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An Accidental Goddess

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3.94 rating

Comment 1: Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/10/08/...With Has’s Sci-Fi Romance feature last month, I realized that it’s been awhile since I’ve read my all time favorite sci-fi romance. I adore almost everything Sinclair has written, but for some reason this book just resonated with me.Gillie wakes up in a hospital room, no idea how she got there or where she even was for that matter. When she realizes that she is 300 years in the future, and has been made into a goddess, Gillie is more than freaked and a little unsure about how to proceed. Although Gillie wants nothing more than to keep a low profile, an imminent attack by her world’s enemy forces Gillie to show her hand, and possibly ruin a religion that is hundreds of years in the making.Mack has prayed to the Lady his whole life. When he meets Gillie, he is convinced she is a smuggler and keeps an eye on her. But that extra eye he is keeping on her turns into so much more, and the attraction between them can’t be denied. But when the truth about Gillie is revealed, Mack is torn between his love for the woman, and his devotion to his goddess.I can’t even begin to tell you how much love I have for this book. I think it’s because of the internal conflict that Gillie has to go through with the realization that she has been made into a goddess. The struggle she has with just being normal, or “just Gillie” as she calls herself. She has always been somewhat revered by the Khalaran people, and finding out that they made her into a goddess was just too much for her to deal with. That internal struggle she had with herself, if she should come clean and ruin their entire religion was such a strong and potent theme throughout the book, I just loved it.Sinclair is probably the best when it comes to science fiction romance, in my opinion. I love the fact that her Sci-Fi aspects are so strong. Everything is so well thought out, so developed, and explained so well that I always find myself in awe. I love the other worlds that she creates, how she mixes in the perfect blend of romance and science fiction aspects. I’m not a huge fan of really hard-core sci-fi, with long explanations of the science, and I think Sinclair has the right mix of actual science and fantasy.The romance in this book was a little slow to develop, and was never really on stable ground. Gillie is constantly worried about revealing herself to Mack, and always has to be on guard. With the help of her AI ship, Gillie has to remain vigilant that she doesn’t spoil hundreds of years worth of religion. Once it becomes obvious that Mack and Gillie can no longer control the connection between them, there are a few good days where they are both genuinely happy. Until Gillie has to reveal her secret and Mack is stuck wondering how to balance the woman he fell in love with, and the goddess he has always followed.I think that aspect of their romance engaged me the most. Knowing the struggle that Mack had to undertake to work out the differences between Gillie the woman, and Gillie the legend. Knowing that she is his “goddess” doesn’t make it easy for Mack to see her as a woman, and watching that struggle makes their romance all the sweeter.All in all this is my all time favorite sci-fi romance book, even after a few re-reads. I love the romance between Mack and Gillie. The internal struggles that Gillie has to go through in regard to revealing her true self, and the conflict Mack has in reconciling the truth about Gillie’s past makes this book that much more special. Add in the threat of invasion and doom, and this is the best science fiction romance book I’ve read to date.I give An Accidental Goddess an A+

Insufficient Mating Material

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3.69 rating

Comment 1: Rowena Cherry has done it again! Her first book in this series, Forced Mate, made a fan out of me so I knew this one, Insufficient Mating Material, would be another great read. I wasn't wrong! This reader rarely goes for science fiction material, but anything Ms Cherry writes I will read, and you should as well. Sensual, funny and highly imaginative, you feel as though you are there, in space, outside of this earthly existence. Comment 2: OK - I didn't actually read it. I started to read it, but just couldn't be bothered. I'll admit I hadn't read the first book in this series, so I didn't really understand some of the attitudes of the characters at the beginning. But nothing about the story grabbed me. Life is too short to struggle through a story in which you have no interest. I have too many 'good' books piled up awaiting my selection :) Comment 3: Ache. My head aches. I tried this author again and what do I get? A huge, steaming pile of...yeah you get the point. I'm actually trying to forget this whole disaster. Fat chance of that. Moreover, why are the same people reviewing her books? Why is she 5-starring her books YET again? Comment 4: Perhaps it's because I didn't read the first book in the series but I just couldn't get into this book. I kept asking questions like "Who's speaking?", "How are the characters related?", "Is this supposed to make sense?". Sorry not my style I guess.

Mine to Take

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4.13 rating

Comment 1: Last week, I re-read all 3 of the Matrix books published by Dorchester. I haven't been able to read them for some time (I was one of those who got caught in the author's mismanagement of her self-publishing scheme years ago) but I used to love these three books. I was glad to revisit them and be reminded of how much I enjoyed the stories. They're just...fun. They have sensuality, a sense of humor and fun, and were unique in their world building (even despite some of the derivative elements). It' Comment 2: I'm a bit disappointed. While this book was better than book 2 (Rejar), neither were as engaging as book 1. The book was enjoyable, it was just easy to put down. I liked Gian Ren. His character was very well developed, the plot interesting. His female counterpart though I felt was a little flat. I never really cared for her or knew anything about her other than she sought "freedom". But she never really even clarified what exactly she meant by that. I could have done without the Frensi dance dea Comment 3: So this is the best of the three IMHO. I don't know why Dara Joy insists on creating such asshole heroes... Gian Ren didn't quite make the title of asshole, as her previous two Heroes did, but comes close on occassion. In one respect, he's funny and loving and very protective of her. He can be a genuinely charming Hero. But in another he lies to her and he manipulates her into doing things she doesn't want to do. He feels sneaky..as though everything he does with her has an ulterior motive...to

Games of Command

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4 rating

Comment 1: A very sweet read but also very confusing. This book is actually rated 3.5 for me as I fell in love with the characters. In fact there were a lot of elements in this book that reminded me of some of the elements in Gabriel's Ghost. It was a confusing book though as there were a lot of references to things that seemingly happened before this book, as luck would have it.... that was sort of the case: Comment 2: I first read this story in 2003 when it was called Command Performance. The book ended on a cliffhanger and I waited patiently for the next and final chapter. However, it never arrived. I contacted the author and she explained the publisher wanted a new story in one book. So she started anew and this book is the result. Comment 3: I’ve been on the hunt for a good sci-fi romance and this 10 year-old stand-alone from Linnea Sinclair absolutely hit the spot. Not every element was perfect, but it was sexy and angsty and hit all my happy buttons with a virgin cyborg hero that falls in love despite the restrictions of his programming. Comment 4: I really liked the character Kel-Paten. Maybe I should say I like the idea of the character Kel, because he really didn't get a whole lot of face time. Not as much as you would think seeing the book is marked "Romance" on it's spine. This is more like Sci-fi with one scene of some shenanigans.

Unearthed

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3.66 rating

Tess MacKenzie was a successful singer/songwriter. Then Cohl Travers picked her up.Of course, it wasn't exactly how she was used to being "picked up." Cohl dropped down from outer space with his robot Pitz and zapped her --- so that they could save his father by acquiring a magical amulet, he said. All Tess had to do --- supposedly --- was sing some strange song on some ancient mystical planet they still had to find. But her abductor was hiding something else, something besides the gorgeous body beneath his space suit. Something pretty darn bizarre was going on, and Tess vowed that she'd uncover everything. Very soon, it wouldn't be just her or an ancient artifact but some powerful feelings: By the end of this crazy ride, everything was going to be ... UNEARTHED

Wired

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3.42 rating

Comment 1: Okay let me start out by saying this is not my normal book. It is very loaded with Computers and a lot of jumping around. The concept was okay and I think that if I had liked the character I would have loved the book. I didn't like any of the characters I didn't like that I was more then confused during half the book and I didn't like that I had no idea what was going on until half way through. Comment 2: Just finished Wired (★★★★★) by Liz Maverick. It's a SHOMI novel which seems to be a brand of action-adventure romance, many of which have a futuristic tilt. It's also the first thing I've read by Liz Maverick since I finished the Crimson City & 2176 Series - both of which I adored, so it really is a crime that Wired has been sitting on my TBR pile since Christmas 2007. Comment 3: A good book, one of my favorites, not sure why its a favorite, but it is. The ONLY thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that it was predictable, but of course not form the very first page. It was a decent read though, it kept me entertained and Maverick's writing style intrigues me for some reason. Comment 4: Crappy cover but decent story inside. Although this was in the romance section it doesn't follow the usual romance novel plot lines at all which was pretty cool. On the other hand, the story telling was a little too jumbled to really get what was going on.

Driven

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3.52 rating

In the harsh Northern Waste where human life is worth little, ice trucker Raina Bowen has learned to keep her eyes open and her knife close at hand. She's spent her life on the run, one step ahead of the megalomaniac who hunts her. All she wants is to stay out of trouble and haul her load of grain to Gladow Station--but trouble finds her in the form of a sexy stranger called Wizard. He has the trucking pass she needs, and she has to drag him out of a brawl with the very people she's trying to hide from in order to get it. She may have rescued him, but Raina's not foolish enough to see Wizard as anything close to helpless. He's hard and honed and full of secrets--secrets that may destroy them both. As they race across the Waste, trying to outrun rival truckers, ice pirates, and the powerful man bent on their destruction, Raina's forced to admit that trouble's found her. And this time, there's nowhere left to run.

Silver Master

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4.12 rating

Comment 1: “Dust bunnies rule!!!!!! Jayne Castle is another pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz. Jayne Castle books are more futuristic and paranormal. Dust bunnies are pets of the humans inhabitants of the planet Harmony and have captured the hearts of many fans of this series. Just finished this book and thought it was a superb addition to the other Harmony books. Loved Max and Araminta, the two latest dust bunnies to make our acquaintance. Davis and Celinda, hero and heroine, made a great couple. Well plotted Comment 2: I love all Jayne Ann Krentz's books, but the whole "Curtain" series is my favourite. "Silver Master" is the 4th in the Harmony part of the series and is as absorbing as the remaining ones. The basic formula is more or less the same - a handsome, strong man with out-of-scale paranormal power and an independent yet feminine woman with equally developed paranormal talent, working together towards solving a case and saving the woman at the same time. With each book the author manages to make the sto Comment 3: The fourth in the Harmony series, this one again has a semi-ghost hunter (Davis Oakes is a security specialist) that can do something others can't, in this case pull silver to go invisible or get rid of other ghosts. Celinda Ingram also does something rare in the world of Harmony. She can recognize psi waves and to some extent manipulate them. Both keep their secrets as long as they can while hunting down murderers and solving mysteries. Davis has his dust bunny Max and Celinda hers, Araminta. S

Shield's Lady

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: I really liked the setting of this book. The futuristic yet in some ways primitive society on an alien planet made for some interesting reading. All of the detail about the differences in the two main towns founded by the two colonization ships that got separated during landing and both thought the other had perished was fascinating and a good foundation for a story. I even liked the back story of the Shields and how their skills and past services allowed them special privileges when looking for Comment 2: The hero of this story was a bit overbearing, but the heroine's complete disregard for his orders totally made up for it. The situations JAK came up with this story were hilarious and ironic. I throughly enjoyed the book. My only request would be for more romantic development. Its often hard to understand why the characters in her book fall for someone, although maybe that's just because love can be random like that. Comment 3: Not sure where I stumbled across this but glad I did. It's a fun read, along the lines of what I'm writing. Glad to find its one of her older works, as I'm sure she's improved her writing. Pet peeve of mine are "had attacks" counted 7 hads in two paragraphs at one point. Its the whole passive voice thing. Going to have to read one of her recent works now.

Hope's Folly

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3.99 rating

Comment 1: So in Hope's Folly, Linnea Sinclair's third novel in her Dock Five Universe, it centers around Philip Guthrie (Chaz's ex-husband from previous novels) and Rya Bennton. Rya's father was close to Philip when she was a child and she has grown up with a mild case of hero-worship of him. However that changes with time as she meets him again years later while he's leading the Alliance and Rya's decided to join. Philip has mixed feelings for Rya, he finds her attractive but they have a large gap in the Comment 2: I love reading Linnea's books, and this third book in the Gabriel's Ghost series was just fantastic. I love this futuristic world and the new characters she introduced in this third installment. I'm ready for the next one! If you are into weapons, you'll really love this book as both the main characters are self professed "ammo heads." And the futuristic weapons they describe sound awesome. Again, if you are a fan of science fiction, you will love Linnea. If you like romance, all the better. Giv Comment 3: Thanks to Felicia and the VF book club for the recommendation! Haven't read any others in the series (not sure if I will in the future) but it was still pretty easy to jump into the action and figure out the world. Made me realize I haven't read sci-fi in a while and I've missed it!! Enjoyed that Rya was a physically strong woman and had a body to match - not like most UF heroines who are skinny-strong. Philip was a good hero too; not too perfect, admitted his flaws and learned from them, and I

Siren's Call

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4.15 rating

Comment 1: The description of this book is very misleading. Ella did not fall in love immediately with Rafe three months ago. They met professionally and Rafe said he'd call her for coffee. He never did. She was annoyed, but nothing more. Rafe shows up three months later because he needs her for a job with his company. He's been psi-burned sometime in the three months and occasionally hallucinates. Rafe needs Ella because dinosaurs have been discovered on Rainshadow island and they sing to their victims. R Comment 2: A continuation in the ongoing saga of the Coppersmith family, Rafe finally meets his match in Ella, who has a Siren's talent. They work together to deal with the monsters on Rainshadow and solve a murder mystery at the same time. The book is fast-paced and the characters as enchanting as always as they deal with each other's talents and develop a relationship. Rafe is remarkably gruff and sometimes rude which leads to wonderful confrontations, since Ella is no slouch at holding her own. Lorelei, Comment 3: A fast fun read. This series is a little hard to categorize. The story is set in the future on another world, generations after a colony has been cut off from Earth. Now, paranormal abilities are the norm, but technology has developed in a manner not too different from the way we experience it. If you like romantic suspense novels with the paranormal thrown in, you'll probably enjoy this one. And, of course, everyone loves the native creatures known as dust bunnies. Like cats, they sometimes let

Lord of the Storm

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3.88 rating

Comment 1: Once upon a time the heroine wanted nothing more than the adventure and honor of captaining a ship for the coalition. But time and war and her beliefs have warn her down and she's beginning to finally understand the deeply flawed culture of her people. Always she admired the ease and devotion of the enemy. Her parents were bonded and dedicated to one another and this is something that she's always desired for herself even if this is against the way of her people who use sex as just a release and Comment 2: Captain Shaylah Graymist is a fighter pilot for the Coalition on R & R after destroying 3 enemy airships. At the spa she is offered a sexual slave, Wolf, to attend her every desire. Shaylah refuses the slave, who is controlled by a collar surgically attached to his brain. She is opposed to slavery and abhors the part she plays in defeating worlds from which these slaves come. When she discovers that the beautiful male she rejected was brutally punished for not satisfying her, she demands his Comment 3: I don’t’ know how many times I’ve read this over the years. I’m thinking it’s close to double digits. When I switched from print books to ebooks this is one I always kept an eye out, hoping it would come out as an ebook and when I saw that it had I scooped it right up. I have a review already written somewhere and if I find it, I’ll post it. In the meantime I’ll just do a mini review.

The Challenge

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3.64 rating

Comment 1: This is one of my favorite books. The female character warped in time travel and everyone on earth she knows is gone. She didn't believe the gorgeous and hunky alien from the future and that they were in space. It got me curious and I couldn't put it down to see how it played out! Love it! Next book I absolutely love! In this story introduced Dora, a female computer system voice on the space ship get her own story to become a human and still computer linked, "The Dare". Susan K is great storytel Comment 2: One minute Tessa Camen is taking a fatal bullet for the president of the United States. The next minute she’s waking up THREE HUNDRED YEARS in the future in the arms of Kahn, a totally hot spaceman. Talk about crazy. As she continues to wake up and investigate her surroundings, she finds out that she was chosen by The Federation to come forward in time to take place in a Challenge that will save her world and Kahn’s – and Tessa has no choice in the matter. Comment 3: I think I preferred the blurb to the whole book, which is unfortunate because there was a whole lot of potential, and too many tangents taking this book off-target. The base concept is great, but there are so many diversions (usually sex) that detracted from the story-- I'm not a prude, I love a well written sex scene, but this felt gratuitous and added nothing of substance to the story. Disappointed in the immature handling of the plot line.

