Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Challenge

So, two of my favorite authors and frequent fliers are back. In fact, Renee Rose is such a frequent flier, this is her second appearance on my humble little blog this week. But today is all about their fourth entry in their Bad Boy Alphas shifter series. Although, since Tank is a beta could it still be part of the Alpha series? Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Onwards and upwards.

So, Alpha’s Challenge. This story, timeline-wise, overlaps the previous 2 stories. While the action is taking place in Mexico, Tank is home in Tucson, dealing with potential loose ends. This potential loose end is named Foxfire. Great name, right?

So, Foxfire is Amber’s best friend. If we remember, Amber is Garrett’s mate, is psychic, and gets taken to Mexico with him to find his sister. But first, they have a seiously shitty first day, which Foxfire has to go save Amber from. At one point, Foxfire yells at Garrett that she doesn’t care about his Werewold gang, he had just better not hurt her best friend or else. Since she’s walking out of Amber’s house at the time and Amber knows that Garrett and his friends are actually shifters and she isn’t supposed to tell anyone, Garrett thinks that Amber told Foxfire. That means wen he has to go to Mexico, he sends Tank to talk to Foxfire.

I think that Foxfire might be my favorite heroine in this series, thus far. She walks to the beat of her own drummer. She has rainbow colored hair. She’s fiesty, and fierce, and protective. She’s also just out of a really shitty relationship. When Tank shows up, she gets all hot and bothered over him, because why not? He’s hot and the sex was crap with Benny boy. Tank talks to her and finds out that she thinks that Werewolves is the name of their motorcycle club, not that she knows they are shifters. But, just when his job could be over, he finds he can’t leave her. There’s just something about her that makes him want to stay. However, Foxfire isn’t down for that plan. She’s going to do what she can to get away. One of my favorite paragraphs in the book deals with one of her plans to get away.

“I chuckle at my own joke while Tank looks longingly at the door. Poor guy, stuck with me. I didn’t go to college, but I’ve mastered the art of annoying people.” Go ahead, tell me that’s not just a fucking awesome paragraph. Kudoes to whichever talented lady came up with that.

Anyway, this is where we are going to go our separate ways. You can read this one as a stand-alone, if you would like. You will be more enjoyment of it if you read the whole series in order though, because you will understand the background better. Each story is its own complete story, but there is an overarching story arc that each story builds on. The sex is hot, the chemistry between the two is even hotter. And I love Sunny. So, go check this one out.

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OK, there is one twist that I thought wouldn’t it be interesting if…, and then it turned out that yes, it was, and it really was interesting. Sorry, that’s all the more hint you are getting as to this particular spoiler, because I don’t want to ruin it. You will be happier if you go read it yourelf and see if you can figure it out.

Sunny is a hoot and a half, and just totally what you think of when you think hippy. And her plain talk about Tank and Foxfire’s sex life is just to die for. I wouldn’t really want to do yoga with her though.

While they get their HEA, there are some things that are really upsetting and made me a little mad and a little sad. However, Tank pulled his head out of his arse, so it’s OK and it worked out, over all. So, yay.

OK, go read the book, you’ll love it, especially if you love hot sex and hotter Alphas. We’re going to have a post on Isabella Starling’s latest story later this evening, and I have one waiting for Livia Grant’s book to go live, hopefully soon. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Renee Rose-Zandian Pet

Oh, Renee Rose has brought us another fun one. I read in the acknowledgments that she got the idea from an Aubrey Cara book. Yeah, I’ve read that book too, and I really loved it. I have to go reread that book. But, this is all about Renee and Zandian Pet.

A quick recap for people who aren’t familiar with the Zandian ‘verse or for people who haven’t read it lately:

Years ago, Zandia was invaded by the Finn. Some Zandians escaped, including Prince Zander, who was added by his weapons master Seke. The remaining living Zandians now mostly live in the palatial pod that’s flying around in Occretian airspace. Because they thought that there were no living Zandian females for breeding age, humans had been brought into the mix. The prince has a human mate and they have a baby. Recently some Zandian women have been found. One of Master Seke’s long-lost missing daughters, Talia, was found and rescued, along with a woman named Eslyn, who was kept as a sort-of-prisoner by her three “mates”. She has some children as well.

