Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Mission

Renee Rose and Lee Savino have done it again. Once again they have brought us into their shifter world and rocked our world. Today we have Alpha’s Mission, which combines a fun little espionage story along with a paranormal romance. All the good stuff. And oh yeah, there may be some really hot sex along the way.

We have met Charlie Dune before. He’s a superspy who tried to shove himself into an investigation, and then ended up helping Nash, who he knew from before. But while he was helping out Nash and the Tucson pack, he learned something about himself he never knew before. He’s a werewolf. Now, a month later, he’s trying to figure out his life. When he misses a meet with his handler Annabel Gray, he has to go meet her elsewhere, and he realizes that she smells soooooo goooooood, and he can’t control his raging trouser python around her. She sends him out on a job but he gets made and the next agent ends up dead.

Annabel Gray has been handling Charlie for a long time. That’s why when he needed help, she worked her mighty cyber skills and helped him out. Now that she’s investigating something she shouldn’t be into and it starts to come back on her, she knows that Charlie is the place to go. Not just because he owes her, but because he’s the kind of person you take on Naked and Afraid with you. He’s incredibly competent and he makes her feel safe. Plus, he’s mighty damn hot.

OK, I like Charlie, but sometimes he’s a stupid, stubborn man. He is just bound and determined to figure out things on his own and doesn’t want to ask for help. Help that would’ve made a lot of things much easier, and made things easier in his life. Of course, that would’ve caused the book to be shorter, so I guess I can forgive him so that I was able to read the book. When he isn’t being stupid and stubborn, he’s a good man. He’s fiercely loyal and protective. He’s willing to do anything it takes to make sure that Annabel is safe and happy. Anything. I like Annabel too. She’s very smart and is really good at what she does. She’s dedicated and she cares so much for her family and for Charlie. The sex is fucking hot, which goes without saying, as it’s a Renee/Lee book. The adventure part winds really well with the romance, which is always nice.

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I was surprised that it took as long as it did for Annabel to know that Charlie was a werewolf. I was surprised that she didn’t put it together when the same wolf appeared way far away from Charlie’s cabin where she originally saw him. There was only one thing that both those places have one thing in common, and that was the fact that Charlie was there. But, I suppose that if you are stressed and being chased by the CIA, not always figuring things out immediately can be forgiven.

Charlie was really stupid to not take advantage of all of his resources when he was trying to figure out the whole werewolf thing. Why would you not talk to people who are already dealing with what you are? See, stupid male.

OK, go check out the book and give it a good read. Happy reading!

Rebel West & Renee Rose-Bought by the Zandians

Yay! More of my favorite big purple guys! I’m so glad that Renee moved them into the menage/RH direction and grabbed Rebel West to write them with. I was very sad with the thought that we wouldn’t get to see them anymore. I like the way that the overall storyline as changed as we changed the dynamic. Instead of fighting to free Zandia, we’re now watching as the Zandians and the humans who helped them are trying to repopulate Zandia. It’s a nice change, and one I’m grooving on.

Onward and upward toward Bought by the Zandians. Now, let’s recap a little here. There aren’t a whole lot of Zandians left because the Finns killed most of them off when taking the planet. There are only a very, very few Zandian women of breeding age, 3, I think without going back to check, but humans and Zandians can cross-breed. Humans were enslaved by just about everyone, but King Zander declared that humans on his planet would be free. His queen is a human, and humans helped win back Zandia. To increase the species, the king has decreed that all matings must be done in at least groups of 2 men to 1 woman. Side note, I really hope that they have someone paying good attention to family trees over the generations. Meanwhile, there are Zandian scouts out searching the galaxy for other Zandians to bring them home and let them settle on Zandia. And that brings us up to current.

Benn and Gorde are two of those scouts. Their job is to take information they are given about locations of other Zandians, find them, and bring them home. While they are doing that, they are hoping to find a nice Zandian woman out there to mate with. After all, there are other males who have done it, so why can’t they? One day, while they are out and about in space, they land on a planet and happen to notice a human slave who is tightly bound to a post. They decide to buy her and rescue her.

Danica is an escaped slave. She has a very good reason to have escaped. She’s pregnant by her old master, a member of a cruel and evil species, and she knows that he will kill her as soon as her child is born. She will never see her child and the life she has until that point will be horror-filled and miserable, just like it has been up to this point. When she sees two large Zandian warriors stop where she is strapped to a pole, she is wary. She’d like to escape again so that she can get to Jasel, the planet where can live free. Hopefully they won’t check her barcode and find out she’s an escaped slave and take her to her old master. If they do buy her, she may be able to escape from them and raise her child in safety.

