Grace Goodwin-The Commanders’ Mate

We’re back in the main IBP ‘verse with The Commanders’ Mate. And with a title like this, you know that you aren’t looking at Atlans. That’s right. Today we’re playing with the Prillons. Two hot and hunky guys? Yes, please! And, we finally get to see Commander Karter get his HEA. We’ve seen him in so many other of the books. In fact, I think, most of the others, so getting to see him as the hero of his own book is awesome. The only character I’m waiting for more is Warden Egara. Grace keeps saying good things may be in store for our beloved Warden Egara, so I’m going to keep waiting.

While this is back in the main world, this book starts out different to all the others in this world. Every one of the other main universe books starts out with the testing, and we get to get into the hotness. We don’t know which male(s) the woman is going to match with, although we can get a really good idea as to the planet based on the testing. But, that’s not how this one starts out. This one starts out with Commander Karter and a disaster.

Karter is in a different sector of space than usual and is standing on a battleship that is not his own. Not only is it not his own, it’s destroyed and there are dead bodies and blood all around. The commander is gone, and not only gone, but dead. Luckily, most of his people are far away and safe. Karter has no clue what’s happened, why the other commander sent his people away, or why the ship he’s on is destroyed. There are 3 survivors, 2 are in Regen pods, and 1 is available to talk to. The only problem is that he’s Intelligence Core, and you know how intelligence agents can be. This one is no different. Mostly.

Ronan is the IC agent. Ronan who supposedly died 5 years ago. Ronan who is Kaed Karter’s best friend and Second.

Then, Karter gets the news. He’s been matched and his Bride is going to be teleported to the destroyed ship any minute. Karter freaks out, in a very masculine way, of course. Roman, on the other hand, is much less freaked,

Erica is an astronomer who has decided that she’s gone looking at the stars and is ready to be among the stars. So, she goes to be matched and finds her two Prillon warriors, Ronan and Kaed. Sadly, she teleports into a triage situation, and she helps to keep the wounded calm while they are waiting to be teleported.

I love Erica. Grace’s heroines all tend to be very strong women with fierce personalities, but there’s just something about Erica that I really like. She knows who she is, she’s comfortable in her skin, and she’s very happy being her. She also knows exactly what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to ask for it, or to tell people what she wants. Needless to say, I wouldn’t want to cross her. I don’t think that she’s one of those people who will yell at you, she will just get that deadly, calm, level, maybe even vaguely polite voice that will let you know just how badly you done fucked up. Frankly, that kind of voice frightens me more than the whole yelling kind of person.

I have always liked Karter. He’s a very honorable male who does what he thinks he has to for his people and the galaxy at large. He might have to make shitty decisions, but when you are at war and you are the commander of a battlegroup, you have to make shitty decisions and send out people who you know will die. It’s a choice that I’m glad I never have to make.

Ronan, poor Ronan, I felt so sorry for him. He’s spent time basically being a ghost, and that can be so hard on someone. Luckily, there’s someone who sees him and knows him.

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I love when Lady Karter shows her mates exactly what she’s made of and exactly what she’s going to do. She put both of them to shame at that point, and they both knew it. Then, later, when she had to do something about Kaed, she went about it the right way and made everything perfect. I really, really like her.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check it out and happy reading!

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!

Lee Savino-Tamed by the Berserkers

It’s been a while since we have had the pleasure of a new Berserker book from Lee, and Tamed by the Berserkers was totally worth the wait.

Of all the Berserker books, even my all time favorite, Kidnapped by the Berserkers, none of the books have wrung me out the way that Tamed did. Seriously, Tamed totally destroyed each and every single one of my emotions and left me completely empty. Lee just absolutely killed it when it came to this book.

Sorrel is one of the spaewives who was rescued from the Abbey. She was supposed to be mated to Thorsteinn and Vik and even wore their mating marks, but they dropped her off with the unmated spaewives and then went out on a long patrol. After spending a long while there, she was found off the mountain with an empty sling and another spaewife who was unconscious and had a bloody head. Now, she’s about to go on trial for what she’s done, and she has no mates there to protect her since hers abandoned her. But, just in the very nick of time, up come Thorsteinn and Vik ready to save the day and their mate. The guys come up with a plot and life happens.

Of all the heroes in all the Berserker books, I have never outright and flat out disliked one. At least, not until Tamed. I really didn’t like Vik and Thorsteinn in the beginning, and frankly, it took me a long while to warm up to them. It did eventually happen, but it took them a lot to make me forgive them for everything they did. I think Sorrel forgave them before I did.

I really identified with Sorrel for so many reasons. One is that she never really felt like she fit in with the rest of the spaewives at the Abbey. She’d rather be out in a pair of breeches with her bow, hiking through the woods and hunting. She really feels like no one understands her and like no one is there for her. The majority of the other spaewives make fun of her, especially since her mates abandoned her, and her very few friends are either mated or just can’t be there with her all the time. I can totally relate to feeling like you don’t feel like you connect with anyone and that you don’t belong anywhere. I can also relate to feeling abandoned by the people who are supposed to love you, protect you, and keep you safe for the rest of forever. I mean, can you imagine how hard it is for Sorrel to see all of the other orphans mated off happily to their mates while hers have abandoned her? I can’t imagine how heartbreaking and gutwrenching that is. See why I don’t particularly like them at first?

I can’t wait for the next books in this series. I think the next one is Sister Juliet’s story, and that’s going to be a really interesting one to read.

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When Thorsteinn and Vik told the Alphas that Sorrel wasn’t their mate? Yeah, that right there is what made me really not like them. I was only annoyed when it turned out that they left her in the unmated spaewives house, but that? That moved annoyed to dislike. The fact that they took her out and let her blow up things made me start to like them more. I saw that they actually saw her, and they were trying really hard to tame her but not break her.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of the Berserker books. I love them so much. 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!

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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