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review 2017-04-21 17:21
Alien Alpha: Qetesh Warrior (Qetesh #1) by Juniper Leigh Review
Alien Alpha: (Qetesh Warrior) An Alien SciFi Romance - Juniper Leigh

Novalyn Bryce is a student, tending bar at night to put herself through school in New York City. She has no family, few friends, and no romantic prospects.


Odrik Nuh’ar of Qetesh is seven feet tall, with skin the color of honey. He is a warrior hunter, with rippling muscles and ink black hair, and horns that wrapped around his head like a crown.

The Qet are a proud, tribal people, who were settled on the planet Qetesh two hundred or so years ago. Over those 200 years, most of their females have died off, leaving them on the brink of extinction.

The government, in conjunction with an intergalactic agency known only as The Echelon -- a group that serves to keep the balance of the universe in check -- has been plucking human women up out of their lives to bring them to Qetesh as potential mates to keep the proud people from dying out entirely.

Novalyn Bryce is one such woman.

Review

I loved the hero and the world was interesting if trite in some of its depictions. The heroine made me nuts. She was Too Stupid To Live.

The behavior of the suppliers of the women was immoral and that didn't match with their mission and I had trouble moving past that.

The heroine waffles until the last moment. I wished for better for the hero.

 

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review 2017-04-05 14:04
Markon's Claim (The Last Alphas of Thracos #2) by Marina Maddix Review .
Markon's Claim: A SciFi Alien Shifter Romance (The Last Alphas of Thracos Book 2) - Marina Maddix

She wants to do her job. He just wants her.

Ever since being taken in by the Wargs of the Valley, my sole focus has been on curing their fertility problem. I don’t care that everyone seems to think I should accept the bite that would transform me into a wolf-like shifter. I have more important things to think about.

Then I meet him — the dead-sexy new alpha of the Hill Wargs who can’t seem to get enough of my curves. Markon stirs something in me that I’ve never felt before, and that kind of distraction is the last thing I need. Unfortunately, it’s all I can think about.

And now he’s pressuring me to become a Warg, too. Something about finding out if I’m his fated mate. Nonsense! Fated mates don’t actually exist.

Do they?

Review

The genius heroine makes this wolf shifter romance set on another planet a lot of fun. The romance is really nice up until the moment it happens and then it goes super fast.

 

The series story develops more. The bad guys are cartoony but the research quest is intersting.

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review 2017-03-11 07:58
DNF at 20%
Ark: A Scifi Alien Romance (Dragon Empire Book 1) - Lucy Snow

Just some quotes to illustrate why this wasn't for me (besides the absolutely silly heroine):

 

Heroine, who accompanies the Earth ambassador to the most important meeting in all human history: "Of course I wanted a family. Working with Fuller all this time over the last few years had been wonderful, but it wasn't the same as having a special man in my life."

First of all, she sounds like 16, so "the last few years" had me scratching my head, and her general demeanor has me doubting Fuller's sanity for choosing a "I want me some romance" silly clutz as his attendent. Major FACEPALM.

 

The hero, who likes to kill things. Talking or interacting - not so much; killing, yeah! - tall, muscular, alpha: "I remembered venting to Kaalax in private, railing against the shame at being assigned to escort him to a "conference". The very world sounds like something babies would play at, not fit for real men, real warriors."

 

Of course insta-lust on the heroine's side as soon as she sees his muscular warrior's body, she nearly loses her professional cool (AHEM).

 

Their dialogue is so cringeworthy, I simply couldn't go on.

"Tell me about yourself, Ark." Ark stopped eating long enough to stare me down. "I am a warrior."

 

Oh, but he has a sweet and romantic side too! He has a little monologue about how passionate his race is about love, while shoveling food supplements down his gullet. And her reaction: 

I blushed, and quickly looked down to try and hide my face just as I noticed Ark's eyebrows raise in question. "Tell me about how your species loves, Ark. You make it sound so all-encompassing."

