Grace Goodwin-Claimed by the Vikens

Let’s get matched to our perfect mates, shall we? That means it’s time to go to the Interstellar Bride Program’s Testing Center in Miami again and read Grace Goodwin’s latest book, Claimed by the Vikens.

The Vikens are divided up into 3 sectors. There used to be a lot of division between the 3 sectors but once the triplet kings were reunited and got their bride, the sectors also reunited. This led to a lot of Vikens getting together in trios and testing for brides together, but not all of the warriors did that. Axon, Zed, and Cader did not.

Violet has a twin sister named Mindy. They never spent time apart. Mindy is the more flirtatious one, vivacious, and impulsive. Violet is the complete opposite. She tends to stay in the corner, is quieter, and everything is organized. When Mindy has a bad breakup, she suddenly goes to the testing center and gets sent to Trion. The only notice that Violet got was a text right before she left telling Violet that she was going to Trion. That was 8 long weeks ago, and Violet has been miserable ever since. So she decides to go and get tested. Her testing dream is vivid and HAWT and involves 3 guys, which she didn’t think was a Trion thing, but she’s more than willing to go with it. When Warden Egara tells her that she has a match, Violet jumps at the chance to go, right until she’s told that she’s matched to 3 Vikens and not to Trion. That’s when Violet balks, refuses the match, and goes home.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, 3 hot warriors are waiting at the same transport pad for their bride. It’s obviously a mistake, since they all wanted their own bride. When they find out that nope, they are all matched to the same person and that she’s refusing to come, the guys decide that they will just have to go find her, and so transport to Earth.

There are a lot of things that each of the characters have to go through to get to the end. Calder could’ve used a really good dope slap more than once. He needed to get out of his own way and didn’t always do that fast enough. Axon and Zed got with the program faster. Violet had all her own issues, both from realizing that there were 3 hot guys that wanted her and trying to understand it’s OK to get what she wants, and from missing her sister. There’s also a small matter of a time/space warp that makes time go differently on different planets, but that’s just a mere trifling. It’s a great story and one that made me cry in places. My husband kept poking me and asking me if I was OK because I was sniffling. I’m turning into a softie in my old age. But, there were sad parts, so what was I supposed to do? Apparently, I do still have a heart. Who knew? Anyway, I honestly can’t recommend Grace Goodwin and all the books in this series enough. I’ve suggested them to lots of people because they are great stories with a good mix of tension, sex, story, romance, and adventure. So, go check them out.

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I was mad at Calder for trying to keep pushing the whole 1 mate thing, even after Violet had stated that she wanted all three of them. It seemed like he was more in love with the idea of her than he was with her. But, he at least got better.

And yeah, Violet told them that she would take the 30 days to choose which one would be her mate, but she figured out pretty quickly what she wanted. Axon and Zed were more than happy to help her with that.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read Grace’s books. Happy reading!

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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!

Grace Goodwin-His Virgin Princess

It’s another entry in the world of the Interstellar Brides! Everyone jump up and down and say hurray! Or, maybe that was just my reaction to getting this one. I may do this every time I hear a Grace Goodwin release date. (BTW, the next one is in April and you can already pre-order on Zon. I may or may not have it on a calendar.)

So, His Virgin Princess. This is the final book for the 3 young women who went to Everis to be matched to a Hunter. The Everian brides all have a mark and they have Matched Mates, which are the Hunters who have the matching shaped mark in a corresponding place. The women who are matched to Everis also have some Everian genetics.

Anyhow, Dani came to Everis and to the Touchstone at the same time as Katie and Lexi. The 3 of them became close friends. Poor Dani watched her friends find their Matched Mates and become mated and get their happily-ever-after. Dani’s mate was dreamsharing with her but told her to find another mate and be happy. Dani isn’t going to go with that. She knows that there is something wrong and she is going to go track her man, find out what’s going on, and save him. She’s spent more of her life outside than she has inside. Her dad was a former SEAL and was a wildlife guide. He taught Dani everything he knew and she helped her dad. She could track a cloud across the sky. It all makes sense to her now that she knows she has Everian genes, she’s a Hunter.

Gage knows that his Matched Mate is out there. He would give nothing more than to spend the rest of his life with her. Except, he’s pretty sure that’s not in his cards. He’s been kidnapped and trapped. He knows that he’s about to die, and he doesn’t want to take Dani with him or to put her in danger. Little does he know what Earth women are really like. He has so much to learn. Good thing Bryn and Von will be around to help him figure it out.

