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).
RADEK: STAR-CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes
VS Note: I couldn’t wait for this one!
Radek is a prince with a problem. He wants to see the galaxy, but an ancient law forbids any member of the Romaki Dragon Clans from ever leaving their planet. So, what’s a Romaki Snow dragon to do? Defy the law, hop a ride with a friend, and head for the far side of the galaxy, that’s what.
As the Pyrosians prepare to claim their mates, all Radek has to do is sit back, enjoy the party, and keep one little promise – no shifting into a dragon while he’s visiting Earth. What could be simpler?
This book contains a sassy chef whose dreams just went up in flames, and a runaway prince who came to Earth looking for answers – and found his destiny instead.
THE DARKEST STAR (ORIGIN SERIES BOOK 1) by Jennifer Armentrout
VS Note: YA
Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head.
WORLDS COLLIDE (WARRIORS OF RISNAR BOOK 3) by Tracy St John
Engineer Velia Farrah always wanted to see an alien up close. Now that she’s assigned to study the top secret portal linking Earth to other worlds, she’ll get her chance. But when a fierce, gold-skinned alien from Risnar leaps from the portal and whisks her back to his home planet, “up close” takes on a whole new meaning.
Believing Earthlings had killed his fellow warriors, Jape Bolep is determined to destroy Earth’s access to Risnar once and for all. Grabbing a curvy handful of a human wasn’t part of the plan, but he has no intention of letting her distract him from his need for vengeance—no matter how much he aches to make her his.
Both are ready to do battle over right and wrong and good and evil, and their combustible relationship burns hotter than the sun’s surface. But distrust and treachery from all sides leave Velia and Jape in a fight against their own people to keep each other alive—and to ultimately save both Earth and Risnar from total destruction.
THE RISING TIDE (LIMINAL SKY BOOK 2) by J Scott Coatsworth
VS Note: I am REALLY enjoying this series about a unique ‘generation ship’. While not a romance, there are many diverse loving couples and a great scifi tale. I did receive an ARC of this book for review purposes.
Earth is dead. Five years later, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever: a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship. When Eddy Tremaine and Andy Hammond find a hidden world-within-a-world under the mountains, the discovery triggers a chain of events that could fundamentally alter or extinguish life as they know it, culminate in the takeover of the world mind, and end free will for humankind. Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes—people of every race and identity, and some who aren’t even human—must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide. Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.
OTHEREARTH (LAST REALITY BOOK 2) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
VS Note: YA
Simon would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her–including follow her into a virtual world. And what he and Kat discovered there was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined. Unwitting hospital patients are being forced to test a device that lets VR be experienced with all five senses. The technology is so advanced that it’s deadly.
Now the world’s biggest tech corporation is hunting Simon and Kat while war rages in Otherworld, the virtual world it created. Determined to destroy the Company, Simon and Kat must join forces with a hacker, a gangster, and a digital entity. But as they battle to save two worlds, they uncover an all-new threat to our world: the Company’s latest creation, an augmented-reality game called OtherEarth. Not only does OtherEarth kill, it has the power to erase the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy.
GOLD RUSH: DRAGONS OF TARAKONA MAGIC NEW MEXICO by Jody Wallace
She didn’t know she was a dragon. He didn’t know he was a hero.
Oksana Popov, scientist, has no reason to believe in magic until she finds a portal to another world near the mysterious town of Magic, New Mexico. Even then she’s inclined to believe it’s military until she meets rascally wizard Wade Insbrook, who helps her through her transformation into an actual gold dragon. But when she tries to return to Earth and confront her parents about her heritage, Wade uses all the tricks in his very tricky book to stop her. Because gold dragons who don’t have a particular wizard to drain their power blow up. Literally.
And while Wade might appeal to Oksana’s baser instincts, he’s just not the right kind of wizard. Originally from Earth, he’s been hiding on Tarakona because of a deal gone bad with a demon. While things heat up between Wade and Oksana, her trip through the portal has alerted the demon, and soon the demon has discovered Wade at last.
A harrowing escape finds Wade and Oksana on Earth and racing to destroy a seemingly indestructible object before the demon uses it to raise hell. Their budding attraction won’t be the only thing that can’t survive the demon apocalypse.
STAR WARS – WOMEN OF THE GALAXY by Amy Ratcliffe, Foreward by Kathleen Kennedy
VS Note: Not romance obviously but of note this week. Hardcover
They are heroes and villains, Sith and Jedi, senators and scoundrels, mothers, mercenaries, artists, pilots. . . .
The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more, each character is explored through key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details by author Amy Ratcliffe. Also showcasing more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female and non-binary artists, here is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far, far away.
AN EARTHBOUND CHRISTMAS by Cailin Briste
Fate arranges the chance meeting of two strangers in need of a little kindness on Christmas Eve. Celebrity Davon Weider, with his navy-blue eyes and muscular physique, can fill the starring role in any woman’s fantasy. But Jasline, a spaceport mech, is more impressed by his five jump speed records. This will be a Christmas neither will forget.
BLUE CHRISTMAS: A PROPHECY SERIES HOLIDAY NOVELLA by Lea Kirk
Four-year-old Maggie Bock loves living aboard her parents’ space cruiser, but it’s almost Christmas. What if Santa doesn’t know where she is now? Someone will have to find him and tell him, of course. But when she stows away on her mother’s transport to Terr, she sets off a chain of events that brings the holidays to the Atlantis.
HOWLS AND HALLOWS (STEAMPUNK RED RIDING HOOD BOOK 5) by Melanie Karsak
VS Note: From September and thanks to the Whiskey With My Book Blog for bringing it to my attention.
Busy tracking down thieving werewolves in London, Clemeny is surprised when Edwin asks her to lead a new case in the Fenlands of east England.
The Cabell family is haunted by a curse. Something in the misty moors surrounding Cabell Manor has come howling just days before the exclusive All Hallows Ball. How gauche. But London’s best agent is on the case.
Clemeny soon finds herself learning the ropes of polite society while hunting an apparition on the foggy fens. She’ll need to solve the case quickly if she hopes to be the belle–not the bruiser–of the ball.
AXTIN (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 2) by Elin Wynn
Brilliant chemist Leena guards her heart with a sharp tongue and steely focus on her work.
A battle-happy jock would be the last traveling companion she ever picked – even if he was human. One of the alien warriors? Not a chance.
But there’s more to Axtin than his green skin and interesting stripes. His strong arms will protect her from attackers, but as her emotions start to thaw, who will save her from him?
Axtin only finds peace in his endless fights against the Xathi after the destruction of his homeworld, The galactic rift that brought the war to Ankau simply means a new battleground, nothing more.But when he’s forced to guard the spirited Leena from the dangers all around, can he learn to care for something deeper?