Benn and Gorde do buy her and they all have a lot of fun together. The guys feel a little bad because they know that Zander has ruled that all humans are free on Zandia, and technically she can’t be their slave, but they aren’t telling her that. When they get a mission, they figure that they can always sell her on if she gets in the way. But that gives both guys a twinge.

So, here we are. This one really made me cry. Benn and Gorde are overall good guys, but they do have their horns up their asses a couple of times. I think that they could’ve used a strong, swift kick in their asses more than once. I think that sometimes they were so willing to be distracted when Danica offered sex that they didn’t always pay attention and let things slide. I loved the story, even though I cried. Luckily I was in the other room while I did it, so my husband didn’t know. He still worries when I cry while I’m reading. I am loving watching the Zandian books mature into the new setting and I am really looking forward to seeing how Zandia progresses as more Zandians and humans mate and move to the world.

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OK, the baby’s genetics? That was totally awesome! I would love to check on her as she grows up to see what she matures into and would really love to see her mated with her own family.

I get why Danica didn’t tell the guys about the baby, especially after the whole we won’t allow dangerous species to come to Zandia thing. I would’ve done it too. If she had told them at the beginning, would she have been able to mate with them and spent that time loving them and would their baby be who she was? I dunno. That’s a really good question.

OK, that’s all I have to say other than go read all these books. I’m off to watch Linda Carter in Wonder Woman and have a Jack and Coke to finish my day. Happy reading!

Renee Rose-King of Diamonds

If it has Renee Rose’s name on it, odds are that I’ve either read it or I’m about to read it. My Renee Rose collection on my Kindle is nice and full. If it were a physical shelf, all the books would be falling off. There are a lot of reasons why I love e-books, not the least of which is that I can have 834 books on my Kindle without having to worry about them falling off my shelves. Which is neither here nor there and only sort of relates to King of Diamonds, at least in an oblique fashion, I guess.

So, here’s the story. Sondra doesn’t have the voice of reason, she has the voice of wrong. She has shitty taste in men and always ends up with the wrong one. The latest wrong one was a drug-dealing bartender who she found in bed with 3 women, none of whom she knew about. Because of that, she packed up her car and left Reno, where she had been teaching as an art history professor, and went to Las Vegas where her cousin Corey worked as a dealer in a casino. Corey told her that she could get Sondra a job as a dealer at the casino, but it turns out that the only job open at the time was in housekeeping, so that’s what Sondra took. Hopefully, she’d be able to move up, but at least it’s a job and she’ll be able to save up money to get an apartment and a replacement for the car she crashed on her first day in town.

Nico is the scion of a Chicago mafia family. He did everything he could to get away from his family, at least to the extent he could, which included opening up a casino in Vegas. It’s as legal as he can make it, but since he took family money to open it up, he has to do some work for the family, primarily laundering money. I would expect that casinos would be a great way to launder money since they do so much cash business. Anyway… Nico is basically doing everything when it comes to running his casino and hotel. He doesn’t have any real help. He has his friend Tony, but working in the capacity that Nico needs for help isn’t Tony’s forte. Because he’s doing everything, his brain is wired all the time. He doesn’t sleep. He will go for days without sleep. When the book opens up, he hasn’t slept for 48 hours.

Now, I don’t know if you are familiar with extreme sleep deprivation, but there’s a reason that it’s used as a torture technique. Among other things, it can cause you to be really fucking paranoid. And that’s what happened to Nico. He’s working on mere hours of sleep after being up for days on end, and he’d be a little paranoid to begin with, since he grew up in a mafia family, but the lack of sleep doesn’t help. So when he comes into the bathroom and finds Sondra in there, he freaks the fuck out and scares the ever-loving piss out of her.

There’s a lot going on in this book. You have Nico’s journey. You have Sondra’s journey. You have the journey for them to come together in a way that works for both of them. Then there’s all kinds of outside drama that they have to deal with. Nico thinks that he’s terrible and the worst kind of person on two legs and that he’ll totally destroy her. He’s trapped by his family and their demands. Sondra worries that he’s a gangster and she doesn’t know if she can be with someone who has blood on his hands. She also worries that he can’t be faithful to her, and that’s one thing that is an absolute hard limit with her. Like I said, there’s a lot of things going on, but Renee manages to work it all together really well.

