New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 23

jadrianAs 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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JADRIAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 1) by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I’m EXCITED! WHEE! My new book is available today!

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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solo tasha blackSOLO: ALIEN STARGAZER BRIDES  #12 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: The books in this series are always fun reading. On my TBR List.

Cecily Page makes movie magic with special effects and make-up. Her wild creations and fun-loving personality give her a sought-after status in the movie industry, and a rock & roll lifestyle that has her traveling nearly every day of the year – just the way she likes it.

Solo has arrived on Earth with only one mission. He must use his movie star good looks and skills in bed to win a human woman as his life mate. But although he lost his heart to Cecily the moment before he met her, he can see she is determined not to abandon her independent lifestyle, in spite of their intense attraction.

When Solo learns of a mystery in Cecily’s past, their road trip to the Glacier City Comic Con turns into a race to unravel the threads of a riddle that will land them with information neither of them could have imagined.

When the truth comes out, will Cecily be ready to open her heart? Or will Solo be so lonely forever?

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LOVING A STRANGERLOVING A STRANGER: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Reeve J’lorn is an M-Switch Kindred. Their ability to jump into and control the body of another male for a limited period of time has gotten them the derisive nickname, “Snatchers” and they are not trusted by the other branches of the Kindred. Nevertheless, it is to Reeve, an acknowledged pirate and Snatcher, that the Kindred must turn with a top secret mission–to snatch the body of a high ranking enemy and destroy a secret weapon which threatens the entire universe. And so, Reeve steps into the body of his enemy…and into a whole different world.

When Nallah Parokk’s husband goes into a coma, she secretly hopes he will never awaken. Harryx is cruel and cold to her, beating her often and using her like a whore. Her existence is nearly unbearable but she knows it could be worse if her husband decides to throw her out on the street. Then he wakes up and suddenly he’s…different. He’s kind and loving in a way he never was before, so much so that Nallah is almost ready to forgive his past behavior. But what is behind her husband’s sudden transformation? And will this change for the better last?

Though he tries not to, Reeve is falling in love with his enemy’s wife. But the beautiful little female with wide golden eyes is so wary around him, he wonders what the real Harryx did to her. When he begins to find out, he is horrified. How can he ever get Nallah to love him back when he is inhabiting the body of a monster–her jailer and abuser? He knows he has to tell her the truth about who he is but how can he make her understand? And if he does, will she ever be able to trust again after she finds out she has been…Loving a Stranger?

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claimed by the vikensCLAIMED BY THE VIKENS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 14) by Grace Goodwin

The only thing former Coalition warriors Calder, Zed and Axon have in common are long years spent battling the Hive, and their eagerness to claim their personal reward—their own Interstellar Bride.
When news arrives on Viken that each of the warriors has been matched, they gather at the transport station only to receive two unwelcome surprises.

First, they are all matched to the same woman, and not one of them is inclined to share.
Second, their mate has refused them.
She won’t leave Earth and transport to Viken.
Won’t give any of them a chance to win her heart.

But these warriors will not back down from a challenge…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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found skye mckFOUND (THE MARS DIARIES BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon

We thought everything was perfect. We had our own planet, the freedom to do whatever we wanted, the resources to survive. And our family. My six men and me. Unconventional, strange, and utterly amazing. I never thought I could feel this much love without exploding, but it worked.

For the first time in forever, I was happy.

There was no news from Earth, but we thought we didn’t need them anymore. We’d made it for six months without contact.

But of course, happiness never lasts.

And when happiness disappears on Mars, disaster strikes.

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venomous hungerVENOMOUS HUNGER (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Mary Auclair

After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.

An Eok warrior turned outlaw, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his old life. He has no intention of allowing a headstrong human female to get in his way.

As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.

When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?

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tribeTRIBE: PART ONE (CHOSEN SERIES BOOK 2) by Stacy Jones

Despite being dumped on a primitive alien world, Lily is adapting to life there, with the help of Frrar, Tor, and Arruk. But they can’t stay in the safety of the caves forever. The flood waters have receded and it’s time to join the rest of the tribe…

While traveling, their group meets a familiar face from Arruk’s past – a man half feral and covered in vicious scars. Something about him draws Lily in, despite those who already hold her heart. But that isn’t her biggest concern.

Can Lily keep the Tribe Mother from discovering just how much being with her has changed her new mates? Will the tribe accept her, a stranger in their lands? Or will Lily have to fight the very people who were supposed to offer her safety and a home?

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dragon desireDRAGON DESIRE (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade

Things have gone south for Lilly Jordan, and fast. A one-time fairytale romance has turned black and blue. It’s time to go, for her sake, and for the unborn life growing inside her. In desperation she reaches out to her best friend for help. Expecting a ride, or maybe money, Lilly is completely unprepared when the front door breaks down to reveal her Prince Charming instead. It would have been perfect timing for true love… if she weren’t in the middle of fleeing a relationship.

Forced to return to living amongst the humans yet again by the dragon elders, Torran is anything but excited to be where he is. That changes upon arrival though, when a fellow dragon tells him they’re off to save a damsel in distress. One broken door and a frantic escape through a hail of gunfire later, and that damsel is now looking exactly like his mate. The only problem is she’s human, an eventuality Torran never prepared himself for…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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aliens dreamTHE ALIEN’S DREAM (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 5) by Zoey Draven

Ever since Taylor Glass was rescued by strong, hulking Luxirians, nothing has been the same. Even worse, she can’t stop having sexy, vivid dreams starring one of her rescuers, a panty-melting alien male with mesmerizing gray eyes and the fiercest scowl she’s ever seen. Outside of her dream world, he clearly wants nothing to do with her and that fits perfectly with Taylor’s well-laid plan of getting back to Earth as soon as possible, no distractions needed. Too bad fate has other plans.

Ambassador Vikan has been loyal to his past lover since the day a tragedy ripped her away. But when his Instinct awakens for a human female under his protection, the Luxirian warrior fights against the undeniably pull with everything in him, torn between loyalty and lust, cursing her generous curves and soft lips that make him crazed. When his will fails him however, Vikan does what any sane warrior would do: steal the female away before she can leave for Earth.

Determined to get back home, Taylor fights against the intense attraction she has towards her alien captor. But when it becomes difficult to distinguish her too real dreams from reality, Taylor begins to fear that she might not leave Luxiria in one piece after all and that she might be forced to leave her heart behind.

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maxxusMAXXUS (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Maxxus has become the new king of Talonia. He must earn the trust of his people. It will be difficult, because his brother, the former king, was loved by all. Making matters worse, the planet is losing it’s paradise status. Volcanoes aren’t just dormant; they’re dead. The waterfalls are dull and losing their energy restoring powers. Soon, the citizens, who look to him for answers, will be starving. He must ask for help from the one place he would rather not, Earth.

Josie’s father once saved Earth from destruction and it is to her that the other scientists turn when Maxxus calls for help. Eager to prove herself as valuable as her father, she accepts the challenge. Gathering a crew, one who has already been to Talonia, she sets out to save the mighty weredragons. She becomes involved in a battle of wits with the stubborn, hard headed king, who is wary of humans. She sees inside his tough shell and can’t help feeling drawn to his soul.

Maxxus finds himself confiding his deepest feelings to a stranger, a human. It is disconcerting, to say the least. How could he be closer to a stranger than his own family? As the planet begins to lose it’s battle, Maxxus finds his heart melting. A few random words, heard by accident may ruin his life.

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aidenAIDEN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 3) by  Scarlett Grove

Winnifred Parker is a survivor. She’s been on her own since she was sixteen. But when stranded on an island with nothing but her paint set, she has new obstacles to overcome. Not the least of which is the sexy, tattooed musician she’s marooned with.

Aiden’s inner dragon knows Winnifred is his mate, and he’ll do anything to be near her. Abandoned on the island together, he has the chance to impress Winnie with his guitar riffs. But winning her heart will require more sincerity than this mysterious rogue is ready to reveal.

When vampires arrive, Aiden can no longer conceal his dragon nature. He whisks Winnie away, but her rescue comes at a terrible price. Winnifred wants nothing to do with him! Will Aiden ever come out of hiding again? And if he does, can the self-sufficient painter admit she needs love, not only to the secretive warrior, but to herself?

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time gypsyTHE TIME GYPSY by Cara Carnes

Amira is the best airship pilot in the galaxies and can bend the time slips within the Gypsy Nebula better than anyone, which means she only takes the jobs she wants. She’s sacrificed a lot for the freedom to pick her jobs, live free. A Gypsy can never love an outsider. It is forbidden. She walked away from the loves of her life once. Now they’re back, demanding her help to save the galaxies. Walking away again isn’t an option, but neither is giving her loves the second chance they are demanding.

The fate of the galaxies hangs on Mikel and Nivel completing one assignment—hire a Gypsy to slipstream them to where the survivors of the Tezan empire were placed and bring them home. Only one pilot knows where they are—the woman who they’d once intended to claim for their mate. She walked away from them once, vowed to have nothing to do with them again. They aren’t about to let her walk away from them again.

They must set aside their personal differences and work together to resurrect the Tezan Empire. Failure is not an option. But the journey to the Ancient Earth slipstream is a perilous one rife with danger. Finding the Tezan survivors within Victorian London might prove impossible.

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medusas touchMEDUSA’S TOUCH by Emily L Byrne

Medusa Pilot Captain TiCara X273, ex-street kid and former bondslave, thought she wanted nothing more than to be captain of her own starship. Or, at least, that was all that she thought she wanted until Sherin Khan came back into her life. A bar singer turned corporate rep, Sherin is now working for Ser Trin Vahn, one of TiCara’s best clients and head of Vahn Corp.

Once they are thrown together on TiCara’s ship, TiCara and Sherin can no longer deny their simmering attraction to each other. A simple mission to transport the ailing Vahn to the legendary asteroid, Electra 12, for medical treatments turns dark and dangerous as betrayal leads to betrayal. TiCara’s greatest enemy is pursuing them, there’s a traitor on her crew and Sherin has a secret that can tear them apart. Can they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

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raydnRAYDN (THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 2) by Mira Maxwell

Willow can’t remember what it’s like to be free. She spends her days working under the watchful gaze of her alien captor and dreams of returning to Earth. She tries to keep hope alive, but part of her knows the likelihood of rescue fades with each passing day.

Respectability is everything to Raydn. The battle-hardened alien only cares about the mission at hand, the men under his command, and the rules that keep them all safe in an unpredictable world. Until his latest assignment leads him to a fragile Earth woman held captive on a distant planet. He falls for her, hard, and he’s determined to win her over.

Willow isn’t so sure. She cares for Raydn, but she’s struggling with the after-effects of captivity and can’t see a future for herself in his world.

Will he be able to convince Willow that her home is by his side?

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dirty liesDIRTY LIES (PRISON PLANET BOOK 4) by Emmy Chandler

Rayla Shaw has spent her entire life restricted to Station Alpha, orbiting the prison planet Rhodon, an unspoken exception to the “no children” policy. Now grown, Rayla discovers that her father, Warden Shaw, has been lying to her for her entire life, and the only person who can tell her why is one of the prisoners.

Armed with supplies, weapons, and a bodyguard, Rayla sneaks onto the planet disguised as an inmate, determined to find answers. But when her shuttle crashes, killing Rayla’s bodyguard, she is stranded alone on a planet crawling with violent criminals.

A zone four loner, Jai sees a shuttle go down in the woods and he races toward it, intending to salvage what he can. To his surprise, the only survivor is a female prisoner who emerges from the wreckage with an unrestricted gun—easily the most valuable thing in all of zone four. His plan is to seduce the gorgeous new inmate and steal the gun once she’s fallen for him.
But before long, Jai realizes he’s falling for his prey—and that Rayla may be the only woman on the entire planet he can never have.

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in the requiemIN THE REQUIEM (METAHUMAN FILES BOOK 5) by Hailey Turner 

Weighed down by scandal, Captain Jamie Callahan must choose between saving his family’s reputation and his father’s political aspirations, or taking down the enemy once and for all. Choosing one over the other will have lasting repercussions he can’t escape. Whatever path Jamie ultimately picks, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan will be right by his side to face the consequences. Kyle knows in a situation like this the only way out is through. Together they can make it to the other side, but surviving that journey will take everything they have.

Agent Sean Delaney is learning what it means to be part of Alpha Team through trial by fire. He wouldn’t change it for the world, nor would he give up the life he’s building with Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin. But their time together is threatened by outside forces they can’t outrun. Having put the nightmare of Boston behind him, Alexei is focused on keeping his family safe, but he can’t have eyes on everyone. Alexei knows he can’t ignore the danger on the horizon, and when it strikes, he is unprepared for the tragedy it leaves in its wake.

The odds are stacked ever higher against Alpha Team, and outmaneuvering a precog is a daunting, almost impossible task. Jamie knows something has to give, and when it does, it just might break him the way nothing else in his life ever could.

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HER COLD BLOODED PROTECTORHER COLD-BLOODED PROTECTOR (LEVEKK INVADERS BOOK 1) by Lea Linnett

It’s not easy being human when Earth is run by aliens.

Lena has been locked up, imprisoned in a multi-species penitentiary on Earth, and all she wants is to get back to what she’s good at: keeping her sister safe.

Kormak is a levekk—a member of the same cold-blooded, alien species that enslaved her planet—and he is the key to her escape.

Kormak hates humans, and he’s not afraid to show it. They burn hot and bright but are snuffed out quickly, and the last thing he wants is a human slowing him down.

But she needs a protector, and he’s drawn to her flame. When an accident derails their escape and strands them in the wintry wilderness, just who will end up saving whom?

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krakens mateTHE KRAKEN’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 2) by Susan Tromblay

A desperate escape from a prison cell inside an alien research facility leaves Joanie in the clutches of an alien with a handsome face, a great body, and tentacles that could have come out of a horror movie. Her life back on Earth is a mess, but nowhere near as complicated as her new situation becomes when the alien test subject named Nemon decides that she’s his mate.

Nemon knows that Joanie is the mate he’s hoping for as soon as Thrax hands her to him, but he can also see that she’s frightened and traumatized. He must win a battle against his own body—which has a mind of its own—to maintain control, so he can win her trust and avoid frightening her further. His newfound friends warn him that Joanie will need time to accept him, and Nemon is willing to wait, but they all may have underestimated Joanie.

They have escaped their fate as Iriduan test subjects, but Nemon and Joanie can’t escape the legacy left behind by their captors. A legacy that brings them together—a legacy that also threatens to tear them apart.

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spacebergSPACEBERG (SPACE SQUAD 51) by M Pax

Spaceberg arrives without warning. The size of Jupiter, it hits with deadly consequences, taking out ships and colonies in the outer solar system.

Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and to save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic is what her plan needs to prevail.

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mating sightMATING SIGHT (PRAESIDIO BOOK 2) by Ava Ryant

VS Note: From April

So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.

Kidnapped by an Alien after getting attacked by Space Pirates on her way to a new Planet. Yeah…Anabel wasn’t having a good day. Fortunately for her she was a glass half-filled, spunky kinda-girl and she ends up roaming free on a trading planet where things get weird…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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war kim faulksWAR (THE CALLING SERIES BOOK 2)  by Kim Faulks

She’s got Pestilence in her basement.
He’s bound, gagged. His blood slick on her hands.
His touch warm on her body.
And he’s calling the others…the three riders she’s hunting.
War is coming and she’s not ready…She doesn’t think she’ll ever be ready.
But she’s been given a mission—a Calling to her tainted soul.
Lamb, Pestilence calls her.
But she’s no Lamb.
She’s a Lion.
Her name is Harlow Morgan, and she’s the last hope a dying world has left.

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hellfire and handbasketsHELLFIRE AND HANDBASKETS (A TIME TRAVELER’S JOURNEY BOOK 2) by Kathryn Hills

It’s hell in the ER, but Army veteran Dr. Rick Hauser wouldn’t work anywhere else. The hardened combat medic thinks he’s seen it all. Until she storms into his life.

Amelia Pennington is not just a pretty face. She’s a time-traveler. A medical student from 1895, forced to flee a madman. She’s been in trouble before, but this time everything she loves is at risk. Can a reluctant hero be the key she’s searching for?

What’s left of Hauser’s heart is still on the battlefield. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a mystery woman. But when he finds Amelia on the streets, he ignores the warning shots firing off in his head and takes her home. In less than twenty-four hours, she’s upended his self-protected world. Even his dog, Rocky, is in love.

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dragon warriors heartDRAGON WARRIOR’S HEART (DRAGONS OF MARS BOOK 5) by Leslie Chase and Juno Wells

Ashley Warren knows she’s in trouble as soon as she sees Kosar. The tall, powerful dragon shifter has a body to kill for, a smile that makes her heart race, and eyes that look straight into her soul. If only she could listen to what her body wants, she’d forget about her mission and throw herself at him.

The trouble is, she’s on Mars to steal from him. Worse, the people who sent her aren’t the forgiving type — and they have her brother as a hostage. If she doesn’t bring them the information they want, he’ll pay the price.

Kosar is a dragon warrior, a defender of the most precious artifact the Dragon Empire possesses. The stardrive that brought the dragon shifters to Mars is his to guard while its secrets are studied, and he will not allow thieves to take it.

His duty is simple until he meets Ashley. The moment he looks into the human female’s eyes, he knows they belong together. She’s his mate, chosen by fate to be by his side, and he would give anything to protect her. But as evidence mounts that she’s planning to steal the secrets he’s guarding, he’s torn between his duty to the Empire and his feelings for his mate.

Caught between their conflicting obligations, can Kosar and Ashley find a way to be together? Or will duty pull them apart?

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game of liesGAME OF LIES (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Pippa DaCosta

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota. She survived life as a slave, survived the Dreamweaver’s touch, but surviving Marshal Kellee and the mysterious Talen is a whole other game, one she’s not sure she’s ready for.

When the three are captured by a bloodthirsty fae general sweeping through the last of Halow’s human colonies, the only weapons they have left are lies. And so Kesh must pretend to be the gladiator they all expect, while Kellee is forced to fight against her, and Talen is… Well, just who is Talen when he can command soldiers with a glance and move among the fae elite as though he belongs?

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota, neither does love. She must survive both, or everything she’s fought for will be lost forever, including her men.

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her savage mateHER SAVAGE MATE by Kallista Dane

VS Note: The author states: “Her Savage Mate is based on the characters in my story in the USA TODAY bestselling box set Alien Alphas. I’ve added lots of steamy hot new scenes to make it a full-length standalone novel. “

Except I don’t have a choice. Not really. The High Priest threatens to put my entire crew to death unless I agree. So I make him a deal. I’ll mate with the future king and give him an heir – in exchange for their freedom.

Turns out my new mate is a mouth-watering, seven foot tall bronze hunk. He’s so hot he could be the star of one of the tacky romance novels I’m secretly addicted to.

Unfortunately this planet requires females to obey their mates or be disciplined. I’m not the submissive type, so I get punished by my new mate. A lot. But I’m determined this alien alpha will never break me. Night after night I defy him.

As time goes on, his stern discipline and passionate lovemaking are awakening dark desires in me. Wicked desires I’ve never felt before.

I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

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tiger stripedTIGER STRIPED: SHIFTERS UNBOUND by Jennifer Ashley

Tiger …

The call he must answer …

Tiger wakes in the night, knowing something is wrong. Carly, mate of his heart, is next to him, and he hears his son’s breathing. They are safe.

But someone, someone cries out with a despair he can’t ignore …

Carly won’t let Tiger go alone, and neither will Connor, the cub who will become one of the greatest Shifters of them all—Tiger knows. He sees.

He can’t ignore the call. Tiger and Carly take Dylan’s truck and head into the night, on what proves to be the most important mission of their lives.

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phoenix rising lick of firePHOENIX RISING: TALES OF THE WERE (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 8) by Bianca D’Arc

Lance doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He’s just a regular guy who owns a high-end engine shop on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. But lately, he’s been drawn to the desert in inexplicable ways, and has troubled dreams of flying…to the sun.

Tina remembers him – her high school crush. But that was long ago and they’re both very different now. Lance still has that aura of magic about him, though, and she’s grown into her powers, gaining strength and hopefully, wisdom, over the intervening years. When she gets stuck on the side of the road out in the desert, it’s Fate that sends Lance – of all people – to her rescue.

Sparks fly as they reunite and rekindle the flame that had never quite extinguished between them. When Lance’s business is targeted, Tina helps him defend his place and the odd assortment of shifters who have gathered around him. Lance is a bit clueless about the unseen world, but Tina is there to fill in the blanks and help him discover what he was always meant to be.

But Lance is in a dangerous position. Most shifters of his kind don’t survive their first shift. Tina believes she can help him through it and perhaps…just perhaps…she can be the one to ground him. She wants to believe she could be the reason he comes back down to Earth – if their love is strong enough.

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abyssABYSS (RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 5) by Bethany Adams

After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassins, rogue princes, and a grown, half-human student—all had caught her off guard. Now, things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.

For seven years, Aris was held captive on the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table—not with danger threatening multiple worlds.

Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hadn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.

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vampires thirst ivanA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: IVAN by Marissa Farrar

Russian vampire Ivan Sokolov is suffering from a bad case of the guilts and has high hopes of apologising to his ex—the half-breed daughter of the werewolf Deacon Thorn.

He tracks her down to the eerie and remote Dartmoor when he is struck down by the Thirst. His hunger all but consumes him, and he awakens to a nightmare; covered in blood with no recollection of what happened.

Panic and dread overcomes him. He takes the only way out and tries to make a run for it when he’s hit by a most wondrous scent.

The only problem is the scent belongs to a police officer, one sent to find out who’s responsible for the bloody corpse found on the moors the previous night. And to add to that … she’s his Bloodmate.

Is Ivan the one responsible? Or will the truth lie in the ancient myths surrounding the local moors…?

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crossroadsCROSSROADS (AFTERLIFE BOOK 1) by Desni Dantone

Alec Sierra has been given a second chance at life. This one, he will not screw up. He is off to a great start with a nice apartment, a flashy car, an amazing group of friends, and in four years he’ll have the college diploma he never thought possible to obtain. The only thing missing? The love he never knew he wanted.

When the sexy and challenging Jemi moves into the vacant apartment across the hall, Alec sets his sights determinedly on her, but his plan to wear her down with his charm ends up being harder than he bargained for. Not only is Jemi immune to his lady-killer grin and stellar whit, but the god of the underworld has plans for him.

He thinks he has left the supernatural world behind. He is wrong. For him, it has only begun.

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healer rise of the prideTHE HEALER (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 7) by Teresa Hissong

Harold Blackwell, the pride’s healer, never imagined he’d be working to save the enemy. He took an oath the day he graduated from human medical school; to learn how to care for the sick and injured, but he never planned on saving a wolf.

Luna Ray was scared and alone when she was rescued from the labs that studied shifters. Her family had been slaughtered by the Community, but her life was spared when she was saved by a panther. Being the only white wolf shifter in the world, she must learn to live with the pride who believes she is dangerous.

Harold doesn’t want to have feelings for the wolf, but his panther demands he do everything in his power to heal Luna inside and out. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to accept fate when he touches her for the first time.

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winter queenWINTER QUEEN (DAUGHTER OF WINTER BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon

The Morrigan needs to die, no question about that. But first, Wyn and her Guardians need to find her.

While the Realm prepares for war, allies arrive from unexpected places. But there are enemies hiding in plain sight that could stop the war before it’s even begun.

Can Wyn destroy the Morrigan without sacrificing the lives of her loved ones?

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stoking the flames twoSTOKING THE FLAMES II: TALES OF LEGENDS, LORE  & EVERLASTING LOVE by Various

Find everlasting love in the clouds. Go back in time. Spring into the future. Soar on the wings of magic. Discover Legends of Fate, Destiny, True Mates, and Forever Love that’s written in the Stars.

Take flight with fifteen amazingly talented bestselling authors as they bring these special Dragons to life. In each life-changing journey you will see that the heart gets what the heart wants, happily ever after is so much more than simple words at the end of a Fairy Tale, and Dragons prevail no matter the time, place, or obstacle.

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guardian spiritsGUARDIAN SPIRITS by Jordan L Hawk

Psychic medium Vincent Night and his lover Henry Strauss have spent months striving to uncover the dark secret harbored by Vincent’s dead mentor, James Dunne. Their only clue comes from a journal: Dunne was seeking to restore the Grand Harmonium, an artifact meant to breach the walls between life and death.

Fate seems to intervene when Henry and Vincent are offered a job investigating the haunted orphanage where Dunne lived as a youth. But the ghosts of the orphanage don’t rest easily, and the lovers soon find themselves in a battle to locate the Grand Harmonium before it falls into the wrong hands—and unleashes evil upon the world.

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CHARMED BONESCHARMED BONES: A SARA DELANEY BOOTH MYSTERY BY Carolyn Haines

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.

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dragon familyTHE DRAGON FAMILY by Jessie Donovan

For Finlay Stewart, being a dragon-shifter clan leader is easy compared to managing his family…

Finn is trying his best to work and protect his clan on little sleep; having triplets is his toughest challenge to date. But with his mate, Arabella, at his side, he finds a way to manage. However, as things start to spiral out of control with a pregnant cousin, another cousin constantly containing a mate-claim frenzy, and another driving his eight-months’-pregnant mate crazy, Finn’s next mission is to find a way to ensure everyone behaves and toes the line. The only problem is that the MacKenzies are a stubborn lot and Finn may be in over his head.

However, as Finn soon finds out, his wild cousins are nothing compared to the latest surprise to show up on his doorstep. It’s going to take every bit of wit and charm he possesses to keep his family safe and together. Failure simply isn’t an option.

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darker pathsDARKER PATHS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Cruelly dumped at the altar by the man she loves, Miranda McAllister turns her back on Santa Fe and takes off with Simon Gutierrez, who promises to help her develop her newly awakened magical powers…even though her logical self warns against acting on impulse so soon after her humiliation at Rafe Castillo’s hands.

Under Simon’s patient guidance, Miranda discovers the astounding depth and breadth of her gifts. Yet too many unanswered questions leave her uneasy, especially when Simon indicates he’d like to move them out of the friend zone.

Rafe Castillo still can’t figure out what the hell happened the day of his wedding. A powerful spell forced him to spew those spiteful words at Miranda…and whoever cast that spell has covered their tracks so thoroughly, no trace remains — to Rafe’s human form, at least. His coyote alter ego can track fainter wisps of magic, magic as dark and hateful as the things he said that fateful day at the church.

Intent on finding Miranda no matter what, Rafe relentlessly follows a twisting, turning, increasingly deadly trail. But by the time he learns the truth, the race to save her from an unspeakable evil may already be lost.

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amethyst gryphonAMETHYST GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 5)  by Ruby Ryan

Andy is in complete denial.

The owner of six Los Angeles nightclubs, Andrew Fischer is ignoring all phone calls and text messages from his friends. What they’re telling him is impossible. It’s downright crazy.

They can’t be right… can they?

Leslie is the accountant at Andy’s newest club, the Cheshire Cat. But she has a secret of her own, and it has nothing to do with the pulsing totem he’s started carrying everywhere. Her mission is far more delicate.

A mission that requires she put aside her feelings for her boss.

As their separate secrets begin to unravel, Andy and Leslie are going to have to find a way to escape the men stalking them–even if it means telling each other the truth. Can they learn to trust one another in order to survive the fury of five dragons? Or will their growing attraction be destroyed in a flash of acrid smoke?

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haunting hephaestusHAUNTING HEPHAESTUS (GODS OF OLYMPUS BOOK 9) by Annalise Nixon

VS Note: From April

Once upon a time, the Greek God Hephaestus was distrustful, detached, and unhappy. Guess what? Not much has changed, except his name and location.

Now he’s known as Vulcan, and he’s waited two thousand years to exact revenge on the human woman whose betrayal nearly destroyed him. Haunted by her honeyed lies and cruel treachery, he waits for the opportunity to strike.

That time is now.

But just his luck, her soul has been reborn into the body of the only woman in Jackson, Wyoming who has ever made him laugh. It sucks that this shy, curvy gallery owner will have to suffer for the sin of another, but… Oh well.

Of all the eligible men in Jackson to fall in lust with, why did Destiny have to choose the sullen and not-altogether-human Vulcan? (…more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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mages and mechanismsMAGES AND MECHANISMS by Devin Harnois

Leander Weatherford doesn’t want a mage, but he needs one. Enchanted mechanical animals are all the rage among the upper classes and selling them will save his struggling family business. Enter Jak, whose enchanting ability is second only to his talent for flirting. It’s dangerous to keep such a tempting man close, but Leander can’t resist—in more ways than one.

Jak needs money to continue his aimless life of running. A partnership with Leander provides both income and a lovely diversion. Their masterful creations catch the attention of an eccentric baroness, who offers them a huge sum for an ambitious project—a full scale mechanical dragon.

Swept up into a life rubbing elbows with nobility, Leander is pleased but overwhelmed. Spending both work days and evenings with Jak, he finds himself drawing closer to the charming mage.

But Jak is hiding a dangerous secret, and the truth could tear them apart.

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third throne angel of distrustTHE THIRD THRONE (ANGEL OF DISTRUST) by Tabitha Barret

What if loving someone brought you such joy that you couldn’t wait to see them, but also brought you indescribable pain because you knew they would die in your arms? How far would you go to forget them…for eternity?

Anjali has been tasked by Lucifer to find, Celaeno, the last Harpy in existence, before Hades can use her to overthrow Hell. During her search for the Harpy, she is captured by an unknown assailant. Waking up on a deserted island, she finds that her powers have been bound, leaving her helpless to fight multiple enemies trying to kill her. Who can she trust to help her escape?

Haydn, the Angel of Distrust, not only wants to be free from his duties as a Harbinger to the Bringer of the Apocalypse, but he wants to free the others under her control before finally ridding the world of Anjali. Once a Celestial Warrior sworn to protect God’s creatures, can he complete his mission and kill Anjali?

Viktor Every is a man destroyed by love. Desperate to escape his tragic past and bleak future, he will make a deal with the last person, or creature, he ever expected. All he has to do is find the love of his life and hand her over to a demon claiming to have the ability to take away all memories of his lover. It should be a simple task, yet it is the hardest thing he will ever do. Is he willing to give her up so that he can be free of her forever?

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trapped in the dragons bedTRAPPED IN THE DRAGON’S BED (THE CRIMINAL PROPERTY DRAGONS’ SERIES BOOK 1)  by Hollie Hutchins

This wasn’t my first choice of career. Lurking around shifter establishments in their state, trying to pull in Richard Forge. I could have been back at college, finishing my courses, so I could finally become a Profiler. But instead, my boss yanked me right out of there.
And why? Because I’m “immune.” Immune to shifter’s hypnotic powers. An object of desire. And it seems that Richard’s very, very interested in me.
I know I have to do this. The senator’s daughter is missing, and Richard’s a suspect. Everyone wants to know what happened, but not everyone can make it to Richard Forge’s bed.
But what I didn’t expect was the other man Richard had struck a deal with. A man called Tarren Vale. Crawling straight out of the underworld, binding us both together… calling to the darkness inside us.

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dragon marshals treasureTHE DRAGON MARSHAL’S TREASURE by Zoe Chant

Curvy, practical Jillian has spent her life trying to distance herself from her father. But now he’s disappeared, leaving her saddled with his stolen millions, the world’s most terrifying nutcracker collection, and a US Marshal knocking on her door. A US Marshal with a strange courtly manner and deep green eyes that make Jillian wish he’d strip away more than just her unwanted inheritance…

As a dragon shifter from a reclusive, traditional clan, US Marshal Theo St. Vincent is baffled by many things in the outside world. Vending machines. Fairy tales where knights aren’t vicious monsters. Not ravishing your one true mate the instant you lay eyes on her…

Theo’s old-fashioned charm and rock-hard body soon have Jillian fully complying with his investigation. But the US Marshals aren’t the only ones interested in her father’s ill-gotten gains. With Jillian in danger, Theo has to protect his mate…even if it means breaking all the rules.