In this book, we have Taramina being found by Erick. Taramina is Master Seke’s other missing daughter. She, her sister Talia, and Rok, who’s a purple, horned Han Solo, were rescued and taken away from Zandia by another person, but sadly their ship crashed and the kids all ended up scattered. Taramina, now known as Mina, was taken as a slave and trained as a sex pet. She lived for years in the collection of one master, doing whomever and whatever he wished. When he died, she was sold to a brothel where she became their star attraction and did whatever she was supposed to, right out front in public. She felt like she was in control, the sex didn’t upset her, and she was looking for a way out. She knew that if she had a Zandian crystal that she could get free. Enter Master Erick.

Erick is one of Prince Zanders most trusted men. He is his business manager and does all the negotiating and such with business partners. He has built up a huge fortune for the prince to help position them to take back their planet. On this particular mission, he just had a massive loss that he’s dreading telling the prince about. So, to stall and blow off of steam, he stops at a brothel. Of course, the brothel that Erick stops out just happens to be the one where Mina is starring as a prized pet.

The brothel owner is more than happy to show Erick his prize, after all, everyone knows that there aren’t any Zandian women around, and Erick is stunned to see her. He gets to go into her cell for a while, and sparks start to fly. Erick decides that he wants to buy Mina’s freedom, but Mina isn’t waiting around and manages to escape on her own.

Here’s where we part ways. As usual, Renee has given us a hot, sexy story with a great plot. The Zandian books all end with HEAs, but they are all also part of a larger story arc, so while you could read them on their own, if you were bound and determined to, you really don’t want to. Read them from the very beginning and you’ll be much happier since each book builds up on the previous book. The sex in this book goes past panty-melting. I’m not sure what level that would be. Maybe it melts all your panties that are still in your drawers? Erick and Mina are now officially my favorite Zandian couple. So, go check it out. You can read it on KU, but it’s not that expensive to buy.

 

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OK, I full on loved this story. Renee writes such fun stuff, and I find that I’m really enjoying the various pet stories I’ve been reading lately. But, the sex, while super hot, is just a small part of it when it comes to this particular book.

Taramina has spent many years as Mina, a sex pet, many more years than she did as Tara, Master Seke’s daughter. When she manages to get herself to the palatial pod, she tries to be Tara and leave Mina behind. But, she doesn’t know who Tara is. She’s never had to be Tara as an adult, so she struggles. The thing I like is that Erick doesn’t step in and just magically wave a wand to help her be something else. In fact, the person who helps Mina figure out who Mina is is Mina. She sees something she wants to try and she goes after it. Erick, as possessive and dominating as he is, doesn’t stop her, instead, he supports her and even fights her father for her right to do it. I loved that she had that strength and he was that determined to do right by Mina that he was willing to put aside his struggles and let her do what she needed.

Mina is a definite kick ass female, and it sounds like she’s more than perfect for Erick, in all ways. I can’t wait to see what more happens with them and how they are able to help their people take back their world and rebuild their species. It ought to be interesting. I’m going to be so sad when Renee ends this series.

OK, there’s going to be another blog post later this evening. Probably really late. Tomorrow is one that I’m so excited about. I mean, I’m pretty much always excited about anything I get to read and review, but I’m Sawree by B. B. Blaque is above and beyond anything else I’ve read. It’s a mindfuck for mindfucks. I may also be just a little bit excited that B. B. has used some of my words from a review on one of her teasers. So, stay tuned for that one. Tuesday, we have another double header, a new one from Zoe Blake and a new one from Jennifer Bene that she surprised everyone with. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Prize

Renee and Lee are at it again. Once again they have pulled us into their world of hot Alpha shifters and the women who are their mates. This time, we are getting the story of Carlos and Sedona. A good chunk of Alpha’s Prize takes place at the same time as Alpha’s Danger does. If you can cast your mind back to that story, you’ll remember that it’s about Garrett and his mate Amber, who also happens to be psychic. When Garrett’s sister Sedona goes missing, he takes Amber to Mexico to try to find her.

