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The Warrior’s Pet (Cadi Warriors, #1) by Stephanie West Review

 The Warrior’s Pet (Cadi Warriors Book 1) by Stephanie West 3 Stars!

Giselle didn’t know how long she lay near catatonic willing the terrible headache to go away. She sat up as one of the reptilian aliens entered. Giselle backed up and looked around realizing she was alone in a gilded cage.
“What’s going on?” She stammered.
“If you’re wise you’ll keep quiet, pets don’t speak on this planet.” The creature admonished.
A pet? Giselle’s eyes widened. She hadn’t misheard.
Her cage was moved into a large tent. There were hundreds of aliens gathered for the auction, and these creatures were the largest yet. Their flesh was red like some kind of demon might be, with hair a uniform dark black. From what Giselle could see their eyes were a stone cold obsidian hue. Giselle noticed the fearsome creatures had long tails that rose out from what looked like chain mail kilts. Giselle shrunk back when she saw the creatures also had sharp fangs.
How in the hell could she get out of this and if she did how could she possibly survive on an alien planet?

Kagan beheld his pet. Nothing like her kind had ever set foot on Cadi. Kagan wondered where in the universe her unique species hailed from.
Giselle refused to behave and even enjoyed his attempts to rebuke her, reveling in the rough handling a male usually held back with females. Giselle was brave instead of meek, standing up for herself in a sea of foreigners.
Kagan had at first insisted that Giselle understand her place in Cadi society. But something more valuable than precious metal or jewels would be lost if Giselle was forced into the role everyone thought she belonged.

Can Giselle find acceptance and love on an alien planet or will she always be nothing more than a warrior’s pet?

Review

The start of a good Science Fiction Erotic Romance. The heroine uses her wits and changes the culture she finds herself in.

The hero values and respects the heroine even as he deals with cultural changes.

There is a lot of action adventure and this world in engaged in a civil war and slavery.

This Guy Kills Me by Anlyn Hansell Review

  This Guy Kills Me  by Anlyn Hansell 3.5 Stars!

She has the face that could launch a thousand ships.

And the personality to sink every last one of them.

He sells his own special brand of life insurance, as in…death.

What happens when the one person you find you can’t live without is the same person that is eventually going to kill you?

Jane Hamilton is one hot mess until she meets the World’s most well-adjusted killer. He needs her help and he’s not above kidnapping her to get it. What he doesn’t expect is a woman who isn’t at all what she seems. Except crazy, that is.
She’s definitely crazy.
But then again, in his world? Crazy is the norm.

Review

This book is a great deal of fun. If I took it seriously, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it. I didn’t and it was wonderful.

The heroine is living in utter poverty and has a psychic gift that makes her blurt out the awful things she see about people.

The hero is a hitman.

This is a mad cap romp with tons of humor and great characters all around. The romance is very sweet as they fall in love with each other despite each other.

It would have had a higher score if had resolved a few issues around the hero’s work and the heroine’s family but it really a hoot.

Warriors’ Providence (Cadi Warriors Book 2)

  Warriors’ Providence (Cadi Warriors Book 2) by Stephanie West 3.5 Stars! 

Providence worked hard to become one of the first women to join her pararescue squad. It was difficult being one of the guys and yet not, all at the same time, but she was up for the task. Besides, there was nothing more satisfying than helping your fellow man, it was what she was born to do. Never in a million years did Providence expect to find herself abducted from a routine mission off the Florida coast by…ALIENS.
Dagaa and Madhava, once enemies, became fast friends after a centuries long civil war. Both of them were beyond ready to see Cadi enter a new era. But now they face a new battle, convincing all of Cadi to embrace and rescue the Toufik, their former slaves, from a dying planet. It wasn’t going to be an easy task. Infighting threatened their hard won peace and put Cadi at risk from a new foe.
With so much at stake Madhava and Dagaa are blindsided when they find a fiery-haired human female on their enemy’s ship. Providence’s bold and loving nature awakens a side that both warriors had long since forgotten. The only problem, can Dagaa and Madhava share her affection, and can Providence withstand the love of not just one, but two overprotective warriors. Only fate knows a warrior’s providence.

 

Review

This is a fast paced action filed romance with Demon Aliens and a great heroine. It is fun ride through a culture in the midst of a shift after years of civil war.

We get a gruff and grumpy hero and a sunny flirt of a hero for our highly accomplished para rescue heroine. The scene where she kicks slaver butt is everything.

It is a good love story and a nice move forward in the series.

Champion (Galactic Gladiators, #5) by Anna Hackett Review

Champion: A Scifi Alien Romance (Galactic Gladiators Book 5)  by Anna Hackett 3 Stars!

