only accepts that Abby has real gifts, it’s clear that these five people and one cat make up a crack team.
Got tea, anyone? In 1773, the Boston Tea Party sure did. Find out why going back in time helps break the case!
RETURN FROM THE FUTURE by Gail P Griffiths
Joe and Harriet are back in their own century after escaping a terrible fate in the future. Now they must try to explain where they’ve been for the past two months. The truth is too fantastic to believe, so they must find an alternate truth. In the meantime, they are now safe and a century away from danger; they believe they can get on with their lives. But can they ever stop looking over their shoulders? Join Joe and Harriet for the next chapters in their less than predictable lives.
DRAWN TO THE ALPHA (ALPHAS IN HEAT BOOK 2) by Olivia T Turner
I didn’t want a mate. Never have. But when I walked into that kindergarten classroom and saw the new teacher……man, everything changed. Because the guy who never needed a girl is suddenly obsessed with one. My inner grizzly wants her as our mate.
I want her for everything. And this firefighting grizzly bear shifter is ready to burn the world down to get her.
RESCUE DADDY (TIMBERWOOD COVE BOOK 6) by Liam Kingsley
This former SEAL will see his mission through, no matter how painful …When Nash’s best friend, Jesse, is killed on deployment, it’s his responsibility to return his dog tags to his older brother. As an alpha, he’s having a hard time grappling with his failure to save his friend – someone who counted on him. At first, Jahiah doesn’t seem anything like his brother; the omega is struggling to raise his son alone and is practically hanging by a thread. Still, there’s a core of steel to the man that Nash can’t resist. It feels wrong to fall so fast when they’re both grieving, but when Jahiah’s in his arms, it couldn’t be more right.
He needs to do it all on his own …Jahiah’s too busy to dream about an alpha soldier sweeping him off his feet. Between his job and his delinquent son he can’t afford lose focus. But there’s something about Nash that makes him want more. No alpha could fall for a harried omega with a kid born to cause trouble, but Nash seems determined to prove him wrong.
How can Nash protect his newfound mate from the hardships of the world when the man won’t ask for help? Nash and Jahiah will need to confront their entrenched issues if they’re ever going to survive as a family, but will a fated bond be enough to hold them together or will invisible wounds destroy the foundations of the new life they’re trying to build?
IT STARTED WITH A SLEIGH by Kaydence Snow
Stranded in the city on Christmas Eve when all I want is to go home and be with my family, it was shaping up to be the worst Christmas ever. That is until a sleigh crashed in the dingy parking lot behind my building. But it wasn’t Santa stumbling out of the wreckage – don’t be silly! It was three magical Christmas elves. These elves were not the cute, short, pointy-eared creatures I’d always imagined. El, Tin and Max were tall, charming and, under their elaborate green coats, muscled and gorgeous. When they begged me to help them find some Christmas cheer to recharge their sleigh so countless children wouldn’t wake up disappointed on Christmas Day, how could I say no?
But with only a few hours until midnight, I wasn’t sure we could get the sleigh moving in time – especially if my naughty new friends kept distracting me with flirtatious looks and stolen kisses.
DEADLY GAME (ACADEMY OF THE GODS BOOK 3) by River Ramsey
Finding out Ares, the god of war, is my father was a shock. Finding out I’m destined to lead his troops out of the aether and overthrow Cronus himself? Let’s just say I’m gonna need more than chamomile tea to power through this. Hades, Loki and Fenrir are the last three people I’d want to be stranded with, but the only way we’re getting out of this hellscape is by working together. If they think I’m going to forget all their wicked games just because we have a common goal, they’re dead wrong. The Queen is taking her throne back, and these three gorgeous jerks are going to have to grovel if they want forgiveness.
CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Kim Fielding
VS Note: I enjoy her books and I LOVED this one. Charming. Heart warming. I wanted it to be so much longer LOL.
