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).
TAMING THE GIANT: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDE OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
VS Note: I really enjoy Evangeline’s books. Put this on my TBR.
Meet the Jor’gen Kindred. After leaving the main Mother Ship centuries ago to make a genetic trade with a massive race of people, they are thirty percent bigger than their ancestors. Which makes them 9 feet tall—giants to regular sized humanoids. Now, hundreds of years after the genetic trade which made them so huge, the Jor’gen Kindred have no more females and are seeking a new people to trade with. Bram, their captain, has been dream-sharing with a female from a small, cold, rocky planet at the far edge of the galaxy. The problem? She’s tiny compared to him.
Alanah is the ruler of her people but not by choice. After a plague carried off all the men and boys, including her father the king, she and the female members of her pre-industrial society were left to fend for themselves. Alanah has always felt like an outsider. Not only is she a princess but she’s considered much too tall for a woman. The other ladies at court sneer at her behind her back, wondering where she will ever find a man big enough to take her on.
Enter Bram, a giant three feet taller than Alanah. Suddenly the formerly too-tall princess is feeling positively petite. But Alanah’s planet is stuck in the Dark Ages and Kindred technology looks like magic to them—black magic. Can Alanah convince her people the giant race is safe to join with? And can she and Bram overcome their differences—both physical and emotional—to form a lasting relationship?
FULL HOUSE (THE DRIFT BOOK 6) by Susan Hayes
A veteran of the Resource Wars, Raze is a cyborg with a simple plan. He wants to be left alone, forever.
Planetary scout Sevda Rem is light-years from civilization when her ship is damaged, forcing an emergency landing on an unoccupied planet. At least, it was supposed to be unoccupied…
He’s trespassing on a corporate-owned planet. She’s duty bound to report him. The deck is stacked against them, but if they play their cards right, they might discover that together they hold a winning hand.
PLANET BEAR (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 1) by Rebecca Royce
Jessica White never intended to stray from her intended path. Her assignment was hard but simple. Travel through the unrestricted path of space corridor that runs between Planet Bear, Planet Wolf, and Planet Cat to human territory to deliver the packages the Union have entrusted her with. The pay day she gets when she completes her job will seriously help her family. But when she gets attacked and ends up crash landing on Planet Bear, her life changes immediately.
Finn, Cole, and Rylan aren’t just any shifters—they run the planet—and if they want their human mate accepted they’re going to change everything to get what they want. She is their mate. Everyone else can get out of their way. But Jessica isn’t at all sure she wants to go along with this mating. Their furniture is too big, their food is weird, she’s not a bear shifter, and she can’t defend herself from crazy bears shifting to threaten her life.
The brothers three will have to convince her they’re worth all the adjustment or lose her to space.
COVERT GAME (GHOSTWALKERS BOOK 14) by Christine Feehan
VS Note: I used to LOVE this series. Then I kind of drifted away from it, came back for a book or two, drifted away again, but I’m thinking I’ll read this one and see if I can get back into it. Does that ever happen to you with a series?
Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine–a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire.
A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her…
But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it’s up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her if it turns out she’s led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won’t stop him.
NIGHT OF THE MONROK by Aubrey Cara
Trust your fate and be brave.
Those were the last words said to me before I was sealed in a crate and shipped to Pacbar. Beaten and broken, I never made it to the capital planet of the Jun’pn Galaxy. My crate was intercepted, opened, and I, a rare valuable creature, was stolen, paraded naked on stage in an open market, and sold to not one, but four Monrok warriors.
I know what the Monrok want from me. I was created for just that purpose, but I need something from them too. I’m on a mission they cannot know of, yet every moment with my new Monrok masters makes it harder to keep my secret.
It’s imperative I reach Pacbar and speak to the Galactic Unity Council, for the fate of the galaxy rests on me, a veran concubine.
PET TRADE: A GALACTIC CONCORDANCE NOVELLA by Carol Van Natta
VS Note: Previously included in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space anthology. I LOVED this story, one of my absolute favorites in the anthology, and want MORE about these characters some day.
An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town. The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren’t so lucky.
On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.
“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.
When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?
