I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking quite a few as I prepare these posts LOL).
‘AB’ denotes audiobook and the Amazon buy link.
NOTE: I’m doing my best to avoid listing anything generated from use of AI but it’s sometimes tricky to detect from the resources I have available.
KAT – My prestigious new job as the assistant to a colony leader starts as an honor. Then I stumble across the colony’s dirty little secrets. Hell-bent on exposing the atrocities, I reach out to a rebel group to feed them information. Too quickly, the jig is up. I manage one last message to my rebel contact, Zach, before I’m locked in the mad councilman’s basement. When Trask arrives, he claims to be my contact. He’s huge and horned with wings that darken the sky. I know he’s lying because Zach is human, but when the monster steals me into the air, I hold on for dear life. TRSAK – Kat has risked everything and played a critical role in keeping everyone in our stronghold safe. So when I receive her desperate message, I embark on a rescue mission. I refuse to leave anyone—Kadrixan or human—behind. Especially her. I venture into the heart of enemy territory to find the little human. But when I finally have her in my arms and tell her I am Zach, my little Kat doesn’t believe me! I am a patient warrior, though. Once we’re safe, I have forever to convince Kat she is mine. But first, I need to get us out of here. AmazonKU
After being stolen from Earth, I learned that I could live each day in fear…or I could meet life head-on and unafraid. I chose the latter…Which is why, when I find a terrifyingly huge cat-alien male hip-deep in my favorite fishing spot, I don’t run away in fear. I introduce myself. Is it reckless? Sure. But I’ve never met anyone quite like the feline Hrrrusek. And when I catch him marking my door as his territory, instead of calling for help… I invite him in. This instalove novella features a heroine who’s having fun being reckless and a hero who doesn’t know what hit him. All vibes, very little plot. Enjoy! AmazonKU
I know I have to chase her… but what happens when I catch her? Neve: I was odd even before the evil aliens kidnapped me and messed with my brain. Now? I’m even more of a weirdo. I never minded being alone until I found a group of friends who accepted me and who never made me feel like an outcast, even if I had never fully told them the truth about myself. They were stolen, and I’d do anything to find them again and keep them safe, even if it means searching this entire planet. Now if I only I can shake this creepy, silent blue alien who’s been hunting me for days. Relk: This isn’t her territory. It’s mine, and I’ve protected it longer than I can remember. The weather is cold, the food is scarce, and who cares if I’m alone? She’s got enemies following her, and I have to catch her before she causes any more problems. The easiest thing to do would be to end her myself, but some locked recesses of my mind tell me I’m not supposed to kill her… I’m supposed to protect her. AmazonKU
Cat-shifter Payton refuses to be tamed by any man. Being the adult daughter of the fiercest shifter commander on the planet does NOT have its perks. Add to that the fact that she’s also a princess, and Payton has spent most of her life besting the over-protective palace guards to enjoy moments of wild freedom. She never imagined she’d need those skills to escape with her life. When a mysterious stranger arrives spouting conspiracies about her people’s future, she’s sure he needs a one-way trip to medical supervision. But the infuriatingly seductive outlaw knows things about her he shouldn’t–intimate things, embarrassing things. And when one of his warnings turns real and takes them captive, Payton is made a believer. She only hopes it’s not too late to save her people from extinction.
VS Note: Not a romance but an LGBTQ scifi release of note.
Despite his namesake, Lucky Strange had been anything but lucky. As the blood trickled from his lasergun wounds and the gash in his chest, Inspectors Fawn and Briscoe knew that being shot, stabbed, beaten, and discarded like trash in The District was no way to die. They are tasked with untangling the complex web of relationships and volatile personalities swirling around the ultimate social butterfly – Lucky Strange. But who hated him enough to kill him? Nothing was certain until they unearthed the truth lurking beneath the surface. As the pieces of the mystery began to fit, Fawn and Briscoe know there would be no hiding from the grim reality of who was responsible for Lucky’s death violation. Amazon
Do I dare give my broken heart to an alien as wounded as me? When I took a nanny job in a distant colony caring for two young boys who recently lost their mother, I expected I’d grow to love them. Having experienced loss myself, I knew how hard it was to heal. What I didn’t expect was to fall for their father, a big, burly alien with scars on his body that mirrors those in my soul. Between teaching the boys and bringing fun back into their lives, I get to know Firoh, a guy I sense needs love as much as me. It isn’t long before I can see myself living in this alien colony forever as long as I can be with Firoh and his sons. But when the boys’ past threatens everything Firoh and I are building together, we’ll have to expose our hearts to each other to fight off the threat. AmazonKU
I have no desire to join the Alien Bride Lottery. But even more than that, I don’t want my parents to choose a husband for me. And that’s what will happen if I stay on Earth. So I make a deal with them: if I go to Station 21 and don’t get chosen by a Khanavai male, I will come home and allow them to plan the rest of my life. At least if I end up with a Khanavai warrior, I’ll have some say over my life. I just need to make sure I get one who will bend to my will. Not that alpha-hole who announced I belonged to him on day one. Even if it means I have to cheat to get my way. AmazonKU
If they can learn to work together, they just might beat the Gladiator Games System. She’s a criminal attorney, used to winning every case by following the rules. He’s a space cowboy, a bounty hunter who has never followed a rule in his life. Welcome to the Galactic Gladiator Games, where the toughest aliens in the galaxy fight for the most prestigious titles. But these games come with a twist: every alien warrior is mentally and emotionally bound to a potential Earth mate, forced to work with her to overcome their enemies–and sometimes each other.
Commander Damon Wild is not having a good day. Being shot down on a remote planet by enemies and then losing his memories is enough to make a good man desperate. But when his situation becomes worse—a planetary eruption—Damon knows he has to do something. A small scientific outpost at the centre of a caldera offers something he’d only dreamt about, hope. Captain Zaveid L’eau offers Damon a place to recover and space to find himself once more. The attractive captain distracts him from his troubles and it’s enough. Damon can see the light at the end of the tunnel and Zaveid is the one lighting the way. But with a volcano on the brink of exploding, Damon doesn’t have time for peace. The pirates are breathing down their necks and a massive eruption destroying everything, Damon has to learn to trust Zaveid with his heart and that no matter the circumstances, love will give them the strength to defeat all enemies, including their own self-doubt.
Can a human girl win a Vissigroth’s heart? THALIA: Be careful what you wish for, it might come true. I daydreamed about the Vissigroth of The Icelands for as long as I can remember, unfortunately he doesn’t even know I exist. As an orphan I have also always dreamed of finding out who my parents are. But when I finally find out who my parents are and Darryck’s attention turns fully on me, nothing is as I dreamed about. DARRYCK: At first the seffy approaching me in the road amuses me, then she intrigues me, but when I see her face? By the gods I’m not sure she knows what dangerous game she is playing. And yet, there is something about her that awakens my cold warrior heart. AmazonKU
Federated Planets ambassador Tamlin Rye is headed home, having just finished a successful negotiation. Tam’s looking forward to some rest … but the beautiful mysterious captain of his courier ship is more tempting than restful. Captain Valentine Perrin doesn’t sleep well. He might be young, but he’s seen his share of difficult missions. His starship’s observation deck offers solitude on those nights … until his new passenger interrupts. And, on this starlit night, Tam and Val will both find exactly what they need.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.
The Republic of Chaonia fleets, under the joint command of Princess Sun and her formidable mother, Queen-Marshal Eirene, have defeated and driven out an invading fleet of the Phene Empire, though not without heavy losses. But the Empire remains undeterred. While Chaonia scrambles to rebuild its military, the Empire’s rulers are determined to squash Chaonia once and for all. They believe their military might is strong enough to defeat the enemy, but they also secure a secret alliance with a deadly religious sect skilled in the use of assassination and covert ops, to destabilize the republic. On the eve of Eirene’s bold attack on the rich and populous Karnos System, an unexpected tragedy strikes the republic. Sun must take charge or lose the throne. Will Sun be content with the pragmatic path laid out by her mother for Chaonia’s future? Or will she choose to forge her own legend? Can she succeed despite all the forces arrayed against her? Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
I accidentally read through my boss’s private communications. And maybe discovered he thinks humans acquire mates only through million-dollar secret auctions. In fact, he’s going to an auction house tonight to purchase a girlfriend. I am horrified. Mr. Tusk is sixteen years older than me and I’m his personal assistant. We’ve never met in real life, but I’m mesmerized by his picture on my desk—his striking red eyes, wide shoulders and the distinguished grey hair at his temples. Those deadly retractable tusks are an added bonus. Too bad he’d never go for a younger woman like me. But I need to protect my filthy rich boss from these unscrupulous humans tricking him into paying for companionship. That’s why I’m here “undercover” at the auction house tonight, about to strut half-naked, on stage for a crowd of mysterious bidders. But when a ferocious Derwen Tusk roars out his winning bid for me from the back of the darkened audience, I’m suddenly worried this plan might not work out like I thought. AmazonKU
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.
