Sara Fields-Mastered

Here we are back on a futuristic Earth that has been invaded and devastated by the Vakarrans, thanks to Sara Fields. Mastered is the second book of this series, and I’m really interested to see where it’s going to go after this one. I think some really interesting things will be happening.

Alaina Stryke, sister to rebel Kira Stryke from our first book, is now in charge of leading their rebellious little band. Kira had gone to her command center to make sure that no Vakarrans were around while Alaina and their two younger sisters moved the rest of the group on to another hidden area. They have to stay hidden because the women would be taken by the Vakarrans and turned into breeders and sex slaves and then men will just be slaves. But when Kira doesn’t come back, Alaina fears the worst.

She decides that she will go to the command center to see what she will find. When she gets there, she discovers that there is a lone Vakarran near one of Kira’s traps, so she’s going to capture him and make him tell her where her sister is so that she can be rescued. Davvan is the youngest member of the second battalion. Alaina gets him trapped in a pit and then goes to talk to him. He tells her that he can’t get her any info on her sister and that he can’t communicate with any Vakarrans. As she goes to shoot him, she feels a gun held up to her own head. Turns out that Davvan is devious and the tables have been turned on her.

The rest of Davvan’s team has arrived and they are going to make this human woman pay, because she’s a human woman and she’s a slave. On top of that, she had the audacity to consider killing a Vakarran. Ryder, Morgn, and Aarom have to all give shit to Davven about it first, but she’s well fucked and punished by the time they drag her into the nearby training facility.

OK, everyone may want to think of the Vakarrans as bad guys, not all of them are. Her guys save a human from another Vakarran who was whipping the shit out of her. Whipping her enough that it was probably going to leave marks. So really, the Vakarrans are like anyone else. There are some that are dicks and that let the power they have go to their heads. There are others who are decent guys, like Kira’s guys and like our current 4. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to tie up Alaina, spank her until her ass is a bright cherry red, and then fuck her senseless. They just aren’t going to harm her. However, they are worried about her being harmed, because their new commander will want to take her and keep her and will probably kill her. Even though he technically can’t because they have a claim on her, that won’t stop him. He’s an asshole and a nasty piece of work who is a political appointee because he’s part of the old boys’ network.

I really liked Alaina, and to quote the movie Slither, “Bitch is hardcore.” She is fierce. She’s a warrior and she has a huge heart. I liked all her guys, for different reasons. I think that Aarom is my favorite though. He’s a little softer, maybe, than other Vakarrans we’ve seen. Not saying he won’t punish Alaina when she needs it, but he is also her emotional support and her friend as well as her lover. I liked that a lot.

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I really liked the ending. I’m eager to see what changes are going to come in the series because of the choices that the guys made. It was a pretty bold choice.

I loved that Alaina handled certain things on her own. I knew that she was walking into a trap, but that she did what she did made me really happy. And the fact that other women were taken out of that situation because of her decisions is a good thing. And if the women had to be rescued by Vakarrans, it’s a good thing it was these guys.

I’m really looking forward to the next book and to see where Sara’s going to go with it. I’m wondering if there may be a small rebellion starting in the Vakarran ranks because of Kira and Alaina. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? Go check these books out and tell me what you think. Happy reading!

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R. Lee Smith-The Last Hour of Gann

So, Addison Cain is my pusher and enabler. Not only does she write books that I read over and over and over and over and over, but she also suggests books that she’s read that she thinks people will like. Well, I’ve learned through experience that if Addison suggests a book, I should totally go read it. She hasn’t steered me wrong yet. So, when she raved about R. Lee Smith’s The Last Hour of Gann, I knew I was going to read it. I had looked at the blurb a couple of times, so it wasn’t a hard decision.

OK, so let’s talk book. The book takes place in the future. The Earth is crazily overpopulated. In fact, it’s so overpopulated that there are laws about reproduction. Women are given implants so that they can’t get pregnant. There is a group called Manifest Destiny that has come up with a pioneering ship. The people on this ship are going to go on a 5 year trip in suspended sleep. They are going to do something called tunneling through space to get to an Earth-like planet where they can colonize. On the first trip, they are offering all kinds of bonuses to get people to go. And this is where we enter.

