Lots of new releases to report!
As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
ROGUE CYBORG (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 6) by Grace Goodwin
VS note: I really enjoy the very steamy Colony series. One clicked.
Makarios of Kronos is a rebel, a smuggler who reports to no one, not even those on Rogue 5. But one betrayal sends him to a Coalition brig, and to a fate worse than death—capture by the Hive. He escapes but exchanges one prison for another. He now lives on the Colony, contaminated and deemed a risk. He’ll do anything to regain his freedom, including agree to a bargain with a beautiful, cunning warrior with secrets of her own.
Gwendolyn Fernandez volunteered to defend Earth from the Hive menace. For four years, she was a valued member of Coalition ReCon, until the Hive caught up with her, and a strange Nexus creature took special interest in her integration.
Gwen escaped with super-human strength and a will to live that cannot be broken, until the governor of the Colony demands she choose a mate. A bargain with Makarios seems so simple until he conquers her in a way no other has—body and soul—yet the Hive Nexus who wanted her for himself won’t take no for an answer.
CIVILITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 13) by Eva Caye
Captain Princess Alea Sinclair is tasked by the Emperor to be her aunt Elizabeth’s lady-in-waiting, i.e. bodyguard, on their trip to the Attican Empire to rewrite their $2 trillion treaty. Behind the scenes, health issues and a cruel commanding officer make their private lives hell while they strive to maintain their public image of competence. And their stated mission isn’t the only one; they must also find out what they can about an intelligent alien species the Atticans have found on a nearby planet.
They act like simple pets, but due to their hypnotic mental influence, Elizabeth falls for Alea’s scorned C.O. while Alea and her two new Attican friends strive desperately to understand the wily chalates. How can Alea determine the intent and the extent of the aliens’ influence upon Elizabeth, the most brilliant social analyst and diplomat of the Sinclair Demesnes, before they ruin the renegotiation of this critical treaty?
THE AIRSHIP ALSO RISES (TAKE TO THE SKIES BOOK 3) by Katherine McIntyre
VS Note: Not sure how much romance factor there may be…but I like to include steampunk when I can.
The crew of the Desire returns for one final, thrilling adventure.
Ever since Bea and the crew stole that box from the British Merchant ship, they’ve been drowning under enemies. The Brits, the Morlocks, and the man who started it all—their ex-employer.
However, Bea finally tracks him down and prepares for one final fight against the man who made their life hell. He’s got superior numbers and more weapons and wealth than she could dream up, while she’s got a threadbare crew running on grit and dreams alone. The crew of the Desire doesn’t stand a chance.
But Bea’s spent a lifetime defying the odds, and she and the crew will risk it all—their livelihood, their ship, and their lives, for the chance to fly the skies free once more.
THE FATED SKY: A LADY ASTRONAUT NOVEL by Mary Robinette Kowal
VS Note: An alternate history, book 2 in the series. Read my USA Today Happy Ever After interview with her this week! She interviews her own characters briefly.
Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic—but potentially very dangerous—mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.
SHATTERED UNDER MIDNIGHT by Dorothy Grant
VS note: From June BUT a reader recommendation from Elizabeth N. I really enjoyed SCALING THE RIM in 2017, Grant’s first scifi romance but then never knew if she wrote another, so my thanks to Elizabeth N for answering the question! This is on my TBR list.
Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA.
Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own.
From the back alleys of the souk to the depths of alien ruins, they’re now in a desperate fight to stop the revolution before everything is lost!
DRAGON’S CLAIM (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 9) by Miranda Martin
Among the Zmaj, the alien dragon-like race of men who survived the devastation of Tajss, Bashir is different. He’s connected to the spiritual nature of the planet itself. However, the scaled and powerful hunter craves a different connection.
One with Penelope.
He desires the tall, lithe human female who’s shown herself to be intelligent and strong-willed, fierce with fire clear behind her clever eyes. Bashir knows that water wears down the hardest rock over time and is willing to patiently pursue his treasure.
But on the Red Planet, time is no friend to either Zmaj or Human. A threat comes from the skies and Bashir must get Penelope to understand their bond before it’s too late.
