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).
LOVED IN SPACE by Various
Woken by a kiss, she didn’t expect her prince to be a handsome alien warrior. Kissed by the Alien Mercenary: Warriors of the Lathar by Mina Carter.
Clarabelle isn’t about to take orders from anyone. Not even the alien hottie who has a disturbing tendency of shifting into a giant lizardman. Mate Abduction by Eve Langlais.
When a dating agency claims to match Earth women with extraterrestrials, fraud investigator Cyan Blue goes undercover as a client to expose the scam. She’s not interested in finding love and certainly not with a pretend alien! KRASH: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides by Cara Bristol.
No risk. No reward. When time runs out, she’ll have to make a choice that will change her life forever… Chance of a Lifetime by Susan Hayes.
Bethany Walker lost everything the day she watched her husband die. Trapped in a bitter cycle of loneliness and grief, the arrival of a gorgeous cyborg with a familiar face changes everything. Betraying Ko’ran by J Thompson.
She was searching for her cyborg husband and found an alien instead. Ashland 297 by Donna McDonald.
ULL (TORNIANS BOOK 7) by M K Eidem
VS Note: I love all things Tornian and so I pre-ordered this with glee. The first Tornian book, GRIM, is still one of my all time favorite scifi romances.
Ull Rigel is a fit and worthy Tornian warrior, the first male of a powerful and respected Lord. Because of this, he’d always believed he’d be able to attract a female, securing his bloodline. But he hadn’t. He hadn’t even been able to attract one of the Earth females they’d discovered. But his younger brother, a third male, did. Now, the Emperor was sending Ull to Earth to protect it from the Ganglians who were abducting the females his brother warriors so need. Trisha Burke had plans for her life. Career. Family. Friends. But one moment changed all that. Her friend Lisa and Lisa’s two children suddenly disappeared without any explanation. When local law enforcement couldn’t find them, she reached out to the most powerful person she knew. The President of the United States, her Uncle.
Two people who have had their lives turned upside down are on a collision course. How these two handled the impact and deal with the aftermath will affect not just them but all the Known Universes.
SKYLAR’S GIFT: A PROPHECY SERIES NOVELLA by Lea Kirk
He’s kind. He’s gentle. He’s trouble. Since childhood, Skylar Trimble has admired Maggie Bock from afar. Now, years later, her friendship is more than he ever expected, or deserves, especially after the terror his traitorous late father rained down on her family during the invasion. Dare he hope for more? Maggie treasures the day Skylar slipped into her heart like a missing puzzle piece. But an accusation of murder doesn’t equate with the caring, unassuming man she knows. He’s innocent, and she’s determined to prove it, with or without her family’s blessing—and damn the evidence.
ORION’S BELT: A DARK CYBORG ROMANCE by Loki Renard
Orion Steelbane is the meanest, most augmented gunslinger in the West. It’s best to stay off his radar, but when he saves my life, I lose that option forever. Orion doesn’t do anything for free, including rescuing distressed damsels, so now I am in the alpha outlaw’s debt – and Orion knows exactly how he wants to take his payment. My rebellion and Orion’s passion go hand in hand. Every time I defy him, we get one step closer to his bed. I might even be falling in love, if it is possible to love a man like him. Or if he could ever love me back.
BELONG: THE FALLENWORLD SERIES BOOK 4 by C R Jane and Mila Young
VS Note: No blurb by the time this post was prepared. Scifi romance.
DORYAN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 9) by Kate Rudolph
She’s investigating a murder… and the main suspect is her fated mate!
Amy is determined to land a private investigating job with the Detyen Legion… but she didn’t think she’d be solving a murder. All signs point to Doryan, a golden alien who’s hiding a big secret, but Amy is convinced he didn’t do it. Proving that could be deadly.
Doryan has been hiding away from the Legion for months, certain that he’ll be executed if they find him. He’s one of the soulless: a warrior who sacrificed his ability to feel emotion in exchange for a longer life. And once the soulless outlive their use, the Legion must retire them. But when he’s around Amy, long dead feelings rise to the surface. It should be impossible, but Amy is his denya, and he’ll do anything to seize his second chance.
But if they can’t find the real killer, their bond will be broken before it ever gets a chance to form, and when bodies begin to pile up Doryan’s life is not the only one in danger.
BABY OF THE BEAST (MATE OF THE BEAST BOOK 4) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress
She’s damaged. Broken. Alone. After being captured by the evil Krezlians not once but twice, nightmares haunt Iris whenever she closes her eyes. She’s finally safe now, but she can’t enjoy her freedom. Not with Zeon dead. He was her light in the darkness, her reason to live despite the horrific experiments at the hands of her captors. He vowed that they would get out together… but in the end, only she did.
When Iris discovers she’s pregnant with Zeon’s child, her world tilts yet again. This half-alien baby is all she has left of Zeon – but how will they survive alone?
He’ll protect what belongs to him – or die trying…Zeon has made mistakes. He abandoned the Alliance, took up piracy, and got himself locked up in a cell by the very people he hates the most: the monsters who created him. Meeting the human female changed it all, and Zeon will do whatever it takes to get back to Iris – because without her, he has no reason to live. But when he finds her, Zeon discovers there’s more to protect than the woman he loves. She’s pregnant. With his baby. A baby that his makers would do anything to get their scaly hands on.
A PALE LIGHT IN THE BLACK: A NeoG NOVEL by K B Wagers
VS Note: Not romance but sounds good.
The Expanse meets the Battle Room in Ender’s Game as K. B. Wagers brings us the rollicking first entry in a unique science fiction series that introduces the Near-Earth Orbital Guard—NeoG—a military force patrolling and protecting space inspired by the real-life mission of the U.S. Coast Guard.
For the past year, their close loss in the annual Boarding Games has haunted Interceptor Team: Zuma’s Ghost. With this year’s competition looming, they’re looking forward to some payback—until an unexpected personnel change leaves them reeling. Their best swordsman has been transferred, and a new lieutenant has been assigned in his place.
Maxine Carmichael is trying to carve a place in the world on her own—away from the pressure and influence of her powerful family. The last thing she wants is to cause trouble at her command on Jupiter Station. With her new team in turmoil, Max must overcome her self-doubt and win their trust if she’s going to succeed. Failing is not an option—and would only prove her parents right.
But Max and the team must learn to work together quickly. A routine mission to retrieve a missing ship has suddenly turned dangerous, and now their lives are on the line. Someone is targeting members of Zuma’s Ghost, a mysterious opponent willing to kill to safeguard a secret that could shake society to its core . . . a secret that could lead to their deaths and kill thousands more unless Max and her new team stop them. Rescue those in danger, find the bad guys, win the Games. It’s all in a day’s work at the NeoG.
THE FIRST 7 (THE LAST 8 BOOK 2) by Laura Pohl
VS Note: Not romance.
Clover Martinez and The Last Teenagers on Earth are busy exploring the galaxy after leaving earth behind…even if they can’t help but be a little homesick. So when their ship receives a distress signal from their former planet, they hope against hope that it means other survivors. But as soon as they arrive, they realize something’s deeply wrong: strange crystal formations have popped up everywhere and there’s some sort of barrier keeping them from leaving. Seeking the origin of the formations and the reason for the barrier, the group discovers a colony of survivors hidden in the mountains. But the survivors aren’t who they seem.
CLUE AND THE CURSE OF GASHADOKURO by Wendie Nordgren
On the distant planet of Cassini, most of the inhabitants have reasons to distrust outsiders. They have secrets to guard and true natures to conceal. When off-worlders arrive searching for a thief, it causes panic. Some fear exposure while others fear punishment and the Okami’s wrath. Tasked with locating the property stolen from Eris Space Station, Lord Tanaka sends his enforcers, Tadashi and Dorian, to investigate. Against his better judgement, Tadashi decides to trust Clue’s father to keep her safe and ventures to Monoceros to see to his duty.
