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

zarAs 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).

ZAR (ALIEN RAIDERS BRIDES BOOK 1) by Vi Voxley

VS Note: Always good to have a new one from Vi!

Ashley Donovan is a woman set in her ways, but compared to a Nayanor, she’s apparently incredibly adaptive. Plucked from her ship like many others, Ashley thought her life to be over, but as destiny would have it, it was only about to begin. Granted, it’s with an incredibly infuriating and sexy raider lord whose understanding of common decency and the concept of civil discussion leaves something to be desired. That just means she has to speak up louder, right?

Zar does what any sensible Nayanor in need of a mate does – he raids Terra until he finds the perfect woman. Except his perfect woman doesn’t bow her head and follow orders as she’s told like everybody else’s. Instead, she seems to be an express ticket to get his head cut off his shoulders with her insolence, her sharp tongue and her opinions that are not only dangerous, but blasphemous to the warlord who is the only hope for Zar’s clan’s survival. But gods is she irresistible when doing all of that…

So what’s it going to be? His woman, his clan, or his loyalty? Something’s got to give and it won’t be Zar or Ashley.

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ghost of a machineGHOST OF A MACHINE by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: Been waiting for this book, one clicked.

Ghost, a C Model cyborg, has disconnected his machine from his human side. Severely damaged, he knows two things—the curvy human female on his ship belongs to him and he must keep her safe. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her, claim her, make her his.

Primitive. Damaged. Hers.

Lethe has seen the savage side of beings. The courageous Rebel captain has never met a male like Ghost. Overpoweringly dominant, he appeals to her on a primal level, filling her mind with thoughts of sweet surrender, hard kisses, and body-heating encounters against the warship’s walls.

They are two broken beings, one determined to protect, the other intent on flying into danger. Can love heal them both before they face their common enemy?

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bonding with the beastBONDING WITH THE BEAST: A KINDRED TALES NOVELLA by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: Another favorite author of mine, usually very steamy with good scifi worldbuilding. This goes on my TBR List.

Isobel Yates is a single mom with no time for romance, but the Goddess has other plans for her.

Hail is a Dark Kindred. Since emotions are outlawed on his home world, he is learning to feel now that he lives on the Mother Ship. Strong emotions are bad news, though–they bring out the part of his DNA that is Bolaxian Beast, a race of beings known for their fierce breeding lust.

Isobel is afraid to trust the huge Kindred warrior with her heart and the safety of her young son but when fate throws them together, she has no choice. When Hail’s beast comes out, will Isobel run from him…or bond with him?

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alien innkeeperALIEN INNKEEPER by Roxane Barbour

Sylvestine Amera is the manager of the Mars Best-Tycho Basin Hotel. When her first alien visitors arrive on planet, Syl is faced with solving numerous challenges. Not the least of having Dedare Sath rubbing her cheeks in a gesture she is curious to understand. Irion customs are different than what she is used to, but when Dedare who owns a hotel on Irion asks her to leave Mars and manage his flagship hotel, she is more than ready to leave her home planet behind.

Once on the alien planet Syl is subjected to new customs, more alien encounters, adventures, not to mention romance. The only problem is now she has three aliens interested in her. But before Syl is able to choose a mate, a former girlfriend of Dedare’s and several other nemeses attempt to take her out of the equation—permanently. She can’t help but wonder if her out of the world experience is worth dying for.

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zoran's brideTHE ZORAN’S BRIDE by Luna Hunter

Decades have passed since the Tyk’ix destroyed the Zoran homeworld. The fierce, sexy alien warriors have found refuge on Earth, but adjusting to this new reality has not been easy for either species.

Sarah Granger wants nothing to do with the aliens — her father died protecting the Zoran, and she’s yet to forgive them. When the Human Federation plans a mission into deep space to find a new home for the alien warriors, she volunteers, and to her own surprise, the curvy scientist gets the job! She couldn’t be happier. Until, moments before launch, the Federation assigns her a bodyguard. And not just anyone: The most dangerous, arrogant Zoran warrior imaginable, who won’t leave her alone for even a second.

Kazim has never seen his homeworld. The alien warrior grew up an orphan on the streets of Boston with nothing to his name except his fists and his indomitable will…

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barbarian bondingA BARBARIAN BONDING (THE INSTINCT BOOK 2) by Marie Harte

Mandy Jacobs sought a job on planet Ussed because it took her far from her problems on Earth. Her goal has been simple–keep a low profile. Not that easy to do when two larger-than-life barbarians are keeping an eye on her. Avoidance seems like her best plan of action…until danger from her past comes calling.

