Rebel West & Renee Rose-Mastered by the Zandians

I love those big, purple, horny guys. I mean horned guys. Or do I? I suspect even I don’t know what I mean, which isn’t the first, last, or only time that has ever happened. Anyway, I’m a huge fan, and have been from the very first one of these books I read. I love that Renee brought Rebel West in to help take the series in a new direction after the Zandians won back Zandia. I mean, more huge, purple, horny aliens? Who can go wrong with that? So, with that, on to Mastered by the Zandians, the latest book in the series.

If you remember, now that the Zandians have freed their planet, they are working on repopulating it. But, as there are only 3 Zandian females of breeding age, that can be really slow going. Luckily, human women are infinitely compatible with the Zandians. So, they are welcoming human women who want to seek asylum on Zandia, and going out and rescuing more, when they can. After all, Zandia is the only place that humans are actually free and safe. Most of the Zandian males are mating in groups of 2 or more, because that’s how the king told them to do it.

Captain Archer has petitioned the king so that he can go and get a mate. With his friends Lanz and Domm, he’s gone to a slave auction and purchased a human woman and her daughter to be his new family. Once they get to Zandia, the females will be free, and they will be a family unit, and everyone will be super-duper happy. However, there’s one small hitch in the program. Her name is Mirelle.

Mirelle was born free. Her mother and father managed to escape slavery and ran away to Jessel, a lawless planet where there is a small human population. Her father raised her to be a freedom fighter. She’s a fierce fighter, a pretty good mechanic, and does a lot of inventing and innovating. She’s very, very smart. She also knows that the Zandians are still keeping human slaves. Or at least, she thinks that’s what’s happening. So, when Archer buys that human woman, Mirelle decides to go and rescue her. She barely gets the woman and her daughter on to her ship when she has to fight a huge Zandian male. She not only fights him, but she knocks him the fuck down, and gets away. She and the other females get on her ramshackle DIY spaceship and start to head to Jessel. However, along the way, the ship, which doesn’t have any weapons, can’t cloak, and can barely go fast at all, starts to have problems. Good thing that the Zandians followed them to get the women back, especially when pirates show up and try to capture the women. Mirelle comes in very handy then.

I think Mirelle is a different heroine than all the others we’ve seen so far. She’s a much fiercer warrior. Not to say that any of the other women weren’t fighters, because they were, but Mirelle is a warrior, which is completely different, if you ask me. It’s part of her basic makeup. When she gets put into a place where she can’t be the warrior woman that she is, she starts to have problems. I think that Lanz and Domm are good guys. They are very honorable, like all Zandians, and they are very attached to Mirelle, very quickly, but I think they didn’t necessarily think about the best way to go about handling her. They just did what all other Zandian males had done, with some success. But, those women were different to Mirelle. For one thing, they had been slaves their entire lives, which changes the way that a person thinks and acts altogether. The guys would occasionally talk about whether they were doing things the right way or not, but they had to go by what they were told to do. I do like all three main characters though, even if the guys were dense sometimes.

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I think that Mirelle should’ve been upfront with the boys about why she wanted to go to Jessel. I mean, yeah, she mentioned that her father was there, but I don’t think they really understood how much that meant to her. I also think that she had a point about trust. She was expected to trust Lanz and Domm with everything, but they didn’t trust her. I mean, yeah, they did give her some freedom, and she was allowed to train the other women and some Zandian warriors, but she isn’t really trusted by anyone.

I loved what her dad told her about her mom. Too bad Mirelle didn’t get to know her mother more.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out the entire series. It’s pretty damn awesome. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Invaded

This really has been a big month for Aria/Katie. This is her 3rd release in a month. She’s a busy, busy, busy lady. Since this is an Aria, you know that it’s going to be dark, and boy howdy, Invaded sure did have some dark sections.

