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).
CAVAS (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 5) by Laurann Dohner
VS Note: Always a good week when there’s a new book from Laurann!
Career military man Cavas Vellar has joined his older brother, Cathian, aboard The Vorge for one purpose—to rescue their youngest littermate. Their father has resorted to having him kidnapped to hide one of his most vile secrets. They need to go down onto a planet full of criminals, find Crath, and rescue him. This mission is the most important one Cavas has ever led.
Jill was betrayed when Earth sold her into alien slavery. She owes her life to Cavas and the Vorge crew for taking her out of a cell and to their ship. When she learns why they were on that planet to begin with…she feels it’s her duty to help them find their missing brother. Even if it means losing her recently gained freedom.
One determined alien on a mission. One woman who notices how sexy he is. This is their story.
THE ROGUE CAPTAIN (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 6) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard
I’m the master of my world. A ruler from the skies of a lost planet. The ship captain who watches from above. Until an alien invades my heart and everything changes. She’s from another world and doesn’t want saving, for she’s on a quest of her own. Feisty and fiery, she burns bright like the sun. I crave to capture her and keep her. To hold the sparkling female in my arms forever, uncaring if I get burned.
A chance mission given by my commander has us sequestered on the Mayvina all alone.
I only have a few solars to prove to her how good we can be together. It’s simple to me: handsome mort plus lovely alien equals mates forever. Right? Wrong. Nothing I say or do has an effect. She’s as stubborn as I am good looking. She’s the one thing I can’t control. A star shooting across the sky, never meant to be caught. But I will catch her heart. It’s written in the stars. We can be more than a space fling. We can be everything. I just have to convince her first.
FEVER (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 4) by Milana Jacks
The Fever Hordesman sits outside my house, wailing punny lyrics while beating a rock rhythm on his armor, and I’m late for work. My Omega heat’s coming on early, throwing a monkey wrench into my single-minded plan to ignore his single-minded quest to mate me. I have to admit—privately—his strong jaw, full mouth, and a scent that can send over a dozen Omegas into heat, make my girly bits quiver. Just a little.
When the Swarm approaches me with an offer I can’t refuse, keeping Sotay at arm’s length is no longer an option. He’s got something the Swarm wants. If I don’t do as they say, they’ll kill my mom. Once our passion ignites, there’s no putting it out. Except, I’m forced to betray him.
HER ALIEN BEAST by Sue Lyndon
The little human has awakened my mating instincts. I don’t think I can be gentle. My blood heats to feverish levels whenever I look upon the pretty human female called Amira. I burn with the need to claim her, body and soul, to sink my teeth into her and mark her as mine forever. But we come from different worlds and she was promised to another long ago, a male she is desperate to escape. I’ve promised to keep her safe and help her avoid the forced marriage, but can I protect her from myself? My blood keeps getting hotter, the urge to hold her down and claim her as my mate becoming stronger by the day. Eventually, I’ll give in to the dark passions coursing through my veins. The Kaxxloran mating urge is coming upon me. It’s only a matter of time until I lose all control.
PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: LUNA (TUSCANY BAY’S PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES BOOK 2) by Various including Bokerah Brumley
VS Note: Not romance but a scifi release of interest…seems like quite a mix.
These are the tales of the orb that lights our night sky and drives the tides of our oceans. The bright companion that orbits our planet, invades our dreams and drives us mad.
ALIEN MINE by A C Tamsin and J C Brielle
Extraterrestrials do exist. To discover alien life was the sole reason Jace Tanner trained to work on GBT’s space station. Only he never expected to find out like this—waking up to one lurking on his bed. Nor did he expect to be so drawn to her. All Vai needed was his DNA. That’s the way it’s always been. A necessity during missions. A gentle exchange. But her experience with this human called Jace has proven anything but typical. Her first contact with a human should not have been like this.
Then again, nothing about her mission has gone as planned. Hostile threats, unforeseen setbacks, innocent bystanders pulled into the fray. And now a secret war wages deep within her heart. Jace. Her valiant human. All that she never knew she wanted. And the very last person in the cosmos she can afford to get attached to. But as an outside menace looms, an otherworldly energy between them emerges—one with bold, unrelenting power and a mind of its own. Now two adversaries face them, but have they the strength to battle both? Their lives, and the fate of the station, might very well depend on it.
THE REBEL’S MATE (THE BLUE SOLACE BOOK 7) by C W Gray
Finn Sterling is still adjusting to becoming the lieutenant of the blue fleet of Charybdis Station. As an orphan on Cardinal Hold, he never imagined he would have a position of authority as an adult and the trust his friends put in him makes failure impossible. When he is given the monumental task to find a large number of missing Vextonians, he’ll take all the help he can get. When Finn’s journey brings him to his mate, he discovers that finding the missing is only one part of the quest ahead of him.
Aiden Crow has spent the last year consumed with grief and his search for vengeance. When he meets Finn, he knows instantly that the man is his mate, but what could he possibly offer the beautiful, smiling Cardinal? As the search for the missing draw the two men together, Crow realizes that the greatest risk he faces is losing his heart.
Crow and Finn must work together to gather information so they can find the innocent before they are lost forever.
YCE (CAPTURED BY ALIENS BOOK 3) by A G Wilde
When she’d left the gym to head home for a quiet night, the last thing she’d expected was to be abducted by aliens to then be thrown into a fight for life and survival aboard an alien slave ship. Now that chapter is over and there’s another obstacle in her way—surviving on a desert planet where everything lives to kill…all the while dealing with him…Yce. The alien she’s stuck with. He’s otherworldly, strange, and absolutely confusing. She hates him and the feeling seems to be mutual. Problem is, they are stuck in each other’s company until they reach the outpost to send a message for help. Aliens are the reason she’s in this predicament and Yce is probably no better than her captors… Except he is…he is very different…and that’s something not even hate can ignore.
MEM (ALIEN ACQUISITIONS BOOK 1) by Misha Adrik
Abel Bancroft is an Interstellar MI6 assassin who doesn’t do relationships. He is perfectly content playing at his favorite BDSM club and picking up random hookups to fill his nights. When he’s asked to play babysitter to a bio-engineered super-human, he knows his carefully ordered life is about to be thoroughly interrupted.
Humans fear the Reapers and Mem has known it his entire life. Raised in a facility on the barren moon of Arethea outside the orbit of Era 3, freedom is only a word that he knows exists in the dictionary. New London is supposed to be his opportunity to have a life, so long as he can put up with the arrogant, sexy agent assigned to watch him.
If the missions don’t get them into trouble, the sparks between them definitely will. Being perfectly matched by the MI6 wasn’t supposed to lead to the two of them crashing into bed together but sometimes falling together is the only way to keep from falling apart.
