Raisa Greywood-The Jaguar Knight

Raisa has given us the last book in her Shifter’s Mates series, The Jaguar Knight. I am terribly sad that the series is over, and I’m really hoping that Raisa gives us some short stories in this another world or maybe another series in it. I can see all kinds of other stories in there. Hint, hint. I’ll be happy either way, because I can always reread the books.

This is the conclusion of Soledad and Markon’s story. It also wraps up some other things here and there. It works really well.

So, Markon has finally caught his wayward mate and has brought her home. They enjoy one wild night of passion, and when Markon wakes up, Soledad is gone. Again. He can’t figure out what he did this time, and his jaguar ain’t talking, other than to tell him that he’s a stupid alien. When Soledad’s sibs show up, he gets told what he did, but only after her sisters and brother pretty much threaten to show him his internal organs up close and personal. Turns out that there was a 6 foot tall picture of his dead mate hanging right over the bed. The bed that she died in. The bed that he spent his first night home in Soledad in. I would’ve cut and run too.

When Markon finds Soledad again, she’s on a jungle planet and they have a talk. And you know, reconcile. Sadly, that’s not going to last for long. They are attacked, Markon is seriously, seriously, seriously hurt and Soledad is gone.

Markon has the worst luck with keeping a hold on Soledad. Of course, it’s not his fault this time, but still, he doesn’t have his mate or know where she is at. He’s damned well going to find her though. And of course, the Athena and all of Soledad’s sibs are going to get in on the search too, because that’s what is going to happen. Soledad inspires loyalty, which is why the Athena will be there, and love, which is why her sibs will be there. Of course, since she is still that fucking pirate, she also inspires a lot of fear and hate, but hey, not everyone is perfect, right?

There are some very, very, very unpleasant things that happen here, and some things that make me really happy that I’m not subject to shifter justice, because, well, it sure as fuck isn’t pretty.

Markon is strong, if somewhat stupid sometimes, and I like him a lot. I like him more in this book than I did in the last one, mostly because he got his stupid head out of his stupid ass, which is what he needed. I think that all the chasing he had to do really made him get his priorities in place and get everything straight. The last time chasing her had to be the hardest one ever. I couldn’t imagine trying to find my mate after she had been ripped away from me that way. That would be pretty damn horrible.

It’s a good thing that Soledad is as strong as she is. Stubborn AF too. I think that she’s a little bit blind in this one. She jumped to a conclusion and it ends up bitting her in the ass. But, the fact that she’s so damn stubborn and strong really helped her out here.

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Can we just talk about Mikhail and Ardix for just a second? Because that was just brutal. Not saying it’s not deserved, and I don’t blame him for his actions at all, but fucking brutal, man.

I love Renata’s round-up at the end. It’s perfect.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Punished

Today we are looking at the last v of Aria Adams’ Unbreakable series, Punished. This really is the perfect book to end this series with.

Instead of just focusing on 1 couple, we are actually focusing on two. We have Kirie and Lafayette, both humans from the Stack, and then we have Harrow and Rahul. You may remember the evil Doctor Harrow from the first two books. Well, if you hated her, you’re going to be really happy.

After the happenings in the last book, Lafayette, who is one of the Controllers of the Stack, goes down to the military commander’s rooms, and finds a woman in a cage who is just staring out of a big hole in the wall, and who could possibly fall. She’s been brutalized, so he lets her out of the cage and takes her to his quarters. After a while, he finds out that her name is Kirie, that she was taken from her parents when she was 14, and 2 years later was given to Lark, where she’s been living in hell for the past 10 years. He decides that he’s going to keep her.

Dr. Harrow is the evil scientist that is behind Grande Pharma and all its terrible experiments and actions. And while she might think that she is beyond everything that could happen to her, the fact is, she really isn’t. And now, she’s about to learn that actions have consequences, and she’s about to get hers in the worst possible way. She gets tossed naked into a cell with Rahul, the last Alaxian that Grande Pharma has imprisoned. She’s going to learn some hard lessons, including things like there’s always something bigger.

Even though this is a dark romance book, and some really terrible things happen, it isn’t the darkest one in the series. In fact, I would give that title to the second book. Have you ever noticed that the 2nd book is often the darkest? Well, definitely the truth here. Even though there are some terrible things that happen in this book, I really feel like it’s hopeful overall. I know that sounds weird to say that, but the fact that Kirie is rescued in the beginning sets the hopeful tone for me. The fact that Harrow is taken out of power adds to it. There are a lot of other things that add to that tone, but I’m not going to say what they are. You’ll just have to read and find out.