KRAVING KHIVA (THE KRAVE OF EVERTON BOOK 1) by Zoey Draven
At 25-years-old, unmarried, and untouched, Eve Tesler is an outcast in the Everton colony’s society. Loneliness plagues her daily life and fearing that will she never know true intimacy, she does something uncharacteristically reckless: she pays the steep price for an unforgettable night with one of the Krave, legendary alien lovers with unparalleled skills and non-human abilities in the bedroom. Only, she never expected him…
When Khiva’s home planet was destroyed during the Great War, his race scattered among the stars and survived any way they could…including selling their infamous ‘services’ for credits. Now, residing and working at Madame Allegria’s elite brothel on a human colony, Khiva’s only goal is to earn enough for passage off Everton. But when a beautiful, lonely human female visits him one night…everything changes. Suddenly, he craves her with an intensity that should frighten him while her lush curves drive him to madness.
It was supposed to be only one night, but Eve finds she can’t stay away from her mysterious and forbidden alien lover…even if she has to pay for him.
SPIRITED AWAY (DUAL ABDUCTION SAGA BOOK 1) by N S Johnson
Searching for enlightenment, Shanti Rodriguez retreats to an Indian ashram only to be stung by a scorpion at a tranquility pond. Certain she’s dead, Shanti discovers three things:
1.) The sexy blue angel who whisks her away is really an alien.
2.) Their destination isn’t Heaven, it’s a spaceship.
3.) She doesn’t have just one alien to contend with — there are two.
On their mission to find a soul mate on the forbidden planet known as Earth, twin brothers Chen and Hsing get more than they bargained for when they abduct the defiant human Shanti. She soon becomes the one thing they cannot live without. But their outer space adventure takes a turn for the worst when the brothers’ ship gets caught in the crossfires of war.
To save themselves, their society, and the woman they love, Chen and Hsing will need to evade ruthless enemies and sneak back down to the forbidden planet, all while convincing the woman they cannot bear to part with that she is the mate to their souls’.
NECTAR FOR THE GODS: SAVED by Sophie Kisker
Abriela was transported through time to satisfy Anterrins’ addiction to the nectar that human women produce. After her master believes he’s killed her, she escapes, winding up in the care of two handsome aliens.
Brothers Kirin and Damek find the small human and take her home to recover. When they unexpectedly form a connection, the brothers realize they can’t give her up. She’s feisty and disobedient, and chastising her only draws them closer.
But her master wants her back, enemies want to experiment on her, and the King claims her. Even if Kirin and Damek finish the mating bond, she’s no safer, and pulling them apart would be dangerous for all three.
Will those who see her as nothing more than property succeed at tearing them apart, or will the two aliens who love her give her the first happiness she’s known since leaving Earth?
BUKU by Jennifer Anderson
Her village clings to the side of a mountain, and every day they must hunt for food while running from the massive beasts known as buku. Designed in a lab, buku were to be the planet’s salvation. Instead, they destroyed it.
As a medic, Iris does what she can, but for the people of Camp Five, it’s become a matter of what kills them first – starvation, the cold, or buku.
There is little cause for hope until she crosses paths with strangers – Micah and the golden-eyed Oso. Her impulsive decision to help them marks her as a traitor to the tyrant who runs her village and stirs the jealousy of his son.
But the strangers must be protected at all costs. Because they may know the secret to defeating buku.
THE TIGER KING (SHIFTERS MATES BOOK 2) by Raisa Greywood
Now that I’ve teased my beautiful Renata’s mating bite from her, I can finally take her home and claim her like a Ximeran warrior should. Shifters are still being stolen from Earth, and I know we have to stop it, but it can wait until my mate is healthy and happy.
When I learn one of my own people is behind the disappearances, we believe we’ve ended the danger to the shifters. But someone takes Renata from under my very nose. My tiger is enraged, but not half as much as I am. And I’m going to find her – no matter what.
WINGS OF FATE (PROTECTED BY WINGS BOOK 4) by G Bailey
With one of her dragon guards left in Dragca, and Isola trapped on Earth, everything is spinning out of control.
Isola fights to overcome her memories of Earth, as she discovers more hidden secrets than she could have ever imagined.
ATONE IN DARKNESS (THE PALADIN STRIKE TEAM BOOK 2) by Alexis Morgan
Brilliant doctor Marisol knows nothing about the mysterious man whose vitals she monitors and whose every move she’s paid to track—other than the fact that he is brought to death’s door each night by a squad of military grade thugs. She certainly can’t ask the people who hired her. After all, they run this shady, hi-tech compound where she is now stranded, the only woman among huge, uniform-clad brutes.