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hope of a crowFOR THE HOPE OF A CROW (RED DEAD MAYHEM BOOK 1)  by T S Joyce

Ramsey Hunt is caught in a spiral no one can save him from, and he’s taking his entire Clan of crow shifters down with him. A broken mating bond has him going insane, and all he can do is try to hold onto his Alpha position as long as possible. But when a spirited beauty comes waltzing into his MC’s clubhouse demanding an audience with him, he can’t help but think he’s dreaming her up. She’s got paperwork saying he’s her mate, and this shifter has one serious stubborn streak in her. All he wants to do is go insane in peace, but she isn’t having it. And now the real work begins. He’s got to sever one mating bond completely if he wants a shot at survival. And if this crazy plan works, he might just have a second shot at happiness too.

Vina wants a crow. She doesn’t care who they are, as long as their shifter animal is a crow. They mate for life and she’s tired of being pushed around by the men she dates. So when a crow comes up on the shifter matchmaking service she applied for three years ago, she has a good feeling her stars are about to change. That is, until she meets Ramsey. The half-crazed Alpha of the biggest, baddest Clan of crow shifters in existence isn’t going to make pairing up easy. And the more Vina gets to know him, the more she thinks it wasn’t him who signed up for a mate after all.

And now Vina has two choices—cut and run from the storm coming for the Red Dead Mayhem Clan, or dig her heels in and rip that old mating bond out of Ramsey. Up until now, no one has appreciated her, but what if…just what if…she could be the one to save the crows?

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owned by the berserkersOWNED BY THE BERSERKERS (BERSERKER BRIDES BOOK 5) by Lee Savino

My life changed the night the Berserkers took me. Dagg and Svein cared for me like no other–until the Corpse King attacked and the battle rage took their minds.

Now I’m alone. My mates are lost to madness, and my visions are growing worse. My nightmares, my only companions–unless I can defy the pack and save my warriors. I must trek into the wilderness and claim them for my own–or die in the attempt.

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crown of embersCROWN OF EMBERS (THE CHOSEN BOOK 3) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene may have gotten her Mate back, but that was just the beginning. The battle lines have been drawn and her nemesis has already struck the first blow.

Surrounded by her Circle, Helena’s power continues to grow. However, this time power alone will not be enough. To save the Chosen Helena must seek out the Forsaken to forge new alliances with those long forgotten by her kind.

But will they be friend or foe? After centuries of neglect is it too late to mend the wounds of time?

“The Circle must be broken.”

Rowena will stop at nothing to prove that Elysia and the Chosen are hers. With Elysia on the brink of destruction, it’s time for all of the Chosen to remember who, and what, they are.

Their fate depends on it.

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sinlessSINLESS (DEADLY OMEN BOOK 1)  by Jenica Saren

I’m Ria, don’t ask for my last name, because I don’t want to talk about it. Twenty-three years old, and living the glamorous life of my dreams, with the perfect fiancé, nice car, gorgeous house, and the job I love. Excuse the minor detail of the job I love being taking my clothes off.I had everything I wanted, when suddenly shit hit the fan, and and the fantasy life I had built went up in flames.

Now I find myself living in a tiny town, in a not-so-tiny house, with six insanely hot–and just straight up insane–roommates. With everything going all kinds of crazy in this little town, Eliam, Gatlin, Kellan, Gray, Beck, and Rafe seem to think that I am just the girl to help them set everything straight.

The Severin brothers are getting me all involved and in danger, and I’m truthfully terrified – not of the danger stuff, but these guys. There’s something different about the six of them, something I swear I’m going to figure out.

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rebel brideREBEL BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 4) by Ava Sinclair

I am Thera the Healer, and I blame the Drakoryans for the death of my husband and father. They were killed before our dragon lord rulers resettled us in the Drakoryan Valley ahead of war with the ShadowFell.
Now they seek to recruit village men into their army to fight the enemy. But I seek to convince my people that the enemy is not some black dragon we have never seen, but the one who keeps us.
Now the Drakoryans are accusing me of sedition, and seek to neutralize my influence in a manner I will not accept. They seek to wed me to five Drakoryan lords tasked with keeping order in my village.
They won’t get what they want without a fight.

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priestess unleashedPRIESTESS UNLEASHED (GUARDIANS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 3) by Lidiya Foxglove

They have been branded as mountain bandits, but they are the descendants of the ancient attendants of the priestess. Long buried secrets lie in this remote land. Phoebe will uncover the devastating truth as she comes into her powers. She’s ready to fight, but is she ready to bear the hopes and dreams of the entire realm on her shoulders? And will she be able to perform the Grand Quintet when one of her guardians is the enemy of the rest?

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crave to claimCRAVE TO CLAIM by Zoey Ellis

The unknown fate of his Omega sends Drocco into unfamiliar emotional territory. Uncertain if their connection can ever be repaired, he sets himself on a collision course to fulfill his vow as Emperor, knowing he may lose Cailyn in all the ways that truly matter if he succeeds.

Her determination to have the truth laid bare has cost her deeply; the protection of her Omega sisters and the Alpha who would have once died for her. Without knowing how to tame him, the fierce warrior who comes for her could become a man she is unable to recognize… and everything she had once considered for her future, would be lost.

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furybornFURYBORN (THE IMPIRIUM TRILOGY) by Claire LeGrand

VS note: Cool concept.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

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ALL THE EVER AFTERSALL THE EVER AFTERS:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER by Danielle Teller

VS Note: Not a romance but sounded interesting.

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

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The story:

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

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 16

May 9

May 2

April 25

April 18

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 16

alien attraction alien mate2As 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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ALIEN ATTRACTION (ALIEN MATE 2) by Cara Bristol

VS note: I was fortunate enough to have an ARC of this novel and enjoyed it, especially the reality show aspects!

How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a gimmick, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother would banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’d lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her.

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no limitNO LIMIT (THE DRIFT BOOK 5) by Susan Hayes

yran Varosa and Braxon Torr are on a mission. Find an inhabitable planet. Start a new colony. Escape the archaic rules and traditions of the Vardarian homeworld. They never expected to find their mate along the way, and they never imagined she’d be a diminutive human female with pink hair and a warrior’s spirit.

Phaedra Kari has been called a lot of things in her life: trouble, cyber-jockey, lunatic, hacker, but never someone’s mate – not until an alien prince and his best friend arrive at the Drift. She’s got plans of her own, and they don’t include mating anyone, not even a pair of gorgeous aliens whose every touch tempts her to say yes.

When corporate backstabbing progresses to real-life murder, these three will need to come together to ensure the survival of their plans, their friends, and each other.

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his earth maidenHIS EARTH MAIDEN:  A QURILIXEN WORLD NOVEL (SPACELORDS BOOK 4) by  Michelle M Pillow

Former elite Federation soldier, now turned space pirate, Jackson Burke has done his best to turn his life around—for the better. He isn’t prepared when fate leaves a woman’s safety totally in his hands. Since heroes don’t leave a damsel in distress—and despite being outlaw pirates, the crew considers themselves the good guys—Jackson assumes responsibility for the beauty. It’s enough that his ship is held together by rust and sheer will, now he’s got to keep this good guy thing straight and not give into the urges the sassy female brings out in him. Raisa is everything a man could want and for some reason she seems to like him, rough edges and all, but he’s on the Federation’s wanted list and they aren’t known to back down.

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adored by the alien assassinADORED BY THE ALIEN ASSASSIN (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 5) by Mina Carter

The Emperor’s Shadow, Xaandryn, is not a warrior. He’s something else, whatever else, the Emperor needs him to be. An assassin, and, it seems… now he’s a delivery boy. Sent to earth to retrieve the Lady Jessica’s sick sister, he’s anticipating an easy trip and, if he spends a little time getting to know the local culture… well, that’s just a perk of the job. Right?

Human women though are endlessly fascinating, especially Jac Wright, the sick lady’s nurse. He’d thought the warriors who’d fallen for human women had defective genes, that there was something wrong in their makeup that allowed them to fall prey to their human mates. But Jac is… something else. Tiny. Delicate. Beautiful.

When his mission goes sideways, and an attack puts a couple of them in danger, he escapes earth with not one, but two human women in his care. After all… she’s only one tiny little woman. What could possibly go wrong? (…more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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angel mineANGEL MINE (AZURA CHRONICLES BOOK 1)  by Vijaya Schartz

What in the frozen hells of Laxxar prompted Fianna to pursue her quarry to this forbidden blue planet? Well, she needs the credits… badly. But as if crashing in the jungle wasn’t bad enough, none of her high-tech weapons work. She’ll have to go native, after the most wanted felon in five galaxies. It’s not just her job. It’s personal.

Acielon has never seen an outworlder like this fascinating female, strangely beautiful, and fierce, like the feline predator loping at her side. He always dreamed of exploring the universe, despite the legends… and the interdiction. Is it truly a hellish place of violence, lies and suffering? If it spawned this intriguing creature, it must also be a place of wonders, adventure and excitement.

Fianna’s instincts tell her someone is watching. Sheba, her telepathic feline partner, doesn’t seem worried… yet, something on Azura isn’t quite right.

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cyborgs claimCYBORGS’ CLAIM  by Michele Mills

Three outlaw Cyborgs. One human female…
Axel, Steel and Gage.
Merciless supersoldiers. Forbidden cybernetic experiments gone awry. They escaped from their Hurlian programmers and now live hidden in a desolate area of space where few enter and none leave.
They crave one female to claim, one who will satisfy all their desires. But Cyborgs are illegal, so finding a mate has proven difficult.
Until Megan.
As a survivor of horrific abuse at the hands of her alien captors, this tiny female from the original planet is both strong and fierce. Her white-hot desire brings all three men to their knees.

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sarazens huntSARAZEN’S HUNT ( SARAZEN SAGA NOVEL BOOK 4) by Isabel Wroth

Newly-appointed Commander Kalix has been tasked with a crucial mission for the Sarazen race: discover the fates of the remaining human starships, and bring home the survivors—if there are any left, that is…
His crew come upon the wrecked remains of the Sestrenka, and the chattering captain’s logs set them on the trail of a human colony established over twenty years ago.
Moika, the hope of the starbound human race.
But as Kalix and his warriors grow closer in their search, the distress signals show there is something terribly wrong on Moika.
Something deathly wrong.

Alec, Firstborn Moika, is a hardened young woman and the defacto leader of the colony on Moika—because all that remain are she, her sister, and a ragtag band of Moika-born children.
The hostile natives who dwell in the water, known only as “Scylla,” have decimated the colony’s population.
When all hope seems lost, the Sarazen appear and offer the survivors sanctuary: an end to their suffering, an end to the running, and an end to the killings.
A return to civilization.
But for Alec, who spent most of her life herding and protecting the colony, it’s a bittersweet rescue. All she’s known is fighting but suddenly the gauzy promise of peace is dangled in front of her. Will the deep anger she feels at being an outsider ever subside?

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antidoteANTIDOTE : LOVE AND WAR BOOK 1 by R A Steffan

VS Note: From April. sounds good, on my TBR.

Skye Chantrell has just escaped a war zone.
She’s carrying the stolen antidote to a deadly bioweapon.

When her damaged shuttle crashes on a remote lunar outpost, she’s captured by the leader of a rogue group of barbaric aliens. Now her people’s fate—not to mention her own—rests in the hands of the Seven Systems’ most feared and hated criminal.

A man with the face of a brutal thug, and the eyes of an angel.
Hunter Tarthasian has every reason to hate the Regime.

He and his comrades have gone rogue, vowing to use every means at their disposal to bring down the evil Premiere. Now, they’re wanted and on the run, holed up in an abandoned outpost while they plan their next move. The last thing Hunter needs is a female human civvy with a terrible secret crash-landing on his doorstep. Especially when she starts to awaken feelings in him that have no place in his life as a rebel leader.

Feelings that could very easily get all of them killed.

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SE Smith’s Magic, NM Kindle World

VS Note: New releases in this Kindle World. (Yes, I did mention one of them last week but I’m catching up on all of them now.) On a side note, Amazon has announced the closing of the entire Kindle Worlds program. I’m assuming books on your kindle would remain but as I understand the situation secondhand (I don’t have any books in Kindle Worlds) there won’t be any new ones that aren’t already in the pipeline and at a certain point in time all KW books will be taken off sale. The KW world author-owners will have to decide how to go forward, as far as republishing or??? The world of indie publishing is always changing, for sure!

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Amazon link for TOUCH OF DANGER. You can see the other titles in the Also Bought list there.

earth ground xenoEARTH-GROUND: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 2) by Rena Marks

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.

But peace doesn’t come easy. The new beings have memories that rise to the surface, along with the unknown traits of their ancestors. All the while, Earth watches and leaks information to the press.

Unfortunately, some secrets are best left unknown.

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ruthlessRUTHLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

Toran NaLosen has no future and no hope. His path is bleak: die at thirty or sacrifice his emotions to survive a few more years. Stranded on Earth and far from home, the last person he expects to meet is the one woman meant for him, his denya.

Iris Mason protects the Earth in her own way by investigating threats and reporting on them to the Sol Defense Agency. At work she’s thriving, but personally the past year has ground her down and tested her resolve. Still recovering from the implosion of her last relationship, she doesn’t want the risk that comes with a new man. But when her job puts her on a collision course with Toran, a lightning bolt of desire hits her and has her questioning everything.

These adversaries must forge an alliance if any bond between them stands a chance, but it may not just be their hearts at stake. An ancient foe of the Detyen race lurks wherever they look and he has a new target in his sights: Earth.

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3013 allegiance3013 ALLEGIANCE (3013 THE SERIES BOOK 15) by Laurie Roma

Dragon Warrior Amari Nazira has lived amongst the stars for centuries, traveling the universe and keeping watch over the known galaxies. She has lived her life for the greater good, but her true desire has always been far beyond her reach. Now, taking her destiny into her own hands, she must find the one male who can tame her wild heart.

After losing everything, Regent Roman Newgate dedicated his life to the Alliance. He thought duty was all he needed, but the moment he meets Amari, everything changes. She is like a flame, beautiful and deadly, yet the heat of one touch is all it takes to know she owns his heart. Their love may be fated, but they need to let go of their painful pasts before they can have a future together. However, time might not be on their side.

When a peaceful meeting of the races on the Delta Station is attacked, allegiances will be tested. Can Amari and Roman defeat the enemy before a war begins, or will everything the Alliance stands for be destroyed?

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karn my single alien3KARN (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 3) by Arcadia Shield

Karn is a smooth-talking Forka, a hired gun, happy to work for whoever pays him. He’s free, single and not looking for anything serious. His work is dangerous and life is unpredictable. Then Ivy Blain knocks him off his feet and Karn’s focus changes. Can a cocksure, arrogant alien with a penchant for supertight bodysuits really change his ways when love finds him?

Ivy Blain is the PR whiz at My Single Alien. With a jaded heart and a bad habit of hiding her feelings, she finds being around all the happy couples matched at the agency exhausting. It also highlights her own loneliness and brings out her mean side. Although tempted to go on a few dates with the charming, ever so slightly smug Karn, she doesn’t trust him. She doesn’t trust anyone. No matter how gorgeous Karn is, Ivy does not believe in true love.

Karn risks his life and his heart when an old love comes to claim Ivy. Can he save her from making the biggest mistake of her life or will his habit of looking after himself first, second, and third stop them finding true love?

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taken by the xenshiTAKEN BY THE XENSHI (XENSHI MATES BOOK 2) by Aria Bell

Kidnapped from Earth by alien slavers, Sophi and the other female captives have crash-landed on Xenshar. But their arrival was only the beginning. The seven-foot-tall Xenshi warriors, packed with muscle and skin the color of a sunset, see the human women as their salvation. In times past, a great fire killed many of their clan and only a few elderly females survived. The Xenshi are going extinct. But these young, healthy females mean the Xenshi will live—and can once again give birth to a new generation. And that’s exactly what the powerful Xenshi males plan to do.

After being captured and nearly eaten by a monstrous vriax, Sophi wants no part of being anyone’s mate. All she wants is for her flashbacks of being captured by the vriax to go away. So when a mating-crazed Xenshi named Naxar takes her captive, she is determined to escape. And maybe, if she’s lucky, she won’t have to do it alone. Maybe Rin—the handsome Xenshi with the big green eyes and the absolute certainty that she’s his mate—will come to her rescue. But only if he can reach her before the crazed Naxar mates with her first.

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fukusha model eightFUKUSHA MODEL EIGHT (THE HIKOBOSHI SERIES BOOK 3) by S J Pajonas

Yumi is pretty sure someone’s trying to kill her… and she can’t remember who. Undercover and alone in one of the most dangerous cities on the Southern Continent, she’s struggling to live through every day until she can find her new allies and get back to Rin. But when the mission goes wrong and Rin is kidnapped and held for ransom, Yumi must act fast. Not only are the yakuza on her tail, but the fearsome Fukusha Model Eight androids are after her too. With her short-term memory failing and war just around the corner, she can only stay alive by determining who’s telling the truth and who will do anything to lie to her and steal everything she has, including her life.

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shifter mate magicSHIFTER MATE MAGIC (ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: I love Carol’s scifi romance books so I’ve one clicked this and can’t wait to read it!

Pregnant Jackie Breton just escaped from a corrupt feline pack intent on selling her half-shifter baby to the highest bidder. She’s smart, independent, and has a desperate plan to keep her baby safe: Get away from the pride as fast and far as possible.

Trevor Hammond, prehistoric bear shifter, has been rejected by everyone in his life for… being born, basically. Well, except for the beloved aunt who raised him. He’s built a career as an independent trucker, but life would be much better with someone he can hold in his arms and claim as his own.

When Jackie meets Trevor at a truck stop, his bear demands he help her. His aunt even calls with a dire warning: Get Jackie to the magical sanctuary town in Wyoming before she’s killed.
Jackie thinks he’s sexy as hell, but too good to be true. She doesn’t trust shifters. With the feline pride hot on her trail, however, Trevor and the quirky town of Kotoyeesinay might be her only chance for survival. Even Trevor’s indomitable bear may be no match for the dangerous enemy seeking retribution.

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harvest songHARVEST SONG (OTHERWORLD BOOK 20) by Yasmine Galenorn

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae agents of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is the Queen of Dusk and Twilight. Menolly is now a vampire princess. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and the Autumn Lord’s only living Death Maiden. Even as Trytian’s father maintains the Daemon front raging against him, Shadow Wing is seeking greater power by draining his own armies of their lives. His necromancer Telazhar is dead, but the Demon Lord has found a new threat to move against us, putting my fiancé, Shade, in the most dangerous situation of his life…

Shadow Wing sends Yerghan the Blade after us. The warrior led the battle alongside Telazhar during the Scorching Wars, and was banished to the Sub-Realms along with the ancient necromancer. Now, his new mission: kill my sisters and me. When Yerghan attacks my home, Shade finds himself fighting for his life. Deep in a coma, he’s lost in the Realm of Wandering Souls. My sisters and I must journey there to find him and bring him back. But in order to do so, we must face our darkest fears, or forever risk losing my love among the mists of limbo.

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PLANET DRAGOSPLANET DRAGOS: A NOVELLA OF THE ELDER RACES by Thea Harrison

Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.

From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.

But the Great Beast has other plans.

On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up.

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how to marry a werewolfHOW TO MARRY A WEREWOLF: A COURTSHIP & CLAW NOVELLA by Gail Carriger

WEREWOLVES
The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS
Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

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knight of swordsKNIGHT OF SWORDS (KNIGHTS OF THE TAROT BOOK 4) by Nina Mason

Finn MacKnight, a womanizing bartender in New Orleans, has no clue how the blood-red moon that appears in the sky one night (while he’s having yet another meaningless sexual encounter) is about to change his life in unbelievable ways. Then, the creepy-yet-caring uncle who adopted him as a baby, reveals the astonishing truth: Finn is a faery—an Avalonian drone, to be precise—and is to lead a rebellion in another world—against the wicked faery sorceress Morgan Le Fay.

In the thrilling adventure that follows, Finn meets Wella Lyon, who teaches him the ways of the ancient Celtic warriors, how to call forth his inner wolf, and the true meaning of love and intimacy.

But will the lessons Finn learns from Wella, the Druids of Brocaliande, and the knights from the previous books in this magical series prepare him to lead a coup d’état against Queen Morgan and her army of vampires? Only time…and an ancient prophecy…will tell.

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haunted ingrid st johnHAUNTED by Ingrid St John

Camille Isaacs has all that Hollywood devours – likeability, looks, talent, and mass appeal. Her career is on the verge of stardom until a savage attack leaves Camille scarred and uncertain of her future in Hollywood. Now on the mend and getting her life and career back on track, Camille finds herself prey to a predator as she is faced with another demented attacker. Camille has a choice to make. Take her life back, or succumb to the perils that have been thrusted in front of her yet again. Is the attacker coming for revenge, or is it a copycat? It’s survival of the direst circumstance. Can she make it out a second time?

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sanctumSANCTUM (SAVING SETORA BOOK 2) by  Raven Dark and Petra J Knox

Once again, I find myself in a dangerous predicament.

Kidnapped by enemies of the Dark Legion, barbarians far more dangerous than my road warrior masters, escape remains out of reach. Even if I did get away, how would I survive, alone in the desert with Damien’s men still searching for me?

With the barbarian crew preparing to take me to a distant icy land I know nothing about, I can’t help but think of the masters I left behind—the road warrior pirates in leather cuts I shouldn’t want. I know I’ll never see them again. And even if they were to free me, what then? Would I want them as my masters?

Then at the last moment, I’m presented with something no slave has ever been given—a choice. A choice that could change my entire destiny and those of everyone around me or bring me headlong into a life I should never have trusted. I have a feeling everything is about to change, but will I survive long enough to see it?

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moon blood2MOON BLOOD 2 (THE FIRST BLOOD SON) by Carol McKibbon

Hybrid-wolf “Moon” and her human master, Kane, fight for their lives against a stalking shifter network out to destroy them. Each battle may be their last as vampires and werewolves edge ever closer to war.

While Kane and Moon work to unravel the looming threat, more and more questions surface. But one thing is sure, the real motives behind the werewolves’ plot against them include destroying the vampire race.

Only an act of bravery and trust will stop the werewolf species from destroying what Kane and Moon love the most. Vampire teeth flash and wolf claws clash as supernatural beings fight for life, love and family.

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sassy ever afterSASSY EVER AFTER: SASSY SWITCH (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Tina Donahue

Eternity was looking damn grim, until a sexy witch breezed into his life…

Doomed to an endless existence seeking blood, Roman dreads forever-after until he chances upon Wren at a Las Vegas strip club. Gawd, her curves. Damn, her welcoming kiss for a newly turned vampire no less. She offers warmth and comfort regarding his predicament, plus carnal temptation he’s not about to resist.

Color her happy about that. Not only is he a good man, but also drool-worthy. So different from the vile warlock who’s been determined to make her his, even if his dark lust kills her.

It just might. When she refuses to go along with his program, he punishes her and Roman by switching their paranormal states. Now, Roman’s saddled with magic he doesn’t know how to use, while she thirsts for blood that only the warlock can satisfy…to tie her to him forever. Ew, ew, ew.

As all hell breaks loose, Roman and Wren are faced with conjuring they don’t understand, the lust for blood she has to deny, and discovering what two yearning souls truly need to turn their disturbing future into a shared paradise.

If they can do so at all.

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into the mysticINTO THE MYSTIC VOLUME 3 by Various

Nine lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories.

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gregoriGREGORI: DRAGOFIN MATED BOOK 4 by Mychal Daniels

She’s a vixen on a mission determined to prove her worth. He’s a reserved guardian in need of his mate, not a seductive fling.

Unhealed hurts and unspoken misunderstandings have wedged a gulf between them. Now, she’s in Alice, Texas while he’s in Atlanta, Georgia. They’ve suffered so many false starts that this mating is in jeopardy of going off the rails.

Will they lose out on the one chance to walk the mated journey of a lifetime together?

Life-crisis is just a word until it sets up residence in yours…(MUCH more blurb – wow- on ebook seller site…)

 

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dark operative book 19DARK OPERATIVE: DAWN OF LOVE (CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 19) by I T Lucas

VS Note: There was no blurb. 62 Reviews, 4.9 average

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big alpha in townTHE BIG ALPHA IN TOWN by Various

Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

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death by sceanceDEATH BY SEANCE (GHOST & ABBY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Jo-Ann Carson

VS Note: No idea how much romance if any there might be.

Single Mom Abby Jenkins hunts for a murderer in Sunset Cove, the small Pacific Northwest town famous for all things that go bump in the night.
Abby is the night janitor in the haunted teahouse and only private detective in town. She’s also a reluctant witch with major man-trouble. Blackmailed into attending a séance, she expects to wrestle with a cranky ghost or two, but instead finds herself in the middle of a murder.
Seven people attend the event; some human, some not so much. They have one thing in common: a murky past.
After Abby washes blood off her hands, she’s left with her first whodunit. With the help of her partners in crime: Eric, the Viking ghost with existential issues; Dante, the local Casanova-man-witch; and Sparky, her snarky familiar, she digs into the secrets of the cove.
Will she survive to tell the tale?

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wisdom of foolsTHE WISDOM OF FOOLS (THE TALE OF REMNAS BOOK 5) by Genevieve St Yves

VS Note: Thanks to Tiffany Roberts for this heads up…

A scholar on a mission travels far from her home in the frozen north of Remnas to the ogre stronghold, the River Kingdoms, in search of the Magefolk’s lost spells. Disgraced by scandal and cast out of magician society, Johenna’s heart is as bitter as the icy winds that blow through her country. Pushed on by the certainty she has found clues leading to the forgotten workshop of a legendary mage, she braves the perils of the road alone. The dangers posed by bandits are nothing next to the darkness brewing in her heart. But a chance meeting grants her a protector willing to battle her enemies. Those within and without.

Brave to the point of recklessness, Vyke is a man with simple needs. Shunning riches and titles, the ogre warrior is happy with his lot so long as he has a battle to fight and a woman in his bed. Given the task by the Ogre King to hunt the outlaws that prey on travelers, he comes to the beautiful mage’s rescue just as she falls into their clutches. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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branded by flamesBRANDED BY FLAMES (THE DRAGON SOUL SERIES BOOK 1) by Sean Michael

For years, dragon-shifter-slash-firefighter Jake has been searching for his mate, but he’s beginning to tire of the search. Maybe soul mates are only for the lucky few.

Then he meets Shae.

A former navy welder, Shae is handsome, talented, into power play and rough sex, and covered in dragon tattoos. All of this suits the shape-shifting dragon just fine—until he finds out that Shae literally has Jake’s family crest already tattooed on him. A coincidence? Or something more…

Jake must convince Shae to trust him as a man and as a Dom before the heat between them burns out of control. Becoming a dragon’s mate is not without danger, and Shae will need Jake’s guidance—and love—if he’s going to make it through alive.

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plastic magicianTHE PLASTIC MAGICIAN (A PAPER MAGICIAN NOVEL) by Charlie N Holmberg

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking—the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery.

Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries—in as short a time frame—as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

Alvie’s enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor’s work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking—and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself.

To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair.

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oathsOATHS (DRAGON BLOOD BOOK 8) by Lindsay Buroker

General Ridgewalker Zirkander is getting married.

Sardelle—the woman who’s battled dragons, shamans, and countless enemy soldiers at his side—has accepted his proposal, and it’s the perfect time for a wedding. It’s been two months since any dragons or sorceresses attacked the city, the Cofah haven’t come after their kidnapped emperor, and King Angulus has stopped yelling at Ridge for his inadvertent role in destroying the castle.

Yes, it’s the perfect time for a wedding.

Never mind that the resident dragon who thinks he’s a god is pressuring Ridge to build a temple for him, or that the pirate-turned-scientist Tolemek has disappeared. Or that Ridge’s mother is on the verge of discovering that magic exists and her future daughter-in-law is a sorceress. These are small hiccups, and the wedding will go smoothly. Ridge is sure of it. Really.

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song of shadowsA SONG OF SHADOWS (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 2)  by Jenna Wolfhart

My new life at Otherworld Academy went from not-so-normal to downright-crazy fast. My best friend got turned into a shapeshifting beast, the Autumn Court tried to launch an assassination on the changelings, and I can somehow tap into the powers of all four courts.

And that’s not including my insanely attractive fae instructors who make me feel like the temperature has gone up a thousand degrees.

But even though things were crazy before, it was nothing on how they are now. Danger lurks in every corner, new threats are closing in, and the storms are only growing larger. Now, I must learn to harness my powers with my four fae instructors, not only to save the changelings but the entirety of the faerie realm.

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syeniteDRAGON VIP: SYENITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES) by Starla Night

Disgraced dragon shifter Syenite “Syen” Pyroxene craves a mate. But the plain, impassive bodyguard will never catch the attention of a female. Especially one covered in the bold, exotic rainbow colors dragons find irresistible — like her.

Eva is big-hearted, big-boned, and big everything. Her sparkle obsession? Just one more barrier guys can’t get past to see the passionate woman within.

Until Syen.

The huge, hard-bodied male makes her look like a delicate pixie. He’s unreadable except when he’s kissing her senseless.

Can she trust his desire when he won’t even take off his shades?

These two wounded souls won’t easily risk their hearts — but they must. Dark forces from Syen’s past are circling Earth’s atmosphere, and Eva’s the only one who can save him.

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dragon equinoxDRAGON EQUINOX (IMMORTAL DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Ophelia Bell

As their ancient enemy brings destruction to their doorstep, the higher races must take drastic measures to stop her once and for all. Numa, the only immortal dragon who remains unmated, is the only one among them who can wield the power necessary to open a portal and usher in their armies, and their last hope.

She’ll need a partner, one powerful enough to handle the taxing nature of the ritual. Unfortunately, Fate has not made this an easy task.

With no dreams of her soul mates to guide her, Numa has been made a prize in a contest that will attract immortal heroes and legendary gods. Whosoever wins shall have her as their partner, leaving little room for love.

Unless she happens to fall for all five men at once, of course.

To defy Fate’s design might bring annihilation to her people, but what is a dragon to do when faced with an impossible choice? And can the last of Fate’s daughters truly find love in a time of war?

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god killerTHE GOD KILLER (THE UNDERCITY CHRONICLES OF BABYLONIA JONES, P.I. BOOK 5) by A M Griffin

I finally know what I am and who my father is. I officially hit the parental jackpot and all those Undercity bullies can suck it! Zaid, the love of my life, is by my side. I finally have my own territory. And Hermes, my grandfather is absolutely adorable. The problem? The guilt of old mistakes haunt me, and the path ahead is anything but clear. With all the Houses trying to trick me into alliances I’m not ready to consider, I have to be cautious.
My solution? Get in good my new Pantheon. Even if it kills me.
When Hermes convinces Zeus that I’m the best P.I. to solve a string of murders on Mt. Olympus, ego and pride push me to see the case through to the bitter end. History tells me that all it will take is a little bit of luck, trickery, smarts, and a strong will to live to solve this case.
But it’ll take a whole lot more to save me and Mt. Olympus from The God Killer.

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compassion be damnedCOMPASSION BE DAMNED (LAST HOPE BOOK 4) by Rebecca Royce

It is the end of days…

Krystal has spent years locked in isolation, enduring torture day after day. It might drive a lesser woman mad. Her sudden freedom leads to a journey across the forbidding landscape. Unexpected allies appear, and new challenges block their path. Embracing every opportunity as a chance, Krystal must trust these five lost souls, her wild ability to heal, and most of all—herself.

They owe a debt they cannot pay…

Titus, Paden, Zeke, Ryland, and Jett spent years in bespelled servitude. Slaves to the unforgivable, they seek to atone for misdeeds beyond their power. Discovering a Sister alone in the woods, they pledge themselves to her service. Saving Krystal is more than a means to an end, though, as one by one she restores their hope, love, and faith. They will need all of their strength and hers. Loving her saved them, but losing her may save the world.

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dark captiveDARK CAPTIVE (SPIRIT WILD BOOK 6) by Kate Douglas

Stolen from her mother when she was still a tiny cub, the snow leopard Asha has spent her entire life in captivity, being traded from one owner to another through an illegal trafficking ring. But Asha also feels trapped in a much more profound way: as a Chanku with no access to the Tibetan grasses that would allow her to shift, she’s confined to her animal form, yearning for a part of herself she’s forever unable to reach. Until a merciful savior sets her free . . . and Leo Cheval comes into her life.