BORN WITH A SILVER MOON: GALAXA WARRIORS (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 15) by Milly Taiden
Attention is something Riley Parks usually shies away from, but when she finds herself on a shifter planet in a distant galaxy, attention is exactly what she’s getting. Especially from one smokin’ hot hunk of a man. Jag. The man sends her body into heat and her mind to a scramble whenever he’s near, but she’s not having it. No way. A little taste might not hurt, though, right?
Royal prince, warrior, and womanizer, Jag Kasaval has his sights set on Riley. She turns his world upside down and his inner lion is clawing to claim her. Not used to rejection, he’s willing to do anything to get his mate. What he didn’t expect was a feisty hellcat waiting to be unleashed beneath her quiet exterior.
Riley and Jag are thrown together to help plan a royal wedding and coronation. She refuses to admit Jag is exactly the man she wants, even if matchmaker Gerri Wilder says it’s in the cards. In the midst of palace intrigue, Riley’s swept up in scandal and danger that drags her beyond the Galaxa she’s come to know. With her life in the balance, Jag will have to find her before it’s too late or lose her forever.
WARRIORS OF PHAETON: FINCH by Leora Gonzales
Claudia is living every single mom’s dream… well, not really, but she’s the type to see the glass half-full.
Working the night shift to make ends meet, Claudia barely gets by with help from her best friend and her steady cleaning job. She can’t complain though. There’s food on the table and diapers on her baby’s butt, so she keeps chugging along. Her job at the Intake Center not only pays her bills, but also feeds her fantasies whenever she catches sight of the gorgeous Phaetons coming down to Earth to collect their brides under the Bridal Pact.
Finch knew that he would eventually get a bride…he just didn’t expect that it would start with a kidnapping. ..(more of the blurb will be found on the ebook seller’s site)..,
INVASIVE SPECIES ( THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME WORLD SECURITY BOOK 8) by Cassandra Chandler
She wanted to curl up with a Sci-fi Romance—she never thought she’d be living one!
Kyle has finally found a woman who seems more interested in his intellect and interests than his physique. Too bad it happens right before discovering his entire life has been built on a lie.
Tracey thinks she’s found her own “Happily Ever After” when she hooks up with the smartest, hottest guy she’s ever met. But their story takes a turn, landing them in the crosshairs of alien invaders who’ve barely begun their conquest of Earth.
Can they figure out who to trust in time to save their homeworld and their lives?
THE ZORAN’S CAPTIVE (BARBARIAN BRIDES) by Luna Hunter
They say I’m a monster. A killer. Humanity’s worst nightmare.
Only Nora Baker believes in me.
To spite her the warden locks the curvy human in my cell.
He expects me to kill her.
Nobody expects me to love her.
When I see her, it’s love at first sight. She is the most beautiful creature I have ever seen, and every inch of me wants nothing more than to claim her. But, I resist. I must be strong. I must prove my worth and my innocence, and I need her help.
And she needs mine, for Nora’s the only female in this alien prison. Her life is in my hands — but I’m not sure I can even protect her from myself.
GUARDIAN (PRISON PLANET BOOK 1) by Emmy Chandler
Audra Copeland is among dozens of newly convicted felons dropped off on the prison planet Rhodon, where she discovers that the women of zone four have a long-standing arrangement with the men. If they hand over six of the new arrivals, the men won’t raid. And Audra has just been drafted.
She can take her chances on her own, or select a guardian. The deal is simple, if barbaric: sex, in exchange for food and safety from the other two hundred men in zone four. It’s a terrifying proposal. The men are violent, filthy degenerates.
Then Audra sees Tyson at the edge of the crowd. A hulking, scarred figure, the other men call him a savage, but his clothes are clean, and he’s holding a freshly caught rabbit. He can clearly protect what’s his.
As compassionate as he is powerful, Tyson ignites something fierce in Audra, and their connection is white-hot. The problem? Every thirty days, she’ll have to pick a new guardian.
Now that he’s found Audra, Ty has every intention of keeping her for himself. Even if he has to destroy the fragile zone four peace treaty to do it.
THE WIFE PROTECTORS: GILES ( SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 2)by Chantel Seabrook and Charlie Hart
As part of the Dranovian contingent rotated out for duty on Fornaite One, Strafe Za’ Natir had been determined to make the best of the worst working conditions on the barely habitable world. It had only taken a week for the place to wear on his soul and leave him disillusioned at the planet ever recovering.
