I love, absolutely love the Interstellar Bride series, in whatever form they show up in. I read them, reread them, recommend them, and read them some more. I stalk and stalk and stalk to find out when the next one is coming out, and talk to people about what we’d like to see happen. All of us agree that Warden Egara should get more mates. We also discuss all our favorites. I like the Atlans and Rezz, from the last book, actually, is my favorite. But, what does that have to do with today’s blog? Well, we’re talking about Fighting For Their Mate, the latest installment in the series.
With FFTM, we’re back in the main series of the universe. Chloe, who has been a part of the intelligence branch of the Coalition forces, is now back on Earth. After spending 4 years out in space, fighting the Hive, being back on Earth is just stifling. She is limited as to what she can say since she worked in intelligence and most humans don’t believe that the Hive is out there anyway. Earth is deeply isolated from the fight and most vets don’t make it back to Earth, so they have nothing right in front of their eyes to prove it’s actually happening. Chloe just can’t live like that anymore. She wants back out in space, where she was happy and where she was with people who understood. The only way she can do that now is with the Interstellar Bride Program. So, off she goes to volunteer.
Seth is a human who is deployed with the Karter group in a very busy sector of space. He is the head of a ReCon squad. We’ve met Seth a couple of times before. His sister Sarah and her mate rescued him in Mated to the Beast. In Mating Fever, a member of his squad is due to get out and she tests to be a bride, so we get another glimpse at Seth. Now it’s time for Seth’s story. For Christmas one year, Sarah gives Seth the gift of testing. She wants him to be as happy as she is. However, Seth isn’t real thrilled about the whole idea, since he doesn’t want to leave a mate and children behind if something happens. After having been captured by the Hive once, he knows that it can happen quickly. When he gets matched to a bride, he is horribly unhappy and doesn’t really want her.
Dorian is a Prillon warrior. The Prillons have a tradition of mating in pairs so that their mates and children are never left alone if something happens to one of them. However, he lost his cousin recently, who was going to be the primary partner in their pairing. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever have a mate. Seth gets the call about his mate arriving while he is on a shuttle being piloted by Dorian after a daring rescue. When Seth says that he wants them to send her back, Dorian gets mad, pulls him aside and asks him what’s up. When Seth spills his worries, Dorian offers to be his second. He tells Seth that he never wanted to be a primary, but he is perfectly happy being a second in a pairing. Seth decides that works out well, so off they go to meet their new mate, Chloe.
OK, so here we are, once again. You get to make some decisions as to where you are going to go. Grace’s worldbuilding is amazing. Yeah, I know I’ve said that every time I write about her books, but it’s true. The IB’verse is vast and follows some general rules. However, the rules aren’t so strict that Grace can’t work around them and make some changes whenever she wants to. This book is one of those changes. It is different to any of the other books in the ‘verse which is really nice. It both fits and doesn’t fit within the rules, which is totally awesome. I look forward to seeing how later books go. FFTM is probably tying with Rezz’s story as my fave in the whole ‘verse, if not tied, then a very, very close second.
Yeah, I know, I don’t normally use covers, but Grace’s covers are pretty, so you’re getting this one. 🙂
Oh my, Chloe is cool af! I mean, she had a higher rank than her mates. That’s pretty awesome. I love Karter’s reaction to finding out she was on his ship and he could actually avail himself of her talent. This is one place where this book is different from the rest of them.
Seth is the first human male we see matched through the IBP, which is new and exciting, and I hope to see more of. I would also love to see more humans teaming up like Pillons or with Pillons. Seth and Dorian made a super Alpha pair, and I don’t blame Chloe for falling to her knees around them. I wanted and they are just on my Kindle. Seth is a total Dom. Wow.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. Got a new K Webster book coming up in a few days, looking forward to that. Meanwhile, happy reading!