THE SERPENT’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 3) by Susan Trombley
When Cass is abducted by aliens and sold to an alien pirate queen who collects female slaves to harvest their pheromones, her first experience with extraterrestrials quickly turns from surreal into a nightmare, which only grows more terrifying when an alien with a snake-like lower body and a surprisingly handsome face comes to her rescue. But Cass isn’t sure she’s actually safe with him, because he looks at her with hunger in his eyes.
Nahash has always been a loyal, honorable Iriduan soldier. After distinguishing himself above his peers, the genetically-enhanced warrior volunteered for an experimental program to create a hybrid with powerful psionic abilities, using DNA taken from a giant serpent that decimated one of their outer colonies. Though his body changed into a form beyond the scientists’ expectations, his mind became a weapon that could alter the very course of Iriduan civilization, perhaps even saving it from its inevitable ruin.
After such drastic alterations to his biology, scientists told him he was free from the affliction that caused Iriduan males to imprint on a single female, bonding him to her for life. The last thing he expects is to bond instantly to a human female he rescues during a raid on a pirate colony. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
QUEEN’S RANSOM: THE GOLDEN BULLS OF MINOS by Isobel Wroth
VS Note: Set on an alien planet so SFR not Fantasy
Jalia hasn’t ever played a game she can’t win.
The Promise of a Queen’s Ransom is too much for life-long gambler Jalia to pass up. The untouched planet of Minos is rumored to be so wealthy, one can walk along the beach and pluck diamonds from the sea. According to the contract, all she has to do to win is solve a few puzzles and navigate a labyrinth or two.
But she didn’t read the fine print…
She isn’t competing to win treasure, she’s competing to become Queen of Minos. Marriage to the king: Mandatory.
A king who sends men to their deaths by the dozen kills anyone who dares speak against him, and his people live in fear of his wrath.
Bound by the contract, Jalia has no choice but to try or die while the challenges grow ever more deadly. Even if she wins, marrying the Monstrous king of Minos may be a fate worse than death.
ALPHA BREEDS (ALPHA HORDE BOOK 1) by Milana Jacks
Kingsley At the frat party, someone must have spiked my beer, because I see a bright light and find myself sitting on a bed with a huge, green monster looming over me. I screech and throw every sharp object within reach. But you know what’s really weird? I’m terrified and, at the same time, there’s something about those black eyes, that scent, that purrrr that makes my body come alive.
Loven I fight for the honor of someday owning an Omega–a rare breeding female reserved for Alphas hand-selected by the king. For years, fighting alone has been enough. Until I scent this alien female, and my body emits a mating call.
Omegas are the king’s property. If I don’t deliver her to the Omega Compound, I’ll lose my life, the lives of my Horde Alphas, and risk starting a full-scale rebellion. And yet, I can’t part from her. This one belongs to me.
BEYOND THE SILVER DOOR: MAGIC NEW MEXICO ALPHAS OF RED FIRE PRIDE BOOK 2 by Rose Smith
If one woman can shock him into darkness, perhaps another can bring him into the light.
After fully recovering from a savage grizzly attack—sexy werelion, Troy Xanadu, travels back to his pride to claim his beloved.
When his mother, Mara, Queen of the Red Fire Pride, hands him the letter that’s been waiting for him for many months; he can’t believe the words written on the page. Heartbroken—he leaves the pride and goes into the depths of the Magic Forest to train in the Cave of the Ancient Rippers—a society sworn to protect the Seven Realms.
Troy accepts a suicide mission—leaving before he completes his training. On the hunt for escaped convict, Dengar Leelo, he travels to the planet Xexloria—land of the scorching silver moon.
On a night when the moon is dripping with hot silver—he descends down a dark cave and captures his prey. Leelo tells Troy about the shadow crawlers that have possessed his body for years—turning him into a sadistic killer. They need a new host.
Now Troy Xanadu’s only hope for survival lies with a beautiful alien sorceress—Sahnia Falkov—determined to clear her father’s name and avenge his death.
Can two creatures hunting death find love instead?
MESSING UP MAGIC (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by Winnie Winkle
There’s always a price to pay…
For Haseya, that price means a life of celibacy. A Navajo Skinwalker Witch, her gift of healing forbids her from loving a man intent on pain and destruction.
For Zayn, the price means a life of anger and loneliness. A Djinn, he is torn by the need to seek vengeance.
Zayn will do anything to protect Haseya. When hostile aliens searching for shifters arrive in Magic, New Mexico, he is willing to unleash any force to save the woman he loves and the town that needs him—but will the price of protecting those he loves drive a wedge between him and the beautiful witch he is destined to love forever?
CLAIMED BY THE VILLAGE OF KONRAD (CLAIMING THEIR BRIDE BOOK 1) by Abby Aaron
In a post-apocalyptic world is a city inhabited by women only. Outside its walls are villages with warriors, women and children. Once a cycle, a woman leaves the city to become a new member of a village. It’s an honor to be chosen.
Attie is chosen but not by chance. She has a plan to escape the protective life of the city to search for her lost friend Naysa. But she soon finds herself married to three handsome but forceful men and taken to their village – which was not part of her plan. Luckily, Naysa is there, too, now heavy with child. Will they chance running back to the city of women, or forge a new path within the hostile settlement of men?
LIGHTNING STRIKES (THE STORM BOOK 1) by Ripley Proserpina and Rebecca Royce
True love refuses to die…
Whitney Lake has had a lot of time to contemplate the end of the world. In the blink of an eye, an infection wiped out most of the human population, and her life changed forever. In one of the few safe cities left, Whitney tries to keep her head down, and stay alive.
But the world needs saving, and she may be the only one who can do it.
When a letter from her long-dead best friend arrives, Whitney takes a chance. Can she save those she thought were lost?
Out in the wilderness, where she never dared to go, she’ll discover a world she never expected, and six men who would come back from the dead just to be with her.
Will she fight for the men who chose her, or will she lose everything in the coming storm?
MATCH (THE JEKH SAGA BOOK SIX) by Holley Trent w/a H E Trent
Matchmaker Brenna Zachary is busy connecting Jekh’s loneliest hearts yet has no romance of her own. That is, until a practical friend makes her an offer of marriage she can’t resist. The industrious and hardworking Herris Deshtan is offering her both marriage and independence. In exchange, he gets to have the family he’s been craving since losing his during the planet’s recent conflicts.
Now Brenna’s former suitor is at loose ends. Although he’s a traditional male of the Bouk sect and less interested in securing a bride, Rajan Sunamane can concede that he should have secured Brenna’s hand sooner. However, he’d always assumed that Brenna would be there whenever he was ready. And now, not only has Herris interfered, but he’s already secured his claim with a baby. If Rajan doesn’t wheedle his way back into Brenna’s good graces, his mother—who’s had her heart set on having Brenna as a daughter for a decade—will disown him. There’s no worse fate for a Bouk.
