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!

Maddie Taylor-Claimed by the Warlord

Maddie Taylor writes some really great scifi romance, and in Claimed by the Warlord, she has done just that. It’s a fated mates kind of story and sort of an enemies to lovers story. Not that I would really ever call Aurelia and Darios enemies, but they sure as hell are lovers.

Aurelia is the High Princess of Aeldor. Her planet is cold and icy, and the people of her world are able to feel emotions and can manipulate ice to some extent or another. Because they can sense emotions by touch, the people of Aeldor have earned the reputation of being cool and aloof. Aurelia could almost be called an ice princess. She can only touch her twin brother without pain, and she has no suitors. She’s beloved by her people, but she’s never been moved by any man.

One cold day, she’s on the way to her Aunt Akira’s house, in the cold and frozen north when she gets captured by mercenaries. They have technology to counteract her freezing abilities. She gets knocked out and when she comes to, she finds herself naked in a cage, where she’s now waiting to be sold. She was supposed to be killed, as ordered by the person who hired the mercenaries, but they decided to get more money out of it by selling her as a slave. Along the way, the mercenaries decide to grab three women off the neighboring planet of Voltarre to make up their quota. They have new stolen tech which will let them do that without even having to set down on the planet.

Darios is the Overlord of Voltarre. One of the women taken was his very pregnant sister-in-law. He and his brother are in pursuit of the stolen women, especially as they have heard they might be sold as slaves. When they get to the ship where the slave auction is being held, they find their three stolen women, as well as many others. In a locked hold, which is on fire, they find one big surprise, High Princess Aurelia of Aeldor. The Voltarrens have powers too, they control fire and can sense the truth, which is good when Darios has to rush in and rescue Aurelia from the fire.

Aurelia and Darios sense a connection from the very beginning, not the least of which happens because they can both touch each other without bothering either one of them, which is incredibly rare.

I like Aurelia. She’s strong, stubborn, loving, caring, and loyal. She’s willing to stand up toe-to-toe with Darios about what she believes in. Of course, being stubborn isn’t always the best thing for her. She’ll learn. Darios is definitely all alpha male. He’s also strong, stubborn, and loyal, with a huge helping of protective as well. I love the connection between the two of them. They are very great together, even when they have misunderstandings between their cultures. I really hope that we get to see more of their world.

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I totally didn’t see the bad guy coming at all. I agreed with Darios as to who the bad guy probably was. But then, things changed, and boom. Different bad guy altogether.

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

Lee Savino & Lili Zander-Draekcon Holiday

Warning, this is not a standalone. It’s basically a slice of life, just a quick check in on everyone on the Prison Planet and how they are doing. If you haven’t read Draekon Rogue yet, go out and read it, and then come back and read Draekon Holiday.

Now that everything has shaken out with the Zorahn, the human women and their Draekon mates are trying to figure out what’s going on. With the beings in the hidden city being so technologically advanced, no one is trapped on the planet anymore. They have figured out ways to get in and out past the asteroid belt, so the women could go back to earth or they could all go out and explore. Or, they could stay on the Prison Planet and raise their families and be happy.

There are all kinds of choices, depending on which triad you are talking to. Each one has their reasons for making the choice that they do, and they all make sense for that particular group.

Before anything happens though, the ladies are going to get together for one last happy hour, and to celebrate Christmas. Well, a day that they have designated as Christmas. I laughed my ass off at the ladies trying to explain Santa Claus to their mates, and how overly protective their mates were. I’m pretty sure that Santa is going to want to avoid that planet as much as he possibly can. He might not make it off the planet to deliver to all the good girls and boys. I wonder if it’s going to be possible to come up with a Draekon friendly version of Santa for the hybrid kids.

This was a lovely little Christmas story, even if it wasn’t exactly Christmas. My one worry is that it seems like it could be the end of the series, but I really hope it isn’t. There are still stories that we haven’t heard from the Prison Planet yet, and there are going to be so many more now that they can get out and start exploring. I hope Lili and Lee aren’t done with the series, even if they aren’t all on the Prison Planet.

No spoilers, because, well, because. It’s a super quick and easy read, so go check it out yourself.