A modern gay-romance twist on Dickens. Lewis loves his holiday job. As the Ghost of Christmas Present, he guides people to improve their lives. Sure, he’s a little lonely at home in Minnesota, but Fezziwig the cat keeps him company. When Lewis is spirited to California one Christmas Eve, he meets Sammy, an ex-lawyer who seems to already have his life in order. Lewis and Sammy share Korean fried chicken and a brief fling, but distance and career obligations appear destined to thwart anything permanent. Maybe this year, Lewis is due for a special gift of his own.
FIERCE HEART (ELVEN ALLIANCE BOOK 1) by Tara Grayce
Essie would do anything for her kingdom…even marry an elf prince she just met that morning. The human kingdom of Escarland and the elven kingdom of Tarenhiel have existed in an uneasy peace after their last wars ended with both kings dead. As tensions rise once again, desperate diplomacy might be the only way to avert war. If only negotiations between elves and humans were that simple. When a diplomatic meeting goes horribly wrong, Essie, a human princess, finds herself married to the elf prince and warrior Laesornysh. Fitting in to the serene, quiet elf culture might be a little difficult for this talkative princess, but she’s determined to make it work. With impending war and tenuous alliances, it will be up to Essie to unite her two peoples. And maybe get her hands on elven conditioner while she’s at it.
HIS COUGAR DREAM (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY) by Moxie North
Titus Payne had been in a relationship that was doomed to fail. He wasn’t about to go through that trouble again, no matter what Gerri Wilder (matchmaker extraordinaire) had in mind. He was a man that knew what he wanted. He wanted to be left alone and enjoy the quiet days of working his bar and keeping to himself. He didn’t want or need a mate, no matter how beautiful she might be.
Sadie Nash watched her brother Levi find his destined mate and was happy for him. Now she wanted that for herself. Gerri Wilder said she was looking, but it wasn’t fast enough for Sadie. When she finally got the call she was waiting for, Sadie didn’t expect to find a reluctant human that only knew the word no.
A reluctant mate, a determined shifter, and a complication that would not catch a clue. Two hearts destined for each other with more than one roadblock in the way.
THE SNOW DRAGON’S MATE (LONELY DRAGONS CLUB BOOK 2) by Silvia Violet
Kymar – Weary from centuries spent searching for my mate, I hid away in a mountain cabin until an offer from a friend leads me to the most exquisite omega I have ever seen. From the moment our eyes meet, all I want is to make him mine. A well-timed storm leaves him stranded in my lair, but when the snow melts, he insists on returning to his human life. I’m convinced we’re fated for one another. Can I make this stubborn young man believe it too?
Holden – I rode on a dragon’s back. A real, live dragon. In his human form, Kymar is so gorgeous I can hardly breathe around him. I’m drawn to him by a force too strong to ignore, but, magical creature or not, I can’t get involved with him. Happiness never lasts. I’ve learned that lesson again and again. After I walk away, my longing to return grows worse every day until I start to wonder if I can find to courage to believe what my heart and my dragon say is true—Kymar and I are meant to be together.
BLOOD TRIAL (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 1) by Kelly St Clare
The dice are rolled at midnight. As the twenty-one-year-old heiress to the Le Spyre fortune, my life should consist of strawberry mojitos and golf carts. Right? But I’m determined to forge my own path. Desperate to escape the meaningless games of the rich, I flee my family’s estate. Secret alias—check. Place to sleep—uh, kind of?
Job—crap! I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but that’s the least of my worries.
My city is a giant board game. The players are supernatural— freakin’ vampires—including an overbearing crown prince whose unwanted attention could spell my demise. Now, I must play their deadly game, or my grandmother and best friend will pay the ultimate price.
