I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking quite a few as I prepare these posts LOL).
‘AB’ denotes audiobook and the Amazon buy link.
ALIEN’S FATE (CRAVING THE HEVEIANS BOOK SIX) by Ella Blake
Axlos – My people are fighting for their lives against a power determined to rip our planet apart for a valuable energy source. I am on the front lines, leading our forces. I knew this would be my fate if we went to war, and I don’t expect to survive. My only regret? Not telling Arria, the shy little human we rescued that I loved her. Now it’s too late. I’ve taken my last steps on my home planet of Heveia. I’ll fight to the end alongside my warriors to ensure that my people survive. That she survives. Arria – I may be one small, quiet human, but I have a knack for a few things. One of them is seeing patterns that even computers miss. When I unlock an enemy command cipher, I know it can help our forces, but the algorithms disagree and it’s deemed too risky to send me out in the middle of battle. Instead, I do the riskiest thing I’ve ever done and steal a shuttle with the help of a friendly cybot. When we arrive on Axlos’ ship, his feelings become crystal clear. Amid a battle that will end the war—one way or another—I learn if I can open my heart, or if the scars of my past will determine my future. AmazonKU
XALAN CLAIMED: XALANITE MATES BOOK ONE by AJ Mullican
Amber Last-Name-Redacted was perfectly content living alone in her cabin on Lake Ontario. After all, her BOB satisfied her more than her ex ever did, not to mention dating as a forty-something divorcee is not as exciting as it sounds. When a bright light crashes into Amber’s isolated life, she can’t help but investigate, only to find at the source of it all a hot, six foot two, purple scaled alien. Taking a strange being into your cabin certainly isn’t boring, especially with the AARO chasing down the spaceman of her dreams. Time is ticking on Amber’s resurrected love life. Will she claim Q’on for her own, or will the government goons win in this epic game of cat and mouse? AmazonKU
FESTIVE FATES by Various
‘Tis the season to get into the holiday mood, both real and alien, with a special holiday anthology from 11 amazing authors who love spreading good cheer—and great stories!
Join S.E. Smith, Jill Wallace, Eliza Sinclair, Kyndra Hatch, Candace Colt, Natalie Palma, Winnie Winkle, Electra Gajdos, Stephanie Harrell, Pauline Baird Jones, and Cassandra Chandler as they fill your holidays with 11 original, never-before-released spirited tales of family and celebration. Don’t miss out on this limited-edition anthology that will get you in the spirit! Coming to your e-readers on November 30, 2023 for a limited time only! Searching for Thanksgiving by New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author S.E. Smith. Nothing is as it seems when the youngest dragonlings go on a mission to find Thanksgiving. ‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas by USA TODAY best-selling author Pauline Baird Jones. She would rather fight than sing Christmas carols…(more story info on ebook seller’s page)
TAMED (HUMAN PET SHOP) by Loki Renard
This masterful alien is going to tame me. I ran away from home and I almost died. But a massive alien saved my life. He nursed me painstakingly back to health. Them, when I was better, he put me over his knee and gave me the spanking of a lifetime. Kahn is strict, stern, and merciless. He’s an alien used to mastering humans. He takes our kind as pets. He breaks them to his will. And he says I need to be tamed. I resist his dominance. I refuse his orders. I fight to get my own way. But every time I step out of line he’s there dragging me back in, making me hot, sore, and sorry. And it’s not just my body he’s taking control of. He’s going to tame my flesh, my mind, and even my heart. That’s when things get really dangerous. AmazonKU
SEARCH THE STARS (CROSS THE STARS BOOK ONE) by Nicole Grotepas
Zacharia Coburn’s flight-state mushroom business barely makes a dent in the FTL industry, controlled by a few powerful, interstellar corporations. Starship pilots can take a dose of these ultra-rare mushroom strains to pull a ship into the jump plane and rapidly cross the stars. There’s no reason for anybody to ever notice the Very Good Mushroom Concern, the business Zach’s running with his partner, Anna Brooks. Organic. Homegrown in a barn in the northern Idaho territory. Made with love. They’re just a barnacle on the tail of a behemoth. Until their secret gets too big to control. Zach and Anna have cracked the code. Their mushroom strains allow the kind of jump distances pilots have only dreamed about. In a galaxy where commodities are king, jump distances control the market. So, when Anna goes missing, Zach isn’t sure where to start looking. Even with the best mushrooms ever grown at his disposal, finding Anna somewhere in the galaxy will be harder than locating a needle in a haystack. Try finding a needle on a planet covered in hay. The odds are against him, but giving up isn’t an option. Anna might just be the key to the entire galaxy: whoever gets their hands on her will have it at their feet. This is more than love or business. This is war. Amazon
THE WASTELAND KINGS by Jaimie N Schock
Hacker Bast has it all: a cushy condo, a sexy boyfriend, and a place among the wealthy elite. When his past catches up with him, he flees into the dreary and dangerous wastelands between domed cities. There he meets Delphi, who saves him, and Galeron, who runs a small town. He is anything but safe, however, as robotic “dogs” roam the countryside, looking for people to kill, and humans can be just as deadly. As Bast settles in to life in the town, he develops a controversial relationship with Galeron. They fall in love, but all is not well in their world. Can the two of them survive and reach the happy ending they long for, or will the wastelands take everything they hold dear?
AN ALIEN FOR CHRISTMAS (KHANAVAI WARRIOR BRIDE GAMES BOOK 15) by Margo Bond Collins
Christmas was supposed to be simple: wrap up this assignment and head back to Earth. I never intended to participate in the Alien Bride Lottery. As far as I can tell, the Khanavai are nice enough on an individual basis—but their entire culture is macho, sexist, and retrograde. And yet, the Bride Lottery system was working. More or less. But then Vos Klavoii, the ex-Games Director, upended everything by finding a human mate and stepping down. The entire program is in disarray, and apparently, I’m the solution. As Earth’s most renowned vid journalist, I have a knack for getting people to open up—and that talent, according to the combined wisdom of the governments of both Earth and Khanav Prime, is exactly the kind of magic this show needs. So, up to Station 21 I go, hoping to set things right. Spending my Christmas holidays in this bizarre setup? Definitely not on my wish list. I should be excited—I’m both the first human and the first woman to run the Bride Games. It’s groundbreaking, yes, but all I really want is to fix the mess, find my successor, and leave. And if I can avoid getting tangled under the mistletoe with a certain pink, towering alien who’s always in my path, that’d be the cherry on the Christmas pudding. Is it too much to wish for a silent night and a completed assignment? Here’s hoping I can jingle all the way out of this. AmazonKU
THE QUILL AND KEY SOCIETY (STEAMPUNK MARY POPPINS COZY MYSTERIES BOOK THREE) by Katherine H Brown
Anna-Marie and Ambrose have made a home and a new life for their ragtag family. No more scraping for food or patching over the patches time and again in their garments. All is bliss. Or it would be if not for the explosions in the upstairs ballroom, the continuous testing of Ambrose’s new abilities, and the newfound obligation they have as spies for Queen Victoria. AmazonKU
TAKEN BY THE RHAN (BONDED BRIDES OF RHAN BOOK FIVE) by
She. Is. Mine. A criminal alien on the run…Belian – I know what they all think of me. I’m the bad seed, the gangster, the criminal mastermind. So why should I toe the line now and mate a human female as my father demands? But there’s no escaping fate. I wouldn’t call it kidnap exactly. But when my hostage opens her eyes I immediately know that she’s mine. A bond-mate that I would destroy planets for. But can I really trust her? A warrior for justice…Zara – I really thought joining the justice department on Eliopan would give me the chance to do good. Too bad I’m basically a glorified secretary. All I want is to help people. But there’s no escaping fate. When I wake up on his ship, I can feel that there’s something between us. Every cell in my body cries out for him. He says that he’s my bond-mate. But can I really trust him? AmazonKU
LIKE THUNDER: DESERT MAGICIAN’S DUOLOGY: BOOK TWO by Nnedi Okorafor
VS Note: Not a romance but an SF&F release of note.
Niger, West Africa, 2077 – Welcome back. This second volume is a breathtaking story that sweeps across the sands of the Sahara, flies up to the peaks of the Aïr Mountains, cartwheels into a wild megacity—you get the idea. I am the Desert Magician; I bring water where there is none. This book begins with Dikéogu Obidimkpa slowly losing his mind. Yes, that boy who can bring rain just by thinking about it is having some…issues. Years ago, Dikéogu went on an epic journey to save Earth with the shadow speaker girl, Ejii Ubaid, who became his best friend. When it was all over, they went their separate ways, but now he’s learned their quest never really ended at all. So Dikéogu, more powerful than ever, reunites with Ejii. He records this story as an audiofile, hoping it will help him keep his sanity or at least give him something to leave behind. Smart kid, but it won’t work—or will it? I can tell you this: it won’t be like before. Our rainmaker and shadow speaker have changed. And after this, nothing will ever be the same again. As they say, ‘Onye amaro ebe nmili si bido mabaya ama ama onye nyelu ya akwa oji welu ficha aru.’ Or, ‘If you do not remember where the rain started to beat you, you will not remember who gave you the towel with which to dry your body.’
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POSSESSED BY THE BARBARIAN WARLORDS (STOLEN PLANET BOOK THREE) by Charmaine Ross
My research on wormholes pays off in the worst way when I’m taken from Earth and thrown onto an unknown planet. Aliens with velvety green skin, heat-filled eyes, and gold-studded tails save me from the dangerous jungle world I’ve literally fallen into. They call me Omega. They tell me I’m theirs. That my body will accommodate them, but that can’t be true. Their loincloths do nothing to hide how—much—they feel about me. They’re not worried that I deny them because when I’m in heat, I won’t ask them to claim me. I’ll scream for them. We find our omega bound helpless to a tree in our lands. She’s an offering we won’t deny despite how much she tells us no. We’re patient males. She’s the only being who will soul-bond our pack. She isn’t any omega. She’s our completion. We must get her back to safety, but the jungle is unforgiving. When we’re separated by a freak accident and learn of the deception that has devastated our world, we will protect her with everything we can. Even with our lives. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
STOLEN BY THE BARBARIAN WARLORDS: BARBARIAN MATES (STOLEN PLANET BOOK TWO) by Charmaine Ross
One minute I’m seducing the corrupt politician bribing my sister and the next I’m thrown onto an ice-packed mountain. Giants with ice-blue skin, shoulders for days, thick thighs and huge…packages, rescue me from certain death. They say I’m theirs to do with as they please. To pleasure. To claim. To breed. When I’m in – heat – I won’t stand a chance because I’m not human anymore. I’m something else. A rare omega according to them. Their…mate. I don’t have time for this. I need to get home and save my sister. She’s the one female who will complete our pack, but she rejects her nature. Our omega wants to go back to her planet, but soon enough she’ll see her true home is with us. We’ll do everything within our power to bring on her heat no matter how much she protests. She says she doesn’t know what an omega is, but she will submit. She is ours.
