Grace Goodwin-Fighting For Their Mate

I love, absolutely love the Interstellar Bride series, in whatever form they show up in. I read them, reread them, recommend them, and read them some more. I stalk and stalk and stalk to find out when the next one is coming out, and talk to people about what we’d like to see happen. All of us agree that Warden Egara should get more mates. We also discuss all our favorites. I like the Atlans and Rezz, from the last book, actually, is my favorite. But, what does that have to do with today’s blog? Well, we’re talking about Fighting For Their Mate, the latest installment in the series.

With FFTM, we’re back in the main series of the universe. Chloe, who has been a part of the intelligence branch of the Coalition forces, is now back on Earth. After spending 4 years out in space, fighting the Hive, being back on Earth is just stifling. She is limited as to what she can say since she worked in intelligence and most humans don’t believe that the Hive is out there anyway. Earth is deeply isolated from the fight and most vets don’t make it back to Earth, so they have nothing right in front of their eyes to prove it’s actually happening. Chloe just can’t live like that anymore. She wants back out in space, where she was happy and where she was with people who understood. The only way she can do that now is with the Interstellar Bride Program. So, off she goes to volunteer.

Seth is a human who is deployed with the Karter group in a very busy sector of space. He is the head of a ReCon squad. We’ve met Seth a couple of times before. His sister Sarah and her mate rescued him in Mated to the Beast. In Mating Fever, a member of his squad is due to get out and she tests to be a bride, so we get another glimpse at Seth. Now it’s time for Seth’s story. For Christmas one year, Sarah gives Seth the gift of testing. She wants him to be as happy as she is. However, Seth isn’t real thrilled about the whole idea, since he doesn’t want to leave a mate and children behind if something happens. After having been captured by the Hive once, he knows that it can happen quickly. When he gets matched to a bride, he is horribly unhappy and doesn’t really want her.

Dorian is a Prillon warrior. The Prillons have a tradition of mating in pairs so that their mates and children are never left alone if something happens to one of them. However, he lost his cousin recently, who was going to be the primary partner in their pairing. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever have a mate. Seth gets the call about his mate arriving while he is on a shuttle being piloted by Dorian after a daring rescue. When Seth says that he wants them to send her back, Dorian gets mad, pulls him aside and asks him what’s up. When Seth spills his worries, Dorian offers to be his second. He tells Seth that he never wanted to be a primary, but he is perfectly happy being a second in a pairing. Seth decides that works out well, so off they go to meet their new mate, Chloe.

OK, so here we are, once again. You get to make some decisions as to where you are going to go. Grace’s worldbuilding is amazing. Yeah, I know I’ve said that every time I write about her books, but it’s true. The IB’verse is vast and follows some general rules. However, the rules aren’t so strict that Grace can’t work around them and make some changes whenever she wants to. This book is one of those changes. It is different to any of the other books in the ‘verse which is really nice. It both fits and doesn’t fit within the rules, which is totally awesome. I look forward to seeing how later books go. FFTM is probably tying with Rezz’s story as my fave in the whole ‘verse, if not tied, then a very, very close second.

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Yeah, I know, I don’t normally use covers, but Grace’s covers are pretty, so you’re getting this one. 🙂

Oh my, Chloe is cool af! I mean, she had a higher rank than her mates. That’s pretty awesome. I love Karter’s reaction to finding out she was on his ship and he could actually avail himself of her talent. This is one place where this book is different from the rest of them.

Seth is the first human male we see matched through the IBP, which is new and exciting, and I hope to see more of. I would also love to see more humans teaming up like Pillons or with Pillons. Seth and Dorian made a super Alpha pair, and I don’t blame Chloe for falling to her knees around them. I wanted and they are just on my Kindle. Seth is a total Dom. Wow.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. Got a new K Webster book coming up in a few days, looking forward to that. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Anna Carven-Destroyer

Anna Carven writes great scifi. She also writes great romance. And just to top it off, she writes great scifi romance. Her Dark Planet Warriors series is one of my favorite series in the scifi romance genre and one I go back to time and again. I originally read them all on KU, but I now own them all. That series is done, but she’s going to have a spinoff of the series, called Dark Planet Mercenaries, I think, or something along those lines. However, Destroyer is not part of any of those series. It is the start of a whole, brand new series. And OMFG. Yeah. It’s that good and more.

