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).
SHIELDED HEART (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 2) by Tiffany Roberts
VS Note: Oh yes, definitely one clicked this!
Arthos, the Infinite City, is a place of alien wonders and indescribable beauty—and, most importantly for Samantha, it’s also halfway across the universe from her abusive ex-fiancé. She came to the city desperate for a fresh start, but she finds herself downtrodden on a world of aloof alien beings with little hope of finding her place—and a good chance of being kidnapped or killed before she can even settle in.
At least until she is saved by an irresistible alien with piercing eyes and a seductive smile.
Alkorin is the living embodiment of temptation, and he makes no effort to disguise his desire for her. But when his past threatens to drag her into a dangerous underworld, she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be. After enduring so much suffering, can she bear to take a leap of faith with this mysterious alien? Can she trust him with not only her life, but her heart?
ALIEN PRISONER (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips
Rachel is too busy working to support her brother and her helpless mother to worry about the aliens taking over Earth – until she breaks one of their rules and finds herself imprisoned on a spaceship with a group of other human females. Determined to find a way to escape and return home, her overwhelming attraction to one of the massive horned warriors is an unwanted distraction, no matter how strong the bond between them.
Commander T’chok knows that intimate contact with the potential Breeders is forbidden, but never has he met a female who stirs his blood like Rachel. With her propensity for trouble, she needs a strong mate to protect her, care for her – and provide her with a firm, guiding hand.
Can Rachel escape her prison and the alien warrior who is determined to claim her? Or will T’chok do whatever it takes to keep her?
SWEEP OF THE BLADE (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Ilona Andrews
VS Note: I LOVE this series. I had this one pre-ordered.
Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn’t in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she’s sworn off all things vampire.
Except… In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.
To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who’s turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won’t get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there’s a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.
MATING ENIGMA (PRAESIDIO BOOK 3) by Ava Ryant
So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.
Elena is an Agent in the global-reaching Enforcement Agency charged with tracking down criminals using a powerful and secret Praesidio ability. The new world has dangerous enemies that like to hide in the dark pits of society. Elena is reluctantly drafted into becoming a spy and meets a deadly ally in the ruins. Together they team up in order to combat a looming threat to Humanity and the Laren race. Along the way they discover far more than they were expecting; danger, treachery and a love so powerful it transcends every obstacle.
When a terrible disaster strikes Elena and her sexy-spy are transported off world and find a passion so raw in will leave them both branded.
CROSSFIRE (STAR KINGDOM BOOK 4) by Lindsay Buroker
VS Note: Not a romance although I gather there may be a verrryyyy slow burn romance possible over the series? But I thoroughly enjoy her writing…
For the first time in his life, roboticist Casmir Dabrowski is headed to another star system as an advisor for the Kingdom space fleet. He’s being given a chance to prove himself to King Jager by helping find the ancient artifact he inadvertently lost. It’s best not to think about what might happen if he fails…
But with technologically advanced astroshamans after the artifact, not to mention the deadly mercenary captain Tenebris Rache, it’s not long before the mission collides with disaster.
Soon, Casmir and his friends are caught between warring factions, and he must choose between what the king would want and what he knows is right.
MERCENARY ROYAL: DEAD SUNS (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 6) by Shona Husk
Is it a rescue or a princess-napping?
Nyssa Leofric can’t marry the new head of Riel Industries. They trade in illegal weapons and he only wants her for her wealth and family name. When her parents insist, and unable to escape on her own, she arranges arranges her own kidnapping, hiring the mercenaries known as the Dead Suns.
Jessie Tabris believes in two things: getting the money up front and that people lie. He takes the job because Riel owes him credits. But when Nyssa’s ransom is paid, he finds himself in a bind. No one should be forced into a life they don’t want. But the Dead Suns are threatening to disavow him and his team if he doesn’t return Nyssa to Riel.
Now they must work together or they could both wind up as part of Riel’s next experiment.
THROUGH THE TEARS (TORN BETWEEN WORLDS BOOK 1) by Leigh M Lorien
Huge, horrid creatures with a taste for human flesh have been invading Seacliff Manor and its surrounding lands for years. Ghouls are coming from another world through portals made of magic. No one knows why or how, but nothing good ever comes with them.
During a hunting trip, Eamon encounters one such monster and falls through a portal into the ghoul’s hellacious desert home world. Separated from his home, his friends, and his lover, with no magic of his own and no sign of other life, Eamon expects to die there…until an encounter with a lone stranger gives him hope. There is a way home. But can Eamon survive alone in ghoul-infested terrain long enough to get there?
Worlds away, the Lord of Seacliff Manor is determined to bring Eamon home. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Rafe knows his human lover is alive. It’s just a matter of finding out where. To that end, Rafe has a plan. It’s dangerous, perhaps even suicidal, but he’ll do anything to save the man he loves.
From different sides of the galaxy, the lovers fight monsters and seek magic with one goal in mind: reunion. Monsters aren’t the only things they’ll have to defeat to find their way back to each other, and the horrors uncovered along the way may be more than they can handle.
WEDDING SEASON: A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE READS by Various including Marie Dry
VS Note: Here’s what Marie sent me regarding her scifi romance story in this anthology: “I have a short story in there about a time travelling Zyrgin…” Don’t miss it!
This summer, ROSA vows to have you falling in love all over again with ‘Wedding Season’, a collection of romance reads from the Romance writers Organisation of South Africa.
All proceeds go to the Athol Williams Read to Rise literacy charity and the ROSA Scholarship Fund.
ENEMY WITHIN (CHRONICLES OF THE EMPIRE BOOK 1) by Marcella Burnard
VS note: A re-release
Horrific torture in an alien prison torpedoed Captain Ari Idylle’s military career. Stripped of command and banished to her father’s scientific expedition to finish a PhD she doesn’t want, Ari refuses to fly a desk. She intends to have her command back by any means possible, until pirates commandeer her father’s ship, and she’s once again a prisoner. Perhaps this cunning captor isn’t what he pretends to be.
