I have a ‘new’ re-release this week – WOOT!
Before diving into the report, my best wishes go out to everyone in these scary and trying times, and I hope you and those you love will come through unscathed by COVID-19. I think reading books is one of the best ways to cope during this stressful and anxious pandemic situation (I’m stressed and anxious for sure and have family members in the at-risk categories!) and so I’m concentrating on continuing to write my own books and to offer this weekly curated roundup to help readers and authors connect. Listen to the medical authorities, keep washing your hands and practicing social distancing and may we all work together to get through this.
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).
STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE by Veronica Scott
VS Note: This is a re-release of the 42,000+ word novel I included in the Pets in Space® 4 anthology, which is no longer available. No revisions or additions have been made to the original novel for this re-release but I have also now included a 4,000 word prequel story Butterfly Hair, in which the interstellar diva Azlaya arrives on board the Nebula Zephyr cruise liner. This short story was a free reader magnet originally available only in the time before the anthology was published.
An unusual bequest….
Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.
Until the rock disappears from her office…When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.
Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?
HER CYBORG WARRIORS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM®: THE COLONY BOOK 8) by Grace Goodwin
VS Note: I enjoy the Colony series…
Professional surfer Mikki Tanaka didn’t want to leave her beloved Hawaii, the ocean waves, or the vibrant sea life she’s worked so hard to protect. But her protests and aggressive tactics didn’t mesh with the law and she’s found herself behind bars. Her choice? Ten years in jail or life as an Interstellar Bride. Never one to shy away from adventure, she decides to take her chances in the stars—with not one, but two sexy-as-hell alpha warriors on The Colony.
Surnen, a Prillon Warrior and trusted doctor, has been waiting for a bride for years. Banished to The Colony, he’s given up all hope, until a black-haired Earth beauty instantly steals his heart and his breath. But the highly disciplined doctor likes protocols and control, in bed and out of it. His second and an equally ruthless warrior, Captain Trax, agrees. Unfortunately, their new mate has a wild streak, a thirst for danger, and an appetite for violence that both shocks and thrills them. When her penchant for stirring up trouble brings danger to The Colony, they’ll stop at nothing to save her. Nothing at all.
DAX: BOOK 8 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS by Alana Khan
Aliens abducted Dahlia from Earth mere months before her scheduled marriage to her childhood sweetheart. Dax declared she owns his heart in front of a ship full of rowdy gladiators, but can she accept his love? Dax is the biggest, baddest male on a vessel full of escaped gladiator slaves. The little Earth female was thrown into his cell and they were forced to mate. He fell hard for her courage, strength, and delightful body. He tries everything to convince her he’d be a good mate, but it isn’t until they’re forced together in a chamber of horrors that she sees Dax for the loving, protective male he’s always been.
DERRIX: WARLORD BRIDES (WARLORDS OF VAZNIK BOOK 4) by Ava York and Starr Huntress
Derrix figured a mate would be nothing but asking for trouble. For heartache.
Heartbreak. When the teleporter delivers another luscious human female, he can only hope she’s not for him. But she is. And unlike the other women, she’s happy and excited about her new adventure. They’re about to move into a new, dangerous phase of the mission. How can he keep her, and his heart, safe?
NOVA (SCAR FORCE: DELTA FACTION BOOK 6) by Gaja J Kos
A fugitive once more, Cairo searches for allies. She can’t let SCAR Force go through with the attack. But convincing the rebels she’s on their side comes with its own peril. Her knowledge makes her an asset. The nano-tech in her body a liability. Yet even if she manages to get the resistance to join her fight, Cairo knows that not everyone will get out alive. Though it certainly looks like death has a favorite. Her.
CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (WARRIORS OF AGRON BOOK 2) by Hope Hart
What’s worse than being stuck on an alien planet? Being stuck on an alien planet when you’ve made an enemy of the local tribe King. Okay, so I may have stolen his favorite misua and snuck away to find my friends. But he should’ve known better than to forbid me to go. I’m a marine, and we leave no man– or woman, behind. Besides- putting distance between us is a good thing, especially since I’m sure he’s coming after me. We’re like fire and gasoline, and spending time near him is is like lighting a match and waiting for the explosion. So what if his dark eyes promise more pleasure than I’ve ever experienced? I’m finding my friends and getting off this planet. Even if this alien king seems to think he owns me. Even if a tiny part of me might like the idea of being owned… by him.
PENZAK (TRI SYSTEMS RANGERS: BOOK 4) by JC Hay
VS Note: A re-release of JC’s story from the Pets In Space® 3 anthology.
Loss casts a shadow you can’t outrun…Commander Rafe Penzak is tired of jockeying a desk. With only months left before his forced retirement from the rangers, he decides to bend a few rules for one last mission: follow up on intelligence that vicious criminals have found the ranch that supplies the rangers’ umbra wolves. He’s ready to confront the reminder of his wolf’s death, but nothing in the Three Systems could prepare him for the spitfire who runs the farm.
Veterinarian Nafisi Sultana has run her wolf breeding program her way since the death of her husband. The last thing she wants is another ranger taking up space, correcting her methods, or being underfoot. But she can’t miss the pain and sorrow that haunts the greying commander, and her need to heal others pulls her into his orbit despite the agonizing memories he wakes in her.
With storms, raiders, and a renegade wolf pup driving them together, Nafisi and Rafe have to set aside their damaged past, or they’ll never be able to save something they both want more—a future.
SEDUCED BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 3) by Miranda Bridges
He wants me. And this male is used to getting whatever he demands. The only problem is I don’t want to be bothered. Especially not hot and bothered. But he’s not getting the hint. He thinks I’m his and that he needs to claim me. If I allow myself to ask what that means it’ll probably add a couple of letters to my OCD. My disorder should deter him, like it has most people. I just won’t stick around long enough to find out. I’ve been given my freedom and I have no intention of giving it away to this alien. No matter how handsome, strong, and kind he is. Just because he makes me feel things doesn’t mean they’re real. Or are they?
SUPER ADJACENT by Crystal Cestari
Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
HEARTS OF OAK by Eddie Robson
VS Note: Not a romance but scifi. This just sounded kind of irresistible… and talking cats…
The buildings grow. And the city expands. And the people of the land are starting to behave abnormally. Or perhaps they’ve always behaved that way, and it’s normality that’s at fault. And the king of the land confers with his best friend, who happens to be his closest advisor, who also happens to be a talking cat. But that’s all perfectly natural and not at all weird. Iona, close to retirement, finds that the world she has always known is nothing like she always believed it to be. There dark forces . . . not dark. There are uncanny forces . . . no, not uncanny. There are forces, anyway, mostly slightly odd ones, and they appear to be acting in mysterious ways. It’s about town planning, it’s about cats and it’s about the nature of reality.
PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: URANUS (TUSCANY BAY’S ANTHOLOGY SERIES BOOK 3) by Various
VS Note: Scifi not romance. Details of each story are on ebook seller site.
