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review 2018-11-01 19:34
Nuclear War & Space Pirates – The Heights of Perdition by C S Johnson @C_S_Johnson13
The Heights of Perdition: A Science Fiction Romance Series (The Divine Space Pirates Book 1) - C. S. Johnson,Jennifer Sell

 

The Heights of Perdition (The Divine Space Pirates, #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

C S Johnson has created a world that was destroyed by a nuclear holocaust and it is easy to picture the devastation and the struggle of the people to survive.

 

The Heights of Perdition takes us from the Earth to Outer Space and back again.

 

It was easy to figure out where the story was going but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

 

The people of New Hope, which is formerly New York City, live underground. That alone is enough to creep me out. Above ground is desolate and barren. I do love that C S has saved one giant tree and Aeris sneaks out to spend time in it. She has an independent streak, so when it comes time for her to graduate and join the Military Academy, her lifelong dream, her father nixes that idea. She is crushed, but I too, think she is better suited doing something else. She has a green thumb and they are in dire need of someone with her skills.

 

I can’t imagine the life of the people Serious. No laughs. No fun. The leaders say jump, the people say, how hi. No free thinking allowed.

 

Exton Shepherd hijacked the Perdition because he felt he had no choice. It was his father’s invention and he was not about to let anyone misuse it. Him and his crew lived on the spaceship, but they still had to return to Earth for water. Their lives are full of all the things that make us human. All the emotions that entails. And theyare allowed to show them.

 

When the two come together, we know what’s going to happen. But, for me, that’s okay. Just because I know how the story goes, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. And I did.

 

All the things that make us human are exposed, the good and bad, the misuse of power, the demand to be obeyed, greed, and love and laughter.

 

The Heights of Perdition by C S Johnson is thought provoking and frightening. What would the world be like after nuclear war? C S Johnson gives us a glimpse of some possibilities. I would love to read more.

 

The only thing I hated was the cliffhanger…but the trilogy is complete and even comes in a boxed set. So…grab your copy now if you love science fiction or world ending stories.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Heights of Perdition by C S Johnson.

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review 2018-10-22 20:24
Wray by M.K. Eidem
Wray (Tornians Book 2) - M.K. Eidem

Far less typos than in the first book. :)

Although this is book two in the series, it takes place before Grim and tells us how Wray, who is the emperor, found his Empress and fell in love.
The beginning was dragging and a bit unbelievable. What was the chance of them crashing near a cave with both hot and cold water and surviving more than a week with only a few energy bars. Really? 
It also wasn't believable how quickly Kim got over being raped for two weeks. Yes, she had her reason to trust Wray but it was still far-fetched. 
The story told more about Tornian empire, the Goddess and the curse and all this information was really interesting. I liked how Kim found herself, got more independent, but she also annoyed me because of what she thought about her sister's fate and how she constantly stressed how much she wanted to be a better person. Wray wasn't as fascinating as a main character but I liked him. I even understood his reasons for lying at the beginning of the story.

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review 2018-10-22 20:15
Grim by M.K. Eidem
Grim - M.K. Eidem

This book needs serious editing, but the storyline and characters were really good.

About the plot:
500 years ago Tornian emperor did something so awful their Goddess cursed the whole race. As a result less and less females were born. At first it was celebrated because Tornians were warriors, but then they realized something needed to be done to prevent extinction. 
So, nowadays females are protected at all cost. There are Joining Ceremonies where females can choose the warrior they want to join with. There's no love or affection, just things male has to give, so that his bloodline could continue. After the birth warrior gets the child and the female can leave to choose another male, who has enough wealth to give her things she desires.
Things change when a compatible race has been found and twelve unprotected females are taken. Yes, you guessed correctly. The women are snatched from Earth.
Lisa is a widow with two small children, who is taken while visiting her husband's grave. When she wakes in a spaceship and the other women find out that the aliens separated mother from her children Tornians have a mutiny in their hands. But then a scarred warrior Grim, who is actually a king and emperor's brother, offers to retrieve Lisa's children if the woman is ready to join with him. Lisa is not stupid. She knows these bastards will never release her, so, she accepts Grim's offer, when the warrior promises that he will be the only male she has to join with. 
But there are several problems - because of his scars no female sees Grim fit and worthy to join with. Tornian females think that because Grim got scarred in a battle, he is not capable of protecting them. Therefore, Grim taking Lisa and her children is against the law and brings a heap of problems in its wake. And of course, Lisa's children are daughters. Something Grim discover not until he goes with Lisa to get the children. Now Grim has three females in his care and there a quite a lot of males in Tornian, who see it as a big mistake.

