Let the spring book flood continue! It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice day, and boy are there a lot of new books this month. This is probably the lightest week of the month. Just let me know which of these sounds most promising to you, and you could win it—or any other book of your choice up to US$15! I will post the winner on Sunday.
And now for the new releases…
Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1), by Rachel L. Demeter
A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST…Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago….A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE…Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place….BEAUTY AND THE BEAST…Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.
Black City Demon, by Richard A. Knaak
Since he became the guardian of the Gate between our world and Feirie sixteen hundred years ago, Nick Medea, once Saint George, has battled to keep the darkest Feirie–the Wyld–from invading the mortal plane. With the dragon an unwilling part of him, Nick maintains balance between realms, often at great cost to him and those nearest to him. …Nick and his ragtag confederates–including the shape-shifter Fetch and Nick’s reincarnated love, Claryce–have battled the Wyld, but mortals as sinister as the darkest Feirie. Now, with Prohibition in full swing and bootlegger wars embattling Chicago, a murderous evil born of the mortal world has turned its attention to the power of the Gate…and Nick himself. …Nick must turn again to his most untrustworthy ally: the dragon within. Yet even together they may not be enough to face what was once a man…but is now a creature even dragons may fear.
Brother’s Ruin (Industrial Magic #1), by Emma Newman
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben’s life and their own livelihoods….But Benjamin Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect….When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city….Brother’s Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.
Heart of Stone (Bad Things #5) by Cynthia Eden
Sabrina Lark is a muse who has the ability to inspire any man…to do absolutely anything. Unfortunately for Sabrina, the latest human to fall under her spell has turned out to have one very dark side. Now he’s obsessed with her, and she’s realized—too late—that she just inspired a serial killer. She truly has the worst luck in the world. …Desperate, Sabrina makes a deal with the devil in order to get some serious paranormal protection. Her protection comes in the oh-so-sexy form of Adam Cross, a man who is able to resist her magic…because Adam really is made of stone. …He’s a real beast on the outside… Cursed centuries before, Adam is a gargoyle. Fierce, strong, and absolutely unstoppable, he is the guard who is placed at Sabrina’s side. He’s supposed to protect her from every danger…he is not supposed to find himself falling under the seductive Sabrina’s spell. But even a man with a heart of stone can find himself pushed too far… Sabrina thinks she may have found the perfect lover, but Adam’s past is about to come back and bite them both…and he may not be the man she can trust, after all. If she can’t find a way to touch the man inside the beast, if she can’t make his stone heart burn for her, then they’ll be lost.
Heart of Stone (Witches of Whitewood #1) by Camryn Rhys
Not every runaway wants to be found…Mattie Banfield has been running for years. Casting spells to protect her young son from people who want him dead. The final spell, cast to cover their home, resulted in a horrific accident, killing Mattie’s best friend and her mate, and her own mother in the process. That spell made the White Wood—the only place Mattie Banfield is truly safe. But it came at a horrible cost. She lost not only her best friend and her only remaining family, but she left behind her Kindred, all to protect her son’s life….When William Walker finds Mattie one morning, she does the only thing she can think of…she casts a spell. Will is a dangerous connection to her old life, and could put their child’s life in danger again….Mattie will not risk Brady’s life again. Not even for the man who calls out her magick…
Prawn of the Dead (Lemon Layne #1), by Dakota Cassidy
“My name is Lemon Layne, and if asked to describe myself, like maybe on a dating site (which is never gonna happen), I’d have to go with best convenience store/barbecue joint owner in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the tiny tourist town of Fig Harbor, Washington with my adorably neurotic best friend, Coco Bellinski, my a-little-left- of-center (read totally out there) mom, May, and my troublemaking pet monkey, Jessica Fletcher….Oh, and last but certainly not least, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool amateur sleuth. Yep. I’m literally incapable of resisting a good mystery. No matter how great or small, I love to stick my nose into…er, help solve a crime. From the mysterious disappearance of Ho Hos in my store, to a lost piece of jewelry, I’m always ready to put on my Sherlock Holmes cap (I really do have one. Got it when I was eight)….When I find my mother’s ex-boyfriend murdered in our convenience store bathroom with a piece of his skull missing, and my mom’s a suspect in a murder investigation, my mystery solving goes from zero to a hundred. To really make matters worse, the town’s local conspiracy theorist and official doomsday prepper, Cappie somehow finds out the victim isn’t just missing a piece of his skull–he’s missing a piece of his brain!…And that’s when off the wall Cappie starts spreading word the zombie apocalypse has officially arrived in our tiny burg. Total chaos ensues and I have to pick my way through everything from weekend warrior zombie hunters to medical mysteries in order to catch a killer!”