Zhen and Lore have bonded, but they’re in need of female to complete them. When they see Mandy, they know she’s the one. But the stubborn human female needs some persuading. And some saving, since she’s got humans and a rival clan after her. With time not on their side, Zhen and Lore must convince Mandy that she belongs with them. And that if she’ll let herself, she’ll find acceptance in the arms of not just one, but two barbarians who have nothing but love to give.
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cyborg revealedCYBORG REVEALED by Mina Carter
VS Note: I don’t normally list rereleases on this weekly post (if I’m aware they are an older work being re-released) because there are so many right now… BUT I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t resist mentioning this one today, which I immediately one clicked. Can’t wait to read it!
Johnny makes a living on the strip circuits. His most popular routine? The Aries 7000. Bronzed and oiled, he pretends to be the scourge of the universe, one of the deadly and outlawed zodiac cyborgs. But Johnny isn’t really a stripper playing a cyborg… he’s a cyborg playing a stripper.

Milly, a freighter captain, has had a thing for the sexy stripper for months. But when Johnny, the subject of many of her hottest fantasies, asks her out to dinner, she runs. All is not lost, however; a chance encounter yields an Aries 7000 sexbot, hers for a weekend of pleasure.

It seems too good to be true. Sex with the man of her dreams without risking her heart. But Milly’s bot has some secrets…secrets that could save her life when the past returns to haunt her.

queens danceTHE QUEEN’S DANCE (THE AURELIAN GUARD BOOK 2) by Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher

To save a kingdom, she may have to sacrifice her heart.

Lady Claire is the brightest addition to the queen’s retinue, but she hides a secret that could change the fabric of Aurelia: she can foretell another’s fate. This curse has only brought her sorrow, and because of it, she vows never to give her heart to anyone. But Trian, a shy Aurelian Guard, has fallen hard for Claire, and when King Godwin assigns him to escort her across the realm, he jumps at the chance.

When they are thrown together, Claire discovers that Trian may be the one person who is immune to her powers, and friendship takes hold….

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reapers embraceTHE REAPER’S EMBRACE (DEATHMARK BOOK 3) by Abigail Baker

I’m marked for death.

If I can get this Deathmark removed, I can help save the world from total ruin. Only thing is, Brent Hume, Grim Reaper and love of my life, is hot on my trail, zeroing in on the mark that beckons him. The Reaper’s instinct cannot be denied. He would sooner stop breathing than ignore a Deathmark’s call.

He’s a tireless supernatural hunter, and I’m his top prey. If I don’t find a way to stop him from doing his job, everything and everyone I love will suffer. The world will suffer. And I’m sick of letting people down, dammit.

But even as I run from him, I want to run toward him.

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tangledTANGLED (A DARK PROTECTORS REESE FAMILY NOVELLA) by Rebecca Zanetti

Now that her mask has finally slipped…

Ginny O’Toole has spent a lifetime repaying her family’s debt, and she’s finally at the end of her servitude with one last job. Of course, it couldn’t be easy. After stealing the computer files that will free her once and for all, she finds herself on the run from a pissed off vampire who has never fallen for her helpless act. A deadly predator too sexy for his own good. If he doesn’t knock it off, he’s going to see just how powerful she can really be.

He won’t be satisfied until she’s completely bare.

Theo Reese had been more than irritated at the beautiful yet helpless witch he’d known a century ago, thinking she was just useless fluff who enjoyed messing with men’s heads. The second he discovers she’s a ruthless thief determined to bring down his family, his blood burns and his interest peaks, sending his true nature into hunting mode. When he finds her, and he will, she’ll understand the real meaning of helpless.

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centaur queenTHE CENTAUR QUEEN (THE DARK QUEENS BOOK 7)  by Jovee Winters

The race to save Kingdom is on and the unlikeliest of heroes have been tasked with discovering the key to salvaging all of fairy tales’ happily ever afters…

Tymanon is a centauress without a home or friends. But that’s just how this shy, intelligent creature likes it. Until a pair of capricious gods pairs her up with a satyr in the infamous “love games,” that were anything but.

Petra wasn’t her happily ever after. What nonsense to ever believe a centaur could be happy with a satyr, and yet when he looks at her with those mossy green eyes Ty feels things she’s never felt before—wonder, joy, and maybe even something more.

But now isn’t the time for romance, Tymanon suddenly finds herself on the isle of Gnósi governed by the Three Fates. She has three challenges to beat before she can ask the question that will save all of Kingdom. But a terrible sacrifice will have to be made at the end. Love or honor, which choice will Tymanon choose?

