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!

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Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Destiny

Lili Zander and Lee Savino have taken us back to the Prison Planet with everyone’s favorite exiles. Today, we have a date with destiny with Draekon Destiny.

OK, hopefully by now we all remember the backstory for the Draekon books. A bunch of human women crash-landed on the planet where the Zorahn send the Draekon for exile. When two Draekon see the woman that they are fated to mate with in a triad, the guys turn into dragons. Once they have completed the mating, the guys can shift whenever.

The stories all feature one particular trio, but they are part of a larger story arc. You could read them as a standalone if you wanted to, but you won’t get as much out of them as you would if you were to read them in order.

So far, all the books we’ve read look at the run up to the mating and finding the HEA. Destiny is different. Instead of looking at a relationship building to an HEA, we find out what happens when the HEA isn’t forever and the relationship breaks.

Our poor Felicity. She’s had a very shitty time of it so far. Her mother died when she was young and her father couldn’t hack it as a parent. So he dumped her off with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. They only saw her as free labor and her cousin actively made Felicity’s life miserable. When she was chosen to go to a new planet, she thought that her life would be better. Then she crashed on the prison planet. That’s where Xan and Lud come into the story. They courted her and wooed her and she thought she had her HEA. Then everything went pear-shaped.

The bad guys got ahold of the pieces they needed for the cloak ship, but they needed someone to pilot it. Because of the asteroid belt around the planet, they needed someone with Draekon reflexes, which means they needed someone mated. Those assholes knew that Lud had a secret and that he had been looking for a communicator. They blackmailed him into helping them and being their pilot so they could all get off the planet. They were fine with Xan going, but since they were assholes, they weren’t about to let Felicity go with. When Felicity finds out what’s going on, she discovers that her guys told the bad guys that they were going to leave with them, and leave her there.

Now, remember, she’s been abandoned and used her entire life, so she’s devastated. These two aliens who have taken over her heart have just used her to become dragons and are now leaving.

We see a lot of this in flashback. Then we also have what’s happening currently. It’s an interesting way to do it, and we can see how each thing that happened affected each of our main characters. Writing different POVs can be hard and then writing those different POVs in present time and flashback must be even harder. Lili and Lee did a really good job of it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the things we found out in this book are going to impact the things in the next books.

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I couldn’t take sides at all in this one. Everyone was hurting and they were all hurting each other without even meaning to. I think this book is going to be my favorite in the story. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all of them, and I love building up to the HEA, but I also like finding out what happens after what the HEA was supposed to be and when things get broken.

I can’t wait to find out more about the big find and to see if they are going to find Rahit’vi. Looks like it’s going to be great.

OK, that’s all for today, go look at all the Draekon books and find out what’s going on. Happy reading!

I’ll be taking a break from reviewing tomorrow. I have a busy day coming up tomorrow, but I’ll be right back at it on Monday, and I have some reveal/boost/excerpt type posts coming up tomorrow, so you will still see something from me. Have a great weekend!

Sara Fields-Mated to the Dragons

This is the 5th book in Sara Fields’ Captive Bride series. Her first 4 had young women who were connected in a way. Our heroine in this book is only connected by the fact that they were all sent to the same bridal training facility. I also think this one has some definitely darker aspects than the other books do. So, shall we talk about Mated to the Dragons?

If you’ve read the other books, you know that Earth is horribly overpopulated. Because of that, the families of Earth are limited to only two children. An illegal third child can be sent to an off-world colony or prison. Or, women can be sent to a bridal training center. The women who go to this facility are trained, spanked, and sold off to aliens as brides. Think mail order brides, only on a galactic scale, and a much, much kinkier version. There are menages, pet girls, spankings, butt plugs, and all sorts of other fun stuff.

However, that’s not strictly what happened for Jada. She has spent her entire life trying to be a good girl. She’s always done what her parents asked, paid attention, followed all the laws, and never broken any rules. She even got a job with the President. But, when she found out that he had broken the law to get elected? She knew that she had to do something about it. She took all her information and gave it to a reporter. When the reporter was killed, she was framed for the murder and falsely represented as a 3rd child. Jada was tried in secret and sent immediately off to the bridal training facility. Her parents don’t even know for sure where she is or what has happened to her. When she gets to the facility, instead of mixing with the other women, she’s isolated in her own room, all by herself. When the warden tells her that she’s found the perfect place for Jada, she can tell that the warden is glad to get rid of her.