This one takes place on another planet. Earth colonized this planet, then started sending over the dregs of society. They all live in a huge complex called the Stack. The Stack is a dystopian, fascist state, the higher up you go, the richer you are and the more powerful you are. Anything below level 40 and you are exposed to radiation and basically left to rot. If you do something wrong, you face some not-very-nice consequences. That includes being given to Grande Pharma. Grande Pharma isn’t very nice. They conduct nasty experiments on people and create horrible illnesses that they unleash on the people on the lower levels. And Aspen has just been given to Grande.

After twice failing in another project, Grande has the perfect plan for Aspen. They knock her out and when she wakes up, she’s in a bloody room with an alien. An alien with a really large cock and one who is really fucking pissed. He informs her that she is his newest fucktoy and he is her Master.

Keth is one of the natives of the planet. Humans have pretty much taken away everything from Keth, including his freedom. They’ve now stuck him in a room where they try to run all kinds of psychological experiments on him. They send in women to try to spy on him, and he fucks them and kills them. Now they’ve sent in Aspen. After all, she is just expendable trash from the lower levels.

Aspen is also very stubborn, with a rebellious streak. She’s not going to bow down to Keth, no matter what. But then she realizes that he can get into her mind and control her body, so she’s going to do what he wants her to, no matter what.

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I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to put down here, but I’m not sure what to put here. I found the book ridiculously hot, except for when Keth made Aspen lick the blood up off the floor, but the rest? Yes, please.

That’s all I have to say today. Go check it out! It’s a quick and easy read. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Brute

Oh, my chickadees. Nine-foot tall alien? Check. Cock as big around as your wrist? Check. Rebellious heroine who has no plans of submitting any time soon? Double check. Definitely sounds like Loki Renard has written a new book. And Brute is filllllthy. Soooooo filthy. Like take 3 showers and still feel hot and bothered filthy.

So here’s our story. It’s far in the future and Earth is nearly depopulated. Things are crumbling, the infrastructure doesn’t really exist much anymore, and humans are leaving the world as they can, because there just isn’t much left on Earth. However, Pyxel isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. She’s got a horde of stuff that she is saving, as part of Earth’s history. But, there is one chip that she’s currently selling. She needs the money to make sure that she can maintain her stuff.

Crash and Farti are traders. They’ve spent months and months on the way to Earth so that they can get this truly valuable chip that Pyxel is selling. When Crash, who is ginormous and keeps Farti safe, goes out to meet the seller, he sees that Pyxel’s leg is hurt and he wants to take her back to his ship to fix it. That’s when he realizes several things, including the fact that Pyxel really likes it when he punishes her.

This is a pretty quick read, with some really hot scenes in it. The first big scene between Crash and Pyxel was pretty much off the charts let’s turn this shit up to 11. Pyxel is a very stubborn character. She isn’t going to give into anyone. It has to be forced, each and every time, even when she loves whatever is about to happen. She also has a strong sense of duty and feels like she has to maintain all these treasures that her family has gathered over the years to keep the history of Earth safe. I mostly like her, but there are times when she is a real brat and she really needs her ass whipped. Good thing that Crash is there to take care of her. I like Crash. Mostly. There are a couple of times where I was a little unsure, but generally, I like him. We don’t see a lot about Farti, other than Pyxel thinking that he’s Crash’s pet.

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The queens. Euuuuwwww. Smart Pyxel dealing with it the way that she did. Strong Pyxel. Because, seriously. Euuuuwwww.

And the chip? Yeah, totally not what I was expecting.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. You know I’m going to go tell you to check out Loki’s work. Happy reading!

Cari Silverwood-Blade

So, Cari Silverwood is obviously obsessed with huge cocks, especially if they include tentacles or can do tricks. My evidence is the Dark Monster Fantasy series. Because trust me. HUGE dicks, multiple-dicked males, and tentacles. Yes, please. I’m more than happy to be obsessed with Cari’s cocks too. And in Blade, we get a butt load of cocks to be obsessed with.

Do you know how weird the word cock is when you write it out several times in one paragraph?

