New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday March 14

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

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IN THE CORSAIR’S BED (CORSAIRS BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

As a pirate, I tend to hang out with unsavory outcasts at the edges of the known universe. I’m used to running into thieves, assassins and fugitives. It shouldn’t surprise me to see a forbidden human female for sale in the tunnels of the space station, but I hate it. When I see she’s near death, I have to act.

I buy her.

She spits in my face.

It’s love at first sight.

At least, it’s love at first sight on my end. I know it can never be, though, because I’m an ugly beast of an alien to her. The enemy. If only she knew just how many laws I’d be willing to break for one taste of her lips.

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chanceCHANCE (CYN CITY CYBORGS BOOK 1) by Pearl Foxx

A cyborg with a mysterious and dangerous past.
A naive girl fleeing the dying farmlands to forge her own future.

Chance has fought his entire life, first for survival in the streets of Cyn City and later for money and prestige in the underground Cyborg Fight League. His fists and cybernetic arm have solved almost every problem he’s ever faced, except for love. After losing the love of his life, he never thought he’d find someone again.

Verity left behind everything she knows to start a new future in Cyn City. But her Ecovangalit upbringing left her unprepared for the hard realities of life amongst the criminals and cyborgs. When a dangerous cyborg with a bad reputation proves to be the only person she can trust, can she lower her walls enough to let him in?

As Verity finds herself in debt to the wrong kind of man who will sell her body as fast as he will sell her soul, Chance is the only one who can clear her ledger, but only if he’ll fight in the Cyborg Underground Circuit again.

Is Chance strong enough to win the only fight that ever mattered?

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the preyTHE PREY (BETANIA BREED BOOK 2) by Jenny Foster

I am a cyborg. Half human, half machine.
My creator optimized me until I was exactly what he wanted. I have turned into an elite bounty hunter. My orders are simple. Anyone who endangers the certain survival of the human race is my prey.
The word failure is not part of my vocabulary.
Compassion is nothing more than a phrase.
My mechanical heart does not recognize feelings.
Until an assignment leads me straight to Mara. My creator’s beautiful daughter.
To her, cyborgs are nothing more than henchmen who quietly take care of anything that humans shy away from. When my eyes catch hers, I feel an unexplainable connection. Mara awakens something in me that I can neither hunt, nor kill.
*She* becomes my prey.
The most impossible hunt of my life.

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rescued by the cyborg cara bRESCUED BY THE CYBORG (CY OPS SCIFI ROMANCE) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: This is a re-release of Cara’s story from the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, which is no longer on sale.

A cyborg with haunted past, a woman with a clouded future…
Battered and broken, hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders, charges in, and rescues her. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed, in hopes of saving her wing so she can fly again. He’s taken with the delicate, brave Faria, but his best intentions result in unfortunate consequences that place her in greater jeopardy. Can he overcome the guilt of past mistakes in time to save her life?

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night of the zandiansNIGHT OF THE ZANDIANS (ZANDIAN BRIDES) by Renee Rose and Rebel West

The Zandians have taken back their planet. Now they need brides.
All human females have been assigned to mates. Yes, mates, multiple.
I’ve been given to three handsome males–cousins. Huge, purple and horned, they act like they want to eat me for breakfast.
After what I’ve been through with previous slave masters, I don’t know how I’ll survive this. But I have to. It’s adapt or be sent off-planet, which would mean my death, considering I’m wanted for murder.

My mates cannot find out I’m not able to reproduce. I need to keep my secret, figure out a way to survive, stay focused. But when the Zandian warriors claim me, they make me forget my past and scream with pleasure.
I can’t let myself fall for them.
If they learn my secret, I’ll lose more than my life.
I’ll lose my heart.

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warrior mineWARRIOR MINE (DESTINATION LOST BOOK 3) by Missy Welsh

A routine mission from the Mars Colony to Earth ends in the five-man crew of the Swallowtail having been transported to the other side of the galaxy. Met with hostility, captured, and tortured simply for being Human, the three survivors hold little hope for their futures.

Charles Dunkirk is far away from the offices of Aviation Corporation now. Pressed into service as a sex slave on a space ship full of lion-like aliens, Charlie’s simply trying to stay sane. When he’s offered a chance at protection, there’s not much left he won’t do to survive.

Captain Makull Ihara has slowly discovered he chose to fight for the wrong side. Already looking to change his path, he receives further proof of the right course when fate hands him a Human mate. Their only choice now is to surrender.

Meanwhile, thousands of Humans are suffering throughout the galaxy and what Makull knows might be their only salvation. Will Makull and Charlie join forces to save them?

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oath forger book 3OATH FORGER (BOOK 3) by Nia Mars

Still faking being the Oath Forger. Yeah, I know. Stupid. You know what’s stupider? Falling for The Five.

The five hottest, most powerful rulers in the galaxy all want to be my first. Who am I choosing? I’m not stupid enough to spill that in a blurb!

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OUR DARK STARS by Audrey Gray and Krystal Wade

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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thanemongerTHANEMONGER (THE LADYSHIPS BOOK 1) by Bex McLynn

She won’t give up. He’ll never surrender. Will their need for each other overcome their determination?

Zver is on a rampage. A rival thane has kidnapped his son and sabotaged his work for the Dominion. But he won’t fail. He won’t fall. They call him Thanemonger for a reason. Not only will he retrieve his son, but he’ll seize the battleship he’s wanted for years and cement his superior status in the Dominion. Just as he executes his ruthless plan, an alluring human woman appears and changes everything.

Seph survived being abducted by aliens, and now she’s determined to get home to her young son. Her plan: find a spaceship, return to Earth. Simple, but then she meets the domineering Thanemonger. He offers her sanctuary, but only if she complies with his demands. Now Seph must find a way to fall in line without falling for the sexy alien who has sworn to see her safely home.

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lost chaptersTHE LOST CHAPTERS (CLONE BOOK 3) by Paxton Summers

Iia Danner, a robotic bee keeper, is brilliant, beautiful and prey in a twisted game of monkey in the middle. Wanted because she holds the key to the demise of a society, she finds herself in rebel hands and on the wrong side of the law.

Life was great before she met Eli. Now she’s begun to question everything she knows. Is she really being hunted? Or is what she’s been told, what she sees, all an illusion to gain her cooperation? She can’t get over the feeling she’s being manipulated, but she’s grown to trust and care for the rebel leader and chooses to take his side. He wouldn’t lie to her, would he?

When a swarm or robotic bees attack, Iia must make a decision that will affect every man, woman and child on the island chain she lives on, and until she lands on an alien shore months later, she doesn’t question what she’s done. On what used to be the coast of California, hidden truths come to the surface and Iia realizes she hasn’t reached the end of her story.

No, her tale is just getting started, and if she’s going to fix what’s she’s done, she needs to figure out who is friend and who is foe.

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empress capsuleTHE EMPRESS CAPSULE (AUDACITY SAGA BOOK 1) by R K Thorne

At 22, Commander Ellen Ryu is a little young to be “retired.” Yet she’s planned—and bled in—more battles than veterans twice her age. And, well, she didn’t exactly retire so much as desert. Betrayed by her superiors, turned into a science experiment, and nearly driven insane, Ellen seized the chance for freedom when a shadowy organization offered her a ship of her own and an elite, all-female crew. She’s got a new mission now: get revenge on the scientist who almost destroyed her. Nobody is going to get in her way this time. Especially not the merc who’s just shown up at her cargo hatch, looking to hitch a ride.

In the middle of an op gone wrong, cyborg mercenary Kael Sidassian gets stuck with a mission he can’t refuse: carry a capsule to safety, the contents of which would bring the galaxy down on his head if anyone knew what was inside. But he’s also got damaged hardware in his head and a plan to escape from the barbaric merc company that forcibly conscripted him over a decade ago. So when a humanitarian ship grants him passage, he thanks his lucky stars for a job that’ll solve all his problems at once. That is, if the attachment he’s forming to the ship’s commander—one that goes way beyond duty and loyalty—doesn’t get in the way.

As a new threat rises, the prodigy and the renegade discover far more in common than they ever thought possible. Now both their missions will have to wait, because if they aren’t audacious enough to work together, they’ll never survive what’s coming for them.

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srathSRATH: WARRIORS OF MILISARIA  by Celeste Raye

Nancy Fisher was an advocate of equal rights, both for humans and aliens. She was
disgusted by the news of hidden experimental labs all over Earth. Riots were rampant as
the tortured aliens were discovered. Nancy had to find a way to help the injured and stop
their planets from retaliating. She looked to her sister, Alexis, and Milisaria for aid.

Srath was a rebel warrior. He preferred the past king’s violent way of ruling over King
Siefer’s more intellectual views. There was not enough fighting to satisfy his needs. Srath
also followed the past king’s example of womanizing. One female was not enough to
satisfy his needs. He hoped to find war and women on the mission to Earth.

Humans and aliens were fighting among themselves over alien rights. Both sides were
divided and riots abounded all over the planet. Alien planets demanded that Earth change
its ways or it could be destroyed. The other species were tired of being treated as lesser
beings. The President of the United States was determined to keep peace among all
nations and planets. She allied herself with Milisaria.

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barbarian bloodBARBARIAN BLOOD by Abella Ward

Tara Dawson is sick and tired of her life. Abused, sold and shattered, she is a human clone who knows nothing but slavery.

But her life is about to change when she meets a huge, demanding and sexy Klai wanderer. She knows the Klai cannot be trusted, but when he saves her life, she is soon forced to see the gorgeous guy through different eyes.

Rydel Deijeon is a space pirate, a proud and deadly Klai. When he finally returns home after years of travelling, he is in for a shock. His people are infected with a lethal virus, and he has to find an ancient scroll to save them.

Rydel doesn’t believe in stupid scrolls, but his beliefs are to be tested when his quest leads him to a woman with the scroll’s symbol on her wrist.

He instantly knows she is mate. So he does what he knows best: Take what he wants and bring her with him. But the road ahead is full of obstacles…

Can Rydel prove himself worthy of Tara’s love?
Can Tara learn to trust him?
Can they find the scroll that will save the Klai, and find love along the way?

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alien healers babyALIEN HEALER’S BABY (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 4) by Mina Carter

Laarn, Lord Healer of the Lathar, is about to become something unique among his people. He’s about to become a father… of a little girl. The first female child born for a generation. He’s studied childbirth, he’s confident that he has everything planned.

Unfortunately, as any human woman could tell him, having a baby doesn’t always go to plan…

This short story is set in the WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR world and is not a stand alone. It should be read after PREGNANT BY THE ALIEN HEALER and is a little bite of life story for those who fell in love with the Lathar and their mates.

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soullessSOULLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

A warrior without a soul…Raze NaFeen has sacrificed everything in service of his people. Otherwise cursed to die at thirty without a mate, Raze has taken drastic action, destroying his soul and killing his emotions to prolong his life. He feels nothing. No love, no hate, no fear. Until he meets Sierra.

A spy on a mission…Sierra Alvarez has a lot to live up to. As the daughter of a celebrated general, she’s expected to follow in his militaristic footsteps, except Sierra is no soldier. Her talents are best used for sneaking and subterfuge. When an off planet mission gets out of hand, she’ll need to use every skill she has and work with a mysterious, sexy warrior who awakens an unquenchable desire within her.

Two worlds collide…Raze and Sierra shouldn’t fit, but every minute spent together singes them with a chemistry too hot to ignore. They’ll need to fight pirates, their people, and the vast distances of space to find a way for two lost souls to become one whole. Can a man without a soul find his mate? And is that bond enough to heal wounds that run deep?

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korkhs brideKORJH’S BRIDE (INTERSTELLAR MATCHMAKING BOOK 1) by Clarissa Lake and TJ Quinn

Zara Maples wants to escape her lackluster life and find her soulmate, so she applies to the interstellar Narovian Matchmaking Service which finds people’s soulmates based on genetics. Korjh a Narovian cyborg retired from battle, once a full human, longs a family of his own like the one he lost as a boy in an alien invasion.

Retired to a backwater colony of Modonne where he can’t get a date because he is cyborg, he applies to the Matchmaking service to find his genetic complement, his soulmate, because unlike Narovian felines he cannot recognize his fated mate. After two years they find him a mate on that “dirt” planet recently that recently joined the Alliance.

Cyborgs are dangerous, aren’t they? Only an ignorant human from a planet called Earth (translated as dirt) would come across two sectors to Modonne to mate with a cyborg. But to her he seems warm and caring and so attractive as they correspond. Of course, it can’t be quite that easy. While Korjh can be sweet and considerate, he can also be scary and aggressive.
Was he the man of her dreams or nightmares?

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dearest ivieDEAREST IVIE: A NOVELLA SET IN THE BLACK DAGGER WORLD (BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD) by J R Ward

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

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wolf lordTHE WOLF LORD (ARS NUMINA BOOK 3) by Ann Aguirre

Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.

Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming come naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf.

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snows of windrovenTHE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN (UNCHARTED REALMS) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I LOVE Jeffe’s Uncharted Realms stories. This is a re-release of a novella from a previous anthology. And despite the official blurb it is ALL about Lady Veronica. No, really. Well, ok, actually it’s NOT about her but she does appear and Jeffe grants her a wish I’ve had for a long time about what the entirely fictional character Lady V needs in her life LOL. Jeffe is one of my dearest friends in the author world – we go way back…OK, so here’s the actual story summary:

A new power is at work in the Twelve Kingdoms, unbalancing the fragile peace. For the High Queen and her sisters, it might mean a new alliance—or the end of the love of a lifetime…
As a howling blizzard batters the mountain keep of Windroven, Ami, Queen of Avonlidgh, and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Their passion saved them from despair, but Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. He’s been bracing himself for the end since their liaison began. When it finally comes, the shattering of his heart is almost a relief.
With a man haunted by nightmares and silent as stone, Ami knows only that Ash’s wounds are his own to hide or reveal. She can’t command trust. But just as they are moving apart, a vicious attack confines them together, snowbound and isolated with an ancient force awakening within Windroven itself. If they truly mean to break their bond, Ami and Ash must first burn through a midwinter that will test every instinct—and bring temptation all too near.

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hunters watch brigade initiationHUNTER’S WATCH BRIGADE: INITIATION by Paula Millhouse

Demigod Samantha Silverton, a full-time monster hunter in the Hunters’ Watch Brigade, is on a mission with her familiar, Max, to hunt down a scorned mermaid when she finds out she has bigger fish to fry. Her mother—a powerful witch—has been abducted. And the most likely villain is her mother’s enemy, Francesca Rosencratz.

Being a familiar to a sexy monster hunter has its perks, but Max wants more. He might look like a cat, but he’s also Sam’s best friend . . . and the man who loves her. But in order to defeat Francesca, he’ll have to shift into his human form, something he’s avoided. Because once he’s officially a shifter, he’ll have to join the Brigade. And that could take him away from Sam for good.

But Francesca’s becoming increasingly dangerous. She and a mysterious ally are working to take down the Brigade, and take over the paranormal community. Sam will have to dig deep if she’s going to save her mom. But Max will have to risk even more . . . to save Sam.

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february in atlantisFEBRUARY IN ATLANTIS:  POSEIDON’S WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE  by Alyssa Day

VS Note: The cliffhanger warning is part of the author’s official blurb. I left it in bold print as she had it.

WARNING: CLIFFHANGER!!! This book has a MAJOR cliffhanger that is wrapped up in March in Atlantis! If you don’t like cliffhangers, wait till March in Atlantis and read both!!

Poseidon’s Warrior Jake spent years exploring the world and developing a cool, laid-back exterior to mask the turmoil of emotion he’s fighting so hard to control. But when he rescues what his boat-mates think is a mermaid (she’s a Sea Fae; mermaids don’t exist) and Poseidon himself hurls him into the middle of missions to protect humanity, Jake’s surfer-boy disguise won’t last for long.

And when he meets human-turned-falcon-shifter Savannah in the middle of a deadly hostage situation, the protective instincts–and perhaps the madness–that Jake has held bottled up for so long is about to explode.

Fighting his own instincts, his soul’s longing for his mate, and a dangerous group of human nationalists who want to destroy everything–and everyone–supernatural, Jake will have to discover what is most important to him. And he’ll have to do all of this–while falling in love– in FEBRUARY IN ATLANTIS.

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guardians bondGUARDIAN’S BOND (ANCIENT INK) by Rhenna Morgan

Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.

Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.

Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions and with his body.

Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.

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source of magicTHE SOURCE OF MAGIC by Clare Solomon

When Elliot Rivers, a Homo Sapiens, becomes friends with Barve, a Nean (Neanderthal) on their first day at university he has no idea of the conflict and fury it will cause among the students and staff, as well as within his family. To make matters more difficult, Barve’s argumentative brother, Farlden, hates Elliot.

Elliot and Farlden both possess the rare gift of magic. The discovery that it becomes stronger when they combine their abilities creates a connection between them and, against their will, it draws them closer together, slowly changing animosity to something far more dangerous.

The Nean brothers are keeping an extraordinary secret, though, one that could shatter their complex relationships with Elliot and change all their lives.

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autumns kissAUTUMN’S KISS by M K Eidem

VS note: Previously released in Trial by Flame.

Autumn thought she knew who she was then she discovered she was a rare type of dragon shifter called a Supreme Dragoon. Now she is heading to her new mate’s home world to meet more of their kind. Nerves were to be expected, but Autumn is about to get more than she bargained for.

Kirall always knew who he was, a Prime Dragoon, one of the strongest of his kind. He’d never doubted who he was or his place until he traveled to Earth and met her. Autumn descended from a line of Dragoon thought to have died out many millennia ago. Their mating changed all he’d been taught to believe.

Together they will face challenges neither of them expected. With their mating threatened and everything Kirall holds dear in jeopardy, it’s up to Autumn to show who really is the baddest Dragoon of them all.

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heart of iceHEART OF ICE (SNOW QUEEN) (TANGLED TALES SERIES BOOK 7) by Elizabeth Rose

MacKay is the last of the de Bar siblings to be cursed by the evil witch, Hecuba. In an attempt to stop her, he breaks her magic mirror. But when a piece of it embeds into his chest, strange things begin to happen. Hecuba has banished him to an island with a wicked ruler, Lady Eira Koldottir, known as the Snow Queen. In this frozen land, because of the shard of dark magic stuck in his heart, MacKay sees all that is good as evil, and all that is evil looks good.

Eira has been betrayed one too many times in her life. After losing her family, she is not about to lose her castle and land as well. She prepares her army for the attack of a man who was once her betrothed. Vengeance and hatred fill her heart. Eira doesn’t want to be close to anyone. But once a stranger appears on her island she starts to change her mind. The meaner she is to MacKay, the more the man seems to like her. It makes her furious, but at the same time she finds herself intrigued by the handsome Sir MacKay de Bar.

It takes a cursed man to make Eira realize just how lonely she really is. Will her heart of ice melt with the attention and compliments coming from MacKay who is attracted to her dark side? Can love save them and fill the void of loneliness before dark magic dooms them both to lives they will someday regret?

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dark wine at sunriseDARK WINE AT SUNRISE (A HILL VAMPIRE NOVEL BOOK 2) by Jenna Barwin

Research scientist Cerissa Patel has only one desire: to feel her lover’s fangs slip into her neck for the very first time. Once they become blood mates, no one can keep them apart.

But it’s never that easy.

Cerissa’s relationship with vampire Henry Bautista violates a centuries-old law, and the town council wants her banned from their secret community. If they have their way, she’ll be separated from Henry forever.

As if that isn’t enough, Henry is still in danger. The would-be assassin lies in a coma, and Cerissa is no closer to knowing who targeted Henry—or why.

To make matters worse, her own people forbid her from becoming a vampire’s mate. They aren’t sure what Henry’s bite will do to her and want her focused on her original mission: tracking down the vampires behind a ruthless movement to enslave mortals.

Against these odds, Cerissa must find a way to bond with the man who holds her heart, and do so without paying the ultimate price – the loss of her wings forever.

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blade to the keepBLADE TO THE KEEP (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she’d escaped so many years before—The First’s Keep.

Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she’s got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.

Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she’ll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.

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sahariels awakeningSAHARIEL’S AWAKENING  (A SERIES OF ANGELS BOOK 4) by Joel Crofoot

Sahariel’s radiant skin was a beacon to all the demons in hell, so in effort to hide, he locked himself inside a coma, leaving his physical body in the care of his fellow fallen angel, Barakel. But even though they have been released from hell, his slumber continues. All of that changes when a young woman wanders into his dreamscaped sanctuary, but how did she find him?
Heather is a psychologist now residing with the angels since they rescued her from a demon attack, and she has been having nightmares about it until one night, in her dreams, a man with luminous skin saves her. She chalks it up to a dream until she discovers the man in a coma living in the back house. How could she have dreamt about someone she’s never met?

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shamrockedSHAMROCKED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF IRISH SHENANIGANS by Various

Join authors Cecilia Randell, Joely Sue Burkhart, Tabitha Barret, Serena Lindahl and C.A. Storm as they take you through tales of Irish love and folklore for St. Patrick’s day. There will be gods, immortals, gargoyles, creepy castles, ancient legends and, of course, a leprechaun or two.

Shamrocked is a collection of romantic, sexy, and funny stories that might leave you longing for your own trip to the magical Isle.

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alpha unleashedALPHA UNLEASHED (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD) by Kathy Lyons

Alyssa Nelson doesn’t actually believe that Simon Gold is a shape-shifting grizzly bear—until she sees it firsthand. Aaaaand the award for Totally Surprising Changes goes to Simon Gold. But Alyssa doesn’t have time to deal with the fact that her ruggedly hot, long-time secret crush is a shifter . . . not when her brother has turned into one, too.

After ten months in bear form, Simon is struggling. He’s not ready to deal with anyone, let alone the bold and gorgeous Alyssa. Mine, whispers his bear. But all hell has broken loose in the Detroit shifter community, and it’s spreading to humans. Now Simon must face the darkest place of all: where bear and man become one. And the only way he can make it back to his humanity is by finding—and claiming—his mate.

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gold dragonGOLD DRAGON (HERITAGE OF POWER BOOK 5) by Lindsay Buroker

Now that Trip’s siblings are safely back in the capital, he would like it if life got back to normal. As normal as possible for a half-dragon army officer learning to use his magical powers when he isn’t busy piloting with Wolf Squadron.

But trouble keeps popping up, and the capital isn’t the safe haven Trip had hoped. More and more dragons are working together, with attacks growing frequent as they scheme to claim the country for themselves. Equally daunting, Rysha wants to introduce Trip to her parents, parents who want a proper nobleman for their daughter, not some odd commoner sired by a dragon.

If Trip is to have any chance of bringing peace to the country—and impressing Rysha’s parents—he’ll have to finally and fully embrace what he is and what he can do. Before time runs out.

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bearly rescuedBEARLY RESCUED by Everleigh Clark

Isabella Werner – Wolf shifter. Princess. Vegetarian…Prisoner. She’s fighting for her life and her freedom.

Caleb Alexander – Bear shifter. Running from a haunted past…Undercover guard. His job is simple. Get the information so they can take down the assholes testing on shifters. There’s only one problem. His mate is one of the prisoners, and his bear is about to lose control…again.

Who rescues who?

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voodoo knightsVOODOO KNIGHTS by Amanda Rose

Four dark and dangerous spirits haunt me.
They’re black magic manipulators, voodoo masters—and they say they’re here to be my teachers.
But can I really trust a man who turns into a cat? A motorcycle riding jerk with a bag of souls? How about his top hat wearing friend or the weirdo that lives in the tree in my backyard?

Don’t think so.

Then again, I might have little choice but to accept their help.

Somebody murdered my grandma and now that same somebody wants me dead, too.
These four guardians borrow their powers from mine:
Kriminal LaCoste. Samuel Baron. Sebastian GranBois. Zandor Red.
If I reject them, I’ll be left alone in a world of monsters, magic, and madness.

My destiny is within reach … as long as I don’t die before I get there.

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snow and the seven huntsmenSNOW AND THE SEVEN HUNTSMEN by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley

This is no fairytale…
They’ve been sent to break me.
Not one, but seven.
They plan to steal my beauty, my innocence.
Seven Hunters to track me down and claim me as theirs.
I try to run, but it is hopeless.
They have caught me.
I am their prey, their prize, to do with as they please.
But I will capture something far more precious… the Huntsmen’s hearts.

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song of smoke and fireSONG OF SMOKE AND FIRE (SONG OF DRAGONFIRE BOOK 1) by Megan Linski

Fliss is a slave, and bound to fulfill the king’s every whim. When a local dragon demands payment, Fliss is offered by the king as a sacrifice. She has no choice in the matter.

Yet what the dragon wants is more than Fliss expects. A curse has been cast upon him by a beautiful enchantress, and only one pure of soul can end it. If Fliss breaks the curse upon him, he will grant her freedom.

But there’s a man behind the monster, and as Fliss unveils the mystery that surrounds the dragon’s hidden past, she finds herself falling in love— despite it being forbidden.

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fire brideFIRE BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 2) by Ava Sinclair

War is coming. After hundreds of years of sleep, the ShadowFell Dragons seeks revenge on the Drakoryans, the shifter race that drove them far from the Drakoryan Empire. And this time, the huge night dragons have their sights set on a prize they must not be allowed to claim. They covet the Drakoryan’s humanity, and seek the deep magic, and with it, the key to victory.

My mates seek to protect me from the awful reality, from what’s coming. They urge me to focus on running the household, on pleasing their insatiable sexual appetites. They tell me that war is of no concern for a woman.

But I am no ordinary woman. I am a Fire Bride, and when I learn that human villages are coming under attack, the protectiveness of my mates threatens our bond. I was never supposed to return to the village, but not even an army of dragon lords can stop me from saving those I love.

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fashionably foreverFASHIONABLY FOREVER AFTER by Robyn Peterman

…As much as I can’t see anyone playing me but me, I have far more important issues on my agenda—like finding the woman who stole my soul. Well, not exactly stole… I might have made the switch and taken hers, but the Siren, Elle Rinoa, has my soul nonetheless. ..Fate and I are on a crash course with destiny looking for the one woman who can change both of our lives—mine for the better—Fate’s for the worse. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think the Devil could have a happily ever after, but now I have hope….(much more and complete blurb will be found on the ebook seller’s page)…

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forevermoreFOREVERMORE (BLOOD AND BONE BOOK 3) by C C Wood

Ava Amaris is a witch with no past. Not one that she can remember anyway.

She is cursed. For lifetimes, she’s walked the earth with no knowledge of where she came from or who she once was.

Despite the loss of her memories, Ava forges a life. She has a home, a career, and friends. Yet her heart remains shielded and cold. There is no room for love within her. Her relationships are short and casual, very rarely inspiring more than mild affection.

Until she meets Macgrath, the first man to crack the stone around her heart.

Ewan Macgrath is a vampire with no future. Not without Ava by his side…(more on the ebook seller’s page…)

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banningBANNING (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

One simple coin, thrown into a fountain.
A wish made from the heart.
Tides will turn.
Futures will change.
His wish – to escape a prison of his own making…
Her wish – to save her mother…
Destiny intervenes.
Two worlds collide.
To save himself, he must first save her.
If you only had one wish… would you use it to save the one you love?

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breaker of chainsBREAKER OF CHAINS (SPECTR SERIES TWO BOOK 4) by Jordan L Hawk

Big changes are afoot at SPECTR. John Starkweather, once a hotshot field agent, is now benched. Instead of chasing down demons during Charleston’s biggest outbreak, he’s stuck interviewing exorcists about a previous case. But what at first seems like a busywork assignment takes a darker turn, as John begins to suspect the increase in possessions might not be coincidence, but part of an unseen conspiracy.

The vampire spirit Gray was made to hunt demons and drink their blood. He and his human host, Caleb Jansen, ought to be at the forefront of SPECTR’s field team. But their new partners refuse to let Gray use any of his abilities, let alone actually hunt and fight.

Fortunately, Caleb and Gray have allies outside of SPECTR: the only other living drakul, Drugoy and his host Yuri Azarov. Yuri and Dru live by no mortal’s rules, and they can show Caleb and Gray how to do the same…depending on how far they’re willing to go.

Because breaking the rules comes with a cost, and the price of Caleb and Gray’s freedom may be the life of the man they love.

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soul of the witchSOUL OF THE WITCH  (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Keating Hollow, the village full of love, magic, and cupcakes, and where nothing is more important than family.

At age eighteen, after a potion tragically backfired, Abby Townsend left Keating Hollow and her magic behind to find redemption. Ten years later, after being summoned by her family, she’s back. As soon as she drives into town, she’s already plotting her inevitable exit, but she can’t quite escape the pull of the tightly knit magical community or the soulful gaze of the one man she’s never forgotten. And when an eight-year old witch not only leads her back to her magic, but also steals her heart, Abby’s about to learn what it means to embrace the soul of a witch.

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crown of bloodCROWN OF BLOOD by Keary Taylor

This is not the first time Logan has died. This is not the first time she has fallen in love with Cyrus. Logan is not even the first name she has been given.

Logan fell irreversibly in love with Cyrus, but she needs time to cope with the ramifications of his choice, one made thousands of years ago. She needs time alone to piece herself together. She has to face the woman who brought her into this immortal world. And the feeble attempt on Cyrus life doesn’t sit right with her. She wants answers—who tried to kill him and why?

Past sins are never easy to forgive, but as memories surface, staying away from Cyrus begins to feel impossible. There are a million reasons she’s fallen for him, over and over. Through everything, Cyrus has fought for her, death after death.

A love like this has never been seen before. And love has never been this complicated.

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VS Note: Since we’re about a month away from the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, thought I’d mention my award winning Wreck of the Nebula Dream, a scifi romance loosely inspired by the events of Titanic, but set in the far future aboard a luxury spaceliner.

_Titanic in space...._Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks    Google Play   Kobo

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 7

February 28

February 21

February 14

February 7

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 28

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

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STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD by Veronica Scott

VS NOTE: Yes, one from me! My scifi rock star romance! This novella was previously released in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, which is no longer available (except perhaps for a few secondhand paperbacks). I had so much fun writing a rock star romance 🙂

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

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wicked mateWICKED MATE (WARRIOR OF ROZUN BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

Cara Call never expected her life to take such a dramatic turn after she fell in love with her wicked alien captor, Devix. Now, after escaping Sarkon’s grasp, they are building their lives together on the peaceful colony of Rozun.

Then, their lives change forever when Cara discovers she’s pregnant.

With a difficult and potentially dangerous pregnancy ahead, Devix takes Cara to the only place he knows they can get help: his home planet of Luxiria. The same planet he was wrongly exiled from, accused of a heinous crime he didn’t commit.

But Devix will do anything to protect his fated mate…even if it means confronting the wrath of his species and the ones who betrayed him.

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rishaltRISHALT (TAXYON SPACE BOOK 2) by Aurora Springer

Dr. Nikki Bell is devastated when the Watchers reappear without her alien lover. Why did he return to his home planet without even leaving a message? In search of answers, Nikki jumps at the chance to join the diplomatic team invited to visit the aliens’ home world. On Rishalt, she must contend with the intricacies of Warrish society and an undercurrent of hostility.

Kiron Arqin Ramis is summoned home by his family to the unwanted honor of a new triad and union with a high-ranked female. Unable to forget Nikki, he endures a perilous exile on a wilderness planet instead of complying with his family’s demands. But, the Triarchs have other plans for him.
Stakes are higher than the lives of two individuals. Earth leaders are desperate to acquire the alien interstellar technology, while Warrish dispute the benefit of allying with inferiors. Can Nikki and Kiron pierce the barriers separating them to find happiness with provoking an unequal war?