Still casting your mind back, remember that Sedona was kidnapped by a shifter on the Mexican beach. She was then sold to another group who dragged her to their home. That group was the Monte Lobo pack. Fun fact, Monte Lobo means Wolf Mountain in Spanish, which you may or may not already have known, so maybe less of a fun fact, but whatevs.

Those pendejos were el consejo of the Monte Lobo pack. They are a council of elders and have been ruling the pack while Carlos has been in the US going to school. Those fuckwads are led by Don Santiago, who is also a relative of Carlos. They are very not nice guys and have been running the pack for their own glory and benefit. When Carlos comes home from college after graduation, they use him as a puppet Alpha. He wants to make changes, but el consejo keeps putting him off. Fun fact #2, in the FB groups, the question was asked whether or not it was bad to want Carlos to kill the council. The overwhelming answer to that question was that it wasn’t bad to want that to happen.

The council has locked Sedona in a cell. Not only is she naked, she’s chained to a bed. The council brings Carlos down to see the wonderful prize they secured for him. Then they locked him in the cell with her. So, here we have a hot Alpha male and a hot Alpha female who just happens to be fertile, and it’s the full moon when shifters tend to be really randy anyway. The pendejos want for Carlos to impregnate Sedona at the very least. The Monte Lobo pack is severely inbred, and they need the new blood. If Carlos doesn’t make Sedona his mate, then the council wants her to be a broodmare for everyone. Brood wolf? If Carlos does claim Sedona, that’s almost as good, the council thinks he can just keep her pregnant.

So, we know that Garrett and his dad rushed to rescue Sedona. What we didn’t know until this book is that Carlos sent Juanito to set her free so that she could go to her family. He felt bad what the council did to her, even if he doesn’t feel bad about mating her. So, he lets her go. I think he was also doing it for the good of his pack since Garrett and her dad’s packs would’ve ripped the Monte Lobo pack to bits and pieces and then pissed on the bits and pieces.

OK, so this is where we separate if you want to stay spoiler-free. I love this series, and each one is better than the last. Renee and Lee write some spectacular scenes apart, but when you put the two of them together, they must egg each other on, because the scenes are even hotter. This book has one of the sexiest sex scenes I’ve read and considering that you guys know what I read, that’s saying something. This one is a bit darker than the other books, in my opinion, mostly because of the fact that it deals with the capture of Sedona. There is some very hot spanking and punishment. In fact, I wonder if I could borrow Carlos for a few hours, because hot. I’m looking forward to the next book, which involves Amber’s friend and a member of Garrett’s pack. Promises to be good, and with a heroine named Foxfire, I’m betting colorful too.

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When you read the book, you’ll get the reference to mangos. I don’t even like mangos all that much, and that particular scene made me want to get to know mangos better, because dayum. I may or may not have gone back to reread it. Hell, who are we kidding, we all know what that means. You’ll probably want to go back and reread it too. Pro tip: highlight it which will make it much easier to find.

I suspected Santiago of being the dickhole that he was, but I didn’t think he was as big a dickhole as he was until he turned out to be. OK, strange sentence, but you get the point. I expect he’ll be back through in books to come. I mean, he has to be, right?

I love that Carlos worked hard to not just jump on Sedona and make her decisions for her when he found her in Europe. Of course, he had to follow her there, but still. He did let her go out and make her decisions and live her life, which she’s never been able to do. Even when they are together in Europe, he works hard on wooing versus going all cave-Alpha on her. But, he does use the fire he gets from her to clean house, which is yay.

OK, that’s all I have for today. Everyone go out and buy some mangos, just in case you feel inspired after you read this one. Tomorrow, we have a Jaye Peaches book, To Hold You. Meanwhile, happy reading!