SHADOWS AND DREAMS (KATE KANE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR BOOK 2) by Alexis Hall
Previously published; newly revised by author. I like my women like I like my whiskey: liable to kill me. The two parts of being a paranormal private investigator I could really do without are being forced to eat bananas by an animated statue with a potassium fixation, and being put on trial for murder by a self-appointed council of vampire oligarchs. To be fair, I did kind of do it (the murder, not the bananas). But I was kind of saving my girlfriend, who is kind of one of them. On top of this, I’ve also wound up with a primordial queen of the damned trying to strangle me in my dreams. And the conspiracy of undead wizards who tried to sacrifice me fifteen years ago has decided that now is the best possible time to give it another go.
Throw in the woman who left me for a tech start-up, the old girlfriend who I might sort of owe eternal mystical fealty to and a werewolf “it girl” who can’t decide if she wants to eat me in the good way or the bad way, and I’m beginning to think life would be easier if I made better choices. Then again, it’d be a whole lot less fun.
MAGIC GAMBIT (HIDDEN WORLD ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Sadie Moss
The good news is, we know what we’re up against now. The bad news? I don’t know if we stand a chance.
WRATH OF ONE (THE ORIGINS OF THE SIX BOOK 4) by A K Koonce and Aleera Anaya Seres
Hell has come. And her name is Izara Castillo. Portals are open, hell spawns are destroying the academy from the inside out, and even the ancient Vampiric Citadel is no match for this kind of power. Lucian Morningstar wanted a war? Well he just got one. He may have trained and strengthened Izzy’s Prod into a true apocalyptic monster but he forgot about one small detail. Her men would give their life to protect her. Even from herself.
DANCER DRAGON (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant
Once, music-loving Esme and proud clanlord Heikon were each other’s everything. She danced only for him, and his love was the song that filled her world. And then a single act of treachery destroyed it all, their mate bond severed beyond repair. Esme retreated to her dance studio and music hoard to salve her broken heart. But Heikon believes some part of him still lives in her soul. There must be a way to fix it, to somehow win her back. If he can only figure out the steps of the dance that will make them true mates and partners again. Before the enemy that destroyed their happy ending comes back to make sure this dance is their last.
DARKNESS CONQUERED (DARKNESS ONLINE BOOK 3) by Riley S Keene
Tanisha Richards, known as Koest in dARkness: Online, has fought tooth and nail to overcome the AI’s challenges. But this new zone is something else. With traps springing, mazes baring her way, and new creatures Tanisha has never seen before, it almost feels like Otekah wants the survivors of DeDust Three to fail.
Too bad Tanisha is filled with determination. She will see that her friends escape the False Lands… or die trying.
Darkness Conquered is the third and final book in the dARkness: Online Trilogy. It features a diverse cast of characters, LitRPG crafting and building elements, augmented reality gaming, and a ton of references to the games we’ve enjoyed over the years!
WICKED HOUR (AN HEIRS OF CHICAGOLAND NOVEL BOOK 2) by Chloe Neill
Vampires were made, not born—until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever.
After the dust from the attack has settled, Elisa is surprised when Connor invites her to a usually private Pack event in the north woods of Minnesota, and by the warm welcome she receives from some of Connor’s family, even though she’s a vampire. But the peace doesn’t last. The shifters tell tales of a monster in the woods, and when the celebration is marred by death, Elisa and Connor find themselves in the middle of a struggle for control that forces Elisa to face her true self—fangs and all.
THE CASE OF THE SPELLBOUND CHILD (ELEMENTAL MASTERS BOOK 14) by Mercedes Lackey
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…
The fourteenth novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate 20th-century England.
While Sherlock is still officially dead, John and Mary Watson and Nan Killian and Sarah Lyon-White are taking up some of his case-load–and some for Lord Alderscroft, the Wizard of London. Lord Alderscroft asks them to go to Dartmoor to track down a rumor of evil magic brewing there. Not more than four hours later, a poor cottager, also from Dartmoor, arrives seeking their help. His wife, in a fit of rage over the children spilling and spoiling their only food for dinner that night, sent them out on the moors to forage for something to eat. This is not the first time she has done this, and the children are moor-wise and unlikely to get into difficulties. But this time they did not come back, and in fact, their tracks abruptly stopped “as if them Pharisees took’d ’em.” The man begs them to come help.
