Raisa Greywood-The Leopard Prince

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Today, we’re talking about the next book in Raisa’s Shifter’s Mate series, The Leopard Prince. It came out last week and if you haven’t gone to read the series, why haven’t you? It’s a great series and very well-written, but more than that, it’s the women in this series are the real powerhouses. It’s not like the guys are weak or anything, but it’s just that the women are so strong and determined that they are the real story drivers, if that makes sense. It makes sense in my head, at least. Sometimes it’s hard to translate what I’m thinking in my head into what comes out of my fingers, and since I’m the blogger trying to review, that’s not always great.

So, this one picks up where Mage ended. Dakar and Daiyu have offed his brother, who has been abducting the shifters, and if you remember, Renata tried to eat him. Daiyu would’ve been more than happy to finish the job, but…

Now that he’s out of the way, it’s time to get all the people off the Earth. So, after they have taken off from Tibet and gotten Di’s family and all the monks up to space, they talk to Renata, and find out that there’s a problem. There is a fleet on the way toward Earth and they aren’t going to be helpful to them. And the Ximerans can’t send someone out to get to them before this hostile fleet engages them. There is one warlord coming their way, but that’s because he’s chasing his runaway mate, Soledad, and she happens to be headed their way. Not only is she headed their way, she’s also picking off the fleet as she comes. Soledad has taken out some and captured others, but either way, she’s making it easier for Dakar and Daiyu.

This is where Daiyu shines. She’s not only a warrior, she’s been trained as a general. She’s a strategist. She’s also pretty charismatic, which can be helpful. And the fact that she is not just a snow leopard but she is THE snow leopard, the most powerful one, doesn’t hurt. That’s because she and Dakar decide that it’s better to take the enemies on on the ground, so they land where the largest concentration of people is, and many of them are shifters, and she manages to unite humans and shifters to get them to fight. She’s very good. I’d follow her.

So, again, I love Daiyu. She’s absolutely fantastic. She’s ruthless and practical. She will fuck you up so hard that you will wish that your great-great-great-grandparents never met. Renata, who I still think is the bomb, will go after you on a real personal level, but Daiyu will go after you, your family, your friends, that one person you had a crush on in the first grade, their families, and everyone ever associated with you. Do not fuck with her. There are a lot of people who learn this fact in this book, and she’s glorious about it. So many great things happened in this book. I cannot wait until the next book. Hopefully, Raisa won’t make us wait too long!

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All those Ximeran women. That was surprising. There are going to be a lot of women there who are going to be super surprised about how things have changed, especially for anyone who thinks she’s going to get someone who is already mated to a shifter. I can’t wait to see what happens with that.

And Soledad’s ship blew up? Oh no!

OK, that’s all for today. Really, you need to go read this series. Happy reading!

Kallista Dane-Surprising Their Mate

Kallista writes a pretty awesome menage series, the Tharan Warriors. The guys are identical twins who mate with one woman. Surprising Their Mate is a… not quite a sequel, more of a slice of life, related to the second book of that series. If you want to know more about the characters, go grab that one, it’s called Theirs to Tame.

The Tharan series isn’t exactly an alien abduction series, but it does have some of the same overtones to it. The Earther women on the Luna were captured by pirates who then attacked numerous worlds, including the Tharan homeworld.

Kyra was the engineer of the Luna and tried to help keep the pirates off all the women as much as possible. When the Tharans went looking for all the Earther women, she was the first one they found. Jax and Jynn found her and discovered she was their mate. They brought another alien girl named Ceres with them, and she is now their adopted daughter.

One thing we don’t always think about when we see stories like this is holidays. The human women tend to adjust to their mate’s worlds and festivities, but human holidays often get bypassed, like, oh say, Christmas. Some of us may be just fine with missing Christmas, but it’s not just the religious festival, it’s the cultural thing too. That can be really important for people who haven’t ever really had a Christmas but who are now trying to create their own family and their own traditions. That’s what’s happening with Kyra, Jax, Jynn, and Ceres. Kyra really never had a Christmas when she was a kid, but now that she’s a mother, she wants to make sure her daughter has Christmas and she wants to have it with her new mates.

So that’s what this book is about. It’s all about Kyra’s chance to share something that is important to her with her beloved mates and daughter. But more than that, this book, if you ask me, is about family and what makes a family. And I think that is perfect, and definitely perfect for Christmas.

