STORM OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 7) by Anna Hackett
VS Note: Always a pleasure to have a new one from Anna to read!
When a Terran weapons scientist finds herself the target of deadly alien assassins, only one fierce alien warrior can keep her safe. Weapons scientist Dr. Finley Delgado wants to get her new laser defense weapon operational to protect Earth from the insectoid Kantos invasion. She has to make this work. She’s failed in the past and people paid with their lives, and she won’t fail again. What she doesn’t need is a big, brawny warrior that Space Corps orders her to work with getting in her way. Finley wants her solitude, not a massive distraction in the shape of a tall, hard Eon warrior. Security Commander Sabin Solann-Ath is a warrior through and through, like his entire family before him. He’s disciplined, dedicated, and hiding a dark secret he’d prefer to keep buried. He won’t allow anyone or anything to disrupt his control. When he’s ordered to Earth to help with a secret weapon, he vows to do everything he can to help their allies, even work with a statuesque, prickly scientist. He and Finley get off to a rocky start…but when the Kantos send a team of assassins after Finley, Sabin will do anything to protect her. Sent to a secret facility deep in the Australian desert, Finely and Sabin are drawn closer and closer. She sees beyond the warrior to the man, and he uncovers a passionate woman. But Finley threatens everything Sabin has fought hard to control, and as they fight off the devious Kantos, they both will face the demons of their pasts.
Aurora Day is running from a crime she didn’t commit – or at least, she didn’t mean to commit. But the intergalactic soldiers on the hunt for the woman known as the Fox don’t care about the details. Hiding out on the remote frontier moon of Clotho is her only hope for survival. But to gain access, she has to adopt an alien baby. Aurora is shocked when she learns that a dragon warrior of the Invicta is part of the package.
Kade knows two things about Aurora. The bright-eyed Terran is going to be the mother of the child he has pledged to guard and grown to love. And the mysterious woman is fated to be his mate. But Aurora has no interest in his love, and she doesn’t even seem to be that interested in adorable baby Lyra. She’s clearly hiding some secrets, and Kade is determined to unearth them before his dragon’s wild lust for her burns them both alive. When Kade runs afoul of the local law enforcement, only Aurora can save him. The perfect life she’s dared to dream of is almost in her grasp, and now it’s all about to come crashing down around her. Will she stand her ground and fight for her new family? Or will the Fox keep running for freedom?
Eliana’s life has never been what one might term ordinary. At least, it hasn’t been for a very long time. As a powerful Immortal Guardian, she spends her nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires that most of humanity doesn’t even realize exist. Then an opportunity arises that instantly makes her extraordinary existence seem downright boring. The leader of the Immortal Guardians asks her to guard a group of mortals who are embarking upon a voyage across the galaxy to the planet Lasara. How could she possibly say no?
In no time at all, Eliana is hurtling through space on board a Lasaran battleship and getting to know not one but two alien races. It’s the most exciting adventure of her long life… until the ship is unexpectedly attacked. Amid the chaos and destruction that follow, she valiantly helps everyone she can before an explosion renders her unconscious. When Eliana awakens, she finds herself alone, floating in space, clad only in a spacesuit, with no ship in sight. Alone—that is—except for the warm, deep voice that carries over the comm in her helmet.
Commander Dagon and the crew of the Segonian battleship Ranasura respond …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
VS Note: Of course I had this pre-ordered!!!
He’s cute. He’s cranky. His code is sleek as hell.
What’s an amnesiac AI doing in a place like this? Helix has no idea. He knows he planned to build a life for himself on Gravas Station, but he has no clue what he’s been doing for the last half cycle. Nor does he understand why his ship crashed. A genius Tiralan scientist saved him by copying his code into an organic host, and after meeting her meddling mothers, it seems like his problems have only just begun…She’s clever. She’s creative. She claims that he’s her mate. Qalu has no interest in relationships. She’d much rather be working in her lab, innovating instead of socializing. Problem is, the Tiralan believe that one cannot be happy alone. When a solution literally falls from the sky, she leaps at the opportunity to advance her research and teach Helix how to be Tiralan while calming her mothers’ fears. It might be unconventional, but she’s ready to break all the rules for a little peace. They agree to pose as each other’s mates for the most logical reasons, but love always finds a way.
Hide and seek is a lot less fun in an alien prison where the winner gets… me. Rian: I’m not a stranger to being behind bars, but this prison leaves a lot to be desired. There are zero communal showers, minimal locking cells, and the other prisoners are extremely hostile. That could be because they are aliens and this is a prison in another galaxy. Add in the fact that I’m a human female, and my life span has just dropped some serious time.
I’m about to go down fighting when a scary blue alien with spikes decides he’s my rescuer. Except he doesn’t seem happy about my presence and, well, join the club, buddy. Mikko: After spending a third of my life in the Pit, I returned for some payback but instead find a human female fighting for her life. She’s small, snarly, and irritatingly beautiful. When a coveted reward is offered to the prisoners for our capture, the game changes. My enemies thought I was unpredictable with anger issues before? They haven’t seen anything yet. I’ll escape again with my female, and then the real payback begins.
When Stephanie volunteered to be part of the Beshtast breeding program, she did it more for inspiration than to meet a mate. After all, an alien planet! What could be better for a painter? But then she meets Terk; he’s handsome, artistic, and intelligent, and they feel an instantaneous attraction. But after some very intense fireworks at their first meeting, things take a turn, and Terk becomes domineering and altogether too alpha for her liking. Pair-bond or no pair-bond, Stephanie’s not going to stand for it. As soon as she reaches Beshtast, she intends to turn around and head back to Earth.
No matter how hard he tries, Terk cannot get Stephanie out of his mind. Her scent overwhelms him whenever she is near, memories of the sounds she makes when he touches her haunt him when he closes his eyes, and he cannot escape the feeling that she is more important than anything else in his world. The only problem? She is completely unwilling to submit to him. She pushes back at each and every one of his commands, and finds increasingly interesting ways to disobey him. Terk is beginning to think he will need to take a firmer hand with her when they arrive back on his planet, even if that means dominating her completely. He will admit… he thinks he might even enjoy it.
“You weren’t the only one who was rescued. We saved each other.” Emma is on vacation with her six siblings to ring in the New Year with everything auspicious and nothing to do with broken relationships, disappointments, and heartache. But what she got was an alien abduction. Raeko, a beautiful green star-being, rescues her from horrific beasts that want her to reproduce for them. His protection and honesty stirs her heart in a way that echoes the love she has always wanted. Is he Emma’s New Year’s gift? Or is he another male who’s going to bruise her heart?
The hot tattooed alien desires to claim me as his mate. And I just may let him! Starlight Matchmaking Agency shows up in my neighborhood. Could it be fate? Though I’ve sworn never to step foot in one, I find myself entering the facility. Now I find out why Briel, Ariana, and Gemma disappeared. Taklun looks like a super buff human except for the odd tattoos on his body. The instant attraction sends me careening through space. So much for the vow of never doing this. Now, I’m experiencing things I never knew existed. All because I chose YES at Starlight Matchmaking. Taklun shows me his power and diplomatic abilities first hand. I can’t help but fall in love with the alien. I hope we survive the peril we face and see what kind of future we have.
