New Releases in Science Fiction Romance from Gladiators to Gamers

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It’s been about a month since my last post specifically on new releases so there’s lots to share today.

Always at the top of my list of autobuy writers is Anna Hackett, a USA Today Best Selling Author, who has released two books recently. The first is Hunter (Galactic Gladiators Book 12). This volume features the re-release of her novella for the 2018 Pets in Space anthology, plus a second brand new novella and a short story, all set in her reader-beloved Galactic Gladiators world. Her second new release was Dom, the 18th book in her post-apocalyptic Hell Squad series. Here’s the blurb:  As the battle against the invading aliens intensifies, a group of bad boy bikers and mercenaries will stand and fight for humanity’s survival…

Squad Three berserker Dom Santora has an ugly past he can’t forget. Born and raised in the darkness, he spent his life before the alien invasion as a Mafia enforcer. He’s found some meaning fighting against the aliens with his fellow berserkers, but he knows his soul is too stained to ever find redemption. And there is no way he’ll ever deserve the quiet beauty of a woman like Arden Carlisle.

When the raptors invaded, Arden lost her husband and children in the first horrible, bloody wave of the attack. Since that terrible night, she’s survived, but she hasn’t been living. Hollowed out by her grief, she’s found a way to keep going as the comms officer for Squad Nine. But lately, color has started to seep back into her world, and the person she sees most clearly is the dark, handsome, and lethal Dom.

Dom and Arden are two damaged souls who find each other in the darkness. But the Gizzida are putting the final pieces of their endgame into place. The aliens want the Earth and to wipe out the human survivors once and for all. As Dom, Arden, and the berserkers work to find a deadly alien bomb, they uncover the true horror of the aliens’ plans. To have any chance at love, life, and survival, Dom and Arden will have to fight harder than ever before.

Ruby Dixon is another author always found at the top of the SFR charts. Her Pretty Human is a novella length tale and here’s the story: Varrik va’Rin is the lord of an ancient noble house. On Homeworld Kes, his bloodlines are unparalleled and he wields an incredible amount of political and social clout. He’s used to getting what he wants.

So when he sees the strange, delicate human known as Milly, he decides he wants her. And he’ll do anything to have her, reputation be damned.

USA Today Best Selling Author Pauline Baird Jones has released the eighth book in her Project Enterprise series, Maestra Rising. I clear the decks in my calendar to read her books because the intricate plots unfold in such an intriguing manner and I can’t stop turning the pages until the end.  So I need to have all the time in the world to enjoy the book! Here’s the synopsis:  She’s a gifted scientist. He’s a robot with a human mind. Can they save their lost ship to find love among the stars?

Nivi awakes from cryosleep plagued by guilt. The scientific genius had hoped her people would avoid war if she went into cold sleep, but she learns her sacrifice was in vain. And now a vicious enemy approaches a stranded Earth spaceship. Desperate to reactivate the technology she needs for the rescue, Nivi enlists the help of an attractive robot with a human consciousness and wisdom beyond his years…

Moose survived slavery but never forgot the feeling of worthlessness it forced upon him. After living in the body of a robot for years, he sees an opportunity to help the brilliant Nivi if he becomes human once again. In a new body with new dangers, he worries that the genius scientist will never see him as more than the robot he once was.

Outnumbered by a relentless foe, Nivi and Moose attempt to put their desires on hold to ensure humanity’s survival.

With time running out, can they defeat the enemy and enjoy a future filled with love?

Emmy Chandler, author of the excellent and gritty Prison Planet series, has now continued her exciting new spinoff series with Vendetta (Project Vetus 2). The plot: Having escaped the lab where they were altered with alien DNA, Vaughn Coleman and his fellow super-soldiers answer an ad for a ship capable of getting them far from the prison planet they’ve just fled. Meshach Larsen, autocrat of a notorious isolationist planet, is willing to accept payment in services rendered, rather than credits.

The job? Find and return a mysterious crate that was stolen during shipping. But their mission is complicated minutes after accepting the job when Vaughn finds a beautiful, sheltered stowaway on their already crowded short-range shuttle.

Grace can’t remember how she got from the secluded convent where she was raised to the planet Gebose, where women aren’t to be seen or heard. Where she will soon be forced into service as a concubine. All she knows for sure is that the shuttle leaving to run an errand for Meshach offers her best chance at escape.

But Grace has no way of knowing that the man who discovers her onboard isn’t exactly human. That alien urges and instincts Vaughn can’t quite control—collectively known as his beast—are insisting she is his mate. That he must claim, love, and defend her at any cost. Even if protecting her from Meshach means sacrificing the crew’s best chance to settle their vendetta with the ruthless corporation that turned them into monsters.

For your cyborg reading pleasure this month, there’s Acer (The Cyborg Chronicles Book 3) from Kelsey Nicole Price. Here’s the blurb: When the Global Allegiance terminated all Cyborgs, rumors were rampant that they still existed, either hidden away with wealthy collectors or—even more scandalous—part of the Cyborg Rebellion.