When word of Asha’s rescue from the animal trafficking ring reaches the Chanku, Leo is sent in to help her recover and bring her into the pack. As a leopard shifter himself, he’s uniquely qualified to connect with her and assess her trauma. What he never anticipated was the overwhelming chemistry their meeting would spark and the deep sensual need she would stir in him.

But even as Leo’s touch guides her body to feelings she never imagined, his deeply ingrained controlling streak threatens to crush the very desire he has awakened. And as their passion grows and a deep bond forms between them, Leo and Asha realize that only by submitting to her can he save them both.

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Star Survivor by Veronica ScottVS Note: This week I’m featuring my STAR SURVIVOR, which was the standalone sequel to WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM. I thought it’d be fascinating to see what happened to survivors of a major catastrophe when they went back to normal life. AND this was the sequel I had more requests for from readers than any other.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer…

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 9

manuAs 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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MANU (HELL SQUAD BOOK 16) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Always a new twist with this series. On my TBR List.

When former berserker Manu Rahia lost his leg on a mission, he was forced to leave his squad. He knows his new role as head of the Enclave’s firing range and armory is important, but hates that he isn’t still out there fighting face to face against the aliens and protecting his brothers’ backs. But then one woman catches his eye. A no-nonsense woman dedicated to her job as head of security. A woman who seems cool on the surface, but who Manu is convinced is hiding more under her business-like exterior.

Captain Kate Scott dedicated her life to her career in the Army. Now she works hard taking care of security for the Enclave and its residents. She learned a long time ago that she isn’t a passionate woman, and that she’s better off sticking to her work. But seeing one big, bronze-skinned, muscled man at the range every day has her hormones going into overdrive. She’s never felt like this and she’s determined to get herself under control.

But when the aliens launch a viscous new attack, right on the Enclave’s doorstep, Kate and Manu must join forces to stop the raptors before more people get hurt. Kate will fight fiercely to protect her team and the base, as well as her heart. But Manu Rahia is a man who knows what he wants, will walk through fire to get it, and what he wants is Kate.

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twist of fateTWIST OF FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Regine Abel

For her, he would endure a lifetime of agony.

First Officer Ghan has entered the final stages of the Taint, the deadly disease that kills most Xelixian males by the age of forty. He is determined to bring an elusive foe to justice before his body shuts down completely.

When tragedy strikes a close ally, he finds his soulmate in an unexpected twist of fate. If only she had revealed herself sooner, she could have cured him. Now, she can only keep him in limbo. Is it too late for them or will fate deal them a new hand?

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arrival titanARRIVAL: TITAN (LEAVING EARTH BOOK 2) by Liza O’Connor

Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space nearby Titan. Captain Drake had his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the children being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and children are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.

When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. In short time, they learn there’s a ship called the Death Star mining minerals on the outer rings of Saturn and even more shocking—that Jupiter is not a planet, but an ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

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ashes and metalASHES AND METAL (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas

No one messed with Gunner. No one.

He was the Jackal, living chaos, the infamous Cyborg banned from civilized society. He was also the only Monster Hunter for the EPED who took the hard jobs, the under-the-table work. Jobs that often left a trail of blood and bones in their wake. When a pirate commandeers his ship, Gunner takes it upon himself to exact a revenge that will ignite a wildfire of rage, death, and torment upon those who made the mistake of taking what was rightfully his.

Elodie has spent most of her life pretending to be a boy to remain alongside her father in space. He’s the only family she has left. When the ship they worked on is attacked, she’s taken prisoner. Every day, she feared that her secret would be discovered—that she’s a woman alone amongst men. When a strange man is dragged into the cell next to hers, she realizes she was living on borrowed time.

He stared at her as if he knew her secret.

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artificial conditionARTIFICIAL CONDITION: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells

VS Note: I can’t recommend this series highly enough. The first one ALL SYSTEMS RED was so good – I really love the main character, the Murderbot. These are scifi not romance. I had this one pre-ordered and could not wait but I would recommend reading the  first book and then the second, to have a better feel for the main character.

It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

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gaslights_and_graves_variousGASLIGHTS AND GRAVES: A COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES by Various

VS Note: I interviewed the authors last week for USA Today/HEA.

SIX paranormal steampunk adventures from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors. There’s something for every steampunk lover in the collection of mad science, twisted fairytales, myths, ghosts, vampires, shifters, magic, techno-fantasy with settings such as gothic romance, urban fantasy, Victorian, and so much more.

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hesherHESHER (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Lydia, captain of the Earth vessel Outreach II, and her crew were sent to explore the vastness of deep space to find inhabited worlds. The trip was the culmination of her childhood dreams. Plans are changed when trouble with the spaceship causes them to go off course and crash on a unknown planet in an uncharted star system. Most of them survive and soon discover they’re not alone. The perfect planet is occupied with intelligent life, the kind you only read about in books.

Hesher’s been alone for most of his life. It’s never bothered him before, for he’s been busy as the commander of Talonia’s military. But, seeing all his friends fall in love and choose mates has him taking a closer look at his lonely life. His musings are interrupted when a strange ship full of humans falls from the sky. The weredragons have been discovered and it brings chaos to his world in more ways than he ever imagined.

Finding himself attracted to Lydia is enough of a problem as they are both stubborn and opinionated, but there is more to the story. Earth is in trouble and they need help. The weredragons are their only hope of survival. They have the only weapon that is capable of defeating Earth’s attackers. Will they give up their anonymity to save the humans or let them be taken as slaves? Hesher is pulled in so many directions his soul is almost torn.

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for a pixie in blueFOR A PIXIE IN BLUE (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 4) by Cecelia Randall

Blue Faust is trapped, and there are no good choices. Does she remain on Padilra, giving up her own dreams, or rebel and risk starting a war? How is a person supposed to make a choice like that anyway?
Forrest and Mo’ata are by her side, of course, and the others insist on accompanying her as well.

She’ll need to learn to navigate the politics of an entire Alliance, as well as the culture of a people who have isolated themselves for a very good reason.

And what do you do when you find out that the monster you are guarding isn’t the scariest thing around you…?

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aerdanAERDAN (ZHEKAN MATES BOOK 1) by Emma James

Angelica’s adult life had started so fast – great education, top of her class, dream job out of school – and then, it all sort of stalled. What began as exciting quickly turned into the morass of routine and Angelica was left wondering what was left to look forward to?

Aerdan Covendane is the crown prince of Zheka. His talents as a legendary warrior are only matched by his talents for bedding the eager women of Zheka.

By all accounts, Aerdan should have been happy. But, the superficial titles, ceremonies and women all served as a reminder that so little of what Aerdan had achieved had truly been earned. He longed to find a mate that would match him as his equal.

Ancient magic brings Angelica and Aerdan together, and they soon find themselves locked in a passionate battle against tradition as the kingdoms of Zheka resist their union.

Will their relationship withstand the jealousy and rage of those who stand to lose the most? Or will they be torn apart by those who seek the throne for themselves?

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machine metal magicMACHINE METAL MAGIC (MIND + MACHINE BOOK 1) by Hannah Dare

The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.

It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?

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lokaLOKA by Arcadia Shield

Loka came to Prodigy to make a name for himself and become an eminent scientist in the Picar community. Tasked with the enormous job of mapping the Milky Way, he can afford no distractions. Then the cute, smart, and quirky human, Heather Roberts, enters his life and everything changes.

Heather happily makes matches for lonely human females and horny aliens in need of a mate at My Single Alien. Although tempted by the gorgeous alien specimens, she’s never distracted from her dream of buying her own piece of space heaven. Then Loka comes to her rescue and suddenly a life without him seems cold. She can’t give up her dream, not for a hot alien with horns and a fondness for giving her gifts of coal.

When disaster strikes the station and the security cyborgs attack humans, Heather and Loka are thrown together. They must figure out what’s happening to the station before it blows up while avoiding their growing attraction and the increasing likelihood of death by angry cyborg.

Can their dreams and reality join together? Will Loka and Heather survive to find out?

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dragon passionDRAGON PASSION (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

When her family farm falls into Sandy Talbert’s lap, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Her life in the city was over. She needed a change, and more importantly, she needed the solitude. Running a farm by herself is harder than it seems, and three years later she’s on the verge of being forced to sell to her jerk of a neighbor. The only thing standing between her and defeat is the odd offer made to her by a gorgeous stranger she barely knows.

Palin never expected to find his mate. He was on a mission, assigned to figure out if this war the humans were talking about was truly as serious as they claimed. Knowing how pathetic humans were, he highly doubted it. But an emergency stop for food at a local farmers market has thrown all his plans into disarray. Leaving his comrades behind, he ventures into the world of farms, famine, and intrigue beyond anything he could imagine. She needs his help, but Palin doesn’t know one end of a hoe from the other!

Determined to help her out, Palin agrees to plow her fields. It’s not what Sandy signed up for, but she can’t deny that he’s helpful—and hunky. If she can convince him to stay, she could finally turn a profit and stick it to her nasty neighbor. Can she do that while still maintaining her policy of not letting anyone into her life? And what about her neighbor? How will he react when he finds out his designs on her farm won’t ever come to fruition?

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RED AT NIGHTMAGIC NEW MEXICO: RED AT NIGHT (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Jody Wallace

She rescued him from death, but can he trust her with his life?

Alliah Red has one last duty before she can be truly free of the wizard who enchained her. She must guide the dragons in her master’s stable to the world of Earth. She’s the one who killed him, making them vulnerable to other wizards. Worse wizards. She just didn’t count on Leopold Crystal, the mysterious dragon from the dungeon, tangling her simple mission into a dangerous snarl.

Leo doesn’t trust the proud woman who barges into his cell claiming she killed their master, but he does believe that the pack of greedy wizards on their tails will stop at nothing to possess them. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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death doesnt bargainDEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN: A DEADMAN’S CROSS NOVEL by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Deadmen are back…

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine’s hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it’s her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron’s resolve.

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sea witchs redemptionTHE SEA WITCH’S REDEMPTION: SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE 4 by SE Smith

VS Note: An expansion of a previously published story.

Magna’s existence was once filled with laughter, love and joy. Her life changes in a single night when a mysterious object falls from the sky into the ocean and she wakes to find herself held captive in her own body. As the centuries pass, she becomes known as the Sea Witch—a creature who is feared and reviled. Her efforts to save the Seven Kingdoms and destroy the alien creature living inside her should have ended both their lives—instead, Magna wakes to find herself in a strange, new realm.
Gabe Lightfoot and his best friend, Kane Field, have stood side by side through thick and thin. Brothers by circumstance, they have seen the darker side of life and lived to remember it. When Gabe rescues a wounded woman in the waters off the coast of Oregon, they have no idea what’s in store for them.

It doesn’t take long for Magna to learn that she is no safer in this new world than she was in her own. Fearful of endangering the two men who have taken her under their wing, Magna is torn between trying to return to her world or staying in this one.
The choice may be decided for her when strangers come to town searching for clues regarding a series of strange disappearances. Can Gabe and Kane protect her from those who would lock her up to study her, or will the curse of the Sea Witch destroy them as well?

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renegade valkyrieRENEGADE VALKYRIE by Stacy Claflin

She’s an angel of death, but her life is in danger.

Soleil is a Valkyrie, cursed to obey the laws of Valhalla—laws she’s been skirting for centuries. But when she uses her sword to protect a friend rather than to eliminate her assigned target, she crosses that fine line. Now her species is coming for her. Compounding problems, she’s also in the crosshairs of a powerful, vindictive witch who wants retribution for the murder of her sister.

It’s the worst possible time for her emotions to surface, so of course they do. While dealing with danger, she struggles with moving past the death of her fiancé and budding feelings for her best friend, Titan. Soleil already stays away from her former pack to protect them, now she feels she should leave Titan too, to keep him safe. But she can’t bear to do it.

Now she’s put him in danger, as well as some of her old allies and new friends. It would be in everyone’s best interest if she ran. But she can’t. She won’t. And her fate comes down to an epic battle between supernatural forces—a battle she’s ill-equipped to win.

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once upon a twisted timeONCE UPON A TWISTED TIME, A TWISTED FAIRY TALE COLLECTION by Various

From the days of old, with the twist of new, these fairytales are just for you.

Drawing from a well of myth and legend, each of these 16 USA Today and NYT Best Selling Authors, has put their own twist on a story from childhood.

Modernized tales of love, war, oaths, and curses, uncover the secrets in Once Upon a Twisted Time. We promise you a Happily Ever After.

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kelleyKELLEY (WERE ZOO BOOK 6) by R E Butler

Kelley London has been taking care of the non-shifting animals at the Amazing Adventures Safari Park since he was a teenager. As an elephant shifter, he has a unique take on what it means to be an animal in the zoo, gawked at by humans, and he does his best to make sure that the animals are happy and well taken care of. He’s not sure that the VIP tours are going to bring his soulmate to him, but he’s hopeful that someday he’ll find the one female meant to be his.

Rhapsody Caine is the last surviving member of her panther shifter pride. Before her aunt passed away, she told Rhapsody about a shifter zoo in New Jersey, and urged her to find other shifters to live with. She’d never been around other types of shifters, and was wary of just waltzing in the front gates and announcing herself to the zoo’s inhabitants, so she signed up for a VIP tour of the safari. What she didn’t expect was to be staring at her soulmate through a chain link fence, or for him to be an elephant.

Rhapsody breaks all the rules and climbs the fence during the tour to be with Kelley, but the big male doesn’t care that she’s impetuous. The only thing he cares about is that she’s the new center of his universe, and because she’s all alone in the world, he wants to become her family. When a panther male shows up at the zoo claiming to be Rhapsody’s arranged mate, Kelley is willing to do anything to keep Rhapsody safe and keep her with him forever.

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queen and kingsmenQUEEN AND THE KINGSMEN (DARK FANTASY BOOK 3) by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley

This is no fairytale…
Captured and imprisoned.
They seek to break my curse by breaking me.
They want to know what I did to Briar Rose, but I will never tell
And I will not submit, no matter what tortures they have planned.
I am stronger than the Kingsmen.
Not just one man, but four.
For I am the powerful and feared Queen.
My curse will stand.

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debriefing the deadDEBRIEFING THE DEAD by Kerry Blaisdell

The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife.

So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won’t be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the Angel of Death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?

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fire to dragonFIRE TO DRAGON (RED SLAVES BOOK 3) by Tonya Cannariato

Born as a human in America, Anne Crosby discovered something new inside herself when she traveled to Russia: she’s a dragon. And not any ordinary fire-breathing beast, but the next queen of the Russian dragons. A queen without her court.

Magic transformed her into a dragon and gave her the right to rule, but Magic forgot to give her a guide book for the new world she’s living in.

Anne made dangerous enemies when she stole the power of the dragons from the Russian government. The FSB is hunting her. Allies have been turned into traitors. And her tenuous grip on power depends on her finding the missing people who complete her court. If she can find them in time, there is a promise of immortal joy. If she can’t, then the dragons will once again become slaves.

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stroke the flameSTROKE THE FLAME (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Briggs

I’ve spent my entire life running from my past and staying out of trouble. That’s how I’ve kept alive ever since my parents were killed by the Black Dragon, who’s ruled the world under her oppressive talons for as long as anyone can remember.

But it’s hard to keep a low profile when four handsome strangers turn up in your village claiming you’re destined to save the world. According to them, they’ve been chosen by the gods to become elemental dragons—and I’m their mate.

Which means one day I’ll be the most powerful dragon of all, able to control all four elements. Assuming I can unlock my powers first…by getting intimate with each of my sexy mates.

Auric, the clever prince. Jasin, the cocky soldier. Slade, the protective blacksmith. Reven, the mysterious assassin. And me. We’re the only ones who can bring balance to the world and overthrow the Black Dragon—if she doesn’t tear us to shreds first.

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queen takes rookQUEEN TAKES ROOK (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 4) by Joely Sue Burkhart

The epic showdown between the last Isador queen and House Skye begins.

Strengthened by her new queen sib, Shara Isador plans to return to her mansion-in-progress for some much needed rest. She especially wants to get to know her new twin Blood and fears she may have made a mistake in taking them. She does not love them. Yet.

However, the sun god and the queen of New York City have other plans.

The snares are set to capture the young but extremely powerful vampire queen. Someone inside Zaniyah’s nest has betrayed them, and Shara’s trusted butler calls to inform her that a large package has arrived-from Marne Ceresa, the queen of Rome. A trap, surely. Or could the unknown gift be an olive branch from the feared Triune queen?

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a dragon pairA DRAGON PAIR (THE PALADIN DRAGONS BOOK 10) by Dahlia Rose

As the Shen try to wage their final violent stand for the earth realm and Paladin, the dragon warriors have something else to worry about. Dr. Daphne Jordan and the discovery she made in the Sierra Nevada… dragon bones. With their secret in jeopardy, the king dispatched the twins, Iarl and Skard to retrieve a long lost brother of the dragon court. Neither expected that the beautiful aerologist would be there to defend her find from anyone trying to steal it. Nor did they expect their dragons to purr in pleasure at her scent and choose her to be their mate. From birth they were connected mind, body and soul, even moving in unison as they fought. This bond would be no less in sharing a mate, if she would have them. The Shen still lurked in the shadows and their king also sees the potential in Daphne, one that could get him what he wants.

Ok so dragons may have existed, that was Daphne’s thought when she first found the bones. The knowledge went from excitement to fear when two fierce red dragons confronted her at her dig site. They chased her away from her find, but that only fueled the fire in her to know more. When she saw them again, the two dragons chased from above, down the beach. Two dragons transformed into very tall, sexy, redheaded males. They told her she was in danger, that she was being hunted. Yet when they looked at her, she felt as if she was the prey. The twins wanted more than to protect her, and their touch was like the heat of a dragon’s breath on her skin. Iarl and Skard was a package deal and in between learning of a world no one would believe existed. Daphne wondered if she was woman to be loved in more ways than one, by a dragon pair.

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specter of the marshSPECTER OF THE MARSH (SUBWOOFERS BOOK 5) by Linda Mooney

Alligator, Bear, Cougar, Deer, Eagle
They found each other by accident. They became a team for life.

When a string of small campsite robberies hits close to home, Ray Thomas “Art” Crawford, of Bag It and Tag It Excursions, is asked to help FBI Agent and friend, Billie Crowne, investigate the possibility of drug runners. At the most recent site, it doesn’t take Art long to spot something suspicious–paw prints. Big ones.

Soon, reports of a black leopard on the loose reaches the group. Could the prints Art saw belong to the big cat? The guys take it upon themselves to find the animal before it gets hurt, or hurts someone.

Being on the run most of her life, Rikki Leonard isn’t quick to trust anyone. Growing up cursed as she was, she’d quickly learned to keep her secrets to herself, or risk pain, torture, and ridicule. Cornered in the swamp, can she trust the guys surrounding her?

She soon realizes she’s not alone in the world, and for the first time in her life, Rikki begins to feel safe. Cared for. But when her past tracks her down, she can’t risk bringing danger to the lodge, so she does what she knows how to do best–run.

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hell on the heartHELL ON THE HEART (MAGICAL FORCES SERIES BOOK 2) by Hope Daniels and Alicia Dawn

As a witch with power over water, Anna wants her secrets to stay in the past where they belong. All she desires is to enjoy the present, but what she thought was buried long ago, has found a nasty way of coming back to bite her. So hold on tight. Not only is her big bad secret back, but it’s hungry and Anna looks like the perfect entree for dinner.

Pete has secrets of his own. As a Djinn, he is skilled and powerful enough to cajole Anna to tell him hers, although he knows he may have to confess up some of his own deep dark nightmares. When she learns his secrets will she still look at him the same way? Or will she take a chance on what could be? Not that it matters. Pete isn’t ready to let her go. She is his soulmate whether she is ready to admit it or not. One way or another, he will make her realize they are meant to be together, even if he has to follow her to hell to do so.

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born of no manBORN OF NO MAN by Tracey Cooper Posey

VS Note: Not exactly fantasy and yet…fantasy elements maybe? I don’t know. Anyway, I love the author’s scifi romances so here you go…

Lynette, companion to Princess Vivian, has learned to trust the princess’ visions and so, guards the dark and powerful secret of the man in the cave.

Cadfael the Black, battle commander to High King Vortigern, lives only to kill Saxons, to avenge the brutal murder of his family at their hands. At the court of King Gwilym, the very heart of Roman Britain, he meets the beautiful Lynette, a woman who could thaw his frozen heart.

When duty thrusts them together, Lynette’s secret clashes with Cadfael’s suspicious nature and threatens to tear them and the entire kingdom asunder. But, Lynette must keep her secret at all costs to protect Princess Vivian’s unborn child. A child who would become known as…

MERLIN.

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kings spinster brideTHE KING’S SPINSTER BRIDE BY Ruby Dixon

Sixteen years ago, Princess Halla of Yshrem saved the life of an eight-year-old barbarian boy and watched her kingdom fall to ruin, all on the same day. Now, she is a forgotten spinster in a quiet temple, living her days out in solitude. The last of her line, she exists in the hope that she has been forgotten, for to be remembered by the enemy is to be certain death.

One person has not forgotten her. Mathior, now twenty-four, is the fierce warrior king of the Cyclopae. Yshrem is in turmoil and his advisors have a suggestion – kill the last remaining member of the royal line, and there will be no rivals for the throne.

Mathior has a different idea. He’s loved Halla for sixteen long years, and it’s time he claimed her as his wife. But a barbarian’s wedding customs are unlike any other.

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imagine dragonIMAGINE DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 32) by Julia Mills

All the planning in the world can’t beat dumb luck.
Even if your dad just happens to be Lugh, the Celtic God of the Sun, and you’re one of the most powerful Guardsmen to ever walk the earth. No matter how hard he tries, Destiny always seems to drop a steamy pile of Dragon crap right in his path…leaving him to clean up the mess and clean up the mess.
But then he found her.
Ancient, mysterious, and completely irresistible…She flew into his life, poured light into his soul, and dropped the old jokester to his knees with little more than a wide-eyed glance and a flick of her tail feathers.

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mated to the ocean dragonMATED TO THE OCEAN DRAGON (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant 

There’s war looming in the dragon world.

As the last of the three elemental dragons to find his mate, ocean dragon Timothy is racing a clock, trying to find his mate before the enemy dragons find her first, and destroy the world—along with his chance at happiness.

Curvy Liana is a thirty-year-old geek, spending her days working on a children’s computer game about dragons, and her nights dreaming of adventures that are real instead of scripted. And then a man with eyes like the sea crashes into her average life, sweeps her away in a tide of desire, and tells her that the fate of the world rests in her hands…

The fire dragons are ready to wreck the world’s fragile balance of humans and shifters—and all that’s standing in their way is the love of a charismatic billionaire shifter and his geeky mate.

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deaths providenceDEATH’S PROVIDENCE by Wendie Nordgren

It wasn’t until she died that she started living.

On the night she lost all hope, she found salvation. On the night she died, he found love.

Now, Ferren, priestess of Thanatos, brings solace to the god who is feared and despised by both mortals and immortals. However, their love ignites more than a burning passion, it gives rise to magic in the mortal realm, and the results are dire.

In order to save the souls who are at rest in the Underworld, they must seek out a powerful book of spells which has fallen into the wrong hands. The necromancers will soon learn to fear the wrath of the god of Death.

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mermaid's escapeTHE MERMAID’S ESCAPE (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 1)  by Kellie McAllen

Destined to marry the gorgeous, high-ranking Kai and inherit the throne from her grandfather, Princess Coral is the envy of every mermaid in the shoal. But all she really wants is the freedom to decide her own fate.

When Coral runs away from her own wedding and escapes to the land, she knows the clock is ticking. She has five days before her human body will succumb to the curse that binds all mermaids to the sea. Overwhelmed by the harshness of a deserted island, Coral is ready to accept her fate and return to the shoal, but with the arrival of four shipwrecked divers, Coral starts to understand why her mother was lured away by the human world.

When Coral is given the choice she always wanted, will she make peace with her destiny, or risk everything to forge her own path in a whole new world?

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abraham'ABRAHAM (THE JOHNSON CLAN BOOK 2) by Terra Wolf

Hotel mogul and all around alpha ahole, Abraham is on the prowl. The public doesn’t exactly know he’s a bear shifter and when he meets the beautiful lounge singer, Summer, she definitely has no idea. He’s built up walls around himself and his empire for so long, but slowly Summer breaks them all down. Fate has intervened, whether Abraham is ready or not.

Summer just wants to keep her apartment out of the hands of the Shyft hotel investors. They’ll make it so expensive that she, and her neighbors, will be out on the street. She has to convince the owner to make a change. What she doesn’t know is the evil hotel mogul is also the guy she’s falling in love with.

When secrets are revealed, will Summer and Abraham both be able to get past the deception? Or did fate have it wrong this time?

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vampires thirst gunnerA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: GUNNER by Elaine Barris

Sentenced to 500 years in prison for a rash of murders he didn’t commit, Gunner is granted a miracle: a month of freedom to prove his innocence.

Though desperate to find evidence to clear his good name, his plans go awry when he’s struck by a Thirst he can’t quench soon after scenting the sweet ambrosia of his Bloodmate.

With an underlying strength that shows through her gentleness, Imogen is the perfect balance to Gunner’s world of blood, bullets, and incriminations. Her connection to him is immediate, passionate, and full of promise.

Catastrophe strikes when Imogen is abducted, sending Gunner into the throes of the debilitating and insatiable Thirst which renders him incapable of controlling his craving for blood.

With so many lives on the line, the stakes have never been higher.

Will Gunner rescue Imogen in time, or will the Thirst drive him to insanity… and ultimately to his death?

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knock down dragon outKNOCK DOWN DRAGON OUT (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY, ALASKA BOOK 1) by Kristal Shannan

Unable to save his family from murdering traitors, Col has a mission: to kill the dragons who murdered the royal house of Li’Vhram. When a cute, curvy woman needs rescuing, though, his senses go on high alert. And her soul is calling directly to him. That only happens…

…with soulmates.

But Col made a vow. He must avenge his family. He can’t fall in love with her, no matter how much his inner dragon roars “mate” every five minutes.

An overwhelming need to get away from life—from grief—sent Naomi on a trek through Alaska. Even though she was expecting to photograph some unique wildlife, she was NOT expecting a dragon.

Those don’t exist, right?

And a dragon who turns into a human? Even more unlikely. A hot dragon prince… yeah, she’s totally hallucinating. And when he won’t leave her side, and their chemistry is off the charts, suddenly, it’s a whole-new-world of fantasy and excitement, until danger finds her.

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STONE CURSEDSTONE CURSED; A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE: TAURUS (HIGHLAND GARGOYLES BOOK 6) by Lisa Carlisle

Locked in stone. On his night off from sentry duty, gargoyle shifter Alec heads out for a night flight. When he spots a strange green light, he soars closer to investigate.

And is caught by Medusa’s curse…Veda has had doubts about Kai since they left their coven to seek ley lines in the Scottish Highlands. When he resorts to dark magic to capture a gargoyle, she’s forced to act. How can she free the gargoyle from his stone prison without invoking Kai’s notorious wrath?

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wolf undauntedWOLF UNDAUNTED by Shannon Curtis

When his spirit is separated from his body, werewolf Zane Wilder is invisible to everyone—except Vivianne Marchetta. A vampire who has good reason to loathe all lycans, Vivianne is eager to be rid of her shifter shadow. But the spell that should sever the connection between this mismatched pair only deepens their bond. Can they trust each other enough to survive this transformation, or will it destroy them both?

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witch's furyWITCH’S FURY by Deborah LeBlanc

When magical creatures start being killed, the Francois sisters, all witches, must protect themselves. But Abigail “Gilly” Francois doesn’t count on finding undeniable passion in the process. She’s irresistibly drawn to brave, sexy Gavril Hyland, but she is forbidden to love a human. As they hunt down their elusive enemies threatening everything they love, can Gilly and Gavril save their friends—and their hearts?

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Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I’m highlighting HOSTAGE TO THE STARS from my backlist. Johnny is one of my favorite characters 🙂 Here’s the short version of the blurb:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself… (more on ebook seller site)…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 2

April 25

April 18

April 11

April 4

March 28

 

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 2

buck tashaAs 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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BUCK: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDE BOOK #11 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I love her fun scifirom romps!

Beatrix eats, sleeps and dreams graphic novels. And her latest creation is about to be made into a movie. But Bea’s new-found fame keeps putting her in the spotlight in social situations when she’d rather be curled up with her sketches. Worse, an incredibly sexy interstellar hunk is distracting her from putting the finishing touches on her fundraising efforts.

Buck is the ultimate extrovert. From the instant he wakes up until his head hits the pillow at night he applies himself to interacting with the captivating inhabitants of the strange new world that is now his home. The only one who doesn’t respond to his efforts is the beautiful Beatrix. The reserved artist has a sharp tongue and an unmatched ability to resist Buck’s alien magnetism.

When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bea at Comic Con turns into an insurmountable battle for her dreams she’ll have to rely on the hunky alien to help her embrace her emerging celebrity status. But will she be able to resist the mate bond that draws them inexorably together?

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enverENVER (CYN CITY CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Pearl Foxx

Enver dedicated his life and body to the Trans Atlantic war, but when the battle ended, he was left to navigate Cyn City alone and haunted. He’s made a life for himself as a medic for Cyborgs hurt on the Deluge and in the underground cyborg cage fights at the Ball & Joint. It’s a lonely but useful existence until the maddening Imogen moves in, determined to break every rule.

Love got Imogen banished from her home. Her relationship with a local boy went against the Ecovangalit laws of arranged marriage and now she’s landed in Cyn City living at a makeshift hospital for cyborgs and working as a nurse. The shining light of her days is tinkering with the machines she collects from the abandoned buildings in the deadlands. She has an uncanny ability to understand the intricate cybernetics of the patients in the ward. Why call a cynker when she can fix them herself? Little does she know the trouble she will cause.

Imogen spends most of a month with the enigmatic cyborg medic Enver who runs the Ward. But his erratic personality and hot and cold treatment leaves her with nothing but questions. When Imogen runs into the love she thought she’d lost forever, is her connection with Enver enough to keep her in Cyn City?

And can Enver open his heart and let himself feel ever again?

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bridging the distanceBRIDGING THE DISTANCE: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I enjoy Evangeline’s world building and her off the charts steamy scenes.

Lorelei Daniels is having a terrible day–her self-driving car repossesses itself, she loses her job, and she’s about to get kicked out of her apartment. What else could happen? How about a visit from a huge Kindred warrior begging her to come help him rescue his twin brother who has been turned into a Cyborg?

Bound Tight is a Light Twin of a Twin Kindred pair. Bound’s brother, Torn Deep, is the Dark Twin and his other half–without him, Bound is incomplete. He desperately needs help to get Torn back–but will the beautiful little Earth female he needs to seal the deal help him rescue his twin?

Because of her advanced degree in Artificial Intelligence Psychology, Lorelei is uniquely qualified to help with the Cyborg problem. But no matter how handsome Bound is, she’s determined this is just a business transaction. However, when they rescue Torn, he has lost all memory of his past. It’s up to Lorelei to try and bring the brothers back together in the only way she can–by using her body as a bridge between them.

Can Lorelei keep things businesslike as she brings the two brother back together? Or will she end up losing her heart as she is Bridging the Distance between the estranged Bound and Torn?

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galvanzing solGALVANIZING SOL by Amanda Milo and Poppy Rhys

VS Note: A new novella in the VALOS OF SONHADRA series!

‘d been assigned to visit Earth’s Interstellar Penitentiary System, Concord, where my girls were imprisoned.
Stick to the plan, SolI tried to tell myself. That went to hell when the prison ship crashed. Well, a little before then. See, the ship wasn’t just holding prisoners–they were being used for experiments.
They were torturing them.
They were torturing my girls.
I consider myself a level-headed man, but when I found that out, I lost my sh*t.Had we not wrecked, I’d have lost a whole lot more.
I knew they were still alive–they had to be.
Somewhere, on this planet where everything wanted to eat you, were the only two women in the universe that I had left. That I loved.
Until her.