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CAPTIVE MATE: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE by Piper Stone
He didn’t just come to ravage me. He came to claim me. After catching my jerk boyfriend cheating, I decided to forget all about him the way a proper twenty-ninth-century girl does. With my most shameful desires brought to life in a virtual world. But the too-sexy-to-be-real alien warrior who found me in my dreams did much more than just …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page) AmazonKU
BOUND (DERIDIA BOOK TEN) by Catherine Miller
VS Note: The blurb for the first book in the series references “desperate colonists landing on a desolate planet” where another race already lives.
Wren had not been asked to be born outside a mating bond. She had not asked for wings too small to fly. To be used as a cautionary tale to growing fledglings not to succumb to human temptation, since she might be the unfortunate result. She only wanted a quiet life. On the small acreage she shared with her assortment of creatures. Some wild. Some not. To be allowed to sell her wares. To keep out of trouble—a threat to none. She hated the market. Where gossip ran rampant, where looks were rarely friendly. But it meant coin for her suppers, and grain for her animals, so she went at every moon. Until an accident leaves her bruised and bloody. And her rescuer seems to be determined to make amends for his part in it. Above all else, Wren never asked for a mate. But he did. AmazonKU
APHELION (NIGHTPIERCER BOOK FOUR) by Merry Ravenell
We’ve lost our war-forms because we no longer need them. We’re the monsters now.
NightPiercer is under repair, but the ship’s soul may be lost. Lachesis’ survival came at a horrific, and terrible, price that has torn the ship apart. It was a price Tsu forced her to pay, and a price Tsu’s husband will never let him—or the ship—forget. Rainer and Lachesis struggle to hold the ship together as Bennett tries to tear it apart and rebuild it under his command. But what’s been lost, and what they’ve done to survive, might be too much to face. The final installment of the NightPiercer series. Dark space opera meets fated mate romance in a near-future were humans and werewolves cling to the edge of survival. AmazonKU
THE ALPHA KING (GOLDENROD BOOK TWO) by Emily North
A sheltered omega dreamed of the perfect mate. Elizabeth Cypress has lived her entire life under the shadow of an impossible destiny—she must become the perfect omega. But she never felt further from that dream than when she learned that the scarred and brutal alpha, Rill, was her fated mate. High up in the mountains, an alpha king ruled a crumbling kingdom. As soon as Rill saw Elizabeth, he knew she belonged to him. But after years of sacrificing his mind, body, and spirit at the altar of survival, does he have what it takes to conquer his soft, sheltered mate? Can their delicate bond survive the ultimate test? As threats to tear them apart come to the surface, Elizabeth faces a momentous decision that could change their lives forever as Rill dives into the belly of the beast to save his mate. AmazonKU
HOW MY ALIEN SAVED CHRISTMAS by Liz Paffel
All I want for Christmas is for my boss to be abducted by aliens. Being stood up at a fancy restaurant on Christmas Eve isn’t terrible. It’s the worst kind of terrible. It was my first opportunity to have somewhat of a social life in over a year, thanks to my devil boss who never gives me a second to myself. But then a hot, mysterious, absolutely clueless stranger crashes my pity party, agrees to be my date, looks great in a naughty holiday sweater, gets mistaken for a stripper, and goes with it (the man can work a pole!), tries to eat my rabbit, gives me the best present ever in the supply room AND…Just might make all my holiday wishes come true! AmazonKU
SHACKLED TO THE ORC by Corin Cain
Khan is the towering champion of the gladiator ring. His tattoos mark him as a fallen chieftain, reduced to fighting in the pits. Decades of battle have left their scars on his green, chiseled hide… and the pit master rewards his service with his pick of women. He buys me. I’m bought and chained to the beast. Khan is terrifying. A massive monster of an Orc who could hold me down with a single finger, with sharp fangs and hungry green eyes. But despite his rough exterior, I see more than just a monster in him. The scars on his muscled physique are nothing compared to the scars on his conscience. He failed his tribe, and he views his punishment as fighting in the pits until he dies. He has never tried to escape, never dreamed of life beyond the pits. Until the moment he saw me at the auction, when his nostrils flared and he tasted my scent. It drove him mad, his eyes rolling back with need as he turned savage with a single drive. To conquer me, and make me his. He thinks I am his mate, and we’re both trapped together. And unless I can give him something to live for, we’ll die as captives. AmazonKU
MY ALIEN HERO (HORNED WARRIORS BOOK THREE) by Lyra Stark
Cut off the horns, unleash the dragon. Ajani – I’m stuck in a horrible situation, and my only way out is my grumpy blue guard who offers to sneak me out of this research facility under his cloak. To do that, I’ll have to wrap my arms and legs around him. As much as I want my freedom, I’m terrified to touch him, and I’ve been burned by his kind before. But Skoll makes me want to take crazy risks. Maybe even try something reckless like fall in love. Skoll – I cut off my horns and left the seclusion of my ranch to go undercover in the Dome. The anti-mating hormone I’ve taken should ensure I don’t bond with any of the females I’m attempting to rescue. But I’m caught unprepared when I encounter Ajani, a beautiful captive human who fears all physical contact. She’s asked me to help her desensitize so she can escape. If her training doesn’t kill me, fighting the bond just might. AmazonKU
A TYGERIAN CHRISTMAS (MATE OF THE TYGER PRINCE) by shannon West
Blake has big plans for the holidays. With no skills at all in the kitchen nor in decorating, he still decides to try and create the “perfect Tygerian Christmas.” He orders a complete holiday meal—like the ones he remembers from Earth. His reasoning is that Tygerians have no idea what they’re missing, and they’d love Christmas and holiday meals if they were just exposed to them. He plans a big dinner with all the trimmings and plans to teach the holiday traditions to all his sons and create wonderful new Christmas memories. His plans begin to unravel when one thing after another goes wrong. No one seems to care, the food he ordered is all wrong and he loses his temper, along with the joy he used to find in the holiday. Davos is out of town, avoiding him, and none of his children seem interested at all in his plans. Blake’s hidden fears bubble to the surface and he wonders why he even tries. Frustrated and unhappy, he wishes he’d never come to Tygeria in the first place, throws a jar of gravy against the wall, and slips in the greasy mess, knocking himself out. When he wakes up, his whole life has changed, and he gets the chance to see what his life might have been like if he’d never come to Tygeria or met Davos or had any children at all. He learns that sometimes life is really wonderful after all, and it’s a terrible mistake to throw it all away. Because love, like the holiday spirit, can show up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been there all along.
CAVEMAN ALIEN’S CURSE (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 20) by Calista Skye
– Nichelle –I was aiming a gun at a dragon. A dragon the natives just call ’the Curse’.
Then, suddenly the gun was in his hand and he was choking me for fun. Now he’s carrying me on his shoulder like hunted-down prey, sauntering through the deadly jungle as if he owned it. Giant alien dinosaurs flee wildly to get out of his way. His beauty hypnotizes me, terrifies me and makes me feel plain and small by comparison. But he keeps staring at me in the most invasive way, so he can’t find me that repulsive. The bulge in his shining, tight pants seems to agree. My mind is all muddled and twisted. All I want is to strip naked, throw myself at him and demand that he impregnate me. I have to control myself. My only chance of getting home to Earth depends on me killing him. But despite all his abuse and mean words, I’m starting to think that he’s really trying to be nice…- Betruchael – I can barely believe my luck. This small female of a lesser species carried gold. Gold from the hoard of another dragon, even. I will use this alluring creature to find the rest of the hoard and steal it. Only then can I leave this stinking swamp of a planet. And she will keep me company while I search. Judging from her luxuriously round shape and and terrified eyes, she will be unusually pleasant company until I dispose of her in the most entertaining way. Whether she wants to or not. AmazonKU
HORNED HOLIDAYS: THE FIRST COLLECTION by Honey Phillips
Three determined heroines, three unexpected heroes, and three sweet and steamy stories with all the warmth of the holiday season! Book 1, Krampus and the Crone: Ostracized by the village, Jaelle poses as an old witch to eke out a meager living. When she goes in search of two missing children, she doesn’t expect to find a massive, horned alien – one who sees through all her disguises. Can they work together to grant two lonely orphans their holiday wish for a family? Book 2, A Gift for Nicholas: Jenna is a hard-working single mom with no time for fairy tales. She dismisses her daughter’s stories of a mysterious horned Santa living in the woods as no more than the imagination of a precocious child – until the day her daughter doesn’t return home. Her frantic search leads her to a crashed spaceship and an enormous horned alien warrior. He’s bossy, arrogant – and has a loneliness which matches her own. Can she show him the true meaning of the holidays? Book 3, A Kiss of Frost: When Katerina is faced with an unwanted marriage, she takes her younger sister and runs, only to discover a small band of misfits hiding in some ancient ruins. Their fight for survival grows even harder as the holidays approach – until a horned alien warrior appears in their camp. Can the warmth of the holiday season thaw his frozen heart? AmazonKU
WE OWN THE STARS: A FORBIDDEN BODYGUARD ROMANCE by D J Russo
Kallista is the most celebrated pop star in the universe. And of course she is. She’s hot, has the voice of a siren, and the most addictive beats this side of the Milky Way. With a legion of adoring fans, a healthy bank account, and access to all the hottest venues, Kallista’s star couldn’t be brighter. But with fame also comes a dark side. Between the stress of the media hounding her with paparazzi bots, a rival pop singer looking to stir up trouble, and a few stalkers, Kallista is at the end of her rope and just can’t cope. After an unfortunate run-in with an overzealous fan, her manager hires a new bodyguard to protect her. Xavian is tall, incredibly handsome, and also an ex-bounty hunter. Red flags, much? With a resume like that, Kallista isn’t sure she’s comfortable being around the guy. But the more time she spends with him, the more she’s tempted to start up a little trouble of her own. Unfortunately for the two of them, there’s that pesky no-fraternization rule baked into his contract, which means mum’s the word. Will these two manage to keep their illicit romance under wraps? Or will the media turn their love into a circus? AmazonKU
YESTERDAY’S GONE: BOOK ONE IN AFTERMATH A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SERIES by Alice B Campbell
VS Note: Not listed as a romance. LGBTQ scifi release of note. From OCT 31.
In a world ravaged by the Collapse, a viral outbreak that turns its victims into flesh-eating monsters, eighteen-year-old Sadie Gallagher harbors an unshakable determination to prove her worth and help protect her community…until an unwelcome guest saves her from the hands of the undead, and her life takes an unexpected turn.
Standing alone in her belief that her heroine is innocent despite her leader’s insistence of something sinister going on, Sadie wonders if her faith is well-placed or if this stranger has a hidden agenda of her own. A revelation looms on the horizon—one that will unravel a conspiracy involving the virus’ origin and shatter Sadie’s world. AmazonKU
3013 OBSESSION: A 3013 NOVELLA by Laurie Roma
As a former undercover agent for the Alliance, Zenix Li is used to living a life of danger. But as the new Chief of Security on Evo, he is ready for a little peace and quiet. However, his plans take a drastic turn the moment he meets his superstar mate, Ayla D’Nye.
