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Freaking Purrfect (Ridgeville, #11) by Celia Kyle Review

2 Stars!

Maya has always wanted a hedgehog shifter in the Ridgeville pride. She almost stole one once, but she sorta went into labor before Operation Quill Catcher took off. Now, she wonders if having a werehedgie is all it’s cracked up to be. After “borrowing” (kidnapping and/or saving… depending on who’s asked) a werehedgehog her daughter has to run for her life, her mate has to take a life, and one of her sons thinks hedgehog is on the menu. 
And as for the hedgehog… she’s freaking purrfect.

 

Review

This is a fun let’s visit a past couple romance. What it isn’t is a hedgehog shifter romance. This made me sad. Very sad.
I am sure she will get a book someday soon.

Hero (Galactic Gladiators #3) by Anna Hackett Review

3 Stars!

One moment, Rory Fraser was an engineer on a space station circling Jupiter and the next, she is abducted by evil alien slavers. After suffering at the hands of the Thraxians, she is rescued by her friends–with the help of the tough gladiators of the House of Galen. Rory finds herself outrageously attracted to straight-laced Kace. He is a skilled fighter, ultra-disciplined, and a hero at heart–but she knows passion beats within him, if only he’ll let it loose.

Rory is obsessed with finding another fellow abducted female from Earth, but as she asks questions, she finds herself ducking bullets and explosions. Someone wants Rory dead. Kace steps in as her protector, and together, they embark on a dangerous mission that will take them deep into the bowels of the arena, and deep into a scorching desire…both of which could lead them to lose not only their guarded hearts, but their lives as well.

Review

I have really enjoyed this series so far. The heroine is a very cool engineer on a quest to find the other abducted human women and the hero is a gladiator on the planet to improve his fighting skills.

The series plot arc advances nicely and the world building is good but the romance needs to be more in balance with the action to make me completely happy.

Rayzor’s One (Alien Bounty Hunters Book 1) by Michele Mills Review

3 Stars!

Rayzor of Twelve, a lonely Bounty Hunter banished from his home world, is determined to follow his mission parameters: He must extract his target from a primitive planet called Earth with zero human casualties.
His plan unfolds with precision, until a human female gets in the way.

Rebecca doesn’t understand what the hell is happening. One moment she’s scared and alone in the spooky forest. Then a seven foot tall alien warrior is gazing at her with dark passion, his clawed hands touching her reverently. He’s kissing her, claiming her and saying, his voice hoarse with emotion—that she is his Bride.

His Bride? Wtf?

This stranger is swoon-worthy, but…She doesn’t know his name, or what species he is and he’s kidnapped her, thrown her on his goddamn spaceship and now she’s speeding away from Earth to parts unknown. And he expects her to fall into his arms?

Oh hell, no.

 

Review

With a fast moving plot and quick clear world building, we go on a fun ride with this fated mate science fiction romance.

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata Review

 

4.5 Stars!

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

Review

I am officially a Zapata fangirl with this book.

I don’t think anyone does slow burn romances better than her. The power of the slow burn is that there is always a good reason the couple doesn’t go all the way to sexy town right away and that reason is sane. Thus, our hero and heroine become friends, fall in love, and all the time we get grand sexual tension and love that we can believe in.

Zapata launches us back into the contemporary interconnected world she is building. You don’t have to had read all of her books but there are easter eggs if you have.

Our heroine is raising her brother’s kids. She is working class and the hero is working class. Thank you. The hero is also not a man whore (thank you again) and is going through a divorce with a marriage that has been done (and separated) for a long time.

They are neighbors and become friends. He is her nephew’s baseball coach.

He is a defensive jerk at first She has a bad temper. Everyone is funny.

The heroine is a bit dense about what the hero is up to when he starts falling in love with her but we’re not and that makes it a pleasure to read.

The kids are great and there is fun little league sports politics and great cast of characters. The hero and heroine have full lives outside each other and best friends.

The whole book is a great with just a few wishes for more of this and less of that overall. I have already reread it and reread all her books.

Good stuff!

Barbarian’s Choice (Ice Planet Barbarians, #11) by Ruby Dixon Review

3 Stars!

I might be the only unmated female in my tribe, but it doesn’t mean I’ve given my heart. I’m waiting. I want resonance, and I won’t settle for anything less.

But when an alien ship lands and a handsome stranger steps out, I know he’s the one. His name’s Mardok and he’s fascinatingly different – and distractingly appealing. But Mardok can’t stay on the ice planet, and he says he can take me with him.

Now, I must make a choice. Do I stay and lose my mate forever? Or do I follow him to the stars and leave behind everything I know?

Review

This is a pretty sweet romance where Farali gets her own story.

She, as always, steals the show with her joy and resourcefulness.

The hero is a tortured soul. I enjoyed the culture clashes and see the cast of characters from the series.

Devlin (Hell Squad, #11) by Anna Hackett Review

3 Stars!

A covert mission gone horribly wrong. Cool, composed spy, Devlin Gray is used to bad situations, but locked in the bowels of an alien facility with tough, sexy soldier Taylor and told to mate is bad. Very bad. During his career, he’s had to lie and kill, he’s been betrayed, and he knows he works best on his own. Now he is forced to depend on Taylor, and together they have to find a way to escape before it’s too late…

Taylor Cates has already been to hell once before. She lives to fight for others, just like her mother once fought for her, and Taylor vows to do whatever it takes to escape the aliens. As she works with the sexy, suave Devlin, she starts to see glimpses of the man beneath the cool exterior. An exterior she soon finds she wants to melt.