No spoilers again today. Go out and check this out. Happy reading and enjoy the good feelings you get when you finish this.

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Grace Goodwin-Ascension Saga 3, 4, & 5

So, we’re back in Grace’s Interstellar Bride Program ‘verse, and back to the story of the planet of Alera, its long missing queen, and the 3 surprise women who have lit up 3 additional spires in the Citadel, right next to the Queen’s spire.

Ascension 3 is the final part of Trinity’s story and 4 & 5 are the first two parts of Faith’s story. Grace has left us hanging at the end of the 5th, just like she did at the end of 2. She’s so mean to us. I almost wanted to cry at the end because I just can’t wait until the next one.

So, starting with 3, Trinity is now settled into the palace and Leo is pretending to be her guard, right up until someone sneaks into her bed, when he says that he is her mate and everyone is going to know. Trinity agrees with that. But that doesn’t mean that trouble is over. Sure, everyone knows that Trinity and Leo are mates, but there are still plots afoot, and they still have no clue who took the queen or where she is.

In 4, Faith is working undercover at the Jax household. The Jaxes may be one of the traitors involved in taking Queen Celene, and since no one knows what Faith looks like, she’s perfect to be there. Even if she has to work as a maid. That’s OK, she likes Lord Jax the elder, but she doesn’t get a lot of snooping time. Things happen and she meets Thor Jax who she Awakens.

In 5, Faith and Thor know that they are mates, but there are still questions about traitorous activity. Faith and Thor both think that they are the traitor. Once again, all kinds of things happen.

Yeah, I know, it seems like I’m like I’m breezing over things, and yeah, alright, I am. That’s because these are short reads and they are serials, so if I say anything about one, then I start to spoil others, and I’m trying really hard not to do that.

There are a lot of things that I like about this particular Saga. One is that the fact that the men are virgins until they meet their fated mates. I mean, not just virgins, but literally, their cock doesn’t even work until all of a sudden, boom, major lust and unending hardon. But, that doesn’t mean that they don’t know what they are doing. The Aleran males have very interesting sex ed courses, where they are taught not the birds and the bees, but how to make the birds sing and keep their ladies happy. I think that there are a lot of human men who need to know that. I can’t wait for the rest of the story to come out.

Trinity’s story will be out all as one volume in the very near future, and the same will happen with Faith and Destiny when their stories are complete.

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Not too many spoilers here except for the end of 5. Goddammit. I’m not happy.

Go check out all Grace’s books. Happy reading!

 

Grace Goodwin-Ascension Saga Books 1 & 2

So, over the time I’ve had the blog, you’ve heard me talk about Grace Goodwin and her Interstellar Bride Program books. Well, today, Grace has started a new series in her IBP ‘verse. The Ascension Saga is different than her regular books. For one thing, they are a serial, so if you don’t like cliffhangers, you may want to wait until all 6 books come out. Today, we have books 1 &2. There is also a free prequel so that you can understand what’s going on with the series. Another way that the Ascension series is different is that we’re focusing on the women a whole lot more and the entire saga follows 3 sisters.

So here’s the way this works. Alera, a planet that’s part of the Coalition, has a queen, Queen Celene. In the prequel, a coup is happening, the king is dead, and Celene is trying to get somewhere safe because she’s pregnant, which no one else knows, and she knows that she and her daughter need to get somewhere safe so that her daughter can be born and grow up and then they can come take back Alera. Celene’s lit spire in the Citadel will stay that way as long as she lives, no matter where she is, so her people will know that she lives.

Flash forward 27 years and Trinity and her younger twin sisters Faith and Destiny are speeding to the Interstellar Bride Processing Center as quickly as they can, while being chased by a black SUV. They want to ask the sisters about the spaceship that landed in their front yard and took their mother from her bed. The sisters just want to get to Alera so that they can start to find their mom, and oh yeah, declare themselves to be Princesses of Alera. They make it by the skin of their teeth and stand behind a couple of huge Atlan warriors who block the black SUV from getting in. With the help of Warden Egara and Prime Nial, the sisters make it to Alera, where they are greeted by a lord that Nial trusts, and a Consort to help slake Trinity’s Aleran Ardor, which is a kind of heat that Aleran women go into. Nial has also called in a friend, Leo, to help guard the women, but he doesn’t tell them who they are. All Leo knows is that when he sees Trinity, he realizes that she’s The One, his mate.

