New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 21

defender galactic gladiatorsAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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DEFENDERS (GALACTIC GLADIATORS: HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 2) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: And of course I one clicked this!

Astrophysicist Dr. Jayna Lennox’s life imploded the day her ship was attacked by aliens. Through months of captivity, she’s survived by shutting down and not feeling. Then she’s freed by the House of Rone cyborgs and finds herself in the arms of huge, tough Mace. Struggling to heal, Mace is the only thing that makes her feel safe. The only person who makes her feel like she isn’t broken. But there are more of her crew members imprisoned in Carthago’s desert, and Jayna will have to delve into her darkest memories to help save them.

Born to fight and bred for rage, Mace barely survived his gang-ridden homeworld. Thanks to Imperator Magnus Rone, he’s found a place at the House of Rone. Unlike the other cyborgs, he feels, but only anger and annoyance. When a small, wounded human woman works her way under his skin, Mace finds himself feeling things he’s never felt before…along with a powerful need to keep her safe.

Jayna vows to help find her fellow humans, even if it means revisiting her nightmares and being part of a dangerous mission into the desert. But as the passion between her and Mace explodes, she finds herself with two battles on her hands: the battle to free the humans from their captors, and the war to win Mace’s scarred heart.

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fractured soulsFRACTURED SOULS (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 3) by Anna Carven

VS Note: I one clicked this as soon as it appeared. I love her Kordolians.

Alexis Carter is a long way from home, and she doesn’t quite understand how she got here. All she knows is that she died once, and now she’s alive.
She’s woken into a nightmare, trapped on a dark ship full of terrifying aliens. With their silver skin and fire-colored eyes, they look a lot like the monsters that once attacked her on Earth.
One Kordolian in particular stands out… he’s huge, he doesn’t talk much, and his job is to guard her.
From what, exactly?
The voices inside her head?

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alien breederALIEN BREEDER (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 3) by Honey Phillips

When Sarah is imprisoned for violating one of the alien invaders’ laws, she discovers that there is more at stake than just her freedom. By accepting a breeding contract with one of the aliens, Sarah will not only gain her freedom but she will have a chance at the one thing her deceased husband couldn’t give her – a child.

Life has taught Sarah that happiness doesn’t last. Everyone she has ever loved has been taken from her but she is determined to take this chance, even though her heart aches for an absent alien warrior…

Six months ago, T’gana felt an instant bond with a quiet Earth female. Unable to claim her, he transferred to a battle position. Now, wounded inside and out, he returns to claim his female, even if thirty days of happiness is all he is allowed. After all, how can he expect her to accept a broken warrior?

Just as Sarah and T’gana start to break down the barriers between them, outside forces threaten to destroy their second chance. Can they overcome not only their own fears, but a world determined to tear them apart?

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radek suki sRADEK (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 3) by Suki Selborne

My family thought a space cruise was just what I needed to take my mind off my college stress. But I never expected this to happen.
Five arrogant Dark Star Princes invaded our ship. Oh, and that’s not all. Prince Radek’s says he’s taking me home with him.
The prince demands an heir. He wants me to provide it.
But disaster is about to strike the Dark Star empire, and the Emperor too. Not even Prince Radek could plan for that.
And now? Things are really getting crazy.

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star pilots heroA STAR PILOT’S HERO (ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY BOOK 2) by Eva Delaney and Vivi Clarke

My cocky pilot is the love of my life, so why does my heart flutter every time I’m near the shy techie, gorgeous doctor, and mysterious bounty hunter?
The men on my spaceship are fighting over me, and my boyfriend is having none of it. If that’s not enough, I’m stuck with a gruff soldier who’s refusing to follow my orders—and refusing to wear pants.
Trapped on a cramped ship, there’s no escaping their smoldering looks and sizzling touches. There’s also no escaping my growing feelings for all five of them.
When my greatest enemy returns, I need to hold this crew together and keep my feelings in check to fight for our lives and for the future of the galaxy.
Can I navigate the stars as well as my own heart to save the universe?

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devoloseDEVOLOSE: BOOK 4 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS by Alana Khan

Devolose and Tawny have been rescued after three years together in the emperor’s dungeon. Every day he was forced to inflict pain on the Earth woman he only wanted to protect. How could he not develop feelings for her when they’re connected in so many ways?

But how can they trust feelings forged in captivity? The more he pushes her away to protect her, the more determined she is to stay at his side. After decades of slavery, the emperor took far more than his soul. Can half a male satisfy a complete woman?

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prison princessPRISON PRINCESS (HAREM STATIONS BOOK 5) by J A Huss

Valor joined up with Tray after Beauty’s sacrifice because he knew Luck was destined to be with Princess Nyleena. There was no room in that relationship for a third wheel. But when he teamed up with Tray he had no idea that he’d be the third wheel in that partnership too.

Tray has been keeping ALCOR’s secrets since the day he arrived on Harem Station. Not just one or two… ALL of them. But he’s also been keeping one of his own.

His secret is a girl. Not a Cygnian girl. An Akeelian girl. A beautiful, mysterious, scheming secret girl that Tray has been in love with ever since she first turned up in his Pleasure Prison virtual reality asking him for help. Except she’s not virtual. She’s real. She’s in danger. And before Valor came along all he wanted to do was break her out of her prison and keep her for himself. But now… he might have to learn to share.

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trapped in timeTRAPPED IN TIME (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Dr. Caroline Lambert has a PhD in Astro-Temporal Physics but no clue about matters of the heart. Married to her work, she has built a machine called PORTAL, capable of opening a window into other universes. She believes it is only for observation, so imagine her horror when she finds herself sucked through the window and right into a whole other world–a world that seems stuck in the past, around the time of the Victorian era.

Now Caroline must deal with hoop skirts and elaborate etiquette, not to mention all the dangers of the past. It’s a minefield of antiquated social mores and poisons used as medicines and cosmetics. But perhaps the most perplexing problem is the husband she has somehow acquired–a tall, dark Blood Kindred named Richard who claims she is his wife and refuses to let her go. For in this universe, the Kindred arrived 200 years earlier than in her own time and they have made their way into polite society…as Richard seems determined to make his way into Caroline’s heart.

Will Caroline ever find her way back to her own time and universe? Will she succumb to Richard’s charms and give in to the big Blood Kindred who claims her as his own? And what about the scheming mother she has in this world who is determined that she will leave Richard for a Viscount of questionable morals? Caroline doesn’t know what to do, she only knows that if she cannot somehow open another window into her own world she will be forever…Trapped in Time.

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their hybridTHEIR HYBRID (STEAMPUNK REVERSE HAREM by Skye MacKinnon

VS note: A re-release

She was born to serve. Pity she doesn’t want to. DX-4, also known as Dex, is a hybrid: not quite human, not quite machine. She spends her days running errands for her three masters, until one day she ends up in a bit of a pickle. Meaning she could be killed for what she did.

Her masters try everything they can to help her, but will it be enough? And is her heart human enough to return their love?

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echoes in the voidECHOES IN THE VOID (SHADOWED SOL BOIOK 1) by Liberty Speidel

When Tamryn shows up in the office of down-on-his-luck detective Bridger Heidemann, he’s eager to take the case. A paycheck coming from the city’s wealthiest woman? Who could turn that down? The case of Tamryn’s missing best friend Cora shouldn’t be difficult, despite the fact she went off planet. But when lead after lead hits a dead end, Bridger is forced to leave Earth to find his quarry.
There’s just one catch:
Tamryn insists on coming with him, and she’s sexy as hell.
She’s also bound and determined to get Bridger to break his number one rule about clients: he won’t sleep with them.
With trouble following them to every space station, Bridger’s main concern should be tracking down Cora, not staying out of Tamryn’s bed.
As the flight to finding Cora gets more dangerous, will the pressure force Bridger to succumb to Tamryn’s feminine wiles?

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threadbareTHREADBARE (STORM FRONTS BOOK 1) by Elle E Ire

All cybernetic soldier Vick Corren wanted was to be human again. Now all she wants is Kelly. But machines can’t love. Can they? With the computerized implants that replaced most of her brain, Vick views herself as more machine than human. She’s lost her memory, but worse, can no longer control her emotions, though with the help of empath Kelly LaSalle, she’s holding the threads of her fraying sanity together.

Vick is smarter, faster, impervious to pain… the best mercenary in the Fighting Storm, until odd flashbacks show Vick a life she can’t remember and a romantic relationship with Kelly that Vick never knew existed. But investigating that must wait until Vick and her team rescue the Storm’s kidnapped leader.

Someone from within the organization is working against them, threatening Kelly’s freedom. To save her, Vick will have to sacrifice what she values most: the last of her humanity. Before the mission is over, either Vick or Kelly will forfeit the life she once knew.

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neon viceNEON VICE by Jessica Marting

It’s going to be the road trip from hell.

An embarrassing incident at a corporate dinner party has Josh Hawthorne scrambling to find a replacement android companion for his sociopath of a boss. Unfortunately, that model has been discontinued and the only way to find a new one is to scavenge the long-abandoned factories of the derelict Eastern Badlands. To get there and back safely, he needs help, and he finds it in the sketchiest part of Mission City.

Electronics dealer Madeline Atwood jumps at the chance to help Josh and take enough of his money to start her life over. His boss being the man responsible for her mother’s death gives her the chance to exact some very expensive payback, all the better to tweak the nose of his stuffy assistant.

But once on the road, there’s only so much they can argue over whose turn it is to drive. Working as a team to look for a vintage android that may not exist anymore has a way of bringing people together, even when they’re total opposites. And what they say about opposites attracting isn’t far from either of their minds.

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catalyst jody wallaceCATALYST: CAT SHIP (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 8) by Jody Wallace

Dance teacher Wil Tango, adopted by a cat who needs to make use of his opposable thumbs, knows all too well the primary rule of their arrangement: never reveal the cat is a genius. Their clever scheme to win all the jackpots on Gizem Station works until a bigwig gets suspicious, and he finds himself stuffed in a stasis box and shipped to Garbage Planet. At least he’s got the cat for company.

Sulari Abfall, scrapyard picker extraordinaire, thinks she’s scored when she earns access to the latest offload from Gizem Station. Their trash is her treasure, and the profits from her recycling program should provide more than enough to upgrade her clunky garbage scow into a clunky tow ship, a huge step up in trash hierarchy. When she’s drawn to a hazardous waste container, she finds more than she ever bargained for. A naked man. And a sentient cat.

But unsealing the stasis pod sends an interspace signal back to Gizem Station—and the vengeful VIP who thought Wil was dead. It will take all the wits of a lovely garbage scow captain, a down on his luck dance instructor, and a brave orange feline to defeat a gang intent on mayhem, murder, and a galactic catnapping that could change the course of the future for the entire Obsidian Rim.

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alien king crashesALIEN KING CRASHES THE WEDDING (LUMERIAN NIGHTS BOOK 1) by Becca Brayden 

Art dealer Sasha Montgomery is both nervous and thrilled to be invited to the Caldorian Earth Base for her best friend’s wedding to an alien warrior. One, she’s never seen an alien up close, and two, she made a promise to be there, no matter how much the idea of being surrounded by hundreds of huge alien warriors frightened her.
She thinks she’s got it all under control, until Dagan, the groom’s best friend, crashes the wedding. He’s smoking hot—way too hot to be an alien—and determined to seduce her.
Sasha gives in to passion with unexpected consequences. Ancient power rises in response to their new-found bond, and the once innocent Sasha discovers that Dagan has been keeping secrets. He’s not just another warrior, he’s a king, and the power rising between them hasn’t been seen in a millennium.
Sasha must learn to control the force clawing its way through her body…or destroy them all.

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striking freedomSTRIKING FREEDOM (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Lacey had grown up with privilege, but she learned early exactly how deals got made. She used to use her skills to get Adaptation Station their hard-to-come-by supplies, but after the blast, the family that she had been gaining was pulled from her.
Lacey was transported across the stars where she sat at the side of her grandfather while he bargained away the human race. When she objected, she became a test subject that the Splice took apart.
Wallowing in depression lasted for a while, but when she got back on her feet and stood tall, she realized that she had work to do, and no one was going to do it for her. Time to get a plan into position and get her band back together.

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scavenger princessSCAVENGER PRINCESS (SWAG STORIES BOOK 2) by Carysa Locke

An escaped corporate slave, Andromeda Jones will do anything to remain free, even if it means living as a junker, surviving in the lower cities on the waste of her former owners, Laripim Shipyards.

She spends her days hiding the telekinetic Talent that makes her so coveted, and searching for anything she can salvage among the dangerous mountains of waste the shipyards produce. She spends her nights dreaming an impossible future with three pirate princes she’s never met, but who feel tantalizingly close.

Then she stumbles on a secret that will destroy her hard won anonymity. To save herself, she’ll have to embrace the Talent she’s ignored for years, sparking betrayal from friends, the notice of her enemies, and most dangerous of all, it will call her three princes to her. Are they her salvation, or just one more prison to avoid?

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xulXUL (CAPTURED BY ALIENS BOOK 1) by A G Wilde

Athena wakes up in hell. Well…it’s an alien slave ship, but it might as well be hell because she only has three choices. Mate. Become a sex slave. Or be killed. Great options. Desperate for freedom, a chance for survival is presented in the handsome rogue alien called Xul.

But Xul is caught up in problems of his own and a mission he cannot afford to let fail—one that could be easily compromised if he dared open his heart. That doesn’t leave her with many options and it doesn’t help that she finds him utterly frustrating……and strong, hot, irresistible…She shouldn’t really be thinking about him like that. Should she?

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worldship files leviathanWORLDSHIP FILES: LEVIATHAN by Erik Schubach

When the Earth is threatened by a slowly expanding sun, mankind embarks upon a mission to send a mammoth Worldship to settle a new planet across the stars. The preternatural races step out of hiding to work with the humans to save what they can from their dying world. With the aid of the Fae, shape shifters, Vampires, and other creatures of supernatural lore, the Worldship, Leviathan, is complete one thousand years later.

Lotteries are held and only twelve million souls are selected to make the ten thousand year journey to the new world aboard the multi-generational starship.

The Worldship Files follow the cases of Knith Shade, a human law enforcement officer of the Enforcers Brigade aboard the Leviathan, five thousand years into her journey.

Knith must investigate a series of grisly murders, where the victims organs are harvested in the back halls of the bulkhead decks of the massive habitation rings of the Leviathan. Where others have failed, she has discovered leads that lead her to the unthinkable, when all signs point to a Fae Lady, and not just any lady, but the daughter of Queen Mab herself.

Driven to solve the murders and bring the perpetrator to justice, even though she knows that merely even suggesting a Fae could have anything to do with the crimes would cause retaliation against Knith’s habitation ring, as the magic of the Fae is what is keeping everyone alive on the Worldship. It could be more than simply career suicide.

Enforcer Shade finds herself almost irresistible drawn to her main suspect, the Winter Maiden, Princess Aurora herself. Secrets are revealed and treachery uncovered, while even more mysteries and questions are unearthed.

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dragons prize milly t aidenDRAGON’S PRIZE (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Reagan Brooks hopes that being a surrogate on planet Daeria will end the violence in her life. Earth gave her nothing but pain and she needed a fresh start. Except, now that she’s there, she questions if this was the right decision for her. She doubted the massive alphas were the right men for her. Too late to change her mind. Time to sink or swim.

Ryse and Brazen, dragon shifter enforcers for the king, want a mate they can love and cherish and are willing to wait forever for her. When Ryse comes home with Reagan in tow, Brazen is caught off guard and wary. She’s beautiful and perfect, but haunted. She’s closed off her heart and refuses to trust. He’s not sure they’ll ever reach her.

Ryse and Brazen do their best to show Reagan they love her and will never hurt her. But her past won’t let her accept their love, no matter how hard she tries to put it behind her. When her mates are taken from her, it’s time for Reagan to fight or lose the love she dreamed of. A love she never truly believed she’d find in a planet full of predators

aliens seductionTHE ALIEN’S SEDUCTION (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 7) by Zoey Draven

After a dark relationship in her past, Crystal Lee avoids men like the plague, especially dominant, physically strong, overbearing ones—everything that reminds her of her ex. So, it’s just her luck that she’s stuck on a planet surrounded by them. Only they’re not men. They’re massive, battle-worn alien warriors. And when one steals her from the safety of her new home, into the wild lands of Luxiria, she never expects him to come to her rescue.

Ambassador Cruxan likes two things: a plethora of females warming his furs and a good, satisfying fight at the training pits. As the leader of the roughest outpost on Luxiria, he’s known for fixing messy situations, for getting the hard jobs done. So, when the Prime Leader tasks him with tracking and retrieving a human female, he does it, no questions asked. There’s only one problem: that human female turns out to be his fated mate, a fated mate he never thought he wanted.

When they’re both stranded together in the wild lands, days away from civilization, Crystal quickly realizes that she needs to keep her distance from the devastatingly passionate and handsome male. But Cruxan awakens desires she has long thought dead…and soon, she fears that he has the power to break her heart if she’s not careful with it.

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selected by the alien scientistSELECTED BY THE ALIEN SCIENTIST (THE NOVANS BOOK 2) by Ashlyn Hawkes

Johanna Oldenberg is a scientist, working to ensure that the Novans and their chosen female cohorts can produce children. Scientifically, it should work, and it soon does for Lisa and her alien lover, Commander Brax. All of the other couples, though, are failing.
Pressure is mounting to find a solution. Otherwise, the Novans will die out.
Soon, they make a breakthrough. It seems the secret might lie in a woman’s pleasure, and one of the alien scientists is more than willing to test that theory on Johanna.

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pets in space 4PETS IN SPACE® 4 – PRE-ORDER! – by Various including SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts and more!

VS Note: I don’t normally cover pre-orders here but Pauline B. Jones and I are the co-founders of PETS IN SPACE® and we both have stories in the volume and it releases on my birthday (Oct 8)… so here’s a heads up!

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. ..

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khyrons claimKHYRON’S CLAIM (KETAURRAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Rayna Taylor

Now that the mission to save the ruler of Ketaurrios is over, Celeste and her friends have been ordered to remain as guests in his home until the antidote they’d obtained purges the deadly toxin from his system.

After days of waiting, Celeste is impatient to return to the human settlement and decides a visit to his quarters, a quick thank you, and an even shorter good-bye to the man she’s never met should be all she needs to appease him and be on her way. What she didn’t expect to find is the man who stole her heart, the one she thought she could trust to protect her family during the war—a broken promise which resulted in their deaths.

Khyron is a warrior and the leader of his people. The war might be over but the past, in the form of a beautiful human female with flowing dark hair, haunts his thoughts and his dreams. Soon after waking from a healing induced sleep, he discovers Celeste is still alive and, once she realized who he was, fled the city.

He doesn’t care if his life is in danger from those who would do anything to keep him from uniting the humans and his people, or that leaving the protection of his home is inadvisable. He is determined to find Celeste and make amends for his mistakes, then claim the only female on the planet who makes his tail twitch and bears the intoxicating scent of his mate.

When a new threat stalks Khyron and Celeste, can they overcome their past and reunite in order to fight for their future?

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warehouse rob hartTHE WAREHOUSE: A NOVEL by Rob Hart

VS note: Not a romance but a release of note. I put it on my TBR list, intriguing concept.

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering.

Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.
As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here.
Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place.

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red s j sandersRED: A DYSTOPIAN WORLD ALIEN ROMANCE by S J Sanders

There were certain truths everyone knew. Never wear red or any other bright color. Make as little sound as possible if one had to be outside the protection of the sanctuary settlements. And never, ever, go out in the wild places alone. The Ragoru, an alien species set down to live among them, dwell within the forests and everyone knows that they crave all things red.
Arie’s life has always been one of playing by the rules. She doesn’t draw attention to herself. She doesn’t leave her home without her hood that conceals her bright red hair. It is a secret from everyone, and her hood protects her secret so that she may continue to live safely within the village until one day that secret comes to light. Absconding into the woods soon becomes her only safety, and she will risk her very life into the care of the very dreaded beings that all people fear, the Ragoru, in hope of making it to her grandmother’s house in the citadel at the other side of the great forest.
When circumstances reveal them to not be the monsters of human imagination, but that they stir the ravenous beast within her, Arie finds that she is willing to risk far more to find a way to be with them forever. Even if that means severing ties with her grandmother, rejecting the human comforts of the citadel, and facing the horror of the Order of the Huntsmen.

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my area 51 alien prizeMY AREA 51 ALIEN PRIZE by Lucee Joie

‘Storm Area 51,’ they said.‘They can’t stop all of us,’ they said. What they failed to mention was how much fun my alien prize would turn out to be!

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mermaids wishMERMAID’S WISH (DARK SEA ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Stacy Claflin

This is the third part of the Dark Sea Academy trilogy, and if you haven’t read Mermaid’s Song, you’ll want to do that first. The following description contains spoilers for the first books… Every other princess prepares to rule her kingdom after her father’s death. Me? I have to get ready to rule all underwater kingdoms—after killing my father.
I already fulfilled the prophecy once. Kind of. I have no interest in killing again.
But no one asked what I want.
It’s this stupid Queen Sirena prophecy. My father—my real, biological father—is obsessed. And he’s the king, so he gets what he wants. Namely me, embracing a destiny I fear.
As I come to terms with my new reality, I find myself alone, cut off from my best friend and boyfriend and unable to convince my parents this is all a terrible idea.
My father, the king, wants me to kill him. He’s set plans in motion to make it happen.
I’m too weak to refuse. And hopefully too strong to succeed.

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into the hourglassINTO THE HOURGLASS (THE EVERMOR CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Emily R King

Everley Donovan’s mission: retrieve the hallowed sword of Avelyn stolen by the wicked Prince Killian, who slayed her family and left her for dead. Should she fail, the seven worlds will come to an end, as could time itself. And no one treasures time more than Everley, whose lifesaving clock heart cannot beat forever. She has set sail with a rogue crew for the otherworlds, where the key to dethroning the prince lies deep within the Land Under the Wave.

But passage through these unknown seas—where horrors lurk and pirates rove—proves a treacherous gamble. The Land Under the Wave was not made for humans, particularly one with a fragile clock heart. Here, Everley’s tragic past resurfaces unsolved questions. Here, too, the prince has hidden secrets more precious than pearls, secrets that could fracture the future forevermore. Everley must take back her sword and break free from this watery world before her time runs out…or so will everyone else’s.

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higher groundHIGHER GROUND (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 7) by Christine Pope

Who knew being a witch could be so…boring? Ava Castillo dutifully got her college degree, but now what? She itches to get out of Santa Fe and find adventure like her big brother, Tony. Find some use for her magical talent. Find love. Who knew she’d find excitement standing right on her own doorstep?

Gabriel Escobar stood up to his evil older brother to help Tony and Cassandra Castillo, and paid a heavy price. Stripped of his magic and banished from his clan, there’s only one place he can think of to go — to the Castillo clan, in the hope that they can help him regain his powers. Who knew he’d find magic standing right on the other side of Tony’s door?

Together, Ava and Gabriel embark on a quest to find the spell that will restore his magical gifts. A journey that takes them from the streets of Santa Fe to the darkest corners of old New Orleans to a hidden village in El Salvador, where the answers they desperately need wait for them…along with a threat that could strip them of everything……including their lives.

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death of darknessDEATH OF DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 9) by Dianne Duvall

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

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tricksters stringsTHE TRICKSTER’S STRINGS: A SUPERHERO ADVENTURE ROMANCE (GODSONGS BOOK 2) by Jax Garren

VS Note: Author’s note mentions cliffhangers. This is a 5 part series evidently.

Rock star Rafael Marquez is making good on a promise to get his degree. The magic has been missing from his music, and he’s hungry for so much more than the hard lifestyle he’d adopted. The godstone of Huehuecoyotl couldn’t have come to him at a better time. Even better, it gave him the chance work with Freyja, his goddess-crush, and he’s thrilled to make a difference by her side.

When Freyja’s banished to the underworld without him, though, the trickster will need all the allies he can find to go after her. He’s determined to show the jaded woman that she can count on him. If he doesn’t…she may not survive the growing forces that threaten them, and that’s an outcome he can’t live with.

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bachelor in troubleBACHELOR IN TROUBLE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 6) by Shai August

Six months before, the Tenth Wonder of the World, Samson was dumped unceremoniously on international television for a rich and famous rugby star. To make matters worse after competing for months, no one thought he deserved the girl he wanted to give his mind, body and heart too.
The show however must go on and now it’s Samson’s turn to do the dumping as he’s the next bachelor on the newest dating sensation, The Shifter Bachelor. Hopefully he’ll find a mate who will love him unconditionally.
Which of the Flirty Dozen contestants will be the first to catch his eye and keep it? The singer whose haunting voice reaches the very corners of his heart. Can the former spelling bee champion, letter a new path to happiness? The Olympic gold medalist with more than gold up her sleeve? This Bachelor is in deep trouble and his future is uncertain if he choses wrong.

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sea lordsSEA LORDS (DEITIES BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

The earth is being destroyed, and the mortal population decimated, all in an attempt for the old gods to become relevant again. Eons ago, Zeus and the gods captured the four demi-gods of the elements—air, earth, fire and water. Now the minor gods have been let loose and are being forced to wreak havoc on the planet.

Meris, half-god of the water, doesn’t enjoy throwing tsunamis and flooding coastal towns and villages, destroying islands and taking lives, but he and his brothers must do as they’re told or risk being imprisoned again, possibly forever. Which none of them would survive a second time.

The life of a teacher isn’t full of glamour and world travels, so when offered a free trip to Hawaii in exchange for Maid of Honor duties for her best friend, Roby McDaniel jumps at the chance. What was supposed to be an elegant dinner cruise full of wine and fine dining quickly ends in tragedy when a giant wave appears from out of nowhere and capsizes the boat. Roby manages to stay afloat, unable to comprehend the destruction happening in front of her eyes, but the giant rising out of the ocean? That she really has trouble wrapping her head around.

Normally unseen by mortals unless he wills it, Meris is surprised when Roby calls out to him, and he cannot turn his back on the mortal begging to be saved. She’s beautiful, brave, special, and meant for him. But after causing the deaths of her friends, can he convince her he’s not the heartless monster she thinks he is?

With Poseidon missing, the remaining gods are biding their time until they can trap the Primordials again, but now they need to locate the god of the sea. They are certain that capturing and torturing the mortal women Meris and his brothers are protecting will give them the answers they seek.

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absolutionABSOLUTION: A DOMINION NOVEL by Lissa Kasey

Sam is used to being the bad guy. So when he becomes the undead, he doesn’t understand why it pisses him off. Sure guys throw themselves at him, and he’s strong enough to toss a car across a room, but he’s friends with two of the four pillars of Dominion power and mentored by one of the most powerful vampires in the world. Things that put a damper on his whole ‘scourge of darkness’ vibe.

For months he’s been letting a little red-eyed monster out to play and feeding on the dangerous instead of on the willing. If it weren’t for his endless desire to take a nibble from his sexy and tattooed roommate, Constantine, he’d still be stalking the night looking for human monsters to devour. Instead he’s taking on a cibo, a regular blood donor, in the form of Luca, a dhampir.

With Luca and his profound knowledge of undead politics in his life, Sam begins to realize he doesn’t know as much as he thought, and maybe that’s not his fault. His mentor’s sanity is slipping, the world is changing, and vampires are beginning to lose control. Will Sam fall into the darkness too, or can Luca and Con drag him back from the abyss?

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immortal oathIMMORTAL OATH (VAMPIRE MATES) by Corinne O’Flynn

The destruction of my coven and the bloodbath of vengeance that followed put me on the radar of every vampire hunter in Europe. Now I find myself in Las Vegas, Nevada where vampires roam among humans and the dark side never sleeps.
I feel her before I see her—Penelope is my mate, the one who makes my heart beat after centuries of stillness. But taking her means making even more enemies… just as the hunters are closing in.
On the run is no place to fall in love, but tell that to my beating heart.

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immortal awakeningIMMORTAL AWAKENING (VAMPIRE MATES) by Renea Mason

When Lillie Preston and her best friend, Colin, took their band on the road, they knew things would be challenging, but Lillie’s newfound thirst for blood came as a bit of a surprise.
After an attack leaves Lillie with more questions than answers, she and Colin scour vampire clubs, goth raves, and fetish parties only to realize real vampires would never set foot in such places.
With a change in strategy, they make the fortunate acquaintance of Baron McCaffrey, Vampire Lord of the Underworld, who’s more than happy to oblige Lillie’s curiosity, but in the end, she finds the truth does anything but set her free.

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fire on the moonFIRE ON THE MOON (DECORAH SECURITY BOOK 19) by Rebecca York

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gillyflower for mentioning this one!

When Francesca Turner visits her estranged uncle’s estate in Florida, she doesn’t know she’s stepping into a death trap. Only the cunning strategies of werewolf Zane Marshall can save her. But as the two of them are hunted down, they must fight for survival and the happily ever after they both desire.

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spells and shenanigansSPELLS AND SHENANIGANS (SLEEPY HOLLOW ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Zara Zenia

This young witch just can’t seem to catch a break.
Since arriving at Sleepy Hollow University, dead bodies are as numerous as my suitors.
When one of the men vying for my affections is accused of using mind control to commit murder, I’m thrown into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Hunters intent on destroying supernaturals.
Navigating school politics and learning to control my magic is hard enough without juggling growing feelings for four different men and dodging real threats lying in wait in the shadows.
What’s a girl got to do to find a little normalcy? Maybe that’s impossible in Sleepy Hollow.

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fever sara fieldsFEVER (THE OMEGABORN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Sara Fields

I thought I was in control. I was wrong. I’ve led the Omegaborn for years, but the moment these brutes arrived from beyond the wall I knew everything was about to change. These beasts aren’t here to take orders from me, they’re here to take me the way I was meant to be taken, no matter how desperately I resist what I need. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bears chosen mateTHE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE (BOREALIS BEARS BOOK 1) by Vivian Arend

Get mated—or else!
When their meddling, match-making family patriarch lays down the law, Giles Borealis’ three polar bear shifter grandsons agree to follow his edict. Only James, Alex and Cooper each have a vastly different plan in mind to deal with their impending mating fevers. Will any of them be able to fight fate?
Spoiler: not likely!
First up: James, the youngest of the brothers….He’s going to accept his fate—but only with the woman he chooses!
Youngest brother James Borealis figures if he has to get mated, it should be with someone he already knows and cares about—his best friend Kaylee. But when the mating fever hits, she’s still stuck in friendshipland while he’s ready to move all the way to true love and forever.
Kaylee has heard about polar bear mating fever, but while James has held the starring role in her fantasies for a long time, she’s not about to leap into a permanent relationship that’s all wrong for him. He’s the PR powerhouse for Borealis Gems while she’s a quiet bobcat shifter with massive family baggage. He loves the spotlight; she wants to hide in quiet corners.
But mating fever knows best, and when the storm settles, there’s no use in arguing with a polar bear’s choice.

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neocromancers loveA NEOCROMANCER’S LOVE (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK WARLOCKS BOOK 6) by Marie-Claude Bourque

A loyal necromancer harnessing powers from the dead…Son of a daemon and Celtic priestess, lethal necromancer Malcolm Dunsmuir is keeping the Seattle streets free of shadows out of fierce loyalty for his brother-in-arms, Warlock of the Black Oak, Knightley Morgan, now fighting the same fight on the other side of the country. But as vampires descend on his city, Malcolm can’t hide from the darkness of his demon side, especially when an enticing human is trying her very best to bring him to the light.

A fun-loving curvy blogger searching for her cursed brother…Life-loving Harper Grant has always believed in the inherent goodness of people, and when her little brother is turned into a vampire, she is determined to save him from his curse. As her chase for his salvation lands her in Seattle, she must team up with the deadliest man she has ever met in order to save her sibling. But as darkness descends upon her, will her positive outlook on life be enough to save both men, especially as she falls hard for the darkest of all?

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grumpy old gods volume 2GRUMPY OLD GODS VOL 2 by Various

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance…

The Grumpy Old Gods are back in this second installment of mythical fun. Join us for 13 new tales of deities that are retired, reborn, waning, or AWOL from their assigned posts as they hilariously navigate life, death, and everything in between.

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blades battleBLADE’S BATTLE (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen

Hundreds of wolf shifters have died.
From the shifter virus she created.
But she calms his wolf.
Blade cannot—will not—let her go. The WSSO stole her work, her husband’s life.
Now they want her dead.
One wolf shifter stands in their way.
Opening her heart to another?
No, not again, not in a million years. Fortunately, Blade is a very persistent shifter.

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royally charmedROYALLY CHARMED by Lea Jade

Caleb – I’ve been accused of murder. One I didn’t commit. And now the alluring, human witch investigating the crime has my Lion dying to claim her. The one female who is off limits to me. I’m Alpha of the Pride, heir to the Lion Throne. I can have any Lioness for my queen, so why am I so hungry for a taste of the forbidden priestess? That she challenges me only makes me want her more. But now she’s missing. Another witch, taken by the murderer. I will do everything in my power to find her and protect her from him. She’s mine now.

Haile – Lion shifters are the worst. They act like women are possessions to be captured, broken and bred. The only reason I allowed him close was a case of mistaken identity.
I thought he was a friend but find out he’s the enemy…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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loved by the beastLOVED BY THE BEAST (ALCYRAN CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Anya Summers

Anna has plans for her life. This fall, she will be heading off to medical school, well on her way to becoming a doctor. But first, she and her besties head to Ireland to celebrate.

Nowhere did her future plans even include serious dating, let alone becoming mated to a man who can turn into a freaking beast with wings. Nor did she reckon with being sucked through a portal onto another planet while on her way home from a great night out.

Yet from the very first time her new mate touches her, Anna wonders if this could be the real deal – as in: the big L. The only problem is, her mate says his kind do not love; they protect, they pleasure, and they provide.

Can Anna really kiss goodbye to all her plans for the future, and agree to spend the rest of her existence without love?

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first girl childTHE FIRST GIRL CHILD by Amy Harmon

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

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heart of the dragonsHEART OF THE DRAGONS (BAD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Anna doesn’t know if she just got rescued or kidnapped or both. Snatched up in the middle of a violent dragon fight, she’s now staying with two dragons who seem the worst of any in the Blur. Cocky, conceited Byron (the gold dragon) and mysterious, ruthless Van (the purple dragon). Now Griffin, Seth and Rainier will have to figure out what’s most important: fighting each other or rescuing Anna. Meanwhile, Anna will have to figure out how to resist the allure of two utterly beautiful, dangerous dragons. That is, if she wants to.
Black, silver, red, gold, purple and blue. Six fallen dragons have to find a way to reclaim their roles as protectors of mankind, and one human woman is the key. A reverse harem fantasy romance.

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fortune academyFORTUNE ACADEMY YEAR ONE by J R Thorn

The last thing I remember is arriving at the massive gates with a Bounty Hunter staring me down. I have a feeling he was supposed to take me to the monster holding arena to fight and die. Instead, I’m Fortune Academy’s newest student.

I can relate to the monsters in ways the other students can’t. My mentor, who is way too hot for his own good, tells me my behavior is the result of my memory loss and that I’m just trying to identify with a past pain that I’ve buried too far to feel. I think he’s wrong. I think the reason I can’t relate to any of the students is because I’m one of the monsters they’re trained to kill.

I don’t fit into any of the supernatural cliques, but that doesn’t stop me from collecting bullies. A brawny alpha shifter, a moody dark mage, and a playboy demi-god have decided to break me. They think I don’t have any powers and that I was recruited by mistake. It’ll be their funeral if they push me too far, because this girl isn’t taking any of their shit.

My name is Lily Fallen, but don’t let my pretty face fool you. I’m a monster in a school uniform and it’s only a matter of time before I teach my bullies a lesson they won’t forget.

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mountain wolfs curseMOUNTAIN WOLF’S CURSE: DADDY WOLVES OF THE WILD by Serena Meadows

Jake doesn’t smile at strangers. He doesn’t stop to appreciate sunsets, or coo over fluffy puppies. Those small fleeting moments of happiness are reserved solely for his daughter, Stella. The single dad has made plenty of mistakes, but come hell or high water he will love and protect his girl. Especially from people like her mother.

When an artist comes to restore the murals at his family’s summer camp, Jake immediately smells a rat. The young woman is nervous, secretive, and worst of all, attractive. He’s been down this road before; Marley may as well be wearing a red flag and a pair of devil horns. There is no way he’s letting her into their lives. That is, until the unthinkable happens. The desperate father suddenly finds himself way out of his depth, and the very person he swore not to trust might be the only one who can help him.

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quicksilver dragonQUICKSILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant

City planner Lindsay never expected to find a dying dragon on her local beach. (She was just trying to pick up some litter!) And she really never expected its final breath to change her life forever… and make her a killer’s next target.

But it’s the best thing to ever happen to her. Because despite this dangerous new world, she’s no longer alone…One minute, artist Boone could just cross his fingers and hope the curvy, funny woman he met on the beach could be the start of something special. But one magical dragon breath later, he KNOWS she is. And he knows he’ll protect her with every skill he learned as a soldier—and with all his newfound powers. (Whatever those might be. He’s working on it.)
When the dragon’s dying wish transforms Boone and Lindsay into shifters, they’re plunged into a magical world neither ever suspected existed. With a powerful dragon-hunter hot on their tails, time is running out for them to figure out their new gifts… and their unexpected bond.
A dragon prophecy says they could end a centuries-old supernatural war. But what if saving the world means losing each other?

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dreaming of his omegaDREAMING OF HIS OMEGA (VALE VALLEY SEASON 3 BOOK 14) by Kallie Frost

Traviel the Elf lives an idyllic life in Vale Valley with his true mate, Elarian. They spend their days communing with nature and exploring the wonders of their town. After finding out Elarian is expecting their first child, everything seems perfect.
Except it’s not real.

Struggling to make ends meet, aspiring author Travis finds solace writing about the adventures of his fictional elven counterpart. Traviel blissfully leads the life Travis wishes he could. But ever since he saved a stranger from an oncoming bus, Travis has started to have vivid dreams about his fictional world. After someone mistakenly calls him Traviel, Travis becomes convinced that Vale Valley is real. If that’s true, then Elarian could be there, waiting for his mate to find him.
And that’s exactly what Elarian is doing… some of the time.

Traviel has been randomly vanishing, only to reappear hours later, with no memory of where he was. As his pregnancy advances, Elarian becomes increasingly afraid that one of these days his alpha will disappear for good. And then, a human comes to town, weaving an incredible tale. But when he vanishes and Traviel takes his place, Elarian is forced to believe the impossible.

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beware the darknessBEWARE THE DARKNESS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 14) by Alexandra Ivy

There is only one thing more precious to vampire Tarak than his newfound freedom after five centuries of captivity, and that’s the promise of revenge. At last, he can destroy Riven, the merman who has drained his power in order to make himself king. But at the very moment when justice is a fang’s breadth away, Tarak’s quest is complicated by the beautiful mermaid princess who kept him sane and fed during his ordeal.

Waverly hoped that once Tarak escaped, he’d return to his own kind and enjoy the rest of his immortal life. She also hoped she might one day stop dreaming about the darkly handsome vampire. Instead, Tarak’s return draws Waverly into an unlikely alliance—and a passion that eclipses all her fantasies.

Hatred for Riven has sustained Tarak this long. But only Waverly’s love can give him the strength to claim eternity with her.

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dark pactDARK PACT (HER DARK GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Alana Serra

Forced into an unholy exchange, Rhia must surrender her freedom to save her best friend. Assuming the title of Dark Lady, her wildest dreams are made reality in the form of powerful magic and three sexy but dangerous men tasked with serving her every whim.
Despite all the seduction darkness has to offer, Rhia still harbors her human goodness. And she refuses to give it up.
To avoid being corrupted by the lure of Evil, Rhia will have to be nimble, cunning, and willing to trust a conniving warlock, an oathbreaking paladin, and a brutish half-orc.

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uncommon echoesECHO IN ONYX (UNCOMMON ECHOES BOOK 1) by Sharon Shinn

Brianna loves her new job as maid to Lady Marguerite. Like many high nobles, Marguerite is attended by echoes, silent creatures who look exactly like her and move in perfect synchronicity. News soon comes that Marguerite has been invited to the royal city as a potential bride for the crown prince. Brianna is delighted to accompany Marguerite to the city—and perhaps get a chance to continue her own flirtation with Nico, one of the king’s inquisitors.

Then, disaster strikes on the road when they come under attack. The brutal assault forces Marguerite and Brianna to concoct a desperate plan. Their subterfuge just might work—but only if Brianna can keep Nico from learning the truth. And only if Marguerite can give up her own secret, doomed romance.
And all that’s at stake—is the very future of the kingdom.

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sixth senseSIXTH SENSE (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 6) by Jacquelyn Faye

You inherit a lot of things from your parents. Eye color, hair color, bits and snippets of your personality. Some things you want to inherit. Good looks, metabolism. Their vast fortune when they die. Unfortunately, there are those things you don’t want to inherit. Diabetes, addictions. Your father’s godly powers…
Trust me when I say to you, that last one is the worst. I would rather have ended up with my mother’s ass. That, I might be able to control.
I thought things were calming down and getting back to normal. After a foray into the elven lands to rescue my friend from the nefarious clutches of the dark elves, I’d been looking forward to spending a nice quiet holiday in Cedar Falls with the people I love. Especially the guys. We deserved a break and some alone time. But I should have known better than that. Instead of Jingle Bells, spiked eggnog, and date nights, I’m faced with angry ghosts, rotten zombies, witch-hating locals, a pissed off vampire lord, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Now it’s up to the witch to save Christmas, Yule, and the town. I would have been happy just keeping everyone from getting eaten by one thing or another, but since most (maybe all) of it was my fault…I might as well go for the Christmas miracle.

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ill willILL WILL (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 1) by Cate Corvin

Marrying into the famous Godalming slayer-clan was supposed to be my family’s big break. Our clan is fractured, my brother is dead, and my mother’s spirit was broken by the ordeal. I’d do anything to make her proud and see her truly smile again.

I’d even spend a year in the snobby, prestigious Libra Academy with Lord Godalming’s gorgeous son.

I don’t know what I did to earn Will Godalming’s seething hatred, but he’ll do anything to get rid of me for good, even if he sometimes seems like the only one who understands me. Sura Enver is almost irresistible with a cruel streak a mile wide, but he’s hiding dark secrets under those knockout looks. And when I put a dying vampire out of her misery, I end up at the very top of an ancient warrior’s hit list. No sane slayer angers Càel the White Wolf, the fiercest knight of the vampires’ Clouded Court.

They’re unstoppable. Wicked. Malignant. And each wants to make me suffer. Between the torment of Libra’s eat-or-be-eaten rules and the rising threat of a new vampire king, enemies prowl on all sides. But they’re messing with the wrong slayer.

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sold to the prince of the meldaniansSOLD TO THE PRINCE OF THE MELDANIANS by Hollie Hutchins

Great. Now I’m ready to become a dragon’s next meal.
Along with my clothes, he also took my wallet and my ID.
Once I’m sold, they will do whatever they want with me.
They will own me.

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hex of blackbriar academyTHE HEX OF BLACKBRIAR ACADEMY by Olivia Ash

Each new term at Blackbriar Academy is a new beginning—but this year, my new beginning could be the end of everything I love. I’m settling into my new routine, and everything in my second year at Blackbriar seems great—until it is very suddenly not.

What’s supposed to be a fun school-wide trip ends up being a huge betrayal by my own flesh and blood. I barely escape with my life. Now I’m out for revenge. The bloody kind.

The Order is close—and they’re watching my every move. They want the very magic that courses through my blood. They won’t stop until they have it all: my magic, my power, my meteorite. And they’ll kill anyone that stands in their way. But I won’t go down without a fight. They don’t know who they’re messing with. And when I’m backed into a corner, I’m deadly.

They say blood is thicker than water. Whoever “they” are, they never met my family.
With my men by my side, I’ll fight until my last breath to keep what’s mine. And if they dare touch the ones I love—there will be a bloody reckoning.  I’m done playing nice. If the Order wants a war, I’ll give them one.

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maidenMAIDEN (FRACTURED FAIRY TALES BOOK 1) by Erin Ashley Tanner

VS Note: apparently there’s a cliffhanger.

Katania Avnaughn dreams of a day when she is no longer at the mercy of her manipulative mother and the taunts of her beautiful stepsister, Ella. A chance meeting with a journeying Prince makes Katania reconsider her hopes for the future. But then an unexpected death changes her life forever. Years later, abused and penniless, Katania thinks her life cannot get any worse until she is forced to entertain a cruel suitor.On a rare trip into town, Katania finds herself at the mercy of an attacker and is rescued by the returning Prince of Ortesia, Valentin.

Known to each other from their previous meeting, the attraction between them is renewed and even more powerful than before. But Katania has a suitor and the Prince is all but betrothed to someone else, until a twist of fate has the chance to change everything.When Katania receives an invitation to a royal masquerade ball, she knows that there is more at stake than a simple welcome home for the Prince. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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avenged by an aNGELAVENGED BY AN ANGEL (ETERNAL MATES PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 16 ) by Felicity Heaton

Duty should mean everything to the Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels. It did before he met her. Now, the only demon he wants to slay is the one that haunts the enchanting mortal huntress, and the temptation to hunt him in Hell, a realm that might kill him, is becoming impossible to resist.

Held captive by a dragon shifter in Hell, Emelia survived a torment that changed her in ways she hates. She wants her strength back. Her life back. To do that, she needs closure. To get that, she might have to trust not only a man again, but an immortal.

But when the price of vengeance is the soul of the angel bringing her back to life, will Emelia be willing to pay it?

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obssessionsOBSSESSIONS (CHIMERA PROJECT BOOK 2) by K Swanson

The mall shooting that outed Haylie and her guys has left its mark. Two weeks have passed, and while her foster dad was able to quell the media for now, it’s only a matter of time before the world discovers their abilities.

To make matters worse, the institute has now set their sights on not only Haylie but also her guys. Amid nightmares and growing powers, will they have what it takes to escape the clutches of the tracker again? And when the tracker threatens the life of those she cares about, will Haylie be able to learn how blood bonds work before it’s too late?

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i am the storm karpovI AM THE STORM (THE NIGHT FIRM BOOK 2) by Karpov Kinrade

In I Am the Storm, crimes will be committed, mysteries will be investigated, secrets will be unearthed, and Eve’s loyalty to the men she cares about will be tested in the most unexpected way. Are you ready for it?

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turning darkness into lightTURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT by Marie Brennan

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week…

As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, Audrey must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.

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rain of fireRAIN OF FIRE (STAR CROSSED ACADEMY BOOK 6) by Wendy Knight

Following her heart was the worst mistake she’s ever made.
Aquis was born at Vitolas Academy. It was there that she worked to become the legend she was meant to be.
It was there that she met her two best friends, and it was there that love threatened to tear them all apart.
She was raised to think, not feel. But sometimes her heart speaks louder than her head, and when it does…Chaos rules.

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myst academyLURKING IN SHADOWS (MYST ACADEMY BOOK 1 PRELUDE) by Imani L Hawkins

Death is only the beginning…He was darkness
Deception
Cruelty
Everything Cory had hoped she’d left behind at a school where humans’ hatred for Mysts showed in the cruelty they projected onto her near daily. But she’d never expected to be thrown into a class where the professor was human and despised her just as much as the students at her previous school.
Ignoring him was hard. Staying away from him? Even harder as she finds him lurking about, everywhere she is.
Her powers over life and death may be her only salvation, or it may be the very thing he’d wanted all along.

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heavenly designHEAVENLY DESIGN (FATED TOUCH BOOK 4) by Mac Flynn

Jane and her companions decide to enjoy the Shifting World for once, and find themselves fortunate to arrive in time for the Festival of Gad, a joyous time of celebration held every four years in honor of the prime deity of the world. Unfortunately, their vacation plans are burned to ashes when one of the ceremonies is lit aflame under suspicious circumstances.

Worse still, Jane keeps seeing a man dressed not the plain clothes of the Shifting World, but in dark attire worn in our realm. He looks straight at her without blinking, and she has a creeping feeling that he can see more than what’s on the surface.

When she’s confronted about the truth of his identity, her world gets a little more complicated, and dangerous. Now Jane and her companions must help stop a dark plan to lay waste to the festival, or die trying.

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tides of timeTIDES OF TIME (THE LEGACY BOOK 1)by Luna Joya

A witchy good girl hiding secrets from her family…Cami yearns for a regular, ho hum, average life. Or at least as normal as she can get in a family of witches. But she can’t tell her sisters about her violent ex. Or that she broke the first rule of magic to “harm none.” Yet, when her youngest sister asks for help unraveling the death of a 1930’s star abused by loved ones, Cami can’t refuse.

A reformed bad boy who doesn’t know his family’s hidden secrets…Sam lives for his restaurant and the intrigue of digging into Hollywood history. He avoids the entanglements of relationships since even his own parents didn’t want him. But when the enchanting Cami needs his help to crack an unsolved mystery, he can’t resist. The closer they come to finding the killer, the more they crave each other. But someone is determined to stop them. Can they solve the mystery before history repeats itself?

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sparrowhawkSPARROWHAWK by Delilah Dawson

VS Note: A release of note, not romance…

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to fight her way back home, amongst evil fairies who want her head, and untrustworthy allies that claim solidarity but have ulterior motives. New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Phasma) and illustrator Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a gripping dark fantasy tale of a young woman claiming her time and her agency.

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star cruise songbirdVS: Since I mentioned the pre-order for Pets In Space® 4 above, I’ll highlight STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD for my backlist title today. I originally wrote the story for Pets In Space® 2 and had so much fun writing a genuine rock star romance with a scifi twist! 

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 14

August  7

July 31

July 24

July 17

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list by hand every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

 

 

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 14

knight protectorAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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KNIGHT PROTECTOR by Lindsay Buroker

As one of the sultan’s fourteen daughters, and a successful businesswoman who puts money in the family’s coffers, Princess Nalini thought she would escape an arranged marriage.
She thought wrong.
Her father insists that an alliance with the savage and ambitious Star Kingdom is the only way to avoid a war at home, and for some reason, Prince Jorg—a man she’s never met—wants to marry her.
As if that weren’t bad enough, her father believes the betrothal may make her a target and is assigning her a bodyguard, the victor of one of his odious gladiator matches. She doesn’t want some brutish stranger intruding on her privacy.
But her new protector—Tristan—is not the brute she expected. He has a quick wit, a sexy smile, and even sexier things under the smile.
Unfortunately, Nalini can’t let herself fall in love with Tristan, not when she’s soon to be betrothed to another man. As her father’s daughter, it’s her duty to help her people by cementing this alliance. No matter how much she wishes otherwise…

As Tristan grew up on the streets, his father a convict and his mother a drug addict, all he ever wanted was to become one of the Star Kingdom’s elite knights, something that very few commoners ever achieve. After Tristan labors for years as a squire, the king is ready to appoint him a knight… if he accomplishes one simple task. He must infiltrate the sultan’s palace, gain the trust of Princess Nalini, and make sure she doesn’t run away from her marriage with Prince Jorg.
There’s just one problem.
Nalini isn’t the spoiled rich brat he expected—she spends her days working as hard as he does—and he soon develops feelings for her. With her betrothal looming, and the career he’s worked his whole life for at stake, Tristan can’t let himself act on those feelings.
But can he stand back while a man who doesn’t deserve her claims her for his wife?

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takarTAKAR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 11) by Elin Wyn

Nosy, undisciplined humans aren’t high on his list. Not until a brilliant, beautiful doctor sets all his senses on fire. Living with his brother Rokul and his human mate Tella was quite enough for Takar. A life in the military taught him to be controlled. Restrained.  Rules were there for a reason, even if the humans never seemed to understand. But when a curious human woman bursts into his duty station, he can’t get escape his thoughts of her. And when she plunges into danger, he’ll ignore his own rules to keep his mate safe.

Scientist Daphne is terrible with mysteries. She wants to know everything about, well, everything. The world is filled with questions, and she wants the answers. When Takar is sent to retrieve her from a slightly unauthorized research trip, she’s beyond annoyed. But when they’re trapped in the tunnels, she realizes she has just as many questions about the gruff Skotan warrior. Who is he, really? How does his touch send heat through her belly? And why does she want to run her hands across his broad chest…and more?

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shaynSHAYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 7) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unmated Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.

Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…Orphaned as a child and raised by scientists, Naomi’s mind is opened to all the secrets of the universe. But she can’t see the lies and betrayals standing right in front of her, and when experiments to control her powers take a dark turn she knows she’ll have to run. It’s just her luck that her instincts push her towards a charming blue alien.

A dangerous escape, a daring rescue, and scorching heat send Shayn and Naomi tumbling together as the denya bond ties them ever closer. But when the forces against them get too close, that bond will be tested to the breaking point.

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twisting sanityTWISTING SANITY (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

When her body isn’t hers to command, Windy has to find ways to defend herself.
Windy broke her spine in the attack, and she was taken from Adaptation Station and sold to the Splice. Her destiny was to act as their communication conduit. She hated the idea of destiny.
When Alphy sent a hunter to come get her, he is shocked by her condition. They come up with a plan to extract her from the communication array, but it is going to take some time and a lot of patience.
Unable to simply use nanites for the procedure, Windy faces a slow and uphill battle to get control of her body again. It is just the beginning of a wild ride.

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commanders bondCOMMANDER’S BOND (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 3) by Diana Logan

Katy thinks she knows where she stands, not only with the alien of her dreams, Royal Commander Grix, but also with the people he rules. But then a new ship of Iti arrives, and it changes everything they thought they knew.

There will be no peace in the galaxy, and certainly no happy ending for Grix and Katy, unless they confront the Pain Priests who murdered his family. Can Katy trust their promises to each other in the face of a…COMMANDER’S BOND.

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captured and claimedCAPTURED AND CLAIMED (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Jude Gray

Grabbed from the street in broad daylight, Briony is soon sold to a cruel alien leader who needs human women for a very specific purpose.
They must “recharge” the vicious warriors he forces to fight in his arena.
Given to the best fighter in the section, she finds she has arrived in the middle of a secret escape plan.
She is surprised to find herself attaching to the handsome alien fighter, and puts everything she can into their risky run for freedom.
Will she make it out alive?
Maybe.
Will she make it out unchanged?
Absolutely not.

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altered vicki stiefelALTERED: THE MADE ONES SAGA BOOK 1 by Vicki Stiefel

The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.
Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.
That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.
To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.

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owned by his alienOWNED BY HIS ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 3) by Tempest Luna

Once, he was a proud, strong male. Until the Sypians came. Now, Sarl is no more than a slave. Chained and punished for the slightest infraction. Nyx was once proud to be Sypian. But then the Supreme Ruler came to power. As a doctor, Nyx is afforded luxuries and freedoms to be envied, but all he wants is Sarl. A slave he cannot have. Will the chance for love give Nyx the courage to stand up for what’s right? Or will he lose the only male he’s let see his heart?

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darkness that defines usTHE DARKNESS THAT DEFINES US (THE DARK DIMENSION BOOK 2) by Brooke Hodge

VS Note: From July

Anais just wanted to be free. Now she’s found herself in the middle of a war that’s been millennia in the making. With her battle scars fresh on her mind, she and her friends must travel to the farthest reaches of her known world to find the answers that will help her save everything.
But in the birthplace of humankind, she finds much more than she bargained for.
Leaving Kai was the hardest thing she’s had to do yet…until she meets a handsome Captain tasked with protecting the last humans left on Earth. Now she’s questioning her heart and everything she ever knew about love.
With her enemies growing in number every day, Anais must once again choose between her heart and what she knows is right.
No matter which choice she makes, someone she loves is going to pay the price.

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red leopardRED LEOPARD (CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK BOOK 2) by Vijaya Schartz

In charge of the Kassouk fortress in the king’s absence, what is Terek to do when a Goddian spacecraft lands in his medieval backyard, carrying tall aliens and their striking ice princess?

Galya, the woman in charge of the geologic expedition, is searching for an extraordinary crystal with hyper-conductor properties. The futile defiance of a handsome Human chief, nicknamed Red Leopard like the infernal feline that follows him everywhere, isn’t going to stop her.

Terek must defend his people’s freedom, but an old prophecy surfaces, carrying a new threat. When political intrigues, greed, murder and betrayal tip the scales, whom can Galya trust? Her fellow Goddians? The Mutants bred to serve her race? Or her primitive Human enemy?

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bann jessie rose caseBANN EXPLOSIVE: GALACTIC CYBORG HEAT SERIES by Jessie Rose Case

VS note: From July. I excerpted a piece of the blurb…more on ebook seller page…

She didn’t do messy. Kate Hudson, smart, intelligent and so not looking for permanent. She liked her life just how it was. Interesting and free. Cyborgs had been a blast from the past until she’d seen the Ad. Suddenly, something new and exciting ticked all her wish list and she was gone. And what a revelation it had been. The Space Station offered so much candy, in such a big candy store…. Muscles in every direction….. it was enough to make a girl drool….. Now if she could only get that eight pack to look in her direction ….. Hot, simply didn’t do him justice….. So much to admire…. So much to explore… All her girly bits were lighting up like Christmas and that was one present she looked forward to unwrapping. Only one problem, she just needed to convince that Alpha stud, his ass was hers!

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fire in the heartFIRE IN THE HEART: A METAHUMAN FILES: CLASSIFIED NOVEL by Hailey Turner

Surrender to vows. Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin has come a long way since being turned into a metahuman, and all he wants to do is marry the man he loves. A wedding is easy, but it’s the honeymoon where his past unexpectedly catches up with him.

A future together.  All Agent Sean Delaney wanted was a romantic honeymoon with his new husband. When he and Alexei stumble into a fellow operative’s mission on the luxury gambling resort island Fortuna-sur-mer, they get more than they bargained for in their newly-minted civilian lives.

Destined to burn. Forced to choose between staying and joining the mission or leaving to stay safe and postpone their honeymoon, Alexei and Sean make the only decision they can—to fight.

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signal boostSIGNAL BOOST (OFF THE GRID) by Alyssa Cole

VS Note: A re-release

When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.
In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

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star fantasy book 2STAR DREAM: STAR FANTASY (FANTASY ISLAND BOOK 7) by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn

Alisa Davis is living the dream. The starship Galaxy Explorer exceeded her imagination. Her television crush, Science Officer Tojait J’all is her soulmate, and they’re expecting their first child. The only serpent in her paradise is the nosy Dr. Jack Abernathy. Stepping into the life of another person without revealing the truth proves more difficult than anticipated. When reality rears its ugly head, will Alisa keep dreaming or be rudely awakened?

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ajax olivia hutchinsonAJAX (THE SOBEKIAN PROJECT BOOK 1) by Olivia Hutchinson

Ajax fell from the sky the same day my entire world shifted on its axis. The little safety I had was ripped away in a single morning, leaving me alone and destitute on an alien moon. Agreeing to go with the not-quite-human male wasn’t the wisest decision I ever made, but it was the only choice I had.

I have one goal: stick by Ajax’s side until we find my missing friend and her father, even if that means giving myself over to him after he bellows loud enough for everyone in the galaxy to know I’m his. What he doesn’t know is that I’ll never belong to him. I’ll never belong to anyone but myself.

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first time outFIRST TIME OUT (COURSE FOR ADVENTURE BOOK 1) by Cassandra Logan

Year, 2419. The planet, Earth.
Aggie is dying. Diagnosed with an incurable disease, she is hoping for a miracle. Her obsession with ancient Earth movies and TV shows has taught her that anything can happen. Nearing the end of her life, she’s joining her best friends on a once in a lifetime galactic cruise. Friends she has yet to tell about her imminent death.
Grown in a lab, experimented on, and tortured, Finn finally has his freedom. As much machine as man, he and his fellow escapees have secured passage on the Galactic Princess in an attempt to reach Vende and the promised aid that awaits there. They just have to avoid the bounty hunters that are attempting to capture them at every turn.
A chance meeting and an instant attraction have Aggie and Finn both wishing for a different future. With so much in their way, is a happily ever after even worth thinking about? Always.

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geeky reaperGEEKY REAPER (NEW LIFE BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio

The universe out there is much bigger than anyone knows. To control this, a great and powerful people long ago created what humans call the Grim Reapers. But to us and others, we are known as New Life Givers, sending others to their new destinies. No one knows who will be chosen to hold one of these honored jobs. This person won’t know until they reach the destined age to reveal what and who they are, getting a crash course on the job and their own species.
Twelve brothers, the Grim Reapers, but to them, they were the ones that took them from their old lives to start a new life, journey. Harry Turns was one such man, but little did he know his chosen one was the one and same girl he had wanted in high school, so long ago.
One glance at her twenty-some years later and Harry knew she was his. Would she allow his claim? To show her what it was truly to love someone, who would give their life for her? Would Tiara Franken choose to start over with a life totally different from what she knew, for eternity?

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ethrielETHRIEL (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 4) by C R Corbin

Miranda – My first impression of him was that he’s an arrogant, domineering, muscle-bound brute that was infuriatingly sexy.  Now he’s my only hope after our ship is taken over by bandits, leaving us stranded on a rugged, cold, and inhospitable planet with a litany of dangerous animals and no clear way out.  And the more he protects me, the more time we spend together in search of our salvation, it all pushes me to change my mind about being his.

Ethriel – Bandits have taken over our ship, we have only the burning wreckage of an escape pod as our source of tech, and I’m stuck with a human that hates me, the same human that I tried to claim.  Needless to say, the circumstances aren’t the best.
That’s why we were dragging ourselves through cold mountains and rivers in search of a crashed spacecraft, that’s why she was even speaking to me. She was curvy, soft, an example of perfection. I want to claim her, to have that body and to bend her to my will, yet she resists. But I have to admit that I think she’s starting to change her mind about me and that’s why I was determined to save the two of us and to claim her once and for all.

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ithadens slaveTHE ITHADEN’S SLAVE by Daniella Wright

I’M 12 WEEKS PREGNANT AND CAN’T REMEMBER WHO’S THE FATHER OF MY CHILD.
“You were gone for 8 months and were clearly abducted.”
If there was ever any love in my heart for the father of this child, it is now gone, along with all my memories.
It is time for me to make a decision.
I keep getting bright white flashes.
I remember being cold.
Bars blurring my view.
Weird instruments, like from some kind of lab.
I feel scared, very scared.
Since I got back I’ve been feeling someone is watching me.
PTSD, maybe?
But the fact that I know this mysterious stranger probably doesn’t exist, makes me want to go running after him…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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knaves over queensKNAVES OVER QUEENS: A WILD CARDS NOVEL by Wild Cards trust and George R R Martin (Editor)

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week.

Developed by aliens and field-tested on Earth, the virus known as Xenovirus Takis-A was released in New York in 1946, changing the course of human history forever. Most of those infected die — and a tiny percentage become deformed beings known as jokers. A lucky few survivors become aces: superhumans gifted with amazing powers. Now the virus has reached Britain.

There, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, gifted with extraordinary longevity, together with the Enigma ace Alan Turing, set up a special organization named the Order of the Silver Helix. They will need all of the wild cards they can find if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations spawned by the virus.

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warningTHE WARNING by James Patterson and Robison Wells (Contributor)

A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks.
Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. Downed cellular networks fail to resume service. Animals savagely attack humans. And the damaged power plant, where Jordan’s father is an engineer, is under military lockdown.
As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the Maggie and Jordan increasingly turn to each other. Their determination to discover who–or what–has taken control of Mount Hope soon has them in the cross-hairs of a presence more sinister than any they could have imagined.

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last hopeTHE LAST HOPE: A RAGING ONES NOVEL by Kristie Richie and Becca Ritchie

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

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priestess of the nilePRIESTESS OF THE NILE (THE GODS OF EGYPT) by Veronica Scott

VS Note: A re-release of the first book I ever published and the first story in my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance connected series. A new cover. Carina/HQN still has the audiobook rights and kept the original cover art.

1550 BCE
This is a lightly re-edited re-release of PRIESTESS OF THE NILE. No new material has been added.
Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile one evening by the notes of a half forgotten, sacred song, Sobek the Crocodile God is unable to resist Merys, the beautiful singer who innocently summons him. Appearing to her as a man and concealing his true identity, he’s captivated by this descendant of his last priestess.
Treated by her family as a servant, denied a dowry and with no prospects for anything but a life of drudgery, Merys is happy to steal away to spend time with the handsome stranger.
Their mutual attraction burns hot but Sobek is forbidden to pursue a human woman and can offer Merys nothing beyond a few hours snatched from his duties tending the Nile.
Then Egypt’s enemies attack the peaceful village. Can the love between Merys and the Crocodile God survive the ultimate test of the gods?

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blood truthBLOOD TRUTH (BLACK DAGGER LEGACY BOOK 4) by J R Ward

As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female…who changes his life forever.

Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?

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dragons callDRAGON’S CALL (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

After the Breaking, not much was left. I assumed it was a case of magic gone bad—until I discovered my goddess mother had broken the world. She didn’t like it that I’d turned my back on the pantheon. My long tenure among witches rubbed salt into the wound.

After a confrontation where Mommy Dearest fessed up—and lacked the decency to bat an eyelash about the widespread destruction she’d caused—I was digesting what to do next when a dragon showed up.
Yes. A dragon.
The beast didn’t talk with me or anything, but it flew overhead wreaking havoc on a goblin horde. Witches are old souls with kind hearts, but they’re not particularly strong magically, so I was grateful for the help.

And suspicious as hell. Why a dragon? Why here and why now? More importantly, why was he—she?—helping me? Part of me didn’t want to know, and another part was certain I’d find out anyway.

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ice crownICE CROWN (THE ELEMENTS OF KAMDARIA BOOK 1) by Kay L Moody

Talise can manipulate the elements with ease; water, air, earth, and fire all bend to her will. As a citizen of the Storm—a crime-laden land where death is the only constant—her only chance for a better life is to become Master Shaper.

A competition for the position takes place at the end of her training years. If she wins, she would live in the palace, work for the emperor, and escape her inevitable death in the Storm. But she’s not the only one with a chance to win.

Aaden is another talented student. As a citizen of the Crown, he was born with unlimited privilege and resources. When someone from the Crown wants to win, they do. End of story. And his shaping is unlike anything Talise has ever seen.

Complicating matters, Talise’s loved one in the Storm gives her reason to abandon the competition altogether, forcing her to make an impossible choice. Torn between duty and freedom, she must learn that clinging to the past, might destroy her future.

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spirit bearSPIRIT BEAR (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 14) by Bianca D’Arc

Rescued alive, but not whole…Laura is a white wolf shifter far from home and out of her element. She’s been held prisoner for years by those who would use her power for their evil purposes, but she’s held strong against them and lived to tell the tale. But she’s lost everything in the process—her mate, her baby girl, her zeal for living. He baby is a grown woman now, and Laura is overjoyed to be reunited with her only child, but questions remain.

Is he her friend, or warden? Tasked by the Alpha of his Clan to watch over Laura’s recovery, Gus feels especially drawn to the injured woman. He is a rare spirit bear shifter who walks the shaman’s path. Considered spooky by most of his friends, Gus finds acceptance and welcome from Laura that he cannot resist. The questions bothers him – and his Alpha – was her escape too easy? Has she been delivered into their midst as some kind of living Trojan Horse?

How can he be her true mate? Laura begins to realize that the so-called mate she’d had years ago may not have been her one, true mate. Her attraction to Gus is too strong to be denied ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blaze of wrathBLAZE OF WRATH (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 5) by Harper Wylde

Politics are a deadly game, and things are heating up. As winter sets in, my mates and I are in a careful dance as we try to avoid the Council’s suspicions and gain acceptance into the rebellion. Every secret we uncover is more deadly than the last, as the truth of the Council is brought to light. It’s not just the Council we have to watch – the rebellion is hiding secrets of their own, and the challenges they set may be enough to break our family to pieces. Will we be able to make it through the trials whole, or will we go up in a Blaze of Wrath?

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magic and mayhemMAGIC AND MAYHEM by Various including L A Boruff

We’re pleased to inform you that you’ve been accepted into the Magic and Mayhem Academy. Pack your bags and ready your wands for the beginning of a new term.
Packed with witches, shifters, and more, this collection of paranormal and fantasy academies has something for everyone. School was hard enough with the mean girls and exams, now there’s wayward spells and fantastic creatures to contend with.
Get ready for some Magic and Mayhem.

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school of broken heartsSCHOOL OF BROKEN HEARTS: ACADEMY OF SOULS BOOK 2 by C R Jane and Mila Young

Adeline Jones expected a fancy prep school to be different than what she was used to, but what she found at Raven Academy changed her world forever. And leaving is out of the question.
All Adeline wants is to forget about the guys that broke her heart. But the death of her classmate means that won’t be an option for her. To make things worse, an old flame from her past starts at the Academy and his intentions carry the deepest of betrayal.
Danger lies behind every corner, a killer walks among them, and Adeline soon discovers that she shouldn’t trust anyone at Raven Academy. Not even the four guys who insist she is theirs. And of course there’s the matter of the off limits Professor who tempts her like no one else.