The craziest night in Air Force trainee pilot and rave enthusiast Ellie LaValle’s life starts when police raid the underground party she’s at and she ends up in the back of a paddy wagon being transported to jail. Then there’s a flash of light, she passes out–and she wakes up in a cage on a spaceship! Horrified Ellie soon discovers that she’s being forced into a subservient role as the Omega to an alien Alpha. Worse, she is given injections to imprint mentally and hormonally on whoever buys her. Determined to escape and get revenge, she’s in the process of planning to free herself when another spaceship attacks–and she finds herself rescued by space pirates! More to come… His Alien Slave is the third book in the Alien Pirates of Cania series. Each book is a full-length sci-fi romance novel with a happy ending.
Slag is a gentle giant so damaged from his years toiling in the irradiated green salt mines of Rhoid he can barely function except to do his job, eat, and sleep. Something awakens within him, though, causing him to run to KJ’s rescue when she’s thrown into the mine as punishment. Fate has a plan for these two. Will they look beyond what keeps them apart and acknowledge all the reasons they should be together? KJ: Although he can’t talk, his compassionate behavior speaks volumes. After digging through all the layers underneath that rough exterior, there’s so much to admire. Is our connection strong enough to build a relationship? Slag: Protect.
During a mission on planet Tragul, I have the misfortune to get stranded with Lieutenant Agan Drankai, the most arrogant prick in the entire alien army of Ravils. I even happen to save his life during the combat. But the big, tough Agan isn’t too pleased about being saved by a “tiny” human female. When he and I end up separated from the rest, we get captured and brought to a secret lab supposedly operated by our allies. A rogue scientist performs an illegal experiment on Agan, which finally allows the cocky lieutenant to get a taste of his own medicine. The tough guy is now no bigger than my palm. Did he hate to be saved by a woman before? Now, he literally has to be carried back to his army base by one. And the safest way for me to do that is to stuff him in my bra. Despite his reduced size, Agan’s ego remains as big as ever, but so are his confidence, courage, and loyalty. The better I get to know him, the more I find his “little self” growing on me.
Melody Simmons desperately needs to fill her bank accounts with credits that could help her family climb out of near poverty. And in the Virgin Hunt Games, that means enticing as many hunters as possible to bed her. The downside? Billions of viewers from all parts of the galaxy would be watching her fall from virtue with avid interest. Alien Damon Banscott despises everything about the Virgin Hunt Games. Except the fact he can now legally destroy his enemy in the games. He is in this only for revenge. Then Damon sees one of the beautiful hunted and, for a moment, his heart stops beating. He’ll fight to the death before allowing another hunter to touch and deflower Melody. But while the hunters get more credits by pleasing their captive mate sexually, the hunted women received more by finding their pleasure with any of the hunters who weren’t their assigned mate. Let the games begin.
Madeline – So here I am, on Mars. The accommodations are luxurious and the food is excellent. But I’m a thousand years in the future and light years away from my beloved sister. Earth is doomed and that means she is too. I have a plan, and I will achieve it like I have every other goal in my life. The first thing I need is to make a powerful Martian fall in love with me. Damious – I am King of Mars, yet I have still not been matched with my Earthling mate. When I see the beautiful little female at the bridal house, I am sure she is mine. When the matching system finally confirms my instinct, I go to claim her. The moment I smell her delicious scent, I am undone. And for the first time in my life, I lose control. Madeline – When I’m matched with the King of Mars, I know I’ve really lucked out. He’s the exact person who can rescue my sister. Unfortunately, I’m so turned on when I’m around the godly Martian, I can barely think.
King Damious has the crushing responsibility of Mars on his shoulders. How will I convince him to risk his planet for me? Especially after I discover my feelings for him are stronger than the throbbing need building inside me?
Ten years ago, Tasha Kincaid lost everything in a heist gone wrong. Since then, she’s spent every day plotting her revenge on Veronika Greer, the woman who double-crossed her. So when Tasha learns of Veronika’s brand new cruise ship – and the fortune held within – Tasha knows exactly what she has to do.
Baz Vaughn is a mercenary with a price on his head, criss-crossing the galaxy in search of the job that will finally make him enough to pay his bounty. The two meet by chance, and what begins as the promise of a one-night stand transforms them from strangers into partners in crime. If they want to outsmart Veronika, they have to put aside their instant chemistry. But the more they get to know each other, the harder it gets to deny their attraction – especially on a ship designed for pleasure.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. I love her writing. Sounds intriguing…
The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa—a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past. Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks—alone, except for her fox companion—searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers. But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?
Fake. Hired to be his pretend omega girlfriend. So why is it starting to feel all too real? Leah – Catching feelings for clients is stupid and Leah knows better. She’s a professional. Her years at the Glittering Gem have hardened and shaped her into the woman she’s become, and she likes it that way. She has all of the control in her relationships with her clients. Until Gray hires her to pretend to be his girlfriend at his business partner’s wedding aboard an orbiting cruise ship. It’s supposed to be a week on a luxury cruise ship in space. She’s meant to sip cocktails on the artificial beach and eat gourmet food prepared by the very best chefs. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan and it’s definitely not what this Alpha hired her for. So then why can’t she stay professional and keep her feelings out of it?
Gray – Money can buy Gray everything he wants . . . except for peace and quiet. He’s tired of the constant barrage of questions about who he’s dating, why he’s not married yet, and when will he settle down. He doesn’t expect to like Leah so much, and he certainly doesn’t plan on making this fake relationship real. He has an upcoming merger to deal with — one that will change not only the fate of his company, but humanity itself. It’s the deal of the century. Something that might give Earth a fighting chance to ward off the invading Theta-Dev aliens. This is no time for distractions. Falling in love isn’t part of his plan. So then why can’t he suppress these Alpha urges that she brings to his surface?
He fell from the sky and crashed into an alien. Pilot Brendan Scott never dreamed an engine fire would thrust him into the path of a mystery woman with the face of an angel. Or that he’d wake up in her bed with no memory of how he got there. Her explanation has holes big enough to fly a starship through, and his heightened empathy tells him she’s concealing more secrets than a nebula. But when they touch, logic takes a space walk. Their otherworldly connection captivates him, heart and soul. Libra Hawke never imagined rescuing Brendan from the crash would knock her world off its axis. Or that he’d draw her like a magnet. She shouldn’t want him. He’s human. She’s not. But his touch summons a sensual reaction, proving he might be her destined mate… if he can accept her alien nature. And her power. Will revealing the truth bind them together, or scatter them to the stars?
VS Note: Listed in Erotica…
When Liz is abducted by aliens, she doesn’t expect to wind up sharing her body with one. Fortunately for her, Zen presents himself as a man straight out of her fantasies, and he’s not alone. Cole is also a human sharing space with another consciousness—an alien named Voss. Zen, Cole, and Voss have been lovers for years, and they want Liz to join them. Can she really be part of this unusual foursome? Or will her inhibitions and human hang-ups get in the way?
