New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday FEB 12

survivorsAs 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).

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SURVIVORS (HELL SQUAD BOOK 19) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: I love Hell Squad. One clicked!

Survivors contains three action-packed novellas in the Hell Squad series. Includes:

Nate – Long before the aliens invaded, former Marine Nate Caldwell came home a broken man. Going off-grid in a cabin he inherited in Australia’s Blue Mountains, he survived the invasion with only his dog Blue for company. For two years, he’s avoided the aliens and any survivors – he’s done his fighting and can’t go into battle again. But when a young woman crashes into his lonely existence, with the aliens hot on her heels, she changes everything…

Dak – Captain Dak Vaughn only has room for his job as head of security for Groom Lake Base. His focus has to be on keeping all the survivors alive, and not on the tough, attractive new recruit who gets under his skin. But when a dangerous mission requires them to go deep into alien territory, Dak finds himself up close and personal with a woman who is pure temptation.

Alexander – Marine engineer turned base leader, Alexander Erickson, leads a tiny base of survivors in the snowy climes of Norway. Balancing the needs and safety of his group keeps him busy, and he longs for someone to share the load, someone to call his own. The one independent woman he wants refuses to see him as anything more than a leader and a younger man. But when mysterious alien activity encroaches on their safety, they will join forces to investigate and Alexander might finally have his chance.

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saving the cyborgSAVING THE CYBORG (RENEGADE CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Jude Gray

Calen – I live in a fairy tale. But this is a dark fairy tale. Abducted and sold to the Latrusian Prince of North Orangh, I go from a life of peace on a farm to a life of depravity, darkness, and fear in a castle full of wicked aliens. My freedom, security, and control over my own body have been taken from me. I want to go home. That’s all I want in life–to get away from these horrifying aliens and go home. I am close to giving up. But then…I meet him. The cyborg. He is the castle’s protection, the queen’s desire, the king’s son. And he is going to be my savior.
Zikkan – When I return to the castle after a long, vicious time away defending the kingdom’s borders, I have no light in my heart. I have plans, though. I will leave this castle, this territory, this world. This evil. My ship is being outfitted and repaired, I am stockpiling resources and funds and quietly assessing and choosing a crew, and I know exactly where I want to go and what I want to do when I get there. But plans can go awry. I am mesmerized by a captive human girl, and when I see the prince abusing her, I do what I do best. Beating the prince nearly to death is frowned upon. I do it anyway.
Now I have to figure out how to get the girl to safety when I am chained in a dungeon.
And how to convince her to stay with me when I succeed.

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mission guardian angelMISSION: GUARDIAN ANGEL (VESLOR MATES BOOK 2) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Always happy to see a new book from Laurann, in any of her series!

Ever since her friend Vivian mated a Veslor, Abby Thomas has been curious about the mysterious aliens. She also has a vested interest in making sure their newfound relationship with United Earth is a success, prompting her to take a job on a military vessel to ensure the Veslor grouping stationed there are treated fairly. It doesn’t hurt that they’re easy to look at. When one Veslor in particular catches her attention, she hopes he’s nothing like the humans she’s dated, who were only interested in her bank balance and connections.

Drak and his Veslor grouping quietly endured unfair treatment aboard Defcon Red…until a beautiful spitfire spoke up on their behalf, earning herself nemeses among the ship’s fleet. When those foes try to silence Abby, Drak makes it his mission to protect her. The harrowing experience quickly bringing them so close, Drak is determined to make Abby his mate…if her enemies don’t ruin his chance, permanently.

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stealing her heartSTEALING HER HEART: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED by Evangeline Anderson

Vicky Erickson is having a lousy Valentine’s Day. First the man she met on the dating app stood her up, then she ripped the expensive dress she was going to return. What else could go wrong? How about having hot Kindred thief run into the bar and beg her to pretend she’s his date? At first it seems like fun and Vicky is willing to play along. But things get dangerous when the lizard-like aliens he stole from come searching for him…and find her instead.

Chain is an M-Switch Kindred and a thief. His ability to “snatch” another male’s body for a limited time helps him pull off jobs no one else can handle—but it also makes him a pariah to the rest of Kindred society. No female would ever want to bond with an M-Switch or “Snatcher” as the other Kindred call them, so he has given up on finding love and concentrates on his craft. What he doesn’t guess is that his craft will lead him to love…in a round-about way.

After landing Vicky in a heap of trouble with the lizard-like Varians he stole from, he takes her with him on his next “job” to keep her safe. But the job happens to be located on a planet where women teach men exactly how they like to be pleased and Vicky has to pose as a sex professor. Can she rise to the occasion and come up with a curriculum of her own? And more importantly, can Chain keep his head while he’s…Stealing Her Heart?

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queens academyQUEEN’S ACADEMY: A MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS ROMANCE (ACADEMY OF TIME BOOK 4) by Skye MacKinnon

Drake has been dreaming of Mary, Queen Of Scots ever since his second year at the Time Travel Academy, following her throughout her entire life. But the closer she gets to her tragic fate, the more anxious Drake becomes until there’s only one option left: he has to break the most important law of time travel. Drake is faced with an impossible choice, one that he’s going to make anyway. Love is worth breaking the rules for. Right?

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salokSA’LOK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 18) by Elin Wyn

With the war against a deadly enemy coming to a head, K’ver scientist Sa’lok lives for the moments he’s assigned to work with human pilot Teisha. She’s smart, funny and level headed. Nothing would make him risk their friendship. But when their closest ally is betrayed, she’s thrown into unimaginable danger.  And his reaction to Teisha’s peril isn’t just wanting to protect his friend. It’s the rage that comes with a threat to his mate.Teisha loves three things: her sister, her sister’s kids, and speed. After her promising career in linguistics was destroyed in the Xathi attacks, she became a pilot, helping the Alliance forces however she could.

Well, there might be another thing.  Person. Sa’lok. This just isn’t the time. And he probably doesn’t like her that way. Not like that. And the end of it all can they win the battle, but still lose their hearts?

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siriusSIRIUS: BOOK 7 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE SERIES by Alana Khan

Sirius: Produced in a test tube, born a slave, bred for fighting, and doomed to death. Sirius fights for his life against man and beast on a hostile planet. Aliyah: Kidnapped from Earth, stranded in space, then orphaned at a young age. Aliyah is strong and skilled, but has been declared an untouchable by her tribe. Fearless huntress Aliyah uses her intelligence and prowess to rescue and heal the alien male who’s been hunted for sport by bloodthirsty aliens and critically mauled by deadly mam’non beasts. Can these two damaged souls overcome the odds, admit their love, and create a life together?

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meat cuteMEAT CUTE: THE HEDGEHOG INCIDENT (PARASOL PROTECTORATE BOOK 0) by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.
Don’t miss this charming novelette featuring the very first encounter between the Parasolverse’s most popular power couple, preternatural Alexia and supernatural Lord Conall Maccon.

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finding kismetFINDING KISMET by Mayumi Cruz

VS Note: From JAN 31

A skilled alien warrior on her first assignment. A brilliant, dying biochemist. An ingenious but despotic genetic invention. Tangled together, intertwined by destiny, spanning a thousand years and connecting two planets. A pretty, decorated young soldier from the planet Vaelteuria is sent to Earth on an urgent, critical quest which holds the key to the survival of their people. But an unexpected obstacle in the person of a genius yet sickly human distracts her from her mission and threatens to bring her to failure.
Will she be able to find what she was looking for before time runs out for her planet. . . and for Earth as well?

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heart of fireHEART OF FIRE: SEVEN DAYS OF ROMANCE by Eileen Troemel

When deep space explorer, Gerilynn, crash lands on a snow planet she finds herself face to face with a new species. Facing certain death, Gerilynn must rely on one of the creatures for protection, but can she trust him? Things are not all they seem, and Gerilynn finds herself in the middle of a political nightmare. Now she must navigate a minefield of danger, betrayal and traditions that are not her own. Will Gerilynn survive long enough to find true happiness? Or will she run out of time?

