I have a new scifi romance release myself this week – WOOT!
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).
LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 11) by Veronica Scott
When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.
Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.
As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.
Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?
Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens.
GOLDEN IN DEATH: AN EVE DALLAS NOVEL (IN DEATH BOOK 50) by J D Robb
Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body—and killed him.
After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team—and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn’t been exposed—it’s time to look into Dr. Abner’s past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close—though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with either a madman—or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.
SPACE SPECTER (INTERSTELLAR SHERIFF BOOK 3) by Jenny Schwartz
The Saloon Sector is the Federation’s official frontier, but beyond it lurks the Badstars. Bandits hide there. The Saloon Sector is Sheriff Max Smith’s territory. Since the revelation of his secret identity, life has changed for Max and Thelma. Their relationship is under increased pressure.
Admiral Astyages, newly appointed in command of the Frontier Fleet, manipulates them into joining a Navy expedition to map a safe route to the wormhole on the far side of the Badstars.
Alone in hostile territory and separated from their allies, Max and Thelma couldn’t be less prepared for their encounter with the legendary specters. But it’s not the specters who’ll betray them.
BOUNTY (BARBARIANS OF THE SAND PLANET BOOK 1( by Tana Stone
Marooned on a sand planet, injured, and separated from her crew, Captain Danica Miller is not having a good day. When she’s rescued from the desert by a huge, gold-skinned alien, she doesn’t know whether to be relieved or to panic. Not only is he clearly a barbarian—a barely-dressed one at that—he seems to be able to read her thoughts. Even worse? She can sense his. And he seems to think she’s his to claim.
The last thing K’alvek wants is a frail creature distracting him from his mission—even if he does feel drawn to her. Then why can’t he stop himself from saving the willful woman and vowing to help her and her crew get off the planet? Especially when what he really wants to do is drag her to his tent and never let her go.
UNTAMED ROOMMATE (MARNAK SERIES BOOK 5) by Layla Stone
Some men are beyond help. They’re wild, disruptive and unpredictable. Saving one was not in her plans, but it happened anyways.Now she can’t get rid of him. He says he has a debt to pay.
MALICE by Pintip Dunn
VS Note: OK, I one clicked this.
What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus. What I don’t know: who he is. In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved.
IRON HEART (IRON UNIVERSE BOOK 1) by M C D’Alton and Melanie Page
Edinburgh, 1859. Beauden Somerton is dying. Despite the efforts of his father and renowned medical expert, Dr Augustus Somerton, time is running out for Beauden. So, when the research of an enterprising young medical student catches their attention, they realise she may be their last hope.
Galena Tindale fears her unorthodox research has jeopardised her chances of graduating from Edinburgh Medical College. Still, she cannot turn down an opportunity to assist the infamous Dr Somerton in a ground-breaking attempt to save his son’s life. And, as she strives to mend Beauden’s failing heart, he succeeds in capturing hers. But not everyone wants Beauden to survive, and it’s clear they’ll go to violent and destructive lengths to prevent his revolutionary treatment from going ahead. But how far will they go? Will Galena manage to perform life-saving surgery before it’s too late? Or will she be forced to live in a world that doesn’t include Beauden Somerton?
AGE OF DECEPTION (THE FIREBIRD CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by T A White
War hero and daughter to two Houses, Kira is just beginning to learn how deep the rabbit hole goes. Agreeing to accompany her father’s people back to their homeworld, Kira Forrest prepares for the fight of her life. She’s agreed to undertake the Trial of the Broken, a rite of passage every member of her father’s House must pass. It offers a path to independence and freedom that is too tempting to deny.
Not everyone welcomes this lost daughter of Roake. There are those who fear what her presence might bring to light. Betrayal stalks the halls of Kira’s birthplace—its roots embedded deep in the events that claimed her parent’s lives and set her on her current path. Walking the wire’s edge between truth and deception will test the person Kira has become as she separates ally from betrayer. An old enemy has put into motion a plan that could topple the balance of power in the universe. Letting them succeed spells doom—but the price might be more than Kira is willing to pay.
APHELION (SCAR FORCE: DELATA FACTION BOOK 3) by Gaja J Kos
Despite herself, Cairo has grown comfortable working under Salvatore. Maybe even gained a sense of belonging. But when an interstellar trip reveals that SCAR Force would rather see her dead than relinquish control of her body for even a second, she’s firmly reminded of her position. Among all the shit the revelation brings to the surface, there’s one question she can’t shake. How could a glorified slave possibly develop feelings for a SCAR Force captain? Cairo has no idea. But she sure as fuck has them.
THE LAST DAY: A NOVEL by Andrew Hunter Murray
VS: You know me and dystopian! Put this on my TBR list. Not a romance.
A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light. It is 2059, and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet’s rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain—lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight—where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world.
Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive, demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts—and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation’s fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race.
CYN (BEAST HORDE BOOK 3) by Cari Silverwood
They are legends and myths made flesh and bone. Cyn, Vargr, Rutger, and the beast horde know what they are and where they came from, and the source of their experimental DNA is both mind-blowing and frightening. Yet one of the three is wracked by monstrous changes. As for the Ghoul Lords… their eyes are slowly opening, for the beasters are their first worthwhile foe for thousands of years. Will Cyn, her lovers, and the beast horde be enough to save humankind?
MATED TO THE CYBORG (CYBORG PROTECTORS BOOK 2) by Alyse Anders
A dutiful cyborg must fight against his programming to be with his mate. When Carys is woken up from her cryogenic sleep, she isn’t expecting to be told that she’s the intended mate of the man standing in front of her. But there’s no denying her attraction to the giant of a man standing before her. When Darrick’s programming begins to work against him, Carys must do everything she can to save her mate.
THE VOICE IN THE DARKNESS by M Garnet
Sara thought she was either having nightmares or going insane when she began hearing a voice in the middle of the night, until she answered the questions that the voice asked of her.
Give a group of politicians and scientists and some military people too much funding and free reign, they can go crazy or make those they control crazy. The search for the perfect fighting soldier…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
ALIEN PROTECTOR’S MATE (PROTECTORS OF SVANTE BOOK 2) by Roxie Ray
My planet needs women, and I’m here to claim one. Time is running out for my people, and we don’t have a moment to waste. Earthlings agreed to the bride program, but now they don’t want to follow through. It’s my job to make sure that they do. I have no time to fall in love. After so long on my own, I wouldn’t even recognize the emotion. But the beautiful and wickedly smart human Vivian awakens something within me, a desire so strong I find myself at war with my duty. I know once she discovers the darkness within me she’ll run. I should push her away before we’re both broken. And yet, I cannot let her go. I owe my loyalty to my king, but if I’m forced to choose between my mate and my duty it may destroy us all.
ALIEN GODDESS: KAT (MAKAEN WARRIORS BOOKJ 2) by Zina Wes
When you desperately need to escape from a more-than-dubious space station you’re stranded on and the least insane option is sneaking aboard a Makaen ship, you know you’re screwed. Big-time!
