Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Paranormal Romance

Eleven new paranormal romance titles make the (increasingly virtual) bookshelves in May. Look for new titles from Christine Feehan, Jenn Bennett, Thea Harrison, Stacey Kennedy, and Alexandra Ivy, among others.

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

Signal Boost (Off the Grid #2)Alyssa Cole (May 4, Carina Press)

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. He catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious. The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. With answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves. (Digital)

Cat’s Lair (Leopard People #7)Christine Feehan (May 5, Jove)

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past, and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane. Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley, and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own, secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.

Grave Phantoms (Roaring Twenties #3)Jenn Bennett (May 5, Berkley Sensation)

Feisty flapper Astrid Magnusson is home from college and yearning for the one thing that’s always been off limits: Bo Yeung, her notorious bootlegging brother’s second-in-command. Her dream of an easy reunion proves difficult after a violent storm sends a mysterious yacht crashing into the Magnussons’ docks. What’s worse, the boat disappeared a year ago, and the survivors are acting strangely. Bo has worked with the Magnusson family for years, doing whatever is needed, including keeping his boss’s younger sister out of trouble, and his hands to himself. Of course, that isn’t so easy after Astrid has a haunting vision about the yacht’s disappearance, plunging them into an underground world of old money and dark magic. Danger will drive them closer together, but surviving their own forbidden feelings could be the bigger risk.

Hexed: The Sisters of WitchdownMichael Alan Nelson (May 5, Pyr)

Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn’t your typical teenaged girl. She’s a thief who steals bad things from bad people in the mystical underworld hidden beneath our own. When a policeman’s daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can’t explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chance to get his daughter back. With the help of Gina’s friends, including Gina’s boyfriend David, Lucifer’s investigation leads to the truth of the kidnapping. Gina was taken to an otherworldly dimension by a creature of unspeakable evil: one of the Seven Sisters of Witchdown. Lucifer must use every magical tool hidden in her trick bag to steal her way into the Shade and bring Gina back before the Sister sacrifices her. The closer Lucifer gets to Gina, the closer she gets to David. And David to her. Lucifer must risk her life by confronting demons, witches, and the cruel demigoddess controlling her destiny, all to save the one girl who stands in the way of Lucifer finally finding love.

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2)Amanda Hocking (May 5, St. Martin’s Griffin)

Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world. Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm, the glittering palace of the Skojare. The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin, and, being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, he becomes a distraction she can’t afford. Brynn is about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets. She doesn’t know who to trust. As she gets closer to Ridley, she realizes she may not even be able to trust her own heart.

Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8)Thea Harrison (May 5, Berkley Sensation)

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them, and distance between them. When a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances. Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. When Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

 

WEEK TWO

No new releases.

 

WEEK THREE

Witches Be Burned (Magic & Mayhem #2)Stacey Kennedy (May 19, Loveswept)

Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. Just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. She and Kyden trek into the Earthworld to hunt down a killer, and Nexi alone will be put to the ultimate test. Kyden knows that Nexi must fight her own battles but his guardian instincts are raging as he struggles to keep her close. The ruthlessness of these vampires is like nothing he’s ever seen. At their helm is the Black Witch Astoria, a demon with one burning desire: to shed Nexi’s blood in the name of vengeance. What troubles Kyden even more is the warlock who covets Nexi’s heart. Let the devil do his worst, all Kyden can do is love and protect Nexi until his last breath. (Digital)

 

WEEK FOUR

Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2)Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen (May 25, Carina Press)

Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos’s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. There’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. The side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore. When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge, including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew, Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms. Hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare. When it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. He can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander, forever this time. (Digital)

Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave AllNancy Holder (May 26, Titan Books)

Detective Catherine Chandler is on a mission to unveil the truth behind her past and discover the secrets surrounding her family. Yet, things become more complicated when she becomes romantically involved with the handsome doctor Vincent Keller, who harbors a dark secret of his own, he turns into a terrifying beast when angered. Together, they struggle to maintain their relationship whilst being pursued by the mysterious organization known as Muirfield.

Dash (Recast #4)Yolanda Sfetsos (May 26, Samhain)

Taylor may be the Clash Arena’s most dominant, and only, female gladiator, but today she just can’t catch a break. After winning another brutal fight, with the arena falling down around her ears, she jumps at the chance to escape the prison of her subterranean pit. She finds herself knocked unconscious more times than she can count, and pursued over the edge of a sea cliff by an AI enforcer she can’t shake….Walsh has been living a double life, masquerading as a tyrant’s enforcer while hiding his true agenda. When the arena falls, there’s only one thing on his mind, saving the savage blonde who doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him. Once he convinces her he wants to help her survive, they form an uneasy alliance. Taylor senses he’s keeping a secret, not just from her, but about her. The truth will show them exactly what it is to be human. (Samhain)

When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity #12)Alexandra Ivy (May 26, Zebra)

Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair, only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of. Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays, especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them.


Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, whose fourth book, Pirate’s Alley, came out April 21. She also writes paranormal romance and thrillers as Susannah Sandlin. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her website.

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