Bruddis and Draego are brothers. They are also the princes of Draegira. Their father is dying because his body has recognized that is now more powerful men to lead their planet. But, they need to find a bride that they can share. They don’t have time to do all the usual stuff that goes along with finding a royal bride, so when they find out about this mail order bride training facility deal, they decide that they will buy a human bride. Enter Jada.

Jada’s introduction to her new planet is pretty hot and sexy. I mean, two guys at the same time while you are chained to a pole in front of the population of your new world? Yeah. But that’s only one hoop that Jada has to jump through before she may be able to marry her guys.

Alright. I love dragons. I love guys who turn into dragons. I mostly love Bruddis and Draego. There is one point that makes me really mad at them and I had to take a minute from wanting to go smack their snouts with a rolled up newspaper. Of course, that would lead to me being frozen, melted, or shot by Jada. What makes this the darkest of the books yet, at least for me, is some of the things that Jada has to deal with throughout the story. Not from Bruddis and Draego, but from outside forces.

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Oh man, they made me so mad when they didn’t believe her when she told them that she didn’t kill anyone. I was so frustrated. I mean, she’s supposed to trust them, but they won’t trust her there?

And the pearl scene after the wedding? OMFG. I always thought pearls were sexy, but that scene took it to a higher level. Jada is obviously a pain slut, too.

Alright, that’s all for this one. All the Captive Brides are in KU right now, I believe, so go read them all. Happy reading!

Dani Rene-Fragile Innocence

This isn’t Dani’s first visit here, and heaven willing, it won’t be her last. Her works are really good. I get dragged into the stories and then get sucked into the emotions of her characters. There is a realism there that makes me happy. Her books can also be brutal to your emotions, making you go up and down and all around. That’s definitely what Fragile Innocence does. Dani put Ella, Ben, and Carter through hell, but she does it in a way that makes you want to go right through that hell with them.

So, Ella has been running away from her hidden past for years. She never stays in one place for very long because she doesn’t want to let the monster that she’s hiding from find her. When she gets to London, she finally thinks that she’s safe. She’s changed her look, her attitude, everything.

When she gets off the plane in London, she notices a beautiful man who happened to notice her too. Carter was so entranced by what he saw, he decided that he would get in a car and follow her. When he found out where she was living, he realized that it’s a building owned by his best friend and partner in sex, Bennett. He calls Bennett to get info on the new woman in the building.

It turns out that Ella is the new real estate agent for Bennett’s company. When he sees her, he realizes why Carter is so entranced by her. They make plans to get her in between them.

The sex in this story is super hot. This is an MMF menage. In other words, everyone’s getting it on with everyone else. I personally like a good MMF menage. There’s just something so sexy about reading about MMF and MM stories. I just think the whole idea of honest sex between two consenting adults, no matter what equipment happens to be in between their legs, is hot. I liked their dynamic and the fact that Ella had no problems with accepting Bennett and Carter’s dynamic and doesn’t feel any kind of jealousy about them being together. In fact, she loves the idea.

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OMG, the bad guy was a total surprise to me. Creepy, creepy fucker, and all the rest of what was going on with that situation just pissed me off. I mean, that was just disgusting that anyone would let that happen.

I kind of thought that Carter and Bennett were big jerks at the beginning, but they did manage to redeem themselves. They were very understanding in the end about what kind of things that Ella may be dealing with and they wanted to make sure to not push her beyond what she can take, which is awesome. It just shows how much they love her.

I did like that Dani did show that even while love helps deal with things, it doesn’t automatically heal everything and make everything all better immediately. It takes time and work and patience. That made everything perfect.

OK, that’s all for today. Keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic books, because you know I’ve got some coming for you. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Felicity Brandon-Goldie’s Surrender

I have never loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears more than I have when I read Goldie’s Surrender. Felicity has done really well with Goldie and her 3 dominant bear shifter boys. The story is great and the sex? Well, I had to fan my computer off while writing this blog just in memory of the story.

