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Solan's Mate: A SciFi Shifter Romance (The Last Alphas of Thracos Book 1) by Marina Maddix and Aubrey Rose Review

Solan's Mate: A SciFi Shifter Romance (The Last Alphas of Thracos Book 1) - Marina Maddix, Aubrey Rose

he doesn’t need his protection and he doesn’t need the distraction of her luscious curves. Except they’re both wrong…

SIENNA

I hate my life. So do all the other genetically inferior orphans at the Training Center. How much worse could it get than forced diets, grueling exercise and gene therapy designed to tame our curves?

As it turns out, so much worse.

When I discover that I’ve been sold as a sex slave, I’m horrified. When I find out that my two best friends are meant to suffer the same fate, my fear changes to anger. I’d do anything to save my ‘sisters’, even if it means facing down the most terrifying monster on this Godforsaken planet.

SOLAN

I love my tribe. As wolf shifters, we’re at the top of Thracos’ food chain, but if we don’t find a solution to our fertility problem, we’ll die out with a whimper instead of a roar.

As the alpha, it’s all on me to find the answer.

When three alien colonists crash land in our forest, I can’t help wondering if they hold the key to our survival. I also can’t help being drawn to their beautiful leader. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a mate. But Sienna’s need to protect her sisters is strong, so when it clashes with her need for me, I’m left with one burning question:

Who will she choose?

 

Review

 

It wasn't awful but it could have been much more. There are lots of plots points dropped and out of character behavior that if fixed could have made the book so much better.

 

Examples: Why is the other tribe so barbaric? Why does the hero do that dumb thing (or not do the right thing that his character would totally do) and talk about in his head forever? Why don't the the heroine and her friends think about saving the other girls. This tribe needs women.

 

Sigh. Annoying. I am interesting in the the other heroines but I am likely going to not like the next book much either based on these kinds of errors.

Grapes and Gravity (Violet Visions) Viola Grace Review

Grapes and Gravity (Violet Visions) - Viola Grace

Stuck as a prize in the arena, Tara discovers there are worse things than being ignored. Being chosen is one of them.


Tara, a crashed pilot, has spent months being waved in front of the arena fighters as a pleasure option. There have been no takers.

The day that a fighter looks at her and promises to make her his, Tara’s life freezes. She watches him fight and wants him to win, but is terrified of the consequences if he does.

Galeno has no interest in the arena. His sole interest is in the soft female sitting on the podium. She is his and it will be a short time before she knows it.

 

Review

 

 

A fun science fiction short story with a rescue and a good fight and sexy times. 

 

Being Green (Cyborg Sizzle Book 5) Cynthia Sax Review

Being Green (Cyborg Sizzle Book 5) - Cynthia Sax

Can a stubborn scientist and a sexy cyborg make love grow?

Green, a cyborg warrior, cares for one being—his plant Windy. When Windy becomes sick, he’ll do anything to heal her, even venture across the universe to visit a worlds-renowned plant doctor.

He doesn’t expect to find love.

Doctor Shelby Cooper is the sole resident of a tiny planet. She prefers to be alone rather than risk caring for another being and then losing him. The curvaceous scientist is determined to resist Green’s patient caresses, his thought-burning kisses, his slow seduction.

She has underestimated the power of a cyborg’s passion.

 

Review

 

The hero is super sweet with a major attachment to a plant. His friends are loyal. The heroine is nuts and needs a lot of thearpy which the hero can give her with penis.

 

It is a lot of insta love and lust with sweet and silly parts. 

 

If I Only Had a Duke By Lenora Bell $1.99

If I Only Had a Duke: The Disgraceful Dukes - Lenora Bell

After three failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family's scheming. She won't domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt's Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season.
 
The duke ruined her plans and he'll just have to fix them.
 
Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage--he uses dalliances and public spectacle to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might just be discovering that he has a heart...and he's losing it to Thea

Hard Rules By Lisa Renee Jones $1.99

Hard Rules - Lisa Renee Jones


The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family’s business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.

Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret that could that destroy them both.

A Dangerous Madness by Michelle Diener Free!

A Dangerous Madness - Michelle Diener

The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie...

He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life...but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he's asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone still believes he is to find out more.

