Fiction Affliction: March Releases in Paranormal Romance

Revenge, sacrifice, feral appetites—what perfect things to kick off spring? Twenty-three new paranormal romances hit the shelves this month, including series additions from, among others, J.D. Tyler (Alpha Pack), Kira Bradley (Deadglass), Shadowmaster (Nightsiders), L.J. McDonald (Sylph), Vicki Lewis Thompson (Wild About You), Shannon K. Butcher (Sentinel Wars), Shoshanna Evers (Pulse Trilogy), Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound), Dani Harper (Grim), and Shelly Laurenston (Pride).

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

Cole’s Redemption (Alpha Pack #5)J.D. Tyler (March 4, Signet)

Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. When a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. He sees only one option: leave the Pack forever. White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain, she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. She lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight, only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite. Two damaged souls, one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living, are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried.

Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass #3)Kira Brady (March 4, Zebra)

To save her world, one woman’s fierce quest will put her up against an ancient evil, and a desire too dangerous to deny. She is betrothed to Seattle’s most feared shifter clan leader. Still, the Lady Lucia can never be the dainty aristocratic wife Emory Corbette thinks he needs. And as a malevolent, all-consuming monster plots to take hold of their shattered world, Lucia will risk her untapped powers to defeat it, and challenge the Raven King’s seductive rule. No one in Emory’s many lifetimes has ever defied him. Lucia’s courage and strength are shaking his iron control to its core…and making him hungry for all she can give. But their only hope is a wrenching sacrifice that could unite humans and shifters in victory, or destroy everything Lucia and Emory desire most.

Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2)Shannon Messenger (March 4, Simon Pulse)

Young Adult. Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own. Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle, especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon. With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before.

Ocean’s KissDenise Townsend (March 4, Samhain)

After the death of Meredith’s husband, she allowed his legacy to take over her life. The empathic selkie Dylan knows she’s ready to live and love again, and he knows that he’s just the man for the job. Dylan realizes that to truly free her, he needs to help her accept her budding love for Alexander, an artist who challenges Meredith on every level. River is still recovering from the attack by an ex-boyfriend a year ago that left him dead, and her grievously injured. She is continually tormented by her attacker’s brother, who blames her for it all. Fen can sense River’s emotional pain like a beacon in the night. A selkie, he is compelled to help her on her path to healing. He also helps her draw closer to Leo, the paramedic who saved her life that dark day, and who has never forgotten her.

Reaper’s Vow (Shadow Reapers #2)Sarah McCarty (March 4, Berkley Trade)

Ever since his cousin Adelaide disappeared, Cole Cameron has been searching for her, and for Isaiah Jones, whom he blames for her kidnapping, after a hellacious fight in town involving, if the stories of drunken saloon goers were to be believed, men who changed into wolves. He is rescued from a pack of strangely intelligent wolves by none other than his quarry, Isaiah, who brings him to a valley where the Shadow Reapers have settled, where he is reunited with Adelaide, and where he finds the beautiful Miranda. Miranda was once a captive of the enemy pack of Rogues. Now a werewolf herself, all she wants is to protect her daughter. Cole’s not about to give up the greatest desire he’s ever felt in his life. And he’s vowed to make Miranda his, no matter what stands in his way

Running With WolvesCynthia Cooke (March 4, Harlequin)

She is the descendant of a powerful bloodline, destined to wed another. He is a loyal pack member, fated to serve. Shay Mallory knows nothing of her shifter heritage. The strange auras and voices were only scary stories whispered by her father before he disappeared. What she does know is that something has always been missing in her life. When Jason Stratton comes to town, offering her protection and something more, Shay leaps at the chance to know him better. It is Jason’s duty to deliver Shay untouched to The Colony, and into another man’s bed. The very future of their kind depends on Jason and Shay resisting their growing passion. For Jason possesses something that no other Alpha can ever claim, Shay’s heart.

Shadowmaster (Nightsiders #3)Susan Krinard (March 4, Harlequin)

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war. In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains, and blood, to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people, and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance.

Spirited (Tidewater #1)Mary Behre (March 4, Berkley)

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life, preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her. Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the case he’s working on, not even by his new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. He’ll need to expose what the redhead is hiding, no matter how impossible the truth may be.

The Sylph Hunter (Sylph #4)L.J. McDonald (March 4, Montlake)

Former concubine Eapha now sits on the throne as the carefree, if negligent, queen of a corrupt desert empire. As the ambassador from Sylph Valley, Devon Chole travels to Meridal, aided by an air sylph named Airi, and saddled with a crippling fear of battle sylphs. Upon his arrival, Devon quickly falls for Zalia, a young virgin waitress who has recently become the object of a supremely handsome battle sylph’s unyielding lust. But there are worse dangers than battle sylphs. Unseen and insatiable, it threatens to consume all life in its path. And should it reach the heart of Meridal, even an army of battle sylphs will be helpless in the face of a creature known only as The Hunter.

Werewolf in Las Vegas (Wild About You #6)Vicki Lewis Thompson (March 4, Signet)

Giselle Landry is in Las Vegas to haul her wayward brother back home. Casino owner Luke Dalton is also looking for her brother, who has run off with his little sister. The two should join forces, but Luke is unaware that Giselle’s brother is also fleeing his duties as the future alpha of the Landry werewolf pack. The Landrys don’t believe in Weres mating with humans, and Giselle is no exception. Giselle can’t let herself get close to Luke, even to solve their shared dilemma. The tension wears away her resistance, and after a wild night with Luke, she is shocked to find she’s fallen for him. Luke still doesn’t know Giselle’s true identity. And once their siblings are found, Giselle must return to San Francisco. Can they overcome the odds, or will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?