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stolen for the alien princeSTOLEN FOR THE ALIEN PRINCE by Leslie Chase

Xendar: Marrying the imperial princess wasn’t my idea, but it will stop a war between our nations. I didn’t expect to actually like her, though. She’s not what I expected, almost as though she isn’t a princess at all.

Instead of being vain and self-obsessed, she’s shy, frightened, vulnerable… and amazing. Her passion, her inner strength, everything about her calls to me, makes me want to claim her as my mate. Together we could stand against anything. If only she would look at me the same way.

Hope: Being abducted by aliens was bad enough, and now I’m supposed to marry one? He’s an alien prince, proud and arrogant, and worst of all he thinks I’m some kind of space princess!

All I have to do is keep up the disguise until I can get away and back to Earth. But the longer I’m with Xendar, the less I want to escape. It’s hard to think about leaving when I’m wrapped in his arms, held against his incredible body.

He’s not the only problem, though. Someone doesn’t want the prince and princess to have their happy ever after, and they don’t mind killing us both to stop it. If Xendar can’t keep us both safe, my secret won’t matter to anyone!

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pearls dragonPEARL’S DRAGON (DRAGON LORDS OF VALDIER BOOK 10) by SE Smith

VS Note: Previously published in the Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 anthology.

Asim Kemark has lived a long, lonely life. It is his pledge to his former king and to Mandra Reykill that keeps him, his dragon, and his symbiot from going mad. He has given up on finding his true mate and devotes himself to caring for the wide assortment of creatures on Mandra and Ariel’s mountain retreat. The last thing he expects to happen when he visits the palace is to lose control of his dragon and his symbiot after they sense their true mate. Before he knows it, he has kidnapped her!
Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure – learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her – only to discover she hasn’t really experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.
Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the enchanting and spirited, human woman, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection – including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth – he will do everything he can to protect them. Can one dragon keep the most precious creatures under his care safe, or will he lose the biggest battle of his life?
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karak invasionKARAK INVASION (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Brandi Forbes is sick of her work at Mountain Home Air Force Base. A once talented pilot but now a Lieutenant Colonel, the only thing she ever gets to pilot these days is the stack of paperwork on her desk.

Until she’s visited by two Karak aliens who warn her of a potential Wolvae invasion of earth.

And as important as that may be, it’s tough for Brandi to focus while the aliens look like male super models.

But before the three of them can come up with a plan, Brandi and her two new Karak hunks learn the Wolvae are already on earth gathering reconnaissance! Now they must work together to stop the Wolvae scouts from returning to their fleet with vital information—or else risk a full invasion of earth.

As they battle the Wolvae in the forests of Idaho, Brandi realizes her connection to the two Karak shifters is stronger than just a soldier’s camaraderie. Can they stop the Wolvae in time—and then figure out what to do about their own scintillating attraction?

urimURIM (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

Josephine Landers had been a nurse in the experimental labs on Earth. She sought redemption by taking an assignment to be the medical aid for a species called the Pura. She was to care for them while they made a new planet ready to sustain their people. The discovery that they were trespassing on Milisaria’s territory had Josephine acting as peacemaker.

Milisaria’s population was growing too quickly for their planet to sustain them. They needed more land to grow crops. Urim took a contingent of Knights and farmers to one of Milisaria’s empty planets. He was to oversee the planting of crops. A human female put a wrench in his plans, by arguing that another species needed the planet more.

Unlike Milisarian Knights, the Pura were not giants trained in battle from birth. They appeared small, and weak. Their refusal to retreat from a planet belonging to a race of warriors seemed almost laughable. But, the Pura had a secret army which they controlled at the touch of a button. This army felt no pain and couldn’t die.

 his virgin princessHIS VIRGIN PRINCESS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES, THE VIRGINS BOOK 3) by Grace Goodwin
VS Note: I do enjoy Grace’s steamy story telling. On my TBR.

Danielle arrives on Everis excited to meet her new mate. She watches as her friends find happiness while haunted by dreams of an Everian Hunter who will not come for her—a mate who refuses to claim her. But something isn’t right. The dreams turn dark. Tortured. Her mate is suffering, and nothing will stop her from finding him—especially not his stern orders to choose another, to protect herself above all others, and cherish her life above his own.

Gage of Everis is heir to a seat on the Seven, the ruling council of families that have held power on Everis for thousands of years. He’s the last prince of his line, the last surviving heir, and someone doesn’t want him to rise to his place on the ruling council. Betrayed, tortured and alone, Gage has found solace in knowing he’s protected his Marked Mate from sharing his fate. But his stubborn bride refuses to listen to reason.

When she finds him, there will be a reckoning. Not only is Gage determined to find those who betrayed him, but to conquer the wild huntress who came for him in the dark and stole his heart.

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her dragons treasureHER DRAGON’S TREASURE (DRAGON GUARD NO. 29) by Julia Mills

Decades trapped at the bottom of the sea. Doomed to spend eternity in a watery grave, the Guardsman known as Atticus had given up hope, resigned to his fate, then the impossible happened, the voice of his mate shone a light into his dark, dank tomb.

Tired of being the youngest and smallest, Talullah ached for adventure. Her heart and soul longed for a chance to prove she had dreams bigger than the sea and deeper than the ocean and possessed the strength and determination to carry them out.

Forced to the bottom of the sea by her dreams of a warrior in need, Lulu is caught in the middle of an underwater earthquake that triggered a tsunami, threatening both land and sea. ..(a LOT more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)

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dragons spellbound alienTHE DRAGON’S SPELLBOUND ALIEN: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Fiona Roarke

Bianca Forrester may be a mind-reading alien from Alpha-Prime, but she’s an Arkansas girl at heart who leaps at the chance to work as a psychic in Nocturne Falls. The Halloween-themed Georgia town is the perfect cover for werewolves, gargoyles and, lately, aliens looking to stay under the human radar. Not only will it be an adventure, it’s the perfect place to dodge her mother’s matrimony mania.
Half-human, half-dragon shifter Warrick Hart has never forgotten the fear and loathing he faced as a child in Europe when superstitious humans and human-hating supernaturals chased his family from town to town—until they landed in the haven that is Nocturne Falls. The lingering trauma has made Warrick wary of most relationships, despite his mother’s pleas for grandchildren.

Bianca doesn’t believe in love at first sight. Warrick would never trust a woman with his heart. But Nocturne Falls is a place where never becomes now and beliefs can change on a spell.

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duke dujourDUKE DU JOUR (LORDS IN TIME SERIES) by Petie McCarthy

VS Note: From January

Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, Seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.

Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.

Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.

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oath forgerOATH FORGER (BOOK 1) by Nia Mars

I’m a scavenger. So what? With society’s collapse on Earth, I do what I have to for survival. Especially after I’m kidnapped by space pirates. I have no idea why the five most powerful rulers in the universe decide that I’m the Oath Forger, the one foretold to fuse their royal houses together and bring peace. But I’m going to play along. Because, hey, it’s better than probes in uncomfortable places. Now let’s just hope they don’t find out I’m lying.

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their memoriumTHEIR MEMORIAM (UTOPIA INC BOOK 1) by Jazz Michaels

Valda Bashan woke to the inexplicable—a biosphere where she and four others were the only occupants. She had a life before she woke, a life which seemed many years away and just like yesterday. A computerized voice welcomed her to Memoriam, the biosphere’s name and the job she’d accepted. The terms were clear, she and her companions had to make it work and only when they were complete would they be free to move on to the next task.

Andreas, Hatch, Oz, and Dirk couldn’t be more different, and each man seemed to be in the same boat as she. They didn’t remember agreeing to the project or what task it was they had to complete. If they can’t work together, they may never be able to escape. First, they have to learn to get a long, which might prove the most impossible task of all.

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dragon vip malachiteDRAGON VIP: MALACHITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES BOOK 1) by Starla Night

Dragon shifter CEO Malachite “Mal” Onyx doesn’t have time for relationships. But the domineering billionaire has no choice – either marry a human female and produce dragonlets or return to his home planet Draconis and take the claw of Empress Horribus.

Where can he find a willing bride? Preferably one who is lush and curvy, with soft brown hair and sparkling green eyes, and who makes his soul light on fire. Like that shy, secretive intern, Cheryl…

Drooling over smoking hot dragon shifters under the pretense of drawing them is a definite perk of Cheryl’s graphic design internship. Especially the hard-bodied CEO, who’s as ripped as Superman and flies, too.

But when her next “duties as assigned” turn out to be marrying him, she has to think hard before turning Mal down. There’s something sweetly endearing about his impossible demands, and the toe-curling kisses offer their own irresistible enticement….

A dragon male has never turned down the Empress. Dragon society is about to be rocked by a shy, curvy female from an unimportant little planet named Earth!

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his human brideHIS HUMAN BRIDE by Anne Bordeaux

Rune-Yon is like nothing Katharine Leigh Parker had ever dreamed of. Twin moons in a purple sky illuminate her lover, Breccon Tallel, as he drives her to the brink time and time again.

But Breccon’s people are ailing, and Katharine can help—if she can prove her loyalty. Pledge her body and soul to Breccon and her allegiance to all Rune-Yonians.

Five impossible tasks stand between Katharine and a new forever. Together with her alien mate—touching, kissing, loving—she can do anything. For she is Breccon’s, and Breccon is hers.

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men of the north warriorTHE WARRIOR (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 5) by Elin Peer

Magni knows what he wants and he’s used to getting it. As the second in command in the Northlands, he doesn’t care that he comes across as rude or domineering. Asking for permission or apologizing for his actions is for weaker men.

Six months ago, Laura was Magni’s sweet and submissive young wife. Tempted to experience the independence of women in the Motherlands, and to learn martial arts, she ran away. Now, she’s back. Stronger and more confident than before. Determined not to let a man dominate her, not even the one she once fell in love with and married.

Is there a way for Magni and Laura to be a couple again with her need for independence and his need for control? And can someone as proud as Magni overcome his anger with Laura for leaving him in the first place?

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charm thisCHARM THIS (300 MOONS #9) by Tasha Black

Trendy charm necklaces bring customers into Rachel DelGato’s small local jewelry shop. But Rachel’s true calling is selling antique engagement rings. The running joke in Tarker’s Hollow is that her rings are enchanted, since the couples who wear them never seem to split up. If only Rachel were the warm and fuzzy type who believed in that kind of thing, she might be wearing one herself.

Handsome wolf-shifter Jack Harkness is hanging his own shingle as a general contractor. When his old high school crush, Rachel DelGato, needs his help at her store over the holidays, Jack doesn’t know whether to be overjoyed, or afraid that the torch he’s carried for her will turn into an epic conflagration big enough to consume them both.

Whatever happens, both the man and his wolf are determined to melt Rachel’s icy facade and charm the woman within.

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this cold bloodTHIS COLD BLOOD (FINDING ASTRID BOOK 2) by J L Caid and Jaxson Kidman 

I’m still dead. I know how I died. And these four vampires can’t get enough of me. But believe me, this is far from over…

1.The black figure is chasing me.
2.I face the man who killed me.
3.We face a darkness I never thought possible… hint: more vampires who are for some reason really mad at me.

If that’s not enough, Seth, Layre, Darick, and Kryan want me to play “tag” … naked.
Yeah, things are going just fine being dead.

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dragons magical brideTHE DRAGON’S MAGICAL BRIDE: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY  by Tina Moss and Yelena Casale

Breaking a love spell on an ex-boyfriend never landed on Mirna Turan’s bucket list. But then the universe has a way of turning best laid plans upside down, even for a magical druid.

Now, destiny is pushing Mirna back to Nocturne Falls, the hometown she has avoided for the past six years. She needs to go back to correct this mistake and acquire the dragon’s eye stone. When fate intervenes by bringing a dragon with a secret back into her life, will he make her want to stay?

Being a dragon in this town never bothered Danila Smirnoff as fur, fangs, and even scales, are welcomed in Nocturne Falls. But harboring a secret about his supernatural side means keeping Mirna at a distance. Will she be able to break down his walls and tame his dragon, or will the truth tear them apart forever?

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metamorphosisMETAMORPHOSIS (BONDS OF DESIRE BOOK 1) by McKenna Jeffries

VS Note: Apparently this is a paranormal romance.

Richard Falk has one person who can push all his buttons. She is irritating, aggravating, and does not listen to anything he says. Yet he is seeing her in a different light, one where her stubbornness gives him a different feeling… attraction. Wanting this opinionated woman isn’t a problem. The real challenge is convincing her that they are meant for each other. He would have to give her the right incentive to convince her to give him a chance.

Allison Watts is tired of Richard telling her what to do. He might be her boss at work, but in the other aspects of her life, she is the one who makes the decision. His moodiness, rudeness, and unwanted opinions lead her to do something that has far-reaching consequences… of the most pleasurable kind. But she cannot give in and have him for her own. Can she… maybe she could. Richard is driving her into a frenzy of need that only he can quench, tempting her with more than she could ever want.

They are undergoing a change… a Metamorphosis.

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templeTHE TEMPLE: A GUARDIANS OF DESTINY BOOK by Jean Johnson

VS Note: This one got really mixed reviews so far.

The Guardian of the Fountain of Mendhi is dying, and her successor must step up to the task. Disciplinarian Pelai is ready to accept the burden of managing the powerful magics, but the timing is inconvenient. She has one last Disciplining to perform: assigning the punishment of the three Puhon brothers–men whose lives are entwined with a prophecy of a cataclysmic demonic invasion.

Six months of travel have given Puhon Krais time to reflect on, regret, and repent his many mistakes. But the worst lies just ahead: defying the leadership of Mendhi means suffering harsh punishments at the hands of the Disciplinarians once he comes home. Commanded by his Goddess, the proud Painted Warrior must find the strength to submit to his destiny…or find himself, and his whole world, on the wrong side of history.

For in the end, one brother is destined to save humanity, one will betray humanity, and one will walk away from his humanity.

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troll bridgeTHE TROLL BRIDGE  by Jenny Schwartz

VS Note: Seems to be a coming of age story, not a romance, has good reviews.

Trolls aren’t born. They’re made, and they fight for the kingdom of Adynn. They are its first and fiercest protectors, guarding the roads into the mountain kingdom.

When young Morgana befriends a newly made troll boy and names him Peter, she unwittingly reveals her magic to his creator. Sorcerer Veritas removes her from her remote village to the School of Sorcery. There she will learn to cast spells and forge charms, but she’ll also learn the high price of friendship, and the reality that someone with her magical ability will always be a target for others who seek power.

War is coming to the kingdom of Adynn. The Vlad Empire, with its death magic and slaves, is closing in. Morgana will be trained as a war wizard, but in her heart she resists the role. She doesn’t want to fight and she refuses to kill. So Sorcerer Veritas will provide a little motivation.

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eternal desireETERNAL DESIRE: THE SIREN COVEN by Kim Loraine

Izzy: Dying young is tragic. Dying young and being reborn over and over for all eternity? That’s exhausting. My goal had always been to reunite with my sister witches and break the curse put on us. Love was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. It wasn’t worth knowing it’d end in heartbreak. Then a handsome beast found me and took me as his mate. Grant McTavish linked our souls without giving me a choice. Now, with a ticking clock, a shifter pack on the hunt for me and my sisters, and Grant trying to claim my heart, I’ve got to save myself in order to save the man I don’t want to love.

Grant: I never thought I’d find my mate. I’ve watched my pack members find theirs time and time again, but for me, it wasn’t an option. I do my job, fight to keep my pack safe, that’s it. But when my beauty walked into my life, there was no stopping my instinct. Izzy is mine, and no curse is going to take her from me. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe. She may think keeping her love from me will keep me alive when her curse takes her, but I know better. We’ll have our happily ever after. I’ll make sure of it.

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fated for the dragonFATED FOR THE DRAGON (LOST DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

All his life, Isaak Vallas has been tormented by the beast that lives inside him. Desperate, he retreats to his private island, hiding away from the world in fear that his dragon will slip his control and hurt someone. But when a curvy beauty breaks into his self-imposed isolation, Isaak just might have found the one person who can calm his beast and heal the conflict inside his tortured soul.

Bird scientist Josie Torres isn’t sure what to expect when her search for the world’s rarest bird leads her to a seemingly idyllic Greek island, especially when the locals try to warn her away. Sun, sand, and surf tempt her to let her hair down, but the greatest temptation of all comes in the form of a sexy mystery man with blazing green eyes, an athlete’s body, and a family secret that could threaten them both.

Is Isaak truly the island’s monster, or merely the victim of a much greater evil? As an implacable enemy closes in on them both, Josie and Isaak must work together to untangle the secrets of Isaak’s past before he loses his mind – and his life.

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her beating hartHER BEATING HART (BEATING HART SERIES BOOK 1) by J L Ostle

VS Note: The reviews are mixed. I debated listing this but the concept sounds fun – vampire rock stars, reverse harem…. As always, sample and see what you think! I have not read it. The play on ‘hart’ vs ‘heart’ in the title makes me nuts – the editor in me wants to fix it, even though I get that it’s intentional LOL.

Ivory Bennett has a gift.

She can shield the innocent from supernatural influence, but is it as simple as it seems?

Vampire rockers Beaten Hart hire her to protect their crew and fans, but who would protect their hearts from her?

When Ivory’s gift turns out to be a lot more than anyone could imagine, and darkness threatens to pull her under, can Slate, Rush, Zeke and Caspian protect her, before the worst happens?

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ranger drewRANGER DREW (SHIFTER NATION: WEREBEARS OF ACADIA BOOK 4) by Meg Ripley

Fighting fires was my duty at Acadia, but the day I met Kathleen, nothing could have prepared me for the fiery passion that would ignite between us.

She came here to explore the beauty of our national park, and from the first time my eyes met her emerald green gaze, instinct kicked in and my inner bear knew I had to claim her as my mate.

But the more I tried to get to know her, it seemed the less I knew. As it turned out, she’d been spying on my clan and delivered us an ultimatum: we could either surrender ourselves to the government as test subjects, or be destroyed along with the park we called home.

She swore she was being blackmailed and promised to help us defend Acadia. But would her betrayal of my trust extinguish the flames between us once and for all, leaving nothing but the ashes of what could have been?

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her assassinsHER ASSASSINS (KINDRED SOULS BOOK 1) by Helene Gadot

As the bastard child of parents who weren’t kindred souls, Rhapsody has spent her life on the move, music her only companion as she makes her way as a traveling bard who sings out against the king’s law. A law that makes it illegal to marry anyone but your kindred soul.

But when a trio of assassins sent by the king to silence her invades her camp one night, they’re unable to finish the job, declaring her their kindred.

Rhapsody never thought she’d find hers, much less three of them, and she certainly isn’t interested in having her freedom and choices stripped away by the bond.

The problem is, she may need them to stay alive because they weren’t the only ones the king sent after her.

Unable to deny or fight the attraction she feels for them, Rhapsody faces her most difficult choice yet — run as far and fast as she can or accept the three assassins as hers.

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dragonlustDRAGONLUST (SHADOWSWORD’S HAREM BOOK 2)  by Rebecca Baelfire and Jenifer Knox

They should be my enemies. But in a world of danger, now they’re all I have.

I’ve spent the last seven years searching for my father and the dragon shifters who kidnapped him. Just when it seems the answers I’ve been looking for are in my grasp, everything goes awry. Now I have no choice but to put my life and trust in the hands of dragon shifters—one with a secret agenda who’ll do all he can to make me his, and two whom I’ve never even met.

Am I walking into a trap, or do they hold the key to more than just my salvation?

When a new evil rises, the danger is greater than ever, and there are two things I know to be true. Nothing is what it seems, and all of us are running out of time.

My name is Helena. All my life, I’ve had to fight to live, and now I have to fight for those I love. No matter what, I will never be taken.

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fire and boneFIRE AND BONE by Rachel A Marks

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

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modredMODRED-NIGHT WOLVES by Lisa Daniels

Kiara never expected to be shipped off so soon. She always thought it would be her older sister to get married first. She never took well to lessons, to learning to be a proper princess… and now they expected her to help forge the alliance between her people and the people of Kanthus.

The Kanthians were said to worship gods – false ones. Those with such blood in their veins usually ended up with yellow eyes.

And somehow, they expected Kiara to marry one. Except, the arranged alliance and potential marriage didn’t quite work out the way she expected.

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it takes a covenIT TAKES A COVEN (A WITCH CITY MYSTERY) by Carol J Perry

When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree—one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community . . .

With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces—or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment.

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librarians vampire assistantTHE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

VS Note: Sounds good!

Who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker? It’s a darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he can’t seem to stay away from. He’s never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around, too? “Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?”

Things go from bad to worse when local vampires won’t play nice.

Can this four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot water? Can he bring his maker’s killer to justice? Yesterday, he would’ve said yes. But yesterday, he didn’t have a strange connection with a librarian. Yesterday, people weren’t trying to kill her.

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hawkynHAWKYN: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

As a special class of earthbound guardian angel called Memitim, Hawkyn is charged with protecting those whose lives are woven into the fabric of the future. His success is legendary, so when he’s given a serial killer to watch over, he sees no reason for that to change. But Hawkyn’s own future is jeopardized after he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful woman from the killer’s clutches, setting off an explosive, demonic game of cat and mouse that pits brother against brother and that won’t end until someone dies.

Aurora Mercer is the half-wytch lone survivor of a psychopath who gets off on the sadistic torture of his victims. A psychopath whose obsessive psyche won’t let him move on until he kills her. Now she’s marked for death, her fate tied to that of a murderer…and to a sexy angel who makes her blood burn with desire.

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demon escapeDEMON ESCAPE (THE RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by M J Haag

Eden Terry survived the first ring of hell only to end up in the second one.

With nothing but a trowel and her wits, she’s determined to escape the work camp holding her prisoner. She dreams of finding a safe haven and living in the new, devastated world on her own.

However, surviving alone after she escapes proves more difficult than she ever imagines. While running from zombies and hellhounds, a new creature emerges. This one isn’t after her blood. He wants much more.

Eden must decide who the real devils are between man and demon. Choosing wrong could cost her life; choosing correctly could lead her to the haven she’s been searching for.

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curseTHE CURSE (SHIFTER ORIGINS) by Harper A Brooks

For wolf-shifters like Astrid marked by the curse, time is running out. If she doesn’t find her soul’s mate before her twenty-fifth Blue Moon rises, she will die. And with only three weeks left, things aren’t looking good for her. True love just doesn’t fall out of the sky.

Lone wolf Erec is determined to stop a crazed killer from harming anyone else. Even if it means helping a rival pack. But he never expected to feel such a pull for the alpha’s beautiful daughter, Astrid. He doesn’t have time for distractions if he wants to find a killer before his final Blue Moon rises.

Danger looms, and the swirling patterns on their skin mark them for death, but Astrid and Erec are willing to do whatever it takes to save the pack, even if they die trying.

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perfect matePERFECT MATE (PROJECT REBELLION BOOK 1)  by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release that sounds REALLY good. One of the reviews mentioned that the series ‘stopped’, which does give me pause. I hate starting a series that just…ends, you know? Still, I might not be able to resist.

Lillian’s life is… dull. The highlights of her day, other than her skinny hot chocolate, are the hunky guards who work in the military wing. It’s classified and way above her pay grade, but she can’t help feeling sorry for the hollow-eyed men and women they shuffle past reception. Then a late night emergency is wheeled in, his abdomen shredded and covered in blood. They’re not an emergency room but she can’t turn him away and risk a death on her hands.

Unable to get the handsome soldier out of her mind, Lillian sneaks into the restricted area and finds herself thrust into a world where nothing makes sense. A world where men aren’t always men, the dead walk, and her handsome soldier is way more than he seems…

Her scent calls to him. She’s his. Now he has to keep her alive.

Jack Harper was a soldier, a good one… then the Project decided to play god. Now he has permanent anger management issues and a monster living inside him. Used as a weapon, he’s been waiting for a chance to strike back. But the Project are onto him.

Ruled unstable, a kill order is passed down on Jack and his squad and they are transferred to St.Margarets. Play-things for the head docs until a bullet to the back of the head deals with them for good. But Jack isn’t going down that easily, not when the delicate scent he’d been waiting for all his life wraps around him.

The delicate human woman is his mate. And he’ll fight anything the Project throws at him to save her.

Monsters do exist…and they’re the good guys.

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moonlight and magicMOONLIGHT AND MAGIC (DAUGHTERS OF SELENE BOOK 1) by Rebecca Airies

Lorelei is searching for the truth. A witch, part Erysi, she needs to discover who the ghost terrorizing the city is, even if it is her grandmother, and stop that spirit before anyone else gets hurt. The treachery she uncovers goes deeper than she ever imagined and leads her to a gorgeous, arrogant, muscled, Erysi warrior who makes her burn with desire.

Quintus needs to get back to his mission after being encased in a spell for years. Helping sexy witch, Lorelei, might help him get that back on track, because her grandmother was probably deeply involved in every part of it. Every time they’re together, it’s hard to keep his mind on the hunt and off her sweet body. The attraction between them burns out of control.

Lorelei and Quintus’ hunt leads them to a plot that could rip apart the lives of innocents. They must work together if they hope to stop the dangerous scheme. Even as she fights at his side, she falls for him. With so much danger around them, she can’t risk love or weakness. Maybe after they finish the fight, they can claim the love building between them.

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 14th

mateerBest Wishes for a very happy February 14th!

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

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And a New Release from me – whee!

MATEER: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 2)

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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barbarians belovedBARBARIAN’S BELOVED (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 18) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: I one clicked this as soon as I saw it.

My tribesmates don’t understand her. The other humans think she’s weak. But no one knows my mate like I do. They don’t see her gentle heart or her brave spirit. I know why she struggles. I know how strong she is. And I know I’ll do anything to make her smile.

But can I convince her that she can be happy in this strange new world with me?

This story explores the long-awaited romance of Ariana and Zolaya. Even though it is a ‘flashback’ to the beginning of the Ice Planet Barbarians series, it can be read out of order.

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darkside interludeDARKSIDE INTERLUDE (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 0.5) by Anna Carven

VS Note: I love anything to do with her Dark Planet warriors. One clicked. This is a novella.

Commander Iskar Gar-Kurai isn’t impressed by humans or their backwater planet. If he had his way, he’d be working closer to home, on a planet where it wasn’t so infernally hot

But orders are orders, especially when they come from the very top.

If he’s going to be on Earth for the long term, Iskar needs to learn more about its strange inhabitants. That’s why he’s reluctantly agreed to hit the streets of Darkside. It’s an observational visit, nothing more.

So why has this blue-haired temptress targeted him of all people, and what is he going to do about it?

Criminals must be punished, and Iskar has always done things by the book.

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jarons promiseJARON’S PROMISE (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 6) by Michelle Howard

Jaron Aches is the Jutak warrior everyone counts on to keep things light, but what happens when he’s captured by a mad man? Will he succumb to the darkness?

Sasha F’Lan has led a tough life, but it’s what makes her a good Bounty Retriever. Until someone she trusts leads her into a trap. Now she has to put her faith in the stranger trapped in the cage next to her if she hopes to escape.

They trusted each other when they had no one else then betrayal tore them apart. Can they overcome the lies to accept the love they both deserve?

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grim petA GRIM PET (TORNIANS BOOK 6) by MK Eidem

VS Note: A re-release of MKE’s story in the Pets In Space 2 anthology.

The Great Raptor is a fearsome and deadly creature; and while the Raptor is no one’s pet, he is fiercely protective and loving of his family…

Carly and Miki have never forgotten the stories that Grim has told them of the Great Raptor, the symbol of their new home world of Luda. Yet, it is the comparison their mother once made of the Great Raptor to Grim that gives them the courage to help the injured bird they find in the garden.

Find out what happens when their single act of love, faith, and kindness creates far-reaching consequences that no one, including their mother and Grim, could ever have predicted.

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honor among thievesHONOR AMONG THIEVES (HONORS) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

VS Note: Seems to be YA but I do love Ann Aguirre!

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

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night of the dragonsNIGHT OF THE DRAGONS (RED DRAGONS OF TAJSS) by Miranda Martin

Diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer, the doctors on board her generational spaceship had no choice but to put her in stasis, hoping to keep her alive until a cure could be found. When she wakes, it’s not to a miracle but a nightmare. Two blazing suns, nothing but sand and more sand.

There’s no way she’s going to just give up and die. Not a chance.

But long unused muscles and pale skin are making it impossible on this treacherous red planet.

Salvation comes in the form of four powerful dragon-men. Enormous, seven-foot walls of muscle with wings and tails and scales, these four have decided to be Piper’s protectors.

The only trouble is they don’t want to share.

Kaidan, Ejder, Anguis and Mikhos are all possessively alpha and will do anything to be the one who gets to claim Piper as his treasure. She’s got other ideas.

After all, why choose one when you can have them all?

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where would you be nowWHERE WOULD YOU BE NOW? by Carrie Vaughan

VS NOTE: NOT a romance, but it’s a prequel to BANNERLESS, which I read and enjoyed last year in a dystopian way (also not a romance). SciFi. I haven’t read this yet.

The world as they know it is ending, a new world is taking its place. Among the doctors and nurses of a clinic-turned-fortress, Kath is coming of age in this new world, and helping define it. But that doesn’t make letting go of the old any easier.

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mind raiderMIND RAIDER (KALAMATRA REBELLION BOOK 1) by S M Blooding and P K Tyler

VS Note: No idea as to any romantic element but sounds fun!

Keva Duste is an engineered human on a mission: find the weapon the corporate elite has amassed and secure it.

Humanity has conquered the black, but not their own inherent greed. The four systems surrounding Kalamatra Station provide members of the Elite class with everything they could want: mined minerals, abundant food, and an entire system to call their own, a place of paradise and riches. But for some, that isn’t enough.

Terrans and common spacers suffer under untenable work conditions and crumbling, radioactive stations while the Elite thrive. Now the commoners are threatening to revolt.

With the four systems on the verge of civil war, the Codex Syndicate’s covert intelligence network learns of an Elite weapon designed to alter the common people to their genetic core. The Elite have planned to test deployment on the mutinous Red Sky colony and force their compliance.

Codex Syndicate agent Keva Duste is an ex-military, engineered human with a score to settle. Together with a renegade space captain, an Elite refugee, and two sentient AIs, she must race to locate the weapon and stop the genocide of the human race before it can begin. Can Keva save Red Sky from destruction before the Elite turn this weapon on the rest of the settlements? And if she does, will she ignite a revolution?

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landerLANDER (THE OBERON CYCLE BOOK 2) by J Scott Coatsworth

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?

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judeJUDE by Arcadia Shield

VS Note: Thanks to Reader Merry for flagging this one.

Jude Ember thrives on keeping his brothers, and everyone in the bunkers, safe. He works hard, loving what he does. But he has a weakness: Octavia. She’s under his skin, she haunts his dreams, and he longs to be with her. The trouble is, she’s just a voice on a pirate radio. They’ve never met. But he’s hooked. He has to meet her. A new threat from the State gives him the reason he needs to draw her closer. Will she live up to the fantasy he has created?

Octavia has survived alone for almost two years. She’s a shadow in the night, never staying in the same place for long. As a former government spy, skilled in infiltrating terrorist cells, she’s used to doing things her own way. Since the State took control, she’s covertly run Flame Radio. It gives her a way to reach others, without revealing her scars – both the physical and emotional ones. Then she hears an indecipherable message being sent by the State. She can’t crack it but knows it’s important. She has to get help. There’s only one person she trusts enough to reach out to. Jude.