Amber and her younger sister Nicci have just lost their mother. She was a prostitute and a drug addict. Less than 5 minutes after their mother has died, an eviction notice is posted on their apartment door. They basically have 30 days to figure out what to do, and their options are shit, a bigger pile of shit, an even bigger pile of shit, or to get on the colony ship. Amber is pragmatic, realistic, and doesn’t give a fiddler’s fuck about what anyone thinks of her. She’s tough. She’s had to be. So, she lays out all the information to Nicci and tells her what she thinks they should do. Nicci, a whiny little twat, cries and cries and cries, but finally decides she’ll do it. When they go in for the signup, Nicci goes through with no problems, but Amber is overweight and asks for a little time. (I don’t mention this for no reason, her weight is a big deal.)

So, Amber manages to lose just enough weight to get to go on the ship and it’s all of a sudden loading day. Part of their agreement was that Nicci and Amber would be together, because Amber has to take care of Nicci. Nicci’s a little bit of a wet noodle. But, since they got approved a couple of weeks apart, they aren’t in the same area. So, Amber talks to the Manifest Destiny guy nearby, Everly Scott, to try to get them back together. She doesn’t make friends with Scott.

The next thing Amber knows, the ship has crashlanded on an alien planet. Of the tens of thousands of people who were on the ship, very few survive. Scott, of course, is one of them. There are also some Fleet personnel. Amber tries to get everyone to leave the area near the burning ship, but the nice Fleet man convinces most people to stay there. However, Scott, kind of stealing Amber’s plan, suggests that the set up a “forward outpost” on a hill. Turns out that was a good idea. On the other side of the hill is a lake, and as the small group of people go to look at the lake, the ship explodes.

Meanwhile, Meoraq, a Foot and Sword of God, sees the burning ship and decides that it’s an omen for him. He’s basically a holy judge. He has a patrol area of various cities and he goes through each of those cities, and will do trials by battle. He also gets to fuck pretty much any female that he wants. Anyway, he sees the omen and decides that he’s going to go find it. On his way, he stops at a city and finds out that his father has died and he is now head of his House and he’s going to have to go take up that mantle. But before that, he’s going to go on a pilgrimage to the most holy shrine, which just happens to be in the same direction as the tower of fire.

The humans have tried to figure stuff out. Scott has decided that he’s in charge and that the 48 people, 37 men and 11 women, are a colony, and they have to take everything they have with them, including machines that won’t work and bags of cement. He’s also going to ration out all the food. Everyone is getting 3 meal bars, except for Amber, because she “has a lot of reserves”. In reality, it’s because she has argued with Scott over everything, and he has to punish her. He does this by taking food away from her and by othering her. So, she decides that she’s going to go hunting, and finds Meoraq instead.

This is a long book. It’s a long slow burn too. The thing is, that you can’t take a word out of the book and make it any better. For all that it’s long, it’s really tight. Smith put a lot of work into the book, and it’s obvious. There are also so many, many things that go on in this. Meoraq is crazy religious. His whole society is set on this religion, and he’s one of the elite in it, so he does a lot of praying and thinking about God. So when the humans show up, he has to figure out where they fit within his religion’s framework. So there’s that whole journey, which is fascinating to read. Generally, he’s pretty good with it, but he does use prayer as a passive-aggressive tool as well, which is occasionally funny. He is also very, very obvious in who he likes (Amber) and who he doesn’t (everyone else). Amber is smart, stubborn, fierce, determined, and tenacious. She also has a better grasp on what’s going on than Scott does, and she tries to get people to listen to her, but she’s really Cassandra. So, there’s the whole layer of the way that Amber gets treated and that evolution. Then you have Scott and the rest of the humans and how they behave. It’s a really interesting story and one that I really loved reading.

One nice thing about the book is that neither Amber or Meoraq are perfect. In fact, they are both pretty damn imperfect a lot of time. They are also downright unlikable at times. It takes a lot of guts to make your heroes be as unlikable as these two are at times. It really upped my enjoyment of the book.

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I hated Scott from the first time we saw his officious petty ass. He was slimy and he schmoozed really well, which made it easy for everyone to believe him. And since everyone wants to have someone to blame and Amber made herself not popular, she made it really easy for him to treat her the way that he did. I mean, damn, it got really bad. And he treated Meoraq really, really bad, but even then, I think he tried Meoraq better than he treated Amber. Of course, Amber didn’t carry swords, so there’s that. I was really happy that Scott got his. I wished he got more though. His fate just didn’t go far enough, especially since Amber tried to save him time and again.