Clue knows they mean well, but her family is wearing her nerves thin. The Okami pack and the Guardians have joined forces against her. They are determined to teach her to control her abilities because her very existence depends on it. Great-Aunt Delwyn’s lessons are making Clue stronger, but they are also making her feel like a failure. When Fergus comes to her begging for help, Clue is eager for a new challenge. Well, she is until she sees what’s after the pirate captain.
Gashadokuro, a giant skeleton, chases him wherever he goes and plagues him with nightmares, and Fergus needs Clue’s help to find out why. Unfortunately, she knows better than to ask the Okami pack for help. They have made their opinions on certain of the double-natured clear. With off-worlders on Cassini searching for their stolen property, will Clue be able to solve the mystery in time or will the curse of Gashadokuro expose them all?
WHEN ARE YOU? by Addision Albright
A former member of an elite military special forces unit, Leo Bailey can handle anything life throws at him. Except maybe approaching a certain gorgeous, purple mohawk-wearing, heavily pierced artist. Not without his three eye-rolling wingmen along to push him in the right direction.
One look at the mouthwateringly muscled, military buzzcut-sporting man with the endearing blush, and Vincent Noland is in love. Or at least in lust. Love comes later. Then marriage … and sweet, adorable Oscar. Life is perfect — the stuff of fairy tale happily ever afters — except for Arthur Fletcher, whose unsettling reactions to them threaten to upset the happy balance of their lives. But it isn’t Arthur who throws their lives into turmoil.
A freak event causes Oscar to go missing and leaves both men frantic to rescue their son. As they piece together the clues, they discover that Oscar isn’t somewhere. He’s somewhen. And Arthur Fletcher holds the key — or rather the glass beads — to their one chance of finding Oscar. Will Leo’s training, Vinnie’s determination, and Arthur’s knowledge help them find Oscar, or is the little boy doomed to spend the rest of his life at the mercy of a primitive civilization? Could there be a third possibility?
ABDUCTED BY THE WARRIOR PRINCE (LUNARIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Roxie Ray
I’ve been swept off my feet before, and I’ve got the bruises to show just how badly that ended. I’m not about to fall at the feet of the next man – or alien – to cross my path. Especially not when he steals me away from home and wants to use me as his broodmare. Kloran is intense and sometimes scary. A prince of his people with a duty so deeply ingrained it’s hard to see where it ends and he begins. But the glimpses of the man beneath the hardened warrior prince make me wonder if there’s something more between us. I may be a slave, but in his arms I feel like his queen. And when he says he’s going to claim me as his mate, my knees go weak. But I’ve been fooled before. If I say yes to him, am I dooming myself to another hellish existence? Or could he really give me everything I ever wanted?
BROKEN EARTH: ARGURMA SALVAGER BOOK 1 by S J Sanders
Veral’monushava’skahalur is an oddity among his species, a lone Argurma cyborg divorced from his own kind by choice and to escape termination as a malfunctioning unit. Wandering the fringes of space as a salvager, he comes across a planet beyond the boundaries of the federation, rich in metals remnant of a dead civilization. Or so he thought.
Confronted by cannibalistic mutations of the indigenous species, his salvage has suddenly become a lot more complicated. Even more so when he encounters a female surviving on her own. She is strong and fearless, begrudgingly earning his admiration. Terri is hardened by a life of hunger and watchfulness, and yet is moved by a compassion that he’s never possessed. When his admiration turns into the first signs of a forming mate-bond, he knows his fate is sealed. Unlicensed mating is forbidden—if his malfunctioning wasn’t already a death sentencing, taking her for her mate would be. Yet, he finds that letting her go is no longer an option.
IMPORT QUARANTINE (DEPARTMENT OF HOME WORLD SECURITY BOOK 11) by Cassandra Chandler
VS Note: Re-release of Cassandra’s delightful story from the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.
It was supposed to be a simple house call for a sick cat, so how’d she end up on a spaceship?Caitlin’s had some pretty weird house calls in her work as a veterinarian outside a small desert town. Feral burros, mischievous coyotes, dogs getting a little too close to cacti… The tall, gorgeous guy who shows up on her doorstep in the middle of the night begging her to help his cat seems mundane by comparison—aside from the atomic attraction she feels toward him. Then he starts talking about aliens.
To help restore the emotions stolen from him by the Coalition of Planets, Marq was supposed to care for Meredith—the Earth cat his brother smuggled aboard his ship. Now, she’s developed some kind of sickness he fears will endanger her life. He’ll do anything to assist his pet, even make unauthorized contact with an Earthling. The trouble is, he isn’t sure how to handle the rising desire in him to make…additional contact with her.
To get Caitlin’s assistance, he must first convince her to trust him—though with soldiers on his ship who are still loyal to the Coalition, he’s not sure who he himself can trust. Meredith’s illness is not the only threat they will face, and now Marq must save his cat, control his unruly emotions, and keep Caitlin safe.
ICE PLANET HONEYMOON: AEHAKO AND KIRA by Ruby Dixon
Kira and Aehako are happily mated and waiting for their baby’s arrival. Everything is great…or is it? Because carefree Aehako has turned into the most hovering of spouses, and he’s making everyone at the cave crazy. Kira thinks it’s time for a vacation…of sorts.
This story is an extended epilogue for book 3 of Ice Planet Barbarians — Barbarian Lover — and is for readers who want a little more of their favorite couple. Don’t start here! You’ll be missing out on so much story. Start at the beginning with Ice Planet Barbarians.
TRAUHN (RAKUI WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Lena Grey and Juno Wells
On Earth, 12 female college students board a starship for A Year of Interstellar Education. Crashing on a primitive planet inhabited by barbarian aliens was not on their itinerary…
Once our bonding is complete, Ken-zee will be mine forevermore.
When the sky crackles with lights, sounds and colors, and small wingless flyers soar to the ground, I pray they contain blessings that will save our tribe. A small, shapely female emerges from one of the flyers and I know in my heart she is mine. The gods have answered my prayers, sending salvation from the heavens. My mate has arrived in the wingless flyer and she is the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.
The golden-skinned barbarian thinks I’m his mate. Trauhn is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man. He’s fierce, handsome and protective, and worships the ground I walk on. He’s also a huge, scaled alien who makes my heart race and my body tremble. When we’re attacked by a rabid pack of wolf-bats, he’s ready to sacrifice his own life to save mine. I’d be a fool to push Trauhn away. But staying with him means giving up the only way of life I’ve ever known.
ALIEN DEFENDER’S CHOSEN BRIDE (DRACONIAN DEFENDERS BOOK 8) by Juno Wells
Willow – I risked everything to escape Earth. As chance would have it I made it to a Draconian vessel. The Dragon warriors take on all comers, even women like me who are young, uneducated and unbeknownst to me, carrying a plague to their world. They say ignorance is bliss and in my case it’s the literal truth. Prior to finding out I’m infected, I was happily hunting for a compatible age mate and planning my happily ever after. No sooner do I find Mr. Right than I get my diagnosis and watch all my dreams blow away, like dandelion seeds scattering in the wind.
Narcis – When a beautiful young queen lays claim to me, I wish for things I never wondered about before. I crave her smiling face and her laughter. When she makes the human kiss with me, possessive instincts rise to the forefront of my consciousness. When we discover she is infected with a dangerous parasite, I’ll do whatever is necessary to see her healed, but my family and the healers aren’t doing nearly enough to save her life. I’ll go to any length to get what she needs. When word leaks out of her infection, an angry mob forms, furious that she has brought a plague to our world. If I can get her back to Stone Mountain, we’ll be safe. I’ve got to sit up, pay attention and make sure she’s safe because a world without her isn’t a place I want to be.
RESCUED BY THE ALIEN ROYAL by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress
VS Note: A re-released short story.
Sarai has waited for this moment her entire life. The moment she would be given as a prize to a gladiator and added to a harem. She is pure, untouched by any man, and a prize beyond imagination in this year’s Winter Festival. But just as her time has come, a strange alien man ruins everything. He is big, purple, and altogether intimidating. He kidnaps her, claiming to be saving her. Who is this man? And is there any hope left for her now that her purity is ruined?