But when she does, he’ll know the truth about her. He won’t want her. He’ll pity her. If he does, that would be worse than a year of torture by the State.

When they meet, sparks fly. But is it real, or does Jude feel sorry for Octavia? Now he’s met his fantasy, will she disappoint? Or will their union change the balance of power and send the State scuttling away on their scaly limbs?

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curiouser and curiouserCURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: STEAMPUNK ALICE IN WONDERLAND (STEAMPUNK FAIRY TALES) by Melanie Karsak

VS Note: From January

Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London’s criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers to dream.

Hatter’s reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar’s mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.

Sometimes love is mad.

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ohberOHBER (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

Valeri Cavanaugh was excited to join her father’s government funded experimental lab. She would finally be in the thick of important research to aid humans, or so she thought. What she found in the lab was perplexing and heartbreaking. The aliens soon became real to her, not the animals she had imagined.

Ohber was a mighty Milisarian Knight, a warrior from another world. He was captured years ago by scientists who have done tortuous experiments on his body. Ohber felt betrayed by his fellow knights who had not come to his rescue. He trusted no one, until the beautiful and compassionate daughter of his captor gave him hope.

Valeri was shocked to see the devastation the experiments were causing on the aliens. She found the other species to be quite intelligent and far surpassing humans in many ways. As she probed deeper into the hidden records of her own father, she found greed was behind his work instead of the altruistic motives he claimed.

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alien instinctALIEN INSTINCT  by Tracy Lauren

Rennek is an honor bound male whose very existence in life is tarnished by the sins of his father. When he and his crew stumble onto a trafficking ring his immediate instinct is to rescue the females. He finds himself drawn to one of them, setting in motion a dangerous course of events propelling him towards his destiny. Can Rennek be the leader his people need him to be as the secrets of the past are uncovered?

Kate has spent years muddling through life, never quite finding a place for herself. When she wakes in an alien cargo hold, life surprisingly becomes a lot easier. Well, except for the bounty hunters and dirty space cops pursuing her of course. Kate’s new found happiness has a lot to do with her sexy new alien boyfriend, but she doesn’t know how to react when he suddenly starts calling her his mate. Will Kate be able to move beyond the hangups of her past and give herself completely to Rennek?

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alluvialALLUVIAL VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 1 by Amanda Milo

VS Note: Here’s an Author’s Note on this series: “The Valos of Sonhadra series is the shared vision of nine sci-fi and fantasy romance authors. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happy Ever After, and can be read in any order. ” 

Someone’s using me as leverage against my family. I was your average citizen, innocent of any crime worth going to prison for, and yet here I am.
But this isn’t a regular prison ship.
*Torture.*
Experiments.
They alter me. And when the ship crashes on an alien planet, some of my new abilities come in quite handy—it’s the side effects that aren’t entirely welcome.
Not by me, anyway. The tribe of aliens that have taken me captive?
They don’t seem to mind.

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tempest sonhadraTEMPEST VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 2 by Poppy Rhys

I wasn’t prepared for what came after I got arrested and sent to prison. Finding my sister in that hellhole should’ve been easy.

I wasn’t prepared to survive an alien planet straight out of a prehistoric nightmare. Facing my fears to withstand the creatures that wanted to eat me, and the four alien men that watched me like a morsel they wanted to sink their teeth into…

I wasn’t prepared for any of it.

But I sure as hell wouldn’t let it break me.

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blazingBLAZING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 3) by Nancey Cummings

A woman on fire. Lucie survived four hellish years in prison, being sucked through a wormhole and crashing onto an alien planet. All she wants is to go home. Passion and rage burn in her. She wants her life back and nothing will stop her: not prison, not an alien planet and not three powerful aliens determined to claim her.They won’t distract her with their smoldering embrace or fiery kisses.

Alien men forged from fire. Sarsen, Ertale and Asche spent the last thousand years waiting for release from their bonds. When the intriguing female bursts into their lives, she frees them from their unending servitude and ignites the fire in their heartstones. Now she thinks she can just leave them behind?
Not acceptable.  All three will do whatever it takes to make Lucie understand that her body and her heart belongs to them.

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whirlwindWHIRLWIND (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK FOUR) by Ripley Proserpina

Aveline got what she deserved. An unlucky thief, she’s been caught and imprisoned on the Interstellar Penitentiary System station. For the rest of her natural life, she’ll be an unwilling subject in whatever experiments the psychopathetic Earth government scientists choose to use her for.
But Aveline’s luck is about to change.
When a wormhole opens near the space station, Aveline is sucked out of hell and into a world she never knew existed—Sonhadra.
And she’s not alone.
Locked away by a species known only as The Creators, the Ventos, a race of air elementals, have lived a half-life—alive but unaware of the passage of time, or who they are.
Until Aveline arrives.
The last four Ventos in Sonhandra, Aaddhar, Branesh, Ettan, and Thanasis, are awake now, and Aveline holds their hearts in her thieving little hands. Faced with a world utterly changed and unfamiliar, they decide to forge a new one. Together, they’ll create world of freedom and joy, and if the five of them are the only ones who enjoy it, that’s fine with the Ventos.
But Aveline didn’t arrive alone. The person at the heart of her downfall, the one who pushed her onto the path that led to loss and pain, has fallen through the wormhole as well. And she threatens everything Aveline and her Ventos have created. Will they be strong enough to survive the threat they now face? Or will the Ventos be sent back into oblivion and Aveline into hell?

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radiantRADIANT (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas

Yahiro never thought she would end up in prison. Let alone on a prison ship where escape was impossible. But none of that mattered anymore because while she was curled up in the corner of her cell, the lights went out.
And when they turned back on it was worse.
Ending up on a planet—one so different than Earth—greeted by the screams of those who were injured in the crash and the corpses of those who didn’t make it, she sets off with the survivors in hopes of finding a way home.
What she finds instead are three golden aliens that won’t let her out of their sight, a city on the back of a giant beast, and a ghost world that will never let her leave.

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shadowedSHADOWED (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 6) by Isabel Wroth

When an orbital prison is torn through a wormhole and crashes on an unknown planet, it’s every woman for herself to escape the wreckage.
As though savage beasts and harsh, alien climates aren’t enough, the survivors discover the world isn’t uninhabited and must face new challenges—risking not only their lives but their hearts.

DEJA thought she could fear nothing more than the daily treatments she received during her imprisonment on the Concord. The horrible experiments which rack her body with unimaginable, searing pain. But she discovers the true meaning of terror as she clings to life pod’s harness while plummeting toward the surface of an unknown planet.

Struggling to outrun the beasts hunting her, fighting to outrun the light, Deja hastens for the only cover she can find — between the feet of a giant stone statue. Only statues aren’t supposed to move, or wrap you in their arms and carry you off INTO SHADOW.

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undyingUNDYING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts

BRINGER OF DEATH…
Orishok is the last of his kind — a valo shaped by the Creators to embody death. He’s stood vigil over his people for centuries, watching them fade away, one by one succumbing to the entropic energies they hold inside. With his slightest touch unwillingly bringing death to all living things, he has remained isolated in his people’s city, his heart as empty as the buildings around him…until a pale, slight female arrives and shakes the foundations of his world.

GIVER OF LIFE…
Quinn Dalton lost everything when she was convicted of murder — her sister, her niece, her budding career — but it isn’t until she’s transferred to an interstellar penitentiary that she realizes her very life is no longer her own. Her existence aboard the Concord is a nightmare, broken only when the station is torn through a wormhole and crash lands on an alien world. After waking up alone and bloodied, but somehow unharmed, she seeks shelter in an abandoned city — where she discovers an ancient, wondrous mystery. Can she survive alongside a being whose touch means death?

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enduringENDURING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 8) by Marina Simcoe

They say crime doesn’t pay . . . but what if it’s done in the name of love? Being left behind by my boyfriend and getting arrested wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was becoming a test subject for a mad scientist, a crash landing in the prison spaceship and then struggling to survive in a deadly alien jungle.
I could have paid with my life, instead, I was given two incredible reasons to love again and this time the thing I need to do is to hold on to them.
Love condemned me, now it’s the only thing left that can save everything I hold dear.
Simply enduring is no longer enough.
I want to truly live.

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unfrozenUNFROZEN (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 9) by Regine Abel

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Lydia barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Only the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist allow her to survive this harsh and dangerous world. The future looks grim until she stumbles upon a magnificent city of ice and its most unusual inhabitant.

Kai is fascinated by the delicate stranger fallen from the stars with the power to bring his hibernating city back to life. She stirs emotions long forgotten by his frozen heartstone. Can she be the salvation of his people or will the trap set by the Creator bring about their collective doom?

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raiRAI (WEREDRAGONS OF TUVISO) by Maia Starr

Hannah set out on a supply mission in the dangerous post apocalyptic world that is
overrun by Clenok cyborgs. Her team comes across a hostile band of humans and all
hell breaks loose. The fight attracts the cyborgs and Hannah is taken hostage.
Suddenly an unknown creature she has never seen before, a strong weredragon
alien
, rescues her. Now she begs this handsome creature to take her home to her
twin sister Helen. He agrees, but only if she gives him what he wants in return.

General Rai Razook is on a mission to spread the virus that will bring down the
cyborgs, but he also has his sights set on finding a human female mate. When he
stumbles across a human hostage of the cyborgs, he knows instantly that she
must be his.
 But when she is resistant to the idea, he makes an agreement with her.
He will help her get home, if she will help him satisfy his urges.

Hannah wants nothing more than to get home to her sister, but will not give in to the
arrogant alien Rai. But when she catches the attention of the sinister alien,
Lieutenant Qon,
 she knows that she is safer by Rai’s side. But Qon abducts her
anyway, and now Rai must fight to get her back.

Will Rai be able to save her? Will she ever want him the way he wants her, or will
she just use him for a safe journey back home?

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beyond blue frontiersBEYOND BLUE FRONTIERS (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 3) by Cecelia Randall

VS Note: The author describes this series as a “slow burn RH”.

Blue and Forrest made the decision to return to Karran. They’ve said their goodbyes and packed their bags. She even managed to get a Portal open.

That was the easy part.

The reunion with her clansman is marred by unfinished business. Phillip is still out there, still using that crystal, still killing, and slowly going insane.
She was prepared to learn a new language, new customs and tackle a new kind of relationship. She was not prepared for cub-babies with razor claws, stubborn clansmen and mercenaries, and long-lost mob families.

But that’s all part of the adventure, right…?

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star puppySTAR PUPPY (A STAR SERIES NOVELLA) by Susan Grant

VS Note: First published in the PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology.

Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passions both in the air and on the ground. Being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages – it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. What he doesn’t expect is to find a woman there who not only competes with him – she completes him. They’re already best friends, so why can’t he convince her that they’d be even better as more?

Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her. At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class – it led to heartbreak. But lately Rornn has her wondering if she wouldn’t mind being proved wrong.

Then they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup from an alien world. It turns out that “Puppy” is as good at sniffing out terrorists as she is at helping her two clueless humans figure out that they need each other as much as they do her. Now all Rornn’s got to do is convince Trysh that he’s nothing like her father and that she’s just the right woman for him…before the terrorists discover their furry little companion.

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eternal mourningETERNAL MOURNING (TALON PACK BOOK 7) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Walker Brentwood vowed to the moon goddess that he’d protect his Pack and Heal with every last ounce of his power. He’s watched his siblings and cousin battle the worst circumstances to find love and is now afraid that the one woman who could be his might not have much time left. The rules of mating have changed, and Walker will do what he has to in order to protect the bonds that have eluded him for so long.

Aimee Reagan knows there’s something wrong with her. She’s known since the first time she found out shifters were real and magic existed. When the Talon Pack’s enemy sets his sights on her, her battle to survive becomes even harder.

Walker and Aimee must turn to each other when the powers around them change and the paths that had been laid before them are no longer clear. But when their passion threatens a curse far older than anyone dreamed, they’ll only have one chance to save something worth more than a mating bond. Their future.

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rogue queenTHE ROGUE QUEEN (THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN SERIES BOOK 3) by Emily R King

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

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perfect fitA PERFECT FIT (CINDERELLA) (TANGLED TALES SERIES BOOK 6)  by Elizabeth Rose

The de Bar siblings continue to be cursed by the old witch, Hecuba as Cinderella’s memories of her past are stripped away. Living with an evil stepmother and two mean stepsisters, Ella can’t remember who she is, and neither can she remember her true family or even Sir William, the man she loves.

The Determined Knight: Sir William Fremont returns from war to reclaim his castle from his brother and win back the hand of the woman he loves. But along the way he makes a stop in town where he sees Lady Ella de Bar, the woman he almost married before he left to campaign for the king. The odd thing is, Lady Ella is dressed like a peasant and doesn’t seem to know him.

The longer the curse continues, the more people forget Ella exists at all. And if anyone tells her about her past, the curse will never be broken. William sets forth with the challenge of trying to break Ella’s curse and win back her heart. But when his memories of her start to fade as well, it looks as if all hope is lost.

Can true love break the barriers of dark magic before William and Ella’s past relationship is forgotten forever?

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beyond the shallowsBEYOND THE SHALLOWS: A TIDAL KISS SHORT by Kristy Nicolle

When English beauty and avid poetry lover Ophelia is holidaying with her two sisters in19th century Blackpool, she finds herself unmistakably called to the water. Will she flee in horror at what lies beneath the waves, or can she learn to look beyond the shallows?

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lucien lindamLUCIEN (THE D’JACQUES DYNASTY BOOK 1) by Linda Mooney

As the youngest Battle Prince, Lucien D’Jacques is discouraged because the affinities with weapons that his siblings have shown aren’t showing up in him. Being half-Mutah, that little something extra should be a given, but he’s no better than the average Normal soldier.

Meanwhile, the Damaged are back and slowly taking over. After receiving word that neighboring compounds are suffering, Lucien is tapped by his parents, Yulen and Atty, the Battle Lord and Lady of Alta Novis, to accompany them on a rescue mission to Green River. Now would be a great time for those specialties to shine.

When fighting an invisible enemy, it’s almost impossible to tell who is friend or foe. But if left unchecked, that enemy could wipe out all Mutah. It’s up to the D’Jacques, with the help of their army and newfound allies, to defeat the Bloods and stop the spread of the maddening disease, before it’s too late.

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bonds eternalBONDS ETERNAL (BALLADS OF CADARNLE BOOK 1)  by A J Ryder

A wood elf and a dark elf, Dorlyn and Vylkur, have taken refuge in the sanctuary city of Lehnos because their love was shunned by both of their peoples. There, as they made a life together, a fiery redheaded half-breed mercenary, Liandrya, became more than a typical, casual fling. Though the mated men knew the half-elf was not immortal as they were, she still managed to work her way into their hearts and turned the couple into a trio. The bonds between the three lovers are tested when a mask of unimaginable power and evil comes into Liandrya’s possession. Unwilling to turn the artifact over to her employer, an evil dark elf sorceress, the three lovers embark on a journey to destroy the mask, but risk the same fate to their unconventional bonding with each leg of their quest.

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wolves of parisWOLVES OF PARIS (SHIFTER HUNTERS LTD. BOOK 2) by Tori Knightwood

Ryenne Cavanagh is still a fierce shifter hunter proving herself in a man’s world. But, for the first time in her life, she has doubts about her future. After the events in Kenya, Ryenne and Lucien are moving forward as a couple, but Ryenne has always been a lone wolf. She doesn’t know how to let someone into her life.

In Paris, Ryenne tries to enjoy coffee near the Eiffel Tower and runs in the Bois de Boulogne with Lucien. But as long as there are rogues in the world, there is no such thing as a break for a shifter hunter. A stabbing in a nightclub and a mysterious string of armed robberies tied to the Fangs challenge Ryenne to face her feelings for Lucien.

Ryenne fears she’s the reason the Fangs have put Lucien and his family in their sights. Now, she’ll do anything to protect the people she cares about. As attacks pile up, Ryenne must find a way to save Lucien’s family from the Fangs and, if she can’t admit her true feelings for the wolf shifter who stole her heart, Ryenne might lose Lucien forever.

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this magic momentTHIS MAGIC MOMENT by Susan Squires

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gill K

THE WORST HAPPENED  Tammy Tremaine has been locked away from danger during her family’s struggle with the Clan of Morgan Le Fay. How could she ever find the One who shares the Merlin gene, the destined love who will unlock her magic? Just when she has given up hope Tammy sees a young man ringed in fire during a confrontation with the Clan. She knows in her blood and her bones that her Destiny is a member of the Clan. She must reject him as an enemy. But can she?

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS   Thomas has been locked away in a monastery since he was nine, cultivated by his mentor, Morgan, for a mysterious purpose. Now she has called him to the Clan compound in order to fulfill it. His course is set—until he sees a redhead across a parking lot. She’s one of Morgan’s enemies, yet suddenly she is very important to him. He escapes the Compound in search of Tammy Tremaine.

LET’S NOT BE ROMEO AND JULIET  Morgan needs Thomas for a ceremony performed when the comet Galahad joins the Big Dipper to make, for one instant, a perfect Pentacle in the sky. She’s planning an apocalypse and Thomas will play a crucial role. Tammy makes a plan to dodge both Morgan and her family to find out if she and Thomas can survive their differences. But the world is about to change. Will their story end in tragedy, or can they find, in the midst of all this chaos, a magic moment of love?

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sundered journeySUNDERED JOURNEY (SHADYIA ASCENDANT BOOK 3) by T S Adrian

Shadyia and Deresi are trapped in a deserted city. Separated by powerful forces, they become pawns in the eternal struggle between life and death. While clashing entities tempt one with immortality to champion their crusade, a being once worshiped as a god demands the other stand as advocate for his cause.

With far more than their lives at stake, Shadyia and Deresi may have no choice but to submit, but the ancient divinities of the world be warned; the pawn that survives can become a queen—or even a magician.

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clairvoyant and present dangerCLAIRVOYANT AND PRESENT DANGER (A BAY ISLAND PSYCHIC MYSTERY)  by Lena Gregory

VS Note: I’m such a sucker for cozy PNR mysteries’ covers! No idea if there’s a romance.

Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan…

Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.

Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer–much to the chagrin of local law enforcement–when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim.

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dragon fixationDRAGON FIXATION (ONYX DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

Pretend to be the mate to a hunk who thinks he’s a dragon shifter? It’s not exactly what Corporal Carla Giannone signed up for when she joined the military, hoping to help protect those who didn’t have a voice. But his muscles and charm say yes, as does the forty-eight hours of leave that she just started. What could go wrong?

Awoken from his slumber and told that he’s to be used as a weapon by the human military, Thorne is growing angry. He should be asked, not told; his power as a dragon must be respected and feared. With his own interests in mind he convinces a gorgeous woman to help him trick those in charge to sending him on his way. Only he never expected it to be more than just a joke…

Ripped away from the unit that had become her family and stuffed into a downtown apartment suite with the so-called dragon shifter, Carla doesn’t know how to act. Especially when he comes to her and says that it wasn’t a joke after all. She really is his mate. Caught between her desire to return to the military and her burgeoning feelings for the dragon, Carla knows there must be a way she can have both. But will she find the answer in time?

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marked by painMARKED BY PAIN by CeCe Rose and G Bailey

Kenzie’s twelve marks have caused her nothing but trouble since she was blessed with them. From getting her treated differently at school, to getting her kidnapped by rebels, her marks have caused chaos in her life.

When a familiar face shows up in the warehouse she is being kept in, Kenzie doesn’t know who to trust, or what to believe anymore.

With time running out to escape, and the threat of the rebel’s plans looming over her, can Kenzie overcome these challenges?

Love and destruction comes at great price. A price that is marked by pain.

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pet rescue pantherPET RESCUE PANTHER (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Curvy cat-rescue volunteer Tessa Davelos can’t fix her wounded soul, so she’s out to save the world instead, one kitten at a time. But when her tragic past comes back to haunt her in the form of an unstoppable dragon assassin, a drop-dead gorgeous cop cruises through the door of the cat shelter and into her broken heart …

Ben Keegan knows his panther can’t fight a dragon and survive. But he doesn’t care, not with Tessa in harm’s way. She’s his mate, whether she’ll believe it or not, and any dragon that wants to hurt her is going to have to go through Ben first.

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billionwere claims his mateTHE BILLION-WERE CLAIMS HIS MATE (ALPHA BILLION-WERES BOOK 3) by Georgette St Clair

Werewolf. Billionaire. Bastard. Boyfriend? Curvy fox shifter Savannah Orman has enough on her plate without the world’s sexiest wolf shifter, Austin Bronson, trying to stake his claim on her. Her family is crazy, her mom keeps meddling in her non existent love life, and their restaurant is about to be repossessed by a jerk who calls himself The Lord of All Foxes. All she wants to do is save her family’s business with her side job as a bounty hunter.

So why does Austin not only keep stealing her marks, and then taunting her with searing kisses, but showing up at her family home and telling everyone she’s his mate? Now her kooky mom is planning their mating ceremony, and the whole town can’t stop talking about the first ever fox-wolf pairing – which is SO not going to happen!

Austin Bronson’s a wolf on a mission – to claim the fiercest, funniest, sexiest woman he’s ever met, even if she doesn’t know she’s his mate yet. But when dark forces from his past make him an offer he can’t refuse, he finds himself going up against Savannah in a game with deadly consequences – capturing the most dangerous shifter in the country. Now he’ll have to choose between the love of his life – and the life of his pack.

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enchanted by fireENCHANTED BY FIRE (DRAGONS OF THE DARK BLOOD SECRET SOCIETY BOOK 3) by Meg Ripley

Resa Robinson, a sassy reporter and fantasy blogger, showed up at my office for an interview one day, looking for the real story behind the mysterious CEO of Cobalt Computers.

Well, she found it when she caught me shifting on the roof of my building.

With no other option but to take her as prisoner, I now have to decide what to do with this bold, beautiful woman who is more intrigued than intimidated by my status as a dragon.

The longer I hold her captive, however, the more my attraction to her grows by the second. My need to possess every inch of her is becoming unbearable, and I can’t help but surrender to the passion that threatens to consume me.

Surely, someone will come looking for her soon, but freeing her could spell the end of everything I’ve ever known and spent my life protecting. Will I be able to convince this feisty beauty to stay with me and keep our little secret?

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midnight kissMIDNIGHT KISS TALES OF THE WERE (WERE-FEY LOVE STORY BOOK 3) by Bianca D’Arc

It all started with a kissGabe arranged it so he would kiss Margo, the lovely werewolf private investigator, on the stroke of midnight at a family New Year’s Eve celebration. They’d been paired up for a mission to find the evil mage who had messed with both their families years before.

She couldn’t be sure of his motivesGabe was a magic user and he puzzled her inner wolf. She wasn’t quite sure where he’d fit into her life—or if he could at all. But something strong was drawing them closer together and she was powerless to resist.

They had a job to do…Traveling together on the hunt, Margo and Gabe discover and explosive mutual attraction. Can they make this incredible thing between them work long-term? Gabe is a patient man, but he knows he’s going to have to prove himself in order to win Margo’s heart. He wants her for his mate, but will she be able to cross the lines and give her heart to a mage?

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act of passionACT OF PASSION (PSI OPS/IMMORTAL OPS BOOK 5) by Mandy M Roth

Paranormal Security and Intelligence operative and lion-shifter Malik “Tut” Nasser’s past is about to catch up to the ancient Egyptian.

When he agreed to help test a drug that could help supernaturals with control issues, he never thought it would have the opposite effect on him. So when he finds himself fighting the urge to lay claim to a human woman, he’s far from prepared for what happens next.

Winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt felt like a dream come true for Brooke Larner. Everything in her life is lining up perfectly-even the handsome new man she’s found herself attracted to. Before long she’s handing over more than just her heart, thinking it just might be for keeps. When it doesn’t go as planned, Brooke finds herself running right into the hands of madmen bent on creating super soldiers. And she soon realizes that creatures from stories and nightmares are altogether too real.

After five years of searching for Brooke, Malik has finally reached his breaking point. Already the obsession to find her left him shifting into a lion in a very public place before being forced on mandatory leave. Still, he can’t get her out his mind. The suppression drugs have been out of his system for years. The burning desire for Brooke should have gone with them.

It didn’t.

So when chance leaves their paths crossing once more, he realizes destiny is at play. The only problem is, she doesn’t trust him and she has a secret she’s willing to die to protect.

As demons from their past resurface, they find themselves in a battle to save everything they hold dear.

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dark embraceDARK EMBRACE by Elle Boon

Jennaveve, the Fey chosen by the Goddess to be the queen of her people for the past few millennium, is tired and wishes for a break, but hadn’t counted on being reduced to almost mortal thanks to a dark stranger. They say you should be careful what you wish for. The last time she’d taken a break, her Fey had left their realm, resulting in shifters on Earth known as the Mystic and Iron Wolves and even more she was still searching for.
Time and patience was something Damien and Lucas had in spades, until the female they’d already laid claim to, even if she hadn’t accepted them yet, was taken by an enemy. Saving Jenna became their one and only focus. As time and realms slip between them, their fear for her had them forgetting about patience and made claiming Jenna as their Hearts Love their priority, hoping she accepted their Dark Embrace.
Will Damien and Lucas be able to rescue Jenna from the evil who has taken her? Will Jenna get her powers back? Who is the dark presence and how will they defeat a being who is strong enough to bring the Fey Queen down to her knees?
besphinxedBESPHINXED: A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY by Alethea  Kontis
VS Note: A whole new set of Nocturne Falls Universe books by various authors releases on Valentine’s Day so I picked one to feature here!

Heather Hayden has everything a young witch could desire: beauty, money, popularity, and exceptionally strong magical powers. Too bad she’s also got a dysfunctional family that couldn’t care less about her and a Head Witch who’s watching her every move. Heather has no idea what she wants. But she’s pretty sure it’s not some low-rent cat shifter boy from goddess-knows-where, despite the fact that their paths keep crossing again and again…and again.

Owen Liddell is in big trouble. A hundred years ago, a descendant of Arachne tricked him into staring into the eyes of the Great Sphinx, leaving him bespelled into the form a cat. Now Arachne’s sisters have found him again and placed one of their own as a substitute teacher at Harmswood. And if that weren’t bad enough, destiny got involved, tangling his heart up with the most popular witch in school: his best friend Kai’s sworn enemy.

Can Owen escape the evil spider sisters, thwart the spell, rescue the girl, save his friendship and pass his finals all before Zombie Prom? It seems unlikely. But unlikely things are known to happen in Nocturne Falls.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both covers

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 31

leviLOTS of good new books this week!

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).

By the way, yes, sometimes I do truncate the book blurb, but if you click on the buy link you can read the rest of it on the ebook seller’s site.

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LEVI (HELL SQUAD BOOK 15) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Oh yeah, one-clicked. This is such a fun series – I devour them! She keeps the stories fresh, even with such a long running series.

Levi King has always lived rough. Raised by a biker dad, he fought for everything he had–including being president of the Iron Kings motorcycle club. But when the aliens invaded, he lost it all. Now he wades through the muck with his fellow berserkers, fighting to protect the last of the human survivors. He fights hard and parties harder, and follows no one’s rules but his own. But then he finds himself fascinated by a mouthy, auburn-haired mechanic who isn’t afraid to give him a piece of her mind.

Chrissy Hagan survived months of alien captivity and now she’s found a purpose at the Enclave–as mechanic in charge of the armored Hunter vehicles. She keeps her babies purring…and hates every scratch the soldiers put on them, especially when a certain arrogant, cocky, and annoying biker is responsible. Did she mention annoying? What about tattooed, man-bunned, and far too sexy? Chrissy and Levi do more than strike sparks of each other…they start full blown infernos, and she isn’t afraid to use her wrench on his hard head when required.

But then a vital mission requires Chrissy to step out of the safety of the Enclave, and sabotage and steal an alien vehicle. Working side by side, desire burns white-hot. Levi discovers he will give everything he’s got to keep Chrissy safe and claim her as his…if they both get through the deadly mission alive.

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integrityINTEGRITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 12) by Eva Caye

These three novellas in the To Be Sinclair series cover the safety of the Imperial Family’s stargate scientists, the extent to which they owe obedience to their Emperor, and the influence the Imperials hold over the Royals.

Fearless: Prince Ricky has had few relationships due to his depression, but amazingly, he finds a lady who understands how to deal with it. Unfortunately, does his acceptance of death define his relationship with his mother, the director of the Stargate Institute?

Deliver Us from Evil: Prince Roman and Prince David are taken to task for their inability to commit to a lady. As stargate professionals, though, they must be extra careful in starting relationships. How do Roman and his cousin David come to an acceptance of their duties, and what happens when the Emperor provokes them beyond all reason?

Evolve with Resolve: Princess Kayla Pierson-Sinclair longs for a lover, as well as a future beyond her currently dull but important position as the Emperor’s social director. Just before the wedding of her long-time friend, Lady Elisha Wooldridge, Kayla meets Elisha’s brother, Lord Graham, whose autism has been given as the excuse for him to be cut out of the Wooldridge succession….(much more)…

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operation phoenixOPERATION PHOENIX (NOVA FORCE BOOK 1) by Susan Hayes

Nova Force – an elite team of soldiers whose mission is to maintain the power balance between the galaxy’s governments and the formidable corporations. Their commander, Dax Rossi lives by one rule: mission first. That code holds until a new case and an old flame put his rule to the test.

Lieutenant Trinity West wants answers. Someone’s been stealing DNA from her top-secret research base, and she wants to know who, and how. Her investigation into the thefts is cut short by the arrival of Nova Force and Dax Rossi—the only man to ever break her heart.

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karak warriorKARAK WARRIOR (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Ruby Ryan

Something in my brain broke the day I learned of the Karak.

It’s been two weeks since the Karak made first contact on earth, and the town of Elijah, Wyoming will never be the same. Now inundated with UFO hunters and conspiracy theorists, Leslie doesn’t know how she’s going to keep the peace as the town’s only police officer.

So in the end, she doesn’t.

But sneaking aboard Jerix’s spacecraft has widespread consequences Leslie could never have predicted. Jerix faces a devastating punishment for bringing back a live human to the Karak homeworld: three rounds of shifter-fighting in the Karak Sunken Pit!
As Jerix shifts from dragon to wolf to human in a desperate attempt to survive his sentence, Leslie’s affection quickly grows—fueled by the graceful, yet brutal, manner in which Jerix fights in the Pit. Will her Karak Warrior be able to stay alive for three bloody rounds?

And of course, the deeper question haunting Leslie: what will they do if he does survive?

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kaylebKAYLEB (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 6) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

Unmated Detyens die at thirty, so why is Kayleb NaMoren still alive?He came to Earth to find his mate, but on the eve of Kayleb’s birthday, he knows that time is up. Heartfelt goodbyes and one final night with his brother are all he has left… until he wakes up the next morning, alive and unmated. Or so he thinks.
An injury on his journey to Earth has left him with gaps in his memory, but he couldn’t ever forget his denya. Could he?

She’s escaped from pirates and is running out of time…Tessa Greely didn’t leave her position as a medic on a space ship willingly. Sure, she wanted a change of scenery after a disastrous relationship, but captured by pirates to be sold into slavery was not her idea of a fun vacation. There’s only one person she wants to see less than the pirates who are hunting her down: Kayleb NaMoren.
Only problem? He might be the only guy who can keep her alive.

