New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday February 20

bond proofAs 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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BOND PROOF: THE APPRENTICE VOLUME 7 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti

In defiance of the odds, Lilian is within a month of proving her bond, driving desperate Odds Managers to ever increasing bounties on her life—every step beyond the security of the cartel is perilous. Within the cartel, she must put aside her fear, giving all her attention to her duty and the decorum demanded of an apprentice.

The success of the Nightingale launch has brought Lucius and Serengeti into the center of Twelve Systems commerce. As the Nightingale Command Crew is gathers on Metricelli Prime to prepare for the dangerous voyage to the Thirteenth System, whispers of pirates emerge from the Eleventh and Twelfth Systems. A decade before, pirates almost to toppled Serengeti, their reemergence so close to the Nightingale launch endangers all Lucius has achieved. When a group of free-traders arrive from those distant systems, they threaten to resurrect an ancient Mercio scandal that could undermine the honor of Blooded Dagger and Serengeti, and imperil all Lucius’ values.

In the final days of Lilian’s apprenticeship, danger lurks in every shadow. It will require all Lucius’ power and Lilian’s courage to achieve her bond proof.

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cyborg next doorTHE CYBORG NEXT DOOR: IN THE STARS by Bianca D’arc

Chiron is a cyborg – a man who has been turned into a machine after tragedy. Common wisdom says he’s just a robot now, with no feelings and no memory of his past life, but his next-door neighbor, Roxy, is starting to suspect that’s not exactly true. He looks at her with desire in his eyes, and she knows there’s a man inside that muscular frame, who feels a very mutual attraction.

She’s trying to earn enough as a mechanic for passage back to Earth, but it’s a long way home and war is on the horizon. When aliens attack the station, the leadership flees, leaving the cyborgs and a bunch of women and children to the not-so-tender mercies of the alien warriors. But the cyborgs have a crazy plan and they won’t leave the innocent behind.

With Roxy’s help, they’ll try to fix the last viable ship and head out for parts unknown. Their journey is fraught with hazards, but if they work together, the humans and cyborgs might just find a way home. Roxy and Chiron will have to put it all on the line to save the others—their safety, their lives…and their hearts.

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heart of stone regine abelHEART OF STONE (KHARGALS OF DURAS) by Regine Abel

When death nearly claims Brianna at the tender age of eight, a being that shouldn’t exist saves her. Twenty years later, she becomes an architect specialized in historic buildings, still searching for evidence that the one who saved her—the one who haunts her increasingly wild dreams—truly exists. When a mystery man hires her for a major project in the catacombs of an old church turned exclusive, gothic nightclub, Brianna believes she may have her chance at long last.

Alkor has grown weary of this era. Forced to hide in plain sight, forbidden from ever claiming the only woman to have stirred his mating instincts, he considers going back into hibernation rather than pining for her from afar. But the sudden activation of the beacon changes everything. Rescue is on the way! With his only means of reaching the rendezvous point trapped in the catacombs, Alkor hires Brianna to help recover his treasure. However, his lost sigil isn’t the only thing he intends to take back home with him.

Time is running out, and the evil forces conspiring to capture him will stop at nothing to achieve their goal, even using Brianna. Did Alkor save his true mate only to lose her now that they might have a chance at a future together?———-
Heart of Stone is a standalone novel part of the collaborative series the Khargals of Duras.
A thousand years ago, a Khargal scouting party left Duras, only to crash on a planet called Earth…(more explanation on ebook seller page…)

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gravel and gritGRAVEL AND GRIT: KHARGALS OF DURAS by Stacy Jones

Zaek is losing hope after waiting centuries for rescue, but the time has finally arrived. The lost emergency beacon has fallen from orbit and gone active. All he needs to do to get off this damn planet named Earth is find it and get to the pick up location in time. The problem? The beacon comes with an addictively confounding, Earthian female who makes his mating gland swell, marking her as his true mate. Zaek hasn’t been around a human who didn’t run away screaming monster in a millennium, so how the hell is he supposed to convince this smart, beautiful, sarcastic female to give him the opportunity to win her heart before he loses his chance forever?

Mira has always been obsessed with all things alien, but when one breaks into her lab at Area 51, first contact doesn’t go how she planned. Kidnapped and running for her life with a gruff gargoyle that definitely isn’t made of stone and has more than his share of quirks, Mira learns that sometimes plans are made to be thrown out the window.

With a black ops team hot on their heels, determined to kill or capture them both, time is running out and their fumbling romance isn’t the only thing standing in their way to happiness.

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hard as rockHARD AS ROCK: KHARGALS OF DURAS by Stephanie West

After the loss of her parents, Meline scrapes together the cash to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Armed with her great-grandfather’s journal, retracing her heritage should be exciting, yet she can’t shake the frightening feeling someone’s been watching her from the moment she arrived in the old city. Then Roc shows up just when she needs him, offering to help. He’s sexy-as-sin, wealthy, and well-connected, but there’s something he’s hiding.

Roc needs to locate his Khargal sire’s lost sigil before all hell breaks loose, and Meline holds a journal with the answers. After centuries of “liberating” art, he’s never thought twice about lying or stealing, but when the captivating woman appears at the site where his father’s buried, he hesitates. Something about her has gotten underneath his stoney exterior, and he doesn’t know what to do.

When a clandestine group hunting the sigil emerges, Roc and Meline must face them together before the sigil turns everything to ash. Yet the challenge may not be finding the sigil so much as breaking down the wall guarding Roc’s heart.

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sticks and stonesSTICKS AND STONES: KHARGALS OF DURAS BOOK 4 by Tamsin Ley

Angie’s made it her mission to hold onto the home that is last piece of her heritage. But when a mysterious man makes an offer on the life-sized gargoyle in her garden, she quickly discovers her property holds more than sentimental heirlooms. Beneath its stony facade hides a world where legends are more than mythology, and ancient stories have roots from beyond the stars. The stone sentinel that’s guarded her family for generations is not only alive—

He’s a sexy-as-hell alien who can’t leave well enough alone.

Sten’s ship crashed on Earth centuries ago, and he has watched Angie’s family for generations, sworn to protect his deceased friend’s bloodline. He never understood what could drive a Khargal to break the Prime Directive and fall in love with a human, let alone procreate, but Angie makes Sten consider things beyond mere duty…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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etched in stone abigail mystETCHED IN STONE KHARGALS OF DURAS by Abigail Myst

Frelinray knows duty. He’s been protecting the same family for over 80 years. Now the call home has finally arrived. He must choose between serving his people, the Khargals, or the human woman he desires above all others. Which promise should he break?

Jesse has the hots for a stone statue. Ridiculous, but true. She is an artist, and he’s her muse, but a girl has to draw a line somewhere. Or so she thinks, until he swoops in to rescue her. Can a relationship between a girl and a gargoyle really work, especially when forces beyond their control are finally calling him home?

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taken for graniteTAKEN FOR GRANITE (KHARGALS OF DURAS) by Nancey Cummings

Captured, starved and blinded, Tas hates humans. For eighty agonizing years, he’s plotted all the gruesome ways to exact his vengeance. Then one day his captors to make a fatal mistake. When the door to his cage opens, he’s ready to destroy the human on the other side.But a different instinct takes over when he scents the female. His mouth waters and his fangs ache, demanding he make the fearless female his.A single mom, desperate to save her kid.Juniper owes a lot of money to a very bad man and unless she does what he wants, he’ll hurt her kid.To clear her debt, all she has to do is drive a van and not ask questions. But when she hears a voice in the back, she realizes she may not only be a thief but also a kidnapper, and that’s where she draws the line.

What she finds in the back isn’t the loot she expected, but it also isn’t a person.It’s a gargoyle… who intends to claim her as his mate.

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rock my worldROCK MY WORLD (KHARGALS OF DURAS) by Zara Zenia

The gargoyles who fell to Earth have perched and secretly observed humans, but the Rose Syndicate’s threat to use garg technology to create super weapons means the gargs must act before humans pays the price.

Mogul has suffered for years, both at the hands of his fellow gargs and with the losses of the humans he has let into his heart. Never again. With the help of his only two friends, Mogul is determined to take down the Rose Syndicate and get off this planet. The last thing he needs is emotional entanglements, and his injured wings prevent him from injecting the mating serum even if he wanted to.

Kira is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the objects found at the archeological dig near her childhood home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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honor boundHONOR BOUND (HONORS BOOK 2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives.

Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But they’ll have to settle for the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. The secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction.

Soon Zara will have to make a choice: run from the ultimate evil—or stand and fight.

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escape from ixiltaESCAPE FROM IXILTA (ALIEN OUTLAWS BOOK 1) by Kate Rudolph

Six years after being abducted from Earth, Andie Munster has carved out a life for herself on her new home planet of Ixilta. Not the life she wanted, not the life she’d choose, but it’s better than being sold into slavery. Or so she tells herself every day. But when a dashing purple alien named Xandr smashes her carefully constructed existence to pieces, she’ll need to make a choice: remain trapped on a planet where freedom is little more than an illusion, or reach for something greater and risk everything.

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ithaniITHANI (THE OBERON CYCLE BOOK 3) by J Scott Coatsworth

After saving the world twice, Xander, Jameson, and friends plunge headlong into a new crisis. The ithani—the aliens who broke the world—have reawakened from their hundred millennia-long slumber. When Xander and Jameson disappear in a flash, an already fractured world is thrown into chaos.

The ithani plans, laid a hundred thousand years before, are finally coming to pass, and they threaten all life on Erro. Venin and Alix go on a desperate search for their missing friend and find more than they bargained for. And Quince, Robin, and Jessa discover a secret as old as the skythane themselves.

Will alien technology, unexpected help from the distant past, destiny, and some good old-fashioned firepower be enough to defeat an enemy with the ability to split a world? The final battle of the epic science fiction adventure that began in Skythane will decide the fate of lander and skythane alike. And in the north, the ithani rise.

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bad pantherBAD PANTHER (ALIEN GUARDIANS OF EARTH BOOK 1) by Donna McDonald

Dr. Sugar Jennings is an Archaeologist and an Ancient Earth Historian. She’s also the host of a very old, very ancient artifact of enormous power. Everyone wants Sugar dead because of it. They want the power she possesses, but she can’t let them get it. Desperation drives her to seek help but no one is willing to risk their own life in the job of protecting hers. Or no one did until a mercenary Panther Shifter decided she might be worth the trouble. Now all she has to do is convince the ancient artifact she carries not to kill Axel for trying to help her.

Axel Rodu is a rogue Panther Shifter and heir to Lyran throne on Earth. His work for the agency is special contract only but even their toughest problems barely keep his boredom at bay. Has he earned the name Bad Panther? Depends on who you ask so long as you don’t ask his newest client. Ironically though, Axel has no intentions of using Dr. Sugar Jennings to worsen his reputation. He has one job to do concerning the archaeologist and one job only. By order of his queen, whatever it takes, he must make sure Dr. Jennings stays alive until the artifact is done with her.

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revolutionREVOLUTION (THE ELEMENTAL PALADINS SERIES BOOK 6) by Montana Ash

With the battle against the chades over, and the evil at the centre of their world eliminated, balance has finally been restored to nature. Too bad the same can’t be said for their society.

Beyden is trying to support his fellow paladins as they work to restore order after the upheaval caused by the Revolution. But with his leg injured beyond repair and pain his constant companion, Beyden is struggling with his new reality. Max, the one person in the world who could possibly help him, is drowning in her own problems. So Beyden turns to someone he never thought he would need; a human.

Jasminka is used to being the odd one out. The only child of wealthy, stoic parents who demanded nothing short of perfection, she never really fit in anywhere. But being the only human in a magical society of elemental beings and modern-day knights is perhaps taking things a little too far. So why does she feel so at home? Could it be the crazy self-made family, filled with love, laughter, and strays? Or perhaps it’s the gentle giant with the pain-filled, amber eyes? Either way, as a doctor, Jasminka is determined to heal all their hurts … and just maybe, be healed in return.

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sci regency 4SCI-REGENCY 4: DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS by J L Langley

Dalton Fairfax, Lord Ashbourne, has always flaunted the rules of Regelence high society. Despite being the heir to the Marquess of Ravensburg and cousin to the Townsend princes, Dalton found his calling in the military, first in the Intergalactic Navy and now the Regelence Special Regiment. Finally home, in the same city as the parents he seeks to avoid along with a painful past, Dalton jumps at the chance to help his planet by taking on the role of bodyguard to the heir of the Duke of Eversleigh.

Blaise Thompson, Viscount Redding, strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the Eversleigh legacy as the next Regelence IN council member. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy for Blaise, especially while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. Ever conscious of living up to his responsibilities, Blaise has no time for romance, not even with a lusty special forces soldier.

But opposites don’t just attract… they sizzle. And when the only way to stop a scandal that threatens them both is to compromise their principles, Blaise and Dalton are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.

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havocHAVOC: AFTER THE FEVER by Miranda Bailey

VS Note: From January. A re-release.

Jess knows the world has ended, she’s had to endure unbearable losses that prove that, but she has one final wish, if this is the end for humanity. She just wants to see Savannah one more time, to smell the ocean, and to die in a place she used to dream of living in. She hadn’t counted on meeting a woman named Havoc, or the way the woman lives up to her name.
In the old world, Jess wasn’t supposed to find Havoc so interesting. She wasn’t supposed to want her either, but this is a new world, and the old rules don’t apply. Right?

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talenTALEN by Shay Savage

In a world plagued by constant earthquakes and volcanic debris, people in the valley struggle to survive while those on top of the hill want for nothing.
This is where I come in.
I spend my nights plundering supplies in the walled city of Hilltop, and I trade them to the valley people below. I’m not a thief. I prefer to be known as the head of Lost and Found.
When I discover a beautiful but dangerous competitor in my territory, I also learn she knows more about me than she should. Is she a spy sent by my father, or is she a rebel like me? I don’t trust her, but together we’ll discover secrets that may destroy what’s left of our world.
There have always been those with wealth and those without.
My name is Talen, and I’m here to even the score.

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dangers fateDANGER’S FATE (HOLLY DANGER BOOK 6) by Amanda Carlson

VS Note: Not a romance, might have romantic elements. Most of the reviews state the series should be read in order.

The floating city exists…
Upon receiving the urgent missive, confirming the existence of the Flotilla, there’s nothing left for Holly to do but rush to their aid. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives are at stake. But the government, now run by her crew, are holding back their efforts. Betraying them could mean the start of a bitter feud, just when the dark city has a chance to regain its lost resources.

Alaria Bancroft is in the fight of her life—against her father and his trusted followers. After cutting the hydro-farms loose, they’re in jeopardy of being lost at sea. To complicate matters, the biospheres are broken beyond repair and food stores are rapidly dwindling. If help doesn’t arrive soon, they all die.

Ari’s only option is to sneak back into the floating city, in one last attempt to save as many as she can. When Holly arrives, the two have to work together, but it might be too late.

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ostakisOSTAKIS by Angelica Primm

The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj is tasked with finding the reason for these changes while he forges trade links between the HPC and Ostakis. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees the arrival of Kaj as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj’s powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath’s son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide from the homeworld and the HPC…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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kain seductionKAIN SEDUCTION (HER ALIEN SCOUTS BOOK 2) by E M Moore

Ready for more otherworldly experiences?
Lia certainly is. Who wouldn’t be with three sexy aliens by her side to fulfill her every whim and wanting nothing more than to protect her?
Unfortunately, Lia may be getting too many experiences to handle. If it isn’t Kain itself, it’s Lia’s government, and now? Now they encounter the worst threat of all: the Mordrons.
This warrior alien race is trying to take everything they have away from them. The Mordrons are bigger, stronger, and skilled in ways the peaceful Kains never thought necessary. However, the Kains have one thing the Mordrons don’t have: a reason to fight.
But will the Kains’ determination to fight be enough? Or will the Mordrons obliterate everything they now hold dear?

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alien invaders preyALIEN INVADER’S PREY: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE by Calista Skye

Althea – He’s a giant alien who just invaded my colony on Mars. And then he hunted me down and put a collar around my neck. Okay, so maybe I shot him first. But he’s too shimmering blue and too heart-stoppingly gorgeous to miss. He’s an overbearing jerk with some kind of superiority complex. He demands obedience. And still he turns me on like nobody has ever done. But he wants to know my secret.And that’s a secret that I’d rather die than tell him.

Brox – She shot me, and I must punish her for it. She’s small and soft and has a defiant spark in her dark eyes. That is very dangerous for her. The galaxy can be ruthless to small, disobedient females. I can, too. She tempts me with her scandalous shape. She brings out the worst in me. I want all of her. But I also want her secret.And I always get my way.

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breath of chaosBREATH OF CHAOS by Merry Ravenell

Civil engineer Helena didn’t intend to get mixed up with her smoldering-hot ex, Auryn. But an expired passport, a typhoon, and some corrupt government officials (and maybe the cosmos itself) had something to say about that.
She especially did not intend to get mixed up with dying alien space dragons living under the sea.
They’re a nice enough bunch. Except they want her dead.
To survive, she’ll have to prove that she’s destined to be there… by spinning water into air.
This is gonna call for more duct tape.

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ragnar alien vikingRAGNAR (CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN VIKING) by Molly Rowland

As a member of a prestigious security team on Earth, joining a warrior Viking clan isn’t as scary for me as it is for some. I have a solid set of skills and I can handle myself. But ultimately, I can’t afford to turn this opportunity down.

I meet Ragnar by chance, thrown together by fate and chaos. From the moment his eyes lock onto mine, an inevitable connection is formed. He doesn’t follow the rules and I know I should stay far away from him…but he has other ideas.

We find ourselves setting sail across the sea with orders to put an end to the conflict that follows Ragnar and his crew and threatens the peace of the Isle. In the end, we get more than we bargained for.

Even if we make it out alive, our future together is uncertain. Are the lies and deceit too much to over come? Is a life together possible or are our demons too strong?

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alien princes bloodmateALIEN PRINCE’S BLOODMATE (ALIEN WARRIOR BRIDES BOOK 8) by Taylor Neptune

Andar is the deposed Adesran prince and head of a small clan of royalists; he is also one of the last honorable vampires on the planet. He has mastered his blood hunger, in stark contrast to the usurper Valock. Without a throne, he and his clan try to fight against Valock’s cruelty. But when Valock hears a prophecy, he begins to steal Mashek moon daughters. Andar must unseat Valock once and for all.

He doesn’t expect one of the moon daughters to be his fated blood mate. Now they’re on a journey to defeat Valock and restore the planet to the way that it should be.

Kana lived in a hidden valley with her Mashek family until the day that the Rippers came and stole her from her home. Now she must fight to survive Valock’s plans for her to be the mother of the first hybrid Adesran-Mashek baby, the child prophesied to bring peace to the planet at last.

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lunaLUNA: THE CELESTION CHRONICLES 2 by Miranda Masey

After an ancient pyramid is discovered on the distant planet Osara, Dr. Lux Tiefer joins her colleague and nemesis, Alon Takalis, on an expedition to catalogue the remains of an extinct alien race. When a powerful alien warrior demands that she leave the blacklisted planet immediately, Lux digs in her heels. She doesn’t know who this seven-foot-tall musclebound Celestion thinks he is, but there is one thing she knows for certain: she’s not going anywhere before she unravels the ancient mystery, even if the surly warrior does claim to be destined for her. It shouldn’t be that difficult to resist him… but Ven has a way of breaking down her resolve.

Celestion Ven has intercepted a broadcast from Osara, and it falls on him to roust a team of Sovereign University scientists from the restricted quadrant. Unfortunately the stubborn lead archaeologist not only rejects the mate bond between them, but refuses to leave her discovery behind. He agrees to protect her for six days, determined to win Lux over, but she’s ready to resist the power of the bond with every fiber of her being.

The secrets contained in the ancient pyramid only grow more sinister as the team digs into the past, and a deadly secret hidden for millennia threatens to come to light and devour them all.

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concord coalitionTHE CONCORD COALITION (CONCLAVE WORLDS BOOK 2) by Kenley Davidson

As heir to Earth’s most powerful corporation, Phillip Linden had the world—and most of explored space—under the heel of his very expensive boot. But that was before his ambitions and a handful of determined rebels rose up and kicked him in the teeth. Now, after a galactic-sized screw up, he’s been branded a failure and kicked out—of his family, his home, his job…even his planet.

Living under an assumed name on the fringes of human civilization, Phillip is adrift, drowning in his bitterness and loss until he stumbles over a discovery so monumental, it could change the course of humanity’s future.  For Phillip, it could be the key to regaining what he’s lost. Or it could be the new beginning he never knew he needed.

Persephone is running away—from her family, their expectations, and the destruction of her hopes for a new life on Daragh. Trouble is, she has no idea what she really wants, except her freedom. Now homeless and jobless, she’s stuck on Concord Five, the busiest space station in a rapidly expanding galaxy, hoping to find work. What she finds instead is a bitter, compelling man in search of redemption, and a mystery that could be their undoing—or their salvation.

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skylineSKYLINE: THE CAPTAIN, THE BILLIONAIRE BOAT AND THE DRAGON CRUSADER by Kennedy King

Dawn Redding. An Admiral of the World Crisis Committee, she stands on the threshold of the life she gave everything for. She only needs to bring in the galaxy’s first outerworld outlaw.
Howard Carver. The legacy left behind by his family holds the key to facing humanity’s greatest threat, the far-flung lifeforms known as Dragons.
Rick Miller. A retired Captain with the ship to take them both to the outerworlds, where the outlaw Drogan lurks.
These three come together aboard the ageing Arcadia, a ship equipped with an AI named Alice, who is capable of self-piloting. Dawn, naturally feels useless. With or without the use of her greatest skill, she discovers her purpose as a leader when the group comes face-to-face with the being between man and Dragon himself. Drogan.
The astral road to him, the SkyLine, launches Dawn and the crew of the Arcadia from Mars to Neptune, and past the edge. Companions in loathing and love, they fight to level the cosmic scales. Through it all watches Alice, inside the Billionaire Boat, the Arcadia. More closely than anyone, she watches Dawn.

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prince of icePRINCE OF ICE (FROZEN DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Luka, the last unmated ice dragon, knows exactly how to win over the sassy, sweet scientist he fell for at first sight. He’s going to take it slow, let her warm up, and show her how hot an ice dragon’s kiss can be. All while hiding his identity. But when someone breaks into Iris’s lab, Luka’s careful plans are ruined, and it’ll take all his strength just to keep the dragon in him from unleashing on whoever is threatening his mate.

Iris Jensen has worked hard to become a renowned scientist in her field. Now that she’s about to get tenure, and the financial security she’s always longed for, nothing can distract her. Except maybe a man with beautiful, icy eyes that seem to stare into her soul and hands that are just perfect for holding her. But with someone threatening everything she’s worked for, she can’t let herself fall into Luka’s arms just yet.

Even though Luka wants to take things slow with his mate, the dragon in him knows he has to hurry if he wants to protect her from outside forces. Because Iris may be close to losing everything, and in the modern world there are some things even ice dragons have to fear.

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written in waterWRITTEN IN WATER (HEIR TO THE FIRST BORN BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Schechter

Out of the dreams of the Mother Goddess came the four tribes of Adavar, each born from of the elements. And since the beginning, the tribes of Adavar have been ruled by the Firstborn, the descendants of Axia, the firstborn daughter of the Mother Goddess. And as Axia had her four companions by her side throughout her life, so to does the Firstborn have their Companions, chosen one from each tribe, so that each tribe has a voice. On the day that the Firstborn takes the throne, their Heir is chosen by the Mother Goddess herself, and no one would dare to challenge that divine choice

Until the usurper Mannon turns on Firstborn Tirine, her Council, and Milon, her Heir, stealing the throne of Adavar and throwing the world into chaos.

Twenty-five years later, Waterborn Aleia and her mate, Earthborn Jehan, survive alone far out at sea, maintaining little contact with the Water tribe. It is the only life their son, Aven, has ever known.

Then the storm comes, driving a storm-damaged ship into the deep waters. The only survivor on the deserted ship? A girl with wings, who Jehan and Aven discover unconscious and imprisoned in the hold. When she wakes, she knows Aleia and Jehan on sight, and what she tells them turns Aven’s life upside down.

Her name is Aria.
She is Milon’s daughter.
She is the Heir to the Firstborn, charged by the Goddess to take back what was stolen.
And Aven is her first Companion.

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sea of flamesSEA OF FLAMES (STAR  CROSSED ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Wendy Knight

He’s loved her since he was five years old. And he will never feel her touch.
Adara is literally fire, and Beck is ice. Even the barest hint of touch burns them both.
He loves her with everything he has. Which is why he has to let her go.
Beck and Adara were raised together at Vitolas Academy, an elite boarding school for elementals. They learned to add, subtract, read, and harness the powers flowing through them.
They learned to fight.
To become soldiers.
Warriors.
Hunters.
But never lovers. It would hurt too much.
It takes everything Beck has to keep Adara at arms’ length. She deserves a life with physical affection, and that’s a life he can’t give her. Not without a miracle.
A miracle that might come from the last source he expects–the monsters that he’s spent his whole life learning to fight. The monsters that threaten his whole world.
The monsters that hold the key to Adara’s heart and soul.

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sorcerors nightA SORCERER’S NIGHT (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK – WARLOCKS BOOK 2) by Marie Claude Bourquet

THE SORCERESS: Celeste Stanford is determined to reclaim her independence, despite her protective family—modern-day warlocks drawing powers from an ancient legacy—and her overbearing panther shifter boyfriend. She will no longer hide from the aftermath of her horrific abduction by a rogue dark mage and will fight anyone preventing her from true recovery.

THE PANTHER SHIFTER: Even though the mage who kidnapped his girlfriend has been defeated, powerful sorcerer and shifter Sinclair Clarke is still haunted by the memory of his mother’s murder at the hand of the very same evil spell-caster, and has vowed to protect his soul mate from darkness at all cost. Even if it means going against her will.

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a grave perilA GRAVE PERIL (BODIES OF EVIDENCE BOOK 3) by Wendy Roberts

VS Note: From January. Heroine uses dousing rods.

Julie Hall’s job is to find bodies. For the sake of her sanity, she’s taking a much-needed break—but the dead don’t wait. With bodies piling up alongside her guilt, she knows she has to dive back in, despite pushback from her FBI boyfriend, Garrett Pierce. But Garrett is working a troubling case of his own and no longer seems like the man she fell in love with.

Despite his warnings—or maybe because of them—when Garrett goes missing, Julie has no choice but to use her skills to find where the cartel buries their victims…before he becomes part of the body count.

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calamitys curseCALAMITY’S CURSE: COWBOYS AND MAGES by Shaye Marlow

Rory the Crazy, Rory the Cunning… Rory the Cowardly. I fear many things, not the least of which is one little old lady: Dotty, who is much more than she appears.

One thing I don’t shrink from? Brainstorming with my smut-writing sister. Tentacle monsters, ruthless Amazon women, trolls, fairies, honey-trap witches. But what if… some of these things actually exist? Not just in my imagination, and not here, in this universe, but in one Dotty has access to.

One she shoves me into.

Hypothetically, if this were to happen, and I were to meet a vertically-challenged cursed woman named Calamity… If we were to brave monsters and settle feuds and destroy towns… If I were to find out I had a grand fate, that I was the prophesized one, the one who’d change everything…

And assuming you’re strangely attracted to hypotheticals, and crave fun and fire and fantasy, and romantic tales of heroism that bards will sing about for ages, then…

Dude, hold my beer, and let me tell you a story.

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blood lustBLOOD LUST  by L E Royal

For Rayne Kennedy, the only Hybrid in Vires, a walled Vampire city in Vermont, life is almost over. Despite the new family and temporary happiness she’s found, her vampire girlfriend, Scarlett Pearce, has been given ninety days by the mysterious city government to turn her into a vampire. She’s sure her days as a human are numbered.

Scarlett fights to find a way to avoid Rayne’s death when her father and society have decreed it must happen. Between new relationships formed, old ones reshaped, and a bloody romp through the city’s darkness, Rayne must decide if she trusts Scarlett not to give in to her blood lust. Thrown into the center of an unexpected revolution, Rayne tries to save herself and Scarlett, unsure if her days as a human, and their time being blood bound, are truly coming to an end.

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assassins bondASSASSIN’S BOND (CHAINS OF HONOR BOOK 3) by Lindsay Buroker

Yanko and his friends must escape a Turgonian prison and find passage back home before their enemies claim an advantage that could change the world. And not for the good of the Nurian people.

But even more trouble awaits at home. Civil war has broken out, Yanko’s family is in danger, and the man who sent him on his mission has disappeared.

If Yanko can’t find Prince Zirabo, he’ll forever remain a criminal and be hunted down by his own people. Worse, his only chance to survive and redeem his honor may be to rely on the one person who’s been trying to kill him since his adventure began.

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dusks revengeDUSK’S REVENGE (SILENT WINGS BOOK 3) by A W Exley

Elijah Seton steps into the world in pursuit of a ghost ship and those who murdered his father. He thought he knew his enemy, and he would do anything to see them fall. But he was wrong. Elijah’s world is turned upside down when he finds a rare woman that his heart demands should fly free.
Beatrice Hamilton lives with wealth and ease in her gilded cage. Until a new mill worker rattles her bars and gives her a glimpse of the freedom beyond. As the two work together, centuries of hate and anger are revealed that keep them apart.
Can they set aside old feuds to forge a new future?
beasts heartTHE BEAST’S HEART: A NOVEL OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Leife Shallcross

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse.

peony lanternsPEONY LANTERNS: A NOVELLA by Patricia Correll

Mitsu has been Shiro’s personal servant and best friend since they were both six years old, and he’s been in love with him for nearly that long. While Shiro takes lovers of both sexes, the gulf between their social classes is so vast that Mitsu has never spoken his feelings aloud.

When Shiro meets the beautiful Lady Keiko, he’s instantly infatuated. His affection soon turns to obsession, and Mitsu resigns himself to a life of unrequited love.

But as Mitsu looks deeper into Keiko and her motives, he realizes that Shiro is in grave danger. He will need all his courage– and some help from a master of the occult– to save the life of the man he loves.

potions popstars and murderPOTIONS, POPSTARS & MURDER (LITTLE SHOP OF SPELLS BOOK 3) by Janni Nell

When small-town witch Maddie Goodcharm attends the opening of a new nightclub, she doesn’t expect to find the body of a famous singer. Maddie suspects foul play, but the authorities are convinced the death is accidental. Case closed.

Maddie decides to follow her instincts and dig deeper, but life doesn’t stop simply because she has a murder to solve. She also has to run her shop, mix potions, and rehabilitate Jason, who is suffering the aftereffects of a spell gone wrong.

Keeping all those balls in the air won’t be easy. Especially when her investigation uncovers old secrets and lies that put her life in danger. Can she catch the killer before the killer catches her?

wolf on the jobWOLF ON THE JOB: A COVENANT COLLEGE SHORT by Amanda M Lee
Aric Winters has a full and happy life, including a magical wife who can’t stay out of a trouble and an eight-year-old daughter who is following in her footsteps. Despite that, he’s content.
That is until things come to a head in his professional and personal lives and things threaten to careen out of control.
As a shifter, Aric has certain responsibilities in the wolf hierarchy. His father makes that clear when he brings a bigwig for a visit and expects Aric to entertain him. Unfortunately for Aric, his daughter Sami is out of school for the day so he has to take her along for the ride.
Sami is special, of course. She’s more than a wolf thanks to her mother’s mage background. That power is put on display when a member of the wolf council goes missing and Sami is expected to track him through the woods.
Instead of finding a living wolf, though, Aric finds a dead one … and it’s not the one he’s looking for. What follows is a race against the clock to find a murderer and keep his family safe.
Is Aric up to the task? He’s the top wolf on the job, and he’s about to find out.
unleashed valkyrieUNLEASHED VALKYRIE (VALHALLA’S CURSE BOOK 5) by Stacy Claflin
VS note: From January

Soleil wants nothing more than to live with her family, free from the rules governing her kind. But with Valhalla on the brink of civil war, even retired valkyries are called back to service. Even though she’s a master at skirting the rules, there’s no avoiding her destiny this time. Especially since she’s accidentally volunteered to lead Valhalla’s opposition on Earth—and with two of her least favorite valkyries, no less.

As though a war with traditional valkyries isn’t enough, there’s been a resurgence of hunters. Even the help of the supernaturals on Earth may not be enough to assure victory. Not when she’s fighting a war on two fronts. There’s one supernatural who might be strong enough to turn the tide, but she’d never ask. She’s also not strong enough to keep him from entering the fray.

The fate of two worlds hang in the balance. Soleil wants nothing more than to flee with her family, but she’s honor-bound to stay and fight. The question is, how will the war end? With her people free? With two worlds destroyed? Or will she even survive to witness the outcome?

queen of swordsQUEEN OF SWORDS (THE BANISHED GODS SERIES BOOK 1) by L A McGinnis
My mother always told me that someday, there’d be hell to pay. I never believed her. Then I died.
Morgane Burke is a survivor. Returning to Chicago to fight the monsters who killed her family might not bring them back, but it would go a long way in balancing the scales. Finally, those scales are beginning to tip in her favor. But a far bigger war is brewing on the shores of Lake Michigan, a war poised to sweep her up in its deadly grasp. Can she find the strength she needs to battle the demons within her, as well as the ones coming to claim her soul?
fire breathing remyFIRE BREATHING REMY (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 4) by Candace Ayers
It’s the night before Lennox Ledoux’s wedding.
The most exciting day of her life, right?
Why is she envisioning the steel bars of a cage slamming shut?
When a huge, red creature crashes to the ground a few feet away, she’s the only witness.
When it transforms into a hot, naked guy, she’s still the only witness.
Remy swears he and Lennox belong together.
And, boy, does she want to believe him.
But he’s clearly drunk and delusional.
Besides, she can’t get out of the wedding now.
Not with guests in town and the entire event paid for.
Can she?
bounty hunter mackBOUNTY HUNTER MACK (THE CLAYTON ROCK BOUNTY HUNTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 4) by Kim Fox
Mack Harris wants revenge. He wants to kill everyone responsible for the death of the young lion shifter who was under his protection and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his vengeance.

Kara Griffin has just escaped from a military facility that has been keeping her prisoner, but instead of fleeing as far away as she can get, she wants to return to save the rest of her family who are still trapped inside.

When the two unlikely pair connect, sparks fly and Mack will have to make an impossible choice between vengeance or his new love. But when old enemies come back to settle the score, there might not be a choice left to make.

let me be your bearLET ME BE YOUR BEAR (TALL, DARK AND SHIFTER BOOK 1) by Amber Belmont

When three sorority sisters make a pact not to settle down unless he’s tall, dark, and shifter, you just know sparks are going to fly!