Only time will tell.

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phantom queenTHE PHANTOM QUEEN (THE GUARDIANS OF TARA BOOK 3)  by S. M. Schmitz

With the world erupting into chaos, the Guardians know that time is running out to prevent Ragnarok from consuming the Earth. But Cameron is facing a bigger problem than a crazy god who escaped his prison or even the Aztec god leading the war against them: he’s losing himself.

As the deadly anger he’s fought to control since becoming a god grows more and more powerful, Cameron may find himself permanently transformed into the god he always feared. And without him, the war with Huitzilopochtli is lost.

In the third book of The Guardians of Tara series, Cameron must make the dangerous journey to rescue Lugh, but ultimately, the journey to rescue himself may prove far more dangerous. Because he and Selena haven’t escaped the Games of the Gods after all, and the Tuatha Dé’s traitor could be the last god they ever expected.

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agent of chaosAGENT OF CHAOS (DARK FAE FBI BOOK 2) by Alice Rivers and C. N. Crawford

I am Cassandra Liddell: FBI Special Agent and bad-ass Pixie. After barely surviving my last assignment, I’m on the hunt for answers about my past, when bombs start exploding all over London. Fae terrorists have attacked and thrown the city into chaos.

To make matters worse, my best friend Scarlett has been abducted, and her captor is playing a twisted game of “Simon Says,” sending me riddles paired with impossible tasks. Roan, a seductive fae warrior, is willing to help me … but of course he has a price. One I’m not sure I’m willing to pay.

Hounded by supernatural pursuers and hunted by the CIA, I’m racing against time to save Scarlett, and to stop London from burning to the ground. Rage is simmering under the surface, and when it boils, I’ll unleash a fire of my own.

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alphas claimTHE ALPHA’S CLAIM by Holley Trent

Jim West, the New York Coyote pack alpha, has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years. Pack politics may be a pain in his ass, but his command has never been doubted, his authority never questioned.

Until Teddy, an argumentative pancake-house server, challenges more than his patience.

The lithe, pretty human calls to Jim’s baser instincts. He knows instantly Teddy is his mate—but the timing couldn’t be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target.

Teddy’s smart mouth may heat Jim’s blood, but with a full moon only days away, getting Teddy to let down his guard and accept him—the man and the beast—is his main priority. There’s no fighting the pull of a mate, but learning his lover is a literal predator might make Teddy run right into the danger Jim’s desperate to control.

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melting her wolfs heartMELTING HER WOLF’S HEART (WERES & WITCHES OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 9) by Vella Day

What must a dark goddess do to win back the heart of the werewolf she betrayed?

Goddess Vinea Summer wants to make amends to hot and sexy Devon McKinnon – the man she knows is her mate, but Devon refuses to accept her apology, damn it. So what’s a spurned goddess to do? Giving up is not an option.

As much as he wants to put Vinea out of his mind, Devon’s wolf can’t live without her. Her enticing scent, long legs, and sensual allure draws him in like a magic spell. But, for his own sanity, he has to keep her at arm’s length. Yeah, right. Try explaining that to a hungry wolf—or a goddess determined to win back her destined mate.

When trouble finds Vinea, Devon quickly discovers he’s willing to risk everything in a life-or-death battle for the woman he loves.

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Veronica Note: AND TO FINISH OFF, ONE OF MY BACKLIST IS ON SALE FOR $.99

An SFR Galaxy Award Winner!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 10th

May 3rd 

April 26th

April 19th

April 12th

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also 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 Romance for Wednesday April 26

relaunch missionAs 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).

RELAUNCH MISSION (THE GALACTIC COLD WAR) by Robyn Bachar

Firefly meets James Bond in this action-adventure romance set in an alternate future where the Cold War never ended…

Living mission to mission on the fringes of civilized space, Captain Lindana Nyota has managed to keep her crew paid and her ship in one piece. Barely. The privateer’s life of stealing Soviet supplies for the Alliance is taking its toll on everyone. Down a crew member, she now has to take on a new intel officer and hope it’s someone she can trust.

Lieutenant Gabriel Steele knew Lindy wasn’t expecting him to walk out of the air lock and back into her life, but he didn’t think he’d get his nose broken. As an intelligence agent for the Alliance, Gabriel has spent his career in deep cover, his sense of self crushed under layers of deceit—starting with the lies he had to tell Lindy years ago when he left her. A fresh start is all he wants, but the Alliance and his secret orders have already jeopardized that.