HORDE KING’S OBSSESSION (TIRIZAR HORDE BOOK 12) by Gabby Dark
The Tirizar Horde came to our land, invaded our homes, and took many women as prisoners. We were captured to pay the price—in flesh—for our ex-ruler’s treachery.
I don’t want to be some Tirizar warrior’s pleasure slave, so I fight. I know my actions could harm me. My disobedience gains the attention of the most ruthless alien in the horde—Khol Xihran: their leader, their king. He takes me and declares to make me submissive. To make me his. He’s possessive, dominant, and treats me like he owns me.
I should hate him. I shouldn’t want him. But why does my body crave every single touch and every single stroke? I am more than just Khol’s prisoner. I’m his obsession. And he is mine.
ALIEN PRINCE’S CURVY FATED QUEEN (QUEENS OF YALANIA BOOK 1) by Sara Hazel and Juno Wells
Emily: Abducted by aliens, brought to their planet, and saved by HIM–the muscle bound Alien Prince who tells me his Goddess chose me just for him. I have to get back to Earth, but my Alien Prince has other plans, and he’s the one making all the decisions. And now, what am I gonna do with our alien babies? Vekshi: The curvy human female is my chosen one, and though the Goddess’ choice seems strange to me at first, she could not have picked a better Queen for me. And now that Emily is here, I’m going to enjoy every second. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
DEAD SPACE by Leigh Kelsey
Floating in deep space, Julia and the crew of the Nerve combat an unseen foe. Every day, more crew members vanish without a trace, and menacing sounds echo through the night. It’s only a matter of time before the monster sets Julia in its sights. With her dragon mate Kiv, her friend Sinna—a rare alien with a moving star-map on his body—and the infuriating boulder giant, Ruhar, Julia is thrown into a dark, desperate fight for survival. The horror on board is picking them off one by one, and even if Julia and her men escape the Nerve, the shadow will not let them go.
KIRAN (KA’ATARI WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Kenzie Kelly
Go to space, they said. It’ll be an adventure, they said. They had no idea. Cora’s boring job as a lab tech on board the space station Shangris is interrupted when two ships fall out of hyperspace and put Earth smack in the middle of an intergalactic war. She’s not sure which side she should be on, but the built-like-a-brick-house blue warrior who rescues her from the crumbling station could be more evil than Hannibal Lecter and she might not care. Especially if he’s in to eating people. But not in the creepy way.The Talia’s captain ordered Kiran and his team to search the damaged station for survivors, and kill any Scovid he might find. The squid-like humanoids were known for using more primitive races for barbaric experiments. The Talia was tailing this particular ship when they jumped blindly into an unknown sector of the galaxy. With Ka’atari mates being as rare as a three-headed givuthde, he never dreamed his would be one of the survivors.
SECOND SIGHTING (ALIEN ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Jenna M Jett
I’m Zoe, and I’m a half-alien…I’ve survived the first month of school at Alien Academy, where I hope to learn how to be what I am. I guess. So far, I’ve discovered I have a gift for science, something I knew as a child but somehow forgot while being a teenage girl on Earth.
I’ve also learned that it’s possible to be completely head-over-heels for three guys at once. All royalty. From far-off planets. They are among the many students here who are 100 percent alien—and they are 150 percent hot. Lumino with that platinum hair and eyes all shades of blue and gold, Xanirius, the most alien looking with his pale-gray skin and those mysterious tattoos, and Prince Jhoren, the only one who actually uses his title on a daily basis. But why are they here…not that I am not very glad they are!
There is some kind of shapeshifting monster on campus as well, that appears from time to time and has already managed to kill one student. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
TAMING THE CYBORG (RENEGADE CYBORGS BOOK 3) by Jude Gray
NADIA – I’m a wild child–ask any of my friends. I’m not afraid of anything.
In my relationships, I’m the boss. Men have always flocked to me, and I’ve had my pick of boyfriends. I’ve never met a guy I couldn’t charm. Until now. They take me from a party, the aliens. They do things that no human man would ever dare do to me. They treat me like no human man would ever dare treat me. They see me in ways that no human man would ever see me. I, quite frankly, am screwed. It can’t possibly get worse. But then a huge, terrifying cyborg shows up. He doesn’t possess much of the body he was born with, from what I can see, except for his massive muscles. Artificial parts everywhere. He’s more mechanical than flesh and blood. I want to twist him around my little finger like I do most men, but this guy isn’t impressed. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
IMMERSIVE (THE ELITE TRIALS BOOK 3) by Becky Moynihan
After events that threw Ryker’s motives and Bren’s well-being into question, a devastated Lune struggles to keep fighting. Imprisoned once more, her only way of escape is to play by her captor’s rules–or face gut-wrenching consequences. As the race to stop the Supreme Elite unfolds, old friends and new join forces, risking everything for a better tomorrow. But the Elite Trials aren’t over. And when their purpose is revealed, no one is prepared for the horrifying truth.
GABRIEL (LEAGUE OF ALIGNED WORLDS BOOK 2) by Mikayla Lane
A 12-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant Gabriel Asbury had been the perfect soldier, until he discovered a traitor among his superiors. After a convoy attack and the loss of his legs, Gabe is only more determined to expose the devious bastard determined to keep him quiet. Abducted by aliens and sent to what would have been a perfect world, Gabriel’s only concern is getting back home and destroying the man who ruined his life. The only thing standing in his way is the beautiful woman he’s meant to bond with and doesn’t dare touch, and a battalion of the worst criminals in the universe trying to destroy his new world. Of all the wars and battles Gabe has fought in his life, it’s the war within himself that will cost him the most and determine whether or not he’ll forget the past and forge a new life. Or leave the only woman he’s ever loved and the planet that welcomed him to annihilation.
GERAN (WARRIORS OF HAWKURA BOOK 2) by C R Corbin
Isabel went to a frat party with the expectation of possibly coming out of her shell a bit, so waking up in an alien world the next day was far from planned. She soon finds herself in danger only to be saved by an incredibly powerful, muscular, and aggressive warrior that is far too blue and wild to be considered a human male. He was a warrior of the Ayrithians. And he was sent to claim her as his.
Geran’s assignment was rather simple, travel across the continent and retreive the woman that shall grant him his legacy. She is soft, vulnerable, and incredibly disobedient, he would need to claim her before he returned home. But his return is complicated by the wilderness of Hawkura and the forces of the Yuranan Empire who seek to hound him and his people at every turn. Will he be able to claim Isabel as his? Will the two of them fall victim to the various challenges that face them? And can love blossom between a domineering warrior and a feisty human girl?
THE QUEEN’S BARGAIN (BLACK JEWELS BOOK 10) by Anne Bishop
After a youthful mistake, Lord Dillon’s reputation is in tatters, leaving him vulnerable to aristo girls looking for a bit of fun. To restore his reputation and honor, he needs a handfast–a one-year contract of marriage. He sets his sights on Jillian, a young Eyrien witch from Ebon Rih, who he believes has only a flimsy connection to the noble society that spurned him. Unfortunately for Dillon, he is unaware of Jillian’s true connections until he finds himself facing Lucivar Yaslana, the volatile Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih.
Meanwhile, Surreal SaDiablo’s marriage is crumbling. Daemon Sadi, the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, recognizes there is something wrong between him and Surreal, but he doesn’t realize that his attempt to suppress his own nature in order to spare his wife is causing his mind to splinter. To save Daemon, and the Realm of Kaeleer if he breaks, help must be sought from someone who no longer exists in any of the Realms–the only Queen powerful enough to control Daemon Sadi. The Queen known as Witch.
As Jillian rides the winds of first love with Dillon, Daemon and Surreal struggle to survive the wounds of a marriage turned stormy–and Lucivar has to find a way to keep everyone in his family safe…even from each other.