While Rajan might be able to convince Brenna to accept him back into her good graces, and into a traditional Jekhan trio, Herris doesn’t intend to be in another one. Brenna is enough for him…or so he claims. There’s a hidden darkness in Herris that Brenna doesn’t know about and Rajan believes he’s the only man who can temper it.
TAYRYM (GALACTIC DEFENDERS BOOK 4) by Jessica E Subject
Tayrym has dreamed of becoming a Galactic Defender since meeting the infamous Bryce when he was just a boy. Finally an adult and awaiting the day cycle he is set to leave for training, Tayrym learns his long-time crush shares his affections. Now, he’s unsure whether he wants to leave, which dream matters more.
With the threat of being sent away for his sexuality haunting him, Guri keeps his feelings for his former classmate to himself. Even with a new progressive ruler on Hemera, he still hides his attraction to the young man. But when he catches the other shadowing him, Guri decides to take a chance. The only problem is, the man of his desire is leaving the planet soon. Possibly forever.
With obstacle after obstacle in their path, will Tayrym and Guri ever have a chance to be happy together? Or are they destined to fulfill their dreams light years apart?
POPPY BLOOM: LIFE AFTER US BOOK ONE by Rebekah Dodson
Vicki Morel believes she and Will, her gorgeous fiancé, have it all. They’re living the American dream. That is, until Portland, Oregon is leveled by a terrorist grade light weapon, and she loses Will at the airport.
Ambrose Palamo is an aviation student who wants one thing: to go home to Samoa. But when Portland is leveled, and he meets Vicki, he promises to help her find her fiancé instead. What he doesn’t expect is the feelings that start to form for her as they search the dangerous Oregon woodlands.
Sometimes love isn’t what you think it is.
The poppies bloom reminds them of what they’ve lost, while giving them the courage to face a brand new future.
CAPTAIN’S CLAIMED PROPERTY by Hollie Hutchins
He decided to keep me…He decided to keep me for himself instead of selling me as a human slave.Now, I have to prove my worth to this aggressive, homicidal captain of the half-dragon race, Kylen.
All while trying to ignore the hungry stares and wandering hands from the ugly, unruly aliens on board.There’s something strange about him.Something I’m not expecting.
Past that anger, that sense of danger he carries, there’s something more.It’s that something that spares me compared to the other humans.It’s that something that allows me more freedom than most other captives.
It’s that something that makes me suspect that to him, I’m not the slave I should be…My name is Sarah Dawson, captive of the Slipstream F6… but not for long.
THE HUNT (ADVENTURES OF MARCUS KILDUD BOOK 1) by Jo Tannah
Lieutenant Marcus Kildud and his men are rangers for hire. They specialize in insertion, extraction, escape, and evasion. He answers an urgent request from the Planet Terrus’ Prelate, the Lord Fulsam, whose son has disappeared and is presumed dead.
Their task is to find the ring the Prelate’s son wore. The promised compensation and bonus offered are enough to make this their team’s final mission.
What they meet in the forest is something none of them have ever encountered before. Marcus now faces the unimaginable. He realizes too late that sometimes, running away may be the only option left to stay alive.
TO CATCH A ROGUE (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUEBLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 4) by Bec McMaster
The Company of Rogues finally knows the identity of the mastermind behind a plot against the queen—but their enemy is still one step ahead of them. When he kidnaps one of theirs, the Rogues plan a daring rescue mission that will lead them into the heart of the bloodthirsty Crimson Court.
It’s a job for a master thief, and there’s nothing Charlie Todd likes more than a challenge. To pull off the impossible, Charlie needs a crew, including the only thief who’s ever been able to outfox him.
He broke her heart. But now she must risk it all to save his life…
Lark’s spent years trying to forget her past, but the one thing she can’t ignore is the way a single smile from Charlie still sets her heart on fire. When he proposes they work together again, it feels just like old times, but she has one rule: this is strictly business.
It’s Charlie’s last chance to prove he can be trusted with her heart. But Lark’s keeping a deadly secret. And as passions are stirred and the stakes mount, it might be the kind of secret that could destroy them all.
ARCHANGEL’S PROPHECY (A GUILD HUNTER NOVEL BOOK 11) by Nalini Singh
VS Note: Had this pre-ordered of course and planned to devour this book in one sitting. BUT have heard from other readers the ending is a cliffhanger of sorts and I hate those, even from an author I love. Plus with this series, the next book is a year away. So I may wait and read this one and the next one together in 2019. Kinda bummed. Feel free to tell me if I’ve heard wrong about the ending! The book is on my kindle…
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.
SHADES OF WICKED: A NIGHT REBEL NOVEL by Jeaniene Frost
The Rule Breaker…Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.
The Law Maker…Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.
DRAGONFIRE: A DARK KINGS NOVEL by Donna Grant
It was a soul-deep longing, one that got into his bones and settled there, sending whispers of desire through him. The need, the hunger, grew tenfold with every breath. . . .
As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortals—even though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever…
Sabina remembers the stories her grandmother told her. Legends of dragons and kings, fire and ice. And she’s never forgotten the dark prophecy that filled her ancestors with fear—a fate they tried to prevent by stealing a Dragon King’s sword. Sabina knows that helping Roman is dangerous. He is a dragon betrayed, and more powerful than any man. He could destroy her in a single fiery embrace. But how can she resist the longing in his eyes—or the feelings in her heart—when their destinies are bound by desire?
WOLF RISING (SWAT BOOK 8) by Paige Tyler
SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe there’s a soul mate out there for him—The One. But when he saves high school teacher Selena Rosa from a hostage situation, he knows he’s in big trouble. Her scent is irresistible.
Selena finds the big cop irresistible, too. In fact, the buttoned-up teacher gets a little carried away—during a steamy make-out session, she bites him. Turns out, the traumatizing events at the school triggered her werewolf gene. Fangs and claws are appearing and her aggression is out of control. The change is happening, and Selena doesn’t understand.
It’s going to take everything Brooks has to pull her back from the edge…and ultimately win her heart.
HAUNTED BE THE HOLIDAYS: A KREWE OF HUNTERS NOVELLA by Heather Graham
When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help! Krewe members must find the victim if they’re to discover the identity of a murderer at large, one more than willing to kill the performers when he doesn’t like the show.
It’s Halloween at the Global Tower Theatre, a fantastic and historic theater owned by Adam Harrison and run by spouses of Krewe members. During a special performance, a strange actor makes an appearance in the middle of the show, warning of dire events if his murder is not solved before another holiday rolls around.