When an infamous pirate and friend of Lindy and her crew is reported alive and in possession of knowledge of a powerful Soviet weapon, finding her before the enemy does is paramount. But Gabriel can’t do it without regaining Lindy’s trust—and hopefully rekindling what he once sacrificed in the name of duty.

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a mate for the senatorA MATE FOR THE SENATOR (BRION BRIDES) by Vi Voxley

Eleya has done more with her life than most Brions will. Not only a General, but a High Senator, she’s achieved everything but the love that every Brion seeks. When a twist of fate brings her face to face with her second mate, can she move on from the pain the first one caused, or is he just another challenge to be dealt with?

Xaven as a more than capable Brion Captain wants many things, but being a General is not one of them. However a mate that is one… well, a man can have no objections to that, now can he? Only when it becomes clear that their paths are too divergent to come together must the warrior reconsider his faith in fate. Perhaps some things are not meant to be.

Or maybe they need to be fought for harder than he ever expected?

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planet neverlandPLANET NEVERLAND: A SPACE AGE FAIRY TALE by J. M. Page

VS Note: did you see our USA Today/HEA interview with JM last week about her fairy tales?

Wendy Darling has always been the dutiful, doting sister to her twin brothers, John and Michael, so wrapped up in protecting them from themselves that she’s put her life on hold, never experiencing any of the excitement the world has to offer for herself.

Now adults, the boys are tired of being stifled by Wendy’s smothering and long for freedom and adventure. They get more than they bargained for when they meet Peter, a street performer from another planet, on Earth seeking new additions to his show….

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alien gladiators mateALIEN GLADIATOR’S MATE (CELESTIAL MATES) by Zara Zenia

Carina is tired of working hard with manual labor to help serve the now broken down Earth’s society. She wants to have new experiences. She knows the only way off the planet is through Celestial Mates, the mail order bride service, so she decides to sign up.

She finally gets selected and gets picked up by a spaceship to take her to her new life. Little does she know, one of her friends who has always had a crush on her, climbs aboard the spaceship as a blind passenger since he doesn’t want to lose her. But he’s captured and sold as a slave for the gladiator arena for the aliens.

Gar’zul was once the commanding warrior officer in the Delgar forces. But when his own family is killed in family fire, he decides to leave the force and become a gladiator in the interstellar fighting arena….

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claimed by the succubusCLAIMED BY THE SUCCUBUS by Siren Allen

~The Half-Breed~
She is Izeria’Ahzul, the long-lost daughter of my king. She was raised away from our people and knows nothing of her heritage. Our kind are a myth to her. She doesn’t believe we exist and there’s no way she’ll believe she’s one of us.

~The Beast~
I am Shun’Uhl, the soldier ordered to return her to my king’s side so she can marry a royal and produce an heir to save our people. To get her to trust me, I shed my beastly form and took on the form of someone she knows. I chose unwisely. The form I’ve selected is a male she despises.

~The Forbidden~
The more time I spend with her, the more she comes to like me. And though I’ve tried to resist, I find myself falling for her also…

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freezeFREEZE (THE GREAT KEEPER SERIES BOOK 1) by Adelaide Walsh

VS Note: Listed in at least one YA category

In a world where people have the choice between starving or getting paid to be experimented on, they are happy to choose the latter.

The Keepers, using the elemental powers of nature, are the only hope that humanity has to take down the despotic control of a genetic engineering company.

Captain Dana Reeves is the leader of a group of fighters within the Keepers. But a mistake made by someone close to Dana may lead to terrible consequences for the source of the Keepers’ magic—and the world as a whole.

That mistake forces her to make a choice between saving the man she dates or her mentor in the military. A choice that may change the outcome of the war dramatically.

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taronTARON ENTWINED FATES by Trista Ann Michaels

Alyssa came to Veenori in search of the man who killed her brother. It was the perfect plan — or so she thought. Then she finds herself being sold as a slinoy, a sex slave, and bought by one very gorgeous overseer to the very mine she’d been trying to infiltrate.

Taron didn’t want the undercover assignment, nor did he want a slinoy. But the second he saw those gray eyes, he knew he didn’t have a choice. The woman his brothers had been searching for had slipped through their fingers and fallen right into his lap. He’d promised her brother he’d find her and keep her safe, but resisting the temptation of her passionate nature would be damn difficult — and not losing his heart even more so.

Unfortunately, before they can find a future together, they will first have to survive the present and the man bent on seeing both of them dead.