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dinas realmDINA’S REALM( INTERGALACTIC OFFICERS BOOK 5) by Mara Jaye

I’m not alone on this planet, but I might as well be. The other Earthers and aliens trapped here call me a suck-up. Considering I buy adequate supplies for them, I don’t care what they say. Everyone else may hate my influential position, but my life as a scab benefits them. Sure, I could quit, but I do this for the greater good. Except, life is lonely when I’m a social pariah. No one is allowed off of the planet, or I’d go anywhere but here. How do I know I’m trapped? My messages go unopened. After a couple of years, I’ve given up hope on anything changing.
However, on an ordinary day, someone extraordinary walks into the reception. Everyone knows Nial, but in real life? The man is heart-stopping attractive. Still, I can’t let him in at all. I try to stall him, and my tactic fails. Now, a member of the Intergalactic Alliance wants me to take over for my boss. How can I say no to the one man in the universe I only want to say yes to?

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honor lostHONOR LOST (HONORS BOOK 3) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Space renegade Zara Cole may have finally met her match. Lifekiller—a creature that can devour entire planets—is spreading terror throughout the universe, and it seems nothing can stand in the monstrous godking’s way. Zara’s street smarts may not be enough when their enemy could be anywhere, destroying civilizations and picking his teeth with the bones. With human enemies, alien creatures, and mechanical stalkers on her tail, it’s down to the wire for Zara to save the galaxy—and the people she calls home—before the godking consumes them all.

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return to neverwyldeRETURN TO NEVERWYLDE (RIM OF THE WORLD BOOK 7) by Linda Mooney

Things have been quiet on Neverwylde, but everyone has been busy. With a new group of research scientists sent to spend the next six months on the planet, their goal is to learn and document as much as possible to classify the alien world as a 2A planet. But things never go as planned on this still wild and unknown galactic anomaly.

Dox has a one-track mind, but that’s normal for his kind. Being an isotope baby, he was specifically created to be highly intelligent, often found working on inventions, and rarely speaking beyond a couple words. But he’s also fiercely loyal and protective, as well as sweet and innocent, with zero experience when it comes to women. They never even crossed his mind, until now.

Xeno-archaeologist Dr. True Brown can’t wait to get her feet on Neverwylde soil. Having researched everything there is to know of the planet so far, she’s somewhat starstruck when meeting the original crew, but no amount of research could prepare her for the reality of the world, or the feelings the quirky, quiet, innocent tinkerer invokes. She didn’t plan on romance while on this mission, but then again, she didn’t anticipate her fellow scientists turning on them either…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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linked by deceptionLINKED BY DECEPTION: PSY-IV TEAMS BOOK 5 by Jami Gray

When it comes to the relationship game, she’s learned her lesson well…With her ability to weave illusions, Jinx Thorne grew up running successful cons with her grifter father, until the day he taught her how easy it is to deceive those you love. Armed with that hard-earned wisdom, she retreats behind her emotional walls determined to avoid a repeat lesson. When she’s partnered with the seductively charming Rabbit, his friendship does the impossible, eroding her defenses and leaving her on shaky ground.

With his patience at an end, he’s about to change the rules…As the PSY-IV Team’s tech wizard, Rabbit Tessier can manipulate all things electronic, yet that’s not his only area of expertise. As an acknowledged flirt, he enjoys his role as the team’s heart-breaker, but after he’s partnered with the intoxicating queen of illusions that satisfaction wans and he’s done playing games. As they undertake a dangerous mission where things could go sideways in a blink, he’ll take the biggest gamble of all and lay his cards on the table.
When the mission forces them to play intimate criminal partners, will they risk the jump from illusion to truth as they race through a maze of conspiracies and lies before the clock runs out?

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cold temptationCOLD TEMPTATION (ICE PLANET RENDU BOOK 2) by Zoe Ashwood

Zoologist Mika Yadama has her hands full exploring a new alien world – the only problem is that the planet itself keeps trying to kill her. And the one male assigned to be her guide seems to be keeping his distance. Kol ad Naals wants nothing more than to give in to temptation and drag Mika off to his bed, yet she’s leaving in six weeks. He’s lost enough people already, and he won’t allow himself to care for the human.  That would be easier if she didn’t put herself in constant danger – rescuing her from certain death ties them together whether he likes it or not.  But the environment and the lethal alien species aren’t the only threats to their relationship, and as a series of mysterious break-ins occurs in the capital, Kol’s duty to his queen and his nation must come first. If only it didn’t mean letting go of the only woman he ever wanted to keep.

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lost book of adana moreauTHE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU: A NOVEL by Michael Zapata

VS Note: Not a romance and apparently the scifi and speculative elements are contained in the lost book more than in the main plot BUT it was a release of note. Sounded interesting.

In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript.

Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather’s home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by none other than Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Adana’s son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers.

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maruMARU (BRIDES TO BEASTS BOOK 4) by Athena Storm

Maru. He says I’m his. He’s bought my contract. Brought me to his world. He expects certain things. And he won’t take no for an answer. I can already tell in his eyes.
How they covet me with each move I make. He’s going to wrap his big, thick arms around me. He’ll claim me as his in front of all his people. Overpower me. Overwhelm me. I will lose myself in him. Nothing of me will remain. It will all belong to him. Everything I am. Everything I was. Will be his.

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shadow of the batgirlSHADOW OF THE BATGIRL by Sarah Kuhn, Nicolle Grux Illustrator

VS Note: Not a romance but hey, Batgirl!

Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn’t exactly Batgirl material…not yet, at least. But with Batgirl missing from Gotham City, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own? She’ll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she’ll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero-Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn’t been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass’s father threatens the world she has grown to love, she’ll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle-that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

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valentines with a barbarianVALENTINE’S WITH A BARBARIAN: A BARBARIAN HOLIDAY by Nicky Fox

Abby has just broken up with her boyfriend of two years after finding out he was cheating on her. She needs a girls weekend with her best friends. They decide to take a trip to a National Park for wine tasting, spa time, and some hiking. There, in one of the caves they spot a strange light. When they go to investigate, they’re all sucked into a portal. Abby is transported to a strange alien world where vibrant colorful plants thrive and a red barbaric man with kind eyes treats her like a princess. She doesn’t know where her friends are or how to find the portal to take her home. That’s not all.
The barbarian that’s claimed her as his, is the chief of the village. There’s tension between him and his tribe because of her as well as another adjoining clan. Danger is at every turn and all Abby wants is to run into the arms of her barbarian.
But when the opportunity presents itself for her to return to her world, will she take it?

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circleTHE CIRCLE (OMEGA ACADEMY 2) by Lily Archer

Joining with my Alphas has changed me at my most basic levels. I can’t seem to control my powers, but with Jeren, Kyte, and Ceredes at my side, I think I’ll eventually stop with the accidental outbursts of lethal energy. Hopefully. But my powers aren’t the only problems: I have an Omega who wants me dead, a Sentient who is still trying to kidnap me, and an undeniable need to mate with my Alphas.

The entire fleet is slowly reaching a boiling point as the Sentient threat grows, and when they attack and take someone dear to us, the circle vows to fight back. But as the council of regents begins to fracture, secrets slip through the cracks. When I discover the truth, will I be able to withstand it, or will the circle break under the weight of my past?

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dreikxDREIKX (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 5) by Milana Jacks

Knowing that the strongest alliances are forged through mating, long ago, the King of Regha asked for my help. So when I came collecting on his firstborn, he gave her to me.
I am nothing but a glorified thief. She is the Regha Princess. The jewel of her people.
And now, she is mine.

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aliens captive mateALIEN’S CAPTIVE MATE by Belinda Moon

When a terrifying alien warrior abducted me from my sheltered human settlement I expected to die. But this brutal monster has no intention of killing me. Instead, he’s doing something far worse, claiming me for himself…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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her pirate salvationHER PIRATE SALVATION by K C Morgan

Zahra’s life was never what you would call adventurous. It was boring. Repetitive. Completely predictable even. Until it wasn’t. Now Zahra is left reeling after the unspeakable happens and is desperate to find herself again after surviving depravity at the hands of a cruel slaver. With the help of four sexy and determined pirates, can she overcome her trauma and finally do more than just exist?

Together Ryland, Daega, Ka’win, and Naree will teach Zahra how to live again. With them, perhaps the love she always craved will at last be possible. But her past isn’t done with Zahra yet. The monster who torments her dreams is determined to reclaim what is his. Will her past steal away her future and break her for good? Or can she find Salvation in the arms of her Pirates?