As far as Cullin Seaghdh is concerned, the same goes for Ari. Her past association with aliens puts her dead center in Cullin’s cross-hairs. If she hasn’t been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. He can’t afford the desire she fires within him. His mission comes first. He’ll stop at nothing, including her destruction, to uncover her true purpose and protect what is his.
SALVATION DAY by Kali Wallace
VS note: Not a romance. Scifi. I enjoyed the book although there was a bit too much emphasis on politics, especially toward the end, BUT that said, the plot kept me guessing for a long time and there were good twists and turns. A new release last week but I waited until I’d read it myself to list it here.
Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.
But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.
And then they woke it up.
ALIEN ALADDIN (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia
Since the Trilyn’s made their pact with the people of Earth, Prince Akrawn has been struggling to find his genetically compatible human mate while also dealing with distrust from his own brothers.
When an apparent misunderstanding makes Prince Akrawn public enemy number one, rather than face the legal ramifications on Earth or return to his home planet, he chooses to disappear into the streets of San Francisco, but the human authorities aren’t going to let him go that easily.
Brilliant SFPD Detective Catherine “Cat” O’Shea is tasked with tracking him down with the assistance of her AI. While Cat learns more about Akrawn and starts to believe he may not be responsible for the crime he’s accused of, she has no idea he’s using the same technology to spy on her and has become fascinated with the tenuous and beautiful woman.
Forced on the run together by a nefarious entity set on destroying them and gaining control over the Trilyn, can Akrawn and Cat see past all the reasons they may be wrong for each other to the truth of their destiny?
ROGUE’S MASK (ROGUE STAR BOOK 9) by Ava York
He doesn’t want me on this mission.
Thinks my skills are a waste of time.I’ll prove him wrong. I’m the only one who can get those files, and he knows it. When the agents of the Dominion are hot on our trail, I’ll have to trust him to see us through. And the man beneath the mask? Much more than I ever imagined.
TAMED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Tana Stone
Mandy was having a seriously crappy day.
And that was before she was snatched from Earth by bad-ass alien warriors in need of brides.
Taken to a high-tech space station designed to entice human women, LA socialite Mandy is anything but impressed. She’s not falling for their holographic fantasy suites, their promise of a dream wedding, or their gorgeous, brawny warriors. Especially not the abrasive, arrogant guy she’s been matched with.
The last thing Dorn wants is a mate. He craves battle and discipline, not a weak female.
As a Drexian commander tasked with defending his people from a menacing enemy, he has no desire for a frail human mate. Even if they are his species’ last chance for survival. Especially not one as spoiled as her.
But, unfortunately for Dorn, he has no choice. Not if he wants to get back to his battleship and save both Earth and the Drexian race from extinction.
DARK EVER AFTER: EVER ATER EMP SERIES BOOK 1 by M Merin
VS note: Of course being an apocalypse trope fiend, I one clicked this.
Shelby Hughes’ day is off to a rough start and it doesn’t seem like it will improve anytime soon. Sitting at work, in a nearly dark cube and hearing the panicked voices of her co-workers, Shelby wants to bang her head on her desk – her father has finally been proven right. Grabbing the go-bag from the bottom drawer of her file cabinet, she crosses to the windows, looking out across Seattle’s 5th Avenue. With the city at a standstill, she takes a moment to make a quick list:
Find a bike.
Find her son.
Get on the road.
Prepare to eat crow when she gets to her father’s house.
And pray like hell that her daughter makes it there.
In a world without electricity, Shelby is determined to do what she’s always done – make the best life for her children, no matter what stands in her way.
RADIO SILENCE (OFF THE GRID) by Alyssa Cole
VS note: A re-release.
Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the “off” switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family’s cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.
It turns out isolation doesn’t necessarily equal safety.
When scavengers attack, it’s John’s ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden’s life, so he can’t be all bad…but he’s also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren’t bloodthirsty maniacs.
No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?
APOKALYPSIS BOOK 2 by Kate Morris
VS Note: I went back and one clicked book #1.
Avery Andersson led a charmed life, even if she had seven siblings, still lived at home, had no love life (or much of a life at all), and was a homeschool kid growing up. She loved her simple life, though, and her parents, who were as devoted to their children as they were each other. As she bears witness to some strange occurrences all happening within the span of a few weeks, Avery begins to question everything she knew and how it was all changing so quickly. Meeting a dark and brooding soldier who saves her life only adds to the confusion she is spiraling into.
The sexy-cute blonde from the bar, the same one he’d saved from possibly being murdered by some random creep, was a homeschooled nerd from a family full of odd siblings and equally strange parents? And her mother was the therapist he was being forced by the Army to see at least once a week. Great. Combine that with her obvious distaste for him and clear disgust by his tattoos and Tristan knew enough to stay away from Avery Andersson for good.
However, their lives are about to intersect again and again as one tragedy after the other forces Tristan and Avery together in order to survive. As events escalate, the country begins to collapse and the night crawlers multiply by the hour, they will learn that fighting this out and sticking together is going to be their only answer.
THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE: A NOVEL by Kimi Eisele
VS Note: ok, this must be the week of the apocalyptic novels!
What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven, The Lightest Object in the Universe imagines what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down.
In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they’ll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. While Carson travels west, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct the kind of cooperative community that suggests the end could be, in fact, a bright beginning.
Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson find their way to each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the lovers.
NOAH’S ARK (CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK BOOK 0) by Vijaya Schartz
When Trixie’s starfreighter, Noah’s Ark, drops out of jump space in an uncharted part of the universe, she believes the Earth-like planet on her viewer represents hope and salvation for her motley crew and the ragtag settlers aboard her ship.