The mere thought of being in the same space as Makaen makes Kat’s stomach churn for the alien warrior race hate humans intensely. Yes, Kat is also half-Cassidi, but her human genes are definitely more dominant, especially on the outside. But to help a friend in need she has no other choice. So, sneaking aboard a Makaen freighter it is.
It’s no surprise that the plan backfires and they get caught. Duh, it was her brother’s idea after all. What does baffles her is that it takes only one electrifying touch from the ship’s captain–a stranger belonging to a species she was taught to stay as far away from as possible–to make her melt into a needy puddle of goo.
Refusing to bond with a human, Dykan leaves Makaen-Prime and his family behind to try his luck as a captain on a freighter transporting mostly illegal merchandise. When he finds stowaways aboard his ship his first thought is to throw them all out of the nearest airlock. But one look into the female’s gorgeous begging eyes is enough to change his mind completely. Even though he doesn’t understand why he is so fascinated by this human female–he has more than enough reason to hate her species–no self-respecting space pirate would refuse what she offers. Too late he realizes that she’s more than he bargained for.
THE SHADOW PALACE: SWORD AND STEAMPUNK (THE VIPER AND THE URCHIN BOOK 6) by Celine JeanJean
VS Note: Saw this on the wonderful Wiskey With My Book Blog…
They made it into the palace…But will they be able to escape from it? In the shadowy world of the Airnian court, nothing is more important than knowing who to trust. And nothing is harder to determine. Rory and the gang need to make alliances if they’re to succeed in their mission, but their attempts are met with intrigue and betrayal. And all the while, the White Hornet is watching, waiting for an opportunity to make them disappear.
Longinus, meanwhile, continues with his quest to discover what happened to his family. His search for answers will take him deep within the palace, and deep within its secrets, until he is faced with a horrific choice. Can Rory and the gang save him from a fate worse than death?
EDGE OF COLLAPSE: A POST APOCALYPTIC EMP SURVIVAL THRILLER by Kyla Stone
VS Note: Not a romance but post apocalyptic so…I put it on my TBR.
During the coldest winter on record, an EMP attack destroys the nation’s power grid.
No electricity. No cars or phones. No heat. The country is plunged into instant chaos.
But for twenty-six-year-old Hannah Sheridan, it’s the best day of her life. For the last five years, she’s been the captive of a sadistic psychopath–until the EMP releases the lock of her prison. Battered but not broken, she emerges from her underground cell into a hostile winter landscape with nothing but the clothes on her back and her own determination to survive.
Reclusive ex-soldier Liam Cunningham is headed nowhere fast. He’d believed he was prepared for any disaster, until the EMP took everything he’d ever cared about in a matter of seconds. Two hundred frozen, perilous miles stand between them and their destination in rural Michigan. But the killing cold isn’t the only threat, for Hannah’s captor isn’t about to let her go…When the country goes dark, a ragtag group of regular people find themselves facing the end of the world as they know it. With society collapsing before their eyes, they’ll have to risk everything to protect their home and the people they love.
BROOKLYN’S BAGGAGE (BRIDES OF THE AASHI BOOK 2) by Belle Harper
My name is Brooklyn. I applied to a job ad that sounded amazing. Anything was better than the boring job and depressing life I had. Being sent to an Alien Planet to marry an Alien guy with four-arms sounds like the start of new adventure. The Aashi males all love hugs and it made me feel happy to hug them also. Who knew that it wasn’t just a hug.
RANDAR (INTERGALACTIC SOULMATES BOOK 1) by Annabelle Rex
Angela Parker didn’t ask to be part of the DNA Match Program. Fresh from another failed first date, she’s ready to swear off men for good. When her best friend drunkenly decides to sign her up, Angela finds herself Matched to sexy bodyguard Randar. So he’s seven foot tall with scales… his muscular physique makes Angela go weak at the knees. But why would this gorgeous alien want her? No Humans ever did.
Randar Cresli doesn’t like Humans. They’re always causing problems for him – particularly the violent protesters who want the Intergalactic Community and their Match Program gone. One look at Angela is enough to change his mind. She’s the most perfect woman he’s ever seen, but like most Humans, she doesn’t believe the Match test works. Can Randar convince her they really are soulmates?
SPACE FOX (G-FORCE FEDERATION BOOK 1) by L M Brown
Protecting his shifter from threats is easy, but can he protect him from his own ambition? As part of the G-Force Federation, gargoyle Jude is a newly promoted pilot eager to prove himself on his first solo assignment. Unfortunately, his plans go awry when his craft is shot down, leaving him stranded in the desert.
Kirby is a fennec fox shifter on the desert world of Cairo. When Jude’s ship comes under attack he races to help him, and after the crash he offers to guide him back to the base.
Their journey across the harsh desert is fraught with dangers, one of which is the lure of Kirby’s scent as he goes into heat for the first time. Jude’s protective attitude towards him pushes all the right buttons with Kirby, and it doesn’t take much for him to persuade the gargoyle to be his first lover.
When Kirby discovers he is pregnant they know one of them will have to make a sacrifice if they want to raise their baby together, but can either of them give up everything they have ever known?
LOVE IN A TIME OF SORROW (SOLDIERS OF HOPE BOOK 2) by Athena Storm
When he took me, he was bloody. I was broken. I healed his body. And he saved my soul.
I did not believe in hope. The galaxy was cruel. Kindness was only a means to an end. No one actually cared. All I knew was betrayal. All I looked forward to was death. And then Tsurk found me. I was helpless. In a warzone. He was my protector. A Soldier of Hope. And the love of my life…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
ALIEN HUSBAND: THE ALIEN BRIDE SERIES by Luna Kingsley
Drax, the warrior king of Iddax, only cares about the peace and prosperity of his people. He has no interest in a mate, but his advisors are obsessed with finding a perfect match. Exhausted by their constant scheming and frustrated with planetary politics, Drax comes up with a plan to select a mate on his own terms.
Light years away, Lillian longs for love. The lonely med student has always felt disposable and unappreciated. Her despair deepens when her father sells her into bondage as an intergalactic bride. Resigned to her fate, she prepares for a dark future. Until Drax choses her. Lillian is filled with hope for the first time in years, until she realizes Drax has no interest in love. Loyalty and an heir are all he requires. Will a marriage of convenience be enough for her? Or will the unexpected passion between them transform their arranged marriage into something more?
ALIEN’S GIFT (DELOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by C R Corbin
Tynix – I had crashed on this rain-soaked world and despite my need to depart, I am drawn into the fray once more by this small human woman lying beneath me.
The rain soaks her red dress, the criminals of this world seem to be after her, and as I watch her smooth, curvaceous body shift beneath me, I knew that she was mine to claim.
And I would kill anyone who dared to get in my way.
Miriam – He promised us our freedom. In exchange? Me. I would have never imagined that they would come for me, much less imagine some sort of powerful, muscular, and absolutely irresistible alien warrior saving me. He was massive. He was powerful. And he was determined to go to war to free and to claim me.