My name is Alice, and I live in the Bugpocalypse. I survived my first post-apocalyptic winter, hiding out in an abandoned hardware store with my cousin, Natalie. But spring is here. And that’s bad news! With warm weather comes the endless swarms of deadly bugs. Natalie is injured, and it’s up to me to forage for food. But there’s just one little problem. Okay, so “little” isn’t the best word to describe the fierce Xarc’n warrior who is obsessed with me. Kaj’k is freakin’ HUGE! And his sharp claws, pointy fangs, and massive horns are scary AF. I reject his gift of food and flowers, but my massively muscled alien hunter doesn’t get the hint. He tosses me over his shoulders and carries me to his shuttle. I expect the worse, but all he does is purr at me. Kaj’k – I’ve spent my entire life fighting the swarm. Genetically engineered to hunt the scourge across the galaxy, Xarc’n hunters are the ultimate predator. It takes a lot to take one of us down. Then, I meet the little human female who brings me to my knees. My Alice is full of fire, and I have no doubt she could survive on her own. But she’s my mate, and she’s mine to protect. When cannibals and scourge threaten my female, I toss her over my shoulder and carry her to my ship. Now that I have my mate in my arms, I’m never letting her go!
Haunted by a past that almost destroyed her, Cleo Newman won’t let anything ruin her career. She leads the crew on the Apocalypse, and they have the highest success rate of any conservation ship. But she has two problems messing with her head: the stifling orders from High Command, and her tempting partner, Hunter, who she spent one blistering night with. But Cleo learned the hard way never to mix business and pleasure, so she can’t have him.
Hunter never expected to find love with a human, but Cleo consumes him. He had a single taste of her, but then backed off when she asked to keep things professional. But he’s done waiting. They’re perfect for each other, and when her life is threatened, he doesn’t hold back from protecting her and ensuring she knows what they both need.
When a mission goes off-plan and Cleo’s future is in jeopardy, Hunter makes the ultimate sacrifice to ensure she keeps her dreams alive. But whatever it takes, he won’t lose her.
KENSHO (CLAIMINGS) by Lyn Gala
VS Note: Cover was a bit too hot for my PG13 blog.
Liam and Ondry have a stable relationship. However, the universe continues to move on even when their unconventional romance has settled into a comfortable partnership. Humans and Rownt struggle to find a place of mutual respect and understanding. Assumptions on each side make that difficult. Even the one human who understands the Rownt best–Liam Munson–is endlessly surprised by the corners of Rownt history he can access now that he is tuk-ranked. From egglings to the Rownt path into space to Rownt opinions on the concept of Kensho, there are more stories to tell, in and out of the nest Liam and Ondry have built together.
Alana Egall never fit in with her dragon clan or with other humans like her. Caught between two worlds, yet belonging to neither, she’s shocked when her dragon family summons her home. She’s immediately confronted by her stepbrother, a purist jerk, who doesn’t hide his disgust for her heritage. When Klass, the new clan leader, steps in to make her stepbrother leave her alone, she starts to wonder if she might belong with the dragons after all. Kladd’s touch sets her body on fire. But she’s not sure if she’s ready to leave her life behind for him.
Kladd Atrox is the newest leader of his clan, and he’s already having to put out fires on his inauguration night. It’s the first time he’s laid eyes on Alana in over a decade and he can’t believe his eyes. The girl who turned her back on the dragons has become a woman. One he can’t get off his mind. Clan duties or not, he has to see her again, and convince her to return home. His dragon won’t tolerate anything else. Although she tells herself she’s leaving the dragons behind, Alana knows she’s lying to herself. Her job has her working directly for them, managing their charity fund. It’s an intense job, and she doesn’t have time for distractions. Unfortunately for her, Kladd’s insistence at being a part of her life has made her a target. The vampires haven’t been dormant, and from within their midst, a terrifying new figure has emerged. An evil that threatens to destroy their love before it’s allowed to blossom.
Airship captain Kingsley Bowditch is dead. So the world thinks. A slave in the mines where the automaton navigators’ crystals grow, he’s doomed to labor for the Time King, the man he’d hoped to overthrow. But then Sky Keeper smuggler Caroline Lockley sneaks into the mines and asks for his help to find the crystal that will guide the Sky Keepers to the Star Veil to destroy it—before the Time King arrives for it. Getting the crystal might be easy, but getting it out—with guards, gates, and stray fey creatures between them and the sky—might not. Dusk is coming for the Time King’s rule or for the hopes of the Sky Keepers in this exciting conclusion to the steampunk adventure-romance series The Star Clock Chronicles.
VS Note: Not listed as a romance although there may be romantic elements. I was intrigued enough to one click.
No one can survive outside the Dome…Only the Dome provides a safe haven. Inside, life is split between the rich Sky and the poor Dirt, where 1 in 10 Dirt children are selected to be injected with nanobots to withstand an Earth ravaged by toxic air and violent mutants. They are the Decemites, trained to gather resources from Outside. Their nanobots grant them a chance for a better life—though few will survive long enough to enjoy it. Dirt Dweller Myla wasn’t chosen to be a Decemite, but she still carries the nanobots in her blood—a secret she guards closely. When Myla’s young sister is turned into a Decemite and disappears after her first mission to the Outside, Myla will have to brave the toxic world to find her. The golden boy of the Decemites, Lock, becomes Myla’s unlikely companion but as they grow close, Ben, a rebel shows Myla that life Outside is so different than she could have imagined. To find her sister she’ll need to infiltrate Ben’s Outsiders, and if Lock finds out about her secret, only death awaits. Ramona Finn invites you to immerse yourself in this young adult dystopian fiction with fearless characters who find love in the darkest of places and break through barriers in a merciless post-apocalyptic society.
Growing up in the shadow of one of Terra’s champions was a comfortable place to be. Padana was the third child of the Empress Amanda Tyrell of the Haldis Imperium, and she was a very requested bride. Being a class zero like her mother, Padana has nothing to offer the next generation. Any child she bears will breed true to the father. This attracts a certain type of suitor who has every interest in her position as princess and none as her descendant of a champion. Padana finds this annoying. Yomin is the heir to an empire, a guardian, and a descendant of a class zero himself. It is a requirement for his line that the aspects of Hredu breed true. Getting a portrait from the artist Rhoda had given him a woman to find, and locating her in the Haldis Imperium had meant some high-level negotiation. Fortunately, he had just met an excellent negotiator.
Amazon Her other books are on Apple Books and Kobo so this one may there too at some point…
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a Tarrkuan, Caylee trades places with another human female who actually wants to leave Earth and marry one of the fearsome aliens. She thinks she’s safe, she thinks she’s in the clear… until a huge Tarrkuan diplomat named Kazzon discovers her deception and takes her into custody. Now she’s a prisoner of the very aliens from whom she was trying to hide. And that alien who captured her? He’s been promised a human bride–and he plans to marry her.
Keelah may be a priestess on a sacred mission, but the planet where she is heading is no place for a beautiful little human like her. She’s going to need the kind of protection money can’t buy. The kind that comes from belonging to an alien brute like me. But she has something I want…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
A lady reporter? Preposterous. In a time when other young women are learning the art of pouring the perfect cup of tea, Lady Hazel Winchester dreams of a front page byline. Just because the war with the Americas is over doesn’t mean there isn’t a story hiding in the aether tinged streets of London and she means to uncover it. But perhaps the biggest story of all is the secret she’s keeping about herself.
