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).
JADRIAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 1) by Veronica Scott
VS Note: I’m EXCITED! WHEE! My new book is available today!
Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.
The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.
Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.
As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.
When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?
SOLO: ALIEN STARGAZER BRIDES #12 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black
VS Note: The books in this series are always fun reading. On my TBR List.
Cecily Page makes movie magic with special effects and make-up. Her wild creations and fun-loving personality give her a sought-after status in the movie industry, and a rock & roll lifestyle that has her traveling nearly every day of the year – just the way she likes it.
Solo has arrived on Earth with only one mission. He must use his movie star good looks and skills in bed to win a human woman as his life mate. But although he lost his heart to Cecily the moment before he met her, he can see she is determined not to abandon her independent lifestyle, in spite of their intense attraction.
When Solo learns of a mystery in Cecily’s past, their road trip to the Glacier City Comic Con turns into a race to unravel the threads of a riddle that will land them with information neither of them could have imagined.
When the truth comes out, will Cecily be ready to open her heart? Or will Solo be so lonely forever?
LOVING A STRANGER: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
Reeve J’lorn is an M-Switch Kindred. Their ability to jump into and control the body of another male for a limited period of time has gotten them the derisive nickname, “Snatchers” and they are not trusted by the other branches of the Kindred. Nevertheless, it is to Reeve, an acknowledged pirate and Snatcher, that the Kindred must turn with a top secret mission–to snatch the body of a high ranking enemy and destroy a secret weapon which threatens the entire universe. And so, Reeve steps into the body of his enemy…and into a whole different world.
When Nallah Parokk’s husband goes into a coma, she secretly hopes he will never awaken. Harryx is cruel and cold to her, beating her often and using her like a whore. Her existence is nearly unbearable but she knows it could be worse if her husband decides to throw her out on the street. Then he wakes up and suddenly he’s…different. He’s kind and loving in a way he never was before, so much so that Nallah is almost ready to forgive his past behavior. But what is behind her husband’s sudden transformation? And will this change for the better last?
Though he tries not to, Reeve is falling in love with his enemy’s wife. But the beautiful little female with wide golden eyes is so wary around him, he wonders what the real Harryx did to her. When he begins to find out, he is horrified. How can he ever get Nallah to love him back when he is inhabiting the body of a monster–her jailer and abuser? He knows he has to tell her the truth about who he is but how can he make her understand? And if he does, will she ever be able to trust again after she finds out she has been…Loving a Stranger?
CLAIMED BY THE VIKENS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 14) by Grace Goodwin
The only thing former Coalition warriors Calder, Zed and Axon have in common are long years spent battling the Hive, and their eagerness to claim their personal reward—their own Interstellar Bride.
When news arrives on Viken that each of the warriors has been matched, they gather at the transport station only to receive two unwelcome surprises.
First, they are all matched to the same woman, and not one of them is inclined to share.
Second, their mate has refused them.
She won’t leave Earth and transport to Viken.
Won’t give any of them a chance to win her heart.
But these warriors will not back down from a challenge…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
FOUND (THE MARS DIARIES BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon
We thought everything was perfect. We had our own planet, the freedom to do whatever we wanted, the resources to survive. And our family. My six men and me. Unconventional, strange, and utterly amazing. I never thought I could feel this much love without exploding, but it worked.
For the first time in forever, I was happy.
There was no news from Earth, but we thought we didn’t need them anymore. We’d made it for six months without contact.
But of course, happiness never lasts.
And when happiness disappears on Mars, disaster strikes.
VENOMOUS HUNGER (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Mary Auclair
After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.
An Eok warrior turned outlaw, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his old life. He has no intention of allowing a headstrong human female to get in his way.
As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.
When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?
TRIBE: PART ONE (CHOSEN SERIES BOOK 2) by Stacy Jones
Despite being dumped on a primitive alien world, Lily is adapting to life there, with the help of Frrar, Tor, and Arruk. But they can’t stay in the safety of the caves forever. The flood waters have receded and it’s time to join the rest of the tribe…
While traveling, their group meets a familiar face from Arruk’s past – a man half feral and covered in vicious scars. Something about him draws Lily in, despite those who already hold her heart. But that isn’t her biggest concern.
Can Lily keep the Tribe Mother from discovering just how much being with her has changed her new mates? Will the tribe accept her, a stranger in their lands? Or will Lily have to fight the very people who were supposed to offer her safety and a home?
DRAGON DESIRE (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade
Things have gone south for Lilly Jordan, and fast. A one-time fairytale romance has turned black and blue. It’s time to go, for her sake, and for the unborn life growing inside her. In desperation she reaches out to her best friend for help. Expecting a ride, or maybe money, Lilly is completely unprepared when the front door breaks down to reveal her Prince Charming instead. It would have been perfect timing for true love… if she weren’t in the middle of fleeing a relationship.
