New Releases in #Scifi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 4

cyborg anna hNew books from favorites, lots of reverse harem tales (that trope is exploding across the genres, I think)…and more!

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

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CYBORG (GALACTIC GUARDIANS BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Anna keeps the good books coming and I keep one clicking!

Scientist Ever Haynes was shocked when she was abducted by alien slavers…but the last thing she expected was to find herself pregnant with a cyborg’s baby.
Ever has been fighting for her life since her abduction, and the only good thing to happen to her was one heated night with a mysterious prisoner–a connection, a flash of light in the darkness. But then he was rescued and she was left behind. Now, weeks later, she’s been saved by the House of Galen gladiators…and by the man she shared the hottest night of her life with. But cool, emotionless cyborg Magnus Rone has no memory of their night together and finding out that she’s expecting his baby is a shock to everyone.

Created in a military program, Magnus is genetically and cybernetically enhanced–emotionless, ruthless, focused. He vows to protect Ever and the baby she carries, and despite his lack of memory, everything about tough, levelheaded Ever draws him in. All his life, his emotional dampeners and training have limited his ability to feel emotions…but one small Earth woman cuts through all that and leaves him feeling.

As they work together to hunt down the deadly desert arena of Zaabha and the final human woman trapped there, Ever and Magnus find a stunning passion neither can resist or ignore. But in the dangerous desert sands of Carthago, with the House of Galen gladiators by their sides, deadly enemies are closing in. Ever and Magnus will be dragged back into the darkness, and Magnus will do anything and sacrifice everything to keep her safe.

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jewel of the seaJEWEL OF THE SEA (THE KRAKEN BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I’m happy to see this one! 

Three months ago, Aymee had no idea the kraken — half-human sea dwellers — even existed. Now, the violet eyes of the kraken Arkon haunt her imagination, and she longs to know his touch. But word of his people has spread beyond The Watch, and Aymee’s attraction to Arkon may endanger the safety of human and kraken alike. To protect him, can she bring herself to forsake him? Is her desire for Arkon worth putting both their worlds at risk?

Arkon has spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge. Then he met Aymee and found a new quest: to make her his. She inspires him, draws him in, dominates his thoughts. When he finally builds the courage to approach her, she’s everything he imagined and more. But a group of murderous humans are hunting the kraken, and continued contact with Aymee may destroy them both. Now that he’s tasted her sweetness, he can’t give her up…but can he risk his world and his people to satisfy his need for her?

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future lostFUTURE LOST (FUTURE SHOCK) by Elizabeth Briggs

It’s been a year since Elena Martinez and her boyfriend Adam first got involved with Aether Corporation, and they’re trying to move on with their lives. But when Adam goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether for help developing his cure for cancer. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future, but he didn’t come back when he was supposed to. Desperate to find him, Elena decides to risk future shock, and time travels one more time. This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. Someone has weaponized Adam’s cure and created a dangerous pandemic, leading to the destruction of civilization. If Elena can’t find Adam and stop this, everyone is at risk. And someone will do anything to keep her from succeeding.

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defending their mateDEFENDING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 6) by Kallista Dane

Aliya’s fellow crew members from Earth are all in love, happily mated to hot warrior twins in their new home on Tharon. But Aartan, the sexy Alpha male who makes her heart race, doesn’t seem interested in romance. What’s more, he’s shrouded in mystery. He doesn’t have a mate and no one will tell her what happened to his twin.

When she challenges him to kiss her and then swear he’s not attracted to her, Aliya unleashes the passionate warrior hidden beneath his cool façade. After one night of pleasure more intense than she’s ever known, he tells her they can never be together and sends her away.

But when Bophe, an old enemy from the past, kidnaps Aliya and threatens to have his Gornian dragons tear her limb from limb in the Arena of Tanis Major, she discovers she has not one, but two fierce Tharan warriors who will fight any foe in the Universe to the death to win her freedom and save her life.

Can Aliya help her wounded warriors fight their own demons and build a new life with them in a world halfway across the galaxy?

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magnetic attractionMAGNETIC ATTRACTION (THE HOT VOLTAGE SERIES BOOK 2) by LaShawn Vassar

Where was Austin McKenzie? Was he dead or alive?

Everyone wanted to know, and Bo Stratton was determined to find out. But what would it cost her?

Austin was last seen protecting the people he loved from a serious threat, but when that threat was gone . . . so was he.

Falling in love while the world suffered a cataclysmic attack the likes of an apocalypse wasn’t really the best timing, but for Austin and Bo, their passion could not be denied. Bo’s false sense of safety exploded in dramatic fashion—only to be overshadowed by the loss of Austin. As more threats appear, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous; her new reality or the appearance of Logan Miles.

The sexy Logan Miles was rugged, handsome, and had an irresistible charm. He also helped to save the lives of Bo’s family. For his reward, Logan wanted her. There was just one problem—Bo’s heart belonged to Austin McKenzie. But would it always? Can Bo fight the magnetic attraction that seems to be building between them?

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to discover a divineTO DISCOVER A DIVINE (RISE OF THE STRIA) by Tess McFionn

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?

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diamonds in the skyDIAMONDS IN THE SKY – BOOK ONE: PAROUSIA by Lance S A Nielson

VS note: I believe this is scifi with romantic elements.

When 200 alien objects, each the size of a city, arrive all over the earth, the world’s population goes into panic. Yet once the ships land, there is no invasion, no communication, and no aliens nor any obvious access inside the vast vessels. As the governments and the scientific community struggle to find answers, a small number of ordinary individuals manage to gain access inside the ships. As speculation about the crafts possible intentions begins to seep into the public consciousness, those in power fear their presence may substantially change the social dynamics of the world as we know it. But do the ships represent a chance for the salvation of The Human Race or its annihilation?

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counter spikeCOUNTER SPIKE (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK  5) by Viola Grace

With a grasp of the situation and a weapon that can reach a descending ship required, the engineers get to go back to doing what they do best. Those who aren’t designing have the past coming up to bite them, the pilots are getting tired of the run to the City.

Learning that alien hostages were held in stasis under the city seems to be just one more thorn in the sides of the pilots, but what they discover opens everything that they thought they knew into complete and shocking light.

The future may be interesting, but the honest past will shock them to their cores.

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theirs to protectTHEIRS TO PROTECT by Stasia Black

Nix never put his name in the marriage lottery for a reason.
He doesn’t need a woman.
There aren’t that many to go around anyway, not after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 90% of the female population.
He has his job as the head of the Security Squadron and it’s all he needs. He looks out for the township. He protects the few women who are left.

But when his name is called to be one of the five husbands to the woman rescued from the badlands, he doesn’t speak up to correct the error.

Because Audrey’s like no one he’s ever met before. ..(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…
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alien retributionALIEN RETRIBUTION (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 13 ) by Sadie Carter

Since the day his family was murdered, Boris has been obsessed with vengeance. The last thing he needs in his life is a mate. Besides, what sort of female would want a scarred, crippled male who has taken a vow of silence? Nope, there is no room in his life for a female.
Then he meets Nassir.

Beautiful. Fragile. Distant. He wants to break through the barriers she keeps erecting to discover the real woman inside. Which might be easier if he wasn’t constantly pulling her out of danger.

On the run, hunted, and alone, Nassir knows she only has herself to rely on.
Until Boris comes back into her life. The dark one. The silent, watchful, Alpha male whose gaze heats her from the inside out and whose touch drives her insane.

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wife gambleTHE WIFE GAMBLE (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 3 ) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

In a world where everyone struggles for survival, Tia is no exception. Enemies are on to her, and she won’t be able to keep her husbands safe forever.
For two of her men, it might already be too late.
When Tia’s secret is revealed, she has no choice but to trust Salinger with her life.
But he has secrets too.
Confiding in one another brings them closer than ever but something still stands in their way.
Salinger must gamble with the truth in order to save the woman he loves.

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fire planet warriors lustFIRE PLANET WARRIOR’S LUST (FIRE PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Calista Skye

Ava Harris spies on space aliens for a living. She always works alone. But when she goes to see the evil and mysterious Kunuru aliens, she has to bring a bodyguard.

A Fire Planet Warrior bodyguard, to be specific.
His name is Xark’ion. He’s huge, intense, super confident and so insanely hot Ava has trouble thinking straight about her crucial mission that will decide Earth’s fate. And he’s clearly attracted to Ava.

She should probably find his amorous attentions pretty invasive, but she knows that his species are exceptional lovers and that their bodies have some interesting features.

But Ava also knows she can’t let her own arousal call the shots. Because she has a secret that she knows Xark’ion is going to really despise.

And Xark’ion has secrets of his own. When he suddenly abducts Ava to a weird and chilling planet, she has to decide if she should give in to the warrior’s pure lust.

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general kobaGENERAL KOBA: THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 1 by Mira Maxwell

From the moment Marilyn Romero wakes up on the alien ship, all she cares about is getting home to Earth. But the Atronox, the most notorious smugglers in the galaxy, have other ideas. The market for Earth women is booming, and they plan on cashing in.

There’s only one man who can help her.

General Koba, leader of the Force, has dedicated his life to stopping intergalactic criminal activity. All he cares about is maintaining law and order in the galaxy, until he boards the Atronox ship and meets an Earth women who takes his breath away.

Marilyn wants to go home, and Koba promises to take her there. The only problem? He’s never heard of Earth before. And he’s not sure he can let her go.

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vykenVYKEN (WARRIORS OF FIROSA BOOK 3) by Thanika Hearth and Starr Huntress

Vyken is one of the greatest warriors in the galaxy. No, the universe. Though Vyken was hesitant at first to accept the responsibility of General in the Firosan military, he was sent on his first real mission … and then the rest is a blank. He doesn’t remember a thing. But when he returns to his home planet, Paxia, his King wants him to answer for crimes so gruesome he couldn’t have even conceived of them.

This fearsome, trusted warrior has gone from an honored general to a dangerous fugitive in the space of the blink of an eye. And now Vyken, just like his name suggests, is truly out for blood.

When clues lead him to a shapely human female on a planet named Earth, Vyken’s life heads in a direction he could never have expected. He expects to find answers, but instead he finds that maybe companionship isn’t so bad after all…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site…)

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x ops exposedX-OPS EXPOSED by Paige Tyler

HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE: Believing he’s too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State—with no choice but to leave behind the woman who’s captured his heart. What he doesn’t know is that she followed him…

SHE WOULDN’T STAY BEHINDHeartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner’s protective instinct—big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he’ll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself—and the woman he loves—to the beast within.

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jillys wyked fateJILLY’S WYKED FATE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 7) by R E Butler

Mountain lion shifter, Jilly Fallon, has been waiting for nearly three years to turn twenty-one, so she can finally – finally! – officially mate Wyked and Fate Myers, the twin brothers who have stolen her heart. When a panther is injured at a clan gathering and Jilly can’t help, the clan healer takes her to visit a fae healer so she can learn what she needs. During the second visit to see the fae, they find themselves protecting a young girl with pink and blue wings, and a secret that got her family killed.

Wyked and Fate Myers feel like the last three years have taken an eternity. Now that she’s finally theirs, they’re ready to start a family with their beloved mountain lion. During the last full moon before their clan begins to travel, an old enemy resurfaces, intent on making Jilly suffer for her betrayal. When Wyked and Fate are gravely injured, will she lose them both?

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asherASHER (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 2) by Julia Mills

Demented, deranged and damaged beyond repair…Asher’s mind may be broken, his Dragon lost to the Madness but his soul has found its mate and nothing or no one will keep him from her.

Feisty, ferocious, and a force to be reckoned with…Willa’s had enough of being discounted and pushed aside just because she’s a woman. With the power of her ancestors and the rage of a century of disrespect, she’s stepping out of the shadows and Heaven help anyone who gets in her way.

Destiny has spoken.
Fate will not be denied.
Watch out World, the Queen is coming and there will Hell to pay.

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roman the clutch seriesROMAN (THE CLUTCH SERIES BOOK 1) by Heidi McLaughlin and Amy Briggs

Everything about him tells her to stay away, yet she can’t seem to get the vampire out of her mind.
For Roman, humans are the bane of his existence always having to follow their rules. In all his years, he’s never needed one, until now.
For Fiona, vampires are off limits, evil members of society, until the one known as Roman crosses her path and shows her he’s no different than her.

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onyx gryphonONYX GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Orlando didn’t mean to rope Cassie into this. At least, not without warning her first.

If only she had listened.

Cassie’s handling her new gryphon-related responsibilities about as well as a rejected organ transplant. How could she react differently when the man she slept with turned into an animal afterwards and flew away?

But the totem has made its choice, and fighting her feelings is a losing battle. Especially when she can’t get the memory of Orlando’s beautiful, dark body out of her head.

Following him onto a train bound for Texas seemed like her best option, until it’s hijacked by men with machine guns south of Chicago. But that’s not even the worst part: the hijackers are looking for her.

As they do their best to remain undiscovered, Orlando and Cassie are going to have to put their differences aside in order to stay alive. Because like it or not, they’re no longer in control of their destiny.

The Onyx totem is.

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graves of wrathGRAVES OF WRATH: JESS VANDERMIRE VAMPIRE HUNTER (CITY OF BONES SERIES BOOK 1)  by Lina Gardiner

When Jess Vandermire, Captain of New York City’s Vampire Hunting team, learns that her brother, Regent, has been sent to Paris for three months by the Vatican, she’s devastated. Regent’s been too involved with vampires as a priest to go to Paris without fearing vampire retribution. He’ll need backup. Lucky for him, Jess and her partner, John Brittain, have some vacation time coming.

Once Jess and Britt arrive, they know something’s not right in the city. Women are being murdered, and the vampire population is on the edge of revolt. But worst of all, the City of Lights is home to a lot of shadows, ones that move—and kill—of their own accord. But Jess’s existence is rocked to the core when Regent comes across a life-changing, long lost family secret.

It’s starting to look like there’ll be no rest for the wicked.

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hidden in smokeHIDDEN IN SMOKE by Harper Wylde and Quinn Arthurs

My nightmares have started closing in. Now I’m just trying to survive them. When my past comes back to haunt me, I find myself relying on the men I’ve come to care so much about. With their help, and the help of my best friend, I’m trying to navigate the threats—old and new. When I’m summoned to go before the Council, I have no idea what to expect. Thrust into a world of politics and status I’m not sure I agree with, my unease grows as I struggle to find my place. When my powers develop with the help of my Phoenix, I feel more prepared to take on the unknowns stacking up against me. Will my guys and I be able to face the trials in our path, or will the secrets of a world that’s Hidden in Smoke destroy us before we’ve even started?

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cursed by nightCURSED BY NIGHT (HER DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt and Emma Stark

My name is Ace Bissett, and I’m a paranormal detective that doesn’t believe in magic.

Or at least, I didn’t before I met them.

The day I inherited my aunt’s old house, everything changed. One moment, I was convinced that magic was a hoax. The next, I’m surrounded by four winged, fanged, ridiculously hot guys who are definitely nothuman, and who insist that I’m the only one who can break the curse that binds them to the night.

I know I should run far, far away from this hot mess, but there’s a connection between us I can’t deny. I’m seeing things I can’t explain, feeling things that don’t make sense. The detective in me has never been able to resist a mystery, and this one is just begging me to dig in.

But all that will have to wait, because there’s a new threat stalking my city. One with a taste for blood and bone, unable to be killed or captured by normal human means.

It’s a good thing I’ve got four new roommates to help me hunt them down. But even if I didn’t, I’d figure out a way. Because I never give up. I never give in. And I always protect what’s mine.

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bear in a bookshopBEAR IN A BOOKSHOP (SHIFTER BODYGUARDS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

When shy bookworm Melody daydreamed about her perfect man, “must love books” topped the list. She never dreamed of someone like Gunnar blowing into her neatly alphabetized and indexed world to turn it upside down. Finding out that her one true mate is an ex-con with a grade school education must be fate’s idea of a cruel joke. Never mind that his kisses make her swoon and his touch turns her traitorous knees to jelly …

Sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Gunnar is six and a half feet of gruff, dyslexic, tattooed bear shifter ex-con hiding a gentle heart. He knows he could be the man Melody deserves, if only she’ll let him unleash the passionate woman hidden underneath her sexy librarian cardigans.

But with danger from both their pasts closing in fast, Gunnar is running out of time to prove to Melody that a good girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks just might be able to write their own happy ending.

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royally entangledROYALLY ENTANGLED (HER ROYAL HAREM BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

Video-gamer Jolie Bernardo hadn’t planned on ending a war when she moved to Jinla, but, fate stepped in and thrust her into the path of four sexy princes.

Now her dream to make a name for herself in the video game community is threatened, as Others are out for her blood.

When the four princes of Jinla inadvertently forge a bond with her, it draws and binds them to one another. Unfortunately for them, it now means abandoning their chances of pursuing females to focus on keeping her alive. But with a new battle on the horizon, Jolie will have to choose between her heart…and her life.

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daughter of persephoneDAUGHTER OF PERSEPHONE (CERBERUS BOOK 1) by Helen Scott

Poppy is nothing special.

She was making ends meet and trying to enjoy life. But a strange necklace caught her eye at the thrift store. Now, three gorgeous men have stumbled into her life, and she’s torn between being terrified and excited. That is until they tell her she is the future queen of the Underworld.

Not only that, but she needs to bond with her hellhounds, the three heads of Cerberus, and protect the Underworld from a goddess who wants it for herself. Forced to face unnatural enemies, and too-sexy-for-their-own-good men, Poppy must choose: keep the life she’s always had or take her rightful place as queen.

If she survives.

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blood veilBLOOD VEIL: A MISSION NOVEL by Megan Erickson

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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legendary shifterLEGENDARY SHIFTER by Barbara J Hancock

Once upon a time, Elena Pavlova was a ballerina. Now she is a fugitive, looking for the great black wolf who can save her from the witchblood prince who haunts her dreams. The cursed shifter Ivan Romanov knows he is no longer the hero Elena needs, but he cannot say no to this graceful warrior, the beautiful woman who may well be his destined mate.

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school for psychicsSCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS (BOOK 1) by K C Archer

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

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the archerTHE ARCHER (THE ARROW OF ARTEMIS SERIES BOOK 2) by K Aten

Kyri was raised a fletcher but after finding a new home and family with the Telequire Amazons, she discovers a desire to take on more responsibility within the tribe. She has skills they desperately need and she is called to action to protect those around her. But Kyri’s path is ever-changing even as she finds herself altered by love, loyalty, and grief. Far away from home, the new Amazon is forced to decide what to sacrifice and who to become in order to get back to all that she has left behind. And she wonders what is worse, losing everyone she’s ever loved or having those people lose her?

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seducing the dark princeSEDUCING THE DARK PRINCE by Jane Kindred

Lucien Smok is heir to the Smok fortune. He’s also the crown prince of Hell, a legacy he despises. Clairvoyant Theia Dawn tries to convince herself that she’s only interested in Lucien because of his family’s role in the persecution of her ancestor, not because he’s the most beguiling man she’s ever met. The attraction that burns between them might be her downfall. Or it might be his salvation.

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magical matchA MAGICAL MATCH (WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY) by Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily’s fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he’s innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name…only she’s not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he’s in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she’s not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.

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bride of the seaBRIDE OF THE SEA (OTHERWORLD BOOK 3) by Barbara Hamm

Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world?

Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on.

They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn together bit by bit. Can either leave the isle and the sea without losing their hearts in the bargain?

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selkies magicA SELKIE’S MAGIC (THE SELKIES HEART BOOK 1) by Lana Lea Short

Aileana Sutherland is a strong-willed, independent young Southern California surfer, who decides to move to Scotland her father’s homeland. She’s prompted to relocate after an awful heart-wrenching break-up with her boyfriend, who she caught him having sex with another woman.

She wants only to escape the painful memories of his betrayal. She knows she needs a change of scenery and decides to stay at her grandmother’s cottage while her heart heals. Aileana is sure time and distance are what she needs to get over her heartbreak. Her grandmother’s Highland home on the sea cliffs outside of Durness, Scotland calls to her soul. As a writer, she is able to work anywhere. She’s writing a piece on oil well platforms located offshore near her grandmother’s home, which makes Scotland the perfect place to lick her wounds and move on with her life.

Instead, she runs into a man from her past, Kendrick Morgan….(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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tawny justiceTAWNY JUSTICE (LOST CREEK SHIFTERS SERIES BOOK 1) by Misha McKenzie

She was his. From the moment he first saw her, he’d known he had to have her. And he’d kill anyone who stood in the way of his prize.

Kaia would do whatever it took to protect her home from poachers. It still outraged her that the one who had shot and killed her brother had gone unpunished. As mountain lion shifters, Lost Creek State Park had been their sanctuary—a place they could run and be free. But not if lawless men with guns lurked in its shadows.

Mac has tried his damnedest to look out for his best friend’s sister since his tragic death. But she hasn’t made it easy. Nothing he says as a friend, or as the sheriff, will dissuade her from taking matters into her own hands. When trouble comes, and the law can’t contain it, Mac realizes that unconventional methods may be the only way to save them all.

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VS Note: For some reason I feel like mentioning my alien empath scifi romances today from the backlist. Maybe because the main characters have an affinity for, and a duty to, nature and it’s Spring?

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NOTE: The Fated Stars is the fourth book in my little mini series about the alien empaths kidnapped from the planet Tulavarra. I had fun writing a male empath and a female human  kick ass warrior this time!

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

hunter prison planet2As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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HUNTER (PRISON PLANET BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler

VS Note: This series sounds so good. I might have to move it off my TBR List and just one click!

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defense, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone.

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traitor's brideTHE TRAITOR’S BRIDE (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 1) by Alix Nichols

A month ago, ex-army Major Areg Sebi was thrown into prison.
Now he’s on the scaffold, laying his head on the block.
No public trial for the disgraced war hero. No cyborgs from the League of Realms to whisk him away.
No help. No escape.
A priestess chants a prayer for the major’s soul, even as a judge cries out, “Death to the traitor!”

In the crowd below, laundry maid Etana Tidryn stares into Areg’s eyes.
His lips were hot against hers last night. His hands roamed her body, worshipped her, pleasured her.
She’s falling for him, hard and fast.
She’s still hoping, even if he’s given up…
Can Etana transcend everything she knows — transcend life itself — to save him?
Can she rise to meet her destiny?

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avenging edenAVENGING EDEN (THE EDEN SERIES BOOK 5) by Lexi Post

Sometimes the price of revenge is too high.
When Mya discovers a badly wounded Edenist in the jungle, she hopes by saving him, he will help her enter the city of Naralina. She takes him to the safety of her home, only to find another Edenist is already there…and he’s looking for her.

Keeva’s mind is more than intrigued about the invisible woman who came to his rescue since there is no such thing as a female Edenist, not that his body cares. When he learns of her history, his protective instincts flare to life, bringing with them a need to avenge her.

Bent on revenge, Haldone seeks Mya’s help to punish those who harmed his brother, at least that’s what he tells himself, but his feelings for her go far deeper than the “friend” she dubs him. Unfortunately, he’s not the best at communicating his feelings…or anything else for that matter.

The men’s thirst for vengeance on those who took her parents gives Mya hope and a new sense of family. It isn’t long before she develops a growing attraction, the first in her life. But surprises in the enemy camp and dangers to them all mount until she realizes they each must decide what is more important, revenge or each other.

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men of the north warrior mar26THE WARRIOR (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 5) by Elin Peer

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

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

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

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oath forger 5OATH FORGER BOOK 5 by Nia Mars

VS: Her ever shorter blurbs on each book in the series have been fun to see. 