Terran Egyptologist Heather O’Leary was the lead recovery specialist assigned to assist the planet in reclaiming the culture and heritage lost during the wars and environmental disasters that nearly destroyed the planet. Though the horrors of what had occurred on the world shocked her to the core, Heather was determined to do whatever she could to save what little remained of their history.
As a strange twist of fate throws the two together, the members of Balaneer’s court are plotting to reclaim the planet they believe still belongs to them. After years of licking their wounds and hiding in shadows to regain their power, the evil will choose this time to rise, leaving the desperate couple struggling to save what little remains of the soul of Fornaite One and its people.
With the transformation from engineers to pilots, the ladies must fight the memories of their ancestors in order to keep their focus on finding the defensive weaponry that goes with their bots. The city holds the key to the weapons, but the bots are on the outside of the gates and the caches are on the inside.
Each ancient pilot knew where the weapons had been buried, and those memories are now pressed into service as the engineers break through the city gates to get what they need to save their own people.
Bad boy dragon shifter Pyrochlore “Pyro” Onyx is the acting CEO of the Onyx Corporation — and for the smokin’ hot billionaire playboy, it definitely feels like an act. He has two weeks to save his family’s company from destruction and himself from an unwanted marriage to the Empress of his home planet, Draconis.
When he catches sweet, curvy Amy stalking his every move, a new feeling wars with his old cynicism. No matter the species, females want Pyro for only one thing. And it isn’t true love or faithfulness.
Super responsible elementary school teacher Amy should never have given in to her secret fantasies to stalk the gorgeous dragon, but in his presence, her self-control just snaps. And although he calls her naive, she’s not so innocent that she doesn’t know what she wants. Playing with the fiery male risks getting burned, but as dark forces gather, she could be his only salvation.
In a future Earth, all governments have combined into one solid platform for the entire planet, the Global Government. Our protector and benefactor. Funded by them, Crested Utilitarian Laboratories has hired a doctor and a computer genius for a special, top secret project.
Alien life forms had been discovered, and the tissue samples kept in secret files. The laboratory has used DNA from the various life forms to create a new alien/human hybrid. Unfortunately, they can’t revive the beings without help, and they’re willing to pay an exorbitant amount to bring them to life.
However, when the new beings are revived, it’s discovered that not all is as it seems. These poor creatures aren’t being revived from scratch. They’re being RE-awakened, and for what purpose our doctor and computer genius are just beginning to discover.
It’s up to two brave women to save these creatures from the rest of the world.
When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?
Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.
THE DRAGONLINGS AND THE MAGIC FOUR-LEAF CLOVER: A DRAGONLINGS OF VALDIER SHORT by SE Smith
VS note: Ties to her scifi romance series Dragon Lords of Valdier.
A campfire tale while on a camp-out with their dads has the dragonlings and their besties enchanted with a mythical kingdom called Glitter, home of the magical and mischievous Great King Leprechaun and the Little People. When the younglings discover their dads have disappeared, they are certain King Leprechaun is responsible. Armed with a magic four-leaf clover, the dragonlings and their besties will do anything to save their fathers, including tricking the King by using their golden symbiots–because everyone knows a Leprechaun can’t resist gold!
RELENTLESS FIRE (A NOVEL OF THE DRACOL BOOK 2) by Michelle Howard
VS Note: Previously published in Trial by Flame.
Three words which best described Varyk, King of the Green Dracol. Events in his life taught him to hold his heart back to avoid the pain of loss. To do so, he used his insufferable attitude as protection and it worked. Until fate came into play.
Inez is a soldier with the Black Dracol who has no problem saying what she means. Love and mating are for the distant future. Until an act of betrayal causes her path to cross an arrogant King.
Suddenly two opposing forces must find a way to work together to ensure the continuation of the hard fought peace between their kind.
TOXIC DESIRE by Robin Lovett
Nemona can’t believe she’s crash landed on the planet Fyrian with the brooding, golden-skinned alien who destroyed her ship and scattered her crew. She should want to kill him. But everything on Fyrian is an aphrodisiac. So she just wants to have him. Now.
Revenge. That’s all commander Oten has wanted against humans for more than a century, ever since they tried to destroy his kind. He never thought he’d end up in bed with one. But the desire the sex planet stokes for this human female is eating him alive. Keeping his hands, his mouth, and his vampiric fangs to himself proves impossible—especially when she’s begging him to touch her.