A second chance at a first impression…He doesn’t remember her, but he’ll do anything to save her. She wants him gone, but she can’t run forever. Together, they just might find that they’re all each other need.

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dungari riseDUNGARI RISE (ALIEN ALPHAS OF PILATHNA #1) by Nikki Landis

VS Note: From December

Synika has hidden from the dominant alien race that conquered Earth 100 years ago in search of fertile females. She’s a strong-willed and headstrong woman who knows what she wants and it isn’t belonging to some Dungari male and auctioned off at the annual Choosing. When she meets Tuvari and their worlds collide, Synika is forced to confront her prejudices and decide if the Dungari male is her friend, foe . . . or maybe more.

Tuvari helped establish the first colony on Earth and works with the Dungari Bureau of Human Affairs. He’s a soldier and a warrior with a reputation, determined to keep his race from extinction. Strong, charismatic, confident, and sexy as sin he’s used to getting his way and exactly what he wants . . . until he meets Synika. Tuvari has always believed his one true mate existed but could he dare to fall for a human?

Is it love, lust, or something more that draws the two together? In a world torn apart and ravaged by lies, can Tuvari and Synika move past the betrayal of a nation and find common ground?

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cravedCRAVED (STAR BREED BOOK 5) by Elin Wynn

Geir: I run advance reconnaissance, collecting intel the Pack needs to execute our operations. In and out, hard and fast.And I don’t need help.So when a gorgeous woman saves my life, I’m knocked more than a bit off my game. That’s all it is. Not the shy smile I hunger to coax from her lips, not the sweet body she keeps hidden. Not the mysteries that haunt her eyes. And certainly not the bewitching scent that stirs me in ways no mission ever has. I crave her like nothing I’ve found before. Even if she’s the enemy, I’ll make her mine.

Valrea: He can’t save me.The secrets of the Compound are too tangled. The nightmares in my blood can never be erased.But his touch sends me reeling, thirsting for what I can’t have. What harm could one night do?

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qaiyaanRESCUED BY QAIYAAN (GALACTIC PIRATE BRIDES BOOK 1)  by Tamsin Ley

Wanted by the black market cartel, Lisa has come out of hiding to find her missing twin brother. She’s been implanted with top-secret biotechnology that has both the cartel and the corporation hot on her tail, and her only hope for escape is a sexy alien pirate with a grudge.

Yet one scorching kiss from this copper-skinned captain could lead to disaster…

Captain Qaiyaan’s species is doomed. The evil galactic corporation destroyed his home world, and with no females left, his fleet has turned to piracy and revenge. The last thing he expects to find on a derelict passenger ship is an alluring human female carrying a solution to his race’s salvation, and he definitely never expected the feisty ex-con to worm her way into his heart.

Together, they fight to stay out of both cartel and corporate hands, but when the biotechnology Lisa carries becomes unstable, she must make a drastic choice about her future.

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wendigo uprisingWENDIGO UPRISING by Wendie Nordgren

In the post-apocalyptic Republic of Texas, orphaned Rozene York tries to make a life for herself on the surface, but it isn’t going as she had hoped. Desperate for something better, she answers a summons from her deceased grandfather’s executor and travels to Silver Springs only to find that her true inheritance is a secret legacy that has been passed on for generations involving her family land.

As the last of her line, Rozene is the only one who can save the six brothers who are cursed to endure forever and driven to feed on the living. They are Wendigoag, soul eaters, and without Rozene they will lose their centuries long battle against the demon who cursed them.

The Wendigoag are not the only ancient secret left exposed by a civilization left in ruins. When another war begins among the two-natured, Rozene is caught between the deadly territorial battles of werewolves and bear shifters.

However, another battle rages within Rozene’s heart between a sexy cowboy, an infuriating chief, and a cursed one who needs her as much as she needs him.

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pestilencePESTILENCE (THE CALLING SERIES BOOK 1) by Kim Faulkes

Four riders are hunting a fallen woman…
One that will seal this world’s fate.
And they’ll leave behind utter devastation in their wake.
…Pestilence, War, Famine, Death.
Harlow Morgan is lost in a dying world, desperate to find a reason to live.
She finds that reason in a filthy bathroom stall, with the rush of Nirvana in her veins, and the whisper of God in her ear.
A Calling she cannot shake.
Armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, Harlow won’t wait for the Horsemen to find her.
She’s coming after them with the wrath of God on her side.
She’ll defeat them any way she can…body, mind, and soul.
All in the name of salvation.

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dragon devotionDRAGON DEVOTION (CRIMSON DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Amelia Jade

Harlow Quinn Ryder only ever wanted to bring joy to kids. That’s why she spent her inheritance on a parade float company, hoping to recreate the magic for others she once felt as a child. An unfortunate accident with a giant hunky stranger may have just put her out of business though, ending her dream forever.

When newly awakened dragon shifter Vanek is told he has two weeks left to prove the worth of all dragons, time starts ticking. He needs to get out there, find his mate, and kill an Outsider. No easy task. Until he steps foot out of his building and right into the path of his mate. Literally.

One ruined float, cancelled contract, and makeup dinner date later, Vanek knows he’s found the one. But she’s used to the nomad life, and it’s more than just the call of the unknown that keeps her on the move. Can the fire-breathing dragon convince her to give love one final chance before the countdown expires, or will he be ripped away from her forever?

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sieferSIEFER: WARRIORS OF MILISARIA by Celeste Raye

Destiney was honored to be the new king’s wife. It was a privilege she hadn’t imagined
upon leaving Earth to marry an alien. However, King Siefer’s duties take him from her and
their infant son for long periods of time. A handsome, young colonist gives her all the
attention she craves. Should a queen find solace for her lonely heart?

King Siefer fears letting down the Milisarians who made him king. He devotes his time to
repairing the damage of the former ruler. His human bride is left behind far too often.
He loves her still, but can not reach a balance between his job and family.

While King Siefer is traveling across the universe, Destiney is feeling ignored. She finds
friendship and more with a returning colonist. He is not as he appears. There is trouble
brewing behind his handsome facade. Meanwhile, the other human wives are dying in
childbirth without explanation. It is up to the queen’s friend, Alexis, to find a way to save
them, including herself.

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abductionABDUCTION by Lisa Lace

Bethany didn’t apply to be a mail-order bride.
All she wanted was someone devoted to her.
The slavers didn’t care.
She’d heard rumors about the aliens. They were supposed to be rough. Selfish. Big, strong, and mean.
Now one is consumed by Bethany and will do anything to claim her.

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black moon risingBLACK MOON RISING by Frankie Rose

Jass has been the Construct’s creature for years. A sinister prince. A man of shadows and fear. People cower at his feet. They cater to his every dark desire. Who would dare defy the most dangerous man ever created?

No one…

Except for her.

Reza’s been on the run for seven years. She’s found peace on her hidden planet. Managed to build some semblance of a life for herself there. But when the man she fears most in all the galaxy finally learns of her location, she must face him in order to escape his wrath once and for all.

A sea of stars separates them, but even that won’t keep them apart.

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apparent brightnessAPPARENT BRIGHTNESS (THE SECTOR FLEET BOOK 2) by Nicola Claire

Working as the Chief Engineer onboard the ESAS Chariot out of Europe, Commander Camille Rey expected her position to be somewhat challenging on occasion.

She did not expect to be fighting for her and her fellow crewmen’s lives immediately after take-off.

Teaming up with the very proper, and very English Captain Noah Vaughan to combat a desperate saboteur onboard their vessel, Camille discovers that not all the malfunctions the Chariot is experiencing are human-related.

Secrets and desires are exposed amongst the stars and plasma fire, but can the captain and the chief overcome their cultural differences?

And can any of them hope to survive the treacherous voyage to New Earth unscathed?

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elixir of flightELIXIR OF FLIGHT (FLYER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Alina Popescu

When flyers Michael and Samandriel set out to find the elusive Ishtahr sanctuary, the truths they uncover about the origin of their race threaten the very foundation of the Intergalactic Alliance. If exposed, the alliance’s revered overseers might lose their rule over the galaxies and their ultimate military force, the flyers.

Desperate to protect Adam, his lover, Michael will go against anyone who threatens the human’s life….(more)…

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chosen oneCHOSEN ONE: STRANGE WORLDS: BOOK 3 by Kim Knox

VS Note: I don’t normally cover re-releases but this one sounds HOT! (Which Kim writes so very well.) And is in the erotica categories so….

Ceta Lars doesn’t want to be chosen.

Chained to the dark perfection of the sovereign’s paladin, the chosen one is taken aboard her alien master’s vast, living ship.

And Ceta’s fear of this unknown is edged with her attraction to the mysterious paladin. For years, her brief glimpses of him have tantalised her, stolen into her dreams, filled her thoughts with…want.

But he’s the one man she can’t have. Not…legally.

Now Ceta must stand with the other candidates on the temple stones not knowing what the future holds as the paladin strides towards her.

She only knows one fact.

None of the chosen ever return.

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a witchs touch seA WITCH’S TOUCH: A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE 3 by S E Smith

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new SE Smith book!

Marina Fae never considered herself a powerful witch or dreamed that she would one day be a warrior fighting to save her people. Her life changes when the Sea Witch’s dark magic sweeps across the Isle of Magic, turning those who resist or cannot escape to stone. Finding refuge in the dense mountain forest, Marina fights to protect the children left behind by Magna’s wave of destruction.
Detective Mike Hallbrook’s search for two women who disappeared in Yachats State Park takes an unexpected turn. He soon finds himself on an unfamiliar beach after rescuing a woman being attacked by a creature straight out of a horror movie. Stunned by the wild tale she tells him and the evidence surrounding them, he soon learns that everything she says is true—magic does exist—and that he is no longer on Earth. Marina’s pleas for help are impossible for Mike to ignore, and he knows he will do whatever he can to help save her people.
Marina and Mike must work together to save the Isle of Magic. As the Sea Witch’s evil spreads, they know they cannot stop her alone. With the help of the Dragon King and the King of the Sea People, they will confront the Sea Witch once and for all. But, what happens when they discover a darker entity hidden beneath—an entity that can only be stopped by the person they are trying to kill?

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january in atlantisJANUARY IN ATLANTIS (POSEIDON’S WARRIORS) by Alyssa Day

When Poseidon’s elite warriors gear up to train a new generation of fighters, they have no idea that Atlantean Queen Riley has secretly taken on a new role: Matchmaker. By the end of the year, she plans to find soul mates for all twelve of Atlantis’s fiercest warriors . . .. . whether they like it or not. 

Twelve all-new adventures in the hotly anticipated world of Poseidon’s Warriors, coming once a month from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. These books are sexy, romantic, and wickedly addictive —welcome to 2018! And welcome to:

A Year in Atlantis

Warning: This book contains magic, Atlantis, matchmaking, Poseidon, pirates, a king and queen, sibling rivalry, hot hunky guys, unicorns, a secret baby, a black sheep, bad boys, warriors, paranormal romance, fantasy, shapeshifters, dragons, romance, kisses, and a happily ever after. Read at your own risk!

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thanks fur last nightTHANKS FUR LAST NIGHT by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden Kate Baxter

Bearing His Sin: Cole should have killed Anja the moment he realized she was his mate. Instead, he let her live and now they’re on the hunt, chasing the morons who think they can force her to marry another man. Like hell. And while this shapeshifting bear might have his share of sins, he’s not going to let little things like murder and mayhem prevent him from having the woman meant to be the keeper of his heart.

Bought by the Bear: Josilyn Martinez just needed the money to help raise her nephew. That’s it. There’s no other reason she would take a job posing as a shifter’s mate so he can assure his grandmother he’s settled down. There’s no reason to stay at his place so they learn “more about each other.” And there’s definitely no good reason she should get involved with the hard, hot, and handsome shifter that’s hired her….(more)…

The Alpha and I: Devon Kincaid is happy with her new life in Lowman, Idaho. Her little bar on the outskirts of the tiny, isolated town is doing well, and she’s not even interested in finding a man. But when she finds a bleeding man—a hot, hard, handsome, naked bleeding man—in the snow one night, Devon brings him home to care for him. He’s definitely not like any man she’s ever met before, but what she doesn’t realize is that he’s not just a man…(more)…

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drakons pastDRAKON’S PAST (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON BOOK 4) by N J Walters

Constance Owens has a gift for finding unique items in the most unlikely places, which comes in handy since she buys and sells artifacts and antiques for a living. When she purchases a set of four dragon statues, she has no idea just how unique they are, or that finding them will thrust her into a world of secret societies, men who think nothing of kidnapping and murder to get what they want, and dragon shifters.

Nic hasn’t survived for four thousand years by letting his guard down, and he doesn’t trust anyone except his drakon brothers. The loneliness haunting him has been getting worse since all his brothers have found their mates. And when he finds the woman his drakon recognizes instantly as his fated mate, he doubts he’ll ever have what his brothers have, because it seems she’s involved with the secret society of hunters who have been hunting and capturing his kind for hundreds of years.

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emeralkd lilyTHE EMERALD LILY (VAMPIRE BLOOD BOOK 4) by Juliette Cross

When Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir is awakened from her hellish sleep with a blood kiss from a handsome stranger, she learns that much has changed while she’s been away. The armies of the Black Lily and the vampire Crown have amassed and are on the brink of war.

No romantic entanglements, no family. Mikhail Romanov, Captain of the Bloodguard, took a vow when he joined the Bloodguard. But he never planned for the gut-punching attraction he would feel for the untouchable princess. He must keep his focus, though. In order to avenge his family, it’s essential he help Mina claim her crown and keep his damn hands off of her.

But Mina sets her heart on the elusive captain, and keeping his focus on the great battle ahead becomes harder and harder. While they’re making plans, the evil King Dominik has been making some of his own. This time, he will show no mercy to the Princess.

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lose you notHAVENWOOD FALLS: LOSE YOU NOT by Kristie Cook

With her past memories mostly restored, Michaela Petran begins to pick up the pieces and resettle into life in Havenwood Falls. But resuming where she left off with the man she loves and the plans they’d made is no simple matter. As sudden head of the family and leader of the moroi vampires, she faces an onslaught of unexpected obligations, making her feel like she has no choices in her own life. And even if she could have everything she wants, she can’t help but fear it’ll all be ripped away from her once again.

For five years, Xandru Roca ached for Michaela to return, but never believed it would actually happen. Now that he has a second chance with her, he’s afraid he’ll blow it by hanging on too tightly. But if he’s not careful, she might again vanish from his life.

As they try to bridge the chasm between them, family matters demand their attention, pulling them apart. After all, there’s still a strigoi curse, dictates of the supernatural Court, and dark magic wreaking havoc on their siblings. Family and love always come first, but while they try to save one, they risk losing the other.

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krakens preyKRAKEN’S PREY by Echo Ishii

Pirate Aristad, Captain of the Night Witch, is always on the lookout for treasure. Knowing where his former captor, Black Death Joe, hid his loot makes it all the easier. An abandoned manor holds a secret stash, but Aristad knows it comes with a price — the treasure is guarded by a creature that is half man and half beast. It is the Kraken in one of his many forms.

Aristad can’t resist the Kraken’s pull — he gives into sexual cravings that only the Kraken can fulfill, but he knows once his first mate, Delacroix, discovers his secret, mutiny will follow. Has he made too many mistakes to return to the life he left behind, and follow Kraken into the sea?

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hells bellHELL’S BELL (A LIZZIE GRACE NOVEL BOOK 2) by Keri Arthur

When the church bell tolls thrice in the middle of the night, evil this way comes…

Lizzie Grace and Belle Kent, her witch familiar, are living and working on the Faelan Werewolf Reservation—one that has banned the use of magic within its borders. Although they have their supporters—including ranger Aiden O’Connor, who once hated all things witch—Lizzie and Belle now face possible eviction.

But the Faelan Reservation is a place filled with wild magic which—when left unprotected—quickly becomes a draw to those who walk the darker paths…(more)….

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baby im howling for youBABY I’M HOWLING FOR YOU (ALPHAVILLE) by Christine Warren

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

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goddess of forgetfulnessGODDESS OF FORGETFULNESS (IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS, INC SERIES BOOK 4) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Goddess of Forgetfulness has spent seventy thousand years wishing for a man to remember her for more than five seconds. But when her wish is finally granted, she’s appalled. Távas is cocky, handsome, and seven feet of rude muscled man. He can’t possibly be her mate! But all signs are pointing to yes. Okay, at least a strong maybe.

Is this some sort of cosmic dating error? She darn well hopes so.

Determined to discover the truth, she agrees to one date. Just one! But the night is about to reveal that his real identity is crazier and more alluring than she ever imagined.

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burned spyTHE BURNED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 1) by K A Krantz

VS Note: Not sure of the romance element but sounds good…

When Bix the Gatekeeper is summoned from exile a hundred and seventy years early by the goddess of the Norse Under World, the former Dark Ops agent knows there’s a catch. On the surface, the terms of the deal are simple. Someone attacked the pantheon’s ambassador to the Mid Worlds and left the ambassador in a coma. In exchange for early parole, Bix must identify the perpetrator and drag their soul to Hel.

It’d be a sweet contract, if not for the details. The ambassador is Bix’s ex-girlfriend, the lead suspect is the key witness from Bix’s trial, and the organization leading the official investigation is the same intelligence guild that disavowed Bix when a covert op went pear-shaped. Undeterred, Bix returns to her old stomping grounds …(more)…

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heart of the warmakerFOR THE HEART OF THE WARMAKER (OUTLAW SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by T S Joyce

Karis Dunway’s instincts are screaming that there is a storm brewing around Two Claws Ranch. With the odds stacking against them, she and the Clan are in a race to save the ranch. A trail ride for a family of tourists could mean a turnaround for her people, but there is a new threat coming out of the woodwork, and they will have to work together to keep the ride on track. The only problem? She and Colt are having some serious issues with their inner bears. And the timing couldn’t be worse if they tried.

Colton Dorset has two goals in life. Make his mate, Karis, happy and keep her safe. But the deeper they ride into the wilderness, the more at risk she is. He’s tired of taking hits from every angle and he’s willing to risk going against his own Alpha to take matters into his own hands. Because one thing is for sure and for certain—the Peacemaker inside of him is dead, and now it’s time for the rise of the Warmaker.

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love the seaLOVE THE SEA (SAVED BY PIRATES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

Cassandra’s life has never been simple because of her mark, but for a second she believed she had everything, she had her pirates. When she is kidnapped and ripped away from everything she loves, she has no choice but to fight to survive. Cassandra is taken to the King, and secrets she never could have expected come out.
When the King does something impossible and pain is all that is left, will her pirates be able to save her?
Will the Sea God, who whispers promises, be able to help her?

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priestess awakenedPRIESTESS AWAKENED (GUARDIANS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 1) by Lidaya Foxglove

My world isn’t safe. The northern gate lies open and monsters roam the land. Once, a fated priestess bound to her four guardians kept the gate sealed with magic, but there hasn’t been a priestess in over a century…or so I thought.

When a monster attacks me within the walls of my village, I am saved by Sir Forrest–the quiet, grouchy former soldier who came to Istim three years ago. Is there such a thing as a hottie hermit? That’s him.

Turns out, he’s been watching me. Waiting for my powers to awaken…for the day when I would be ready to belong to him.

I am the priestess.

And this is only the beginning. Sir Forrest is driven by his sacred mission to help me find my other three guardians–including two sexy shadow guardians, who might be monsters themselves–before the Emperor finds us.
To close the gate and save the world, my four guardians must claim me and the powers I hold in the Grand Quintet, a ritual that…well, let’s just say that any letters I write home will leave out a lot of details. I’ve always liked attention…but this might be pushing it.
nephilims journeyNEPHILIM’S JOURNEY: MOORE WORLD NOVEL 1 by D R Rosier

Jason Moore is a Nephilim. Half human, and half angel. He’s considered to be an abomination by some, and far too powerful and dangerous by even more. He’s trained, strong, and ready to enter the world and find his own place. But what kind of place, and will he find someone to share it with? He doesn’t really fit in anywhere, and although powerful and immune to aging, he could still be killed. He’d been warned of course, to never cross an angel, or even meet one if he could help it, most of them hunted his kind.

Portia is an angel. Immortal, ageless, and on this world with a mission and one task. Keep the secret of the supernatural races from humanity. She spends most of her time hunting down rogues that are too sloppy, and endanger the secret. In her spare time, she does what her passion and conscience moves her to do, and protects a small town of rogue supernatural beings with nowhere else to go. She wonders if she’ll ever find a mate, after a billion years, and ten thousand years on Earth, she highly doubts it.

anubisANUBIS (GUARDIAN SECURITY SHADOW WORLD BOOK 1) by Kris Michaels

In the Shadow World, he was the God of Death, and he was called many names. The monsters he hunted called him Anubis. Those who saw his face died. To Guardian Security, he was a number, a surgical weapon they wielded against monstrous evil. One woman called him Kaeden Lang. Anubis never meant her to be anything except an interlude, a moment of light in the darkness of his life, a one-time escape from the ever-present haze of death. He committed an unforgivable sin—he saw her again—and again—and again. She held back the shadows that threatened to consume him.

Sky Meyers made a grave mistake six years ago. She fell in love—only to have the man she knew as Kaeden Lang disappear. Now, his daughter needed him to save her life. …(more)…

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wolfman lioness and the wolfWOLFMAN: LIONESS AND THE WOLF: BOOK 7 SUPERNATURAL ENFORCERS AGENCY by E A Price

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a well-meaning if somewhat clumsy vigilante called Wolfman. Nerdy comic book store owner by day, Winston Strong, thought all his dreams came true when he took on his heroic alter ego – Wolfman. That is until he saved a beautiful lioness from getting mugged and fell head over heels. Now, the wolf shifter just wants to spend as much time as he can with the goddess of a woman before she finds out the truth about the allergy prone, glasses wearing, reluctant momma’s boy underneath the thirty-pound costume.

Lion shifter and Supernatural Enforcer Agent, Avery spends her days investigating the kidnapping of a doctor while dodging her nutty sisters, and her nights dreaming of her masked savior. Disappointed by past boyfriends who couldn’t stand to be with a woman who could beat them in an arm wrestling match, could Wolfman be the man she and her inner beast have been searching for?

Can Winston get away from his smothering mother? Can Avery withstand the attacks of her crazy family? Can the two of them work out why people have been disappearing and find their own happy ever after?

heat donna grantHEAT (DARK KINGS BOOK 12) by Donna Grant

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude. . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikolai’s whole world goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like a stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart…

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stealth magic 401STEALTH MAGIC 401 (HELLKITTEN CHRONICLES)  by Viola Grace

Imara wants nothing more than to find a different course, but Stealth Magic gives her the credits she needs to stay on track and there aren’t any other options rearing their heads.

Stealth Magic is not what she thought it would be, and the idea of breaking into a home to rob an ancient artifact for her final exam was a little daunting. Luckily, Imara has friends who are going to help her through training, some old and some new.
Through some work with the XIA, she finds a tutor for her training, and a place to do it. Ritual Space offers her a welcome and the inhabitants set themselves to the monumental task of her training. The exam is getting closer and time is a factor.
Mr. E just likes chasing the enchanted bunnies of Ritual Space.
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SFR Galaxy AwardVS NOTE: The 2017 SFR Galaxy Awards are being announced today. I was so proud to have my first scifi romance WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM, be an inaugural recipient, back when the awards started in 2012! Really encouraged me to continue writing SFR. Congratulations to all this year’s honorees!
_Titanic in space...._
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 24

January 17

January 10

January 3

December 27

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 17

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

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DEGREES OF SEPARATION (ADVENTURES IN THE LIADEN UNIVERSE BOOK 27) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Life. Luck. Love. Lowport.

Life, so the wags tell us, is what happens while we’re making other plans.

Luck. . .or, as some have it, chance. . .Luck is what makes Life interesting; introducing spicy bits of chaos – good, bad, and neutral. Without Luck, there is no savor – no adventure – in Life.

Love. Ah, Love. The yeast of Life, Love expands our horizons, deepens our understanding, and opens our eyes. Love makes us daring.

And Lowport? Lowport tries and tests Life, and Luck. And, most especially, Love.

So here is small tale of Lives in progress, plans made and altered – and altered again. A tale of bread, and Luck, and Love . . . and Lowport.

We start with two people – a baker, Don Eyr; Serana, a captain of the Watch. Two people who have not much in common, until Luck brings them together, and they see each other.

What, you say? There are no adventures here?

Are you certain? Remember that Luck is involved.

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alien alphasALIEN ALPHAS by Various including Cynthia Sax!

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this boxed set 🙂

Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that’s sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night.

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vanishedVANISHED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 21 by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I really enjoy her books – she mixes detailed worldbuilding with some really steamy scenes and lots of romance. This went onto my TBR for sure.

Harper Wilde is sitting on the beach, minding her own business when a huge, muscular Kindred warrior with black hair and blazing white eyes demands that she accompany him into the future. Harper has no choice–she is dragged against her will into a dystopian nightmare–the world as it might become if something isn’t changed.

And that something that needs changing is Harper herself.

As a ten’sora, she is of special interest to the Hive, an insectile race of beings bent on taking over the Earth. By using her, they can conquer both the Mother Ship and the human race. Unless Harper is altered so the Hive cannot make use of her, the grim future she finds herself in will become reality.

Shad is a Shadow Twin–a Kindred male destined always to walk alone with very little chance of forming a bond with a female. Yet, he alone is able to make use of the looper–a time travel device which allows him to move back and forth between the past and the future to try and save Harper. Falling in love with her isn’t part of the plan but the big Kindred can’t help himself. But he knows he must put his feelings aside and do what is necessary to change the past…unless he wants the future to Vanish forever.

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vengeanceVENGEANCE (WARSHIPS OF THE SPIRE BOOK 1) by Lisa Blackwood and S M Schmitz

When rogue AIs steal everything that matters most, the only thing left is vengeance.

As the flagship of the Spire Empire, Vengeance is a legendary AI whose broken heart has proven his greatest battle yet. But his new telepathic link, a little girl named Hayley, finally teaches him to love again—until rogue AIs attack her planet and level her home in a storm of fire and destruction. Vengeance is left with only one hope in his potentially immortal existence: the chance to avenge his innocent link.

Twenty years later, a young engineer joins his crew, and he’s inextricably drawn to her. But the closer he tries to get to her, the harder she pushes him away. Olivia Hawthorne risks everything—her friendship with her telepathic sisters and even her life—to assume a new identity so she can serve aboard Vengeance. After suffering at the hands of rogue AIs, she should be wary of trusting one again, even her old friend. And yet, she can’t seem to stay away from him. But when rogues raid Spire colonies, Vengeance and Liv must learn to overcome the fears shackling them to the past. Because if they want to survive, they’ll have to seek vengeance together.

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muttMUTT (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Naomi Lucas

Clara was confused when she encountered the sign outside the Cyborg breeding facility. She wanted a child and nothing would stand in her way. But she didn’t heed the sign’s warning—she had more important things on her mind—and once she understood, it was too late. Her heart was already on the line.

Reid was the ultimate protector, the perfect bodyguard, his loyalty embedded in his DNA. The animal his creators chose for him was a favorite, a downright blessing, and an ongoing nightmare. He found the perfect reprieve after the Great Galactic War: Division Head of the last Cyborg breeding facility on Earth. The empty halls offered more than silence—they offered him sanctuary.

Territory.

When a woman walked through his door, begged to join the program, and wouldn’t take no for an answer, her delicate features and desperation awakened a behavior that had long lain dormant—his need to claim.

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heirTHE HEIR (KELDERAN RUNIC WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Jessie Donovan

Twenty-three years ago, Azalyn Rippak Sulani had the misfortune of falling in love with a prince. It wasn’t long before she was chased away and forced to live a quiet life, working for a merchant family and trying her best to start over. However, after a group of aliens kidnap her and knock her unconscious, Azalyn wakes up in the Kelderan palace and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart. Because of certain circumstances, she has no choice but to stay in the palace. But to protect her heart and those she loves, she’s determined to find ways to resist the powerful prince and his secrets.

Prince Keltor tro el Vallen is heir to the Kelderan throne and must put duty above all else. Social connections, especially those with love involved, are dangerous. So when the only female who ever treated him as a man instead of a prince comes storming back into his life, it takes everything Keltor has to keep his distance and resist the lively, straightforward woman. Otherwise, he might start to wish for what he can’t have.

As Keltor and Azalyn start to realize that they fit better together now than in the past, they face a bigger problem. Namely, if a prince marries a commoner, there could be war. Can they find a way to recapture their love and start over? Or, will Keltor’s duty to Keldera trump all?

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solar stormSOLAR STORM by Mina Carter

A decade after her rich-girl life fell apart, Devin’s a changed woman—her name, her face, and her attitude. Fast-talking, and as hard-as-nails as any sailor, she navigates the most dangerous solar roads in the universe. Times are tough, but she gets the job done. Always. The last thing she needs is a delay, but when she runs across a stranded sailor she has no choice. The law of the roads demands she rescue him… even if he is the last man in the universe she ever wanted to see again. The husband she fell for, but ran from before their wedding night…

Kelwin Sayeed is a super-soldier without a war and with money to burn. His latest and most ambitious project, the solar flyer Artemis, was supposed to prove him worthy of the famously reclusive Solar Sailors, but instead a catastrophic computer failure has him at the mercy of the most hazardous road of all;…(much more)…
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alien explosionsALIEN EXPLOSIONS (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 12) by Sadie Carter

Humans were inferior and troublesome creatures, and unlike his fellow warriors, Moroco had no intention of ever mating one.
Trust a female again? Never. Not when he knew how easily they could betray you.
So why did he care so much about a certain prickly, irritating female who seemed to take great delight in rousing his temper?
And his need.

Saffron hadn’t come to Zerconia to find a mate among these overbearing, overprotective aliens. All she cared about was keeping her sister safe, and now that Sophie had found her mate, well, it was probably time to leave.
Except, she couldn’t leave without seeing Moroco once more.

If only to tell him exactly what she thought of him. Only problem was she didn’t know whether she was going to tell him that she disliked him…Or desired him.

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jennifer and the alien badassJENNIFER AND THE ALIEN BADASS (INTERGALACTIC BRIDES 15) by Jessica Coulter Smith

Jennifer Montgomery has never needed anyone in her life except her daughter. A single mom of a now eighteen year old, her entire life has revolved around Lila. But when Lila goes missing, Jennifer is devastated and determines to do whatever it takes to find her. She just never expected her search to lead her to the Terran Station and their bride program. Or to learn that her daughter isn’t who Jennifer thought she was.

Siril, Captain of the Herack, is revered on his world for his tireless pursuit of the space pirates infesting the galaxy. The best of the best, as they say. If killing people were an art, he’d be da Vinci. But all the blood is starting to wear on him. There are only so many heads you can lop off before it grows old. At fifty, he’s ready for a break, but when he agreed to a vacation on Earth, he never expected to meet his perfect match, someone he’d decided didn’t exist. Who would ever want a battered and broken old warrior like him? But Jennifer is fierce, sexy as hell, and he wants to make her his.

As the two come together, and sparks become a blazing inferno, Jennifer realizes that maybe it’s okay to live her life and do something completely selfish — like fall in love.