When you don’t know The Rules it’s hard to stay safe. After a traumatic incident, Aster’s blood work comes back with some unusual readings. Unsurprising, as she’s the last of an alien race called the Kibsu, though she doesn’t know it. She becomes the focus of a hunt, with her mortal enemies, the Trackers, on one side, and the American government on the other. But help has come from a most unexpected quarter. Whoever finds her first, it won’t be good news for Aster. Or for the world! Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
One minute Deja is saying her goodbye’s to the 4 other women who crossed the galaxy with her to meet the alien men of their dreams in an intergalactic exchange programme. The next minute, she’s crash landed on the planet where she was supposed to start her new life. She crashes onto a building and lands in a huge vat of alien chocolate—her kryptonite. The aliens who find her are so handsome she thinks they are her Supermen, come to save her. Instead, they make her work off the damage her escape pod has caused, and she becomes a human platter to serve food to other Vysarian alien men. Bound to a table naked with just food to cover her modesty, she has no idea how she is going to get out of the pickle (no pun intended). Until an ugly alien comes into the restaurant and sits alongside the alien Lord who currently has his face between her legs, about to eat her out (not literally). But how does the saying go? You should never judge a book by its cover. AmazonKU
A story of love at first sight. Then everything, including reality, gets in the way. When Wyatt meets Sean sparks fly. Literally. Their Zoom encounters, although work-related, generate the most unusual electronic reactions. But when they meet in the flesh he forgets all about contacting technical support because Sean is even more electrifying in person — an unusual experience for a Grindr-jaded Wyatt. But the interference continues and every time they meet Sean gets cold feet. Wyatt’s no fool. He knows the attraction is mutual. He can see it in Sean’s silver-grey eyes. Neither is he desperate for attention. He gets plenty of that at work and at play. Sean is either up to something, he figures, or he’s frightened because he keeps coming back but retreats every time. Two worlds collide. Disillusioned at thirty-five, Wyatt leads a life that suits him — affable to all but open to few. He’s more-or-less content, a little bored, and not bad on his own. As far as he’s concerned, he’s seen and heard it all. Whatever dreams he may have had he’s put on hold. Sean is different. Brimming with enthusiasm, he stumbles into Wyatt’s life like an overgrown puppy who doesn’t know how to behave. Almost unnaturally handsome, he comes with none of the …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
Given to an alien brute. Forced to become his bride…The rundown human worldship is a bleak place, but it’s my home and it’s where all the people I care about live. My mother, my sister, my students, and my sweet fiancé, Nathan. I never imagined I’d be forced to leave… forced to become the mate of a barbaric Darrvason admiral. But the survival of humankind hangs in the balance, and I’m not the only woman whose life has been upended. Over two thousand young women are set to be handed over to the powerful aliens in exchange for fuel, repairs, and assistance in reaching a habitable planet. Payment. That’s what we are, and we have no choice. My new husband, Admiral Tornn, is a huge, musclebound beast who expects my absolute obedience. In his culture, I’m little more than his property. But to my shock, he awakens a yearning within me unlike anything I’ve ever known, and his firm punishments and savage lovemaking are causing me to question everything I’ve been taught. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
EARTH, YEAR 2340 – After the death of her parents, Larissa Lockheart is the first to admit she’s had too much loss in her life. That she now craves one more death, specifically the man who sent her parents to an early grave, is what makes her enter into the Virgin Hunt Games as one of the ten hunted. She’ll do whatever she can to make Felix pay for his sins and fall in love with her, then humiliate and degrade him in front of an audience of billions. If he also just happens to die a gruesome death in these violent and bloody Games, then so be it. Felix Manson doesn’t need the huge prize money on offer to whoever wins the Virgin Hunt Games. He’s already wealthy beyond compare thanks to owning his own planet, where he holds elite weekend sex parties. He’s here for Larissa. He’s already spent a small fortune blackmailing the officials to ensure she’ll be his mate in these Games. A born risk taker, protecting Larissa with his life seems like a small sacrifice to finally take her body—again and again—and then win her love. But nothing is what it seems in these Games, with powerful emotions distorting as the seven bloodthirsty days count down to the end. Only time will tell if love really does conquer all. AmazonKU
Isla can’t let the past go. Her clan has won back their planet and settled old scores—but it isn’t enough. She hates those she blames for her husband’s death. She won’t rest until the enemy clan-lord is dead. And so, she sets out to kill him. Elijah leads a powerful galactic clan. Furious that he has lost the planet his father only recently won back for his people, he seeks to establish order in his territory and strengthen his clan’s defenses against their enemies. However, he doesn’t realize his true nemesis lies closer to home. His own brother is plotting to overthrow him. And an assassin has just boarded his battlecruiser—a vengeful woman intent on killing him. But the gods have a twisted sense of humor. When disaster strikes, Elijah and Isla find themselves stranded on an inhospitable planet. Forced to work together, they must fight for survival, not with each other. And when passion ignites, they discover that the boundary between love and hate is a fragile thing. AmazonKU
He tied me up and put me in a cage. I should hate him. So why can’t I look away from his twitching pants? Morfan’ox is the most striking warrior in his caveman tribe. Supremely confident, eight feet tall, with bright green stripes and muscles from here to Earth, he moves like he owns this deadly alien jungle. I’ve barely talked to him, but he’s always on my mind. But his tribe and mine are enemies. I can’t go near him. So when he caught me with his lasso and put me in a cage, I did my best to escape. I’m not going to be a plaything for a tribe of woman-less virgin cavemen. The bulge in his pants moves when he looks at me through the bars of the cage. I know he keeps something highly exotic in there. And my own body betrays me with a hot surge every time his eyes shoot blue lightning at me. But if he thinks that this Earth girl will be impregnated by a grumpy, dinosaur-whispering single father like him, he’s in for a surprise. I know his weak point. And I’m going to hit it as hard as can. AmazonKU
VS Note: The first cyborg romance I ever read was by Melisse!
Their love bloomed during chaos and danger. Is it real, or just a survival reaction? When their cruiser goes off course and takes them to a remote planet with a history of cyborg processing, pregnant ex-soldier Ursa and Zh Cle’ math teacher Rhys are thrown together to survive. Cyborg Harvesters search for survivors, so they hide in the wilderness, taking care of young ones who escaped the crash sites. In all this chaos, Ursa and Rhys acknowledge the passionate attraction between them. Then the Harvesters find them. AmazonKU
VS note: Not listed as a romance.
Solving her clone’s murder was only the beginning.Jane’s investigation into the origins of her clone batch stall when her best source, the enigmatic Dean, disappears. Unable to continue her search, she heads to college and tries to settle into a normal life. But on her first day at Harbortown University, Jane meets a girl who looks just like her. Janette is Jane’s clone. There’s no doubt about it. But she shows no interest in getting to know her long-lost batchmate. Jane figures Janette is on a mission and resolves to follow her to the people who made them both. The only trouble is those people will kill to protect their secrets. When Dean resurfaces with dangerous information, Jane must decide how many enemies she’s willing to make to learn the truth. AmazonKU
When Marian splurges on a Perfect Match Virtual adventure as a world infamous jewel thief, she expects high-wire fun with a hot partner who she will never have to see again in real life. A virtual encounter seems like the perfect answer to Marcus’s string of dating disasters. No strings attached, no drama, and definitely no love. As a die-hard James Bond fan, he chooses as his avatar a dashing MI6 operative, and to complement his adventure, a dangerously seductive partner. Neither expects to find their forever Perfect Match. AmazonKU
My heart’s been frozen with loss, but can that chill survive first contact with an alien dragon-man? I lived through the unimaginable when our generation ship crashed on this red planet of doom, but my husband wasn’t so lucky. Since then I’ve been alone, tending to my duties as a Minister, and struggling to survive every day. The unending sand and relentless heat make life on hell a challenge. Then airships arrive with more humans and alien, dragon-like warriors known as the Zmaj. Seven-foot tall, with muscles on muscles, scales, wings, and tails. As part of the delegation sent to make first contact, I never expected to be singled out by one of these otherworldly creatures. He grabs me, kisses me like I’ve never been kissed before, and leaves me breathless, heart racing. Can this dragon’s heat melt through the numbness of my heart? AmazonKU
I have my three consorts—my Mooring, my Distant Star, my Prime—and a trove of ancient data that just might include titles like An Illustrated Guide to Chaos Dragons and The Gate Maker’s Manual. There isn’t much time to save human civilization, but I’m also afraid homeworld abandoned Lemuria five thousand years ago for a very good reason. My consorts tell me I’m spooked because of what I saw in Atlantis, but if it’s that simple, the cosmos wouldn’t care all these years later. Kicking cosmic hornet’s nests is a bad idea, even when you’re prepared. And we are not prepared. The Nine Dead Gods have returned. AmazonKU
Previously published as part of the Claimed Among the Stars Anthology. Now extended with extra chapters and bonus epilogue! Abducted and offered as a prize in a twisted card game tournament, Cass’s life has taken a serious turn for the worse. If only her gorgeous bodyguard wasn’t just keeping her safe for her new lord and master. If only there was somewhere on a cruise ship she could run. Sharr is on a dangerous undercover mission for the Protectorate. His handler told him it would be difficult, but nothing could have prepared him for Cass. Help is on its way, but if anyone tries to lay a hand on her, Sharr might just burn his mission – and the entire cruise ship – down to keep her safe. AmazonKU
VS Note: Check trigger warnings. This is a dark MM scifi romance. From various reviews, it appears the main character works for the Intergalactic Police Force and both leads are aliens.