 

Lee Savino & Renee Rose – Alpha’s Danger

Taken separately, Lee Savino and Renee Rose are two of my favorite authors. They write some steamy stuff. But, when you put them together? Well, the temperature soars. That’s what happens with Alpha’s Danger. This is the second book in their Bad Boy Alphas series, and it is hot, hot, hot! This series just keeps getting better. I can’t wait to see what #3 will be like. I may not survive it.

Anyway, the main characters in this book are Garrett and Amber. Garrett is the head of the Tucson pack. Amber is the sweet human girl next door who just happens to have visions.

Amber is a lawyer who walks into the elevator in her apartment building and has three big, heavily pierced, and tattooed guys walk in after her. She thinks they all look like members of a motorcycle gang and worries that they are all thugs. However, that doesn’t stop her from being attracted to them, or at least one of them.

She worries even more about them when she finds out they are her neighbors. She calls the office to get the scoop on the guys, but the woman she talks to doesn’t seem all that happy with her questions. Turns out, Garrett not only lives next to her, he also owns the building.

Garrett knows that he is old enough that he should stop running his pack like it is a motorcycle club, grow up, find his mate, and settle down some. Problem is, he hasn’t found anyone that he wants to mate with. Meanwhile, he’s trying to keep his sister, his pack, and his wolf under control. His wolf likes the way that Amber smells and wants her. The problem is that Amber is human and humans can’t survive the mating bite.

Amber and Garrett start getting close and then she discovers he’s a werewolf. He swears her to secrecy, which he thinks she breaks when her friend Foxfire says something. And isn’t Foxfire just the most awesome name? Meanwhile, Garrett’s sister, Sedona, named for where her parents conceived her, has gone missing and he needs Amber to find her.

Now is the time for you to stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers. I love these two authors. I automatically read anything of theirs, even before I got to be on their ARC teams. (Yay me!) There is a lot of language in it, some spanking, and some seriously hot sex. If any of that bothers you, don’t read it. If, on the other hand, you think that’s totally awesome, go hit up ‘zon and check it out.

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OK, if you made it past the eye candy, I’m assuming that you don’t mind the risk of spoilers and want to get more of my thoughts and opinions.

You remember how I said that humans can’t handle the mating bite? Turns out that Amber can. She kind of forced Garrett to do it because she saw herself with the bite, so told him that she could obviously survive it since she saw herself as having survived it. Her visions have always made her sick, but Garrett makes it possible for her to have them without pain, which turns out to be important to the rest of the story.

I really enjoyed this book. Amber discovers that yes, she likes being spanked and having Garrett be the Alpha that he is, but that doesn’t mean that she is going to roll over and take it. She can stand up to him and does stand up to him, which I think is good for him. I’ve read too many books where the heroine gets spanked, discovers she likes it, and then all of sudden isn’t herself anymore. She just becomes overly submissive and loses her personality. That doesn’t happen with Amber.

So, I heartily recommend this book to everyone, at least everyone who likes hot alphas, pretty women, hot sex, and being spanked. It’s going to definitely be in my reread pile.

Imagine my standard ARC disclaimer here.

Royally Mine Review

I’ve talked about Royally Mine off and on for the past few weeks. It’s an awesome anthology by 22 great authors. How can I know this for sure? Well, for one thing, I’ve read ARCs from several of the authors. I haven’t read the entire book as of yet, since my TBR is currently stacked up sky high, but I can tell you about the ones that I’ve gotten to read. There are a whole bunch of stories in the book that I’m really looking forward to, including ones by Annabel Joseph, Jenika Snow, and Sue Lyndon. Without any further ado, let’s get to the reviews for the ones I’ve read.

Decadence by Jennifer Bene

Normally, my girl Jennifer writes some dark shit. I love her dark stuff. The darker the better. I’ve reviewed her Thalia series here, which starts out pretty dark. Decadence is not dark. It is, however, one of the most joyously filthy things I’ve read in a while.