Forced to return to living amongst the humans yet again by the dragon elders, Torran is anything but excited to be where he is. That changes upon arrival though, when a fellow dragon tells him they’re off to save a damsel in distress. One broken door and a frantic escape through a hail of gunfire later, and that damsel is now looking exactly like his mate. The only problem is she’s human, an eventuality Torran never prepared himself for…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
THE ALIEN’S DREAM (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 5) by Zoey Draven
Ever since Taylor Glass was rescued by strong, hulking Luxirians, nothing has been the same. Even worse, she can’t stop having sexy, vivid dreams starring one of her rescuers, a panty-melting alien male with mesmerizing gray eyes and the fiercest scowl she’s ever seen. Outside of her dream world, he clearly wants nothing to do with her and that fits perfectly with Taylor’s well-laid plan of getting back to Earth as soon as possible, no distractions needed. Too bad fate has other plans.
Ambassador Vikan has been loyal to his past lover since the day a tragedy ripped her away. But when his Instinct awakens for a human female under his protection, the Luxirian warrior fights against the undeniably pull with everything in him, torn between loyalty and lust, cursing her generous curves and soft lips that make him crazed. When his will fails him however, Vikan does what any sane warrior would do: steal the female away before she can leave for Earth.
Determined to get back home, Taylor fights against the intense attraction she has towards her alien captor. But when it becomes difficult to distinguish her too real dreams from reality, Taylor begins to fear that she might not leave Luxiria in one piece after all and that she might be forced to leave her heart behind.
MAXXUS (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye
Maxxus has become the new king of Talonia. He must earn the trust of his people. It will be difficult, because his brother, the former king, was loved by all. Making matters worse, the planet is losing it’s paradise status. Volcanoes aren’t just dormant; they’re dead. The waterfalls are dull and losing their energy restoring powers. Soon, the citizens, who look to him for answers, will be starving. He must ask for help from the one place he would rather not, Earth.
Josie’s father once saved Earth from destruction and it is to her that the other scientists turn when Maxxus calls for help. Eager to prove herself as valuable as her father, she accepts the challenge. Gathering a crew, one who has already been to Talonia, she sets out to save the mighty weredragons. She becomes involved in a battle of wits with the stubborn, hard headed king, who is wary of humans. She sees inside his tough shell and can’t help feeling drawn to his soul.
Maxxus finds himself confiding his deepest feelings to a stranger, a human. It is disconcerting, to say the least. How could he be closer to a stranger than his own family? As the planet begins to lose it’s battle, Maxxus finds his heart melting. A few random words, heard by accident may ruin his life.
AIDEN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 3) by Scarlett Grove
Winnifred Parker is a survivor. She’s been on her own since she was sixteen. But when stranded on an island with nothing but her paint set, she has new obstacles to overcome. Not the least of which is the sexy, tattooed musician she’s marooned with.
Aiden’s inner dragon knows Winnifred is his mate, and he’ll do anything to be near her. Abandoned on the island together, he has the chance to impress Winnie with his guitar riffs. But winning her heart will require more sincerity than this mysterious rogue is ready to reveal.
When vampires arrive, Aiden can no longer conceal his dragon nature. He whisks Winnie away, but her rescue comes at a terrible price. Winnifred wants nothing to do with him! Will Aiden ever come out of hiding again? And if he does, can the self-sufficient painter admit she needs love, not only to the secretive warrior, but to herself?
THE TIME GYPSY by Cara Carnes
Amira is the best airship pilot in the galaxies and can bend the time slips within the Gypsy Nebula better than anyone, which means she only takes the jobs she wants. She’s sacrificed a lot for the freedom to pick her jobs, live free. A Gypsy can never love an outsider. It is forbidden. She walked away from the loves of her life once. Now they’re back, demanding her help to save the galaxies. Walking away again isn’t an option, but neither is giving her loves the second chance they are demanding.
The fate of the galaxies hangs on Mikel and Nivel completing one assignment—hire a Gypsy to slipstream them to where the survivors of the Tezan empire were placed and bring them home. Only one pilot knows where they are—the woman who they’d once intended to claim for their mate. She walked away from them once, vowed to have nothing to do with them again. They aren’t about to let her walk away from them again.
They must set aside their personal differences and work together to resurrect the Tezan Empire. Failure is not an option. But the journey to the Ancient Earth slipstream is a perilous one rife with danger. Finding the Tezan survivors within Victorian London might prove impossible.
MEDUSA’S TOUCH by Emily L Byrne
Medusa Pilot Captain TiCara X273, ex-street kid and former bondslave, thought she wanted nothing more than to be captain of her own starship. Or, at least, that was all that she thought she wanted until Sherin Khan came back into her life. A bar singer turned corporate rep, Sherin is now working for Ser Trin Vahn, one of TiCara’s best clients and head of Vahn Corp.