Chase Mosely, Marisol’s sole charge, knows nothing about who was behind his kidnapping, other than the fact that they want to know about his Paladin’s ability to heal. Nor does he know anything about his pretty keeper, who seems to be working for the enemy, but still looks at him with compassion in her eyes.
Both held captive in a remote testing facility, their desperate stories intertwine. And, as they discover that they mean more to each other than they could ever have imagined, the two of them must find a way to escape, no matter the odds.
TAKEN BY THE BEAST (THE ALCRYAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Anya Summers
Gemma’s life was nearly perfect. She’s just graduated from college and is heading off to graduate school in the fall. She and her best friends are taking a trip she’s always dreamed about. Only, nothing goes as planned. After being chased on the streets of Dublin by a freaking monster, they get sucked into a portal and wind up on another world. As in, not Earth. Now she can’t find her friends, but there is this really hot, naked guy who calls himself a king and is offering her aid.
There’s only one teensy little problem: He says she’s his mate and is planning on keeping her—forever. Oh, and there’s one more thing: He’s a beast most of the time. And Gemma has to decide if she’s willing to give up everything for the one man she’s meant to be with in the universe.
MY HIGHLANDER COVER MODEL (HEROES OF TIME TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY SERIES BOOK 1) by Karyn Gerrard
Skye Bancroft, assistant art director at a small New York publisher, is used to dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model. After all, it’s part of her job description. But during a photoshoot, she didn’t count on one to become so delusional as to think himself a Highlander from 1814 Scotland.
Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream: A warrior who is fierce, passionate, and protective. Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and in another man’s body. Could this be magic? Convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, that he is Cailin is a daunting task.
Regardless of his strange time travel story and sexy Scottish burr, believing this extraordinary man is from another era becomes hard to deny. The attraction between them sizzles and Skye is left to wonder: Is Cailin truly as he claims?
HOLD ON TIGHT (LAZARUS RISING BOOK 6) by Cynthia Eden
VS Note: I love her books and this series is so intriguing to me – been on my TBR list for a while and now she’s six books in!!! I’d better get with it and start reading.
He isn’t just a man.
Lazarus super soldier Jett is the perfect predator. He’s faster, stronger, and far deadlier than a normal man—because he isn’t normal. Brought back from the dead, Jett is supposed to be little more than a machine. His heart should be ice cold, but it’s not. His heart beats fast and hard for the one woman he should never be able to possess, Savannah Jacobs.
He’s the hero she didn’t expect.
When Savannah is kidnapped, she doesn’t think she’ll escape her captors. Then mysterious Jett breaks in and takes out all of the men in the room—the masked men who’d yanked her right off a busy public street—and Jett barely breaks a sweat in the fight. Jett is tall, dark, and as sexy as every sin that Savannah can imagine…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s site – there’s lots of plot!…)
TERRA INCOGNITA by Connie Willis
VS note: Not really romance but sounded interesting. These are re-releases.
In Terra Incognita, Connie Willis explores themes of love and mortality while brilliantly illuminating the human condition through biting satire.
Findriddy and Carson are explorers, dispatched to a distant planet to survey its canyons, ridges, and scrub-covered hills. Teamed with a profit-hungry indigenous guide of indeterminate gender and an enthusiastic newcomer whose specialty is mating customs, the group battles hostile terrain as they set out for unexplored regions. Along the way, they face dangers, discover treasures, and soon find themselves in an alien territory of another kind: exploring the paths and precipices of sex—and love.
In the Hollywood of the future, live-action movies are a thing of the past. Old films are computerized and ruthlessly dissected, actors digitally ripped from one film and thrust into another. Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe in A Star Is Born? No problem. Hate the ending? Change it with the stroke of a key. Technology makes anything possible. But a starry-eyed young woman wants only one thing: to dance on the big screen. With a little magic and a lot of luck, she just may get her happy ending.
Theodora Baumgarten is baffled and furious: Why was she selected to be part of a highly competitive interstellar cadet program? After all, she never even applied. But that hasn’t stopped the powers that be from whisking her onto a spaceship bound for the prestigious Academy. With her protests ignored, Theodora takes matters into her own hands, aided by her hacker best friend, to escape the Academy and return to Earth—only to uncover a conspiracy that runs deeper than she could have imagined.