A PIRATE’S WISH (A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE BOOK 7) by SE Smith
A person’s eyes are the window to their soul…Tonya Maitland learned early that life could either be an adventure or a tragedy. She left the tragic part of her life behind a long time ago and now focuses on the adventure. Her attempt to be one of the best investigative reporters of all time is taking a bit longer than she had planned, but all of that changes when she travels to the small, sleepy town of Yachats, Oregon.
Ashure Waves, King of the Pirates, is also the Keeper of Lost Souls. Despite all the souls within him, the emptiness he feels is suffocating. The ‘gift’ that was passed down to him feels more like a curse. When a drunken wish upon a magic mirror shows him what his heart truly desires, he is both torn and determined to find the woman revealed in the mirror—even if it means leaving the realm of the Seven Kingdoms.
Tonya’s keen eyes discern far more about Ashure than he intended, and he fears the consequences could be dire. When the Pirate King gets close to this street-smart, strong-willed investigative reporter, hilarity ensues! Will Ashure be able to protect Tonya from becoming another lost soul, or will he have to abandon what his heart truly desires in order to save her from himself?
DAX: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS #4 by Tasha Black
Dax is a dedicated dad, trying to get life back on track for himself and his twin babies after the untimely death of his beloved wife. But it’s not easy for the big wolf shifter to balance his secret duty to the Tarker’s Hollow pack with his commitment to his children and the impending sense of doom he feels each time he looks at his bank account.
His wife’s best friend, Ava, is a brilliant financial planner from Glacier City with a secret of her own. After surviving a battle with cancer, she has come to town at last. Ava is determined to help Dax fix the gaps in his finances. But can she also help to fill the hole in his heart? When circumstances send the two into the snowy woodlands with a mission to save Christmas, will they be brave enough to reach for the happiness that seems to be in their grasp? Or will fear leave their hearts cold?
VENGEANCE (DARK SCIONS BOOK 1) by Anna Carven
VS Note: OMG, a new dark fantasy series from Anna Carven, author of the SFR series DARK PLANET WARRIORS. But, author warns this ends on a cliffhanger so I may wait to one click until all 3 books in this arc have been released.
They took my world from me. It wasn’t much of a world to begin with, but the forest village where I was born and raised is everything to me. They took me away from there, wrapped me in silks, and pierced my flesh with their glittering trinkets. They made me an object of desire, to be given to a man who has terrorized and subjugated my people. He thinks he can defy the gods, but I have other ideas. I don’t care what happens to me anymore. Nobody’s going to save me. I just want to make him pay.
THE HOUSE LOST AT SEA: THE TALES OF CATALINA DE LA CORONA by R J Blain
Cursed by the lover of her former captain, Catalina de la Corona, the Pirate Princess of the Seven Seas, has lived an unnaturally long life and longs for the day she can find eternal peace. Hiding in plain sight as an investment banker, she waits for the end of eternity and the death she has rightfully earned.
When a rich client’s fascination with her captain and her lover threatens to exhume the watery grave of Catalina’s past, she must take up arms against friends and enemies alike to protect her captain’s legacy. Should the Calico’s sunken ruins be discovered, Catalina’s one true treasure, the House Lost at Sea will be plundered, exposing the secret of Catalina’s immortality, and guaranteeing she’ll lose the only thing she has left: her freedom.
REDEEM ME (THE LAST VOCARI BOOK 3) by Elena Lawson
After the shitstorm in the streets of Baton Rouge, one thing has become startlingly clear: I’m not safe, and as long as I’m still breathing, I may never be. I could accept that if it didn’t also jeopardize the safety of my guys. I wish I could walk away—save them. I can’t. The bonds we’ve formed won’t be easily severed. Our lives are fused together now, for better or worse. Even unto death. To save us all, I’ll have to break every single one of my own rules. Starting with placing my trust in the hands of the ancient vampire who’s been holding me captive for weeks. It’s time for Azrael to face what he’s been avoiding for a thousand years: his deranged brother needs to die, and he may be the only being on this earth able to kill him.
FELINE THE BURN (THE FIREHOUSE FELINE BOOK 3) by L A Boruff, Laura Greenwood and Lacey Carter Anderson
Callie’s Check List: 1. Turn yourself over to a tyrant. 2. Freak out because everyone is mad. 3. Try not to lose your cat. 4. Make the hot firemen yours. 5. Work out how to do magic. I’ve found everything I searched for. I know the truth—And it is a doozy. Now that my uncle has helped me unlock my powers, I have to officially abdicate my claim to the throne. Except, everyone is so mad at me. They think I should double cross him before he betrays me. All I want to do is keep my cat, keep my guys, and if I can liberate an entire coven in the process, that would be amazing.
ASSASSIN’S GAMBIT (THE HUNTER BOOK 3) by Elle Beaumont
The Big Bad Wolf has a new mission–protect the princess–even if it costs him everything.
When the king of Abendrot is assassinated, Niklaus is sent on a new mission: hunt the Hawk and bring her to justice. With Princess Stasya now free from her father’s clutches, Niklaus must set aside his growing feelings for her, knowing it is what is best so he can protect her. As Niklaus is ready to go on the hunt, a new truth comes to light, and he wonders how much he can trust Prince Ashroy of Ishkertov. Is he an ally or foe? Niklaus is on the hunt again, and the kingdom’s fate rests in his hands.
VOICES IN THE DARKNESS (THE COVETED BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce and Riley Proserpina
There’s a darkness within her and its voice taunts her…It’s been ten years since Lacey Madison fled New Mexico and everyone she cared about to keep them safe. She’s built a new life with a new name in the frozen north, putting her investigative skills and intuitive senses to work. But when an accident lands her in the hospital, she admits all the things she’s kept buried down deep—like her real name, and wanting four boys who’d probably forgotten her…And suddenly, everything changes. Thorn, Colton, Aaron, and Oliver come looking for her just as the voices in the darkness begin to cry out. And it turns out—it doesn’t matter how far Lacey runs, evil will always find her.
PACK QUEEN (THE LEGEND OF SINTHIA ROWLEY BOOK 2) by Ann Mayburn
My name is Synthia Rowley, and I still suck at saving the world. I’m in a race against time, searching for my missing mates, my Enforcer and my Omega. Without them I won’t be able to form my Court and become a true Hyena Queen, giving me the power and protection I so desperately need to keep my friends and family safe. Terrorism, wars, and brutal atrocities are on the rise across the globe. The world is becoming darker by the day as the veil between our reality and the chaos dimension fails, allowing abominations to cross over. Abominations filled with an endless hunger for human flesh and spirit. Now children have started to go missing in my hometown and the Goddess has tasked me with finding them. If I’m their best hope, we’re all in serious trouble.
FORBIDDEN BOND (ACADEMY OF ELEMENTAL MAGIC BOOK 2) by Fiona Starr
They’re the ones in power, so why are they are so afraid of me? Newly minted magic user? Check. Hot-as-hell boyfriends who want only me? Check. A fresh start after surviving a murderous attack? Yeah, about that…They said choosing a life at Stormwood Academy wouldn’t be easy. But nobody mentioned it would make me a target. Another thing they forgot to mention—the secret faction that wants me dead. I thought the class system died an appropriate death, but it’s alive and well and those in power would like it to stay that way, thank you.
But I opted-in to this life, and in the process chose four incredible men who have also chosen me. I’ll be damned if I’ll let anyone take away what my men and I found. There’s a sinister underside to this magic world, and its sights are set on me.
So even though I am happier than I’ve ever been in many ways, the powers that be are turning a blind eye to those who want to exterminate me and destroy the bonds I have created. I might have a thing or two to say about that.
OBSIDIAN EYES (ORIGINS PART 1: QUEEN’S BLADE) by A W Exley
The worlds of noble and guild are about to collide, with seventeen-year-old Allie Donovan as the catalyst…Allie lives in a shadow world until she is thrust into the light of the aristocratic St Matthew’s Academy. More at ease with a blade than a needle, she is stalked along the ancient corridors by a Scottish lord intent on determining why she is among them.