These are the stories of Uranus. Stories of new beginnings and creation. Stories of the mysterious seventh planet in our solar system and of the God of the sky that it was named after:
OCEAN WOLVES II: HARBINGER (TRITON CORE SERIES BOOK 2) by Theresa Beachman
Marine biologist, Dr. Kathrine Sorland barely survived her first marriage. Now, Jones, her dog is the only male she has time for in her life. When protester activity threatens her team’s work monitoring a quarantine zone in the Norwegian Sea, Kathrine is forced to accept the protection of the Ocean Wolves. Working with their commander is a challenge, not least because he reignites feelings in her heart she believed long dead.
Formerly in the Russian Navy, Nik Borostovlo is in command of the Wolves for the first time. Married to his job, responsibility weighs heavy on his shoulders. There’s no room in his life for a woman, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t deny his attraction to the strong-willed scientist.
As dangerous events escalate in the water, Nik is compelled to work closely with Kathrine. Her team has discovered something deep under the ice. Something that threatens the world’s oceans and must be kept from the wrong hands, whatever the cost. Nik may be the only person Kathrine can trust and time is running out. As Nik battles to safeguard the woman he’s falling for, desire burns incandescent between them. Soon, Nik will discover that some scars run more than skin-deep and the toughest surround Kathrine’s heart.
JEOPARDY IN TIGHTS (MEN OF THE PANTHEON BOOK 1) by K Childs
Down on his luck ex-security meets CEO looking for special bodyguard. Fine print: hazardous working conditions. Errol Mason got fired from his last job and put on a blacklist for a good reason. Now, scraping the bottom of the barrel and desperate for any job, he finally lands an interview with Stardust Global. Errol’s interviewer, company CEO Nathan Parkes, has a secret, one that might get Errol killed. All Nate wants is a meatshield while he goes on a one-man crusade against a bunch of psycho cultists and tries to rescue his missing stepmother. Errol is the meatshield in this equation. Things start pear-shaped and only get worse from there. Between military small-arms fire, freeway fisticuffs, and escaping the cult’s secret bases, the duo quickly forms a bond of trust and lust.
BUCCANEER’S COVE: A VIRTUAL REALITY ROMANCE (THE NULIFE SERIES BOOK 3) by H P Mallory
Claire Darrow can’t seem to catch any breaks on her case against NuLife. There have been multiple deaths and she’s fairly sure NuLife is behind all of them, but she still can’t prove how. Deciding to go back into the Virtual Reality game, this time she’s bringing her hunky boss, Grant, with her. And the two of them will find themselves in the pirating world of Buccaneer’s Cove. There they will learn find themselves battling more than just unanswered questions.
THE CARNIVAL’S DAUGHTER: A DARK DYSTOPIAN ROMANCE (KINGDOM DUET BOOK 1) by Esme Devlin
VS Note: Not a fan of the cover.
The world is different. New. Or at least that is what people who can remember tell me.
Women are coveted, a rare jewel to be treasured. But also owned. Collected. Displayed.
I’m a girl with one green eye and one blue. A feature that both condemns me and keeps me alive at the same time. I’m wanted by the most dangerous man in this new Kingdom.
An obsession that threatens my sanity, and also saves my life. I’m reminded of this every morning and every night…and sometimes all night long. In this new, new world that he orchestrated, you dance to his tune, or you don’t dance at all.
FROM THE ASHES: THE4 PHOENIX PROJECT (THE PHOENIX PROJECT DUET BOOK ONE) by Candice Wright
My whole life has been defined by my illness. And after twenty-four years of trying to fight it, I’m about to lose. That’s when The Phoenix group approached me with a devil’s bargain. They will pay my family one million dollars, leaving them a lifetime of choices instead of a legacy of debt. And all they want in return is me. But the thing about a devil’s bargain is that there is inevitably a price to pay. I go from being a human to being a commodity. A test subject to be poked and prodded, broken and put back together again until my body finally fails me. The only way out is to die. So what will happen when the girl who has always been sick, inexplicably begins to heal? With the odds stacked against me, I’ll have to place my life and my heart in the hands of a group of criminals, Because the girl who was once ready to die will burn the world to ashes for a chance to live.
CAEL (INTERGALACTIC SOULMATES BOOK 2) by Annabelle Rex
Asha Santos isn’t interested in a relationship. Not when she’s barely keeping her head above water, working all hours to pay off her debts while helping to raise her four-year-old nephew. Forced by her loan shark to take the DNA Match test, no one is more surprised than Asha when she’s Matched with Prince Cael. Yes, he’s ridiculously handsome and his touch awakens feelings Asha never knew she could have… But beyond a mutual attraction, what could a car mechanic and a prince possibly have in common? There’s no way on Earth they are ‘meant to be’.
Cael has been dreaming of meeting his Match all his life. Asha is everything he’s always wanted, and more, but she’s going to take some convincing. Disaster pushes them together, but Cael knows he’s only got until the dust settles before Asha leaves. Can he convince her to let him in to her heart before it’s too late?
GORN (BRIDES TO BEASTS BOOK 5) by Athena Storm
I had thought my quest was at an end. I waited for death. But it was not to be. He found me. And nursed me back. Her name was Uri Hawk. And I could see her broken smile.
Her sad gaze as she touched my scales. I could sense her grief. I determined right then that I would help this deeply traumatized woman. I could do some good. Even if it was just for one person out of trillions in the galaxy. I made her mine. And she made me hers.
So when the war came for us, as it does for everyone, we were ready. Our love was our shield. Our hope was our spear. And then I saw. A smile. Flicker over her face as she looked at me. A sparkle in her eyes. And I knew. That the man who had set out to bring peace to the galaxy. Had at last found it in himself.
RECLAIMING THEIR STOLEN BRIDE (CLAIMING THEIR BRIDE BOOK 3) by Abby Aaron
Neima was allowed out of the City of Women for the first and only time. The women with her were afraid of their surroundings but Neima loved the experience. Just as she is set to be claimed by three husbands, Neima is kidnapped by a group of men claiming she is their lost daughter. Finnton, Waylon and Bode, proven warriors from Finn, know Neima is the bride for them after just one look. Before they can finish the claiming ceremony, she is kidnapped. Even though the ceremony was interrupted, they know and feel she is their bride. Can Finnton, Waylon and Bode save their bride before she slips out of reach inside a foreign village of warriors?
SPARK A LITTLE FLAME (MAKE A LITTLE MAGIC ROMANTIC COMEDY BOOK 1) by Jennifer Archer
VS Note: Seems more scifi than magic…
J.T. Drake: It’s not easy to seduce a woman who can’t see me. But if I weren’t invisible, prim and proper Rosy Peabody would probably have even less of an interest in me. At least as her science experiment, I have her undivided attention & unlimited opportunities to try to win her affection or to at least make her blush that pretty shade of pink that tells me I’ve sparked her temper. So maybe I shouldn’t be in such a hurry to have my image restored . . .
