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).
A FISTFUL OF CYBORG (CYBORGS ON MARS BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips
VS Note: Readers have been anxiously awaiting this one!
S-756 despises all humans, but he hates the scientists who tortured him and turned him into a cyborg most of all. The long years terraforming Mars have only cemented that hatred. When his duty forces him to rescue an endangered scientist, he is shocked to discover that she is the alluring woman who betrayed him. No matter how much his long forgotten heart rejoices, he knows he can never trust her.
Addie paid a terrible price to save the man she loved. When she encounters him again, she is both thrilled and terrified. Her feelings towards the massive cyborg haven’t changed, but how can she explain what she did, especially when she has another secret to keep? When a dark plot forces them to collaborate, can they move on from their tragic past and find a new future together?
OPERATION FURY (THE DRIFT NOVA FORCE BOOK 3) by Susan Hayes
She’s fighting for survival. He’s fighting for her soul. Nyx was created to be the perfect killer, with death and violence encoded in her DNA. After years of tests, torments, and trials designed to push her to her breaking point, she’s survived by focusing on one thing –revenge. Nova Force investigator Eric Erben lost someone he cared about. Now he’s on a mission to fulfill her last request – free her sister from the shadowy group holding her captive. Rescuing Nyx from her captors is the easy part. Saving her from herself will be a battle only love can win.
TREASURED BY THE ALIEN PIRATE (MATES OF THE KILGARI BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle and Athena Storm
I’m a wanted woman. In more ways than one. I was arrested, then imprisoned in cryosleep, and finally rescued by a crew of horned, golden skinned aliens. Now my government has branded me a traitor. Whoever is after me is willing to kill–to destroy anything and anyone in their way. They’re powerful and without mercy. It’s enough to make me lose all hope. Until Grantian. He’s a dangerous man and he promises to protect me. Former mercenary with the Hael Hounds–more blood on his hands than he cares to recount. He’s experienced suffering. And pain. And loss. I can tell that he sees something in me. Something that makes him willing to kill again. Yet with him, I feel safe. And even if we travel to the ends of the galaxy, With him…I feel like I’m home.
CHOOSING THEO (THE CLECLANIAN SERIES BOOK 1 by Victoria Aveline
Being kidnapped by aliens is only the start of Jade’s problems. Thankfully, her rescuers, an alien race known as the Clecanians, are willing to protect her, but she has to stay on their planet for one year and respect the rules of their culture—including choosing a husband. Jade refuses at first but decides to play along until she can find a way back to Earth.
Theo, a scarred mercenary who prefers a life of solitude, is stunned when Jade selects him as her husband. After years of being passed over, he never imagined he would be chosen and neither did anyone else. Only one explanation makes sense…the curvy enticing female must be a spy, and Theo’s determined to break her cover using any means necessary. As Jade and Theo are forced to spend time together, their chemistry becomes undeniable. But neither can afford to bring love into the equation, especially since Jade seems determined to go home. After all, she can’t possibly stay here, right?
UNEXPECTED MASTER by Layla Stone
He’s in her mind…Demanding her attention, terrifying every bone in her body.He’s a Master telepath with abilities she’s never heard about. He’s dangerous but so is the male who bought her and is planning to turn her into a cyborg pet. She’s the only one who can hear the telepath. He needs her help to get free and he won’t stop until she frees him. She’s a prisoner too, and knows that if there is any chance of freedom, she has to trust him. But the way out will take every last shread of her will power. All she wants is freedom and safety. All he wants is freedom and her.
OVEREXPOSED (NULL EQUATION BOOK 1) by Allyson Lindt
VS Note: A re-release. Author’s note: “This story was previously released as Over Exposed, as part of the USA Today Bestselling Other Worlds box set. It has been edited, and additional content added for this serialized re-release.”
A hacker whose mind can’t be read is the hottest commodity on the market… and as good as dead. Max and Taylor have spent the last decade running. From the people who killed their families. From an organization that wants to experiment on them… dead or alive. And from an epidemic that could drive Taylor mad and unleash his psychic abilities. As someone whose mind can’t be read, Max is his link to sanity. But even fugitives need to earn a living.
As one of the world’s most notorious hacker teams, Max and Taylor burrow their way in to digital closets to find the darkest secrets of their powerful targets, and expose them for all to see. The biggest drawback—a list of ruthless enemies who want to see them crash and burn. Literally, if possible.
LETHAL GAME (A GHOSTWALKER NOVEL BOOK 16) by Christine Feehan
When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force—a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.
Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker—albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their paths crossing is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.
When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too.
LOVIN’ LARGE: A CHOOSE YOUR ENDING ROMANCE by Linda Mooney w/a Carolyn Gregg
Asa Kelby, Director of Entrapment for WesCept, never knows what his job will entail day in and day out. After the earth passed through a comet’s tail, wiping out 90% of all animal species, life changed drastically for both humans and remaining animals. Gone is the surplus of meat for meals, domestic pets, and farm animals. But companies like WesCept are working hard to reverse that.
Scientists have developed a machine that can reach back in time, seize animals of all shapes and sizes, and transport them forward to current time to repopulate the Earth, bringing those species back from extinction, and also provide food for meat-eaters. The biggest problem is they have no control over what animals the Grabber will trap, or even WHEN in history those animals will come from.
At great risk, Asa’s boss tells him to turn up the power on the Grabber, in hopes of bringing in bigger game, but they weren’t quite expecting it to bring in something quite as large or prehistoric as they are soon facing. When the mistake is realized, it’s too late, and they get more than they bargained for. More than the history of Earth itself ever knew existed.And it will shake the very core of everyone’s belief as to humanity’s past.
SLAYER (SHADOWBORN REBELLION BOOK 1) by Cyndi Friberg
General Malik Xett doesn’t have time for romance. His one and only concern is curtailing the power and influence of the ruthless Sarronti elite. Still, the human female working with him lingers in his mind and fuels his imagination.
Though Kara O’Leary has been attracted to Malik since they first met, she never dreamed he returned her feelings. One kiss ignites a hunger neither can deny, but the timing couldn’t be worse. Hostilities rapidly escalate and new threats are revealed. How can Malik and Kara bring freedom to the “world below” when all they can think about is each other?
REVEALING EVIE (INTERSTELLAR HEREAFTER BOOK 4) by Rhea V May
Evie thinks the worst has already happened. Disaster struck and left her in ruins. First, she loses her family in a terrible accident. Then, aliens invade Earth and stop life as she knew it. Survivors of the invasion start dropping and, in a matter of days, Evie finds herself all alone on a dying planet. Without knowing what else to do, she sets out to find the rest of her family. As time passes, Evie stops worrying about having to fight for her life. For the apocalypse proves incredibly boring. No evil machines trying to wipe out humanity, and no brain-eating zombies. Just endless walking and solitude.
That all changes when she meets him. The alien that falls from the skies. Vasktrosti, the Ancient One, is on the run. For the crimes he had committed, he received the death sentence. True death, with no hope for the resurrection reserved for Renditions. So, what better place to hide from the Union of The Thirteen Races than on the dying planet of Earth? But even a bionic is subjected to misfortunes, so each of Vask’s plans crumbles to dust when bad luck hits. Though, as Evie finds him, Vask starts believing his bad luck is the best thing that ever happened. For himself, the great thousand years-old is brought to his knees by this frail human woman.
THE REBELS (BOOK 2 OF THE JANNAH CYCLE) by D Brumbley
What do you do when your dream becomes a nightmare? Try and escape? Quit? Fight?
The Initiative is a death trap. Leadership has lied about everything. The way to Jannah is not what was promised. How do you fight from inside a cage?
In the aftermath of being cross-matched with each other’s spouses, Anna, Logan, Orion, and Mercury attempt to make their way in the Initiative against the edicts of the Match program. But as the Initiative’s systems of control tighten around them all, the consequences of disobedience force them to decide how much compliance they are willing to give. Living alongside them, Aiko Tanaka works to try and save her dying brother Kazuo…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
ENSNARED (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 7) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards
I’m tough. I’m a survivor. As a runaway, I lived on the streets. Then I became the mistress of a mob boss. When I witnessed a murder, I knew I’d be next. So I stowed away on a spaceship full of women my government gave to the aliens. I traded my body, my self-respect, for a place to sleep at night and food in my belly a long time ago. So if mating with an alien keeps me from being Big Tony’s next victim, I’m in. How hard could it be? I’d been pretending for years with Tony. Hiding my disgust every time he touched me. I made him feel like a big stud. I can do it again, even with a male from another world. Guys are all the same no matter where they come from. Right? To my surprise, I don’t have to pretend with the sexy alien who chose me. His dominance gets me hot. But he wants more than my body. He’s trying to capture my heart. I’ve been fighting him – but I’m afraid he’s winning.