Anyway, today we get the story of Ledderik, the formerly dickless cyborg who was Lord Zarblu’s right hand man. His leading lady is Thorn, who isn’t quiet a s’kar, but who does have a tail. Zarblu also left him Smorg, a smart ass talking sword, and Tiana. Tiana was a gift to Led for him to torture. Instead, he takes her to the nixnix, where she has her own adventure. Check out the end of the book for a little Tiana story.

Led is tired. He’s decided that he’s going to go live a virtual life until his credit runs out and then he will just die a perma-death. As he’s sitting at a bar, Thorn walks past, and every man in the bar, including him, stands to attention for her. She seems to exude some something. He decides to follow her. Not because he wants to fuck her, really that’s not it. He just likes to kill people and following her will mean that he will get to kill lots of people.

Thorn is basically on a snipe hunt as part of a ritual. What she doesn’t quite realize is that she’s coming into her first sexual cycle, so when she sees all those men following her, she thinks that they want the teddy bear that she’s carrying, it must be worth something. Ummmm… nope.

Led goes chasing her, saves her, and detaches his cock to fuck her silly. Then he has to go give up his body, but he begs for a loaner body, while Thorn goes to finish her run. At the ceremony, Led shows up in a new body and Thorn finds out that she’s a biohazard and if she doesn’t leave the planet, she’ll be arrested.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and all those in between, this is fucking filthy in only the way that Cari Silverwood can make something filthy. The sexventures in this one are wide and varied and OMFG hot. Cari is just so wrong in all the right ways. I mean, holy fuck yes. I think I might have passed out a couple of times, just in sympathy with Thorn. The thing about these books is that you are not just getting filth, you’re getting funny filth. Smorg is obnoxious, but funny af. I need more Smorg and Jocelyn.

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Ummmm… I need a mollok. I really, really, really, really need a mollok. Just for one night. That’s all I ask. That’s not too much to ask for, is it? Of course, I might be ruined for life if I get one, but damn, what a way to go.

I love how Led jumps bodies and one of his considerations is what kind of cock the new body has. That way he can keep Thorn happy. I love that she’s his purpose.

OK, that’s all I have to say. Go read all of the books. While there are 3 in the series, they aren’t serials, so you can just skip around, if you want. Happy reading!

 

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger King

Raisa is still a fairly new writer. This is her 5th book, unless I can’t count, which, it being Friday, is always a possibility. I’m sure if I’m wrong, she’ll tell me. 🙂 Anyway, she has a series called Shifter’s Mates, which is post-apocalyptic and dystopian, involves aliens, fated mates, abductions by hostile aliens, and shifters. That sounds like a wonderful mix, doesn’t it? I think so, I really do. Now Raisa’s given us the 2nd book in the series, The Tiger King. I reviewed The Tiger Queen back when I read it because it totally blew me away. And King kept up with that breeze.

So, to recap, Renata is a tiger shifter who is living on Earth. She’s slowly starving to death because the Earth is pretty damn destroyed. A jackal friend of hers told her to go get tested to see if she can find a Ximerian mate. Then she could go off to live on Ximera and have a new life. So, she does. When she gets ready to leave, she ends up being stolen. Her last thought before being put in stasis is don’t fuck with a tiger. I’m pretty sure the last thought in the heads of a lot of people when she woke up was oh fuck, a tiger. Eventually her mate, Rakon, finds her and “rescues” her.

And now to King. Rakon and Renata, who is seriously in my top 10 BAMF heroines, have done everything that they were supposed to do in order to seal their mating. Rakon realizes that maybe he shoulda oughta’ve listened to Renata. Because of course, he should’ve. She knows what she’s talking about, but you know how men are. But they are now mated, and she is well and truly War Mate Renata. And let me tell you, I think that the title is perfect for her. Maybe she should be the commander and Rakon should be the War Mate? Just a thought.

It turns out that there is someone playing silly buggers on Ximera and Rakon and Renata are accused of kidnapping Fengar, the First Councillor. He just rolls his eyes at that, and together with a friend of Rakon’s, they all come up with a plan to deal with who is causing these problems. That leads to an empty spot on the council, and Fengar, who is very fond of Renata, wants her to be the person to fill it, to watch out for the shifters and humans who will be coming to or are already on Ximera.

