2 Stars

The Alpha and His Ace (The Alpha and His Ace #1) by Ana J. Phoenix Review

Review:

The Alpha and His Ace - Ana J. Phoenix

Young, handsome, and the alpha of his wolf pack, Brandon has never had trouble finding men to have sex with. Only one thing is missing–his mate. Brandon can’t find him, and the rest of his pack is growing concerned about his lack of partner. An alpha needs a strong partner.

Things seem to be looking up when he finally finds his fated companion in Aidan. One problem—Aidan’s asexual, and Brandon’s now confused. Who doesn’t want sex? Aidan, that’s who. And Brandon hasn’t got a clue how to make someone love him without it.

It’s going to take some serious self-examination, acceptance, and some really good cake for Brandon to make his way into Aidan’s heart.

 

Review

 

A pretty bland wolf shifter romance made more interesting by the fated mate being asexual.

 

The world building needed much more detail but the characters and character driven conflict was intersting. Needed more time.

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Tough Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous, #2) by M. Leighton Review

   Tough Enough by M. Leighton 2 Stars 

There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.

Kiefer Rogan literally took my breath away the moment I met him. MMA champion-turned-actor, notorious playboy, charming to a fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.

But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.

I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.

 

Review

In order for a romance to work for me, I have to connect with the characters. I don’t always have to like them but I have to think they are interesting.

I didn’t like the hero. He was no attuned to the heroine. I didn’t care for the heroine either as she was really judgmental and I was stuck in her head.

They could have both grown and it would have been a more enjoyable book as the writing is well done but they didn’t do that with any compelling elements and too slow for me.

So, I didn’t care about them in the end.

HUS’ABARON: The Warlord’s Reluctant Bride (Sky Protectors Book 2) by Clara Hart Review

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Alien Romance: HUS'ABARON: The Warlord's Reluctant Bride (Sky Protectors Book 2) - Clara Hart

His warriors want her dead, the Council wants her dead, in fact, his entire planet wants this uninvited visitor dead for good…

He turns to the rest of his men. They all await his command, and why wouldn’t they? He is not just Abaron, not even H’Abaron. He is Hus’Abaron, he is the High Hador, the Great Hunter, Lord of Hunters, and he answers only to the Council, and sometimes not even to them.

Yet Hus’Abaron doesn’t understand why he would stop at nothing to protect this earthling and claim her as his bride.

 

 

Review

 

Sigh. This book had a lot of promise but fell flat. Hard.

 

The writing was actually a nice mix of show and tell with good dialogue and smart main characters.  The plot of a science fiction romance staple of stranded on a planet meet a new culture but I love that. 

 

A fated mate romance, yes, but not insta love on the part of the heroine. The heroine is a linguist anthropologist and we get to actually see her be a genius (as opposed to being told how intelligent a character is with no evidence at all) and interpret  the world through these lenses. Awesome! 

 

The hero is reasonable and interesting. 

 

So, what happened. Oh the strangest of typos everywhere. It feels like scanning errors. The cover doesn’t look anything like the hero is suppose to look. 

 

But mainly, the book just gets to a certain point in the romance, they are together, and it quits. The world building ends and there is really so much story to go but it runs out of stream. Sad and frustrated. 

 

 

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Abducted (Alien Mate Index, #1) by Evangeline Anderson Review

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Abducted: The Alien Mate Index Book 1: (Alien Warrior BBW Scifi Paranormal Romance) (Volume 1) - Evangeline Anderson

My name is Zoe McKinley. I have a boring life, an awful job, and a boss that throws staplers at my head. What could be worse?

How about being abducted by Aliens?

Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the Devil was worse. But learning he wanted to trade me to an intergalactic petting zoo was the worst of all!

Now I’m whizzing through the galaxy with a robot butler, a trio of nib-nibs (they’re like tiny green monkeys) and one huge, muscular, and very grumpy alien. The clothing they gave me shows all my lady-bits, the food-sim makes banana cream pie that tastes like sauerkraut, and Sarden, my captor, is too hot to stay mad at, even if he is a jerk.

In fact, I think I might be falling for him.

What’s a girl to do? It’s all in a day’s work when you’ve been…Abducted.

 

Review

 

I enjoyed this Alien Abduction romp with some angst, decent world building, hot sex, and a lot of fun moments.

 

A quick fun read.

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Maggie’s Story (Intergalactic Matchmaking Services, #1) by Ava Louise Review

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Maggie's Story: Intergalactic Matchmaking Services, Book 1 - Ava Louise

Women Wanted: Must have a sense of adventure and be open to new experiences. Must also be willing to relocate. Please contact…Intergalactic Matchmaking Services.

Maggie Cline decides to investigate her romantic possibilities after she becomes a target when she identifies the shooter in a local murder.

Can she find a soul mate away from everything she knows and has worked hard for here on Earth? What about her loyal companion? Will she have to give up her cat, Mamzell, for a chance at love?

Review

Okay, I want to be clear that I have now read this whole series. So, there is something in here that kept me reading. Partly, the series in on Kindle Unlimited so it is a low cost pleasure. I have a love of mail order brides, aliens, and cats.

 

So, even though there is something off, something underdeveloped, simplified, and the outside threats, for me, don’t need to be there. At some level, I enjoyed this book.

 

I like the hero and I like the heroine. The cat is cool.

 

It is like drinking a diet off brand soda when I am thirsty.

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Project Daddy by Kate Perry Review

   Project Daddy by Kate Perry 2 Stars

Katherine Murphy needs to know. Her obsessive, demanding supervisor has given her an assignment that goes way beyond the call of duty: find her a man. But not just any man—he must have the perfect combination of good looks, job security, and solid genes to make him daddy-worthy. So, with a lofty promotion being dangled in front of her, Katherine dives back into the dating pool to find another woman’s Mr. Right. . .

