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).
METALMARK by Ella Drake
VS Note: This is a re-release but I always enjoy her books and I missed this one the first time around!
Prince to a dying planet, Lye the Keeper has made a deal with the devil. For the price of his blood, the Drianti Syndicate offer a seat on their council. . .and put the end to their decade-long occupation of his planet within his grasp. Working with the Syndicate feels like betraying everything he’s worked for these last ten years, but it pales in comparison to the pain of his monthly mating imperative.
The red-haired temptress who lands in his path holds the key to Lye’s freedom–and an end to his pain–but the price is too high. Touching her would defile the royal line that ends with him. The lure to possess her, however, proves irresistible.
Privateer Jazzelina Eval will do anything to bring down the Syndicate, anything from robbing spaceships to kidnapping a prince. Anything but settle down and give up the revenge game. Or bed a mark who’s made a deal with her enemy. But once she has Lye in her hands, she can’t let him go. . .even if the price of keeping him is war.
UNWILLING MATE (ABDUCTED BOOK 2) by Opal Carew
Eva vowed never to surrender control to a man again, but now she is held prisoner by an alien who insists she belongs to him.
Eva learned the hard way never to trust a man. Even when they claim everlasting love, it’s all a lie. A free luxury resort vacation is just the ticket to forget her broken dreams and all the pain her ex has caused her.
But after she steps into a VIP elevator, she winds up aboard a spaceship loaded with drop-dead gorgeous aliens too tempting to resist. Especially Commander Larson Raa-ling who claims to be her soul-mate. But resist him she will.
Larson knows Eva feels the same potent desire he feels for her, but her fear and stubbornness are holding her back. He knows he must be patient to win her trust, but constraining the gut-wrenching need to join with her is sheer torture. The longer she resists their bond, the closer to the breaking point he comes.
Eva tries desperately to remember all the reasons she vowed never to surrender control to a man again. But as Larson chips away at her defenses, her resistance is crumbling by the second.
PURCHASED (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 1) by Sabrina Kade
Being sold to the highest bidder wasn’t originally in Blythe’s plans, but she desperately needed to make money to send home to her father. Now, though, she’s not sure the money ever reached him, and she’s left trying to survive. Until Korben comes along and makes her an offer she shouldn’t refuse.
Exiled to a lonely planet far from home, Prince Korben is nonetheless determined to prove that not all Sidyths are heartless and cruel. But when he sees Blythe, he knows he must make her his own. Unfortunately, his race’s reputation precedes him—and unless he’s careful, his desire might overcome his good intentions.
Can an exiled prince and a prostitute overcome their pasts and find the passion they’re destined to share?
TANN (DELTA UTOPIA SIX) by Celeste Raye
How far would you go to gain freedom from slavery? Would piracy be better than slavery?
Mariana believed it would be. She was willing to leave her mother, her best friend, and even her world behind to find out. The lure of freedom and opulence on way station Delti Utopia 6 had her dreaming of a better life. She escaped her alien owner and hid aboard a trading vessel in search of a new life. Instead, she found there were more forms of slavery than she’d imagined.
Tann had a job to do. As an undercover space cop he became engulfed in piracy. He handled the thievery, cruelty, and killing without batting an eye, until his captain called for the deaths of stowaway children. He used his innate ability as a weredragon to defy the order, risking his alter ego and his life.
While trying to prove their worth among the pirate crew and mentor a teenage weredragon, Mariana and Tann discover each other along with the love neither expected. Intrigue, secrecy, and treason change their plans and their futures.
CLAIMED BY THE ZORAN (ZORAN’S CHOSEN BOOK 2) by Luna Hunter
Leah’s dreams have been rather steamy as of late. Every night an alpha Zoran warrior makes her see stars.
During the day she cares for the Luba herds on Garna as part of the Galactic Aid Corps, but all she really looks forward to are the hot and heavy nights. The connection feels almost real.
Davor is a Zoran warrior of the Sacred Order who is haunted by his dreams as well — a curvy human female visits him every night. His Chosen. Every day he spends without her is one spent in agony. His well-trained body yearns for her.
And then a sinister megacorporation invades Garna.
Can Davor save his fated mate before the megacorps discover her hidden powers?
