Sara Fields-Marked

Sara is back with an Omegaverse-esque book. Marked is kind of an alien version of Omegaverse. They never say the words Alpha or Omega, but Kendra does have a heat, so that’s why I’m calling it Omegaverse-esque.

Anyway, here’s our story. Kendra is wandering through New York trying to find a job. Her rent is nearly due, her bills are overdue, and if she doesn’t find a job, and soon, she’s going be up shit creek and out on the street. So, she goes to a dive bar called the Salty Dog. She tries to get the bartender’s attention to see if she can get a job, but his isn’t the attention that she gets. She gets the attention of a huge dude named Silas. He decides that he’s going to pull her out of the bar over his shoulder. They get out to the alley, and she tries to attack him. Except, that doesn’t work out so well for her. Next thing she knows, he’s hauled her up to his apartment and whips her ass. Then fucks it.

The next thing Kendra knows, she wakes up at home, tucked into her very own bed, stark ass naked. She’d think that this was a dream, except she can feel every single thing that she and Silas did the night before. So, it wasn’t a dream. But weeks later, she seems to be living a nightmare of several varieties.

I like Kendra, a lot. Sheis a total badass. I mean, she tries to slice Silas’s neck the first time they meet. Then, he gives her the knife back, and she fights him again, and does pretty well too. That badassness will really serve her well in her life, I think. I think Silas is going to have his hands full when it comes to her.

I mostly like Silas. There are a couple of times when I am annoyed by him, but, other than that, he’s not bad. And he does redeem himself from when he annoyed me. So, that worked out well. I do think that he is overall going to be good for Kendra. I think that he will let her be the badass that she is and that she needs to be, but will also keep her under control as needed.

I really loved this book and what happened in it. I would really like to see more about this world. It doesn’t have to be more about Silas and Kendra, but at least more about their world.

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I wouldn’t mind more Attitude in another story. He seemed to be nice enough.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

E J Frost-Snowburn

So, EJ writes speculative fiction, which is a fancy way of saying that she writes scifi. You may remember me talking about how scifi was really my first one true love. I may have started out with stealing my mom’s Harlequin romances, VC Andrew’s books, and Stephen King stories, but once I found science fiction, I discovered new worlds. Scifi is still one of my gotos and always will be, whether it has romance and all the sexy sex in it (Snowburn really does) or doesn’t have any of that. And EJ’s books are going to really fit right into that, I think.

So, here’s our story. We have Hale. Hale is a very, very, very dangerous man. He’s been modified, trained to be the space equivalent of a SEAL, and escaped a number of prisons. Now he’s living under the name Snow on a small world, and piloting a cargo ship and doing deliveries on that planet as well to other planets. One day, he discovers he’s being followed by a woman with long, white blonde dreads. It turns out that her name is Kez and she’s a runner. She needs a pilot that night for a run, and she wants him to do it.

Kez is a runner, which means that she picks up packages and items and delivers them from one place to another. The runs aren’t always easy, in fact, the runs we see her do here aren’t easy at all. But she does them, she does them quite well, and she prides herself on never dropping or failing a run. Kez has friends and connections all through the underground (sometimes quite literally), which lets her do all the runs she needs to do. The run she has to do tonight has a very tight schedule, and one missed moment is going to make it really hard, but it’s one of the most important runs she’s ever done, so she’s going to work even harder at it.

As you may guess, Kez and Snow/Hale really like each other, a lot. Snow hates a lot of people. In fact, Snow hates pretty much all the people ever. But there’s something about Kez that he really likes. Kez likes him from the very beginning, which is why she followed him, and that really kind of surprises Snow, because he’s used to people not really liking him, because well, he’s him. But, like I said, there’s just something about Kez that totally disarms Snow. I think that they are totally soulmates and he senses that she fills that part of his soul and it just completes him.

I think that Kez is an amazing character. She is that strong female lead that I wanted to read when I was 12. She’s strong and determined and is going to do everything she can to do what she needs to, no matter what. But, she’s also willing to listen to Hale and follow him when it’s appropriate. There are times when she’s the expert, and she will take the lead, and times when Hale is the expert and she needs to follow. She’s also not willing to be anything less than a full partner when it comes to being with Hale. I love their negotiations.

Hale is incredibly dangerous, but he has a really good heart, deep down. Deep, deep, deep, deep down. So deep, it only has room for 1 person in a billion. He’s sure enough of himself to have no problem stepping back when necessary and admitting that he isn’t the right person to do what needs to be done. He also has no problem backing up Kez when necessary. I really like that he listens to her, really listens to her, to see what she needs for him to do. Or wants for him to do. Sometimes he knows that he has to do things that she doesn’t want him to do, but he is doing what she needs for him to do.