There is, however, a problem with Katherine’s approach: for some reason, going up to strange guys and asking if they’re ready for fatherhood is getting her nowhere. Which is why she recruits her best friend Luc to help with the man hunt. As he drags her out to gallery openings and bars, Katherine develops a new appreciation for Luc. But when Katherine strikes out in her search and Luc steps up to the plate as her boss’s next date, she realizes he’s perfect. Maybe too perfect to waste on someone else. . .

 

Review

I love me a socially awkward heroine. I love fact spewing as well and friends to lovers and a clueless that he likes her romance but this one was too much of everything, Well, not the fact spewing…I love that.

The level of cluelessness was crazy and then kind of cruel and self involved. I get that she had a real need to achieve but she ended up being stupid instead of clueless and then mean.

The hero and the nieghbor I loved in this book but I have no idea why he why he didn’t just tell her how he felt. This was dumb as well. There was no character of plot base of his choice.

Oh, the Daddy Project plot made me nuts too. LOL. A wall banger for me with some funny moments.

Alien Conquest (World of Kalquor #3) by Tracy St. John Review

  Alien Conquest by Tracy St. John  2 Stars

Cassidy Hamilton doesn’t think life can get any worse after being sequestered in a convent on Europa. A Kalquorian invasion quickly changes her mind, and she barely eludes her people’s greatest enemy. Fear and desire become a heady mixture when her spying reveals the aliens’ intentions for Europa’s nuns: bondage and seduction. But that’s nothing compared to the plans Captain Tranis and his clanmates Lidon and Degorsk have for the young woman when they catch up to her.

 

Review

This entry into the series was just too dark for me.

The heroine’s head was really messed up by the brainwashing of her culture and I just didn’t feel that the heroes gave her the care they needed to work through her issues.]

I felt even worse for the other women.

The world is a pretty awful one.

So, a no for me here.

Zar (Alien Raiders’ Brides Book 1) by Vi Voxley Review

Zar by Vi Voxley 2 Stars

Ashley Donovan is a woman set in her ways, but compared to a Nayanor, she’s apparently incredibly adaptive. Plucked from her ship like many others, Ashley thought her life to be over, but as destiny would have it, it was only about to begin. Granted, it’s with an incredibly infuriating and sexy raider lord whose understanding of common decency and the concept of civil discussion leaves something to be desired. That just means she has to speak up louder, right?

Zar does what any sensible Nayanor in need of a mate does – he raids Terra until he finds the perfect woman. Except his perfect woman doesn’t bow her head and follow orders as she’s told like everybody else’s. Instead, she seems to be an express ticket to get his head cut off his shoulders with her insolence, her sharp tongue and her opinions that are not only dangerous, but blasphemous to the warlord who is the only hope for Zar’s clan’s survival. But gods is she irresistible when doing all of that…

So what’s it going to be? His woman, his clan, or his loyalty? Something’s got to give and it won’t be Zar or Ashley.

 

Review

I will likely like the next book in this series much better but I could not get over the cultural habits of the aliens of slaying all the men and then taking the women.

The heroine was very clear that the abductions were wrong and there was likely a better way to deal with the mars needs women issue but it never seemed to come up that the killing of all the men was just awful.

So, I could never settle in and care. I need a lot of suspension of disbelief to enjoy this trope which is normally not a problem for me but this one did not work.

Caveman Alien’s Ransom by Calista Skye Review

 Caveman Alien’s Ransom by Calista Skye 2 Stars

Being abducted by aliens was never on my bucket list.
But I guess the aliens didn’t get that memo, because one night I was beamed aboard a UFO. It dumped me and a bunch of other girls on an alien planet.

A jurassic planet where giant, murderous dinosaurs walk around and everything wants to kill me.
My only hope of surviving is the first man I met here. His name is Jax’zan, and he’s an alien.

And a caveman.
As in, the hottest super-alpha caveman who ever lived. He’s big and strong and doesn’t talk much, but he’s saved my life so many times now that I’ve lost count.
My insides turn to hot mush whenever he fixes his smouldering eyes on me, and the scandalously sexy and unusual features his sensationally muscular body is rocking totally make me forget time and place.

There’s only one problem: He’s holding me for ransom. And he wants to repopulate his woman-less planet. With me

Review

This book is a lot silly and slow moving in parts. There is alien abduction survival fun with a circle of friends.

The lag in the book is what got me wrinkling my noses at the book and the heroine’s decision making at times.

But I am interested in the genius friend’s love story.

Building a Bad Boy by Colleen Collins Review

   Building a Bad Boy by Colleen Collins 2 Stars

Her own custom-made bad boy

When Kimberly Logan makes men over to find their mates, she knows the type of guy women want. However, Nigel Durand, an all-around beautiful hunk of man, might be her toughest client yet. He’s got the droolworthy look, but his nice-guy personality and sweet ways make him too available. Looks as if she’s in for a lot of hands-on coaching.

Too bad the more she has her hands on him, the more tempted she is. And when he throws himself into being “Nicky,” his charming and sexy alter ego, Kimberly can’t resisL.especially when he delivers steamy kisses and whispered promises. After hitting the sheets with him, she knows this is one bad boy she’s not letting go!


Review

The hero is wonderful. He is thoughtful, funny, nerdy, hot.

The heroine works my last living nerve.

The basic plot that he comes to her for a makeover because he is sick of not getting the woman he wants is fine.

How slow she is to realize he is great as is and how dumb she is about her job to the point of immorality is a no go for me.

I didn’t want her to get him. Grow and change I am all for but it is never good when I want to snatch the HEA out of one of the leads hands and give it to anyone else.