Feb 28 2015 1:00pm

There Be Dragons: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for February 2015

Windburn by Juliette CrossShifters, dragons, and magical beings all take part in this month's round up of the Paranormal Best Bets. What caught your eye this month?

Dragons...kind of!

Windburn by Juliette Cross

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her.  Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

Dragons meet gargoyle-type creatures in this second book in the Nightwing series and continues to fulfill all my Gargoyle childhood shipping fantasies!


My Healer by Alanea Alder

Fun loving wolf-shifter Colton Albright’s usual concern…his next meal, has been replaced by haunted dreams. The nightly visions of the sad, anxious face of his mate have this jovial jokester withdrawing from his fellow Alpha Unit members.

Rheia Bradley is a dedicated professional that lives to help others, but has long forgotten how to help herself. When she arrives in Lycaonia seeking the protection of the warrior units, Colton is ecstatic to discover that she’s his mate. His relief is quickly eclipsed by one small problem, a tiny, solemn four-year-old girl who happens to be his mate’s adopted daughter. Which means… he is now a father!

While Rheia settles into her new job, Colton and all his fellow warriors are about to get a crash course on little girls. The men quickly learn that not one ounce of their centuries-long training has prepared any them for this precocious child.

When Rheia uncovers something about their enemy that puts her name next to her daughter’s on their hit list, Colton is willing to do anything to keep his new family safe. But will it be enough?

Two words: Fated Mates. It is one of my favorite tropes in paranormal because so often one or both parties are fighting it. It's the PNR equivalent to a marriage of convenience to me and I eat it up. What are your thoughts on it?

Immortal Warriors!

Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the scorching hot first book in a thrilling new series featuring four warrior brothers who have the power—and the curse—of immortality.

For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.

Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.

That first paragraph of this cover copy immediately had me picking it up because it reminded me of the opening scene of Kresley Cole's A Hunger Like No Other. Well, fans of Kresley Cole will love this as Frank brings all the sexiness and action to her series on a band of warriors!


Riding the Odds by Lynda K. ScottCinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles

A Dangerous Attraction

When her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!

The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete's body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that she's met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps-or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella's dreams...

I’m a sucker for a fairy tale retelling and this book has a feeling of The Haunted Mansion to it as well. I’m not always a fan of ghost romances, but this was a fun read—exotic, fantastical, and sweet!


The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever . . .

Lynsay Sands was my first paranormal romance, and while the series has changed tone and direction since I first met the Argeneaus, she’s still a guaranteed read for me.


Enchanter’s Echo by Anise Rae

Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life hiding in a junkyard. Her repair shop is the last hope for gadgets and gizmos before they get tossed onto the trash towers. Fortunately, Aurora can fix almost anything, including mages, though repairing people with metal enchantments is highly illegal.

Edmund Rallis, heir to the Rallis senate seat, has spent months hunting down his errant enchantress. He'll play every game he knows to win her back and entice her to share the secrets she hides. But he's inadvertently put her on the frontlines of a new game, one with an opponent who's determined to destroy Rallis Territory and drive the Republic toward war. If the new enemy isn't stopped in time, Edmund will lose his enchantress again-and this time there won't be another chance.

Politics, adventure, magic and romance all come together in this book. Plus, I always love the chance to dive into a brand new world!

Science Fiction Romance!

Riding the Odds by Lynda K. ScottRiding the Odds by Lynda K. Scott

An act of desperationand the beginning of seduction...

Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has her secrets. One is her Rider, Zie—an organic symbiote, like a living tattoo—that enhances Tara's physical abilities. But Zie is no ordinary Rider, and Tara can never risk anyone discovering Zie's true origins. Especially not the sexily dangerous stranger who appears out of nowhere and makes Tara's pulse race...

Except that “Trace Munroe” isn't exactly who he says he is. He's in fact a Holy Knight, who does everything by the book, and Tara is his only lead in tracking down a kidnapped princess. And Trace will do whatever it takes to get that information—including blackmail. But a blazing attraction to Tara is definitely complicating things...especially when Trace realizes that following his code of honor means destroying the woman he's falling for.

There is a part of me that loves Science Fiction Romance because a little itty bitty part of me holds out hope that science-based romance like this one might be my chance to live out a romance novel—whether we're up having a space adventure, or some evil scientists have created a werewolf for me. Either way, I'll take it, what about you guys?

Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi

Rebuilding his life.And rediscovering love...

Ilari, Brannon System, 2436

At first, Dr. Sacha Dalton is simply curious about the prisoner of war admitted to her med-lab...until she sees who it is. For Commander Kai Yang—the commander of the battleship Valiant Knox—has long been thought dead. Killed in action. But after almost a year and half, he's returned home. Returned to her.

Kai is recovering from his ordeal and under the watchful care of Sacha, his childhood friend and the widow of his best friend. Only now, their friendship has grown and deepened into something far deeper, and far more complicated. Yet as Kai's body recovers, his psyche remains broken. How could he ever be the man he was, and the man Sacha deserves? But an intergalactic war has a way of forcing a man to be the hero he was always meant to be...

A forbidden woman and a wounded space...and set to the backdrop of an intergalactic war! Escape Velocity reads as if Star Wars or Star Trek were written with a romance focus, and I was totally hooked!


Learn more about the books mentioned in this post:

Windburn by Juliette Cross  
My Healer by Alanea Alder  
Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank  
Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles  
The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands  
Enchanter’s Echo by Anise Rae  
Riding the Odds by Lynda K. Scott  
Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi  









Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

Subscribe to this conversation (must be logged in):
1. Kareni
There Be Dragons and heroine names beginning with the letter S ~ Sorcha, Selinda, Sherry, and Sacha! Some enticing books; thanks for the review.
2. PhoebeChase
Don't mind me, just adding all these books to my TBR list.
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
@Kareni, oh my gosh! I didn't even realize that when I was doing this! Reading Tunnel Vision! Haha.

@PhoebeChase, yeeeesss goooo, reeeaddd! (Imagine I said that in a very mesmerizing/non-creepy way! All very good reads!
4. wsl0612
I do like the marriage of convenience trope, except that I get so frustrated at how long it takes to get to the sexy times! I mean, you're already married/committed/mated, go for it! I'm such a loose woman ;-)
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
@wsl0612, yeah I'm the same... I want the sexy times early and often... I don't know what that says about me as a person, but I think I'm okay with it. Lol. That's what I like about Kresley Cole's fated mates. She has them do it...for lack of a better term... early and explicitly because they're already fated, and then has them fall in love, or at least admit their lust, before they do it again. It allows the reader/characters to release the tension in a way that makes sense for the world but also still gives us the slow burn.
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