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beauty loves the beastBEAUTY LOVES THE BEAST: A WYLDE PARANORMAL LOVE STORY by Robyn Peterman

VS Note: One review suggests this may be a re-release. I always try to give a heads up about that if I’m aware but I don’t know the previous status of this book.

Carter – Avoidance had become my norm. After too many tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, I’d checked out—on everyone and everything—on life. Ex-navy SEAL. Totally broken man. I’d hit rock bottom so many times, I was sure I was about to fall straight to hell. It would be a welcome reprieve.
Then she found me. Beautiful, insane and more broken than I was. She needed my help. I needed her humanity.
How she found me was anyone’s guess. But she had. She needed rescuing. She needed a hero. I was none of those things.
But for the first time in many years, I wanted to be. I wanted to be her hero.

Georgia – Becoming an undercover agent for the CIA had been my dream until everything went wrong—wildly wrong. Trapped in a cage with nothing to do but anticipate more torture from the ones I was supposed to trust, I had no choice but to escape—again. This time I’d succeed or die trying.
They’d turned me into a beast and it was time to show them exactly what I could do.
Finding the beautiful man who could help me end my pain was something I’d never expected—or wanted.
It was a complication for normal people. I wasn’t normal. I would never be normal.
Could two broken pieces make a whole? Could we truly disappear with the government hunting us down like animals?
He was Beauty and I was the Beast. Happily ever afters didn’t happen for people like us.
Or did they?

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lapis lazuliLAPIS LAZULI: FORGOTTEN AND REMEMBERED (THE STONES OF POWER BOOK 7) by M D Grimm

A bond they thought couldn’t be broken…Lord Morgorth, Dark Mage of the North, has never felt so far away from his precious mate as he does now. Still reeling from the events of a month before, Aishe struggles to come to grips with what the dream demon did to him while pretending to be Morgorth. For his part, Morgorth is haunted by the chilling vision the Mother sent him while he traversed Dreamworld—a vision where he kills the one most precious to him. Due to that knowledge, he knows he must choose his magick or his mate.

A choice with devastating consequences…When Morgorth goes missing, Aishe must search for him, frightened that he has lost his mage forever. In his heart he knows they were meant for each other and refuses to allow his own horrid memories to tear them apart. But when he finds Morgorth he is stunned to realize that Morgorth doesn’t remember him. In fact, in Morgorth’s mind, he is a young lad named Lazur.

Sometimes the most well-known truth is the greatest lie…For his entire life, Morgorth always knew his destiny was to become the Destroyer of his home world. His birthright as the third seventh son of a seventh son guaranteed such an outcome. Everyone told him so—except his mentor, Master Ulezander. Morgorth will learn that his mentor has been keeping the greatest secret of all: his true destiny.

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irish magicIRISH MAGIC by Susan B James

What do you do when everything goes wrong?
Make a wish on a four-leaf clover, right?
There’s no other logical way out of it!
But a clover wish is a heart wish. Everyone knows that.
When part leprechaun Bradley Flynn is charged with finding Kate’s true love, he calls on retired matchmaker Essie O’Callaghan who happens to have a mission of her own.
Dr. Michael Walshe had a ring in his pocket when he walked in on his girlfriend sleeping with her costar. He wants no part of Essie’s plan to find him a wife.
Fate—or something more leprechaun-shaped—has Kate and the doctor both heading to Cluhalaugh, home to Ireland’s most famous matchmaking festival. And somehow their paths keep crossing. The more they see of each other the harder it is to resist exploring their reluctant attraction.
Will Kate realize that Michael could be far more than the cure to her writer’s block?

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magic and darknessMAGIC AND DARKNESS (FATED MAGIC SERIES BOOK 4) by Ally Summers

I’m not the only one with a destiny.
The problem is his might destroy us.
Someone is terrorizing and kidnapping women in New Orleans. I need Finn to get it together, but he’s distracted. After years, he finally has the one element he needs to complete his quest.
Was trusting him again the biggest mistake of my life?

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millie on a missionMILLIE ON A MISSION: A CHARLES RHODES COZY MYSTERY SHORT by Amanda M Lee

Millie Watson doesn’t often take initiative when it comes to work but when an old friend – or, rather, acquaintance she can’t stand – wants to hire her to solve a potential haunting at her upscale home, Millie jumps at the chance.
In truth, Millie doesn’t care about finding a ghost. She does have a specific form of payment in mind, though, and it’s something she’s itching to collect on.
Since Millie can’t actually see ghosts, she calls in the only person she knows who can … Charlie Rhodes. Unfortunately for Millie, Charlie is a bit distracted with relationship issues of her own. Still, the gregarious psychic volunteers to pitch in.
Before she found freedom, Millie was in a high-class world full of snooty and entitled people. That’s full on display now when she tries to track down the source of the ghostly disturbances … and comes up with a litany of human transgressions instead.
Millie is determined to find answers, although not because she wants to help a friend. She wants payment, and she’s not going to stop until she gets it. She just needs to avoid trouble – which is easier said than done – while she’s searching for answers.

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no rest for the wickedNO REST FOR THE WICKED (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA: ACADEMY OF ENCHANTMENTS AND WITCHCRAFT BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

Mika knew the Council of Paranormals would suspect her, which is why they assigned a raven to ‘guard’ her. But there is a ‘we’ behind the killer and she has no idea if that they are still out there, or worse, still on the island of Morgana waiting for the right opportunity to strike again.
With Malachi being distant, Ethan, Lucien, and Audrey have to work without her to follow the dangling strings, while Mika tries to win the assassin to her side. Will the raven help her unlock the secrets of her magic, or will he turn her in and be the end of everything she knows and loves?
bright starBRIGHT STAR by Erin Swan

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land—or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.

A traumatic experience in Andra’s childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant in the Chief Judge’s manor. But when an assassination team, led by the secretive and alluring Kael, infiltrates the manor and makes a quick escape, she takes her chance and flees with them.

Andra is thrust into the ranks of a secret rebellion—a group of outcasts and believers seeking to overthrow the Chief Judge and replace the corrupt government with new members, ones who will restore and preserve the land they love. Now, the girl who was once an outcast must somehow become the leader Paerolia needs. But she is stronger than she believes—and with the help of a fiercely loyal dragon, she may just be the one to lead them all to victory.

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tactical bearTACTICAL BEAR (P.O.L.A.R. BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers

Parker is fighting extinction—Of her own shifter species!  She’d already be mated.
If not for those bullying polar bears.  They’ve scared away all decent prospects.Maxim has met the one But, she’s an activist with silly notions.  And she wants nothing to do with him.  As a Tactical Bear, he’ll need all his strategic skills.  Not for military advancements, But to win over his mate!
hidden shadowsHIDDEN SHADOWS: REALMS OF THE COURT BOOK 1 by Shelly Koob
VS Note: From July
Lycidias is a lone wolf, in more ways than one. His mother died during his birth, and his father hated him for it. Left with a drunken gambling-addicted father and a group of loyal friends, he barely maintains his sanity keeping his realm safe and guarding the gateway.
Shaylee is a powerful and strong single woman, she doesn’t take any crap from anyone, except occasionally her best friend Joss. She’s the one in charge, all the time. Orphaned and alone, she learns new information that can and will change her life forever, but will it be for the best?
Kenneth is a regular man’s man, who wants nothing more than to be more than he is, looking for ways out of his own life filled with boredom, he meets a new woman. Will this woman lead him out of the town, or down the path to evil?
Shaylee’s world is about to collide with Lycidias’. Will they band together and figure out their worlds, or will the Realms be left forever in nefarious hands?
one enchanted scottish knightONE ENCHANTED SCOTTISH KNIGHT by Laura Strickland

From a young age, Tansy Bellrose Gant has been getting into trouble and wanting what she should not have. Just because she can make certain things happen by wishing doesn’t mean she’s a witch. But when she rashly curses a neighbor, her fellow villagers tie her to a stake at the crossroads and threaten to send her to the Royal Commission for trial.

Malcolm Montgomery is a man carrying an unbearable burden of guilt and obligation. The last thing he needs is an encounter with a troublesome wee lassie who just might be a witch. But once rescued, she won’t go away. In fact, she insists on involving herself in his quest to ransom his brother, and she charms her way into his bed, as well.

Has Tansy merely enchanted him, or has she claimed his heart? When she faces the ultimate danger, how will love be enough to save her?

absolute heartABSOLUTE HEART by Michael Vance Gurley

As the British Empire builds power based on new clockwork and steam technology, Ireland draws its might from its potent magical traditions. Only two boys with little in common can end the fighting between the two nations and prevent a terrible worldwide war.

Gavin Haveland’s dreams are in the sky with the airships, while his reality as a High Councilman’s son means hiding secrets that will get him executed if revealed.

Orion of Oberon is not just a powerful mage, he’s the nephew of the Irish queen, and the one she’s sent him on a quest for the ancient Dragon Stones that will bolster her fading power. In the process, he might restore his family to their rightful place in society.

With enemies determined to stop them by any means necessary and war or peace hinging on their success, Gavin and Orion must find a way to work together, despite the centuries of mistrust between their nations.

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wish upon a vikingTO WISH UPON A VIKING (TO WISH UPON AN ANCIENT BOOK 3) by Ishabelle Torry

After Dr. Lana Clarke’s parents die in a tragic drowning, she’s determined to finish their work and discover the ancient Viking settlement of Finlr. Problem is, Finlr never existed. At least not according to any historical records. Despite her colleagues’ ridicule, Lana sets out to clear her family’s name. She never imagined the trail would sweep her across time to the 10th century, and into the arms of an ancient Viking god.

Baldur the Beautiful is tired of the mundane task appointed him by Frigg and Odin to watch over Idun’s garden. It’s the same dull existence, and another midwinter come to pass. That is, until Loki arrives bearing gifts. Lana is the perfect solution to Baldur’s loneliness, an escape from the everyday he dreads. But he’s no fool. Her presence can mean only one thing…Loki’s scheming to steal the golden apples. Again. And it’s Baldur’s duty to keep the frost giant at bay. No matter how tempting the future time’s woman be.Desire and duty collide as Baldur and Lana are forced to face off against the trickster god.

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kingmakerKINGMAKER (THE DRAGON CORSAIRS BOOK 3) by Margaret Weiss and Robert Krammes
VS note: I have no idea how much romance if any there is.
n this exciting adventure, Kate and Sophia and their dragon Dalgren form a desperate plan to free Phillip from prison. Thomas is crowned king and discovers a plot by King Ullr to invade Freya. And Henry is forced to flee to the Aligoes where he makes a discovery that could change the fortunes of his beleaguered nation.
grim assistantTHE GRIM ASSISTANT (TALES FROM THE GRIM BOOK 1) by Jodi Hutchins

Postal carrier and amateur surfer, Samantha Diaz, lives an uncomplicated life. Well, other than helping her sister with childcare, crushing on her unavailable customer, Lauren Brennan, and catching as many waves as possible before hurricane season begins. Suffice to say, she isn’t looking for much more, but when Lauren invites her to a monthly game night at her house, Sam happily agrees.

When Sam sets out on an early morning surf, the last thing she expects to do is die, but a sudden thunderstorm thrashes offshore, creating a riptide that steals Sam’s life. She awakens to a snarky woman named Margo speaking cryptic nonsense. Not only does she claim to be one of the many Grim Reapers, or Grims, in the world, Margo makes Sam an offer: she’ll bring Sam back from the dead, as long as she becomes Margo’s temporary assistant. Sam accepts but soon realizes the deal was too good to be true, and the consequences she faces may be worse than the death she dodged.

royal alphaROYAL ALPHA (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 5) by Riley Storm

All her life, Heather has lived with the knowledge that at any moment, she might lose control and turn into a murderous beast. The Loup-Garou virus lives in all female shifters and can manifest at any time before their thirty-first birthday—which is still a year away. Only thanks to her family’s protection is she living a life free, instead of behind bars. So when her mother cons the new King of their House into mating her off to a political rival, Heather feels little choice but to agree. Even if that man is the complete opposite of the person she truly longs for…

Logan has led the rebels of House Canis in their long struggle for freedom, and now that they’ve ousted the former Tyrant King from their ancestral home of Moonshadow Manor, his followers have all but anointed him their ruler. The position is tenuous at best until the official coronation ceremony, however, and a string of bad decisions leaves him vulnerable to several political figures. He must focus on keeping his House united, which means giving his blessing for the only woman he’s ever cared about to be mated to someone else…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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destined duchessTHE DESTINED DUCHESS (THE BOOK CLUB 16) by Janelle Daniels
VS Note: Time travel.

Dukes make the best heroes. Fiercely protective? Powerful? Hunky? Check.

After a lifetime of scraping by, Rory’s afraid to leave everything she’s worked for behind and travel to the past to meet her soulmate. But she risks it, knowing happiness is possible—with help from a gorgeous, purple-haired matchmaker.

When she agrees to attend a house party under false pretenses, she realizes the man she wants is the only one she can’t have.

He’s tired of games. Alaric needs to marry. As the Duke of Newbury, it’s a duty he’s been dreading—until he finds the girl of his dreams. But not everything is as it appears.
When he learns the truth of who she really is, will he still want her—or will she return to the future heartbroken and alone?

marked by the dragonMARKED BY THE DRAGON (DRAGON VALLEY BOOK 6) by Kayla Wolf

When dragon shifter David is told that he has a mate somewhere and that he must protect her from grave danger, he thinks someone’s messing with him. But when his mad quest leads him to the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, he knows instantly what to do: mark her as his own and punch down anyone who gets in the way. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Quinn is ready for revenge. She wants to finally re-claim the land that was taken from her family by a bunch of green-eyed dragons years ago. But she gets just a little distracted when a gorgeous shifter drops out of the sky, right onto her doorstep.
She quite enjoys hearing the sound of her name in that low, resonant voice of his and seeing that sweaty, powerful body move…But… wait. Aren’t his eyes… green?
Is he her worst enemy? Does he hold the key to the lost land… or to her heart?

heavens furyHEAVEN’S FURY (PANDORAX ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Ember Hollis
Life at Pandorax Academy for Supernaturals isn’t for the weak.
Luckily for me, I’m angel-blooded. But what does that mean when the one who should protect me, turns out to be one of my worst enemies? It’s harder than ever to know what I am, let alone who I should be.
The one thing I’m sure of is that Christian, Malek, Knox, and Bane want me to leave. But when Bacchanalia comes around and members of the Four try to seduce me, I wonder if this is yet another one of their tricks.
After all, what can one expect, from a festival of Wild Hunts and debauchery? But I’m done with their games and their tricks and lies.
There’s more to this girl than a pretty face, or an angel’s lineage… and it’s time to let it all fly.
van helsing legacyTHE VAN HELSING LEGACY: WE SHALL NOT SLEEP by M R Graham

Meg van Helsing grew up with a book in one hand and a wooden stake in the other, a crucifix always around her neck. But the world has changed, and the monsters she hunts with her friends are less frightening than gas burns and shell shock. The ghost of the War looms darker than Dracula’s shadow.

Until the night one of her friends disappears.

Now, they are under constant attack, beset by the blood-hungry corpses of un-dead soldiers at exactly the moment another monster appears: an incubus, lethally attractive. The young man offers help, and Meg wants to believe him. If only she could convince her friends she is immune to his spell.

Someone wants them dead at any cost. The answer lies in old books, dark sorcery, and a secret kept for twenty-five years, written in blood. If Meg wants her friends to live, she’ll have to open her eyes.

guardians desireA GUARDIAN’S DESIRE (THE GUARDIAN SERIES BOOK 1) by Mya Lairis

When bounty hunter Freya Daniels attends a pageant for werewolf debutantes and suitors, she’s far too busy enjoying the perks of wealth and ceremony to realize she’s being watched. Then she meets the submissive wolf, Rayne, and she cannot believe her luck. The androgynous male is just perfect for her sexual appetites. But she’s not expecting the beta wolf to come with a very dominant and powerful Alpha, Fenris.

Fenris is every bit the warrior Freya is and twice the brute. While she would normally never consider dating a bull like Fenris, there is something different about the Alpha, something even she can’t deny: the attraction between wolf-mates. Together Rayne and Fenris are not only more than she can handle, but all the guardian could ever desire…if only she could admit that to herself.

defender cave bearDEFENDER CAVE BEAR (PROTECTION INC.: DEFENDERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant
Tirzah hacked into a shady agency’s computers to get proof of their evil deeds…and uncovered a secret so wild it can’t possibly be real.
Shapeshifting supersoldiers on the run from their creators? A lab studying captive mythical creatures? It has to be some bored employee’s fantasy novel. Right?
Then the flying kitten turns up. And the assassins. And the gargoyles.
But just because Tirzah uses a wheelchair doesn’t mean she’s helpless. Okay, so some secret organization is gunning for her? She’s going to gun right back… and she knows exactly who can help her. If she can track him down…Pete was once a Recon Marine. That was before he was abducted and turned into a monster. Now he’s escaped his prison… but in his heart, he’s still in chains.  It’s not just his ferocious cave bear he has to hide. For the safety of everyone – his team of misfit shifters, his family, and especially his thirteen-year-old daughter – no one can discover what his captors did to him. He can’t let himself get close to anyone.
Until the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen hacks her way through all his defenses, to offer him a job he can’t refuse.

dragon brothers brideTHE DRAGON BROTHER’S BRIDE (THE FATE OF THE DRAGONS SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

Abby has had a rough couple of months; after all, she just discovered she is more than just human. In fact, she is a dragon that has been through so many lives it’s hard to keep track. So when her father comes to claim her, Luc and his brother Ty have something to say about it.

Will the brothers be enough to stop Abby’s dad from taking her away from them? Or will Abby find the heart to let them go? But as Abby struggles with the knowledge of who her father is, she finds herself drifting away from her soul mate Luc and into the arms of his brother Ty. But neither one of them is going down without a fight.

blood of the packBLOOD OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame

As the new Alpha of the Scottish Wulver pack, Kenrick Wulver has a bright future ahead. All she needs is her destined mate to share it with. Zaria Lupa isn’t looking for love. She’s been on the run from Leroux, Alpha of the American Lupa pack, ever since Leroux killed her sister.

When the Lupa wolves find Zaria, she runs to Wolfgang County for protection, where Kenrick is visiting her friend Dante. Kenrick takes Zaria under her wing, showing her the care and attention she’s never experienced. Zaria refuses to believe she is Kenrick’s destined mate. To her, mating is just an excuse for abuse and control, no matter how kind Kenrick may seem.

When Kenrick convinces Zaria to come to Scotland to visit the Wulver pack, she hopes for a fresh start. But the Lupa wolves aren’t finished with Zaria, and their revenge may destroy any chance at love.

more than mortalMORE THAN MORTAL by Abbie Zanders

Ceri always knew she was different. Seeing people’s auras and being able to change the weather with her moods just isn’t normal, nor does she understand why simply being around others saps her of her strength. There’s no one she can turn to; who she is and where she comes from are the biggest mysteries of all.

Settled into a small college town, she immerses herself in studies of the supernatural and lives a solitary existence. Until he crosses her path and comes to her rescue.

After earning his master’s in criminal justice, there’s no plausible reason for Edan to stick around campus. There’s only a feeling. A feeling of destiny and purpose that calls to his ancient Highland ancestry and keeps him right where he is.
When he meets her, his purpose becomes clear. He can’t explain it, but she needs him, and he’ll go to great lengths to protect her.

In their search for answers, Ceri and Edan learn there’s a lot more to the world than either of them ever imagined. The lines between reality and myth blur as they discover ancient magic, hidden realms, and the truth about who – and what – they really are: pawns in a game that’s been played for millennia.

Will Ceri and Edan embrace the destinies that have already been written for them? Or will they sacrifice everything to be together?

spirits spells wedding bellsSPIRITS, SPELLS AND WEDDING BELLS (PYPER RAYNE BOOK 5) by Deanna Chase
It’s three weeks until Pyper Rayne and her fiancé Julius tie the knot. All she wants to do is enjoy her risqué bridal shower, complete the final details of her wedding, and find time to enjoy the holidays. But when Charlie, the manager of Wicked, is arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Pyper puts her medium skills to the test in order to find the real killer before Charlie takes the fall. With help from her friends, a couple of shih tzus, and more than a few ghosts, can Pyper save the day and get her happily-ever-after?
auroras betrayalAURORA’S BETRAYAL (THE LOST COVEN BOOK 2) by K A Knight

Cut off from my body, I live in the home of a god who’s willing to train me, to help me fully embrace my powers, both as a witch and as a reaper. But while I lay in a coma, the men I left behind suffer, desperate to find a way to bring me back.

I want to return to them, but our family is not complete. One is missing, a member of the coven who was lost before they found me. And I must go on a quest to Purgatory and bring him back, or we’ll forever be incomplete. I’m coming home to my men, to my family, but will my return bring relief or doom us all?

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wrecked intelWRECKED INTEL: AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL (IMMORTAL OUTCASTS BOOK 4) by Mandy M Roth

Operative: Cody Livingston (Shark-Shifter) – Wereshark and former Immortal Op Cody Livingston has spent decades keeping his head down and staying off the grid. Ever since he volunteered to be part of a test group when the government attempted to create super soldiers, he’s been in a fight for his life and those of the men he sees as brothers—fellow Outcasts. You see, his own government turned against him when the DNA manipulation attempts didn’t go as planned.

Now Cody spends his days trying to right the wrongs left in the wake of the experiments and protecting any innocents caught in the crossfire. This is easier said than done when he’s had to escape the clutches of a madman hell-bent on possessing Cody’s healing gifts and longevity. As old foes resurface, the stakes get even higher when Cody realizes he not only has a mate but that she’s in the crosshairs of the enemy as well.

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immortal hunterIMMORTAL HUNTER (VAMPIRE MATES) by Patricia D Eddy

His entire life, he was trained to do one thing. Kill vampires.Until he had to make an impossible choice and run from the very people he used to call family. In St. John’s, he found a place he could settle down. A place the Hunters would never find him.  But his haven turns out to be anything but safe when a beautiful shield maiden walks into the pub where he’s slinging drinks. Now, evil threatens the entire world and the local coven likes to interfere—with everyone and everything. And it’s really too bad that shield maiden is a vampire. Or…is it?

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immortal bloodlinesIMMORTAL BLOODLINES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Jessica Cage

Love is a thing that chooses us. We are at best victims to it.
No matter how much we may want to convince ourselves otherwise. Noah never gave it a second thought until he met her.
The Johnston vampire bloodline must remain pure. Liam, Noah’s father has made that perfectly clear. But the woman who captured Noah’s heart is far from his father’s list of approved mates. Unfortunately for Noah, walking away from Skye isn’t a simple thing. When a vampire finds his mate, it’s a bond that lasts forever.
As next in line to lead his nest, Noah must decide if he is willing to risk losing it all for love.

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imortal hexesIMMORTAL HEXES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Amelia Hutchins

One vampire.
One witch.
A love that should have survived the ages.
Avery lived by three simple rules. Never be outside after dusk. Never give up fighting to survive. Never give in to the one man who ruled her heart and shattered everything they shared when he walked away from her.
Conner has one mission: to capture the witch who killed his father and make her pay for her crimes. The problem is she’s the only woman he’s ever loved. The same witch whose innocent kiss made his immortal heart quicken with her freely given love. He walked away to save her life, and in return, she took everything from him. She left his world in ruins, and his heart a shattered mess.
Can he ignore the attraction that still burns between them and get justice for those she murdered in cold blood? Or will her past be enough to convince him to forgive her?

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immortal biteIMMORTAL BITE (VAMPIRE MATES) by Andie M Long

Since his turning, Caleb lives in his remote country estate with a skeleton staff. His beloved rose garden occupies his time; a tribute to his past lost love, along with a sharp reminder that the thorns that would scratch a human leave no lasting mark on a vampire.
Artist Vivienne dreams of a garden and a stranger, feeling compelled to sketch roses over and over. When the name Tetburn Manor whispers on the edge of waking, she finds the house and gardens that match her dreams and sets off to sketch them, wondering if the house can lift her constant melancholia.
Caleb watches Vivienne as she herself blooms while she paints his garden standing outside of his estate. Should he listen to his heart and let her in?

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gone rogueSHADOWLIGHT ACADEMY 3: GONE ROGUE by Kailin Gow

Unlike many high school heroines in fantasy books, I always knew I was not ordinary. Far from it.
Since I was two, I have been seeing angels and demons. Given the gift of battle as a warrior, my role as a slayer often interferes with my role as a normal girl. So no, I was never a typical girl who had just found out she was heir to some magical family or something like that. I’ve been “gifted” practically all my life.
So when my ordinary family moved us to San Francisco to a new school where my father teaches, I didn’t think much of the school. Shadowlight Academy, the most exclusive and posh prep academy for the super rich. I thought I would be there to slay the evil like an undercover superhero amongst the ordinary.
I just didn’t think the ordinary would all be extremely unordinary. Especially the three most popular kids in school, known as the Beautiful Ones. Then there’s the hot brooding rebel boy who didn’t seem to fit in, too. Everyone here has secrets, and I am determined to find out what, before it kills me…the entire Academy and even the world.

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prickedPRICKED by Scott Mooney

Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twentysomething in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

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of ice and shadowsOF ICE AND SHADOWS (OF FIRE AND STARS BOOK 2) by Audrey Coulthurst

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers. Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just as Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town in Mynaria changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: she must quickly broker an alliance with the queen of Zumorda to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms; it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers Denna a place among her elite trainees—an opportunity that would force her to choose between her magic and Mare.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare struggles to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. By making unconventional friends, her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grow, and so too do her suspicions about who is truly behind the attacks on Zumorda and her homeland.

As rising tensions and unexpected betrayals put Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerge on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

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midnight beautiesMIDNIGHT BEAUTIES (GRIM LOVELIES BOOK 2) by Megan Shepherd

Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

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magic of the nileVS Note: For my backlist feature this week, I’m highlighting MAGIC OF THE NILE, which is the sequel to my newly re-released PRIESTESS OF THE NILE.  MAGIC tells the story of the grown up Tyema (a supporting character in PRIESTESS) and I really enjoyed writing this one, complete with appearances from Sobek the Crocodile God. I think I developed a slight crush on my own charioteer hero Sahure!
The blurb:She’s a priestess, he’s a proud warrior … is love enough to bridge their differences?
When the high priestess of an Egyptian temple falls in love with a captain of the royal guard, their bond is tested by the intrigue and peril of their duties to the gods and Pharaoh.Tyema serves Sobek the Crocodile God as High Priestess of his Nile river temple. But despite her beauty, grace, and the power she wields, the shy priestess lives as a recluse in the remote temple grounds. For though Sobek rescued her from a childhood of abuse and neglect, and healed her crippled foot, her dark past haunts her still.
When Sahure, a dashing captain of Pharaoh’s guard, arrives to ask her help for Pharaoh, Tyema’s wounded heart blossoms. The captain is captivated as by her well … until Pharaoh orders him to the dangerous frontier, far from Tyema. He rides away, bound by duty and honor, leaving Tyema with even more secrets to bear.Heart-broken, Tyema returns to her lonely life … until the Crocodile God reveals other plans for his priestess. For Pharaoh’s life is threatened with black magic, and only one who wields the power of a god can unmask the sorcerer. Tyema must brave court life, and somehow withstand the pressures of swirling gossip, intrigue and danger. And she must hurry, before ancient evils overcome all her efforts.

But when Sahure returns, is he there to help or to hinder? Will love lead them to common ground, and a future together … or will their differences tear them apart forever? Find out in this exciting sequel to PRIESTESS OF THE NILE!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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July 31

July 24

July 17

July 10

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.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 31

pulled by the tailAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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PULLED BY THE TAIL: CELESTIAL MATES (TAIL AND CLAW BOOK 2) by Nancey Cummings

A clerical error matched Georgia to the wrong alien. It’ll take months to get their marriage annulled, so she’s stuck in a grand house that’s falling down on a backwater planet with a massive brute of an alien who likes books more than people. But the more time she spends with Talen, the more she questions if their marriage was a mistake after all.

All Talen has in the universe is his family. When his brother’s latest scheme delivers a human female to his door, technically his wife, he refuses to turn her away. She’s part of his pride now and he knows that her luscious form and biting wit is vital to his future. He’ll win her heart and convince her that nothing about the heat between them is a mistake.

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tyree alana khanTYREE: BOOK THREE IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS… by Alana Khan

Surviving a horrifying alien abduction and dangerous slave revolt, Grace thought she was finally safe on this spaceship full of protective alien gladiators. Until her musical improvisations accidentally go viral. Now she needs to overcome her crippling stage fright or it could mean death for them all.

The one good thing in her life is her new alien friend, Tyree. A few weeks ago he morphed from a small, female-looking elf into the hottest male this side of the Milky Way. Which means he has problems of his own, like avoiding tripping over the genitals swinging between his legs, and dealing with the constant arousal of being around Grace, the human woman haunting his fantasies.

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saving runtSAVING RUNT: COSMOS GATEWAY BOOK 7 by S E Smith

Amelia ‘Runt’ Thomas’ life revolves around a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the most ruthless criminals in the world. She follows two codes: the code of hackers and her personal code of honor to bring down anyone who thinks they’re untouchable. She is on target until one fateful night when the touch of a strange man sends an unexpected shock wave through her. Now, the faint whispers in her head are growing louder and more annoying, distracting her from her mission.

Derik ‘Tag Krell Manok’s search for the mysterious woman who changed his life nearly two years before is finally over. As a Prime warrior from another world, he knew the moment he touched Amelia that she was his bond-mate—but she disappeared before he could whisk her away to safety. He is determined not to let that happen again, but he also knows that he needs to proceed with caution because Amelia is unlike any woman he has ever known before.

As their connection grows, so does Derik’s fear that he will be unable to keep Amelia safe from a man who is just as determined to find her and use her amazing talents for his own devious purposes. Find out what happens when an alien warrior, a determined AI named RITA, and a few other surprising twists come together to save a special woman named Runt!

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lionman kidnappingLIONMAN KIDNAPPING (CHIMERA SECRETS BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

He never wanted to become a beast. But the only way to stay a man requires the taming touch of a woman.
Marcus escaped the doctors who thought it was okay to experiment on him. Totally expected to savor freedom far, far away from the evil wrought by the Chimaeram Clinic.
Instead, he finds himself inexplicably drawn back to the place that made him a monster.
And what do monsters do best but terrorize humans?
When he kidnaps Jayda, he has no thought other than to make a certain doctor pay. However, taking an alluring woman to his lair means having her close. Hearing her. Smelling her…
Remembering what it means to be a man.
Wanting to be her lover.
Is she his salvation, or his downfall? Because there is only one punishment for a project gone rogue.

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coalition reckoningCOALITION RECKONING (DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 10) by Cassandra Chandler

VS note: A fun series!

When a reclusive billionaire hires Brigid as his personal chef, she has a feeling the job is too good to be true. The pay is jaw-dropping—as is the wannabe she’s replacing in the kitchen. Dane’s heart is in the right place, but seriously, baked beans over pasta? It’s like he learned to cook on another planet. He’s eager to learn her ways, and Brigid is more than happy to give him very personal lessons.

Dane has never felt like he belonged anywhere. Not among his fellow Sadirian soldiers in the fleet of the Coalition of Planets and not as the highest ranking med-tech assigned to assist the Department of Homeworld Security on Earth. All of that changes the moment he meets Brigid.

Resisting their mutual attraction is impossible—especially when soldiers from the Coalition arrive to arrest the Sadirians living on Earth and wipe the memories of all the Earthlings who’ve encountered them. But as Dane and Brigid fight to preserve their chance at a future together, they find that a new enemy has risen in the galaxy that threatens everything they know and love.

As their worlds shift around them, can they hold on to the spark that connects their hearts?

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aces oddsACE’S ODDS: FAVOR’S FATE (OBSIDIAN RIM) by Sela Carson

Mkhai Kerbasi is a former soldier running on luck’s fumes. He gambled and won, but he’s still in debt to the mob boss who runs Gizem, a glitzy, glamorous space station where all the shine hides a dark underworld. The only hand he’s got left to play is getting the mob boss’s daughter off the station… but how much of his heart is he willing to lose?

Silbe Otxoa is no pampered princess, even if her father is one of the most feared men in the ruined galaxy. Now that she’s embroiled in a desperate scheme to keep her family safe, she has to team up with a roguish smuggler who makes her want to bet on him with everything she’s got.

The two of them together might be able to beat the odds, if they can trust each other enough to lay their hearts on the table.

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fix the gameFIX THE GAME (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

Forced to be a medic at a corrupt arena, Cracker dreams of getting one person on her side, and then, he shows up.

Cracker’s life after the explosion was textbook. She only had one broken leg from the blast, but she was sent to the arena at the request of some retired generals, and there, she was altered into a lost leg with a tether running through it.
She was delighted when communication with everyone as possible, and even if she had to hide her equipment, she had friends to talk to again. She hid her situation as best she could, but the day that she met the first-gen cyborg, she thought that things might just be turning around.
With a tiny drop of hope in her life, she asked Lucky for programs that would help her out of her situation, and her friend delivered.
Cracker was now back in action.

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rassanRASSAN (IZOTHIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elle Harper

Harper – This was it. Our one and only chance to have the kind of adventure each of us could only dream of. A rag-tag crew of (mostly) scientists, a spacecraft that definitely wasn’t going to pass any inspections, and the type of desperation that comes from living each day on a dying planet.
Okay, so we didn’t plan for the space battle we found ourselves in the middle of. The sad thing is, when we felt our spacecraft falling apart after being hit, to a one, we thought: still better than life on Earth. Dying among the stars… there are worse ways to go.
It’s not like any of us had anyone to go back home to, anyway.

Rassan – I rescued the tiny Earth woman.
Plucked her nearly lifeless body from the vastness of space. And from the moment I saw her face, I knew I’d never be the same.
The alien is making me feel things I’ve sworn to never feel again, want things I have no right to want. This is madness…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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farbornFARBORN (MAXIM COLONIES BOOK 2) by Lesli Richardson

Davies McKellan is a man without a true home. The cocky mining contractor navigator has spent his entire adult life roaming the stars and refusing to be tied down by anyone.

But that doesn’t come without cost. Like loneliness.
When Davies makes his first run to the planet Pfahrn, he meets Olarte, a Pfahrn who intrigues him in ways he never dreamed possible.
Except duplicity and deadly secrets are a killer combo that’ll make any man rethink his past. And if the eight-foot-tall green alien is Davies’ future, he might be down for that. He’s got priorities, though.
Like making sure they uncover the truth first, and don’t die in the process.