CHILDREN OF THE STARS by K Aten
The world was forever changed when a government genetic experiment created the Chromodecs from a dead alien in 1952. Decades later, when it became apparent that society needed a way to deal with a hybrid humans with unheard of powers, the CORP was created. The Chromodec Office of Restraint and Protection was a special government police agency formed to keep track of the Chromodecs.
This particular tale involves two refugees, young babies who were sent down to Earth to escape being used as pawns in an interplanetary war, despite the fact that Earth itself wasn’t so safe. Destined to be Q’sirrahna, or soul mates as the humans called it, Amari Losira Del Rey and Zendara Inyri Baen-Tor would grow to be more powerful than any other beings on the planet, if they could find each other first. After being forced to hide from the CORP when it’s realized their powers could level entire cities, Amari and Zen will have to answer one question. Who will save the world when it all falls apart?
BANGKOK ADVENTURE (INFINITUM GOVERNMENT BOOK 3) by Megan Derr
Once a rehab guard, Kobalt is happy to spend his days now serving as supercargo on the merchant ship the Lucky Number. His days of keeping criminals in line and taking ridiculous, alcohol-fueled vacations to the coliseums of Bangkok are well and happily behind him. That doesn’t mean his life doesn’t occasionally still come with excitement, however. The seven day pass he was looking forward to enjoying with plenty of peace and quiet is now threatened by signs of a possible smuggler, and where there’s smugglers, there’s people willing to do whatever it takes to get their contraband to where it belongs—including kill. His world is thrown further into upheaval when the hunt for a smuggler brings him face to face with a man he never thought he’d see again: a former prisoner that Kobalt once thought about in ways no guard should.
THE RESCUE: EARTH GIRLS AREN’T EASY by Leigh Royal
On a camping trip to forget her loser boyfriend, college girl Maris is abducted by some nasty aliens. When the ship she’s on crash lands on a hostile planet, she finds herself trapped and alone. She’s rescued by, and befriends another alien who doesn’t speak her language. This new guy seems to appreciate her humor and resourcefulness – and her will to live. They’ll need patience and pantomime skills to dodge evil monkeys, hungry Dinos and muddy crevasses on the rainy planet dubbed the Devil’s Rectum. Maris follows him and together they build trust – and maybe something more- in this crazy jungle. And, of course…and it doesn’t hurt that her maroon-scaled friend has abs you could play a xylophone on. Nope, doesn’t hurt at all.
BONE SILENCE (REVENGER UNIVERSE BOOK 3) by Alastair Reynolds
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week.
Quoins are accepted currency throughout the thousands of worlds of the Congregation. Ancient, and of unknown origin and purpose, people have traded with them, fought for them, and stolen quoin hordes from booby-trapped caches at risk to life and limb throughout the Thirteen Occupations. Only now it’s becoming clear they have another purpose . . . as do the bankers who’ve been collecting them.
The Occupations themselves are another puzzle. The rise and fall of civilisation may have been unevenly spaced across history, but there is also a pattern. Could something be sparking the Occupations – or ending them? And if so, what could it be, lurking far beyond the outermost worlds of the Congregation?
The Ness sisters are being hunted for crimes they didn’t commit by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. If they’re to survive, and stay one step ahead of their pursuers – if they’re to answer the questions which have plagued them – it’s going to require every dirty, piratical trick in the book.
THE STARS WE STEAL by Alexa Donne
Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, has only one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin? But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love, Elliot, returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one who got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.
THE GRAVITY OF US by Phil Stamper
Cal wants to be a journalist, and he’s already well underway with almost half a million followers on his FlashFame app and an upcoming internship at Buzzfeed. But his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a highly-publicized NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for hot and humid Houston.
With the entire nation desperate for any new information about the astronauts, Cal finds himself thrust in the middle of a media circus. Suddenly his life is more like a reality TV show, with his constantly bickering parents struggling with their roles as the “perfect American family.”
And then Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels–and fast. They become an oasis for each other amid the craziness of this whole experience. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
MERCY (TAILS BOOK 2) by R E Butler
Lion shifter Barron has nothing on his mind on Friday night except his work at Tails, the shifter bar. But then he scents something amazing and finds the source in a gorgeous female. She’s human, and she’s his heart-match – the one female on the planet meant for him. Because she’s human, he’ll lose his place in the pride if he claims her, but nothing is as important as making her his.
Mercy expects nothing to come from the evening out with her sister except a few free drinks, some dancing, and maybe finding a guy to fool around with. She never thought she’d get swept off her feet by a huge man who purred whenever they touched. Taking him home was a no-brainer. Finding out he’ll lose his pride because of her? That’s when things get tough.
But Barron isn’t about to let anything quite as silly as the fact that she’s human get in the way of him and his lion securing her as his mate. He’ll show her she’s the most important female in his universe, and that he’ll do anything to keep her by his side and in his arms. Forever.
FREAKY FANGS (A MYSTIC CARAVAN MYSTERY BOOK 9) by Amanda M Lee
Mystic Caravan Circus is in flux. Things are shifting in the organization, new faces are joining the fray, and manager Poet Parker isn’t certain how to deal with it. Unfortunately for her, she doesn’t have time to figure it out.
Kentucky is on the horizon, and a roadside accident that claims a family has caught Poet’s attention. She’s haunted by what she sees … and dreams that show her nothing but snapping teeth and flowing blood.
They’ve been to the area before – Mammoth Caves is a big draw – but something appears to be amiss. It isn’t long until Poet realizes exactly what that something is … vampires. They’re nesting and taking over the entire town.
Vampires are nothing new when fighting monsters with a paranormal circus. These vampires, however, are different. They’re stronger … and faster … and deadlier. In fact, they’re something older and more ruthless, and Poet has no idea how to take on this new enemy.
When the vampires come for one of Mystic Caravan’s own, the time for debate is over. They live as a family. They’ll die as one, too, if need be. Poet has fought wars before but this one is going to get bloody. It’s going to take everyone working together to overcome this enemy. Even then nothing is guaranteed.
A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 85: A SHARD OF SOUL by Bella Forrest
The Unending has awakened with more power and clarity than ever before. But Danika is on the hunt for the final soul shards… and will stop at nothing until her Master is back.
A HEART OF BLOOD AND ASHES (A GATHERING OF DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Milla Vane
A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an ancient evil—until the barbarian king and queen are slain in an act of bloody betrayal.
Though forbidden by the alliance council to kill the corrupt king responsible for his parents’ murders, Maddek vows to avenge them, even if it costs him the Parsathean crown. But when he learns it was the king’s daughter who lured his parents to their deaths, the barbarian warrior is determined to make her pay.
Yet the woman Maddek captures is not what he expected. Though the last in a line of legendary warrior-queens, Yvenne is small and weak, and the sharpest weapons she wields are her mind and her tongue. Even more surprising is the marriage she proposes to unite them in their goals and to claim their thrones—because her desire for vengeance against her father burns even hotter than his own.
SHIFTING SEASONS by Sheryl Nantus
Cassie Nyre is looking forward to a quiet and lonely Christmas–until she finds an injured animal on the way home. Her big heart has her bring the hurt otter into her home and into her bathtub, to rest until Christmas Day when she can deliver it to Animal Control. But the next morning she finds a semi-naked man in her bathroom–and it’s not Santa Claus!
