Kallista Dane-Her Savage Mate

I came to know Kallista’s writings through her Tharan menage series, which I highly recommend. So, when I found out that she had taken her story from Alien Alphas and added to it to come up with a full-length book? Yes, please! And so Her Savage Mate showed up for me to read.

OK, before I say anything else, let’s discuss the first line of this book. We all know call me, Ishmael, but in my opinion, this is even better. “It was all the fault of those fucking monkeys.” Pretty epic, right? And it turns out that they just are fucking monkeys, they are fucking monkeys who are fucking! It works in so many, many ways.

So, Jane is the commander of a spaceship from Earth with a small complement of women. When their ship crashes into the jungle, she goes out and tries to find food and help. When she finds the fucking monkeys, she sees that they are eating a particular fruit. She figures that if they are eating it, she can eat it. So she grabs one and yummy. She fills up her jacket with more, so that she can take them back to her crew. That’s when Tarzan shows up. He yells at her because she’s eating the sacred fruit and drags her off to the high priest so that she can get punished.

The high priest says that she must marry the prince because the king is old and in failing health, and there must be an heir. If she doesn’t, he will kill her crew in front of her and then kill her. So, trapped between a rock and a really hard place, she figures that marrying the prince isn’t a fate worse than death and off she goes. That’s when she discovers that her Tarzan is actually Jalen, the Crown Prince. The very dominant crown prince.

OK, there are some really great things about this book. One is that there is so much humor in this. That tone is set from the great first line all the way through to the end of the book. But there are also some really great sexy scenes as well. Jalen and Jane are both stubborn af, and they are pretty much the perfect match. I loved their chemistry.

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Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan.

OK, I really loved who the high priest turned out to be and I love that Jane gave him what for. He totally deserved it. He was kind of a huge jerk.

The whole battle of wills between Jalen and Jane was pretty awesome. I loved watching them and how they each fucked with each other. Stubborn plus pride sometimes ends up with stupid and that’s what happened here, but sometimes stupid is funny as hell.

OK, that’s all I have to say. Go check it out and happy reading!

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Maddie Taylor-Defying the General

I think that the first Maddie Taylor book I read was The Barbarian’s Captive, which is the first book of the Primarian Mates series. I bought each one as soon as I possibly could and I was a happy camper. I look forward to each book, and I’m pretty invested in the recurring characters. Defying the General is the 4th book in the series, and it’s the most emotionally tense one, for me at least.

So, here’s the basic background on the series. The Earth is basically imploding. There are constant natural disasters and it’s a ticking time bomb. There are many more women than there are men, so the government decided to send out a ship full of 300 women to go out and explore the universe. They are on a mission to find a planet that is similar enough to Earth that they can colonize. Eventually, the goal will be to have as many humans as possible off Earth and on to the colonized planet.

A few years into their mission, our intrepid heroes find a planet that looks like it will fit. Some of the women go down in a shuttle so that they can evaluate the planet to see if it will work. While they are there, they run into some huge barbarian looking dudes who are running around in loincloths. Some of the scientists manage to get back to the shuttle and get away from the barbarians who are chasing them. Eight of the women don’t. They are captured by the barbarians who aren’t really barbarians but men from an advanced society who are come to this planet to hunt.

The women on their home planet all have massive issues with infertility due to outside causes. That means that as a species they are going to die unless they can find a species that they can cross-breed with. Humans fit. Humans and Primarians are genetically compatible. So, the 8 women are taken to the homeworld, where they are tested for compatibility to the men who captured them, and then they are mated.

Defying is the story of Lana and Trask. Trask is the highest military authority on Primara. He’s cousin to the leader and related to a huge chunk of the council. He’s a VVIP. Lana is a geologist. She and Trask manage to make their relationship work almost from the beginning. It looks like they are going to be one of the relationships that starts out smoothly and just keeps trucking along. However, she starts getting sick whenever Trask is around, very sick with migraines and can’t keep anything down. The healers can’t figure out what’s wrong with her. With a treaty made with Earth, she now has the ability to petition to dissolve their mating, which she does, telling Trask she’d rather be back on Earth.