CAVE ALIEN (ANCIENT EARTH ALIENS) by Loki Renard
I was left as a sacrifice. The alien in the cave will claim me. I am Tres. As the sun rises on the last day of my life, I am painted with the hands of the ancestors and sent to starve in the dying cave. But I am not alone in this cavern of bones. A powerful alien finds me. Frees me. And he claims me for his own. Stranded far from the future, Vulcan does not understand that my death is foretold. I was born to be the bride of the fiery mountain, not the possession of a rough alien. I know better than to fight fate, but he is too fierce a warrior to relinquish me. What gods will he anger by denying me to them? What laws of nature will be broken in his quest to keep me for himself? I’m afraid I know the answer:
All of them.
CHEVEPAK’S CHERISHED (THE QUASAR LINEAGE BOOK 11) by Pearl Tate
VS Note: From December.
Chevepak – I hate my mating marks, and I’m probably the first male to feel this way. I’m a straight-laced historian who learned their lesson growing up. Never go against the family unit. Always back up and defer to your female lead. But now, I’m helping abused males get off Quasar and away from their Ermadas. If I’m found out, I’ll be ostracized by the twelve other males who share Councilor Vina’s home with me. To complicate matters even more, the mating marks develop on my chest, and there’s no way to hide them! Between avoiding my Ermada and suppling food to my fugitives, I’m rescued from an awkward situation when I’m summoned to speak with the Sacred Mother. She promises unity with a new program I’m qualified to lead in. But will this mean I’m helping end the matings? And sensing my mate getting closer, do I want to?
April – Lying in a pool of blood on my kitchen floor, I gave up. I’d had enough of my life and wasn’t interested in even bothering to try and answer my door for the medical help I needed to survive. Working at the corner fast food joint, I don’t have much I’ll miss. My latest boyfriend is responsible for my current state, but I’m sure he didn’t stop to consider my hemophilia when he knocked me around. So when I’m approached and offered an important mission, a purpose that could help thousands of people lead a better life, I’m intrigued—especially when it also comes with a mate. Someone who’s not only going to heal my body and want only me, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
PARALLAX (SCAR FORCE DELTA FACTION BOOK 2) by Gaja J Kos
Collared and chipped like a dog, Cairo has no choice but to fly under Salvatore’s command and feed SCAR Force the data they want. A situation made worse when she starts seeing the Adamatine’s crew as people, not mindless puppets easy to hate. Cairo knows blaming innocents for SCAR Force’s crimes is wrong. But acknowledging her growing affection for the team is dangerous. Especially when the instinct driving her to protect their lives puts her own at risk.
STRANGEWAYS by Addison Cain
One moment I was leaving work, the next I was entertaining a silvery-green alien intent on knowing me fully. Their invasion of our world nonviolent, seamless. They dress as human men, eat in human restaurants, vote, pay taxes, and are controlling every last one of us. I don’t understand how no one else can see what I see? That their beauty is a trap.
They have come here for women, intent on creating life partners—through seduction, mental manipulation, employing muscular bodies capable of fulfilling any female desire. Shaping themselves to our wants. Until we’ve each been claimed, marked, and changed. Assimilated. We don’t have a choice. They can make us like it. They can make us desire them. They can make us do anything they want.
3013: SPELLBOUND A NOVELLA (THE 3013 SERIES) by Kali Argent
Agreeing to live on Earth with his sister might have been the biggest mistake of Sentry Xi Moonmist’s very long life. Far away from his home world, he has no duties to perform, no job to do. He has no purpose. Worse, his magic is fading, turning against him, and even the smallest of spells has unpredictable consequences.
Everything changed for Cynda Vargas the day her fathers died. Left alone with a jealous mother and two spoiled sisters, she’s known nothing but loneliness and neglect for years. An infertile human female, rejected from the Academy, an embarrassment to her family, she has no time to dream when she’s simply trying to survive. The path to happily-ever-after isn’t an easy one, but when fate brings these two lost souls together, all it takes is one kiss and a little magic to leave them both completely spellbound.
ALIEN SAVAGE’S STOLEN BRIDE (DRACONIAN WARRIORS BOO 7) by Juno Wells
Rebecca – While fleeing a dying Earth I’ve endured cold, hunger and thirst. The one bright spot in my nightmare is my friend and fellow red-head, Willow. I’ve never had a friend like her before, one who I’d do anything for and she’d do the same for me. We’re traveling to the Draconian home-world to accept an offer of sanctuary. Of course nothing in the universe is free. The price doesn’t seem so bad, pick out a Draconian male to be your mate. It’s better than starving to death, right? When we get to their planet the task seems like it should be easy. There are lots of warriors and every one of them is obsessed with us. They call us the fiery-haired queens and make a big deal of us. It’s not going too bad until one day Willow disappears. I’m not going to let her go. I’ll do whatever it takes to find her. Even go with a primitive, scarred Draconian warrior who’d be my last choice of mates. Except he knows where she is and without him, there’s no hope.
Argon – I’m of the old blood. There is less humanoid mixed into my native dragon blood. The human queens tend to turn away from me. They mistake my high-strung manner for feral aggression. I’ve resigned myself to not having a queen of my own. I’m exiled from the city because of my aggressiveness, but still I love its beauty…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE ARCAV GUARD’S FEMALE (ARCAV INVASION BOOK 8) by Hope Hart
After being abducted by aliens and rescued by the Arcav, all Peyton wants is revenge. Well, that, and a trip straight back home to Earth where she belongs. She’s not interested in the handsome Arcav Guard who stares at her so intently. Even if he does make her wish she’d met him before her captivity. When the Arcav King offers her a deal, Peyton knows she has to accept. Six months in Arcavia, one date a week with Vazta, and the revenge she needs so she can move on. Vazta wants nothing more than to remove the shadows in his mate’s eyes. When she insists on finding the alien who tormented her for so long, he promises to keep her safe… no matter the cost. But with evil approaching from all sides, will Peyton be able to achieve her revenge? And can Vazta protect his mate? Or will their differences tear them apart?
RESTRAINING TARA’S LOVE (THE LAWS OF LOVE BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio
Tara Yoo was surrounded by many who didn’t trust her because of the color of her skin, and that was scary enough on a day-to-day level. But what was worse was wondering if the three men that were her mates could see past the color of her skin and the fact she, too was alien, and truly love her for herself?
THE RESCUE (TIZUN BOOK 2) by Hannah Davenport
This is book 2/2 and picks up where book 1 ends. It is highly suggested that you read book 1, Falling for the Alien Prince, first. I married an alien and everything was going great until I heard the dreaded word: Rescue. Murda’s people were coming to rescue him, them—us! Us—because I married a freak’n alien! How could I possibly leave Jenna and the kids? Be the only human in space and on Tizunai? If only I hadn’t fell in love with Murda. But I did. I had to go…I wish he had told me beforehand that I would have to fight for my place at his side. Literally! At least I had my secret weapon to give me a huge advantage, which I desperately needed.