Once they are thrown together on TiCara’s ship, TiCara and Sherin can no longer deny their simmering attraction to each other. A simple mission to transport the ailing Vahn to the legendary asteroid, Electra 12, for medical treatments turns dark and dangerous as betrayal leads to betrayal. TiCara’s greatest enemy is pursuing them, there’s a traitor on her crew and Sherin has a secret that can tear them apart. Can they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?
RAYDN (THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 2) by Mira Maxwell
Willow can’t remember what it’s like to be free. She spends her days working under the watchful gaze of her alien captor and dreams of returning to Earth. She tries to keep hope alive, but part of her knows the likelihood of rescue fades with each passing day.
Respectability is everything to Raydn. The battle-hardened alien only cares about the mission at hand, the men under his command, and the rules that keep them all safe in an unpredictable world. Until his latest assignment leads him to a fragile Earth woman held captive on a distant planet. He falls for her, hard, and he’s determined to win her over.
Willow isn’t so sure. She cares for Raydn, but she’s struggling with the after-effects of captivity and can’t see a future for herself in his world.
Will he be able to convince Willow that her home is by his side?
DIRTY LIES (PRISON PLANET BOOK 4) by Emmy Chandler
Rayla Shaw has spent her entire life restricted to Station Alpha, orbiting the prison planet Rhodon, an unspoken exception to the “no children” policy. Now grown, Rayla discovers that her father, Warden Shaw, has been lying to her for her entire life, and the only person who can tell her why is one of the prisoners.
Armed with supplies, weapons, and a bodyguard, Rayla sneaks onto the planet disguised as an inmate, determined to find answers. But when her shuttle crashes, killing Rayla’s bodyguard, she is stranded alone on a planet crawling with violent criminals.
A zone four loner, Jai sees a shuttle go down in the woods and he races toward it, intending to salvage what he can. To his surprise, the only survivor is a female prisoner who emerges from the wreckage with an unrestricted gun—easily the most valuable thing in all of zone four. His plan is to seduce the gorgeous new inmate and steal the gun once she’s fallen for him.
But before long, Jai realizes he’s falling for his prey—and that Rayla may be the only woman on the entire planet he can never have.
IN THE REQUIEM (METAHUMAN FILES BOOK 5) by Hailey Turner
Weighed down by scandal, Captain Jamie Callahan must choose between saving his family’s reputation and his father’s political aspirations, or taking down the enemy once and for all. Choosing one over the other will have lasting repercussions he can’t escape. Whatever path Jamie ultimately picks, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan will be right by his side to face the consequences. Kyle knows in a situation like this the only way out is through. Together they can make it to the other side, but surviving that journey will take everything they have.
Agent Sean Delaney is learning what it means to be part of Alpha Team through trial by fire. He wouldn’t change it for the world, nor would he give up the life he’s building with Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin. But their time together is threatened by outside forces they can’t outrun. Having put the nightmare of Boston behind him, Alexei is focused on keeping his family safe, but he can’t have eyes on everyone. Alexei knows he can’t ignore the danger on the horizon, and when it strikes, he is unprepared for the tragedy it leaves in its wake.
The odds are stacked ever higher against Alpha Team, and outmaneuvering a precog is a daunting, almost impossible task. Jamie knows something has to give, and when it does, it just might break him the way nothing else in his life ever could.
HER COLD-BLOODED PROTECTOR (LEVEKK INVADERS BOOK 1) by Lea Linnett
It’s not easy being human when Earth is run by aliens.
Lena has been locked up, imprisoned in a multi-species penitentiary on Earth, and all she wants is to get back to what she’s good at: keeping her sister safe.
Kormak is a levekk—a member of the same cold-blooded, alien species that enslaved her planet—and he is the key to her escape.
Kormak hates humans, and he’s not afraid to show it. They burn hot and bright but are snuffed out quickly, and the last thing he wants is a human slowing him down.
But she needs a protector, and he’s drawn to her flame. When an accident derails their escape and strands them in the wintry wilderness, just who will end up saving whom?
THE KRAKEN’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 2) by Susan Tromblay
A desperate escape from a prison cell inside an alien research facility leaves Joanie in the clutches of an alien with a handsome face, a great body, and tentacles that could have come out of a horror movie. Her life back on Earth is a mess, but nowhere near as complicated as her new situation becomes when the alien test subject named Nemon decides that she’s his mate.
Nemon knows that Joanie is the mate he’s hoping for as soon as Thrax hands her to him, but he can also see that she’s frightened and traumatized. He must win a battle against his own body—which has a mind of its own—to maintain control, so he can win her trust and avoid frightening her further. His newfound friends warn him that Joanie will need time to accept him, and Nemon is willing to wait, but they all may have underestimated Joanie.