Thank you for sticking with Ava and her Five and being part of the adventure!
You are cordially invited to Merim to celebrate Earth officially becoming a Federation planet.
See you at the Oath Forger’s palace!

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dragons desire tajssDRAGON’S DESIRE (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 8) by Miranda Martin

The devastation killed most of our population. Since then, Zmaj men have lived isolated and without females. That changed when a ship with human passengers crashed on our planet. For the first time in many years, we have females in our midst.

But some of the new humans fear our species. One of them, a quiet, dark-haired beauty with a fierce spirit, awakens my dragon. When I catch her scent, lust heats my blood.

Tajss is fraught with danger, not only from the scorching desert and blood-thirsty animals, but the battles among its peoples. Sarah doesn’t see the threats that lurk in the shadows, but I do. As second in command of the Tajss tribe, I face the choice of fulfilling my duty, or protecting Sarah. She’s become my world. My mate. I’ll keep her safe.

Even if it means kidnapping her.

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taming ryockTAMING RYOCK (STAR JOINED BOOK 2) by Sara Page and Sean Moriarty 

My life has become a living nightmare…
Abducted. Stolen from Earth. I wake up in a strange alien laboratory to discover my new alien overlords plan to use me in a breeding experiment.
The alien they want me to breed with? Yeah, he’s blue, he’s mean, and he’s packing some seriously scary alien ‘equipment’. There’s no way I can survive the experiment. Seriously, I’m going to die, and my new overlords could care less.
Thankfully, the guy in the cage next to mine is extremely pissed about the situation. He’s big, even meaner than the blue guy, and he just might be my salvation.

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ivanIVAN (GIDEON’S RAIDERS BOOK 3) by Kit Rocha

As the sheltered princess of Sector One, Maricela’s life is defined by duty: to her people and to her family. Her wealth and influence have allowed her to build a better world, but they come with a price—the responsibility to secure political stability with a practical marriage. Maricela cherishes the idea of marrying for love, but there’s not much romance in the endless line of suitors interested only in prestige and power.

And her handsome, brooding new bodyguard isn’t helping the situation.

Ivan is the perfect, deadly warrior, a man trained from childhood to be the ultimate protector to the Rios family. His focus on keeping her safe is intense–and a little intoxicating. When the threat of danger cracks his icy control, Maricela realizes she’s not the only one fighting against temptation.

Ivan knows that the blood on his hands makes him unworthy of the pure-hearted princess. But from the first kiss, their forbidden affair feels inevitable. He can give her a glimpse of life outside her gilded cage and a lover who wants the woman instead of the crown. The only thing he can never do is promise her forever.

Because spurning her noble suitors to marry her bodyguard wouldn’t just be a scandal. It could set off a political firestorm that would tear Sector One apart.

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givenGIVEN (STAR BREED BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Thief Kara Shimsi has learned three lessons well – keep her head down, her fingers light, and her tithes to the syndicate paid on time.
But now a failed heist has earned her a death sentence – a one-way ticket to the toxic Waste outside the dome. Her only chance is a deal with the syndicate’s most ruthless enforcer, a wolfish mountain of genetically-modified muscle named Davien.
The thought makes her body tingle with dread-or is it heat?

Mercenary Davien will do whatever it takes to get back into space. The last thing he wants is a smart-mouthed thief – even if her scent drives him wild – and she may have the clue he needs to hunt down whoever destroyed his home.

Caring is a liability. Desire is a commodity. And love could get you killed.

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morcai battalion the pursuitTHE MORCAI BATTALION: THE PURSUIT by Diana Palmer

The first time Mekashe, Captain of the Imperial Guard, meets blue-eyed human beauty Jasmine Donally, the two nearly come to blows. Forever devoted to the Cehn-Tahr, Mekashe is forced to sever ties with the object of his adoration. Years pass before their paths cross again, but Mekashe hasn’t forgotten what transpired—or the way she makes his heart race. But even if he can forgive the past, insurmountable barriers still threaten to keep them worlds apart. With their mutual attraction escalating quickly, they’ll have to find a way to bridge the gap—or be lost to each other forever.

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star assassinSTAR ASSASSIN (A LORI ADAMS NOVEL 01) by D R ROSIER 

Lori Adams is an assassin who kills enemies of the state. She’s rather unique, and doesn’t have a choice. She’s different, enhanced, and modified. Highly intelligent, faster reflexes, enhanced proprioception, and enhanced spatial awareness, all together make her deadly, and a force to be reckoned with. She’s also virtually a slave, and running would just end in her death.

She was working on a way to escape, it wasn’t as simple as just avoiding her handlers. Except, everything changes when she’s taken. Abducted by aliens, and enslaved. Those poor bastards have no idea what they’re in for.

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phoenix projectTHE PHOENIX PROJECT by Jacqueline Frank

VS Note: Originally published as part of Nocturnal.

Held captive, Amara is subjected to bizarre experiments that test the limits of her sanity. But nothing prepares her for being locked away—naked—with a sexy ex-cop. . .after they’ve been pumped full of drugs that increase engineering a plantheir sexual appetites to animalistic intensity.

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ENGINEERING A PLAN (INNATE WRIGHT BOOK 4)  by Viola Grace

The pilots have gotten their bots under their control and are now ready for the next phase in the attack strategy. They are meeting that plan with one of their own.

Back to the city yet again, the pilots are charged with activating the final weapon of the first war, if they can find the stations that will start the machine up after its long sleep.

Being outside the bots is difficult for the pilots, but when they begin taking fire, there is nothing that they want more than the safety of their recent metal companions.

Whose plan was this anyway?

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warfleshWARFLESH (STRANGE WORLDS BOOK 4) by Kim Knox

VS Note: A rerelease “edited and updated”. Kim serves it up HOT and steamy 🙂

Fina Brodie is warflesh.
Enhanced by her government to bring ultimate pleasure, her negotiation skills secure anything her superiors want. The choice of pleasure she offers has always been hers.

Until now.
She’s not meeting Kian, Lord of the Tir to negotiate. She’s payment.

And she’s not alone in bringing pleasure to the mysterious Tir leader. The man Kian has chosen to join them in the sexual and very public spring festival has long headed her ‘never ever’ list. Add the much-sort-after liquid fire, which is a rocket fuel to her already highly evolved libido, and it makes her reactions to Jonathon Raegh, all that more dangerous.

But the Tir have a hidden agenda. And Kian, Fina and Jon uncover it in the heat and passion of the arena.

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jilted princeJILTED PRINCE (HELL’S SON BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Destiny is calling Chris, yet someone forgot to give him an instruction manual on conquering the world. Being the Antichrist is all well and good, but how is he supposed to know how to bring about Armageddon? He’s still waiting for his army of minions, the glory, the riches. And where is the respect?

You’d think any woman would be ecstatic at the thought of marrying the future ruler of the world.

Not Isobel…(more blurb on the ebook seller page)…

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born of darknessBORN OF DARKNESS (MIDNIGHT BREED HUNTER LEGACY BOOK 1) by Lara Adrian

VS Note: Another series I kind of drifted away from (Midnight Breed) but this new take sounds good so it’s on my TBR.

As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman’s laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, twenty years after his escape from those hellish origins, Ash is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are lethal. But when a beautiful, secretive young woman on the run from dangerous enemies crosses his path in the middle of a dark night in the desert outside Las Vegas, Ash is drawn into a deadly game where trust can be an illusion and love may be the sharpest weapon of all.

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hot and badgeredHOT AND BADGERED (THE HONEY BADGERS) by Shelly Laurenston

VS Note: I always like the sense of humor with which she writes.

t’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

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night of the drakoryansNIGHT OF THE DRAKORYANS: A REVERSE HAREM DRAGON FANTASY by Ava Sinclair

Three dragon lords. One reluctant maiden.
And only one long night to claim her.
Syrene does not come to Altar Rock as a willing sacrifice. Angered by her village’s eagerness to give her to the dragons, she seeks to escape. But the dragon who comes for her isn’t having it; he takes her anyway, and carries her home to share as mate with his shifter brothers.

Now the Lords of Jo’Lyn wonder if they haven’t made a mistake. Syrene is as defiant of them as she was of the village she believes rejected her. She swears she will not give herself to even one Drakoryan lord, let alone three.

But the three dominant dragon shifters will not be refused. With the survival of their bloodline hanging in the balance, they are determined to find creative ways to woo their wild mate before the sun rises once more over the empire.

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witch of the meadowsTHE WITCH OF THE MEADOWS (THE WINDBOURNE BOOK 1) by Laurel Wanrow

For months, seventeen-year-old Fern has been sneaking out on her mother—really sneaking out—through a magical portal to an island halfway around the world. There, the grandmother Fern never knew existed needs her help rejuvenating their ancestral land. She has always been good at growing things, but that’s not magic. And magic is what the island needs.

With its energy running out, the land is breaking apart, and the caretakers demand a real witch to take over the Meadows, not a teenager with a green thumb. Elbow-deep in dirt, Fern confronts a splintered community, unsure who to trust, but grateful for the support of a Scottish boy who looks at her with green eyes shining with magic—and something more powerful.

Caring for this land is Fern’s birthright, one she longs to claim. But to take her place in this magical world, Fern must first figure out how to use her unique gift.

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small momentsSMALL MOMENTS (A MALSUM PASS NOVEL) by Kimberly Forrest

Newly released from her captivity by the fur traders – a group that preys on shifters for profit – Rin Hayashi is looking forward to a normal, quiet life, and the town of Malsum Pass seems a perfect place to settle.
Surrounded by the wolf pack, she’s never felt safer… maybe even safe enough to fall in love, and Mike seems more than willing to fall with her. But Rin senses not all is as it seems with the charming town mechanic. Did her captivity make her overly suspicious and paranoid, or is the male she is falling in love with hiding a dangerous secret?

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wish upon the starsA WISH UPON THE STARS (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 4) by TJ Klune

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

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crashing gatesCRASHING GATES (DUAL REALM #4) by Kyra Dune

VS Note: So I debating whether to add this one because of a dearth of reviews on most of this new-to-me author’s books, and I went to the Look Inside feature.  When I realized I was reading on and on, drawn into the world building, wanting to know what would happen next…ok, onto this week’s NR report it went LOL. It’s on my TBR, no idea if I’d like the entire plot, etc., but the sample was intriguing.

It was supposed to be an easy assignment. Retrieve one lone human from the first realm and bring him back to the Council for questioning. Nothing too complicated for Amberstone to handle. Even though this particular human was his sister’s lover and the reason she was arrested and about to be executed. Such things do not matter to a Guardian.
What he didn’t expect was to find two second realm fugitives, both of whom were believed to be dead, alive and living with the humans. And that was only the beginning of his problems.

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dancers delightDANCER’S DELIGHT (MYSTIC VALLEY BOOK 2) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author’s note says first pubbed in 2007 and now revised.

Fed up and heartsick, Dancer, virtuoso violinist and assassin decides to retire despite the angry objections of his boss. On the run for his life, he heads for a hideaway in the mountains. Safe in the warm shelter of his cave Dancer awoke to the strong scent of flowers. His initial investigations of a strange tunnel lead to another cave and a beautiful valley. When he returns to the cave, he is shocked to find that the tunnel has disappeared trapping him in Mystic Valley.

A gardener and amateur botanist, Eppie spends her lonely days searching out new plants for the inhabitants of Mystic Valley while she waits for her destined bond-mate to find his way to the valley. Now time is running short. From the instant they forged a mind bond, her body began schalzina, the biological preparation for physical bonding in valley women. Each new occurrence of schalzina is stronger and nudges Eppie another step closer to the final consequence—death—unless Dancer reaches the valley in time for their oath-binding and physical bonding.

Will he find his way to her? And if he does, will he agree to an immediate joining with this beautiful stranger?

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esherESHER (GUARDIANS OF HADES ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 3) by Felicity Heaton

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.

Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten…(more blurb at the ebook seller’s site)…

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SPHERE songSPHERE SONG: THE ISLE OF DESTINY SERIES by Tricia O’Malley

Neala O’Riordan is no stranger to the sweet and spicy things in life although that’s more to do with running a highly acclaimed bakery in Kilkenny than because of having any semblance of a dating life. In lieu of romantic entanglements, Neala instead pours her love and attention into her rapidly growing business and the in-demand sweets she concocts.

When a distraught man storms into her bakery one morning, Neala’s life is turned upside down. In moments, she’s plunged into a fairytale world – and she’s the star of the show. When she learns that the fate of Ireland, if not the entire world, rests on her shoulders, Neala is ready to turn tail and run for the hills – but she’s stopped in her tracks by the storm she sees in the eyes of her handsome protector, Dagda.

With one look, Dagda challenges Neala to stay and fight – to accept her destiny – and to change the course of the future…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s site)…

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legend of nimway hallTHE LEGEND OF NIMWAY HALL: 1794 – CHARLOTTE by Karen Hawkins

VS Note: No idea how much magic or fantasy there may be in the book but it was ranked high in the Fantasy Romance category.

Miss Charlotte Harrington knows what’s expected of her. Properly raised and newly reminded of her duties after the unexpected death of her far-more-perfect twin sister, Charlotte is resigned to wedding the son of a near neighboring land owner and live a sedate and proper, respectable life. But Charlotte’s high spirits will not be contained and she yearns deeply for a life of adventure, excitement, and love.

When wild and untamed Marco di Rossi arrives at Nimway Hall, commissioned to carve a masterpiece for the family home, he finds himself instantly drawn to the far-from-subdued Charlotte. Despite the potential ruin to his own brilliant career, he cannot resist her spirit and beauty, nor the call of the deep, wild magic that resides within a mysterious and magical orb hidden deep in the walls of the ancient house of Nimway.

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claimed mermaidCLAIMED: A REVERSE HAREM FAIRY TALE RETELLING (HAVEN REALM BOOK 4) by Mila Young

Nyssa’s not your typical princess. She rebellious, and sneaks down to the Shark Bait bar with her friends, to get away from the pressures of palace life. Each time a hot Sharkrider chats her up, she develops a serious case of fin in the mouth disease, and embarrasses herself. All that changes when her father announces she’s to marry the cruel and scheming commander of his army. She’d rather digest in the belly of a whale than marry that slug.

When Nyssa digs a little deeper, she uncovers that the commander is using a spell to control her father. In wedding her, the commander plans to kill the king, and rule the underwater realm. With the help of three mersoldiers who pledged their allegiance to her, Nyssa must save her father and the kingdom. Now she must navigate new emotional currents while keeping her head above, or below, water…even if that means drowning in the soldier’s love.

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dragon eruptionDRAGON ERUPTION (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

Cowl and his brothers have been awakened into a new world centuries after he accidentally buried them in an avalanche. While his two older brothers decide what the trio should do without him, Cowl strains at the leash to be able to make his own choices. He doesn’t need their rules, all he needs is the drop dead-gorgeous, green-eyed beauty behind the bar.

Lately Andria’s dreams of moving to the coast have taken on a new urgency. Events in her hometown have left her feeling exposed and vulnerable. All she needs to do is graduate, then she can leave everything behind. But when a sexy and mysterious stranger walks into her bar and her life, everything changes…(more blurb on the ebook seller’s page)…

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tropical dragon diverTROPICAL DRAGON DIVER (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Dragons are meant to be creatures of fire and fury, not salt water and mercy. But Bastian isn’t an ordinary dragon.

Shunned by his warrior family, he guards golden beaches instead of a golden hoard. But when he rescues a beautiful, mysterious woman from stormy waves, he finally finds something worth fighting for.

She’s the treasure he’s been longing for… so why does she insist that his feelings are false?

Saina only meant to use her siren song to enthrall the handsome, gentle lifeguard long enough to heal and escape. But now he wants to keep her forever. Even worse, she wants to stay.

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first impressionsFIRST IMPRESSIONS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 1 by C R Jane

VS Note: Reviews mention a cliffhanger ending.

Eva Taylor has been locked in an attic for 4 years.

Failed by the foster system, and left in the hands of a woman who hates her, and a man who wants her, Eva has given up hope of ever having a life.

When she finds a mysterious letter from Rothmore College addressed to her in the trash, Eva’s future suddenly comes alive. Now all she has to do is figure out a way to escape her attic prison, make her way across the country to New York City, and figure out all the things that point to the fact that she isn’t exactly normal…

Along the way Eva meets new friends, explores new places, and stumbles across three beautiful, charismatic, and alarmingly otherworldly men. Do they hold the key to Eva discovering who she really is, or are they just good at first impressions?

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grisly grizzlies lachlanTHE GRISLY GRIZZLIES: LACHLAN (THE GRIZZLY BEAR SHIFTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 1) by Kim Fox

Jessie is wearing the perfect designer wedding dress for the perfect wedding, which she can’t escape from fast enough. You would run too if you were forced to be married to the cruel mob boss, Luca Capuano. There are enemies all around her, so she escapes to the one place where she knows she’ll be safe: the small town of Redemption Creek, Montana.

Grizzly bear shifter, Lachlan, is busy drinking himself into a coma when his old flame shows up in a wedding dress. There’s nothing he would like more than to marry the girl he’s been thinking of for years, but his crazy bear can’t be trusted around nice delicate things like Jessie.

Lachlan desperately wants to protect Jessie from the men hunting her down, but who is going to protect her from the vicious animal he has lurking inside? Is Jessie running from one monster to another?

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a dance with darknessA DANCE WITH DARKNESS (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

I’ve always felt like an outsider. Until my eighteenth birthday, I didn’t know how true that was. First, I started seeing strange things. Then, the tips of my ears began to shift. Now, even touching something made of iron makes me sick.

Am I losing my mind?

When four mysterious fae males corner me in the street, they bring terrifying news: I’m not human. I’m a changeling, a fae swapped at birth.

Under their powerful yet infuriating guidance, I return to Otherworld to train at their academy and determine to which of the four faerie courts I belong. But there’s something much more dangerous than the four fae vying for my attention.

And if I don’t unravel the fae’s secrets, none of the changelings will survive. Including me.

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to save a savage scotTO SAVE A SAVAGE SCOT (A TIME TRAVELER’S HIGHLAND LOVE BOOK 2) by Tamara Gill

Kenzie Jacobs is fascinated by a portrait of the roguish Highlander, Black Ben, which hangs in her ancestral home. There’s a mystery surrounding his death, and Kenzie longs to solve it by traveling through time to 17th century Scotland–and perhaps meet the gorgeous laird who haunts her dreams.
Black Ben, Laird of Ross, suited his dark name more than ever since his wife died in childbirth. He has vowed never to marry again. But Kenzie is an intoxicating elixir and even more potent than whiskey. As confusing and crazy as she may seem, he can’t get her out of his system. But there’s no way they can ever work, as she does not fit into his plans.
Fate has brought them together, and Ben can’t stop Kenzie from returning to her time, though he would do anything-except marry her-to keep her with him. Kenzie has a life to get back to but leaving her favorite, though infuriating, Highlander behind, might be the toughest thing she’ll ever have to do.

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zero sumZERO SUM (CAT SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Severine Wolfe

Mary Kumar had innocently attended a boring lecture for information she needed for her dissertation. She was so close to being finished she could taste it. When the guest lecturer writes something that doesn’t jibe into the equation, and she notices it, her life begins to get very weird. Her advisor is murdered and she finds herself hunted.

Pran Tella is about to give up on his hunt for his mate when he finds her quite literally falling at his feet as she’s being chased. He decides to protect her from the danger he finds all around her, even going so far as to move into her building.

They find themselves on the run, and surrounded by family as they try to solve for X. Who is trying to kill Mary and why?

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golden seductionGOLDEN SEDUCTION (RARITIES INCORPORATED BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

When a man comes to life from a tarot card a woman finds herself giving into his golden seduction.

Laila Brooks is a geek at heart. She was more comfortable with her computer and books. Adventure to her, is finding a new computer code that no one else has. An unexpected gift of a captivating deck of Tarot Cards draws her into an adventure for the search to save a man, find herself, and come out of her shell. Adventure has never been so sizzling and tempting.

Aleneic knows that his time is limited and he has to complete his quest or be sent back into a lonesome existence. The fates have put him on a path with a woman who makes him do the one thing he is afraid to do – hope things will be different.

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dragon magicDRAGON MAGIC by Megan Derr

On the first day of the Festival of Counting, the beginning of the royal census that takes place every ten years, the royal city is filled to overflowing. Everyone is happy, excited, and proud to be counted amongst those who live in the glorious kingdom of Orhanis.

Then a demon strikes, killing thousands in mere seconds and leveling the city. As the royal castle burns, only four men remain to drive the demon away—and in their desperation, accidentally bind themselves together in a legendary Oath, unable to part ways until they find and kill the demon once and for all.

Mahzan, the King’s Jester, an orphan who clawed his way to the top and hides a fearsome magic… Sule, the notorious North Captain, who sacrificed everything to live as a strong, capable, highly respected man… Cemal, a priest who traveled the continent bent on revenge and now lives lost… and Binhadi, the mercurial shadow mage with a dark history and bloody ties to the throne…

Four men used to standing apart, standing alone, who must learn to stand together if they hope to save themselves and all of Orhanis.

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sacrifice soul summonerTHE SACRIFICE (THE SOUL SUMMONER BOOK 5) by Elicia Hyder

“Hello, Praea.”
There’s only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name—her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan’s wedding:

1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don’t forget to—

That’s where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.
The reason? Ransom.
The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.
But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.

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all fired upALL FIRED UP: LOVE SPELLS (JEZIBABA SAGA BOOK 1) by Donna McDonald

Jezibaba—aka Elenora the reluctant Dragoness—is tucked into her beach house and enjoying her retirement. After hundreds of years of protecting the nutbag magical community, she deserves a little peace and quiet. Right? Wrong…

What she doesn’t deserve is her dragon lover announcing their mating to all of dragonkind. Those crazy flying freaks consider her to be Damien’s pet human which is really not working for her. The least he could have done was warn her they were about to be summoned before the Council of Dragons to explain themselves.

She also doesn’t deserve to have to worry about the wicked firebird mage, Zenos, trying to bed Damien’s mother. You’d think a couple of millennial-old creatures would keep their embarrassing wooing to themselves. Damien’s breathing fire over it and Goddess only knows what’s going to happen when the Council of Dragons finds out.

The chaos she calls her life has her all fired up again. Retirement will have to wait. Something has to be done before her inner dragon decides to get involved and the witch hits the fan.

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eight simple rules for dating a dragonEIGHT SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING A DRAGON: A NOVEL OF THE EMBRACED by Kerrelyn Sparks

Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her…

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twice bittenTWICE BITTEN: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands

For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes.

Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious “accidents” besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies—and rediscover the man determined to love her for eternity.

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magi romancer logoI did a fun podcast this week with Magi Romance and talked a LOT about why I wrote my newest books AYDARR and MATEER, plus writing in general! If you enjoy listening to podcasts…
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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.  

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday March 7

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

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GUARDIAN (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 9) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: One clicked. Always a happy day when Anna has a new release!

Dayna Caplan has dedicated her life to protecting others…and now that she’s no longer a captive at the desert arena of Zaabha, she desperately wants to help find the last of the other human women who were abducted by the Thraxians. But now she has to deal with the intense hunger and powerful new abilities the alien living inside grants her…and the person forcing her to confront her new reality is the cool, enigmatic, and far-too-attractive Rillian.

Rillian has wheeled and dealed his way to the top of the food chain on the lawless desert world of Carthago. He lets no one close and keeps iron-clad control on his life…which is vital to keeping the lethal power within him in check. But one human woman–tough, stubborn, and fascinating Dayna–works her way under his skin, and he finds himself obsessed with protecting her. But as dead bodies start appearing in his casino as a deadly warning, dangers are closing in on them.