LOVE IN THE AIRSHIP: A SASS AND STEAM NOVELETTE by Catherine Stein
Things to remember when fleeing your own wedding: – mechanical serpents could lead you astray – accidental kidnappings always involve the former boy-next-door – sky pirates hold grudges – sometimes all love needs is a second chance – Happily Ever After. Guaranteed. Fleeing a wedding to a man she doesn’t love, Euphemia “Effie” Werrington stows away on an airship, only to discover the ship’s owner is the love who left her years before. Charlie Wilson has been through a lot in the years since Effie’s family sent him away, but despite his new piratical appearance, his heart remains as devoted as ever to the woman he left behind. Pirates roam the skies and an angry family is hot on their tail, but the road to true love is never without a few bumps. Let romance take flight!
DYING FOR RAIN (THE RAIN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by BB Easton
What could be worse than knowing the exact day the world is going to end? Waking up to find out that it didn’t. The post–April 23 world is a lawless, senseless, ruthless place, but it’s not loveless. At least, not for Rain and Wes. But when the government begins holding daily televised executions as a demonstration of their power, that love is put to the ultimate test. Will Rain sacrifice one life to save the others? Or sacrifice the others to save the one?
BANE: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS #2 by Tasha Black
Kelly McDermott has always wanted to own a book & bake shop. Her dream has come true, except that the business across the street is decimating her customer base. If it weren’t for the generous monthly rent payment from her handsome new tenant and his adorable little boy, she might be in real trouble. But Kelly is determined to turn things around.
Bane has just reinvented his whole life in the charming town of Tarker’s Hollow. Between trips to and from pre-school with his sweet toddler, Ollie, and his freelance writing career, Bane should have his hands full. But it’s all too easy to get distracted with his delicious landlady around.
When an unlucky tumble takes Kelly off her feet, Bane and little Ollie step in to help with the cafe. But while Kelly is on the mend, she starts to have her suspicions about some shady activity across the street. Can she resist the call of Bane’s animal magnetism long enough to solve the mystery, or is it just her imagination getting the best of her?
WICKED BITE: A NIGHT REBEL NOVEL by Jeaniene Frost
Some promises are meant to be broken…Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.
Some vows are forever…Ian’s memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn’t about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind—and his soul.
OUT OF THE DARK (SHADOW AGENTS. PSY-OPS BOOK 4) by Mandy M Roth
When the government approached Wheeler Summerbee with an opportunity to help serve his country at an even deeper level, he jumped at the chance. Little did he know he’d end up a creature of the night with a thirst for blood or that he had ties to gargoyles. Heck, he didn’t even know gargoyles and vampires were real prior to the Immortal Ops genetic testing he endured. And he surely didn’t know he’d end up a fugitive, on the run from his own government, or to be turned to stone.
SIX MONTHS WITH CERBERUS by Naomi Lucas
Cyane was delivered as a newborn to an orphanage with nothing but a cryptic note from her parents to come to Sicily for an obscure celebration on her twenty-fourth birthday.
Years later, desperate to get to the festival on time to finally meet her parents, she’s tricked and dragged under the Ionian sea. Confused, fighting for her life, and near death she’s pulled from the water by a man. An ancient Greek warrior with frighteningly animalistic eyes.
Cerberus, son of the dragon Typhon, hundred-headed hound to Hades, Gatekeeper to the Underworld, Watcher of all the souls in Styx, and first shifter, senses an unauthorized mortal in Hades’s domain. And when that mortal tries to escape, he does what he’s always done best—stops them. What he doesn’t expect is a beautiful human woman cowering beneath his blade. When she begs for his help to leave Hades’s realm, his loyalties are tested unlike never before.
VENDETTA ROAD (TORPEDO INK BOOK 3) by Christine Feehan
Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.
After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.
High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.
THE FRACTURED SOUL (DRAGON SAGA BOOK 4) by Nicolette Andrews
Fate demands a sacrifice. Can they escape it or will the red thread of fate strangle them all? For the first time in her life, Suzume has begun to open her heart. With Kaito and her friends at her side, she knows they’ll conquer the darkness together. All that is left is to find the last soul fragment. What she hadn’t planned for was finding Kazue’s reincarnation…
The return of Kaito’s former lover puts a wedge between Suzume and Kaito, as they both face danger that threatens to pull them apart for good. While Suzume’s family is in Hisato’s clutches at the palace, Kaito’s enemies are trying to take away his newly reformed kingdom. With Hisato’s grip tightening on Akatsuki and his influence reaching farther, time is running short. If they have any hope to defeat him, it will be during the lunar eclipse in a month’s time.
As anarchy consumes Akatsuki, their last hope lies in the flames burning in Suzume’s heart. To seal Hisato away, Suzume and the other soul fragments must be able to resonate together. But Suzume’s distrust of Kazue is getting in the way. Can they learn to work together in time before the world is devoured by night, or will Hisato triumph?
BLOOD BOUND: A LOWRANCE VAMPIRES NOVEL by R J Blain
After waking in a shallow grave and clawing her way to freedom, Penelope Francis hunts for the rogue who stole her life and transformed her into a vampire. Despite being corrupted into a feared preternatural, she clings to her humanity and refuses to prey on innocents, instead slaking her thirst on other miscreant vampires. In exchange for a chance at revenge, she joins forces with the charismatic master of the Lowrance brood, a choice that may spell the salvation—or destruction—of humanity as she knows it.
AS WICKED AS THEY COME (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA: ACADEMY OF ENCHANTMENTS AND WITCHCRAFT BOOK 6) by Emma Dean
“We can only hide for so long, sister, before we either become nothing, or choose to rejoin the living.” Mika Marshall is back at the University of Morgana. It is her first fall semester, her first Homecoming and Samhain on Morgana’s Island. So much is the same her first day and yet…so much is different. She is no longer the girl who couldn’t do basic magic, but she’s losing control – she’s finding it difficult to rejoin the living after what she had to do to win the challenge. Claire refused to yield and Mika had to take her life to stay alive. Now she has to figure out how to live again, as Matriarch of nothing. She has to find a way to free the Morrigan and find her place in the world. Mika can no longer ignore what she is, or what she can do. She needs to embrace the chaos.
FALLEN: ANGEL ROMANCE (DARK ANGEL BOOK 3) by M L Guida
His wings have been stripped…To get them back, he must repent But he’s got other plans…He just never knew it would include a spicy mate…She holds the key to his heart…But if she discovers his crime, will she throw it away? She’s a nurse with a heavy burden…Her family has been torn apart…And it’s all her fault…And now she has a handsome patient who tests her patience…She doesn’t have time for romance All she wants to do is heal her family…But her patient’s kiss leaves her unrattled…But evil is on its away.
THE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 4 (THE EBUROSI CHRONICLES 11) by R A Steffan
We ran away, but it didn’t solve our problems. Now, we’re going back to fight for Aristede. And oh, yeah—there’s also the small matter of toppling Rayth’s corrupt younger brother from the Utrean throne, so we can remove the bounty on our dragons’ heads. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
As the king’s eldest son, Rayth grew up expecting to rule. Instead, he ended up disgraced and exiled. When he unknowingly stumbled upon the last five dragon eggs in existence, using the creatures to take back his crown was the last thing on his mind. All that changed after Rayth’s brother Oblisii murdered their father and stole the kingship. With that fateful blow, what started out as a simple rescue mission to find our lost comrade has become something much more.