Alyssa has everything a woman could want. Money, a promising career, and friends who’d do anything for her. The only thing missing is a good man, but she’s not sure if she’s interested in dating, let alone settling down. So when her sorority sister and best friend Brianna suggests they agree not to date anyone who isn’t tall, dark, and shifter, Alyssa is more than happy to make a pact to do just that.

Despite her vow, when Sean walks into her life, all Alyssa’s promises are forgotten. He might not be a shifter, but he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met. Two out of three can’t be bad, right?

But when Alyssa is caught up in an attempted kidnapping, secrets come to light, secrets that could change everything. As more lies are uncovered, Alyssa wonders whether she can trust anyone or if she’s better off alone.

What was meant to be a fun way of finding the man of her dreams threatens to become a nightmare. Are shifters really the way to go or should Alyssa give up on men altogether?

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tropical leopards longingTROPICAL LEOPARD’S LONGING (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 8) by Zoe Chant

Snow leopard shifter and heiress Darla Grant thought that marrying her best friend would be the solution to all of her problems: it would shelter her from a persistent and unwelcome suitor, unlock her inheritance to save the bankrupt shifter retirement home where she volunteers, and free her from her controlling society mother.

Then she meets her fated mate at the tropical luxury resort reserved for her wedding, and her perfect plan turns into perfect torture.

Leopard shifter and waiter Breck is everything her mother despises: poor, common, and openly bisexual. No matter that he’s also charming, funny, and kind—even if Darla could switch grooms, her mother would never give her blessing to the match and the suitor she was trying to escape isn’t going to give up her fortune without a fight.

But there’s more to Breck than a ready smile and thoughtful service.
And he’s always been up for a challenge.

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houndedHOUNDED (FAE HELLHOUNDS OF THE NORTH SHORE) by A S Green

For over fifteen centuries, St. Patrick’s disciples have hunted the faerie kingdoms of Ireland nearly to extinction. Cormac MacConall—a cú sídhe, or “hell hound” from the faerie realm—escaped with his family and found refuge on the north shore of Lake Superior.

But when the enemy tracked them there, killing his parents, the hell hound reclaimed his nature, turning vicious hunter, seeking blood and vengeance.

Enter Meghan Walsh. Beautiful. Sexy. But human. An untouchable. And yet…he can’t help but touch her. She’s small. Naive. And yet…formidable. And worst of all: his anamachara. His fated mate.

Could she be the key to what he seeks? Or could she be the enemy’s most lethal weapon yet?

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queen of the vampsQUEEN OF THE VAMPS (FOURWINDS SERIES BOOK 1) by Serena Akeroyd

LYSSA COULDN’T be normal if she tried, and when she met billionaire businessman Nikolai, he embraced her quirks and made her fall for him.
But Niko is no regular entrepreneur. He has secrets, secrets that are tied up with his partner, Dmitry.
Lyssa never wanted to be the Queen of the Vamps, but the King had other ideas.
She didn’t want two husbands, either, but the King and his Alpha mate were bound to her in ways her human sensibilities could never understand.
In less than a day, Lyssa’s whole world shifts.
Literally.

With her life in flux, and suddenly in danger, Lyssa clings to the two males who brought the chaos to her, but who are the only ones who can keep her safe.
Or so she believes.
A third male is waiting in the wings, ready to embrace his new mates, his new life, his new world order.

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my alpha mr darcyMY ALPHA MR DARCY: A DARK PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION by Caitlin Marie Carrington

VS Note: If you aren’t familiar with the Omegaverse romance niche, and the alpha/beta/omega setup, these romances tend to go quite dark. Nothing wrong with that if it’s your cup of tea. “A savage sensual variation,” as the author says. As always, I recommend sampling the Look Inside and decide for yourself. I have not read this book.

Once upon a time, Elizabeth Bennet read a fairy tale that broke down the world into three kinds of people: the normal, everyday Betas; the proud and arrogant Alphas; and the meek, submissive Omegas, whose only goal in life was to please their growling Alpha mates.

Lizzy never forgot that tale—even though it wasn’t real.
Or was it?

When terrible pains overcome Elizabeth while tending to her sister Jane, Lizzy knows she must escape Netherfield—and Mr. Darcy. Because he tells her that he is an Alpha, she is an Omega, and that her body will be his.

But she knows she will never submit to any man, especially one as proud, demanding—and tempting—as Mr. Darcy.

But what if Mr. Darcy is telling the truth? What if she is an Omega and—should she run from him—she risks letting any Alpha who finds her, conquer and take her? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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awakening bethany adamsAWAKENING (RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 6) by Bethany Adams

For three hundred years, Princess Dria has avoided the drama of the royal court by training as a battle mage. When her father summons her back to court just as she begins to rise up the ranks, she’s furious. Even worse, she must work with her estranged brother Ralan on a mission to Earth. But as soon as Dria arrives at Moranaia’s new outpost, her brother drops the leadership of the entire place into her hands. Now she’s in charge of fortifying a new outpost on a planet she’s never even visited.

An abhorrent task – Prince Vek of the Unseelie has spent millennia as his father’s enforcer, working in the shadows to eliminate evil, but after sparing his nephew Fen from the king’s judgement, Vek must tread carefully. One false move, and he will lose the king’s trust—and Fen’s life. But when the king gives Vek a new, more sinister task, Fen becomes the least of his worries. The Moranaians have a new colony on Earth, and King Torek wants the energy source that’s contained within. Vek must retrieve that power—even if he has to kill the Moranaian leader to get it.

A threat unknown – From the moment she catches Vek sneaking into the cavern, Dria knows the truth—the dark and mysterious prince is her soulbonded. But she’s certain he’s up to no good, and although she’s drawn to him, there is no way she can trust him. His reputation, and that of the Unseelie in general, precedes him. Unfortunately, more than desire is awakening. As they dance around their budding attraction, Dria and Vek uncover a deathly illness lurking among the fae—and a sinister plot that will damage both their worlds.

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apple boyTHE APPLE BOY (THE QUIET WORK BOOK 1) by  Isobel Starling

After a traumatic event, Winter Aeling finds himself destitute and penniless in the backwater town of Mallowick. He needs to travel to the city of Serein and impart grave news that will bring war to the Empire, but without a horse, money, and with not a soul willing to help him, he has no choice but to line up with the common folk seeking paid work on the harvest.

As wagons roll into the market square and farmers choose day laborers, Winter is singled out for abuse by a brute of a farmer. The only man who stands up for him is the farmer’s beguiling son, Adam, and on locking eyes with the swarthy young man Winter feels the immediate spark of attraction.

Winter soon realizes there is a reason he has been drawn to Blackdown Farm. The farmer possesses a precious item that was stolen long ago from Winter’s family, and he determines to retrieve it. He also cannot take his eyes off Adam, and as the young man opens up Winter can’t help wondering if Adam is just kind or his kind!

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tobieTOBIE (FINDING THE WARRIOR’S HEART BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio

Sometimes to win the battle, you have to put your heart on the line.
Tobie Wareson had a special gift that felt anything but special.
Wolf Carf knew something was missing in his life.
A single book, a psychic vampire, and two hearts that are at stake of being broken are on the line. Can Tobie and Wolf survive the upcoming battle?

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dragons and mayhemDRAGONS AND MAYHEM (DRAGON’S DEN CASINO BOOK 2) by Blair Babylon and Poppy Wolfe

Arawn, Duke Tiamat, absolutely, positively, definitely isn’t falling into a mating fever, and that’s the problem. A year ago, Arawn met the most bewitching woman, Willow Sage, and they hit it off. Within six months, they’d moved in together.

And six months after that, Arawn still was showing no signs of mating fever.

He didn’t tell her he was a dragon shifter, of course. Natural people have such strong reactions to learning about the hidden supernatural world, so supernatural people don’t admit anything unless they’re engaged.

And they weren’t engaged because, obviously, Willow wasn’t Arawn’s fated mate.

So, on the advice of everyone, Arawn broke it off and broke both their hearts. His fated mate was waiting for him somewhere, and when she walked into his life, he would be helpless to resist the mating fever anyway.

But now, Arawn has been blackmailed into returning to Las Vegas to take over the soft opening of the Dragon’s Den Casino. When he walks into the Human Resources division to meet the new witch who’s going to take care of the sickly sea serpents in the fountain out in front of the casino, it’s Willow Sage.

Willow Sage, the love of his life but not his fated mate, and she’s a witch.

They try to work together to care for the sickly serpents, but their attraction and lingering love is just too strong. Within hours, he wants to spend time with her. Within weeks, he’s hopelessly in love with her again.

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tarot marissa kennersonTAROT by Marissa Kennerson

VS Note: I find the concept of living in a tarot deck kind of fascinating!

Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers–the exact opposite of the King’s land of fixed fates and rigid rules–and weaves them into four glorious tapestries.

But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving.

Anna thinks she’s found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just forbidden expression. They’re the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create–as long as the terrors from the old world don’t catch up with her first.

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bewitched dragon matesBEWITCHED DRAGON MATES: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE (CAPRICORN HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON MATE) by Melissa Thomas

Witch BJ MacClamity signed on to bake enchanted cupcakes, only to wind up stranded on an alien world with her skunk familiar. Born under the Capricorn sign, this curvy woman is an overachiever with a control complex a mile wide. Things can’t get any whackier… or can they? Horny dragon-shifters are fighting over her. These misguided males must be nuts!

Dragon-shifters Jael and Asher have been without their fated mate too long. For centuries these warriors yearned for the queen who will complete their trinity… a dragon rider in the truest sense. Discovering a voluptuous goddess alone in the woods is a dream come true. They combat an ancient rival to claim her for themselves.

Between dodging lightning bolts and tripping off cliffs, who has time to tutor a pair of kilt-clad virgins in the finer points of the art de l’amour?

Life is so very hard… and so are they.

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court of liesCOURT OF LIES (FORBIDDEN QUEEN BOOK 3) by Dyan Chick

Queen’s Trial begins, and the competition turns deadly fast. There’s danger behind every turn, and it’s not just the competition that wants Cassia dead.

To make matters worse, Tristan, the Winter Prince, has a plan of his own. He takes Cassia to the Winter Court where she’ll have to compete without the Princes she’s come to depend on. Will things stay ice-cold in the Winter Court or will she succumb to the steamy bad boy Prince with his own agenda?

Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Cassia might have the magic to become Queen, and the love of her Princes. But with that target on her back, will she survive to get the chance?

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VS Note: this week I’m featuring my alien empath series. I had a great time writing romantic suspense type plots set in my scifi romance universe:

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My books are available wide on all the ebook platforms – here’s my Amazon Author Page,  if you want a quick look at all my backlist titles in one spot!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 13

February 6

January 30

January 23

January 16

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

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.

 

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday February 13

auricAs 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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AURIC (CRASHLAND COLONY ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Leslie Chase

VS Note: I LOVED this book.

Tamara expected the trip to Arcadia Colony to be safe and boring. And it is — until an impossibly hot alien warrior crashes into the ship, bringing a warning that only Tamara believes. Helping the rugged alien means mutiny… but the threat he’s warning about is worse.Auric turned his back on the Silver Band when they abandoned honor in favor of piracy. Drawn by the riches of the colony ship, the Band are on their way — and once they arrive, the humans are doomed. Now that he’s met Tamara, Auric knows he can’t let anything happen to her. She’s the woman fate has chosen for him, the woman he would give his life to save.When the humans and their alien attackers are stranded on a forbidden planet, Auric and Tamara are flung together on a journey to find other survivors. Will fate be enough to keep Auric and Tamara together? Or will the dangers of the planet tear them apart?

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dragons secret miranda martinDRAGON’S SECRET (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 14) by Miranda Martin

This isn’t how I saw my life going. It’s not what was supposed to happen and damn it, I want to live my dreams!

As if.

Every day it becomes clearer that I’m going to be the Mary Poppins of Tajss. I do love helping with all my friends’ half-Zmaj, half-human babies but it also fuels the empty ache of wanting one of my own to hold and raise.

None of the human men that survived hold my interest and there aren’t any of the Adonis-like, seven foot winged and scaled alien dragons unspoken for, leaving me destined for a life without that heart-stopping, throat-clenching, breath-taking love that I desire.

Then he shows up. Strange, mysterious, and so damn big and sexy. An unknown Zmaj.

The golden-eyed dragon warrior is not welcomed with open arms but my heart knows what it wants and he’s it. Now I have to figure out how to make it work without losing all my friends along the way.

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constellation xxiCONSTELLATION  XXI by Ed Hoornaert

VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets Ed has been sharing. This is on my TBR List.

Although Sienna Dukelsky had been the most promising student pilot at Keening AstroSpace Academy, she inexplicably settles for a routine, unglamorous job guiding incoming spaceships to safe berths at Farflung Space Station. Rumors, never verified, blamed her surprising decision on a boyfriend who got expelled from Keening.

Crispin Hunt, fleeing enemy forces, is greeted by a tugship captained by Sienna, his former girlfriend. Love rekindles—until an old betrayal boils up. Her ship loses power while aimed dead on at the space station, forcing Sienna to confront the terrifying truth about Crispin and his cargo…and her routine job suddenly becomes the most important in the entire galaxy.

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tchaikovskyTCHAIKOVSKY: STARGAZER ALIEN BRIDES BOOK by Tasha Black

VS note: I’ve been enjoying this new series! On my TBR List.

Angel signed up with the Space Cadets to join her twin brother after he left to explore new frontiers. Instead, her stasis pod was lost in space. Now, hundreds of years later, Angel has been rescued, but all her hopes and dreams are dead. Becoming a space pirate seems as good a way to fill her time as any other. She certainly isn’t going to put her heart on the line again. But when she meets a sexy yet complicated alien security officer on her very first mission, her priorities start to get confused.

Peter has always been the strongest of his brothers. But being captured and forced to serve on the pleasure ships against his will until his brothers broke him out has changed him. The enormous alien is confident on the outside, but broken inside. He never expects to share a physical connection with another being. But impossibly, the human scavenger aboard his vessel awakens both his lust and his most violent protective instincts. Angel is destined to be his blood mate, if Peter dares to bring her into his bed and his heart.

When the unlikely mates discover a pod onboard with a baby who just might be the clone of the famous classical composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the two must finally face the music.

Can these broken travelers make each other whole again? Or will their escape from the abandoned cruiser be their swan song?

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nero bloodNERO BLOOD (THE NERO RISING SAGA BOOK 4) by Keary Taylor

Dominion’s strong hold, the planet Isroth, is crawling with soldiers, and worse—the Kinduri. Nova knew her mission was impossible, but hiding the truth of what she really is may be the most critical thing she’s ever done.

Presented to Cyrillius as the fugitive he’s been chasing for lunars, the last thing Nova expected was to be complimented and revered by the man, praised for her work. The destroyer of planets has offered her a job, and it’s one Nova can’t refuse.

She came to Isroth with a goal: kill Cyrillius. But something is wrong. She just…can’t. Something is stopping her. Maybe she judged Valen for not being able to leave Cyrillius too harshly. Maybe he truly just can’t.

Time is ticking. Because the longer it takes her to figure their freedom out, the more sense Cyrillius and Dominion is starting to make.

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pine alivePINE, ALIVE (FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 1) by A W Cross

Pine never wanted to be a real girl.

But when the sentient androids of Foxwept Province are emancipated, she finds herself with little choice. Sent from her beloved Ghostlight Sea to the human city of Portfade, Pine must find herself a new place in a world that doesn’t respect the humanity it gave her.

Ex-soldier James Cruicéad isn’t thrilled about her liberation either. He’s had his own experiences with synadroids, and none of them good. They’re dangerous and unpredictable, and the one newly acquired by his mentor is no exception, no matter how naïve–and fascinating–she may seem.

But when James is tasked with watching over Pine, the pair are forced to confront some harsh truths–not only about the feelings they have for each other, but about the new era they both live in.

When the time comes to sink or swim, will they drown? Or will they be able to cross the ocean that divides them and discover what it really means to be alive?

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men of the north the fighterTHE FIGHTER (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 9) by Elin Peer

Raven is a force of nature who won’t take no for an answer. She uses her humor and feistiness to blaze through every obstacle, and right now the biggest one is her rigid boss Leo Da Vinci.

Leo wants her to stay safe in an office categorizing unsolved cases, but Raven is longing for action. That’s why when one case turns out to be the unsolved murder case of Dina, the ruler’s sister who died when she was fifteen, Raven sets out to solve the mystery and bring the murderer to justice. Little does she know that coming face to face with the troubled past of the Northlands might set off an unwanted avalanche of events and endanger the lives of herself and the people she loves.

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taken by the dragon lordsTAKEN BY THE DRAGON LORDS (DRAGON SHIFTERS OF KIYRIA BOOK 3) by Lexa Lumos 

Brea Duncan is sick and tired of men who treat her like dirt. So when a mysterious man with glowing gold eyes saves her from getting beat up by an ex-boyfriend, she’s willing to overlook the fact he abducts her and carries her off to the stars. Sort of.

Turns out her abductor is a dragon shifter from Kiyria and he and his brothers want her as their mate. Unfortunately, she’s been burned too many times and is hesitant about risking her heart, even with three such amazing men. It isn’t until their lives are in danger that Brea not only finds the strength within herself, but her love for her three men.

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lost hopeLOST HOPE (SHIFTING ALLIANCES BOOK 5) by Severine Wolfe

Nan’s entire life had been stolen from her before she’d been abducted and given away to pay a debt. All she wanted to do was give up and die and join her dead husband in whatever afterlife there was. Frustrated at not being allowed to go back to what little bit of life she had left on Earth, she grabs on to the chance to learn about new engines and propulsion systems. When she’d invited to visit a new ship with brand new engines, she feels life inside her for the first time she can remember.

Miko left Selu as a young man to attend The Academy and become and engineer on the best ships with the best engines The Accord has to offer. He’s given up finding someone he wants to spend his life with until a woman walks into his engine room and he feels the mate bond his people had abjured centuries ago.

The two of them discover each other and sabotage out on The Rim and find another piece of the puzzle into the faction that is trying to tear The Accord apart. Things turn especially dangerous when their ship is stranded far from a jump gate and dozens of saboteurs on board. They must discover how and why The Graxxus has been targeted and the discovery puts them into a race to beat the forces determined to rob them of the happiness they have found.

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forgotten commanderTHE FORGOTTEN COMMANDER (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 1) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard

Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying.
A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell.
My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak.
Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford.
The most we can hope for is survival.
We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.
Five females—a chance at a future.
Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
They’re ours now.
Asleep and made ready for breeding.
We won’t die out—lost and forgotten.
It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.
I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander.
My people will have the future they deserve.
I’ll make sure of it.
My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.

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terminal uprisingTERMINAL UPRISING (JANITORS OF THE APOCALYPSE BOOK 2) by Jim C Hines

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

The Krakau came to Earth in the year 2104. By 2105, humanity had been reduced to shambling, feral monsters. In the Krakau’s defense, it was an accident, and a century later, they did come back and try to fix us. Sort of.

It’s been four months since Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos learned the truth of that accident. Four months since she and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists stole the EMCS Pufferfish and stopped a bioterrorism attack against the Krakau homeworld. Four months since she set out to find proof of what really happened on Earth all those years ago.

Between trying to protect their secrets and fighting the xenocidal Prodryans, who’ve been escalating their war against everyone who isn’t Prodryan, the Krakau have their tentacles full.

Mops’ mission changes when she learns of a secret Krakau laboratory on Earth. A small group under command of Fleet Admiral Belle-Bonne Sage is working to create a new weapon, one that could bring victory over the Prodryans … or drown the galaxy in chaos.

To discover the truth, Mops and her rogue cleaning crew will have to do the one thing she fears most: return to Earth, a world overrun by feral apes, wild dogs, savage humans, and worse. (After all, the planet hasn’t been cleaned in a century and a half!) What Mops finds in the filthy ruins of humanity could change everything, assuming she survives long enough to share it.

Perhaps humanity isn’t as dead as the galaxy thought.

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cosmic captorCOSMIC CAPTOR (DRAGON SCALES BOOK 1) by Stella Cassy

CARISSA – I’ve never known Earth. Or freedom. Both were taken from me when I was too young to remember.
But I know exactly what the latest alien scumbags to buy me have in mind, the moment I hear the word “fertile.”
Desperation’s the mother of invention, and one easily seduced guard later, I’m escaping to finally live on my own terms. To find my mom, my one connection to a planet I’ll probably never see. The only person who’s ever given a damn about me.
It’s all that keeps me going. The source of every last drop of energy I eke out of this miserable existence, when I have so many reasons to just give up and fade away.
Like my crap luck. Reason infinity why I should just pop out the airlock of my stolen ship and say “Sayonara universe, PS you suck.”
My first escape attempt that’s ever resulted in an actual escape, and I run smack into one of the most infamous dragon shapeshifters in the galaxy. ..(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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a fall in autumnA FALL IN AUTUMN by Michael G Williams

VS Note: From January

It’s 9172, YE (Year of the Empire), and the future has forgotten its past.

Soaring miles over the Earth, Autumn, the sole surviving flying city, is filled to the brim with the manifold forms of humankind: from Human Plus “floor models” to the oppressed and disfranchised underclasses doing their dirty work and every imaginable variation between.

Valerius Bakhoum is a washed-up private eye and street hustler scraping by in Autumn. Late on his rent, fetishized and reviled for his imperfect genetics, stuck in the quicksand of his own heritage, Valerius is trying desperately to wrap up his too-short life when a mythical relic of humanity’s fog-shrouded past walks in and hires him to do one last job. What starts out as Valerius just taking a stranger’s money quickly turns into the biggest and most dangerous mystery he’s ever tried to crack – and Valerius is running out of time to solve it.

Now Autumn’s abandoned history – and the monsters and heroes that adorn it – are emerging from the shadows to threaten the few remaining things Valerius holds dear. Can the burned-out detective navigate the labyrinth of lies and maze of blind faith around him to save the City of Autumn from its greatest myth and deadliest threat as he navigates his feelings for his newest client, the handsome golem Alejandro?

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ascension saga 9ASCENSION SAGA: 9 by Grace Goodwin

Destiny is doing everything she can to find her mother and stop the evil traitors from taking over her planet. But explosions, murder plots and chaos are just the beginning. And now she has more on the line than ever before.
Now, she’s in love.
And Nix isn’t the sit-by-and-watch kind of guy. He’s right there next to her, risking everything.
For her.
Every time they get close, their enemy slips through their fingers like a thousand grains of sand. The hunt is on. The end is near. And if Nix dies protecting her, she’ll never forgive herself.

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no looking backNO LOOKING BACK (A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE LOVE STORY BOOK 7) by Kate L Mary

Landon and I parted ways five years ago, ending an eight year relationship that I’d thought would last forever. Then the virus came and everything disappeared, along with my hope of ever being reunited with the man I never stopped loving.

When he showed up at our settlement eight months after the world ended, I felt like I’d been handed a second chance. But my joy was short-lived when a simple decision I’d made months earlier came back to haunt me. Now everything I’ve worked to build was being threatened, including the life of the only man I’ve ever loved.

Thankfully, I’ve never been one to give up without a fight.

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barbarians valentineBARBARIAN’S VALENTINE: A SLICE OF LIFE NOVELLA (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 19) by Ruby Dixon

Maddie’s mate is returning soon, and she wants to make his homecoming a special one. Pregnant Josie wants to seduce her mate all over again. The solution for both of them? A Valentine’s Day celebration, ice planet style. There’ll be kisses, scanty outfits, and a pair of reunions you won’t forget.

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fearless invasive speciesFEARLESS (INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL UNIT BOOK 2) by Kelly Goode

The aliens didn’t invade Earth as depicted in the movies – they were smarter than that.

Doctor Helen Peters is a woman of science and medicine, and it’s not until she’s kidnapped by an alien that she discovers the truth about the creatures that have been living undetected on Earth for centuries.

Viktor was a prince on his home planet, and since crash-landing on Earth, has dedicated his life to protecting his colony’s secrets. He hates humans. Except a certain red-headed doctor has caused him to question everything he knew about inter-species relationships. He stole her away from her people, but she may steal something of her own in return – his heart.

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warriors of mari urWARRIORS OF MARI-UE: THE RESISTANCE by Astra Lynne

Several Millennia ago, explorers from Mari-Ur interrupted the evolution of the Earth. Now the Earth is dying and the only way to save it is to take every man, woman, and child off of the planet for 300 years. For most, this means going into cryostasis, but for some, this is not a possibility. For them, they will begin a new settlement on Mari-Ur. Chosen to be among the settlement’s leaders, Dr. Julia Baxter-Brynn volunteers to be the first human to exit the ship, and unknowingly walk right into an ambush from Mari-Ur’s greatest enemy.

Facing certain death, Julia has no choice but to trust the Mari-Ursian, Susuda when he rescues her and takes her deep into the wilderness of the strange new planet. Susuda, who has overcome his low birth to rise among the ranks of the elite Warriors, risks exile and death to save the human female who has haunted his dreams and is fated to be his. Together, they and the other survivors will launch the Resistance in the hopes of saving both their planets.

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vadorokTHE VADOROK (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 1) by SJ Sanders

Sara – First contact changed things on Earth. It opened possibilities that were never before possible. In what started as a trip to participate in an cooperative study, Sara found herself a test subject for breeding compatibility by a species known as the Agraak. Determined that she would not submit to be bred and relocated to serve as a breeder for the rest of her life, she escaped into the wilds of a hostile subarctic planet. Not knowing who to trust, and almost dying on the ice flows, she is rescued by a male larger than life whom her body craves.

Vidok – A warrior-priest of the VaDorok, Vidok had long given up hope of finding his ulukska, his mate. When he finds a tiny female offworlder on the ice flows of the far northern territory who brings forth his mating heat, his life changes. To keep her, he not only has to help her save her companions, but must also risk their love facing repercussions among his tribe and the Intergalactic Council.

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taken elin wynnTAKEN (STAR BREED BOOK 7) by Elin Wyn

Lorcan and his surviving brothers battled to secure their place in the Empire. They’ve found a place of their own. A home to protect. People to care for.
When a new mission leads away from Orem station, Lorcan volunteers for the job. Anything to keep their new home safe.
His only regret?
Leaving behind the beautiful jeweler who caught his eye with her clever fingers and flashing smile. He’s resigned to seeing her only in his dreams until he returns.
But his dreams turn to nightmares when he finds her in a den of torment . Torn between duty and desire, can he find a way to save her without abandoning the mission?

Cintha Rosek carved a quiet life for herself. Clients who respect her skill. A safe home and a few friends.
All she dared hope for.
But the mysterious disappearance of her brother casts a long shadow. When her young niece begins to ask questions in dangerous places, Cintha will have to put aside her tools and investigate the darkest corners of the Empire’s Fringe.
A giant mercenary could be her salvation, but like everything else around her, he’s not what he seems.

When reality itself bends around them, truth and lies blur, until nothing becomes more certain than his heated touch.

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city in the middle of the nightTHE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by Charlie Jane Anders

VS note: Not romance but a book of note this week.

January is a dying planet–divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk.

But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.

Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.

But fate has other plans–and Sophie’s ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

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psychology of time travelTHE PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL: A NOVEL by Kate Mascarenhas

VS note: And another non romance but novel of note!

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

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xistrosies lawXISTROSIE’S LAW (RAVEN WARS) byK B Wheelock

All she wants is for her ship to be her own. Or at least that is what she tells herself…
Akyra Ronzi, space pilot, flies solo by choice. Traveling the stars with her onboard Artificial Intelligence, Tiri, she always stays one step ahead of her past.

Until one day when five hunky men become her responsibility, and everything changes.​Having no idea what life off the glittering planet of Xistrosie is like, the men must fight alongside Akyra against a powerful government and vengeful memories that chase them.
The discovery of a secret organization, existing only in shadows and whose purpose is unknown, complicates matters as Akyra and her new family learn to navigate this unfamiliar universe.Xistrosie has one rule: save a life, be owed a debt, but take a life and the debt is yours to pay.

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never tamedNEVER TAMED (CHOSEN NARRATIVES BOOK 2) by Sabrina Kade

Having abandoned her former owner, Hollis reluctantly agrees to live in Chimase’s building. But to protect her fragile heart, she maintains a polite distance from the Sidyth. And when Hollis is confronted by Vydeka, a Sidyth female who claims Chimase as her own, she’s convinced her formal demeanor was the right move—even if it doesn’t keep her heart from breaking now.

With nowhere left to turn, Hollis sets out to find her owner. At least with him, she knows her heart is safe.

Chimase, however, has no intention of taking Vydeka as his mate—or of allowing Hollis to return to her old life. Even if it means tracking her to the coldest, least hospitable part of the country, he will convince her that he chooses her above all others. But first he’ll have to show her that if she opens up to him, she won’t be putting her heart at risk again.

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the rionTHE RION (SCIONS OF ANY BOOK 2) by Bridget Breslin

She went from lost in space to being sold at auction to an Anuian Prince.

The Prime Triad had been searching for five hundred years for the female who would be their mate and, if the One God was willing, she would become the Arianu, the demi-goddess of Anu. It is foretold that when the Arianu is born, she will bring love, happiness, life, and joy. She will heal their planet and bear many children—female children.

Who would have guessed that she was the female they were looking for?

When she arrived on Anu, she discovered that all Anuian males are born as triplets. The King, or Ri, of the planet Anu, along with his two brothers, make up the Prime Triad that governs their planet as well as all others in this galaxy. Not only are they large and in charge, but they are gorgeous males! She also found out that they must mate together in order to procreate …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hunting purityHUNTING PURITY (THE HUNTING SERIES BOOK 2) by Tracy Lauren

Stolen from her world, Purity can hardly fathom what’s going on around her. Released from a cage, face-to-face with apparent monsters… This has to be some kind of sick fraternity prank, because surely, she hasn’t been abducted by aliens. But when a scaled beast rescues her from certain death, regardless of appearances, she knows she’s found her hero.

Champion gladiator, He’Rokvska Naa, spent years fighting his way to freedom. Now, at the cusp of his career as a master, he’s offered an opportunity to stoke the fires of his fame. When the cages open, he stakes claim on the fiercest warrior he’s ever seen. With his honor on the line, will Hero get more than he bargained for when HUNTING PURITY?

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jake forgotten worlds

JAKE (FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOK 3) by Prudence MacLeod

VS Note: From January

Shipwrecked on an abandoned planet, injured, and facing unknown dangers, Jake must find a way to survive. Worse yet, his only companion is a super-powered alien woman who cannot function without others of her kind nearby. This is no place for a man who has lived all his life on a spaceship. Wait, what was that in the shadows?

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charms and death and explosionsCHARMS AND DEATH AND EXPLOSIONS (CASE FILES OF HENRI DAVENPORTH BOOK 2) by Honor Raconteur

VS Note: Recommended by reader Elizabeth N.  A Steampunk detective story.

A dead charm maker is only the beginning.

Humanity seems determined to come up with increasingly clever ways to murder one another. They seize upon new technological advances in a way that’s alarming, their creativity and blood-thirstiness knowing no bounds.

When a charm maker is blown up inside his own vehicle, for once it’s not Henri Davenforth’s expertise needed: it’s Jamie Edwards’, the Shinigami Detective. Car bombs are something unique in Kingston, and only she has experience with them. But the unique murder takes an unexpected turn when it becomes evident that the dead charm maker dabbled in something he should not have, inciting disastrous results.

The dangers he unleashed upon Kingston threaten thousands of lives and it launches a race requiring not only Jamie and Henri’s expertise, but the Kingsmen’s as well to beat the menace spreading through the city.

Meanwhile, the murderer is still at large, leaving Henri and Jamie to wonder: what will blow next?

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brighter side of the apocalypseTHE BRIGHTER SIDE OF THE APOCALYPSE (THE BRIGHTER SIDE SERIES BOOK 1) by Philip H Voss

VS note: Not billed as a romance so romantic elements perhaps…I have not read the book.

The world, as she knew it, was over for Amy Gouyen even before the mystifying Puissance Virus emerged, turning all those it infected into virtually invincible, super cannibals. While society deteriorated around her, Amy’s survival instinct and the fire in her Apache blood served her well and kept her going. But in the Apocalypse, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself in a jam, seemingly impossible to get out of.

Just as the jaws of death close in on Amy, Fate plays a wildcard. Elias Kincade enters her life in a storm of bullets and blades, rescuing her from certain demise. Her savior appears to be a charismatic cowboy but it isn’t long before Amy discovers, the hard way, that there is more to him than meets the eye. Elias is a vampire, one who is duty bound to not let her go after she’s discovered what he is, and he doesn’t want to kill her unless she forces him to.

An uneasy truce between the two quickly evolve into a partnership as Amy moves deeper into the tumultuous world the vampires face in the Apocalypse. Susceptible to the Puissance Virus–in their own way–the vampires have to diligently protect themselves while a rebellion within their ranks and a play for ultimate power threatens the future of vampire society, as well as the destiny of every uninfected human left on the planet.

Secrets about the vampires, humans, chompers, and the Puissance Virus itself are revealed as Amy and Elias find their places in what’s left of the world and risk everything to secure a brighter future.

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dukes are foreverDUKES ARE FOREVER (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 5) by Bec McMaster

In a steam-fuelled world where vampires once ruled the aristocracy, a dangerous conspiracy threatens to topple the queen, and the Duke of Malloryn knows his nemesis has finally returned to enact his plans of revenge.

Malloryn can trust no one, and when incriminating photographs surface—of an enemy agent stealing a kiss from his wife—he is forced to question just why his wife, Adele, trapped him into marriage.

Is she an innocent pawn caught up in a madman’s games, or is she a double agent working against him?

The only way to discover the truth is to seduce her himself…

Adele Hamilton may have agreed to a loveless marriage in order to protect herself, but that doesn’t stop her heart from yearning for more.

Her husband promised her a cold marriage bed. He swore he’d never touch her. But suddenly he’s engaged in a campaign of seduction—and the only way to keep her wits about her is to fight fire with fire.

The ruthless beauty has locked her heart away, but can she deny the passion that flares between them? And when the truth emerges, will she be the only thing that can save Malloryn’s life?

Or the weapon his enemy will wield against him?

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captured desireCAPTURED DESIRE by Tasha Winters

Empath Amara, beaten and nearly forced to become a reproductive machine for rich men, escapes with the help of her cousins. She runs far away, hoping to find freedom for herself and ultimately for all women. The world she finds herself in holds the key she is seeking, but it’s more complicated than the one she left, and equally as dangerous.