She stumbles onto the reason when soldiers arrive to see her friend, Zeb, a mechanical genius. On the hunt for answers, she breaks into his underground laboratory. There, Allie discovers Zeb is not just constructing sentient mechanical creatures, he is building a devastating new weapon for the military.
To protect her friend, Allie will have to stop the guilds from snatching the weapon and its creator. But if she betrays her world, she forfeits her own life. Unless she can rely on bonds of friendship to save both their lives.
A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 86: A BREAK OF SEALS by Bella Forrest
“This tale of spiteful Reapers had come full circle. Death had wronged her children, and some had fought back in their own way. It had led to a millennia-long disaster, and it was time for its conclusion…”
WICKED REUNION (AN IVY MORGAN MYSTERY BOOK 16) by Lily Harper Hart
Ivy Morgan was convinced she was heading toward a smooth future … until she was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. Sure, she was saving a woman from certain death at the time, but in order for the criminal case to hold up against a murderer, she has to face the music.
Fear is the one thing Ivy hates more than anything else, so in order to make herself feel better, she decides to fix her Aunt Felicity’s love life. That includes tracking down an old love … who just so happens to have set up shop one town over.
While visiting, Ivy is horrified when a battered woman straggles through the door and is immediately shot dead by a masked man. Traumatized, horrified, she calls her fiancé Detective Jack Harker for help. By the time he arrives, though, things are already spiraling out of control…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN: SIXTEEN STORIES OF BLACK GIRL MAGIC, RESISTANCE AND HOPE by Patrice Caldwell
Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.
DUSK BEFORE THE DAWN: A DRAGON NATIONS PREQUEL by Adella Dratianos
From Lady Empress’ Diary: It has been at least two millennia since what was called the Dragon’s Fall was fought between the Demon Realm and that of the Dragon Nations. I pieced the following tale from various stories told to me by those involved. It was what explained many things that were once so confusing. Such as, where did Lord Brakkon-turned-Thorn go when a chaotic Draconis destroyed him? He was a God, so he was torn from passing to the Summerland. These tales, each told to me by those individuals involved, need to be told for the story of my incarnations to be complete. It may not make sense now, but it will once the story is told. Think of it as a transition between one life and another.
THE DEEP by Alma Katsu
VS Note: Okay, I’m obssessed with all things Titanic, so of course I have this pre-ordered! UPDATE as of Tuesday evening: I’m now 24% done and so far it’s very grim and dark, not my thing at all really…but to be fair it is billed as being horror, which I don’t normally read. At this point I do intend to finish the book, mostly to see how the author ties all the threads together.
Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. Between mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, the guests of the Titanic have found themselves suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone from the moment they set sail. Several of them, including maid Annie Hebley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, are convinced there’s something sinister–almost otherwordly–afoot. But before they can locate the source of the danger, as the world knows, disaster strikes.
Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together. Working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic‘s sister ship, the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship, she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier fighting in World War I. At first, Annie is thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the sinking, but soon, Mark’s presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past–as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.
Brilliantly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.
REQUIEM INVERTED by Olivia Helling
Ben knew the price for surviving the exalted University of Magic: keep his head down and his mouth shut, no matter what. He never expected to attract the interest of the genius magician Maurice. He certainly never dreamed that Maurice would love him back. Whether experimenting in his laboratory or protesting the current regime, Maurice has never found a problem he can’t argue his way out of. That is, until he starts dating his shy fellow classmate, and Ben simply refuses to argue back. When Ben is called up to fight an unjust war, Maurice brews the argument of the century. Anything to keep Ben safe. But when a spell goes wrong, Maurice’s life is on the line. Will Ben destroy his remaining hope and dare to speak out?
THE WINTER DUKE by Claire Eliza Bartlett
All Ekata wants is to stay alive–and the chance to prove herself as a scholar. Once Ekata’s brother is finally named heir to the dukedom of Kylma Above, there will be nothing to keep her at home with her murderous family. Not her books or her experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness, and no one can find a cure.
In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s captivating warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without–and within–her ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s magic and power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield them both.
WE ARE BLOOD AND THUNDER by Kesia Lupo
On the edges of a sealed-off city, a chance encounter between two girls in the misty woods is about to change the course of everything. . .Lena is on the run from her home, the Duke’s Forest, after being convicted as a mage and sentenced to death. Meanwhile, Constance escaped the Forest years before, after her own magical powers were discovered–but now, she will do anything to get back inside and reclaim her place as the duke’s daughter. The girls cross paths for only a moment, but that’s long enough to set them down paths that will change the dukedom forever.
As Lena reaches a safe haven where she can study and develop her powers alongside handsome but mysterious mage Emris, Constance maneuvers her way back into the home she left behind, unsure whether she trust the people she once considered her family and friends. All the while, the girls are connected by the dark, terrifying storm clouds that hang over the land and devastate everything in their wakes.
Only Lena and Constance hold the keys to dispelling the storm and keeping their home safe–if they can uncover who cast the spell that generated the clouds to begin with. But the truth is far more sinister than anyone could imagine, and it could mean that one of the girls will lose everything.
HAVENFALL by Sara Holland
VS Note: I adore and devour each new entry in the Ilona Andrews’ INNKEEPER series so I might have to try this one too, with another author’s take on the general writing prompt of magical, mystical inns. (To be clear, there’s no connection to the I. Andrews’ series.) I’d love to write a book with such an inn but as yet don’t have a plot…uh oh, as soon as I say that, the plot bunnies start scampering!
Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.
For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.
But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe.
WHEN WE WERE MAGIC by Sarah Gailey
Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.
Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love. That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.
When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.
THE GOLD TOUCH THAT WENT CATTYWAMPUS (LOST SOUTHERN MAGIC BOOK 1) by Amy Boyles
When Blake Calhoun sets out to steal the heart fire, the object that makes the town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, magical, his plan backfires. The heart isn’t stolen, instead it breaks into four pieces and scatters across the state. Now, newly married Pepper and Axel Reign must work to track down each piece. Lucky for them, when a person finds a piece, they are bestowed with strange abilities.
Pepper’s search will take her to Haunted Hollow, where she will reunite with Blissful Breneaux. But Blissful has her own problems. She’s trying to stop a demon from taking possession of folks in her small town. Meanwhile, a man has arrived, one who has an uncanny ability to turn objects into gold. Has he found a piece of the lost magic? If so, will Blissful and Pepper be able to claim it, or will Blake Calhoun beat them to it?
IMPURE (ASCENSION BOOK 1) by Kenna Bardot and Tove Madigan
Some humans eagerly await Collection Day, living their lives in preparation for that day when representatives of the Gods are sent out to pick one human from each of the six regions of Godsfell. Those Collected go to Godsvail Academy, the impenetrable school where cruelty reigns. But humans and Descendants alike compete for one thing – the right to Ascend. The Academy is treacherous, and enemies lurk around every corner. None are worse than the five Descendants who are determined to torment me.
Break me. All I’d wanted was to live out my very human life in my snow-covered Northern village, where my body and my will would be my own. But the Gods and their Descendants have other plans for me. And I’ll be lucky to survive.
CIRCUS OF THE DEAD: BOOK 4 by Kimberly Loth
Being dead definitely has its disadvantages. Number one being that I have to wait until the full moon to kick Benny’s ass. What right did he have to kill me? None. Not only that, I was his thirteenth kill, so he’s alive instead. Not for long, if I have my way. With Lorena gone, the island has taken on a life of its own and it’s up to me to destroy it. But doing so will require massive sacrifices. Sacrifices I’m not sure I’m willing to give. But the fate of everyone on the island rests in my hands. Who will live and who will be gone forever?
The choice is mine.
HALF BLOOD ACADEMY 5: MAGIC FLAME by Meg Xuemei X
We lit the match. Now we can’t stop the mating flame. The world hasn’t seen the likes of me. My power can unmake the gods and the worlds–but only after I mate with the Demigod of Sea and activate the Living Flame inside me. Mate all day and all night long.