We won’t be safe until Oblisii is dead, and dragons are once more protected in the land of Utrea. To make that happen, we’ll have to risk everything in a desperate gamble to control the throne.
In the end, I just want my family back. I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
DARK SPY’S MISSION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS BOOK 36) by I T Lucas
Jin’s first spying mission is supposed to be easy. Walk into the club, touch Kalugal to tether her consciousness to him, and walk out. Except, they should have known better.
MAGICK AND MISCHIEF (WARLOCKS MCGREGOR BOOK 7) by Michelle M Pillow
Kenneth doesn’t have room for anything in his life beyond his responsibilities as an immortal warlock and a father. Being a single dad is difficult, especially when that toddler is more powerful than his entire magickal family combined. Standing against forces who want nothing more than to harness his daughter’s power takes focus, dedication, and the willingness to put his life on hold. So when the mysterious yet beautiful Andrea appears on his doorstep, he can’t help but distrust her.
For two years, Andrea Breaux has been running from a dangerous supernatural force. She’s learned to stay on the move, to never allow grass to grow under her feet, and to be suspicious of everyone and everything. When she finds herself in a house surrounded by magicks and a powerful child who would rather she not leave, Andrea isn’t sure what to do or if she even wants to go. But staying puts everyone at risk, especially the Scottish hottie in a kilt, Kenneth MacGregor.
DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores
Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten. Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there. DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies. To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.
HIGHFIRE: A NOVEL by Eoin Colfer
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…
In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?
A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.
Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?
The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.
VOICE OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 3) by Elle Beaumont
Prince Ruari, spare heir to the throne of Selith, knows his kingdom needs magic to survive. But when his brother Loch, the crowned prince, makes a rash decision during a crisis, magic is soon banned. When the Kraken breaks free from his bindings, and threatens the merfolk, Ruari knows what he must do in order for the kingdom to have a fighting chance. He must bridge the divide between magic users and those without magic.
THE ENCHANTER’S HEART: THE ELLWOOD CHRONICLES BOOK 4 by Michele Notaro
The long-lost magic brings doom… We’ve been living in the shadow of the enchanter prophecy since my magic was released, and it seems that the darkness is finally closing in. There’s chaos everywhere; Brinnswick has become a war zone. The human and magical communities are doing everything in their power to save us, but it isn’t enough. Our enemies are countless and more powerful than anything we’ve ever seen.
The country has been in turmoil since the berserkers awakened an evil power, and somehow, my magic is connected to it. Ailin doesn’t know yet that the last time this magic was released in our realm, my ancestors sacrificed one of their own in order to keep the evil at bay. I have no doubt that he would burn the world around us in order to save me, but what if my sacrifice could save the world? I don’t want to leave him—he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me—but if my death can guarantee his life, and the lives of our coven, then I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.
APOCALYPSE BATTLEFIELD (THE POWER OF TWELVE BOOK 5) by Miranda Martin
We lost her. We failed. Betrayed by one of our own. The world already ended once, but none of us were prepared for what happened. We have to carry on, somehow, because even though we lost, the fate of the world still hangs in the balance. This is it. The final battle, our last showdown with the Shadow and everything is on the line. Including our lives and the souls of everyone on Earth. Yet in this, our darkest hour, hope exists. Her bond with the Twelve. We go to battle and win or lose, we’ll do it together.
RAFFLE OF THE HEART (HOT HEARTS CAFE BOOK 9) by Trinity Blacio
Miguel Sanchez was not happy at all being stuck at a Valentine’s Festival let alone being entered by someone in some stupid raffle of the heart contest. But when he sees his prize all anger is gone, replaced by the need to get to know the little witch that was holding the contest.
Tally Sandman had come to help run a booth, she was not supposed to be a prize in some hearts contest, but it would seem she was another victim of the dead Venus Wood, Moonbeam’s grandmother. I mean how could the ghost woman pick a car-sale manager for her, an alien one at that?
SILVERFALL (RAVEN CURSED BOOK 2) by McKenzie Hunter
Magic—a gift or a curse? For me, it’s both. My magic has always caused problems, but this time it might cause a war. While helping me try to remove my curse, my best friend performs an illegal spell. The result? A powerful supernatural is unleashed, seeking revenge on the shifters and the fae. He’s wreaking havoc, and everyone wants to know who let him out. It’s getting harder to rein in the chaos because the spell also revealed what I truly am. Suddenly, being Raven Cursed doesn’t seem so bad. I’ve drawn the attention of Mephisto, a mysterious fae, and a god. And now, saving my best friend’s life isn’t my only problem.
SINLESS DEMONS (THE MONSTERS AND MISERIES SERIES BOOK 2) by A K Koonce
There’s hate and there’s hostility. And then, there’s family. Maybe they’re all one in the same. I’m surrounded by the very people I vowed revenge upon. Instead of lashing out with sharp blades and knives, I’m stuck buying my time. I need the Shadow Guard’s help if I’m going to save my demon mates from the claws of my enemies. The Shadow Guard are just like myself. They’re made entirely from secrets, lies, and deadly dark magic and now it’s all spreading around us like wildfire. Nothing about vengeance is ever easy though. The chaos that surrounds me, it’s like coming home. And my kingdom of a home, it’s all about to come crashing down.
THE COURT OF MORTALS (STARIEL BOOK 3) by A J Lancaster
VS Note: Recommended by Reader Barbara T
Marrying your fae prince shouldn’t be this hard. Hetta’s family now know Wyn’s true identity, but that doesn’t mean they approve of their relationship. Princes are all very well – but Wyn’s not human, for all he’s spent ten years pretending to be.
With gossip spreading like wildfire, Hetta and Wyn receive a royal summons. The Queen of Prydein has heard the rumours of fae intruders, and she’s not letting Wyn go until she’s satisfied he and his people aren’t a threat. Convincing her would be a lot easier if someone wasn’t trying to blacken Wyn’s name – and if his sister wasn’t trying to kill him.
For mortal politics aren’t the only problem the pair have to face. The Court of Ten Thousand Spires is still without a ruler, and the only way out may be for Wyn to assume the throne himself – meaning he and Hetta can never be together.
THE GOD’S EYE (L;ANCASTER’S LUCK BOOK 3) by Anna Butler
Rafe Lancaster is reluctantly settling into his role as the First Heir of House Stravaigor. Trapped by his father’s illness and his new responsibilities, Rafe can’t go with lover Ned Winter to Aegypt for the 1902/03 archaeological digging season. Rafe’s unease at being left behind intensifies when Ned’s fascination with the strange Antikythera mechanism and its intriguing link to the Aegyptian god Thoth has Ned heading south to the remote, unexplored highlands of Abyssinia and the course of the Blue Nile.
Searching for Thoth’s deadly secrets, Ned is out of contact and far from help. When he doesn’t return at Christmas as he promised, everything points to trouble. Rafe is left with a stark choice – abandon his dying father, or risk never seeing Ned again.