Willing Sacrifice (Sentinel Wars #8)Shannon K. Butcher (March 4, Signet)

Theronai warrior Torr has never forgotten Grace, the human who stole his heart and nearly gave her life to save his. When he is summoned to the aid of Brenya, the powerful woman who healed Grace, he is devastated to find that Grace’s cure has left her mind devoid of memory of Torr or their love. Grace is inexplicably drawn to the warrior. As they team up to stop the invasion that threatens the people Grace now considers family, her memories slowly start resurfacing. Sometimes the past is best forgotten, a lesson that Torr may learn too late.

 

WEEK TWO

No new releases

 

WEEK THREE

The Thrust (Pulse Trilogy #3)Shoshanna Evers (March 17, Pocket Star)

Trent Taylor and the people of Letliv, a thriving fishing community on the Connecticut coast, must join forces with the survivors of the FEMA camp at Grand Central to save his sister Annie, who is living on the Tracks as part of the soldiers’ private harem. Clarissa has spent the past year under control of the soldiers, but Trent’s passionate touch sparks her desire. She’s not entirely sure if she’ll be safe with the mysterious stranger, who still mourns his wife’s untimely death. But with her growing need for Trent, and the danger the women of the Tracks face, Clarissa will have to gather everyone together to fight the rule of the soldiers who keep them prisoner. Could their struggle for freedom, and love, mean an escape from this dystopian nightmare? (Digital)

Feral Heat (Shifters Unbound #5.5)Jennifer Ashley (March 18, Penguin/InterMix)

Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright. In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own, she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self. Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. As Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. Can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate? This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf. (Digital)

Storm Bound (Grim #2)Dani Harper (March 18, Montlake)

Kidnapped on his wedding day in the twelfth century and forced into a thousand years of servitude by a cold-hearted faery princess, rugged blacksmith Aidan dreams of nothing but revenge on his captor. Then the spell of a beautiful witch awakens him to the present day, and a passionate desire. He must confront his past. Modern witch and magic-shop owner Brooke doesn’t think her life is missing anything, until a wayward enchantment lands a brooding medieval blacksmith in her spell room, and in her arms. Yet even after their passion proves to be truly magical, Aidan’s first commitment is to vengeance. Now Brooke must team up with friends and ancient warriors alike, and push her own powers to their limits, to save her love from the wrath of an evil fae.

The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1)Sarah Harian (March 18, Penguin/InterMix)

Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room, an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice. If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent. Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random. She doesn’t plan on making friends. She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. (ebook only)

Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3)Fiona Paul (March 20, Philomel)

Young Adult. In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are fugitives, on the run from the law and the deadly Order of the Eternal Rose. As they separate to pursue the only evidence that could save them, their worlds, and their romance, are torn apart by spiteful friends and murderous enemies. When Cass finds herself ensnared in the Order’s twisted plot, Falco emerges once again as her only hope for freedom. But it turns out Luca has a shocking scheme of his own. From ancient mercenaries to sly magicians, from clever courtesans to vengeful killers, no one can be trusted. In the breathtaking conclusion to the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, Cass must confront the Order and once and for all decide her destiny. Who will fly beside her when she finally finds her wings?

 

WEEK FOUR

Bite Me (Pride #9)Shelly Laurenston (March 25, Brava)

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise. That’s where Vic Barinov comes in, or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge.

Long Shadows (The Lycanthropy Files #2)Cecilia Dominic (March 25, Samhain)

By day, Lonna Marconi s busy career keeps her mind off the fact she was turned werewolf against her will. By night, a dose of wolfsbane lets her inner wolf out to play. An overheard phone call at work warns her a trap is about to be sprung. She finds refuge with the Ozarks pack she never claimed as her own. Lonna finds heat in the arms of Max, who s the one thing she cannot trust a wizard. Another kidnapping attempt sends her navigating the treacherous metaphysical borders of a centuries-old war, pursued by rogue sorcerers, a band of ghostly wolves, and repressed memories that prevent her from reclaiming her heritage. All the while, trusting her back to a wizard who demands the price of her heart and who may not have the luxury of giving his in return. (ebook only)

Soul Screamers Volume Four: With All My HeartFearlessNiederwaldLast Request (Soul Screamers #7, 0.4, 7.5)Rachel Vincent (March 25, Harlequin Teen)

Young Adult. The final collection of the Soul Screamers series is packed with emotion, with intrigue, with secrets, with family and above all, with love. Includes With All My Soul, Fearless and a brand-new novella, Last Request.

The Midnight WitchPaula Brackston (March 25, Thomas Dunne)

Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is engaged to the London’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch. When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. It is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. It is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. She has spent her life honoring the coven and all she holds dear, right down to her charming fiancé and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt. Until the day she meets Bram. Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves. To tell him will risk everything.

Witchfall (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2)Victoria Lamb (March 25, Harlequin Teen)

In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. Danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth’s fanatical sister, Queen Mary. As the Spanish Inquisition’s merciless priests tighten their grip on the court, Meg’s very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent. As Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg’s spells and hungry to control England’s fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm’s way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg’s only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice. (U.S.)

At Star’s EndAnna Hackett (March 31, Carina)

Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers evidence of Star’s End, the last known location of the masterpiece, she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy. Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. He takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like his father. When Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to, but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment? (Digital)

Death’s Daughter (Realm Walker #2)Kathleen Collins (March 31, Carina)

Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. The quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast, is the ability to read magical signatures. When Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind. She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon. Whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. (Digital)


Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her daily fiction blog, Preternatura.

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