Livia Bourne-Alpha’s Capture

If you’ve read here for a while, you know that I am an eclectic reader, and will read many genres, tropes, sub-genres, what have you. But in all that reading and in all those options, I have two true loves, and this book hits one of them. I adore science fiction. I like hard science fiction, classic science fiction, light science fiction, and of course, science fiction romance. You also know that I have a deep and abiding joy of Omegaverse. So, when Livia Bourne wrote Alpha’s Capture, I was like yaaassss! It hit all kinds of happy buttons for me. Now, while this is technically Livia Bourne’s first book, you might recognize the name Livia Grant. This is her new pen name, for books like this.

This is a serial, which means that it’s going to end up on a cliffhanger, but Livia said that she won’t leave us hanging for a long time for the next book. It’s also, at this point, a relatively slow burn in a couple of respects. One is that there isn’t a whole lot of sex yet, and the other is that the Omegaverse stuff is just ramping up. But, before you immediate cock readers out there think, oh no, just wait, I am pretty sure that there is going to be a lot of the good dick flying around in the future books, since this is an RH. So, yeah, really, all the good Alpha D going on.

Here’s our story. We have two species here, Gradonians and Trakonians. The Gradonians are the good guys, and the Trakonians are very much not. Very, very, very much not. I’d call them fuckholes, but that would probably be too nice for them. On the Gradonian side, our major players are Khalil, the captain of the Viper, Onyx and Thrash, his first and second officers, and Avincent, the med officer. They are all Alphas. Then we have Zahara, a Beta. She is the assistant to Princess Audra of the Gradonians. They are all out on the Viper because Audra was on a peacekeeping mission to a nearby system. But now they are near Trakonian space, so they have to be very careful.

Thrash, Onyx, and Avincent call Khalil up to the bridge because there is something he needs to see. They show him some crystal thingies that have just appeared on the ship, from who knows where. Avincent found some, and he’s just brought another. The problem is, no one knows what the doohickies are, because they don’t register on any scan.

Now, when I call the Trakonians the bad guys, I truly feel like I’m not giving them enough credit. They are sadistic, torturous, despicable, twisted, and pretty much straight evil. I mean these fucks are sadistic enough that the Marquis would look at them and say, yeah, you stepped over the line about 3 miles ago. And again, I might be underestimating the sheer douchebaggy sliminess that are the Trakonians. I keep trying to come up with something to compare them to or the words to describe the vileness that Livia has come up with, but I just can’t. You are going to have to go read the book to see.

I like Khalil and Zahara. I have to say, I love Khalil Khan’s name. It’s got a really lyrical quality, and it makes me think of Genghis Khan, who we all know that he would totally have been an Alpha, right? Totally off-topic, but there are millions and millions of people who are descended from Genghis because of his conquering ways. Anyhow, that’s where Khalil’s name took me, to a great warrior. I think the name Zahara flows really well with it too. Just a nice rhythm.

We really don’t know a whole lot about any of the characters at the moment, other than Zahara is brave and a bit rebellious, Khalil is strong and honorable, Onyx is smart, Thrash is tough, and Avincent is well, him. Like most serials, the first book is really just an intro, enough to get you hooked and to make you want more. Which frankly, I would without even reading it, because, well, I’m me.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out, and really, even if Livia were to release it tomorrow, it wouldn’t be soon enough for me.

Nothing below the pic today. So, go check it out, especially if you love Omegaverse. Happy reading!

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K Webster & Nicole Blanchard-The Mad Lieutenant

K and Nicole are taking us back into space and back to the lonely planet where only 10 Morts have survived the end of their world and we get to get up close and friendly with The Mad Lieutenant.

Draven has some issues. No, fuck that, he has some subscriptions. Of course, he has earned them, so I won’t give him too much of a problem about it. He is the only Mort to have survived the deadly disease that killed off nearly all his people. But it came at a price. He was locked in a containment cell for days on end, ranting and raving, and trying to claw his way out and claw his skin off. It wasn’t pretty. Not pretty at all. Because of that, he now has problems with claustrophobia, people touching him, crowds, and so many, many other things. And you know that you have problems with a lot of people when the 9 other beings who live in the world with you are more people than you want to deal with. He doesn’t get what is with all the other Morts wanting mates, because he doesn’t want one, and he’d be more than happy to let all his friends get one. Then he goes into the infirmary where the other human women are still in stasis, and one woman wakes up.

Molly has her own issues. When she wakes up and finds a strange looking male she gets a little freaked out, of course. Then they touch, and there’s a mutual freaking out, so Molly ends up singing to him. When the Commander tells her about mating, she tells him that she will mate with Draven. She and Draven come to an agreement about having each other’s back and helping to keep each other safe. But then the first human/mort baby is born, and problems ensue.