The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher #5), by Andrzej Sapkowski
After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world….But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.
The Realm Enforcers Bundle (Books 1-3) by Rebecca Zanetti
If you love Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors, try the wicked hot Realm Enforcers, together for the first time . . .WICKED RIDE: Seattle vice cop Alexandra Monzelle’s short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. But Kellach Dunne is complicating matters. An affair with an immortal like him could undo everything—including every bit of her resistance . . .WICKED EDGE: When Coven Nine Enforcer Daire Dunne spots Cee Cee across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s back in his apartment. Where after one overheated kiss, she drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on . . .WICKED BURN: Irish witch Simone Brightston didn’t get to her position on the high council without serious power. But of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, the only thing to do is grab a handful of jacket and hold on tight . . .
The Remnant (Oversight #3), by Charlie Fletcher
The Oversight of London has been sworn for millennia to prevent the natural and the supernatural worlds from preying on each other. Now, at its lowest ebb, with its headquarters destroyed and its last members scattered far and wide, this secret society will battle for survival and face the harshest foe it has ever met: itself.
The Something Girl, by Jodi Taylor
It’s life as usual at Frogmorton Farm – which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. …Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey, and Mrs Crisp’s mysterious boyfriend. The old favourites are still around, of course. There’s Marilyn the Omnivorous Donkey, Russell’s ex-girlfriend Don’t Call Me Franny, and the neurotic Boxer, currently failing to deal with butterfly trauma. …So nothing much is new … except for the mysterious figure dogging Jenny’s steps and who, if she didn’t know better, she would swear was her sinister cousin Christopher, last seen being hurled from the house by her wayward husband. He couldn’t possibly be stupid enough to come back and try again … Could he?
Vampire Lover (Vampire Moons #0.5) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Kelsie Connor is looking for a big headline to jumpstart her career as a journalist—like proving the existence of vampires and werewolves. She’s always felt that Others exist, though she’s never met one herself. So on the night of the Blood Moon, Kelsie goes looking for a werewolf…but meets a vampire instead. A vampire who makes her blood run hot and makes her feel things she never imagined a body could feel….Hayden Flann had been secretly watching Kelsie for some time, drawn to her by a powerful bloodlust and equally strong sexual attraction. But Hayden recognizes that he and Kelsie are connected by more than passion. Little does she know that Hayden is not just her lover—he’s also her enemy, born to seduce her before he kills her…
Wicked Seduction (Venice Vempyr #5) by Michele Hauf
Vampire Marcello Sebastiani has enough on his plate with the city of Venice demanding his birth records to prove ownership of his centuries-old palazzo. The last thing he needs is a headstrong yet delicate Englishwoman bulldozing her way into his life and manipulating his every action. No matter how delectable she may be….Jane Emery has fled an abusive situation in hopes of pursuing her musical studies, but when she arrives in Italy, she finds that her patron has passed, leaving her desperate and lost. Thankfully, she is able to coerce a handsome yet mysterious stranger into helping her. Only her machinations don’t take into consideration his tantalizing touches that make her forget her plans and dream of a future she shouldn’t….When Jane’s past catches up with her, Marcello is determined to protect the one thing that has come to mean more to him than his own life. But will he be successful, or will the dark force that seeks Jane have better aim?
Now, what do you want to win this week? Leave a comment, and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday.