Do demons really do it better, or is it more fun to frolic with fangs? Sixteen new paranormal romance titles take a bite out of our reading time this month including series additions from, among others, Donna Grant (Dark Kings), Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling), Susannah Sandlin (Penton Legacy), J.T. Geissinger (Night Prowler), Paige Cuccaro (Hellsbane), and Tara A. Fuller (Kissed by Death).
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.
Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets: yellow is happy, green is peaceful, red is aroused. She can even see the brilliant white light that glows just before death. Then she meets Deacon Walker. This beautiful stranger has no aura. Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth, and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory and battling demons, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. He’s a Reaper. What, he wonders, is Ruth? A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. Wielding her newly awakened and untested powers is the only way to save herself, and the Reaper she can’t live without. (ebook only)
Garrett Blackwell is not a superhero, and his tattoos aren’t just ink. They’re the weapons he uses to hunt those who hurt the innocent as he tries to atone for his dark past of violence and crime. He pays a price every time he uses his gift to summon the darkness around him. Dory Miller has lived beside Garrett for two months and is torn by her feelings toward her sexy, reclusive neighbor. As more women in her building become targets of a stalker, she doesn’t know who she can trust, especially after she finds Garrett bleeding from a knife wound. She feels compelled to help heal his wounds. Garrett reluctantly lets her, and is shocked to discover that she can heal not only his physical wounds, but also the darkness brought by his powers. If letting her in means putting her in danger, Garrett may have to keep his distance to keep her safe. (Digital)
Mila is a human with a secret: she can see the future. Working alongside a San Francisco task force her identity was supposed to remain a secret and in return she’d use her powers to bring about justice on the supernatural baddies gone rogue. Someone’s found her out and leaked the information to a sect of vampires that want her for more than just her blood. Frenzy, is a grim reaper of legend and part of The Morrigan’s personal retinue. He wasn’t supposed to be working the streets of San Francisco but he finds himself staring into the eyes of a woman who reminds him fiercely of a lover he’d once known in the seventeenth century. He’ll do anything to make her his, even if that means becoming the monster the world had once feared.
Young Adult. Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in Death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for over four hundred years. When he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel who knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble. Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen would do anything to get closer to the dark and wounded reaper, even taint her angelic image and join the ranks of her father’s team of reapers. She forgot to factor in one thing, how far the demons Easton doomed to hell would go to get revenge. When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will do whatever it takes to save her. But as the darkness closes in on them both, will he be able to save himself?
Tristan, the newest Dragon King, is having a tough time fitting in. Despite his ability to transform into a dragon at will, no one knows where he came from or how he became a Dragon King. When trouble arises, Tristan is going to have to band with the other Dragon Kings to protect Dreagan. He is about to find something worth fighting for more important than the Dragon Kings. Sammie Miller, pub owner in Oban, has been scorned by her business partner and former lover. Sammie is in great danger once she realizes what has happened. When Tristan swears to protect her, Sammie thinks his efforts will be in vain. The closer she gets to Tristan, and the more he learns his secrets, Sammie can’t deny that having a Dragon King who worships you, body and soul, isn’t such a bad thing.
The year is 2071 and all hell has broken loose. As the government tries to control the territories that were once the United States, an armed rebellion erupts. AWOL from her military post, Lieutenant Liz Grant will do anything for the rebels she now calls friends. Her latest mission: return to the Beta Corps army and obtain classified information that could turn the battle in the revolutionaries’ favor. There’s only one problem: Commander Linc Cutler. Strong, coldly handsome, and always in control, Linc is perplexed by the beautiful soldier brought in for questioning. He doesn’t know if he believes her explanation for why she went missing. He only knows his intense sexual desire for her cannot be denied.
Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch, if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake. Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. She’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. Even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness.
Talent to Burn—Laura Welling (June 3, Samhain)
Cat Wilson grew up a misfit among misfits. She couldn’t read minds, see the future, or start fires like the other Talented kids inside the Grey Institute. Finally she ran, leaving her beloved brother, Eric, behind. When she learns that Eric has escaped, leaving deadly fires in his wake, Cat is torn between fear for her brother, and attraction to the messenger, a charming, Talented ex-con. Jamie Murphy is sure his group of outcast Talents can help Eric if they can get to him before the cops or the Institute. Cat s aversion to Talented bad boys is like a wall of ice, but to his surprise, he doesn’t have to use an ounce of his own unique gift to find a way through it. Locating Eric is only the beginning. Cat must find the courage to unlock a fearsome Talent of her own. And pray the psychic backdraft doesn t destroy everyone she loves. (ebook only)
British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is an attraction to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit. Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love is the last thing Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?
Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him. Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.
Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. When The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces. Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. First they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line. (ebook only)
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business. Her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, sees more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the Whitney estate because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures are driving workers away. Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t like his fortune more than himself, while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust. Something on the island doesn’t believe in true love. If Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
Reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction. Women practically fall at the feet of handsome Hawk Luna. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony. The two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a global species war. Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies, or cost them both their lives.
The war between good and evil is on and Emma Jane is caught in the middle. Both sides want her working for them and both sides know how to make her suffer if she chooses wrong. But someone has raised the stakes, using innocent humans as pawns, and Emma Jane isn’t sure who to blame. Discovering the truth will be hard enough, but what she used to believe about right and wrong, good and evil, what she used to believe about herself, is changing. And something tells her whatever happens, nothing is going to be the same again. Being heaven’s bounty hunter isn’t easy, Emma Jane Hellsbane just makes it look that way. (Digital)
When Jenny O’Keirna gets a chance to slip her older brother, the new king of Hansarda’s, leash, she jumps at it, even if it means playing babysitter to a too-smart-for-his-own-good inventor. She’s not expecting the attraction that sparks between them, or that Sanctify is just as desperate to take him for their own. Never in Mac Flannery’s wildest dreams did he imagine Jenny would be the one sent for him. He sees beyond the mad grin the sexy princess of Hansarda presents to the world, and that combination of vulnerability and wicked humor is a siren call he can’t resist. Sanctify is always three steps ahead of them. Unable to keep their hands off each other, Jenny and Mac devise an insane plan: kidnap the leader of Sanctify, and stop this war. They’ve just played right into his hands.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Marsden is a powerful player in New Corinth politics, but a closely guarded secret could destroy her life, she’s a hidden Magic Born. Her family has gone to great lengths to erase all her magic-related records, until a trancehacking outlaw discovers the last remaining one. Vadim Bazarov smuggles Magic Borns through the underground railroad and threatens to reveal Elizabeth’s secret unless she helps him access blank ID cards. Vadim initially sees her as a political ice queen, but is intrigued by her suppressed magical abilities. He trains Elizabeth to use her magic, and before long finds himself falling for her. But their newfound love may be shortlived; an anti-magic ordinance forces one of them to make a choice that will change both their lives for good. (Digital)
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and, as Susannah Sandlin, author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her daily blog, Preternatura.