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defying the generalDEFYING THE GENERAL (PRIMARIAN MATES BOOK 4) by Maddie Taylor

With one look he stirs something deep inside her.
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul.

She has a mission.
He has a duty.

He is her captor.
She is his destiny.

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming their happily forever after?

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ceph sectorTHE CEPH SECTOR (SHAMANS AND SHIFTERS SPACE OPERA BOOK 5) by Jenny Schwartz

The legendary Ceph have been in stasis for forty two millennia. In a century, they’ll wake. History remembers them as an unstoppable force, employing a mysterious power to decimate sentient life on the planets they attacked.

Jaya’s first mission as a new Shaman Justice is to lead an expedition into the perilous Ceph Sector. If she can learn how to contain or fight the sha-energy-using Ceph, Galaxy Proper might let them live. If not, destroying the Ceph’s home world, with all of them on it, will prevent the Ceph from ever waking.

Jaya will do anything to avoid the annihilation of an entire sentient species. But she has no idea what her compassionate instincts will cost her. She has a century in which to save the Ceph—unless they wake early.

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alien generals weddingTHE ALIEN GENERAL’S WEDDING (IN THE STARS ROMANCE) by Luna Hunter

VS Note: Short story

Zoey’s life is thrown for a loop when her cousin Nora gets in touch with her. To say she has big news is an understatement..

Nora drops these bombshells on her:

1) Nora is getting married to a seven foot tall, alien warlord called Torin.
2) The wedding is next weekend.
3) Oh yeah, it’s doubling as an Intergalactic Peace Summit as well, to smooth relations between humans and Zorans after the narrowly avoided inter-species war.
4) Will you be my maid of honor?
5) Also, that means you’ll have to do the opening dance, in front of the whole intergalactic elite, with the gorgeous, brooding Zoran warrior named Kage. No problem, right?

When Zoey sees Kage, a towering mass of purple muscle with teal eyes that make her weak at the knees, she realizes that she might be in over her head.

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a shift in the skyA SHIFT IN THE SKY: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Suki Selborne

Curvy space courier Corby lives hand to mouth in the Galactic Empire. Rules don’t mean much to her. Survival is all that matters, and she’s been lucky.

But her luck just ran out.

When she’s hauled onto the Imperial Order Starship, Corby comes face to face with Prince Jalton – the handsome lion shifter who will decide her future.  Since she stole information that incriminates the Imperial Order royal family, Corby’s certain he’ll sign her death warrant. Or even kill her himself. If she gets out of this alive, it’ll be a miracle.

Prince Jalton isn’t used to working amongst the grubby criminal class. He only came to the Imperial Starship Prison because he lost a bet with his brother. Now he has to spend the day with cutthroats, thugs and ruffians.

The last thing he expects to see is…her.

Corby’s dragged before him, certain she’ll meet a violent end as payment for her crimes. She’s terrified, as she should be. And yet, she’s full of back talk and bravado. The girl makes his lion stir and snarl.

Her bluster pleases him. And the lush curves under her tunic do more than please him. He’d like to steal her away from the rough prisoners. He wants to keep her and shelter her from danger. He can’t wait to wrap her wild auburn hair around his fist, tilt her head back, and kiss the sass from her berry lips.

And slowly and leisurely, he’ll show that fiery girl that she’s his.

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wife code banksTHE WIFE CODE: BANKS (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 4) by Charlie Banks and Chantel Seabrook

Banks and Tia haven’t consummated their marriage. He’s done waiting. But he isn’t like her other husbands. And while they both have a love for learning, Tia is about to get an entirely new sort of education.

Banks is ready to teach his wife a few things about his dark desires.
The world outside their bedroom though, is darker still.
She has to get pregnant to stay in Alaska, but carrying a child is a death sentence.
Finding a cure is all that matters.
And time is running out for Tia.
For everyone.
It’s time to crack the code.

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dash cyborg chroniclesDASH (THE CYBORG CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Kelsey Nicole Price

When the Global Allegiance terminated all Cyborgs, rumors were rampant that they still existed, either hidden away with wealthy collectors or—even more scandalous—part of the Cyborg Rebellion.
Iris
I collect stuff. Some call me a hoarder. I prefer the term treasure hunter. In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d find a cyborg but maybe my dreams should have been wilder because that’s exactly what I find.
Big, blue and now mine, I take him home promising him that he is now free.
I can’t help the fact he is sexy as hell…and that blue is my favorite color.

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I have been kept locked in a box, hidden away and forgotten.
Then I am pulled from my box by a strange human female who calls herself Iris.
Iris gives me a name and promises that I am no longer just a possession.
That my job is no longer only to serve.
The thought is terrifying but for the first time I feel hope.
Maybe this human is truly different.
One thing I know for sure is that Iris is fascinating and…tempting.

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ahunter 4 rightaHUNTER4RIGHT (aHUNTER4HIRE BOOK 8) by Cynthia A Clement

VS Note: This title nomenclature makes my head hurt, no offense to the author! It is unique and does stand out…

Jehon is an elite alien warrior who lives by a strict code of honor. He vows to protect Aashi after preventing her kidnapping. He defends her against a secret world organization determined to profit by destroying the planet. As he fights the evil forces bent on annihilation, an attraction develops between him and Aashi. Can he save the world and protect the woman he has bonded with?

Aashi’s world revolves around plants and her research lab. One minute her life is predictable and safe, and the next she is dodging bullets and kidnappers. The only constant throughout her ordeal is Jehon. He is honorable, protective, and trustworthy. Dare she hope that a future with him is possible?

As the two struggle to stay alive and stop the impending apocalypse, the attraction between them grows. Can they defeat the forces threatening the planet? Or will they die fighting?

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curious invasionA CURIOUS INVASION (THE ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND JONES Book 1) by Marie Andreas

In an Alternative Victorian London, England has a new queen–she just happens to be undead.

Dr. Nettie Jones is a new agent for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplainable, a secret organization protecting England from unnamed sources. Being half-vampire is an added complication.

The Society doesn’t yet appreciate Nettie but fate steps in when invaders from a dying planet begin following her the same day Queen Victoria chooses to be turned into a vampire.

Things become dangerously interwoven when Nettie discovers that a supposed accident was in fact an act of betrayal by one of the agents of the Society. The first shot in a larger conspiracy

Nettie and her fellow Society agents must pull together to thwart the alien invaders, fight off the vampire infestation, and rescue the Queen from becoming the longest ruling undead monarch, even if that rescue is against her will.

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star feverSTAR FEVER: A SCIENCE FICTION REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE COLLECTION by Various

These heroines aim for the stars—and find whole galaxies of love. For a limited time only, this reverse harem science fiction romance anthology from New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors brings you sweet and sexy stories of love through space and time–and these heroines never have to choose only one hero!

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song of blood and stoneSONG OF BLOOD & STONE: EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES, BOOK 1 by L Penelope

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save the land and to uncover the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

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at blades edgeAT BLADE’S EDGE (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. A war that would only hurt the weakest and destabilize the world as we know it.

It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry—people try to kill her all the time—as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world, and Rowan knows it’s a challenge to support her the way she needs while not being too much or not enough.

The organization that gave her a purpose, a home, roots and a path when she’d run from The Keep at seventeen has betrayed her. Now, instead of on a much-anticipated honeymoon, Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. and expose whoever is at the top.

Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She’ll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms.

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alls fair in love and wolfALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WOLF (SILVER TOWN WOLF) by Terry Spear

Wolf shifter Sarandon Silver’s in trouble with the law, and bounty hunter she-wolf Jenna St. James is determined to bring him in for trial.

Lucky for Sarandon, the entire Silver Town pack is ready to fight for his innocence. But until the case is solved, Jenna’s sticking to Sarandon like glue.

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golden basiliskTHE GOLDEN BASILISK (THE GOLDEN ANCIENTS BOOK 5) by Marie Andreas

VS note: Yes, this author had two new releases this week, in two genres.

A long-lost elven kingdom, body-swapping ghosts, walking weapons of mass destruction… Archaeologist and part-time bounty hunter Taryn St. Giles has had a Very. Bad. Year. Ever since she and her trio of singing, drunken faeries started digging into the mysteries of a certain handsome elven lord, she’s been up to her nose in explosions, slavering monsters, and assorted other dangers. Now Taryn and Alric, their friends and more than a few enemies are racing across the desert to find the last pieces of a lethal relic so they can save their world and finally share a quiet pint of beer.

But some secrets are buried deeper than a millennia, and this time, Taryn might not escape unscathed. Actually, she might not even be Taryn anymore.

marked by destructionMARKED BY DESTRUCTION (THE MARKED SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey and CeCe Rose

Mackenzie Crowe is lost. Not lost emotionally, or even lost somewhere she can find a map. She’s lost in a whole different world, one she never even believed in.

Luckily she has Enzo at her side, but will she be able to the find the others when they’re all lost? Is getting back to earth and stopping her father even possible anymore?

With no marks, no magic, and in a world she doesn’t understand, how can Kenzie possibly survive in a world marked by destruction?

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dionnas warriorDIONNA’S WARRIOR (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

Jaxon is an elite Warrior who has lost the most precious thing in the world.

Dionna is an average Pyromancer—a fire-wielding sorceress—hoping only to pass her Academy Assessment.

But all of Dionna’s concerns become trivial when the Academy is attacked by the Silithik Hivemind: a race of monstrous insects that kill most of her fellow students in a savage sneak attack.

As one of the few survivors, Dionna is thrust into a Dragon Quintelaide, an elite fighting unit made up of each of the fighting professions. She knows she’s not ready for such a drastic promotion—and the men she’s with, led by the massive Warrior Jaxon, know it too.

Yet Jaxon feels strongly protective of Dionna. And he can’t shake the feeling…

As the war against the Silithik is reignited, Dionna needs to convince her Quintmates to trust her… while first learning to trust herself. Can she prove her worth as a Pyromancer? Or will Jaxon and the others abandon her for their own selfish mission?

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falling for the reaperFALLING FOR THE REAPER (ENTWINED DESTINIES BOOK 1) by Adrienne Ruvalcaba

He had seen death before, but never like this…

Powerful sorcerer, Viggo Brønlund, decides to face his greatest fear to save his only friend. But, after coming face to face with the unexpected, he finds himself entangled in the impossible…

He is in love with the reaper, but to possess her, he must first free her.

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into the grayINTO THE GRAY by Margaret Killjoy

VS note: Apparently a short story? No idea if there’s romance but sounded intriguing.

“You’re using me,” I said.

“That might be true, but I also love you.”

One is the Lady of the Waking Waters, an immortal mermaid. The other is a thief, who steals lives until a wish can be fulfilled, and a life-changing choice must be made.

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beasts and beautiesOF BEASTS AND BEAUTIES by Various

Five novels retell the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, each with its own twist. Meet a dark-elf prince, a dragonian princess, a brooding vigilante, mighty superheroes, and futuristic guards, and watch as Beast meets Beauty, falling in love across fantasy, science fiction, and romantic suspense.

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witch wants foreverWITCH WANTS FOREVER (WITCHES OF WIMBERLEY BOOK 2) by Victoria Danaan

Rachel can’t imagine life without Dashiell Fonteneau. They were the kind of couple who believed they were destined to find each other eons before they were born. Married people, but forever lovers.

When Dash goes to Denver on a business trip that was supposed to last for three days and doesn’t come home, Rachel finds herself in conflict with the community at Wimberley over what to do.

The entire enclave is in agreement when they decide she can’t use magic to bring him back. They’re sympathetic, but say she’ll have to learn to live without him.

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dark queenDARK QUEEN (JANE YELLOWROCK) by Faith Hunter

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can’t let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane’s focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

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daxDAX: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by Scarlett Grove

Aria Sparks has always known she is different… her singing can heal the sick and wounded. She’d kept her magic hidden all her life, but when a coven of vampires snatches her for her potent blood, it only confirms she must keep her secret to herself.

Dax is convinced Aria is his mate, and he will stop at nothing to save her from the vampires’ clutches. But winning her trust will require more patience than this burly warrior knows how to muster.

When Dax discovers Aria’s secret, his graceless ways could ruin everything. Can a gentle songstress trust the brash warrior with not only her magic but her heart? And when it all seems lost, can Aria find her inner strength and discover the true extent of her power?

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spy snow leopardSPY SNOW LEOPARD (PROTECTION INC., BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Justin can’t feel anything. Literally.

Kidnapped, tortured, and turned into a beast by a secret black ops agency, his emotions were ripped out to make him the perfect assassin. Now he uses his superpowers to hunt down the scientists who broke him. He doesn’t care that his mission will mean his death. He can’t care.

Until he meets her.

Snow leopard shifter Fiona is the perfect spy…because she has to be. She can’t ever let her guard drop, not even with her closest friends. No one can learn her terrible secret. Especially not the wounded, mysterious hero her leopard insists is her one true mate…

When their paths cross during a perilous mission, Fiona can’t leave Justin to face danger alone – he can handle any threat, but he won’t take care of himself. And pretending to be a honeymooning couple is the perfect cover story for their dangerous game of cat-and-mouse at the glamorous Carnival of Venice.

But as they protect each other from deadly foes, it’s not only Justin at risk of starting to feel again.

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women of the wild the dryadWOMEN OF THE WILD: THE DRYAD by Misty Vixen

Seth Baker has fantasized for years about leaving his little village, getting out from beneath his parent’s overbearing influence, and living his life for himself. And the day has finally come when fantasy can become reality. He’s trained, he’s prepared, he’s scrounged together enough gold to buy the bare basics necessary to survive the dangerous world of monsters and magic that lies beyond the walls of his simple village. (At least he hopes so.)

But Seth isn’t delusion about his chances of survival, or how hard it’s going to be to live out there in the wilderness, traveling between towns and trying to make it with his chosen profession of a traveling herbalist, providing rare and unique potions. So he’s decided to test himself: he will travel to the Redwood Forest, one of the largest woodlands in the land, and gather five unique plants in order to make a rare potion.

While he expected to run into dangerous situations, into difficulties and hardships, into monsters and giant spiders, Seth did not at all expect to run into a beautiful dryad woman named Rain, who takes an immediate and intimate interest in him.

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callies guardianCALLIE’S GUARDIAN:WHITE TIGERS OF BRIGANTIA (BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

As much as Callie cares about the village where she lives, the past few years have seemed more like being trapped in a loop. She had always wanted to travel, but in Sumaria, only the top echelons get to choose their paths in life. She wants more, but as the only village apothecary, she can’t forsake the people she has grown to love. Not until circumstance forces her to flee.

Caden has spent nearly two decades protecting Callie from the shadows. His guilt at never being able to act without emotion result in his putting Callie’s happiness over his duty. When faced with the inevitable, he finally reveals himself. Willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to help her escape, Caden isn’t ready for her final decision.

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benjamin a single dadBENJAMIN: A SINGLE DAD SHIFTER ROMANCE (THE JOHNSON CLAN BOOK 1) by Terra Wolf

Billionaire playboy and bear shifter Benjamin is the oldest of the Johnson Clan. But definitely not the most responsible. He’s all about the party, not yet ready to settle down and have cubs of his own. But when his sister’s daughter, Harper, becomes his responsibility, suddenly family life doesn’t seem so bad.

Lia dreams of being more than a private preschool teacher, but she sticks around for her favorite student; a little half-shifter named Harper. When Harper’s world is turned upside down, Lia will do anything to protect the little cub. Only she realizes she doesn’t need to protect Harper, she needs to protect herself. From Harper’s uncle. The deliciously attractive Benjamin Johnson.

Lia gives her heart away to Benjamin, against her better judgement. Can this playboy bear shifter finally settle down?

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witchs familiarsTHE WITCH’S FAMILIARS (HAREM OF BABYLON BOOK 1)  by G A Rael

A reluctant witch and her five infernal consorts have to band together to save the world…from her.

One renegade angel.
One werewolf heartbreaker.
One unseelie outcast.
One hotblooded undead.

And one wickedly seductive demon who’s convinced that never-been-kissed Jordan is none other than the what of Babylon?

Jordan’s attempt to start a new life in a quiet town just got a whole lot more complicated. From preacher’s daughter to the harbinger of the apocalypse, taming her newfound power is the easy part. The hard part? Taming the five monstrous men who will stop at nothing to protect her… even if it means coexisting with each other.

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mercys destinyMERCY’S DESTINY (MERCY ASHBY BOOK 2) by A M Hardin

One enemy after Mercy down, even more to go.

After finding out why she’s been attacked for nearly her whole life for simply existing, Mercy doesn’t know whether to believe it or not.

She discovers yet more lies, more secrets. Along with those secrets and lies, comes new faces, new friends, and even worse; new enemies.

When someone close to her protectors betrays them, Mercy comes to realize that maybe her destiny might just be written in stone after all.

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cadence of ciarCADENCE OF CIAR (THE FATE CALLER SERIES BOOK 1)  by  Zoe Parker

Magic and Mayhem

Both go together in my opinion because if you have one the other is always present. Ciar is the epitome of both and in some ways my furry arch-nemesis. He’s been with me since I was a child. Now he’s followed me to the Menagerie. Except he’s no longer in his canine form, Ciar is now 100% Fae male.

Which I’m not prepared for. Not that I’m prepared for this place at all either. I don’t want to be here. This school is a hen-house for the rich and powerful to reach in and pluck the special people out like fat hens while the rest are fed to the wolves.

Well, except this time there’s one of the big bad ones IN the hen-house. Ciar.
He’s the bane of my existence and theirs. Yet, in a roundabout way, he’s also my best friend, and even though he looks at me like I’m dinner, I’m not afraid.

I’m pretty sure I look at him exactly the same way.

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cats and dogsCATS AND DOGS (AGE OF NIGHT BOOK 4) by May Sage

The enemies targeting their pride are going to attack any moment. As the only submissive amongst the Wyverns, Christine knows they’ll come at her first, believing she’s their weakness.
Their mistake.

Hunter Hart, ex-Head Enforcer of the Vergas pack, lives on borrowed time. After betraying his family, he needs to get out of the continent, or die. But there’s one thing he intends to do, dangerous as it is.
Meet his god-daughter, Lola.

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spell crafting 501SPELL CRAFTING 501 (HELL KITTEN CHRONICLES) by Viola Grace

The final classes have begun and the only thing standing in Imara’s way is an ancient and deadly enemy…of her kitten.

Imara’s life is going according to her plans. She has her boyfriend, her kitten, and is about to earn her degree in Magecraft and graduate. Once she has that degree, she has the right to request an application for a commercial magic license. It is the goal she has been working toward all along.
A shadow begins to haunt her during the day and stalk her when she is away from the college. She doesn’t know what it wants, but it follows her with a purpose she can’t fathom until she finds the identity of her stalker.
By the time she learns that it is Mr. E the stalker is after and not her, the trap has already closed.

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its a charmed life grimmIT’S A CHARMED LIFE (GRIMM FILES BOOK 1) by Selene Charles

VS Note: Not sure there’s any romance but sounds good.

My name’s Elle. Princess Arielle, for those who know my history. Cursed by my own father and banished to Grimm, I’m a siren, a killer, and one of the best damned cold-case detectives in the hundred realms. I don’t stop until I uncover the truth, no matter where that truth leads.

After discovering a bloodstained ribbon and a poison-tipped cat’s claw at a cold-case crime scene at the Charmings’s castle, I’m sent to Wonderland to investigate. Wonderland is a harrowing place full of madness and dark secrets. I’d rather be landlocked than step foot on that twisted soil, but I don’t have a choice. My insatiable thirst for truth reveals a conspiracy that will not only rock the Grimm world but also my own.

No one ever walks away from Wonderland unscathed… no one.

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magick run amokMAGICK RUN AMOK (AN ABRACADABRA MYSTERY) by Sharon Pape

VS Note: No idea how much romance there is but sounded fun. Part of a cosy mystery series.

November in upstate New York can be chilly, but Kailyn Wilde’s shop, Abracadabra, is a cozy respite where you can find lotions, potions, and plenty of warm, feline company. But what customers don’t know is that the proprietor has some unusual powers—and unusual friends, including the renowned magician Merlin, who’s been transported into the modern world. All of which comes in handy when there’s a murder to be solved . . .

Investigative journalist Ryan Cutler has perished in a car accident in New Camel, and his friend, Travis, suspects foul play—especially when the reporter’s notes reveal a mysterious list of dead men’s names. Kailyn wants to help, but she’s also got her hands full with the curmudgeonly Merlin, who’s not exactly maintaining a low profile. Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies that work like magic, she’ll have to tap into her many talents to figure out a killer’s fatal formula.

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dragons soulTHE DRAGON’S SOUL: XAN by Calissa Wayne

Remunada Summers is a simple healer in a small backwater town leading a quiet life. Until the day the King’s guard drag her from her home and across the continent by “request” of the King to help Prince Anaxandros Minos. Upon arriving at the castle, she faces not only a dragon, but the shocking secrets the Royal Houses have kept hidden for centuries. What can a simple healer do to help the mighty Royal House of Minos? More than you’d expect, since the royals aren’t the only ones with secrets… Prince Anaxandros “Xan” Minos is in need of help, but only his True One can help him. After his dragon rejects several royal women presented to him as possible mates, he fears for the safety of the entire kingdom if he cannot find his True One in time. Then she arrives, a Healer, outspoken in defense of others, her scent driving his dragon to distraction while her overly large curves tempt the man beyond reason. Forced to deal not only with his problems–trying to convince Remi she is his True One and that they need to mate as quickly as possible–Xan must also address the enemies of the crown who move against his family. He may be First Born and Heir, but how much can a poor princely dragon juggle? ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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blackstone lionTHE BLACKSTONE LION: BLACKSTONE MOUNTAIN BOOK 5 by Alicia Montgomery

Luke Lennox knows he doesn’t deserve happiness. After tearing his family apart, he’s been punishing himself by living a solitary life. But when he sees Georgina Mills, the animal inside him knows: she’s his mate. His lonely heart yearns for her, but he knows that it could only end up badly for them both.

After being rescued from the clutches of an evil anti-shifter organization, Georgina Mills has finally settled in Blackstone with her young bear shifter son. She’s got a job, a home, and Grayson is finally around people like him. Now, if only the handsome, golden-eyed lion shifter who rescued them would notice her … but she’s knows she’s not exactly a catch. Besides, keeping Grayson safe is her priority for now, so her heart will have to take a backseat.

As their enemies advance on Blackstone, Luke must do everything he can to protect his home. He must also deny his growing attraction to Georgina, though he can only fight for so long before he must give in to his desires.

But Georgina is keeping a secret – one that’s so terrible and unforgivable and she doesn’t know if she can keep it under wraps for long.

When the truth is finally revealed, can Luke and Georgina’s love keep them together? Or will it destroy them, along with Blackstone?

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netherfield rogue dragonNETHERFIELD ROGUE DRAGON: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION (JANE AUSTEN’S DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Maria Grace

Elizabeth Bennet thought she was prepared to do anything to make the Dragon Conclave accept her beloved young dragon Pemberley into the Blue Order, but she had not anticipated it would leave her banished from her ancestral home and betrothed to none other than Mr. Darcy. But before Elizabeth and Darcy wed, they must find a dangerous rogue dragon before it provokes a war amongst the dragons and brings the fragile peace between dragons and mankind to a catastrophic end.

Nothing written in the annals of dragon lore has prepared Elizabeth to manage a dragon not governed by the Blue Order. Dragons have always loved her, but this one finds her arrogant, selfish and insensitive to others. With only her instincts to guide her, she must convince the rogue of her good intentions before the Blue Order loses patience and decides on more drastic measures.

Called away to the other side of the kingdom, trying to settle the dragons’ unrest, Darcy learns the nature of the force poisoning the rogue dragon against Elizabeth. One nearer and dearer than they could have imagined.

Can Elizabeth and Darcy convince with rogue dragon to cooperate before darker forces turn it against them, without destroying the fragile bonds uniting the couple?

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phillipePHILLIPE (BIG EASY BEARS BOOK 5) by Rebecca Fanning

A few more months. That’s all Phillipe needs in order to save enough money and get out of town, start over in Montana with his best friend. But what Phillipe didn’t plan on was falling in love with his best friend’s younger sister. The more Phillipe gets closer to Brigid, the more complex his life becomes. And his life is already very complex.

All Phillipe wants is a fresh start, a place where everything he does and sees doesn’t remind him of his horrible childhood, how his parents condemned him as being cursed instead of recognizing what he was. A werebear. And his best friend Patrick has always been there for him, as equally a black sheep in his family. But what makes their friendship even more interesting is that Patrick is a werewolf. For ten years they had made this plan to leave town together, but now Phillipe wonders if he can really leave Brigid behind.

Both lovers have things they are hiding as they get closer to each other. But Phillipe wonders if Brigid has a drug problem as he finds needles in her trash can and overhears her on the phone with someone who needs more money from her. Since Phillipe knew the relationship wouldn’t last, he pushes Brigid away and soon she finds herself in danger. It takes Brigid being sent to the hospital for the two to finally discover their love for each other, and the truth behind all the secrets they’ve been hiding.

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charmed life of alex mooreTHE CHARMED LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Molly Flatt

How would you feel if everything in your life suddenly started to go . . . right? Six months ago, Alex Moore was stuck in a dead-end job, feeling her potential quietly slip away. Then, seemingly overnight, she launched her dream start-up and became one of London’s fastest rising tech stars. At thirty-one, her life has just begun. But Alex’s transformation isn’t easy for those around her. Her friends are struggling to accept her rapid success, her parents worry she’s burning out and her fiancé is getting cold feet.

Then weird things start to happen. Muggings, stalkers – even a wild claim that she murdered a stranger. But when Alex visits the Orkney Islands to recharge, weird turns into WTF. Because there she discovers the world’s oldest secret – and it’s a secret that Alex’s stratospheric rise has royally messed up.

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VS sez: I’m featuring my four book Alien empath series for your consideration today – 3 women and one man kidnapped by the interstellar crime combine…can any of them hope to escape their forced servitude and find love? The books are standalone but follow a general timeline starting with STOWAWAY  and finishing with FATED STARS. (My daughters wanted me to write a female mercenary so I did, and made her the heroine of FATED STARS.) My Amazon Author page (books are also at other major ebook sellers)

all 4 books in series

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 25

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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twin dragons destinyTWIN DRAGONS’ DESTINY: DRAGON LORDS OF VALDIER BOOK 11 by SE Smith

The line between life and death is sometimes blurred…Barrack and Brogan have memories of their death–and it isn’t a pleasant one. When the Goddess Aikaterina gives them a second chance at life–and at finding their true mate–they are willing to do whatever it takes to change their destiny. What they don’t expect is that it would be so difficult! It turns out that their true mate is a human, a species they have limited knowledge about, from a planet they have never visited. With time running out, it doesn’t take them long to realize that this may be one battle that will take all of their skills to win.

Delilah Rosewater is haunted by dreams of her death. She doesn’t understand why the dreams feel so real, or why she knows with growing certainty that time is running out for her. Her feelings of frustration strengthen as she searches for the one person she feels could understand her increasing panic – Sara Wilson. She is shocked when instead of finding Sara, she comes face-to-face with two irritating men who claim to be from another world!

Caught in an unexpected snowstorm in the Appalachian Mountains, Delilah doesn’t know what to think of the two men and their wild claims of a powerful Goddess, alien worlds, and new destinies. Will Delilah open her heart to the twin dragons and accept the second chance that the Goddess has given them before time runs out for all of them?

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taming chaosTAMING CHAOS (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 1)  by Anna Carven

VS Note: One clicked. I love her Kordolian warriors.

Torin Mardak came to Zarhab Groht to hunt. Some idiot’s been selling Callidum weapons on the black market, and he’s been tasked with finding the traitor.

The illegal trading station isn’t exactly Torin’s favorite place in the Nine Galaxies. It’s dirty, chaotic, and full of thieves and murderers, but as an elite Kordolian First Division warrior, he’s the most dangerous thing on this floating cesspit, and he won’t let anything stand in his way.

But when he encounters a group of humans who really, really shouldn’t be here, his priorities might just have to change, because one of them is about to get betrayed in the worst possible way…

And she just so happens to be exactly his type.

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hero withinTHE HERO WITHIN (BURNED LANDS SERIES BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

VS Note: OOH, I LOVE this series so I one clicked!

As the only healer in a war-stained town, Eden McClain is devastated when the salt plague sweeps through the Wastelands she calls home. Suddenly she’s racing against time to save her people—and her niece—before it’s too late. When she hears whispers of a cure, she knows she can’t cross the dangerous Wastelands by herself to get it. She needs a guide. And she’s just desperate enough to turn to a man who once betrayed her.

After years living on the leash of an evil outlaw, Johnny Colton is finally free, but that doesn’t mean he can wash the blood off his hands. The easiest way to deal with the past? Just stop caring. Which is working perfectly for the rugged outlaw, until a beautiful ghost from the past rigs a trap for him.

The last person he wants to see is the woman who haunts his dreams, but as Eden points out, he owes her one. The only problem? This plague is man-made. Someone unleashed it. Are they walking into a dangerous trap? And can two past enemies learn to trust each other enough to survive?

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wired for loveWIRED FOR LOVE by Michelle Howard

VS Note: Previously released in the Pets In Space 2 anthology.

Former Jutak warrior Hunter Gils has put his past in the military behind him. His focus now is on his bar and the occasional criminal clientele. Things are just the way he wants them with the exception of a gray-eyed beauty determined to shake his world even as she refuses his advances.
Bounty Hunter Narelle Bindu wasn’t immune to the tall, ex-soldier working the bar. But she didn’t have room in her life for a man, not even one as tempting as Hunter.
When a deadly attack creates an opening for an old enemy, the two must work together if they want to survive. An unexpected ally comes in the form of a lost K9. Can Hunter and Narelle stay alive long enough to discover if one night is really enough?

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abaddon risingABADDON RISING (DEG’NARA BOOK 2) by P L Parker

One of a million statistics in the intergalactic war, Jocelyn St. Germaine is captured, sold as a slave and then forced to fight in the Deg’Nara gladiator games.  She’s slated to lose when Kanaan, the most feared warrior of all, claims her as his own.
With his help, Joss’s chances of survival increase, but is it enough?

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how to steal the pharaohs jewelsHOW TO STEAL THE PHARAOH’S JEWELS: A THIEF IN LOVE SUSPENSE ROMANCE by Cailin Briste

VS Note: The author sez: “Set in the distant future, this sci-fi suspense romance has action and adventure as well as a sizzling romance.”

[Cade’s] His comfortable routine as a member of Sebastian St. Croix’s cat burglar team is shattered the day he’s pinned in a crushed car. In a moment of clarity, before everything goes dark, he realizes he’s in love with his best friend, a woman who has sworn off intimate relationships for life.

It’s taken Bassinae years to overcome a past filled with physical abuse and embrace the truth that she is a powerful, capable woman in her own right. Tamping down a case of nerves, she’s ready to take on a larger role as a thief in Sebastian’s next caper. If only Cade would stop acting like a lovelorn idiot. She needs her best friend’s support to help steal the Pharaoh’s jewels.

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prison moon dragon firePRISON MOON – DRAGON FIRE by Lily Graison

Abducted by aliens and housed in an airtight room with twenty other girls wasn’t Sara’s idea of a good time. Neither was being dropped into the jungle of a Prison Moon, but for the rest of the galaxy, it was. She was the entertainment. The game? Survive the lawless alien criminals who ran wild or die trying, but there was no outrunning a dragon, and he didn’t seem to be in any hurry to let her go.

T’oren has spent the last several centuries sleeping beneath the rubble of an abandoned temple. The wars decimated his world and now was used as a dumping ground for the most vile creatures in the galaxy. A Prison Moon where it was kill or be killed. He slumbers to escape but awakes when a female, the first he’s seen in centuries, stumbles into his lair. And now that he’s seen her, he’s not letting her go.

But the corporation that runs the Prison Moon One has other plans. Broadcasting a televised event across the galaxy of an Arena fight between a live dragon and any willing to fight him will bring in more viewers, and money, than they could imagine. All they had to do was catch him and to do that, they had to take the girl.

