Alison Aimes-Stolen

We have another new to me author today, with Alison Aimes and Stolen. This is a futuristic story that has some aliens in it too. It’s a nice combo, and one that I really appreciated.

Here’s our story. We start out with a young DaKar who is living with his father, step-mother, and younger half brother. He half Martian and half elithe, which is the ruling Earther families. Because of that, his step-mother hates him, especially since he’s his father’s heir. One day, the family is throwing a huge ball, and DaKar is staring over the rails at everyone, and there is a beautiful girl that he somehow feels very connected to, and when their eyes meet, all he can think is “Minel”.

Fast forward a few years, and DaKar, who is now a Warlord with his mother’s family, has come back to Earth because his father has died, and he’s got to fight with his idiot brother and evil step-mother to get his rightful inheritance. The elithe want to have very little to do with him because he’s a heathen half-breed, but they still want him around, because juicy gossip. He knows that he’s going to have to fight with everyone to get his estate, but his plan is to get it, sell it off, and then go back home to Phobos. At one of the first balls he goes to, he is out in the garden, being really, really, really friendly with another woman when he happens to look up at a balcony and see a beautiful blonde. The two of them connect, and he starts talking dirty to her, but the woman he’s with thinks he’s talking to her. Nope, not so much.

Lady Aurora has been going around to all the big balls and stealing bits of jewelry. It’ss not that she’s a thief, really. She’s just desperate. You see, she has spent the last year living with her horrible, terrible, disgusting, evil stepfather, and she wants nothing more than to escape. But he keeps a very tight grip on her. Very tight. She doesn’t have any money that she can spend and he keeps all her jewelry for her, so she has to steal and pawn things so that she can try to get the money she needs to escape. One night, as she’s trying to make a clean escape, some ladies come into where she is, so she has to sneak out on the balcony so that she can hide. Then she sees a golden skinned man with a woman in the garden, and their eyes meet.

Turns out that they are having a Martian meeting heat, and they have the start of a soul bond going on, but DaKar isn’t interested, and he tells her that he can control it. Aurora is still just drawn to him, and is aware of him, no matter where he is. And no matter how much DaKar wants to hide it, he’s just as drawn to her too.

I thought that Aurora was really brave. She knows that her stepfather is an evil son of a bitch, and she’s scared, but she’s still taking steps to do what she can to get the fuck away from him. She might not be going about it the right way, because it can be hard to tell real from fake, and she has to seek them to a pawnshop, which means she’s not getting anywhere near what they are worth, and frankly, I think her fence is cheating her, a lot. But, with what few freedoms she has and the space she can get, this is what she can do. So, there’s that. I also think that she’s incredibly fierce. She stands up to people, when she can, and she fights back, when she can. Sometimes she has to stand quiet, but only when she has no other choice. I really like her.

DaKar is a good man who has been through a lot and has been hurt a lot. It takes him a minute to get through all that, but no matter what, his heart is in the right place. He wants to take care of all the little people on the estate, and even goes out of his way to hire people his stepmother and brother had fired. No matter what, his plan is to make sure those people are taken care of. He has a deep streak of honor and courage, and he’s generally pretty smart. Sometimes he’s an idiot, but we all are at some point.

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Ugh, there are so many fucking assholes in this book. Soooooo many.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Bachelor Beast

This book gives me all the things I love in the Interstellar Brides universe. We get the Colony and Atlans. I love the Atlans. I want an Atlan of my very own. I keep trying to get one, so I guess I’ll have to keep trying. I also love all the guys on the Colony. They need all the love ever. Which is what leads to the Bachelor Beast.

So, there just aren’t a lot of brides for all the guys on the Colony. Those poor guys can’t really go home because of the Hive contamination, and until recently they were stuck there with no brides, but things have changed. There are still a lot of guys stuck there. But then the Governor’s bride had an idea, why not have one of the guys go down to Earth and do some good positive PR?

Warlord Wulf came down to Earth and he thought that he would just be doing some interviews. Then he found out that he’s going to be doing a reality show called the Bachelor Beast. We all know the basic idea behind those shows. Wulf was given the choice of many nice women, and the goal is that he would find his mate at the end, and offer her his mating cuffs, live on TV of course, and live happily ever after. He has to find a mate, because he’s on the edge with his mating fever, and if he doesn’t get one soon, he’s going to have to go to Atlan to be dealt with. And he has one huge problem. His beast does not want either of the two remaining women. He’s talking to the governor of the Colony, his bride, and their second, and trying to get them to understand, but they are Prillion and not Atlan, so they don’t get it quite as much. At this point, Wulf has some hard choices. Then he walked out on stage, and things start to happen.

