Hannah Davenport-Theon Untamed

Hannah Davenport writes some great science fiction romance. I first found her through her Azziarin series, which is pretty awesome, and I recommend it to everyone. Theon Untamed is adjacent to this series. It takes place in the same ‘verse, but you don’t have to have read the Azziarin series in order to read Theon and like it. It won’t hurt to have read it, but you don’t have to.

In the world, the Earth has been invaded by the Tureis. They are evil bad aliens who not only have invaded the Earth, they are also abducting humans for experimentation and slaves. Catalina and Alan are two of the humans that have been abducted for experimentation. For some reason, the bad guys have decided that they need little baby humans, probably as a source of slaves, so they are using Catalina and Alan to try to produce said little babies. They aren’t doing it naturally though. That would be too nice and leave too much to chance. The Tureis are using medical interventions and they aren’t very nice about it. We don’t get a lot of detail about what is done to Catalina and nothing about what is done to Alan, and I think I’m OK with that. The bits about does happen are enough. Everything they have gone through has caused Alan and Catalina to bond and love each other as if they are sibs.

When the ship they are on gets attacked, they end up being rescued by the Curazin. The Curazin are allies to the Azzirian and they have their own problems, namely the fact that woman are out-numbered about 100 to 1, so their species is slowly dying. Toran, the captain of the ship, has been looking for compatible species to bring home to help breed more Curazin. Turns out that humans fit the bill. Alan decides to go on with Toran and his men to see if he can find his sister, while Catalina decides to go to Curaz to live. Everyone tells her that she will have a good life there because women are held sacred and protected there.

So, Curaz is broken into two main clans, with small clans making up the larger clans. The two clans are the Northern and Southern clans. Theon is part of the royal clan of the Southern Clan. The Southen Clan primarily lives underground because of the terrible storms which affect the surface. The women live in one area so that they can be protected easier. When Catalina gets to Curaz, that’s where she goes to live. However, Tarra makes life nearly impossible for her and she decides that she’s going to go live topside.

That’s where she meets and impresses Theon. She is totally unlike any woman he’s ever known, and that is intriguing to him.

OK, you know what time it is. I found this book to be a little darker than some of Hannah’s other books, but we all know that doesn’t bother me one little bit. The story is really well-done. Catalina is pretty wicked awesome and doesn’t let anything stop her. I really liked her a lot. I mostly like Theon too, especially when he doesn’t have his head shoved up his arse. Go check this one out.

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OMG, Tarra and Jeat. May the lice of a thousand camels infest their crotches and may their arms be too short to scratch. They totally deserve all that and more. I’m sure that I could probably come up with some other things, but I’m hoping Hannah has some really good ideas. I’m sure she does, she always does.

I’m really hoping that we get to see more of this world because I want to see what can be made of the Northern Clan now that it has been changed by Catalina. I also would like to see more of the couples that got going in this book, as well as see if others get their HEA. I like Kaid and I hope he gets a mate. That would be really nice. He seemed like a really nice guy.

OK, I’m going to let you all go now. If you like alien stories, this is definitely a good one to get. I also highly recommend everything else that Hannah has written. The stories are sexy and well-written. The male MCs are always Alpha and the heroines are pretty damn badass. I’ll be bringing more aliens tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

 

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Hannah Davenport-Kavvan

Kavvan is the 7th book of Hannah Davenport’s Azziarin series. In this series, the Earth has been invaded by an alien species called the Tureis. They take humans and sell them for slaves. The Tureis have attacked other planets, including the Azziarin planet. Because of that, the Azziarin all hate the Tureis. When they find out that the Tureis have invaded Earth, the Azziarin go and start attacking the Tureis. Along the way, they find that the human women can trigger the mating instinct in Azziarin men.

By the time Kavvan comes around, most of the royal family has been mated to human women, and there are Azziarin men who are asking to go serve on ships near Earth so that they have the chance to meet their mates.

However, that’s not where Kavvan is going. He and his ship are off to another planet so that they can see if there are human women who are being sold off as slaves.

Mandy and Susan have been friends for years. They have both come from not great families, especially Mandy. They have survived the invasion and have been hiding in a book store, until the day that Susan gets bored. Mandy tries to keep her from leaving, but she leaves anyway and gets captured by the Turies. Mandy sneaks aboard the ship to save her, and ends up going to the planet where the auction is, along with Susan. Since she snuck on board, when they get to the planet, Mandy hides again. When Susan goes off to be auctioned off, Mandy gets left behind.

Enter the Azziarin. They save Susan from the auction and take her away on their ship, and leave to go home. Susan is hysterical because they are leaving Mandy behind, so she ends up being sedated, and eventually tells Kavvan what happened and about Mandy. When he’s around Susan, his mating instincts are triggered, but he knows that Susan isn’t his mate, but they become friends.

Mandy has managed to find an enclave of escaped and rescued slaves, where she meets some other humans. That’s where she is when Nikkul, Kavvan’s second, and Kavvan show up.