D’Aire singer Ayla D’Nye has millions of fans throughout the known universe, but her celebrity status comes at a steep cost. While most of her followers are content to simply enjoy the music she creates, some of their devotion has taken a darker turn. When admiration turns into obsession, will Zenix and Ayla’s love survive the threat stalking them, or will the price of fame be their end?
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HIS HUMAN TO ADORE (UNIT A12 BOOK FOUR) by Morgan Robinson
A12-04 – Two weeks ago, my opinions on leaving Earth changed drastically. I went from being terrified and worried to almost excited about finding a new home on a planet that only three other humans have traveled to. Love, happiness, and a family are all possibilities in this new place, and the closer I get to leaving Earth, the more anticipation I have. Three others have gone, and they’re all happy. Why shouldn’t I be eager to find that same happiness? From the moment I step through the portal into the new world, I can feel the other half of my soul, the person— the alien — who completes me. Now I just need to figure out why he’s rejecting just how perfect we are for one another. Dath – Yes, I want a human female to call my own. A small, soft human that looks to me for protection, care, and companionship. Of course, I want these things just as many of my brothers do. My brothers do not have the wishes of their long passed mothers directing them to mate one of our kind, though. When I try to explain to my mother that I wish to find a human female to be my mate, she brings the storms of lightning and thunder many days before they are meant to torment our lands. Now I am trapped inside with a human who calls to my soul, and I know I must reject her no matter how badly I wish not to. The goddess has abandoned me, my mother is angry with me, and the little human is tempting me. As though that’s not enough, my body is changing. My mind changing even more. The sweet, patient male I have always been is changing. He’s disappearing into a beast filled with anger and rage that seems to be soothed only when I think of the human I am trying so desperately to push away. AmazonKU
THE LAST PLACE THEY’D LOOK: A F/NB SCIFI ROMANCE STORY by Catherine Fletcher
VS Note: From OCT 31.
Tal is an intergalactic courier down on their luck and looking for a quick buck in a seedy bar at the edge of the galaxy. That’s where they meet Kate, an unexpected human who is seeking escape immediately, no questions asked. What Tal doesn’t realize is how dangerous it will be to have Kate onboard — not just to their livelihood, but also to their heart. The Last Place They’d Look is a spicy, spacy 7,500 word short story originally appeared in the anthology Binary Stars: Constellations #1 – Queer Sci Fi Romance. It’s a thrilling sci-fi adventure with a f/nb love story, no cliffhangers, HEA, from queer romance author Catherine Fletcher. AmazonKU
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VS Note: This is the second book in my Wreck of the Nebula Dream trilogy (“Titanic in space…” but can be read as a standalone. The trilogy is available as a box set as well.
The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.
The long-awaited sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream…
They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.
Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?
D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady. Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.
But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?
BORN TO BE BADGER (HONEY BADGER CHRONICLES BOOK FIVE) by Shelly Laurenston
Emily “Tock” Meyerson-Jackson is on a mission to rid the world of shifters trafficking humans for hunting and cash. And now that she’s narrowed down her suspects to a brutal coalition of male lions, nothing will get between this honey badger and her prey—not even a dog-loving Tiger with absolutely no time management skills. Doesn’t matter that Shay Malone is ferociously adorable. With a war brewing between cat families, Tock doesn’t have time to lounge around with a football-playing tiger shifter. But when she realizes the coalition is also responsible for the death of Shay’s father, she’s forced to partner up with the flirtatious feline. . . .Revenge is most definitely on the menu for Shay and his tiger shifter brothers. But when it comes to Shay’s alluring partner in crime-solving, so is seduction. Tock might be a bad-ass of a honey badger, but she’s awfully cute when she’s flashing her fangs, which she’s pretty much doing all the time these days. Good thing revenge is a dish best served hot. Because when it comes to Tock, Shay knows just how to turn up the heat.
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STINGS AND STONES: ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SHORT STORY COLLECTION by Jennufer Estep
VS Note: Author sez: “Stings and Stones is a 67,000-word collection of Elemental Assassin short stories. Some of the stories previously appeared on Jennifer Estep’s website, while others have been featured in anthologies.”
Flash back to one of Gin Blanco’s many missions as the assassin the Spider. Learn more about Gin’s relationships with her mentor, Fletcher Lane, and her foster brother, Finnegan Lane, and see what trouble the other characters get themselves into when Gin’s not around. From a ghost’s lost love to a villain’s origin story, this action-packed collection has something for every urban fantasy and paranormal romance fan. The Stings and Stones collection features ten short stories told by various characters:
“Spider’s Bargain” — Gin Blanco; “Web of Death” — Gin Blanco; (…more details on ebook seller’s site)
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TWISTED MAGIC (RENEGADES OF MAGIC BOOK THREE) by Jeffe Kennedy
Their love makes them stronger together… Unless the world rips them apart – Jadren El-Adrel knows he’s a mess. He’s a cobbled-together monster pretending to be a wizard, still unable to master the magic that makes him pretty much immortal and is useless for anything else. Though he’s tried to learn to work with his familiar, Seliah, he’s still terrified to discover what might happen if he gives himself full access to the depths of her powerful magic. Some questions should never be answered. Seliah Phel got her happy ever after. Jadren loves her; they’re together in a safe and beautiful place; and they’re finally learning to work together as wizard and familiar. But even she must recognize that Jadren continues to stew in his black moods, brooding that only worsens when he receives a missive from home, his horrible family demanding the unthinkable: that they both return to House El-Adrel. As the denizens of House Phel fight an increasingly pitched battle against the enemies determined to destroy them forever, Jadren and Selly fight their own war—against the past and to overcome their own failings. To become truly stronger together.
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HEAVEN’S OFFICIAL BLESSING VOL 8 by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
White No-Face’s mask is off, and the final conflict has begun. Deep in the ancient caverns and lava flows of Mount Tonglu, Xie Lian must face the one whose hatred has plagued him for centuries–but this time, he won’t have to do it alone. His beloved, Hua Cheng, has spent his long existence amassing the power to protect him, and now with their feelings for each other out in the open, they have all the more reason to fight for survival. In this thrilling conclusion to Heaven Official’s Blessing, can Xie Lian and Hua Cheng triumph against an all-powerful foe? Also included in this final volume are five bonus tales of romance, celebration, and adventure.
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PUMPKIN SPICE MAGIC (SHADOWED DREAMS BOOK ONE) by S J Sanders
Halloween is my favorite time of the year and its pumpkin spice everything. Not only is it tasty but all that cinnamon, ginger and clove is just the thing to keep away goblins and ghoulies. I should have known that everything would go wrong this Halloween when the pumpkins are sold out and I must substitute the traditional carved pumpkin for a fake one with a battery-powered candle and a prayer that it will be just as effective. A witch should know better—that even the best laid wards can go awry when there is other, powerful magic afoot. And magic will always have its day on Halloween night. I really shouldn’t have agreed to help out the magician with a bit of magic on Devil’s Night because now it has followed me home and there is no escape from what he summoned. But as the night wears on I’m more worried about whether or I even want to. AmazonKU
THAWING HIS HART: A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 13) by Elva Birch and Zoe Chant
A rare white hart shifter who was imprisoned in a cruel shifter zoo, Robert returns to the rebuilt Shifting Sands Resort to prove that he’s put his demons to rest and his memories of captivity behind him…only to meet a mate who doesn’t recognize him. Is he more broken then he knows? Felicity’s first week serving meals at the luxury tropical resort starts out perfectly, but how long can she hide the fact that she isn’t really a shifter and avoid being kicked out? Now she’s got to keep a gorgeous shifter giving her hot looks and a cold shoulder from getting sunburnt, and on top of that, someone seems to be out to ruin Christmas at the resort. Is it sabotage? Are ghosts or wild magic at work? Is someone trying to frame her? She’s not the only one at the resort who is trying to keep secrets, and her sleuthing might threaten more than just her job. Will Felicity’s secrets spoil her chance at happiness? Can Robert trust his hart…or his heart? AmazonKU
FIGHTING HER ORC (FATED MATES OF THE OBSIDIAN RIFT) by Evangeline Priest
She wanted a one-night-stand with her fantasy orc. He wanted a forever love with the mate of his dreams…When Poppy is stranded in a small town monster inn, a one-night stand turns into something more in this low angst, contemporary fantasy romance full of cozy vibes. Amazon
JELLY BEAN JIGGERY-POKERY (A CANDY & CHAOS COZY MYSTERY BOOK ONE) by Sara Bourgeois
Welcome to Hemlock Hollow, where witchcraft bubbles beneath the surface. Blue Bell has spent years hiding her mystical talents while running her candy shop, Sucre Bleu. But when a dead body appears outside new neighbor Ethan Moore’s office, she finds herself drawn into a baffling murder. With help from her sarcastic talking cat Tiffany, quirky sister Pepper, and Ethan’s slick investigating skills, Blue follows the clues. Her supernatural gifts give her an edge, but she risks exposing her secret witchy abilities. Suspicion brews when the police suspect Blue could be the killer. Then it shifts to the victim’s wife, his lover, and a shady ex-partner as illicit affairs and dark secrets emerge. But when the investigation stirs up danger, Blue must tap into her full powers or end up in hot water. Can she catch the killer and clear her name without bringing her magic to a boil? Or will her hidden bewitching talents finally bubble over? AmazonKU
I’M YOURS (SEVENTH STAR UNIVERSE BOOK THREE) by Lily X
*This is a lesbian omegaverse fantasy romance. Amaris Brimwood knows what’s expected of her. She’s the heir to the Seventh Star, and as her Sire grows closer to retirement, Ris’ time as Queen is fast approaching. Between honing her skills to lead her people and fighting the omega-leadership bias, her mother’s pleas to find a Mate before she ascends the throne fall on deaf ears. Ris is not looking for anything that will distract her from her duties—certainly not two Alphas nicknamed the Terror Twins. Yogi Sweetwater and Sage Starquist couldn’t be more different. Yogi is a walking tragicomedy, and Sage hardly takes a break from frowning to laugh at her best friend’s jokes. After returning from a two-year outstation posting along the borders, the Alphas find themselves in a distinctly uncomfortable situation with Ris in the center. The three of them are scent-compatible, and try as they might, the connection between them is undeniably electric. The only problem is—there’s never been a Royal Nest before. As the Mates try to navigate their relationship without exposing their newfound love, trouble brews in the Royal family. Ris is used to biased opposition from her court—after all, she’s the first omega Queen to ascend the throne. But when her opponent is her Alpha sister, things get a little more complicated. And a lot more heartbreaking. AmazonKU
STYX AND STONES (THE MORIVERSE BOOK ONE) by Vera Valentine
Souls flow down the Styx. Reapers gather. Psychopomps soothe. Hounds protect. It all runs smoothly until it doesn’t. When Thea’s partner Arshe inexplicably abandons her mid-escort, the blue-haired reaper finds herself lost in more ways than one. After a series of unexpected allies crash – in some cases, literally – into her world, she’s going to need all of them to find her friend and figure out why ‘pomps keep vanishing from the Under. A mystery? That she can handle. But the growing heat and tension with these otherworldly men? It might just be the end of her. AmazonKU
DARKEST CLAIM: VAMPIRE’S FATE by Leigh Kelsey
I was supposed to choose one vampire suitor. But I’m falling for them all. As a rare vampire—born, not made—I’m a curiosity to the ruling families. They’re eager to find out what I’ll become when I’m bitten. And eager to marry my power into their family lines. I’ve always known I’d need to choose a fiancée, but three vampire men are moving into my house to court me, and in fourteen days I’ll have to choose one man to marry: River, who makes me laugh and swoon in equal measure. Claude, who’s ancient, lethal, and frantic to taste my blood. Or Silas, who hates my guts but can’t help becoming obsessed with me. But what if I don’t choose? What if I keep them all? AmazonKU
CURSED DAWN (KISSED BY BRIMSTONE BOOK FOUR) by Kelsey Leigh
We have ten days to break the curse, or my mates and I kill each other. Time is running out, and every day we come closer to the end. We finally have Wane back, but with the clock ticking down and grief eating me whole, it’s hardly a victory. Cronus has won, and he knows it. I can’t kill him when my world just collapsed. If the Labyrinth broke me, the Damned Realm crushed what was left into dust. Exactly like Cronus crushed my mate when he unmade him. Who cares what the prophecy inked on my back says? Or what great and terrible future I’m supposed to have? The only thing I want is to keep my mates and I alive. But with monsters freed from Tartarus, vicious gods in our way, and a titan hellbent on devouring me whole, I’ll need more than magic to break our curse. I’ll need a miracle. AmazonKU
MER’S JOURNEY (PURPLE OASIS BOOK NINE) by Arizona Tape and Laura Greenwood
A journey across the sea will change everything. Frog shifter Ines is determined to return to her hometown, even if she knows there’s probably nothing left. Susie has been waiting for a chance to put her mer magic to good use, and now there’s a chance to do just that.