With their allies, the gladiators from the House of Galen, Rillian and Dayna find themselves fighting for survival on every front. On the hunt to find Zaabha and the lost humans, they will face murderers, slavers, and the deadliest of all challenges…the aliens living within them.

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shape of waterTHE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

VS Note: Supposedly not just a novelization of the movie, although I’d enjoy that too. It’s on my TBR.

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking love story.

It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.

Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.

But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.

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forbidden strangerFORBIDDEN STRANGER (THE PROTECTOR BOOK 3) by Megan Hart

Nina Bronson and Ewan Donahue have put their love to its limits. To Ewan, she’s the only woman he wants to be with for the rest of his life. To Nina, whose memories have been ripped out of her, Ewan is her kind and generous boss who’s helping her recover after an accident she also can’t remember. The more time they spend together, the more she begins to feel for him, but Ewan knows the truth — she loved him once. As Ewan tries to do whatever it takes to get Nina back to herself without putting her in danger, the two of them have to build a brand new relationship from the ground up. Sometimes, a lie isn’t a betrayal, it’s a lifesaver. Can Nina forgive Ewan for not telling her the truth about why she lost so much of her memories, or are they doomed to never be together again?

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sensateSENSATE (ALIEN ATTACHMENTS) by Sabine Priestley

VS note: This is a re-release of the novella Sabine wrote for the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology.

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

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oath forger book 2OATH FORGER BOOK 2 by Nia Mars

There’s a saying on Earth: “Fake it till you make it.” Sadly, I’m no longer on Earth. My motto is: “Fake it till you get caught.”

I’m trying to settle into being the Oath Forger, trying to resist the advances of the five most powerful kings in the galaxy (it’s going about as well as you’d think), expecting my lies to catch up with me at any second.

Except, the freaking space pirates catch up with me first.

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offered to the cyborgOFFERED TO THE CYBORG (CY-CON BOOK 2) by Jessie Coulter Smith

When the Zelranian cyborg’s ship The Sphinx is attacked by a reptilian race called the Meori, Wrylack is the only cyborg left standing. Forced onto the Meori vessel, his skills as a medic are demanded in exchange for his life. But any plans Wrylack may have had to escape died the moment he laid eyes on Shaylee, the human female slave in the Meori med bay. Even injured, she’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And when the Meori realize they can use her to control Wrylack, they are only too pleased to give her to him.

Shaylee has only known pain and suffering all her life. First on Earth, passed around the foster care system, and later as a slave to one alien after another. No one has ever touched her with kindness, has ever cared what happened to her. When the sexy purple cyborg with the strange eyes and gentle touch says she’s his, Shaylee is almost scared to hope that her life is changing. But the big male isn’t interested in owning her as a slave. He wants a mate!

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jasmine of dragaJASMINE OF DRAGA (DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

The Neprijat monsters have attacked the Draga Galaxy and millions have died. Prince Nash has left to save what’s left of his people. Adelina has a plan to save Draga, but first she must convince Raena to allow her to meet with the Drakesthai dragons and ask for aid before it’s too late while Varan, the Prince of Thieves makes an official request for her hand in marriage.

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prison moon ice heartPRISON MOON – ICE HEART by Alexandra Marell

Kidnapped by aliens, now her best hope is the very man who betrayed her. It was bad enough losing her tearoom in Devon, England to her thieving partner who took everything, but now Janie Roberts has been kidnapped by aliens who call her by a name she doesn’t know and say she’s been convicted of murder.
Now she’s in a cage and en route to Prison Moon One, home to some of the worst scum in the galaxy, with the very man who betrayed her. If you can call the mountain of muscle with a chip in his head and armour welded to his body a man. Janie knows she won’t survive alone. She needs to trust this man who might be her enemy, but seems so determined to protect her.
He’s big, he’s scary looking, but right now he’s her only hope of survival.

He helped betray an innocent woman, but now his obedience chip is failing and he’ll do anything to keep her safe. His name is Gladiator Kelskar Vespasian, chipped to obey, to kill without question and with a past he can’t remember. But with his obedience chip failing, memories of a more noble man in a past life are returning. The beast they made him into betrayed an innocent woman. The man he was before wants to right that wrong and save her, even at the cost of his own freedom.

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last cityTHE LAST CITY (THE COLONY BOOK 2) by R M Gilmour

A battle approaches Threa – a war of wills, one driven to control it, and the other to destroy it.

While immersed in their history, Lydia learns of the overwhelming threat to the planet and its people. And even though she was brought to Threa by her soulmate Jordan, it has come to be her home. And she will not let it go…(more on ebook seller site)…
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draekon destinyDRAEKON DESTINY (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 5) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino 

Stuck on an alien planet? I can deal.
Abducted by rogue prisoners? No problem.
Mated to two powerful, sexy Draekons? Let’s be real. It’s not a hardship.
After three months on the prison planet, I think I’m finally free of my demons. I’m far away from home. I can start over. Here, there’s no one to hold me back. No one to sabotage my happiness.
But my mates have been plotting to escape the prison planet.
Without me.
I thought I could trust them. I thought they loved me. I was wrong. 
Can we heal our shattered bond?

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reign strands of starfireREIGN (STRANDS OF STARFIRE BOOK 1) by May Sage

Darkness almost destroyed the galaxy a thousand years ago. He’s reborn; and Nalini just saved his life.

A captive at the mercy of the Warlord of their multi-world kingdom, Nalini has learned to hide under a mask, a lie. As far as her master sees, she’s his obedient little puppet.
Then, she meets him. The male who can obliterate the entire Galaxy.
Her world ends that day.

In the eyes of a young Seer, Kai discovers who he’s meant to be. His future is blood and death; but there’s a female by his side. A female he’d gladly destroy stars for.
If his destiny is ruling over ruins with her, so be it.

Two souls, worlds apart, under different skies. One destiny.

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wife lotteryTHE WIFE LOTTERY: FALLON (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 1)  by  Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

n a world where women are seen as a commodity to barter, Alaska promised a sanctuary. But to stay, I have to enter the wife lottery.

Six men, one wife. And I have no say in who those men will be. It’s more than a game of chance–it’s my life falling into the hands of strangers.

But the men who win my hand are ruggedly handsome and promise to protect me until death do us part.

Fallon and his strong will.
Giles and his protective streak.
Salinger and his easy smile.
Banks and his intellect.
Emerson and his faith.
Huxley and his charm.

I want them all, each for a different reason. My body is awake, my heart beats wild. But I’m also a woman running from a past that’s catching up. Fast. My father is coming for me and he’ll make my husbands pay–and that’s not a gamble.
That’s a guarantee.

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alicronALICRON (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr

Vicki is a smart and busy Hollywood agent forced to go on a yoga retreat with her friend
in order to take some time for herself. She is resistant to go, but knows that she needs to
make a change in her lifestyle, especially in the romance department.

Alicron is an alien on a mission. He needs to bring human females back to his home
planet to mate with the males in order to save his species. It’s a heavy mission to bare.

When Vicki is abducted, she is angry and hates the aliens that have taken her and a group
of other human females. Her hate is focused on Alicron, but her body is betraying her.

Alicron is intrigued with the strong human female, and plans to make her his mate. But
then all goes wrong when his ship crash-lands on a cyborg planet.

Now he will need to save her from the cyborgs that have taken her from him, even if she
does hate him. She is his.

But will rescuing her make her change her feelings of hate to feelings of desire? Or will
she continue to despise him for what he has done to her?

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barbarians of the dying sunBARBARIANS OF THE DYING SUN by Aya Morningstar

I was abducted. Taken. Claimed.

He’s a teal-skinned alien who thought he was rescuing me–of all things–but on his brutal and unforgiving world, rescuing me means he owns me. To make things worse, his claim on me is the only thing keeping me alive.

No one is stronger or fiercer than my new alien owner. He wears nothing but a loincloth, which barely covers his muscular body. His weapon of choice is a “skullspear,” which he uses to poke through the skulls of any male he tries to touch me. I don’t know exactly what he’s packing underneath that loincloth, but he’s not at all shy about letting me know what he’d like to do to me with it.

As frustrating and overbearing as he can be, I need his protection. The sun is dying, and the whole world with it. ..(more on ebook seller site)…

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lake silenceLAKE SILENCE (WORLD OF THE OTHERS) by Anne Bishop

VS Note: I LOVE this world and have one clicked the book (yes, even at the trad price for an ebook – ouch! – but the author doesn’t set the price). As soon as I finish writing this post I’m disappearing to read. She created such a different world (although very dark sometimes) – I never got enough of it in the previous series.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget….

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki’s don’t have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shape-shifting Others–discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken–and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.

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burn brightBURN BRIGHT (ALPHA AND OMEGA) by Patricia Briggs

VS Note: OK, one clicked and now I’m in a pickle because I LOVE this series with a wild passion too, so I guess I’ll have to flip a coin for which book to read first today – Bishop’s or Briggs’! For sure I won’t get anything else done for a day or two.

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn.

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silver stagTHE SILVER STAG (THE WILD HUNT BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

Life isn’t easy when you bear the mark of the Silver Stag.

Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator, hiring herself to take care of common problems like hen-stealing goblins.

When Ember’s best friend asks for her help, it leads them both into a glittering world of conspiracy and danger. Angel’s little brother has vanished, and Ember must race against time to save his life. But when Ember discovers what’s happened to DJ, both she and Angel find themselves recruited into Herne’s elite squad of bounty hunters. Now, Ember must not only face her heritage, but she’s bound to preserve the balance between the Fae Courts, for if order isn’t maintained, war and chaos will spill out into the mortal realm.

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merman kingTHE MERMAN KING (LORDS OF THE ABYSS BOOK 6) by Michelle M Pillow

Lucius, King of the Mermen, and ruler of the city of Atlantes, shoulders the guilt for his people’s curse. After being trapped under the sea for two millennia, the time has come for his people to possibly surface and breathe air. He’s ready to be the first to test the theory, but things do not go as expected when a captivating beauty seemingly falls into his lap—and his ocean.

Is Olivette a present from the gods, or a warning to stay punished beneath the waves where his people belong?

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high voltageHIGH VOLTAGE (FEVER) by Karen Marie Moning

There is no action without consequence. Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, Dani is tough and hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, and driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give to those she cares for the peace she has never known.

There is no power without price. When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences—and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of Hell on Earth.

There is no future without sacrifice. With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world, but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race. And no one—not even Ryodan, who would move the very stars for her—can save her this time.

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unforgivable loverUNFORGIVABLE LOVER (WARRIORS OF LEMURIA BOOK 5) by Rosalie Redd

The deepest scars are on the inside.

Who would’ve thought shape-shifters were real? Certainly not Nikki, not, at least, until she’s attacked by a creature right out of her nightmares then rescued by a man straight from her dreams. Gaetan is a tall, mysterious shifter whose deep, sexy voice, gorgeous aquamarine eyes, and smooth, sensual touch calls to her on a level she doesn’t fully understand. Drawn into his fantastical world, she becomes part of an elaborate war, and as the final battle roars, if either is to survive, she must face her fears and trust him despite the scars marring her heart.

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ruby gryphonRUBY GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Roland is an Irish bare-knuckle boxer with an attitude and a shadowy past.

Harriet is an MIT graduate student about to embark on a research expedition to Mozambique.

They never planned on their lives becoming irreversibly intertwined.

The third gryphon to unleash his inner beast, Roland is struggling to cope with his newly discovered shifter power. But aircraft are mysteriously crashing in Mozambique, and despite what scientists think it has nothing to do with the eruption of Monte Muambe. When Roland learns that Harriet is in jeopardy from the bloody Ruby Dragon, he chooses to abandon his friends to save her.

Even though it means tracking her across the African plain.

Can he reach his new mate in time to protect her—and learn about the dragons’ sinister motives in the process? Or will the Ruby Dragon’s crimson flame be too powerful to withstand?

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hollow moonHOLLOW MOON (DECORAH SECURITY SERIES BOOK 17 ) by Rebecca York

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gill K for mentioning this one!

Did she save his life only to betray him?

Werewolf detective Knox Marshall makes a near-fatal mistake when he tries to get the goods on a drug lab in isolated Western Maryland. Captured and used as a test subject in a diabolical experiment, he manages to escape. After nurse Maggie Leland finds him naked and wounded in the woods, she patches him up; but she’s hardly prepared for the drug flashbacks that spin his mind out of control or the side effects that turn him on. She and Knox get close quickly. He thinks he’s found his lifemate—until it looks like Maggie is working with the drug dealers. When he realizes he’s wrong, is it, too late to save her life?

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worlds collide magitechWORLDS COLLIDE (MAGITECH BOOK 1) by Serena Lindahl

The country is divided, separate, and segregated. In the West, techies with amazing technical aptitude are feared and hated; in the East, mages with spectacular supernatural powers are regulated and permitted. Caught between these two worlds, non-magical, non-technical mundanes try to survive from day to day.

When innocent mages are targeted as victims of brutal hate crimes, two sisters are hired to find the killers. Fleeing events in the West, Jenira, the feisty mercenary, and Cat, the tech genius, become a secret and powerful team in an attempt to keep their small family together despite their different natures. What they don’t plan on is teaming up with a Magitech – a man with the rare ability to manipulate both magic and technology. His existence could change everything – the future, the foundation of their society, and maybe even Jenira’s heart.

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the devil inside.PNGTHE DEVIL INSIDE (HELL’S GATE BOOK 2) by Jane Hinchey

God is missing…And Heaven is dying. And if that weren’t bad enough, I’m in a showdown with my brothers. I don’t care if they’re family—they pissed off the wrong sister. Those Arch Angels are going to pay the price for getting my lover, Levi Forrester dragged into another dimension by a vicious soul stealer.

Retrieving Levi won’t be easy, but I’m Hellbent on taking back what’s mine. After all, when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

Now, with God disappearing, lost souls multiplying, and a new threat on the loose, it’s up to me to make things right.

I’m Lucy, the CEO of Hell, and come Hell or high water, I will get my way.

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sword of judgmentSWORD OF JUDGMENT (CRIMSON REALM CHRONICLES BOOK 4 ) by Taryn Jameson and Gabriella Bradley

Betrayed by several members of her crew, Erica now finds herself in a race to beat the clock. A rare poison injected into the king’s blood from the blade of her sword, threatens his life.

Erica joins her lifemate, Laro, and the rest of the team, on a mission rife with danger to search for the antidote to save the king. With an angry god bent on destroying the royal line by any means possible, the team doesn’t know who to trust or what Zohmes will do next.

Can Erica find a way to prove the innocence of her crewmembers before the blade of judgement falls?

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hooked on a phoenixHOOKED ON A PHOENIX (PHOENIX BROTHERS) by Ashlyn Chase

Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

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hopeless kingdomHOPELESS KINGDOM (THE HOPELESS SERIES BOOK 2) by A K Koonce

What’s more powerful than magic?
Revenge.

King Tristan wasn’t prepared for a prisoner quite like Zakara Storm. The three beautiful fae men led her to her imprisonment and it’s hard to see who is friend and who is foe in the dangerous and destructive kingdom.

A savior is all the humans want. Freedom is what the fae seek. Survival is all Zakara knows.

She’ll survive, even if she has to watch the whole world burn to ash.

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mated to the earth dragonMATED TO THE EARTH DRAGON (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Curvy Autumn Carter is a sheltered travel agent who has never traveled. But after planning her trip of a lifetime to Iceland down to the last hotel and landmark, she’s forced to throw all her plans out the window when a hot-as-blazes dragon shifter and a bunch of homicidal fire dragons crash her vacation!

Damon Drago is the powerful Dragon of the Earth, member of the Council of Elements. On the trail of dangerous fire dragons in Iceland, he instead finds what he least expected – his mate. Her luscious curves kindle a passion hot enough to melt the ice and make him want to forget all about his duty – but the fire dragons have other plans. Now his mate is in deadly danger and only Damon can protect her, by whisking her away to a secret shifter town hidden in the mountains.

But when the fire dragons attack the seat of the Council of Elements itself, nowhere is safe. Is the power of Damon’s element strong enough to protect his mate? Or will dragon’s fire burn hotter than their love?

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flight of the white wolfFLIGHT OF THE WHITE WOLF by Terry Spear

Gavin Summerfield—an arctic wolf shifter with a fear of flying—has to fly into the vast lakeland wilderness of northern Minnesota to track down his suspect—where his ability to shift will come in very handy. Imagine his chagrin when his pilot turns out to be the woman who tasered him last time they saw each other. Things are off to a rocky start…again.

Arctic wolf shifter Amelia White isn’t entirely displeased to see Gavin again, but priorities shift when their plane is sabotaged and goes down in the middle of nowhere. As their attraction grows, Amelia hopes Gavin doesn’t discover the secret she’s been keeping…she knows he could never forgive her.

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shifters embraceTHE SHIFTER’S EMBRACE (SHIFTERS OF THE SEVENTH MOON BOOK 2) by Selena Scott

Celia Lamplighter was not the typical kind of woman that football star Jean Luc LaTour would ever be interested in. Or at least that’s what she told herself a hundred times a day as she attempted to get her crush on him under control.

On the outside, they couldn’t have been more different. He was famous, athletic, desired by anyone with a pulse. She was a reclusive, curvy, tatted up librarian. In the real world, there was no chance they’d ever find one another or ever fall in love.

But they aren’t living in the real world. They, along with five new friends, are on the adventure of a lifetime, racing the full moon and attempting to save all seven of their souls. With a demon on their tails,
the group finds themselves in the spooky swamps of the Everglades, fighting for their lives. Jean Luc and Celia find themselves fighting their unlikely desire for one another, fearful of a love that will change both of them irrevocably.

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hidden giftsHIDDEN GIFTS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

Life as Rafael Castillo knows it is about to come to an end. Twenty-one years ago, his grandmother, then head witch of the Castillo clan, helped the McAllister clan defeat a dark wizard…for a price. The payment, Miranda McAllister, is now on her way to be his bride. A medieval arrangement, but there’s no naysaying Rafe’s mother, who is intent on carrying out his grandmother’s wishes.

Miranda’s parents tried everything — even revealing her lack of magical gifts — to break this unholy bargain, to no avail. As her Halloween birthday approaches, she journeys to Santa Fe, where the betrothed she’s never seen awaits.

Their first meeting is more like Beauty clashing with Beast than Cinderella dancing away with Prince Charming. But their first kiss is electric, triggering a storm of emotions and odd experiences that make Miranda wonder if her long-dormant magic is finally bursting from its shell.

However, even as Rafe and Miranda begin to grow closer, threads of dark magic are weaving a spell that could destroy their clans’ alliance…and any chance for love.

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dark alphas nightDARK ALPHA’S NIGHT (A REAPER NOVEL) by Donna Grant

To some Fae, I am their worst nightmare. For I do Death’s bidding. But for all our strength and skill, a powerful enemy has risen up. Finding Ettie could change everything. The Half-Fae is our one chance. She’s sharp and strong and fierce. She steals my breath every time I’m near her. And looking into her eyes is like a bolt of lightning right through me. She’s what I’ve been waiting for my long, dark existence. But for us to be together, we must first stay alive.

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an american witch in parisAN AMERICAN WITCH IN PARIS by Michele Hauf

Tired of his desk job, Ethan Pierce decides it’s time for a more exciting occupation. This straitlaced vampire may be ready for demons and blood magic, but nothing can prepare him for Tuesday Knightsbridge. She’s brash, she’s bold and she’s the sexiest woman he’s ever met. She also happens to be a witch…and the key to saving the world.

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switch of fate prequelSWITCH OF FATE PREQUEL by Lisa Ladew and Grace Quillen

Growler and Anna begin their lives at the cosh, a place with only one rule: A switch may not favor only one shifter, because it makes her weak. This is a rule Anna has no choice but to break, as Growler steals her heart again and again.

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as you wishAS YOU WISH (A SUMMERHOUSE NOVEL) by Jude Devereaux

One fateful summer, three very different women find themselves together in Summer Hill, Virginia, where they find they have much more in common than they realized…

Sixty-year-old Olivia’s first marriage was long and unhappy, but now she is a newlywed, thrilled to finally be starting her life with the man she’s always truly loved—even if they are getting a late start. Kathy is in her forties and married to a handsome, successful businessman. Theirs would be a fairy-tale romance if it weren’t for one problem: He’s passionately in love with someone else! Twenty-something Elise is also in a troubled marriage, stuck with the man her wealthy parents chose for her. Now that he has a pregnant mistress, he seems willing to go to drastic lengths to take Elise out of the picture.

Though each of them wound up at the Summerhouse for separate reason, it’s not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they’re presented with the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to right the wrongs of their past—all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.

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NECROMANCERS SMILETHE NECROMANCER’S SMILE by Lisa Oliver

Detective Dakar Rhodes is an alpha wolf shifter who’s short on sleep and patience. Called to yet another crime scene, definitely the work of a serial killer, he’s shocked to learn the Pedace Police Department has a Necromancer as a consultant. Considering he’d moved to Pedace because of the lack of a coven in the area, he wasn’t pleased with the new development. His previous dealings with magic users never ended well. But when ordered to show the consultant the respect befitting his position, Dakar bites his tongue and longs for a swift conclusion to the case.

Necromancer Prince Sebastian York, or Sy to his friends, has a real issue with people. He doesn’t like or trust them, but because of his position, he has to deal with them. Dead people are so much easier – at least they don’t want anything from him. But Sy has been raised to do his duty and when he’s called to a crime scene, he doesn’t expect anything much to happen beyond talking to a few spirits. The last thing he thought he’d find is a wolf shifter claiming to be his mate.

One short meeting has a wealth of repercussions. Finding a serial killer is easy; coping with relationships is anything but. Demons, journalists, long held grudges and a familiar with loyalty issues all combine to make for a hectic time. It’s a case of one step forward, two steps back for Dakar and Sy, but when evil comes calling will they be able to rely on each other for a chance at an HEA?

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awakening the shifterAWAKENING THE SHIFTER by Jane Godman

Rock star Khan hides his shifter status behind his bad-boy reputation. But the weretiger is floored by the combined beauty and talent of singer Sarange Tsedev…who doesn’t know she’s a wolf! Their chemistry is potent, but tigers and wolves don’t mix. Still, Khan’s and Sarange’s past and present are linked; it will take their combined magical abilities to create a future together.

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highland dragon masterHIGHLAND DRAGON MASTER (DAWN OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON) by Isabel Cooper

The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it’s only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.

If only that kind of power didn’t come with such a terrible price.

Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she’ll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate…and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.

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switch of fate 2SWITCH OF FATE 2 by Grace Quillen and Lisa Ladew

Flint Gibson is ready to lay down his life for The Cause, just so long as doing so results in a ton of dead vampires. He’s been planning a kamikaze mission for decades, not-so-patiently waiting for news about the vampires who killed his family. Because all vampires must die. Especially those vampires. The organized resistance building in the forests of North Carolina is interesting, but he doesn’t have time to romance a switch.

Until a glowing green woman slams into him, stealing his heart with a confused but passionate kiss.

Goldie Peletier has always been a good girl, prim and proper. She counted on following the rules to keep her safe in life. But she has a secret, one she hides deep in the darkest corners of her soul and has never told anyone. So when a massive bear of a man draws out her passion, telling her things that threaten to bring her secret into the light, she prepares to cut and run. Again.

If Flint and Goldie manage to join hearts, the strength they add to The Cause could make them an unstoppable team. But things have never worked out “just right” for our Goldie, and once vampires show up in her world, she only spins further out of control.