I will fully admit to crying my fucking eyes out on this one. I just cried and cried. I loved Lana and Trask when we first met them, and when they showed up every other time in the books, I was glad to see them. But their own book? There were some seriously sad bits. I ended up with a huge pile of tissues next to me, and since I was reading in the middle of the night, I had to be really careful to be quiet so that I didn’t disturb my husband. Honestly, I couldn’t put this one down until it ended. When it was done, I felt weirdly hollow and happy. It sounds like a really fucked-up combination, and it is, but it’s the way that I felt. I really went on a roller coaster emotionally, and had that whole stomach dropping feeling going on, but in a good way. Go and read the whole series, it’s a great one. It is very kinky as well as a great story.

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Ugh, I hated that Lana and Trask were apart for so long. It was so terrible. Poor Lana just never got better from being away from Trask. When they met on the ship right after they left, I was hurt for both of them. It was so traumatic. I was mad at Trask, I mean, couldn’t he tell how much she was hurting? He was supposed to love her and it was so obvious that she was lying to him, but…

I’m not surprised that the bad guy turned out to be who the bad guy was. What a prick.

I can’t wait for the next one. I’m pretty sure who the next couple will be. I can’t wait to see if I’m right.

OK, that’s all for today. I’m going to go settle in with my Sansa Rayne book and eat some canollis. Go check these books out and see what you think. Happy reading!

Hannah Davenport-Kattlyn

I’ve had a couple of other Hannah Davenport books on here. One was in a different genre than her scifi romance books, but now we’re back in that genre and back in her Azziarin world. Today, we’re looking at Alan and Kattlyn.

We first met Alan in Theon’s book. Theon’s book is a spinoff from the Azziarin universe, and we’ll be seeing more of that particular spinoff, I expect. Alan was taken prisoner by the Tureis at the same time his sister Krista was, but not by the same group. Alan and Krista had left their secluded cabin and run into the alien invaders. Krista was found by her mate and taken to safety. Alan didn’t fare so well. Along with a human woman, Catalina, he was experimented on. The Tureis were trying to breed humans, but Cat and Alan didn’t do anything that would let them get their wishes. Cat and Alan grew very close, but more like brother and sister than lovers. When they were rescued, Alan went one way and Cat went another.

Alan eventually ended up on an Azzairin ship with Zekke and his mate. They told him that a woman named Krista had mated one of the Azzairin princes. Of course, it can’t be the same one, Alan tells himself. But of course, we can probably guess that it is. When he gets to the castle, he discovers for himself, that yes, it is his sister. Hurray! Krista is so thrilled to see him.

However, Krista isn’t the only one who is glad to see him. Kattlyn, the only princess in a family of princes, sees him and realizes that he is her one true mate. She’s just thrilled about that. Ever since her brothers have come home with their true mates, she’s wanted the same thing. She doesn’t want to live in a loveless marriage with a man who is going to have consorts and will never be faithful to her like she would have to be to him. She saw her mother suffer through that with her father, and she refuses to deal with it. Sadly, her father has arranged a mating with a truly odious man named Jussin, who tells her that he will never love her, he loves his consort and won’t give her up, and he’s only mating Kattlyn so that he can get the power that being mated to a royal will give him. But, she sees her human friends and their mates, her brothers, all being happy and in love, and she’s not going to give that up, no matter what her father says. She keeps telling him that she won’t do it, but he doesn’t listen.

You know how it goes, if you go down past this picture, you run the risk of spoilers. I love the way that this story turns the whole alien man meets human woman and finds out that she’s his fated mate and she has to go to get used to his society right on its head. Now we have an alien man, human Alan, meeting an Azzairin woman who he’s incredibly attracted to, discovers she’s his fated mate, and he has to get settled into her society.  It’s always exciting to see a trope flipped around like that, and even more exciting to see it done as well as Hannah did. I’m glad that Kattlyn gets to have what her brothers have. I think, without having read all the other books in a while, that there is some overlap with this books and the others, in regards to timeline. I’m going to go back and reread them and check. Oh darn, what a tough job I have, right? I have to read a book. Alan was a cop, and this pic made me think of cops dealing with a world after an alien invasion, so there we are.