I don’t particularly care for Nevvie. I think that she is thoughtless, and hurts people around her casually. I truly dislike Ape. I’ve known him, or people like him, and they all make me want to smack them. I do like Chiara, or at least what we saw of her.

And the bunnies! Oh, the bunnies!

There is supposed to be a sequel, Throwing Fire, coming out soon. I really hope that EJ hurries with that.

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Erin-the-Assassin can just go burn in the lowest level of hell, and then keep burning, and burning, and burning. Bitch.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Myra Danvers-Delirium

Last week, after I blogged about Livia Bourne’s book and said that scifi was my first love, Myra got in touch with me and told me that she loved scifi and space opera too, and she had one that she thought that I’d like, and she sent me Delirium. And she was right. I loved it. I loved it so much, I think that I might reread it this weekend. If you like harder scifi, space opera, or completely deranged heroines, then this is definitely a book for you to try out.

Iris has spent many years as a space cargo transport pilot. She has her ship, her androids, and her opium, which she grows on her ship. She pays off people so that she can fly under the radar, and she’s very happy being alone. As long as she has her opium and is high, she’s perfectly happy. This is who she is in the After, and it’s good. There’s just one thing that causes her problems, and that is Big Evil, who is floating around somewhere. She’s trying very hard to avoid him, but that’s OK, she has some very shocking plans around for him if he shows up.

You see, Iris isn’t just a junkie pilot. She’s also a Mech. That means that she can McGuyver anything, with even less than McGuyver would need. She could probably make a death ray out of nothing but a chewing gum wrapper and scotch tape. She wouldn’t even need duct tape for that. She’s also a little bit crazy. And by little bit, I mean full-on sociopath with little to no morals and ethics. I love her. I wouldn’t want to be around her, because the amount of chaos that surrounds her, even when she’s asleep, is at an epically high level. I mean, I can’t even describe the chaos when she’s not trying. When she does try, stand the fuck back. I mean allllll the way back.

Myra’s dedication is a thing of beauty, and that needs all the acknowledgment. And now that we have done that, let’s talk about the way that Myra describes things. Her use of descriptive language is beautiful and elegant. It really brings the story to life and pulls you in. I could practically feel the world because of the textures that she created with words. I want to say that it’s not world-building, not quite, maybe it’s world-building adjacent. I’m not saying that Myra didn’t create a rich and wonderful world, because she did, it’s just something different. I don’t think I’m explaining it well, and that’s sad. I guess that means you are going to have to go read it and find out for yourself, won’t you?

One of my favorite heroines in all the books I’ve read is Sigil from Addison Cain. I’m going to have to put Iris right there next to Sigil. And they are totally in a category of their own.

Big Evil and Daxx are definitely interesting. Daxx has no clue what he is doing. And Big Evil? Well, his name is pretty descriptive, don’t you think?

This is one of those books that I’m almost mad that I’ve read because I can never read it for the first time again.

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OMG, that poor Nanny! And the Detox Fairy. And Daxx is just stupid.

OK, go check this out. You’ll thank me. Happy reading!

 

Tracy St. John-Kalquor

So, lately I’ve been working my way through Tracy St. John’s Kalquor universe. It started out as one series, but now has spun off with two more solid series, and then some shorts. I am really enjoying these books, and I keep going back and forth in between the two main series, The Clans of Kalquor, which was first, and Clan Beginnings. There’s also a new series called Clan Companions.

OK, so here’s how the books work. Kalquor is an alien planet (obviously) where women are slowly dying out. There was a virus that went through and killed off a lot of women back in the day, and what Kalquoran women are left are often infertile. To help make the most of the remaining women, and to, you know, give the guys some relief, they form family groups, or clans. Kalquor men break down into 3 distinct breeds, Dramok, Nobek, and Imdiko. Dramok are the leaders, Nobek are the warrior/protectors, and Imdikos are the caregivers. Each clan has one man from each breed in them. And they get together the same way that any relationship would. The guys meet, court, fall in love, and have awesome sex, often seriously kinky.

When the Clans books start out, the Kalquorans are at one generation or so away from extinction. The best scientists have been working on trying to figure out what to do to make their women fertile again. They’ve also taken to testing out other species to see if they can cross-breed, but so far no one has shown up. Then, voila, Earthers happen.