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bad moon risingBAD MOON RISING:  A LOUP GAROU WORLD NOVEL (TEMPTING FATE BOOK 2) by Mandy M Roth

Gina, a natural-born slayer with a little something special, has been looking for love in all the wrong places. She’s not holding out for Prince Charming and for some strange reason, she can’t stop having feelings she shouldn’t for a man she considers just a friend. Sure, he’s hot, but he’s an alpha male shifter. Shifters and slayers don’t mix. It’s just the way of it. Plus, he’s been friend zoned.

Detective Jay Gonzales is so in love with the spitfire redheaded slayer he can’t see straight. She keeps him at arm’s length and he can’t blame her. He’s got a history as a ladies’ man and he’s not what her slayer buddies would consider a catch. He doesn’t care. She means something to him, and this alpha wolf shifter isn’t about to take no for an answer, especially since he’s sure she’s his mate. Breaking the news to his pack, and keeping her safe from a rising dark threat in the city, are just two more obstacles he has to overcome to make Gina his forever.

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from the dark placesFROM THE DARK PLACES by Margaret L Carter

VS Note: From February. Normally I wouldn’t list a book with only one two-star review but that reviewer seemed to focus largely on a discussion of opinion re Cthulhu and Lovecraft mythos etc., with a few comments on the book itself. I looked at the “Look Inside” sample and the prose flowed pretty well, so here it is. As always, sample and decide for yourself! I have not read this book. I did express to the author that I would include the book in this week’s post but with basically this note and she was fine with that.

When Father Michel Emeric and Dr. Ray Benson warn young widow Kate Jacobs of occult danger stalking her, she dismisses them as deranged fanatics. The eerie disappearance of her four-year-old daughter, Sara, changes her mind. Ray and Father Mike rescue Kate’s child, but the fight has only begun. Dark powers from beyond our world want to destroy Kate and Sara and prevent the birth of a future child foretold to have extraordinary psychic powers and a destiny as a great warrior against evil. Kate must develop her latent wild talents and allow Sara to do the same, in a universe weirder–and more dangerous–than she’s ever imagined.

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VS Note: And just in case you missed my scifi rock star romance last week:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 28

February 21

February 14

February 7

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

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

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

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STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD by Veronica Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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rishaltRISHALT (TAXYON SPACE BOOK 2) by Aurora Springer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

urimURIM (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: From January

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

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

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

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oath forgerOATH FORGER (BOOK 1) by Nia Mars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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his human brideHIS HUMAN BRIDE by Anne Bordeaux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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metamorphosisMETAMORPHOSIS (BONDS OF DESIRE BOOK 1) by McKenna Jeffries

VS Note: Apparently this is a paranormal romance.

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

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

They are undergoing a change… a Metamorphosis.

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templeTHE TEMPLE: A GUARDIANS OF DESTINY BOOK by Jean Johnson

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

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

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

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

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troll bridgeTHE TROLL BRIDGE  by Jenny Schwartz

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

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

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

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

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eternal desireETERNAL DESIRE: THE SIREN COVEN by Kim Loraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivory Bennett has a gift.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fire and boneFIRE AND BONE by Rachel A Marks

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

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

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

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modredMODRED-NIGHT WOLVES by Lisa Daniels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: Sounds good!

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

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

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

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hawkynHAWKYN: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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curseTHE CURSE (SHIFTER ORIGINS) by Harper A Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 21

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

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NIGHT OF THE SHAYDE (THE ALIEN VAMPIRES OF SHADE BOOK 1) by Lili Zander

The first night, I was bitten.
The second night, I was hunted.
The third night—the night I was marked for death—I attracted the attention of three Shayde enforcers, the dangerous and enigmatic Vampyrs, Saber, Zeke and Nero.
To earn my freedom, I just need to survive one more night. I need to make it through the ultimate trial. The tournament of warriors. The Night of the Shayde.
But the Vampyrs want me for their own. 

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sacred and profaneSACRED AND PROFANE by Nina Merrill

VS Note: A re-release

Scholarly Jennie Pierson hides behind her books, observing her own life. When she deciphers a cryptic inscription and is pulled 700 years into the past, she has no choice but to take an active part.

Chaste Templar Tibald de Bergère doesn’t know if the strange visitor from a distant place can be trusted. She seeks to convince the Templars that the king of France has slated their Order for destruction. Can he believe her? Jennie’s modern ways and journal full of Templar secrets draw the wrong sort of attention from the commander of the preceptory and a dangerous agent of the king.

Only Tibald and his companion Napier can preserve her from discovery and death, but at what cost to themselves and their secret order? Will Jennie and her lover escape the dark days at the end of the Templars’ rule over the crowned heads of Europe? And if Jennie is faced with the chance of returning to her own place and time, what will she choose?

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claiming their mateCLAIMING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 5) by Kallista Dane

Zandyr and Zhynn are Tharan Warriors, sent to the desert planet of Borvaan. Their mission: uncover the barbarian ruler’s plan to wage war on neighboring worlds – and rescue the human female sold to his harem.

Delta Greystone served as First Mate on the Earther ship Luna and the Tharans have been ordered to find and free her. They’ve been warned the pheromones of a human female will stir their gyron, awakening a savage need to dominate her and claim her as their mate. Together, as is the Tharan way.

Back on Earth, sex with her ex-fiancee was just one more thing for Delta to tick off her to-do list. But the hot alien twins awaken wicked desires she’s never had before and their thrilling mastery drives her wild.

When Delta finds out their spying has been discovered and their lives are in danger, she sets out across the burning sands to save the twins. Alone and on foot. Will Zandyr and Zhynn track her down in time – or will the merciless desert kill all three before the twins can claim her as their Tharan mate?

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gib and the tibbarGIB AND THE TIBBAR (GALACTIC DEFENDERS BOOK 3) by Jessica E Subject

VS Note: This is the re-release of Jessica’s story from the PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology.

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?

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alien bondsALIEN BONDS (WAKANREO BOOK 1) by Carmen Webster Buxton

VS Note: From January

In ALIEN BONDS, two lives are changed in an instant. Industrial chemist Dina Bellaire travels all the way to the planet Wakanreo to advance her career. Her carefully planned life goes up in flames the second she meets Kuaron Du, a Wakanrean who makes his living singing ancient songs in a dead language. Both of them know they can’t go back to the way they were before they met. They just have to convince the rest of the universe that what happened to them is real.

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his human possessionHIS HUMAN POSSESSION by Renee Rose

Leti only intended to seduce the alien warrior. Because the game was to survive.
Ingratiate herself to a new master.

She never thought she’d fall for the giant horned warrior who rescued her from slavery.
But it’s easy to make him lose control. All she has to do is tempt him, and his need to master her takes over.

Paal’s species battle to take back their planet.
All of their futures dangle by a thread.

Leti and Paal should cling together as they fight for freedom, but her every seduction drives a wedge between them. And when he learns her secret, it just may be the end.

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scorpions mateTHE SCORPION’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 1) by Susan Trombley

Claire has never really fit in with everyone around her, but she’s carved out a life for herself using her own unique style and artistic ability to support herself on the Internet. The last thing she expects is to be abducted by aliens and dropped into a research facility, where a genetically-engineered alien soldier chooses her as his life-mate.
Thrax’s pheromones are compelling, and his status as a fellow unwilling test subject makes them allies, but Claire isn’t certain she can trust someone who is convinced she belongs to him, when all she wants to do is find a way to return home to Earth—a place that her devoted alien can never follow, because there’s no way the scorpion-like alien would ever be able to pass for human.
Still, she’ll accept help where she can find it, so she doesn’t hesitate to escape with Thrax from the facility, though their time running from their pursuers in the warrens beneath the research facility will forever change Claire, and could make it impossible for her to return to Earth.
But will there be anywhere else in the galaxy they can go where their love will be accepted?

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bought by the alien princeBOUGHT BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (ALIEN AUCTION HOUSE BOOK 2)  by Starr Huntress and Zara Zenia

Ella is a plus-size girl who came from a rich family. One of power, since her father is the mayor. Her friends are only friends with her due to her status. Her father is a drunk, and an angry one at that. Behind closed doors, her life at home is a living hell.

Zarbonov is an alien shifter prince who comes from a highly influential family as well. He’s under pressure by his family to find a mate.

When Ella is abducted, part of her is happy to get away from her previous life. It means a chance to start fresh and to be free from the invisible chains her father has put around her feet.

Zarbonov buys her at the auction, but she doesn’t obey his every command as he expected her to. She doesn’t want to be in the same position she was back home.

He will need to show her love in order for her to voluntarily do what he wants. She will need to earn his trust, as well, in order for him to let her be herself.

When push comes to shove, will they get what they each want? Or will they lose everything they worked so hard to achieve?

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daughter of deathDAUGHTER OF DEATH (DARK PROVENANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Lexi C Foss

A dead body. A missing daughter. A silver blade. All the clues point to one person: Me.

My name is Evangeline, and I’m a retired assassin who wants nothing to do with the underworld. But an edict from a Demonic Lord forces me to return to the man and the life I left behind.

I have seven days to prove my innocence.
Whoever set me up is going to die.

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bound in ashesBOUND IN ASHES (DRACHEN MATES BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Tiana Jonas’s life is unexciting. Nothing happens. Except her technical support calls with Ker Drachen. He’s got the sexiest voice if her wet panties are any sign. Boring goes out the window when her house is burglarized and an undiscovered body bleeds out on her kitchen floor. Ker comes to her rescue with a place to hide away. She just needs to keep her clothes on. That’s proving a lot harder than she thought.

Ker Drachen is obsessed with the sweet school teacher, Tiana. Her voice alone gives him wet dreams. When she gets into trouble, every protective instinct in him demands he guard his woman. Except, she’s not his. Not by dragon mark. But that won’t get in his way. Someone trying to kill her might be a problem, though. Then again, so might the fact she’s the most innocent, and desirous woman he’s ever met.

Romancing Tiana isn’t easy when danger follows her like a shadow, but Ker is determined to prove to her he’s the man for her in every hot, slick, and dirty way possible. He’s going to win her love and keep her. That’s all good, but he might have to die to show her how much he cares. Unless she gives up her life for him first.

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elements of desireELEMENTS OF DESIRE (HIJINKS HAREM BOOK 3) by C M Stunich and Tate James

Seven dysfunctional, supernatural spouses.
One jealous, psychotic childhood friend.
A match … made in deception?

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the fated soul mate to six elemental dragons. Or, at least I thought I was. We even got married–big white dress, custom suits for my beaus, crazy mother-in-law–but now there’s this girl who claims that she is their rightful soul mate.

At first, I hated the hunky assholes who’d dropped into my life unannounced, flipped my world upside down, and dragged me into supernatural society kicking and screaming. But now? I’m starting to fall for them, all six of them. I mean, I’d taken the plunge and walked the aisle for these guys, hadn’t I? But this girl–Gemma–she wants my guys to be hers.

Fate must hate me because I’ve got more than just relationship drama to deal with: my biological parents still want me dead, the kidnapped spirit elementals are still missing, and I’m pretty sure my best friend is trying to kill me. As if that wasn’t enough, someone’s raided my inherited wine cellar and all the booze has gone missing!

I’m Ari Smoke, blushing (hah) bride, nymphomaniac, and royally pissed off.
Being married to six elemental studs is nice … but wondering if I get to keep them, not so much.

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watcher redeemedWATCHER REDEEMED (WATCHERS OF THE GRAY BOOK 2) by JL Madore

In the shadowed streets of Toronto, there exists a garrison of soldiers like no other—nine immortal warriors, half-Archangel/half-human, living unknown amongst the city, defending humanity from the Daemons of the Hell realm. – This is Kyrian’s story

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thalgors witchTHALGOR’S WITCH by Nancy Holland

In a land of perpetual war and wandering, warrior Thalgor not only leads his people in battle, but keeps the hope alive that someday his displaced tribe can rebuild the kingdom that was lost to the treachery between witches and men. When he captures a beautiful witch, he knows he cannot trust her. But to succeed in his quest to find a new home and prevail over his enemies, he also knows he needs her.

Erwyn might be a slave and feared for her powers and precognition, but she doesn’t cower when confronted by the feared warrior. Nor does she act as expected. Thalgor’s kindness confuses her. His flashes of humor confound her. And the reaction he ignites in her body creates a longing that she cannot deny.

Neither anticipated falling in love. The stakes are high, but when Thalgor is mortally wounded, Erwyn realizes she must accept help from an unlikely source to save him.

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curse of flamesA CURSE OF FLAMES (FAE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Sophia Shade

mogen is Dark Blessed… and bad things happen to those who are Dark Blessed…

When Imogen returns to her second year at Callador, she immediately senses the looming, threatening darkness embracing her school. A vision from last year promised yet another death, but the killing won’t stop there.

If Imogen can’t figure out who the killer is, the murders may never stop. And her friends might be next. Her only hope for saving them lies in her curse of being Dark Blessed, but revealing her true nature could destroy her life forever.

But what’s a girl to do when her number one suspect is the guy she doesn’t even realize she’s falling for?

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fae kissedFAE KISSED (COURT OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 1) by Graceley Knox and D D Miers

Fate. Some people call it lies. Other’s live by it, know it, feel it…I knew it. But I ignored it.
My goals were already set out before me. I chose my own path. Early admission into college and a last summer with my girls. My biggest obstacle should’ve been figuring out how to tell them our time would be cut short…

It always starts with a guy. The guy. Some ridiculously handsome one who walks into a diner—and flips your world upside down. He told me things—secrets. About the Fae. That I had to resist all the temptation of their world. That I had to resist him. I did. And you know where it got me?

Here. Now. With a scar and a prickling under my skin telling me it was all lies.
Now the future of the Court of Midnight relies on my unraveling of the past.

Fate. What a fickle vixen.

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once upon a woilfONCE UPON A WOLF (THE WAYWARD WOLVES SERIES BOOK 1) by Rhys Ford

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

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bound by vengeanceBOUND BY VENGEANCE (THE ALLIANCE BOOK 2) by Brenda K Davies

After her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal, revenge propels Vicky to find and destroy the man who sold her into captivity. The minute she gets the chance to search for Duke alone, she seizes the opportunity. When her hunt causes her to cross paths with Nathan, she finds herself secretly aligning with the one man she’s vowed to avoid.

Determined to hunt down the Savage who murdered his father, Nathan has told no one about his private search for Joseph. The night he runs into Vicky and learns she’s on her own quest, he reluctantly agrees to join forces with her to achieve his goal.

Bound by their driving need for vengeance, they soon find themselves unable to deny the attraction growing between them. As leader of the hunters, Nathan knows they would never accept his relationship with a vampire, but will he be able to let Vicky go, or will their growing love destroy them both?

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olympus boundOLYMPUS BOUND by Jordanna Max Brodsky

VS Note: I have  no idea if this is a romance. The myhtology twists sounded interesting.

Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene. She’s lost her home and the man she loves.

A cult hungry for ancient power has kidnapped her father and targeted her friends. To save them, Selene must face the past she’s been running from – a past that stretches back millennia, to when the faithful called her Huntress. Moon Goddess. Artemis.

With the pantheon at her side, Selene must journey back to the seat of her immortal power: from the streets of Rome and the temples of Athens — to the heights of Mount Olympus itself.

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alpha wolfs mateTHE ALPHA WOLF’S MATE: BAD ALPHA DADS (THE NECKLACE CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by R E Butler

Ryde Mitchell, alpha of the largest wolf pack on the Eastern seaboard, has no time for anything but ruling his pack. The only bright spot in his life is his daughter, Brigelle, who at age seven has managed to wrap him entirely around her pink-polished fingers. He knows that Bri should have a mother, but he can’t spare the time to even consider choosing a female from his pack to mate, and assures his sweet daughter that he’ll have time for her as soon as pack tensions settle down. When Bri decides to cast a spell on her father’s behalf to bring him the perfect mate, she has no idea the storm of trouble she’s bringing their way. All she wanted was for her dad to have a mate and for her to have a mom. She didn’t want to put her father’s life, or her own, on the line.

As the sister of the vampire mistress of the city of Arbor, Dominique Tremaine has seen her share of weird. Born into a powerful family, she spends her time dealing with the vampires in their large kiss and helping keep their city safe from encroaching shifters, who would just as soon stake them as form alliances. When she finds a beautiful necklace hanging from her vanity mirror, she assumes it’s a gift from her sister and puts it on. The instant the medallion touches her skin, she passes out and wakes up in the most unlikely of places – an alpha wolf’s bed.

Ryde is furious that his daughter went behind his back and spelled for his mate. Not only does he have zero time to woo the utterly sexy blood drinker, but with all the pack unrest, the last thing he needs is to mate with his people’s mortal enemy. If he keeps Dominique, he could lose his pack and his life, but he doesn’t know if he can walk away. Especially not when he witnesses how connected his daughter and his mate are. If he takes a stand for Dominique, he could lose everything, but he’s not sure he can let her go.

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agent and handlerAGENT AND HANDLER: ADVENTURES OF PEPPER CHANCE  by Sherri Jordan-Asble

VS Note: No idea how much romance if any, this book has.

Pepper Chance didn’t have a billionaire to help her off the streets. She had The Company—a mysterious government organization of psychic agents, battling the dark forces of demonic activity.

Her first case introduces Pepper to the world of demons, but it’s more involved than she ever expected. And working with her sinfully handsome handler, Agent Marsten, made things all the more complicated.

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sapphire gryphonSAPPHIRE GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Ruby Ryan

Sam can’t take his eyes of the totem he found in Belize, and he doesn’t dare let anyone else learn it’s in his possession. He knows there’s something special about the stone figurine, even if he can’t quite figure it out.

Until Ezra, a professional pick-pocketer, steals it from him in the Denver airport.

But Ezra has eyes only for the enormous sapphire set into the stone, and she can’t possibly imagine the totem’s true value. So it’s the surprise of a lifetime when she accidentally triggers Sam’s terrible, beastly transformation.

Bouncing between drug dealers and mohawk-wearing psychopaths, Sam and Ezra must find a way to protect the totem—and each other. Can they master their power quickly enough to escape the dragon chasing them, or will they be burnt to a crisp in an avalanche of dragonfire?

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tropical lynxs loverTROPICAL LYNX’S LOVER (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Even a tropical paradise has its problems. When something is broken, Alaskan lynx shifter Travis is always the man for the job. As the handyman in charge of maintaining the beautiful all-shifter resort of Shifting Sands, he’s never found anything he can’t put back together… until he meets his one true mate.

New to being a shifter, curvy Jenny Smith isn’t used to having an otter sharing her head, or all of the inappropriate ideas it has. She can’t control her shifting, and she can’t even remember how to read, let alone return to her life as a lawyer. She finds herself randomly with whiskers, and wanting to wash her food in saltwater, and now there’s a gorgeous man her otter says is her fated mate. But does saying yes to Travis mean losing what’s left of her human self?

Shifting Sands Resort is a safe haven for shifters of all types, but a storm is coming, and with it, grave danger from Jenny’s past. Can Travis rescue his mate and show her how to love her whole self… and himself as well?

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order of the regentORDER OF THE REGENT (KNIGHTS OF THE HAREM BOOK 1) by Jasmine Walt

Lorelai D’Anjou’s life has never been easy. The sole survivor of a dark magic that destroyed her entire family, she has spent the last eight years caring for the ailing, impotent monarch who saved her life and claimed her for his own.

When the king is murdered by his selfish brother, Lorelai’s world is suddenly narrowed down to two choices: marry her husband’s killer, or die. Now, she flees for her life, a fugitive in her own kingdom as she seeks allies to help her take back her stolen throne.

Thankfully, Lorelai is not without friends. The fierce, dashing knights of the Order of the Regent have always been loyal, and during her darkest hour, they come to her aid. Unfortunately, five knights are not enough to rally a kingdom, especially when assassins are nipping at Lorelai’s heels, and doubt is brewing in the hearts of Valliere’s great houses.

But Lorelai has never been one to give up, and she’s not about to start now. Especially when the alternative is not just death, but the end of the entire world as she knows it.

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season of sinSEASON OF SIN (FINDING ASTRID BOOK 1) by J L Caid and Jaxson Kidman

I wake up dead. No, that’s not some cliché thing to say after a long night of partying. I’m really dead. Now I have to figure out a few things.

1.How did I die?
2.Why am I in this massive bed with purple, silk sheets?
3.Why are there four seven-foot-tall, hunks of muscle and man staring at me?

The first thing I figure out is this: They aren’t men. They have fangs. And they’re not afraid to show them – or use them. They tell me why I’m there and what my destiny is with them… in and out of bed.

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glacierGLACIER (VLG BOOK 9) by Laurann Dohner

Since that fateful day she was snatched from her job and turned into a Vampire, Mandy’s life has sucked-literally. Forced to become an assassin for the Vampire Council, she finds solace in taking out the scumbag rogues she’s often assigned to kill. Things go south when she realizes her next mark is an old coworker from her human days…a seriously hot one, who she had deep feelings for. Worse, the council was wrong. He’s not a villain, but a protector. One she refuses to kill, regardless of orders.

Glacier’s astonished to come face to face with Mandy in a dark alley. Even more so to learn the sweet one-time human is now an assassin-assigned to kill him, no less. His orders are clear. Eliminate her. But what’s a GarLycan to do when duty conflicts with his desire to protect the woman he once had feelings for? He’s about to find out.

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arctic blazeTHE PHOENIX AGENCY ARCTIC BLAZE (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA 62 DEGREES NORTH) by Amy Ruttan

Their passion will set the north on fire…

Mason LaCroix is struggling with his new found abilities, but when the Phoenix Agency tells him his older brother, Nash, is missing, he’ll overcome whatever he has to, to save him.

May Rebassa doesn’t trust anyone. She’s been hurt one too many times and all because of her powers of telepathy and projection, but when Nash LaCroix saves the only person she thinks of as family and is injured in the process, she feels she has no choice but to put her trust in Nash’s younger brother Mason. The man who broke her heart years ago.

The GKA want one thing, they want Mason and his new powers to break their former leader out of a Phoenix Agency prison and they’ll stop at nothing to get that.

Even if it means burning the north to the ground.

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dogs of warDOGS OF WAR (SHADOWLYTE SHIFTERS SAGA Book 1)  by A R DeClerck

Wickedness haunts the slums of London, even as the members of the Shadowlyte Clan work to chase down its source. Children are disappearing and the queen herself has tasked the Alpha with discovering why. His only hope of finding the missing boys lies with a woman who escaped hell herself. She is captivating in her ability to survive, and even Chase’s wolf can’t help but admire her.

Freedom is a distant memory for Katryn until the handsome black wolf offers her asylum with his people. His kindness awakens a part of her she thought long dead. Despite all she suffered, Katryn knows she owes him any assistance she can provide. No one is safe until the villains who captured her and the other children are brought to justice.

Thrown together by darkness, Chase and Katryn will face the kind of depravity that only the strongest can endure. They may even have a chance at happiness when it’s over, but can they survive long enough to see it realized?

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wolf at the doorTHE WOLF AT THE DOOR by Charlie Adhara

Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.

Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating.

When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t be contained or controlled. But with a body count that’s rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don’t catch the killer soon, one—or both—of them could be the next to go.

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vampires thirst flintA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: FLINT by A K Michaels

Flint is an ancient Vampire. He used to work as a bodyguard for his friend, Victor, but when Victor finds his Bloodmate and heads off on a round-the-world honeymoon, Flint goes on his own adventure, setting off to the Highlands of Scotland. Only trouble is…Flint doesn’t want to go. That is, until a strange, mysterious, and magical feeling takes over him as he flies over Edinburgh Castle…at the same time as he wants to tear into the throat of the mortal confined within the cabin with him.
Never before has he lost control to his dark side…well not against an innocent. Flint is hard, tough, and more than capable of inflicting pain when he deems it necessary, but losing control: never.