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Ugh, Corey’s boyfriend is such a sleazeball. I’m glad that Nico punches him. Too bad Sondra made him stop. He deserved so, so much more.

Tony is a pretty cool guy and it shows that he’s there to keep Nico grounded. Good thing that he does. I think he’d be a good friend to Sondra too.

I thought the whole contracted marriage thing was resolved rather well. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out, as well as all of Renee’s other books. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s War

Hot shifters are back! Renee and Lee have decided that they are going to bring up back into their shifter world with their newest book. This is one isn’t just set in their world, but it’s also in a group of several other books all about Alpha Dads.

In Alpha’s War, we are finally getting Nash’s story. Now, Nash is a lion shifter. He was in the military and when Smyth came to him about learning how to control his lion, he jumped at the chance. What Nash didn’t know is that Smyth was trying to come up with “the master race” and wasn’t going to help him at all. In fact, for the next very long time, Nash is tortured. We don’t really know how long, but I don’t think Nash knows how long either.

Among other things, the bad guys would toss women in the cell with him for him to breed. They were trying to come up with the perfect shifter. One of the women that gets tossed into his cell is Denali, another lion shifter. The bad guys have killed her entire family and taken her. They figure that Denali and Nash will make nice little lion babies. On the one night that they have together, Nash mate marks Denali. A few weeks later, she manages to escape, but Nash gets left there longer.

Flash forward 3 years, Nash is struggling. He has to keep fighting or his lion will end up going nuts and killing everyone. However, he’s given Denali’s name and address. He wants to see his mate but he knows that he’s very broken, and likely dying at this point. He just wants to see her once more.

This story broke my heart more than once. There are some very sad places in it. But, those places were more than made up for. I loved seeing old favorites come by, and Nash’s friends are always great for comedy relief. It was nice to see everyone. I love Denali. She’s strong af and not afraid to do what she thought was right. She is a total lioness. Nash calls her his Queen, and she is definitely that.

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I love that Denali got to go on the rescue. Of course, she was going to go one way or the other, so I don’t think Nash could’ve stopped her, short of having multiple bears sitting on her. And even then, I don’t think that could’ve stopped her. You just don’t get in between a mother and her child, whatever species they may be. And you really don’t want to get in between a mother who can grow ginormous teeth and claws and her cub.

I love that Nash was able to get himself back together and was able to accept his role as Alpha. I want to see more of him and his pack.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. I love this world and this series. I want to always have more of them. I want to see their kids and grandkids.

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Desire

Oh, how I love these ladies. And I adore the worlds that they create individually. The world that they created together is pretty damn awesome too. I’m always looking forward to reading whatever they have coming next. Today, it’s Alpha’s Desire.

So, Desire takes place in Tucson, like most of the other books in this series. Today, we have Jared, who is muscle for Garrett’s pack. He likes to fight and his wolf is pretty violent. He works as a bouncer at Eclipse, which is pretty perfect for him. He also likes to fuck. He’s taken many human women back in the storeroom and enjoyed some up close and personal time with them. But, he hasn’t done that for a while. That’s because he’s obsessed with one human right now, the lovely Angelina.

Angelina is a ballet student at the university in Tucson. Her parents have pushed and pushed her into dance. At this point, she’s not sure if she likes it because she likes it or because her mother made her like it. Her father thinks that she should become a teacher and not try to do anything else. Angelina feels like she’s getting pushed into her parents’ dreams at the expense of her own. The only thing that makes her happy right now is the gogo dancing she does with two of her friends every Saturday night at Eclipse. Angelina went and talked to Garrett and set it up and she choreographed a few routines for the three of them to do. She’s also crushing on one of the hunky bouncers, Jared. When a drunk harasses her one Saturday night, Jared comes to her rescue. She jumps on his shoulder and dances on her shoulder and gets real up and close to Jared, which makes him nuts. That night ends up being really good and then really bad. The good: Jared takes her back into the storeroom and gets her off. The bad: She hits Jared with her car when he’s on his motorcycle.

