New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 15

claimed by an alien warriorAs 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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CLAIMED BY AN ALIEN WARRIOR: BBW ALIEN ROMANCE by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I read this over the weekend and LOVED it. Really good.

After losing her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one afternoon, Zoey doesn’t think things can get any worse. Then an uninvited passenger — green, four-armed, and sexy as sin — proves her wrong by dragging her into his frantic escape. Helping Rendash is the right thing to do, but it means becoming a fugitive and risking the only things she has left — her life, and her heart.

Weakened by years of captivity and torture, Rendash, an elite aligarii warrior, seizes his only opportunity to escape. Alone in an alien wasteland, he seeks the aid of a human — one of the very species that imprisoned him. But he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zoey, and his need to protect her soon wars with his mission — return to his homeworld.

With a shadowy government agency pursuing them, Zoey and Rendash must race across the country before he is recaptured, and she is thrown in a dark cell as a traitor to her kind. But their greatest obstacle may be the most unlikely — their insatiable attraction to one another.

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deceiving the corsairDECEIVING THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: On my TBR list.

The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.

It’s a female.

Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.

He’s determined to find her and claim her, no matter what it takes. But when he does locate her and discovers that she’s been lying to him about who – and what – she is, will he still love her?

Or is the fact that Zoey’s human too much for this blue-skinned male?

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imprisonedIMPRISONED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 22 by Evangeline Anderson

VS NOTE: And another for my TBR list!

Lady Arianna Blackthorn is a woman on a mission–she intends to rescue her brother, Jak, from the infamous BleakHall prison. BleakHall is a Triple Max Penitentiary where only the worst of the worst are sent–a males-only facility where not even female prison guards are allowed. So how can Ari infiltrate this fortress? With the use of a holo-projector that makes her look male (the important parts anyway) she’s determined to get in and she has a foolproof plan for getting both herself and Jak out…or so she thinks.

Commander Lathe is a Blood Kindred who lost his younger brother to the horrors of BleakHall. He is on a mission to go undercover and collect evidence against the cruel and ruthless prison guards who run it and the Yonnite Mistresses who own it. He also has a plan to get out but it’s going to take some time and while he’s waiting, a strange new inmate comes to BleakHall–a boy called Ari.

Ari is in over her head from the minute she steps through the prison gates. She is immediately singled out by Tapper, BleakHall’s most ruthless sexual predator, as his next conquest. Only Lathe’s timely intervention saves her from a fate worse than death…and death itself. Lathe moves Ari into his cell to keep her safe but he has no idea she is really a female and Ari doesn’t dare to tell him.

Can Ari keep her secret from the big Kindred? Can Lathe sort through his confusing feelings for the “boy” he has taken under his wing? (Why does he smell like a female? Why can’t Lathe stop thinking about him…stop wanting to touch him?) Can the two of them rescue Ari’s brother and escape from the maze of sadistic guards, psychopathic prisoners, and ravenous lashers–the huge carnivorous snake-cats that roam the corridors of BleakHall at night waiting to devour any inmates attempting to get away?

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the beast jenny fosterTHE BEAST (BRETANIA BREED BOOK 0) by Jenny Foster

His name is Ar’Van.
He is the best hunter money can buy.
Tall, dangerous, non-human – and the last of his kind.

When a new assignment brings him to Earth, he doesn’t expect much resistance. The women he is supposed to deliver to the warlord of the Qua’Hathri are easy targets. He could outwit the earth men that protect them, with his eyes closed.

But every plan can go wrong.

Not because he is careless. He just hadn’t expected his worst enemy and best accomplice to feel drawn to one of them. Inside of him lives a powerful beast.

Until now, he has been able to keep it in check.

But in the presence of that female human, his dark side starts to show itself. The monster wants to own her—as does he. When a murderer starts his bloody work in the confines of his spaceship, Ar’Van has only one choice: He must save her life.

At any cost. Even if it means letting the beast come to light.

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kissed cyborgKISSED CYBORG (BOUND BY HER BOOK 3) by Nellie C Lind

Faye never intended to bind the Fighter, Silver. She kissed him to save her best friend’s cyborg, but the contact initiated the bond. When they come face to face again, she wants to be set free. She never wanted a cyborg, and nothing will change her mind, not even Silver’s attractive appearance and charming personality.

The last thing Silver wants is to be bound to the feisty and annoying little Faye. He hates her for kissing him, but the bond gives him no choice but to love her. Unless the Fighters figure out how to remove the bond, he’s stuck with her for the rest of his life, and he refuses to accept the bond–or Faye.

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caveman aliens trapCAVEMAN ALIEN’S TRAP (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 5) by Calista Skye

VS note: I read one of the earlier books in the series and it was a fun romp.

Caroline: I’m trapped. Not just stranded on this lethal dinosaur planet. But actually trapped. As in, there’s a crude net all around me and I can’t move.The guy who trapped me is right in front of me, just staring at me through the net like he’s never seen a woman before.Which he hasn’t. The cavemen on this alien planet don’t have women of their own.So they like to abduct Earth girls and then get them pregnant. And the way this guy is looking at me, I think that’s exactly what he’s planning.But if that’s what he thinks will happen, he’ll be disappointed. I’d rather die.

Xark’on: This is not what I thought I’d catch. It’s a woman. Even I can see that. She’s round and smooth and small. And her scent is so alluring it makes my head spin. My crotch swells uncontrollably at the sight of her. I’ve never felt anything like it. I caught her, so I can do with her as I please. And I know exactly what I’ll do.

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euphoriaEUPHORIA  by Jayne Lockwood

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

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rebel without a pulseREBEL WITHOUT A PULSE (CITY OF RUINS BOOK 1) by Odessa Gillespie Black

Nerdy, high school senior, Willie Hatcher’s mundane life is forever changed when Cherryville’s water supply is contaminated with a lethal virus that revives the dead. After a fatal bite, Willie’s corpse arises fortified with corded muscle, increased stamina, and enhanced senses. The only downfall: he’s a carrier with the animalistic urge to devour human flesh. To salvage any humanity he has left, Willie becomes Will, leaving all evidence of his previous life behind. He’s successful until he crosses paths with Kaylee, an old friend who not only threatens to reveal his monstrous secret, but steal his heart, a devotion in which his devastating affliction leaves him incapable.

Two years after the catastrophic event, Kaylee resides alone in an abandoned home. Her semi-peaceful life comes to a crashing halt when a human-trafficking ring abducts her and tosses her into nightmarish repopulation attempt. Freed by the strangely-familiar, smoking-hot Will, she notices uncanny similarities between her vigilante and a nerdy, but cute class mate she once knew as Willie. Kaylee’s attraction is obviously reciprocated, but Will rejects her at every turn. With such a devastating and dangerous secret between them, how can Will and Kaylee build a future together?

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belleweatherBELLEWEATHER by Susanna Kearsley

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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raging onesTHE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

VS Note: YA

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space—against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

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krols goddessKROL’S GODDESS (RUTH & GRON BOOK 5) by V C Lancaster

Krol doesn’t trust females. His brother’s Queen tried to kill their son, and killed him when Krol escaped with the baby. Then she caught up with him and beat him almost to death, leaving him scarred and maimed. But Krol survived, and has been raising his nephew by himself in hiding for three years. Unlike the rest of his kind, Krol can see Bonding for what it really is, nothing more than a way for selfish, unscrupulous females to enslave the men around them. He is determined that will never happen to him, nor to his nephew, Ryll, who is the only thing keeping him from losing what’s left of his mind out in the wilds.

Naomi is a Scout leader, so she’s not too worried when she finds herself in a strange jungle. She knows how to survive. What she doesn’t know is where she is or how she got there. Nevertheless, she’s determined to put a brave face on things, until she discovers Krol and Ryll, who she thinks are Bigfoot! A misunderstanding leads Krol to attack her, but when torrential rain hits the area, they are forced to take shelter together in the same cave… (more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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dragon heart cobalt dragons book 2DRAGON HEART (COBALT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade

What better way to improve morale on a military base than a talent show?

Sergeant Linny Cantor never expected to participate, but now she’s dusting off her old box of tricks for a chance to win her choice of grand prize options. A month’s paid leave is as good as hers, if she can just keep a meddling dragon shifter out of her practice area and her pants. He’s deliciously hot and says all the right things, but her focus has to be on winning that prize. Oh, and did she mention that he’s competing against her?

Rokk, a cobalt dragon, is in a great mood. He’s going to win the talent show and take his choice of the grand prize: twenty-five thousand dollars of his fellow dragon’s money. The fact that along the way he’s found his mate and is going to win the bet with his twin brother is making it even sweeter. The treasure pile he’s going to spoil his mate with is growing larger by the day.

Caught red-handed trying to spy on his primary competition, Rokk is also accused of sabotaging some of her equipment. When it happens again though, it’s become clear—someone is targeting Linny, and only Rokk’s dragon powers can keep her alive. With the threat of Outsiders from one direction, and a traitor from within, the pair must work together to defeat their enemies, learn the truth, and ultimately, win the talent show and each other.

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claimed by the aliens maia starrCLAIMED BY THE ALIENS by Maia Starr

Reena was captured and taken to the virgin camps.
She knew she would have to marry four alien men, the Dains.
But she was tough and could do what was necessary to survive.
She had loved and lost, just as all humans on Earth had.
The invasion of the Dains took everything from them.
They caused the apocalypse.

But her new alien husbands are not what she expected. They are kind. Each Dain intrigues her
for more than just their sexy looks. There’s Keara, the one who first laid eyes on her and treats
her like royalty. Arin who is forceful, strong and primal in bed. Bryne and Lokin make her laugh
and feel safe. Every day she begins to trust them, to care for them.

But there is a secret that could cost her, her life.

She is pregnant with a human child.
This is forbidden.
Will Reena be able to keep her baby a secret from her new alien husbands until she can figure out an escape? Or is she doomed from the start?

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sky full of mysteriesSKY FULL OF MYSTERIES by Rick R Reed

What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?

That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.

Where has Rory been all this time? Has he time-traveled? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into outer space? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars.

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love from aboveLOVE FROM ABOVE (YEARNING BOOK 1) by Stella Casey

Alyssa: The tiger followed me home. Talk about things you never expect to admit but that’s how it all started: the tiger followed me home. …Except he wasn’t a tiger. It turns out, the zoo’s tiger is some kind of shapeshifter from another planet.

And I think I might be in love. Being a single mother with two full-time jobs is hard enough–I don’t have time for love! I can barely keep a roof over our heads as it is.

What even is my life these days? I’m just a veterinarian. What do I know about aliens? Until yesterday I didn’t even believe in them but he’s just so… fascinating.

Lii’thoou : Exiled from my home world, branded a criminal, it was easier to find a place with free meals than it was to try to fit in with these humans. I’ve watched for her through the glass since the first day I spotted her. There’s just something about her that makes me hold my breath for that extra second when her hips twitch with those high heels and-

I’m not supposed to reveal myself while I’m here but who’s going to find out if I do? I’m sure I can convince her to keep quiet and she has a darling little girl. I’ve always loved children.

Sure, she doesn’t realize she’s got someone special purring after her every move but how would she know? Humans don’t often talk to shapeshifters lounging on earth as tigers.

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heaven for toastersA HEAVEN FOR TOASTERS by Nicholas C Rossis

A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek islands. Instead, she finds herself caught up in a sinister plot, hatched by a reclusive billionaire with a penchant for illegal genetic engineering. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to put up with her new partner, Leo. Leo is an android—or toaster, as people scornfully call his kind. The only thing that could make things even worse would be for the headstrong Mika to fall for Leo. But people don’t fall for toasters—do they?

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to see the sunTO SEE THE SUN by Kelly Jensen

Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion — someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.

Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He’s spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he’ll do just about anything — even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael’s has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.

Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work—until Gael’s past catches up with them, threatening Abraham’s livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.

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you only love twiceYOU ONLY LOVE TWICE (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

Five years ago, Gemma Townsend learned the hard way what happens when you break this rule. She lost everything. Her mentor’s trust. The man she loved. And almost her life. Love is a weakness she can never afford again.

When offered a chance at redemption, the seductive spy is determined to complete her assigned task: to track down a dangerous assassin known as the Chameleon, a mysterious killer sent after the queen, whose identity seems to constantly change.

But as her investigation leads Gemma into a trap, she’s rescued by a shadowy figure she thought was dead—the double agent who once stole her heart.

A man with few memories, all Obsidian knows is Gemma betrayed him, and he wants revenge. But one kiss ignites the unextinguished passion between them, and he can’t bring himself to kill her.

Can Obsidian ever trust her again? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? Because it soon becomes clear the Chameleon might be closer than either of them realized… and this time Gemma is in the line of fire.

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stars unchartedSTARS UNCHARTED by S K Dunstall

VS Note: Recommended by Riley at the Whiskey with My Book Blog who says basically not a lot of romance but “worth the time spent reading”. Put it on my TBR list.

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war . . .

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

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22302230: THE PERFECT YEAR by C M Corett

Alex Coulson spends his days as a lowly laboratory assistant. At night, he watches movies in his lonely apartment and dreams of exciting adventures and handsome leading men.

When an electrical fire breaks out in the lab, an experimental machine malfunctions and Alex is caught in the explosion. He awakens, injured and confused, to learn he has traveled two hundred years into the future—to the year 2230. Under the care of the gorgeous Doctor Baylin Davies (a definite contender for a leading man) Alex recovers quickly, and his feelings for Baylin deepen each day. Baylin is handsome, sexy, caring, and a verified genius—everything Alex could ever dream of. Add in the whole concept of living in the future, and Alex soon decides the year 2230 is the perfect year to begin his new life.

But then there’s the major…

Whenever the intimidating military man, Major Marcais, is near, a strange power overcomes Alex’s senses, clouding his mind and weakening his desire to be with Baylin.

When the major reveals he is an alien and declares Alex to be his life mate, Alex must find the strength to resist him. And while fighting for the man he truly desires, Alex just might discover he’s the leading man in his own adventure.

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mission her protectionMISSION: HER PROTECTION (TEAM 52 BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: A new series, has touches of scifi at least but is listed as a military romance. I always love her books, in all genres!

When Rowan’s Arctic research team pulls a strange object out of the ice in Northern Canada, things start to go wrong…very, very wrong. Rescued by a covert, black ops team, she finds herself in the powerful arms of a man with scary gold eyes. A man who vows to do everything and anything to protect her…

Dr. Rowan Schafer has learned it’s best to do things herself and not depend on anyone else. Her cold, academic parents taught her that lesson. She loves the challenge of running a research base, until the day her scientists discover the object in a retreating glacier. Under attack, Rowan finds herself fighting to survive…until the mysterious Team 52 arrives.

Former special forces Marine Lachlan Hunter’s military career ended in blood and screams, until he was recruited to lead a special team. A team tasked with a top-secret mission—to secure and safeguard pieces of powerful ancient technology. Married to his job, he’s done too much and seen too much to risk inflicting his demons on a woman. But when his team arrives in the Arctic, he uncovers both an unexplained artifact, and a young girl from his past, now all grown up. A woman who ignites emotions inside him like never before.

But as Team 52 heads back to their base in Nevada, other hostile forces are after the artifact. Rowan finds herself under attack, and as the bullets fly, Lachlan vows to protect her at all costs. But in the face of danger like they’ve never seen before, will it be enough to keep her alive.

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warrior queen emily r kingTHE WARRIOR QUEEN (THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN BOOK 4) by Emily R King

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before.

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mistys mayhemMISTY’S MAYHEM: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 3 by Robyn Peterman

VS Note: Did you read my USA Today/HEA post on mermaid romance, interviewing Robyn and 9 other authors? You’ll want to read about her childhood alter ego ‘Swimmy’…this is a really long blurb but I couldn’t figure out where to logically truncate it!

Misty: What’s love got to do with it? If you’re Cupid, everything. If you’re me, not a thing in the sea. I don’t believe in love.

Poseidon is smoking some bad seaweed if he expects me to take the one job I’m obviously not qualified for. Rumor has it, Cupid is a chubby baby with a bad attitude. That’s all I need. A pissed off porcine toddler with love arrows gunning for my tail because I took his job.

On top of that, the idiot I’m kind of seeing who shall remain nameless—mostly because I don’t know his name… don’t judge—left red and silver magic all over my skin and hair last time we… umm…went on a date. And guess what? It doesn’t wash off.

Poseidon saw me sparkling away and now I’m freakin’ Cupid. Getting to the bottom of this abyss means finding what’s his name and thrashing his fine, smexy behind with my fin.

Why does this send shivers of delight all the way to the tip of my tail you might ask? I have no clue and no time to figure it out. Don’t judge.

I’m about to give love a bad name.

Cupid: Love is a fool’s game. Or at least I thought so for the past millennium.

Getting fired by a slightly inebriated God of the Sea isn’t so bad as long as you can find your way past the slurring of his words. Finding out Poseidon’s replacing me with the Mermaid I’ve been seeing for the past fifty years is an arrow straight to the heart. And not the good kind.

No big deal, right? I’ll just go to her and explain the job is mine. End of story.
Of course, it could get a bit awkward since we never actually exchanged names.

I’m Cupid and will always be Cupid. Sure, I may have slacked off a little and caused a tear in the abyss that may have possibly let some Demons through to this plane. I mean, who doesn’t let that happen every now and again? But the word around Mt. Olympus is that said Demons are coming for Cupid. And if she’s Cupid and I’m not, then they’re coming for my Mermaid. Unacceptable.

It might be a battlefield—but in the name of love, I’ll fight for this crazy little thing.

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the prince 1001 dark nightsTHE PRINCE: A WICKED NOVELLA by Jennifer L Armentrout

She’s everything he wants….Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for.

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dionnas rangerDIONNA’S RANGER (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Desperate to avoid the Archon’s demands—and his inevitable wrath at Dionna’s unwillingness to share her secret tying runemagic ability—Field Marshall Tyronix sends them on a dangerous mission: traveling behind enemy lines to the Daggerscar Canyon, where the Hivemind has erected a hive dedicated to producing the Silithik wasps which have been plaguing the western front. Dionna’s Quint must sneak into the canyon, destroy the hive with their superweapon, and find a way to escape.

But Tyronix isn’t sending them alone. A unit of Archenon archers is reassigned to escort them to the canyon, and to guard them from the constant wasp attacks. A simple duty, until they overhear one of the runemessages from the Archon accusing Dionna’s Quint of treason…

Can Dionna and her Quintmates complete the mission and escape the canyon alive? And more importantly: will it buy Tyronix enough time to convince the Archon of their loyalty?

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denied cathy clampDENIED A NOVEL OF THE SAZI (LUNA LAKE) by Cathy Clamp

Anica Petrovic used to be human, until she was kidnapped and turned into a shapeshifter with the ability to become a bear. Political strife in Serbia led Anica, her father, and her brother to settle in the Pacific Northwest, in a shifter community where all are welcome.

The town is rocked by a series of brutal murders which appear to have been committed by a bear. Anica and her family are all bears, but she knows they are all innocent. Not so innocent is newcomer bear shifter Tristan. Anica’s sensitive nose tells her he’s hiding something, but she can’t believe he’s a killer.

She’s wrong. Tristan has killed—though he’s innocent of the murders in Luna Lake. He’s tracked an ancient evil to Anica’s home town, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to find that evil and destroy it.

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mind gamesMIND GAMES: A PARANORMAL EROTIC THRILLER by Cecelia Tan

VS note: From July

Ever since she foresaw the death of her parents, Wren has suppressed her latent psychic abilities. Avoiding strong emotions, Wren leads a placid but lonely life until her quiet is shattered by her sister Abby going missing… and the private investigator searching for her.

Derek Chapman isn’t what Wren expects. He’s young, handsome, and surprisingly sensitive. Wren is attracted to him immediately, but fears that deepening any connection with Derek—emotional, spiritual, or sexual—will open the floodgates locked in her mind.

A mystery man appears in Wrens dreams, dealing pain and pleasure. Is Wren’s subconscious warning her away from Derek, or longing for him? When the search for Abby leads to a secret sex club, it seems fate is pulling Wren into Derek’s arms, whether she is ready or not.

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bloodlust by midnightBLOODLUST BY MIDNIGHT (LAST WITCH STANDING BOOK 2) by Deanna Chase

Being a badass witch isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Vampire Hunter Phoebe Kilsen’s world is falling apart. Her shifter partner has been drugged and is in danger of turning rabid, and her brother has disappeared into thin air… literally.

Just as Phoebe is on the verge of making a major breakthrough on finding her long-lost brother, a new drug is introduced into New Orleans’s black market. It’s Phoebe’s job to find out who is responsible and neutralize them before New Orleans is overrun with rabid wolves. With Eadric Allcot as her number one suspect, she finds herself once again facing down the most powerful vampire in New Orleans. But when her partner Dax is viscously attacked with the drug, she needs Allcot’s help to save him. Now she’s forced to make a choice between defying orders and saving the one she loves. The decision is an easy one for Phoebe. She’s willing to break all the rules to save Dax… and if luck is on her side, she might even find her brother.

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wild hungerWILD HUNGER (AN HEIRS OF CHICAGOLAND NOVEL) by Chloe Neill

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

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bewitching the beastBEWITCHING THE BEAST by Tamara Hughes

Ethan Lockwood hates what he’s become—a slave to a parasitic monster whose victims’ names pepper the obituaries. He’s possessed by The Beast, a dragon who feeds off human spiritual energy. After a year of fighting The Beast’s demands, Ethan is losing the battle. The creature is taking over his mind, body, and soul. When he spies Tess, he can relate to her weary look and the sadness in her eyes, but her aura shines like a beacon, attracting The Beast. Ethan is forced to drain her energy, but for a split second, she subdues the creature inside him, compelling the spirit to slumber. How? Can she somehow free him from The Beast? Ethan chases after her. He can’t afford to let Tess die.

Since her fiancé’s death, Tess Edwards struggles to find new meaning in life. She doesn’t expect that new meaning to involve a sexy photographer who says he’s possessed by an energy-stealing beast. He claims she’s in danger and that he’s the only one who can save her. Great. He’s a nut job—cute, but delusional. She doesn’t believe in dragon spirits and magic, not until she finds her grandmother’s Book of Shadows. She’s descended from witches, and the book warns her of her fate. Although the beast inside Ethan needs her alive, he isn’t the only one of his kind. There’s another, and he wants Tess dead.

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midnight prophecyMIDNIGHT PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Ellen Dugan

Camilla (Cammy) Midnight is the youngest sister of the daughters of Midnight. Organized and confident, the pink-haired wise woman has her future all neatly mapped out. She is on the brink of launching her own business, and Camilla has no time for distractions or romance.
Camilla meets Jacob, the landscaper in charge of redesigning the gardens of the old haunted house on the cliffs. The rugged, single father is unquestionably attractive, and his five-year old son is absolutely adorable. Despite herself, Camilla is smitten, until she realizes that the landscaper is a skeptic. While Jake has been captivated by Cammy and her edgy style, she tries to dismiss him and his narrow-minded attitude. What he assumes is all a joke, for Camilla is an essential part of who she is. Nevertheless, something keeps pulling the two of them together.
Destiny, it seems cannot be denied. .. (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shifting aurasSHIFTING AURAS (UNIVERSE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Clare Davon

VS note: From July

Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.

She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.

Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.

But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.

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unrewarded loveUNREWARDED LOVE: MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 2 by E L Roux

What was I supposed to do when my sick mother asked me to help her finish prepping for her fashion show? I wanted to say no, because it meant working with Kyla, a man I detest, but when no one else can help, I have to step up.

Except I don’t trust Kyla. I know he’s pretending to want me for unrestricted access to my mother’s clothing line. But as the week goes by, I have to admit, he’s been more help than hindrance. I hope he doesn’t betray my building attraction for him with deceit, I don’t think my heart can take the pain.

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crimson tamela milesCRIMSON by Tamela Miles

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows.

Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

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born into chaosBORN INTO CHAOS by Lily Lamb

Many hundreds of years ago, he was born into a world of chaos. Shunned by the gods and the humans because of his lineage. He lived in isolation, filled with resentment and shame for not fitting in anywhere. As his resentment built, he no longer cared for anyone but living by his own rules that nearly destroyed him.
One night, a feeling of wonderment crept into his heart, reaching every cell within his body. Although he beamed from ear to ear, he didn’t know why he felt such elation, until he sensed the gentle, rhythmic beat which would beckon him…giving him the will to wake up from a deep sleep, curiosity in tow, his last chance at reparation for his misdeeds. It will lead to a deceptive fight for his sanity and future. Living has never been more deadly and costly… or fulfilling.

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ford terra wolfeFORD (CANYON HOLLOW SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Terra Wolfe and Meredith Clark

Ford Pearce is the Alpha of the Canyon Hollow Shifter Clan. The fight with the coyote pack has gone on long enough. There is too much at stake, and he isn’t willing to lose anyone if it comes to a fight. The only thing he can do is ask another Alpha for help. But what the other Alpha wants in return? Ford to marry his daughter.

Enter Amelia Evans, next in line to take over the Canyon Hollow Wolf Pack. She has always known that her parents would eventually arrange a marriage for her. After all, her parent’s marriage was arranged and they have one of the most loving relationships she has ever seen. But still, she has reservations.

Ford has to convince Amelia that he’s worth her time if he wants to save his clan. But how is he supposed to marry Amelia if she won’t even speak to him?

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her cougar cowboyHER COUGAR COWBOY (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY) by Moxie North

Genevieve Mason has the job she’s always wanted. As a buyer for Saks’ exclusive plus-size fashion line… she gets paid to shop, and there’s nothing she’d change about her life. Except maybe one thing. On a whim, she decides to reach out to Gerri at the Paranormal Dating Agency. At worst she’d have a few dates with some hot shifters, and if her luck was really good, she might wind up with something completely unexpected – a mate.

Brooks Alder wasn’t looking for love. Sure, every shifter was on the hunt for their mate, but he was busy enough with his ranch to be able to forget what was missing in his life…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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flower in the palaceFLOWER IN THE PALACE by Jordan Silver

Prince Jai of Zihan was soon to be named Crown Prince once his father ascended the throne. At seventeen he was an accomplished young man who had learned at his father and grandfather’s knees the ways of an emperor.
There was no doubt that he would one day be a formidable ruler. But now there was a great struggle about to unfold, the fight for the position of Crown Princess Consort.
She would one day become the Empress to rule at her husband’s side and the vying political factions were willing to go to any lengths to get their preferred noble daughter on the throne.
By chance prince Jai, when he was still a young man came upon a beauty unlike any other he’d ever seen before…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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wicked faeWICKED FAE (MAGIC AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Helene Gadot

Vivid dreams have always plagued Ginevra, and they constantly star the same four magical people. She spent her childhood in and out of therapy until she learned to lie and hide the invisible friends who grew up with her and played with her every night.
But lately, the dreams begin to bleed into her waking hours – talking to her, calling to her, teasing her.
She just wants to focus on her career as a cellist, but she’s losing the line between sleeping and waking and they refuse to leave her alone.
They tell her she chose them.
They tell her they need her.
They tell her they’re coming for her.

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bakra brideBAKRA BRIDE (TAPESTRIES SERIES BOOK 2) by N J Walters

VS note: Listed as erotica

After witnessing a gruesome murder, Jane Smith has watched her life crumble around her. Her only solace is the stunning and mysterious tapestry she discovered at a thrift store. When the image stitched into the tapestry magically comes to life one night, Jane finds herself transported to a mystical Medieval world, where two massive warriors declare their intentions to cater to her every sensual desire.

Zaren and Bador are stunned to realize that the prophecy of the tapestry has come true and brought Jane to them. The brothers willingly accept their duty to indulge her in every possible form of passion. But Jane’s arrival has also attracted the attention of rival warriors, who will go to any lengths to steal her from the Bakra brothers and claim her as their own.

As Jane adjusts to this frightening but enthralling world, Zaren and Bador risk all to protect her—even as they use all their sexual skill, separately and together, to take her to unimagined sensual heights. Because the time for Jane to choose is drawing near, and the Bakra brothers must convince her to abandon her former life—and take one of them as her loving husband for all time.

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wolfs banditTHE WOLF’S BANDIT by Milly Taiden

Robyn Loxley is determined to save every homeless child she can find, even if she has to break the law to do it. Since the royal foundation rudely turned her down, her target has become their crown jewels. She needs only one more job before she’s done for good.

Wolf shifter Aitan Hansen is the crown prince of a small country where he runs his royal foundation and takes care of his shifter town. He comes to the U.S. to find who has been stealing his family heirlooms. He’s completely unprepared to meet his mate, especially when he suspects her of being the thief.

With the opportunity to score a lucrative piece of artwork, Robyn jumps at the chance. The problem is Aitan isn’t the only one interested in her night job. Her black-market dealer doesn’t want to share profits any longer and he’ll do whatever needed to get her latest heist, even taking her with the merchandise.

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phoenix and the wolfPHOENIX AND THE WOLF (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 2) by Bianca D’arc

Diana doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. She feels drawn to the sun and dreams of flying under her own power, but her commitments in the real world—and the grandmother who depends on her—keep her grounded. Then her car breaks down in front of a high-end repair yard and she meets a man who makes her want to forget all her responsibilities and take a walk on the wild side…with him.

Stone’s enchanted by the redheaded damsel. He’s charmed by the way she talks to her grandma on the phone. And he’s totally ensnared by the idea that she might actually be his mate. But there’s something about her… Something intensely magical and a bit too familiar. Could she be another of the near-mythical phoenix shifters? Or is she something else entirely?

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soul of the packSOUL OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame

Wolf expert Maddox “Ripp” Rippington knows nothing about her past and has only ever felt at home among her wolves at Willow Creek Wolf Sanctuary. When the Sanctuary is shut down, she’s lost. The only clue to her past is a birth certificate with the name Ansel Wolfgang on it, but she has never been brave enough to track her father down. Until now.

Kindergarten teacher Kyra Wolfgang is more than attracted to the mysterious human who arrives in Wolfgang County, a human as dominant and confident as any wolf she has ever met. For the first time in her life, Kyra knows the passion she has always longed for. But with the Wolfgang Alpha and Second distrustful of Ripp’s sudden appearance and her claim of a connection to the pack, does Kyra and Ripp’s love stand a chance?

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a gift of graceA GIFT OF GRACE (TASSAMARA BOOK 4) by Sarah Wynde

For Noah Blake, pretending to be normal is getting harder by the day. A brush with death in Iraq has left him suffering from chronic auditory hallucinations. Ignoring the voices he hears isn’t always easy, but Noah knows it’s better than the alternatives.

Yet when a mysterious redhead hands him a seemingly innocuous business card, a new voice — that of a teenage boy — becomes too insistent to deny. It wants him to go to Tassamara. It swears he’ll find help there.
It’s bad enough to have hallucinations, but doing what they say is bound to lead to disaster.
Isn’t it?

In the quirky small town of Tassamara, Florida, everyone’s got psychic abilities. Or almost everyone. Grace Latimer is the only one in her family who doesn’t.

But she doesn’t need them: she’s got compassion, common sense, and courage, and that’s all it will take to help Noah, a handsome stranger with a serious ghost problem. Well, that, and a little assistance from the rest of the town.

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touch of goldA TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan

VS note: Not sure how much actual romance there is but I was intrigued by the idea of a daughter of King Midas. YA

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

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blackoutBLACKOUT (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 5) by Dannika Dark

After what was supposed to be a simple job, Raven and Christian uncover a sinister plot against the higher authority, and the stakes are as high as the body count. The assassins are merciless, with anyone who stands in their way becoming collateral damage. Meanwhile, Raven is still struggling to make sense of her feelings for Christian following a memory wipe.

During a blackout, the city erupts into chaos. With Breed on the brink of war, Keystone has only twenty-four hours to complete a secret mission. Raven seeks help from the most unlikely of places, but at what cost?

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hunter huntedHUNTER HUNTED (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 3) by Keri Arthur

VS Note: Urban Fantasy so not sure how much romance there is.

Christmas is fast approaching, and Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar, Belle Kent, are hoping it’s going to be a quiet one.

But those hopes are dashed when, on a quest to find a customer’s errant husband, Lizzie comes across the body of a witch and a dark circle of power neither she nor Ashworth can break.

Then werewolves begin to turn up dead—skinned.
As the body count rises, and the hunters become the hunted, it’s evident there’s a new evil in town.
One that is determined to claim the reservation—and the wild magic—for his own.

