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review 2017-02-05 17:51
Alien Conquest: (The Warrior's Prize) An Alien SciFi Romance by Scarlett Rhone Review
Alien Conquest: (The Warrior's Prize) An Alien SciFi Romance - Scarlett Rhone

As a paramedic, Alaina Stafford knew that every shift would have its surprises. But being abducted by alien slave traders? There’s no amount of preparation for that kind of surprise.

Before she can wrap her head around it, Alaina is sold at a high-dollar auction to be the new “donara” for a powerful, wealthy Errai family. It doesn’t take long to find out what a “donara” is…it’s the reward for the gladiator who wins in the Arena.

Alaina is to be the victor’s prize.

Vega is the House favorite among the slave warriors, and crowds come from across the galaxy to watch him in the Arena. Unlike the other fighters, he’s not swayed by the promise of winning this strange human woman. His real prize—his freedom—is within his grasp, and he won’t be distracted from the chance to return home by some fragile but exotic beauty from a planet called Earth.

But there’s a vicious political power play at hand, and both Vega and Alaina stand to lose everything. Thrown together and forced to rely on each other, they soon realize that love may actually be worth dying for.

 

 

 

Review

 

This title. Cringe. I look at these titles through my fingers when I click to buy this book or books like them. I remind my self that they aren't any worse that Harlequin Presents or some contemporary titles (My Bearded Billionaire Stepbrother) and that they are just trying to pick up on search hits. But still, so so awful. I feel like a trash picker looking for treasure.

 

This book is a find. It is really really good. Thank you, Kindle Unlimited. Thank you,  Science Fiction Alien Romance Craving and Binge.

 

Here is the things that could have been better: We get a nice Epilogue HEA but given the grimness of most of the story (slavery is ugly), I really think everyone had earned some chapters living on a free planet and adapting to this other cultural and space as a married couple.

 

The timeline of the plot is a bit scrunched for the falling in love. If it had been over months rather than weeks, the book would have been stronger. Yes, more horrors would have been likely to befall our leads (the heroine gets off relativity light which I am fine with but it isn't believable and could have been done off stage and the hero's and heroine's trauma could have been a great plot to deal with in later chapters set on the hero's home world)

Those things would have made this very good science fiction romance a read over and over book rather than a Wow, I really enjoyed that book.

 

What was so good?

 

The world building is well done. The heroine is taken from earth and sold into slavery into a three alien cultured space where proxy wars are fought in an Arena over all conflicts. The slavery is both indentured and chattel. The writer does a wonderful job of showing how power corrupts and the different ways slaves adapt. The gladiator culture and setting is detailed but the riveting aspect of the book is the psychological landscape of high and low slaves, owners, and freed people.

 

More time could have been spent on the distinct culture of each alien race of the other aspects of the world were well drawn.

 

The hero's struggles with his enslavement are particular well down. He has been indentured a good long time trying to free his planet and he does not escape all the webs of being an owned person internally or externally. He is a wonderfully cynical, pragmatic, and centered person.

 

I adore how there are secondary characters that seem evil but are really shown as products of the system. The owners being less complicated in this way than some other slaves that become allies.

 

As I said, because of the timeline the heroine suffers less from the system but she is stripped of personhood. Her fight against is impractical at times but true to her personality. She gets to remain a medic as well as being an exotic species and this grounds her.

 

The love story is believable if needing more time than a longer timeline would provide.

I am looking forward to reading more books by this writer who has such a fine hand for the heart of what it means to be human (or alien).