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I knew Jussin was a complete fuckhead, but I didn’t realize that he would be as bad as he was. I didn’t expect him to do what he did. I am normally suspicious of everyone, so the fact that he sneaked that past me is good on him, bad on me.

I love that Alan earned Kattlyn’s family’s respect by beating the ever living daylights out of the rebels. Of course, the world was better off without them there anyway, so yay for that.

OK, go check these books out. They are all on KU, so go check them out. They are quick, easy reads, and pretty light. Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Cyborg Fever

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I love Grace Goodwin and her Interstellar Bride series. So it should come as no surprise that I devoured her newest book, Cyborg Fever.

Cyborg Fever hit some of my total fave buttons in this world. It’s one of the Colony books and it’s an Atlan. More than just being an Atlan, Anghar is one of my favorite Atlans. He’s been a secondary character in more than one book, and was pretty pivotal in the last IBP book. So I was so very, very happy to see that he finally got his own book. I love the Atlans. There’s just something about those big guys and their inner beasts that’s just so very awesome.

The Colony is where the Coalition fighters who have been “tainted” by the Hive. They were taken prisoner and have had Hive implants. They are sent to the Colony instead of going back to their own planet. The Colony is deep in safe Coalition space and where the Hive can’t reach them. At least, theoretically. For a long time, those guys got no respect and no chance at a bride, but with the new Prime on Prillion having Hive implants and a human bride who told him that it was a shame that the guys on the Colony were treated that way because they are vets and deserve respect, the males on the Colony now have chances to get a bride. There still aren’t a lot of brides on the Colony, but that’s slowly changing.

Ok, on to Angh’s story. We’re two years after the last book and he’s been living on the Colony for those two years. He’s tired, bored, and lonely. The people on the Colony are either mining for resources or protecting the miners and those resources. That’s important for the Coalition, but for men who were trained to be fighters and who have a whole bunch of rage because of what the Hive has done to them, it’s just not enough. One way that they deal with it is to fight in the Pit. The guys can take their aggression out on other guys who are in the same place. Angh is one of the regulars in the Pit. He figures that’s the only place he will ever get some peace because he’s never going to get a bride. He tested for the program a couple of years ago, but no match yet. Then, he sees her.

Kira teaches at the Coalition’s academy, but that’s not her only job, she’s also a member of the Intelligence Corps. She goes in and helps extract high-profile prisoners from the Hive before they can crack their minds. Those prisoners generally have info that would be very hurtful to the Coalition if the Hive were to get it. But she does that on the down low. Her public job is being a teacher. Right now she’s supervising some students who are just about to graduate who are doing a course on the Colony. They are using the caves for simulations since it will be similar to a lot of places where they will be fighting the Hive. She has a friend who is a student and together, they decide to go see the fights in the Pit. That’s when she sees Angh and fixates on him. She decides that she can have one glorious night with him, but she can’t give him any more than that, because the IC basically owns her. That turns into a huge problem for Angh, because while they are having their wonderful night, he offers her mating cuffs. Too bad he wakes up in the morning and she’s gone, with the cuffs sitting on the bed.

OK, you know what time it is. I love Kira and Angh’s story. I love it so hard. It isn’t an easy journey for anyone. There are a lot of shitty things that happen. There is a vice-admiral that didn’t get near what she deserved. Not nearly. I really wanted to go smack the absolute shit out of her, because damn. That was just wrong. If you love the Atlans, this is a definite book for you to read. Angh has been a fan favorite, and like I said, is my fave Atlan. I’m pretty sure that I kind of hate Kira for ending up with him. Oh well, at least he’ll be happy, right? Watch out for a guest appearance from Denzel Washington.