When she is captured again, three powerful men rescue her, agreeing to help Amara on her quest, knowing they could lose her forever. But when she becomes a target, their focus changes to keeping their woman safe – by any means necessary.

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awakened by the giantAWAKENED BY THE GIANT: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED by Evangeline Anderson

Meet the Jor’gen Kindred. After leaving the main Mother Ship centuries ago to make a genetic trade with a massive race of people, they are thirty percent bigger than their ancestors. Which makes them 9 feet tall—giants to regular sized humanoids. Hundreds of years after the genetic trade which made them so huge, the Jor’gen Kindred have no more females and are seeking a new people to trade with–
All but Calden

Believing he doesn’t need a female in his life to be happy, Calden moves to the Mentat Space Station to devote his life to biological research through cloning. The Station is ruled by a harsh taskmaster–an AI called FATHER who forbids any females. But Calden doesn’t care, as long as he is allowed to clone and study as many specimens as he wants.
Then one day, the recovery droids find something new–the remains of a sentient human female and the ship she crashed in. Consumed by scientific curiosity, Calden gets special permission to make a clone of the dead woman–he doesn’t know she will cause him to break the rules and risk his career and even death…when he falls in love with her.

Madeline Harris has no idea what’s going on. She wakes up in a vat of green goo with her memories fractured, surrounded by the big, scary Mentats of the Station. Then a giant comes to save her. It doesn’t take much for her to fall for Calden but she doesn’t realize that the station is a hostile place for women…or that she could be in big trouble if the AI, FATHER, discovers how very much Calden cares for her in return.

Will they escape the Mentat Station in time to save Maddy’s life? And will she ever forgive Calden for keeping deadly secrets from her?

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stranger things suspicious mindsSTRANGER THINGS: SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Gwenda Bond

VS Note: Not a romance. I enjoy this scifi TV series.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

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theirs to ransomTHEIRS TO RANSOM: SOPHIA’S BOOK by Stasia Black

Sophia Wolford’s always looked at the world as if the glass is half full. Even after the Apocalypse. What’s the point of focusing on the negative, after all, when you need to get busy rebuilding the world?

Finn Knight sees things differently, however. His motto is: Trust no one and always suspect the worst.
Not surprisingly, Sophia and Finn get along like oil and water.
When Sophia sees an opportunity to save not only Jacob’s Well, but the entire country which is on the brink of war, however, Finn is the only person who can help her.

Sophia gets a lot more than she bargained for, though, when she heads into the wilds of New Mexico and offers herself as a Raffle Bride.

She discovers too late that her new husbands might not have the most honorable intentions. Will she and Finn be able to find a way to save themselves in time, much less the Republic?

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runes of royaltyRUNES OF ROYALTY (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 4) by G Bailey

Protector. Angel. Assassin…and now QueenEvie is now queen of the protectors, and rumoured queen of the demons aswell, but dealing with the black magic she can’t control is far more dangerous than either of those titles.
The protectors have fallen, demons along with them, and earth is not far behind.
Can Nix, Trex, Connor and Azi help Evie survive a power no one understands? Or knows how to stop…
With random portals opening everywhere on earth, a war to be won and Cex tracking her every move, can the assassin-now queen- win the war?

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tree of dreamsTREE OF DREAMS (THE RIVER AFTER DARK BOOK 1) by Mel Sterling

It’s said that if you sleep under a willow tree, you’ll dream of your true love.

Emma Leighton doesn’t believe in fairy tales or monsters until a bolt of lightning from a freak summer storm reveals a glimpse of a river creature so fantastical, she can’t be certain he’s real.

Stranded by the storm, she spends the night in eerie Willow Cottage where terrified guests check out early, vowing never to return. Emma sees nothing out of the ordinary, but her dreams bring her a secret lover like no other, disturbing and alluring in equal measure. Moss is half man, half water serpent. His kisses are cool and deep as the Columbia River itself, and he’s been in love with Emma for a long time.

What begins as a dream becomes flesh, an erotic fusing of hearts, souls and bodies. But when others learn the secret sheltered by Willow Cottage, they’ll do anything—including kill—to possess it.

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blood apprenticeBLOOD APPRENTICE: AN ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVEL by Elizabeth Hunter

When a map to the mysterious fortune of notorious privateer Miguel Enríquez falls in the lap of Ben and Tenzin, only one of them is jumping at the opportunity. Tenzin can’t wait to search for a secret cache of gold. Ben, on the other hand, couldn’t be less excited.

All Ben knows about Puerto Rico is what he hears on the news and a few lingering memories of his human grandmother. Going back to his roots holds zero appeal for the carefully constructed man he’s become.

But in the end, the lure of hidden gold can’t be denied.
Ben and Tenzin head to Puerto Rico where the immortal world is ruled by Los Tres, a trio of powerful vampires commanding the wind, the waves, and the mountains that make up their small island in the Caribbean.

To find Enríquez’s treasure, they’ll have to walk a fine line between flattery and secrecy. To leave the island might mean a bigger fight than either one of them foresaw.

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familiar demonFAMILIAR DEMON (FAMILIAR LOVE BOOK 2) by Amy Lane

For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown.

Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest.

But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?

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a blaze in the darkA BLAZE IN THE DARK (BOT SERIES BOOK 1) by Miranda Turner

Bain never thought he’d escape the prison he’d lived in for the last five years. He spent his days chained up like an animal, and his nights…they were better not spoken about. Until one day Antonio came stumbling into his darkness, lighting a fire in his soul and giving him a chance at a new life.

Antonio loved his position as a Bellator, and he loved his brother Luc; it was Luc’s friends he could do without. When he came upon an emaciated and beaten boy at his brother’s best friend David’s house, he knew he had to get him out of there. Risking his place on his team, his relationship with his brother, and even death was something he’d never regret. After all, Bain was Antonio’s sodalis vitae, and soulmates were forever.

The small problem of Bain being a member of the Tenebrix, the Bellators’ mortal enemies, was nothing compared to what could happen if David found out where he was. But Antonio won’t let anything–race, being hunted by his own kind, or Bain’s fears–keep him from finally claiming his mate.

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dragon prince qurilixenDRAGON PRINCE (QURILIXEN LORDS BOOK 1) by Michelle M Pillow

With all that is happening in his land, the upcoming shifter mating ceremony is the least of Grier’s concerns. Even though he is heir prince of the dragon-shifters, he doesn’t have the authority needed to help the humans stranded in dragon territory, nor can he banish those who ruthlessly control them. Yet honor demands he finds an opportunity to intervene, and he hopes that doing so won’t start a war the shifters can’t win. Discovering his destined mate couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Salena knows what it is like to be a pawn of the Federation. They might have kidnapped her and brought her to this strange territory, but she will never do what they want of her… what everyone wants of her. The last thing the fugitive needs is the very public attention of a fierce dragon prince claiming they’re fated by the gods—even if the sexy man makes her burn in more ways than one.

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hunters and preyHUNTERS AND PREY: THESE ALPHA FEMALES DON’T NEED SAVING by Various

Pick up these eight standalone novellas featuring kick-ass female leads who certainly aren’t waiting around to be rescued.
Hunters and Prey includes Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Sci-fi Romance titles.

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tainted by prophecyTAINTED BY PROPHECY: KUMARI’S KITSUNE by Hanleigh Bradley

Even at its very beginning, her reign felt tainted by the prophecies that surrounded it and the death that they foretold.
They were dark, speaking of unknown evils and the potential destruction of the realm and even the eradication of magic. It was not a destiny that Bae, the Kumari, wanted but it was the one allotted her.
Bae wished that she could deny them, call them falsehoods but she couldn’t, not when the fate of the whole realm rested on her shoulders.
It might cost her her life, or the lives of those she loved most, but she would stop at nothing to save magic, save her ren and hopefully save herself.

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demons danceDEMON’S DANCE (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 4) by Keri Arthur

After dealing with human hunters killing werewolves for their pelts and a heretic witch determined to claim the wild magic for his own, the last thing either Lizzie Grace or Belle Kent need is a new evil burning into town.

When Lizzie’s asked to find a missing woman, she’s well aware death awaits. What she doesn’t expect to find is a very human pile of skin next the woman’s body. Nor does she expect to be called to a murder scene that has the classic hallmarks of a vampire attack… except the bite marks don’t match any recorded vampire bite.

As the body count grows, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden struggle to find—and stop—whoever or whatever is behind the atrocities. But there’s an even greater danger on the horizon.

The newly appointed reservation witch has arrived… and it’s someone Lizzie knows.

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lergend of crying girl creekTHE LEGEND OF CRYING GIRL CREEK by Robena Grant

Adventurous American nurse Samantha Winters is on a study abroad program in Australia. But after one perfect night with a handsome stranger, she finds herself with child. Intrigued with an elderly patient’s tales of a local creek where pregnant women drown themselves, Sam agrees to help end the curse.

Historian James Campbell keeps a vigilant watch on his family’s haunted land, hoping to prevent more deaths. A loner in his personal life, he’s stunned to discover his grandmother’s nurse is the one woman he can’t forget.

Sam is a believer. James is a skeptic. With the legend’s anniversary looming closer, the two work together to solve the mystery of Crying Girl Creek. Amid the tangles of secrets and lies Sam has a secret of her own: James is the father of her baby. And he doesn’t want children.

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tarian alphaTARIAN ALPHA (NEW TARIAN PRIDE BOOK 1) by T S Joyce

The Tarian Pride is right in the middle of a historical power-shift. Ronin Alder is taking over as the New Tarian Alpha, but the entire Pride of lion shifters needs to be completely rehabilitated. Back in the Pride after years hating it, his job is to push the monsters here to a new future, one where they will stop warring with every shifter Crew in existence. But when he mans a rescue mission and finds a hurt woman in the woods, he had no choice but to save her…or kidnap her. And when he learns her story, and recognizes just who, and what, she is, his entire future as Alpha of the New Tarians takes a new direction. His life had been laid out before him, but now he wants so much more. He wants Emerald.

Emerald Lawson is a descendant of one of the original Tarians, her bloodline highly coveted by the Old Tarian Alpha, Cassius. He’s put her between a rock and a hard place and turned her entire life upside down. She’s accepted her fate on the throne of the Old Tarians until she stumbles upon a man on a mission in the woods. When she’s kidnapped by the New Tarian Alpha, one day with Ronin changes her life forever. How can she go back to living in a cage after he’s set her free? She’s a submissive lioness who doesn’t belong, but Ronin challenges Emerald to be something she’s never been before—fearless. And as a new uprising begins, she will find herself at the helm of a destiny that could change the entire future of the Tarian Pride.

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djinn unleashedDJINN UNLEASHED (THE ELVEN TRINITY BOOK 1) by Mark Albany

Elves were supposed to be gone, defeated in the great war. Magic is practiced behind closed doors, and only by the elites.

All I was trying to do was survive, maybe with a bit more curiosity about my master’s magic than I should’ve allowed. He caught me snooping, and sent me on a quest to steal a magic scroll. A quest that would change my life.

Soon I found myself caught up in a whirlwind journey that involved elves, monsters, and more than one hottie in my bed.
I was terrified. I was challenged. I was pleasured beyond belief.
I was loving every second of it, and now get to share that journey with you.

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noble dragonNOBLE DRAGON (THE ELVEN TRINITY BOOK 2) by Mark Albany

The djinn I unleashed is now my closest ally, and then some. Teamed up with a noble elf, we’re all that stands between a dark magician and his quest to unleash the great evil locked away long ago.
We’re missing one key to stopping him, however, and that’s the third in the Elven-Trinity.
As we search for the third Sister, our quest pits us against an obsidian hell hound, more golems, and a greater power than even the elves know how to deal with.
Oh, and we might find ourselves a dragon pet along the way.

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apprentice of magicAPPRENTICE OF MAGIC (THE FAIRY TALE ENCHANTRESS BOOK 1) by K M Shea

Angelique hates her magic. Her time in the magical academy has been a long chain of criticisms, reprimands, and punishments. Her war-like ability to control any weapon has earned her nothing but the fear and scorn of fellow students and instructors.
And now, she finds herself before the highest council just one vote away from having her magic sealed forever.
Until Enchanter Evariste appears.
The mysterious prodigy is one of the few with the authority to go against the Council. Which is exactly what he does when he takes Angelique as his apprentice. Though his lessons are challenging and eccentric he shows her more kindness than she ever hoped to receive.
Everything seems perfect.
But things are changing in the world. Dark things. Evil things.
Once upon a time is about to become very real.

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youre lion to meYOU’RE LION TO ME (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 20) by Milly Taiden

From planet Aurora, lioness shifter, Dalissa Furr, wants to explore new places before she goes insane from boredom. So a trip to Earth is a must. Finding her mate in the process would be great too, if Gerri Wilder can make it happen. But according to her parents, her smaller than normal size and delicate features make her undesirable to a shifter.

Azai Whittip, alpha of the White Tip wolf pack, will only accept his true mate for a life-long partner, to the dismay of the females in the pack. When Gerri asks him to take her friend sightseeing, he doesn’t expect this friend to be gorgeous and smell so damn good. Oh, and bonus, she’s his mate.

As far as Azai is concerned, life’s perfect now that he found Dalissa. But someone in his pack or the neighboring lion pride think wolves and lions don’t mix. When both alphas and the male wolves come up missing, it’s up to Dalissa to figure out what’s going on and how to stop the one person set on destroying both packs and dominating the human world. Talk about an adventure!

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forge and fireFORGE AND FIRE (THE REPLACEMENT BOOK 1) by Ripley Proserpina

Sticks and stones and moss and leaves… that’s what Tatiana is made of.
Tatiana is a replacement—an exchanged child—created to take the place of a perfect human baby and left in a cradle on a cold, winter night.
But twenty years later, her time is running out. The creature who made Tatiana returns and challenges everything she knows. Not only is Tatiana not human, and her family not her family, but the human world is killing her.

Determined to give her family the life—and daughter—they deserve, Tatiana journeys to a strange world, one of fire and dust, and concrete and glass. There, she’ll risk everything to find the human girl she replaced, and make things right.

But she won’t be alone. Grisha, a roamer, and Fedir, a mysterious shifter, find her and vow to help her.
And they aren’t the only ones.
Soon, Shubin, Taras, and Kopala, are caught up in Tatiana’s quest. Fascinated by this exchanged girl, the five otherworldly creatures will put their trust in her.
But hope is a fragile thing, and Tatiana’s been burned before. Will she come to believe she’s finally found a place to belong?

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magic of lustTHE MAGIC OF LUST (THE DARK ORCHID BOOK 2) by Auryn Hadley

Mages are always men. Until her. They harvest the power of simple, primitive emotions. Until her. Jaeda is something new, and the best way to protect herself is to make sure the enemy doesn’t have a clue.

That’s going to be difficult with an Adevian mage about to take her town.

Shahwa has become her home. A haven of pirates, whores, and vagabonds, this desert oasis is a myth to many and a scourge to the rest, but there’s something special about it. It’s filled with compassion and made up of people who know exactly what it’s like to belong nowhere else.

Now, it’s her job to protect them. Hopefully, she won’t have to do it alone, because the Jackal still hasn’t shown up. She thought what they had was special. Now, she’s not so sure, even though her heart says he’ll still come. Her mind says she’ll save herself either way.

But the Jackal promised her everything, and he meant it. One woman, three men, and they’re all bound together by magic. He’s not about to let that go.

Together, they have a chance to find happiness, yet before any of that is possible, they have to sort out their own issues. If they can figure out how to do that, then these four have something worth fighting for: each other.
Because what they have is more than just the magic of lust.

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myths and mortalsMYTHS AND MORTALS (NUMINA BOOK 2) by Charlie N Holmberg

Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.

Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world. Sandis knows she must be the one to stop him, but with her own trusted numen now bound to another, and finding herself with no one she can trust, she is in desperate need of allies. Rone seems determined to help her, but Sandis has no intention of letting him get close to her again. What she doesn’t know is how much Rone gave up to protect her. Or how much more he is willing to give up to keep her safe.

As chaos mounts, Sandis must determine whom to trust. After all, the lines between enemy and ally have never been less clear…and corruption lurks in the most unlikely of places.

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shade of vampire 72A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 72: A CONSPIRACY OF REALMS by Bella Forrest

The rogue Hermessi are spiraling out of control. But GASP might have finally found the key to their demise… The problem? It might mean tracking down Death herself.
And with the Hermessi birthing monsters from the literal bowels of the earth—and stepping up their game with a sinister side plot… let’s just say GASP’s to-do list is filling up.

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destined stormDESTINED STORM (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 4) by Tessa Cole

I’m in trouble. Big trouble. A split-second reflex that saved Kol’s life, and all hell busted out. Rather, my secret busted out for all to see. Now the only thing keeping a lid on my wild, unpredictable magic is Cassius’s magical handcuffs. Kinky? Yeah, no.

I need to show Gideon, Marcus, Jacob, and Kol that my nephilim blood is the only thing I lied about, even if it means letting my memories be mined for the truth. Except when that soul-scraping spell comes up hard against an unbreakable magical wall, it reveals a secret that’s news even to me.

But finding the answers will have to wait. A new danger threatens the city. Three glyph witches so powerful every body-shredding battle leaves my guys barely alive.

We don’t know what the witches’ end game is, but if we don’t figure out how to play — and how to harness my magic — we’ll lose. And so will every innocent civilian we’ve sworn to protect.

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stray moonSTRAY MOON: A STRAYS NOVEL by Kelly Meding

VS note: There’s no blurb given but the reviews seem positive. Paranormal.

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dragon mistress r a steffanTHE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 2 (THE EBUROSI CHRONICLES 9) by R A Steffan

The survival of the last living dragons rests with me and my misfit friends.
So… yeah. No pressure.

Mind you, this whole thing would be easier if two of our number weren’t hell-bent on killing each other. Rayth and Nyx have both been hiding secrets for a very long time, but now they face a choice. Let go of their ugly pasts, or watch the future burn to the ground.

We won’t be able to hide five hungry, growing dragons in the mountains forever. As soon as someone catches sight of them, every soldier in Utrea will be after us. And there’s no way we can fight for our dragons’ survival when we’re this busy fighting amongst ourselves.

I’ve always been the queen of questionable life choices, but falling for four proud, stubborn, damaged men at the same time is a new benchmark even for me. What we’re building with the dragons—and each other—could be amazing beyond belief. It could also end in tragedy beyond measure.

If I want it to be the former, it looks like I need to start banging some heads together.
Otherwise, our hopes and dreams could well go down in flames.

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nomads dreamNOMAD’S DREAM by August Li

VS Note: From January

Two men, each with a hidden destiny. Can they defeat a web of deceit and dark magic to ensure their fates intertwine?

Bedouin Isra al-Grayjaab’s dreams lead him to Janan, an amnesiac beggar on the street of Qena—one who steals his heart and starts him on a seemingly hopeless quest. With only their wits, Isra’s knowledge of the desert’s secrets, and the aid of a mercurial djinn, they must recover Janan’s past. But neither can predict his true identity or the lengths others will go to see that his mind remains broken and his true power out of his reach.

In a sweeping romantic adventure that takes them across the Eastern Desert to the modern streets of Cairo and on to the luxurious Red Sea Coast, Janan and Isra seek a truth that will either bring them into each other’s arms or tear them apart forever.

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foreign to youFOREIGN TO YOU by Jeremy Martin

The harmony between humans and fianna, a species of shapeshifting deer, begins to wither as racial tensions and deeply rooted resentment turns violent.

Ruthless hunter Finn Hail and prophesied liberator Adelaide may be heroes to their own species, but they are enemies to each other. With war on the horizon, the reluctant pair must team up to find the most elusive of prey: the god of the Forest.

As enemies press in from all sides, true intentions begin to show. For Finn to save the boy he cares for most, he might need to aim his gun at the very god he seeks. And Adelaide, with her festering hatred for mankind, will have to determine if peace holds true salvation for her people.

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court of earth and aetherCOURT OF EARTH AND AETHER (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 4) by Meg Xuemei X

Cass Saélihn is the weapon, the hybrid born to kill the Olympian gods.
Only the price is her own life.
One dies so millions can live. So her mates will live.

But Cass can’t just abandon them, can she? She’s just found them–a home she’d never imagined she could have. So when Death offers her a way out if she plays one of his sick games, she can’t refuse. If she plays it right, she might just rise from ash and ember.

And her loyal warrior-mates will be with her in life, or death. Even when she has to become the Darkness that devours the worlds. Even when she’s lost to herself.

She’s not lost to them.
So, she’ll play the final deadly game, and when Cass unleashes her true, powerful self, the immortal gods will burn in her flames.

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jaguars mateJAGUAR’S MATE (CRESCENT MOON SERIES BOOK 8) by Katie Reus and Savannah Stuart

She’s not looking for a mate…Sapphire is cursed. Every relationship she’s ever been in has ended poorly. So she’s sworn off relationships and is happy with her life. Until Eli comes along—a one-night stand that turned into two nights. When things got too intense, she did what she always did. She ran.

He’s not letting her get away…This time Eli isn’t letting Sapphire go without a fight. When her friend needs help escaping an abusive situation, he steps up, no questions asked. It doesn’t matter that Sapphire won’t tell him why she’s holding back from him. He’s a jaguar shifter and cats are very patient—he’ll wait for his mate to come around. But before he can claim her once and for all, they’ll have to deal with an angry bunch of shifters who are out for blood.

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valentines dreamA VALENTINE’S DREAM by J S Scott and Lane Parker

VS Note: The fantasy element appears to be dreams.

Amy: February 14th is just another day to me.
I don’t really believe in hearts, flowers, romance, or happily-ever-afters. And I certainly don’t think there’s a dream man for a curvy woman like me, even if my little sister had found hers over the holidays. I’m more realistic. Or at least…I was…until I met Levi Gillette during my sister Hayden’s wedding rehearsal dinner The man seems to have an annoying ability to make me lose my cool and calm facade. Yeah, he’s definitely hot, but my sister’s brother-in-law-to-be was also arrogant, infuriating, presumptuous, bossy, and most likely one big player because the man could be charming when he wanted to be.

No thanks! Been there, done that, and I’d had more than enough of men like Levi Gillette. But when I start having amazingly erotic, intimate dreams about him, it’s almost impossible to ignore him in the flesh.
In my dreams, it was like I’d known Levi forever. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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pathwaysPATHWAYS (THE KINGDOM CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Camille Peters

Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.

One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest’s pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom’s Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen’s heart, the one thing she’s vowed never to give.

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bound angelBOUND ANGEL (HER ANGEL SERIES BOOK 4) by Felicity Heaton

Second in command of the most fearsome legion of fallen angels in Hell, Rook only cares about one thing—seizing control of the First Battalion and moving one step closer to the Devil. But a dark angel of Heaven keeps seeking him out, insisting a witch needs his help, and one glance at an image of the ethereal silver-haired beauty stirs powerful emotions long forgotten and rouses a deep need he cannot deny or understand—one that commands him to risk everything and save her.

Isadora has been a fool. Millennia alone, enduring an eternal life created by the bond she shares with the angel she lost, has taken its toll on her. Desperate to see a familiar face, she followed rumours to Paris and placed her trust in a group of witches, only to be betrayed once again. Now, they want the spell that has made her immortal and she’s close to breaking… until a formidable warrior with crimson wings comes to her rescue, awakening old feelings never forgotten in her shattered heart.

With the mounting threat of witches and an enemy of old in danger of tearing them apart, can Rook untangle the truth about the past he can’t remember and can Isadora convince her demonic angel the forever he desires is the one he promised her?

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singed orestaiaSINGED (ORESTAIA SERIES BOOK 2) by Misty Malloy

I’d always thought one guy in bed was enough. Now I have four. All the extra pleasure may be more than I bargained for…but it’s so good.
On top of that, the orestaia–the fertility stone–is completely inactive. Guess who gets to figure out how to heal it? That’s right. Me.
My plan of action is a bit fuzzy. Actually, really fuzzy. All I know is I’m supposed to head out to the red rocks and blue skies of Sedona to locate the infamous Dragon Oracle.
And if I can’t find her? Well, then everyone gets screwed. My sister stays sick. A sleazy oil tycoon keeps breathing fire down my neck. And pretty much all dragon procreation ends.
All of my hopes and dreams for a baby and a family can go straight out the window, too. See you later, dragon race.
I have to heal the orestaia. All of our futures are in my hands. No big deal. Right?

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royal trials seekerTHE ROYAL TRIALS: SEEKER by Tate James

One quest. One crown. One shattered heart.
The Royal Trials were never meant to be easy, not even for an imposter like Rybet Waise. But nothing could have prepared her for the magical storms, mutated animals and malicious gods standing in her way.
There is no time for tears, mere hours after being bathed in Prince Alexander’s blood, Rybet must embark on a quest. The second trial dictates she find a missing magical artefact–Queen Ophelia’s crown.
Released from the overbearing confines of the royal palace, Rybet competes not only with the other remaining ladies, but also with the land itself. Magic is more volatile than ever, and the gods have come out to play.
Royal love interests who don’t know how to share only make things harder for this dirty pond-dweller–if that’s really all she is.
Rybet will do whatever it takes to make it out alive, and with her heart unbroken.

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crying fireCRYING FIRE (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 49) by Zenina Masters

Thadra has spent decades as the fey executioner. When the fey or their half-human offspring need to be punished, the human courts have no power, so the fey court must step in. If the court pronounces a death sentence, Thadra must go in and prove that the accused isn’t redeemable by letting them commit the predatory crime one more time.

Dealing out death takes a toll, and when the fey court forcibly retires her, her marching orders include a trip to the Crossroads until she meets her match.

Rik has been waiting for weeks at the Crossroads, and the moment he sees the fey woman radiating power and control, he knows that she is meant for him. He just has to convince her that a fey shark shifter is warmer blooded than their reputation would suggest.

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for the love of cupidityFOR THE LOVE OF CUPIDITY: A VALENTINE’S DAY NOVELLA (HEART HASSLE BOOK 4) by Raven Kennedy

First comes love, then comes mating, then comes the baby and some cupid training.
Cupidville is overrun with new cupid recruits, and it’s up to me to train them in time for Valentine’s Day. Too bad I have four mates who keep insisting that it’s time for me to take a break.
Juggling my role as the cupid boss, being a mate, and handling motherhood isn’t always easy, but it’s sure as hearts worth it. Let’s just hope I can get these cupid flunkies trained in time.

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warrior nakeeriWARRIOR NAKEERI (DRAGON MASTERS OF LIMEA BOOK 2) by Tamsin Baker

Nakeeri, warrior woman and one of the only remaining dragon riders on Limea, is loyal to her corrupt kingdom. Not by choice but for a long ago bargain she made to save her life.
Curiosity leads her to the castle of Gregorick and Kalvis, the Captain of the Guard. A man who makes her heat blaze and who she can’t resist. The man foretold to sire her child, perhaps one of the next dragon riders.
Kalvis feels unworthy to be Nakeeri’s mate but the wild woman is destined to be his. When she is imprisoned by her malevolent king he finds more strength than just a loyal guard. He finds the heart of a lover and protector.

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polar oppositesPOLAR OPPOSITES by Cheyenne Meadows

VS Note: From January

Donovan is the new guy in town, a polar shifter, harboring a big secret. He’s a big city bear who moved to the tiny town of Forgotten, Wyoming, in hopes of finding peace. What he finds is poison ivy and angry wasps.

TJ, a grizzly shifter, is the local doctor with a past. He’s found a home in the country, but lacks happiness and a sense of belonging. The fact that he’s in the midst of his natural mating season doesn’t help in the least. The moment Donovan enters TJ’s clinic, sparks fly. TJ is determined to resist the temptation that is Donovan, but his inner bear and Donovan have other ideas.

When a hunter starts going after shifters and a blast from Donovan’s past show up for revenge, things get hot. But not as hot as the attraction between Donovan and TJ. If they can pull together and survive, they just might discover that, while they might be polar opposites, sometimes opposites do attract.

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ensnaredENSNARED: AN ETERNAL GUARDIANS NOVELLA by Elizabeth Naughton

RYDER–Mysterious, powerful, every woman’s fantasy come true.
For thousands of years, Ryder has reveled in his role as an immortal messenger—a dream weaver sent to seduce and manipulate. Until he’s ordered to deceive a fantasy of his own.

Zakara, the daughter of one of the mightiest Eternal Guardians, is his perfect woman. But she’s impervious to Ryder’s advances. Each attempt to sway her to his will pushes him deeper into a dreamscape she seems to be controlling. To survive, Ryder will need to find a way to master his sexy new prey. Because if he can’t, he risks forever condemning himself and the woman he’s grown to love to a never-ending nightmare drawn straight from the twisted depths of hell.

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city of the enchanted queenCITY OF THE ENCHANTED QUEEN (THE NIGHTHELM SERIES BOOK 3) by Olivia Ash

Once a guardian of the people, Sophia is now a wrongfully convicted fugitive of Nighthelm—and the hunt is on.
Deadly assassins stalk her every step, and the murderous creatures of the Witch Woods are hot on her heels. Nothing and nowhere is safe. Anyone brave enough to fight beside her risks a gruesome death.
Though Sophia and her men barely escaped Ripthorn mountain with their lives, they must return. For deep in the mountain, the heir still lives… for now.
Enchantments, corruption, and assassins stand in Sophia’s way.
As with so many things in this timeless city, not everything is as it seems. Old enemies resurface. Painful truths are unearthed. And the only way for Sophia to discover the truth behind her fractured magic is to end the Nameless Master’s takeover… no matter the cost.
Edric is a master of war. Zeke, a master of magic. Andreas, a master of death. These men fear nothing but losing the woman they love—and though they would die for her, only Sophia can end the bloodshed.
For the truth is she’s painfully familiar with the one responsible for the deep corruption in Nighthelm…And she’s closer to the lethal truth than even she realizes.

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cupid daddyCUPID DADDY (FANTASTICAL DADDY DOMS BOOK 5) by Allysa Hart and Rayanna Jamison

What kind of matchmaker looks for dates on Tinder anyway?
The desperate kind.
My brick and mortar matchmaking service was the last of its type.
Until HE came to town and opened up shop right across the street.
Suddenly clients are lining up down the block hoping to find their one true love.
The only problem?
They are lining up on his side of the street!
I don’t know who this Greek god-like man with a Midas touch for making love matches is, but he is seriously messing with my life.
Every time I see him I want to throw him against a wall.
And rip his clothes off.
And screw his brains out.
I need him gone. Like, Yesterday.
Before I lose everything. Including my pride.

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torn fallen angel seriesTORN: FALLEN ANGELS SERIES by Ditter Kellen
One angel’s redemption and the love that saved his soul…
A fallen angel desperately seeking redemption, a terminally ill girl hoping for a miracle she believes will never come, and a demon who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
When Exodus and Niki’s worlds collide, they just might find what they’re looking for.
If they survive.

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mission her defense'MISSION: HER DEFENSE (TEAM 52 BOOK 4) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Not exactly scifi romance but I love all of Anna’s books!

Blair Mason is badass to the bone. She’s no stranger to loss and barely survived the mission that ended her military career. Now, as part of Team 52, she never shies away from a fight to ensure pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, she’s often forced to “liaise” with the team’s contact at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. The tall, hard-bodied detective ignites her temper quicker than any man she’s ever known…and after a terrible massacre, she’s horrified to find that she and MacKade are being ordered to work together.

Detective Luke MacKade was born a protector. He takes care of his family, and as a dedicated homicide detective, he protects his city. He is less thrilled with his job of cleaning up after Team 52 after they tear through Vegas on a mission. Blair is a woman who sets him off just by breathing, but even he can’t deny the powerful attraction he feels to her strength and skill. When several cursed samurai swords are stolen in a bloody attack, it is up to Luke and Blair to get them back…before more blood is shed.

But others are after the swords and their hidden powers. As Luke and Blair’s dangerous investigation intensifies, they face danger at every turn. Luke battles his intense need to protect the woman he’s falling for, a woman who neither wants or needs his protection. But as their desire burns white-hot, Luke will learn that the toughest defenses are the ones around Blair’s heart.

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sleight of fantasySLEIGHT OF FANTASY (SASHA URBAN SERIES BOOK 4) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

My deal with Nero and my growing powers are supposed to keep me and my loved ones safe—yet the unthinkable happens.
When lines are crossed and blood is spilled, nothing will ever be the same again.

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soul in darknessSOUL IN DARKNESS by Wendy Higgins

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

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blood spellTHE BLOOD SPELL (RAVENSPIRE BOOK 4) by C J Redwine

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.

When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

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kingdom coldKINGDOM COLD by Brittni Chenelle

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.

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stoned layla frostSTONED (THE FOUR BOOK 2) by Layla Frost

Once upon a time, there lived a witch. A kickass, brilliant, dope as hell witch whose magicks inspired fear and envy. Like all classic fairy tales, her story had the usual goodies.

Destiny.
Adventure.
Missing souls.
Unfathomable evil, the precarious fate of the entire universe, blah, blah, blah.
But let’s get back to that witch with the awesome hair…

Fine, it’s me. I’m the all-powerful witch. And, okay, maybe my story isn’t a classic fairy tale. Not unless I missed the part about Little Red delivering comic books and munchies in her basket and Beauty sleeping off two-for-one margarita night. But I do have a soul mate—my very own Charming.
Except he’s no prince. He’s a level-headed, by the book, insanely sexy detective.
And me?
Well, I’m Stoned.

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danger callsDANGER CALLS (THE CALLING IS REBORN VAMPIRE NOVELS BOOK 2) by Caridad Piniero

Dr. Melissa Danvers knows a normal life is impossible for her. Since her parents’ death Melissa has been bound to the man who has always been there for her, only he’s not a man. He’s a 150-year-old vampire and it’s Melissa’s destiny to be his keeper. But after experiencing a night of passion with Sebastian Reyes, a young, sexy, computer hacker, she yearns for the life she thought impossible.

Sebastian Reyes finds himself drawn into a wild world of vampires and death.
After a night of wild lovemaking with beautiful physician Melissa Danvers, Sebastian wonders if it can be more. When Melissa needs his expertise to discover the truth behind her parents’ deaths and stay one step ahead of their killer, Sebastian answers the call of danger and desire.

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oh holy knightOH HOLY KNIGHT (WICKED KNIGHTS) by Amelia Hutchins

VS note: a re-release

Erie isn’t having a great week. Her time of freedom is up, and the Templar Knight who comes to claim her is an overgrown, broody, alpha a-hole who kisses like sin, and is determined to have her. What’s a girl to do other than teach him that she cannot be owned by him or his kind?