THE INSCRIPTION (IMMORTAL WARRIOR) by Pam Binder
Time is an illusion and love the only reality. On her way to a reenactment of a medieval festival in Scotland, Amber McPhee loses control of her car. She plunges into the waters of Loch Ness and back through centuries to the arms of a handsome Highlander.
The immortal warrior Lachlan MacAlpin rescues a mysterious woman from Loch Ness, believing she is the one who haunts his dreams, the one foretold to release him from the bloodlust that threatens to consume him. He takes her under his protection, but falling in love with her is not part of his plan, since the prophecy predicts she will leave him as suddenly as she appeared. Their eternal bond shatters the barriers of time, but how can they triumph over a deadly foe bent on destroying their love and everything Lachlan holds dear?
FROM THE DEPTHS by Various including S J Sanders
The depths conceal and harbor that which it takes into its abode. Anything could lurk beneath the surface, waiting for their moment to make their claim. Six authors have come together to share tales of romance and wonder in watery abodes with heroes of most peculiar species. The love that awaits may just be beyond imagining. Join Harpie Alexander, Octavia Kore, Dani Morrison, S.J. Sanders, Diana Rose Wilson and Charity Wells for six tales of love from the depths.
EMBER QUEEN (ASH PRINCESS BOOK 3) by Laura Sebastian
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.
Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way. The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.
BELLE REVOLTE by Linsey Miller
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.
Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts. Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives. But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it’s too late.
NOT QUITE HUMAN by Kaye Draper
Fiend hunter Sam “Sabertooth” Forest is used to being on the outskirts. A cur with a mix of shifter and human blood, Sam can’t fully shift to beast but can’t fully pass as human. Through sheer determination, and a desire to protect the broken shifter woman who raised them, Sam has managed to eek out a place of their own in a world devastated by the rift that allowed monsters to spill into the earth plane. Sam hunts monsters, sometimes curs and mongrels just like Sam. The work might be dangerous, and the humans might want to put the mixed breed hunter on their hitlist, but it’s a job. It’s freedom. Sam works alone and trusts no one.
The next hunt should bring in a big bounty—big enough to pay the pack extortion fee and keep Sam’s adoptive mother safe through winter. But when a Leprechaun horns in on the unicorn hunt and tricks Sam into forming a hunter’s guild, Sam is suddenly burdened by an overabundance of people.
Setting off to hunt one-horned murder beasts with an annoying leprechaun and a nerdy half-ogre is bad enough. But when you add in a betrayal by the seductive siren Sam has loved since childhood, and the machinations of a rich human politician, well…Sam’s simple, lonely little life just got a whole lot more complicated.
MAKE HER NEW (KAID RANCH SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by TS Joyce
Everyone has Hunter Kaid all wrong. Even his own brother writes him off as unintelligent, but not all smarts are the same. He just needs one person to understand him and listen to what he’s really saying. All of his life, he’s been searching for that one person who really takes the time to see him, and just when he’s about given up, he stumbles upon Sadey. She’s hurt one of his pack-mates, and his loyalty to his people wars with his interest in this human woman with the sad smile and the good heart. He might not be the brightest apple in the bunch, but he has a talent for seeing the good in people, and Sadey Lawklin is oozing with goodness that he can’t ignore. A hurt woman like her needs time and patience before he tries to change her life, but the closer she gets to him, the more his inner wolf wants to claim her. And now he can’t tell who is in more danger—himself, or her…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE PERFECT DEATH (BRANNON HOUSE BOOK 1) by Stacy Claflin
Kenzi Brannon loves the single life in California. She hasn’t looked back since the day she walked away from her painful past. Everything comes crashing down when Kenzi gets a call about her estranged sister’s suicide. If that news isn’t shocking enough, she also learns that she is now guardian to Ember, a niece she doesn’t even know. Kenzi heads up north and finds herself in her family’s long-abandoned house. Neighbors whisper rumors of hauntings, but Kenzi has a more serious concern—mounting evidence points to her sister’s death not being self-inflicted. When things in the house move seemingly on their own, Ember thinks it’s ghosts. But Kenzi fears something far more sinister. Could the person who killed her sister now be after her and her niece?
BOUND BY HER DESTINY: BOUND BY HER BLOOD BOOK 3 by Mara Leigh
I finally found a place where I belong, men who love me, but my entire world falls apart, and now not one of us is safe—physically or emotionally. My Maker is dead, but Xavier is still after me, and that’s not the only threat. Turns out, powerful ancient vampires, are hunting me too. I wanted an explanation for my spontaneous transformation, but the answer reveals a destiny that could tear me away from the men I love forever.
FEATHERS, FUR AND DREAMS by Kate Steele
VS Note: Re-released stories
Six couples meet their destinies at the hands of fate… with a little magic thrown in for good luck. Middle Man — Empath, servant, sex toy. Gen fills all these roles, but not the one he longs for most… lover.
To the Highest Bidder — Ben’s best friend Becca presents him with a very unusual gift: lunch with Mitch DeSantis, star of the wildly popular show Case Files. Ben’s a huge fan, but in person Mitch is a complete ass. Ben leaves hoping never to see DeSantis again. Fate has other plans.
Dream of Me — Ever turn a nightmare into a dream come true?
The Pet Promise — Kail has just spent the last year as the master’s pet… complete with four legs and a tail. But Kail’s fallen in love, and he’s determined to stay with Master Nerrin… even if it means keeping the puppy ears for the rest of his life.
Why Did the Chicken? — What happens when Cupid passes the task of matchmaker over to a mischievous shape-shifting imp? Chaos. Pure chaos.
What the Cat Dragged In — What could possibly bring an owl shifter and a cat shifter together? For Kyle and Bryan, lust is the catalyst that gets them off to a hot but rocky start. What comes as a surprise to both of them is that lust can so quickly become something much, much more.
SOUTHERN MAGIC WEDDING (SWEET TEA WITCHES MYSTERY BOOK 16) by Amy Boyles
It’s Pepper’s and Axel’s wedding day. Finally, the big day has arrived and the entire town is ready to celebrate. And Pepper is ready, too. She can’t wait to start her new life. The only problem is that suddenly Axel has ex-girlfriends oozing out of the woodwork. Worse, when a spell is cast on Axel the day before the wedding, his future with Pepper becomes murky. Pepper is shattered. From the looks of it, she and Axel will never get their happily ever after. But never say never to a Craple. Pepper’s family rises to the challenge to save Pepper’s wedding. Can they do it or will Pepper never get the wedding of her dreams?
ENTICING ENIGMA (MIRACLE BOOK 12) by Shea Balik
Be who you are. That was Asher Walker’s motto. The only problem? He was someone who loved to talk. It didn’t matter what the subject was, because he could find a way to have a conversation with anybody. Even if it meant gossiping about others. He didn’t mean to spill everyone’s secrets, but he also didn’t know how to stop himself from doing so. It tended to make those he met stay as far away from him as possible when all he wanted was to make friends.