So, Dani finds her man and finds out that not only is he super-duper hot and hers, he’s also a prince. that means she’s going to be a princess. She’s so not ready to be a princess. Oh well, on-the-job training, right?

Alrighty, we all know what time it is. I’m going to tell you how awesome this book is and then put up a pretty picture. Then I’m going to talk about other things under the pretty picture. Yes, this book is pretty damn awesome. I think Dani has now become one of my favorite Brides. I mean, damn, bitch is hardcore. (Bonus points if you can identify that movie.) She manages to trick a whole bunch of Everian Hunters. That’s not an easy thing to do, but she managed it, and I was totally impressed by that. I mean, just totally awesome. She had the skills and she knew what she could do and she went out and did it. She didn’t wait around for someone to rescue the princess, she went out and rescued the prince. Way to turn that trope right on its head. See why I think she’s pretty damn awesome?

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Alright. I have to say that I didn’t see that the bad person was the bad person. I thought it might have been someone else altogether. But, that may just have been because of that particular person’s attitude. See if you can guess who I thought it was. But, having read it, I can see why the bad person did what they did. I can’t even really blame them. Well, OK, I can blame them, because that’s just how I roll, but I can understand why they did it.

I’d really love to see a next gen of this particular sub-series since there were all those babies popping all at once. I’d love to see all these kids all grown up and how they mature and grow. Or maybe, we can come back in a couple years of story time and have our ladies go through more adventures and see how all their mates are dealing with their human wives and if they are particularly crazy yet.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go out and add this one to your Grace Goodwin collection.

Grace Goodwin-Fighting For Their Mate

I love, absolutely love the Interstellar Bride series, in whatever form they show up in. I read them, reread them, recommend them, and read them some more. I stalk and stalk and stalk to find out when the next one is coming out, and talk to people about what we’d like to see happen. All of us agree that Warden Egara should get more mates. We also discuss all our favorites. I like the Atlans and Rezz, from the last book, actually, is my favorite. But, what does that have to do with today’s blog? Well, we’re talking about Fighting For Their Mate, the latest installment in the series.

With FFTM, we’re back in the main series of the universe. Chloe, who has been a part of the intelligence branch of the Coalition forces, is now back on Earth. After spending 4 years out in space, fighting the Hive, being back on Earth is just stifling. She is limited as to what she can say since she worked in intelligence and most humans don’t believe that the Hive is out there anyway. Earth is deeply isolated from the fight and most vets don’t make it back to Earth, so they have nothing right in front of their eyes to prove it’s actually happening. Chloe just can’t live like that anymore. She wants back out in space, where she was happy and where she was with people who understood. The only way she can do that now is with the Interstellar Bride Program. So, off she goes to volunteer.

Seth is a human who is deployed with the Karter group in a very busy sector of space. He is the head of a ReCon squad. We’ve met Seth a couple of times before. His sister Sarah and her mate rescued him in Mated to the Beast. In Mating Fever, a member of his squad is due to get out and she tests to be a bride, so we get another glimpse at Seth. Now it’s time for Seth’s story. For Christmas one year, Sarah gives Seth the gift of testing. She wants him to be as happy as she is. However, Seth isn’t real thrilled about the whole idea, since he doesn’t want to leave a mate and children behind if something happens. After having been captured by the Hive once, he knows that it can happen quickly. When he gets matched to a bride, he is horribly unhappy and doesn’t really want her.

Dorian is a Prillon warrior. The Prillons have a tradition of mating in pairs so that their mates and children are never left alone if something happens to one of them. However, he lost his cousin recently, who was going to be the primary partner in their pairing. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever have a mate. Seth gets the call about his mate arriving while he is on a shuttle being piloted by Dorian after a daring rescue. When Seth says that he wants them to send her back, Dorian gets mad, pulls him aside and asks him what’s up. When Seth spills his worries, Dorian offers to be his second. He tells Seth that he never wanted to be a primary, but he is perfectly happy being a second in a pairing. Seth decides that works out well, so off they go to meet their new mate, Chloe.

OK, so here we are, once again. You get to make some decisions as to where you are going to go. Grace’s worldbuilding is amazing. Yeah, I know I’ve said that every time I write about her books, but it’s true. The IB’verse is vast and follows some general rules. However, the rules aren’t so strict that Grace can’t work around them and make some changes whenever she wants to. This book is one of those changes. It is different to any of the other books in the ‘verse which is really nice. It both fits and doesn’t fit within the rules, which is totally awesome. I look forward to seeing how later books go. FFTM is probably tying with Rezz’s story as my fave in the whole ‘verse, if not tied, then a very, very close second.