Callaghan will stop at nothing to save his race. Bound by the Templar Code, he has stood as protector of humanity; a witness to the countless wars that forged the world. Too much depends on his ability to catch one female, and create a life before time runs out. If the hour glass finishes before he succeeds, both races will fall to the curse placed on them by ancient witches have been awakened from the eternal slumber.

With two races hanging in the balance, he’s going to have to get creative to trap the little she-wolf who seems to be as elusive and untamed as her name claims her to be.

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star cruise mystery dancerVS Note: In case you missed my new release last week!

STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER

VS Note: First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…which was a USA Today Best Seller and received two SFR Galaxy Awards in January, but which is no longer available, so I’m issuing my story as a standalone title. The story is exactly as published in the anthology – my Muse doesn’t resonate with revising or adding to a book that’s already in the ‘finished and released’ status.

Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?

And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.

A science fiction romance take on the Anastasia tale.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 6

January 30

January 23

January 16

January 9

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

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 February 6

star cruise mystery dancerI have a new release of my own to report this week, along with many more by other authors of course!

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

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STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER

VS Note: First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…which was a USA Today Best Seller and received two SFR Galaxy Awards in January, but which is no longer available, so I’m issuing my story as a standalone title. The story is exactly as published in the anthology – my Muse doesn’t resonate with revising or adding to a book that’s already in the ‘finished and released’ status.

Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?

And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.

A science fiction romance take on the Anastasia tale.

Amazon     Apple Books   Kobo     Nook    GooglePlay link coming soon

hunter of the tideHUNTER OF THE TIDE (THE KRAKEN BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Tiffany’s Pets In Space 3 story, now re-released. I love this series!

Randall Laster crossed Halora to hunt the kraken, sea monsters that weren’t supposed to be real. Betrayed by men he trusted, he was left to die. Instead, he finds himself living with the beings once meant to be his prey. Randall struggles to find his place amongst the kraken and to find a purpose to the new course his life has taken. Hope comes in two unexpected forms: an injured, amphibious sea creature in need of care, and Rhea, a strong-willed kraken who’s made no secret of her interest in him. Can he reconcile the tensions between humans and kraken and look beyond their differences so that he can claim Rhea as his own, or will old prejudices and hostilities tear them apart forever?

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alien mischiefALIEN MISCHIEF (ALIEN MATE BOOK 4) by Cara Bristol

She’s pretending to be a man. Will he see through her disguise in time to prove to her that she’s the right woman for him? Or will a little mischief ruin her second chance for love?

My name is Madison Altman. Don’t think because I’ve disguised myself as a man and have accepted a job that takes me away from Earth that I’m running away from love. That’s not true. I met the love of my life–but he was killed on our wedding day.

Chaperoning crazy women traveling to Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens is just a way to pay the bills. Unfortunately, on this latest assignment, the ship returned to Earth without me! Luckily, Enoki came to my rescue. He might be hot, and sexy as hell with his gravelly voice and throbbing horns, but he believes I’m a man, and we’re friends, not lovers. That’s how I want it. That’s how it has to be. As soon Enoki can get me a flight to Earth, I’m leaving this frozen planet for good.

I’m Enoki, leader of Dakon. For the longest time, whispers in the wind told me my Fated mate was coming. Whispers turned to shouts when the recent shipment of females arrived, but none of them were mine. I must accept the Fates were wrong. I’ll never get a mate.

My purpose now is to help the stranded Earth man return to his home planet. Even though Madison is a Terran, we’ve developed a strong bond. I know I’ll miss him, but because we’re friends, I intend to do everything I can to help him leave.

Why do the whispers tell me not to let him go?

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polaris risingPOLARIS RISING: A NOVEL (THE CONSORTIUM REBELLION BOOK 1) by Jesse Mihalik

A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for.

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jexxJEXX by Linda Mooney

He couldn’t die without her, and he wouldn’t die with her. Not if she had anything to say about it.

The tide has turned in a centuries’ long war, and the Intergalactic Military has been tapped to step in and lend a hand. Sent to assist the Bo’Estrons, Captain Jelia Linh and her crew find themselves under immediate attack and in a fight for their own lives.

The rescue goes wrong, and ironically Kaxx must save the ones sent to aid them, but he isn’t expecting the feelings the female captain invokes.  The tingling sensation he gets when he touches her. It couldn’t be…could it? He’d missed his chance long ago.

The mission to help find the missing crewmembers is proving futile, as they’re all being picked off one bunker at a time. The battle is heating up, and it’s no longer about protecting their own. The Bo’Estron are fighting back, but with the Varnarians teaming up with the Hojinths, do they stand a chance?

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unnatural disastersUNNATURAL DISASTERS by Jeff Hirsch

Will the Class of 2049 be the last class ever?

Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone’s phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened—something big.

Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink—entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?

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out of ashesOUT OF ASHES (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 4) by Alexandra Christian

Phoebe Addison and Macijah “Cage” St. John have so much going on they can barely take a breath. Interplanetary master spies who generally drive their boss crazy, they are now trying to track down the person – is a skin walker a person? – who tried to kill him at their engagement party. Yeah, they were talked into returning to Louisiana so the whole town could show up and gawk at Cage. But they have bigger problems than usual when tracking an assassin. Secrets that have been buried for too many years are about to be uncovered if Cage and Phoe can survive the people, vampires and “things” that are trying to kill them. And to top if off, Phoe has a secret she’s sure will send Cage into a tailspin. But, as with everything they have lived through to be together, their love is the constant that is its own reward.

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ceruleanTHE CERULEAN by Amy Ewing

Sera Lighthaven has always felt as if she didn’t quite belong among her people, the Cerulean, who live in the City Above the Sky. She is curious about everything—especially the planet that her City is magically tethered to—and can’t stop questioning things. Sera has always longed for the day when the tether will finally break and the Cerulean can move to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she feels betrayed by everything in which she’d been taught to trust. In order to save her City, Sera must end her own life.

But something goes wrong, and Sera survives, ending up on the planet below in a country called Kaolin. Sera has heard tales about the dangerous humans who live here, and she quickly learns that these dangers were not just stories.

Meanwhile, back in the City, all is not what it seems, and the life of every Cerulean may be in danger if Sera is not able to find a way home.

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man withinTHE MAN WITHIN (FELINE BREEDS BOOK 2) by Lora Leigh

VS Note: A re-release but used to be one of my favorites of the early Breeds stories. I liked the heroine very much…

Now, fifteen months later, the news is out. Taber, the man she loves, is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds, who have shocked the world with their presence. He’s also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and in her body further proves it. But he didn’t want her then; does he really want her now?

Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of their sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body, and soul as the man and the beast within him merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.

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her biker from marsHER BIKER FROM MARS by Katie Douglas and Aria Adams

“I just wanted a snow cone. Instead I have 24 hours to assassinate the president of Earth, or a slave girl dies.”

Sy is hiding out from his old biker gang. He’s trying to live a quiet life on Mars, his birthplace, but the past catches up with him when a fake priest blackmails him into assassinating the president of Earth.

Lita woke up on an operating table with no memory of anything. Enslaved and mutilated, she is turned into a human bomb by a fake priest, and sent out to spy on Sy with the camera in her eye. Sy is a gruff alien, but he makes her feel safe in a way no-one ever has.
There’s just one problem: She could explode at any moment. How can Sy possibly save her?

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dark matterDARK MATTER by Jessica Loft

Clara is a beautiful, curvy, intelligent woman who works as a computer engineer on NASA’S moon colony. When she notices that women are starting to go missing, all of the men in power ignore her and tell her she’s being irrational. She knows better though; especially when she wakes up in a prison cell herself, surrounded by equally confused and frightened women. Things become even stranger when she is forced into a banquet hall full of men with glowing neon blue tribal markings all over them.

Riordan, the handsome King of the Guardianites, has come to the slave auction to procure new females for his castle. At first he is bored by the new stock, but Clara quickly catches his attention when he sees she is the only one that is not obeying the curious customers. Though annoyed by her strong will, Riordan finds her funny and extremely attractive, and decides to purchase her.

Can they find out that there is more than meets the eye for both the enslaved Earthling and an Alien King?

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angel fierceANGEL FIERCE (AZURA CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Vijaya Schartz

Something’s rotten on the angel planet. When Avenging Angels turn up dead, Urielle, their Legion Commander, suspects the handsome intruder brought unspeakable evil to Azura.

Maksou never met a woman he couldn’t seduce. He came to the forbidden planet to rescue his friends and get rich in the process, but the jungle crawls with lethal life forms… including a gorgeous warrior angel, who saves his life but keeps him prisoner and challenges his irresistible charm.

Urielle, sworn to protect Azura at all costs, has no use for a maverick who ignores the rules and endangers the planet… no matter how attractive. Especially when the Galactic Trade Alliance (GTA) wages a secret war to get their greedy hands on the priceless crystal at Azura’s core.

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hanging at lotus hallA HANGING AT LOTUS HALL: THE STEAMPUNK DETECTIVES by Corrina Lawson

Family secrets are the most dangerous….

All is not well at Lotus Hall, the home of the Dukes of Bennington, powerful mages who sit at the highest levels of power in the British Empire.

Consulting detective Gregor Sherringford, youngest brother of the current duke, is summoned home by his mother, the Dowager Duchess, after the mysterious arrival of a family member long presumed dead.

Joan Krieger, Gregor’s investigative partner and lover, accompanies him, though the summons is badly timed. Gregor has been pushing to get married while Joan, who saw the ruins of a marriage destroy her parents, balks. In her experience, families bring nothing but grief. Besides, she’s no proper match for Gregor, with her reputation as a “fallen” woman, and being from a Jewish merchant family.

Her fears are realized after their arrival at Lotus Hall. The duke is distant, Gregor’s mother is concealing a secret about the long-lost family member, Gregor’s other brother is hiding an affair that could bring scandal down on the family, and the other guests, important members of the Metaphysical Society, warn Joan of dire consequences if she continues to use forbidden magic in her investigations.

When one of the signature Sherringford inventions is used to kill, uncovering the truth behind all the facades becomes imperative. For someone is hunting Sherringfords and unless they can all learn to trust each other, their family will be utterly destroyed.

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parallel larryPARALLEL LARRY by Jacqueline Rohrbach

Larry’s search for love didn’t include Greg, his regular waiter at his favorite restaurant. Always too busy daydreaming about a handsome doctor, Larry fails to notice Greg’s shy advances. But when Greg finally finds the courage to ask Larry out, he’s suddenly killed in a freak car accident. Only then does Larry realize how perfect they could have been together.

No one gets a second shot at true love. Or do they?

Inexplicably, Larry is drawn into a parallel reality, and in this new timeline, Greg is still very much alive. Here, the shy young waiter Larry knew from before has managed to live out many of his dreams. All except one: he hasn’t found love. Larry gets one more shot after all!

There are a few problems. One, Larry’s time is limited. Two, Greg has already dated the parallel reality’s Larry, and he was a real jerk. Now Larry has to prove he’s nothing at all like his evil doppelganger and that he is willing to risk everything to protect the man he loves.

He’s found Greg again. To keep him, Larry will have to stop daydreaming and fight himself—literally—not just metaphorically.

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rouhrROUHR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 6) by Elin Wynn

Discipline. Duty. Desire. Skotan General Rouhr will destroy the Xathi on Ankau, whatever the cost. It’s the only honorable solution for allowing the war to infect the human colony world. As soon as their ship is repaired, he and his men will be gone, back to the battle raging in the homeworlds.

But the smiling eyes of one brave human leader set fire to his soul, the touch of her soft skin against his scales becomes an addiction.

Needing her may be a distraction from his mission, but he can’t stop. Not now.

Vidia knows her time with Rouhr is limited. She’s got her own responsibilities, people who depend on her. She understands that loving a leader sometimes means watching him leave. With every caress her heart breaks, but she can’t walk away. Not yet.

Even if they win the final battle against the Xathi, can they survive the price?

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reviving biancaREVIVING BIANCA (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 6) by Becca Jameson

Life has not been kind to Bianca.
Childhood abuse has left her cautious.
She trusts no one. Especially men.
Guarding her emotional and physical scars has been her life’s mission.
She went to her deathbed without ever sharing her secrets with anyone.
Or so she thought.
Waking up from ten years in a cryostat leaves her scared out of her mind.
People have seen her scars.
The horror of that new reality has her reeling.
And worse? She’s been left alone in the care of a man she barely knows.

Grayson’s job is to keep Bianca safe and nurse her to health.
He’s well aware she has secrets.
The welts on her back explain a lot about the private woman.
It’s not a surprise that she doesn’t trust him.
She doesn’t deserve whatever life has dealt her.
He will move mountains to keep her safe and help her heal.
As their friendship grows, he gradually breaks down her walls.
He’d give anything for her to let him in.
But he won’t rush her.
Patience is his best option.

Bianca believes she is too broken to be loved.
Grayson will wait a lifetime to prove her wrong.

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close encounters alyson belleCLOSE ENCOUNTERS: A GENDER SWAPPING SCIFI SPACE ODYSSEY by Alyson Belle

VS Note: Listed as a short read.

When starship captain Benjamin Rollins beams down to a strange alien planet that appears to have signs of intelligent life, he is shocked to be greeted by a human-like race of beings that traveled from Earth millennia ago and which claim to share a common ancestor with him. Their planet Titan is a wondrous utopia—their people live in peace and harmony, strife is unknown, and coupling is free and frequent. The primary physical difference, as far as Ben can tell, is that their young people maintain an indeterminate, androgynous gender until a mysterious “ceremony” where they reach adulthood and their gender is revealed to them.

Ben is immediately taken with one of these beautiful androgynous youths named Eolwin, and the two of them return to Eolwin’s house so that he can learn more of the culture and make his report back to his crew. But when he accidentally completes one of these gender-confirming ceremonies with Eolwin, Ben wakes the next day to discover that the raging hormones that set the alien’s gender appear to be so powerful that they’ve spilled over to his own body and triggered some kind of strange metamorphosis! Ben is now a woman of Titan, physically female in every way. And Eolwin has now become his stunningly attractive mate… his male mate.

Can Ben find a way to reverse the transformation and return back to the helm of his ship before he’s trapped on Titan as a woman for the rest of his life, or will he a find a way to cope with his new body and the strange new feelings he has toward his new lover Eolwin? With all of these amazing and novel sensations threatening to overwhelm him each day, the decision is harder than he ever imagined it would be.

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finding mercyFINDING MERCY: PLANET ATHION )THE PIONEERS BOOK 2) by Angel Lawson

Space is a vast, lonely place and Mercy is in the hands of the enemy.
Her guardians have one shot at saving her and they have to trust someone else to do it.

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unexpected demonUNEXPECTED DEMON by Layla Stone

The second I see her walk into the captain’s meeting, I want to dislike her but I can’t. I’m captivated by her smooth curves, long thick hair and her confidence. I want to taste her sweetness.

She’s got guts, smarts and I want her to come willingly to my bed. Except, she doesn’t respond to my charm. The female is nothing like I expect. She’s also taken unnecessary risks.

My mission is on the line. I have people to save and a team to protect.When I get my hands on her, she better be prepared for what a night in my bed entails… and she better promise never to leave the ship without me again.

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connections in deathCONNECTIONS IN DEATH: AN EVE DALLAS NOVEL (IN DEATH BOOK 48) by J D Robb

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

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our uprisingOUR UPRISING: PLANET ATHION (DARKEST SKIES BOOK 3) by Marissa Farrar

After avoiding a near abduction by the Trads, I’ve been ordered by the president of the United States to take my team of gorgeous men and go back to the Observatory where this all started. Only this time, we’re not alone.

Accompanying us are two aliens from the planet Athion. With their blue skin, amber eyes, and iridescent black hair, it’s hard not to be fascinated. They’ve offered to help humanity against the Trads, but how will Aleandro, Mike, and Casey react to having them around?

When a crisis lands us in the middle of a city destroyed by the Trads, we’ll all have to put our differences behind us if we’re going to survive.

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zroeqs fallen starZRO’EQ’S FALLEN STAR (GALACTIC COURTSHIP SERIES BOOK 14) by Lily Thomas

Sophia is part of a group of anthropologists who were forced to land on a primitive alien planet when their space station begins to vent atmosphere into the dark of space. Now, they must leave behind the technology they once knew and start a new life among the aliens they’d been studying. The good part? The aliens are slowly finding mates out of the human women. The bad part? Sophia seems to be stuck with the grumpiest of them all.

Zro’eq watches from the sidelines as his clan accepts these strange women into their village. He knows it’s a bad idea, but no one seems to be listening to him. The last time they encountered human males, they’d shot blue balls of searing light at the clan. Now he worries what will happen when more of their people show.

When they’re forced together to find a couple of missing humans, will they tear each other apart or join forces like a dynamic duo?

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navigating the starsNAVIGATING THE STARS (SENTINELS OF THE GALAXY BOOK 1) by Maria V Snyder

VS Note: From December. Recommended by reader Barbara.

Seventeen-year-old Lyra Daniels can’t truly blame Einstein or her parents for their impending move across the Milky Way Galaxy. It’s all due to the invention of the Q-net, which made traveling the vast distances in space possible—with one big caveat: the time dilation. But that never stopped Lyra’s ancestors from exploring the Milky Way, searching for resources and exoplanets to colonize. What they didn’t expect to find is life-sized terracotta Warriors buried on twenty-one different exoplanets.

… Make that twenty-two.

As the Galaxy’s leading experts on the Warriors, Lyra’s parents are thrilled by the new discovery, sending them—and her—fifty years into the future. Her social life in ruins, she fills her lonely days by illegally worming into the Q-net. The only person close to her age is the annoyingly irresistible security officer who threatens to throw her into the brig.

After the planet they just left goes silent—meaning no communications from them at all—security has bigger problems to deal with than Lyra, especially when vital data files go missing. But that’s just the beginning, because they’re not as alone as they thought on their new planet… and suddenly time isn’t the only thing working against them.

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bintiBINTI: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY by Nnedi Okorofor

VS note: Not a romance but I thought it was cool to have the books now available in one set, so it’s a book of note this week.

In her Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella, Nnedi Okorafor introduced us to Binti, a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family’s concerns, Binti’s talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey.

But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti’s spaceship, leaving her the only survivor. Now, Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination.

There is more to the history of the Medusae–and their war with the Khoush–than first meets the eye. If Binti is to survive this voyage and save the inhabitants of the unsuspecting planet that houses Oomza Uni, it will take all of her knowledge and talents to broker the peace.

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stolen timeSTOLEN TIME by Danielle Rollins  

Seattle, 1913 – Dorothy spent her life learning the art of the con. But after meeting a stranger and stowing away on his peculiar aircraft, she wakes up in a chilling version of the world she left behind—and for the first time in her life, realizes she’s in way over her head.

New Seattle, 2077 – If there was ever a girl who was trouble, it was one who snuck on board Ash’s time machine wearing a wedding gown—and the last thing he needs is trouble if he wants to prevent his terrifying visions of the future from coming true.

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master of frostMASTER OF FROST (FROZEN DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Dmitri, newly awakened ice dragon and former bodyguard to the Lord of Winter, is in big trouble. He knows his curvy, prone-to-trouble roommate with a heart of gold is his mate, but she hasn’t come to the same conclusion. If he makes a move she might freeze him out, and if he doesn’t, he might be forever doomed to the friend box, a place colder than the Siberian landscape he came from.

Chelle loves living with her two new friends, even if they are giant, sexy icemen her roommate brought home from a lab. Dmitry, a tall, sensual warrior with vivid turquoise eyes, always sets her on edge when he’s in the room with her, but she knows everything will be fine as long as the two of them stay just friends. That’s if she can ignore her body begging for so much more…

As tension explodes between the two roommates, resulting in heated kisses and steamy encounters, Dmitry is ever more determined to melt down the icy walls that guard Chelle’s heart. But in the end, it may be up to Chelle to fight her inner demons and realize her feelings for Dmitry, before external forces tracking the ice dragons catch up.

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dark alphas awakeningDARK ALPHA’S AWAKENING (REAPERS BOOK 7) by Donna Grant

Serving Death and the Reapers has been my life for centuries. I’ve always put my duty before everything, even my yearning for Death. But now, she’s fading – our foe is bent on destroying her and he will stop at nothing until he does. Death holds the key to our survival. I will do everything in my power to stop her from disappearing. For her, I will ensure we have the best fighting chance. For her…I will cross the divide keeping us apart.

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ride the waveRIDE THE WAVE (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Elizabeth Briggs

The Black Dragon and her men may think they’ve defeated me and my mates, but we’re not giving up without a fight. We’re the only ones who can restore balance to the world, even if it means destroying my family in the process. This time we’re taking the battle to them and we will overthrow their oppressive rule—no matter the cost.
But what if the price of victory is my very soul?

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of thrones and crowns'OF THRONES AND CROWNS by Various

For a limited time, grab this anthology including eight new and exclusive fantasy standalones from bestselling authors.

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hook lure of the merHOOK (THE LURE OF THE MER BOOK 1) by Laney Kaye

Marine biologist, Jayde Collins, has a love affair with the ocean. Lucky for her, because lately, swimming is the only way she can get wet without investing heavily in rechargeable batteries. While out diving, she’s caught by the crew of a trawler, beaten, and dumped as shark bait. Rescued and magically healed by a hot lifeguard, she’s not sure if she’s dreaming, but with the erotic fantasy he offers—sex with two men—she’s not sure she wants to wake up.

Trent Okeanós leads an elite group of Australian lifeguards who hide a secret; they are the last of the Mer. His law forbids sex with humans unless another Mer joins them, but when he saves Jayde, he’s unprepared for the jealousy warring within him. Yet if he dares let his lust turn to love, Jayde will be bonded to him for life and he’ll be stripped of immortality.

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enchanteeENCHANTEE by Gita Trelease

Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome young inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.

But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic—before Paris burns.

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lady smokeLADY SMOKE (ASH PRINCESS BOOK 2) by Laura Sebastian

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

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not dead yetNOT DEAD YET by Jenn Burke

Wes Cooper was dead. Then he wasn’t—though he’s not exactly alive, either. As an immortal not-ghost, he can transition between this world and the otherplane, which makes him the perfect thief for hire. For seventy years he’s made a “living” returning items to their rightful owners, seeing his fair share of the bizarre in the process. But he’s never witnessed murder. Until now.

His latest mission brings him more than he bargained for: a very-dead actor who is definitely going to stay that way. It’s just Wes’s luck that his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas, is assigned to the case. Hudson broke Wes’s heart years ago—and could again, given he’s rocking a hot silver-fox look that shouldn’t be legal.

As they work together to track down the murderer before anyone else gets hurt, it becomes clear Wes and Hudson have unfinished business. And when a secret Hudson’s been keeping threatens more than just their happiness, it might mean the end of their not-life together—permanently.

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song of the deadSONG OF THE DEAD (REIGN OF THE FALLEN BOOK 2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

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rescued alphabitsRESCUED (ALPHABITS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke and Cristi Crown

Sam Remington, former leader of Team Beta, has a new dream: to lead a team whose sole purpose is to protect those most vulnerable—shifter pups.

His new mate, Dean, shares his passion. As a child counselor, Dean is all too familiar with the darker side of the world when it comes to pups. If Sam can rescue them, Dean will do his best to help fix them.

Sanctioned by Team Alpha’s bossman, the great Ray Perkins himself, Alphabits is Sam’s baby. This new hand-picked team consists of five highly-trained wolf alphas—and one bumbling bear who couldn’t take a hint. As always with a new team, personalities will clash. But at the end of the day, they all share a common goal help lost, missing, and hurting children—starting with the needy wolf pup who lives across the street from Sam and Dean.

The Alphabits aren’t vigilantes. These former soldiers and officers of the law have to do things by the book—even when it tears them apart to do so. But once all their ducks are in a row, the bad guys had better beware! You do not want this team of protective alphas on your tail.

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cast in oblivionCAST IN OBLIVION (THE CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA) by Michelle Sagara

Kaylin wasn’t sent to the West March to start a war. Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though. She traveled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani-Dragon politics. Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed—barely—to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the Consort.

Before the unplanned “visit” to the West March, Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner. For obvious reasons, Kaylin wants to cancel dinner—forever. But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed-upon time. The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin’s guests doesn’t matter at all…to her.

A private Barrani Hell, built of Shadow and malice, exists beneath the High Halls. It is the High Court’s duty to jail the creature at its heart—even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it. The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment. And she needs the help of Kaylin’s houseguests—and Kaylin herself. Failure won’t be death—it will be Hell. And that’s where Kaylin is going.

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fiery fairy talesFIERY FAIRY TALES: A COLLECTION OF FRESH AND RETOLD FAIRY TALES by Various

Discover dashing princes and magical endings like you’ve never seen them before. Open the storybook and fall into 11 tales of fiery passion and steamy love affairs in a fairy tale collection far from the ones you’re used to. There’s something for everyone, from contemporary to paranormal and fantasy. Find out what really happened behind the princesses’ closed doors.

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stray magic jenny schwartzSTRAY MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz

When magic crashes through the Rift, Earth devolves into an apocalyptic nightmare. Survival becomes the only game in town, and college girl, Amy Carlton, learns she’s a more ruthless player than she ever imagined.

Magistrate Istvan signed up for the Faerene Migration knowing that the price of Earth’s future would be paid for in hellfire and blood. But the black griffin hadn’t anticipated humans accessing magic.

Now, a new and impossible bond must be forged between a Faerene invader and a human familiar. But first Istvan and Amy must survive to form the bond.

*Note: “Faerene” refers to the many peoples of another world: the griffins, dragons, unicorns, werewolves, elves and ogres who’ve crossed to Earth. No prepper or survivalist could have been prepared for their arrival.

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ta weezos bluesTA WEEZO’S BLUES by Layla Dorine

VS Note: From December.

Sabre never had any intentions of becoming the teacher’s pet. In fact, most of his school years have been spent trying to avoid attention. The scar that mars his cheek has made him wary of strangers, their questions and prying eyes leave him feeling exposed in ways he’s uncomfortable with. Accustomed to blending in, he lurks around the shadows in the back of classrooms, turning in exemplary work but rarely taking part in discussions.

Professor Locklear’s Native lit class is different though. Sabre’s interest in the subject matter, coupled with a dedicated scholar’s need to turn in the best work possible, leads him to seek out a more advanced reading list, much to the delight of Professor Locklear. When he comes across Sabre reading material beyond even the advanced list, Professor Locklear invites on a fieldtrip to a nearby village. Along the way he learns more than just the knowledge contained in the books. He learns about trust and discovers that there are others out there just like him— shapeshifters.

What he believed was an individual anomaly turns out to be something beyond legend and lore, a whole different culture he’d never known existed. The only way he can move forward is to let his shields down long enough to trust the man whose conversations he’s come to enjoy, but to do that, he’ll have to stop distancing himself from everyone.

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own to obeyOWN TO OBEY (MYTH OF THE OMEGA BOOK 7) by Zoey Ellis

The Alpha Prince – Brutality and tradition are a way of life for ferocious tribe leader, Kardos. Born different from the other princes, he strives to be the best–to earn his place and prove his worth.
After negotiating for a rare Omega not seen in his Land for over one hundred years, he is keen to present her to the High Chief and gain the recognition he deserves.
It doesn’t matter that she has mesmerizing beauty, or that her manner is too mild for his culture. It doesn’t matter that deep down, a craving burns strong to keep her for himself.
She must accept her fate – and so must he.

The Omega Gift – Sheltered all her life, Omega Shaya found joy in the gardens of her home, the protection of her sister, and the simplicity of her life.
But when the decision to save her sister suddenly puts her in the possession of a fierce tribal warrior, she begins to understand that life can be savage, and painful, and complex.

Alone, and with no way to protect herself, Shaya is determined to overcome the harsh treatment of a culture she doesn’t understand, but when she finds herself attracted to the Alpha’s dominance, she has to find a way to resist him so he doesn’t break her completely; body, mind, and heart.

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strifes baneSTRIFE’S BANE: THE SHATTERED KINGDOM BOOK 3 by Evie Manieri

VS note: A book of note this week, not a romance.

Once known as the Mongrel, Lahlil had only one purpose then: to reap blood and carnage for those who paid the right price. And though the ravages of past wars haunted her every waking moment, when Lahlil was called upon to lead the rebellion against Norlanders—telepathic and bloodthirsty invaders who conquered Shadari lands and enslaved their people to the mines—she delivered.

Then she ran.

Now, Lahlil must return to Shadar to save the person she loves the most and rebuild. What she finds first is a kingdom that has devolved to political discord, with an old enemy’s ships sailing just beyond the horizon.

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ashton drakeASHTON DRAKE (AURUM COURT DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Emilia Hartley

When Ashton Drake’s family calls him home to help keep his cousin Jasper, the king of the mountain, in line, Ashton wants to laugh. He knows he’s in no shape to help anyone. His sanity is hanging by a thread; he’s failing at the job the Drakes sent him to the city to do; and many days he can’t even handle his own dragon.

The beast breaks out within hours of him returning to his hometown, but it settles when it sees Makenna, Ashton’s high school sweetheart. Ashton doesn’t know what she’s still doing in town. She should be singing on a stage somewhere. But it’s good she’s around. In her presence, Ashton and his beast come to a unified, sane purpose.

The trouble is, Makenna doesn’t seem to want Ashton around. She can’t forget that Ashton left her, and besides, she’s busy trying to pay off the debt left after a family member’s illness. She doesn’t have time for an out-of-control Drake, even if she could ever trust him again.

Ashton knows what he needs to keep his sanity, his community, and his king.
But Ashton doesn’t know if he can win Makenna back.

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craved by her wolfCRAVED BY HER WOLF (SILVERWOOD ISLAND SHIFTERS) by Maia Starr

Shifters are dangerous; that’s a truth that Doctor Samantha Byrd has always known, ever since meeting her blood-thirsty ex-boyfriend. Even after starting her new life and clinic on Silverwood Island, Samantha still feels the scars of the past sneak up on her, threatening to make her relive those days over and over.

But Samantha isn’t home free just yet; her ex boyfriend is hunting her down, ready to tear apart the new life she’s only just begun.There’s nothing standing in his way…except for one howling, hot, sizzling piece of man that catches her eye immediately.

After being heavily wounded, Brendan is left in Samantha’s care on the operating table. She’s the only one who can save him in Silverwood Island, finding him to be more than just a brute; he’s almost perfect, like some sort of roman statue come to life, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms from the monster trying to rip her away from his grasp. But there’s a catch, a secret that Samantha might not want to come to terms with. She isn’t the only one hiding a part of herself; the howling wolf inside of Brendan can’t be contained forever.

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princess tattienaPRINCESS TATTIENA (THE DRAGON MASTERS OF LIMEA BOOK 1) by Tamsin Baker

As the bastard child of the King of Gregorick, Tattiena holds no right to the power of the throne. Yet, as one of the last dragon riders on Limea, she is the city’s first line of defense against their enemies. A heavy responsibility for a lonely young woman, her only friend and ally her dragon, Nargoya. Tattiena spends her days training for battle… but her nights are ravaged by sensual torment, dreaming of faceless lovers.

Prince Leonide of Davuno has come to strike a treaty of peace with Limea. In awe of the rare female dragon, he finds her rider even more entrancing. They share one night of fiery passion.But when she fights off further attempts at dalliance, he discovers this maiden has the heart of a warrior. He wants her even more. But when barbarians from the north attack, he must stand and fight with his new allies, if any of them are to survive.

Leo and Tattiena must fight together to save their kingdoms, and their lineages. But should peace return,will they ever find a way to be together?

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second bloodSECOND BLOOD (LOVIN THE COVEN BOOK 2) by Jacquelyn Faye

Nothing can turn your world upside down faster than someone asking for your help.
When I answered my door, the last thing I expected was a vampire. I probably should have asked before I invited him in. But what’s done is done. He wasn’t looking for his next meal, he was looking for a savior. His clan was being hunted by rogue witches out for their blood and we were all that could save them.
Me, being me, jumped right in to be the hero. The rest of the clan thought I was insane for wanting to help vampires. Especially the chief of police, who just happens to be one of my lovers. He wasn’t exactly wrong either. I should have known they would shift their sights from the vampires to us.
What’s a witch to do? Save the clan, save the coven, and save the day. Couple’s therapy could come later. If we all survive.

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undercover shiftUNDERCOVER SHIFT (BEARS IN BLUE BOOK 2) by Mia Taylor

Heartbroken after a divorce which stunned and confused him, Rhett Lewis returned to his job as a Chicago PD detective, only to find himself in a situation he wasn’t expecting. His partner and best friend was gone and no one had the answers to satisfy his mounting suspicions.

Charlotte Pinkerton had been partners with Rhett for seven years, both bears from the same sleuth, coming up the ranks together. No one took it as hard as Charlotte when Rhett’s wife filed for an ex-parte divorce while working undercover.

When Charlotte was presented with an opportunity to finally close the chapter of Rhett and his estranged wife forever, she snatched it up, regardless of the danger it presented.

But when Rhett learns about this operation, he must race against time to save only one—the partner who has always stood by him or the wife who abandoned him.

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monsters loverTHE MONSTER’S LOVER (THE FENRIS SERIES BOOK 1) by Samantha MacLeod

Promised to cruel King Nøkkyn’s harem, Sol Eriksen is out of options, and nearly out of time.

When she meets a distractingly handsome stranger in the Ironwood Forest who claims to be a legendary monster, Sol thinks he must be a madman, or a demon. She knows she shouldn’t listen to him. Or trust him. And she should not, under any circumstances, kiss him again.

As King Nøkkyn’s grip around her tightens, Sol finds her last chance at freedom may lie with her mysterious new lover, the man who calls himself Fenris.

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grimm brothers blood haremA DATE WITH BLOOD: GRIMM BROTHERS BLOOD HAREM BOOK 1) by Lexi Grace

Life has given me a pretty good streak of luck.I live with four sexy-as-sin vampire boyfriends, have been cleaning up my diet, and enjoy the simplicity of being a waitress at a cafe.
Then, a sexy stranger upends my world when he kidnaps me and things get way out of control. The Grimms are hot on the trail, but things are never that simple. The supernatural world is a wreck and I’m caught right in the middle of a torrential mess. At least I know I can count on the Grimms to save me at any cost, but even they have volatile secrets which could doom us all.

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death cardDEATH CARD (CHANGER SERIES BOOK 1) by A C Wilds

Azra Sumner is hiding.
A past she can’t escape, and stuck in a cage of her own making, she tries to settle into a normal life.
Except she isn’t normal, she never was, but she is about to find out just how exceptional she is.
Greyson’s job is simple. Hunt the things that imprisoned him and bring them back to the Light, but when he meets Azra, things don’t seem so clear anymore.