They would have said no, but there’s the assignment for Alderscroft. Why not kill two birds with one stone? But the deadly bogs are not the only mires on Dartmoor.
BEAR SECRETS by Noah Harris
Daniel Archer. Alpha bear and only son of one of the four founding families in the friendly town of Seaview, Alaska. His responsibility, his legacy, is to find a wife, have children, settle down and lead the town as mayor. The only problem is, that’s not what he wants, well, not anymore. Not since his bear decided Will was his mate.
Will Rivers. A human who knows nothing of shifters and who’s come to Seaview in a last-ditch attempt to save his relationship with his controlling, asshole of a boyfriend. Now Philipe is gone, leaving Will alone to plan a very different future for himself. Alaska is the ‘land of promise’, right?
Will and Daniel quickly strike up a strong friendship, unwilling to take it further despite the growing attraction between them. After all, Daniel needs to provide his family with an heir and Will has been burned by falling for straight men before. Then, to the horror of them both, Philipe returns with a proposal, and he won’t take ‘no’ for an answer!
Can these two hot men get over the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their way? Does Will have a future in Alaska or must he return to Boston?
WALK THE WILD WITH ME by Rachel Atwood
VS Note: Not a romance but sure sounded intriguing!
Orphaned when still a toddler, Nicholas Withybeck knows no other home than Locksley Abbey outside Nottingham, England. He works in the scriptorium embellishing illuminated manuscripts with hidden faces of the Wild Folk and whimsical creatures that he sees every time he ventures into the woods and fields. His curiosity leads him into forbidden nooks and crannies both inside and outside the abbey, and he becomes adept at hiding to stay out of trouble.
On one of these forays Nick slips into the crypt beneath the abbey. There he finds an altar older than the abbey’s foundations, ancient when the Romans occupied England. Behind the bricks around the altar, he finds a palm-sized silver cup. The cup is embellished with the three figures of Elena, the Celtic goddess of crossroads, sorcery, and cemeteries.
He carries the cup with him always, listening as the goddess whispers wisdom in the back of his mind. With Elena’s cup in his pocket, Nick can see that the masked dancers at the May Day celebration in the local village are actually the creatures of the wood: The Green Man—known to mortals as Little John—and Robin Goodfellow, Herne the Huntsman, dryads, trolls, and water sprites. Theirs are the faces he’s seen and drawn into his illuminations.
Guided by Elena along secret forest paths, Nick learns that Little John’s love has been kidnapped by Queen Mab of the Faeries. The door to the Faery mound will only open when the moons of the two realms align. That time is fast approaching. Nick must release Elena so that she can use sorcery to unlock that door, allowing Nick’s band of friends to try to rescue the girl. Will he have the courage to release her as his predecessor did not?
DEUCES WILD (GEMINI PROJECT BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc
Jeff and Marlon are men on a mission. Highly-trained special operatives with a hidden talent for telepathy, they’re infiltrating an illegal high-stakes poker tournament in order to gather intelligence on the other players.
Maya has been invited to the tournament to help guard an ancient vampire. She’s a bear shifter, who has never found her mate. When fate introduces her to two men who make her inner bear turn into a hussy, she’s not sure what to make of it. Can she really have two mates? It doesn’t seem likely, but the more she’s around them, the more she wants to keep them…both…forever.
When terrorists attack the mansion where they’re all staying, the boys will have to swing into action, to save the day. Will they be able to handle Maya’s secret dual nature, or will the bear frighten them off? And, will they all survive the battle to discover if they are meant to spend the rest of their lives together, or will they never get the chance?
KIARAN (IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER, CLAN MAG RAITH BOOK 5) by Hazel Hunter
When falconer Kiaran Mag Raith’s kestrels find an unconscious woman on their morning hunt, he expects that she is for him. But unlike the other women who have become the mates of his clan brothers, her tattoo does not match his. Yet Kiaran dares to hope when he feels his cold heart stir for the first time in his long life.
