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review 2016-07-09 20:13
Claimed by the Alien Prince (Alpha Aliens of Fremm, #1) by Nancey Cummings Review
Claimed by the Alien Prince: Alpha Alien Romance (Alpha Aliens of Fremm Book 1) - Nancey Cummings

Prince Aster didn't believe in "mates" or other bedtime stories...until he sensed Evie's curious scent. Thecurvy human woman with curly brown hair and caramel skin is nothing like he expected -- but someone unique and strange. This alpha alien must claim her and take her in every way.

Evie can't deny her attraction to the big blue alien 'man', or their chemistry -- but his mate? Can she leave everyone and everything behind for this towering, muscular stranger from another world? Hissky blue skin glows where they touch and it excites her in a passionate new way. Does she have a choice -- or is it her destiny?

 

 

 

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This is a pretty run of the mill Alien Romance but it is a nice read to past that afternoon. 

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review 2016-06-30 20:27
Ice Ice Babies (Ice Planet Barbarians #6.6) by Ruby Dixon Review
Ice Ice Babies: Ice Planet Barbarians: A Slice of Life Short Story - Ruby Dixon

t's hard being a new mom on a barren, wintry planet. How about a mom...times two? Nora has to find a way to juggle babies, her mate, and friendships while catching the occasional nap. Can she get her groove back?

This is a short story set in the ICE PLANET BARBARIANS series and does not stand alone. It should be read after BARBARIAN'S MATE and is a little bit of sweetness and family life for those waiting for the next release.

 

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This is a sweet story about love while being new parents. Ir was a pleasure to spend time with all the couples from the series. 

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review 2016-06-12 02:55
Heart Quest by Robin D. Owens
Heart Quest - Robin D. Owens

Trif Clover desperately wants to find her HeartMate, to the point where she has decided to risk ridicule and embarrassment by going door to door throughout the city and looking for him with her charmkey. What she doesn't realize is that he's living in her apartment building.

Guardsman Ilex Winterberry made sure to wait until after Trif had searched her building before moving in. He wishes he could court her properly but 1) he's 25 years her senior and feels that he's far too old for her and 2) he's had visions that tell him he'll die soon, and HeartMates always die within a year of each other. He refuses to cut Trif's life short. All he'll allow himself to do is watch over her and be her friend. As he investigates a recent series of murders, he worries about Trif's similarity to the victims and does his best to keep her safe.

It's been years since I last read the four books prior to this one. Although this was a reread, it wasn't the best way to jump back into the series. Ilex's murder investigation led to him talking to lots of characters I knew had been in the previous books but otherwise couldn't remember much about. It wasn't much of a problem that I could barely remember T'Ash, Danith, Straif, and Mitchella's books, but not remembering Holm and Lark's book (Heart Duel) definitely was. The Holly family's curse, caused by the head of the household's disapproval of Holm and Lark's marriage, had a prominent place in Heart Quest, and I couldn't for the life of me remember why T'Holly had been against their marriage.

Another thing I had forgotten about this series was the cheesiness of its setup. The planet Celta was colonized 405 years prior to Heart Quest, and apparently all or most of the colonists were Celtic pagans (I think?). Either they arrived with psi abilities (Flair) already in place, or something about the planet gave some of them psi abilities. At three points throughout their lives, Celtans with Flair go through Passages that (I think – again, it's been a while since I read those earlier books) help their Flair settle and, in some cases, allow them to connect with their HeartMates (soulmates). HeartMate relationships are supposed to be strong and wonderful, but not all HeartMates manage to find each other or even want that kind of close connection if they do.

The world also has something called Fams, telepathic animals that can bond with particular people. I love cats, but I have to admit that Owens' cat Fams tend to annoy me. I think it has something to do with the way she has them speak – their first person singular pronouns are always capitalized, to show their lofty opinions of themselves. Greyku, Trif's vain kitten Fam, was particularly bad. She either didn't know or didn't care that Trif wasn't wealthy and begged for things like jeweled collars and an artist who could dye her fur. I liked Vertic, Ilex's fox Fam, much more – he came across as being more settled and mature, and he certainly didn't talk as much.

Anyway, the first half of the book spent a bit too much time on characters who weren't directly related to this book's main story – the Holly family curse, Danith and the Fams, and Saille T'Willow's drastic decision to find his HeartMate by sending his HeartGift out into the world where anything could happen to it. Thankfully, the book felt more focused in the second half. Trif finally learned who her HeartMate was and got the chance to change his mind about being with her, and Ilex's murder investigation finally began to uncover promising information.