TRACKER (OUTCASTS BOOK 3) by Cyndi Friberg
Xorran, a famed tracker, is sent to find two human females kidnapped by the Outcasts’ enemy. His search seems futile until he encounters Sara and a feisty battle cat cub. He’s fascinated by the tiny animal, but feels an immediate and powerful connection with the wisecracking human. Sara is still angry about being brought to the Outcasts’ planet without her permission, yet her stubbornness is no match for “the pull”. As they work together to rescue her friend, their passion flares ever hotter. Can Xorran prove to Sara that he wants more than a torrid affair? Now that he’s found a potential mate, he will settle for nothing less than forever.
A PET FOR LORD DARIN by Hollie Hutchins
We’re all in cages, counting ourselves lucky to be alive, let alone to still have our clothes on…
I’m imagining scalpels and labs and sci-fi nightmare fuel until I’m taken away and given as a gift to a grey-skinned alien with star-white hair, a scaled face, and the leathery wings of nothing human: Luras Darin.
Now I have to convince him, from the confines of this stupid white birdcage, that I’m not just some stupid animal so I can get out and find a way home.
I’m learning the language from scratch, but it doesn’t look like speaking will be enough…until suddenly it is, and I show him what humans can do when they’re alone in a dark room.
PLANET BEAR (SHIFTER’S WORLD BOOK 1) by Rebecca Royce
VS note: A re-release, was formerly in the Once Upon a Harem collection.
Jessica White never intended to stray from her intended path. Her assignment was hard but simple. Travel through the unrestricted path of space corridor that runs between Planet Bear, Planet Wolf, and Planet Cat to human territory to deliver the packages the Union have entrusted her with. The pay day she gets when she completes her job will seriously help her family. But when she gets attacked and ends up crash landing on Planet Bear, her life changes immediately.
Finn, Cole, and Rylan aren’t just any shifters—they run the planet—and if they want their human mate accepted they’re going to change everything to get what they want. She is their mate. Everyone else can get out of their way. But Jessica isn’t at all sure she wants to go along with this mating. Their furniture is too big, their food is weird, she’s not a bear shifter, and she can’t defend herself from crazy bears shifting to threaten her life.
The brothers three will have to convince her they’re worth all the adjustment or lose her to space.
ELIAS (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 6) by Arcadia Shield
When a damaged alien and a cautious, heart-broken human find themselves drawn to each other thanks to a shared love of the past, they discover a chance to try love. Can it really be as amazing as everyone says it is?
Elias lives a life of solitude. He has his work and his one friend. That’s all he needs. After an unforgettable night with a Retar princess, he wants nothing to do with women. After all, they only want to kill him.
But there is one woman who interests him. She’s passionate, beautiful, and bothers his thoughts. If he wasn’t so broken, he’d consider her for his one true mate.
Hayley Goodacre is living a lie. Every day she expects to get found out, revealed for a fraud, and thrown off the space station. That can’t happen. If it does, she loses her sister. She’ll do anything to keep her alive.
If she keeps quiet and fakes it until she makes it, she might pull this off. If only she didn’t keep getting distracted by the huge, serious-faced, gorgeous Retar. Why does his presence make her think such inappropriate thoughts?
When their pasts catch up with them, they must face their fears together if they are to survive.
SUBMISSION’S EDGE by Trent Evans
For Diandra Acres, it started as a hunch, a feeling her husband was hiding the real him from her. He was shielding her from something — or keeping a secret from his wife. Never one to flee from a challenge, she intended to find just what that something was. For in her heart, she suspected — and hoped — that in Martin there lurked the dangerous Alpha male animal of her darkest dreams. The strict dominant man not afraid to put his wife firmly in her place — or take her over his knee. There was something mysterious about Martin all right. But did she have the courage to face what the truth might mean about her kind, beloved husband?
Leaving his wife for weeks at a time was hard enough. But preventing himself from being who he really was with his beautiful wife was even harder. Being thousands of light years away from home — and his wife’s loving arms — was a mercy though. For it allowed him to hide from what he really wanted to make of her, allowed him to flee from the dark, twisted needs he’d always struggled with. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
RESCUED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR by Leia Gray
Liana Hathaway is a survivor. After losing everything in a mining accident, she has one option left: enter the Miss Avia pageant and hope one of the sponsors favors her. Being kidnapped from the winner’s stage? Not part of the plan.