Kostas, ex Space Marine, the expert survivalist recruited for this expedition, doesn’t believe in coincidences, and knows that when something looks too good to be true, it usually is.
Everyone on this voyage to seed a new planet with life, is running from something, and harbors dangerous secrets… including Trixie, who vowed to never let a man control her life again. As for Kostas, he would get lynched on the spot if anyone suspected who he really is.
But on this seemingly abandoned planet, others are watching, herding them for evil purposes… And when the truth emerges and secrets unravel, Trixie and Kostas will have to fight for survival, for freedom, and for the right to love.
BLACK SKY MORNING (MEN+MACHINE 3) by Hanna Dare
A bounty hunter in over his head.Xin knows how to look out for himself, and he knows when something sounds too good to be true. But a forgotten planet filled with riches is too tempting to pass up. Fortunately Xin also knows someone who can back him up – if he doesn’t arrest Xin first.
A government agent who’s lost hope.Jonathan Gray used to believe in a better future. Now he’s not so sure. Then Xin walks in, with his dark eyes and maddening smirk, and Jonathan feels like he’s waking up for the first time in months. Well, parts of him at least. He knows Xin is trouble, but when trouble looks this good it’s impossible to resist.
Two men. One dangerous planet. To survive they need to trust each other – too bad neither of them does trust.
STOLEN DESIRE (PLANET OF DESIRE BOOK 3) by Robin Lovett
VS Note: Listed as erotica…
Koviye – My people call me the Sex God, but I, Koviye of the Fellamana, am so much more. I read their every desire and satisfy them with a mere touch of my hands. I’m sworn to share my powers, and this thing humans call monogamy is biologically impossible for me, or so I thought until I met the human, Jenie, Lieutenant General in the rebellion against our mutual enemy determined to destroy us. Now, as though Jenie has some power over me, I cannot think of touching anyone but her.
Jenie – I’ve dreamt of Koviye every night since I landed on this sex planet where every breath I take is an aphrodisiac to my blood. I am not fully human, I am part alien, and the planet has awakened my body’s instinct to find a mate. The next person I have sex with I will form an attachment for life, which is impossible for the Sex God. I have a rebellion to lead. Mating a polyamorous alien would ruin me. I can never have him, no matter how much I burn for him.
But I need his help. My best friend was taken prisoner by our enemies, the Ten Systems, and the only person with a ship fast enough to save her is Koviye. And all those dreams I’ve been having about him aren’t just dreams, he tells me. They’re real. He can dream walk, so if I can’t have him while I’m awake, at least I can have him in my dreams—as if that will ever be enough.
WRAPPED (TEAM EIGHT: ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Viola Grace
VS note: Not sure there’s romance but I enjoy her writing.
Brneary lived a life of luxury in preparation for responsibility. One night that should have been a celebration turns into national horror, and she is the sole survivor. Waking in the hospital when no one else even left remains behind, she grieves her family and then finds out that there have been… changes.
She is left with a huge corporation, a vast personal fortune, and a family of thieves and assassins who cling to her as the last of her line. They help her gain control over the gift that rises, and while learning, she finds out that her world is even more twisted than she had imagined.
Generating armour from anything she touches is not a skill that helps when personal betrayal hurts her worse than any projectile.
CAPTIVE OF THE WOLF PACK: A BONFIRE FALLS PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Liv Brywood and Aria Hunt
I’m in love with three wolf shifters who also happen to be my best friends. They don’t know how I feel, but I can’t keep this secret much longer. Our relationship is strictly forbidden. Witches and shifters don’t mix in my world. Falling in love with them would mean punishment by death, so I flee. My stepmother Lexus, High Priestess at Dark Magic Academy, is enraged by my disobedience. She’ll stop at nothing to get me back. She wants to control my magic, but she’ll never control my heart. It already belongs to three irresistible men.
Nyx, Remus, and Torak are my guys. I don’t care if we’re not meant to be together. There’s an undeniable connection between the four of us. I can’t ignore it anymore. Our love is dangerous, but it’s worth risking everything. War is coming to Bonfire Falls. There’s nothing I can do to stop it. Love is the strongest magic of all, but I don’t know if it will be enough to keep us safe.
FALLEN (HELLFIRE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Alice Wilde
All angels are offered a choice: attend the Celestial Academy or be cast out of Heaven. Until two hours ago, only one angel since the beginning of time has ever made the choice to leave. Today, I made that two.
No one warns you where you go after the fall. If I’d known, I can’t help but wonder if I’d still have made the same choice.
It turns out there’s another Academy, and in order to earn the right to freewill on Earth, I’m going to have to make it through an entirely different set of trials.
I traded angels for demons, among other things, and it’s obvious I am not one of them. Here, in the midst of the very worst Hell has to offer, I stand out like a light in the dark…and that isn’t a good thing. In just a few short hours, I’ve already drawn the unwanted attention of several of the more devilishly-handsome (is that a compliment here?) brutes…and they’ve made it abundantly clear that they don’t want me here.
If I want a chance at life on Earth, I need to graduate…but first, I’ll have to survive the Demigod Trifecta.
My name is Eden, and today is my first day at Hellfire Academy.
Today, I become one of The Fallen.
OWN TO OBTAIN (MYTH OF THE OMEGA BOOK 9) by Zoey Ellis
Kardos – Burning with disbelief, Kardos’ fury sets the entire known Lands alight.
He swears to reclaim what belongs to him, but discovers the true cost of trying to cage the beauty he loves to see fly.
Shaya – Shaya seeks the life she had, but she is no longer the Omega she once was.
Battling her heartache, she soon learns that to find her strength, she must stake a claim of her own.
ON WINGS OF PASSION (ON WINGS SAGA BOOK 2) by M D Grimm
Every story has a beginning….Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when the dragons have finished killing each other, the victors will search elsewhere for conquest… maybe even the Upper Realm.
Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are ambushed and captured by demons, and they bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.
But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.
SOULS AND SHADOWS BY Various
Face haunting new worlds filled with paranormal creatures and breathtaking romance. Journey with beautiful beasts, sexy-as-sin vampires, soul-searing demigods, shadowy necromancers, and unlikely heroes as they fall in love and battle for good in this collection of fantasy adventures.
Will they survive the shadow’s call?
There’s only one way to find out.
THE TOLL by Cherie Priest
VS note: Not a romance. Gothic horror, set in the South. I’m not usually a horror reader but I did enjoy this one. Very atmospheric and she makes you wonder how certain plots will work out. Some went the way I expected and some didn’t! A new release last week but I waited till I’d read it to list it here. The book has mixed reviews.
Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.
Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177.
NAUGHTY WOLF (ALPHA WOLVES WANT CURVES BOOK 2) by Aidy Award
Kosta Troika has to betray everything he believes in, if he’s going to save his pack. He’ll do whatever it takes. He never expected the sweet, sassy girl next door with curves he’s had a very naughty crush on for years would fight to save him.
HAVOC (RISE OF THE ILIRI BOOK 9) by Auryn Hadley
The world has waited a long time for the Kaisae—Salryc Luxx, leader of the iliri and commander of the allied forces. Kaisaes before her have died or gone mad. But now that they are so close to finally winning the war and finding peace for her species, either option is unthinkable! She’s still needed. The war is yet to be won, and now there’s a coup brewing at home in Anglia.
As Sal prepares for a crucial push into enemy territory, the biggest battle her country faces isn’t about destruction; it’s about the rebuilding that comes after. If they want this war to matter, their new citizens will need to remember what it means to be iliri: to make packs, have children, and find the remains of their culture. They’ll need to make a home, and do it together—all three species: iliri, graouri, and humans. Although Sal is battling personal issues almost as large as her military battles, like the fact that no Kaisaes live into a happy old age. They either die fighting—or they go insane.
The newest member of Sal’s pack, Ryali, has been recruited to research the creation of the iliri species in the hope of discovering the reason Kaisaes have historically lost touch with reality—and hopefully she can find a way to make sure it doesn’t happen to Sal. But she’ll need more than old books to help. Luckily, there’s an answer—and Sal’s newly-expanded four-mate harem is determined to save her. It looks like they’re going to need a much bigger tent.
A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 78: ORIGIN OF VAMPIRES by Bella Forrest
Amal and Amane have discovered something remarkable: the location of the protein which allows Derek to walk in the sun, even as a vampire.
Along with Tristan and Esme Vaughn, the grown-up grandchildren of Anna and Kyle, Derek and Sofia set out to learn more about the world from which the protein originates – and, most importantly, its residents.
On arrival, however, they encounter a new, yet mysteriously familiar species…one which may predate even the oldest vampire or Mara – and lead them to question everything they thought they knew.
FAITHLESS DREAMS: THE FATED WINGS SERIES BOOK 6 by C R Jane
Eva is being hunted. Whether it’s by her obsessive ex or a murderer stalking her through the streets of New York, there’s danger around every corner.
But she can survive it all as long as she has Damon, Mason, and Beckham…right?
When disaster strikes, and Eva is left all alone to pick up the pieces, Eva will have to discover what’s really inside of her. Can Eva discover who she is and unlock the keys to her past in time to save herself and the ones she loves? Or will the bond between Eva and her men be broken forever.
And when Eva discovers who she really is…will it actually set her free?
LEGACY (LUGHNASADH ELITE ACADEMY BOOK 4) by Layla Heart
The first day of the new academic year started pretty normal for Litha, between hanging out with the princes and Phoenix and going to her first class it all seemed perfectly simple, but it ended horrifically wrong with Litha, Kit and Rune locked in a room at the succubi cafe, surrounded by fae soldiers. As they broke free, Litha sacrificed herself to save the woman she’d always thought of as her grandma.
In the fallout after Litha’s magnificent magical attack, things become even more grim as Litha, Phoenix and the princes are surrounded by the rest of the fae army, who are now slowly closing in on them through the thick smoke. They can’t see the soldiers, but they can hear them come closer.
The five have to stand their ground, protect Litha and her grandma, and try not to get killed before backup reaches them. But when the fae soldiers reveal their new weapons, things get even more dicey. Will they make it out? And in what condition?
NORSEMEN ACADEMY : VIKING TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE by Skye MacKinnon
VS note: Previously published but this is evidently all the ‘episodes’ in one place.
Lainie never expected to be admitted to the prestigious Time Travel Academy.She never expected to study runes, ancient languages and meet real life Vikings.And she certainly didn’t expect to fall for her teacher… and a Viking… and a mysterious archivist.When a forbidden jump in time goes wrong, Lainie will have to draw on everything she’s learned to make her way back into the present – and into the arms of her men.
PORTALS by Savannah Verte
A banishment portal meant for one becomes a catalyst to destiny for seven brothers who pass through. Their journey takes them between worlds, time, and back again, revealing truths they were never supposed to uncover: everything they’ve believed for a millennia is false, they are pawns on someone else’s game board, and, they are all expendable. Between the world they know, and the ones they don’t are more portals, each with truths waiting to be revealed.
Can they turn the tables, reclaim their lives, reunite with their mates, and end the game? Or, will their world be lost forever before they can return?
Truth takes time…theirs is running out.
LET DOWN YOUR HAIR (GAY EVER AFTER BOOK 1) by L M Brown
VS note: A re-release.
When Prince Aiden sets out to rescue a princess, the last thing he expects to find is a cross-dressing artist named Robert. Can he set aside his fears and find the fairy tale ending he longs for?