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text 2016-12-31 21:35
Best Science Fiction Romance Novels of 2016
Dark Minds (Class 5 Series) (Volume 3) - Michelle Diener
Forged in Shadow (Dark Planet Warriors Book 5) - Anna Carven
Mercy (Deridia Book 1) - Catherine Miller
Exile - Colleen Vanderlinden
Sarazen's Claim, Book One - Isabel Wroth
Warrior: A Scifi Alien Romance (Galactic Gladiators Book 2) - Anna Hackett
Assessing Survival (Mechanical Advantage) (Volume 1) - Ms. Viola Grace
Jaz's Warriors (Bondmates Book 2) - Ann Mayburn
Soros: Alien Warlord's Conquest (Scifi Alien - Human Military Romance) - Vi Voxley
So, I went nuts for Science Fiction Romance this year. I have always been a big fan but this year I couldn't get enough. I am hoping on a huge surge in this romance subgenre. Here are my favorite Science Fiction Romance Novels published in 2016. Please let me know If I missed your favorite! My lists are never in any particular order. 1. Dark Minds (Class 5 Series Book 3) by Michelle Diener 2. Forged in Shadow (Dark Planet Warriors, #5) by Anna Carven 3. Sarazen's Claim by Isabel Wroth 4. Mercy (Deridia Book 1) by Catherine Miller 5. Exile by Colleen Vanderlinden 6. Assessing Survival by Viola Grace 7. Warrior (Galactic Gladiators Book 2) by Anna Hackett 8. The E.T. Guy (Office Aliens Book 1) by V.C. Lancaster 9. Jaz's Warriors by Ann Mayburn 10. Soros by Vi Voxley The list with blurbs! 1. Dark Minds (Class 5 Series Book 3) by Michelle Diener he mind is the most powerful weapon of all . . . Imogen Peters knows she's a pawn. She's been abducted from Earth, held prisoner, and abducted again. So when she gets a chance at freedom, she takes it with both hands, not realizing that doing so will turn her from pawn to kingmaker. Captain Camlar Kalor expected to meet an Earth woman on his current mission, he just thought he'd be meeting her on Larga Ways, under the protection of his Battle Center colleague. Instead, he and Imogen are thrown together as prisoners in the hold of a Class 5 battleship. When he works out she's not the woman who sparked his mission, but another abductee, Cam realizes his investigation just got a lot more complicated, and the nations of the United Council just took a step closer to war. Imogen's out of her depth in this crazy mind game playing out all around her, and she begins to understand her actions will have a massive impact on all the players. But she's good at mind games. She's been playing them since she was abducted. Guess they should have left her minding her own business back on Earth… 2. Forged in Shadow (Dark Planet Warriors, #5) by Anna Carven Sergeant Arin Varga has a problem on her hands. She's supposed to be in charge of a squad of peacekeepers. That's something she would normally handle with ease, except that now her people are stuck in Earth's orbit on a doomed superfreighter. To make things worse, they're being held hostage by a group of very threatening, very menacing silver-skinned Kordolians, who are insistent that all they want is safe passage to Earth to kill oversized insects. One particular alien, who goes by the name of Rykal, seems be constantly getting inside her personal space. He isn't just threatening, he's friendly and threatening, and if Arin isn't careful, that could become a major problem. 3. Sarazen's Claim by Isabel Wroth One hundred and fifty years ago the most powerful countries of Earth built and launched five ships. Ships meant to carry what remained of humanity out into the space beyond their known galaxy to find a new home. As a third generation botanist, it never occurred to Clary Starborn that she might some day be in charge of anything other than her little lab. That changed the day their ship was attacked by an alien species straight out of myth. As commander of the Sarazen armada, Tarek had seen some poor excuses for spacefaring vessels. The one currently being attacked by the Na'ah was to date, the worst. So primitive in its design, Commander Tarek was fascinated it had even survived the harsh vacuum of space. Or the time it had taken to launch it. The species was unfamiliar to him, but initial scans suggested the beings within here somewhat intelligent. Though the ship was outside Sarazen territory, it was his duty to eradicate the Na'ah wherever he encountered them. He had not anticipated that by his actions, the course of his life would be forever changed. By a soft, delicate being who studied flowers and trees. One scent, one touch, was all it took to be Claimed. 4. Mercy (Deridia Book 1) by Catherine Miller Dishonourable. Unwanted. Outsider. Such are the slurs cast upon Rykkon, however undeserved. As the only village healer, his people cannot cast him out entirely, but there is little comfort in such a life when he has long known that no mate from his clan would willingly join with him. It is a lonely fate, but one Rykkon has learned to accept. That is, until one tense exchange between his people and the humans brings him an offer he simply cannot ignore. The humans are not their slaves. Nor their property. Nor of any great concern. But neither are they free. It is by the provisions of the Arterians they scrape out a sorry existence in the Wastes, and by their goodwill alone that they continue to survive. Scavenging for hasart beetles under the two suns is the only life the desperate colonists have known since their ancestors first landed on the desolate planet. It was all they knew. It was all they hoped for. Until one day, a young female dares to ask for more. 5. Exile by Colleen Vanderlinden Two races fight for what remains of a dying planet. For generations, the Maarlai, an alien race who fled the destruction of their own home world, have lived silently, hidden, exiled on Earth. They watched, year by year, as humanity destroyed what was once a planet full of hope and promise. Unable to idly watch as the planet dipped further into destruction, the Maarlai left their