Darvok Kar’thallan is a warrior prince on a mission. He travels the galaxy in pursuit of the formidable Krevith, the leader of a cosmic crime ring that decimated his clan. Too bad he keeps getting psychic interference from a mysterious woman he’s never seen before.
When Darvok finds the girl in Krevith’s clutches, worlds collide as he must decide whether to protect the human or fulfill his bloody destiny.
In order to make it out alive, they’ll have to work together—even as the crazy-hot alien awakens a long-dormant power within her. The hardest part? Resisting the impossible connection they seem to share.
BRAHN (FATE OF THE ENDARI BOOK 2) by Penny Sloan
My sister had married an alien.
I was jealous. I admit it. It seemed exotic and exciting. The most excitement I’d ever had was the time I rode the giant ferris wheel at the county fair and fainted at the top.
So naturally when she invited me to visit her on board the alien ship, I was stoked!
But I never expected that visit would lead to so much more. Danger. Fear. Panic. And, much to my surprise, love.
SNOW AND THE SHADOWS (ROTERAN SHADOWS BOOK 1) by Cara Carnes
VS note: was previously published in the Once Upon A Harem collection.
Princess Snow Cavell finds herself captured by her evil stepmother and handed over to seven ruthless men known as Shadows—the most feared assassins in the known galaxies. Snow’s link to the Cosmos is a threat, one that can no longer be tolerated if her stepmother intends to win the war and rule the Intergalactic Alliance.
Their orders are clear—either execute her or deposit her on one of the slaver colonies to be sold. But the Shadows have other plans for the beauty, plans that will fracture alliances throughout the galaxies and shift the tide of the Intergalactic War.
No one controls the Shadows. They’d sworn to remain neutral during the War, but all bets are off now that Snow’s life hangs in the balance.
PROXIMA FIVE by Missouri Vaun
Geologist Dr. Leah Warren wakes after extended cryogenic hibernation to discover she’s crash-landed on a foreign planet. The sole survivor of her crew, she struggles to piece together what went wrong. Leah ventures from the ship in search of signs of life only to be captured by desert raiders.
Keegan, a clan warrior, discovers Leah, weak and barely alive. Her kindness and affection for Leah seem in direct conflict with her tough and emotionally remote façade, and Leah’s attraction for the reserved warrior grows. Unfortunately, Tiago, the clan’s volatile chieftain, is a tyrant who wants Leah for himself. Keegan will have to relinquish Leah or challenge Tiago. Will love give Keegan the strength to defeat him?
SAVING VENTRA (LOVERS OF VENTRA SERIES) by Amelia Wilson
I thought we were just mining resources on a nearby planet.
Why is this alien army helping us?
Is there something that my dad, the captain of the ship, isn’t telling me?
Suddenly, my eye catches one of the recruits, a shy and hotter-than-hell Ventran named Raeden. My duties forbid us from being together, and so does my current flame, Cal, on this lonely spacecraft. But rules were meant to be broken, and I’ll do whatever it takes just to feel Raeden’s body on mine. I’ll have to make a choice, even if that means getting wrapped up in a war we’re not prepared for…inside this ship and out.
DELIVERY (STAR LINE EXPRESS ROMANCE BOOK 3) by Alessia Bowman
Flight controller Niya Redmor has just one desire: make sure her son gets the home he deserves.
Daredevil pilot Joston Lynar has just one desire: get back in the pilot’s seat and do what he was born to do.
Joston’s showoff landing wows all the flight controllers on Engra, and Niya Redmor is swept off her feet. The two can’t deny their fiery attraction. But Niya’s plans for her son and Joston’s carefree lifestyle are a poor fit.
Now, with the burgeoning revolution on Engra, even if Niya and Joston wanted to, the couple might never be able to make a go of it. And as the conflict escalates, it threatens to destroy not just Niya and Joston’s fragile relationship, but all of Engra as well.
A SIREN’S TAIL: LUNA DE LA MAR SALON & SPA (AS THE CHAIR TURNS BOOK 2) by Eliza March
Delia here… Hi, again! Magic does exist and people in Boca aren’t what they seem. Shh! No one is supposed to know.