Rosy Peabody: It’s not easy to ignore my tingling nerve-endings whenever J.T. & I touch. I keep telling myself that they’re only the after-effects of his electrified state, but lately, just the thought of him provokes the same reaction in me. I wouldn’t give a cocky guy like J.T. a moment of my time if not for the fact that I’m partially responsible for his condition and quite possibly the only person capable of reversing it. And now I can’t help wondering . . . if J.T. ever materializes, will our sizzling chemistry disappear or spark a little flame?
MARSHMALLOW (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 7) by Dane Griggs
VS Note: Has author’s note for “themes of domestic violence”.
Sara: I am heartbroken to quit the Bride Program. Momma needs me to return home and take care of her after a recent heart attack. Even though I had no intention of ever becoming a bride to one of the Cerastean aliens, I don’t want to leave. The mothership is the first place I have felt safe in a very long time. I will miss the feeling of security and all my friends. I may even miss one gruff, annoying, overprotective alien general.
General D’Annon: I’ve watched and worried over Sara for months. Like all Cerasteans, I can smell emotions. Sadness and fear were Sara’s constant companions in the early days of her arrival on the mothership. Now that she has to return to Earth, the scent of Sara’s sadness and fear are back. I vow to escort Sara home and make sure she is safe.
PRISONER OF HIS PASSION: WARRIORS OF THE AUGUR NEBULA by Juniper Kerry
When Cleo Harris is taken from Earth, she finds herself in a situation she never could have predicted: breeding with a lust-worthy alien warrior. The connection she feels with Kon is undeniable; but when this warrior learns of Cleo’s true self, will he still love her as she loves him?
Captain of the Spectacle’s Peril, Jelathikon (Kon for short) is a two-time reject with a misfit crew. When his prince asks him to save a group of human women from a breeding experiment, he tries his best… and winds up as one of the breeding partners himself. Kon resists as best he can, but he cannot deny his feelings for Cleo. Will he be able to stay away from her, even though their pair bond pulls them together? Or will he give in, and endanger her life?
CHLOE’S TURN by Keri Kruspe
When Chloe Reid ends up on the FBI’s most wanted list, the offer from the Alien Exchange fits right into her plans. Who cares if she has to hook up with an alien? It’s not like she really expects love or anything. She’s been burned more than once and doubts the fairytale. The only thing on her agenda is staying far, far away from the Feds’ grubby little hands.
Prince Aylzrunthfrom Runihura has his own problems. Not only is he a male in a matriarchal society, but as Captain of the Royal Guards, he’s solely responsible for his sister, the heir to the throne. When she mysteriously disappears, he vows he’ll do anything to find her. Forbidden to go off-planet to search, he abandons his post and joins the Alliance of Assassins. They’ll help him…for a price.
Along the way, he interrupts the kidnapping of an Earth woman from the Exchange. He saves the captivating female, but now she’s his responsibility. Unfortunately, he’s not allowed to make her his own…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SMOKE BITTEN (A MERCY THOMPSON NOVEL BOOK 12) by Patricia Briggs
VS: I LOVE this series and I devour each book when they come out and then I reread the entire series and then I wait breathlessly for the next one…so good.
I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.
Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill—until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.
Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything—even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory. It won’t, can’t, remain. Not if I have anything to say about it.
CRUSH THE KING (A CROWN OF SHARDS NOVEL BOOK 3) by Jennifer Estep
VS Note: I enjoyed the first book and the second one is waiting on my To Be Read list, now joined by the 3rd book LOL.
Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies.
There is no better opportunity to strike than during the Regalia Games, a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat, and she will have to dig deep and learn even more about her growing magic if she has any chance of defeating her foes. Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: she must outsmart and outwit her enemies . . . and crush the king.
DEFENDED BY DARKNESS (WINGS, WANDS AND SOUL BONDS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder
One kiss is all it takes for the Commander of Darkness to know that he’s found true love. Now he just needs to survive his new job. There isn’t much that scares Tynan (Tanner) Shadeson. But now that the warrior prince of darkness has found his soul match in an overworked, frustrated human woman, he’ll do whatever it takes to awaken her latent fae powers and protect her from all evil. Even if that means taking a job he’s horribly overqualified (and underqualified) for.
If staring at sexy, competent Tanner was a crime, Eva would be seriously guilty. Even if the tall, dark, handsome new interim CEO is raising more questions than answers. Like, why he’s always following her around. Or why every time she looks at him, she feels unstoppable emotions she has never known before. When every touch is magic, and every kiss is more addictive than the last, it doesn’t take long for Eva to realize that Tanner just might be the perfect man. But even though he’s an amazing listener and an even better lover, there are things that Tanner is hiding too. And with evil lurking around every corner, even the commander of darkness might have just met his match.
RITUAL OF FIRE AND ICE (ONE SUPERNATURAL APOCALYPSE AFTER ANOTHER BOOK1) by Melisse Aires
With a supernatural Apocalypse on the horizon, a small coven finds an ancient ritual that may save thousands of lives. Rhylee, a witch with a talent for slaying demons, and Talon, a daywalker, are the logical ones to complete the ritual, which joins a willing human and a demon, fire and ice.
Rhylee and Talon had a brief, secret affair some months before, fueled by a botched love spell. They parted before a vampire bonding occurred. Some things aren’t meant to be. The Fire and Ice Ritual will have serious, lifelong effects on them.
MAGIC IS THE NEW BLACK by Various
Get the hottest new stories of supernatural jails, prisons, penitentiaries, reformatories, asylums, and detention academies brought to you by New York Times, USA Today, and international best selling authors! Shifters, witches, vampires, psychics, fae, mages, monsters, murderers, and more fill the cells in this collection. Some have committed the most heinous of magical crimes. Others have been imprisoned unjustly. However they landed in lockup, the supernatural bad boys and girls incarcerated in these never-before-published tales come up against wicked wardens, corrupt guards, and powerful inmates.
Whether their sentences are forever or a day, every moment means life or death for paranormal prisoners as they deal with deadly secrets, mysteries, rivalries, and even love.
So whether you prefer punishment and power or rehabilitation and second chances, you’ll fall under the spell of paranormal prisons in Magic is the New Black.
BACHELOR IN PARADISE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 8) by Shai August
Lights. Camera. Deception. Disaster. Despair. Xi Sing, the Asian Alpha of the Rare and the Unknown is suffocating under the role he’s played for the entirety of his adult life – perfect son. For far too long, he’s allowed others to dictate his choices and lifestyle, but he refuses to allow them to dictate his choice of mate. Behind the scenes of his season of The Shifter Bachelor, the pressure mounts as seemingly everyone points him toward the woman he least wants, but who makes the most politically expedient choice. The lady he sees himself with may not be the best political match, but she is the best match for his heart. Can he convince her that love doesn’t have to be perfectly choreographed to work? Can he convince himself?
FAIRY, TEXAS by Margo Bond Collins
When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despises her and a high school where she’s the only topic of gossip are bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), things get weird. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there are Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hopes. Not to mention that dead guy she trips over in gym class. To survive in this small town, she’ll have to learn to wing it.
