Review: Escaping Fate by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Amalia is a survivor, not just of a dying race, but of slavery. Since her unique abilities manifested, she’s been the prized pet of Gruuk, a notorious slaver. But she’s determined that won’t be all that life has to offer. When her master informs her that she’s next in line for his psi talent breeding program, escaping and attending the Fastening Ceremony on Xelix Prime to find a mate and protector is her only hope.

Like the majority of Xelixian males, Khel and Lhor are Tainted and the only hope a Tainted male has for survival is to find a Pearl—a female who can produce life-saving hormones. But Xelixian females are rare and females willing to mate with the Tainted are even rarer. No amount of wealth or status changes that…until Amalia walks right up to them at the Fastening. [Read more…]

Review: Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

Reviewed by Ronelle

Heron Farad should be dead but biotechnology both saved and changed him. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Mari is a badass gun for hire and this contract promises to provide her with much-needed information about her father’s whereabouts. There’s just one thing; working with Heron has stirred up all kinds of wants she doesn’t dare indulge. He doesn’t think of her that way, anyway… right? [Read more…]

Review: The Princess and Her Alien Rogue by Harmony Raines

princess and her alien rogueReviewed by Shelly

I’m trying to mix it up a little bit by reading books that have a high chance of never normally being read by me. I’ll tell you a secret – that darn Amazon Kindle Unlimited is the culprit! They have so many books that can be read ‘free’ for a minimal charge. I was kind of against the whole idea in the beginning, but if authors are signing on for it, who am I to argue? So that ladies and gentleman is how I came to even find this book.

This is supposed to be set in the future, alien planet with no reference to earth at all. You know what sucks, folks? It sucks when a story about aliens has every earth slang in it with very little world building. Even the characters were really kind of meh and the plot was underwhelming. [Read more…]

Review: Quest for Earth by SE Gilchrist

quest for earthReviewed by Jen

When I picked up this book, I had no idea it was part of an existing world. While this may actually count as a spinoff, this book builds out of the author’s Darkon series, which is rather extensive. I didn’t feel lost, exactly, but I definitely knew I was missing a ton of backstory, which made it difficult to connect with the story, especially at first.

I had a very hard time getting into the book, enough so that I had to force myself not to quit before the 25% mark. It did get better, but it never truly rang my bell. [Read more…]

Review: Eidolon by Grace Draven

eidolonReviewed by Jen

Radiance was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I have been eagerly awaiting more of Brishen and Ildiko’s story since the moment I finished this series’ first installment. This sequel is a little different, but it has to be. This is no longer a story of two members of vastly different species falling in love. That’s already happened. Now it’s the story of what comes next for them. It’s still a fantastic book, though, and it continues the thread of how this Kai man and human woman not only manage to love one another through their differences, but how their union is accepted among their people.

If you haven’t read Radiance, by the way, go do it now. [Read more…]

Review: There All Along by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart

there all alongReviewed by Jen

This two story anthology features novellas by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart. The blurb says they are set in futuristic worlds, though I felt like the Hart story had a more sci-fi feel, and Dane’s had a more Old West flavor.

Land’s End – Verity Coleman is tired of putting aside what she wants to please others. Married off to an abusive husband at the age of 14, becoming a widow was the best thing that ever happened to her. For the past few years, she has been nursing a crush on Loyal, the lawman who travels into town every few months. But she’s ready to act on her feelings and seize the opportunity to get out of the town that’s stifling her.

I liked Loyal. He’s not exactly the strong, silent type, but he’s close. He’s kind of a big gruff man who has never settled down, never had any roots. But he looks forward to the days he gets in the young widow’s company. He dreams of her. He wants her. But he thinks he’s no good for her. (One of my favorite tropes!) I really enjoyed watching her break down his resolve and seduce him into the kind of relationship they both wanted.

The story did drag for me at times. Occasionally, I was tempted to skim the narrative to get back to the parts where the romance was unfolding. Verity and Loyal had great chemistry, though. And their love scenes are smoking hot.

Rating: B/B-

By the Sea of Sand – I enjoyed this sci-fi romance story a bit more than the first novella. Set in another world, it focuses on Telia, a woman with a young son, who takes in wounded soldiers to heal. She thought she was a widow, until her latest soldier turns out to be her husband, Kason, who was taken by the enemy. The bad guys altered him somehow, suppressing his memories. And Talia can’t clue him in without possibly setting off an implanted trigger in his mind. Kason has to remember on his own, or the results could be disastrous.

The connection between them is clear and immediate, even without Kason’s memories. These two are hot together, which was great. More than that, though, I really felt how difficult it was for Talia to have her husband back, but as a different man. At the same time, Kason’s frustration was tangible… and anyone could see how much these two needed one another.

The danger plot with the aliens was ok. My only complaint about the story was that I felt the resolution was too easy after all the build-up. But that wasn’t enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

There All Along
by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Berkley

Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

breakoutReviewed by Jen

This book gave me absolutely everything I wanted. That’s no small feat, considering it wraps up the second series of books set in a world I have loved from the word “go.” It’s sci-fi fantasy, with just the right amount of romance to hit my sweet spot. The characters are richly drawn, with depth and nuance. They are heroic and vulnerable, fallible and fierce. The worldbuilding is fascinating and really second to none. The plot is interesting; the pacing is perfect. And the ending satisfied me in every way. [Read more…]

Review: Angel 6.0: Concubine by Travis Luedke

angel concubineReviewed by Shelly

I’ve had this in my TBR for a while, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. The concept is interesting. Before I get started, allow me get this part done first – Angelina, yes picture the famous bearer to that name, is genetically engineered. She wasn’t born a baby and grew into adulthood, she stepped out of an incubator in an adult body and has been in a lab environment all 6 years she’s been ‘alive’. The thing about Angel is that not only is the lab the only world she’s even known or have experience with, she’s been programmed by the man who created her to have an interesting tolerance, you could even say exuberance, for pain. And that elation sets the tone for many of her actions. [Read more…]

Review: Havoc by Ann Aguirre

havocReviewed by Jen

Ann Aguirre continues to rock my world with this second installment in the Dred Chronicles. And this book is an adrenaline filled ride that doesn’t let up from beginning to end. It picks up right where the last story left off, and sets up an entirely new enemy for the Dred Queen and her crew. It’s an external threat that only piles the danger on top of all other crazy killers already inside Perdition. [Read more…]

Review: Perdition by Ann Aguirre

perditionReviewed by Jen

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed slipping back into the world of Sirantha Jax. Sirantha, herself, maybe be absent, but all of the great character development and world building is in full force.  In short order, I grew to love Dred, Jael, and the men and women of Perdition as much as I loved Sirantha and her crew. Ann Aguirre is such a talented storyteller. I didn’t want to put this down for a minute. [Read more…]