Dakota McCoy and Brodie McFadden dive into the mystery. Both have a
special talent for dealing with ghosts, but this one is proving elusive. With the help of Brodie’s diva mother and his ever-patient father – who were killed together when a stage chandelier fell upon them – Dakota and Brodie set out to solve the case.
If they can’t solve the murder quickly, there will be no Thanksgiving for the Krewe.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (THE SWANN SISTER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Evangeline Anderson
Cassandra Swann is about to find out. Because she and her sisters are 1/8th fairy–not enough to do any magic–just enough to get them a Fairy Godmother from hell whose reckless spells makes their lives miserable. When her older sister decides to take the FG to court, Cass gets caught in the crossfire. Hit by their godmother with a disastrous birthday wish, she is in danger of losing what she loves most–her ability to paint.
Because the court is in the realm of the Fae, Cass and her sisters have a Court Appointed Elf who acts as their attorney slash bodyguard. But who ever heard of a 6 foot 4 muscular elf with coal-black hair and intense green eyes? Sparks fly the first minute Cass meets Jacobin O’Shea. She resents his high-handed ways and Jake thinks Cass is a spoiled human brat. But after he saves her from a soul-sucker and sees her art, things begin to change between them.
But Cass’s ability to paint is still screwed up. Every painting she attempts climbs off the canvas and makes trouble in the real world. When the Fae court assigns her a new Fairy Godmother, things get exponentially worse when her new wish multiplies her living art. To make matters even more difficult, Jake’s ex-fiancée–a gorgeous, anorexiclly-thin fairy–has Cass in her crosshairs and is determined to ruin anything that might grow between them. And did we mention Cass’s grandmother is going on disastrous dates that fill the house with Star Trek conventioneers, bikers, and nudists?
It’s a mess only magic could make…or fix.
Will Cass and Jake ever get past their differences? Will Cass regain her ability to paint without every painting stepping off the canvas? (Really, Fairy Godmother?) And will Cass’s grandmother find a man without burning down the house?
FURY’S MANTLE (FURY UNBOUND BOOK 5) by Yasmine Galenorn
In the wake of the second World Shift, Tam and I have spent eight years building UnderBarrow and Willow Wood into a thriving community. We’ve created an oasis of civilization, a safe haven in the vast sea of chaos left after Seattle fell. But as we settle into our new life, a terrifying danger is rising…
Travelers through our territory are being attacked, viciously savaged and taken for food. There are no survivors and no witnesses, but rumors begin to circulate. One of the old gods has returned with a taste for blood. When the Frostlings report that lycanthropes are gathering under a strange banner, we know we’re in trouble. Whoever is at their helm is proving a ruthless, deadly enemy. As the attacks close in on Willow Wood, Hecate warns me that if we can’t stop them, all we’ve worked so hard to build will be destroyed.
ALLISON SHATTERS THE LOOKING GLASS (HAREM OF HEARTS BOOK 3) by C M Stunich
…I fell through the Looking-Glass; I got back home.
But get this: I didn’t come alone. Oh, and it doesn’t feel like home anymore.
Unlike Alice in the original story, this is not my Wonderland.
In the original story, the Walrus and the Carpenter didn’t follow Alice back.
In that story, she didn’t bring her harem of lovers with her to meet Dad.
Mom, Dad, meet my nine boyfriends; one of them’s a faerie who foretells the future—is that what I’m supposed to say?
Back in Underland, things are even worse.
Betrayal, heartbreak, and death … that’s all that’s waiting for us in Castle Heart.
I’m “the Alice”, bringer of prophecy, and I’m starting to fall for all nine men in my life…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
FURY (THE MENAGERIE SERIES BOOK 3) by Rachel Vincent
1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.
The Reaping has begun.
Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.
But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.
SPELLSWEPT: A PREQUEL TO THE HARWOOD SPELLBOOK by Stephanie Burgis
VS Note: Previously published in an anthology.
In the world of the Harwood Spellbook, 19th-century Angland is ruled by a powerful group of women known as the Boudiccate – but in order to become a member of that elite group, any ambitious young politician must satisfy tradition by taking a gentleman mage for her husband.
Amy Standish is a born politician…but Jonathan Harwood is her greatest temptation. On the night of the Harwoods’ Spring Solstice Ball, in an underwater ballroom full of sparkling fey lights and danger, Amy will have to fight the greatest political battle of her life to win a family and a future that she could never have imagined.
It will take an entirely unexpected kind of magic to keep everything from crashing down around her.
CONSORT OF LIGHT (THE WITCH’S CONSORTS BOOK 5) by Eva Chase
n the last few months, I’ve faced more danger with the five men I’m not supposed to love than most people encounter in a lifetime. And it’s not over yet. Our enemies have unleashed a threat greater than anyone in witching society could have believed possible.
How do I fight back when we’re up against forces that could destroy our entire world? I wasn’t prepared for this. But the monsters we’re taking on are about to find out that Rose Hallowell doesn’t give up. Even if it means asking more of my consorts than I hoped I’d ever need to.
I have to believe we can come through the darkness into the light. All I know for sure is there’s no turning back now.
WHAT GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT by Various
Have you ever been tempted to investigate that scratching noise coming from under your bed?
Or the shadows that seem to shift on the wall from the corner of your eye? Well, this is your chance…
Sometimes the monsters that watch you from the darkness aren’t scary—they’re sexy.
And, of course… sometimes they’re both.
Discover what really goes bump in the night with 18 of your favorite Reverse Harem Authors in this Halloween Anthology filled with 16 deliciously naughty stories that will give you only treats; no tricks… unless you beg for some, that is.
This collection is teeming with never-before-seen Paranormal Romance tales that will sate and satisfy as much as they intrigue. Prepare yourself for a glimpse of the threshold between our world and the supernatural with angels, demons, witches, werewolves, elves, and so much more!
HALLOWEEN BETWEEN THE SHEETS by Various
VS Note: The subtitle is “…Spooky Scenes that Get to the Point”. No idea if these are paranormal scenes but hey, Halloween theme!
It’s Halloween, but this collection of hot and steamy scenes is all treat and no trick. Put the candy away and get sticky within the pages of this compilation of all new exclusive scenes from twenty of your favorite Reverse Harem authors.
CHARMING PEOPLE (DRIFTWOOD MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Addisyn L Tyler
Jette Driftwood, Bleak prodigy and professional witch, is finally due for some rest and relaxation. Her partner, Nick Warren, is taking her to an atmospheric private island that’s filled with vicious creatures and rare magical oddities. They wanted to investigate a new romance.
Instead, they’re investigating a murder.