He has the fight of his life on his hands. One he is determined to win. When he goes in search of the secretive nightclub Mystique, he is shocked to his very core by a chance encounter. Kenzie McBride, a damsel in distress needs his help, but the rescue mission ends up with a horde on their tails. Not only is Kenzie beautiful and injured…she’s the most elusive and precious of things in the whole damn universe: a Vampire’s Bloodmate. His Bloodmate. And he’ll fight to the death to keep her safe from anyone who comes after her. Anyone.

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rurikRURIK (BROTHERS OF ASH AND FIRE BOOK 3) by Lauren Smith

The fiercest of a royal line of Russian dragon shifters, Rurik Barinov spends most days defending his family’s homeland from rival clans. By night, sins of the flesh—drinking, dancing, and sex—keep his volatile warrior dragon in check. Barely.

With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways—until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart.

Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business—hunting down dragons—to her brothers. But tonight, she’s shed her chemist’s lab coat and infiltrated enemy lines to bag a dragon of her own.

She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul—the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Or that she’d fall for the brave, battle-scarred dragon shifter who covets her heart like the most precious of jewels.

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seduced by flamesSEDUCED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 2) by Vella Day

If it weren’t for bad luck, safety expert, Nessa Caspian, wouldn’t have any luck at all. Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, an explosion traps her in the mine. Really? If she hadn’t been a dragon shifter, capable of clawing her way out, she’d be dead!

When she learns the mining inspector, Kyle Harper, has to shut down her family’s legacy because of all the safety issues, she’s livid—that is until she realizes the super hot man is her future mate. Well crap. Now what is she supposed to do? Bite him?

Kyle hates dragon shifters. After all, one nearly killed his sister. When he meets the highly tantalizing and intelligent Nessa though, all his preconceived notions fly out the window. Part of him wants to keep her at arm’s length and the rest of him wants to ravish her.

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VS Note: And just a reminder of my own recent new scifi romance release: MATEER: SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES, which has garnered a few much appreciated 5 Star reviews so far – WOOT!

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specters in the stormVS Note: Not exactly sure where to classify this, but wanted to mention Pauline B. Jones’s involvement in the Sorcery and Steam Story Bundle, including her book SPECTERS IN THE STORM. Pauline explains it all on her blog.  Apparently the bundle is limited time thing, supports a good cause, offers many books (some new and some older titles) by different authors and many choices…Here’s a bit of what she says:

“Sorcery. Steam. Ghosts. A touch of romance. Mythic creatures. Some truly violent bad guys. And one little black cat.

We have everything in this bundle that a fantasy reader could want.

Including magic.

We have magic in all forms, from the magic that gods use when they come to Earth to magic that a familiar inspires when she helps a man with limited ability keep his spells fresh. We have vampires and werewolves. We have parasols and tea and lovely chocolates. We have FBI agents facing killers and assassins who can kill with a blink.

A fantastic story for every mood, and steampunk. …”

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

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

mateerBest Wishes for a very happy February 14th!

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

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And a New Release from me – whee!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

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

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

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

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

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judeJUDE by Arcadia Shield

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

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: From January

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

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

Sometimes love is mad.

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ohberOHBER (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

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

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

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

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alien instinctALIEN INSTINCT  by Tracy Lauren

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

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

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alluvialALLUVIAL VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 1 by Amanda Milo

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

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

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tempest sonhadraTEMPEST VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 2 by Poppy Rhys

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

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

I wasn’t prepared for any of it.

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

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blazingBLAZING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 3) by Nancey Cummings

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

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

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whirlwindWHIRLWIND (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK FOUR) by Ripley Proserpina

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

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radiantRADIANT (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas

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

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shadowedSHADOWED (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 6) by Isabel Wroth

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

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

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

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undyingUNDYING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts

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

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

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enduringENDURING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 8) by Marina Simcoe

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

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unfrozenUNFROZEN (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 9) by Regine Abel

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

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

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raiRAI (WEREDRAGONS OF TUVISO) by Maia Starr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That was the easy part.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this magic momentTHIS MAGIC MOMENT by Susan Squires

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gill K

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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marked by painMARKED BY PAIN by CeCe Rose and G Bailey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It didn’t.

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

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

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dark embraceDARK EMBRACE by Elle Boon

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

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

The Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Series canva both covers

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 10

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

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HUNTED BY THE CYBORG by Cara Bristol

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this one, love Cara’s books! One clicked.

Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and life to saving others, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable but courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to protect to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attraction becomes too powerful to resist.
As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

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cracked controlCRACKED CONTROL (TALES OF THE CITADEL BOOK 60) by Viola Grace

Addy was a lost Terran. Her ship was captured on the way to the Alliance training center, and she and the other occupants were held for experimentation.

Months of agony with her fellow humans dying under the test-to-destruction methods of the researchers ended the day that Addy was taken to the edge of her limits. A rescue operation came to save her and the other survivors, and she was sedated for the trip back to the Alliance.

Addy lay in stasis while the world she had set on its path to destruction shattered and the rescue shuttle fought for its own survival.

Thirty years later, Addy is woken to find that the world has changed, she is alone at a base, and she has the power in her cells to break the world under her feet. No pressure. Ha.

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fighting for their mateFIGHTING FOR THEIR MATE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 12) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I enjoy this series!

Once a commander with the Intelligence Core for the Coalition Fleet, a mission gone wrong forced Chloe to return to Earth injured and dishonored. But she’s seen too much and is restless in civilian life. This drives her to do whatever it takes to return to space, to where she belongs, so she volunteers as an Interstellar Bride. She’s shocked to discover her mate is human, but he’s like no one else she’s ever met…and he’s taken a second, a huge Prillon warrior equally determined to seduce her body and win her heart.

ReCon Captain, Seth Mills, lost both of his brothers to the Hive, and vows to continue fighting. His bride is an unwelcome shock, and he agrees to the Prillon custom of taking a second to protect the innocent woman destined to be his. No matter how determined he is to resist her allure, one touch, one kiss, and he knows he can never let her go.

Although she surrenders to their dominant touch, Chloe is no innocent. She’s a commander with secrets she can’t share. And when the entire Battlegroup is caught in a deadly Hive trap, she’s the only one who can save them all, no matter the cost. But Chloe’s mates won’t let her go into battle alone. No matter the risk, they’re willing to sacrifice everything…and fight for their mate.

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vanishing spark of dustTHE VANISHING SPARK OF DUST by Sara Baysinger

Stand up. When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.

Be heardKalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.

Fight back.

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syrins mateSYRIN’S MATE (ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTERS BOOK 4) by Michele Mills

Syrin of Forty-Six is a berserker.

Outlawed from Chronos and removed from the Xylan mating database, he’s a fierce warrior with a bloody past. And now he’s a convict, thrown into the most notorious prison in the four sectors.

Since Sara is also an inmate, she can’t exactly judge. And as the only female prisoner on Detention Center: Zeta 149, she really, really needs protection. So when the prison guards throw Sara into a cell with the unstable berserker, placing bets on how long she’ll live, she’s willing to trade her virginity if he’ll agree to become her protector.

But instead of taking her offer, Syrin lays some ground rules: he’ll never be her pleasure mate, never want her, never desire her, ever. But despite his aura of don’t f*cking bother me, Sara can’t keep her eyes off his bulging biceps and the sexy fangs that peek out from his perfect lips. Sharing a cell with a towering, muscular male who IS NOT attracted to her is sheer torture…but then his bare hand accidentally touches hers…

And all hell doesn’t break loose. Instead a Xylan berserker does, and that’s much deadlier…and much sexier.

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oberon dragonOBERON DRAGON (STAR-CROSSED DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Sage Hunter

Oberon. Strongest of the Dragon Shifters. Elected Warrior to protect his people. But when he awakes on earth, he learns he is unable to use his shifter powers. On the brink of death, he is saved by a human female.

Jenny can’t trust men. She was abused by her father, and betrayed by her late husband. But when she finds a gorgeous man lying naked in the desert, she is compelled to help him. Enraptured by his mysterious magnetism, she nurses him back to health. When Oberon finds out Jenny is in danger he must make a choice—seek out the members of his crew and find a way back to his home planet, or protect the woman he loves.

Will Oberon be Jenny’s first true protector? Or will he betray her like the rest?

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theon untamedTHEON UNTAMED by Hannah Davenport

VS Note: Debated adding this title as it has some very mixed reviews re editing/grammar. But as always, sample first, right? I have not read it.

Catalina – During her captivity on a Turei ship, Alan is her only companion, another human in the midst of the unknown. He is her friend, her comforter until they are rescued by a Curazin vessel. Alan follows Toran, the ship’s captain, to Azziar to look for his own sister, while Catalina is sent to the untamed planet of Curaz.

This is not her world. These are not her rules. Forced to live a certain way, Catalina rebels, deciding to live her life topside, where the air is clean, and the sun kisses her skin.

And then she meets him…He is her knight in shining armor until someone knocks her unconscious and dumps her in the Northern Clan territory.

She thought it was bad before, but nothing can compare with this.

Theon, leader on the topside, spends his time training on the fields or patrolling the boundary. The females are few, and none of them can hold his attention for long. Until a chance encounter with her…
Catalina piques his curiosity, and when he meets her, he finds the delicate female witty and sharp-tongued. The two are inseparable until Theon has to leave for patrol. When he returns, she’s gone.

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azloAZLO (WEREDRAGONS OF TUVISO) by Maia Starr

Sergeant Sheila Adams is dealing with more than she can handle. After losing herfiancé to the Clenok cyborgs, she wound up inProvidence, a small human hideout. But she wasn’t expectingit to lack leadership, and that she would become that leader. So when the mysterious weredragon alien shows up, she’s suspicious that he is actually there simply to help the humans. Why does she feel turned on by him? Why does he look at her with desire? She’s the leader, and can’t give in to this alien brute.

General Azlo Bron will do right by his King. He has a mission and will not fail. But when he starts to experience the symptoms of the Blackness plague he knows that his time is now short. The cure? Mating with a human female. But he wants Sheila Adams, and she is cold to him. Waiting for her could bring about his death, but there is another human willing to mate with him. Now he must decide. Should he wait for what his heart wants? Or give in to another and save his life?

When Sheila sees this suspicious weredragon named Azlo in action, she can’t help but to find him irresistible. He is a military might to behold. She wants to give in to her desire for him, but can’t let go of her deceased fiancé. But when she finds out that there is more to Azlo’s desire for her, she feels betrayed.

But with the threat of an oncoming cyborg army, she knows that she needs him now more than ever, even if she does not trust him.

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kaveKAVE (WARRIORS OF ETLON) by Starr Huntress and Abigail Myst

When the Ministry of Alien Affairs had come knocking at her door, offering her a deal she couldn’t refuse, she seized on the possibility to heal her war damaged father. Now she only had to convince her new alien husband to pull the right strings. Kave probably wasn’t going to be very cooperative with her knife stuck in his chest.

Can Kave and Humility overcome their unfortunate first encounter to start and heal the family they have always wanted to have?

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blood furyBLOOD FURY: BLACK DAGGER LEGACY by J R Ward

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

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origins lindsayORIGINS (HERITAGE OF POWER BOOK 3) by Lindsay Buroker

VS Note: Books 1 and 2 of the series, DRAGON STORM and REVELATIONS, came out in December and I missed them – sorry!

Are you still human if your father was a dragon?

Even though Captain Trip always knew he was a little odd, he’s still shocked by the revelation that the elder gold dragon, Agarrenon Shivar, sired him. It’s time, however, to accept reality and learn to use his power, even if it alienates him from his magic-fearing friends—and the woman he’s come to care about. With enemy dragons threatening to kill or enslave everyone in his homeland, he has no choice.

But even if he becomes a great sorcerer, it won’t be enough to fight off all the dragons threatening Iskandia, so Trip suggests a mission to General Zirkander. He wants to lead a team, with the scholarly Lieutenant Ravenwood’s help, to locate his sire. Agarrenon Shivar, once respected and feared by his own kind, may be the perfect ally for Iskandia—if Trip can talk him into siding with humanity.

Just one problem: the ancient dragon hasn’t been seen for thousands of years, and Trip has no idea how his long-dead mother found him.

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kalkinKALKIN (APACHE COUNTY SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan

Keeley Blueriver is not doing a very good job hiding out. After being viciously attacked, she and her sister Danielle pack up and move across the country to Window Rock, Arizona. But Simon found them before, and he’ll do it again. How and when are the only questions.

Kalkin Raferty, Alpha of the Raferty pack, has spent his life protecting his family and pack from outside threats. He believes his time for finding a mate has passed. Who would want an old Alpha wolf?

A chance meeting puts Kalkin face to face with his destiny and now he can’t get the blonde-haired, hazel-eyed woman out of his mind. His wolf is poised to claim her, but with danger lurking around every corner, is he willing to risk everything to have her?

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burning yuletideBURNING YULETIDE (WARBLER PENINSULA BOOK 3) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets Siobhan has been sharing on the Sunday Snippet hop. Put this on my TBR.

stelle Three-Hearts has one goal for the holidays – finish her charity calendar for the ‘Smoke Detectors in Every Building’ program to provide fire safety for the citizens of Three Lakes. Luckily, her uncle is a captain for the fire department who’s recruited volunteers to pose for the sexy firefighter calendar. There’s nothing more fun to look at than half-naked firefighters all year round.

Mark Redfeather, a Firebird shifter, has learned to use his birthright for firefighting rather than fire-lighting. When his captain asked for volunteers for the charity calendar, he had no plans to participate – until he meets Estelle, and recognizes her as his mate.

Estelle is human and knows nothing about the Elder Races, but when an arsonist strikes her home and studio, Mark is forced to reveal his secret. Estelle must decide if he’s the monster she fears or the man who sets her heart on fire.

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animal instinctsANIMAL INSTINCTS by Patricia Rosemoor

Half-human, half-Kindred, Luc Lazare doesn’t want more complications in his life. He’s focused on protecting his shapeshifting family and love is the last distraction he needs.

Skye Cross has the ability to talk to animals. Her most recent animal rescue mission–stopping an alleged dog fight–actually involved shifters in a primal battle. Her investigation leads her to Luc, a man whose powers both unsettle and intrigue her. Skye quickly finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed, while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust.

Coming from two different worlds, can Luc and Skye overcome the obstacles fated to keep them apart?

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sigils and spellsSIGILS AND SPELLS by Various

A dangerously beautiful vision of unique worlds that’s sure to leave its mark.

Cross through the looking glass into Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian realms where you’ll meet valiant heroes, kick-ass heroines, and dangerous creatures waiting to unveil the hidden corners of the universe.

SIGILS & SPELLS includes more than twenty exclusive novels that roam the sands of Egypt, slip into the shadows of 1940s Los Angeles, voyage to the mystical land of Mabi, and dare to traverse the stars.

From the deserts of Africa to the streets of San Antonio, mythological adventurers strike out to discover brand new worlds and unravel the mysteries of Earth in a limited edition boxed set offering the diversity and originality you haven’t been able to find before now.

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sirens and scalesSIRENS AND SCALES by Various

From the darkest skies to the deepest seas, dive into a breathtaking collision of mermaids, dragons, sirens, and more in SIRENS & SCALES, a unique Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Collection!

Your travels through these stories of dazzling ocean tides and the dizzying reaches of the heavens will leave you breathless. Join dragon shifters and mer-creatures for an experience of salty seafaring adventures and magnificent airborne enterprises where sky meets sea, love meets its match, and imagination has no end.

With 26 full-length stories of enchanting fiction, you’ll learn the secrets of Atlantis, soar to uncharted peaks, and discover creatures of wing and fin and those who love them.

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dragonsteelDRAGONSTEEL (SHADOW SWORD’S HAREM Book One) by Rebecca Baelfire

My name is Helena, and I’ve been on the run my entire life.

Every day my father and I protect each other from the dragon shifters who’ll stop at nothing to see us dead.

Until he’s captured.

Pursued for powers they’re convinced I shouldn’t have, the only ones who can help are my childhood friend who’s half-werewolf, and a mysterious dragon shifter with a secret agenda.

When a new evil rises, the danger is greater than ever, and one thing is certain. My father and I are both running out of time.

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storm_crossed_dani_harperSTORM CROSSED (THE GRIM SERIES BOOK 4) by Dani Harper

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

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pursuit of magicPURSUIT OF MAGIC (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE VALKYRIE BOOK 3) by Linsey Hall

Finally, I know what I am. A DragonGod. I’ve been gifted with the magic of the Viking gods. Except my new powers are devouring each other. If I don’t fix this soon, I’ll have no magic left–and no magic means no soul.

To save myself, I must go on a quest through the realms of the Viking gods. It’ll be the most dangerous adventure of my life, taking me past monsters and deadly worlds. Fortunately, the Celtic war god Cade is at my side, along with my friends and allies.

Things get even more dangerous when I learn that I must destroy the Rebel Gods’ stronghold to keep my magic. If I don’t succeed, I’ll become a walking husk of a DragonGod, wishing only for death.

So I guess it it looks like the fun is about to start.

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leader ;lionLEADER LION (PROTECTION, INC BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Strong-willed stage manager Grace Chang once longed for success and love. Then she got burned by a charming cheater. Okay, forget love. Now she’s aiming for success with her new job on Mars: The Musical, but dangerous sabotage threatens to make it Mars: The Megaflop. As for men, she’s done with them. Especially charming ones. Done!

Charming lion shifter bodyguard Rafa Flores lets his teammates believe he’s a carefree ladies’ man. But he secretly spends his nights alone, longing for the mate he’s never found–until he gets a job guarding Grace. Now he must solve a mystery, court his true love, protect her from a deadly assassin, and explain that he’s a shifter without sending her running for the hills. Piece of cake!

One alpha lion shifter and one strong woman are about to face the toughest challenge of their lives. No, not the assassin. Love.

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wings of stoneWINGS OF STONE (PROTECTORS OF MAGIC BOOK 1) by Jenna Wolfhart

Human. Weak. Sick. That’s what I’ve been told I am all my life. But when magic hunters attack the castle where I’ve been kept hidden since birth, I discover my whole world is built on lies.

Because the hunters are after me.

Running for my life, I’m rescued by four dangerously handsome gargoyle shifters. They say they’re here to save me…but maybe they only want to save themselves.

Because, as it turns out, I’m not merely human. I am a Protector of Magic–if I die, magic will vanish from the world. And my four winged guardians will turn to stone forever.

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serpents biteSERPENT’S BITE (THE LAST SERPENT BOOK 4) by Tansey Morgan

Ever since I became what I am, there have been wolves snapping at my heels, harrying me, trying to weaken me. I hate to admit it, but they’ve been winning. Recently I fled to London to try and get away from one set of problems, only to land right in the middle of another, and at this point I’m not sure which is worse. Two mentors are still missing, someone is synthesizing a drug made from the raw energy all supernatural creatures possess and selling it to others for a cheap thrill, and I haven’t heard a peep from the group of fanatics looking to kill every single female supernatural on the planet, which worries me. But if I thought I was in trouble before, things are about to get a whole lot worse, and there’s no way in hell I’m ready – none of us are.

With the help of Dante, Leo, the Keeper, and the four gorgeous men who see me as some kind of queen, I’m going to start pulling at the threads that keep these mysteries hidden and see what falls out. It’s time for this serpent to draw her fangs, and bite back.

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lure of the foxLURE OF THE FOX (ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS OF THE HEART BOOK 6) by Anna Lowe

Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt has no problem risking her life — but never, ever her heart. Not that she expects to do either when she flies to Maui to help her Special Forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not so easy, because she’s forced to work — and live — in close quarters with smoking hot army hero, Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night stand who makes her scarred heart flutter and her fox’s tail wag — he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.

Head over heels in love? Not Jake McBride. It’s just that he can’t shake Ella out of his mind — or his dreams. But when destiny reunites him with his kick-ass lover, he can’t deny the attraction any more. There’s something powerful and alluring about Ella — plus a hidden, sensual side he longs to set free.

At the same time, mystery surrounds Ella and Jake’s new employers at Koa Point. How exactly can a group of Special Forces vets afford to live on an exclusive oceanfront estate? What deadly enemy is closing in on their sun-kissed corner of paradise? And is that enemy targeting someone at the estate — or targeting Jake?

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mikhailMIKHAIL: A ROYAL DRAGON ROMANCE (BROTHERS OF ASH AND FIRE BOOK 2) by Lauren Smith

A dragon never leaves his hoard unguarded. His heart is another matter.

The second eldest in an ancient line of Russian dragon shifters, Mikhail Barinov had one job: protect one of the family hoard of jewels. Distracted by the English virgin queen Elizabeth, who was as dazzling as she was devious; he lost everything. Five centuries of exile later, news that a construction crew has unearthed a massive trove of gold and jewels sends him racing to London, determined to steal back his family’s treasure…and his honor.

Professional gemologist Piper Linwood can’t wait to bury herself in her newest project, evaluating a hoard of Elizabethan-era treasure. But both her life and career are threatened when a mysterious, brooding man with a dangerous smile—and an even more dangerous kiss—snatches the lot.

Unwillingly swept along for the ride, Piper discovers Mikhail is no mere thief. And the dragon on his back is more than a tattoo. It’s a living, breathing extension of a bad boy she’s finding harder and harder to resist. But his heart is a treasure she can never own…because to save her career, she’ll have to betray his trust.

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vampire vigilanteVAMPIRE VIGILANTE by Sparrow Beckett

The Huntress – a vampire with lethal determination, Natalia hunts down and exterminates rogue werewolves. After burying her heart centuries ago, she now lives only for revenge. When a werewolf serial killer leaves a swathe of carnage, she’s forced to team up with the alpha of the northwest werewolf pack. Cristian’s obnoxious sex appeal throws Natalia’s methodical and spartan existence into turmoil.

Cristian can’t help be intrigued by the icy Natalia. He hasn’t been drawn to a female since his mate died decades past. Now, he vows to pry away her hostile mask and discover the woman it conceals.

Will Natalia allow Cristian to lay claim to her heart if it means sacrificing part of her identity?

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having her enemys secret shifter babyHAVING HER ENEMY’S SECRET SHIFTER BABY by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

Reese can’t get the delectable she-wolf Jane Coleman out of his mind. They shared one passionate night on a Ft. Lauderdale beach and she disappeared by morning. He should forget her, but his wolf won’t let him dismiss the memories of her silken skin, lush curves, and seductive smile.

Even as he fights to keep his lands out of the hands of a rival pack, he can’t suppress his constant craving for the female werewolf. The last place he expects to find the alluring stranger is at the side of his sworn enemy—her father.

He should crush her father and walk away, but one sniff changes Reese’s plans. Jane is pregnant with his pup and he will have them both!

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eye of the falconEYE OF THE FALCON (PSYCHIC VISIONS BOOK 12) by Dale Mayer

As a young girl, Issa, bonded with her pet falcon was the lookout for her father’s smuggling operation in Ireland. After everything blew up one night and her father and brothers were killed, her mother brought her to America to start over.
Immigrating was hard, but eventually she grew up and pursued a career in environmental sciences and continued to follow her passion for falconry. But she doesn’t find the same special bond with another falcon. Until one fateful day when her world explodes again…
Eagle, a former military pilot, has retired to his small ranch outside of Denver, Colorado where he runs a rescue center for raptors in need. One falcon is acting irrationally. Eagle’s only recourse is to euthanize him, but the falcon rips free. Although injured so badly he shouldn’t be able to fly, the falcon disappears into the skies.
The next night the falcon returns with a beautiful but seriously injured young woman in tow… carrying a message of death and destruction for the both of them.