Shades of Dark

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: I really enjoyed Linnea Sinclair’s first book about Chaz Bergren and her growing relationship with Gabriel Sullivan (not to mention her involvement with political intrigue, ex-husbands, monster breeding programmes and difficult family relationships). So when I heard there was a direct sequel coming out that would continue Chaz and Sully’s adventures I was delighted. But then the reviews started coming out. They were pretty much uniformly positive, but most talked about it being a dark book and a Comment 2: It would be five stars for most of the book, then two for the ending. It is one of those books that really gets me thinking. It was almost painful to read the relationship between Chaz and Sully devolve as he kept making decisions impacting both of them without listening to her reservations. Still, intense as this was, it was realistic. But then the ending. Sigh. Sully crosses that final line and it is quite the line. It is understandably too much for Chaz and she is ready to leave. Until someth Comment 3: While there were sections that I liked, as a whole and certainly compared to the previous one, I found this book disappointing. It was much darker and kind of stressful and depressing to read. Also, most of the plot was emotional processing rather than action, which wore on me. On the other hand, the aliens in this book aren't just humans with blue skin and six fingers. Their logic and culture is different. I am looking forward to seeing where Linnea Sinclair goes with this series, as the ending

Caught in Amber

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3.57 rating

Comment 1: It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Sci-Fi romance. Linnea Sinclair used to be my “go to” author for everything Sci-Fi, but it’s been a few years since she’s published anything. I may have just found a new author to replace my Linnea Sinclair addiction. It’s Cathy Pegau, and her recent release, Caught in Amber is balls to the walls awesome. Cathy also writes Sci-Fi Lesbian Romance, which was her debut, Rulebreaker in 2011. Caught in Amber is and one of the best Sci-Fi Romances I’ve read in recen Comment 2: I enjoyed this readable page-turner so much I read it in one sitting over the weekend. I sympathized with Sasha and thought her struggle as a recovering drug addict was very well-realized. Sasha displays a huge amount of resolve and determination in dealing with the central conflict of the story (which I won’t give away), and I found myself admiring her grit a great deal as the story unfolded. Recovering addicts are not always the most sympathetic and likeable characters, but the author did a gr Comment 3: This was such a fun sci-fi romance! I've interacted with the author on Twitter several times, and she's absolutely delightful, so I was all the more pleased when I enjoyed her second book (the first is Rulebreaker) so much. Sasha is a fabulous heroine. I love that she's working so hard to get her life back on track after prison and an addiction to the drug Amber. I was a little worried after reading a few reviews of the book that I wouldn't like the hero, Nate, at first, because he is using her

Enemy Games

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3.53 rating

Kidnapped while combating a devastating plague, Jayleia Durante fights to resist the attractive Major Damen Sindrivik, an officer from a rival government’s spy corps. But with her spymaster father missing, and mercenaries hot on her trail, Jayleia must join forces with the magnetic, charming and manipulative spy. She must see past her desire and remember that his single-minded agenda is for the protection of the empire - not her or her people. Damen knows a shadowy network of traitors has allied with the violent Chekydran, and that Jayleia’s father holds the key to dismantling that web. She becomes his only lead in a circuitous round of hide and seek and despite their opposing sides, he can’t resist her. Too bad his instincts tell him Jayleia is lying to him. Now Jayleia and Damen must find the love to match their passion and end the war or they’ll become the prey of the traitors they stalk, and one species’ civil war will consume the galaxy.

Seduce Me in Dreams

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3.89 rating

Comment 1: Having their lives on the line was nothing new for Commander Bronse Chapel of the Interplanetary Militia, finding evidence that suggested he was the true target of his latest missions didn’t settle well for him or his crew. The gut feelings he was having didn’t help any either. Finding those feelings were apparently connected to his dreams didn’t make him feel much better. As the commander of the First Active Extreme Tactics Force (ETF), he had to press on for the answers. Knowing she was the on Comment 2: I won this advanced readers copy here on Good Reads. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. This one was very different. The setting is futuristic with other planets, aliens and a lot of military settings and characters. I normally don't read these types of fantasy novels and wanted to give this genre a try. It's still not my thing, but I enjoyed the story. There was plenty of adventure and romance, a little humor too. Bronse and Ravenna were both well developed and like-able c Comment 3: I won "Seduce Me In Dreams" through a contest and was so excited just to have won anything. I was even more excited when I got it and Jacquelyn had signed it for me. I am a big fan of her books but this one just didn't do it for me. It was not her best in my opinion. Jacquelyn does a good job of giving Bronse a believable back story to support his behavior towards love, but throughout the book I didn't make a connection to him at all. After the first few chapters, I was introduced to Ravenna who

After Dark

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: Lydia thinks she has found a rich client who will get her consulting business off the ground. Emmett thinks he has found a professional outcast with connections to the criminal underworld. They are both half wrong. But in the world of Harmony, where ancient dead cities are riddled with ancient paranormal booby traps, each one has found exactly what they need – a partner with talent to burn. Emmett is in the city of Cadence tracking an irreplaceable family heirloom, and enlists the help of Lydia as his psychic archaeologist. When the search becomes far more dangerous than he expected, he tries to fire her for her own good. With mixed feelings he finds that the determined Lydia isn't going to let go of this lucrative contract. Emmett wants to protect her, but he needs her skills and admires her lively beauty and character too much to reject her. Instead, he moves into her apartment as her bodyguard. Together they fight off rogue ghost-hunters, treasure hunters, and political opportunists, and Lydia proves that she is too tough to be beaten by her traumatic past.Readers familiar with author Jayne Castle will be looking forward to the skyrocketing sex scenes that contribute to the development of this relationship. Lydia and Emmett, like other couples created by this author, have completely believable personal issues that are better solved by working together; and the motivation of superb sex forces them to face the issues, however reluctantly.The occasional third member of their team is one of the most appealing, tantalizing alien house pets I've ever read. We want but never get a good look at Fuzz, partly because it is so hard to imagine a six-legged animal that looks like a dust bunny. Fuzz is an irresistible combination of intelligent predator and domesticated critter, reason enough in himself to reread the book.Readers of Jayne Castle’s Lost Colony books will recognize her skill at building a complete world to exactly the degree she needs it, leaving the mind of the reader to fill in the surroundings that are unnecessary to the story. What is needed is shown to us completely in every living detail. For example, there is a ghost-hunter duel between Emmett and two illegals. We need to understand the action, but Lydia doesn't understand it completely herself, and Emmett is too busy to give us his viewpoint. Castle creates a bystander ghost-hunter, Durant, to give commentary. She makes Durant just the kind of self-satisfied slob you hope you don't run into at your Saturday night hang-out, then she turns him into the comedy relief, and finishes off by giving him the wary admiration of Emmett that she wants the reader to have. Castle has turned a plot necessity into an asset.It takes a rare author to handle a futuristic setting with this much charm and inventiveness. AFTER DARK is a book not only to save and reread but to give to friends. Jayne Castle's best known pen name is Jayne Ann Krentz. Under that name her contemporary romances are perennials on the New York Times Best Seller list. She writes historical romances under the name Amanda Quick, and has also written serial romances under several pen names. Like most of the Lost Colony books, AFTER DARK is set on a world that was cut off from Earth shortly after colonization. AFTER DARK was my introduction to this author, and ever since, I have made a determined effort to track down as many of her other books as possible. If you like romantic adventure in a unique setting, don't miss this charmer.Favorite romance read of 2002

Sweet Starfire

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3.88 rating

Comment 1: Malgré l'explosion des sous-genres en romance, la romance mâtinée de science-fiction reste marginale et peu connue, y compris de moi-même… C'est pourquoi, lorsque j'ai lu quelque part que Sweet Starfire était considérée comme la première véritable romance SF (exceptant, donc, les ouvrages de SF teintés de romantisme), je me suis jetée dessus, curieuse impénitente que je suis. En plus, c'est JAK, quoi ! Une auteure qui a écrit de tout et qui rocke depuis les années 70, il faut quand même le faire.Le plus drôle, finalement, c'est qu'à l'inverse de beaucoup de fans de l'auteure (si j'en crois les commentaires lus ça et là), cette lecture m'a vraiment ravie. Ça date de 1986, mais ça n'a pas pris une ride ! Il faut dire que l'histoire se passe dans un futur indéterminé, dans un autre système, une autre galaxie. Sur cet archipel de planètes vivent deux types d'humains : les Harmonics et les Wolves (loups). Les premiers sont une sorte de race supérieure, gardiens des arts et des sciences, liés ensemble par une communion télépathique, mais autrement très détachés du monde. Les "Loups", au contraire, forment la populace, encline au vice et au crime, capable du meilleur comme du pire.Cidra Rainforest, une Harmonic qui souffre d'un défaut de télépathie, a besoin d'un lift vers une autre planète pour trouver son pouvoir manquant. Teague Severance, un coursier privé, accepte avec réticence de la prendre à bord du Severance Pay. Commence alors une aventure semée d'embûches en compagnie de Fred, qui ressemble à un tapis avec des dents (mon personnage préféré !), à la rencontre d'amis et d'ennemis sur les différentes planètes du système…Le premier chapitre est d'accès difficile. On est plongé immédiatement dans ce monde qui, s'il rappelle certains aspects du nôtre, n'en est pas moins très bien conçu et remarquablement complet. J'ai toujours peur, lorsque je lis des mélanges de romance et d'autre chose, que l'auteure ne soit pas à la hauteur des standards de "l'autre genre"… Ici, quoique la romance prenne clairement plus de place que dans de la pure science-fiction, j'ai plutôt été impressionnée à quel point Krentz osait nous emmener loin dans la SF.Du coup, même si l'on peut toujours espérer que Sweet Starfire fasse découvrir et aimer la science-fiction à des amatrices de romance et vice versa, je pense plutôt qu'il va plaire à des personnes qui, comme moi, apprécient sincèrement autant la romance que la science-fiction. Finalement, croiser des genres a souvent pour effet de réduire le public cible. Je me demande si c'est pour cela qu'il n'est pas un favori des lectrices… Parce que du côté de la romance, on aime ou on n'aime pas, mais moi, j'ai adoré !On a ici droit à un couple du type demoiselle noble/homme rustique. Sauf que la demoiselle, loin d'être une mijaurée précieuse et fragile, possède dès le début un courage et un culot certains, avant de se montrer forte pour deux lorsque Severance est quasi-mortellement blessé… Mais surtout, j'aime les hommes rustiques. Pour une fois, le héros n'est pas plus riche, plus célèbre et mieux placé dans la société que notre héroïne ! De plus, il a beau avoir des pulsions sexuelles très claires (c'est un Wolf, n'oubliez pas !), il se démène pour ne pas les imposer à Cidra, ce qui est d'ailleurs assez drôle…Enfin, un autre trait digne d'être souligné : il n'est pas un tueur de sang-froid, que le méchant l'ait bien mérité ou pas. J'ai lu parfois que la science-fiction, comme l'historique, permettait de se soustraire davantage au politiquement correct… c'est-à-dire de faire mieux passer des héros « macho » ? Eh bien, tant mieux pour moi, ce n'est pas du tout ainsi que j'ai perçu Severance. Malgré son côté lupin, homme de terrain, je l'ai surtout trouvé sensible et réaliste. Or une bonne romance se caractérise par un bon héros, n'est-ce pas ?

Amaryllis

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4.05 rating

Comment 1: The book would have been a five stars if the main character evolved a bit, her constant moral lectures and naivety get on my nerves so much that I give props for the main guy for staying with her till the end....serious applauds for Lucas Trent, I think I'd go crazy if I'm around Amaryllis for more than an hour. Yes I understand that her whole character is suppose to be uptight, prim, and naive, but after more than 50% of the book of her repeating white=good and black=bad speeches I wanted to sh Comment 2: This book was a good mystery and a good romance, but it suffers from the "space cat" problem. In an effort to prove that the world is alien, animals have six legs and are called "cat-dog" or "bat-snake". As opposed to having lights, there are "jelly-ice lights" and a "jelly-ice fire". The male love interest adds details that make no sense in the conversation, because they add to the sci-fi atmosphere. There are a lot of people who write better science fiction with less shouting "this is alien!" Comment 3: How to review a book that you have trouble putting into a specified genre, hhmmm? I’m not quite sure either but I do know that “Amaryllis” is an interesting and enjoyable read. It has a little something for readers of science fiction, something for romance fans, a bit for suspense and even light-hearted humorous banter for those who enjoy chic lit. If you are looking to try for something a little different, be sure and give this title a try.

Midnight Crystal

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4.03 rating

Comment 1: I adore Jayne Castle’s Harmony stories, and Adam Winters, the tough but principled head of the Ghost Hunter Guild is a great male lead character. Of course he can’t solve his family “curse” without a smart, strong woman at his side and motorcycle riding psychic PI Marlowe Jones fits the bill perfectly. There are adventures in the alien catacombs and underground rainforest, attempts on their lives, and great teamwork to solve some big problems. Marlowe always has her dust bunny Gibson along, who Comment 2: Arcane Society is a secret group of people with ESP talents. The series bounces back and forth between Victorian era romance and contemporary. The society members tend to know one another and search each other out for various purposes not excluding marriage. This was, in my opinion, the best of the author’s series, mainly for the contemporary factor. However my biggest complaint is that the author has 3 pen names and several series that interact. At the same time there are books in this series a Comment 3: Read again Sept 2016. Really enjoyed the story of Adam and Marlowe. Meeting in an area near an ancient ruin, Marlowe arrives, on her motorcycle with a dust bunny in her saddle bag. She is a Jones and a member of the Arcane Society Marlowe has set up this meeting with Adam Winters, head of the Frequency Guild, to tell him of the theft of the Burning Lamp from the Arcane Society vault. During this meeting someone starts shooting at them, forcing them into the underground tunnels of Harmony. The co

Shielder

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3.77 rating

Comment 1: Some of the reviews I read for Shielder and its sequels led me to hope for great things from this series, but so far I am disappointed. There is nothing original about Spangler's science fiction setting, which seemed to be constructed to provide a thin backdrop for the romance. I prefer a little more science fiction in my science fiction romances. The lack of SF content would have been easier to tolerate if the romance itself had been more compelling. Unfortunately, the author relied on the ever-popular "big misunderstanding/lack of communication" plot device to create tension between her characters. I can accept that Chase McKnight (oh god, that name...) and Nessa have ample cause to distrust each other at first, but they both carry their distrust and uncommunicativeness to unreasonable lengths, in my opinion.Moreover, although the majority of the novel takes place on board a space ship and therefore focuses on character interactions rather than action sequences, it's surprising how little character development actually occurs. Chase's and Nessa's personalities are defined entirely by past tragedies and present missions, not by any of the ordinary thoughts, pursuits, or pastimes that fill in the corners of a real person's life. At the end of the novel, I found myself wondering what these two people would find to do with themselves or talk about now that their demons had been resolved. I think I would find both of them intollerably boring if I met them in real life. Finally, I have to mention the epilogue, even though it's a bit spoilery, because it annoyed me so much. (view spoiler)[Nessa has been shunned by almost her entire clan, including her own parents, since the age of ten because of her physical and health defects. She suffers from a disorder resembling epilepsy, and she once had a seizure which resulted in a leg injury that gave her a permanent limp. But in the epilogue, after she has saved her race from annihilation and has her health problems under control, suddenly her parents are willing to claim her as their daughter again. Am I supposed to consider this a happy ending? No, I'm sorry. Nessa's parents are irredeemable characters for physically and emotionally abandoning their sick, injured child, and I didn't want her to reconcile with them. That left a very bad taste in my mouth. (hide spoiler)]

Shadow Crossing

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: Beam me up Scotty, for I'm convinced there's no intelligent FEMALE life in this galaxy.Ok. So you're making a delivery of goods to an unknown planet. The contact and you come under fire. You're forced to take shelter in his ship and leave in a hurry. Upon escape, you discover that one of the two men is an android - and the other is a crown prince. Do you...A) assist in making repairs and negotiate a return for your ship at the earliest convenienceB) assist in making repairs and begin nagging and demanding that you be taken back for your ship.When info comes in, forcing the owner of said ship to return home due to illness of the king and, you find out the prince was not the one you thought it was, do you...A) accept that your needs are not nearly as important and that you are an unknown quality, therefore until it was no longer possible to maintain the ruse, you were on a need to know basisB) Get pissy about being lied to and punch the princeWhen, once planet-side, politics interfere with said Prince's arrangements for your return do you...A) wait until either someone from your colony can fetch you or the ships the crown prince is giving your people leave for your colonyB) steal one of the royal fleetWhen vastly annoyed said prince catches up to you, do you...A) grovel and pray you don't lose your head for being a thiefB) get defensive, saying they can afford to lose a shipIf you answered B more than once, then perhaps you fall into the TSTL category, since self-preservation and the ability to realize that the person whose good will you're continuously abusing has the power to crush you.Frankly, I'm amazed at the sheer idiocy of the heroine, and that she got away with it, repeatedly. She did get stunned by a guard after she punched him. He reprimanded the guard and *told her as much*.