RIFT MAGIC by Margo Bond Collins
A year ago, my brother Brodric set out on a Rift-quest to activate his latent magical genes. He disappeared without a trace. So now I’m following him, headed to Brochan City, the abandoned site of the strongest Rift activity in the land. Along the way, I met up with a refugee from another world, tossed upon our shores like Rift-borne trash. Coit’s too naïve to survive this world easily, but he’s a good brawler. And the other pilgrims I’ve picked up in my travels? They might be useful, too. I’ll never admit out loud that I’m beginning to care for them. I’m hoping to send Coit back to his world and get my brother back. Sometimes the Rift allows trades like that. Sometimes it simply drives petitioners mad. If we’re lucky, that’s the worst its magic will do.
QUEEN TAKES SUNFIRES BOOK 1: KARMEN SUNNA (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 11) by Joely Sue Burkhart
I awoke in a pile of garbage in a dark alley with no memory of what happened to me or even who I am. All I know is my name, Karmen. By the vicious scars on my body, I’ve been through hell and lived to tell about it. Barely. In the hospital, my memory slowly begins to return. Something is after me. It’s not safe. I have to get away. But I don’t know who to trust. Certainly not the man who left me in the alley. He smelled like a wolf. Or the doctor, who asks me if I’m even human. Then the doctor drops a bombshell. I’m pregnant. And I have no idea who the father is. Only that his monsters hunt me in the burning light of day.
YESTERDAY’S DREAMS (A SLIP IN TIME BOOK 3) by Jane O’Brien
Yesterday’s Dreams, Book Three in O’Brien’s series called A Slip in Time, continues with our favorite characters, Francine, Luke, Dora, and Wade. The two sisters each love a Grainger brother, but one love has been fulfilled, while the other love is torn apart by two different centuries. Fran and Luke begin to make a wonderful life for themselves while living in her family’s cottage. Many ups and downs keep this couple close to our hearts, as they struggle with decisions that will affect their future, with fear of being discovered, and with illness that threatens the loss of life. Dora has returned to her own century with a broken heart. She leaves the love of her life behind to sort out his problems with his family. Knowing she can never go back again, she tries to forge a new life while still keeping in touch with her sister in the 1880s through messages left in the trunk. As time passes we see Dora struggle to forget Wade, but illusive dreams continue to visit her in the night, tempting her to return to a crooked smile and loving arms.
SAGE AND SPIRITED (WAKEMAN GRIMOIRE BOOK 2) by Viola Grace
Hecate’s social life is looking up. Her sister is getting married, the new brother-in-law-to-be is a really good guy, and his family is helping Hecate fill in the gaps of her knowledge of what the hell she is.
Her grandfather’s ghost is convinced that she needs to become a ghost hunter in her family tradition. She has attempted to tell him that her way is more appropriate, but it is hard to get a new idea into the minds of the deceased. When her grandfather’s assistant arrives, Hecate is in for a shock. Not only is he pale as marble, but he is also as solid as the stone as well. She doesn’t have time to deal with the new arrival. Her sister’s wedding venue has had a disaster strike, and the search is on for a new one. Hecate goes with them when they locate a prospective replacement. There is only one problem. It is the most haunted building in the province. It’s a good thing that Hecate has cleared her calendar for the week before the event. She has some work to do.
HIDDEN POWER (ACADEMY OF ELEMENTAL MAGIC BOOK 1) by Fiona Starr
I was born the day my parents died—talk about luck. I grew up bouncing around the foster system, never knowing when the rug would be pulled out from under me. Now, I’m twenty-two and while I’m free of the dangers of my childhood, life still isn’t easy.
When a strange couple appears chanting in some weird language, I try to walk away, but the guy whips out a freaking fire lasso and starts making like he’s going to hogtie me right there on the street. That’s when all kinds of crazy breaks loose. Next thing I know, I’m strapped to a bed in what looks like a hospital, I can’t speak, and some woman is telling me I’m a Vox Elemental, which leaves me a choice between getting shipped off to a magic school to train my voice or be silenced forever.
Of course I choose the school; who wouldn’t? Turns out my new home is a highly competitive, cut-throat academy where one wrong step could cost me everything. I promise myself that I’ll work hard and get free, which all goes out the window when I meet not one, not two, but four of the hottest guys I have ever seen, and they are definitely not part of the curriculum. As if juggling new relationships, a new school, and some rather testy mean girls weren’t enough, there’s also someone or something making a meal out of the student body—literally. Add that to the things I have to manage. Assuming I survive…Some luck, huh?
OF FEAR AND FAITH (DEATH AND DESTINY TRILOGY BOOK 1) by N D Jones
VS Note: From early December.
In a world where nothing is ever as it seems, the seeds of love take root on the precipice of chaos, danger, and a great destiny. In the shadow of an ancient prophecy, two individuals will be drawn together to meet a dangerous calling–or die trying. For legends tell of a powerful fire witch and a legendary shapeshifter who will one day rid the world of the wrath of the Water Witch of Legend, and restore peace and balance to the world.
However, for Sanura Williams and FBI Special Agent Assefa Berber, their destinies will not be so easily won, as fear and faith will ultimately determine their fates. In the heat of battle and the chill of prophecy, Sanura and Assefa will weather the dual storms of lust and love. Are they prepared for the intoxicating swirl of danger and attraction? Can they overcome their fears of such a powerful prophecy? In the face of their foes, these legendary warriors must embrace their roles as heroes, side-by-side, and defend humanity against the coming doom.
CRUXES AND CRIME (SLEEPY HOLLOW ACADEMY BOOK 4) by Zara Zenia
Things finally seem settled at Sleepy Hollow University, until one of the men who holds my heart is suddenly enamored with the idea of joining the military. This sudden desire to serve isn’t just patriotic duty. Something is amiss in the recruitment office. When my suitors and I investigate the sergeant with the help of an unlikely ally, we unravel a conspiracy designed to destroy supernaturals. In order to stop it, I have to put myself on the front line and within arm’s reach of danger. Will my newly honed powers be enough to keep me safe from the powerful force working against us?
BORN A DEMON (PARANORMAL B&B 5) by M D Stewart
Conner: I’m a reporter who’s seen horrors, but I faced them all without flinching. Despite everything — including a mother who thought I wasn’t quite human — I was happy with my life, my friends, my parents and my job. Then I met Rager, a demon from a different dimension. I never thought I’d want a future with another man, but I want one with him. I can forgive his past transgressions, but he has to trust in me and our love. Is happiness really possible when I learn my entire life has been a lie?
Rager: Centuries of loneliness led me to make huge mistakes. I believed the wrong person, an innocent child was nearly kidnapped, and I almost killed a man by forcing my Mating Mark on him. As punishment, I’ve been sent to the Mortal Realm, where I’m helpless without my powers. Now I’ve met Conner, but I know he deserves a better mate. Can I help him accept the truth about himself, or will it tear us apart? And will my Queen allow me happiness after all the mistakes I’ve made?