Liv: Being in a spaceship crash wasn’t on my agenda. I’m meant to be on Alpha Colony, hunting for clues to my sister’s disappearance. Instead, me and eleven other women are stranded on the outskirts of a jungle on a planet we know nothing about, where the flora and fauna are both out to get us. The only good thing about this place? Since landing here, I’ve been having some wild dreams about an alien who knows exactly how to please a girl. I figure it must be something in the water. I don’t figure that my alien friend is real and those dreams I’ve been having are mutual…
Gregar: When my linasha appears in my dreamspace, hands bound and mouth full of naughty words, I know Lina has chosen well for me. My Liv is the perfect mate – beautiful and fierce. But though she likes my hands on her body in the dreamspace, she shies away from me in the waking world. Her tribe of females are from a strange and distant place and will not survive the dangers of my jungle home without my protection. I will care for them, provide them food and shelter, but can I convince Liv that she is mine?
VS Note: Not listed as a romance…Queer SciFi says “ace, lesbian, trans…” space opera
There is no rest for heroes. Clarity saved the universe once, but it already needs saving again. Against reservations and amid arguments, Clarity rescues a pair of Doraspian diplomats on the run. The two sentient plants and their reptilian advisor are keeping a secret that could make their own government turn on them, and turn them into science-experiments waiting to be dissected. In need of answers, Clarity and her crew head to Wespirtech, the foremost research institute in their corner of the galaxy, where scientists play with the principles of the universe like kids play with toys. Clarity learns that when her crew sewed the universe back together, something got tangled in the thread, and she must race against a fleet of Doraspians to stop universes from colliding. Every member of her crew must decide: are they up for saving the universe again? Or will Clarity lose her new found family and have to face off against the Doraspians alone?
After she attacks her tentacled Aktovi owner, kills his wife, and escapes the city of Agroeos, Zyva Tanza knows her time on Xaensskar is coming to an end when she’s quickly and violently captured. Treated and held in a hospital in the city of Brighmin, all she can do is wait for a fate that will, for her, be worse than death. But Fate has something else in store for Zyva. She’s aided by a kind Drimuti female who tells her about a place called Corsov, and Zyva runs once again–only this time, she has a place to run to. But the cruel man who’d enslaved her is not about to give her up, and he knows one sure way to get her back. He hires XCRU. Iscer is a mercenary of the group XCRU, and when he’s hired to do a job, he does the job–no matter what. He doesn’t let his feelings interfere. Ever. Some might say he has no feelings. And he might agree with that. When he goes after a fugitive who escaped the law–twice–he doesn’t care that she’s female, or that she’s a slave, or that the man she tried to kill believed it was his right to hurt her. That’s not his concern. He enjoys the chase, true enough, but in the end, completing the job he accepted is all that matters. She leads him on a wild chase, gaining his respect–and maybe a little something more–along the way. Still, he’ll capture her, return her to her master, and never think of her again. Sure he will.
Bolton is a killer. No doubt about it. I know his kind. But then again, I’m no angel, either. I’ve hunted Reapers for years. I’ve experimented on them. I’ve done things that no living being should have done to them. All because I wanted to learn more about them. Well, now I live amongst them. I revel in their victories. I ache when they mourn.
And now…I love one of their leaders. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I was only there to provide scientific assistance. But we are soldiers in a war for survival. And war has a way of making you see the beauty in others.
Even as you engage in ugly. Now he is my leader. He is my heart. He rules me. I serve him. His enemies are my own.
And the love of two dark souls…Will save a race.
VS Note: From DEC 24
It’s Dwal Sai on Lyqa, the time when families get together in love and celebration and to weather out a days’ long planet cleansing storm. As S’wad prepares to spend the holiday alone, he runs into a human woman who brings unexpected joy and unexpected danger to his lonely life. ***THIS IS A STANDALONE, SLICE OF LIFE HOLIDAY NOVELLA. IT’S A QUICK, INSTA-LOVE FIX. It does not have to be read in order with the other Lyqa series.***
Dragon shifter Kayluth, intrigued by the merchant vessel, Moondrake, directs his crew to overtake the small spaceship, overwhelming the humans with their potent tolsu. Attracted to the human captain, Kayluth segregates him from his men. The last thing Prince Manning Dagrson, Captain of Moondrake, expected was to be boarded by a race of dragon shifters. When he and his bodyguard, Brandt Wardman, become separated aboard the Drakkenship, Manning resolves to rescue Brandt, but what he doesn’t expect is to fall for his captor. Kayluth comes to see Manning as his mate, belatedly realizing the Gods have given him two. He wants to claim his reluctant mates, Manning and Brandt, but first he must atone for the mistakes he’s made. The question is: will apologies and the truth be enough to join a Drakken and his mates?
Lucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option. Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja. She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.
After making his escape to Russia, Declan McGrady believes he finally has the chance to start over. Mysterious deaths in the place he’s chosen as home serve to shatter his delusions. He can’t hide forever, and in Russia, folklores aren’t just tales of the past: they’re real. Alone, Declan has no chance of stopping the wild wolf preying on the innocent. For any hope of victory, he must rely upon those he’d abandoned on Bodwin’s mountain—if he dares.
The Earl of Frome gets a shock when a gaggle of nosy bird watchers gang up on him. When one of them winds up dead, it doesn’t look good for the Earl. Amateur baker Poppy Wilkinson gets embroiled in yet another murder mystery. It’s a good thing she’s got witchy powers as she has to solve a murder, try and learn more about her own mysterious beginnings and turn out a winning cake, because it’s cake week in the competition tent.
Welcome to the world of the powerful Warwick family. These womanizing dragons are about to meet their matches.
My name is Gracie Springs, and I am not a witch… but I’m pretty sure my cat is. I first started to get suspicious when he jumped just a little too high while chasing after a robin in our front yard. I knew for sure when he opened up his mouth and addressed me by name! The first thing he told me? That he doesn’t like the name I gave him—even though “Fluffy” fits him like a warm sweater at Christmas. Now we’ve compromised on “Merlin the Magical Fluff,” which according to him references his long and proud lineage just fine. After that small matter was settled, he informed me that I must uphold his secret or risk spending the rest of my life in some magical prison. I agreed, not knowing it would turn into a full-time job of covering his tracks and fibbing our way out of some pretty tight spots.
When my boss at the local coffee shop turns up dead as a dormouse, things go from challenging to practically impossible… especially since all my coworkers seem to think I’m to blame. Here’s hoping my witchy cat can charm our way out of this one, because right now it looks like I’m cursed if I do and charged with murder if I don’t. Yikes!
The truth isn’t always beautiful…They say knowledge is power, but do I want it? For a deadly creature like me, power comes with a high price tag. Still, it would be nice to fit all the confusing pieces together to fully understand myself.
I’m stuck at a crossroads. Any direction isn’t my kind of ideal, yet I’ll need to pick one soon before a choice is made for me. It’s not just my life that’s been turned upside down…Charlie, my Felineblood friend and aspiring private detective, is tangled up in my mess, the wrong kind of attention pointing his way too. But what is actually going on?
With various players looming over the chessboard we find ourselves on, we have to be strong enough to survive the game. Maybe then I can claw back some sense of normality. Requiem is the second book in the Fallen Fire series. Get ready for an Urban Fantasy tale packed with action, adventure, and a slow-burn MM Romance. A world of angels and dragons awaits, along with some very special golden bears to make any fire-breathing beast weak at the knees. This book is not a standalone.