Orchid

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4.15 rating

Comment 1: Rafe Stonebraker needs an agency-matched wife, but because of his talent and his social choices, the agency is having a very difficult time matching him. Being a strat-talent, a sort of “hunting” talent, he decides to hunt for his own mate. He ends up finding Orchid Adams, author of the popular psychic-vampire romances and a part-time full-spectrum prism. He knows instantly that she’s the one, but she doesn’t fit any of his other requirements...they hardly have anything else in common. But when Comment 2: Third and last in the St. Helens series, this book pulls in the last of the three friends who fought off pirates on the islands. They are all exotic talents with extremely strong abilities that they've had to hide. Rafe is a strat talent (Familiar to those who enjoy the Arcane Society books) and made his own way in the world until his grandfather was ready to retire and he came back to take over the family business. There are complications there with a cousin who's a tech talent and feels that t Comment 3: Third in the St Helen's series and by far my favourite. The hero in this is the third in the trio of three male friends who together spearheaded the defeat of the pirates who tried to take over the Western Isles some years ago, and who has made cameo appearances in the previous two books. Rafe Stonebreaker, grandson of the CEO of Stonebreaker Shipping, has paddled his own canoe up till now, after estrangement from his grandfather. He has made his money with stockmarket portfolios, having an astu

Heart of a Warrior

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: A few years ago, before the whole paranormal romance thing became "in", I read a book called Keeper of the Heart, by Johanna Lindsay. I enjoyed it, and thought that twin brother Dalden would make a good hero in his own book. I never thought about it again, until I stumbled across his story a few weeks ago. What a difference a few years makes.I have to say, I was a bit disappointed in this one. Dalden is a Sha-Ka'ani warrior on a mission to save Earth from being taken over by someone from his home galaxy. While here, Dalden meets his lifemate in the very tall form of Brittany Callaghan. They are attracted to each other, save the day, and he decides they are the Sha-ka'ani version of married. The end. Basically.I can't really tell you much about Dalden, since he is pretty much without personality in this one. He had much more character in his sister's story than he is ever given here. The brief flashes of who he is are few and far between. Martha the computer is actually much more developed than he is. We know he is tall, strong, and hot. That about sums it up.Brittany, however, is a different story. Jean Johnson wrote a series of eight books called "The Sons Of Destiny". The main female is a character called Kelly, and Kelly has the distinction of being the annoying character I have ever had the misfortune of reading about. Brittany I do believe is second. While at first she wasn't bad, even if she was shallowly self obsessed with her height and everyone else's, she went down hill. When she is helping Dalden on his mission, and falling in love with him, she was tolerable. But my patience with her nose-dived from the moment she got on the ship to head back to Dalden's home world. In any paranormal romance, when one of the characters is a standard human, there is always a period of dis-belief. It is pretty much standard for said human to have the "you CANNOT be a vampire/werewolf/dragon/wizzard/ghost/time-traveller...". Of course, that doesn't last for long. And then there is Brittany. She comes off as a bit ditsy when she ignores all of the signs while she is in her home town, but that is nothing compared to when she begins her journey to Dalden's world. For close to 200 pages, Brittany disbelieves. Skepticism is one thing, but she jumped into stupid and never came back. On a space ship? Nope, must be a giant sound-stage. Martha is actually a super-computer? Nope, she is just hiding somewhere. Instantaneous molecular transfer? Nope, she must have been hypnotized. Landing on another planet...no way. Just some unheard of country in Russia. Brittany figures she is part of some "project"...no idea why. Or what for. Did I mention that she holds on to this belief for over three months? The last straw for me was when Brittany saw one of the local hatari, a beast of burden, and she thought it was a clydesdale horse wearing a costume. Her grand awakening came about 5 pages from the end. As you can tell by my rant, I was not a Brittany fan. I don't believe I have actually read a book with a character more TSTL...too stupid to live. It is a shame, since I was so happy to find this one, too.

Zinnia

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4.14 rating

Comment 1: Zinnia, also known as the scarlet lady since scandal follows her everywhere, is a prism who matches well to matrix-style talents. Basically, a matrix style talent is really awesome at seeing patterns and doing calculations in order to see under the surface happenings and even predict events. They're also considered to be weird, secretive and often paranoid. Nick Chastain, casino owner, is an off the charts matrix talent and he matches up to Zinnia accidentally and can't forget about her. But she Comment 2: This book was rather hard for me to get through. The writing style was painfully repetitive. I lost count of how often Castle used the phrases "off the charts talent", "poor Morris", and "typical matrix." The repetition made the world of St. Helens less satisfying and made me question the intelligence of the main characters. As for the romance element, there was no real sizzle and the progression did not feel believable. I won't be reading more from this series any time soon. Comment 3: “Zinnia”, the second title in the Curtain trilogy by Jayne Castle, is just as delightful and entertaining as the first title. Nick Chastain is a casino owner who has lived with the social label of bastard and an off the charts psychic ability is convinced that his self disciplined control over his power and his easy ability of making money is all he needs, that and the one most important challenge of his life, to solve the mystery of his fathers death.

Shielder

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3.77 rating

Comment 1: It starts out with Nessa, who has always felt less worthy in the eyes of her parents and the rest of the colony. Apart from her brother Jarek, whom she loves dearly she feels like a prisoner. She aches to get out there, and experience new things and make a difference. She volunteers for a mission where she would be injected with the Orana Virus. Where she could serve a purpose for her people and colony, even if it means her death. She wants to be remembered and do something her colony and her pa Comment 2: Nessa, an outcast in her shielder colony due to physical impairment and a seizure disorder volunteers to be a live carrier of a deadly virus off world in hopes that a vaccination can be created. After her derelict shuttle breaks down in the middle of outer space she is picked up by shadower Chase McNight. Using the cover as a religious pilgrim, she begs Chase to take her so she can make a very important ceremony on time. While Chase agrees, he has his own agenda and after several delays, Nessa i Comment 3: Perfectly pleasant sf romance; I hadn't read it before but I felt like I had, if that makes any sense. Thinly sketched setting, and the author went for the virginal, I-do-not-understand-this-thing-you-call-sex heroine rather than a more self-sufficient one; the heroine spent a lot of time, even after having sex with the hero, assuming that she was so ugly and undesirable that he couldn't actually

Awakening the Warriors

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3.26 rating

Comment 1: "Awakening the Warriors" by S.E. Gilchrist. The story of Fran, a human from Earth that travels to an colony in space only to be imprisoned. She must awaken the inner lust of 2 warriors that are the only hope to save the prisoners. While I enjoyed the "pull" between Fran and the warriors, overall, I wasn't overly excited or thrilled with the story as a whole. At times, I felt lost like I missed something so I went back and re-read it but still didn't "get it". Maybe it was due to it being in "spa Comment 2: My Oh My what a STEAMY read! I was provided with an ARC ebook copy of Awakening the Warriors, for review and I am so glad! I was unfamiliar with the authors previous works but am looking forward to catching up on her other books. Awakening the Warriors takes you on an unexpected journey filled with suspense and lust, oh yes, LUST! Be warned, this is not a book you want to read in a crowded room if you blush easily, people will look at you funny. Believe me, I know! I really enjoyed Fran's intern Comment 3: Awakening The Warriors by S.E. Gilchrist is a sexy hot read. Heroine Fran, saves the lives of fellow cell mates on a planet in a far off galaxy. Awakening the warriors in the next cell is there only hope of freedom. The attraction Fran has for the two remaining warriors overpowers any inhibitions she may have had. The scenes where she connects with them are pure sex, but looking deeper, the reader will see there is more going on that just sex. The plot drives the story forward and doesn't leave

After Glow

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4.09 rating

Comment 1: Setting: Cadence – her apartment at Dead City View Apartments, his condo – closer to the ruins and it’s resonance power, Hunter Headquarters, Shrimpton’s House of Ancient Horrors, Restoration Ball; Dead City of Old Cadence – green glowing passageways, underground offices and holding cells, one with complicated psi-trap to prevent from going further;Theme: Love and commitment – waiting for the other, as hinting for it – both her and him; responsibility; what happened on Lydia’s Lost Weekend, and why is it coming up again?; Characters:Lydia Smith: para-psychology; tangler; deep desire to understand the Ancients; works for Shrimpton’s House (museum); begun her own private consulting, working with Hepscott who is developing an amusement house recreation of the underground tunnels and wants her to ‘furnish’ it with genuine artifacts; dreams of and gaining pieces of memory of her Lost Weekend; realizes she loves Emmett, but thinks it is too early to tell him – does not want to scare him away;Fuzz:Kinda like a dust bunny, but with a predator with teeth (“by the time you see its teeth, its too late”); psy connection to Lydia; likes pretzels; accepts Elmmett into their lives; locates Lydia when kidnapped and held in tunnels;Zane Hoyt: Lydia’s neighbor; being raised by aunt; part of the Hunter Scouts that went camping with Emmett; when hears Lydia and Emmett married, he shows up on their door step to verify it;Emmett London: Hunter; can disperse dissonance energy ie ghosts; when ‘melts amber’ (great psy energy to create ghost to destroy another’s ghost), his sex drive is high, and then he crashes; before he can implement his plans to sweep Lydia off of her feet, Wyatt is hurt, and he asks Emmett to step in as boss temporarily; Emmett does so, seeing it as the safest way to keep control of the Hunters until Wyatt can step back in; Mercer Wyatt / Tamara: Mercer – head of the Hunters (and his wife Tamara – Emmett’s ex fiancé); he had an affair with Emmett’s mother (who was in an marriage of convenience) but he was in a covenant marriage so could not marry her; he acted as Emmett’s godfather, helping him into Hunter politics; after Mercer gets a call from an ex-girlfriend (after wife died, and before married Tamara), Mercer is shot with a rez gun, tells Emmett it was personal, and asks Emmett to step in; ex-girlfriend later found dead, with a suicide note… and then we find out that ex-girl friend one of the students thought dead, and who is part of the group who are trying to resurrect Vance’s rebellion; Tamara, his wife, is at his side, trying to protect his position, giving Lydia and Emmett guidance;Verwood: Emmett’s body guard; optimistic – sees the glass half full, which Emmett cautions may not be the most useful attitude when a Hunter;Melanie: works at Shrimpton’s; Lydia’s friend; likes to date Hunters; counsels Lydia that she needs sex; gives Lydia support and help when dress shopping; often a sounding board for Lydia;Vincent Lee Vance / Helen Chandler: 100 years ago led a revolution, and were stopped by the Hunters joining ranks; they disappeared; Troy Burgis aka Gannon Hepscott: university student, fascinated with Vance & Chandler, and liked exploring the caves; finds Vance’s journals and a map, and orchestrates for him and 3 others to appear dead… after hunting / living in caves for 5 years, tony goes topside to raise money – becoming a real estate tycoon; funds and uses the Greenies; 8 months earlier, after his tanglers cannot unlock the trap that he believes will lead him to Vance’s secrets, he orchestrates the taking of Lydia – drugging her, but when she wakes before they realize it, and she escapes, and makes a small ‘door’ through the trap – and wakes up on the otherside, psi burned (faced a ‘ghost’), and found by Fuzz; now, when he is aware that her psi power is at full strength, he is trying to get another shot at her… Herbert Slatery: channels Amathia; Troy’s partner (student with him, etc); he is the leader of the Greenies (and has gone over the top), they believe he is channeling an ancient leader, Amathia; he tries to sweettalk Lydia into helping them… but her back behind bars (with the expectation she will escape), and again to follow her to the trap – does not expect Emmett to find her so quickly;Greenies: followers Amatheon; give up their wordly goods, and follow Herbert’s words as faithful followers.Dr. Lawrence Maltby: one of Troy’s professors; but in last 15 years lost his position as he gave in to his addiction to Chartreuse; had his own hidden entrance to the passages, and recognizes Troy – calls Lydia, asking her to come see him as he had information about her Lost Weekend, but Troy’s men kill him – forcing him to OD - before she gets there… but they left him alone, and he wrote the name of the dairy company on a slip of paper before he died; in his fridge, in the empty milk carton, behind a trap, is a 15 year old newspaper article about a missing Troy; (Lydia insists they go back to find clues, against Emmett’s counsel, and find someone had tossed the place);Detective Alice Martinez: working hard to react to the deaths… and gets the promotion when all of the pieces fall into place;Foster Dorring: planted by Hepscott to take over the Hunters when he kills Wyatt; Summary:Though Emmett and Lydia are not big on sharing their feelings, they are moving into a closer, loving relationship; a case where actions speak louder than words; So Emmett figures things out, when his inquiry into the current status of the Hunters that accompanied her on her Lost Weekend are not to be found, and are having their pensions deposited to the Greenies… and when he finds out she is guiding a Greenie group after hours at the museum, he shows up, and figures out she is taken… he and his guard pick up Fuzz (he found her before), get to the catacombs, and locate Lydia… as the Greenies block their exits, they end up in the corridor with the complicated trap (Lydia is remembering her Lost Weekend bit by bit)… he puts up a ghost to give her time to untangle the trap… she opens up just enough to get through… more, different traps – the walls are squeezing in on them… but they get through… they pass Vance and Helen (oops – their backup plan failed), get into a room with shelving… and she finds one book (something never found before of the Ancients)… and the ghost that psi-fried her 8 months earlier, is zapped by Emmett…And we think all is done… they think Herbert is Troy, and he is found dead – suicide; but in fact Gannon Hepscott is Troy… and he (as her client) asks her to his house, where he plans to interrogate her to find out how she figured things out, and then to kill her… but Emmett (in dialogue with Wyatt) figures out that his ex-mistress was one of Troy’s gang, and when he finds out Lydia went to hepscott’s house, they descend on him… Wyatt and Tamara go knocking on his door as neighbors… tell him they see smoke and have called the fire department… and just as Lydia is about to unleash a trap (which would hurt her as well as Hepscott), Emmett rushes in and takes him down … and Emmett thanks his dad (calling him dad for the first time);Memorable scenes:Hunter (that Melanie is dating) tells her that Hunter bosses’ wives have rights – one being to prevent any challenge to husband’s position (why Mercer Wyatt married most of 30 years he is boss); When Emmett temporarily steps in to be Cadence Hunter Boss, and expects a challenge, she announces to press (who are a bit judgmental at her girl friend status) that they are to be married that afternoon (marriage of convenience, commitment for one year)… her primary motivation to keep him safe – but she likes the idea of marrying him. From Emmett’s point of view, he loves her, doesn’t want to move too fast – and was looking forward to romancing her… when steps into boss role, he knows he will not have a lot of time for her – and asks for an exclusive relationship (she was holding her breath that he was breaking up with her)… and he is happy they are married, figuring ways to turn it into a covenant marriage (forever) – but angry and worried when he learns that she did it to ‘save’ him… Lydia accidently finds out that the Hunter council was voting on his appointment, and that Wyatt would probably challenge him – so she arrives in headquarters, walks into the conference room, and sits with Tamara, declaring she was there to assert her wifely rights… which allowed the vote to proceed without a challenge. (which is when Emmett figures out she married him to protect him). In the end, he tells her that he wants a covenant marriage with her (again, she was afraid he was done with her, and happy when he tells her he loves her)… but this time he was arranging it… he wants the big church, beautiful dress, flowers, and big reception, and doesn’t trust her not to cut corners;On their marriage of convenience wedding night, Emmett has plans to make it very romantic... but a ghost on the balcony demands his attention, and he burns amber in defeating it... leading to strong libido - something he has disciplined himself not to give into... when Lydia figures out she is fighting it, she assures him that he can take whatever he dishes out... and me oh my... he overwhelms her with his passion, but it's great... then he falls asleep, barely making it into the bed.Have their first drag out fight over this (though still, neither of them out right share their loving feelings)… she storms out, and goes to her apartment… when he gets to his house, and she’s not there, he calls her up and makes it clear they are married, and he wants her with him… just what she wanted him to admit to… Lydia sees herself – that she cleans up okay… needs a dress for the Ball, taking Melanie with her – and Melanie takes her to the most expensive/exclusive shop… they look at different dresses, and Lydia likes a shiny one… but Melanie (and the shop owner) make it clear she couldn’t pull off the dress – she’d just look like an expensive hooker… then the owner brings in a silky, midnight blue number by one of her new designers… and she looks gorgeous in it… at the Ball, when the Hunter’s wives start to get catty, suggesting she bought it at a knockoff place, she drops the owner’s name, and that it was designed by one of her apprentices… giving the apprentice quite a boost (he sends her big flowers – making Emmett jealous);the book she found in the Ancient library (only book left) has pictures of animals native to this planet, and words - a children's reading book... the Rosetta stone of this culture... and they display it at Shrimptons, until the university figures out its value and insist on getting it;