So, Calexa and her crew are human, or at least mostly so. She has a couple of Primean/human hybrids as part of her crew. She is still mostly human, at least she thinks so. She’s had as many augmentations as she can, and so has the majority of her crew. It has made it easier for them to stay alive as smugglers and mercenaries. On this particular run, she and her crew are taking the Primean S and her humans to a refuge planet. However, some slavers have a different idea. They are going to make it hard for Calexa to get to where she needs to be. Instead, she and her crew jump blindly and end up in a completely different part of the universe from where they started, and some place that no one knows.

Ares is a Vradhu. He and his people are purple aliens with tails that have venomous barbs. They avoid technology as much as possible, and are pretty much at the hunter/gatherer level. He and his war pack are out trying to find the source of whatever is poisoning their water. When they find the source, it turns out that it’s their people’s enemy, the Naaga. They are a created slave race who aren’t very nice. They were poisoning the water to try to get some Vradhu to take them up to a huge spaceship that orbits their world. The Naaga want the Vradhu to kill the Corrupted that have taken over the ship. What they don’t expect is what happens when Ares walks on to the ship. It decides that it really likes Ares.

When Cal’s ship gets pulled in by the huge alien ship, strange and fascinating things start to happen.

Ares is pretty much a total badass, and the changes he goes through are just totally suprising. And the fact that he’s able to fight everything that he does and keep doing what he’s doing is pretty awesome.

I love Cal. She’s a BAMF, which I love. I love having a strong female MC. I like it when they still stay strong even after the romance starts. Part of this is why I read more female authors than male authors. They tend to keep the women strong no matter what. Anna is really good at doing that. I’ve loved every single one of her heroines

Seriously, the book left me breathless in places. I stayed up way too late finishing it and debated going back to read it again. I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out. I just want Anna Carven to write faster so that it comes out tomorrow. Sadly, if she does that, then there aren’t any new DPW books. It’s a tossup. Anyway, the book isn’t heavy on the sex, but it is heavy on the chemistry. It’s also very into violence and cussing. The ending was like whoa! I didn’t expect what happened to happen. I was pleasantly and happily shocked by it.

I don’t have any spoilers because I really don’t want to spoil anything at all. But here’s a pretty picture which makes me think of this book.

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Lee Savino & Lili Zander- Draekon Abduction

Do you like dragon shifters? I like dragon shifters. Today, we have a lot of dragon shifters. Thank you, Lee and Lili.

So, we’re back on the prison planet. Draekon Abduction starts right after the crash. Unlike the previous 3 books, we’re dealing with a different group of human women and Draekons. In the first book, Viola, Harper, Sophia, and Ryanna were rescued by the group of Draekons led by Arax and Nyx. When the guys first saw Viola, they knew that she was their mate. They turned into dragons, and then took her away. Harper, Sophia, and Ryanna were out trying to find food and water and were rescued by Viola and her mates. When they went back to the ship to get the other women, they were gone, taken by another group of Draekon.

This book starts the batch of stories about Olivia, Paige, Felicity, May, and Bryce. These women were rescued by another pair of Draekons, Liorax and Zunix. The second they see Olivia they shift into dragons, so they know that she’s their mate. While they are still in their dragon form, they fly the women as close to their camp as possible. Before they get to the camp, they land, shift back into humanoid form, and tell the women that they are going to be a very precious commodity. When they get to the camp, a whole bunch of dragons all of a sudden appear. Everybody has a mate, except for Bryce. But that’s OK, Olivia makes up for it, another pair turn into dragons and say that they are her mates. They are hereafter known as Fox and Hare. Mostly because I think it’s hilarious. That’s what Olivia kept calling them in conversation. Fox and Hare are douchelords and up to no good.