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conscriptCONSCRIPT (A FALLEN EARTH STORY BOOK 1) by J J Lore

I’ve never been so afraid and confused in my life. They’re telling me I’ve been dragged back in time, to a different time, and I have to fight aliens. In Iowa. I’m not sure who’s more delusional, these doctors and nurses spouting off about how little time is left, or me, for listening to them.
And these men who have me now, they’re soldiers, scary-efficient troops who claim I’m who they’ve been waiting for. They’re always with me, taking care of me, talking to me, all while we make our way through a dangerous and infested city. I’m somehow supposed to detect these killer creatures nesting underground. Aliens who apparently exist only to eat people and make more aliens. Find them—sniff them out!—so these men can kill them with machine guns and grenades, just like people are trying to do all over this decimated world.
As out of my depth as I am, I do know one thing. I need these men as much as they need me.

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reichardtREICHARDT (DRAGON WARRIOR SERIES BOOK 2) by KD Jones

” ***ADULT READERS ONLY***
King Reichardt, a dragon warrior from another planet, has always taken the safety and care of his people seriously. Over the decades, he found the position rewarding but also a very lonely. Now that his people on Earth have reunited with some of his people from Drakonia, new possibilities have opened up to him. One of those possibilities is the unexpected discovery that Drakonians and humans could be real mates. The dangers of being so closely connected to humans could be detrimental to the continued existence of his species. In his mind the risk was not worth it, until he meets a human female that completely changes his mind.”

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commanders captiveTHE COMMANDER’S CAPTIVE (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 2) by Alix Nichols

Lady Nyssa Sebi lost her parents in a freak accident.
Her brother is unjustly condemned to death.
Locked away in Commander Heidd’s residence, Nyssa is the hostage of corrupt thugs who rule the land.
Oh, how she hates them!
But the one she abominates above all is her captor.
During the war, Heidd was her brother’s commanding officer. He was Nyssa’s idol, her biggest crush…
Until he betrayed everyone.

Commander Jancel Heidd sacrificed his honor to protect Nyssa.
It’s killing him to see her so miserable, so disgusted with him.
But she’s safe.
Jancel will do anything to keep it that way.
He’ll shield his spunky captive from the depraved police chief, the ruthless governor, and the deadly cyborgs.
The only monster he can’t save her from is himself.

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alien warlords passionALIEN WARLORD’S PASSION by Starr Huntress and Nancey Cummings

Rosemary left Earth to make a better life for her seven-year-old son. She’s got a good job, a nice house, and one minor problem: she needs to marry a Mahdfel warrior if she wants to stay.
Better the devil you know...She can take her chances and marry a stranger or she can accept an offer from an unlikely candidate: Mene. She doesn’t like him and she thought he didn’t like her. He can barely look at her without snarling. But then again, none of the other warriors are any better.
He might not be handsome...No female can look Mene in the eye and not flinch. But beneath his scarred face and gruff demeanor is a good man. A man who wants a mate and family.
His warrior’s heart burns for the curvaceous and vibrant human female, but she’s very clear she’s not interested in love.
He’ll show her that his passion is anything but fake.

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midnight wolfMIDNIGHT WOLF (A SHIFTERS UNBOUND NOVEL)  by Jennifer Ashley

Angus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she’s slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.

In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he’s determined to bring her in to save his son.

Can Tamsin convince Angus she’s worth helping before she’s locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?

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evolvedEVOLVED by N R Walker

Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise and mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, he thinks he may have been right.

SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.

Shaun is compatible to Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.

No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.

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tinfoil heartTINFOIL HEART by Daisy Prescott

My father was abducted by aliens.
Or so I believed for the last eighteen years.
After my mother’s death, I moved to Roswell, capital of all things alien. I’m going to find out the truth and nothing will stop me . . . except Boone Santos.
Compared to the intergalactic tinfoil hat brigade, he’s a god amongst mere mortals. Too handsome for his own good (and mine), with a grumpy arrogance, and the most beautiful smile ever–he smashes my plan to pieces like a UFO crashing into the desert.

I need a tinfoil hat for my heart.

Do I believe in aliens? I’m not sure.
What do I believe? I’m not going to fall in love with Boone. Definitely not.

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taeTAE: TALONIAN WARRIORS by Celeste Raye

Tae is a soldier who hates war, but knows it is sometimes a necessity. His family requires his income, making him duty bound to fight. When the Talonians decide to take the battle to the enemy’s world, Tae finds himself making difficult decisions, ones that will change him forever. Should he obey orders or defy them to save a stranger?

Eveline is human. She is a captive slave of the reptilians known as the Savra. Beaten and tortured since the tender age of ten, she is looking for escape. When aliens attack her captors she expects to die, either by the hands of her captors or the dragons she spies in the sky. Instead, she finds a savior.

Talonia must survive. The weredragons fight valiantly, no matter the cost. They suffer great losses and learn that change is inevitable. Tae discovers an unbreakable tie to his home world and to the human he has grown to love.

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dariuxDARIUX (THE GLADIUS SYNDICATE BOOK 1)  by Emma James

Each day on Astriq was a struggle – for life, for food, for existence. Lyra had long been abandoned by her family out of fear of the terrible power that lay within. Now, that power was her greatest secret. She dare not let the authorities on Astriq know, lest she be killed on the spot. What she did not know was that she was being watched and hunted for the dark secret that she possessed…

Dariux was a smuggler for as long as he could remember. Each day was spent on the edge of the law, skirting prison, or worse, gruesome death. All in the name of survival. After a mysterious illness strikes his mother, Dariux is forced to take on his most dangerous contract to date with a criminal group known as The Gladius Syndicate – a galactic slave ring. He knew the nefarious nature of their work, but it was easy to ignore the morality in the name of saving those he loved…

Dariux certainly didn’t expect to find love on this mission, let alone such an explosive one. Now he is faced with endangering his own life to save yet another. Will Dariux and Lyra find a way to escape The Gladius Syndicate? Or will they be sold into slavery to fight for their lives?

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feral obssessionFERAL OBSESSION  by Nora Ash

I always believed I could analyze any situation until I found a solution. Solve any problem if I just applied my brain.
I went to university, studied science and told myself my academic cocoon would protect me from the alphas dominating our society.
I was wrong.
No textbook prepared me for my meeting with test subject 351.
The biggest, scariest alpha on death row, hauled into my lab to uncover how to control the beast of a man. How to make him submit.
Mold him into a weapon.
But there is no controlling the feral alpha, and no logic strong enough to save my mind once he unleashes his fury on my body.
Once he claims me.

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star resistanceSTAR RESISTANCE A LORI ADAMS NOVEL BOOK 02 by D R Rosier

Lori Adams escaped the Stolavii, and found a job, friends, and even lovers in space. The good times didn’t last long before things started to fall apart. In the course of their investigation into human trafficking and slavery among the Stolavii, they stumbled across a horrible truth, and almost paid with their lives.

There’s a lot at stake, and she finds herself in the center of a conflict, an empire at crossroads. They have a long road in front of them, if they can manage to elude the enemy ships searching for them that is. All her talents won’t mean anything, in a battle between ships.

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blade on the huntBLADE ON THE HUNT (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

“When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you.”

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father’s Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan’s the woman in the middle. She’s not used to being claimed in a way that’s not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn’t want in a man—he’s bossy, he’s a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she’s past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She’s past denying she’s in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She’s stronger and more powerful than she’s ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she’ll need all the help she can get because it’s not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There’s a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It’s what she was born to do.

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wicked and wildWICKED AND WILD (BAD THINGS BOOK 7) by Cynthia Eden

She was wicked…

Everyone knew that Valerie Storm was the baddest bit—um, witch on the block. She might look like Snow White, but she had the heart of a wicked queen. She turned her enemies to ash, she danced on their graves, and she had to be stopped. But who could stand up to someone so wicked?

He was wild.

Griffin Bastien was the most powerful shifter to ever walk the earth. His claws had sent plenty of his foes to the grave. Bloodlust burned fast and hard within him, and when his beast took over, there was no stopping him.

Then Wicked met Wild.

Neither of them believed in love. And neither of them ever expected the firestorm that ignited when they kissed. But some things—some people—can’t be controlled. The need that Valerie and Griffin feel for each other, the white-hot lust, will change their world.

Even hell doesn’t burn this hot.

Too bad that Griffin has been keeping secrets. Too bad that he is the original assassin sent to destroy Valerie. Because when she finds out the truth, there will be no greater fury than a wicked witch betrayed. Even the biggest, baddest beast might discover that he’s absolutely lost when a witch casts her spell, and he will be willing to do anything to reclaim the mate he never expected.

Buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

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plagued spyTHE PLAGUED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 2) by K A Krantz

VS Note: My understanding is there may be a slow burn romance in the overall series but unclear to me how much romance, if any is in the book.

It’s all fun and games until someone breaks out the needles.

It was supposed to be a simple retrieval mission. Go in, grab the bespelled package of evidence against some very corrupt superpowers, and get out. The mission turns sideways when a vengeful spy Bix blackballed during her time in Dark Ops crashes the job and injects Bix’s teammates with an unknown toxin. Succumbing to a horrific mutation, the dying spook whispers the Mayday protocol for a compromised covert operation involving a biological weapon.

With her friends infected and sequestered in quarantine, a mole inside the spy guild exposing its undercover agents, and the brightest minds in the Mid Worlds unable to identify the biologic, Bix picks up the mission to find the creators and the cure. She’ll square off against Fates, dragons, angels, and even the god of plagues to save her friends; yet the greatest threat might well be the darkness growing within Bix and the evil on which it feeds.

Beware the plagued spy, for wrath and ruin are sure to follow.

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blood typeBLOOD TYPE BOOK 1 by K A Linde

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

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midnight gardensMIDNIGHT GARDENS (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 1) by Ellen Dugan

VS Note: This one was intriguing to me and I liked the ‘Look Inside’ excerpt. Put it on my TBR.

The beating heart of any garden is magick…
Drusilla Midnight, a successful children’s book author, returns home to the sleepy little riverside village of Ames Crossing, Illinois. Recently divorced, she is planning to take some personal time to put her life in order, and to reconnect with her grandmother and two sisters.
Descended from a long line of herbalists and wise women, Dru is determined to reclaim her family’s traditions and practices. While she was away, the family property has become overgrown and fallen into a state of disrepair. Drusilla resolves to take on the task of restoring the grounds herself, and to bring back to life the enchanting gardens that have inspired her books.
However, a troubled, angry young girl and her attractive guardian, Garrett Rivers seem to constantly interrupt Dru’s master plan for solitary soul searching. The last thing Dru was looking for was love, and it will take a touch of the garden’s natural magick to make her learn to trust again.
For even the wisest of women must learn that love can spring up unexpectedly into their life, take the strongest of hearts by surprise, and change their path forever.

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war songWARSONG by Elizabeth Vaughan

The magic has come back to the Plains. The Warrior Priests are no more. The traditions are changing—too quickly for some.

Joden has only ever wanted to be a Singer, to know all of the songs. When the time comes for his Trials, he is challenged to take the old paths—and it ends in disaster. But his broken heart and broken body are found by Amyu . . . and she knows what it is to live with pain.

Amyu should have gone to the snows long ago, but instead chose to live in shame. Cast out of her tribe, she now serves Queen Xylara and the Kingdom of Xy. Her new mission is to find the key to defeating the wyverns who attack from the sky—but can a girl from the Plains control beasts who soar in the air?

She knows that Joden has been brought to her by the winds, and they do what they will. Their love is forbidden by the Plains, and their dreams pull them in different directions—but together they heal each other. If only they could heal their people, who are struggling with the ultimate goal:

Who will be WarKing?

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return of the lycan king book 2RETURN OF THE LYCAN KING: LEX AND ELIZABETH by Candace Blackburn

Lex thought he’d lost her, but Elizabeth is back and she is his mate. But between her getting used to life as a Lycan, threats from dangerous elements looming over their heads and very odd changes in the Lycan kingdom happening all around them, nothing will be easy. Lex and Elizabeth’s love has to be the strength to pull them through.

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one true mate 8ONE TRUE MATE 8: NIGHT OF THE BEAST by Lisa Ladew

Jaggar is a half-wolf, half-mountain lion shifter, but his halves don’t make a whole. Instead, they form the beast, a misshapen killing machine that terrifies even the hard-charging wolf shifters of the KSRT, especially after the mauling.

“Jaggar has tragic down,” his friend says about him, which must be why his one true mate, Leilani, is also steeped in tragedy. She’s a time-traveler. In fact, our boys in Serenity owe their very future to her. But what she has done for them has robbed her of her sight, and her sanity.

When Jaggar and Leilani meet in the forest, her eyes flashing silver, his beast in complete control, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.

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dragon protectorDRAGON PROTECTOR (DRAGON DREAMS) by Leela Ash and Tabitha St George

With her family in peril, Hannah is desperate to help them in any way she can. Her only hope?…a mysterious coin that has been handed down through her family. Will it lead her to the help she needs? Or will it just lead to more danger than she could have ever imagined?

Brandon Lorde has waited for ages for a sign that the light is coming back into the world. His kind…and all the other kinds similar to his have been all but forgotten by the world. Now suddenly he is awakened with his original purpose. As a protector he will do anything – and everything to protect this woman who has awakened his fire. But will his strength be enough to save them both?

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flames among the frostFLAMES AMONG THE FROST (A HAVENWOOD FALLS NOVELLA) by Amy Hale

Jetta Mills has felt stifled most of her life. She’s a rebellious creative who’s had to bend to her father’s will, as well as the rules of her hometown Havenwood Falls. Needing a break from it all, she skips town for an adventure far from the smothering influences she’s used to. Unfortunately, trouble always has a way of finding Jetta, and she quickly learns that the best place for a frost dragon shifter such as herself is back within the warded borders of home.
When Conrad Monroe is hired to find a thief and bring her back to face justice, the trail leads him to the Colorado mountains and the path of Jetta Mills. She’s gorgeous, talented, and a whole lot of trouble. He doesn’t know what he’s getting into with Jetta and the town she calls home. Jetta has no idea that Conrad has quite a few secrets of his own.
Jetta’s seeking real freedom while Conrad’s planning to lock her away. But sparks fly between the two as the line between deceit and truth quickly becomes blurred. When the smoke clears, the truth may be the only real path to redemption.

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chromium dragonCHROMIUM DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 6) by Terry Bolryder

Chromium, the last unmated dragon guard and former royal bodyguard of the Drakkaris court, has a secret. He’s been sneaking out at night to serve vigilante justice and taste new things in the human world. When he runs across a curvy restaurant owner with a sweet personality and a lasagna to die for, he knows he has found his mate. Now he just has to stay in her world long enough to protect her from those who want to hurt her.

Helen hasn’t had a lot of easy breaks in life, but she works hard to help anyone she can. When a mysterious, hot customer stops her restaurant from being robbed, she’s happy to offer him a place to stay, even if she doesn’t know anything about him. Well, except that he’s tall, with Caribbean blue eyes and a warrior’s bearing, and seems utterly intent on winning her heart.

As Chromium fights to keep his secret from his friends, he is realizing more and more that he can’t bear even a moment away from Helen’s side. All he wants to do is pleasure her, love her, and show her who she belongs to. But Helen has secrets as well, and a past that may just be coming back to hurt her, if Chromium doesn’t watch out.

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tropical panthers penanceTROPICAL PANTHER’S PENANCE (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Panther shifter Wrench hasn’t got the first frickin’ clue about poems and flowers and all that crap. But he’s gonna learn, or die trying. He ain’t giving up on the best thing to ever happen to him. Lucky he’s got new friends at Shifting Sands Resort to teach him how to woo a lady right…

Yoga instructor Lydia and her inner swan always knew she’d meet her one true mate, but she never imagined a tattooed, six-foot-six felon. She has to have faith that he’s her perfect match…but why won’t he let her get to know the real man under those sexy muscles?

When danger from Wrench’s past comes calling, he’s suddenly got more to worry about than how to deliver a compliment without making it sound like a death threat. Now he has to protect his new home from his old boss, keep his nosy eight-year old niece out of trouble and under wraps, and win his mate. Without getting killed, sacked, or slapped.

Life workin’ for the mob ain’t nothing compared to the dangers of romance.

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oaken throneTHE OAKEN THRONE (TREE OF AGES BOOK 5) by Sara C Roethle

A new era has dawned. The forces of humanity are crippled by the ever pressing threat of the Faie. War continues to tear apart the countryside, robbing those who remain of their last shreds of hope.

While peace is only a distant dream for some, there exist the brave few who will stand and fight for what they believe in. Magic does not always mean death, and death does not always mean the end. Will love and loyalty prevail, or will those who strive for power and darkness put an end to innocence once and for all?

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save the seaSAVE THE SEA (SAVED BY PIRATES BOOK 3) by G Bailey

Cassandra has finally escaped the king, only to find herself in the middle of the rebels and a war that she is meant to be the leader of. When the changed ones of the mountains go to war, Cassandra and her pirates have to travel across the seas to the mermaids who are the only ones that can help.
But what is the price of the mermaid’s help?

War is whispered, much like the Sea god whispers to Cassandra, but no one speaks the ending.
Can death be the only winner?

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renegade witchRENEGADE WITCH (SANCTUM OF WITCHES BOOK 1) by T S Bishop

There’s always been something strange about me, everyone always said. So they avoided me, gossiped about me. But they didn’t know about the demons. Because only I can see them.
Instead of letting my foster parents lock me up in an institution because of my ‘hallucinations’, I ran away from home and I’ve been living on my own in Chicago ever since.
And I was doing fine selling cheap magical trinkets on the black market to get by, until dangerous men with knives and guns decided to kidnap me and throw me in their murder dungeon.

Attracting the wrong kind of attention was never part of my plan. And even more dangerous than the men who kidnapped me are the men who saved me…
Adrian, the most inhumanly gorgeous boy I’ve ever seen in my life helped me escape and introduced me to his two equally attractive friends who needed me and my so-called abilities.

Turns out, I might be a witch.
And only I could help them save Chicago from the demons. If I could remember to focus on the mission and stop myself from falling for them…

Then there’s the rude, beautiful boy in a prison cell who I keep dreaming about…I’m not even sure if he’s real but there’s a connection between us that I can’t explain.

My life just got really complicated. With secrets from my past snapping at my heels, demons invading the city, and my enemies two steps ahead of me at every turn…

My name is Sophia Landry, and I might not be getting out of this one alive.

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blood mateBLOOD MATE by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release

Once a soldier, Toni is now less than human. A blood-infected subject, aka vampire, she lives to serve the command of the powers that be, but that hasn’t stopped her looking for a way out. But the only way the Project will let any of them go is in a body bag… until a lycan unit escapes and her boss offers her a deal. Bring in a lycan and she goes free.
Can she trust his word? Can she afford not to if there’s a chance she can escape and live again? Can she… when the Lycan she’s supposed to bring in becomes her very reason for living?

Darce is this close to escaping his creators—until another of the Project’s experiments stops him in his tracks. Not because she has the power to hold him, but because he instantly recognizes the impossible. The vampire female is his mate.

Allowing her to bring him in is his only choice—and possibly the last mistake of his life. Enemies or lovers, it doesn’t matter. When they discover that the Project is hiding yet more secrets, they must work together to bring it down…or die in the attempt.

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dancers flameDANCER’S FLAME (GRACE BLOODS BOOK 2) by Jasmine Silvera

With the help of a god, Azrael and Isela exposed a conspiracy within and altered the world’s balance of power. But for Azrael, victory comes with dangerous new powers he can’t control. Will accepting his future mean losing everything he’s gained — his allies, his territory, and his consort?

Isela’s found a home when she stepped into Azrael’s protection, and his arms. But if accepting her new role as consort means giving up the life she’s worked for will the price be too high?

When an impossible creature shows up in Prague bearing a dire warning, the search for answers divides them. Now Isela must forge a bond with the power within her while Azrael fights to keep from tearing himself apart. And time is running out. Gods don’t forget or forgive, especially a betrayal from one of their own.

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unbound red falls shiftersUNBOUND (RED FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Michelle Woods

Emily Holden has always been bound by one truth, and no matter how many times she wishes things were different, she knows they never can be together. She knew her love for Brendon Fletcher would never be returned. He’s an alpha wolf and she’s just a human girl he had barely even notices. One chance encounter sends her blood racing and makes her wish she could belong to him. Now it’s everything she can do to remember that she isn’t the girl who gets the prince and needs to walk away.

Brendon seems to have other ideas and he isn’t taking no for an answer. Now he’s showing up wherever she is and acting dominate like it’s his right, and she’s too weak to resist him. Will she find the love she’s always wished for in his arms, or will everything fall apart when a sinister force threatens the happiness they are trying to create.

Find out what happens when Emily becomes UNBOUND.

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shot at loveA SHOT AT LOVE by Gina Kincade

What happens when you think you’ve done the right thing to protect your lover and it turns out you can’t live with the choice you made?

When faced with the displeasure of his lover’s species purist family, Micah thought he’d done the right thing for everyone when he chose to walk away from the only man he’d ever loved.
He quickly realizes, however, just how hard it is to stay away from Jason.

Micah watches him from afar and suffers a massive bout of jealously at the first sign of another man in Jason’s house. Thinking of Jason with a new mate convinces Micah he’s made a huge mistake and now he must find a way to win back his lover.

Building up his courage, Micah finally approaches Jason and lays it all on the table.

Will Jason turn him down in favor of this new person in his life, or will Micah convince him they belong together?

If Micah can’t convince Jason to give them another shot at love, will he be able to live with the pain of the loss?

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waking the ancientsWAKING THE ANCIENTS (NEMESIS OF THE GODS) by Catherine Cavendish

Egypt, 1908

University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .

Vienna, 2018

Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.

And a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul.

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my one and onlyMY ONE AND ONLY (BEWITCHED AND BEWILDERED BOOK 10) by Alanea Alder

Micah has spent so many centuries hiding who he is that he’s forgotten how to be himself, and despite always being there for others, he finds it impossible to ask for help. As weeks of sleepless nights catch up with him, he faces the fact that he needs his unit brothers no more than ever.

Living in Storm Keep with mixed blood, Serenity fought for everything she has. When she disobeys the dictates of her Elders to help the sick in Noctem Falls she is unprepared for the kindness and support she receives from it’s citizens, including her own witchborne mate.

As both of them are forced to reveal their own long kept secrets to save a city, will they be able to overcome their own deep-seated fears to make their mating last.

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day reaperDAY REAPER (THE NIGHT BLOOD SERIES) by Melody Johnson

On the brink of death, Cassidy DiRocco demands that New York City’s master of the supernatural, Dominic Lysander, transform her—reporter, Night Blood, sister, human—into the very creature she’s feared and fought against for months: a vampire. The pain is brutal, she could lose the career she’s worked so hard to achieve, and her world will never be the same. But surviving is worth any risk, especially when it means gaining the strength to fight against Jillian Allister, the sister who betrayed Dominic, attacked Cassidy, and is leading a vampire uprising that will destroy all of New York City . . .
 
When she awakens, however, Cassidy realizes the cost of being transformed might be more than she was willing to sacrifice. But if Cassidy hopes to right the irrevocable wrongs that Jillian and her army of the Damned have wrought on New York City, she’ll need to not only accept her new senses, body, and cravings, but wield them in her favor. Irresistible and enigmatic as Dominic is, he no longer has command over the city or its vampires. Only Cassidy has the connections to convince the humans, Day Reapers, and the few vampires still loyal to Dominic to join forces. And maybe, if Dominic can accept her rising power over the coven he once commanded for the past several hundred years, the two of them together might forge a bond more potent than history has ever known.

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If you like fast moving action and romance in a book, like the best disaster movies, here are three of my scifi romances! (And my favorite author in the world Nalini Singh, said of Star Cruise: Outbreak in a tweet: “Great SF romance” !)

All 3 also available in audiobook.

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https://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/

Also all available on other major ebook platforms

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 18

April 11

April 4

March 28

March 21

March 14

March 7

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 18

taking_vengeance_cynthia_saxAs 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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TAKING VENGEANCE (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 12) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: I LOVE her cyborgs so of course this was a one click for me!

The only force stronger than their hate is their love.

Vengeance hates all humans. They killed every being he ever cared about. When the huge C Model cyborg is told he’s genetically compatible with the enemy, he makes it his mission to capture the female and use her to expel all humans from his home planet. That should be disappointingly easy. She’s a weak, fragile human.

Then she blows up his ship, blasting to bits his preconceived notions about the enemy.

Astrid, aka the Buoir Berserker, hates all cyborgs. They killed her entire clan, including her baby sister. The warrior female has vowed to hunt down and destroy the enemy. When a savage cyborg arrogantly puts his hard, sexy body within her reach, she does the only thing a female can do—she peppers his muscular physique with projectiles.

The more passionately they fight, the stronger their attraction becomes. Neither of them will relent on their missions, yet they can’t keep their hands off each other. Their battle will either end in love to last an eternity or in death.

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enticed by the corsairENTICED BY THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon

No one likes a rebellious captive.

I learned that the hard way. I’ve been abducted from earth and cruelly tormented for my fighting spirit until I learned that the only thing that would keep me safe is to be sweet and calm and agreeable. It’s what keeps me alive.

When I’m rescued by space pirates, they tell me I’m safe. I’m told I can be myself again, get as angry as I want, laugh and cry and scream all I need. I don’t believe them, of course. I certainly don’t believe Alyvos, the ‘muscle’ of the pirate ship. Everyone says that he likes nothing more than a good fight, but to me, he’s kind and protective. How can I fear someone who holds me tenderly through the night and has fuzzy skin?

But my pirate wants more from me than I’m ready to give. He wants my fiery spirit…and I’m not sure it’s there anymore.

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close encounters of the sexy kindCLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Abbie Zander and Jessie Lane

Detective Ryan Winslet is a by-the-book kind of girl. The one and only time she allowed her personal feelings to cloud her judgement, the results were devastating. Now she’s getting a chance to make things right, but a certain sexy nightclub owner is muddying the waters.

Tiberius Maximus isn’t the first Aequorian prince to be exiled to Earth. Like his ancestors, he came, he saw, and he conquered. He’s vanquished his enemies, gained a fiercely loyal family, and runs an incredibly successful nightclub that might push a few legal human boundaries. The only thing he doesn’t have is the life mate he so desperately craves – until a salty blonde saunters into his club one night.

When the no-nonsense detective meets the exiled prince, their chemistry is off the intergalactic charts. Tiberius is convinced she’s the one for him, but Ryan’s not taking the bait. Sure, he’s über hot and seems like a great catch, but he’s also involved in some fishy business and thinks he’s from another planet.

Should she follow her head and throw him back? Or follow her instincts… and her zorans chosenheart… and jump into the deep end?

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THE ZORAN’S CHOSEN (BARBARIAN BRIDES) by Luna Hunter

When Lily accepted a job at Onyx, she didn’t think she’d be looking at a hot, naked Zoran warrior floating in a tank of water on her first day. She is supposed to run tests on this prisoner, but there’s simply no way Lily will go along with that. Instead, she releases him. And that is when the real trouble starts..

After months of imprisonment, Marcas finally has a taste of freedom. Next order of business: Tasting that curvy, dark-haired human, the one with the big brown eyes and a body made for a Zoran warrior.

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champion emmy chandlerCHAMPION (PRISON PLANET 3) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: I keep one clicking the books in this series because they sound so good but they’re stuck on my To Be Read list. I better get reading!

Sylvie Wolfe made a bad decision, for a good reason. Now, sentenced to death for her crime, she has only one decision left to make—the method of her execution. Most people pick lethal injection.

Sylvie demands death by combat.

Her choice gets her sent to the prison planet Rhodon, where in zone one, the galaxy’s most dangerous convicted murderers fight to the death on camera in a gladiatorial-style competition that will end with one inmate being declared the champion. And having his—or her—death sentence commuted to life in prison.

Graham Anderson thinks he’s lost his mind when he sees a woman in zone one. He pulls Sylvie into his cell just before lockdown, temporarily shielding her from a throng of monsters intent on laying claim to her. By the time the doors unlock at dawn, he’s made nearly a hundred vicious new enemies and lost his heart to the fiercest, sexiest, most determined woman he’s ever met.

With death looming in the arena and foes aligning against them behind the scenes, Sylvie and Graham must fight for every moment they share. But in the end, there can be only one champion. Which means only one of them can leave the arena alive.

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alone mars diariesALONE  (THE MARS DIARIES) and HIDDEN (THE MARS DIARIES) by Skye MacKinnon

VS Note: This is a three part RH series (3rd book out in May) but since I missed book 1, and book 2 is already out, here’s the information (link and blurb) on book 1. Sounds intriguing. Previously published in the Once Upon A Twist anthology.

It all started with a headache.
Next came the cramps.
Then, the pain. Cries and wails filled the station.
The bloody cough killed most of them.
The others succumbed to the fever.
And then, silence.
I’m the only one left.
My name is Louise and I’m the only human on Mars.

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hereticHERETIC (THE OUTCASTS BOOK 1) by Cyndi Friberg

Restless and embittered by an abusive past, Arton the Heretic finds himself in a battle of wills with Lily, a gorgeous geneticist. She holds the key to the future of his people, but she was brought to this savage world against her will and that’s an insult she’ll not soon forget. Their attraction is instantaneous and intense, yet each has valid reasons for mistrusting the other. He wants her, is consumed with the need to claim her, but he can’t focus on the future until he deals with the past.

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traitor bornTRAITOR BORN by Amy A Bartol

VS Note: YA dystopian

In the Fates Republic…
Firstborns reign supreme.
Secondborns kneel in servitude.
Thirdborns face death.
And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.

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rogue elementTHE ROGUE ELEMENT by M Pax

VS note: A collection of four previously published scifi stories, no idea if there’s romance but sounded interesting. Detailed blurbs for each story are provided on the ebook seller site.

Rogue versus world. Who will win? New planets, hidden lands, and places no one would dare dream of arise from the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Visions of the future where we verge on extinction and only daring can forge hope. Alternative realms on Earth lead to darkness. The Rogue Element is: “Patchworker 2.0”, “Corrosive”, “The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton”, and “The Wallows.”

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snow and the shadowsSNOW AND THE SHADOWS (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 2) by Cara Carnes

Princess Snow Cavell finds herself captured by her evil stepmother and handed over to seven ruthless men known as Shadows—the most feared assassins in the known galaxies. Snow’s link to the Cosmos is a threat, one that can no longer be tolerated if her stepmother intends to win the war and rule the Intergalactic Alliance.

Their orders are clear—either execute her or deposit her on one of the slaver colonies to be sold. But the Shadows have other plans for the beauty, plans that will fracture alliances throughout the galaxies and shift the tide of the Intergalactic War.

No one controls the Shadows. They’d sworn to remain neutral during the War, but all bets are off now that Snow’s life hangs in the balance.

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kyaniteDRAGON VIP KYANITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES BOOK 5) by Starla Night

Scarred dragon shifter Kyanite “Kyan” Onyx is the security officer of the Onyx Corporation. Used to working in the shadows, this deadly mercenary has no time for a political marriage to the Empress of his home planet, Draconis. But what choice does he have? No female will look on his battered body with desire.

Nursing intern Laura has never seen a warrior as hard, as capable, as protective as Kyan. When an unknown enemy turns her into a target, she naturally runs for shelter in his muscular arms. But even her hottest kiss can’t melt the ice around his heart.

Fighting passion and dangers, Laura may be exactly what Kyan needs to begin a new age of dragon-human harmony — or she may be the means to destroy it.

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captured by the alien warriorCAPTURED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (ZALARYN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm

DROKA:A warrior owns what he is able to take. And I take her.
She’s trembling in a closet, hiding from the raiding party invading her human settlement. Hiding from me.
I collar her. I own her. She’s mine by law.
As the Captain of the Imperial Guard, I’ve sworn a solemn oath to have no mate, sire no offspring.
Oath-breakers are traitors, executed without a second thought. Let them try. I’ll beat them all for a chance to claim my mate.

AREN: I just want to go home. Except, I don’t have one. These alien bastards burned it to the ground.
And the biggest bastard of them all put a collar around my neck. He parades me around on the end of a leash like I’m his newest pet.
My clothes are torn and my body is exposed and there’s about a hundred alien warriors looking at me like they can’t wait to have a turn.
He keeps me safe from the horde. I’m his lawful captive, his property—and he doesn’t want to share.
But will he fight this hard to protect me when he finds out who I really am?