Cassiel is a prince, the heir to the throne. His existence has been ordinary until a inky haired temptress shows him how extraordinary it can be.
Thrown into the world of the Fae and forced to make some hard choices, Azra is given her purpose; protect the weak and destroy the wrong.
The Fae who claim to be angels and messengers of the gods aren’t holy. They want Azra for reasons she can’t understand, and she must follow along to survive.
Light, Dark
Good, Evil
The lines will blur.

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ragnarok risingRAGNAROK RISING (THE OMEGA PROPHECY BOOK 1) by Nora Ash

Five possessive gods and the end of mankind. That’s my fate.
I always thought the end of the world was a myth. But then, I also thought Norse gods were make believe too.
They’re not.
Five of them are coming for me. They claim I will only survive if I surrender to them, body and soul.
But they don’t realize it’s about so much more than carnal servitude. I am so much more than they could ever suspect. So much more than even I knew.
I am the only one who can stop Ragnarök from covering the world in ice and darkness. The only one who can save gods and men alike from annihilation.
And in the shadows lurks betrayal so deep it will change the fate of the world.

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delighting in your companyDELIGHTING IN YOUR COMPANY by Blair McDowell

When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s ready to swear off romance forever. That is until she meets local plantation owner Jonathan Evans—tall, good-looking, and incredibly sexy. What more could a girl ask for?

Then Amalie discovers the man she loves is a ghost. He was murdered two hundred years ago. Only she can see and hear him.

To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to return with him to the 1800’s—to a time when the sugar trade reigned supreme, and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. During a slave uprising their love is put to a test, and when murder and deceit rear their ugly heads, Amalie wonders if taking a journey to the past is worth losing her life.

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a vampires taleA VAMPIRE’S TALE: A MOORE WORLD NOVEL 04 by D R Rosier

Joseph Moore is a mage. Firstborn son of Andrew and Samantha Moore. He’s a little jaded toward the women he’s been dating, they all seem to want his family’s magical secrets. He decides to take a vacation to Sanctuary, and get away from all the politics. He always wanted a mate he could share his magic with, but he’s about to find out that sometimes fate has other plans.

Megan Cooper is a young woman down on her luck. She’s homeless and on the street to get away from her foster father, at least until her eighteenth birthday. Her parents were killed in an accident, and the government separated her from her baby brother and she doesn’t even know where he is. It isn’t long until her eighteenth birthday, just three days. Problem is, she probably won’t live that long, she’s sick too. Her world is about to be thrown upside down, when along comes a warlock, willing to make a deal.
Then things really go wrong.

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forbidden arcana mirageFORBIDDEN ARCANA: MIRAGE by Tamryn Tamer

Jericho had wealth, power, and two beautiful familiars. A smart man would have quit while he was ahead. But, as his familiar Jinx was so fond of pointing out, Jericho was an idiot.

He’d acquired a massive manor, enormous wealth, and was indisputably the number one mage in Forbidden Arcana. Yet that wasn’t enough to satisfy him. He was going to find a shapeshifter and learn a new type of magic even if it killed him.

But a shapeshifter wasn’t easy to find. The only place that might have the information on finding a shapeshifter was Raycastle, a city full of players who spent their time capturing and killing magical creatures.

If that wasn’t enough of a hassle, the dominatrix advisor to his familiar Ariel has developed an interested in making Jericho her pet. Which he’d be fine with if it weren’t interfering with his hunt for a new familiar. But nobody said the life of a depraved mage was easy.

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sisters of the fireSISTERS OF THE FIRE (DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM BOOK 2) by Kim WilkIns

VS Note: Not a romance, sounded intriguing though. I put it on my TBR List.

Four years have passed since the five royal sisters—daughters of the king—worked together to restore their father to health and to the throne while fracturing the bonds among themselves almost irreparably. Only Bluebell remains at home, dutifully serving as heir to her father’s kingdom. Rose has been cast aside by her former husband and hides in exile with her aunt, separated forever from her beloved daughter, Rowan. Ash wanders the distant wastes with her teacher, learning magic and hunting dragons, determined that the dread fate she has foreseen for herself and her loved ones never comes to pass. Ivy rules over a prosperous seaport, married to an aged husband she hates yet finding delight in her two young sons and a handsome captain of the guard. And as for Willow, she hides the most dangerous secret of all—one that could destroy all that the sisters once sought to save.

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waiting on the rainWAITING ON THE RAIN by Freddy MacKay

One young man desperate to make things right for the monks who raised him. Another looking to escape the limelight. The two best friends stuck in time because of promises.

A couple looking to make a bigger unconventional family—one young woman who wants to help the world become a more beautiful place, one transwoman looking to put down roots for the both of them.

Love isn’t always easy, but the good kind is worth fighting for, even when others don’t understand it. The story of what becomes of their love is what will be passed down into legend. Because stories like this, people remember.

When Jira, Boon, Areeya and Fon come together to celebrate Yee Peng and Loi Krathong, sparks fly and dreams coalesce. But that’s only the beginning.

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handcuffed and baredHANDCUFFED AND BARED by Dahlia Rose

Being a cop in New York is one thing. Being a thick black woman meant she was teased even more. Waking up with dirt under her fingernails and having wild sex dreams only made things worse. With her libido out of control she didn’t know if she had some weird illness or losing her mind. When Derrick shows up in her world claiming she wasn’t completely human and they are mates it’s more than she can take. Calgon cannot take her away from this type of madness. He incited a heat in her from just one kiss that threatens to burn her world down. After witnessing an incident that shakes her worldview she can’t deny what Derrick is telling her but mates? That’s a bridge too far. Can she accept everything Derrick as to offer or will she run away?

From the moment Derrick scented her in the woods he knew he’d found his mate. Despite the noise and crowds he refused to let her push him away. He can’t believe someone as sexy and brave could doubt herself so badly; especially when it comes to her sex appeal. He’s willing to help teach her all about this new world she’s been shoved into and all the pleasurable ways that can help control her mating heat. But will she let him? Can he help her overcome her doubts before it’s too late?

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bearing his touchBEARING HIS TOUCH by Eve Langlais

VS Note: A re-release.

When Becka manages to escape her kidnapper, she finds herself asking help of the man with the nice brown eyes. Stavros can’t say no, not when he knows Becka is his mate, but he does have one dilemma when it comes to claiming her. He’ll have to find a way for her to bear his touch.

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subdominantSUBDOMINANT (ISHERWOOD PACK BOOK 2) by Missy Welsh

Varick Ward spent two years trapped as a wolf before pledging himself to Isherwood Pack. Since then, he’s been slowly regaining a real life despite keeping his past pains to himself.

When the king of werewolves invites the pack to Romania for an official introduction, Varick goes because protecting his alpha pair is his job. Right away, things go sideways. They’re barely through the doors of the castle where the king’s pack lives when a man attacks— Or wait. Is he trying to protect Varick from everyone else? Like the dominant partner in a mate bond would?

Though the new couple is meant to be in isolation while they bond, ghosts from Varick’s past are plotting against the people he now calls family. Circumstances separate them and danger hovers on the edge of town, but can these two persevere and secure their second chances at love?

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hexhunterHEXHUNTER (HEX WORLD BOOK 4) by Jordan L Hawk

Detective Bill Quigley fell in love with the familiar Isaac the night they met. But after more than two years, it’s time to admit to himself that Isaac doesn’t return his feelings.

Isaac knows he’s too broken by his experiences for anyone to fall in love with. Especially someone like Bill, who deserves a partner unplagued by Isaac’s nightmares and doubts.

When children go missing from an orphanage, Bill and Isaac must work together to find them. And as years of yearning threaten to ignite into passion, they must decide once and for all whether to take a chance on love.

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love potionLOVE POTION: A VALENTINE’S DAY CHARITY ANTHOLOGY by Various

A valentines day charity anthology featuring 8 exclusive stories from your favorite bestselling Paranormal and Fantasy romance authors! All proceeds will be donated to Room to Read!

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ruin of kingsTHE RUIN OF KINGS (A CHORUS OF DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Jenn Lyons

VS Note: Doesn’t sound like there’s romance but a book of note this week.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.

Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he isn’t the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.He’s destined to destroy it.

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dead and hating itDEAD AND HATING IT by Edward Kendrick

Kurt Foster is a ghost, killed by the man he loved, unable to move on until he can prove he was murdered. But how can he do that?

Detective Mike Harris and Sage Crewe, Mike’s lover and a medium who talks to ghosts, both knew Kurt. When his death is deemed a suicide, they don’t believe it. With the help of ghosts Brody and Jon, they go to Kurt’s apartment, looking for anything to prove he might have been murdered. Kurt is there and he tells them what happened.

Will Mike and Sage, with the help of Brody, Jon, and a third ghost named Tonio, be able to come up with the evidence to back Kurt’s claim? While they try, will Tonio finally accept it’s time for him to move on, or will helping Kurt make him realize there’s more to life — and death — than losing the man he once loved?

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vortex visionsVORTEX VISIONS (AIR AWAKENS: VORTEX CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elise Kova

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

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magnolia vella dayMAGNOLIA: HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE (FOUR SISTERS OF FATE BOOK 4) by Vella Day

Magnolia Faiten loves the control she’s honed over the years. Okay, the truth? It’s more of a need thing, but a chance fire in her workplace changes all of that. She might not be the glass half full type of woman, but when some super hunky dragon shifter rushes in and saves her, she decides the fire just might have been a good thing.

The water dragon has more than one secret–one he refuses to reveal to anyone. If he did, his life wouldn’t be his anymore. When he carries out the beautiful Magnolia from what he thinks is certain death, he’s shocked to realize she is his mate. Now what should he do? Secrets have a way of destroying even the best relationships.

Then Magnolia shocks him when she reveals she’s an immortal goddess! Okay, he can work with that. Too bad when he tells her what and who he is, Magnolia just disappears. To say the least, winning not only her trust but her love will be one of the biggest battles of his life.

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VS Note: There are four other stories set in the connected STAR CRUISE series – set sail among the stars for more adventure today!:

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 30

January 23

January 16

January 9

January 2

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

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.

STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER #SciFi Romance Take on Anastasia Legend

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]First published in the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology…which was a USA Today Best Seller and received two SFR Galaxy Awards in January, but which is no longer available, so I’m issuing my story as a standalone title. The story is exactly as published in the anthology – my Muse doesn’t resonate with revising or adding to a book that’s already in the ‘finished and released’ status.

Here’s what I had to say last Fall in a blog post for Pauline B Jones’s blog, about why I wrote this story:

I love going back to revisit my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Dream, for these PISA stories, as the ship cruises through the futuristic human civilization known as The Sectors.  I’ve written a number of books and novellas centered on events aboard the ship now and find the whole cruise setup lends itself to telling a good scifi romance adventure tale. Readers new to my world don’t need to know a lot of backstory to enjoy the events, and for those who have read others in the series, it’s a nice return to see some favorite characters (I hope!).

I started with the concept of the pet because that drives my plot for these PISA adventures. For some reason I kept seeing a mental picture of a Siamese cat, but with a third eye. But I’ve done a cat and a catlike alien before, for PISA1, although Midorri, the alien pet there actually is kind of a cross between a red panda and a tribble who acts like a cat. So I wanted something very different and I started thinking about what if the cat wasn’t actually a real animal at all? I ended up making F’rrh a ‘jenfellini’, which is something like a genie, living in a beautiful lacquered box. Visualize the gorgeous painted boxes that come from Russia.

Russian souvenirsThen, the tenuous link to Russia reminded me of the whole tragic story of the last Tsar and his family, and how they were murdered but for years rumors persisted one of the children might have survived. Various individuals claimed to be ‘Anastasia’ or another of the siblings, and of course there have been movies and plays written with that theme. I always flash back to the version with Yul Brynner (such an intense actor) and Ingrid Bergman because that movie was one of my mother’s favorites and also left the answer to the question of “Is she or is she not Anastasia?” somewhat open at the end. My daughters loved the animated fantasy version of the tale, with the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, when they were growing up.

So I had the heroine – a possible princess on the run – but how could she fit into the Nebula Zephyr? Since the hero would be one of the former Special Forces soldiers who make up the ship’s security force, I had to be able to make the two interact and fall in love in a situation fraught with danger and suspicion.

I’ve wanted to do a story about the Comettes dance troupe which performs aboard the cruise liners since I wrote my very first published scifi romance, Wreck of the Nebula Dream (a sister ship of sorts to the one I write about nowadays). Dancing is a skill a maybe princess might have at a high level, right? So let her be a new member of the dancers….throw in a fabulous jewel and we have the PISA3 story!

The blurb: Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?

And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.

A science fiction romance take on the Anastasia tale…

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The other four standalone books in this series:

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday January 30

operation cobaltAs 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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OPERATION COBALT (NOVA FORCE BOOK 2) by Susan Hayes

Sergeant Dante Strak hasn’t always fought for the right side. Now that he’s part of Nova Force, he has a chance to make up for the mistakes of his past. After years of fighting, Dante believes he’s ready for anything the universe can throw at him…until a sexy, stubborn doctor crashes into his life and changes everything.

Dr. Tyra Li is on Bellex 3 to help combat the arrival of cobalt, a new designer drug that turned half the population into addicts almost overnight. When a brazen attack turns her mission of mercy into a fight for survival, a split-second decision leads to unexpected consequences, and a chance at a future she never imagined.

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let me love youLET ME LOVE YOU (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS by Miranda Martin

Samil – I’m not a warrior. I’m not as fast or as strong as the other males. No matter how hard I’ve tried, that’s just not me. However, it’s my memory of my mother that will allow the others to create the cho-co-lat for their mates.

My dragon does long for one female. She’s my chosen, but I’m not worthy of her. I’ve never proven myself, never been able to get past the barriers between us.

Inga – I’m broken, have been since we shipwrecked on Tajss. I can’t let anyone close. There’s too much pain, too much fear.

One of the alien-dragon Zmaj is different though. He’s kind and sweet and gentle in ways that no other man is. Can I let him love me?

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mystic cat starMYSTIC (CAT STAR LEGACY BOOK 2) by Cheryl Brooks

Sulaksha Enduran is still reeling from the death of her lover. He died of a mysterious plague—and it’s out of control. Sula is determined to find answers on her own, until an impossibly sexy Zetithian saves her life and joins her quest.

Despite the prescient abilities and power over the wind that enable Zetithian mystic Aidan Banadänsk to rescue Sula from certain death, he couldn’t have predicted her unique effect on him. It shrouds her future in mystery…and fills him with unparalleled desire.

But Sula’s investigation has put her in the crosshairs of a deadly conspiracy. With an entire planet’s population at stake, Sula and Aidan must risk it all to save the planet, the galaxy…and each other.

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spindles endSPINDLE’S END by Jessica Marting

VS Note: I very much enjoyed HAVEN by this author so I have her new one on my To Be Read list.

The last memory Anissa Alto has is watching the destruction of the research ship Spindle by a rival scientist and being unable to do anything about it. The next thing she knows, she’s waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay one hundred years later, surrounded by a crew of xeno-archaeologists led by Dr. Benedict Sawyer.

Sawyer’s plan was simple: dig up the artifact resting in the bottom of a pit on an uninhabited planet, become an academic superstar, and never teach undergraduates again. The artifact turning out to be a woman from a neighboring star system put into stasis throws his dreams of student-free research off-kilter, as does Anissa herself.

Anissa knows who destroyed the Spindle and why, and that the perpetrator is still out there a century later. But as she and Sawyer investigate, it becomes clear that the reason for the ship’s destruction is more than a case of scientific rivalry taken to the extreme and something far more sinister.

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forever mateFOREVER MATE by Lisa Lace

He’s the most sought-after assassin in the galaxy. His latest mission? Rescue a kidnapped child.
The woman needs to pose as his wife and be good with kids. Nothing more.
The matchmaker promises him the perfect mate.
He never imagines the matchmaker might be telling him the truth.
On his wedding day, his forever mate walks down the aisle dressed in a white, flowing, mermaid gown.
He never imagined a woman who can fulfill his darkest needs.
His dark-eyed mate is full of lush curves he wants to taste. Wavy hair that falls past her shoulders. Thick tresses he wants to wrap around his fist as he sinks into her tight heat.
Everything about the human stokes his desire. For now, he must deny his hunger.
They have work to do.
The life of a child is at stake.

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protected by the alien warrior triadPROTECTED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR TRIAD (SCORP BLOOD TRIBE BOOK 2) by Corin Cain

The only thing between me and the rending claws of massive scorpion beasts are three powerful, tattooed alien warriors…

Death is dropping from the sky. There’s only one thing I hate more than arrogant Aurelian warriors, and that’s the raging beasts that are about to ravage my city. I lost my parents to the Scorp, and I’m not going to lose the four orphans who rely on my protection. The last thing I need is three cocky aliens getting in my way.

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alien healer vaxxlianALIEN HEALER (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 2) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

On the run from her controlling fiancé, Mila makes a living as a transport pilot in a dangerous part of space. When she’s accused of murder and sentenced to death on a backward planet, she believes it’s truly the end. That is…until she awakens to a handsome alien with glowing green eyes watching over her. The alien heals her wounds and promises to keep her safe. But can she trust the stranger who insists she’s coming back to his home planet as his mate?

Stax knows the little human has secrets, but he still wants her–even if she is guilty of some horrible crime. He’s taking her back to New Vaxx and that’s final. But first he has to claim her. When they arrive on his home planet, he wants his scent on her to ward off all other males, as human females are precious and the only alien race compatible with his. No matter what, he won’t risk losing the little human he’s grown to love. He’ll protect her, and he’ll fight for her. Always.

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awakening isobel wrothAWAKENING A SAZARIN SAGA ANTHOLOGY (AN ETHERIC TRAVELERS BOOK 1) by Isobel Wroth

Her mission was simple: Gather as much intelligence as possible to find planets and people who would welcome the Matavei.
Matav was too close to their sun, the radiation levels rising dangerously higher with each passing year.
If a new home is not found, her people and their way of life will cease to be.
Eager to serve, eager to explore, Iliara steps into the stasis pod which will house and protect her physical body, while she opens her etheric eyes to the wonders of the universe.
For hundreds of years, Ilaria has traveled unseen through the stars, visiting planets and people, gathering intelligence and alliances.
Her Awakening, the moment in which her consciousness returns to her physical body, was supposed to be a gentle, painless experience.
Instead, Ilaria Awakens to find herself a slave, and her people long gone.

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arianuTHE ARIANU (SCIONS OF ANU BOOK 1) by Bridget Brislin

She went from lost in space to being sold at auction to an Anuian Prince.

The Prime Triad has been searching for five hundred years for the female who will be their mate and, if the One God is willing, will become the Arianu, the Goddess of Anu. It is foretold that when the Arianu is born, she will bring love, happiness, life, and joy. She will heal their planet and bear many children—female children.

Is this female the one they have searched for?

When she arrives on Anu, she discovers that all Anuian males are born as triplets. The King, or Ri, of the planet Anu, along with his two brothers, make up the Prime Triad that governs their planet as well as all others in this galaxy. Not only are they large and in charge, but they are gorgeous males!

What she doesn’t know is that Anuians must mate together in order to procreate.
What she doesn’t know is that Anuians are shape shifters.
What she doesn’t know is that the Prime Triad has very unusual powers.

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war for earthWAR FOR EARTH (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 3) by Erin Raegan

Three weeks ago, an alien species called the Vitat, invaded the earth. They broke through the earth’s atmosphere and decimated the human population in moments. Their goal? Nothing but destruction and to feed their endless appetites. Their hive queen orbits earth in their warship, waiting until her hive have taken over the planet and she can consume earth’s sun to grow her massive hive.

But the humans are not alone in their fight to regain control of their planet. Another alien species, the Dahk, have come to their aid by order of their king. But what Fihk, the Dahk acting commander, is unaware of, is that his king had his own agenda regarding the humans survival. As does the Galactic Council. The humans are not only in danger of the carnivorous Vitat, but also a council of several alien species dedicated in their endeavor to enslave them. Fihk’s own council and the Juldo Master at the helm.

As the humans try to fight back and survive one invasion, another is already underway.

Bailey – Every minute of everyday is now a struggle to survive. Just one minute to the next. My brother is my only concern. His safety is everything to me. But aliens are making that an impossible task. Not one species, but two. The white aliens just want to gnaw on us, but the new aliens, the Dahk, want something different. Specifically, two of them. Olynth can’t stand me but can’t let me go either, and Fihk, he’s made it clear Nate and I are to help him no matter that all I want to do is escape them. I can’t trust them. They want things from me I can’t give them. Survival is the only thing that matters, even if I have to go through an entire universe of species’ to get it. Even my own.

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too dangerousTOO DANGEROUS by Sasha L Miller

Shi is good at what he does, no matter what his stupid ex thinks. Danger comes with the territory, especially when that territory includes a special license to do select work for the government. But when the government needs him to fix something that defeated even their most elite, Shi learns that some situations are too much even for him.

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robot daddyROBOT DADDY (FANTASTICAL DADDY DOMS BOOK 4) by Allysa Hart and Rayanna Jamison

Robo- Rob. The perfect boyfriend. Guaranteed to wow judgmental parents, spoiled little sisters, and pesky ex-boyfriends.

What do you do when your little sister is marrying your ex and you need a date for the engagement party? Well, I don’t know what you’d do, but I got wine drunk and built a boyfriend in the robotics lab where I work. Enter a six foot hunk of metal and silicone who randomly quotes obscure movies, turns me to mush with his smile and has a maaaajor daddy complex…

What could possibly go wrong?

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artenTHE BAYLAN CHRONICLES: ARTEN by Ella Blake

After teaming up to free a fellow Baylan and his human mate from a secret alien testing facility, Arten Dal-Allean has been keeping research scientist, Chloe Riker, safely in hiding. Now, the powerful people running the facility want her dead and the details of a human-Baylan peace agreement make taking her aboard his ship a big risk in the fragile negotiations. When she’s abducted from under his nose, Arten has to decide how far he will go for a woman who can never be his. Chloe may awaken all his protective and passionate instincts, but no soul marks appear on his chest to indicate she is his biological mate. Arten has always played by the rules—he made most of them—but how many will he break to make her his?
Chloe Riker fell for Arten long before they met. Their secret correspondences, and work to free Baylan test subjects, broke down all her walls. She’d hop on his alien base ship and into his bed forever, but her touch doesn’t seem to trigger the soul mark that would signal their true mating, and only humans who are true mates of an alien can reside on a base ship. As Chloe’s past catches up to her and powerful forces bent on revenge close in, Chloe has to use her wits to save herself and convince her alien lover to break a few rules.

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ignite nora phoenixIGNITE (IGNITE SERIES BOOK 1) by Nora Phoenix

VS Note: From October

The United States has split into three countries, and in the Conservative United States, being gay will get you sent to a reintegration camp. Tan has survived three years in camp, but he’s at the limit of what he can endure, even with the help of his best friend, Austin.

When a massive meteor shower creates complete chaos at the camp, Austin and Tan see a chance to escape and they take it. On a whim, they decide to bring Mack with them, a newbie at camp who seems to know more about survival than anyone.

But when the meteor shower turns out to be much more and they discover aliens have landed on Earth with war on their agenda, their escape becomes a hell of a lot more dangerous. All of a sudden, they’re not only hiding from their own government, but from alien forces as well. Their only chance is to reach the border to find freedom. But without power and food, and with every man for himself, how will they survive?

While the world around them burns, all they have are each other.

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imminent dawnIMMINENT DAWN (EMPATHY BOOK 1) from R R Campbell

Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant.

At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, the perfect place to distract Chandra from her grief. But as she soon learns, the facility is more prison than resort, with its doctors, support staff, and her fellow patients all bent on hatching plots of their own, no matter how invested they might seem in helping her communicate with her wife.

Making matters worse, a dark wave of uncertainty crashes down on the compound, forcing Chandra to become an unlikely but pivotal player in conspiracies stretching from the highest levels of the North American Union government to the lowest dredges of its shadowy hacking collectives.

To save herself and her wife, Chandra and her newfound friends from the study will have to overcome the scheming of a ruthless tech magnate, the naïveté of an advancement-hungry administrative assistant, and the relentless pursuits of an investigative journalist, all of whom are determined to outpace the others in their own quests to resurrect lost love, cover their tracks, and uncover the truth.

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ocean wolvesOCEAN WOLVES by Theresa Beachman

VS Note: Sounds GOOD. I used to love movies like The Abyss and Deepstar Six so I one clicked this.

Dr. Becca Johnson has devoted herself to her work after personal tragedy taught her she’s better off alone. She finds solace in the isolation of oceanic research but as her six-month work rotation draws to a close, events rapidly escalate into life-threatening chaos. Struggling to hold her team together, she is forced to accept the help of the Ocean Wolves.

Ethan Carter joined the Ocean Wolves after his troubled history ended his career in the elite Special Boat Services. Now, he’s a hired gun with the Wolves, paid to protect the interests of the world’s biggest oceanic multi-national, Triton Core. When his team is tasked to escort crucial research to the surface, he discovers events spiraling out of control and the woman from his past he’s tried desperately to forget—the woman who reignites emotions buried deep in his heart.

Fighting increasing danger that threatens the lives of everyone in the deep-sea habitat, Ethan vows to protect Becca at all costs.
But as their options dwindle, leaving them trapped almost 8000 feet below the surface, will it be enough to keep her alive?

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my forever loveMY FOREVER LOVE (CROSSING THE LINE BOOK 2) by M D Stewart

Lisbeth Mohr is a highly trained computer engineer who spent years learning how to read the complex equations for KenSpec Labs. She’s part of a research crew that flies over a time distortion. Afterward, she begins to grieve the absence of a man she’s never met. After waking up with a tattoo she’s never gotten, she asks her boss, Dave Amsted for his help.
Stieg Warner is an Academy Award-winning German Actor and Director who’s been having dreams of an American woman he’s never met. Although he’s never met her, he loves her in a way he’s never experienced and is obsessed with finding her.
But love isn’t the only thing that crosses over the time rip. Something evil has set sights on destroying Lisbeth and her crew.

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across the stars cyborg genesis 1ACROSS THE STARS (CYBORG GENESIS BOOK 1) by Lauren Smith and Noah Chinn

She’s one of the last free humans. On the run… And running out of time.

Laina Roberts has been on the run for ten years, a freeborn human hiding from the cyborgs of the Silver Legion who now controls what’s left of humanity. Moving secretly from planet to planet and space station to space station makes for a damn lonely life—and don’t even get her started on how long it’s been since she last had sex. Sometimes she thinks it might be worth turning herself in to the cyborgs just to end the loneliness. That is, until she’s caught!

Captured by a hot-as-hell Legion officer, the cyborg Ronan makes her think being probed by him might not be so bad. But becoming a cyborg’s slave—sex or otherwise—isn’t high on her to-do list. She doesn’t trust him and doesn’t understand his constant questions about Earth—especially those about her long-dead relatives. Ronan can just kiss her ass—oh yes, please—because she is not going to let her desires or his incredibly perfect body weaken her resolve. She now has a new mission, to convince the cyborgs and the rest of the galaxy that all Terrans, humans and synthetic humans like cyborgs, have the right to be free.
If only he didn’t make her feel like melting into his arms and never leaving. Being captured by a cyborg might not be so bad after all.

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captured by the dragon lordsCAPTURED BY THE DRAGON LORDS (DRAGON SHIFTERS OF KIYRIA BOOK 2) by Lexa Lumos

What does any self-respecting woman do when she is abducted by three sexy dragon shifters? She mates with them, of course!

Jane Sinclair is not amused. She’d almost convinced herself that her memory of being abducted by three sinfully sexy aliens was nothing more than a dream. Then she’s abducted, again!

The dragon shifters offer her a life as their mate and even though she tries to resist them it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for the triad. After all, it’s not every day a girl gets the chance to have not one but three gorgeous men who will fulfill her every desire. But a cruel twist of fate tears Jane away from her dragons before she has a chance to bond with them, leaving her with the crushing fear she’ll never see them again.

Is Jane doomed to live a life without the men she has fallen in love with, or will she find her way back to them and the happiness she so desperately wants?

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bastard v k ludwigTHE BASTARD (CLAN OF THE WOODLANDS BOOK 1) by V K Ludwig

Ayanna has never known the pleasure of a man’s touch—and few women have; ever since the government seized control of human reproduction. Artificial insemination is the new norm, and no one may have a child without the express permission of the government: no exceptions.

When Ayanna’s request to become pregnant is denied, she is shattered— until she gets the opportunity to travel to the Clan of the Woodlands. A group of people free from government oppression, where women are few but strong men are plenty.

Maybe she won’t need the government’s permission after all? … At least not as long as River, her hot and selfless bodyguard, doesn’t get in the way.

But in a world divided into two warring factions, torn apart by one’s efforts to improve the human race, no one is as they seem, not even River. He’s keeping a secret from Ayanna—a secret that could destroy the dream she holds closest to her heart.

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exodusEXODUS: THE DISCORDANT EARTH SERIES BOOK 3 by Melony Paradise

Torn between the man she loves and an unwanted attraction to another, Alyssa Rose must choose before she loses control of her heart and her mind…

With alien predators orbiting Earth, Alyssa and the rest of the world waits, wondering when or if Commander Kayn will attack. Some have prepared for the inevitable, while others have grown complacent.

Always on edge, Alyssa must learn to control her new abilities and explore her psychic connections, creating a rift between her and Sebastian while bringing Valel closer. Even with Valel’s near-constant presence, she has never felt more alone and her efforts to fix her relationship with Sebastian are futile.

When Alyssa receives shocking news as destruction rains down upon Earth, her world is thrust into turmoil, and she finds herself in the one place she never wanted to be. Can Alyssa save herself and her future with Sebastian on a peaceful planet, or will Kayn destroy her life and take over the world?

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orias enchantmentORIA’S ENCHANTMENT (SORCEROUS MOONS BOOK 5) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: Jeffe’s fantasy novels are autobuy for me! One clicked.

The Temptation of Power – No longer a princess and not yet a queen, the sorceress Oria welcomes the rush of power the ancient mask brings her—though the obsessive connection to it frightens her and alarms her barbarian husband, Lonen. But retreat is not an option. She must wrestle the magic to prevent an annihilating war, even if she must make the ultimate sacrifice.

A World in Flames – If Lonen wants to reclaim his throne—and save his people from destruction—he must return by sunset on the seventh day. What he thought would be a short and simple journey, however, leads them deeper into the mountains—and Oria deeper into the thrall of foul magic. Until he must choose between two terrible paths.

A Heart-Wrenching Choice – Struggling with conflicting loyalties, Oria and Lonen fight to find a way to be together…lest they be separated forever, and their realms go down in flames with them.

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minimum wage magicMINIMUM WAGE MAGIC (DFZ BOOK 1) by Rachel Aaron

VS Note: From November but hey, Rachel Aaron! who also write as Rachel Bach.

The DFZ, the metropolis formerly known as Detroit, is the world’s most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws. That’s a lot of mages, cybernetically enhanced chrome heads, and mythical beasties who die, get into debt, and otherwise fail to pay their rent. When they can’t pay their bills, their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder to cover the tab.
That’s when they call me. My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m a Cleaner: a freelance mage with an art history degree who’s employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind. It’s not a pretty job, or a safe one–there’s a reason I wear bite-proof gloves–but when you’re deep in debt in a city where gods are real, dragons are traffic hazards, and buildings move around on their own, you don’t get to be picky about where your money comes from. You just have to make it work, even when the only thing of value in your latest repossessed apartment is the dead body of the mage who used to live there.

smoke and summonsSMOKE AND SUMMONS (NUMINA BOOK 1) by Charlie N Holmberg

As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.

A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day—a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.

Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down.

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unmasked helen hardtUNMASKED: BLOOD BOND PARTS 10, 11 & 12 by Helen Hardt

VS Note: The three parts are also available as standalones.

Vampires can’t levitate. At least that’s what Dante Gabriel always thought, until he finds himself floating above his bed along with his lover, Erin Hamilton. As he continues to exhibit unusual powers, more memories from his time in captivity surface, leaving him fearing what he might have done while imprisoned. When a new and unexpected temptation arises, he finds himself unable to resist.
Erin aches for Dante and wants more than anything for him to find peace. As they uncover clue after clue in their attempt to find the missing women and solve the puzzle of Dante’s past, she is more determined than ever to put an end to their struggle, even if it means putting herself in harm’s way.
After an ominous visit with Bea, the voodoo priestess, Dante knows what he must do, and he must do it alone. First, though, he will make Erin truly his and take the sustenance he needs to get him through his next battle. But will his love for her be enough to save him when his nemesis is finally unmasked?

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shade of vampire 71A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 71: A SACRIFICE OF FLAMES by Bella Forrest

The fire Hermessi of Cerix is dying, and the planet is growing cold. Inalia is expected to take over Brann’s place, but she doesn’t know how to do it or what it entails. All she knows is millions of lives are at stake, and time is running out.

Meanwhile, the fae are falling ill under the Hermessi’s strange new influence. The link between their bodies and souls will soon break, leaving them exposed for the Hermessi to do with as they please.

Then there’s a surprise encounter with a most unexpected creature, one who hails from a world with which our Shadian heroes have had only the occasional brush… but one who could potentially lead them to real answers.

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dragons hungerDRAGON’S HUNGER (ALPHA’S HUNGER BOOK 4) by Carina Wilder

Krane, brother of Tristan Wolfe, has decided to make some changes in his life. Maybe it’s time to clean up his act a little and become a respectable member of society rather than the terrifying, seductive womanizer he’s always been.
After his move to New York City, he finds himself in charge of a Lesser, a shifter in need of a master. Krane’s first instinct is to reject her. The last thing he needs is to find himself spending time with a beautiful young thing whose greatest wish is to find her mate and freedom.
But he soon finds that his own greatest wish…is to have her for himself.

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piece of magePIECE OF MAGE (HARET CHRONICLES: QILIN BOOK 3) by Laurel Chase

Doing what’s right made so many things wrong. I had to get Jack – no question. I just didn’t realize bringing him home would require so much trust from everyone. When that trust is strained, we all suffer.

I’ll protect what’s mine, but my team’s bonds are being tested. Threats are suddenly everywhere – inside our magical barrier, inside our safe house, and even inside my mind. Our enemies are closing in, and we can’t hide much longer.

My men called me Queen once, and now I know what we’re going to need to win this battle. I’m Carlyle Licorne, and I’m ready to claim who I am.

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audenAUDEN (WERE ZOO BOOK 7) by R E Butler

In the tradition of their people, owl shifter Jessica Thompson’s parents have chosen a mate for her. On the way to a celebratory hunt to meet her arranged mate, a group of hunters spies them and she’s separated from her nest among the flurry of bullets. Injured and disoriented, she crash lands in a zoo.