And Nicci. Too bad she didn’t stay on Earth. I’m an older sister, so I totally get wanting to care for your younger sibs, but Nicci never loved Amber and it became more and more obvious as they were on the alien planet longer.

I didn’t like any of the humans outside of Amber. Some of them tried to be decent sometimes, but trying to occasionally be decent doesn’t mean anything when it comes to being a prick all the rest of the time.

I would love to see a short story that catches us up on Amber and Meoraq and what’s going on with them now, but I’m perfectly happy if we don’t. The end was a satisfactory end for me, so I’m good with that.

Go check this out, it’s on KU. It’s worth reading, especially if you love epic scifi. 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!

Cari Silverwood-Prey

Cari generally writes pretty dark dubcon stories. This one isn’t dark. Or rather, it’s a funny dark. As Cari says, this is the dark you read when you are dark’ed out and need a break. It’s the pansy dark. It’s more towards dusk than it is towards midnight. That doesn’t matter though, it’s still great.

The way this book came to be is really interesting. You see, Cari has a group on FB. We’re an interesting group. There’s an artist named Luis Royo who does some amazing work. A lot of his art involves huge giant males with smaller sexy women. Cari saw this picture and came up with a snippet that went along with it.

Then, Cari told us about story/fantasy she had. We were all like oooooh, sounds so hot. And thus, Prey was born.

So, Mila, of the very tight bodysuit with an interestingly located strap and buckle and knee high boots, is a pretty good treasure hunter. But the last hunt she went on didn’t turn out so well for her. She ended up with an illness that actually has its own instruction manual. When her sister screams for help, again, Mila would normally ignore the scream, but this time she decides not to. She’s going to go save her sister from the giant stoneshifter that she’s about to be sacrificed to.

Lord Zarblu is a giant stoneshifter. I mean, cock the size of your thigh kind of giant. He has to have a willing sacrifice every 10 years or he turns to solid stone for the next 10 years. But this sacrifice doesn’t get laid down on a table and stabbed with a stone knife. Instead, she gets laid on a table and stabbed with a stone dick. Mila’s sister has been telling Zarblu all about her, and he is intrigued.

When Mila hits his planet, she finds out that she’s going to have to fight and win all the fights to save her sister. But before she gets to the fight, she has to end up fucking a different kind of giant, who leaves her weak-kneed and all her joints a little bit loose.

There are all kinds of great things going on in this book. You have giant stone dicks that leak aphrodisiacal pre-cum, swords that are just as likely to be deadly to you as they are to be deadly to the enemy, a fairly psychotic cyborg who really likes hurting people, and an annoying twit of a sister. You get a lot of Cari’s sexy yumminess, but you also get a lot of Cari’s humor. There are a lot of outright funny places in this book. It was a lot of fun to read and it’s going to stay in my rotation for a long time.

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OK, the sword is funny. I thought it was a hilarious little bit of fun in there. And as an older sister, I can totally relate that sisters are really fucking annoying a lot of time, but sadly, blood is thicker than water, at least sometimes.

Mila’s way of winning some of her fights is kind of tricksy and could be possibly considered cheating, but my theory is that she won, so it’s all good.

That’s all I have to say about this one, so go get it and enjoy it! Happy reading!

Kallista Dane-Her Savage Mate

I came to know Kallista’s writings through her Tharan menage series, which I highly recommend. So, when I found out that she had taken her story from Alien Alphas and added to it to come up with a full-length book? Yes, please! And so Her Savage Mate showed up for me to read.

OK, before I say anything else, let’s discuss the first line of this book. We all know call me, Ishmael, but in my opinion, this is even better. “It was all the fault of those fucking monkeys.” Pretty epic, right? And it turns out that they just are fucking monkeys, they are fucking monkeys who are fucking! It works in so many, many ways.

So, Jane is the commander of a spaceship from Earth with a small complement of women. When their ship crashes into the jungle, she goes out and tries to find food and help. When she finds the fucking monkeys, she sees that they are eating a particular fruit. She figures that if they are eating it, she can eat it. So she grabs one and yummy. She fills up her jacket with more, so that she can take them back to her crew. That’s when Tarzan shows up. He yells at her because she’s eating the sacred fruit and drags her off to the high priest so that she can get punished.