THE STARS NOW UNCLAIMED by Drew Williams
VS note: Also not a romance but sounded like a fun space opera from the reviews.
Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.
Hot on her trail is the Pax–a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.
Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.
And that’s just the beginning.
SNOWED UNDERCOVER (DARK SCALES DIVISION BOOK 2) by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne
Agent Luke Snow knows all too well what it’s like to lose a mate. His last case ended the search and siege—aka death—of his mate’s killer. The hole in his soul remains. When his DSD team lead, Owen, sends Snow on a vacation, he escapes to his remote Alaskan home. After being gone so long, his cabin isn’t as relaxing as it should be. Nightmares and a monstrous ice dragon haunt his nights while a dark-haired human beauty torments his days.
Mackenzie Wilde didn’t think twice when her father asked her to move back to Fairbanks and take over his clinic. Life in the big city isn’t as fulfilling as helping those truly in need. Plus, moving to Alaska will bring her closer to her father and her mother’s people, the Inuit.
When the devilishly handsome Luke Snow shows up at the clinic with a wounded teen, she’s intensely drawn to him. His alpha male personality is exactly what she doesn’t want in a man. But Snow may be the only one to turn to when the nightmares become reality.
FERAL: TORMENT by Nora Ash
He sacrificed everything for me.
The beast who took me against my will and tied my soul to his so tightly I can no longer breathe without him.
He sacrificed his freedom. His life.
They say love will make you do anything, give anything.
But what’s between him and I – it isn’t love. It’s a bond.
And my destruction.
DRAGON KIN (ONCE AND FUTURE HEARTS) by Tracey Cooper-Posey
In Lesser Britain, drought grips the land, forcing Arawn, King of Brocéliande, to take a fifth wife, hoping she will be the mother of his firstborn, whom the prophecy says will break the curse and save his people.
Ilsa, daughter of a wood cutter, is brought to Lorient to wed the cold, distant Arawn, terrified she will become the king’s next dead wife. There she learns about the true High King of Britain, Ambrosius, and his brother Uther, who build an army to take back Britain from the Saxons and Vortigern the Usurper.
Can Arawn find a way to save his people and the land that supports the future Pendragon? Will Ilsa break the curse?
HEAVEN IN HELL: EPISODE 8 by Dia Cole
A surprise attack leaves Lee and her friends in peril. Lee knows she must do everything in her power to stop their enemy’s diabolical plans and rescue those she loves. But by giving into her darkness she risks losing her humanity and unleashing a new evil on the world.
MAGIC AFTER MIDNIGHT (MAGIC AFTER THE FIRE BOOK 2) by C Gockel
VS note: From April and I ordinarily never go back that far to pick up one I missed BUT reader Elizabeth N also strongly recommended this title to me last week and it does sound good, so here it is! (Love the term night elf!)
Magic is real, and Marcia’s life is a fairy tale. Except, according to her stepdaughter, she’s the wicked stepmother. Undermined by a meddling godmother, Marcia is struggling to raise three teenagers in a world of enchantment and monsters. When she’s introduced to a Night Elf who appears half her age, love is the last thing on her mind.
Count Darerick Razvano is a Night Elf–please don’t call him a vampire! Fighting for the survival of his race, he has no time for matters of the heart. When a charming widow inadvertently threatens the Night Elves’ most carefully guarded secret, Darerick must seek Marcia out to save his people.
Marcia’s devoted to her children. Dare’s determined to save his race. They aren’t looking for love, but love might find them.
In a world of monsters, love may save Night Elves and humans alike.
REALMS AND REBELS by Various
VS Note: 22 reverse harem novels by 26 authors
Dragons. Shifters. Vampires. Fae. These kickass heroines come in all shapes and sizes…and so do the men at their sides. Dive into this decadent collection of paranormal and fantasy romances-reverse harem style. Yep, that’s right. Our heroines are headstrong and rebellious, and they don’t take no for an answer. Unlike most romances, they get to keep ALL the guys they want.
AHEAD OF THE DEEPS: A MACADIAN REVERSE HAREM FANTASY by Terrah Gill
Seventeen-year old Ingrid might be a Princess, but she’d rather be a tomboy!
A Curse assails her kingdom, Maccadia where all life is ticking to an end. The mages of the land are astir trying to find a solution. But when the bitter secret behind her parents’ estrangement explodes in her face, Ingrid has to go on a quest to save the land and her people.