Peachy right? If only we weren’t trapped in the Void where no gods, demons, or mortals are safe. The monsters here? They eat immortals like us as if we’re candy. It’s hard to have sexy times when we’re fending off Titans, cannibals, nasty Ares, and that loose cannon Lucifer. Plus, if we don’t return home before the apocalypse, Earth will turn to dust. Our only option is to let the heat of the mating fever blaze, war zone or not, and make it burn everything in its wake.
DRAGON MAGE by Tameri Etherton
It’s been seven years since Amaleigh failed to assassinate her best friend and she’s been on the run. Jumping from world to world where she never quite fits in, all she truly wants is to stop running and find a place to call home. And maybe finally be kissed by someone who doesn’t leave her feeling indifferent. To say love doesn’t come easily for her is an understatement. Unlocking her cold, dead heart might be a start to unleashing her inner dragon, but that would mean trusting another and there’s only one person she’s ever trusted—the same man she couldn’t kill.
Prince Gwilym knows he shouldn’t risk Amaleigh’s life by asking for help, especially since he’s the reason she had to escape Eidyn. They grew up together as best friends, innocent in the knowledge it was Gwilym’s father who murdered her family and left her an orphan to live on the streets. Now his life is in peril and she’s the only person he trusts. He wouldn’t blame her for not daring to return to the city that celebrated the slaughter of her kind and cast her aside…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
UNDER (PIRATE COVE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Rae Foxx
Mermaids have always lured men below the waves. I prefer to lure them beneath the sheets. I was born to be pretty, to sit on a throne and point my finger in command. But when I spy a pirate god skinny dipping in the bay, and learn of all the things I can do with a new pair of legs, there was no way in hell I was going to resign myself to a life on a throne. Tomorrow I am due to arrive in the Above, to attend Pirate Bay Academy and learn the true ways of the Mer, and how to lure the sailors to the Below. Except nothing goes to the plan, and instead of running away to a world of tangled legs, I’m running from the Siren’s that would have my life, and my throne. It’s going to take more than my blood-sworn protector, Kai, to keep me safe. Luckily, I have the help of more than a few pirates.
FAE WORLD: YEW QUEEN BOOK 2 by Eve A Hunt
My fated mate is the enemy of my kind, I have days to figure out how to keep him from literally going up in smoke, and at any moment one of my magic’s surges will shock my heart and strike me down. If I don’t learn how to control my mage abilities pronto, I’m dead. I thought that portalling to hang with other mages would solve things, and I’d find some rad crone-like chick to help me train all epic style. But it seems I’ve landed myself, my best friend, and my doomed fated mate in a hidden kingdom where my kind are enslaved for eternity. Not awesome. This is not the training I was hoping for. And with every day we’re away from the cursed castle, Lucus and his brothers weaken further. If I don’t get us the heck out of this super creepy British fae kingdom, all of us—the 16th century guys and us modern gals—are history.
ACADEMY OF VAMPIRE HEIRS: PERSONAL DONORS 104 (AOVH BOOK 4) by Ginna Moran
This academy bites…but so do I. I always thought I knew who I was—a dhampir, born a rebel, raised to be the gift to humanity to save donors from vampires. As it turns out, I’m instead a law breaker, shunned heir, and on the brink of my final donation. If only I was actually responsible for the crimes I’ve been convicted of. Now, the King Coven and I must figure out how to survive in a world where our allies are now our enemies, and my dhampir nature grows out of control. I never thought we’d leave the Academy of Vampire Heirs early, but I need answers. I need to find the one person who can truly help me. It’s time to fight back.
WYRDE AND WICKED (HOUSE OF WERTH BOOK 2) by Charlotte E English
‘When it comes to the Wyrde, there is no such thing as harmless. Every single one of us is a walking disaster.’ Winter has come to Werth Towers, and brought a deal of trouble with it. Not that any of it is the fault of Miss Gussie Werth. To be a one-woman catastrophe might be seen as a misfortune, but really, there can be no hope of a cure. What with murderous Books on the rampage, Lady Maundevyle brewing plans for Christmas, and a couple of dragons on the loose, a quiet life is not likely to be had. Still, in times of crisis, there is always Lord Felix. The disreputable old revenant might have a few odd ideas; but you’re at Werth Towers, now. The merely unusual comes as a matter of course.
Welcome to the strangest family in Regency England. Find out just what Gussie did next.
HIS PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (GEMMA-HYDROX NOOK 5) by L J Vickery
Gabriel Quenterra, a drangel with the FPU and the alpha of a local wolfpack, has a lot on his hands. What he doesn’t have time for, is Val, the handsome Strarbian who has become a major distraction. There’s no room in his life for a relationship, but a short fling? Perhaps.
Valor Addis has been attracted to Gabe since coming to earth, but a dire secret makes it far too dangerous for him to enter into a relationship. He could give his heart so easily, and there lies the problem. If the dark alpha makes the slightest overture, his resolve will surely crumble. But what a way to fall to pieces.
WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN by E Latimer
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.
SETTLING THE ALPHAS (DESERT HOMESTEADERS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke
By-the-book correctional officer Niles Ford has been resisting his fated mate, Kyle Jones. After all, how could two alphas ever make sense? Even a sunshine boy like Kyle couldn’t fill Niles’s need for an heir… although the silly quokka shifter does know how to make him smile. The fact that his inner puma is yowling for Niles to claim their mate isn’t helping matters.
They’re both dancing around each other when a random omega prisoner turns out to be the piece they’ve been missing… the last part of the puzzle that will make them whole. Before Kyle and Niles can claim Major Lawrence P. Woodlawn and begin their happy ever after, they find themselves on the run from a gaggle of goose shifters who have decided that Larry belongs to them.
Join the trio as they hit the road in a lifesize Barbie-mobile to claim Niles’s new position as pack alpha for a small pack in Arizona… along with an intrepid pair of senior citizens who should never be taken seriously. The only problem is… before they can get to their homestead and meet the pack, the five of them must first escape the clutches of those danged geese who just won’t give up.
SAVING RAFE (LORDS OF DISCORD BOOK 2) by Jocelynn Drake
Rafe Varik – The troublemaker. The risk taker. The sexy club owner full of wicked promises. Rafe has devoted his immortal existence to pleasure and causing mischief.The only ones who can depend on him are his brothers. Of course, that’s very much a Varik thing. But when the leader of the Arsenault clan specifically requests Rafe’s help in tracking down a killer, he can’t say no. Sure, Rafe claims he’s doing it for his family. They’ve attracted too many enemies and could use a few allies. That’s not the whole truth, though.
There’s something about Philippe Arsenault that draws Rafe in. He wants more of Philippe. The vampire leaves him longing for another second in his presence, another taste of his lips, another caress of those perfect fingers. Yet when it’s all over, what will become of Philippe and Rafe? Because Philippe will always be an Arsenault, and Rafe will always be a Varik.
CURSED: AN ANTHOLOGY by Various
VS Note: Not romance but many good names…
Twenty curses, old and new, from bestselling fantasy authors such as Neil Gaiman, Karen Joy Fowler, Christina Henry, M.R. Carey and Charlie Jane Anders.
ALL THE BETTER TO READ YOU WITH
It’s a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular stepparents… Here you’ll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world – expect new monsters and mythologies as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic.TWENTY TIMELESS FOLKTALES, NEW AND OLD
HOUSE OF GODS (THE GODS OF NEW YORK SERIES BOOK 1) by Samantha Snow and Amira Rain
One moment I was broke and homeless. The next, I was living in a Manhattan penthouse with 4 demigods who all wanted to please me as much as they could.
Funny how life turns out right? When the gorgeously handsome Brandt Ridley offered cute Brenna Evans a place to stay after she was made homeless she could not say no.