ORDER OF THE REGENT (KNIGHTS OF THE HAREM BOOK 1) by Melle Amade
Lorelai D’Anjou’s life has never been easy. The sole survivor of a dark magic that destroyed her entire family, she has spent the last eight years caring for the ailing, impotent monarch who saved her life and claimed her for his own. When the king is murdered by his selfish brother, Lorelai’s world is suddenly narrowed down to two choices: marry her husband’s killer, or die. Now, she flees for her life, a fugitive in her own kingdom as she seeks allies to help her take back her stolen throne.
Thankfully, Lorelai is not without friends. The fierce, dashing knights of the Order of the Regent have always been loyal, and during her darkest hour, they come to her aid. Unfortunately, five knights are not enough to rally a kingdom, especially when assassins are nipping at Lorelai’s heels, and doubt is brewing in the hearts of Valliere’s great houses. But Lorelai has never been one to give up, and she’s not about to start now. Especially when the alternative is not just death, but the end of the entire world as she knows it.
TO SEDUCE A FAE (WINTER’S THORN BOOK 1) by Mila Young
When I started university and moved out of my foster parents’ home, I hoped everything would change. That the nightmares, the visions, the voices would stop, but they got worse. Then three of the most dangerously stunning fae crashed into my life. Intoxicating eyes. Devilish lips. Dangerous intentions. They insist I belong with them in the Wandering Realm. A place where love is lost, where war is brewing between two realms, and where the once powerful royals are being hunted down and slaughtered.
I’m their savior they say, but there are no saviors amid monsters. These princes who are tasked to keep me safe are keeping secrets of their own. Secrets that will kill me.
So, how am I meant to rid the realm of evil when I feel the dark spreading through my veins?
A LION’S PRIDE by Susan Bliler
Maia Major is a woman on a mission. When her neighbors at Cougar Canyon Ranch need help, Maia is determined to do what she can. It doesn’t matter to her that the Concolor Apex, Carter, has a notorious hatred of humans. It doesn’t matter to Maia that she’s the only human in the Major Bear Clan. She also doesn’t care about the bitter rivalry brewing between her brother, the Alpha of the Major Bear Clan, and Carter, the Apex of the Concolor Pride. Maia’s only concern is healing Carter’s sick animals.
Carter is at a loss. Frustration and helplessness mount when the local town veterinarian is unable to help Carter’s ailing team of prized sled dogs. So when Maia Major, sister to his enemy, and skilled veterinarian, shows up on Carter’s property, he’s forced to play nice. He doesn’t like humans, and judging by her scent, Maia is one hundred percent human. Still, she’s educated and willing to lend a hand. He’ll be polite if he can, he’ll be gracious if he must, and he’ll tolerate Maia’s presence even if it kills him.
Carter is wary of Maia’s true intentions but can’t ignore the fierce protective instincts the little human kicks up the moment she arrives. Determined to accept her help and then be rid of her, he steels himself against Maia’s inadvertent charm. Bonds form, ties are cemented, and when Ramsey Major comes calling his sister home, Carter will have to decide if he still hates humans enough to let Maia go.
THE SECRET CHAPTER (THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY NOVEL BOOK 6) by Genevieve Cogman
A Librarian’s work is never done, and Irene is summoned to the Library. The world where she grew up is in danger of veering deep into chaos, and she needs to obtain a particular book to stop this from happening. Her only choice is to contact a mysterious Fae information-broker and trader of rare objects: Mr. Nemo.
Irene and Kai make their way to Mr. Nemo’s remote Caribbean island and are invited to dinner, which includes unlikely company. Mr. Nemo has an offer for everyone there: he wants them to steal a specific painting from a specific world. But to get their reward, they will have to form a team, including a dragon techie, a Fae thief, a gambler, a driver, and the muscle. Their goal? The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, in an early twenty-first-century world, where their toughest challenge might be each other.
TIME WITH NORMA JEANE: A TIME TRAVEL NOVEL by Elyse Douglas
VS Note: Not a romance.
A young woman is hurled back to 1954 to spend a week with Marilyn Monroe. Together, they embark on their own personal journeys — one a coming-of-age — the other, Marilyn’s journey, a struggle to reconcile with her past and perhaps change the future.
GAME OF BONES (MAGIC MARKET MYSTERIES BOOK 3) by Erin Johnson
Pet psychic Jolene could use a break from hiding her flawed powers. So when her cop crush and his lie-detecting dog invite her to a masked Policeman’s Ball on a boat, she dives in head-first. But the problems from her past return when the officer of the year turns up dead.
Working to lay bare the murderer, Jolene discovers both the man who broke her heart and the woman who cursed her are onboard… and engaged to be married. But her troubled history threatens to blow her cover as she combs through a conga line of potential culprits — including the ghost of a deceased sea captain. Can Jolene expose the cop’s killer when she’s still under a crippling curse?
INHERITING FATE by Christine McFarland
Cassie McAllister miraculously survived an attack by her ex-husband. But her breaking point comes when she starts hearing a voice in her head saying, “Save her.” She retreats to an old farmhouse in Idaho she inherited upon her mother’s death, with plans to fix the place up and fix herself in the process. Hidden in the attic, she finds a century-old diary. Upon reading from the charmed book, she’s thrust back in time to 1890, into the life of Annie McDonald.
Trapped in Annie’s life, Cassie meets Carrington Chambers, a local farmer with a murderous reputation. Annie is smitten, but Cassie is wary of his dark nature—and with good reason. She’s unaware that Annie mysteriously dies soon after the couple wed.
Back in the attic, Cassie is shocked when she encounters Carrington again—only now he’s a ghost. He seeks revenge and redemption and wants Cassie’s help getting both or risk eternity stuck in limbo. Cassie’s affection for Carrington grows, in two different centuries, as she gets dangerously close to deadly secrets about Annie’s demise.
Will she prevail and free the man she can never truly have? Or will fate intervene and claim yet another victim?
THE CASE OF THE HAPPINESS SPELL (HILLCREST WITCH COZY MYSTERY BOOK 13) by Amorette Anderson
Penny Banks and her witch coven friends are getting to the end of their 13 cycle spell book. Only one spell remains — the Happiness Spell. Penny is eager to master this one, but her role in the local drama club’s production of Romeo and Juliet is keeping her super busy. Things get even more hectic when one of the Hillcrest Players is found dead. Can Penny catch the killer, memorize her lines, and master a new spell all at once?
CAST IN WISDOM (THE CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA) by Michelle Sagara
The fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion of Shadow. But between the fiefs exists the gray world of the border zone. In it, geography changes between one passage across a border and the next. The rules of magic are different there—and yet somehow familiar to Kaylin Neya. When a Shadow escapes, Kaylin must find out how…and why. If Shadows can breach the barrier erected by the Towers, the whole of Elantra will be devoured. It’s happened on other worlds. Bellusdeo, Kaylin’s Dragon companion, absolutely believes it can happen on theirs.
The border zone holds secrets and ancient histories, and people are gathering there in search of its power. Without even understanding what that power is, or why it exists, Kaylin is in a desperate race against time to find those secrets first. She doesn’t know who her enemies are. She doesn’t know how many she’ll face. But she won’t face them alone.