I don’t belong here. I’m not a warrior like the others. But I’m the last of my line now. So I’ll choose a female and do my duty. As a scientist, I shouldn’t have been on the solport. But if I was back home on Arythios, I’d have died along with my father, my brother, and every other being on the planet. Killed by a faceless enemy we call the Rydek. We’re all that’s left – an elite squadron of warriors and the support staff deployed with them on a training mission in deep space. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
BACK ISSUES: BURNOUTS #1 by Dani Hermit
More than 25 years ago, Matt Evans’ superpowers burned out. He left the world of the Chosen and their staged battles behind. But he also left behind the love of his life and their naughty games of submission. Out of the blue, a Hero launches an overwhelming attack on the Chosen, stealing away all of their powers. In the aftermath of the attack, Matt’s long dormant powers come back online and he makes the impossible decision to reconnect with the only man who might understand what is happening, Colton Stephens, the lover he had abandoned in his youth.
When Professor Colton Stephens sees Matt standing in the back of his lecture hall, years of secrets and pain come rushing to the surface. Their reunion is less than the amazing moment he had been hoping for. But …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
GALACTIC INFERNO (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 2) by Mel Teshco
VS Note: A re-release
Ally Grayson believes she’s the last person on Earth after aliens arrived, bringing with them a deadly virus that wiped out most of mankind. Somehow surviving the annihilation, she hides in a Sydney house with her dog, Bonnie. She knows she has to leave before the “eyes in the sky” detect her and have her captured, but she never expects an alien to save her and Bonnie from the jaws of a ravenous, feral dog. Never expects to be drawn to Renate, the alien male who seems more human than any man she’s ever known.
She fights an attraction she can’t win, and soon enough she’s in his arms, under his hard, amazing body. Except their unearthly desire might not be enough to keep them together when Renate’s alien comrades close in.
FEARLESS (STEEL DEMONS MC BOOK 3) by Crystal Ash
The man I love must kill one of his own. Someone he considered a brother, a fellow Steel Demon, put the entire club in danger. As president, Reaper must crush every last threat to his people, or the Steel Demons MC could cease to exist altogether. Reaper is ruthless. His justice is punishing. But despite his name, he takes no pleasure in executing someone he once trusted. The task is weighing on him. That’s why he needs me. But he’s not the only one. The vice president with the seductive charm needs me. The silent soldier with terrifying nightmares needs me. And the sweet, golden man with the falcon on his shoulder? It scares me how much I need him. All of these men have killed without hesitation. They all battle demons I can’t begin to fathom. In my journey to combat violence with healing, I found my home with men just as cruel as they are loving. Can I be fearless enough to love them all?
THE SOUND OF STARS by Alecia Dow
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population. Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.
Born in a lab, M0Rr1S was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for the love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does. Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
ALASTOR (HEXONIAN ALIEN ROMANCE BOOK 3) by Charmaine Ross
Marie Sinclair, renowned psychic, is at the end of her tether. Although she sees and senses things that would freak normal people out, she’s not ready to come face to face with an unknown, evil entity the likes of which she’s never come across before—in this dimension or the next. Nor is she fully prepared to deal with golden-skinned Captain Alastor Siris, with his imposing personality and icy attitude.
They finally have a chance to end the tyrannical Reptiles’ reign. It is of the utmost importance that Alastor unearth any information he can to turn the tables in their favour. The fate of the war rests on his shoulders. He’s trained in combat and reconnaissance. What he’s never had to deal with, is bringing a delicate, platinum-haired human female with him. Not only will Marie be in danger, she makes him feel things he’s determined never to feel again. When things turn in a direction he could never have anticipated, Alastor finds himself thrust into a situation where long-held beliefs about himself are not only challenged, but destroyed.
Together, Marie and Alastor must not only fight for their destinies, but those lost souls of the universe and beyond. Can they stop an unknown force from suffering total annihilation and save the souls of billions of enslaved people before all is lost?
IF YOU TAKE MY MEANING by Charlie Jane Anders
VS Note: Not a romance. Scifi. A ‘short read’ release of note from last week.
As an ex-smuggler and two-time reluctant revolutionary, Alyssa is used to staring into the razor-sharp jaws of death. But now she’s embarking on the most terrifying adventure of her life—journeying into the darkness to become a new type of being, one who can help humanity to survive. And deep at the heart of the city in the middle of the night, the price of transformation could be higher, and more terrible, than Alyssa ever expected.
ALIEN PROPERTY by Celeste Jones
Her people attacked my world, and they were defeated. Now this beautiful little human will be the spoils of war, taken as my mate in return for a promise to spare her planet from annihilation. She is mine to use as I please, but before …(more blurb on ebook seller page….)
ANNIE’S MATE (Z’RELRYRIAN Mtes book 1) by Chelsea Handcock
Z’Lelryrian are feared and worshiped throughout the universe, bowing to no one. But that means nothing because they have an alarming secret—they are dying. Draez’as Ralzai Arnirx is their prince and has taken on the task of finding a cure, traveling the universe far and wide until fate puts him in line with a tiny blue planet that could be the answers to all their prayers—their salvation. The women are acceptable, compatible, and most importantly, breedable. What he didn’t expect is they were so much more, and he learns bowing to someone isn’t that bad.
Annie Tate is a pretty normal, somewhat geeky woman who enjoys hanging out with her friends and her cat, Boris. As far as she’s concerned, she isn’t anything special. Then one night, a gorgeous, purple, sparkly, bearded alien tells her she is his bride. What does she do? Run!
WIZARD’S FLIGHT (GALACTIC HEIRESS BOOK 1) by Wilhelmina Kirk
Captain Montana Cooper has a knack for attracting trouble, but when she hires a handsome new crew member for her smuggling operation, danger begins to plague her crew at every turn. Montana is accustomed to evading the Empire and dodging her father, but this time, the captain can’t run from trouble. Because it turns out that her new CO is a fugitive, as well, and when he is captured by bounty hunters, Montana must follow them into the most lawless system in the Empire. To save him, she’s got to risk her ship, her crew, and even her own freedom.
DOOM (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Regine Abel
VS Note: A re-release of Regine’s story from the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.
Victoria’s dreams of a cozy life as a small-town doctor come crashing down when the monstrous Kryptids make first contact. The alien invaders have only one goal: to turn Earth into a breeding ground. As she fights to protect her patients in their makeshift hospital, an even more fearsome alien and his beast enter the fray. She should be terrified of the male ominously named Doom. But she’s mesmerized.
As a genetically engineered war machine, Doom lives for a single purpose: eradicating the Kryptids. Coming to Earth with his brothers to save the humans should be a straightforward matter. But years of bloody battles throughout the galaxy have not prepared him for the fiery Victoria. Enchanted by the courage of that wisp of a woman, Doom offers her his protection and that of his fearless war beast, Stran, as she attempts to rescue other wounded humans. After disaster strikes their homeworld, the Xian Warriors now also face extinction. Will the Kryptids finally defeat their only real threat, or will the delicate human that has stolen both of Doom’s hearts also be the Warriors’ seed of hope?
CYBORG’S REVENGE: A PROJECT ENTERPRISE STORY by Pauline Baird Jones
VS Note: A re-release of Pauline’s story from the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.
They say you can’t go home again, but what if it is the only way to truly be free? Rap solves problems large and small. He solved them when he was human, when he was a robot, and now that he’s mostly human again, he’s still solving problems—though eliminating the threat from his old Master is a biggie. He’ll need his pet, Snake, and his new friend, Nelson, the AI inside his head. And then there’s Ale. He thought he knew all there was to know about Ale. He was wrong.
