Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Paranormal Romance

Seventeen new paranormal romance aim to see the furred and fanged crowd through February, including new releases from, among others, Kimberly Frost (Southern Witch), A.C. Arthur (Shadow Shifters), Katie Reus (Moon Shifter), Dakota Cassidy (Accidentals), Anita Clenney (Relic Seekers), Kristen Callihan (Darkest London), and Lynsay Sands (Argeneau).

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

Casually Cursed (Southern Witch #5)Kimberly Frost (February 3, Berkley)

Tammy Jo rarely sets a toe outside Texas, but when she learns her mother is in trouble, Tammy is determined to save her. Fresh off her engagement to wizard Bryn Lyons, Tammy Jo is surprised to make another new family connection when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had. After being spirited away to the fae kingdom of Never as an infant, Kismet has finally escaped, and arrived in Duvall, Texas, with some terrible news: their mother, Marlee, is a prisoner of the Seelie fae. Crossing the ocean to battle the fae isn’t Tammy Jo’s idea of a romantic getaway, but Bryn refuses to let her go alone, as do her aunt Edie and her ex-husband Zach. Unfortunately, their plot to free Marlee is foiled when they are caught by the fae queen. And the only chance the queen gives them to save Marlee’s life may be an impossible quest.

Ghost Killer (Ghost Seer #2)Robin D. Owens (February 3, Berkley)

When her aunt died, level-headed accountant Clare Cermak inherited a fortune, as well as a phantom dog and the power to help ghosts move on. Her new gift led her to Zach Slade, a sexy private investigator with a unique psychic gift of his own, and the man who’s slowly opening her heart. But as they work toward building a future together, a sinister threat emerges. An evil ghost is ravaging Creede, Colorado, threatening to devour the spirit of an innocent boy. Inexperienced in facing such a powerful ghost, and knowing her spirit, too, could be ripped away, Clare still can’t refuse to help. With Zach’s support she uncovers the ghost’s identity, and the ancestral weapon required to slay it. But does Clare dare to use that weapon before the ghost destroys the man she loves, and her own spirit?

Hunger’s Mate (The Shadow Shifters #5)A.C. Arthur (February 3, St. Martin’s)

A natural born hunter proud of his birthright, Ezra Preston agrees to hide his identity and pretend to be human, to learn what his enemies know of his kind. But even undercover, it’s not in his nature to play games with a woman. Especially when he discovers the beautiful creature has been keeping secrets of her own. Jewel Jenner has plotted and schemed for months, hiding her knowledge of a top-secret operation to save her ailing father. Captivated by her passion, skill, and courage, Ezra wants to help Jewel on her mission. But when he discovers how far she’s gone, sleeping with the enemy to steal a fortune in diamonds, he must decide if he can trust this enthralling woman with his secret, or trust his fiercest instincts when he’s near her.

Hunter Reborn (Moon Shifter #5)Katie Reus (February 3, Signet)

Warrior shifter Aiden’s investigation of the trafficking of vampire blood leads to a startling discovery: the beautiful vampire bondmate he thought was dead. They’d defied their powerful families to be together, but then Larissa disappeared without a trace. When their mating link broke, it nearly destroyed Aiden. Now she’s back with no memory of where she’s been. Larissa claims she has no idea who Aiden is. It’s a race against time to bring down an operation more evil than his pack ever suspected, and Aiden finds himself working side by side with a mate who no longer trusts him, and she wants out. He lost her once, and he won’t let her go again. Larissa’s blood is the key to a powerful monster’s dangerous plan, and he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, sparking off a war between the supernaturals and humans that no one will win.

Overcome (Breeds #6, 13, 15)Lora Leigh (February 3, Berkley)

Omnibus. The Breed Next Door: Lyra thinks her new neighbor looks too good to be true. Tarek Jordan is even more than he seems: a Breed Enforcer on the run. And even though he wants her, Tarek knows Lyra could get burned, unless she embraces the danger that comes with loving a Breed. In a Wolf’s Embrace: Matthias and Grace are meant to mate, until he commits an act too shocking to ignore. Grace knew that the hot Breed was dangerous, but now, she fears for her own life. Yet she wonders: could it be part of some insidious plan? For there are forces determined to tear them apart and destroy what’s left of the man within. A Jaguar’s Kiss: Jaguar Breed Saban Broussard has a job to do: guard the first instructor chosen to teach Breed children. With just one kiss and his touch, the mating phenomena begins that will tie Natalie Ricci to him forever. Unless a shadow from her past gets them both killed.

The Accidental Dragon (Accidentals #9)Dakota Cassidy (February 3, Berkley Trade)

Firefighter McAllister “Mick” Malone knows he has a protective streak, especially when it comes to his deceased best friend’s sister, Tessa. But after twenty-five years of verbal sparring, Mick can’t help but notice that their recent arguments have started to feel a lot like foreplay. And while Tessa knows exactly what to say to get him going, Mick is thrown for a loop when he actually starts breathing fire. Antique-store owner Tessa Preston has loved Mick Malone since she was ten years old, not that she’d ever admit it. Fighting with Mick is the only thing keeping her from an embarrassing romantic confession, but when the sexy firefighter accidentally ingests some ancient dragon scales masquerading as powdered aspirin, Tessa finds herself handling something much hotter than long-simmering sexual tension.

Under Different Stars (Kricket #1)Amy A. Bartol (February 3, 47North)

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world. That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. He must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth. Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts, gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival, or a fight for love.