This novel-length (80,000 word) story collection includes Marr’s 2019 & 2020 short fiction (all previously published in magazines, anthology, or ebook), including the new Wicked Lovely Stories “Love Hurts,” “Summer Bound,” and “Winter Dreams,” as well as “Nameless,” “Changing Guards,” “The Devil’s Due,” and “Knee Deep in the Sea” and “Of Roses and Kings.”
VS Note: A Middle Grade release of note. I realize we’re primarily adult romance readers here but I think this one sounds interesting so here it is…getting lots of buzz.
Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real. Now she must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can’t seem to escape their intense doubt and scrutiny—especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed “illegal.” With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she’s an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
It’s said a witch without a familiar is considered lost, but a warlock without a familiar is deemed soulless. Yordan Squires has a rather lonely existence. A warlock capable of time travel, he’d resigned himself to a life of solitude long ago. When he finds someone possessing the magicks like himself, she could be the answer to his loneliness. But it’s too dangerous and selfish of him to ask her to accompany him on his travels. Ravenelle is a sprite, or so she’s told. She doesn’t know what she is or how she has powers, but when she finds someone who does know, she doesn’t want him to go away. Despite her healing abilities and invisibility, she’s ashamed of the life she has been forced into. Cold and hungry, she’s had no choice but to sell herself, and now she’s in grave danger from the man who owns her.
Yordan vows to protect his Ravenelle. As perilous as his travels are, she would be safer with him than fending for herself. But sometimes trouble follows, no matter where or when you end up. Separately they are special. Together they are unstoppable.
The residents of Paramour Bay have no idea that something sinister might be lurking in the snowy shadows along the main thoroughfare of their quaint coastal town. They are all a bit curious about what could possibly be leaving odd footprints in the snow, though. It’s all anyone can talk about until a spree of vandalism begins happening to the local storefronts. Raven Marigold’s familiar is the only one who believes that the town is under attack by the new upright adornment that has been strategically positioned right outside of the local bakery by none other than the baker herself. The intimidating gargoyle statue carved into granite has been set upon a matching pillar, and Leo insists that the thing actually moves. Can he finally convince Raven that he’s right before those odd footprints lead right to their own front door?
Amazon Note: Found a couple of her others on Kobo but not this one.
Delilah Jackson has worked all her life to earn the adventure she’s always wanted. Being chosen as one of the Lead Archeologists for a new discovery in Egypt is a start, or so she thinks. It’s all supposed to be her moment in the history books, but one misstep sends her into a whole heap of trouble. Now, four Egyptian Gods are claiming she’s some sort of Herald and she’s stuck right in the middle of a civil war. A war lord and his militia are determined to control the Gods, and they want to use her to do it. If only those Gods would stop looking at her as something more than the geeky archeologist who likes to dig up stuff, she might be able to focus on the mummies, the war, and staying alive. And the beetles. Don’t get her started on the beetles. Delilah always wanted an adventure just like the movies. Where’s Brendan Fraser when you need him?
Amazon Notes: Found a couple of hers on Kobo but not this one.
On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother—The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper—has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea. But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it. To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves. Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything—ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun—to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
How was I supposed to know the town founders sank a trunk full of cursed objects? Seriously, they should have at least put a warning label on it because had I known, I would have left it at the bottom of the ocean. But they didn’t, so I didn’t, and now we’ve set dozens of artifacts into the hands of the blissfully unaware non-magicals who live in our small town. It’s not entirely my fault, though. Everything would have turned out fine had my pathologically organized sister not catalogued them and sent them to auction before I had a chance to test them for magical mojo. Now the items are scattered all over town, and I’ll have to track them down one by one. Lucky for me, I’ve got a heaping helping of ancient magic coursing through my veins, a best friend who’s as powerful and loyal as he is sarcastic and charismatic, and a family with generations of experience managing dark artifacts behind us.
Jet – Once upon a time there was a demon who was the best at convincing people to sell their souls. That was me. Is me. And now I have a new assignment, one Father told me would be difficult. I didn’t know what “difficult” meant until I met the young man, someone who has barely anything. Collecting his soul should be easy, right? There are so many things I can give him. Except, he doesn’t believe he deserves a better life. I have to find something he desires before the assignment is given to my brother. Because Crow uses the most villainous means to obtain souls. Lines I don’t cross. And I don’t want to see Toby hurt. There has to be another way.
Toby – I’m not like them. I can’t shift into a predator to defend myself, or even into a small rodent to run and hide. The wolf shifters know that every time they rough me up and steal my food. I always wish for a guardian angel to protect me from them. Then one day Jet appears, looking nothing like the angel I’d imagined. But I don’t know if I should trust him. He makes me feel things no other alpha ever has. Dangerous things. Not good when I have to stay focused on my grandmother. I don’t know how much longer I’ll have her around.
In 1890, Josie Goodwin believes in love and isn’t about to marry for anything less—not even when her father demands she wed his business partner. After boarding a train to hide out at her brother’s ranch, she never expects to land in the future—or to fall for the aggravating, alluring town sheriff. Garrett Kellogg is not interested in love or a relationship. He doesn’t need a vivacious, time traveling woman in his bachelor life. But Josie steals his heart—and then she vanishes.
Hessa is an Eangi: a warrior priestess of the Goddess of War, with the power to turn an enemy’s bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her goddess’s command to murder a traveller, she prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside. While she is gone, raiders raze her village and obliterate the Eangi priesthood. Grieving and alone, Hessa – the last Eangi – must find the traveller and atone for her weakness and secure her place with her loved ones in the High Halls. As clans from the north and legionaries from the south tear through her homeland, slaughtering everyone in their path Hessa strives to win back her goddess’ favour. Beset by zealot soldiers, deceitful gods, and newly-awakened demons at every turn, Hessa burns her path towards redemption and revenge. But her journey reveals a harrowing truth: the gods are dying and the High Halls of the afterlife are fading. Soon Hessa’s trust in her goddess weakens with every unheeded prayer. Thrust into a battle between the gods of the Old World and the New, Hessa realizes there is far more on the line than securing a life beyond her own death. Bigger, older powers slumber beneath the surface of her world. And they’re about to wake up.
This is your past, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .Arenza Lenskaya is a liar and a thief, a pattern-reader and a daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums of Nadezra, she fled that world to save her sister. This is your present, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .Renata Viraudax is a con artist recently arrived in Nadezra. She has one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune. This is your future, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .As corrupt nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the city of dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled—with Ren at their heart. And if she cannot sort the truth from the lies, it will mean the destruction of all her worlds.
Quite ironically, my name is Faith, and up until a few days ago I was just a normal waitress working a dead end job just to get by. My life was going perfectly crappy just like everyone else, and my dumb ass had to go and screw it up looking for love. When a mysterious dating app installs itself onto my phone I cave and take the bait. Little do I know the four blind dates I’m matched with are actually the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and my life is turned upside down like the crosses they wear around their necks. I barely have enough time to process that angels and demons exist because every angel and their momma is descending from a corrupt heaven to kill me. Backed into a corner I’m left with two choices- try to plead my innocence to God and his army, or become the anti-christ they all think I am and build my own. Are good and evil really as black and white as they’re tying to make them out to be?
anya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.