They have escaped their fate as Iriduan test subjects, but Nemon and Joanie can’t escape the legacy left behind by their captors. A legacy that brings them together—a legacy that also threatens to tear them apart.
SPACEBERG (SPACE SQUAD 51) by M Pax
Spaceberg arrives without warning. The size of Jupiter, it hits with deadly consequences, taking out ships and colonies in the outer solar system.
Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and to save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic is what her plan needs to prevail.
MATING SIGHT (PRAESIDIO BOOK 2) by Ava Ryant
VS Note: From April
So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.
Kidnapped by an Alien after getting attacked by Space Pirates on her way to a new Planet. Yeah…Anabel wasn’t having a good day. Fortunately for her she was a glass half-filled, spunky kinda-girl and she ends up roaming free on a trading planet where things get weird…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
WAR (THE CALLING SERIES BOOK 2) by Kim Faulks
She’s got Pestilence in her basement.
He’s bound, gagged. His blood slick on her hands.
His touch warm on her body.
And he’s calling the others…the three riders she’s hunting.
War is coming and she’s not ready…She doesn’t think she’ll ever be ready.
But she’s been given a mission—a Calling to her tainted soul.
Lamb, Pestilence calls her.
But she’s no Lamb.
She’s a Lion.
Her name is Harlow Morgan, and she’s the last hope a dying world has left.
HELLFIRE AND HANDBASKETS (A TIME TRAVELER’S JOURNEY BOOK 2) by Kathryn Hills
It’s hell in the ER, but Army veteran Dr. Rick Hauser wouldn’t work anywhere else. The hardened combat medic thinks he’s seen it all. Until she storms into his life.
Amelia Pennington is not just a pretty face. She’s a time-traveler. A medical student from 1895, forced to flee a madman. She’s been in trouble before, but this time everything she loves is at risk. Can a reluctant hero be the key she’s searching for?
What’s left of Hauser’s heart is still on the battlefield. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a mystery woman. But when he finds Amelia on the streets, he ignores the warning shots firing off in his head and takes her home. In less than twenty-four hours, she’s upended his self-protected world. Even his dog, Rocky, is in love.
DRAGON WARRIOR’S HEART (DRAGONS OF MARS BOOK 5) by Leslie Chase and Juno Wells
Ashley Warren knows she’s in trouble as soon as she sees Kosar. The tall, powerful dragon shifter has a body to kill for, a smile that makes her heart race, and eyes that look straight into her soul. If only she could listen to what her body wants, she’d forget about her mission and throw herself at him.
The trouble is, she’s on Mars to steal from him. Worse, the people who sent her aren’t the forgiving type — and they have her brother as a hostage. If she doesn’t bring them the information they want, he’ll pay the price.
Kosar is a dragon warrior, a defender of the most precious artifact the Dragon Empire possesses. The stardrive that brought the dragon shifters to Mars is his to guard while its secrets are studied, and he will not allow thieves to take it.
His duty is simple until he meets Ashley. The moment he looks into the human female’s eyes, he knows they belong together. She’s his mate, chosen by fate to be by his side, and he would give anything to protect her. But as evidence mounts that she’s planning to steal the secrets he’s guarding, he’s torn between his duty to the Empire and his feelings for his mate.
Caught between their conflicting obligations, can Kosar and Ashley find a way to be together? Or will duty pull them apart?
GAME OF LIES (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Pippa DaCosta
Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota. She survived life as a slave, survived the Dreamweaver’s touch, but surviving Marshal Kellee and the mysterious Talen is a whole other game, one she’s not sure she’s ready for.
When the three are captured by a bloodthirsty fae general sweeping through the last of Halow’s human colonies, the only weapons they have left are lies. And so Kesh must pretend to be the gladiator they all expect, while Kellee is forced to fight against her, and Talen is… Well, just who is Talen when he can command soldiers with a glance and move among the fae elite as though he belongs?
Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota, neither does love. She must survive both, or everything she’s fought for will be lost forever, including her men.
HER SAVAGE MATE by Kallista Dane
VS Note: The author states: “Her Savage Mate is based on the characters in my story in the USA TODAY bestselling box set Alien Alphas. I’ve added lots of steamy hot new scenes to make it a full-length standalone novel. “
Except I don’t have a choice. Not really. The High Priest threatens to put my entire crew to death unless I agree. So I make him a deal. I’ll mate with the future king and give him an heir – in exchange for their freedom.
Turns out my new mate is a mouth-watering, seven foot tall bronze hunk. He’s so hot he could be the star of one of the tacky romance novels I’m secretly addicted to.