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sapphire embersSAPPHIRE EMBERS (THE BEGINNING OF DRAGONS) by Jadyn Chase

Years ago I had fallen in love with Val Robbins, one of the best pilots in the military. A strong, gorgeous man with a heart of gold. We were inseparable, until a horrific plane crash took him from me.
To this day I have never stopped loving Val, and I never will. I still wear my engagement ring.
A few years later, I was moved to Antarctica to work on a new top secret project with the military.
You see a while back, deep in the heart of the continent, a major discovery was made…dragons.
The military used their extensive knowledge in genetic engineering to adapt and modify these creatures to serve them as the perfect all-purpose weapons.
But their plans quickly went astray as the dragons started to show chameleon-like abilities to shapeshift themselves into men. Men that walked, talked and looked exactly like my Val. The lead dragon, the Sapphire spoke to me like it was Val all along.
My brain struggled to grasp what was going on. By the time I was coming to grips with the thought of him being back in my life, everything went black.
No one knows what really happened that night. We suspected that an asteroid slipped through the defenses and took out damn near everything in an instant. The world had gone silent, in a hurry.
It was becoming a kill or be killed kind of world, and the dragons, our former weapons were taking their place atop the food chain.
Do I rely on this new Val for protection, or am I better off on my own?

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witch and the alienTHE WITCH AND THE ALIEN by Juliet Cardin

Petal has spent her entire life hiding the fact that she’s a witch. Now she fears her life is destroyed, because in a moment of rage, she unleashed her power and revealed her secret. If things weren’t bad enough already, they get even worse when some kind of otherworldly beast suddenly appears in her backyard, followed by the arrival of an angry mob looking for the witch. Adding to the chaos, a tall, sexy man shows up, whisking her away in the nick of time.

Though Rein thinks Petal should be grateful to him for saving her, she feels nothing but distrust and anger toward her savior. He’s an intergalactic space monster hunter, and now she’s stuck on another planet while he completes the next task on his to-do list. Unfortunately, she’s also feeling some uncomfortable and totally inappropriate thoughts of desire for the man.

When Earth is threatened by invaders, Petal must put her faith in the mysterious alien and return to the place she was scorned. She must battle the invaders, and her growing feelings for Rein, hoping her powers are strong enough to save the world. When it comes down to a choice between Earth and Rein, she can only hope she’s brave enough to make the right decision.

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micahMICAH (WARRIOR WORLD BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce

Micah Lyons is many things… brother to Chad and Tia, Rachel’s first crush, the catch of all the single ladies, Deacon’s best friend, and most importantly, a disappointment to his parents. In the Before Times, he’d wanted to be a fighter pilot, and today—today he’s a Warrior intent on protecting his people the only way he knows how—alone.

Fate, however, is a fickle mistress and when Micah’s path keeps colliding with that of a former Vampire, he finds his future running as twisting a path as his past. If he can’t find a way to make peace, he’ll never be able to have the love and acceptance he craves.

Clones. Captivity. The creation of tomorrow…for Micah Lyons, the promise is all he desires.

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conquered by the alien princeCONQUERED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (LUMINAR MASTERS BOOK 1) by Rebel West

A  filthy rich, ripped alpha who also happens to be royalty? Yes, please. Only problem? He’s an alien.
When a confidential mission sends Doctor Cali Taylor to Luminar, her project is thrown in jeopardy and more than one life, including her own, is at risk.
The one constant? The alien prince and a scorching interplanetary rendezvous. But can their budding romance withstand the danger that threatens to tear them apart?

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cobalt dragonCOBALT DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

The Cobalt dragon is ready for a mate. At least, the bookish intellectual thinks he is. But when he and his crew are sent on a mission to rescue another dragon heart, only to find that she’s already rescued herself, Cobalt will find that fate has someone much different than what he had in mind.

Sylvie has always been a fighter. And not even wolves or wyverns can stop her from taking back her freedom. But maybe a towering, brilliant nerd of a dragon with muscles for days and a heart of gold can make her reconsider going back to the human world for a few days. After all, how bad could being in a giant mansion full of hotties be?

To Cobalt’s shock, fate moves faster than he could have anticipated, sparking sizzling sexual chemistry between him and Sylvie. But there are problems that will take more heart than brains to solve, and Sylvie’s unfinished business is lurking in the shadows at every turn.

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runes of truthRUNES OF TRUTH (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 1)  by G Bailey

Evie doesn’t remember a life before she was on the streets, a life before thieving to live and killing to stay alive.
When a royal family she didn’t know anything about go missing, Evie finds herself thrown into the royal court of the protectors, and they demand her help.
Help in exchange for a chance at freedom and the name that’s haunted her, forgotten. A name she can’t even read, a name she doesn’t understand.
But when three Royal protectors are tasked with helping her, her demon ex who is literally from hell, stalking her…will Evie ever be free?

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storm irinTHE STORM: IRIN CHRONICLES BOOK 6 by Elizabeth Hunter

Scarred by loss, Irina warrior Renata has held the world at a distance. Fighting the Grigori and protecting humanity are her goals, but her heart remains frozen to the bonds of family and love. Only one scribe, Maxim of Riga, has managed to see through Renata’s armor.

On the darkest night of winter, in the halls of her ancestral home, Renata is forced to face her past. Can a fierce storm and a stubborn scribe coax her back to life, or will she retreat into duty forever?

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daughter of hadesDAUGHTER OF HADES (CERBERUS BOOK 2) by Helen Scott

Poppy never thought her life would get this crazy.

Sexy hellhound guards and being the future queen of the Underworld? She had been happy being a waitress and a freelance graphic designer in Chicago, hadn’t she? What she was doesn’t matter, that life is long gone now.

Before she can travel to the Underworld, she needs to find three judges that will preside over the souls of the dead. But who are they? Where are they? And how the hell is she supposed to find them?

As she battles agents of Hel at every turn and is confronted with mysterious new enemy Poppy is decidedly on edge. Will she find her judges in time or will her enemies get to them first?

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tornadoTORNADO (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 1) by Jasmine Wylder

My name is Jackson, better known as Tornado, leader of the Savage Brotherhood MC.
For those who don’t know yet, my club means everything to me. It is my family. My home. My Shelter.
So, you better not get between me and my brothers or you’ll get to know my inner wolf. Well, one exception allowed. If you are a hot chick with curves in all the right places. Just got to know Ava last night. Let me tell you, never experienced anything similar before.
But I cannot be distracted. Our club has a mission most people don’t know about, and I better not mess up for the sake of humankind.

Well done, Ava, well done. Pregnant by a man I barely know and don’t even like. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to the wrong guys. I mean, there is literally no chance that the leader of the local chapter of a motorcycle gang, a criminal empire, will take care of his unborn child. And I don’t even know if I want him to take care of it.
But suddenly Ava becomes the focus of a powerful vampire. A vampire preying on shifters and humans alike. No questions asked, Jackson has to save her and neutralize the vampire threat once and for all. They’ve messed with the Brotherhood far too long already.
Ava hides her pregnancy and denies her feelings for Jackson, not knowing that she will have to open up to him in order to survive the vampire threat. Even risking both her life and her heart for a man she seems to butt heads with at every turn.

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eyes of the tigerEYES OF THE TIGER by Patricia Rosemoor

Jewelry designer Gemma Hewitt has a gift. Gems and jewelry speak to her, which inspires her designs, and also sends her on dark adventures across the globe as she seeks out historic pieces. After her mother is brutally murdered, Gemma inherits her famed jeweled collar, which she hopes will lead her to see the face of her mother’s killer and bring him to justice. Instead, she’s thrown back to 1901 India where she sees the young woman about to be married with a pendant that matches her jeweled collar. When she’s hired to find the entire bridal suite, she hopes she can use the jewels to save her family’s fortune. Can she trust the handsome, enigmatic man who promises to help her on her quest, or is he the one she should be running from?

British reporter/photographer Raj Sinclair wants the bridal suite for his own reasons. Attracted to Gemma, he senses a connection with her as if he’s known her for a very long time. When danger stalks her, he will do anything to protect her.

The treasure hunt takes them to cities from the US to Britain to France, ending in India where the bridal suite is finally rejoined… and three reincarnated souls get another chance to make things right.

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unrequited loveUNREQUITED LOVE (MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 1) by E L Roux

VS Note: Re-release. Author states this has been revised and re-edited.

I might own a coffee shop, but it’s anything but normal. Magical and non-magical live in harmony, making me happy to serve them all the drinks I put my extra-special twist on. But watching Nathan, my ex-fiancé, sip lattés and ogle his new woman suppresses my seer emotions and puts a damper on my own love life.

Until Cole sweeps me up and dizzies me with kisses even as he asks me to perform a Wiccan vision quest for Nathan and his fiancé. I have to get over getting dumped or add two shots of resentment to my stinging heart—and possibly lose Cole in the process.

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the shieldTHE SHIELD: URBAN PALADINS BOOK 2 by Severine Wolfe

Martin Hayes has grown up since his adventures in Savannah. He’s about ready to launch into his own life and he’s finally found a girl he wants to see more than once. Everything’s coming up roses.
Except someone is trying to kill him and his girl and they are both not ready for what the world is throwing at them. All he can do is hold on to Allie and pray some days.
Allison Robertson has had a lot heaped on her very slender shoulders with the deaths of her parents and having to take care of her brother, Brion. Then her life takes a turn for the decidedly weird when she goes to get ice cream.
Join Martin and Allie as they try to navigate their way through just trying to live their lives, as well as deal with the unexplainable stuff that always seems to happen whenever Martin is around.

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souls allianceTHE SOUL’S ALLIANCE (THE AGENTS SERIES BOOK 2) by Wendy Knight

Konstanz is pretty sure her best friend is a demon hunter. A demon hunter with a broken heart.
That’s a very dangerous thing indeed.
Being the good friend that she is, Konstanz will protect Navi from any more heartache, even if it means putting up with Bryson, the guy determined to make Navi forget she ever hurt in the first place. Never mind that Konstanz can’t stand him and he likes her even less.
Until he doesn’t. Feelings change, people change, and Navi’s dangerous secrets put them all in danger. In the shadows of monsters, Konstanz loses her heart only to find that Bryson has dangerous secrets of his own.
Secrets that threaten everything they’ve fought for.

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alpha claimedALPHA CLAIMED (ALASKAN TIGERS BOOK 13) by Marissa Dobson

As the new Alpha of the Ohio Tigers, Korbin has his work cut out for him. The small clan size and numerous threats leave him with few options. Rather than merge with another Alpha, he fights to give the Ohio Tigers a brighter future. By making his clan a haven for those escaping enemy Alphas, he ensures it will grow in size and strength, but will offering sanctuary bring its own set of problems? Then, when his mate arrives, he discovers the biggest obstacle he’ll have to overcome is the sheriff right in town.

Years ago, Layla Cole’s father promised her hand in marriage to the town’s human sheriff. For nearly a year, she allowed him to court her, but as her twentieth birthday looms, she realizes she can’t go through with it. She might have married him if her father was still alive, but he died at the very hands of the man she’s supposed to marry, leaving only hatred for him flowing through her veins. Not going through with the arrangement puts her sister’s life in jeopardy. Somehow, she must find a way to keep them both safe.

Battered and wounded, Layla turns to the only people who might protect her against the sheriff. She wants simply to get out of town, but finds way more than that: a chance at true happiness. Can she survive the battle between sheriff and shifter, or will she end up losing the only thing she’s ever wanted? Will Korbin’s duty to keep his mate safe doom his clan? Finding balance between responsibility and love has never proved so challenging.

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tempting the bearsTEMPTING THE BEARS by Tianna Xander

Thirty days in the remote cabin of her dreams. No social media, no online shopping or even streaming Roxie begins to wonder if the next month is going to be heaven on earth or hell in a handbasket? When two hot Highlanders show up on her doorstep, Roxie holds her breath and wonders – what could possibly go wrong?

When Calum and Aiden follow their mate to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they expect their independent mate to put up a fight. What they don’t expect is a run in with a moose, a car accident and finding unexpected treasure.

Will her next thirty days be heaven on Earth, or hell in a handbasket?

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secret of the lost pharaohTHE SECRET OF THE LOST PHARAOH (MATTHEW CONNOR ADVENTURE SERIES BOOK 2) by Carolyn Arnold

VS note: Not sure how much romance there might be.

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

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daydreams and night desiresDAYDREAMS AND NIGHT DESIRES by Melissa Keir and Various

VS Note: From March; more details on ebook seller’s page.

Daydreams and Night Desires…drift into six tales of magic, mayhem, and love.

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everwyldeEVERWYLDE (THE KINDRED BOOK 2) by Donna Grant

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Strong-willed and cunning, Ravyn was taken in as a child by witch Hunters and raised her to be the best of the best. When she receives word that the witch who murdered her family and ripped apart her world is nearby, Ravyn begins her hunt. In her quest to locate the witch, she finds her pursuit impeded again and again by a gorgeous and powerful man. But she won’t be denied and intends to do whatever is necessary to complete her mission. But the Coven is more dangerous than ever, and Ravyn may not be enough to thwart their latest endeavor.

Carac has spent years building his army and winning wars to become known as one of the greatest knights of his time. But he holds a big secret. Everything he’s worked for comes into question when he’s faced with a threat he hadn’t known existed. He suddenly finds his mission changed after he’s approached by the most spirited and beautiful woman he’s ever seen. It’s soon apparent that priceless antiquities are only the beginning of what they’re fighting for—and what they stand to lose.

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from the ashesFROM THE ASHES: A DRAGONS AND PHOENIXES NOVEL  (THE PHOENIX WARS BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin and Nadia Hunter

I know I’m about to be fired. After the civil war, when Sven  accepted the mantle of Phoenix King from Mia Hill, it’s the obvious outcome. I was appointed by the late, psychotic King Emberich so he won’t see my loyalty to the now devastated flocks.

Sven has no choice but to get rid of me.It really doesn’t help that he’s golden, gorgeous and when I’m near him, my heart literally flutters. Stupid heart.

Unrest bubbles beneath the surface of the Phoenix community. Most are still angry about how the conspiracy and coup went down, how badly it destroyed lives, and they blame Sven. Enough to want to kill him.

How do I stop an assassination with my own life intact?

hair of the wereHAIR OF THE WERE: LUNA DE LA MAR SPA (AS THE CHAIR TURNS BOOK 1)  by Eliza March
VS note: This sounded kinda fun. Probably the kind of book you either love wildly or that makes you nuts LOL. I guess it depends if you like the author’s ‘voice.’ 
I’m Delia. Short for Adelaide, which, in my opinion, is too old-fashioned sounding for a young business manager in charge of the poshest salon in Boca. I’m of mixed heritage, exactly what sort, I don’t know. French partially, I suspect to confound my Cuban background. One side of my family has a musical/theatrical background. At a hundred plus years, my Great Aunt Edna is still performing in a local cabaret and doesn’t look a day over fifty. We all suspect routine nips and tucks, but you’d never know. Her personal trainer and plastic surgeon are magicians. Not euphemistically…really magicians. I know because I’ve recently been dragged into Boca’s dirty local secret.
Sam, Edna’s handsome husband is still doing character parts in independent films in Miami. His last role was a gun runner for Werewolves—not much of a box office success, but the subject hit a little too close to home for my comfort. Uncle Sam may not know it, but I know Boca is a city full of paranormal creatures just fitting in. Shifters, werewolves, witches, vampires. The list goes on…gypsies, magical fairies. You name it… (VS: The blurb goes on and ON from here on the ebook seller’s site….wow.)
red and the wolvesRED AND THE WOLVES (DARK FANTASY BOOK 2)  by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley
This is no fairytale…
As the Blood Moon rises, I’ve been chosen.
Chosen to serve, to obey…to die…for no one survives their time with the Wolves.
As I am dressed in the ceremonial Red Hood, all I can think of is escape.
But there is no escape.
The lives of my village depend on my submission to the accursed Wolves.
There are five of them.
Five men cursed to live as Wolves.
Cursed for generations, forced to protect my village from the dark forces.
But they demand a heavy price for their protection. Me.
Five against one…against me alone.
My only hope for survival is to tame the wolves…but submission is not in my nature.
fearless matingFEARLESS MATING (AN A.L.F.A. NOVEL) by Milly Taiden

Sergeant Major Candace Obermier has arrived at Alpha League Federal Agency headquarters with one task in mind–shutting it down. While A.L.F.A.’s pledge to protect humans from paranormal threats is noble, they’ve caused nothing but mayhem as far as Candy can tell. And their director? He’s the worst of the lot.

Director Josh Tumbel has finally found his mate. And she’s doing everything she can to shut down operations, while he struggles to control his mating instincts. But when A.L.F.A. headquarters is taken in a hostage situation, Josh has a chance to demonstrate the critical nature of the agency’s existence, and prove his worth to Candy as a protector and lover.

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demon stole my kittyA DEMON STOLE MY KITTY (WEREWOLVES, VAMPIReS AND DEMONS OH MY BOOK 3)  by Eve Langlais
I’m a witch. Not a good one or a bad one, although according to the snooty wizards, I’m a stain upon their robes.
But who cares what those snobs say?
I’ve got a job to do; stop demons from infiltrating Earth and killing all the witches. Concentrating on my job is hard, though.
First, the guy who’s decided he’s going to help me is hotter than Arizona in the summer. Like seriously, melt-my-panties-into-ash sexy.
Second, demons are targeting witches such as me because, apparently, we’re a tasty snack.
Finally, the kitten I adopted has gone missing, and if I’m not mistaken, a demon stole it…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)
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pyros accidental shootingPYRO’S ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING (HOUNDS OF THE HUNT BOOK 2) by Toni Griffin

Winter in Melbourne makes the hunt for supernatural beings gone bad harder than usual during the cold foggy nights. A chill has settled deep in Pyro’s bones. One he can’t shake loose. More than anything, Pyro wishes for a heart mate of his own to come home to after the long nights of a hunt, one who understands him and his desires, who can hold him together when he needs to let go.

Life has always been planned out for Callum. His family of cops expected him to be a cop, so that’s what he became. But Callum isn’t so sure about being a detective for the Melbourne police. Not many people understand the demands of being a cop, and it’s been the downfall of more than one of his relationships. Why should his chance of loving someone get sidelined for a job he isn’t even sure he wants?

One fateful encounter on a fog-shrouded night changes both their worlds forever. Now Pyro just has to convince his heart mate they belong together while Callum tries to come to terms with a world he never knew existed and does his best to make up for accidentally shooting the unusual and intriguing hellhound.

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nineTHE NINE (FOXFIRE BURNING BOOK 1) by C M Stunich and Tate James
Tricky, like a fox.
As a kitsune—a fox shifter—I have to be to survive.
Sometimes it seems like the whole world wants me dead.
Ironic, considering that’s my job—to kill people.Thea Hunt, professional assassin at your service.
But that’s not my only vice.
I’m also attracted to the darkest denizens of the supernatural world, the men I should run from instead of fall for. Men like Mikhail, the leader of the assassins’ guild, Bennett, the local alpha wolf, and Nix, the skinwalking coyote that’s likely to bring the entire shifter community to their knees. And then there are my exes—Riot and Fin.

Somebody’s cursing old gods, stripping shifters of their ability to change. And a trapped shifter doesn’t last long without losing their mind. Nix knows; Mikhail wants me to kill him; Bennett wants me dead. Oh, and Riot and Fin are determined to make my life a living hell.

As the youngest kitsune to ever get nine tails, I should be able to trick my way out of this one, right?
Right?!

ram rebelRAM REBEL (ARIES CURSED BOOK 3) by Cara Wylde

When Penelope Walton lands a job at Goldman Corp, the last thing on her mind is that it might be a cover-up for something dark and illegal that her boss is involved in. When Richard Goldman introduces her to the twins he and his wife have just adopted and tells her she’s going to be in charge of their homeschooling, Penny is disappointed. She doesn’t have a degree in Business Management so she can be an overpaid nanny. Something is wrong here. To make things worse, a mysterious, hot-as-sin businessman has come all the way from Spain to strike a deal with Goldman, and he’s set his eyes on her. Even when red flags pop up, she cannot resist his charms.

Enzo Salvador is a ram-shifter and an immortal Aries Guardian. His job is to track down, save and protect sheep-shifters who have disappeared and have, most likely, been kidnapped by filthy rich people who think it’s their right to own shifters for their own fun and gain. He will not stand for it. No matter how dangerous his missions are, he will crush every single person who dared to harm one of his kind. His job is his life, so when he meets curvy, sexy Penelope, he tries to lie to himself: he wants her because she’s the key to solving the case, not because the horned beast inside him screams “mate”.

stolen djinn dominionSTOLEN (DJINN DOMINION BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

After months spent eluding the djinn who’s been tracking her, Leila Donovan is cornered. With nowhere left to run, she braces herself to be picked off just like the rest of her companions who survived the Heat, a djinn-inflicted virus meant to wipe out mankind.

Instead, her dark-haired, night-eyed captor bestows a fiery, bone-melting kiss — and whisks her away to an opulent beach house in Malibu.

Unknown to Leila, Malik al-Mazin has been protecting her. From the Heat, from the assassins pursuing its survivors, and, most of all, from the predations of Omar al-Tariq, a sadistic djinn who revels in inflicting pain.

Once Leila comes to accept Malik as her Chosen, she will be safe. But despite their riptide-strong sexual chemistry, easing her into trust will take precious time, especially since she has the unusual ability to resist any attempt to magically influence her mind — a gift that may be her only hope when Malik is tricked into turning his back for one crucial moment.

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from unseen fireFROM UNSEEN FIRE (AVEN CYCLE)  by Cass Morris

VS: Sounded interesting, “Rome with magic” one reviewer said…not a romance.

The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic.

But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her family is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny as a protector of the people—if only she can find the courage to try.

Her siblings—a widow who conceals a canny political mind in the guise of a frivolous socialite, a young prophetess learning to navigate a treacherous world, and a military tribune leading a dangerous expedition in the province of Iberia—will be her allies as she builds a place for herself in this new world, against the objections of their father, her husband, and the strictures of Aventan society.

Latona’s path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harboring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a life-long secret, intends to do just that. As rebellion brews in the provinces, Sempronius must outwit the ruthless leader of the opposing Senate faction to claim the political and military power he needs to secure a glorious future for Aven and his own place in history.

As politics draw them together and romance blossoms between them, Latona and Sempronius will use wit, charm, and magic to shape Aven’s fate. But when their foes resort to brutal violence and foul sorcery, will their efforts be enough to save the Republic they love?

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Star Survivor by Veronica ScottSince it’s roughly a week after the anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, and in 1912 the survivors were contending with life after catastrophe, I’ll mention my own Star Survivor, about two of the survivors from my Wreck of the Nebula Dream (which was loosely based on Titanic). It takes place a few years after the disaster…I had so many readers ask me for this sequel but I had to wait for just the right story to tell! It can be read as a standalone story.

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 11

edge of insanityAs 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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EDGE OF INSANITY (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 6)  by S E Smith

VS Note: Always terrific to have a new book from SE!

Edge remembers little of his capture but all of what has happened since. Sold to the Waxians, he resists their efforts to gain information on the Trivator military and weapons systems. He can feel his mind splinter from their repeated tortures, but a soft voice in the darkness urges him to resist-and fight back.

Lina Daniels is used to fighting fire with fire. She isn’t afraid of death, but she is terrified of being captured. As a resistance fighter on Earth, she knew the dangers. Those threats seem minuscule compared to those on the alien world she was taken to.

Determined to return home, her plan is simple-free the Trivator warrior she discovered and force him to take her and the other women that are with her back to Earth. That plan turns out just as hazardous as being a fugitive on an alien world! The last thing Lina expects is for the Trivator to have an intense protectiveness of her or his stubborn determination in believing she is his Amate!

The soft sound of Lina’s voice is the only thing that prevents Edge’s mind from completely shattering. With the Waxian and Drethulan forces on their tail, it will take more than a few daring moves to escape to freedom. Can a tortured warrior and his rebellious rescuer escape the forces chasing them or will the threat of losing the last thing holding him together hurl Edge over the precipice and into insanity?

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kirkKIRK: ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #10 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this one and I really enjoyed it. Fun!

Katie Henderson has been a teenager in the collective consciousness of Sci-Fi fans for a decade. Never mind that she’d rather be called Kate and is tired of wearing a starship uniform. Like her character in Suspended in Space, Katie’s life has been hopelessly stuck, still orbiting the waylaid starship that made her a household name, long after the show’s cancellation. She’s decided to do one last Comic Con circuit during her college summer break. After that she can’t wait to start a new life where she can make a real difference and leave the world of Sci-Fi behind.

Kirk is a visitor from another planet. Back on Aerie, he was migrated into a gorgeous human body, and assigned to learn about humans by choosing a female to annihilate with pleasure. Kirk looked forward to his assignment, but had no idea that his first look at Kate would bring him to his knees. He is desperate to make her his mate. But the impudent little human doesn’t want to get involved with an alien.

When an over-eager fan starts showing up where he doesn’t belong, Kate allows Kirk to act as a temporary bodyguard. But sharing close quarters with the achingly handsome alien threatens to push Kate’s willpower past the limit.

Will the practical former actress hold out for a “normal” life? Or will this interstellar hunk convince her to lighten up and relish all that he has to offer?

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cyborg feverCYBORG FEVER (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 5) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I LOVE this series. One clicked, oh yes.

Warlord Anghar survives hell as a captive of the evil Hive. Convinced he will never break free, he chooses death over dishonor. When the Coalition ReCon Team sent to kill him frees him instead, he begins the long, tortuous journey back to a true Atlan, a warrior proud of his beast, of his service.

But no amount of honor, of bravery, or strength of will can save Angh from a life alone, banished with the other “contaminated” warriors on The Colony. And no amount of prayer to the gods will save him when the fever in his blood grows beyond his will to control – and the Atlan Mating Fever steals his final shards of belief.

Imprisoned, awaiting execution, one hope is left; a woman brave enough to tame his beast – and strong enough to fight the demons inside both his head and his heart. Because he may have escaped the Hive…but they aren’t finished with him yet.

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first mates accidental wifeFIRST MATE’S ACCIDENTAL WIFE: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (GYPSY MOTH BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

It was supposed to be a simple mission. Locate a kidnapper’s vessel. Rescue the woman. Return her home. Collect a reward.
Instead, the First Mate of the Gypsy Moth finds himself married to a galactic crime lord’s daughter and fighting off those that would make her a widow.

Busy watching his back, while keeping her safe, Damon misses the deadliest attack of all. The one on his heart. She’s taken it, and he’s got to decide whether giving up his freedom is worth the price of love.

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vyken darkVYKEN DARK: CYBORG AWAKENINGS BOOK 1 by Christine Myers

Cyborg Vyken Dark is back on Earth after fighting for eighty years in the Procyon War against the Mesaarkans. He came to help restore order out of chaos in old Chicago USA. Every major city on Earth is in ruins. Most are now run by gangs of thugs ruled by overlords who take everything of value and prey on those who are just trying to survive. Vyken and his four brother cyborgs are all that’s left of their starship crew of three hundred.

He didn’t want the job, but when his old mentor Admiral Carson Gregor asked, Vyken Dark could not refuse. If he could have chosen a man to call father, it would have been Carson Gregor.

Vyken chose the name Dark because the darkness in his soul drove him to kill the enemies of the Federation with a ruthlessness that few natural humans possessed. Sometimes that darkness overwhelmed his humanity and made him weary of his life… Until he came back to Earth and found her.

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aurora terminusAURORA TERMINUS by S E Fanetti

VS Note: I love post apocalyptic tales so I read the sample (grim to a degree but post apoc IS grim, right?) but the heroine has a dog and a bear and….ok, I one-clicked. You knew I would, right? Seems like there is a romance from the reviews.

The end of the world came quietly, in a breathtaking display of light and color, while everyone stopped and watched, entranced.

And then the lights went out, and death and chaos took over.

A woman went up, high above the fray, and tried to build a life alone from what was left of the world that had been.

A man stayed down, in the midst of the turmoil, and tried to find a home in the world that had become.

But neither life nor home is possible until there is family, until love and trust and hope return.

Until then, there is only survival.

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veridian convictTHE VERIDIAN CONVICT (BLUE DOMINION)  by Sam York  (aka Sabrina York)

The Godfather meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this crazy-ass adventure set on Viridian, a prison planet full of aliens…who want to eat you. Tig, the only human, is thrust into a lose/lose/lose situation when the mob boss he works for asks him to pick up and deliver a package that the Fed—the governing body of the known universe—also wants. To make matters worse, the “package” has curves for days, an attitude to match, and her own agenda for how this is all going down.

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rescuing romilaRESCUING ROMILIA (MORGAN SELWOOD) by Greta van der Rol

When Jirra and Toreni rescue Romila from a raid on her antiques business the Misfits start off on a mission to uncover a drug-smuggling operation. A new, very potent drug is on the market, hidden in statues of ice warriors carved on a remote world.

But all’s not well within the team. Toreni and Chet have fallen out, Toreni has received an offer that might be too good to refuse, and Jirra has doubts about her future. When the drug-smuggling operation morphs into something even more dangerous, the Misfits must resolve their differences. If they don’t act together, and quickly, many lives will be at risk. Including their own.

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blend and defendBLEND AND DEFEND (INNATE WRIGHT SERIES BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

The pilots of Bot City have been focused on securing the safety of their people, and incidentally the human city, for the last few days.

With one final battle to expunge the Tokkel before they can try and get a foothold on Hera, the bot pilots are ready to take up the customized weapons and use them to show the alien invasion who is in charge.

Their goal is clear. They have to repel the Tokkel and learn the actual history of the valley as not one version of the tale has rung entirely true. The Nine have their version, the elders have their version, the city has their version, and then there is the truth. It is past time for the truth to be heard. The pilots have earned it.

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orange blossom specialORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL (THE COVENANT OF THE RAINBOW BOOK 2)  by Elana Brooks

Psychics battle aliens to save Earth—and love is the ultimate weapon.
Since he was a child, Steve has been seeing terrifying visions of aliens arriving on Earth.  For many years he dismissed them as nightmares, even choosing a career in paranormal research in order to prove that psychic powers didn’t exist.  Then the Covenant of the Rainbow found him and showed him irrefutable evidence that mental powers were real and his visions gave vital insight into the crisis they’ve been anticipating for centuries.  Now he’s a member of the Eight, one of the Covenant’s leaders.
Rosalia’s grandmother taught her to accept and value her psychic gifts.  She dreams of a day when powers like hers will be acknowledged and valued by all. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller’s site)

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saving askaraSAVING ASKARA by J M Link

Victoria’s day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of “post-discovery”. Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn’t? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That’s what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she’s not so sure she didn’t stick her foot in it…

Be careful what you wish for.

Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn’t fate. Earth’s proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular.

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space operaSPACE OPERA by Catherynne M Valente

VS Note: Not a romance as far as I know, but a fun concept for a scifi novel.

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.

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fire blood beautyFIRE, BLOOD AND BEAUTY by Zara Zenia

One minute I’m a nineteen year-old woman trying to get through life and the next second I’m in space, charged with saving the human race on an alien planet.

Four men show up vowing to love and protect me … except they aren’t men at all, they’re alien dragon shifters and vampires.

They say we’re mates. I say they’re crazy.
I’m charged with a mission: have their baby.
Um, how about no.
They say it’s destiny. I say I’m a long way from home!

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purple alien princes pregnantPurple Alien Prince’s Pregnant Captive by Celia Kyle

Baila spent one night with the sexy alien—over six feet of purple hotness—and now she’s paying the price. The cost? One great big (purple) alien bun in her very human oven. With no alien partner in sight, she’s determined to take care of herself—and her baby—on her own. Except, it’s hard to hold down a job as a sexy waitress with a huge stomach the color of grape Kool-Aid. Jobless and twenty-four hours from being evicted, she runs into the one person she never thought she’d see again.

