Fated Mate

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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Quit by Viola Grace (Terran Times Second Wave, #36) by Viola Grace Review

Review:

Quit (Terran Times Second Wave Book 36) - Viola Grace

 

When Minny’s life changes, a career as a recruiter isn’t half as tempting as the new ambassador to Earth.

Minerva has been acting as Recruiter Norz for years. Her mind can split into eight different directions and propel the bot bodies in areas where the alien might be in danger.

When her daughter was taken from her too soon, she had to split her off time between taking care of herself and monitoring her child growing in the tank. In the battle between her and her child, she was losing herself.

Imbolt has been on his way to Terra for some time. His genetic match had produced a daughter, and five months from now, she would be out in the world. Unfortunately, the woman he had been matched with would not make it if he didn’t take matters into his hands and out of hers.

Review

 

 

This is a very good ending to a very long series.

 

The series is an interesting one in that the enjoyment of the books is a cumulative one. Each short story is rather underdeveloped but as the books grow and grow the narrative becomes rich and engrossing.

 

The series is an expensive habit though. I try to borrow as well as purchase the books because the cost per book length is often not well balanced. However, I like supporting a writer’s livelihood and knowing that the price off the books allows her to write.

 

A few books in this long running series feel route and like a money making machine rather than fiction which also makes money.

 

This book is not one of those. We get a full fleshed love story that explores grief and leaning into each other.

 

This is a very good way to close out this world of which the author was clearly weary but this book doesn’t show it.

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

Review:

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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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.

Govern by Viola Grace Review

Review:

Govern - Viola Grace

A woman, with a foul temper and her own spaceship, ends up an escort for a stunned ambassador. Her perfect mate.

Leo runs her ship with precision and an attitude shaped by pain. Gathering an ambassador in stasis, she is surprised to find his ability to match her innermost desires, and he is surprised to find that she wants him in his own form and not the one she craves.

Ambassador Wikkio is a Beholder. Born to a race that can change to match any other species right down to venom or scales, he is an ideal representative for races who are skittish around strangers. Meeting Govern surprises him. He had not thought to meet the woman of his dreams when he woke from cold sleep and never had he imaged that he would enjoy his woman sharpening her wit on his hide.

The Gold Fairy brought them together, and now, she is determined to keep them that way.

 

Review

 

 

Yea! Such a great cranky heroine (she has good reason) with a cool shapeshifting hero.

 

This heroine really needs and deserves love so this romance is particularly compelling.

 

We also get a ship with a mind of her own. Fun! 

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Mandate (Terran Times Second Wave Book 12) … Viola Grace Review

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Mandate (Terran Times Second Wave Book 12) - Viola Grace

Wren takes care of those around her, but will a bunch of Guardians be more than she can keep in fighting shape?

Wren has been a caretaker for all her adult life. The offer to take up a new life in the stars comes as part of her career comes to a sad end.

They ask her to change her DNA, she does. They ask her to engage in combat training, she does. They ask her to channel the new talent that roars through her bloodstream, she focuses. If they had asked her if she was willing to mate with a stranger, she would have considered it.

Drovin has been waiting for the day when his mate would arrive on his world. He knows what she looks like and who she is, but her personality is a mystery. Binding them together before she arrived was his idea, but it might have been an incorrect impulse when she can find all of his weaknesses in an instant.

 

Review

 

Wren is a wonderful heroine who we get to see come into her own during this story. The fated mate romance is an interesting one and the world building is well done. 

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Nameless Fate by Stephanie West Review

   Nameless Fate by Stephanie West 4 Stars!