Olivia is a makeup artist who was hired to work on the show. Usually she’s gone by the time the show is filmed, but not today. Today she’s switched hoours with her boss so that she can watch the finale being taped live. It’s the first time that she’ll be seeing Wulf live. She’s seen him on the show, since she’s been watching it, but never in person. Well, maybe if she had been in the same room with him before this, the whole show would’ve been different, but she wasn’t and it isn’t. And she’s about to get way up close and personal with Wulf. You see, as soon as Wulf’s beast senses Olivia he knows that he has finally met his perfect mate, and what a beast wants, a beast gets. He knocks over a camera, he smashes the mic in the host’s hand, and it’s damn shame that he doesn’t break the hand of the host, but Wulf is honorable. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t going to grab Olivia, take her to his dressing room and get jiggy with her. But then, things happen, and Olivia ends up running away, and Wulf ends up tranquilized. Thank goodness for Warden Egara.

I love Warden Egara, she is the absolute best. I love how she can pretty much just smack people around, even huge Atlan beasts, using just her words and her voice. It’s not even like she is loud and booming, she’s just her, and she makes things happen. I really, really, really want her to get a second chance at happiness. If you are in either of Grace’s rooms, you will see that Egara is a fan favorite, and everyone wants her to get a new mate or mates. Hopefully it will happen for her. Soon. Please?!?!?!

Olivia is a good woman. She’s has a good heart and she takes care of what is hers. She does have some self-esteem issues, and I bet that working in show business doesn’t make that easier on her. But I really like her. She is so ready to be loved and has so much love to give.

Wulf has shown up in books from time to time, and he’s one of my favorites, because Atlan, but he’s just a good guy. You can see how good he is just from all the ways that he acts. He’s done everything he can to help out the people on the Colony, and that includes doing things like this stupid reality experiment which he hates, but doing it helps the other males on the Colony, both by getting them new brides and by making people aware of those folks. He so deserves a good woman, like, oh, I dunno, Olivia.

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Ugh. Chet. Yuck. I hope someone smashes him hard, because he totally deserves it. Same with Ruth.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Nicole Blanchard & K Webster-The Determined Hero

Determined Hero is the 7th book in the Lost Planet series by these talented ladies. And the books just keep getting better and better. I think that part of that is that we already know the world, what’s happening, and have had time to learn more about the characters. Each book is a complete story for the couple, but they have a cumulative storyline, so you really have to read them all, and read them in order.

This is the story of Oz and his Whisper, otherwise known as Quinn. Quinn has stayed unconscious after being taken out of stasis. Oz goes in and talks to her daily. Since he doesn’t know her name, nor does anyone else, he calls her Whisper. Right now, he’s working on his weapon to fight the Kevins coming from Earth II. When he has issues, he goes to talk to his Whisper, and it helps him. He also talks to her about everything under the sun. What he doesn’t know is that Quinn has been awake for the last couple of days and is listening to him. She’s pretending to still be unconscious so that she can learn about the people who are around her and the situation she has found herself in. Then one day, she answers him.

Quinn was a librarian who made a choice that ended her up in stasis on the way to the prison. I would’ve made the same choice she did, in her place, and would definitely have been sitting there just like her, but the powers that be on Earth II were less than happy, and since she was nothing but a lowly librarian, she ended up headed to prison. But now she’s ready to talk to the people around her. She’s also not quite sure what these guys look like, because without her glasses, she can’t make much out. So, she decides that they are spidery aliens. (spoiler: they aren’t)

I really like Quinn. I think that Oz really needed her. She is really strong and protective. There are times when you really see it coming out. I think that she’s also a really calming presence and is willing to make people stop and make some good choices. I think that she’s in my top 3 favorites of the mates.

Oz is a pretty good guy, and I do like him, but I think that he definitely gets to a point where he’s more than a little manic, and I get why he was driving himself to that point, but the problem is when you get to that point, you can’t keep going, and you start to make stupid mistakes. Luckily, for him, Quinn was there, and she made sure that he rested.

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I understand why Breccan did what he did. I also completely understand why Galen was so mad at him about it. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s happening with Galen.

OK. That’s all for today. Go check out the whole series. Happy reading!