Wolf shifter Auden James has lived at the Amazing Adventures Safari Park his whole life and loves working on the VIP tours they’re hopeful will bring soulmates to the shifters who live in secret underground. When he takes a shift as a security guard, he hears something crash in the lion paddock and rushes to the scene, where he finds an injured owl. As the owl slowly changes into a beautiful female, Auden knows he’s in the presence of his soulmate.

But Jess’s nest isn’t about to let her go without a fight. When a betrayal puts everyone in danger, will Jess and Auden survive?

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lady golden handLADY GOLDEN HAND (WYVERN MYSTERIES BOOK 1) BY Nix Whittaker

Was the dragon the murderer?
A mutilated body leads Lady Rayne Ancaster to investigate the dragon, Victor for murder. If that is true then the treaty between dragons and humans is at risk. Rayne as the only female policewoman in Londinium has a lot to prove and a lot to lose if she follows the thread to the conclusion no one wants to admit.

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skin walkers chiefCHIEF (SKIN WALKERS BOOK 19) by Susan Bliler

Alpha wolf shifter, Chief, has just suffered a surprising loss at the shifter pack battles, which sucks because the prize was a mate. Any hope of a she-wolf taming Chief’s out-of-control inner wolf is gone. Worse, the cost of his loss is a year stint at the Skin Walker compound, StoneCrow Estates. Being in Monroe StoneCrow’s employee isn’t someplace any wolf shifter wants to be.

Alessandra (Alise) Crane is at StoneCrow to attend the wedding of her best friend. All through the reception, she feels eyes on her. A tatted up beast in the shadows has been watching her, but she’s too busy playing bride’s maid to pay much attention. When she finally locks eyes with the beast, something happens. Alise suffers some sort of attack, and the only thing that eases the agony tearing through her is the touch of the man who’s been stalking her.

Chief and Alise have been stricken!

Finding a mate had been Chief’s goal but Alise is a lowly human, not what we wanted. Can he overcome his prejudice? Or will his stubborn pride chase off the one woman who could give both he and his wolf the peace they’ve been seeking?

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dragon allianceDRAGON ALLIANCE (DRAGON 2) by Stephanie Burke

Iffear comes to Vulwin at his most vulnerable, but as their magical enemies and a plot to destroy the Dhrovish throne make themselves known, the newly mated couple find themselves drawing closer together in order to survive.

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halflifeHALF-LIFE by Gregory L Norris

VS Note: Apparently dark paranormal and kinda short…

Whitney Abbott travels to the seaside Maine town of Window to begin a new life in his uncle’s home. Robert Abbott is well-to-do and owns several high-end restaurants. Whitney will start at the bottom and work his way up at the flagship. But from the moment Whitney exits his car in the drive of the big, brooding house, he senses the sinister atmosphere surrounding his relations.

His cousin November, princess of the estate, feigns joy at having Whitney in town. And November’s handsome athlete boyfriend, Griffin, is an enigma. Soon after his arrival, Griffin warns Whitney to leave. With nowhere to go—and certain that his attraction to Griffin goes both ways—Whitney is drawn into November’s malevolent plans. Plans that will pit Whitney against dark supernatural forces in order to save both his and Griffin’s lives.

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circle of shadowsCIRCLE OF SHADOWS by Evelyn Skye

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

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crazy cupid loveCRAZY CUPID LOVE (LET’S GET MYTHICAL BOOK 1) by Amanda Heger

Eliza Herman (a.k.a. The World’s Worst Cupid) has spent her entire life carefully avoiding her calling as a Descendant of Eros. After all, happily-ever-afters are nothing but a myth. But when a family crisis requires her to fill in at the local Cupid-for-hire shop, Eliza finds herself enchanting couples under the watchful eye of her assigned mentor, Jake Sanders…the one man she could never get out of her head.

Before long, Eliza is rethinking her stance on romance—until things start going terribly wrong with her enchantments. Now Eliza and Jake must fight to unravel a conspiracy that could destroy thousands of relationships, including their own…and spell the end of Love itself. No pressure, right?

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an omega for twoAN OMEGA FOR TWO: A MMM SHIFTER MPREG ROMANCE (SOCAL CUTIES BOOK 1) by Aspen Gray

Max (omega) and Elijah (beta) have been together for a while, and they’re good for each other. But when Elijah literally falls asleep inside his sexy omega, the two realize they’re in a rut. To save their relationship, they have to spice things up, and Max might have the answer: invite an alpha into the bedroom with them.

Alpha, Sawyer is having the greatest birthday of his life. His San Diego law firm has just won an enormous case and the boys have taken him out to the Cockpit to celebrate with a wild night of “Drinks and Booty.” It’s shaping up to be just another great night, but when Sawyer is approached by Max and Elijah with “a proposition,” he quickly realizes tonight is going to be one of a kind…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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no fae is an islandNO FAE IS AN ISLAND (ENDANGERED FAR BOOK 4) by Angel Martinez

Three years ago, Danu banished Diego from the human world for a time. Three years and three days doesn’t seem that long to be away from home but time among the wild fae can change a man and the human world returns the favor by changing while he’s gone. There’s a vampire on Tearmann Island’s security force. A curious selkie’s followed him home. So much to do to keep the world safe…but Diego’s no longer sure he has the right to interfere.

Theo Aguilar started his vampire life on the wrong side of the law. He’s killed and knows he’s dangerous if he doesn’t stay in control every moment. But the fae took him in and Prince Lugh has given him a position of trust. So when Diego and Finn are arrested on a diplomatic mission far from home, he knows his duty. He’s striking out on his own to rescue them, a lone vigilante once again, this time for the good guys. The only glitch? The selkie, Limpet, can’t seem to understand the alone part.

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beloved vampireBELOVED VAMPIRE: A VAMPIRE QUEEN SERIES NOVEL by Joey W Hill

VS note: A re-release but I love this dark, HOT and sexy series…

Mason has lived in the Sahara desert for almost 300 years, grieving for a lost love and guarding her tomb. When the tomb is breached, his bloodlust is stirred to raging by the thought of someone disturbing her sanctuary.What he finds is Jessica, a fugitive from his own world. Jessica was the forced second-mark servant of a cruel vampire master. Through an unexpected turn of events, she was able to kill him when he tried to give her the final mark, which would have made her his full servant, bound to him even in death. Because the third marking was not complete, it left her alive…barely.Drawn by the historic legend of the tomb, not knowing how it intertwines with the vampire world she is seeking to avoid, Jessica’s only desire is to die there, with her hand on the sarcophagus of the woman who’d had an unyielding faith in love.Instead, she finds her desire to live forcibly re-awakened by the vampire who refuses to let her give up. She clings to her hatred, but the more Mason struggles with her, the more determined he is to help her believe in love again. The only catch is he might have to do the same. But can he offer up his heart to another extraordinary woman if he already gave it away centuries ago?

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a warlocks kissA WARLOCK’S KISS (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK – WARLOCKS BOOK 1) by Marie-Claude Bourque

THE PANTHER SHIFTER: After fearless panther shifter Kerala Clark lost her mother at the hands of a cruel dark mage, she wanted nothing but to be left alone with her grief, far away from those who did nothing to prevent her mother’s murder, including her own father and very sexy ex-boyfriend. But when the warlock she used to love comes calling for her help, arousing feelings she thought were buried forever, she must decide if her quest for revenge is worth losing her second chance at true happiness.

THE WARLOCK: With his sister clinging to life from a terrible curse, leader of the Order of the Black Oak and powerful warlock, Diesel Stanford will do anything to force his ex-girlfriend to return the one artifact that can save his sister, even commit betrayal. Caught by the powerful emotions she still stirs in him, will he choose family duty over the one chance he has at winning his soulmate back?

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bran m d stewartBRAN (FAE SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by M D Stewart

Josie Davis runs the Hogg Trough, a biker bar she inherited after her dad was sent to prison seven years ago for something he didn’t do, killing her mother. Josie is struggling to get past the loss of her parents when a gorgeous man walks into her bar. She is surprised at her strong reaction to Bran but used to guarding her heart, she won’t trust him enough to act on her attraction.

Bran St. Clair, King of the Fae, is drawn to a bar on the edge of a rural town, knowing the owner, Josie is his true mate. He needs to claim her, but his job is to search for outlaw Fae who escaped to the Earth Plane. His overwhelming need for Josie leads the murderous Fae traitor to her doorstep. There’s one man on Earth he trusts to help him; Michael Mato, the Chief and Lead Elder of the bear shifters and the only man Bran has ever loved.

When Bran needs his help to protect Josie, Michael is instantly drawn to her. After surviving the loss of his wife decades before, he’s overcome with his love for Bran, the need to guard Josie and his obligation of leading his tribe.
Will evil and old secrets tear them apart or draw them together?

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forgotten futureFORGOTTEN FUTURE by B A Cubbage

One woman, two brothers, and a three-headed dog?
Nora Litner has always felt like something was missing…calling to her if you will. But nothing of note really ever happens to her…until one day she meets two brothers who stand out above anyone she’s ever met before.
Wingville, California, is a great place to lead a relatively normal, college student life. Nora is getting by with a job as an assistant baker, a step lower than her dream job of pastry chef. She has two best friends who keep her life just interesting enough. But Nora will soon find out not everything is as it seems. The Wright brothers seem to know more about her hazy past than she does, and it won’t be long before she finds out the truth about the brothers who seem hell-bent on saving her from demons she did not even know she has.
Once the truth is revealed, Nora will have the fight of her life on her hands. Her existence is filled with things that just don’t exist…or she thought didn’t exist; but what does a mere mortal know?
Nora, Damian and Lucius Wright, and their allies have their work cut out as they try to figure out why the past never stays dead, why secrets are being kept, and the consequences of their journey together.

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gutter prayerTHE GUTTER PRAYER by Gareth Hanrahan

VS Note: Didn’t see any mention of romance but quite a different take on a fantasy world…

Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .
The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.
The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost, and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.
rosalines assassinROSALINE’S ASSASSIN (PANTHERS OF BRIGANTIA BOOK 2) by Lisa Daniels
Rosaline has followed the path of a high priestess almost since she was born. Everyone seems to see her as a future high priestess, but she has never been certain if that was the right path for herself. The more she tries to accept it, the more certain she is that it isn’t the right future.

Ignacio is skilled well beyond his years, and even more than most assassins. The prowess he displays on the field does not translate into his personal life, making it difficult for others to treat him like the professional he is. He doesn’t mind the other assassins treating him like that, but there is one person whom he desperately wants to see him in another light.

While they can help each other, they both know that they are looking for something more than either will admit.

nebulousNEBULOUS (ORDER OF THE FALLEN BOOK 2) by Jenna Wolfhart
Whoops. Turns out I wasn’t so good at the whole “resist the seductive fallen angels” thing. Now, I’m stuck on earth and I’ve become a full-fledged member of the Order of the Fallen.

Our first task? Find the amulet that was used to open a portal to hell. And then close said portal pronto. If we don’t succeed, an entire host of demons will be unleashed upon humanity. Looks like my fellow angel warriors (or friends…or, dare I hope, lovers?) and I have our work cut out for us.

hod kingTHE HOD KING (BOOKS OF BABEL BOOK 3) by Josiah Bancroft 
VS Note: I included this based on the reviews, seems to be quite a complex series that readers get deeply engrossed in. Not a romance.
Fearing an uprising, the Sphinx sends Senlin to investigate a plot that has taken hold in the ringdom of Pelphia. Alone in the city, Senlin infiltrates a bloody arena where hods battle for the public’s entertainment. But his investigation is quickly derailed by a gruesome crime and an unexpected reunion.
Posing as a noble lady and her handmaid, Voleta and Iren attempt to reach Marya, who is isolated by her fame. While navigating the court, Voleta attracts the unwanted attention of a powerful prince whose pursuit of her threatens their plan.
Edith, now captain of the Sphinx’s fierce flagship, joins forces with a fellow wakeman to investigate the disappearance of a beloved friend. She must decide who to trust as her desperate search brings her nearer to the Black Trail where the hods climb in darkness and whisper of the Hod King.
As Senlin and his crew become further dragged in to the conspiracies of the Tower, everything falls to one question: Who is The Hod King?
crystal queenTHE CRYSTAL QUEEN (KINGDOMS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 3) by  Lidiya Foxglove
Just as I’m learning to embrace my fate and grow into a strong queen, the unthinkable has occurred. Two of my men are in the hands of the enemy, and the Queen of the Mist Dragons loves to corrupt and maim her captives. Even as I bear new life within me, I don’t know if my mates will live to see them. But I am prepared to fight for what I love, any way I can. The greatest danger, however, might be much closer.
kingdom of copperTHE KINGDOM OF COPPER: A NOVEL (THE DAEVABAD TRILOGY BOOK 2) by S A Chakraborty
VS Note: Another non-romance fantasy whose readers seem to adore it, based on the reviews.

Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe..

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

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ship of smoke and steelSHIP OF SMOKE AND STEEL (THE WELL OF SORCERY TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Django Wexler

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on.

When Isoka’s magic is discovered by the government, she’s arrested and brought to the Emperor’s spymaster, who sends her on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

On board Soliton, nothing is as simple as it seems. Isoka tries to get close to the ship’s mysterious captain, but to do it she must become part of the brutal crew and join their endless battles against twisted creatures. She doesn’t expect to have to contend with feelings for a charismatic fighter who shares her combat magic, or for a fearless princess who wields an even darker power.

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falling for the feral professorFALLING FOR THE FERAL PROFESSOR by Amalia Altman

The only pleasure in Emily Fenton’s mundane life was spending all of her free time with her nose in a book. But soon enough all that changes for our English teacher! When the head of the university’s biology department falls mysteriously ill and disappears from the campus, everything is about to get upside down. When she meets his replacement, a man by the name of Lukas Elmbridge, she has a strange feeling about him. But when she’s called for help, will she be ready to face the reality?

Lukas Elmbridge is not only a solitary man, but his past is completely veiled in mystery. He certainly enjoys his job as a teacher but this pleasure was not his ulterior motive when he decided to take the position in the university’s biology department. Everything was perfectly planned but Emily was a variable he hadn’t calculated. As Lucas grows closer to Emily, strange things begin to happen on the campus; attacks by mysterious beasts, rumors of men shot by silver bullets. Will he be able to hide his real identity in order to keep her safe? Or is it too late?

As their feelings for one another become hard to ignore, Emily is drawn into a world where the supernatural is all too real – and dangerous. Can she shed her disbelief, or will Lukas’ dark secrets come to haunt both of them?

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cronins key iv kennardCRONIN’S KEY IV: KENNARD’S STORY BY N R WALKER

Kennard and Stas have been enjoying being newly bonded mates, hidden away for the last six months in Stas’ cabin, deep in the forests of Northern Russia. When they get a visit from Alec, Cronin, Eiji, and Jodis, Kennard and Stas decide to return to London where they get news of a supernatural disturbance in India.

Excited for a new adventure, the band of friends embark on a journey like they’ve never seen before. Following a trail of snakes and serpents, they slip through gates into timeless dimensions all over the world, leaving them without their vampire powers. Even Alec is powerless as they follow a trail of gates and doorways to their final destination.

But the bad guy isn’t who they think it is, and Kennard will need to draw on his past to save their future. Because history is never what it seemS.

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saved by her wolfSAVED BY HER WOLF (SILVERWOOD ISLAND SHIFTERS) by Maia Starr

When Ginny Whitlock married who she thought was her Prince Charming, she never expected to fall in love with his two children as well. But now she’d be willing to put her life on the line to protect them, even if it means fleeing to a cozy fixer-upper on the banks of Silverwood Island to escape the wrath of her former husband.

Luckily for her the cottage comes with a repairman that is beyond drop dead gorgeous. With a body sculpted like a Greek god and a charm that intoxicates her from the get-go, Zander is definitely no ordinary man. But there’s one problem: he keeps saying he’s a wolf, and won’t stop claiming her and her children as his own. It’s insane!

But Ginny’s pursuer isn’t about to simply give up on hunting her down, and Zander could very well be the one thing standing between Ginny and her ex-husband. When Ginny is forced to confront the demons of her past, Zander will finally release the snarling wolf inside. It’s do or die, and Zander won’t rest until Ginny is safe in his arms.

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dragon engagedDRAGON ENGAGED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Viola Grace

After finding out where she actually came from, Trin is now trying to hide from the family who wants her genes for analysis and who wants her aunt Meadra back.
Hiding in Breaker City works for a while, but when kidnappers and assassins threaten those who have tried to keep them safe, Trin decides that a return to the capitol is what she needs. She knows where everything is and how to defend herself in the place she grew up. Hiding with friends is far superior to hiding alone.
Apraxa is back from the sea kingdom, and she has no inclination to return for the present. Her mother is abusive, and her fiancé is a bit of a jerk. She joins their merry band and heads out with them to the dragon ball. If she can’t get over her fiancé, perhaps there is another dragon who would do as well.
Meadra needs a mate for security, Apraxa needs one to spite her fiancé, and Trin is going to destroy any dragoness who gets near Brommin before she can. That nerd is hers!

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crimes of cupidityCRIMES OF CUPIDITY (HEART HASSLE BOOK 3) by Raven Kennedy

What do you get when you have four mates, one psychotic prince, a horde of rebels, and a cupid who just got yanked out of the realm?

A big freaking problem, that’s what.

I was supposed to take on my first real mission as a spy. I was supposed to go find my missing mate and discover who our real allies are for the war that’s brewing in the fae realm.

Instead, I’m thrown back to where I was first created. Cupidville. And, judging by the look I’m getting from the Head of all Cupidity, and the big Terminate button that he’s holding, this problem is about to get much worse.

The thing is, I’m more of a lover than a fighter, but when it has to do with staying with my mates, this cupid might just cut a bitch. I’ve waited my entire existence to find love, and now that I have it, I’m not going to give it up without a fight.

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heaven is a haremHEAVEN IS A HAREM BOOK 1 by Kim Faulks

The blinding light of Heaven is no salvation. Its white walls, my prison, its gate, the entrance to my cell. But I don’t belong here. I never have.

Four Archangels took me from my bed at the Convent of Heavenly Christos. They chained my hands and feet and carried me on broad backs, with mammoth wings beating the air into submission.

They brought me here, because of a secret I cannot remember. A secret so powerful it’ll start a war between Heaven and Hell. So I do the only thing I can. I run.

And as I hide in the darkness, afraid of the light, I start to remember…and what rises to the surface fills me with terror. Archangel Michael and his warriors hunt me through Harbor City’s streets, but when they capture me, they’ll find themselves caught between love and truth. Why was I confined to Heaven? And why were they tasked to bring me back?

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bears fake brideBEAR’S FAKE BRIDE (SHIFTER MARRIAGE SERVICE BOOK 2) by Sky Winters

I’m an omega bear shifter. I am weak and worthless. My only value is to make cubs for my alpha. At least, that is how my pack sees me.
But I don’t see myself that way…
And now that I have refused to mate and marry Cullen, the alpha of our pack, my only hope is to run. Straight into the arms of a fake marriage with a mysterious rancher. It’s just a business deal between shifters. How hard could it be? Besides, how could my new life possibly be more dangerous than my last?

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alphas chaseTHE ALPHA’S CHASE: HOWLS ROMANCE by Milly Taiden and Marianne Morea

Cecily Montgomery can’t believe the terms of her father’s will. Marry within a year and produce an heir, or lose everything. The pressure is on to find a hot young stud who’ll help her out with a couple of orgasms that will lead to an offspring. Easy peasy, right? Where’s the vodka when she needs it?

Chase Villarreal isn’t looking for marriage, but when the sexiest woman he’s ever laid eyes on needs rescuing, he finds himself saying ‘I do’. She’s a handful and totally out of his league, but none of that matters because now she’s his.

When danger comes calling and his wife’s life is at risk, Chase is ready to show anyone he’ll protect what’s his. But will Cecily give up her for fortune for a lifetime with him or will terror strike before they get to their happily ever after?

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hanged maidenTHE HANGED MAIDEN (RISE OF THE ASH GODS BOOK 1) by Cara Wylde

This was never supposed to happen.

When Valentina’s coven is attacked and she’s the only survivor, she saves the Suit of Spades, which she is sworn to protect, and flees. Thank Goddess there’s a solid protocol in place! All she needs to do is find the Major Arcana, and Keepers who are more powerful and experienced than her will take over from there and protect the Mysteries of the Tarot.

Or not.

What happens when half of the Major Arcana is destroyed? Valentina doesn’t know. There are no protocols. No precedent. She’s lost, but the good news is she’s not alone. She can count of her best friend, Piper, a hobgoblin who decided to follow them, and now on this handsome, hot as sin guy who claims he’s Loki himself, the God of Mischief.

It could have been worse.

Oh, wait! It’s going to be. Because in order to save the Tarot, Valentina will soon have to deal with even more gods. And, it is known, gods are impossible to work with! Mainly, because they hate each other. One witch to convince nine powerful gods to play nice?

Unlikely.

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alphas secret bear shifter mmaALPHA’S SECRET: A BEAR SHIFTER MMA ROMANCE by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

Grizz: I’m the ultimate predator. I live by a code. Hunt or be hunted. Kill or be killed.

Then I meet her. The second I catch her scent, I know she was meant for me. She was born to wear my mark and I was born to protect her.
She belonged to my enemy until I took her. He wants her back. He’ll wage war to get her, but no one’s taking her from me.
She’s mine, and I’m not letting her go.

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mated to the packMATED TO THE PACK by Sam Crescent

Lucia is running for her life. Human hunters have destroyed her pack, and she has been ordered to run, to survive. She runs for two days straight without stopping—until she ends up crashing right into Luther Knight’s arms.

The Knight pack has five men, bound by their loyalty to each other, with Luther being their alpha, the strongest of them all. He knows what it’s like to be at the mercy of the human hunters and has vowed to kill all humans on his lands.

With Lucia in his arms, he knows she belongs to him, and not only does she belong to him, but she is the female for all of them. Even with the danger that surrounds them, they know what they want, and Lucia feels it, too.

However, the humans are closing in, and Luther’s desire for revenge, his need to kill every single one of them, grows. When Lucia says it’s her or the hunters, she is shocked when he tells her he doesn’t do ultimatums and walks away.

The hunters are close. Will the Knight pack make it out alive, or die at the hands of the monsters intent on abusing them?

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haunt me bone daddy book 2HAUNT ME (BONE DADDY BOOK 2) by R G Alexander

VS Note: A re-release

Michelle Toussaint left New Orleans to protect her heart. Years later, she’s come home to escape the darkness that haunts her. A darkness only she can see. The last thing she needs is a Loa following her around, looking for attention and determined to play matchmaker with the one man she can’t touch.

Ben Adair has been waiting for Michelle for years, but every time he comes close to mending what was broken between them, his beautiful artist runs in the other direction. He’s done keeping his distance. When he gets his hands on her, he’ll never let her go again.

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escaping mortalityESCAPING MORTALITY (THE ESCAPE TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Sara Dobie Bauer

Their ocean journey was successful, and Andrew and Edmund found an Elder just in time. As they wished, Edmund is now a vampire like Andrew. They have eternity together, but first, they must visit Edmund’s ailing mother in the English countryside with their flock of immortals, including the Elder, who has taken an ominous liking to his new creation.

When they arrive at Edmund’s family estate, his sick mother and her loathsome best friend await them. While ducking religious curses, Edmund struggles to harness an unexpected power gifted him by the Elder. Andrew fears for his beloved as Edmund becomes more and more monstrous—but vampires have always been monsters, haven’t they?

A battle is coming, for Edmund’s heart and his soul, and Andrew will lose neither. He escaped island exile and a near tragedy at sea to be with Edmund, the beautiful young sailor he loves. Andrew will do anything to keep Edmund by his side, but his most dangerous adversary may be Edmund himself.

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fanges and felonsFANGS AND FELONS (LEAGUE OF GUARDIANS BOOK 3 ) by V A Dold

Bullets are flying, and Sheena Savoy is running out of places to hide. In the wrong place at the wrong time, her boss wants her silenced—permanently.
Xander Beck, a vampire with the League of Guardians, is on a mission to rescue a witch in trouble with the mob. What he expected to be a routine mission quickly becomes anything but. How can he protect the blasted witch if he can’t catch up to her?
On the run from the mob and dogged every step of the way by a shadowy group of men they can’t seem to shake, Marshal Benoit is running out of options. Come hell or high water, he will get his witness to safety.
There’s a mole at WITSEC, and as far as Sheena knows, the only person standing between her and a bullet is a Marshal she met only days ago. That is until she comes face to face with Xander and things become exponentially more dangerous as they make a mad dash for the Le Beau Ranch. She prays she will find safety there.

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warrior nightsWARRIOR NIGHTS (ODIN’S BASTARDS BOOK 2) by Sheryl Nantus

Liam Wolfson, the professional assassin, is dead. His new persona, Jack Hammerson, lives in a small town in Colorado, happy helping out as many of the townsfolk as he can. It’s his way of working toward some kind of redemption for his sins. Until one night when an amnesiac woman falls into his arms, calling out his old name…

Kara remembers nothing about her previous life, only brief glimpses of an old lover and their time together… but she knows her fate is entwined with Liam’s. Then there’s the familiarity with all things Valkyrie and Valhalla. She worries she might be going crazy.

Liam has worked hard to hide all traces of his old life, but Kara rips old wounds open as their old feelings for each other come rushing back. But it’s not just Kara who’s come to town looking for answers. When mercenaries arrive looking for Liam, he’ll need Kara to remember what she’s capable of if either of them is going to survive.

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trialpha 6TRIALPHA (THE TRIALPHA CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by Serena Akeroyd

Armageddon was supposed to mean the end of the world.
Instead, it means the end of everything humans thought they knew to be real…

Thalia Lyndhoven, until recently, was a Pack Princess. Not exactly spoiled, she was barely tolerated by anyone in her family, until an Elder came along and told her fathers, the leaders of the North American Pack, that she was at the center of a prophecy.

Along the way, she’s found her three mates, learned of the existence of three new races, and has discovered that the Devil is real, and his name isn’t Lucifer, but Vulcun, and he doesn’t have a tail or horns.

Life couldn’t be more complicated, and Thalia finds herself the Queen in a time of great change for two worlds. But with change comes anger, and anger can lead to violence. Can Thalia keep her family safe in this most troubling of times?

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a curse so dark and lonelyA CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

Fall in love, break the curse.It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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LadyoftheNileFinalVS Note/Update: I turned KIERCE, book 7 of my scifi romance Badari Warriors series, in to the editor, so it’s looking good for a March release. Now I’m worked on an ancient Egyptian paranormal romance, the much requested sequel to LADY OF THE NILE, which will tell the story of  Nikaire the Medjai and Merneith the harpist. 

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires. 

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 23

January 16

January 9

January 2

December 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.  

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 January 23

warlord skyAs 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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WARLORD SKY (CHAMELE BARBARIAN WARLORDS BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new book from Cynthia Sax and also that it’s the beginning of a new series! One clicked this…

No one grounds a barbarian warrior.

Qulpa, a Chamele warrior, lost everyone he loved in the brutal Succession Wars. Flying is the only thing that brings him joy. Serving as his team’s pilot is the sole duty he has left. Then a horrific crash leaves him injured and unable to fly.

The one being who can help him is also his gerel, the female destined to be his. She insists she doesn’t feel their connection. Qulpa is certain his beautiful mate is lying and nothing will stop him from finding out why.

Nayan knows the injured barbarian is her warrior, her one chance at a forever bond. His dominance makes her feel safe. His gentle touch inflames her passion. His kisses scorch her very soul. The tall muscular male tempts her as no one else has.

But she has a deadly secret. If it’s exposed, her injured male will lose more than his ability to fly. Both of them will die. She can’t take that risk, not for him, not for them, not for a lifespan filled with love.

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teslaTESLA: STARGAZER ALIEN BRIDES BOOK 2 by Tasha Black

VS Note: I loved TOLSTOY, the first book in this new series so I one clicked this one.

Raina yearns for a chance to discover new things in the galaxy, just like the famous explorers she read about as a child back on Earth. But Leif Erikkson and Magellan didn’t have to deal with the pressure of a tough-as-nails pirate captain demanding results, or the distraction of a hot-as-hell alien shadowing her every move. Raina spends her days dreaming of exploring new worlds, and her nights resisting the temptation to explore her budding desires.

Nick has just awoken from stasis to find himself alone on the luxury cruiser he was hired to defend. He’s looking for answers, but finds something he never expected – his blood mate. Raina is brave and beautiful, and Nick burns for her from the moment he sees her. But it’s hard to trust a human, especially when she is only onboard to steal things.

When a hostile creature attacks, the two must team up to get themselves to safety, and their growing attraction reaches the boiling point.

And then they discover a baby whose DNA could change the new world.

Can a baby in a stasis pod rein in Raina’s wanderlust, and give Nick the impetus to trust her? Or are they all going down with the ship?

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nightingaleNIGHTINGALE: THE APPRENTICE VOLUME 6 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti

With only a season and half left to her bond, Lilian’s enemies are becoming desperate, and those who would see her fail seek any infraction, no matter how minor, to deny her bond proof. Haunted by the memory of the Serengeti fallen and her actions in eradicating the Despoilers, Lilian struggles to retain her discipline for the final five months of her apprenticeship. With her actions in the battle of Serengeti proving her valor and loyalty beyond doubt, only the honor proof remains – adherence to the rigid and complex Apprentice Protocol. Although few within Serengeti will challenge her bond proof, throughout the Twelve Systems, those who wagered against her are facing penury and will stop at nothing to keep her from surviving.

With Damocles and Despoilers defeated, Lucius’ power with Serengeti and the Third System is uncontested. Determined to advance his ambitions, Lucius lays plans for a triumphant launch of his revolutionary stellar exploration vehicle, the Nightingale. As he prepares to depart for Fortuna, a new threat appears in the form of a charismatic prelate who rouses the populace against Bright Star and Lilian’s role the venture. The prelate will prove but the first among many determined to thwart him through any means, including his notorious apprentice.

When thousands gather on Fortuna for the historical launch of the Nightingale into orbit, Lilian finds herself treading a blade’s edge as she attempts to adhere to the Apprentice Protocol among adversaries who are increasingly desperate and bold. Planned as a celebration of Serengeti achievement, the Fortuna voyage becomes a nightmare where she is faced with deadly opponents intent on her destruction.

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warriors of phaeton hixWARRIORS OF PHAETON: HIX by Leora Gonzales

VS Note: From December

Maggie never had any intention of getting mixed up with the Bridal Pact, the Phaeton’s, or all the crap that came with volunteering for the government’s mail-order bride program. She was perfectly content inside her little bubble. She had her handmade jewelry business and her beloved rescue dog, and she was the honorary auntie to the cutest kid in existence. There is no way she was about to rock the boat by getting involved in any Phaeton business. None whatsoever.

Unfortunately, the Verge didn’t get that memo. Thinking she knows more than she actually does about the recent attack on the Bridal Pact’s Intake Center, they took it upon themselves to tie her up as one of their loose ends.  Literally. A glaring testament to her rotten luck.

A warrior who only wanted to right his wrongs….Hix, a newly christened Verge warrior, realized he made a mistake the minute he left his Phaeton brothers behind when he defected. With regrets heavy in his chest, he tries to make the best of a bad situation while struggling with his new identity. Plans change, however, when he’s tricked into participating into the abduction of an innocent human female.

Enthralled with the raspy-voiced captive, Hix knows that he will do anything to keep her safe. Working to save not only themselves, but others, Hix and Maggie are unable to deny the chemistry between them.

As a firm believer in fate, Hix knows that they are exactly where they are supposed to be…now he must convince his future bride that she belongs with him.

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seducer athionSEDUCER: PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK THREE) by Lily Harlem

Having a stowaway Trad stare at me with hunger, lust, and determination in his eyes was enough to make my blood boil.

It really didn’t go down well with my four men either–Anki and Hurin, sexy, blue-skinned aliens, and Gavyn and Mateo, skilled pilot and copilot of Equinox.

They’re very protective and very possessive. They’re also all mine. Their hearts and bodies belong to me. Okay, so sometimes they push me to extremes–all that desire and testosterone is a lot for a girl to handle–but I was never one to throw in the towel as soon as the going got tough.

So when one of the things I love most in the universe is lost and push comes to shove, it’s time to get real. Twists of fate have a habit of becoming tangled in space. When things go wrong…they go wrong fast. Can I hold it together? Will my men, my crew, be up to the job? And will the two Space Marshalls be honest about their relationship…a relationship that is so much more than it first appears?

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dzias dilemmaD’ZIA’S DILEMMA (AN ALIEN EXCHANGE BOOK 2) by Keri Kruspe

Lora Dharma Callahan excitedly agrees to leave Earth to attend “The Exchange” and meet the alien mate of her dreams. Instead of finding true love, she’s forcibly kidnapped and held captive by an alien lunatic who plans to take over the galaxy. He’s going to use her to create a serum that will ultimately enslave every human female on Earth. But no emperor wannabe is going to keep this girl down. Lora will find a way to save not only herself, but her planet as well.

Duke D’zia Yaq E’etu, cousin to the crown prince of Zerin, suspects a malicious plot to overthrow the galactic government. When the opportunity arises to insinuate himself in the suspected traitor’s stronghold, he doesn’t hesitate to use his infiltration skills. While there, he encounters Lora, whom he soon recognizes as his TrueBond. The only problem…she’s imprisoned and scheduled for experiments that will destroy her.

Now D’zia has a hard choice to make. Should he stay and get the proof he needs to prevent a narcissistic megalomaniac from taking over the galactic government…or escape with the only female he can claim as his own?

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alien princes secret babyALIEN PRINCE’S SECRET BABY (OLYMPIA STATION BOOK 2) IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Aurelia Skye

As the second-in-command of Olympus Station, Captain Hadley Wells is usually too focused on her career to worry about romance. That changes with the arrival of Prince Nykal of Jroj, a planet that’s recently joined the Coalition. Their attraction is immediate and fierce, but too many rules separate them to let them have more than one stolen night. The night is amazing, but has far-reaching consequences. Add in the ambassador determined to keep Nykal from her by any means, and it’s a complicated mess that needs a solution before the secret she carries is visible to all.

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aliens obsessionTHE ALIEN’S OBSESSION (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 6) by Zoey Draven

On Earth, Lainey was the beautiful girl, from a wealthy family, that enthralled thousands of people with her gift of music…a girl who had everything. Or so it seemed…and then she was abducted by aliens. When she’s rescued from an intergalactic fighting ring by Luxirians—huge, pierced, seven-foot tall alien warriors—Lainey lashes out and rebels when taken to their home planet. And when she hears that Luxirians have something inside them that comes alive for their mate? No, thank you—beam her up, Scotty!