Miss Phoebe Hillier has been living a lie, too...

All her life she's played the game, hiding her fierce intelligence and love of life behind a docile and decorous mask. All it's gotten her is jilted by her betrothed, a man she thought a fool, but a harmless one. But when she discovers her former fiancé was involved in the plot against the prime minister, and that he's been murdered, she realizes he wasn't so harmless after all.

And now the killers have set their sights on her...

The only man who can help her is the Duke of Wittaker--a man she knows she shouldn't trust. And she soon realizes he's hiding behind a mask as careful as her own. As the assassin steadfastly vows he acted alone, and as the clock ticks down to his trial, the pair scramble to uncover the real conspiracy. And as the pressure and the danger mounts, Phoebe and Wittaker shed their disguises, layer by layer, to discover something more precious than either imagined–something that could last forever. Unless the conspirators desperate to hide their tracks get to them first.

A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran $1.99 5 Stars!

A Lady's Lesson in Scandal - Meredith Duran

IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE . . .

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.

A NOTORIOUS LADIES’ MAN COULD TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE . . . BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over—provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult—until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love. . . .

Deeper Than Dreams (Love & Steel #1.5) by Jessica Topper Review

Deeper Than Dreams (A Love & Steel Novella) - Jessica Topper

Falling in love with rock star Adrian "Digger" Graves was a dream come true for former librarian Kat Lewis. But with a little help from friends and family--including Kat's adorable daughter, Abbey--Adrian has planned an evening and a proposal beyond her wildest dreams. 

The night before, Kat witnessed the triumphant reunion of Adrian's rock band at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, he will escort her to the elegant, ultra-exclusive Library Lion's benefit. It seems like a fairytale, but even fairytales have a deeper, darker side. When old habits return to tempt her knight in shining heavy metal armor, will Kat's happily ever after come crashing back to reality?

 

 

Review

 

This is a charming story which is really the Epilogue to Louder Than Love a book I adored.

 

If you loved that book too, you need to read this one. It will make you feel gooey.

Alien Paladin's Woman by Vi Voxley Review

Alien Paladin's Woman: SciFi Alien-Human Military Suspense Romance - Vi Voxley

Sometimes, what the galaxy needs is a hero no one's ever heard of.

Tieran, the Commander of the Palian paladins, has never been allowed to have anything of his own, other than the blade in his hands and the honor he serves with. But a feisty, curvy, and utterly impossible human woman is about to change all that. He never thought that he'd desire something or someone as much as he needs her and nothing will take her from him. Even if he has to slay the most feared enemy ever known for her.

Audrey Price has seen a lot of hard work and cold times as a governor of ice planet mining colonies. She never expected to be in the middle of the greatest hunt in the galaxy, though. One moment, she was protecting her miners from an alien threat, and the next moment, she's tied to said threat, with only one man capable of keeping her and the rest of the universe in one piece. The sexy, infuriating paladin who makes her core pulse as hard as he makes her want to wring his neck.

Coming to grips with the fact that she's the key to tracking down one of the most mysterious and horrible races known is no easy feat, but that's nothing compared to dealing with the fact that she might be falling for the paladin. And when all eyes are on them, including a pair that can see through space and leave havoc in its path, Audrey and Tieran are in the fight of their life.

Not only for their own safety, but for that of the galaxy as a whole.

 

 

 

Review

 

I just have so much fun with this series!

 

Where did that book go? Oh, I read it already. So fun!

 

The hero is this one is a super smart warrior from a race of peacekeeping geniuses. How dope is that?


He is very pragmatic.

 

The heroine is an adventuress organizer who is appointed governor of far flung colonies. How dope is that?

 

They make a wonderful partnership in this non stop action adventure and save each other many times.

 

Yea!

 

PS the chest veins on the cover creep me out. That is all

Alien Indiscretions (Clans of Kalquor, #9) by Tracy St. John Review

Alien Indiscretions (Clans of Kalquor) (Volume 9) by Tracy St. John (2015-03-25) - Tracy St. John

 Cissy Salter is more than ready to shed Earth’s repression when she moves to the planet Kalquor. She leaps headlong into drinking, partying, and liaisons with young alien men. She would be having the time of her life if not for the disapproval of a certain rich, gorgeous Dramok she can’t avoid. She’d love to despise him, but her heart has other ideas.