Sinister secrets lurk within the temple walls…Necromancer Kezia Bernard sees her ability as both a blessing and curse. While it’s an honor to connect the African diaspora to their deceased ancestors and channel magic from the past, her power is overshadowed by a crushing affliction. One that has cost her all she holds dear. The Temple of the Inner Flame, a high-profile cult, is experiencing strange happenings in their hallowed sanctuary. Called to investigate, Kezia discovers far more malicious forces at work than the haunting she expected. But when the case takes a deadly turn, the necromancer comes face-to-face with an ancient evil whose twisted agenda ventures beyond the boundaries of death. Can Kezia free the temple from its malevolent shroud? Or will the price for her interference be her soul?
When the case of a murdered young mother goes cold, police detective Michael Cooper is willing to try anything to breathe new life into the investigation, even if that means bringing in a ghost whisperer. Enter Abby Craig. Abby quickly stumbles across a dark entity at the murder scene and worries that not only is it responsible for the woman’s death, but that it is just beginning its reign of terror. Meanwhile, Abby spends many sleepless nights chasing a shadowy figure through a maze of ancient, narrow streets in a faraway land. She is hoping that it’s simply a series of unsettling dreams, but she will soon find out that there is much more to the story. Abby Craig senses something terrible is coming. And she’s not wrong.
For the past five years, Bitterblue has reigned as Queen of Monsea, heroically rebuilding her nation after her father’s horrific rule. After learning about the land of Torla in the east, she sends envoys to the closest nation there: Winterkeep—a place where telepathic foxes bond with humans, and people fly across the sky in wondrous airships. But when the envoys never return, having drowned under suspicious circumstances, Bitterblue sets off for Winterkeep herself, along with her spy Hava and her trusted colleague Giddon. On the way, tragedy strikes again—a tragedy with devastating political and personal ramifications. Meanwhile, in Winterkeep, Lovisa Cavenda waits and watches, a fire inside her that is always hungry. The teenage daughter of two powerful politicians, she is the key to unlocking everything—but only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life. The Graceling Realm books are a companion series, not direct sequels, so they can be enjoyed in any order.
Tris used to be afraid of heights – until he flew with a dragon. He’s been dreaming of wings ever since. Tris was supposed to spend his life as a shepherd in a quiet valley. Now he travels, searching for dragons in a land where they’ve been hunted and chased away. After ten years, his quest seems hopeless until Tris journeys to a remote part of the kingdom with the promise of finally fulfilling his dream. But the mysterious stranger he encounters looks like a man. A handsome man. And one in great danger. Is the man a prisoner or playing a game of his own choosing? Should Tris risk everything to help him? Tris has to decide what dreams are worth chasing.
Teagan Blackwater’s biggest problem used to be hiding her relationship with a demi-demon from her grandmother, Nola, the most powerful witch in all of Florida. When Nola is murdered, Teagan learns how insignificant her secret really was. And how rare it is she only had the one. Firewater Springs is a small town, and every one of its residents seems to have secrets of their own. Including the friendly cop Teagan had a crush on in high school and the Demi-demon she’s been sleeping with. But the person with the most secrets was Nola herself, and Teagan needs to unravel them to break a curse and solve Nola’s murder. It’s no secret Teagan doesn’t feel up to the task, but she is the new Swamp Witch of Firewater Springs, so what choice does she have? Everyone is counting on her. No pressure.
When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.
Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight.
The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.
VS Note: This series sounds intriguing. The first book establishes the heroine is an author and her own antagonist plans to kill her and rewrite the book to eliminate William, the hero she’s written who she has a crush on…I put the first book on my TBR.
Now with the power of the codex, the Wanderer sends most of the Golden Recluse into their books, and Laney must rush to save them from their own writing. With William, she crosses the page into a horror novel filled with bloodthirsty birds, a romance paperback where, to their dismay, they become the main characters and a children’s picture book that’s not as innocent as it seems. And with each second that passes, the threat of the Wanderer’s pen threatens to be the end of the Weavers. With everything at stake, Laney realizes she’s part of something bigger, and it all comes down to a choice the Wanderer has always wanted her to make: Save the man she loves, or the family she’s only just discovered.
He’s promised to another. She’s promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he’s not making it easy. The prince is charming, funny, and impossible not to fall for. Trev has no room for mistakes. He must marry the princess of New Hope and secure the marriage alliance along with his future as king. The safety of his kingdom depends on it. Duty and honor never bothered Trev before, but love has a way of changing everything. In this post-Desolation world, the Council of Essentials controls everything, including the prince. Is love more than a negotiation? Is love essential?
The big day is on the way, and Holly’s got the jitters. She also has a house full of royal vampires out for blood. When Lacey Vaughn comes back to Beechwood Harbor, she sure knows how to throw one heck of a welcome back party.
Catch up with Holly and her gang of paranormal pals in Men Love Witches, the eleventh book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries series by Danielle Garrett. Welcome back to Beechwood Harbor, the small town where witches, vampires, shifters, and werewolves all work, play—and mostly—get along!
I lost her years ago. My mate. I did everything to forget her. Dedicated my life to the ops. I didn’t think I’d ever see her again. And now she’s right in front of me. All of my feelings come rushing back to me. My throat tightens at the sight of that top. She still makes me feel like the last man on earth. But things have changed. And there are secrets.
And that ultimate secret is standing between us like a pillar. She never told me that she has a child. A little lion cub.
Vampire enforcer Victor Schmidt doesn’t have time for distraction. His enhanced senses can track human blood in or out of a body, but it doesn’t usually smell like oranges, honey, and temptation. And it’s not usually coursing through the veins of a beautiful back-alley rentboy. That should make it easier, right? Pay, bite and be on his way. While prostitution isn’t Laurie’s dream job, someone has to take care of his sister and her kids. But being a blood donor to a tall, dark and brooding vamp isn’t part of his career plan. Until he agrees…and it’s far more pleasurable than he could have imagined. Nurturing isn’t in Victor’s wheelhouse, yet he finds himself tucking the all-too-tempting boy into bed. And feeling things he shouldn’t be. When Laurie’s attacked, it’s almost a relief: breaking necks is way more Victor’s style and he’s all-too-happy to kill. But Laurie being kidnapped wasn’t part of anyone’s plan. Now Victor’s determined to save Laurie at any cost. Can he bring them both out alive, or will they die before they’ve even shared their first kiss?
A human princess. An elven mage. A betrothal bound in a curse. Today, Aury learned three things: One, she is the princess. Two, she might be a powerful mage. And three, a brutal mountain elf is on his way to the kingdom for their marriage. Aury can’t escape her newly revealed royal parents quickly enough. If they think she is going to marry some vicious elven warrior mage, they have another thing coming. They claim she’s a mage too, but she has yet to prove it. She heads to the magic military order to get her rune-marked staff and learn everything she can. If she becomes the weapon they need instead of her not-if-she-can-help-it husband, they’ll send the mountain elf packing, right? If they don’t, she will. Filip is certain of three truths: One, he is bound to wed a stubborn mule of a princess. Two, the union will give his people the farmland they desperately need. Three, his nightmare of a bride has wild magic that will probably kill him before their wedding day. But he will die before he gives up on winning her hand. War is coming, and the first battle will be fought in the heart. Inspired by Sleeping Beauty, this novel is set in the same world as USA Today bestselling author Alisha Klapheke’s Dragons Rising series but readers can easily start with this book.