Nemona has no idea what endless sex with a Ssedez will do to her. But Oten knows all too well. They need to get off this planet. Before their coupling stirs an alien mating bond that neither of their hearts can withstand.
OATH FORGER BOOK 4 by Nia Mars
VS Note: Her blurbs are getting shorter and shorter!
Nope. This late in the game, I’m giving away nothing!!! If anyone has a complaint, they can send it to the Oath Forger’s Palace in Merim. But I will share an excerpt. (Because I can’t resist Roax. Seriously, who can?) Enjoy! (VS: excerpt on the ebook seller’s page…not clear if this is the same material as the Look Inside feature.)
THE CHOSEN: A NOVELLA OF THE ELDER RACES by Thea Harrison
VS note: Previously published in Amid the Winter Snow.
Wulfgar Hahn, better known as the Wolf of Braugne, is a man on a mission. Determined to avenge the murder of his brother, he stops at Camaeline Abbey to meet with the Chosen of Camael, goddess of the Hearth. Unfortunately, it appears the Chosen wants nothing to do with him. A leader in disguise… Captivated by the Wolf of Braugne despite herself, Lily poses as an unassuming priestess in order to learn more about this ruthless man. But things are not as they seem, and after foiling an assassination attempt, Lily must decide if Wulf is the destroyer from her visions, or the hero of her dreams. A choice to be made… As war looms on the horizon, passion sparks between them, but an enduring relationship between a soldier on the march and a leader who reveres hearth and home is impossible—or is it? Among the swirling snows of the winter Masque, the gods and goddesses of the Elder Races dance, and love will find a way.
MAGIC RISING by Various
VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets my friend Siobhan Muir has been sharing from her story – sounded good! I haven’t read any of the others in the volume.
“Magic and mayhem arise, and spell-binding tales of adventure await.
No one knows why.
The Dragon Chronicles are three stand-alone, related stories about the dragons of the City of Sin.Teya wakes to find a man in her bed. One who wasn’t there the night before. She soon discovers he’s the man of her dreams, literally. Jericho is the man she’s been dreaming of for more than two thousand years. But a Nephilim in her bed isn’t the only trouble Teya faces.Rachel searches for her missing brother, terrified he’s fallen to whatever is happening to supernormals. She never expected to run into Chris searching for his sister – or discover he is her mate. Two heads are better than one, so they pool their resources and search together, but can it work between a dragon and a werewolf?Neo has survived the last two thousand years alone. He committed a selfish crime and was cursed to an eternity without a mate. Then Gwen walked off a plane into his life. How could it be possible? His senses say she is his mate. Can Neo negotiate sticky dragon politics and figure out how to court a female in the 21st century?
Russian vampire Nikolai Petrov is forced by his maker to a meeting in a shady nightclub run by werewolves when it hits him—a craving for blood and sex, like nothing he’s ever experienced before—and his darkest vampire desires are unleashed.
But then a delicious scent assaults him. That of his Bloodmate. And she’s in terrible danger.
Nikolai knows he has to find her. If he doesn’t, the Thirst will take hold for good, and the number of deaths will be catastrophic—including his own. But Nikolai isn’t the only one after his Bloodmate. An older vampire has paid to own her, because Nikolai’s Bloodmate isn’t purely human.
LORD OF NEW YORK (SHIFTER HUNTERS LTD BOOK 3) by Tori Knightwood
After the life-changing events in Paris, Ryenne is back in New York City. Back to face the allegations about her father. Back to protect her mother from the Fangs.
Mr. Lord has pulled the strings long enough. So, Ryenne vows to find him and neutralize him before she loses her mother, her best friend, her lover, and everything she cares about.
Lucien joins her in New York to fight by her side. But Ryenne’s new circumstances take more adjustment than either of them are prepared for. Sexy cops are just some of Ryenne’s temptations, and Lucien can’t stand to watch her flirt. Or worse.
Can Ryenne control her urges before Lucien leaves her for good? Can she prevent the Fangs from turning—or worse, killing—her mother? Will she learn the truth about her father?