Speaking of Christmas, I will have a post on Christmas Eve. I’ll be reviewing a series from Claire Thompson. I won’t be posting anything for Christmas. I’m going to be spending that day reading, visiting my mom, and playing cards. And probably sleeping.

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Raisa Greywood-The Leopard Prince

Before I get to the review, if you want a Christmas card from me, you need to hit up the FB page and sign up. The signup closes tomorrow, so get to that. Now, on to the business of the day.

Today, we’re talking about the next book in Raisa’s Shifter’s Mate series, The Leopard Prince. It came out last week and if you haven’t gone to read the series, why haven’t you? It’s a great series and very well-written, but more than that, it’s the women in this series are the real powerhouses. It’s not like the guys are weak or anything, but it’s just that the women are so strong and determined that they are the real story drivers, if that makes sense. It makes sense in my head, at least. Sometimes it’s hard to translate what I’m thinking in my head into what comes out of my fingers, and since I’m the blogger trying to review, that’s not always great.

So, this one picks up where Mage ended. Dakar and Daiyu have offed his brother, who has been abducting the shifters, and if you remember, Renata tried to eat him. Daiyu would’ve been more than happy to finish the job, but…

Now that he’s out of the way, it’s time to get all the people off the Earth. So, after they have taken off from Tibet and gotten Di’s family and all the monks up to space, they talk to Renata, and find out that there’s a problem. There is a fleet on the way toward Earth and they aren’t going to be helpful to them. And the Ximerans can’t send someone out to get to them before this hostile fleet engages them. There is one warlord coming their way, but that’s because he’s chasing his runaway mate, Soledad, and she happens to be headed their way. Not only is she headed their way, she’s also picking off the fleet as she comes. Soledad has taken out some and captured others, but either way, she’s making it easier for Dakar and Daiyu.

This is where Daiyu shines. She’s not only a warrior, she’s been trained as a general. She’s a strategist. She’s also pretty charismatic, which can be helpful. And the fact that she is not just a snow leopard but she is THE snow leopard, the most powerful one, doesn’t hurt. That’s because she and Dakar decide that it’s better to take the enemies on on the ground, so they land where the largest concentration of people is, and many of them are shifters, and she manages to unite humans and shifters to get them to fight. She’s very good. I’d follow her.

So, again, I love Daiyu. She’s absolutely fantastic. She’s ruthless and practical. She will fuck you up so hard that you will wish that your great-great-great-grandparents never met. Renata, who I still think is the bomb, will go after you on a real personal level, but Daiyu will go after you, your family, your friends, that one person you had a crush on in the first grade, their families, and everyone ever associated with you. Do not fuck with her. There are a lot of people who learn this fact in this book, and she’s glorious about it. So many great things happened in this book. I cannot wait until the next book. Hopefully, Raisa won’t make us wait too long!

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All those Ximeran women. That was surprising. There are going to be a lot of women there who are going to be super surprised about how things have changed, especially for anyone who thinks she’s going to get someone who is already mated to a shifter. I can’t wait to see what happens with that.

And Soledad’s ship blew up? Oh no!

OK, that’s all for today. Really, you need to go read this series. Happy reading!

Kallista Dane-Surprising Their Mate

Kallista writes a pretty awesome menage series, the Tharan Warriors. The guys are identical twins who mate with one woman. Surprising Their Mate is a… not quite a sequel, more of a slice of life, related to the second book of that series. If you want to know more about the characters, go grab that one, it’s called Theirs to Tame.

The Tharan series isn’t exactly an alien abduction series, but it does have some of the same overtones to it. The Earther women on the Luna were captured by pirates who then attacked numerous worlds, including the Tharan homeworld.

Kyra was the engineer of the Luna and tried to help keep the pirates off all the women as much as possible. When the Tharans went looking for all the Earther women, she was the first one they found. Jax and Jynn found her and discovered she was their mate. They brought another alien girl named Ceres with them, and she is now their adopted daughter.