This Earth is a world-wide theocracy. And not a nice theocracy. We’re talking the nasty, conservative, makes evangelicals look liberal kind. It’s the kind where women don’t do anything that may draw attention to themselves, because they all know that they are just one teeny tiny step away from work camps or even execution. Women who are sexually assaulted are found guilty and punished because they tempted the men into assaulting them and they are now sexually impure. It’s not a nice place for anyone to live, let alone women. The Kalquorans come to them and ask them if they can test to see if they are compatible, because apart from one real difference, they are identical, physically. The one difference? The Kalquoran males have two self-lubricating cocks.

Well, Earth, of course, wants to have nothing to do with the demons who mate in groups, have the wrong number of appendages, and have sex with other males. Plus, you know, Earthers are God’s only creations, so they can’t possibly be related to or compatible with aliens.

Some women manage to leave the planet, but they are still watched very carefully by the government, and they are all told to stay away from the Kalquorans. But one woman didn’t listen. Amelia was talking to one of the clans while they were on another planet, and they tested her and found out that Earther women were compatible. When the Earther government found out, it turned really ugly.

The rest of the series involves clans finding their Mataras, or lifebringers, and the struggles that they go through. That’s all set against the larger story arc. You could, maybe, read them as a standalone, but you would be confused, so you really should read them all in order.

Beginnings is the stories of the various clans that show up in Clans as they get together. You get to see what brought each clan together and what they had to deal with to get there. The books aren’t in order to the way that they show up in Clans, and there aren’t as many of those as there are Clans, at least as of yet. It really is interesting to get to know those guys before they get together with their women. There is a lot of sex, a lot of it kinky, but very awesome.

The Clan Companions series only has one book so far, but it deals with one Kalquoran male who prefers males and an Earther male that is gay. It’s a great book, and is related to the greater series.

I really enjoy reading these books, and I think when I get to the last one, I’ll have to turn around and reread them.

 

Grace Goodwin-Ascension Saga 3, 4, & 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Raisa Greywood-The Leopard Mage

Raisa Greywood has brought out the next book in her Shifter’s Mates series, The Leopard Mage. Then time around, we are getting a new shifter, Chen Daiyu, and a new mate, Dakar. Daiyu is almost as epic as Renata. Renata is scarier up close and personal, but Daiyu is a strategist and tactician. Renata will fuck you up immediately, Daiyu will fuck you, your friends, your family, and the people you knew in 1st grade up.

Daiyu is a snow leopard from high in the Himalayas. For the shifters, snow leopards are revered. They are the mystics, the priests, the wise people, the ones who are in contact with the spirits. Daiyu left her family and people in Tibet and traveled from Tibet all the way over to Canada and then down to Atlanta. It took her YEARS to do that. But, she was going to have to go to Ximera, meet her mate, and help the shifters adjust to their new home. And the migration off Earth has to happen soon, because it only has a couple of more years left when it comes to supporting life. Daiyu got her match, but, just like Renata, she was captured. Daiyu spends the time meditating and pretending to be unconscious. Then, when she gets the chance, she and her leopard escape.

Dakar has been matched to Chen Daiyu. However, he’s sworn to not take a mate because his brother helped with a genocide and is now stealing shifters. But when the First Councillor, his uncle and almost father, and War Mate Renata tell him that he has to go rescue Daiyu and help to head off Soledad, a piratical jaguar shifter who managed to free herself and is now taking her vengeance, he does his duty. He’s just going to do everything he can to make sure that he doesn’t bond in any way to Daiyu.

I like Daiyu. I think that she’s insanely emotionally and mentally strong. She’s been trained by everyone to be mindful and mystical and scholarly, but she’s also a wicked fighter. I mean, she uses two swords and kicks serious butt. And that’s not even what it’s like when she’s a leopard. Big kitties are scary. Dakar is kind of stupid sometimes. OK, more than sometimes. He needs a cluex4 big time. He’s an idiot. But, he’s an honorable idiot, if still an idiot. He made me mad, but Daiyu handled him so well. I have to say, I really love that Raisa has written her heroines to be the badasses in this series. I mean, their guys are no slouches, and they are pretty damn Alpha, but when it comes to Renata and Rakon or Daiyu and Dakar, the women are the BAMFs.

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I love that when the rescue comes, it’s Daiyu who is making the plan for them to do the rescue and that Dakar just lets her. I also love what his leopard tells him at that point. And I’m wondering if that’s going to be very important in the future. Oh hell, I’m not wondering, I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be important.

I’m eager to find out the story of the last addition to the book. That’s going to be very interesting. I do love the Dalai Lama. He’s pretty cool. I’d love to see more of him in the next books, and I think that putting him and the First Councillor together would be AWESOME!

I’m so looking forward to Soledad. Raisa promises that she is even more BAMF-ier than Renata.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. You really should go check out the whole series. Happy reading!

 

Grace Goodwin-Ascension Saga Books 1 & 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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