Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

There have been a few new covers released in the last couple of days, so I thought that it was time for a little cover lover post. Let’s start with the one that I can’t quite get a handle on. All of the covers for both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series from Cassandra Clare are gorgeous. Lady Midnight wasn’t quite as good, but still better than a lot of other covers out there. But Lord of Shadows? Not quite sure if I like it or not yet, but it might be one of those that looks better in person. Either way, it will be released on May 23rd.

lord-of-shadowsEmma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

The third book from Rachel Caine‘s The Great Library series, Ash and Quill, will be released on July 11th. I thought the cover for this one was pretty eye-catching, actually.

ash-and-quillHoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny….

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library.

And still going in the YA side of things, Ann Aguirre will release her Razorland companion book, Vanguard, on July 25th.

vanguardA companion fourth book in the New York Times—bestselling Razorland YA series reunites Deuce, Fade and Tegan as they fight a new war with the evolving and more intelligent Freaks.

The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, sowhen she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’spast time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the freeterritories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet JamesMorrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to theirnumber. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Urochvanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange andbeautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow himclose, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormyseas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

Claudia Gray‘s new young adult sci-fi series will get its start next April with the release of the first book, Defy the Stars.

defy-the-starsNoemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

This final one for today is the lone adult release on the list. J.D. Robb‘s In Death books seem to have gotten a design change for the last couple of releases, but since it is the 45th title I guess I can let it slide. Secrets in Death is an August 8th release.

secrets-in-deathThe chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

There you have it. Any thoughts? Winners or losers in the design department?

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Spotlight Wednesday – Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre might be a bit more well known than the usual authors featured in the spotlight Wednesday posts, but when Azteclady mentioned that she had a new series starting up, I thought it might work. And since the first book is due out today, it is even better.

This new paranormal romance series is called Ars Numina, and it will consist of six books. Things get started with today’s release of The Leopard King.

the-leopard-kingSynopsis…

Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.

Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he’s wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.

Fierce. Loyal. Determined.

Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate’s best friend. She’s had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.

At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there’s no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for until they find it.

The Leopard King will be followed by The Demon Prince, The Wolf Lord, The Shadow Warrior, The War Priest, and The Jaguar Knight.

Thanks again to Azteclady for pointing this one out. It is available in both print and e-format at Amazon.com and other retailers.

Are there any Ann Aguirre fans out there? She is another one on my “one day” list – which is actually a thing. I am not starting any new authors until I get my TBR pile dealt with, but when that is done I will be branching out.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I didn’t think I had this many covers built up to post – a nice surprise. Let’s start with one from Larissa Ione‘s Demonica series. She will release another novella through the 101 Dark Nights series, this one called Z. Look for it next April 26th.

zZhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…

As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?

Up next is the second book in the new Dragons of Eternity series from Alexandra Ivy. Scorched by Darkness will be released early next year.

scorched by darknessTo be honest, I haven’t heard much about this next one. Thinning the Herd from Adrian Phoenix is an e-format release due out on January 4th.

thinning the herdFrom the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in way over his head!

Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal…werewolves.

Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.

Alien in Chief is the 13th book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series from Gini Koch, and it is due out on December 1st.

alien in chiefThese last three are all young adult. Ann Aguirre‘s Infinite Risk, which is the third and final book of the Immortal Game trilogy, has a release date of August 2nd.

infinite riskI expected something darker and more edgy for this next one, maybe something black. Or with diamonds. Seven Black Diamonds is from what I understand a stand-alone release from Melissa Marr, and it will be out on March 1st.

seven black diamondsThis riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them…and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

And this final one is from Rachel Caine and her Great Library series. Paper and Fire is due out on July 5th.

paper and fireWith an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

So, there you have it for this batch. Anything catch your eye?