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losing holdLOSING HOLD (CICATRIX DUOLOGY BOOK 2) by Kellie Doherty

In the sequel to Finding Hekate, after escaping Donavin’s grasp, Mia Foley and her crew crash on a prison planet and need to deal with its inhabitants, beast and criminals alike. Mia hears Donavin in her mind once again and knows the transformation into one of his drones isn’t far off. Trapped in her own body, lashing against Donavin each chance she gets, and fearful that she’ll lose it all, Mia has to rely on her crew—on Cassidy—to save her. But she’s not the only one transforming in her little group, and things never go as smoothly as they could out in the black.

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unraveling jamesUNRAVELING JAMES by L. L. Muir

He should have stayed away from Cockburn Street…
A former MI6 agent, James is rarely afraid. He’s traveled back to the fifteenth century–not just once, but twice now–and lived to tell the tale. The third trip will be for personal reasons, however, because he believes in his bones the perfect woman for him is back there somewhere, waiting for him.
Unfortunately, his friends at Castle Ross won’t let anyone near their magic portal, so his only hope lies with a pair of middle aged Muir Witches running a tea shop in Edinburgh. They must know all kinds of magic, he’s certain, because the last time he saw them…they were about ninety years old.

Phoebe is an unusual combination of klutz and romantic….

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rakos treasureRAKO’S PLEASURE by J. J. Lore

VS Note: Listed as Erotica

Banished from his planet, Rako wanders the edges of known space looking for salvage, longing to find his mate. When he spots a weak signal from an ancient crash, he isn’t sure if the scavenge is worth the time and fuel. But in the smuggler’s hold on board, he finds a stasis pod with a beautiful woman inside and loses his heart.

Alyce was kidnapped by villains over a century ago, so when she’s awakened by a formidable male of a race she’s never seen before, it takes some adjustment.

Doing the right thing, Rako takes Alyce to an inhabited station, where she can begin to rebuild her interrupted life. But when descendants of the beings who originally captured her attack, Rako’s protective instincts emerge, along with the extreme body morphing of his kind. He wins the fight, but misplaces Alyce in the process. Will he be able to find her before he’s exiled back into the cold of space?

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phoenix book 12PHOENIX (GALACTIC CAGE FIGHTERS SERIES BOOK 12 ) by KD Jones

Two strong spirits, two vulnerable hearts.
Everything he had cared for went up in smoke, but Phoenix rose from the ashes to reclaim his life.
Olivia was determined to not let her DNA dictate how she lived her life and sought justice for those who were defenseless.
They both have denied parts of themselves.
Will they be able to fill in the missing pieces with one another?

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HIS REBELLIOUS MATE by Maddie Taylor

Staunchly loyal Eryn Lockwood heads up security on the USIF Odyssey, an all-female his rebellious materesearch ship charged with finding a new world to call home. Her team is guarding a group of scientists exploring an uninhabited planet when they are set upon by a band of powerful alien warriors. Entranced by Eryn’s long auburn hair, fair skin, and green eyes, the fiercest of the attackers gives chase, and claims her for his own.  As his would-be mate, his old-fashioned ways infuriate her, especially when he takes her over his knee for some firm-handed discipline.

Though a fiery passion ignites between them, Eryn remains steadfast in her need to escape….

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still lifeSTILL LIFE  (A SOLAR FLAMES SERIES NOVELLA) by Jayne Fury

Firefly meets Buck Rogers and a bit of boudoir. Jody Benson isn’t a fainting female in need of rescue. Follow the Solar Flame series on convoluted romps through space with smart, super sexy females and their companions.

His future is her next target. Astrobiologist Ewan Stewarts won the chance of a lifetime: terraforming paradise from a cold lifeless planet. Sexy ninja freedom fighter Captain Jodeen “Jody” Benson’s mission is on a collision course with his dream. If she succeeds, she’ll save millions of lives but destroy one: his.

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caveman aliens ransomCAVEMAN ALIEN’S RANSOM by Calista Skye

Being abducted by aliens was never on my bucket list.
But I guess the aliens didn’t get that memo, because one night I was beamed aboard a UFO. It dumped me and a bunch of other girls on an alien planet.
A jurassic planet where giant, murderous dinosaurs walk around and everything wants to kill me.
My only hope of surviving is the first man I met here. His name is Jax’zan, and he’s an alien.
And a caveman.
As in, the hottest super-alpha caveman who ever lived. He’s big and strong and doesn’t talk much, but he’s saved my life so many times now that I’ve lost count.
My insides turn to hot mush whenever he fixes his smouldering eyes on me, and the scandalously sexy and unusual features his sensationally muscular body is rocking totally make me forget time and place.
There’s only one problem: He’s holding me for ransom. And he wants to repopulate his woman-less planet. With me.