What happens when a devil claims a demon? Detective Shadow Yor hates his life. He spends all of his time, day after day, struggling against the demons in his head that tell him he’s a worthless, unlovable person. This doesn’t change when he’s sent on a new assignment with his partner to solve a series of murders. He’s good at his job and will find whoever did it, there’s no doubt there. The only question is whether or not he’ll be able to keep himself together, or if his empathic abilities will finally be the death of him. Apollo Orobas is bored. He’s bored of his secret nighttime proclivities and bored of playing the part of charming neighborhood do-gooder. Apollo isn’t good, never has been, but just when he’s starting to think life holds no interest, Shadow Yor stumbles into his sights. It doesn’t take long for him to figure out…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…) AmazonKU
VS Note: From MARCH 28
The first time Jaess of Vastiss saw Samantha Chang was the day he helped rescue her from her false mate. He held her in his arms as he raced away from her kidnapper’s village and delivered her to freedom. The fiery human woman may have gone home to Earth, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten the way she felt in his embrace or the sweet intoxication of her scent. Jaess has never left the forests of Lisseethi, much less Xithilene, but he will travel to Earth himself if that’s what it takes to find her again—the woman he longs to call his mate. Sam is struggling, trying to find a way to fit back inside a life that doesn’t feel like hers any longer. She never expected to be back on Earth, living under her mother’s roof, creditless, jobless, and straight out of luck. She risked everything on the dream of love with a Xithilene man and lost it, and she has no intention of putting her heart on the line a second time, but fate may have other plans. When the two encounter each other for a second time on Earth, sparks fly. Now they’re going to work together, Jaess as a dancer and Sam as the flutist accompanying him. With every performance, the connection they both feel only grows stronger, but love alone won’t be enough to keep them together. Sam will have to decide how far she’s willing to leap for the Xithilene man who was meant to be hers, because she’ll need to face her fears if she ever wants to truly claim him. AmazonKU
VS Note: Listed in Erotica. Duh.
WARNING: Tentacle Temptation is part of the monster erotica series Naughty Films Inc. There is little to no plot, not much in the way of character development, but there is lots of super hot sex of the taboo variety with seven kraken males and one human female. If you want a happily-ever-after, with romance and a strong storyline, this is NOT what you’re looking for. Please leave all concepts of reality here before proceeding…I worked my way up the ladder in the Adult Entertainment industry, taking any jobs I could. Now my producer has come to me with an offer I can’t refuse — mostly because he didn’t give me a choice — a series of “monster” films with actors in elaborate costumes. But I’d never say no to the amount cash involved…Except he lied. Those aren’t costumes! I’m not only about to be claimed by the Alpha Kraken, but by his pod, too!
Riley has lived her whole life as an elite daughter of one of the five ruling earthen corporations. She was supposed to be a beautiful figurehead working behind the scenes to help her husband. But the dresses they stuff her in are uncomfortable, social situations leave her confused, and she never really has been a woman. When she was diagnosed with autism, her father’s only hope was to marry her off. As she aged, her usefulness to her husband has diminished, and he plans on trading her for someone younger. Divorce isn’t legal, but murder is. . . as long as you don’t get caught. Except Riley has never been as helpless as they believed. She has a gift for navigating technology, one that has let her lead her own rebellion. But to see her ultimate plan succeed, she needs to survive long enough. Her only solution is to get off the planet. When Matty, a Martian ambassador headed home, sees Riley for the first time, she knows her life will never be the same. Riley needs help, and Matty wants to step in to save her even though she doesn’t know what she is saving her from. The more the two women come together, the more Matty falls in love. But what happens when the person you love cannot love you the same way? AmazonKU
The BoBs are mercenaries. Twenty brother clones who live together on their spaceship, DoMicile. Their primary goal is to save… everyone. As the story evolves, each couple will have a happy ending. But the overall Band of Brothers saga continues until all twenty clones find their mates! They didn’t realize they were lonely. Until a scream for help – changed everything. That scream was the catalyst for BrOdByc to discover his mate… (Book 1) ReBOrB chose to rescue the second female taken from the Siloth ship. He knows she was injured, and now he’ll discover that Brode isn’t the only one with a life mate. He’s not happy… but not for the reason you might think! AmazonKU
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VS: To round out my backlist highlights of my “Titanic in space…” saga, the third book jumps ahead in time to catch up with Gianna, who was areally young toddler durin the events of the wreck of the Nebula Dream, and what she’s contending with as a now-adult survivor.
This book is a re-release of STAR CRUISE RETURN VOYAGE, which was in the Pets in Space® 5 anthology. No new material has been added.
Gianna Nadenoft is a reclusive survivor of one of the worst interstellar cruise ship disasters in the history of the Sectors. Now a renowned artist, she hasn’t left her home planet in decades, not since returning there after the wreck as a traumatized three year old. With her service animal at her side, she’s going to make the effort to travel across the star systems to attend her brother’s wedding and reunite with her fellow survivors.
Trevor Hanson is a security officer aboard the cruise liner Nebula Zephyr with his own traumatic past as a former Special Forces soldier and prisoner of war. He’s assigned to provide personal protection to Gianna during her time aboard the ship but soon finds his interest turning from professional to romantic. The two share more in common than either of them realizes and their attraction grows as the voyage continues.
But powerful enemies including a conspiracy theory-obsessed fellow passenger and sinister individuals with hostile intentions are watching Gianna and making plans to seize this rare opportunity to gain access to her and the secrets they believe she’s still keeping about the wreck. Can Trevor overcome his personal demons and rise to the occasion to save Gianna from the danger waiting on his ship? Or will she slip through his fingers and suffer a terrible fate deferred from the day her last voyage came to a disastrous end?
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Two hundred years of bounty hunting made Bones the best at what he does, yet it’s still taken him four long years to find Cat, the half vampire now known as the “Red Reaper.” There’s a price on Cat’s head, and not even her job as a secret government agent can save her. Only Bones can. But has time hardened Bones too much to love again? Or will his passion for Cat burn through every obstacle—alive, undead, or otherwise—between them?
This detective is bringing the handcuffs—and the bite. When Brandy finds herself accidentally mated to a werewolf, she’s totally cool with it. If only Detective Gruff felt the same way. The man is so darned scared he runs away to a remote cabin in the woods.
Lucky for him, Brandy isn’t about to give up. Billy never wanted to get hitched. He’d seen firsthand with his parents how ugly it could get. He never counted on meeting Brandy, a feisty nurse with a bubbly outlook on life who looks past his grumpy facade. It isn’t just danger that brings them together. She is temptation itself. When she’s taken from him, he realizes he’ll do anything, even unleash the big bad wolf, to save her.
Alejandra no longer knows who she is. To her husband, she is a wife, and to her children, a mother. To her own adoptive mother, she is a daughter. But they cannot see who Alejandra has become: a woman struggling with a darkness that threatens to consume her. Nor can they see what Alejandra sees. In times of despair, a ghostly vision appears to her, the apparition of a crying woman in a ragged white gown. When Alejandra visits a therapist, she begins exploring her family’s history, starting with the biological mother she never knew. As she goes deeper into the lives of the women in her family, she learns that heartbreak and tragedy are not the only things she has in common with her ancestors. Because the crying woman was with them, too. She is La Llorona, the vengeful and murderous mother of Mexican legend. And she will not leave until Alejandra follows her mother, her grandmother, and all the women who came before her into the darkness. But Alejandra has inherited more than just pain. She has inherited the strength and the courage of her foremothers—and she will have to summon everything they have given her to banish La Llorona forever. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
VS Note: Re-release.
Summer Rigby has been contemplating her life choices lately. Her dad comes from a family of witches, but her mother wants her to take over her family’s bar. In a way, it’s as important of a legacy as the witchcraft. But is it really what she wants to do? While walking along the beach, Summer is hit with a powerful premonition, one she can’t help but act on. Brandi Best must move to Cornellis Island, Summer must take over her mother’s bar, and Summer is the one who is tasked with making these things happen. So much for Summer’s wants and needs. Her life is going in a direction she can’t control, but it’s not all bad. At least she has her elderly bestie, Maggie, and her visions keep life interesting. On to the next adventure. An Otterly Secret Scheme was formerly published as Ale and Adventures. AmazonKU
Melanie, a professional doula struggling to conceive a baby of her own, has a strange encounter at a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. After she rescues a wild rabbit from a runaway dog and the animal seemingly changes into a heavily pregnant, human-size rabbit woman, Melanie convinces herself she saw only a woman in a costume. But that same night a desperate plea for help sounds inside her head. In response, she undertakes a trek that feels like a dream—until it becomes urgently real, forcing her to stretch to the limits of her training and beyond. What reward will she win if she succeeds?
Will a twenty-first century woman and a medieval Irish king find love on the other side of hate? Constance loathes the monstrous king she’s destined to help and likes the queen she’s supposed to defeat. To that end, she’s determined to travel back in time, finish off the man who should have been her ally and find a way to rally peace with his enemy. Or so she thinks until she arrives in medieval Ireland and learns things might not be what they seem. Finally free of his nemesis, Aodh, the great Dragon King of the North, wants nothing to do with Constance, the lass who’s supposed to help him save his country. Why would he when she’s aligned with the queen who imprisoned him? Or so he thinks until Constance, who’s on the brink of death, ends up in his arms, and everything changes.
