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New Releases in Paranormal Romance
The following list of new releases are from UK and US publishers, however they are based on UK publication dates only. Some of the books listed have already been published in the US, and being a Brit chick, I always want to know when books will be available for me in the UK, which is why I compiled this list. Hope you find it useful. All summaries from Goodreads or Amazon
VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND
7 August 2012, Choc Lit
Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York. But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship. The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she’s rather afraid she s falling in love with…
BORN TO BITE (Argeneau Vampire #13)
9 Aug 2012, Gollancz
Eshe d’Aureus is sent to Armand Argeneau under the auspice that she needs a safe place to hide from a rogue out for revenge, but Eshe is really on the job. She’s been saddled with the task of finding out why Armand’s wives keep dying, and what it has to do with his son Nicholas and the murder Nicholas is accused of committing 50 years ago. She’s Nicholas’ only hope of avoiding being executed for a murder he may or may not have committed. Eshe’s agreed to take on the task, but that was before she realized she couldn’t read Armand and he is the life mate she’s been waiting for. Armand Argeneau’s first sight of Eshe was her roaring up on a motorcycle that appeared to be aflame. That was inconspicuous?! She had the grace of a panther, the attitude of a pit bull and openly enjoyed thwarting Lucian’s orders whenever possible… all of which delighted him immensely… until he realized he couldn’t read the woman and she might be a life mate. Having already lost a life mate and two wives to suspicious circumstances, Armand isn’t willing to risk losing another. Unfortunately, sending her away was pretty difficult when he couldn’t keep his thoughts, not to mention his hands, off her. It seems it’s time to once again try to get to the bottom of the deaths of his first three wives. While Armand’s tried before, he’s also failed, but this time he could lose his son as well as his life mate.
SHE SHIFTERS (Anthology)
16 Aug 2012, Cleis Press
She Shifters is an original collection of sensual short stories that dive into the dreamy otherworld of readers’ darkest desires. Edited by prolific erotica author Delilah Devlin, a top line-up of contributors weave rapturous tales of myth and fable with an erotic twist. Traditional lycanthropes and feline familiars appear, as well as more obscure, lesser-known mythologies from around the world. She Shifters’ expertly crafted, inventive tales celebrate feminine power, lust and erotic love.
MOONGLOW (Darkest London #2)
23 Aug 2012, Forever
Daisy Craigmore, nee Ellis – she’s always hated her married name – is finally free. Her elderly husband has died and while she would never wish anyone harm, his death is a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Forced into this loveless marriage, she nevertheless tried her best to behave and be a faithful, good wife. Now? Now she wants to have fun. Daisy sets about living a life of debauchery, visiting gaming halls, risqué shows – places that until now have been forbidden. She has the time of her life until she stumbles onto a brutalized corpse in a dark alley. Ian McKinnon found the one woman to stir his blood, only to lose her to his oldest friend and greatest enemy, Lord Archer. Now the devil has the temerity to accuse him of slaughtering innocents. As part of an ancient lineage, his kind has always been derided but the werewolves live under a code, never kill the humans and never let the beast take total control, for once lost, the human side of them may never return. Now one of his kind is running amok in London. Exiled from his clan and living as a lone wolf, he ought not to care, but his sense of honour forces him to investigate. Daisy knows she should stay away from Ian but the temptation is too much and the more she is with him, the more she can see how much chasing the rogue werewolf is affecting him. Mckinnon’s control on the beast within is slipping. When the rogue werewolf sets its sights on Daisy in an effort to hurt Mckinnon, they both have to decide if what started as a dalliance is worth sacrificing, or worth giving up for love.
THE ENEMY’S KISS
17 Aug 2012, Nocturne
When two different worlds collide, sworn enemies must choose whether to kiss or kill…The curse Nicholas Drakon had endured for centuries had finally been lifted. And although he no longer turned to stone at daybreak, his priority was still to protect his family. So when expert thief Daniela Ferreria stole an ancient Drakon artefact, he vowed to get back what belonged to his clan…and eliminate the threat. Upon capturing the intoxicating cat burglar, he discovered she was desperate to save her own sister’s life. The unexpected pull he felt for Daniela had Nicholas rethinking his next move. Family honour was at the core of his very being. But to turn his back on Daniela could mean losing the heart he’d just rediscovered.