As a quick note on Fengar, he is probably my favorite side character in this series. He is tricksy and wily. He’s kind of like a chess grandmaster with a twisted sense of humor. He knows what moves you are going to make before you make them, but he’s going to have fun watching you figure them out and probably point and laugh at you along the way. But not necessarily in a mean way. And for some reason, he and Renata really like each other. I think maybe she sees him as a father figure, but I’m not 100% sure.

Meanwhile, Renata isn’t all that sure she wants to be a councilor. It will mean that she has to stay in the capital, around a lot of people. Twitching tigers don’t do well around a lot of people. All she really wants to do is to go to her mate’s home, swim in the ocean, catch giant denizens of the deep, and make cubs.

I am once again impressed with Renata. I mean, she isn’t a damsel in distress, pretty much ever. She is the damsel who causes distress. I mean, even without her tiger self, she is pretty much just totally badass, but add in that tiger, and get the fuck out of the way, and don’t piss her off. Don’t fuck with anything that she considers her, and really? Probably laying down and covering yourself in steak sauce would be your best idea. I dunno, do tigers like steak sauce? Maybe just some au jus or a nice horseradish. I like Rakon. He can be an idiot sometimes, but really, who can’t? However, he pretty much recognizes who and what his mate is and is pretty much willing to let her be her without trying to hem her into anything. Of course, she would probably knock his block off if he tried to, but he doesn’t stand in between her and danger or make her live in a padded room.

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I love the bear and the tiger swimming in the ocean and catching the big old fish. I mean, how much fun was that? Neither of these ladies have been able to just let go and be themselves and have fun on a sunny beach near the ocean ever in their whole lives. They’ve always been subsisting and had to hide, so getting to just be out there in the open has to feel amazing.

I was fascinated by the history we got on shifters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how that info helps with the search for more shifters, both out in space and on Earth. I’m hoping we can see more about her family’s history as well as the history of other shifters.

So, that’s all I have to say about this one. You really, really need to read this series. The next books will be coming out in the next couple of months. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Abducted

Sara Fields should be a very familiar name to those of you who have been around for a long time. That’s because I’ve been lucky enough to get to read her books early for a while now, which means I get to blog them. And today, it’s time for me to talk about Abducted, which is both a Vakarran book and a Celestial Mates book.

So, as we discussed back on Golden Angel’s latest book, the Celestial Mates series is one that’s been written by a bunch of different authors. The premise is that a human woman is matched to her perfect mate/mates by this dating agency. They promise the perfect match 99.9% of the time. How the woman gets matched to her mate depends on the author’s choice. I’ve read a couple where an extra-dimensional cherub pops in, grabs the woman (and her pet in one case) and drops her off on another planet in the future. So yeah, there’s an interesting mix of things going on with the Celestial Mates series.

Sara took advantage of her Celestial Mates book to give us another hot and sexy Vakarran reverse harem book. Yay! Those Vakarrans are sooooo hot.

Mya’s family saw the writing on the wall and saw the Vakarrans coming. They made escape plans for them, father, mother, Mya, and her younger sister, to escape. Only her father died right before they were going to leave the Earth. So it left the three females to flee together. They still escaped, but they went to the Celestial Mates space station. Mom got matched right away, but the girls were too young to get matched, so they’ve been staying on the station with other women who are waiting to be matched, taking classes, hanging out with other young women, so on and so forth. And now it’s time for Mya to get matched. She’s shown her perfect match, an alien named Prince Radock. She talks to him and gets the creeps, but the algorithm is always right.