THE TRACER (RIFTERS BOOK 4) by M Pax
The portal connecting Earth to other worlds reopens, and Daelin Long stands ready to rescue her sister. After a winter of strenuous training, she’s prepared to battle the evil her sister warns against. Only, the rift is more unpredictable. The Mothman arrives whispering of death and transports Daelin to a land with seven moons. There, she faces a monster that can exist in two universes at the same time. Refusing to believe her fate is sealed, Daelin searches for the way home. With only her staff, her wits, and an uninformed detective, she dares to lead the fight. Otherwise, her sister and Earth don’t have a chance.
EVER AFTER: A GAY FAIRY TALE by Christina Lee and Riley Hart
As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before—a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.
After his father’s passing, Cassius Havendale’s sole duty is to provide for his family. A promotion to serve a pampered prince is something he endures only for their sake. Surely Prince Merrick has no understanding of the true suffering of the common people, nor could he possibly understand what it’s like to desperately desire something he cannot have.
Except the prince is not at all what Cassius imagined. Kind, humorous, and caring to those in need, he also shares Cassius’s affinity for the arts. In fact, Merrick understands his deepest vulnerabilities in a most remarkable way.
As their affection deepens, the underlying tension between them becomes unbearable and they’re unable to ignore it any longer. But when the queen prepares a lavish ball with all the eligible ladies in the land in attendance, Merrick must fulfill his obligations to his country, and Cassius has the needs of his family to consider. They’ve long known their stolen moments would have to come to an end, but are they ready to give up one another and the idea of a happily-ever-after?
HEAT (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 5) by Lisa Carlisle
Tracy can’t explain why she’s drawn to a mysterious statue in the Goth club where she bartends. Stranger still, she’s been confiding her innermost secrets to it, as if it were an old friend.
But, when her ex shows up one night, drunk and aggressive, the solid stone statue turns to living, breathing, sexy flesh…
Gargoyle shifter Danton transforms to human form to protect Tracy, the woman he has yearned for. Now, he only has twenty-four hours before a curse returns him to stone. How can convince a woman who didn’t know he existed to spend those precious hours with him?
HAUNTED (THE ACADEMY OF SPIRITS AND SHADOWS BOOK 2) by C M Stunich
VS Note: Barely any blurb at all. I know her books are very well regarded in the reverse harem genre.
“Brynn of Haversey has some ghostly problems, but luckily she has six potential lovers to make it all a bit easier…
Sorry, spoiler seekers! That’s all the info you get for now!”
WINGS OF FIRE (PROTECTED BY DRAGONS BOOK 2) by G Bailey
Dumped on earth with three dragon’s guards, who have no idea who Isola is, isn’t what anyone had planned. With the biggest betrayal still haunting her heart, it’s hard for Isola to remember what she has to do and that she has to return to Dragca. Only making her dragons remember her, isn’t as easy as she hoped. The three guards, who she knows it’s forbidden to love, are doing everything to make sure they win her heart…
So, what could go wrong?
With dreams of her betrayer literally haunting her, and the dangers of earth becoming a problem no one can protect her from, everything seems lost when it’s dangerous to be.
The curse must fall, like fire for ice, betrayal and death must be the price.
HER WARRIOR HAREM by Savannah Skye
Being hidden away in a castle, sheltered from all the very real dangers outside these walls, has some perks, but frankly? I’m sick to death of praying and eating grapes. It’s lonely, and, except for my friend Sadie, the other girls here are shallow and catty. I’d do anything to get the hell out of here. But when four warriors, the likes of which I’ve never seen, ram down the castle walls and steal me away? I can’t help but wonder if some prayers are better left unanswered.
BEARING IT ALL by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
Emma Monte has three really big secrets. One, she’s the guardian of her little sister Cassidy. Two, she loves everything 80’s inspired and three, she’s throwing the biggest wedding she can for her friends—okay, so maybe the second isn’t really a secret. When she’s invited to spend spring break with Hayden and her family in Window Rock, Arizona, all of her secrets will be revealed.
Bodhi Raferty has been biding his time. He knows the little bear is his mate, but he’s willing to wait—if it means spending more time with her. When the opportunity arises to go home, he ready to take that final step and claim Emma for his own. However, his mate is hiding something huge. The only question is, can he help her pull it off?
Bodhi and Emma aren’t the only ones in for a surprise. As the week’s events unfold, there is a pair of Rafertys ready to be introduced, and they have the ability to upstage them all.