Too bad she’s too nosy for her own good and stumbles into the path of an overbearing, dominant alien who demands her complete surrender.

Ambassador Kirov, the Prime Leader’s technology advisor, is a fierce warrior with an unparalleled intelligence that makes him even deadlier. Battling demons of his own, the last thing he expects is to catch a human female, with hair the color of fire and a body that makes him burn, spying on him late at night. When his Instinct awakens for her Kirov knows he will have to fight to win his little hellion, who tempts his darkest desires and challenges him at every turn.

But he’s running out of time and he’ll have to do something drastic to win her heart, her mind…and her body. Or else he loses her forever.

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alien commanders reluctant brideALIEN COMMANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE by Juno Wells

Kearney -Draconian Warriors are not only drop dead gorgeous, they’re more accommodating than any other species. My younger sister and I have signed contracts with the Draconians and they’re waiting for us to choose a mate, but I can’t focus on that right now.

Kendra and I joined the bride’s registry for the dowry, enough to feed our family for year. It’s good, but Earth is dying and I’ve got an idea to help them for a lot longer. I trust the Draconians, but not with my secret plan to get supplies to our family. There’s nothing in it for them.

Our crafty Commander always has his eyes on me. I worry the handsome devil has figured out my plan. All my bad dreams have been replaced with erotic ones. I can’t look him in the eye because he’s been the star in every single one of them…(much more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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fire in his veinsFIRE IN HIS VEINS: A POST APOCALYPTIC DRAGON ROMANCE (FIREBLOOD DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Ruby Dixon

I’ve wanted Andrea since the moment I saw her.

But she’s human. I’m drakoni. The only way I’ll stay sane and not lose myself to the madness that’s swept over my people is if I keep my mental walls strong. I have to give up everything that makes me a dragon. That means no telepathy, no fire breathing, and no battle form.

I certainly can’t take a mate. Andrea can’t be mine.

When her brother escapes the fort, though, she needs help tracking him down. That means I’ll be alone with her, breathing in her sweet scent, and it may be too much for my control.

What happens if I give in to my dragon? Will I take her as my mate…or tear her throat out?

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conquering his queenCONQUERING HIS QUEEN (ZALARYN CONQUERORS BOOK 1) by Viki Storm

Vano – This planet, it’s primitive even by human standards. But it’s mine—including the feisty young queen who’s in way over her head.
Because once I see her run out onto the battlefield, about to risk it all for her people, I have to save her. I have to conquer her. I have to own her.
She thinks she’s using me, thinks she can strut around and wrap me around her little finger. How wrong she is.
Conquering this planet is just a job for me. Subdue and evacuate the human population. And that includes her, no matter how bad I want to keep her…

BRYN – I’m not sure how I ended up the queen of this isolated planet, but here I am. One problem after another. When I think it can’t get any worse, we’re invaded by huge, savage aliens…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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alphas desireALPHA’S DESIRE (ALPHA OMEGA FORCE BOOK 1) by Christa Tomlinson

An Alpha Yearning for His Chosen Mate – Star Officer Tony Alvarez protects his galaxy along with the rest of the 29th Star Squadron. But deep space can be lonely, and Tony longs to share his love and passion with a mate. Many omegas would jump at the chance to bond with the virile alpha. But Tony desires only one, his best friend, and the one man he can’t have.

An Omega Newly Awakened to Passion -When it comes to mating, Star Officer Rashan Grove doesn’t trust alphas. He’s repressed his omega nature for years, choosing instead to focus on his career as an elite fighter pilot. Now that he’s experiencing his first heat in a decade, he turns to the alpha who has always been by his side for help.

With a gentle touch and passionate embrace, Tony guides Rashan through nights of passion hotter than an exploding star. Unfortunately, when the heat clears, Rashan retreats behind a wall built from lifelong fears. How will Tony convince Rashan to embrace the bond between them before their shot at love is lost to the stars?

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endless kate rudolphENDLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Kate Rudolph

There’s only one woman for this playboy…Alien warrior Dryce NaFeen makes no secret of his love of all of Earth’s delights. He’s slept his way through half of the city, and when he’s not preparing to face his upcoming battles, he’s dancing the night away with humans looking for a good time and ignoring his impending doom. A chance sighting on one of those nights out gives Dryce a hope he never dared wish for, and despite the looming threat to the planet, he’s sure he can claim his newly found mate in no time.

She’s got no time for players…Since her father left and her mother died, Peyton Cho has dedicated her life to two things: protecting her sister, and learning about alien tech. And the aliens are so much easier to understand, even if she wants to stay as far away from one alien who wouldn’t know the meaning of commitment if it punched him in the face. When a project puts her in the path of Dryce NaFeen, it’s only the fact that the fate of the world is at stake that keeps her from quitting on the spot.

Running out of time…Hostile forces have a planet killing weapon, and it will take an alien warrior and a scientist to rescue the planet from certain doom. Boundaries and determination will be tested, and two people from different worlds must learn to work together and trust in a bond that neither of them expected, or everything will be lost.

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still watersSTILL WATERS (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 9) by Rebecca Royce

A smile can hide secrets…Amber Delacroix Chen survived the hellish Evander bombing of Oceania to escape to The Farm. On the run from a miserable, unloved, and abused existence, she starts over. Safe amongst friends and family, she studies to be a doctor and to help in the war effort. Life at The Farm is often fraught with danger, but she’s faced worse.

A smile can hide pain… The need to reclaim one part of her past brings a fleet to their doorstep. Amari Chen, the negotiator and businessman, the one who leads. Hunter Chen, the engineer, the one who fixes things. Shane Chen, the scientist, the one who heals. Her husbands have come to claim their wife and they will not let anything stand in their way, even if it means confronting their own failures. Still waters run deep in the Chen family, but their love for Amber runs deeper.
War is coming for them all…

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good deedsGOOD DEEDS by Kathryn Moon

Nötchka Uumian, solo-scavenger and pilot, only came to Bandalier for business. But when her first ever heat cycle hits, she has two choices: get off the planet or find somewhere safe to ride out the heatburns. Determined to never end up mated and trapped in a kitchen, she heads into the Droid district. You can’t mate if the other person isn’t an organic right?

Low on funds and preparing for weeks of sexual stupor, Nötchka finds herself in the Nuts in Bolts, a nearly deserted Cozy House with a handful of older models, two of which aren’t even servicing. But the owner, Proto model Avan-8, is willing to trade sex for repairs and Nötchka is desperate. Everything will stay simple with droids… or it would if she didn’t end up liking them all so much. If she can just make it through her heat without too many feelings, avoid the pack of Dendärys males that seem determined to catch her, and figure out why women are going missing, it will all work out.

It’s definitely not vekking working out.

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coveting avaCOVETING AVA: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 7) by Rena Marks

Covet is the first Xeno Sapien to reproduce on his own. He’s never had a mate—until his newly hired nanny, Ava, catches his eye.

Ava works at Xenia despite the mandatory implant that erases her brain should she ever leave the safety of the gate. She never expects to be kidnapped and forced into amnesia involuntarily.

When she’s rescued by one of her own kidnappers, she has a choice of continuing her love with her gorgeous human rescuer—or re-learning life with the sexy Xeno Sapien whose name and image she can’t recall.

And then she discovers the baby girl who calls her momma.

* The story behind the series: When futuristic Earth finds alien DNA and creates a new species of hybrids in hidden labs, Dr. Robyn Saraven helps the “creatures” escape. She uses her connections to establish their own city on Earth-Ground where they can learn, grow, and avoid the corruption and greed that created them. *

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cat shifters of aaidar endingsCAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ENDINGS by Laney Kaye and Christine Wilder

Jag: Like the rest of my band-of-brothers, my guns, fangs, and claws are for hire-but I have a reputation for caution. Pragmatism. Methodology. The Cap, Herc, relies on me for my prudence. But now, with the world collapsing around us and danger pressing in on every side, I’m crazy in lust with Aren, the leader of the Refugees. For the first time, caution seems over-rated.

I don’t know what the Hells is going on. Jaguarkin don’t bond. We mate. Rut to produce offspring. Then move on. So why does this feel like more than that? I can’t afford to allow a distraction in the form of one little human. One mysterious, desirable woman with the ability to rock my world. And, if I don’t handle it right, rock all the worlds.

Aren: My life has been dedicated to one mission: to kill my father. After that, I’ll die, either in a Regime prison, or from my own pair-blade-fulfilling a promise to follow my dead husband, Tracin, to his grave. When Herc & Maya and the crew need someone to infiltrate the Regime army and steal a communicator they need to contact the Aaidarian government, I see my chance. Jag will go with me, pretending to be Tracin. Which means he’ll need surgical alterations, and he won’t be able to shift or his disguise will be revealed.

And I’ll have to have sex with him to ignite the blades. Shouldn’t be too bad, right? A quick round in bed in exchange for a chance to finally see this through. Except, one touch from Jag sets my skin on fire. And I’m falling for him fast. How will I satisfy my Dragarian pair-blade’s thirst for my blood if I’m bondmated with Jag?

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chief alphaCHIEF ALPHA: WILDS OF WYNMERE by Jamie Petit

Merrick – Admiral of the astronautical fleet, his job was plan the invasion. His duty was to forget his broken heart. None of that included getting captured. And it definitely didn’t include falling in love with the alien who was planning to kill him.

Canthor –  Leader of the resistance, bent on ushering in the final war. His job was to end the life of the Earth admiral with the famed blade Tyllrn. He was not supposed to find empathy. And he was never, ever supposed to touch the human. Never fall in love. Never begin to think that maybe—just maybe—a human could be his mate.

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the seedingTHE SEEDING by Stefany White

Our world is at war, nothing new about that and our resources are disappearing. We are polluting our world and that is just the norm. Then an alien warrior race comes to Earth, from a distant universe. Like our planet, they’ve been at war and have decimated their resources. They are a race of twin males. They are hunting for women to seed a new planet, where they can rebuild. Earth does not want to share, and after the destruction of earth. Women must choose to stay on a planet with dangerous gangs and starvation or they must choose to live with aliens, and take twin husbands. These men are unknown and so different. Can these women adapt? If they stay, it is certain death, if they leave, there is life, but an unknown life. Can they find love with these strange men, not of their world? How will their lives play out on a new alien planet? Kali, Summer, Jordan and Niobe become friends on the alien ship. Their friendship will keep them strong as they explore and learn to love their new world and their men.

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undying amie kaufmanUNDYING (AN UNEARTHED NOVEL) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance…

Trapped aboard the Undying’s ancient spaceship and reeling from what they’ve learned there, scavenger Mia and academic Jules are plunged into a desperate race to warn their home planet of the danger humanity’s greed has unleashed. From the mountains of Spain to the streets of Prague, the sequel to Unearthed is a white-knuckle ride that will send readers hurtling back to earth, and leave them breathless until the last page.

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the dreamersTHE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker

VS Note: This came out last week but I waited to list it until I’d read it. It’s NOT a romance but was a book of note. I enjoyed it quite a bit but to describe it I’d have to say it reminded me very much of a lengthy ‘Twilight Zone’ episode – inexplicable things happen, it’s vaguely apocalyptic, some answers are hinted at, and then the episode ends (or the book in this case) and you’re left thinking about it for a while. I liked it but it was different…

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster.

Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

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packs queenPACK’S QUEEN (WOLVES OF CRIMSON HOLLOW BOOK 3) by M H Soars and Michelle Hercules 

After a harrowing battle in Shadow Creek, Red and her allies defeated Valerius and freed his wolves. But the victory came at a great cost. Tristan was captured by the archdemon Harkon, and Dante’s whereabouts are unknown.

Despite the odds stacked up against her, Red is determined to save her mates at any cost. Even if it means making deals with devilish creatures or working side by side her ex.

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brimstone nightmaresBRIMSTONE NIGHTMARES (QUEEN OF THE DAMNED BOOK 4) by Kel Carpenter

When I jumped into the portal I expected to find the Sins on the other side. I expected to find my people—demons—waiting and ready.

What I found were flames and fire and ash.
The apocalypse hadn’t waited for me. It had already begun.

Hell’s barriers were collapsing in on themselves—making my task of finding the Sins infinitely harder. As the Horsemen and I set out on our journey to find them, we discover that not all is what it seems.

A white-haired assassin once told me to beware of the evil that hides in plain sight.
I should have listened to her.

The fight for Hell has begun, and the duty of saving it lies solely on my shoulders, but to win—to survive—I must unravel the secrets of the past if any of us are to see the future.

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thirst theresa hissongTHIRST (INCUBUS TAMED, BOOK 1) by Theresa Hissong

A succubus is in my territory without permission, and I am tasked to find her. Once she reveals why she’s on the run, I realize there is an insane demon among us. Ashera Andrews doesn’t want my help, but she needs it to keep from being tortured by her maker.

Cassius Snow does everything in his power to protect me, but when he and his incubus friends are attacked because of my presence in their area, I make the decision to return to the place of my rebirth to send my maker to Hades…where he belongs.

A mating between an incubus and succubus is rare but not unheard of. When Ashera and I use each other for energy, the threads of a mating bind us together. When she returns to her maker, and I am left without her, I fear insanity before she can be saved.

I will not let the man who made her destroy what is fated to be mine.
I will risk eternity in Hades to bring her home.

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guardian queenGUARDIAN QUEEN (HARDSTORM SAGA BOOK 3) by Dana Marton

After a difficult journey to the mainland, Tera and Batumar return to their island to liberate their people from the enemy. This is their final fight, and it will take everything they have, will challenge everything they believe in. As unexpected enemies arise, will Tera and her warlord triumph, or will they lose everything?

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harkey merlin 5HARLEY MERLIN 5: HARLEY MERLIN AND THE BROKEN SPELL by Bella Forrest

Harley is a ticking time bomb, ready to detonate with uncontrollable magic. The only solution? Find the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, make some risky deals, and balance the Light and Darkness within her—before she’s torn apart, atom by atom.

If only she didn’t have a million other problems standing in her way.

The new Director of the San Diego Coven isn’t exactly friendly, and Katherine has already gained untold power. More than ever, Harley needs answers about the rituals Katherine plans to perform to become like Eris, goddess of discord and destruction.

Wade knows that Harley is strong enough to win this battle—not to mention stubborn, overconfident, and wildly reckless. True to his proud family lineage, he’s always played by the rules. But for one girl, he’s willing to bend those rules, to lie, to give his life. Because love can make a person do crazy things.

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lord seaboltLORD SEABOLT (FOUR FAMILIES BOOK 2) by Megan Derr

Eighteen years ago, Goss was nearly murdered as a baby—by his own parents, who wanted to sacrifice him to strengthen the Seabolt bloodline’s magic. Thankfully, he was rescued by his guardian Shaw, and a Finder, Tolan, who was unwittingly dragged into the mess. Since then, they have raised him to someday reclaim the Seabolt title.

But much to his fathers’ dismay, Goss has Tolan’s temper and Shaw’s affinity for trouble, and a terrible incident from three years ago has left him with zero friends, constant harassment, unable to finish his magical training, and the possible loss of the title he’s waited so long to reclaim.

And while Goss isn’t remotely sorry for the choices he made, he desperately wishes that someone, anyone, would look beyond his miserable past, his infamous fathers, and a terrible accident that isn’t at all what it seems.

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her very own demonHER VERY OWN DEMON (EVIL RISING BOOK 3) by Melody Raven

Kier has been haunting Muriel’s nightmares. He’s handsome, sure. Every demon is. But he’s more devious than the others. More ruthless than the rest. More deserving of revenge.

Ever since he ripped off her wings and reduced her to a mere mortal, Muriel has been planning the perfect revenge. It might not be fun and it might not be pleasant, but she’s not going to just kill him. She wants to give him what he took from her. A soul.

And once she has him bound to her with magical handcuffs, there will be nothing he can do to prevent whatever angelic energy she has left over from corrupting him. And spending that much time with a demon won’t be pleasant, but it will be worth it.

At least it shouldn’t be pleasant. It shouldn’t be hot. It shouldn’t be tempting. But “shouldn’t” is what her demon specializes in.

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rehabbing the beastREHABBING THE BEAST by Abbie Zander w/a Avelyn McCrae

Army Ranger Seth O’Rourke is more than just a man. Inside him lives a beast who knows he can trust no one but himself to survive, and that it is his duty to protect those weaker than himself. When a selfless act of heroism leaves him dependent upon others, his world crumbles around him. The only spark of light in a world of darkness and pain is the woman who foolishly refuses to give up on him.

Quinn Brennan is more than just a woman. She has a rare and special gift: she can heal through touch. She knows she can trust no one with her secret because many will misunderstand and fear her powers. Seth is the exception. She’s willing to risk everything for him, because the same ancient ancestry that provided her gift insists that he is the other half of her soul.

When a tragic mishap puts her in the hospital, Quinn is forced to return to the only place she’s ever felt accepted. Will her absence be the catalyst Seth needs to bring himself back into the light and save them both?

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seas of crimson silkSEAS OF CRIMSON SILK (BURNING EMPIRE BOOK 1) by Emma Hamm

Dragon shifter Sigrid of Wildewyn has spent her life in a cage, quite literally. Whether she’s hidden from her own people, or masked so they cannot see her face, she’s dedicated her life to her country and king. But, when her king promises her to a rival warlord and Sultan of a country she hates, her loyalty is tested.

Nadir of Bymere was the boy king no one ever thought would sit on the throne. And though he knows his country is ruled by corrupt advisors, he’s lost himself in the glory of being Sultan. When they force him to marry a masked woman from the country who murdered his brother, he’s set to torture her for a lifetime.

Both hiding their own secrets, the two slowly realize there is more to both their kingdoms than they originally thought. With many in the kingdom who need help, Sigrid and Nadir must choose who they truly ally with: each other…or their kingdoms. Their choice will put either their hearts or their lives at risk.

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bride of the demon kingBRIDE OF THE DEMON KING (DESTINED ENCHANTMENT BOOK 1) by Viola Grace

She has worn a dozen names in her foster parents’ efforts to hide her from her demon lord. The name she used at the healer academy was Emrie, so that is how she set up her practice.
Tribute night was the demon lord’s birthday, and it was while she tended patients that she noted the time. She gets caught at a checkpoint and is forced to cover her presence with magic, but in her haste, she forgets one thing, her tribute.
Demon Lord Harrow has been looking for his mate with increasing urgency as the years have gone by. When he is looking over his tribute from the village of Neemin, he catches a familiar scent. He has caught this scent only once before, but he knows it. She is near. He confirms that the guards at the checkpoint came in contact with his mate, and then, he sets out to do what he has been longing for, claiming his bride.

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spirits and spells true anthologySPIRITS AND SPELLS TRUE PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY by Various

VS Note: Somehow I missed this one in October but sounds quite intriguing. It was free at the time I put this post together…

Spirits & Spells is a podcast by USA Today bestselling authors Heather Marie Adkins & Alex Owens, both of whom are obsessed with things they can’t explain – especially the weird, the witchy, and the woefully spectral.

Step beyond the veil with twenty-one spooky tales of TRUE supernatural encounters by some of today’s hottest paranormal authors. Between these pages, you’ll witness a pair of disembodied legs cross the street and wake up beside ghostly felines; you’ll experience visits from deceased family members and be haunted by terrifying shadow people.

But be forewarned: these strange tales will send shivers down your spine and make you certain you’re not alone, even when you are.
The old saying is true: real life is stranger (and scarier!) than fiction.

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vampires temptationTHE VAMPIRE’S TEMPTATION (BLOODWITE BOOK 1) by Cecelia Mecca

Kenton Morley and Lawrence Derrickson have hated each other ever since they were feuding border lords in medieval England and Scotland…seven hundred years ago.

When their bloodlines were cursed, birthing the world’s first vampires.

Their feud has since carried through the centuries based on a new argument: Kenton seeks to destroy the Cheld—the only line of humans capable of killing their kind—while Lawrence seeks to save them.

It’s said that men can forget, but never forgive. It’s also said that true love knows no bounds. When the vampires move to Stone Haven, Pennsylvania, Alessandra Fiore will find out firsthand which of those old adages is true.

It doesn’t matter whether she believes in vampires or not…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page…)

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sins of the sonSINS OF THE SON (ARCADIA TRUST BOOK 3) by Christian Baines

Abandoned by his werewolf lover, the only thing Reylan wants is to return to his vampire life of blood and beautiful boys. It’s a solid plan, until his first meal as a single man tries to kill him.

Hoping to free his young would-be assassin from the religious zealots that sent him, Reylan enlists the help of Iain Grieg, a charismatic priest with unsettling knowledge of the night’s secrets.

Surrounded by conflicting agendas and an army fuelled by hate, Reylan fights to secure his future, if he can only trust the mysterious priest and bury the ghosts of the past.

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the guardianTHE GUARDIAN (THE FAERIE WARS BOOK 1) by  Quinn Arthurs

I always thought my mom was crazy, with her offerings to the fairies and whispered spells. After she died, I followed her last wishes and performed her final rites–only for my life to turn instantly upside down. My kitchen is now full of three insanely sexy and opinionated men who claim to be witches and fairy knights–and also my soulmates. They claim I have a great destiny, that I am meant to defeat the Elvish Queen who my mother has been fleeing all of these years. I don’t want an epic destiny, though, I just want to be normal for once in my life, if there is such a thing. With the help of my new companions, Onyx, Terran, and Reed, I will discover strengths inside myself that I had never known and an underworld greater than anything I could have imagined. Now I must find out if I have the strength to face my destiny and myself.

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power of liesPOWER OF LIES (THE DARK ORCHID BOOK 1) by Auryn Hadley

Everyone lies.  When working for a sex mage, it’s the only way to stay safe.

That’s the first thing Jaeda learns when she’s named as the Chosen.  The mage needs a sacrifice, and she’s willing to give it.  Maybe too willing.  After all, this man is lust incarnate; a woman would have to be insane not to want him, even if he is dangerous.

But desiring someone’s body is very different from falling in love.  In her line of work, the two must never be confused.  She doesn’t even know his name!  He’s simply The Jackal, a terrifyingly powerful sex mage, and she’s his altar.  Her lust fuels him.  He needs it…(MUCH more blurb on ebooks seller page…)

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fire breathing blaiseFIRE BREATHING BLAISE (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers

Chyna Deschamps is on a mission to lose her virginity.
Everyone’s moving on: kids, minivans, white picket fences…and she’s stuck.
When she spends a hot night with a scorching dragon, he leaves his claiming mark on her and now they’re mated—or so he thinks.
But, a little claiming mark won’t dictate her destiny. Chyna is not about to kowtow to any man. Ever.
Not even a sexy-as-sin dragon shifter who will do anything to win her heart.

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damaged daddy bearDAMAGED DADDY BEAR (SHIFTERS OF THE AEGIS) by Leela Ash and Tabitha St George

Death haunts Rex Fairburn. His wife, his best friends… all have died, leaving him to care for four grieving children. From the ruins of the past, he’s built a loving, tight-knit family – one he would die to protect. Providing for them consumes him and leaves him neither the time nor a desire for love.

Paige Hall arrives in town, fleeing her own demons. With hardly a penny to her name, she struggles to build a future for herself and her son Jake. Babysitting the unruly Fairburn clan brings in her some much needed extra cash. Even if the handsome, craggy millionaire is way out of her league!

Mysterious events force Rex to call upon the aid of the First Flight of Dragons. Their arrival reveals a terrible plot, one that may consume all of the southwest.

Caught in this struggle, drawn together despite their fears, Rex and Paige find themselves faced with a monstrous enemy.
One that steals children.

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lord of winterLORD OF WINTER (FROZEN DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

As a scientist, Talia Reed is used to things just making sense. So when a large sample of ice sent to her lab happens to be carrying a centuries-old Siberian man who claims to be the lord of winter, everything in her life is turned upside down. Alek’s tall, handsome, protective…and totally shouldn’t be alive. But somehow, even though he’s the one who was frozen, she’s the one who’s beginning to warm up.

Alek, lord of winter, has huge gaps in his memory and no ability to access the ice dragon powers that made him a force to be feared. But he does know he always goes after what he wants with the force of a winter storm, and right now that’s scientist Talia Reed, the tiny human woman who awakened him. His heart has been drawn to her from the moment they met, and he isn’t going to let anything, past or present, stand in the way of claiming her for his own.

As Alek and Talia spend time together, things get steamy enough to melt snow. But Talia is torn about having feelings for a scientific sample, and Alek is trying to figure out the key to unlocking his powers to rule the modern world. And in the meantime, secrets are lurking beneath the ice of Alek’s past, threatening to break through and destroy everything he holds dear.

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prince of secretsTHE PRINCE OF SECRETS (STARIEL BOOK 2) by AJ Lancaster

VS Note: Recommended by reader Barbara – sounds FUN! I one clicked the first book in the series after reading the look inside excerpt.

Well-bred women should not be seen kissing their butlers. Even when the butler in question is secretly a fae prince.

Wyn knows falling for Hetta Valstar is a bad idea. She’s not only human but the new magically bonded ruler of Stariel Estate. If their relationship gets out, it’ll cause a scandal that could ruin their attempts to sort out the estate’s crumbling finances.

Of course, it doesn’t help that Stariel has decided it doesn’t like him.

But more than jealous sentient estates and Hetta’s good name are at stake. Wyn’s past is coming back to bite him. Ten years ago, he broke an oath and shattered the power of his home court, and the fae have been hunting him ever since. Now they’ve found his hiding place, they won’t rest until he’s dead or the debt is repaid—and they don’t play nicely.

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rise of an alpha moonRISE OF AN ALPHA MOON VOLUME 1 (RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES BOOK 8) by Jodi Vaughn

***PART 1 of a 3 PART Serialized Novel!!***
Pack Master, Barrett Middleton gave his life in exchange to protect his Wolf Pack from a blood debt. He was dead. Supposed to stay dead. But his Guardian and a powerful Fae took it upon themselves to resurrect him. Ryker and Celeste Nordstrom don’t understand what they’ve done.

Barrett struggles to walk the line between being alive and being dead. When a beautiful female wolf named Jacey comes around, he’s faced with a choice—give into the desires of his heart and soul…or stay away and protect her from the darkness threatening to swallow Barrett whole.

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city of fractured soulsCITY OF FRACTURED SOULS (CITY OF NIGHTHELM SERIES BOOK 2) by Olivia Ash

If you’re banished to the shadowy realm within Ripthorn Mountain, you die.
The mountain’s fractured magic seeps into the bones of humans, slowly draining the life from their bodies with every step they take. It has been a death sentence for as long as anyone in the kingdom of Nighthelm can remember.

And now, it’s Sophia’s fate.. .Banished to the depths of the savage mountain, Sophia and her men are left with a choice: find their way to the surface, or die.
But there are hungry beasts on the mountain…An ancient evil hunts Andreas, determined to end an old feud the wraith shifter had nothing to do with. And as it stalks them, ever closer, the clock is ticking for Zeke and Edric. Even with all their strength and magic, their human bodies can’t survive the mountain much longer…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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thatcherTHATCHER – ROBINSON DESTRUCTION by Kathi S Barton

A fresh start was what Rogan Hall needed. A small town, out of the way, where no one knew her or her brother was where they’d start over. She worked from home, and they kept to themselves. The only thing Rogan couldn’t give up was her early morning run.

Like clockwork, she ran every morning, and again, like clockwork, the same family would pass her on the country road heading to who knew where. The little boy in the back seat would wave at her with such enthusiasm, it made her heart melt. However, that morning, everything would change. Only moments after the car passed her and drove around the bend, she heard a loud commotion. Another car barreled past her, and she found the quaint family’s car overturned and on fire. Rogan did the only thing she could do, she saved them.

Thatcher Robinson was on duty at the hospital when his parents contacted him through their link and told him about the accident and what to expect when the ambulance arrived. Thatch, his dad, told him they had to save the woman by changing her, but her burns were severe, and his dad wasn’t sure that the new tiger would survive.

When Rogan regained consciousness, she was unsure where she was, but she knew she was different. She could feel the tiger move just beneath her skin. Rogan knew very little about shifters, but what she did know had her cringing. Why someone would take it upon themselves to change her, she didn’t know, but when the young doctor, Dawson, said his brother was her mate, she was furious. If the big, bad, Thatcher thought he was going to order her around, he had another thing coming.

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spurred fateSPURRED FATE (BLACK CLAW RANCH BOOK 2) by Cecelia Lane

Joss Warren packs her bags to head off to the unforgiving wilds of Montana where she’s got a job as the new chef of Black Claw Ranch. Secretly, she hopes to heal her broken heart and learn more about her people. She’s heard about the good folks of Bearden, Montana. They are kind and generous, so people say. But her first run-in with a growly cowboy has her wondering if that’s just a tall tale.

City-girl Joss has never met a man as rugged as Hunter Shaw.

Tall, tatted, and Montana-tough, Hunter made his name riding bulls on the rodeo circuit. Nowadays, the handsome cowboy wrangles cows and tourists at the Bear Claw Ranch. Hunter is as wild and untamed as the Montana lands.

Joss is sure his sultry gaze promises wicked pleasure. But Hunter hides a dangerous side and Joss can’t risk her fragile heart…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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bounty hunter loganBOUNTY HUNTER: LOGAN (THE CLAYTON ROCK BOUNTY HUNTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 3) by Kim Fox

Logan Barnes is a mess. After losing an arm in a battle, the depressed lion shifter can no longer play guitar in his band and is nothing but a burden to his crew who are in desperate need of some serious firepower. He’s convinced that he’s useless and all he wants to do is crawl into a hole and never come out. He won’t even release his stir-crazy lion because he is terrified to find out if his inner animal is missing a limb as well.

After a year and a half of unjust captivity, Elodie Fournier is finally free. But she’s changed and fears that she will no longer fit into the world she once belonged to. She wants a life back, any life back, but feels lost and hopeless, just like the grumpy one-armed lion shifter who is in charge of watching over her.

Both Logan and Elodie are in vulnerable places, but will they continue their constant arguing or will they lean on each other for support? And will they be able to find strength in each other in time for the new deadly threat that is creeping toward the Clayton Rock Ranch?

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first moonFIRST MOON (LOVIN THE COVEN BOOK 1) by Jacquelyn Faye

Welcome to Cedar Falls…I thought the sign seemed a little too welcoming, but when you get the call to move from the goddess herself, you don’t get to be picky. I just wasn’t expecting my new home to be so rustic and…down on its luck. But, when you’re a witch, life can get pretty interesting…and dangerous. Especially when someone is killing the local coven. At least the chief of police is pretty hot, when he’s not accusing me of being the murderer.
Cedar Falls seems to have no shortage of hot men. With so many stunning men, why choose just one? Sorry, Chief. Let’s just hope I don’t get too distracted before I find the murderer, open my new bookstore, and help Cedar Falls become what it was meant to be.

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sawyers mateSAWYER’S MATE (SHIFTER NATION: WEREBEARS OF BIG BEND) by Meg Ripley

Madelyn has her entire life planned out: she’ll write her thesis and graduate next semester, then embark on her promising career as a paleontologist. But when she gets to Big Bend National Park and meets the hunky Ranger assigned to assist with her dig, her plans start to look less than solid. Her mind insists on staying on track, but whenever she’s around Sawyer, her heart refuses to listen.

After inheriting the Alpha title of his bear clan, Sawyer’s ready to start settling down—and when he meets Madelyn, his inner bear knows he’s found the one. Even though sparks fly between them, Madelyn can’t imagine leaving her New England family and budding career behind. But Sawyer longs for her to stay in Texas; he can’t bear the thought of being without her.

Madelyn tries to find a balance between dating and schoolwork, but time’s running out for her to make a discovery for her thesis.
But when she digs up Big Bend’s biggest secret of all, will her life—and love—be put in danger?

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jaguar rogueTHE JAGUAR ROGUE (SHIFTER’S MATES 5) by Raisa Greywood

After an exhausting and dangerous journey from my home in Brazil to Atlanta, my sisters and I join the exodus of refugees emigrating to Ximera. Though my sisters both find mates, mine is unwilling. I try not to take offense, knowing my little family will be safe — even my brother, though he will find no mate.

We are stolen from under the noses of those who sought to protect us. My jaguar and I take… offense. Once those who took my sisters and me are destroyed, I meet someone who will change my life forever — and I’m not talking about a mate. A young woman makes me an offer I will not refuse. It’s the one chance I have of finding my family. It’s a bonus that I get to tweak my unwilling mate’s tail at the same time.

But my mate is going to catch up with me soon. I can’t escape him forever, and I’m not sure I want to. I just need to keep him at bay long enough to find my sisters.

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threads of destinyTHREADS OF DESTINY (TAPESTRIES OF DESTINY BOOK 4) by N J Walters

When a magical tapestry brought a beautiful and loving bride into his brother’s life, Marc Garen could not have been happier, even though he’d hoped to win her for himself. But lately his feelings of emptiness have threatened to overwhelm him, as their buoyant happiness is such a stark reminder of the loneliness that haunts his soul. Then a new tapestry appears and hurls him into a strange and violent world—and into the arms of a woman who has haunted his dreams and carries the promise of the love he so longs for.

Kathryn Piedmont is a brave and beautiful scientist, and she’s put her own life at risk to save two men who were part of a scientific experiment and are now marked for death. As the three find themselves trapped and facing certain execution, Kathryn is convinced their fate is sealed—until Marc, the ruggedly handsome warrior of her fantasies, suddenly appears in the flesh and magically transports them to safety.

With all of them now safe in Marc’s world, the three men in turn and together share Kathryn’s bed, each of them intent on satisfying her every sensual need—and each of them compelled to try to make her his own. But Marc knows that Kathryn is the one woman who can quiet the powerful stirrings in his body and his heart, and he will take her to incredible heights of pleasure to claim her for himself and make her his own for all time.

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were we belongWERE WE BELONG: SHIFT HAPPENS BOOK 5 by Robyn Peterman

I need a new freakin’ job.
It’s not what you think. I’m desperate to resign from the Werewolf Treaty Federation aka WTF. Don’t judge. I didn’t name this crew of misfit Shifters so hear me out.

After investigating a deadly Jazz Cabbage outbreak, I discover we need a necromancing Demon to help solve the crime. As luck would have it, my gay Vampyre BFF, Dwayne, dated one of these gems several decades ago. Seems all we need to do is summon his evil butt into this plane of existence and poof, crisis solved. The question is, can we bring him back without causing a flesh-eating, end of the world Zombie Apocalypse?