Jared takes her two friends home and then goes home with her. When she notices how quickly he’s healing, he knows that he’s going to have a problem. He calls Garrett to find out what to do, and he’s told to make sure Angelina gets her memory wiped, but when it comes down to it, Jared can’t do it. Garrett tells him that he has 2 weeks to either figure out is Angelina is his mate or to have her wiped, and he has to stick like Gorilla Glue to her side. The problem with Angelina maybe being his mate? She’s human, and everyone knows that werewolves can’t mate with humans.

OK, here we go. Unlike the other books that have external enemies, there really isn’t that much external pressure and drama in this one. We do have Agent Dune being introduced, and he’s going to be interesting. We also have Angelina’s parents, but they aren’t really the bad guys. I don’t know that I can really point to anyone in this and say bad guy. Instead, all of that pressure and drama comes from Jared and Angelina. It’s all internal as they are trying to figure out who they are and what they want, and how they can fit together. They both have some serious demons that they are trying to fight, and it’s hard to do that, especially when you are trying to fight for a relationship at the same time.

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So, the whole Agent Dune thing. That’s going to be an interesting storyline, I think. I think from Jared’s reaction he’s a shifter of some flavor, but I’m wondering if he was a born shifter and he didn’t know it, like Foxfire and Kylie or if something happened to him and he was turned into a shifter and he’s forgotten it. That’s going to be really interesting to find out.

I love where Jared figured out where to bite Angelina for the mating bite. It shows that he put a lot of thought into the whole situation. He wanted to make sure that she would be fine when it came to her dancing, so I thought that was pretty awesome.

So, that’s all for this one today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Rebel West-Night of the Zandians

This is the next entry into the Night of… RH series. Today, we get Renee Rose and her giant, purple aliens with giant… horns. Renee invited Rebel West to join her in the writing of Night of the Zandians.

So, the Zandians have had their big battle and have won the day. They now have to start to repopulate and rehab Zandia. The Fins mined the hell out of Zandia so that they could get the crystals. So, King Zander wants all the Zandians and free humans to get together, make babies, and replant Zandia. Since there aren’t all that many human women, Zander has decreed that the men must form groups of 3 or more before they can take a human mate. Then the family groups will be able to get a homestead and start doing what they can to re-green Zandia.

Riya, a human woman who was an agrislave and is now a medic, hears Zander’s orders and is terrified that what he says will mean that it’s now open season on humans. Her former masters raped and tortured her to the point where they may have done permanent physical harm to her fertility. She is terrified of being touched by a male again because of everything that she went through. But, then there’s Tarren…

Tarren is a Zandian warrior. Riya sewed up an injury on him during the fighting. He threatened to spank her because she was pulling guys off the battlefield so that they can get fixed up. While she was sewing him up, he grabbed her ass and she got off on him. Literally.

Tarren has two cousins, Ronan and Jax. They’ve noticed Riya too. When they find out that they need to form a group, they know that Riya is the one that they want. Riya runs and hides in the med bay, but that doesn’t stop these guys from coming to find her. Tarren, Ronan, and Jax know that they want her to be their mate, and they aren’t going to take no for an answer. They manage to convince her and their pierce her with their crystals so that she’s legally their mate. King Zander approves their application and sends them far, far away to their new homestead.

OK, so here we go. I love the Zandians. I mean, giant guys who are purple and hot? Sign me up! Doesn’t hurt that purple is my favorite color. I’ve loved everything about this series. I want it to go on and on. I love the RH thing. I do have to admit that I did wonder how the uber possessive Zandians were going to handle the RH thing, so it’s nice to see how that’s working. I’m so glad that there is a blurb in the end of this to let me know that there is going to be at least one more book. I neeeeeeed there to be more. It’s going to be fun to see how the story changes now that they are on Zandia, the war is over, and that the hard work has to start. There were parts that made me all teary. I started my morning crying over this book. But, I got through it, so it’s all good.

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I felt so sorry for Riya. Her secret weighed so heavily on her and she just couldn’t tell anyone, and she tried so hard to prove she was worth being able to stay on the planet. It was so obvious that so many people had told her that she just wasn’t worth it and she wasn’t going to believe it on her own, even if Tarren, Ronan, and Jax told her every minute of the day.

Speaking of those guys, they really fucking pissed me off when they had their little pity party instead of thinking things through. I get they were hurt, but they didn’t even try to figure out why Riya did what she did. Ugh. Men.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check this one and all the other Night of… books out on Zon. Happy reading!

Renee Rose-His Human Possession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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