When the wealthy host dies in a brutal and mysterious fashion, Jette and Nick are left to investigate every secret that comes out of the woodwork and skeleton hiding in the closet. But even as everyone has an alibi, the body count continues to rise.
Trapped with the suspects and surrounded by stormy seas and aggressive werewolves, they must stop the murders. Now. Before they find themselves next on the killer’s list.
A WAREHOUSE, A WITCH DOCTOR AND A WEDDING: DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 9 by C C Dragon
You’re Invited to the wedding of the year!
Dress is formal—Holy Water recommended…
Deanna Oscar and friends are back. While De is trying to get caught up, Ivy is planning her dream wedding. The venue seems abandoned and full of ghosts, demons, and more…
Getting married in a haunted warehouse is a bad idea! But Ivy has her heart set on the huge venue ripe for decoration. She’s sure she can get it cheap. Ivy seems drawn to these extremely haunted locations and De has to put a stop to it before innocent people are hurt.
The owner isn’t worried about anything, even though he calls himself a witch doctor. De knows the homeless squatting there are in danger but she can’t do much without trespassing on private property. Not that something like that will stop her.
WICKED TEMPTATION: THE EXCALIBUR DUET (THE SIREN COVEN) by Kim Loraine
The Excalibur Duet: Book 1
I spent my life in service to my king, loyal to my queen, and loved by them both. Until she ruined me.
Guinevere made her choice and it wasn’t me. So I sought out a way to fight the pain of losing her…of losing them both. Eternally languishing in purgatory was not what I had in mind.
But now, hundreds of years later, I’ve been returned to life for a reason. The end times are here, and I’m the one chosen to help stop the apocalypse. I only wish the woman I’m bound to wasn’t the very one I’d tried to forget.
My Gwen had a secret she never shared in our past life together. She’s a witch, cursed to live forever, and she’s never forgiven me for what happened between us.
I am Lancelot du Lac. I was her champion once, I will be again, and this time, I won’t so willingly share.
NOT A CHANCE (THE ENCHANTLINGS SERIES BOOK 2) by Maureen Bonatch
The last thing Hope Hallows wants is to become the latest headline. Living in a town that likes secrets, she prefers to keep hers hidden. Avoiding a nosy reporter’s questions about her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with a single touch, and those who crave this bliss, is nothing new. But having her brother’s annoying girlfriend, Berta, go missing is—especially when it makes Hope suspect number one.
As a triplet, her resemblance to her beloved dead sister causes her family to grieve even more, and her escalating supernatural skills makes Griffith, her half-human-half-Oppressor boyfriend, wary. He wants to put his unsavory past behind him—this could include Hope—since her abilities remind him of the Underworld.
In her desperate search to find Berta, she stumbles across a tunnel. Phantom voices within whisper that evil has been waiting for a new leader—and isn’t she lucky, they’ve chosen Hope.
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WEB OF TRUTH: A DREAM WEAVERS AND TRUTH SEEKERS NOVEL by Cecelia Dominic
VS Note: Saw this one mentioned on the Whiskey With My Book Blog.
Morgan le Fay, once the most promising priestess on Avalon, lost her powers due to her unwitting role in the fall of Camelot. She’s survived by becoming a bounty hunter for Faerie Queen Maeve. After she completes her tenth, and final job, she will be free to live her own life and regain her powers.
The problem – the situation isn’t as simple as it seems. Her final target, the fledgling vampire Philippe, turns out to have ties to her family, and her handler isn’t telling her everything.
Nightmare creatures, faerie plots, and murder follow Morgan as she navigates past hurts and attempts to unravel the truth. Will she be able keep her friends safe and find forgiveness in time to figure out what the faerie queen wants with Philippe? And will Morgan deal with her old wounds and risk her powers – and her heart – to secure her future?
MOONLIGHT MIST by Various
Somewhere underneath a moonlit night lies an underworld that some may not believe exists.
The creatures of this alternate plain lurk beyond the mist.
Craving for what they need.
Some may find it. Some might even curb that hunger. But a few will not.
Without knowing what it is they need to satisfy a primal need, they seek out something more. Something that will test their limits in search of something greater. Something powerful… Something everlasting.
STORM’S MAGICAL HALLOWEEN: LITTLE ANGEL RESCUE (MAGIC NEW MEXICO) by Trinity Blacio
Can they give her a magical Halloween?
Storm Lope is half pixie/half human and is known for her hot temper and her ability to hold a grudge. Storm learned to use both as self-defense to protect her fragile heart. Those defenses had worked well for her until she met two irritating men who refuse to be scared off.
Nolan Moree and Matty Draco vow to break through Storm’s fiery walls. They almost lost her once. They weren’t going to take a chance of ever letting that happen again. With danger surrounding them, the men set out to give Storm a magical Halloween where nightmares are replaced with I dos, and Happy Ever Afters are real!
LEGACY OF THE SORCERESS (A GARGOYLE AND SORCERESS TALE BOOK 6) by Lisa Blackwood
A roll of the dice and Fate thrusts Corporal Anna Mackenzie into a new situation.
With her soul hanging in the balance, the young gargoyle, Shadowlight, makes a deal with the Lord of the Underworld to save Anna’s life.
The demigod saves her, then sends the pair to Haven, a city outside time, where they will heal.
The length of time Anna will need to embrace the healing stone sleep of gargoyles.
When she wakes, an adult gargoyle is waiting for her. He goes by the name Obsidian, but she’d once known him by another—Shadowlight.
Obsidian might be a stranger, but she’d promised Shadowlight she’d never leave him.
Now his older self wants her to honor that promise and stay, training alongside him to become one of Lord Death’s military leaders.
To honor the memory of a gargoyle cub she’d once loved like a little brother, Anna agrees to join the Lord of the Underworld’s cause.
Is she working for the good guys? Or has she traded in one Overlord for another?
Either way she’s staying.
Her promises don’t come with an expiration date and the more she gets to know Obsidian, the more she sees Shadowlight in him.
There’s no way she’s abandoning the kid a second time.
CITY STALKER by Maria Monroe
Theadora Ashcroft is independent and tough as sin. She likes her drinks strong and her men to leave before morning. Her job is hunting cryptids. Chupacabra? Easy. Hellhound? No problem. Giant, venomous spider? Just another Friday night.
But when she’s suddenly assigned to stalk the enigmatic and handsome vampire Foster Graham, her world turns upside down. He’s too human—and too sexy—for her comfort.
Suddenly she’s no longer sure who’s on her side and who’s against her in a vicious battle to save the entire city of Chicago, and possibly all of humanity.