On her way, she encounters a gorgeous, moody mage warped by the Curse into a sexually ravenous satyr. Ingrid needs help only he can give: is she willing to pay his price?
STRATUS (FALLEN SKIES BOOK 1) by Miranda Brock
“My crazy grandma always said thunder was caused by the clash of angels and demons, and lightning was the loser being cast to earth. So when I was hit by lightning I couldn’t help buy wonder, was I struck by an angel or a demon?”
Lily Calhoun wants nothing more than some excitement on her quiet, small-town life. When she gets caught in a storm one afternoon she gets more than she bargained for. Excitement suddenly falls into her life, literally.
Stratus is mysterious, fun, and has a danger to him that Lily finds herself drawn to. Learning that he is either a demon or an angel only makes him more irresistible. But when strangers start turning up dead in her town, Lily begins to fear her new found flame may be the cause.
Caught in a tempest of lies, secrets, and betrayals, Lily must discover who Stratus really is behind his stormy eyes. Is it an angel who will win her heart, or will it be a demon who stakes his claim?
A BLUE STAR RISING (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 5) by Cecelia Randell
Blue and her guys have survived a crazed, crystal-wielding almost-mass murderer. Well, two of them in fact.
Now she faces something almost just as intimidating for her: going back to school.
On top of that, there’s apartment hunting, more language lessons, a grumpy Beast-mount, unruly cubs, and oh, yeah, she still needs to deal with her extended family.
It’s quite a list, but with the help of her husbands, she’ll be able to tackle it all, including the possibility of adding to their little family.
But when a new and deadly drug surfaces, pulling them all into another investigation and adventure, Blue will need to jump into life as a probationary agent of the Order much earlier than anticipated.
Oh, yeah, and there will be carnage. Kitty-carnage that is.
JAYCE VENTURE – GHOST HUNTER by Serena Akeroyd
Jayce is a ghost whisperer.
She sees ghosts, can talk to them, can hear them. They follow her around like an entourage.
But, as Peter Parker’s uncle said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’
Uncle Ben wasn’t wrong.
When Jayce can right centuries’ old wrongs that are still affecting the present, her principles and the desire for safety clash. She’s no longer on her own, after all. She has a partner now; Drake. AKA: the best. Boyfriend. Ever.
Putting him at risk isn’t something she’s willing to do, but with a malevolent spirit capable of hurting not just Jayce but Drake? The doodoo has definitely hit the fan.
Can Jayce avoid the spray, keep her lover safe, and still uphold the values that matter the most to her?
SHADOW ON THE WATER (ARYSIA BELMONT NOOK 2) by Katya Moore
The Elders want to shape me into the perfect Shadow Queen. The perfect puppet princess.
They’ve chosen the favored sons of draconic society, their Alpha Squad, as my would-be mates. To mold me. To shape me. To seduce their way into my trust and my bed.
Arranged marriage is a big nope. But, when one of my boys is kidnapped by the Chosen, I need the Alpha Squad’s help to save his life. The new dragons seize the moment, and see their way in.
Time’s running out. The Chosen have forced my hand. I have no choice – not if I want to save Aric from torture and certain death. I’m forced to make a terrible choice.
My first test on the path to becoming the Shadow Queen.
AN ARCHDEMON’S DILEMMA: HOW TO LOVE YOUR ELF BRIDE by Fuminori Teshima
Zagan is feared by the masses as an evil sorcerer. Both socially awkward and foulmouthed, he spends his days studying sorcery while beating down any trespassers within his domain. One day he’s invited to a dark auction, and what he finds there is an elven slave girl of peerless beauty, Nephy. Having fallen in love at first sight, Zagan uses up his entire fortune to purchase her, but being a poor conversationalist, he has no idea how to properly interact with her. Thus, the awkward cohabitation of a sorcerer who has no idea how to convey his love and his slave who yearns for her master but has no idea how to appeal to him begins.
QUARTERLING: THE STORY OF A REBEL by Natasja Hellenthal
VS Note: From July. YA.
Seventeen-year-old Fay Comyenti has it all: lots of freedom, great parents, a budding romance, and super animal abilities most can only dream of. Only, those powers have to be kept a secret in order for her kind to stay safe. After being rejected by her love interest, Elodyn, Fay leaves her village to do some good with her skills in the world despite the concerns of her comyenti mother and human father.