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terran temptationTERRAN TEMPTATION (TERRAN 1) by Echo Ishii

Dr. Annalisha Montague has earned a glowing reputation as a Terran scientist. She has also attracted the attention of two men, a senator who wants her for her bloodline and a Terran commander who wants her heart and soul. Will she choose to honor her bloodline or her heart?

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assassins mateASSASSIN’S MATE: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 9) by Rena Marks

Zealish has finally found his mate—only to wake in the hospital to find out he was dreaming. The whole thing—sneaky caresses, possessive touches, caring for the one person meant to be his and his alone—vanished. A figment of his wandering imagination.

Angela will do anything to protect her twin sister. But when she meets Zealish, who loves Everly and can’t have her, she refuses to be the substitution. His second choice. The wrong twin.

But when Zee leaves the city and comes after her to save her life? Angela wonders if she’s the wrong twin after all.

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dirty lovely brokenDIRTY LOVELY BROKEN: A DARK SCIFI FAIRY TALE (TWISTED KINGDOM BOOK 1) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: The Author’s Note from ebook seller’s page: Please note: This is NOT at ALL like my other series. This is a messy, angsty, dirty reverse harem sci-fi fairy tale arcing over the course of three books. The HEA won’t come until book three. If you have triggers, do not read this book. If you’re still with me…welcome to the Twisted Kingdom! states the HEA will be at the end of book 3.

Jude Camden slaughtered thousands of her soldiers. He executed her brother in front of her. And he was only willing to accept an end to the war—harmony across the planet Syrus—on one condition…

Taken by the infamous Camden princes—Jude, Orlann, and Malac—Maari Delayne must cement a fragile planetary peace by merging two rival bloodlines. The Camdens are powerful, insatiable, and remorseless. They are as irresistible as they are infuriating, ruthlessly wringing pleasure from their captive night after night.

Yet Maari is far from helpless in their grasp. She has a gift that will let her deny the brothers what they need most from her—as long as she doesn’t let any of them into her heart.

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hunters mateTHE HUNTER’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 5) by Susan Trombley

Still haunted by nightmares about Hunter’s sacrifice to save the lives of her and her friends, the last alien Tarin expects to see on Akrellia is the Menops bounty hunter himself. She’s drawn to the dangerous male, despite his insectoid appearance, but chalks it up to their experiences together, unable to accept it might mean more—even as she decides never to let him out of her sight again.

Hunter has spent his life searching for one thing and one thing only—a cure for imprinting. To that end, he joined the traitorous Iriduan, Halian, in a devil’s bargain that has him deceiving Tarin and her friends, and he’s not comfortable with that deception—or with his growing concerns about Halian’s plans.

When the execution of part of Halian’s plan isolates Hunter and Tarin on an unknown alien world, far from help, Hunter’s problems grow even more complicated. An unanticipated metamorphosis leaves his body completely changed—in a way that makes it impossible to ignore his growing feelings for Tarin.

But secrets, lies, and a past he can’t change form a seemingly insurmountable obstacle between them. Hunter must prove he’s worthy of his queen and earn her forgiveness for his past mistakes, but the consequences of those mistakes have yet to fully manifest—and when they do, no one will be safe.

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claimed by her alienCLAIMED BY HER ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 2) by Tempest Luna

Transported through a wormhole on what should have been a simple harvesting mission, Naomi ejects from her burning ship moments before impact. Injured, desperate, and alone, she breaks into an isolated dwelling to steal food and water.

Vrax comes back from the trade to find his house raided and the most delicious scent infusing the air. Still, no one steals from him. No one besides the Sypians, of course. The race of alien invaders have enslaved the entire planet, and if Vrax doesn’t report the tiny human to the monitors, he could lose what little freedom he has left. But Naomi is different from any creature he’s ever seen. Delicate, yet strong. One choice, one split-second decision, and he will do anything for her. Even give up his own life.

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ascendanceASCENDANCE: SCIENCE FICTION STORIES ABOUT REACHING FOR THE STARS by Alexis Glynn Latner

VS note: Hard scifi not romance but I always enjoy Alexis’s stories. 

Nine previously published novelettes and short stories and one new novelette span five thousand years of future history as humanity reaches across the stars.

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condemnedCONDEMNED: A DARK SCIFI REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Cari Silverwood

She owes them her life. She’ll pay with her body.
After she is caught trying to steal an artifact from an alien temple, Avalon is saved from a terrible fate by four veteran warriors, but the battle-scarred brutes make it clear they have no intention of setting her free. She belongs to them now…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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model rusticMODEL: RUSTIC (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 3) by Nix Whittaker

Model humans are divided. Some are wary of the possibility of humans from earth arriving while others are on a war footing. When a scout from earth arrives Crescent is forced to choose a side. Putting her family at risk and everything she has ever cared for.

Levi had been told the new planet he was scouting was empty of human life. Thrown into the middle of a political war he has to rely on a stranger.

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hound of justiceTHE HOUND OF JUSTICE (THE JANET WATSON CHRONICLES) by Claire O’Dell

Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes, introduced in the acclaimed A Study in Hour, continue their dangerous investigation into the new American Civil War with the help of fresh allies, advanced technology, and brilliant deduction in this superb reimagining of Sherlock Holmes.

It’s been two months since Dr. Janet Watson accepted an offer from Georgetown University Hospital. The training for her new high-tech arm is taking longer than expected, however, leaving her in limbo. Meanwhile, her brilliant friend and compatriot, Sara Holmes, has been placed on leave–punishment for going rogue during their previous adventure.

After an extremist faction called the Brotherhood of Redemption launched a failed assassination attempt on the president that caused mass destruction, Holmes, who is now operating in the shadows, takes on the task of investigating the Brotherhood. Holmes is making progress when she abruptly disappears.

When Watson receives a mysterious message from Holmes’s cousin Micha that indicates that Sara Holmes’ disappearance might be connected to the Brotherhood and to Adler Industries, Watson and Micha go on a high-stakes mission to reunite with Holmes once more.

Together, Watson, Holmes and Micha embark on a thrilling, action-packed journey through the deep South to clear Holmes’s name, thwart the Brotherhood’s next move, and most important, bring their nemesis to justice for the atrocities she’s committed in the New Civil War.

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red sandsRED SANDS (WARLORDS OF ATERA BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle

Fleeing a life of abuse, Sheri climbs aboard a mail-order mate spaceship bound for a distant station, but never arrives… Fate intervenes and her trip takes a quick, deadly turn when she crashes on the planet Atera. She’s surrounded by endless sand dunes, dangerous creatures, and alien beings that remind her of Earth lizards. But one particular lizard hardly leaves her thoughts—a sexy, two legged, muscular male bent on protecting and caring for her at all costs.

Drazan is a fierce warrior, the strongest Ateran of the Red Sands, he rules his dunes with an iron fist and sharp sword, and is honor bound to face all challengers to his position. During one of these battles something… strange… happens. Fire rains from the skies and a strange black metal box filled with females crashes to the sands. All thoughts of fighting are lost to the allure of these odd humans—especially one deliciously curvy female who stirs his blood. Now he finds himself with dark yearnings, strong need, and a hardness between his legs that he’s never used before.

With Sheri consuming his thoughts, Drazan may have forgotten about his last challenge but his opponent’s brother hasn’t. Now he’s determined to see Drazan suffer… even if that means killing Sheri.

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migrationMIGRATION: QUEER SCIFI’S 6TH ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST by Various including J Scott Coatsworth

VS Note: Not romance but a release of note. And flash fiction is always fun!

MI-GRA-TION (Noun)
1) Seasonal movement of animals from one region to another.
2) Movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.
3) Movement from one part of something to another.
Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.
Migration feaures 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

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vivid avowedVIVID AVOWED (THE EVELYN MAYNARD TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Kaydence Snow

Evelyn’s secrets have all been revealed, even questions she never thought to ask. Despite the turmoil surrounding her childhood and true identity, she knows one thing for sure: she belongs with her devoted Bonded Variants – Ethan, Josh, Tyler and Alec.
But the truth hasn’t set Evelyn free.

The division between Variants and humans continues to widen. Nowhere is safe. Behind all the chaos is one man – Davis Damari. He’s the truth she’s been chasing her entire life, and the only one capable of destroying the life she fought to build in Bradford Hills.
Davis will stop at nothing to get Evelyn. Her Bond will stop at nothing to protect her.
Evelyn must find a way to embrace her immense power, or risk losing it all.

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alien commanders babyTHE ALIEN COMMANDER’S BABY: THE BREVIEX SERIES BOOK 2 by  Molly Rowland

Marian never expected to find salvation in her alien captor. But, Vrox, a muscled warrior from Ranov, stole her heart when he rescued her from life as a concubine in the king’s service.
Now, Marian and Vrox are racing through space, outside of the King’s grasp, searching for a quiet corner of the galaxy to call their own. A safe place to raise their child.
But the king is more cunning than they could have imagined. And he won’t let their insolence stand.

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varros human brideVARRO’S HUMAN BRIDE (TARRKUAN MASTERS BOOK 2) by Sue Lyndon

Julie is desperate to travel to Tarrkua and join her sister–the only family she has left in this universe. But to reach the distant alien planet, she must assume the identity of another Earth woman who’s supposed to marry a Tarrkuan. Can she pull off the switch without her new alien husband learning of her deceit?

After years spent in the asteroid mines, Varro returns to his home planet only to discover his betrothed has married another. Angry and hurt, he vows to never trust another female again, though he knows he must fulfill his duties to his people and procreate as soon as possible. Now he must take the human bride who’s offered to him–a stranger from Earth, no less. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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rose by any other nameA ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY (SHAPE UP OR SHIOFT OUT BOOK 1) by Mandy Rosko

Rita is the most amazing shifter in existence. She can turn into one of the most beautiful and clever animals in the world and she loves it.

Rita is a racoon shifter, and despite being so awesome, she’s not having an easy time finding her mate. When she tries to entice matchmaker extraordinaire, Gerri Wilder, with an offer for exchange of services, she’s dismayed that Gerri tells her no.
Something about having to wait till the time is right – bah!
So when she receives a mysterious message from Gerri, Rita thinks Gerri has finally taken her up on her generous offer. The thing is, Rita is expected to pull off a heist and steal an item of value for Gerri.
What she finds instead, is that Gerri sent her to meet a half-man, half-cyborg!
One who is really sexy and just Rita’s type.

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clockwork heartCLOCKWORK HEART by Mandy Rosko

A Great War has wreaked havoc on the world, but that’s nothing compared to what Brandon did to her.
Betty Bel-Grant lives every day preparing for revenge. She uses her father’s plans and builds machines of destruction that no one has ever dreamed of, waiting for the day when the automaton returns.
But when he finally shows up again, this time minus the glowing green eyes, he pleads with her to believe that his clockwork parts had been sabotaged; his machinery had been hijacked to make him attack.
The excuse is convenient, but unbelievable, because why would her Uncle Jimmy want to kill their family? Betty’s determined to find out the truth, and to see to it that the person responsible pays.  Even if it’s the man she loves.

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dad pantherDAD PANTHER (ALIEN GUARDIANS OF EARTH BOOK 3) by Donna McDonald

Bad Panther is about to become Dad Panther…Dr. Sugar Jennings, host of a Protector Blade, is about to become the mother of twins. Axel of Rodu, her alien panther mate and next in line for the Lyran throne, is already in Dad Panther mode and freaking out.

When the fourth and final blade surfaces and sends out a distress call, Sugar has no choice but lead the existing blades on a rescue mission. The Creator Blade and its reluctant host are on the run.

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zhadraZHADRA: OBOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Sabine Ferruci

The view from an alien cage is not how Commander Grace Summers planned to see the universe.  This was so not in the training manual. But in the cage next to her, Grace finds a helping hand. A big silver one. With claws. Jackpot: an alien hunk who has a decent escape plan. But why do Zhadra’s eyes start to glow when Grace wants to improve the plan? And why does his every growl make Grace melt into a heated puddle of need? After escaping, close encounters with the big guy nearly distract her from their destination: his planet.  Is there a place for her on Obos? And will it be with him or without him?

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after the fallAFTER THE FALL by Kyndra Hatch

VS note: A re-release of Kyndra’s story for the 3rd Pets In Space anthology, which is no longer available.

The Invaders took everything worth living for. Can an Invader show him how to live again?

A’ryk Chiste of Korth marooned himself on an uninhabited world for a reason. He doesn’t want to be reminded of a galaxy where his people lost the war, taken over by the merciless Invaders who changed his life forever. A galaxy where he failed at the one thing he was born for, to protect worlds. He wants no part of the shaky forced ‘peace.’ So when an Invader crashes onto his planet, the simple solution is to let her die. But his furry companions have other ideas.

Lyra Merrick is a surveyor for the Earth Council of Habitable Worlds. She searches for and reports planets that can be terraformed for human survival, comfort and stability. It is business as usual when she finds another planet in a little known section of the galaxy. A routine mission turns into a fight for survival when her ship has a malfunction and she crashes to the icy, unrelenting world. When she comes to, she hears a voice in her head. Confused, she wonders if the lonely existence of a surveyor finally made her crazy. Not only is she hearing things, her eyes are deceiving her too, because she’s in the domicile of the sexiest man she’s ever seen.

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survive the chaosSURVIVE THE CHAOS (SMALL TOWN EMP BOOK 1) by Grace Hamilton

VS note: Not sure how much romance if any there is but it’s charting high in the SFR cateogry. And I do love post apocalyptic stories. Put this on my TBR list.

After Austin Merryman’s wife died, he and his fourteen-year-old daughter left home to travel the country in an old RV. But the comfort and renewal they sought soon descends into chaos—even before the EMP hits.

When a message from an old college buddy leads Austin to a bridge in the middle of nowhere, he finds his friend—now an NSA agent—waiting to give him a USB drive. Before the contents can be explained, machine gun fire strafes the bridge, killing Austin’s friend and forcing Austin into the raging river.

Rescued downstream by a beautiful veterinarian, Austin learns that EMP attacks have thrust the world into eternal darkness—and separated him from the only person he has left: his young, but resourceful, daughter. Now, he’ll move heaven and earth to locate her and make it to his brother’s prepper hideaway in Utah.

But the post-apocalyptic world is no longer a friendly place. Resources are growing scarce. Factions break out and walls go up. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. And Austin’s daughter is caught right in the middle of this splintering society.

But an even deadlier foe stalks them as they struggle across the landscape. Someone who hasn’t forgotten about the USB drive Austin possesses.

And they’ll do anything to get it back.

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captive flameCAPTIVE FLAME (FORBIDDEN ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS) by Naomi Sparks

Since birth, I’ve been locked in an underground training facility beneath a secret bunker.
The war wages on above me, but I’ve never seen it. In fact, I’ve never even seen the sun.
They wanted me to be their perfect weapon. Their perfect warrior princess.
But now that I know the truth, I’m fighting for myself.

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break the dayBREAK THE DAY: A MIDNIGHT BREED NOVEL by Lara Adrian

After a shocking betrayal nearly killed him and the people he cares about the most, what Breed warrior Rafe wants more than anything is revenge against the insidious brotherhood called Opus Nostrum. But to achieve that goal, he must turn his back on the Order and infiltrate a dangerous gang with ties to Opus. Risking everything to redeem himself and carry out his deep-cover mission, Rafe will let nothing stand in his way–least of all his desire for one of the loyalists he should despise, a mysterious, dark-haired beauty named Devony Winters.

But Devony has secrets of her own to protect, as well as a personal duty she will do anything to fulfill. And as a daywalker passing herself off as human to the gang she’s been embedded with for months, the last thing she needs is a dangerous former member of the Order unraveling all her hard work. Her plans depend on keeping Rafe at arm’s length, but if she surrenders to the dark need he stirs within her, it will be her heart that pays the ultimate price.

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wild witchTHE WILD WITCH (THE COVEN: ACADEMY MAGIC BOOK 3) by Chandelle LaVaun

In the Old Lands, nothing is as it seems. Something lurks in the darkness…watching…waiting. I see it moving in the shadows. I hear it whisper in the wind. I sense it following our every step. I feel it on my spine like the caress of fingertips across my skin.

Is it Joseph and his army waiting to ambush us again? Or is it just the ancient chaos of this place waiting to suck us in and never let us back out? As I stand here within the darkness staring at the dancing flames, I know our time is up. We have to make our run for it. Now.

This was a rescue mission, except now we might need the saving. With Tegan still unconscious, and Tennessee lost to his fear for her, no one knows what to do. All we have is my crazy plan and it might get us all killed. We made it to the balefire….but now, we have to make it back out alive.

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mermaids heartMERMAID’S HEART (DARKSEA ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Stacy Claflin

Being a royal should make my life easier, but it only compounds my problems. When my father, the new King of Valora, succeeded the beloved King Tiberius, many of his subjects believed he killed my uncle just to gain the throne. His new policies only make the people hate him more. Just my luck, they transfer their loathing onto me.

Even my best friend and my boyfriend aren’t enough of a buffer, and I’m continually fending off verbal, and sometimes physical, attacks. That’s when my powers start growing…

When no one at the academy can—or will—help me learn about my new abilities, I begin to research them on my own. Modern answers seem to be entwined with a terrifying ancient legend. If the lore is true, my destiny is far more tragic than my present problems. And I don’t know if I can change it. Or if I should even try.

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resolvedRESOLVED (THE QUEEN’S ALPHA SERIES BOOK 12) by W J May

Who do you hold onto, when the sky begins to fall?

When an ancient curse takes hold of the land, Katerina Damaris and her friends are forced to do the impossible. To venture into the belly of the beast.

Trapped in a wasteland at the end of the world, they find themselves facing dangers they could have never imagined. Old enemies and resurrected monsters. An army of darkness like never before.

The gang races to unlock the prophecy, but before the secret is unveiled, one of their party is taken before their very eyes. …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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kingdom of mirrors and rosesKINGDOM OF MIRRORS AND ROSES by Various

Beauty and the Beast, but not how you remember it…Deep in the forest, a castle hides. No one knows who lives there, but rumors of a beast keep people away.
Cloaked in shadows, hidden from view, a prince destroyed by a curse shuts himself away from the world, ashamed of the beast he’s become.
And in the village, a beautiful girl with her nose in a book, yearns for something more.
True love is the only thing that can break his curse. True love is the one thing she’s looking for, but how can they find true love when neither knows the other exists?
Find out if love really can defy all odds in this set of thirteen captivating retellings of the classic fairytale, filled with love, hope and the strength of two people willing to do whatever it takes.

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kiss of the red scorpionKISS OF THE RED SCORPION by Various including Susan Tisdale

A deadly curse. When two goddesses clash, a cursed object is hurled through time. A scorpion necklace, beautiful but deadly, surfaces again and again over the centuries with the power to level cities and destroy mankind.

A timeless battle. From ancient Ireland to near-future New York, the necklace calls to those with the propensity for evil, energizing the wicked and, when worn, bringing disaster to the wearer and turning the good to bad.

A love worth fighting for. Honorable men and women have fought to keep the necklace safely hidden, its dark magic carefully buried for the good of humanity. But over the years, the necklace and its powers have been unveiled. Only an act of selfless love can break the curse—if the soulmates can find each other in time.

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hell fire la boruffHELLFIRE: A COLLECTIVE WORLD NOVEL (ACADEMY’S RISE TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff

One day, I‘ll rule every lycan and vampire in the world as their hybrid High Alpha with my triplet sisters at my side.
As if that’s not enough pressure, I just met my fated mates, and one of them is the heir to a massive witch coven.
If we have babies (WAY in the future, geez) they’ll be witch-vampire-lycan hybrids. With Lucifer and Lilith as their great-grandparents.
But I can’t even think about that right now. I have to figure out why all the students at my school act like they’re hypnotized. And get to know my mates. And try not to rip my freaking clothes off every time I see them.
Oh, and all that without my parents finding out. Cause they’d FREAK.
mainly by moonlightMAINLY BY MOONLIGHT: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS BOOK 1 by Josh Lanyon

Cosmo Saville guiltily hides a paranormal secret from his soon-to-be husband. And if he can’t undo a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime rival, he could spend his honeymoon behind bars…

Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith never believed in love until Cosmo came along. Falling head over heels for the elegant antiques dealer is an enchantment he never wants to break. So when all fingers point to Cosmo’s guilt, John struggles to believe what his heart is telling him.

As Cosmo searches for the real killer among the arcane aristocracy, John warns him to leave it to the police. But with an unseen enemy threatening to expose Cosmo’s true nature, the couple’s blissful future could shatter like a broken charm.

Can Cosmo find the lost grimoire, clear his name and keep John’s love alive, or will black magic “rune” their wedding bells?

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witch in timeA WITCH IN TIME: TRUE MATES GENERATIONS BOOK 4 by Alicia Montgomery

When three strangers appear at his doorstep, Lord Reed Townsend, Duke of Huntington, knows something is not quite right. And it’s not just because his wolf immediately recognizes Elise Henney as his True Mate. But the cold, unfeeling Alpha doesn’t want to risk his heart again, despite the fact that his wolf is urging him to claim their mate. He ignores his instincts, hoping that the desire and longing he feels for the young American miss would eventually go away.

Transported from modern day New York to Regency England, wolf shifter Elise Henney and her companions deduce that their only way home lies with the London Alpha. But, Reed’s suspicious nature is a major hindrance, not to mention, his cold, unfeeling nature. Still, she can’t help but feel drawn to the broody duke, but he can never know who she really is or where she’s from.

Sparks fly despite their denial of their attraction to each other. But, Elise’s only way home relies on Reed’s fate, one she cannot change no matter what happens. Can they let history play out as it’s supposed to or will they defy time, in order to be together?

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shadows suzanne wrightSHADOWS by Suzanne Wright

Devon and Tanner fight like… well, cats and dogs. Which makes sense since hellcats and hellhounds aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, their demons’ antipathy towards each other is matched only by the red-hot sexual tension between Tanner and Devon. It’s driving them – and their long-suffering friends Harper and Knox – mad.

When Devon is nearly kidnapped, Tanner’s protective instincts kick into overdrive – he’s sticking by her side, day and night. But staying so close means their hunger can no longer be denied . . . They know their demons won’t accept the match, but after one red-hot night they’ll fight to stay together as long as they can, even though shadows are gathering around them. Devon’s would-be kidnapper is still on the loose, a serial killer carrying rage from a twisted past threatens the lair and, most of all, Tanner and Devon are losing themselves to the heat between them. When this relationship goes up in flames, it could be a blaze that neither of them can walk away from.

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paranormal misdirectionPARANORMAL MISDIRECTION (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 5) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

With my seer powers finally under my control, I’m ready to plunge into the unknown to find my father.
He may have abandoned me, but I’ll go to the ends of the Otherlands to save him from his torment.
Only problem? With unexpected allies and even more surprising enemies, this rescue mission might be more than I bargained for.

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enlightenedENLIGHTENED (THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Moni Boyce

When her mother’s letters reveal an ancient tome exists, Willow realizes more is at stake. Killian knows about the book as well and will do whatever it takes to possess it and her. To stop him, they embark on a global scavenger hunt to find it before he does.

On the journey, Willow and Eli explore life as a couple. They’re falling head over heels into bed and in love, now that Eli has put passion before duty. But, navigating romance proves challenging when their relationship becomes embroiled in controversy. Besides warring with Killian, they must fight against the people that oppose their romantic union.

Along the way, their chase to find the missing book unveils unknown aspects of Willow’s powers and unearths secrets and betrayals.

As Eli told her before, ‘All magic comes at a cost.’ By the time they reach the end of their quest, they will pay a hefty price for staying one step ahead of the vampire king. Can their budding romance withstand the chaos and fallout? Or will evil triumph?

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blazing petalsBLAZING PETALS (THE ANOMALY SERIES BOOK 2) by Aster North

Dancing Flames. Cold Steel. Flowing Blood.

My name is Everly Banks, and I seem to collect problems like most people collect dust bunnies. With an army of enemies at the gate, I must gather one of my own.

With the hunters on my side, and maybe even in my bed, I begin to have hope that I will make it through the coming war with my mind and heart intact.

Some people seek to use me while others play the long game. But not all of my enemies are what they seem. A betrayal blindsides me and lives hang in the balance as my magics cry out for me to destroy it all.

I will dance among the blazing petals and cover myself in the ashes of their destruction. The line in the earth is being drawn, and it won’t be my blood that flows freely. Choose your side wisely.

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mink omega in hidingMINK OMEGA IN HIDING (SHIFTER TOWERS BOOK 2) by Jessica E Subject

VS note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets Jessica has been sharing…

Roan is looking for a way out…As a mink shifter omega, I never thought I’d escape the soul-crushing, gang-ruled world I lived in. But, one night on my way home from working at the strip club, the opportunity arose. I needed to find a place to hide, somewhere I could go where no one from this life would ever find me. Someplace I could start over. With my parents deceased, I only had one person from my past I could ask for help. But would he want to see me again?

Hansol has everything in his life, except his mate…After two years of running a successful fitness center with celebrities as my personal clients and friends, one would think I had everything I’ve ever wanted. But I don’t. The one thing I still desire is to have my mate by my side. Something my sun bear keeps reminding me of every day. Sure, I’ve had plenty of omegas and other alphas in my bed, but no one I want to wake up with each morning. That person left my life years ago with no explanation and no goodbye.

Will they find their way back to each other? Then Roan shows up on my doorstep, soaking wet, and with no belongings. Of course, I take him in. But I don’t know how long I have until he leaves again. Can I trust him this time? Can I finally claim him as my mate? Or am I holding onto false hope? Because I know there is something he is keeping from me.

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tales and darknessTALES AND DARKNESS (LOST TIME ACADEMY BOOK 3) by G Bailey

What if fairy tales wanted to destroy the world? What if you are the only one who can stop them…

With Lost Time Academy and the rest of the island fast asleep, Madi and her men set off to find the secrets hidden in the council of good tales before they wake up.
With a goddess declaring war on earth, Quin’s uncle missing, and no one else stepping in to help, Madi, Warren, Quin and her tale brothers need to save everyone.

With dark powers arising, hidden prophecies coming true and a world to save, Madilynn Dormiens needs to become what she has always meant to be.
The sleeping raven.
Even the darkest fairy tales can fall in love.

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dark temptationsDARK TEMPTATIONS VOLUME 1: A COLLECTION OF SHORTS STORIES FROM K A KNIGHT AND ERIN O’KANE

The twisted minds of K.A. Knight and Erin O’Kane have come together to bring you short stories that will leave you wanting more. See your favourite characters like never before…you asked for more…we delivered.

In this addition find yourself immersed in the circus as you find out what Rhea and her men got up to at Christmas with some never before seen bonus scenes.

Why not pull up a chair and get ready for some steamy extra stories from The Wild Boys, with never before seen scenes and a short story set after The Wild Interview.

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time traveler's magicTHE TIME TRAVELER’S MAGIC (BOOK 1 OF THE MAGIC BOUND SAGA) by Anna Applegate

A stranger thrusts Ember Brighton into another time, where she learns her crumbling life has a greater purpose. Pursuing this new life, however, will leave her loved ones in danger until she realizes who she is and what she’s capable of. If she fails to work quickly enough, her mother’s deadly fate will be sealed.

When the confident and mysterious Rane Andersson shows up at all the right moments to help, Ember can’t help but distrust his motives. Without him, though, she’s left with more questions than answers, and more people trying to kill her than she can fight off alone.

Despite her reservations, she’s forced to put her faith in him. Now Ember’s running out of time to find her way home, save her mother, and fix the balance of time itself.

Will her run-ins with rogue vampires and evil shifters prove to be more than she can overcome? Or can Ember face her destiny head on?

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first huntFIRST HUNT: A DIABLE FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Alexis Calder

Violet – I was raised as a hunter – trained to kill all of the monsters that go bump in the night. I left that life behind, vowing to never kill unless necessary. Unfortunately, necessary happened pretty quickly. With blood on my hands and no place to go, I rely on the help of a sexy rancher. Turns out he’s a wolf shifter and I’m falling hard. FML.

Jackson – When I inherited the family ranch, my whole life went to hell. Then, I met Violet. She’s strong, sexy, and just fiesty enough to put up with someone like me. Basically, she’s everything I ever wanted in a woman. The only problem is that she’s a hunter and I’m a shifter.

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first cursedFIRST CURSED (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Fiona Starr

“True love can break the curse, Hazel,” the witch said, laughing in my face.

Ever since leaving my coven, everything has been going wrong. None of my spells work, my potions turn to ash, and now I think my dog is losing the ability to talk to me. I don’t deal in curses, but after that witch reveals her intentions, it’s clear that I have been living under a rather potent one.

Things change when Jamie Ross walks into my shop. All it takes is one brush of our hands and everything’s different. I always thought curses were meant for fairy tales, but the joke’s on her because I just met my happily ever after.

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first tasteFIRST TASTE (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Laney Powell

A century ago, a seer foretold that not only would my mate be the one to find me, but that she’d be a witch with a dark past. A witch and a vampire? Not bloody likely. No, I’ve been around the world, and I have met my share of witches. Trust me when I say there is no mate for me among them.

When a strange girl has a bad car accident passing through Diablo Falls, I’m just doing my job as an EMT to save her life. I have no expectations of anything. But as I accidentally taste her blood, the words of the seer ring in my ears: “One drop is all it takes.”

She has no idea who she is, what she is, or anything about her past. How can I convince this witch that she’s my mate?

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first awakening alexx andriaFIRST AWAKENING (DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Alexx Andria

Fate will not be denied — no matter how hard he tries.
On the trail of a supernatural killer, Paranormal Crimes Operative Beckham Carter lands in Diablo Falls and right in the crosshairs of his Fated Mate, Lyric Johnson.
Lyric doesn’t know what she is and Beckham isn’t interested in teaching her the shifter ways but when danger comes for them both, they must work together or die fighting an ancient evil.

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first bloodFIRST BLOOD: A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Kirsten Strassel

I’ve been waiting for her for centuries. Now it’s time to bring her home.
I didn’t make it to Diablo Falls, a safe haven for vampires like me, until it was too late. Humans captured my beloved, accused her of witchcraft, and punished her as they saw fit.
Never to be seen again. Or so I thought.
I can feel her, and it’s time to put the plan I’ve spent years crafting into action. She’s different this time, and I’m excited to get to know her, and fall in love all over again. But I had to wait until she was willing to take a chance on the unknown.
The one who has loved her forever.
She’s here now, in my tarot card shop, wanting answers on what led her to Diablo Falls. Where the mysterious invite came from. Will I be able to convince her she’s mine?

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damiens dilemmaDAMIEN’S DILEMMA (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Julie K Cohen

Damien needs to blood-bond a shifter to retain control of his wolf and his pack. He would blood-bond Tess in a second, except his enemies have destroyed her ability to shift. And they’re not done with her. . .

Tess is determined to navigate this new world without her shifter abilities. She won’t let anyone get in her way, least of all Damien, the alpha who’s determined to make her his. . .  even if it kills him.

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dagger of boneDAGGER OF BONE (LEGEND OF THE CLANBLADES BOOK 1) by R K Thorne

One contest, one chance to change their fates.
Everyone expects Nyalin of the Obsidian Clan to do great things. And he’d gladly do so, except that he hasn’t inherited a single drop of his late mother’s legendary magic. Now his clan refuses to waste resources to teach him, and the last chance to discover his father’s identity—something his mother took to the grave—is slipping away.

Then one small gesture of kindness changes everything.
Everyone expects Lara of the Bone Clan to do her duty. But in the wake of her brother’s untimely death, that means marrying the cruel and power-hungry heir to the Dagger of Bone. Lara is willing to risk everything to escape her fate, even if it means taking a chance on a famous orphan everyone says has no magic.

Then one small gesture of defiance changes everything.
With the contests to confirm the Bone Clan heir approaching, Lara and Nyalin must unravel dangerous secrets if they want a chance at happiness. But they have more enemies than they know. Enemies who won’t stop until the empire itself lies in smoldering ruins.

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blood book and candleBLOOD, BOOK AND CANDLE (BAD WITCH BOOK 6) by Robyn Bachar

Anne Williams is a seer—the rarest, most dangerous kind of magician—gifted with the ability to divine the past, present and future. Anne spent her life hiding her true nature to protect her from those who would abuse her prophetic powers, but with an impending apocalypse on the horizon Anne can’t afford to stay in the shadows. Anne steps up the plate to help magiciankind, but someone tries to take her out of the game—permanently.

Wounded and with nowhere else to go, Anne finds shelter with chronicler Simon St. Jerome, but with one touch he plunges Anne into a tangled web of secrets and lies. Simon spent centuries concealing his past while recording the history of magician society, but nothing can hide the truth from a seer. As his soul mate, Anne is determined to discover every secret he’s buried—including the tale of how she died once before in a failed attempt to spend eternity with her immortal lover.

As danger closes in around them, Anne and Simon must overcome the scars of their pasts, or risk never seeing their futures.

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midspring rebellionTHE MIDSPRING REBELLION by Doreen Heron

Things are amiss in the fairy court, made worse one spring morning when King Oberon’s wife decides to leave him. His decision to gather his thoughts in the human realm lead him into the path, and arms, of workaholic human Nick Chandler. But when Oberon’s throne is threatened, will he be able to retain his kingship and his newfound love?

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ancients kathryn moonANCIENTS (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 4) by Kathryn Moon

The Ancients, a race of creatures between gods and monsters, are trapped in Canderfey. Fighting for their home, the University, and the remaining residents of the town, Joanna and her coven are in daily peril. When one of the Ancients escapes the boundary, the coven is separated, Isaac traveling in search of a solution to the turmoil of the summer.

As days wear on, can Joanna and her coven keep their warrior spirit, or have they been fighting too hard and too long? Perhaps the Ancients—older, more powerful, and impossible to kill—are an obstacle too enormous to overcome.

Will Canderfey be saved and the coven free to live in peace? Or will the cages, keeping Ancients in and magic out, crumble and set chaos loose upon the world?

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spellbound allie therinSPELLBOUND (MAGIC IN MANHATTAN BOOK 1) by Allie Therin

1925 – New York

Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether.

Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no.

Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.