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kelanKELAN: TALONIAN WARRIORS (A SCIFI ALIEN WEREDRAGON ROMANCE) by Celeste Raye

Kelan Rankin owned a company worth billions. His weapons were considered
evolutionary. He freely shared them with the entire world. He had been commanded to
stay uninvolved with the humans by the leaders of his planet. It was difficult for one so
kindhearted. He found them to be like family and he cared deeply for their welfare,
especially that of his personal assistant.

Michelle Langtree was shocked to be chosen as personal assistant to Kelan Rankin. Her
resume wasn’t up to par. She found her duties a challenge she was ready for. Kelan
trusted her and that meant everything to her. Her personal life was a shambles. She was
shackled to a man who abused her endlessly.

When Kelan discovered Michelle being choked by her abuser, anger took over his body.
He transformed into a terrifying creature. Michelle was saved, but at what cost? She now
feared the only man she had ever trusted and Kelan’s secret was out.

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unleashing her saberPARANORMAL DATING AGENCY: UNLEASHING HER SABER (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Rebekah Ganiere

Ursa shifter Stix is mortified when his mother marches him to Gerri Wilder, the best matchmaker in the universe, in an effort to secure him a bride. And though Stix appreciates his mother’s concern he turns down Gerri’s offer, determined to find love on his own terms.

Saber shifter Satia was almost broken by the torment she endured as a captive on Aurora. But now on earth, and with new found freedom she finds herself with her entire life ahead of her. So she heads to New York City to ask the strongest woman she knows to help her get her new life started, Gerri Wilder.

Under the guise of securing Satia a job, Gerri sends the girl off to work for Stix. As it becomes quickly apparent to both Satia and Stix that they are meant for each other, a bombshell from Stix’s past comes to light that threatens to tear them apart before they even get started.

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kianKIAN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove

Devastated by loss and divorce, Everly needs a fresh start. When she answers an ad for a nanny, she finds herself living with an impossibly hot man called Kian and caring for his sweet baby girl, Ember.

Kian knows, the instant he meets Everly, that she’s his mate. He also knows that no matter how much he longs to tell her the truth, he can’t reveal his secrets to this unsuspecting human. Instead of confessing that he’s an alien refugee from another planet, he tries to give her everything she could possibly want.

A shocking discovery leads to Everly and Ember being kidnapped by vampires. Can Kian find them in time? And even if he does, will Everly accept the truth of who he is?

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station commanders surrogateSTATION COMMANDER’S SURROGATE: OLYMPUS STATION #1 by Aurelia Skye

Piper fled Olympus Station with a broken heart, finding solace in the far reaches of the galaxy as an exobotanist breeding rare plants. She left behind an unspoken love and a cruel sister, who enjoyed making her suffer. Eight years later, the last person she expects to hear from is her sister’s husband, Weston Templeton–especially bearing the news her estranged sister is near death, and her baby needs a womb to continue developing after Pippa’s passing. Somehow, she finds herself agreeing to act as a surrogate and steels herself to face the man she’s never stopped loving—the man who married her sister and never realized she existed years ago. Things have changed, and as she learns the truth about Weston and Pippa’s miserable marriage, old feelings she thought dead return. He seems to be falling for her too, but can she let herself love Weston again, or is it too late for them?

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thorTHOR (FAR HOPE SERIES BOOK 1) by Emma James

To some, the risks seem unnecessary, but to Kira that risk goes hand in hand with being an elite military pilot.

She has no way of knowing that her fame for bending the rules and always getting the job done is about to put her in danger.

What starts out as a simple off-the-books mission turns into a race against time to stop one man, driven mad by his lust for power.

Running from pirates, bounty hunters and cybernetically enhanced super soldiers, Kira and her crew must find a way to win at any cost – the fate of the human race could depend on it.

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jionJION (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr

Curvy female Lauren Kate wakes up in an unknown strange place. She can’t remember anything.
So when the tall blue alien tries to calm her all she can do is run, but he is too strong for her and
now she is his prisoner.

Ambassador Jion Lek is a prominent official of the Kynon alien race. He was on a mission with a
difficult Captain that never listened to him and now they are paying for it.
He has crash-landed on a strange planet and his crew is nowhere in sight. All that remains is one
small human female with thick curves that drive him wild, but she too is difficult…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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broken by the alienBROKEN BY THE ALIEN  by Loki Renard

I’ve been a slave since Earth was conquered, but today a powerful Rathkari commander has singled me out. He’s brought me aboard his ship and made sure I’m bathed and pampered. Now this huge, fearsomely sexy alien warrior plans to do absolutely anything he wants with me.

I hate him and his entire race, and I fight him with everything I have… at first. (…more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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thiefTHE THIEF: A NOVEL OF THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J R Ward

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

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rescue meRESCUE ME (SPARKS OF DESIRE BOOK 2) by Valerie Twombly

Fighting fires is in Derrick’s blood. Left shaken after the tragic loss of his best friend, the event forces him to realize he can’t afford to care. Love has cost him everything and the pain has him vowing to never suffer such heartache again. When he tries to start over in a small northern town, a beautiful woman steps into his life and pushes every boundary he sets in place.

Being a full-blooded dragon shifter makes Halee an anomaly among her kind. With her eldest brother pressuring her to choose a mate, her loyalties are torn. Turning to a stranger for the night, she hopes to forget the fate she must face. But when the stranger, Derrick, shows up as the new guy at the station, Halee must choose between duty and stability or a man whose kiss unleashes a passion she never realized existed.

Both were looking for escape, but neither expected to find each other. Every heated encounter pulls them closer together. When fire strikes again, it will leave Derrick facing the ultimate choice: break his vow or walk away from Halee forever.

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mystic realmsMYSTIC REALMS: A LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY ROMANCES By Various

What goes bump in the night? What causes you a fright?
While the answers for each may vary, I promise that these stories will not leave you wary.
From vampires and demons to shifters and creatures that you’d never suspect, this set will leave you breathless in the best possible ways.So, don’t be afraid. Come, step into our realm. Allow the mysticism of romance in many shapes and forms fall over you like a veil of sweet, soothing, spine-tingling comfort.

We promise… you won’t be sorry.

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dragons fire all 5 episodesDRAGON’S FIRE: A REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE by Lili Zander and Rory Reynolds

VS Note: Here’s part of the Author’s note: “A full-length reverse harem novel containing all five episodes of the Blood Prophecy serial.”

Contrary to popular opinion, I really don’t have a death wish.
Yes, I’m a thief, but after almost being torn limb from limb by an irate panther shifter, I’ve given up my law-breaking ways. From now on, I’m sticking to the straight and narrow.
Then Drakkar Raedwulf dangles one tempting, yet impossible job in front of me. Steal a gemstone from the five dragon princes.
I’m not a fool, but Silas, the closest thing I have to a father, is gravely ill. He’ll die if I can’t get him the treatment he needs. Treatments that are far more expensive than I can afford with my crappy minimum-wage job.
So I take the job. 

And promptly get caught by the five princes. Bastian. Casius. Rhys. Mateo. Erik.
And that’s where my story really begins…

Because the dragons are cursed, and my blood might be the secret to freeing them.

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her guardian angelHER GUARDIAN ANGEL/A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD/MASTER AND MERCENARIES NOVELLA (LEXI BLAKE CROSSOVER COLLECTION BOOK 2) by Larissa Ione and Lexi Blake (Forward)

After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.

Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.

Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.

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son of the dawnSON OF THE DAWN (GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

VS Note: YA, not sure there’s any romance.

The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.

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1000 of you1000 OF YOU by Linda Mooney

She was traded to him for a weapon.

Traded, as if she was no better than a piece of property. Gova Dov doesn’t know what to expect, but it can’t be as bad as the abuse she’d received at the hands of her last master. Gova has never known kindness like Muam. She soon learns she can trust him, but can he trust someone like her? He’s told her she’s free to leave, but does she want to go? Does he even want her to stay?

Muam Kai works hard to earn his living, and payment in flesh won’t exactly buy his next meal, but he can’t turn the abused girl away. However, he’s no slave owner.

When Gova’s past comes back for her, Muam vows that no matter what happens to them, they will always have each other. Always find each other. In this life or the next.

It’s a dying promise that would prove to be a curse on them both.

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secrets of midnightSECRETS OF MIDNIGHT (CHRONICLES OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Debbie Cassidy

Life in Midnight is anything but dull. Training a human unit to work alongside the MPD while keeping an eye on a new ghostly presence in the district, means Harker has her work cut out for her. When a scourge run goes wrong leaving Harker’s life hanging in the balance, a hidden threat is revealed.

Now the team must work against the clock to figure out the identity of their new enemy and learn how to stop them. Something ancient and powerful is about to make an entrance into Midnight, and Harker will be forced to make a choice that could damn them all.

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summers heatSUMMER’S HEAT by LJ Vickery

Emesh, the god of summer, couldn’t be more astounded. While his twelve Immortal friends frantically search for their remaining Chosen…female Chosen, he’s always assumed his chances of finding his eternal mate were crap. Despite being thousands of years old, he’s never experienced a gay relationship, doesn’t know where to look for one or how to initiate a hook-up. But now, standing no more than seven yards away, is proof positive he’ll soon receive an education in every nuance of male love he’s ever imagined…and it scares him shitless.

Douglas Wingfeather never allows visitors. Never. He’s the master of one-night stands, and likes it that way. So what the hell does he want with this guy, Emesh? The answer can only be…nothing. Strange attraction or not, his libido needs to shut itself down. His screwed up past doesn’t allow room for a normal relationship. End of story.

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blood moonBLOOD MOON (DESTINY PARAMORTALS BOOK 6) by Livia Quinn

There’s a new warrior in town. Dressed in red leather, the stunning violet-eyed fae saunters into Destiny’s supernatural tavern carrying a giant head-splitter of a sword. Her mission is to slay a dragonhunter and she accuses djinn River Pomeroy of protecting her target.
River feels an instant attraction to Cinder and relief from the despair that’s served as his only companion since his rescue from kidnappers by his sister Tempe and Sheriff Lang. But with her news, his sense of doom returns. It’ll take more than three wishes to get him out of this mess. You see, River has a secret and ample reason for staying silent. No matter what he does, his enthrallment promises devastating consequences for his family and the other Paramortals.

After his sister and the dragon sheriff go missing, River and Cinder join forces. But history has a way of coming full circle and the past brings shattering revelations about the dragonhunter’s true identity.

Can they forgive the past to overcome their common enemy or will the news tear their relationship and the Paramortals apart forever?

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dragon redemptionDRAGON REDEMPTION by Amelia Jade

Violet Walker has always wanted to open a cupcake shop, but she’s never had the money. So when she meets a handsome man at her best friend’s bar who promptly offers to front her the money, she can’t say no, can she? He’s young, single, obviously successful, and most of all he makes her want to melt into a puddle every time he looks her way. Which is exactly why he has to stay as a business partner, nothing more.

Determined to make his mate’s dream come true, ice dragon Ivore will stop at nothing. He knows that by locking her into a business deal he’ll have as long as he needs to seduce and eventually claim the shy beauty. Dragons are patient creatures, but every second that passes without being able to claim her is driving him wild with desire.

Although she won’t tell him, Ivore knows that Violet has been hurt, and hurt bad. What he doesn’t understand is that she’s not rejecting him for her safety, but his. The dragon wants to help her make peace with her past, but first they’re going to have to deal with his present, including a crime boss hell-bent on revenge against Ivore and his brothers that has just put Violet square in his crosshairs.

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dragons secret babyDRAGON’S SECRET BABY (SILVER TALON MERCENARIES BOOK 1) by Sky Winters

Thorne Lewis, leader of the Silver Talon Mercenaries, will do anything for a paycheck—no questions asked. His next assignment? Travel to New Orleans at the behest of the mysterious and powerful Abruzzi dragon clan, to kidnap a girl named Adelaide Wilson.

The job seems easy enough, but there’s one catch—Thorne is taken by Adelaide’s beauty from the start. As the heat between them rises, will Thorne abandon his mission for his feelings? Will he put the Silver Dragon Mercenaries in jeopardy?

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shadow kissedSHADOW KISSED (THE WITCH’S REBELS BOOK 1) by Sarah Piper

Blackmoon Bay is a city of monsters. Surviving here means never leaving home without a sharp stake. It means keeping secrets, even from friends. And unless I want the Hunters finding me again, it means my witchcraft stays on permanent lockdown.

Good policy—until the night I accidentally resurrect a dead girl, rekindling my magic and drawing the Bay’s most dangerous men to my doorstep.

Asher, the bad-boy incubus. Darius, the cunning, oh-so-sexy vampire. Emilio, the wolf shifter with a big heart and a treacherous past. Ronan, the only demon I trust with my soul. And Death himself, bound to my magic for reasons I don’t understand.

Together they’ve sworn to protect me from the evil out there, but it’s not the evil out there I’m worried about.

A shadow lurks inside me, black and deadly as a bomb.

And I’m pretty sure my magical mishap just lit the fuse.

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fallen reignFALLEN REIGN (SE7EN SINNERS BOOK 4) by S L Jennings

Yesterday, I had the audacity to imagine a future.

One that didn’t include hunting demons hellbent on destroying humanity or being used as a pawn for my father’s revenge. One comprised of a home and a family and all the things I’d longed for as a broken child.

Then in the blink of a silver speckled eye, my foolish hope was extinguished, and my world came crumbling down.

We stood strong. We fought. We lost.

I lost.

Legion, the demon I dared to love, was gone.

Now I’m going to tear myself in two and do the unthinkable to find him. I’m going to put my trust in his brother–his enemy–and make a deal with the Devil. And while his darkness and depravity echo mine, I know this won’t end well for either of us.

My body may survive, maybe even my soul. I can’t promise the same for my heart. This time, I will not fail. I will not hesitate. And if it comes down to it, I’ll be the weapon I was created to be. I will follow the code of the Se7en and do what I should have done when we had the chance.

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royal mateROYAL MATE (MISTY WOODS DRAGONS) by Juniper Hart

Poet has always had an interest in ancient civilizations and thinks that she might have solid proof that dragons exist. As a woman of science, she has the drive to be the first one to prove the existence of these mythical beings. When she realizes her research is threatening her safety, it could be too late. When a mysterious man rescues her, she is taken by his strength, masculinity, and the way he brings out her primal instincts. Even though she feels like she can trust him, she also senses he is hiding something…

Max is sent to kill Poet, who is threatening to expose the dragons from Misty Woods. When he meets Poet, he can’t tame the flames of passion that burn within his heart. Besides, there’s just one more problem: she’s a princess. The repercussions of killing such a high-profile woman could be catastrophic.

Max’s loyalty to his family is put to the ultimate test. If he doesn’t kill Poet, his family will turn away from him. If he doesn’t save her, he will never forgive himself.

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arynns chosen mateARYNN’S CHOSEN MATE: BAD ALPHA DADS (IRON WOLVES MC BOOK 8) by Elle Boon

They say blood is thicker than water, but a bond that’s chosen is stronger than steel. Nothing and nobody can sever those that are forged between ones chosen family.
They say love hurts. For a shifter who thinks he’s lost it all, it’s more than just a saying, it’s a reality. When Arynn is finally reunited with his daughter and finds the one woman created just for him, he swears love does hurt, but it’s a feeling he would give his life to experience.
Family is supposed to love and cherish one another. Sheila never had that growing up. When she became a mother of not just her own child, but her twin sister’s as well, she vows to love them more than she’d ever experienced.
When you find love that’s worth fighting for, you grab it and hold on tight. Families don’t always have to be blood, sometimes ones that are chosen are even more special as they are forged in love, instead of duty.
Can Arynn and Sheila along with their two girls finally find peace as a family, or will the darkness from their past destroy the goodness they’re creating?

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bounty hunter bearBOUNTY HUNTER BEAR: CROSS ROADS 1  (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 11) by Bianca D’Arc

Bounty hunter turned corporate troubleshooter, Ezra Tate never thought his path would cross again with the bear shifter female he’d helped rescue from a basement prison in Lake Tahoe. But stranger things have happened.

Theodora Jackson is on a solo motorcycle trip to try to rediscover her identity after a terrible ordeal that almost killed the bear spirit that lives inside her. She remembers the strong Alpha presence of the man who wouldn’t let her give up in those first few hours and days after her rescue. She’s never forgotten him, but she doesn’t know who she is now, and isn’t sure if Ezra even remembers her.

When they run into each other on the road heading for the same town, it’s clear there’s still something between them. Sparks fly as they confront an evil that’s trying to cause bloodshed at a world famous motorcycle rally, Ezra hunts down drug runners, and Thea rediscovers the Alpha animal inside her…and that she wants sexy Ezra for her mate.

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kissed by flamesKISSED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 3) by Vella Day

Lily Harper needs protection—a lot of it. Just her rotten luck, some crazy human trafficking Lord wants her for himself. If that doesn’t bite enough, Lily ends up with Birk, a dragon shifter, as her bodyguard. Her last boyfriend was a dragon and that was a total disaster. That puts Birk definitely off limits. Too bad his teal eyes, his glorious body, and his tender touch, really light her fire.

The moment Birk sets eyes on the beautiful Lily, his inner dragon starts scratching and clawing to take her as his mate. But holy crap. Every time she’s near, she pulls away, clearly fighting her feelings. She’s a real challenge, but as sure as he is a Guardian, he will not let this human win, especially when it involves his heart.

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masked desireMASKED DESIRE (THE MASKED ARCANA SERIES) by Alana Delacroix

As security chief of the supernaturals’ ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered, Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and worse, distractingly attractive.
 
An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand. But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share.

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fairies of sadievilleTHE FAIRIES OF SADIEVILLE: THE FINAL TUFA NOVEL by Alex Bledsoe

VS Note: I hadn’t heard of this series, sounds intriguing. Not sure of the romantic content, if any.

“This is real.” Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.

Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tír na nÓg?

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VS Note: I went to the King Tut exhibit last week to admire his gorgeous, golden treasures from 3000+ years ago. That put me in the mood to mention my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance series, GODS of EGYPT!

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A few images from my visit to the exhibit (all photos my own):

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 4

March 28

March 21

March 14

March 7

February 28

February 21

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

 

New Releases in #Scifi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 4

cyborg anna hNew books from favorites, lots of reverse harem tales (that trope is exploding across the genres, I think)…and more!

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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CYBORG (GALACTIC GUARDIANS BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Anna keeps the good books coming and I keep one clicking!

Scientist Ever Haynes was shocked when she was abducted by alien slavers…but the last thing she expected was to find herself pregnant with a cyborg’s baby.
Ever has been fighting for her life since her abduction, and the only good thing to happen to her was one heated night with a mysterious prisoner–a connection, a flash of light in the darkness. But then he was rescued and she was left behind. Now, weeks later, she’s been saved by the House of Galen gladiators…and by the man she shared the hottest night of her life with. But cool, emotionless cyborg Magnus Rone has no memory of their night together and finding out that she’s expecting his baby is a shock to everyone.

Created in a military program, Magnus is genetically and cybernetically enhanced–emotionless, ruthless, focused. He vows to protect Ever and the baby she carries, and despite his lack of memory, everything about tough, levelheaded Ever draws him in. All his life, his emotional dampeners and training have limited his ability to feel emotions…but one small Earth woman cuts through all that and leaves him feeling.

As they work together to hunt down the deadly desert arena of Zaabha and the final human woman trapped there, Ever and Magnus find a stunning passion neither can resist or ignore. But in the dangerous desert sands of Carthago, with the House of Galen gladiators by their sides, deadly enemies are closing in. Ever and Magnus will be dragged back into the darkness, and Magnus will do anything and sacrifice everything to keep her safe.

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jewel of the seaJEWEL OF THE SEA (THE KRAKEN BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I’m happy to see this one! 

Three months ago, Aymee had no idea the kraken — half-human sea dwellers — even existed. Now, the violet eyes of the kraken Arkon haunt her imagination, and she longs to know his touch. But word of his people has spread beyond The Watch, and Aymee’s attraction to Arkon may endanger the safety of human and kraken alike. To protect him, can she bring herself to forsake him? Is her desire for Arkon worth putting both their worlds at risk?

Arkon has spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge. Then he met Aymee and found a new quest: to make her his. She inspires him, draws him in, dominates his thoughts. When he finally builds the courage to approach her, she’s everything he imagined and more. But a group of murderous humans are hunting the kraken, and continued contact with Aymee may destroy them both. Now that he’s tasted her sweetness, he can’t give her up…but can he risk his world and his people to satisfy his need for her?

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future lostFUTURE LOST (FUTURE SHOCK) by Elizabeth Briggs

It’s been a year since Elena Martinez and her boyfriend Adam first got involved with Aether Corporation, and they’re trying to move on with their lives. But when Adam goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether for help developing his cure for cancer. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future, but he didn’t come back when he was supposed to. Desperate to find him, Elena decides to risk future shock, and time travels one more time. This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. Someone has weaponized Adam’s cure and created a dangerous pandemic, leading to the destruction of civilization. If Elena can’t find Adam and stop this, everyone is at risk. And someone will do anything to keep her from succeeding.

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defending their mateDEFENDING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 6) by Kallista Dane

Aliya’s fellow crew members from Earth are all in love, happily mated to hot warrior twins in their new home on Tharon. But Aartan, the sexy Alpha male who makes her heart race, doesn’t seem interested in romance. What’s more, he’s shrouded in mystery. He doesn’t have a mate and no one will tell her what happened to his twin.

When she challenges him to kiss her and then swear he’s not attracted to her, Aliya unleashes the passionate warrior hidden beneath his cool façade. After one night of pleasure more intense than she’s ever known, he tells her they can never be together and sends her away.

But when Bophe, an old enemy from the past, kidnaps Aliya and threatens to have his Gornian dragons tear her limb from limb in the Arena of Tanis Major, she discovers she has not one, but two fierce Tharan warriors who will fight any foe in the Universe to the death to win her freedom and save her life.

Can Aliya help her wounded warriors fight their own demons and build a new life with them in a world halfway across the galaxy?

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magnetic attractionMAGNETIC ATTRACTION (THE HOT VOLTAGE SERIES BOOK 2) by LaShawn Vassar

Where was Austin McKenzie? Was he dead or alive?

Everyone wanted to know, and Bo Stratton was determined to find out. But what would it cost her?

Austin was last seen protecting the people he loved from a serious threat, but when that threat was gone . . . so was he.

Falling in love while the world suffered a cataclysmic attack the likes of an apocalypse wasn’t really the best timing, but for Austin and Bo, their passion could not be denied. Bo’s false sense of safety exploded in dramatic fashion—only to be overshadowed by the loss of Austin. As more threats appear, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous; her new reality or the appearance of Logan Miles.

The sexy Logan Miles was rugged, handsome, and had an irresistible charm. He also helped to save the lives of Bo’s family. For his reward, Logan wanted her. There was just one problem—Bo’s heart belonged to Austin McKenzie. But would it always? Can Bo fight the magnetic attraction that seems to be building between them?

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to discover a divineTO DISCOVER A DIVINE (RISE OF THE STRIA) by Tess McFionn

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?

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diamonds in the skyDIAMONDS IN THE SKY – BOOK ONE: PAROUSIA by Lance S A Nielson

VS note: I believe this is scifi with romantic elements.

When 200 alien objects, each the size of a city, arrive all over the earth, the world’s population goes into panic. Yet once the ships land, there is no invasion, no communication, and no aliens nor any obvious access inside the vast vessels. As the governments and the scientific community struggle to find answers, a small number of ordinary individuals manage to gain access inside the ships. As speculation about the crafts possible intentions begins to seep into the public consciousness, those in power fear their presence may substantially change the social dynamics of the world as we know it. But do the ships represent a chance for the salvation of The Human Race or its annihilation?

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counter spikeCOUNTER SPIKE (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK  5) by Viola Grace

With a grasp of the situation and a weapon that can reach a descending ship required, the engineers get to go back to doing what they do best. Those who aren’t designing have the past coming up to bite them, the pilots are getting tired of the run to the City.

Learning that alien hostages were held in stasis under the city seems to be just one more thorn in the sides of the pilots, but what they discover opens everything that they thought they knew into complete and shocking light.

The future may be interesting, but the honest past will shock them to their cores.

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theirs to protectTHEIRS TO PROTECT by Stasia Black

Nix never put his name in the marriage lottery for a reason.
He doesn’t need a woman.
There aren’t that many to go around anyway, not after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 90% of the female population.
He has his job as the head of the Security Squadron and it’s all he needs. He looks out for the township. He protects the few women who are left.

But when his name is called to be one of the five husbands to the woman rescued from the badlands, he doesn’t speak up to correct the error.

Because Audrey’s like no one he’s ever met before. ..(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…
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alien retributionALIEN RETRIBUTION (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 13 ) by Sadie Carter

Since the day his family was murdered, Boris has been obsessed with vengeance. The last thing he needs in his life is a mate. Besides, what sort of female would want a scarred, crippled male who has taken a vow of silence? Nope, there is no room in his life for a female.
Then he meets Nassir.

Beautiful. Fragile. Distant. He wants to break through the barriers she keeps erecting to discover the real woman inside. Which might be easier if he wasn’t constantly pulling her out of danger.

On the run, hunted, and alone, Nassir knows she only has herself to rely on.
Until Boris comes back into her life. The dark one. The silent, watchful, Alpha male whose gaze heats her from the inside out and whose touch drives her insane.

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wife gambleTHE WIFE GAMBLE (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 3 ) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

In a world where everyone struggles for survival, Tia is no exception. Enemies are on to her, and she won’t be able to keep her husbands safe forever.
For two of her men, it might already be too late.
When Tia’s secret is revealed, she has no choice but to trust Salinger with her life.
But he has secrets too.
Confiding in one another brings them closer than ever but something still stands in their way.
Salinger must gamble with the truth in order to save the woman he loves.

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fire planet warriors lustFIRE PLANET WARRIOR’S LUST (FIRE PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Calista Skye

Ava Harris spies on space aliens for a living. She always works alone. But when she goes to see the evil and mysterious Kunuru aliens, she has to bring a bodyguard.

A Fire Planet Warrior bodyguard, to be specific.
His name is Xark’ion. He’s huge, intense, super confident and so insanely hot Ava has trouble thinking straight about her crucial mission that will decide Earth’s fate. And he’s clearly attracted to Ava.

She should probably find his amorous attentions pretty invasive, but she knows that his species are exceptional lovers and that their bodies have some interesting features.

But Ava also knows she can’t let her own arousal call the shots. Because she has a secret that she knows Xark’ion is going to really despise.

And Xark’ion has secrets of his own. When he suddenly abducts Ava to a weird and chilling planet, she has to decide if she should give in to the warrior’s pure lust.

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general kobaGENERAL KOBA: THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 1 by Mira Maxwell

From the moment Marilyn Romero wakes up on the alien ship, all she cares about is getting home to Earth. But the Atronox, the most notorious smugglers in the galaxy, have other ideas. The market for Earth women is booming, and they plan on cashing in.

There’s only one man who can help her.

General Koba, leader of the Force, has dedicated his life to stopping intergalactic criminal activity. All he cares about is maintaining law and order in the galaxy, until he boards the Atronox ship and meets an Earth women who takes his breath away.

Marilyn wants to go home, and Koba promises to take her there. The only problem? He’s never heard of Earth before. And he’s not sure he can let her go.

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vykenVYKEN (WARRIORS OF FIROSA BOOK 3) by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress

Vyken is one of the greatest warriors in the galaxy. No, the universe. Though Vyken was hesitant at first to accept the responsibility of General in the Firosan military, he was sent on his first real mission … and then the rest is a blank. He doesn’t remember a thing. But when he returns to his home planet, Paxia, his King wants him to answer for crimes so gruesome he couldn’t have even conceived of them.

This fearsome, trusted warrior has gone from an honored general to a dangerous fugitive in the space of the blink of an eye. And now Vyken, just like his name suggests, is truly out for blood.

When clues lead him to a shapely human female on a planet named Earth, Vyken’s life heads in a direction he could never have expected. He expects to find answers, but instead he finds that maybe companionship isn’t so bad after all…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)

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x ops exposedX-OPS EXPOSED by Paige Tyler

HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE: Believing he’s too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State—with no choice but to leave behind the woman who’s captured his heart. What he doesn’t know is that she followed him…

SHE WOULDN’T STAY BEHINDHeartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner’s protective instinct—big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he’ll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself—and the woman he loves—to the beast within.

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jillys wyked fateJILLY’S WYKED FATE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 7) by R E Butler

Mountain lion shifter, Jilly Fallon, has been waiting for nearly three years to turn twenty-one, so she can finally – finally! – officially mate Wyked and Fate Myers, the twin brothers who have stolen her heart. When a panther is injured at a clan gathering and Jilly can’t help, the clan healer takes her to visit a fae healer so she can learn what she needs. During the second visit to see the fae, they find themselves protecting a young girl with pink and blue wings, and a secret that got her family killed.

Wyked and Fate Myers feel like the last three years have taken an eternity. Now that she’s finally theirs, they’re ready to start a family with their beloved mountain lion. During the last full moon before their clan begins to travel, an old enemy resurfaces, intent on making Jilly suffer for her betrayal. When Wyked and Fate are gravely injured, will she lose them both?

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asherASHER (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 2) by Julia Mills

Demented, deranged and damaged beyond repair…Asher’s mind may be broken, his Dragon lost to the Madness but his soul has found its mate and nothing or no one will keep him from her.

Feisty, ferocious, and a force to be reckoned with…Willa’s had enough of being discounted and pushed aside just because she’s a woman. With the power of her ancestors and the rage of a century of disrespect, she’s stepping out of the shadows and Heaven help anyone who gets in her way.

Destiny has spoken.
Fate will not be denied.
Watch out World, the Queen is coming and there will Hell to pay.

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roman the clutch seriesROMAN (THE CLUTCH SERIES BOOK 1) by Heidi McLaughlin and Amy Briggs

Everything about him tells her to stay away, yet she can’t seem to get the vampire out of her mind.
For Roman, humans are the bane of his existence always having to follow their rules. In all his years, he’s never needed one, until now.
For Fiona, vampires are off limits, evil members of society, until the one known as Roman crosses her path and shows her he’s no different than her.

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onyx gryphonONYX GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Orlando didn’t mean to rope Cassie into this. At least, not without warning her first.

If only she had listened.

Cassie’s handling her new gryphon-related responsibilities about as well as a rejected organ transplant. How could she react differently when the man she slept with turned into an animal afterwards and flew away?

But the totem has made its choice, and fighting her feelings is a losing battle. Especially when she can’t get the memory of Orlando’s beautiful, dark body out of her head.

Following him onto a train bound for Texas seemed like her best option, until it’s hijacked by men with machine guns south of Chicago. But that’s not even the worst part: the hijackers are looking for her.

As they do their best to remain undiscovered, Orlando and Cassie are going to have to put their differences aside in order to stay alive. Because like it or not, they’re no longer in control of their destiny.

The Onyx totem is.

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graves of wrathGRAVES OF WRATH: JESS VANDERMIRE VAMPIRE HUNTER (CITY OF BONES SERIES BOOK 1)  by Lina Gardiner

When Jess Vandermire, Captain of New York City’s Vampire Hunting team, learns that her brother, Regent, has been sent to Paris for three months by the Vatican, she’s devastated. Regent’s been too involved with vampires as a priest to go to Paris without fearing vampire retribution. He’ll need backup. Lucky for him, Jess and her partner, John Brittain, have some vacation time coming.

Once Jess and Britt arrive, they know something’s not right in the city. Women are being murdered, and the vampire population is on the edge of revolt. But worst of all, the City of Lights is home to a lot of shadows, ones that move—and kill—of their own accord. But Jess’s existence is rocked to the core when Regent comes across a life-changing, long lost family secret.

It’s starting to look like there’ll be no rest for the wicked.

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hidden in smokeHIDDEN IN SMOKE by Harper Wylde and Quinn Arthurs

My nightmares have started closing in. Now I’m just trying to survive them. When my past comes back to haunt me, I find myself relying on the men I’ve come to care so much about. With their help, and the help of my best friend, I’m trying to navigate the threats—old and new. When I’m summoned to go before the Council, I have no idea what to expect. Thrust into a world of politics and status I’m not sure I agree with, my unease grows as I struggle to find my place. When my powers develop with the help of my Phoenix, I feel more prepared to take on the unknowns stacking up against me. Will my guys and I be able to face the trials in our path, or will the secrets of a world that’s Hidden in Smoke destroy us before we’ve even started?