Zemandu, the last of the tracar people has been following Fay from a distance for a good reason. The demoness is dying. Attracted by the girl’s altruistic mission, her abilities, and her benevolent energy she sees Fay as her last hope.
When Fay and Zemandu — two powerful women of a very different nature, yet both the last of their kind — cross paths, they’ll forever change the course of humanity, but at what cost?
Will Fay risk losing her heart and her innate empathy to the tracar– the very characteristics what makes her a comyenti in the first place –without jeopardising her vital mission?
A TANGLED LEGACY by Mickie B Ashling
Prince Colin of Sendorra would have been the spare instead of the heir if fate hadn’t intervened. Like his father and forefathers, Colin is expected to marry and father a child or his principality reverts to Spain at the time of his death. Filling the royal nursery with healthy babies seems easy enough until Princess Charlotte—his childhood friend and intended bride—breaks off their engagement.
Nobel Prize winner—and powerful gray witch—Alain de Gris isn’t looking for love. Science and research have taken center stage for years until he walks into a club and lays eyes on Colin, thirteen years his junior.
Bisexual by nature, Colin seeks to avoid another engagement repeat by shying away from a same-sex relationship. There are no acceptable alternatives to provide legitimate offspring if he follows his heart.
But Colin can’t stay away from Alain and the witch finds him irresistible. Ignoring the absolutes isn’t easy when a legacy is in jeopardy. And while magic may offer a solution, it could also create more problems.
QUEEN OF IRON AND BLOOD (SHATTERED REALMS BOOK 2) by Melissa Wright
Mackenzie Scott is trapped in another realm, but that’s the least of her problems. Magic runs through her veins, and even now she can feel herself changing. She’s managed to help her brother, but in exchange, she’s turning into one of them. Worse, Mackenzie’s not just a monster. She’s their queen.
Hunter had one job: open the gateway between worlds to keep his realm alive. He hadn’t counted on betrayal. He hadn’t counted on being saved by a human girl. And he’d never guessed he couldn’t trust his own king. Now he’s trapped in a world to which he can never truly belong.
Separated by realms, Mackenzie and Hunter must save the other’s world. But the divide isn’t the only thing working against them. Beasts and men fight a dangerous battle that pits Hunter and Mackenzie against those they’re trying to protect.
And the clock is ticking.
DRAGON FLAMES by Anna Kohl
Xerxes is a dragon shifter who needs to find a mate soon, or he’ll die. But, when Xerxes does find his mate, she’s nothing like he expected.
Rebecca is prickly, acidic, sarcastic, and not interested in a relationship of any type. When a hot firefighter saves her life and they’re forced to spend a few days in a secluded cabin together, she’s drawn to him in a way she can’t explain, a way that threatens to make her something she cannot stand—vulnerable.
MORTAL WINGS (SOCIETY SERIES BOOK 14 ) by Mason Sabre
Meet Diana, angel, broken and in for the run of her life.
Since the rise of The Forgotten, the world of Exile hasn’t been the same.
Humans are running around desperately trying to gain back their control, and they’ll stop at nothing to do it. Even if that means murder. Others are creating their own followings, and you know how it goes … it takes one crazy person to get one follower and then another for chaos to begin.
Diana, a half-angel, half-human escapee is thrown into the midst of that chaos when a local boy turns up dead. After almost a decade in hiding, it seems that discovery may be imminent. She’s got one choice, one chance to navigate the dangerous world of Exile and reach the one person she hopes can help her.
The most wanted man on the island.
GRAVE MISTAKE (HOW TO BE A NECROMANCER BOOK 3) by D D Miers and Graceley Knox
Since the events of her Uncle’s wake, things have only grown more complicated for Vexa. The new, uneasy alliance with Gwydion has given her, Cole, and Ethan a tentative hope for a way to break the curse that is slowly turning Ethan into a monster. Unfortunately, that hope is quickly dashed when Gwydion’s twin and opposite Gilfaethwy escapes and steals an artifact of incredible importance. Vexa and the others pursue him on a whirlwind chase through the Other Lands, including the palace of the Seelie Fae and the depths of the Dwarven Undercity.
Meanwhile, the growing connection between Vexa and Gwydion forces Vexa to reconsider her relationship with Ethan, who fluctuates between being all too ready to give up on breaking the curse and let her go, and throwing himself recklessly after any happiness he can find before the curse takes him, including Vexa . . . and Cole.