Her human form is making his head spin and his heart hurt. He’d like to get closer to her, but he was a geek who didn’t know how to talk to women before he became a robot. He can’t imagine facing the Master without her, but how can he risk her life on an impossible mission? Now that Ale is a human again—mostly—her new beating heart is pounding for Rap. It’s a pity that he’s inscrutable, and she’s got a huge secret—one that could be the key to ending the threat from their former Q’uy Master—or doom them all to captivity once more. Can the shy guy and the lovesick gal defeat their greatest enemy and find a happy ending? Only the chatty Snake knows for sure.
AUCTIONED TO THE CONVICTS (PRISON WORLD BOOK 1) by Julie K Cohen
Punished for trying to save her sister’s life, Hannah is sentenced to Narkos, A planet of dangerous criminals. She’s auctioned to four convicts Who hate each other. Who don’t want to share. And they’re not the only ones who want her. Her survival depends on uniting her men. Will they use her body? Yes Will they try to control her? Yes Will they bend her to their will? Definitely Until she learns how to bend them to hers…One by one, they claim her. One by one, she shatters their walls. This is her unit. Love will be enough to tame her convicts. She’s betting her life on it.
ENTWINED FATES (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 1) by Tiffany Roberts
VS Note: An expanded re-release. Previously in the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.
Bold, kind, and adventurous, Kiara was everything Volcair needed in his stiff, formal life. Along with his pet inux, Cypher, the three were inseparable during Volcair’s years on Earth. But the same winds of fate that brought them together as children tore them apart again. With half a universe separating them, years sped by, and Kiara seemed lost to him forever. Angry and bitter, he threw himself into military service for the Entris Dominion, seeking escape from the pain of loss.
When chance brings them together again nearly two decades later, Volcair finds that his feelings for Kiara have only grown—he needs her. Have they been granted a second chance, or has time opened a rift between them that cannot be crossed?
SAVAGE ALIEN’S DOLL (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 5) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr
He’s a murderer…A monster…And mine. He’s brutal. He’s a beast. Violence is his trade.
Blood is what he brings. I know I should be afraid. But I’m not. I’m excited. Thinking back, it was an easy decision. Take the place of my sister with those Kraaj who were holding her. She needed the money and she thought giving herself up was the only way.
But she had so much to live for, I couldn’t let her do it. Not as the older sister. So I stepped in. And Kator claimed me in her stead. It’s a different world I’m in now. Gone are the refugee camps I lived in. The squalor of the defeated. I’m in a world of warriors. I’m surrounded by luxury tinged with death. Pleasure masked by fear. Strength mixed with savagery. Nowadays I have a new role. Each night, I get my makeover. Put on the dress he bought me. And then tend to the needs of the one who calls me Pet.
GLUTTONY (THE DEADLY 7 BOOK 6) by Lana Percherczyk
Tony Lazarus is a man who seems to have everything. Money, fame, movie-star good looks, women… but appearances can be deceiving. Behind the million-dollar smile is a hero losing his battle against the sin he’s supposed to have complete control over. Instead of fighting to keep the city safe, alcohol and drugs are his life until a chance encounter places him at the wrong end of sassy security agent’s ire.
It’s enough to shake sense into him, but now he has a new addiction, and her name is Bailey Haze. She is his lifemate, ex CIA and she wants nothing to do with him. He represents everything she’s been fighting to overcome her entire life – he’s cocky, smug, and entitled. When a Syndicate failed experiment terrorizes Cardinal City, the two must work together. As their fates become forever entwined, and desire ignites between them, can they forget about their prejudices and join forces? Or will their inner demons dig a grave they can’t hope to get out of alive?
SAVED BY THE CYBORG (CYBORG PROTECTORS BOOK 3) by Alyse Anders
With the enemy closing in, a cyborg must do everything he can to save his mate.Eagan has a brilliant tactical mind and was instrumental in the cyborg’s defeat over the Sholle, but in the years since the war, he’s been on his own. With the arrival of a Sholle scout ship, he’s pulled back to active duty and changed with not only saving the lives of the Grus but also a ship full of human women. When he meets his mate, Beth, Eagan’s world is turned on his head. Now, he must not only find a way to defeat the Sholle but save Beth from the Grus who want to keep them apart. If you like hot cyborg males proving their love and smart, courageous females who save the day, then join Eagan and Beth in book 3 of the Cyborg Protector romance.
CAPTURED BY THE BABYMAKER (KRYZON BREEDING AUCTION BOOK 5) by Luna Voss
Human women are extremely valuable on the planet Kyrzon, and brutal tribes of alien warriors compete for the right to claim one as a mate. Selena has grown up dreading the day she would be sold as a bride, but she has another whole year before that happens. Until then, she can enjoy being young, innocent, and free. But everything changes when she is captured by a terrifying Kyrzon warrior who refuses to remove his helmet. Suddenly, she finds herself a prisoner to this big, stoic alien, bound to be sold to the highest bidder in a foreign land. As they travel together, Selena begins to suspect that there is more to her mysterious captor than meets the eye. And despite his carefully calculated demeanor of stern authority, it seems that he might be harboring feelings for her. When the masked alien decides to keep Selena for himself, the passionate romance that follows startles both human and Kyrzon alike.
HALF-LIGHT (THE CASSIE TAM FILES BOOK 5) by Matt Doyle
With Angel Tanner, the android that runs California’s criminal underworld, pulling the strings, PI Cassie Tam finds herself thrust into a conflict with New Hopeland’s biggest and baddest. But working with the murderous AI may be the only way that Cassie can get to the bottom of her home’s greatest mystery: What is New Hopeland City? As she struggles to balance her dealings with allies and enemies alike, Cassie is left with a difficult choice. She has always straddled the line between light and dark. Now, the time to decide which side she’s on is drawing close…if she can figure out which is which.
HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD (CRESCENT CITY BOOK 1) by Sarah J Maas
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
CHAIN OF GOLD (THE LAST HOURS BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare
Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.
But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.
NO CRONE UNTURNED (A SPELLS ANGELS COZY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Amanda M Lee
Scout Randall is on the verge of getting information about her past. Patience has never been one of her virtues, though. As she’s waiting for her source to get settled, a new problem arises … and it has fangs.
When she was a kid, a chance encounter in a park left Scout questioning the existence of monsters. Now, one of those potential monsters is back … and he’s taken up residence in Hawthorne Hollow. He isn’t alone either.
Vampires are on the prowl and it’s up to the Spell’s Angels to figure out what they want and eradicate them through any means necessary. That’s easier said than done, though.
Scout can’t shake the feeling that something bigger than the obvious is happening, and when her boyfriend’s close friend is infected, she realizes she has to increase her efforts if she wants to save as many people as possible.
One vampire is deadly. A nest, though? That can be catastrophic. In this particular case, the head vampire trying to infiltrate Hawthorne Hollow has a plan … and it involves turning as many people as possible.
It’s a race against time. Scout has to keep those closest to her safe while expanding her search for answers. In the end, she might get more than she bargained for on both fronts … if she can survive long enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
UNTAMED REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 3) by Ann Gimpel
I did it! I’m free. Well sort of. Freedom isn’t as cut and dried as the word implies. In this case, I’m at the top of Death’s Worst Reaper Ever list. What it signifies remains to be seen.
I broke free from Death because there wasn’t any other way out of Reaping Vampires. She refused to let me off the hook or consider other arrangements. I’d have been content leaving it at that, but word about my choice got out. Other Reapers clamored for independence too.
Death’s fury expanded another notch with every defection until nowhere is far enough away for me to run to. If I was only fighting her, it might be manageable. Toss in Vampires who hate my guts, a phalanx of dark gods who want my hide, and a bunch of bigoted mortals who’ve decided magic is holding them back. Pah. They’re their own worst enemy, but they’re the least of my problems. It’s been a rocky journey. Along the way I’ve uncovered allies and even a man who loves me. Will we be enough to slam the gates and send darkness packing? We have to be. No prisoners. No choices.
THE CROWNED FAE QUEEN (THE CURSED KINGDOM SERIES BOOK 3) by A K Koonce and Rebecca Grey
This kingdom isn’t built of curses. It’s built of lies and secrets. Secrets so dark they’re killing us all one by one. And I intend to find the source. Even if it takes me to the depths of the deepest sea and right into the deadly hands of a water witch. She started the cursed path of our destiny all that time ago. And now I’m here to end it.
SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY: YEAR THREE by Jaymin Eve
Year Three at the Academy. The year of Aqua. Maddison has been fighting the gods from the first moment she found out they existed. Those arrogant and power hungry deities have a plan … a plan that includes destroying everything she holds dear, and she fears that one day soon, they’re going to succeed. When new information is dropped in her lap, a way to end the gods once and for all, Maddison jumps at the chance. That’s until she finds out that the path to her prize is through a maze of challenges that have stumped all who’ve attempted them before.
Luckily she won’t go alone. She’s been recruited into a girl gang, and with Jessa, Mischa, and Josephina by her side, they might actually have a shot at succeeding. Of course, they didn’t factor in on their mates storming the keep to track them down. Dragon shifters, Atlantean gods, and a chance to find the ultimate weapon. Year of aqua … bring it on.
HEXES AND HANDCUFFS by Various
You’ll be captivated by this collection of supernatural prison stories—full of paranormal penitentiaries, magical asylums, enchanting reformatories and otherworldly juvenile detention centers where inmates, prisoners, and the criminally insane are held captive with enough strength to bind even the most powerful. Within these walls, you’ll find witches, vampires, shifters, fae, wizards, warlocks, and more magically incarcerated creatures, some struggling to escape, and all fighting to just to survive.
MERMAIDIA by Various
Love mermaids and all creatures aquatic? This limited time anthology is just for you! With more than 1500 pages of captivating fiction, you’ll be enchanted by sirens, dive the depths with a mermaid, and fear whether the sea witch is friend or foe.
FIRE KING (THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden
Running is Chelsea Golby’s escape. Literally. She runs to get away from the pain of being rejected after asking the love of her life to marry her. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, she heads to the Crystal Kingdom to hang out with her sister Avery, the new Elf Queen. With Avery busy being queen, she decides to go on a run to see the magical lands. Maybe what her grandmom said was true and Chelsea has magic in her blood too.
Zaos Firefoot,the right hand man to King Gorwin, knows his people are fading out. It’s too bad he can’t tell the dumb-ass leader exactly what he thinks about how he rules the kingdom. As much as he hates it, Zaos does what he’s told. Until the day he’s sent out to question and kill a light elf. When Zaos finds out that beautiful light elf is his mate, all bets are off with the killing thing. He’ll protect Chelsea with his last breath if necessary. Afterall, she’s his.
The surprises don’t stop at finding a mate. Someone forgot to tell Zaos he’s the son of a dragon and a Dark Elf who are mortal enemies. The drama explodes until the realm is at risk and everyone’s life is at stake. But Chelsea isn’t one to sit idle and watch. She’s about to learn that saving a world can get a girl killed. And it’ll destroy Zaos to know there’s nothing he can do to stop her.
BLUE IN MOTHERLAND by Joanne Ganci
Once upon a time I was sweet and innocent. A girl with a different name, from an altogether different world. But that was a long time ago. So long, I barely remember who she was. Who I was. A lot changed when I fell into the deepest depths of the Rabbit Hole. Everything changes when you fall though, doesn’t it? When up becomes down and right becomes wrong and nothing really matters but them. What is it they say? What doesn’t kill you, only makes you love them? I’m not really sure how it goes. What I do know is: I’ll endure anything if it means I get to love them.
THE FIVE PRINCES (CHOOSE THE ENDING NOVEL BOOK 1) by Deidra DeWitt
I never asked to become a princess. My plan was to graduate college and take over my uncle’s karate dojo. Instead, my parents dropped me off in a castle full of strangers to learn how to take over a kingdom. I’m bored, I can’t kick anyone, and there’s one major problem – I think one of my new teachers is trying to kill me.
In this Choose the Ending Novel, follow the story of Marina, reluctant princess and heir to the throne, as she meets the warm-hearted King Cyrus, the snarky Prince Julian, the cunning Prince Nikos, the wise Evann, and the mysterious Tai – five handsome strangers who are undetermined as friend or foe. Choose one of five endings – or write your own!
MERMEN’S MELODY (BALLADS OF CADARNLE BOOK 4) by AJ Ryder
The sea is a dangerous and fickle mistress, and no one knows this better than Captain Loreley Blackmore. Orphaned after losing her father in the same storm that nearly claimed her own life when she was but a girl of fifteen, the ocean is both Loreley’s greatest love and her greatest fear. Having since made a life, and a name for herself as a pirate, Loreley has managed to put her past behind her save for one aspect…The melody that has haunted her for fifteen years since her miraculous survival…The melody imprinted upon her soul by her three destined mates.
Serving as both Loreley’s greatest source of comfort as well as her greatest source of confusion, the melody serves a far greater purpose than she could ever know. Unfortunately, a new danger stalks the sea, and it has set its murderous intentions upon Loreley and her crew. Will Loreley find the answers she seeks before it’s too late?
A GLIMMER OF GHOSTS (THE HELL GATE SERIES) by Hunter J Skye
One night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a celebrity ghost-hunter with a half dead brain. When Melisande Blythe discovers that a secret society of wraiths wants her killed or worse, Mel will have to do the one thing she promised she would never do… trust a ghost. But does the corporeal spirit of her dreams really want her heart or does he want her newfound ability to enslave souls? With Hell on the horizon, Mel is running out of time. She has to stop the fiery invasion or face the darkness warring in her soul.
DEATH GAME: SUPERNATURAL BATTLE (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 3) by Kelly St Clare
The king’s order is final. I’ve screwed up big time. Now, I’m facing the damning consequences. The walls are closing in as I balance duty to grandmother’s memory with my impossible feelings for Kyros. Then there’s the freakin’ human-vampire hybrid thing to deal with. The problem is, I’m no longer willing to lose the person I’ve gambled against from the start. Our fates hinge on a single roll of the dice, and one wrong move could collapse the tower of cards I’ve painstakingly built. If that happens, I’ll lose more than I ever bargained for.
GLADIATOR BEAR (GLADIATOR SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Murphy Lawless
It’s not easy finding love while tromping through jungles, but Anna accepts that as the price of dedicating her life to the conservation of rare animal species. The last place she expects to find romance is at a visit to the foundation that funds most of her work…but there, she discovers her idea of ‘rare species’ doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Reclusive bear shapeshifter Garius spends his time and money ensuring conservationists like Anna are funded, and protecting shifters like himself whose gladiator ancestors once fought, and bonded with, the beasts of the Roman Colosseum. He avoids the modern-day cage fights that his heritage demands, and doesn’t believe in fated mates…at least, not until he meets Anna. When Garius’s enemies strike, he is willing to walk away from the world he knew in order to keep Anna safe. But the magic that created shapeshifters has rules, and those rules must be honored…even if it means Garius’s life is on the line.
TINY TREATS 2: A ST PATRICK’S DAY COLLECTION by Various
Tiny Treats is a multi-author collection of micro stories, tales that can be read in their entirety in only a handful of minutes. The stories in this anthology are set during St. Patrick’s Day in the world of each author’s respective books.
SNOW SPIRITS (CHILDREN OF THE WILD BOOK 2) by Marci Baun
Created in the Japanese medical experimentation camp Unit 731, and not quite human and not quite animal, Lin Xuě just hopes to survive and live in peace. When her parents insist she marry Kwan Bao, a young man from a neighboring village, her life is overturned. Bao is handsome, gentle, and unlike any man she’s ever met. But, with the Great Famine in full swing and Chairman Mao’s oppressive presence felt in every inch of China, Xuě and Bao find themselves running for their lives across the Asia continent with the People’s Liberation Army hot on their heels.
BOUND BY EARTH: NATURE HUNTERS ACADEMY SERIES BOOK 1 by Quinn Loftis
Tara Thompson cannot be injured. Since the night her parents died in a tragic accident, she hasn’t felt pain of any kind, not so much as a papercut. And she has no idea why. Though her body healed quickly, her heart and soul took its time. Luckily, a loving foster mom and an unwanted best friend stepped in to speed up the process. Despite Tara’s best efforts, her new BFF, Shelly Smith, just wouldn’t go away. By their senior year, the girls were thick as thieves and would probably become thieves if Shelly had anything to say about their future.