In a world where fairy stories are historical fact, Prince Aiden is on a quest to find a princess to rescue and bring home as his bride. Deep in the Enchanted Forest, he finds Robert, a cross-dressing artist who lives alone in his tower. Mistaking him for a woman, Prince Aiden is determined to have Robert as his bride.
When the prince of his dreams shows up at Robert’s tower he is far from happy, especially when the handsome prince refuses to believe he is a man. Can he convince Prince Aiden to love him as the man he is, or is their happily ever after doomed from the start?
WAR (THE FOUR HORSEMEN BOOK 2) by Laura Thalassa
The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.
Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.
However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.
SHARDS OF FROST (MERCURY PACK SERIES BOOK 5) by Suzanne Wright
When had life stopped being so simple? Probably around the time that Casey Frost first agreed to pay off her drug addict brother’s debt to save him from a brutal beating. It soon became a “thing.” When the dealer—who’s also an Alpha shifter—demands she do something that goes against her very being, Casey decides enough is enough. It’s while she’s confronting the Alpha that he appears—Eli Axton, a ruthless wolf shifter with a dark reputation. When their eyes lock and the mating urge violently kicks in, she knows her world is about to change.
The last unmated male in his pack, Eli feels weary and alone. Seeing his friends so happy makes the Head Enforcer acutely feel the absence of his true mate. He wouldn’t have expected to find her in the parking lot of a shifter fight club, or for her to be such an unusual breed of shifter. Certain that the female enforcer belongs to him, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her. Not everyone is happy to see Casey mated, though. Soon danger is coming at them from different angles, threatening the life they’re trying to build. Their enemy needs to be eradicated fast. But how did you destroy an enemy when you weren’t sure who they were?
BEWITCH ME: RED VEIL DIARIES #5 by Marianne Morea
In the flesh, love.
Ah, well. There’s dead and then there’s dead-dead.
Lane Alden stared at the man she once loved. The same man she mourned and never really got over. Yet here he stood, outside the infamous backrooms of the Red Veil, the underground vampire club where blood and sex rule, and anything goes.But anything goes was a distraction she didn’t need. Especially not one that made her mouth water and her nether bits throb. She had a witch to find. A sister witch who went missing after taking a walk on the wild side. Finding a Dark Fae may have played a role in her friend’s disappearance, she can only wonder if the man she loved and lost was back in her life for the same reason. Coincidence? Not a chance.
TO SPELL WITH IT (A MOONSTONE BAY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Amanda M Lee
Hadley Hunter thinks she’s seen everything – okay, maybe not everything but a lot of things – but she’s never seen a cupid convention.
When her good friend Booker’s fellow cupids descend on Moonstone Bay, she thinks it’s going to be fun and games. Instead, it’s mayhem and mystery when a rash of suicides and attempted suicides hit random island residents.
That means it’s off to the races to solve another mystery.
Hadley has been doing a lot of thinking about her life. She wants a career, not a job. She also wants to uncover a murderer. Even though her boyfriend Galen tries to keep her out of the case, she’s bound and determined to be in the thick of things.
Galen’s fears come to fruition when something starts calling to Hadley in her dreams and he’s convinced whatever creature convinced the others to try to kill themselves is now after Hadley.
Between egocentric cupids who are at war with each other, a big mystery regarding the origin of some of Hadley’s favorite paranormal friends, and her own determination, Hadley isn’t giving up without answers.
She’s used to having magical backup at every turn. This time, she’s going to have to fight the ultimate battle alone.
Is she up to the challenge? She’d better be. Everyone she loves is in danger and she’s the only one who can save them.
It’s time to witch up … and she’s ready.
FINDING INFINITI (HAVENWOOD HALLS HIGH BOOK 23) by Rose Garcia
oe Greg has reunited with his soul mate Infiniti Clausman only to lose her in a cruel twist of fate. Separated by time and space—and a memory ward that has wiped him from her mind—he vows to do whatever he can to find her, but so far nothing has worked. Believing he’ll never be able to see her again, he starts losing all sense of himself. Worse than that, he can’t shake the growing feeling that Infiniti’s life is in danger…again.
Infiniti Clausman is trying to make the most of summer, but something isn’t quite right. She feels like she’s stuck, as if she can’t move on, as if she’s missing something or someone. She dismisses the sensation, calling it a case of the graduation blues, but when her psychic neighbor tells her about a quantum event that’s been happening since the Cold Moon last December, Infiniti can’t ignore the feelings any longer.
Soul mates separated. Memories forgotten. Time slipping. Joe must find Infiniti before it’s too late—or he might lose her again, this time for good.
DIABLE (DEMONICA ORIGINS BOOK 3) by Pelaam
When Slayer Henri and his Intermediary Sébastien are sent to Paris to deal with attacks by vampires, they find the truth is worse still.
They also find unexpected allies in a family of gargoyles who help protect mankind.
Paris is under attack by demonic forces and it will take the united talents of humans, gargoyles, and vampires if they are to be defeated.
Sébastien also finds that his mate is the last creature on earth he would have expected.
When the time to fight comes, can Sébastien survive, or will his life be forfeit in the depths of the dungeons of the infamous Cardinal Richelieu.
SHADOW’S HOWL (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 4) by Riley Storm
Academy-trained mage Jennifer Shaw is setting out to make things right. First stop is the hideout of the wolf shifter rebels, where she’s greeted by the most suspicious, untrusting, and downright gorgeous man she’s ever met. With the need to focus on her own mission, it’s only fair the universe assigns her the worst distraction possible as guide and guard. But she’s got a secret to fix, and even the hella-handsome hunk isn’t going to distract her.
After a betrayal that rocked him to his core, Liam Canis doesn’t trust anyone farther than he can throw a dragon. That includes the mage who appears out of thin air, claiming to be there to help the rebels finally defeat the Tyrant King and retake their home. Despite her gorgeous figure and insane attraction to his entire being, Liam isn’t going to let himself be dissuaded from finding out her real reason for being there.