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growls queenGROWL’S QUEEN (WOODLAND PACK BOOK 1) by V Vee

Angelo “Growl” Marconi is known as The Growling Wolf CEO because of his viciousness in handling his rivals in the business world and the way he had a tendency to growl when he was annoyed or turned on (something his lovers found extremely arousing). “He stalks them, pounces, and rips out their throats,” is a statement synonymous with the gorgeous half Italian, half Cree Indigenous man. However, most of his associates, friends, haters, and lovers would be surprised to know exactly how close they are to his true identity with his infamous moniker. Because, Angelo “Growl” Marconi actually is a wolf. A wolf shifter to be exact. And even with his long lifespan he has focused on his business, his younger brothers, and his pack. Nothing else.
That all changes the day that Joi Young marches into his office building. Joi is a creative, talented, independent, snarky, full-figured, brown-skinned beauty and Angelo’s mate. Knowing she belongs to him does something to Growl and he’s determined to claim her, bond with her, and possess every inch of her. Just the way the spirits intended. However, Joi has other ideas. She already escaped one demanding and controlling man and has no plans to return to the same type of relationship again. No matter how hot the sex is.
But Angelo refuses to take no for an answer. They belong together, and he’s determined to show that to her. But when Growl’s secret business dealings, his secret dual nature, and Joi’s ex returns to the scene to cause havoc, Angelo has to do everything in his power to keep Joi safe and prove to her that she’s his queen… and his love.

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trouble with honeyTROUBLE WITH HONEY: A MCGONAUGH PACK NOVEL (HALPERT MCGONAUGH PACK BOOK 2) by Jeanette Lynn

It was only supposed to be one night, that was all Bea was willing to allow herself. One night, a random stranger, one that didn’t drive her up a wall, no strings attached, no holds barred fun.

And it was fun, a hot night with an even hotter wolf, that continues into the wee hours of the morning.
Things start to get a little, ahem, hairy, and it isn’t long before Bea realizes their fun extended night is swiftly coming to an abrupt end.

Not one to hang around and drag this out, feeling just a mite cornered and, truth be told, a little scared to find out how it could all unravel, Bea does the only thing she feels she can: she flees.

What’s a shebeast to do when she realizes the wacky wolf she fled so many nights ago may very well be the male she’s always wanted?

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dark princes dilemmaDARK PRINCE’S DILEMMA (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 30) by I T Lucas

Would Kian decide that the benefits of trusting Lokan outweigh the risks?
Would Lokan betray his father and brothers for the greater good of his people?
Are Carol and Lokan truelove mates, or is one of them playing the other?

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nothing gainedNOTHING GAINED: THE CHOSEN ONE BOOK 4 by Macy Blake

Sawyer Smith’s life is a hot mess.
Hot, because he’s found six of his eight mates. To say things are heating up between them is putting it mildly.

mess, because he’s the Chosen One, the son of a goddess with no powers of his own, tasked with fixing the broken magic in his world… and he has no clue how to do it.

With every new layer of mystery that’s revealed, Sawyer’s doubts about his abilities get stronger. To complicate matters, Sawyer is growing weaker by the day. Meanwhile, his newest guardian, the one he’s calling Yellow Eyes, refuses to reveal himself.

With time running out, Sawyer’s desperate enough to make a daring move — one that’s potentially deadly for him and his mates. Because at the end of the day, if there’s nothing ventured… there’s Nothing Gained.

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stone and steelSTONE AND STEEL: VAMPIRES OF BLOOD AND BONES by B A Stretke

Silas Patronne was on a mission for his Coven, Coven DuCane, in Perrysburg, Ohio trying to locate the missing brother of a friend of the Coven when he met the most fascinating creature he’d ever laid eyes on. Locked away in a closet, tortured but not broken, he found his forever love chained to the floor and borderline feral. He and many others were held captive by the Coven in Perrysburg and used and tossed away, but this man would not be broken. Silas marveled at the strength and fortitude of his beloved and wondered how he would ever pierce the armor and win his beloved’s love and trust. Life hasn’t been easy for Wolfe Reynolds, even before he was kidnapped by this evil coven of vampires. Baggage is Wolfe’s middle name and he’s gotten so used to being on his own, so used to running when things get tough, how can he even begin to believe that Silas really loves him. Silas is determined to win his beloved’s trust and avenge his treatment at the hands of this renegade coven, by any means necessary. No one torments a beloved of Coven DuCane and lives the tell the tale.

Wolfe Reynolds has known hardship all his life. From the foster care system, to the streets, to dancing on a bar for tips, nothing has come easy. When he sees a naive young man being lured out to the back alley behind the bar, he knows he has to step in, what he doesn’t know is that he is no match for the creatures waiting for him. Chained and alone in a dirty and dank closet, Wolfe refuses to give these monsters the satisfaction they want. He fights every feeding and ponders his next move. When Coven DuCane comes to save the day, Wolfe is unsure. Can he trust these vampires any more than the others who have held him captive? He grows attached to the man who freed him, Silas Patronne, but he cannot let himself fall for him. He can’t let himself be that vulnerable again. Danger lurks beyond the walls of Coven DuCane and to protect Wolfe, Silas will invoke an ancient rite, so barbaric it was relegated to history, until now. Can Silas avenge his beloved and come out of this alive? Can Wolfe learn to trust his heart and the man who holds it?

Fate is never wrong.

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alphas sunALPHA’S SUN: An MC WEREWOLF ROMANCE by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

How to date a human:

1. Just say no.
Sunny Hines is the most infuriating female I’ve ever met.
Long hair, big sunny smile, cute little freckles, yoga-tight body.
Delicious scent.

2. Resist the urge to claim. Walk away.
My wolf wants to mark her, but there’s no way in hell I’m falling for a human.
This pretty little hippie human is driving me crazy.
Two years ago, I had her beneath me, howling my name, until she left.
Now she’s back, but she’s not going to put me on a leash.

3. No…Just no.
But when I see her with another man, I can’t stop myself from
Marking my territory and making it clear:
Sunny is mine.

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peace of qilinPIECE OF QILIN (HARET CHRONICLES QILIN BOOK 7) by Laurel Chase

The mages and the fae aren’t letting go of their differences. They’re both willing to go to war for domination, even if it tears Haret apart.

It’s time to stop hoping for compromise and start flexing my magical muscle. I just need a way to shelter the innocent. I can’t protect everyone, and I still have a long list of tasks from Iaga. We’ve been moving from city to city, and we need a home base.

Not everyone will make it out of this alive. A lot of Haret’s history was buried, and uncovering it just might start an avalanche of trouble. The future can still be bright, as long as we keep our sights on that rainbow and the light it represents.

I’m Carlyle Licorne, and I’m fighting for my happily-ever-after.

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your beating hartYOUR BEATING HART (BEATING HART SERIES BOOK 3) by J L Ostle

…this book has one special girl and four vampire rockstars who are ready to protect her heart and soul.

Ivory Bennett has a gift… and she is ready to return it.
With the dark power looming over Ivory, her world is once again going to be turned upside down.
Not knowing who to trust, what to believe, she gets pulled closer and closer into the darkness.
With the final fight drawing closer, will Ivory be strong enough to do what is right? To protect those around her?
Or will she let the darkness take over, letting him have what he wants…
Her.

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last vesselTHE LAST VESSEL (THE CHRONICLES OF LUNA MOON BOOK 1) by Winter Rose

I thought that the hardest thing I would have to face this year would be Trial Month.
Gods, I was naïve.
My name is Luna Moon. Don’t ask me what I am, because complicated doesn’t even begin to cut it. I recently found out that
everything I knew to be true has been a lie.
Including who I am.

The goddesses and their chosen Guardians have been keeping a secret, and in the wrong hands, this secret would plunge our worlds into chaos.
We are the only thing that stands in the way of the realms’ greatest evil escaping his eternal prison.
Scratch that, I’M the only thing standing in his way.
Themis’ scales have tipped. Nobody is safe. Nothing is as it seems. No one can be trusted.

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king of ashKING OF ASH (BLOOD COURT BOOK 2) by Ava Mason

Everyone is born with a purpose in this life. I’ve always known that. As soon as a person takes their first breath, they are endowed with a meaning, a quest.
It’s what defines them, what drives them. For twenty-one years, I thought I knew what that was for me.
Then, everything changed.
Now I know that purpose. Her.
The woman I’m meant to live for and the one for whom I would lay down my life.
And now, I would do anything to keep her safe.

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queen of allQUEEN OF ALL (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 6) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The world of Under has been remade into what it was long before the Ancients were put in their prison. They are free, and with them comes the reign of the callous, merciless King who was once the man I loved.

I always knew Aon was a monster, and as the King of All he is far worse. But a part of me refuses to give up on him, hoping that Aon might be strong enough to shed the skin of the ruthless King he has become.

But time is running out, and the Ancients are forcing me to choose. Either I let them destroy who I truly am, or fall to my knees and be remade into the one thing the King of All has always wanted, yet has always been denied…
The Queen of All.

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rocks and railwaysROCKS AND RAILWAYS: STALLION RIDGE #4 by Maz Maddox

Mack Kelly is a man of many talents: deputy, former solider, expert coffee drinker and a real suave player with the men. What he’s absolutely not is a person who should be in charge of anything.
Especially an entire town.

When Stallion Ridge is down one sheriff, the absolute last thing Mack wants is to have to fill in Centaur size horseshoes. Wearing the mantle of the man in charge, he now has to not only keep the town in order, but help facilitate the construction of the shiny new railway.

There’s just one tiny problem — there’s a damn demon sleeping inside where the railway needs to go. Not just a demon, but one made of stone who used to be a god.
With horns.
And a tail.
And a really nice ass.

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two dealsTWO DEALS (BLACKWELL DJINN) by Nikki Kardnov

WILLA – Willa Locke, crappy psychic and crappier bartender, is battling some demons. Literally. She just wants to run away from it all and be normal for once. Why can’t she have the perfect happy life that seems to come so damn easy to everyone else?

Thankfully, she knows of one very suave, very self-indulgent djinn who might just be willing to help her if the price is right.

POE – Poe Blackwell has lived for centuries by two rules: always look out for number one (ahem, himself) and never get thy hands dirty. Well, unless he stood to gain something. And the only thing Poe has ever wanted is power.

So when Willa comes to him looking for a deal, his first thought is: what do I get out of this?

Willa claims to know the name of his soul mate. In the world of djinn, a soul mate is a gateway to incredible power. If he can find this woman and bind himself to her, he would always be the most powerful man in the room.

But as their deal plays out and Poe spends more time with Willa, he starts to feel an insufferable attraction to her. What the bloody hell is going on? Why can’t he stop thinking of her? And why does he suddenly want to protect her from her demons?
When it comes down to it, Poe is faced with a choice: power or love?

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bound to the dragonBOUND TO THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

The town of Hainesville might not be anyone’s idea of paradise, but curvy nurse-turned-restaurant-owner Mercy Reynolds would do anything to protect it. She’s got no time to daydream about love or happy endings – not when she’s got her hands full running her diner, looking out for the local kids, and taking on every other job she can handle… and even some she can’t. Like standing up to the criminal gang that’s been terrorizing the neighborhood. And patching up the devastatingly handsome stranger who’s just put his life on the line to protect her from them.

Dragon shifter Dante Novak is doing his best to rebuild his life. He’s escaped from the manticore gang who forced him into a life of crime – and now, all Dante wants to do is make up for the hurt he’s caused. He knows Mercy is his fated mate from the first moment she drags him into her kitchen to treat the stab wound in his side. He’ll do anything to protect her – but will she still want him after she discovers the truth about his past?

When they find themselves up against the terrifying enemies who will stop at nothing to make the town theirs, it will take more than Dante’s strength and Mercy’s determination to make it out alive.

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here comes the sonHERE COMES THE SON by Dahlia Donovan

When evil stirs in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, heroes come in both ordinary and extraordinary packages.

Ignatius Faber knows a few things for absolute certain. He’s half-demon, his father is the unequivocal prince of darkness, and demons want to destroy his city. And if he doesn’t make the first move on his crush, they’re never going to be anything more than a teenage fantasy that’s lasted into his thirties.

Lalo Pavia grew up hard and fast, orphaned at a young age. As an autistic, he’s learned to approach life cautiously. He throws his energy into gardening and photography—allowing both to provide a buffer between himself and the rest of the world.
Except for Iggy.
Can they find triumph, life, and even love in the middle of a city in flames?
Their fight for the mile high city has just begun.

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spells priceTHE SPELL’S PRICE  (MATES AND MAGIC) by Jade Alters

Basic looks, basic magical abilities, basic life.
That’s my curse.
When I saw the four of them, the Grace Brothers they were known as, I knew basic wasn’t going to be good enough anymore.
I can’t play it safe my whole life, but I have no idea how wrong things could go when using a spell way past my abilities to control.
Also, there’s that one small thing about me that isn’t so basic.
I can shift, and who knows how that’s going to affect things.
Oh well, I’m willing to risk my sweet panther body on the chance I’ll get my human life out of basic mode.
No risk, no reward…Right?

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saved mate shadowSAVED MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red

Jacob tore through the hunters that held his soulmate hostage, slaughtering anyone who stood in his way. Now she’s safe in the Sanctuary with him, but too afraid of him to even meet his eyes. Desperate for her touch, he will prove to her he’s more than the brutally dangerous vampire he seems, but violence is all he knows…

Sparrow has barely started to recover from her traumatic kidnapping. Her only source of safety is Jacob’s silent, icy presence. She should be running in the opposite direction. She doesn’t know why the terrifying vampire warrior makes her feel so protected, so safe.

When she starts seeing horrific visions and getting strange urges to hurt and kill her only friends, she realizes the nightmare of her torture isn’t over, and her bond with Jacob may be the key to saving them all.

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hearts of bloodHEARTS OF BLOOD (CHEVALIER BOOK 2) by Kay Doherty

Omega wolf shifter, Vance, and the rest of his small pack have finally found an Alpha willing to take them on and were still trying to regain their footing when the McBane Pack attacked them. When a vampire appears in front of him, Vance realizes he’s looking into the ice-blue eyes of his mate, and the fact that his mate is something other than wolf scares him.

Sakima knew the wolf shifter was his destined companion the moment he scented him at Elysium, but claiming the gorgeous young Omega wolf is a dangerous proposition. Vance and his unconventional pack have attracted the attention of the vampire coven. As the owner of Elysium, Sakima has been asked to use the club to gather information on the powerful interspecies pack and its Alpha.

Unfortunately for Vance and Sakima, the vampire coven and the continued attacks by the McBane Pack are only a portion of their problems. Amidst concerns over Alpha Tanner’s abilities growing with Sakima’s addition to the pack, a spurned ex targets Vance in an attempt to remove him from Sakima’s life, and Elysium becomes a hot bed for interspecies mingling where anyone could be an enemy.

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feast of sparksFEAST OF SPARKS (THORN CAHPEL BOOK 2) by Sierra Simone

I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.

But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.

And so do I.

Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.

If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.

But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.

And darkness.

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shatter the skySHATTER THE SKY by Rebecca Kim Wells

Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.

If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…

With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?

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savage salvationSAVAGE SALVATION: A DIRE WOLVES MISSION (THE DEVIL’S DIRES BOOK 7) by Ellis Leigh

No one can understand the tormented life of Dire Wolf Luc. As Alpha of his pack, he should be the most powerful and confident in the bunch, but his ability to sense others—the emotions and presences of existing as both shifter and human—has worn him down. Dire Wolves seem to live forever, but Luc has begun feeling as if the end of his road is approaching. He’s also stuck on a mission he can’t solve, searching for shewolves he can’t find, and failing his pack all the way around.

Cassiel is a woman who makes her own rules and lives her own life—a solitary one in the bush of Alaska with just her sled dogs and a healthy respect for the dangerous lands around her. She has no interest in other people or trying to follow someone else’s rules. But anyone alone in the bush needs to be prepared for predators, and while she’s ready to tackle any threat, there’s one that scares her more than the others. A creature from her nightmares lurking in the dark and howling at the moon.

One soldier struggling with the overwhelming chaos in his mind, one woman terrified of the monsters that seem to haunt her world, and a chance encounter that brings each of them closer to the edge of death than ever before. In the world of the Dire Wolves, the leader of the pack is the strongest and surest of them all. But when the mission stalls out, Luc will have to use any means necessary to find the women he can’t be sure actually exist…even if that includes scaring off the one woman whose very presence quiets the storm inside him.
One soldier, one fight…one chance at forever.

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brave the tempestBRAVE THE TEMPEST (CASSIE PALMER BOOK 9) by Karen Chance

Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she’s battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it’s not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community’s newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond.

To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they’ve never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.

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book charmerTHE BOOK CHARMER by Karen Hawkins

VS Note: Not a romance and not full blown fantasy but ‘magical realism’. Sounded good and is a release of note…

Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.

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rogue kingTHE ROGUE KING (INFERNO RISING BOOK 1) by Abigail Owen

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who―and what―she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.

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matter of prideA MATTER OF PRIDE (GESA’S MENAGERIE BOOK 7) by Kaye Draper

Gesa and her pride have managed to survive the fae lands and take back their mate from his psychotic father. But Oisin is broken, unable to recall much of his previous life—including the reasons he fell in love with a big, brash gryphon or a young, unstable fox.
Meanwhile, Hisashi’s display of power in the fae lands has only increased the growth of his dangerous, uncontrollable spirit powers. He needs an anchor. And that might mean tying himself to the family shrine for the rest of his long life.
Oh yeah, and then there’s the matter of the gruff, asshole mage who is about to be forcibly returned to the guild for redistribution—and he doesn’t take well to the idea of Gesa buying him.

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cardinal sinsCARDINAL SINS (HIDDEN GEM BOOK 2) by Lissa Kasey

The most powerful man in City M, Paris Hansworth, has been hiding a painful secret: the world’s toxic environment is killing him. It’s killing everyone, or at least changing everyone’s DNA. Paris believes the only way to save his city and his friends is to find answers to the many mysteries of the last plague. His search leads him to a long abandoned facility, and to the rescue of a mercreature by the name of Rain.

Left behind and trapped by ice and toxic water, Rain finds himself intrigued by his strange savior, though he’s been lost so long even the language of the world has changed. He only hopes that he and Paris can find common ground before the internal demon Rain can see eating away at Paris, finally devours him completely.

A virus spreads through the city, targeting Paris’s loved ones, and Paris is willing to sacrifice almost anything, including his own life, to save them. But when the past Paris thought he’d escaped comes calling, he’s forced to adapt again, possibly becoming a monster himself. He’ll need to overcome his past to save his friends and only then will he have a chance at finding love.

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entwinedENTWINED  by M M Wilde

For as long as fae Bram can remember, he’s been anxiously awaiting the day he reaches his maturity. As a life-giver, it means his Alpha will finally become known to him and he can begin his own family. But when his one true mate doesn’t appear, the devastated omega fears he must be broken.

Nerdy human Darby has been dumped by his boyfriend via email. As if that wasn’t bad enough—his job sucks, his tiny apartment is a hovel and he has no social life. And now he’s hallucinating that the cute twink who shows up in his dreams is in love with him. Clearly, he needs professional help.

When Bram learns that his Alpha is a human, he must cross the veil so they can be together. However, no fae can survive on the earthly plane for long before they die. If Darby doesn’t believe he truly exists, then Bram will have no choice but to leave his fated mate forever.

Convincing a flustered human that fairies are real has never been so annoying—or so dire. Because now, there’s more than one life at stake.

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS: For my backlist highlight this week, I’m picking STAR CRUISE: MAROONED! This was one of those books where I woke up in the morning with the whole plot in my head and I just HAD to sit and write…it was my first really big seller too, which was satisfying to say the least, to see that readers liked it!

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’sshuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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July 10

July 3

June 26

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.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 24

sentinel anna hAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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SENTINEL (GALACTIC GLADIATORS HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Very exciting that Anna is expanding her Galactic Gladiators universe (and writing cyborgs)! I one clicked this!

When Quinn Bennett’s exploration ship is attacked, the security chief finds herself abducted by alien slavers. Unable to save her crew, she is taken across the galaxy and sold to a desert scavenger on the lawless planet of Carthago. Driven by her guilt and failure, she’ll do anything to escape and save the other abductees from her ship. Chained and forced into servitude, she’s waiting for her chance to strike, when across a dusty trading post, she comes face to face with a big, cyborg gladiator.

Jaxer Rone’s loyalty is to his imperator—the man who saved him from a lethal cyborg military program. Jax works tirelessly for his gladiatorial house and would die for his fellow cyborgs. His emotional dampeners have never functioned well, but while he feels some emotion, he never lets it get in the way of his duty. Right now, his mission is to find the stolen humans from Earth. But when he rescues the fierce, relentless Quinn, he starts feeling a rush of emotion he’s never experienced before.

Quinn and Jax join forces to track down the aliens holding the other Earth women captive. Side by side, they venture into the desert and uncover a desire hotter than the desert suns. But the aliens who captured Quinn want her back. In order to protect Quinn, will Jax embrace his newfound feelings or shut them off to keep her safe?

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unmooredUNMOORED (CHRONICLES OF THE COMMON BOOK 3) by Elise Night

Luhcean had never dreamed of finding a mate of his own, especially not one as unique as Eva. Now that he has found her, Luhc wants nothing more than to complete their bond and to keep her out of harm’s way. However, Luhc’s plans didn’t take into account Eva’s proclivity to find trouble around every corner. With his mate lost on an unfamiliar planet, Luhc’s only hope to bring her home lies with the last three people he would have ever trusted for this mission.

Eva has had her fill of near-death experiences, insane enemies, and stuffy spaceships. All she wants is a few hours of shore leave on a tropical alien planet with a fruity drink in her hand. But when Synergis lands in the middle of her paradise, she is once again on the run. Eva will need to embrace all of her newfound magical abilities to escape the perils hidden beneath Varuna’s surface.

Fighting to survive the dangerous depths of Varuna, Eva and Luhcean find themselves caught up a secret war with Synergis, and they are forced to choose between saving the Common or saving themselves.

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committed to the alienCOMMITTED TO THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 7) by Sabrina Kade

There’s no way she can have him …… but she can’t leave him alone.

Celeste’s always been interested in the sexy, sensitive Glykoran but it’s complicated. This alien has a wife back home. And a kid. She’s accepted her role as his friend, so when Glykoran becomes a widower, she refuses to leave his side. Love may be the last thing he’s looking for, but she’s in too deep to let him suffer.

Glykoran knows he made the right decision to leave his family behind when offered exile. But when news arrives that he’s lost his mate and daughter, he doesn’t know if he’ll recover. Or if he even wants to. Celeste won’t give up on him, but is Glykoran capable of feeling anything now that he’s lost everything?

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iqherIQ’HER (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 10) by Elin Wyn

The focus of K’ver soldiers is legendary.
But the bright eyes of one human female threaten to distract Iq’her from his mission. A rising tide of anti-alien sentiment threatens to destroy the fragile steps towards peace.

Iq’her’s assignment is to infiltrate one of the breakaway groups and try to keep them from doing too much damage. But Stasia’s sharp will and lush curves make his blood boil. And when she’s in danger? All bets are off.

Stasia knows she isn’t anyone important. Nobody special. Just one of the thousands of survivors trying to build a new life. She’s got enough to worry about, trying to keep her hot-headed brother out of trouble. But one alien warrior in particular makes her heart race every time he’s near. His touch sets them both aflame, but can they survive the fire?

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omega of sathionOMEGA OF SATHION: A SCIFI OMEGAVERSE ROMANCE by Ana B Starr

Sathion. A new home, where humanity can start over. The planet was gifted to us by a benevolent race of aliens. They intend for us to colonize. I am one of the rare humans who has been chosen to go there.

But en route our transport ship was attacked by pirates, and my friend and I have been kidnapped. These new aliens tell us we are ‘Omegas’. They tell us we are meant to pair and breed with ‘Alphas’ of any race, be they human or alien.

I don’t know what it means to be Omega. But what I do know is that I was just given a second chance at life, an opportunity to live it on my own terms. No matter what my captors say, I will find a way to get to Sathion. No one is taking this away from me.

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bound by her alienBOUND BY HER ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 1) by Tempest Luna

Sent through a wormhole on a routine harvesting mission, Tessa finds herself bound, caged, and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Ro isn’t free. No Balrovian is. Not with the Sypians in control. So when one of the invaders tells him to buy Tessa—or else—he isn’t sure what to make of the soft, beautiful human.

Something about her calls to him. Reminds him what life was like before Sypian rule. Before the endless nightmare of enslavement and fear.

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steel coyoteSTEEL COYOTE by Beth Williamson

The universe is a tough place to make it as a female cargo ship captain, and Remington Hawthorne fights every day to scrape by. A sketchy deal goes south, and although she doesn’t want anyone else to touch her ship, she’s forced to accept help from the stranger who calls himself Max Fletcher. He’s hot. And he’s trouble. Big trouble. But she’s out of time, out of money, and every crooked cartel is on her tail.

Max Fletcher has spent his life running from his past. So he has no idea what makes him offer to bail out tall, gorgeous, sassy Remy when she needs a pilot to get her illegal cargo to its destination—the last place in the universe he ever wanted to land again. One thing’s for sure, it’s gonna be a helluva ride.

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venomous lustVENOMOUS LUST (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Mary Auclair

Commander Khal has been tasked with the mission of a lifetime by Prime Councilor Aav, the most powerful Matriarch in the Ring. He must locate and retrieve a weapon so powerful it could plunge trillions of people into civil war, chaos and violence. This is a dangerous mission – the mission he needs to prove himself once and for all as a worthy Eok warrior, just like his brothers before him. He is the Ring’s only hope for peace, and he won’t fail – no matter the cost.

Hazel wants go to Earth to be reunited with her twin sister and she will stop at nothing to achieve that. When she hides under Commander Khal’s spaceship past curfew, she has no idea of the trouble she’s going to cause. Soon enough, she finds herself hurtling into space, far away from home and at the mercy of a stern and dominant Eok warrior who doesn’t want her there.
She is a hindrance to Khal’s mission, but he can’t seem to keep his hands off her anyway. As an intricate web of deception and betrayal threatens to thwart his plan, Commander Khal will have to choose between his lust for Hazel and his duty.

Can he rein in the urges of the Mating Venom, or will he – and the entire Ring – be lost to the Madness?

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temptation penelope woodsTEMPTATION by Penelope Woods

He was once a man. Now, he is a caged beast. This world has shattered him, but I will be the one to make him whole again.

I live a sheltered existence. When my mother died, my father took us into the heart of the forest. He gave me one simple rule: never cross to the other side.

I’m pulled to him like a magnet to metal. He stares into my eyes. My body locks with fear, and I collapse into his arms. In one moment, he makes me his. My guarded life is over.

He and I are connected by a secret. A pulse between two broken hearts. Every sin leaves a mark, but his are forever.

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soul of starsSOUL OF STARS by Ashley Poston

Once Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, Ana is desperate for a way to save Di from the HIVE’s evil clutches and take back her kingdom.

Ana’s only option is to find Starbright, the one person who hacked into the HIVE and lived to tell the tale. But when Ana’s desperation costs the crew of the Dossier a terrible price, Ana and her friends are sent spiraling through the most perilous reaches of the Iron Kingdom to stop the true arbiter of evil in her world: an ancient world-ending deity called the Great Dark.

Their journey will take their sharp-witted pilot, Jax, to the home he never wanted to return to and the dangerous fate he left behind. And when Robb finds out who Jax really is, he must contend with his own feelings for the boy he barely knows, and question whether he truly belongs with this group of outcasts.

When facing the worst odds, can Ana and her crew of misfits find a way to stop the Great Dark once and for all?

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into her orbitINTO HER ORBIT by Miranda Vold

Nobody’s ever had sex in space before.
But that’s about to change.
Maya Tarkanian, one of the new astronauts being sent to help construct the state-of-the-art Atlas Space Station, is approached by a NASA doctor who wants her to collect data while she’s in orbit. Not just any data, though: biological data. Private data. Intimate data.
They want to study zero-gravity sex.
It’s absurd, presumptuous, and totally out of line.
But then Maya meets her new crew—which just so happens to be full of intelligent, competitive, gorgeous men. Men in peak physical condition, wearing skin-tight jumpsuits. Men she’ll be tightly confined with for months…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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mortokMORTOK (MORELIN PRINCES BOOK 1) by C R Corbin

Prince Mortok is in need of a mate and he curses his misfortune as soon as he finds out that the human girl that he has chosen is dead set on resisting his offers of luxury and status. Yet, when he sets his eyes on her he’s unable to resist her curvaceous body and fiery attitude and makes it his goal to claim her as his mate for life.

Will she be able to resist? And as his time with her draws on, will she want to?

Julie despises Prince Mortok and everything that he stands for no matter how powerful, big, and sexy he may be. Her goal is to resist him until he tires of her and lets her go back to her old life. As time passes, however, she soon becomes acquainted the prince’s more tender side and finds her resistance faltering.

The burgeoning passion between prince and human is soon challenged, however, when a plot to usurp Prince Mortok’s rule is revealed and forces the couple to take action in order to not only preserve their bond, but their way of life itself.

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tamed kalllista daneTAMED: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 3) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards

Joran – I command an elite team of warriors. Lead them into combat, conquer my enemies. How can one human female be so hard to tame?
Once our world was the pride of the galaxy. Now Arythios is gone. Destroyed by evil forces while we were away. Our leaders, our friends, our lovers – all dead. We alone survived. But without offspring, our race will not.
Homeless, hopeless, we begged the Interstellar Federation to help us track down and vanquish our enemies. They ignored our request. Instead, they sent us a handful of females from a primitive planet called Earth. “To see to the needs of your troops,” their ruler said.
I was ordered to choose one of the aliens. Breed with her. My human is stubborn and undisciplined, not like our sweet, gentle Arythian females. Her fiery spirit tempts me to indulge my darkest desires. But if she is to be my mate, she must learn to obey me. She will submit – or she will be punished.
She will be tamed.
Xia – I may be the captive of an alien warlord. But I call no man Master.
And I never will.
A feral child, abandoned in the wild, I survived by being stronger, tougher than the most ferocious beasts. After my rescue, I trained as a warrior. Fighting side by side with the men, yielding to none. Now I’m trapped on an alien warship. The arrogant commander thinks he owns me. He’s determined to turn me into his submissive mate. I’m determined to escape.
I can never let him know I find his dominance wickedly arousing. Stern punishment won’t bring me to my knees – but I’m becoming a slave to the passion he’s awakening in me.

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mini maxMINI MAX (TEAM EIGHT ORIGINS BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

VS Note: I don’t believe these Team Eight books contain romance. It’s a super hero series, scifi, but not even romantic elements from what the reviews of the other books indicate.

Max was raised with a purpose, but her accelerated development had nothing to do with it. She was born to be a Demyani, a Girl Bringer. In a community full of men who could only generate boys, she produced a hormone via her passive presence that tipped the scales and made girl babies enter the families.

Her extreme height and immense strength were secondary characteristics to her place in her adoptive family. She brought the girls.

Life was routine, but she had a plan for her retirement when her family no longer needed her services. That plan was set on its edge when she meets an investigator from the Cluster Team Project. She is a candidate for Team Eight, but she has to strike a balance between being there for her family and going off-world to be there for everyone else.

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port holePORT HOLE (TEAM EIGHT ORIGINS: BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

VS Note: I don’t believe these Team Eight books contain romance. It’s a super hero series, scifi, but not even romantic elements from what the reviews of the other books indicate.

Duulahar grew up knowing that her adoptive mother had killed her birth mother, or at least, that is what was on the video that her father kept showing her. It was not the most pleasant of upbringings.

Her father decides to break a lifetime of habits and send her shopping in his treasured sports car, and she knows that her dementia-laden mother is the target with her as the scapegoat. Her father is not particularly subtle.

Kidnapping her mom is a reflex, but Duulahar knows that putting distance between her father’s hypnotic talent and those in his way is all that she can do to keep them alive. Her talent for small holes in space will not help her here.

Her stubbornness versus her father’s evil. Who will win?

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aurelian prisonerAURELIAN PRISONER (CAPTIVE MATES BOOK 1) by Corin Cain

Allie: I took from the species. Now they want… me. My greatest fear is captivity on their ships. I’ve been hiding for years, and times running out.
Aurelian enforcement agents.
They look like Greek Gods in the flesh. Greek Gods had more mercy. Break their laws, and the seven-foot-tall alien warriors chase you down. The only thing they hunt more passionately than criminals is their Fated Mate, the one woman who can bear their sons.
My sister was taken from me by space pirates. My freedom is all I have. I won’t let them take it. No matter how they try to break me, I’ll keep fighting to break free.
Aurelians may be honorable on the surface. The arrogant species has strict laws and rules to how they can treat their prisoners. But I’ve seen another side of the alien species…Possessive. Dominant. Controlling.
And if I can make them succumb to the mating rage, they’ll have no choice but to let me free.

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last astronautTHE LAST ASTRONAUT by David Wellington

VS Note: Hard scifi not a romance but sounds intriguing. On my TBR list.

Sally Jansen was NASA’s leading astronaut, until a mission to Mars ended in disaster. Haunted by her failure, she lives in quiet anonymity, convinced her days in space are over.
She’s wrong.
A large alien object has entered the solar system on a straight course toward Earth. It has made no attempt to communicate and is ignoring all incoming transmissions.
Out of time and out of options, NASA turns to Jansen. For all the dangers of the mission, it’s the shot at redemption she always longed for.
But as the object slowly begins to reveal its secrets, one thing becomes horribly clear: the future of humanity lies in Jansen’s hands.

selass salvationSELAS’S  SALVATION: THE QASAR LINEAGE BOOK 8 by Pearl Tate

Selas – Sent to the surface of the prison planet Dactyles, I’m appointed to clean up the mess created by the Warden Benard. In addition to restructuring the management and ferreting out any of the previous warden’s supporters, I have to supervise the matings of a few lucky males.

Branching out beyond the dome, I work to notify all the prisoners that Benard’s no longer in power on the planet. Not everyone believes me though, and I’m captured and held as a prisoner.

When mating marks develop on my body, I’m shocked and confused. There are no more females, right? And does it really matter when I’m about to be executed by the previous warden’s crazy followers?

Karen – Struggling to live up to the professional aspirations of my family while attending college, I find myself less and less interested in becoming a doctor or lawyer as they expect. I’m much more interested in continuing on with the active lifestyle and Aikido training that makes me so focused and relaxed.

When I’m abducted by aliens at a study group with friends, I’m told if I give up my family and life on Earth, I can have the life I want.  But it also comes with a little catch that definitely sounds… interesting. Is there really someone out there that’s perfect for me?

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thief milana jacksTHIEF: A REGHA HORDE WORLD STORY (HORDE#0) by Milana Jacks

VS Note: Previously published on author’s website as a 3 part serial

Eron – Regha Horde never lingers in one place. They come, they raid, and they leave. I’m counting on that. Because I stole the Omega the Horde raided the house for, and I’m keeping her.

Kate – Abducted, auctioned, then stolen, I will resist for as long as I damn well please.