Thankfully, fate intervenes in the form of a high school recruiter, Elias Creed, who works for a mysterious geological testing company. Cue the dreamy music and soft lighting as he walks in slow motion toward her. Then Elias opens his mouth and Tara laments the fact that the first guy she’s ever been seriously attracted to…is a complete and utter butthead. Still, she can’t seem to shake him, and she and Shelly are both intrigued by the company he works for. Little do they know it’s not a company at all. It’s an academy for those gifted with elemental powers and she’s already been enrolled.
And Elias isn’t Tara’s only suitor. The hottest guy in school–Tucker Adams–has been asking Tara out for the past three years and each time she’s shot him down. Now, he’s finally broken down her walls. But when Elias and Tucker both warn Tara the other is dangerous, she doesn’t know who to believe. When the truth is finally revealed, Tara finds out both men know more about her past than she does, including what caused the accident that took her parents’ lives.
TRIED AND TRUE (THIRDS BOOK 10) by Charlie Cochet
When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation. Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water.
SHELTERED BRANCHES (THE AGORA SERIES BOOK 2) by Jeanne Allen
Rose and her men are under attack. Does she have the strength to protect them, or will she and her loves be the first to fall in a battle against an unknown enemy. Returned to the Phósopoi, Rose thought she found a safe place with her Kladí. But with one of theirs attacked and now in a coma, they’re desperate to find an answer that will bring him back to them. Secrets will be revealed, and Rose will once again be called upon to test what she thought she knew about herself, and her men.
BISHOP (THE PROTECTORS SERIES BOOK 15) by Teresa Gabelman
Witch hunter and new VC Warrior, Bishop Valentino, takes pride in his duties, both past and present. Never once has he doubted his past as a witch hunter. That changes when a beautiful, independent witch occupies his mind more than he’s comfortable with. Helping his new brothers of the VC keep all the Dragonfly Coven safe from the diabolical warlock, Orjyll, is Bishop’s number one priority. When that priority begins to shift and his focus is pulled away, his allegiance to the brotherhood is at risk. Saving the world is something Bishop and the Warriors tirelessly do every day. But keeping witches safe is something new for Bishop, and if they fail and the Grail women fall to what the Fates bestowed on them many years ago, Hell on Earth could come swiftly.
To lose the epic battle between good and evil is not an option. Bishop has to find balance between his oath to the brotherhood and his heart. If not, life as he knows it will change forever.
THE MONSTERS OF MAYBERRY: GOODWIN HOLLOW HUNTERS by Lisa Medley
Supernatural meets Stranger Things…Two sisters turn hunters after a monster is unleashed in their small Missouri town. After a series of curious animal killings, the macabre mystery deepens when humans become the prey. But fear not, the government is involved, and they are here to help. Welcome to Goodwin Hollow.
ONCE IN A BLACK MOON by D Lieber
Chicago journalist Erin Nichols isn’t about to give up when she’s fired for writing an exposé. But when a combination of murder, magic, and celestial events transports her through time and space to 1900 western Canada, city hall corruption becomes the least of her worries. But the past isn’t any safer. Awaking to learn she may be the victim of some unknown crime, Erin takes shelter with the local Mountie—the picture of upright Canadian fortitude. As tragedy stalks the nearby First Nation reserve, Erin learns from a Romanian mystic that magic is dying, and the fae are turning to their darker natures to survive. While the reserved and sexy Mountie helps her navigate a time in which she doesn’t belong, the mysterious and seductive conjurer helps her try to find a way home. As they alight feelings and desires Erin never knew she was capable of, she begins to wonder where she truly belongs.
A GOOD CHANCE (THE SIREN ISLAND SERIES BOOK 3) by Tricia O’Malley
VS Note: as one reviewer said, apparently there’s a “touch of magic”.
If someone had told Avery that she’d be flying to a tiny island in the Caribbean to film a reality show masquerading as her identical twin sister, she would have thought they were crazy. And yet, she finds herself in a tin can of an airplane, about to land on Siren Island where a film crew waits to document her every move for a new reality love show – Swept Away.
Even though Avery has a long history of helping her sister out of trouble, this time really takes the cake. Avery promises herself that she’ll push herself outside her comfort zone as she’s spent the last several years focusing on her career and healing from a near-death accident. As much as self-reflection can be annoying, Avery admits she’s been letting fear take the reins for too long.
What she doesn’t expect is for Siren Island to live up to its name, nor to actually find love. When she meets the women of the Laughing Mermaid, Avery’s world tilts as everything she’s ever thought to be true of herself, and of the world, gets thrown out the window. As her beliefs get tried, the producer, Roman, can’t seem to stop baiting her as she does her very best to meet the challenges head-on and tries to form a connection with the bachelor, Beckett. As her reality gets rocked, Avery scrambles to not let fear dictate her future, and to emerge from the depths a new woman – ready for love and a life of adventure. If only he will give her a chance.
CARVED FROM STONE AND DREAM: A LOS NEFILIM NOVEL by T Frohock
February 1939 – Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat. With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim—Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons—make a desperate run for the French border.
Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties—both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim’s undercover operatives falls into a traitor’s hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage. Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves.
BELLE MANOR HAUNTING (ADDISON LOCKHART BOOK 4) by Cheryl Bradshaw
The door to Addison Lockhart’s room opens. Six-year-old Sara Belle walks in. The child seems lost and confused. Addison reaches out, grabs Sara’s hand, and the room goes black. Addison’s eyes open to find she’s been transported several decades into the past. She’s sitting in the back seat of a car. Sara is beside her. The car stops at an intersection. Moments later another vehicle in the opposite direction barrels through the stop sign, slamming into the car before jerking the vehicle into reverse and fleeing the scene. Who is the driver of the other car? And what secrets within the walls of Belle Manor provide the answer to Sara’s untimely demise?
SELKIES ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND (MYSTIC BAYOU BOOK 4) by Molly Harper
VS Note: “Based on the Audible Original audiobook”
Sonja Fong isn’t afraid of a little chaos. As director of the League’s research center in Mystic Bayou, a tiny town in Louisiana that’s home to supernatural creatures and humans alike, she’s responsible for making sure things run smoothly. It’s not an easy task when her daily memos include lines like “new equipment is needed because the old equipment was destroyed by a temper tantrum involving dragonfire.”
Her job puts her in the path of Dr. Will Carmody, a mysterious shifter who’s returned to Mystic Bayou after a long absence only to find that he’s now considered an outsider. To make matters worse, the rift – a tear in the fabric of the universe that is leaking supernatural energy into the bayou – is unraveling at an alarming rate. Now Sonja and Will must team up to fix the rift and save Mystic Bayou from certain disaster, all while their own romance is heating up. Can they have a future together while the whole world is falling apart?
OONA OUT OF ORDER: A NOVEL by Margarita Montimore
VS Note: Not a romance. Time travel.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order…Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside. Who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club Kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met?
THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller
“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power: 1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself. No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.
But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
SMOKE AND JEWEL (YOKAI TREASURES BOOK 2) by Kate Groves
A fugitive ninja. A kind-hearted witch. And 16th-century Japan. Traitors don’t deserve a happy ending, do they? When Karen finds a clue to her cousin’s disappearance, she doesn’t expect to end up in a war-torn Japan. She’s forced into enchanting weapons for a madman in a castle full of half-yokai, with her magic restricted. Escape seems impossible, unless she trusts the aloof ninja. Taiki is an excellent spy and assassin of the sengoku-jidai, a useful tool for his master. And a traitor. He never second-guesses his decisions until he has to babysit a strange, magic-wielding woman who shows him a different way to live. His new command means further damnation. Seeking redemption is never easy; if he disobeys, death awaits. Will this be Taiki’s final betrayal?
FOR THE HUNT (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 8) by E M Raegan
We think it is the year 2236. We don’t know the actual year, but we do know that in the winter of 2034 the world as our ancestors once knew it spiraled into a darkness and never found its way back to the light. Demons roam our world now. Hunting us. Feeding off us. There are so few of us left, so few of us to fight back. Not with the Leech King ruling our world. I am his huntsmen. One of many. I have no choice but to serve him. He holds my heart captive. My little sister. So when she sees in her visions that the hounds are coming for the King, he sends me after them. He sends me after their alpha. Don’t come back, he tells me. Not without the Hound’s dead heart. But the hounds are deadly demons. Formidable. Unlike any I have ever encountered. Hunting them is futile. Not when they are hunting me in return. Snow is their alpha, and though it may kill me to do it, kill me after he so easily forges a path through my heart, I have no choice but to obey my king. No choice but to cut out his heart. Not if I want to save my sister.