As the two of them bond on their journey across the sea, they realise there might be something more between them than just friendship.
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LAST SHOT AT LOVE by Various
Welcome to Last Resort. Are you a rejected mate? Have you been searching for love only to have it slip through your claws? Are you just too busy to swipe right? Then look no further than Last Resort! Our staff carefully curates your likes, dislikes, and your paranormal needs, to find your perfect love match… or matches. Once found, you’ll be taken to one of our luxury rooms, where you’ll wait for your true love to walk through the door. Happily ever after is our guarantee, so come try this last shot at love! Last Shot at Love isn’t an anthology where you only get a few chapters of a story… oh no! This book featuresthree, complete, standalone, paranormal romance stories by authors Jade Waltz, M.J. Marstens, and Sedona Ashe. Each author will be writing as a different room number. All three stories will end with a happily ever after… no cliffhangers to be found here! AmazonKU
RECKLESS MAYHEM: ROYAL BASTARDS MC LAS VEGAS NV by Nikki Landis
VS Note: Author states there is a “slight paranormal twist”.
Never make a deal with the Devil. Manic: They call me a monster. A master of disguise. The phantom who travels within shadows. It’s been said that I can steal a man’s breath from across the room or slice his throat without lifting a finger. The rumors are true. I have a gift for dealing death, a hunger for bloodshed that blocks rational thought. And when something of mine is threatened . . . I unleash the beast, giving into his carnal, wicked appetite. There’s one soul on this earth that I crave, covet, and swear to protect at all costs. My pretty, perfect doll. A wicked biker like me doesn’t deserve her light, grace, or love, but that doesn’t stop me from taking it. Bianca is mine. Nothing is breaking us apart, even if I have to wreck everyone in my path to keep her. And selling my soul to the devil seems like a fair price to pay to ensure no one stands in my way. Reckless Mayhem is not a standalone. Manic Mayhem MUST be read first. A twist on the classic The Phantom of the Opera. AmazonKU
YULETIDE YOWL: A NINE LIVES MAGIC MYSTERY by Danielle Garrett
As the caretaker of Selene, my ancient feline familiar, I’ve grown accustomed to dealing with her mood swings. But as Christmas approaches, Selene’s temperament gives Ebenezer Scrooge a run for his money, and it’s going to take my full effort to keep her off the naughty list. However, it appears Selene isn’t the only grump in town this year, and disaster strikes following the annual tree lighting ceremony. The Christmas market, a hub for local artisans, falls victim to vandalism and theft, casting a shadow over the town’s holiday cheer. Resolved to revive the true essence of Christmas, I embark on a quest to unravel the mysteries behind these disruptions. With a band of family and friends rallying behind me, we dive into a festive investigation. And Selene? Well, she’s bound to lend a paw… eventually. AmazonKU
EOIN’S FORBIDDEN MATE: MM WOLF SHIFTER ROMANCE (OMBRA PACK CHRONICLES BOOK FOUR) by Blake R Wolfe
Kent – I’m the new boy in this tiny town, but only until I find my clients the lake house they’re searching for. Not that I can understand why anyone would want to live here. It seems like a place where nothing ever happens. So imagine my surprise when I stumble across a masked man spray painting a public building under the light of the full moon. Even in a mask, I’m struck by his beauty. Then, without warning, he approaches and does the last thing I ever expected. He kisses me. The moment our lips part, he’s gone, vanished into the night and I’m left with a feeling of excitement unlike any I’ve ever experienced before. But how do I find him again? Eoin: The moment I kissed him I knew he was my mate. Even though I don’t know his name, I know we were fated to be together, but I ran away before I could act on it. Then, by some strange twist of fate, he walks into my office the next day to hire me. He has no idea that I’m the masked graffiti artist or, more importantly, that I’m a werewolf. But now that he’s my client, I have to pretend to be just some boring realtor. However, when I find him waiting near the half-finished mural again, I can’t keep my hands off of him. For now, though, the mask stays on. He’s too straight-laced to turn a blind eye to my after-dark activities. How long can I keep up this charade? AmazonKU
SPINDLE OF SIN (ONCE UPON A WICKED VILLAIN) by Candace Robinson and Amber R Duell
Welcome to the dark world of Grimm, where the villains are as wicked as their desires.
Aura was always destined to become the Starnight Prince’s bride following her twenty-first birthday. Now that the day has arrived, she looks forward to wedded bliss—and their first night together as husband and wife. That is, until the savage dragon king from another court steals Aura away before the ceremony. Hellbent on revenge, the King of Sin has been making careful plans to ruin the Starnight Prince. For years, he used lustful dalliances to battle his rage and bide his time. With Aura in his possession—the key to his vengeance—he’ll use her however he sees fit. But whenever Aura is near, the King of Sin wants nothing more than to unlock her inner desires, make her crave his touch and long for the pleasure only he can give. No matter the sin. No matter what is to become of her. Spindle of Sin is a new take on Sleeping Beauty and the first book in a stand-alone series of spicy dark fairy tale retellings where the villain gets the girl in the end. AmazonKU
MIDLIFE HOLIDAY (HUNTING AFTER 40 BOOK FOUR) by Lia Davis and L A Boruff
Lily and Blair are not even kind of interested in getting involved with the branch of the government that wants to know about all things magical, no matter what Pearl says. They’d rather go on their ghost hunts, deal with their frustrating men and… wait, maybe a break from said men wouldn’t be such a bad thing. When a certain jolly elf, who is far hotter than his cartoon movies portray, shows up desperate for help finding his missing reindeer, the girls are more than happy to dive in and help. Just what they needed. No men, no government, just a good, old-fashioned reindeer hunt. Things never work out easily in Blair’s world, though, do they? Maddox is none to happy to meet hot Santa. Could he be, dare we say, jealous? Reed… well, Reed may need someone to calm his overeager butt down. And Lachlan thinks the whole thing is hilarious. Blair has to trust herself and her visions when Maddox disappears. If she doesn’t, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better. With all of this going on, Blair still can’t complain about her life. Who else in the world gets to help Santa find Rudolph just in time for Christmas?
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RESTORING TIME (NIGHTSHADE GUILD BOOK 36) by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne
The Nightshade Guild: Chapter Three – The year the Guild was lost in time. The time scythe is gone and with it the mages of the Nightshade Guild. Scattered through the ages, the mages will have to use their wits and powers to survive the time period they were sent to and find their way home. With the mages gone, who will protect the world? Amazon Apple Books Kobo
A GRIM AND SUNKEN VOW (HOLLOW STAR SAGA BOOK THREE) by Ashley Shuttleworth
The die is cast. The era of Spring is over. Riadne’s bloody coup on the Summer Solstice changed Arlo’s life forever. In one fell swoop and a fool’s bargain, she lost both her family and free will to the newly crowned High Queen. Now, with Arlo forced to use her powers as Luck’s Hollow Star to help summon the rest of the seven deadly sins, Riadne stands closer than ever to achieving her dark goals. And Arlo isn’t the only one trapped in a frightening new role. Her ex-Fury girlfriend, Nausicaä, is determined to do whatever it takes to stay by Arlo’s side, even if that means becoming Riadne’s pet assassin. Aurelian and Vehan, torn apart, struggle to survive on their own. Meanwhile, Celadon has been revealed as Riadne’s illegitimate son—and heir to both Spring and Summer, the ultimate offense in the faerie world. But the High Prince has secret plans of his own, plans made all the more complicated when the beautiful and deadly immortal Hunter Lethe takes an interest in him…Five budding legacies will need more than luck if they hope to stand a chance against the greatest adversary the Courts have faced. For nothing’s more dangerous than a faerie tale… except the one who tells it, and maybe what they’re going to need is no longer that story’s hero but its villain.