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my alien roommateMY ALIEN ROOMMATE by Tracy Lauren

Dorran – I’m on a mission to Earth, searching for a mate—but time is of the essence and my happiness hangs in the balance. I aim for optimism, but the task before me is daunting. Until I meet Carly, that is. The second she opens her door; I know she’s the one for me. All I need to do now is convince her.

Carly – My best friend in all the world’s getting married and I’m suddenly out a roommate in one of the most expensive beach cities in California. So, when a sexy cowboy shows up at my door, promising to pay three month’s rent in full, what choice do I have but to take him in? Sure, he has some idiosyncrasies… but those can be overlooked for the right price, can’t they? The language barrier isn’t even that big of a deal either. What does stand out though… is that he seems to have purple skin. And despite everything I find out about Dorran, I just can’t fight the magnetic attraction between us.

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breaking heidi catherineBREAKING: BOOK 1 AFTER THE THAW by Heidi Catherine and Tamar Sloan

Four teens must face the fallout of the Proving. Three have made it through. One has not. Nova. Kian. Dex. Wren. Four lives defined by the outcome. Four lives who thought the Proving was the most difficult test they would ever have to face.   They all assumed Askala was safe, but a link to the Outlands has been established and a Remnant invasion is now a threat. In a starving, damaged world, Askala has what others want.  Except the fight for survival is far more complicated than right or wrong, or us and them. It’s about humanity versus Earth.

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brimstone journals threeTHE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS: COLLECTION THREE by Angel Martinez

Cargo hauler, brigand ship, privateer. Crewed by the exiled, the misplaced, the uniquely strange and even a certain government assassin. Together, they’ve faced interstellar criminals, the wrath of archangels, the threat of frogs, their own terrors, nearly deadly buttercopters, and government paperwork. Through it all, as Brimstone’s inhabitants expanded from two demons on the run to a complement of eleven various and sundry beings, they’ve become more than crew. They’ve evolved into family. Join us now for some snippets from the characters’ timelines, flash fiction shorts between the stories from Shax and Verin as kids in Hell all the way to events after The Hunt for Red Fluffy.

The Brimstone Journals, Collection Three also includes a novelette in which the crew discovers that sometimes the simple task of holiday shopping is much more dangerous than it should be.

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dark obssessionDARK OBSSESSION (GALACTIC GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by Brooke Reed

Deena: I don’t even know what I’m doing here. I just sort of went along for the ride when the people around me set out on a crusade that seems too big to be real. And as soon as I let myself get sucked into that crusade, I find myself staring down the business end of madness, death, and… love?
Faeron: I am finally content. My life of servitude is a thing of the distant past, and I have real purpose that is under my control. But that illusion has been shattered by a mind-altering bioweapon and single encounter with a woman that I thought of only as a crewmate. Now I cannot tell the difference between what I have been made to feel and what I actually do. If there is a difference.

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prince of stonePRINCE OF STONE by Gena Showalter

VS Note: A re-release or as the book page says “a significantly updated classic.”

A statuesque beauty unlucky in love…With five older brothers, Katie James grew up a tomboy. Now, the six-foot-tall home renovator has never made it past a first date. When she begins restoration on an old Victorian, she never dreamed the gorgeous marble statue in the garden would come to life with a kiss. But, suddenly, a very real, very naked warrior is standing before her, demanding she surrender her heart.
A cursed alien prince with everything to lose…Jorlan en Sarr hails from the distant planet Imperia. Thanks to his brother’s curse, he’s been entombed in stone for centuries, awaiting a fair maiden to set him free. Yet the goddess-like female with a will of iron and kisses like flame is nothing like the subservient damsels of his homeland. And though Katie affects him as no other, Jorlan must guard his heart while winning hers — all in two weeks! If he fails, he’ll be turned back to stone… forever.

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convictionCONVICTION (SCATTERED STARS: CONVICTION BOOK 1) by Glynn Stewart

VS Note: Not  romance. Scifi release of note from late JAN.

The last reward Kira Demirci expected for heroism in a time of war was to spend the rest of her life dodging assassins—but when her government betrays her as part of their surrender, she and her comrades flee the star system of Apollo to the edge of civilized space. The Syntactic Cluster is disorganized, disunified, and in desperate need of the nova fighters Kira smuggled out of Apollo with her. With an entire squadron supposed to follow in her wake, it falls to her to build a new home for her comrades. But their enemy’s reach may be longer than her worst nightmares—and even her new friends may not be all that they appear.

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fate of the talaTHE FATE OF THE TALA: THE UNCHARTED REALMS BOOK 5 by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I received an ARC of this book and thought it was an excellent wrap up and ending for the series, which I’ve been reading avidly since it began. 

The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, conquered her inner demons to become the high queen. The youngest, and most beautiful outlived her Prince Charming and found a strength beyond surface loveliness.
And the other one, Andi? The introverted, awkward middle princess is now the Sorceress Queen, Andromeda—and she stands at the precipice of a devastating war.
As the undead powers of Deyrr gather their forces, their High Priestess focuses on Andi, undermining her at every turn. At the magical barrier that protects the Thirteen Kingdoms from annihilation, the massive Dasnarian navy assembles, ready to pounce the moment Andi’s strength fails. And, though her sisters and friends gather around her, Andi finds that her husband, Rayfe, plagued with fears over her pregnancy, has withdrawn, growing ever more distant.
Fighting battles on too many fronts, Andi can’t afford to weaken, as she’s all that stands between all that’s good in the world and purest evil.
For Andi, the time to grow into her true power has come.

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phantom queenTHE PHANTOM QUEEN (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 3) by Yasmine Galenorn

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and I’m a spirit shaman. It’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.
Veronica, Queen of the Unliving, requests my presence. Something has happened in Whisper Hollow—there’s a new menace around, and it’s not only attacking the living, but also the denizens of her Court. Now, Bryan and I must enlist the help of the dead in order to keep the spirit world—and the citizens of Whisper Hollow–safe.

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sworn to the shadow god book 2SWORN TO THE SHADOW GOD (ANCHOR AND ASPECT BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

Adventure. It’s what my boring life is missing, so when I fall through a portal into another world, I’m excited. Here, I’m important. Here, I’m special. I find out just *how* special when I meet Death. Yup. That guy. He’s been exiled to the mortal realm to work through his flaws, and he’s just as spoiled and awful as you’d think. Rhagos, the Shadow Lord, is arrogant and rude and controlling and demands to get his way. He’s selfish. He’s impossible.

He’s also utterly gorgeous. Magnetic. Lonely. And strangely protective of me. Thanks to a magic bond, I now serve him as his anchor to the mortal realm. It means that I’m his conscience, his guide…and the target for any assassin or glory-seeker. After a few days of this, I’d rather go home than continue on this ‘adventure’. I need a way back to Earth, and fast. As the world falls down around us and we’re hunted simply for existing, I find myself wondering what it’d be like to serve the lonely god of death…in all ways. To kiss him. To touch him. To bed him. Except…I’m supposed to be finding a way home, not trying to kiss Rhagos. No matter how tempting he is. No matter how much he stares at my lips. No matter how much I want it.

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lickLICK (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 5) by Skye MacKinnon

Kat is broke, so when she’s offered a job as the mayor’s bodyguard, she can’t resist. It seems a simple enough job, until someone tries to kill her rather than the mayor. At the same time, an incredibly valuable diamond needs to be stolen, a little deer needs a new home and there’s a ball to attend. When you put a cat in a dress, you better prepare for carnage.

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iron masterIRON MASTER (SHIFTERS UNBOUND BOOK 12) by Jennifer Ashley

Stuart Reid is an Iron Master—a Dark Fae with a rare ability to make iron do his bidding. Exiled by the High Fae who fear him, he now lives in a simple house in Shiftertown outside Las Vegas, watching over Peigi, a bear Shifter woman, and the cubs she cares for.
Peigi, rescued from an evil Shifter and welcomed into the Vegas Shiftertown, knows Reid and the cubs have helped her survive and heal.
She also knows Reid is alone and lonely, a strong man coping with his exile. The bond she feels pulling her to him scares the crud out of her—she’s been down this road before.
When Reid’s people send him a desperate call for help, Peigi senses danger to him—too much of it. She finds she’ll do anything, even sacrifice herself and her happiness, to keep him safe.