Unchained

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3.85 rating

Comment 1: I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would after reading some of the reviews and seeing that it was originally published several years ago. It features a very entertaining story arc with well-choreographed action, a bit of mystery, and a helping of steam on the side provided by Grey and Cidra. I've been a pretty avid reader of SFR series with good amounts of action (Nina Croft, Ruby Lionsdrake or Catherine Spangler anyone?), but for some reason, none of C.J. Barry's books ever hit my Comment 2: Ah; verys good. A futuristic where people have comms and even can have them inserted in their person (as opposed to still using cell phones). Comment 3: NOT A BAD BOOK SET IN SPACE ... LOVE STORY ... SAVE THE PLANET & PEOPLE TYPE STORY ... SOMETHING DIFFERENT & WELCOMED

Illusion Town

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4.33 rating

A new adventure begins on Harmony…    With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.   Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…   With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.   But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

Outcast

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3.97 rating

"This fourth installment in The Cat Star Chronicles series maintains the qualities of excitement, world-building, sizzling romance, and great imagination that made Slave such a resounding success." Sold into slavery when his planet was destroyed, Lynx was enslaved in a harem. He is a favorite due to his feline gene, which gives him remarkable sexual powers, but after ten years, Lynx is exhausted. Thrown out without a penny, Lynx is bitter and anti-female. He emigrates to a new planet but can only find a job with a female rancher. Bonnie's boyfriend has left with all their money and she needs help with the ranch. Lynx is cynical, but honest, and though he has made it clear that he wants no part of a romantic relationship, Bonnie can't resist him. She finds out about his impotence and becomes determined not to let such a beautiful and sensual young man go to waste... PRAISE FOR CHERYL BROOKS: "Brooks presents a nice futuristic story with some interesting worlds and Aliens in this Cat Star Chronicles offering. Fascinating world customs, a bit of a mystery and the relationship between the hero and heroine make this a very sensual romance... the hero is quite interesting, and the heroine a strong, independent woman." The Romantic Times

The Scarlet Empress

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3.8 rating

Comment 1: This was the final of the 2176 books and again was written by Grant. Like Grant’s other piece in this series, the first book, this one suffered with the problems that being a final book in a series has: being the wrap up and all that entails. The story itself, about the Emperor Prince of Asia (again) and Banzai Maguire’s best friend, who was also put in stasis for 170 years. Of course, this time, our Asian Emperor is in luck and the best friend, Cam returns his feelings, so our little circle is Comment 2: Book #5 in the 2176 Series and to my knowledge, this ended the series. Book #1 was written by this author, too, but the others in the series are written by different authors. Cam finally got her story!

Spellbound

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4 rating

All her life Shayna has idolized the legendary warrior responsible for unifying her planet. So when she travels back through time to save Mikal's life, it is not surprising that she finds herself entranced by his power. The fulfillment of her mission has led her straight into his arms, but Shayna wonders if she can truly love the man and not the myth.

Star-Crossed

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3.68 rating

Rowena, a weaver of enchanted tapestries, is sent to assassinate Zachary MacTavesh, an enemy leader who prefers to conquer damsels rather than cities, and finds a stunningly seductive rival in the new target of his passions.

Awakenings

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4 rating

Seeking refuge in her ancestral homeland, the fair Rozlynd, the last of the Dammai, returns to the walled city of Katandi, where her beauty and magic bewitch the heart of the bold ruler, Justan.

From the Mist

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3.88 rating

For generations the people of Volas have been separated--the males living on the mainland, the females in an isolated haven. Their only dealings were for purposes of procreation, and they were strictly scientific rather than sensual. Jordan found this state of affairs an affront to his male pride, and he has sworn to restore the women of Volas to their men.

Assassins in Love

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3.02 rating

Comment 1: The ridiculous cover made me think there would be more sexytimes than there were. I mean, there were sexytimes, but it peaked kinda early in that regard (wah-wah), and after the first couple encounters, it was all just "and then they went and did it a LOT" and that was a graphic as it got. And the plot peaked early, too. The central conflict gets resolved at like the 65-75% mark, and then they try to bring in another conflict...but it's just not too interesting, it wasn't built well and ended ki Comment 2: This is a very fast read, which saves it from being tedious or boring, because for a book about space assassins, there's not much going on in this book. The majority of the action focuses on freelance (read: amateur) assassin Rikki getting in & out of trouble following a less-than-subtle assassination. The chemistry between the two characters seems superficial and overplayed, and the intrigue toward the end of the book feels almost like an afterthought, thrown in to create a hasty resolution Comment 3: Classical badass & witty characters (attractive leads being attractive), in an environment that's set up nicely. Very interesting technology. Unfortunately, as fascinating as that was, as can be expected given the title, the world building takes a backseat to sexy!times. The overall pacing was problematic, with an an ending that felt very rushed. In spite of that, I might still read the next one in the series, mostly because I want to know more about that particular character.

The Sky (Sky Trilogy, Books 1-3)

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5 rating

Comment 1: This trilogy, 'The Sky Trilogy: Books 1-3', completely blew me away. Once I started reading, I had a hard time stopping. Each book became more intense, more creative and the further I delved in, so many secrets were coming out. I was thoroughly intrigued. The storyline for each book was well written and well thought out. What an unusual and yet amazing world to be a part of. Jenny Lynne did such a fantastic job at describing what was going on, the descriptive surroundings and the people came ali Comment 2: Wow! This series is a must read! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to put it down!! These books completely sucked me in. The characters were so well written, I felt like I was part of the book. I was on a roller-coaster of emotions with this and I loved every minute of it! This is definitely a must read series!!

Rogue

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: When books are written in a series I tend to like to read them in order so I don’t feel that I’m missing something. I honestly didn’t have that problem when reading Rogue. Everything was explained in great detail so I didn’t feel “lost” in the story and feel like I have to read the first two books - though I definately plan to anyway. I found out why brothers, Tychar and Trag were enslaved so long ago along with others from their destroyed planet Zetith and why it was destroyed. The descriptions Comment 2: I know there are quite a few who don't like Cheryl Brooks' 'Cat Star' books. I, however, eat them up like chocolate bonbons and I'll try to explain why. First, they're very, very hot. They come incredibly close to, and sometimes pass over the boundry of, erotica. The series details the stories of a group of male aliens whose planet was destroyed in a war by a group trying to eliminate their species. Why? Well, likely because their 'snard' (and no, I won't explain that...you can just guess!) caus Comment 3: One thing I like about this series (other than the weirdness) is the settings and descriptions of the aliens cultures. I had some issues with the character development of the heroine; she changed too quickly for me to find the changes believable. I think I am also getting bored with the ease with which the characters get together; I understand that this race is very easygoing but I would like there to be some challenges for the couple's relationship to overcome. There are external forces/challen

Taming Lucca

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3.84 rating

Comment 1: 3 1/2-4 stars. Rather sweet mc romance. Liked the kind of futuristic/wild feeling. Alpha, yet sweet H (who definitely has a case of "instant lust/love"), and a rather innocent but strong willed h. Pretty spicy, but not inundated with sex scenes--they don't really start until the second half. Easy to follow writing style. Good characters--main and secondary. Nice amount of suspense/action. Tough bikers, but more on the "good-guy" side. Will probably read more of this series. Comment 2: This book was good for me even though I am not a big fan of mc books. It kept my interest and did not drag out the story line which is always a plus. It was a different plot as well with the futuristic stuff but not so much to make it a sci-fi just enough in my opinion. I pretty much read this book in 1 sitting and was enthralled for the most part. A good read I would recommend. Comment 3: This combined two seemingly diverse categories, dystopian and motorcycle club romances. Dystopian, I have to say, is my absolute favorite. I love to read what an author has envisioned as a post-holocaust future for the planet and the inhabitants. Comment 4: DNF - I just couldn't get into it. The dialogue is stilted and there are some bad grammer/punctuation problems in the book which kept pulling my focus away from the story. The story itself didn't seem to flow right either. Not for me.

Fighting Kat

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3.98 rating

Comment 1: Panther shifter Kat Darah is sill getting used to the idea of having a man in her life. It’s been years since she was forcibly infected with lycanthropy, then tortured and raped by her captives. Yet Rygard is the first man she has been able to open herself up to since it happened. And now they are trying to maintain a relationship long-distance. With her job as part of a mercenary space crew and his in the military, they don’t have many other options. But as the book begins, it appears their mis Comment 2: A space sci-fi adventure for a heroine who is a panther shifter and a military man as her hero together on a dangerous mission grabbed my attention. This is the second adventure for these two, but it functions fine as a standalone though I really encourage folks to try out their first encounter too just to see how far they have come. Comment 3: Fighting Kat is book 2 in the series but it does a great job as a stand-alone. I have not read book one but had no trouble getting into the story in Fighting Kat.

Crystal Flame

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3.97 rating

Comment 1: This story had its good and bad points. I liked the alien world with a touch of magic, and the idea of there being ancient keys and stones of power that represented the different ends of the spectrum. However some other aspects of the story were less satisfying.(view spoiler)[The hero, Ridge, had extremely chauvinistic opinions about women, especially wives, and their role in the world. And the heroine, Kalena, more or less fell in line and played the dutiful woman. She occasionally tried to assert her independence but those moments are short-lived and she frequently let Ridge just have his way because deep down she actually liked the role of subservient woman.These issues are pretty typical for a romance novel written in 1987 but what made it harder to take in this book was that neither character started out behaving that way. When we first meet Kalena she's on an assassination mission and looking forward to having freedom for the first time in her life. She makes use of the brief period of freedom she has prior to marrying Ridge to go to a tavern, get into a brawl and ultimately get arrested. She's having reckless fun for the first time in her life and is completely unapologetic about it. Ridge is feeling protective and possessive toward her but appreciates her good qualities and passionate nature. He can't resist sleeping with her the night before their wedding because he's so drawn to her. Kalena is a willing participant in the passion and, even though it's her first time, it's a great experience because Ridge is sweet and attentive to her needs.Unfortunately everything goes downhill after that. They get married but the time has come for Kalena to perform the assassination she was sent there to do. It's been hammered into her brain constantly since she was a child that her sole purpose in life is to kill the man who had her family murdered, who happens to be Ridge's boss. Ridge catches her going to the boss's chamber on their wedding night and he assumes she was going to sleep with the man. Kalena had already come to the realization that she couldn't kill her intended target and she feels like an abject failure because of it so she confesses her true plan to Ridge, assuming that he'll kill her and be done with it.From that point on Ridge turns into a jerk. He belittles Kalena all the time, usually using the fact that she's a woman as the sole justification for his contempt. How could she possibly have thought that she'd succeed as an assassin? She's just a woman! Why does she believe his boss killed her family? Just because some other woman told her so? Women don't know anything! And didn't she ever stop to think how her assassination attempt would reflect on HIM, her husband of all of 2 hours?? Sure her family is dead and she just met Ridge but honestly, how self-centered is she to not realize it would damage his honor to have his wife kill his boss! Now that she's his wife (by an all-business trade contract) her loyalty should lie 100% with him, not with her debt of honor to her family!It was irritating to read Ridge's constant comments on how women were inferior to men, and how wives should be completely obedient to their clearly much smarter husbands. Basically he felt that the husband should always be lord and master over the wife and the only duty the husband had was to physically protect his woman. Beyond that he could do whatever he wanted, including forcing himself on her in bed. Yes that happened. After the failed assassination attempt, Ridge and Kalena leave on their arranged trade journey. Ridge is extremely pissed at Kalena for her supposed crimes against HIM and sets a ridiculously difficult pace just to punish her. After three days of this followed by nights of not touching her, he decides the time has come to re-assert his "rights" as her husband and demand she do her "duty" to him in bed. He drinks a large amount of ale and then stumbles upstairs to attack the exhausted and sleeping Kalena. She tells him to go to sleep, that he'd clearly been drinking and stank of booze...and he rapes her. Because this is a JAK book, naturally our heroine "unwillingly" feels pleasure during the rape so that for the rest of the book it's never referred to AS rape, even though it was. Kalena didn't put up much of a fight after the initial refusal and isn't even that upset about the whole thing because she "understands" that Ridge has the right to demand sex from her and she in turn has the duty to service him.The next morning, Ridge is extremely pleased with himself for having reestablished the physical part of their relationship. It's only after patting himself on the back for a while that he starts to have second thoughts about his tactics. Not because he realizes that rape is wrong, but because it's occurred to him that it must have been "galling" for Kalena to submit to him when she has so much "feminine pride". He decides that he doesn't want her to just submit in bed because she has to, he wants her to be a willing participant so therefore he won't rape her again. Gee, what a guy. Kalena then spends the next few days wondering why Ridge isn't "asserting his rights" on her every night and becomes increasingly disappointed that he won't touch her. Sigh.When they reach their destination, a healer's commune entirely inhabited by strong, learned women, Ridge's chauvinistic side shines bright. He constantly makes comments about how the commune's magic and belief system are all a bunch of "feminine nonsense" and is disgruntled that Kalena doesn't serve him at the dinner table the way she does out in the male-run world. It seriously irritates him when he discovers his glass is empty and he'll have to refill it himself. Oh the horror! He's also rude to the commune women and wants to leave as soon as possible because he hates the feeling of powerlessness he has at not being a member of the ruling class there. It never, ever occurs to him to examine his feelings and recognize that this is exactly how women feel in the rest of the world. In point of fact, he's getting off easy at the commune. All he has to do is take care of himself. If the roles were truly reversed in this place he'd be the one expected to serve Kalena at the dinner table. Then he'd really get a taste of what it's like to be treated as subservient to half the population simply by virtue of one's gender.But no, Ridge isn't deep enough to consider all that. All he can think about is getting Kalena out of there as fast as he can because she "belongs" to him and he's worried she might be enticed to stay and become a healer. Obviously her feelings on the subject are completely irrelevant. She's his and he's not willing to let her go so that's that. It never crosses his mind that Kalena has a right to decide for herself what she wants to do with her life. Or that forcibly binding her to him is wrong and it would ultimately poison their relationship if she didn't stay with him willingly. At one point one of the commune women makes a full fledged pitch for Kalena to stay with them, citing how she'll be free to do whatever she wants in the commune instead of constantly forced into subservience by her husband and Ridge overhears the conversation. In a modern romance this would have been the point where the hero realized he was desperately in love with the heroine but that he'd been treating her poorly all this time so she might not want to stay with him. That she had dreams of her own and a right to pursue them and he might be forced to let her go. But not Ridge. He interrupts the conversation and drags Kalena straight off to bed to reassert his position of power over her. He seriously doesn't grow at all throughout the whole book.Aside from the romance, there's a mystery going on involving some ancient keys and an all-male cult bent on destroying all that's light in the world so they can reign supreme. For being such an alpha-male, Ridge is surprisingly stupid about picking up on the signs of danger involving this cult. At one point two members break into Ridge and Kalena's hotel room and after defeating them, the one who is still alive swallows some poison to kill himself before Ridge could question him. After that Ridge keeps suggesting that the men were just two random thieves. Seriously? Thieves don't commit suicide rather than talk. The men also have strange black-glass necklaces on them and Kalena insists that the necklaces are bad and Ridge shouldn't touch them but he scoffs at her. In fact, there are multiple times throughout the story where Kalena tries to warn Ridge that something all-black and sinister-looking is bad and he completely ignores her every single time because she's just a woman and is clearly letting her womanly imagination get the better of her. His lack of respect for her as a thinking, feeling adult really permeates every aspect of the story.Kalena was an okay heroine. It was irritating how she constantly caved to Ridge's will and that she seemed to on some level agree that her proper place in life was as the subservient half of the marriage, even though she constantly revealed herself to be the smarter of the two. I also found it to be strangely out of character that she kept calling Ridge a "houseless bastard" because his father had never acknowledged him. Nowhere else in the story did we see evidence of her being a prejudiced snob so why did she keep throwing that in his face? She handled herself well in most of the action scenes in the story and frequently used calming touches and soothing words to direct Ridge to do things. It would have been nice if she'd had enough backbone to stand up for herself and demand to be treated as an equal, but at least she got the better of Ridge in some situations, even if he didn't realize it himself.Overall the bones of a good story were in here. It was an interesting fictional world with neat ideas and decent action. If it had been written twenty years later and therefore with much more modern views of men, women and relationships, I think I would have loved it. As it stands now, the male chauvinist and willingly subservient female stuff really overshadows the whole thing.Oh, and I didn't think Ridge's other name, "Fire Whip", fit well into the story. It's not a name that really roles off the tongue so it wasn't realistic to think people would use it as a nickname or whatever. And it just sounded silly whenever someone called him that in the course of an otherwise normal conversation when it would have been faster to just use his given name. And we're never given an explanation for where the "whip" part of the name comes from. The "fire" half was explained but it in no way related to whips of any kinds so what gives? All in all it seemed like something JAK thought was neat so she awkwardly shoehorned it into the narrative regardless of it's relevance. (hide spoiler)]