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Yeah, I know, I don’t normally use covers, but Grace’s covers are pretty, so you’re getting this one. 🙂

Oh my, Chloe is cool af! I mean, she had a higher rank than her mates. That’s pretty awesome. I love Karter’s reaction to finding out she was on his ship and he could actually avail himself of her talent. This is one place where this book is different from the rest of them.

Seth is the first human male we see matched through the IBP, which is new and exciting, and I hope to see more of. I would also love to see more humans teaming up like Pillons or with Pillons. Seth and Dorian made a super Alpha pair, and I don’t blame Chloe for falling to her knees around them. I wanted and they are just on my Kindle. Seth is a total Dom. Wow.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. Got a new K Webster book coming up in a few days, looking forward to that. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Once a commander with the Intelligence Core for the Coalition Fleet, a mission gone wrong forced Chloe to return to Earth injured and dishonored. But she’s seen too much and is restless in civilian life. This drives her to do whatever it takes to return to space, to where she belongs, so she volunteers as an Interstellar Bride. She’s shocked to discover her mate is human, but he’s like no one else she’s ever met…and he’s taken a second, a huge Prillon warrior equally determined to seduce her body and win her heart.

ReCon Captain, Seth Mills, lost both of his brothers to the Hive, and vows to continue fighting. His bride is an unwelcome shock, and he agrees to the Prillon custom of taking a second to protect the innocent woman destined to be his. No matter how determined he is to resist her allure, one touch, one kiss, and he knows he can never let her go.

Although she surrenders to their dominant touch, Chloe is no innocent. She’s a commander with secrets she can’t share. And when the entire Battlegroup is caught in a deadly Hive trap, she’s the only one who can save them all, no matter the cost. But Chloe’s mates won’t let her go into battle alone. No matter the risk, they’re willing to sacrifice everything…and fight for their mate.

Grace Goodwin-Her Cyborg Beast

So, Grace Goodwin. She’s shown up here before. I love her books. I own them all. I carefully watch the release dates and hit purchase as soon as possible. This one I was lucky enough to get as an ARC, yay me! I was so thrilled, I’m telling you, I love these books. I think getting any ARCs is exciting and I’m pretty honored when I get them. I love sharing the stories with you all. No one is forcing me or telling me that I have to write anything that I do on my blog, so if I’m gushing over something or excited about a book, that’s my honest opinion. Sorry, big digression there, it had to be said today. Don’t ask me why, but there it is.

OK, back to Grace and Her Cyborg Beast. This is another book in the Interstellar Bride Program ‘verse. There are several different series in this ‘verse. There’s the main IBP series, the Virgin Bride series, the new Rogue 5 series, and The Colony series. This book is in The Colony group.

Quick overview of the ‘verse. There are the good guys, the Alliance, and the bad guys, the Hive. The Hive captures Alliance fighters and converts them into cyborgs. Sometimes the fighters get rescued. If they do, they get sent to The Colony. The Colony is deep in Alliance space and protected from the Hive, which could control the partially converted fighters. In the past, the people on The Colony were thought to be contaminated and basically lepers. However, there are human women who are working to change that because the beings on The Colony are veterans and should be honored.

Rezzer is one of the males on The Colony. He’s an Atlan. I love the Atlans, I have a thing for big, hulking, massive Alpha males. The Atlans have a beast inside them. They can turn into the beast when they are fighting and such. If they don’t find their mate, their beast will take over in a mating fever. That’s not Rezzer’s problem here. He was captured by a Hive operative and his men who are hiding on The Colony. He and his team were out trying to find the bad guys and bring them to justice when he was captured. Somehow, the Hive managed to suppress Rezzer’s beast and nothing medical can do can bring it back. The governor of the base decides for one last ditch effort and gets Rezzer tested for the Interstellar Bride Program, hoping his mate can bring out his beast.

CJ worked in the financial sector. When her company got caught doing bad things, she was the one who had to pay the price. She was given the choice between going to jail or joining the IBP. Guess which one she chose? She got tested, which is where the book opens up. The first chapters of these books are always pretty damn sexy. I mean, wow sexy. She gets matched to Rezzer.

When she gets to The Colony, Rezzer tells her that he’s unworthy and will help her find a worthy mate. CJ doesn’t stand for that and does something about it.