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Badge - Exclamation pointPURE SURENDER (PURE DARK ONES BOOK 12) by Aja James

VS Note: The cover was too hot for my PG13+ blog.

Aella Alexander: An Amazon warrior in her human life, Aella has always taken and fought for what she wanted, and what Aella wanted, she got. Until him.
Cloud Drako: The mysterious new recruit to the Pure Ones’ team of Elite soldiers is not what he seems. He has a critical role to fulfill to maintain Balance in the universe…He cannot afford to be distracted by her. Destiny is shaped by choices made:
The past cannot be changed, a past that neither Cloud nor Aella remembers. But the future is yet unwritten. In this present time, with this second chance, Cloud must make his ultimate stand: to carry out the role he’s been assigned, or to embrace an uncertain future, knowing that his choice would be irrevocable. Absolute.
And that the souls of countless innocents depend upon it…Can Aella help him choose wisely, or will she lead them all to ruin?

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black hartBLACK HART (VAKTARE OF ALL REALMS/ENEMY OF MAGIC SERIES BOOK 2) by Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Rising from the ashes of betrayal and stifling the pain of the broken pieces of her heart, Shira Hart is out for blood. Though she may be hunted by the Fidem, nothing will stop her from exacting vengeance from Xydon for the brutal murders of her parents. The streets of LA will tremble and collapse under her power; the golden cuckoos of Toucson flying free. But can Shira quell a resurgence of love in her heart when Brin returns to her life? Or will he destroy her trust forever?

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king of the seaKING OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 4) by Elle Beaumont

Loch always knew that one day he would be crowned king, but he never thought the day would come so soon. When the king dies during a gruesome battle with the Kraken, Loch must assume the role of ruler. But there is more to worry about than the upcoming coronation ceremony-there is a monster to kill and a heavy decision to make.
With the kingdom of Selith under attack, and the decision of whether or not to ban magic weighing on his shoulders, Loch relies on his brother Ruari for support, and a childhood friend.

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secrets of galatheaSECRETS OF GALATHEA VOLUME 1 by Elle Beaumont

Journey to the depths in this fast paced collection of four short stories, based in the same kingdom, spanning from centuries to weeks apart. A merman and his brother are tasked with protecting what belongs to their people and failure is not an option. When two seventeen-year-olds witness their Prince threaten an infamous sea-witch, they have no idea how soon all of their lives will be intertwined, and what secrets lay in the depths. A prince must decide what is most important: the people or his relationship with his brother. And a soon-to-be-king must do what is right, even if it costs him everything.
Each story highlights a specific character and their current struggle in the kingdom of Selith, but one thing is always the same–the strength of the characters and the magic that lives within them.

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kissing cupidKISSING CUPID (NOT QUITE HOLIDAYS LOVE STORIES BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

Arrows flying, love’s in the air, Valentine’s Day should come with hazard pay. Leave it to Krissy Kissinger to pick the worst time ever to declare her undying devotion to the God of Love…in a text message…after her sister, Chloe’s, bachelorette party. As if things weren’t already in the crapper, Krissy just woke with a hangover the size of Zeus’ ego only to find out that Cupid’s missing, the Cherubs contracted mono from a gaggle of strippers, and Ares used all the golden arrows for target practice. As the Fairy Extraordinaire in charge of all things Valentine’s Day, our little Fae has precisely seventy-two hours to shake off her pink-champagne-induced brain fog, rescue her lost love from a horrendous horde of two-and-half-foot men, and save V-day before there’s more broken hearts than petals on a rose. With no time to spare, this lovelorn lovely must pull out all the stops to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt, and the bubbly is at its bubbliest if she’s to save the Love of the World and, more importantly, the love of her life. Holy Fairy farts, this shit could only happen on a Leap Year.

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cat escortCAT ESCORT by Melissa E Costa

A night of passion with a Cat Shifter escort becomes everything for a man with poor self-esteem. To mend his broken heart, Seth purchases a date with a Cat Shifter Escort. The sex was so amazing, it let him forget his pain. Seth never expected to see him again.
Nao couldn’t forget the client who’d cried in his arms, so destroyed from love gone wrong. He wanted nothing more than to help the beautiful, broken man.
Their night was supposed to be a onetime thing, but six months later, everything changed when they met again.

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dragon frostDRAGON FROST (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 9) by Viola Grace

VS Note: From the end of January

Kabyl’s family has run a careful supply business, keeping the essentials in stock in order to help her town and the villages around it survive the long, dark winter.
Rumors of beasts beyond the standard shifters are beginning to surface, and when regulars don’t show up for their fuel rations, Kabyl has to brave the dark and the cold to find out if natural death has taken her family’s friends or if there is something darker than death in the land of snow. A wellness check turns into a fight for survival, and Kabyl has to dig deep to stay alive. She had no idea she was going to find a dragon. The dragon was just as surprised.

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evanescenceEVANESCENCE by Monette Michaels

Security specialist Kai Axton blends into the night, a mist-like shadowy image of his human form. Because of his freakish nature, he feels doomed to live his life alone–until he meets Sian York. Sian isn’t who or what she seems. Her past is shrouded in a veil of mystery. As Kai prepares to make his move to claim her, Sian’s past explodes onto the scene, forcing him to reveal his darkest secrets. Can Sian accept Kai’s nature, or will he be doomed to live in the shadow world, forever alone?

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sea saviorSEA SAVIOR (THE LUNAFRIYA CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Elise H Ford

The wars in the sea are just getting started. Cora and her friends must try to save everyone. But things in life get in the way of Cora and Jett’s plans. Jett starts the spawn and Cora wants to be on land for when Megan gives birth. New friends are found and new cities rebuilt. Another Lunafriya is added to the mix that has a special power! Will Cora and the other Lunafriyas be able to stop the wars in the sea?

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unlove meUNLOVE ME by T S Joyce

One wild night with friends, and Brock Evans comes up with a plan to rake in the room reservations at his lodge. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, he is going to throw an UnValentine’s Day party for the singles who want to escape the hearts, and romance, and frills of February. But when a curvy beauty comes crashing into his lodge with eyes much too bright to be human, he is instantly intrigued. She has to be one of those shifters, but she fibbed about it on her room application, so she must be hiding something big. And the more he gets to know her, the more he wants to uncover all the mysteries that surround her.

Humans and shifters don’t mix. Armadillo shifter, Ava, learned that early on, so to avoid being denied for the UnValentine’s Day party at a rustic mountain inn, she tells a little white lie that snowballs her down a path she doesn’t expect. Brock is kind, handsome as hell, and a dominant personality compared to a submissive shifter like herself. He’s fun, and easy to be around, and her body ignites around him, but she is here for one reason, and one reason alone—to escape the pressure of the holiday. The last thing a girl like her needs is romance on Valentine’s Day, but Fate just might have other plans.

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salvation in darknessSALVATION IN DARKNESS (MISPLACED HALOES BOOK 2) by Nicole Edwards

Heaven refers to them as Misplaced Halos. Humans don’t even know they exist.
This faction of celestial warriors was sent here under the cover of darkness to protect humanity from Lucifer’s demons. In return for their servitude, these warriors expect only one thing: the love they were promised, what angels refer to as an amsouelot.

Never one to rely on luck or favor, Eclipse isn’t surprised when his first interaction with the female whose soul is destined for his results in death. However, he is caught off-guard when the pretty blonde who was held at gunpoint by a two-bit human turns out to be sassy and fearless and not at all bothered by the mess that was made in that alley.

Orianna McKay has spent the past six years scouring the US in search of her sister. She has put her entire life on hold, hoping to locate Amber and bring her home to their mother. What she doesn’t understand is how one failed lead after another continues to take her right back to Nowhere, Colorado. Then he appears. The handsome warrior who takes a bullet in an effort to save her. What she doesn’t realize is that warrior is an angel and nothing in her world is as it seems…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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goose and the ocelotGOOSE AND THE OCELOT by Renee Hewett

On the run in the jungle, Dedra Wakins is in no mood to listen to the sexy man who’s trying to take her back up to Canada. Screw safety. Geese fly south for the winter for a reason! But when she learns her gosling might be in danger, no one can stop this momma goose from charging anyone threatening her family. This paranormal romance is an EveL Worlds novella set in Eve Langlais’ Furry United Coalition (F.U.C.) World!