Thrust on a path neither could have foreseen, Aodh and Constance have no choice but to confront a forgotten past. One full of joy and sorrow. Blasphemous secrets. An unthinkable outcome. Most of all, though, a deep love that withstood everything fate threw at them. Can they rediscover it again? Or is their love, no matter how strong it once was, unable to withstand everything trying to stop it now? Darkness so relentless, Ireland faces certain ruin.
At age twenty, Selene Bowers desperately hopes to be accepted into Henbane Coven, an academy for young witches. Since one of the requirements for entry is to connect with her powers via a quest through the wilderness, Selene books a trip to South America. When a nefarious supernatural force tries to drag her plane from the sky, Selene’s magic awakens to save her life―at a cost. Using her powers devours her memories, one by one. Worse, when Selene braves the jungle and discovers the source of the attack, she finds herself awakening an ancient evil, Memnon the Cursed, who mistakes Selene for his long-dead wife. The wife who betrayed him. Selene manages to escape and begin her studies at Henbane, but when Memnon turns up at the coven and witches are found dead across campus, Selene becomes entangled in a dangerous plot. Accused of the murders on the basis of her memory loss, Selene must rely on Memnon’s help for answers―and his plans for her will change everything. AmazonKU
Dear Mister Ezra Fitzroy, On account of the slanderous rumors revealing your ungentlemanly persona and the ill-gotten disgrace of the Fitzroy name, Her Majesty is compelled to deem the Season bequeathed to you a failure. Henceforth, in order to restore your and your family’s name, you are hereby ordered to attend the Monsters Ball by Her Majesty our Queen. Ezra Fitzroy is a scoundrel. From the games he likes to play to the innocent wallflowers he likes to seduce— he is a devilish rogue with a hankering for trouble. After being kidnapped by his father and delivered to the ball, Ezra finds himself on his knees in a forced proposal to the Satyr King. Pan is the charming and benevolent ruler of the creatures that live within the Lands of Essex, known to all as the Satyr King. Centuries of ruling these ancient lands have passed, and he finds himself with a conundrum— he must find a suitable mate, or he will have to give his crown to his bastard brother. After a fateful encounter, Ezra and Pan are thrown into a game of royal charades. Our sunshiney Satyr has his work cut out for him if he wishes to seduce the scoundrel that no one has been able to love. AmazonKU
Known as Snow White, Lady Sophie has led a sheltered life in the mountains of Bavaria. Until now. Her father, the widowed Duke Maximilian, is at last remarrying, and on the day of his historic wedding, Sophie is making her high-society debut. At the ball, Sophie charms the dashing Prince Philip, heir to the Spanish throne. But as Philip and Sophie start falling deeply in love, the king of Spain loses his temper. His wish is that Philip would marry a princess. And now, his command is Sophie’s death. In a quest for survival, Sophie seeks refuge in the home of seven orphans, the counsel of a witch, and the safety of her blade. With the looming threat of war upon her duchy, Sophie must ponder: Can she do right by her home and honor her heart’s desire?
On their first vacation together, Henry and Cerissa travel to the New York so Henry may renew the vampire bond with his maker, Anne-Louise—he has no choice in the matter—but after the bond’s renewed, he plans to spend two weeks playing tourist with Cerissa.
But when Anne-Louise offers him a way to escape the maker-child bond forever, what she demands in exchange for his release is beyond the pale, and it turns Henry and Cerissa’s much-needed vacation into a battleground. To make matters worse, mortals start popping up dead—and staying that way. Based on circumstantial evidence, the security chief for the New York vampires arrests both Henry and Anne-Louise for conspiracy to murder. Cerissa must move into overdrive and use her skills analyzing vampire DNA to prove Henry’s innocence. Because if she doesn’t succeed before dawn arrives, this trip to New York may be his last. AmazonKU
Thornwood Academy is everything I could never wish for and less. In the short time since father dearest dumped me here, I’ve collected a couple of murder accusations, a deadly witch bond with one guy, and a thirst for the blood of another. Good grief. What next? I’m neck-deep in investigations to clear my name, and as I peel away each layer of facade from town and academy life I discover more shady connections between supes and humans. The local business mogul and his vampire attorney. The mysterious talismans bestowed on the sons of influential families. Shifters with a vendetta against almost everyone. It’s the murder-mystery gift that keeps on giving. This witch bond with Rowan? Disaster. Our lives and magic are forever linked, and the bond unleashed something terrifying. Not only the psychopathic hybrid I’ve suppressed, but something infinitely worse—my mother’s gentler half. Emotions. Empathy. Occasional kind gestures. A nightmare. Then there’s the small issue with Grayson. Following one unintentional bite of his hand, I’m craving the blood of a vampire who’s fixated on…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…) AmazonKU
Peter – I was one of the lucky ones. At least that was what I’d been told my entire life. And maybe I was. Not many shifters will take in a foundling dragon the way my adoptive rabbit colony did. Only I was taken in but not accepted, and that sucked. When my beau of two years left me to mate with another, it sucked. But I was used to it. No one stuck with me for long. What kind of life could he have with a dragon, after all? But this one extra stung when he informed me I should know by now that I might be “doable” but never “mateable.” If I wanted to find my forever love, I needed to make a change, and I did, by downloading the Male-Order Mates App. Conri – Selling my successful bakery to a huge corporate conglomerate seemed like the best idea at the time. Who doesn’t want to have…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page) AmazonKU
The world needs saving, and my magic can help. Too bad I have no memory of this power. I have everything I could want: a loving father, my just best friend Diego, and our family mountain retreat where lost souls come to find themselves. And yet, I find myself feeling like there’s something missing. When a scarred, weary warrior with a missing hand, looks that could kill and melt my insides, and an air of familiarity rolls up, I begin to wonder if it’s not him who is lost, but me. Fighting the way Diego’s smiles sends my heart skittering, and ignoring Tyr’s crazy talk of gods and a past history with him thousands of years ago, becomes the least problematic parts of my life when nightmares of menacing black wolves return to haunt my dreams, and magic begins to fly from my fingertips. When the truth becomes too much for me to ignore, am I up to the task of healing a broken world, or will the wolves again go for the throat?
I thought we’d faced the worst possible horrors already. I was wrong. My men and I have fought the guardians who held us captive for so long. Refused to let them harness our powers yet again. But there’s another villain lurking in the shadows. One who doesn’t even pretend to care about anyone’s interests other than his own. With every move he makes, I feel one step closer to breaking. How can we ever escape while a man like this controls our future? The path to freedom could lie in the past we left behind. But our history holds secrets that are just as likely to destroy me. AmazonKU
An abducted fae. A shady magic dealer. A secret weapon. When a prominent figure in Ravenholde goes missing, I am tasked with finding the criminal and his prey. But not all the council members want to see me succeed. When I track the demon convict to a beloved monument, I discover a ritual that involves the abducted supernaturals. But my attempt to thwart the unholy rite goes awry and I end up in the fight of my life. Armed with my new supernatural weapon, do I embrace my dark side or secure my new place in hell? AmazonKU
In a world of arrogant nobles and their punishing laws, Georgina will be hanged if anyone discovers she is a spy. But when the wicked prince proposes marriage, Georgina must accept. Refusing would expose the secrets she has delivered to a hidden resistance and forfeit her life. With her wedding day looming ever closer, salvation comes from an unlikely source. Pirate Captain Cinder is a terror on the open sea, striking fear into hearts wherever she sails. Now she has a new target. The vulnerable Princess Georgina should be an easy mark in Cinder’s kidnapping plot. But the legend of Captain Cinder is more intertwined with Georgina’s own history than either of them expect. Treacherous storms. A mysterious pirate king. The prince’s unrelenting pursuit. Georgina and Cinder can only escape by following the uncharted course of their hearts. But just as a future together is within their grasp, Cinder’s past threatens to drag them both to the deep. AmazonKU AB
VS Note: A re-release.
Princesses are destined to keep the monarchy going through marriage. My people, the Kinnara, mate for life, but love is a luxury granted to those without royal responsibilities.
I know my duties come before my desires, so why do I find myself drawn to the one male I’m forbidden to love? I do not have the luxury to love the fiercely loyal and primal gajasimha assigned as a palace guard, but when dark forces in the woods threaten all we know, how could I deny my heart to the one broken hero who risked it all?