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sex cyborgs and champagneSEX, CYBORGS, AND CHAMPAGNE (VEGA SPACE VACATIONS BOOK 1) by T. L. Reeve

We can help with that.
Conner Mann is on a mission. For his tenth anniversary, he wants to give his wife, Flora, a present she’ll never forget. When he sees an ad for Vega Space Vacations, he knows exactly what to do.
Flora Mann, grew up in a strict home with conservative parents. Expressing her sexual desires never came easy to her due to her prim upbringing, and because of it, she’d never been able to tell her husband what she wants most—a threesome.
Vincent Carver is the man with the plan.
Unit L-2817 or Lincoln to his friends, is ready to experience life through human eyes. As a reformed government mercenary, he’s free to finally experience everything others take for granted—including creating emotional connections. He isn’t sure what love is, but the instant attraction he feels between Conner and Flora, can’t be denied.
Their emotions run high as they contemplate their next moves. Can a cyborg assimilate to their hectic routine? Conner, Flora and Lincoln, are willing to find out. But, what if all they are left with are distant memories?

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beyond the normTHE CHRONICLES OF DARIUS BOOK 10: BEYOND THE NORM by Jess Thomas

It’s a fine line with power, it can be positive, or it can be negative, depending on the person wielding it. Paden had been thrown off his planet of Eiravia, given the name of Darius, and left to forget his race and his family. Years have passed since then, and he has made his way back to Eiravia and the man he loves. With Finnal’s help, and that of his growing clan, he will make Eiravians feel pride again.
His growing power is becoming known throughout the universe, and he is slowly being talked about in hush tones as the Jewel, a shining star who can create wonders from changing a race to fixing a planet.
Nothing much is known about him from the outside world, only the rare few that have the opportunity to understand his fears, hopes, and loves truly understand.
Throughout the story, one man’s journey is interwoven into Darius’s. Vega is a cornerstone to the clan. He is a man who helps him work out issues and chase the shadows away. He helps him become something that is talked about in tales by firesides.

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starstruckSTARSTRUCK (TRANSGALACTIC INSURRECTION) by Kalli Lanford

My father, the king, has condemned my friend Lestra to death for treason, and I’ve joined with her brother Slaine, the most beautiful male Enestian I’ve ever seen, to save her. Although even being seen with him is forbidden, for Lestra and the promise I made to my brother, I’m willing to take the risk. But time is short, and if we’re caught, we’ll be labeled traitors and executed.

To enlist help for our daring rescue, Slaine leads me into a dark, dangerous underworld where an uprising against the crown is brewing. And if the rebels discover I’m Princess Murelle, even Slaine’s status as a commander and vow to protect me with his life might not save me.

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titaniumTITANIUM (RENT A DRAGON Book 3) by Terry Bolryder

A dragon contractor? Expensive.

Unless you’re the woman Titus Kroll just fell madly in love with. As a decisive, capable, and newly awakened metal dragon, Titus is used to seeing what he wants and going after it. Right now that’s Bree Durell, a sweet, curvy woman who needs help with her house badly and can’t afford to pay. Still, his heart says she’s his mate, and no matter the price, he’s ready to serve her every need, whether that’s repairing her home, healing her heart, or restoring her trust.

Bree Durell isn’t looking for romance. She has enough on her plate with a crazed stalker, a clumsy but adorable dog, and a house that’s falling apart around her and too expensive to repair…

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shifting currentsSHIFTING CURRENTS (MERMEN AND MAGIC BOOK 4) by L. M. Brown

Can a merman and an Atlantean, separated by centuries and prejudices, find love together?

Merman Delwyn is an Oracle of the past. He loves nothing better than observing the comings and goings of those who lived centuries before he was born. His favorite time period to visit is when both Atlantean and mer inhabited the sunken city of Atlantis, and his guilty pleasure is watching lovers come together in passion. Secure in the knowledge that no one can see him when he’s viewing the past, nothing can prepare Delwyn for the moment Fabian, an Atlantean living in the past, speaks to him.

Fabian is a man with divided loyalties. The demi-god son of the Goddess of Sea Creatures has sworn to serve the Goddess of Prophecy as her Oracle of the present. His unique status gives him the power to see anything in the present, including the mysterious merman voyeur from the distant future.