Under His Guard (Don’t Tell #3)Rie Warren (February 3, Forever Yours)

Rebel soldier Darke lost his lover during the early stages of the InterNations war. Only the flirtatious attentions of the gorgeous Leon Cheramie brought him back from heartbreak and grief. Darke has fought their undeniable attraction to one another. When Leon’s life is threatened, Darke cannot deny what’s been brewing between them. The brave and determined Leon has proven himself capable of fighting in the war. The only thing he hasn’t been able to do is capture the heart of the fearless warrior Darke. When a huge victory is won for the revolutionaries, Darke and Leon finally give in to their feelings for one another. The celebration is short-lived when Leon is infected with a deadly virus. The final endgame of the war is pitted against the rebels’ race to find a cure before Leon becomes a full-blown carrier and Darke loses the man who managed to win his love and bring him back to life.

Windburn (Nightwing #2)Juliette Cross (February 3, Kensington/Lyrical)

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation. Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. Then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses, and warm her rebellious heart. The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

 

WEEK TWO

The Lost Chalice (Relic Seekers #3)Anita Clenney (February 10, Montlake Romance)

Relic hunter and archaeology expert Kendall Morgan has a lot on her mind. After finding the Fountain of Youth, and discovering that Nathan, her handsome billionaire boss, might actually be her long-lost childhood love, she could really use some time to think. Except a two-thousand-year-old Protettori guardian has just teleported into her bathroom, desperate for help. The Reaper, an ancient and sinister being consumed with finding the world’s most powerful relics, is after the Holy Grail. Now Kendall must use her sixth sense to find it first. With both Nathan and her brooding bodyguard, Jake, by her side, Kendall sets out to find the lost chalice in a dangerous quest that will test her abilities, her heart, and everything she thought she knew.

 

WEEK THREE

Raintree: Oracle and Cursed (Harlequin Nocturne #26)Linda Winstead Jones and Lisa Childs (February 17, Harlequin)

Raintree: Oracle: Echo Raintree wishes to vanquish the uncontrollable visions that consume her. But only Ryder Duncan, the fearsome wizard, can help her. When Echo arrives in his remote Irish village, she’s drawn into a battle. As her life spins out of control, so do her feelings for Rye. The closer they become, the more her past and Rye’s secret threaten their future. Cursed: People Maria cares about keep turning up dead. And despite her powers, she can’t protect them. She can only stay away and hope the witch hunter doesn’t find them. The hunter could be anyone, even FBI agent Seth Hughes. From their first meeting, an intense connection tells Maria that their destinies are bound. But as the hunter zeroes in, can Maria risk getting close to Seth?

Shades of the Wolf and Wolf Born (Harlequin Nocturne #22)Karen Whiddon and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom (February 17, Harlequin)

Shades of the Wolf: Since her husband’s death, shape-shifter Anabel Lee has been haunted, by every ghost except the one she longs for. But when Tyler Rogers appears, Anabel senses something different. Though he’s a ghost, Tyler’s more real than anyone she knows. As they work to save Tyler’s sister from a warlock, will they discover a passion strong enough to bridge their two worlds? Wolf Born: When ghost wolf Colton Killion’s family is killed by vampires he sets out to restore justice and he wants no distractions. But he can’t resist Lycan Rosalind Kirk’s plea for help. He’ll have to ignore his insatiable attraction to her if he’s going to protect her. When evil strikes, Rosalind and Colton must risk everything and step across a forbidden line, consequences be damned.

The Shifter’s Choice and Sentinels: Alpha Rising (Sentinels #7) (Harlequin Nocturne #24)Jenna Kernan and Doranna Durgin (February 17, Harlequin)

The Shifter’s Choice: Private Sofia Touma never risks distraction from her duty, until she’s assigned to help disabled veteran Johnny Lam. More than a war hero, he’s also a werewolf. Sofia is inexplicably drawn to him. Unlike Sofia, Johnny knows the dangers of loving a monster. And as they grow closer, Johnny isn’t sure he can keep doing the honorable thing. Sentinels: Alpha Rising: Holly Faulkes has spent her life hiding from the Sentinels, now she’s their prisoner. Sexy alpha wolf Lannie Stewart wants to initiate her into their world. The full-blooded Sentinel senses Holly’s untapped power, a power he’s deeply drawn to and desperately needs. A new enemy has risen and only Holly can reveal this danger, if Lannie convinces her to embrace what she really is.

 

WEEK FOUR

The Shape of Temptation (Spellcraft #2)Eleri Stone (February 23, Carina)

Living in a village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is a gifted but untrained mage with an affinity for stone. She believes herself well beyond the reach of the guild that controls all magic until Benim, an unwilling guild soldier, appears at her door. She’s part of his quest to assemble gifted citizens for entrance to University. As Kailey struggles to navigate the society of the Sarian upper class, she’s tasked by a guild master to create a masterpiece for the emperor. When Benim is commissioned as her model, Kailey comes to crave the hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting inch by intimate inch. Benim cannot resist the warmth of Kailey’s spirit nor the comforts found within her body, though he knows that a poor soldier has no place in a mage’s world. He and Kailey will have to overcome more than just class differences in order to remain together. Someone has made Kailey a pawn in her mentor’s ambitious play for power. (Digital)

Cursed by Fire (Immortal Brothers #1)Jacquelyn Frank (February 24, Ballantine)

Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope, until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment, ifhe’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods. Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda, heir to the throne of Hexis. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed, and her body, with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all, even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict, for a chance to make Selinda his forever.

Soulbound (Darkest London #6)Kristen Callihan (February 24, Forever)

When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled, and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone. No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted, by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam’s kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken.

The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau #21)Lynsay Sands (February 24, Avon)

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas. Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too, that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from, if she’ll just trust him, now and forever.


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 and The Collectors romantic thriller series. You can find Suzanne onFacebook and on her website.

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