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Mar 4 2013 5:30pm

Fiction Affliction: March Releases in Paranormal Romance

Fiction Affliction: March Releases in Paranormal RomanceLover at Last. JR Ward. Black Dagger Brotherhood. Does any more need to be said? Well, sure. There are twenty-six other paranormal romances coming out this month, so when we’ve had our fill of Qhuinn and Blay, there are lots of options, including new series additions from Theresa Meyers, Amanda Bonilla, Katie Reus, Gerry Bartlett, Erica Hayes, Janet Chapman, Bianca D’Arc, Elizabeth Chandler, Claire Ashgrove, Kristina Douglas, Shelly Laurenston and more.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here.

Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

The Chosen (The Legend Chronicles #3), by Theresa Meyers, (March 4, Zebra)

Attorney by day, demon-hunter by night, Remington Jackson is used to being on the sunny side of the law, even. But it’s showdown time, and Remy and his brothers are getting desperate. They don’t have the relic they need to slam the door shut on evil, so Remy is going to have to find and steal part of it. Enter China McGee, shapeshifter, thief, beauty, and current prisoner. When Remy offers her freedom in exchange for a little light-fingered help, she’s pretty sure she’s going to end the association with a good old-fashioned seductive double-cross. There’s something about fighting through a jungle full of Mayan ruins that makes you want to settle down together. China could change. Remy might be special. None of that matters if the devil takes them all.

A Hint of Frost (Araneae Nation #1), by Hailey Edwards, (March 5, Samhain)

When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Rhys the Cold is such a male. The only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart. Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered (Bad Witch #2), by Robyn Bachar, (March 5, Samhain)

One thing stands between Catherine Duquesne and happily-ever-after with her soul mate Lex: her unwanted bond with billionaire vampire Zachary Harrison. Being tied to Zach endangers more than just her relationship. If Zach dies, she dies, and with his new seat on the necromancer council being challenged by more powerful masters, his life expectancy is dwindling fast. Hunters are stalking magicians, abducting families and killing anyone who resists. As the current Titania and Oberon, Cat and Lex must protect their people. The former Titania’s granddaughter wants to oust Cat from the job. To break the bond Cat must broker deals with devils. Freedom comes at a high price, but Cat will risk anything to save her people and her marriage.

Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin #3), by Amanda Bonilla, (March 5, Signet)

Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation. Dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond. A new assignment to protect Anya, a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries, stands in their way. It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. When it becomes clear that someone, or something, is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin. As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets, and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them.

Mating Instinct (Moon Shifter #3), by Katie Reus, (March 5, Signet)

Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. While Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate. A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. The newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf. As Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job.

Real Vampires Know Hips Happen (Glory St. Clair #9), by Gerry Bartlett, (March 5, Berkley Trade)

Even though full-figured vampire Glory St. Clair knows a kilt won’t do her hips any favors, she’s willing to travel to Scotland for Jeremiah Campbell, her hunky lover. Glory is thrilled when their reunion is a welcome one, until an attack leaves Jerry with amnesia. While Jerry doesn’t remember Glory, he’s more than willing to take what she freely offers. When she tries to get him to travel to the New World in a flying machine, he thinks she’s cracked, especially since she wants him to work with his ancient rival to get his memory back. With her lover stuck in the past and an unknown enemy plotting against them, Glory isn’t sure where to turn. When Jerry puts his life on the line to save her, Glory knows the man she loves is still there, and she’ll do anything to get him back.

Redemption (The Seven Signs #2), by Erica Hayes, (March 5, Berkley Sensation)

Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. Japheth is after one vampire in particular, the one they call the Angel Slayer. Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy, the Prince of Thirst himself, they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.

Savage Hunger (Savage #1), by Shelli Stevens, (March 5, Samhain)

Being the daughter of a world-renowned scientist, Sienna Peters has struggled to carve out her own career in the field. Her world is sent spinning when she discovers a secret species being held in the lab where she works. Compelled to do more than hand off an information-packed jump drive to her father, she sets out to free the creatures. Federal agent Warrick Donovan knows their mission will have more trouble than they bargained on. Trouble comes in the form of Sienna Peters, the younger sister of his close friend. He needs to discover just how involved she is with the imprisonment of the shifters. Sienna knows she should trust no one. As the danger escalates and passion ignites, her heart has other ideas. Even when the shroud of mystery is ripped off more than one stunning truth.

The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1), by Abigail Gibbs, (March 5, William Morrow)

A chance encounter on a deserted street plunges Violet into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a world of elegance and beauty where aristocratic vampires live for decadent pleasures, a place from which there is no escape. But beneath the splendor lies a darkness, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous heir to the throne, Kaspar Varn. As Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds, they soon discover that it’s a passion that comes at a price. U.S. release.

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, by Gina Lamm, (March 5, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber, 200 years in the past!, she realizes she may have escaped a little too far. Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed, and isn’t looking to fill it with another, least of all this sassy, nearly naked girl who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing. Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. She’s wi-fi. He’s horse-drawn. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over.

The Heart of a Hero (Spellbound Falls #4), by Janet Chapman, (March 5, Jove)

Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. He finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee. The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. Strange things have been happening at the resort, and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems, and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart.