Updating Part 2 – Cover Lover

Yesterday was blurb day, toady is cover reveal day (that means I will stumble on a bunch more as soon as this is posted, but what can you do?). Let’s start with the next Queen Betsy book from MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Unforgiven, which is due out on October 6th.

undead and unforgivenPurchase at Amazon.com

Cover two is from A.C. Arthur and her Shadow Shifters series. Primal Heat is due out on August 4th.

primal heatPurchase at Amazon.com

Terry Spear is another of a long list I have been meaning to get to, and her next Heart of the Wolf book is called SEAL Wolf Hunting. It is due out on July 7th.

seal wolf huntingPurchase at Amazon.com

Cover four is from Lori Handeland‘s Sisters of the Craft series. Smoke on the Water is due out on August 4th.

smoke on the waterPurchase at Amazon.com

Grim Tidings is the second book from Caitlin Kittredge Hellhound Chronicles, which is due out on August 1st.

grim tidingsPurchase at Amazon.com

The next Celta book from Robin D. Owens will be called Heart Legacy, and it is due out on November 3rd.

heart legacy

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Beth Cato‘s The Clockwork Crown is due out on June 9th. It is the second book in the Clockwork Dagger duology.

the clockwork crownPurchase at Amazon.com

Public Enemies, the second book from Ann Aguirre‘s Immortal Game series, is due out on August 4th.

public enemiesPurchase at Amazon.com

And wrapping this batch up is The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe. It is the second book of the Earth and Sky series, and it is due out on May 5th.

the clouded skyPurchase at Amazon.com

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

This is the first cover lover post in a long time, I think maybe even the first one this year. There isn’t a lot going on for this post, but here goes.

Paige Tyler recently started her new SWAT series, and it looks like the second book will be called Wolf Trouble. It will be released on August 4th.

Wolf TroublePurchase at Amazon.com

Cover two is from Melissa F. Olson‘s new Old World series. The first book will be called Boundary Crossed, and it is due out on May 1st.

boundary crossedAfter her twin sister’s brutal death, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie, from every possible danger. Then when two vampires attempted to kidnap the child, it quickly turned into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

Lex wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has somehow survived the fight; and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for evil creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee a safe future for Charlie, Lex makes a deal with the local coven. She sets out with the dashing—and undead—Detective Quinn to track down who’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become, threatening to destroy everything—including herself.

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Christine Feehan contributes a story to the upcoming Edge of Darkness anthology called Dark Crime.

edge of darknessDark Crime by Christine Feehan
Blaze knows who killed her father and she has merciless plans for payback. Until a phone call from a seductive stranger pleads with her to wait. Retribution is in his blood, too. Now, he and Blaze will be united in the blood of the guilty. Tonight, vengeance is theirs.

Dead by Twilight by Maggie Shayne
Bloodsuckers may be an accepted minority but one of them is getting away with murder. Until a female vamp teams with a mortal detective to end the killing spree. Now the night belongs to them—and so does every pleasure and danger lurking in the shadows.

Cimarron Spirit by Lori Herter
While excavating an Anasazi ruin, archeologist Annie Carmichael uncovers the resting place of a centuries-old vampire who finds in Annie the liberating mate he has longed for. But how much is Annie expected—or willing—to surrender for the man she now desires?

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Ann Aguirre‘s Breakout, the next book in the Dred Chronicles, will be released this September.

breakoutThe prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of Dred’s soldiers still standing and now being hunted by Silence’s trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost — their only chance at escape — the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station.

If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedom — a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her grasp…

May Behre continues her Tidewater series with the release of Energized on August 4th.

energizedShe’s searching for a sign…

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder…

He’s ready to show her…

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed…

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The last one for today is from Kristen Painter. Garden of Dreams and Desires is due out on April 7th.

garden of dreams and desiresTourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine’s true focus. Freeing her from the spirit’s grasp is all he can think about, especially with no real solution on the horizon.

Then he discovers the tourists are disappearing because the witches are stealing souls to cast a dangerous chaos spell. Before he can stop them, Harlow becomes their victim. Now he must race the clock to set her free and end the witches’ machinations before the chaos spell strips every fae in New Orleans of their power and bring fae rule to an end.

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So, that wraps up this batch. Which of these will you be picking up?

New Series Alerts…

Time again to take a couple of minutes and see what is starting up this week. Let’s start off with the Baba Yaga e-novella from Deborah Blake called Wickedly Magical.

wickedly magicalSynopsis…

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Barbara Yager loves being one of the most powerful witches in the world, but sometimes she’d rather kick back in her enchanted Airstream with a beer in her hand than work out how to grant the requests of the worthy few who seek her out.

But when a man appears with the token of a family debt of honor, Barbara must drop everything to satisfy the promise owed by her predecessor—and she isn’t above being a little wicked to make sure the debt is paid in full…

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Serena Gilley also starts her Forbidden Realm series this week with the release of Kissed by the Wave.

kissed by the waveSynopsis…

Beyond the limits of sight, magical beings live in the Forbidden Realm. The two worlds were once connected, but the desires of man forced their separation. Now, desire may bring them back together . . .

Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can’t seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.

Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya’s mortal form is only temporary. If they don’t have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . . .

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There is just one young adult series to highlight this week, and it comes from Ann Aguirre. Mortal Danger is the first book of the Immortal Game series, and it will be followed by two more books.

mortal dangerSynopsis…

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

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So, there we have it for another week. Which ones of these will you be checking out?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a quick post to show a trio of new covers – two of whom have the same vibe going on. It appears that there has been a bit of a title change on the upcoming series from Gail Carriger. Originally, Prudence was to be the first book of the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series, but now it will be called the Custard Protocol series. Either way, it will be released sometime next year.

prudenceThis second one is from Amanda Carlson and her Jessica McClain series. Red Blooded is due out on September 2nd.

red bloodedThis third one is Mortal Danger (originally to be titled Mortal Beauty) from Ann Aguirre. It is due out on August 5th.

mortal dangerI wasn’t expecting two purple/pink covers for this post, but they are eye-catching. Are any of these on your TBR list?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been updating the monthly New Release listings over the last couple of days, and they should have the most current dates available (The yearly summary will be updated tonight). One thing I discovered is that Entangled Publishing is doing its…thing…again, and either pushing back a lot of their scheduled releases, or seemingly cancelling the print version of quite a few titles in favor of e-releases, only. If there was anything by them in particular you were looking forward to, you might want to take a peek and see if things are still on schedule.

On the cover side of things, there are seven for today’s post. From the adult selections, there will be a new Parallel Parks book from Bailey Cunningham called Path of Smoke, and it will be released on July 29th.

path of smokeNext up is Spirited from Mary Behre. It is the first book from her new Tidewater series, and it is due out on March 4th.

spiritedAnd Spirited will be followed by Guarded, book two of Mary Behre‘s Tidewater series, on August 5th.

guardedNext up is Havoc from Ann Aguirre. It is the second book of her Dred Chronicles, and it will be out in September.

havocNow, by the title of this one, I figure it is the last book from Hanna Jayne‘s Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, but I might be mistaken. Under the Final Moon is due out on August 5th.

under the final moonThese next few are all young adult titles. Zoe Marriott‘s second The Name of the Blade book, Darkness Hidden, will be released on July 3rd.

darkness hiddenCara Lynn Shultz‘s first Dark World book, also called The Dark World, will be released on May 27th.

the dark worldThat is about it for today. There will be quite a few new additions to the New Release sections over the coming days, so keep an eye out to see if there is anything you have been waiting for.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Just a quick post today before work, since I was too lazy to do it after work last night (a sign of getting old). I didn’t follow the free serial that Ilona Andrews posted on their site, hoping instead it would be released as a full book somewhere down the line. It looks like Clean Sweep is slated for e-format release this December, instead.

clean sweepThe second book of Alyssa Day‘s League of the Black Swan series, The Unforgiven, will be released on May 6th.

the unforgivenThis next one is from author Brooklyn Ann. One Bite Per Night is due out on April 1st.

one bite per nightSilver Mirrors, the second book from A.A. Aguirre‘s Apparatus Infernum series, will be released on April 29th.

silver mirrorsNow on to the YA. Strange and Ever After from Susan Dennard, which is the third book of her Something Strange and Deadly series, will be released on July 22nd.

strange and ever afterThis next one is for Sweet Reckoning, which is the third and final book in Wendy Higgins‘ Sweet trilogy. It will be released on April 29th.

sweet reckoningAnd May 13th is the release date for Of Neptune, which is the third book in Anna Banks‘ Syrena Legacy trilogy.

of neptuneAre you looking forward to any of these? I am going to check out Clean Sweep, of course, and I am reading the second book of the Syrena Legacy series now so I will be getting Of Neptune, as well.

New Series Alerts…

Time again to see what new series are starting up this week. Coming from Ann Aguirre is Perdition, the first book in her Dred Chronicles series.

perditionSynopsis…

WELCOME TO HELL.

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.

Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first. Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…

And the second one starting this week is Kait Ballenger‘s new Execution Underground series. The first book is called Twilight Hunter.

twilight hunterSynopsis…

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind–or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

I think the Execution Underground sounds interesting…there was a short prequel novella that came out in the After Dark anthology with Gena Showalter.