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the dragons heroTHE DRAGON’S HERO (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 6) by Pearl Foxx

Kinyi has trained her entire life to be the strongest, most lethal rider on Kladuu. She’s ready to soar through the skies on the back of a shifted Draqon. The only problem is that all the unmated males are intimidated by her and she refuses to be bound to a man who isn’t her equal. When she’s sent to a crumbling Earth to track down the White Horn and bring him home to fight, she thinks it’s a fool’s errand—until she comes face to face with the legend himself.

Tane spends his life running from the myth of the White Horn. On Earth, he’s known as Tane, the manager of an underground cyborg fight club. But when a beautiful Draqon female from the other side of the universe hunts him down and demands he save Kladuu from a war with the humans, he’s forced to confront his true nature to save his people.

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nabvanNABVAN (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

Alexis Fisher wanted to work for NASA, but she wasn’t treated as an equal due
to her young age and gender. In a desperate act of defiance, she became a mail
order bride for an alien species. On Arkani, a peaceful planet, there might have
been a chance to show her scientific skills. All bets were off when her spaceship
was captured by the warriors of Milisaria and the king chose her as a mate.

Nabvan was the king’s second in command. He felt dishonored by the king’s order
to act as a simple guard for the human female. Humans only interested him as
allies in war. But, this one began to get under his skin. She withstood cruelty and
pain in order to uphold her self-respect. In doing so, she gained his as well.

Alexis didn’t want to marry the king. He had far too many concubines already.
Her defiance brought out King Shene’s cruel side. He had her beaten and starved.
Nabvan couldn’t afford to show his displeasure to the king, but he also couldn’t
allow the human to suffer.

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zorans touchTHE ZORAN’S TOUCH by Luna Hunter

Miah Dorsey spends her days slaving away for the Onyx Corporation. She’s trying to put her sister through college, and to do that, she desperately needs a promotion. Instead, she’s transferred to a desolate, ice-covered planet. Her day goes from bad to worse when her transport ship is attacked and crashes on an alien planet. The only other survivor? An arrogant, imposing, emerald-green alien warrior.

Beast is an extremely dangerous Zoran alpha warrior. The only thing he hates more than humans is humans who work for Onyx. Until he meets Miah. Never before has he met a human like her. Her shapely curves drive him mad with lust, and her defiant attitude humors the growly warrior.

Stranded on an alien planet, the two enemies have to rely on each other to survive. Will Beast be the protector Miah needs? Or will he give into temptation?

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captive betaniaTHE CAPTIVE (BETANIA BREED BOOK 1) by Jenny Foster

His name is Khazaar Drasurq. He’s unlike any man she’s known. He is dangerous. He is unpredictable.

To Cassie, he is the most desirable man she’s ever laid eyes on.

For the mighty Khazaar, on the other hand, the Earth women exists only to secure the survival of his race. She is a small cog in the big plan the merciless Alien Lord is following.

As Cassie is thrown into his dangerous world, she soon comes to understand just how desperately she needs something only he can give her – his protection.

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thraxTHRAX (DRAGONS OF THE UNVERSE BOOK 1) BY Bonnie Burrows

Dragon Knight Sir Thrax was one of the finest males on the planet of Lacerta.

In fact he was PERFECT.  So perfect that demand to be his mate was so high that entering into a lottery was the only way to decide which lucky woman would bear his babies.

That lucky woman was Agena Morrow. However, Agena was set to get more than she bargained for. Especially when it became apparent that whilst Thrax was happy to participate in the act of making a baby, he had no true intention of ever producing one.

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karakKARAK CONTACT (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

A mysterious satellite crash. A late-night car accident. And a stranger who looks shockingly identical to the man on the front of Joanna’s book.

After hitting Eric with her truck in the middle of the Wyoming wilderness, Joanna has no choice but to take him back to her cabin. But his wounds heal suspiciously fast, and she begins to suspect his concussion is covering up some deeper secret.

She never would have guessed the truth.

When she discovers the man she’s taken to bed is actually Arix, a shapeshifter alien from the Karak Dominion of Planets, it’s all she can do not to run away in terror. But UFO hunters who witnessed the spacecraft crash begin snooping around her cabin, forcing Joanna and Arix to find a solution that keeps them both safe—which leads to them making an impossible, and downright crazy, decision.

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conspiracy of whispersA CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS by Ada Harper

For Olivia Shaw, the danger of her assignments as a deadly Whisper agent is matched only by that of her hidden status: Liv is one of the caricae, extremely rare women capable of bearing children and therefore controlled by the Syndicate’s government. When her handler sends her into the Quillian Empire, her mission is complicated by stumbling upon a kidnapping in progress.

Liv is drawn deep into political upheaval when her hostage is revealed to be the infamous Red Wolf, Galen De Corvus, brother of the Quillian Empress. Worse yet, he is an altus, more sensitive than most to the pheromones of caricae. If he realizes what she is, he could expose her secret to either government and doom her to a life as breeding stock.

Quillian nobleman turned operative Galen never planned to involve himself with a citizen of the cold, cruel Syn, but Olivia entices him more than she should. As they work together to protect his royal sister from a violent coup, the passionate bond between them proves to be more than mere biology. And Liv must decide if that bond is worth dropping her guard for both an enemy and an altus.

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serengeti valorSERENGETI VALOR: THE APPRENTICE VOLUME 5 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti

Ruthless, devious, and ambitious, Lucius Mercio has elevated the Serengeti Group to the third wealthiest cartel in the Twelve Systems, cementing his place among the twelve most powerful members of the ruling warrior class. With Lucius’ rise, his enemies increase in both number and subtlety. Few will dare to attack Lucius directly, instead they will move in secret, targeting the most vulnerable aspects of his empire including his disgraced and reviled apprentice, Lilian.

As Lilian begins the third and final year of her trial by ordeal, she is more determined than ever to survive and repay Lucius’ protection and trust with loyalty and diligence. Expecting only the meager assignments reserved for apprentices, Lilian was stunned to receive the conservatorship of a valuable Vistrite Crevasse—an honor reserved for proven and trusted warriors. When a lethal disaster strikes Desperation Mine and Refinery and imperils Lilian’s conservatorship, hidden adversaries seize the opportunity to plot the downfall of Serengeti.

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crush thisCRUSH THIS (300 MOONS #7) by Tasha Black

Lucy Wren is a junior director at Glacier City’s premiere casting firm. She spends her days teasing brilliant performances out of the actors she auditions. And she spends her nights fantasizing about her mentor, tall, dark and handsome Adrian Harkness.

When a business trip leaves the two of them in closer quarters than planned, Adrian’s animal magnetism will put her determination to hide her feelings to the test.

Adrian Harkness has been under a spell that granted him reprieve from shifting into a massive wild panther. But the magic that held his animal in check for 300 moons is lifting on the very weekend he’s accompanying his brilliant young protégé on the casting trip of a lifetime. Lucy is talented, hardworking, stunningly sexy and one hundred percent off-limits. It doesn’t matter that Adrian is half in love with her. Or that he can tell she’s attracted to him too. She’s a young woman. For her it’s just a crush… And the panther doesn’t respect limits. Or believe in crushes.

When things go sideways, will Adrian unleash his panther to protect the woman he loves? Or will violence crush this romance before it can blossom?

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fire in his furyFIRE IN HIS FURY (FIREBLOOD DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon

Just like Rapunzel from the fairy tales, dreamy, romantic Amy lives a hidden life. She’s kept locked away in a tower for her own safety, with her sister as protector. Amy knows it’s for her own good. If a dragon catches her scent, she’ll be carried away and forced to become a drakoni’s mate.

But Amy has a secret – she desperately wants to be stolen. She would love to be rescued from her life of idleness and the thought of a devoted drakoni male charging in and saving her from her boredom sounds perfect to her. Of course, she wants a romantic, loving male who will adore her.

What she gets is Rast.

He’s not kind. Not romantic. Definitely not gentle. But he is utterly and completely obsessed with Amy and he’ll stop at nothing to make the delicate female his.

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kenya callingKENYA CALLING (SHIFTER HUNTERS LTD BOOK 1) by Tori Knightwood

Ryenne Cavanagh is a kick-ass shifter hunter in a world where most shifters are law-abiding, but rogues like to make trouble. Successful in a male-dominated field, Ryenne doesn’t take shit from anyone. Especially not from shifters.

When a rich Kenyan businessman hires Ryenne to protect him and his entire village from a rogue leopard shifter, she soon finds herself the target of the most cunning rogue she’s ever faced. Worse still, her new client forces her into competition against a sexy French shifter hunter with a dangerous secret. She needs to solve the case first or lose her fee. Despite their rivalry, the French hottie is breaking down the protective walls built around her heart since she lost her brother and father.

Will she uncover the identity of the rogue first or lose her heart along with her fee? More importantly, will she bring the rogue to justice before she becomes his next victim?

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wild princeWILD PRINCE (TAKHINI SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Vivian Arend

Wolf shifter Cole Masterson has been waiting impatiently for his future to arrive. The prophecy declared at his birth seems like pure gibberish, but he’s still spent the past thirty-three years trying to prepare for whatever’s coming. When his mate finally arrives, her appearance—on a skidoo stolen from him, no less—triggers a cascade of events he’s not sure he’s ready for.

Dani Neville thought the covert training offered by the leader of an ultra-secret shifter association was her only escape from being stuck forever on an isolated island with her bear-shifter clan. But when her first assignment goes awry, and she ends up being chased through the wilderness by the sexiest, growliest wolf she’s ever met, Dani begins to wonder if her goals were big enough.

Suddenly Cole’s got to deal with the most delectable thief he’s ever had the misfortune to meet—a woman who’s also his fated mate, and years younger than him. Dani’s got to figure out if being a ninja wannabe is her true desire, or if the chance to stay with her growly wolf is worth fighting for. Meanwhile, a prophecy that’s been waiting for years steamrollers them toward their ultimate destiny.

Not everything is as it appears…not even fated love.

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blood courtesansBLOOD COURTESANS BOXED SET by Various

Indulge in a darkly decadent and sinfully sensual world.

A world where vampires are real, rich and hungry, a world where Blood Courtesans satisfy all their needs.

Come, let fangs slip into your throat and awaken you to a whole new life.

A boxed set of BRAND NEW stories in this popular series.

Warning: This isn’t your momma’s vampire romance. It’s not Twilight or the Shade, either. It’s Blood Courtesans: Luxury, fast cars, adventure, whirlwind romance and cold, hard fangs. Got blood?

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for the heart of an outlawFOR THE HEART OF AN OUTLAW (OUTLAW SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

Karis Dunway is looking for a complete overhaul of her life. On the tail-end of a heartbreak, she makes a desperate move and applies to be a part of a matchmaking program for big predator shifters. Colt seems charming and sweet over messages, but meeting the scar-faced man in person sets Karis’s life on a path she can’t escape from. And the more she gets to know her potential future mate, the more she thinks she doesn’t want to escape. But Colt has a nickname that sends up big red flags. His friends and enemies call him the Warmaker, and pretty soon she will figure out exactly what that means. And it could cost her more than she could’ve ever imagined.

Colton Dorset, aka the Peacemaker, aka the Warmaker, is hunting for something to tame his bear. He’s on a tear sabotaging Trigger’s ranch, and now his options are slim: find someone who can settle him down, or leave the life he has worked so hard to build. But Karis isn’t what he imagined, and on top of that, she is hiding an animal that gets his inner grizzly all riled up, instead of settling him. If he could figure out what kind of shifter she is, he might be able to navigate this new arranged match, but Karis keeps him guessing at every turn. And as life at the ranch spirals out of control, he will have to figure out if her animal is a help, or a huge hindrance.

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lone enforcerLONE ENFORCER (WOLF ENFORCERS BOOK 2) by Jessica Aspen

Armed with her best friend’s last known location, Natalie Fisher heads out into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. When the trail leads to private property, Natalie doesn’t hesitate. But her dangerous search for clues only leads her to a blood soaked piece of land, and a trip down a rocky ravine.
Volunteer pack enforcer and full-time ranch hand, Luca Weylyn has been a loner his entire life. When riding fences he finds Natalie trapped and injured near what could be a murder site–her big brown eyes and determined attitude finally give him a reason to break free from his lonely cowboy’s life. But Natalie is human, and Luca is a wolf shifter. Can there be any future for Luca with a woman if he can never share his secrets?
When Natalie’s insistence on hunting down the truth conflicts with the pack’s needs, will Luca reveal his secrets in order to keep her? Or will the other enforcers insist that Natalie’s life be sacrificed for the good of the pack?

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house of artificeHOUSE OF ARTIFICE (POISONED HOUSES BOOK 2) by Lyn Forester

When political unrest uproots Caitlyn once again, will she be able to find her feet in an ever changing world of intrigue?

Just as Caitlyn begins to dream of a future with Declan, Connor, and Felix, she’s called back to the Lonette Manor to act as proxy for her father. Returned to the gilded cage of her family, Caitlyn attempts to hold her own in a sea of political maneuvering. Floundering and cut off from the support of her guys, she finds herself bereft all over again.

When Caitlyn is presented with choices for her future secretary, she begins to see how complicated life can become. In the Lonette family, the secretary fulfills all of their councillor’s needs, both professional and private. Faced with those trained in seduction, will Caitlyn be able to resist their proposals?

Whispers of her guys ill intentions only furthers her doubts as Caitlyn struggles to choose her path: accept the approved support of her secretary, or continue to fight for the more risky proposition of her guys?

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angel eyesANGEL EYES (THE SOUL SERIES BOOK 1) by D S O’Neill

My name is Ria. Like Leah, but with an R? My life is pretty normal, I guess. I’m a waitress at the one and only Mexican restaurant in my tiny little no-Starbuck’s town, I live in a fairly typical studio apartment, and I people watch at the local bar in my spare time.

Well, I guess normal isn’t quite the right word. After all, normal people can’t control other people’s emotions with just a touch. Tantalizing pleasure, exhilarating joy, even paralyzing fear—I can make you feel it all, or I can take it all away. Drain you of every single emotion.

I try really hard not to, though. Normal, remember?

But things start to go from almost normal to straight-up bizarre when not one, but four insanely gorgeous men stumble into my life. And if you thought I wasn’t normal, these guys have me beat any day.

They aren’t even human.

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open your eyesOPEN YOUR EYES (CHOSEN BY FATE SERIES BOOK 1) by Aspen Winters

Gods are vanishing; their only salvation is bonding to a human soul.

My name is Clara Daniels. I was your average New Yorker with a degree in business and a need for a job. Everything in my life was normal; well, as normal as it could be with an overbearing mother obsessed with the Lord and trying to find me a man. Not to mention, dealing with the many chauvanistic men that dominate the business world of New York.

Then one day, I ran into Fate – literally – and my entire world was changed. Now, my normal is being the human soul for four, overpowering, disturbingly hot gods. Think Zeus, Aries, Hades – see where I’m going with this. Turns out all that mythology was true. Now, I’m the only chance these four gods have to continue to live and soon they’ll become my only chance.

Unfortunately, there’s a group of people that don’t agree with this and I just became their next target.

Can I trust them to protect me? Or will they let me down like so many others before them? Only Fate knows…and she’s not telling.

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reign of ashREIGN OF ASH (THE CHOSEN BOOK 2) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene thought her trial was over. She was wrong. Prophesied to be the strongest of her kind, Helena is still coming to terms with the depth of her power and what it means to rule.

Unfortunately, there’s little time to learn.

As her soul mate, Von is Helena’s balance. Too bad he’s missing. When he disappears, her tenuous hold on her magic begins to slip. Helena must find Von, and soon, or risk losing control completely.

If only she knew where to look.

A malevolent force has risen; threatening the lives of Helena and those in her Circle. What they don’t realize is that without Von she will become the thing they most fear. How do you choose between the people you’ve vowed to protect and the one person you can’t live without?

How do you choose when there’s no choice at all?

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dragons treasured mateTHE DRAGON’S TREASURED MATE (UNCONTROLLABLE SHIFT BOOK 2) by R E Butler

When dragon shifter, Torrence, develops a life-threatening allergy to his people’s mating fruit, no female within a thousand miles will mate him. Heading to his father’s homestead in the Tomb Mountains, he finds himself at odds with the local wolf pack, and facing a lonely future.

Cecily Houseman has never been happier. She’s finally able to open her own shop, Cecily’s Donuts. Although she grew up in Tomb, as a human among wolves, she’s always felt on the outside of things. The alpha’s son is interested in being her mate, but he’s not the right one for her. She’s waiting for that spark to knock her off her feet.

Torrence wakes one morning with a single thought: go to town. The nearer he gets, the stronger his beast rails in his head. As he comes to a donut shop, his beast forces a shift so fast and hard that he rips the door off the shop and takes out the town gazebo with his tail. The alpha wolf wants him gone because he’s dangerous, but Cecily takes one look into his golden eyes and knows that he’s the one for her.

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dangerous matingDANGEROUS MATING (AN A.L.F.A. NOVEL) by Milly Taiden

The Alpha League Federal Agency’s sworn duty is to protect humanity from the worst of the paranormal universe. Wolf-shifter Agent Bryon Day has been deep undercover for more than a year, investigating a human trafficking ring, when he goes MIA. Since A.L.F.A. never leaves an agent behind, a team is sent to save him—or bring his body home.

FBI agent and ace cryptographer Kari Tomlin is selected for the rescue task force. Under the ruse of a ditsy tourist, she searches an ancient European city for Agent Day. When she learns he’s locked up in the palace’s dungeon, she plans a covert jailbreak. Together they risk the dangerous, booby-trapped tunnels below the city for freedom…and a chance to discover if this really is a mate bond growing between them.

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jaguar bodyguardTHE JAGUAR BODYGUARD (TALES OF THE WERE JAGUAR ISLAND BOOK 2) by Bianca D’Arc

Sworn to protect his Clan, Nick Balam heads to Hollywood to keep an eye on a rising star who has seen too much for her own good. She saw a young jaguar shifter transforming and may have damning evidence that could expose them all to the world. It’s up to Nick, as head of security for the Jaguar Clan to assess the situation and take care of the problem.

Unexpected fame has made a circus of Sullivan Lane’s life, but when decapitated squirrels show up on her doorstep, she knows she needs professional help. Nick is able to insinuate himself into her security team. The only problem is… once he gets close to her, he realizes she might very well be his mate. And she’s in danger. His mission expands to keeping her safe, catching her stalker and then figuring out what she intends to do about her newfound knowledge of shifters. And if she has proof – he’s going to have to destroy it, which could destroy any trust between them.

Sparks fly and passions rise. Can he keep her safe and prevent her from revealing what she knows? Or will he have to forsake his Clan to find true happiness with a woman of rare beauty and…magic?

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awakened by flamesAWAKENED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 1) by Vella Day

The only thing between this werewolf and his destined mate is a portal to a different world.

It’s crazy. Finn McKinnon knows dreams can’t be real. So why does his wolf shifter side have the overwhelming urge to step through a portal into a mysterious new realm? Is Kaleena Sinclair his mate or just a figment of his overactive imagination?
For years, Kaleena has known that Fate has designated the deliciously hot man from Earth as hers, but she can’t reveal she’s a dragon shifter—at least not yet. Dream-walking has been her only connection to him, but damn, Finn still thinks she doesn’t exist. So what’s a girl to do — especially when Finn is her sole chance at survival?

Before he knows it, Finn is thrust into a dangerous journey—a journey so unique and sensual that the life he’s known ceases to exist. The clock is ticking, and Finn must survive impossible odds if he is to save his future mate. But how in the world can they fulfill their destiny as fated mates if some ruthless force is hell-bent on keeping them apart?

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darktideDARKTIDE (THE WITCHES OF CLEOPATRA HILL BOOK 14) by Christine Pope 

When Angela McAllister and Connor Wilcox are asked to help find out who — or what — killed a de la Paz clan private investigator, Angela agrees with only a slight hesitation. After all, with Connor at her side, she and her unborn child should be safe.

They quickly learn the entity haunting the Tucson crime scene is stronger than anyone anticipated, with uncanny powers they can barely fend off, much less identify. Only Levi McAllister, with his otherworldly origins, has a chance of figuring out what they’re up against…but he insists on going alone, and only after Angela and Connor’s twins are hidden away.

But when Levi vanishes, and news comes to light that a pair of old enemies have died simultaneously, Angela and Connor realize their clans are being set up for destruction.

The days of choosing whose unique powers best fit a given situation are over. Only by joining forces and combining powers — and learning to control dangerous new ones — can they defeat their deadliest enemy.

Once and for all.

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myth manifestationTHE MYTH MANIFESTATION (SPI FILES BOOK 5) by Lisa Shearin

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) protect people from predatory supernaturals. This time, we’re the ones who need protection.

New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world—for humans and supernaturals. Every hundred years, rulers of the world’s supernatural races come together to negotiate and renew a peace treaty. Meeting in the same hotel are the governors of our world’s goblin and elf colonies. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. Our security nightmare becomes real when monsters from the delegates’ mythologies begin mysteriously appearing in the flesh to hunt delegates from every side of the debate. And when the hotel gets sucked into another dimension, there’s no escape.

We discover that we’re all pieces in an elaborate and deadly game. A game about to spill out into the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world—but first, we have to save ourselves.

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hope and honorHOPE AND HONOR (THE SOUL SEEKERS SERIES BOOK 3) by Marilee Brothers

Life is becoming more complicated for soul reader Honor Melanie ‘Mel” Sullivan. Her boss needs help with his rebellious teen daughter who believes rules are made to be broken and her current boyfriend Homeland Security agent Mick Petrov is becoming an absentee lover, dropping hints about a major decision he faces. To make it worse, Mel’s ex, 3 Peaks detective ‘Billy the Kid’ McCarty wants her back. And those aren’t the only challenges…

When a paramilitary group called New Dawn wants her soul-reading skills, Mel meets five-year-old twins who steal her heart. Unwilling to abandon the motherless children, she strikes a deal with the compound’s charismatic leader. Drawn deeper and deeper into New Dawn’s twisted agenda, Mel must figure out a way to save the twins and herself before it’s too late.

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beneath this maskBENEATH THIS MASK (ENHANCED WORLD BOOK 3) by Victoria Sue

Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable nonspeaking enhanced child make that child a murder suspect.

Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.

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treacherous curseA TREACHEROUS CURSE (A VERONICA SPEEDWELL MYSTERY) by Deanna Rayburn

VS Note: A mystery not scifi or fantasy but touches on ancient Egypt. I have these books on my TBR List – I guess I’m always hoping to find another series as good as Amelia Peabody. Has anyone read these? (Plus of course I love the heroine’s name LOL.)

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything.

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interference and insurgencyVS Note: I don’t usually cover re-releases but for something from Michelle Diener, I will!  I wasn’t sure if both were re-releases or if the second story was totally new. At any rate, I put it on my TBR list since I love her books.

INTERFERENCE AND INSURGENCY (The Verdant String Series)

The seven planets of the Verdant String, the green, fecund sources of life spanning five solar systems, comprise the Verdant String Coalition. This is the setting for a new science fiction romance series from award-winning science fiction romance novelist Michelle Diener. While the people of the Verdant String know they have a common ancestor, a group of explorers who colonised the planets at the same time a thousand or more years ago, the mysteries of who they were, and where they came from, persist.

Interference (A 25,000 word novella introducing the world of the Verdant String)

Insurgency (Insurgency is a 45,000 word short novel set in the Verdant String series)

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DangerInTheStarsFinalMy own DANGER IN THE STARS is currently on sale for $.99! A standalone book in my alien empath series…

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 10

January 3

December 27

December 20

December 13

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 6

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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I HAVE A NEW RELEASE! AND IT’S THE START OF A NEW SERIES! OK, sorry to shout LOL, but I’m excited.

AYDARR (A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): Sectors New Allies Series Book 1 by Veronica Scott

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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heart sightHEART SIGHT (A CELTA NOVEL) by Robin D Owens

VS Note: OMG, I LOVE her Celta novels. They are not like anything else…lots of cool aspects, including the ‘fams’ – animal companions. Did an instant one click on this one.

Muin “Vinni” T’Vine has been the prophet of Celta since he was six years old. A unique and lonely child, his strong psi power made most people wary of him. But now that he’s older, he’s ready to marry and protect the girl he’s known was his HeartMate for years.

Avellana isn’t as fragile as Vinni believes…nor as compliant. She fights to be considered Vinni’s equal and a strong member of her Family and community. Both of them have kept Avellana’s main power secret for over a decade.

But rumors of her strange psi talent are spreading, and Vinni is experiencing premonitions of danger to Avellana—even from the highest people of the land. When the whispers become threats, Vinni and Avellana must discover and defeat their secret enemies before they can finally claim happiness together.

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jingle starsJINGLE STARS (SHAMANS AND SHIFTERS SPACE OPERA BOOK 4) BY Jenny Schwartz

Ahab is a mLa’an artificial intelligence embedded in the starship, Orion.

The campaign for AIs to be recognized as full citizens of Galaxy Proper is within reach of its extraordinary goal. The only thing that could stop it now is if an AI did something foolish…like take a space station hostage to save eight orphaned children.

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And this is the letter to Santa that starts it all:

Dear Santa

I don’t know if your reindeers work in space. ..(more)…

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rescuing prince charmingRESCUING PRINCE CHARMING by Ed Hoornaert

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets that Ed has been sharing from this on the Weekend Writing Warrior blog hop.

She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.

Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism to saboteurs trying to bomb Earth’s first starship. She wants only to return to anonymity, but her moment of courage propels her ever deeper into danger that tears the scabs off her dark past—and thrusts her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the shy heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she may be his only ally against Earth’s greatest enemies.

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going greenGOING GREEN (VIALEA BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle and Erin Tate

Rhea is leaving Earth and nothing will stop her. Not her controlling governor father, her asshole ex-fiancé, or the Department of Population who want to impregnate her. Which is why she contacts the one organization out of their reach—Celestial Mates. A questionnaire and blood sample later and Rhea is matched to a hunky, deliciously tempting, and alluring alien.

Erudan—once known as Teon, brother to the High Warlord of Vialea—did not register with Celestial Mates. Or rather, he’d never submitted his application. Yet a curvaceous, dark haired, green eyed human stands before him and demands they mate. Immediately. He lost his honor long ago and doesn’t deserve a female like the seductive Rhea, but that does not stop the wanting.

Unfortunately, others from Earth want her returned and Erudan is happy to show them the error of their ways. No one challenges a Vian warrior… and lives.

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blade revantBLADE (REVANT WARRIORS)  by Celeste Raye

Blade’s a rebel, an outlaw and a man who can kill swiftly and silently. He has no intention of living, because he has no reason to, and when the Revant brothers come to him with a pact to finally begin open warfare against the Federation, Blade eagerly agrees. He doesn’t plan on rescuing a beautiful woman sold into slavery. He doesn’t plan on falling in love.

But plans go awry and when war starts, love might be the only thing that is worth dying,
and living for.

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stolen skyTHE STOLEN SKY (SPLIT CITY BOOK 2) by Heather Hansen

Arden and Dade are running for their lives from a city on fire; they’re wounded, desperate, and shadowed by two families who want them dead. But it’s Dade’s debt to a devious crime lord that plunges them further into danger—especially with their mining planet in chaos…

The ruling Solizen have grown more calculating, while the Undercity population remains trapped in the darkness below. With the supply of life-saving VitD wiped out, the rebellion is ready to erupt at any moment.

Now, Arden and Dade reluctantly join a new team on a hazardous operation to infiltrate the Solizen’s most protected facility. Caught up in the uncertainty of shifting allegiances and suspicious allies, their relationship will be put to the test. But to carry out their dangerous mission, the teens must rely on their love more than ever—will it be enough to keep them alive?

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lazanLAZAN (RAITHER WARRIORS) by Stella Sky

Dr. Mila Voss has lost the rest of her group…but that’s nothing new. She is used to
ridiculous things happening to her. So it’s hardly surprising when she is dumped on a
dangerous prison planet full of the cruelest monsters in the galaxy. Mila is rescued by a
pair of sexy alien brothers; which might not have been so bad…except the eldest claims
her, when it is actually his burly, intelligent brother who catches her eye…

Lazan Kylad is strong, independent, and brave. While separated from his crew, he takes
on a monster single handedly to save a human female. from mortal danger. When his
brother stakes his claim first, the tables turn, and Lazan’s temptations suddenly become
akin to adultery. A punishable offense.

Things go from bad to worse when Mila finds herself pregnant with Lazan’s child. She
knows Lazan’s life is at stake, and to save the life of the man she loves, she hides her
pregnancy. She may be able to hide her love for him, but her pregnancy is a different
story.

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hiddenHIDDEN (WARRIORS OF HIR BOOK 4) by Willow Danes

Her family’s fortune can buy Tara Douglas anything—except more time. Determined to make peace with her fate, she’s come to the house her great-grandfather built in the Smoky Mountains to spend the time she has left in peace. But for once Tara becomes the healer when she finds wreckage of an otherworldly vessel, and a badly injured man whose glowing eyes see right into her soul . . .

When Ki’san volunteered to journey to Earth he never imagined he would find himself dying there. A physician from a vanishing race, he knows his people’s law allows only a chosen few to hunt the females of this planet as mates. Ki’san’s mere presence on Tara’s world endangers them both but the crash that leaves him clinging to life also brings him a female like none he could have imagined, one he cannot help but love.

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jabariJABARI (THE BROKEN BOOK 2) by Serena Simpson

Brandi thought her life was over the day the doctor told her she was dying; nothing mattered now. That’s when she met Jabari. He walked into her life taking care of her and treating her like a queen. Before she knew it, they were running from a creature that he called a firebird. Now there was no telling what would happen, but she was going to hold on with both hands and enjoy the ride.

Jabari was never supposed to meet his mate, but if he did; she shouldn’t die before him. All bets were off because Brandi was dying, and he was too broken to save her. That meant all he could do was show her the world while they were together because one day he would wake up too broken to move again.

When the firebird attacked, Jabari realized that someone was targeting Brandi. Now he had two clear orders. One, protect and love his mate until she took her final breath. Two, kill whoever was after her and take his last breath. Love was never meant to be forever… or was it?

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cold fireCOLD FIRE A PRE-APOCALYPTIC DRAGON ROMANCE (ICE DRAKE SERIES BOOK 1) by Emma Layne

The Earth’s days are numbered, and aliens are looting the planet.

Faro is a Drakeborne Knight, a product of dragon and human DNA. He came to Earth on a mission to save his people and Faro thought he’d return to Iradia as a conquering hero, but then he meets Amy. Inexplicably, he’s drawn to her. Faro fears he inherited more than enhanced abilities. Dragons have fierce, unbreakable bonds with their mates. And now, Faro is torn between love and loyalty.

Since her father’s untimely death, Amy has been grief stricken, and every day is a struggle, until she meets Faro, a stranger staying at her inn. He’s not like other men, and eventually, she discovers Faro is an empath from another world. He lifts her burdens, brings her joy, but the secrets he’s keeping threaten to tear them apart.

Can Amy forgive him? And will they save both their planets? 

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undoneUNDONE (UNKNOWN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Wendy Higgins

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

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romulusROMULUS (COSMIC CHAMPIONS) by Luna Hunter

Romulus has the body of a Greek God…
The rough, domineering hands of a brute…
And the dirty mind of an animal.
He’s everything I hate.
So why do I crave him?

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ACROSS THE STARSACROSS THE STARS (THE DIMENSION SERIES BOOK 3)  by C S Wilde

James never imagined he’d be fighting inter-galactic wars. Not long ago, he was only a nerd with a monster crush on his co-worker. All he wants now is to lead a peaceful life with his family.

No such luck.

