Lots of great new science fiction romance to report to report this week!
I was absolutely happy dancing to see Sentinel (Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone Book 1) from USA Today Best Selling Author Anna Hackett because she’s an autobuy for me, I love her Galactic Gladiators (this is a spinoff from the first, wildly successful series) and I love cyborgs. Win/win/win! The plot: Fighting for love, loyalty, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…
When Quinn Bennett’s exploration ship is attacked, the security chief finds herself abducted by alien slavers. Unable to save her crew, she is taken across the galaxy and sold to a desert scavenger on the lawless planet of Carthago. Driven by her guilt and failure, she’ll do anything to escape and save the other abductees from her ship. Chained and forced into servitude, she’s waiting for her chance to strike, when across a dusty trading post, she comes face to face with a big, cyborg gladiator.
Jaxer Rone’s loyalty is to his imperator—the man who saved him from a lethal cyborg military program. Jax works tirelessly for his gladiatorial house and would die for his fellow cyborgs. His emotional dampeners have never functioned well, but while he feels some emotion, he never lets it get in the way of his duty. Right now, his mission is to find the stolen humans from Earth. But when he rescues the fierce, relentless Quinn, he starts feeling a rush of emotion he’s never experienced before.
Quinn and Jax join forces to track down the aliens holding the other Earth women captive. Side by side, they venture into the desert and uncover a desire hotter than the desert suns. But the aliens who captured Quinn want her back. In order to protect Quinn, will Jax embrace his newfound feelings or shut them off to keep her safe?
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author S. E. Smith has a new release, Saving Runt: Cosmos Gateway Book 7. This is one of my favorite series from Ms. Smith, who gives us another strong heroine to savor. The story: Amelia ‘Runt’ Thomas’ life revolves around a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the most ruthless criminals in the world. She follows two codes: the code of hackers and her personal code of honor to bring down anyone who thinks they’re untouchable. She is on target until one fateful night when the touch of a strange man sends an unexpected shock wave through her. Now, the faint whispers in her head are growing louder and more annoying, distracting her from her mission.
Derik ‘Tag Krell Manok’s search for the mysterious woman who changed his life nearly two years before is finally over. As a Prime warrior from another world, he knew the moment he touched Amelia that she was his bond-mate—but she disappeared before he could whisk her away to safety. He is determined not to let that happen again, but he also knows that he needs to proceed with caution because Amelia is unlike any woman he has ever known before.
As their connection grows, so does Derik’s fear that he will be unable to keep Amelia safe from a man who is just as determined to find her and use her amazing talents for his own devious purposes. Find out what happens when an alien warrior, a determined AI named RITA, and a few other surprising twists come together to save a special woman named Runt!
Pulled By the Tail: Celestial Mates (Tail and Claw Book 2) from Nancey Cummings has fans one-clicking this week. The blurb: Wife Wanted: Aristocrat Needs an Heir. Fertile Females Only.
A clerical error matched Georgia to the wrong alien. It’ll take months to get their marriage annulled, so she’s stuck in a grand house that’s falling down on a backwater planet with a massive brute of an alien who likes books more than people. But the more time she spends with Talen, the more she questions if their marriage was a mistake after all.
All Talen has in the universe is his family. When his brother’s latest scheme delivers a human female to his door, technically his wife, he refuses to turn her away. She’s part of his pride now and he knows that her luscious form and biting wit is vital to his future. He’ll win her heart and convince her that nothing about the heat between them is a mistake.
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Eve Langlais writes smoothly in a variety of genres and I have heard so much buzz from SFR readers about her Chimera Secrets series. The exciting news this week was the release of book 3 in the series, The Lionman Kidnapping. Here’s the synopsis: He never wanted to become a beast. But the only way to stay a man requires the taming touch of a woman.
Marcus escaped the doctors who thought it was okay to experiment on him. Totally expected to savor freedom far, far away from the evil wrought by the Chimaeram Clinic.
Instead, he finds himself inexplicably drawn back to the place that made him a monster.
And what do monsters do best but terrorize humans?