Leann Ryans-Used

Used is Leann’s latest Omegaverse book. It’s slightly different to her other books. Mostly, because this one has a lot less consensual stuff going on than her other books. Elise goes through a whole lot of stuff in this one.

So, here’s how the way that this world works. Omegas are a commodity. When they come of age, they are supposed to go to a center so that they can be “matched”. For matched, read they are basically placed on a galactic auction site, where all the alphas basically try to buy them. The whole process is supposed to be good for the omegas, and they are supposed to be treated well once they are in the center, but that’s not how it happens. There are terrible doctors who don’t want to be nice to her, and nurses who enable them. But, there is one woman there who befriends Elise and tries to make everything better for her. Her friend helps her with makeup and hair, and promises that she’ll find the best match for Elise.

Fast forward a couple weeks, and Elise has been matched to Tiral. On her trip to his planet so that they can mate, pirates take out the ship she’s on. The pirates want to get to Tiral or his father, because they want them to make some changes. But, nope, they aren’t there. They have Elise.

I like Elise. I think that she is a little naive sometimes, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, really. At the same time that she’s naive, she also has a real understanding of her world and how it works when it comes to certain things.

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I like Leir, a lot. I like that he’s thinking about all the people and wants to make things better.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Octavia Hyde-Nepenthe

I knew a secret. Well, I know lots of secrets. But this one was about how Octavia Hyde and Eris Adderly connect. It isn’t some weird kinky sex thing. Well, it could be, but since they are the same person, it could be slightly difficult to be some kinky sex thing. But since we are talking about Eris and the kinkiest fucking tentacle sex book I’ve ever read, I’m not going to put anything past her. Nepenthe has all kinds of fucking, sucking, and tentacles, so if you aren’t into that, I’m so sorry.

So, here’s the story. We have two species that are both dying out. The humans have fled Earth and found a planet that they thought that they could colonize. Except, nope, it wasn’t. Most of the humans have died, painfully and nastily, but there are a few survivors around. Then we have the Nepenthe, who are shape shifting, mind reading, tentacled aliens looking for people to carry on their species.

Nepenthe is broken down into 3 stories. We have Hypatia, Yesmin, and Kiral. Each human is with a different Nepenthe partner. They are all filthy, I mean not just filthy, but FILTHY. Eris writes filth oh so very, very, very, very well.

So, Hypatia is the first one in the book. She’s near death when a purple alien with the upper half of a human body and tentacles below his hips comes across her. And when I say comes across her, what I really mean is that he comes inside her.

Then we have Yesmin. She is one of the other survivors found and rescued by the Nepenthe. When Io Rae, who mated Hypatia, comes to the humans and tells them what’s going on, she takes the lead. She makes some arrangements for the 2 species to maybe be able to work together.

Kiral is a guy holding secrets. While the humans and Nepenthe are starting to pair off for fun and games and to have somewhere to sleep, he spots someone who seems to hide the same kind of secrets. And it’s definitely game on.

I love that we get authors who are willing to write and share all this filthy filth, especially when you get into the “weird” or taboo subjects. We may get laughed at for reading tentacle porn, but you know that to come out and admit that you wrote it is got to be hard sometimes. Romance and erotica writers already get a hard time just for writing something that most of the world doesn’t value, which is ridiculous. I like reading serious, classical literature and history books, but my brain needs the fiction and the romance and the juicy stuff. I know that I’m not the only person. Those people act like romance and erotica hasn’t been around since people learned how to make images with paint on cave walls and rocks.

Anyway, I like being able to read the really weird, kinky, taboo, tentacle-y, sucker-y, whatever stuff, so I’m happy that author like Eris come up with Octavia Hyde, or the person who is hiding behind MD Pentacles came up with that nom de plume. We get a chance to read this stuff and hopefully get more.

I really hope that we see more of the Nepenthe, because I would really love to see more of the surviving humans as well as catch up with Hypatia, Yesmin, and Kiral.

As a sidenote, every time I read Hypatia’s name, I thought of the porn star Hypatia Lee. She retired around the area where I used to live in Southern Indiana.

I’m going to be giving away a copy of Nepenthe this weekend in my group, so if you aren’t there, come join me.

There aren’t any spoilers today, because there just aren’t. So, say congratulations to Eris Adderly, go check this out on Zon, and happy reading!