Zunix, Liorax, and Olivia are all keeping secrets. For all that Olivia acts like a big boobed ditz, she’s actually a very, very smart woman and a member of the CIA. She’s there to go to Zoraht and spy on the Zorahns. Zunix was an assistant spymaster, so pretty much the same kind of thing that Olivia is. Secrets are their lives, and they don’t even let their right hand consider knowing what their left had is doing. Liorax isn’t a spymaster, but he doesn’t want a mate. He had a bond mate once and she betrayed him. However, he wants to keep Olivia away from Hare, so he agrees to court her. There are all kinds of motivations going on between the 3 of them. It’s lovely. I love all the levels of secrecy.

On top of those secret, Dariux, who wants to think that he’s the leader of the village, is also a spymaster and he is up to something. Fox and Hare are up to something too, something completely different. Then other strange things start to happen.

So, here we go. Each Draekon book becomes my favorite, just as soon as I read it. It doesn’t matter how much I liked the one before it, I like the new one best. The series is getting better and better, which is a yay. There’s a lot of intrigue and conspiracy in this book. That makes it a little more complex than the other books are, I think. However, I have a feeling that they are going to stay a little more on the complex side. If hot sex, menage, hot guys, and intrigue work for you, go check this one out.

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OK, we pretty much always knew who Raiht’vi was, but the reveal of who may be looking for her? Oh, holy fuck. That’s a major game changer. I don’t know what that’s going to mean for the next book, but I can’t wait for it to come out. I just know it’s going to take too long to come, especially since Lee is a very busy lady and she is in the midst of a personal expansion project.

On the end, I’m wondering how certain things are going to work out now. I kind of expect Olivia and her mates to end up as part of leadership now, since they are very tricksy and very smart. Arax is pretty smart and he’s going to use everything at his disposal right now, especially with all the latest bombs.

OK, that’s all for today. Tomorrow we have some twisted fairy tales coming up, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Hannah Davenport-Theon Untamed

Hannah Davenport writes some great science fiction romance. I first found her through her Azziarin series, which is pretty awesome, and I recommend it to everyone. Theon Untamed is adjacent to this series. It takes place in the same ‘verse, but you don’t have to have read the Azziarin series in order to read Theon and like it. It won’t hurt to have read it, but you don’t have to.

In the world, the Earth has been invaded by the Tureis. They are evil bad aliens who not only have invaded the Earth, they are also abducting humans for experimentation and slaves. Catalina and Alan are two of the humans that have been abducted for experimentation. For some reason, the bad guys have decided that they need little baby humans, probably as a source of slaves, so they are using Catalina and Alan to try to produce said little babies. They aren’t doing it naturally though. That would be too nice and leave too much to chance. The Tureis are using medical interventions and they aren’t very nice about it. We don’t get a lot of detail about what is done to Catalina and nothing about what is done to Alan, and I think I’m OK with that. The bits about does happen are enough. Everything they have gone through has caused Alan and Catalina to bond and love each other as if they are sibs.

When the ship they are on gets attacked, they end up being rescued by the Curazin. The Curazin are allies to the Azzirian and they have their own problems, namely the fact that woman are out-numbered about 100 to 1, so their species is slowly dying. Toran, the captain of the ship, has been looking for compatible species to bring home to help breed more Curazin. Turns out that humans fit the bill. Alan decides to go on with Toran and his men to see if he can find his sister, while Catalina decides to go to Curaz to live. Everyone tells her that she will have a good life there because women are held sacred and protected there.

So, Curaz is broken into two main clans, with small clans making up the larger clans. The two clans are the Northern and Southern clans. Theon is part of the royal clan of the Southern Clan. The Southen Clan primarily lives underground because of the terrible storms which affect the surface. The women live in one area so that they can be protected easier. When Catalina gets to Curaz, that’s where she goes to live. However, Tarra makes life nearly impossible for her and she decides that she’s going to go live topside.

That’s where she meets and impresses Theon. She is totally unlike any woman he’s ever known, and that is intriguing to him.

OK, you know what time it is. I found this book to be a little darker than some of Hannah’s other books, but we all know that doesn’t bother me one little bit. The story is really well-done. Catalina is pretty wicked awesome and doesn’t let anything stop her. I really liked her a lot. I mostly like Theon too, especially when he doesn’t have his head shoved up his arse. Go check this one out.