CHANGED MATE: BEAR SHIFTER ROMANCE (CYBERMATES BOOK 4) by Candace Ayers
Someone once said, “Opposites attract.” (Clearly, they’d never met these two.) Mariah Starr comes from humble beginnings. She’s worked her tail feathers off. And her dream is now at her fingertips. Goals require sacrifice. Patton James works for his family’s construction business. When he has to. He’d rather hang out on his boat all day. Life should be fun. As shifters, they know instantly they’re mates. That doesn’t mean they like it. Or each other.
Someone also once said, “There’s no escaping destiny.”
FRACTURED FAIRY TALES by Various
Once upon a time…Happily ever after…all of the fairytales we know and love begin and end the same, but what if they were altered? Fractured? Would the magic still happen? Does that happy ending still come at the stroke of midnight or with a kiss? Join this group of SaSSy authors as they take you on a journey, weaving their own magic and putting a spin on the fairytales we all know and love to support Make-A-Wish Foundation.
CLAIMED BY TEMPTATION by Various
Are you ready for the fascinating world of paranormal and fantasy romance? Claimed by Temptation is a limited edition collection of tales designed to quench your thirst for the supernatural. You’ll want to sink your teeth into these stories of your favorite mystical creatures. From alpha shifters to powerful witches to magical djinn, there is something for everyone. The stories in the compilation are exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else. Don’t wait, this box set will only be available for a limited time before it is gone forever! Ariel Marie, Jessica Cage, Donna R. Mercer, Selene Drake, Erin St. Charles, Delizhia Jenkins, LeeSha McCoy, Nikki Clarke, Jade Royal, Kiarra M. Taylor, Siren Allen
DARK MAGIC (DARKHAVEN BOOK 2) by Danielle Rose
In the heat of battle, hybrid Ava López discovers she has new and fascinating powers, but she does not know how to control them. Though her former enemies have offered her refuge and helped her acclimate to the vampire lifestyle, even they don’t understand her enhanced magic. With mounting threats from Ava’s former coven and reckless rogue vampires, Ava and her new friends have no choice but to request the wisdom of Holland Taylor to help her understand her powers. Holland is one of the most powerful witches Ava has ever met, and he is also Jeremiah’s ex, which introduces another wrinkle.
Tension between the vampires and Ava’s former coven is building, and when the witches offer a deal Ava would be remiss to reject, she is forced to choose between the life she once considered safe and the life she never wanted.
HER VAMPIRE OBSSESSION (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 7) by Lesli Richardson
Dexter – I’ve lived a long time. Some might say too long. I honestly don’t know what drew me to Lucius’ club in Tucson, of all hellish destinations, but dark and self-destructive thoughts have increasingly beckoned to me, as of late. Then I meet her. She challenges me from the very start and awakens something I’d thought long dead and cold inside my soul. Even her name should burn my lips, yet I can’t let her go. But when pieces of the past catch up with us, will I be able to keep her safe?
Eilidh – I’ve spent most of my life running, but that bastard had my number from almost the second our eyes meet. He’s the first of his kind to break through my defenses when I thought I was safe here, of all places. He’s done worse than steal my heart–he’s given me hope. Now what the hell do I do? Especially when it looks like my past is catching up with us. This time, I might have run out of options.
FERAL (CATS OF FELIDAE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by River Ramsey
Things are heating up at Felidae Academy. Literally, in Ella’s case–as if her arch enemy trying to kill her wasn’t enough. Then again, with the incredibly gorgeous Bishop and her lifelong crush vying for the right to court and claim her, maybe it’s not all that bad. If two toms is company, three is definitely a crowd, but knowing that can’t quench Ella’s thirst for the forbidden knowledge her professor has to impart. Sterling, Axel and Bishop are definitely up for the task of getting Ella through the semester in one piece, but the future Empress needs more than just a trio of worshipful toms. She needs Kings, and only time will tell if her wild toms can be brought to heel.
THEIR PERFECT STORM (DAERIA WORLD) (WINTERVALE PACKS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden
Growing up as a foster kid wasn’t easy, but Adrienne White was lucky enough to have a loving family to call her own. Now, she’s ready to pay their kindness forward and help a dying planet by being a surrogate. Going to Daeria will also give her the fresh start she desperately needs. What she doesn’t expect is the alien planet’s magic to wake up powers within her when she arrives.
Four men. One woman. Adrienne was definitely not expecting to find four mates. Tempers are bound to flare when such very different personalities are in love with the same woman. Adrienne isn’t having it though and puts her foot down. She wants all of them or none of them.
When an ancient creature, controlled by madman, targets Adrienne for the magic running in her blood, Barret, Liam, Gavin, and Bala must work together to protect their mate and their pack before the evil takes their mate from them before they could claim her.
THE PIRATE KING (THE DARK KINGS BOOK 8) by Jovee Winters
A curse has struck all of Kingdom, repairing happily ever afters is what Aphrodite and Calyssa do. But things don’t go according to plan when it comes to fixing the most infamous pirate to sail the Seren Seas and his eternal bride. Captain James Hook and Trishelle Paige have been lost, and now it’s up to the gods to find them and bring them back. But when Aphrodite and Calyssa discover where the pirate couple have been, they’re not sure if this time they can actually save them. What makes it worse is that Pan’s mischievous spirit is up to no good, he will do anything to keep Hook and Trishelle right where they are… even if he has to resort to darker, more brutal means to do so.
EMBERLY (TAILS BOOK 3) by R E Butler
Lion shifter Diesel Cowan thought the worst thing he’d ever dealt with was the fall from a tree that gave him a very noticeable limp. But that terrible day has nothing on being rejected by the female the pride match-maker chose for him. Devastated, Diesel wonders if he’ll be alone forever.
The most exciting thing to have ever happened to Emberly Greer was when the TV weatherman ordered a latte from her parents’ coffee shop. When her friend Chloe’s bachelorette party ends up at a shifter bar, Em feels like she was destined to be there.
It doesn’t take long for Diesel to realize his heart-match is in the shifter bar where he works. Finding Emberly is the easy part, but revealing his flawed leg fills him with dread. If he can’t convince his beautiful mate that he’s worth loving, he doesn’t know what he’ll do. To complicate matters, the female who previously rejected him has had a change of heart, demanding the alpha enforce the mating contract. Can Diesel keep Emberly by his side forever?
FIRES OF HATRED: THE WAR AND DECEIT SERIES BOOK 1 by Erin O’Kane
‘My name is 625. At least, that’s the number branded into my skin, the only identity I have. My real name, whatever it was, was stripped from me when I was sold into slavery at age eight. I am now 20, and no more than property, my only purpose working in the palace. Until the day I meet him.’ The Elves and Humans have been at war for millennia.
No one even remembers why or how it started. When a slave girl is sent to clean in a forbidden part of the castle, she stumbles across a secret which could cost her life.
A captured Elf, sworn enemy of the Human people, forced into making Elven weaponry to fight against his own kin. Will they see past the differences between their races and help each other to survive? Or will their union only serve to stoke the fires of hatred?