When my former well-organized life blew up in my face, I decided I needed answers because the metamorphosis I’m undergoing isn’t following any known pattern. Remember when I used to be a sun worshipper? Now I’m exhibiting symptoms I don’t even want to think about.
Turns out there are certain aspects of my family tree that’re disrupting my humanity. Wait ’til I find my family. Just when I need answers, they disappear. Poof! Vanish. Except Edna, my great aunt. But she’s not talking. Some freakish sea monster stole her voice.
They are all so in the doodoo doghouse for keeping everything from me.
Thankfully, my witch friends are charming me through my dilemma and our search for answers. Frankie, our alpha Werewolf boss, is doing his best to keep me safe. The guy is loyal to a fault, even if the wolf in him doesn’t have a faithful bone in his body. So when Aelric, my on-again-off-again-not-really-a-boyfriend, asked him to protect me from sources unknown, Frankie jumped on it. I still think he has ulterior motives.
I’m eventually planning a monogamous relationship, just not yet. Frankie wants to “turn” me, but the monthly waxing effort makes becoming one of his pack out of the question. Aelric, the handsome Coast Guard captain, did make a few serious romantic overtures and almost “sort of” proposed to me, but he hasn’t managed to take me on a first date yet. Nor has he told me exactly what he is. Hope springs eternal. Because he did kiss me senseless, wowed me with an impressive unspeakable power move, then left me again. Now I’m alone with more questions. But I’m determined to get my own answers and find out where the threat to my family is coming from.
Oh there’s more… It just gets better every day. Why don’t you hang with me and see what’s in the cards for this month? The supernatural salon and spa staff, as always, are here to help.”
FIGHT FOR HER (ICE AGE DRAGON BROTHERHOOD BOOK 4) by Milana Jacks
Arthur: When Rose asked me to marry her, I didn’t pay much attention. After all, she was ten. Even though she’s all grown up, and I seethe with desire for her, claiming Knight’s baby sister will earn me a punch in the face. Or worse.
When her heart fails, I do what I must to keep it beating—risk my own life to take her to the habitat for a cyborg implant. Now the woman who should have been my spirit is the most dangerous cyborg in existence. My enemy.
Rose: Once upon a time, I had girlish dreams of marrying Arthur. Now, with a highly advanced cyborg implant that makes me the darling of my military trainers, those dreams are a distant, fading memory. My future lies with the Elites, the units that defend the habitat from dragons.
To secure wealth, fame, and rank all I have to do is give my handlers the name of the dragon man suspected of hiding in plain sight somewhere in the habitat. Should be a no-brainer, right? If only my human flesh will stop aching for what can never be.
DIONNA’S SHADOW (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 5) by Ruby Ryan
The Hundred and Thirty-Third Quintelaide stands disgraced.
After assassinating the Archon and fleeing the Capitol, Dionna and her Quintmates are handling the fallout in different ways. Warrior Jaxon focuses on their path forward, while Frost Mage Arthur contemplates their place in history. Dionna doesn’t know how to feel about her decision to disobey the Archon, and the results that followed.
Ryon is handling it the worst. As the one to throw the blade, most of the responsibility falls on the Shadow. And although it was an easy decision, their only option to keep the Quint intact, he can’t close his eyes at night without seeing the face of their deceased leader, killed by his hand.
But Dionna’s Quint has a final mission to occupy their focus. If they can ambush the project site where the Tinker superweapons are produced, they can carry one north: beyond the Borderlands, to the Silithik Hivemind itself.
With a single bomb, they can end the war.
As they avoid Archenon patrols and make their way north, Dionna and her men are going to have to come to terms with what they’ve done—and what they intend to do if they reach the Hivemind. Because all six of them share one common fear: that whatever happens next will be the very last thing they do.
BETWEEN ICE AND FROST (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 17) by Milly Taiden
Raven Casino loves solving mysteries. So it was only natural that she take to the Alaskan wild to find her missing friend, Juliet. She is ready to take on the world to figure out where Juliet could be. But she wasn’t expecting to meet not one, but two hunks in the icy small town of Antler, Alaska. These two were so sexy they radiated enough heat to melt the polar ice caps. Hot damn!
Frost and Ice were hired to make sure Raven was safe, but the minute they saw her, they knew she was the missing piece to their triad. Now to explain to her that she was meant to be with them both. Shared by both. And not freak her out. That was going to be harder than stopping her from getting herself killed in their little town.