Time is running out for the duo, as the forces loyal to the Tyrant King rush to reinforce the fortress at Moonshadow Manor. The two of them will have to learn to get along if they hope to bring down the defenses and lead the rebels to victory. Linden isn’t sure he can ever trust his gut again, no matter what it says about Jennifer and what she might mean to him. But only a mated pair will be able to save his friends, and fix a wrong she can’t ignore.
THE SURF OF TIME: CALLED BY A VIKING SERIES BOOK 4 by Mariah Stone
Los Angeles, 2019. Cathy is struggling to find the strength to be on her own. With her fiancé trapped in an irreversible coma, she surfs on his favorite beach unable to muster the conviction to turn off his life support. Suddenly flung centuries back in time, she’s horrified to land in the middle of a Viking war. But her heart nearly stops when she discovers a Norseman who looks exactly like her fiancé.
Wessex, England, 878 AD. Tortured by the death of his wife, Viking Andor Thornsson punishes himself by fighting countless battles. But when a gorgeous woman appears from nowhere and pulls him to safety during a losing skirmish, he fears extreme blood loss caused a hallucination. Behind deadly Anglo Saxon enemy lines, he reluctantly agrees to lead her to his stronghold under one condition: he’s not responsible for her fate.
But Andor can’t help falling for the curvy blonde even though she claims she must return to the future. And as they face bandits and hidden dangers together, Cathy wonders whether she’s attracted to the warrior himself or the stark reminder of what awaits back home.
Torn by painful memories and agonizing loss, can Cathy and Andor heal their broken hearts and make a timeless connection?
SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE, EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BOOK 1 by L Penelope
VS note: A re-release which author states has been ‘expanded’. New cover too.
The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.
All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk…until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar.
Through Jack, the spy, Jasminda learns that the Mantle is weakening, allowing people to slip through without notice. And even more troubling: Lagrimar is mobilizing, and if no one finds a way to restore the Mantle, it might be too late for Elsira. Their only hope lies in uncovering the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and Jasminda’s Earthsong is the key to unravel them.
Thrust into a hostile society and a world she doesn’t know, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil an ancient mystery that might offer salvation.
ACADEMY OF SIX (ORIGINS OF THE SIX SERIES BOOK 1) by A K Koonce and Aleera Anaya Ceres
Deadly monsters live in all of us.
The Academy of Six has just never seen a monster as terribly mundane as Izara Castillo. And that is a dangerous problem. She has four semesters to not only understand her supernatural abilities, but harness them as well.
Everything at the Academy is a disaster, from Interdimensional Travels through hell to the other hell they like to call Gym.
Bullies push her, test her, and simply try to kill her. A few broodingly protective roommates and a scary fake boyfriend could help. Or make her life impossibly harder.
Pretend to date the emotionally detached demon, they said. What’s the worst that could happen, they said.
It’s make or break within this prison of a school. If she succeeds, she’ll finally know what she’s capable of, who she truly is, and where she came from.
If she fails…she dies.
SACRIFICED TO THE BEAST by Jessa Kane
Someone has been terrorizing my small town—a huge, horrifying beast, to be exact. He won’t stop rampaging until the villagers sacrifice an innocent. Lucky me! I’m the chosen one. I’ve been tied to a tree in a wedding dress and left as an offering to the cruel ruler of the hills. But once the beast approaches, I glimpse the lonely human beneath the wild hair and mountainous body. Yes, he’s very much a man…a man who will stop at nothing to claim me as his mate.
MOUNTAIN WOLF’S NANNY: DADDY WOLVES OF THE WILD by Serena Meadows
Betrayal comes in a lot of different forms. The rejection of a mother. The loss of a wife. And at its worst, the abduction of a child. Nick’s heart has been torn and twisted so many times his chest is little more than a cavity of scar tissue.
Then, for the first time in years…a single, tiny pulse.
Nick’s fought long and hard to win back his little girl and give them both the life his late wife would have wanted. He hopes the new nanny, Maggie, will help bridge the chasm between them, and encourage the girl to see him as more than the monster she’s been raised to believe he is.
But Maggie has her own secrets, like the fact Nick sends heat rushing through her body each time she meets his eyes. Their chemistry is undeniable, but she can’t succumb to the attraction. Because if he knew the truth about her, she’d smash the last fractured pieces of his heart beyond all hope of repair.
PASSIONS AND PROTECTORS (BEAUTIFUL BEASTS ACADEMY BOOK 5) by Kim Faulks and Mila Young
There’s a murderer on the loose…and mortals are calling for a name to bring to justice.
A name that answers on behalf of the Ancient.
My name…Morwenna Livingstone.
My parents can’t reach me.
My best friend doesn’t even know where I’ve gone.
And as mortal deaths continue to plague Tricks City I’m called to stand before the tribunal of mortals and monsters and answer for the crime of conspiracy to murder.
Because I know who the real killer has been all this time.
I just couldn’t bring myself to face him.
And the end.
A SPELL FOR DEATH: ROSEWILDE ACADEMY OF MAGICAL ARTS by B C Palmer and Marie Robinson
My life turned upside down after the death of my godmother and I’ve traded science for sorcery. I never thought magic existed outside of books, but here I am at an elite academy for magical arts.
If it wasn’t for popular heartthrobs Isaac and Luke, I’d lose my mind. Their tutoring sessions teach me more than just magic. And my ridiculously hot roommate, Hunter? Well, I’m pretty sure he hates everyone—not just me. Oh, and he’s convinced my dead parents might have tried to trigger the apocalypse.
Turns out that he might be right. Magic is dangerous and I’m pretty sure it’s going to kill me—if the faculty doesn’t get me first.
Welcome to freshman year at Rosewilde Academy for Magical Arts—where secrets hide behind every door and rules are meant to be broken.