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shelteredSHELTERED (THE CITIES BELOW) BY Jen Colly

VS Note: Vampires

When Bette Dautry comes to him, seeking his protection, Guardian Rollin Casteel suspects the mysterious beauty has an ulterior motive. Unable to resist her seductive charms, he soon hungers to mark her as his. Only Bette disappears before he can sink his teeth into her tender flesh, leaving Rollin with one mission: to find her—and to claim her. . . .

Bette seduces Rollin intent on conceiving his child, believing the mother-child bond to be the only kind of love she can sustain—the only kind of love that can keep her alive. But she never expects to feel so much for her strong and silent lover. Then she discovers Rollin is none other than the heir to the Balinese throne—a man too noble—too dear—to play a role in her dark scheme. A man she would willingly die for, if only he would set her free.

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claimed by her dragonsCLAIMED BY HER DRAGONS by Kate Richards

Walter the Wizard/dragon shifter hasn’t poked his head outside his cave in weeks. With his current project going every which way but right, his client breathing down his neck, and the neighbors complaining about the odors you’d think you could skip your mumble mumble year reunion—especially when you don’t have a lady in your life at the moment. And you’ve bragged otherwise. But you’d think wrong.

Conflagration Brown’s very nervous about leaving his hoard to attend an event in a nearby city. The wizard who moved into the cave next door is not only absolutely the noisiest neighbor anyone could ever be cursed with but the guy he competed against in everything in high school. And nearly had a thing with. Once he learns Walter is not only attending but bringing a stunning date, he has to top him. What better reason for two dragons…whose rivalry masked an attraction neither was ready to acknowledge way back when…to call Gerri Wilder at the Paranormal Dating Agency for help.

Gina Toriello, plus sized model, actress, and jaguar shifter might have been a little less than specific in her conversation with Gerri Wilder, but she honestly doesn’t know what she wants in a date. And since ordinary men haven’t been much to write home about, she wants something different. Maybe she shouldn’t have written off shifters as mates. Or maybe she just needed two.

If all goes well, they’re going to set the reunion on fire. Or if all goes wrong.

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Last week I got a really rave review for my paranormal romance Lady of the Nile from Rabid Reader’s Reviews – WOOT! – and I was also flattered to discover some lovely fan art  on Facebook based on one of my older Egyptian novels. So here’s a reminder of my Gods of Egypt series!

canva all 7 books corrected

Buy Links for Lady of the Nile:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 3

December 27

December 20

December 13

December 6

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday December 20

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

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DESTROYER (HIDDEN PLANET BOOK 1) by Anna Carven

VS Note: Yup, I promptly one-clicked! 

A hair-raising ambush.
A malfunctioning ship.
A distant, uncharted part of the Universe.

Calexa Acura and her crew of misfits are lost, and their ship is in desperate need of repairs. When a massive spacecraft appears in their radius, they’re helpless to resist its magnetic pull.

The terrifying ship is bigger than any craft she’s seen in her life, and somehow, she doubts its occupants will turn out to be the friendly sort.

First Encounters are always better when they’re amicable, but if necessary, Calexa and her crew will fight.

It’s what they’ve always done.

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zernZERN (RATHIER WARRIORS) by Stella Sky

Dr. Lila Andrews is a survivor. Separated from the other humans on a terrible prison
planet, she has found that the best way to survive is to keep out of sight. It’s not that
she likes to be alone. She just tends to be uprooted or left behind. So it’s no surprise
when the huge, sexy Raither comes to the ship she is using for shelter and demands
that she leave.

Captain Zern Krechan is the strongest Raither in the army. Despite being fierce and
brave, he has always been a target, and is sent to the prison planet to retrieve the Raither
ship as a punishment. He takes the mission seriously…until an urgent desire is awakened
within him by the human female squatting on his ship. He knows immediately that he
wants to claim her, but what about his mission?

When Zern forces Lila to leave once and for all, she is abducted by a group of Raithers
gone bad. Zern is the only one who can save her, and he has to make a choice. Desert
his mission to save the human, or go home a hero?

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knowing zipKNOWING ZIP (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 11) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: Not sure how I missed this on December 5th – a short in her terrific series – because I am sucxh a huge fan of her books!

Abducted by the warrior of her dreams.

Zip is the last of his friends to find his female, the one being meant for him. He isn’t certain she exists until he hears her voice over a transmission. A self-proclaimed systems deity, he researches his curvy little human and discovers she dreams of being abducted by a big, strong warrior. Zip plans to make his female’s fantasies come true.

Ryssa wants one gift for her birthing planet rotation—to be captured by a warrior, preferably a tall, muscular cyborg with black hair, gray skin, and brilliant blue eyes. When Zip arrives on her planet, claiming to be her male, Ryssa assumes one of her friends has ordered the experience for her, and throws herself into the encounter, losing herself in Zip’s hot kisses, sensual touch, dominant embrace.

When the fantasy fades, will their love survive?

Knowing Zip is a short companion story in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is meant to be read after Seeking Vector.

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mind the fractureMIND: THE FRACTURE (THE MIND SERIES BOOK 6) by Jenn Nixon

Sanjeeta Desai never thought anything would come of her promise to monitor the psychic population around town. Then two members of an online chat group go missing and one of her employees doesn’t show up for work. Using her unique gifts to investigate, Sanjeeta is shocked to learn the employee is missing and a psychic, too. When she contacts her mysterious benefactor to report the findings, she’s thrust into a dangerously complicated situation she may be key to solving.

Caelum has spent the last two thousand years watching and protecting the Earth and all its inhabitants. Since saving the planet and the MIND team during the Reckoning, Caelum has kept his distance until Dina Ranger’s dream infects a majority of the group. While tracing the source of the dream and the consequences it brings, Caelum meets Sanjeeta, the most powerful psychic he’d ever encountered and possibly the only person who can quiet his mind so he can stay focused and assist the team.

As pieces of the dream unravel and MIND begins to fall apart, Caelum and Sanjeeta grow closer despite the chaos surrounding them while the past, present, and future collide with deadly and cosmic implications that will alter the course of Human history forever.

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baby butterfly kissesBABY BUTTERFLY KISSES (PURPLE PEOPLE BOOK 3) by Rena Marks

The mates of Helian Six are protecting the refugee Puritans hiding on the planet Hesprii by pretending they are their visiting human cousins.

The males of Helian Six have welcomed a bounty hunter crew from their home planet of Freijia who have a mission to either return, or destroy those same Puritans.

Conflict wreaks havoc on the planet unless the males and females of Hesprii can keep the predators and prey separated. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of room for separation when the snipers fall for the ladies hook, line, and sinker.

Nor when the ladies decide to find poor fools to lose their virginity to.

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in the bloodIN THE BLOOD (METAHUMAN FILES BOOK 4) by Hailey Turner

VS note: Author states there is an HFN bordering on an HEA.

Captain Jamie Callahan is frustrated with his team constantly being at the mercy of the enemy in order to further the MDF’s goals. To make matters worse, his father’s political campaign is ramping up and Jamie’s every move is being watched by the media. He is acutely aware of all the eyes trained on him, his team, and Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan in particular. Meanwhile, Kyle would give anything to stay in the shadows, but he refuses to leave Jamie’s side, no matter the scrutiny. Staying out of the spotlight becomes impossible when their families are threatened and vital choices about their future together can no longer be ignored.

Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin and Agent Sean Delaney are enjoying their time together as a couple when Sean’s past catches up with him. As Alpha Team’s long-running mission gets derailed in the worst way possible, Alexei discovers the enemy is playing for keeps, and neither he nor Sean are in any position to beat the odds and win the game. As for Sean, he’s worried that even if they make it out alive, Alexei may never forgive him for giving into the enemy’s demands.

Manipulation is the name of the game, but Jamie is done playing by everybody else’s rules. So is the rest of Alpha Team, because if there’s one thing Jamie’s team knows? It’s that they’re a family—and you don’t mess with family unless you want to get hurt.

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arkvarARKVAR (NEW EARTH FLAMES BOOK 1) by Cara Wylde and Starr Huntress

When curvy, sexy, and happily-single Alison Page went out for a nice Friday evening in town, the last thing she expected was to be kidnapped by aliens. Now, she’s the only human on board of the spaceship Hesperia, and her only concern is… well, she has no clue, actually! Earth is gone. The only food available is blue. Oh, and the hot ship Captain, whose skin is just as blue as the food, is telling her crazy stories about how she’s special and can manifest anything she wants. With the power of her mind. Yeah, right!

Captain Arkvar had one job: wipe planet Earth off the face of the galaxy and move on. He failed. Saving the feisty, intriguing Alison Page from certain death will probably cost him his career, but he doesn’t care. She is his twin flame. And he’s determined to win her heart. All he has to do is study the mating rituals of Terra, use them to woo Allie, and then claim her as his own. The perfect plan. Except…

As an Unxendi, Ark has no chance of understanding the culture and traditions of Allie’s species. He’ll find out the hard way, while giving Allie countless reasons to laugh her head off. At least, she’s not depressed over the loss of her home anymore.

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assassins brideASSASSIN’S BRIDE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 9) BY  C J Scarlett

Having been on her own from an early age, Venice knew quite a bit about blending in and going unnoticed. Being homeless on a post-apocalyptic Earth was a difficult and dangerous way to live. She’s survived by flying under the radar, scoping out her surroundings and being careful who she trusted. Her best chance at a better life was relocating to the Maruvian home world. The insectoid warriors were hot, respectful to females and offering an all-expense paid ride aboard their battle cruiser.
Hitching a ride seemed like a no-brainer. Her talent for spinning an interesting story gained her quick popularity among the drones aboard the Maruvian vessel. Unfortunately, the only drone who really piqued her interest seemed too emotionally scarred to pursue a relationship.

After being controlled and abused by their vicious former queen, Haden no longer trusted his instincts and abilities as a warrior. Their former queen fitted him with a transponder that robbed him of his own free will. He became a pawn in her quest to defeat the human queens who had freed him and his brethren. Forcing him to kill fellow warriors he thought of as brothers left him feeling helpless and dispirited.
Haden had problems even a bright, beautiful storyteller could not fix. This queen was not like all the rest. Her short spikey hair and large blue eyes warmed his soul. With her his awkwardness evaporated and he felt like a male falling in love.
A tragic accident leaves him more convinced than ever that those he around him are destined for destruction. However, when the human queens begin to fall sick with a virus that causes them to act like the evil queens of old, can he save them and in doing so save himself?

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barbarians prisonerBARBARIAN’S PRISONER by Abella Ward

Life isn’t easy on Planet Tirron, especially when the paranoid psychopath of a king happens to be your brother. Luckily for Arana, the new prisoner that her brother has locked up in the dungeons is the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen.

So when her brother’s paranoia and harsh punishments become unbearable, Arana knows exactly what to do: make a deal with the gorgeous prisoner. If she sets him free, he’ll take her away.

But like most things in life, not all goes according to plan…

And suddenly, Arana’s gone…

Arathor is a trained assassin who fights in the Death Pit during the day and is healed by Arana at night. He knows she’s his mate, but she can never be his. Arana has a gift that she doesn’t know about and that prevents them from ever being together.

But when the King offers Arathor his freedom in return for Arana’s head, Arathor must make a decision.

Will he betray Arana to set himself free? Will he give up his freedom for the only woman he loves?

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chaldorCHALDOR by Thayer King

As the illegitimate daughter to the queen of Colony 15, Kiana has no interest in power or politics, yet she’s horrified by her mother’s cruelty. When her mother orders an injured warrior from another colony to be thrown out with the trash, Kiana implores her for the opportunity to heal him. Kiana does everything she can to save him—including pretending to take him as a lover.

Chaldor wakes up in the arms of a dark chocolate angel with addictive kisses. He’s willing to play the part of her pet. Kiana is the only good thing on C15 and he will take her with him when he escapes. She’ll be his forever—even if there are people dead set against them being together.

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witches wildWITCHES WILD (BEWITCHING BEDLAM BOOK 4) by Yasmine Galenorn

Can you ever really trust ghosts from your past?

As the mist rolls off the ocean and into Bedlam, October brings with it all manner of haunts and spooks. But the mist doesn’t arrive alone. Fata Morgana returns from the depths of the ocean, bringing with her a message. One of the ancient vampires has risen. He’s coming for Maddy, and he’ll eliminate anybody who stands in his way. Now, the witches wild must band together one more time, if they can keep from destroying each other first.

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sea kings ladyTHE SEA KING’S LADY: A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE 2 by S E Smith

Jenny Ackerly is devastated when her best friend disappears without a trace, and she vows to continue looking for Carly until she can bring her friend home once and for all. During her latest search, her determination turns to horror when she sees a young boy running from an empty beach into the freezing sea. When the boy doesn’t resurface, Jenny’s protective instincts ignite and she rushes to save the child from certain death, swimming farther and deeper than she ever would have on her own, until she is caught in a powerful undertow. When Jenny resurfaces, she is in a magical, underwater world.
Orion is the powerful ruler of the Isle of the Sea Serpent and protector of the oceans, but time is running out for him. For hundreds of years, the Eyes of the Sea Serpent have been in his family’s possession, giving them power over the oceans, and now they have been stolen! Meanwhile, his oldest son’s bargain with the Sea Witch threatens to seal the fate of the merpeople—and possibly that of the Seven Kingdoms. The situation seems hopeless—until a fiery female from another world appears.
Can an unlikely alliance between Jenny and Orion save not only the life of a young boy, but the future of an entire kingdom? It will take their combined wits and strengths to survive the evil lurking in the depths of the ocean.

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tangled in tinselTANGLED IN TINSEL (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 27)  by Julia Mills

It’s over the river and through the woods, and straight to Christmas hell for Chance Nichols. His twin has taken off on a mission to the Frozen North and most of the other Guardsman are cuddled up with their mates, so it’s up to Chance to get the Lair decorated before the snow begins to fall.

One trip to town for decorations and Happy Holidays has turned into Scary Grinchmas. According to the latest report, the North Pole is completely shut down. The elves have revolted, the reindeer have flown the coop, and Mrs. Claus is on strike – talk about up the proverbial tree without an extension cord.

Visions of sugarplums can’t fix this one. It’ll take a whole lot of dragon magic, sprinkled with fairy dust and tied together with yards of tinsel and garland.

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becoming elementalBECOMING ELEMENTAL (THE FIVE ELEMENTS SERIES BOOK 1)  by Ryann Elizabeth

Eighteen year old Breanna Hunter has always seen herself as just an awkward teenager with the unfortunate aptitude for winding up in crazy and unexplainable situations.

After tragedy strikes, she ends up on a path she never knew was possible. Bre hoped her first year of college would be a life-changing experience and a new start. She will soon discover just how transformative college can be.

After another dangerous encounter, she meets five alluring strangers who are not as they seem. Together they uncover the truth, she is like them. She is an Elemental. Through them she learns that the Elemental world is not only filled with magical gifts and bonding, but also demons and danger.

Bre and the guys need to work together to figure out where she came from while keeping her safe from those who want her dead.

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beast withinTHE BEAST WITHIN (CONVERSION BOOK 5) by S C Stephens

VS note: Vampires

Nika Adams has had a challenging year. She gave her heart to Hunter Evans, only to have him break it. But Nika refuses to give up hope. Not when there’s a chance she can save her true-love—even if she must save him from himself.

Julian Adams finally knows what he wants, and is truly happy. But when he gets mixed up in Nika’s suicide mission to save her wayward boyfriend, he begins to wonder if his dream girl can handle the dangerous life that comes with being an Adams.

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savage kissSAVAGE KISS (SAVAGE SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Sage Primrose dreams of the day she meets the man who will sweep her off her feet. She didn’t expect him to abduct her while she wore nothing but a towel. Why did bad men have to look oh, so good?

Feral Kincaid will do anything to protect his family. When a human female supposedly kidnaps his niece, he goes to get her, claws blazing. But the abductor turns into the abductee and suddenly he has to figure out how to apologize to the one woman he needs to forgive him: his mate.

This tiger isn’t used to romance in his life; he’s too busy protecting his pride from a rival determined to take his land. But Feral would gladly take on bad guys instead of trying to figure out how to romance a human female. Sage needs to watch out. Feral is hellbent on romance and his target is her.

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curses and cupcakesCURSES AND CUPCAKES (THE HAPPILY EVERLASTING SERIES BOOK 6) by Michelle M Pillow

Marcy Lewis is cursed (honestly and truly) which makes dating very interesting. With a string of loser boyfriends behind her, she’s done looking for love in all the wrong places. That is until the new firefighter arrives in the sleepy seaside town of Everlasting. Nicholas Logan is unlike any other man she’s ever had in her life. When someone starts sending her photographs that raise a red flag it soon becomes apparent that she’s not just cursed, she’s in serious danger.

Nicholas doesn’t know what to make of the charismatic young woman managing the local coffee shop. As a string of mysterious fires begin popping up around town, the two unite in search of clues as to who or what is responsible, discovering along the way that things are very rarely what they seem to be.

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greensleevesGREENSLEEVES CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Stephanie Burke

Crown Prince Marcos Enric Sicilla just met the woman of his dreams… right before he was exploded and thrown out of a castle. Not the fairy-tale romance he was expecting this wintry Christmas Eve, but he can’t complain when his Lady of the Greensleeves herself is the one to rescue him.

There are plots following him, people out to kill him, and his lady is keeping a secret that is the stuff of fantasies and fiction. But in the end, every trap he faces will be worth it if it means he can keep his Lady of the Greensleeves.

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secret jaguarSECRET JAGUAR (CURSE OF THE MOON BOOK 6) by Stacy Claflin

A cat has nine lives, but that doesn’t mean she should forfeit one of them.

Katya Pelletier is the practical, no-nonsense twin. She loves life as much as her sister, she just doesn’t seem able to enjoy it as much. While Alley is the life of the party and has boyfriends to spare, Katya can’t seem to attract anyone’s attention.

Until she meets Carter Jag.

Carter is the perfect male specimen. By all rights, he should be chasing after Alley. But to Katya’s surprise—and confusion—he’s only interested in her.

As their relationship progresses, something primal and passionate awakens in Katya. She’s introduced to and immersed in a whole world she never knew existed. A paranormal world. A world of antiquated ideas and imminent danger. Katya is a jaguar shifter, and her former “family” has come to claim their prize—her.

Katya joins Carter and his supernatural allies in the fight of her life—a battle to free her from her former family and their outdated ways. But will their power and magic be enough to save her from the life of violence and servitude the jaguars are determined to force on her?

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dark vampireDARK VAMPIRE: A POST APOCALYPTIC VAMPIRE ROMANCE (THE WICKEDEST WITCH BOOK 2) by Meg Xuemai X

I’m Archangel Gabriel. I won’t let my mate, the only female who matters to me, be doomed.

For my witch, I venture into the vampires’ lair and charm the wild princess who wants to make me hers.

But I soon learned the Wicked Witch isn’t one to tamper with. She doesn’t recognize me. Doesn’t know I’m her fated mate, but her eyes fall upon me and she allows no one else to touch me.

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forgotten silenceFORGOTTEN SILENCE (GREY WOLVES NOVELLA)  by Quinn Loftis

This book needs to be read after book 10, The Burning Claw, in the Grey Wolves Series in order for the story to make sense.

Filthy. Disgusting. Unworthy trash. The same thoughts keep swirling in Sally’s mind. She’s broken and no one can fix her–not her friends, try as they might, and not her beautiful mate. She’d thought when Costin had rescued her from Jericho’s clutches, broken the spell the rogue werewolf had cast on her, and left the cur lying in bloody pieces on the floor of an Ocean Side bar, that one day she might find some peace. Perhaps, with time, she could forget the horrible things she’d done. Perhaps she could forget how she had betrayed her one true mate. Now, several weeks later, the memories and the nightmares have only grown stronger. Unbeknownst to Sally, though the magical bracelet that erased her memories was destroyed, the magical device deposited something sinister within the girl’s mind. Now, in a last ditch effort to find some sort of healing, Sally is being shipped off to her hometown–Coldspring, TX. Little does she know that surprises are awaiting her there that will shake the foundations of all she’s ever known. Will these new revelations be the key to eradicating the darkness that has taken root in the healer? Or will the secrets that are uncovered be too much for Sally to bear?

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her guardiansHER GUARDIANS by Piper Phoenix

Eve is a witch. Unfortunately, she’s a terrible witch. To make matters worse, she just happens to be the daughter of the most powerful witch on the planet, and she feels as though she’s failing to live up to her mom’s expectations.

When Eve needs a break from her controlling mother, she decides to move out, but she quickly finds out that life on her own isn’t at all how she’d imagined. Someone is after her, and she doesn’t know who or why.

Her four new guardians will have to do whatever it takes to protect her from the evil forces that are after her. But without Eve’s magic, will they be able to fight off the powerful magic that is threatening her life?

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dragons secret brideTHE DRAGON’S SECRET BRIDE (DRAGON SECRETS BOOK 2) by Jasmine Wylder

Sizzling hot dragon shifter Bryant Chandler knows his determination. His mate is long gone and he has no plans to find another. Now he has sworn to protect the baby who will one day rule them all. No questions asked. But the day luscious Esther put her bounteous virgin curves in close proximity to him, all bets were off.

Esther Doran, an archeologist, has her own problems. She can’t find anybody to fund her dream dig, and is starting to think that life just doesn’t want to see her happy. Until she meets that hot dragon guard Bryant Chandler and sparks fly immediately.

And then, one drunken night ends with them being married.

Who cares if he’s the most delicious, gorgeous man she’d ever set eyes on? Love wasn’t in the plan.

But when Bryant’s rival finds out about Esther and decides that she’s the best way to take Bryant down, the two are forced together once more. And when a sexy dragon is the only thing standing between her and death, passions might just reach the boiling point.

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dragon queens christmas weddingDRAGON QUEEN’S CHRISTMAS WEDDING by Mina Carter

**Companion / slice of life story to “The Dragon Queen’s Fake Fiancé”**

She’s made the list, and checked it twice…

Cadeyra the White has finally found her soulmate in Sawyer Stone. The guests are invited, the chapel prepared for the Dragon Queen’s Christmas Wedding, because sometimes the best Christmas presents aren’t under the tree.

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snow leopards ladySNOW LEOPARD’S LADY (VETERAN SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

Mavis Williams is destined to be alone. Years ago, her ex kicked their daughter Nina out for being a shifter, and Mavis’ heart was broken. Now, she’s finally been reunited with Nina, and moved to beautiful Glacier Park…but she can’t let go of her guilt and grief. And there’s no one in her life to help.

Colonel Wilson Hanes, Marine and snow leopard shifter, has dedicated his life to the military, served in combat, and been promoted to a high-level job in Washington. After decades of service, he’s realized that when he retires, he has nothing to look forward to. He’s married to his job, and it’s too late for him to find a mate, let alone a family.

But when Wilson comes to Glacier Park for a wedding, he’s captivated not only by the rugged wilderness, but also by the quiet, graceful woman he meets there. And Mavis is shocked to feel a connection that she’d thought would never happen–with a man who understands the tragedies life can bring. Can Wilson show Mavis that love is nothing to fear? And what happens when Mavis’ ex starts to stir up trouble?

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And a reminder that I had a New Release earlier this month!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 13

December 6

November 29

November 22

November 15

November 8

November 1

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Santa

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

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rescuing prince charmingRESCUING PRINCE CHARMING by Ed Hoornaert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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blade revantBLADE (REVANT WARRIORS)  by Celeste Raye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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lazanLAZAN (RAITHER WARRIORS) by Stella Sky

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

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

Things go from bad to worse when Mila finds herself pregnant with Lazan’s child. She
knows Lazan’s life is at stake, and to save the life of the man she loves, she hides her
pregnancy. She may be able to hide her love for him, but her pregnancy is a different
story.