WHEN A VAMP FALLS (WAR OF BLOOD AND BONDS BOOK 1) by A M Griffin
Danya Evans’s normal everyday life is turned upside down when one good deed lands her on the opposite end of fangs. The fangs happen to be attached to the sexiest man she’s ever seen.
She knows that she should stay away from the vampire who almost kills her, but everything about Ramsey calls out to her heart and soul.
Ramsey Moreau, a Vampire who has walked Earth for thousands of years has two regrets. The first is underestimating the two new vampires who’ve found their way into New Orleans and the second is stealing blood from the trusting human he can’t get off his mind. His world is mundane to say the least, but when Danya is around he finds a reason to live and love again.
He’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe from harm—even go to war to protect the one he loves.
HEARTS OF STONE (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY) by Mina Carter
When Iliona is attacked by a demon, help comes from an unexpected source… Cal, the hot gargoyle from her local coffee shop. Her stone hottie has some secrets of his own though, namely a ‘twin’ born of stone and just as hot as he is. With everything from a demon to redcaps trying to kill her, can Iliona track down a serial killer before she becomes his next victim?
Born of stone to protect… They’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.
Freed from their curse Cal and Gran relish their new freedom. Working at Frankie’s Coffee Shop isn’t the most glamorous, but it beats sitting on the roof of a church. And for Cal, Frankie’s has another advantage…the curvy beauty who comes in for coffee. He feels a pull toward her he can’t explain, especially not to Gran, who hates anything human.
When the chips are down, Gran comes through, but will the secret he’s kept close to his heart for centuries destroy them all?
LOADED FOR BEAR (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 10) by Bianca D’Arc
A woman with a legacy of magic…Mellie is trying her best to come up with a way to protect the waters around Grizzly Cove from the leviathan and its minions, but it’s not easy. The ancient grimoire she’s been given holds the recipe for a potion that just might work. The only problem is that one of the ingredients is dragon’s blood. Whether that’s a euphemism or there really were dragons living at the time the spell book was written, she’s not sure, but she’s tried everything and so far, no luck.
A man willing to do anything for her…Peter wants to help Mellie, even if it means calling in favors from the lands of his ancestors. When he admits knowledge of dragon shifters—something his family has kept secret for generations—he agrees to help Mellie any way he can. Even if it requires him to work all night long to help her find an answer.
A love they cannot deny…Peter and Mellie are drawn together in ways they cannot resist. She is fast becoming his everything, he just wonders if she can feel the same. But when push comes to shove and a dragon tries to catch her eye, Peter proves he is more than man enough to win the lady fair and keep her heart safe forevermore. If, that is, the leviathan doesn’t succeed in killing them both first.
They will confront evil together, but only the Goddess knows if their love will see them through and allow them to survive to fight another day.
THE CHEF CATERS TO THE REAPER (A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY) by Jax Cassida and Kirsten Painter (Forward)
Reaping souls for over two centuries can be such a bore. Breaking every rule in the Heavenly guidebook, reaper Stasia Tien has been secretly moonlighting as a seasonal catering chef in the quirky town of Nocturne Falls. She’s managed to balance her double life for the past decade or two, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, her sous chef and reaper colleague is unexpectedly called away weeks before the elaborate charity dinner for which Stasia’s responsible. Forced to find a last-minute replacement, she has no choice except to collect a debt from handsome celebrity chef du jour, Balthazar Dash. Years ago, Stasia saved Zar, and although she’s responsible for guiding souls into the afterlife, this is one rogue soul she’d rather keep all for herself…
Chef Zar owes Stasia his life—literally. Living on a second chance, he’s long forgotten a bargain made during a moment of desperation until the mysterious reaper pops into his busy restaurant. He’s been living the American dream with several hit shows under his belt. But Zar is ready to take a step back to better care for his young daughter. Exiting his current lifestyle won’t be easy, but perhaps the gorgeous diversion Stasia provides is exactly what he needs to get back into Heaven’s good graces.