The murder investigation was so-so. Although Ilex's methods were intriguing, a blend of normal and psi evidence-gathering, a recording of one survivor's memories, and little magical poppets that could eventually point Ilex and other guardsmen to the murderers, the murderers and their motives wouldn't be worth much more than a yawn to the average mystery reader.

The progression of Ilex and Trif's romance was much more fun, although I have to admit that there were times when the age gap between them was a bit much for me. The way Ilex obsessed about it in the first half of the book kept reminding me of it, and there were several times when the gap between Trif and Ilex's maturity seemed as great as the gap between Greyku and Vertic. I could understand Ilex's fear that his death would end up killing Trif too if they bonded, so it was frustrating when Trif kept ignoring that fear and saying she didn't care.

On the one hand, this book reminded me why I hadn't read any of this series in years. The romance could have been better, the mystery was so-so, and the Fams tended to be annoying. On the other hand, I still had fun. Ilex was a great character, several of the side characters were intriguing, and I liked the fantasy and sci-fi elements despite their cheesy aspects. It's too bad the AI-run Residences don't have a more prominent place in the series.

Additional Comments:

I noticed four typos, two of them within a couple pages of each other. In one instance, the typo interfered with the meaning of the sentence enough that it took me a few beats to figure out what the character was saying.

Extras:

The beginning of the book includes a map of Celta.

 

Rating Note:

 

I debated between 3 and 3.5 stars. It's probably more of a 3-star book, but I liked Ilex enough to bump it up to 3.5.

 

(Original review, including read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-11-06 00:00
Heat: Fated Mates: M/M Gay Shifter Mpreg Romance (Dragon's Destiny)
Heat: Fated Mates: M/M Gay Shifter Mpreg Romance (Dragon's Destiny) - Angel Knots,Wolf Specter Dragons. Mpreg. Mates. Mine.

See, this should have been amazing! But it wasn’t.

I am on board with the whole insta-love mates train, but these guys talked about love without having spent that much time together. I can do this if the book is all hearts and rainbows, but Dane was too depressed for this to be a feel good book.

And this was just creepy instead of romantic.

After I told Wesley the truth, I would have my dragon take him to our cave in the Olympic Mountains.

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review 2015-10-19 03:45
Review - The Witchy Wolf Trilogy by Alexis Dare
The Witchy Wolf Trilogy: A Fated Mates, Alpha Shifter, Paranormal Romance - Alexis Dare

My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

***Previously received review copies of the parts, but I own the whole thing now :)

 

Stalked

This is the first book in the series.  It is about 127 pages so take your pick whether you call it a novella or a novel because to me it doesn’t matter :)  It is for adults only due to the steamy content.

 

This book started with action from the word go.  Chloe is confident in some ways, but she has many walls to keep away the others.  Gabriel is a sexy Alpha in every sense of the word.  Their story is very well put together.  Plenty of action, mystery, intrigue, drama, fighting, and so much more that just pull you into the story until you are at the end saying Wow!!  I couldn’t put the book down.

 

Peril

This is the second book in the series, and I highly recommend reading them in order.  I think you will understand the characters and their background better if you do.  This is for adults only due to the steamy content.

 

I really like both Chloe and Gabe as characters, and they work together :)  Alexis’s writing is just awesome at pulling you into their lives and making everything come alive.  She threw in plenty of twists, turns, mysteries, kidnappings, and more to make it a wonderful adventure :)  It makes me feel happy reading her series :)  And mood always effects how you feel about a book :)  I could tell you more, but then that would ruin the surprises you would get reading it!!  I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3.

 

Cursed

This is the 3rd book in the series, and I’m not sure if there will be more in this series or not.  I really hope there is because I love this world that Alexis has created.  Hoping maybe to see the twins stories and Harmony’s too!!!  This is an adult only book due to the steamy content.  I do highly recommend reading the series in order because it is just better that way and you understand what is happening, characters, and their relationships :)

 

This book was the perfect conclusion to Gabe and Chloe’s story (though I really want to see more of them and hope this is not the end!!)  Lots of new twists and turns in this book!  Chloe and Gabe just make me happy because they are awesome main characters.  Chloe learns all sorts of new things about her new family which is pretty cool.  Alexis’s writing is easy to picture while reading so the images flow into your brain as you read.

 

I highly recommend this series to paranormal fans who like magic, wolves, witches, vamps, and other magical delights!  :)

 

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