hidden villages and went to war with what was left of humanity. With the death of the last great human king, the Maarlai found themselves victorious and vowed to protect and restore the planet that had sheltered them for so long. A treaty made, an alliance formed. Shannen of House Lyon is a member of the last of the human royal families. While they bend knee to the Maarlai ruler, her people have not forgotten their former greatness, the years of bloodshed and horror... or the memory of their fallen king. To ensure a lasting peace between their two peoples, Shannen and three other prominent human women are sent to the Maarlai capital. One of them will wed the future Maarlai king, cementing the peace between former enemies. When Shannen finds herself married to the Maarlai warrior, she discovers a whole new world... and freedom unlike anything she could have imagined. When war threatens once again, she will need to decide where her loyalties truly lie. 6. Assessing Survival by Viola Grace A woman under repair with a skill for assessing survival meets a previous acquaintance who is now more than a match for her. In the year 2280, Earth has been at war for a decade. The Splice take the humans they capture and use them for parts. Sending bots in place of humans didn’t work, but taking the wounded and turning them into cyborgs has enabled Earth to push the Splice away from Earth. The combination of metal and man is turning the tide in a war that no one could have imagined. Adaptation Base is where the wounded are recycled into enhanced warriors, and when a terrorist action takes out the administration, the newest cyborgs will have to take things into their own hands. When Stitch comes to, her position as an assessment officer is still valid, but her new location on the front lines means a lot of adjustment. The men she had designed from the wounds out are now her team, and finding the one who had flirted his way into her heart—after all this time—leaves her vulnerable to his mechanical advantage. 7. Warrior (Galactic Gladiators Book 2) by Anna Hackett Weapon, brute, gladiator, warrior... Sirrush warrior Thorin has been called many things. As a warrior of his people, he was a dark, dangerous weapon until even his own family were too afraid of him. Sold into slavery in the Kor Magna Arena, he has long ago earned his freedom. Now he enjoys the violent but rewarding life he's carved out for himself. Until he rescues one small, smart, and perplexing female from alien slavers. Regan is determined to make a place for herself in her new home. She may not have the skills to fight in the arena, but she's smart and knows she can help...even as she fights her attraction to the big, bold, and fascinating Thorin. She knows he'll never be interested in her. But when Regan catches a glimpse of her cousin across a crowded market, she needs help to mount a rescue, and it comes in the form of the gladiator she desperately wants. A gladiator hiding a dark, uncontrollable secret with the power to destroy them both. 8. The E.T. Guy (Office Aliens Book 1) by V.C. Lancaster It's 2266, and Lois Kennedy is an Intake Officer for DETI, the Department of Extra-Terrestrial Immigration. Zir is a refugee from the planet Teiss, working in DETI's I.T. department. Lois and Zir just can't get along. As far as she's concerned, he's rude, abrasive, and condescending. She wants nothing to do with him. So why does he never leave her alone? He must be crazy if he thinks there could ever be anything between them... right? 9. Jaz's Warriors (Bondmates Book 2) by Ann Mayburn Growing up in Harlem, Jaz Brooks never imagined that there would be a day where she'd have two smoking hot alien husbands, Mavet and Xentix, who worshiped her. Or that she would be living on a Kadothian spaceship stationed on one of Saturn's moons as an Earth Ambassador. And she certainly never imagined her bondmates would be encouraging her to take a third husband, but that's exactly what's happening. Tandar Glycin has been fighting the Hive in the distant Bel'Tan galaxy for so long now he'd given up hope of ever finding his Matriarch. When word reaches him that his blood brother, Mavet, has bonded an Earth female Tandar is both elated and worried. Vicious rumors abound in the Bel'Tan galaxy about how horrible Earth women are and he worries that Mavet has taken a monster as his wife. When he first meets Jaz he quickly realizes that not all of the stories are true, and that the Lord of Life has blessed him with a kind, beautiful, and feisty alyah who is going to make him work to win her heart. 10. Soros: Alien Warlord's Conquest by Vi Voxley at Edwards is a woman who doesn't consider failure as an option. As a bounty hunter, she's seen the worst that the galaxy has to offer and she's not afraid of it. Or, at least she thought she'd seen the worst. But a certain Corgan warlord might just change her mind on that. Soros is more myth than man. The warrior who has trained all the warlords of note, he is feared and respected, lauded and despised in equal measure. Wanting no part in the wars being waged between his own people with the recent upsets in Corgan society, the warlord still finds himself getting swept away in the madness, held at sword-point by one of his own students. It only takes one woman for this warlord to realize that he can remain neutral no longer. It only takes one night for him to realize what is at stake - not only the universe, but her safety as well. Being pushed by impossible odds, Soros and Kat have no other choice but to push back. No wonder that they can't help but keep finding one another in all that tragedy. Can Soros become more than a myth and claim his rightful place on the side of good, or are some sacrifices just too hard to make? Can Kat capture her bounty one last time?
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review 2016-12-30 22:50
The Lily and the Sword
The Lily And The Sword - Sara Bennett