WIDOW’S WALK by Wendy Webb
Escaping a troubled marriage, Annie Cameron brings her autistic son Charlie and mother-in-law to Mico Island. With the friendship of Winston Mann and his wife, their new home becomes a sanctuary. Until the dreams start. Years ago the Manns’ son mysteriously drowned. Winston thinks the woman who once lived in Annie’s house caused his death. Except she’s been dead for two hundred years. Charlie and his mentally fragile grandmother sense a malevolent presence in the house. But they don’t know how to fight back as Annie slowly becomes possessed. Now Annie has discovered the door to the widow’s walk and the house’s dangerous past. A storm is brewing. Someone waits to finish what was started long ago. And Annie will keep a promise she never made.
DUTCH HARBOR ALPHA (NIGHT SHIFT CREW BOOK 1) by C D Brennan and Gemma Brocato
VS Note: From January
Desperate to earn some money for his family, Captain Adam Bershov hires a motley group of shifters to crew a piece of crap trawler called the Night Shift out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. If he can get them to stop fighting amongst themselves and stop acting the immature idiots, maybe they could get some crabbin’ done. They all need the cash, all for different, but unselfish, reasons. But six greenhorn alpha males on one boat doesn’t a crew make.
Enter Amelia (Millie) Wheeler, hired to help get the crew’s act together. Unbeknownst to Adam, of course. They barely have enough money to feed the boys, let alone another addition to the crew. But Millie is desperate to stay for her own reasons. Leaving isn’t an option, so she digs in and gets the boys in line. The growing attraction between Adam and Millie makes it easy to work together to make the Night Shift successful. But unexpected incidents of sabotage could jeopardize all they are working for, including their budding romance.
WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING (BIG BAD WOLF BOOK 4) by Charlie Adhara
Agent Cooper Dayton is almost relieved to get a phone call from his former boss at the Bureau of Special Investigations. It means a temporary reprieve from tensions created by house hunting with Oliver Park, his partner both in work and in life. Living together in a forever home is exactly what Cooper wants. He’s just not keen on working out the details.
With a former alpha werewolf missing, Cooper and Park are loaned to the BSI to conduct the search at a secluded mountain retreat. The agents will travel to the resort undercover…as a couple in need of counseling. The resort is picturesque, the grounds are stunning and the staff members are all suspicious as hell.
With a long list of suspects and danger lurking around every cabin, Cooper should be focusing on the case. But he’s always been anxious about the power dynamics in his relationship with Park, and participating in the couples’ activities at the retreat brings it all to the surface. A storm is brewing, though, and Cooper and Park must rush to solve the case before the weather turns. Or before any more guests—or the agents themselves—end up dead.
PHOENIX FALLING: A WILDLANDS NOVEL by Laura Bickle
Petra Dee and her immortal husband, Gabe, have been trying to gain a toehold in what passes for ordinary life in Temperance, Wyoming—a wickedly enchanted land founded generations ago by the alchemist, Lascaris. Petra may be adept when it comes to the uncanny, but as a reasoned geologist, Petra still can’t fathom the wildfires suddenly engulfing Yellowstone National Park, or why Gabe claims to have seen the sky explode in flames. The answers could lie in the past.
It was a dreadful night in 1862 when Lascaris went harvesting for souls, only to be set upon by townsfolk determined to eliminate the root of all evil in a trial by fire. Petra can’t help fearing that Lascaris has crawled out of the ashes of history to wreak vengeance—and to complete his mission by claiming every vulnerable soul in Temperance. With the help of Gabe and her coyote sidekick, Sig, Petra must now venture into Lascaris’s shadow before he turns her world into an inferno burning out of control.
DEVIL IN DISGUISE (THE LILY HARPER SERIES BOOK 7) by H P Mallory
When Lily finds herself reunited with Tallis and Bill after her last harrowing escape from The Underground City, she’d like to think things are finally getting back to normal. But, things are far from getting back to normal. And in this episode of the Lily Harper Series, Lily will find herself:
… in danger of being sent to Shade for one hundred years
… still the subject of Alaire’s fascination and now he’s more determined than ever before to make her yield to his entreaties
… returned to the Underground City, and more pointedly the seventh circle, where she’ll have to survive amidst the battling Blood Plains
… and last, but not least, there’s a new character in town–the Minotaur who just happens to spark something within Lily she doesn’t understand.
FORGOTTEN ESSENCE (SOUL FIEND SERIES BOOK 1) by Aster North
Death is an insurmountable fact. We all will experience it at some point. The question is what happens after. Where does the soul go? Well, it goes to me. Or someone like me, at least. My name is Zella Healani. I’m a Grim Reaper. Not the kind most think of when they picture the old skeleton guy either. Nope. I’m young, have no swinging stick thing, and am usually swimming with some kind of mind-altering substance.
Don’t let that deter you, though. Not that you actually could. Like it or not, I’ll pull your soul free from your husk and ferry it back to the big soul soup we all start from. You get a new life, and I get a hit of euphoria so pure, it’s addicting. Oh, and some additional powers here and there. But what if someone could stop the Grims from coming for you? And how exactly am I supposed to save a whole world full of souls when no one believes me? That, my new friend, is exactly what I’m going to tell you because somehow, I’ll find my way back to the desolate world I stumbled upon. My only problem? I’ll have to do it while controlling my monster, dealing with three new babysitters, and committing crimes that might just get me thrown into the soul soup, too.
HEMINGWAY’S NOTEBOOK: A LOVE ACROSS TIME STORY by Jackie North
Soulmates across time. Two souls connected by destiny. In present day, Jake, lonely and cut off from his parents, travels to the Chamberlin Inn in Cody, Wyoming to work on extra credit for his college seminar. In 1932, Sebby labors at the Chamberlin Inn for pennies a day, wishing with all his heart for a better life. While taking photographs in the room where Ernest Hemingway once stayed, Jake is flung back in time to the year 1932. There he meets Sebby who is living on the edge, half starving, a victim of the Great Depression. He’s been dodging rent collectors, getting behind on doctor’s bills, trying to care for his ailing Pop.
Sebby falls hard for Jake with his movie star smile, but knows something is different about him. Jake wears strange clothes, talks too fast, and doesn’t look like he’s gone hungry a day in his whole life. He’s also the handsomest boy Sebby has ever seen. Jake is drawn to Sebby’s dark eyes, shy smile, and gentle heart. Sebby is like nobody Jake has ever met. And though the year 1932 scares him to his very core, he needs to decide. Go home? Or stay and weather the Depression with Sebby, whom he has grown to love.
TRUST NO ALPHA (THE OMEGA MISFITS BOOK 1) by Wendy Rathbone
It’s a world gone mad. The Alphas are out of control. When you discover you’re not who you thought you were, the nightmare begins. KRIS – At age eighteen, life as he knows it is over for Kris. A secret to his nature he was not aware of has been revealed. Now, kept as a prisoner in a locked room in the mansion of his wealthy father, Kris is at the mercy of Alpha laws and Alpha domination. Things take a turn for the worse when his own litter mate threatens him, and his father starts behaving strangely around him. Escape is his only hope. But where can he go in a world that allows him no rights?
THORNE – Marked as a dangerous Alpha, and living a secluded life alone and unloved, Thorne still grieves for the mate whose death he feels responsible for. Years have passed, and he refuses to even try to function in normal society. One day he discovers a young man on his property, disheveled, desperate, and scared. He acts like a runaway Omega, but he doesn’t smell like one. What is this boy? And why does Thorne feel an immediate need to protect him? To bond him? To make him his?
WICKED AS YOU WISH (100 NAMES FOR MAGIC BOOK 1) by Rin Chupeco
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.
THE KINGDOM OF BACK by Marie Lu
VS Note: Not a romance, not an adventure, hard to classify but a release of note and intriguing.
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.
And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything. In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
WOLF’S WILD WOMAN (JAMES PACK BOOK 3) by Lacey Thorn
Rebel…I needed a safe place to lay low for the night. Instead, I met him, and all thoughts of leaving this town behind flew out the window. He gave me a safe place. In his arms. In his bed. In his heart. Taylor…As soon as I caught her scent, I knew she was mine. Then she approached me and willingly touched me. No fear for the behemoth with the scarred face and broken vocal chords. In that moment, I knew she was mine. I knew I was never letting her go.