The high priest says that she must marry the prince because the king is old and in failing health, and there must be an heir. If she doesn’t, he will kill her crew in front of her and then kill her. So, trapped between a rock and a really hard place, she figures that marrying the prince isn’t a fate worse than death and off she goes. That’s when she discovers that her Tarzan is actually Jalen, the Crown Prince. The very dominant crown prince.

OK, there are some really great things about this book. One is that there is so much humor in this. That tone is set from the great first line all the way through to the end of the book. But there are also some really great sexy scenes as well. Jalen and Jane are both stubborn af, and they are pretty much the perfect match. I loved their chemistry.

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Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan.

OK, I really loved who the high priest turned out to be and I love that Jane gave him what for. He totally deserved it. He was kind of a huge jerk.

The whole battle of wills between Jalen and Jane was pretty awesome. I loved watching them and how they each fucked with each other. Stubborn plus pride sometimes ends up with stupid and that’s what happened here, but sometimes stupid is funny as hell.

OK, that’s all I have to say. Go check it out and happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Claimed by the Vikens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maddie Taylor-Defying the General

I think that the first Maddie Taylor book I read was The Barbarian’s Captive, which is the first book of the Primarian Mates series. I bought each one as soon as I possibly could and I was a happy camper. I look forward to each book, and I’m pretty invested in the recurring characters. Defying the General is the 4th book in the series, and it’s the most emotionally tense one, for me at least.

So, here’s the basic background on the series. The Earth is basically imploding. There are constant natural disasters and it’s a ticking time bomb. There are many more women than there are men, so the government decided to send out a ship full of 300 women to go out and explore the universe. They are on a mission to find a planet that is similar enough to Earth that they can colonize. Eventually, the goal will be to have as many humans as possible off Earth and on to the colonized planet.

A few years into their mission, our intrepid heroes find a planet that looks like it will fit. Some of the women go down in a shuttle so that they can evaluate the planet to see if it will work. While they are there, they run into some huge barbarian looking dudes who are running around in loincloths. Some of the scientists manage to get back to the shuttle and get away from the barbarians who are chasing them. Eight of the women don’t. They are captured by the barbarians who aren’t really barbarians but men from an advanced society who are come to this planet to hunt.

The women on their home planet all have massive issues with infertility due to outside causes. That means that as a species they are going to die unless they can find a species that they can cross-breed with. Humans fit. Humans and Primarians are genetically compatible. So, the 8 women are taken to the homeworld, where they are tested for compatibility to the men who captured them, and then they are mated.

Defying is the story of Lana and Trask. Trask is the highest military authority on Primara. He’s cousin to the leader and related to a huge chunk of the council. He’s a VVIP. Lana is a geologist. She and Trask manage to make their relationship work almost from the beginning. It looks like they are going to be one of the relationships that starts out smoothly and just keeps trucking along. However, she starts getting sick whenever Trask is around, very sick with migraines and can’t keep anything down. The healers can’t figure out what’s wrong with her. With a treaty made with Earth, she now has the ability to petition to dissolve their mating, which she does, telling Trask she’d rather be back on Earth.

I will fully admit to crying my fucking eyes out on this one. I just cried and cried. I loved Lana and Trask when we first met them, and when they showed up every other time in the books, I was glad to see them. But their own book? There were some seriously sad bits. I ended up with a huge pile of tissues next to me, and since I was reading in the middle of the night, I had to be really careful to be quiet so that I didn’t disturb my husband. Honestly, I couldn’t put this one down until it ended. When it was done, I felt weirdly hollow and happy. It sounds like a really fucked-up combination, and it is, but it’s the way that I felt. I really went on a roller coaster emotionally, and had that whole stomach dropping feeling going on, but in a good way. Go and read the whole series, it’s a great one. It is very kinky as well as a great story.

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Ugh, I hated that Lana and Trask were apart for so long. It was so terrible. Poor Lana just never got better from being away from Trask. When they met on the ship right after they left, I was hurt for both of them. It was so traumatic. I was mad at Trask, I mean, couldn’t he tell how much she was hurting? He was supposed to love her and it was so obvious that she was lying to him, but…

I’m not surprised that the bad guy turned out to be who the bad guy was. What a prick.

I can’t wait for the next one. I’m pretty sure who the next couple will be. I can’t wait to see if I’m right.

OK, that’s all for today. I’m going to go settle in with my Sansa Rayne book and eat some canollis. Go check these books out and see what you think. Happy reading!