On the good ship The Vengeance, Talor, Biran, Ejan, and Dex are exiled Vakarrans. They crossed the wrong military commander and were kicked out. Now they are out doing all kinds of things to earn some money. Talor intercepts Mya’s file when it’s getting sent to her match. He looks at her blue eyes and red hair and knows that she’s his. He’s Vakarran, he takes what he wants, and he wants Mya for him and his team. So, they zip over to the Celestial Mates station and say oh hey, we want Mya, send her on out. The PTBs at the agency said alrighty then, put her on a ship, and sent her out, where the Vakarrans promptly captured her.

I found this one to be different to the other two Vakarran books. I think it’s that Mya hadn’t lived on Earth during the Vakarran occupation and she had expected to be mated to an alien this whole time. Yeah, it was the Vakarrans who got her, but she didn’t seem to have the same amount of fear of the Vakarrans, maybe. I don’t know that that is the right way to put it, but I’m not sure it isn’t either. It can’t be that Mya had a real strong fighting spirit and was a fierce fighter, because our other heroines had the same thing and were fighters too. I think she was just more accepting of the whole situation. I really liked Mya though. There was just something about her that I was just drawn to. I like her guys too. I mean, they are fierce Vakarrans and they are all into hot, dirty, kinky, filthy sex, but I think they are also a little more relaxed than the guys we’ve seen in the other books. I look forward to seeing how this book fits in with what is going on in the main body of the series.

I just have one question. Where can I get my own Robo?

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Alright, I love that this hooked up with the last Vakarran book in the end, so I think we will probably see some more of this 5. I’m betting that Mya’s younger sister is going to end up a Vakarran bride at some point too.

OMG, Radock. Gross, right? I hope that the Celestial Mates Agency gets their computer stuff on lock down so that doesn’t happen again.

Mya knocking Bluey the fuck out was awesome. And the fact that the guys were impressed by it was better. Not that they didn’t punish her, because, well they are Vakarrans.

Go check out all the Vakarran books and all the Celestial Mates books. You won’t be sorry. Happy reading!

R. Lee Smith-The Last Hour of Gann

So, Addison Cain is my pusher and enabler. Not only does she write books that I read over and over and over and over and over, but she also suggests books that she’s read that she thinks people will like. Well, I’ve learned through experience that if Addison suggests a book, I should totally go read it. She hasn’t steered me wrong yet. So, when she raved about R. Lee Smith’s The Last Hour of Gann, I knew I was going to read it. I had looked at the blurb a couple of times, so it wasn’t a hard decision.

OK, so let’s talk book. The book takes place in the future. The Earth is crazily overpopulated. In fact, it’s so overpopulated that there are laws about reproduction. Women are given implants so that they can’t get pregnant. There is a group called Manifest Destiny that has come up with a pioneering ship. The people on this ship are going to go on a 5 year trip in suspended sleep. They are going to do something called tunneling through space to get to an Earth-like planet where they can colonize. On the first trip, they are offering all kinds of bonuses to get people to go. And this is where we enter.

Amber and her younger sister Nicci have just lost their mother. She was a prostitute and a drug addict. Less than 5 minutes after their mother has died, an eviction notice is posted on their apartment door. They basically have 30 days to figure out what to do, and their options are shit, a bigger pile of shit, an even bigger pile of shit, or to get on the colony ship. Amber is pragmatic, realistic, and doesn’t give a fiddler’s fuck about what anyone thinks of her. She’s tough. She’s had to be. So, she lays out all the information to Nicci and tells her what she thinks they should do. Nicci, a whiny little twat, cries and cries and cries, but finally decides she’ll do it. When they go in for the signup, Nicci goes through with no problems, but Amber is overweight and asks for a little time. (I don’t mention this for no reason, her weight is a big deal.)

So, Amber manages to lose just enough weight to get to go on the ship and it’s all of a sudden loading day. Part of their agreement was that Nicci and Amber would be together, because Amber has to take care of Nicci. Nicci’s a little bit of a wet noodle. But, since they got approved a couple of weeks apart, they aren’t in the same area. So, Amber talks to the Manifest Destiny guy nearby, Everly Scott, to try to get them back together. She doesn’t make friends with Scott.