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HOUSE OF WAR AND BONE (GILDED CITY BOOK TWO) by Leia Stone
The only guy in the world who could kiss me was about to become the one thing he despised. A Nightling. And it was all my fault. Fallon Bane thought that being cursed to feel pain every time she was touched was the worst thing that would ever happen to her. She was wrong. The worst thing was finding and falling for Ariyon—the only person in the realm who could touch her—only to accidentally trap him in the land of souls and swap powers with him. Now she must act as Maven healer to Queen Solana while trying to figure out how to sneak into the Realm of Eternity to save Ariyon. She drove me crazy, in both good and bad ways, and all I wanted to do was finally kiss her, hold her, feel her body relax into mine like it’d found its missing other half. Aryion Madden had enough to deal with: heir to the throne, Maven healing powers that meant he would die young, and orphaned by Marissa Bane. Then, he met Marissa’s daughter and fell in love, upending everything he thought he knew. Now, he has to fight for his life—and maybe his afterlife—against the undead using Fallon’s dark magic. And if that’s not enough to worry about, all the while, the prophesied Nightling war is approaching. AmazonKU
FOR SHIFT’S SAKE (SCARED SHIFTLESS SERIES BOOK ONE) by Ariel Dawn and Margo Bond Collins
The shift is hitting the fan…When Ivan Cambridge, CEO of WolfBane Inc., comes calling promising everything they’ve ever wanted, neither Angel nor Evie can resist his promises… even if they are too good to be true. Working for their new, shadowy employer does have its perks though—including a sizzling, magical connection that Angel and Evie can’t deny. If only they weren’t in the middle of a dangerous mad-scientist’s plan to create the perfect hybrid shifter army. Can Angel and Evie fight the monsters they helped create? Or will they and their magical connection become a monster of their own making? Amazon
BOUND BY BLOOD (TRACKING TROUBLE BOOK TWO) by Lindsay Buroker
Magically compelled by bad guys, Arwen Forester shot her half-dragon ally in the thigh. She longs to make amends to him, but she’s busy with a new quest: Get rid of the tattoo that lets dark elves control her. Unfortunately, such magical marks aren’t easily removed. When the troll tattoo artist she visits is killed, she’s framed for murder. Soon, hired guns are after her, and the troll’s clan is trying to get Val Thorvald, the Ruin Bringer, to hunt her down. Arwen could use the help of a powerful half-dragon, but will Azerdash Starblade forgive her after her previous betrayal? AmazonKU
NEXT YEAR IN SALEM by Eve Morton
Natalie Durham is sick of men. After her latest boyfriend cheats on her, she skips town to her aunt’s place in Boston and vows to burn all the things her exes have given her. Maybe she’ll even do a spell or two, since she’ll be close enough to Salem to venture over. Melissa Clarke is a former model now ready to live authenticity as both a lesbian and a foodie. She leaves her boyfriend, travels to her Boston home, and is determined to make the best Thanksgiving meal ever. When Natalie suffers car trouble, and Melissa steps up to help, it should be a brief encounter. But these women soon find out they have a lot more in common than they first believed, and it may be enough — with some magick — to change the rest of their lives.
MONSTER’S PAST (BLACKTHORN ACADEMY FOR SUPERNATURALS BOOK FIVE) by Laura Greenwood
The search for answers may lie in dreams of the past. Anja has never been able to answer the question of what she is, but now she’s at Blackthorn Academy, she’s determined to find out—even if it means facing the dreams that plague her nights. The moment Cethin meets Anja, he knows she’s more than just a classmate, he just hopes that she can see beyond his twisted lineage and won’t run screaming when she discovers she’s his mate. Between the nightmares, the new class load, and the charming dark warlock plaguing her thoughts, there’s no doubt that Anja has her hands full, but can it help find her the answers she’s looking for? Amazon Apple Books Kobo
HORUS (SPEED DATING WITH THE DENIZENS OF THE UNDERWORLD BOOK 32) by Laura Greenwood
The last thing this witch expected was to find out that her hot boss was a literal god. Adelaide has always dreamt of working with animals in need of a safe place, making her new job at the Horus Sanctuary the perfect fit for her. The only complication is just how hot she thinks her boss is. Horus is content living a life dedicated to the animals at his sanctuary, but when a gorgeous witch starts working there, everything changes, and he discovers there might be more to life than just work. The workplace is heating up for them both, but will they give in to the temptation?
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EAT YOUR HEART OUT HOLIDAY EDITION by Various
Get comfortable by the fire and get your favourite seasonal snacks at the ready for this fun-filled selection of spicy food-themed romances from bestselling romance authors. Whether you want to be abducted with a mug of eggnog, trapped in a log cabin with a sexy woodsmen, or dig into a Yule log with your fated mate, there’s something for everyone in this collection of contemporary, paranormal, and sci-fi romances. All proceeds from the Eat Your Heart Out anthologies will be donated to charity.
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PROPHECY FOR TWO by K L Noone
VS Note: “Revised and expanded”
Crown Prince Oliver doesn’t want his life to change. Despite sharing a border with Fairy, the kingdom of Bellemare’s at peace, and Oliver’s in no hurry to inherit the throne. He’d rather be an artist than a hero, and his fairy-companion Tirian is his best friend, who hardly does magic at all. But every heir to the throne must complete the traditional Quest to find their destiny, and it’s Oliver’s turn … and he’s starting to realize that he doesn’t want a destiny without Tir at his side. But Tir has secrets of his own, about his magic, his reasons for crossing the Fairy border, his feelings for Oliver — and a prophecy that could change the fate of two kingdoms forever … if Tir and Oliver can find their happy ending.
SALT AND BROOM by Sharon Lynn Fisher
A gifted healer unravels the mysteries of a cursed estate—and its enigmatic owner—in a witchy retelling of Jane Eyre. Salt and broom, make this room Safe and tight, against the night. Trunks packed with potions and cures, Jane Aire sets out on a crisp, clear morning in October to face the greatest challenge of her sheltered girls’-school existence. A shadow lies over Thornfield Hall and its reclusive master, Edward Rochester. And he’s hired her only as a last resort. Jane stumbles again and again as she tries to establish a rapport with her prickly new employer, but he becomes the least of her worries as a mysterious force seems to work against her. The threats mount around both Jane and Rochester—who’s becoming more intriguing and appealing to her by the day. Jane begins to fear her herb healing and protective charms may not be enough to save the man she’s growing to love from a threat darker and more dangerous than either of them imagined. Amazon AB
THE PROPHECY OF THE WIND: JAYNE THORNE, CIA LIBRARIAN BOOK FOUR by Joss Walker and R L Perez
Magic has broken free, and the world is in grave danger. Jayne Thorne, CIA Librarian and secret operative, thought finding her father would solve everything. She couldn’t have been more mistaken. Henry Thorne is a prime target for all her enemies, and everyone around him is in danger. Though Jayne’s powers are reaching new heights, she must contend with her reluctant new Rogue, Vivienne, her inconvenient and growing attraction to her partner, Tristan, and a prophecy from an unnamed warrior goddess that warns her of the impending danger from the Torrent’s powerful hidden mage who is controlling her mother, Ruth. Not to mention face down an ancient secret society tasked with protecting a grimoire vital to their cause. Meanwhile, Jayne’s sister Sofia and her Rogue Cillian, along with other members of the TCO (the magical branch of the CIA), are searching for the newly magical children who are making news all over the country. But they are not the only ones with this mission. Sofia and Cillian must find, protect, and educate as many new Adepts as possible before dark forces steal their powers. With the help of her friends, family, and new allies, Jayne must decipher the prophecy, acquire the grimoire, and stop the powerful mage hidden in the Torrent. But even with their help, Jayne is not sure if she will be able to succeed. The enemies of the Torrent grow more powerful by the day, and they are relentless. AmazonKU
ANYTHING WITH NOTHING (VALDEMAR ANTHOLOGIES BOOK 17) by Various, edited by Mercedes Lackey
This 17th anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar high fantasy universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Mercedes Lackey. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages—and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents—combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more—make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch. Join a variety of authors as they ride with Mercedes Lackey to the beloved land of Valdemar and experience the many facets of this storied high fantasy realm.
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CHASING THE ALPHA’S SON by Penny Jessup
It’s been three months since their kiss on the beach and Max hasn’t heard a whisper from Jasper. With Christmas fast approaching, and despite vowing he would chase Jasper to the ends of the world, Max is ready to give up. Until Alpha Jericho announces he’s sending a select envoy of Elite Pack wolves to an allied wolf-pack stationed high in the rocky mountains, where they will bear witness to a Blood Moon. A week in a cozy ski-lodge sounds as romantic as you can get, so Max decides to give things with Jasper one last shot. But life in the mountains is rockier than expected and finding alone time with Jasper is harder than Max thought. Political unrest between the packs is galvanizing Jasper’s determination to keep them apart, and new and old suitors are emerging in the pursuit of Jasper’s affections. Running headfirst into snow storms, Max begins to question if the destiny he’s been chasing is what he really wants. And when the Blood Moon arrives, bringing irrevocable change that no one saw coming, Max and Jasper’s connection will be put to the ultimate test. Will they find the path between souls among the snow covered peaks or will the mountain roads lead them to an unexpected destiny?
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AN ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS WISH (SUPERNATURAL MIDLIFE MYSTIQUE) (SHROUDED NATION BOOK 13) by Brenda Trim and Tia Didmon
A witch. A priest. A few supernatural rebels. While visiting the cozy Village of Mystic Falls with Nishi and Faith, I assumed my biggest challenge would be finding the perfect gingerbread latte. But this festive outing has taken an enchantingly eerie turn and it will take all of us to save the holiday season. As supernatural forces converge on this merry town, and mundanes begin to exhibit extraordinary abilities, we must find the source before more innocents are harmed. We soon discover that an old foe has returned, and he has a permanent position on the naughty list. Will I be able to unravel the mysteries of Mystic Falls before malevolent forces destroy this mystical town or we are doomed to an eternal winter? AmazonKU
CHARMING THE TROLL’S HEART (TROLLKIN LOVERS BOOK FOUR) by Lyonne Riley
Stolen from her bed in the middle of the night, Rimi is shipped across the ocean to a strange land and kept in a cage like an animal. She’s almost given up hope for escape when a good-natured, roguish troll is assigned to be her new caretaker. Lo’zar is a petty criminal, smuggling illicit goods from one place to another while enjoying his life as a carefree player. But when he’s tasked with transporting a human woman to a buyer, he wonders if he’s really doing the right thing. As Lo’zar grows fond of the clever, sweet Rimi, he knows he has to help her—even if freeing her means putting his life on the line. Can they survive the dangers of the jungle together and get Rimi back home?