Lilith knew her fate upon death, even if her wrong doings were ones rooted in vengeance. She didn’t know what to expect once becoming a resident of Hell, but falling in love with the devil himself wasn’t part of the plan. Lucifer has a throne to uphold and nothing can distract him from making all of his subjects fear and respect him. He tries to keep his distance from the one person in Hell who has made him feel again, but the temptation keeps growing. Maybe, just for her, he can show his soft side. AmazonKU
After discovering the depth of betrayal, treachery, and violence perpetrated against her by Mareen’s Tribunal Council and exposing her illegal blood-gift to save her Praetorian squad, Ikenna becomes a fugitive with a colossal bounty on her head. Yet, somehow, that’s the least of her worries. Her grandfather’s longtime allies refuse to offer help, and the Blood Emperor’s Warlord is tracking her. She’s also struggling to control the enormous power she was granted by the Goddess of Blood Rites…and come to terms with the promises she made to get such power. Amidst all of this, the Blood Emperor wages a full-scale invasion against Mareen and leaves a trail of decimated cities, war crimes, and untold death in his wake. As the horrors increase, Ikenna and her team realize they must assassinate the Blood Emperor and quickly end the war. But the price to do so is steep and has planet-shattering consequences. The price to do nothing, though, is annihilation. War has erupted. Alliances are fracturing. And Ikenna is torn between her loyalties, her desires for revenge, and the power threatening to consume her. With the world aflame, only one thing is certain: blood will be spilled. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
My warped sense of morality embarrasses me. Ruta Pawlak is one of the most successful contract killers Pier-Upon-Pier City has ever seen. Convicted of five murders that landed her multiple life sentences, her kill count allegedly sits between fifteen and two hundred people. Some were just for practice, others for revenge, and others she executed for money to keep her potentially world-record setting reading collection going. For the first time, a biographer sits down with the legendary killer to hear her story in her own words. Get the details on her relationship with her depraved bosses and her eclectic arsenal of murder weapons from ice magic to poison to even the sun itself. From her impoverished upbringing to her introduction to the Syndicates to her bizarre affair with fellow killer Frieda Masters to Ruta’s eventual downfall, this account goes beyond headlines and court proceedings, weaving a story of love, family, survival, and murder.
Fiona is a highlander, born and raised. Just like any decent highlander, she loathes orcs.
Ean is the chief of the Mornal orc clan – a clan that is doomed to diminish because of winter battles with monsters in the underland. When Fiona challenges Ean with his own blade during an autumn raid, she is proposing in the most orcish was possible. He leaps at the chance for a bladebound mate, the first blessed by the Goddess Diana in centuries.
The problem? Fiona meant to kill him, not mate him. With his anxious clan and a vengeful orc ex aware of his every move, Ean has to figure out a solution. What he comes up with? “Pretend to be my bladebound mate, Fiona. Just until Gyda doesn’t want to disembowel me.” How far will Fiona go with their fated farce? Her way home and the return of her village’s food is on the line. The keen senses of orcs means she has to give her act her all. What happens when Fiona’s pretending stops feeling like a lie? AmazonKU
Charmaine Grimes has a dangerous secret: she possesses the power of invisibility. But in the First Kingdom, those found with magic are forced to serve the wicked King Ronan or face execution. No one has seen Dalton Saphirrus, Prince of the First Kingdom, in five years. Locked away as a result of the icy power flowing through his veins, he has been imprisoned by his own father. After a devastating fire in Charmaine’s hometown, knights escort the survivors to King Ronan’s castle. With a mysterious enemy at large, the First Kingdom is threatened, and the destiny prophesied is ever-looming over Dalton’s head. As Charmaine falls for the Prince of Snow, she is thrown into a world of politics, cruelty, and temptations she never expected.When the First Kingdom’s enemies attack the surrounding towns, and eventually the castle, Charmaine, Prince Dalton, and other allies must rise up for the battle of their lives, or die trying to save the kingdom. AmazonKU
Murderer. Monster. Curse. Six months after fleeing Virian, Zylah Renfall is scraping by as a travelling apothecary, still reeling from the events that forced her to leave in the middle of the night and never look back. But freedom always comes with a price, and for Zylah, it’s the sickness spreading through her body like wildfire and the crushing guilt of the life she left behind. When an old friend brings news of a growing army of monsters, and of Marcus—the Fae responsible for her life as a fugitive—Zylah will stop at nothing for the chance to seek retribution for those caught up in the new king’s conflict, a vow that could very well cost her everything. Together they must find allies to stand against Marcus as Zylah battles with her declining health, her emotions, and the monsters and magic besieging them at every turn.
VS Note: I put this on my TBR list because you know me and time loops!
For some reason, Clark has woken up and relived the same monotonous Monday 309 times. Until Day 310 turns out to be…different. Suddenly, his usual torturous math class is interrupted by an anomaly—a boy he’s never seen before in all his previous Mondays.
When shy, reserved Clark decides to throw caution to the wind and join effusive and effervescent Beau on a series of “errands” across the Windy City, he never imagines that anything will really change, because nothing has in such a long time. And he definitely doesn’t expect to fall this hard or this fast for someone in just one day.
There’s just one problem: how do you build a future with someone if you can never get to tomorrow? Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
A damsel in distress takes on the dragon herself in this epic twist on classic fantasy. Based on a screenplay by Dan Mazeau, this is a groundbreaking collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Evelyn Skye and the team behind the upcoming Netflix film Damsel, starring Millie Bobby Brown. A price must be paid.
Elodie never dreamed of a lavish palace or a handsome prince. As she grew up in the famine-stricken realm of Inophe, her deepest wish was to help her people survive each winter. So when a representative from a rich, reclusive kingdom offers her family enough wealth to save Inophe in exchange for Elodie’s hand in marriage, she accepts without hesitation. Swept away to the glistening kingdom of Aurea, Elodie is quickly taken in by the beauty of the realm—and of her betrothed, Prince Henry. But as Elodie undertakes the rituals to become an Aurean princess, doubts prick at her mind as cracks in the kingdom’s perfect veneer begin to show: A young woman who appears and vanishes from the castle tower. A parade of torches weaving through the mountains. Markings left behind in a mysterious V. Too late, she discovers that Aurea’s prosperity has been purchased at a heavy cost—each harvest season, the kingdom sacrifices its princesses to a hungry dragon. And Elodie is the next sacrifice. This ancient arrangement has persisted for centuries, leading hundreds of women to their deaths. But the women who came before Elodie did not go quietly. Their blood pulses with power and memory, and their experiences hold the key to Elodie’s survival. Forced to fight for her life, this damsel must use her wits to defeat a dragon, uncover Aurea’s past, and save not only herself but the future of her new kingdom as well.
VS Note: OK I preordered this because you know me and time loop stories! Sounded good.
What would you do if you had one more chance for the life of your dreams? Lou feels like she is stuck on the wrong path: alone, in a city far from home, watching other people be happy. When the man she’s in love with announces his engagement to someone else, Lou is consumed by ‘what ifs’. That’s when she finds herself slipping back in time to a night two years ago, where one small decision changed everything…Suddenly, Lou has a chance to fix her mistakes. But as her choices lead her down roads she never could have imagined, she finds herself stuck in a time loop of her own making. And with each slip, Lou notices her life intersecting with one person again and again. A friend of a friend who once lived on the periphery, who is slowly becoming the one person who makes her feel like she might finally be on the right track. Lou is about to realize that our greatest love stories aren’t always the ones we expected, but are the ones we choose to fight for. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Two rival spies must brave pirates, witches, and fake matrimony to save the Queen.
Known as Agent A, Alice is the top operative within the Agency of Undercover Note Takers, a secret government intelligence group that is fortunately better at espionage than at naming itself. From managing deceptive witches to bored aristocratic ladies, nothing is beyond Alice’s capabilities. She has a steely composure and a plan always up her sleeve (alongside a dagger and an embroidered handkerchief). So when rumors of an assassination plot begin to circulate, she’s immediately assigned to the case. But she’s not working alone. Daniel Bixby, otherwise known as Agent B and Alice’s greatest rival, is given the most challenging undercover assignment of his life— pretending to be Alice’s husband. Together they will assume the identity of a married couple, infiltrate a pirate house party, and foil their unpatriotic plans. Determined to remain consummate professionals, Alice and Daniel must ignore the growing attraction between them, especially since acting on it might prove more dangerous than their target.
Something wicked this way comes…and it might be too late to stop it. Xander Corey lives simply, sustainably, on the outskirts of Osprey, a small, quaint town in Upstate New York. He’s a librarian when the town’s budget can afford him, a good friend, kind neighbor, and also, a witch. And while that’s of no concern to anyone around him, there are others, non-humans, who have a vested interest in Xander’s family land. Xander knows something dark and dangerous is brewing. He’s just not quite sure what. And that’s not the only mystery he’s dealing with. The new chief of police is, by turns, giving him heart palpitations and homicidal thoughts. Xander can’t decide if the gorgeous yet infuriating Lorne MacBain is on his side, or trying to drive him insane. Added to that, the man doesn’t believe in magic, and since that’s who Xander is, their future looks anything but bright. But Lorne is not the unimaginative, stick-in-the-mud Xander thinks he is. And a rock to anchor him as his life is turning upside down is just the thing Xander needs. Now if only the two of them can stay alive. AmazonKU
There was a plan. She had the money, the connections, even the brains. It was simple: become one of the only female necromancers, earn as many degrees as possible, get a post in one of the grand cities, then prove she’s capable of greatness. The funny thing about plans is that they are seldom under your control. Now Aelis de Lenti, a daughter of a noble house and recent graduate of the esteemed Magisters’ Lyceum, finds herself in the far-removed village of Lone Pine. Mending fences, matching wits with goats, and serving people who want nothing to do with her. But, not all is well in Lone Pine, and as the villagers Aelis is reluctantly getting to know start to behave strangely, Aelis begins to suspect that there is far greater need for a Warden of her talents than she previously thought. Old magics are restless, and an insignificant village on the farthest border of the kingdom might hold secrets far beyond what anyone expected. Aelis might be the only person standing between one of the greatest evils ever known and the rest of the world.