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VERONICA NOTE: Featuring two connected books from my backlist (although they can be read as standalones):

PULSE POUNDING SECTORS SPECIAL FORCES SCIFI ROMANCE

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 8

August 1

July 25

July 18

July 11

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.  

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

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 8

legionI added ‘Paranormal’ to the blog post title because I do cover that genre as well. 

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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LEGION (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Regine Abel and Juno Wells

He gave her his soul, but she couldn’t hold it.

Ayana has devoted her life training to join the Vanguard, an elite intergalactic military force dedicated to fighting back the Kryptids who nearly destroyed Earth. Only the most powerful psychics are chosen. Yet while her power is unrivaled, she’s unable to perform the most crucial task of soulcatching, even when the Warrior she’s fantasized over for years freely offers her his soul.

Legion is mesmerized by the beauty of Ayana’s aura. The instant his mind touches hers, he recognizes his soulmate. Although she’s Hollow, unable to hold a Warrior’s soul, a strange spark within her could help turn the tide in this bloody war. When a traitor infiltrates their ranks, intent on destroying them from within, Legion is torn between his duty as leader of the Vanguard and the need to protect his mate.

Will he lose the woman who owns his soul before they could even start a life together?

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forbidden jessie donovanTHE FORBIDDEN (KELDERAN RUNIC WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Jessie Donovan

Princess Kalahn tro el Vallen has wanted a purpose beyond smiling and marrying some strategic connection her entire life. So when her brother proposes a way for her to help protect their family, she jumps at the chance and agrees to training. What she doesn’t expect is for her trainer to be the male she kissed years ago and hasn’t been able to forget since.

Ryven Xanna is not only one of the best warrior trainers in the Kelderan Army, but he’s also best friend to a prince. When his best friend invites him to participate in a secret operation that will rid the planet of traitors, Ryven doesn’t hesitate to join. True, the female he’s supposed to train is the same one he kissed in the past and wishes to kiss again, but he has the fortitude to resist her and complete his assignment. Only then can he ensure his mother’s future in the colony and the safety of his friend.

As Ryven and Kalahn work together, the pull between them only grows until suddenly they’re connected in a way that they never could’ve foreseen. However, that connection could end up killing one of them if they continue with their plans. Will they both find a way to survive their mission and be with each other? Or, will duty trump all, including the life of one of them?

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traitor emmy chandlerTRAITOR (PRISON PLANET BOOK 6) by Emmy Chandler

VS note: I have LOVED this series and bought this book on pre-order, which I don’t do all that often.

Sold into slavery as a teenager, Mallory Landrum was held captive by Varian Roys until she was coerced into testifying against him, and despite their promise to protect her, the corrupt government of Kallisto sends her to Rhodon. There, she is rented out to wealthy guests who come to tour the prison planet until she escapes into the open population, only to find herself in zone three, hiding from the very man she sent to prison.

Hit man Barrett Oliver survived the brutal attack that took both his voice and his wife. He swore to kill everyone who played a part in her death, but when his vengeance falls short, he winds up on Rhodon, in the same zone as Varian Roys, the man he failed to kill.

When he discovers Mallory fleeing the wreckage of a crashed space yacht, he realizes she’s just the bait he needs to draw their mutual enemy out of hiding. Though he can’t speak to her, the more time he spends with the beautiful, psychologically fragile little survivor, the harder he falls for her. And the less willing he is to dangle her in front of a monster who’s already taken his first love.

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entropyENTROPY (ATROPHY BOOK 4) by Jess Anastasi

VS Note: Always good to see a new book in this series!

Captain Qaelan Forster is used to trouble. He lives on the wrong side of the law and he’s on the most-wanted lists. He’s mixed up in his cousin’s mess who has problems on a cosmic level—like shape-shifting aliens who want them dead. But Qaelan’s not prepared for the cheeky kind of trouble called Camille Blackstone, whose infamous father has any man interested in his daughter executed.

After Camille drags Qaelan into an impulsive act of rebellion, she finds herself trying to defend the sexy captain from her overprotective father’s wrath, even if she has to handcuff herself to the sexy captain to keep him alive. However, it soon becomes apparent there are much more dangerous things lurking in the dark corners of the universe than a vengeful pirate lord. And she’s just landed in the middle of it.

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implantedIMPLANTED by Lauren C Teffeau

When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.

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reviving dadeREVIVING DADE (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 3) by Becca Jameson

Blair has the perfect cushy assignment.
Protect Dade while he recovers from ten years in a cryostat.
In a remote hidden cabin.
With plenty of supplies.
And nothing but time.
But time is Dade’s number one enemy.
And Blair can’t seem to maintain her badass persona around him.
He’s breaking down her walls.
She’s working her ass off to convince him life is worth living.
A mole in the government would rather see him dead.
An experimental treatment could save him. One he isn’t willing to try.
Even when they’re arguing, the chemistry between them is palpable.
But now is not the time for romance.
Now is the time to fight for his life.

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marauder lisa laceMARAUDER (TERRA MATES BOOK 16) by Lisa Lace

I didn’t believe the rumors about TerraMates. People say the company has started taking women off the streets and selling them as sex toys for aliens.
I should have listened.
I’m a prisoner, and my captor is supposed to deliver me to his leader.
But after tasting my body and mastering my soul, he has decided he wants me for himself. He doesn’t care what the king wants.
Do I want to go back to Earth, or keep begging for more?

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mated to the zoranMATED TO THE ZORAN (ZORAN’S CHOSEN BOOK 1) ) by Luna Hunter

Anaya’s having a tough week. Ever since the Rift opened up, she’s been having ‘episodes’. That’s to say, the young woman has suddenly realized she has telepathic powers.

It’s quite unnerving.

And then there’s Theros: A silver, tall, gorgeous Zoran warrior who has shown up out of nowhere and who claims that they are both Chosen and that the Mating Star Prophecy is coming to pass.

That’s also quite out of the ordinary.
And what about the megacorps who want to abduct her and use her powers for their own gain?
Also definitely not good. Not good at all.

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claim the leopard princessCLAIM THE LEOPARD PRINCESS (TRUE MATE BOOK 2) by Meg Xuemei X

The sexy, dominant wolf shifter never thought I’d fall onto his doomed planet. When I do, he thinks it’s the best day of his life. It’s the worst for me.

I escaped being a breeder to a cruel king, only to have my spaceship crash on the arena where nine clans fight to the death to claim me. I flee the ship, but the wolf tracks me down. He fucks me, believing I’m his mate, but when he finds out who I truly am–a leopard princess whose father slaughtered his family–he looks at me with hatred.

Yet he can’t let me go. His body craves mine too much, but his pack won’t allow me to live. He must choose–put down his fated mate or defend me and lose everything.

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visionsVISIONS (COLONY 6 Book 2) by Teyla Branton

Enforcer Jaxon Tennant and his former Colony 6 crew are the last hope for a post-Breakdown society, where CORE Elite experiment on and enslave those they profess to aid. Jaxon’s gift of premonitions, his visions of what will be, are growing stronger and more frequent—and equally more terrifying. But he sees nothing of the vision he needs most, and if he doesn’t find a way to change that, there may not be a future for one of his crew.

When they attempt to save a potential ally, the man turns out to be more than what he seems, and the crew must make a hard choice. Either way, people will die.

When their plan goes sideways, they start down a path that might get them all killed before they have the chance to save the CORE’s two million residents. Before Jaxon has a chance to win the woman he will always love.

What more they uncover about their past and Jaxon’s parentage might be the most startling revelation of all.

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their brideTHEIR BRIDE (MARRIAGE LOTTERY SERIES STANDALONE) by Stasia Black and A S Green

VS Note: post apocalyptic apparently

All Vanessa ever wanted was to be loved.
Okay, strike that—all she wanted was not to die at the hands of the homicidal maniac who was obsessed with hunting her down—and to be loved.
Was that too much to ask?

Going to Jacob’s Well and becoming a Lottery Bride sounded like it would make all Vanessa’s dreams come true.
For the first time in her life, she’d have a family. For the first time in her life, she’d have not just one person to love her, but five.
And she’d be safe. from the notorious female slave trader, Lorenzo Bernal.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem.

When the lottery husbands are announced, it turns out none of them intentionally entered. And they want out of the bargain.

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kayneKAYNE (THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 3) by Mira Maxwell

Kayne vows to never return to his home planet Gaia. Haunted by memories of an interstellar war, he joins The Force to stay on the move. Jumping around the galaxy for each new mission is the only way he keeps the past at bay.

Nothing slows him down, until he rescues a beautiful human from a life of slavery during an undercover mission.

Sarina knows only fear and darkness since being abducted by the Lezovians. Kayne is the first bright spot in her world since she was taken from Earth, and she instantly feels safe with him.

The attraction is mutual. Kayne is determined to follow her anywhere, until she’s sent to a safe haven for recovering abductees at the one place he swore he’d never return: Gaia.

Their attraction is undeniable, but will they both be able to conquer their pasts in order to have a future?

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mates for anyaMATES FOR ANYA by Petra Gale

A 4-way love triangle on the planet Gartha, featuring one beautiful woman destined to rule, and three handsome shifters to win her heart.

Anya Sheni was a princess who had never intended to rule court 13 on her home planet Gartha. When her brother went and got himself killed by space pirates, she was suddenly thrust into inheriting his place, and her time to rule has now come.

The only problem Anya faces before she can become ruler is this pesky ritual where she has to be mated to three capable warriors before she can take over…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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soldiers runawaySOLDIER’S RUNAWAY (KORYSTUS ALIENS BOOK 2) by Avery Rae

Kolyr is a soldier, loyal to Korystus. I’m an escaped prisoner.He chose to save me from my captor and I don’t know why. His kind treat humans like dirt.Which is why I shouldn’t be so eager to fall into his arms. But alone in the glowing forests of Korystus… anything can happen.The question is, where do a dishonored soldier and a runaway go from here? My captor won’t stop looking for me, and the forest can’t hide us forever.

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beasts beautyBEAST’S BEAUTY: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL by Rena Marks

Crested Utilitarian Laboratories has discovered alien DNA and using it, create beings in an underground laboratory. Since the Xeno Sapiens have escaped, they’ve adapted to life in their own protected city. But protection is only as safe as the people around you, as Beast and Sunny find out.

Beast realizes his mate doesn’t know she’s his. As a man with immense strength, he’ll hold off on claiming her. But when humans take what’s his, all holds are off and his beast is unleashed.

Sunny has a hidden strength of her own. A dangerous power that can sap the life energy—the soul—of another during high emotion. She’ll keep away because the last person she wants to hurt—and the person she feels strongest about—is Beast.
There may be more pain in fighting her desire than in defending his soul.

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puristTHE PURIST  by M Crane Hana

Eridan wields the coveted bardic rank of Master-Singer to keep his dying race’s culture alive in a brutal world of magic and war. He doesn’t know Sfassa, his brawny wife and musical partner, traded her fanged-and-furred alien shape for a more-human one so she could be with him. Their idyllic marriage shatters when, wounded by an assassination attempt, Sfassa must forever return to her birth shape and her own people.

Eridan still adores his wife and unborn child, but his prim religion and heritage now forbid his marriage. Only the Northwarden—a dangerously charming, genderfluid sorcerer who enforces civilization’s uneasy peace—can guide him toward a solution. Eridan finds he likes the Northwarden far too much for comfort.

Eridan can risk life and sanity to gain shapeshifting and Sfassa, or live a secret and protected life as the Northwarden’s lover. To keep them both, he picks a third audacious path, testing all his skills against vicious assassins, meddling volcano goddesses, his own dearly-bought pride, and the malevolent, sapient heart of the planet itself.

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rogue protocol murderbotROGUE PROTOCOL (THE MURDERBOT DIARIES) by Martha Wells

VS note: 3rd in the series, NOT romance but oh so good. I’m thoroughly hooked on this character and the series. SciFi. Had it pre-ordered in fact.

Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?

Sci-fi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

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garrison girlGARRISON GIRL: AN ATTACK ON TITAN NOVEL by Rachel Aaron

VS note: Something different from the author who is also Rachel Bach.

This original YA novel features all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan, the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit.

When the last vestige of the human race is threatened by unstoppable carnivorous giants, a brave young woman decides to defy her wealthy family and join the military garrison to battle humanity’s enemies. But Rosalie Dumarque soon finds that her dream of escaping the protection of Wall Rose not only leads to bloody sword fights with monsters, but exposes her to other dangers. Can she earn the trust of her fellow soldiers, stand up to a corrupt authority, navigate a forbidden romance…and cut her way out of a titan’s throat?

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vesuvius 4IN THE SHADOW: VESUVIUS EPISODE 4: A ROMAN TIMESLIP ROMANCE by JL Madore

Torn apart by plots, betrayals, and the brutal strength of nature itself, Danika and Quintus fight to survive the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.

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catwoman soulstealerCATWOMAN SOULSTEALER by Sarah J Maas

VS Note: Teen and YA but looks like fun if you’re into the character.

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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past reflectionsPAST REFLECTIONS: AMETHYST CHRONICLES by K G Stutts

VS note: From June

An accident sent Ember Wilson one thousand years into the past!

Amethyst was on a mission to recover a time travel device when it accidentally turned on and sent Ember back to the year 2017. She comes face-to-face with the ISC legends who shaped the future: Dr. Maddie Brooks, Dr. Mack Rhodes, and their families. Ember was expecting to lay low and get to know the men and women she has idolized since she was a child. However, destiny has other plans. While trying to figure out how to get Ember home, the team learn she is the only one who can protect a heavily pregnant Maddie from a threat. Shawn Silvers, the leader of Caeruleus team from Ember’s time has also traveled with plans on changing the future.

For so long, she has kept her heart out of her missions, except this time it might not be possible. The more time Ember spends with the legendary group, the more she feels connected with them. Especially with Logan Brooks, the handsome, enigmatic warrior who is as fascinated with her as she is with him. Her new goal is clear: protect Maddie from Silvers and return to 3018. However, how much of her heart is she willing to leave behind when she goes home, if she returns at all?

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heart of a dire wolfHEART OF A DIRE WOLF: ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 3 by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: I love her scifi romance and all of this series is on my TBR List for sure!

Skyla Chekal is in trouble. She’s a prisoner in an illegal underground auction house that sells magical creatures. If they learn she’s a dire wolf with free magic, they’ll hold a special high-roller sale just for her. She needs to keep her head down and escape, but she can’t because she smells someone who stirs her in the way only a true mate can. She can’t leave without him.

Siberian tiger shifter Nic Paletin can’t believe he’s found himself in a cage in an auction house run by wizards. As long as he continues to play dumb, he should be able to get out soon. But the intriguing smell of a woman who calls to his tiger has him tied up more than the shackles on his ankles.

As turned on as Skyla is by Nic’s intoxicating presence, she knows they first have to survive long enough to get free. Unfortunately, threats continue to escalate. In their escape, Skyla is sent somewhere else, and Nic has no idea where or what trouble she might be in. He must find her before the wizards do, plus figure out how to work together if they’re going to crack the secrets of a mysterious new-old town.

And they better hurry, because the greedy wizards not only know where they are, they’re after the fabled treasures of this vulnerable sanctuary town.

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iron bonesIRON BONES (WILD HUNT BOOK 3) by Yasmine Galenorn

Light and Dark Fae are both dying, caught in the grip of a plague that threatens to sweep through both courts. The deadly disease is spreading, and no one can pinpoint the origins, nor can an antidote be formulated until the details of the contagion are understood. As Cernunnos sets Ferosyn—his best healer—on the task, he also instructs the Wild Hunt to take on the investigation.

Now, Ember and Herne must race against time, seeking an answer before both Fae courts are decimated. Their search leads them deep into the mountains, to a hidden burial site where they discover a terrifying secret that could mean the extinction of the entire Fae race.

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dark alphas hungerDARK ALPHA’S HUNGER (REAPERS) by Donna Grant

Where Death leads, I follow. Nothing will stop me from my duty – not even the darkness that claims me. It’s the music that leads me from the dark, returning me to my brethren and a new foe that has risen. Learning who hunts Thea could be the key to unraveling what we need to know to defeat our enemy. The Half-Fae’s music stirs a passion within me that I’ve never known. For her, I will break my vow of silence. For her…I will risk everything.

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deceptionDECEPTION (FACETS OF FEYRIE BOOK 3) by Zoe Parker

The dark is angry…
Jameson, the dummy, went off chasing boobs so now I’m chasing a boob too—him.
Every road, so far, ends at a dead end or with someone dead at the end. Mostly the latter. My patience is growing short and so is time.
As Phobe blithely reminds me with his sharp smile, there’s a reason the Sidhe chose me and that reason leaves me covered in blood.
When I finally find the people who took my nerd—I realize the depth of deception.
Betrayed unexpectedly, the hurt calls forth the angry darkness sleeping inside of me. I’m not sure how much longer I can hold it back, or if I even want to anymore.
Not when the father of Darkness smiles the way he does at me, wanting me to give in. And the people responsible for ALL the pain and hurt in my life are only a few dead bodies away.

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shade of vampire 62A SHADE OF VAMPIRES 62: A CITADEL OF CAPTIVES by Bella Forrest

VS Note: No blurb other than what’s below. Apparently if you’re 62 volumes into it, you don’t need details. Not trying to be snarky – I wish my books sold like hers do LOL!

“Billions of planets. Trillions of flickers of life. All depending on us.”

Return to the world of GASP as the team face their greatest challenge yet.

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fevered longingsFEVERED LONGINGS (BRIDE OF FIRE 3) by Jane Burelli

Mira had hoped she might find happiness in the arms of the Ice Lord. She was wrong. Political forces have driven them apart and the consequences are devastating for the fated mates. Despite all the past hurt and misunderstandings her fever for the infuriating man has not been extinguished, no matter how much she wants it to be.

Zorren never feared the cold until he’d tasted Mira’s warmth and passion. Mira is his and he is determined to claim her and restore her to her rightful place beside him: on the throne, in his life and in his bed. Now if only the little firebrand would cease her fruitless attempts to drive him away.

With rumblings in the South and conspiracy in the Iceari Court, Mira and Zorren need to present a united front more than ever. Are they brave enough to seize their second chance? Can they rebuild their trust and allow their love to blossom. Or will it be strangled by resentment and stubborn pride?

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cage of moonlightA CAGE OF MOONLIGHT (DARK FAE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

There are three important things you should know about me.

First, I’m a shapeshifter. Second, I’ve got claws, and I know how to use them. And third, I’d do anything to save the ones I love.

Which is how I’ve ended up as a slave for the Dark Fae, forced to train at their academy and become a deadly assassin that will fight for their cause. But all I want to do is fight my captors instead.

And the worst part of it all? The four infuriating, dangerous, and incredibly seductive fae who have taken it upon themselves to make my life a living hell.

They want to rile me up. They want to see me fail.
But I’m no damsel in distress.
Let the games begin.

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her bondsHER BONDS (KINDRED SOULS BOOK 4) by Helene Gadot

Rhapsody and her kindreds are more determined than ever to take down the king and put the princess on the throne.
It will take all of them working together to save Faligrey.
And if they fail, their bonds may be broken before they can even fully form.

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bright sideBRIGHT SIDE (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 47) by Zenina Masters

The moment that the horn first appeared, Ystella hated it. She learned how to hide it from her family and the herd, but it involved time in the shop every few weeks. Grinding off a unicorn horn also made for some interesting side effects and taking care of the magical residue became a frenzied event.

With her family prodding her toward any available stallion, Ystella has to obey the rules, while completely avoiding them. Her technique has kept her from any entanglements, but her mother is catching on.

Magnus is a hunter sent to find the anomaly in the area. There is a mythical shifter where no mythical shifter should be and it is his job to identify it and bring it to the council; whether it wants to go or not.

New magic was dangerous and needed to be indexed, catalogued and identified. Magnus has never been so willing to throw himself into the path of danger. He has a hard side. He can take it.

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dreadful companyDREADFUL COMPANY (A DR GRETA HELSING NOVEL) by Vivian Shaw

VS Note: doesn’t appear to contain any romance but sounded interesting.

When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen — and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera.

Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires — and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men’s bones.

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alphas packTHE ALPHA’S PACK (KIT DAVENPORT BOOK 6) by Tate James

The time is now.

It seems all I’ve ever wanted was vengeance. I did everything right: I protected my friends, I pushed myself to the limits, and I saved lives. Once upon a time, I was an internationally renowned thief known as The Fox. Nobody knew me. Nobody could catch me.

Nobody but them, my men, my partners in crime. But their love for me, it’s cost them dearly.
Our enemies keep coming for blood. They cut me. They hurt my friends. They push and push to see what will happen.
I’m Kit Davenport, and I’m going to show them what happens.
This is the end.
Theirs.

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zoraida grey voodoo queenZORAIDA GREY AND THE VOODOO QUEEN by Sorchia DuBois

Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.

Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.

Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?
A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?

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the foolTHE FOOL: BOOK #1 EGYPTIAN TAROT TRILOGY by Michelle Moore

VS note: From June

Ancient Egypt’s dissolution. The end of Pharaoh Nectanebo II’s reign. The Fool unites three unforgettable characters who struggle to hide a magical disk sent to earth by a child god of major mystery.

High Priest Nesatum has only known luxury. Raised by the last-born ancient ruler of Egypt: Pharaoh Nectanebo II, his unfailing devotion earns him the status of Egypt’s supreme holy man. After being introduced to Mutemwia, Nectanebo’s beautiful, talented and humble seer, Nesatum holds an unrequited love for her even though she must remain pure.

Mutemwia’s veneration for the gods is undoubted, but when a magical disk lands in the river Nile sent by a child god of the Major Arcana: ‘The Fool’, a miracle changes her life. She foretells mankind’s doom if three other celestial weapons are united with the disk: a wand a cup and a sword.

A paranormal chain of events is unleashed when the disk is presented to Pharaoh Nectanebo at Karnack temple and chaos ensues: Nectanebo is ignited with an unstoppable desire for power, Nesatum questions his faith and Ochus and his army approach Thebes.

As the Major Arcana gods threaten to destroy all that is held dear the triad must battle to hide the disk, remain loyal to one another, and survive.

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blyd and pearceBLYD AND PEARCE by Kim Fielding

Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.

While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.

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welcome_to_summerland_kathryn_moonWELCOME TO SUMMERLAND (SUMMERLAND SERIES BOOK 1) by Kathryn Moon

Lucy Carson isn’t really looking forward to her honeymoon in Summerland. Can she still call it a honeymoon if her fiance, Greg, left her at the altar? Probably not.

The situation doesn’t get better when she discovers that the bed and breakfast won’t let her keep her reservation now that she’s single.

But the residents of Summerland, the strangely idyllic and drowsy oceanside town, are happy to have her come to visit. And in a town where all the residents are young and stunningly beautiful, there’s plenty to enjoy. Like Felix Graves, the darkly handsome owner of Sacred Grounds. Or Jack Wilder, the broad shouldered town recluse who lives in a cabin in the woods. Or even grumpy Dylan Waters, the lighthouse keeper who rents Lucy a little cottage. Not to mention Liam Smith, the rugged local handyman, and Raylon Beam, the mechanic with a smile that could blind a girl.

Things might start looking up for Lucy with neighbors like these, and maybe Summerland can give her a reason to stick around.

Now if she could just put her finger on what makes the town so mysterious.

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ghost of a chanceGHOST OF A CHANCE (REDCLAW SECURITY BOOK 2) by McKenna Dean

At sixteen, Sarah Atwell walked away from her love of horses and a promising career as a competitive rider after discovering she’d inherited the family curse. Years later, her grandmother stunned everyone by leaving Sarah her horse farm—worth millions—but with conditions Sarah might not be able to meet.

A former Redclaw agent, Casey Barnes retired when a security assignment went bad, killing his partner and leaving him as a partial amputee. His inner wolf is in hiding. He’s been living quietly as a horse trainer, but June Atwell’s death now pits him against her granddaughter for rights to the stable.

With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they each harbor secrets that might tear them apart.

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dating bearDATING BEAR (LOVE LAID BARE BOOK 7) by Amber Belmont

Aspiring writer, Kate Harding, has almost given up on love. In a last ditch attempt to find the shifter of her dreams, she applies to be on Date Your Mate, a reality show which boasts a 100% success rate in matching women to their mates. She’s stunned when she finds herself selected as the mate-to-be. But with twenty gorgeous shifters to choose from, how is she meant to pick just one?

As the weeks progress, Kate discovers that love in front of a lens is harder than she thought. And as secrets come to light, she wonders whether she’ll be the first ever contestant who’ll finish her season heartbroken and alone.

What does a girl have to do to find the man she’s destined to spend her life with?

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shadow filesTHE SHADOW FILES by Various

VS Note: Not sure how much romance in the 22 stories. Billed as paranormal suspense.

Follow the lives of your favorite paranormal entities as they battle what lurks within the shadows of their supernatural worlds.

Dance with Lucifer, experience love from beyond the grave, solve a case … Grimm-style.

Tangle with vampires, discover relics and get ready for adventures more exciting than Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones!

Follow mages and rebel angels as they battle the evil threatening to end magic … forever.

All this and more can be found inside these exciting and mystical stories!

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wolfs secret vegas brideTHE WOLF’S SECRET VEGAS BRIDE by Eve Langlais

This lone wolf gets the shock of his life when he gets a bill for his wedding in Vegas.

After a soap opera of a week where Rory meets his real father, attempts a hostile business takeover, torches the family business, and almost gets arrested for attempted murder, he decides a relaxing weekend is just what he needs.

Vegas has a way of making a man—even one who’s part wolf—forget his troubles. Rory does such a good job of wiping his mind he doesn’t even remember the wedding he receives an invoice for.
Did he do the unthinkable?

Rory sets out to find his blushing bride only to discover the one thing he never expected. Love. But can a wolf have a happily ever after with a mate who is on the run from danger?

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kindling the darknessKINDLING THE DARKNESS by Jane Kindred

Oliver Connery left a secret paramilitary group because he couldn’t stand the thought of torturing supernatural beings. Lucy Smok’s mission is to send infernal creatures back where they came from. When Lucy learns that Oliver has been harboring hellhounds, she wants to think of him as an enemy—and Oliver wants to think the same of her. But their feelings for each other are another story.

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serpentineSERPENTINE (ANITA BLAKE VAMPIRE HUNTER) by Laurell K Hamilton

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is.

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salt magic skin magicSALT MAGIC, SKIN MAGIC by Lee Welch

Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray.

When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?

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cleaning houseCLEANING HOUSE (APPALACHIAN ELEMENTALS BOOK 1) by Jeanne G’Fellers

Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.

Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?

Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.

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in pursuit of dragonsIN PURSUIT OF DRAGONS (AN ELEMENTAL WEB TALE BOOK 4) by Anne Renwick

In a laboratory behind the walls of a castle, Natalia Zakharova Kinross, Lady of Kinlarig, hides her many secrets. But for how much longer? For not only is a medical miracle embedded within her skin, a mythological dragon prowls the grounds. And there are men who will stop at little to lay claim to both.

Though Luke Dryden, cryptozoologist, is welcomed back to the castle at the tip of a blade, an old romance ignites. Until a lingering illness acquired in a secret biotechnology facility takes a turn for the worse – all while disaster circles. To help defend a lady and her dragon, he must attempt a risky cure.

As old enemies threaten their future, they will fight back to back in a desperate last stand.

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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.  

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday August 1

alien assassins convenient wifeMany many great new books today!

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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THE ALIEN ASSASSIN’S CONVENIENT WIFE: AN ‘IN THE STARS’ ROMANCE NOVELLA by Ruby Dixon

One half of an intergalactic assassin team, Jadzion heads to New Mexico for his target while his brother Heriot heads to California. They’ve traveled millions of miles and through star systems to find their targets, who are gun-runners on a galactic scale. Now, though, Jadzion has a problem. He’s waited until the last minute to go planetside, and his target’s at a couples retreat.
Jadzion is solo.
The solution is obvious – Jadzion needs a wife. Just for the weekend, of course.
Using a thing called a ‘dating app’ he finds a woman named Jenna. He tells her he needs to marry her, right away. Jenna, naturally, is confused. But the longer she’s around Jadzion, the more she thinks he’s not from around here…and that he just might be the one for her.

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alien assassins stolen brideTHE ALIEN ASSASSIN’S STOLEN BRIDE: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Michelle Mills

Hannah’s having a bad day. Her friends have ditched her, and she’s stuck going on a tour of Hearst Castle. And she ends up seated next to a muscle-bound, dangerous-looking man dressed all in black, with pearly-white skin and silver eyes.

Heriot is an assassin known for his one hundred percent kill rate…and his grim disposition. He’s all work and no fun, according to his brother and partner, Jadzion. And he’s all business as he tracks down his latest target on some filthy backwater planet called Earth. He’s got two diurnal cycles to take out his target, so there’s not a lot of time for shenanigans.

He didn’t expect to find his true mate during the middle of this hit. He didn’t expect her to be a stunning human female who could gentle his stern demands. And he didn’t expect to be reduced to a raging, rutting beast on this mission. Can he convince his innocent mate to return with him to his home planet before his time is up, or will he be forced to steal her?

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edge of nowhereEDGE OF NOWHERE by Felicia Davin

VS Note: I received an ARC of this book last month and LOVED it. Can’t wait for the sequel. (There is a satisfying HFN, no cliffhanger.)

Kit Jackson has two talents in life. He can navigate the void known as the Nowhere to teleport himself across long distances and he can keep his mouth shut. These talents have earned him a reputation as a discreet, reliable Nowhere runner—he’ll smuggle anything for the right price—and that’s how Kit likes it. Morals don’t earn money, and neither do friends. When the private research firm Quint Services makes Kit an astounding offer for a mystery delivery, he says yes.

The parcel turns out to be an unconscious man, and even for Kit, that raises questions. When something monstrous attacks them in the Nowhere and throws them into an unknown wilderness, Kit and this stranger, a man named Emil, have to rely on each other. Kit just wants to make his delivery and get paid, but he finds himself increasingly entangled in Quint Services’ dangerous research—and his own attraction to Emil.

Emil Singh left his career in the Orbit Guard to work at Quint Services Facility 17, a base hidden in an asteroid, to prepare a team to cross the Nowhere into other worlds. It’s the chance of a lifetime and he can’t wait to explore the universe. But then Emil witnesses a terrible accident in a Facility 17 lab and gets sent to Earth for questioning. Something isn’t right, but before Emil can investigate, he and the Nowhere runner hired to transport him are knocked off course. Is the monster that attacks them a creation of Quint Services? What else is the corporation hiding? He has to get back to Facility 17 to protect his team and he needs Kit’s help. Can he trust the cynical young smuggler?

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shattered silenceSHATTERED SILENCE (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 2) by Anna Carven

VS note: Oh yesss. One clicked this.

Enki Zakanin just wants peace and quiet. He’s completed his mission, and on the journey back to the Kordolian Fleet Station, he’d prefer to be left alone so he can manage the literal demon inside his head.

Alone.

So when a strange distress call breaks the silence, his first instinct is to ignore the signal. Why would anyone be foolish enough to broadcast an open signal in the Ninth?

My name is Layla dela Cruz. I need your help.
A human? What in Kaiin’s Hells is she doing this far into Sector Nine?
Now, somehow, he has to go and get her.
After all, he’s given her his word.

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alien intentionALIEN INTENTION (ALIEN MATE BOOK 3) by Cara Bristol

VS note: This has been a fun series so far and I one clicked. I didn’t like Romando in the last book (you weren’t supposed to!) so it’ll be interesting to see how Cara redeems him.

I’m Stormy Weathers. My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other. I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to an icy planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate before she undermines my good intentions. If only I could get her out of my mind.

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taken alison aimesTAKEN (THE CONDEMNED SERIES BOOK 2) by Alison Aimes

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book in this series. One clicked this.

Run-away breeder Ava Davies only wanted to live life on her own terms. Now she’s captive in a labor camp deep within Dragath25’s core, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Her only chance for survival? Appeasing the leader of the most powerful subterranean gang: a man from her past with his own score to settle.

Two years ago, resistance fighter Hunter Valdus’s and his men were sentenced by the Council to live and die as slaves. Now a beautiful, desperate female from his past has landed in his grasp. A woman who just might be the key to his crew’s escape and his revenge. All he has to do is keep her alive and at a distance until he can use her for his own dark purposes.

But raw, blood-pounding lust is a potent force. Forgiveness and love even stronger. And the best-laid plans can be laid to waste, especially on Dragath25.