Zayn Phelps hated to be around people. To him, it was akin to what he imagined hell would be like. The worst was when he had to carry on a conversation that involved more than the weather. If he had the choice, he’d rather face a firing squad then a group of people. They say opposites attract, but no one ever explains how to compromise in order to stay together. Will Zayn find his inner socialite? Or will he end up gagging his mate to find some peace?
LETHAL WOLF (WHITE WOLVES BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen
He’s a predator. A wolf shifter destined to rule…Slater’s enemies chained him, tortured him. Sophia defied their rules, sacrificed herself for him. Now his wolf has her scent.
She’s his to protect, to seduce, to blood-bond. He’ll give up his pack for her,
Kill for her, Commit the ultimate sin for her. She will never be anyone’s prey ever again.
THE FALL (DAUGHTER OF PERDITION BOOK 1) by Adell Ryan
Who — or what — I am is a mystery, where I came from an enigma. All I know is I fell from the sky. In this strange land, only a select few females exist, one per thousands upon thousands of males — including the male who fell right alongside me. He’s different, though… My Fallen companion may hold the key to unlocking the long lost memories trapped in the recesses of my mind, or maybe he is the reason I want to forget. One thing is for certain: I’m determined to find out. In this beautifully dangerous land, full of sin and submission, men are mine for the taking, and mortals are my prey. Problem is, I’m not sure I’m cut out for the dark and twisted role this place demands.
TRAPPED BY THE DRAGON (STORM DRAGON BOOK 2) by Riley Storm
Natasha Celland isn’t a fan of the dragons. They came around at a bad time, and she’s tired of their special treatment. She’s not going to be able to ignore them for much longer though, as a high-ranking witch has assigned her the mission of getting to know one of them, to discover their secrets. That means spending a whole lot of time with a hot, yet completely mysterious dragon shifter while showing him around Winterspell Academy. Not her idea of a good time at all.
Storm dragon Rane is thrilled. He’s been assigned a liaison from the ranks of the witches, someone who’ll show him around, helping to educate him on the inner workings of the dragons’ new home. He couldn’t ask for more. One of the youngest dragons to escape their homeworld, he longs for more responsibility to prove that he’s not useless just because he didn’t fight in the war. Now he’s got it, and to his delight, he finds himself enjoying the gorgeous witch’s presence.
Natasha thought she could handle the mission, but as she spends more time with the hunky Rane, she begins to doubt everything she’s been taught about the dragons. Worse still, she finds herself developing feelings for him. Everything falls to pieces when she tries to back out of the mission, only to find that the biggest danger to her life—and Rane’s—might not be outside the walls of Winterspell, but within.
TEATIME WITH A KNIGHT (MATCH MAKERS IN TIME BOOK 2) by Kit Morgan and Geralyn Beauchamp
Tory Phelps was about to hit rock bottom, so when her dream job presented itself out of the blue, she grabbed it. Little did she know her new employers were not all they seemed. Either they were wacko, or the impossible had happened.
Sir Aldrich Barrow loved to hunt and fish, so an invitation from Stantham Hall’s delightful, yet unconventional, owners was always welcome. But when the duke of Stantham hires a beautiful tutor for the duchess, Aldrich’s visit, not to mention his world, is turned upside down and then some!
Time Master Dallan MacDonald is no stranger to matchmaking. He himself was fated to be with his lovely wife, Shona. In fact, they had little choice in the matter. But matched they were and saving the world is now their thing. Playing matchmaker to someone else, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter! Can they bring two complete opposites together? Never mind the fact they’re from different centuries!
MURDER AND MAHJONG (DIVINE PLACE SUPERNATURAL COZY MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Annabel Chase
To err is human, to end up in the supernatural afterlife in a hot dog suit is divine. When Eloise Worthington drops dead and awakens in the afterlife, she knows she doesn’t belong—mainly because she’s surrounded by a supernatural cocktail of species she never knew existed. Gods, witches, vampires, werewolves—and now Eloise, a middle-aged human more concerned with getting her way than getting out of someone else’s. She quickly learns that this supernatural retirement village isn’t the last stop on the Afterlife Express and villagers can be blinked out of existence, which is exactly what happens to Zeus.
Yes, that Zeus.
Unfortunately, it appears that Eloise is to blame—or is she? Never one to shy away from a challenge—although her idea of a challenge usually involves tequila and a cartwheel—Eloise sets out to clear her name and, in the process, figure out where she truly belongs. Welcome to Divine Place, because sometimes a fresh start requires a little divine intervention.
FATE OF FIRE (THE FORBIDDEN FAE BOOK 2) by Linsey Hall
VS Note: From mid January
I’m in trouble. My mate, Iain, thinks I betrayed him. That’s because I did–using a love potion to control him so that he’d save my people. But now, it’s stopped working, and there’s nothing left but his anger. He’s not the only one pissed off at me. My Court knows that I’ve lost the sacred Soul Stone of our people, putting everyone in danger. When the Royal Guard comes for me with a pair of fire manacles, I’m not surprised. But when my estranged mate, king of the Sea Fae, strolls into the Court of Fire to help me…. ell, that bit is unexpected. I’m in no position to turn down help, even if my mate is hardly speaking to me. If we don’t recover the Soul Stone soon, all of my people will burn from within. I just don’t want to completely fall for Iain. But as we go deep into enemy territory, the desire between us becomes impossible to resist. And if I can’t fight it, he’ll never let me go.
SUPERNATURAL INMATE (SUPERNATURAL CAPTIVITY SERIES BOOK 1) by Avery Song and Veronica Agnus
After pissing off the head of the supernatural lab, failing at befriending my fellow inmates, and pitching a temper tantrum in the underground cafeteria, it was only a matter of time before I had to do something about this whole captivity thing.
For me, Cassandra Thorn, being born as a human, raised by an elite group of supernaturals, and struggling to reach my twentieth birthday was far more fun than this. Then again, anything would be.
In this case, “this” refers to being taken against my will—kidnapped—and trapped in an underground lab for supernatural shifters. Pretty ridiculous, considering I was a mere mortal. Or so I was told.
Turns out there are a lot of things I was told, not all of them true. Now a family secret has been revealed and destiny is just waiting for me to fulfill it…but I was stuck in Prison Boringville with a bunch of not-so-friendly detainees.
Being a supernatural inmate isn’t my style, so with the very new powers bestowed upon me, I was getting my booty out of this hellhole. Unless Adonis the sexy incubus, Dominick the deadly fae master, Otis the death-seeking vampire, and Tristan the sly shapeshifter bust me out first.
RAGS TO WITCHES (SOUTHERN RELICS COZY MYSTERIES BOOK 2) by Bella Falls
A little sweet tea and a whole lot of spells won’t always put out the fire…Ruby Mae Jewell’s talents to pick the best bargains for her family’s business are hotter than the hinges on the gates of Hades! But when one of her friends gets stabbed at his own wedding reception, her abilities to solve the mystery go completely cold. There are a lot more questions than answers, and with more than the groom’s life in the balance, Rue might need a lot of help to stitch things back together. Will Ruby Mae’s five-alarm fire powers help her find the culprit who hurt her friends or will they disappear in a puff of smoke?