Goldie is the quintessential rich girl. Her daddy is a huge developer who is trying to raze the forest so he can develop it. He’s always given her everything she wants, but never any boundaries, discipline, time, or love. She spends most of her time with Harry the servant at the house. One day, Harry tells her to stay out of the forest. The forest is wild and mysterious. Of course, that means that she’s going to go right out into the forest, wild and mysterious be damned. Goldie likes the great outdoors, she used to go out and hike and took survival courses and everything, so she figures she’ll just go out there for a hike while she’s there and while the forest is still there.

Goldie wakes up early the next morning and is off on her hike. She leaves Harry a nice little note telling him that she had left early to go hang out with some friends. And off she traipses into the woods. (I may need to watch that movie again, the songs are in my head now.) She sets a waypoint on her GPS so she can find her car when she’s done and goes for a lovely hike. Except, she doesn’t get a signal in the forest and she gets terribly lost and ends up spending the night out in the wild.

Logan, Ethan, and Heath are three brothers who live deep in the forest and take care of the woods. And oh yeah, they’re bears. Logan is the oldest and is the Alpha of the bunch. Ethan is the middle child and has some real issues with Logan. They love each other, but they also butt heads a lot. Ethan doesn’t always want to do what Logan says. He wants to be in charge and make the decisions. Or at least he thinks he might want to. Mostly he just has anger issues and doesn’t want to have someone telling him what to do. Heath is the baby of the group. He’s also the most mellow of the three brothers. He often acts as the peacemaker and helps to keep things working smoothly between his brothers. On this particular morning, he is making a nice soup for them to eat when they get home from working on reinforcing a waterway.

When Goldie wakes up with bugs crawling all over her, she is understandably a little upset. She’s lost, her phone’s dead, and she’s cold and hungry. So she wanders off to see if she can find someone to help her. Instead, she finds a cozy cottage in the woods where there are three chairs, three bedrooms, and a lovely pot of soup bubbling away on the stove.

OK, so since we’ve all heard the story of the 3 bears, so we know basically what happens next. But, I’ll bet the version you heard as a kid didn’t include Goldie getting spanked or screwed into next week. The interactions between the brothers read as really realistic of siblings. (I’m 16 months older than my brother, and he was totally Ethan.) It’s a great dynamic there. Goldie and the brothers really worked well. Since each brother had their own strengths, they all met different needs, so it worked really well. I love this fairy tale and want Felicity to write many, many more.

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Goldie was a brat and she did have issues with being a brat. She’s a likable brat though, so not too bad. I didn’t like Ethan all the time. He’s kind of a dickbag sometimes. He does manage to pull his head out of his ass, but it takes a lot of time for it to happen.

I love how each guy does something particular for Goldie, in the form of meeting needs. Logan is safety, Heath is the soothing, calming one, and Ethan is the one who scares her, first in the wrong way, but then in the best ways.

Everyone loves each other, which is good and there’s a very nice HEA, since it is a fairy tale. We all know that they have HEAs.

Hold onto this lovely, light RH/menage dearies, because we are going to be rolling in the dark again next week, and you may need Felicity and Goldie to get you through. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Reverse Harem vs. Menage

In the next couple of months, I’m going to have some reverse harem books coming up, and since I didn’t have any books due today, I thought that I would talk about reverse harems and menages.

We all know what a harem is, right? One man has a lot of women. A reverse harem is, well the reverse. One woman with a lot of guys. One really good example of a reverse harem and a personal favorite of mine is Pearl’s Possession by Lee Savino. It’s part of the Red Petticoat series, which if you haven’t read it, then you totally should read at least Pearl, then the rest of the series. Trust me. Pearl has 5 husbands, and wooohooo, hang on for the ride.

There are several other books and RH series that I’ve read and enjoyed. Laura Jo Phillips has a whole reverse harem series called The Soul-Linked Saga. The first book is The Dracons’ Woman. They are a scifi/PNR/shifter kind of thing. I enjoy the series. Laurell K. Hamilton also writes some paranormal series that have reverse harems in them. Her Anita Blake series has reverse harem in about the last half of the series. Some people got upset with the AB books because they started out one way, but then it turned into soft-core porn and lost the core of the characters. But her Merry Gentry started out with a reverse harem and lots of sex and even more sex. LKH wove a great story into the Merry Gentry series as well as loads of men and loads of sex. I think it may be time for me to reread the series. I haven’t in a long while.