There’s something going on in Antler and Raven’s out to find out what they’re hiding. With a missing friend and clues at every corner she turns, she’s taking this bull by the horns. The fantasies with Frost and Ice are a side effect of being so close to them, but she’d get over it. Right? Uh… When she solves a puzzle that’s bigger than she realized, it’s going to take two very alpha dragons to keep her alive long enough to get her freak on.
QUEEN TAKES CHECKMATE (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 5) by Joely Sue Burkhart
The god of light has met his match. But whose life will the red serpent claim?
Killing the queen of New York City has added a million new responsibilities to Shara Isador’s list. The former queen’s Blood must be dealt with before they turn thrall. The queens Keisha Skye coerced into sibling relationships must either be formally sworn to House Isador or freed. Though Shara can’t in good conscience allow anyone into her house who took part in the rampant torture in which House Skye indulged.
While every single day, Shara feels the weight of the red serpent coiled around her throat. The goddess’s gift grows heavier with every passing moment. If she doesn’t act, the serpent will consume everything she loves. But if she goes after Ra as promised…
Someone she loves very much will die.
Any of her Blood will gladly pay that cost, but Shara loves them too much to even consider losing one of them.
Who will survive the epic showdown with Ra, the god of light, and will this be the end of Shara Isador’s story?
STOLEN BY SIX ALPHAS (WAXING CRESCENT BOOK 1) by Jasmine Mills
I thought I was smarter than everyone else. That I could manipulate those around me.
I was wrong.
Now half the alphas in town have united to kidnap me and drag me to a broken-down house in the middle of nowhere.
I’m stripped naked and forced to serve. I won’t be free until I surrender.
I’m their prisoner, and they can do whatever they want to me.
But what if they want to get me pregnant?
DUTY BOUND (AGENTS OF THE CROWN BOOK 3) by Lindsay Buroker
Crown Agent Jev Dharrow’s good dwarf friend Cutter is missing, as is the city’s master gem cutter. Jev doesn’t know who would want them, but he’s determined to find out.
He hopes his fellow agent, Zenia, can help him locate the missing dwarves. Even though she rejected his offer of a romantic relationship because of their status differences, they have become good friends, and she has years of experience finding criminals.
But this kidnapping is anything but simple. Jev and Zenia find themselves entangled in a snarled plot that threatens the entire kingdom while making them realize their true feelings for each other. If they can’t rescue the dwarves, deter an invasion, and stop an explosive plot to destroy half the city, they may lose everything they love. Including each other.
THE BASTARD DRAGON (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Viola Grace
Trin has been raised with the knowledge that her parentage was unknown and she was human. Those two items were the cornerstone of her existence.
An altercation at a baby shower leads to her discovering another side to herself. That side was big, crystalline, and caused the other dragons in her vicinity to bow their heads. Defending her friend had led her into this new shape, and now, she was stuck with it.
Taken to the central hub of the dragon council, she trades her cooperation for knowledge and freedoms. She had been an independent woman a lot longer than she had been a dragon, and she wasn’t going to lose her lifestyle just because she could suddenly breathe blasts of pure energy.
Along the way, she learns about where she came from, and it gives her an outline for the life she wants, with the dragon of her choosing.
THE CHRYSALIS by Brenden Deneen
VS note: I don’t cover horror but this had an intriguing premise (like Stephen King lite maybe) and it’s the kind of book as far as I can tell where I’d go see the movie but maybe not read the book, if that makes sense ?
Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.
Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.
For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny’s unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He’s not ready for this kind of responsibility.
Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks—enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.
The Deckers’ dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom’s obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.
No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.
THE DEMON ALWAYS WINS: TOUCHED BY A DEMON BOOK 1 by Jeanne Estridge
After beating his boss at the poker table, ambitious demon Belial must appease Satan, so he takes on a new bet. If he can get God’s champion to curse God before the deadline, Hell gains another soul and Belial earns a coveted promotion to chief executive demon—second only to Satan himself.
The demon always wins, but this time the deck may be stacked against him. Widowed nurse Dara Strong is the ace up God’s sleeve. The granddaughter of famous demon fighters, Dara has no problem recognizing Belial when the demon in doctor’s disguise appears in her clinic. She kicks him out the door.