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TAKEN BY THE ORC CRIME LORD by Celeste King
She’s mine. No matter how hard she fights. I wasn’t supposed to leave any witnesses to my massacre. The moment our eyes met, however, I knew. She was born to be mine. She will never escape. She knows that I’m watching. That I’m following her. She likes this little game we play. Likes that she’s consumed me. I can’t take my eyes off of her. But I’m not content just to look. I want to touch. To own. To stain. To break. She will never escape. But then again…She will never want to. AmazonKU
FREEFALL (DRAGONS OF ARDAINE BOOK THREE) by Roe Horvat
When his parents try to coerce him into a marriage with an obnoxious, snobbish alpha, Ansel escapes to his granddad’s off-grid cabin. There he can gather the courage to make some tough decisions. After an unusually stormy night, Ansel ventures out to investigate the damage, and finds…a dragon. An actual, live dragon that crashed into the forest. Ansel fully expects to become the beast’s breakfast. Instead, the creature politely greets him before transforming into a naked man and inviting himself over for tea. At almost forty, Pascal would like to think he’s not reckless anymore. But when he goes flying without checking the weather first, crashes during a storm, dislocates a shoulder, sprains a wing, and lets a human see him in dragon form, he realizes he’s made a colossal mess. To top it off, his dragon-side decides that the little omega must be his mate. A nineteen-year-old sophomore! It’s pure luck that Ansel doesn’t study at the college where Pascal teaches, or he wouldn’t be allowed to even look at him. A young dragon mate before his first heat is a fragile being, and Pascal needs to tread carefully. Overbearing parents and an evil ex are going to be the least of his problems. AmazonKU
INFERNAL CREATURES (AGE OF VAMPIRES BOOK THREE) by Caroline Peckham
The lost warriors are rising. Montana: Vengeance calls upon the wind. What Wolfe has done is unforgivable, and he’ll pay for everything he has taken from us. But after my choice was made at the ceremony, I’m now trapped with the prince I chose, and the path ahead is draped in peril. A wedding looms upon me, and if I can’t find a way to escape, I will soon be a monster’s bride. Erik’s promises fall like fire to ash, and I fear there’s no way out now I’ve chosen a life of chains in payment for those broken vows. But when the gods of old whisper of a new destiny, there may be hope in treading the dangerous road they’ve laid at my feet. Or perhaps this path is steeped in more danger than I’ve ever known. Callie: My choice has cost me everything. My will is bound, and my fate is no longer my own. In my loss, I chose the bloody path of revenge, so now I must make the most of these gifts I’ve been offered. My veins run thick with the power of the slayers, and uncovering each skill is like finding drops of sunlight in the darkest of nights. I must hold on to what these strengths can offer me, and not dwell on what they have taken. Magnar and I are held apart by the gods, and my want for him is ruled by Idun herself. We will never be together again, but I’ll pay that price if it leads me back to my sister. I just pray my heart can take another ruinous wound. AmazonKU
CONSORT OF FIRE (BOUND TO STEEL AND FIRE BOOK ONE) by Kit Rocha
For three thousand years, an ancient dragon god has protected the borders of the Sheltered Lands. In return, he makes only one demand: every one hundred years, the mortal ruler must send their heir to serve as his consort…for as long as they can survive. Sachielle of House Roquebarre is the thirty-first consort to be sacrificed to the monster who guards the mountain passes. She is young, beautiful—and she has three secrets. First: she’s a disposable orphan trained in seduction. Second: her handmaid, Zanya, is an assassin and the only person she has ever loved. Third—and most dangerous: she’s cursed. Sachi and Zanya have five weeks to murder the Dragon in his bed. If they fail, the mortal king’s curse will steal not just Sachi’s life, but her very soul. The Dragon has only one secret: he is nothing like what they have been told. And he will do whatever it takes to possess them both. Amazon AB
HEXES AND HEDGEHOGS (FAMILIAR SPIRITS BOOK THREE) by Christine Pope
Salem…the place where magic and mayhem meet. Charity Hughes is facing a twistier, turnier puzzle than ever before. As a witch with a peculiar talent for communicating with familiars, she’s used to mediating disputes between witches and their animal companions. Now, though, Charity must navigate the complexities of her blossoming relationship with handsome veterinarian Noah Jenkins while at the same time trying to keep her magical world under wraps. When Sela Warren, a witch from a neighboring town, entrusts her beloved hedgehog familiar, Lionel, to Charity’s care, it seems like a routine task. However, Charity’s intuition tells her that something is amiss, and her suspicions are confirmed when a series of mishaps begins to plague Lionel. It becomes clear that Lionel has been hexed, making him the target of dark magic. Determined to unravel the mystery, Charity enlists the help of her magical friends and dives into the secrets of Salem’s witch community, even as she must always remain mindful to must keep her investigations — and her witchy nature — hidden from Noah. And when she stumbles upon a hidden tunnel beneath her shop, it leads to a group of mysterious witches who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. Will Charity’s unique gifts be enough to untangle the web of mystery and danger that surrounds her?
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MATED AT LAST (FAMILY BY ARRANGEMENT BOOK TWO) by Aria Grace
Allen hasn’t always been on his own. He used to be part of a small pack in the mountains, but when a fire destroyed their home and everyone fled in different directions, he ended up far from anything he’d ever known…and with zero mating prospects for his future. As an older alpha, he was faced with a hard decision. Get on the matching registry or spend the rest of his days as a lone wolf. Jonah didn’t believe in marriage. He’d only seen bad relationships that fell apart as soon as times got tough. But he was lonely. And as much as he wanted to ignore it, his biological clock was ticking. He was getting more and more tempted by the matching registry…and when he finally takes the chance, he’s shocked to find an instant match that changes his life in every way. AmazonKU
HALLOWED GAMES by C N Crawford
If he’s death, I crave oblivion. I’m a witch, cursed to kill with a brush of my fingertips. My worst fear is hurting the boy I care for—and my second-worst is the attention of the Order’s witch hunters. Maelor is their dangerous, beautiful leader. And now, he seems like he knows my secrets. When he arrests me, my only hope is to survive a series of brutal trials. Ninety-nine out of a hundred will die, and magic is strictly forbidden. Strangely, Maelor is immune to my touch. He claims to want to help me. But as I spend more time with him, I discover he has a dark secret of his own. Is he the reason bodies have been showing up around the kingdom, drained of blood? The more he wants me, the more dangerous he becomes. In a world where trusting someone can get you killed, will this beautiful monster help me survive? AmazonKU
WITCHCRAFT IN THE WOODS: A MOONLIGHT UNIVERSE NOVEL (WHERE THE WILD THINGS GROW BOOK THREE) by Auryn Hadley
Wild things have tails, hatred always fails, and the forest knows me too well, that’s why I need this magic…Magic is a gift. A pretty miraculous one, in my opinion. It also comes with responsibilities – things like protecting the town that made this possible. Sadly, that means my last battle with the evil coven may have caused a tiny little problem. The spell that protects this place is fading. My power is fine, but a magical ritual like that takes six wixen to make possible. That means I have two choices: I can either let it fade or work with the assholes I just pissed off. Or, maybe I can find a third option? Because the old coven wants me gone. Worse, they’re after Zane as well. With the spell fading, the only safe place left is in the forest. And while my house is starting to get a little crowded, the things happening inside are a very different kind of magic. The kind that makes me realize all of this is worth fighting for. Who cares if I don’t like confrontation? If I want to keep the idealistic life I’ve been offered, I need to get over that. Otherwise, someone’s going to die – and it might be one of my guys. The battle lines are drawn. It’s my coven against theirs. So let it be. AmazonKU
MAGIC AND MINT MARTINIS by Emily Michel
A globetrotting do-gooder home for the holidays walks into his bar and walks out with his heart. Dash Nichols is more jaded than jolly this Christmas. Surprisingly so, considering he’s Santa’s son. Against his better judgment, he volunteers to work the Friday shift at the bar. Just when Dash can’t handle the onslaught of holiday cheer anymore, in strolls an impossible-to-ignore woman wearing a delightfully absurd hat. Lina Schultz is nobody’s girl, footloose and fancy-free. Her merry flirtation with the bartender at her sister’s bachelorette party sparks the tempting idea of a naughty fling. But their meet cute takes a wrong turn, leaving Lina red-faced and too embarrassed to take the next step. Dash resolves to show her that their initial mishap is a minor setback to a romance written in the stars. Lina hesitates to embrace the magic of the season, torn between the allure of a second chance and her impending departure after New Year’s. Can Dash convince Lina to believe in fate, or will their shot at love vanish with the old year?
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BEWITCHED: AN ENCHANTED INK PREQUEL by Kelex
Hollywood talent agent Switch is dragged to Salem while one of his biggest stars is filming there. From the shadows of the trees outside the House of the Seven Gables, he gets a glimpse of a witch and senses something amiss. Intrigued, he shifts into his feline form and curls his body around one of the man’s ankles—immediately realizing it’s his mate. Young witch Cassius Howe struggles to harness his powers. After a run-in with a black cat, he follows the creature, instincts firing. Rounding a corner, the cat is gone, and a gorgeous man is standing in its place. One look at Switch and Cassius is completely enamored. After a wild few days spent in bed, the men realize they have destinies that don’t seem to align. Can the two strong, stubborn men reconcile their dreams or is their mating not meant to be? AmazonKU
LADY BY THE LAKE (A THRONE OF PEARLS AND BONES BOOK TWO) by Katherine Macdonald
Deeply conflicted about her feelings for two seemingly very different men, Celeste continues her fight against the Blight as Red Wolf recovers from his injuries. Desperate to return to her side, Red Wolf risks hurting himself further—all the while wrestling with the knowledge that the demon might not be as gone as they assumed. Meanwhile, Princess Brianna, Celeste’s alter ego, becomes the target of an assassination plot. Aidan is determined to keep her safe, even though nothing can protect her from what’s to come. Someone is lurking in the shadows, and betrayal will come from an unexpected source. AmazonKU
THE ROSE AND THE THORN: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING: SPECIAL EDITION by Katherine Macdonald
There is a pale, penetrating loneliness etched into the walls of this forgotten place. A kind of loneliness made living… is this what it feels like to be a ghost, alone in some kind of half world? Taking shelter from a storm, Rose accidentally strays into a deserted fairy realm, and finds herself trapped there with only a mysterious talking beast for company. Although initially reluctant to befriend her strange companion, Rose quickly finds herself growing closer to him. She names him Thorn, and as the castle blossoms into a place of beauty, so too does their friendship. But something else lurks within the walls, a dark force that will stop at nothing to be free once more…If Rose is to survive and lift the curse placed upon the castle, she will have to face her fears and conquer the nightmares that have haunted her since childhood, as well as confront the terrifying creature that stalks the shadows in the night. AmazonKU
LUST (THE DAMNING BOOK SIX) by Katie May
There’s magic inside of me. Dark, insidious magic that wants to claim me—heart, body, and soul. At least I have my sister by my side. I know I can always count on her…right? So why do my body and heart crave the touch of seven nightmares? Why does my soul cry out for a shy, sweet incubus with red hair and earnest eyes? An incubus who claims to love me and says I love him in return…even if I can’t remember? My head tells me to forget Killian and the others. My heart tells me there’s something I need to remember, something important, something involving the seven men I’m supposed to hate…With new truths revealed, a past uncovered, and relationships tested, I’m beginning to wonder if my entire life is a lie. One thing I know for certain—a war is coming. I just don’t know what side of it I’m going to end up on. AmazonKU
WE CAME TO DANCE: A QUEER ANTHOLOGY BENEFITTING CLUB Q by Various
VS Note: Not romance particularly but I like to support anthologies for good causes.