MISSION FOR THE DEAD (PHOENIX AGENCY BOOK 12) by Kate Richards and L J Garland
Haylie Waters served her country with pride. Deployed overseas, she went out on a routine mission that ended in death, with her the only survivor. The military wrote it up as an IED that destroyed her convoy, killing the people she’d known and worked with every day. Killing her best friend. But Haylie isn’t so sure. And since that life-defining moment, she’s been seeing things she can’t explain. Things she shouldn’t be able to see.
When the Phoenix Agency contacts Elijah Quinn, he figures this is just another routine mission. But when he meets his assignment, she’s anything but routine. He quickly finds himself crossing a line he’d never believed he would. And when the beautiful ex-military goddess Haylie Waters shares her deepest secrets, he steps over another line into a world he’d never imagined existed. Was he crazy? Maybe. But sometimes, it takes a little crazy to save the world.
OF MAGIC AND SCALES by Natalina Reis
Aiden Mercer’s life now centers around lounging on the sunny beaches of his adopted country with a beer in one hand and a coffee in the other while admiring the local male population. After a rough life as a respected detective in DC, playing it cool shouldn’t be too hard, right? With the magical community on his case and dead bodies piling up around town, the responsibility of finding their killer seems fated to fall on him and deny him of his easy living. Then there is Naël.
Cantankerous merman Naël Fouchard’s life is focused on bringing up and protecting his little sister. When DNA found at the scene of the murders mark him as the prime suspect, Naël seeks out the help of Aiden, whose reputation as a detective grossly belies his lazy lifestyle and apparent lack of ambition. The chemistry between the strong, stoic Naël and the easygoing Aiden is undeniable, no matter how many walls Aiden builds. If this unlikely pair can’t come to terms with their feelings for each other long enough to catch the killer, their emotional turmoil might yet allow the murderer to kill them instead.
ONLY PROTECTOR FOR ALPHAS (REBEL WEREWOLVES BOOK 3) by Rosemary A Johns
VS Note: Author is from England so I guess the fact that “Crimson Tide” is an American college football team (and a submarine movie too) didn’t register to her when naming her heroine…stopped me dead when reading the blurb though, I have to say. Not trying to be snarky. Book has good reviews so here it is:
I was gifted three wickedly handsome wolf princes……but now I’m the wolves’ prisoner. I’m Crimson Tide. For centuries, witches have been at war with werewolves. As a kid, mom coached me that I was a Charmer with the badass magical power to control the scorching hot shifters. Except, what if controlling them makes me the bad guy? How do I save my own witchy ass, as well as Wolf Kingdom, when I’m trapped in a wild land of fanatics and secrets? To survive in the Kingdom of the Alphas, I must: Rule #1 Never be tempted by the cursed protection of an Alpha. My pack hold dark and dangerous pasts, but I’m still driven to protect the gorgeous shifters, angels, mages, and gods who are mine. Am I right to trust that they’ll protect me back? Or will loving the wolves get me killed? Either way, I’ll fight for the wolves’ freedom and create a new legacy for the name Crimson Tide……or like the Charmers before me, I’ll become my princes’ worst nightmare.
LORD OF FIRE (THE DRAGON DEMI-GODS BOOK 1) by Charlene Hartnady
We can’t help who we are. Some things are preordained. I was born half god and half dragon shifter. We call ourselves the dragon demigods. Mortal, powerful, arrogant as sh!t. Being a dragon demigod has definite perks. Perks we have to be very careful about using, since the humans don’t know about our existence. We’re able to shift into dragon form. We have unique powers. Lastly, we’re attractive to the human race. Handy, since we live among them. Unlike others of my kind, I inherited one of those traits. Only one.
Thing is, I’m okay with that. More than okay. I’m talented at what I do. I own my own custom workshop. I like to get my hands dirty. There is only one rule at my place of business. I never deal directly with the clients. I’m a moody bastard. A loner. Happiest when under the hood of a car. I never once broke my rule, until the day she walked into my shop.
How could he have done this? I should be sad. I should be grieving but I’m not. All I can feel is angry. My brother killed himself because he owed a lot of money to the worst kind of people and now, they’re after me. They want payment one way or another. For the last couple of weeks, all I’ve done is exist. Running from one place to the next. These murderous gangsters are right on my tail. They’re slowly catching up to me. It won’t be long and they’ll have me. Just when I think it can’t get any worse, my car breaks down. That’s when I meet him. A beast of a man. He’s rude. He’s conceited. He might be exactly what I need to get out of this mess.
DEFENDER RAPTOR (PROTECTION INC: DEFENDERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant
Not my circus, not my monkeys. The problem is, it is his circus. Literally. Merlin grew up in a traveling circus where all the performing animals are shifters. Not to mention that it’s a front for an international crime ring. (It’s a long story.) And that’s just the beginning of his secrets… all of which he’s determined to keep from his bodyguard team of misfit shifters, and desperate to hide from his mate. Too bad that his circus stole her priceless family heirloom… and she’s hired him to get it back. Dali just got mugged by a flock of pigeons. And you thought you were having a bad day.
Her Navy career blew up in her face, pigeon shifters stole her grandmother’s necklace, and the cops won’t even take her police report. On the plus side, an adorable flying kitten just adopted her, and the man she hired to retrieve the necklace is the sexiest guy she’s ever laid eyes on. Sure, he turns into a velociraptor, but everyone’s got baggage. But what she doesn’t know can hurt her.
CIRCUS OF THE DEAD (BOOK 3) by Kimberly Loth
“Congratulations Callie, you’re the puppet now.” What the devil does that mean? I’ve finally succeeded in doing away with Samuel, but I’m not really in charge of the island at all. In fact the treachery runs deeper than I ever thought possible and if I’m not careful every soul on the island—both living and dead—will want to kill me for what I’ve done unless I discover who is really in charge. Do I have the ability to overcome myself and do what I need to do or will I have to stand by and watch everyone I love die?
KISS OF VENGEANCE by S Young
Fionn Mór was once a high king of Ireland; a fierce warrior who led his tribes against the invading fae. It was a war he couldn’t win and to save his family he turned consort for the Fae Queen. Fionn escaped as the thing he once despised, and the people he loved betrayed him for it. Now, centuries later, it’s time to reopen the gates to Faerie to take his revenge against the Faerie Queen.
At sixteen Rose Kelly discovered family secrets that changed her forever. Years after, she’s still lost, traveling across Europe in search of that elusive missing ‘something’. When she’s attacked by a vampire, not only is she wrenched into a supernatural underworld she never knew existed, a knock on the head releases a spell on her mind and unlocks powers beyond her wildest imaginings. And with them more questions. Questions Fionn Mór claims to have answers to. Following the powerful and enigmatic Fionn to Ireland, Rose quickly realizes she’s a pawn in his plan for vengeance. What begins as a passionate battle of wills leads to an inexplicable but undeniable connection. One that will force them to face an impossible choice between the deepest love… and the darkest revenge.
AN INVITATION TO LOVE by Blaine D Arden
When Dominick has to attend a six-day dragon mating ceremony, he wants to avoid speaking to anyone for fear his severe stutter will send possible suitors running. However, Lysander and Zachary, both from different cultures with a thing for redheads, refuse to let him hide. Worse, they actively pursue him, even after Dominick mucks up their first encounter. Against the backdrop of a ceremony that takes testing endurance, strength, and acoustics to new heights, differences between languages, customs, and expectations create an obstacle course where any misstep could send the men home… alone.
A SUMMER OF SMOKE AND SIN by TJ Nichols
o stop a serial killer a detective will need to explore his own vices…Nathanial Bayard wants nothing more than to find the nobleman creating snuff pornography. If he fails, his career in the recently formed nobility taskforce will be over and as the youngest son he’ll be forced to obey his father and join the church. But a life of celibacy doesn’t appeal. Nathanial has never even kissed another man, fearing for his soul and his reputation.