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cursed by nightCURSED BY NIGHT (HER DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt and Emma Stark

My name is Ace Bissett, and I’m a paranormal detective that doesn’t believe in magic.

Or at least, I didn’t before I met them.

The day I inherited my aunt’s old house, everything changed. One moment, I was convinced that magic was a hoax. The next, I’m surrounded by four winged, fanged, ridiculously hot guys who are definitely nothuman, and who insist that I’m the only one who can break the curse that binds them to the night.

I know I should run far, far away from this hot mess, but there’s a connection between us I can’t deny. I’m seeing things I can’t explain, feeling things that don’t make sense. The detective in me has never been able to resist a mystery, and this one is just begging me to dig in.

But all that will have to wait, because there’s a new threat stalking my city. One with a taste for blood and bone, unable to be killed or captured by normal human means.

It’s a good thing I’ve got four new roommates to help me hunt them down. But even if I didn’t, I’d figure out a way. Because I never give up. I never give in. And I always protect what’s mine.

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bear in a bookshopBEAR IN A BOOKSHOP (SHIFTER BODYGUARDS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

When shy bookworm Melody daydreamed about her perfect man, “must love books” topped the list. She never dreamed of someone like Gunnar blowing into her neatly alphabetized and indexed world to turn it upside down. Finding out that her one true mate is an ex-con with a grade school education must be fate’s idea of a cruel joke. Never mind that his kisses make her swoon and his touch turns her traitorous knees to jelly …

Sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Gunnar is six and a half feet of gruff, dyslexic, tattooed bear shifter ex-con hiding a gentle heart. He knows he could be the man Melody deserves, if only she’ll let him unleash the passionate woman hidden underneath her sexy librarian cardigans.

But with danger from both their pasts closing in fast, Gunnar is running out of time to prove to Melody that a good girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks just might be able to write their own happy ending.

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royally entangledROYALLY ENTANGLED (HER ROYAL HAREM BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

Video-gamer Jolie Bernardo hadn’t planned on ending a war when she moved to Jinla, but, fate stepped in and thrust her into the path of four sexy princes.

Now her dream to make a name for herself in the video game community is threatened, as Others are out for her blood.

When the four princes of Jinla inadvertently forge a bond with her, it draws and binds them to one another. Unfortunately for them, it now means abandoning their chances of pursuing females to focus on keeping her alive. But with a new battle on the horizon, Jolie will have to choose between her heart…and her life.

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daughter of persephoneDAUGHTER OF PERSEPHONE (CERBERUS BOOK 1) by Helen Scott

Poppy is nothing special.

She was making ends meet and trying to enjoy life. But a strange necklace caught her eye at the thrift store. Now, three gorgeous men have stumbled into her life, and she’s torn between being terrified and excited. That is until they tell her she is the future queen of the Underworld.

Not only that, but she needs to bond with her hellhounds, the three heads of Cerberus, and protect the Underworld from a goddess who wants it for herself. Forced to face unnatural enemies, and too-sexy-for-their-own-good men, Poppy must choose: keep the life she’s always had or take her rightful place as queen.

If she survives.

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blood veilBLOOD VEIL: A MISSION NOVEL by Megan Erickson

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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legendary shifterLEGENDARY SHIFTER by Barbara J Hancock

Once upon a time, Elena Pavlova was a ballerina. Now she is a fugitive, looking for the great black wolf who can save her from the witchblood prince who haunts her dreams. The cursed shifter Ivan Romanov knows he is no longer the hero Elena needs, but he cannot say no to this graceful warrior, the beautiful woman who may well be his destined mate.

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school for psychicsSCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS (BOOK 1) by K C Archer

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

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the archerTHE ARCHER (THE ARROW OF ARTEMIS SERIES BOOK 2) by K Aten

Kyri was raised a fletcher but after finding a new home and family with the Telequire Amazons, she discovers a desire to take on more responsibility within the tribe. She has skills they desperately need and she is called to action to protect those around her. But Kyri’s path is ever-changing even as she finds herself altered by love, loyalty, and grief. Far away from home, the new Amazon is forced to decide what to sacrifice and who to become in order to get back to all that she has left behind. And she wonders what is worse, losing everyone she’s ever loved or having those people lose her?

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seducing the dark princeSEDUCING THE DARK PRINCE by Jane Kindred

Lucien Smok is heir to the Smok fortune. He’s also the crown prince of Hell, a legacy he despises. Clairvoyant Theia Dawn tries to convince herself that she’s only interested in Lucien because of his family’s role in the persecution of her ancestor, not because he’s the most beguiling man she’s ever met. The attraction that burns between them might be her downfall. Or it might be his salvation.

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magical matchA MAGICAL MATCH (WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY) by Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily’s fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he’s innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name…only she’s not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he’s in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she’s not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.

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bride of the seaBRIDE OF THE SEA (OTHERWORLD BOOK 3) by Barbara Hamm

Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world?

Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on.

They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn together bit by bit. Can either leave the isle and the sea without losing their hearts in the bargain?

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selkies magicA SELKIE’S MAGIC (THE SELKIES HEART BOOK 1) by Lana Lea Short

Aileana Sutherland is a strong-willed, independent young Southern California surfer, who decides to move to Scotland her father’s homeland. She’s prompted to relocate after an awful heart-wrenching break-up with her boyfriend, who she caught him having sex with another woman.

She wants only to escape the painful memories of his betrayal. She knows she needs a change of scenery and decides to stay at her grandmother’s cottage while her heart heals. Aileana is sure time and distance are what she needs to get over her heartbreak. Her grandmother’s Highland home on the sea cliffs outside of Durness, Scotland calls to her soul. As a writer, she is able to work anywhere. She’s writing a piece on oil well platforms located offshore near her grandmother’s home, which makes Scotland the perfect place to lick her wounds and move on with her life.

Instead, she runs into a man from her past, Kendrick Morgan….(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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tawny justiceTAWNY JUSTICE (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS SERIES BOOK 1) by Misha McKenzie

She was his. From the moment he first saw her, he’d known he had to have her. And he’d kill anyone who stood in the way of his prize.

Kaia would do whatever it took to protect her home from poachers. It still outraged her that the one who had shot and killed her brother had gone unpunished. As mountain lion shifters, Lost Creek State Park had been their sanctuary—a place they could run and be free. But not if lawless men with guns lurked in its shadows.

Mac has tried his damnedest to look out for his best friend’s sister since his tragic death. But she hasn’t made it easy. Nothing he says as a friend, or as the sheriff, will dissuade her from taking matters into her own hands. When trouble comes, and the law can’t contain it, Mac realizes that unconventional methods may be the only way to save them all.

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VS Note: For some reason I feel like mentioning my alien empath scifi romances today from the backlist. Maybe because the main characters have an affinity for, and a duty to, nature and it’s Spring?

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NOTE: The Fated Stars is the fourth book in my little mini series about the alien empaths kidnapped from the planet Tulavarra. I had fun writing a male empath and a female human  kick ass warrior this time!

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday March 28

hunter prison planet2As 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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HUNTER (PRISON PLANET BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: This series sounds so good. I might have to move it off my TBR List and just one click!

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defense, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone.

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traitor's brideTHE TRAITOR’S BRIDE (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 1) by Alix Nichols

A month ago, ex-army Major Areg Sebi was thrown into prison.
Now he’s on the scaffold, laying his head on the block.
No public trial for the disgraced war hero. No cyborgs from the League of Realms to whisk him away.
No help. No escape.
A priestess chants a prayer for the major’s soul, even as a judge cries out, “Death to the traitor!”

In the crowd below, laundry maid Etana Tidryn stares into Areg’s eyes.
His lips were hot against hers last night. His hands roamed her body, worshipped her, pleasured her.
She’s falling for him, hard and fast.
She’s still hoping, even if he’s given up…
Can Etana transcend everything she knows — transcend life itself — to save him?
Can she rise to meet her destiny?

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avenging edenAVENGING EDEN (THE EDEN SERIES BOOK 5) by Lexi Post

Sometimes the price of revenge is too high.
When Mya discovers a badly wounded Edenist in the jungle, she hopes by saving him, he will help her enter the city of Naralina. She takes him to the safety of her home, only to find another Edenist is already there…and he’s looking for her.

Keeva’s mind is more than intrigued about the invisible woman who came to his rescue since there is no such thing as a female Edenist, not that his body cares. When he learns of her history, his protective instincts flare to life, bringing with them a need to avenge her.

Bent on revenge, Haldone seeks Mya’s help to punish those who harmed his brother, at least that’s what he tells himself, but his feelings for her go far deeper than the “friend” she dubs him. Unfortunately, he’s not the best at communicating his feelings…or anything else for that matter.

The men’s thirst for vengeance on those who took her parents gives Mya hope and a new sense of family. It isn’t long before she develops a growing attraction, the first in her life. But surprises in the enemy camp and dangers to them all mount until she realizes they each must decide what is more important, revenge or each other.

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men of the north warrior mar26THE WARRIOR (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 5) by Elin Peer

Magni knows what he wants and he’s used to getting it. As the second in command in the Northlands, he doesn’t care that he comes across as rude or domineering. Asking for permission or apologizing for his actions is for weaker men.

Six months ago, Laura was Magni’s sweet and submissive young wife. Tempted to experience the independence of women in the Motherlands, and to learn martial arts, she ran away. Now, she’s back. Stronger and more confident than before. Determined not to let a man dominate her, not even the one she once fell in love with and married.

Is there a way for Magni and Laura to be a couple again with her need for independence and his need for control? And can someone as proud as Magni overcome his anger with Laura for leaving him in the first place?

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oath forger 5OATH FORGER BOOK 5 by Nia Mars

VS: Her ever shorter blurbs on each book in the series have been fun to see. 

Thank you for sticking with Ava and her Five and being part of the adventure!
You are cordially invited to Merim to celebrate Earth officially becoming a Federation planet.
See you at the Oath Forger’s palace!

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dragons desire tajssDRAGON’S DESIRE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 8) by Miranda Martin

The devastation killed most of our population. Since then, Zmaj men have lived isolated and without females. That changed when a ship with human passengers crashed on our planet. For the first time in many years, we have females in our midst.

But some of the new humans fear our species. One of them, a quiet, dark-haired beauty with a fierce spirit, awakens my dragon. When I catch her scent, lust heats my blood.

Tajss is fraught with danger, not only from the scorching desert and blood-thirsty animals, but the battles among its peoples. Sarah doesn’t see the threats that lurk in the shadows, but I do. As second in command of the Tajss tribe, I face the choice of fulfilling my duty, or protecting Sarah. She’s become my world. My mate. I’ll keep her safe.

Even if it means kidnapping her.

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taming ryockTAMING RYOCK (STAR JOINED BOOK 2) by Sara Page and Sean Moriarty 

My life has become a living nightmare…
Abducted. Stolen from Earth. I wake up in a strange alien laboratory to discover my new alien overlords plan to use me in a breeding experiment.
The alien they want me to breed with? Yeah, he’s blue, he’s mean, and he’s packing some seriously scary alien ‘equipment’. There’s no way I can survive the experiment. Seriously, I’m going to die, and my new overlords could care less.
Thankfully, the guy in the cage next to mine is extremely pissed about the situation. He’s big, even meaner than the blue guy, and he just might be my salvation.

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ivanIVAN (GIDEON’S RAIDERS BOOK 3) by Kit Rocha

As the sheltered princess of Sector One, Maricela’s life is defined by duty: to her people and to her family. Her wealth and influence have allowed her to build a better world, but they come with a price—the responsibility to secure political stability with a practical marriage. Maricela cherishes the idea of marrying for love, but there’s not much romance in the endless line of suitors interested only in prestige and power.

And her handsome, brooding new bodyguard isn’t helping the situation.

Ivan is the perfect, deadly warrior, a man trained from childhood to be the ultimate protector to the Rios family. His focus on keeping her safe is intense–and a little intoxicating. When the threat of danger cracks his icy control, Maricela realizes she’s not the only one fighting against temptation.

Ivan knows that the blood on his hands makes him unworthy of the pure-hearted princess. But from the first kiss, their forbidden affair feels inevitable. He can give her a glimpse of life outside her gilded cage and a lover who wants the woman instead of the crown. The only thing he can never do is promise her forever.

Because spurning her noble suitors to marry her bodyguard wouldn’t just be a scandal. It could set off a political firestorm that would tear Sector One apart.

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givenGIVEN (STAR BREED BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Thief Kara Shimsi has learned three lessons well – keep her head down, her fingers light, and her tithes to the syndicate paid on time.
But now a failed heist has earned her a death sentence – a one-way ticket to the toxic Waste outside the dome. Her only chance is a deal with the syndicate’s most ruthless enforcer, a wolfish mountain of genetically-modified muscle named Davien.
The thought makes her body tingle with dread-or is it heat?

Mercenary Davien will do whatever it takes to get back into space. The last thing he wants is a smart-mouthed thief – even if her scent drives him wild – and she may have the clue he needs to hunt down whoever destroyed his home.

Caring is a liability. Desire is a commodity. And love could get you killed.

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morcai battalion the pursuitTHE MORCAI BATTALION: THE PURSUIT by Diana Palmer

The first time Mekashe, Captain of the Imperial Guard, meets blue-eyed human beauty Jasmine Donally, the two nearly come to blows. Forever devoted to the Cehn-Tahr, Mekashe is forced to sever ties with the object of his adoration. Years pass before their paths cross again, but Mekashe hasn’t forgotten what transpired—or the way she makes his heart race. But even if he can forgive the past, insurmountable barriers still threaten to keep them worlds apart. With their mutual attraction escalating quickly, they’ll have to find a way to bridge the gap—or be lost to each other forever.

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star assassinSTAR ASSASSIN (A LORI ADAMS NOVEL 01) by D R ROSIER 

Lori Adams is an assassin who kills enemies of the state. She’s rather unique, and doesn’t have a choice. She’s different, enhanced, and modified. Highly intelligent, faster reflexes, enhanced proprioception, and enhanced spatial awareness, all together make her deadly, and a force to be reckoned with. She’s also virtually a slave, and running would just end in her death.

She was working on a way to escape, it wasn’t as simple as just avoiding her handlers. Except, everything changes when she’s taken. Abducted by aliens, and enslaved. Those poor bastards have no idea what they’re in for.

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phoenix projectTHE PHOENIX PROJECT by Jacqueline Frank

VS Note: Originally published as part of Nocturnal.

Held captive, Amara is subjected to bizarre experiments that test the limits of her sanity. But nothing prepares her for being locked away—naked—with a sexy ex-cop. . .after they’ve been pumped full of drugs that increase engineering a plantheir sexual appetites to animalistic intensity.

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ENGINEERING A PLAN (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK 4)  by Viola Grace

The pilots have gotten their bots under their control and are now ready for the next phase in the attack strategy. They are meeting that plan with one of their own.

Back to the city yet again, the pilots are charged with activating the final weapon of the first war, if they can find the stations that will start the machine up after its long sleep.

Being outside the bots is difficult for the pilots, but when they begin taking fire, there is nothing that they want more than the safety of their recent metal companions.

Whose plan was this anyway?

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warfleshWARFLESH (STRANGE WORLDS BOOK 4) by Kim Knox

VS Note: A rerelease “edited and updated”. Kim serves it up HOT and steamy 🙂

Fina Brodie is warflesh.
Enhanced by her government to bring ultimate pleasure, her negotiation skills secure anything her superiors want. The choice of pleasure she offers has always been hers.

Until now.
She’s not meeting Kian, Lord of the Tir to negotiate. She’s payment.

And she’s not alone in bringing pleasure to the mysterious Tir leader. The man Kian has chosen to join them in the sexual and very public spring festival has long headed her ‘never ever’ list. Add the much-sort-after liquid fire, which is a rocket fuel to her already highly evolved libido, and it makes her reactions to Jonathon Raegh, all that more dangerous.

But the Tir have a hidden agenda. And Kian, Fina and Jon uncover it in the heat and passion of the arena.

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jilted princeJILTED PRINCE (HELL’S SON BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Destiny is calling Chris, yet someone forgot to give him an instruction manual on conquering the world. Being the Antichrist is all well and good, but how is he supposed to know how to bring about Armageddon? He’s still waiting for his army of minions, the glory, the riches. And where is the respect?

You’d think any woman would be ecstatic at the thought of marrying the future ruler of the world.

Not Isobel…(more blurb on the ebook seller page)…

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born of darknessBORN OF DARKNESS (MIDNIGHT BREED HUNTER LEGACY BOOK 1) by Lara Adrian

VS Note: Another series I kind of drifted away from (Midnight Breed) but this new take sounds good so it’s on my TBR.

As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman’s laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, twenty years after his escape from those hellish origins, Ash is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are lethal. But when a beautiful, secretive young woman on the run from dangerous enemies crosses his path in the middle of a dark night in the desert outside Las Vegas, Ash is drawn into a deadly game where trust can be an illusion and love may be the sharpest weapon of all.

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hot and badgeredHOT AND BADGERED (THE HONEY BADGERS) by Shelly Laurenston

VS Note: I always like the sense of humor with which she writes.

t’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

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night of the drakoryansNIGHT OF THE DRAKORYANS: A REVERSE HAREM DRAGON FANTASY by Ava Sinclair

Three dragon lords. One reluctant maiden.
And only one long night to claim her.
Syrene does not come to Altar Rock as a willing sacrifice. Angered by her village’s eagerness to give her to the dragons, she seeks to escape. But the dragon who comes for her isn’t having it; he takes her anyway, and carries her home to share as mate with his shifter brothers.

Now the Lords of Jo’Lyn wonder if they haven’t made a mistake. Syrene is as defiant of them as she was of the village she believes rejected her. She swears she will not give herself to even one Drakoryan lord, let alone three.

But the three dominant dragon shifters will not be refused. With the survival of their bloodline hanging in the balance, they are determined to find creative ways to woo their wild mate before the sun rises once more over the empire.

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witch of the meadowsTHE WITCH OF THE MEADOWS (THE WINDBOURNE BOOK 1) by Laurel Wanrow

For months, seventeen-year-old Fern has been sneaking out on her mother—really sneaking out—through a magical portal to an island halfway around the world. There, the grandmother Fern never knew existed needs her help rejuvenating their ancestral land. She has always been good at growing things, but that’s not magic. And magic is what the island needs.

With its energy running out, the land is breaking apart, and the caretakers demand a real witch to take over the Meadows, not a teenager with a green thumb. Elbow-deep in dirt, Fern confronts a splintered community, unsure who to trust, but grateful for the support of a Scottish boy who looks at her with green eyes shining with magic—and something more powerful.

Caring for this land is Fern’s birthright, one she longs to claim. But to take her place in this magical world, Fern must first figure out how to use her unique gift.

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small momentsSMALL MOMENTS (A MALSUM PASS NOVEL) by Kimberly Forrest

Newly released from her captivity by the fur traders – a group that preys on shifters for profit – Rin Hayashi is looking forward to a normal, quiet life, and the town of Malsum Pass seems a perfect place to settle.
Surrounded by the wolf pack, she’s never felt safer… maybe even safe enough to fall in love, and Mike seems more than willing to fall with her. But Rin senses not all is as it seems with the charming town mechanic. Did her captivity make her overly suspicious and paranoid, or is the male she is falling in love with hiding a dangerous secret?

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wish upon the starsA WISH UPON THE STARS (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 4) by TJ Klune

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

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crashing gatesCRASHING GATES (DUAL REALM #4) by Kyra Dune

VS Note: So I debating whether to add this one because of a dearth of reviews on most of this new-to-me author’s books, and I went to the Look Inside feature.  When I realized I was reading on and on, drawn into the world building, wanting to know what would happen next…ok, onto this week’s NR report it went LOL. It’s on my TBR, no idea if I’d like the entire plot, etc., but the sample was intriguing.

It was supposed to be an easy assignment. Retrieve one lone human from the first realm and bring him back to the Council for questioning. Nothing too complicated for Amberstone to handle. Even though this particular human was his sister’s lover and the reason she was arrested and about to be executed. Such things do not matter to a Guardian.
What he didn’t expect was to find two second realm fugitives, both of whom were believed to be dead, alive and living with the humans. And that was only the beginning of his problems.

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dancers delightDANCER’S DELIGHT (MYSTIC VALLEY BOOK 2) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author’s note says first pubbed in 2007 and now revised.

Fed up and heartsick, Dancer, virtuoso violinist and assassin decides to retire despite the angry objections of his boss. On the run for his life, he heads for a hideaway in the mountains. Safe in the warm shelter of his cave Dancer awoke to the strong scent of flowers. His initial investigations of a strange tunnel lead to another cave and a beautiful valley. When he returns to the cave, he is shocked to find that the tunnel has disappeared trapping him in Mystic Valley.

A gardener and amateur botanist, Eppie spends her lonely days searching out new plants for the inhabitants of Mystic Valley while she waits for her destined bond-mate to find his way to the valley. Now time is running short. From the instant they forged a mind bond, her body began schalzina, the biological preparation for physical bonding in valley women. Each new occurrence of schalzina is stronger and nudges Eppie another step closer to the final consequence—death—unless Dancer reaches the valley in time for their oath-binding and physical bonding.

Will he find his way to her? And if he does, will he agree to an immediate joining with this beautiful stranger?

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esherESHER (GUARDIANS OF HADES ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 3) by Felicity Heaton

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.

Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten…(more blurb at the ebook seller’s site)…

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SPHERE songSPHERE SONG: THE ISLE OF DESTINY SERIES by Tricia O’Malley

Neala O’Riordan is no stranger to the sweet and spicy things in life although that’s more to do with running a highly acclaimed bakery in Kilkenny than because of having any semblance of a dating life. In lieu of romantic entanglements, Neala instead pours her love and attention into her rapidly growing business and the in-demand sweets she concocts.

When a distraught man storms into her bakery one morning, Neala’s life is turned upside down. In moments, she’s plunged into a fairytale world – and she’s the star of the show. When she learns that the fate of Ireland, if not the entire world, rests on her shoulders, Neala is ready to turn tail and run for the hills – but she’s stopped in her tracks by the storm she sees in the eyes of her handsome protector, Dagda.

With one look, Dagda challenges Neala to stay and fight – to accept her destiny – and to change the course of the future…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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legend of nimway hallTHE LEGEND OF NIMWAY HALL: 1794 – CHARLOTTE by Karen Hawkins

VS Note: No idea how much magic or fantasy there may be in the book but it was ranked high in the Fantasy Romance category.

Miss Charlotte Harrington knows what’s expected of her. Properly raised and newly reminded of her duties after the unexpected death of her far-more-perfect twin sister, Charlotte is resigned to wedding the son of a near neighboring land owner and live a sedate and proper, respectable life. But Charlotte’s high spirits will not be contained and she yearns deeply for a life of adventure, excitement, and love.

When wild and untamed Marco di Rossi arrives at Nimway Hall, commissioned to carve a masterpiece for the family home, he finds himself instantly drawn to the far-from-subdued Charlotte. Despite the potential ruin to his own brilliant career, he cannot resist her spirit and beauty, nor the call of the deep, wild magic that resides within a mysterious and magical orb hidden deep in the walls of the ancient house of Nimway.

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claimed mermaidCLAIMED: A REVERSE HAREM FAIRY TALE RETELLING (HAVEN REALM BOOK 4) by Mila Young

Nyssa’s not your typical princess. She rebellious, and sneaks down to the Shark Bait bar with her friends, to get away from the pressures of palace life. Each time a hot Sharkrider chats her up, she develops a serious case of fin in the mouth disease, and embarrasses herself. All that changes when her father announces she’s to marry the cruel and scheming commander of his army. She’d rather digest in the belly of a whale than marry that slug.

When Nyssa digs a little deeper, she uncovers that the commander is using a spell to control her father. In wedding her, the commander plans to kill the king, and rule the underwater realm. With the help of three mersoldiers who pledged their allegiance to her, Nyssa must save her father and the kingdom. Now she must navigate new emotional currents while keeping her head above, or below, water…even if that means drowning in the soldier’s love.

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dragon eruptionDRAGON ERUPTION (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

Cowl and his brothers have been awakened into a new world centuries after he accidentally buried them in an avalanche. While his two older brothers decide what the trio should do without him, Cowl strains at the leash to be able to make his own choices. He doesn’t need their rules, all he needs is the drop dead-gorgeous, green-eyed beauty behind the bar.

Lately Andria’s dreams of moving to the coast have taken on a new urgency. Events in her hometown have left her feeling exposed and vulnerable. All she needs to do is graduate, then she can leave everything behind. But when a sexy and mysterious stranger walks into her bar and her life, everything changes…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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tropical dragon diverTROPICAL DRAGON DIVER (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Dragons are meant to be creatures of fire and fury, not salt water and mercy. But Bastian isn’t an ordinary dragon.

Shunned by his warrior family, he guards golden beaches instead of a golden hoard. But when he rescues a beautiful, mysterious woman from stormy waves, he finally finds something worth fighting for.

She’s the treasure he’s been longing for… so why does she insist that his feelings are false?

Saina only meant to use her siren song to enthrall the handsome, gentle lifeguard long enough to heal and escape. But now he wants to keep her forever. Even worse, she wants to stay.

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first impressionsFIRST IMPRESSIONS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 1 by C R Jane

VS Note: Reviews mention a cliffhanger ending.

Eva Taylor has been locked in an attic for 4 years.

Failed by the foster system, and left in the hands of a woman who hates her, and a man who wants her, Eva has given up hope of ever having a life.

When she finds a mysterious letter from Rothmore College addressed to her in the trash, Eva’s future suddenly comes alive. Now all she has to do is figure out a way to escape her attic prison, make her way across the country to New York City, and figure out all the things that point to the fact that she isn’t exactly normal…

Along the way Eva meets new friends, explores new places, and stumbles across three beautiful, charismatic, and alarmingly otherworldly men. Do they hold the key to Eva discovering who she really is, or are they just good at first impressions?

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grisly grizzlies lachlanTHE GRISLY GRIZZLIES: LACHLAN (THE GRIZZLY BEAR SHIFTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 1) by Kim Fox

Jessie is wearing the perfect designer wedding dress for the perfect wedding, which she can’t escape from fast enough. You would run too if you were forced to be married to the cruel mob boss, Luca Capuano. There are enemies all around her, so she escapes to the one place where she knows she’ll be safe: the small town of Redemption Creek, Montana.

Grizzly bear shifter, Lachlan, is busy drinking himself into a coma when his old flame shows up in a wedding dress. There’s nothing he would like more than to marry the girl he’s been thinking of for years, but his crazy bear can’t be trusted around nice delicate things like Jessie.

Lachlan desperately wants to protect Jessie from the men hunting her down, but who is going to protect her from the vicious animal he has lurking inside? Is Jessie running from one monster to another?

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a dance with darknessA DANCE WITH DARKNESS (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

I’ve always felt like an outsider. Until my eighteenth birthday, I didn’t know how true that was. First, I started seeing strange things. Then, the tips of my ears began to shift. Now, even touching something made of iron makes me sick.

Am I losing my mind?

When four mysterious fae males corner me in the street, they bring terrifying news: I’m not human. I’m a changeling, a fae swapped at birth.

Under their powerful yet infuriating guidance, I return to Otherworld to train at their academy and determine to which of the four faerie courts I belong. But there’s something much more dangerous than the four fae vying for my attention.

And if I don’t unravel the fae’s secrets, none of the changelings will survive. Including me.

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to save a savage scotTO SAVE A SAVAGE SCOT (A TIME TRAVELER’S HIGHLAND LOVE BOOK 2) by Tamara Gill

Kenzie Jacobs is fascinated by a portrait of the roguish Highlander, Black Ben, which hangs in her ancestral home. There’s a mystery surrounding his death, and Kenzie longs to solve it by traveling through time to 17th century Scotland–and perhaps meet the gorgeous laird who haunts her dreams.
Black Ben, Laird of Ross, suited his dark name more than ever since his wife died in childbirth. He has vowed never to marry again. But Kenzie is an intoxicating elixir and even more potent than whiskey. As confusing and crazy as she may seem, he can’t get her out of his system. But there’s no way they can ever work, as she does not fit into his plans.
Fate has brought them together, and Ben can’t stop Kenzie from returning to her time, though he would do anything-except marry her-to keep her with him. Kenzie has a life to get back to but leaving her favorite, though infuriating, Highlander behind, might be the toughest thing she’ll ever have to do.

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zero sumZERO SUM (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Severine Wolfe

Mary Kumar had innocently attended a boring lecture for information she needed for her dissertation. She was so close to being finished she could taste it. When the guest lecturer writes something that doesn’t jibe into the equation, and she notices it, her life begins to get very weird. Her advisor is murdered and she finds herself hunted.

Pran Tella is about to give up on his hunt for his mate when he finds her quite literally falling at his feet as she’s being chased. He decides to protect her from the danger he finds all around her, even going so far as to move into her building.

They find themselves on the run, and surrounded by family as they try to solve for X. Who is trying to kill Mary and why?

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golden seductionGOLDEN SEDUCTION (RARITIES INCORPORATED BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

When a man comes to life from a tarot card a woman finds herself giving into his golden seduction.

Laila Brooks is a geek at heart. She was more comfortable with her computer and books. Adventure to her, is finding a new computer code that no one else has. An unexpected gift of a captivating deck of Tarot Cards draws her into an adventure for the search to save a man, find herself, and come out of her shell. Adventure has never been so sizzling and tempting.

Aleneic knows that his time is limited and he has to complete his quest or be sent back into a lonesome existence. The fates have put him on a path with a woman who makes him do the one thing he is afraid to do – hope things will be different.

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dragon magicDRAGON MAGIC by Megan Derr

On the first day of the Festival of Counting, the beginning of the royal census that takes place every ten years, the royal city is filled to overflowing. Everyone is happy, excited, and proud to be counted amongst those who live in the glorious kingdom of Orhanis.

Then a demon strikes, killing thousands in mere seconds and leveling the city. As the royal castle burns, only four men remain to drive the demon away—and in their desperation, accidentally bind themselves together in a legendary Oath, unable to part ways until they find and kill the demon once and for all.

Mahzan, the King’s Jester, an orphan who clawed his way to the top and hides a fearsome magic… Sule, the notorious North Captain, who sacrificed everything to live as a strong, capable, highly respected man… Cemal, a priest who traveled the continent bent on revenge and now lives lost… and Binhadi, the mercurial shadow mage with a dark history and bloody ties to the throne…

Four men used to standing apart, standing alone, who must learn to stand together if they hope to save themselves and all of Orhanis.

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sacrifice soul summonerTHE SACRIFICE (THE SOUL SUMMONER BOOK 5) by Elicia Hyder

“Hello, Praea.”
There’s only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name—her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan’s wedding:

1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don’t forget to—

That’s where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.
The reason? Ransom.
The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.
But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.

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all fired upALL FIRED UP: LOVE SPELLS (JEZIBABA SAGA BOOK 1) by Donna McDonald

Jezibaba—aka Elenora the reluctant Dragoness—is tucked into her beach house and enjoying her retirement. After hundreds of years of protecting the nutbag magical community, she deserves a little peace and quiet. Right? Wrong…

What she doesn’t deserve is her dragon lover announcing their mating to all of dragonkind. Those crazy flying freaks consider her to be Damien’s pet human which is really not working for her. The least he could have done was warn her they were about to be summoned before the Council of Dragons to explain themselves.

She also doesn’t deserve to have to worry about the wicked firebird mage, Zenos, trying to bed Damien’s mother. You’d think a couple of millennial-old creatures would keep their embarrassing wooing to themselves. Damien’s breathing fire over it and Goddess only knows what’s going to happen when the Council of Dragons finds out.

The chaos she calls her life has her all fired up again. Retirement will have to wait. Something has to be done before her inner dragon decides to get involved and the witch hits the fan.

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eight simple rules for dating a dragonEIGHT SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING A DRAGON: A NOVEL OF THE EMBRACED by Kerrelyn Sparks

Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a ha