CAPTURING A HEART (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 4) by Samantha Rose
One future Red Queen yearning for her happily ever after. One Red King hired to take her out at any cost. After years spent putting her queendom back in order following an attempt to usurp her throne, Bethany is finally ready to focus on finding her happily ever after. But nothing is as simple as it seems. Faced with a betrayal she never saw coming, from a source close to her heart, the future Red Queen must make a choice… Follow a path of vengeance, or find it in her heart to forgive, and become the leader she was destined to be.
ALPHA GEEK: BRENT by Milly Taiden
Wolf shifter Marie Lavine left her life in the military behind and is settling into her new role as bodyguard nicely. Though her past left her with PTSD, she’s excited to move forward and see what awaits at her new job. What she didn’t expect was to sniff out the scent of her mate. A cute nerdy human that made her wolf instantly hot.
Chemical Engineer and geeky human, Brent Williams has been on the run from his former employer. He’s wanted, preferably dead. While hiding out with a friend, he attends a party and meets the most beautiful woman in his life. He knows she’s out of his league since he’s geeky, wimpy, small, and more importantly…human.
But after a blind date gone wrong, Brent ends up nearly dying. Using a magic serum Zeke created, Marie saves his life. He’s now a massive alpha full of strength, muscles and the urge to destroy a bed or two claiming Marie. His mate. It’s all sex and romance until death comes calling. It’s time to fight for his life and for the only woman he wants.
THE AVOWED (SHADOWED WINGS BOOK 2) by Ivy Asher
Just when I think things are starting to look up…I manage to get myself kidnapped. All I want to do is figure out how the hell to get home. But instead, I’ve been shot out of the sky, netted, half drowned, and now I’ve been taken to Kestrel City, home of the Avowed.
The Hidden claim the Avowed are the enemy, but I’m about to learn nothing is ever just black and white. Well, except maybe for my gryphon. I need to keep Pigeon and her wandering eye on a tight leash. Which is a hell of a lot easier said than done. She has an appetite for assholes and secrets, and there’s plenty of both flying around here. Can I keep my head down, my wings folded, and Pigeon in check long enough to find the answers I’ve been looking for? I sure as fuck hope so, but it’s not looking so good.
BABY FOR THE BEAR by Amy Star
I had just lost my job and I had nowhere to turn. I was probably going to lose my home and my life situation could definitely be defined as being crazy. And when you are in crazy situations you often do crazy things. So when I saw that billionaire werebear Kenneth Brecker was looking for a surrogate mother to have his cub, I figured it sounded like a good idea. Rent out my womb for 9 months and receive a life changing pay off. A strict business arrangement. No feelings. No romance. No sex. Or, um, at least that is how it was supposed to go. Maybe I should tell you what REALLY happened between Kenneth and I.
HER VAMPIRE BAD BOY (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 5) by Brenda Trim
The moment she walks into the club My hunger roars to life. After centuries of walking alone–feeling nothing. Caring for no one. The demon, the dominant in me–awoke. Something’s different about the lovely human with a delicious scent. My curious little innocent. For the first time, I feel. I need. I crave. And only she can satisfy. She’s MINE.
MERCHANTS OF MILAN: BOOK ONE OF THE NIGHTFLYER TRILOGY by Edale Lane
VS Note: It’s listed as a historical fantasy but seems to almost be a superheroine tale set in 1500’s Italy (reviewers saying it reminds them of Batman) so…intriguing…here you go.
Three powerful merchants, two independent women in love, one masked vigilante.Florentina, set on revenge for her father’s murder, creates an alter-ego known as the Night Flyer. Madelena, whose husband was also murdered, hires Florentina as a tutor for her children and love blossoms between them. However, Florentina’s vendetta is fraught with danger, and surprising developments threaten both women’s lives. Merchants of Milan is the first book in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer Trilogy, a tale of power, passion, and payback in Renaissance Italy. If you like gadgets and gismos, rich historical background, three-dimensional characters, and fast-paced action with a slow-boil lesbian romance, then you are sure to love this series. Buy this one of a kind novel today and let the adventure begin!
MUDFLAPS AND MURDER (WITCHES OF KEYHOLE LAKE SOUTHERN MYSTERIES BOOK 11) by Tegan Maher
With her little sister off to college and her powers all over the map, Noelle’s struggling to find her footing. When her friends decide to treat her to a relaxing, fun-filled weekend of camping, truck pulls, and grilled food, she’s all in. Just when it appears as if her friend Sarah has the mud bogging contest buttoned down, her main competitor turns up dead right after accusing Sarah of cheating. With Sarah accused of murder, a magical object demanding her attention, and her friends leaning on her to move her relationship forward, Noelle’s gonna need a vacation from her vacation – IF she can survive with her sanity intact.
THE EMPIRES OF LUXOR CITY by Sasha Hope
In the aftermath of his father’s funeral, Dom Wesa, the new Alpha of Luxor City’s Central Empire, stumbles upon an Omega in desperate need of help. The Omega, Lin Vasiliev, wakes to find he’s been taken into Dom’s home to be rehabilitated. Dom thinks the young addict may have information about the illicit drug trade going on in his Empire. He gets Lin sober to question him only to discover that Lin is new in town and ignorant of Luxor’s laws.
Dom and Lin are both suspicious of each other at first for their own reasons, but as that wariness wears away a deep attraction develops between them. Dom dotes on Lin, leaving the once stone-broke Omega bathed in finery he never could have imagined. They start planning for Lin’s upcoming heat, when they will be driven together by their kindling bond and strong compatibility as an Alpha and Omega pair. However, in the midst of their swelling romance, Luxor’s most notorious Alpha reappears sparking a gang war that threatens to turn the entire city into a battleground.
FALLEN LOVE (FALLEN: A GAY TEEN ANGEL FANTASY BOOK 1) by Alex Stargazer
Upperclassman Conall is rich, impeccably dressed, and set for a prestigious career in the Party hierarchy. He doesn’t lack for anything—except, maybe, love. When he finds Mark, alone, abandoned and hurt, he doesn’t expect one act of kindness to alter the course of his life forever. There is more to Mark than Conall can even dream of. The beautiful, vulnerable boy Conall knows is not human. A dark power lies within Mark. It can make him immortal… but love might be the price.
WAKE UP AND SPELL THE COFFEE (ENCHANTED ENCLAVE MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Samantha Silver
Welcome to Enchanted Enclave, where coffee, chaos and cauldrons are a way of life. Eliza Emory’s reality is about to be checked. Never one to believe in superstitions, let alone magic, the receptionist makes the best discovery of her life during her worst day on the job. Eliza is a witch. A witch born into a family banished from the paranormal world generations ago due to bad behavior. Well, they can’t be that bad, can they?
Introduced to her long-lost family and powers she never knew she had, Eliza moves to the island of Enchanted Enclave, where she falls in love with the quirky little Pacific Northwest town and the coffee shop owned by her family. But her dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare when one of Eliza’s customers is poisoned.