HUSH OF STORM AND SORROW (EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES NOVELLAS BOOK 2) by L Penelope
While battling a vicious winter storm, Roshon ol-Sarifor, along with his father and twin brother are kidnapped and thrust on a journey that takes them far from home—leaving his sister Jasminda believing them dead. Their captors claim that the Queen Who Sleeps is behind their abduction—She wants them to reclaim a magical object hidden in a deadly part of the ocean. But a violent encounter with a gang of pirates forces the ol-Sarifors to seek refuge on a smuggler’s ship, where Roshon meets a girl unlike any he’s encountered before.
Ani Summerhawk never met a risk she didn’t take. But with a price on her head, she and her older brother need to make a quick getaway from a deal gone bad. Every ship in the sea is seeking the reward for returning her to a ruthless captain who believes she’s his property. But when her brother agrees to transport three passengers to a dangerous destination, Ani’s heart is put on the line for the first time. The two families battle a treacherous sea, greedy sailors, and a powerful mage as they struggle to retrieve and secure the ancient artifact. And the attraction between a high-spirited girl and a cautious boy comes to a head when they discover that their biggest fight just might be with each other.
BATTLE BOND (DEATH BEFORE DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Lindsay Buroker
I’m Val Thorvald, assassin of magical bad guys and tenuous ally to the dragon lord Zav.
He still calls me a mongrel and thinks I’m a criminal, but he healed my wounds after we fought those dark elves together. That’s progress, right? Maybe one day, he’ll deign to use my name. Not that this is my primary concern. I’m busy with a new assignment. Nin, the awesome lady who makes my magical weapons, has a werewolf problem. Specifically, sleazy loser werewolf competitors who want to drive her out of business. Or worse.
Normally, a couple of werewolves wouldn’t be a big deal, but these ones have powerful allies. And then there’s that new dragon.
It turns out he’s one of Zav’s enemies, and he wants to use me against him.
I don’t know why he’s picking on me—it’s not like I mean something to Zav—but somehow I’ve gotten stuck in the middle of dragon politics. If you think that sounds like a nightmare, you’re right. If I can’t figure out a way to help my friend with the werewolves while keeping these dragons from tearing me apart, we’re both going to end up flatter than the deck chairs when Zav lands on the roof of my apartment building.
FATES, FINS AND FANGS (GODS AND DEMONS BOOK 1) by Kaye Draper
Troya has given up her mythology geek ways to focus on pursuing her nursing degree. She’s made weird, but fierce friends in the growing city of Ontonagon, in the four years since she arrived as an orphaned, wounded teenager. She’s managing to make something of herself, despite the loss of her real family. But it seems like the universe has other plans for her. Weird visions, hallucinations that make her closest friends seem like monsters…probably just an over the top reaction to all the stress in her life. (Either that, or it’s a brain tumor.) When a creepy run-in with a monster during her clinical rotations at the hospital threatens to make her fail out of school, Troya thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. But she’s wrong. So wrong. The world Troya has known all her life is ripped away in one weird night, and even two hot roommates-turned-lovers might not be enough to salvage things. Not when her entire existence is overshadowed by the memory of a dark prince bathed in blood—and the pain that drove her to forget everything.
THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune
Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.
MAGIC REDEEMED (HALL OF BLOOD AND MERCY BOOK 2) by K M Shea
I thought life would be easier after I unsealed my magic. Spoiler: it’s not. I want to free my family from my traitorous cousin, but with all the allies he’s got guarding his back, even my new powers won’t be enough to beat him. My best bet is to use my parents’ signet ring to prove my claim of leadership. There’s just one problem…I can’t find it!
Things aren’t looking so good for my vampire housemates, either. As Killian Drake’s conflicts with the fae get worse, it’s clear that war will break out soon if something doesn’t change. Plus, Killian has gotten really weird about smelling me and invading my personal space. Every time he comes near my heart almost pops out of my chest, but I’m sure that’s just terror caused by being so close to the most feared vampire in the region.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
So, I’m a wizard searching for a ring while trying to survive living with a bunch of vampires and their deadly and suddenly touchy-feely leader. Yeah, life is definitely not easier.
WANTED: A MOMMY FOR CHRISTMAS (SEASONS OF LOVE BOOK 1) by Loretta Johns
VS Note: Yes this did just release on MAR 4. Hey, we could all use some holiday cheer!
I’m an elf. A Winter Cheer Elf, to be precise. A Winter Cheer Elf’s job is clear: from the fall solstice until spring, we are to spread as much cheer as possible. There are plenty of opportunities to do so, from small things such as providing free hot cocoa with marshmallows where people are enjoying sledding and ice skating to big ones, such as ensuring winter holidays go off without a hitch. I take my job seriously, but when my cousin Kristianos railed about a letter addressed to Santa being more suited to those doing Cupid duty later, I needed to know more. By the New Year, I had my answer. Come Valentine’s Day, I knew I was lost. Will spring blossom into our happily ever after? If I have any say in the matter, you better believe it!
NECROMANCER RISING (A RAEDAN WARRIOR NOVEL BOOK 1) by Ashton Abbott
The delicate balance of this world is threatened when Babd, goddess of war, is unleashed. With the help of other immortals drawn to her cause, she seeks to free her sisters and merge with them once more to form The Morrigan. Adeline Verone was prophesied to be the Queen of the Dead, the most powerful necromancer to ever grace this earth. The problem? She can’t access her powers. A group of immortals make it their mission to capture her, forcing Adeline to run for her life…and when that doesn’t work; to trust a brooding werewolf that is hiding an agenda of his own.
William Flynn had his life turned upside down at the loss of his brother. When a witch falls under his protection he makes the choice to betray her in order to protect his pack. He didn’t realize how much he would regret that decision.
Can Adeline and William ally for the sake of defending the world against The Morrigan, goddess of war, fate, and death? Or will William’s betrayal and the uncontrollable lust they feel for one another be their downfall?
NIGHT ANGEL (NIGHT GARGOYLE GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by Rosalie Redd
An angel he is not…Seth Denton, Gargoyle Night Guardian, was a freewheeling cowboy in his former life who experienced heartache first hand and has no desire for a repeat performance. When Hannah thinks he’s some kind of angel and weaves her way into his heart with her soft touch and gentle kiss, he must battle his all-consuming need for her along with the internal demons of his bitter past to save her from the dark fae intent on stealing her soul.
Hannah McAllister longs to find a meant-to-be, eternal love and fantasizes about Seth a hot, sexy Gargoyle Night Guardian. When a dark fae threatens to not only destroy her life but strip away every last ounce of goodness in her soul, Seth vows to protect her. As the battle escalates and she falls deeper into his world and into his arms, will she miss out on her one chance at everlasting love?
ADRIC’S HEART: A FADA NOVEL (THE FADA SHAPESHIFTER SERIES BOOK 6) by Rebecca Rivard
To save his clan, this bad boy alpha sacrificed everything—even his honor. Will he be forced to give up his mate as well? Cougar shifter Adric Savonett is the youngest alpha in the world—and not because he’s a nice guy. He and his sister are alive today thanks to the ruthlessness he hides beneath his cocky rock-star exterior. But now his sister is in danger from a dark fae prince.