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OK, that vice-admiral knew what was going to happen when you threaten an Atlan’s mate. Of course, that was in her plans, devious bitch that she was, but I want to know if she was aware just how far that he would go. I’m betting she didn’t expect him to go to the extent he did. And Kira really needed to kick her ass.

I can’t wait to see more of this world. I never can. Of course, I think Grace may be sadistic to make us wait. Of course, I think most authors are more than just a little sadistic. So, go check this out, along with all the other books, and get the mad Atlan love. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Broken by the Alien

Does it seem like I’ve had a lot of Loki Renard posts here lately? Well, there’s a very good reason for that. Loki has been ridiculously prolific lately. I’m not complaining, since that just means more books for me to read. And, I don’t know if you knew this or not, but I LOVE to read. If it came down to giving up chocolate or giving up books, I’d give up chocolate. But, since I don’t have to choose, I will eat my chocolate while reading, just like I did while reading Broken by the Alien.

Loki tends to write on the darker end of things, and this one fits in really well with the other books of hers that I’ve recently blogged. It is a scifi romance though, instead of being here on Earth.

This is the way that the story goes. The Rathkari have invaded Earth. They are very much into breeding. They want to do everything they can to make sure that their species continues. Each person is going to be the parent of millions, so it’s important to mate and breed. But that doesn’t mean that they are going to let humans keep doing that. No, their plan is to take all the human males off of Earth and do heaven only knows what with them. Then they take all the women of breeding age and go make happy little Rathkari babies. Either they do that through a mating bond or there are breeding facilities where women can go and just keep having babies. Women who are too old to breed are used as slave labor on Earth to produce food for the Rathkari fleets and people.

In the very intense first chapter, we meet Era. She has lost her father and brother, and her brother’s fiancee is now one of the women having Rathkari babies. Era literally has no one left on the face of the Earth. She’s of prime child-bearing years, but instead, she’s laboring in the rice paddies, planting, harvesting, and hauling huge bags of rice around. She’s hiding and trying to make it look like she’s older than she is. The fact that the Rathkari don’t treat their slaves well or feed them all that particularly well makes it even easier to sell her masquerade. But, when the overseer sees her period blood on her leg one day, he decides that she’s broken and is going to take her to the recycler, which will let her be used to nourish the fields.

That’s when Karlo shows up. He’s the superior officer in charge of the particular quadrant that Earth is in. He just happens to be doing an inspection of the fields that day and sees Era struggling with the overseer. She wants to live, so she’s trying to get him to let her go. Karlo recognizes that she’s probably of childbearing years, so he goes to save her. Era suddenly changes her mind and decides that nope, the overseer can just go toss her in the recycler if that means that she doesn’t have to go with Karlo. She quite literally would rather die than to have him save her life. But since he’s bigger than she is and much healthier, she doesn’t have a lot of choice. He takes her, straps her into the shuttle, and takes her back to his ship and his quarters. He’s planning on taking her as his mate, but first he has to get her healthy, and it turns out that she’s going to keep fighting him the whole time.

OK, it’s that time. Era hates the Rathkari, and I gotta say that I can’t blame her for that at all. If I were in her place, I would probably hate them as well. But, it also sounds like the occupation may have been mismanaged, so if things had gone better, would that have changed her feelings? I dunno. I often play what if… with books, but I don’t think this is one that I’m going to do that with. The fact is, she hates the Rathkari in general, and quite often, Karlo in particular. He doesn’t do a whole lot to endear himself to her either. Of course, they both have very different POVs so there are a lot of misunderstandings, but he doesn’t really try to get where she’s coming from. I liked Karlo, but there are times that I was really furious at him. I will say that there are times when I’m mad at Era too. Just as he doesn’t really try to get her POV, I don’t think that Era really tries to put herself in his shoes. There are just huge chasms between the two of them that are almost impossible to bridge at times. The book made me feel happy, sad, angry, stressed, and joyful, sometimes all at once. I totally loved it.

