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!

Aria Adams-Defiled

Defiled is the second book in the Unbreakable series by Aria Adams. I thought that the first one was dark, but that was nothing compared to this one. This one is super dark. There is mindfucking, regular fucking, noncon, aliens, humans behaving badly, and evil mosquitoes. Of course, I tend to think all mosquitoes are evil, but at least the ones that I have to deal with every summer aren’t trying to spy on me. Nope, they just want to suck my blood and leave huge welts.

So, here’s the background of the story for those who have forgotten or didn’t read the first one. Humans are living on the planet of Alaxia. They live in a huge building that’s a 1/2 mile square and at least 42 levels high called the Stack. It’s run by Controllers and Grande Pharma. Grande Pharma are the bad guys. The very bad guys. The even worse guys. As far as the average human knows, there are no such thing as aliens, but those in charge know better. There are native Alaxians. Not many anymore, not after the humans committed an almost complete genocide. There are only about 20K left, down from 4bil. And the humans are still out to completely wipe them all out. To that end, if they capture an Alaxian, they experiment on them and torture them. Like they have done to Algers.

Sage was a scientist who worked for Grande Pharma. She didn’t do anything except really collate data that she thinks is coming from purpose created cells. But, when she overhears a conversation, she learns that things might not always be what she thought they were. It turns out that Grande Pharma is experimenting on humans. She finds out because she snuck down into the lab and saw what they were doing. It was horrific. The next thing she knows, she’s been tossed into a cell and chained up and a giant purple alien is trying to pull her away from the chains and then kills her.

That would be a really short book if it ended there, wouldn’t it? Of course, that’s not how it ends. Sage is revived and wakes up in a cell with the same giant purple alien, who fucks her with a barbed cock. Yeah, can you guess what that did to her? Luckily, he has fancy-schmancy cum that will heal.

This is a dark story. There isn’t a whole lot of light and happiness that goes on here. Sage goes through a whole lot of horrible fucking stuff. I mean, yeah. First of all, she’s being experimented on by the people that she thinks are the good guys, and she’s being experimented on by them after finding out that they were totally destroying other humans. It completely messed up her worldview. Then she’s shoved in with an alien who fucks her to death and then shoved in with him again, this time with a barbed cock. And those are some of the EASY times. Like I said, there’s not a whole lot of happy here at all.

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OMG, I felt so bad for Sage. Being stuck alone in a cell and having to deal with trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t. Every time she thought she had a grip, it would change. Like I said, serious mindfuckery.

I can’t wait to see what happens to the next one, because it’s going to be fucking awesome, I think.

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

Sara Fields-Subdued

The last of the Stryke sisters has finally been Subdued and they all now have their Vakarran mates and are working hard to bring down Nix and his horrible cronies. This time, it’s Kaela, and she is going to lead her men on a merry chase, but they will all enjoy the end of it.

So, all of Kaela’s sisters are gone, one after the other. She’s pretty sure that they are all with the Vakarrans, and from all the stories she’s heard of the Vakarrans over the last 10 years, she’s positive that it means that they are all suffering untold tortures, since everyone knows that the Vakarrans are evil, horrible, and do terrible things, especially to their human broodmares.

Tavik, Valdus, Caleb, and Zane are the disgraced and exiled 4th Battalion. They refused to do something terrible that Nix ordered them to do, so he exiled them. On top of that, he took Tavik’s mother and sold her into slavery. When they heard there was a human rebellion on Earth, they left their shipping business and came to Earth to see what’s what. When they get there, they meet with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, who are mated to Kaela’s older sisters, Alaina and Danika. Kira is still out in space, under Nix’s eye with her mates. Anyway, Alaina and Danika ask the guys to go get their sister and bring her to Atlanta as well. Tavik, Valdus, Caleb and Zane are also told that Kaela can be their mate. Do you think that was her sisters that told them that or their Vakarran mates? Hmmm… I’ll let you guess.