Harper might get an uncanny gut feeling every now and then, but that didn’t mean she believed in portents, and certainly not the kind that got her abducted. As Harper gripped the bars of her cage, in the alien prison; it sunk in that she seriously had been kidnapped from Earth, to become the fated consort of some alien prince. This wasn’t some elaborate prank, or government experiment. True to form, Harper pissed off the tyrannical king with her refusal. Now she found herself at the mercy of convicts, locked away and forgotten in the bowels of a mountain.
Harper’s gaze fell on a shadowy beast of a man, sitting casually on the rundown catwalk. The imposing man looked like he ruled the prison. He was the color of midnight, and his eyes were that eerie arctic blue, that was nearly colorless. Harper shivered as he regarded her.
All Nameless knew was the Hold, with its misery and struggle. He never wanted to keep a female, surviving was hard enough, but that was before the Pink Pearl dropped into his world. Nameless had never seen anything like the stunning exotic little creature. Not only was she the catalyst for strange dreams and revelations about his past, but she made him feel. He had to have her.
Harper wanted free of the alien prison, and she wanted to go home, except Nameless wasn’t prepared or willing to let her go, even if she hated him because of it. He owned every part of her, and bound her to him, in ways that could never be undone, collar or no collar. In her wildest dreams, Harper never imagined the twists destiny could take, or that she would find soul deep satisfaction with such a nameless fate.
Follow Harper and Nameless as they struggle to get free of the Hold, and seek their revenge on the despot responsible for putting them there.

Review

This book is very similar to Claire Kent’s Hold. It has a future prison. A gruff hero who has to take care of a woman dropped in the prison.

However, this is actually a much more fully realized work with a cast of aliens, prophesy, and whole bunch of adventure.

There is a content issue the first time the hero and heroine are together but it makes sense in terms of the plot and didn’t bother me much.

The heroine is assertive, clever, and practical. The hero is a bit more of a mythic figure but he humanize.

I enjoyed it and hope the Alpha Wolf gets his story.

Magnet (Terran Times Second Wave Book 14) .by Viola Grace Review

Magnet (Terran Times Second Wave Book 14) - Viola Grace

Attraction takes a strange turn when Polly finds herself stepping into the position of a planetary guardian, but there is someone in her space.

Polly takes the position of Guardian with a talent for magnetic attraction with an open mind. Meeting her first W’lyn sets her sights on a one-night stand, but Loesh wants much more.

On her first day, Polly shows that she is competent in battle and able to think on her feet, but when she is exposed to experimental nanites, her entire life takes a sudden shift, and what she sees isn’t necessarily what is in front of her.

Loesh wants a Terran mate for the potential to have a family and a woman who can match him skill for skill. Polly’s skills are already developed, and her attraction to him is obvious. Screwing it up should be difficult, so why does it come so easily.

 

Review

A great heroine with unexpected twists and turns in the plot. A fun science fiction romance short story. 

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Knell (Terran Times Second Wave Book 5) … Viola Grace Review

Review:

Knell (Terran Times Second Wave Book 5) - Viola Grace

Hearing the future isn’t as useless as Dot thinks, but she finds herself in the arms of a Guardian who wants her here and now.

Dot has spent nearly half her life in a private home for those who have trouble with reality. Finding out that her talent for hearing the future is actually useful, she agrees to leave her residence to find a place that she has dreamed of. A world where her talent can be put to use.

Loxin has dreamed of the woman his matchmaker told him about but finding her applying to be an Oracle on his base surprises him. No one told him the woman he was destined for could sense the future, but then, no one outside his family and the destiny painter on Yacaro had known about her.

Together, they will fulfill each other’s needs and protect a world constantly under siege…with a little help from the other Guardians.

 

Review

 

A lovely short Science Fiction Romance where the heroine comes into her own and the hero is steadfast. 

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Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark) by Kresley Cole Review

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark) by Kresley Cole 4 Stars!

The terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster–just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

Review

I will admit to a mew of displeasure when I started this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the last main book in this series when this new group of allies were introduced– Morior,

Here is why….in the last three books we get main characters we have never met before and very little time with those we like. This is no fun for a fan of a long series.

There are a pile of characters who deserve and HEA–some of them are still drowning over and over at the bottom of the ocean.

However, after I settled in, even though the love story is a quilt of pieces from other romances in the series (a little kidnapping, a little reincarnated mate, enemies to lovers) I enjoyed the book.

Lila and Sian had great banter and chemistry. She is very clever. His being the Primordial is very cool. She comes into her own power and he suffers for his jerkhood. Good stuff.

The real star of the show for me though in this book was Hell. Amazing setting, mythos, magic, and animals. The Dragon King is cool too.

So, next book in the series with the alliance of time traveling monsters characters I will be happier about since I have meet them and care a bit.