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The rope work that Karlo does is pretty damn awesome, and I would totally love that. Not entirely sure that I’d want the first punishment he does with it, though.

I was really mad at Karlo during the whole explanation that Era couldn’t get pregnant and his reaction. Of course she’s going to be angry about the whole thing, but anger is a secondary emotion, and it’s always easier to be scared than it is to be afraid or to be vulnerable or to tell him that she has some kind of feelings for him. It’s not like I expected him to read her mind, but I did expect something better out of him.

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

 

Kallista Dane-Defending Their Mate

Kallista is an author that I’ve been reading for awhile now, but this is the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to ARC one of her books and now share it with you guys. Aren’t you excited? I must say that I am. I love sharing authors that I like with all my readers.

Anyway, I got started reading Kallista with her Alien Masters series, which is a really interesting way to have aliens. Well, I’m not entirely sure I’d call them aliens, per se, go read the books and tell me what you think. Then I moved to her Tharan Warriors series. This is a menage fated mates series.

The basic premise is that there is a military ship full of human women who are out doing their business when they are raided and captured by a pirate. The pirate then uses their ship to do other raids. All the women are locked up in the hold for nefarious purposes. However, in order to land on the Tharan homeworld, the pirates need to have one of the women to help them. Cass manages to escape and tries to get help. The problem is that the pirates have already raided the world and ended up killing some of the women.

Any male of any Tharan species is born part of a set of twins. The Tharan males are deeply entwined, to the point that they feel what the other feels and tastes what the other tastes. Because they are so close, they even share a mate. Our first twins are Rhyn and Rhom. They find Cass and think that she’s with the people who raided their planet and killed their mate. They drag her on a ship and go off to chase the bad guys. This is actually a good thing because the pirates are selling off human and Tharan women to various places, like pleasure domes an arenas.

The Tharan males also have another nifty thing. They produce this thing called gyron, which is basically a seriously potent pheromone. When their mate encounters it, the woman gets uber-horny. And the Tharan males have a pretty extreme reaction to the pheromones secreted by human women.

So, the rest of the series is about rescuing the various women who the pirates sold off. This book, Defending Their Mate, is about Aliya. She’s a human medical officer, but more than that, she’s a Healer. She’s empathic and can help heal the psychic hurts that a person may have. She can also tend them physically. She’s been working closely with Aartan, who is a Tharan medical officer. Among other things, he’s a very talented surgeon and fits people with cybernetic prosthetics. They are both wildly attracted to the other and dream of each other, but nothing has happened, yet. Aliya knows that there is something there because his gyron affects her, and she knows from all her mated friends, that only happens with mates.

Finally, after talking to another Tharan male and finding out more of Aartan’s story, she goes to confront him. She tells him that she knows they’re mates. He tells her nope. She says fine, if you can kiss me and then tell me the same thing, then I’ll believe you. Well, there was a lot of kissing in as many places as possible involved, but then he pushed her away. She stomped into her room, started getting really angry, and decided to burst into Aartan’s room and confront him again, mostly because he made her feel really bad. That’s when she meets his twin, Azar and finds out that she’s been tricked. They spend one perfect night together, and then they tell her that nope, she’s not their mate, and she has to leave the ship and go back to the homeworld with all her friends. And that’s when all the bad happens.

Ok, you know the drill, if you go past this pic and you get spoiled, don’t blame me. You know what’s going to happen. I really enjoy reading this series. You get a pair of really alpha males who aren’t afraid to spank their mate if she needs it, but they cherish her, love her, and pleasure her. Sign me right up for that. One of the nice things about the series though is that the women aren’t pushovers. The human women were all trained military officers, each with her own skills and specialties, and those skills are valued by their mates. The guys don’t try to put the women in a padded room and not let them do anything. Well, scratch that, they may want to try, but then they realize it’s not going to work. There’s compromise instead of anything else, and that’s just perfect. And that’s one very good reason as to why I’ll keep reading this series when the new ones come out.