EMBOLDEN (FORBIDDEN BOOK 2) by Syrie James and Ryan M James
After a season of psychic visions and super-powered drama, Claire Brennan and her angel-gone-AWOL boyfriend Alec MacKenzie can finally be together. Under the protection of Claire’s grandmother, they are trying to lead a normal life, going to high school at Emerson Academy and hanging out with their friends.
But jealous teenagers, vengeful enemies, the city’s new Watcher, and even the school play threaten to break them apart. Not to mention Claire’s surprising second power, which could sabotage the trust of everyone she holds dear. And just when they need to stick together, they finally get a lead on where Claire’s missing father might be.
The threats, which come not only from without but also from within, will test the strength of Alec and Claire’s relationship. Is the love they share enough to keep them safe? If they want to stay together … can they learn to fight together?
THROUGH THE MIST by CeCe Ferrell
I’m living with a ghost.
I’m in a place I never thought I’d be: adrift in a sea of confusion and unfulfilled dreams. My life, my career, my marriage.
When my husband, Dan, asks me to join him on an island for an extended work project, I hope it will be enough to salvage our relationship.
So I go. Then Dan gets pulled away for his job, and I’m left alone in this unfamiliar place.
Before I even realize it’s happening, I’m falling in love with this island and pulled in by the magnetism of a century-old spirit.
The longer I’m on the island, the less my life resembles the one I lived before. When the time comes for me to leave, will I be able to? Or will my bond with a dead man keep me tied to the island?
HEX ME BABY ONE MORE TIME: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (HEX DRIVE BOOK 1) by Renee George
Brita Davis, a witch with a talent for hexes, has had it up to her frizzy hair with her mom trying to set her up with every Tom, Dick, and Warlock. And the Cauldron Festival celebration has ignited her mother’s passion once again for matchmaking. And when the warlock she’s supposed to hook up with brings an entourage of Shifters as security with him, Brita is certain she wants nothing to do with the self-important jerk.
However, she can’t seem to get one of the Shifters off her mind.
Cas, a werewolf on an assignment from the Council, can’t let something like lust, love, and the mating scent get in the way of his job, but Brita makes it hard for him to do the task he was hired for—very, very hard—by her mere presence. Besides, she’s bossy, sometimes she’s a little mean, and her magic has attracted the attention of some very dangerous people.
Still, protecting Brita is turning out the be the only job he really wants.
WITCHEN STIX: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Lissa Matthews
My name is Kandy. With a K. And let me tell you… This has been a hell of a week.
I’m temporarily unemployed and had to come up with a back-up plan after my boss blew up her bakery last year.
I learned that I’m the mate of a hotter than hot demon prince named Morgan. Just wait until you see how that goes over…
Then, there’s the realization that I’ve become the object of some magical manipulation care of a jealous, hellacious little Wicked.
Add in three black cats, demon twins who want an introduction to my sisters… And I’m afraid my quiet life is never, ever going to be the same again.
10 REASONS NOT TO DATE A WITCH: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (CURSED QUARTET BOOK 1) by Virginia Nelson
She’s got ten reasons why…
Aubrey Collywobble has been around the block a time or twelve in her days as a witch life coach. She’s evoked actual transformations in other witches—one even turned into a flower. But while helping others, she’s learned a few things about herself. She doesn’t date, and she has a list of reasons why.
True love is for wimps. Hold out for pizza.
Carter Wilson is sincerely interested in his neighbor Aubrey. When she grudgingly agrees to be his fake girlfriend, he sees what it would be like if she agreed to actually date him. The longer they’re together, the more he wants their pretend fling to become a THING—long term, meaningful, and happily ever after included.
Let the smite war begin…Toss in distractions like family legacies, a curse, a raccoon familiar, and an exceptionally precocious little girl, and we’ve got a recipe for chaos. Spells fly as the battle of the sexes begins, but what if they could both win the war?
THE NEOCROMANCER’S BRIDE by Brianna Hale
When I was a child he brought me back from the brink of death. Since that day I have borne his mark, a black star in the center of my left palm. The villagers say it brands me as evil. I think it means something far worse. It marks me as his.
The disease that nearly killed me has returned to the village and children are dying. I’m the only one who dares to climb the mountain and learn his secrets. In exchange I’m to clean his house and help with his strange experiments, but Meremon wants more. He wants me. And it isn’t long before I discover that his demands are as twisted as his experiments.
STYX (THE FOUR BOOK 1) by Layla Frost
Next to me. In front of me. Behind me. Below me.
It mocks me.
I don’t know who I am. Where I am. How long I’ve been here.
It’s felt like an eternity.
For all the unknowns, one truth has grown stronger with the torturous passing of time…
I wish I was dead.
Or, at least, I did until I heard her.
She gives me hope. A purpose.
I follow her, soaking in everything she does and growing more dependent. Never in my long life have I seen anyone so perfect.
Now I just have to find a way to make her hear me.
THE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 1 (EBUROSI CHRONICLES 8) by R A Steffan
They’re the last five dragons in existence.
To survive, they must form soul-bonds with five humans who are pure of heart and resolute of spirit. Too bad they’re stuck with us instead.
The angry drunk. The shameless man-whore. The coward who ran away and got his comrades killed. The ice-cold assassin for hire. And me, the girl with abandonment issues as deep and wide as the Southern Sea.
I left home in search of adventure. Instead, I stumbled into the middle of a desperate struggle for survival…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
LEGACY OF MAGIC by Denise Carbo
While solving a mysterious family secret, she is pursued by a charming lawyer and her exasperating neighbor who thinks arguing is a form of foreplay. But those circumstances are the least of her problems.
Cory discovers she is a witch and must learn to control her new-found powers. An ally, a confidant, and a surprise supporter guide her, but she is almost out of time. An immortal evil wants her powers and will stop at nothing to obtain them. When the battle lines are drawn, Cory must choose who is friend or enemy. Will love save her or endanger her even more?
TO SAVE HIS PRINCE: AN ICE DRAGON TALE (ICE DRAGON TALES BOOK 4) by Hurri Cosmo
VS Note: From September
Emory is a humble kitchen servant intent on working hard so he can continue to earn his daily crust of bread. It is a thankless, back-breaking job, but it is exactly where Emory wants to be. In the magnificent West Quay castle. Because that is where the incredibly handsome, extremely talented Crown Prince Riffyn lives. The beautiful, kind, and attentive man stole Emory’s heart years before when he rescued him and his mother from a band of thieves. Now Emory’s only wish is to be close, so he can simply admire and serve the man.
But a great evil walks the halls of the castle, and Emory stumbles on a heinous plot to not only kill the prince but a possible plan to overthrow the Kingdom. A wicked scheme that includes the use of magic. Of course, being a lowly servant, no one believes Emory when he tries to raise the alarm, including the prince, who has been commanded to choose a bride now, or one will be chosen for him. Even as Emory’s heart breaks for his prince, he has to find a way to save him. But how, when no one, not even the king, the prince’s own father, can be trusted?