Unfortunately this planet requires females to obey their mates or be disciplined. I’m not the submissive type, so I get punished by my new mate. A lot. But I’m determined this alien alpha will never break me. Night after night I defy him.
As time goes on, his stern discipline and passionate lovemaking are awakening dark desires in me. Wicked desires I’ve never felt before.
I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.
TIGER STRIPED: SHIFTERS UNBOUND by Jennifer Ashley
The call he must answer …
Tiger wakes in the night, knowing something is wrong. Carly, mate of his heart, is next to him, and he hears his son’s breathing. They are safe.
But someone, someone cries out with a despair he can’t ignore …
Carly won’t let Tiger go alone, and neither will Connor, the cub who will become one of the greatest Shifters of them all—Tiger knows. He sees.
He can’t ignore the call. Tiger and Carly take Dylan’s truck and head into the night, on what proves to be the most important mission of their lives.
PHOENIX RISING: TALES OF THE WERE (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 8) by Bianca D’Arc
Lance doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He’s just a regular guy who owns a high-end engine shop on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. But lately, he’s been drawn to the desert in inexplicable ways, and has troubled dreams of flying…to the sun.
Tina remembers him – her high school crush. But that was long ago and they’re both very different now. Lance still has that aura of magic about him, though, and she’s grown into her powers, gaining strength and hopefully, wisdom, over the intervening years. When she gets stuck on the side of the road out in the desert, it’s Fate that sends Lance – of all people – to her rescue.
Sparks fly as they reunite and rekindle the flame that had never quite extinguished between them. When Lance’s business is targeted, Tina helps him defend his place and the odd assortment of shifters who have gathered around him. Lance is a bit clueless about the unseen world, but Tina is there to fill in the blanks and help him discover what he was always meant to be.
But Lance is in a dangerous position. Most shifters of his kind don’t survive their first shift. Tina believes she can help him through it and perhaps…just perhaps…she can be the one to ground him. She wants to believe she could be the reason he comes back down to Earth – if their love is strong enough.
ABYSS (RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 5) by Bethany Adams
After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassins, rogue princes, and a grown, half-human student—all had caught her off guard. Now, things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.
For seven years, Aris was held captive on the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table—not with danger threatening multiple worlds.
Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hadn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.
A VAMPIRE’S THIRST: IVAN by Marissa Farrar
Russian vampire Ivan Sokolov is suffering from a bad case of the guilts and has high hopes of apologising to his ex—the half-breed daughter of the werewolf Deacon Thorn.
He tracks her down to the eerie and remote Dartmoor when he is struck down by the Thirst. His hunger all but consumes him, and he awakens to a nightmare; covered in blood with no recollection of what happened.
Panic and dread overcomes him. He takes the only way out and tries to make a run for it when he’s hit by a most wondrous scent.
The only problem is the scent belongs to a police officer, one sent to find out who’s responsible for the bloody corpse found on the moors the previous night. And to add to that … she’s his Bloodmate.
Is Ivan the one responsible? Or will the truth lie in the ancient myths surrounding the local moors…?
CROSSROADS (AFTERLIFE BOOK 1) by Desni Dantone
Alec Sierra has been given a second chance at life. This one, he will not screw up. He is off to a great start with a nice apartment, a flashy car, an amazing group of friends, and in four years he’ll have the college diploma he never thought possible to obtain. The only thing missing? The love he never knew he wanted.
When the sexy and challenging Jemi moves into the vacant apartment across the hall, Alec sets his sights determinedly on her, but his plan to wear her down with his charm ends up being harder than he bargained for. Not only is Jemi immune to his lady-killer grin and stellar whit, but the god of the underworld has plans for him.
He thinks he has left the supernatural world behind. He is wrong. For him, it has only begun.
THE HEALER (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 7) by Teresa Hissong
Harold Blackwell, the pride’s healer, never imagined he’d be working to save the enemy. He took an oath the day he graduated from human medical school; to learn how to care for the sick and injured, but he never planned on saving a wolf.
Luna Ray was scared and alone when she was rescued from the labs that studied shifters. Her family had been slaughtered by the Community, but her life was spared when she was saved by a panther. Being the only white wolf shifter in the world, she must learn to live with the pride who believes she is dangerous.
Harold doesn’t want to have feelings for the wolf, but his panther demands he do everything in his power to heal Luna inside and out. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to accept fate when he touches her for the first time.
WINTER QUEEN (DAUGHTER OF WINTER BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon
The Morrigan needs to die, no question about that. But first, Wyn and her Guardians need to find her.
While the Realm prepares for war, allies arrive from unexpected places. But there are enemies hiding in plain sight that could stop the war before it’s even begun.
Can Wyn destroy the Morrigan without sacrificing the lives of her loved ones?