One thing we don’t always think about when we see stories like this is holidays. The human women tend to adjust to their mate’s worlds and festivities, but human holidays often get bypassed, like, oh say, Christmas. Some of us may be just fine with missing Christmas, but it’s not just the religious festival, it’s the cultural thing too. That can be really important for people who haven’t ever really had a Christmas but who are now trying to create their own family and their own traditions. That’s what’s happening with Kyra, Jax, Jynn, and Ceres. Kyra really never had a Christmas when she was a kid, but now that she’s a mother, she wants to make sure her daughter has Christmas and she wants to have it with her new mates.

So that’s what this book is about. It’s all about Kyra’s chance to share something that is important to her with her beloved mates and daughter. But more than that, this book, if you ask me, is about family and what makes a family. And I think that is perfect, and definitely perfect for Christmas.

No spoilers again today. Go out and check this out. Happy reading and enjoy the good feelings you get when you finish this.

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Grace Goodwin-Ascension Saga Books 1 & 2

So, over the time I’ve had the blog, you’ve heard me talk about Grace Goodwin and her Interstellar Bride Program books. Well, today, Grace has started a new series in her IBP ‘verse. The Ascension Saga is different than her regular books. For one thing, they are a serial, so if you don’t like cliffhangers, you may want to wait until all 6 books come out. Today, we have books 1 &2. There is also a free prequel so that you can understand what’s going on with the series. Another way that the Ascension series is different is that we’re focusing on the women a whole lot more and the entire saga follows 3 sisters.

So here’s the way this works. Alera, a planet that’s part of the Coalition, has a queen, Queen Celene. In the prequel, a coup is happening, the king is dead, and Celene is trying to get somewhere safe because she’s pregnant, which no one else knows, and she knows that she and her daughter need to get somewhere safe so that her daughter can be born and grow up and then they can come take back Alera. Celene’s lit spire in the Citadel will stay that way as long as she lives, no matter where she is, so her people will know that she lives.

Flash forward 27 years and Trinity and her younger twin sisters Faith and Destiny are speeding to the Interstellar Bride Processing Center as quickly as they can, while being chased by a black SUV. They want to ask the sisters about the spaceship that landed in their front yard and took their mother from her bed. The sisters just want to get to Alera so that they can start to find their mom, and oh yeah, declare themselves to be Princesses of Alera. They make it by the skin of their teeth and stand behind a couple of huge Atlan warriors who block the black SUV from getting in. With the help of Warden Egara and Prime Nial, the sisters make it to Alera, where they are greeted by a lord that Nial trusts, and a Consort to help slake Trinity’s Aleran Ardor, which is a kind of heat that Aleran women go into. Nial has also called in a friend, Leo, to help guard the women, but he doesn’t tell them who they are. All Leo knows is that when he sees Trinity, he realizes that she’s The One, his mate.

Because it’s a serial, if I talk too much about what happens in any of the books, it really spoils the one before it. So, in vague terms, we have true love, laser battles, torture, spanking, lots of sex, and untold secrets. We also have 3 sisters who are pretty kick ass. Trinity, as the oldest, has been trained to really think of her people and her planet first and herself after. She’s also been taught to value the rule of law and all that kind of thing. Destiny is pretty much a battle goddess. If you can kill someone with it, she can use it. Faith isn’t going to kill you, but she’s not a pushover either. All three sisters have been trained in defense and the things that all good rulers need to know. Don’t mess with them. They will hurt you in all kinds of ways, in all the ways. The series looks like it’s going to really focus in on the sisters. There are going to be mates, of course, because well, it’s a romance, but I think that they are going to be not as prominent as they have been in other books. We’re also going to get a different kind of story because here we’re focusing on the women taking their planet back and trying to save their mother. I’m really looking forward to it.

There are going to be 6 books in total, and each of the sisters will have 3 books focusing on her. 1-3 are for Trinity, and 3&4 come out in November.

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ARGH! The cliffhanger in 2. OMFG. I just about screamed out loud for real. The only reason I didn’t was that it was the middle of the night and my husband gets grumpy if I wake him up in the middle of the night because of a book. I don’t need his grumpiness when I’m reading.

I have the feeling that Celene may not be found, and I’m not sure what I think about that. I guess we’ll have to see what happens.

OK, that’s all I have to say about these. Go check them out. Happy reading!