Guardian

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3.96 rating

Comment 1: The second book of the Time Hunters series this one picks up just about where Warrior finishes. In Temporal Enforcement HQ, Galar's still on his honeymoon, the Temporal Enforcers are still trying to track down Ivar Terje after he nearly blew up the base in his successful prison escape. Dona and Alerio are still drooling after each other even though fraternization between commanders and their troops is frowned upon and Senior Investigator Corydon is convinced Dona's the mole who helped Ivar. Comment 2: And I still wish they let you give half stars because this book deserved to have a 4.5 star review. I have to say I really enjoy Angela Knight's worldsetting here and can't wait to finish reading 'Warrior'--as soon as I figure out where it went. I also enjoyed the characters in this book because the heroine is seriously kick-ass in her own right and even manages to rescue the hero at one point--something I especially like about Ms. Knight's books. Comment 3: Good read, lots of action, great characters [including Frieka the computer enhanced wolf, a personal favorite:], suspenseful plot - and the saved the villian to make the sequel in the best Hollywood tradition! Book 2 of the Time Hunters, it follows VERY closely on the end of Warrior and the story arc started their is continued. Order is important with this series.

Ritual of Proof

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3.66 rating

Comment 1: OH. MY. GOD. I just lost a gigantic review that I had written for this book. *sobs*I will attempt to replicate it, but man alive...I feel like I just got betch-slapped by that shitty girl in the rocking chair. ARRARRRGH!ANYWAY...my review...Basically, this book is enjoyable enough and the sexytimes are hawt, but otherwise, it was both farking weirrrrrd and a little yawn-inducing at the same time.The story and the world, generally.Set in a matriarchal society on a moon called Forus, this book is basically a Regency-style book, but with gender role reversals. Our virginal hero, Jorlan, is a bluestocking with radical notions of "equal rights for men" and who's almost on the shelf at the ripe old age of 25. Our rakish heroine, Green, is a woman-about-town, a respected stateswoman, and a skilled lover who keeps a pleasurer on the Rue de la Nuit. She's a youthful 34- or 35-years-old, and she's well known for her stance on not settling down with a "name-bearer" any time soon. However, when she meets Jorlan again after many years, she's dazzled by his wit and drawn to his amazingly firm buttocks (seriously!). She intends to woo him away from his bluestocking notions of spinsterhood. Unfortunately, she comes to hear of a plot that would put Jorlan's future in jeopardy, and so she and Jorlan's grandmother maneuver the moving pieces so that Green and Jorlan enter into a "fastening" (a.k.a. marriage) of convenience before she can even begin wooing him to her side. A majority of the story shows their getting to know each other within this marriage, his introduction to physical pleasures, her learning to be a little more flexible in terms of her expectations from her name-bearer, and their working to rout the efforts of a She-Count (whose name I conveniently kept reading as "She-Cunt" heh heh) who is Green's nemesis and who had previously had designs on having Jorlan for herself.The Regency aspect and the farking weirrrrrrrrrrrrd/*yawn*-worthy stuff.So, earlier I mentioned this is a Regency-style book and that's because it basically is. Setting aside the gender role reversals, the world is basically Regency mannerisms and social expectations. The heroine, Green, is a Marquelle (a.k.a. Marquess). There's also a Duchene (a.k.a. Duchess), they socialize in the "Top Slice" (a.k.a. the haut ton), the male virgins are called "come-outs" (a.k.a. debutantes), and so on. You get the picture. Once I caught on to the Regency parallelism, the world didn't seem all that weird, unique, or novel, to be honest. I was just like "yawn...okay, what comes next?"What came next, though, were some weirrrrrrrrrrrrd things.Like the fact that there's a male hymen.Yup, a male hymen.(view spoiler)[I don't quite know how it came to be, especially when one considers the men and women are supposedly humans from Originpoint (a.k.a. Earth) originally. Even if the original colonizers were all women who then used artificial means of procreating, I don't think they could have constructed a male hymen in their male specimens, could they? The titular "Ritual of Proof" is something the name-bearer undergoes in order to prove that he's a virgin as he enters the marriage bed. I mentioned it in an earlier status update, but it bears repeating here: "...he would be made to disrobe so that three council members could verify that his veil was intact. The small membrane, which had a tiny break in it and grew over the head of his penis, could be ruptured properly only by the internal muscles and fluid from a woman's body."Yuppppppppppppp. So basically, her acidic vag juices will melt his hymenal membrane once they penetrate for the first time. Say it with me: Wow. Just...wow. O__O[image error]

Fire Dancer

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4.05 rating

Comment 1: Thankfully, better gender politics than Maxwell's romances under Elizabeth Lowell. Also, talking snake for the win! Comment 2: Great worldbuilding, great characters, plenty of thrills and twists. What a fun way to spend an afternoon!

Obsidian Prey

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4.13 rating

Comment 1: Jayne Ann Krentz has always brought a quirky and somewhat light-hearted touch to all her novels, and this one, under her pseudonym Jayne Castle, is no exception. It takes place in the future on Harmony, a planet colonized by people from Earth who travelled through a "curtain" in which to reach it. But the curtain closed with no warning, stranding the colonists who, two hundred years later, not only survived but thrived by adapting to the unique situation open to them. Lyra and Cruz are at odds w Comment 2: Lyra Dore is an amber tuner and three months ago, after she'd discovered an amethyst amber ruin, the man she was dating, Cruz Sweetwater, betrayed her and stole her discovery. Now, he's back, but only because he needs help with the amber ruin. She's disappointed in herself when she realizes that, despite how much he hurt her, she still kind of hoped he'd wanted to reconcile. Turns out, he still does, but now she doesn't trust his motives. Cruz is actually from a line of people who know their "ma Comment 3: As rival families the hero and heroine aren't forbidden lovers but they are certainly an unlikely pair. Despite this, the heroine was genuinely in love with the strong calm and composed hero-that is, however, until he betrayed her by stealing her discovered ruin. In doing so, he destroyed her trust in him and they went their separate ways. Now, he's back. He's stuck in the position of needing her help but also trying desperately to right past wrongs and get her to give him a second chance. The f

The Seer

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3.85 rating

Discovery means death but Arissa risks everything to save Fleet officer Jolar's life. Repaying this telepath means saving her from execution and Jolar strikes a bargain that will spare her life. In return, Arissa must join him on a dangerous mission and use her telepathic abilities to help him uncover hidden forces that threaten the Tellaran Realm. Jolar will do whatever it takes to clear his life debt to Arissa. The only thing he absolutely cannot let himself do is fall in love with her . . .

Torn

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3.26 rating

Comment 1: Torn by K.D. is an Erotica short novel set in a Sci-Fi world. The premise of enemies being fated mates and glowing in each others presence was an interesting one however the execution fell a little short. The part of the plot that centers on the war and the different planets isn’t explained very well, it made if difficult at times to grasp what the author meant to convey. Also the flow of the book is a little off. The writing focused on the romance and very little about an important and complex Comment 2: I was intrigued by the fated mate storyline but the idea was not as successful as I had hoped. The dialogue was stilted, the characters mostly flat, and I was thoroughly confused after the prologue. There were too many names dropped and the relationships were confusing. A few too many times I had to reread a sentence and was still confused. But the author has a great idea. I just wish it had been executed a little better. Comment 3: If you like erotica and are going through a drought (like myself), this is the book for you! I'm not a sci-fi fan, but this piece is so well written and imaginative, you forget that it's in a galaxy "far, far away." In the end, it's about two people in love; no matter where you reside, that's what life's really about anyway...L-O-V-E.

Amidst a Crowd of Stars

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3.71 rating

Comment 1: Ooooohhhh myyyy Goooodddd! Wwhhhhhyyyyy show me such a sweet story and make it end in such short time in tragedy and everlasting love??? This book in one word is beautiful..... It highlights the years that are probably most prevalent in the lives of the protagonist.... But as you have probably read from other reviewers the story is told backwards and returns to present time at the end.... I know this may seem off-putting to some but trust me it is highly worth it to read. I cannot remember a sto Comment 2: The premise of this story could have made for a great book but unfortunately, what I read didn't live up to that. Most of the book is written in reverse chronological order but even so I just didn't feel any passion and isn't that what erotica is based on. I felt that the author should have shown the development of the relationship.

Stellarnet Rebel

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3.78 rating

Comment 1: Stellarnet Rebel highlights what a blogger can accomplish when she takes on injustice. Genevieve O’Riordan comes to Asteria Colony space station to highlight living conditions on the station. All of that changes when she meets Duin. Duin wants help for his people. Their villages are being destroyed, their water stolen, and they are being put into slavery. Duin comes to the market every day to tell his story and ask for help. Genevieve changes the focus of her blog and tells Duin’s story. It is a Comment 2: It's been awhile since I've read straight up science fiction, but this was a great way to get back into the genre. Fantastic world building with a particularly well done alien race. Hilton takes current social and political events--such as how blogging and social media have torn down privacy--and extends them in a way that is both frightening and yet completely natural for the characters inhabiting her world. A great read! Comment 3: Blogger, Genny O’Riordan moves to Asteria to join her current boyfriend, to report on life in the colony and to find a story that will propel her blog into the big league. During her tour of the colony, she comes across her first alien—a Glin. She’s fascinated and immediately sees the seeds of a great topic for her blog.

Promises to Keep

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3.58 rating

Comment 1: Overall I liked most of this story--good characters (the general is yum!), interesting plot, good world-building. What I found mildly annoying was within the last few pages of the story--I couldn't believe that what the heroine's reluctance boiled down to was that the hero wasn't the man of her dreams (literally) and she was willing to walk away from the very real life she could have with him because of this discrepancy. That had me rolling my eyes. That made this a good instead of great story f Comment 2: A little bit of a conflicting story. Earth had been at war with the Gaian's and all during the war they(earth's leaders) would broadcast the messages sent to them from the Gaian's general. Fast forward to the end of the war, none(or very few) of the men on Earth are willing to commit to marriage, so when the opportunity comes to find husband's else where Sarah and several other women take the change. That chance however leads them straight to General Garran and the Gaian men who are looking for Comment 3: there are so many potentials in this book. the ideas are smart and creative. it's only lacking in execution. there were some things in this books that is lacking, and the conversation sometimes made me bored too. so didn't finish it. fast forward to the end and i find that the problems just so laughable and unbelievable! but overall i give this book 2 stars for the wonderful idea because it's not so easy to get such a new idea with all of the new facts and information inside of it.

On Bliss

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3.72 rating

Hoara Felin thinks she's in love. The problem is, the man she's fallen in love with is forbidden to leave the planet. Plus, he's not quite a man... Sub-Commander Hoara Felin of the Republic Space Fleet has crash-landed on a planet. Her ship is inoperable, her shipmates are dead. The only thing that can make a bad situation worse is finding she has crashed on the notorious prison-planet of Bliss-a place condemned criminals are sent...and never leave. She finds an unexpected ally in Toh, a handsome and caring man who treats her injuries and hides her from those who would hold an officer of the Space Fleet for ransom. But, as Hoara is about to find out, Toh is keeping a terrifying secret of his own.