Because it’s a serial, if I talk too much about what happens in any of the books, it really spoils the one before it. So, in vague terms, we have true love, laser battles, torture, spanking, lots of sex, and untold secrets. We also have 3 sisters who are pretty kick ass. Trinity, as the oldest, has been trained to really think of her people and her planet first and herself after. She’s also been taught to value the rule of law and all that kind of thing. Destiny is pretty much a battle goddess. If you can kill someone with it, she can use it. Faith isn’t going to kill you, but she’s not a pushover either. All three sisters have been trained in defense and the things that all good rulers need to know. Don’t mess with them. They will hurt you in all kinds of ways, in all the ways. The series looks like it’s going to really focus in on the sisters. There are going to be mates, of course, because well, it’s a romance, but I think that they are going to be not as prominent as they have been in other books. We’re also going to get a different kind of story because here we’re focusing on the women taking their planet back and trying to save their mother. I’m really looking forward to it.

There are going to be 6 books in total, and each of the sisters will have 3 books focusing on her. 1-3 are for Trinity, and 3&4 come out in November.

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ARGH! The cliffhanger in 2. OMFG. I just about screamed out loud for real. The only reason I didn’t was that it was the middle of the night and my husband gets grumpy if I wake him up in the middle of the night because of a book. I don’t need his grumpiness when I’m reading.

I have the feeling that Celene may not be found, and I’m not sure what I think about that. I guess we’ll have to see what happens.

OK, that’s all I have to say about these. Go check them out. 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!

Grace Goodwin-Rogue Cyborg

Yay! More Grace Goodwin and her Interstellar Bride universe. Rogue Cyborg is a combo of two of the off-shoots of that ‘verse, Rogue 5 and the Colony. I love the folks in the Colony. I think they are getting a bum rap from their various worlds. I guess I can understand why they have put their veterans who have be partially integrated by the Hive in a safe part of space so that the Hive can’t get to them again, but until recently, their families wouldn’t even get to see them. Thank goodness that’s changing, due to Prime Niall.

So, here’s our book today. Gwen is a human woman who was a Coalition fighter. Remember, Earth is the only planet that sends women out as fighters. As a feminist, I want to say yay! Women out of the front lines of the war because they are able to go out and fight too. But, the part of me that loves these big alpha aliens wants to say that they have the right idea keeping women off the front line and protected. It doesn’t keep me from reading and enjoying the books anyway. But back to Gwen. She was captured by the Hive and has extensive integration. She’s also the only single woman on the Colony, which is something that disturbs all the males of the Colony. So, some of the knuckleheads decide they know what they are going to do. They are going to have a big tournament and fight in the Pit to decide who is going to claim her and be her mate. When Gwen finds out, she’s pretty damn pissed. So she goes down to the Pit to have it out and get their heads on straight. The thing is, with her integrations, she’s faster and stronger than all the guys on the Colony, so she walks into the Pit and starts throwing around Prillons and Atlans. They refuse to fight back because she’s female, and the Governor shows up and tells the boys that this isn’t OK, but tells Gwen she has to pick a mate immediately. If she picks a mate, he’ll let her get back out and into the fight. So she chooses. She chooses the one male who turns her crank.

Makarios is a Hyperion and Forsian hybrid from Rogue 5. He’s a smuggler who was betrayed by a traitor which got him caught by the Coalition and locked in the brig. But that wasn’t the worst of it. The worst of it is that while he was trapped in the brig, the Hive captured the ship, and he got several implants. Now he’s free of the Hive, but he’s imprisoned on the Colony. He can’t get back out into space, which is where he wants to be, he just has to exist. Since the very first time he saw Gwen, Mak has wanted her. But he’s never going to take a mate. You see, there’s a very good chance he will kill her if he mates with her completely. You see, the Hyperion part of him wants and needs to bite his bite his mate. But the Forsian part of him produces a poison that will kill the female he mates with. Gwen knew that he didn’t want to have a mate, so she chose him. The Governor’s happy, her lady bits are happy, she gets to go out and fight, and Mak gets to escape out into space.