 

I even cringe inside writing that down. That has to be the worst come-on line in all history, alien or human. I can hear bad 70ies shag music in the background, groovy!

 

Then our precious heroine does a little slut-shaming with saying that humanity's way of love is basically crap with only serial affairs and one-night-stands and such awful things instead of sticking with their choices, because it has become "so easy to jump between relationships" (the 50ies called, they want their sexual morals back...)

 

I rest my case.

 

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review 2017-02-19 16:02
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.

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review 2017-02-03 22:10
Just One Damned Thing After Another Review
Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's) - Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another is the first book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor.  It is AWESOME. There’s no other word I can think of to describe it. This book had me laughing so hard at various points that my sides hurt. Of course, laughter wasn’t the only strong emotion it evoked in me. It is not an easy book to describe. Taylor has a talent for sending you into hysterics one minute, and then making you catch your breath and wince in the next. The characters are memorable, something is always happening, and you never know what you’re going to read/hear next.

 

The main character, Max, describes herself at one point as “a small grey ginger sack”. She’s a bit on the curvy side, a lot on the mouthy side, and absolutely brilliant. She’s also a klutz with an absolute inability to hold her alcohol, and aware that she’s not very self-aware. She’s bold and rowdy and pulls some bafflingly stupid crap at times. But it all works so well together. She’s not perfect. She doesn’t make sense. And you want her as your best friend. She works for St. Mary’s, where they “investigate major historical events in contemporary time”And we don’t call it time-travel! 

St. Mary’s isn’t just where she works though. It opens with her having her interview for the site, and by the end of it, you know she hasn’t just found a job. She’s found a home. They bicker, pull pranks, get in over their head, save each other’s lives, destroy property, and get plastered regularly. In between all that,  they put their lives on the line getting first hand accounts of all sorts of historical events for the university they are associated with.

 

I don’t think it’s ever detailed exactly how far in the future Just One Damned Thing After Another takes place in, but I got the feeling it isn’t terribly far ahead. Obviously, there’s time travel, but that’s a thing unique to St. Mary’s. America has closed its borders. Technology has advanced to the point where information can be compiled into holographic data stacks. But there’s no blasters, spaceships, etc. Well, at least not that we’re aware of. Things are either happening in the past, or on the campus for the most part.

 

There’s always something happening in this book. Always. In fact, that’s actually one of my few complaints about it. Jodi Taylor packs so much into one book (without it being ridiculously long) that it’s really hard to appreciate how much time has passed. I believe Just One Damn Thing After Another covers Max’s first five years with the company, though the events only the first and last are really talked about. The rest is mentioned in passing to give you an idea of how relationships are developing.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s are a mix of science fiction, historical fiction, and comedy. (Though, fair warning, it’s definitely ‘British’ humor. I thought it was ridiculously funny. But one of my fellow readers couldn’t understand why I was laughing my rear off about it because she didn’t get the humor.) Below are a few of my favorite quotes that might illustrate the point for you.

“If this was one of those books, there would now be three pages of head-banging s*x. The reality was that he pulled me close, whispered, ‘Mfhbnnntx,’ and I pulled his arm over me like a cover and muttered, ‘Trout,’ and that was pretty much it.”
Jodi Taylor, Just One Damned Thing After Another

“He had fallen for Cal like a sperm-whale failing to clear the Grand Canyon on a bicycle.”
Jodi Taylor, Just One Damned Thing After Another

 

Jodi Taylor creates a world that you just don’t want to leave. Max quickly became dear to my heart as did most of the crew at St. Mary’s. It takes a special kind of writer to create a world that you so instantly feel at home in. It is not heavy on the science part of science fiction, nor does it delve into the nitty-gritty of the historical side of things. It’s not something to read if you’re expecting a serious examination of the past or the tech. But if you like adventure stories and love memorable characters, you’ll definitely want to to give Just One Damn Thing After Another a go.

 

I would highly recommend the audio book version. Zara Ramm does an outright amazing job as Max.

Source: www.scifiandscary.com/just-one-damned-thing-review
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