STOKING THE FLAMES II: TALES OF LEGENDS, LORE & EVERLASTING LOVE by Various
Find everlasting love in the clouds. Go back in time. Spring into the future. Soar on the wings of magic. Discover Legends of Fate, Destiny, True Mates, and Forever Love that’s written in the Stars.
Take flight with fifteen amazingly talented bestselling authors as they bring these special Dragons to life. In each life-changing journey you will see that the heart gets what the heart wants, happily ever after is so much more than simple words at the end of a Fairy Tale, and Dragons prevail no matter the time, place, or obstacle.
GUARDIAN SPIRITS by Jordan L Hawk
Psychic medium Vincent Night and his lover Henry Strauss have spent months striving to uncover the dark secret harbored by Vincent’s dead mentor, James Dunne. Their only clue comes from a journal: Dunne was seeking to restore the Grand Harmonium, an artifact meant to breach the walls between life and death.
Fate seems to intervene when Henry and Vincent are offered a job investigating the haunted orphanage where Dunne lived as a youth. But the ghosts of the orphanage don’t rest easily, and the lovers soon find themselves in a battle to locate the Grand Harmonium before it falls into the wrong hands—and unleashes evil upon the world.
CHARMED BONES: A SARA DELANEY BOOTH MYSTERY BY Carolyn Haines
Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.
When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.
When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.
THE DRAGON FAMILY by Jessie Donovan
For Finlay Stewart, being a dragon-shifter clan leader is easy compared to managing his family…
Finn is trying his best to work and protect his clan on little sleep; having triplets is his toughest challenge to date. But with his mate, Arabella, at his side, he finds a way to manage. However, as things start to spiral out of control with a pregnant cousin, another cousin constantly containing a mate-claim frenzy, and another driving his eight-months’-pregnant mate crazy, Finn’s next mission is to find a way to ensure everyone behaves and toes the line. The only problem is that the MacKenzies are a stubborn lot and Finn may be in over his head.
However, as Finn soon finds out, his wild cousins are nothing compared to the latest surprise to show up on his doorstep. It’s going to take every bit of wit and charm he possesses to keep his family safe and together. Failure simply isn’t an option.
DARKER PATHS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 2) by Christine Pope
Cruelly dumped at the altar by the man she loves, Miranda McAllister turns her back on Santa Fe and takes off with Simon Gutierrez, who promises to help her develop her newly awakened magical powers…even though her logical self warns against acting on impulse so soon after her humiliation at Rafe Castillo’s hands.
Under Simon’s patient guidance, Miranda discovers the astounding depth and breadth of her gifts. Yet too many unanswered questions leave her uneasy, especially when Simon indicates he’d like to move them out of the friend zone.
Rafe Castillo still can’t figure out what the hell happened the day of his wedding. A powerful spell forced him to spew those spiteful words at Miranda…and whoever cast that spell has covered their tracks so thoroughly, no trace remains — to Rafe’s human form, at least. His coyote alter ego can track fainter wisps of magic, magic as dark and hateful as the things he said that fateful day at the church.
Intent on finding Miranda no matter what, Rafe relentlessly follows a twisting, turning, increasingly deadly trail. But by the time he learns the truth, the race to save her from an unspeakable evil may already be lost.
AMETHYST GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Ruby Ryan
Andy is in complete denial.
The owner of six Los Angeles nightclubs, Andrew Fischer is ignoring all phone calls and text messages from his friends. What they’re telling him is impossible. It’s downright crazy.
They can’t be right… can they?
Leslie is the accountant at Andy’s newest club, the Cheshire Cat. But she has a secret of her own, and it has nothing to do with the pulsing totem he’s started carrying everywhere. Her mission is far more delicate.
A mission that requires she put aside her feelings for her boss.
As their separate secrets begin to unravel, Andy and Leslie are going to have to find a way to escape the men stalking them–even if it means telling each other the truth. Can they learn to trust one another in order to survive the fury of five dragons? Or will their growing attraction be destroyed in a flash of acrid smoke?
HAUNTING HEPHAESTUS (GODS OF OLYMPUS BOOK 9) by Annalise Nixon
VS Note: From April
Once upon a time, the Greek God Hephaestus was distrustful, detached, and unhappy. Guess what? Not much has changed, except his name and location.
Now he’s known as Vulcan, and he’s waited two thousand years to exact revenge on the human woman whose betrayal nearly destroyed him. Haunted by her honeyed lies and cruel treachery, he waits for the opportunity to strike.
That time is now.
But just his luck, her soul has been reborn into the body of the only woman in Jackson, Wyoming who has ever made him laugh. It sucks that this shy, curvy gallery owner will have to suffer for the sin of another, but… Oh well.