And she could not believe her eyes when she stepped inside his beautiful New York City penthouse apartment and met his three stunningly handsome housemates. Brenna felt like she was the luckiest girl in the world. Little did she know, none of this was luck. It was design. Brandt and his friends were all demigods with special superpowers who were seeking a human female to produce an extra special child for them. And Brenna was perfect for the job. However, she could only choose one of the men to be the father of her baby and she would have to live with all of them until her decision was made.
BLOOD OF THE MAGE (TWYST ACADEMY BOOK 2) by D D Chance
At the academy, everyone’s playing a little dirty…Up until a few weeks ago, the only dirt I dished at the Twyst Academy of Magecraft came from scrubbing its floors. Now I’ve learned that deep within these hallowed halls, sinister secrets hide everywhere. I try to focus on my new job as janitor-turned-war mage, helping my team of four super-hot college wizards win an insanely intense magic competition, but it isn’t easy. Especially since I’ve barely come to terms with falling for Connor, the most carefree mage in our group…only to develop a mind-blowing crush on Luke, the biggest, scariest mage I’ve ever met. Which, um, is complicated. And when Luke is nearly killed to keep the explosive truth about his past hidden, something fierce and deadly rages to life inside me. Because I’ve got secrets, too.
SERVANT OF THE CROWN (THE DRAGON SLAYER BOOK 3) by Duncan M Hamilton
The Exciting Conclusion to the Dragonslayer Trilogy – Long laid plans finally bear fruit, but will it prove as sweet as hoped for? With the king on his deathbed, the power Amaury has sought for so long is finally in his grasp. As opposition gathers from unexpected places, dragonkind fights for survival and a long-awaited reckoning grows close. Soléne masters her magic, but questions the demands the world will make of her. Unable to say no when the call of duty comes, Gill realizes that the life he had given up on has not given up on him. Once a servant of the crown, ever a servant of the crown.
THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR by Carrie Vaughn
Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead Ricardo met with the end of his mortal life—and a new one, as the renegade vampire, Rick. For over five hundred years, Rick has infuriated the demon world. He has ferociously protected his found-family from marauding vampires, joined forces with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. Of late, Rick has even made a famous friend: everyone’s favorite werewolf talk-show host, Kitty Norville.
UNTAMED INSTINCT (ALASKA ALPHAS) by Tamsin Ley
VS Note: from February
An outcast from his pack – Born to a family of wolves, mountain lion shifter Adrian Stone has never fit into the shifter community. He’s resolved to live out his days alone, prowling the Alaskan wilderness and hunting down rogues. When he rescues a stunning, determined human who smells like catnip and makes his inner animal purr, he’s shocked, because his mountain lion insists she’s his mate – even though she claims to be a witch…A witch without magic – Darcy Mae is determined to join her aunt’s coven and make up for her mother’s mistakes. All she needs is one more ingredient for a potion to cheat the coven’s test. But a grizzly attacks her while she’s searching for herbs, and her mountain lion rescuer transforms into a man with rock-hard abs and golden eyes she can’t resist…Witches and shifters never mix, and Darcy is terrified the coven will drive her away. But the coven isn’t her only concern. The local shifters believe the rogue outbreak is due to witchcraft. And Darcy is the perfect target.
BOUNTY (KALIYA SAHNI BOOK 1) by Kristen Banet
VS note: Saw on Facebook that Author Jenny Schwartz had recommended this one.
Kaliya Sahni. Tribunal Executioner. Bounty hunter. The last nagini. Her reputation is larger than the desert she lives in. Dangerous. Irresponsible. Antagonistic. When a friend asks her to look into a supernatural bounty on a human, Kaliya finds herself taking the first steps into a conspiracy that had been in the shadows for nearly a decade. Too intrigued to get out before it’s too late, she dives straight into the deep end, ready to discover the truth. When the mysterious bounty takes a personal turn, she knows there’s no turning back, no putting the lid back on the box. It’s all or nothing in her world and Kaliya doesn’t like to lose.
A MATE TO TREASURE (DRAGONS OF MOUNT AETNA BOOK 1) by Riley Storm
When a member of a reclusive rich family destroys her house, Emma Starling isn’t just looking for money to repair it. She wants the hunky stranger to know that he can’t just buy his way out of trouble. The local cops don’t seem to care, but she isn’t going to stop until he understands that there are consequences for actions. Even if that means launching a lawsuit against one of the most powerful families in Five Peaks.
Asher Aterna just wants the problem to go away. He has other things to worry about. Dragon things. He’s going to have to find a way to get the strong-willed, determined, and more than slightly gorgeous woman to back down. Even if that means spending some of his own personal fortune to do so. That could be a problem though…
After the two agree to settle out of court, they arrive to find Asher’s treasure vault empty. Words fly as both accuse the other of being untruthful. He thinks she stole his gold. She thinks he lured her out there to silence her. Forced to work together to find out what happened, the pair slowly come to realize that maybe, just maybe, they’ve misjudged each other. If they want to explore their new feelings, however, they’re going to have to deal with the real thief first.
THE OMEGA WITHIN (ALPHA’S WOMAN BOOK 5) by Carolyn Faulkner
Olly, dressed as a young boy to keep her identity as an unclaimed omega a secret, is searching for food when she is grabbed and taken to Garron, the great commander, to work for him as a bought and paid for servant. But when he discovers who and what she really is, he wastes no time in claiming her for his own. Now, they must learn to exist as Alpha and omega while fighting the biggest fight of Garron’s life as a great warrior.
BRONZE DRAGON’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant
A woman on a mission to build a better world for her baby…Red dragon shifter Athena is sick and tired of her clan’s never-ending wars. She and her brother grew up orphans because of them, and Athena is not allowing that to happen to her daughter. But no one wants to help her—so she takes off to Oak Ridge, where their current enemies live. She figures that if no one else wants to end this conflict, she’ll just have to take care of it herself. She’s not expecting to meet her mate. She’s really not expecting him to own a furniture store.
…and a man who wants to give her the life she deserves. Bronze dragon shifter Santos is instantly captivated by this fierce, warlike woman and her adorable baby girl. Athena’s never eaten in a restaurant, never petted a cat, and never known a safe and comfortable home. She’s like a fiery storm descending on his quiet life—and he never wants to let her go. Of course, there’s the small problem of their clans being at war.
DAUNTLESS (SECRETS OF CERES BOOK 2) by Stella Williams
The Barrier is failing, Vampires are hunting innocent Aura, and the Ruling Council is in shambles. It is now up to the High Magistrate, Disrayan Centaurus, to diffuse the tension that threatens to implode everything the Aura ever stood for. However, the solution to her problems is also the man she swore never to trust again.
Maclovis Andromeda has been working undercover with vampires for years, forced to leave behind everything and everyone he held dear. Mack wants nothing more than to show Disrayan that he is still the man she fell for, but until his assignment is complete, he can’t risk being outed, even if that means losing Disrayan all over again.
DRAGON MEDIATED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 10) by Viola Grace
Training to follow in her father’s footsteps goes well until she gets to the training center. Then, it all hits the fan. Kabyl has wanted to take peacekeeper training since she was six. Her dad had always tried to temper her expectations. Women didn’t usually have the physical skills required for the job. She worked hard, got strong, fast, and resilient and then…she turned into a dragon. Everything got a little confused at that point. The application had been sent, received, and accepted. Kabyl had been assigned a trainer by the diamond dragon, and he had been accepted as her partner by the peacekeepers.
She isn’t sure what being his partner will entail, but as long as she has a shot at her dreams, he could call himself a forest-running elf if he wanted. Oh, wait, that is what he is. First, they need official training, and then, they can work on keeping the peace.
TRANSFORMATION by Kim Fielding
VS Note: I enjoy her books. Put this on my TBR list.
Orris Spencer is an abomination. At least that was what his father said in 1886 before banishing him from their Fifth Avenue mansion and sending him across the continent to Oregon. Now Orris must try to find a place for himself on his brother’s farm. His studies did little to prepare him for pioneer living, and when he’s called on to help protect the livestock from a predator, he’s not at all certain he’s up to the task. Then he meets Henry Bonn, a strange and intriguing man who lives in a cabin in the hills. Orris’s attraction to Henry may not be an abomination—but it may prove to be a greater danger than banishment.