VS Note: From NOV 29
Rare goods trader, Orenda Silverstone leads a happy life with her wife and friends. She’s an Elu—a race whose crafting is centered on protection—but her power is broken. Now, her sword is her strength. When her wife gets kidnapped and Orenda has to use her trading skills to complete some nearly impossible tasks to get her back, a good sword arm won’t be enough. Orenda’s time is rapidly coming to a close. She needs help.But she’s been forced into silence. Two sun goddess worshippers, twins Lan and Lyra, decide to join Orenda’s quest in order to guard one of the rarer items to its destination. Orenda’s not sure she can turn her back on either one, but with no other options, she competes against the sunrises to complete her tasks before her wife is killed.Then, the unthinkable happens. Orenda’s best friend, Jax, tries to kill her.Between racing against the coming dawns and battles at every turn, Orenda’s list now seems insurmountable. No longer certain of who is friend or foe, she must come up with a plan to save them all before the sun rises on her wife’s final day.
Just when Robin thought things were settling down a bit in Spellford Cove, she finds herself mired in a murder investigation once more when a customer of hers is poisoned. Then just to make matters worse, a photo of Queen of Tarts cheesecake in front of the body is printed on the front page of the local paper. Robin soon realizes that once again she has no choice but to try and find the killer, this time to save her business. But with the main reporter in town deciding to tank Robin’s bakery, and that strange woman making another reappearance, Robin feels like a woman juggling too many muffins. Can she find the killer and save her business? Or has Robin baked her last batch of brownies?
TWELVE TEENS. ONE TASK. SAVE THE UNIVERSE. Jareth prefers to be alone. After losing his parents in a tragic accident, he knows it’s the safest thing he can do. For everyone. But when Veronica marches into his life, she refuses to leave him to his solitary existence, surrounded by nothing but his art. Vibrant and full of laughter, she won’t take no for an answer. Despite himself, Jareth starts to wonder whether his heart could trust again…Except two more strangers arrive, also refusing to leave. Tristan, determined to prove Jareth has powers, and Brielle, the girl who’s searching for family just like Jareth is. They believe he’s a Zodiac Heir. And that he must join them to defeat a great evil. After a close brush with death, Jareth’s safe world implodes. He discovers Veronica isn’t who she claims she is. He learns that Tristan has foreseen his death. And he begins to suspect that the loss of his parents may not have been an accident. Jareth will be forced to decide. Run for his life? Or join a small group of teens claiming they’re destined to save the Universe.
Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow…Charli Goodwin’s future seemed to be nothing but smooth sailing…until the last spell she cast changed the course of everything! Now, it’s not only her life but the lives of others she cares deeply for that are tied up in her fate. Not even help from the creepy and mysterious soothsayers, the Weird Sisters, can give her a clue how to get out of the mess she’s in. When Dash finds out one of his pack members is dead, he has to take Charli back with him to the mountains. They’ll have to solve the murder together while also trying to figure out how to break the connection between them. If Charli can’t figure out a way to fix what she’s done and get things back on track, according to the premonitions from the sisters, the future for herself and all of Honeysuckle Hollow is at stake. Will she be able to reverse the effects of her spell in time?
When rugged warlock turned fisherman Reynolds Stanford finds himself stranded in a haunted New England harbor at the approach of a powerful tropical storm, he must battle more than sea monsters and revenants. The gorgeous female panther shifter sent to help him by his family is tugging emotions buried deep within his soul and he fears that while he might survive the night from the deadly assault on his ship, he may very well end-up losing his heart.
Bastian Forge might be my downfall. But ruination has never looked so good. They say he’s dangerous. That he’s a devil and a savior. I know my family always warned me away from the reclusive vampire, but to save my company, I’ll do anything, even sell my soul to the reclusive Bastian Forge. When this dark stranger unlocks my hidden gift—I can read vampire minds—we become partners in a deadly game, trying to outmaneuver a ruthless vampire Elder intent on using me to help him live forever. She shouldn’t have come to me for help. She should have stayed away. But now that I’ve met her, Selena Langston is everything I want, including the answer to save me from the death sentence hanging over my head. Now the only question is—when will I make Selena Langston mine?
I’m Paige Harper, and I’ve got problems paying the bills. My cleaning service for paranormal messes has only one major client. Charms is half gambling den, half brothel, and 100 percent of my income. Unfortunately, on the same week I’m due to get paid – Charms gets robbed. The ogre madame can’t pay me, cover her bribes, or keep her teenage daughter in-line. Somehow, I’m in charge of fixing all these things – while trying to figure out if the guy I’m dating is a serial killer. On top of all that, Nico – a one-eyed werewolf private detective – is on the case, too. He gets under my skin, and has made it clear he wouldn’t mind getting under my clothes. Somehow, I’ve gotta keep things strictly professional. Sure, no problem. It’s a lot of balls to keep in the air, but it’s a juggling act I’ve got to ace, or else it’s farewell to Charms, my livelihood, and maybe even my life.
JOANNA – I dreamed of being matched. But there’s something wrong. Something has to be wrong. Why am I matched to two men? Twins. Handsome, hot, and incredibly alluring. But I can’t date two guys at the same time.
They wouldn’t want to share me. And I certainly can’t love two people. Or can I?
VS Note: From DEC 24
In an enchanted land of lady knights and deep magic, there lives a woman who does not want to be queen. Her name is Winter, and her quiet life is upended when her sister abdicates the throne. The throne cannot remain empty. Winter must be queen. But Winter would give anything not to be. Since Winter’s sister fled in a hurry, she left her guardian knight behind. Her name is Alia, and her life is about to be upended, too, because when she and Winter meet for the first time, sparks fly and catch fire, and Winter’s heart begins to melt. A royal assasination might be on the horizon, though Winter never wanted the throne in the first place. And now she’s falling in love with her sister’s protector. In a magical, snowy land full of strong women, anything is possible. Including true love.
Amelia – Dad promised me he’d stop sneaking into the Veil. He lied. Which is why I found a teaching job in the Court of His Highness, Gabriel the Virtuous. His school for misguided youth is nearest to the Veil. If he catches me sneaking around, I’m toast. My problems mount when I meet Gabriel face to face—and my soul lights up and begins to dance. He’s six-feet-three of muscle with midnight-blue eyes and a body made for lust—which is decidedly not on his list of virtues. Gabriel – Keeping the peace among the Courts and containing Lucifer’s growing power is my top priority. But I never expected to meet my soul’s mate, and now that I have it’s all I can do to retain control of my instinct to breed. I can’t afford to let anyone know Amelia is my weakness. But the Veil is cracking, and so is my resolve. When Lucifer takes her hostage, I may have to compromise every last one of my virtues to save her and keep the Courts from falling under Lucifer’s control.
Sure, premonitions of the end of the world haunt the Time Walker. Someone has it out for the Mistress Life. Pandemonium and Lady Earth are homeless. The arrival of Love and Fear’s babies is imminent. There’s a wedding to plan and parents to be wooed. But, book six starts with a kiss and an ancient heartbreak. Can Ethan and Micah sort through their tangled histories to find modern-day love? As the final Trellis singleton, will Luke meet his match?
As the circle closes, the Trellis family must stand together to protect what matters most to them—love, life, family, and humanity.