Ok, That’s the basic set up, you know the deal, after this comes spoilers. If you want to avoid them, go over to Amazon and check out this book. I really enjoyed it. I think it’s a little darker than some of the other books in this series, but it’s handled well.

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While Mandy is in the enclave, one of the humans she meets is a woman named Jane. Jane has already had some tragic events happen in her life. She lost her husband and child before she even got captured by aliens and sold as a slave. When she meets Nikkul, he recognizes her as his mate. They mate quickly and are happy together. On the way home, the Turies attack the ship and Nikkul gets hurt. When they get planet side, he gets taken to the med ward. When he wakes up, he has no memory of Jane, but sees his beloved consort. That devastates Jane, especially since he hasn’t told her about his consort, and the new human women don’t know anything about the Azziarin tradition of having consorts on top of wives or mates. She and all the other humans leave and go to a cabin. Jane ends up killing herself that night, leaving a note to Nikkul that she’s sorry for everything. This is one of the darker elements. This side plot made me really sad, for both Jane and Nikkul. At least Nikkul has his consort by his side to help him through.

Mandy and Kavvan have a lot of their own problems. An enforcer takes her away from the enclave when she runs after seeing Nikkul’s fangs. The enforcer hurts her, drags her away, and almost rapes her. Kavvan shows up right before that happens, but because of that, he tiptoes around her. She is worried that he and Susan are more friendly than they really are, and because of that, she is worried about getting into a relationship with him. However, being a good HEA romance, they eventually work it out and get their happily ever after on.

I enjoy this series. For me, it’s a fairly light, easy read. When I’m looking for something that I know I’ll enjoy, I revisit these books. While there is sex, it’s generally less graphic than some of the other books I like to read, and there isn’t any kink. I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

I received an ARC for my voluntary and honest review of this book, so that’s what you got.

Hell Squad

Ready to go to hell? Hell yeah, the Devil needs an ass-kicking!

Anna Hackett has several sci-fi romance series, one of which is the Hell Squad series. Hell Squad takes place on an Earth that has more advanced tech than we have, and where countries have banded together to form larger unions or coalitions. Think the EU or the Commonwealth, but with one common government. The US and Australia, among other countries, are in one such group.

The series takes place in Australia, where, incidentally, Anna Hackett is from. Dinosaur-esque aliens called the Gizzida have invaded the Earth, and killed large percentages of the population. They have taken other humans for terrible experiments. The majority of the infrastructure is gone, including reliable contact with other countries. Most of the military are gone, because of course, the aliens are going to attack military bases first, just to make sure that no one can fight back. Wouldn’t you? Anyway, there are some surviving members of the military who managed to escape to a secret, hidden base called Blue Mountain, located somewhere near Sydney. The base is run by a surviving general, Adam Holmes. The military survivors are broken up into small squads of 8-9 people who go out to fight the Gizzida, rescue people, etc. The premier squad is Squad 6, run by Marcus Steele, also known as Hell Squad. Through the series, we learn about other squads, such as Squad 9, which is mostly made up of women, and Squad 3, the Berserkers, who are made up of mercs, motorcycle club members, enforcers, and other people of questionable origins. The name Berserkers fits them, because they are quite wild, generally riding into battle on modified motorcycles and wearing minimal body armor. Crazy but fun.

The military survivors are broken up into small squads of 8-9 people who go out to fight the Gizzida, rescue people, etc. The premier squad is Squad 6, run by Marcus Steele, also known as Hell Squad. Through the series, we learn about other squads, such as Squad 9, which is mostly made up of women, and Squad 3, the Berserkers, who are made up of mercs, motorcycle club members, enforcers, and other people of questionable origins. The name Berserkers fits them, because they are quite wild, generally riding into battle on modified motorcycles and wearing minimal body armor. Crazy but fun. Later books focus on members from those squads, but the first books focus on Hell Squad.

While some of the other books I’ve talked about are kink and sex heavy, these books have minimal kink and fewer sex scenes. That doesn’t mean no sex scenes or that the sex isn’t hot because there are totally great scenes in these books. I mean, you get a bunch of Alpha males and strong women together, and nature is going to take its course. They aren’t insta-love stories, most of the romances are people who have known each other and worked together for some time, however, there are a couple of stories where people get into relationships shortly after meeting. None of the relationships start easy, with one person or the other fighting the pairing, for whatever reason. I’m looking right at you, Hemi and Cam. But each one ends in an HEA.

The books in this series can be read as stand-alones, it really isn’t recommended. That’s because there is an overarching storyline that builds on each book and characters do show up from one book into the next.

All the books in this series are on Kindle Unlimited, start with Marcus. They are nice, easy reads, with good plotting and good writing. If you like sci-fi and romance, these are a good choice. If you like Anna Hackett’s books, you can try  Phoenix Adventures, which aren’t on KU, and Galactic Gladiators, which are.

OK, next week will be urban fantasy week. UF is one of my favorite genres. Some of the books and authors started in the romance genre and are listed under both romance and urban fantasy. It’ll be fun, so make sure to check it out!