I really like Lafayette. He may be the top of the heap in the Stack, but he’s amazingly human. When he finds Kirie, he doesn’t just leave her there, which he could. He doesn’t call someone else who could use a slave like her. No, he takes her into his home and cares for her. He gives her a familiar framework to work within, but does it in a much better way. He’s looking for a D/s relationship that is more equitable and healthy. He is very patient about the whole thing and doesn’t get all frustrated and start yelling.

You have to remember that Kirie has spent nearly half of her life in hell. She’s been very, very painfully trained to be and act in a particular way. While Lafayette is helping her, she still has a long way to go. You don’t get over 10+ years of conditioning in 2 seconds flat. But she’s getting there, and Lafayette is going to help her with that. I think that Kirie is very strong. I mean, think about what she’s gone through and how she’s survived it. I think she is fractured, but has somehow managed to keep herself from being completely broken.

I never liked Harrow, I mean, isn’t she the whole villain of the piece? And I still don’t particularly like her. I don’t even feel sorry for her. I think that she made her bed and now she’s going have to lay in it. And it ain’t all that particularly comfortable. I think Rahul is perfect for her. They are a match made in heaven, or hell, depending on how you look at it.

While Aria says that this is the last book in the series, I kinda hope that she writes more in this world, because I can see more stories in it.

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I like how Kirie gets her own back. I’m so proud of her.

I also like the secrets we find out about Lafayette’s background.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out the entire series, I thought it was amazing. Happy reading!

Leann Ryans-The Omega Prize

One of my great pleasures and honors as a book blogger is to introduce brand new authors to the world. Today, we get to meet Leann Ryans. I first met Leann in an Omegaverse fan group. That group is mostly geared toward MF Omegaverse. For several months, Leann had been writing a MF Omegaverse story and serializing it on Wattpad, but recently, she decided to publish it on Amazon, and I got the chance to read it, yay me! The Omega Prize is her first published book, and I know that she has a sequel in the works, so I’m really excited to be able to share this one with you guys.

Brie is an Omega who is hiding on a space station. She ran away from a bad home situation and stowed away on a ship and ended up on this station where she was rescued by a woman who became her friend. Now, Brie lives on heat suppressants and pretends to be a Beta, and works in a bar that’s frequented by Alphas. Which all works out very well, right up until she starts to run out of her medication.

Zander was in the military and now he runs a mine. He happens to be on station to sell his oar when Brie bumps into him by accident. He’s fascinated by her and eventually finds her working in the bar. On the second night he’s there, a fight breaks out, mostly over her, because some other Alphas are being alphaholes and Zander smashes them.

Of course, that all ends up causing all kinds of problems. Because of course you have to have problems or you don’t have a very good story.

MF Omegaverse books tend to be dark. I’m not exactly sure why, but I can think it has something to do with Addison Cain, who is the doyenne of this particular subgenre. Addison didn’t start it or create it, but she’s the one who pioneered, and we are all glad that she did, yes? And while Leann put some dark elements in here, I don’t think it’s overall as dark as it could’ve been. Of course, there’s always the chance that I’m jaded and a more extreme definition of darkness than others do. And I’m not saying that this isn’t dark, just that it isn’t as dark as some others in this particular subgenre. But, having said all that, it works very well for her. It gives Leann her own voice and lets her put her own footprint down in this world, which is all good.

I like Zander, I really do. I don’t always like Alphas all the time, but I liked Zander throughout the book. He’s strongly protective and very honorable. I think there is also a sweetness about him too, as odd as that might be to say about an Alpha. There’s just something about him that gives that impression, at least to me.

I like Brie. So often you see the Omega hiding as a Beta, but she’s hopelessly naive about the world and that leads to problems with the Alpha. However, Brie seems to know about the world and isn’t as naive as she could be. I like that about her. I think that she’s a very smart young woman and will be a force as she ages.

I’m looking forward to more in this world.

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I really like the friendship that Zander strikes up with one of the other competitors, I think that it’s pretty awesome, especially considering the circumstances that they found themselves in.

OK, I really liked this, so go check it out! Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Instinct

Loki is back and she’s got a scifi book for us today. It was in her scifi stuff that I first fell in love with Loki. Don’t get me wrong, I like everything she writes, but the scifi stuff is always going to be near and dear to my heart, so Instinct is seriously right in my wheelhouse.

Here’s how the story works. We’re in a far flung future where the spice must flow. Whoops, wait, sorry, no spice, wrong series. We’re still in a far distant future. I mean,  tens of thousands of years ahead of us. So far ahead of us that those people would probably look back at us the way that we look back at the Neanderthals. The people in the future have pretty gotten rid of death, so the majority of people in the current civilization live in stasis. When you don’t die, you can’t just live all those people wandering around. Sex is pretty much illegal, and reproduction definitely is. Again, when you don’t die, you don’t want to keep loading up more people.

Into this world was born Tselia. She is an explorer. She spends her life going from planet to planet, watching what’s happening on. The last time she landed on a planet, she started a little bit of a war. A little bit of a war that killed off the majority of a planet’s people. Now she’s been sent to Hades Exile, which is in the ass-end of universe, and she’s supposed to orbit around there, observing for the next 3 years. Only, that’s not quite what happened. She ended up stranded on the planet. Because of course she did.

Zion is a guardian of his village and his people. He is highly sought after by the women of his village because he is strong, virile, and pretty much all around awesome AF. But, when he sees Tselia, he knows that she’s his mate, no matter what any of the women of his village might say. And some of them really do have a whole helluva lot to say about it. Nosy bitches.

There is a lot that happens in this book. I mean, for one thing, you have a huge culture gap. Zion and Tselia’s cultures are basically 10K years apart. Think about how much the world has changed since you were a kid to now, and then multiply that by about a billion. Then you have all kinds of different traditions and such. There are some serious issues going on about that.

I like Tselia. I think that she’s terribly, terribly young though and very naive. She’s got some superiority issues, but I don’t think those are completely her fault so much as that’s just what she’s been taught as part of her culture. I do think she is a little bratty sometimes, and brings on a lot of her trouble.

Zion. Hmm, well, Zion. I’m not sure how I feel about him. I understand where he’s coming from sometimes, I get his POV. I just think that it might have helped if he had listened to Tselia a little. I mean, not about everything, but there were things that she was worried about and he just kind of dismissed them.

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I have to say, I love what Tselia does to Tyna. It’s pretty epic. I laughed out loud a little about it.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out. Happy reading!

K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard-The Forgotten Commander

K Webster has written just about everything else, so it’s time for her to try some science fiction. And when she goes scifi, she definitely goes all the way. For The Forgotten Commander, she got together with Nicole Blanchard and wrote something that was just amazing. Seriously, when I finished this, I went on FB and was like OMFG soo fucking good!

Here’s the basics. Breccan is the commander of the last 10 morts on the entire planet. Disease has wiped everyone out, and now, it’s just him and his 9 males. When they are dead, their entire civilization is gone. The last female mort died some time ago, her child with her, and now, it’s just them. They live in a self-contained dome, which they keep super clean so that they don’t get any disease and they are protected from the wild and dangerous things that live on their planet. It also keeps them away from the sun, because the UV rays are dangerous to them. However, Breccan doesn’t pay much attention to that, he likes to take his life in his hand and sit and back himself in the sunlight. Of course, when there’s pretty much no hope in your life, what else are you going to do?

But all of a sudden, things change. Two of his morts had been out in space doing some recon, and Theron and Sayer have found something. They found a ship, and on that ship, they found females in stasis tubes. The ship was just going past their planet, so they sneaked on and stole away with 5 of the stasis tubes and brought them home.

Even better than finding 5 women, it turns out that the women are compatible with the morts, so they have a chance to build their society. So, as the commander, Breccan makes the decision that they will inseminate the women while they are in stasis so that they can give birth that way. After all, there are 10 males and only 5 females, someone is going to get left out.

Well, there’s one small problem with that. And her name is Aria. She sort of wakes up during the procedure, but definitely wakes up later, and it isn’t good. It isn’t good at all.

This isn’t an easy book. There are a lot of problems, which of course there are going to be. I mean, seriously, Aria wakes up who knows where and she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t remember anything, and then, there are these aliens who are all talking at her and trying to figure out what’s happening. She runs away, but then Breccan gets her, and, and, and. Of course, there’s a lot of problems. I don’t blame Aria for any of her feelings because she has every right to feel all of those feelings and even more.

It’s not easy on Breccan either. He never expected to have a female around, because there aren’t any more, and she doesn’t act like his mother did with his father, so he’s kind of at a loss. So, everything is difficult. Every time that Breccan thinks he has a grasp on everything, it changes.

I think a lot of the problems are that they are two very disparate cultures trying to come together. There are always a lot of little things that you do or know that you don’t necessarily think about because they just are. But when you get together with someone from another culture who doesn’t do those things, it can cause problems. And when you are talking about people from Earth, there is at least some kind of common starting place. But when you have two people from very different worlds, literally? Yeah, the only starting place they have is that they are both alive. So, of course, there are going to be problems because of that.

Of all the other morts, I think Hadrian is my favorite. He’s just so damn chipper. He’s like a little puppy, how can anyone not like him?

I am very much looking forward to the next books in this series. They are going to be so good!

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OMG, the date was the most perfect thing ever. Everyone getting together so that they can help Breccan and make Aria happy? That was just so sweet and perfect.