THE BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT (SECRET, BOOK AND SCONE SOCIETY 3) by Ellery Adams
VS Note: Series is said to have “a hint of magical realism”.
As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is at least good for business. The local inns are packed with stranded travelers, and among them Nora finds both new customers and a new friend, the sixtysomething Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store.
Since a little rain never hurt anyone, Nora rides her bike over to the flea market one sodden day and buys a bowl from Danny, a Cherokee potter. It’ll make a great present for Nora’s EMT boyfriend, but the next day, a little rain turns into a lot of rain, and the Miracle River overflows it banks. Amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, a body lies within the churning water.
Nora and the sheriff both doubt the ruling of accidental drowning, and Nora decides it’s time for the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to spring into action. When another body turns up, it becomes clearer that Danny’s death can’t be blamed on a natural disaster. A crucial clue may lie within the stone walls of the Inn of Mist and Roses: a diary, over a century old and spattered with candle wax, that leads Nora and her friends through a maze of intrigue—and onto the trail of a murderer.
DRAGON’S SECRET BABY (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Kayla Wolf
One night ruined me forever. Just one wild night with a beautiful, devastatingly hot stranger. A Greek god with sun-kissed skin and a powerful six-pack tangled in the sheets.
My sheets. I didn’t usually do this type of thing. I was the responsible one, the hard-working type. But meeting him was like two tidal waves crashing together with single-minded ferocity. The possessive, sinful glint in his eyes has haunted me ever since.
Until, against all odds, we meet again. The man is still the most gorgeous and intoxicating thing I’ve ever seen. He’s also the biggest womanizer on the planet, always on the hunt. But underneath the cocky party animal is something primal and very, very real. I’ve never forgotten those piercing blue eyes. The blue of the ocean. The blue of a Dragon.
The exact blue of my little son’s eyes… They say that Dragons will stop at nothing to protect what’s theirs. It looks like I’m about to find out what that means.
DEVON’S BLIND DATE (BLIND DATE FOR VALENTINE’S BOOK 1) by Mia Taylor
Meet Devon – he’s a sexy mountain man ranger living in Montana with baggage worse than mine. A hot, lone wolf who’s not looking for anything but I’m not sure I can walk away. With marriage in the air, it was a small wonder I was looking for love in all the wrong places…Namely on Kindred Souls, a dating app that had only proved to distract me from the tediousness of my life. A poor, little rich girl, away on a dreaded girl’s weekend with too much tequila, a chip on her shoulder, and too much phone data can only spell hot disaster. But sometimes a blind date can go so right for all the wrong reasons. Especially when two lost souls unite.
ALPHA BEAR GUARDIAN (AWAKENED SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Keri Hudson
Sebastian Bazz Malloch is the dominant shifter in Boulder, Colorado. A bear shifter whose time is spent fighting off the growing populace of aggressive lupine wolf shifters, Bazz’s father had fallen to a pack of them, and Bazz knows his own fate is likely to echo that tragedy, for himself and anyone he dares to love.
But love finds him in pretty Phoebe Blaire, whose ecological protest group are facing off with a powerful company over natural gas mining in Colorado. The fracking would poison the environment and kill the local populace that Bazz has sworn to protect. His growing affection for Phoebe puts him on the front lines of the battle at the risk of exposing his secret to the world. Will his life of relative safety and solitude be forfeit in exchange for a brutal death or even worse? And what will Phoebe’s fate be, caught in a coming shifter apocalypse she couldn’t possibly survive? Will love prevail, or will the tragedies of the past return to rob them both of the futures they’ve fought so hard for?
POTION SICKNESS (PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITCHES BOOK 3) by Samantha Silver
When a vampire is murdered in Mt. Rheanier, Ali is fine with leaving the solving of the crime to the authorities. After all, she didn’t even know the victim. But when his family approaches her looking to hire her to find the killer, Ali finds herself embroiled in yet another investigation.
But between Willow being worried Ali’s going to get hereself killed, the local enforcers not being pleased about Ali sticking her nose into their case, and Grandma Rosie acting even more strangely than usual, Ali quickly realizes she’s wading into some pretty deep waters. As she gets closer to finding the killer, strange things start happening to Ali, and she starts to be convinced they’re not quite a coincidence. Someone really doesn’t want her to solve this case, but that only fuel’s Ali’s fire. It’s a race to find the killer before the killer gets to her, and Ali is always up for a challenge. But is this finally one she can’t win?
SONG OF THE RISEN GOD (A TAKE OF THE COVEN) by R A Salvatorre
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note.
War has come to Fireach Speur. The once forgotten Xoconai Empire has declared war upon the humans west of the mountains, and their first target are the people of Loch Beag. Lead by the peerless general, Tzatzini, all that stands in the way of the God Emperor’s grasp of power is Aoelyn, Talmadge, and their few remaining allies. But not all hope is lost. Far away from Fireach Speuer, an ancient tomb is uncovered by Brother Thaddeus of the Abellican Church. Within it is the power to stop the onslaught of coming empire and, possibly, reshape the very world itself.
VAMPIRE REUNION (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 4) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix
When witch Sara Hart hooks up with a Master vampire at a co-worker’s wedding, she fully expects to never hear from him again. After all, she’s just a poor receptionist with mediocre powers—certainly not an appropriate match for someone of his status. And he clearly thinks so too since he never even tries to track her down. That stings, but not as much as when she learns he’s actively seeking a new mate and she isn’t even in the running.
After losing his beloved—his one true mate—centuries ago, Orrin Nicolaides knows he’ll never find another but he’s tired of being alone. The problem is that even as he searches for a suitable vampire mate, he can’t stop thinking about the sexy little witch he drunkenly snacked on the night of his son’s wedding—to the point he can no longer feed from anyone else. He needs to forget her, but will he be able move on before he wastes away?
HAUNTED BY THE ALPHA (EASTDALE SHIFTER SERIES) by Amelia Wilson
Coven first, romance later. That’s my personal motto, at least until my magic is under control. But then I meet this shifter, Beckett. Bookish, gentle, and knows just how to tame my fiery side. I’ll do anything if it means getting a little closer. Did I mention one thing? It’s incredibly dangerous. We’re from two separate worlds, where one is hunter and the other prey. There’s something about him that he’s hiding, a secret I’m itching to reveal.
But I’m worried that once I’ll open this door… I’ll face a cruel darkness lurking on the other side… Can love find a way between witches and wolves? Or will the thrill of the hunt get in their way?
QUEEN OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 7) by Olivia Ash
As the world burns, I must walk through the fire—and emerge a queen. I never wanted to rule. I never wanted to have men follow me. Die for me. But now, they do it anyway.
The power in me—it’s growing. If I’m not careful, it will consume me. It will consume everything. And the gods want it back. They come to me in a vision. Through the smoke and the screams of dying men, they give me a choice. Bow before them, or die. My choice is easy—I defend what’s mine. It’s easier said than done, of course. I have to build an army unlike anything the Bosses have ever seen. It’s the only way to survive this world that wants to kill me and the men I love. Thank the gods I have my evil butler with me to help me navigate the chaos.
