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).
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)…
LAUREN’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.
BATTALION’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)…
TALON (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
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.
AEON 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)…
PAX (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?
TANGLED 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.
LONDON 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.
7% 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)…
COSMIC 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!
BEYOND 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.
TAG 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?
A 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)…
SAVING 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.
LEOPARD’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.
KEEP 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)…
PRINCE 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?
DEVLIN (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)…
THE 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)…
ALL 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.
END 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.
SOUL 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?
DRUID 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
THE 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.
OVERSEER (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.
THE 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?
FOOLED 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.
WRAITH 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.
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 . . .
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.
MY 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?
THE 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.
GRAY WOLF MATE: LEAGUE OF GALLIZE SHIFTERS by Dianna Love
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)…
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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…