My thoughts:
The story was fast-paced, exciting, and even though there were some obvious turns in a plot, it never got boring. It had a fairytale or historical romance kind of feel - living in castles, training in fields. But the story was also about the empire - its history, technology, and achievements. The more I think about it, I guess, I would say it was steampunk in space? I also wouldn't categorize it as an erotic romance. Sure, there was sex in the story, but it was never as explicit as in other alien romances I've read. It's definitely an adult romance but not an erotic romance. 

I liked how bright Lisa was. She had a lot of spunk. Her daughters were just charming. It was so much fun to read what these three brought to Grim's life. At times his confusion was hilarious, but always sweet. Lisa and Grim had quite a lot of misunderstandings but the author never let them drag. These main characters actually communicated and solved their problems. 
All the secondary characters had their own voices and I hope some of them are going to get their own stories. The villains had quite a decent plan and action scenes were great.
I really want to give it 5 stars, because the story actually deserves it, but I can't because of the countless typos. The editing was non-existent.

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review 2018-07-12 21:05
A Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper - My Thoughts
A Conspiracy of Whispers - Karen Harper

This was a fun, action-packed, sexy, romantic, delightful read!  Recommended on Twitter by Bree, one half of the Kit Rocha writing team, it seemed this was the book EVERYONE in Romancelandia was reading last week.  :)  I had a bit of a worry at the back of my mind that this could be another case of me hating a romance that everyone else was head over heals for (ie: The Bollywood Bride), but quite happily, I loved it!

So it's a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, hints of fantasy book, peopled with a truly diverse cast of characters.  Two nations, very different in most ways, one a very technical, almost robotic type of nation and the other more future-medievalish.  The heroine is a trained assassin from the former and MAN, is she one helluva badass!  The hero is the brother to the leader of the latter, the general of her armies and he's pretty damned badass himself! 

Not only is there all the action part of the story - plots, wars, fights, murders, espionage, escapes etc...; there is also the theme of consent and equality and possession and justice for everyone that runs through it.  And you're not getting lectured, thank God, 'cause I'd have DNFed it right away had I felt I was being lectured, it's just the tale of these civilisations in the beginning of a period of upheaval being told. 

It was a great story, peopled with endearing characters, a tale of love and soulmates (which I don't normally go for, yet, it worked for me here) as well as friendships and found families and I totally enjoyed it!  Looking forward to the next book!

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review 2018-06-28 16:18
Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts (Claimings, #1) by Lyn Gala 4 Star Review!
Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts - Lyn Gala

Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. After escaping the horrors of war, he wants a boring life. He won't risk letting anyone come too close because he won't risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age.

This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him. Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam's past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to respect.

 

Review

 

This book has been recommended a lot but I wasn't sure. However, I read it and really liked it,.

The world and culture building are very good. Liam is a wounded, smart, and wonderful hero. Ondry turns out to be pretty amazing as well.

The details of Liam's submissive nature woven in with the culture of this alien world are well done and engaging.

Even though they have very different bodies, our heroes are able to connect in all sorts of powerful ways. 

The plot is good and the love story a slow burn that is worth the wait. And yes, there is tail sex but really if you had a tail???

I am sad that the next books in the series stay with this same couple. I like to leave them fully happy and would love to see another couple but this is a good book and I really enjoyed it.

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