He has a reputation for being a grumpy wolf. But when his mate arrives in town with her adorable son, he’ll do whatever it takes to make her stay. After a devastating tragedy left him orphaned, white wolf shifter, Logan, was adopted by Valerie and raised in Wishing Moon Bay, a town like no other. Most of the inhabitants have supernatural powers. Shifters live alongside witches and vampires, usually without any trouble. But when Logan’s mate ends up in town—not an easy feat for a non-magical person—trouble soon follows. With the help of his adopted brothers, Logan promises to keep them safe. Whatever the cost.
Newly dumped and divorced, Penny is traveling to her sister’s house when her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Only it’s not the middle of nowhere. A road sign to a town she’s never heard of, and is not on any map, looms out of the darkness. As her car makes sounds no car should ever make, she has no choice. Penny makes a life-changing decision and drives toward Wishing Moon Bay. Soon, Penny is caught up in otherworldly danger. Her shock at learning the supernatural is just plain natural in Wishing Moon Bay soon disappears as she falls for Logan, the man who says he’s her mate. But even the grumpy white wolf shifter might not be able to save Penny from the danger that stalks her. And then there’s the weird feeling that she’s visited Wishing Moon Bay before…
Melanie: The plan is simple. Go on vacation and finally relax after five solid years of hard work. How was she supposed to know her well-meaning friends would hijack said vacation to set her up with a drool-worthy photographer — or that their setup would lead to a whole host of other problems like kidnapping, illegal experimentation, and weirdest of all, psychic abilities? Through it all is Liam, a written-off experiment, and their overwhelming connection. Liam: Nothing is ever simple when it comes to Liam and the entity that lives inside him. All he knows is the entity is pushing for him to get to know Melanie. Their connection is undeniable, and it’s of interest to the ones who created him in a lab, as well. Liam’s one of the few of their experiments that worked, and the only one to form a bond outside of their scientific creations. Warning: This book references memories of childhood abuse that may be triggers for some readers.
Lex wants an alliance for his kingdom. Aria wants a safe place for her people to call home. Neither one wants to be married. But when Aria’s own people threaten the kingdom, she realizes that Lex is the man she’s always wanted.
And she’ll do anything to save him.
VS Note: Not sure how much paranormal content there is, aside from the one ghost encounter mentioned.
Sure the danger that dogged their steps in Los Angeles has finally passed, Brian and Jackie seal their hopes for a new beginning with a New Year’s Eve kiss. Though Brian’s trauma at the hands of criminals has left its mark, they do their best to leave troubles behind and enjoy a Scotland honeymoon. The ancient city of Glasgow offers nightlife, historic sites, long walks through snowfall, great Scotch whisky, a cozy fireside — and a blazing hot private encounter with a cool, cool ghost. But every time somebody wins, someone else loses. When Brian helped State Department cop Jesse Douglas take down a crime ring, a rogue FBI agent lost everything. She blames Brian, and with the help of false identities and very good skills at disguise, tracking him and Jackie down in Scotland poses no problem. When a final encounter in the Highlands turns deadly, the key to keeping Brian alive lies in Jackie’s hands. With everything he loves at stake, can he call up love, courage and confidence in time to take that single, vital shot in darkness?
Agent Cooper Dayton never thought anything could be harder than solving murders. Until he had to plan a wedding.After taking down an old adversary, Agent Cooper Dayton of the Bureau of Special Investigations has earned a break. Not that planning a wedding to his sexy shifter partner, Oliver Park, is necessarily stress free, but it’s better than worrying about the ominous warning, delivered months ago, that Cooper’s life is in danger. When he’s dragged to an event by his family, Cooper braces for an awkward evening, but instead finds himself in the middle of an ugly feud between Park’s ex and a rebel pack leader. What was supposed to be a quick outing turns into a full-blown murder investigation after the pack leader ends up dead, Park’s ex goes missing, and Cooper and Park are sent a series of disturbing wedding gifts that are somehow connected to it all. The list of potential suspects is long, and with the bodies piling up, Cooper must turn to the one person he trusts the least: the villain he’s already put behind bars once and who has nothing to lose by lying and everything to gain if Cooper is out of the picture—for good.
VS Note: Saw this on the Women of Color in Romance website under Fantasy/PNR. Not sure how much paranormal content there is although one reviewer mentions the afterlife so…from DEC 31
Kendra loves children. Her work as a pediatric psychiatrist brings her joy beyond measure. When her boyfriend of seven years breaks up with her to have a child with another woman, Kendra gives up hope of ever becoming a parent. Once a pro surfer, Dillon is stuck reliving the final moments of his life, until a beautiful doctor rescues him from certain death. Can he repay her by giving her more love than she could ever ask for? Book 3 in the At Your Service Series.
I don’t usually fang and tell, but she earned an exception. The hapless woman who accidentally released me.
The one who nearly got herself killed mere hours later. So I saved her, but my help came with a price. The only way to save her life was to bond her–to link us so powerfully we’d have to spend every waking hour together for the next few weeks. I was ready for the bond, but I wasn’t ready for her. Her impossible to crush perky outlook. Her big eyes that never seem to dim, no matter how far into my blackened soul they saw. I thought I’d lost the ability to care centuries ago, but it appears I was wrong. The insufferable woman won’t rest until she’s forced me to do the unthinkable. To… enjoy her company. It’s ridiculous, but all I need to do is outlast the bond. To outlast my growing fear that I’m not as numb as I thought. I’m in danger of feeling something for this human that I can’t afford to feel. Because the only thing more dangerous for her than my enemies is if I can’t let her go.
It would take Hodge time to get used to Gunner’s family. She’d used a little magic to help Raven deliver her twins without any pain. The Bishops were crowding her, wanting answers Hodge wasn’t ready to give. She was a loner, and all these people around her would take some getting used to. Gunner felt the same way and told his family to just go home. His mom wasn’t too happy about that. To the world, Gunner was retired from his service with the military, but he was too good at his job to just stop. Someone had placed a price on Gunner’s head. He just had to figure out who. They’d come close once, but Hodge had sensed the threat and took care of it. But more attempts were inevitable. Would Hodge be able to intervene the next time?
VS: Item of Special Note – I have two books in this OUR HEROES SCI-FI BUNDLE – STAR CRUISE OUTBREAK and PETS IN SPACE 5. You decide what to pay and how many books to get! (Not all are romances.) Our PISA5 charity, Hero Dogs, has been selected as the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds from this promo. This organization provides service dogs to veterans and first responders in need. Here’s the Link to learn more and get the books!
VS: Continuing on with my Badari Backlist spotlight, the next book in the series was DAEGAN. He’s one of my all time favorites (I know, I tend to say that about all the Badari LOL). I had cracked open the door in KIERCE to the idea there might be more Badari being created and held prisoner elsewhere, who hadn’t necessarily been allowed to have the same pack structure my main characters embraced. I also felt it was more than time for Flo to have a book and a mate of her own. She’d been an integral part of the series since the first book, when she joined Jill in freeing the Badari but had been kind of relegated to merely piloting flyers ever since. Pretty much in every book. Not fair to this tough mercenary, ex-Special Forces soldier. So in DAEGAN she gets to shine. And I loved having the South Seas locale to play with…
DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 10)
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.
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