ENCHANTING THE LADY
7 Aug 2012, Sourcebooks Casablanca
His Magic Condems Him… In a Victorian England with a rigid hierarchy of magic, lion shapeshifter Sir Terence Blackwell is at the bottom of the rung of society. Only Lady Felicity Seymour, who has no magic, no inheritance, and no prospects, may be willing to judge the man strictly on his own merits… Until She Reveals His True Power… When family pressures push Lady Felicity into a terrible fate, she has only Sir Terence to turn to. Together, the two outcasts become embroiled in the dark depths beneath society’s facade. And what they discover about each other is the only thing that’s real…
SHATTERED MAGIC (The Chronicles of Arandal #1)
20 Aug 2012, Carina Press
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to an evil magician, Rowan flees her village—and runs right into the path of a handsome stranger. When Grant comes to her aid, she takes comfort in his arms…and sees a solution to her problem. Her betrothal will be called off if she loses her virginity—and her virile protector is the perfect man to do the honor. Determined to seduce him, Rowan traps them together in a cave, where she and Grant soon give in to their undeniable desires. But despite their growing bond, she cannot reveal her telekinetic powers or risk being persecuted as a witch. Grant has a secret of his own—he is Prince Grantland, reluctant heir to the throne of Arandal. He’s thrilled to find a woman who’s interested in him, not his crown. But he and Rowan cannot hide themselves—and the truth—forever. Will their love survive once Grant discovers she’s everything he’s been raised to hate and fear?
MINA WENTWORTH AND THE INVISIBLE CITY (Iron Seas #1.5)
7 Aug 2012, Berkley
Eight months after the events of The Iron Duke, can Rhys and Mina’s marriage survive a new threat? After Mina is called in to investigate the murder of an aristocratic bounder, her husband Rhys—known to the world as the Iron Duke—must overcome his fear for his new bride before his need to protect her tears them apart. But when she invites him to join her at the murder scene, a search for a mysterious killing machine puts her in more danger than ever before…a danger that leads straight back to Rhys.
A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious (Steam Guardians #1)
7 August 2012, Sourcebooks Casablanca
Janette Aston is fascinated by all things scientific, and couldn’t care less that her thirst for knowledge is regarded as unladylike by Victorian society. Enthralled by the Illuminists, a group of individuals committed to scientific discovery, she sneaks into their headquarters and is caught by Darius Lawley, an Illuminist Guardian. The attraction between the two is instant and magnetic. When the Illuminists realize Janette is a rare Pure Spirit who can harness the power of crystals, she’s targeted by a rival society, the Helikeians. It’s up to Darius to protect her for the sake of science and love.
BORN TO BITE (Anthology)
Hannah Howell, Erica Ridley, Diana Cosby
28 August 2012, Kensington Books
Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood–and bound for eternal love. . . Dark Secret by Hannah Howell – Alone in the world, Murdina Dunbar sets out in search of the only family she has left–and finds an ally in the mysterious Sir Gillanders Baldwin. Something about her sexy protector stirs her blood. Soon, not even the whispers that he’s a dangerous demon can keep her from his bed. Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley – Rumored to be a vampire, the rakish Mr. Macane is ravishing all the ladies of the ton! Yet, Miss Elspeth Ramsay cannot bring herself to tremble in his presence. But once Ellie feels the touch of his teeth at her throat, she finds herself biting him back! Surely this sudden bloodlust can only mean danger for her family–and her heart. Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby – As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbell could destroy her. But one taste of her healing blood and he craves her like no other. Dare claim her as his own, knowing he might lose her forever?
CIPHER (Southern Arcana #4)
7 August 2012, Samhain Publishing (PB Edition)
Fourteen months ago, Kat Gabriel learned a brutal truth. Under the wrong circumstances, her empathic ability is no gift. It’s a deadly weapon. Now her soul bears the inescapable weight of those deaths—and it aches for the loss of the easy relationship she once shared with Andrew Callaghan. Unleashing her power saved his life, but she couldn’t save his humanity. Since the attack that turned him into a werewolf, Andrew’s sole focus has been to make himself stronger. Pushing her away hurt like hell, but Kat doesn’t need a friend. She needs a protector strong enough to shield her from the supernatural world that forced her to kill. Strong enough to resist their volatile connection. As Kat’s quest to understand the violent legacy of her past leads her into the darkest underbelly of the psychic world, Andrew is at her side. Yet every step forward rips open old emotional wounds and shakes their control. Where they’re headed, distractions of any kind can be fatal—especially when the greatest threat they pose is to each other.
HEARTS OF DARKNESS (Deadglass #1)
7 August 2012, Zebra Books
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war–and an irresistible passion. . . Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.