The next thing Amber knows, the ship has crashlanded on an alien planet. Of the tens of thousands of people who were on the ship, very few survive. Scott, of course, is one of them. There are also some Fleet personnel. Amber tries to get everyone to leave the area near the burning ship, but the nice Fleet man convinces most people to stay there. However, Scott, kind of stealing Amber’s plan, suggests that the set up a “forward outpost” on a hill. Turns out that was a good idea. On the other side of the hill is a lake, and as the small group of people go to look at the lake, the ship explodes.

Meanwhile, Meoraq, a Foot and Sword of God, sees the burning ship and decides that it’s an omen for him. He’s basically a holy judge. He has a patrol area of various cities and he goes through each of those cities, and will do trials by battle. He also gets to fuck pretty much any female that he wants. Anyway, he sees the omen and decides that he’s going to go find it. On his way, he stops at a city and finds out that his father has died and he is now head of his House and he’s going to have to go take up that mantle. But before that, he’s going to go on a pilgrimage to the most holy shrine, which just happens to be in the same direction as the tower of fire.

The humans have tried to figure stuff out. Scott has decided that he’s in charge and that the 48 people, 37 men and 11 women, are a colony, and they have to take everything they have with them, including machines that won’t work and bags of cement. He’s also going to ration out all the food. Everyone is getting 3 meal bars, except for Amber, because she “has a lot of reserves”. In reality, it’s because she has argued with Scott over everything, and he has to punish her. He does this by taking food away from her and by othering her. So, she decides that she’s going to go hunting, and finds Meoraq instead.

This is a long book. It’s a long slow burn too. The thing is, that you can’t take a word out of the book and make it any better. For all that it’s long, it’s really tight. Smith put a lot of work into the book, and it’s obvious. There are also so many, many things that go on in this. Meoraq is crazy religious. His whole society is set on this religion, and he’s one of the elite in it, so he does a lot of praying and thinking about God. So when the humans show up, he has to figure out where they fit within his religion’s framework. So there’s that whole journey, which is fascinating to read. Generally, he’s pretty good with it, but he does use prayer as a passive-aggressive tool as well, which is occasionally funny. He is also very, very obvious in who he likes (Amber) and who he doesn’t (everyone else). Amber is smart, stubborn, fierce, determined, and tenacious. She also has a better grasp on what’s going on than Scott does, and she tries to get people to listen to her, but she’s really Cassandra. So, there’s the whole layer of the way that Amber gets treated and that evolution. Then you have Scott and the rest of the humans and how they behave. It’s a really interesting story and one that I really loved reading.

One nice thing about the book is that neither Amber or Meoraq are perfect. In fact, they are both pretty damn imperfect a lot of time. They are also downright unlikable at times. It takes a lot of guts to make your heroes be as unlikable as these two are at times. It really upped my enjoyment of the book.

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I hated Scott from the first time we saw his officious petty ass. He was slimy and he schmoozed really well, which made it easy for everyone to believe him. And since everyone wants to have someone to blame and Amber made herself not popular, she made it really easy for him to treat her the way that he did. I mean, damn, it got really bad. And he treated Meoraq really, really bad, but even then, I think he tried Meoraq better than he treated Amber. Of course, Amber didn’t carry swords, so there’s that. I was really happy that Scott got his. I wished he got more though. His fate just didn’t go far enough, especially since Amber tried to save him time and again.

And Nicci. Too bad she didn’t stay on Earth. I’m an older sister, so I totally get wanting to care for your younger sibs, but Nicci never loved Amber and it became more and more obvious as they were on the alien planet longer.

I didn’t like any of the humans outside of Amber. Some of them tried to be decent sometimes, but trying to occasionally be decent doesn’t mean anything when it comes to being a prick all the rest of the time.

I would love to see a short story that catches us up on Amber and Meoraq and what’s going on with them now, but I’m perfectly happy if we don’t. The end was a satisfactory end for me, so I’m good with that.

Go check this out, it’s on KU. It’s worth reading, especially if you love epic scifi. Happy reading!