THE UNLOVELY BRIDE (BRIDES OF KARADOK BOOK 2) by Alice Coldbreath
Lenora Montmayne leads a charmed life as the most beautiful woman at King Wymer’s court, surrounded by admirers. And then disaster strikes. The red pox sweeps the summer palace at Caer-Lyones and Lenora’s fair face falls victim to its ravages. Without her looks, what does Lenora have left to her?
If ever there was a knight the crowd loves to hate, it’s Garman Orde. Even his own family despises him. Then one night a heavily veiled lady offers him an extraordinary bargain. And he finds out that Lenora Montmayne was never just a pretty face.
Edge of Darkness: Episode One “Seeing Ghosts” – A Serialized Paranormal Romance (Paranormal Investigations Unlimited Book 1) by Paige Tyler
VS Note: Episode 1 of 5. Episode 2 is also available. I get the feeling they end on cliffhangers since it’s billed as a serial so you might want to wait for all 5…
She killed a murderer…Or did she? It’s been five weeks since Presley Kincaid escaped a serial killer, but she’s still having nightmares. Now she wonders if her brush with death has driven her insane because she’s started seeing ghosts. But ghosts aren’t real, right? The only logical way to find out is to ask some paranormal investigators. Better yet, she wants to go on a ghost hunt to see for herself.
Unfortunately, the group leader, Logan Malone—a real pompous jerk in Presley’s opinion—isn’t thrilled with the idea of a civilian tagging along. Good thing money talks. Presley pays them to take her on a hunt and what happens makes Logan suspect maybe the ghosts are hunting Presley. As a former cop, Logan’s protective instinct kicks in and he knows he’s got to keep her close to make sure she’s safe. And he doesn’t hate the idea of spending time with her as much as he should.
DEATH AND DESIRE (THE JEZEBEL FILES BOOK 2) by Deborah Wilde
Angel of Death. Black market magic. When you’re Ashira Cohen, smart is the new kickass. When Ash is hired to solve her first murder, it seems like a perfectly normal, open-and-shut case of family feuds and bad blood. Until Ash discovers an evil magical artifact and her lead suspect is of the winged, white-robed, celestial variety. As if that weren’t bad enough, if she can’t find the perpetrator quickly, fourteen vials of lethal, ghostly magic will be sold to the highest bidder.
Her quest to figure out her Jezebel powers and find the shadowy organization responsible for stripping teens of their magic isn’t going any smoother, either. Can’t a girl just pursue her dream career without getting caught up in a mysterious destiny? Or, for that matter, playing a dangerous Sherlock-Moriarty game with the infuriatingly hot alpha male in charge of Vancouver’s magical community? But when Ash accidentally crosses the cunning and deadly Queen of Hearts, ruler of the magic black market, all those cases may go unresolved. Permanently. With the clock ticking, it’ll take all of Ash’s intelligence to survive with her moral center-and her head-intact. The game is afoot and failure is not an option.
HER VAMPIRE REBEL (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 6) by Zara Zenia
I’M KEEPING HER. The sweet psychology student with a troubled past. Her ex is stalking her, but I won’t let him hurt her again. I’ll finish him if he even tries. Because I love the way she submits. Her sweet soft yes, sirs. The way she gives herself over to me. I should let her go–she has her whole life ahead of her. But I can’t. I’m buying her a collar and making her mine. Mine alone.
CONVENIENTLY CONVICTED (PARANORMAL PRISON) by Ivy Asher and Raven Kennedy
Nightmare Penitentiary is no joke. The worst of the worst in the paranormal world end up at NP, and I just got sentenced there. For others, this might be cause for freaking the hell out. But for me, it’s a fucking relief. You see, I’ve been sold off to the big bad asshole, Alpha Bowen—thanks mom and dad! But if they think I’m going to go quietly, or at all, they haven’t been paying attention to how I roll. Nightmare Penitentiary is the perfect place to escape, and I’m ready. If only people would stop trying to break me out. Seriously, it’s annoying. I’m ready to relax and serve my sentence, but then I meet the prison guard, Rook. I can’t seem to escape his heated stares, the head wobbles, or the dimples. Sweet pop rocks, the dimples!
You’re not supposed to meet the male of your dreams in prison, but tell that to fate. Too bad I’m not as out of reach from the troubles hunting me down as I thought…and now, there’s nowhere to run because, like, I got myself imprisoned. FML.
SHACKLED TO THE WORLD (A PHANTOM TOUCHED NOVEL BOOK 2) by Stacey Brutger
Annora thought the worst that could happen was behind her…until it’s discovered that her blood carries the cure to death. Now people will go to any extreme to get their hands on her. Instead of escaping her past, she ends up dragging her guys into hell with her.
When one of her men is taken, her world comes crashing down. Her psychic connection to him is the only thing keeping him alive—barely. To get him back, she must turn herself over to the enemy, knowing she would be facing a lifetime of slavery. Determined not to go down without a fight, Annora and her men train for the coming war, taking risks that could cost them everything. She must embrace her phantom heritage if she is to have any hope of keeping her mates safe. The only problem…other phantoms would rather kill her than allow the secrets of their magic to become exposed.
THE DYING WOLF (THE FAMILIAR EMPIRE BOOK 2) by G Bailey
I’m Anastasia Noble, and after becoming a familiar, I thought I’d found my home. I was wrong. The famous Familiar Empire is full of secrets but none as deadly as my own past that is slowly creeping up on me. Alexander, Liam and Mason made a vow that means they cannot help me now. No matter what they promised. But can my angel in the shadows guide my way?
PASSION (SHIFTERS FOREVER MORE BOOK 5) by Elle Thorne
Matteo Berberis, dragon shifter, has not been adjusting very well to life away from the Pontic Mountains. Sure, he lives in Bear Canyon Valley, and he’s got freedoms he never had before, but his dragon is angry. He misses their home country. What’s a dragon shifter to do when shifting into his dragon—and running off is not an option. Not in a world where dragons are hunted. When did the apex predator of all shifter types become the hunted? He gives his dragon his head and they roam, flying over Bear Canyon Valley regularly.
This day was anything but regular though. He’s come across a beautiful stranger with a problem. He’d have thought he could provide help until he had a problem of his own. Stuck mid-shift, he finds himself at her mercy and at the mercy of those hunting her.
Jolie Anker’s not simply a girl on a hike. She’s harboring a secret that could bring doom to the Bear Canyon Valley clan. She’s a refugee from a wizard and his bear shifter flunkies. She’s had her power stripped and has no clue if she can muster enough to deal a blow to the dastardly wizard. But now, as if things weren’t complicated enough, she’s run into a dragon shifter who seems hell-bent on not minding his own business. Who said she needed saving?
JUDAS KISS: MURPHY’S LAW BOOK 2 by K A Fox
Delaney Murphy is learning what it really means to be the daughter of the Devil and that not everyone appreciates her father’s kinder, gentler side. When tragedy strikes and upsets the fragile balancing act of her life, Delaney will have to choose between the world she’s sworn to protect and the father who has changed the whole of Hell just for her.
As betrayals around her mount, she begins to question herself and those closest to her.
Cut off from her magic, Laney’s tie to humanity is fraying. She’s slipping closer and closer to giving in to the overwhelming darkness growing inside her. Ultimately, she’ll have to confront her demons or risk losing herself entirely.
VS: Have you checked out SFR Station? Run by Author Steph Pajonas, it’s a very cool way to search the scifi romance backlists by author name, pairing type or sub genre. She also just launched a new feature, a monthly Book Funnel including the new releases she’s added to the Station in that month at the author’s request. TWO of my books are on this month’s BF! (I’m not associated with SFR Station, other than having my books listed there.)
My award winning scifi romance medical thriller…
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
“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.