Category Archives: Sci-Fi Romance

Review: Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft

Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away it was a rash impulse and she means to go back eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.

Deadly Pursuit (Blood Hunter #2) by Nina Croft

Release Date: 6 December 2011
Read Date: 5 December 2011
Rating:

Firefly with a paranormal twist. Better than Break Out, Deadly Pursuit continues from where BO we left off.

Al, the small teenage boy, turns out to be Alexia High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, the 24 year old woman. Suffocating from boredom and lack of control over her high profile life she escapes, disguises herself as a boy and ends up on the spaceship El Cazador.

Both the Collective (people who’ve taken the expensive immortality treatment Meridian) and now the Church (believe in immortality of the soul which goes to heaven when they physically die) are chasing the crew for the recapture of Jon the werewolf assassin and the return of the High Priestess.

Despite her deception, the crew immediately defend Alexia. She’s one of them and they’re not going to hand her over if she doesn’t want to go. Jon, on the other hand, is wanted for an unknown reason, pointing to a conspiracy so they’re not giving him up after they were hired to risk their lives breaking him out of prison until they get some answers.

Alexia is instantly attracted to Jon. Unfortunately her disguise worked only too well, looking like a scruffy child. Her innocence is compounded by the fact that she’s a virgin who’s lived a sheltered life, and Jon doesn’t do virgins. He’s a rough, tough, manly 6ft 4 werewolf to her doll-like 5ft 1. He’d break her. But she knew what she wanted and was determined to experience as much of life as could before she was forced to return to her duty so the predator became the prey. Poor man, he had no chance. At least he has a new pack now i.e. the crew and a buddy in Rico despite him being a vampire.

Similarities to Firefly (Rico is Mal with fangs and a lust for blood) and the introduction of shapeshifters, my favourite supernaturals, meant I quite liked this. However, I’m slightly uncomfortable with how Alexia, seconds after being almost raped and killed on two occasions, jumped her mate-to-be’s bones. That struck me as wrong since she was beaten and manhandled. I doubt I’d feel up to it if I was in her shoes.

Tannis is next to be matched up with her crush Callum Meridian, the man who first took the immortality treatment and has been transformed by it. They’re hired as his bodyguards in the next book.

***Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing the ARC via Netgalley for an honest review.***

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Review ~ Queenie’s Brigade by Heather Massey

Queenie’s Brigade by Heather Massey

Captain Michael Drake desperately needs an army to save Earth after a crushing defeat by alien invaders. When his damaged starship docks at a remote prison colony, he discovers Earth’s last best hope—an army to replace the one he lost.

But, Queenie, the feral goddess ruling the prison, has other plans for the rugged star ship captain. After imprisoning Drake and seizing his ship, she prepares to lead her blood-thirsty band to freedom before the invaders track them down.
Despite her intentions, Queenie secretly falls for the sexy, hotshot captain. Drake makes it plain he wants to win back Earth with her by his side. But is following her heart worth betraying her people?

The author provided some great bullets to pique your interest:

*a smart, charismatic, and honorable Alpha hero with a touch of angst
*a kick-butt Latina anti-heroine in search of redemption
*a biracial romance (of the enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract variety)
*high stakes & high-octane action-adventure space opera featuring underdog heroes (Think: THE DIRTY DOZEN in space.)

Heat Level: Sexual tension; one steamy love scene
Tone: Dark and edgy; strong language; graphic violence

She offers a free-preview of the first three chapters.  Once you read them, you’ll want to finish the story!

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The eBook is available for purchase from: (Red Sage) (Amazon) (Barnes & Noble)

You can visit the author at her website or check out more from Red Sage Publishing.

Release Date: 1 October 2011

Read Date: 19 October 2011

Rating:

Queenie’s Brigade introduces us to Michael Drake and Queenie.  We meet Starship Captain Drake when he’s retreating from a losing battle against a Calithian invasion against Earth. The last thing he wants to do is flee, but he does so because they may just be Earth’s only chance.