What do two sex addicts say to each other? My current answer is “Thank you, come again.” Finn and Aubrey are those sex addicts. The story starts out with Aubrey talking to her therapist and Finn being forced to go to a therapist. However, he sees Aubrey and ditches his therapist to follow her to a bar, where they have a close encounter of the 69th kind in the bathroom. Neither one of them knows the other is a sex addict, which leads to some great banter between the two of them.

These two characters are totally fun. Finn swears that Aubrey is perfect just the way that she is, and sets out to show her that she is. The bacchanal scene? Yeah. It’s hot. Like, Death Valley hot.

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This story is great, and the happily-ever-after is fantastic. It works well for Finn and Aubrey, even if it’s not a typical HEA. I liked it. I really enjoyed this story, can you tell?

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Consumed by Addison Cain

Now Addison, she writes dark too. And this one is dark. She takes us back to an Omegaverse. This is NOT the Omegaverse from Alpha’s Claim, but a brand new world. It still follows the same rules though.

Morgaine is an Omega who has no clue who or what she is. All she knows is that when the Alphas come to her village, she gets sick and she hides. That works well until one day when it doesn’t and the Alphas take her away. She still has no clue what an Omega really is, and the Alphas who originally take her do nothing to help her, they just traumatize her. They keep telling her how they love and protect Omegas, but if you ask me, there is no love and protection there, just cruelty. Simin comes to her rescue. He’s a former enemy of her people, and he looks like a barbarian. But, he saves her.

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Yeah, I know Simin isn’t Conan, but you get the whole idea.

I had never read any Omegaverse stories before I read Addison’s stories for the first time. I really enjoy the dynamic. Addison left this one on a bit of a cliffhanger (I think she’s a closet sadist), but the story is to be continued. She’ll be picking it up and publishing the rest of the story. I can’t wait.

Royalty, American Style by Livia Grant

Livia has an interesting take on royalty. Instead of going with some blue blood, she goes with baseball royalty. Colton King (I see what you did there) is at the top of his game when it comes go baseball. He’s also a bad, bad boy. He’s a lover, and he loves a whole lot of women. Unfortunately for him, he got conned into doing a Bachelor style reality show. He’s going to be in a house with 6 beautiful women who are all competing to be his special someone. Enter Harper Gardener, unemployed chef-extraordinaire, who got the temporary job of cooking for the show.

With just one taste of Harper’s cooking and one glimpse of her, Colton is attracted to her. Harper, on the other hand, is just out of a bad relationship and her life plan doesn’t include falling in love with Colton King. When that’s what happens, everything turns upside down.

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I loved this story. Colton really goes out of his way to do everything he can to protect Harper. It’s really sweet. Their HEA is well deserved.

Bad Boys and Bourbon by Alta Hensley

When they were children, Cheri and Roman were promised to each other. They were each other’s first loves, first kiss, and first time. Then Cheri, the daughter of a count and countess, decided that she couldn’t handle all the circus that royal life would entail, so she left Roman, a prince and ran away. Years later, she gets dragged to Monaco where she is presented to Roman so that they can get married.

When they get back together, sparks fly and the action turns very, very steamy. Alta writes steamy really well, and this story is definitely that.

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This is the start of a new series by Alta. The new books are all going to be themed around alcohol. The bad boys are also going to be part of an exclusive club called Spiked Roses. As this series is an Alta Hensley series, expect to see spanking and sex. And some more spanking. And some more sex.

Mafia Princess by Natasha Knight

Gregorio Santa Maria is the head of his Family, along with his brother. When the Antonino Family call him up because Allegra has run away from Florida, he has to go find her. He doesn’t want to do babysitting duty, but since the Families are associated, then he has to do it. So he and Enzo, one of his men, go and find Allegra at a bar.

When he takes her to his house, she does everything she can to escape. Allegra makes it very clear that she doesn’t want to go back to her half-brother. He’s not a very nice guy, and their father is in a coma, so her half-brother is the one in charge. Of course, since this story is included in a romance anthology, you can guess what happens, they get their HEA.