Can they discover Gil’s plan and break Ethan’s curse? Or will a deadly combination of fairy bargains, murderous monsters, and Vexa’s own untamable power tear them all apart?
PLEASE USE THE DOOR by K C Kendricks
Tanner Reddick learned the hard way a man needs his own place to call home – one that is legally his. The last guy set his belongings on the curb and Tanner vows it will never happen again. It’s time for him to be in charge. Embarking on the next phase of his life, Tanner buys a fixer-upper bungalow and gets to work. He’s looking forward to living on his own for a while. His interest in his boss, Alex Crewes, could change that.
It’s moving day and Tanner notices a few things about the house, things his friends disavow knowledge of. The porch is swept and the breakers on. Then Tanner smells a hint of Bay Rum cologne, which no one he knows uses. When unseen hands paint a few rooms in the house, he has to face the facts – he’s not really alone.
Bodhi introduces himself and welcomes the newest resident in the house he built a century ago. This one Bodhi likes, and he’s determined he and Tanner will coexist in harmony. Maybe they can even be friends. And if he’s lucky, maybe a little more – unless Tanner’s deepening relationship with Alex throws a wrench into his plans.
TALE OF A DRAGON PRINCESS by Lizzie Colt
The day Princess Mellie turns sixteen, her parents reveal she was cursed as a baby and will spend the rest of her nights as a dragon. Two years later, she discovers a chance to break the curse, but it will take a quest with only her chosen bodyguard, a brave female warrior who has lost her lust for fighting but has developed an attraction for the princess.
DARKEST HEART (DOMINION) by Juliette Cross
Anya—a stoic, blue-winged angelic warrior—was bitten by a demon prince in battle, and now she has precious little time to find a cure for his deadly venom. But the only archangel with the power to stop the dark poison from corrupting her body and soul is missing. She’ll have to trust her guide, the outcast high demon Dommiel, who is as handsome as he is dangerous if she has any hope.
An outcast of his own kind, high demon Dommiel stays under cover while the war between angels and demons rages on. When the only person who ever showed him kindness asks for his help, he has no choice but to try to save the angel. Venturing back into the dens he has avoided for so long, Anya makes him want and feel things he never thought possible.
But Dommiel knows there is no way an angel can ever love a demon.
BLOOD CURE (BLOOD TYPE BOOK 3) by K A Linde
She had the world on her shoulders. Now she has nothing.
Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home.
But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. And now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again.
As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. With their plans blown to pieces and everything they knew and loved gone, their future hangs in the balance.
Despite all she has lost, Reyna must rise from the ashes, reclaim the life that was stolen—and complete her mission, once and for all.
BLOOD BOND 2 by Helen Hardt
Dante Gabriel is angry. Someone has violated Erin Hamilton, the woman whose scent has left him emotionally paralyzed. He vows to protect her…most of all from himself.
Erin has other ideas. She’s determined to figure out the strange man who keeps leaving her aroused and unsatisfied. When she pushes Dante for answers, he goes looking for them himself. What he uncovers could put Erin in mortal danger, with him as her only salvation.
THE DETECTIVE WINS THE WITCH (NOCTURNE FALLS BOOK 10) by Kristen Painter
Private investigator Wyatt West finds his job a little tedious most days, but that changes when he meets a bewitching blonde florist who needs a favor in the way of a wedding date. There’s definitely something magical about her, but little does he know just how correct that first impression is.
Single mom Marigold Williams finds herself instantly attracted to Wyatt, but doesn’t dare tell this handsome human that she’s a witch and things in Nocturne Falls are a little spookier than he suspects. He’s just a nice guy who’s offered to be her plus one. She doesn’t need to turn his world upside down with the truth over one date.
Despite that agreement, their feelings deepen and both agree to try a relationship beyond their current temporary arrangement. Now Marigold must tell him about her witchy side. After all, he has a right to know who he’s dating.
But when Wyatt unwittingly frees some dangerous magic, Marigold knows a life changing sacrifice is the only way to set things right. Will her magic save him? And will he be able to handle the truth that comes with it?