THE DRAGON FALLS FOR THE FAIRY GODMOTHER (A NOCTURNE FALLS UNIVERSE STORY) by Larissa Emerald and Kristen Painter (Forward)
Budding fairy godmother, Erika Tschanz, flees her parent’s overbearing rule in Rhoswynn, Arkansas in search of the freedom Nocturne Falls has to offer. But as soon as she steps foot on Georgia soil, mishaps abound. Her very first fairy godmother client’s warlock father is determined to stop her from helping his daughter find her “true love” at all cost.
Undercover spy and dragon shifter, Marshall Chadwick has some serious concerns about the people surrounding Erika. With his protection mode fired up, he struggles to keep her safe without getting his heart all messed up. A challenge made especially difficult for he knows he may be deployed to another assignment at any moment.
When the fairy dust settles, Erika comes to realize the power of choice and that she is worthy of love.
LIE CLOSE TO ME (LAZARUS RISING BOOK 5) by Cynthia Eden
VS Note: This series is on my TBR…so many books, so little time, sigh.
He’s Lazarus, and so is she. What happens when their worlds collide?
He’s hunting her. Maddox Kane has one goal—track Luna Ashton. He’s the best hunter on his team, finely honed and designed by Uncle Sam to be an unstoppable killing machine. He’s a super solider—faster, stronger, and deadlier than anyone else. Maddox keeps his emotions under careful lock and key because he can’t afford to feel. Feeling is too dangerous, and the attraction Maddox feels for Luna is positively lethal.
Luna has no memory of being in the labs with Maddox. She doesn’t remember the connection they shared when they were trapped in hell. She doesn’t remember escaping the facility. She doesn’t remember him. So when Maddox hunts her down, she’s terrified of him…and of the strange psychic and sensual connection they seem to share. Surely she shouldn’t want him so much?
Luna is different from the other Lazarus subjects, and Maddox isn’t the only one hunting her. She’s a dangerous threat to Project Lazarus, and Luna isn’t going to be allowed to just slip away from the U.S. government…or from the other super soldiers who are also desperate to find her. Every Lazarus subject has incredible psychic gifts. Some Lazarus subjects can make people see their worst fears, some can control minds…but Luna’s gift—she can show people their memories. Luna has the ability to restore memories to all of the other Lazarus subjects, yet she can’t see her own past.
And if you can’t see your past…then you never know what danger is coming, what killer is standing right next to you, touching you, lying to you…not until it is too late.
A FATE FOR ZEUS (GODS OF OLYMPUS BOOK 8) by Lia Davis
Evil escapes the fiery pits of Tartarus and sets up residence in a small Pacific Northwest town in hopes of finding the priceless Stone of Affliction, and Zeus is the only one that can stop it. When the stone’s guardian is killed, the stone is passed to another—a beautiful demi-goddess who has no idea that the pendant she wears around her neck has marked her as the killer’s next target.
After watching her mother die in her arms, Jordan Knox isn’t sure how she’s going to pick up the pieces. When the handsome fireman who pulled her and her mom out of the burning house asks her to dinner, she figures it wouldn’t hurt. After all, he did save her life. But their first date doesn’t go as she hoped. An odd sensation nips at her intuition, telling her he is not what he seems.
Turns out, her fireman isn’t a fireman. He’s Zeus, King of the Gods, and he claims he’s the only one who can keep her safe.
And there is a dragon out for blood. Her blood.
THE WOLF’S MAN FRIDAY (NOSE TO TAIL INC BOOK 2) by Julia Talbot
The last thing Sebastian Zeller wants is to be pack Alpha. But when the pack leader, his uncle Ron, is attacked, he has no choice but to leave his beloved Colorado mountains and fulfill his duty as Ron’s heir—at least until his uncle recovers. In the meantime, he intends to lure the attacker out… and make them pay.
When Ron gets wind of Sebastian’s plan to catch the attacker, he doesn’t like the idea of risking his heir.That’s where Jaxon Reedis comes in—he’ll balance protecting the dark and sexy werewolf with pretending to be his personal assistant. He’s walking a fine line that requires all his foxy wit and craftiness… and that’s on top of the inescapable feeling that he and Sebastian are meant for each other. When the attacker returns, will they be able to maintain their deepening bond when danger threatens to tear down everything they’re building?
DRAGON BITES: STORM WALKER by Jennifer Ashley w/a Allyson James
Maya and I are just trying to have a girls’ weekend in Vegas. Kick back, take in some shows … Then Gabrielle decides to tag along.