Unfortunately, the smoking hot guy she has her eye on also has an eye on her, but for the wrong reason — turns out he’s the lead detective on the case. Eliza sets out to clear her name and hopefully her calendar for a date with Mr. Dimples-when-he-smiles. Will Eliza find the killer before it’s too late or will her new start come to an untimely end?
A BLIGHT OF BLACKWINGS (THE SEVEN KENNINGS BOOK 2) by Kevin Hearne
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note. Saw this mentioned on the always outstanding Whisky With My Book blog.
SOLDIER AND AVENGER – Daryckis from a city that was devastated by the war with the Bone Giants, and now he and a band of warriors seek revenge against the giants for the loved ones they’ve lost. But will vengeance be enough to salve their grief?
DREAMER AND LEADER – Hanimais part of a new generation with extraordinary magical talents: She can speak to fantastical animals. But when this gift becomes a threat to the powers-that-be, Hanima becomes the leader of a movement to use this magic to bring power to the people.
SISTER AND SEEKER – Koesha is the captain of an all-female crew on a perilous voyage to explore unknown waters. Though her crew is seeking a path around the globe, Koesha is also looking for her sister, lost at sea two years ago. But what lies beyond the edges of the map is far more dangerous than storms and sea monsters.
A CURSE FOR SPRING by Amanda Bouchet
VS Note: A re-release.
When Daric braves the terrifying source of all elements to beg Spring to return to Leathen, she sees him – and comes. But his plea has unintended consequences, leaving Spring trapped in a human body and called by a new name – Rain. He’s changed her existence forever, and Daric’s plight is no different than before, except…now they have each other.
Rain can’t control the weather as she once could, but exile in human form has given her something that eternity as a goddess lacked completely – a companion. Now, years later, the dire drought continues. Both Rain and Daric face unwanted marriages for the good of the kingdom. But life without her prince? Unthinkable. They must break the curse on Leathen. A race against time and devastating obligations begins for Rain and Daric – and love is a powerful incentive.
BARON (THE SACRED OATH SERIES BOOK 3) by H P Mallory and Plum Pascal
After being taken prisoner by the false king, I learn Variant is nothing like I imagined him to be…His hair is as fair as the curtains that drop from the ceilings. Darker than mine by merely a shade or two. The golden hue of his skin contrasts sharply with his white robe and captivating green eyes. Lush lips and slender brows complement the regality of his features.
“Angel,” he says as huge, white feathered wings unfurl from his back, arching out ten feet in each direction. I feel my eyes widen as I take in their incredible beauty. He flaps them a few times and the wind carries across my face, bringing with it the clean yet woodsy scent of the man, himself. Variant is far more beautiful than any male or female has the right to be. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to kill me..And kill me he will. After all, Variant destroyed all the angels before me, so why should I be any different? Worse still, what will he do when he finds out I’m half Succubus?
The more time I spend with Variant, the more I realize the false king is as complicated as he is unpredictable. And though I hate to admit it, the Succubus within me wants him. Maybe almost as much as Variant appears to want me.
If Dragan, Cambion and Baron knew the thoughts going through my head and the feelings Variant causes within my body, they would despise me. Almost as much as I despise myself. When Dragan finds a way out of the prison dungeon and the five of us escape, we’ll learn a secret even more surprising than the fact that Variant keeps me alive.
ALL THE STARS AND TEETH DUOLOGY BOOK 1 by Adalyn Grace
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
THE QUEEN’S ASSASSIN by Melissa de la Cruz
VS Note: Mixed reviews on this one. Also, part one of a duology.
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in speed, strength, or brains, which is why he’s the Hearthstone Guild’s most dangerous member. Cal is also the Queen’s Assassin, bound to her by magic and unable to leave her service until the task she’s set for him is fulfilled.
Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court.
When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice. Even though Shadow’s life belongs to the court and Cal’s belongs to the queen, they cannot deny their attraction to each other. But now, with war on the horizon and true love at risk, Shadow and Cal will uncover a shocking web of lies that will change their paths forever.
STOP AT NOTHING (THE CHOSEN ONE BOOK 5) by Macy Blake
With all of his mates assembled, Sawyer Smith should be ready for his own version of the end game. He must defeat the god of air and restore both of their broken magics to all of the realms. There’s only one problem: he still doesn’t know how to do it.
HIs brother is a god and is raising the forces of darkness against Sawyer and his mates more quickly than he can mount a defense. It’s time to fight, but Sawyer has too much to lose to risk disaster. As the final pieces of the puzzle fall into place, Sawyer is faced with a task that seems impossible. He must go into battle without the knowledge or power to win. So many of his questions remain unanswered, but Sawyer knows one thing: He will stop at nothing to keep his mates safe.
DR FROST (PROFESSOR DRAGON BOOK 2) by Haley Weir
Natasha Cable has lived a hard life, but she never let it hold her back. When she feels stuck in a toxic relationship, her saving grace comes in the form of her philosophy professor at Hearthfire University. Natasha tries to resist the charismatic allure of Professor Frost, but there is something about him that she knows could ruin her.
Even despite the drama, she feels a deep, ancient connection towards him. Beyond the struggle, there’s an unbreakable bond she can’t ignore. Professor Wyvern Frost has a dark secret. When his breeding cycle comes around, he can barely keep it hidden.
Natasha Cable is under his skin, and her ignorant boyfriend flirts with danger each time Frost sees her in tears. He will fight for her. He will fight beside her. Will they rise above it all, even as new and old enemies plot against them?
SHADOWBORN PRISON (DARK FAE PARANORMAL PRISON SERIES BOOK 1) by G Bailey and Scarlett Snow
I’m Izora Dawn, and I’ve been locked away for something I didn’t do. But that’s what they all say, right? When rumoured only the dangerous survive Shadowborn Prison, I know I have no choice but to fight for my life. Luckily my short time at Shadowborn Academy, home to those with dark magic seducing their souls, has taught me how to do just that.
Survival is what I’m known for in this world. Seduction is what I’m best at. I figure the quickest way to escape this prison is by seducing the sexy new governor. With a handsome Shadow Warden watching my every move, an alpha inmate eager to protect me, and a hunky teacher from the academy desperate to free me…I might actually get out of this alive. But in the shadows lie secrets that hold the walls of this prison together.
And no one can escape them. Not even me.
ROMANCE WITH A BITE by Various including Tamsin Baker
Romance with a Bite will capture the heart of anyone who loves the bite of a sexy vamp, the growl of an Alpha wolf, or the sensual mystery of a fae prince or princess. If you adore paranormal romance with an edge, this LIMITED EDITION collection will satisfy your every craving. Vampires, shapeshifters, witches and fae – mythical creatures abound in these ten steamy romances that will leave you shivering with delight.