Moonstruck

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3.64 rating

Comment 1: My rating is low simply because this book was not entirely what I expected it to be. Maybe I'm rating it unfairly but I bought the book thinking it was a science fiction tale. The only science fiction in it was the fact that it took place on a spaceship. I would definitely classify the book as a romance and I should have looked further into it's premise prior to buying it. Romance is not my favourite and while I can handle a little romance in a science fiction story, this was more a little scien Comment 2: I actually stopped reading about 20 pages in, mostly because I hated the female character already. She wakes up in bed with a man who's not the hero. I have so many issues with that I won't even go into it. Yeah, I get it, they hadn't met yet, they weren't together, blah blah blah. If I am reading a book that isn't specifically about one woman and her multiple partners (e.g., Mona Lisa series, Anita Blake books from 9ish to about 16? Where did I quit that series? Nevermind) I don't like my H/h's Comment 3: A huge interstellar war has just ended and as a symbol of the new peace soldiers from both side are to serve together on the spaceship Unity. Finn, a former captain from the losing Horde side is assigned to be second-in-command under the famous Admiral Brit Bandar, who is still mad that she failed to blow him to bits during the war. She additionally hates the Horde because they killed her husband and son. In a pleasant change from standard romance trope, both Brit and Finn mostly behave like the

Close Contact

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3.78 rating

Comment 1: I decided to re-read Close Encounters. I read Close Encounters last year when it released and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m a futuristic romance fan and I thought the worldbuilding in Close Encounters was superb, as was the development of both the romantic relationship and the heroine (who is really the main focus of the book). I liked it just as well in re-read, and was quite satisfied when I “closed” the book (I read digitally so it’s not quite the same as closing the book). Close Encounters is r Comment 2: This is the second installment in Katherine Allred's Alien Affairs series. I haven't read the first book however Close Contact reads perfectly as a stand-alone. This is the story of Echo, a genetically modified person who has been fired from her job as party planner for the Department of Protocol and forced to work for the Bureau of Alien Affairs as a secret agent. This change in her circumstances is directly related to events caused by the heroine of the previous novel. Echo is a hilarious char Comment 3: I seem to be in the minority but I actually enjoyed this even more than the first one. I like Echo and her snarky personality. I like that she had a reason beyond not wanting her entire life ( which she enjoyed) to change to explain her resistance wanting psi powers. I liked the relationship between Echo & Reynard in that they spoke to each other & interacted with one another on top of the intense attraction. Yes they were in love incredibly quickly but that seems par for the course in m

More than a Man

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3.56 rating

Comment 1: It takes a lot for me to say that a book has too much sex, but in this case I feel that it's warranted. The idea behind the book is a good one. What would it be like if you could create your own perfect man? But, the society feels under developed and we are left with a lot of questions, like how does the society cope with supporting all of these extra "invented" people? Are there make-your-own bride stores too or does the privilege only apply to women who want men? If an invented person and a na Comment 2: I gotta admit that the premise of this book was hilarious. You could order an al a carte man from the Manporium. Noelle mixed her "perfect man" list with her shopping list and got Aya. He tasted like gingerbread, had a tongue like hot cinnamon, and tentacles that could be dispatched at will. Unique story with interesting charcters. I would have liked to see the authors bring some type of closure between her and her mother. They brought the story line in but left it as a dangling thread. Overall Comment 3: I really wanted to like this because: TENTACLES. Also, one of the authors provided me with a free copy (which I sincerely appreciate). I liked the premise a lot. It's the future and women can go to a place called Manporium and create their perfect man. It's so cheesy, but fun. I liked Aya (who, due to a mix-up ended up tasting like gingerbread and molasses and had a few extra appendages as well).

Contact

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3.67 rating

Comment 1: Jordan Cady is a pilot for United Airlines. While making a quick flight to Hawaii her plane is swallowed up by an unknown alien aircraft. The lead pilot has a heart-attack from the stress and dies, leaving Jordan in charge of almost 300 people that make up the crew and passengers of Flight 58. Kao Vantaar-Moray has been assigned to debrief the survivors from Earth. The alliance patrol ship rescued flight 58 right before Earth was hit by a comet. It is his job to help the last remaining survivors Comment 2: On a routine flight from Honolulu to San Francisco, United 58 with just under 300 passengers and crew disappears from the radar. Copilot Jordan Cady suddenly becomes Captain when they are sucked into the interior of an enormous space ship and the Captain suffers a heart attack. They are told that they have been rescued just as Earth is being hit by a massive broken up comet and destroyed. Kao Vantaar-Moray is put in charge of interfacing with the earthlings, who as refugees need to learn the 'ke Comment 3: A történet jól indult, kezdetben izgalmas is volt, csak valahogy nem sikerült sem a történésekben, sem érzelmekben elérni egy csúcsot, inkább egyre laposabb lett. Nagyon kár, mert egészen egyedi volt a történet, iszonyat jó mellékszereplők lettek volna (ha ki vannak dolgozva), és a főszereplőkben is volt potenciál. Minden alkotóelem megvolt, csak sajnos nem sikerült belőle igazán finomat kifőzni.

The Star King

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3.71 rating

Comment 1: I enjoyed this and will definitely be reading the other books set in this universe. Susan Grant manages to convey a depth of feeling in her writing, and her books contain an element of humor that really works for me. It's also obvious that Grant knows what she's talking about regarding being in the Air Force. I'm not sure if she actually was, though I think I read that this is, in fact, true.The characters here are for the most part good. I liked that Jasmine is a little older than your average romance heroine, and for the most part she acts like it. Her experiences as a soldier come in handy, and I was glad that she was given the chance to shine in this way.Rom, too, was a great hero. At least, I thought he was pretty sexy in a Han Solo sort of way. I liked that the anger he felt at his assumption that Jas had betrayed him lasts for only a short while and he soon becomes fascinated with the woman that she is, not the one his mind has made him out to be.As for the secondary characters, they were less impressive, though my favorite by far is Rom's bodyguard, a great big hulking berserker named, of all things, Muffin. I also really liked that the sequel baiting wasn't terribly obvious. There aren't really any characters who show up in the book screaming, "Look, look, I'm hot and tortured. My book is next! Buy it now!"Also, I liked the definite empowering of women message that was rather subtly drawn in the book. If it weren't 1:00 in the morning, I might want to analyze it in more detail, but suffice to say it was nice to see that Rom worshipped and adored Jas, and she in turn got to reclaim her sexuality, which is a theme I love.Now for the bad. First, as I mentioned in my last post, sometimes the characters did veer a bit into wish fulfillment territory. When Jas thinks that it's incredible that Rom loves her stretch marks, my eyes rolled. No doubt in 20 years I will totally swoon over that scene myself, but I'm too young to appreciate it now.Also, the villain? Well, TV tropes would call him a knight templar. At one point, he even gives out an evil laugh. (Note that tvtropes.org is a huge time suck, so I highly encourage you go go exploring.)There were also some problems with pacing. The beginning was lovely, the middle drrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggged, and the end finally picked up speed. I would have liked for some of those issues to have been ironed out a bit better.Overall, this was fun. It's not rocket science (heh heh, rocket science? In a sci-fi romance? Aren't I clever?) but it is a lot of fun. Recommended if you can look over the pacing and the villain.

The Ultimatum

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3.73 rating

Comment 1: My Makin’ the Love Mon-Tuesday this week is Susan Kearney’s The Ultimatum–the third Rystani book in her futuristic sci-fi/romance space series. I have downed the first three books in this series in the last month and only have Kirek’s book left. The series was recommended to me through Goodreads based on my read shelf for August when I started reading the Brides of the Kindred books by Evangeline Anderson. The two book series share a similar science fiction feel but I like Susan Kearney’s charac Comment 2: The concept is magnificently trashy and practically vintage sci-fi: imagine a race in which their women need sex on a regular basis otherwise they die. This book follows a protagonist that is a doctor who desires to free her fellow women of this humiliating genetic necessity. However the book becomes bogged down when it introduces in a slapdash manner such history as warfare and atrocities between planets and races, a plague that is destroying everyone's DNA, and personal tragedies that temper t Comment 3: Alara, knows that if she doesn't find a male to have sex with soon, her cells will degenerate and she will die. Her race, all the women must have sex in order for them to survive, and Alara has always felt like it was a curse, and has endeavored to find a way to fix it. Alara is a Dr and a genius when it comes to identifying DNA and fixing problems, its her lifes work, however she never thought that she would end up kidnapped by a Rystani Warrior..Xander, an enemy and the one that if she doesn't

Shadow Fires

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: I always did go for that Yul Brynner look. Maybe that is what attracted me to Catherine Spangler's Shadow Fires. In addition to the uber alpha male (almost too alpha at times) it included a self sacrificing heroine who wondered what she had gotten herself into even as she wormed her way into his heart. That the Leor warlord required his bride to be a virgin was no surprise. Those I-am-the-male-listen-to-me-woman types are often like that. But, that the big, strong, extremely male Leors were them Comment 2: In order to save her people, Jenna dan Aron volunteers to marry Arion of Saura, the leader of the Leor people (a reptilian-like race). Unfortunately, Arion was an arrogant prick (a cruel brute, way more than just alpha). And the whole alien culture was oppressive and unappealing with slavery, unwarranted brutality and a severely hot climate. Jenna definitely got the worse part of this bargain. Luckily for her, Arion's personality started to change and he became a man worthy of a princess. Comment 3: I really wanted to like this book, as it had both futuristic romance and a marriage of convenience. However, this book seemed to ignore the basic rule of futuristic romance with an alien hero - that the alien hero should be in some way compelling. The alien culture here was deeply unappealing, both physically and mentally/emotionally/socially, but I also really wanted to throttle the heroine. In the end, I simply could not be bothered to finish it,

The Star Prince

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: A princess who desperately wants freedom from her restrictive life, Tee’ah Dar steals a starship and heads for the frontier. She gets hired as a pilot by the desperate Ian Hamilton, heir to the King of the Galaxy, who is stranded without a pilot and traveling incognito on a mission to track down an Earth senator. Senator Randall is collecting evidence of corruption in his quest to convince Earth to split from the galactic union and Ian must convince the senator to give him a chance to bring peac Comment 2: Another enjoyable Susie book! I liked this one - I liked Ian and I like Tee'ah, and I really liked the little side plot with Gann and Lara (please, please, please Ms Grant comment on this in the next one) and the good thing about Grant's books is that her 'second book in the trilogy' never feels like that. My only grievance was with Rom's weird behaviour - one minute he was telling Ian he was the greatest thing since sliced bread, the next he was ordering him home like a naughty child and then i Comment 3: Loved these books hate to see them end. in this one Ian who is a earth stepson has been named the successor of the king of his stepfather. of course the planet doesn't want him since he's from earth. Princess Tee'ah Dar is promised to another but she refuses to be married off so she runs and that's when Ian finds her. she becomes his pilot and they have run ins with someone who is trying to make it so that the earth pulls out of the federation. She doesn't want anyone to know who she is and she

Ravyn's Flight

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3.8 rating

Comment 1: I didn't expect to like this book. I mean, look at the cover - yeesh. But I loved it! (And the people on the cover have nothing to do with the characters) Set on a colony planet with a mass murderer on the loose. Only two people survive and they must make their way to an ancient alien city to survive. Reminds me just a tiny bit of the Harmony series by Jayne Castle with a splash of Aliens and a very healthy dose of romance and trust. Really a good read. I think I'll look for others in the series Comment 2: The heros team is responding to a distress beacon on the settle of the alien planet when he discovers a massacre. The heroine is the only survivor, terrified and traumatized by the death of all her friends and co-workers, she lives in fear that the creature will return to finish her off. When she realizes the strong and broad hero isn't the killer, she immediately clings to his side as they flee into the vast wilderness. The hero doesn't know what sort of creature could killer his team his less Comment 3: This book was what I'd hoped it be. The characters were well developed and likeable, there was fast paced action, a genuine emotional connection between the characters and some steamy scenes. All together enjoyable and I'll be keeping an eye out for more of Patti's writing!

Unmasked

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3.88 rating

Comment 1: The Unforgettable Series by C.J. Barry began with UNEARTHED, followed in short order by UNRAVELED and UNLEASHED. With UNMASKED, the author has brought us the most delectable hero of all-Qaade Deter. A man of many faces, he's at once a plunderer known only as the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To law enforcement officials on a number of planets, he's a pirate wanted dead or alive. For the men and women forced into slavery and set free by an unknown hero, he's laghato, the savior. To Torrie Masters Comment 2: On her very first mission, the heroine is out to prove to his family that she can take car of herself and that she can successfully caption her ship....That very first voyage sees her ship being commandeered by pirates and a portion of her cargo taken. Though they left her alive, she vows to see them come to regret that decision. With only herself and her ship she tracks her cargo to a seedy port and there, she comes face to face with a man who both aggravates her and compels her. The hero has e Comment 3: I thought this book was good overall. It deals with slavery, both legal and illegal, and a pirate who's made it his life's mission to free and help as many slaves recover as he can. The main character is the youngest child and only daughter in a family that runs a huge shipping business, and she gets involved with the pirate after he raids her ship. The romance didn't seem forced or rushed; the characters had great chemistry, and I believed that they'd fall for each other quickly. The villain wa

The Power of Two

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: Recruited as a teenagers by the government for her genius level intelligence and compatibility to the hero, the heroine is given a Nano chip in her brain which essentially acts like a super computer, giving her interweb capabilities as well as linking her both mentally and emotionally to her partner. They act as one, they know each others minds and thoughts and carry a bond deeper than any other partnership could ever hope to achieve. He's her best friend- her only friend and she's the only one Comment 2: Cai Randolph has implants in her brain that enable her link to the computers of the Unified Colonies of Earth to feed data to her Recep, the gorgeous Jake Tucker, captain of an elite Special Forces team. Cai now believes that her parents are being held captive in the Raft Cities so she persuades Jake to include her on their latest operation. Comment 3: When I looked at the cover I thought the book wasn't good at all. Instead I found myself surprised by the ride I got with it. The plot is fantastic for a romance book and the characters have dept you wouldn't believe. Comment 4: Book #4 in the 2176 Series. This series was written by different authors--mostly. I thought they were all good. Sci-fi with a cause.

Shadower

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3.85 rating

Comment 1: Moriah is a smuggler. It is how she survives. Someone stole her ship but she has things to get and deliver or her life may be forfeit. So when Sabine comes to her aid in a bar on a dangerous planet and takes her to her ship for her injury's to be tended to she misses her ride off the planet so she unknowingly to him, hitches a ride on his ship. Sabine and Moriah go back and fourth. She steals his ship, he catches her. More then once. When she finds out what he is she wants nothing to do with him Comment 2: Really liked this book. Had lots of action packed adventure. Good story line and great romance scenes. If you like to read futuristic romance type novels you gotta read this one. Comment 3: Couldn't say no to a bit o' space romance when I spotted this in good ol' Big W. And it didn't disappoint!

Shadow Crossing

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: Shadow Crossing is the fourth in the Shielder Series. I was delighted to read this one, since I have been looking forward to reading Celie's story. Celie Cameron grew up being a smuggler along side with her sister to survive, and skirting the law very frequently. Always on guard and looking over her shoulder. After finding a haven in Shamara and the new quadrant she finds life very....boring! She misses the excitement in her life that no longer exists. When she heads to her designated location t

Fire Dancer

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4.08 rating

Comment 1: I read this book in only a few hours, and I really enjoyed it. I must say I wasn't expecting much from 80s sci-fi romance, but this book was really well written and the world building was pretty interesting, even if some of the emo is a bit annoying at times. I thought the symbiotic (for lack of a better word) species of Bre'n and Senyasi were intriguing and I liked that the book had an actual plot, as well as bringing up some complicated relationship issues, though at times I thought it strayed Comment 2: Classic eighties sci-fi/fantasy/romance full of angst and adventure. Well written, fast paced, nicely-developed and full of interesting characters and surprising/original plots and relationships. I say original, even compared to contemporary novels. Comment 3: I bought it as a cheap pocket in the 80s and it's still there on the shelf. It has survived several book clean-outs! The fantasy is amazing...