Dolphin shifter Rosana do Rio might be young and inexperienced, but her heart recognizes Adric as her mate. Unfortunately, their clans are bitter rivals, and Adric refuses to play Romeo to her Juliet. Then Rosana comes to him with an offer he never expected—and can’t refuse. That one night he’s craved with her? She’s ready. He shouldn’t say yes, but he can’t resist. But that one night sets off a deadly chain of events, and the two find themselves locked in a battle with the malevolent fae prince—with Rosana as the prize. Adric must choose between saving her…or his sister. Make the wrong choice, and none of them will get home alive.
INHUMANE by Natasha Larry and Rainy Kaye
The world is losing its humanity. When Addie returns to her small town in Louisiana, everything has changed for the worse—the people she once knew have fallen into a sinister madness that has left no explanation. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the only person in the town who seems to have any sanity intact is her once best friend and former love interest, Samir. Despite their mutual animosity, Addie and Samir are forced to team up to protect themselves from the Inhumane as they try to unravel what happened. Their search brings them to a young woman who cannot speak and writes in indecipherable runes. She has something important to say, but Addie and Samir are running out of time to figure it out. They are starting to hear voices—the kind that wants them to do bad things. And they’re sounding better and better. Addie will have to dig deep, both in the town and in herself, to find the source of the madness before she, too, becomes inhumane.
DEADLY DIAGNOSIS (PHOENIX AGENCY UNIVERSE BOOK 14) by Tina Donahue
VS Note: From February. I one clicked it.
A lifesaving gift…a plan for domination and death. Within her unique DNA, Kimana holds the means to cure any illness permanently, a talent she’s used on those in her Shoshone community. When the billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical concern accidentally discovers what she can do, he fears the end to disease and his profits, and wants her dead.
As a member of the Phoenix Agency, Lucas arrives to protect Kimana from those set on her destruction. Ex-military intelligence, he’s seen a lot but no one like her, a woman seemingly born for him, her presence needed in his life, her gift as unique as his paranormal talent. To Kimana, he’s the man she’s been waiting for. Together, they battle an adversary driven by insatiable greed who’ll stop at nothing to take what he wants. When her and Lucas’s lives are at risk, her gift can only save one before draining her life force and threatening her existence. A sacrifice she’s willing to make for Lucas.
A TOUCH OF TRUTH: THE TOWERS OF EARTH BOOK 1 by Nita Round
People have gone missing and no one knows where they’ve gone. The only clue left behind is blood, lots of blood, and a single silver brooch. Magda Stoner, captain of the airship Verity, has questions, and the Order for which she works has no answers to give. She has been directed to enlist assistance from Lucinda Ravensburgh, a tower witch and truthsayer. Lucinda sees truth in everything she touches, a gift, or curse, enhanced by the magic of the tower in which she resides. It’s a gift that comes with great responsibility and a duty to those she serves. When Magda asks for aid, Lucinda cannot refuse. Whilst Magda and Lucinda seek the evil behind the disappearances, all manner of threats imperil their lives. Ascara is the warrior who must protect them as their search becomes more and more dangerous. At the moment Lucinda touches the silver brooch, all three lives are changed forever. Three must become one if these strong women are to succeed when traversing the path of justice. But the path they tread is littered with lies, deception, betrayal, and dark forces. No matter what, the Trinity of Truth must form and hold strong. “Wise birds whisper, Rage of Fire, Strength of Ice”.
A TOUCH OF RAGE: THE TOWERS OF EARTH BOOK 2 by Nita Round
As foretold, the Trinity of Truth must finally face the Mistress of the Night. Lucinda, Ascara, and Magda have survived several dangerous encounters with the various agents of Sh’Na. It is time for them to brave the beast herself in the pyramid from Lucinda’s dreams. Magda, however, has met this Queen of the Desert before. Now her past history has risen to confront her…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SHARK BAIT: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (THE AQUATERRESTIAL TASK FORCE BOOK 2) by Mandy Rosko
This honey badger is no one’s bait. Not even if the shark is cute as hell. Delilah Lovett is considered a little…odd. She’s used to it. Not everyone is comfortable around someone who takes care of the dead. Her skills are often in high demand, and she’s just been recruited to consult on a job for the Aquaterrestrial Task Force. There’s a possible traitor in their midst, and they need her genius to make sure the evidence hasn’t been tampered with.
Aiden Reyes doesn’t back down from a challenge, which is why he is given a special mission: be a bodyguard to a badass badger who insists she doesn’t need one. He figures the difficulties he faces with her will be nothing compared to the threat coming from within his own ranks, the killer who could potentially know the exact locations and missions of every FPU agent. Meeting Delilah and discovering she’s his mate is all the more reason for Aiden to want to find the murderer quickly and take them down. Not only does he need to protect Delilah, but he also needs the case to be solved so he can be with his overly serious, beautiful mate.
AGENT COLTON: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (OTHERWORLD AGENTS BOOK 1) by Godiva Glenn
MAGIC ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY…Alexander Colton isn’t who everyone thinks he is—a drunk, abrasive headhunter for some of the nastiest individuals in the city. The truth is, he’s a unicorn. Oh, and he’s an undercover agent for the Federal Paranormal Unit, hot on the trails of a vicious serial killer. SHE CAN’T ESCAPE FATE…Sybrina Reynolds knows there’s more to life than her nine-to-five, and not just figuratively. She has a secret connection to the universe at large. She’s never told another soul her truth, and she’s got no plans to. When she comes home to a dangerous intruder, it can’t be a coincidence. TIME IS RUNNING OUT…Colton knows Sybrina is his mate, but he pushes her away to keep her safe. Then he thwarts an attempt to kidnap her, and they’re thrust into a hiding together. Someone is after Sybrina. Colton knows who, but only Sybrina knows why—and she’s not telling. In order to save her life and end a vicious pattern of murders, they’ll have to work together and stop keeping secrets.
DEFENDING HER HONEY BADGER: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT 9DISRUPTING CRINIS BOOK 2) by Renee Hewett
Risa Neubauer is getting used to her new reality as a solo agent in the Federal Paranormal Unit. Since her partner left the FPU, she’s been hiding behind computers again, not finding her place in the field. But when Cynthia Vega tasks her with infiltrating the Cult of Crinis, Risa can’t turn it down. She was among the team who’d discovered them, and it’s a great opportunity to be on the team that takes them out at the head.
Theodore “Teddy” Ludwick loves being on the Badass Badger Squad. He’s not super thrilled that he has to accept a joint task force mission with an octopus from the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, but things take a turn when he meets the petite blond and learns she’s his mate. Can Teddy allow Risa to get close to a dangerous cult leader when there is so much at stake?
REBORN YESTERDAY by Tessa Bailey
A timeless love story with bite. It was a night like any other for funeral home director Ginny Lynn, until the exceptionally handsome–and unfortunately deceased–young man on her embalming table sat up, opened his emerald eyes and changed the course of her life forever, making her feel quite fluttery while he was at it. Humans aren’t supposed to know Jonas Cantrell, or any vampire, exists. It’s kind of a major rule. Despite his instantaneous bond with perfectly peculiar Ginny, he has no choice but to erase her memories of their one and only meeting.