I have always had a soft spot for Draven. I think it’s because he tries really hard to be this big rough and tough Mort, and he is, really, but he’s also really fragile and vulnerable. He has been through so much, and just the mere fact that he is as functional as he is is pretty awesome, considering. Not only that, he’s figured out a way to make his issues work for him.

I like Molly. She has gumption and strength. I also thought that she was really, really brave because she kept going through everything that happened. And I know that she would probably say that she was just doing what she had to, but she still managed to handle it, and if you ask me, that shows true bravery. Plus she stands up to her fears and moves along with them. I think that Molly is one of those women that knows what needs to be done and is going to arrange everything in the world to make sure that it happens the way that it needs to. She’ll listen to you and your objections, they just don’t matter to her. She’s going to just make sure that everything goes the way she thinks they ought to. And the thing is that she does it nicely. It’s not like she barrels you over, she just nicely lets you know that it’s going to work the way that she wants. And the thing is that she’s pretty much right.

I think that Molly and Draven are really good with each other and for each other. They make a really good team and they end up working really well together. I think they may be my favorite couple right now.

I can’t wait for the next one to see how it’s going to work.

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I’m interested in the discoveries that were made in this one, and how they are going to affect the rest of the world.

The hook for the next book. OMG!

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out this fantastic world! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Rebel West-Kept by the Zandian

Renee and Rebel are back with the latest book in their Zandian Brides series with Kept by the Zandian. This series takes place on Zandia, after the Zandians have taken it back. Human women are in high demand to be brides, so escaped slaves work hard to get to Zandia, and Zandians will go out and rescue women. The goal is to repopulate Zandia, and since there aren’t that many Zandian women of breeding age, it’s a really good thing that humans are compatible with the Zandians. Eventually, I think that this is going to be a problem. I hope Zander is prepared. Of course, with Lamira around, he’ll probably be ready for anything.

So, this one is Drayk and Taisha’s story. Drayk is a Zandian warrior and captain of his ship. He will do anything his king asks of him. On top of being a warrior and a ship’s captain, he is also a judge on Zandia. He takes that responsibility very seriously. He wants to do everything he can to make sure that he is impartial and doing his best for Zandia. Because of that, he’s never going to take a mate, especially not a human. Human women tend to make the Zandian males more emotional and less logical. He can’t be impartial if his emotions are overly engaged.

Taisha has been a slave all her life. But the woman who was in charge of the house in which she lived told her that it was time to escape. Not only that, she told Taisha how to escape, what ship she should get into, and everything else she needed to know. She also gave Taisha some poison that could take down the Occretians nearly immediately. She manages to escape onto Drayk’s ship.

I like Taisha. I felt really sorry for her that she felt like she had to keep proving herself, no matter what. I think that she was smart, capable, and insightful. She saw so much that other people didn’t see, and that allowed her to make choices and decisions that most people wouldn’t have. I think that her intuition serves her quite well. I don’t blame her for anything that she does, for so many reasons. One is that she was raised a slave, so she is going to make particular choices that Drayk wouldn’t understand.

I like Drayk, most of the time. I think that he’s a good male who really does value his planet and his people. He is very dutiful, which isn’t a bad thing. However, he did make me really mad at him a couple of times. I just wanted to smack the big, purple, horny dude because he doesn’t seem to have the sense his mother gave him sometimes.

It was nice to check in with some old favorites and to see how they are doing now after all the changes.

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I love what happened when Taisha went to get the records. I hope that this is a good sign of things to come.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Grace Goodwin-Cyborg’s Secret Baby

Grace’s newest book, Cyborg’s Secret Baby, combines 2 of my favorite things in her series, Atlans and the Colony. I love me an Atlan, and the guys at the Colony just have a special place in my heart.

Anyway, this one is a little different, instead of starting out with the Bride being tested, we get to meet Warlord Jorik immediately. He’s been stationed on Earth, in Miami (everyone say hi to Warden Egara!) as a guard for the processing center. He really could take or leave most of Earth, but Jorik has discovered a new and abiding love for ice cream. Or maybe not for ice cream, but definitely for the beautiful woman who walks past him every day and who works at the ice cream joint down the road. Each day, after he gets off work, he walks down to the ice cream shop and tries something new. He also flirts with Gabriela, the woman he knows is his mate, and is just about to talk to her about being his mate, but then terrible things happen.

Gabriela is really excited about seeing the giant Atlan every day. He flirts with her, she’s flattered. Then a guy walks into the ice cream shop and tries to rob her. Of course, her Atlan Warlord isn’t going to let that happen. The next thing she knows, she and Jorik are at her house, and getting all kinds of freaky. And it is good. And they are both positive about how they feel about the other. But then, the terriblest thing happens. Jorik is sent away from Earth, and Gabriela can’t go with him.

Now, if you’ve read the title, you can pretty much guess part of what this book is about. There’s a baby. It’s a secret.