Lin Sukai has won her first victory as Emperor, but the future of the Phoenix Empire hangs in the balance – and Lin is dangerously short of allies. As her own governors plot treason, the Shardless Few renew hostilities. Worse still, Lin discovers her old nemesis Nisong has joined forces with the rogue Alanga, Ragan. Both seek her death. Yet hopes lies in history. Legend tells of seven mythic swords, forged in centuries past. If Lin can find them before her enemies, she may yet be able to turn the tide. If she fails, the Sukai dynasty – and the entire empire – will fall. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
When you’re a geriatric armed with nothing but gumption and knitting needles, stopping a sorcerer from wiping out an entire dragon-fighting organization is a tall order. No one understands why 83-year-old Edna Fisher is the Chosen One, destined to save the Knights from a dragon-riding sorcerer bent on their destruction. After all, Edna has never handled a magical weapon, faced down a dragon, or cast a spell. And everyone knows the Council of Wizards always chooses a teenager—like the vengeful girl ready to snatch Edna’s destiny from under her nose. Still, Edna leaps at the chance to leave the nursing home. With her son long dead in the Knights’ service, she’s determined to save dragon-fighters like him and to ensure other mothers don’t suffer the same loss she did. But as Edna learns about the abuse in the ranks and the sorcerer’s history as a Knight, she questions if it’s really the sorcerer that needs stopping—or the Knights she’s trying to save.
A pride of royal sphinxes put veterinarian apprentice Charlotte’s abilities and heart to the test as she works out if she’s right for the job. The Sphinx Pride is book 5 in the Griffin Sanctuary series about apprentice veterinarian Charlotte as she learns how to care and handle mythical animals. Every book has a new animal case and be read out of order. The series contains a slow-burn sapphic romance.
She’ll do anything to save her family—even marry a fae and face the dead. Years ago, Elle Blackford’s parents made a desperate deal with the fae kingdom of Ashwood. While her mother and sisters reconciled themselves to a future among dangerous immortals, Elle and her father studied forbidden magic, hoping to find a loophole. Until Elle’s father dies, forcing Elle’s sister to marry Prince Fitz, heir of Ashwood. But Elle has a plan to change their fate. For she knows that ghosts wander Ashwood Forest until the royal family sends them into the afterlife. Ghosts that can be returned to life. And she’s determined to save her father from his premature death. All she needs is powerful magic—magic Prince Fitz possesses. Taking her sister’s place, Elle marries Prince Fitz to steal his power. But in a world of bloodthirsty fae and vengeful ghosts, being a mortal comes with constant risks. As Elle navigates a kingdom of monsters and tragic secrets, she realizes she might not survive to save her family. And the key to her salvation might be her arrogant, cold husband—the one she’d planned to rob and abandon. If only she can trust him. AmazonKU
When twenty-three-year-old surly, and slightly tipsy, Frankie finds her hag of a grandmother dead on the sofa, her best friend, playful Ben Bowen, introduces her to the magical underbelly of Aspen Ridge, Utah. Ben is a witch, a seer to be exact, and he guides Frankie into her new identity as a healer, a restoration witch. With the help of Ben and his coven-mate Cleo, Frankie navigates the treacherous classes of witches: dragons, shifters, and the abhorred vampire-life-drinking witches. It was a vampire that killed Frankie’s grandmother, and she’s after Frankie. But, much to the chagrin of best friend Ben, it isn’t Frankie’s vitality that the vampire wants. Frankie must work her newfound magic-despite her fear, her self- doubt, and her desire to have one more drink-with her friends to eliminate a common enemy. She’ll have to endure nightmares and commit horrors unspeakable, or risk losing them all. It will take guts … whosever they may be. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Harrison Walker watches the world burn—for a living. Currently, the province’s only fire investigator, he’s kept busy, particularly by a serial arsonist leaving a trail of destruction through one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Fort Seattle. When a local artist’s studio is torched, Harrison finally gets a break in the case. Only, is it their arsonist, or a targeted attack by a copycat? When Tanner’s studio burns, Raimy Kellam does his best to support his best friend. He inadvertently becomes the only witness to have potentially seen the pyromaniac, which thrusts him into Harrison’s life… where Raimy senses their bond. Only, Harrison already has someone in his life. Cassidy Springdale has spent nearly a decade loving Harrison—always knowing his alpha’s omega could be around any corner and their love affair would end. When Raimy arrives in their lives, he must decide if he’s going to walk away or fight for the man he loves. Only, what right does a beta have to come between fated mates? Harrison’s torn between love and instinct—his beta and an omega—all while trying to save their province from burning down around them. AmazonKU
Harlow Krane and Finn McKay have been through a lot. They never expected to have the chance to be together again, let alone the myriad ways they might be torn apart. To save everything they hold dear, they’ll have to trust each other—and themselves—more than either thought possible. With the threat of war on the horizon, Awaken the Fifth Order is a battle against overwhelming odds. Can Harlow and Finn reunite in time to save their relationship and Okairos? Awaken the Fifth Order is the final book in The Immortal Orders Trilogy, a blazing hot fantasy romance series, set in a contemporary world of magic, deception, and betrayal. AmazonKU
Maribel is like every other maiden in her kingdom, and like the others, she’s fallen under a spell. After she’s caught in an enchanted rainstorm, her dreams become vivid, and she spends hours each night taking on new tasks, each imparting her with a painful reminder in the morning. While she thrives on the challenges, she fears her fate, unsure of the purpose and origin of these unreal dreams. Are they an ill omen? A magical attack by an enemy of the kingdom? Or are they preparing her for something beyond what she’s ever dreamed of? The Dream Trials is a novelette retelling of the Dutch fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. It is a standalone story in the Magic in the Match fairy tale romance series. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Fae from across the land have come to the enchanting Spring Court in hopes of winning Lia’s affection. But the future queen is not easily swayed. Trained to be a warrior, the needs of her people outweigh her own desires. Were she to give in to temptation, it would be with the two forbidden men who stole her heart long ago…Twins Bayleon and Bastian were cursed with the powers of seduction before they were even born. One look in their eyes enthralls their victims to a blissful death. Offered the opportunity to be Lia’s protectors, their place in court comes with a steep price. They must shield their eyes and promise not to seduce any women. Failure to uphold this agreement will be punishable by death. But not giving in to their powers takes its toll. If they don’t succumb… they’ll die. To save the men she loves, Lia gives in to her desires. How can she pick just one when her heart and soul belong to both? Refusing to lose either of them, Lia embarks on a quest for a cure. Yet when the future queen is abducted by those who don’t want the curse broken, it’s up to Bayleon and Bastian to save their love. Can they find Lia before the curse kills them? Or will the trials they face tear the trio apart?
Two years after being declared missing, the love of Ollie’s life turns up on his doorstep. With the police searching for Dominic, Ollie must hide the shifter’s presence from even his closest friends, all while helping him heal from the hell he’s been through. He loves Dominic, but the alpha isn’t the man he once knew. With danger closing in on them, will their love will be enough to keep them together? Dominic never thought he’d see Ollie again, but a glimpse of the omega’s face is what finally helps him break free of the prison he’s been trapped in. He’s lost everything—his family, his home, and two years of his life. But he hasn’t lost Ollie. When the time comes to face up to his past, will he choose love or fear? AmazonKU
Assassins aren’t often framed for murder. But when ex-assassin Semra is falsely accused of murdering a king, she is forced to go on the run — only to discover an underground network of old enemies bent on her destruction and a mysterious ailment keeping her from working her best. As tensions rise, Semra must gather evidence to clear her name, find a remedy for her ailment, and stop rogue assassins from interfering with the war. AmazonKU
I’m a fighter. It’s just what I do. No seriously—like literally that’s what I do. I’m a survivor. I’m sure you’re singing the Destiny’s Child song in your head right now, but believe me when I say I wish that was my situation. If you ever get into a tight spot, need money desperately, and you’re forced to make a deal with the local crime boss aka The Broker… read the damn contract. Especially when that crime boss is a leprechaun. Not reading the contract is how I ended up becoming a cage fighter for the little green goblin to work off my debt. The thing is, when you’re a human running in the supernatural side of town, your luck is bound to run out. Which mine did, in one horrible night I never saw coming as a nightmare from my childhood reappears. Seems my luck hasn’t run out just yet, as two unlikely guardian angels appear to save me. Apparently I’d caught the eye of the Savage Pride MC. The Broker’s number one rival. To save me they had to break a few rules, now my life is once more changed forever. Only this time I now have people who will fight for me, and with me, when the monsters of my past come to claim me. AmazonKU
He was supposed to save my bed and breakfast from burning down. Instead… he accused me of starting the fire. Not only that… he then threw me over his shoulder and locked me in his truck. Let me get this straight. I’m not an arsonist. My only wish is to keep my bed and breakfast running along with the seven women I grew up with. That was until this fire chief came along. Now my goal is to keep my distance from him. He could be working for the clan of wolf shifters that tried to kill me when I was born. Trusting him is out of the question, even though his touch sends shivers down my spine. But what do I do when he protects me, not once but twice? Pierce has vowed to find the enemy that’s out to destroy my life. And in the process, he’s given me one thing to live for. A baby! AmazonKU
Kage: I may be powerful. I may be the darkness. But it turns out I’m not the only monster who lurks in the shadows. The silence has been broken, and a secret from long ago has been unearthed with devastating consequences. The past has come back to haunt me, and everything I thought I knew has been turned on its head. Danger strikes at everything I hold dear, and death stalks my mate and me. Austin: Not all monsters have wings, horns, and a tail. And sometimes monsters really are monsters. I know exactly how far someone will go to hide toxic secrets, but even I am shocked by the latest revelations. Pandora’s box has been opened, and now we’re dealing with the aftermath. My monster grieves, and I ache for him. But blood isn’t thicker than water, and found family is everything. Chaos reigns as the attacks from the mimic escalate, and the daemon clan of San DeLain goes on high alert. But violence is never far away, and when the past doesn’t stay buried, the answers will lead to even more questions. Death is coming, and the end is near. But for whom? AmazonKU
VS Note: Cliffhanger.