But Belial, the most successful soul-stealer in the history of Hell, is not about to give up easily. He may look heavenly, but his soul belongs to Satan.
As the battle between these cosmically well-matched opponents escalates, so does their passion. Caught between a victory-hungry Satan and an unforgiving God, Belial and Dara discover there may be only one way to ransom the soul of a fallen angel: sometimes you have to go through Hell to claim your Heaven.
LOVE AT FURST SIGHT (BUILT FUR LOVE BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder
Dawn Henderson has never met a man like her new contractor, Garrett. He carries impossibly heavy equipment, and he’s strong and committed in an old-fashioned way she’s never seen in her life. From his sharp beard to his sparkling amber eyes and unbelievable muscles, there’s just something otherworldly about him. When danger threatens Dawn’s new home, she might be in for a big, furry surprise.
Garrett Wilson is a giant, friendly bear of a man with an actual grizzly inside him. When that grizzly sits up and proclaims that his curvy new client is also his mate, he’s ready to get his capable contractor hands on much more than her house. But Dawn knows nothing about shifters, and Garret can’t just throw her over his shoulder and stalk off to his den, bear style. He’ll have to take it slow, and hope she doesn’t run when she sees his growly side.
As things get steamy between Dawn and Garrett in Silver Lake, danger is threatening to sabotage everything they’ve worked to build. But their enemies are about to see that this teddy bear can get downright dangerous when the safety of those he loves is at stake.
FALLING FOR GODS (THEIR DARK VALKYRIE BOOK 3) by Eva Chase
Who would have thought I’d need to die to really come into my own? But with my growing valkyrie powers and the scorching hot Norse gods who resurrected me by my side, I’ve never felt more alive.
If only I could take a moment to enjoy my new home in Asgard. Unfortunately, our recent triumph has enraged a power-hungry giant who wants to see me dead all over again, along with everyone and everything I care about. And then there’s our newly returned leader… Odin has turned out to be as single-minded as he is single-eyed, and I can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to this situation than he’s letting on.
My four gods and I will have to depend on each other if we’re going to find our way through this mess, even if opening my heart that much to anyone terrifies me. I’ve come this far. No way am I backing down now.
I’m Aria Watson, and I’ll be no one’s pawn.
WATCHER DIVIDED (WATCHERS OF THE GRAY BOOK 4) by JL Madore
To be immortal, but still feel pain and bleed like a sieve sucks ass. Part of this world, but not. Alive, but not. There are the Darkworld feeding quotas we police, the humans we protect, and then us—Nephilim—living in the shadows of cities that know nothing about us. And if we do our job right, never will.
What would a hero risk to save an innocent boy?
Phoenix, Egyptian twin, Nephilim warrior, rejected his witch heritage during his transition millennia ago. He locked down his addiction to dark magic and never looked back . . .
If he possessed the ability to help and didn’t, what kind of man did that make him?
Could he access that dark part of himself to save another and survive it?
THE TIGER NEXT DOOR (GREEN VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant
Tiger shifter and businessman, Shaun always wanted to spend more time with the child his ex-wife took away from him — but he wasn’t expecting her to abandon five-year old Trevor and force Shaun to move to the tiny town of Green Valley.
It’s bad enough that Shaun doesn’t know the first thing about being a father — now suddenly he’s the father of an unpredictable shifter child.
Hawk shifter and preschool teacher, Andrea knows better than to fall for Trevor’s father — no matter how good he looks with a colander on his head. But the electricity between them is impossible to resist, and when the lights in his house go out, the sparks that fly aren’t only in the fuse box.
Abandoned by his mother, all that Trevor has ever asked for is love and stability, and Shaun is determined to give that to him at any cost.
Even if it means denying that the hot next door neighbor is his destined mate.
A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (WAR OF THE GODS BOOK 1) by Meg Xuemei X
As a direct descendant of the God of Death, Cassandra Saélihn is considered the most dangerous monster of all time. Her own mother locks her in a cage to protect the world from her. Cass thought this jail would be her world for a lifetime, but then four sexy, formidable warriors–a vampire lord, twin fae princes, and a demigod–find her.