Unbound (Shifters Unbound #4.5), by Angela Knight, Jennifer Ashley, Jean Johnson, and Hanna Martine, (March 5, Berkley Trade)

Angela Knight revisits the world of Guardian and genetically engineered Temporal Enforcers Dona and Alerio who combine their talents as they investigate a time-travel murder spree. Jennifer Ashley continues her Shifters Unbound series as Bear Shifter Cormac is determined to take single mom Nell as his mate, despite her objections, until her sons are endangered and she needs help. Jean Johnson returns to her Vulland Chronicles: On the run after being falsely accused of treason, ex-prince Kiereseth and his companion Vielle take refuge in a snow-bound cabin. Hanna Martine expands on Liquid Lies. After dissolving their arranged marriage so he can win her on his own terms, Ofarian guard David pairs up with Kelsey to try to thwart an enemy to their race.

Undead and Underwater (Undead #11.5), by MaryJanice Davidson, (March 5, Berkley Trade)

Undead and Underwater: Betsy, queen of the undead, and Fred, the dour mermaid, reluctantly team up to help a mutual friend in trouble. Betsy and Fred aren’t exactly BFFs. What they do have in common is the source of the problem: a man. Super, Girl!: Meet Karen Kilher, human resources representative and round-the-clock superhero. Karen is now faced with her toughest challenge: the new hire who has a mad crush on her. How does Karen break the news that she’s more of a Wonder Woman than he can imagine? Crying Wolf: As leader of the Pack, it’s Lara Wyndham’s job to usher her breed to safety after the cataclysmic Kardashian Riots of 2025, and fend off the advances of Jack Gardner, a sexy Packer with alpha urges.

Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon (Under the Hill #1), by Alex Beecroft, (March 5, Samhain)

When Ben Chaudhry is attacked in his own home by elves, they disappear as quickly as they came. What kind of exterminator gets rid of the Fae? Maybe the Paranormal Defense Agency will ride to his rescue. Sadly, they turn out to be another rare breed: a bunch of UFO hunters led by Chris Gatrell, who was forcibly retired from the RAF on grounds of insanity. Shot down in WWII, and shot forward seventy years in time, Chris has been a victim of the elves himself. Chris is more than willing to protect Ben with his body. He never bargained for his heart getting involved. A ghostly voice from Chris’s past warns that the danger is greater than they can imagine. And it may take more than a team of rank amateurs to keep Ben, and the world, out of the elf queen’s snatching hands.

Walking in Fire (Hawaiian Heroes #1), by Cathryn Cade, (March 5, Samhain)

Nawea Bay, a remote Hawaiian paradise, is just the haven Melia Carson needs to escape the chill of heartache. Instead, she finds herself swept up in a tropical heat wave, fueled by her unexpected attraction to a handsome native she meets on a snorkel tour. He’s big, powerful and he’s not all he seems. How else could he survive an injury that should have killed him? David “Malu” Ho’omalu is on the Big Island to find and destroy a cache of dangerous designer drugs before they can be sold to his people. As Melia surrenders to the desire burning between them, she discovers more than a fiery heritage that defies modern logic. She discovers a man who would descend into the molten heart of the volcano to protect his island. And her.

Wild Invitation (Psy-Changeling 0.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5), by Nalini Singh, (March 5, Berkley)

Beat of Temptation: innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? Stroke of Enticement: a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man, and the animal, in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true. Declaration of Courtship: Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Texture of Intimacy: SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys, and unexpected challenges, of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.

Wolf Hills (Brotherhood of Blood #6), by Bianca D’Arc, (March 5. Samhain)

Detective Sally Decker’s Wyoming trip to visit her newlywed friend, Carly, turns into a dangerous adventure into the unknown when she learns Carly’s husband is a master vampire, and there’s a pack of werewolves living just up the road. The sexy Alpha wolf has taken a shine to her. Jason Moore is an Alpha on a mission to make Sally his own. His very public seduction doesn’t sit well with the pack’s available females. Romance gives way to a call to arms when the pack’s children come under attack. Their rescue mission turns into a mating dance and the hunt is on in more ways than one. Startling revelations about his magic and her origins could drive a wedge between them forever.

Wrath (The Niteclif Evolutions #2), by Denise Tompkins, (March 5, Samhain)

A murderer is terrorizing the streets of London, targeting women who look suspiciously like Maddy. Under the mantle of darkness, the killer attacks his victims from behind, severing their heads. A single gold coin is left at the scene of every crime, buried in the neck of each victim. Nothing adds up, and the deeper Maddy gets into the investigation, the more she learns that there are hostile eyes in every faction, some malicious, others murderous. Amid her struggles to stop a seemingly unstoppable killer, Maddy learns that dreams are far too fragile to juggle. Defiant, Maddy finds her struggles with free will versus destiny have only just begun. Figuring out whom she should trust, and when, will force Maddy to reassess her alliances, and reaffirm her fragile mortality.

 

WEEK TWO

No new releases.