I have to admit, I really wanted to read this book, but from the blurb, I knew that parts of it were going to be sad, and I was dreading the sad parts. Not in a I don’t want to read this book kind of dread, just in a I know this is going to be sad, but I know that Grace always gives us HEAs, so it’s worth it kind of way. Does that make sense? And I was right.

I love all the Atlans in this book, each and every one of them, because Atlans. So awesome. Jorik is a wonderful male, and he is so caring when it comes to Gabriela, and so loyal when it comes to his comrades. He goes through a lot and still comes through as the same wonderful being as he started out as.

Gabriela is very brave. She had to be. She would probably say that it wasn’t brave because she was just doing what she had to do, but I think that is brave. Standing up and doing all the things that you have to do no matter what, and she really was at the no matter what stage, is always going to be brave. And she’s so brave and so strong. I really, really liked her. Can you tell? I think that she might be one of my favorite Grace heroines.

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I had a feeling about that person. I didn’t know what the feeling was at first, but there it was.

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

Sophie Kisker-Given

Given is the last book in Sophie’s Nectar of the Gods series. And I am mad and sad about that. I am not mad at Sophie for it, because I don’t think that any author owes me books or anything, but just mad in general about it, because I really like the series. And of course sad because I really like the series and there won’t be anything new in that world. But, I’m also happy and satisfied because the series ended up in a good place and in a satisfying way. So, with all my mixed up emotions, let’s talk about this book, shall we?

As you may or may not remember, human women have been pulled through portals to an alien world where they are turned into slaves. The Anterrin men are addicted to human women’s nectar, the fluids that are created when a woman orgasms. It makes the guys a little high. Because of that, human women are tied up and forced to orgasm over and over and over. The nectar slaves tend to have a very short, very painful life. It’s even worse if you end up at the palace as one of the King’s nectar slaves. Just ask Emmie. She was one of the nectar slaves, but then she ended up being hurt, leaving a burn mark high up on her thigh, ending near her pussy. That made her too ugly for anyone to want to sip directly from the source, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t still serve. They bottled her nectar.

That’s not the only way that she can serve though, the King is going to use her as currency for a bet with one of his commanders. He tells the dude that she’s one of his best nectar slaves, but doesn’t tell him about the scar. When the commander wins her, he isn’t sure what he’s going to do with a nectar slave, and a defective one at that. So he decides that he’ll take her back to his base, toss her in a hut, and let his men at her.

Garet and Dev are twin brothers, like all Anterrin males. They shared a mate, but she died a year ago. Now they are stuck with trying to raise their 2 boys and a daughter on their own. They are in the military and they are taking turns as to which one is working and which one is home with the kids. Their commander is starting to get antsy about it, so he has come up with a great idea. He’s going to send his defective nectar slave to take care of their children for them so that both brothers can come back to work. Well, you can only guess how thrilled the boys were about that.

I think Emmie is strong af. I mean, look at all the shit she gets handed and all the shit that she survives, and she still manages to hang in there and not only just hang in there, but eventually even thrive. She is able to help with things that no one thought that she would be able to do and to make things better for all kinds of people. I want to give her mad props for everything she managed to do. I think that without Emmie, the series wouldn’t have ended so satisfactorily.

I felt so sorry for Dev and Garet. They had so many terrible things happen all at once, and they are just floundering so badly. They are trying and trying and trying, but nothing is working right, not even the house. And if you ask me, I think Merila did that on purpose to them. I got a little laugh out of it. I liked how they changed after they met Emmie and spent time with her. I mean, I think some of their views were there already, but meeting Emmie and having that relationship with her changed them even more.

The High Priest is really awesome and I really liked the bit of Anterrin spirituality that we got. It was a nice contrast to all the evil stuff we usually get about the Anterrins in general.

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That punishment wall. I don’t know whether it was scary or exciting or excitingly scary. I did like the pad that she had to write lines on. That is just evil.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! It’s available at Zon and at Eden books. Happy reading!

 

Aria Adams-Alpha’s Kitty

From the far distant future, we are getting a new book from Aria Adams, Alpha’s Kitty. Sorry for the lack of buy link, for some reason, Amazon is so stupid right now. Hopefully, it will be up soon. We all know how they are, though. It’s supposed to be in KU, which means it’s exclusive to Zon, but if it gets offered anywhere else, I’ll make sure to update.

Anyway, Aria Adams is the dark pen name to Katie Douglas. Katie gives us sweet age play stories. Aria gives us pet play in space. And that’s what we have here.

So, thousands of years ago, humanity left Earth and went to various planets. Before that happened, there was some genetic modification happened, like splicing animal DNA and human DNA. The various subspecies all went to their own planets, and in the intervening years, the subspecies have grown very different to the main species. They are still human enough to interbreed, but they also have the characteristics of the animal. For example, kitties girls are just like your pet kitty, down to ears, tail, and fur. The bipedals who run the universe take all the various subspecies as pets/slaves.