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I don’t blame Aliya for wanting to strangle Aartan and Azar, I totally would’ve. In fact, I did want to on her behalf. It was such a shitty thing for them to do, to send her away like that. I mean, they should’ve known how she would feel.

I do love how tricksy the boys were when it came time to rescue Aliya from the arena and the dragons. And Ceres, she is totally awesome. I mean, who expects this little slip of a girl to go in and calm down 3 huge, scary, carnivorous dragons just by singing at them? Totally unexpected, but the coolest thing ever.

So, that’s all I have to say on this one. Really, go check out the rest of the series. Happy reading!

Renee Rose-His Human Possession

Renee Rose has been writing a great series for a while now. It involves a species of ginormous, horned, purple aliens with rainbow come. They are the Zandians. They were chased off their planet by a race called the Finns. Prince Zander has been raised in exile, along with those of his people who survived, primarily men and women who are no longer of breeding age. When the first book started, there were no known Zandian women of childbearing age. That means that the Prince’s doctor did what he could to find someone who could carry the prince’s heir. They found out that the human women were compatible, and they found Lamira, who was a good genetic match for the prince. Because humans are slaves in this ‘verse, they bought her and brought her to the royal pod. That was the first book and the start of the whole Zandian adventure.

Each Zandian book is a standalone book for each couple. You get a complete story for each of them. But each book is also part of the overarching storyline for the series of trying to get Zandia back from the Finns. And so, we come to His Human Possession.

Leti is a human. She was friends with Lady Taramina back when she was Mina and a sex pet slave. When their owner died, Mina got sold one way and Leti another, such is the world of slaves. Leti now does the same thing for Emperor of Jujo. Her entire life has been either as a sex slave or being trained be a sex slave. She’s good at it. She can figure out what the men want and how to seduce them to give it to them. Leti learned a long time ago that it’s better to go along with the flow and not make waves. She also created her primary rule a long time ago. She doesn’t let her emotions take over. She doesn’t try to have an emotional connection to the men that use her body.

One day, Mina and her mate, along with another Zandian show up to the court at Jujo. Mina and her mate have been working as ambassadors for Prince Zander to help get them more allies for their war efforts against the Finn. And oh, by the way, they are planning on rescuing Leti. Paal, the unmated Zandian with them, takes care of that so that the ambassadors have plausible deniability.

Paal is a member of the prince’s Royal Guard. He was saved from the annihilation of their species by the fact that his mother had left his father and taken him off-planet with her. Paal’s mother is one of those women who is always looking for the next bigger thing. She goes from man to man until either she gets bored with them, she finds someone better, or they are done with her. He thinks that she treated his dad like a chump. Paal decided long ago that he wasn’t going to let a woman treat him like a chump, so he’s going to avoid women and any emotional attachment to them at all. But then, there’s Leti. She breaks all his rules and he’s drawn to her like they are two rare earth magnets. His biggest problem is that she’s practiced at seduction, and he doesn’t like it.

So, OK, it’s that time. This book is the last one in this series. I hope it’s not the last one in this world altogether. I know that Renee has a RH story coming out in the Zandian ‘verse, so I’m really hoping that’s going to lead to further Zandian stories. I have really enjoyed all of these books. Overall, I liked Paal, but there were a few times that I wanted to dope slap him. He doesn’t necessarily think about what Leti’s life was like or what her motivations might be. He’s very in his head sometimes and that’s rarely good for anyone. But, he’s a pretty good guy. I don’t want to excuse him, but I understand why he acts the way that he does.

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Beautiful crystal, right? I loved and that’s how I think the Zandian crystals look.

So, like I said, Paal doesn’t always think about what Leti went through. He’s been a free being and never had to worry about being a slave, whereas Leti was born into slavedom and was trained as a pleasure slave since she was a young girl. I’m glad that Mina was able to smack some sense into him. She has been on both sides of the equation, so she definitely had the knowledge to share. And since she is Zandian and Master Seke’s daughter, he was going to listen to her in a way that he wouldn’t have to any human.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go read all the stories and enjoy them. Happy reading!