Lillias must take the name that Kiaran bestows on her because she can’t remember her own. Nor does she have any memory of the underworld, the other ladies, or the handsome falconer. All she has is the ancient Pritani pendant she wears and an inexplicable feeling of dread.
But as Lillias and Kiaran draw closer to one another and the puzzle of who she is, Galan leads the Sluath to their doorstep. While the clan makes ready as best as they can, Cul, the castle’s ancient occupant, sees his centuries long plan come to its final fruition.
THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT BOOK 4 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
A crazy vampire has stolen my librarian. And if that’s not bad enough, it is my fault. Because I, too, am an ancient, deadly vampire, and it was my job to protect her. I failed.
Now, just as I have reason to hope I will get her back, the situation turns into the biggest mystery of my existence. Apparently, this evil vampire has brainwashed her into thinking she belongs with him. I do not know how. I do not know why. But I will get to the bottom of this and win her back. Because I am the motherf*!$%ing librarian’s vampire assistant, and she belongs to me. Or, at least she used to?
REVERIE by Ryan La Sala
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember anything since an accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different—reality itself seems different.
So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what’s truly going on, he doesn’t know what to believe or who he can trust. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident, and only he can stop their world from unraveling.
SPRING WARRIOR (THE WYTH COURTS BOOK 2) by JS Dark
He thought all was lost … until he found her. Civil war sliced through the Spring Court, leaving the royal family assassinated and General Ashton imprisoned. Torturous years later, Ash finally escapes and embarks on a mission to complete the last order he was given by the late King—to locate his lost princess.
In a small flower shop, living a rather mundane existence, he finds a rare beauty named Hazel—who happens to be the rightful heir to the throne. It falls to Ash to convince her to accompany him back to the Spring Court and challenge the faux king for the crown.
Hazel’s only chance at survival is to stay close to the chiseled warrior’s side, even as they reignite the flames of war. Can Ash help her tap into the strength of her royal blood and awaken the queen within before the faux king tears them, and what’s left of their kingdom, apart?
FINALLY FAELING (AN EIGHT WINGS ACADEMY NOVEL BOOK 3) by Serena Akeroyd
Riel is born of three different people. She is witch. She is Fae. But she is also human. She never imagined what this might mean, never envisaged a future where the Fae’s dictator-like rule over the world could be broken with her input. And yet, that time has come. She is no longer just a witch, just a Fae, just a human. She isn’t just anything. Born to fight, born to instruct, born to direct, she will bring the world into a new phase… or die trying.
OF MAGIC AND BETRAYAL (NOLA WARS 1 – RESURGENCE BOOK 2) by Caia Daniels and April Canavan
War is on the horizon, and NOLA’s voodoo queen is nowhere near ready. Adrien Falcão, the newest High Priestess of the New Orleans coven, is unstable. Not in the sense that she’s off her rocker, but that her power is out of control. Not only that, but someone is out to get her. Along with the men who swore to stand by her side, Adrien is ready to face anything in her way. Except maybe her little sister. After all, family is family. Betrayal surrounds NOLA’s new leader, and the threat of war rising among the factions, of her power being taken away before she’s even mastered it, is something Adrien doesn’t want to face.
Adrien’s stronger than she thinks, but the struggles that stand in her way may bring about her destruction. The only chance she has to survive and win this war lies within the support of her three lovers, and the secrets that could also destroy her. When the ash settles and the knives are drawn, Adrien learns the true power of being NOLA’s Voodoo Queen. Now if she can only survive the night.
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VS Note: Last week author Cara Bristol was kind enough to mention WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM on her blog as a book she’d read and enjoyed and recommended – WOOT! So here it is again, my holiday fantasy romance:
Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.
Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.
Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.
Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.
The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.
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