Stories of joy, music, and community. Amphibian Press welcomes you to stand up with us as we support Club Q through storytelling. On November 19, 2022, an LGBT community hub and nightclub called Club Q in Colorado Springs was attacked. Five beautiful, vibrant people were lost. Someone silenced the music everyone in the club had come to celebrate with gunfire. We came together with a dozen authors from around the world to share a diverse array of characters and worlds: a found-family in the post-apocalypse; excited teen couples attending a hopepunk concert; the otherworldly experience of base-heavy queer club; a tender proposal almost-spoiled by hijinks; and a sci-fi medic trying to remember how to trust after a decade on the run. These are stories of queer joy, filled with gender and culture-diverse characters, found family, community solidarity, love, comfort and hope. We won’t let the music be silenced. All proceeds will be donated to the Club Q community via Colorado Healing Fund.
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DEMON’S GUIDE TO WOOING A WITCH by Sarah Hawley
Calladia Cunnington curses the day she met Astaroth the demon, but when he shows up memoryless, why does she find him so helpless . . . and sort of hot? Calladia Cunnington knows she’s rough around the edges, despite being the heir to one of small-town Glimmer Falls’ founding witch families. While her gym obsession is a great outlet for her anxieties and anger, her hot temper still gets the best of her and manifests in bar brawls. When Calladia saves someone from a demon attack one night, though, she’s happy to put her magic and rage to good use . . . until she realizes the man she saved is none other than Astaroth, the ruthless demon who orchestrated a soul bargain on her best friend.
Astaroth is a legendary soul bargainer and one of the nine members of the demon high council—except he can’t remember any of this. Suffering from amnesia after being banished to the mortal plane, Astaroth doesn’t know why a demon named Moloch is after him, nor why the muscular, angry, hot-in-a-terrifying-way witch who saved him hates him so much. Unable to leave anyone in such a vulnerable state—even the most despicable demon—Calladia grudgingly decides to help him. (Besides, punching an amnesiac would be in poor taste.) The two set out on an uneasy road trip to find the witch who might be able to restore Astaroth’s memory so they can learn how to defeat Moloch. Calladia vows that once Astaroth is cured, she’ll kick his ass, but the more time she spends with the snarky yet utterly charming demon, the more she realizes she likes this new, improved Astaroth . . . and maybe she doesn’t want him to recover his memories, after all. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
THE KINGDOM OF SWEETS: A NOVEL OF THE NUTCRACKER by Erika Johansen
This gloriously transportive reimagining of The Nutcracker tells the tale of twin sisters, divided by envy and magic, set against each another one fateful Christmas Eve. Light and dark—this is the cursed birthright placed upon Clara and Natasha by their godfather, Drosselmeyer, whose power and greed hold an entire city in his sway. Charming Clara, the favorite, grows into a life of beauty and ease, while Natasha is relegated to her sister’s shadow, ignored and unloved. But Natasha seizes the opportunity for revenge one Christmas Eve, when Drosselmeyer arrives at the family gala with the Nutcracker, an enchanted gift that offers entry into an alternate world: the Kingdom of Sweets. Following Clara into the glittering land of snow and sugar, Natasha discovers a source of power far greater than Drosselmeyer: the Sugar Plum Fairy, who offers her own wondrous gifts . . . and chilling bargains. But as Natasha uncovers the truth about a dark destiny crafted long before her birth, she must reckon with forces both earthly and magical, human and diabolical, and decide to which world she truly belongs.
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SHARDS OF GLASS: A NOVEL by Michelle Sagara
The Academia, once an elite proving ground for the rulers of the world, has been frozen for centuries. Now its strange slumber has ended, and a new Chancellor, an orange-eyed dragon, has reopened its lecture halls and readied its dorms. In order to thrive once more, however, the Academia needs fresh blood—new students with a passion and talent for learning. One such student, Robin, has the perfect recruit in mind: his friend Raven, an orphan who lives in the dangerous Warrens. Robin grew up in the Warrens, and he wouldn’t have made it if not for Raven. He knows she’ll be safe at the Academia, where her unusual gifts can be appreciated. But when students start turning up dead, the campus threatens to collapse completely. Raven and Robin will not let that happen to their new home…if they can survive long enough to figure out who—or what—is trying to kill them.
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ROYALLY FLOCKED (BLACKHAVEN MANOR BOOK 10) by Arden Steele
Heir to the throne of the elven court, Prince Orrin Nightstar has enough on his plate without an everchanging Guard. Having lost a record number of Guardians to the wiles of love, he’s beginning to think he might be cursed, doomed to lead others to happiness while never finding it for himself. It could be worse, though. He could be mated to the Guardian of the Underworld. Erus—not Eros, thank you very much—hasn’t guarded the iron gates for millennium. It’s cold. Dark. Lonely. And frankly, boring AF. Besides, why should he limit himself when he can outsource the job? Instead, he devotes his time to overseeing the Guardians who protect the royal families. And someone is screwing up the system. He never expected that someone to be his own mate. Nor did he foresee the chain of events their meeting would set into motion. After thousands of years of playing by his own rules, the consequences of his arrogance are finally catching up to him. Now that he has Orrin, the stakes are even higher, and unless he can restore order to the Underworld, his new mate will be the one to pay the price. AmazonKU
POISONS AND PAGES (A LIBRARY WITCH MYSTERY BOOK 13) by Elle Adams
Rory Hawthorn is in a bind – and not the sort that involves book pages. Her best friend has fallen into a coma, courtesy of rare poison without any known cure. The only source of information lies with the Founders, the knowledge-hunting vampires who want revenge on Rory for thwarting their plans – and to infiltrate the library and steal its secrets. A potential lifeline appears when a strange Reaper shows up in town with her ghostly brother, claiming to want to help a group of lost spirits that have appeared at the Founders’ old house. To help the ghosts and save her best friend, Rory walks a dangerous tightrope between the Reapers and the vampires as she draws closer to the truth. Can Rory survive long enough to pull off a miracle, or will the next lost soul to show up in the Grim Reaper’s domain be her own? AmazonKU
UNCANNY VOWS (HUNTSMAN BOOK TWO) by Laura Anne Gilman
Rosemary and Aaron Harker have been effectively, unofficially sidelined. There is no way to be certain, but they suspect their superiors know that their report on Brunson was less than complete, that they omitted certain truths. Are they being punished or tested? Neither Aaron nor Rosemary know for certain. It may be simply that they are being given a breather or that no significant hunts have been called in their region. But neither of them believes that. So, when they are sent to a town just outside of Boston with orders to investigate suspicious activity carefully, the Harkers suspect that it is a test. Particularly since the hunt involves a member of the benefactors, wealthy individuals who donate money to the Huntsmen in exchange for certain special privileges and protections. If they screw this up…at best, they’ll be out of favor, reduced to a life of minor hunts and “clean up” for other Huntsmen. At worst, they will be removed from the ranks, their stipend gone—and Botheration, their Hound, taken from them. They can’t afford to screw this up. But …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page)
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TO KILL A SHADOW by Katherine Quinn
Jude Maddox knows nothing of love or even light. He knows only his grim duty as the Hand of Death, to lead the Knights of the Eternal Star into a land filled with nightmares and certain demise. It’s only when he sees her—a young woman with wild, amber eyes who’s as fierce, defiant, and swift as the shadow beasts themselves—that he feels the warmth of life in his blood…The other Knights may fear their lethal commander, with his hard, merciless demeanor. Outcast Kiara Frey sees only a leader, a man who knows how to survive. A man like her. But wanting him is as treacherous as the shadows themselves…and just as seductive. With a kingdom on the verge of collapse, the Knights must now venture into the darkest heart of the land and uncover the secrets of the misted shadows, where evil will prey upon their minds and feast on their flesh. It will betray their senses. It will surpass their nightmares. Most of them will die.
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GUARDIAN OF DARKNESS: A HUNTER LEGACY NOVEL by Lara Adrian
To repay a debt to an old friend, Breed vampire and former Hunter, Razor, has been drone surveilling a remote Colorado cabin for nearly a year, never imagining the beautiful woman he’s become obsessed with from afar is anyone but his friend’s lover, Laurel Townsend. When his mission turns urgent and Razor is tasked with retrieving Laurel from imminent danger, he arrives only to find the cabin destroyed and the woman inside brutally murdered. Vowing lethal justice against those responsible, Razor’s hunt collides with free-spirited Willow Valcourt, Laurel’s identical twin sister. Willow is on her way to visit Laurel when an immense Breed male mistakes her for her sister. Even more shocking is the revelation that Laurel has been murdered. The last person Willow should trust is a lethal predator like Razor, yet he is all that stands between her and the powerful, hidden enemies who killed her twin. A cross-country chase and cryptic clues left behind by Laurel send Willow and Razor on a journey that will take them from the twins’ tragic past to the threshold of an international scheme to wage a secret, final war on the Breed—with Willow plunged into the center of it. Drawn together by survival, haunted by loss, and surrounded by peril at every turn, Willow and Razor have only each other to prevent catastrophe. Yet as Willow surrenders to the needs only Razor can satisfy in her, and Razor vows to safeguard the true mate he never expected to find, their newfound passion will be put to the ultimate test that may cost both their lives.
UNDER THE OAK TREE: SEASON TWO (3) by Suji Kim
Stuttering Maximilian Croyso spent a lifetime suffering the abuse of her cruel father, Duke Croyso. The Duke’s final act of cruelty? Marrying Maxi off to the war hero Riftan, legendary slayer of dragons. Now these two complete strangers have to try to make the arranged marriage that neither wanted work out. At first, the brooding Riftan and shy, nervous Maxi have nothing in common. But their dark pasts make them more similar than either could have anticipated and soon the two outcasts find acceptance in one another for the first time. Even deeply in love, Maxi realizes that she needs more in her life to be fulfilled. Riftan risks his life on dangerous adventures protecting the Seven Kingdoms while Maxi is left behind. Desperate to prove her worth, Maxi learns healing magic from the impertinent mage Ruth. But when Riftan discovers that magic is putting her at risk, he is against it. She doesn’t need to help him–her only responsibility as a lady is staying safely at home. What Riftan doesn’t expect is Maxi’s refusal to bow to her expected role, and instead determine her own fate. Maxi wants to use her growing skills as a sorceress to fight by his side, to protect Riftan as much as he protects her. Despite Riftan’s opposition, Maxi heads off to the Mage Tower to expand her skills and save his reputation….This volume collects episodes 82–124 of the Second Season of the web novel Under the Oak Tree. Amazon
DEADLY STORM (A WITCH IN THE WOODS BOOK 22) by Jenna St James
Only a couple weeks into the new year, and already the citizens of Enchanted Island are overwhelmed. The storm of the century is headed their way, and Alex, Shayla, Needles, and even Black Forest King are working hard to make sure all supernaturals and animals are prepared. But when a dead body suddenly appears, and one of the gang is targeted next…Shayla and Alex must race against the storm to track down the killer. Can the newlyweds face this next challenge together? Or will this be their first and last deadly storm? AmazonKU
THE ALPHA’S DAUGHTER (THE ALPHA SHIFTER COLLECTION BOOK 20) by Sam Crescent
Karina is not like any of the wolves within her pack. She’s a human. The only human to be born of two wolves. When her father invites another alpha to take his pick of willing, single, consenting females, Karina has no choice but to be in the lineup. She is pack, she is single, and she knows she is not going to get picked. She is human, and any alpha would be looking for a wolf. Rage has no desire to take a woman from Westblood’s pack. He doesn’t need a woman to make an alliance against the rogue wolves that are deadly to all wolves. One scent of Karina, and all sense is lost. She is his mate. He doesn’t care that she’s human, all he knows, is that he belongs with her. Karina doesn’t feel anything for Rage. Even though he claims to be her mate, she doesn’t sense a thing. She has no wolf senses. She is weak. But slowly, little by little, she cannot help but be drawn to the new alpha. He doesn’t treat her with kid gloves. He shows her his wolf, and he is willing to explore with her. Rage has already figured out why Karina is human. He doesn’t care. She is his love and his soul mate, and he will never let her go. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
ALPHA INSTINCT (MOON SHIFTER BOOK ONE) by Katie Reus
VS Note: Re-release. Author states it has been “lightly edited and revised”.