Marley: Cyborgs were my life but there was only one that had captured my heart. No one saw his worth. No one but me. A cruel twist of fate ripped him away and stole years of my life. Locked in a cell, I could only see him in my dreams.Then he found me and my dreams became reality. Forever by his side was now within my grasp. Acer is the cyborg of my dreams. He just needs to believe it.

Acer: I’m an abomination. An unfinished prototype who hated everyone except for her. My processors refused to stop searching for her until the day I found her and carried her home. My fabricated heart shouldn’t long for forever. My incomplete frame shouldn’t want to hold her and never let go. Still there is no denying my desire to belong to her. But I am hiding secrets and I know it’s only a matter of time before they tear us apart. I should walk away but I can’t give up the only person who looks at me like I’m whole.

I desperately want to be the cyborg of her dreams but what if I am destined to be the cyborg of her nightmares?

Finding Trix (Felines of Furyne Book 3) by L. M. Brown offers a complex plot with twists and turns galore and much to ponder. The blurb: Trix is one of many felines who sells his body on the Pleasure Station, a space station devoted to entertainment, gambling, and the pleasures of the flesh. He’d never intended to spend his life there, but the place offers him security, regular cream, and over time it has become his home.

As a dual-gendered feline, Trix knows the risk of pregnancy is high, and sets his prices equally high to discourage customers. Trix never imagines that Delta, a canine with credits to spare will call his bluff.

When Delta pays for himself and Farron, a naïve avian from the swan clan, to spend the night with Trix, the three of them forge an unexpected bond, one that leaves Trix pregnant.

As a swan avian, Farron is incapable of being unfaithful to his mate, even when the bond is only partially formed. To complete the mating ritual, Farron must find Trix before the babies are born, or the bond will break forever, and Farron will be forced to live a life of celibacy.

When the Pleasure Station falls under new ownership, and the humans ban prostitution, Trix is left homeless. Upon hearing about this, Delta too races back to find Trix.

Both Farron and Delta arrive too late. Trix has vanished and the race is on to find him before he gives birth. Only then will they know if the bond they formed on their first night is strong enough to last a lifetime.

Gamer Girl: A Lesbian GameLit Novel by Mia Archer provides dystopian cyberpunk and a lot of adventure. The story: I had everything she’d ever hoped and dreamed for, and my life was a living hell.

Attending the Orbital Academy was supposed to be the solution to all my problems. I busted my ass to get a full ride to the prestigious school located just outside earth’s atmosphere on one of four space elevators that were humanity’s gateway to the stars.

Down on the surface I was special, but at the Academy I was nothing but a filthy rizon. Short for horizon. A girl from the planet surface looked down on by all the sons and daughters of the rich and powerful who controlled the planet from the heights of the elevator.

Only.

There’s a new escape: Etherea Online. A brand new fully immersive roleplaying game that puts the player in the game world by beaming that game world directly into the player’s brain. And it just so happens that the Orbital Academy has a brand new Etherea lab where I can get early access.

Etherea is a chance to escape the hell of my daily existence. A chance to be somebody. A chance to let loose and have a little fun for the first time in years.

The only problem? A series of mishaps in the game has me firmly in the crosshairs of some of the most powerful people in the game, and I’m going to have to use all the street smarts I got down on the surface to get out of this one, and maybe find love along the way!

Hunted by the Alien Prince: An Alien Abduction Romance (The Hunt Book 2) by A. M. Griffin, takes some reliable SFR tropes and twists them a bit to provide out of this world adventure. The plot: The Hunter. Prince Themba bu Kumkani has spent his whole life putting family and kingdom above his own wants and needs. With his impending bonding ceremony on the horizon, he’s gifted a coveted spot in The Hunt. His catch and release strategy is forgotten once he lays eyes on the human female. Their hide and seek game is fuel to the fire raging out of control for her. He’s staked his claim on a mate he cannot have, but can’t live without.

Now Themba has to choose between love or family. One choice will bring happiness while the other will cost him his homeworld and title.

The Prey. With an ex who didn’t want to be an ex, and an impending divorce hanging over her head, Payton Cole already thought her life had gone to hell in a handbasket. Then she woke up in an alien survival of the fittest game. Her top priority is to keep herself and her dog alive until the end. Winning The Hunt means gaining her freedom, but returning to Earth isn’t a high priority.

She doesn’t know where she’ll go or what she’ll do, but one thing’s for sure—she doesn’t intend to be anyone’s property.

I’ll finish this column off with a quick mention of two new releases in the Obsidian Rim connected universe series, Coexistence: Pipettes and Plows 1 (Obsidian Rim Book 4) by Shree C. Aier and Fire Strike by Elsa Jade. Both are exciting entries in this multi author endeavor.

Happy reading until next time!

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