Of all the eligible men in Jackson to fall in lust with, why did Destiny have to choose the sullen and not-altogether-human Vulcan? (…more blurb on ebook seller site…)
MAGES AND MECHANISMS by Devin Harnois
Leander Weatherford doesn’t want a mage, but he needs one. Enchanted mechanical animals are all the rage among the upper classes and selling them will save his struggling family business. Enter Jak, whose enchanting ability is second only to his talent for flirting. It’s dangerous to keep such a tempting man close, but Leander can’t resist—in more ways than one.
Jak needs money to continue his aimless life of running. A partnership with Leander provides both income and a lovely diversion. Their masterful creations catch the attention of an eccentric baroness, who offers them a huge sum for an ambitious project—a full scale mechanical dragon.
Swept up into a life rubbing elbows with nobility, Leander is pleased but overwhelmed. Spending both work days and evenings with Jak, he finds himself drawing closer to the charming mage.
But Jak is hiding a dangerous secret, and the truth could tear them apart.
THE THIRD THRONE (ANGEL OF DISTRUST) by Tabitha Barret
What if loving someone brought you such joy that you couldn’t wait to see them, but also brought you indescribable pain because you knew they would die in your arms? How far would you go to forget them…for eternity?
Anjali has been tasked by Lucifer to find, Celaeno, the last Harpy in existence, before Hades can use her to overthrow Hell. During her search for the Harpy, she is captured by an unknown assailant. Waking up on a deserted island, she finds that her powers have been bound, leaving her helpless to fight multiple enemies trying to kill her. Who can she trust to help her escape?
Haydn, the Angel of Distrust, not only wants to be free from his duties as a Harbinger to the Bringer of the Apocalypse, but he wants to free the others under her control before finally ridding the world of Anjali. Once a Celestial Warrior sworn to protect God’s creatures, can he complete his mission and kill Anjali?
Viktor Every is a man destroyed by love. Desperate to escape his tragic past and bleak future, he will make a deal with the last person, or creature, he ever expected. All he has to do is find the love of his life and hand her over to a demon claiming to have the ability to take away all memories of his lover. It should be a simple task, yet it is the hardest thing he will ever do. Is he willing to give her up so that he can be free of her forever?
TRAPPED IN THE DRAGON’S BED (THE CRIMINAL PROPERTY DRAGONS’ SERIES BOOK 1) by Hollie Hutchins
This wasn’t my first choice of career. Lurking around shifter establishments in their state, trying to pull in Richard Forge. I could have been back at college, finishing my courses, so I could finally become a Profiler. But instead, my boss yanked me right out of there.
And why? Because I’m “immune.” Immune to shifter’s hypnotic powers. An object of desire. And it seems that Richard’s very, very interested in me.
I know I have to do this. The senator’s daughter is missing, and Richard’s a suspect. Everyone wants to know what happened, but not everyone can make it to Richard Forge’s bed.
But what I didn’t expect was the other man Richard had struck a deal with. A man called Tarren Vale. Crawling straight out of the underworld, binding us both together… calling to the darkness inside us.
THE DRAGON MARSHAL’S TREASURE by Zoe Chant
Curvy, practical Jillian has spent her life trying to distance herself from her father. But now he’s disappeared, leaving her saddled with his stolen millions, the world’s most terrifying nutcracker collection, and a US Marshal knocking on her door. A US Marshal with a strange courtly manner and deep green eyes that make Jillian wish he’d strip away more than just her unwanted inheritance…
As a dragon shifter from a reclusive, traditional clan, US Marshal Theo St. Vincent is baffled by many things in the outside world. Vending machines. Fairy tales where knights aren’t vicious monsters. Not ravishing your one true mate the instant you lay eyes on her…
Theo’s old-fashioned charm and rock-hard body soon have Jillian fully complying with his investigation. But the US Marshals aren’t the only ones interested in her father’s ill-gotten gains. With Jillian in danger, Theo has to protect his mate…even if it means breaking all the rules.
FOR THE HOPE OF A CROW (RED DEAD MAYHEM BOOK 1) by T S Joyce
Ramsey Hunt is caught in a spiral no one can save him from, and he’s taking his entire Clan of crow shifters down with him. A broken mating bond has him going insane, and all he can do is try to hold onto his Alpha position as long as possible. But when a spirited beauty comes waltzing into his MC’s clubhouse demanding an audience with him, he can’t help but think he’s dreaming her up. She’s got paperwork saying he’s her mate, and this shifter has one serious stubborn streak in her. All he wants to do is go insane in peace, but she isn’t having it. And now the real work begins. He’s got to sever one mating bond completely if he wants a shot at survival. And if this crazy plan works, he might just have a second shot at happiness too.