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curse she woreTHE CURSE SHE WORE (TRINITY LADOUX) by Jordan Dane

Trinity LeDoux, homeless on the streets of New Orleans, has nothing to lose when she hands a wealthy, yet reclusive clairvoyant a cursed vintage necklace. During one of Hayden Quinn’s rare public appearances, he is unexpectedly recruited into Trinity’s perilous mission–a journey back through time to the exact moment of death for two very different victims. Hayden and Trinity, two broken people with nothing but death in common, pursue the dangerous quest to stop the murderer emulating the grisly works of a notorious serial killer. Trespassing on Fate’s turf comes with a price–one they will never see coming.

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in someone elses skinIN SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN (LINDY PARKER SHIFTER SHIELD BOOK 3) by Margo Bond Collins

When Lindi grabbed the latest newborn lamia and leaped into the unknown, she knew she was risking both their lives. But the alternative–allowing the faction that wants to eliminate all lamias on sight to capture them–meant certain death. Now she’s faced with a brand-new enemy in an unknown land, and all she wants is to get back home. This time, her status as a Shifter Shield won’t save her.

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captive witchCAPTIVE WITCH (UNCHAINED HEARTS) by Fiona Starr

DELLA – I fell for Victor Montalban the night I was hired to kill him. When I let him go, he walked away with my reputation, my family’s trust, and my heart. Now he’s here in front of me once more, his eyes angry and mistrustful. What he doesn’t know is that he’s in danger, and this time I’m here to save his life. I have to make him believe me… just for tonight—that will be long enough to ensure that he lives. I thought I would die when I let him go before, and now all I want is to see him walk away again.

VICTOR – The light went out of my life the night Della Thoreaux decided to let me live. She’s a deadly assassin in addition to being a powerful witch, and yet, somehow I survived. She left me with a scar on my neck, a target on my back, and a chain around my heart. She fooled me once and it nearly cost me everything. Now she’s back, trying to convince me she’s the only one I can trust. Do I listen to my heart and put my life in the hands of the woman who tried to kill me?

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dangerous time for loveA DANGEROUS TIME FOR lOVE (TIME INTO TIME BOOK 4) by Louise Allen

Cassandra Lawrence is an independent modern woman with a big secret – her lover Lucian, the Earl of Radcliffe, just happens to have been born in 1779. Cassie might be getting used to finding herself back in 1807, even when Luc is involved in mysteries, murder and general mayhem, but the closer they become, the harder it is to leave him.
When they find themselves embroiled in a death and the theft of priceless jewels at his Suffolk home, Luc and Cassie have more than a killer to unmask – somehow they have to find a way to be together. And that might be as dangerous as anything they have yet faced.

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boot scootin boogeymanBOOT SCOOTIN’ BOOGEYMAN (A HANNAH HICKOK WITCHY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Lily Harper Hart

Hannah Hickok didn’t know she was a witch but now that she’s embracing her destiny, she can’t wait to learn about magic. Given the trouble that seems to find Casper Creek on a regular basis, that’s probably a good thing.
Cooper Wyatt is enjoying watching Hannah open up and learn about herself. He’s there to lend a helping hand but also eager for her to strike out on her own … until the unthinkable happens. On their first official date, Cooper and Hannah bear witness to a horrifying scene. A local woman, who had gone missing days before, jumps off a downtown building and kills herself. The question is: Why?
There’s more than one missing woman, magic sparking at every turn, and a monster on the hunt. It’s up to Hannah, Cooper, and the rest of their friends to discover exactly what’s going on … and figure out how to solve the problem. That’s easier said than done, though. Casper Creek’s magic runs deep and Hannah is going to have to tap into it if she expects to keep her friends safe. She’s up to the challenge. At least she hopes she is. Things are about to get messy as the Wild West gets wickeder and wickeder.

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wing and a prayerA WING AND A PRAYER (THE DEVIL YOU KNOW BOOK 3) by Christine Pope

Beelzebub has the perfect job: manager-in-chief of Hell…until the number of condemned souls nosedives, and God slaps an “Out of Business” sign on the Fiery Gates. Now Beelzebub is just a laid-off demon banished to live out a mortal life in his idea of perdition: Los Angeles. Complete with nosy neighbors and a yappy, pint-sized dog that won’t stay off his lawn.

Jillian Torres is finally free of one hellish relationship and has no interest in going down that road again. So what if her best friend reports that their new neighbor is super-smoking-hot? Jillian’s hands are too full running a Chihuahua rescue to notice or care…until Rufus, one of her escape-artist rescue dogs, makes a beeline for the man’s yard.

Three things hit her immediately when she meets Benjamin Blake. He’s definitely super-hot. His grumpy attitude doesn’t quite hide the sadness in his smoky hazel eyes. And Rufus adores him. Thus begins Jillian’s subversive quest to win Ben’s heart — for Rufus. But along the way, Ben and Jillian find everything they never thought they wanted.

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to the flameTO THE FLAME by A E Ross

Seattle boy Emerson Oakley is about to find that the strangest thing about his first year at West Virginia’s Vance University isn’t the neighbor in the next dorm over, who ghosts him after one kiss. It’s the fact that he keeps having his life saved by a stranger who seems to know about each accident before it happens.

Morrie Crisp, whose moth-person powers finally emerged at the most inconvenient time, is just trying to figure out how to deal with their crush on the boy next door, and all the different ways they’ve seen him die.
As Emerson tries to get to the bottom of who his pre-cog savior could be, his relationship with Morrie becomes extra complicated as their undeniable attraction to one another becomes a liability to both. Even as Morrie struggles to keep Emerson safe, Emerson is intent on igniting the fire between them, into which Morrie is naturally drawn.
What is a reasonable response to falling in love when the world itself is without reason? Unfortunately, neither one of them has any idea.

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amaraAMARA (THE STARLING GENIE SERIES BOOK 2) by Deb Clarke

Amara Starling has been living in New York City for only a few months – but running the vintage bookshop in Soho with her sisters and living in the tiny apartment above it, feels right. And things haven’t felt right for a very long time. For the first time in her life, Amara is not bound by rules, regulations and family expectations. Finally, she can be free. To think for herself … be herself … look after herself … even if her first disastrous attempts at cooking indicate otherwise.

When the darkly disturbing Cormac enters her burning kitchen, his hard, tough exterior lights a spark in her she never thought to feel. And she won’t be satisfied until she unleashes his hidden passion into a flame that burns for her as strongly as the fire that brought them together. Amara reminds herself to enjoy this feeling – this freedom while she can, because she has a secret. In less than two weeks, she will marry a man she barely knows and while she could run, she has been duty-bound her entire life. She is a genie princess, destined to be queen and groomed to unite two warring kingdoms.

Little does she know that Cormac has a secret of his own, and it’s not in his destiny to live happily ever after. Will the princess obey her royal duty to save her kingdom or allow her heart to decide?

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violet spirit 2VIOLET SPIRIT: THE EVOXIAN LEGACIES BOOK 2 by Abbey McMunn

A half human, half alien. A violet-eyed shapeshifter. Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing world. Ever since free-spirited Lexie Mills learned she was half human, half alien, her life has been far from ordinary. But living a privileged life in a Cotswold manor with her over-protective family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and not helped by her confusing feelings for her best friend, Drew.
Evoxian shapeshifter, Drew Morgan, longs to tell Lexie he’s her destined soulmate, but until she embraces her alien heritage, he must wait. Trouble is, staying in the friend zone proves harder than he thought.

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for the love of shadowsFOR THE LOVE OF SHADOWS (HAUNTING PASSIONS BOOK 1) by M L Bullock

Monica always knew that she walked under an unfortunate star–and she knew that she had lived and loved once before. A tragic twist of fate left her a widow at a young age and with her grief came dreams of another man. A man she had once loved but could only fleetingly remembered except in her dreams.

Until she arrived at Fayette Castle in Virginia. The moment she set foot on the property Monica knew she had been here before. This was the place from her dreams! And she also knew that once she stepped inside, she would never leave the place again. As she moves in, she begins to recall even more details from her possible past life and the man she truly loves. Will she make the right decision this time or will she condemn them both to travel through eternity without one another? Only Monica has the key to this mystery.