That was the plan. Before a reluctant Jonas can wipe Ginny’s mind clean, she reveals a secret that brings their worlds crashing together. Human and vampire. Past and present. Darkness and light. And while their love is strictly forbidden, it might be the only thing that can save them.
SERAPHIM ACADEMY 2: SINFUL THINGS by Elizabeth Briggs
They tried to intimidate me. They tried to get me expelled. They tried to bring me to my knees. They failed. The angelic princes betrayed me, and now it’s time for this little succubus to get her revenge. My secret’s been exposed, but I’m not leaving Seraphim Academy until I rescue my brother. I know where he is, and I’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back—alive. Even if it means going up against the secret society that uses murder and blackmail to control things from the shadows. They may be powerful and ancient, but I’ve infiltrated their ranks and I’m not afraid of them. Especially with my sexy—and totally off-limits—professor helping me take the society down. I might even get the angelic princes to help me too, if they can behave this time. But I’ll have to be careful, because now that the angels and demons know I exist? They both want to control me—or they want me dead.
BAT AND THE BONE by Alexa Gregory
This bat likes a good bone…Mila Starling is a forensic anthropologist who studies bones. And as a vampire bat, she loves her steak raw but her Highland cattle shifter detectives hot. The last thing that Mila ever expected was for The Bloody Doctor to escape prison after nearly two decades of incarceration. But Detective T-Bone, a tall wall of muscular man cake, drops the bomb that the notorious serial killer is on the loose. He’s come to enlist Mila’s help due to her encyclopedic knowledge of the notorious serial killer’s crimes. Too bad he didn’t realize that Mila’s obsession with the atrocities was the daughter trying to make up for the sins of the mother. That’s right. T-Bone’s new partner is the murderer’s daughter. But Mila is adamant that her link to the Bloody Doctor won’t stop her from bringing her mother to justice. They head out on the road, hoping to catch their mark before more bodies pile up. Their mission brings them to the Bloody Doctor’s jail cell where the proof is in the blood.
BETRAYAL (BLOOD TRAILS BOOK 7) by Jennifer Blackstream
Shade’s Unseelie master has a new case for her. Someone is stealing Unseelie artifacts, piecing together the tools to perform a lost ritual. Shade must recover the artifacts and return them to their rightful owners—But only after the thief has finished the spell.
Shade’s contract is clear, but her conscience isn’t. The ritual is dangerous, and if she lets the thief succeed, their blood will be on her hands. To make matters worse, this case is full of familiar faces. Faces that still haunt her nightmares.
Every revelation raises the stakes, and soon Shade finds her professional life becoming a lot more personal, and the path ahead less and less clear. When Shade finds the thief, she’ll have a choice to make. And there’s no guarantee that the friends she begins with will still be by her side when it’s all over.
HIDDEN MAGIC (MAGIC UNDERGROUND MYTHOLOGIES BOOK 1) by Various
No matter the world, life can be dangerous. Be they wizards and shamans, assassins, or everyday people, Hidden Magic tells their stories about escape, consequences, and most of all, magic. From Earth cities and fantastical new worlds comes a collection of stories where heroes grapple with the seen and unseen in order to save themselves, their families, and often the world. This collection features: Elderly antiques experts interacting with souls, Shamans growing outlawed magic, Baby chimeras battling for their lives…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
RUNES, RUINS AND REDEMPTION: STALLION RIDGE BOOK 5 by Maz Maddox
Redemption has long evaded the former Enforcer, Sebastian. Viewed as a monster, Sebastian has roamed the country in hiding, running from his bloody past and failures. A series of mistakes has left him hopelessly lost and waist deep in dark, uncharted territory. In order to escape certain death, he makes a deal that may seal his fate.
Lucas has been chasing after his heart for years. Sebastian has been a ghost he cannot grasp and the demons of his past are closing in. Joined by Elliot, a charming and mysterious doctor, the pair wades into darkness and untold dangers.
Lucas had expected to face all manner of foes on his way to save Sebastian. He didn’t expect Elliot to be the missing piece of the puzzle.
WEAKENED MOUNTAINS (ARTEMIS UNIVERSITY BOOK 4) by Erin R Flynn
My name is Tamsin Vale, and I survived my first semester at Artemis University… And several Biblical plagues. Of all the things I’d been expecting, plagues weren’t one of them. We still don’t know who the culprit was or if it was simply a prank, so there’s possibly another threat out there against me. Add it to the list. Unfortunately, that damn list is getting long. But despite all of that, I think I’m getting the hang of this college thing. I like my classes, I’m doing well in them, and I’m making progress on also finishing high school. I have some normal in my completely crazy life with friends, a boyfriend, and typical worries someone my age should have.
Granted, I’m still sleeping with my professor and a dragon prince, while trying to save all fairies, fair folk, and Faerie, but also help my friends and women in an extremely sexist society that treats them like property and fight the corruption of the councils. That should be enough to keep a woman busy for the rest of her life. It should have been… Except there’s a serious problem the dragons are facing, and they need my help. The lives of millions are at stake, so as much as I want to only focus on my people and my problems, they might have to wait a little bit longer. This will definitely end with more threats against me.
HEART OF SHADOWS (ALICE WORTH BOOK 5) by Lisa Edmonds
A magic-induced bloodbath during a Vampire Court gala leaves Alice and her boyfriend, alpha werewolf Sean Maclin, wounded. Alice and her ghost sidekick Malcolm reluctantly agree to investigate the deadly supernatural attack. When they vanish without a trace, Sean, his pack, and the Court form an uneasy alliance to locate them. Days later, Sean finds Alice on the side of the road far from home, with no memory and no magic—and no sign of Malcolm.
For Sean, Alice’s condition means starting over with the woman he loves. For Alice, it’s a chance to escape painful memories of her violent past, but she knows she needs her power back before her enemies learn she’s vulnerable. To find Malcolm and her stolen magic, she and Sean team up with his pack, a white witch, the Court, and a pair of dangerous black witches. Their investigation unearths an ancient vendetta and a shadowy enemy so powerful and ruthless, no one involved—most of all Alice—will ever be the same.
DOOM’S DAY (HALPERT-MCGONOUGH PACK BOOK 3) by Jeanette Lynn
Lorna “Doom” Honeywell knew there would be days like this, but she was just doing what she did best, stomping through life in her combat boots with that dark attitude, one sarcastic comment and inappropriate snicker at a time. Until him, that is. She doesn’t want him, she tells herself. She’s never asked for anything from him. Yet the bear offers her all she could ever want and more, if only she’s willing to take that leap, and play by his rules. Lor never much liked rules. And that wolf friend of his, that guy had it out for her, she doesn’t care how he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. When Doom’s life comes to a head and she is forced to accept some harsh truths about herself, as well as make some decisions, she realizes her day has finally come.