Vina wants a crow. She doesn’t care who they are, as long as their shifter animal is a crow. They mate for life and she’s tired of being pushed around by the men she dates. So when a crow comes up on the shifter matchmaking service she applied for three years ago, she has a good feeling her stars are about to change. That is, until she meets Ramsey. The half-crazed Alpha of the biggest, baddest Clan of crow shifters in existence isn’t going to make pairing up easy. And the more Vina gets to know him, the more she thinks it wasn’t him who signed up for a mate after all.
And now Vina has two choices—cut and run from the storm coming for the Red Dead Mayhem Clan, or dig her heels in and rip that old mating bond out of Ramsey. Up until now, no one has appreciated her, but what if…just what if…she could be the one to save the crows?
OWNED BY THE BERSERKERS (BERSERKER BRIDES BOOK 5) by Lee Savino
My life changed the night the Berserkers took me. Dagg and Svein cared for me like no other–until the Corpse King attacked and the battle rage took their minds.
Now I’m alone. My mates are lost to madness, and my visions are growing worse. My nightmares, my only companions–unless I can defy the pack and save my warriors. I must trek into the wilderness and claim them for my own–or die in the attempt.
CROWN OF EMBERS (THE CHOSEN BOOK 3) by Meg Anne
Kiri Helena Solene may have gotten her Mate back, but that was just the beginning. The battle lines have been drawn and her nemesis has already struck the first blow.
Surrounded by her Circle, Helena’s power continues to grow. However, this time power alone will not be enough. To save the Chosen Helena must seek out the Forsaken to forge new alliances with those long forgotten by her kind.
But will they be friend or foe? After centuries of neglect is it too late to mend the wounds of time?
“The Circle must be broken.”
Rowena will stop at nothing to prove that Elysia and the Chosen are hers. With Elysia on the brink of destruction, it’s time for all of the Chosen to remember who, and what, they are.
Their fate depends on it.
SINLESS (DEADLY OMEN BOOK 1) by Jenica Saren
I’m Ria, don’t ask for my last name, because I don’t want to talk about it. Twenty-three years old, and living the glamorous life of my dreams, with the perfect fiancé, nice car, gorgeous house, and the job I love. Excuse the minor detail of the job I love being taking my clothes off.I had everything I wanted, when suddenly shit hit the fan, and and the fantasy life I had built went up in flames.
Now I find myself living in a tiny town, in a not-so-tiny house, with six insanely hot–and just straight up insane–roommates. With everything going all kinds of crazy in this little town, Eliam, Gatlin, Kellan, Gray, Beck, and Rafe seem to think that I am just the girl to help them set everything straight.
The Severin brothers are getting me all involved and in danger, and I’m truthfully terrified – not of the danger stuff, but these guys. There’s something different about the six of them, something I swear I’m going to figure out.
REBEL BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 4) by Ava Sinclair
I am Thera the Healer, and I blame the Drakoryans for the death of my husband and father. They were killed before our dragon lord rulers resettled us in the Drakoryan Valley ahead of war with the ShadowFell.
Now they seek to recruit village men into their army to fight the enemy. But I seek to convince my people that the enemy is not some black dragon we have never seen, but the one who keeps us.
Now the Drakoryans are accusing me of sedition, and seek to neutralize my influence in a manner I will not accept. They seek to wed me to five Drakoryan lords tasked with keeping order in my village.
They won’t get what they want without a fight.
PRIESTESS UNLEASHED (GUARDIANS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 3) by Lidiya Foxglove
They have been branded as mountain bandits, but they are the descendants of the ancient attendants of the priestess. Long buried secrets lie in this remote land. Phoebe will uncover the devastating truth as she comes into her powers. She’s ready to fight, but is she ready to bear the hopes and dreams of the entire realm on her shoulders? And will she be able to perform the Grand Quintet when one of her guardians is the enemy of the rest?
CRAVE TO CLAIM by Zoey Ellis
The unknown fate of his Omega sends Drocco into unfamiliar emotional territory. Uncertain if their connection can ever be repaired, he sets himself on a collision course to fulfill his vow as Emperor, knowing he may lose Cailyn in all the ways that truly matter if he succeeds.
Her determination to have the truth laid bare has cost her deeply; the protection of her Omega sisters and the Alpha who would have once died for her. Without knowing how to tame him, the fierce warrior who comes for her could become a man she is unable to recognize… and everything she had once considered for her future, would be lost.
FURYBORN (THE IMPIRIUM TRILOGY) by Claire LeGrand
VS note: Cool concept.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.
ALL THE EVER AFTERS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER by Danielle Teller
VS Note: Not a romance but sounded interesting.
In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .
A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.
VS Note: This week I’m highlighting STAR CRUISE: MAROONED from my backlist. This was the first in the STAR CRUISE series, introducing Meg and Red. I think the cover by Fiona Jayde is still one of my favorites!
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’sshuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
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The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.