Space marine Blaine Strong enjoyed being a composed, controlled member of space station security…until he was abducted by alien slavers. Forced into underground fight rings and pumped full of drugs, he’s now seething with anger and out for revenge.

Rescued by gladiators and fellow humans on the desert world of Carthago, Blaine is fighting to be the man he once was. But when the House of Galen is attacked, he must focus on joining the gladiators to fight back. That means teaming up with a tough, competitive female gladiator who not only challenges him at every turn, awakens a fierce desire he’s never felt before, but a woman who can sense the churning emotions inside him.

Gladiator Saff Essikani is the best net fighter in the Kor Magna Arena. Raised from young to fight, she bows to no man and uses her empathic abilities to win at whatever cost. With her House targeted and people under their care threatened, she’ll stop at nothing to find those responsible. But then she finds herself face to face with a big, tortured man from Earth who affects her like no man before. As Saff and Blaine head into the desert to uncover a conspiracy, their incendiary desire flares hotter than the desert suns. But as Blaine’s angry emotions rage out of control, Saff knows that unless he learns to embrace the man he is now, he has no chance of survival.

Review

Happy to see a human male get matched with an alien female. The fact that they are both amazing warriors is great as well.

I like the romance between them as the hero heals from his emotionial wounds from being a captive.

The action is fast paced but it sometimes out balanced the love story and wasn’t as interesting as it repeated some events in the earlier books.

However, new characters that I am interested in do get introduced. I will keep reading

A Mate for the Senator (Brion Brides Book 9) by Vi Voxley Review

A Mate for the Senator (Brion Brides Book 9)  by Vi Voxley 3 Stars!

Eleya has done more with her life than most Brions will. Not only a General, but a High Senator, she’s achieved everything but the love that every Brion seeks. When a twist of fate brings her face to face with her second mate, can she move on from the pain the first one caused, or is he just another challenge to be dealt with?

Xaven as a more than capable Brion Captain wants many things, but being a General is not one of them. However a mate that is one… well, a man can have no objections to that, now can he? Only when it becomes clear that their paths are too divergent to come together must the warrior reconsider his faith in fate. Perhaps some things are not meant to be.

Or maybe they need to be fought for harder than he ever expected?

 

Review

I was so happy to get a bool about a Brion heroine. The High Senator is an amazing woman.

I liked the book a great deal until it seemed a whole section was missing from it when the hero and heroine grew and changed…and healed. Instead of letting us see this character development and letting the reader enjoy the couple falling in love beyond the fated mate bond and becoming more of themselves, we get a cut to a major action.

Too bad. This one was emotionially compelling in exploring the hero and the heroine but it did not do the work to make it a really great book.

As an aside, I really hate it when a writer uses cum instead of come as the action. Cum as a noun doesn’t bother me as much (I am not a huge fan but it doesn’t knock me out the of the story) but cum as in Cum for me and so on makes the book feel more like erotica and less like a romance. I like erotica but this is a romance. Anyway… lol

Darkness Blooming (The Dems Trilogy #2) by Devi Mara Review

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Darkness Blooming: (The Dems Trilogy #2) - Devi Mara

Rissa was born and raised in the darkest parts of Sinmer. She is single-minded in her focus and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She can take care of herself and needs no help from anyone. Least of all, Prince Lonan.
It is not up for negotiation.

After centuries of punishment, Lonan has regained his title. He has never had any use for humans. Aside from his brother’s queen, Sarah, he considers them a waste of space. So when a tiny spitfire stalks into his life, he wants nothing to do with her.
Or else.

With failure a very real possibility, King Farran is taking no chances. The Dems’ fight against the Revolution is building and the group seems intent on wiping out a portion of humanity. With her people threatened and danger building every day, Rissa must work with Lonan for the good of all or doom them all to death.

 

Review

 

Rissa was born and raised in the darkest parts of Sinmer. She is single-minded in her focus and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She can take care of herself and needs no help from anyone. Least of all, Prince Lonan.
It is not up for negotiation.
After centuries of punishment, Lonan has regained his title. He has never had any use for humans. Aside from his brother’s queen, Sarah, he considers them a waste of space. So when a tiny spitfire stalks into his life, he wants nothing to do with her.
Or else.
With failure a very real possibility, King Farran is taking no chances. The Dems’ fight against the Revolution is building and the group seems intent on wiping out a portion of humanity. With her people threatened and danger building every day, Rissa must work with Lonan for the good of all or doom them all to death.