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true lightTRUE LIGHT (FROM THE STARS BOOK 1) by G Bailey

My new neighbor is an arrogant jerk.
Oh, he’s also an alien who claims we share a soul, and he wants me as far away from him as possible…
Ura didn’t want to move, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbor from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house, Ura finds out there is more than just the true light to be frightened of.
When light appears, so does darkness…

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hunted katieran primeHUNTED: KATIERAN PRIME by KD Jones

CristOF is a renowned tracker for the Kiljorn Nation. There isn’t anything that he couldn’t find. So when he is tasked with investigating suspicious activity on the far side of Kiljor, he took the mission without question. He faced battles, dangerous creatures while hunting but nothing could prepare him for the most risky adventure yet, falling in love.

Tera Kincaid is a elementary school science teacher fascinated with other worlds. She heads up the new school system on Kiljor that will incorporate the children expected to come from the new Foster program that Katiera and Kiljor were starting. Her adventure takes a turn when she meets a sexy alien tracker who makes her heart race and her body roar with need.

Danger surrounds them and only working together can they survive being HUNTED.

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captive dark cyborg romanceCAPTIVE (A DARK CYBORG ROMANCE) by Loki Renard

I was there the moment he awakened. I saw the pain and rage in his eyes as they experimented on him. Now he is free, and he has come to claim me, to use me, and to breed me.

He has no concept of boundaries or limits. He will not be gentle. He will take me hard and savagely, over and over, and if I resist he will punish me as shamefully as he sees fit.

He is going to make me beg for mercy… and then he is going to make me beg for more.

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cathianCATHIAN (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: An expanded, updated re-release but I one clicked because I never read it in the original anthology.

When Nara Barns and her tiny crew find themselves with a choice between jail or the sex-slave auction block, it’s an easy choice. Especially when they plan to escape their buyers as soon as possible, anyway. Even better, Nara’s buyer wants her for just six days, long enough to get him through his heat until women from his planet can come to his aid.

Six days and then freedom? Sign her up.

However, Nara’s completely unprepared for the impact Captain Cathian Vellar has on her body. To survive his heat, the Tryleskian must feed—and Nara is his favorite meal. Her body can barely withstand the rapture. Soon, her heart is just as engaged. But enduring the pinnacle of Cathian’s heat he could kill Nara, and he refuses to risk her life.

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dagogs dilemmaDAGOG’S DILEMMA (FIRST WAVE BOOK 12) by Mikayla Lane

Destroyer of worlds. Evil incarnate. Soulless bastard. Dagog T’Alq had not only spent his life reveling in the names he’d been called but ensuring that he epitomized each and every one with pride. He regretted nothing about his life.

Until he met her.

Now, with Dagog’s plans unraveling before his eyes and the once powerful legion of Relians in disarray, Dagog will be forced to take the greatest risk of all to protect those he’d come to love.

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kaidenKAIDEN (THE NOVA FORCE BOOK 2) by Vivienne Savage

VS Note: Put this on my TBR List.

Years after the abduction that turned him into a cyborg, Kaiden remains broken in heart and body. Then the queen assigns him an investigation into more disappearances like his own, and he hopes to find the closure he needs. He should be focused on the mission. Nothing else should matter. But the spy working along with him is infuriatingly distracting.

Nisrine has trained years to become one of the navy’s best intelligence agents. In Kaiden, she finds a reliable partner with a quick wit and deadlier aim, the perfect counterbalance to her psychic prowess. Working alongside him should be easy, until suddenly it isn’t. She’s a sucker for a damaged soul, and she can’t resist his gorgeous, if rare, smiles.

But their attraction will have to be placed on hold, because the enemy will do anything to make Kaiden disappear one more time… forever.

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darrDARR (EARTH RESISTANCE BOOK 3) by Theresa Beachman

Violet was one of the British army’s top snipers when the insectoid Chittrix invaded Earth. She almost died in the first wave.

Traumatized, she takes refuge with a small group of survivors in an underground bunker near London, struggling to find a reason to live beyond waging guerilla warfare against the hated insects. Vengeance is not enough to make up for her losses, but it’s all she has.

Darr, always a lone wolf even before the invasion, lives with a secret that threatens to destroy him both mentally and physically. For the safety of everyone around him, he leaves the survivor’s community and avoids all human contact.

Living with the threat of death hanging over his head takes its toll. But going back is not an option.

When a Chittrix ambush traps Darr in close quarters with Violet, they band together to survive. With his abilities and her accuracy, they make a formidable team as bullets and sparks fly.

But the secret between them is a constant threat and soon, it will explode.

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hotbloods8HOT BLOODS 8: STARGAZERS by Bella Forrest

“The Stargazers might have been the stuff of mythology, but they were the only ones who could end this madness. If they were really out there, we were going to find them…”

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free fallFREE FALL (FLY ME TO THE MOON BOOK 5) by Emma Barry and Genvieve Turner

VS note: Not exactly scifi but the series sounds fun and this early Space Program era is a hot one right now so…

Houston, Texas, 1965
When an accident rocks the American Space Department, threatening the race to the moon, the agency is determined to eliminate distractions, including those in the bedroom.

Astronaut Dean Garland, on track to become the first man to walk in space, is fine with putting a temporary hold on his love life. Except the directive comes too late to prevent the biggest distraction of all: Vivian Muller… Garland. But now that he’s married, Dean is determined to follow the rules until he makes history with his spacewalk…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
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krinars obssessionTHE KRINAR’S OBSESSION (KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA) by Melody Dawn 

When Ralen, a Krinar Guardian, is tasked with guarding Jessie Lin against the Resistance, protection turns into obsession, and he continues to watch her long after the assignment ends.
Nothing will stop him from taking Jessie for his own—not the risk of being expelled from the Guardians, not Jessie’s human boyfriend, Edgar, and not even Jessie herself.
Once Jessie takes the step to deepen her relationship with Edgar by introducing him to her extremely traditional Chinese-American parents, Ralen crosses the line and claims her for his own.
Will Jessie forgive the unforgivable? Can love grow from obsession?

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submission gamesSUBMISSION GAMES (A KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA) by  Francesca Baez

Noelle Keene tries to stay away from the Krinar. Even after her best friend fell head-over-heels for one of the mysterious aliens, Noelle doesn’t trust the lethal invaders, especially since her small town upbringing has taught her to fear the worst. Besides, alpha males just aren’t her type. But when a handsome one-night-stand follows her from New York to West Virginia, there’s only one way to protect her family from the dangerous K. Noelle strikes a simple deal: one month. She’ll be all his for one month, and then he’ll leave her alone forever. But this isn’t a game, this is a hunt, and nothing will stay simple for long. With unrest brewing and Noelle caught in the middle, will her plan to save everyone cost her everything?

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krinar solaceKRINAR SOLACE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA by  Heather Hiestand

When young Krinar scientist Tomek’s forest experiment goes horribly wrong, he crashes under a tree. Badly wounded in the accident, he’s found by mushroom hunter Keziah Roark, who doesn’t recognize him as an alien male. She attempts to drive him to a hospital, assuming he is a fellow hunter, but he refuses to go before losing consciousness. Following the independent code of the circuit pickers, she nurses him in her Washington State cabin in the hopes he’ll recover his memory as he heals.

After Tomek wakes, he knows nothing but hunger for the delicious female he assumes is his mate. Keziah is a virgin but is too aroused to resist the darkly sexy male. Taking him to Ellet, the Krinar’s human biology expert, for medical attention, seems the right thing for Keziah to do, but the consequences of learning Tomek isn’t human might break both their hearts.

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krinars baneTHE KRINAR’S BANE (A KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA) by May Sage

People say Eva’s a little ditzy, when they want to be nice. Truth is, she’s a magnet for trouble and she wouldn’t know what caution looks like if she bumped into it.
But even she knows the delicious hunk she meets at the club is dangerous; he might have saved her once, but he could as easily destroy her and no one could do a thing about it. His kind is above reproach, above the laws, above humanity.
She should stay away.
She won’t.

After thousands upon thousands of years, seeing empires rise and fall, Zarken is indifferent to everything, and entirely focused on his work.
Until her.

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bolt saga 6BOLT SAGA 6 by Angel Payne

When a night of celebration goes horrifyingly awry, Reece Richards has to call upon a team of elite operatives to help him chase down the bastards who have taken his woman—and ripped out his heart.

But this ops mission is anything but one of their ordinary runs. The woman who holds Emmalina in her clutches also holds the key to a big chunk of Reece’s mysterious past—a hell he must face again in his bargain for Emma’s life. Only by latching his heart to Emma’s, and trusting in the connection of their love, will he be able to get her out of the ordeal alive—a demand that takes its toll on him in ways he hasn’t experienced.

What happens when Reece and Emma’s most frightening challenge is no longer those who are hunting them? What can a superhero do when he’s the biggest danger to the woman he loves? And what will that woman do to save them both from that hell?

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CARTHAGECARTHAGE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANAAN) by M D Cooper and J J Greene

VS note: Not romance as far as I know?  but a strong heroine.

It’s taken nearly two centuries to reach the New Canaan System. Four beautiful, pristine new worlds await the colonists, but there’s trouble in paradise.

Upon arrival, Governor Richards gives Erin a special mission: to build secret shipyards in the outer system, hidden within moons and safe from prying eyes.

Yet while Erin makes good progress in space, construction efforts on the planet of Carthage falter, causing the governor to call her down to the colony world to get things back on track.

To speed things up, Erin uses the colony’s most valuable tool: their picotech. But a sinister agent attempts to steal a picotech module, and the colonists realize their past troubles have returned to haunt them.

Now she’s in a race to identify the perpetrator and keep New Canaan’s picotech out of the hands of the colonists’ enemies, who would use it to destroy them.

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impactIMPACT: QUEER SCIFI’S FIFTH ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST by J Scott Coatsworth, Cynthia Kimball, Joshua Ian and Sally Bend

VS Note: Not romance but I thought the idea of 110 ‘ficlits’ sounded fun

IM * PACT
(noun)

1) One object colliding with another
2) An impinging of something upon something else
3) An influence or effect on something or someone
4) The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 110 of our favorites.

A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.

Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

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arabella the traitor of marsARABELLA THE TRAITOR OF MARS (THE ADVENTURES OF ARABELLA ASHBY) by David D Levine

The tyrant, Napoleon, has been defeated with Arabella and the crew of the Diana leading the final charge. But, victory has come at a tremendous cost. Britain’s savior, Lord Nelson, has not survived the final battle and the good people of the Diana must now return to London as both heroes and pallbearers.

At last husband and wife, Arabella and Captain Singh seem to have earned the attention of great men, ones who have new uses in mind for the Mars Company captain and his young wife. Both Company and Crown have decided that it is time to bring Mars into the folds of Empire, and they think Singh is the perfect man to do it.

Now, Arabella must decide between staying loyal to the man she loves and the country of her father or betraying all that she has known to fight alongside the Martians in a hopeless resistance against the Galaxy’s last remaining superpower.

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FOX DOG KINGTHE FOX, THE DOG AND THE KING (THE CASSIE TAM FILES BOOK 2)  by Matt Doyle

VS Note: Definition of a ‘tech shifter’ from the blurb for book 1 of the series: “Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal.” It all sounded cyber punk intriguing. 

New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.

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craved by an alienCRAVED BY AN ALIEN by Amanda Milo

I was abducted by aliens and auctioned to a positively lovely bleak place called the Underwater Pleasure Dome. An amphibious alien with hands like bug zappers helped spring me, and if you’ve followed my friends’ adventures, you know Dohrein and I teamed up because we’re both equally stellar, and awesome attracts awesome.
This is the story of what happened *after* abduction life.
The good part.
The part where we settle in and build brand new lives on this brand new planet.
I just need to have tea with my Alien-in-law and convince her to set her pet humans free.
No biggie.
*Wish me luck.*

**NOTE: Is this a Standalone? Not really. A few brave booksouls who started the series with this story jumped right in and enjoyed, so it’s *possible,* but I also created a Cast List Recap that will patch you through if you want a bit of a guide to this world.

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vestas clockwork companionsVESTA’S CLOCKWORK COMPANIONS by Juli D Revezzo

When Vesta Bartlett, a wealthy alchemist and inventor, arrives in England to finalize an arranged marriage and help overhaul a family friend’s outdated ironworks, she never expects to find the family so secretive, nor to develop feelings for her fiancé’s younger brother, Henry.

But the growing attraction between Vesta and Henry is just the beginning of their troubles. Things really heat up when they’re drawn into a secret project for Queen Victoria’s military, one that requires Vesta’s knowledge of clockwork and Henry’s iron.

An epidemic has wiped out all the dogs in Britain, and beyond. If the military fail in their effort to restore the species, a clockwork creation may be all that stands in the way of a world without canine companionship.

Are Vesta and Henry up to the challenge?

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planetsidePLANETSIDE by Michael Mammay

VS note: A scifi murder mystery, military style. No romance. I read the ‘Look Inside’ and was intrigued enough to one click.

War heroes aren’t usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it’s something big—and he’s not being told the whole story. A high councilor’s son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there’s no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.

The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won’t come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive.

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brantBRANT (ENGIMA SERIES BOOK 11) by Ditter Kellen

VS note: From Author’s note on Amazon page: “Enigma revolves around aquatic beings that evolved beneath the Ocean thousands of years ago. Armed with hidden fangs and poisonous barbs, they pose a threat to the humans known as the land walkers. This series takes you through their struggles, their deep love for those they choose as mates and the deadly virus now sweeping through the land. On the run from the government, they will do anything to protect those they love…even if it means their life.”

Blurb: Syrina awakens after a devastating plane crash only to find herself in the clutches of the Cuban government. Worse still, Brant is injured and on the verge of death. Her Bracadyte blood is his only chance for survival, even though it means bonding with him for life…

Former Marine, Brant Henderson despises weakness in any form, yet that is exactly the position he finds himself him in. He’s injured, bleeding out, and on the verge of certain death. Until the blood of a beautiful, forbidden Bracadyte enters his veins. Her life force holds the power to heal his body, even when he’s in danger of losing his heart.

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nightfallNIGHTFALL (NIGHTMARE DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Despite his beautiful, charming facade, Dare Lancaster is a walking abomination. Doomed to live in the shadows alone, Dare has survived on his hatred of humans and a desperate wish to find out more about who he is. Now there’s only one human who can help him do that, and though he tries to stay distant, he can’t help being possessive and protective, far greater than usual. And something inside him is waking up and saying, mine.

Sasha Harrington knows the dark secret of the Lancasters, ever since she was kidnapped by one of them but not harmed. When the monster whose lonely eyes she still thinks of shows up at her library, cocky and handsome and nothing like she remembers, she isn’t sure what to say. She knows she should run from him, until he offers her something she can’t turn down: help finding the love that has so far eluded her.

As Dare and Sasha travel deeper into the shifter underground, danger lurks around every corner. And as they work together, electric sparks quickly ignite into passionate flames. Soon, Dare is forced to face the truth about Sasha. He wants her, and he can’t possibly deserve her, as long as he has a monster inside.

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divine giftDIVINE GIFT (FALLEN REVELATIONS BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin

The world wasn’t ready when the war in Heaven came to Earth and the Horsemen rode free, leaving devastation in their wake.

Aviella was orphaned when the Third Trumpet of the Revelations sounded. Alone, she makes her way in the remnants of society. When she meets four mages her feet are set on a path, but her destiny truly calls when necroseer Efram saves her from a would-be robber. Soon after she gathers the demon Rafe and the angel Nathaniel.

All of them are drawn to her, connected by power and destiny. They’ll guide her, train her, and prepare her, all while protecting her from the Shadow Powers that try to destroy her. In order to escape, they’ll have to travel outside the bunkers where only fools go. Into the blasted lands, filled with undead creatures and experimental monstrosities.

When she comes up against the powerful Dragons, the Horsemen themselves, even her protectors might not be enough.

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becoming briarBECOMING BRIAR (RUMPLE’S CURSE: A REVERSE HAREM FAIRY TALE RETELLING BOOK 2) by Erin West and Nicolle Kelley

Thrown into the supernatural world, Rose must learn to adapt to her new identity. But learning the truth about her reality, turns out to be much more than she thought. Determined to protect herself, she begins training for the battle ahead. One of her mates could be the key to her success or failure.

Surrounded by the dark, Rose must venture on a dangerous journey leading her places she never could have imagined. As decisions are made, new facts emerge and her relationships are tested. The result will set the stage for the course of her life.

With growing expectations, Rose’s destiny looms closer as she discovers which side to fight for. The fate of her realm rests on her shoulders.

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claimed by her cougarCLAIMED BY HER COUGAR (COUGAR CREEK MATES SHIFTER ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Felicity Heaton

Having lost his parents and mate in a brutal attack on his cougar shifter pride by a hunter organisation, Rath burns with a need to keep humans off his land and out of his life. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect his pride from them, but when a lone female wanders into his territory, it isn’t a burning need to drive her away he’s feeling and it isn’t his pride that needs protecting—it’s his heart.

Down on her luck, Ivy follows a lead to a spot where she hopes to photograph black bears, but what she discovers there is a mountain of a man who lacks manners and seems determined to drive her off his property—a man who stirs unbidden fire in her veins and a strange sense of home.

With a pride gathering on the verge of happening at Cougar Creek and the air charged with a mating heat, the last thing Rath needs is a human on his land, especially one as beautiful and alluring as Ivy, one who rouses a fierce need to fight for her, but he can’t convince himself to let her go… and that proves dangerous for them both.

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ashes jessica aspenASHES (TALES OF THE CRIMSON COURT BOOK 1) by Jessica Aspen

Princess Ellasin has been living a life of drudgery in her own castle working for her step-mother, the Crimson Queen. When sexy, devil-may-care Finn Aduain breaks in and invites her to take a walk on the wild side, instead of danger—Ella sees opportunity.
Disgraced prince turned charming thief— Finn has his own secrets. But when he meets the charmingly innocent ash-girl, he’s intrigued. Seducing Ella into leaving the life she’s always known becomes his new mission.
Desperate to for power, the queen has decreed a ball for Ella’s step-sisters to find husbands and Ella decides—this is the perfect night to escape. With the assistance of Finn, the castle ghost, and her own surprisingly strong magic, Ella finally discovers freedom. But freedom comes at a price. Ella learns that her step-mother drained Ella’s father of his life and his magic—and now intends to drain her too. Ella vows to take back her throne and put an end to her step-mother, once and for all.

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between silk and sandBETWEEN SILK AND SAND by Marissa Doyle

Seventeen-year-old Saraid of Thekla is on her way to marry the ruler of far-off Mauburni. But she’s not sobbing into her silk-curtained litter at the thought of leaving home, because she has plans—and The Book. She’s studied this ancient treatise on the art of kingship for months to make herself the ideal queen for her adopted country. Once her new husband sees that, he’ll fall madly in love with her. It will all be perfect. She knows it.

But The Book is silent on what to do when one’s journey across a cursed desert wasteland is halted by a mysterious young warlord. Cadel has plans of his own—plans that don’t include her going to Mauburni. As she begins to unravel his secrets, Saraid will have to lay aside The Book and trust her own wisdom—and her heart—to navigate the treacherous shoals of politics and power and become the queen she yearns to be.

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bride of fireBRIDE OF FIRE by Jane Burrelli

A princess sent to die.
A forbidding Lord.
A desire that cannot be extinguished.

She can’t help the attraction.
It’s instantaneous and undeniable.
She must do all she can to keep her secret.
But when he and his people discover the truth,
What will become of her?
Will this forbidden love destroy them both?

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diadem of blood and bonesDIADEM OF BLOOD AND BONES: MIDNIGHT’S CROWN Book 3 by Ripley Proserpina

Sacrifice….
Transformation…
It all comes down to the final battle…
Forced to choose between her life and the lives of the vampires she loves, Briar made the ultimate sacrifice. For her, a world without Marcus, Hudson, Sylvain, and Valen was inconceivable.

But her vampires didn’t accept her decision, and at the last moment, transformed her from woman to immortal.

Awakened to a new, utterly different life, the sun can finally shine on Briar Hale. With eternity in front of her, all she sees is love and hope.

So when the creatures of darkness threaten everything she holds dear, Briar will not surrender. She’s stronger now and she has a vampire inside her ready to go to war.

Can Briar hold onto herself while protecting those she loves? Or will she give into her new power, and become her worst nightmare?

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aimless witchAIMLESS WITCH (QUESTING WITCH SERIES BOOK 1)  by Shannon Mayer

“My name is Pamela, and I am a witch who has no equal.”
Or so I thought.

It has been three years since the Destroyer sundered our world. The land is no longer whole, but broken into pieces, most technology gone, and the continents shattered into an unrecognizable place.

New monsters have risen from the depths, adding danger on top of danger. Through it all the humans fight to survive as they compete not only with the supernaturals for food and resources, but their own kind as well.

And me? The caravans of humans I pass, they look to me to save them.

Only I am not the witch I once was. Bound by those who fear my power and my bloodline, I’m lucky if I can light a match with my magic, never mind protect anyone but myself.

Now, the darkness in me rises, offering me all that I want. Freedom from the chains I wear, and the power to make everything right. But if I embrace the darkness I will face a cost I could never have imagined.

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magic pussyMAGIC PUSSY (AGE OF NIGHT BOOK 5)  by May Sage

Rain’s family has summoned her and if she doesn’t turn up, they intend to use her little sister in a dangerous ritual.
Rain know she can handle the magic. The problem is extracting herself from New Orleans afterwards.
Luckily, the alpha female of the Wyvern Pride owes her a favour or ten.
When Luke is sent to Nola as one of Rain’s bodyguard, his instincts tell him that the witch is far more powerful than she appears to be.
One ritual goes wrong, showing him just how right he was.

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below the surfaceBELOW THE SURFACE: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) BY P A Vachon

Heartbroken and trying to get her life back together, Ophelia Langley comes to Aurora Falls at the urging of her best friend to seek peace from her recent troubles. She finds a distraction in the town listening to the tales of magic surrounding the lake. Fantastic stories that could never be true because life has taught her that love doesn’t win.
Trapped by a curse, Tait Olafsson spends most of his time deep beneath Sapphire Lake hoping for his mate to arrive and release him from his decades-long prison. Until she comes, he is cursed to spend his time searching for Labradorite and re-living the same day over. To be disappointed again and again when he doesn’t find his heart’s desire.
But what happens when Ophelia’s past comes face to face with her possible future?

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girl immortalGIRL, IMMORTAL (GIRL, IMMORTAL BOOK 3) by Graceley Knox and D D Miers

Sasha Keleterina is one of the few vampires who have survived the deadly sickness spreading through vampires like wildfire. And now that she’s back at full strength, she’s determined to end this war, once and for all. Just as soon as Arsen convinces her that they’re meant to be together for all of eternity.

Nikolai has other plans, including keeping Sasha all to himself, even if it means the end of his rule over the Baetal. As Sasha and Arsen follow him across the country, cleaning up his disasters one after the other, tensions rise between Jackson and the vampires they’re trying to save, making distributing the cure, that much harder.

When Nikolai threatens the life of one of Sasha’s allies, it’s up to her to make things right.
Even if that means sacrificing herself.

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leyakLEYAK (THE UNSEEN BOOK 2) by L A Boruff

Several months after the heartbreaking events in the ruins of the Isla Del Sol, all Riley wants is to resolve her complicated past and move on with life. Pregnant, married, and safe, she never expects to be kidnapped while on vacation with her husbands.
Her kidnappers open her eyes to a dangerous threat to her baby’s entire existence. Her children’s safety is her top priority, and Riley will stop at nothing to achieve it. Is she strong enough to save her family?

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ghosts dilemmaGHOST’S DILEMMA (WITCH’S APPRENTICE BOOK 2) by Morwen Navarre

Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.

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shadows baneSHADOW’S BANE (DORINA BASARAB) by Karen Chance

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir–half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights–sometimes to the death–between different types of fey.

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers–and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare.

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pale as deathPALE AS DEATH (KREWE OF HUNTERS) by Heather Graham

The crime scene is horrific: the corpse of a young actress, drained of blood and cut in two. LAPD Detective Sophie Manning’s new case is high-profile and difficult—there’s no evidence to work with. And it’s a disturbing echo of the infamous Black Dahlia killing. Sophie is burning the candle at both ends, desperate to catch the murderer before he strikes again, when she starts to experience inexplicable visits…from ghosts.

Bruce McFadden has a particular talent that can help Sophie—he can speak with the dead. As a consultant for the FBI’s paranormal team, the Krewe of Hunters, he’s been tasked with Sophie’s case and they’re forced to partner up. But Sophie doesn’t want his help, and she doesn’t want to share his peculiar skill. And she certainly isn’t ready for love, despite Bruce’s attentions.

As the killer taunts the police, Sophie and Bruce will discover that the threat is closer to home than they’d ever realized. Working side by side is the only way they’ll stop this deadly sequel.

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a wolf apartA WOLF APART (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES) by Martha Vale

Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying…

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained.

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selkies seductionSELKIE’S SEDUCTION by Anne Kane

When Nikki’s sister sends a modern day Druid to warn her about impending danger, the attraction is instant and mutual, but the Selkie is having none of his silly talk about destined mates. Her animal form is a free-spirited otter, and she fears the call of the wild might be too strong to allow her to settle down and raise a family. Her greatest fear is that the call of the ocean will lure her away from her family, and her children will suffer as she did when her own mother deserted her.

But when the danger becomes all too real, Nikki’s link with the sexy Druid is her only comfort, and she realizes some risks just might be worth taking.

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claimed by nightCLAIMED BY NIGHT (THE QUEEN’S CONSORTS BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson

Now the wait is over. The Queen of the Night Court has been assassinated, and the ship has arrived to ferry Liana back to her birthplace and claim her throne.

But not everyone at Court wants Liana to rule.

To make matters worse, she worries her ancestors haven’t graced her with magic, and an ungraced Queen could never keep her crown. Overwhelmed and filled with self-doubt, Liana finds solace and protection in the arms of four Fae warriors.

Charming, devoted, and maddeningly eager to please–it’s clear the males crave more than just royal favor. They want her… and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Can Liana’s warriors help her claim her rightful place as Queen, or will she fall to the denizens of Night?

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dragons womanTHE DRAGON’S WOMAN (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 3) by Alix Nichols

In those rare moments when he can think clearly, he loathes himself for the murders he abetted. Except, the victims survived, and they forgave him. But Geru’s foggy mind cannot fathom that.

Nor can it see his best friend Lady Marye Atiz for who she really is—his dragon’s true mate.

She’s the one who awakened his dormant power. The one he flies to at night, consumed by the need to hold her, to claim her. The one who loves him with all her heart.

But when Geru is captured and turned into a weapon of war, Marye must risk everything to pierce the dragon’s madness.

Will Geru find the clarity to fight for them and for all he holds dear before it’s too late? And will the ardor of their bond be their salvation or their undoing?

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storm haremSTORM HAREM (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 5) by Scarlett Grove

Real estate broker Krista Wilder has dedicated her life to her career. After a bad break up, she realizes it’s no longer enough. When three mysterious, sexy men hire her to find them a multi-million dollar mansion, she knows the job is just what she needs to take her mind off her loneliness. Too bad she can’t stop imagining doing the naughtiest things with all three of them.

When the dragons of the House of Storms awaken, clever Yuki, diplomatic Akash, and warrior Ragnar are tasked with buying the crew a new home. After their first meeting with curvy Krista, they are each convinced she is the one.

After the Storms profess their feelings, Krista agrees to date all three. Getting to know them as they wine and dine her, Krista starts to fall for all three.
Before she can admit her growing affection, she is rudely awakened to the truth of her dragon mates and the vampire threat that lurks in the shadows.
Even if Krista can accept her new reality, will it be possible to choose just one mate?

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shimmering chaosSHIMMERING CHAOS (ENCHANTED CHAOS SERIES BOOK 2) by Jessica Sorensen

Skylin’s life is quickly turning into a chaotic mess the longer she stays with the Everettsons. Not only is something as simple as going to school dangerous, but her dreams of darkness are becoming more frequent and intense.

Fortunately, she has Foster and his brothers to help her, along with the link between them. That is until an incident at school alters the link.

Things start to get really complicated then, and only get worse when the wall around Skylin begins to dissolve, revealing the secrets hidden behind it.

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panthers passionPANTHER’S PASSION (VETERAN SHIFTERS Book 3) by Zoe Chant

Stella Davidson is caught in a trap. She wants a stable life and a good future for her teenaged daughter—but her old home near Glacier National Park isn’t safe. Her ex-boyfriend is stalking her. Once upon a time, she would’ve just quit her job, pulled up stakes, and left, but she has too many responsibilities now. Which way to turn?

Panther shifter Nate Sanders has dedicated his life to protecting people. First in the Marines, and now running his security company—he wants to keep the world safe. All along, he’s been sure that he had everything he needed, sure that families were for other people and casual dating was enough. But slowly, he’s realizing that his life feels empty.

When Nate is called in to protect Stella, his world turns upside-down. Suddenly, he understands why a man would do anything to hold on to his family. But how will these two people bring their different worlds and passions together? And what will happen when the stalker takes things too far?

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royal magicROYAL MAGIC (THE ELVES OF LESSA BOOK 2 ) by K M Shea

Gwendafyn is slowly suffocating.

As the second princess of the elves of Lessa she is the acting regent of her people and is expected to behave with the serene grace and poise of a model elf. But that is not who she is. Instead, her very character is constantly criticized as being too passionate, too fiery, and overall “too much”.

The former Crown Prince of the human country of Calnor, Benjimir’s disinheritance has permanently altered his future and place in court. It gets worse. He is forced to watch as the woman he has secretly loved his whole life narrows down her marriage prospects…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller page)…

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hungry for her wolvesHUNGRY FOR HER WOLVES by Tara West

Amara was content to live as a lone wolf, the only one of her kind—or so she’d thought. Her world was flipped on its head when a strange man with a familiar scent showed up at her work, demanding a private meeting.

Desperate to find the mate Luc had scented from four hundred miles away, he was shocked to find her living as a lone wolf. Amaroki women were to be cherished and protected. What had happened to her family? More importantly, how was he going to convince her to return to the reservation with him? And how would his possessive brothers react when they found him with Amara?

Amara couldn’t deny her attraction to the wolf-shifter named Luc, but she wasn’t about to give up her career to mate with him and his three brothers, no matter how hot and bothered he made her. When his brothers arrived—tall, tanned, and virile—she could no longer deny her savage hunger for these shifters.

But how could she satisfy her desire and still maintain her independence with four overbearing wolves around? And how would she bond and adapt to their lifestyle when she couldn’t shake her dark memories? More importantly, how would her mates react when they learned of her past? Would they reject her, or would they risk their lives to seek vengeance on those who’ve dishonored her?

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kiss the skyKISS THE SKY (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Briggs

I’m done hiding. I’ve stopped running. And I’ve finally accepted my destiny—to take four dragon shifters as my mates so I can become the next Black Dragon, the wielder of all the elements.

I’ve already bonded with Jasin, my smoldering soldier, and soon I’ll be getting intimate with Auric, my lofty prince, Slade, my grounded blacksmith, and Reven, my frosty assassin. Only then can we become powerful enough to stop the current Dragons, the overlords of our world.

But as we continue our journey, secrets are uncovered about my mates that make me question everything, even as things heat up between us. Yet the greatest secret of all lies in my own past—and it might destroy us completely.

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enticed by the gargoyleENTICED BY THE GARGOYLE (STONE SENTRIES BOSTON BOOK 2)  by Lisa Carlisle

Larissa, a Boston police officer, encountered the red-winged monsters during their rampage. The chaotic aftermath prevents rest any time soon. And a question remains unanswered—how was she able to combat demons using nothing but her hands?

Her new lover, Roman, a gargoyle shifter, believes it’s because she’s she’s a witch. Ridiculous, right? She’s a cop, like her dad. But, normal cops don’t shoot bolts of energy at demons…

When she glimpses another supernatural threat, Larissa struggles with the vision. Is it her imagination tormenting her? Or worse—another premonition?

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devil on a hot tin roofDEVIL ON A HOT TIN ROOF (MADDER THAN HELL BOOK 2) by Renee George

Ex-ghost, Charlotte Madder, and her sisters can’t catch a break when it comes to their demon-sized problems. Charlotte’s made a deal with an egomaniacal demon lord named Kobal, the self-proclaimed Entertainment Director for Hell, and he is always on the lookout for talented souls. When Kobal calls on Charlotte to do his bidding, she can’t say no. Literally.