TAMING THEIR TAILFINS: HOWLS ROMANCE by Marianna Morea
VS Note: A re-release
Shifters? Not a chance. Valerie Ross doesn’t take no for an answer. Especially when she’s hell-bent on knowing if her book loving BFF is actually happy or if she’s happily psychotic in a self-made fantasy. Shifters? Not a chance. With her friend M.I.A. for a month, and the only clue about her whereabouts a cryptic note, the truth isn’t easy to accept. Not until she’s thrown together with two sex-on-a-stick shifters of her own that make her blood boil and her panties wet.
A depth of passion only a Mermaid could love. Fire and fury set this threesome ablaze when passions ignite at depths only a mermaid could love. Twice the trouble and twice the sizzle convince Valerie three is never a crowd, but when old rivalries pit their new Triad against her best friend’s mate, an ancient feud threatens to tear more than just their clans apart— especially when a hidden enemy takes Valerie as his pawn. Can enemies become allies in time to save more than just their pride?
MATED ENEMIES by Jordan Silver
He’s my enemy, it has been this way since the bond of the ancients and yet, ever since the first moment I saw him, I’ve wanted him in the most primal way. One look at him and my womb contracted as my body secreted its juices as if preparing to mate.
Thousands of years ago a vampire-fairy mating went very wrong, ending in the death of one and the permanent insanity of another, causing a rift between the two clans that has lasted until this day.
Now crown prince Lucien Star of the sky kingdom, home of the ruling clan of vampires who also rule over the rest of the immortal world finds himself imprinted on a fairy living in the human world. He has only seven days to bring her to heel or his life could go up in flames, literally.
But when he spies on her as she takes her early morning swim in the little lake beside her woodland home, he senses that there’s more to his future bride than at first glance. Something that can make an already dangerous situation worst: much-much worst.
ASCENSION (HER SOULKEEPERS BOOK 3) by Sadie Moss
Kaius won’t succeed. I’ll make sure of it. The angry, vindictive god wants to make an example of me and my men. To destroy us forever. As dangerous and unlikely as it is, if there’s even a chance we can find this mysterious god who will stand up to Kaius, who’ll be strong enough to beat him, we have to try. I’ll risk oblivion itself to protect the men I love. The keepers of my soul. The keepers of my heart.
TITHED TO THE FAR (FAE MATES BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant
The fae just made a big mistake…Tamsin had her life just as she liked it. Her own cozy cottage, a sisterhood of kick-butt friends, and even the perfect guy (glossy ginger fur, wet black nose, loves cuddles and chicken. Yes, he’s a dog). Then some jerk shoved her through a stone circle into fairyland. These fae are not sweet, family-friendly pixies. More like Fifty Shades of Fairydust. And they’re all eying her up like she’s the last wine cooler at book club night…The fae say she belongs to them now. That there’s no way she can escape. Well, these jacked-up Tinkerbells can shove that right up their sparkly you-know-wheres. Tamsin’s armed with wit, grit, and a deeply unimpressed Pomeranian. This human is going home. And woe betide any fae who gets in her way. Even if he’s tall, gorgeous, and just saved her life…
Stolen from her own world…and she’s stolen his heart – Fae warrior Cuan pitied the poor defenseless human woman. That was before he met her (and the horrifying ball of fluff and fangs she claims is a dog. Truly the human world is a dark, terrible place). One glance, and Cuan knows that their fates are intertwined. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE WERELION TYCOON’S FORGOTTEN MATE: HOWLS ROMANCE by Celia Kyle
Elias has rid his pride of treacherous lions that stole Avery away and still hunts for his lost mate—unwilling to believe she’s dead as the traitors claimed. A chance glimpse during a conference call gives him her location, but when he arrives, he never expects that he’s been forgotten—or that his lost mate is pregnant with his cub! Now that he’s found her, he will have to convince Avery that their relationship was more than a vacation fling on the Greek Isles and that the scar on her shoulder is his mating bite. She belongs to him… forever!
CAGED MAGIC (IRON SERPENT CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Sadie Jacks
Healing others is killing her. Kiema Feuer needs to disappear. Trapped by her parents so they can use her healing magic for their own purposes, Kiema is more prisoner than daughter. But when the cost of escape could mean her life, she’s willing to risk everything to gain her freedom. Her one chance at freedom pits her against the sexy as sin Ransom Kolefni, a man with plans—and magic—of his own. With her window of escape quickly closing, she’s caught between following her heart or a slim chance of survival. Will Kiema be able to trust the man who’s brought her to life? Or will she long for the days of imprisonment?
A MODERN LADY LOST IN TIME by Denise Daye
Isabella Astley, a true Victorian lady who was born into one of England’s finest houses, wants to control her own destiny. But with a mother who is willing to marry her off to the highest bidder, a life of misery seems to lie ahead of her.
On the night she defies her mother’s demands, she believes her life is finally her own, but that notion is soon shattered by a freak accident that catapults her to 21st century Philadelphia.
Now trapped in a strange new world filled with endless lights and horse-free carriages, she struggles to understand how or why she’s there and how she’ll ever return to 1881 London.
Incredibly, Liam, the handsome and compelling Army veteran who almost hit her with his car, may be the only one who can help her return to her life and find answers about how she traveled through time. That is, if she can outwit a mysterious stranger who has followed her every move and make sense of her growing feelings for Liam and what she’ll leave behind.
SINGLE DAD MATCHMATE by Jade Alters
Victoria is successful in every part of her life… except when it comes to love. She’s put her blood, sweat, and tears into building her company. But she’s still unfulfilled. She’s dated the so-called “cream of the crop” of investment bankers, lawyers, doctors, and even CEOs…Uninspired, the result always ends up being the same – an empty bottle and an empty bed.
Luke – Ex-military. Single dad. Bear shifter. Standing in at 6’4, Luke is all brawn. Big muscles. Big hands. Big heart. But BIG isn’t enough to handle his two children… Let alone the town that relies on him to fill the Sheriff’s shoes. When fate brings these two opposites together, there is an instant attraction. However, things are far from perfect as Luke and Victoria are confronted with new challenges that push them over the edge in more ways imaginable.
WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS: ANTHOLOGY by Various
VS Note: Not SFR or PNR but another fund raiser to help Australia’s recovery efforts. I one clicked – I love stories about Australia!
When the Smoke Clears is a gay romance anthology that contains stories related to the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires and the heroes who helped control them and save lives. It is a multi-author anthology raising money for the Country Fire Authority and Wildlife Victoria.
Authors include Ann Grech, Becca Seymour, Bronwyn Heeley, L.J. Harris, L.J. Hayward, Lisa Henry, Louisa Masters, Meg Bawden, Naomi Aoki, Nic Starr, T.A. Bellmond, & Zoe Piper.
VS: If you enjoy STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE, there are 5 other books in this connected series, all of which can be read as a standalones! Get them wherever you buy your ebooks!
Suggested Reading Order: MAROONED, OUTBREAK,STOWAWAY,SONGBIRD, MYSTERY DANCER, IDOL’S CURSE.
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
“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.