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One of the things I really enjoyed about this particular story is that it is entirely written from Gregorio’s point of view. That’s not something you normally find in a romance story. You may get a dual point of view that goes back and forth between the Hero and Heroine, or one entirely from her POV, but very, very rarely one that is solely from his point of view. It was a nice twist to the traditional romance story, so great job Natasha!

Her Royal Master by Renee Rose

Renee Rose writes great spanking stories that just happen to have a great love story that goes with them. Or may those are great love stories that have great spanking stories that go with them. Whichever way you choose to look at it, Her Royal Master fits right into her wheelhouse.

Chelsea is a journalist who happens to be rooming with an Italian model. On the day of the model’s big job, she gets sick and talks Chelsea into going to the job for her. The job? To be a sub on Prince Kaspar’s yacht for a few days. Now, Chelsea doesn’t know that until she gets there, and then it’s too late to do anything about it. When one of the prince’s friends does something that freaks her out, Darius, Kaspar’s black sheep cousin comes to her rescue and saves her from the wanna-be Doms.

After spending a hot weekend together, Chelsea runs off the yacht, and straight to Los Angeles, and promptly becomes miserable.

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I really enjoy reading Renee’s books. She twists sweet and spice together really well and brings it all home really well. She also creates wonderful worlds and I can easily see them. If you read The Russian in Heroes Undercover, then you may recognize the DJ from this story.

Royally Fucked by Lee Savino

With a title like this, you pretty much know what you are going to get, from the get go. Lots of fucking and lots of royalty. Theo, the son of a Greek hotelier and a disinherited Swedish princess, is the epitome of bad boy. He has had several sex tapes show up and the public is familiar with the dimensions of his cock, thanks to interviews with former sex partners. He’s also got the reputation of a sex god. His grandmother, the Queen of Sweden, has all of a sudden decided that she wants to meet him for the first time ever, and the board of his father’s hotel business wants to vote him off the board. In walks Vesper.

Vesper is a fixer. If you have a PR problem, you call Vesper. She can make it go away and rehabilitate your image. When she starts her job, she lays out a long-term plan, only to find out that she has one week to update Theo’s image and make him look good.

Of course, when you put a sex god in a room with an attractive woman and it’s a Lee Savino story, sparks are going to fly, and you are going to get lots of sex and an HEA. Of course, it’s never that easy, is it?

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This was a nice story. One reason that I liked it was because Vesper was a strong woman who took no shit from anyone. She managed to stand up to Theo, even when he tried really hard to fire her, and to get him to consider doing what she told him. But, she didn’t run him over and roll him down either. That’s a very fine line to walk, but Lee made it work well. By the way, when you try to review something named Royally Fucked on Amazon, you have to write it as Royally F***ed, or you don’t get your review approved.

Well, that’s what I’ve got. I received ARCs of all these stories, and you have now received my honest reviews, you lucky people.

Coming up this week, the spoiler post for Kate Daniels 1-3, a review of a new-to-me author, and a review of B. B. Blaque’s Beautiful Insanity: Twisted, and let me tell you what, it lives up to its name. Stay tuned, and happy reading!

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Renee Rose-Her Mate and Master

And now we’re on to the second review of the week. Aren’t you excited? Well, I am. This one is a review of Her Mate and Master by Renee Rose. This is the 6th book in the Zandian Masters series. In this series, humans have been scattered through the galaxy and are slaves.

The current living Zandians are remnants of the Zandian people who had to leave their planet when the Finn invaded it. Zandia is home to some powerful crystal. The Zandian people primarily use them as a power source for their bodies. They don’t need to eat very often, the crystals give the Zandians most of their energy. Male Zandians use small bits of crystal to mark their mates. The females have piercings that the crystals are set into. How many piercings depends on how many crystals the male can afford and where they are placed. Generally, some are placed in somewhat intimate areas. The point of the crystals used this way is that they can be used to sustain a mate and children. These crystals can also be used to power spaceships. Understandably, the Zandians don’t really want to sell a whole lot of them, so in swoop the Finn to invade Zandia, eradicate the Zandians, and mine all the crystals possible.