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hiddenHIDDEN (WARRIORS OF HIR BOOK 4) by Willow Danes

Her family’s fortune can buy Tara Douglas anything—except more time. Determined to make peace with her fate, she’s come to the house her great-grandfather built in the Smoky Mountains to spend the time she has left in peace. But for once Tara becomes the healer when she finds wreckage of an otherworldly vessel, and a badly injured man whose glowing eyes see right into her soul . . .

When Ki’san volunteered to journey to Earth he never imagined he would find himself dying there. A physician from a vanishing race, he knows his people’s law allows only a chosen few to hunt the females of this planet as mates. Ki’san’s mere presence on Tara’s world endangers them both but the crash that leaves him clinging to life also brings him a female like none he could have imagined, one he cannot help but love.

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jabariJABARI (THE BROKEN BOOK 2) by Serena Simpson

Brandi thought her life was over the day the doctor told her she was dying; nothing mattered now. That’s when she met Jabari. He walked into her life taking care of her and treating her like a queen. Before she knew it, they were running from a creature that he called a firebird. Now there was no telling what would happen, but she was going to hold on with both hands and enjoy the ride.

Jabari was never supposed to meet his mate, but if he did; she shouldn’t die before him. All bets were off because Brandi was dying, and he was too broken to save her. That meant all he could do was show her the world while they were together because one day he would wake up too broken to move again.

When the firebird attacked, Jabari realized that someone was targeting Brandi. Now he had two clear orders. One, protect and love his mate until she took her final breath. Two, kill whoever was after her and take his last breath. Love was never meant to be forever… or was it?

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cold fireCOLD FIRE A PRE-APOCALYPTIC DRAGON ROMANCE (ICE DRAKE SERIES BOOK 1) by Emma Layne

The Earth’s days are numbered, and aliens are looting the planet.

Faro is a Drakeborne Knight, a product of dragon and human DNA. He came to Earth on a mission to save his people and Faro thought he’d return to Iradia as a conquering hero, but then he meets Amy. Inexplicably, he’s drawn to her. Faro fears he inherited more than enhanced abilities. Dragons have fierce, unbreakable bonds with their mates. And now, Faro is torn between love and loyalty.

Since her father’s untimely death, Amy has been grief stricken, and every day is a struggle, until she meets Faro, a stranger staying at her inn. He’s not like other men, and eventually, she discovers Faro is an empath from another world. He lifts her burdens, brings her joy, but the secrets he’s keeping threaten to tear them apart.

Can Amy forgive him? And will they save both their planets? 

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undoneUNDONE (UNKNOWN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Wendy Higgins

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

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romulusROMULUS (COSMIC CHAMPIONS) by Luna Hunter

Romulus has the body of a Greek God…
The rough, domineering hands of a brute…
And the dirty mind of an animal.
He’s everything I hate.
So why do I crave him?

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ACROSS THE STARSACROSS THE STARS (THE DIMENSION SERIES BOOK 3)  by C S Wilde

James never imagined he’d be fighting inter-galactic wars. Not long ago, he was only a nerd with a monster crush on his co-worker. All he wants now is to lead a peaceful life with his family.

No such luck.

An old foe has returned with a vengeance, and he won’t stop until he has destroyed everything that James and Miriam love; everything that’s most precious to them.

The Baumans will have to fight for their family, their friends, and for Earth, but the price for freedom might just be too high.

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year oneYEAR ONE: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE, YEAR 1 by Nora Roberts

VS Note: I one clicked this one, always fascinated by apocalyptic novels.

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

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christmas in atlantisCHRISTMAS IN ATLANTIS with a bonus annotated copy of THE GIFT OF THE MAGI : A POSEIDON WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Alyssa Day

The Gift of the Magi…in Atlantis – A tortured warrior…Warrior-turned-pirate Dare is the black sheep of all Atlantis. He enraged Poseidon, the sea god, so much that Dare had to forfeit his ship and the water spirit who inhabits it. For Dare, being denied the ocean is worse than death…until he comes home to a woman who drowns him in waves of hunger more powerful than the sea. But black sheep and scoundrels can never deserve love, even during the magic of the first Christmas in Atlantis.

An artist who sees the world through song…After the accident that killed her parents and blinded her, Lyric discovered she had a special gift—that of song sight. She now sees the world in her own unique way, and her paintings are full of light and magic. When the Atlantean warrior she’s fallen in love with takes her to his home in Atlantis, she finds a rare magical artifact that could change her world forever. Or it could deliver to Dare the thing he most desires.

Atlantis’s first Christmas is coming…It’s the season of miracles in Atlantis. A chance to make wishes come true. And when Lyric tells her new Atlantean friends O Henry’s story of The Gift of the Magi, the world—and Lyric and Dare—may never be the same.

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vow of deceptionVOW OF DECEPTION (MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES BOOK 9) by C J Archer

With the wedding only days away, the Ministry is thrown into turmoil when another murder is committed by a shape-shifter. But this time the newspapers make the connection to werewolves – and the Ministry. Suddenly the attention is focused on Lichfield Towers and its residents as the police investigate and parliament wants to shut the organization down.

It could spell the end of everything Charlie has come to love.

As the authorities close in and ministry secrets are exposed, past allies can no longer be trusted. Can Charlie save her home, her loved ones, and herself? Or will she lose Lincoln and her friends forever?

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WITCHS THIRSTTHE WITCH’S THIRST by Deborah LeBlanc

For Evette Francois, falling in love is the end of the world—literally. A witch from a long and distinguished line, Evee wields power that comes at a devastating price. If she ever loves a human, all of humanity will suffer. Resisting the temptations of men has never been terribly difficult—until she meets Lucien Hyland. One member of a cabal devoted to preventing a race of interdimensional monsters from ruling the universe. Lucien is the most exquisite creature Evee has ever seen. If she succumbs to passion, death and chaos will follow. But she may not be strong enough to fight her desire.

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wicked vampireTHE WICKED VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she’s always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club—and is tethered to her mortal enemy—Sasha realizes she’s playing the most dangerous game of all…

Ewan Brún was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn’t need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he’s ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha—and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?

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dreamers songTHE DREAMER’S SONG (A NOVEL OF THE NINE KINGDOMS)by Lynn Kurland

Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as a notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Léirsinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he’s caught.

Léirsinn of Sàraichte simply wants to do what needs to be done—find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side by side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul.

Together, Acair and Léirsinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms forever.

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seductionSEDUCTION (CURSE OF THE GODS BOOK 3) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore.
The rules are changing.
The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans.
Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive.
Because someone wants her dead.

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demon ashDEMON ASH (RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 3 by M J Haag and Becca Vincenza

The world is nothing like Mya remembers. While in Ernisi, cities have been bombed and burned in an attempt to stop the hellhounds and the plague. The survivors are doing everything they can to win back their world from the hell that was unleashed with the first quake.

With Drav’s help, Mya reunites with her family, but they are far from safe. Marauders, hellhounds, and the infected are doing their best to destroy what’s left of the world, and it’s up to Mya and Drav to save it.

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ravagedRAVAGED (VAMPIRE AWAKENINGS BOOK 7) by Brenda K Davies

Since the day he stopped aging, Aiden has struggled against the darkness trying to claim him. He no longer denies he’s fighting a losing battle, he’s just hoping someone kills him before he gives in to the savage nature dwelling within him. Just when he believes he’ll lose the battle, he encounters Maggie, and for the first time in years, he has hope for his future.

Having grown up without a stable home, Maggie enjoys the security she’s worked hard to attain. Everything changes the night Aiden ends up in her ambulance. Now, not only does Maggie stand to lose everything she’s achieved, she’s beginning to think the mother she considered insane might not be.

With everything she knows torn away, Maggie realizes the more she loses, the more she might gain if she gives her trust to Aiden. However, when circumstances force them apart, Aiden is unsure if Maggie will be enough to bring him back from the darkness ravaging his soul.

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a fashionably dead diaryA FASHIONABLY DEAD DIARY by Robyn Peterman

Getting blackmailed sucks. Getting blackmailed by Satan into ghost writing his autobiography/romance really sucks—hard.

But I’m not a weenie or a welsher. I’m a semi-materialistic, Prada lovin’ Vampyre-Demon with a bad attitude and a serious lack of cheating skills. If I were a good cheater, I wouldn’t be in this heinous position. I lost and now I have to pay. However, the price might deplete the wavering amount of sanity I have left…

So I’m turning to you, Dear Diary, to pour out my inappropriate feelings and murderous inclinations toward a family member who shall remain nameless. Who in the Hell am I kidding? I’m gonna name that butthole over and over on these secret pages. It’s Satan or Lucifer or the Lord of Darkness or the Dark Angel—or, as I like to call him, Uncle F%#ker.

That’s why I have chosen you, Dear Diary. You don’t have a mouth as far as I know and if you do, I’ll remove it—violently. Please keep that in mind as I tell you all my secrets. I’ve dealt with talking books and walls and they’re a real pain in the ass. So if you turn out to be one of those, we’ll have a problem.

Sit back. Relax and get ready for a Hellish ride.   xoxo Astrid

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blood and ashesBLOOD AND ASHES by Marilyn Peake

With blood and magic, civilization rises from the ash.

Worlds are falling apart in two realms: human and faerie. After the factories close and her father dies of alcoholism, Kaelin helps her family survive by foraging for food. Her world is thrown into chaos as she comes to realize she has incredible power as both blood and hedge witch. When a handsome stranger enters her life, it’s clear that he’s not from her neck of the woods. Although he and his family appear perfect in so many ways, they desperately need her help.

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temptations of christmas futureTEMPTATIONS OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE by Lexi Post

Thanks to his shock tactics and pessimistic attitude, Scottish spirit guide Malcolm MacLachlan’s job is on the line. What else did they expect from a former Glasgow Watchman? For his final assignment, he chooses his partner based on the probability of success, and Joy Collingwood is the very best. That he can prove to her the future isn’t all puppies and marshmallows is an added bonus.

Joy is thrilled to help Malcolm, but their different methods threaten the success of their collaboration. If they can’t find some common ground, they’ll fail. What she doesn’t expect is that their common ground will be her bed and her deepest secret will be revealed.

Yet her secrets are nothing compared to Malcolm’s and their revelation could jeopardize everything…including her heart.

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wolf hungerWOLF HUNGER (SWAT BOOK 7) by Paige Tyler

When SWAT Officer Max Lowry meets Lana Mason, he falls fast and hard. He’s positive she’s The One. And Max’s favorite part? Lana’s a wolf shifter too, so they can skip the awkward reveal and head straight to the happily ever after. There’s just one problem: Lana doesn’t know that she’s a werewolf.

To make matters worse, hunters with intent to kill have tracked Lana to Dallas. Max has to figure out how to keep Lana safe, show her who and what she really is—and just how much she means to him.

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dragons huntTHE DRAGON’S HUNT by Jane Kindred

By day, Leo Stršm works as an assistant in a tattoo parlor. By night… Well, he isn’t quite sure what happens at night. He just knows that it’s best if he restrains himself.

Ink is more than just superficial decoration to Rhea Carlisle. Her ability to read her clients’ souls in their tattoos gives her work its special magic—and it allows her to see that there’s more to Leo than his brilliant blue eyes.

The passion that kindles between them might be Leo’s salvation. Or it might be the end of the world.

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lead dragonLEAD DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS) by Terry Bolryder

Lead, captain of an elite team of powerful dragons, is about to embark on the most difficult mission he’s ever undertaken: trying not to fall in love with the cute, curvy woman he saved and is now tasked with protecting. But how is he supposed to do that when everything inside the honor-obsessed dragon roars “mate” whenever he sees her?

Brittany is just a regular human. She never expected to be kidnapped by wolves or for six ridiculously hot dragon shifters to rescue her. But there’s one dragon, with bright golden eyes, dark hair and the composure of a warrior that she can’t seem to stop thinking about. Especially while she’s living in a mansion with him and his sexy friends.

As the sexual tension between them rises like dragon flame, Lead and Brittany will have to navigate the blurred lines of duty and integrity in a world that is only getting more confusing with each passing day. And with a sinister new evil on the horizon, Lead may need to reconsider what honor really means if he wants to protect his mate.

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three trialsTHREE TRIALS (THE DARK SIDE BOOK 2) by Kristy Cunning

So, I’ve checked off some life goals and added a few new ones to my list.
Goal #5: Get out of hell’s belly without letting my ungrateful charges die.
Goal #6: Get a new name that’s more badass.
Goal #7: Stop wasting my breath on lectures and start annoying the quad hell squad every time they annoy me. Fight fire with fire. Ha! Another hell pun.
Goal 8: Find out who the hell killed me.
I’ll add more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself before I even finish checking off my old goals. But seriously, I really do need a more badass name, considering how much I have to keep saving my damsels in distress.
I probably shouldn’t call them damsels, since they’re a little murderous and all.
Maybe I should add seeing a hell-certified psychologist to my list of goals.

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witchmas carolA WITCHMAS CAROL: A WICKED WITCHES OF THE MIDWEST FANTASY by Amanda M Lee

Christmas is here but the Winchester witches aren’t exactly teeming with good cheer.
Well, they are, but it’s not the sort of Christmas cheer Aunt Tillie wants waiting for her under this year’s tree.
When Aunt Tillie finds out her great-nieces want to separate for Christmas Day – forgoing the family’s annual tradition – she decides to teach them a little lesson. Of course, since she’s Aunt Tillie, her dose of retribution comes in the form of her favorite holiday Christmas stories.
For Bay and Landon, that means they’re shoved into A Witchmas Carol, one of Aunt Tillie’s favorite tales. That should mean hugs and happiness, right? Yeah, try toil and trouble instead.
Bay and Landon have to work their way through memories of the past, guilt over the present and absolute terror when facing their future if they expect to come out the other side. To escape, they have to figure out exactly what Aunt Tillie wants … and she’s got a few tricks up her sleeve.
So, it’s that time of the year. Things are about to get merry … and maybe a little messy … for the Winchesters. There’s no better time to hitch a ride on the mayhem sleigh.

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firefighter unicornFIREFIGHTER UNICORN (FIRE AND RESCUE SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Sarcastic. Short-tempered. Definitely not sparkly. Paramedic and firefighter Hugh Argent is no one’s idea of a unicorn, and he’s careful to keep it that way. His life depends on hiding his secrets…and on never meeting his true mate.

Outcast. Unwanted. Untouchable. Wyvern shifter Ivy has been shunned her whole life due to her uncontrollably venomous skin. Now finally there’s someone who can touch her…and he doesn’t want anything to do with her.

No matter how much Ivy craves to be touched at last, there’s one thing that can make her give up her only chance at love—a cure for her terminally ill younger sister. So Ivy offers Hugh a deal: Heal her sister, and she’ll get out of his life forever.

The more Hugh gets to know Ivy, the more he longs to claim this brave, fierce, infuriating woman. But a unicorn can only take a mate at a terrible cost…

More than hearts are at stake.

And every secret is about to be revealed at last.

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snow leopards christmas surpriseTHE SNOW LEOPARD’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE by Emilia Hartley

Ellie was just looking for a normal holiday. She had planned to spend it with her family. Her mother, father and her baby boy, Casper. When Nolan showed up, things took a turn for the worst. She couldn’t believe him. Why would he return after all these years? She didn’t need him then, and she doesn’t need him now. Though, she had to admit. Casper and Nolan seemed to get along together really well.

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her winter wolvesHER WINTER WOLVES by Milly Taiden and Marianne Morea

This very modern take on the tale of Snow White isn’t for the faint of heart.

Grace Snow is a marketing genius and the heir to Snow Industries, a cosmetics conglomerate. Looking to bring the company into the 21st century isn’t as simple as she wishes. Not with her stepmother making every move a tug-of-war. Grace’s new app, Mirror-Mirror, can rebrand them as fresh and new for a younger generation. That’s only if she can keep her stepmother and her vindictiveness away from her plans. Good luck with that!

Wolf shifter, Adam Hunt, has been the company’s Head of Security since Grace was a teen. Hired to look after Gracie’s well-being, he’s crossed the evil stepmother one too many times and now she’s blackmailing him to do her bidding. What she doesn’t know is he’s the Omega of his pack, and together he and their Alpha, Zach Cassidy, will protect and defend Grace even at the cost of their own lives.

Grace is their mate. The one destined to complete their Triad. She has no idea that she’s about to become part of the sexiest relationship of her life. Jealousy and greed push her stepmother to get rid of Grace. Gracie might not be ready for what’s coming her way—not the two sexiest men she’ll ever want or the poison conjured by her stepmother, but she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight.

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fury of denialFURY OF DENIAL by Coreene Callahan

He’s an antisocial dragon shifter with a serious sweet tooth. She’s a pastry chef who won’t give him any sugar.

Blinded in an ambush, dragon warrior Wallaig has spent half a century in the dark with one thing on his mind—vengeance. When the rogue faction responsible returns to Scotland and targets a human female, he saves her life, determined to exact his revenge—even if it means using her as bait.

Smart-mouthed Amantha Leblanc is pastry chef with dreams of opening her own shop. The money is in the bank. Her mission is clear. The plan goes to hell the second Wallaig breaks into her apartment and she defends herself with a rolling pin. With a rogue pack of dragons circling, she is forced to rely on a man she doesn’t like—but isn’t able to resist.

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bear with meBEAR WITH ME by  Everleigh Clark

Bo Alexander has his hands full as temporary alpha of his little clan in Bear Paw River.
But then she shows up.
A gorgeous, curvy—human—single mother with a shifter son in tow. Between the kid’s bodily function jokes and the mating heat sizzling from Jane, Bo doesn’t know which way is up. But he knows she’s hiding something. And he’s just the man to help her.

Jane has been running with Liam for too long now. She’s exhausted, scared, waiting for the day Seth finds her and drags them back to his pack. But Bear Paw River promises sanctuary…and love? No, she doesn’t have the freedom to open her heart. Besides, love is deadly.

It’s time for Bo to bear-up and save this woman and cub. But can he let her go when the danger has passed? Humans and grizzly shifters aren’t meant to be. Right?
Then again, crazier things have happened. Look at his sister. She married a wolf.

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endless chaseENDLESS CHASE (DALAKIS PASSION BOOK 5) by N J Walters

Since the night her parents were brutally murdered, Katya Markova has been driven by a dark quest for vengeance. When her search for the killers leads her to the heart of Transylvania and the ancestral home of the Dalakis, she hopes to finally take her revenge and put her horrific memories and the souls of her parents to rest. Then she meets the mesmerizing Chase Deveraux, and his intensely passionate touch threatens to weaken her resolve as she surrenders to his sensual promise.

With his life in disarray, Chase has retreated to the remote castle of the Dalakis clan to sort things out in isolation, but instead is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Katya. Instantly spellbound by her tough warrior exterior and compelling beauty, Chase finds that Katya captivates him like no other woman has before—until he learns of her dark intent and is torn between his own needs and those of his family.

Because Katya is enmeshed in a world of lies and deceptions, and has brought that world to the Dalakis doorstep. As their unquenchable passion spirals to incredible sensual heights, Chase and Katya will be forced to make a choice, one that could destroy the Dalakis clan for all time or unite the desperate young lovers for eternity.

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flame in the darkFLAME IN THE DARK (A SOULWOOD NOVEL) by Faith Hunter

VS Notes: Seems as if this has romantic elements rather than romance but I haven’t read the series.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 29

November 22

November 15

November 8

November 1

October 25

October 18

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

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

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday November 29

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

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VS note: Last week the CJ Cade GREAT SPACE RACE book wasn’t released by the time I put my post together, but here it is today!

STARSHADOW (THE GREAT SPACE RACE) by CJ Cade

This Tygress is in a race for her life… in more ways than one.

Tygean Mia Jag has grown up in the shadow of her famous older brother. But in Octiron’s Great Space Race, she sees a chance to prove herself a space navigator as talented as he.

Partnered with a stranger to make the difficult and dangerous race in an unknown star system? No problem–she’ll simply use her Tyger charm to beguile her partner into doing things her way, and her Tyger senses to guide them to a sure win.

But when her partner for the race is announced, her plans are sucked into a black hole.

Instead of one of the more easily managed races, her partner is from one of the most feared and little known–an Aurelian. Ferocious and warlike, they rule their isolated quadrant of the stars without mercy, refusing to join the InterGalactic Alliance or allow diplomatic missions to cross their borders.

And Aurelian Prince D’Arek A’Renoq looks like he could give lessons in laying waste to opponents–starting with her.

Worst of all, she’d probably enjoy it.

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rogue galactic gladiatorsROGUE: GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 8 – A NOVELLA DUO by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Fun to have two stories set in the Galactic Gladiator world!

Information Rogue: arrogant information merchant Zhim doesn’t know what hits him when he collides with feisty human hacker Ryan.

Rescued by the humans and gladiators from the House of Galen, Ryan Nagano is working hard to piece her life back together. Her priorities are conquering her anxiety, recovering from her captivity, and using her exceptional computer skills to help the House of Galen decrypt alien data that could reveal the location of other abducted humans. That’s all she’s focused on. But when she needs help, she finds herself having to work with arrogant genius Zhim…and discovers that the two of them redefine the word explosive.

Zhim thrives on the need to uncover information and ensure his wealthy, carefully constructed life is exactly as he wants it. Then one infuriating menace of a woman blasts into his life. Ryan matches him skill for skill, drives him crazy, and worms her way under his skin. But forced to take her deep into Kor Magma’s shadowy hacker underworld, Zhim soon learns exactly what he’s willing to risk to keep Ryan safe.

Desert Rogue: prickly, independent human Neve doesn’t want or need any help…but a certain cocky desert rogue isn’t taking no for an answer.

Neve Haynes survived her abduction through grit and determination. She’s always made her own way through life, depends on no one, and is determined to achieve her own personal mission. So as she sneaks out of the House of Galen, the last thing she needs is help in the form of a tawny-haired, lean-hipped caravan master with more confidence and swagger than any man she’s met before.

Corsair is a man of the desert and leader of the Corsair Caravan. He listens to his gut and something about Neve draws him in. He can’t let her go off and get herself killed, but she’s the most skittish, strongest woman he’s ever met. As they trek deep into the desert on a dangerous mission to find a map to an infamous desert arena, they will fight side by side and be forced to depend only on each other to survive. And in Carthago’s desert sands, they will uncover a desire that burns hotter than the desert sun.

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snowed in with the alien pirateSNOWED IN WITH THE ALIEN PIRATE by Starr Huntress and Aerin Caldera

When Captain Jenny De Rue’s ship is commandeered by the intergalactic police to transport a dangerous fugitive to a secure prison, she’s only concerned that her perfectly boring drop mission is going to be delayed and her crew will lose out on their delivery bonus.

But when the mouthwatering seven foot alien pirate wrapped in chains stepped onto her ship, she never thought finishing her drop mission would be the last thing on her mind.

Or that she’d secretly follow him into the brig.

Or that in the midst of the most mind-blowing orgasm ever, he’d use her to break out of prison and take her with him as a hostage down to the frozen planet of Ca’ana.

Or that being snowed in with this alien pirate would be the most erotic experience of her life.

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maid in stoneMAID IN STONE by Viola Grace

Life started awkwardly and became a game of survival for Kiala. Hunted by the Assassins Guild for her parents’ illicit union, their little family ran from planet to planet until Ki put her foot down. She performed the entry exam for the Assassins Guild and sold her services to them for five years.