COUGAR HEARTS WOLF (HEARTLAND SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by V Vaughn
He’s good with his hands, but how will he handle her heart? Cougar shifter Shayna Weymouth is completely unimpressed with celebrity house flipper Mathew Adams. The wickedly hot wolf shifter might be good with his hands, but she’s not interested in a man who can’t take anything seriously. Her home renovation project means everything to her and she’s not about to let him mess it up. He can undress her with his eyes and whisper naughty things all he wants, but he’s never going to convince her to give him a chance.
Wolf shifter Mathew Adams is convinced that fate is playing one heck of a joke on him. Even though his wolf insists Shayna is their mate, he can’t believe it. They’re complete opposites. She’s the most uptight, infuriating woman he’s ever met. But she’s also the challenge he’s yearned for his entire life. He’ll find a way to melt her icy heart one way or another because there’s no way he’ll ever walk away from his fated mate.
SOUL BURN by Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart
A mistress, a werewolf, a screenwriter and a shapeshifter walk into your heart in these two sexy paranormal stories of love and redemption.
Shifting Flames – Shunned screenwriter Eve Perez has something to prove. Shut out of the industry after a scandal, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to climb back to the top, even if it means working with notoriously difficult author Celeste Quon. Reclusive best-selling author Celeste Quon is adored by a generation of fans, but would they love her if they knew her truth? Under pressure from her fans, Celeste agrees to bring her best-selling novel to the screen but on her terms. After a freak spring snowstorm strands Eve at Celeste’s home she discovers Celeste’s incredible secret. Amid their fiery attraction should she let their relationship burn out, or surrender to the flames of their desire?
The Fire Inside – For Clara, crafting pain into pleasure is her job. For Selena, it’s her salvation. When submissive Selena hires Clara as her Domina, it seems like the best of business arrangements. But when their emotions infiltrate what was meant to be only professional, both women are rocked by the possibilities that their relationship might be changing into something… more. Selena has given her submission to Clara for months, but faced with the idea of giving her heart, she runs. Loving Clara means revealing her secret..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
RONAN: FOSTER’S PRIDE: LION SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE (FOSTER’S PRIDE BOOK 1) by Kathi S Barton
Brook Garrett had learned to live by her wits. When she was very young, she lost her father to a car crash. When her mother remarried, her nightmare really began. A few years later, her mother died the same way. She was next.
Ronan Foster was an officer out on medical leave. He was a lion and wasn’t hurt in the least, but the guy responsible for shooting him would go free if he didn’t take the sabbatical. The guy was responsible for much more than shooting him, and justice needed to be served.Trust was hard for Brook. Her stepparents had seen to that. Now the big lion was telling her that they were mates and she wasn’t sure how she felt about that. She had been doing just fine without a man in her life.
DARKEST HOUR BEFORE DAWN (THIRDS BOOK 9) by Charlie Cochet
VS Note: I haven’t read the series (although it sounds really good) but in the blurb for the first book there’s reference to “Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS” and a “jaguar-Therian partner” so I’m inferring this is paranormal or urban fantasy maybe…
THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him. As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.
WICKED COWBOY WOLF (SEVEN RANGE SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Kait Ballenger
Years ago, Grey Wolf Jared Black was cast from the pack for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, he’s the mysterious criminal wolf known only as the Rogue, a name his former packmates won’t soon forget. But when a vampire threat endangers the lives of their entire species, Jared must confront his former packmates again, even if that means betraying the only woman he’s ever loved…
Ever since Maeve Gray escaped the pack’s bloodsucking enemies, she’s been determined to save her species—and fast. Each passing day risks the lives of her friends and family. But when a wicked cowboy wolf shows up on the Grey Wolf ranch, offering everything Maeve’s heart desires, her eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the packlands. For this cowgirl, sleeping with the enemy could prove as desirable as it is deadly…
THE BARD’S BLADE (THE SORCEROR’S SONG BOOK 1) by Brian Anderson
Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. There she’s a renowned wine maker and her betrothed, Lem, is a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together.
Then a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, bringing a dark prophecy that forces Lem and Mariyah down separate paths. How far will they have to go to stop a rising darkness and save their home? And how much of themselves will they have to give up along the way?
LOVED BY THE VAMPIRES (HPOUSE OF DURAND BOOK 5) by Erin Bedford
Vampire Hunters beware. This human won’t be rolling over for anyone, not anymore.
Left stranded with Darren while her masters outrun the hunters, Piper has had enough of being a liability. With a great new job, a new attitude, and surprisingly wicked right hook, Piper isn’t going to just wait around anymore for the hunters to destroy her life. If only she could find them. Favors from old friends and deals with the devil lead Piper down a narrow and dangerous road. One that could save everything she holds dear or bring it all crashing down on all of them.
TWILIGHT SEEKER (DAY BREAKER BOOK 1) by Pippa DaCosta
Meet Lynher Aris, hostess extraordinaire. By night, she entertains the Dark Ones passing through the Night Station: vampires, demons, shifters, and worse. By day, she undermines them all by working with the resistance to unravel their enslavement of the human race. But Lynher has a dark secret, and with the imminent arrival of Ghost—a vampire overlord few have seen but all fear—she must play her role as the queen of the Night Station to perfection, keeping the resistance and her secret safe, or risk losing everything, including the powerful Night Station itself.
A WHISKER OF FIRE (BEYOND ELEMENTALS CHALLENGE BOOK 1) by Claire Davon
Iona instantly recognized her fellow barista, Sebastian, as someone like herself. Other. Not human. Though he’s an American werewolf and she’s an Ifrit—a Middle Eastern being of fire—she is drawn to his deliciously coffee-dark eyes, which flash silver only for her.
But she can’t indulge any smoking-hot fantasies. As soon as she graduates, she’s leaving San Francisco. Before her controlling, male-dominated clan finds her. Before the city’s Elemental Phoenix notices her presence and drives her away with her (probably burning) tail tucked under.
Bas isn’t privy to all his pack’s secrets, but he’s sure of one thing. Iona is being followed. Someone with an otherworldly whiff about them. Whatever it is, it’s targeting the woman whose killer curves and moonlight-and-secrets eyes sear his blood.
Right about the time of Challenge—the Phoenix’s ongoing fight to protect humanity—the stalking creature attacks. To save herself, the man she can’t help but love, and the rest of humanity, Iona will have to fight fire to fire. Doing her part to save humanity. Risking everything to show the world—and Bas—her true form. And hope he won’t bay at the moon and run for the hills.
VS Note: I sent LANDON to the formatter, but they’re pretty backed up right now so…but I’ll have the new book released SOON, I promise! Next week hopefully. In the meantime, here is DAEGAN, the most recently published in the Badari Warrior series, for my backlist highlight today.
DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL
Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.
Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.
Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?
Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.
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 by hand 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.