At the end of the last book, we met Talia, Master Seke’s long lost, thought dead daughter. She was being hostage by the Finn, on Zandia. The Finn say that they’ll let her go if Prince Zander gives himself up. Tomis, a warrior, sees Talia on the screen, and he knows that he has to be the one to go rescue her. So off he goes.

Meanwhile, Talia, who didn’t know that she was even Zandian until a few days ago and spent most of her life thinking she was a lavender skinned human slave named Ray, is hanging naked chained to the wall in the throne room on Zandia, all day long. Each night she gets marched past all the cells filled with prisoners, still naked, until she gets to her own cell. When Tomis gets to Zandia, he’s thrown into a cell and talks to his cellmates about her. They tell him that they have seen ALLL of Talia, just wait until she walks by again. When she does, Tomis sees what they mean, but he’s careful to try to keep himself out her sight. A power outage that he arranged happens, and he goes to get Talia and rescue her.

Tomis tells her that she is the last living Zandian female of childbearing age, and as such, she belongs to the prince, and he’ll decide what happens to her. Meaning who will father her children or whatever. What Talia hears is that she is going to be going from one set of slavery to another, only this time as a brood mare. So, she runs away from Tomis. When she gets caught, Tomis punishes her, which he enjoys, and it turns out, so does she.

So, here is where we break off before I get into spoilers. Being a Renee Rose book, there is sex, and lots of it. There is also spanking, and lots of that. If either of those things offend you, then this isn’t the book for you. However, those things don’t bother me, obviously, and I really enjoyed this book. It’s a good love story, with a HEA. There’s also a hook for the rest of the series, which I enjoy. You really can’t read this as a stand-alone, just because you really need to have the backstory from the other books to understand where this book is.

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OK, so now we can get into the nitty-gritty, or at least the spoilers. We find out that, no, Talia isn’t the only living Zandian female of childbearing years. Talia and Tomis find another female, living with 3 men, who attempt to kill Tomis and rape Talia. That woman has 3 children, so there is a new generation of full-blooded Zandians already started.

Tomis has a hard time, because he really wants to mate (and mate with) Talia, but he’s standing in his own way. He doesn’t see himself as good enough, and he feels like it’s his duty to deliver Talia to the Prince and her father, so they can make the decision as to what will happen to her. However, his actions really hurt Talia. She knows what she wants, which is him, but when they get close, he always says something that makes it sound like whatever happens is temporary. Even when they do end up fucking, she has to remind herself that it’s only temporary because Tomis has made it clear that she’s nothing but a brood mare. She does get him to promise that she will be able to make her own decisions about her life after they get off Zandia, but she still doesn’t want to have her decisions taken away from her.

Let’s talk about the Zandian breeding cycle, for a minute. Zandians have a breeding season, which just happens to be when they are on the planet. It’s not something that Talia has ever had to deal with before, because she wasn’t exposed to the crystals. But, when she is on Zandia and exposed to the crystals, it triggers her. And it triggers Tomis. Nowhere is this more evident than in the sacred waterfall. That scene is hotter than hot. It’s my favorite for the whole series, I think.

Tomis finally gets his head out of his ass and realizes what he’s been doing to Talia, who managed to leave the Prince’s pod to go back to the tavern where she had been a slave. She wanted to go knock around her old slave owner, which she did. Tomis came to find her and told her that he was a big old idiot, and that he was wrong. She was the most important thing, and he would sacrifice it all for her.

I love everything of Renee’s that I’ve ever read. She’s one of the authors that I automatically read, no matter what. I own a good chunk of her books, and the ones I don’t own yet are on my to be bought list. If you want more Renee Rose, check out the other Zandian Master books. You won’t be sorry.

Standard ARC disclaimer: Yup, I got one. Yup, this is voluntary and honest.