He ghosted her years ago…Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after half her pack was murdered. As tough as she is, her pack is vulnerable to a devious neighbor who wants their land—and Ana as his own. So when a ghost from her past barrels back into her life promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate. Now he’s back. Connor isn’t walking away again. Ana has always been his mate, something his wolf accepted long ago. And the only reason he left before was for her own protection. Whatever it takes, he’s determined not to leave her side again—but danger is all around them in the form of a rival pack and a radicalized human element in town who wants to destroy all shifters. If they want a chance at a future—and to survive the deadly threats closing in—they’re going to have to learn to trust each other. Unfortunately, the danger is closer than they ever imagined.
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WARLANDER SILVERBACK (WARLANDERS BOOK ONE) by T S Joyce
Lucas Slater is coming home. His boss is the dragon who has been keeping shifters both in check and protected since they were forced to come out into the light all those years ago. Humans have granted shifters the freedom to police their own—Damon Daye is the judge, and Lucas Slater is his personal hand of justice. Born in the very mountains he has gone out into the world to protect, Lucas hasn’t been home in years. He is a different beast now than when he left these mountains as an adolescent gorilla shifter. Now he is a fully-mature, dominant silverback gorilla with years of fight training and no family group to anchor him down. Years ago something happened that catapulted him out into the world to find himself. Now that he is returning to Damon’s Mountains, everything he imagined is coming true. These mountains tug at his animal and press him to put down roots that could be the end of him. He is here to do a job, but when he saunters into a familiar trailer park and finds out the name of his next target, everything gets turned upside down. And even more unsettling? A ghost from his past has been brought in to test him, but for the life of him, he can’t tell if the gorgeous falcon shifter has been sent to trap him…or to free him. Jenna Brown is just doing what she’s been asked…(much more blurb on ebook seller’s page) AmazonKU
THE ENDLESS WAR (THE BRIDGE KINGDOM BOOK FOUR) by Danielle L Jensen
Newly crowned as king, Keris has watched powerless as his forbidden relationship with Zarrah is revealed. But when Zarrah is imprisoned by the Empress, Keris knows there is only one way to save her: to ally with the kingdom he nearly destroyed. Imprisoned on the dreaded Devil’s Island, Zarrah faces two choices: prove her loyalty to the Empress who condemned her or die a traitor. Yet as she struggles to survive among violent prisoners, Zarrah uncovers a third path: a rebellion to overthrow tyranny entwined with a destiny she must fight to claim. While the Empress plots a war with devastating consequences, Keris and Zarrah must find their way back to each other. Yet their greatest adversary is the fiery passion between them. Unless they overcome the bitterness of betrayal, their love will not be the bringer of peace but rather the fuel that turns the Endless War into an inferno. AmazonKU
TO STEAL A BRIDE: ENTANGLED WITH THE ENDUAR by Daniela A Mera
People travel to the Enduar Mountains for two reasons: death or diamonds. Estela isn’t supposed to find love. As a slave to the Giant King, Estela’s life is an endless torment. Her sole hope is to escape with her half-brother and find refuge among the elves. Teo, the Troll King, is desperate. His people are dying, and he’s running out of options. When the giants come for diamonds, Teo’s crystal sings. The slave is the king’s mate, and with her comes a solution to save his people. Even after the king steals her from her masters, Estela’s one desire is to flee. She doesn’t see herself as the savior of the Enduar Trolls. She would rather die than be their queen, and, by extension, his mate. Any amount of time with him is dangerous. His stolen glances and longing stares won’t make her forget the truth—if she stays, she’ll still be caged. AmazonKU
FRAGILE OATH (LACHLANN DECEPTION BOOK TWO) by Robin D Mahle and Elle Madison
She sacrificed herself to save him. He’ll sacrifice everything to get her back. Davin wakes up after the best night of his life to find his fiancée missing, his cousin dead, and a murder accusation hanging over his head. He is determined to track Galina down, even if fleeing means he’ll take the blame for a crime he didn’t commit. But each step he takes after Galina brings him closer to unraveling the lies she left in her wake. Between the corpses left by the rebellion and the woman whose motives he trusts less every day, Davin will have to decide between saving her and saving his kingdom. Meanwhile, Galina is living her worst nightmare, ensnared by the monster she sacrificed her entire future to escape. Her only protection from the rebels who want to see her dead is a man who wants to own her – a man who may very well succeed. She is resigned to the choices she’s made to keep Davin safe until he catches up to her on the road, threatening to ruin everything she has worked so hard to preserve. With the secrets festering between them both and the Viper out to destroy everything they love, they’ll have to find a way to trust one another long enough to survive. AmazonKU
KNOT A TRACE: PART ONE by Liliana Carlisle
VS Note: Cliffhanger.
My best friend is missing, and three Alpha detectives are my only hope. One minute, I’m running a macaron shop and nursing a broken heart, and the next minute, I’m holding search parties and raising reward money. But no amount of baked goods can bring her back. The Alpha Investigative Bureau is my last resort—three handsome detectives that are too busy to deal with one little Omega’s troubles. They’re strong, brilliant, chaotic, and everything I could secretly hope for in a pack. I’ll do everything I can to convince them to help me—including bribing them with the best cookies around. And if I end up with a new pack because of it…Well, I won’t complain. AmazonKU
THE WICKED STING: CODE NAME SCORPIUS: APEX TACTICAL BOOK THREE by Candice Wright
VS Note: Listed in Psychic Romance.
I used to be that girl. Before loving you. The daydreamer who believed in fairytales And I knew I was right to have faith when a moment of serendipity led me to both of you. The three of us were blissfully happy Until your lies were exposed and the dream faded Now I know that falling in love was just the point of impact, A single moment when life veered dangerously off course. Now I’m that girl. After loving you. The one you once made strong but left broken in the wreckage of our happily ever Yet here we are again in another time, in another place Only instead of taking your heart, I take a bullet. I should have stayed far, far away But how do I move on when all roads lead me back to you? Authors note: There are multiple love interests in The Wicked Sting, and even though you might want to throw a couple out of a moving vehicle, our leading lady does end up with more than one suitor in the end. AmazonKU
SHADOWED HEART (SHADOWED KINGDOM) by K A Knight and Kendra Moreno
Our lands are changing, three becoming one. Merged together by my sister and her monsters. The magic has returned and new life blooms, no longer are the Dead Lands dismal and gray, but not everyone welcomes the change. I expected to die when I threw myself from the Gilded Land’s tower. Instead, I find myself surrounded by the monsters I feared the most. I assumed they’d be feral and dangerous. I didn’t expect them to show me the world, to fill my broken, darkened soul with light. My name is Kai Black and I’m no longer the woman stolen by the Gilded King. I’ve been shattered and remade into something different. Something new. If only I had known that I would be re-born from darkness, the same darkness that the monsters find me in. If only I’d known who the real monsters are. Shadows save us. Shadows guide us. Shadows heal me. AmazonKU
SAUTER (IRONSIDE ACADEMY BOOK THREE) by Jane Washington
As friends become enemies and enemies become villains, the Ironside underbelly casts a very wide shadow over everyone within its walls. The academy that once promised Isobel Carter salvation has pulled back the curtain and revealed itself for what it truly is. A pretty little prison. She may have been reduced to a puppet behind a screen, but at least the Alphas of Dorm A are there to heighten her performances, quicken her breath, and flood her face with colour for the cameras. Maybe they will even catch her when she falls. Or maybe they have been pulling the strings all along. The bars of her prison may be gilded, but survival is a messy game, and what do Sigmas do when they can’t keep their hands clean? They get filthy. Beware the pretty monsters, because this social media game just got brutal. AmazonKU
KNOTTY LIST: A DARK HOLIDAY ROMANCE (MONSTER HOLIDAYS BOOK ONE) by Taylor Fox
I’ve always wanted the small-town Christmas dream. Unfortunately, this Christmas, I might become a monster’s dinner. My Christmas dream involved a small town, Christmas markets, and maybe a handsome man who would sweep me off my feet.
But I was never very lucky. This small town thinks I’m wicked and After a series of attacks, they decide I’m the perfect gift to calm Krampus down. Krampus. Yes. That Krampus. I laughed, too. I even hoped this was all a prank. Spoiler warning: it wasn’t. Dressed in sacrificial garments, I’m paraded, tied up, and left for the beast.
And the beast comes. And the beast takes me away. This could have been the end for me.
But nothing is as it seems. Krampus has other plans for me. Plans that involve claiming me as his. And the more I fight, the more he wants to punish me. I know I shouldn’t enjoy this. I know wanting this monster is wrong. But I can’t help the way he makes me feel. Maybe I am as wicked as they say. And that might just send us straight to Santa’s naughty list. AmazonKU
DELIVERED TO MY POLAR BEARS (MAIL ORDER MATINGS BOOK SIX) by Mazzy J March
Marney – I didn’t mean to sign up for the Mail-Order Mating App. I swear. I was drunk, in my wedding dress, and my heart had been smashed into pieces by the man I thought loved me. Spoiler alert: he didn’t even bother to text to let me know he wasn’t planning to show up. Instead of the husband-and-wife hand-in-hand prance down the aisle, I did the walk of shame and horror. I ended up drowning my sorrows in whiskey and rum while spilling my heart to the bartender. She was the one who downloaded the app on my phone. I meant to delete it. But I’ve heard that shifters mate for life and that their mates are their first priority. I was never Claude’s first priority. Riggs – Ignacio and I have always known we would share a mate. But with our true natures being polar bears, we like to stick to our cabin in the mountains where the snow blankets are thick and there’s always a fire in the hearth. The only thing missing is a mate. We know she’s out there, but going to bars or dates is the last thing we are interested in. One of Nacho’s cousins suggested the Mail-Order Mating app. It was worth a shot. AmazonKU
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