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age of dragonsAGE OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 4) by Olivia Ash

All my life, I was trained to be the perfect killer.
An assassin. A ghost in the night. The sort of phantom that gives grown men nightmares.
But the woman who raised me to hunt dragon shifters made a mistake, and that blunder left me marked. Magical.
Determined to undo all of this, Zurie is now at war.
With me.
My former mentor won’t stop until I’m dead, but we know each other too well.
Moves. Tactics. Fears. Strengths. Weaknesses.
This will be a gruesome end for one of us—and I don’t care if she is the best assassin in the world.
No one tries to kill me and survives.
Because I’m not the same little girl she took in all those years ago. The one she trained to murder and steal from dragons.
I’m a warrior, something neither human nor dragon. There’s more power brewing within me than even I realize, and it’s about to break free.
And when it does, the world will tremble at my feet.

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jade warJADE WAR (THE GREEN BONE SAGA BOOK 2) by Fonda Lee

On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.
Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.
Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.
beggars kingdomA BEGGAR’S KINGDOM (END OF FOREVER SAGA BOOK 2) by Paulina Simons

Julian has failed Josephine once. Despite grave danger and impossible odds, he is determined to do the unimaginable and try again to save the woman he loves.

What follows is a love story like no other as the doomed lovers embark on an incredible adventure across time and space. Racing through history and against the merciless clock, they face countless dangers and deadly enemies.

Living amid beauty and ecstasy, bloodshed and betrayal, each time they court and cheat death brings Julian and Josephine closer to an unthinkable sacrifice and a confrontation with the harshest master of all…destiny.

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chosen soulCHOSEN SOUL (DEMON BAYOU SERIES BOOK 2) by S Lawrence

Charlie has fled from death her entire life, but it’s finally caught up to her. Now to survive, she must go to hell.
Dagen is a Prince of Hell who recently discovered his forgotten past. He has battled the Fallen, those angels determined to destroy humanity for thousands of years.
When Charlie runs into his bar to escape her fate, they both might find their destiny.
Turns out being killed might not be the worst thing that can happen to you!

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steel aiki fSTEEL (KALIMIA CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Aiki Flinthart

Even steel can be broken.
Mamlakah is once again on the brink of war, this time over who sits on the throne. Alere, Jarran, and Mina race toward Madina to claim Jarran’s inheritance as Jun First. With a Weishi House kill-contract on her head, Alere unlocks new yanstone powers – which lead her further down a destructive path Mina cannot condone.
But Nasra Connor and Jun Fourth Hassan Wen-Gates reach Madina first, and they pave the city’s streets with blood to secure the throne. Xintou House’s students and Bonded Xintou are murdered. Mistress Li, the two Jun Seconds, and Jarran’s daughters are imprisoned and slated for execution.
Even if Alere can reach Madina in time to prevent the executions, her fighting skills are no use against Nasra and Rohne – the two most powerful Xintou in existence. Her only chance is if she and a reluctant Mina can master the yanstones. But Mina is unwilling to use the yanstones’ brutal powers against her old friends.
So Alere will gamble her mind, her life, and the sanity of everyone she loves on one, dubious, chance of victory. If she can’t prevail, Kalima will be subjugated beneath the steel will of the strongest xintou in history.
All hope of freedom… lost.

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first fangsFIRST FANGS: A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Zara Zenia

Welcome to Diablo Falls, the town where anything can happen. Built on magic by an ancient coven, it draws all sorts to its quaint streets—shifters, vampires, fae, and more, including a baby witch who has no idea what she is or what she’s capable of…

Ebony Case’s only goal when she hits the road is to get away from her cheating boyfriend and to find solace in the tiny town of Diablo Falls, a place her grandmother once lived and she remembers visiting as a child. But car trouble and a freak snowstorm leave her stranded and exposed in the wilderness with no way to contact help.

Vampire and Diablo Falls resident tarot reader Malcolm Orloff knows when his cards give him a sign, he has to act. They send him into the woods during a freak weather event when the temperatures skyrocket, threatening to melt the snow and cause massive flooding and landslides. When he finds Ebony, he immediately realizes she is the source of the magically warm-up but she’s complete unaware of her powers or that she’s causing it.

Ebony is reluctant to believe his claim that she’s a witch, but after finally observing her powers and seeking help from one of the town’s resident witches, she is forced to not only accept her true birthright but also her growing attraction to the vampire who saved her life.

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first instinctFIRST INSTINCT:  A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Tamsin Ley

She’ll make him purr for more…Darcy Mae is certain she’s a witch. Her mother was, as her mother before, but her stutter botches every spell she tries. Convinced that an eloquence potion will solve her problem, she heads to Devil’s Crown to gather ingredients. But a rugged park ranger with golden eyes shows up and awakens something wild inside of her. A need so strong, it scares her. A desire she’s helpless to resist.

Adrian’s inner animal demands seclusion, a place away from humans and shifters alike. His job patrolling the mountain wilderness is all he needs to be happy—until he rescues a curvy human from a rogue shifter. Darcy smells of catnip and makes his mountain lion growl for a mate.

He’s going to claim her even if she’s a witch.

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first witch bear babyFIRST WITCH-BEAR BABY: A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Charlie Hart and Frankie Love

Three is bear-ter than one.
It takes me nineteen years to figure out my life was a lie.
My dad? Liar. My mother? Who the hell knows.
And my future?
Well, apparently these bear shifters in Diablo Falls think they know exactly where I belong.
They say I’m their mate, that I smell like apple-pie a la mode.
That I’m the only thing they ever want to taste.
Turns out, after being sheltered so damn long, I want a bite of what these untamed alphas offer.
A mysterious address may have brought me here, but my destiny has been calling all along.
I belong in Diablo falls … but I have to die if I want to stay.

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first shiftFIRST SHIFT (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Rebel Raven

Celine Crane can’t remember how she ended up in Callum Cree’s arms but she’s not exactly complaining.

Attacked and left for dead in the woods, somehow, she survived—and in fact, she feels better than ever. Her savior explains her life is about to change and she somehow senses he’s the only one to help her with that change. Something makes her trust the mysterious and mesmerizing mechanic and she finds she doesn’t want to be anywhere else but by his side.

Finding a beautiful woman wounded and confused in the woods is not how Callum expects to find his mate. But, after he finds Celine bitten by a rogue shifter—and in the throes of her first shift—he knows he has found exactly that.

Nothing is as it seems in Diablo Falls and now that she’s part of the shadowy creatures her mother warned her about, she’s not so sure who the bad guy is anymore.

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first sightFIRST SIGHT (A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY) by Stephanie West

Gwen had no clue who she was tempting with her smart mouth and scathing glances. Tyr wanted to put the fiery human in her place. She was hard to ignore, even before he discovered the secret in her blood, a secret that could alter the balance of power among vampires. Something had to be done to silence the maddening human.

Tyr was that pompous, overdressed man who frequented the bar. He had the sex appeal of a modern-day Norse god, but the personality of a Viking raider. It didn’t matter that Tyr radiated an unworldly power, Gwen refused to fear him. After all, he wasn’t the only one who was unique. And though he claimed good intention, his actions said otherwise.

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first fae bear babyFIRST FAE-BEAR BABY: A DIABLO FALLS PARANORMAL SHORT STORY by Charlie Hart and Frankie Love

My mother warned me to never go to Diablo Falls.
But I never was a rule follower.
When I see a crazy-pants ad on a DF Forum from a supposed bear pack, looking for a woman to breed, I’m curious.
And more than a little aroused.
It’s not long before I find myself on the doorstep of a cabin with three burly men ready to claim me.
It’s all fun and games until they shift.
Then sh*t gets real.
Turns out my mother warned me for a reason.
I’m more than a rule-breaker – I’m a freaking Fairy Queen.

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harley merlin 10HARLEY MERLIN 10: FINCH MERLIN AND THE FOUNT OF YOUTH by Bella Forrest

It’s been a year since Katherine tried to take over the world, and Finch Merlin is itching to do something other than odd jobs for Erebus, God of Darkness. Erebus promises he’ll free Finch of his servitude after he completes one final task—finding the Fountain of Youth.

Finch has no idea why Erebus wants eternal youth, since the guy is already an immortal being. All the secrecy makes Finch uneasy, but he has no choice but to obey.

He knows he’ll get by with a little help from his friends, namely his old pal Garrett, who’s still dealing with the whole “being resurrected” thing. There’s also Ryann, Harley’s foster sister, now a regular at the San Diego Coven. Whenever she’s around, Finch feels butterflies in his stomach. Or maybe it’s just a bad case of indigestion.

Together, they’ll infiltrate the flashy world of the magical elite in search of a rare artifact, one that will help them capture a poltergeist—the angry ghost of famed adventurer Ponce de León.

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have lizard will travelHAVE LIZARD WILL TRAVEL (DOUBLE OH SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais and Mina Carter

A lizard of many faces, he not only must save the world, but also convince a lady to pet his reptile. International agent Simon is on a mission. And it isn’t to avoid the shoe of the woman he’s sent to spy on. This undercover operative must find a dangerous recipe book before it’s too late. The fate of shifterkind depends on him. But if it comes down to saving the lovely Petunia or the world…his trouser-lizard wants a say.

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vampire captiveVAMPIRE CAPTIVE (THE ALPHA BROTHERS BOOK 3) by G Bailey

I was a blessed vampire queen until the day I decided to kill my king.
Now I’m a captive of alpha wolves, rulers of the Luxa Pack, and it is no place for a vampire.
They decide to keep me as a slave on this strange land across the sea, and no part of me ever wants to go back to my home.
I ran from my world, from my people, and from everything I had ever known to a world much darker than I ever thought possible.
I crave their blood, they crave my immortality. 
They also want my heart, and if they knew who I really was…they would want my throne.

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cards of love the empressCARDS OF LOVE: THE EMPRESS by Rochelle Paige

Being an unmatched warlock serving as the head of a coven wasn’t easy. The desire for a feminine touch to help preserve harmony among his witches made Warren Ainsley long for his fated consort more than usual.

Then she finally showed up in the local diner. Only Opal Smith had no idea magic existed and didn’t know what a consort was.
Can Warren convince Opal that the magic between them is real?

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hunger witches of the big easy book 2HUNGER (WITCHES OF THE BIG EASY BOOK 2) by TS McKinney

Gabriel Gaudet is still in New Orleans, and still the Legislateur in charge of the city, now that Nic has taken Thibeau back to New York with him. Though happy for his brother, he can’t help but be jealous of Nic’s happily ever after—not jealous to the point he didn’t want his older brother to find the love he so richly deserved, but the kind of jealous where he wanted love to find him too, but suspected it never would. When mysterious murders involving voodoo dolls begin happening all over the Big Easy, Gabe has to track down the culprit and destroy the dark magic associated with the murders. It should be simple enough—but when was anything ever simple when it came to magic? The bloody poppet at the last murder scene leads him straight to the shop of a known warlock, but instead of finding him, he encounters a gorgeous creature who reeks of dark magic but has the smile of an angel. Things turn from simple to deadly complicated faster than Gabriel can pronounce a spell to stop it.

Marchand’s life sucks. Not only can he not find the desire to escape the cruel fiancé he’s apparently tied himself to, but he feels anchored in a world where he has zero desire to be. All that changes, though, when a mysterious, handsome and sexy man enters his boyfriend’s shop, calls himself a Legislateur, like Marchand is supposed to know what that is, and even stranger than all that, calls Marchand a vampire! He tells him the little poppets he makes for the shop have been killing people all over town and then takes him captive until he can “figure out what to do with him.”

Two powerful men are thrust into a mystery full of dark magic, gorgeous vampires, warlocks, voodoo, demons, and fallen angels, and the two have to first determine if they’re even on the same side…and if their rapidly developing feelings for one another are all too real or if they’re something they just conjured up. An evil plot to take over New Orleans and terrible danger surround them on all sides in this city where the veil is thin between this world and the next, and most especially, after dark.

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lost whisperer of the seasLOST WHISPERER OF THE SEAS (THE WINDBOURNE BOOK 3) by Laurel Wanrow

Tired of drifting from one port to the next on her family’s schooner, with no one but the dolphins to talk to, teen witch Coral is desperate to find a place where she fits in. Then she discovers the illegal world of magical dueling. She can let her wayward magic fly and finally make friends—if she can hide the competitions from her parents.

A young wizard of prodigious skill, Ty Sterling has lived his seventeen years land-bound, but he dreams of a life on the sea. Yet, in this tightly knit enclave of seafaring folk, no one will give a landlubber with no apparent skills a place on board their vessel, and Ty can’t disclose his special training.

As Coral climbs the dueling ranks, the stakes with the town bully go even higher. Her place as a duelist and her work with her beloved dolphins are turning with the tide—until newcomer Ty becomes an ally. Will they find enough trust in each other, despite their secrets, to stay afloat?

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confetti gartersCONFETTI, GARTERS AND THE DEMON BRIDEZILLA (THE DRAMATIC LIFE OF A DEMON PRINCESS BOOK 3) by Mina Carter

As Jynx’s big day gets nearer, everything is going to plan. Kinda. Almost. Okay, not at all. Sorting out the guest list is taking more diplomacy than a terse standoff with nuclear-capable nations. Half the guests will happily each the others and that’s just the hell contigent. Plus, no one actually knows the etiquette for seating God and the Devil in the same row.

The seating plan is the least of Jynx’s worries when the dress shop is hit and her custom made gown is stolen. Trying to track down another lands her in a car accident with a polar bear and almost struck off the Anti-christ’s Christmas card list.

What she doesn’t expect is every bride’s worst nightmare… her groom’s ex turning up at the wedding. In HER dress. Forget princess of hell, in a fight for her groom, true love and her pack, ALWAYS bet on a Demon Bridezilla.

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when witches wakeWHEN WITCHES WAKE: BOOK 1 (THE BANCROFT COVEN SERIES) by Hilary Foxhill

She fell in love with a witch. And then she met her.

Emily Quinn led a lonely and mundane life. Until the dreams started. Naked bodies lit only by candlelight, dancing and chanting in a smoke-filled room. Then there was the woman in her bed. Whose kiss felt like nothing she had ever felt in her waking life. In her dreams, she loved this woman, and those dreams led Emily right to her.
Claire was an artist and the High Priestess of a coven of witches. If only there was some way to tell this beautiful stranger that they were meant to be together.
Getting involved with witches couldn’t have come at a worse time. There were a lot of them in the city, and they were being hunted and murdered one at a time.
Would Emily’s dreams save her life and the life of the woman she loved, or would they send her running blindly into danger?

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rafe dragon knightRAFE: THE DRAGON KNIGHT (DRAGON’S BLOOD MC BOOK 10) by B A Stretke

Rafe Adair knows why he’s been forced down the mountain to live among Clan Keith and their Human mates, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. After a confrontation with King Duncan’s mate and consort Lyle, it was decided that Rafe needed some sensitivity training. Humans have always been a sticking point for Rafe. He sees them as selfish and disloyal and he never wanted them in his company. That was fine in the sparsely populated Shetland Islands, but here in their new home of Laramie, Wyoming it wasn’t going to work. He needed to be able to function around humans and the many new human mates of the dragon circle. Rafe expected to do his time and maybe learn something, what he didn’t expect was to find his mate. His human mate. Scared and alone on the streets of Laramie, Rafe finds the young man and saves him from a group of wolf shifters, and Rafe knows he has to follow him and keep him safe. The young man has secrets and is in grave danger. Can Rafe open himself to this human enough to keep him safe?

Noah Owens is running for his life. Back home in Idaho, he and his cousin were attacked by a pack of jackals and left for dead in their burning house. Only Noah survived. There is a contract out on his life, and the jackals are after him to finish the job. All Noah knows is to run and with any luck stay one step ahead of his pursuers. On a darkened Laramie street he is being accosted by a group of wolf shifters when he runs into a wall of a man who scares the wolves away. He doesn’t know why, but this man makes him feel safe for the first time since the attack. Events move quickly and his enemies are hot on his trail. Can Noah trust this man Rafe Adair? Can he learn to trust a stranger and allow him to save his life? Dark forces surround them and only by Rafe’s side can Noah find the safety he craves.

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grand master marina simcoeGRAND MASTER (DEMONS BOOK 3) by Marina Simcoe

I’ve been told my love for adventure would get me in trouble one day. When I agree to be taken to a place unknown to entertain a group of men I’d never met, I wonder if that day has come.
It is supposed to be a fantasy brought to life. Until one man hijacks it, taking over my imagination, my body, and eventually my heart.
Except that he turns out to be not a man at all and his dark past might ruin everything between us before it even began.
Unknown to us, danger lurks in the shadows, leading me to discover firsthand that sex demons have their vulnerabilities. And even the Grand Master of the Eastern Council is not invincible.

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love me dreamyLOVE ME DREAMY by Laura Burton

Sitting on a park bench, Amelia can’t remember how she got there. But when a young, Californian surfer wanders up, figuring it out doesn’t seem so important. The chance meeting leads to a date and then another. Sparks fly and although she never imagined falling in love with someone so much younger than her, he’s perfect.

That is… except for the strange men in black suits who keep showing up.Are they being followed? 

Toby knows a secret, but if he tells Amelia, he risks losing her forever. With the guardians set on tearing him away from her, he whisks Amelia to another part of the world. They’re safe, but not for long. Their relationship is put to the ultimate test, when Toby and Amelia stand at the top of a waterfall. With only one chance to stay alive, he asks her to take a leap of faith. Amelia thinks they will surely die, but Toby insists it’s the only way to be together.

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strands of loveSTRANDS OF LOVE (TAPESTRIES BOOK 7) by N J Walters

VS note: a re-release

Tied to the land in a way that only another Texan can understand, Samantha Calloway is facing mounting debts and a merciless drought as she struggles to save the farm that’s been in her family for generations. Unwilling to surrender to an unscrupulous neighbor who offers her a way out, Samantha is left hoping for a miracle when she’s stunned by the mysterious appearance of two hulking, otherworldly warriors on her land—men who stir an undeniable sensual desire in her.

Jace and Darian Hunter are deeply committed to the welfare of their expansive lands and all the people who rely on them, but privately they are also deeply saddened at the prospect of living out their lives without the blessing of a loving woman. They know well the stories of the magic tapestry that might bring them a bride, but they’re still shocked when the tapestry appears—and mysteriously transports them to the world of the beautiful and sensitive Samantha.

As the brothers try to explain the promise of the tapestry to a skeptical Samantha, the trio are suddenly transported back to Javara, where Samantha soon learns that the brothers are as deeply dedicated to the land as she is—and also dedicated to unleashing the power of their passion to bring her to sexual heights she’d never imagined. And as she’s confronted with a choice between returning to her home alone or forsaking it all for a chance at a loving life with Darian and Jace, they will stop at nothing to entice her with every glorious erotic pleasure and unquestioning devotion to win her heart and a lifetime of unending love.

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portrait of deathPORTRAIT OF DEATH: UNFORGOTTEN by Isobel Wroth

Three years ago, I held her pink silk toe shoe in my hand, helplessly watching the cab drive away before I could give it back to her. The next morning when I stood in front of the portrait drying on my easel, I knew the beautiful ballerina would soon die. Her portrait is one of two hundred and twenty-seven. Each one of the subjects is the victim of murder, and I’ve painted them all. I’ve kept my morbid ability a secret for twenty years, terrified someday, someone would find out.

Someday has arrived, and the someone banging down my door today demanding answers is a gorgeous, irate homicide detective armed with a photo of one of my paintings right there on the front page of the most popular tabloid in the city. He peppers me with questions I can’t answer, and despite my worst fears being realized, all I can think about is painting this man, alive, and with far fewer clothes on.

Detective Callum Graham tells me the dead ballerina I painted is his sister, and she’s been missing for three years. Missing, he says firmly, as though any other conclusion is unacceptable. My inappropriate thoughts of seeing him naked, vanish. How do I explain to this man, this brother desperate to find his baby sister alive, that she’s been dead for two years, eleven months, and three weeks?

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bearly a chanceBEARLY A CHANCE (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 4) by Krystal Shannan

VS note: Apparently a short novella.

Ava saw her mate. He saved her life from the wolves trying to kill the Tribe and take Tara away from her brother Owen. After the fight, he disappeared. Follow Ava on a journey that might steal everything away from her that she’s ever wanted.

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lucky ladyTHE LUCKY LADY (THE BOOK CLUB 13) by Keira K Barton

VS Note: Time travel

Her career is fulfilling, but after years of dating men who can’t handle her success, Helen Baker is ready to try something new in order to find love. She never thought that would mean traveling back in time, but thanks to a mysterious purple-haired woman in her book club who claims to be a godmother with magical powers, that’s exactly what Helen does. Giving up everything isn’t easy, but she has a plan to make it through the Great Depression and find the man of her dreams in the process.

Jack Brown is an heir to a fortune, but he’s the only one who knows that. He’s been rejected by his father ever since he can remember, and after his heart was broken years ago, he closed himself off to love as well. When he and Helen’s paths collide, it makes him wonder if he’s been missing out on the best part of life all along. Can Helen help him believe in love again? Or will his wounds prove too deep to heal?

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blushing brideTHE BLUSHING BRIDE (THE BOOK CLUB 11) by Jaclyn Hardy

VS Note: Time Travel

​Charlotte loves nothing more than a good mail order bride novel, so when Dr. Lachele says that she can send them to take part in any love story that they want, Charlotte knows exactly where and what time period she wants to go. She thinks the life she wants can be found in 1880 in Idaho Territory. Joshua has worked hard preparing his new homestead and now he just needs a wife to help take care of his home. The advertisement for Charlotte promises the perfect fit, and he is excited to meet his new wife. Life in this new time isn’t as easy as Charlotte expected, and each day brings a new challenge. Joshua is everything Charlotte could have ever imagined, but home sickness for the comforts of the twenty-first century is almost too much to bear. Will Charlotte give up and return to the home she loves? Or will Joshua show her that she has everything she needs right there?

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VS Note re the Book Club Series – obviously there are more in the series but I only list the ones where the heroine goes back in time. In some of them the heroine seems to go into a modern category romance, which is still a fun trope but I’m not listing them here. A little too far removed from the genres I cover…

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magic and timeMAGIC AND TIME (FATED MAGIC SERIES BOOK 1) by Ally Summers

Just because the world is ending, doesn’t mean I have to let him back in.
That’s the problem with exes. They think a crisis means someone needs to be rescued.
But I’m not that kind of magix. I have my own power and strength.
Enough to save my family, town and the people closest to me.

Keeping my magical secret has become harder than ever and the enemy threatens everyone I love. The only one who can help is the man who destroyed my world. My very hot, magical, shifter ex.

I know better than to trust him a second time, but the clock is working against me.
Time is running out, and I refuse to let evil win.

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magic and shadowsMAGIC AND SHADOWS (FATED MAGIC SERIES BOOK 2) by Ally Summers

They want to steal my magic?
As long as I’m breathing, that will never happen.
I don’t want to rely on Finn to protect my family in Sullen’s Grove, but with evil breathing down my neck, the choices aren’t as easy.

What do I do, but take my hot human boss with me to Vegas to track down the source of the magical power grab. Letting Jack in might be the only way to win this fight, no matter how terrified I am to open my heart. Even if it’s only a little.

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magic and fireMAGIC AND FIRE (FATED MAGIC BOOK 3) by Ally Summers

Heartbreak sucks.
The only way to get over losing Jack is to throw myself into my work.
The movie set in New Orleans should be the perfect distraction, especially when the lead actress disappears.
But’s never that easy, is it?
Finn shows up, wanting to flip everything upside down with those bedroom eyes and every magical trick in his fingertips.
There’s dark magic everywhere we turn, and putting us back together is the last thing on my mind. Doesn’t he know by now I can’t turn my back when someone needs help?

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bears captureBEAR’S CAPTURE (BEAR LAKE PROTECTORS) by Maia Starr

My father sent one of his men to hunt me down.
Braden.
A bear shifter, just like I am.
Except that he’s known what he is for a long time.
I watched him transform when I was in danger.
The way he protects me makes me feel things that I’ve never felt before.
I want to let him hold me.
Claim me.
I want everything, except being captured.
He isn’t letting me go.
And perhaps, I don’t want to escape.
Braden is ruthless.
But I see love in his eyes.
Now, I’m pregnant with his baby.
And I demand to know his secrets.
I deserve to find out why I was brought here.
Was it because of love?
Or was it a charade just so I could give birth to the future heir of my father’s royal clan?

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patron of mercyPATRON OF MERCY (LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD BOOK 3) by Sam Burns and W M Fawkes

Lach has spent the last few thousand years counting only on himself. What he needed, he took. What he wanted, he won with charm. All except a god he turned his back on an age ago, when he had a different name and didn’t know what he was giving up.

Thanatos, god of merciful death, is one of the gentlest gods in the pantheon—easing the transition between life and death for billions of mortals. But he has faced eternity alone. After breaking his heart on the sharp words of a fisherman’s son, he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone.

Now, Lach is crashing back into Thanatos’s life, dragging him into an adventure that could save the world . . . or kill them both.

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wet for the alphaWET FOR THE ALPHA (THE RIDGE BROTHERS BEAR SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Olivia T Turner

I grew up surrounded by shifters but nothing prepared me for Cash Ridge.
The wildly possessive grizzly bear shifter who comes storming onto my brother’s ranch to claim me.
He says I’m his territory.
He thinks he owns me.
My brother and his lion shifter friends think otherwise, but nothing seems to stop him.
This grizzly is obsessed with my curves and his obsession keeps growing…
And not a crew of angry lions, the law, or even my shouts of protest are going to stop him from taking what’s his.
He says I’m his mate.
He says I belong to him.
He says he’s going to stuff me full of his cubs…
…I think it’s time for me to shut up and start listening.

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kissed by midnightKISSED BY MIDNIGHT (THE CIMMERIAN CAGE BOOK 3) by Cate Corvin

Just when I thought I could be happy in the walls of the Cage with my four dark protectors, everything crumbled beneath my feet. Three of them have marked me. Two are bound to my soul. And one has been lying from the day we met.

With Locke’s grip on sanity slowly unraveling, the Frosts taken over by their fiercely territorial natures, and Dominic’s unrelenting thirst for revenge, it’s all I can do to hold us together.

Because it’s time to take the fight to the darkness and burn out the corruption with wildfire. And if we make it out alive… Cimmerian will be ours.

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beasts of both worldsBEASTS OF BOTH WORLDS (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 22) by Milly Taiden

Fighting a lifetime of learned prejudice against shifters, Harlow Quinn left home to escape her family. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to find Gerri Wilder of the Paranormal Dating Agency and two smokin’ hot mates. Just thinking of them made her hormones go up in flames.

Lux Luther, wolf alpha, and his tiger beta, Osian Drive knew they would someday find the woman to complete their triad. They didn’t think she’d be so sassy and sexy. From the first glance, they had to fight the dirty thoughts about Harlow and her gorgeous lips. But not for long.

Targeted by a heinous group of anti-shifters, this unlikely threesome must place the fate of their world in their unwavering love and trust in one another or lose more than just their happily ever after. Some horrors are worse than anything ever imagined, and for Lux, Harlow, and Osian it’s a fight for their very existence.

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orphans of raspayTHE ORPHANS OF RASPAY: A PENRIC AND DESDEMONA NOVELLA IN THE WORLD OF THE FIVE GODS (PENRIC AND DESDEMONA BOOK 7) by Lois McMaster Bujold

VS Note: A release of note…

When the ship in which they are traveling is captured by Carpagamon island raiders, Temple sorcerer Penric and his resident demon Desdemona find their life complicated by two young orphans, Lencia and Seuka Corva, far from home and searching for their missing father. Pen and Des will need all their combined talents of mind and magic to unravel the mysteries of the sisters and escape from the pirate stronghold.

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heart of cinderHEART OF CINDER (FIRECATS BOOK 4) by P Jameson

She was a broken girl.
He tried to put her back together.
But it would take a tiny miracle to fix them both.

Her name was Janet, but the psycho who had owned her called her Twenty. She’d do anything to forget about her time as an evil man’s Doll. Even trust another bad man with her darkest secrets. The damaged Alley Cat shifter shows her glimpses of the normal life she desperately longs for. But he might be just as broken as she is. And even if he’s not, girls like her don’t get happy endings.

Samuel “Smokes” Mendoza was content to live his life incomplete. Until a picture changed everything. One look at the woman known as Twenty, and his entire life purpose changed. Use, take, harm became save, heal, protect in a single heartbeat. Easier said than done when his werecat clan is falling apart before his eyes and his inner beast is clawing its way to the surface.

With a surprise he never saw coming, his broken girl is in danger once again. This time will be different. Smokes knows he’s not good enough for her, but maybe he’s good enough to keep her safe.

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hour of the wolfHOUR OF THE WOLF (MAGGIE’S GROVE) by Dana Marie Bell

Not much worries Noah Wulfenbach, one of the most powerful shifters in North America, but questions about Iva Yamauchi’s recovery had made him anxious. He was vigilant in his caring for his mate, sitting beside her tree, talking to it—to her. Now that she’s back, Noah’s relief is matched only by his desire to drag the feisty dryad to his house to complete their mating bond.

Iva is ready to make up for lost time, especially with the delicious Alpha Prime of the werewolves, her fated mate. She and Noah had only just recognized their connection when she was injured and broken, forced to retreat to her tree. She’s curious and excited to find out just how firmly she’s tied to Mr. Tall, Dark and Growly.

Before Iva and Noah can explore the depth of their connection, supernatural hunters threaten the population of Maggie’s Grove. Together with the other town rulers, the fated pair must slay the demon-possessed leader of the hunters. Iva and Noah just found each other; they’re not ready to say goodbye…but they may not have a choice.

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hungry like a wolfHUNGRY LIKE A WOLF (CLAWS CLAUSE BOOK 1) by Jessica Lynch

I rememberThree years ago, Maddox Wolfe lost his mate. Since there’s nothing more dangerous than a bonded shifter on his own, Ordinance 7304 gave him three choices: voluntary incarceration until he’s no longer deemed a threat; a lobotomy-like procedure performed by government-employed witches that would dissolve his bond; or, most final, a state-sanctioned execution so that he could be with his mate again. And while death held a certain appeal in the hazy days following the tragedy, Maddox had his family and his pack to live for. So, refusing to give up his memories of his sweet Evangeline, he chose to spend the rest of his days in the Cage.

I forget—There’s a hole in Evangeline Lewis’s memory. The doctors tell her that it’s normal, that she’ll recover fully in time. After all, it’s only been three years since the accident that nearly killed her. They never thought she’d wake up; a nagging, annoying sensation that something’s wrong is the least of her worries. Especially since she has so much going on: a new apartment, a new job, her mother’s well-meaning attempts at match-making… but tell that to her wayward psyche. By day, she can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing. And, by night, she can’t escape the dreams of a shadow man with glowing golden eyes…(more blurb on ebook seller page)

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anhagaANHAGA by Lisa Henry

Aramin Decourcey—Min to his few friends—might be the best thief in Amberwich, and he might have a secret that helps him survive the cutthroat world of aristocratic families and their powerful magic users, but he does have one weakness: his affection for his adopted nephew, Harry.

When the formidable Sabadine family curses Harry, Min must accept a suicide mission to save his life: retrieve Kazimir Stone, a low-level Sabadine hedgewitch who refuses to come home after completing his apprenticeship… and who is in Anhaga, a seaside village under the control of the terrifying Hidden Lord of the fae. If that wasn’t enough, Kaz is far from the simple hedgewitch he seems.

With the Sabadines on one side and the fae on the other, Min doesn’t have time to deal with a crisis of conscience—or the growing attraction between him and Kaz. He needs to get Kaz back to Amberwich and get Harry’s curse lifted before it kills him. Saving Harry means handing Kaz over to his ruthless family. Saving Kaz means letting Harry die. Min might pride himself on his cleverness, but he can’t see his way out of this one.

The Hidden Lord might see that he never gets the choice.

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the king armentroutTHE KING: A WICKED NOVELLA by Jennifer L Armentrout

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

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liams secretLIAM’S SECRET: SMOKEY MOUNTAIN DRAGONS by Jadyn Chase

The most bewitching girl I ever laid eyes on rises out of the fishing hole like a goddess born out of Nature itself.
I can’t believe what I’m seeing.
She is definitely not from around here.
If she was, she would know what kind of danger she’s in right now.
There are many secrets around Smokey Mountain, dark secrets.
I should probably go and introduce myself before any of the less than savory locals, decide to add her to the menu.

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royal villainsROYAL VILLAINS (SAVAGE MAGIC ACADEMY EPISODE 2) by Avery Free

I survived my night with the shifter alpha, but I’m not out of the woods yet. I need to find my brother without getting caught, survive my bullies, and pass my classes.
Easy, right?
Wrong.
I also have to be prepared. My night with the shifter might’ve ended differently than I ever imagined, but now I’m being given to the vampire alpha. And this time, I might not be so lucky.
Four men own me. To do with what they wish…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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josiahJOSIAH: MCCRAY BRUIN BEAR SHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

Meadow Springs had been locked away in a hospital for several years. At sixteen she was a victim and sole survivor of the mass murder of her family. The ordeal had left her semi-comatose for a long time. Since she was the only survivor and couldn’t talk, the police tried to pen the murders on her, but it didn’t stick.

Josiah McCray was there the day that Meadow was brought to their home to go into hiding. The beautiful blonde in the wheelchair was a shadow of the woman she should be. All Josiah saw was his mate, and he loved her no matter what.

The killer was still out there, and Meadow had his identity locked inside her mind and the killer knew it. Everyone previously in charge of her care were now dead. There was no way that was a coincidence.

Meadow was a loose end, the one that got away. There was no way the killer could let her live.

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tamiko and the two janitorsTAMIKO AND THE TWO JANITORS (AMARANTHINE SAGA BOOK 3) by Forthright

Conspiracy theories, werewolf scares, and protest rallies have hampered the peace process in America, where social and political unrest keep most Amaranthine from declaring themselves. Those not in seclusion rely heavily on illusion to mask their true nature.
As the newly appointed principal of a small elementary school, Tamiko Reaverson is doing her part for world peace. She rallies her community’s support and applies for Hisoka Twineshaft’s school revitalization project, which will bring Amaranthine to her hometown. Little does Tami realize that Fletching was founded by one of the oldest and largest urban enclaves in the United States. And two of her staunchest supporters—janitors at her school—share a secret neither wants exposed.

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descending into madnessDESCENDING INTO MADNESS (WINTERLAND TALE BOOK 1) by Stacey Marie Brown

What if Alice Liddell’s story didn’t happen the way you think? What if it wasn’t Wonderland she fell into, but Winterland.
This mad tale is dark, twisted, sexy, and nothing like the legend you know.

After losing her job and finding her boyfriend/boss cheating on her with her replacement, twenty-five-year-old Alice Liddell has moved back home to save money and regroup.