In the worst of circumstances, a passion is born. But on the run for their lives, Devlin and Taylor soon discover far worse things in the alien facility: human prisoners and a weapon that could be the very downfall of the human race. A weapon that will threaten their friends, their home, and everything they hold dear.

Review

I like this series and I like this world. I like the couple as well. Devlin is super sexy with a hot British accent and the heroine is a badass.

However, I am tiring of the I am not good enough hero resists trope in these books.

There becomes a sameness that isn’t fun even as the series plot arc moves nicely forward.

Darkside Blues (Dark Planet Warriors, #4.5) by Anna Carven Review

Review:

Darkside Blues: SciFi Alien Romance (Dark Planet Warriors Book 4.5) - Anna Carven

 

 

 

Be careful in Darkside, because its darkness is seductive. Once you feel its allure, you won’t be able to resist.

Zyara al Sirian has devoted most of her adult life to the art of healing. As the First Division’s medic, she’s seen more than her fair share of war wounds and trauma. And ever since the Kordolians arrived on Earth, she’s had her hands full tending to a motley group of survivors.

She hasn’t had a break in longer than she can remember.

A break? What’s that again?

After much persuasion, she finally agrees to take some well-deserved time off to explore the city with Sera, Arin, Jia, and their Kordolian mates.

You need to relax. It’ll be fun, you’ll see. Darkside comes alive at night.

When she crosses paths with a mysterious, charming Human called Kainan, she realizes there’s more to this lawless place than meets the eye. The Federation holds no sway here. Beneath Darkside’s glittering facade, Humans rule hidden empires from the shadows through secrecy and violence.

Zyara gets a taste of their world when Human conflict spills out onto the street. She can’t help but intervene. It’s what she was trained to do.

Her actions save a life. In return, Kainan says he will give her anything she desires.
Oh dear. What’s a Kordolian to do?

 

 

 

Review 

I love it when in the alien romance the human is male.

 

The hero in this is an honorable mob boss. Not that the heroines cares that he is honor. She figures his job is a job like any other.

 

I love in this series that humans are seen for their strengths as well as their follies.

The hero is mega sexy. A sharp dressed asian gang tattooed man. I can’t tell if he is asian but it is likely that he is mixed in some way.

 

The heroine is the wonderful healer from the series. The romance is very good and sexy as hell.

 

He loves that she is so strong in all ways. 

 

This part of the world is kind of dropped on the reader which made me not love the book in terms of the series plot arc and the novella is shorter than the love story deserved but it a pleasurable morsel of a book.

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Dazz (The Azziarin, #2) by Hannah Davenport Review

Review:

Dazz (The Azziarin Series Book 2) - Hannah Davenport

The Tureis have attacked Earth, destroying all major cities while killing millions in the process. The buildings lie in shambles while they rape Earth of it natural resources. Humans are used as slaves, while the women are sold off planet in a black market.

Chloe, only daughter of an ex-Navy seal, has gotten tired of hiding. She’s decided to take matters into her own hands and has been fighting back. After taking one too many chances, she’s hit from behind while taking on a couple of Tureis and thrown into a cell on board their ship.

Dazz, Commander of the Defender, is on his way to the Dreama Sector to help his brother, Jakke. Their younger brother, Takkeo, is missing and Dazz will do anything to get him back.

When a Tureis ship exits a wormhole, the Defender fires, disabling the enemy ship. Searching the vessel, he finds an unknown species chained to the floor. Little does he know that the mating fever has started!

To be together, Dazz and Chloe have many obstacles to overcome!

 

 

Review

 

The heroine and hero of this book are fun. She is a take charge gal and he is pretty sweet.

 

The world building is erratic though as is the insta love plot. Much better than the first book in the series in terms of the romance and character motivation.

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A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet 4 Star Review

  A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet 4 Stars! 

Nicholas Herald’s only job was to book the music for his sister’s wedding. So when the big day is only a week away and the job isn’t done, his options are running out fast. In the end he throws down his cash on a guitarist with nimble fingers and arresting eyes.

Fynn Dumashie is more than happy to spend time with Nicholas as they feverishly plan the wedding’s music together. But the closer they get to the event, the more Nicholas seems to want something more… If only he could stop fighting himself to ask for it.

With last minute cancellations, wayward family members, and a cat with a serious vendetta against happiness, they’ll be lucky if they make it to the wedding in one piece. Can Nicholas overcome his own fears to accept who he really is before he and Fynn part ways for the last time?

Review

Oh, I really loved this sweet romance. Both heroes are wonderful though we get to know Nicholas much better.

This is a madcap wedding romance as well as a coming of age story. It is filled with great characters and great moments.

We get a really engaging romance as well.

A great deal of fun.

Indentured Bride by Yamila Abraham

Review:

Indentured Bride - Yamila Abraham

Cruel alien masters have oppressed Tabitha for the last ten years. An Alliance observer discovers that she’s been experimented on and pulls her from the slave colony. She’s going to be granted the privilege of becoming an indentured bride.

Tabitha doesn’t see her new assignment as a privilege. Her duties seem pretty clear cut, and she knows what Hax-Rah aliens are like. The last thing she wants is to be stranded on a moon with one.

Hex-Lord Jaxil took an isolated mission for a reason, and he never asked for a bride.

 

Review

This is a dark world with little light. The heroine remains a slave as does the hero.

 

The heroine is a product of what has been done to her.

 

But there is a sweetness to this romance even if it ends too quickly and needs a lot more happy for my tastes. There is a nice bit of revenge though. 

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