Despite the centuries that separate them, Delwyn and Fabian find they have a lot in common and quickly form a friendship that both hope one day will become something more. But before they can be together in the present, Delwyn and Fabian must unravel the mysteries of the past.

Only time will tell if truth about the long-since vanished Atlanteans will bring them together or tear them apart, as the battle for the sunken city of Atlantis begins.

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drakons preyDRAKON’S PREY (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON) by N. J. Walters

Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragons, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.

When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.

He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.

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fairy wingsFAIRY WINGS A SUPERNATURAL FREAK FAIRY PREQUEL by Louisa Klein

Twenty-two year old paranormal consultant Robyn Wise may be a supernatural freak, but she’s not stupid. So, when a handsome billionaire hires her to help him find his kidnapped girlfriend, who also happens to be a fairy, she immediately knows that something VERY serious is happening in London. And not only because fairies are the most secluded supernatural folks on Earth and they’re not supposed to interact with regular people, let alone dating them! So, what on Earth was she doing in town?

Plus, facing alone whatever creature is so powerful to imprison a fairy is a one-way ticket to sleeping with the fishes. Yep, she can see ghosts and is even best friend with one, yes, she can sometimes perform fairy magic and has an inexplicable supernatural agility, still … she needs help. And who can help her better than maverick wizard James Turner? He’s powerful, smart, funny and experienced. He’s also annoyingly charming, but no one’s perfect, after all.

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blade boundBLADE BOUND (CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES) by Chloe Neill

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

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darkest hourDARKEST HOUR BEFORE DAWN by Charlie Cochet

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.

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dark wine at midnightDARK WINE AT MIDNIGHT (A HILL VAMPIRE NOVEL) BY Jenna Barwin

She’s a scientist, not a secret agent, and doesn’t want to spy on the vampires she’s trying to help. But her duty to obey the Lux leaves her no choice, not with the fate of humanity on the line.

Her cover story seems easy as pie: become a vampire’s envoy, move to Sierra Escondida, and sign-up investors from among the secret vampire communities to finance her biotech research lab. At least, it looks easy until an assassination attempt leaves the Hill vampires suspicious of her arrival. They don’t want her–or her research lab–in their small town.

Worse, she must ignore her growing attraction to Henry Bautista, a vampire winemaker with eyes the color of dark bourbon and just as intoxicating–who’s hiding his own deep secrets….

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boss bearBOSS BEAR (TIMBER BEAR RANCH BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove

Leland Kincaid hasn’t been back to Fate Mountain for seven years. Now he’s the new Alpha of his clan, and in charge of Timber Bear Ranch. He soon discovers that his father left the ranch in so much debt that he and his brothers might be forced to sell everything. As if that’s not tough enough, the new auditor examining his books is his mate!
A difficult assignment …Sylvia Barker is ready to settle down, but not with any of the terrible dates her mom keeps arranging…
fur foxes sakeFUR FOX’S SAKE by Milly Taiden

Marika Paters has an energy coursing through her that others can’t explain. Maybe it’s the curious fox that lies within that gives Marika joy in her work as a geneticist for the only forensic laboratory for animals. But while her research unravels mysteries—like startling new data that threatens to dismantle everything science knows about shifters—Marika has always felt incomplete, just another lonely shifter looking for her mate.

Following a family tragedy, Fellowship Agent Devin Sonder believes he will never find love…

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snaredSNARED (ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK 16) by Jennifer Estep

If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.

Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

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chemistry of magicCHEMISTRY OF MAGIC UNEXPECTED MAGIC BOOK 5 by  Patricia Rice

Diagnosed with consumption, Viscount “Devil” Dare knows his days are numbered. With his greedy cousin scheming to throw Dare’s mother and sisters out of their home after his death, he can hardly refuse a mysterious lady’s solution—wedding vows. Her lands would ensure his industrial success—and secure the future for those he loves.

Bookish botanist Emilia McDowell desperately needs the land she will inherit once she marries. Her gift for the healing arts requires growing and experimenting with herbs if she’s to save lives. When she learns that her funds would benefit handsome Lord Dare, who is said to be dying, she offers a marriage of convenience.

But if Emilia touches Dare, her dangerous healing gift could kill her. As they learn to love under trying circumstances, Emilia longs to find the courage to be a true wife—until she discovers Dare’s plans for her inheritance. Can love and marriage surmount death and betrayal?