Jericho Fulbright has never lived a wholesome life. After behavior unbecoming he was discharged from the army and sent home in disgrace. His inventor and nouveau riche father refused to have anything to do with him, so Jericho turned to what he knew best: opium, gambling and sex. As the owner of the Jericho Rose, a club for gentlemen who like men, he enjoys a certain notoriety. Some would say he has a golden tongue, but the truth is a succubus lives within him feeding on souls. Once he needed her help, now she is a burden that keeps him from getting close to anyone. After the unfortunate death of a young noble man in Jericho’s bed, Nathanial is sent to investigate. He is scandalized and intrigued by Jericho, but soon realizes that Jericho could be exactly who he needs to help break the snuff case. Together they are drawn into a web of lies that will result in Jericho facing prison unless Nathanial can unmask the real creator of the snuff, a man with rank and privileges that reaches almost to the King.
RISING QUEEN (COURT OF THE SEA FAE TRILOGY BOOK 3) by C N Crawford
My mate lies in a rotting cage at the bottom of the sea, and I’ll do anything to get him back. Maybe he’s the devil himself, but he made the ultimate sacrifice for me. When my plan backfires, I’m left with a lethal hex surging in my veins. Now, I only have a few days to live. And Salem? He’s wrestling with a dark curse of his own, one that he says makes him burn.He keeps saying this ends with one of us dead, that our story is a tragedy. But I’m determined to rewrite the tale fate has penned for us. If I can’t, he warns I could die at his hands.
THE BRIDGE: KRYNN by Erik Schubach
The fallout from Evangeline’s rescue of Felicia in the Under-Veil and the plans of the mysterious puppet master who has been manipulating events on both sides of the veil, comes to a head. Rumblings on both sides of Evie’s gateway point to the Dragons being on the move as the Crimson Court declare all out war against the Willow Court and the mortal realm. A last ditch effort to stop the dragons ends with Sharee unconscious as Kane tries to stop the Dragons. No matter how things turn out, the world will never be the same.
THE MINOTAUR NEXT DOOR (SHIFTER ENFORCERS BOOK 5) by Erin St Charles
Is it really stalking if she’s your fated mate? Sophie Towers is it for me–my fated mate.
And as a minotaur shifter, I have one shot to get it right. The problem is, I have no game.
Zero. Zilch. Plus, I’m too busy defending the world to try to figure out how to approach her. Moving in across the hall from her is the best way to have her in my life, even if I can’t have her. But things are never that simple. The dark forces I spend all my time fighting in my work life have eked their way into my personal one. With Sophia in danger, I only have one choice–I must claim and protect what’s mine. Even if it kills me.
AKRA’S DEMONS (RAVENS OF WAR) by Elle Boon
When the ones who are supposed to love and protect are the ones who—kill you, you tend to be a little jaded. Akra won’t let a little thing like death keep her down, much, except Hell is a long way down. AKRA—A rare creature of myth and power…The only thing worse than dying is being killed by those who are supposed to love and protect you, not once but twice. Thousands of years couldn’t dull the pain but it definitely sharpened Akra’s battle skills. Until she’s betrayed once again and given a new life, void of the strength she once possessed as a demoness. But when fate grants her the revenge she’s been waiting an eternity to achieve, is it simply a darker destiny set in motion from the past?
BALKY—Half brother to Zeus…Cursed from the moment he’d been created, his true origins hidden behind a hideous veneer, he did what he had to survive. Balthazar knows all about evil, inside and out as he’s forced to do his master’s bidding, controlling the beast within himself lest he becomes the monster he loathes. Until he sees a being worthy of saving, sacrificing a part of himself, knowing it would likely cost his very soul.
ICHIROU—A former demon-possessed Grim Reaper…Locked inside his own mind, Ichirou spent his entire life possessed by a demon who only allowed him slivers of clarity. The moment a being who willing gave a piece of himself to save him, Ichirou was freed from the demon, bonding with the man who thought he was irredeemable. Together they form a blood brother bond that’s shaken to their core by one crazy female—Akra.
Viscerally, Akra is the perfect female… Except she’s a demoness. A being they both loathe. However, neither man can deny she awakens something deep within them, a primal part that had been dormant and shows no sign of going away. Akra is unlike anyone they’ve ever encountered and soon they realize she is their Fated. Can Balky with the blood of Zeus running through him, and Ichirou with the knowledge of his demon, save Akra from an old enemy and find happiness, or will history repeat itself?
HAVESSKADI (DRAGON SOULS BOOK 1) by Ava Kelly
The red dragon is hunting her own. Up in the icy peaks of the northern mountains, Orsie Havesskadi spends his days hiding from her, but eventually he is found and his dragon magic stolen. Cursed to wander the lands as a mortal unless he recovers his magic before twenty-four rising crescents have passed, Orsie embarks on an arduous journey. Spurred by the whispers in his mind, his quest takes him to a castle hidden deep in a forest.
Arkeva Flitz, a skilled garrison archer, discovers an abandoned castle in the woods. Trapped there, he spends his days with his two companions, one cruel, the other soothing. One day, a young man arrives at his gates, and soon they are confined by heavy snowfalls and in danger from what slumbers in the shadows of the castle.
ARCTIC FLAMES: 62 DEGREES NORTH (PHOENIX AGENCY UNIVERSE BOOK 16) by Amy Ruttan
Their desire can’t be extinguished…Nash LaCroix hasn’t felt the same since his accident. He’s the reason his brother Parker is still under GKA influence. Isolating himself is the only thing he can do, until badly injured GKA operative Edie shows up on his doorstep. He should turn her in, but he can’t and soon discovers his accident left him with more than he thought…It left him more powerful than he imagined.
Edie remembers nothing of her past, just snippets of pain, fear and the urgent need to travel south. Something is calling to her, something is after her and the only man who can help is a member of the one group she’s been told not to trust. Deep down, her connection to Nash can’t be denied. Together they’ll work to save Edie from her past, while trying to ignore the flames of desire that burn hot for the both of them.
TATE’S DREAM: A SEXY SINS RETREAT PREQUEL by Lilith Darville
Tate and four snowmen sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes lust, then comes the brand. Then comes the forming of Tate’s snow harem. Tate here. Yes, indeed, I’ve lost my mind. Cheesy takeoffs on childhood rhymes roll around in my head . . . along with a delusion that’s grabbed me by the boobs—one where I’m in bed with four . . . snowmen . . . with enormous icicles. . .Tate’s Dream is a wee prequel to the Sexy Sins Retreat series sizzling paranormal romance that will make you giggle with four irresistible guys and a spunky heroine who doesn’t need to choose.
TATE’S TRIAL (SEXY SINS RETYREAT BOOK 3) by Lilith Darville
Without him, it’s nothing but pain. . .Breaking News: This is the third book exploring one snarky woman’s adventures in the afterlife when she lands her ass in the Sexy Sins Retreat as director. So yes, there’s some sizzle (a given). Tate here! We’ve no sooner snatched Francis from eternal oblivion when the pace picks up with an invasion that puts one of the clan in the Fade on the brink of extinction. They tell me Hades has it in for me. Correction, he wants me for his harem, and no way in hell will I be caught dead—pun intended—in Hades’ harem. We are in danger of never fulfilling our destiny. I have two weeks to figure out how all this clan stuff works, find out who or what’s behind the incubus invasion—all while my libido is in hyperdrive. All of this excitement has put me in quite the Quiver Quandary.
TAKEN BY THE VAMPIRE KING (VAMPIRE WARRIOR KINGS BOOK 3) by Laura Kaye
Seven ancient vampire kings. One fight to save humanity…Henrik Magnusson is supposed to be immortal, but a mysterious ailment leaves the Vampire Warrior King near death, and not even the blood of the Proffered—human virgins trained to feed and mate with the elite warriors—sustains him. Then he rescues a beautiful young woman from the Soul Eaters, his ancient enemies, and she sets off a bloodlust and a desire he hasn’t felt for centuries.
Photographer Kaira Sorenson’s life takes a nightmare turn when she’s saved by a…vampire. But she’s seen too much, and now she’s his prisoner. All of which means she should be afraid of Henrik, but he’s regal, tormented, and hot as hell, and she can’t deny her intense attraction to him. And then she learns that her blood may be his only salvation…Kaira knows what it’s like to be sick, so she agrees to help Henrik. But when feeding turns into a scorching night of so much more, she must decide if she’s willing to be his forever—but will the king release her so she can freely choose?
My award winning scifi romance medical thriller…
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. And I may mention ‘special items’.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list by hand every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.