I never believed in fairytales until I met him…Then I found out that he isn’t human, which is fine with me. And that he’s the biggest jerk alive, which is unacceptable. I can’t believe I fell for his lies. It’s not like me at all! Just when I need him the most, he shows me his true colors. Turns out that my handsome king is actually a pointy-eared toad, and that fairytales are a load of nonsense. I won’t be fooled a second time. Oh, no! AmazonKU
VS Note: re-releasae. Formerly published under the Haley Ryan pen name in 2020.
A dragon, a fae, and a pixie walk into a bookstore…Sounds like a joke, right? For me, it’s just an ordinary day on the job. At least, it has been ever since my aunt disappeared and left me with her store, her cat, and a whole lot of unanswered questions. My whole life, I’ve been told to stay hidden. Pretend I’m human. Sell books, drink tea, and never betray the truth of what I am. But it turns out my aunt had secrets, and a lot of those secrets seem to involve me ending up dead. To survive, I’m going to have to reckon with my past, even if it means placing my trust in a total stranger. Draven is a half-fae assassin who’s as gorgeous as he is irritating, and his motives are less than clear. He might be willing to help me—for a price—but is it a price I’m willing to pay? And if I accept his help, can I trust an assassin to keep the biggest secret of them all? AmazonKU
Beth knows the value of secrecy. It’s what’s kept her and her brother safe roaming from town to town in a post-apocalyptic hellscape. It’s also one of her core rules – trust no one, take no shit, and conceal the constant battle to keep her inner beast at bay. Her animal has always been ornery and restless – she’s used to it. So when a gorgeous stranger walks into her shop, bringing with him both a peculiar sense of calm and an electric attraction, it’s not something she or her animal can ignore. Jax knows two things the moment he sets eyes on Beth. The first is that she’s his mate – a fact that he’s all too eager to prove to her. The second is that secrets surrounding Beth could have colossal implications for his people. When Beth’s existence threatens to tear a divide in his community, Jax is willing to risk everything to protect his mate. But a much more significant threat is coming from outside their fences… and it’s coming fast. Amazon KU
This isn’t a tale of redemption — it’s all about the fall. An outcast amongst outcasts, Phelan Oliver nevertheless takes his duties as a Necromancer with the utmost seriousness. As one of the few in his family devoted to the “old ways,” Phelan has fully embraced the piety and severe discipline required to master demonic magic. But none of that prepares him for the day he comes face-to-face with a demon he didn’t summon—one who embodies everything he has been taught to hate, and whose wickedness sparks sinful feelings Phelan can’t ignore no matter how much he tries. As a prince of Hell, Remiel is used to getting his way. Kidnapping and torturing his sworn enemy for information should have been easy, but Phelan Oliver was not an ordinary Necromancer. On the surface, the university librarian appears quiet and devout, but beneath his unassuming facade there is a latent darkness Remiel can’t wait to unleash. In exchange for his soul’s freedom, Phelan strikes a desperate bargain to help Remiel defeat his nemesis once and for all. But it turns out demons aren’t the only ones with secrets and learning Phelan’s might end up costing them both more than they’d ever imagined. AmazonKU
Dead men tell no tales. Until they meet ghost hunter Verity Long. Verity Long is proud to say she gets along with just about anybody—dead or alive. But she’s put to the test when her well-meaning boyfriend and her sweet-as-pie sister con her into a remote island “double date” weekend with her sister’s new flame and Verity’s long-time nemesis, Alec Duranja. Her plans to avoid the uptight police officer go up in smoke when the four of them team up for a weekend treasure hunt competition based on the island’s legendary pirate past. And it doesn’t take long for Verity and her team to discover more than game clues. Someone is using the game to dig up real pirate gold…and they’re willing to kill to keep it. There’s no escaping the island or the game. And when the killer targets someone Verity loves, she realizes she’s the only one who can uncover the truth behind the legend. She must stay one step ahead of the dangers of the island and two steps ahead of Frankie’s new ghostly pirate buddies—all in a race against time to solve a centuries-old puzzle and take down a real live killer before he strikes again. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
VS Note: From the blurb for book one: “We are guarded by immortals when we dream. Dream thieves watch over the unconscious wanderings of the human mind, plucking out the most dangerous dreams before they can take root and turn us into monsters…”
The end is nigh and the fate of both the dream thieves and humanity is at hand. It’s up to Gabriel to gather the remaining dream thieves for a final confrontation with Avorio and her knights. The prize. Mankind’s future. Immortals will clash in a battle that will have repercussions across time and space. With only half of the dream thieves remaining, can Malcolm and his siblings overcome their enemies, or will they fail and lose any chance humanity has of surviving the coming apocalypse? AmazonKU
It starts as a joke. Trading various, er, favors with her boss? Neither of them are serious. It’s nothing but verbal sparring, lobbing zingers back and forth across the kitchen, or at the counter when there aren’t any customers. He’s too old for her, for one thing. And he’s a naga, which means he’s sort of doubly endowed, and what would she really do with two… two of those? So how she ends up bent over a counter in the kitchen after the place is closed up, skirt lifted, doubly crammed full of his… those…? She doesn’t know how that happens. It’s definitely not worth the days off she made him give her in return. And it’s definitely not the sort of bargain that she would even make. But, well, now it’s done. And now nothing will ever be the same. AmazonKU
He’s a bully and picks on me constantly. Now I’m forced to be his mate. He insults me and wants to see me fail, making me tense. He wants my curves under him in more ways than one, but I won’t let it happen. Until the alpha declares us mates, and my belly is growing with his baby…I don’t want to be his mate, but I have no choice but to follow orders. And so I move into our new cabin unwillingly. The tension between these four walls is becoming unbearable. And there’s only one way to clear it up. He wants to be in charge, wants to have control. He gets grumpy and angry with me, threatening to kiss me. But when he does, I find my body willing to comply with his possessive hands. And as the baby wolf in my belly grows, I wonder… Can we be a little family? AmazonKU
Once fate is in motion, nothing can stop the destiny that awaits. Cagan – There is something about this one that stirs me deeply. The aroma of her tickles my senses as I inhale her scent. I am inflamed as I seek to know more about her. Who is this creature and why do I care? Wren – Am I in hell? What is this huge green monster? He’s partially dressed, wearing animal skin over his buff chest. Oh my, the muscles. Thick bracelet things encircle his wrists and a dagger is in his hand. The sword on his hip stays sheathed. Giant muscled legs and large hands move before me. He steadies me after I fell from the ship. Then I react. I scream and shake my head, running away. Muscles or not, I won’t let the monster catch me. AmazonKU
There’s nothing worse than finding your husband cheating on you with your best friend.