Now there’s a dragon slayer after Mick, gladiatorial games from hell, and a Vegas hotel full of trapped demons. When
Gabrielle and I charge in to assist, we don’t realize we’re awakening an ancient and terrible evil …
This evil is now after Gabrielle and her all-powerful magic, and it’s going to take me, Mick, Colby, and the rest of the dragons to keep my little sister safe.
VEILED ENCHANTMENTS (VEILED MAGIC) by Deborah Blake
Still reeling from her unwitting involvement in murder and subsequent break up with a half-Dragon art forger, Witch-cop Donata Santori is grateful for the distraction when her ex-lover requests her help. Not only are Magnus’s beloved dead suddenly haunting the Ulfhednar shapechangers in his tiny rural hometown in Maine, their patron god Odin has turned his back on them, and the members of their once tight-knit enclave are at each other’s throats. Literally.
Magnus is relying on Donata’s experience in dealing with the gods, along with her magical ability to summon the dead, to help him unravel this mystery in time to save his clan. Donata only hopes to survive the ordeal so she can return home to the city and her quiet job at the precinct.
But first, she must discover who or what is behind the terrible attacks on the Ulfhednar. And the clock is ticking, in more ways than one…
THE PROPHECY (A TITAN NOVEL BOOK 4 ) by Jennifer L Armentrout
History is on repeat…Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.
A price must be paid…Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.
For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled.
CRAVED BY THE DRAGON (STONEFIRE BRITISH DRAGONS BOOK 11) by Jessie Donovan
All non-Irish dragon-shifters are being banished from Ireland and Brenna Rossi’s only chance to stay with the clan she’s grown to love is to mate one of the Irish dragons—Killian O’Shea. Even though he’s lost his memory and and his dragon, she’s drawn to him and looks forward to some no strings attached heat between the sheets. However, the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes that maybe she does want a future with Killian. The only question is whether or not there will be one.
Killian O’Shea lost his dragon and his memory. He has no idea who he is or why everyone keeps asking him to remember them. The only person who doesn’t try to change him is Brenna Rossi, which is why he agreed to mate her. But just as he starts to enjoy his new bride, Killian learns that whatever drug had been used on him isn’t finished yet and that maybe there are worse things in the world than losing your memory.
As things deteriorate, Brenna tries to do everything she can to keep Killian whole and sane. But the more she helps him, the more she starts to wonder if she’ll lose the man she’s falling for. Will Brenna and Killian find a way to bring back his memories and dragon? Or, will they forge a new path to be together?
GUARDIAN OF DARKNESS (DARKNESS SERIES BOOK 7) by Katie Reus
He saw her die in a vision…Before five years ago, Gabriel had never met Vega, but he knows how she’s going to die. He knows he’ll be involved… unless he can make sure they never meet, never cross paths, so that his vision will never come true. So he left his pack behind, joined the Stavros pack and was determined to never let that future play out. To never meet her at all. Fate had other plans—and she walked right into his life when he least expected it. For the last five years he’s avoided Vega whenever possible even while trying to keep an eye on her. But when she gets cagey with her pack and disappears, he has no choice but to follow her. Now, circumstances are forcing them to work together and he’s determined to protect her against any threat. If that means dying for her, he’s more than willing to. But she doesn’t want his protection. If anything, she’s determined to prove she’s stronger than everyone thinks.
She’s writing her own future…Vega isn’t the same moody teenager who came to live with the Stavros pack all those years ago. With college behind her, she’s been recruited by a division of the government’s supernatural Black Ops. Trained and more than ready for her first mission, she doesn’t expect Gabriel to crash her assignment. To save her cover, they pretend to be a couple. But soon lines are blurred and neither can deny the incendiary attraction between them. As they race to stop a man who wants to sell out their people to the highest bidder, they find themselves fighting for a future together. With time running out, she has no choice but to rely on the irresistible male who’s turned her world upside down. Unfortunately, in order to save the woman he loves, Gabriel has to give her up.
DANGER IN THE STARS, my scifi romance about a captive empathic alien priestess and the interstellar mob enforcer who loves her, is accidentally on sale for $.99 at Amazon only. My apologies to everyone who gets their ebooks elsewhere (and the price will be going back up at the Zon as soon as I can fix it in a few days!) But if you haven’t read it, now’s a good opportunity!
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