Charlotte, in her new flesh and blood body, tracks Kobal’s target, Aloysius the Magnificent, a magician, to Branson, Missouri. On her mission, she meets sexy-hunka-hunka Jared Jackson—a man with deep, soul-binding ties to Aloysius, and their attraction is immediate. But she soon discovers that in order to do Kobal’s bidding, it might mean sending this new man in her life straight to Hell. Charlotte is torn between two masters—her demon boss and her heart.

Charlotte and Jared’s attraction intensifies as they fight a common enemy while trying to keep Charlotte out of jail. Treacherous lesser demons, a wily old magician, and a double-dealing soul stealing demon lord are about to learn Hell hath no fury like a Madder than Hell sister!

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bullied by the alphaBULLIED BY THE ALPHA (THE ALPHA SHIFTER COLLECTION BOOK 9) by Sam Crescent

Abused and expelled from her pack for being fat, Cassie has to find a new alpha, one that is willing to take her with her flaws. She has heard of Abel, an alpha with a bad temper, who was expelled from his original pack and created his own in some mysterious way. She can only hope he will accept her.

Every person Abel takes into his pack has some flaw that has been rejected by others, but he doesn’t see flaws, just beauty. When he first sees Cassie, he knows he wants her. He senses the darkness and the strength inside her, and he has no choice but to use every single means possible to make her crack, so that she can use the strength that now terrifies her. Only by pushing her is he able to get under her skin and unleash the power that Cassie holds.

But Abel’s needs come flooding him. He’s the alpha, meant to be strong. No woman has ever been able to handle him. Has he found that woman in Cassie? Can she handle his brand of control? His need to protect?

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dont stop bewitchingDON’T STOP BEWITCHING (BEWITCHINGLY EVER AFTER BOOK 1) by Mandy M Roth

Cat-shifter Curt Warrick doesn’t want to take a road trip with five other guys but when his best friend leaves him no choice, he finds himself in a van, stuffed full of men, headed to Louisiana. It should come as no surprise when everything that could go wrong on the trip does. That’s okay though, Curt is used to the weird and wacky, after all, he was born and raised in a town that is the epitome of it all. There is a bright side. The trip will give him a chance to expand his enterprise.

There is nothing Missi (Mississippi) Peugeot hates more than rich men who think they can throw money around to get what they want. Okay, that’s a lie. She hates change. That’s why she’s happy to stay in her tiny hometown of Hedgewitch Cove, Louisiana. Protected by magic, the town has kept its quaint, cozy feel–that is until a flashy, yet fetching, stranger shows up in a van that screams “flower power,” announcing he’s looking to buy property and begin developing the town. Missi’s grandmother always warned her that her words had consequences. When she speaks out of anger, the magic in her rises to the challenge, putting a curse on Curt. Not that the man needed any help in the cursed department, seeing as how he already has a spell of chaos cast over him. By who, they don’t know.

Now Missi just has to keep Mr. Flashy alive long enough to get him back up north where he belongs before her words come back to haunt him. There is only one slight hiccup with her plan: every second she tries to keep mishap from befalling Curt leaves her one step closer to wanting him to stay.

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blackstone she bearTHE BLACKSTONE SHE-BEAR: BLACKSTONE MOUNTAIN BOOK 7 by Alicia Montgomery

Amelia Walker is finally coming home to Blackstone. Few people know the real reason why she left – her heart and her bear had been broken when her mate, polar bear shifter Mason Grimes, suddenly left her after their whirlwind romance. When she finds out that Mason is back in town too, she does her best to avoid him.

Leaving Amelia was the worst mistake of Mason’s life. But, Blackstone is his salvation, the only way he can right the wrongs of the past and provide for his daughter, Cassie, after his ex-wife abandons her. He doesn’t have time for love, but when he finds out that he’s the reason Amelia is broken, he vows to make it right.

Amelia doesn’t want to risk getting her heart broken all over again and she knows that Mason has other priorities. But, she can’t resist the pull of the mating call, but she knows she must stay away, for everyone’s sake.

Will the pain of the past keep them apart or is the pull of fated mates stronger? Find out by reading this heart-wrenching paranormal romance.

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beloved by the bearBELOVED BY THE BEAR (MYSTIC BEAR BOOK 3) by Isadora Montrose

BBW mermaid longs for chance-met bear shifter. Anton Benoit discovers that the magical town of Mystic Bay on the beautiful island of West Haven calls to his inner bear. After one glance at curvy mermaid Serena Merryman, this burly veteran knows his mate hunt is over.

But what are the odds that a rainbow-haired mermaid is a bear’s destined mate? Can he find bliss with an athletic female who can swim rings around his bear? Anton has his work cut out to persuade Serena and her family that they are made for each other…(much more blurb on e book seller’s page)…

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dragons of the templeDRAGONS OF THE TEMPLE (WINTER COURT CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Stephany Wallace

For Avra, Son of Zunyth, being the Dragon Lord and protector of the realms comes at a price, one he has willingly paid.
But when friends turn to enemies, Avra will be forced to do whatever necessary in order to protect Kalithdor—the Fae realm. Even go against his own race.
Yet his vow to the Goddess may be the one thing keeping him from his true destiny, and from a love that could one day save them all.

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sea wirch sarah henningSEA WITCH by Sarah Henning

VS note: I feel like I have to list this one for the gorgeous cover alone, plus it being a twist on the little mermaid story…but I have no idea if there’s an HEA or even an HFN ending. If someone here reads it, let us know, ok?! The reviews seemed positive but unclear re the romance aspect.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

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VS Note: Have you read my Alien Empaths scifi romance series? The books take place in the Sectors and are loosely connected to the STAR CRUISE series.

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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.  

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

 

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

unchainedI just want to take a moment to thank everyone for all the support, tweets, shares and feedback! So glad readers are finding this weekly report useful.

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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UNCHAINED by Ruby Lionsdrake

One geeky neuroscientist sent to research the inmates of a prison asteroid.
Two cyborg criminals determined to free the inmates.
A forbidden romance among the stars.

Dr. Skylar Russo, a woman known for her research skills rather than her people skills, wants nothing more than to forget that her fiancé left her at the altar. She’s vowed to focus on her career instead of men, even when that career sends her to the most inhospitable place imaginable. An asteroid prison in the middle of nowhere.

Worse than the location are the inmates she’s been sent to study. Former cyborg soldiers who couldn’t readjust to civilian society after the war ended. These enhanced men are physically and emotionally scarred, and no sane woman would want anything to do with them.

But when former warship captain Diego and combat sergeant Jerick kidnap her as part of their plan to free the prisoners, Skylar is wrapped up in a deadly adventure she never envisioned with two fierce cyborgs who should terrify her. But she finds herself drawn to Diego’s poetic soul and Jerick’s hot muscled ferocity. She grows sympathetic to their plight and wants to help them, but she can’t do so without risking her career—and her life.

With four government warships on the way, Skylar will have to choose between what’s best for her… and what she wants with all her heart.

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SE SMITH WORLDS OF MAGIC NEW MEXICO

VS Note: There are 15+ books re-releasing in what was the Amazon-only Kindle World of Magic NM. The books are now going to be available wide on other sites since Amazon shuttered the Kindle Worlds structure a few months ago. Here’s their website: https://magicnewmexico.com/  Full blurbs can be found on the ebook seller websites. Here’s the info I have so far:

magic nm oneAidy Award, A Touch of Fate: Fated for Curves Book One – Save the Geek Girl, Save the World. Amazon

Carol Van Natta, In Graves Below – A disabled veteran and a magical dancer must learn the secret of dreamwalk, or demons will turn Denver into an all-you-can-eat buffet. No pressure! Amazon     iBooks

DB Sieders, Silver Unleashed: Dragons of Tarakona – Gentleman in the streets, dragon in the sheets! Mad scientist meets sexy dragon shifter for magic, mayhem, and red hot romance! Amazon     iBooks

magic nm twoDonna McDonald, Tangling With Topper: My Crazy Alien Romance Book 1 – What’s a witch to do? She has no power to fight the sexy alien and can’t fight his power over her. Amazon     iBooks

Evelyn Lederman, A Touch of Harmony: Magic’s Destiny – She is an alien terrified of animals and he is a werewolf. How will these two ever get together? Amazon     iBooks

Jason Crutchfield, Miss Fortune – A misfortune consuming Infaustus meets the world’s unluckiest man; together, they fight to turn his luck around before tragedy strikes him and the town of Magic, NM.  Amazon

magic nm threeJessica Aspen, Touch of Beauty – What happens when a brand new fairy godmother, a witch, and a troll, are caught up in a twist of Beauty and the Beast…Magic! Discover Jessica Aspen’s fairy tale twists—Magic New Mexico Style.  Amazon     iBooks

Jody Wallace, Silver Bound: Dragons of Tarakona – Sexy steampunk wizard woos feisty lady shifter, but she’s no damsel–she’s the dragon.  Amazon    iBooks

Lea Kirk, Made for Her – Roses are red, her blood is too; just one sip and his mate is through. Amazon     iBooks

magic nm fourML Guida, Touch of Madness: Dragons of Zalara – Can a dragon save a pirate wench torn in two?  Amazon   iBooks

Rose Smith, Flying Fawna – A werelion, a sexy female, and a maniac. Can Chaz save Fawna from doom without forever tainting Magic?  Amazon

Susan Hayes, Etched in Stone – Adina thought she bought a new statue for her collection. Fate sent her a soulmate instead.  Amazon     iBooks

magic nm fiveTianna Xander, Charming Charly – A forbidden lab, an unwilling subject, and a luscious beauty. Can they escape before his captors discover his last secret? Held against their will, Xeno and Charly had better escape before someone lets the cat out of the bag.  No buy link as yet.

TJ Finn, Touch of Danger – A wolf shifter and a telepathic wolf find love as they both fight to save the people they care about from an evil man bent on destroying them all.  No buy link as yet.

Trinity Blacio, Magic In His Touch: Little Angel Rescue-  Imprisoned in an enchanted cell, a young woman has only known the four walls that have held her captive until the appearance of a demon special ops soldier whose touch makes her desire to feel more.  Amazon     iBooks

diplomacy may sageDIPLOMACY (STRAND OF STARFIRE BOOK 2) by May Sage

For a thousand years, being born with magic was a death sentence. Hart and his twin have survived by hiding who they truly were until their time came.
It started as a whisper, rumors, but when they find out there truly is a mage uprising, they join the fight, tilting the balance in the mages’ favor.
The era of magicless mortals has passed in their multi-planetary kingdom. A war has started, and the mages will win it.
Hart has lived and breathed for liberating their kind, thinking of nothing else, until Dara.

When Dara’s deluded father imprisons Kai Lor Hora’s ambassador, she knows there will be reprisals. Her world stands at the brink of destruction. She has no love for mages, but trying to help this one escape might just save her family.

They’re two mortal enemies, who should never have met, and can never go back to a simpler time.

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zombie apocalypse 24 storiesZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: A COLLECTION OF MONUMENTAL ROMANCE CATASTROPHES (ZOMBILICIOUS ROMANCES)  by Various

The world we once knew, is no more.
An outbreak of unknown origin has spread across the globe, obliterating the food chain. From small animals to the human race, no creature is safe.
Run, do not walk.
Do not look back.
Not for your loved ones. Not for anyone.
Save yourself.
The zombie apocalypse is upon us.

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skyfireSKYFIRE (DRAGON WINE PART FIVE) by Donna Maree Hanson

On the devastated world of Margra, where man-eating dragons are tamer than the humans, a small band of heroes fight for a brighter future.

After a battle with the malevolent baron and the evil dragon creature, Gercomo, to prevent the life giving dragon wine being sequestered in the doomsday city, Eternity, for use by the rich elite, Salinda turns her attention to the looming disaster that threatens their very existence.

With the aid of the powerful cadre, an ancient source of power and knowledge, Salinda fights to save her planet, Margra, from the final moonfall—an event that will destroy the already ravaged planet.

Currently safe within the underground city of Barraheim, a heavily pregnant Salinda knows that the end is looming and that a solution must be found. Plagued with doubt, she ponders whether her child be born before moonfall or born at all.

With Nils’s, her alien mate incapacitated and others in her band recovering from injuries, Salinda struggles to decipher an ancient text that speaks of a machine that might help them.

And in the dark spaces beneath Barrahiem lurks something else, something mysterious and dangerous.

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forbidden mateFORBIDDEN MATE (ABDUCTED BOOK 1) by Opal Carew

Being abducted by aliens to be mated to their king is not how Aria imagined her dream vacation would begin.

Aria’s career fills the void that foster care left behind, but recently, steamy, erotic dreams make her think she’s working too hard.

A free trip to a luxury resort is just the ticket. Until she’s ushered to a “VIP party” and abducted by an alien who insists she’s his king’s soul-mate. Love at first sight, let alone sight unseen, is a myth. Her increasing attraction to the ship’s captain, however, is far too real.

Captain Tai Gaman’s mission was simple. Kidnap Aria and deliver her to his king. What’s complicated is the blinding desire he feels for the Earth woman that is almost impossible to resist.

As the sexual hunger between them reaches unbearable height, Tai must make the most difficult decision of his life. Claim her as his own, or fulfill his duty to the king.

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dragon jenny fosterTHE DRAGON (BETANIA BREED BOOK 4) by Jenny Foster

My name is Coran Burke.
I’m unique among the fighters in the Black Squad.
I’m more than human.

My new assignment takes me to Dassuria, on the trail of an alien dragon lord. To beat him, I’ll have to dig deep into my own past.

At his side is a woman with deep entanglements in his dealings. Despite my misgivings, I can’t get her out of my head. She’s unearthed feelings I’d long ago abandoned and stirred something in me like no one has ever done before.
She should be my enemy, but she appears to be the key to my survival – a puzzle I’m hesitant to solve.

Love or duty.
Passion or loyalty.
Dragon or human.
The choice is mine, but at what cost?

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heartlessHEARTLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

After witnessing the impossible mating of his fellow soulless warrior, Kayde doesn’t expect a denya of his own. But whenever Quinn Porter walks into a room, he can’t keep himself from watching her, from following her, from wanting her. And those desires mean trouble for a man who isn’t supposed to feel anything.

Quinn just wants things to get back to normal…Sure, she was captured by pirates and abused for months, but Quinn’s doing her best to stay positive and create a good life back on Earth than. She has a small group of friends made up of fellow survivors and the determination to recover from all that was done to her. She’s not in the market for a man, but a certain coldly loyal Detyen could make her change her mind.

An accidental journey…When Kayde undertakes a mission to journey back to his Detyen home, he’s ready for the solitude. What he doesn’t expect is Quinn hiding away in one of the bunks on his ship. Forced to undertake a dangerous mission together, even knowing that the remnants of emotion he feels when she’s around might be signs of oncoming madness, Kayde and Quinn will need to rely on each other when everything goes wrong and their lives and freedom are at stake.

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demon in the machineDEMON IN THE MACHINE by Lisa MacTague

At the height of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, steam power and magic join forces to create wonders the world has never seen. But those wonders have a dark side—one that will soon force a reckoning few could have anticipated.
Half-demon Briar is content with her structured life as an archivist, a far cry from the chaos of her background and upbringing. Briar’s simple and predictable existence is rocked when she discovers something sinister powers one of the grand, new inventions of her era.

Isabella Castel, the only daughter of Viscount Sherard, is far from the brainless socialite she pretends to be. Isabella is everything Briar is not: passionate, creative and impulsive, but with secrets to rival even Briar’s own. Two more unlikely partners should not exist, yet if the women cannot find a way to work together, they will lose far more than their reputations.

Can a half-demon and a debutante work past their secrets before all hell breaks loose?

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fangs flames allureFANGS, FLAMES AND ALLURE (VAMPIRE DRAGON SHIFTER REVERSE HAREM BOOK 2) by Zara Zenia

It’s been three years since my sister left Earth behind to follow a destiny she didn’t even know existed.

Now I’m all alone, about to start college, and I have no idea what I’m supposed to do with my life.

What if I’m fated for the same destiny as Eva? The two vampires who follow me at school seem to think I’m something special. Does that mean there are two alien dragon shifters waiting for me on some distant planet too?

I don’t think so. That’s Eva’s destiny, not mine.

But when they tell me that our union is the only way to heal a feud that has gone on for generations, my resolve starts to soften. But can I give my heart and body to four extraordinary men? Am I just like my sister after all?

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hettHETT (DRAGONS OF NOVAI BOOK 1) by Ashley L Hunt

In exile after the cataclysmic destruction of their home planet, the Novai have now found a new home…but they are not alone.

Led by two warrior commanders, Balor and Hett, the Novai species have landed on a new planet. The journey has caused many of them to evolve.

Hett finally gets to spread his wings and explore the new planet, but soon discovers a subterranean tribe that will change the tragectory of his life forever.

Evelyn is the headstrong princess of her tribe. She longs to reach the surface she has grown up hearing about, but she doesn’t expect to find alpha-dragon explorers…

Evelyn’s strong-will and Hett’s sense of duty might save them from all-out war between their peoples. Can they survive the clash of civilizations? Or will they be torn apart in strife?

Hett’s dragon-evolution fascinates Evelyn in every way. Can he control his new strength to satisfy her and keep her safe?

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light of redemptionTHE LIGHT OF REDEMPTION by Natalie Damschroder

Harmony Wilde is a unique kind of superhero. She operates as Eclipse in a small town in Ohio instead of the big city, on her own instead of on a team, and in near-complete anonymity. For the most part, she’s satisfied with using her ability, manipulating light, to bust drug dealers, and prevent drunk drivers—until Conn Parsons comes to town.

Conn has been a superhero all over the world. Dissatisfied with the little bit of good she can do in comparison, Harmony asks Conn to train her. He refuses, feeling responsible for superhero and civilian deaths in big-city incidents. He doesn’t want to risk the same thing happening here. But the attraction between them is hard to fight, and so is her determination.

Then small-town problems get bigger, and it looks like both Eclipse and Conn are being targeted by CASE, the Citizens Against Superhero Existence, who are responsible for those city disasters. When her town seems destined to become collateral damage and the stakes get personal, Harmony must tap undeveloped powers and convince Conn to work with her to stop their mutual enemy. The only problem is that when they succeed, it may give Conn the redemption he needs to move on, away from Pilton . . . and away from Harmony.

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tales from the arena opening gambitTALES FROM THE ARENA: OPENING GAMBIT by Elizabeth Schechter

VS Note: Listed in scifi romance and erotica.

Iras is one of the Collared; she is one of the men and women who live to provide taboo pleasures to the super-soldiers known as the Swords.

To win a war, Tyrese created the Swords–men and women faster, stronger and tougher than ordinary soldiers, with the killer instincts to match. But when the war is over, the Swords’ need for certain sorts of… stimulation remains. So the Arena was created, where the Collared voluntarily serve the Swords, providing them with an outlet for their aggression that they literally cannot live without.

Amidst the futuristic torture devices of the Arena, Iras serves Gavir, an officer. He fulfills her deepest, darkest desires and a bond forms between them. But a dark secret from Iras’s past threatens all they have, and all they hope for.

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tales from the arena playing for keepsTALES FROM THE ARENA: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Elizabeth Schechter

VS note: Not listed in any categories at the point I picked it up for the post but I’m assuming SFR and erotica like her other title above.

Rakesh is one of the most skilled of the Collared, the men and women who serve in the Arena to fulfill the unique needs of the super-soldiers known as Swords.

The Swords were genetically altered to be strong, fast, tough, and deadly. But if they don’t exercise their aggression regularly, they become a danger to those around them. At the Arena, the Collareds accept what the Swords dish out, whether pleasure or pain.

Virin, a mid-ranking sword, takes Rakesh as his lover and hopes to rise high enough in rank that they may marry. But a storm is brewing. Former Collareds are disappearing, victims of a dark conspiracy of renegade soldiers that conspires to utterly control the nation of Tyrese and destroy all who oppose them. And they have their eyes on Rakesh.

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dark warlordDARK WARLORD by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: This short story was previously published in a box set. Meant to be read after Dark Flight.

All Chamele Warlords have a destined mate, a gerel they are fated to spend their lifespans with. Batu, being genetically enhanced, believes he’s the sole exception. He devotes himself to battle, is resigned to living a solitary life, dying with swords in both of his hands.

Then he sees her.

Genine is a warrior female intent on protecting her loved ones. To keep them safe, she must face Fighter Batu in the ring. If she loses to the barbarian, she becomes his to do with as he wishes. And he wishes her to submit to his deep voice, rough touch, passionate kisses. If she defeats Batu, she will have to kill the one male she was destined to love.

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infernoINFERNO (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 11) by Nancey Cummings

Amber crashed onto an alien planet and survived the dangers of an unknown world. Three literally hot aliens with lava coursing through their veins decide she’s their mate. She’s endured everything Sonhadra has thrown at her but she might not survive their fiery embrace.

Pel and Mishal know that the commanding human female is their mate. They vow to claim her once they repair Flin’s fractured heartstone, the material from which can only be found in the frozen north. Barely able to keep their hands off each other, how can Amber and her Fire Valos resist temptationuntil they can find a way to safely be together?

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record of a spaceborn fewRECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW by Becky Chambers

VS note: Not Romance per se, but sounded good.

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way.

But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life—and is it worth saving at all?

A young apprentice, a lifelong spacer with young children, a planet-raised traveler, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, and an Archivist whose mission is to ensure no one’s story is forgotten, wrestle with these profound universal questions. The answers may seem small on the galactic scale, but to these individuals, it could mean everything.

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contagionCONTAGION by Erin Bowman

VS Note: NOT a romance, no romance at all per the reviews, but sounded like an interesting scifi post apocalyptic-on-an-alien-planet book. Apparently the ending is kind of a cliffhanger but kind of not, setting up for book #2..anyway, I have one-clicked it.

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project—including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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captured spyTHE CAPTURED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 3) by K A Krantz

Ten years ago, Bix and her team of Dark Ops agents had a mission to rescue one of their own. The mission went pear-shaped; her team died, she was exiled, and the package was never retrieved. The guilt for that failure is a weight Bix can’t shake…until she receives news that the agent is still alive and in possession of technology that could destroy the Mid Worlds. All Bix has to do is break the captured spy out of a top-secret supermax facility and destroy the tech before enemy forces beat her to the punch.

Unfortunately, a prison built of potent magic to contain the Mids’ worst deviants isn’t on any map or radar. To get the necessary intel, Bix will resurrect a menacing identity and reach deep into the criminal underbelly where her legacy is far from forgotten. Old enemies lurk in the shadows, swift to strike. Even the darkness can betray her. As her allies fall, Bix will have to rely on the aid of adversaries to complete her mission. But supermax does strange things to the mind, and some things cannot be undone.

Gods will perish when madness descends upon a captured spy.

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saint or sinnerSAINT OR SINNER (BAD THINGS BOOK 8) by Cynthia Eden

Smart people–and monsters who know the score–fear Josephine Saint. The sexy vampire might appear to be a sensual temptation, but she’s a cold-blooded assassin. Mercy? Jo doesn’t know the meaning of the word. With each successful hunt, Jo slides one step closer to getting the promised prize that she’s coveted–her freedom. Long ago, Josephine made a deal with the devil, and now, the jerk is collecting on the final payment due him.

Her latest target is Malik, an angel who has gone dark. The fool fell and crashed hard to earth, and now he’s indulging in every sin he can find. And, bonus, the guy has every predator in the land closing in on him because angel wings are highly prized on the black magic market. It’s Jo’s job to find Malik and bring his sexy angel ass back upstairs except…

Malik has his own mission, and it doesn’t involve being dragged back to heaven. He’s ready to lose his wings, ready to pay any price, if it means he can right a wrong from his past. He never expected for Jo to hunt him, and he knows that he won’t be able to control himself when she’s near. Because Jo–fierce vampire, deadly assassin–she’s his charge. He’s been watching over her for centuries. Watching her, and wanting her. Now that he’s earthbound, Malik can finally make the vamp his.

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serpent sarah fineTHE SERPENT (IMMORTAL DEALERS BOOK 1) by Sarah Fine

Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the weirdest deck of cards Ernie’s ever seen.

When Ernie grabs some of the cards and runs, she’s launched into a world she never knew existed—one her mother may know more about than she’s revealing. With a handful of stolen cards, Ernie has just been made an unwilling player in a game of good versus evil. But she’s not even playing with a full deck, and its original owner is more than happy to kill to get his cards back.

Suddenly Ernie’s matching wits and plays with the supernatural Immortal Dealers, who can raise empires, damn souls, and shape the world’s destiny. It’s up to Ernie to defeat the most brutal member of their order. And if her roguish new ally isn’t bluffing, he can help. The mystery is all in the cards, and to save her life—and humanity—Ernie had better learn how to deal.

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dark survivorDARK SURVIVOR  AWAKENED (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL SERIES BOOK 20) by I T Lucas

This was a strange new world she had awakened to.
Her memory loss must have been catastrophic because almost nothing was familiar. The language was foreign to her, with only a few words bearing some similarity to the language she thought in. Still, a full moon cycle had passed since her awakening, and little by little she was gaining basic understanding of it–only a few words and phrases, but she was learning more each day.
A week or so ago, a little girl on the street had tugged on her mother’s sleeve and pointed at her. “Look, Mama, Wonder Woman!”
The mother smiled apologetically, saying something in the language these people spoke, then scurried away with the child looking behind her shoulder and grinning.
When it happened again with another child on the same day, it was settled.
Wonder Woman must have been the name of someone important in this strange world she had awoken to, and since both times it had been said with a smile it must have been a good one.
Wonder had a nice ring to it.
She just wished she knew what it meant.

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winter goddessWINTER GODDESS (DAUGHTER OF WINTER BOOK 4) by Skye McKinnon

Just because Wyn has changed doesn’t mean that the war is over. Not at all.Angus and the Morrigan are ready for battle, but so are Wyn and her allies. It’s time to fight for the Winter Realm and the balance that keeps the magic alive.

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divine magicDIVINE MAGIC (FALLEN REVELATIONS BOOK 2) by Miranda Martin

Aviella didn’t ask to be special. Despite the fact she keeps getting told she has a Destiny, she only wants to help.

The world has gone to hell, literally, and the forces arraying against her grow bolder. Destruction follows in her wake as the Shadow Powers send their minions to capture her and the men who have sworn to protect her.

Seeking sanctuary she and her protectors must first brave the horrors of Wormwood, home to the worst the Apocalypse has to offer. When they come face-to-face with a Horseman of the Apocalypse, will he be friend or their deadliest foe?

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strength jane washingtonSTRENGTH (CURSE OF THE GODS BOOK 4) by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve

Willa and the Abcurse brothers are back, and more determined than ever to stick by each other. Unfortunately, Staviti has other plans, plans that threaten to change the natural order of the worlds—though nobody really understands why. His agenda may very well affect all beings on Minatsol, even those that thought themselves safe in Topia. Even Willa-invincible-Knight.
Unsure with her new place in the worlds, Willa must follow the Abcurses to their new post: Champions Peak, a secluded mountain far from civilization, where the most powerful sols have been summoned to hone their abilities through direct contact with the gods.
There is a chance that she might survive her time on the mountain, but it seems like staying alive amidst the powerful occupants of the Peak is the least of her concerns.
Her real problem is staying on the mountain at all.

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cotis unclaimed mateCOTI’S UNCLAIMED MATE (IRON WOLVES MC BOOK 9) by Elle Boon

Will they find beauty in the ashes as the fire settles, or will they go up in flames?
Shifters and humans don’t mix, at least not in Coti’s opinion. He’s more than just a wolf though, but his pack and fellow MC brothers don’t know everything there is to know about him, and he likes to keep it that way…until one human female comes along and changes everything.
Renee, or NeNe to her friends hates her life. Well, she didn’t hate it so much when she could count on her friends, but one-by-one they began finding boyfriends, leaving her alone. Suddenly, she finds herself on the outside looking in. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she knows she needs to make a change or she’ll end up like her mother, dead.
A connection between two of the most unlikely people seemed written in the stars, but Coti isn’t ready to accept his fate, while NeNe doesn’t want a man who’s a brawler like her father. No, these two will fight their attraction, even if it kills them.
When a new group moves into town just outside of the Iron Wolves territory giving NeNe the opportunity to make extra cash in order to escape, she latches on with both hands. Only is the saying something’s too good to be true going to bite her in the rear, or will her savior come to the rescue? For Coti he can’t seem to shake off the need to keep one tiny human safe, even if it puts him in a perilous position of claiming the female for his own.

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magnolia mysticMAGNOLIA MYSTIC (SENTINELS OF SAVANNAH) by Lisa Kessler

Skye Olson is a psychic like her mother, and her grandmother before her, but a bad break up with the man she thought was her soulmate has left her confidence in her abilities shaken. While she’s in crisis, a real estate tycoon from Atlanta swoops in with his eyes on her shop.

Colton Hayes spent his mortal life plundering royal ships with his pirate crew, but one holy relic changed everything. Now he and the rest of the crew protect the port of Savannah from their captain who traded his cutlass for a fountain pen.

When Colton discovers the captain wants to build a hotel in the heart of historic Savannah, he sets out to stop him, but nothing could prepare him for the sexy smile and violet eyes of the Magnolia Mystic.

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invading alphaINVADING ALPHA (SERAPHINE THOMAS BOOK 9) by Erin R Flynn

Division Chief Seraphine Thomas is finally handling the snowballing situation in New York. She survived her first Valentine’s Day as Alpha and a whole new mess of problems, but is feeling more confident in her roles now that she’s laid a better foundation. The problem is there’s no safe way to handle what she needs to, and alone she’s not enough.
But help comes in a very surprising away.
The Alpha of one of the New York City packs sent a hitter to take care of Sera when she started forcing the system to work and he was on the wrong side of that. Though months ago, Sera still has a valid claim to retaliate. Plus, it’s the only non-human office that hasn’t been fully retrained, which is rather odd given the FBI is hiring new non-human agents to have teams in regular offices.
Add to that, there are rumors of the regular NYC office being dirty, and it might take a miracle to pull this trick off without getting everyone dead. Thankfully, lipstick can be a magical thing if used right.

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revelations in bloodREVELATIONS IN BLOOD by Patricia D Eddy

They thought they were safe. After escaping the catacombs and leaving all she’s ever known behind, Evangeline is ready to be free. To start a new life with Nic. The vampire who claimed her body and her heart.

His touch heals her. Her blood quiets his demons.

Connected for eternity by a bond forged in blood and sealed in passion, their desire for one another grows beyond their wildest dreams. Until a new threat emerges.

Betrayed, separated, and tortured, can they find their way back to one another? Or will their bond be shattered forever?

Love freed them.
Love will break them.
Can love save them?

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heaven sent warriorHEAVEN-SENT WARRIOR by Nancy Lee Badger

Henrí Chevalier’s last memory, before stumbling naked into a museum’s moonlit garden, was Auguste Rodin and his dusty Paris studio in 1886. To escape his broken heart, Henrí volunteered to sleep inside a statue until needed. Expecting to die, he discovers he must learn to use the unexpected powers Heaven has given him. Without them he will fail his mission against otherworldly creatures, such as demons and faeries.

Kenzie Mackintosh, a dedicated art museum’s curator, spies a naked man hiding among bronze statues. A quick glance ignites desire within her, but she is too tied-up in work to act on it. Unaware of her fae heritage, their relationship heats up as he disrupts her job. While Henrí tries to process modern buildings, cars, and a broken elevator, a demon attacks and forces Henrí and Kenzie to enlist the aid of her powerful fae relatives. When the demon possesses the body of her ex-lover and threatens to kill him, then use her to take over the world, Henrí and Kenzie must learn to trust each other, even if Kenzie’s death might be the only answer to the world’s salvation.

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veiliosVEILIOS DRAGON (DRAGONS OF BREVIA: SHADOW SQUAD BOOK 5) by Zoey Harper

Veilios, second in command of an elite team of dragons, has lived long and traveled wide, never finding love. But now, a rescue mission has brought his kind, curvy, dragon mate to him. The only problem is, she doesn’t recognize him as hers.

Life keeping a group of female half-breeds safe has never been easy for Kira. When a raid on their latest hideout leads to the death of an influential wolf, Kira seeks refuge with the Shadow Squad. All she wants to do is find an out, but there’s one dragon, with warm brown eyes, and the heart of a healer, that she can’t resist.