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Lili Zander & Lee Savino- Draekon Pirate

Lili and Lee have come out with the 3rd book in their Draekon spinoff, with Draekon Pirate. These books are the ones about the original Draekons. They don’t mate in pairs, they are one on one. This is the story of Fourth and Diana.

So, Diana, and her friend Lisa, were two of the human women who had been stolen away. But instead of being tortured like all the other women we’ve seen so far, Diana and Lisa have actually been thriving. That’s because they were saved by some pirates. In the months since they were rescued, Diana has worked herself up to second in command of the ship, and Lisa is part of the bridge crew. They are happy, and they have discovered a family.

Fourth, like most of his brothers, has been sent to rescue the human women that were kidnapped. So, he pulls up to this pirate ship, disables it, walks on to it, and almost gets hit by a thrown knife that he barely catches. That’s when he finds out that the women really don’t want to leave. They are perfectly happy.

BTW? Diana is really good at throwing knives. Like scary good. She grew up in the backwoods, way off the grid. So far off the grid that those prepper nutcases are like dayum. Her father taught her how to hunt and survive, which has really helped her.

Anyway, so Fourth, who has renamed himself Mirak, is fascinated by Diana. There’s just something about her that makes him want to know more about her. And it didn’t hurt that she tried to knife him the first time she met him. And Diana can’t get Mirak out of her mind either. (I originally had mound there, which works too.)

I think that Diana is a lot of fun. There’s just something about her that I really like. She has her own serious issues, mostly spawning from the way that she grew up and the way that the adults in her family treated her, but she’s also incredibly competent, smart, strategic, and just fierce. I think that she really blossomed on the pirate ship. It really was the perfect thing for her.

Mirak really needed to figure out who he was after waking back up. I think that he was really kind of lost after waking back up and was a little bit scared of everything, even if he wasn’t going to admit to being scared of anything. Because, you know, big scary dragon.

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OMG, the horridness that came out of Mirak’s mouth. Diana should’ve shoved a knife in there. DEEP.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Nicole Blanchard & K Webster-The Rogue Captain

The Rogue Captain is book 6 in the Lost Planet series by K and Nicole. And I think our little lost planet isn’t quite as lost as it used to be. It’s definitely not as empty as it used to be. I mean, first we had the morts in the Facility and the women they found on the ship, and now we have the women from the prison too. It’s a huge population growth. The planet will be completely repopulated any second now. As long as they can completely beat the Rades.

And speaking of the Rades, let’s get into our story. The humans in the prison have been dealing with the Rades. Theron has been tasked to go back to the facility to get their doctor so that he can work with the woman who is treating the humans. Willow is going to with him, because she’s come all this way and she’s bound and determined that she’s going to see her mom, even if she can’t get up close and personal because of the Rades right now. But, to do that, she’s going to have to spend days on a tiny ship alone with Theron. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with him, and he can’t keep his eye off her ample tracts of land. Finally, she decides that they should just become fuck buddies until they get the doc, and then it’s all over. Which suits Theron right down to the ground. Except he knows that she’s his mate, and he’s pretty sure that he’ll be able to convince her of that. He just wants to be able to be with her.

Theron is funny AF. He also is pretty sure that he’s the best thing ever. The best mort, the best looking, the best pilot, the best lover, the best everything. Just ask him. He’ll be more than happy to tell you. Although, I am not entirely sure how he knows that he’s the best lover, because, well he hasn’t cashed his V card in yet. Maybe he’s just read the manual so many times that he’s sure he’ll be great. Who knows. I do like him though. I haven’t met a pilot who wasn’t a cocky son-of-a-bitch, and I would think that would have to go double for a pilot that can go into space, so I think Theron is just being who he should be. But for all that cockiness, he really is just a sweet guy who wants to love and be loved.

Willow is an incredibly fierce woman. I can’t imagine all that she must’ve had to go through after being left as a young child. I mean, she touches on some of it, and then you can guess a lot of what happened when she got to the prison. But she never talks about what she did to get to where she was. It couldn’t have been easy, and I think that whatever she did to break the law and end up in prison had to have been hard for her to do, because that’s not really her, I think. With as fierce and strong as she is, and as willing to do everything as she is, she has a very good core. She wouldn’t be her mother’s daughter if she didn’t. I’ll bet that some of the stuff she ended up having to do was really hard for her to do.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, because it’s going to be a good one, I think. I’ve got my fingers crossed for our guys.

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I want to know what the baddies are going to do.

OK. That’s all I have to say about this one. Go check them all out! Happy reading!