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OMG, Tarra and Jeat. May the lice of a thousand camels infest their crotches and may their arms be too short to scratch. They totally deserve all that and more. I’m sure that I could probably come up with some other things, but I’m hoping Hannah has some really good ideas. I’m sure she does, she always does.

I’m really hoping that we get to see more of this world because I want to see what can be made of the Northern Clan now that it has been changed by Catalina. I also would like to see more of the couples that got going in this book, as well as see if others get their HEA. I like Kaid and I hope he gets a mate. That would be really nice. He seemed like a really nice guy.

OK, I’m going to let you all go now. If you like alien stories, this is definitely a good one to get. I also highly recommend everything else that Hannah has written. The stories are sexy and well-written. The male MCs are always Alpha and the heroines are pretty damn badass. I’ll be bringing more aliens tomorrow. 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!

Sara Fields-Sold to the Beasts

Here’s our 2nd blog for today. It’s all about Sara Fields’ newest book, Sold to the Beasts. This is the 4th book in the Captive Bride series, and if you remember, I’ve reviewed one of the other books in that series here, Taming Their Pet, way back in September, I think. Whenever it was, it was another great book in a series that I really enjoy. Beast is no different. I think each of her books in this series gets better and better, and considering how much I liked the first book, that’s really saying something. But, enough of that, let’s crack on, shall we?

This story is all about Michelle, Roan, and Dane.

Like the other brides, Michelle was an illegal 3rd child. Her family were notorious crime lords in LA, and they kept her hidden, right up until the point when they decided to sell off her virginity and had her tied to a bed. Luckily, the police busted in right at that moment. Unluckily, they found out her status and sent her to the training center so that she can be trained and sold to aliens as a bride.

While she’s there, Michelle gets caught up in some trouble. The warden tells her that she has the perfect situation for Michelle. She also guarantees that Michelle will have a happy relationship with mates who love her and cherish her, which is what Michelle has always wanted, a family who wants her, loves her, and makes her feel happy. I mean, who can blame her, everyone wants that, especially someone who had a shitty growing up, like Michelle.

So, after a week-long voyage, Michelle’s ship lands at the gate of a remote mansion covered in roses. She’s wearing the beautiful blue dress that she was sent and is nervously waiting to meet her mates. However, the man who meets her isn’t one of them. He’s Sir Gregory, the man who runs the house for Dane and Roan. They aren’t available to meet her.

Dane and Roan are brothers and will share a mate. They were warriors who were cursed and now live in isolation way in the far, snowy north surrounded by a forest. They are in deep mourning and the mansion is quiet.

When the brothers see Michelle and the dress that she is wearing, they get very angry. They didn’t send for her, they don’t want her, they want nothing to do with her. Poor Michelle, all she wants is a happy family, and now it’s been ripped away. Sir Gregory shows her the library, and she spends a good chunk of time hiding in the library until the brothers find out that she’s been hiding there and is slowly losing weight.

OK, this is the point where I go on and you get to decide whether or not you want to risk spoilers. I got so mad at Dane and Roan in this book. I mean, I wanted to go dope slap the both of them. If I could have figured out a way to get into the book, they would’ve had their heads smacked together just like the 3 Stooges. If you’ve read other Sara Fields books, you know that she loves to give us an HEA, and Beasts is no different. There’s a lot of spanking and hot sex. Yummmmmm. Each book I say that this is the best book of the series, and I think this one really is the best book of the series. It’s my new favorite. Definitely going to be a regular reread.

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Michelle is a lot more patient with her boys than I would’ve been. I swear, she has the patience of a saint.

One of the things I loved so much about this book is that Michelle isn’t cowed by her two men. Sarah never really writes weak women, but Michelle is the toughest, I think. I mean, she goes out and kicks some ass. Of course, there are going to be consequences, but she doesn’t hesitate to go out and do what she thinks is right for Roan and Dane. I loved that about her. I hope that she keeps her boys on their toes and that she never loses that fire.

OK, I got all kinds of feelz about this, but if I say anything else, I’m going to end up spoiling it, and you’ll miss out on this book. You don’t want to miss out, trust me.

So, tomorrow is another double, Wednesday Noir and Renee Rose, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, happy reading!