Pretty soon, things spiral out of control. Now Kira’s facing not one, but two formidable enemies. As things get worse, she finds herself leaning more on Veilios. But he, too, has secrets lurking in his past.

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wyattWYATT (DRAGONS OF RIDDICH BOOK 5) by Mel Teshco

The dragons will search the universe for their one true mate…

Misha is a hunter through and through. Raised by the Paranormal Detection Agency to be a deadly assassin, the tables are turned when she escapes the PDA facility and makes a run for freedom…and her life. But with the operatives closing in on her, she never expects a winged dragon to rain down fire, and save her from her pursuers.

But what does the Riddich dragon want in return?

Wyatt has been with more than enough women in his two centuries to know lust when he feels it. But surely that’s the last thing he should experience on seeing a female werewolf. So why is he compelled to save her? The answer becomes all too apparent when she changes back to human…and then shifts for the first time into dragon. A pity her unique abilities mean the PDA and his sworn alien enemies, the Tantonics, want her just as badly, because Wyatt will do anything now to keep her safe and by his side.

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trouble in blissTROUBLE IN BLISS by Rebecca Airies

After years away, Violet Collins returned to her hometown of Alden Glen. An Aelfir with an affinity for gems, she’s ready to start rebuilding her life. When she meets hunky Theron McDonal, she thinks things might be getting on the right track.
Theron McDonal, an ex-Hunter with a metal affinity, came to Alden Glen to help stop the forces threatening the town. Strange disappearances, attacks, it adds up to danger for the townspeople. But he discovers a little piece of bliss among the chaos. Violet’s gorgeous, welcoming, and the attraction between them is hot enough to burn down the town.
When danger comes to Alden Glen, they’ll have to uncover a longheld, secret grudge or the town could be torn apart. Can they survive and claim a future together?

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coyotes brideTHE COYOTE’S BRIDE (MASTERS OF MARIA BOOK 6) by Holley Trent

Related to one of the oldest shapeshifter legacies in Maria, Lily Baxter grew up knowing there was a chance she’d find romance among the supernatural. But certainly her idea of romance wasn’t a drunken one-night stand with a Coyote she loves to hate, a Vegas wedding, and soon after, a heartrending miscarriage. She and Lance Aitkenson obviously aren’t meant to be.

But while secretly coordinating their divorce far from the snoops back in town, her new husband gets jumped by man-hating jaguar shifters, and it’s up to her to smooth things over. There’s something stranger than usual about these Jaguars. Not only do they seem to have abilities no other shapeshifters have, but they claim a centuries-old connection to Maria’s resident goddess. They see strong-minded Lily as a kindred spirit, but Lance fears they harbor sinister motives.

Together, he and Lily might be able to unravel the secrets of the mysterious cult and prevent them from disturbing the peace back in Maria, but can they really work cooperatively when they’re so close to calling it quits? Or will they realize that they don’t need an accident as their excuse for sticking together?

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dragon blood amelia jadeDRAGON BLOOD (COBALT DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

When word reaches Kaitlyn Harver that her boss wants her in his office now, she starts to panic. How could he know? She hasn’t told a soul. All she wants is to do her job and climb the corporate chain. Leapfrogging the other senior directors by accompanying her boss on a private jet to another continent isn’t how she imagined doing it. Especially not after how things ended the last time they worked together…

When Aric finds out he must travel, there’s only one person he wants with him. Fun-loving and easy-on-the-eyes Kaitlyn. Not because of what happened before, but because he doesn’t want a dry, stuffy suit-wearer with him. His plans fall apart the instant they’re shut in the plane together and he realizes something about her has changed. She’s now more important to him than ever before. But what’s different?

Kaitlyn is determined to keep it a platonic trip to avoid workplace rumor and scandal when she returns. Resisting Aric, however, is harder than ever once they’re alone. He’s always been drop-dead handsome and buff, but now that they’re out of a corporate environment he’s showing her another side of him. The only question is, which one is the real him, and will that change her mind when it comes to revealing the secret she’s carrying?

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destined for the dragonDESTINED FOR THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Hunting dragons is in Alanna Carlyle’s blood. Just like generations of her family before her, she’s trained all her life as a dragon hunter. It’s a life dedicated to one purpose, and one purpose only, with no time for friendship – or love. It’s unthinkable that a dragon could ignite such a fierce desire within her – especially not the very dragon she’s been sent to kill.

Dragon shifter Magnus spent years as the captive of an evil dragon hunter. With no memory of his family or clan, Magnus is cut off from his hoard and his heritage – until one touch of Alanna’s hand sparks memories within him he’d thought he’d lost forever, and stirs his soul in a way he’s never known before.

When destiny throws Alanna and Magnus together, danger closes in on every side. Can they learn to trust each other and unravel the secrets and lies that hide around every corner? And do they dare to give in to the smoldering passion between them?

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black souls and twisted spellsBLACK SPELLS AND TWISTED SOULS (GREY WITCH BOOK ONE) BY CeCe Rose

A dead boss, a demonic kitty in her bathtub, and a smoking hot detective… If only he wasn’t trying to pin her for the murder.

Between a mysterious fae prince with no sense of modesty or boundaries showing up, having to call a vengeance spirit, and more demons than she ever expected or wanted to meet appearing in her living room, an iced latte spilled all over her new dress is suddenly the least of her worries.

When white magic won’t save her, and black magic will taint her soul, what’s a witch to do?

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lion tiger bear oh myA LION, A TIGER AND HER BEAR OH MY (THE MATES OF BEAR PAW RIVER BOOK 4) by Everleigh Clark

Adopted brothers, Traeger and Noah Shaw are too busy running from their haunted past to worry about things like mating. Then she comes into the picture. A bear shifter with a killer wit, amazing curves, sharp claws and an even sharper tongue. If her mating heat doesn’t kill them, they still have a psycho on their tails. You know, just to keep things interesting.

Bear shifter, Sam Cooper doesn’t need to count on anyone but herself. But these big cat shifters, AKA Dimples and Angry Pussy, aren’t taking the hint. The brooding lion and cute tiger are calling to her bear faster than she can say, “Oh My!”
And then there’s the whole human shifter war she’s trying to prevent.
It’s time to bear-up and kick a little sass!

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inspector claims vampiressTHE INSPECTOR CLAIMS THE VAMPIRESS (NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE) by Larissa Emerald and Kristen Painter (Foreward)

A distant London relative to the Ellinghams, vampiress crossbreed Veronica Hadleigh, hates black, loves pink, and drives a sexy car. She’s come to Nocturne Falls for a fresh start and maybe even to find Mr. Right. Which she reluctantly discovers could be human Fire Inspector, Lance Grims. But humans and vampires are a tricky combination. And when he realizes Veronica’s true nature, will he stick around or run for the Georgia hills where he was raised?

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immortal takes a wifeTHE IMMORTAL TAKES A WIFE (NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE) BY Pamela Labud and Kirsten Painter (Foreward)

Heartsick about her on again, off again boyfriend, Werewolf, Fiona O’Malley is struggling to make the hardest decision of her life—if she should break up with him once and for all. Though she knows he loves her, is sweet, funny and kind, he’s just not the sort of guy you can depend upon, especially in the romance department.

Immortal Matthew “Matty” Hyland is crazy in love with Fiona. He’d do anything to make her happy. Though he tries repeatedly to be there for her, things just keep getting in his way. Broken promises and no show’s for their dates keep happening. He knows Fiona is about at the end of her patience and is on the verge of cutting him loose forever.

Just as he’s about to pop the question, things go from seriously bad to crazy worse. Captured by a bounty hunter, the couple is pursued by an evil gangster bondsman and mysterious Druids. Fiona is giving her all to help him, all the while not knowing if their love can survive all the turmoil they’re facing in addition to the issues they’ve had in the past. Matty is desperate to make it up to her and prove he can change so they can be together forever. One thing is certain, magic, adventure and true love ensues when The Immortal Takes A Wife!

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touched by her elven magicTOUCHED BY HER ELVEN MAGIC (NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE) by Kira Nyte and Kirsten Painter (Foreward)

Kalen Hawkins has only two goals — find help for his sister in Nocturne Falls and evade the evil genius hunting them. After almost a lifetime of captivity, he has little trust to spare, even for a sexy elf with a sweet heart and a galaxy of stars in her eyes.

Faunalyn “Fawn” Ayre loves the people and peculiarities of the small Georgia town where every day is Halloween. It’s the perfect place for a nature elf to put down roots and live the life she’s dreamed of — until a mysterious stranger literally crashes into her happy existence. She can’t help but be drawn to the stunningly handsome man who is part fae, part … something else, and entirely too noble.

The last thing Kalen wants to do is draw Faunalyn into danger, but her loyalty and determination are impossible to resist. And she just may hold the key to his heart…and survival.

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twice turnedTWICE TURNED (THE WOLVES OF HEMLOCK HOLLOW) by Heather McCorkle

Ayra’s father is forcing her to marry to make alliances, her brother has gone off the deep end in a big way, and to top it all off, her reaper powers have been awakened, something she hoped would never happen. Who the hell wants to put down other werewolves for a living?

And now, just as she’s starting to figure out her place in the world, Vidar’s back from Iceland, looking hotter than ever and still managing to ring all her bells with just a look. All Ayra wants to do is lose herself in him, in the past, but it’s never going to happen. He’s only back and paying attention to her because she’s the reaper. And there’s a little snag in the form of a vow of celibacy he took.

The sparks are undeniable, and Vidar swears he’s the only one who can help her on her journey. But he already left her once.

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saving the werewolvesSAVING THE WEREWOLVES (THE LOST PRINCESS OF HOWLING SKY BOOK 2) By Kamryn Hart 

I’m the Lost Princess of Howling Sky. Only a few days ago, I would have said that was crazy, that I’m just Sorissa. Now I’m living crazy. Everybody wants to use me for their own gain in the Prime War.

Except for Phantom Fangs, my werewolves.

I left with vampires to save their lives. Maybe the vampires intend to kill me, but I’m not that fragile. I’ll survive, and I’ll keep my werewolves safe.

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Embrace_the_passion_Pets_in_space3_pauline_Baird_jonesVS Note: We put EMBRACE THE PASSION: PETS IN SPACE 3 up for pre-order this week! releases October 9th and a portion of the first month’s royalties goes to Hero-Dogs, Inc., which provides service dogs to veterans. Another stellar line up of authors, including SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake and more! Here’s our website: https://www.petsinspaceantho.com/

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 18

July 11

July 4

June 27

June 20

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.  

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

 

 

 

 

Weekly New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 18

cosmic warsAs 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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COSMIC WARS (GRAND MASTERS’ GALAXY BOOK 5 ) by Aurora Springer

Violet and Athanor Griffin reunite with their baby son after escaping from the world beyond the fiery Cosmic Rift, but they find no respite from troubles. The Grand Masters have declared Athanor dead, and are competing to replace him as Chair of the Counsel. Hordes of bloodsucking Ixioth slavers threaten galactic civilization, and a new enemy has emerged from the alternate universe, an enemy immune to psychic forces. The dynamic couple is soon swamped with pleas for help. Athanor’s vow to crush the insectoid Ixioths and expel the Nulls hits a major obstacle. The teleportal web enables their allied enemies to make rapid strikes and escape to unknown locations, somewhere in the galaxy. Violet has a different perilous challenge. Her promise to rescue the children captured on Cinerea means she must brave the dreadful Rift and lose her psychic powers. Can the Griffins reconcile their divergent promises, or must they separate for the tasks of rescuing the prisoners and defeating the slavers?

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randRAND (SONS OF TALLAV #3) by Cailin Briste

Randolph Meryon is a man no woman can resist despite the whip he brandishes. Compelled to return home after his sister’s death, he struggles to fit new responsibilities into the hedonistic lifestyle he prefers to live. It’s a task he finds difficult enough without adding in the tangle of unanswered questions his sister has left behind and the sugar-cookie sweet nanny caring for his niece. He hasn’t had a taste of sweet in a very long time.

Jen O’Malley, shunned by her family, struggles to find work without their backing, meeting barriers wherever she turns. A position as nanny with the scandal-riddled Meryons seems like a lifeline. She’s relieved until she arrives and becomes enmeshed in a web of intrigue, unable to discern the identity of the spider at the center.

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william 874XWILLIAM 874X (CYBORGS MANKIND REDEFINED BOOK 5) by Donna McDonald

For Captain William Talon, aka William 874, there aren’t many choices left. Whoever captured him after the war kept him out of the Cyber Husband program and instead turned him into a killing machine—a worse one than most cyborgs.

Will has no idea how many deaths are on his hands nor does he want to know. The few incidents he recalls are bad enough. But now it has come to this… Kyra and Peyton need a better cyborg than their mysterious Creator Omega enemy is making.

Will’s processor is dying daily which means the rest of him will die soon as well. An upgrade of the kind Kyra’s talking about will either improve his entire existence… or kill him completely. Ironically, Will really doesn’t care which. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blake celeste rayeBLAKE: THROUGH THE PORTAL (A SCIFI WEREDRAGON ROMANCE) by Celeste Raye

Heather isn’t happy when her best friend Christy signs her up for a dating app, nor is she interested in the gorgeous, but awkward Blake. Christy, on the other hand, thinks he’s hot, too hot, but is he the one for her?

Things take a surprising turn when Christy learns that Blake is actually a dragon, a being from another world who needs a human mate to bear him a child. Christy isn’t interested in being an incubator for him, but as she gets to know him, she starts to fall for him. Life with a dragon would mean moving to his world. Is she ready to give up everything for him?

His world has its own problems, namely Orcs. Faced with the thought of losing Christy, Blake tries to get her to stay in her world, but she is determined to stay by his side.

Is their love strong enough to keep them together? Or will the Orcs separate them forever?

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deep shadowsTHE CHILD THIEF 2: DEEP SHADOWS by Bella Forrest

After the night’s shocking events, Robin, Jace, and their team find themselves thrust into a race for their lives.

Robin never could have imagined that things would go so wrong. Never could have dreamed that they would find what they found within that innocuous-looking building.

And now it’s too late: they’ve seen what they’ve seen, and there is no time to talk. No time to even think. Not with the caliber of people who are now on their trail. Fleeing is their priority—but even if they escape, it’s uncertain whether they will ever truly be free.

Because there’s one thing Robin and her comrades can now count on: the deeper they dig in this strange world that was once called “the United States,” the darker the shadows become.

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outcastsTHE OUTCASTS by Alexa Black

VS note: In Erotica categories.

Sue Jones is a spacebus driver from a nowhere colony. Yearning for adventure, she pilots a shuttle into uncharted regions—and crash-lands in a harsh world. Kara is an alien whose people are Outcasts who have been banished to this world and survive in Rings above the storm-swept surface.

When Kara rescues her and brings her to the Rings, Sue soon learns that the Outcasts believe humans belong on the surface. As Sue discovers her protector’s secrets, Kara struggles to keep Sue safe and her own feelings at bay. Can love bridge the gap between worlds and heal the deepest of wounds?

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queens gambitTHE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (ROGUE QUEEN BOOK 1) by Jessie Mihalik

VS Note: Recommended by Reader Barbara. Apparently this was first published as a serial.

When the Quint Confederacy and the Kos Empire went to war—again—Queen Samara wisely kept her Rogue Coalition out of the conflict. But staying neutral in a galactic war doesn’t pay the bills, not when both sides refuse to trade with neutral sectors.

With her people on the brink of starvation, Samara hatches a daring plan to snatch the kidnapped Kos Emperor from the Quint mercenaries holding him. The Kos Empire will pay a fortune for their emperor’s return, enough to feed the Coalition’s citizens while they wait for the return to a begrudging peace.

But when her plan goes sideways, Samara finds herself evading Quint mercenaries with the very man she intends to capture. And the more time she spends with Valentin Kos, the more she realizes that he’s not the coldly indifferent villain she imagined. Torn between duty and desire, Samara must decide if saving her people is worth giving up the one thing she’s always wanted.

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fire in his spiritFIRE IN HIS SPIRIT (FIREBLOOD DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Ruby Dixon

VS note: Came out on July 11th but somehow I MISSED it! 😦 I love her books!

Gwen’s never wanted to be a leader, but when no one else stepped up, she took on the role. As the mayor of post-apocalyptic Shreveport, she’s made decisions to protect her people…and most of them have backfired disastrously. When she discovers that the dangerous gold dragon lurking outside of the fort has decided she’s his mate, heartsick Gwen thinks that the best thing she can do is confront him and take him far away from the city.

She does this to save her people – her sister, her friends, her fort.
She doesn’t expect to understand the dragon.
She certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love.

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claiming his virginCLAIMING HIS VIRGIN (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES: THE VIRGINS BOOK 4) by Grace Goodwin

Elite Hunter Zee is scarred from his time in the Hive war leaving him too much of a monster to seduce a beautiful, innocent virgin. Even if his Mark calls to hers, connecting them body and soul, he knows that after just one look at him and she will never surrender the three sacred virginities. Never accept him as a mate.

Blindfolded and seduced, Helen has never seen the Hunter whose voice makes her tremble. She knows something isn’t right, but she can’t say no to the mysterious and demanding Hunter whose kiss makes her burn, and whose touch makes her beg in the darkness of night.

Zee has everything he thinks he needs, until another takes advantage of his new mate’s innocence… and tries to claim Zee’s Interstellar Bride for his own.

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abductedABDUCTED (VAKARRAN CAPTIVES) by Sara Fields

When I left Earth behind to become a Celestial Mate, I was promised a perfect match. But four Vakarrans decided they wanted me, and Vakarrans don’t ask for what they want, they take it.

These fearsome, savagely sexy alien warriors don’t care what some computer program thinks would be best for me. They’ve claimed me as their mate, and soon they will claim my body.

I planned to resist, but…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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competenceCOMPETENCE (CUSTARD PROTOCOL) by Gail Carriger

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.
When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?
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hullmetal girlsHULLMETAL GIRLS by Emily Skrutskie
VS Note: Mixed reviews, not a romance, kinda YA I gather.

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintian unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

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strength enduringSTRENGTH ENDURING (TALON PACK BOOK 8)  by Carrie Anne Ryan

Kameron Brentwood has only one thing on his mind: defeating the enemy. He doesn’t have time for a human woman who sets his teeth on edge and makes his wolf prowl. It shouldn’t matter that she’s his mate because he’s always thought that mating is a distraction. Yet as soon as he gets to know the woman, he figures out that there’s no hiding from the attraction he feels for her.Dhanielle Coburn has always been on the outside looking in when it comes to the Talon Pack, but she’s not about to let fate and the moon goddess decide her path for her. If and when she takes Kameron as a mate, it will be her choice. Yet when she suddenly finds herself in the Pack’s inner sanctum, deeper than she ever thought possible, she has to fight not only her need for the man in front of her but also a hidden secret about her family she didn’t even know she had.

When the choice is pulled from both of their hands, the two will need to learn who they are apart, and who they can be together. Because there’s more to mating than a mark and a prophecy that has come back to haunt them. And even though they may be fated, the ultimate sacrifice just might take them both in the end.

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runes of mortalityRUNES OF MORTALITY (A DEMON’S FALL SERIES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

Evie survived a trip to hell, literally, to find herself somewhere even more dangerous, with the angels. Angels who do not want to let her leave, not without a paying a price for the life they saved.

Angels. Demons. Protectors and more secrets than one world should hold. Who can Evie trust when everything is a lie? When it’s time for the assassin to return, and to claim what is hers, who will be on her side? 

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reign to ruinREIGN TO RUIN (MYTH OF OMEGA BOOK 4) by Zoey Ellis

Corruption and sadism plague every corner of his kingdom. He remains in the center of it all; a handsome, charming, master manipulator.

Furious at the knowledge that rare Omegas hide in his castle, King Malloron uses magic and deception to draw one out.

Striking a deal with her that he knows he will not honor, they begin an exchange of wits that intrigues him much more than it should.

He forces her into the depravities of his dark world, determined to destroy her and use her for his own ends, only to find that he may not be the only one with the power to ruin.

Trained to deal with the devious and treacherous people of the kingdom, Amara never anticipated tackling the biggest deceiver of them all.

Desperate for his secrets, she has to be willing to be corrupted, dominated and shattered to get to the truth, but is soon horrified to learn that King Malloron’s reign goes deeper than just his kingdom; he rules her instincts too.

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mysterious waysMYSTERIOUS WAYS ( THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 3) by Christine Pope

Safe in Rafe’s arms at last, Miranda thinks the worst of the danger is past. She is dead wrong. The Castillo prima is murdered, and the clan is trapped by a hex. No one can leave New Mexico — or even send out a distress call.

Worse, Simon’s evil magic sends dark spells against the clan, targeting the vulnerable new primaherself. Desperate to keep anyone else from being hurt, Miranda has no other choice. She surrenders to Simon — only to discover his grand plan extends far beyond possessing her body. He covets her powers to summon the darkest demon of them all.

As Rafe works feverishly to track Miranda’s location, protect the clan, and find a loophole in Simon’s entrapment spell, Miranda realizes there is only one way to defeat Simon once and for all. Take on more power than she’s ever handled before. Make a deal with the lord of all demons. And risk everything to fulfill a destiny set in motion long before Rafe was a glimmer in her heart.

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homecoming jennifer allis provostHOMECOMING (GALLOWGLASS BOOK 3) by Jennifer Allis Provost

After months of dealing with gods and monsters in New York, Karina and Robert return to their cottage in Scotland. Chris makes the move as well to start fresh with his girlfriend, Anya—but when they arrive Anya isn’t there. He tracks her down at the pub where her mother, Beira, works, and finds out that Beria’s been holding a grudge against his family for the past few hundred years. Since Beira’s the Cailleach Bheur— the Celtic Queen of Winter—her grudges are a rather big deal.

While Chris deals with Beira, Karina and Robert learn that when Robert was freed from the Minster’s Pine Karina inadvertently left a portal to Elphame open. Now Doon Hill is covered in fairies who are organizing themselves into a new court free of Seelie rule, akin to the Wild Fae of old. What’s worse, Karina’s long-lost uncle appears to be organizing this new court.

Karina closes the door to Elphame, but that only angers the unseen powers behind the fledgling Wild Court, forcing her and Robert to forge alliances with those who’d been their enemies not so long ago. Who can Karina and her gallowglass trust, and who is only out to deceive them?

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dionnas tinkerDIONNA’S TINKER (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Dragon Quintelaides aren’t meant to be split up—even for just a few days.

But that’s exactly what happens when Dionna’s Quint gets their marching orders: Arthur is called back to the Capitol to teach others his new self-healing ability, while Jaxon, Ryon, and Harry travel west to hunt down some hive remains.

Meanwhile, Dionna and Maze are sent to the south to work on a secret Tinker Guild project: a superweapon that can end the war against the Silithik in the blink of an eye.

But after a weapons test at the project site goes poorly, Dionna is left weaker than before. Which is awful timing, since she and Maze have to pay a visit to the gryphon capital city of Oorani to learn a secret runetracing spell. And the exiled Runemaster who knows the spell? She won’t give up her secret willingly.

Can Dionna regain her ability in time? Or will she fail the final superweapon test—and worse?

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shard in the mirrorSHARD IN THE MIRROR (CRIMSON REALM CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by Taryn Jameson and Gabriella Bradley

Enslaved as one of Cewrick’s feared black dragons, for centuries Taylith had been forced to do the evil sorcerer’s bidding. Finally free of the shackles of slavery, Taylith is enlisted by King Biryn as a member of his elite team.

Plagued with visions of an impending war and the return of the black dragon he once was, Taylith must find a way to tell his lifemate, Laura, that he was the creature that had captured her and delivered her into the hands of the enemy.

To keep Laura safe and save her sister from Zohmes’ clutches, he must allow the god to change him back into the feared creature he once was.

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witch wishWITCH WISH by Jacqueline Seewald

Val Williams believes she will never be as pretty or popular as her older sister Ailene. When Ailene dumps her on an unfamiliar road after an argument, Val decides to ask directions of the only person she sees—an old woman engaged in a garage sale. Val purchases a music box that the old woman claims has magical qualities and will grant Val one wish. In a fit of pique, Val wishes that that her sister would stop being so perfect. When Ailene starts acting oddly, breaks up with her boyfriend, stops talking to her friends, starts dating a “bad” boy, and cuts classes, Val is troubled. She begins to fear she caused all this to happen by making her wish and suffers a guilty conscience. How she goes about setting matters right makes for some unusual complications and surprises.

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last banquetTHE LAST BANQUET OF TEMPORAL CONFECTIONS by Tina Connolly

VS Note: Not really a romance, evidently a short story but sounded good. Apparently the chef’s wife is the food taster and the foods bring memories.

A young food taster to the Traitor King must make a difficult choice in this story of pastries, magic, and revenge.

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power awakenedPOWER AWAKENED (THE FERAL BOOK 2)  by Charlene Hartnady

Cadon has been tasked with setting up a base in the human city. A safe-haven for the males to stay while they’re trying to find mates. Everything needs to be ready for when the first five arrive.

A friend asks a favor of him, bringing him in the path of a tiny human. She was recently beaten, she’s afraid, and she’s with child. Cadon can’t take his eyes off her. Such a delicate thing. Every protective instinct inside him instantly comes alive when he finds out the baby’s father has abandoned her. That he is the one who beat her. Furthermore, he’s still out there and could come after her again. As much as he should stay out of it and stay away, he can’t…

Who is this huge, hulk of a man? Why is he insisting on helping her? Maybe because she needs help. No! Kerry can manage just fine without him. She doesn’t need a man in her life. Look at where that got her before. Jobless, pregnant and all alone. No thanks! She’ll have to find a way to get by, to do what it takes to safeguard her baby.

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quest arwen chandlerQUEST (THE CLANS OF ARCADIA) by Arwen Chandler

He leads his beloved Lilia, clansman Ian, and dragon Aslaug on a quest through Langerhorn to unleash the power of the dragon riders.

Langerhorn, the ancestral home of the gods, is home of ancient dragons, faeries, and elves.

Will the trio survive their quest, and save Arcadia? Or will Magnus and Fridtjof destroy everything while they are away?

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a heavenly kind of loveA HEAVENLY KIND OF LOVE by Lexi Ostrow

Cassandra Marks had dedicated her life to helping orphaned children around the world find families – something she never had. Life was everything she’d expected it to be for a woman who lived to work. She was only thirty when her world was turned upside down with one sentence – “I’m sorry, we’ve confirmed you have Breast Cancer.” Giving up was not an option, but fighting cancer was harder than she’d imagined. Her work with worldwide orphanages was put on hold as she had to focus on herself, not her dream job.

Not all humans received Guardian Angels; only those living a life that would leave a lasting impression on the world were so lucky. Gabriel, a direct descendant of the Archangel of the same name, lost his battle wings after he trusted a Fallen Angel and others died. He was saved from losing his wings thanks to his father – but it meant becoming a Guardian Angel. His first charge was less than he hoped for, but he was committed to Cassandra Marks to prove he was worthy of returning to battle.

Gabriel and Cassandra should never have met, but with her life in danger, he’s sent to Earth in human form to judge her and see if she is worthy. While there, he finds himself falling in love with a woman who is destined to die. It’s up to him to convince his fellow Angels she is to live, and up to her to decide if she can handle being the woman to make a Guardian Angel fall.

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hyena queenTHE HYENA QUEEN (THE LEGEND OF SYNTHIA ROWLEY BOOK 1) by Ann Mayburn

My name is Synthia Rowley, and so far I really suck at saving the world.

I’m a latent shifter, a human that randomly became a hyena Queen. Crazy, right? You have no idea. When I turned twenty-five some magical chastity belt that had been completely blocking my sex drive snapped. One minute I was the ultimate shy science dork, the next I had curves that kill and a libido that won’t quit.

Good thing, ‘cause I’m supposed to have four husbands.

Yep, four. I’m destined to marry them all and they were all born to love me and only me. My own little harem. Here comes the really insane part. My husbands? The four men that I’ll be mated to for the rest of my life? They were born female and my pheromones will turn them into men. You heard me right, my hyena Queen pheromones will literally change my mates from women, into hulked out sexy studs. But if I don’t find and transform my mates, and soon, my world and everyone in it will be slaughtered by demons from a different dimension.

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switch of fate3SWITCH OF FATE 3 by Lisa Ladew and Grace Quillen

Riot Cofield is a bad-boy mountain lion shifter who scales mountains like fences. He belongs IN the Natahala Forest, but not TO it, and he resents “the Cause” because it turns normal, sweet women into conniving, savage witches – switches – who will do anything to kill a vampire.

Riot tried out the Cause (after all, he is a shifter) but after getting used and discarded twice, he’s over it. Over and done with the Cause and everything in it, including Resperanza, the extraordinary, not-there-a-month-ago, magical house and command center. So he moved out, and oh yeah, he quit the Cause, too.

Until he has no choice but to step into a fight for a flagging switch he’s never seen before, throwing her his knife that she can’t seem to let go of. But the real kicker comes when she knows his name. It’s his secret high school crush, the only woman ever special enough to make Riot want to straighten out his renegade ways.

Gemma, the lost love of his life, is a switch?

“Love of his life” enough to move back into Resperanza? Maybe, but enough to support the Cause with everything he has? No. Never.

Then why is he delivering sweet, inquisitive, gorgeous, green-glowing Gemma to the one place he would never want her to belong?

And why does he get the feeling she’s about to blow the doors off this whole operation?

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for the pride of a crowFOR THE PRIDE OF A CROW (RED DEAD MAYHEM BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

Ethan Blackwood has a dark destiny that will make him the next Blackwood Crow. He’s being haunted by his past and is slowly morphing into the man he never wanted to be. Every decision he’s made to get to this point in his life has been a misstep, and he’s desperate to get turned in the right direction before it’s too late. He doesn’t know how, until he runs into a clumsy little beauty who has decided he is hers, and she is his. What he needs to do is stay steady and figure out a way to get rid of the ghost from his past, but Leah is making it hard to think straight. But the closer she gets to him, the more danger she’s in, because the ghost from his past will do anything to keep Ethan’s destiny intact—even hurt the girl he’s falling for.

Leah Hawthorne isn’t great at many things, but she can tell when a man is good or bad, and Ethan Blackwood is a bad boy with a heart of gold…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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sacred silenceSACRED SILENCE: A GREY WOLVES SERIES NOVELLA by Quinn Loftis

I thought there couldn’t be anything more evil than Desdemona, Reyaz, or any villain we’ve faced or would face. But there is. They’re called postpartum hormones. And, here’s the kicker, they have a minion …(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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thunderTHUNDER (SAVAGE BROTHERHOOD MC BOOK 3) by Jasmine Wylder

Melanie: I hate my life, and I hate my job as an exotic dancer even more, but that’s the only way I’m going to make enough cash to get out of this hellhole called Coalfell. If it wasn’t for my father who needed me, then I would’ve been out of here already. Everything was going according to plan until I witnessed a murder…

Zane: She wasn’t supposed to be there, but she was, and now we have to deal with it. This sexy little kitten has no idea of the battles we fight everyday to protect Coalfell from vampires. I can’t let her expose us, but every minute I keep her imprisoned I become more aware of the lethal attraction between us. Dumping her would’ve been the best option.

When an old foe resurfaces, Zane is faced with a choice; protecting the feisty kitty he shouldn’t care about, or finally avenging his father’s death. Will Melanie finally be set free? Can Zane distinguish between love, lust and honor? What will win out in the end—vengeance or love?

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dragons nannyDRAGON’S NANNY by Leila Ash and Tabitha St. George

Ariel McDunnah lands the ‘perfect’ job: nanny to the three children of a Dragon billionaire. Yet she quickly discovers that this family is far from ‘perfect.’ Old sins and secrets have driven them apart. ‘Healing hearts’ becomes her most important task.

When he hires her, Ariel is just an employee to Owen Jackson. A skilled nanny who can bring his unruly children to heel. Quickly, though, her beauty, strength, and kindness win his heart. This lifelong playboy begins to wonder if he can devote himself to one woman.

There’s only one problem: he has to marry another woman.

Every Dragon has a Mate, a woman destined to be his true love. And the Rite of Claiming proves, beyond a doubt, that Ariel isn’t that woman.

Ordered to discover his soulmate, Owen instead finds himself drawn irresistibly to Ariel. Passion grows, a burning need they cannot deny. As their forbidden desire pits the Dragon against his own Flight, the lovers face an impossible choice.

Love or Fate? Which is stronger?