He and his remaining crew dock the damaged ship, Relentless (love the name) at a prison colony called Hades Station.  Queenie rules colony. When Drake’s ship lands, she quickly captures him and his men, then takes control of his ship. He begins to see an opportunity to rebuild the army he lost while she wants to free her people.  Will Queenie’s people and Drake’s space soldiers be able to work together?

Queenie’s Brigade was a good mix of sci-fi action and romance.  I read the three-chapter preview and couldn’t wait to read the rest.  I immediately liked (Michael) Drake.  The flashbacks of his loss were touching and helped the reader relate to him early on.  Queenie, while not blessed with the best name, was a wickedly fierce heroine who is strong, yet vulnerable and always looking out for her people.

I would like to follow these two as they continue their battles, if the author plans on turning this into a series.

Review: “Alien Mate” by Eve Langlais

Alien MateAlien Mate (Alien Mate #1) by Eve Langlais

What would you do if an alien materialized in your living room and told you he was your leader? Plump Diana is ironing her underwear when the hottest blue babe in all of the galaxy appears in her living room. Did she forget to mention he was naked? Abducted, decontaminated, and dressed like a harem girl, she’s been chosen to become his mate. Kor asked his ancestors to find him a biddable, docile mate. Instead they found him Diana–a curvy, argumentative earthling who sets his pulse pounding and his loins on fire. He might be an alien who doesn’t understand the meaning of love, but he sure knows what he feels is more than lust.


Details:
Kindle Edition
Published June 14th 2010 by Amira Press
ASIN#: B003S3S062


My rating:

Read: 07 July 2011

Raise your hand if you iron your underwear? No one? Diana does. She’s a little plumper than your average gal so her undies contain little more fabric to actually wrinkle. Anyway, one day she’s ironing away when this suddenly appears in her living room:


It’s that bloke off Watchmen , a.k.a. a naked blue man with a huge, er…

His name is Kor’iander. Coriander? No, Kor’iander, or Kor for short. So Coriander turns to Diana in all his blue naked glory and demands her submissiveness, claiming she is his mate and he her “leader”, come to collect her and return to his home planet, where incidentally everyone is blue.

I know, I know. Sounds weird and a little silly. I thought so too at first but it’s a fun and honest story. It isn’t pretending to be a grand, deep and meaningful saga. Coriander was adorable. He completely accepted and loved Diana’s curves partly because the sight “A too-slim female is the sign of a poor provider”, to Di’s astonishment. Diana’s refusal to immediately obey and bow to his wishes to mate with him left the poor guy flummoxed. He’d requested a docile partner to bond with when he put in his application to the Oracle and the ancestral spirits, and they’re supposed to give you what you want, not what you need, which is what happened here. He was a gentleman, he never forced himself on her. Instead he listened to what she wanted and endeavoured to give it to her. Courtship was, forgive me, an alien concept to him but he gave in to her wishes and made his best effort to comply.

Di is a heroine I can appreciate. After reading many a clueless, too stupid to live lead, this girl, she made a HUGE mistake -a slip of the tongue but immediately afterwards without any prompting she knew she’d done wrong and wished to take it back. She freely admits she deserved a Darwin Award for her recklessness. Much better than blindly stumbling about with no regard for one’s own safety and being too dumb to realise it.

However, it wasn’t until just before they arrive at Kor’s homeworld that this book started to press my “things I really like” buttons. The history of his race, the death of the women and the resulting sterility leading them to seek and take women from other races, mostly Earthlings because they both descend from the same humanoid race but have evolved slightly differently in accordance with their planet’s environments. It’s actually the suns that turn Kor’s people blue, as Di discovers other Earthlings also have a blueish hue to their skins.

The scarceness of women on the planet mean that they’re fiercely protected and must abide by certain rules in order to remain safe. Most of these women are from other worlds and are taken, stolen if you will, without their consent. This issue is addressed here. Not all of the women are happy, not all adjust to their new situation or accept their new “husbands” but these women were picked because they had few ties, no boyfriends/girlfriends or real friends and family to speak of, hopefully making it easier for them to embrace a new life where they’ll be both loved and cherished.