Meanwhile, back in the forest, Kaela is doing what she can to lead the people that her sisters left entrusted to her. As the last Stryke, she knows that she has to do what she can to make sure that her people are safe and that the Vakarrans don’t get them. So when two of her people come and tell her that there have been Vakarrans sighted, she goes to the cameras that Kira set up and sees if she can trap them. After making a plan, she goes and traps the guys in a gravity trap. What she doesn’t know is that there is a way for them to defeat it, and they do. And then she gets her ass thoroughly spanked, because you know how those Vakarrans are.

You know, in most series you can choose your favorite book or your favorite heroine, but I really can’t do that here. Each of the sisters has something that makes her special, and they all have their fight and their spunk and their fire. I almost want to say Kaela’s my favorite, because of all the happenings in this book, but not everything that happens is solely because of Kaela. I will say that she is tough AF and it shows. She’s sneaky and knows how to wait and how to play people. She watches for her opportunities and she makes the most of them when she gets them. She doesn’t trust easily, figuring that her battalion are lying to her, but willing to go with them for the moment. And frankly, I don’t blame her on that. You have to remember that Kaela is the youngest, and the majority of her growing up years have been under Vakarran rule. It’s going to be really hard to believe anyone who invaded your world and has sold away all the men and enslaved all the women when they tell you that they are going to take you to your missing sisters.

I think that her guys are, I dunno what they are, there’s something different about them than from the other battalions. Maybe it’s because they aren’t in the military anymore or they have a much more personal reason to hate Nix, but there’s just something a little different about them. I like them.

 

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I love the way that she handles Nix and what she does with the opportunity. She never hesitates about what she has to do. See, she is totally smart and I love that.

I really hope that Sara comes back to this world at some point, but I’ll be happy to read whatever she writes.

That’s all I have to say about this today. Go check out all the Vakarran books and happy reading!

Eris Adderly-The Last Dominant

Eris Adderly is back with a new scifi romance for us, The Last Dominant. This is a sizzling hot enemies-to-lovers that takes an intergalactic war and turns in into something much more personal. So, let’s talk about it, shall we?

The planets of Imbria and Rhyolus have been at war, either hot or cold, for generations upon generations. They don’t trust each other and they spy on the other. So, when a Rhyolusian military unit was found at an Imbrian outpost, it’s a very not good thing.

Rushkah is a lieutenant who is being “interrogated” by an Imbrian general. For interrogated, read having a cold gun firing at her hand until it nearly freezes off. But then, a medic stops the torture-happy guy, who is, BTW, totes getting off on this, because Rushkah is a genetic match. Who or what is she a genetic match for?

Qillian is the Minister of Records for Imbria. He’s also their best chance at translating a dead language. And oh yeah, he is the last person in the entire world who has the Push. He’s a telekinetic of untold power, and has basically spent his entire life in a benevolent prison, because he is Imbria’s greatest weapon. For Qillian, the gene is dominant, and the Imbrians have been trying to find a genetic match for him for years, to try and breed more of his bloodline. That’s where Rushkah comes in. She carries the gene as a recessive, and the Imbrians want to breed her to Qillian to see if they can come up with babies. Neither one are very taken with the idea, but their hands are forced and they have to do it.

See, if I were Qillian, I would so totally have called their bluff. They need him a helluva lot more than he needs them, and I wouldn’t want my child brought up in the toxic environment that exists. I personally don’t trust the Imbrians at all, not at all, and I wouldn’t put it past the government to take the child away and make Qillian and Rushkah keep breeding. Then, who would those kids breed to so that the next next generation would be born? See what I’m saying? It’s totally creepy, if you ask me. And I honestly wouldn’t put it past the government. If they take the child/ren away, they can have the child/ren raised in the “family” they want it to be, and indoctrinated heavily. Like I said, I just don’t trust that government.

I really like both Rushkah and Qillian. They are definitely both strong characters and they both believe firmly in what they are doing. I think that they are perfect for each other. He needs someone who can and will stand up to him and not just roll over for him because he’s who he is. She needs someone who she can’t just run over and who can take control of her when needed. I think it’s perfect.

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I love when Rushkah shows up Qillian at what is supposed to be his specialty. LOL. And it took him so long to figure out that she had done it.

I’m really hoping that there is going to be more in this series, because it sure seems like Eris has set it up like there is going to be someplace to go.

So, that’s all I have to say about this one. I loved reading it, so go check it out! 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!