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Shadow’s Stand (Hell’s Eight Book 5) by Sarah McCarty Review

   Shadow’s Stand (Hell’s Eight Book 5) by Sarah McCarty 

Shadow Ochoa is lying low in the western Kansas Territory, waiting for his fellow Texas Rangers—the Hell’s Eight brotherhood—to clear his name. That is, until he’s unjustly strung up for horse thieving…and pretty Fei Yen intervenes. Invoking a seldom-used law, the exotic lady prospector claims Shadow as her husband and rides off with the bridegroom shackled to her buckboard.

Savvy, fearless Fei is single-mindedly devoted to her hidden claim and all it promises: wealth, security and freedom. A husband is just a necessary inconvenience and a name on paper to hold the claim she cannot.

Shadow isn’t a man to take orders from anyone, especially from lovely Fei—except that the daily friction between them ignites into nightly blazes of all-consuming passion. Soon Shadow is dreaming a little himself: of the life they could have if only Fei could see past the lure of independence. If only bounty hunters weren’t closing in on him. If only he’s left standing when the impending showdown has ended….

4 Stars!

Review

The hero and heroine in this book have really met their match. Sparks fly.

There is a really sense of the West in this entry into the series as our Chinese American heroine who knows how to blow things up meets our badass Mexican Indian hero.

They heal each other and have awesome sexy times. A great adventure!

Exile (Exile #1) by Colleen Vanderlinden Review

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Exile - Colleen Vanderlinden

Two races fight for what remains of a dying planet.

For generations, the Maarlai, an alien race who fled the destruction of their own home world, have lived silently, hidden, exiled on Earth. They watched, year by year, as humanity destroyed what was once a planet full of hope and promise.

Unable to idly watch as the planet dipped further into destruction, the Maarlai left their hidden villages and went to war with what was left of humanity. With the death of the last great human king, the Maarlai found themselves victorious and vowed to protect and restore the planet that had sheltered them for so long.

A treaty made, an alliance formed.

Shannen of House Lyon is a member of the last of the human royal families. While they bend knee to the Maarlai ruler, her people have not forgotten their former greatness, the years of bloodshed and horror… or the memory of their fallen king.

To ensure a lasting peace between their two peoples, Shannen and three other prominent human women are sent to the Maarlai capital. One of them will wed the future Maarlai king, cementing the peace between former enemies.

When Shannen finds herself married to the Maarlai warrior, she discovers a whole new world… and freedom unlike anything she could have imagined. When war threatens once again, she will need to decide where her loyalties truly lie.

 

 

Review

 

I forgot that Vanderlinden writes Sagas! Ahhggghhh. We are in for a long luscious ride with this series.

 

There isn’t really a cliffhanger but more of much more to go in this tale.

 

The alliance marriage makes this feel more like a medieval with aliens and thus a fantasy romance that a science fiction romance but the mash up is well done.

 

The hero comes to cleave to his wife and the heroine comes into her own power. She is a bookworm which I love and never passive about anything but practical. 

 

The pace is sedate but lots is happening and the love story could be more detailed but you feel it.

 

Let’s see what happens next!

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Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1) by J.R. Ward Review

4 Stars!

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.
And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Review

We have two romances going on in this book with the New Adult feel of Paradise and Creag and then we get to revisit Marissa and Butch.

Paradise and Creag are fun to watch in terms of training to become soldiers. The opening of the book is great! Their romance is a bit flat but still lovely with its class difference trope.

I might have been more into it if I had read the other books Paradise appeared in first but I read all out of crazy order. I feel like a genius for being able to keep track of anything in terms of the series plot arcs and details but I did it!

Butch gets way confronted on is Madonna/Whore issues and I love it. This makes for a much more compelling romance.

The serial killer subplot didn’t really need to be there for me but the rest of the stuff that happens in terms of changing the way this world works for a patriarchal monarchy to something else is the very best. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

Kyele’s Passion (A World Beyond #4) by Michelle Howard Review

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Kyele's Passion: A World Beyond Book 4 - Michelle Howard

Being a Jutak warrior is all Kyele Bastien cares about until one mission changes everything. The Earth female has carved a place in his heart without even trying and now he’ll do anything to make sure nothing ever hurts her again.

Rescued from a Marenian slave auction, Joni Miller is relieved to have her life back but there’s one man making it difficult to remember why she shouldn’t want to think about happy ever after any more.

An enemy’s need for revenge puts Joni in the path of danger and unleashes the fury of an elite soldier with dark abilities.

Review 

 

This is a great romance between a kick ass weary heroine and guarded alien hero with amazing powers based on his heritage.

 

The the two leads are so great that little plot blips (like why would she do that) can be forgiven as we have this love story in a fully realized world, visits with other couples, and the series plot arc.

Good stuff!

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