Anyway, what’s the difference between a reverse harem and a menage? Well, menages are typically 2 men and 1 woman (or 1 man and 2 women, depending). A lot of people classify 3+ men as a reverse harem. You’ll see one of those tomorrow, by Felicity Brandon. However, my personal theory is that a woman has three orifices, so once there are more men then orifices, then you start getting into reverse harem, so I debate whether or not 3 is a reverse harem. That’s just my personal view.

I can see the point of people think that 3 is a reverse harem, and maybe my viewpoint will change as I continue to read all the lovely reverse harem books that I’ll be reading over the next few weeks and months. I’m really looking forward to reading them to see if they can change my mind.

So, those are my thoughts on menage and reverse harems. I’ve reviewed a lot of menages on this blog. I’m going to be reviewing a lot of reverse harems. I’m going to worry less about classifying them and more about reading and enjoying them because let me tell you, I’m enjoying the hell out of the ones I’m reading.

Maddie Taylor-The Renegades Reward

I love everything I have read that Maddie Taylor has written. I own several of her books, and I love the Primarian Mates series. Go check it out. But, The Renegades’ Reward isn’t part of that series, so let’s get on with that, shall we?

At almost 25, Daniella Alltryp has been sent by her father to Elzor. This planet full of blue people hasn’t been one of the places that she’s always wanted to see, but she’s spent her entire life until now isolated and she’s always wanted to travel, so she’ll take what she can get. She’s been staying with the royal family and has been wined and dined by them. She thinks it’s somewhat odd, but her father is rich, rich, rich, and very influential, so who knows. It isn’t until halfway through her trip that she finds out that she’s being considered as Prince Ivar’s bride. She definitely does not want to marry him, not one little bit. On her way to the spaceport to go home, a taxi driver clues her in and tells her that the royal men are having fertility issues and that the 4 brothers have had 10 wives between them and if the wives aren’t pregnant by the 1st anniversary, then they are offed. I mean, these guys make Henry VIII look positively sweet and cuddly. When she hears that, she’s absolutely positively positive that she wants nothing to do with Ivar. All she has to do is hang on until she turns 25 in a few days, get her trust, and be free of her father. What she didn’t count on was a big monkey wrench being tossed into her plans, and getting kidnapped by pirates.

Twin brothers Jaylin and Malik are Trilorian mercenaries. Dani’s father is holding their ship ransom. However, when he gets the ransom note for Dani, he calls Jaylin and says that he’ll sign their ship over to them and pay them if they will go rescue her. Since they are tired of dealing with Dani’s father and being stuck on Earth, they take up on his offer.

Malik is worried because he knows his older brother. Jaylin likes women, a lot. Dani looks like the kind of woman that Jaylin would like. The problem is that Jaylin and Malik’s wife died 5 years ago, and while Jaylin has moved on, Malik is mired in the grief and wants nothing to do with women. Trilorian men mate in pairs, so he’s also keeping Jaylin from finding out if there is another woman that he thinks will make a good third member of their triad. And then in walks Dani.

I think that this is a good place for us to break. If you like hot menage action, this is definitely the book for you. If you like intrigue and adventure, this is the book for you. If you like romance and love overcoming everything, then definitely the book for you. In other words, this is probably the book for you. It’s all about healing and finding love. Jaylin and Malik are really sweet to Dani, even before anything happens between the three of them. Jaylin is also devious, but only in the best ways and for the best of reasons.

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I do think it’s kind of bad of the brothers to keep going with the cyborg thing after it started with Jaylin making a joke at Malik’s expense. Dani thought so too, so I wasn’t wrong in that.

Dani’s father is a complete and utter asshole in so many different ways, but karma is also a bitch and she has something to say to Daniel Alltryp. In fact, she ends up saying quite a bit to him, and I applauded her for it.

I love the person who ends up helping out Jaylin and Malik. It’s a total surprise and a most welcome one.

See if you can find the bit towards the end that made me laugh out loud. I love easter eggs, and this was a really good one, so go Maddie!

I am all out of words to say about this that won’t completely spoil you, so check it out and see why I like it so much. Happy reading!