Dramok Diltan sees the bawdy, unrefined Cissy as a thorn in his side. The last thing he needs is a woman who drives him crazy every time they meet. Yet the spark in her eyes kindles a fire he can’t ignore. His enthralled clanmates Wal and Rolat are determined to get the two to stop fighting, at least long enough to explore the possibility of making Cissy part of their clan. When they discover Diltan’s past misdeeds, Wal and Rolat issue an ultimatum: help them seduce the Earth woman or face punishment.

As Cissy and Clan Diltan discover each other’s true nature and love blooms, the long-hidden secrets of Kalquor’s leadership are revealed. An old conspiracy brought to light shatters Kalquor’s peace, driving the Empire apart ... and tearing Cissy from the arms of the three men she can no longer live without.

This book contains mild BDSM including discipline, Domination/submission, and bondage.

 

Review

 

This is a really interesting romance.

 

At its heart, it a love story that shows that you don't have to be perfect or overcome all of your flaws to be deeply loved.

 

One hero is ambitious and a bit stuck up. He tends to push hard for what he wants and judge quickly. He makes errors for judgement. But he has regret and sees his mistakes even if he keeps making them. The reasons he makes them come from a good place.

The other heroes are much more straight forward though the more passive judge is a lot of dirty fun.

 

The heroine is defensive and crass and really not self reflective. But she is super protective, fun and loving.

 

I don't really adore the characters but I don't have to do so to enjoy the book.

The series plot arc takes up a lot of space in the the book as does the BDSM erotic elements which leaves less time for the love story than I would like especially in a poly relationship where there is a lot to negotiate.

 

I was also sad that we get no time on the part of the hero's sexuality that is bisexual and focused on each other. It is weird that after many years together that would be absent in the sexy play.

 

So, interesting.

Dancer (Terran Times) Viola Grace Review

Dancer (Terran Times) - Viola Grace

Del is taking erotic dance classes at the Companion Centre when she locks eyes with a huge, burly alien with a vivid green gaze. He has come to secure a Companion to act as a permanent host to a goddess, but when he hears Del’s bright laughter, he changes his target from Companion to dancer.

Kurat has been raised as host to two gods. Changes in his body have made it difficult for him to take a casual lover, only a mate will do. With Del’s bright soul welcoming his, he knows the moment he meets her that she will be the one the goddesses will accept.

With the god of lust and the god of war agreeing to his choice, Kurat’s entire being is in agreement. The dancer will be theirs.

 

 

Review

 

This short science fiction romance takes all kinds of twists and turns. The secondary romance is just as compelling as the primary one but we don't get to see as much of that love story as we could. 

 

This is an interesting world and characters worth reading about. 

Justice (Moon Hunters Inc. #1) by Catty Diva Review

Justice (Moon Hunters Inc. Book 1) - Catty Diva, Jesh Art, Addicted to Reviews Editing

When did the good guys get so bad?


Justice comes on swift wings in the dark. His friend and boss Cash has sent him to Earth to exterminate a criminal convicted on Oison and protected by the corrupt Earth government. While carrying out the judgement, he finds her.


Envy is a pet kept by her evil master. Luckily he's old and incapable of breeding so she is still innocent in many ways. Justice has come to make her master pay for his misdeeds. Can she convince him to free her so she can live life on her terms? Will the handsome assassin accept her innocence as a payment for her freedom or will he demand her heart as well?

Review

 

 

This wasn't badly written but I just could never settle into it. The bad guys were awful and the act of leaving one to take care of later just made me wince.

 

The overwhelmed with lust on the part of the hero was pretty lame in such a moment of assignation as well. So, nope, did not work for me.

Horse (Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club #6) by Candace Blevins Review

Horse (Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club Book 6) - Candace Blevins

Horse is one of the first non-wolf shifters to be patched into the RTMC after the rule change. He’s a Grizzly Bear, and his old pawnshop has become the MC’s new gun store in a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Gabby is a rabbit shifter with a complicated history. Rabbits live in Faerie, but her parents chose to escape to the human realm so they could be together. Tragedy struck twice though, and she was taken to The Summerlands at fourteen to be raised by extended family. She’s grown now and has chosen to come back, even though it means she’s alone in this world.