I’m jealous of the technology mentioned. Housework would be history and I like the idea of having a laugh with my very own Holly (from the brilliant 80s TV show Red Dwarf). In this case his name is Alphie, the talking computer with a sarcastic attitude.

I’m not an alienist. If a blue god appeared before me, he wouldn’t have to say a word. I’d jump into his arms and say “When are we leaving?”


Favourite Quotes
I’d really like to add some but there are too many to choose from.

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Review: Killbox by Ann Aguirre

Killbox (Sirantha Jax #4)
by Ann Aguirre

Talk is cheap when lives are in jeopardy

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.

And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.

Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers—out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace…



Details:
Paperback, 353 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Ace
ISBN#: 9780441019410

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read: 19 May 2011

Killbox, the 4th in Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, was one of my favorites of the series. One downside … the wait until September for Aftermath #5 following a cliffhanger. I knew and still I still I read, so I only have myself to blame. 😉

This edition finds Sirantha and her merry band of space warriors dealing with slavers, pirates and the continued battle between the Syndicate and the Conglomerate post-Farwan collapse.

Sirantha also finds herself dealing with the fact that she’s slowly, but surely becoming more … more realistic in her decision making, more a part of the team and more ‘other’.

The pace is set high early on and doesn’t let us catch our breathe, making this a page-turner you find yourself blowing through without realizing it.

March is asked by Councilor Tarn to be commander of a Conglomerate armada, giving him access to much needed funds and allowing him to build it as he sees fit. Knowing it’s their best shot, he accepts. Of course his tried and true space mates are first to join up with him.

Thus begins yet another self-imposed wedge between March and Sirantha. The relationship between these two continues to be one in which one or both push the other away. But, they always seem to find their way back to each other, even against all odds. So, I’m hoping this case will be no different. ROLL-OVER SPOILER

We, as readers, can feel the heartbreaking effects of war as the characters battle their way from jump to jump. Ann does a wonderful job of creating stories in which you immediately find yourself walking through the pages with them, feeling their losses and enjoying their moments of celebration and love.

I continue to be intrigued by Vel. I cannot wait to learn more about the full story behind the tattoo. Their relationship to date has been one of trust, respect and platonic partnership. You can definitely see what a major part of Jax’ life he has become since he found her as a bounty hunter. I have really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. ROLL-OVER SPOILER I also liked the addition of the trainee jumper (who’s name escapes me at the moment).

I’m so happy I finally started this series. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Aftermath!

Series Reading Order:

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, #2) Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax, #3) Killbox (Sirantha Jax, #4) Aftermath (Sirantha Jax, #5)

Endgame – Rls Sept 2012

I had a number of favorite quotes throughout this one, here are some:

% = % of way through the book

95% “Men can be very stupid,” he says bitterly. “We cease to value what we have until it’s gone, and only then do we realize the gold we glimpsed in distant hills paled as dross compared to treasure we had in hand.”””

79% “Grimspace is a bitch mistress who carries unearthly delight in one hand and a crop in the other. We bear the latter to receive the former.”

73% “I’m Sirantha Jax, and I have had enough.”

53% “I don’t see why Jax says stuff like, ‘I would never say this aloud, not even to March’ or thinks she can keep stuff from him. Isn’t he ‘always in her head’ and wouldn’t he know what she was thinking? Or is it that he knows, but hearing her say it would be worse than knowing she’s thinking it?”

49% “White wave will never forsake brown bird.”

20% “A relationship shouldn’t impose limits—and if it does, then it’s wrong. A lover should help you exceed your potential, not clip your wings.”

15% “I’ve learned what some people never do—not to take for granted what I have, while I still have it.”

12% “There’s something sweet, if suicidal, in this. We’re bound by chains of love, but they don’t weigh us down. Instead, they allow us to be bigger and better than we are.”

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