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cauldrons and cakeCAULDRONS AND CAKE (WICKED WITCHES OF BROOKDALE BOOK 1) by Sara Bourgeois

It’s a beautiful day for a witch wedding…or not. One of the most prestigious witches in New Orleans is looking for a magical bakery to make her wedding cake, and Fern Moonfall is in the running. First, she must prove herself by catering a bridal shower and lacing her sweets with just enough magic to ensure every guest has an enchanting experience.

But Fern has some competition – a witch from a rival coven. A tropical storm looms over the quaint southern hotel called Praline Manor. During the festivities, a guest falls to her death. Fern sets out to find the killer, and she has no idea if the culprit is also a fellow witch. Fern has to keep her mind in the game if she wants to find the culprit before the storm clears, but that’s hard to do when her cat familiar, Gumbo, is home alone. Can she pull it together in time to avoid a killers snare? Come along as Fern and friends solve the crime one spell at a time.

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silver unicornSILVER UNICORN (SILVER SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Until Jen’s husband died, her life revolved around him and his award-winning work. Now she’s a 50-something childless widow looking ahead to a long, lonely retirement. Her meetings with the Baker Street Writers’ Group are the only bright spots in her week.

And then he sweeps in — handsome, brilliant, and amazing, definitely the kind of man who wouldn’t be interested in a woman like Jen. Even if his touch sets her on fire, and she could lose herself forever in his eyes. But she can’t help feeling like he’s hiding something. She’s not going to let herself go through this again, and lose her heart to a man who could never put her first.
Of course if he was going to finally find his mate, it would happen at the worst possible time! King of an island of shifters, Nikos is in town to help his old friends Mikhail and Joey with their evil-dragon problem, and now he’s lost himself in a pair of beautiful eyes. Jen is kind, lovely, and stronger than she knows, a perfect match for his unicorn. There’s nothing he wants more than to worship her as she deserves. But he has to hold her at arm’s length. If she’s hurt because of him, he’ll never forgive himself. But neither of them are prepared for a shocking transformation that will rock both their worlds to the core, and open both their hearts up to a kind of love they never believed existed.

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alpha for valentinesALPHA FOR VALENTINE’S (ALPHA MEETS OMEGA BOOK 1) by Sky Winters

Omega Lucy – I’m an omega who can’t stand alphas. Their cocky swagger, their entitlement, their ridiculously muscular bodies—everything. My father was an alpha, and a liar. How can I ever trust one again? And now I lost a bet and have to go on five dates,
on the Alpha Meets Omega dating App. Good thing I’m immune to an alphas charm.  

Alpha Ryan – I became a cop to protect. I’d do anything to keep drug dealers off the street.
Which is why I can’t start a family. My job is my life. But now I’m being pressured to find a date For the Valentine’s dance. It was just a date with an omega, Some stupid dating app.
And now my whole world has been turned upside down. I can’t let her destroy everything I built. But I have to keep her safe.

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defianceDEFIANCE (HER SOULKEEPERS BOOK 2) by Sadie Moss

My three messengers took a greater risk than I realized when they agreed to help me save my village. Now they must face the consequences, and so must I. If Kaius and Zelus go to war, it will devastate humanity… and that’s not the only danger that lurks on the horizon. But despite the threat to our existence, the bond between me and my soulkeepers continues to deepen into something far beyond what I ever expected. I promised myself I wouldn’t fall in love with these three beautiful, mysterious men.
I’m beginning to think it’s too late for that.

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deanDEAN – MARSHAL’S SHADOW BOOK 2 by Kathi S Barton

Isabella Booth was tired of all the sexist crap handed to her on a daily basis.  When her father wouldn’t even consider her as an heir to his lawn care business because she wasn’t a man, and left it to her brother Hunter instead, she had done the next logical thing. She opened her own lawn care business, and it thrived.

Dean Marshall was renovating his family home. As far as the landscaping was concerned, he was told to go big or go home. When Shep invited the owner of the landscaping company to his home for dinner, Dean wanted to be there to see about getting some things done for his place. He didn’t mean for his jaguar to knock the woman to the ground.

Bella was thoroughly pissed when the big cat ruined her jeans and favorite shoes, and when he announced that they were mates, Bella was seeing red. No way, no how, was she having another sexist, overbearing man in her life. Not if she could help it.

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trialsTRIALS (CROSSING NUWA BOOK 2) by Sean Ian O’Meidhir and Connal Braginsky

With the help of technomage and hacker Theo, rare snake shifter Robbie escaped his mother and clan, who planned to use him as breeding stock. While still working to break through the conditioning and mind control of his past, Robbie is enjoying exploring a new relationship with the worldlier Theo. But their fight isn’t over yet. A trip to his aunt’s house for Thanksgiving is highjacked by political intrigue, leaving the couple wondering who their friends really are. They cannot help but be drawn into larger plots while trying to find justice for Robbie at his mother’s trial. When clan rivalries turn deadly, they’ll need their allies—and each other—more than ever.

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night of the catNIGHT OF THE CAT by Stephanie Burke

VS Note: From late January

One hot night in summer, he came calling to claim what was his. Her aunt left her the beautiful house, she just didn’t know it came with conditions. On that night, she discovered a new world filled with magic and shapeshifters, and a lust that it could burn her soul.

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elemental warTHE ELEMENTAL WAR (HIDDEN LEGENDS: ACADEMY OF MAGICAL CREATURES BOOK 5) by Megan Linski and Alici Rades

Sophia – We’ve found all four pieces of the prophecy, but it’s already too late. The prophecy has come true, and we’ve been forced to flee our home. The Elders are hunting us down, and there’s nowhere to run. But we can’t just abandon our people. Returning to Kinpago proves more difficult than we thought, but this time, we’re coming back with an army. I’m ready to lay my life down for the tribe…Until an unexpected discovery changes everything.
Liam – In the midst of war, Sophia and I are ready to take our vows. But getting married in the middle of genocide isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly. My friends and I have allied ourselves with an underground group of elementals. To survive, we must unify the Hawkei into one tribe.My people need someone to follow. I must take my place as the leader I was always meant to be, and make amends with the ancestors if we’re going to survive.But Sophia isn’t the only one I need to protect. A new beginning is on its way, and once it arrives, nothing will ever be the same.

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their secret desireTHEIR SECRET DESIRE: THE PRINCESS AND THE GLADIATOR by Twyla Turner

VS Note: I’m going to stretch a point here (it’s not listed as fantasy or PNR) because I love Ancient World romance and it seems like this is an alternate history, not ‘historical’. A re-release.

Princess Nyame is a pawn in her father’s plan to gain an alliance with another powerful nation. Her life is offered up on a silver platter as her father announces The Titan Games. Eight rulers have come from distant lands with their best gladiators to fight to the death for the princess’s hand. The moment Nyame locks eyes with the Roman gladiator, Cassius, she knows that she can’t give her hand, her body, or her heart to anyone else. If he survives he will win her for the cruel emperor Marcellus. But she also fears his death.
Can they escape their life of subjugation? Or will a long-hidden secret save them before it’s too late?

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royal fireROYAL FIRE (DRAGON NIGHTS BOOK 1) by Dahlia Rose

Lyra carries the fire of the star within her. She a royal dragon on Paladin, half-human, half-dragon and all woman. Growing up hearing of the adventures and intrigue of humankind. She decides to leave the comfort and riches of her gilded cage to live a life of service as an officer of the law on Earth. Human beings are difficult creatures. Keeping them safe and protecting them from things that go bump in the night human or otherworldly. Well it’s a challenge, but one she takes seriously. Cops trust each other; her human partner Everett Craig can’t ever know she’s a dragon or a royal. Keeping that secret from him day in and day out can put a strain on their relationship.

When a kidnapping and murder happens one of the pieces of evidence seemed to be directed at her. Its appearance could threaten all she had built in her new life. Will her secrets be revealed, or can Lyra keep the truth hidden? Things are made far more complicated when Dragon Warriors appear to bring her home by force if necessary. How is she supposed to explain that to Everett? Can she buy some time for herself, solve the case and keep her partner blissfully unaware, all without being exposed? She thinks so (or rather hopes so) that is until Dael leader of the Paladin Warriors, her betrothed- and most certainly not by choice comes to earth himself. Bless it.