Our little kitten has been told by her mama that it’s time for her and her sisters to go to their owners, where, if they are good kittens, they will have someone who loves them and adores them and treats them wonderfully, but bad kittens go to the bad places, so don’t be bad. But when her charcoal colored sister starts to freak out, our orange kitten knows that her sister couldn’t handle being in the bad place, so she takes the blame, and later, the punishment.

Hervé is the Alpha of his planet. He has always wanted to have a kitten of his very own, so he has sent his assistant Bertrand out to get one for him, and he comes home with our poor little orange kitten, who still has no name. When he finally sees her, he decides that he will call her Kitty. Which could, you know, be a name. Or it could just be an unimaginative name for a cat. You’ll have to figure out which way he meant it, because I don’t think that he is sure which way he means it. Anyhow, Hervé decided he wanted a kitten, and now he has a kitten of his very own that he can train and play with, however he wants.

I found the whole bipedal/pet breakdown to be fascinating. We can’t tell what it is like on other planets, since we only really see this one planet, but the masters aren’t nice at all to their pets/slaves. Even the nice ones aren’t necessarily nice, and the not nice ones are… Well, you’ll see. The bipedals all believe that the pets are subhuman and barely sentient, and need to be controlled. And because the people in charge believe that, so do the various subspecies.

The book is mostly in Kitty’s POV, which means we get a really strong sense of her journey in this book, and how she changes from the beginning to the end. We also get to see how she changes Hervé. I think that she makes him a much better man by the end. It’s definitely a journey to watch.

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Segue’s party? Oh my sweet shit. That was some fucked up shit right there.

OK, that’s all for this one. As soon as it’s possible to get it, go read this one. Happy reading!

Nicole Blanchard & K Webster-The Vanished Specialist

Nicole and KWeb are once again drawing us forward on a space adventure to the planet Mortuus, where we have the 10 remaining morts and the 5 Earth women that they rescued. So far, our count is at Breccan, the Commander who has mated with Aria, who is now the head of the sub-faction of women, of which there is only one, Emery. The Vanished Specialist is her story, along with Calix.

Calix is the researcher for the morts. He’s the one who has been trying to research the Rades, the disease that destroyed his people, so that they can have a cure, just in case. He also does all kinds of other research. He has been watching over one of the women in the cryostasis, and checking on her regularly. He calls her his little lilapetal, after a flower. But, then Aria went and woke Emery up and she locked them in the sub-factions section, and now Calix can’t get to Emery.

Emery has asthma, and it isn’t a mild little case of it or anything. It’s serious, and it’s killing her. Day by day, she lays in her bed, trying to pull in a breath, and crying. But then, Calix comes, and all of a sudden, she’s no longer in a place where she’s terrified or where things are so different, she’s safe. Calix takes her to his lab and locks them in, and tells her that he’s going to cure her. So, he takes care of her, tells her that he’s going to start running some tests, and makes sure that she uses oxygen so that she can breathe.

Then consequences start happening, because of course they do.

I like Calix. I think I like him better than I like Breccan, and I like Breccan a lot. To me, Calix seems more… I dunno if caring is the word that I want, or nurturing, but something like that. He’s not giving away any of his alpha maleness protective stuff, but there’s just a… softer aspect to Calix than Breccan. Of course, that may just be because Breccan is the commander and has to consider the good of everyone, or it could be personality. It’s kind of hard to judge at this point. Calix does have a very strong sense of duty and responsibility, to his people, and especially to his mate. I think that’s a mort trait, but it definitely strong in Calix. He’s also very smart and very driven, but in a good way.

I have asthma, and have been hospitalized more than once because of it. There’s nothing like trying to suck in as much breath as possible through an opening the size of a swizzle stick. It’s terrifying. So, I really feel for Emery. Of course, when I couldn’t breathe, I was on Earth with medication that would work to stop the attack, not out in space slowly suffocating. I feel so bad for her that she feels so trapped in by all the beings at the base too. I think that she was really scared, and the fact that she couldn’t breathe well made everything worse, because if you get anxious over one thing, it starts to snowball up to more and more and more. I also think that Emery is incredibly strong and brave. She does things that she never thought that she would be able to, and she’s able to stand up for what she thinks is right.

I really enjoy this world, and I can’t wait to see what K and Nicole have for us next.

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I got so mad at Breccan in this one. I mean, I get why he did what he did, and he’s the commander so he has to make the shitty decisions, but this one really could have had some very real life or death consequences to it. Of course, he redeems himself, so I guess I won’t smack him around too much or anything.

OK, that’s all for today! Go hit up the Zon and get your copy! Happy reading!