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ballad of bloodBALLAD OF BLOOD: BOOK 5 IN THE SPELLSINGER SERIES by Amy Sumida

In the wake of the Battle of Primeval, Elaria and her consorts are trying to settle into a routine that will satisfy their responsibilities as well as their desire. But there is one responsibility that Banning refuses to commit to; taking the Blooder crown from his father. As King Sorin’s attempts to persuade Banning grow desperate, Banning becomes even more steadfast in his refusal. If a compromise can’t be made, the Spellsinger’s next song could be a ballad of blood.

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demon deceptionDEMON DECEPTION (THE RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by M J Haag

Cassie Feld’s world is falling apart. Grieving from the loss of her husband and youngest child, she lives in fear of losing her remaining daughter. She knows she can’t protect her alone. There’s a solution, as terrifying and as heartbreaking as she finds it, that will ensure she never has to suffer such a devastating loss again. She needs to sleep with one of the dark fey who rose with the hellhounds. More than that, she needs to become his. She has to give him the one thing she isn’t sure she can. Her heart.

Cassie must figure out a way to set aside her grief long enough to get the deed done. After all, what wouldn’t a mother do to protect her child? Even risk falling in love again.

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wrynterWRYNTER by Linda Mooney

She reaches into minds to discover the truth. But this time, what she finds could get her killed.

Wrynter Poe is both blessed and cursed with a unique ability. She can’t read minds, but she can follow a person’s memories of an event they witnessed. Which is why she works as a special agent for the FBI in helping local law enforcement agencies solve crimes. But this gift comes with a price. She cannot touch the bare skin of another person, for fear of accidentally obtaining emotional discharge or feelings from them.

Lieutenant Hammond Blake is an undercover cop who’s been assigned to help this strange woman, when a homicide case she’s helping with suddenly takes a dangerous turn…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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dreams of darknessDREAMS OF DARKNESS (THE FORSAKEN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

Waking with horrific injuries in a hospital, Adara can’t recall her past. Who is she? And more importantly what is she? Her only hints come during her nightmares.

Dark dreams that are forgotten when she wakes.

Having amnesia doesn’t stop danger from stalking her. She attracts the attention of a werewolf and a vampire. As events spiral out of control she wonders if she’s losing her mind.

Magic and supernatural beings can’t exist.
Her mind says ‘Forget.’
But she wants to remember. However, if she does, will the truth shatter her?

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stealing a lions heartSTEALING A LION’S HEART: THE CALLAHAN PACK by S M Freed

Zora was kidnapped as a child and held by a ruthless wolf pack alpha. After years of abuse, she escapes and ends up being saved by Colin, who turns out to be her mate.

Colin is looking at land to expand the pack territory when he comes across a female his lion says is his mate. Before he can find out, she passes out from running for her life.

Saving this female, his alpha finds out there are prisoners of women and children. The alpha, Clay, and his team rescue the group and find there are more mates for his men.

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consumedCONSUMED (VAMPIRE AWAKENINGS BOOK 8) by Brenda K Davies

When Mollie awakens to find herself in a cage, she doesn’t remember how she or her sister got there, but she also discovers they are not alone in their nightmare. After their captors take her sister, Mollie vows to do whatever it takes to rescue Aida. The only problem is, she has no idea how she’s going to break free… until Mike arrives.

Imprisoned together, Mollie and Mike join forces to break free, but they soon discover life outside of captivity is even deadlier and more horrific than anything they could have imagined. Frightened by her newfound knowledge of vampires, Mollie’s forced to accept what Mike is while they hunt for her sister and his friends.

Despite her reservations about him, the more time they spend together, the more their feelings for each other deepen. Will they live long enough for their love to grow, or will the horrors they face consume them?

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slaying itSLAYING IT (CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES) by Chloe Neill

Merit, the Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also excited to see her feet again. While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a man in need, only to find herself the victim of a kidnapping attempt. Someone with a serious debt to some very serious people thinks Cadogan House will pay a rich reward for Merit’s return.

Jonah, the handsome captain of Grey House’s guards, is on his way to a meeting at Cadogan–and if he’s honest with himself, to drop in on Cadogan’s gorgeous and brilliant chef, Margot–when he stumbles on the aftermath of the attack. He’ll stop at nothing to help the Cadogan vampires, including Margot, face down the threat.

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close enough to loveCLOSE ENOUGH TO LOVE (A GODS AND CONCUBINES NOVELLA) by Erin St Charles

Jasmine Greene left her abusive boyfriend with nothing more than her rescue cat and a train ticket to the quiet pack town of Perdition, Texas. Love left bruises on her body, as well her soul. All she wants is a safe place to get her life back on track.

AJ’s life was changed when he witnessed a terror attack. He returns to the peace and quiet of his childhood home in Perdition to lick his wounds and re-evaluate his life.
Can they find what they need in each other?Circumstances bring the two of them together. These two committed introverts are looking for solace, not love. But circumstances force a closer connection. Can they let down their guards long enough to let love in?
wild irish graceWILD IRISH GRACE: BOOK 7 IN THE MYSTIC COVE SERIES by Tricia O’Malley

Grace O’Brien lives an unapologetic life – one where she uses magick and attitude alike to live exactly as she pleases. With talents far beyond what most can comprehend, Grace dances through life with verve and enthusiasm.

But it isn’t all magick and mirth. A secret haunts Grace through the darkest hours of the night. For in her heart lies the soul of a fierce pirate queen, one that has loved and weathered unequivocal loss. Now, as she hopes once more for true love – a love that was promised to her – It seems that Grace might not always be able to get everything that she desires.

From the moment that Dylan Kelly sailed into Grace’s Cove, the town captured his heart. Pulled by an invincible need to move to the village, Dylan changes his entire life to finally focus on his passion project. When Dylan runs headfirst into the indomitable force that is Grace O’Brien, he battles both his attraction and his ethics in order to pursue the one thing that matters most to him – building his legacy.

As centuries blur and souls collide, Grace must come to terms with the fact that she can’t control everything – even her heart.

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darik_Veronica_ScottVS Note: And as a reminder, I had a new scifi romance release last week: DARIK

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 11

July 4

June 27

June 20

June 13

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.  

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

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 11

darik_Veronica_ScottIncluding one from me this week – WHEE!!!

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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DARIK: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 4) by Veronica Scott

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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imperatorIMPERATOR (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 11) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Have I been waiting for this one!!! One clicked.

Space station security specialist Sam has done one thing since her abduction by alien slavers…fight to survive. But now one strong alien gladiator stands at her side and Sam knows she is no longer alone.

Thrust into a lawless desert arena, Sam Santos has done terrible things in order to stay alive. As the Champion of Zaabha, she’s been fighting to find a way out. Everything changes when the Imperator of the House of Galen sacrifices his freedom to help her. The hard-bodied, fierce man has vowed to help her escape, but getting out of Zaabha is only the first deadly task they face.

Galen was bred to be a royal bodyguard and protect his prince. With his planet now destroyed, he’s grown powerful and forged his wealthy gladiatorial House on the desert planet of Carthago. All Galen knows is honor, service, and sacrifice. Now his life depends on working with one battle-hardened woman of Earth as they fight together to survive. But Sam Santos is not what he expected. Tough, yes. A brilliant fighter, for sure. But there is a softer side to the woman as well. And Galen finds himself irrevocably drawn to all of Sam’s captivating facets.

Then they uncover a devious plot by the Thraxians that could bring down the foundations of the Kor Magna Arena and all they hold dear. Galen and Sam will stop at nothing to defeat the evil alien slavers, even if it means war. In amongst the fighting, Sam may finally show a man who lives for everyone else, that he deserves more than just honor and freedom, but love as well…if they survive the coming battle.

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lost valyrLOST VALYR: PROJECT ENTERPRISE BOOK 7 by Pauline Baird Jones

VS Note: I’ve been really enjoying this series so I had this pre-ordered.

Dr. Rachel Grant knows her way around the Garradian tech on the Kikk Outpost. But the technology she encounters in an alien medical lab stumps even her brilliant mind. With a little help from her scheming parrot sidekick, she manages to push the right buttons and transport them to an uncharted planet…where they find a recently defrosted alien, who heats up Rachel.

Valyr wasn’t going to warm up to the bright-eyed scientist anytime soon…not after she pried centuries of cryosleep from his cold fingers. But waking up in the wrong century is nothing compared to the robots targeting his still-frozen team. And their situation only gets worse when he discovers the spiderweb of destruction trailing in the robots’ wake. With their backs against the wall, Valyr is blown away by Rachel’s determined passion in the face of impossible odds… but they’ll need more than a chemical reaction to survive what is headed their way.

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unit 78 rescuedUNIT 78: RESCUED (CyBRG FILES BOOK 2) by Evangeline Anderson and Mina Carter

VS NOTE: I’ve had this one on pre-order and I am SO IMPATIENT.  I LOVED the first book in the series so much.

Unit 78, formerly Corporal Richard Hardgraves, is a Cyborg with a mission: to rescue the Admiral’s daughter from the dreaded Tr’Low Cult on Beacon 5. The Tr’Lows have a prophesy that a half-metal man will come from the sky and father the perfect child on a chosen bride–Rich tells himself he will play the part just long enough to grab the girl and run.

Kyrin Pierce is a Peace Keeper with IPKA–the Interstellar Peace Keeping Association. Lured to Beacon 5 by a fake call, she was captured and now she is being prepared for an unspeakable ceremony. She too plays into the Tr’Low prophecy because of her flame-red hair. As the priestesses of the cult inject her full of hormones to drive her wild with need, she has nearly given up hope of escape.

Rich might be more metal than man but he still has a heart and when he sees what the Kyrin has been through, he aches for her pain. But in order to get her out of the Tr’Low compound, he must do the unthinkable…and give the cultists what they want by taking Kyrin in their public ceremony.

Kyrin doesn’t care that the man who has come for her is a cyborg, she only knows that her body needs him desperately. And after he rescues her, her heart needs him too.
But Kyrin’s father, Admiral Pierce, doesn’t approve of his daughter loving a “metal monster.” When he separates them and sends Kyrin to a hospital to take care of her “problem” can Rich rescue her again…in time to save their baby?

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helldiveHELLDIVE (AEON’S LEGACY BOOK 4) by Alexis Glynn Latner

VS Note: This is on my TBR.

Hidden inside the Starcross Nebula is a place of interstellar shipwreck. It’s like a Bermuda Triangle half as old as time. It harbors malicious monsters and dangerous mysteries.

It’s a hell of a place to attempt a rescue mission.

Captain Zilka Devreze and her crew on the starship Guardian Angel must race against time to find shipwreck survivors in mortal danger. They’ll use Zilka’s genius grasp of the intricacies of fast starflight to get in and back out again.
Mission specialist Jack Mistry was an accident investigator in the Solar System in his previous life. Abruptly revived from stasis in the starship Aeon, he agrees to join the unprecedented mission. When he fled from Earth on Aeon, what he expected to find on the other side of the stars wasn’t an interstellar accident scene like this. Or a woman like Zilka.

Always as singularly alone as she was brilliant, Zilka discovers that this can change. But first she has to learn how to lead a very assorted crew. And Jack has to learn to follow his heart. They will all learn how death and life, hell and hope, and danger and love intersect in the Starcross Nebula.

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space deputySPACE DEPUTY (INTERSTELLAR SHERIFF BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz

A millennium into the future, the Saloon Sector is where the Wild West meets the 1950s, in space, with robots. It’s where careers go to die.

Thelma Bach graduated top of her class after four years at the Galactic Justice academy. But she’s a Rock Sector citizen. The core worlders were never going to let her transcend her background. So she’s been assigned to serve her seven years as a deputy in the Saloon Sector. The message for the Federation’s out-world citizens is clear: you’ll never be our equal, so don’t even try.

The stuffy bureaucrats of the Galactic Justice service chose the wrong person to push around. Thelma will subvert her interstellar sheriff, charm artificial intelligences, fight bandits and hunt the legendary Eldorado Cache. But with the frontier region holding secrets of its own, she needs to choose her new allies wisely because a scary, business-suited enemy is hunting her.

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karekKAREK (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr

VS note: Author spells the hero’s name differently on the cover and in the blurb; just FYI, it wasn’t me doing typos, I swear!

Kerek Khane knows he’s in a position of power.
He’s expecting the human to show up with weapon codes.
He abducts her to take her to his leader.
But on the long space voyage – passion.
He can’t resist her strength, courage, body.
But she has betrayed the deal.
She brought fake codes.
Now her life is in danger.
Only Kerek can save her.But saving her means giving up his position in his clan.
If he saves her he loses everything. If he doesn’t – he loses her.
How can he make a choice when there is so much on the line?

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SUN IN THE OVENSUN IN THE OVEN: GALAXA WARRIORS (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 16) by Milly Taiden

Henley Rourke is a woman who loves a challenge. A while back, Gerri Wilder convinced her and two friends to make an interstellar jump to another galaxy. A thrill too hard to resist, Henley found herself on a planet filled with gorgeous shifters. But she’s restless and looking for a little adventure. And then she meets Damen Iceri. Badass. Shifter. Oh, yeah, and so hot, he makes her undies disappear. She gets more than she expects when she realizes Damen isn’t the only hot shifter who wants her.

Gunner Lukas, alpha of the Summit Bear Clan is a pair with Damen. Gunner is also the alpha to Damen’s omega. Bound by tradition and ritual, these two bears are looking for their mate, the one woman to complete their triad. And that’s Henley. But he’s not sure how she will handle finding out. When this triad gets together, things go from hot to explosive.

They’re ready to make their mating dreams come true along with all the dirty thoughts she’s had since meeting them.  A forever threesome? All about her? Yes, please! But there’s no time to think about forever—not when they are charged with finding the source behind a series of deaths by poison and doing their best to keep Henley from becoming the next victim.

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caught in timeCAUGHT IN TIME (KENDRA DONOVAN MYSTERIES) by Julie McElwain

Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.
October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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mated on hadesMATED ON HADES (CELESTIAL MATES) by Golden Angel

Tarrik would do anything to avoid breaking his mother’s heart, so he begrudgingly signs up for Celestial Mates and agrees to come home and settle down once the agency finds his match. There’s just one catch: he’s not ready to give up his free and easy life traveling the galaxy. And he’s doing exactly as his mother asked, so what will it hurt if he makes himself as unappealing as possible on his mate application?

Juliette is a woman on the run. Her attitude, and more importantly her hacking skills, have pissed off all the wrong people. Now the target of a contract hit, she’s decided the solution to her problems is to leave the planet as fast as she can. The Celestial Mates program is exactly what she needs. By the time her “mate” realizes she’s impossible to live with, hopefully it will be safe for her to return to earth. She wasn’t counting on a seriously hot alien who looked like the devil and could do the most sinful things with his tail.

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draekon feverDRAEKON FEVER (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 6) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

Being the only virgin on the prison planet isn’t so bad.
No, actually, it totally sucks.
There are two Draekons who are interested in me. Well, I thought they were, but they keep blowing hot and cold. They won’t make a move. It’s infuriating.
Whatever. I have no use for broody aliens. None at all. No matter how gorgeous they are. No matter how much my insides tingle when they touch me…
Then it turns out that the Draekons have a very good reason for staying away.

Because they’re ill with the fever, and it will kill them unless I can find a cure.
This time, the virgin is going to save her two dragons.

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calanCALAN: PSION FACTOR SON (ALEDAN SERIES BOOK 6) by Christine Meyers

Ajha Lann, a dawning psion grew up under the wing of an older girl. Together they scrounged for food and avoided capture by the gangers in the ruins of Farringay. Left on her own when Mikki is captured by gangers, the voices in her head seemed to get louder but one presence is stronger than the others. It gives her hope of something better for her future.
Calan Narcaza’s mother, the former Michelle Marlow was born in the ruins Farringay outside the Starport Compound. Little had changed since his father went to Earth to find Chelle and claim her as his mate. Calan knows the dangers, but he has felt Ajha Lann reaching out to him from several years. He knew that for her to reach him over such interstellar distance could only mean that she was his psion mate.
His brother Jamerin brings Calan to Earth in his starship, though he is skeptical about leaving his baby brother on his own. Then they find a cyborg in stasis at the industrial complex that Calan bought to give refuge to the people struggling to survive in the city ruins. They wake him.
Calan and cyborg Rax Ven become allies building the Refuge together and facing off with the Overlords and gangers in a final showdown.

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aliens captive lisa laceALIEN’S CAPTIVE (TERRAMATES BOOK 15) by Lisa Lace

I know what I want from an Earth woman.
Someone to cry out my name with desire.
Someone to have my babies.
What I don’t want is a wife.
The last thing I need is a distraction.

A delectable earthling makes me reconsider my plans. Perri is lovely. Curves, blue eyes, and ivory skin I want to taste. Her beauty makes planning to overthrow the corrupt government hard.
Very hard.
I terrify her. When I get close to her, she darts away. She calls me a rogue and a brute.
No one can talk to me this way…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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light unfoldingLIGHT UNFOLDING (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 8) by Rebecca Royce

Hurled across time and space, Waverly Sandler lives in unexpected exile on a planet doomed to be destroyed. A nurse and caretaker, she finds herself going through the motions waiting for an inevitable end she cannot change and missing the four parts of her soul she left behind—in the future—whenever. The last thing she expected was salvation in the eleventh hour, or a wild journey through the time warping effects of the black hole, but their reunion is only the next step in an ever spiraling journey.

With Ari, Jackson, Rohan, and Canyon willing to break every rule, they will rely on Waverly to light their path.

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her rohxari guardiansHER ROHXARI GUARDIANS by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress

Following the last alien attack, Angel lost much more than her arm — she lost the respect of her crew. Traveling around space, it’s easy to get lost…But sometimes, instead, you find everything you didn’t know you were looking for.

Like three huge, powerful, armed Rohxari guardians tasked with beating away the very aliens that nearly took Angel’s life. Like a savage planet, a paradise; a home.

Like a prophecy, that can’t possibly be true, that the Rohxari Queen will soon be returning. Angel doesn’t believe in prophecies; she doesn’t believe in fate. But Saxxon, Wylar and Huck do.

She’d walk away, but … there are three of them, and they’re much stronger than her. And, hell, maybe it’d be fun to be princess of paradise for a day.

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starlessSTARLESS (HALF LIGHT BOOK 3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

VS Note: YA/NA

They are all trapped under a starless sky…

It turns out correcting the balance of the universe is harder than anyone could have imagined. Noah and Rachel’s mission to find Caspian’s starmate is interrupted when aliens board their ship. Noah is sent into his worst nightmare, while Rachel is forced to continue on alone. Across the galaxy, Angie is trying to survive her training mission while fighting her growing feelings for Kelby. Heading back to Andrelexa, Caspian is still completely in love with Rachel, and determined to do anything to ensure her protection.

When communications go down throughout the galaxies, being lost in space takes on a whole new meaning.

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similayer projectTHE SIMILAYER PROJECT: PART ONE  by Various

VS note: OK, I’m a sucker for post apocalyptic tales so I read some of the ‘Look Inside’ and one clicked.

A deadly virus born of good intentions ravages the planet, leaving humans on the bottom of the food chain as the infected mutate into creatures born of myth and nightmares.

As the military sets out to gather the healthy inside the walls of a biolab located in the central United States, the fight for survival begins for anyone willing to step beyond the safety of their own front door.

Follow five groups of survivors as they journey from California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, and Massachusetts in an epic adventure to find, not only what’s left of their government, but their independence, true love, and the strength to survive in a world bent on breaking them.

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key to the deadfallKEY TO THE DEADFALL: INTO THE DEADFALL BOOK TWO by Susan Trombley

Evie managed to survive for months in the strange parallel dimension where she was dropped after accidentally activating a portal in her father’s shed. The Dead Fall doesn’t treat survivors kindly, as Evie discovers when she’s captured by alien creatures and taken to the settlement of Omni to be put on display in a bar.

When a gray alien appears in the bar to rescue her, she wonders at first if she hasn’t gone straight from the frying pan into the fire. Yet, the alien she nicknames Gray proves to be friendly, if a bit too determined to see her meet some destined mate she’s not interested in finding.

Gray tells her she must seek her own destiny, but she can’t help thinking she’s already found it, despite what he says. After all, her knight in shining armor has come to rescue her, and if he just so happens to have a flying saucer instead of a white horse, that’s okay with her.

Doshakeren is a hero. A legend. They sing epic songs about the warrior among his kin. When his most trusted advisor betrays him and locks him away with a strange artifact that casts him into another realm, he faces challenges beyond anything he’d ever faced before—the biggest being his fascination with the human female who makes him have forbidden thoughts that would see him outcast from his nest.

Evie must choose her own destiny, but nothing will be easy for her, least of all the Dead Fall itself, because the Nexus is watching. And waiting.

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heroines journeyHEROINE’S JOURNEY (HEROINE COMPLEX BOOK 3) by Sarah Kuhn

If there’s one thing Beatrice Tanaka never wanted to be, it’s normal. But somehow, her life has unfolded as a series of “should haves.” Her powers of emotional projection should have made her one of the most formidable superheroes of all time. And she should have been allowed to join her older sister Evie as a full-fledged protector of San Francisco, pulverizing the city’s plethora of demon threats.

But Evie and her superheroing partner, Aveda Jupiter, insist on seeing Bea as the impulsive, tempestuous teenager she used to be–even though she’s now a responsible adult. And that means Bea is currently living a thoroughly normal life. She works as a bookstore lackey, hangs out with best friends Sam Fujikawa and Leah Kim, and calms her workplace’s more difficult customers. Sure, she’s not technically supposed to be playing with people’s mental states. But given the mundanity of her existence, who can blame her?

When a mysterious being starts communicating with Bea, hinting at an evil that’s about to overtake the city, she seizes the opportunity, hoping to turn her “should haves” into the fabulous heroic life she’s always wanted. But gaining that life may mean sacrificing everything–and everyone–she holds dear.

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dark chocolate and strawberriesDARK CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRIES by Daryl DeVore

What’s a naughty fairy tale like Red Riding Hood without Red, the huntsman, grandma and especially, the big bad wolf?

Esmerelda ‘Red’ Hood is summoned to her mother’s executive suite only to learn her sweet granny is headed for a romantic cruise with a gigolo. Horrified, Red races off to save her grandma before it’s too late.

On board, Red meets Andrew Woodsman and Willem Olf. One a cutie with the biggest puppy eyes and the other a dark, sophisticated predator. Her grandmother’s warning rings in Red’s ear “Never trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Even with the warning, Red has trouble choosing which man could be the big bad wolf and which could be her happily ever after.

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shades of faeSHADES OF FAE by Various

Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We only know three things about the Fae: They don’t lie, they cheat. What they aren’t given, they take. And if they can’t rule…they conquer. Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York City, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection from today’s hottest USA Today, award-winning, and international bestselling paranormal and fantasy authors.

Shades of Fae is your ticket to a mystical realm where Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings unparalleled danger.

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a bears mercyA BEAR’S MERCY (SHIFTER COUNTRY BEARS BOOK 3) by Dakota West

Charlotte “Charlie” Mullins doesn’t mind putting herself in danger. She’s actually volunteered to hunt down Kade Lessing, a feral alpha bear who might be attacking and killing wolf shifters in Cascadia. Charlie’s not scared of the big bad bear, though maybe she should be…

Kade Lessing isn’t really feral, though sometimes he wishes he were. God knows he’d be less tormented, and it would make things a little easier on him and his mate Daniel. When Kade hears a woman scream in the forest, he runs to the aid of a total stranger.

With one glance at the curvy, tomboyish girl left bleeding on the ground, he knows instantly that he’d do anything to save her – including fighting off the wolves who attacked her. When Kade carries her back to the cabin, Daniel feels exactly the same way.

They’ve saved her life, but can Charlie tell them the truth – that she was on a mission to take down Kade? Can their triad bond survive a battle between wolves, bears, and humans, or is their fated love doomed to fall apart?

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dragons bloodDRAGON’S BLOOD: STORY OF THE BRETHREN BOOK 2 by LaVerne Thompson

After losing her mother at a very young age, Arianna’s world changed when her father came to get her. He took her across the Atlantic Ocean, away from everything she’d ever known and loved. But once again she’s forced to cross the Atlantic, this time leaving everything she’d grown to love behind. Running from the thing that had killed her remaining parent, running for her life. And fleeing from the being she’d dreamt of for half her life. Nothing could save her, she didn’t believe in myths and fairytales. Didn’t believe in the man with the eyes that flashed gold. She could trust no one. Not even the voice whispering inside her head she recognized as her own.

Talon had come to Earth searching for his truemate. Knowing she was near but still so very far away. Only able to reach her when they both closed their eyes, but waking up to find it had all been nothing but a dream. Until one day he heard her cry of pain and felt the crippling pang of fear that invaded her mind. She needed him, but he couldn’t find her. Not until she released her block against him. He just hoped it would not be too late. Because an ancient enemy roamed Earth once more and hunted his truemate. It was a race as to which one of them would find her first. Talon would not lose.

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court of flameCOURT OF FLAME (THE PHOENIX WARS BOOK 3) by Miranda Martin and Nadia Hunter

The former mad King Emberich is back and out for vengeance. He wants to destroy Sven, my love and sovereign, for daring to stand up to the crazed, bloodthirsty tyrant.

I have to stop my father, nothing else matters.

I’ve got allies, sure, but if I call on them there’ll be open warfare between the Dragons and the Phoenixes. No one wants that, least of all me.

I know what Sven would say. I should let him go rather than risk everything. But that’s not going to happen.

He’s mine, I’m his, and I’m going to solve this. My heart wars with my duty but I refuse to let either one go.

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wendigo huntingWENDIGO HUNTING (WENDIGO REDEMPTION BOOK 2) by Wendie Nordgren

Prejudices can run deep, and grudges can last for decades. Unfortunately for Rozene, such is the case between the Wendigoag, the Four Bears tribe, and the werewolves.

Fearing what she has become and fighting against her own nature, Rozene desperately tries to follow her heart. Rejected by the man she loves, she is determined to put her pain behind her, but her romantic entanglements have become knots. Her heart is torn amongst Hunting Wolf, with his Wendigo magic calling to her blood, Colby, the cowboy turned werewolf, who has claimed her as his mate, and Chief Sam Stillwater, the bear shifter, who her own heart has claimed. Each of them calls to her soul, demanding her loyalty and love, but whose call should she answer when she loves them equally?

However, Rozene’s romantic angst will have to wait. An ancient dark magic is unleashed upon the inhabitants of Silver Springs. Chenoo, evil ice spirits, are freezing to death people and livestock. To survive, the Four Bears tribe, the Wendigoag, and the werewolves will have to overcome their own prejudices and fight together or die together.

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concubine and her vampiresTHE CONCUBINE AND HER VAMPIRES by Julie Morgan

VS Note: From May

Born a blood demon, Olivia Martin’s sole purpose is to become a blood slave to a vampire. She is nothing more than a blood bag.

With a vampire as her master, she would want for nothing, her every need and whim catered to, but becoming a prisoner was not the life Olivia would have chosen for herself.

At least, until she met Jared and his four brothers-at-arms. Giving yourself to one person was easy. Having fun with two, exciting. But a harem of lovers? It was more than Olivia ever considered possible.

Need, lust, and blood drive Olivia to find a strength inside herself to not only accept her five sexy-as-sin vampires, but to also protect herself from an evil hell bent on claiming her for its own.

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balefireBALEFIRE (WHYBORNE & GRIFFIN BOOK 10) by Jordan L Hawk

Whyborne’s Endicott relatives have returned to collect on the promise he made to help them take back their ancestral manor from an evil cult. In exchange, they’ll give him the key to deciphering the Wisborg Codex, which Whyborne needs to learn how to stop the masters.

To that end, Whyborne, his husband Griffin, and their friends Iskander and Christine travel to a small island off the coast of Cornwall. But when they arrive at Balefire Manor, Whyborne must not only face the evil within the ancient mansion, but the painful truth about his own destiny.

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ariels anticsARIEL’S ANTICS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 2 by Robyn Peterman

What in the clam shell does a Mermaid have to do to find true love?

I’m bored. And if I’m being honest, I’m jealous. I want my sister to have her happily ever after. I do. But I want my own adventures and my own true love. For two hundred years I’ve suffered through one immortal asshat after another while stuck on Mystical Isle. And while running a tourist trap for humans might be entertaining, I’m never going to find my true love in this sea of monotony.

Of course, there is a Selkie… the sexiest most idiotic man-seal I’ve ever had the misfortune of swimming across—definitely an asshat. Unfortunately, the dork still invades my dreams on a regular basis.

finally have a shot at an adventure. I must save our island home. However, the mission is to seek out the very Selkie who stole my heart… the same asshat whose Johnson I’d tried to truncate.

Holy hell and seashells. Only I would agree to a tsunami waiting to happen.

Ask any tuna you happen to see… Who’s the craziest Mermaid? That would be me.

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cautious catCAUTIOUS CAT (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Severine Wolfe

Talikha Tella had seen Aleksei Koukleva in a lecture hall at Oxford University and known the was his. She had plans. Big plans. Every single cousin of hers who had ever told her she’d never find a mate would suck it because she had, and he was beautiful.

Aleksei Koukleva had never seen a more beautiful woman that the student who had grabbed and kept his attention at a lecture he’d done as a favor to a friend. He was the mate he had always imagined. He could not wait to get her back to Russia and his Tiger Streak.

Being kidnapped, beaten and halfway starved to death changes a person and Tali doubts everything she ever thought she knew about her mate. They have to fight to keep themselves together. The hardest battle must be fought within themselves.

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faceless womanTHE FACELESS WOMAN: A SWAN PRINCESS RETELLING  (OTHERWORLD BOOK 4) by Emma Hamm

VS note: Sounds good! Put it on my TBR.

Once upon a time…

A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do.

She curses him.

Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds them together. His life is hers and he refuses to die. He saves her from the fires, casts a hex on the townsfolk for good measure, then whisks her away to safety. His only stipulation? She has to remove the binding curse.

Unfortunately for them both, she can’t. Witch and Unseelie must travel across the Otherworld to break the ties that bind them. Secrets and lies stand between them, but both will stop at nothing to save themselves.

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embersEMBERS (A DARK IN YOU NOVEL) by Suzanne Wright

With the birth of their son, Asher, Harper and Knox are both more powerful and more vulnerable than they’ve ever been before. Asher’s charm has seduced even the devil himself, but Harper knows that the real villain is still out there, and as desperate as ever to see the Primes fall. They’re laying low, and there’s no way to tell which one of their circle is really a deadly foe . . .

When the final horseman makes their move, Harper and Knox will have to use all the considerable power at their disposal – and that may even include Asher’s mysterious abilities. One thing’s for sure – this is a baby who’s more than a match for any demon coming after him.

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fire bornFIRE BORN (QUEEN OF THE SEVEN STARS BOOK 1) by Kallista Dane

I learned my fate on my eighteenth birthday, the day my father died and I became the virgin Queen.

The day my life changed forever.

The Lord of Darkness has risen. He means to conquer my kingdom and take me as his bride. But to succeed, he needs the power of the five Sacred Sources.

I must find the Fire Born. The one who shifts into a fearsome dragon. He’s come to me in dreams in his human form, stirring shameful, dark desires inside me. The prophecy says he will take me as his mate – and join with me to battle the Dark Lord, who has awakened from the spell cast on him a thousand years ago.

Then I must seek out the others. Five in all, each with his own special skill.

The Warrior. The Wizard. The Mystic. And last, the Rogue.

I must secure their protection, their allegiance, using whatever means necessary, whether it be to offer them riches or a title… or my body. A place in my bed as well as on the throne.

The Oracle says only by uniting with these five powerful men will I accomplish my mission. Avenge my father’s death – and save the World of the Seven Stars from an enemy as old as the Universe.

But she never warned me about the dangers of falling in love.

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claiming the dragon kingCLAIMING THE DRAGON KING: THE ELITE GUARDS NOVEL by Amelia Hutchins

The Horde took everything from him.
He’s honor bound to avenge his people and take back his palace by any means necessary.
Blane has kept his people hidden from the Horde since the day they came in and wiped out the dragon race, but they didn’t kill them all. Now he’s back, and making a move against the Horde. He’s going to take back what’s rightfully his in a step to wage war against those who took everything from him. The one thing he didn’t expect was to find her instead of the Horde King’s offspring.
Ciara has lived in the shadows and survived torture at the hands of her own father. She’s trained hard to find her place among the Elite Guard. Until she is captured by him…changing her destiny along with it in one fateful night.
Now, she will taste unbridled passion at the hands of her captor, and she isn’t sure she’ll survive the heat of the Dragon King.