Northumbria in 1070, like the rest of England, was still reeling from the impact of the Norman invasion four years earlier. On the whole, you could say that the English – those of Anglo-Saxon and Danish origin who had lived in England for generations – still to a large extent opposed the Norman incomers. This was mainly William's fault. Instead of assuming the crown and letting the country go on happily as it always had, so that no one was really inconvenienced by the change, he granted all his Norman followers huge estates, dispossessing the English land-owners and building up an atmosphere of bitter resentment and enmity that would last for generations to come.

 

The heroine, Wilfreda, known as Lily, the beautiful heiress to large tracts of Northumbria – her father was a powerful English earl, her maternal grandfather the King of Norway – has already been very unhappily married once to a Norman, Vorgern, but he is now dead and she has reluctantly become the focus of a widespread rebellion led by her childhood friend Hew. William sends his most trusted, and most feared, general, Radulf, "the King's Sword", to put down the rebellion – and Lily falls into his hands.

 

However, she claims to be someone else, a friend of hers whose family have supported the Normans, so instead of sending her straight off to William, he keeps her with him – and falls in love with her.

 

And she with him.

 

And that is what is is, a love-story, (the) Lily and the Sword. Hew, a nasty piece of work, is represented as the villain, Radulf as a good man and a great warrior who is simply doing his job, serving his king.

 

It is an enthralling story, it is well written and it has a convincing background, much of it being set in early medieval York. But I can't help wondering whether a young Englishwoman who embraced the Norman conquerors quite so enthusiastically – albeit in the name of peace – would have been as popular as Lily apparently is with "her people". Imagine a Nazi Britain in 1949 ...

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review 2016-12-06 20:01
a proper throw your kindle at the wall ending!
Conquest: Kai's Story - Kaden Shay
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Picture the scene, if you will. There you are, merrily reading this book. It's okay, you are going to finish it but it's just ticking over as okay and a three star read. Then it starts to get good, just past half way. And it gets better and better, star rating creeping up and up and then??
 
THEN!?!?!?!?! Then you run out of bloody book!!!
 
I mean, it's a proper throw-your-kindle-at-the-wall, spit-your-dummy-out, stamp-your-feet and Chuck-your-toys-out-the-pram kind of reaction I've not had for some time!!!
 
After an apocalyptic event wiped much of humanity off the face of the planet, those left are one of two races. The Purists, humans who managed to survive the radiation and related illnesses. And the Regens, those humans evolved, and regenerate and have enhanced speed, strength and a longer life span. They live in a constant battle against each other.
 
Kai, otherwise known as General Conquest, is one of the four leaders of the clans of Regens. War, Famine and Death make up with other three. Kai's group capture several groups of Purists and Hayley is one of them. Kai discovers just what the leader of the Purists has been preaching and just what he has been doing. Hayley is a huge part of that knowledge.
 
I liked this, a lot, once it got past about half way. It's different, and a way off my beaten track with its post apocalyptic theme, but I really did enjoy it. It's relatively clean and free of any kind of graphic violence. Indeed, Kai is a gracious jailer, which is not what the Purists have been led to believe.
 
Apart from that ending, I have just one other point to make. Only Kai has her say. I always say I want more, I know I do, but with what Hayley was planning, what happened after and the fact that .... well her and Kai's story is not yet finished, let's just say that. But I needed Hayley as well as Kai.
 
I do hope I get the chance to read future books in this series. I can't wait to see what happens!
 
So, because we only get Kai, and because I threw a proper hissy fit at work. ...
 
4.5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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text 2016-10-24 10:30
The Most Excited Screenshots for War Conquest 1941

Due to this, Whitebeard Jr. Eiichiro Oda's manga goes to the big screen. In chapter 812, War Conquest 1941 will learn what Sanji had to do to save the country from Big Mam's wrath, and the Strawhats will also meet Master Nekomamushi, the King of Night. Crunchyroll reports that Oricon has finally announced the result of 2015 best-selling book annual rankings.
Fans can consider the 20-page chapter a Christmas gift from the manga's creator, Eiichiro Oda. It reveals much about what happened during the flashback at Zou, and it also reveals what happened to Sanji. Some fans believe Sanji lost a fight against the Big Mam Pirates. It will be interesting to see who Jack is in One Piece Chapter 810. The very identity of the King of Night himself is still shrouded in mystery, making fans wonder as to just how powerful he might be and what significance he may have to the overall story. Eiichiro Oda's One Piece has 4 volumes that occupied the first 4 ranks in 2015 Manga Sales Ranking Top 25 volume. Which is why it's handy to know how and where to start! With that being said, it's a good time to discuss current affairs in the One Piece world. According to Crunchyroll, the anime movie of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece has been dated for release on 2016. Franchise Herald on the other hand says that One Piece Film Gold will feature the adventure of Gol D. It was previously reported that some believe Jack to be Axe-Hand Morgan. Speaking of One Piece movies, 12 spinoff One Piece movies were already released based from the One Piece manga and anime. But this year, War Conquest 1941 IOS jumped to the 2nd place. Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the game in September at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference.

Design&Trend reported that there will be no One Piece manga chapter for release this week. Ecumenical News reported that Bandai Namco has released new screenshots for War Conquest 1941.

War Conquest 1941

View more details about this game: http://www.war1941.com/

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