An old foe has returned with a vengeance, and he won’t stop until he has destroyed everything that James and Miriam love; everything that’s most precious to them.

The Baumans will have to fight for their family, their friends, and for Earth, but the price for freedom might just be too high.

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year oneYEAR ONE: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE, YEAR 1 by Nora Roberts

VS Note: I one clicked this one, always fascinated by apocalyptic novels.

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

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christmas in atlantisCHRISTMAS IN ATLANTIS with a bonus annotated copy of THE GIFT OF THE MAGI : A POSEIDON WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Alyssa Day

The Gift of the Magi…in Atlantis – A tortured warrior…Warrior-turned-pirate Dare is the black sheep of all Atlantis. He enraged Poseidon, the sea god, so much that Dare had to forfeit his ship and the water spirit who inhabits it. For Dare, being denied the ocean is worse than death…until he comes home to a woman who drowns him in waves of hunger more powerful than the sea. But black sheep and scoundrels can never deserve love, even during the magic of the first Christmas in Atlantis.

An artist who sees the world through song…After the accident that killed her parents and blinded her, Lyric discovered she had a special gift—that of song sight. She now sees the world in her own unique way, and her paintings are full of light and magic. When the Atlantean warrior she’s fallen in love with takes her to his home in Atlantis, she finds a rare magical artifact that could change her world forever. Or it could deliver to Dare the thing he most desires.

Atlantis’s first Christmas is coming…It’s the season of miracles in Atlantis. A chance to make wishes come true. And when Lyric tells her new Atlantean friends O Henry’s story of The Gift of the Magi, the world—and Lyric and Dare—may never be the same.

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vow of deceptionVOW OF DECEPTION (MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES BOOK 9) by C J Archer

With the wedding only days away, the Ministry is thrown into turmoil when another murder is committed by a shape-shifter. But this time the newspapers make the connection to werewolves – and the Ministry. Suddenly the attention is focused on Lichfield Towers and its residents as the police investigate and parliament wants to shut the organization down.

It could spell the end of everything Charlie has come to love.

As the authorities close in and ministry secrets are exposed, past allies can no longer be trusted. Can Charlie save her home, her loved ones, and herself? Or will she lose Lincoln and her friends forever?

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WITCHS THIRSTTHE WITCH’S THIRST by Deborah LeBlanc

For Evette Francois, falling in love is the end of the world—literally. A witch from a long and distinguished line, Evee wields power that comes at a devastating price. If she ever loves a human, all of humanity will suffer. Resisting the temptations of men has never been terribly difficult—until she meets Lucien Hyland. One member of a cabal devoted to preventing a race of interdimensional monsters from ruling the universe. Lucien is the most exquisite creature Evee has ever seen. If she succumbs to passion, death and chaos will follow. But she may not be strong enough to fight her desire.

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wicked vampireTHE WICKED VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she’s always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club—and is tethered to her mortal enemy—Sasha realizes she’s playing the most dangerous game of all…

Ewan Brún was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn’t need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he’s ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha—and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?

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dreamers songTHE DREAMER’S SONG (A NOVEL OF THE NINE KINGDOMS)by Lynn Kurland

Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as a notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Léirsinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he’s caught.

Léirsinn of Sàraichte simply wants to do what needs to be done—find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side by side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul.

Together, Acair and Léirsinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms forever.

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seductionSEDUCTION (CURSE OF THE GODS BOOK 3) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore.
The rules are changing.
The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans.
Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive.
Because someone wants her dead.

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demon ashDEMON ASH (RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 3 by M J Haag and Becca Vincenza

The world is nothing like Mya remembers. While in Ernisi, cities have been bombed and burned in an attempt to stop the hellhounds and the plague. The survivors are doing everything they can to win back their world from the hell that was unleashed with the first quake.

With Drav’s help, Mya reunites with her family, but they are far from safe. Marauders, hellhounds, and the infected are doing their best to destroy what’s left of the world, and it’s up to Mya and Drav to save it.

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ravagedRAVAGED (VAMPIRE AWAKENINGS BOOK 7) by Brenda K Davies

Since the day he stopped aging, Aiden has struggled against the darkness trying to claim him. He no longer denies he’s fighting a losing battle, he’s just hoping someone kills him before he gives in to the savage nature dwelling within him. Just when he believes he’ll lose the battle, he encounters Maggie, and for the first time in years, he has hope for his future.

Having grown up without a stable home, Maggie enjoys the security she’s worked hard to attain. Everything changes the night Aiden ends up in her ambulance. Now, not only does Maggie stand to lose everything she’s achieved, she’s beginning to think the mother she considered insane might not be.

With everything she knows torn away, Maggie realizes the more she loses, the more she might gain if she gives her trust to Aiden. However, when circumstances force them apart, Aiden is unsure if Maggie will be enough to bring him back from the darkness ravaging his soul.

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a fashionably dead diaryA FASHIONABLY DEAD DIARY by Robyn Peterman

Getting blackmailed sucks. Getting blackmailed by Satan into ghost writing his autobiography/romance really sucks—hard.

But I’m not a weenie or a welsher. I’m a semi-materialistic, Prada lovin’ Vampyre-Demon with a bad attitude and a serious lack of cheating skills. If I were a good cheater, I wouldn’t be in this heinous position. I lost and now I have to pay. However, the price might deplete the wavering amount of sanity I have left…

So I’m turning to you, Dear Diary, to pour out my inappropriate feelings and murderous inclinations toward a family member who shall remain nameless. Who in the Hell am I kidding? I’m gonna name that butthole over and over on these secret pages. It’s Satan or Lucifer or the Lord of Darkness or the Dark Angel—or, as I like to call him, Uncle F%#ker.

That’s why I have chosen you, Dear Diary. You don’t have a mouth as far as I know and if you do, I’ll remove it—violently. Please keep that in mind as I tell you all my secrets. I’ve dealt with talking books and walls and they’re a real pain in the ass. So if you turn out to be one of those, we’ll have a problem.

Sit back. Relax and get ready for a Hellish ride.   xoxo Astrid

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blood and ashesBLOOD AND ASHES by Marilyn Peake

With blood and magic, civilization rises from the ash.

Worlds are falling apart in two realms: human and faerie. After the factories close and her father dies of alcoholism, Kaelin helps her family survive by foraging for food. Her world is thrown into chaos as she comes to realize she has incredible power as both blood and hedge witch. When a handsome stranger enters her life, it’s clear that he’s not from her neck of the woods. Although he and his family appear perfect in so many ways, they desperately need her help.

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temptations of christmas futureTEMPTATIONS OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE by Lexi Post

Thanks to his shock tactics and pessimistic attitude, Scottish spirit guide Malcolm MacLachlan’s job is on the line. What else did they expect from a former Glasgow Watchman? For his final assignment, he chooses his partner based on the probability of success, and Joy Collingwood is the very best. That he can prove to her the future isn’t all puppies and marshmallows is an added bonus.

Joy is thrilled to help Malcolm, but their different methods threaten the success of their collaboration. If they can’t find some common ground, they’ll fail. What she doesn’t expect is that their common ground will be her bed and her deepest secret will be revealed.

Yet her secrets are nothing compared to Malcolm’s and their revelation could jeopardize everything…including her heart.

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wolf hungerWOLF HUNGER (SWAT BOOK 7) by Paige Tyler

When SWAT Officer Max Lowry meets Lana Mason, he falls fast and hard. He’s positive she’s The One. And Max’s favorite part? Lana’s a wolf shifter too, so they can skip the awkward reveal and head straight to the happily ever after. There’s just one problem: Lana doesn’t know that she’s a werewolf.

To make matters worse, hunters with intent to kill have tracked Lana to Dallas. Max has to figure out how to keep Lana safe, show her who and what she really is—and just how much she means to him.

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dragons huntTHE DRAGON’S HUNT by Jane Kindred

By day, Leo Stršm works as an assistant in a tattoo parlor. By night… Well, he isn’t quite sure what happens at night. He just knows that it’s best if he restrains himself.

Ink is more than just superficial decoration to Rhea Carlisle. Her ability to read her clients’ souls in their tattoos gives her work its special magic—and it allows her to see that there’s more to Leo than his brilliant blue eyes.

The passion that kindles between them might be Leo’s salvation. Or it might be the end of the world.

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lead dragonLEAD DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS) by Terry Bolryder

Lead, captain of an elite team of powerful dragons, is about to embark on the most difficult mission he’s ever undertaken: trying not to fall in love with the cute, curvy woman he saved and is now tasked with protecting. But how is he supposed to do that when everything inside the honor-obsessed dragon roars “mate” whenever he sees her?

Brittany is just a regular human. She never expected to be kidnapped by wolves or for six ridiculously hot dragon shifters to rescue her. But there’s one dragon, with bright golden eyes, dark hair and the composure of a warrior that she can’t seem to stop thinking about. Especially while she’s living in a mansion with him and his sexy friends.

As the sexual tension between them rises like dragon flame, Lead and Brittany will have to navigate the blurred lines of duty and integrity in a world that is only getting more confusing with each passing day. And with a sinister new evil on the horizon, Lead may need to reconsider what honor really means if he wants to protect his mate.

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three trialsTHREE TRIALS (THE DARK SIDE BOOK 2) by Kristy Cunning

So, I’ve checked off some life goals and added a few new ones to my list.
Goal #5: Get out of hell’s belly without letting my ungrateful charges die.
Goal #6: Get a new name that’s more badass.
Goal #7: Stop wasting my breath on lectures and start annoying the quad hell squad every time they annoy me. Fight fire with fire. Ha! Another hell pun.
Goal 8: Find out who the hell killed me.
I’ll add more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself before I even finish checking off my old goals. But seriously, I really do need a more badass name, considering how much I have to keep saving my damsels in distress.
I probably shouldn’t call them damsels, since they’re a little murderous and all.
Maybe I should add seeing a hell-certified psychologist to my list of goals.

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witchmas carolA WITCHMAS CAROL: A WICKED WITCHES OF THE MIDWEST FANTASY by Amanda M Lee

Christmas is here but the Winchester witches aren’t exactly teeming with good cheer.
Well, they are, but it’s not the sort of Christmas cheer Aunt Tillie wants waiting for her under this year’s tree.
When Aunt Tillie finds out her great-nieces want to separate for Christmas Day – forgoing the family’s annual tradition – she decides to teach them a little lesson. Of course, since she’s Aunt Tillie, her dose of retribution comes in the form of her favorite holiday Christmas stories.
For Bay and Landon, that means they’re shoved into A Witchmas Carol, one of Aunt Tillie’s favorite tales. That should mean hugs and happiness, right? Yeah, try toil and trouble instead.
Bay and Landon have to work their way through memories of the past, guilt over the present and absolute terror when facing their future if they expect to come out the other side. To escape, they have to figure out exactly what Aunt Tillie wants … and she’s got a few tricks up her sleeve.
So, it’s that time of the year. Things are about to get merry … and maybe a little messy … for the Winchesters. There’s no better time to hitch a ride on the mayhem sleigh.

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firefighter unicornFIREFIGHTER UNICORN (FIRE AND RESCUE SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Sarcastic. Short-tempered. Definitely not sparkly. Paramedic and firefighter Hugh Argent is no one’s idea of a unicorn, and he’s careful to keep it that way. His life depends on hiding his secrets…and on never meeting his true mate.

Outcast. Unwanted. Untouchable. Wyvern shifter Ivy has been shunned her whole life due to her uncontrollably venomous skin. Now finally there’s someone who can touch her…and he doesn’t want anything to do with her.

No matter how much Ivy craves to be touched at last, there’s one thing that can make her give up her only chance at love—a cure for her terminally ill younger sister. So Ivy offers Hugh a deal: Heal her sister, and she’ll get out of his life forever.

The more Hugh gets to know Ivy, the more he longs to claim this brave, fierce, infuriating woman. But a unicorn can only take a mate at a terrible cost…

More than hearts are at stake.

And every secret is about to be revealed at last.

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snow leopards christmas surpriseTHE SNOW LEOPARD’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE by Emilia Hartley

Ellie was just looking for a normal holiday. She had planned to spend it with her family. Her mother, father and her baby boy, Casper. When Nolan showed up, things took a turn for the worst. She couldn’t believe him. Why would he return after all these years? She didn’t need him then, and she doesn’t need him now. Though, she had to admit. Casper and Nolan seemed to get along together really well.

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her winter wolvesHER WINTER WOLVES by Milly Taiden and Marianne Morea

This very modern take on the tale of Snow White isn’t for the faint of heart.

Grace Snow is a marketing genius and the heir to Snow Industries, a cosmetics conglomerate. Looking to bring the company into the 21st century isn’t as simple as she wishes. Not with her stepmother making every move a tug-of-war. Grace’s new app, Mirror-Mirror, can rebrand them as fresh and new for a younger generation. That’s only if she can keep her stepmother and her vindictiveness away from her plans. Good luck with that!

Wolf shifter, Adam Hunt, has been the company’s Head of Security since Grace was a teen. Hired to look after Gracie’s well-being, he’s crossed the evil stepmother one too many times and now she’s blackmailing him to do her bidding. What she doesn’t know is he’s the Omega of his pack, and together he and their Alpha, Zach Cassidy, will protect and defend Grace even at the cost of their own lives.

Grace is their mate. The one destined to complete their Triad. She has no idea that she’s about to become part of the sexiest relationship of her life. Jealousy and greed push her stepmother to get rid of Grace. Gracie might not be ready for what’s coming her way—not the two sexiest men she’ll ever want or the poison conjured by her stepmother, but she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight.

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fury of denialFURY OF DENIAL by Coreene Callahan

He’s an antisocial dragon shifter with a serious sweet tooth. She’s a pastry chef who won’t give him any sugar.

Blinded in an ambush, dragon warrior Wallaig has spent half a century in the dark with one thing on his mind—vengeance. When the rogue faction responsible returns to Scotland and targets a human female, he saves her life, determined to exact his revenge—even if it means using her as bait.

Smart-mouthed Amantha Leblanc is pastry chef with dreams of opening her own shop. The money is in the bank. Her mission is clear. The plan goes to hell the second Wallaig breaks into her apartment and she defends herself with a rolling pin. With a rogue pack of dragons circling, she is forced to rely on a man she doesn’t like—but isn’t able to resist.

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bear with meBEAR WITH ME by  Everleigh Clark

Bo Alexander has his hands full as temporary alpha of his little clan in Bear Paw River.
But then she shows up.
A gorgeous, curvy—human—single mother with a shifter son in tow. Between the kid’s bodily function jokes and the mating heat sizzling from Jane, Bo doesn’t know which way is up. But he knows she’s hiding something. And he’s just the man to help her.

Jane has been running with Liam for too long now. She’s exhausted, scared, waiting for the day Seth finds her and drags them back to his pack. But Bear Paw River promises sanctuary…and love? No, she doesn’t have the freedom to open her heart. Besides, love is deadly.

It’s time for Bo to bear-up and save this woman and cub. But can he let her go when the danger has passed? Humans and grizzly shifters aren’t meant to be. Right?
Then again, crazier things have happened. Look at his sister. She married a wolf.

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endless chaseENDLESS CHASE (DALAKIS PASSION BOOK 5) by N J Walters

Since the night her parents were brutally murdered, Katya Markova has been driven by a dark quest for vengeance. When her search for the killers leads her to the heart of Transylvania and the ancestral home of the Dalakis, she hopes to finally take her revenge and put her horrific memories and the souls of her parents to rest. Then she meets the mesmerizing Chase Deveraux, and his intensely passionate touch threatens to weaken her resolve as she surrenders to his sensual promise.

With his life in disarray, Chase has retreated to the remote castle of the Dalakis clan to sort things out in isolation, but instead is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Katya. Instantly spellbound by her tough warrior exterior and compelling beauty, Chase finds that Katya captivates him like no other woman has before—until he learns of her dark intent and is torn between his own needs and those of his family.

Because Katya is enmeshed in a world of lies and deceptions, and has brought that world to the Dalakis doorstep. As their unquenchable passion spirals to incredible sensual heights, Chase and Katya will be forced to make a choice, one that could destroy the Dalakis clan for all time or unite the desperate young lovers for eternity.

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flame in the darkFLAME IN THE DARK (A SOULWOOD NOVEL) by Faith Hunter

VS Notes: Seems as if this has romantic elements rather than romance but I haven’t read the series.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 29

November 22

November 15

November 8

November 1

October 25

October 18

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday November 22

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

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VS Note: The rest of the novels in The Great Space Race Collection released this week (and are my first four entries here.). I also did an interview this week with the authors for USA Today Happy Ever After.

FREEFALL: TEAM PRISM by Elsa Jade

Scarred by life and scared by it, Amy Long finally found peace in quiet Sunset Falls, Montana…until a malfunctioning popcorn popper transports her across the universe.

She arrives accidentally—and nekkidly—on the honeymoon cruiser Blissed where the widely viewed and wildly entertaining Great Space Race is already in progress. Now if she ever wants to return to Earth, she has to pretend to be the famous intergalactic explorer who was supposed to be half of Team Prism, searching for the legendary Firestorm Queen’s Prism.

Can this unsuspecting Earther wrap her head around a universe of aliens and adventure? While she’s at it, maybe she’s gonna wrap her arms around the uptight but sexy drakling male who is her teammate.

Luc Amaveo of the Flamewalker Clan just needs a treasure. Any treasure, even the imaginary ones teased by the Great Space Race. ..(more)..

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flare_team_corona_JC_HayFLARE: TEAM CORONA by JC Hay

They could go all the way, if they don’t go straight to hell

All Kayana wants is respect. Jilted by her fiancée, turned out by her family, and rejected by her crew – esteem is in short supply. When she hears about the cash prize for winning the Great Space Race, she realizes it’s more than enough money to get her old life back. Or buy herself an asteroid someplace where she won’t care what people think.

Ax Turner just needs to hide, and the Race gives him the best opportunity to do so. In plain sight. Surely the thugs and criminals he’s ripped off won’t come after him while cameras are rolling on the galaxy’s most popular reality game show. And if they do, well, having a partner who’s able to fight and looks like a devil seems like a win.

They’re on the run –  from the past, from the lethal challenges of the Great Race, from their feelings, and straight into each other. They’ve got more than their share of problems, and those secrets could drive them apart, or be the key to winning the biggest prize of all: each other.

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orions_gate_sabine_priestleyORION’S GATE: TEAM GALAXY RIDERS by Sabine Priestley

The emotions evoked by the passionate alien empath could kill them both…

Trapped in another galaxy and forced into a deadly contest, Armond Nolde wants one thing: Win so he can return home and continue his life’s work as an Earth Protector creating portals.
His assigned partner, Vin, is large, passionate and overly talkative. She’s everything Armond is not. An Empath, Vin is fascinated by the emotionless albino. He’s easy on the eyes and cold as space—or so it seems.
Armond soon learns that Vin possesses an intelligence that rivals his own. When he is forced to connect with his psi to save Vin’s life, she discovers his deadly secret. More powerful than any psi before him, his control is slipping. Threatening to unleash a deadly force.
If they bond it could destroy them both.

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ceasefireCEASEFIRE: TEAM ORION NEBULA by Kayla Stonor

VS Note: These Qui books are HOT. This one is on my TBR for sure.

Qui are the enemy. Kill them all. Save the human genome! Sworn to destroy the shapeshifting alien warlords who invaded Earth, Ahnna Sokovik must now partner with her nemesis in a nightmare reality show, the GREAT SPACE RACE. To survive deadly challenges—entertainment for trillions of fans—Ahnna must befriend her adversary and pray he doesn’t murder her in her sleep.

Fanatic, terrorist, xenophobe maniac… Ahnna cannot be reasoned with! Tierc Marcel, a Qui-human half breed, is faced with an impossible task, live alongside Ahnna, the gorgeous femme fatale who nearly slit his throat. Bound by her suppression cuffs, Tierc cannot use his Qui strength to win the race and his freedom. He fights a losing battle against Ahnna’s prejudice, while the alluring assassin tempts him with her every move. Her pheromones scream for mating, and yet she defies their magnetic attraction.

She wants him dead. He wants her in bed.

If Ahnna would only set aside her enmity, she’d see the noble Qui considers Ahnna a finer prize than even freedom.

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VS Note: And now moving on from The Great Space Race – not sure when CJ Cade’s book in that series will release…other new releases for the week:

shattered earthSHATTERED EARTH by Jenny Schwartz

The scum of the galaxy are using Earth as a nuclear winter death camp. It outrages pirate captain Kohia Jekyll’s sense of justice. No one deserves to die agonizingly of radiation poisoning, especially not on the planet humanity had to evacuate seven generations ago. So Kohia intends to close the prison camp down.

She didn’t count on an infuriating shaman healer hitching a ride aboard her starship.

Nairo Bloodstone isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He learned the hard way that when you’re a healer, doing your best for people is never enough. One miracle leads them to demand another and another. Heroes die exhausted and alone, and the galaxy continues with billions of people still clamoring for a miracle-worker to save them.

No, Nairo isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He intends to change what it means to be human.

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snowed in with the alien dragonSNOWED IN WITH THE ALIEN DRAGON by Starr Huntress and Sonia Nova

A Christmas without warmth…Rachel hates her life in Alaska. She hates the weather, but even more, she hates her job which requires her to stay in the sodden state even for the holidays! Instead of going to visit her family in sunny California, she will be spending the holidays alone in the cold north. But when she encounters an unconscious, golden alien on the way home from work – amidst a massive snowstorm to top it all off – it looks like the holidays might not end up as boring as she’d thought after all!

A dragon paralyzed by cold…Captain Erro of Traag never thought to go down in a battle. Even less did he think to find his mate on the surface of the planet he crashes on! Trapped in the planet’s frozen wasteland, Erro can hardly function in the cold climate. He’s a dragon, for heaven’s sake! He needs some heat! And yet, despite the icy weather seeping into his bones, every time the strangely beautiful alien female smiles at him, his inner flame burns stronger than ever. She is his mate, there is no question about that.

Now, if only he could understand what the hell she was saying.

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valenceVALENCE (CONFLUENCE BOOK 4) by Janet Foehner Wells

VS Note: I really enjoyed the earlier books – this series is scifi with some romantic elements. Have not read book 3 or this one but since I enjoyed the first two, I’ll include this newest one.

Earth’s days are numbered.

Two very different women race to prepare for the battle to come. The future of Earth is in their hands.

One struggles to resurrect her ruined ship so she can navigate the politics at the galactic core in a desperate bid to recruit allies.

The other strives to master alien technology to supply the forces of Earth with the tools needed to defend themselves against the ravenous Swarm.

Between them, Jane and Zara offer humanity its best chance at survival, but the odds are stacked against them and their best may not be good enough.

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chaos in kadoma wardCHAOS IN KADOMA WARD (THE HIKOBOSHI SERIES BOOK 2) by S J Pajonas

Forced into a new life on the planet Hikari, she has two objectives: find a job and get along with Rin, the man holding her life in his hands. But with her occupation missing from this planet and her enemies looking for her, she must intrude on the kindness of reluctant strangers to stay out of harm’s way. Rin’s ex-wife wants Yumi gone, and a judge threatens to deport her if he catches her loitering about town with no job. Her desire to bolt grows stronger daily.

But Rin won’t let her go. He’s fascinated with the stories she brings from home, stories that promise to save him from the madness they all live in, a meritocracy with low birth rates and malfunctioning androids. As they build a tenuous friendship, and something more, Yumi has to face her fears, her inadequacies, and her lack of control. A headstrong journalist, she’s pushing her luck on Hikari every day as the society turns bored, restless, and finally rebellious. War is coming, and Yumi and Rin are right in the middle of it.

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space dragonSPACE DRAGON (BRIDES OF DRAXOS BOOK 2) by Scarlett Grove

MIT robotics student Freda Hayes is forced to abandon her research when the Archon Empire’s cyborgs attack earth. With her little sister Lottie, she takes refuge in a secluded cabin.

News that the dragon shifters of Draxos have defended the planet from the cyborgs leaves Lottie the Draxos’ biggest fan — and Freda skeptical. When Admiral Sysko D’Fray, leader of the Draxos army, lands right outside her cabin, she’s downright suspicious.

Sysko has been defending the galaxy from the Archon for decades. But he has another, even more, urgent battle to fight: the one to save his people from extinction. And human DNA, which includes a rare recessive gene making them compatible with Draxos, is the key to their survival.

Freda isn’t just any human; the curvy scientist is Sysko’s fated mate…(more)..

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jevalJEVAL (REVANT WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Jeval has the Dark Gift, a gift so rare that he is the only one born in the universe who
has survived it. He’s determined to never mate with a creature capable of having childrenfor fear of passing that darkness on.

Margie’s a woman who grew up under the unfair class system that allowed her father to
sell her off to pay his debts. She’s determined to never be under the rule of a male again.
So why does she seem to keep ending up way too close to the Revant, Jeval?

The rebellion has grown to a point where it is war or nothing and Jeval knows that now is the time to use that gift, and when he’s given a mission that is sheer suicide, even with his abilities he knows he has to take it, even though it means leaving behind Margie, the human that holds his heart—and body.

Will Margie let him go it alone, even if it means her life?

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dance of loveDANCE OF LOVE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 3) by C J Scarlett

Sarah is a dancer who never really got the nice end of things. She never believed in love, in a person saving her, or even getting out of her borderline slavery that she kept as a job. For Sarah, everything seemed to only go one way: to the shit. That’s how her life was, and that’s how it’s always been.

That is, until he showed up.

Landon is an alien, and a frequent customer of the club. When the gritty alpha alien meets the alluring Sarah, immediately sparks fly. They fall for one another, but of course, they don’t know what they’re getting into. With Sarah embroiled in a crime ring and Landon working one of the head aliens, both of them know for a fact that this is it, that they need to figure out what they want fast.

Not to mention, Landon is also a trust fund child looking for a future wife.

Will they manage to work this out? Or will it be too good to be real?

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mastering their mateMASTERING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 4) by Kallista Dane

When Saige joined an all-female crew on the Luna, she never dreamed the ship would be hijacked by space pirates. Now she’s been sold as a Consort to the Rapture Dome, forced to entertain alien males from the farthest corners of the galaxy who work in the mines on the Girra Sola asteroid.

Tharan twins Keir and Khaun are on an undercover mission on Girra Sola and they need information from the little human. But they’ve been warned that getting close to the pheromones of a female from Earth will stir their gyron, awakening a powerful need to dominate her and claim her as their Mate…(more)…

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endlessENDLESS (DRAGON WARS BOOK 5) by Rebecca Royce

August Owens came home from the Dragon Wars a changed Wolf. He isn’t done with the war—not until every Dragon left on the planet is dead. But when one nearly kills him and he wakes up to the face of his mate everything will change.

Clarissa Knox is a damaged Wolf. Even she can’t believe the poor choices she’s made and she has no idea how to get out of the mess she’s made for herself. But when she finds her mate, who was reported dead during the war, she will fight with everything she has to give them both a future.

The war might be over—but the battle for their future is just beginning.

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bound by lightBOUND BY LIGHT (CAULD ANE SERIES BOOK 7) by Piper Davenport

Thane Allen is the biggest movie star on the planet. He has money, status, and the ability to make people do what he tells them to with just a word. But he’s without his mate and is losing hope that he will ever find her.

Sydney Warren has lost both her parents and makes a daring choice to move to London to live with her cousin. A chance encounter puts her in the path of what she considers nothing more than a fantasy, until that fantasy pursues her.

Will Thane be able to convince her he’s genuine?

When a threat no one saw coming threatens Sydney’s life, will Thane be able to save her?

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consumption of magicTHE CONSUMPTION OF MAGIC (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 3) by TJ Klune

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

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not his vampireNOT HIS VAMPIRE (NOT THIS SERIES BOOK 3) by Annie Nicholas

Magic is real. Shifters exist. Trixie Russell know this. Everyone does. But no one told her about the monster lurking in the basement of the dragon’s castle. Not until it was too late.

Victor Petrov is ancient, and vampires his age should not lose control of their hunger. And yet, thanks to the dragon who chained him in a dungeon to protect the citizens of New Port, that’s exactly his problem. Then in walks a human female with cotton candy hair who smells like sunshine incarnate, her pulse a melody in his parched ears, and the fragile thread of his control snaps.

Like it or not, Trixie is now tied to Viktor’s, and he seems short a few marbles. She plans on making his eternity a misery until he reveals they have an enemy in common. Trixie is totally on board with helping him escape so she could get her revenge. After that, she’s done. They’re over. She wouldn’t be his vampire.

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eversongEVERSONG (THE KINDRED BOOK 1) by Donna Grant

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Unparalleled in beauty and daring, Leoma has been raised with a single-minded focus—to wipe out corrupt witches. But when her new target leads her to a discovery that unveils a graver plan from the Coven, she doesn’t hesitate to follow. Yet, she’s not the only one on the hunt. And the sexy, infuriating man who crosses her path could prove to be a distraction—something she’s never encountered before.

Honor and family mean everything to Braith. When his life is turned upside down by the murder of his ward and heir without cause or reason, he has no choice but to turn to vengeance. Until a stunning, dangerous woman continues to thwart his efforts at every turn. Now, he must battle not only his need for revenge but his desire for the female, as well.

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beneath the skinBENEATH THE SKIN (DE LA VEGA CATS) by Lauren Dane

Mia Porter came home to Boston to recover, but her military reflexes kick in when a fellow jaguar is gunned down only inches away. Getting the handsome stranger to safety and removing the bullets is the easy part…discovering she’s saved a member of the very family hers has been at war with for half a century makes things tricky.

Nor is she pleased her cat finds his to be quite an attractive specimen.

Gibson de La Vega, Bringer of Justice, enforces his Alpha’s law and defends de La Vega territory against all. But even he’s not immune to silver bullets. That Gibson feels the same burning desire for Mia only complicates matters.

Negotiating an end to an epic familial feud is nothing compared to the violence sparked by the attack on Gibson. As heat and need build between them, Mia and Gibson will fight together to protect their families from a danger far closer to home than anyone expects.

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blood and tempestBLOOD AND TEMPEST (THE EMPIRE OF STORMS BOOK 3) by Jon Skovron

Still reeling from the events at Dawn’s Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.
Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he’s been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.
Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.

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ten lows a leapingTEN LOWS A LEAPING: AN IMP WORLD STORY by Debra Dunbar

Beatrix has to work on Christmas Day.

There are no holiday’s off for a Guardian Angel tasked with ensuring demons don’t crossover from the Gates to Hel, even when you’ve got PTSD and are subject to panic attacks from that time last year when a psychotic demon slaughtered two angels in front of you, destroyed the mall where the Gate to Hel was located, and left you pinned to the rubble with a steel beam through your wings.

The only way Beatrix is managing to get through each day is the little gifts someone keeps leaving for her. The countdown to Christmas is on, there’s no telling what gift her Secret Santa will leave when the number reaches one.

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warrior foreverWARRIOR FOREVER by Amber Bardan

The most likely conclusion to my current predicament is psychosis.
Much more likely than actual alien abduction.
Significantly more likely than impending forced nuptials with a giant primitive alien whose society never evolved a sense of humor.
But life in a horny space-barbarian’s cave isn’t all bad…
Did I mention he vibrates?

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stranger magicsSTRANGER MAGICS by Ash Fitzsimmons

VS: I liked the book’s description, not sure if there’s romance…

All Colin Leffee wants is to be left alone: to run his used bookstore in peace, and to quietly drink himself to sleep every night in an attempt to drown out the memories of eight-hundred-plus years of existence.