Except living in a small town and having nowhere else to go. I’m living in my personal hell where I have to see the new happy couple everywhere and everyone knows what happened. At least I got the dog in the divorce. But my life is in a downward spiral and I don’t know how to stop it. My social life is nonexistent. My wayward sister just dropped her son off and left. Now I have a special agent knocking on my door, telling me he’s there to protect us, and he needs to stay with us for the foreseeable future. Did I mention he is sexy as sin? Myles ignites something in me that no man ever has. He’s kind, gentle, and funny. My own Prince Charming. But he’s secretive. He won’t tell me what happened to my sister or why these men want her son. All he will tell me is we are in danger. But from what? My heart wants to believe him. The more time we spend together, the more the sparks fly, but I know he’s lying to me. I’ve been burned once before; I’m not letting it happen again. I need answers. Now! AmazonKU
Thanks to a family “curse,” Lennon has always known there was magic in the world. She just never wanted anything to do with it. Now, Fate and a mysterious Scotsman insist she’s some kind of Chosen One, and she must turn her back on her normal life and run off to help thwart an honest-to-goodness Big Bad Fairy. It’s a crock of crap, obviously. But if this druid dude can pay off the bills and eventually rid her of her curse, she’ll have to play along. Because of some enchanted pages and three mouthy Oxford students, she and her fellow Fairy Hunters learn there’s more to the myths than anyone could have guessed. And thwarting that menacing fairy and his monsters won’t be as simple as they’d hoped. Though her new friends might be the family she’s craved all her life, Lennon suspects they only want her for her “curse.” And if so, she’ll have to flee from those wickedly powerful witches, some resurrected Highlanders, and a black ops guy with friends in low places. Not to mention the possible enemy she’s fallen in love with. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
A witch without powers. A secret to die for. A midlife sapphic awakening. A few months ago, I thought I had it all. My life as a forty-something suburban mom in Cleveland might not have been stimulating, but sometimes excitement is overrated. Like when FBI agents knock down your door on the hunt for your crook of a husband. Thrilling? Maybe. But I wouldn’t recommend it. After twenty-five years, I’m returning home without a penny to my name. But there are far worse things than living in your family’s bed-and-breakfast on a remote island in Maine. Being a witch who’s lost her powers, for example. Or having two daughters on the brink of getting their magic and having no idea they’re witches. To complicate matters, a mysterious group of magical enforcers called the Shadow Council blamed me for my twin sister’s death years ago and banned me from ever returning home. But I have nowhere else to go. My plan is to keep a low profile, land a job, and get back on my feet. My plan does not include finding a mysterious old trunk in the attic, having a famous author drop dead while staying at our inn, being haunted by his ghost, or having my powers return in scary and unexpected ways. I can also assure you I have no intention of developing a crush on someone who will have me questioning everything I ever thought I knew about who I am. Then again, you know what they say about the best laid plans. AmazonKU
SALVATORE – No females of my kind remain. Humans have the closest physiology to my species, but our reproductive urges are very different. For their safety, direct contact with human women has always been strictly forbidden. When my time ends, so will countless generations of Gallo lineage. The chains in my dungeon will never have to contain another mating-frenzied beast. I will have done my part to bring a peaceful end to my species while protecting the nearby human population. That was my resolution, my life’s mission, until the day I caught her scent in the woods behind my ancestral home. She shouldn’t have been there. It wasn’t time in the lunar cycle for me to enter the frenzy. Her scent triggered my long-deprived beast. For close to a century, I’ve lived on the outskirts of Hemlock Woods, alone in Gallo Hall, successfully avoiding the town’s residents. My days of solitude are over, along with adherence to species’ law. Instinct demands I claim her—no matter the cost to her, to my species, or to my soul. AmazonKU
When her grandfather wanders off, witch Kate Marshall enlists a handsome neighbor to help find Eli, who suffers from dementia. She doesn’t know Mark Delaney is a magic-using undercover agent trying to bring down a gang of drug dealers with deadly spirit animals. Soon Mark and Kate find themselves falling in love, even as he wrestles with lying to the woman he’s fallen for. Unfortunately, the gang lord is having them watched, so Mark can’t come clean. When the gang lord kidnaps Eli and Kate to force her to collude in his crimes, she must trust Mark to help them escape, despite his lies, the risk to her heart and the threat to her beloved grandfather’s life. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
All Pennrae wanted to do was to help. Now she’s found herself in a world that’s been instantaneously transformed by magic…that she brought back. She’s gone from a simple karate instructor to an instant celebrity—and she hates it. Fortunately, she has her friends, her beloved magic companion, and one ridiculously hot boyfriend. But a sudden, unprompted attack in broad daylight is about to make Penn’s life even more complicated. An ancient forest guardian known as a Kiabi—a warrior of magic and almost impossible to defeat—has marked Penn to die. The attack at first seems incidental and unprovoked…until she discovers the true cause. Her. Penn may have saved the world, but her actions have set a chain of events in motion. In one brief moment, something dark, terrible, and older than time itself found an opportunity to escape, to free itself from the guardians and mark Pennrae as its enemy. Now the world and everyone she loves face a gruesome fate unless Penn can unleash the full force of her Divine magic. AmazonKU
The lake is lovely, dark, and deep…And with my monsters I will sleep. When a secret society offers me an invitation to stay in their isolated forest retreat, I can’t possibly refuse. Not if I want to find out what my mother was hiding before she died. But it’s not just any forest. The noises in the woods at night aren’t animals—they’re monsters. They watch me from the trees, slither through the lake, and creep in the shadows outside my window. By day, the society hides their secrets from me. By night, I disappear into the world of monsters and discover secrets of my own. Secrets about being meant for their world, the Void. About how they’re going to keep me forever, enthralled by their claws and primal hunger. Possessed with desire for fangs and wings. Embraced by tentacles and their insatiable cravings. But I’m not just here to dig into the past. The society’s retreat is not what it seems. There must be a sacrifice…And that sacrifice is me. AmazonKU
She’s never had to worry about Alphas. Now, one won’t leave her alone. Everything was fine until the Alphas escaped—then he turned her world upside down and exposed her secrets. He lurks in the shadows, showing up when she least expects it and drawing her towards him with his potent scent and clever tongue. Every time she tries to run, he’s mere steps behind her, loving the chase. He’s her monster, her protector, and her chaos.
They shouldn’t be together—they can’t be, for reasons that go deeper than his darkest deeds and her secret shame. But he’s never been a fan of the rules and he fully intends to make her face the truth—she belongs to him. She’ll never admit it’s exactly what she wants. AmazonKU
Bronwyn is desperate to escape. After four years trapped in a temple watching the world pass her by and suffering at the hand of her cruel House Mother, temple dancer Bronwyn is willing to risk entering the Seelie Fae forest and dealing with whatever monsters lie within to experience the wondrous realm beyond the Veil. At least, she thinks she’s up to the challenge until she’s face-to-face with the silver-eyed, claw-fingered king of the Unseelie. And he has a bargain for her. King Toren must return home to his people. But he needs a willing soul to invite him past the temple wards so he can reach a forgotten portal. So when a human female with absolutely no worldly knowledge comes tumbling into his life, it’s almost too easy. Or, it would be, if she weren’t watched day and night. And if the stakes of losing weren’t quite so high. This dangerous alliance might just be the only way out for both of them, if it doesn’t get them killed first. AmazonKU
All my life, death was right around the corner, I just never expected it to be delivered by the man I was falling in love with…Magic has been outlawed for almost a century and anyone caught wielding it, or bearing its mark, is executed. Which is why I know every day could be my last. I’m marked for death. My skin bears the branding of the moon. I just thank the stars that it’s not somewhere visible. For one night I willingly put myself in danger, picking a stranger to lose myself in before I begin my life of servitude to the crown as a member of the King’s Guard. But the man I thought was a stranger turns out to be the Blade of the King, Thorn, my new boss. It doesn’t matter that he’s temptation incarnate or that the slightest flick of his fingers against my skin brings back echoes of the night we spent in each other’s arms. We can never be together again because I can’t risk losing this job and I definitely can’t risk him finding out my secret. Not everything in the Eaorin Kingdom is as it seems though and my boss has secrets too. Ones that are just as deadly as my own. AmazonKU
Faking it with my best friend wasn’t supposed to start a war…The plan was meant to be simple. I pretend to be Xander’s girlfriend to stop his mother setting him up, because now that he’s the alpha, she can’t wait to secure the bloodline. Only it turns out a human like me isn’t good enough, and she sets him up, anyway. That’s when all hell breaks loose. When Xander rejects the female shifter who is the daughter of their ally pack’s alpha, wolf daddy’s fangs come out. Not only have we turned Xander’s ally pack into an enemy, we’ve done something much, much worse. We’ve fallen in love with each other. AmazonKU
Tremayne Badeaux has lived a thousand lives during his time on Earth. He’s explored the world, made lifelong friends, started empires, and destroyed enemies, but he’s never experienced an all-encompassing love that he’s willing to give up his own life for – until he meets the one woman he can never lose. Clover is happy with the life she’s made for herself, surrounded by family and friends and working hard in the career she’s chosen. The second she met Tremayne Badeaux, her world forever changed, and she can’t imagine ever spending a day without him by her side again. In a split second, everything they’ve created together is torn apart, and decisions are made that will change the course of their lives forever. Tremayne and Clover have to decide what they’re willing to risk to have just one more day with their soulmate or if they’re ready to lose each other forever.
VS Note: The rest of the series is in KU so this one might be going into KU shortly?
Fledgling witch Dubheasa O’Malley fell hard for charming “Connor O’Rourke” only to discover he was her greatest enemy, Ronan O’Connor. After a single unforgettable night of passion, he snuck away, taking with him a top-secret tracking software she’d designed and bruising her heart in the process. After spending one life-altering night with the enchanting Dubheasa, newly assigned Guardian, Ronan O’Connor is positive she’s his perfect mate—and the Fates agree. All he has to do is soothe her ruffled feathers and convince her the theft of her latest creation was to catch a ruthless, power-mad warlock determined to destroy her family and the magical community as a whole. Bent on revenge, Loman O’Connor has his sights set on the O’Malley clan and the Guardian protecting them. He’s been amassing abilities for just this purpose, and if he can acquire the nearly invincible magic tied to his faithless son, Ronan, he’ll be strong enough to bring the witch community to its knees. And he knows exactly what tool will do it—Dubheasa O’Malley.
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