When her years as a bodyguard were up, she tried to work as an auditor, an investigator, and attempted to find her place in world without danger around every corner. The Citadel made her an offer, and she agreed to time as a sidekick to a recruiter.

When the contract is up, she is given another choice, another chance and another fresh start. Seeing a familiar face is the first shock of many as she works as a Citadel liaison in Nyal space.

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dragons tamingDRAGON’S TAMING (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 7)  by Miranda Martin

They see me as broken, but it’s up to me to save them all.

They keep me locked away, too dangerous to be free, because they don’t see what I do. They don’t know the truth like I do.

I was stopped from accomplishing my mission before but I can’t fail. The fate of our entire planet, of every human and Zmaj both, rests in my hands.

It was easier before she came. Kind words, soft touch, she’s awakened my dragon. Temptation rises every time she’s near. Do I give in to desire or hold true to my path?

I’ll find a way to make her mine and save us all. I have to, it’s all on me.

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star keeperSTAR KEEPER (LEGACY HUNTER BOOK 2) by Chris Heinicke and Kate Reedwood

Axel Ryan is running for his life.
Pursued by bounty hunters with a price on his head, he should disappear into the stars to hide and continue his search for Stardrives. But his soulmate, Element Cruz, has resurfaced and after spending the last six months searching for her with no luck, finding her again is worth gambling his life. She’s putting her own in danger by infiltrating an illegal slave auction where the Star Keeper of Endaria is being sold; a woman with empathic abilities, worth more credits then Axel can legally gather.
It should be an easy mission. Crash the auction, save his girl, and fly off into the galaxy to live happily ever after together. But the universe has another destiny in store for Axel, one he’ll need to embrace to save them all, or die trying.

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zandian petZANDIAN PET by Renee Rose

Taramina could survive slavery, even as a pet in Prium’s Intergalactic Emporium. She always knew she’d escape.

She just didn’t know escape would come in the form of a powerful handsome male of her own species. Especially one whose rough handling incites a fever in her she hasn’t felt before.
But she intends to make a fresh start, which means severing ties with the dominant Zandian who once held her collar and a leash. The male who knows just how to master her.

No, she can’t be his pet. Not after what she’s been through.
So why does she keep coming back for more?

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mated to the dragon princeMATED TO THE DRAGON PRINCE by Abella Ward

Eyrl is the first Stlozyn male in a thousand years to be heir to the throne of Bronæl. But the government wants him mated first. Eyrl knows one thing for sure: he wants a human. Now, where to find her?

All Lily wants to do is dance. But when she gets badly injured, her one chance is to go to the stars to have it fixed. No problem. All she has to do is sign up for a program to be matched to a dragon. Who happens to be a prince. Oh, and the hottest creature in the universe.

When Eyrl’s beast eyes see Lily, his fires flare. Yes, she’s beautiful, but no, that doesn’t mean he’ll ever love her. What is love anyway? Just another emotion that makes otherwise sane people do stupid things. All she needs to do is marry him and produce babies.

But when Lily is taken from him, Eyrl finds out there’s only one thing that matters to him.

He’ll search for her until she’s back safely in his arms.

Even if it costs him his throne.

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clan and conscienceCLAN AND CONSCIENCE (CLAN BEGINNINGS BOOK 6) by  Tracy St John

Fighting murderous enemies. Battling each other. It’s the perfect recipe for romance, Kalquorian-style.

On the surface, young Dramok Ospar has it all: money, prestige, power. Yet what he dreams of most is outside his grasp. His drive to prove himself has left him lonely, with no one to turn to…except the Nobek bodyguard who is decidedly unimpressed with his accomplishments. Oh, and there’s the matter of the local crime syndicate trying to kill him too.

Nobek Jol faces his worst security assignment ever: guarding the most irritating Dramok to draw breath. It’s not that Ospar isn’t handsome, intelligent, brave, and charitable. It’s just that he’d be so much better gagged into silence.

Temple of Life priest Imdiko Rivek wishes for inner peace and total enlightenment. He knows he won’t find it in the lethal world Ospar and Jol inhabit. However, fighting the allure of the pair to achieve perfect tranquility is proving to be more difficult than he could have imagined…plus the fact that their enemies think he’s the perfect target to bring Ospar and Jol to heel.

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most unsuitable mateA MOST UNSUITABLE MATE by Carolyn Faulkner

I am expected to breed.
As I am the heir to the throne, Princess of Aristol,
Having children is my royal responsibility.
I would prefer to be nestled in the library with a good book.
It is no secret that I have little choice but to accept my role.
My nefarious sister chose Prince Vallon, an alien, as a suitable companion.
His outrageous tales of being from a planet where men are in charge,
And women are kept in line by means of corporal punishment,
Have me intrigued.
His words captivate me…
But is he as dominant as I desire him to be?

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aeon fugitiveAEON FUGITIVE (SENSUAL ABDUCTION SERIES BOOK 2) by Amelia Wilson

Sarah finds herself millions of lightyears from home, held captive on the Aeon planet. The Aeons are a race of psychic aliens, hell bent on destroying their enemies, the Zaytarians. To do that, they need their doomsday weapon, which can only be run by the crystal Sarah has worn on a necklace around her neck for years.

Unable to handle the crystal themselves, the Aeons are forced to keep Sarah alive, at least until they’re ready to strike against their enemies. Gar meanwhile teams up with Adam, another human lost to the stars like his new love, and he heads across the galaxy in hopes of finding Sarah and saving her before the Aeons can harm her.

Will Gar find Sarah in time? Will the crystal be used to power the super weapon against the Zaytarians? Can Sarah survive on a strange planet where every creature and beast seems to be out for her blood? And most importantly, if Gar does find Sarah, how in the world are they going to get off of a hostile planet?

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declanDECLAN (SECOND WAVE BOOK 6) by Mikayla Lane

It was supposed to be an easy mission. Find a mythical city and the flower that could save his family. Declan T’Alq had hoped it wouldn’t take long, and he could join his brothers in training for space combat, but nothing had gone as planned.

She was a legend and a brutal warrior that few could match in skill. Yet, her isolated life left her completely unprepared for the large man who shouldn’t have been able to find her home or invade her heart.

Caught between opposing duties and honor, the two must find a way to compromise or the consequences could destroy everything they both love.

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wyverns outlawWYVERN’S OUTLAW by Deborah Cooke

Ryke wants nothing more than to escape the space pirates of the Gloria Furore and go home to his young son. He’s pretended to share their views and has worked his way up the ranks to co-pilot of the Armada Seven, commanded by the most vicious space captain of all. The capture of Princess Anguissa and her ship, the Archangel, is a moment of triumph for his superior—except that Anguissa never plays by anyone’s rules. In a flash of dragon fire, she incinerates most of the crew and takes command of the Armada Seven. Ryke is spared, but he’s not sure why—what plans does the beautiful dragon princess have for his future? And what will she demand to grant his wish of returning home?

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cyberevolution viii revoltCYBEREVOLUTION VIII: THE REVOLT by Kaitlyn O’Connor

With unrest escalating into outright revolt as rumors surface that more humans will be laid off and replaced with cyborgs and a total recall already in progress, the company scurries to cover up their crimes–by whatever means necessary.

Tabitha is caught in the crossfire.

Fortunately, she has her bodyguard Raathe CHS300, her pleasure droid, Caleb, and the cyborg med tech, Korbin to help her escape.  But it does cross her mind to wonder if they’re rescuing her or if she’s their captive.

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tristanTRISTAN: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (GREENVILLE MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 6)  by V Vaughn

Everything Cassie Nichols hoped for in life has finally fallen into place. She’s madly in love with her sexy alien husband Tristan, has a client who will make her a partner at her law firm and a baby on the way. But her perfect life falls apart in an instant when she’s taken to the hospital and discovers she has to be on bedrest until her child is born. The condition puts her job in jeopardy, and threatens the financial stability of her family. To make matters worse a startling discovery about Tristan is made. One that could land him in jail. As Cassie tries to save everything she’s worked so hard to get she discovers she can’t do it alone. But can she find a way to trust the Tristan she thought she knew?

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rafaroyRAFAROY (THE CYBORGS REBORN BOOK 2) by TJ Quinn

VS Note: A number of reviews on book 1 of the series note typos and a need for more editing. As always, sample for yourself. I have not read either book.

Earth was attacked by the Taucets, an alien race, determined to steal the planet from us. Forced to fight against a powerful enemy, humans created the cyborgs: enhanced human warriors, but they soon forgot about the human part of these powerful warriors.

Enslaved by the humans and forced to act against their will, the cyborgs quickly rebelled and started to escape the human’s oppression. Rafaroy is one of them..(more)….

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orc in winterORC IN WINTER by Melisse Aires

VS Note: I’ve been reading snippets and enjoying them – he’s sure a different Orc!

Morwenna, a widow with an infant son, agrees to hide and nurse a poisoned Orc as a service to the Queen. The Orc was human as a boy, turned by a bite into an Orc. For her help, the Queen will give her an estate in the North, not far from Morwenna’s childhood home.

As she gets to know Sherrow, she realizes he is a good man, not a monster. Sherrow heals enough to journey north before winter weather keeps them from traveling. The caravan they join is in the hands of rebels, and they must get away.

Sherrow has secrets — He is not as weak as he pretends, he has Orc magic, and he is in love with Morwenna.

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forged in fire bahrFORGED IN FIRE by C J Bahr

Beth Leighton moved to Scotland to marry the love of her life. But then he betrays her and she is fatally shot. However the Archangel Remiel interferes, and she awakes to find herself in 18th century England. Alive but confused and lost, she wants to go home. Despite a roguish and handsome highwayman.

Christopher “Kit” Locke is haunted by his past mistakes and lives on danger’s edge, not caring if he lives or dies. He will leave that choice to Fate. Intrigued by the spirited Beth, he is drawn from his spiraling descent and is enlisted to help steal an evil artifact, the Viper’s Eye, a demonic soul-stealing jewel.

While the Archangel and the Duke of Hell battle it out, both Beth and Kit must also fight evil. When the stone seeks Kit’s soul can Beth’s love keep him from falling victim to the Viper’s Eye or will she lose Kit to Hell’s fire?

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vixens fated mateVIXEN’S FATED MATE (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by R E Butler

Mire, the Vixen position on the sleigh team, has watched three of his friends and fellow shifters find their fated mates. He holds out hope that he’ll find his fated mate soon, but since he’s able to leave North Pole City for only twenty-four hours every year, he’s not sure when he’ll meet his one and only. When a non-quad shifter survives a near-fatal accident two days before Christmas Eve, they discover he had an affair with a human woman and had a child with her. Mire is tasked with bringing the daughter to NPC to meet with Santa Claus. What Mire doesn’t count on is that she’s his fated mate.

Noelle Jackson has known her whole life that she wasn’t entirely normal. Born with pointed ears, that her mother had altered with plastic surgery, she’s always felt out of place. When a dark-haired, gorgeous man shows up at her apartment and tells her that he can take her to visit her injured father, she jumps at the chance. She feels connected to the mysterious Mire, whose eyes flash from brown to gold whenever he looks at her.

When Noelle is magically whisked away to the North Pole, she feels right at home for the first time in her life. In a place where the magic is real, can Santa Claus grant Noelle and Mire their Christmas wish to spend the rest of their lives together, or will her father’s deceit mean NPC is closed to her forever?

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billionaire moosePROPOSITIONED BY THE BILLIONAIRE MOOSE by Eve Langlais

Get married or you’re out of the will.
 Blackmail pure and simple, but Bryce doesn’t have much of a choice if he wants to remain Grandfather’s heir. With the old man on his deathbed, the clock is ticking, so he’d better get cracking because a supposed cousin has just shown up looking for a pint of the maple syrup business.

I’ll gore him with my rack first!
 Lucky for Bryce, he sniffs out the perfect woman and makes her a deal. What he doesn’t expect is to lose his heart in the process.

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merry and brightMERRY & BRIGHT: A CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY by Various

VS Note: Nine paranormal romance stories in the Nocturne Falls Universe. Amazon does give the blurbs for all the stories.

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sweet firecrackerSWEET FIRECRACKER (A LOVELY DEAREST SERIES BOOK 2) by Nikki Bolvair

Melissa was a foster child and the daughter to one of the world’s most dangerous agents in the world. At least, that what she announced to her current foster mother. The current boys in the foster home and friends, Dallon and Garrett shrugged her aside till she wiggled her way past their walls and stunned them. It was too bad that no one believed her until someone did…then she disappeared.

All grown up, Dallon and Garrett are serving in the US Army and are now a part of an elite team of super soldiers sent on a secret mission. Someone has stolen the H-15 serum and they’ve gone hunting. Their team pursues a lead and discover it is linked to that little slip of a girl that they once knew and never forgot. But was she on the same side as them? That’s not their only issue… the enhancements that the government gave them were inducing side effects. One’s the team members hadn’t counted on.
Now with the capability to identify their mate, both Garrett and Dallon wanted one woman between them. They both wanted her.
She fled, and they pursued, changing their lives forever.

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chest of stoneCHEST OF STONE: BOOK 2, THE AFTERWORLD CHRONICLES by Vicki Stiefel

Mage Clea Reese hunts a deadly Creature that ritually slaughtered three shifter children. In order to unearth the beast, she needs the aid of her broken lover, James Larrimer.

Together, they aim to smoke out the killer while pursuing Clea’s quest for the magical Chest of Stone and preventing the Magical and the Mundane worlds from splintering.

Their hunt for the beast drags them from the Mundane realm to the Magic one, where a lethal sorceress seeks to destroy Clea and procure the chest for herself.

The race for the killer and the Chest is on, but time’s against Clea and Larrimer when the Creature kidnaps another child and seeks Clea for its own dark purposes.

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wolfhavenWOLFHAVEN (THE DUALITY SERIES BOOK 2) by Jay Shaw

For three generations, an uneasy truce has existed between the shapeshifter packs of Wolfhaven and Silver Ridge. But Equinox is fast approaching; and all is about to change.

Connell, grandson of Wolfhaven’s chief, is hungry for adventure; and eager to explore the world beyond the boundaries of where he grew up. Is this a plan set for failure? Only Lupa, Goddess of Wolves, can know; for it is she who bends destiny to her will.

Thayer, heir apparent and Connell’s older brother, has found love with Lena – Mistress of the Moon – and daughter of Silver Ridge’s alpha. Yet, the course of true love never runs smooth. Lena is matched to another. A wolf of her father’s choosing.

Fierce and strong, Kellan is Arden’s second and will make the perfect mate. If only Lena wished it. Silver Ridge, a world of zealotry and submission, is no place for a freethinking female. Especially not one, whose lover whispers of a world beyond her father’s reach.

Will Connell’s dreams of freedom and adventure be thwarted, as Thayer and Kellan challenge for the right to claim Lena as their own? Or will Lena resolve to put the traditions of her pack and the demands of her father over those of her own heart?

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christmas dragons heartTHE CHRISTMAS DRAGON’S HEART by Zoe Chant

Curvy workaholic Claire Corbett has just landed the job of her lifetime: a position managing the Snow Castle, a winter retreat in the mountains. With her little brother along for the ride, Christmas promises to be all work and no play this year. That is, until the mysterious shifter Raul shows up, and she feels determined to soothe his loneliness and show him the true joy of Christmas.

Dragon shifter Raul lost his hoard when he was a child. Ever since another dragon attacked and stole his father’s hoard, his dragon’s been lost without the focus of his heart jewel. Raul can’t shift – and without treasure, he has nothing to offer a mate. Nevertheless, as soon as he sees Claire, his dragon knows that she’s the one. But is a broken dragon worthy of a gorgeous woman like Claire?

It takes a sudden accident to bring forth Raul’s dragon’s power. But when it turns out that the accident was no accident, even a fire dragon’s strength might not be enough to escape a magical trap… Will they be able to uncover the threat to the Snow Castle in time to ensure a truly happy Christmas for everyone?

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warlocks mage 02WARLOCK’S MAGE: AN ANDREW MOORE NOVEL 02 by D R Rosier

Andrew Stewart Moore knew the truth about himself now, and somehow survived the last few days with the help of Lilith and Julia.

He had a lot to learn, and very little time to learn it. He wasn’t quite sure the shifters were no longer a threat, and on top of that the vampire and mage community were taking an interest in his existence in their city.

Being hated and feared for what he was born as, meant he was in for a hell of a ride, if he survives.

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colwood firehouse gunnerCOLWOOD FIREHOUSE: GUNNER (THE SHIFTERS OF COLWOOD FIREHOUSE BOOK 2) by Kit Fox

Lion shifter, Gunner, is on the worst date in the history of worst dates when he sees someone who really catches his eye. Only problem is, she’s breaking into the fire station where he lives.

Dragon shifter, Aleida, didn’t come to Colwood, Montana for love. Far from it. She came for help in stopping her powerful brothers from carrying out their devious plans. But when the help Aleida is looking for turns up empty, she has no choice but to turn to the grumpy lion shifter who seems to have taken a liking to her.

And when Aleida’s dragon shifter brother comes seeking revenge, she’s going to need all the help she can get. Luckily, the shifters of the Colwood Firehouse are always up for a good fight!

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dragon in the mistDRAGON IN THE MIST (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 26) by Julia Mills

One small voice in the dark…
One tortured plea for help…

Two hearts beating as one…
Two lives hanging in the balance…

Three seconds to decide between life and death…
Three simple words that changed everything…

“Please help me,” she cried.
Now, it’s out of the mist and into the fire.

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dragon queens fake fianceeDRAGON QUEEN’S FAKE FIANCEE (DRAGON’S COUNCIL BOOK 2) by Mina Carter

Dragon Queen Cadeyra has been brought up to do her duty, no matter the personal cost. But that doesn’t mean she can’t get a little… inventive.

When a prince from a foreign land visits and she gets wind he intends to court her, Cadeyra needs to get engaged and fast. But who can she ask to be her fake fiancé who won’t let the honor go to his head?…(much more)…

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bittersweet christmasBITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS (THE ORDER) by Nina Croft

Orphan Liam Ryan isn’t asking for much this Christmas–just his Uncle John. And he’s counting on Father Christmas to find a way to make that happen.

But when Father Christmas tosses Liam’s letter, claiming that the kid is asking the impossible, his daughter, Winter, takes over. Half-pixie, Winter, longs to do something important with her life, starting with getting a job at the Order of the Shadow Accords, the organization that polices the supernatural world. When she discovers Liam’s uncle works for the Order, it seems like fate.

Savaged by werewolves and bitten by a vampire, no one knows what to expect of John Ryan, but it won’t be anything good. So there’s no way he’s getting involved with his nephew…or anyone else. Worse, he’s getting a babysitter over the holidays. But when he meets irrepressible Winter, all that matters is whether she likes her guys to be naughty or nice.

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sand and stoneOF SAND AND STONE: A TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE by Lauren Smith

She was destined to save his heart of stone…
Bookish museum curator Rebecca Clark has given up on dating. Real life men aren’t nearly as perfect as the men in the paintings and statues she sees every day at her job. But one night she whispers a prayer to the universe to send her the perfect man. She had no idea a goddess is listening…

Devon Blake was Regency London’s most wicked lover but when he sleeps with the wrong woman and leaves her unsatisfied, he finds himself cursed by none other than the Goddess of love herself. After living two centuries trapped as a marble statue, Aphrodite gives Devon one chance to redeem himself or he’ll face an eternity of made of stone. He must prove he can satisfy a woman’s every desire without satisfying his own.

When Rebecca discovers a naked man in her art gallery instead of a priceless statue at midnight she has no idea he’s the answer to her prayers. Aphrodite has sent Devon to be Rebecca’s perfect man. Can Devon earn Rebecca’s love and trust by proving his selflessness or will it be too late?

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HELLHOUNDS DEATH BY REAPER MC by Esther E Schmidt 

VS Note: Not a fan of the cover art.

n the last year, Eliana has been aware of the paranormal world that merges with the humans. Knowing it and living in it are two very different things when your next breath could end up being your last.

Alistair, Hellhound shifter and President of the Death by Reaper MC Hell Charter, is unexpectedly confronted with his true mate. As the balance of good and evil is shifted, a battle is the only solution. One where family ties are unwillingly being pulled into the mix and a simple choice of sides might end up in losing the woman he just claimed as his. A Hellhound has an eternal vow to never walk out on the losing side. Even more so when he’s had a slice of heaven.

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hauntedHAUNTED  by Shari Nichols

When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind-blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood. If only he can convince her that, despite his bad-boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?

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witch at wayside crossTHE CURIOUS AFFAIR OF THE WITCH AT WAYSIDE CROSS by Lisa Tuttle 

“Witch!” cries the young man after stumbling unexpectedly into the London address of the consulting-detective partnership of Mr. Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane. He makes the startling accusation while pointing toward Miss Lane . . . then he drops dead. Thus begins the strangest case yet to land—quite literally—on the doorstep of Jesperson and Lane.

According to the coroner, Charles Manning died of a heart attack—despite being in perfect health. Could he have been struck down by a witch’s spell? The late Mr. Manning’s address book leads Jesperson and Lane to the shrieking pits of Aylmerton, an ancient archaeological site reputed to be haunted by a vengeful ghost. There they sift through the local characters, each more suspicious than the last: Manning’s associate, Felix Ott, an English folklore enthusiast; Reverend Ringer, a fierce opponent of superstition; and the Bulstrode sisters, a trio of beauties with a reputation for witchcraft.

But when an innocent child goes missing, suddenly Jesperson and Lane aren’t merely trying to solve one murder—they’re racing to prevent another.

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vampires thirstA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: VICTOR  by A K Michaels

Victor Strong, ancient Vampire and hard-as-nails businessman, has enjoyed centuries in the human world by following one simple rule: Keep a steely control over your dark side. Then it comes, like a thief in the night, overtaking him mind, body, and soul… a strange, unexplainable ‘Thirst’ that not even he could deny.

With the craving for blood, and other darker, more enticing desires, rapidly growing out of control, Victor suddenly fears not only for his sanity, but his very life.

Holding on by a thin, unraveling thread, Victor is pulled from the brink of madness by a sweet, tantalizing aroma. So hypnotized by the scent, he is forced to find its owner, compelled to find the most elusive of all things; a mere myth among his kind. The Vampire’s Bloodmate.

Can he reach her in time? Can she save him from himself? Or will Victor be lost to his dark side forever?

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hidden heroHIDDEN HERO (ANCIENT COURT #3) (THE HIDDEN SAGA BOOK 9)  by Amy Patrick

After a year-long separation and a search across continents, Macy and Nic have found each other again. Now they must find her family—the birth mother who abandoned her at the hospital and fled back to her people’s secret sanctuary—if they are to beat the clock and save the human race from the onslaught of the coming Plague.
Alessia didn’t intend to activate the deadly virus, but after determining that Nic betrayed her, she’s almost glad she did. The only problem? She won’t be around to enjoy the aftermath—she’s being held captive on a remote, windswept island by a mysterious guy who’s completely immune to her Sway and won’t let her get close enough to use her deadly glamour on him.
Give in to the Glamour once more as the end of the human world looms, an ancient secret is unearthed, and a hidden hero emerges.

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brightest embersTHE BRIGHTEST EMBERS (A BROKEN DESTINY NOVEL) by Jeaniene Frost

Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she’s determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave—there’s probably no coming back from this one.

Adrian’s dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their undeniable bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they’ve endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they’ll face.

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VS Note: And just a reminder  of my most recent release (until mid-December anyway – new one coming out then!) is THE FATED STARS!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 22

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November 8

November 1

October 25

October 18

October 11

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

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