Unfortunately, when a sullen teenage changeling is flung out of Faerie and onto his doorstep, the long-suffering, wayward son of Titania knows his dreams of solitude are dust. Colin—or Lord Coileán, as he is known to the Faerie court—must track down Meggy, the love of his life, and figure out how her child ended up in Titania’s clutches to begin with.

But with family, it’s never simple. He finds Meggy, only to see her yanked into Faerie—and the doors between the realms slammed and locked behind her. Now, it’s not just her life at stake . . . but the fate of magic itself.

Always the loner, Colin reluctantly joins forces with an intensely stubborn wizard, a young priest-in-training who fancies himself a knight, and his half brother Robin (the last most definitely not by choice) on a quest to reopen the doors and restore the balance between the realms. And with exiled queen Mab plotting in the shadows to take Titania’s throne, and the wizards of the governing Arcanum hiding their own agenda, Colin can’t be sure whom to trust—or whether he’ll live long enough to see the mission through.

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stoneSTONE by Linda Mooney

Garenth had been awakened to retrieve an ancient artifact that was crucial to his well-being. He had few memories of what his life had been like when he had been a man. What memories that were left were filled with blood and excruciating pain.

That part of him was over now. The talisman had been taken from its sacred burial place, and it had to be returned as quickly as possible. It was up to him to follow through with his mission so he could return to another thousand years of sleep.

Brielle Van de Camp knew an extraordinary find when she saw it. The small clay figure was the key to a potentially earth‑shattering revelation about a previously unknown time in man’s ancestry. She would bet her life on it.

Unfortunately, others had gotten wind of the talisman, and they were equally determined to claim its promise for themselves. If Brielle wasn’t willing to part with the figurine, they had no compunction about prying it from her dead fingers.

They never counted on having to face the guardian of the statuette, who turned out to be more than a creature of mythology.

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trial by flameTRIAL BY FLAME by M K Eidem and Michelle Howard

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new book from MK and Michelle!

Autumn thought she knew who she was then she discovered she was a rare type of dragon shifter called a Supreme Dragoon. Now she is heading to her new mate’s home world to meet more of their kind. Nerves were to be expected, but Autumn is about to get more than she bargained for.

Kirall always knew who he was, a Prime Dragoon, one of the strongest of his kind. He’d never doubted who he was or his place until he traveled to Earth and met her. Autumn descended from a line of Dragoon thought to have died out many millennia ago. Their mating changed all he’d been taught to believe.

Together they will face challenges neither of them expected. With their mating threatened and everything Kirall holds dear in jeopardy, it’s up to Autumn to show who really is the baddest Dragoon of them all.

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highland moon enchantmentA HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT ( A TALE FROM THE ORDER OF THE DRAGON KNIGHTS) by Mary Morgan 

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow.

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

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maid of ice shonaMAID OF ICE (BLOOD & SILVER) by Shona Husk

For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer.

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lure of oblivionLURE OF OBLIVION (MERCURY PACK BOOK 3) by Suzanne Wright

Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

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alphabetALPHA BET by Milly Taiden

Nerd Queen, Aliya Grey, has been picked on her entire life for being different. She is done with shifter society. When the chance comes to leave the pack, she jumps for joy. But she didn’t expect that during the exchange of power ceremony, the super-hot and totally lickable, incoming Alpha would tell her he wants her. That doesn’t happen to Ali. Nope. Never.

Marcus and his wolf know Aliya is the one. Giving up his playboy lifestyle attests to how badly he wants her. Ali might be a half-breed, but that doesn’t matter. No way is he letting her leave. A little stalking, a bit of seduction and a whole lot of time together will get her to change her mind. He’s confident.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as romancing her. Ali’s done with the pack from hell and no matter how sexy Marcus is, she’s out of there. But first she needs to see him naked. He’s so big and strong and that grin…but she’s not staying. It takes an attack on Ali’s life for Marcus to see his pack has big issues he needs to fix or lose Ali for good.

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pinerock bears christmasA PINEROCK BEAR CHRISTMAS (BEARS OF PINEROCK COUNTY BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Gloria Munson thinks she’s about to have the worst Christmas of all time when her car breaks down during a blizzard in rural Pinerock County. But then she’s rescued by a very special bear shifter clan who invite her to share their rural ranch Christmas …

With no family to welcome him for the holidays, Deputy Jaron Holbrook is invited out to the ranch for Christmas by his boss, Sheriff Axl Tanner. Jaron knows that every woman on the ranch is already mated, so it comes as a total shock when Jaron and his bear recognize their fated mate in the Pinerock clan’s Christmas houseguest!

With five mated couples to play matchmaker, what could possibly go wrong?

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dark angels seductionDARK ANGEL’S SEDUCTION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 15) by I T Lucas

Brundar is fighting a losing battle. Calypso is slowly chipping away his icy armor from the outside, while his need for her is melting it from the inside.
He can’t allow it to happen. Calypso is a human with none of the Dormant indicators. There is no way he can keep her for more than a few weeks.

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beautyv and mountain manBEAUTY AND THE MOUNTAIN MAN by Frankie Love

The moment I saw her she woke something buried deep inside of me. A wild need.
A desperate desire. She’s stranded and alone, needing shelter from the storm.
And I’ll do more than keep her warm. I’ll make her mine. Some say there’s no such thing as happily ever after. But that changes tonight. I will show her I’m more than a mountain man. 
I am her beast.

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snow leopards christmasA SNOW LEOPARD’S CHRISTMAS (GLACIER LEOPARDS BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Lillian Lowell has a problem. She’s newly mated to the Glacier leopards’ pack leader, snow leopard shifter Cal Westland, which makes her the…she’s not sure what. Den mother? Whatever her job title is, she wants to live up to it, so she’s throwing the best Christmas party she can plan. But she’s two months pregnant, and suddenly even the simplest tasks seem impossible. She needs help–but she doesn’t want to admit it. And for some reason, Cal is making himself scarce.

Alethia Landin has a different problem. She wants to have a merry Christmas, and enjoy the time with her pack–but she can barely look at Lillian right now, because all she’s wanted for over a year is a baby, and it’s not happening. Every month with no good news brings her and her mate, Grey, down further into the dumps. She’s not proud of how jealous she is of Lillian, but it’s hard to overcome. Will this ruin Christmas?

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy. Can the Glacier pack come together and help each other through their problems? Does someone really mean it when they say they don’t want a present? How many Pinterest decorations is too many? And will someone get a baby for Christmas?

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mate for the christmas dragonA MATE FOR THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON by Zoe Chant

Jasper is a dragon on a mission. If he doesn’t find his mate by his twenty-fifth birthday, he’ll lose his ability to shift, and be stuck as either a human or a dragon forever. Luckily, his birthday is on Christmas Day. What woman could resist the spark of romance during the most wonderful time of the year?

Most wonderful time of the year? Curvy Abigail learned long ago what a lie that is. She hates the fake snow, the cheesy carols, the hordes of shoppers that save their Christmas cheer for everyone except shop workers—and most of all, she hates going home to her empty apartment on Christmas Eve.

Jasper knows Abigail’s the one for him the moment he sees her. But can the Christmas dragon win his mate’s heart, when Christmas is the one thing she hates the most?

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VS Note: I don’t usually mention re-releases but this one was a bit intriguing, partly because it originally came out in 1992 – I wonder how much revising she’s had to do?!!! It does seem to end on a cliffhanger, per the reviews.

betrayedBETRAYED (HIDDEN WORLDS BOOK 1)  by Bethany Burke

Originally published in 1992, this sci-fi classic has not been available for twenty-five years. Before there was an Internet, before there was Amazon, Bethany Burke had penned Hidden Worlds, the original kink classic. It’s been expanded into a three book trilogy, available to modern readers for the very first time!

Four hundred years in the future, life on Earth is perfect. The genders are equal. War is non-existent. Everything is clean, safe, and wonderful, due to one cause: In the early years of the twenty-second century, over 90% of the Earth’s population was relocated by force to colony planets spread over the galaxy.

Jen Marin has a gift for languages. When she’s slotted at the last minute into an off-Earth expedition to study the linguistics of a colony planet, she never questions the assignment. It’s a perfect opportunity to get an advantage over her fellow academics on Earth. She, along with her companion Christy, also never questions a recreational trip to an isolated area of the planet’s surface, that is until they go back to the space craft – and it’s gone.

As impossible as it seems, they’ve been abandoned. But why? And to what? Jen’s new reality is a world where her body is not her own, filled with heavy handed warriors, cruel Matrons whose sole purpose is “training” young women for their marriages, a prince who wants Jen for his own, and mysteries that seemingly have no answer.

It has to be a mistake, right? …(much more)…

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VS Note: Going to mention my own newest scifi romance release once more:

If you’ve been waiting for a badass female space mercenary, here she is!

Buy Links:  Amazon     Kobo     B&N     iBooks     Google

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 15

November 8

November 1

October 25

October 18

October 11

October 4

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday November 8

perfect gravityAs 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).

PERFECT GRAVITY (WANTED AND WIRED BOOK 2) by Vivien Jackson

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book in the series so I one-clicked this.)

Kellen Hockley usually keeps quiet about his past, but once upon a time he loved a girl named Angela. He hasn’t seen her in a decade, but now he has to break the news to her that his team of rogue treasure hunters accidentally killed her husband. He’s had better days…

It’s not the news that’s delivered to Angela Neko that breaks her apart—it’s the rumbly, Texas drawl delivering it. She can’t believe she’s hearing Kellen’s voice again. But there’s no time for distractions. When Angela’s own life is threatened, yielding up all of her lies and secrets, she and Kellen must figure out how to reverse the geopolitical firestorm she lit to save the world, to save Kellen’s cat…and just maybe to save each other.

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hawkeyeHAWKEYE: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #9 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY)  by Tasha Black

VS Note: I never get enough of this series. One clicked.

Soft-spoken Trinity loves her friends and her quiet life as an IT specialist for the police academy. But when three aliens arrive from Stargazer, Trinity’s peaceful existence is disrupted in a big way. And one of the aliens seems bound and determined to excite Trinity’s sensuality as well as the rest of her life. Trinity isn’t looking to become an alien’s mate. But there’s something about him that leaves Trinity feeling off-balance, and it’s not just his big sexy body.

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earthfilesDARK PLANET WARRIORS: EARTHFILES by Anna Carven

VS Note: I LOVED this series so it’s exciting to see a collection of short stories. One clicked of course!

As much as Rykal thought she was sheer perfection in that outfit, he wanted to flick out a claw and gently slice the garment from top to bottom so he could pay homage to her naked form.
Later.
She wouldn’t escape his tender clutches.
But he would behave himself for now, because this particular outing was apparently an important event in Human culture.
He was about to meet the mother of his mate.

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The Earth Files are short stories (novella-length) set in the world of the Dark Planet Warriors. You can expect sweet, steamy, and offbeat stories about the colorful characters from the main series. They are intended as accompaniments to Dark Planet Warriors, and may contain the occasional spoiler. Book 1 features Arin and Rykal, our protagonists from Forged in Shadow. It’s set after Brilliant Starlight (Book 8), when the Kordolians have returned to Earth.

Although it’s a spinoff, it isn’t the spinoff. That’s coming soon.

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explode_team_supernova_Teresa_Noelle_RobertsEXPLODE TEAM NOVA (THE GREAT SPACE RACE) by Teresa Noelle Roberts

VS Note: The GSR is a collection of 6 books around the race theme, organized by CJ Cade. Some of the books are out now and some will release on November 21st. I’ll list them here on my report as they become available because I don’t have room for pre-orders. Love their concept!

Some came for fame and fortune, others were coerced. Now they must fight to survive.
These couples will find unexpected love… but which team will win? The Great Space Race. It’s show time!
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Their chemistry’s explosive. Too bad someone wants to blow them up.

Cat-girl space racer Sarr’ma Settazz’s plan: Enter the reality show The Great Space Race. Hide she’s also an engineer. Steal super-secret technology. Win. Easy-peasy bloxfruit squeezy!

Falling for her grumpy, overprotective, smoking-hot human race teammate? Not in the plan.

Miner Tripp Gallifer’s plan: Enter The Great Space Race. Protect his playful cat-girl teammate while she handles the actual flying. Win. Pray the psycho who kidnapped his sister will honor their bargain: Tripp keeps silent about the crime and hands over the prize money, and his sister goes free.

Falling for the brilliant female he glimpses behind Sarr’ma’s bouncy façade? Not in the plan.

Then the kidnapper ups the game to attempted murder and all secrets must be revealed—including their feelings. Sarr’ma and Tripp concoct a scheme worthy of the wildest reality show to save Tripp’s sister and themselves. But they’ll need to trust each other to pull it off. Will their love be enough to let them win the biggest prize of all?

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aliens mail order brideTHE ALIEN’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE by Ruby Dixon

Though still carrying the scars of his past as an intergalactic soldier, Emvor doesn’t mind the quiet of his chosen life as a farmer. He doesn’t even mind that most nights are lonely on remote Cassa, but he does need help around his farm. A mail-order bride from his homeworld seems like the perfect solution. She’ll be a tall, sturdy female to help with the chores and bear his children.

Unfortunately, the person that arrives is Nicola. She’s small, delicate…and human. She also knows nothing about farming, and she’s lied and deceived her way across the galaxy to get to Cassa so she can hide from those that would capture her. She’s a problem, and also the most enticing thing he’s ever seen.

Now Emvor has to decide…can he keep the woman who’s nothing like what he asked for but is everything he needs?

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tempting jupiterTEMPTING JUPITER (ARENA DOGS BOOK 2) by Charlee Allden

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

Jupiter and Seneca are Arena Dogs, genetically engineered slaves created to serve at the will of their masters. From the beginning, Jupiter was destined for the gladiator arena where a Dog faces death every day. Seneca became a gladiator only after years of abuse in a pleasure house and he owes his success in the arena to the Dog he secretly loves—Jupiter. Slated for death after a rigged match in the gladiator arena, they’re instead rescued and taken off the planet by the Resistance. When the escape ship is recaptured, their only hope to remain free is a human woman with an agenda and secrets of her own.

Feeona is a thief and a con artist, but that doesn’t make her one of the bad guys. Normally, the Arena Dogs would be safe in her care. Even if she wasn’t crazy attracted to them she’d want to help them, but their presence has interfered with her plans and a cause so close to her soul that nothing can be more important—not even the two men who are rapidly taking up residence in her heart.

Will Feeona find a way to save them all or will she be forced to choose who to save and who to betray?

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healing the brokenHEALING THE BROKEN: A KINDRED CHRISTMAS TALE by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: A ‘bad’ week for my poor kindle, had to one click this too!

A warrior and his young son, both broken by loss
A girl running from her past and trying to find a future
It’s Christmas and the stakes are high.
Can Sarah learn to love Sazar and his young son Tsandor…
Or will her past ruin her last chance at happiness?
You’ll have to read Healing the Broken to find out…(MUCH more…)

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won by an alienWON BY AN ALIEN by Amanda Milo

I was abducted by aliens.
The aliens that I’ve been auctioned to don’t speak my language, and I definitely can’t speak theirs.
I didn’t expect to get married by accident to the sweet one.
I didn’t expect to have a grumpy alien bond to me, and go a little crazy if other males get near me, or if I try to leave.
It doesn’t matter if they’ve won my heart.
I can’t stay.
Somehow, I have to explain that I NEED to go home. Because the bad aliens that abducted me?
They took me from my babies.

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caveman aliens rageCAVEMAN ALIEN’S RAGE by Calista Skye

VS Note: I enjoyed the first two books, put this on my TBR List.

Dar’ax is the kind of alien caveman who takes what he wants.
I kind of like that in a guy.
It’s just that what he’s taken now is me.

He just threw me over his lap and trotted away with me into the jungle of this jurassic planet.
On a freaking T. Rex.
Because those lethal alien dinosaurs I’m so afraid of?
Yeah, he’s riding one.

There’s no way I’m going to be the kind of girl who falls for her kidnapper.
But he’s making it hard for me to resist. Not only is he huge and super confident, he’s also drop-dead gorgeous, with his stripes and his fangs and his golden hair that shines with an inner light.

I think we’re going to his cave. Judging from the enticingly large tent he’s pitching in his loincloth, I think he has plans for when we get there.
And I think they involve me becoming his mate.

We’ll just see about that. Because while he does turn me into a hot mush on the inside, I also want to go home.
And he clearly has a major anger problem.

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marikMARIK (REVANT WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Marik is a natural healer blessed with the ability to touch heal, a much-needed skill on
the primitive new planet Revant Two. When Talon arrives from Old Earth, asking for
healers to help the humans there that the Federation has abandoned, Marik agrees to
go.

Jenny is a human from Old Earth and one of the women rescued from a slaver ship by
the four Revant siblings. She’s torn between her growing feelings for Marik and her
loyalty to Ben, the human she’d been engaged to back on Old Earth…(more)…

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interdimensional lordsTHE INTERDIMENSIONAL LORD’S EARTHLY DELIGHT: BLACK HOLE BRIDES BOOK 3 by Elsa Jade

After a bad divorce, Lishelle Lewis was finally ready to put herself out there. She just had no idea how far out there. Abducted by a cruel, heartless alien and then rescued along with the rest of the Black Hole Brides, she’s trying to find herself again in a big universe. At least she has a big wedding where she’s a bridesmaid to distract her. Now she just needs a date for the wedding…

But there are more powerful forces at play in the universe than quantum entanglement and buttercream frosting. And Lishelle, who has always kept a piece of her heart locked away, will have to open herself—mind, body, and soul—to the chance of a love bigger than galaxies, deeper than space, and more consuming than any black hole.

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hunted libbyHUNTED by Libby Sinclair

Bound for an off-world job, Morgan Sandoval had a fling with a sexy stranger during her final night on Earth. But it’s the last thing on her mind when her deep space transport arrives at its destination, and the crew and passengers are forced to abandon ship. She, and a small group, crash land in an escape pod, and are stranded miles away from civilization, with no way to communicate with the other survivors. Undeterred, she scavenges for supplies, and the group marches to the closest settlement only to discover it’s abandoned. Worse, people begin disappearing in the night then all hell breaks loose. As if in a nightmare, vampires attack, and her one-night stand is one of them. When he swears he wants to help her, can she trust him? Or is she just prey for the hunters?

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dragons captureDRAGON’S CAPTURE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 6) by Miranda Martin

The beautiful, headstrong human female contests me at every turn. She is the leader of her people and they love and respect her. As do I, though neither of us admit it. I burn with the desire to claim her as my treasure.

My people revere the Edicts above all else. Together we are stronger. I must make her see that in order for my people and hers to be one, for she and I to be one, she must eliminate the threat that could drive our entire world apart.

Gershom. He has finally gone too far and I will not tolerate his continued presence.

The humans who mate with the Zmaj have been exiled and the confrontation has come to a head. This female who tempts my Dragon will find out how possessive and dominant a Commander can be.

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rika redeemedRIKA REDEEMED (AEON 14 RIKA’S MARAUDERS BOOK 2) by M D Cooper

VS Note: A recommendation from reader Merry. Not sure if there’s any romance but the reviews talk a lot about the strong heroine which is always a plus to me.

After years of drifting aimlessly after the war with the Nietzscheans, she has finally found a home with the Marauders—a mercenary outfit comprised of Genevian veterans.

Back in the war, Rika hated her government, but always fought for the woman next to her. Now she fights for her teammates in Basilisk, an elite spec-ops team that takes on the toughest missions.

When General Mill, CO of the Marauders comes to Rika with a top-secret solo operation, she wants to turn it down. But the mission comes with a chance to save Silva, her old team leader from the Nietzschean war.

Without team Basilisk, without the Marauders, Rika must stand on her own against all odds and save the woman who once saved her.

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tordan 1 to 5TORDAN 1.0 TO 5.0 (CYBORG WARRIORS) by Immortal Angel and Aeon Igni

VS Note: This seems to be the set of all 5 episodes, which were previously released one by one in October.

The Ardaks, terrifying creatures that stand seven feet tall and use laser ray technology, are sweeping across the galaxy, killing every humanoid race their wake. But in this time of destruction, there are heroes and heroines who are willing to stand up, to risk torture and even worse, to save the lives of their people.

Aielle led a mission to defeat the Ardaks three years ago—and has been languishing in prison ever since. Deprived of her magic, Aielle willingly faces death by the brutal Ardaks to keep her people’s secrets. The last thing she expects is to be rescued by one of the sexy and lethal Cyborgs enslaved by them.

Tordan woke from his chip to find he’s a Cyborg, with no memories of his past or who he is, and no idea what freed him. Filled with rage and confusion, he feels a powerful, unexplainable connection to the elven prisoner in the last cell, and he’s willing to risk anything to find out why.

Now they are fugitives, and for each of them, survival depends upon their willingness to trust the very people who might be their greatest threat: each other.

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ventures gainVENTURE’S GAIN by J J Lore

Star tussle player Cai travels the galaxy with his team playing intense matches, but is too introverted to have much of a social game. At a mixer before the next day’s match, he meets a man who is capable of drawing him out of his shell, and he lets his guard down, hoping for a connection.

Stalking his target in a crowded bar seems like a good idea to Venture, at least until the conversation he’s sharing with the handsome athlete turns personal. But he has a job to do, and no matter how much he likes Cai, Venture still has to knock him out, tie him up, and hide him away until payment from gamblers hoping to influence the outcome of the contest comes through.

The dynamic between captor and captive shifts and evolves even in the short time Cai and Venture spend together. Despite the binds holding Cai, he longs to touch Venture, and it doesn’t take much encouragement for Venture to let down his guard with his attractive prisoner. Who is the jailor now?

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alien dragons babyALIEN DRAGON’S BABY (ALIENS OF RENJER BOOK 1) by J S Wilder and Juno Wells

As a respected elementary school teacher, Isabella Givens is not the kind of woman to visit bars, drink all night or take a stranger home… until she meets him. Tall, handsome and full of trouble, Kohl is a bad decision waiting to happen. Suddenly, Isabelle is two shots and one dance away from changing her life.

Prince Kohl has returned to Earth injured and in need. He knows that somewhere on this planet there are crystals that can turn the tide of a war that has raged on his world for years… one that has stripped his once proud people of their place, their status and their home. When he learns that one of the precious crystals is hidden in a safe at a local bar, he intends to retrieve it. Meeting a beautiful distraction is NOT part of his plans, yet for some reason, Kohl can’t help himself…

Neither of them knows where their night of passion will lead, nor how soon their actions will threaten everything both of them hold dear.

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koshs omegaKOSH’S OMEGA (ALPHA’S WOMAN BOOK 2) by Carolyn Faulkner

The termagant being brought into the small clinic isn’t exactly what second in command and Alpha soldier, Kosh, envisioned as his perfect Omega, but he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is his. She’s a fierce little thing, more of a threat than most would take her for, but he isn’t one of the unfortunate ones who will get caught underestimating her.

They wouldn’t be given the chance to do so again.

Tura doesn’t want to be here, even though she knows it’s a well-controlled, relatively safely run small city. And she most definitely doesn’t want to be paired off with some giant who thinks he has a claim on her …(more)…

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red dust dancing horsesRED DUST AND DANCING HORSES AND OTHER STORIES by Beth Cato

VS Note: Probably doesn’t have a romance element but sounded intriguing. Plus…horses!

This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Beth Cato brings together works that span history and space, a showcase of vividly imagined speculative stories that range from introspective and intense to outright whimsical. Here you’ll find the souls of horses bonded into war machines of earth and air, toilet gnomes on the rampage, magical pies, a mad scientist mother, a bitter old man who rages against giant extraterrestrial robots, and a sentient house that longs to be a home. The book features 28 stories and 6 poems, and includes Cato’s acclaimed story “The Souls of Horses.”

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romancing the werewolfROMANCING THE WEREWOLF: A SUPERNATURAL SOCIETY NOVELLA by Gail Carriger

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

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ALphas alphaALPHA’S ALPHA (MOON POINT BOOK 2) by Elyzabeth M Valey

VS Note: I’ve been reading the HOT snippets from this on the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop so it’s on my TBR.

Lee never thought he’d find his mate at a club, but even less so, did he expect him to be, Alkaline, the leader of the mafia organization known as the Claws. If the lion shifter were not an alpha, things might be easier, but as it is, his mate is bent on keeping them apart. Not that it matters to Lee, he’ll hunt him down and make him his.

Alkaline doesn’t do sweet. Nor vulnerable. Nor submissive. So when his lion decides that his soulmate is an alpha puma, he refuses to accept it. After all, whoever heard of two alphas mating? However, resisting Lee is harder than he ever imagined.
With two men battling for dominance, who will end up on top? And will their romance survive the match?

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bound by tearsBOUND BY TEARS (CAULD ANE SERIES BOOK 6)  by Piper Davenport

Jesska Shane has suffered a devastating loss, and now pushes away those who love her the most.

Kaspar Baldursson is in search of answers concerning his brother’s sudden disappearance. When he finds his brother–and his forever mate in the process–he must uncover the threats surrounding his family and protect his mate at all costs.

Will Kaspar’s love be strong enough to tear down the walls Jesska keeps building around her heart?

Will he be able to save her before the secrets in their past destroy them all?

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aquamarineAQUAMARINE (AWAKENED SEA DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Marina, the last unmated sea dragon, is about to make the toughest decision of her entire life. The Mercury dragon, hated prisoner of the earth dragons and the only person willing to help her when she needed it most, has been captured. Taken away by compatriots he never knew existed, possibly to face execution. Her only choice? A one way trip to the distant planet of Drakkaris, to risk everything in the hopes of saving the one person everyone else says is irredeemable. But deep in her heart, she knows there’s hope. If only she’s not too late…

Mercury knew his past would catch up to him. He just didn’t expect alien dragons from another planet to be the ones to take him away, ready to serve him his just desserts. But everything is turned on its head when Marina, the only ray of light in the darkness that is his existence, mysteriously shows up at the last second, offering herself in exchange for his life. …(more)…

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wolfs mail order brideTHE WOLF’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE by Ella Goode

Cassie Madson doesn’t believe in true love, fated mates or happy ever after which is why when she’s approached by a matchmaker for a marriage of convenience, she agrees immediately. She needs a place to hide from her dangerous ex-boyfriend and the backwoods of upstate New York sounds perfect. She’ll vow to honor this stranger sight unseen, but she won’t love him.

Edon Rule believes in two things—the importance of his pack and the sanctity of the mate bond. When his new bride arrives, he recognizes instantly that Cassie is the only woman for him. He’s shocked when she doesn’t know he’s a shifter. Even worse, she declares that the marriage is only a business deal.

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four psychosTHE FOUR PSYCHOS (THE DARK SIDE BOOK 1) by Kristy Cunning

I’m not so different from most people.
Like everyone else, I have life goals.

Goal #1: Become a real girl instead of this invisible ghost thing I currently am.

Goal #2: Convince the four men I’ve been haunting for the past five years to pick me to be their new toy after goal one is complete.

Goal #3: Figure out who/what I am and why I can’t remember anything past the five years I’ve been haunting this quad.

Goal #4: Eat popcorn.

See? Perfectly normal. Sort of.
Gotta start small, after all.
It’s not like anyone else is perfect either.

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nanny to the shifterNANNY TO THE SHIFTER (STONYBROOKE SHIFTERS) by Leela Ash

He needs a Nanny…BADLY…but he can barely pay for things as it stands…how will he be able to afford one?

She desperately needs a job…but with her own child to care for now, how can she possibly get a job caring for another’s child?

Sometimes fate steps in and turns our biggest fears and weaknesses into our biggest strengths and opportunities…delivering us exactly who and what we need at just the right moment…but will this be one of those times? or will if just be another bitter disappointment for them both…?

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blame it on fateBLAME IT ON FATE by Lexi Post and various

How great is the price of Fate?

Six stories about love, passion, and the role Fate plays in the lives of lovers. Six couples must decide whether to accept Fate or fight against it. Have your soul touched and your heart set afire. You won’t be able to put this anthology down.

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snow magicSNOW MAGIC: TALES OF THE WERE (WERE-FEY LOVE STORY BOOK 2)  by Bianca D’arc

Evie has been a lone wolf since the disappearance of her mate, Sir Rayburne, a fey knight from another realm. Left all alone with a young son to raise, Evie has become stronger than she ever was. But now her son is grown and suddenly Ray is back.

Ray never meant to leave Evie all those years ago but he’s been caught in a magical trap, slowly being drained of magic all this time. Freed at last, he whisks Evie to the only place he knows in the mortal realm where they were happy and safe—the rustic cabin in the midst of a North Dakota winter where they had been newlyweds. He’s used the last of his magic to get there and until he recovers a bit, they’re stuck in the middle of nowhere with a blizzard coming and bad guys on their trail.

Can they pick up where they left off and rekindle the magic between them, or has it been extinguished forever?

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deja newDEJA NEW (AN INSIGHTER NOVEL) by Mary Janice Davidson

Leah Nazir lives in a world where the past can and will come back to bite you in the ass. No, not teething ghosts—reincarnation! As an Insighter, it’s Leah’s job to delve into the murky and (often) deadly former lives of her patients. And she knows a thing or two about danger after killing her mother’s murderer with the help of new beau, Archer Drake.

Isn’t he the best?

Now, it’s time to take their relationship to the next level, but not in any way Leah could have predicted. She and Archer head to Chicago to meet his parents—and try to figure out why Archer’s dad killed his brother decades ago. When someone tries to sabotage their investigation, Leah must decide if the Drake family past is a deal breaker.

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guardian unraveledGUARDIAN UNRAVELED (FALLEN GUARDIANS BOOK 3)  by  Georgia Lyn Hunter

A loner, Dagan, lives with an inexorable thirst he’s kept hidden for eons, even from his fellow Guardians. Until he meets a beautiful, maddening human who awakens in him a hunger that shakes him to his very core, and threatens to shatter his tightly erected shields, exposing his dangerous secret. And wanting her is a path leading to destruction.

Driven to find her missing mother in a shadowy world, Shae Ion refuses to be sidetracked. When she becomes the target for a sinister force, a sinfully sexy and utterly impossible immortal abducts her, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe…(more)…

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shifters universitySHIFTER’S UNIVERSITY by K R Thompson

Claire Pratten has a secret—one that she’s never shared with a soul. Whenever she is frightened, her “other” self comes out. Normally she has no problem hiding what she is, but lately life at her foster home has gotten harder and keeping her secret is getting tougher.

Logan Fairmont is a dragon shifter and more than accustomed to looking out for himself—and others. In fact, he is one of the few Imperium University students tasked with spending weekends in the city, searching for young shapeshifters on the edge of revealing their magic to the human race. When he finds Claire, Logan knows she will need the help of the University and its teachers to blend into society…(more)…

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wolf hunterWOLF HUNTER (ARCTIC BROTHERHOOD BOOK 5) by Jane Godman

Six months ago, the Arctic Brotherhood was torn apart when a respected former member, Hendrik Rickard was murdered. Cindy Harper, Hendrik’s best friend and housekeeper, is still struggling to come to terms with his death when she feels an invisible presence watching her. Alone and frightened, she turns to the only man who can help her.

Sebastian Novak is the maverick of the Arctic Brotherhood. Infuriated at the lack of progress they have made toward defeating their sworn enemy, Chastel, Sebastian wants to go on the attack. The discovery that Cindy is being targeted, increases his fury further. Forced to deny his feelings for Cindy in the past, Sebastian is overwhelmed by the strength of his desire for her as he protects her from this new threat.

