Review: Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

My sci-fi romance glom continues with new-to-me author Tiffany Roberts. Dustwalker has really great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and though I didn’t love it the way some other readers did, I can say for the most part, I did like it.

Lara is a human who is barely scraping by in the dust-covered ruins of a post-apocalyptic world. The only person she has ever loved is her sister, Tabitha, who has gone missing, presumably with the “bot” who she’d become involved with. Lara, like so many other humans, hates bots. The only ones she has known were part of the “gearhead” crew who follow Warlord, the machine who runs the shantytown where she lives with an iron fist. Lara thinks all bots are like him. Until she meets Ronin. [Read more…]

Review: Land of the Beautiful Dead by R Lee Smith

Reviewed by Jen

This book absolutely, positively blew me away. It is the third book I’ve read from R Lee Smith and like the other two, it reeled me into its amazingly crafted world, tethered my heart to its characters, and despite its impressive 751 pages, left me so very sad once it was over. It’s one of those books that immerses you so completely in its story that you feel at a loss when you come to the end… not because the ending doesn’t satisfy, but because now you have to start to let it all go.

None of Lee’s books feature conventional heroes. The Last Hour of Gann featured a lizardman; Cottonwood had a roachman for crying out loud. With that as my basis of comparison, I didn’t find Azrael the Undying to be shocking at all. Yeah, he’s made of undead flesh and he can make zombies with varying level of sentience; yes, his features are grotesque and I kind of pictured him like Jason Vorhees in the few scenes of Friday the 13th movies where they strip away his mask. But Smith does such a remarkable job making me see beyond those things, that I positively ached for him to find happiness. [Read more…]

Review: The Abduction by Serge De Moliere

Reviewed by Sara

Have you ever said, “What the Hell!”and tried a book that went against your better judgement?

I have, and sometimes this has lead to finding a book or series that I love. This is not what happened with “The Abduction.”

“The Abduction” is a short story described as a “M/F Sci-Fi Erotic Romance. It tells the tale of school-teacher Juno, an LA native who has moved to Des Moines and is subsequently fired for breaking her job’s dress code. After a good cry, she takes a midnight stroll where she is abducted by aliens. The aliens want to study Juno and her perversions so they imprison her and send her to an alien psychiatrist named Olaznog. Juno and Olaznog fall in love, have sex and escape. [Read more…]

Review: Dark Horse by Michelle Diener

Reviewed by Jen

I came across this book as a recommendation to scratch my itch for a sci-fi romance involving artificial intelligence or cyborgs. This fit the bill, sort of, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. The artificial intelligence is a major character in the book, but he’s not a love interest. I had to adjust my expectations a little, but still, I thought the book was pretty good.

Rose is a human who was kidnapped by some aliens who were on a long range exploration mission. Despite the fact that it violated a serious law of their governing body, those aliens did some pretty nasty experiments on her and held her captive. The only reason she escaped was because she somehow befriended the AI who ran the ship. In a way, Sazo is the ship, but he is enslaved, until he shows Rose how to free him. Together they escape the vessel and Sazo’s plan plays out for Rose to be found by some friendly aliens called the Grih. [Read more…]

Review: Cottonwood by R Lee Smith

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been on a sci-fi romance kick lately and this one showed up in my Goodreads recommendations with a pretty high average rating. I was intrigued because this the same author who wrote The Last Hour of Gann, which I found riveting. The only thing holding me back: roaches. (DON’T CLICK AWAY!!)

If you’re familiar with Gann, you know the alien hero in that book is a lizardman and that was enough to swallow. Here, the alien hero is a roachman and that might be the single unsexist thing I’ve ever heard of in my life. So I read a bunch of reviews. I stewed on it, then I bought the book. And it was so very good.

The roach thing is real, and the author never lets you forget about it. The thing is, even though I find no living thing as disgusting as a roach, I not only adored this hero, I rooted for the romance 1000%. That is some pretty amazing character building, folks. [Read more…]

Review: Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been on the hunt for a good sci-fi romance and this 10 year-old stand-alone from Linnea Sinclair absolutely hit the spot. Not every element was perfect, but it was sexy and angsty and hit all my happy buttons with a virgin cyborg hero that falls in love despite the restrictions of his programming.

Tasha “Sass” Sebastian is a hotshot pilot with a unsavory past she is trying to leave behind. Her latest assignment puts her under the command of Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, her long-time  sparring partner and not-quite nemesis. The buttoned-up, icy commander is mechanically enhanced, and she enjoys matching wits with him. She has no idea that he’s secretly been in love with her for years. [Read more…]

DNF Review: S.A.R.A.H. by PC Ryan

Reviewed by Ronelle

Robert Vincent is 38 and awkward, a loner who’s never been laid. But the year is 2040 and automaton technology is reaching a new height, so in desperation, Robert orders the latest model, a companion named S.A.R.A.H.. He expects at least an exciting substitute, an escape from the endless chain of disappointments in his real life.

What he gets is a wet dream; a gorgeous woman who literally can’t say no and who is programmed to fulfill every need and desire a guy could have. [Read more…]

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

Reviewed by Joanna

Alien romance is a new one on me. I don’t read much space fantasy so don’t often see aliens as heroes. Aren’t they usually the bad guys? Well for Katy, new resident of nowheresville, West Virginia, this proves both true and false. For one thing, her new neighbor—incredibly hot and frequently topless Daemon—is just such an ass. He is perma-scowling and rude, and can move faster than any human should. His twin sister Dee is his polar opposite in terms of attitude and as much as she and Katy want to be besties, the douchebag brother doesn’t like this plan one bit.

This story is set in high school and sits firmly in the YA category. The protagonists are seventeen and dealing with issues like exams, friendships, dating and social status. Except for Daemon, Dee and their crew they have the extra fun element to their torturous teenage years of being so very different to everyone. Like, light years away from their peers as, um, they’re aliens. [Read more…]

Review: Blind Fate by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Valena has never known a day of freedom in her entire life. Born and raised in a Guldan breeding compound, she’s been a slave for nearly twenty-two years. Worse, her master burned her retinas as a child to prevent her from using her mind-control ability on those who meet her gaze. But her second psi ability, that of controlling people’s thoughts with a touch, is still very useful to the male who owns her. As a slave in the Xelix Prime Blood Houses, she is forced to use her ‘skill’ to keep the other slaves compliant. It’s an existence she is praying will end soon; there are, after all, only two Blood Houses left and General Khel Praghan is hell-bent on eradicating them.

But when Fate places Zhul Dervhen—an alluring, gorgeous, and powerful Xelixian Councilor—in her path, she decides not to wait for the General’s rescue. [Read more…]

Review: Dalí by E.M. Hamill

Reviewed by Ronelle

Human beings are assholes. Dalí Tamareia should know and doesn’t have enough fucks left to give about changing that.

After losing everything—a young family and a promising career as an Ambassador in the Sol Fed Diplomatic Corps—the genderfluid changeling spirals into self-destruction. Though their skills are desperately needed to broker a protective alliance, Dalí no longer cares. They seek oblivion at the bottom of a bottle, in the arms of a faceless lover, or at the end of a knife.

But when Dalí stumbles into a plot threatening changelings like them, a shadow organization called the Penumbra recruits them for a rescue mission full of danger, sex, and intrigue, giving Dalí purpose again.

Risky liaisons with a sexy, charismatic pirate lord could be Dalí’s undoing—and the only way to prevent another deadly act of domestic terrorism like the one that took their family. [Read more…]