Lately, Grace has been writing a lot of female warriors into the series, and we’re seeing a lot of women who are continuing the fight with their mates right there next to them. I’m thinking that is pretty damn awesome. But Gwen is like warrior squared or maybe even cubed. She is definitely the strongest female we’ve seen thus far, physically, and I think probably the strongest mentally as well. She’s fierce, ferocious, and a fighter. She’s not about to let anyone just choose her fate for her or turn her into a protected woman. She can protect herself, TYVM. Mak is perfect for her. He is strong enough to stand with her and he respects her strength and spirit. I love the two of them together. I really want to see so much more of these two, and they are now up in the top 3 of my fave pairings in the series.

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OK, Gwen is seriously kickass. I mean, she kills 9 Hive on her own. And not by shooting them, she rips off heads. Then she stands there, stark-ass naked and blue in the poison air. That’s just so damn impressive, even if the Hive added stuff to her, she had to have had some serious ovaries beforehand.

I’m glad that Rezzer got to handle some things. That makes me happy, especially since he’s one of my favorites.

OK, that’s all of this one. I seriously cannot recommend the entire series strongly enough. There’s sweet stories, hot stories, spanking stories, menage, and just about every other thing you can possibly want. Go check them out. The nice thing is you don’t really have to read them in too much of an order, at least the main books. I would definitely suggest reading them in order for the Colony books and the Rogue 5 books. And probably the Everian books. You know what? Ignore what I said and go read them all in order. Happy reading!

Lee Savino-Owned by the Berserkers

Lee’s back with her Berserkers. They are a bunch of Viking and ancient Celtic warriors who were changed into wolves by magic. They have three forms, the man, the wolf, and the monster. The Berserkers walk a fine line between being sane and crazed. The monster can eat away at their sanity. Because of that, most of the Berserkers have paired up in brother bonds, to help keep their sanity intact. It wasn’t until the Alphas found their woman and found out that she was something called a spaewife that they learned that spaewives can mate with them and can control the beasts. There were originally four sisters, but then the Berserkers found out about an abbey filled with orphans who are spaewives. So, they raided the abbey and took all the orphans with them.

In Owned by the Berserkers (Berserker is a fun word to type), we get the story of another one of the orphans, Fern, and her mates, Svein and Dagg. This book flashes back and forth between the present and the past. We get to see what happened at the raid and what’s currently happening.

At the raid, Svein and Dagg discovered Fern and carried her away. They knew that she was her mate and they decided that they were going to be very careful with her and woo her before they told her. All Fern knew is that she felt safe with them and that being with them held off her visions of the skeletal monster who wanted to have her. She got to spend just a few blissful days with them before that monster, the Corpse King, decided to attack. He managed to make Svein and Dagg crazy and cause them to do things they never would otherwise.

Now, Fern lives with all the other unmated spaewives and orphans. They live in a lodge on the mountain, isolated from all the Berserkers so that they don’t cause any problems. When each of the women goes through the heat that each spaewife goes through, she is mated to the Berserkers who are their mates. The women get to see some of the already mated women from the orphanage, but other than that, they are kept under close guard.

Fern has problems though. One is that her visions of the Corpse King are coming back and they are coming back stronger. All she knows is that she was safe with Svein and Dagg. And there are wolves that are howling around the edge of the mountain. She’s been feeding them on the sly, but she finds out that they are to be driven away after a blizzard. That’s when Fern knows that she has to do something.

Fern, Dagg, and Svein are going to be my second favorite trio, after Sage, Rolf, and Thorbjornn. Fern is an incredibly strong character. She knows that she has to do something and she goes out and does it, even after she’s been warned that the wolves howling at the mountain are monsters with nothing left of their humanity and that there’s a horrible blizzard on its way. She goes out and does it anyway and nearly dies from the weather, but succeeds at her overall goal. I was sad about some things in this story, because, well, they are sad things. I was also worried about some things. But, overall, I was hopeful and knew that Fern would be successful in her goals. She was too determined to win for her to manage to fail. If you haven’t read any of the Berserker books, you could read each as a standalone, I guess, since each is a story in and of itself, but they are all part of a larger story, and you will like them more if you have read the ones before it.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how Fern’s new power is going to fit in with the rest of the story. I do love that the women are powerful and that they are actually powers in their own right, not just because they are mated to a Berserker pair. I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’m looking forward to seeing Juliet’s story. I know that Jarl has something to do with it, so it’s going to be interesting to see. She may be the first Berserker bride without a flower name. Maybe she needs to have a name change.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out both the Berserker Saga, for how the story began, and the Berserker Brides for how the story is continuing. You won’t be sorry! Happy reading!