She doesn’t think things can get worse until her younger, more responsible sister, Dinah, gets her a job—as a Christmas elf.
Dressed in a slutty costume with fathers peeking down her top and kids vomiting on her, she wants nothing more than to escape the reality of her life.

When she sees a sexy, shirtless man, carrying a glowing red light, and bearing antlers, her curiosity gets the better of her. But following him might be the biggest mistake she ever made.

Falling into another realm, Alice finds herself in the world of holiday legends and fairytales. But she is not prepared her for the dark madness of this place. Nothing is what is seems and no one is what they are in the fairytales.

Even the mysterious, sexy Scrooge.

Welcome to Winterland, where the good guys from the North Pole have gone bad, and the only way to survive is to descend into its madness.

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court of destinyCOURT OF DESTINY (FORBIDDEN QUEEN BOOK 4) by Dyan Chick

Queen’s Trial just got more dangerous.

Someone on the inside is trying to eliminate the candidates. They aren’t just after Cassia, they’re trying to end the trials all together.

With Tiana dead, they have no leads on who could be sabotaging the trials. If they don’t figure it out quickly, there might not be anyone left to compete for Queen.

On top of trying to survive the Trials, Cassia has to navigate the addition of a new prince to her mates. One that none of the other princes are happy to have joining their ranks.

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spark of the dragons heartTHE SPARK OF THE DRAGON’S HEART (HAREM OF FIRE BOOK 1) by Willa Hart

It’s been five years since my great-aunt and her husband rescued me from foster care — and since I discovered dragons exist.

For reals.

Yeah, I had a hard time believing it too, but now I’m learning what it means to be a dragon keeper — a human with special powers who acts as a sort of liaison between dragons and the unsuspecting human world.

When Uncle Max leaves town and entrusts me with my first case, I’m forced to enlist the help of the last five PIs on earth he’d want me to ask — his nephews. As much as I want to hate them for betraying Max, when we all finally meet face to face, the earth shakes with the instant connection between us.

And those powers I’m supposed to have? They seem to grow stronger the more time I spend with the devastatingly sexy dragon shifters.

But the confusing attraction I have for all five men will have to wait until we solve this mystery. That’s if we don’t stumble upon an even bigger one along the way.

Spoiler: We do!

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hunting justiceHUNTING JUSTICE (SHATTERED MINDS SERIES BOOK 3) by Kate Allenton

VS Note: Paranormal elements evidently.

Lucy Bray doesn’t deny her checkered past. She’s tracked enough killers to know that saving innocent lives sometimes means doing whatever it takes. Working with the secret FBI supernatural task force has taught her to hone her hunting skills and be prepared for anything.

So, when a mock hostage training exercise goes sideways, and Lucy comes face to face with a new killer, there’s no question—the rules of this game have changed.

It’s going to take more than her wits if she wants to stay alive.

Lucy is the new innocent who needs saving, and this killer isn’t playing pretend. This is one game of winner takes all that she refuses to lose.

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bite meBITE ME: A VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY by Various

I have a confession to whisper at your ear. That shadow caressing your body in the dark, that tingle which draws you to arch your spine… it tempts me to ruin. You’re beautiful when you sleep.

Everything I long for.
All I ask is a sip, a taste of the life coursing through those delicate veins.
Just one little bite.
And I’ll make you mine… forever.

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king of the faeKING OF THE FAE by Ava Mason

She is the human destined to destroy his world.
He is the Fae king sent to kill her.
He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her.
She wasn’t supposed to be his Fated Mate.
Everyone’s twenty-first birthday is supposed to be something to remember. A milestone, a step into real adulthood.
My birthday was when everything changed.
That’s the day the men showed up.
Everywhere I went, they watched me, creeping closer, trying to find a second when I was alone.
They all wanted the same thing; to capture me and bring me back to their world.
One was different. Dark, mysterious, and sexy, he stood out from the rest. He had come for my blood.

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gift of shadowsGIFT OF SHADOWS: BARRIER WITCH BOOK ONE by Amir Lane

A corpse with no eyes bursts into flames before Toronto’s Special Crimes Detective Fairuz Arshad can investigate. Her superiors are ordering her to close the case before it’s even been opened, and it isn’t the only one. She tracks down a siren and a faerie, both missing organs and brushed off by the police. Fairuz and her dryad partner, Rowan, suspect there’s more to this mystery than it appears. The evidence points to a string of parahuman murders, with all the victims missing organs.

The police are covering up the crimes, and Fairuz realizes the killer may be one of their own. As Rowan joins the ranks of those keeping secrets from her, the list of people Fairuz trusts grows smaller. More bodies are uncovered, and she fears something
far more sinister is at work than a simple serial killer.
With her own team turning against her, can Fairuz catch the killer before he strikes again?

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gods of jade and shadowGODS OF JADE AND SHADOW by Silvia Moren-Garcia

VS Note: A release of note; apparently there is some romance or romantic elements but it’s not the main focus.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

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american bearAMERICAN BEAR (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Severine Wolfe

Ony Chernavin knew the moment he scented cinnamon and honey that his mate was near. When he saw her protecting herself and walking away the winner, he knew she was the woman for him. His mate. But then, she is attacked, and it looks like she will be blamed for her own attack. He doesn’t the only thing a Tiger can, he runs off with her to protect her.
Kada Fischer has spent her life trying to find her place in the world. She’s accepted as an Animal Husbandry expert and has some respect in her clan in Alaska, but it’s not satisfying. She heads to Montana to speak to other shifters about increasing the odds for their fertility and populations to find the Bears in the lower forty-eight, just as prejudiced as the ones in Alaska. When one Bear tries to attack her, she’s sickened, stunned and numb. When she wakes up in an airplane high about the Pacific, she doesn’t know what to say or do.
What would you do if the person you’re drawn to sees the most horrific moment of your life, the most embarrassing thing to happen, and then the world decides you’re to blame? Ony shows her what he would do.

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call of nightCALL OF NIGHT (THORNE HILL BOOK 3) by Emily Goodwin

True love never dies.

Not even when those around me are trying to kill it. With vampire bounty hunters still out for me, having the Grand Coven accuse me of treason against witches is the last thing I need. No one should tell me who I can and cannot love.

Determined not to let anyone or anything get in our way, Lucas and I decide to lay low for a while and let everything blow over with my coven while Lucas hunts for the vampires who tried to kidnap me. But things, of course, don’t go according to plan, and when I stumble upon an ancient evil force hiding out in the underground of Chicago, we realize our forbidden romance is the least of our worries.

As we search for a way to defeat unbeatable odds, I start to discover that things aren’t what they seem…including my very existence.

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seekersTHE SEEKERS (KREWE OF HUNTERS BOOK 28) by Heather Graham

Keri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome—and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They’ve barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Keri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can’t explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning.

Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she’s going through—the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, he’s on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Keri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer?

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failed futureFAILED FUTURE (AIR AWAKENS: VORTEX CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Elise Kova

Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She’s wounded and barely alive. But Vi’s fight for survival is only just beginning.

As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.

The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin’ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

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fledglingFLEDGLING (SOCIETY AND SORCERY BOOK 2) by Molly Harper

Days away from completing her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies, Changeling-born Sarah Smith might just get away with posing as an upper-class Guardian girl named Cassandra Reed.

But strange visions of a Lightbourne destroyed by Miss Morton’s revenant army keep Sarah from enjoying her achievement. Plus, the Mother Book, Sarah’s one secret advantage and the ultimate entrée in Guardian society, suddenly stops revealing itself to her…putting her in a precarious position with the Guild. On top of all that, her former lady’s maid left Miss Castwell’s, and the new hire is, well, taking some getting used to.

If it weren’t for her two best friends, Alicia McCray and Ivy Cowel, who will do anything to protect her secret, Sarah doesn’t know if she’ll make it another year. When the three girls take summer holiday with Alicia’s family (chaperoned by an exacting and very disapproving Mrs. McCray), a relaxing vacation in Scotland is the last thing they’ll find.

Mrs. Winter is thrilled that Sarah is spending time with the influential McCray family, but Sarah can’t help but feel that her real purpose is to find other Changeling children like her, and free them to realize their own magic. Can she find genuine satisfaction in her accomplishments when she knows there are others like her out there who need her help? Will the three girls uncover the deeply-held secrets they’re looking for in the mysterious mountains of Scotland? Will the Mother Book finally start talking to her again? And will Sarah come to understand the importance of her connection with Ivy and Alicia, and the true nature of her own power…before it’s too late?

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how to run with the wolvesHOW TO RUN WITH THE WOLVES (HOWL AT THE MOON BOOK5) by Eli Easton

Zeus loves his job on the Mad Creek Search & Rescue team, and his inner Saint Bernard is finally being used to his full potential. When he sees a mysterious and wild-looking quickened—a dog shifter—at an earthquake site in Alaska, Zeus is compelled to investigate. Zeus falls hard for the primal beauty of Timo and of Alaska itself. Both call to his deep canine soul. But the Qimmig pack’s laws are as harsh as the Alaskan winters, and Timo is out of his reach.Timo’s pack of dog shifters left their Inuit village generations ago and have lived wild ever since. Not trusting the “one-skinned,” and with their numbers dwindling, the Qimmig are on the verge of extinction. Timo is shocked to discover a whole group of “two-skinned” working as a rescue team, and he is particularly fascinated by Zeus, a gentle giant. He senses what Zeus feels for him… but it’s forbidden.Can Mad Creek save this lost quickened clan? Perhaps—if they can learn how to run with the wolves.

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TwoAgainstTheStarsFinalVS: The SFR Station website is adding my TWO AGAINST THE STARS from my backlist this week, so I thought I’d highlight it here:

The third in my stories of alien empathic priestesses… can be read as a standalone, or in sequence with STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY and then DANGER IN THE STARS.

Empathic priestess Carialle has escaped the evil Amarotu Combine, but she’s hardly out of danger. Not when she risks everything to rescue a drugged man from a crooked veterans’ clinic. By lulling the clinic staff to sleep, she reveals her powers. And once again, criminals are after her and her rescuer.

Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, never expected to have his life threatened by the clinic that’s supposed to help ex-soldiers like him. But when he wakes from a drugged state to find a lovely woman urging him to run–he does. In his family’s remote fishing cabin, he suffers the agony of withdrawal, soothed only by her powers.

In their idyllic hideaway, the two also discover a nova-hot attraction flaring. But can they stay alive long enough for it to become more? Not if the Combine has anything to say–they are not giving up until Marcus is dead and Carialle is their weapon

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all 4 books in series

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 17

July 10

July 3

June 26

June 19

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 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.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 17

shielded heartAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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SHIELDED HEART (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Oh yes, definitely one clicked this!

Arthos, the Infinite City, is a place of alien wonders and indescribable beauty—and, most importantly for Samantha, it’s also halfway across the universe from her abusive ex-fiancé. She came to the city desperate for a fresh start, but she finds herself downtrodden on a world of aloof alien beings with little hope of finding her place—and a good chance of being kidnapped or killed before she can even settle in.

At least until she is saved by an irresistible alien with piercing eyes and a seductive smile.

Alkorin is the living embodiment of temptation, and he makes no effort to disguise his desire for her. But when his past threatens to drag her into a dangerous underworld, she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be. After enduring so much suffering, can she bear to take a leap of faith with this mysterious alien? Can she trust him with not only her life, but her heart?

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alien prisoner honey phillipsALIEN PRISONER (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips

Rachel is too busy working to support her brother and her helpless mother to worry about the aliens taking over Earth – until she breaks one of their rules and finds herself imprisoned on a spaceship with a group of other human females. Determined to find a way to escape and return home, her overwhelming attraction to one of the massive horned warriors is an unwanted distraction, no matter how strong the bond between them.

Commander T’chok knows that intimate contact with the potential Breeders is forbidden, but never has he met a female who stirs his blood like Rachel. With her propensity for trouble, she needs a strong mate to protect her, care for her – and provide her with a firm, guiding hand.

Can Rachel escape her prison and the alien warrior who is determined to claim her? Or will T’chok do whatever it takes to keep her?

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sweep of the bladeSWEEP OF THE BLADE (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Ilona Andrews

VS Note: I LOVE this series. I had this one pre-ordered.

Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn’t in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she’s sworn off all things vampire.

Except… In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who’s turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won’t get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there’s a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.

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mating enigmaMATING ENIGMA (PRAESIDIO BOOK 3) by Ava Ryant

So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.

Elena is an Agent in the global-reaching Enforcement Agency charged with tracking down criminals using a powerful and secret Praesidio ability. The new world has dangerous enemies that like to hide in the dark pits of society. Elena is reluctantly drafted into becoming a spy and meets a deadly ally in the ruins. Together they team up in order to combat a looming threat to Humanity and the Laren race. Along the way they discover far more than they were expecting; danger, treachery and a love so powerful it transcends every obstacle.

When a terrible disaster strikes Elena and her sexy-spy are transported off world and find a passion so raw in will leave them both branded.

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crossfireCROSSFIRE (STAR KINGDOM BOOK 4) by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: Not a romance although I gather there may be a verrryyyy slow burn romance possible over the series? But I thoroughly enjoy her writing…

For the first time in his life, roboticist Casmir Dabrowski is headed to another star system as an advisor for the Kingdom space fleet. He’s being given a chance to prove himself to King Jager by helping find the ancient artifact he inadvertently lost. It’s best not to think about what might happen if he fails…
But with technologically advanced astroshamans after the artifact, not to mention the deadly mercenary captain Tenebris Rache, it’s not long before the mission collides with disaster.
Soon, Casmir and his friends are caught between warring factions, and he must choose between what the king would want and what he knows is right.

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mercenary royalMERCENARY ROYAL: DEAD SUNS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 6) by Shona Husk

Is it a rescue or a princess-napping?
Nyssa Leofric can’t marry the new head of Riel Industries. They trade in illegal weapons and he only wants her for her wealth and family name. When her parents insist, and unable to escape on her own, she arranges arranges her own kidnapping, hiring the mercenaries known as the Dead Suns.
Jessie Tabris believes in two things: getting the money up front and that people lie. He takes the job because Riel owes him credits. But when Nyssa’s ransom is paid, he finds himself in a bind. No one should be forced into a life they don’t want. But the Dead Suns are threatening to disavow him and his team if he doesn’t return Nyssa to Riel.
Now they must work together or they could both wind up as part of Riel’s next experiment.

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through the tearsTHROUGH THE TEARS (TORN BETWEEN WORLDS BOOK 1) by Leigh M Lorien

Huge, horrid creatures with a taste for human flesh have been invading Seacliff Manor and its surrounding lands for years. Ghouls are coming from another world through portals made of magic. No one knows why or how, but nothing good ever comes with them.

During a hunting trip, Eamon encounters one such monster and falls through a portal into the ghoul’s hellacious desert home world. Separated from his home, his friends, and his lover, with no magic of his own and no sign of other life, Eamon expects to die there…until an encounter with a lone stranger gives him hope. There is a way home. But can Eamon survive alone in ghoul-infested terrain long enough to get there?

Worlds away, the Lord of Seacliff Manor is determined to bring Eamon home. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Rafe knows his human lover is alive. It’s just a matter of finding out where. To that end, Rafe has a plan. It’s dangerous, perhaps even suicidal, but he’ll do anything to save the man he loves.

From different sides of the galaxy, the lovers fight monsters and seek magic with one goal in mind: reunion. Monsters aren’t the only things they’ll have to defeat to find their way back to each other, and the horrors uncovered along the way may be more than they can handle.

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wedding seasonWEDDING SEASON: A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE READS by Various including Marie Dry

VS Note: Here’s what Marie sent me regarding her scifi romance story in this anthology: “I have a short story in there about a time travelling Zyrgin…” Don’t miss it!

This summer, ROSA vows to have you falling in love all over again with ‘Wedding Season’, a collection of romance reads from the Romance writers Organisation of South Africa.
All proceeds go to the Athol Williams Read to Rise literacy charity and the ROSA Scholarship Fund.

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enemy within marcella burnardENEMY WITHIN (CHRONICLES OF THE EMPIRE BOOK 1) by Marcella Burnard

VS note: A re-release

Horrific torture in an alien prison torpedoed Captain Ari Idylle’s military career. Stripped of command and banished to her father’s scientific expedition to finish a PhD she doesn’t want, Ari refuses to fly a desk. She intends to have her command back by any means possible, until pirates commandeer her father’s ship, and she’s once again a prisoner. Perhaps this cunning captor isn’t what he pretends to be.

As far as Cullin Seaghdh is concerned, the same goes for Ari. Her past association with aliens puts her dead center in Cullin’s cross-hairs. If she hasn’t been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. He can’t afford the desire she fires within him. His mission comes first. He’ll stop at nothing, including her destruction, to uncover her true purpose and protect what is his.

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salvation daySALVATION DAY by Kali Wallace

VS note: Not a romance. Scifi. I enjoyed the book although there was a bit too much emphasis on politics, especially toward the end, BUT that said, the plot kept me guessing for a long time and there were good twists and turns. A new release last week but I waited until I’d read it myself to list it here.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.
And then they woke it up.

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alien aladdinALIEN ALADDIN (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia

Since the Trilyn’s made their pact with the people of Earth, Prince Akrawn has been struggling to find his genetically compatible human mate while also dealing with distrust from his own brothers.

When an apparent misunderstanding makes Prince Akrawn public enemy number one, rather than face the legal ramifications on Earth or return to his home planet, he chooses to disappear into the streets of San Francisco, but the human authorities aren’t going to let him go that easily.

Brilliant SFPD Detective Catherine “Cat” O’Shea is tasked with tracking him down with the assistance of her AI. While Cat learns more about Akrawn and starts to believe he may not be responsible for the crime he’s accused of, she has no idea he’s using the same technology to spy on her and has become fascinated with the tenuous and beautiful woman.

Forced on the run together by a nefarious entity set on destroying them and gaining control over the Trilyn, can Akrawn and Cat see past all the reasons they may be wrong for each other to the truth of their destiny?

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rogues maskROGUE’S MASK (ROGUE STAR BOOK 9) by Ava  York

He doesn’t want me on this mission.
Thinks my skills are a waste of time.I’ll prove him wrong. I’m the only one who can get those files, and he knows it. When the agents of the Dominion are hot on our trail, I’ll have to trust him to see us through. And the man beneath the mask? Much more than I ever imagined.

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tamed tana stoneTAMED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Tana Stone

Mandy was having a seriously crappy day.
And that was before she was snatched from Earth by bad-ass alien warriors in need of brides.
Taken to a high-tech space station designed to entice human women, LA socialite Mandy is anything but impressed. She’s not falling for their holographic fantasy suites, their promise of a dream wedding, or their gorgeous, brawny warriors. Especially not the abrasive, arrogant guy she’s been matched with.
The last thing Dorn wants is a mate. He craves battle and discipline, not a weak female.
As a Drexian commander tasked with defending his people from a menacing enemy, he has no desire for a frail human mate. Even if they are his species’ last chance for survival. Especially not one as spoiled as her.
But, unfortunately for Dorn, he has no choice. Not if he wants to get back to his battleship and save both Earth and the Drexian race from extinction.

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dark ever afterDARK EVER AFTER: EVER ATER EMP SERIES BOOK 1 by M Merin

VS note: Of course being an apocalypse trope fiend, I one clicked this.

Shelby Hughes’ day is off to a rough start and it doesn’t seem like it will improve anytime soon. Sitting at work, in a nearly dark cube and hearing the panicked voices of her co-workers, Shelby wants to bang her head on her desk – her father has finally been proven right. Grabbing the go-bag from the bottom drawer of her file cabinet, she crosses to the windows, looking out across Seattle’s 5th Avenue. With the city at a standstill, she takes a moment to make a quick list:
Find a bike.
Find her son.
Get on the road.
Prepare to eat crow when she gets to her father’s house.
And pray like hell that her daughter makes it there.
In a world without electricity, Shelby is determined to do what she’s always done – make the best life for her children, no matter what stands in her way.

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radio silence 2019RADIO SILENCE (OFF THE GRID) by Alyssa Cole

VS note: A re-release. 

Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the “off” switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family’s cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.

It turns out isolation doesn’t necessarily equal safety.

When scavengers attack, it’s John’s ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden’s life, so he can’t be all bad…but he’s also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren’t bloodthirsty maniacs.

No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?

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apokalypsis book 2APOKALYPSIS BOOK 2 by Kate Morris

VS Note: I went back and one clicked book #1.

Avery Andersson led a charmed life, even if she had seven siblings, still lived at home, had no love life (or much of a life at all), and was a homeschool kid growing up. She loved her simple life, though, and her parents, who were as devoted to their children as they were each other. As she bears witness to some strange occurrences all happening within the span of a few weeks, Avery begins to question everything she knew and how it was all changing so quickly. Meeting a dark and brooding soldier who saves her life only adds to the confusion she is spiraling into.

The sexy-cute blonde from the bar, the same one he’d saved from possibly being murdered by some random creep, was a homeschooled nerd from a family full of odd siblings and equally strange parents? And her mother was the therapist he was being forced by the Army to see at least once a week. Great. Combine that with her obvious distaste for him and clear disgust by his tattoos and Tristan knew enough to stay away from Avery Andersson for good.

However, their lives are about to intersect again and again as one tragedy after the other forces Tristan and Avery together in order to survive. As events escalate, the country begins to collapse and the night crawlers multiply by the hour, they will learn that fighting this out and sticking together is going to be their only answer.

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lightest object in the universeTHE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE: A NOVEL by Kimi Eisele

VS Note: ok, this must be the week of the apocalyptic novels! 

What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station ElevenThe Lightest Object in the Universe imagines what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down.

In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they’ll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. While Carson travels west, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct the kind of cooperative community that suggests the end could be, in fact, a bright beginning.

Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson find their way to each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the lovers.

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noahs arkNOAH’S ARK (CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK BOOK 0) by Vijaya Schartz

When Trixie’s starfreighter, Noah’s Ark, drops out of jump space in an uncharted part of the universe, she believes the Earth-like planet on her viewer represents hope and salvation for her motley crew and the ragtag settlers aboard her ship.

Kostas, ex Space Marine, the expert survivalist recruited for this expedition, doesn’t believe in coincidences, and knows that when something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

Everyone on this voyage to seed a new planet with life, is running from something, and harbors dangerous secrets… including Trixie, who vowed to never let a man control her life again. As for Kostas, he would get lynched on the spot if anyone suspected who he really is.

But on this seemingly abandoned planet, others are watching, herding them for evil purposes… And when the truth emerges and secrets unravel, Trixie and Kostas will have to fight for survival, for freedom, and for the right to love.

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black sky morningBLACK SKY MORNING (MEN+MACHINE 3) by Hanna Dare

A bounty hunter in over his head.Xin knows how to look out for himself, and he knows when something sounds too good to be true. But a forgotten planet filled with riches is too tempting to pass up. Fortunately Xin also knows someone who can back him up – if he doesn’t arrest Xin first.

A government agent who’s lost hope.Jonathan Gray used to believe in a better future. Now he’s not so sure. Then Xin walks in, with his dark eyes and maddening smirk, and Jonathan feels like he’s waking up for the first time in months. Well, parts of him at least. He knows Xin is trouble, but when trouble looks this good it’s impossible to resist.

Two men. One dangerous planet. To survive they need to trust each other – too bad neither of them does trust.

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stolen desireSTOLEN DESIRE (PLANET OF DESIRE BOOK 3) by Robin Lovett

VS Note: Listed as erotica…

Koviye – My people call me the Sex God, but I, Koviye of the Fellamana, am so much more. I read their every desire and satisfy them with a mere touch of my hands. I’m sworn to share my powers, and this thing humans call monogamy is biologically impossible for me, or so I thought until I met the human, Jenie, Lieutenant General in the rebellion against our mutual enemy determined to destroy us. Now, as though Jenie has some power over me, I cannot think of touching anyone but her.

Jenie – I’ve dreamt of Koviye every night since I landed on this sex planet where every breath I take is an aphrodisiac to my blood. I am not fully human, I am part alien, and the planet has awakened my body’s instinct to find a mate. The next person I have sex with I will form an attachment for life, which is impossible for the Sex God. I have a rebellion to lead. Mating a polyamorous alien would ruin me. I can never have him, no matter how much I burn for him.

But I need his help. My best friend was taken prisoner by our enemies, the Ten Systems, and the only person with a ship fast enough to save her is Koviye. And all those dreams I’ve been having about him aren’t just dreams, he tells me. They’re real. He can dream walk, so if I can’t have him while I’m awake, at least I can have him in my dreams—as if that will ever be enough.

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wrappedWRAPPED (TEAM EIGHT: ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

VS note: Not sure there’s romance but I enjoy her writing.

Brneary lived a life of luxury in preparation for responsibility. One night that should have been a celebration turns into national horror, and she is the sole survivor. Waking in the hospital when no one else even left remains behind, she grieves her family and then finds out that there have been… changes.

She is left with a huge corporation, a vast personal fortune, and a family of thieves and assassins who cling to her as the last of her line. They help her gain control over the gift that rises, and while learning, she finds out that her world is even more twisted than she had imagined.

Generating armour from anything she touches is not a skill that helps when personal betrayal hurts her worse than any projectile.

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captive of the wolf packCAPTIVE OF THE WOLF PACK: A BONFIRE FALLS PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Liv Brywood and Aria Hunt

I’m in love with three wolf shifters who also happen to be my best friends. They don’t know how I feel, but I can’t keep this secret much longer. Our relationship is strictly forbidden. Witches and shifters don’t mix in my world. Falling in love with them would mean punishment by death, so I flee. My stepmother Lexus, High Priestess at Dark Magic Academy, is enraged by my disobedience. She’ll stop at nothing to get me back. She wants to control my magic, but she’ll never control my heart. It already belongs to three irresistible men.

Nyx, Remus, and Torak are my guys. I don’t care if we’re not meant to be together. There’s an undeniable connection between the four of us. I can’t ignore it anymore. Our love is dangerous, but it’s worth risking everything. War is coming to Bonfire Falls. There’s nothing I can do to stop it. Love is the strongest magic of all, but I don’t know if it will be enough to keep us safe.

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fallen alice wildeFALLEN (HELLFIRE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Alice Wilde

All angels are offered a choice: attend the Celestial Academy or be cast out of Heaven. Until two hours ago, only one angel since the beginning of time has ever made the choice to leave. Today, I made that two.

No one warns you where you go after the fall. If I’d known, I can’t help but wonder if I’d still have made the same choice.

It turns out there’s another Academy, and in order to earn the right to freewill on Earth, I’m going to have to make it through an entirely different set of trials.

I traded angels for demons, among other things, and it’s obvious I am not one of them. Here, in the midst of the very worst Hell has to offer, I stand out like a light in the dark…and that isn’t a good thing. In just a few short hours, I’ve already drawn the unwanted attention of several of the more devilishly-handsome (is that a compliment here?) brutes…and they’ve made it abundantly clear that they don’t want me here.
If I want a chance at life on Earth, I need to graduate…but first, I’ll have to survive the Demigod Trifecta.
My name is Eden, and today is my first day at Hellfire Academy. 
Today, I become one of The Fallen

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own to obtainOWN TO OBTAIN (MYTH OF THE OMEGA BOOK 9) by Zoey Ellis

Kardos – Burning with disbelief, Kardos’ fury sets the entire known Lands alight.
He swears to reclaim what belongs to him, but discovers the true cost of trying to cage the beauty he loves to see fly.
Shaya – Shaya seeks the life she had, but she is no longer the Omega she once was.
Battling her heartache, she soon learns that to find her strength, she must stake a claim of her own.

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on wings of passionON WINGS OF PASSION (ON WINGS SAGA BOOK 2) by M D Grimm

Every story has a beginning….Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when the dragons have finished killing each other, the victors will search elsewhere for conquest… maybe even the Upper Realm.

Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are ambushed and captured by demons, and they bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.

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souls and shadowsSOULS AND SHADOWS BY Various

Face haunting new worlds filled with paranormal creatures and breathtaking romance. Journey with beautiful beasts, sexy-as-sin vampires, soul-searing demigods, shadowy necromancers, and unlikely heroes as they fall in love and battle for good in this collection of fantasy adventures.
Will they survive the shadow’s call?
There’s only one way to find out.

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tollTHE TOLL by Cherie Priest

VS note: Not a romance. Gothic horror, set in the South. I’m not usually a horror reader but I did enjoy this one. Very atmospheric and she makes you wonder how certain plots will work out. Some went the way I expected and some didn’t! A new release last week but I waited till I’d read it to list it here. The book has mixed reviews.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177.

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naughty wolfNAUGHTY WOLF (ALPHA WOLVES WANT CURVES BOOK 2) by Aidy Award

Kosta Troika has to betray everything he believes in, if he’s going to save his pack. He’ll do whatever it takes. He never expected the sweet, sassy girl next door with curves he’s had a very naughty crush on for years would fight to save him.

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havoc auryn hadleyHAVOC (RISE OF THE ILIRI BOOK 9) by Auryn Hadley

The world has waited a long time for the Kaisae—Salryc Luxx, leader of the iliri and commander of the allied forces. Kaisaes before her have died or gone mad. But now that they are so close to finally winning the war and finding peace for her species, either option is unthinkable! She’s still needed. The war is yet to be won, and now there’s a coup brewing at home in Anglia.

As Sal prepares for a crucial push into enemy territory, the biggest battle her country faces isn’t about destruction; it’s about the rebuilding that comes after. If they want this war to matter, their new citizens will need to remember what it means to be iliri: to make packs, have children, and find the remains of their culture. They’ll need to make a home, and do it together—all three species: iliri, graouri, and humans. Although Sal is battling personal issues almost as large as her military battles, like the fact that no Kaisaes live into a happy old age. They either die fighting—or they go insane.

The newest member of Sal’s pack, Ryali, has been recruited to research the creation of the iliri species in the hope of discovering the reason Kaisaes have historically lost touch with reality—and hopefully she can find a way to make sure it doesn’t happen to Sal. But she’ll need more than old books to help. Luckily, there’s an answer—and Sal’s newly-expanded four-mate harem is determined to save her. It looks like they’re going to need a much bigger tent.

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shade of vampire 78A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 78: ORIGIN OF VAMPIRES by Bella Forrest

Amal and Amane have discovered something remarkable: the location of the protein which allows Derek to walk in the sun, even as a vampire.
Along with Tristan and Esme Vaughn, the grown-up grandchildren of Anna and Kyle, Derek and Sofia set out to learn more about the world from which the protein originates – and, most importantly, its residents.
On arrival, however, they encounter a new, yet mysteriously familiar species…one which may predate even the oldest vampire or Mara – and lead them to question everything they thought they knew.

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faithless dreamsFAITHLESS DREAMS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 6 by C R Jane

Eva is being hunted. Whether it’s by her obsessive ex or a murderer stalking her through the streets of New York, there’s danger around every corner.
But she can survive it all as long as she has Damon, Mason, and Beckham…right?
When disaster strikes, and Eva is left all alone to pick up the pieces, Eva will have to discover what’s really inside of her. Can Eva discover who she is and unlock the keys to her past in time to save herself and the ones she loves? Or will the bond between Eva and her men be broken forever.
And when Eva discovers who she really is…will it actually set her free?

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legacy lughnasadhLEGACY (LUGHNASADH ELITE ACADEMY BOOK 4) by Layla Heart

The first day of the new academic year started pretty normal for Litha, between hanging out with the princes and Phoenix and going to her first class it all seemed perfectly simple, but it ended horrifically wrong with Litha, Kit and Rune locked in a room at the succubi cafe, surrounded by fae soldiers. As they broke free, Litha sacrificed herself to save the woman she’d always thought of as her grandma.

In the fallout after Litha’s magnificent magical attack, things become even more grim as Litha, Phoenix and the princes are surrounded by the rest of the fae army, who are now slowly closing in on them through the thick smoke. They can’t see the soldiers, but they can hear them come closer.

The five have to stand their ground, protect Litha and her grandma, and try not to get killed before backup reaches them. But when the fae soldiers reveal their new weapons, things get even more dicey. Will they make it out? And in what condition?

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norsemen academyNORSEMEN ACADEMY : VIKING TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE by Skye MacKinnon

VS note: Previously published but this is evidently all the ‘episodes’ in one place.

Lainie never expected to be admitted to the prestigious Time Travel Academy.She never expected to study runes, ancient languages and meet real life Vikings.And she certainly didn’t expect to fall for her teacher… and a Viking… and a mysterious archivist.When a forbidden jump in time goes wrong, Lainie will have to draw on everything she’s learned to make her way back into the present – and into the arms of her men.

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portals savannah vertePORTALS by Savannah Verte

A banishment portal meant for one becomes a catalyst to destiny for seven brothers who pass through. Their journey takes them between worlds, time, and back again, revealing truths they were never supposed to uncover: everything they’ve believed for a millennia is false, they are pawns on someone else’s game board, and, they are all expendable. Between the world they know, and the ones they don’t are more portals, each with truths waiting to be revealed.

Can they turn the tables, reclaim their lives, reunite with their mates, and end the game? Or, will their world be lost forever before they can return?
Truth takes time…theirs is running out.

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let down your hairLET DOWN YOUR HAIR (GAY EVER AFTER BOOK 1) by L M Brown

VS note: A re-release.

When Prince Aiden sets out to rescue a princess, the last thing he expects to find is a cross-dressing artist named Robert. Can he set aside his fears and find the fairy tale ending he longs for?

In a world where fairy stories are historical fact, Prince Aiden is on a quest to find a princess to rescue and bring home as his bride. Deep in the Enchanted Forest, he finds Robert, a cross-dressing artist who lives alone in his tower. Mistaking him for a woman, Prince Aiden is determined to have Robert as his bride.

When the prince of his dreams shows up at Robert’s tower he is far from happy, especially when the handsome prince refuses to believe he is a man. Can he convince Prince Aiden to love him as the man he is, or is their happily ever after doomed from the start?

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war laura thalassaWAR (THE FOUR HORSEMEN BOOK 2) by Laura Thalassa

The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.

Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.

However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.

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shards of frostSHARDS OF FROST (MERCURY PACK SERIES BOOK 5) by Suzanne Wright

When had life stopped being so simple? Probably around the time that Casey Frost first agreed to pay off her drug addict brother’s debt to save him from a brutal beating. It soon became a “thing.” When the dealer—who’s also an Alpha shifter—demands she do something that goes against her very being, Casey decides enough is enough. It’s while she’s confronting the Alpha that he appears—Eli Axton, a ruthless wolf shifter with a dark reputation. When their eyes lock and the mating urge violently kicks in, she knows her world is about to change.
The last unmated male in his pack, Eli feels weary and alone. Seeing his friends so happy makes the Head Enforcer acutely feel the absence of his true mate. He wouldn’t have expected to find her in the parking lot of a shifter fight club, or for her to be such an unusual breed of shifter. Certain that the female enforcer belongs to him, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her. Not everyone is happy to see Casey mated, though. Soon danger is coming at them from different angles, threatening the life they’re trying to build. Their enemy needs to be eradicated fast. But how did you destroy an enemy when you weren’t sure who they were?