They claim she’s not a monster, but a powerful weapon. The Olympian gods have begun to destroy the Earth with a vengeance, and only she can stop and kill them. But Cass has a mind of her own and can’t be told what to do, no matter how drawn she is to her four warrior saviors. To their dismay, the four warriors can’t tame the wild, cunning, and volatile Cass. But they have a bigger problem–their growing attraction toward her.
To turn the woman they desire into the ultimate weapon and ensure Earth’s survival, they’ll have to conquer her body and heart, which seems even harder than winning the war against the atrocious gods. But nothing turns these alpha males on more than an impossible dare. And nothing turns Cass on more than being stalked.
BONDS OF CUPIDITY (HEART HASSLE BOOK 2) by Raven Kennedy
Note to my stupid cupid self: The next time I go and anchor myself to a hot covey, make sure those anchors aren’t about to compete in a fight to the death.
Yeah. Total downer.
I have a body now and I don’t intend to lose it. I also don’t intend to lose the genfins that I’ve grown so attached to. So it’s time to return to the Kingdom Island and hope like hell that my guys make it through the royal trials of the culling. I also have to hope that the prince of the realm doesn’t spot me. If he does, I’m pretty sure I have imprisonment and torture to look forward to.
But we can make it through this. I know we can. I’m at least 70% sure we can, anyway. Okay, maybe it’s more like fifty-fifty. But after we do? Well, my to-do list is long, but convincing my genfins that they belong with me is pretty high up there. So is dessert. And trying some faery wine. And skinny dipping. Also sex. Lots and lots of sex.
But mostly, I just want what I’ve always wanted—to have love of my own. Wings crossed that the genfins get on board with that plan. This cupid has her work cut out for her.
THE BETA’S HEART (WILDE CREEK BOOK 8) by R E Butler
Ren Corbin has a great life as the alpha’s right hand. He’s enjoying his life, but he knows it’s beyond time to find a mate and settle down. During a spring full moon, he senses someone in the woods and knows it’s his truemate. It doesn’t matter to him that she’s a fae and not a wolf; he only cares that she’s gorgeous and she’s his.
Kismet Thorburn, a nature-controlling fae with copper-tipped white wings, can’t stop thinking about Wilde Creek or the wolf she dreamed about. When she hides in the woods outside the alphas’ home to get a glimpse of the male from her dreams, he senses their connection and finds her.
Ren and his wolf are both crazy about Kismet. Marking and mating her is as important to him as breathing, and starting their new life together is everything he ever hoped it would be. When a new wolf pack requests a meeting with the Wilde Creek alpha, Ren’s surprised to see his ex is the alpha and has him on her mind.
When his ex makes trouble, Kismet and Ren must fight to stay together. Can their new love last, or will all be lost in the woods of Wilde Creek?
A HEART OF MIDNIGHT (DARK FAE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Jenna Wolfhart
The Battle for the Crown is over, and the time has finally come for Taveon to take his rightful place on the throne. But nothing is ever simple in the Dark Fae realm.
A strange and twisted curse befalls the Court, assassins lurk behind every corner, and a dangerous new shapeshifter has joined the Academy, an alluring male who either wants me dead or in his bed.
With the entire Court under siege, it is up to me to find the cure to the curse. If I don’t, the entire realm will fall into chaos. And I’ll never see Rafe or Taveon again.
DESTROY (WHISPERS FROM THE BAYOU BOOK 2) by Sandra R Neeley
Destroy is beautiful, strong, charismatic and charming. He is also selfish, shallow, petty and jealous — or is he? One misunderstanding centuries ago resulted in his being labeled as not good enough, untrustworthy, self-serving. To hell with them, he knew who he really was! A strong, dependable, good male of strong character who was very pleasant to be around and even more pleasant to look at. If only he had a female…(LOTS more blurb on the ebook seller page…)
CLASH OF STORMS (LEGEND OF THE STORM BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster
VS Note: No cover available at the time I prepared this post. Sounds good – I love her scifi romance – so it’s on my TBR List.
Malin wants none of such myths. As a half-blood dreki, she’s beneath the notice of the arrogant warriors who rule the skies—except for Sirius Blackfrost, the most ruthless dreki within the court. This dark prince watches her every move, but he’s more villain than hero, and in her favourite fairy tales the servant never earns the prince’s heart. But is there something more to the look in the Blackfrost’s eyes?