With my hunky mate, insane Granny and flamboyant Dwayne by my side, we have no choice but to succeed. If we don’t, the reveal of our existence to the human world is imminent.

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his runaway lionessHIS RUNAWAY LIONESS (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 10) by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release

Half-breed lioness Renae Brogan is a cat on the run. Leaving her asshole ex meant leaving her pride or losing her life. Now she’s hiding out in Devil’s Gap, Tennessee, with a new name and a new look. Pity she can’t do anything about her inability to control her chaotic shifts. But nobody’s perfect…

Hale Roark is a warlock with a muddy bloodline and a weather speciality. Some shifter blood way back when means he can’t bond with a familiar and unlock his true magic potential but no worries, he’s plenty powerful without one. Bounty-hunting runaway weres is a damn good living, and the fact that he’s as mean as sin is an added bonus.

Until he’s hired to find one wayward lioness and tracks her down to Deal’s gap. It should be an easy job. Track the female, deliver her back to her pride for them to deal with, no questions asked.

Until he finds her. Then he skips straight to the answers.

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queen of the animalsQUEEN OF THE ANIMALS: A FANTASY SHORT STORY by Amir Lane

A storm sends Daniella’s car into the woods. What she expects is to freeze to death. Instead, she discovers she has the ability to communicate with animals. Who needs society when you have bears? 30 pages

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imprison the skyIMPRISON THE SKY (THE ELEMENTAE BOOK 2) by A C Gaughen

Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is a wind Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

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demon's mercyDEMON’S MERCY (DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 9) by Rebecca Zanetti

Mercy O’Malley hates killing people. So when she’s assigned to take out Vampire-Demon Logan Kyllwood, she lures him to a seedy bar in Scotland, then decides to kidnap him instead. How can she cold-bloodedly end all that heat, those green eyes, that ripped body?

Unfortunately for Mercy, attempted murder and kidnapping are just foreplay for the Kyllwood brothers. Logan may be the youngest of the bunch, but death and violence are already a way of life.  Now he’s ready to complete a painful, terrifying ritual to become one of the Seven, dedicated to protecting this world from the most dangerous evil it’s ever known. But first he has to deal with a blackmailing Fey, a ransom demand and his own pounding need for the last female he ever should have fallen for.

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body mary dukeBODY (OF THE FAYE SERIES BOOK 2) by Mary Duke

Sno was not alone when she was born with the mark of the moon goddess; the Faye’s Goddess.
There was another who bore the same mark; another who would wield the goddesses’ magic.
However, a prophecy split the Faye people. It read that one would destroy their way of life and the other would pull them from the ashes.
The prince was one of those who bore Ayana’s mark and though the Queen was easily able to convince her people that their future leader would save their kingdom, she knew it wasn’t the truth. She was willing to do whatever it took to save him from his true fate.
Would her thirst for power get in the way?

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the passageVS Special Note: I want to give a shout out to The Passage Series by Justin Cronin. The first book was originally published in 2010 and now has been made into a FOX TV series. So far (I’ve seen two episodes) I’ve enjoyed the debut of the TV series but of course they’ve stripped down and hugely simplified this very lush, complicated set of books and completely left out the intriguing mysticism which is a major underpinning in the novels.  They’ve changed some characters quite a bit from the books. The book series is post apocalyptic dystopian, a viral vampire story, has major time jumps in the narrative both backward and forward and covers about 30 years in the lives of the main characters. Well, more years than that for Amy and some of the others…it kind of defies explanation. It did remind me somewhat of Stephen King’s The Stand. I just know I recently reread all three books and became immersed in the story all over again. Cronin is masterful at how he pulls the threads on even tiny details to pay off years later. I’m left not happy with how life turns out for some characters, okay with the fate of others and happy for some, which is par for the course for a huge, sprawling epic. (Not a romance at all, did I mention that? Although there are some mild romantic elements in a few places.) If you haven’t read the series and are at all intrigued, go for it!

The blurb for book one: An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

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TimturFinalVS Note: Just wanted to point out I had an In the Stars Romance title on my backlist too, which would actually be book 2.5 in my Badari Warriors series. Can be read as a standalone. It’s fun to be part of the awesome author group at In The Stars!

TIMTUR: THE TEACHER’S ALIEN HEALER (BADARI WARRIORS): IN THE STARS ROMANCE

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

Although this is the fifth book released in the Badari Warriors scifi romance series, the story of Timtur and Lily is a standalone and actually comes immediately after book two’s events.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 16

January 9

January 2

December 26

December 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.  

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 January 16

glass cageAs 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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GLASS CAGE (PRISON PLANET BOOK 7) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: One clicked this. I’m enjoying this world and the stories she tells there.

Convicted of petty theft, Katerina Mathern is sentenced to the prison planet Rhodon, zone twelve, where unresponsive convicts await the removal of organs they never agreed to donate. Kat is horrified by the ward full of comatose prisoners she’s required to attend, but she’s even more horrified to discover, when one gorgeous, unconscious man begins responding to her voice, that the patients are aware of every horrific thing that happens to them.

Newly convicted felon Beau Desmond wakes up paralyzed in a hospital bed, missing one of his kidneys—his rare blood type and perfect physical condition have put him in high demand in a for-profit organ trade run by the prison. Trapped in the cage of his own mind, he can only wait for the rest of his organs to be taken one at a time, until he hears Katerina’s cheerful chatter and falls hard for his beautiful caretaker.

When Kat realizes Beau can hear her, she becomes determined to get him on his feet and off the planet before the surgeon can cut anything else out of him. But now that she’s woken her sleeping beauty, their escape must be a team effort—especially once they discover the horrifying reason Kat was really sent to zone twelve.

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deb and the demonDEB AND THE DEMON (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 4) by Honey Phillips

Deb is ripped away from her comfortable life on Earth and sold as a slave to a vicious alien. Six months later, all she has to live for is the child now growing inside her. Her child’s safety is worth any price, even submitting to the disturbingly attractive alien who has just purchased her.

Rastrath hides a sharp mind behind a careless facade. He may be a Prince of the Royal House, but he has always been despised for his mixed blood, even by his own mother. A female who values her child more than herself is an unexpected prize – one that comes wrapped in a luscious package.

When an unexpected danger forces them into a marriage of convenience, the stakes are raised. Can Deb trust Rastrath’s feelings for her are more than a desire to protect his investment? Can Rastrath follow his duty and build a family of his own at the same time?

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last dominantTHE LAST DOMINANT by Eris Adderly

“I can have whatever I want. I own you.”

Qillian Wehr is the last of his kind. A bloodline of unspeakable power.
To the Imbrian government, he is a weapon. A last resort in their age-old war with Rhyolus.
His leaders want insurance. They want an heir.
 They need a genetic match.
 And now, they’ve found her.

Exotic. Stunning. Lethal.
 Rushkah Ekhayl would murder Qillian in his sleep if she got the chance. She’s Rhyolusian. She is his enemy.

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daxionDAXION (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 5) by Elin Wynn

If everyone has left you, died on you, and laughed at your dreams, you might have a few issues. And then to have your planet invaded right when you’re about to follow through on the one thing you have left?

Done.

Amira’s not particularly interested in making friends. When she hears a rumor that the alien war ship may soon depart, she’s done. This time she’ll be the one doing the leaving.But no matter how hard she makes her heart, she can’t help but want to help the refugees sheltering in the Vengeance.And when a certain green skinned alien makes her a proposal, it’s only for the other humans she’s considering it.

Right?

Daxion is used to being the big-brother of the team. The oldest of ten, he’d learned to roll with almost anything long before he joined the alliance against the Xathi.Tiny, prickly Amira spikes his curiosity, and his desire. He’s determined to keep her safe .What he’s feeling is anything but brotherly. He has a new mission now: work his way past the barriers around her heart.

But with the war against the Xathi taking a new turn, will they have a chance?

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raviks mercyRAVIK’S MERCY (BRAXIANS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel

As the rarest hybrid in the galaxy, Mercy has been forced to hide in plain sight for fear slavers and collectors would hunt her down. Quite ironic, considering her late father had been the greatest slaver of the Guldan Empire. Determined to make amends for some of the wrongs he has done, she goes on a mission to Braxia. But those plans are quickly derailed when she encounters Ravik; a mountain of a man with a fearsome face, and a planet in turmoil.

As the new ruler of Braxia, Ravik is surrounded by enemies. His planet is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and stuck in ancient, bigoted ways. When an exotic, sassy, and strong female reluctantly accepts his protection during her stay on Braxia, she becomes both his strength and his greatest weakness. As his detractors plot and scheme against him, Ravik fears the horrors of his past will destroy the fragile happiness and glimmer of hope this woman has brought him and his people.

In this brutal, unforgiving world, greed, hatred, and twisted obsessions will clash in a bid for power, for the future, and for revenge.

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resurrection ribus 7RESURRECTION (RIBUS 7 BOOK 5) by Shae Mills

Korba is back in control and the Empire has settled, at least for now. But stability is only a relative term… and it is never assured.
Something has been discovered across the galaxy, something extraordinary, something no one in the Realm can ignore, least of all Chelan. But dealing with what awaits at the end of the journey will be a colossal undertaking, a task wrought with danger and unexpected threats.
Chelan and Korba are more than up to the challenge. Yet when Chelan is beset by strange, disturbing sensations, solving the perplexing and troubling mystery that plagues her becomes imperative. The hunt is on for answers.
Discoveries made on what starts off as the adventure of a lifetime will take the entire Empire by surprise. But nothing compares to what awaits them all in the end. An eerie phenomenon haunts Chelan; whether it is friend or foe remains to be seen. The potential threat to Korba and his crew is immense: success in ferreting out the entity could come with disastrous consequences. Will Korba take the risk to discover all, or will he back away to keep everyone safe, especially his beloved mate? Chelan holds the answer.

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hunting faithHUNTING FAITH (THE HUNTING SERIES BOOK 12) by Tracy Lauren

A human on the run, making her way through the expanse of space–Faith’s only goal is survival. She’s willing to do whatever’s necessary to stay alive, even if that means stealing the ship of the only alien who’s shown her kindness since her abduction.

Rylan Graz Bregen’s life changes when he looks into those deep green eyes–he’s love struck. But when the woman of his dreams vanishes in the night… and takes his ship with her, he thinks he’s been played for a fool.

The pair never imagined they’d see each other again, but when Rylan is offered a life changing opportunity he finds that fate has other plans. On a wild planet, fighting against all odds, will Rylan find what he’s been looking for when he’s HUNTING FAITH?

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star pirates heartA STAR PIRATE’S HEART (ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY BOOK 1) by Eva Delaney and Vivi Clark

With war raging between a cruel empire and a brave revolt, little hope is left in the galaxy. Captain Calpurnia has a chance to end the battle. But her journey takes her deep into the enemy’s kingdom with a power-hungry prince on her trail.

On her high-stakes quest, Calpurnia finds herself trapped in tight quarters with a team of rebels: A brave warrior, a shy genius, a mysterious bounty hunter, a gentle doctor, and a cocky pilot.

This fiercely independent captain is suddenly tempted by five alluring allies. Will she succumb to the men’s charms? Or shove them out the ship’s airlock?

Torn between her fear of loneliness and her fear of falling in love, Calpurnia must journey to new worlds alongside her enticing crew. Can she escape the cruel prince and save the galaxy, while navigating the desires of her heart?

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seducerSEDUCER: PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK 3) by Lily Harlem

Having a stowaway Trad stare at me with hunger, lust, and determination in his eyes was enough to make my blood boil.

It really didn’t go down well with my four men either–Anki and Hurin, sexy, blue-skinned aliens, and Gavyn and Mateo, skilled pilot and copilot of Equinox.

They’re very protective and very possessive. They’re also all mine. Their hearts and bodies belong to me. Okay, so sometimes they push me to extremes–all that desire and testosterone is a lot for a girl to handle–but I was never one to throw in the towel as soon as the going got tough.

So when one of the things I love most in the universe is lost and push comes to shove, it’s time to get real. Twists of fate have a habit of becoming tangled in space. When things go wrong…they go wrong fast. Can I hold it together? Will my men, my crew, be up to the job? And will the two Space Marshalls be honest about their relationship…a relationship that is so much more than it first appears?

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soldiers mateTHE SOLDIER’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 3) by C W Gray

Morgan Murray is an easy, fun-loving guy. He excels at being a soldier, but never wanted more out of life. Somehow, he ends up in a position of authority on Dru’s new ship, the Blue Sparrow. Now he has to deal with what he dreads most. Responsibilities. Dru and her crew are given the task of finding Wyatt Morrick and telling him about his father’s death. Along the way, Morgan soon learns that responsibility can be painful, difficult, and frightening. It can also lead to something very special.

Dr. Wyatt Morrick is in trouble. Big trouble. He and his medical crew are stuck on a planet under attack. He may not be a soldier, but he has patients and friends to worry about. With very few supplies left, something has to give for them to survive. The whole planet’s future is at stake and he is stuck hiding in a cave.

When Morgan saves Wyatt and his friends, the two men are given a gift, each other. Their love can’t stop the Concord, though, and someone has to. Morgan has to grow and accept his responsibilities, and Wyatt has to move on from his father’s death. That death just happens to be a little more complicated then Wyatt expected.

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surge volume 5SURGE: BOLT SAGA: VOLUME 5 by Angel Payne

With her physical abilities ignited beyond imagination, Emmalina Crist now stands as an equal with the love of her life, Reece Richards. The only thing better than becoming a badass warrior by day is basking in the man’s passion by night.

But the newly christened Flare—and all her solar-powered abilities—must remain a secret from the world, hidden from enemies that threaten to reemerge at any moment…like the most important day of Reece and Emma’s life. The crisis exposes a new layer to the Consortium’s vile vendetta and forces the newlyweds into a painful separation.

When Reece and Emma are finally reunited, the joy is double-edged. Team Bolt is still in danger, and there’s a precious new life they’ll do anything to protect—including going into hiding. With her identity stripped and her life changed, Emma questions her choices and retreats from Reece. The hero of LA is broken and searching for answers, and everything hangs in the balance.

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bloodlinesBLOODLINES: BOOK 3 OF THE WILDLANDS by S A Hoag

Learning the truth about the Altered, and the legacy of The Vista, is the first priority of Team Three. It may earn them exile from their home. They know this. Failure is not an option.
Loyalty has its price. So does revenge. Someone has to pay.
A post-apocalyptic action adventure!
The Wildblood Series
No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.
Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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nero awakeningNERO AWAKENING (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 3) by Keary Taylor

The Bahiri are real and Nova has found them hidden away on an invisible planet. With their help, she’s finally ready to accept what she is: a Nero. She has to train, to learn how to use her abilities, and she’s got years’ worth of catching up to do. Desperate, she’ll push herself—possibly beyond her limits.

But learning how to use her abilities not only awakens her capability to control Neron, but her power to see the future. Going to sleep is a nightmare and heaven, all in the same breath. Her future hasn’t changed—it’s still with Valen Nero, standing and ruling by his side. Every morning she wakes, gutted and alone. Her visions of the love between them aren’t real. At least…not yet.

Nova is losing her mind. Her heart is fractured, and conflicted into knots. How is she supposed to let him go, to walk away from the galaxy’s second cruelest man, when she knows what kind of love they could have?

The time for a choice has come: stay on Salypso where it’s safe, where Cyrillius will never find her. Or take what she has learned as a Nero and try to change her future, and that of the galaxy.

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call the bluffCALL THE BLUFF (ACES HIGH, JOKERS WILD BOOK 2) by O E Tearman

It costs a lot to win. And even more to lose.
Seven Corporations rule the former United States with seven codes of conduct based on their ideas of morality. Comply with the code of the Corporation that holds your Citizen Contract, or suffer the economic consequences.
Or fight back.
For sixty years the Democratic State Force has been fighting to return representative democracy to the country. Living in the no man’s lands between cities and hanging on by their fingernails, the thinly spread guerrilla force hasn’t gotten far. But they have a secret weapon: their finest unit, Base 1407. Handle: The Wildcards.
Pulled together after disaster by Commander Aidan Headly, the Wildcards are on top of their game again. They’d better be. They’ve just been called to act as backup in a mission bigger than anything the Force has attempted before. The team that went in first is probably dead.If they pull their mission off, everything will change.If they don’t, they’ll be lucky to survive the year.
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kragynKRAGYN (FARSEEK WARRIORS SERIES BOOK 1) by Clarissa Lake

The war was over, yet the Sargans came and bombed his world to ruinThey stole his life by making him a slave, but Kragyn Vermaktu was no slave!
He was a Farseek Warrior. His rebellion landed him on Julconi Prison Planet…
No guards, no rules…

A place where strength meant survival…Stolen from Earth, sold as a slave Reanne Winter is forced to kill or be killed…
Earning her a one-way trip to Julconi…
Terrified by a mob of males outside the gate, she was sure she would be raped and killed before the day ended…

Enter Kragyn…He calls her solmatu and offers to get her to safety.
A shock of attraction flashes between them as soon as they touch…
She knows she won’t get a better offer.
Can the passion that burns between them grow into the legendary solmatu bond?
Or is it just a symbiotic relationship born of the need to survive?

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instructing the noviceINSTRUCTING THE NOVICE (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Lizabeth Paige is mortified. Ever since a terrorist introduced the Xi-46 lust compound into the air ducts of the Mother Ship, she had been experiencing attacks of sexual needing that leave her helpless to resist her lustful urges. Much to her embarrassment, her assistant Lone helped her with the first attack, but she’s been managing on her own (though not very well) ever since. She feels drawn to Lone, but he’s much too young for her. Lizabeth tells herself it’s better if they keep their distance.

Lone has been in love with his boss from day one–he wants Lizabeth with his whole heart. Helping her through her first needing attack was like a fantasy come true but now, for some reason, Lizabeth is trying to cut him out of her life. Desperate to bring her closer, he is elated when the Kindred High Council decides to send the two of them to The Tower of the Higher Mind for some extra training.

But there are dangers lurking at the Tower, which is located at the top of the Sacred Mountain. At its base live the Friezens—a tribe of savage, misogynistic natives who believe women are only useful for sexual-sacrifice. And in the Tower itself,
some very strange customs hold sway. Lizabeth is now a “Mistress” and Lone must be her “Novice,” serving her in every possible way. Pulled between two extremes, will the terrors of the Tower draw them together…or kill them?

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nikkis guideNIKKI’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (DOOMSDAY DAVE 1) by Sarah Bale

When the apocalypse began, the world went to shit. My perfect life crumbled into a million pieces and I was literally left at the altar while my groom joined the Dead. That was the first time I saw HIM. He burst through the double doors, guns blazing, and shot my fiancé right between the eyes. I hated him right away.

Things haven’t got much better in the last few years. Seems like wherever I go, HE is there, like dog crap on the bottom of my shoe. Sure, he’s saved my ass a time or two, but that doesn’t mean I like it. Except, I kind of dolike it… and him. When we encounter a new group, ready to take charge, I have to lean on the last person in the world I want to.

He’s arrogant. He’s a dick. He’s egotistical. He’s kind of sexy. He’s Doomsday Dave. And now I have to deal with him and his annoying squad.

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never blamedNEVER BLAMED (CHOSEN NARRATIVES BOOK 1) by Sabrina Kade

Abducted and living with an old, lonely alien was never Hollis’ plan, but the routine and security sure beat the crazy world outside. So, each day she survives. She stays safe. And that seemed like enough—right up until the moment a sexy, quirky alien literally crashes into her life.

Born into wealth, but not happiness, Chimase refuses to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps—so when he sees Hollis, he’s determined to make her his mate, even though she’s human. Worse, she already belongs to another and seems resigned to her fate. But Chimase knows they belong together, despite their differences.

And Chimase is about to show Hollis that just because she’s alive, doesn’t mean she’s living.

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summoned to the 13th graveSUMMONED TO THE THIRTEENTH GRAVE: A NOVEL (CHARLEY DAVIDSON SERIES BOOK 13) by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart?

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succubus heartSUCCUBUS HEART (SUCCUBUS SIRENS BOOK 2) by Lina Jubilee

Her aura takes powers away. Ally or foe, no Natch or Nelian elf can rely on their supernatural strengths in the proximity of the Nelian princess. Superpowered battles devolve into pandemonium when she enters the fray.

The only elf in her planet’s history to have nullification powers, Alanna felt an outcast in her own village, but she knew she could always rely on her brother, the king of Nelia, and Xerxes, his best friend, to make her smile. Certain she would wed Xerxes one day, her heart was shattered when Xerxes led a coup against her brother, determined to take over the strange human-populated planet called Earth in his own way.

With her brother back in power, Alanna exiles herself to Earth, alone—until she finds herself the target of a band of underground Natch rebels wary about her brother’s hold over the planet. Now she has four Natch men lusting after her, despite the fact that they lose all hope of winning in their crusade whenever she’s near. And though her lust has only ever led her to heartbreak, Alanna can’t stop herself from falling for each and every hot-blooded member of the maverick team.

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shade of vampire 70A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 70: BREED OF ELEMENTS by Bella Forrest

Exploding fire fae. Rogue Hermessi. A smattering of murderous cults.
Where will this story lead?

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spartan promiseSPARTAN PROMISE (MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES SPINOFF BOOK 2) by Jennifer Estep

My name is Rory Forseti, and I attend the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy, a school of warrior kids, powerful artifacts, and mythological monsters.

I’m a student, a fierce Spartan warrior, and a member of Team Midgard, a group of kids and adults tasked with stopping the evil Reapers of Chaos. There is one Reaper I’m determined to hunt down above all others: Covington, the man who murdered my parents.

So when the Midgard gets a tip that Covington is going to try to steal a dangerous artifact, I’m ready to fight. But the situation is far more complicated than it seems, and the Reapers aren’t my only enemies.

I’ll have to use all my Spartan strength and skills to survive this. And even then, it might be my blood that gets spilled.

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jaguars secret babyTHE JAGUAR’S SECRET BABY (TALES OF THE WERE: JAGUAR ISLAND BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc

Hank has never forgotten the wild woman with whom he spent one memorable night. He’s dreamed of her for years, but has never been back to the small airport in Texas owned and run by her werewolf Pack. Tracy was left with a delicious memory of her night in Hank’s arms, and a beautiful baby girl who is the light of her life. She chose not to tell Hank about his daughter, but when he finally returns and he discovers the daughter he’s never known, he’ll do all he can to set things right.

Tracy wants to be wanted for herself and won’t settle for less. Hank realizes he’s been a stupid fool and the woman he’s never been able to forget is actually his mate. He’s just been too stubborn to admit it. He will need to prove his devotion before his werewolf mate will relent and give in to the attraction that has never faded. He just needs to find the right words and actions to make her understand and win her heart all over again.

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gilded wolvesTHE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

VS Note: Listed as a YA, not a romance but of note this week.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

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illusion of deathILLUSION OF DEATH (CRYSTAL CLEAR BOOK 2) by Lana Kole

Falling to your death…
Walker, Kai, Remi and Levi are finally reunited, their team once again whole. It should be a time of celebration, but they must first conquer their greatest fear: a world without Mori. Working together, they are prepared to overcome any obstacle to return her to their side. Little do they know, an enemy has emerged, threatening the love of their life, and magekynd as a whole.

Black Cat Security has fallen, and Jareth and Selena are desperate for help to continue doing the good work. Mori and her team must come together in order to outwit new enemies, and break down and rebuild the barriers magekynd has erected in their way.

….is a lot like falling in love.
Amongst the chaos around her, Mori must acclimate to life with four potential lovers. Can Mori’s dreams finally come true now that Walker is free? With a looming darkness threatening to break their growing bond, Mori has no choice but to hit the ground running.

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winter takes allWINTER TAKES ALL (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 13) by Milly Taiden

Where’s a curvy girl with a love of snowy mountains and cold, crisp air to find a man who’ll light her fire? Gerri Wilder knows just the place and most certainly the right shifter. Promising a guy with warm hands and a hot body to keep Juliet Taylor cozy on those long Alaskan nights, the sexy scientist has to wonder if the renowned matchmaker’s idea of a hot date will waddle up to her door wearing a tuxedo made of feathers.

Leaving home after a heart-wrenching tragedy, Tevrik Awulf has stayed hidden away in the most remote corner of Alaska for nearly fifteen years. Guilt, loneliness, and snow his only companions, he refuses to believe that any woman would ever live in a shack in the middle of the frozen tundra, let alone that the mate for him will fall out of the sky. Obviously, his friend’s had way too much caffeine.

Threatened by an avalanche, Tevrik finds himself catching the most gorgeous woman he’s ever laid eyes on as she falls right out of the sky. With every hour that passes, Juliet sinks deeper into his soul and becomes part of his very existence until he’s wonders how he ever lived without her. The world stops when Juliet goes missing. With the need to find, protect and tear apart whoever has taken her, Tevrik’s suppressed alpha roars to life. Can this lonely warrior let go of the past that haunts him or will he lose the only woman who can give him a future worth living?

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wishes in a bottleWISHES IN A BOTTLE (WISHES AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Allie McCormack

Long ago, Julian DiConti was caught in a powerful spell binding him to a Djinn bottle, forced to grant wishes to each owner of his bottle. Three wishes… of the right kind… could free Julian of his bonds, but after six hundred years, he is beginning to wonder if he will be trapped as a Djinn forever.

Enter Alessandra Taylor, good Samaritan extraordinaire. She’d gladly free Julian from the spell if she could, but he isn’t allowed to tell her how, and one by one she’s driven to use the precious wishes to help others. But where will that leave Julian, and the growing love between them?

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the choiceTHE CHOICE by Addison Albright

As a freshly turned vampire, Neil had frozen in panic when he’d found himself face-to-face with his ex-boyfriend, Cameron. Neil thought that misstep and its associated danger was all in the past, but Cameron’s current boyfriend, Dennis, is like a dog with a bone, and a keen imagination. When the two men’s curiosity progresses to the point the vampires consider their secrecy to be endangered, choices must be made.

Now that faction-leader Albert has a blood-mate, he finds himself second-guessing his decisions. Neil would be crushed knowing his mistake led to human deaths, but Albert shouldn’t factor that into the difficult choices he must make. Will Albert’s indecision put the entire vampire establishment in danger? Or is redemption only a flamethrower away?

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bearly hanging onBEARLY HANGING ON (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 3) by Krystal Shannon

Owen’s become an outcast for losing his Tribe… and that label is enough to prevent him from claiming his mate under pain of death. Tara won’t understand that he’s a bear, anyway. She’ll be scared. She’ll run away. So he keeps his distance…for now…

But Tara’s being hunted by a group of guys who act more like a pack– because they are. Wolf shifters are nothing to joke about, and once they attack Owen can’t stay away any longer.

Owen is large. Untamed. And damn, he’s good in bed. The connection they have is deep and undeniable, the lust they have for each other something primal.

Yet the wolves are still lurking– they’re out for revenge, and they won’t stop until they have Tara. If Owen wants Tara as his mate, he’ll have to fight to the death to keep her.

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lost vampire princeTHE LOST VAMPIRE PRINCE (EVIL RISING BOOK 1) by Melody Raven

Nicolas is the embodiment of royalty. Strong. Powerful. Deadly. The only thing he’s missing is his throne.

Decades ago a vampire mutiny murdered his father and forced him into hiding, but all that is about to change. A mortal woman smart enough to learn the truth about him and naive enough to trust him is the perfect pawn to sneak him back into the monarchy.

Nothing is going to stop Nicolas from getting what is rightfully his. Not lust. Not love. And not Anna. At least that’s what he thinks.

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vampire villainTHE VAMPIRE VILLAIN (EVIL RISING BOOK 2) by Melody Raven

Marcus might look like an angel, but he’s always been a villain. So when he’s tasked with infiltrating the Vampire rebellion he doesn’t expect it to be complicated. But his plans might take on a new path as he grows closer to a mortal, who can’t–or won’t–die.

After Gena is brutally murdered and mysteriously resurrected, she sets out to discover the truth about her supernatural background. But when she crosses paths with the sexy and vengeful Marcus, she realizes that there is more to her past than she ever realized.

With time running out, Gena and Marcus search for answers to her past, while going head-to-head with their enemies. Will it end the same way it began–with Gena’s death?

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alpha audrey fayeALPHA (GHOST MOUNTAIN SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Audrey Faye

Hayden Scott doesn’t know his stroll in the woods is going to start with a backpack full of watermelon and end with him the new alpha of the Ghost Mountain Pack. A very traumatized pack, and those are only the shifters he can see. Too many are missing, hiding in the woods or worse.

His wolf doesn’t care. He has a pack. One with maple-syrup-covered toddlers, a ten-year-old boy who smells like wolf right up until he shifts, and a brave woman with green eyes and serious trust problems who defended her pup with nothing more than a tree branch and sheer guts.

The walk ahead won’t be easy, but he has a list.
Burn down the den.
Deal with the evil still stalking the woods.
Call Mom.

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dragon villains preyTHE DRAGON VILLAIN’S PREY (SEPARATED BY TIME BOOK 8) by Jasmine Wylder

I’m normal.
Or so everyone thinks.
Because I don’t want the attention that comes with being special.

Then I’m kidnapped.
I know it’s a mistake.
But Ivan doesn’t release me.
If only I can change his mind…
And ignore the feelings he awakens in me.

Ivan is unlike anyone I’ve ever met…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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destined fire tessa coleDESTINED FIRE (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 3) by Tessa Cole

It used to be easy to pass as human beat cop Essie Shaw. Lay low, don’t draw too much attention. Now I’m hiding in plain sight, working for the JP, praying my teammates won’t notice my non-human magical quirks and figure out I’m a nephilim.

As the magic clawing within me threatens to reveal me, my complicated emotional bond with the team grows: Gideon, whose cold, professional distance cuts me; Jacob, whose mixed messages confuse me; Kol, whose friendship warms me; and Marcus, whose wolf could turn on me.

Thanks to the messy public disasters we’ve barely survived, the Head Office sends in the big guns: Cassius, who’d love nothing more than to rip his brother Gideon’s mating brand from my arm and kick me off the team.

So, no pressure in cracking a ring of vicious magical drug smugglers. But when things go sideways, my magic threatens to expose my secret and cost me the only place where I’ve ever belonged. With the men my very bones tell me are mine.

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spirit keyTHE SPIRIT KEY (LOCK AND KEY BOOK 1) by Parker Williams

When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.

He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.

Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.

He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.

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bearly mated to the grizzlyBEARLY MATED TO THE GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 2) by Jenika Snow

I’d once been a great dancer. A ballerina. But an injury ended my career, had me longing to go back in time, had me loathing the city and the very profession I’d once loved.

So, I decided to get away from it all, go out in the middle of nowhere to clear my head, and focus on what was important.

Things were going great until a bear was at my back door, trying to get in. And it ended with me wielding a knife for protection and realizing it wasn’t just any bear, but a shifter who claimed to be my mate.

Maddix.
Strong and powerful, his very presence had me questioning my entire existence. The mating was fast and furious, potent and real. It was everything I ever wanted, and everything I never thought I’d have.

It was all wrapped in one whirlwind, insta-lust experience.

But could I give myself over fully to Maddix? Could I truly leave the city and the life I’d always known behind?

Could I do it all for the promise of love from one possessive, territorial bear shifter who would do anything to make me happy?

Because if there was one thing Maddix made very clear, it was now that he had found me, he wasn’t letting me go.

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poppy vella dayPOPPY: HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE (FOUR SISTERS OF FATE BOOK 1) by Vella Day

Poppy has one goal–not to use her goddess magic for two weeks. How hard can it be?
Poppy Faiten, one of the four goddesses of Fate, was stoked to leave town and pretend to be a human for two weeks. The lack of responsibility thrilled her–until Slade LaMont walked into the diner where she was working. Holy moly. Waves of lust and yearning swamped her. But how could that be? A goddess of Fate was supposed to help other mates stay together, not have one herself. But here he was, so thank you, Fate. This dragon shifter was out of this world hot–and she was determined to land him.

Slade took one look at Poppy and fell into instant lust. It didn’t matter his dragon was convinced she was the one for him. He didn’t believe in mates. Besides, he didn’t have time for one. He had a hotel to build–a hotel that might make Poppy walk away.

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valiant heartVALIANT HEART (TANAHR TALES BOOK 1) by Eliza Sinclair

Niamh Starsong may be a soldier to her core, but she is also a dreamer who believes in the magic of love. When she encounters Jeron Wright, a kind and gentle priest—at least that is what she assumes—Niamh is torn, struggling to hide from her feelings for a man so wholly out of her reach.

Jeron, a talented mechmage and healer, seeks out Niamh’s solemn smiles and warm conversation but doesn’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. Tragedy strikes their expedition’s encampment and Jeron saves Niamh from the brink of death, forging a powerful, heart-to-heart bond in the process.

As insidious dangers close in on the city of Astra, Jeron and Niamh must again risk their lives for Tanahr and discover along the way how the powerful magic of friendship can blossom into love.

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spellboundSPELLBOUND by Maggie Shayne

VS Note: Apparently a re-release

From the first time she touched Alex, she knew…
Melissa’s attraction to her new boss is immediate and irresistible. But so is her sense that he’s fighting an otherworldly battle, and needs her help to survive.

Her dreams never lie…And in those dreams, a man who looks a lot like Alex murders a woman who looks a lot like Melissa. To help him means putting herself in danger. To turn away means safety for her, but his very soul is at risk.

What they don’t know might kill them…A powerful evil from beyond the grave seeks to steal Alex’s life, and will take Melissa’s too, if she gets in the way.
Is the power of love stronger than the power of evil? 

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haunted gena showalterHAUNTED by Gena Showalter

VS Note: A re-release from 2012.

Artist Aurora Harper is convinced she’s witnessed a crime—a murder so brutal she’s repressed the memories, only to paint the scene by the light of the moon. Now she needs her new neighbor, Detective Levi Reid, to help her track down the victim—and the killer. Levi’s dealing with his own memory issues, but one thing he knows for sure: Harper is meant to be his, and nothing can take her away from him—not in this life…and not in death.

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dragon claimed donna grantDRAGON CLAIMED: A DARK KINGS NOVELLA by Donna Grant

Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe.

Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons.

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marked s andrew swannMARKED by S Andrew Swann

VS note: Not sure there’s any romance but the premise sounds intriguing.

Detective Dana Rohan has an excellent arrest and conviction rate. But even her partner doesn’t know the real reason why.

All her life Dana has borne a Mark of unknown origin that she’s kept secret. A Mark that allows her to walk into alternate pasts and futures. A Mark that allows her to go back and see any crime as it’s being committed. But the life she’s carefully built around this secret ability begins to crumble when she’s assaulted by a ragged old man. He babbles an incoherent warning that “the Shadows are coming,” right before he is killed by an armored mon