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witchbondWITCHBOND: A KITSUNE CHRONICLES STORY by Lissa Kasey

Sebastian survived an entire year on the run from the supernatural. Then he met Liam, his fated mate and alpha werewolf, and thought maybe he’d found a home. Until the fae come calling. They want control of Seb’s power, even if that means eliminating Liam to get it. When a trick leaves Seb in trouble with the werewolves, the military, and the fae, he fears his only option is to run. Except Seb is done running. He will stop at nothing to keep Liam by his side, even if it means letting his beast loose on them all.

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beary familiarBEARY FAMILIAR (POLAR BLISS BOOK 4) by Ruby Shai

Polar bear shifter, Ridge Holland, is the second oldest Holland brother, and the only one out of his siblings that isn’t mated—yet. After years of waiting for something extraordinary to happen, he’s finally ready to face the fact that fate has something else in store for him. He’s not complaining, though. Not when he loves Jane way more than a best friend should.

Curvy girl, Jane Hart, has been best friends with Ridge for over twenty years, and she knows all about shifters. She also knows she’s not Ridge’s mate, even if he feels like hers, and that truth scares her more than she wants to admit. More so because once a shifter finds his mate, everything changes, and deep down, she knows she’ll lose more than her best friend.

Ridge knows he messed up with the whole mating thing in the past, and that he has some major groveling to do, but he isn’t worried. Okay, so he’s a little worried, but he knows he shouldn’t be. Not when he has the perfect plan, and the perfect gift, to show Jane that he’s serious about taking their relationship to the next level. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, and when Jane realizes what Ridge has done, things will never be the same between them.

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dragon mateDRAGON MATE (MATEMATCH OUTCASTS BOOK 5) by Ariana Hawkes

Ever since he lost his family and his ancestral home, Ragtown has been a sanctuary to the noble Scottish dragon. But without his clan, his own territory, and his mate, his dragon cannot survive. The town’s arch matchmaker believes she has a solution to at least one of these problems—the only issue? He needs to rescue his mate before he can claim her.

Librarian, April Ellis, is being kept prisoner in a tower by a bunch of feral dragons who are forcing her to uncover their ancient pedigrees. Time is running out for her, but Callan, her sexy Scottish dragon match, gives her hope of being saved—and finding the mate her lonely heart craves.

One look at April, and Callan’s protective instinct goes into overdrive. He vows to do whatever it takes to save her, but he’s drastically outnumbered, and the dragons are all too aware of his useless wings and dwindling strength. April’s captors aren’t going to let her go without a fight. But they hadn’t reckoned on the power of a fated match between a smart, resourceful human and a secret dragon prince. Will April’s belief in Callan’s mighty heart be enough to save them both?

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alpha knightALPHA KNIGHT by Renee Rose 

VS Note: Shifters

The leggy car thief is trouble with a capital T. My brother went down because of her I need to find him before the cops do, which means I’m not letting her out of my sight. Anywhere the human goes, I go. I’ll play her fake boyfriend. Sleep in her bedroom.
Go to her prep school classes. Take her to the homecoming dance. I will learn all her secrets, find out all her games. By the time I’m done with her, she’ll be sorry. Sorry she ever set foot in our shop. Sorry she ever met me. Sorry she made me fall for her.

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reeseREESE (PACK OF MISFITS BOOK 2) by Raven Kennedy

Five years ago, I saw something I shouldn’t have. Ominous, right? But what really sucks is I got caught. I’ve been trapped as my animal ever since, hidden away and forced to stay shifted and silent. Until one day, when I get brought to a pet shop where a shifter recognizes me for what I am and brings me to her pack. A really friggen weird pack. I need to get out of here. But then I see him—the male wearing the chain around his neck. Maybe it’s his scent or his shiny stuff that draws me in. Either way, I’m going to bite him so good…just as soon as he stops fighting me off. Surprisingly, this pack is starting to look a lot less weird and a lot more like home. Too bad the shadows of my past are hunting me down for ratting them out. Life isn’t easy as a new misfit, but it is worth the fight.

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fire witchFIRE WITCH (THE FIRE WITCH SERIES BOOK 1) by Marina Epley

I’ve just learned I’m not human. Can you imagine? I can conjure fire with my bare hands. My lifespan is a thousand years. And I’m destined to save Shadow Realm from annihilation. Guess what? Being a fire witch… SUCKS. I have no control over my powers.
The queen hates my guts. And I’m to marry her eldest son, a jerk of gargantuan proportions. To survive, I must find my three promised guardians. My loyal mentors who can help me harness my powers. Now, that’s where things get really complicated. My third guardian happens to be a demon. A cruel and dangerous creature who wants to kill my other protectors, and enslave me. Damn it. My life is a hot mess!

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wolf's secretWOLF’S SECRET (DISTRICT SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Lola Gabriel

Brianna Lake moved across the country after a Matchmaker almost ruined her life by attempting to turn her into an immortal shifter and selling her to the highest bidder. In a small town in Nebraska, Brianna is just starting to feel safe again when she finds herself pulled back into the world of the immortals.

Her friend is killed with a silver bullet, and Brianna knows it means one thing: her friend was a shifter, and she thinks her secret is out. Her search for answers leads her to Archer, a hot wolf shifter whom Brianna is instantly drawn to.

She holds back her secret from Archer—that she has the genetics to be turned into a shifter. However, in small towns, secrets can’t be kept for too long, and Brianna is snatched by a hunter. Only Archer can save her, but is he willing to risk his own life?
Will Brianna and Archer save each other, or will she end up a victim of a Matchmaker after all?

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hunt frost kayTHE HUNT (THE TWISTED KINGDOMS BOOK 1) by Frost Kay

Death marked her from her very first breath. Being sired by a Madrid is supposed to be a blessing, but for Tempest, it’s a curse that leaves her orphaned, penniless, and enslaved to a blood thirsty crown on the brink of war. Found too unruly to become a ward of the court, she’s thrust into the care of the King’s Hounds – the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Driven by rage and an oath to avenge her mother’s memory, Tempest throws herself into training. But becoming the first ever female assassin isn’t enough. Now, she must obtain the heart of her kingdom’s most feared enemy – the jester – a deadly shapeshifter hidden in a land twisted by myth and darkness. Revenge is never easy or cheap. Tempest is willing to sacrifice everything to see justice served. Even her own soul and freedom.

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royally hitchedROYALLY HITCHED: THE FAE PRINCE (THE DARK FAE SERIES, BOOK 1) by G K DeRosa

A fight to the death… Or at least that’s what it feels like when my twin sister and I are pitted against a dozen ruthless Fae females in a competition to marry the Spring Court prince. On live television. If we can survive eight weeks on Royally Hitched, we’ll earn our freedom and a one-way ticket home to the human world. All we have to do is play nice with the mean girls and stuck up ice prince. Oh, did I mention we shouldn’t even be here since we’re not actually Fae? Well, no one knows that—yet.  As girls are eliminated and the competition heats up, things take a lethal turn. Someone wants the prince dead, and we all become targets. When he’s almost killed, unexpected feelings come over me. Panic. Pain. Sadness. The idea of losing him actually hurts. And what’s worse… my sister feels the same way.

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witchling academy 6WITCHLING ACADEMY: SEMESTER SIX (SPELL TRAVELER CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by Avery Song

After a near-death experience, I, Brianne Marie Harlow, learned a startling truth: I’m not just an ordinary “gifted” witch. Far from it, in fact. Instead, I’m a demigod with a prophesied destiny. My purpose in life is rooted in the depths of Witchling Academy and I may have been the very reason it came crumbling down — and may do so again.

The good news is that my Notorious Four have been reunited, and it seems each of them has grown stronger and wiser. I have one destined soulmate, but my abundant love has connected me to three more. My feelings for my men continue to grow, strengthening our bonds and powers. It’s exciting to see them connect with one another…and there may just be room in our lives to experiment with new things.

We’re still working hard to improve things at school, and when you factor in my best friends Mia and Miya, as well as their loyal boyfriends, we’re an unstoppable force. Many of our peers are excited about what we’ll be able to achieve, but there are others who are desperate to destroy us before we can implement any change in our curriculum. As for this mysterious prophecy? I’ll have to survive the chaos darkness brings before I have a chance to meet the other three chosen women — if the enemy doesn’t stop us first.