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riverRIVER (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 7) by Samantha Leal 

Stacey: It all started with her friend giving birth. Then strange things start happening in Lost Creek…and if she is to believe what she is being told…she has an integral role to play…and a secret destiny only she can fulfill…It just so happens that the dark and sexy River will be the catalyst…

River: He is a natural protector. And when he returns to Lost Creek and more secrets begin to be revealed, he knows exactly where…and with whom his skills are needed…

Can this unlikely pair navigate the rising dangers as well as their own passions to save Lost Creek from this unseen threat? But first of course…can they save themselves?

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im not lionI’M NOT LION TO YOU (SOULATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY ALASKA BOOK 2) by Krystal Shannon

Kann is a lion shifter from another world. Literally. Even though he’s learned how to walk, talk, dress and sound just like everyone else in Mystery, Alaska, he still can’t find his mate. Until she walks right into the local grocery store. Her blue eyes and killer legs make his lion stand up and roar. Well, that and her soul is glowing just for him. That only happens…
with soulmates. Which means the magick of his world did cross over to Earth with the survivors.

Penny is on the run, being chased at a breakneck pace over the Alaskan countryside. She can’t trust anyone and knows it’s only a matter of time until she’s caught. When she meets Kann, the sexy backwoods, plaid-shirted man from Mystery, she’s instantly attracted. However, she can’t afford a distraction and she doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt when they come for her.

Except, Kann has never met an objection he couldn’t overcome. With patience and determination, he wins Penny over inch by inch. But will Penny’s past steal everything from both of them?

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jazzie and sugar belleJAZZIE & SUGAR BELLE by Lilith St Crow

Jozzie Shale, missing a particularly intimate piece of his person, lands in LA with a hangover and plenty of determination. He needs help, fast–and fortunately, he’s got the address of a witch who owes his buddy Petey a favor.

She’s a solution: Sugar Belle, of the Virginia Belles, is only mildly amused when a drunken shapeshifter shows up in her tattoo chair. Add a warlock with a necromantic book, coyote shifters, the end of the world, plus a few hundred pounds of cheese, and even a witch of Sugar’s caliber might be in for a bad night.

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hocus pocusHOCUS POCUS & THE ALL NEW SEQUEL by A W Jantha

VS Note: No idea if there’s romance but wow, did my family ever love the original movie.

Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on Earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.

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of fire and stormOF FIRE AND STORM (PIPER LANCASTER SERIES #2) by D G Swank

Just when Piper begins to accept her new role as demon slayer, a fresh threat rises.

People are disappearing, and Piper is sure a sinister, otherworldly force is at play.

Add to that ghosts who show up out of thin air, warning her of a danger she won’t be able to outrun, and a freaking bevy of supernatural creatures hiding in the background, and Piper suddenly has her hands full. Especially when the new creatures aren’t demons, or ghosts and she has no idea how to deal with them.

Or whether or not they be good little monsters, or bad.

There is one man who has the knowledge she needs to survive but she can’t even count on him. Why? The bastard left town.

One thing is certain: a big bad demon’s come to town and Piper has to stop him—but she needs help to do it.

If only she could figure out whom to trust.

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awaken the darknessAWAKEN THE DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 8) by Dianne Duvall

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

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VS Note: Just a reminder there are three previous books in the Badari Warriors series available! 

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 4

June 27

June 20

June 13

June 6

May 30

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.  

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

 

 

 

 

DARIK Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Thrilled to announce the next book in my Badari Warriors series, DARIK! The cover is another gem from the talented Fiona Jayde.. UPDATED:  buy links (Kobo is still coming).

The blurb:

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

The excerpt:

Darik measured the size of the huge paw print in the snow, comparing the breadth to his own generously sized hand. “Big predator, nothing we’ve ever seen before. Nothing comparable in the lowlands.” He took a deep breath of the crisp mountain air, automatically sorting the scents and savoring many new to him. Small furred creatures, towering trees, elusive woodland flowers and moss – he enjoyed all the novelties. It was still a rare luxury for him not to smell the hated disinfectants and chemicals of the Khagrish lab where his kind were created.

His metallic companion MARL12 shifted beside him, disturbing the air as the small alien device floated on an antigrav cushion. “Best to avoid an encounter with any predators.”

Grinning, Darik rose to his feet and eyed the miniature ovoid, now positioned a few feet further away, orange and pink lights flicking across its shiny surface in rapid patterns. The one tiny patch of green on the machine which he’d noticed was consistently present blinked in the lower rear quadrant of the Alien Intelligence unit’s silver skin.

Darik dusted snow from his palms. “Nervous? I’ll protect you, don’t worry.” He kicked loose snow over the tracks contemptuously. “Big as this animal may be, he’s not going to challenge a full grown Badari male like me. My talons are twice the size of his.”

“We can’t afford to be diverted from our primary mission—”

“Give it a break, MARL12. We’re in this animal’s territory and, unless he challenges me, I’m not looking for trouble. Live and let live.”

Darik had been dropped off at a higher elevation in the mountains so he wouldn’t be spotted by the enemy based in the foothills. He’d descended thousands of feet since his arrival, taking a circuitous route to his assigned target. Neither he nor his Alpha wanted any hint of a Badari presence in the area to become known. He relished the chance to hike through the old growth forest, alone except for his annoying AI companion.

“The sun will set in thirty two minutes and twelve seconds,” MARL12 announced in a crisp tone with no resemblance to the timbre of either human or Badari voices but was uniquely his own, as if a sizable bird had been given vocal chords

Darik glanced at the small alien AI dispatched to assist him on this reconnaissance and decided to poke its emotional responses with a little barb. “I can see in the dark perfectly well. It’s a Badari attribute. Can’t you?”

A brief silence descended as the AI floated along on its antigrav cushion, bobbing over bushes and other obstacles. MARL12 might be a miniaturized version of its parent unit but the superior attitude was full scale. “I have complete visual acuity under all circumstances. My concern was for you to have a safe base camp established before dark.”

Pausing, Darik leaned in close.

The AI retreated a foot and hovered.

“I can take care of myself, thanks. I don’t need a minder.” Standing at his full seven foot height, Darik sampled the air again. “There’s no predator in this area capable of taking on a Badari and hoping to win.” He flashed his talons and fangs for the sheer joy of it. Leaping to the flat top of a nearby boulder, he surveyed the vistas ahead and expanded his chest with pleasure. This was the way for a man to live—free, with unlimited nature to explore. Of course, I do have a job to do. Aydarr didn’t send me here to have fun.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 4

collision lea kirkHappy Independence Day in the USA!

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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COLLISION (BOOK THREE OF THE PROPHECY SERIES) by Lea Kirk

A heart-rending loss…
Flora Bock will never forgive the Anferthian invaders for murdering her birth-parents. Growing up with the grandson of her sworn enemies is living a nightmare—until the day she sees him through the eyes of a young woman. But giving her heart to him is the ultimate betrayal of her parents’ memory.

A life in peril…
There are precious few places in the galaxy where Fander K’nil is safe. One look into Flora’s beautiful, hate-filled eyes is proof enough that Terr is not one of those places. He must keep her at a distance and stay alive long enough to fulfill his destiny. No matter what his heart desires.

An empire at stake…
Just as Fander and Flora begin to discover the depth of their feelings for each other, they are thrust into a deadly game of politics and assassination with an enemy who stops at nothing to stay in power. With the lives of everyone they love at risk, they must find a way to avert a new invasion before it’s too late—even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

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vordols vowVORDOL’S VOW (RISING SONS BOOK 2) by Dena Garson

VS Note: This story first appeared in the COSMIC CABARET  collection. I LOVED it. A fun story.

A long time ago Vordol Silveira learned that if he wanted to become the best bodyguard in the galaxy he needed to keep everyone except his brothers at arm’s length. That vow served him well until he runs into the now grown-up daughter of his former mentor while working a security job aboard the LS Quantum.

Pitannah Lorento is a Quantum waitress who dreams of winning this year’s intergalactic burlesque competition in order to pay for her mother’s expensive medical treatment. Seeing Vordol again brings back years of unfulfilled desires – a distraction she doesn’t need. Yet, she’s no longer an awkward teenager and he is sexier than ever.

Vordol’s client’s safety has always come first but when Pitannah is threatened, his heart demands he make her priority. If he somehow manages to keep them both safe through the competition, his vow may become obsolete.

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steel cari silverwoodSTEEL (DARK MONSTER FANTASY BOOK 2) by Cari Silverwood

A high-class, high-paying job being a principle data extractor for CESS industries, travelling the stars…good stuff, right, she tells herself. Except what she really needs is to find out who she is, her past, the names of her parents, and to maybe actually hook up with a male who turns her ON.

She adores the big guys like the orcs but the rules of proper society say humans must never mix with orcs.

Then a day comes when it all changes. The world crashes down about her and her half-orc guard, Hoss, the only survivor of her security squad. She has the hots for him and he wants into her pants.A final, desperate, go-out-with-a-bang decision turns everything upside down.

They don’t die. They get rescued. Oops.

She did it with an orc and now he wants Ember to be his. Forever.

Impossible.

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finding the jewelFINDING THE JEWEL (A KINDRED TALES PLUS NOVEL) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I like her writing. Sounds steamy HOT.

Chloe Deems is a plus sized girl with pink hair and an attitude –she owns her curves. Which is one reason she’s so upset when she gets abducted by aliens and forced to live in a Smart House designed to make her lose weight. She has to weigh in every day and the smart-aleck talking scale decides what she’s allowed to eat which is always lettuce and celery and never the delicious Thin Mints she can see peering tantalizingly out from behind the unbreakable glass cupboard in the kitchen. To Chloe, it seems like things just can’t get any worse…until a prospective buyer comes to look her over.

Tark is a Beast Kindred who has been on the outside looking in his whole life. A debilitating stutter has kept him from finding a mate or settling down. Finally he gets a prophesy from a priestess telling him to seek for an elusive jewel which can cure his voice and Tark knows just where to look for it—in the house where Chloe is being held prisoner. ..(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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tiger queenTHE TIGER QUEEN by Raisa Greywood

I’m the last of the Andreyev tigers. My species is extinct, except for me. Tigers used to be considered royalty. Atlanta is cold and dark now, and no safe haven remains in the once vibrant city. The devastating solar storms a hundred years ago saw to that. There is no prey and no chance for a mate in this poisoned world. Hunger and attrition have no respect for the shifter hierarchy, though. I am empress of a dying empire.

Aliens from a place called Ximera offer safe haven for humans. They want mates, too, and they offer fresh air and green space. It’s very tempting, and my tiger is hungry. My misgivings are put to rest when I go to the Exodus Authority and see the face of my mate. He is arresting. Not human, but his otherness is enticing. Even through a vid screen his fathomless brown eyes bore into my soul, and I want him. He is mine. And I don’t give a rat’s ass about who I have to eat to get him.

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mated to the alien lordMATED TO THE ALIEN LORD (CELESTIAL MATES) by Leslie Chase

With her life on Earth going nowhere, Gemma needs a fresh start. Enter the Celestial Mates Agency, who say they can match her with the perfect alien. And despite the dangers of his planet, Corvax is everything she could have asked for — impossibly hot, brave, and huge.

Now that she’s seen him, there’s no way she’s going back.

Corvax is the Protector of Clan Rohar, and his clansfolk are his priority. If that means putting off finding a mate, so be it — he can make that sacrifice for his people. The clan is in trouble, and that comes first.

His clan have other ideas, though. They want to see Corvax happy, which is why they’ve set him up with a human without his knowledge. Corvax’s first thought is to send her straight back to Earth, but once he meets her he’s not sure he can bear to let her go.

Being the mate of an alien lord isn’t free from dangers. Between storms, pirate attacks, and kidnappings, can Corvax keep Gemma safe? Or will his rivals tear them apart?

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day of wrathDAY OF WRATH (TAKING SHIELD BOOK 5) by Anna Butler

In less than a week, Bennet will finally return to the Shield Regiment, leaving behind the Gyrfalcon, his father, his friends… and Flynn. Promotion to Shield Major and being given command of a battle group despite the political fallout from Makepeace the year before is everything he thought he wanted. Everything he’s worked towards for the last three years. Except for leaving Flynn. He really doesn’t want to leave Flynn.

There’s time for one last flight together. A routine mission. Nothing too taxing, just savouring every moment with the best wingman, the best friend, he’s ever had. That’s the plan.

Bennet should know better than to trust to routine because what waits for them out there will change their lives forever.

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vesta exiledVESTA EXILED: VESTA COLONY BOOK ONE by Sterling R Walker

Sixteen years since the last supply ship.
Fifteen years since the last communication from Earth.

The deadly Plague that condemned Vesta colony to exile claimed the lives of half the adults. It also changed the DNA of the exposed children, gifting each with a unique mental ability called a Talent. Now grown to adulthood, those with Talents are feared by the rest of the colony.

Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are orphans of the Plague, Strays raised by their abusive Uncle Leighton who has risen to power. With the aid of their Talents, the brothers discover Leighton’s cruel plan to take control of the Strays.

When Corban sees a mysterious young woman in one of his premonitions, ready to strike him down with a sword, he is forced to make an impossible decision: find a way to change events to save his own life or join forces with his future killer to save the Strays.

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pure bondPURE BOND by Kim Knox

VS note: Previously published by Samhain. Seems to be a ‘short read’ per Amazon category.

What was more important? A stupid lump of rock or me?
Cam Vasek made the wrong choice. And for that, I would make him pay.
Or so I thought.

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alien outcastALIEN OUTCAST (CLANS OF KALQUOR) by Tracy St John

She escaped to Kalquor to warn the empire…but did she bring its destruction instead?

When a rogue Kalquorian raider snags a Bi’isil cruiser in Empire space, the outlaw crew is hoping for supplies. Instead, they find a Tragoom and an Earther woman with a dire warning: Bi’is is set to unleash a fatal plague on the Kalquorian Empire.

Piper Warren, with the help of her friend Ob, has faced death to save the Kalquorians from utter destruction. Instead of help, she stumbles on a ship filled with men who swear no loyalty to anyone but themselves. Can she convince them to set aside their lawless ways to save their people?

Captain Nako turned his back on Kalquor after Fleet Command decommissioned his raider. ..(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s page)…

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claimed by the alien mercenaryCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN MERCENARY by Viki Storm

One more job and I’m out. I’m done with this lousy planet. Deliver the human female to the Imperator of Fenda so he can have an exotic new addition to his royal harem.

But I can’t get enough of her. This feisty little human has the spirit of a true Zalaryn warrior.

Just my luck. I’ve been blessed with a bonded mate–and she’s the property of another male.

I don’t care what the law says: she’s mine.

I’ve got a plan. And I can’t wait to claim my prize…

JULA: I suppose this spaceship is better than rotting in an Earth jail cell. Because that’s where I belong. I’m a thief. A killer. Trust means nothing to me… unless I can use it to get what I want.

This alien mercenary thinks he can tame me, thinks he can use me as a pawn in this intergalactic war? Let him try.

He’s making me sweet promises, but too bad for him, I know how this game is played. I know the rules. And I know how to win.

If I want to get off this planet, I have no choice but to trust him.

But when he tells me that I’m his bonded mate, I realize that maybe this isn’t a game after all. Maybe it’s something much, much more.

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hidden queenTHE HIDDEN QUEEN (THE TRUE IMMORTALS SERIES BOOK 2) by E M Jaye

Eleanor never thought that her life would be anything more than the poverty she grew up in. But fate has other ideas. On her twentieth birthday Eleanor reported to the Claiming Ceremony. All women are required to enter, she never knew that she would be claimed.

Now she is more than just a mate to an alien warrior, she is a mate to the alien warrior. Danion Belator of Old, King of the alien race that saved humans from extinction is now her mate. She fears she has traded one master for another, until Danion transforms her.

She never knew she had strength within her, but Danion knows she does and will not rest until he awakens it. He brings out the fire hidden within. Where once she was meek, she is assertive. Where was she was afraid, she is brave. Where once she was alone, she now is mated.

Danion waited for eternity to claim his mate, and when she was finally within his grasp his enemies attempted to kill her. He swore bloody revenge against them.

But their assassination attempt uncovers hidden secrets about his young mate. Things that defy all reason, and that could very well mean the death of the galaxy.

With war upon them, Danion and Eleanor must fight for not just their lives, but all life in the galaxy. Danion needs Eleanor’s help to win this war, but his mate is unaware of her own strength. No worries, he will help her discover the Queen hidden inside her.

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alien brideALIEN BRIDE by Tracy Lauren

Alessandra Kennedy wakes up to a veritable hell, locked in a cage and held captive by aliens. But her greatest fear is of what lies beyond those cell doors. What horrors will the new life beyond her prison have to offer? She imagined every worst case scenario and all the horrible things that might await her, but never once did she imagine she would become an alien’s bride. The strange new culture that takes her in certainly does things differently than humans. Will she be able to get through the time she shares with her alien husband (without arguing) for long enough to make it home? Or will she lose her heart somewhere along the way?

Kye Amara, the rich and cocky diplomat, has always had everything at his disposal: money, women, success. But when a neighboring government tries to impress him with a gift of five beautiful slaves he finds himself drawn to one of them. Quickly this human tears down everything Kye thought he knew about himself, challenging him in a way he has never experienced before. Has Kye Amara finally met his match? And will he be able to prove he is man enough for his ALIEN BRIDE?

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gene born awakeningGENE BORN: AWAKENING (THE KOCI HYBRID SERIES BOOK 0) by Lily Griffin

VS Note: From May.

They never said life was fair, and they proved that statement was true over and over again. They lied to us. They changed us. They hurt us. They controlled us. The government used us to improve the human genome through gene modification. Earth was dying and they needed the humans to be stronger, faster, and harder to kill while traveling through space in their search for a new home. Then they took it even further when an alien species called the Koci were shot down right before the last Exodus ships were scheduled to leave. What they didn’t count on was our determination to win back our minds and bodies. We have awakened, now it is time to take back our freedom.

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syrekTHE ALIEN EXILE: SYREK (CLANS OF THE ENNOI) by Delia Roan

The alien mercenary Syrek Ar’Zathris inherited many sins from his warmonger father: his looks, his battleship, and his cutthroat reputation. When a mission goes wrong, Syrek winds up with a freezer full of human abductees in cryogenic slumber. The only one he really wants though is the dark-eyed beauty who stirs his Ennoi passions. She might be the one to finally melt Syrek’s heart, but first, he has to melt her cool exterior.

Mara Desai is obedient, hardworking, and always follows the rules, but she doesn’t need a rulebook to know she should stay away from Syrek. He’s trouble, from his smirk to his strut. As much as she resists, Syrek draws her in, tapping into a wild part of her she’s always hidden. But her friends are still encased in ice, and she must save them from a powerful alien enemy who approaches.

With everything they treasure at risk, the lovers will have to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for love… and how hard they are willing to fight for their beliefs.

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kaadeKAADE (WARRIORS OF CADIR) by Stella Sky

My name is Ivy Elm. I have been trained as a spy from a young age,
so when the SpaceAdministration Extraterrestrial Watch invited me
to go to Cadir and monitor the war happening between the Gilds
and Atherien Parduss species, saying yes was a no-brainer.

That is… until I am paired up with the sexy and mysterious Atherien shifter, Kaayde.

Sent into the rebel camp to find out their true plan of attack on the
alien government, his muscular body and dark, seductive eyes have
me lusting after him like never before.

Kaayde is a warrior with a deep secret. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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raneRANE (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 5) by Arcadia Shield

Rane is an Olickie – a diplomatic support advisor who is tired of massaging the egos of overpaid administrators. His enhanced mind manipulation ability makes him invaluable. One day, after almost derailing peace talks, he discovers he’s not as important as he thought he was.

Nell is sick of aliens. She thinks they’re weird, freaky, and they give her the chills. This wouldn’t be a problem if she didn’t surround herself with them every day. She has to, it’s her job as a matchmaker at My Single Alien. It’s also a way to help get free from the crippling fear she has about her own alien abduction. Nothing she does works. Nell just doesn’t get the attraction to aliens, and the daily battle she faces with her terror is ruining her.

One night, Nell stumbles into Rane’s art studio, and everything changes…(more blurb on ebook seller site….)

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waking the dreamerWAKING THE DREAMER by K Aten

By the end of the 21st century, the world had become a harsh place. After decades of natural and man-made catastrophes, nations fell, populations shifted, and seventy percent of the continents became uninhabitable without protective suits. Technological advancement strode forward faster than ever and it was the only thing that kept human society steady through it all. No one could have predicted the discovery of the Dream Walkers. They were people born with the ability to leave their bodies at will, unseen by the waking world. Having the potential to become ultimate spies meant the remaining government regimes wanted to study and control them. The North American government, under the leadership of General Rennet, demanded that all Dream Walkers join the military program. For any that refused to comply, they were hunted down and either brainwashed or killed.

The very first Dream Walker discovered was a five year old girl named Julia. And when the soldiers came for her at the age of twenty, she was already hidden away. A decade later found Julia living a new life under the government’s radar. As a secure tech courier in the capital city of Chicago, she does her job and the rest of her time avoids other people as much as she is able. The moment she agrees to help another fugitive Walker is when everything changes. Now the government wants them both and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want.

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calculating starsTHE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal

VS Note: NOT a romance. Sounds like intriguing scifi though.

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

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oaks and thornsOAK AND THORNS (THE WILD HUNT BOOK 2) by Yasmine Galenorn

Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator. Ember and her best friend Angel are led into a glittering world of conspiracy and danger when they are recruited to join the Wild Hunt, run by Herne, son of the god Cernunnos and the Faerie goddess, Morgana. Now, Ember must not only face her heritage, but she’s bound to preserve the balance between the Fae Courts, for if order isn’t maintained, war and chaos will spill out into the mortal realm.

Oak & Thorns:
When Herne and Ember are approached by the matriarch of a group of water-horse shifters to help find her cousin’s murderer, the Wild Hunt is drawn into a dark and shadowed world of the Ante-Fae. But as the team delves into the details of the grisly death, they uncover evidence of a string of murders that leads them directly into the court of Blackthorn. Caught in a mire of political intrigue and shadow magic, will Ember and Herne be able to bring the serial killer to light, or will the King of Thorns manage to silence them forever?

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midnight terry bolryderMIDNIGHT (NIGHTMARE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Nathan Lancaster. Elusive billionaire. World-wide philanthropist. Monster.

From the moment he was born, Nathan knew he couldn’t let anyone know who, or what, he was, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to make his way in the world. And he’s fine alone, seriously. Until a curvy, persistent reporter steps up and turns his whole world upside down. She’s lighting up all the corners of his darkness and endangering the secrets he has always held so dear. So why can’t he imagine ever letting her go?

When journalist Lillian Goss discovers that the world’s most eligible bachelor might be a criminal, she isn’t afraid to get the scoop at all costs. Unlike the rest of the world, she isn’t dazzled by Nathan’s easy smile, scorching blue gaze, or notable philanthropy. She’s determined to expose his dark side, until she manages to get up close and finds Nathan altogether different than she thought. He’s even willing to grant an exclusive, if Lillian is willing to walk into the shadows that surround his life and heart.

The more Lillian gets to know Nathan, the more complicated her feelings get for a man who’s much lonelier than anyone knows. Yes, he has secrets, but he also is braver, and kinder, than she ever imagined. But as attraction burns hot between them, and an unknown stalker enters the picture, one questions arises for Lillian above all… Where does Nathan go after Midnight?

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black crownBLACK CROWN (THE DARKEST DRAE BOOK 3) by Kelly St Clare and Raye Wagner

With Tyrrik by my side, I’ll lead the charge to remedy it all.

After discovering the rightful heir to the Phaetyn, an alliance with the healers should be easy as pancakes. But while the armies of Verald and Gemond march to the border for war, the emperor delivers a crushing blow that threatens to put everything at risk.

As I fight my father’s staggering power, I’m compelled to face evil on his terms. A twisted darkness worse than anything I’ve experienced.

Nothing could’ve prepared me for this.

How far would you go to defeat a merciless sovereign?

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mermaids returnTHE MERMAID’S RETURN (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 3) by Kellie McAllen

Thrust into an intriguing world of merfolk she never knew existed, Coral is awed and inspired by their dual existence. And after unexpectedly finding the one person who knows the truth about her past, Coral realizes she’s lived most of her life under a spell of lies.

Determined to free her people from the deception that’s held them captive, Coral returns to her underwater home. But she soon realizes that defeating a powerful stronghold is more than one mermaid can handle.

Lucky to have escaped with her life, Coral returns to the land and the men she loves. But when duty calls her once again, Coral must decide once and for all between her heart and her destiny.

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mistake of magicMISTAKE OF MAGIC (POWER OF FIVE BOOK 2) by Alex Lidell

Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is convinced Lera is a mistake.

When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now face a new challenge—training Lera to survive.

River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting herself in mortal danger.

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intended bondmatesINTENDED BONDMATES by D Lieber

No one said guarding a faeling from bloodthirsty vampires would be easy. In fact, Runa trained all her life to protect her intended bondmate, Konner, until he could awaken his full magic.

She was looking forward to her time with the young fae until tragedy shattered her plans. For the last thirteen years, she’s been bound with Mikhail. Neither of them was happy with the arrangement, but she never thought he’d request to unbind from her early. When all hope of Runa fulfilling her rite and joining werewolf society is threatened, Konner comes through and agrees to become her bondmate.

But Konner hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. And Rowan, bound with Konner’s brother, is hostile toward the fellow werewolf who left him to protect two faelings alone. As Runa tries to make up for her past betrayals, Forbidden thoughts and urges imperil all of their futures.

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black wolfTHE BLACK WOLF by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Raised in seclusion, Cara Kirk-Killion knows that she will never find the man who haunts her dreams until she ventures out into the world. But it’s Were cop Rafe Laundau’s job to protect this shape-shifter from her own na•veté. Yet he needs her as much as she needs him—to help his pack rid Miami of a vampire horde, and to satisfy a desire he’s never felt before.

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constantineCONSTANTINE: A HISTORY PART 3 by Donna Grant

The third – and final – short story involving Constantine, King of Dragon Kings from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant. Fans of the Dragon King series will want to get another peek into the mysterious leader’s past.

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cursed by the crownCURSED BY THE CROWN: KUMARI’S KITSUNE by Hanleigh Bradley

Trust was a liberty that as Kumari, Bae could not afford, especially after the murder of Bae’s mother, the late Kumari.
The Kumari bloodline had to continue regardless of the cost, even if it was the life of someone she loved.
There were only two things that a Kumari should trust; magic and her seven mates.
The race was on for Bae to find and claim her seven mates before she had to defend her realm from an unknown enemy.
With them, she still might not win, but alone she would definitely fail.

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forgotten mason sabreTHE FORGOTTEN (SOCIETY SERIES BOOK 13) by Mason Sabre

Step one – escape
Step two – save the children
Step three – save everyone else

Humans call it science – The Others call it cruelty, fear, and excuses. Two years they’ve spent in captivity. Two years of Humans performing experiments on them and creating the unborn children Helena carries. But no more.

Tiger shifter, Stephen Davies, has more to fight for than simply his own survival this time. When the Humans try to transport him and his pregnant wife to another facility, he knows it’s become a make or break situation. Execution is coming.

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bears nemesisA BEAR’S NEMESIS (SHIFTER COUNTY BEARS BOOK 2) by Dakota West

After all, her parents lead the world’s most prominent anti-shifter group. Now they’re taking Quinn to protest marriage rights in Cascadia, the shifter state.

Julius Bloom is grizzly shifter and lawyer, mated to the sexy mechanic Hudson Trager. For months Julius has been at the helm of the trial that will determine whether triad marriage is legal – not that the two men have had time to find a woman to complete their own triad.

The morning of the trial is the worst possible time to find the perfect woman – one they can’t resist. Of course, the curvy, gorgeous brunette happens to also be holding an anti-shifter sign outside the courthouse.

When they lock eyes, Julius feels something stir deep within, just as gunshots ring out. He doesn’t think twice. He’ll protect her at any price.

Quinn feels inescapably drawn to the two sexy, dangerous shifters, despite everything she’s been taught. When she overhears a plot by her parents to assassinate Julius, she’ll do whatever it takes to stop it.

Will it be enough, or were Quinn, Julius, and Hudson never fated to be together?

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blood matchBLOOD MATCH (BLOOD TYPE BOOK 2) by K A Linde

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.
From the pawn, rises a queen.

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passion in the bloodPASSION IN THE BLOOD by Margaret L Carter

Cordelia and her twin sister don’t realize the mother who left them soon after their birth bequeathed them a dark bloodline. They’re half vampire. Although human in most respects, they possess certain psychic gifts. A friend of their late father’s, Karl, also a vampire, has been watching over their family for generations in honor of his love for their distant ancestor. When her sister is kidnapped and Cordelia must beg for help from Karl, she learns the truth about his vampirism and her own heritage. In the process, she and Karl form a blood bond that leads to deeper intimacy than either one could have anticipated.

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act of brotherhoodACT OF BROTHERHOOD (PSI-OPS IMMORTAL OPS BOOK 6) by Mandy M Roth

Captain Garth Ingersson is in charge of Paranormal Security and Intelligence Agency Special Ops Team Eight. Its a position he didn’t originally want, but one he has grown to accept. The men who look to him to lead are like brothers to him. Especially since he and his twin brother had a falling out years ago. Much has changed for this ancient Viking over the centuries, but one thing remains the same–never thinking he has a true mate. This six-and-half-foot-tall Scandinavian is about to have his world turned upside down.

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maxs desireMAX’S DESIRE (ALPHA PROTECTORS BOOK 3) by Elyzabeth M Valey

How can a man love a succubus without literally losing his heart?

Alpha Protector Max almost died during his last mission to Lust’s hellish lair, but the worst torture was his failure to save Eva, a young woman who begged for his help. When he meets her again in Spain, he discovers two things. One, she is his mate. Two, she is also a succubus.

Though Eva has not come into her full power, her love could still be fatal. For how long will he be able to defy her allure?

Pleasure is Eva’s business. Love isn’t.

Although unaware of her true nature, as a luxury escort, she is used to men falling at her feet. Yet, Max doesn’t. Though his attraction mirrors hers, the soldier does things differently and she can’t help falling for him.

And Eva is terrified by her recurring nightmares. When someone from her past shows up, and the dreams become reality, there is only one thing that can save Max’s heart.

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scandal above stairsSCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS (A BELOW STAIRS MYSTERY) by Jennifer AShley 

VS Note: Although the blurb doesn’t sound like it, this is supposedly a paranormal mystery. Not sure how much romance there may be.

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat’s employer asks for help in clearing her friend’s name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair’s wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum.

As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.

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wolfs mate katie reusWOLF’S MATE (CRESCENT MOON SERIES BOOK 7) by Katie Reus

Erica’s time away from her pack was just supposed to be fun. Then she met Hudson. Instead of the no-strings attached fling, she ended up falling for him. But they’d promised each other that they’d keep things casual. Instead of risking her heart, she ran. Now she’s pregnant—and he’s determined to claim her. But the last thing she wants is to be an obligation to him.

Now she’s pregnant.

Erica could never be a duty to Hudson, but for some reason that’s what she thinks she is. He tried to go slow, to give her space—so he wouldn’t scare her off. Now he realizes that was a mistake. It’s time for this wolf to claim his mate. Unfortunately a neighboring pack is stirring up trouble for his pack, and his she-wolf is determined to keep walls between them. Walls he intends to bring down once and for all.

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bolt castle bearBOLT CASTLE BEAR (NORTH PEAK SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Haley Weir

When Jenna arrives in Blue Ridge, she hopes to find a family of shifters to become a part of. Her parents were killed in a tragic accident when she was just a little girl, and her grandmother who raised her just recently passed. Now, she’s more on her own than eve as she tries navigate the world as a shifter.

Strong, sexy, and protective Xander has always been an integral part of the Collins family, guiding the brothers on their journeys to control their bears. Meeting Jenna changes his life in ways he didn’t think possible, but he has secrets that could threaten their budding romance.

Grave danger is approaching and Xander must formulate a plan to protect the Collins family and everyone in their lives.

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touch of starlightA TOUCH OF STARLIGHT (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Jenna Wolfhart

After discovering my true heritage, I’m finally back to training at the academy so that I can become the powerful fae I was always meant to be. My four seductive instructors are by my side, and the realm is finally healing after years of conflict between the courts.