Bears are loners who are used to getting their way. Rabbits are sexual, social creatures who need a wide variety of partners in their lives if they go outside their own species.

And Gabby’s past is on a trajectory to keep her from the future she wants.

 

Review

 

I really didn't need to discover a new author to read but I did. Bear shift catnip. Also, rabbit shifter. I love me an odd pairing. 

 

In some ways, I want to resist this book because it seems to formulaic and taking advantage of trends rather than be written out of imagination or love of the genre.

We have a motorcycle club. Its erotic. The hero is a bear shifter. He fights.

 

However, even though I think its fair to say there is too much going on in this book and more time could have been spent with the leads, its a great story of crazy sauce that works and is good.

 

The writing is very good and distinct. The characters are will developed with interesting backstories (the heroine more than the hero). The hero is kind and awesome. The heroine comes into her own and we have a wonderful opposites attract trope.

The world and culture building is excellent with a great cast. The plot walks the perfect line of conflict and twists without overstepping.

 

I love the ownership of the rabbit and bear sexuality and the complete comfort with a non monogamous (rooted in DNA and culture) soul mate kind of love.

 

They are wonderful couple and the love story was a super hot and tender delight.

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14) by J.R. Ward Review

The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…
 
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
 
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...  

 

Review

Mary and Rhage are my favorite BDB couple so it is wonderful to spend time with them.

 

This book is charming and achey. The whole book thinks about the desire or not for childern in good and complicated ways.

 

It is a bit of a love story with the girl they wish to adopt and a healing journey.

 

This is a pleasure read for fans of the series as the cast is here and lots of secondary love stories and plots. I would not recommend it if you haven't read the series but if you have prepare to enjoy yourself.

 

Countdown to Zero Hour By Nico Rosso 99 cents!

Countdown to Zero Hour (Black Ops: Automatik) - Nico Rosso

Former Special Forces agent Artem "Art" Diaz is tattooed, muscular and undeniably dangerous. He's also deep undercover, posing as mob muscle for a deadly bratva boss. His mission: gain the Russians' trust. Then lead the strike team that will take them down.

Chef Hayley Baskov knows better than to get involved with someone with such close mafia ties, but the handsome bodyguard who brought her to this sprawling estate full of ruthless mobsters is inexplicably kind. A little flirtation may keep her safe amid the growing menace.

As Art's timetable for action escalates, so do his encounters with Hayley. Stealing what illicit pleasure they can keeps them both sane in the face of evil. But when things get dangerous, Art has to tell her about his assignment, bringing her deeper into the shadowy world of black ops…and putting her life on the line.

Now Art has a new objective: protect Hayley from the men who'd see them both dead.

Softer Than Steel (Love & Steel, #2) by Jessica Topper Review

Softer Than Steel (A Love & Steel Novel) - Jessica Topper

As rock star "Riff Rotten", Rick Rottenberg has enjoyed all the perks that fame can offer, especially now that he's reunited with his former band mate, Adrian "Digger" Graves. But despite his success, Rick is a mess. Still reeling from the death of his wife years ago and terrified his demons will end his career, he agrees to seek help for his anxiety.
 
Burned by a musician in the past, Sidra Sullivan has closed her heart to love. So when Rick walks into her yoga studio, she wants nothing to do with him--until the bad boy shows an unexpected soft side.
 
As Sidra and Rick work through their painful pasts, they realize just how strongly opposites can attract. But when a crisis threatens the delicate balance they've forged, they'll discover if their love is strong enough to weather another storm or just too broken to survive...

 

Review

 

I liked so much about this book.

 

Topper's writing is perfectly pitched with detail, nuance, and insight. Her characters are flawed and lovable just the same.

 

The main characters here are like to stones striking a spark and that spark is this unexpected love story.

 

He is much older than her and changing his life. She is so much herself and yet settling into herself.

 

All the little moments and facets of the characters are what make this a great romance so I don't want to give those things away.

 

What held the book back for me, were little things, we never really address the hero's past before he reformed in any real way. We don't get to meet his kids with any depth. I would like more time in the HEA but this is a goooood book worth your time and money.