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ink in the bloodINK IN THE BLOOD (INK IN THE BLOOD DUOLOGY) by Kim Smejkal

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.
Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.
To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all–Profeta itself.
heart of flamesHEART OF FLAMES (CROWN OF FEATHERS) by Nicki Pau Preto

You are a daughter of queens. The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders. Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire.

Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while she’s supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronyka’s sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she lost—even if it means inciting the war herself.

Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin. As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empire—and determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far they’re willing to go—and what they’re willing to lose in the process. I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

cloak of nightCLOAK OF NIGHT (CIRCLE OF SHADOWS BOOK 2) by Evelyn Skye

After the devastating Ceremony of Two Hundred Hearts, Sora, Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick are truly alone in the fight to save their kingdom. Empress Aki is missing, and everyone else who could help them is a prisoner to Prince Gin’s mind control.  At least Sora understands what they’re up against. Or so she believes, until she overhears Gin bargaining with the god of war for immortality and learns that ryuu magic may be a more insidious danger than she realized.

Suddenly, the stakes are higher and even more personal for Sora—not only must she stop a seemingly indestructible Prince Gin, but she must also unravel the secrets of ryuu magic before it is too late for nearly everyone she loves.  Sora Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick face dangerous obstacles at every turn, but the greatest challenge may be discovering who they truly are and what, if anything, they are capable of.  The fate of a kingdom rests in their hands.

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time after timeTIME AFTER TIME (WITCHES OF HAVENPORT BOOK 6) by Emma Kaye

When Sophia Segarra, the owner of Time After Time Antiques in Havenport, finds a packet of love letters from the 1920s in her shop, she can’t help but fantasize about what it would be like to find a love like the one described in those letters. But even though she’s told the pearl necklace from her Halloween costume will bring the wearer to true love, she never imagined they’d transport her back in time to the Roaring Twenties.

In 1928, Liam O’Connell is writing an article on the Main Street Bandits for the Havenport Herald while investigating the disappearance of his brother. He’s not having much luck with either and a trip to Tilly’s speakeasy on Halloween is about to make life more interesting. Liam’s reporter instincts tell him Sophia’s hiding something, and he’s determined to find out what. Will her secret keep them apart, or will they come to realize that time after time, love overcomes all obstacles?

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southern double crossSOUTHERN DOUBLE CROSS (A SOUTHERN B&B MYSTERY) by Caroline Fardig

VS Note: Evidently a shoft plays a minor role here.

Quinn Bellandini is ready to get back to running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah—but first, she has to coordinate a fundraising event at the house of local philanthropists, with the help of her boyfriend, Tucker Heyward. Everything is running smoothly until Quinn’s friend, Pepper Fox, frantically calls her with the horrifying news that the lady of the house was found dead. Pepper’s brother, who was working as a caterer, is soon charged with her murder.

Pepper knows her brother didn’t commit the crime and asks Quinn, now a veteran detective with two solved murders under her belt, to prove his innocence. Quinn can’t bear to see her friend upset and enlists Delilah and Tucker to help investigate.

The invite list quickly turns into the suspect list as tensions mount and old feuds are brought to light. Could Quinn have hired the only catering company in Georgia that throws in a murder on the side?

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when the dead come homeWHEN THE DEAD COME HOME (THE VEIL DIARIES BOOK 8) by B L Brunnemer

I’m Lexie Delaney, and I’m a necromancer. Which means, I can see the dead, talk to them, affect them. Not as fun as it sounds. Especially since the Veil closed and the dead have been stuck here.
Things in town are getting tense. School is starting, and I’m already tired of our plan to keep our relationships quiet. Bodies keep showing up and no one has a clue as to why. Ghosts are still missing and we’re still searching the hiking trails for clues.
Secrets are coming to light, answers are found. And the guys are snapping at each other. But I can keep everything together. Right?

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paladins gracePALADIN’S GRACE by T Kingfisher

Stephen’s god died on the longest day of the year…Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart and The Twisted Ones comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

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unspoken nameTHE UNSPOKEN NAME (THE SERPENT GAMES BOOK 1) by A K Larkwood

What if you knew how and when you will die? Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power. But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

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a witch in timeA WITCH IN TIME by Constance Sayers

Helen Lambert has lived several lives-a young piano virtuoso in 1890s Paris, an actress in 1930’s Hollywood, a rock star in 1970s Los Angeles-only she doesn’t know it. Until she meets a strange man who claims he’s watched over her for centuries, bound to her from the beginning. At first, Helen doesn’t believe him. Her life is as normal as any other modern career woman’s. Then she begins having vivid dreams about ill-fated love and lives cut short. Caught in a curse, Helen will be forced to relive the same tragic events that ruined her previous lives. But with each rebirth, she’s developed uncanny powers. And as the most powerful version of herself, Helen must find a way to break the curse before her time runs out.

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in the shadow of the sunIN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN  by Em Castellan

It’s 1661 in Paris, and magicians thrill nobles with enchanting illusions. Exiled in France, 17-year-old Henriette of England wishes she could use her magic to gain entry at court. Instead, her plan is to hide her magical talents, and accept an arranged marriage to the French king’s younger brother.

Henriette soon realizes her fiancé prefers the company of young men to hers, and court magicians turn up killed by a mysterious sorcerer who uses forbidden magic. When an accident forces Henriette to reveal her uniquely powerful gift for enchantments to Louis, he asks for her help: she alone can defeat the dark magician threatening his authority and aid his own plans to build the new, enchanted seat of his power–the Palace of Versailles.

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she walks in majestySHE WALKS IN MAJESTY by MaryLu Tyndall

With only a worn document in hand and the Spear of Destiny strapped to her thigh, Seraphina de Mobray, the new Protector of the Spear, must convince the king that her friends are innocent of treason and witchcraft. Who is she to embark on such a lofty task but a lowly servant, an orphan abandoned at birth? Yet each step of the way, the Spear grants her favor and opens a path for her to enter the royal palace. What she finds there is naught but lies, greed, and a danger that threatens her very existence.

Sir Damien LaRage, knight of the elite King’s Guard would do anything to protect Seraphina and save his friends, anything except give up his quest for revenge against the person who murdered his parents. Returning to court, to a world of secrets, deceit, and power is exhilarating at first. Then things become dangerous when he must protect Seraphina from those would do her harm. Even himself. For he soon discovers that he must choose between saving her or avenging his parents’ deaths.

The king is ill, and evil takes over the throne as Seraphina must run for her life, and Damien is left to battle against forces not of this world. Meanwhile, darkness suffocates the Knights of the Eternal realm. leaving them defenseless against wicked powers that have taken over Luxley. Only Seraphina and the Spear of Destiny can save them now.

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beautys beastBEAUTY’S BEAST (BEAUTY AND THE ROSE BOOK 1) by Stasia Black and Lee Savino

Daphne’s beautiful, but she doesn’t know it. A wallflower blossoming into the belle of the ball. Years ago her father stole from me and it’s time for my revenge I’m the monster in the darkness. The Minotaur in the labyrinth. The evil her father warned her about. I’ll steal her away to my castle. Lock her in my tower. Make her mine in every way She’ll atone for her family’s sins…forever. She’s Beauty, and I’m the Beast.

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my captive valentineMY CAPTIVE VALENTINE – BOOK 5 – THE RABBIT RIVER SAGA by Elyce de Reefe

Gage Ardennes is certain he has found his mate. The fact that she is human means nothing to him. He is certain he can find a way to claim her without breaking the ancient Laws that bind his People. And he is certain that in time she will come to appreciate being his. But he never stopped to consider how his brother, the Alpha, would take his decision to declare a mate. Nor did he pause to consider the possible ramifications for her, his captive Valentine.

Bridget Henderson never truly appreciated how quickly everything can change. One minute she was just trying to get home after a disastrous party with coworkers, and the next her life was spinning out of control along with her car, as she hit a patch of ice on the treacherous winter roads. Because when the wheels stopped spinning and she opened her eyes, what she saw would change her life forever. And only time would tell if it was going to be in a good way.

The scientist in her wanted nothing more than an opportunity to study these fascinating creatures, but the woman in her couldn’t help wondering what it would be like to get to know this handsome stranger a little better. The fact that she might not have a choice was something she tried not to think about.

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canva fb cover croppedVS: In case you missed my new release last week:

LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 11) 

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?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 5

January 29

January 22

January 15

January 8

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.

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