GRIMMSTEAD ACADEMY: A VILLAINOUS INTRODUCTION by Candace Wondrak
When offered a position at the obscure Grimmstead Academy, I jump on it. It’s not that I’m running from my past, it’s just…well, some things are better left forgotten. An academy for lost souls and criminals? Not exactly what I signed up for, but as I’m about to learn, once you step within the halls of Grimmstead, you can never leave. As the days wear on, I find out that no one is innocent here. Not me, not the ruggedly attractive headmaster, and certainly not its dangerous, handsome students. Me coming to Grimmstead was like a lamb running into a den of lions, only these lions are just as likely to attack each other as they are me. Mysteries lie within the heart of Grimmstead Academy, and I just might be the key to it all. The walls of Grimmstead are painted with three things. Depravity. Insanity. And blood. If you can’t trust your own mind, who can you trust?
HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A VALNETINE’S DAY BULLY ROMANCE COLLECTION by Various
VS Note: Blurb states there are some paranormal and scifi romance stories included.
Sometimes, love hurts. The world can be a dangerous place—in high school or college, at home or work. Especially when it’s ruled by the guys we hate to love. The ones who always seem to get everything they want. Whose money and power make trouble disappear. And if on Valentine’s Day, instead of chocolates and flowers, they give only misery and despair, then the heroines who love to hate them will work to bring them to their knees. These guys may rule the world right now—but they won’t be in charge forever. Not if the heroines in this collection have anything to say about it. And sometimes, these bullies might even learn to love.
Hearts of Darkness features bully romances in a variety of genres, including contemporary, paranormal, reverse harem, and science fiction romance. Many of the works in this collection include sexual situations, mature content, and exceptionally dark themes.
SECOND CHANCE ALPHA (DISTRICT SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Lola Gabriel
Nine years ago, Chessa walked away from her hometown and from Noah, the future alpha of the bear pack in District 175. Knowing Noah was immortal and she would get old and die, Chessa left him rather than one day become a burden to him. Noah has never stopped loving Chessa, and now he’s found a way she might be able to become immortal. There’s just one problem: Raina, the female bear Noah’s parents are insisting he marry. Can Noah and Chessa find a way to defy all of the odds and be together? Or has too much time elapsed for them to pick up where they left off?
CIRCUS OF THE DEAD BOOK 2 by Kimberley Loth
Samuel deserves to die a thousand deaths. I was so close to going home and then he ruined it all. Now, I have to focus on how to survive because I don’t think I can go home.
And to be honest, after a few more nights with Benny, I’m not sure I even want to. Plus, the more I learn about the circus, the more intrigued I become. I discover that I have abilities I couldn’t have even dreamed of if I’d stayed in California. But, if I’m to survive, I might have to embrace dark magic. Can I do that without losing myself? Or am I destined to become evil?
MONSTER MATE (MARCHMATE OUTCASTS BOOK 4) by Ariana Hawkes
VS Note: From mid January.
Brock Redgrave loathes the monster he’s become. He was supposed to be the ultimate weapon, but a failed military experiment has left the lion shifter with a split personality that turns uncontrollably violent under stress. His only sanctuary is in Ragtown where he brews his own beer and stays out of trouble. But when a feisty lioness shows up and brings memories of the past with her, his first instinct is to run her out of town. But his animal knows she’s his and he’s not letting her go without a fight.
Rayleigh’s got her own demons, and she’s looking for answers. When her search brings her to Ragtown she’s not leaving until she finds the truth, no matter the cost. Brock is hiding something, and she’s determined to find out what it is… even if she has to become his mate first. When the past comes calling and brings danger with it, Rayleigh and Brock will need to trust and open their hearts to each other if they want to survive.
MAXIMUM MAGICAL PENITENTIARY (THE INMATE OF DREKI DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Ginna Moran
Guilty. I can’t believe I’m guilty. The worst killer seen in ages…At least, that’s what the demonic-looking jury said with their verdict. I don’t know how I’ve found myself convicted of a crime I didn’t commit. If I hadn’t broken my rule about getting involved in other people’s business, I wouldn’t be in this position. But there’s nothing I hate more than a creep who can’t take a hint. After a bar brawl left the creep and many others dead, I now find myself in a strange world of trouble. Literally. Apparently, I broke Magaelorum Law, and the judge claims I’m not human. Lies. I’d know if I wasn’t. Right?
And that’s not the worst of it. I’ve been sentenced to life in prison at the Maximum Magical Penitentiary, where Magaelorum’s vilest offenders reside. Except they’re the least of my worries. Three wicked-hot, devastatingly cruel dragon-shifter guards make it their mission to ensure the rest of my life is complete hell. The dead guy I was falsely accused of murdering was their friend. They want revenge. Great. To survive, I must figure out this magical prison life. I’m alone, clueless, and nearly defeated. But I have one thing on my side. I know who the real killer is. I just have to break out of this place to find him. My biggest problem? The guards, this hellhole, and those loyal to the true murderer might kill me first.
TOUGH SHIFT: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY by Godiva Glenn
Carmen was ready for love, and thanks to infamous matchmaker Gerri Wilder, she’s on her way to reaching it. That is, until her future mate disappears. In her search to find him, Carmen winds up kidnapped, trapped in space, and forced to undergo painful treatments designed to change her very DNA. She’s only supposed to have one mate. It seems science may have awakened more. While she recovers from her time as a prisoner, she’s pressured to make a choice.
Her options? Pierce, a rising fighter in the Aurora Champions League; Coy, a smart-ass with wanderlust; and Nathan, the average sweet guy next door. The only thing they have in common is being stolen from Earth to be lab rats under a deranged scientist obsessed with shifters. By the end of their torturous ordeal, they’ll be bound through something much deeper. Carmen’s heart is torn, but she can’t avoid the inevitable. Which of the shifters pursuing her is her true soul mate?
AUSTRALIA: A ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Various including Kylie Scott and Skye Warren
VS Note: Not SFR/F/PNR BUT a very worthy cause so I’m including it today! All royalties go to relief funds in Australia. I pre-ordered.
A romance anthology with over THIRTY original, never-before-seen stories from bestselling and award-winning authors. Each piece was written for this anthology to benefit firefighters and wildlife in Australia. AUSTRALIA is only available for a limited time, so one-click your copy before it’s gone.
AUTHORS INCLUDE: Penny Reid, Meredith Wild, Carly Phillips, Sierra Simone, Emma Scott, Susan Stoker, Kennedy Ryan, Willow Aster, Skye Warren, Kylie Scott, Aleatha Romig, Willow Winters, AL Jackson, Julia Kent, Rebecca Yarros, Nana Malone, Giana Darling, Emma Hart, Chelle Bliss, Noelle Adams, A. Zavarelli, Jenika Snow, Dylan Allen, Kayti McGee, Robin Covington, Mary Catherine Gebhard, Melanie Moreland, Parker S. Huntington, Nana Malone, Jewel E. Ann, Annabel Joseph, Celia Aaron, Michelle Heard, Brighton Walsh, Tamsen Parker, Pam Godwin
All royalties from this project will be donated to relief funds in Australia, with 50% going to a firefighter charity and 50% going to a wildlife charity. We aren’t affiliated or endorsed by these charities. We are simply authors who want to support an important cause.
Available at all major ebook retailers online!
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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.