THE HUNT 2 by Susan Bliler
Tyson BloodMoon has a monster inside him. Yeah, the rest of his brothers have wolves in them too but not like his. Monster is different. He doesn’t need bonds, he doesn’t need anyone, and there isn’t anything he can’t get for himself with brute strength and lethal force…until he meets her. Tyson’s mission is to watch his Alpha’s new sister-in-law. Watch! But, Monster has other plans.
Cersi is on the hunt. Her sister’s been kidnapped, and Cersi’s determined to find her no matter where she has to go or who she has to confront. She’s not afraid of monsters, never has been, so when a powerful, dominant, monster of a man says he has her sister Cersi’s ready to unleash all hell. If Tyson BloodMoon thinks she’s backing down from him, he’s dead wrong.
Tyson struggled to control his inner Monster well before he ever laid eyes on Cersi. Now, with temptation right in front him, Monster wants out, and Tyson doesn’t know if he’ll be able to hold the beast back.
CAPTURED BY HER COUGAR (COUGAR CREEK MATES SERIES BOOK 2) by Felicity Heaton
In the wake of an Archangel attack on Cougar Creek, Storm is seething with a need for revenge against the hunter organisation and the key to it might be the petite blonde mortal he’s locked in his cabin, one he’s determined to make sing for him. Only the beauty has a fiery temperament to match his own, and the more time he spends with her, the more she stokes a fire inside him. One that fills him with a startling and undeniable need to make her sing in another way—in his arms.
Gabriella isn’t going to take her captivity lying down. She’s going to give the pig-headed brute holding her against her will hell until he finally believes she’s innocent. He might be a cougar shifter, but she isn’t afraid of him. Or at least she isn’t afraid of what he is. The way he affects her, the flames that lick through her whenever they’re close, terrifies her though, because the longer she’s around the towering sexy-as-sin shifter, the hotter that fire blazes, and it’s only a matter of time before it burns away all her restraint.
With the mating heat and the attack bringing cougars back to the creek, Gabriella is a complication Storm doesn’t need, but she’s one that he wants… because she might just be his one true mate.
JULIAN’S MATE by Meg Ripley
Julian knows it’s his responsibility to find a mate. After all, he’s the guardian of a toddler dragon, and she deserves to have a mother figure in her life. But while his fellow dragons from Charok have been able to find their fated partners in this strange new world, Julian knows his is nowhere on Earth.
With the help of a rogue wizard, Naomi had secretly left Charok years prior when she became so ill, the energies of the planet would no longer sustain her failing dragon form. She’d always miss her ancestral home, but the wizard promised her transition would not only save her life, but that of several others as well.
Little did she know the same wizard would also be helping a few other dragons escape during the War of Storms, and years later on Earth, she’s shocked to find Julian, the shifter she knew as her one true mate back on Charok.
Reuniting with Julian is like a dream come true, until the couple discovers a powerful demon has slipped into the living realm on Earth along with Naomi. When they discover exactly what this evil being is capable of, will these two fated souls be pulled apart once and for all?
TARMA AND KETHRY (VOWS OF HONOR) by Mercedes Lackey
VS note: A re-release of 3 stories.
The Oathbound: Introduces Tarma–swordswoman trained by elite warriors in all forms of deadly combat–and Kethry, former noblewoman whose magical skills were shaped by a powerful school of sorcery. United by the Goddess and armed with a magical sword drawing them to those in need, Tarma and Kethry swore a blood oath to fight against evil.
Oathbreakers: When Idra, leader of the Sunhawk mercenaries, failed to return from a journey to her home kingdom of Rethwellan, Tarma and Kethry set out in search of her. Instead they find a land shadowed by a dark enchantment, the claim to the throne in question, and the people of Rethwellan in terrible jeopardy.
Oathblood: The sisters of sword and spell have pledged to train others to fight for their cause, starting a school for fledgling warriors and mages. But training turns out to be far more perilous than expected–and when two of their students are kidnapped, Tarma and Kethry must draw upon their combined skills to answer the call of destiny in ways they never imagined.
Note from Veronica: This award winning 2016 scifi romance of mine is a little different from most of my Sectors novels so I thought I’d mention it today! I took a concept Andre Norton used to play with sometimes in her books, that of desperate fugitives in a high tech world traveling through a gate to a new home where they find they unaccountably fit into legendary roles, and magic and myth rule. It was sort of a hybrid of scifi romance and fantasy, with a tiny bit of time travel thrown in too. I had fun with it!
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My standard Notes and Caveats:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…