 

WEEK THREE

Everafter (Kissed by an Angel #6), by Elizabeth Chandler, (March 19, Simon Pulse)

Young Adult. It seems the odds are forever against Ivy and her fallen angel. Tristan is still trapped in the body of an accused murderer, and as the two star-crossed lovers try to clear his name, they must battle the dark forces that would keep them apart and destroy them both. The danger is especially great for Tristan since, as a fallen angel, death would mean losing his soul. It’s up to Ivy to save the one she loves and, hopefully, find a way for the two of them to be together, for all eternity.

Grave Secret (Secret McQueen #5), by Sierra Dean, (March 19, Samhain)

It’s been a hell of a year for Secret McQueen, and the last thing in the world she wants is to get caught up in werewolf drama. When her former fiance Lucas Rain shows up asking for her help, she knows there’s no easy way out. Secret agrees to help find Lucas’s sister Kellen. How much trouble could one socialite get into in the city that never sleeps? Unless that socialite has been spirited away by fairies. Trying to track down a missing girl in an alternate reality is just the start of Secret’s problems. Someone appears to be killing teenagers, and the MO looks eerily similar to something for which the half-fairy oracle, Calliope, might be responsible. Throw in a rogue wolf pack claiming allegiance to Secret’s mother, Mercy, and she’ll have miles to go before she rests. Ebook.

 

WEEK FOUR

Immortal Trust (The Curse of the Templars #3), by Claire Ashgrove, (March 26, Tor)

When archaeoloist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. She discovers a danger far greater than the demons she’s confronted since childhood. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. For centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. As Azazel’s darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit. With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord’s creations. He must learn to believe his heart.

Kiss of Temptation (Deadly Angels #3), by Sandra Hill, (March 26, Avon)

Ivak Sigurdsson is dead, well, sort of. Guilty of the sin of lust, he’s been given an unusual penance: spend eternity as a Viking Vampire Angel, or Vangel, fighting Lucipires, Satan’s vampire demons on earth. Now sequestered in Angola Prison as a “spiritual advisor,” Ivak is finding all these centuries of celibacy depressing. Along comes southern belle Gabrielle Sonnier. Is she a reward for his good deeds, or a temptation sent to rattle his lustsome brain? Gabrielle, a lawyer, begs Ivak to help get her brother out of prison. Aided by the Cajun LeDeux family and their chief looney bird, Tante Lulu, Ivak reluctantly agrees. He alternately tries to seduce and save Gabrielle before the Lucipires run rampant. They both begin to wonder if it’s really only lust, or something more.

Let the Dead Sleep, by Heather Graham, (March 26, Harlequin MIRA)

It was stolen from a New Orleans grave, the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It’s an object desired by collectors, and by those with wickedness in their hearts. Its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty’s antiques shop on Royal Street. Before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears, the owner is found dead. Michael Quinn is a former cop and now private investigator. He believes that doing the right thing isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. And the right thing to do is find and destroy this object weighted with malevolent powers. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue. Cafferty and Quinn already know that trust in others can be misplaced. They know that their story won’t end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.

Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11), by J.R. Ward, (March 26, NAL Hardcover)

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. He has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. As the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another. Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young, just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. As the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together, finally become one.

Rebel (The Fallen #4), by Kristina Douglas, (March 26, Pocket Books)

A rebel angel who lives outside the world of the Fallen, Cain makes his own rules. Now he’s returned to make trouble, and he sets his sights on the unreliably psychic Martha. She has no interest in getting romantically involved with Cain, especially when she can tell he has ulterior motives. But when a mysterious figure tries to kill Martha, she and Cain must work together to uncover the villain. The heat between Martha and Cain grows undeniable, even as chaos and disaster threaten the very existence of the Fallen.

Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2), by Jeaniene Frost, (March 26, Avon)

Leila’s psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn’t sure what the future holds. If that weren’t enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she’s also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever, especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won’t admit that he loves her. Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. She finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes. Leila must decide who to trust: the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.

Wolf With Benefits (Pride #8), by Shelly Laurenston, (March 26, Brava)

Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had, well, who said his job didn’t have perks? Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting, and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for.


Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Her Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series is published by Tor Books. You can find Suzanne on Twitter and on her daily book blog, Preternatura.

2 comments
Shelly wb
1. shellywb
OK. The JR Ward. I have to ask, because I stopped reading this after book 6. Did those guys ever stop speaking in that stupid pretend-macho slang that sounds like an eight-year-old made it up? Because the books were a lot of fun until she went haywire with that. Well, and reset all the characters as if some of the books hadn't happened. Are they any better? Because I really did enjoy the first 5 or so.

That time-travel book looks too cute! And the first two Sandra Hill books in that silly-looking series are only $0.99 for Nook versions! She's always entertaining.

I love that while a lot of genres are just too expensive, romances have kept prices down. Who hesitates to buy a new book that looks kind of fun at $5.98 and $0.99? Not me!
Suzanne Johnson
2. SuzanneJohnson
Sorry I didn't see this earlier! The lhetter fhull of h's continue. The initial five or six books were my favorites and I'm about three books behind with the series now, although I continue to buy them for "someday" when I have more reading time. Not sure those first five can be beat, though.

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