Until one of the fae at the academy is murdered…and then another. It looks like the killer is a dangerous wolf-like beast, one lashing out at random victims by instinct. But I’m not convinced.

Storms are brewing in the skies once again. Shadows loom on the horizon.
The Dark Fae are coming.
And they’re coming for me.

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rise of babylonTHE RISE OF BABYLON (HAREM OF BABYLON BOOK 2)  by G A Rael

No pressure, right? Jordan can barely keep her accidental fiancé from learning the truth about her smart-mouthed familiar, let alone juggle five relationships and the fate of the world.

Her escape from Hell hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. One archangel in particular isn’t fond of his destined role in Jordan’s harem, and he’s got an army of devastation on his side to ensure that she can’t bring back the ancient city she was destined to rule.

The line between enemies and lovers blurs as Jordan and her men prepare for Judgment Day. Babylon is rising, but will Jordan survive the fall?

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writtenWRITTEN (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 1) by Kathryn Moon

From her first step onto Canderfey University’s campus Joanna Wick, the new librarian-in-training, is overwhelmed by the bustle of people and the wealth of magical information now available to her. Most overwhelming of all, she attracts the attention of three handsome professors. But Aiden King, Callum Pike, and Isaac Metclaffe are a coven waiting to find their fourth and complete their home and Joanna knows she can’t be that witch. She’s barely magical.
When danger crawls onto the campus from the edges of the Hand Woods, and irrepressible feelings crawl into her heart, Joanna Wick must explore her own identity and abilities.

Aiden has been waiting twenty years to complete his coven. Callum doesn’t want to disappoint his covenmates by turning down another potential fourth. Isaac has found a home with them both and only wants the best for his lovers. Have they found what they’ve all been waiting for in the skittish new hire at the university library?

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hellhound in a handbagHELLHOUND IN A HANDBAG by Viola Grace

Freddy was born to take the mantle of hellhound, but she wasn’t fond of the idea. Wearing the responsibility to atone for the work of a homicidal ancestor, Freddy is the eleventh generation tied to the victim’s family, and being bonded to a mage halfway around the world is tiring.
At a moment’s notice, Freddy can be yanked from an event or her own bed and pulled across the world to act as the mage’s familiar.
Her friends want to help, but there is only one way to get her out of the indentured servitude that her family has landed her in. She needs to find a stronger mage to take her on as a familiar. The hard part is finding a stable mage to link to. The weird part is watching her friends auditioning them.

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gone with the minionGONE WITH THE MINION (MADDER THAN HELL BOOK 1)  by Renee George

To save her family, Southern Belle Olivia “Liv” Madder made a bargain with a demon lord and ever since, she’s been haunted…by her three dead sisters, and her own guilty conscience. Every decade, since the deal, Liv has had to find a human willing to bargain their soul with Moloch. If she fails, even once, he’ll not only drag her to Hell, but he’ll take her sisters, too. It doesn’t mean she can’t make Lord Jerkface miserable in the process by removing his lesser demons from the Earthly plane.

When her latest contracted soul dies before the bargain is sealed, she has less than four days to find another soul or her own agreement will be broken. But Moloch offers her a get-out-of-Hell-free card: steal an old book once owned by paranormal researcher David Jensen. The same David Jensen she fell in love with sixty years ago but left to protect him and his family. Then Moloch drops the biggest bombshell: David has died.

Heartbroken and feeling she has no choice, Liv makes the trip to Sanctum, Missouri only to find David’s grandson has the book. Worse, he’s keeping a mysterious family secret that threatens Moloch, Liv, and her three sisters. What’s a minion to do when her world falls apart? Get Madder than Hell and kick some demon butt.

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burn dragon burnBURN DRAGON BURN (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 34) by Julia Mills

Solving murders and bringing bad guys to justice was all Nat ever wanted to do. She couldn’t imagine being anything but a Homicide Detective. It was who she was. What she could use her Gift for. Her absolute obsession.

Then he walked into the Precinct…Tall, handsome as the Devil and hotter than homemade sin, Special Agent Rafe O’Rhordan was everything she never wanted and the one thing she couldn’t live without – a man strong enough to corral her and secure enough in himself to resist the temptation…(much more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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waking the deepWAKING THE DEEP: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by P Jameson

Welcome to Aurora Falls. Home of platter-sized pancakes, the Northern Lights, and… a lake full of finned immortal warriors in search of their mates. This mountain getaway is full of sexy shimmering secrets just waiting to be revealed…

Cursed to reside in Sapphire Lake until he finds love was never how the warrior, Mansen, pictured his fate. Having a shimmering tail instead of legs wasn’t on his bucket list either. For ages, he’s searched for her, the one who can free him from the water, but came up empty handed. Now, he’s resigned to living as a merman and making his three days a month on land count… in carnal ways. Until he finds a female in his lake that needs rescuing.

Doe doesn’t know her real name. Or where she came from or who she was before the overbearing man fished her from the lake where she was drowning. She only remembers the fear that sent her into the lake in the first place. Fear she can’t explain, yet it’s the only thing that feels real. It and the strange, exciting connection to the man who saved her. But he has secrets she might not be ready to accept and her secrets may be even bigger.

Together Mansen and Doe will have to untangle the mystery surrounding them and Sapphire Lake if they ever want to live free. But are they ready for what they’re about to face. Thrills, spills, and… tails?

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: Highlighting one of my favorites from my backlist, STAR CRUISE: MAROONED!

Meg Antille works long hours on the interstellar 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’s shuttle 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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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.  

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

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 20

dyzonAs 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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DYZON (WARRIORS OF ITION) by Maia Starr

Lieutenant Dyzon Draxel has a mission. Abduct the human female doctor.
He will do whatever it takes to raise his position.
Abducting the human can lead to promotion.
He just has to get her to his destination.
But he wasn’t expecting her to affect him so much.
The journey to get her to his Commander, brings obstacles.
She’s fiery. She’s strong. She’s sexy. These are obstacles.
He cannot help but to indulge in her beauty.
But indulging threatens everything he has worked for.

Finally, he makes a decision.
He will complete his mission.
The human means nothing to him.
He will prevail.

But completing his mission means giving the human to his Commander.
His sadistic experiments on the human, makes Dyzon rage.
Saving her from the Commander means, his eternal exile.

Will Dyzon save the human he has grown to love, or will he pick his career over her?

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men of the north geniusTHE GENIUS (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 6) by Elin Peer

With three degrees and the highest measured IQ in the Motherlands, Shelly Summers knows that she’s socially awkward. It doesn’t bother her since as the head engineer for Advances Technologies she has little time for social interactions anyway.

When she learns that one of the testers for the sex-bots her company manufactures is her old crush, Marco, she’s curious to see if he’ll recognize her now that she’s ten years older and no longer has bushy eyebrows and a bad case of acne.

A normal person would have said something when Marco doesn’t recognize her from his past. A normal person would definitely have said something when he mistakes her for an advanced sex robot and thinks his job is to do a test run.

Things are about to get very awkward for this genius.

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royal rebellionROYAL REBELLION (BLUE MOON RISING BOOK 4) by Blair Bancroft

VS Note: Reviews on previous books are mixed so decide for yourself. I have not read any of the books in this series.

In this final book of the Blue Moon Rising series, the rebels, led by Tal Rigel and the Psyclid Princess L’ira (aka Kass Kiolani), have taken a three-year time-out before the final battle against the Empire—planning, preparing, and producing a new generation. Even their one-time enemy, the Emperor’s nephew Rand Kamal, has settled on the rebel stronghold of Blue Moon, though there is doubt about whether he is a high-ranking prisoner of war or an ally. All is peaceful, the calm before the final attack on Regula Prime—until Kamal’s children, still on Regula Prime, are kidnapped. Or is it a trap?( …much more blurb and an Author’s note on ebook seller page…)

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rift avatarTHE RIFT AVATAR by M Garnet

VS Note: Reviews on previous books by this author are mixed so as always, please decide for yourself. I have not read this author’s works.

History is said to be written by the victors, but imagine in the far future there is a small machine who has lived all of humanities history and remembers it as it really happened, love and hate and all the evil of mankind.

On a warship far off in space, leading an armada in search of an invading alien army, is thousand of military personnel serving their commitments. Time has changed, progress has been made, but are people really different?
A scientist buried in the middle of this giant spaceship is in a restricted love affair with a pilot of the small fighters used to go out to explore. What he finds in his love of both a female pilot and his interest in history, is an object on a destroyed planet. It is a small intelligent object that tells him a different story of history than the one taught in his schools. It causes him to doubt what his Commander and Officers are really doing in this war.

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bought by the zandiansBOUGHT BY THE ZANDIANS (ZANDIAN BRIDES BOOK 2) by Renee Rose and Rebel West

Two purple, horned males with massive chests and arms as thick as my waist.
They’re taking me to Zandia to bear their young.
The only trouble–I’m already pregnant.
And if my former master finds me, he’ll tear me to pieces once his young is born.

My new masters are firm, but kind. They give far more pleasure than pain. Their planet is beautiful.
But when they find out my secret, I have no doubt they’ll cast me out.
And my life will be forfeit.
Because no human female with a bounty on her head survives a lunar cycle alone.

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peppermint and pentaclesPEPPERMINT AND PENTACLES (STEAMPUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 3) by Melanie Karsek

Red Cape Society Agent Clemeny Louvel is used to chasing werewolves across London. But when she’s reassigned to a special case just days before Christmas, she learns that she’ll need more than a silver bullet to keep everyone on the nice list.

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carbon lifeCARBON LIFE: A LESBIAN SCI-FI EPIC BY HR Ringer

The Race to merge synthetic and organic life on a space voyage far into the future. This is the science fiction epic you’ve been waiting for. But it’s also the story of two strong female characters. How they met, fell in love, what they taught each other, and how decisions made then affected their future lives in a post-Galactic War.

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planet noglionPLANET NOGLION  by Olivia Black

Eric Wilson volunteered to leave Earth to get away from his homophobic family. The only way he’d ever be able to have a life and fall in love was for him to start over somewhere far away. From the start, Eric knew there was no guarantee which planet he would live on. But, he never expected to go to the desert planet of Noglion. Eric doesn’t know much about the alien world. The only thing he’s heard are rumors, and those rumors terrify him. Commander Gru Poez’iq knew he wanted Eric as soon as the beautiful human boarded his starship. But, in order to claim a pet, Gru has to get permission from his older brother, Finn. On Noglion, the males of the same bloodline share a mate. With his brother’s blessing, Gru goes to the arena and fights for Eric. After claiming the human’s body, Gru and his brothers, Khaun and Finn, must love and protect their pet, even if it’s from other Noglions, jealous that they claimed a human.

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tynanTYNAN (PLANET OF DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Bonnie Burrows

Sierra Smith had not just traveled the world but traveled the universe too. She wondered what more she wanted from life and she knew it was time to have a child.

When she discovered that Weredragon Prince Tynan Moran from planet Lacerta was having fertility problems she knew this was her calling.

Prince Tynan wasted no time in flying the beautiful human over to his planet and getting her into his bed.

However, Sierra had no idea that prince Tynan was desired by almost every woman on the planet.

And this meant that there were many who wanted Sierra gone, no matter what it took…

Can Tynan protect his new mate and keep her focused on the baby making? Or was Sierra going to have fly home sooner than she thought?

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taken by the destroyerTAKEN BY THE DESTROYER 2 by Adrian Blue

Adune Prison was the worst place in the universe. At least it was until Elisa was claimed by the most dangerous inmate. Now, the only danger she faces is her out of control feelings for him. Adnin is a force of destruction like the universe has never seen, but Elisa just cannot stay away from him. Worse still, the feeling is mutual. He can protect her from everything else, but no one can protect her from her own heart.

Elisa stared at him. He was visibly holding back, his hands in fists to keep them away from her. He was fighting so hard to be good. To spare her. Could he not see the difference between his careful seduction, the selfless way he pleasured her, and the violent, monstrous things the other inmates wanted to do to her?

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orylisORYLIS (WARRIORS OF CADIR) by Stella Skye

My name is Hazel and I was brought to the planet of Cadir to mate with a
Parduss alien. I was assigned one of the fiercest warriors fighting under their
Dendren king. He was handsome, stoic, and brooding. Everything a girl looks
for in a husband.

We were making our way as a newly paired couple, having wild sex every night
and trying desperately to connect on an emotional level.

I thought I was happy creating a life with Theren. I thought I was loyal, but
when I’m taken by the rival Parduss species, the Atherien, everything I thought
I knew came to a crashing halt.

After a kidnapping I meet the sexual, playful, adventurous Orylis. I was furious
at being taken for ransom, but it didn’t take long before Orylis’ charm, humor,
and sex appeal have my body betraying everything I thought I wanted.

Addicted to sex with Orylis and torn by my guilt for betraying Theren, I know
it’s only a matter of time before the two worlds collide, leaving me in the middle
of a massive Parduss war.

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alien revelationALIEN REVELATION (THE ARATHIANS BOOK 4) by Nicole Krizek

Heralded as the saviors of the Arathian species for their ability to procreate with the infertile Arathians, Earthers are honored citizens on Arath. While his son and extended family seem to be enjoying their new lives on the alien planet, the young widower, Conall MacLeod, feels like he doesn’t have a purpose on their extraordinary world.

His future is forever changed when he meets an Arathian male and female who make him wish for a second chance at love. But nothing is ever easy…

Conall’s self-identity is entrenched in the idea that he’s a monogamous—and heterosexual—man, yet he finds himself unexpectedly lusting after two people, one of them, shockingly, male. He can’t deny that he craves things he’s never wanted before, but if he’s ever going to find love again, he must get past his insecurities and rewrite his own self-image. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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love at the end of the worldLOVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Various

VS Note: Ooh, I one clicked immediately! I LOVE post apocalyptic stories. Full blurb for each story on the ebook seller site.

Five stories of couples who just might find love at the end of the world. That is, if they can survive.

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designation 932DESIGNATION 932 (THE WHOLENESS PROJECT BOOK 1) by Catherine Miller 

VS Note: I sampled and one clicked so we’ll see…

He hadn’t been born.
He was made.
Made for obedience, made for violence, made to kill.
His captors made it clear since his creation that he was not a man, though he might resemble one in appearance. He was a weapon carefully crafted to perform, to execute each assignment with the skill and efficiency expected of him.

There was nothing particularly challenging about his latest mission. Nothing that should have given him pause. Except for a girl in a veil, with eyes that were a bit too silver, a bit too sharp, and a bit too knowing as she stared at him, his hand already ready to administer a lethal dose to an unsuspecting lordling.

He was used to the shadows, to being observed without actually being seen.
Except by her.

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argens mateFARSEEK – ARGEN’S MATE (FARSEEK MERCENARY SERIES BOOK 4)  by Clarissa Lake and TJ Quinn

VS Note: Reviews of previous books by this author are mixed so as always please decide for yourself. I have not read any of this author’s titles.

Argen Trematu was home on leave at Farseek Brigade when the Sargan’s attacked his home world. With Farseek in ruins, Argen was captured and sold into slavery. Lieutenant Commander Trematu didn’t make such a good slave and landed him on the Julconi prison planet fighting in the pit. He thinks his life is over until he learns the Farseek Mercenaries were on the way to the rescue. Argen never thought landing on the prison world would be his lucky break.
…. Then me meets her on the rescue ship.
Zoey Addison was kidnapped from Earth and rescued by the Farseek Mercenaries. She joined the Mercenaries with her three friends because she had nowhere else to go. Her friends all found their soul mates among the crew and Zoey was feeling left out.
….Until … Dressed in rags and so dirty she could barely discern what color he was, Argen walks up to her table and takes her hand. The attraction between them all most crackles.

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hunters watch brigade the gameHUNTER’S WATCH BRIGADE: THE GAME by Paula Milhouse

All monster hunter Samantha Silverton wants is a little R&R. She and her sexy partner/cat shifter Max have a week off in the city that never sleeps, and she intends to enjoy it. But before she can pack her suitcase, she’s caught up in the middle of a wicked game—a smartphone app driven scavenger hunt that’s bringing all the big, bad supernaturals to NYC to play. The bad part? The game was the brainchild of Alex Van Dam—Sam’s first love. What’s worse? Sam will have to play the game alone.

Maximillion Ra hasn’t quite got a handle on his unique shifter magic yet. He’s in love with Sam, but if he’s ever going to be any good to her, he has to face his family’s curse. But how can he leave Sam now, especially with her old flame in the picture?

Alex Van Dam isn’t interested in who wins his game. He just wants to find the final prize—an ancient Greek relic. Once he has it, he’ll use the artifact’s magic to control all the supernaturals in Manhattan, starting with the Hunters’ Watch Brigade.

Only Sam stands in his way. And without Max by her side, even the monster hunting daughter of Poseidon has to wonder if she stands a chance.

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savage hungerSAVAGE HUNGER ( SAVAGE SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden

Isaline Primrose doesn’t let anyone cut the line at her mom’s bakery, no matter how tall or sexy he his. His custom suit, expensive haircut, and deep brown eyes are making her want things. Very dirty things. It’s totally fine to look even if he is a bossy jerk. But is it okay to have naked fantasies with the commanding business man?

Beast Harte doesn’t do small towns, but Full Moon Bay has something other towns don’t: the perfect building for his deceased father’s long-time dream. When he meets his mate, life should be perfect. It isn’t. Pissing her off was not in his plans, but he wasn’t used to taking orders, only giving them. Now he has his work cut out for him.

Isaline sets up some challenges to see if Beast is the right man for her. What neither knows is other players are at work with their own hidden agendas. Beast guarantees two things—he’s getting his mate and his building, and he won’t let anyone get in his way.

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vampires faithVAMPIRE’S FAITH (DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 8) by Rebecca Zanetti

Vampire Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

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hotline to hellHOTLINE TO HELL by Emily Cyr

Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it.

That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears it all.

Lathan only wants one thing: a seat on the vampire council. He’s worked his entire unnatural life for this moment, only to have it fall apart when his biggest supporter ends up dead. Now, Lathan has to find and work with the only witness. And she happens to be a phone sex operator.

Thrust into a world she never knew existed, Kayel must help Lathan find the murderer and stop the impending war, all while fighting her attraction for the undead man she loves to hate. If she can’t learn their ways and figure out who killed Marco, then she may lose more than just her life … She may spark a war that would spell disaster for vampires and humans alike.

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stray magicSTRAY MAGIC (A STRAYS NOVEL) by Kelly Medling

Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.

Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.

Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.

Unless she can stop it.

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witchmarkWITCHMARK by C L Polk

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

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taxing courtshipTAXING COURTSHIP (THE HANDS OF DESTIN BOOK 1) by Jaycee Jarvis

Lady by day, lockpick by night, Em has some serious misgivings about her latest sneak job. It stinks of espionage, and she’d be more comfortable with straightforward theft. Her intuition proves right when she is confronted by her client, a sweet and sexy mind-reading tax-collector named Quintin. The job turns sour when they are discovered by his blackmailing boss. Posing as lovers to throw off the scent, their passionate embrace haunts Em even as she returns to her brittle facade as a pampered Lady of the Realm.

This double life is further threatened when her criminal contact is thrown in the stocks, leaving her in danger of exposure, and even worse, with no way to support the temple that has been her responsibility since her mother’s death. In desperation, she seeks Quintin out and is horrified to discover he is a Hand of Destin, marked for service to the Troika by a feline familiar. Hands are loyal and true, defenders of the weak, upholders of the law, notoriously honor-bound. In short, everything that she, a willing outlaw, is not.

Despite their differences, the attraction between Em and Quintin only grows stronger, even as she seeks out new ways to earn the beans she needs for her temple. When Em’s father starts talking marriage settlements with a wealthy, but odious, suitor, Em realizes just how much Quintin means to her. But can she find a way to save her temple and still marry her poor but perfect tax collector?

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tangled dreamsTANGLED DREAMS: A DREAM WEAVERS AND TRUTH SEEKERS BOOK  by Cecelia Dominic

Restaurant reviewer Audrey Aurora Sonoma’s life is like a steakhouse meal: utterly predictable, comfortable, and just exciting enough to satisfy her independent streak. But when odd characters from her dreams show up during daylight hours – were-bats and a vegetarian dragon, of all things! – the menu goes from familiar to fusion. When she learns the job she accepted in her dream is real, well… Who would have guessed the goddess Persephone exists? Finding her – and figuring out why the walls between reality and the Collective Unconscious are slipping – seem to be impossible tasks for a mere mortal.

Damien Lewis turned down promotions to keep his life orderly and predictable. He has enough challenge with real-life hassles like eating regular meals. And forget dating. But after encountering three naked, delirious Jane Does on consecutive nights, he suspects more than drugs are behind their appearances, and he soon becomes much more involved than he’d like.

As the walls between the Collective Unconscious and real world continue to erode, vampires, demons, and, of course, were-bats come through to prey on those who get in the way of the god who is masterminding it all with human help. Can Audrey and Damien face their biggest fears and work together to stop the waking world from being overrun by creatures that no human has dared to dream of? Or will their nightmares become real – and permanent – when the pathways open for good?

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catoCATO: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 4) by Scarlett Grove 

When Penelope Baptiste’s twin sister goes missing, the police refuse to help her. Librarian by day…hacker by night, determined Penelope decides to take matters into her own hands. After digging a little too deep into the deep web, she ends up with more questions than answers.

Cato knows Penelope is his mate the moment finds her hacking into his computer system. Irritable and unable to think straight, he arrives at the library without a plan. Once he offers to help with her mission, the two quickly hit it off. Banter about superheroes might win her heart…but finding Penelope’s twin will require Cato to reveal his own secret identity.

When Cato finally shows Penelope his dragon, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place for her. With the help of the House of Flames, Penelope finally knows where to find her sister. Cato and crew track down the vampires responsible, but can they get there in time? And even if they do, will Penelope’s twin ever be the same?

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DIVING ELISEDIVINING ELISE: GRANITE LAKE ROMANCE  by Jody A Kessler

VS Note: Appears to have mild PNR elements.

Elise Martinez wished her date with destiny didn’t include being run off the road by the most caring, handsome, and intelligent man she’d ever met.

Moving to Granite Lake to manage a bookstore and coffee shop meant Elise could finally leave her haunted past behind, but being a psychic mom to a deaf child has its benefits and downfalls—and her guarded heart isn’t ready for a new romance.

Rob Everett never imagined giving up corporate law to open a brewery with his brothers in Granite Lake would begin with a car accident and the arrival of a surprise baby…(more blurb on ebook seller pages…)
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forgotten christine popeFORGOTTEN (DJINN DOMINION BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Deirdre Graves got lucky. When the Heat, a djinn-created virus, wiped out most of humanity, she was isolated at her university’s wildlife research station high in the mountains. Safe…for the moment.

But with winter closing in and her choices narrowing down to freezing or starving, she builds a device that could save her life. Trouble is, the only way to find out if it works is to leave her sanctuary and face the djinn.

One moment, Amaal al-Tariq is exploring his newly acquired mountain lands — or, more accurately, his place of exile. The next, he’s flat on his face, trapped by one delicate human woman carrying a device capable of rendering him helpless.

Regaining what is most precious to him — his freedom — means gaining Deirdre’s trust. If that means using the attraction simmering between them to his advantage, so be it. He just never expected her courage and compassion to reach the one thing he’s kept to himself for so long…his heart.

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savage securitySAVAGE SECURITY: A DIRE WOLVES MISSION by Ellis Leigh

Dire Wolf Deus likes his quiet, regimented life. He might live in the big city, but interacting with humans isn’t his favorite thing, so he spends most of his time behind the screens of the computers and tech gadgets he loves. At least, when he’s not handling research and missions for Luc, the Dire Pack Alpha.

Zoe follows two rules in life—never trust a pack wolf, and take what you can get. She spends her days living the high life in New York City, but at night, this little wolf becomes a cat. Cat burglar, that is. Her services are for hire, but her heart isn’t. Period.

One soldier living a life behind the screen, one woman hiding from the shadows of her past, and a chance encounter that takes them across the country and beyond. In the world of the Dire Wolves, the man behind the control panel is considered an asset. But when a mission requires a personal touch, Deus will have to leave the security of his world to travel to another, more dangerous one…and not just because he’s met the woman the fates think is perfect for him.

One soldier, one fight…one chance at forever.

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max celeste rayeMAX: THROUGH THE PORTAL by Celeste Raye

When her fiancé and bridesmaid hook up days before her wedding, Heather doesn’t think she’ll ever recover. Dating is a freak show, and her career as a lawyer in Manhattan is a wash. If it wasn’t for her best friend, Christy, Heather would write off relationships forever.

And when Christy sets Heather up on a date in a final effort to get her out of her slump, things go from bad to worse.

The guy Heather meets is hot, and his name is Blake, but that’s where his similarities to a book boyfriend end. Blake is odd, intense, and may just be out of his mind. He doesn’t want to date Heather. He insists he wants to have a child with her. And when Heather tries to ditch Blake, his cousin Max shows up, and he too is anything but normal.

Suddenly, Christy and Heather are pulled into the fantastical world Blake and Max come from where Weredragons and Orcs are not fiction, but reality. And Heather just may have found the life she’s meant for.

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falling through timeFALLING THROUGH TIME (MISTS OF FATE BOOK 4) by Nancy Scanlon

VS Note: Cool concept.

From the day the Fates made him the warrior to train and lead a group of time-traveling clansmen, Reilly O’Malley has gone into every battle, verbal or physical, certain of victory. Protector of the O’Rourke clan, knight in shining armor—he has the full confidence of a man who knows he will live forever. But what about love?

Gwendolyn Allen has been in love with Reilly since she met him more than a decade ago, but he’s shown no interest in her other than friendship. She’s decided it’s finally time for her to move on with her life, but the Fates have a different idea…

When the pair find themselves together for three weeks prior to a wedding, the Fates finally decide to step in. They give Reilly a taste of what his life would be like without their protection, and suddenly everything Reilly knows is shaken to its core. When his otherworldly abilities begin to fall through time, Reilly may have to trust in something other than fate.

He might just have to trust in love.

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jinnJINN (THE IMMORTALEM SERIES BOOK 1) by Jessica Cage

n a post-apocalyptic world, the earth is divided, and magic rules all. The strongest of which, is about to be challenged.

For centuries, Jinn has watched from afar as the powers that be, fought to claim a part of the world as their own. With no stake in the game, the djinn remained a powerful but neutral party. That was until an old friend presents Jinn with an offer he can’t refuse. The love he thought he’d lost forever is still alive, and he has the map to her location.

Mike wants his people freed from the slums and Jinn has the power to make that happen. In return for his aid, Mike will lead the quest into the darkest corner of the earth to find her.

With a new player on the field, everyone is on edge and for good reason. Jinn will go to hell and back for the woman he loves, and he’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way.

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not her gargoyleNOT HER GARGOYLE (NOT THIS SERIES BOOK 4) by Annie Nicholas

Ruby is done with jerks, dead-end jobs, and eviction notices. Everyone else she knows is finding ways out of this crappy neighborhood, so why can’t she? Since opportunities refuse to fall from the sky, Ruby makes her own. To hell with the little voice in her heart whispering about love. She never met a man she wanted to keep…then she met a gargoyle. Men were boring after all.

Nick was a con, a thief, and a rogue. He couldn’t keep a dime in his pocket even if it was glued. Then he met a ruby. Not one from the earth but one of flesh and blood. And ass. Let’s not forget the ass. Stealing her heart was now all he wanted.

He has a plan that could make both their dreams come true. It only involves an itsy-bitsy risk. All they must do is rob a witch.

Oh, and avoid the dragons.

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heart of ice p jamesonHEART OF ICE (FIRECATS BOOK 2) by P Jameson

Disfigured from a brutal childhood, Marcus “Monster” Freeman, wants only two things. Love. And for his prisoner to eat some damn food.

But neither will come easy. Because monsters are hard to love and the woman he holds captive needs saving from an even bigger threat… herself.
madfallMADFALL by Grace Draven and Dana Marton
A duology of dragon shifter novellas from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors Dana Marton and Grace Draven. Full blurbs for each story on ebook seller platforms.
DRACONUS by Grace Draven, previously published.
DRAGON LORD by Dana Marton
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fires daughterFIRE’S DAUGHTER (ARCANE REBELS BOOK 1) by India Arden

You can’t turn on the news nowadays without getting bombarded by stories about the Rebels. They look so scary on TV—blowing things up, knocking things down, terrorizing the declining city of Corona, and making sure even the rubble doesn’t go unscathed.

My father is the reigning Arcane Master of Fire. Since he’s a prominent figure in both politics and magic, it only makes sense that my family is a target.

Still, I never expected to encounter a Rebel leader in person. I never imagined I’d be drawn to him, either.
And I most definitely never dreamed I could lose my heart to them all.

midnight bad alpha dadsMIDNIGHT BAD ALPHA DADS (PSYCHIS RETRIEVAL AGENCY BOOK 1) by T L Reeve and Michelle Ryan
Congratulations to me, Midnight Poe. I’m now the father of a hot-headed teenage girl named, Haley. Oh yeah, and she’s a Raven-shifter like me. But, she’s special, and it’s my job to protect her from Paranormal Bounty Hunters who want to experiment on her. I’m used to blowing stuff up, not talking about boys and painting fingernails. However, a job is a job and as long as I get her back to Window Rock, Arizona, then I’ll take the win.
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dark huntDARK HUNT (SHADOW AND LIGHT BOOK 1) by Kim Richardson

VS: YA

Demons and half-breeds rule the darkness in a mortal world rampant with dangers beyond imagining. It’s where they hide, prowl, party… and feed. Rowyn Sinclair’s job is to track and hunt them.

Rowyn is a Hunter and angel-born—a mortal with angelic essence flowing in her veins—and she’s going after demons with a vengeance.

When the Council offers her a job to hunt a human-killing demon, Rowyn must work with Jax, the sexy and dangerous warrior who has a vendetta of his own.

But Rowyn is hiding a dark secret… something that’s always been there… a secret that could change everything.

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mermaid p t barnumTHE MERMAID by Christina Henry

VS Note: This one isn’t a romance although it has romantic elements, no idea if there’s a Happy ending, but it sounded interesting.

Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land.

Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid.

Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

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bred by the alphaBRED BY THE ALPHA (BREEDING SEASON BOOK 3)  by Sam Crescent and Stacy Espino

It’s breeding season, and this alpha is ready to claim his mate…

Liam is the pack alpha, and the only wolf without a woman. When he discovers the new human in town is his destined mate, his wolf demands he mark her and take her virginity. Only she doesn’t know werewolves exist, and danger seems to follow her wherever she goes. He’ll have to play nice until his love is reciprocated.

Rebecca’s anxiety has kept her lonely and isolated for most of her life. Moving far from the city is her last attempt at finding peace. What she finds is more trouble than she can handle—and a man who’s ready to kill for her. It doesn’t take long for Liam to sweep her off her feet. He makes her feel like a queen, and leaves her body desperate for every carnal pleasure.

Life in the forest isn’t without problems. A rival pack is set on taking everything Liam has built over the years, including his new mate. The alpha can’t keep his dark secrets from his woman forever. What will happen when Rebecca realizes she’s been sleeping with a wolf?

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NEW ORLEANS THREESOMEA NEW ORLEANS THREESOME (THE VAMPIRE, THE WITCH AND THE WEREWOLF) by Louisa Bacio

Haunted by paranormal abilities she can’t control and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation. She enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack. The attraction is immediate and fierce.

There’s only one problem.

Lily’s a virgin. And whatever paranormal problem she’s having is what has kept her that way. Every time she’s tried to do the deed, something stops her.

Together, the trio encounters magic and unspeakable evil, and Trevor and Lawrence attempt to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse. Ultimately, to get the demon off her back, Lily’s men will have to show her all the wicked ways the three of them can come together.

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girl forsakenGIRL FORSAKEN by Graceley Knox and D D Miers

A lot has happened since the brutal attack that transformed Sasha Keleterina into one of the undead. She’s left Arsen and the Draugur vampires behind but dealing with Niko and his advances almost sends her crawling back. Though Arsen continues to beg for her forgiveness, she’s still too raw from his betrayal to be near him.

When Jackson learns the truth about Sasha’s attack, Sasha is once again conflicted about where her loyalties lie and who her true friends are. The clock is ticking, and with an all-out war on the horizon, Sasha desperately fights to find a cure to save not just the vampires . . . but herself.

Who knew being a vampire would be so tough?

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