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bewitch meBEWITCH ME: RED VEIL DIARIES #5 by Marianne Morea

Gareth?
In the flesh, love.
But…you’re dead.
Ah, well. There’s dead and then there’s dead-dead.
Lane Alden stared at the man she once loved. The same man she mourned and never really got over. Yet here he stood, outside the infamous backrooms of the Red Veil, the underground vampire club where blood and sex rule, and anything goes.But anything goes was a distraction she didn’t need. Especially not one that made her mouth water and her nether bits throb. She had a witch to find. A sister witch who went missing after taking a walk on the wild side. Finding a Dark Fae may have played a role in her friend’s disappearance, she can only wonder if the man she loved and lost was back in her life for the same reason. Coincidence? Not a chance.

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to spell with itTO SPELL WITH IT (A MOONSTONE BAY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Amanda M Lee

Hadley Hunter thinks she’s seen everything – okay, maybe not everything but a lot of things – but she’s never seen a cupid convention.
When her good friend Booker’s fellow cupids descend on Moonstone Bay, she thinks it’s going to be fun and games. Instead, it’s mayhem and mystery when a rash of suicides and attempted suicides hit random island residents.
That means it’s off to the races to solve another mystery.
Hadley has been doing a lot of thinking about her life. She wants a career, not a job. She also wants to uncover a murderer. Even though her boyfriend Galen tries to keep her out of the case, she’s bound and determined to be in the thick of things.
Galen’s fears come to fruition when something starts calling to Hadley in her dreams and he’s convinced whatever creature convinced the others to try to kill themselves is now after Hadley.
Between egocentric cupids who are at war with each other, a big mystery regarding the origin of some of Hadley’s favorite paranormal friends, and her own determination, Hadley isn’t giving up without answers.
She’s used to having magical backup at every turn. This time, she’s going to have to fight the ultimate battle alone.
Is she up to the challenge? She’d better be. Everyone she loves is in danger and she’s the only one who can save them.
It’s time to witch up … and she’s ready.

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finding infinitiFINDING INFINITI (HAVENWOOD HALLS HIGH BOOK 23) by Rose Garcia

oe Greg has reunited with his soul mate Infiniti Clausman only to lose her in a cruel twist of fate. Separated by time and space—and a memory ward that has wiped him from her mind—he vows to do whatever he can to find her, but so far nothing has worked. Believing he’ll never be able to see her again, he starts losing all sense of himself. Worse than that, he can’t shake the growing feeling that Infiniti’s life is in danger…again.

Infiniti Clausman is trying to make the most of summer, but something isn’t quite right. She feels like she’s stuck, as if she can’t move on, as if she’s missing something or someone. She dismisses the sensation, calling it a case of the graduation blues, but when her psychic neighbor tells her about a quantum event that’s been happening since the Cold Moon last December, Infiniti can’t ignore the feelings any longer.

Soul mates separated. Memories forgotten. Time slipping. Joe must find Infiniti before it’s too late—or he might lose her again, this time for good.

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diableDIABLE (DEMONICA ORIGINS BOOK 3) by Pelaam

When Slayer Henri and his Intermediary Sébastien are sent to Paris to deal with attacks by vampires, they find the truth is worse still.
They also find unexpected allies in a family of gargoyles who help protect mankind.
Paris is under attack by demonic forces and it will take the united talents of humans, gargoyles, and vampires if they are to be defeated.
Sébastien also finds that his mate is the last creature on earth he would have expected.
When the time to fight comes, can Sébastien survive, or will his life be forfeit in the depths of the dungeons of the infamous Cardinal Richelieu.

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shadows howlSHADOW’S HOWL (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 4) by Riley Storm

Academy-trained mage Jennifer Shaw is setting out to make things right. First stop is the hideout of the wolf shifter rebels, where she’s greeted by the most suspicious, untrusting, and downright gorgeous man she’s ever met. With the need to focus on her own mission, it’s only fair the universe assigns her the worst distraction possible as guide and guard. But she’s got a secret to fix, and even the hella-handsome hunk isn’t going to distract her.

After a betrayal that rocked him to his core, Liam Canis doesn’t trust anyone farther than he can throw a dragon. That includes the mage who appears out of thin air, claiming to be there to help the rebels finally defeat the Tyrant King and retake their home. Despite her gorgeous figure and insane attraction to his entire being, Liam isn’t going to let himself be dissuaded from finding out her real reason for being there.

Time is running out for the duo, as the forces loyal to the Tyrant King rush to reinforce the fortress at Moonshadow Manor. The two of them will have to learn to get along if they hope to bring down the defenses and lead the rebels to victory. Linden isn’t sure he can ever trust his gut again, no matter what it says about Jennifer and what she might mean to him. But only a mated pair will be able to save his friends, and fix a wrong she can’t ignore.

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surf of timeTHE SURF OF TIME: CALLED BY A VIKING SERIES BOOK 4 by Mariah Stone

Los Angeles, 2019. Cathy is struggling to find the strength to be on her own. With her fiancé trapped in an irreversible coma, she surfs on his favorite beach unable to muster the conviction to turn off his life support. Suddenly flung centuries back in time, she’s horrified to land in the middle of a Viking war. But her heart nearly stops when she discovers a Norseman who looks exactly like her fiancé.

Wessex, England, 878 AD. Tortured by the death of his wife, Viking Andor Thornsson punishes himself by fighting countless battles. But when a gorgeous woman appears from nowhere and pulls him to safety during a losing skirmish, he fears extreme blood loss caused a hallucination. Behind deadly Anglo Saxon enemy lines, he reluctantly agrees to lead her to his stronghold under one condition: he’s not responsible for her fate.

But Andor can’t help falling for the curvy blonde even though she claims she must return to the future. And as they face bandits and hidden dangers together, Cathy wonders whether she’s attracted to the warrior himself or the stark reminder of what awaits back home.

Torn by painful memories and agonizing loss, can Cathy and Andor heal their broken hearts and make a timeless connection?

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song of blood and stone l penelopeSONG OF BLOOD AND STONE, EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BOOK 1 by L Penelope

VS note: A re-release which author states has been ‘expanded’. New cover too.

The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.

All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk…until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar.

Through Jack, the spy, Jasminda learns that the Mantle is weakening, allowing people to slip through without notice. And even more troubling: Lagrimar is mobilizing, and if no one finds a way to restore the Mantle, it might be too late for Elsira. Their only hope lies in uncovering the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and Jasminda’s Earthsong is the key to unravel them.

Thrust into a hostile society and a world she doesn’t know, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil an ancient mystery that might offer salvation.

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academy of sixACADEMY OF SIX (ORIGINS OF THE SIX SERIES BOOK 1) by A K Koonce and Aleera Anaya Ceres

Deadly monsters live in all of us.
The Academy of Six has just never seen a monster as terribly mundane as Izara Castillo. And that is a dangerous problem. She has four semesters to not only understand her supernatural abilities, but harness them as well.
Everything at the Academy is a disaster, from Interdimensional Travels through hell to the other hell they like to call Gym.
Bullies push her, test her, and simply try to kill her. A few broodingly protective roommates and a scary fake boyfriend could help. Or make her life impossibly harder.
Pretend to date the emotionally detached demon, they said. What’s the worst that could happen, they said.
It’s make or break within this prison of a school. If she succeeds, she’ll finally know what she’s capable of, who she truly is, and where she came from.
If she fails…she dies.

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sacrificed to the beastSACRIFICED TO THE BEAST by Jessa Kane

Someone has been terrorizing my small town—a huge, horrifying beast, to be exact. He won’t stop rampaging until the villagers sacrifice an innocent. Lucky me! I’m the chosen one. I’ve been tied to a tree in a wedding dress and left as an offering to the cruel ruler of the hills. But once the beast approaches, I glimpse the lonely human beneath the wild hair and mountainous body. Yes, he’s very much a man…a man who will stop at nothing to claim me as his mate.

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mountain wolfs nannyMOUNTAIN WOLF’S NANNY: DADDY WOLVES OF THE WILD by Serena Meadows

Betrayal comes in a lot of different forms. The rejection of a mother. The loss of a wife. And at its worst, the abduction of a child. Nick’s heart has been torn and twisted so many times his chest is little more than a cavity of scar tissue.

Then, for the first time in years…a single, tiny pulse.

Nick’s fought long and hard to win back his little girl and give them both the life his late wife would have wanted. He hopes the new nanny, Maggie, will help bridge the chasm between them, and encourage the girl to see him as more than the monster she’s been raised to believe he is.

But Maggie has her own secrets, like the fact Nick sends heat rushing through her body each time she meets his eyes. Their chemistry is undeniable, but she can’t succumb to the attraction. Because if he knew the truth about her, she’d smash the last fractured pieces of his heart beyond all hope of repair.

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passions and protectorsPASSIONS AND PROTECTORS (BEAUTIFUL BEASTS ACADEMY BOOK 5) by Kim Faulks and Mila Young

There’s a murderer on the loose…and mortals are calling for a name to bring to justice.
A name that answers on behalf of the Ancient.
My name…Morwenna Livingstone.
My parents can’t reach me.
My best friend doesn’t even know where I’ve gone.
And as mortal deaths continue to plague Tricks City I’m called to stand before the tribunal of mortals and monsters and answer for the crime of conspiracy to murder.
Because I know who the real killer has been all this time.
I just couldn’t bring myself to face him.
The betrayal.
The heartache…
And the end.

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spell for deathA SPELL FOR DEATH: ROSEWILDE ACADEMY OF MAGICAL ARTS by B C Palmer and Marie Robinson

My life turned upside down after the death of my godmother and I’ve traded science for sorcery. I never thought magic existed outside of books, but here I am at an elite academy for magical arts.

If it wasn’t for popular heartthrobs Isaac and Luke, I’d lose my mind. Their tutoring sessions teach me more than just magic. And my ridiculously hot roommate, Hunter? Well, I’m pretty sure he hates everyone—not just me. Oh, and he’s convinced my dead parents might have tried to trigger the apocalypse.

Turns out that he might be right. Magic is dangerous and I’m pretty sure it’s going to kill me—if the faculty doesn’t get me first.

Welcome to freshman year at Rosewilde Academy for Magical Arts—where secrets hide behind every door and rules are meant to be broken.

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sea dragons commandSEA DRAGON’S COMMAND: ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS OF MOROCCO #3 by Ava Ward

Layla Price’s magic has been unleashed. Set free during a confrontation with her enemy Hunter, her fury as the world’s most dangerous Dragon-shifter knows no bounds.
But her power is a grave risk to her friends, and as Layla trains with the uncompromising Royal Siren Reginald Durant to tame her magics, she struggles to master her ability.
When her mate Adrian is framed for murder, she must go undercover – risking her life in a dangerous game to draw out her nemesis.
And when she finds Hunter, will her magic be controlled enough to finally take him down?
Or will Reginald’s training fail her – leaving her powerless against her enemy?

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heavens fallHEAVEN’S FALL (PANDORAX ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Ember Hollis

All my life, my mom has let me down. Now she’s gone, and the dad I never thought I’d meet turns out to be an angel.

He’s the only family I have left, and he’s sent me to Pandorax Academy. A super-secret, super-magical, super dangerous academy for supernaturals like me.

Except that I’m the only one with angelic blood.

I thought I had a new start in life, but it all just gets harder when I meet Christian, Malek, Knox and Bane. Four drop-dead gorgeous guys who are dangerous as sin. But that’s not all. The strange powers they wield holds everyone in thrall, from vampires to werewolves to demons, and perhaps even… me.
They say there’s no place for an angel, even a half one, in Pandorax Academy. They’ll do everything they can to make me suffer. To drive me out. And together, I’m afraid they’ll crush me.
But I didn’t get this far to lose. I’ll do whatever it takes to stay. Even if it means I have to fall… perhaps I’ll take them with me.

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claimed by the dragon princeCLAIMED BY THE DRAGON PRINCE (THE FATE OF THE DRAGONS SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

Abby doesn’t quite get life. She is a shy wallflower, but her life is about to take a wild turn as she meets two incredibly hot brothers Ty and Luc; with a huge secret that will transform her quiet little world into a real-life fairytale.
But the more Abby learns about them, the more she realizes her fate is directly tied to theirs. Will she be able to keep her heart despite Luc trying to win her over again? Or will Ty finally get the chance he has been waiting for?

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nanny to the bearNANNY TO THE BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Cynthia Wilde

Licensed childcare worker, Janet Noble, finds herself once again assigned to a family of shifters, this time a single father with two small children. As she is already on thin ice with her agency, she is hoping this quaint little town will offer the fresh start she needs. Little does she know as she struggles to navigate the rising steam between her and her new boss, that every step she takes is pulling her further into a web of dangerous secrets.

Between the demands of his work and being a single dad, Austin Bradford has had to admit he needs help. Hiring a nanny seemed like the only option which made sense. But even as the kids take to her he realizes the unforeseen attraction between them is becoming almost too much to bear. With danger swirling around the town that his pack are sworn to protect, the last thing he needs is another complication…

Thrust together by circumstance, and now united with the rest of the pack against rivals moving in on their town, can these two forge a bond that will last? And will it be strong enough to endure as long hidden secret that threatens to change everything?

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warrior mate l j redWARRIOR MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red

Ruggedly handsome and wickedly dangerous, Rune has spent his entire life as a warrior. First a Viking, then an immortal vampire. Fighting is all he knows. Until he meets her. His soulmate fated to be with him forever. Brigit is his total opposite: tiny and fragile. He burns to possess and protect her. The only problem is, she doesn’t want anything to do with him.

A tough, kick-ass policewoman, Brigit hates it when men judge her on her size and her looks. She’s spent her life keeping her city safe and she isn’t about to give that up just because the sinfully attractive vampire warrior tells her to. Sparks fly, and it’s going to take all Brigit’s control to hold back the raging desire that overwhelms her every time they meet.

Forced to work together as mysterious attacks spread across Chicago and a new threat gathers outside the city, can they find a way to overcome their differences and work together before it’s too late?

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bears secretTHE BEAR’S SECRET by Fay Walsh

Billy, a bear shifter in the Hoopole Bears Clan, has a dark secret. To everyone he appears like a carefree guy, but in reality he hides a dark secret. He wants to break free from his past, but his memories haunt him. Until he meets this newcomer and his façade comes tumbling down.

Nikki has returned to her hometown to help her parents. Everything is so familiar, and yet something strange is happening. When she meets Billy, she finds someone she can confide in. But what will she do when she discovers that everyone around her has secrets? Secrets that will challenge everything she thought she knew and even threaten her own life…

A bear desperate for a glimmer of hope will do anything to protect the person that makes him feel his way. But first, he will have to defeat his demons. Even if this means getting himself and his mate caught in a dangerous play of life and death.

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wed by proxyWED BY PROXY (BRIDES OF KARADOK BOOK 1) by Alice Coldbreath

Thrice wedded, but never bedded, Mathilde Martindale has long lived in the shadow of her indomitable mother, and meekly done as she was told. Until one day she decides to become mistress of her own destiny and leave the royal court to find her own path.

Married by proxy, Lord Martindale has never even met his bride of three years. Wed as part of a peace treaty, he bitterly resents the mercenary wife who cares only for wealth and prestige. And then he meets her.

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waking up the sunWAKING UP THE SUN by Laura Bailo

When Lander accepts a dare to go into the forest at night, he thinks it’ll be easy. He just needs to walk in and then come out, right? But that’s easier said than done. It’s like the trees have a mind of their own, and they are stopping him from finding his way back. There were always stories of people getting lost forever in the forest, but Lander had never considered they might be true.

Yban has been in the forest a long time and he knows it like no other—but he comes with his own secrets. He disappears every day, and he won’t tell Lander where he goes. But during the dark hours, Lander gets to know him and starts unwrapping the layers that surround him.

The fire that keeps them warm in the forest isn’t the only spark between them; will their growing relationship survive Lander’s determination to find the way out, or will Yban’s past mistakes keep them hidden in the forest forever?

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dawskDAWSK by Erhu Kome Yellow

Hardworking nurse Simisola Oladeji is unlucky in love.
When reclusive billionaire Aiden Essien walks into her life, she knows there will be no future with him and even more so when she stumbles upon his bloodthirsty secret.
She is safer reuniting with her long-lost boyfriend Femi, surely?

Caught between the two, trouble is never far away as she discovers some disturbing truths about her past life. A dark force is rising, and the messy trio is going to have to fight, together, to save lives.

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midnight at the blackbird cafeMIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE by Heather Webber

VS Note: Sounds good, put it on my TBR List.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

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run books of stone 2RUN (BOOKS OF STONE BOOK 2) by B L Brunnemer 

With Evelyn unconscious, it’s up to the rest of the team to keep Chicago from breaking out into chaos.
Witches, wolves, and vampires are at each other’s throats. Demons are slipping through the barrier and the dead are piling up. It’s up to Astrid and Ranulf to keep Chicago from erupting into war.
With Evelyn getting weaker by the hour, Falk and Rina race against time and magic to find the only way to save her. But the storm that got away from Evelyn has gotten larger, spreading across the united states grounding every flight. Will they make it in time to save her?

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skin deepSKIN DEEP by Karen Chance

VS Note: A re-release

Lia de Croissets’s mother is a werewolf–but Lia can’t shift. Caught between the Human and the Were worlds, she has found a place for herself as a war mage, working to help solve magical crimes. But when her Were lover goes missing, Lia learns Weres are being killed for their skins. Now Lia and her magical, unpredictable dragon tattoo may be the only hope of finding him alive.

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in the woodsIN THE WOODS by Carrie Jones and Stephen E Wedel

VS Note: Not listed as a romance.

It should have been just another quiet night on the farm when Logan witnessed the attack, but it wasn’t. Something is in the woods.
Something unexplainable.
Something deadly. Hundreds of miles away, Chrystal’s plans for summer in Manhattan are abruptly upended when her dad reads tabloid coverage of some kind of grisly incident in Oklahoma. When they arrive to investigate, they find a witness: a surprisingly good-looking farm boy. As townsfolk start disappearing and the attacks get ever closer, Logan and Chrystal will have to find out the truth about whatever’s hiding in the woods…before they become targets themselves.

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indigo rainINDIGO RAIN (PHOENIX INTELLIGENCE AGENCY bOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

Kalina Erutan does not save anyone. She is usually sent to eliminate the problems. The way she does it is by her own choosing. As an Assassin Agent for the Phoenix Intelligence Agency she lives by a special code of honor. The latest case she takes brings her face to face with her destiny, past and her possible future. Being an Amazonian Warrior she knows what is needed in any battle. Yet this time a wrong decision can mean the end of humanity and all the dimensions beyond.

Ryne Garon is known as the ghost. The most fearsome Assassin Agent until he left and became the co-division head of the tracker unit. His powers as a firebird have saved him and others. Yet when he is faced with the woman who is his destiny, he loses all control. No one will stand in his way to claim Kalina Erutan as his own. Not even her aversion to his people. Them being paired together to find the most precious of artifacts that can bring on Armageddon tests all he believes and desires.

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the needTHE NEED by Helen Phillips 

VS Note: Saw this recommended in OprahMAG. Wildly mixed reviews – is it a psychological thriller or scifi – an ambiguous ending, some say. Not a romance. It’s on my TBR list because it all sounds intriguing, but way down there.

When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do, she knows.

But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement.

Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.

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blood in the shaodwsBLOOD IN THE SHADOWS (LEGACY BOOK 1) by Allyson Lindt

She Loves. She Dies. She is Reborn.
Odin cursed this Valkyrie to that fate. She just hasn’t remembered yet.
With each life she should live long enough to recall her past and become a fierce warrior, accompanying the souls of her equals to the afterlife. But someone keeps killing her before she gets that far.

The immortal men she’s loved throughout history have joined forces to find and save her, before her life is once again abruptly ended. But recruiting and seducing an assassin of her caliber, trained to trust no one, and to be one with the shadows, is no easy task.

If they don’t help her remember before death finds her again, the least of her concerns will be if she gets another chance at life.All of humanity’s future hangs in the balance.

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trial by faeTRIAL BY FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall

To the world, I’m a demon slayer. I lead a simple life slaughtering monsters, and as long as no one learns that I’m descended from a forbidden line of Dragon Bloods, I can keep my job and my life.

But when a powerful Fae king realizes I’m his fated mate, I’ve got problems. Especially since A), he hates me and B), he learns my secret, and it puts my whole life at risk. I want to kill my mate.

The stars align when my employers send me to the Fae kingdom as an undercover agent. My real goal? Investigate the king for the murder of hundreds. 

But the king only has eyes only for me, even when I’m in disguise. He senses that I’m his mate, and our attraction is off the charts. No matter how much we mistrust each other, we can’t stay apart. And when he realizes what I’m up to? There will be hell to pay. That is, if I survive.

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pisa4 reader magnetVS: This week’s highlighted item from me is the Pets In Space 4 FREE Reader Magnet, containing NEW & EXCLUSIVE short stories from
* S.E. Smith, Lords of Kassis series
* Anna Hackett, Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone
* Tiffany Roberts, The Kraken series
* Veronica Scott, Star Cruise series
* Pauline Baird Jones, Project Enterprise series
* Donna McDonald, My Crazy Alien Romance series
* Cassandra Chandler, The Department of Homeworld Security series, and
* Alexis Glynn Latner

Plus preview chapters from their stories in the upcoming Pets In Space 4 anthology (which releases October 8th): Laurie A. Green, Regine Abel, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, and Kyndra Hatch! Finish off this fabulous Sampler with gorgeous alien artwork from Tiffany Roberts.

Here’s the link to the Reader Magnet   page, scroll down once you arrive there to get the Magnet for FREE.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 10

July 3

June 26

June 19

June 12

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 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.

 

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday July 10

docs ordersAs always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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DOC’S ORDERS (CYBORG SPACE EXPLORATION BOOK 2) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: I love Cynthia’s “sizzling cyborgs” and have had this one pre-ordered for EVER.

She wants both sides of her cyborg—the medic AND the beast.

A fully functional cyborg is balanced. His machine half and his organic half work together to produce the perfect warrior.
Doc isn’t fully functional.
The G Model operates at the two extremes. When his machine is in complete control, he’s the logic-driven medic, saving lifespans. Once his organics take charge, he becomes the savage beast…and beings die.
Both sides of Doc want to be the first to claim his female.
Allinen is one of the few beings in her small settlement who wasn’t born with a fated mate. Determined to belong somewhere, she has crafted a plan to leave the planet.

That plan doesn’t involve a huge stormy-eyed male who alternates between cool seduction and out-of-control ravishment. Doc isn’t her fated mate. Allinen knows that. But his dual nature and forbidden embraces tempt her to forget forever and indulge in more immediate delights.

Neither side of Doc views their relationship as being temporary. Her conflicted cyborg is prepared to battle her family, her planet and death itself to keep her.

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more than stardustMORE THAN STARDUST (WEANTED AND WIRED BOOK 3) by Vivien Jackson

VS Note: Another hotly anticipated scifi romance. I loved the first two books!

Chloe, a self-aware, highly illegal nanorobotic artificial intelligence knows a thing or two about wanting.
The growing Machine Rebellion wants her to become its god.
The technocratic global Consortium wants to cage her, take her apart, and reverse-engineer her.
Her family wants to keep her a secret.
Her best friend Garrett wants her safe.
Chloe is a thing made of wants.
And it’s time the world knew hers.

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valor mel teshcoVALOR (DRAGONS OF RIDDICH BOOK 6) by Mel Teshco

As a breeder, Rebel Mayfield attracts Riddich dragons like bees to honey. But to guarantee her next dragon capture, she has no choice other than to lay a trap for sharp-witted, blond-headed Valor. She waits in a dark alley, and when her breeder instincts sense Valor near, she signals to her male colleague to approach and pretend he’s hurting her. Valor falls for the ruse and is so enraged he nearly kills the male operative. Until the Paranormal Detection Agency—Rebel’s team—step in and take Valor as their prisoner.
As Valor lays chained on a gurney, his body bloodied and bruised, and the air too frosty to call on his dragon, he dreams of escape along with hundreds of ways to kill everyone in the underground facility. Everyone except Rebel. He’s got a special kind of hell for her. He’ll use her body again and again before taking his ultimate revenge. That it’s Rebel who gives him the opportunity to escape might be her only salvation … but only if she can handle his dragon’s physical demands.

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lost in the deep endLOST IN THE DEEP END by Jessica Grayson

Destined to be Together…Destined to be Apart.
I want her. I desire Elizabeth Langdon unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, and there is nothing I can do about it. I came to Terra (Earth) on a short-term mission, and then I must fulfill my duty to wed my betrothed to keep the peace on my home planet. Except, I feel nothing for my betrothed and I feel everything for Elizabeth. And I can never tell her. If I form the mind link with her to take her as my mate, she’ll know the dark secret I carry within me–the horror of my race. She’d never look at me the same, and that is something I cannot risk.

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queens advantageTHE QUEEN’S ADVANTAGE (ROGUE QUEEN BOOK 2) by Jessie Mihalik

When Queen Samara Rani fulfills the promise she made to Emperor Valentin Kos to visit his court and meet with his advisors, she knows they won’t welcome her with open arms, especially when she’s been tasked with discovering the traitors within their ranks—traitors she tricked out of five million credits.

As soon as Samara begins her investigation it becomes clear that Valentin’s advisors want her gone and they aren’t picky about how. After their tactics turn violent, Samara and Valentin race to unravel the web of treachery and lies before the next attack ends in tragedy.

When the conflict escalates in ferocity and rumors start blaming Samara, she is forced to continue her hunt alone. Uncovering traitors is difficult when courtiers learn to lie before they learn to walk, and one misstep could cost her life. However, Rogue Queens aren’t easy to kill and Samara has more than a few tricks of her own.

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themisTHEMIS (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 2) by Suki Selborne

Five alien princes took five Earth girls from a space cruise ship. I’m one of them. And what happened next blew my mind.
Prince Themis is stern, fierce, and super demanding. I don’t know where he’s taking me. But I do know one thing. I won’t come quietly.
I’ve never been the kind of girl who lets a guy tell her what to do. Even if he does have the face of a movie star and the body of a Greek god.
But before I can fight back, trouble hits Prince Themis’s ship like a meteor. Even Dark Star royalty didn’t see that coming.
Will I ever get home to Earth?

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broken c r janeBROKEN: THE FALLEN WORLD SERIES BOOK 2 by C R Jane

Their obsession will destroy her…Ella Monroe is broken and betrayed. After the discovery of the Vepar’s secret, Ella would like nothing better than to get away from her three Vepar lovers and hide from them forever. Unfortunately, the Vepar have other ideas for Ella. Imprisoned and taken away to a place that defies imagination, Ella must fight for her life and discover the truth about the Vepar’s agenda. One thing is for sure though…the Vepar are never going to let her go.

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shadow alana khanSHADOW: BOOK 2 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS ALIEN ABDUCTION ROMANCE SERIES by Alana Khan

Petra’s strong, take-no-prisoners attitude is severely challenged when she’s abducted by aliens, destined to be sold as a sex slave. To escape, she needs the help of the most irritating, hunky alien male this side of the Milky Way. Their chemistry is off the charts despite the fact that Shadow can be an annoying dick.

Sold into the gladiator arena by his own parents, the only emotion this alien knows is anger. Until he meets Petra, whose grit, as well as her delightful body, sets him on fire. She isn’t interested in anything more than a physical relationship, until she realizes there might be something worth fighting for beneath his cocky exterior.

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lady luckLADY LUCK (HAREM STATION BOOK 4) by J A Huss

Luck knew two things when he left Harem Station months ago.
One. The silver-haired Cygnian Princess Nyleena was still safely frozen away in her cryopod. And two. There was a good chance she was his soul mate.
He left anyway.

Nyleena is what you might call feisty. Or sassy. Or maybe just… ,i>feral. She is wild. Much too wild for Luck’s taste. But now that he’s home there’s no way to deny it.
Like it or not, she is his.
Lucky for him, all Cygnian Princesses have one true weakness. They cannot resist cooking up crazy plans to tackle unsolvable problems. And he’s going to use that irresistible urge to tame her savage spirit.
Nyleena has plans of her own and none of them involve Luck. She is out for blood. All the people who made her life hell will be dealt with, and she’s going to find every single one of them and take them out.
Right after she solves this one last unsolvable problem…How not to fall in love with your soul mate.

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hands of fateHANDS OF FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Regine Abel

VS Note: I always enjoy her books! On my TBR List!

Thirty years ago, Xevius defied his orders by refusing to assassinate the woman who would birth the future mother of the Veredian Titans. Today, his government demands that he atones for that failure by ridding the world of those children before they grow even more powerful. While on that mission, he feels the pull of the Tuning—the psionic call of his true mate. To complicate matters, his woman turns out to be the military leader and protector of the Veredians.

With tension rising between her people and the Xelixians, the last thing Kamala needs is a Korlethean assassin hunting the Veredian children. Attempting to eliminate him first should be an easy decision, except for the fact that he’s her soulmate. Swaying him to their side could be the key to solving many of their problems, but at what cost to him and his people?

As dire visions and prophecies multiply, Xevius is torn between his conscience, loyalty to his people, and his love for the woman who has captured his heart.

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touch of greedA TOUCH OF GREED (A THIEF IN LOVE BOOK 3) by Cailin Briste

The worry stone in Max’s pocket is getting a workout. If it’s not the latest shenanigans of his burglary crew, it’s the bombshell that just exploded in his personal life. Seventeen years after walking out on him, Marianna is back, and she has revelations that will upend his plans for peace and quiet.

The team is salivating to take advantage of her position on an archeological space dig. The backer, an illegal antiquities collector, has long eluded them. Their timeline moves up when they discover that Marianna is the mogul’s chosen fall guy.

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matched and matedMATCHED AND MATED (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 16) by Grace Goodwin

Miranda Doyle has spent months in the arms of a mysterious Trion doctor. His hands are skilled at more than just healing, but their casual “friends with benefits” arrangement isn’t enough for her. She wants it all, and the Interstellar Brides Program guarantees her not just a mate, but a perfect match.

Doctor Valck Brax is in love with Miranda, a human female who surrenders to his touch so beautifully. Finally ready to claim her forever, he resigns and returns to her with mating adornments in hand. But he’s too late. Miranda is gone, half a universe away and in the arms of a fierce Prillon warrior.

Captain Trist Treval of Battlegroup Zakar is a cold and cunning fighter. Infamous for his unforgiving nature and calculating ways, war has been his life. Now, with three little words, “you’ve been matched,” everything changes. He’ll destroy anything and everyone who tries to take his beautiful new mate from him, including the foolish doctor from Trion who arrives on the battleship claiming she belongs to him.
She’s been matched, but who will she choose as her mate?

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alien protectors rescued brideALIEN PROTECTOR’S RESCUED BRIDE by Juno Wells

Daisy – Being abducted from Earth was terrifying. When the fish-headed, aquatic aliens took me I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully I was raised to be a fighter.

I’ve struggled against my captors at every turn but how many times can a girl get beat down before coming to realize you can’t win? It’s wearing me down and I’m finally coming to realize there’s no Prince Charming coming to rescue me.
I can’t give up though, not yet. In a desperate attempt I join up with another girl from Earth and this time I’m either getting free or else. There is no other option, I can’t live like this.
Then the floor shakes and winged demons from hell invade. At least they’re fighting the aquatics but is this a rescue or am I trading one master for another?
In this battle it’s not just my life at stake, this time my heart is on the line too.

Darnok – Another mission, one more battle. Maybe this will be my last, maybe not. I can’t bring myself to care anymore.
Being bigger than all the other warriors my entire life has been one lone string of abuse. The other males pick fights with me to prove how tough they are and the Queens abuse me because I’m so big I always stand out. All they see is the giant, none of them see the person I am…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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deceived evangelineDECEIVED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED BOOK 24 by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: This book has a trigger warning from the author – see ebook seller page.

Anna is living in a nightmare. Stolen by raiders from the arms of her loving family, she is bought by a hulking, two-headed Trollox. She wants to die until her thuggish captor buys a new robotic cook who also doubles as a guard for the house. At first Anna thinks he is just another Replicant, without emotions but soon she finds herself pouring out her heart to him. It’s safe because he’s just a machine so she knows he’ll never hurt her like a real male would. Is it wrong to think that she’s falling in love with him? Especially since a machine can’t really love her back…

Dark is a Kindred warrior on a mission. He must steal the Shannom-rah, an ancient crystal capable of storing trillions of personalities, before the enemy of his people gets it. In order to do this, he has to infiltrate the home of the Trollox collector who owns the priceless artifact. Posing as a Replicant, he is in the perfect position to complete his mission. But he didn’t count on finding a female in danger. Despite his determination not to get involved, his heart is torn by her plight. As his feelings of protectiveness for Anna grow, he longs to tell her the truth about himself. But he knows doing so will destroy her faith in him—she has been hurt so badly by living males, she can only trust him because she thinks he is a Replicant.

When the truth comes out will Anna still care for him, or will she feel betrayed knowing that she has been…Deceived?

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fherinFHERIN (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by C R Corbin

Natalie – My base was destroyed, my friends were dead, and now i’m stuck in a cold cave with a very sexy and very determined Kanosian that’s claiming that i’m his mate.
Now my only chance at survival requires me to trust him, the very enemy that I held a burgeoning hatred for.
And the worst part? I’m not so sure I want to turn his mating offer down.

Fherin – Her base was destroyed, I was betrayed, and the men responsible were light years away.
Now, stuck in the freezing cold, I have to keep the two of us safe and look for a way off of this planet.
She keeps rejecting me, calling me her enemy when my sole aim is her protection.
Because I will do whatever it takes to find those responsible and, more importantly, to claim her as mine.

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armored heartARMORED HEART by J M Anjerwierden

May returned home from the Second Augment War having left parts of herself behind, emotionally and literally. An inventor at heart, she built herself cybernetic legs to regain her mobility, and then a suit of powered armor to regain a purpose in her life as the superhero Escuda.
But can she balance being a superhero with a love life?
The country’s most celebrated superhero, Steel Patriot, has moved to her town. Sure, Escuda will be able to work with him easily enough, but can May get his attention, while also dealing with a new breed of supervillain on the rise?

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dragon men do it betterDRAGON MEN DO IT BETTER by J Thompson and Mina Carte