Wreck of the Nebula Dream

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3.98 rating

Comment 1: Wreck of the Nebula Dream is the first in a series of science fiction romance novels. This book was recommended to me by my sister and she never steers me wrong! This was science fiction in that there were aliens and space ships, but it was not a technical NASA geo-physics type science fiction novel it was more Guardians of the Galaxy adventure. Very tongue in cheek, fun, adventurous and yes, romantic! Comment 2: If you like lots of action in a disaster setting, THIS is your book! The characters went from the frying pan to the fire again and again (which is pretty realistic). If you're looking for pure romance, this doesn't have quite as much as some of Ms. Scott's other works, but the story still gets a satisfactory resolution. Comment 3: This was actually a really fun, action-packed story. Not haha-fun, but exciting-fun. No need for character development here. My only complaint is the romance. Comment 4: This was more sci-fi than romance but I found the re-envisioning of the Titanic disaster really interesting.

The Dare

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3.79 rating

Comment 1: Holy crap, batman! I loved loved LOVED this book. I wasn't super psyched, though I enjoyed the first book, the Challenge (a 3.4/4-star for me), but this one just blew me out of the water. I'd loved the character of Dora, the computer who helped the prior heroine adapt to life in a new time/space, so I was ecstatic to see she'd gotten her own book. I had no idea how she'd get around the whole fact that she existed as simply (okay, not simply, but you get my meaning) as a computer, rather than a flesh and blood person and have a romance.Dora has always had emotions, and found herself more and more drawn to wanting to experience life, real life, as a human. She's attracted to the Rystani man, Rical, and spends a lot of time with him as he goes exploring, ultimately stumbling onto an old, abandoned site built by the Perceptive Ones (the oldest known race, who was responsible for a lot of the technology in use in the universe). She's so attracted to him that when she decides to download part of her mind to a flesh-and-blood body she's grown (having tweaked everything so she had no weak genes, etc.), she finds out what he likes in physical appearance and has her body look pretty much like that. That's just the kind of woman Dora is.Rical is a typical, alpha, Rystani male. He's adapted to the changes in his life since the first book, which saw his people move from their original planet to Mystique, which is where he found the abandoned Perceptive One base. He's gunshy about Dora, or really any woman, becuase he was married before to a child bride and there was little attraction there. His wife and child died in an attack by the foe that ultimately drove his people from Rystan. He's a starship captain and trying to decide what he wants to do with his life now that his people are, more or less, safely transplanted and settled on Mystique.This book looks at so much more than simply the growing relationship between Dora and Zical, it's impossible to sum it all up. But Dora, even as she's terrified after finding herself flesh and blood (thus, gasp, capable of DYING!), finds the courage not only to continue her pursuit of Zical in the face of his reluctance, but to risk her life to go with him and a band of adventurers to try to undo the damage Zical inadvertently did when he found the Perceptive Ones' base.Terra and Kahn from the first book were here, along with the baby that was born at the end of that book, though he's now 4 and super-scary smart (and pretty tech-sneaky). The secondary cast doesn't overwhelm or get lost in the primary romance. I thorough enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to gulp it down. I'm hoping Ms. Kearney releases all of her Rystani books through BelleBooks in the weeks/months to come. I know I'm ready, willing and eager to read them.Total 5-star rating from me!

Bridal Jitters

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3.88 rating

Comment 1: A quick read novella that introduces the reader to Jayne Castle's futuristic world of Harmony and the Dead City in Cadence. We get to see two types of paranormal talent that exist in this world - ghost-hunters and tanglers, and the type of work and challenges presented to them as they explore the tunnels and the catacombs of the Dead City. The story deals with the attraction between Sam, a ghost-hunter, and Virginia, a tangler, as they attempt to solve the first case in their business partnershi Comment 2: If you enjoy reading the world of Harmony this won't be an exception. I've enjoyed these books and realized along the way I missed this one. This is a short story, set pretty early in the series. Virginia is a para-archeologist and Sam is a ghost hunter. They have decided to merge their businesses and enter into a marriage of convenience (MC) but Virginia is getting cold feet. She has feelings for Sam but he only seems interested in business and she isn't sure she made the right decision when sh Comment 3: This was a cute short story, but probably not one I'd ever re-read. Virginia Burch has agreed to a Marriage of Convenience to Sam Gage, her landlord and now business partner. I'm not 100% sure I understood why they had to do an MoC instead of just merging their businesses (it had something to do with keeping a house, but I'm still not sure how that necessitated a marriage), but maybe I just misunderstood that. Virginia has been in love with Sam for... some amount of time (it seemed like they onl

The Star Princess

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3.85 rating

Comment 1: This book was good. I had a hard time really getting into it as it was just so much, almost too much, stuff about the star princess and her life on earth. Very boring, to me anyway, to wade through her days doing normal "human" things. She is afraid of flying and that is why she is putting up such a snit about going to another planet to see her mom and her brother. To me, she was a spoiled princess. There was a good plot in the story and it finally gets interesting about halfway through it. She Comment 2: After starting this book I realized I had read an earlier book in the series. The book is interesting I its take on life from other planets and the cultural commentary. Che and Ilana are main characters the reader can invest in, particularly Che. The secondary characters enhance the storyline and the reader is left guessing the plot surprise until the end, though an astute reader will most likely figure it out. Rey enjoyable book and I recommend it and the series. Comment 3: I skipped over this freebie in my library several times because I figured it would be painfully bad, but it surprised me. Good story with intrigue, romance, sex, and a good ending, even if I found the heroine a bit unlikeable at times.

The Shadow Runners

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3.44 rating

Comment 1: This is the third of the 2176 books and my least favourite, which I didn’t expect because it’s the first book I’ve ever read by a foreign author set in Australia. I thought this would really endear me to the book, but in the end it just made me mad. Maverick’s future version of Australia was bizarre and seemed to me to mock our heritage as a British penal colony (don’t, whatever you do, call an Aussie a convict – you’re liable to start a fight one way or another). I’m still to work out where the Comment 2: For the heroine, who has always been poor, life has been a constant struggle but now, living with her entire world in a backpack and scrounging for odd jobs just to eat, life has become harder than ever. And it's about to turn worse. An old 'friend' has resurfaced, one to which the heroine holds a bitter and festering anger towards. Once she could have called him friend. Despite him being a Prince and she only the daughter of a servant she foolishly thought she meant something to him. He certain Comment 3: I sort of enjoyed it but all I kept thinking was and the point is? I lved Jenny Red she was like a mercenary in a way. Dek got on my nerves, but at the same time He was exactly the brooding hero. Action, adventure, betrayal, revolution, dystopia, alot of themes covered. I dont know zip about Australia but what I have seen in pictures and in other books make it much more appealing. The romance was like an after thought, and Jennys feeling toward Dek were all over the place.

Ghost Hunter

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4.1 rating

Comment 1: I listened to this book on audio. Naturally, "Ghost Hunter" turns out to be a new book that is part of a long running series and I'm left feeling confused and clueless right off the bat. Aren't there any author's out there in romanceland who can write a decent STANDALONE novel anymore? This is getting ridiculous.Many, many moons ago I did read some of the earlier books in this series. Zinnia and Amaryllis I think they were called, and gave up in frustration and utter disappointment. They were well reviewed and supposed to be outstanding paranormal/futuristic novels but to me they were repetitive, silly and utterly boring. And this was before I was a burned out grouch! Castle's other-world was basically earth peopled with earthlings who had some paranormal talents and used words like coff-tea. Sadly I am not making this up.This book, Ghost Hunter, is set in the same world only it's part of the sub-series referred to as "Dust Bunnies" by fans. It took me awhile to figure out why the book was dedicated to the "dust bunnies of the world". I figured the author was giving all of us poor shlubs who can't afford a housekeeper (because we're too busy buying books) a little nudge but it turns out dust bunnies are characters. This one features a critter named Rose who, if you ask me, has more personality than the heroine which isn't saying much considering Rose doesn't speak.The story begins when a young lady named Elly gets ticked off at her fiance whom she believes has been courting her only to improve his own station in life. She has high connections via her daddy to some important society and he's a ghost hunter who could move on up in the world with those family ties. She's all hot and bothered because he's really hot and never even kissed her or anything and doesn't think he likes her, if you know what I mean. It's a bit junior high-ish. Then there's some talk about a duel that makes her really mad (sorry my mind was drifting a lot here) and Elly breaks off the engagement. Ghost-hunting dude (GHD for short) just sits there like a lovely lump and doesn't say a word to defend himself. She leaves town in a huff and several months later realizes she needs GHD's help to search for a friend who has gone missing. And, oh the luck, he just happens to be in town. GHD agrees to help her because, wow, she looks super hot in her short skirt and he's been holding out hope that she'll change her mind about the marriage. Awww, gorgeous, desperate, sweet and dumb as a rock. Where are these guys in real life?Honestly, I would've given up on this long ago if I weren't listening to it on audio. It's boring and it’s reminding me why I've disliked Krentz novels in the past. I liked the dustbunnies but everything else about this romance was blah and forgettable. And if I heard Castle's word of the week, "Rez", one more time I thought I'd lose what's left of my mind! Examples: he rezzed the lock, he rezzed a ghost, his erection was rezzed and ready to go -- okay so I might have made up that last one but I think you get the drift. . .

Hunting Kat

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3.6 rating

Comment 1: This started on such a high note. I was so excited to get to read it. It was full of potential that basically fizzled out. I was really getting into the sci fi feel of it, then it segued into a so so too long sex scene just when there should have been some further development in the sci fi world to better help you understand. The book overall lacked a real sense of time and place. It needed a lot more world building. The story jumped here and there oddly instead of one scene flowing into the nex Comment 2: I enjoyed this short story, the heroine is an interesting character. The hero? Not so much. Rather boring. That said, the author did start the creation of a potentially fascinating universe that she then develops more in her next installment, "Fighting Kat," which I did enjoy. The sex caught me off guard -- I wasn't expecting so MUCH and so EXPLICIT. I was horrified and thrilled at the same time. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was I embarrassed by that fact? Yes. I applaud Ms. Schnyder's bravery! Comment 3: I enjoyed Hunting Kat. Both Kat and Rygard are likable characters. Their sex scenes are very steamy. I liked that Kat was tough but showed a vulnerable side as well. The only thing that I had a little hard time believing is that after going through all that Kat went through, she wold allow herself to have sex with a complete stranger. I was really happy with the ending as it was totally believable. While not exactly a HEA, it was satisfying. I hope the author follows up with a sequel!

The Last Warrior

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3.62 rating

Comment 1: Returning from war as a the hero of his people and a threat to the throne of his King, the hero wants nothing more than to retire to an easy life without bloodshed or politics. In fact, the legionary war hero dreams of being a farmer of all things which is a great insight into his character. But instantly, he’s arrested for treason and tossed into prison to die. The heroine’s people are likened to the Jews of 1940’s Germany and are hated, feared and tossed into the ghetto if not killed outright. Comment 2: General Tao is a champion of his people, returning home from defeating the Gorr, a beastlike species of fighters. But while his people welcome him with open arms, his brother-in-law, King Xim, does not. The king thinks Tao wants to usurp the crown and in his paranoia, throws Tao in the dungeon to face treason charges. Tao's good friend Markam is a palace guard and part of a rebel movement that sees Xim as unfit for the throne. He helps devise an escape for Tao and sets him up to hide in the neig Comment 3: Another great scifi romance by Susan Grant. In a world that was colonized centuries ago by humans, and then invaded by the Gorr (fierce, fur-covered, blood sucking humanoids), General Tao has just returned from a four year campaign against the Gorr. While he was gone, the new, young Tassagon King has become very unpopular and is intolerant of other peoples. General Tao's people are the Tassagons, a more primitive, warlike race who view books and science as magic. Elsabeth is Kurel, a people who

The Quest

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3.87 rating

Comment 1: I remember the first book in this series so well, when the hero of this book, Kirek, was born in hyperspace. It’s awesome to get to see him all grown up. I haven’t gotten to read The Ultimatum, unfortunately, so I don’t know about the whole incident of him being a sex slave, but I’m sure it was a great book. Strangely, I remember checking this book out from the library (different publisher, different cover, everything, but it was the same book). I couldn’t get into it then, and now I understand Comment 2: Captain Angel Taylor hopes to salvage a derelict ship, but she doesn’t expect to find a Rystani warrior aboard. With reluctance, she agrees to aid Kirek in defeating the Zin, a terrible enemy bent on annihilation of their worlds. Will her newfound psi powers be enough to face their foe? Moreover, how will she subdue her lust for this man who disrupts her independence and claims her for his own? Comment 3: Realized a few pages into this that I had read it several years ago. I remember liking it well enough. It had that goofy sci-fi rom essence to it that I have a weak spot for. Wasn't interested in reading it again though. Comment 4: The Quest is the fourth book in the Rystani scifi/romance series. It is well written and well edited.

Interplanetary Passion

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3.21 rating

Comment 1: It was good, alright, different, ok. Only...I thought Pluto wasn't a planet any more so I'm confused...is it, or isn't it? Whatever. Story was good. Comment 2: Okay another cover that doesn't make sense. Jovan is blonde. So the publishers even pay attention to the descriptions in the books?

Unraveled

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: Tru Van Dye is a Majj scientist, who needs to complete her dissertation, for lack of a better word, and prove that she belongs in the community before she is 30. But she needs an acquisitions specialist and to escape the insular Majj community in order to do it. So she manages to get away to find Rayce Coburn, the man best suited for the job, who is trying to complete his own project - a luxury resort spacestation. Tru has plenty of money to pay him, but Rayce hates the Majj, because of their ro Comment 2: I liked this book to a certain extent for a change I identified with the heroine Tru she's a scientist majj in this unvers and wants to earn her place at the institute. The hero Rayce is a bit annoying. It started well and then seemed to fade. Tru was searching out a treasure (the origin of which didn't seem to make sense, it was hidden by a race that had first revered art and culture but decided to collect it all in one place somewhere off planet then decided they didn't like art anymore and lo

Star Shadows

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3.55 rating

Comment 1: The best way to describe this book is an extrapolation as to what would have happened if Anakin had a brain, didn't let himself be manipulated by Palpatine, grabbed Padme, and hid. The twins would have been smothered, because he's a control freak, Luke would have wanted off the rock and bailed at the first opportunity, and Leia would have embraced her inner Jedi to keep anyone from controlling her (or getting close. That Han would have inadvertently let Luke fall into enemy hands would have caus Comment 2: He was the only man she's ever loved. The one who'd roused her innocent girlhood passions...the one she held responsible for her brother's death. So when Boone's starship was shot down over a faraway planet, Elle resolved to forget him, to devote herself to her duty as the future ruler of Oasis. She focused her formidable mind on honing her powers, until the day she witnessed a pair of sweat-sleek, breathtaking gladiators facing each other down in the vicious fight-to-the-death of the Murlacca. Comment 3: decent story line, unfortunately it's a multipart book, written in 2007 and the next book hasn't been put out. My other issue is the whiny woman. Too much build up and somewhat of a letdown.

Guardian

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3.96 rating

Riane Arvid is a superhuman cop from the future, trapped in the year 2009 by group of murderous fanatics called the Xeran. Nick Wyatt is a handsome twentyfirst century warrior who has been a target of the Xeran his entire life. He's the only one Riane can turn to, but his intentions are as mysterious as his origins. In an attempt to discover the truth about each other, both Riane and Nick decide seduction is the best tactic. Read Angela Knight's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Icarus Unbound

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3.32 rating

Comment 1: For me, the draw of this book is the gorgeous imagery and beauty of a world and culture very different from our own. I sympathized with the winged Icarians and their valiant efforts to preserve and strengthen their bloodlines. The way in which they and their symbions bond for mutual benefit is intriguing and original. I also like that, in this writer’s imagination, a rather mean-spirited boy, with a tendency to be a bully, is nurtured by a loving family in a way that enables him to grow up to be Comment 2: This is an enjoyable short read that allowed me to escape into a fantastic world of azure skies and high, craggy peaks rising far above pristine, clean waters; a beckoning Eden of small islands and isolated aeries. Jaren’s and Lara’s struggle to find a balance and harmony in their personal relationship seems to me to mirror the desires of all Icarians. I, for one, hope the race prospers, and I truly hope to read more adventures set in this breathtaking world.