OK, we’re going to separate here. I love Rezzer. He’s in a character in several other Colony books, and I have fallen completely in love with him. I really want him as a book boyfriend, but I’m afraid that CJ will cut a bitch. CJ is a strong, strong Alpha female who isn’t going to take any shit from anyone. I think that she makes such a great partner for Rezzer. There is lots of sex in this book, some violence, bad language, and lots of fun stuff. If you like hot romance, hot sex, and science fiction, this is a great book to check out.

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Great cover, right?

The Hive is definitely up to no good, which of course, they’re the bad guys, but I wonder how many more people they have infected the way they infected Rezzer. At least the Atlans seem like they can get it away from them, maybe? They are at least warned so hopefully no more Atlans get infected by the Hive.

I adore the twins and their names. I’m glad that they seem to be clear of whatever the Hive tried to do with Rezzer.

I think that I like the Colony books the most. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love the entire ‘verse, but the guys on the Colony are different. I think that it’s that we have had a chance to build a relationship with the guys through other books, so we are able to feel for them so much more. I look forward to the rest of Rezzer’s team getting mated since we’ve already seen some of them mated. It’ll be good.

Tomorrow, we have a new Ava Sinclair book. It’s totally filthy. We have the next Parker Sinclair coming up, as well as a new Jane Henery and Dani Rene, so keep a good eye on this space for all the good stuff. Remember to check out In Between the Page’s FB page. I pimp out authors, list free books, and just had a nice little contest, so come visit me.

Grace Goodwin-Her Rogue Mates

Grace Goodwin is making her very first appearance here on my humble little blog, but not her first appearance in my library. I have everything that she has available on Amazon. A friend of mine turned me onto her books early this year, and I’ve bought every one as soon as they have come out.

Her Rogue Mates is part of Grace’s Interstellar Brides universe. There are several series in that universe, and HRM is the first book of the newest one. We were introduced to this particular world in the most recent book of the series, His Virgin Bride, where the hero and heroine have to go to Rogue 5, a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Rogue 5 is run by a bunch of different legions. The legions are factions, some are sorta loosely allied with each other, others are mortal enemies. Styx is one of the leaders of a legion, the Styx Legion. Blade is his strong right hand. They decided long ago that they were going to share a mate when they found her. That way she would always be protected and loved. One day, when they are on Transport Station: Zenith, Styx meets Harper in a bar, and knows that he’s found their woman.

Harper is a human who has decided that she is going to help the Coalition with their fight against the Hive in her own way. Instead of signing up for the Bride program or joining Earth’s military to fight, she’s going to use her medical training. She’s an ER nurse and used to working in high-stress situations, so she signs up for the MedRec. They go in after the battles and triage the wounded and transport them to better facilities where they can get treatment for their wounds. It’s an exhausting job, but one she loves, and one she’s done for almost two years. One day, after losing a member of her team, she’s in a bar trying to drown her sorrows, when she sees Styx and follows him into the hallway for a little rough and tumble. When Blade joins them, she’s right on board with that idea too.

OK, it’s time for those who don’t want spoiled to part ways. This book is kinky in that it’s a menage, but it doesn’t have much in the way that the other books I’ve reviewed do. It does have a lot of really hot sex. Really, hot sex. It also has conspiracies, mysteries, and assassination attempts, so it’s an engrossing tale, all around. Grace is a mandatory 1-click for me, and if I could pre-order her books, I would. She’s created a very well-written universe. It’s defined enough that you know what it is, but loose enough that she can easily add in more aliens, worlds, stories, what have you, without crushing it. I look forward to books out of this universe for some time to come.

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After Harper is attacked on a mission, they rush her off to Rogue 5, where they know that they can keep her safe. They are a lethal team, in every sense of the word, and she is their mate.

I love that Blade and Styx make it obvious to their captains and enforcers that she is their mate, no matter what. They do that even before they do the whole claiming bite thing because they are that sure, which is awesome. I love the way that she proves that she is claiming them at the end. It was quite a statement, and not only claimed Styx and Blade, but the whole legion too, which was even more impressive.

I know that there are more traitors than the ones they found, I’m personally suspicious of the member of her team that disappeared right before the attack. Maybe he just got grabbed first, but it feels hinky to me. And I really hate the nasty spymaster doctor. I keep waiting for him to die.

OK, that’s it for this book, other than to say that Amazon is a dick, since they have blocked this from coming out on Kindle on release day for some damn reason. Next week, we have all new and exciting books to talk about. Meanwhile, happy reading!