To love her would be to curse her to a fate worse than death…
The second he saw her, Sirius knew her for his fated mate. But Malin is a nobody in the dreki court and her very presence is a threat to the queen’s ambitions for him. Forced to hide the truth and accept the match his queen has made for him—to mate with the princess Malin serves— he dares not reveal his heart.
But when the princess flees, he must find her—and his only clue is Malin, who aims to thwart him at every step. With danger surrounding them, they must forge a truce. But can Malin ever give this wicked prince her heart? Because, while Sirius’s kiss burns through her like lightning, to love him would be to defy the stars themselves.
BOUND TO THE BEAR (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD) by Kathy Lyons
Hard-bodied and military-trained shifter Hank Coleman will always do what’s best for the clan. With a mysterious virus ravaging the city and transforming anyone with shifter DNA into dangerously unstable hybrids, that means asking a human scientist for help. Hank knows that getting Dr. Cecilia Lu involved will mean exposing the shifter world and his black bear self, but it’s the animal attraction that sparks between them that could be the real danger.
Cecilia trusts data and what she can see with her own two eyes. So when the hottest man she’s ever met transforms into a bear right in front of her, she has no choice but to accept that shifters are real. And with hybrids attacking humans and shifters turning on their own kind, Hank and Cecilia have zero time to fight the desire that’s burning hotter by the minute. But war is brewing between the shifters, and Cecilia will be forced to choose between the world of men . . . and the world of her sexy beast.
THE MERMAID AND MRS. HANCOCK by Imogen Hermes Gowar
VS note: The reviews are all over the place on this one, as far as the plot. I have to say not to my taste so not on my TBR list.
In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives a most unusual creature—and meets a most extraordinary woman—in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, obsession, and desire with all the magnetism, originality, and literary magic of The Essex Serpent.
One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of Jonah’s trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah’s ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid. Jonah is stunned—the object the captain presents him is brown and wizened, as small as an infant, with vicious teeth and claws, and a torso that ends in the tail of a fish. It is also dead.
As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlors and brothels, all of London is curious to see this marvel in Jonah Hancock’s possession. Thrust from his ordinary existence, somber Jonah finds himself moving from the city’s seedy underbelly to the finest drawing rooms of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of the coquettish Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on—and a shrewd courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting sparks a perilous liaison that steers both their lives onto a dangerous new course as they come to realize that priceless things often come at the greatest cost.
AS SHE ASCENDS (FALLEN ISLES) by Jodi Meadows
Mira the Dragonhearted is on the run with her friends following a fiery escape from the prison where she’d been condemned for speaking out against dragon trafficking.
And she wants answers. Has the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sold out the Fallen Isles to their enemies? Did her own parents lie to her? Will she lose control of her power and hurt the ones she loves?
The only way to find the truth is to go home again, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust. Home, where she must learn to rise above her fears. Or be consumed.
SOULFIRE (NIGHTWING BOOK 1) by Juliette Cross
Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.
As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.
Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.
RULE by Ellen Goodlett
Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
UNDERTOW (A PORT LEWIS WITCHES NOVELLA) by Brooklyn Ray
Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is home to Crescent Cafe, a slew of micro-breweries, a downtown packed with antique boutiques, and violent, ancient storms. Thunder shakes rooftops and lightning cuts through dark skies, but Liam Montgomery has never been afraid.
One night, Liam hears the scream of a kelpie, a Water horse whose cry foretells the beginning of a prophecy. Kelpies have not set foot on shore for decades, but as Liam digs into his magic and his family’s history, he uncovers a mysterious secret that could ripple into the lives of everyone around him.
Liam’s tea-leaves spells out murder. The life of someone he loves is on the line. An unwelcome kelpie speaks in riddles. The Queen of Water demands a sacrifice.
The Montgomery name is soaked in blood and secrets. Liam’s fate is sealed, but he’ll do whatever it takes to change it–even if it risks his circle, his magic, and his life.
VS Note: Highlighting Pets In Space 3: Embrace the Romance, up for pre-order this week! I have my new Star Cruise 40K scifi romance novel in the anthology.
Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!
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VS: This is the blurb for my story in the anthology, which has something of an ‘Anastasia’ vibe:
STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb: Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!
Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?
As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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…