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

Grace Goodwin-Ascension Saga 9

Grace has finished Destiny’s cycle and the whole series up in Ascension Saga 9. There are box sets for Trinity, Faith, and Destiny if you want to get the box sets and read them that way, or you can get each book alone. But, this particular series is all done now. We’ll be back to the rest of the IBP with the next book, I think.

So, as the finish of Destiny’s cycle and the whole series, this book is totally awesome. It is seriously the perfect way to end everything up the way that it should’ve been.

I don’t really know what to say about this one. It had me WTFing all over the place. I didn’t expect anything that happened in it, and I thought I had maybe kind of guessed where things were going when I was done with 8, but then in comes Grace who’s like, yeah, good try, girl, but FAIL. Thanks for playing.

About all I can safely say is that Queen Celene is pretty damn awesome, and it’s obvious where her girls get their BAMFness from. I wouldn’t want to mess with her at all.

I have loved the Aleran world. I kinda enjoyed the way that sex and mating works for the Alerans. It’s slightly different to any other of the worlds in Grace’s IBP ‘verse, but it works so very, very well. Alera has definitely been a breath of fresh air, and I would love to see more from this world in the future. I know that Aleran males have gone to fight the Hive, so surely they can be put into the entire bride program to be matched, right? Hopefully Grace won’t leave us hanging for too long for anything new out of the ‘verse in general.

There aren’t any spoilers under the picture this time around, because you know how I am. I’m not going to do any kind of spoiling. Enjoy the pretty picture. Go check out everything that Grace has written and happy reading!

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Raisa Greywood-The Jaguar Rogue

So, Raisa’s latest Shifter’s Mate book came out last week, The Jaguar Rogue. This one is the story of Soledad, who we have met in both Renata’s and Daiyu’s books, so we are at least familiar with her. But now, we are going to get up close and personal with Soledad and her mate, Markon.

Now, we’ve seen that Soledad is a fierce fighter, a pirate, swift, cunning, and ferocious. She’s also highly motivated. You see, she led her 2 younger sisters and her brother from Brazil to Atlanta so that they could go to Ximera. All three women matched to mates, but Markon, an idiot, declined his match. But then, Soledad and her sisters were separated from their brother and stolen away. When Soledad woke up, she discovered that sisters were gone. To say that this sent her and her jaguar into a rage would be putting it lightly. To say that beings were maimed, dismembered, killed, and eaten would probably be a little closer to the mark. So, she’s decided that she’s going to find her sisters and find the people who took her sisters and eat every single bit of them in revenge. After all, her mate doesn’t want her, so you know, what’s a girl to do? A little interstellar piracy and revenge sound like just the thing.

Meanwhile, Markon is off looking for Soledad. Partly because he’s been ordered to by the First and partly because he’s now become obsessed with his mate. He had a mate before, and he might not have wanted one now, but the First, being who he is, decided that Markon was going to have one, and voila. So, he’s finally gotten Soledad right where he wants her, after everyone thinks she was killed during the exodus of Earth, and he’s going to get and keep her. He has a special collar to keep her from shifting and he’s going to keep her caged, if necessary. Except, there’s one thing that he did wrong. He underestimated Soledad, badly. FTR, if you have a tricksy space pirate jaguar that you are trying to keep from running away, taking all their options away from them isn’t the best choice. But, he does get Soledad’s mating bite. Now, you see why I think that Markon was an idiot? And a huge knob? Seriously, he deserved everything that happened to him. And Soledad’s brother is now stationed on Markon’s ship, and when he found out what happened, he kind of laughed at Markon, told him he deserved it, and said that he might’ve done worse to him if Markon had actually succeeded at his plan. I totally would’ve too.

I like Soledad. Of course, I’ve liked all the heroines in this series. Renata is still my number 1 fave, but Daiyu and Soledad are tied, and it’s right close. I mean, if Renata is 100, then Daiyu and Soledad are 99.999999999, so super close. All of the ladies have had some particular strength, and Soledad’s is that she’s fucking crazy. And I mean that in the best possible way. Between her and Markon, there is precious little sane. It makes them perfect for each other. I think it will also make them quite formidable. If the Council needs the people who will get their hands dirty and do the things that no one else will, Soledad and Markon will be the people to do that. Of course, if Markon tries to leave Soledad out of it, she’s going to go out, beat him to it, and then lead him on a merry chase. He’d love it and hate it and they will both love every single second of the chase, and the belting that he would give her ass.

And the part that made me laugh the hardest? The epitaph on Soledad’s memorial. Here lies that fucking pirate. May she rest in pieces.

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Seriously, Markon is so lucky that Soledad didn’t take his arm off. I would definitely’ve considered it.

I loved the idea of Soledad playing with the dragons. It sounded awful cute.

And I really want to see the jackal and the First mate. I need for that to happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out the whole series. Happy reading!