Intergalactic Bad Boys

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3.35 rating

Comment 1: I really wanted to like it but the story fell flat. the 'hero' is not likable. the space aliens act like spoiled brats on spring break. there were humorous bits that helped but not enough to make the story worthwhile. Comment 2: This was a really enjoyable little novel, with had a nice balance of story and steamy romance in it. I can't wait to read more books written by this author. Comment 3: I loved this story! It was sexy, funny and left me smiling! What's not to like? My perfect kind of tale.

Jed's Revenge

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3.42 rating

Comment 1: Another awful cover, I should make that one of my bookshelves - "Awful Covers". The woman on the front looks like a corpse. The book itself was good, although why a cyborg from another planet would be named Jed, I do not understand. Unless it was the hillbilly planet, then that would make sense. Oh wait, it's JEB that's hillbilly, never mind.

Zero Factor

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3.36 rating

Comment 1: Stacy Gail's Zero Factor, like most cyberpunk stories, takes place in a grim future where much of society has collapsed, political borders have been redrawn and technology has changed the landscape. The book is set apart by the introduction of psychics, a rogue military-industrial complex and a villain who is entirely too plausible in his belief that his actions are above the law. Comment 2: This was fabulous. Stacy writes smart characters with brilliant backstories, bringing them into conflict right from the start. This sci fi romance had elements of thriller as well--running for their lives and thrown together. She also perfectly nails the sex scenes and her humor is just the icing on the cake.

Unchained

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3.85 rating

Comment 1: The story sort of starts out with a somewhat complicated political story. There's a plague taking place on a planet and the vaccine is never sent. So, a tyrant comes to power because of it and orders the destruction of the group of people who were supposed to send the vaccine. This tyrant has become super powerful, though this is not obvious to the people of the galaxy. Cidra's family was killed in that destruction and she was raised by her father's security person as a Kin-Sha warrior. After he Comment 2: I enjoyed this book,...sort of. I have never read a CJ Barry book before and heard many positive things so I thought I would give it a try. I found the characterization was good and believable. I didn't realize, however, that this was a romantic suspense and the romance part of it, I found annoying. I think it was done well enough, it just isn't my preferred genre. The story was compelling and interesting enough with a couple of solid twists that held together, seemed plausible and were entertai Comment 3: I was getting bored with contemporary and historical romances, but I didn't really want to veer over to vampires and shapeshifters. When I saw this one free for Kindle, I knew I'd have to read it again to see if it was as good as I remember (I already have the paperback). Sometimes you just need a good space-opera.

Forged in Shadow

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4.35 rating

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. Warning: This book is a science-fiction alien romance. It contains swearing, violence, sensual sex scenes and silver aliens with fangs. It's definitely recommended for readers aged 18 and over. Forged in Shadow is Book Five in the Dark Planet Warriors Series. It will make more sense if you've read the other books first, although that's probably not absolutely essential.

The Star Prince

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: A princess who desperately wants freedom from her restrictive life, Tee’ah Dar steals a starship and heads for the frontier. She gets hired as a pilot by the desperate Ian Hamilton, heir to the King of the Galaxy, who is stranded without a pilot and traveling incognito on a mission to track down an Earth senator. Senator Randall is collecting evidence of corruption in his quest to convince Earth to split from the galactic union and Ian must convince the senator to give him a chance to bring peac Comment 2: Another enjoyable Susie book! I liked this one - I liked Ian and I like Tee'ah, and I really liked the little side plot with Gann and Lara (please, please, please Ms Grant comment on this in the next one) and the good thing about Grant's books is that her 'second book in the trilogy' never feels like that. My only grievance was with Rom's weird behaviour - one minute he was telling Ian he was the greatest thing since sliced bread, the next he was ordering him home like a naughty child and then i Comment 3: Loved these books hate to see them end. in this one Ian who is a earth stepson has been named the successor of the king of his stepfather. of course the planet doesn't want him since he's from earth. Princess Tee'ah Dar is promised to another but she refuses to be married off so she runs and that's when Ian finds her. she becomes his pilot and they have run ins with someone who is trying to make it so that the earth pulls out of the federation. She doesn't want anyone to know who she is and she

Shamara

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3.88 rating

Science Fiction Romance from RITA nominated author!In a universe of darkness and depravity, the Shielders battle to stay one step ahead of the powerful, vengeful Controllers, who are determined to destroy the entire Shielder race. The race’s survival depends on the quest of one man—Jarek san Ranul. He has found evidence of a wormhole he believes might offer the Shielders an escape to another galaxy. But he faces daunting challenges to make such a mission possible. When he meets Eirene Kane at a Pleasure Dome and she saves his life, he realizes she might be the key to facilitating his daring plan.On the run from her cruel uncle and a Leor warlord who wants her as his bride, Eirene must hide her true identity. She’s an Enhancer, with rare powers that could get her sold to the highest bidder if she’s caught. Her flight puts her on a collision course with Jarek, who suspects her secret, and knows he needs her powers to make his plan work. Although Eirene refuses to admit she’s an Enhancer, Jarek believes otherwise and is desperate enough to kidnap her. During their enforced time together, a special bond forms between them, leaving Eirene torn between her attraction to this charismatic Shielder commander and the need to ensure her survival. Despite the danger should her true identity ever be exposed, she finds herself falling in love with Jarek ,and wanting the one thing he claims will free them forever—Shamara.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -What readers are saying about this science fiction romance:“A futuristic romance that will make the reader laugh, cry and sigh, Shamara has all the earmarkings of a keeper.” — Leslie Tramposch, PNR ReviewsGreat sci-fi romance! With Shielder, Shadower, and now Shamara, Catherine Spangler has earned a high place among the elite of the science fiction romance sub-genre.” —Harriet Klausner“If you’ve never read a futuristic romance, start with Shamara. It is solidly constructed, well written, and dynamically paced.” —Jacqueline Lichtenberg “Shamara by Catherine Spangler is an outstanding read. With the perfect blend of psychic gifts, space travel and old fashioned romance, Spangler creates a novel readers will find impossible to put down. . . . The carefully balanced characterizations and action make Shamara a winner of the WordWeaving Award of Excellence.” —The Midwest Book Review - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Books by Catherine Spangler:The Shielder Series (Science Fiction Romance)— Shielder, Book 1— Shadower, Book 2 — Shamara, Book 3 — Shadow Crossing, Book 4 (Release Date: Fall 2014)— Shadow Fires, Book 5 (Release Date: Winter 2014)The Sentinel Series (Urban Fantasy Romance)— Touched by Darkness, Book 1— Touched by Fire, Book 2 — Touched by Light, Book 3— The Sentinel Series Book Bundle (Books 1, 2, 3)Demon’s Delight Anthology, “Street Corners and Halos” (Paranormal, Vampire)

Mating Flight

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3.42 rating

Dr. Sheleigh OBrien was supposed to be a scientific observer, not mated to the future ruler of a planet on the cusp of civil war. She came to study his people. Instead, Kleet Kryszan, heir to the planet, claimed her as his mate, unlocking the passion between them and the secrets of Avera no outsider has ever seen. But their secret hides a darker one--a deep unrest among a faction considered inferior. Rating: Contains graphic adult language and sexual content.

Unleashed

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3.76 rating

Comment 1: Lacy Garrett was trying to recover from her cheating ex and the theft of her software ideas when she found herself sucked off of Earth and beamed across space to another planet. Zain Masters didn't mean to kidnap her and her cat, with his ship failing after a crash landing on an unfamiliar planet, he lacks the energy needed to zap her back to Earth. So she's stuck assisting him with exploring the planet and interpreting images so he can find a way to disarm the shields, restore power and get her Comment 2: I was a little worried about starting this book after reading some of the reviews on this series, but I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was a fun, light read. Zain gets trapped on a barren planet and beams Lacey and her cat to him after she saw something in his help transmission. But the ship then loses power and can't send her back. They have a very limited time to figure out how to save themselves. Comment 3: So hokey! I mean, the main character is a spaceship pilot whose best buddy is the AI talking ship. Also, there are dumb little creatures to fight that are like a cross between Ewoks and Aliens. Just hokey! Let's not even get into the romance part... Comment 4: A good, enjoyable read. No way I'd give up the wonders of space for a simple life on Earth! still, original and funny.

The Skypirate

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4.12 rating

Dax, a skypirate hunted to the ends of the universe by the cruel interstellar Coalition, can't escape the allure of Captain Califa Claxton. A chance to destroy the Coalition awaits them, and in the white heat of their explosive union a new bond may be forged - souls joined by a magnificent love.Book 2 of The Coalition Rebellion Novels

The Chalice

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3.47 rating

Decimated by the savage Deg’Nara and teetering on the brink of extinction, the last surviving males of the once great Chiagan-Se embark on a quest to salvage what is left of their civilization. They send their remaining seeker ships into the void, searching for genetically compatible females. Time is running out, but in the far reaches of the universe, on an obscure and primitive planet, a match is discovered. One thousand panic-stricken women awaken two hundred years in the future, captives aboard an unmanned alien spacecraft bound for parts unknown! How had they gotten there and why? The males thought they came willingly. The females believed they’d been kidnapped. Full of hopeful expectation, the Chiagan-Se prepare for the arrival of their new mates. Terrified and furious at the inexplicable abduction, the women prepare for combat! And when the two sides meet, the battle commences.

Forest Whispers

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3.36 rating

In pursuit of a serial killer, Confederation Ranger Lana Eloy is forced to land on the barbaric, male dominated world, of Ata Prime and endure the escort of Captain of the royal guard, Corin Thantos. Lana tries hard to ignore the fact that what started out as a casual sexual encounter around the campfire had turned into something far more powerful. But with the killer still on the loose, would Corin prove to be a distraction that cost her her life?

The Choosing

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3.65 rating

Comment 1: In the end "A Keeper". OK, I hemmed and hawed before getting this book. I really enjoy a GOOD story like this if it is a GOOD one. And this one didn't disappoint. I say that because I have read a few with a similar story about a woman being kidnapped by an alien to be his bride. So many of those that I have read have been disappointing to me. The reason is because it was more like it was sex with a story written around it. Not this one, although there will be sex later on in the book, it was not Comment 2: This is the second book in the Pruxnae series and I am loving this series! The installment follows the character Ryn amid Alna as he chooses his bride to be from the planet of Tersi. Usually I am not a fan of stories that include bride stealing but in this story the women are revered and given a choice in the end, a limited one, but still a choice. That is enough to pacify me, ha ha ha. Comment 3: Sweet, romantic SFR with interesting worldbuilding. Sweet and adoring H paired with a competent h who had a heart. I would have rated it more if the h hadn't left the H hanging for so long hurting him in the process. The book also dragged a bit bcos of lack of communication/misunderstanding between H/h - an oft used tool by authors that doesn't show much creativity.

Ragnar and Juliet

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3.64 rating

Comment 1: OMG you need to read this book. It's hilariously funny and witty and smart and everything about it is awesome. The characters are super real (the most they can be for aliens), and their interaction was just spot on fun. But on a more serious note, I just wanted there to be more of this book because everything was so well written and made me want to read faster and faster and then I was done and I wanted something else. I couldn't put it down (in the figurative sense because I was reading it on m Comment 2: A sexy bounty hunter, a hunky fugitive with a tail (called Torval), a psychotic despot in a gold jumpsuit...who could ask for more? Comment 3: Despite not being my normal flavor (I'm more of a "rocks fall, everyone dies" kind of reader), I really enjoyed Comment 4: This book was hot and fun. Kudos to Ms. Woodhull for giving her readers a few hours of lovely entertainment.

Dark Planet Warriors: Taken

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3.97 rating

Comment 1: I'm going to do one rating for this whole book. I looooved reading this! It ws very interesting and the characters really captured my attention, they were both pretty badass. I like that there was a outside problem so it wasn't 100% all about their relationship. I also liked that they solved the outside problem, you'd be surprised how many stories forget to do that. I really enjoy the world building this story had and the way they explained how some things worked, like how they got oxegyn in spa Comment 2: Pretty happy with this new author right now. It's pretty difficult to find good sci-fi romances, so I'll definitely be checking out more of her work in the further. Not to mention this was on KU- awesomeness. Comment 3: Amazingly, I am still enjoying this book despite the serial formatting. I'm liking the conflict/interest/tension in between the General & Abby. Need book 3. Comment 4: Loved it. Really like these characters. Like the direction the book is going. Can't wait to get to the next one.

Heart of an Emperor

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3.85 rating

Comment 1: This was my first book by the author and I must say, it was a good introduction to her work. This was a good paranormal, sic fi and vampire like read. Sophia's parents the king and queen of Lyra, has brought suitors hoping Sophia would choose a husband. Regis is a Varka, who are vampire like species, they are also very mysterious. He has come to the Lyra in an attempt to see what princess Sophia is like, but Regis is not what he seems. This was a very romantic read. Even though it's paranormal w

The Star King

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3.71 rating

When Lieutenant Jasmine Boswell and alien trader Rom seek each other's aid in a vision after suffering injuries in separate tragedies, the two find each other after twenty years and rekindle a passionate attraction.

The Scarlet Empress

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3.8 rating

Comment 1: I did not like that Bree had so much of the book for herself. I actually would have liked the story to be told from the POVs of the characters I had assumed were the main focus of the book. The series is basically The Bree Show. And I didn't like, or know, the character well enough to be happy about this. The only other book of this series I read was The Power of Two by O'Shea, which I thought as pretty good. So I wasn't too familiar with Bree, but we do get plenty of backstory explanations, so reading them isn't required.I skipped the Bree parts after a bit. The book is full of well used romance/etc cliches so I skimmed along pretty quick. No thinking necessary. A good book if you need a brain break. The characters were lacking their own unique personality and depth, we just see some familiar molds. And the relationship between Kyber and Cam is developed fast and unconvincingly. But then again I didn't care too much.The ending was ribbon-bow wrapped and everything came together rather nicely. Too nicely. Too Hollywood happy ending. And all characters seemed to suddenly come in soft focus and become bland...and generally happy and overly emotional. Comment 2: The Scarlet Empress - 2176, Bk 5 by Susan GrantCameron "Scarlet" Tucker U.S.A.F. fighter pilot shot down over Korea then put into stasis for 170 years. the first thing she wants to know is where is her best friend Banzai Maguire. She is being cared for on a small farm in Mongolia and has been told the the rest of the world has been laided waste in nuclear war and to hide from Rim Riders. Kyber, the emperor prince goes to Mongolia in his disguise as Rim Rider "Kublai" goes to Mongolia and takes Cam back to his capitol. Who is the Voice of Freedom, the Shadow Voice???This is the conclusion of this 5 part multi-author series.

Desert Blade

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3.57 rating

In the post-apocalyptic Midwest, now a ravaged dust bowl, former guardsman Derek Covington must find help for a sick boy. With nothing but memories of all he lost, Derek crosses the desert alone in search of the doctor who saved his own life ten years ago. Drifter gangs who loot and pillage don't dare come near, for Derek has a formidable weapon: a prosthetic arm with a deadly blade. For a decade, Dr. Lidia Sullivan has fantasized about the handsome guardsman who'd been in her care. And now she can't deny his dangerous request. But as they make the treacherous journey back to Old St. Louis, they must contend with much more than fierce desert winds and their unthinkable attraction. A fearless gang has spotted Lidia—a rare woman—and will fight Derek to the death to get her. And though he risks his life to save her for the sake of the child who needs her, she fears there's one thing Derek will never risk: his heart. 27,000 words