HIS DARKEST CRAVING by Tiffany Roberts
The secluded forest cabin was meant to give Sophie a place to hide, to heal, and to be safe.
But from the moment she arrives, she’s not alone. She glimpses dark shapes from the corner of her eye, feels phantom touches, and her dreams are filled with seductive shadows. What she first mistakes for delusions of her traumatized mind soon prove to be so much more…
An ancient, mysterious, dangerous entity lurks in the woods — and it wants Sophie.
CLAIMING HER LEOPARD (SHIFTER SPECIAL FORCES BOOK 7) by Summer Donnelly
First generation Shifter Special Forces warrior Nick Lowell came back from Vietnam a changed man. Unable to cope with both his injuries and his memories, he left his wife.
Dot Lowell has waited fifty years to find her mate. Living in limbo for so many years has given her a wealth of understanding of pain and humiliation. Now that she knows where her husband is, can she confront him and demand some answers? Or will he revert back to his Leopard form and hide from her for the rest of his life?
SOME DAY MY WITCH WILL COME (WICKED SOCIETY BOOK 2) by Daisy Prescott
You know those little girls who dress up as Disney princesses in the bright, shimmery costumes and dream about their prince rescuing them?
That was never me.
In this story, it’s the witch who saves the prince.
Ever since I joined the Wicked Society, my tarot readings are always about sacrifice for the greater good and martyrdom. In other words, any day now I’m going to lose something or someone I love. Evidently, my spirit guides are the ride or die types.
For years, I’ve asked the cards the same question about my crush. Will Tate Winthrop fall in love with me? The answer is always someday.
As in someday Tate will love me back.
Someday there won’t be a group of witches using dark magic to destroy our coven.
Someday I’ll stop having the same dream about a handsome prince with long, blond dreadlocks kissing a woman wearing a sparkly, poofy ball gown.
Someday my witch will come.
BLOOD AND SILVER by Various
20 Paranormal Romance and Fantasy Novels by your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and Award-winning authors such as K.N. Lee, Tasha Black, Ann Gimpel, Skye Mackinnon, and Marilyn Peake.
Good versus evil. Dark versus light.
Your next paranormal adventure begins tonight…
Explore mysterious new realms and haunting worlds of danger, magic, mysticism, and darkness in twenty paranormal and fantasy romance novels, available for a limited time. There are epic adventures to embark upon, swords to sharpen, spells to perfect.
Valiant heroes and devastating anti-heroes face off against angels, vampires, dragons, demons, spirits, shifters, witches, and more in this limited-edition arrangement that features a thrilling compilation of epic fantasy, science fiction, romance, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, and more!
THRALL by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Happy couple Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra have begun to garner national attention for their quirky New Orleans true-crime podcast, Shadowcast. When Lucy’s brother Harker disappears while researching the popular new dating app Thrall, they’re thrown into a real-life mystery. Aided by their social media expert, Arthur, and Harker’s professor, Van Helsing, they follow the trail, hoping to find Harker before it’s too late.
When their investigation crosses the path of a possible serial killer, the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. And as they race against the app’s countdown clock, so does the line between friendship and love. What starts as a flirtatious rivalry between computer-savvy Arthur and techno-averse Van Helsing becomes much more, and Mina and Lucy’s relationship is tested in the fires of social media.
As they get down to the wire, the group discovers that nothing on their screens is as it seems—including their enemy.
SIN AND CHOCOLATE (DEMI GODS OF SAN FRANCISCO BOOK 1) by K F Breene
Some people are ordained for greatness…
Those people usually have a lot of drama in their life. Drama I happily do without. I live in a forgotten corner of nowhere for a reason: there is safety in anonymity. I have enough problems just trying to get by.
But when Kieran, a sinfully sexy demigod at the pinnacle of power, crashes into my life, suddenly my whole world is turned upside down.
He’s harboring a deadly secret, one that could destroy all he holds dear. He thinks I’m the key to his salvation, and he wants me to help him claim vengeance.
He also wants me with a passion that burns my body from the inside out.
To ignore him is impossible, but to give in to my desires, even for a night, would thrust me into danger I might not survive.
Can I resist the temptation?
DAY CARE DRAGON (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant
“Put me down, you … thing!”… were not the first words Loretta expected to say to the love of her life. Look, you try having a dragon snatch you out of a burning building when all you’re wearing is a towel.
He just saved her life. Why doesn’t she look happy about it?
Billionaire dragon shifter Darius is a man in control—of his business, his family, his life. But stubborn, outspoken, redheaded Loretta and the rowdy preschoolers at her day care are about to turn his well-ordered life upside down. The fire at Loretta’s apartment was no accident, and the closer he keeps her, the safer she’ll be. But Loretta’s not about to let anyone treat her like a treasure to be locked up for safekeeping.
Even if two stubborn people can overcome the odds and fall in love, it’s going to take all Darius’s strength and Loretta’s wits to keep a dangerous enemy from sending their chances at a happy ending up in smoke.
KRISS KROSSED by Shay Price
I’m a bounty hunter by trade. Hunt. Find. Kill. That’s my motto. And it was working out pretty well for me, until I got stuck babysitting a collared demon, my ex resurfaced, and my boss went missing.
Did I forget to mention there’s an invisible something running around killing people, I’ve got a government agent sniffing at my heels, and my ex is a Dark Realm Prince whose sister would as soon snap my neck as shake my hand?
You could say I’ve been having a run of foul luck lately. But it only gets worse. Because there’s something happening in the shadows, just out my sight. Something bad. End of the world kind of bad. And it’s up to me to stop it.
No matter the cost.
UNBREAKABLE (LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND BOOK 1) by Michele Ryan and TL Reeve
Hayden Raferty-Lopez is nervous about returning to Window Rock—with so many memories wrapped up there. However, she’s excited to start her life with her mate in the town she calls home.
Nico Lopez knew this day would come. He’s been planning for it since the day his little wolf finally accepted his apology and gave him the chance to make it up to her. However, something is off about his mate. Everyone around them is settling into their new “adult” lives except them.
When Kalkin Raferty offers them a job taking down a piece of the Paranormal Bounty Hunters, both Hayden and Nico are ready for it. What they’re not prepared for are the conditions the orphaned shifter children and teens are kept in, nor are they prepared to find a green-eyed cub, who steals their heart.
Secrets are revealed, and lives will be irrevocably harmed. Those who were supposed to be allies will be exposed and the lies they told will shape the Raferty pack for years to come.