When he kidnaps Jayda, he has no thought other than to make a certain doctor pay. However, taking an alluring woman to his lair means having her close. Hearing her. Smelling her…
Remembering what it means to be a man.
Wanting to be her lover.
Is she his salvation, or his downfall? Because there is only one punishment for a project gone rogue…
Cassandra Chandler has a fun series going with her Department of Homeworld Security, combining romance with some retro science fiction elements and an enjoyable read each time. She’s just released book 10, Coalition Reckoning. The summary: Things in the kitchen are about to heat up.
When a reclusive billionaire hires Brigid as his personal chef, she has a feeling the job is too good to be true. The pay is jaw-dropping—as is the wannabe she’s replacing in the kitchen. Dane’s heart is in the right place, but seriously, baked beans over pasta? It’s like he learned to cook on another planet. He’s eager to learn her ways, and Brigid is more than happy to give him very personal lessons.
Dane has never felt like he belonged anywhere. Not among his fellow Sadirian soldiers in the fleet of the Coalition of Planets and not as the highest ranking med-tech assigned to assist the Department of Homeworld Security on Earth. All of that changes the moment he meets Brigid.
Resisting their mutual attraction is impossible—especially when soldiers from the Coalition arrive to arrest the Sadirians living on Earth and wipe the memories of all the Earthlings who’ve encountered them. But as Dane and Brigid fight to preserve their chance at a future together, they find that a new enemy has risen in the galaxy that threatens everything they know and love.
As their worlds shift around them, can they hold on to the spark that connects their hearts?
The connected universe Obsidian Rim series continues on with Ace’s Odds from Sela Carson. Here’s the plot of the latest adventure in this shared world: Mkhai Kerbasi is a former soldier running on luck’s fumes. He gambled and won, but he’s still in debt to the mob boss who runs Gizem, a glitzy, glamorous space station where all the shine hides a dark underworld. The only hand he’s got left to play is getting the mob boss’s daughter off the station… but how much of his heart is he willing to lose?
Silbe Otxoa is no pampered princess, even if her father is one of the most feared men in the ruined galaxy. Now that she’s embroiled in a desperate scheme to keep her family safe, she has to team up with a roguish smuggler who makes her want to bet on him with everything she’s got.
The two of them together might be able to beat the odds, if they can trust each other enough to lay their hearts on the table.
And finally USA Today Best Selling Author Kyndra Hatch has re-released her story from the third Pets In Space anthology, After the Fall. Here’s the story: The Invaders took everything worth living for. Can an Invader show him how to live again?
A’ryk Chiste of Korth marooned himself on an uninhabited world for a reason. He doesn’t want to be reminded of a galaxy where his people lost the war, taken over by the merciless Invaders who changed his life forever. A galaxy where he failed at the one thing he was born for, to protect worlds. He wants no part of the shaky forced ‘peace.’ So when an Invader crashes onto his planet, the simple solution is to let her die. But his furry companions have other ideas.
Lyra Merrick is a surveyor for the Earth Council of Habitable Worlds. She searches for and reports planets that can be terraformed for human survival, comfort and stability. It is business as usual when she finds another planet in a little known section of the galaxy. A routine mission turns into a fight for survival when her ship has a malfunction and she crashes to the icy, unrelenting world. When she comes to, she hears a voice in her head. Confused, she wonders if the lonely existence of a surveyor finally made her crazy. Not only is she hearing things, her eyes are deceiving her too, because she’s in the domicile of the sexiest man she’s ever seen.
Two interesting science fiction collections (not romances) to mention: USA Today Best Selling Author Alexis Glynn Latner – who does write SFR as well – re-released nine previously published novelettes and short stories and one new novella in Ascendance: Science Fiction Stories about Reaching for the Stars and Queer Sci Fi published the results of their 6th annual flash fiction contest in Migration. The theme this year was migration and the volume contains 120 300-word “speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi,” according to the official blurb. Because who doesn’t enjoy flash fiction?
More hot new science fiction romance for you in August! Until then, happy reading…