SEA DRAGON’S COMMAND: ROYAL DRAGON SHIFTERS OF MOROCCO #3 by Ava Ward
Layla Price’s magic has been unleashed. Set free during a confrontation with her enemy Hunter, her fury as the world’s most dangerous Dragon-shifter knows no bounds.
But her power is a grave risk to her friends, and as Layla trains with the uncompromising Royal Siren Reginald Durant to tame her magics, she struggles to master her ability.
When her mate Adrian is framed for murder, she must go undercover – risking her life in a dangerous game to draw out her nemesis.
And when she finds Hunter, will her magic be controlled enough to finally take him down?
Or will Reginald’s training fail her – leaving her powerless against her enemy?
HEAVEN’S FALL (PANDORAX ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Ember Hollis
All my life, my mom has let me down. Now she’s gone, and the dad I never thought I’d meet turns out to be an angel.
He’s the only family I have left, and he’s sent me to Pandorax Academy. A super-secret, super-magical, super dangerous academy for supernaturals like me.
Except that I’m the only one with angelic blood.
I thought I had a new start in life, but it all just gets harder when I meet Christian, Malek, Knox and Bane. Four drop-dead gorgeous guys who are dangerous as sin. But that’s not all. The strange powers they wield holds everyone in thrall, from vampires to werewolves to demons, and perhaps even… me.
They say there’s no place for an angel, even a half one, in Pandorax Academy. They’ll do everything they can to make me suffer. To drive me out. And together, I’m afraid they’ll crush me.
But I didn’t get this far to lose. I’ll do whatever it takes to stay. Even if it means I have to fall… perhaps I’ll take them with me.
CLAIMED BY THE DRAGON PRINCE (THE FATE OF THE DRAGONS SERIES) by Amelia Wilson
Abby doesn’t quite get life. She is a shy wallflower, but her life is about to take a wild turn as she meets two incredibly hot brothers Ty and Luc; with a huge secret that will transform her quiet little world into a real-life fairytale.
But the more Abby learns about them, the more she realizes her fate is directly tied to theirs. Will she be able to keep her heart despite Luc trying to win her over again? Or will Ty finally get the chance he has been waiting for?
NANNY TO THE BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Cynthia Wilde
Licensed childcare worker, Janet Noble, finds herself once again assigned to a family of shifters, this time a single father with two small children. As she is already on thin ice with her agency, she is hoping this quaint little town will offer the fresh start she needs. Little does she know as she struggles to navigate the rising steam between her and her new boss, that every step she takes is pulling her further into a web of dangerous secrets.
Between the demands of his work and being a single dad, Austin Bradford has had to admit he needs help. Hiring a nanny seemed like the only option which made sense. But even as the kids take to her he realizes the unforeseen attraction between them is becoming almost too much to bear. With danger swirling around the town that his pack are sworn to protect, the last thing he needs is another complication…
Thrust together by circumstance, and now united with the rest of the pack against rivals moving in on their town, can these two forge a bond that will last? And will it be strong enough to endure as long hidden secret that threatens to change everything?
WARRIOR MATE: BLOODLINE WARRIORS: SHADOW by L J Red
Ruggedly handsome and wickedly dangerous, Rune has spent his entire life as a warrior. First a Viking, then an immortal vampire. Fighting is all he knows. Until he meets her. His soulmate fated to be with him forever. Brigit is his total opposite: tiny and fragile. He burns to possess and protect her. The only problem is, she doesn’t want anything to do with him.
A tough, kick-ass policewoman, Brigit hates it when men judge her on her size and her looks. She’s spent her life keeping her city safe and she isn’t about to give that up just because the sinfully attractive vampire warrior tells her to. Sparks fly, and it’s going to take all Brigit’s control to hold back the raging desire that overwhelms her every time they meet.
Forced to work together as mysterious attacks spread across Chicago and a new threat gathers outside the city, can they find a way to overcome their differences and work together before it’s too late?
THE BEAR’S SECRET by Fay Walsh
Billy, a bear shifter in the Hoopole Bears Clan, has a dark secret. To everyone he appears like a carefree guy, but in reality he hides a dark secret. He wants to break free from his past, but his memories haunt him. Until he meets this newcomer and his façade comes tumbling down.
Nikki has returned to her hometown to help her parents. Everything is so familiar, and yet something strange is happening. When she meets Billy, she finds someone she can confide in. But what will she do when she discovers that everyone around her has secrets? Secrets that will challenge everything she thought she knew and even threaten her own life…
A bear desperate for a glimmer of hope will do anything to protect the person that makes him feel his way. But first, he will have to defeat his demons. Even if this means getting himself and his mate caught in a dangerous play of life and death.
WED BY PROXY (BRIDES OF KARADOK BOOK 1) by Alice Coldbreath
Thrice wedded, but never bedded, Mathilde Martindale has long lived in the shadow of her indomitable mother, and meekly done as she was told. Until one day she decides to become mistress of her own destiny and leave the royal court to find her own path.
Married by proxy, Lord Martindale has never even met his bride of three years. Wed as part of a peace treaty, he bitterly resents the mercenary wife who cares only for wealth and prestige. And then he meets her.
WAKING UP THE SUN by Laura Bailo
When Lander accepts a dare to go into the forest at night, he thinks it’ll be easy. He just needs to walk in and then come out, right? But that’s easier said than done. It’s like the trees have a mind of their own, and they are stopping him from finding his way back. There were always stories of people getting lost forever in the forest, but Lander had never considered they might be true.
Yban has been in the forest a long time and he knows it like no other—but he comes with his own secrets. He disappears every day, and he won’t tell Lander where he goes. But during the dark hours, Lander gets to know him and starts unwrapping the layers that surround him.
The fire that keeps them warm in the forest isn’t the only spark between them; will their growing relationship survive Lander’s determination to find the way out, or will Yban’s past mistakes keep them hidden in the forest forever?