MASTER OF VALOR (MERLIN’S LEGACY BOOK 2) by Angela Knight
Handsome Afghan war veteran Duncan Carpenter barely survived a horrifying IED attack that cost him his legs. He gets a second chance at life when he agrees to become an agent of the Magekind — a vampire sworn to protect humanity. The spell that transforms him also heals his broken body and gives him incredible new abilities. Now he must pay for that gift, because the Magekind is preparing for war with powerful magical enemies. But first he must complete his training with a Magekind witch, Masara Okeye. Problem. He’s falling for his mentor, even as he struggles to deal with life as a vampire.
Masara finds her apprentice deliciously seductive — a little bit too much so for her peace of mind, because he brings up memories better left buried. But when Duncan and Masara are asked to help a werewolf cop investigate the murder of a jogger, they’re targeted by the same vicious killers. The fight for survival drives the couple together, despite Masara’s determination to keep her distance. Then the case turns even more horrific and mysterious. What turned a couple of loving werewolf grandparents into vicious killers?
And what’s with the flying rabid zombie rats?
SECRETS FROM THE GRAVE (THE VEIL DIARIES BOOK 6) by B L Brunnemer
My name is Alexis, though everyone calls me Lexie. I’m a Necromancer. We’re rare enough that I’ve never met another in my life, until Claire came home to tell me she found one. In New Orleans.
Now I am headed south with my best friends, staying in close quarters with five guys, four guys whom I have kissed, one who has been ignoring me for the last few weeks, one who keeps sneaking kisses, one who doesn’t even remember it and another… Well, I don’t know what he wants. Thank God for Miles. He’s my one safe place in this disaster I’ve created.
Naturally, that’s not my only problem. Things aren’t good in New Orleans. Representatives from the Witch’s Council are in town, the dead are everywhere, and the secrets are piling up. The whole situation is a powder keg just waiting for a match. But why am I holding the matches?
THE STONE WARRIORS: GABRIEL by D B Reynolds
Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood.
Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.
Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both.
Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years.
VAMPIRE GIRL 7: FALLEN STAR by Karpov Kinrade
I’m a world-renowned archaeologist who happens to have a special gift–I can read artifacts and see their history. It makes me particularly good at my job and has pulled me into the world of paranormal treasure hunting. But I knew about the paranormal long before acquiring my PhDs. The night a monster killed my parents opened up a whole new, awful world to me.
Now, I’m on the hunt for pieces of the artifact they died protecting. When I’m betrayed by my partner and left for dead, I’m forced to team up with the last man on the planet I want anything to do with. Dr. Dean Vane… a monster just like the one who ruined my life. But I need his help to locate the artifact and stop an even greater threat from wreaking havoc on the world, and he needs my help in finding his brother, the King of Inferna, another world I didn’t even know existed.
I certainly didn’t plan to fall for his lusty charms, but as my own powers grow, I’m more drawn to him than ever. When we get trapped on a world of dragons, I see a side of him I didn’t expect and must face my own prejudices.
Surrounded by danger, with my core beliefs challenged and my life hanging in the balance, I must decide who I can trust, and who is really the villain in my story. But in seeking the truth, will I destroy everything in the process?
NO KITTEN AROUND by R J Blain
The last thing Reed Matthews needs in his life is a kitten, but when an orphaned tabby suckers him into becoming her caretaker, he’s in for the ride of his life. Add in an angel determined to meddle in his affairs, a devil with an agenda, and a bucketful of bad omens, and he’ll count himself fortunate if he survives the clash between heaven, hell, and his ex.
In this anything goes romp, there’s no kitten around: if Reed wants to survive and regain control of his life, his only hope lies in the hands of an elf and his ex, a woman he’s sworn to never see again.
THE BRILLIANT DEATH by Amy Rose Capetta
Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she’s a strega—and she aims to keep it that way.
The she meets Cielo—and everything changes.
A strega who can switch outward form as effortlessly as turning a page in a book, Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters the power she’s been keeping secret. And not a moment too soon: the ruler of Vinalia has poisoned the patriarchs of the country’s five controlling families, including Teodora’s father, and demands that each family send a son to the palace.
If she wants to save her family, Teodora must travel to the capital—not disguised as a boy, but transformed into one. But the road to the capital, and to bridling her powers, is full of enemies and complications, including the one she least expects: falling in love.
LOVING LOCH by Kris Jacen
Check off the bucket list? Maybe Love should be added to the list?
David Rowan spends his days crunching numbers and his nights watching history or travel shows. He’d been out of school for four years when a note from a fraternity brother reminded him of his “Bucket List” that they’d made up one year for pledges at the fraternity as a ‘get to know the brothers’ activity. But maybe it was time for him to take his list and make it a reality.
Loch Gallagher—yes, his ma had a sense of humor—lives and swims in and around Loch Ness just a little south of Inverness, Scotland. Okay, every time he went for a swim in the Loch, he did cause a stir. Shite, with the inventions of the camera and the smartphone, a Loch Monster couldn’t even get in a swim without someone taking a picture.
When David decided to take his ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Loch Ness, how was he to know that everything he’d always known was going to be thrown out the window? Loch had always scoffed at his ma’s declarations that when he was least expecting it, his mate would show up on his doorstep. The unlikely pair discovers that maybe they’re not so unlikely at all. Can they find a balance between love and reality and make a life together?
STRANGER THINGS: WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: THE OFFICIAL BEHIND THE SCENES COMPANION by Gina McIntyre
VS note: Not romance obviously, but I did enjoy the show. A notable release this week.
When the first season of Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in the summer of 2016, the show struck a nerve with millions of viewers worldwide and received broad critical acclaim. The series has gone on to win six Emmy Awards, but the its success was driven more than anything by word of mouth, resonating across generations. Viewers feel personal connections to the characters. Now fans can immerse themselves in the world—or worlds—of Hawkins, Indiana, like never before. Inside you’ll find
• original commentary and a foreword from creators Matt and Ross Duffer
• exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and David Harbour
• the show’s earliest drafts, pitches to Netflix, and casting calls
• insights into the Duffers’ creative process from the entire crew—from costume and set designers to composers and visual-effects specialists
• deep dives into the cultural artifacts and references that inspired the look and feel of the show
• a map of everyday Hawkins—with clues charting the network of the Upside Down
• a digital copy of the Morse code disk Eleven uses, so you can decipher secret messages embedded throughout the text
• a look into the future of the series—including a sneak preview of season three!
VS Note: Highlighting my own MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR, scifi romance, in honor of Halloween because there’s an alien ghost and other spooky goings-on in the course of the story! Sectors Special Forces soldier on his own mission becomes entangled in saving the blind Princess of Shadows from an arranged marriage…here’s a snippet:
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.