Sebastian and Cindy succumb to the intensity of the attraction between them, but their lives are thrown into turmoil by a series of unexpected events. Before they can claim the happiness they have long denied themselves, they must face the evil mastermind determined to destroy the brotherhood.

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wolf leaderWOLF LEADER (ARCTIC BROTHERHOOD BOOK 6) by Jane Godman

Their sworn enemy is dead, but the Arctic Brotherhood can’t relax. Fenrir, the Norse god of destruction is still determined to destroy the world. Vigo Durand agrees to lead the team against the most feared werewolf the world has ever known, but dark secrets from his past are threatening to catch up with him.

Amber Merova has been on the run for the last five years ago. When she meets Vigo, her werewolf mating impulse almost overwhelms her human instinct for survival…(more)..

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spoonful of magicA SPOONFUL OF MAGIC by Irene Radford

Daphne “Daffy” Rose Wallace Deschants has an ideal suburban life—three wonderful and talented children; a coffee shop and bakery, owned and run with her best friend; a nearly perfect husband, Gabriel, or “G” to his friends and family. Life could hardly be better.

But G’s perfection hides dangerous secrets. When Daffy uncovers evidence of his infidelity, her perfect life seems to be in ruins. On their wedding anniversary, Daffy prepares to confront him, only to be stopped in her tracks when he foils a mugging attempt using wizard-level magic.

Suddenly, Daphne is part of a world she never imagined–where her husband is not a traveling troubleshooter for a software company, but the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards, and her brilliant children are also budding magicians. Even she herself is not just a great baker and barista—she’s actually a kitchen witch…(more)…

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fountain of beautyFOUNTAIN OF BEAUTY (THE CUBI BOOK 4) by Meraki Lhyne

Daniel’s Kingdom was born to the threat of war that he, Seldon, and Caledon don’t have the experience to deal with. But his Kingdom has an ally far more experienced, and with this ally comes hope of a brighter future.

In the meantime, Daniel has to stay hidden and leave the problems to the ones capable of handling them. He needs to focus on learning and growing along with his new Kingdom. However, responsibilities to his people prematurely force Daniel out of hiding and into the spotlight.

The only problem is, his enemy has counted on that.

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highland dragon rebelHIGHLAND DRAGON REBEL (DAWN OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON BOOK 2) by Isabel Cooper

After a long and bloody war, Scotland has finally won its independence. But Highland dragon Moiread MacAlasdair knows peace balances on the edge of a blade, and she will do anything to keep her homeland from falling to English control.

Even if that means escorting a powerful new ally into the otherworld itself…and defending him with her life.

Madoc of Avandos is on a critical mission to cement alliances against the British. Powerful men would kill to see him fail—but as he and his fiercely beautiful warrior fight their way through hostile lands, Madoc is faced with a difficult choice: sacrifice everything for the cause…or let himself burn for the love of a dragon.

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murder by magicMURDER BY MAGIC (THE WITCHES OF NEW MOON BEACH BOOK 6) by Meriam Wilhelm

VS Note: From early October

The word outsider described Ola Mae Masters to a T. Orphaned at seven, raised by nuns, and tortured by an unexplainable ability to read minds and see the dead, Ola Mae wanted nothing more than to find a place she could call home. Determined to make a new life for herself, she lands in New Moon Beach and opens Literally Magic – her own bookstore. Things seem to be finally looking up for her.
But all is not as it seems. Fate has dropped Ola Mae, into a cauldron filled with unexpected shocks and surprises. Not the least of which is that she’s no longer an orphan, but part of a powerful family of witches who settled in her town. Opening their arms to their sister, they help her hone her witchy powers just in time. A dark evil has descended on New Moon Beach that threatens to engulf Ola Mae in a maze of murder, magic, and mayhem that she must now learn to control.
With the support of her new family, some emerging supernatural skills, and the guidance of a handsome witch – Ola Mae must navigate a maze of death and destruction to save New Moon Beach and the man she loves.

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lions heartA LION’S HEART (SHADOW SHIFTERS BOOK 7)  by A C Arthur

VS Note: From late September

Nisa Reynolds is a soldier. Despite her love and respect for her parents’ position in this fight, Nisa is determined to do things her way. If only she can convince the devilishly sexy white lion shifter traveling with her that her plan is the best option for the shifters survival…if only she were strong enough to fight the passion brewing between them…(more)…

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on wings of timeON WINGS OF TIME  (LOCHLAINN GUARDIANS) by Linda Boulanger

One man with a dragon’s soul. A self-proclaimed bachelor for life, modern-day Luke Tavish has no idea he’s more than a mere man. One thing’s for certain, though… he’s not looking for love. He doesn’t want a relationship, but he needsthe fair maiden from the past… in more ways than he knows.

One woman with the key to unlock his powers. Amileigh McCollum isn’t your typical Medieval Lady. She’s always known there’s something special about her. She just isn’t sure what. The day she rides beyond her father’s gates alongside a man who isn’t her husband, she’ll learn that destiny is about to find her.

Six hundred years separate them…(more)…

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inside phoenixINSIDE PHOENIX  by Roni O’Connell

When tragedy strikes, Phoenix Reynolds abandons her high fashion modeling career to open Brown Burro Coffee in a tiny mountain town. NFL wide receiver and wolf alpha, Ian Brody, comes to town to investigate the killings of college-aged shifters but finds his soulmate in Phoenix. Will Phoenix embrace her inner wolf and become Ian’s mate or remain a virgin in denial of her heritage? Or will the killer find her first?

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

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

aristonAs 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).

ARISTON (STAR GUARDIANS) by Ruby Lionsdrake

VS Note: Always great to have a new one from Ruby! I’m also happy to see her continue to write books in this series. One clicked promptly LOL.

An undercover Star Guardian agent sworn to enforce the law.
A US marine turned galactic pilot, inadvertently breaking the law.
Trapped on a mysterious planet full of dangerous ruins, these two enemies must work together—and deal with their growing attraction—as they struggle to survive.

It’s been two years since delegates from the Confederation visited our solar system, pointing out a wormhole that leads into the rest of the galaxy. Former Marine Michelle “Mick” Saunders was one of the first people from Earth to acquire a spaceship and venture out among the stars. Still haunted by the devastating event that prompted her to leave the military, she’s led a lonely life of late, and longs to find something greater out there.

But for now, she has a spaceship to pay off…(more)…

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laurens barbarianLAUREN’S BARBARIAN by Ruby Dixon

A lush, tropical island on an icy planet makes no sense.

Then again, not much makes sense anymore after waking up and finding myself not in bed but on a strange world populated by aliens. Since that moment, I’ve learned that nothing is normal anymore and I’ve got to roll with the punches. I can handle this, though. I’m strong and capable.

So… washed up on a tropical island? Got it handled.

Separated from the others in my group? Handled.

Stranded alone with a brutal but delicious alien man that can’t speak English but has great…ahem…body language? Yup, handled.

Add in the fact that my cootie – a symbiont I need to survive – has chosen my big, hulking alien friend as my fated mate? Let’s just say that the situation isn’t the only thing that’s going to be handled.

But it isn’t long before I learn that the tropical island paradise is a death trap and we’re all in grave danger, aliens and humans alike. To survive this, I’ll need my tempting guy to give me a hand with the situation…good thing he’s got four of them.

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battalions brideBATTALION’S BRIDE (CELESTIAL MATES SERIES BOOK 8) BY C J SCARLETT

Being trapped on a dying Earth was quickly becoming a daily fight to stay alive. Ember and her brother Dark are losing the battle and her big brother is willing to give his life to give her a chance to survive. After researching all the aliens, he selects the insectoids. They are the only ones who don’t buy or trade for brides. They simply accept all who wish to come. Dark senses she might not be considered property on the new Maruvian home world.

After his sacrifice, Ember feels compelled to do as she’s told to get along. Unfortunately, she’s never been the docile type. Feeling like a she’s been forged in crucible of pain and suffering, Ember hopes to finally get some peace on her new home world. When an insectoid training ship attacks their vessel, it looks like peace might not be in the cards after all.

Haroc and Valic: These two Maruvian warriors compose an elite fighting unit. Their assignment is to retrieve a large group of human queens from Earth…(more)…

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talon revant warriorsTALON (REVANT WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Talon is a Revant, one of the few left of his race. He’s been at war with the Gorlites
and the Federation for centuries and he doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

Jessica’s a human Talon saved from a slaver ship. She’s also a fierce warrior and a
former Federation Capo with a shadowy past and a closely guarded secret that she can’t
remember.

The attraction between them is strong but they both fight it as hard as they fight
against the impossible decision that must be made. Stand with the Federation or see
the universe taken over by something even more sinister.

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aeon captiveAEON CAPTIVE ( SENSUAL ABDUCTION SERIES BOOK 1) by Amelia Wilson

Sarah is a young woman adrift: she’s recently left school, she lives back home with her geologist father, and she’s avoiding her recently deceased best friend’s mother without really knowing why. When a crystal her father gave her begins to glow and make sounds, Sarah’s world is turned upside down. The crystal is a beacon, and aliens are here to take her away from her home. Far away.

Aboard the alien ship Sarah meets a telepathic alien she names Henry. They share their stories and begin to fall for one another. Though, perhaps Henry isn’t what he seems. That’s what Gar, an alien whose species is at war with Henry’s tells Sarah when he saves her. ..(more)…

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paxPAX (VERIAN MATES) by Stella Sky

Dr. Ali Monroe hates the condescending attitude of her superiors at the lab, and the war-torn world she was born into. The last thing she expects is to find an attractive alien warrior in distress.

When she is abducted by the Verian alien and brought to the planet Helna, she is introduced to perspectives and desires she has never even dreamed of. But just when she is starting to see the beauty of the Verian way of life and their world, things take a dramatic turn and she finds herself in the sensual arms of the fierce alien warrior.

Pax Curad is the Second-in-Command to his corrupt brother, leader of the Verian race. When he begins to unravel a plot to overtake humans and Verians alike, Pax realizes that the only way out of this catastrophe is collaboration. He has been fighting against his attraction to the human female for so long that working with her seems almost like a trap. Will he be able to focus on victory?

Or will his passion win out and cost him the thing he holds most dear; a chance for a better life for his race?

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tangled in timeTANGLED IN TIME (McCARTHY SISTERS) by Barbara Longley

VS Note: I’ve known Barbara since we both wrote for Carina Press back in the day. I always enjoy her stories…

Regan MacCarthy’s ability to see ghosts is a gift inherited from her Irish ancestors, but it’s one she’d dearly like to give back. In an attempt to return her powers to their source, she travels to Ireland to harness the ancient magic that still permeates the mystical site of Newgrange. Instead, something far more unexpected awaits her: a strapping, gorgeous stranger who insists he’s a centuries-old Celtic warrior.

Fáelán was one of Fionn MacCumhaill’s elite soldiers before being cursed by a resentful fae princess. The only way to free himself is to fall so deeply in love that he’d sacrifice his life. Not an easy matter when he’s invisible to most. Yet Regan sees him—not just the proud, handsome warrior on the surface, but the complex man beneath. Only when it’s too late does Fáelán realize that drawing this beautiful mortal into his world has endangered them both, and may destroy the happiness he’s waited an eternity to claim.

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london callingLONDON CALLING: 3 SCINTILLATING VICTORIAN STEAMPUNK TALES by  Sorcha Mowbray, TL Reeve, Michele Ryan and Dena Garson

Journey to Victorian London where an assassin meets her match, zombies invade, and top scientists go missing.

Four talented authors come together to bring you three BRAND NEW, full length Victorian steampunk novels of seduction, adventure, and mystery.

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7% and rising7% AND RISING BY Kim Knox

For Level Seven Observer Cahn Dal, her mission is simple—on the surface.
Travel 700 years into the past, alter a complicated equation that will assure the continuation of her timeline, and slip out unnoticed.
Except someone else got there first, and he’s waiting for her.
Alexander Roen. The man she’s loved since she was a teenager, and, to her disgust, she finds she still desires…(more)…

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cosmic catalystCOSMIC CATALYST (SHAMANS AND SHIFTERS SPACE OPERA Book 2)  by Jenny Schwartz

When starship shaman Jaya Romanov and her new mate partner, galactic bounty hunter and robot wolf shifter, Vulf Trent, saved the galaxy from the deadly actions of a determined geriatric terrorist, they forgot that old Earth truism: no good deed goes unpunished.

Now, the galaxy is exploding with unexpected aliens, greedy politicians—well, that’s normal enough, it’s what the politicians will attempt that is worrying—and a radically new aspect to sha energy that has the potential to change everything.

And then there’s the mystery of Jaya’s father…who is he? Some big secrets are lurking in Jaya’s past, and to save those she loves, she’ll be forced to risk the galaxy in a shoot ’em up, take-no-prisoners rescue because sometimes there’s no fighting your destiny.

Fortunately, Vulf is always ready for a fight!

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beyond foreverBEYOND FOREVER (O’KANE FOR LIFE #2) by Kit Rocha

Before they were the King and Queen…

Six years before the Beyond series started, an ambitious bootlegger named Dallas O’Kane caught a very pretty thief named Lex with her hand in his safe.

The rest is very sexy history.

In Beyond Forever, follow Dallas and Lex through the turning points in their relationship, from the night he caught her trying to rob him, through his rise to successful bootlegger, to legend, to Sector Leader–with Lex always there, willing to give him the push he needs.

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tag teamTAG TEAM (GEMINI PROJECT BOOK 1) by Bianca D’Arc

VS Note: Listed in PNR/Psychics…a short read apparently.

Peter and Mike are back from their latest overseas mission and this time, nothing will stop them from claiming the woman they love. Lilly isn’t too sure about their motives, but when both of her dream guys put the move on her, she’s powerless to resist one of her dearest fantasies coming true. But can it last long term? Dare she take a chance and find out?

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a second chance loveA SECOND CHANCE LOVE (LOVE THROUGH TIME BOOK 1) by Augustina Van Hoven

Can a person learn to live and love again?

A single moment changed Jessica Winters’s life forever… a drunken driver crossed over the centerline and stole the lives of her husband and her little boy. Now, she is trying to find meaning in her life, and she has immersed herself in the world of journalism. While on her way to cover a story, she swerves to miss a deer and loses control of her car.

When she awakens, everything has changed—even the century.

Captain Harlan Jefferson Baylor had found Jessica, unconscious and, to his eye, half-dressed, and he had taken her to the only person he thought would offer help: the local madam…(more)…

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saving themSAVING THEM (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 6) by Rebecca Royce

Paloma McQueen is a woman on a mission.

Loving the Sandler brothers in the midst of a war tearing their galaxy apart never promised to be easy but Paloma swore an oath to her husbands. Their challenges are hers, their war hers, their happiness… Everything she is and will be, she plans to be with them no matter what changes the conflicts wrought on the map.

When a battle gone wrong rips her away from her loves, she will tear the galaxy apart to get them.

She made a promise to love them for better or worse and nothing—not war, cartel, or corporation will keep her from those she loves.

Nothing.     Amazon

leopards bloodLEOPARD’S BLOOD by Christine Feehan

Though he was born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were honed in the rain forests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razor-sharp instincts give him an edge in the violent underworld he knows so well, but even the watchful leopard inside him isn’t prepared for the threat that comes from the girl next door…

She is a woman who can create beauty out of thin air—and out of the ruins of her own life. The games that dangerous men play have taken their toll on her, but she is bent, not broken. And it’s her fierce spirit that’s like a lure to Joshua, a temptation he can’t resist—even if it means bringing his true nature into the light.

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keep me closeKEEP ME CLOSE (LAZARUS RISING BOOK 2) by Cynthia Eden

Flynn Haddox is a dead man. Literally.

As a highly trained Navy SEAL, Flynn once worked covert missions for the U.S. government, but then his life was stolen away. Killed and placed in the secretive “Lazarus” program, Flynn was brought back from the dead and turned into a super-soldier. Now he has increased strength, enhanced senses, and a few psychic bonuses that he fights hard to keep hidden from the rest of the world. He also has no memory of his past…and a new, twisting darkness seems to be growing inside of Flynn.

Cecelia Gregory escaped death once. Can she do it again?

Dr. Cecelia Gregory was supposed to help the Lazarus test subjects…(much more)…

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prince of foolsPRINCE OF FOOLS (HOUSE OF TERIOT BOOK 3) by Nancy Gideon

VS note: I’ve been reading snippets of this on the Weekend Writing Warriors hop and really enjoying the story. One-clicked.

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past:  Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?

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devlin zooDEVLIN (WERE ZOO BOOK 5)  by R E Butler

VS Note: Interviewed REB last week for USA Today/HEA

Lion shifter, Jenni Brisban, is beginning to think that the VIP tours hosted by the Amazing Adventures Safari Park aren’t going to help her find her soulmate. Hardly any human males come on the tour, and she spends her weekends in her shift, feeling like her life is passing before her eyes. When she’s offered a job in the new sweets shop at the park, she decides that standing behind the counter, talking to customers, and sneaking candy is just what she needs to get her mind off her singleness.

Human, Devlin Potter, is poised to get a promotion at work that will change his life dramatically. Finally, all his hard work will be worth it. The job he wants is just within reach, and his five-year plan is right on track. But when he sees a beautiful blonde woman at his cousin’s sweets shop, everything he ever thought he wanted disappears… (more)…

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white lilyTHE WHITE LILY (VAMPIRE BLOOD) by Juliette Cross

To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily…(more)…

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all hallows everALL HALLOWS EVER By Kaye Manro

When rock musician Nick Zelmenis finds out his band must dress in costume to perform at the All Hallows Eve music gig he is in a quandary over what to wear. His lover ballet dancer Krista McBaine and a few good friends come up with a groovy sci-fi costume idea for the band’s big night. But a devastating incident occurs just before the show and everything falls apart. Nick must pull out all the stops and call upon his innate psychic abilities. He knows beyond doubt if he can’t figure it out fast something tragic is going to happen to the one he loves.

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end of the roadEND OF THE ROAD by Karen Michelle Nutt

VS Note: Been reading the snippets from this book on the Weekend Writing Warriors too, and enjoying them. On my TBR List.

Lars Gunner, the frontman for Silent Plaids, died 23 years ago and his death was ruled an unfortunate accident. Despite the fact he can’t recall what happened to him in his last moments of life, he is convinced he was murdered. He has been trapped in limbo until his daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal and is able to see him. She seeks help from Kaleb, a psychic, but as they resurrect the past, the secrets and lies surrounding Lars’ rock and roll life just may be the death of them too.

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soulboundSOUL BOUND (DARK ARTS BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

VS Note: I love her SFR books, I’ll have to try this one!

Sebastian Montcalm knows freedom for the first time in his life, but it has come at the cost of his father’s soul. If he can learn to harness his uncontrollable sorcery then he might be able to save his father from a demon’s grip, but every move he makes leads to failure. The only thing that gives him hope is the innocent touch of Cleo Sinclair, the woman he was forced to marry. But will his darkness drown out her light?

He could be her destruction…

Cleo knew her father only ever loved her for the power of her visions, but when he bartered her away in marriage to a man she’d never met, she realized how little value she truly had. Her husband, Sebastian, was nothing more than a dark warmth in her bed, a stranger who refused to touch her. But together, the two tortured souls found friendship. And now, when he needs her the most, he won’t even look at her.

…Or she could be his salvation…

When Cleo receives a powerful vision of a darkness that threatens London, she knows she is the key to defeating it. Only by working together can she and Sebastian prevail. But is Sebastian the one who can end this prophetic doom, or the one bound to begin it?

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druid warrior princeDRUID WARRIOR PRINCE (CELTIC REWARDS CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Juli D Revezzo

Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.

When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn’t part of her plan.     Amazon

dark swan regine abelTHE DARK SWAN (THE SHADOW REALMS 0.5) by Regine Abel

Elianna is the ugly duckling of the Swan family, the youngest daughter amidst her three gorgeous and loving sisters. She’s used to be overlooked until the day the circus rolls into their quiet little town of Willow Grove. The crew only has eyes for her while she can’t get hers off their boss.

Thoryn feels her presence before he sees her. The others have too, especially Ken. Thoryn must move quickly and bind her to him before another claim what was always meant to be his. And his she will be, for eternity.

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overseerOVERSEER (THE HORN BOOK 3) by J Kathleen Cheney

VS Note: I was a HUGE fan of her Golden City series and the only thing holding me back from immersing myself in this series is that I gotta write my own books! And I’d probably binge read all of these. Sigh. So, added the series to my TBR List. She can get pretty dark with some of her plot elements but really good at world building.

Those who hold the secrets of the Fortresses can remake the world…
A new player has arrived at Horn Keep, and it’s up to Amal to decide whether he’s the key to keeping her people safe, or the threat they’ve feared the most. Aulis is, like Dalyan, a version of the same long-dead engineer, a Founder of the Salonen Fortress. That alone should make him worth keeping alive.

But he’s served the Cince Empire for almost two decades, the very people who want to steal Salonen Fortress. Now Amal is faced with the task of deciding whether he’s even capable of telling the truth, whether he can lie to Dalyan. The question is…are they the same man or not?

And is buying Aulis’ loyalty worth the risk of giving him the one thing he wants more than life itself? It’s within Amal’s power, but she knows that doing so will forever change her people’s world.

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dragon princes baby bargainTHE DRAGON PRINCE’S BABY BARGAIN by Zoe Chant

Prince Victor can’t inherit the crown until he fathers a child on a woman of royal blood. For the sake of his kingdom, he agrees to an arranged marriage to a princess… who up and vanishes the day before the wedding.

Debbie Jameson, a virgin 7-11 clerk from Tennessee, was thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation abroad. But much bigger thrills are in store for her when the alpha dragon shifter Victor sweeps her off her feet with an offer she can’t refuse: impersonate the missing princess, marry him, and have his baby!

It’s a fairytale romance… until someone who definitely isn’t a noble knight tries to slay the dragon’s mate. Can Victor protect his beloved Debbie from mysterious assassins? And what happens if the real princess returns?

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fooled around and spelled in loveFOOLED AROUND AND SPELLED IN LOVE (THE HAPPILY EVERLASTING SERIES BOOK 3)  by  Michelle M Pillow

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Anna Crawford is well aware her town is filled with supernaturals, but she isn’t exactly willing to embrace her paranormal gifts. Her aunt says she’s a witch-in-denial. All Anna wants is to live a quiet “normal” life and run her business, Witch’s Brew Coffee Shop and Bakery. But everything is about to be turned upside down the moment Jackson Argent walks into her life.

Jackson isn’t sure why he agreed to come back to his boyhood home of Everlasting. It’s like a spell was cast and he couldn’t say no. Covering the Cranberry Festival isn’t exactly the hard-hitting news this reporter is used to. But when a local death is ruled an accident, and the police aren’t interested in investigating, he takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the mystery. To do that, he’ll need to enlist the help of the beautiful coffee shop owner.

It soon becomes apparent things are not what they seem and more than coffee is brewing in Everlasting.

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wraith of the ancientsWRAITH OF THE ANCIENTS by Catherine Cavendish

VS Note: No idea if there’s any romance but I’m always fascinated by things touching on ancient Egypt. Put it on my TBR.

Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy.

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my secret to bearMY SECRET TO BEAR by Becca Fanning

Cole Patton never knew who his parents were, but he knew his role in life. As a child he was an outcast, running away from foster homes in search of some kind of family. In the Marines he was a secret weapon, an eight hundred pound Grizzly Bear Shifter capable of breaching any bunker. And now that he was back home, he was a pity case, forgotten and living on the street. Struggling to balance his humanity with his bestial side, he knew that anyone he let close would be in danger. But what if a greater danger is looming from his past?

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mating frenzyTHE MATING FRENZY  (WEREWOLVES OF MONTANA BOOK 10) by Bonnie Vanak

Strong-willed, curvy Ella Princeton doesn’t have time for dating or dreams of fantasy. Practical to the core, she’s working three jobs to support her family. But everything changes when Ella meets a handsome naked man while searching for a lost cat. Exuding male strength and pure sex, he makes her heart race and her hormones fire. She wants to crawl all over him and lick him from head to toe. Too bad he’s crazy and talks as if he’s a shapeshifter from another world where the sharp snows of winter hold power and magick.

Kieran of the Winter Kingdom may be a tomcat when it comes to sex, but he is equally smitten with Ella, his new assignment. He must convince fiery, lovely Ella that she is a werewolf, and coax her into joining him on a quest to find a rare crystal. The hidden gem will turn her into a powerful warrior to fight the gathering darkness in the world. Only Ella can help stop a growing threat to Xavier, the Crystal Wizard, and save him and perhaps the entire human race.

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gray wolf mateGRAY WOLF MATE: LEAGUE OF GALLIZE SHIFTERS by Dianna Love 

Shifters came out to the public eight years ago and, since then, the world has never been the same for many.
Tess Janver and Cole Cavanaugh fell deeply in love in college … then he disappeared without a word. She feared the worst, or thought she had. After seven years, he returns as a beefed up version of his former self. That’s not the only thing different. As someone working in a preternatural criminal investigation unit and the daughter of a senator determined to rid the world of dangerous shifters, Tess is caught between performing her duty to humans, protecting the only family she has left and risking her heart to a man who once destroyed it.
Cole had no choice in becoming a Gallize shifter, a secret group of apex predators at the top of the food chain for their kind, and now faces a deadline from a fatal mating curse he can’t stop. The only woman he’s ever loved is human and wouldn’t survive bonding with him. He never planned on Tess finding out he was a wolf shifter, but she’s in danger from a rogue pack. He’s not leaving until she’s safe … and he has a chance to redeem himself in her eyes before his time is up.
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hallow be the hauntHALLOW BE THE HAUNT: A KREWE OF HUNTERS NOVELLA  by Heather Graham
Years ago, Jake Mallory fell in love all over again with Ashley Donegal—while he and the Krewe were investigating a murder that replicated a horrible Civil War death at her family’s Donegal Plantation.

Now, Ashley and Jake are back—planning for their wedding, which will take place the following month at Donegal Plantation, her beautiful old antebellum home.

But Halloween is approaching and Ashley is haunted by a ghost warning her of deaths about to come in the city of New Orleans … (more)…

happily ever after collectionHAPPILY EVER AFTER COLLECTION
Six brand new fairy tale romance novellas by New York Times bestseller Jessica Day George, and bestselling authors Julie Wright, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines, Heather B. Moore, and Annette Lyon.
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EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 made the US Today Best Seller list last week!!!! Thank you to all the readers, blogger and reviewers for the support! Still time to get your copy of these 12 original scifi romance stories featuring heroic pets, and have us make a donation to Hero Dogs, Inc.
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 18

October 11

October 4

September 27

September 20

September 13

September 6

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I often include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy for Wednesday October 11

pets2As 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).

VS Note: OK I am ALL EXCITED because Pets In Space 2 released this week!!! Pardon me while I squee. My rock star romance is included! And there’s a new GRIM story 🙂 among other treats.

EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 by SE Smith, M K Eidem, Susan Grant & More

he pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! …(more)…

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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cosmic cabaretCOSMIC CABARET by Kerry Adrienne & SFR Shooting Stars Authors

VS Note: So far I’ve read 5 of the 13 stories and enjoyed…(Note: For full disclosure, I received an ARC to review the book for Heroes & Heartbreakers). Great fun to have two good SFR anthologies out in one week!

Join us aboard Blue Star Line’s crown jewel, the LS Quantum. Thirteen USA Today, Amazon best-selling, award-winning speculative fiction romance authors deliver their twists on tales set in the dance halls and clubs of this luxury starship as it travels through space and time.

Follow princes, sultans, rock stars, scientists, cirque artists, and dancers as they solve murders, track thieves, fight bullies, plan heists and fall in love.

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freeing the prsionerFREEING THE PRISONER (A KINDRED TALES NOVEL) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: One clicked this book ASAP.

Kyron is a Touch Kindred, able to physically touch others with the power of his mind and Touch sense, but he has sworn a solemn vow to use his power only for good. When he is captured and held prisoner on the small planet of Goshan Prime, his resolve is sorely tested. He’s beaten, starved, and kept constantly chained. There’s only one bright spot–a girl who slips into his cell because she’s curious.

Dannella is a Princess of the Blood. Raised to be a proper lady, she knows that one day she will be given in marriage to a male who will act as both her husband and owner. Females aren’t valued in Goshan society and she has little control over her own life. Despite her restrictive upbringing, Dani rebels and finds her way into the cell occupied by the strange new warrior, a Kindred so huge he dwarfs every other male she’s ever known…(more)…

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rakes kissTHE INTERSTELLAR RAKE’S IRRESISTIBLE KISS (BLACK HOLE BRIDES #2 INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Elsa Jade

Imprisoned on an abandoned space station orbiting a black hole, Trixie Boudreaux prayed for just one chance to escape…and she failed. When she and the other Black Hole Brides are rescued, she’s left adrift between the coward she was and the new universe ahead of her. If only she had a guide she could trust…

Nor irThorkonos paid good galactic credits for his captain’s commission on the flagship dreadnaught, and how many erstwhile interplanetary pirates have come as far? If he has a secret that the Azthrnos nobles mustn’t discover, well, certainly one skittish Earther girl won’t be the one to find him out.

But when interstellar imprisonment can’t hold an old evil, Trixie and Nor must save not only the worlds of Azthronos but each other.

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renallRENALL (REVANT WARRIORS)  by Celeste Raye

VS Note: Brought to my attention by reader Merry.

Clara Waters is aboard a supposed brideship headed to a planet far from her home
world, it’s her punishment for being a carder and carrying currency on a world ruled by
an oppressive and dangerous government that often lets its poor citizens starve.

The ship is taken over by wreckers headed up by four brothers, none of whom know
that there are brides aboard as the ship is listed as a mere non-life-form carrying cargo
ship. When the wreckers attack to strip the ship Renall, the eldest, finds himself face to
face with Clara, who is not about to go down without a fight.

Clara does not want to be attracted to Renall…(more)..

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heart is a universeTHE HEART IS A UNIVERSE by Sherry Thomas

VS Note: Author Vivien J made sure on twitter that I saw this one.

On the remote planet of Pax Cara lies the greatest secret of the universe. Once every generation, the inhabitants must offer up an exceptional young person—the Chosen One–who sacrifices his or her own life for the sake of that secret, and the planet itself.

But Vitalis, the current Chosen One, is desperate to break free of the yoke of destiny. An unexpected invitation to an aristocratic courtship summit seems to be the perfect opportunity for her escape. As soon as she arrives, however, she receives a proposal of marriage from the most eligible prince in existence.

Eleian of Terra Illustrata can have any woman he wants. Why has he set his sight on Vitalis, who, unless she manages to flee, will die in sixteen standard days? Is it as simple as he declares, “To know you as I’ve always wanted to, but never had the chance?” Or is he hiding an ulterior motive, one that could put her plans, her life, and her heart in jeopardy?

And can Vitalis truly say no to the man she has secretly loved all her life?

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triadTRIAD (TRIAD SERIES BOOK 6) by Kate Pearce

VS Note: Missed this in September. I love her writing so this went onto my TBR List.

Captain Jay Roberts knows his mission to infiltrate the isolated province of Neveks is dangerous, but the future of Planet Pavlovan depends on his success. As a telepathic super-soldier, he doesn’t expect the banished Neveks female, Rain Datta—his passport into Neveks—to cause him too much trouble. But Rain’s not playing by his rules, and Jay is in for one hell of a life-chang