DAWSK by Erhu Kome Yellow
Hardworking nurse Simisola Oladeji is unlucky in love.
When reclusive billionaire Aiden Essien walks into her life, she knows there will be no future with him and even more so when she stumbles upon his bloodthirsty secret.
She is safer reuniting with her long-lost boyfriend Femi, surely?
Caught between the two, trouble is never far away as she discovers some disturbing truths about her past life. A dark force is rising, and the messy trio is going to have to fight, together, to save lives.
MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE by Heather Webber
VS Note: Sounds good, put it on my TBR List.
Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.
It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.
As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.
RUN (BOOKS OF STONE BOOK 2) by B L Brunnemer
With Evelyn unconscious, it’s up to the rest of the team to keep Chicago from breaking out into chaos.
Witches, wolves, and vampires are at each other’s throats. Demons are slipping through the barrier and the dead are piling up. It’s up to Astrid and Ranulf to keep Chicago from erupting into war.
With Evelyn getting weaker by the hour, Falk and Rina race against time and magic to find the only way to save her. But the storm that got away from Evelyn has gotten larger, spreading across the united states grounding every flight. Will they make it in time to save her?
SKIN DEEP by Karen Chance
VS Note: A re-release
Lia de Croissets’s mother is a werewolf–but Lia can’t shift. Caught between the Human and the Were worlds, she has found a place for herself as a war mage, working to help solve magical crimes. But when her Were lover goes missing, Lia learns Weres are being killed for their skins. Now Lia and her magical, unpredictable dragon tattoo may be the only hope of finding him alive.
IN THE WOODS by Carrie Jones and Stephen E Wedel
VS Note: Not listed as a romance.
It should have been just another quiet night on the farm when Logan witnessed the attack, but it wasn’t. Something is in the woods.
Something deadly. Hundreds of miles away, Chrystal’s plans for summer in Manhattan are abruptly upended when her dad reads tabloid coverage of some kind of grisly incident in Oklahoma. When they arrive to investigate, they find a witness: a surprisingly good-looking farm boy. As townsfolk start disappearing and the attacks get ever closer, Logan and Chrystal will have to find out the truth about whatever’s hiding in the woods…before they become targets themselves.
INDIGO RAIN (PHOENIX INTELLIGENCE AGENCY bOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw
Kalina Erutan does not save anyone. She is usually sent to eliminate the problems. The way she does it is by her own choosing. As an Assassin Agent for the Phoenix Intelligence Agency she lives by a special code of honor. The latest case she takes brings her face to face with her destiny, past and her possible future. Being an Amazonian Warrior she knows what is needed in any battle. Yet this time a wrong decision can mean the end of humanity and all the dimensions beyond.
Ryne Garon is known as the ghost. The most fearsome Assassin Agent until he left and became the co-division head of the tracker unit. His powers as a firebird have saved him and others. Yet when he is faced with the woman who is his destiny, he loses all control. No one will stand in his way to claim Kalina Erutan as his own. Not even her aversion to his people. Them being paired together to find the most precious of artifacts that can bring on Armageddon tests all he believes and desires.
THE NEED by Helen Phillips
VS Note: Saw this recommended in OprahMAG. Wildly mixed reviews – is it a psychological thriller or scifi – an ambiguous ending, some say. Not a romance. It’s on my TBR list because it all sounds intriguing, but way down there.
When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do, she knows.
But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement.
Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.
BLOOD IN THE SHADOWS (LEGACY BOOK 1) by Allyson Lindt
She Loves. She Dies. She is Reborn.
Odin cursed this Valkyrie to that fate. She just hasn’t remembered yet.
With each life she should live long enough to recall her past and become a fierce warrior, accompanying the souls of her equals to the afterlife. But someone keeps killing her before she gets that far.
The immortal men she’s loved throughout history have joined forces to find and save her, before her life is once again abruptly ended. But recruiting and seducing an assassin of her caliber, trained to trust no one, and to be one with the shadows, is no easy task.
If they don’t help her remember before death finds her again, the least of her concerns will be if she gets another chance at life.All of humanity’s future hangs in the balance.
TRIAL BY FAE (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE DARK FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall
To the world, I’m a demon slayer. I lead a simple life slaughtering monsters, and as long as no one learns that I’m descended from a forbidden line of Dragon Bloods, I can keep my job and my life.
But when a powerful Fae king realizes I’m his fated mate, I’ve got problems. Especially since A), he hates me and B), he learns my secret, and it puts my whole life at risk. I want to kill my mate.
The stars align when my employers send me to the Fae kingdom as an undercover agent. My real goal? Investigate the king for the murder of hundreds.
But the king only has eyes only for me, even when I’m in disguise. He senses that I’m his mate, and our attraction is off the charts. No matter how much we mistrust each other, we can’t stay apart. And when he realizes what I’m up to? There will be hell to pay. That is, if I survive.
VS: This week’s highlighted item from me is the Pets In Space 4 FREE Reader Magnet, containing NEW & EXCLUSIVE short stories from
* S.E. Smith, Lords of Kassis series
* Anna Hackett, Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone
* Tiffany Roberts, The Kraken series
* Veronica Scott, Star Cruise series
* Pauline Baird Jones, Project Enterprise series
* Donna McDonald, My Crazy Alien Romance series
* Cassandra Chandler, The Department of Homeworld Security series, and
* Alexis Glynn Latner
Plus preview chapters from their stories in the upcoming Pets In Space 4 anthology (which releases October 8th): Laurie A. Green, Regine Abel, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, and Kyndra Hatch! Finish off this fabulous Sampler with gorgeous alien artwork from Tiffany Roberts.
Here’s the link to the Reader Magnet page, scroll down once you arrive there to get the Magnet for FREE.
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. And I may mention ‘special items’.
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.