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wicked abyssWICKED ABYSS (IMMORTALS AFTER DARK) by Kresley Cole

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster–just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good…

loves warriorLOVE’S WARRIOR: ZODIAC SHIFTERS ARIES  by Jennifer Hilt

Being the daughter of Aries, the God of War, means Jessica Tindal is an Amazon warrior. But she’s given up her bloodthirsty ways to hideout working as an herbal healing witch. Too bad she’s stuck in an Arctic ice station with a killer intent on framing her.

Enter Paranormal Marshall Carson Slater—ice bear shifter, silver-haired hottie, and oh yeah, Jessica’s ex-husband. Carson arrives in Icy Cap determined to do two things: take down the ice station killer and reclaim his wife. His protective instincts drive him to keep her by his side at all times, which plays perfectly into his plan to seduce her back into his bed and his life. Now all he has to do is prove her innocence and win her heart before the real killer strikes again.

beneath the nightBENEATH THE NIGHT (THE CITIES BELOW) by Jen Colly

Lord Navarre Casteel wakes from a long sleep to find the vampire city he rules forever changed and his future in the hands of a mysterious beauty who offers her life for his. Fiery-haired Cat survives his feeding, fueling Navarre’s body and mind—as well as his suspicion that she is one of the Forbidden—a lethal mix of vampire and human blood. Yet that doesn’t stop the throb of Navarre’s desire, the feeling that she is destined to be his mate, to hell with consequences. . . .

A solitary fighter sworn to protect the children in her charge, Cat never expects to feel so much for Navarre in the face of his savage feeding. Which is why his offer of protection is nearly her undoing. For how can she let down her guard when she has always walked alone? But Cat has never faced an enemy like the one she faces now, never felt such a powerful need to surrender to the force of love . . .

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orroraORRORA BY Linda Mooney

Deep in the heart of New York City, a killer is stalking a select group of individuals. A killer whose M.O. matches a series of murders that have been going on for more than eighty years.

Orrora Dalca is brought in by the U.S. Government to identify and find this murderer…but there’s a problem. Orrora is hiding a dark secret. And although she’s met with the task of finding this killer, she must also hide that person’s identity from ever becoming known.

Joel Powers produces independent horror films, and he gets many of his ideas by tailing the police when he gets wind of an unusual homicide. When he encounters Orrora at one of the crime scenes, there is something about her that draws him inexorably to her. These cases intrigue him, as does the girl. But the more he uncovers, the more he isn’t sure he wants to put the pieces of this puzzle together.

Determined to see her again, he does everything he can to learn all about her, not realizing there will be a price to pay for his curiosity.

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dragons preyDRAGON’S PREY (SHADOW OF THE DRAGON BOOK 4) by Tielle St. Clare

Captured and put into slavery, it should be a simple thing for Kayla to escape, if only her dragon would cooperate—but the blasted beast—bored with the males at home—sees Kayla’s captivity as the perfect opportunity to find her mate.

When her dragon finds the man for Kayla, he’s all wrong. He’s too strong, too aggressive and way too grouchy. He’s the perfect mercenary but he’ll make a rotten husband. Unfortunately, her body—and her dragon—don’t care about any of that. She wants to hate Captain Sixx but finds herself unable to resist him.

For Sixx, getting the pretty little slave as a gift is more irritation than pleasure. What’s he supposed to do with her? He’s got enough troubles—including a curse and a snotty young warrior preparing to challenge him—now he’s got her to deal with.

Of course, having Kayla chained up in his bedchamber does have its benefits. So now Kayla just has to figure out how to get home, keep Sixx safe from her father’s wrath, oh, and tell her lover she’s part dragon.

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dark descentDARK DESCENT (CODEX BLAIR BOOK 3) By Izzy Shows

A succubus. A wizard. A deadly addiction.

Sex kills. Hard to believe, but that’s what we’re dealing with. A succubus is on the loose. She’s dark, hungry, and ancient. In a world of monsters, age is power, and she has both. Something is pushing her to feed on my kind, and if I don’t figure it out and stop her, she will kill all of us. I have to stop her, and learn to control the demonic power within me. It’s twisting me, tainting me, I can feel its power growing. Dealing with a demon got me into this, let’s see if it can get me out.

I am the monster that hunts monsters.

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beyond the starsBEYOND THE STARS NEW WORLDS NEW SUNS by Various

VS Note: This seems to be strictly scifi but I saw that Lindsay Buroker has a story in it and I always enjoy her writing so I’m listing the anthology here.

A fourth volume in the prestigious series of space opera collections emerges, featuring ten authors, some best-selling and some freshly emerging, telling bold new tales. Join these award-winning writers as they take you on a journey… beyond the stars.

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also 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…