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Stud (Cat Star Chronicles #8)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  747 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
"Hot and yummy...this is a series that just gets better and better."
-Night Owl Romance
Even for a Zetithian, Tarq Zulveidinoe's sexual prowess is legendary. Believing it's all he's good for, Tarq sets out to perpetuate his threatened species by offering his services to women across the galaxy...
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published February 1st 2012)
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3.5 Stars

This was quite a good story and I was really engaged in the beginning but I thought it dragged on a bit too long and was starting to lose interest during the last third of the book. Liked the author's writing style and imagination so will definitely read her again.

Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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The first two chapters made me want a box of tissues and a bull horn with a side of fried chicken and chocolate pie. Ms. Brooks totally ensnared my emotions when she took turns introducing me to Tarq and Lucy and the problems that beset them. Both hero and heroine have some serious issues with no one to save them or turn to, except each other. It’s how they help each other out and what they discover about one another along the way tha
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I have followed The Cat Star Chronicles from the beginning and was thrilled to see new offering in the series. Stud was released in February and is a great addition to the series.

Just a quick background for any who have not read the series. Zetithian males are the greatest lovers in the universe. A jealous man destroyed the home planet of the Zetithians along with most of the Zetithian race. A few survived but have been hunted and ran the risk of being killed if found. That changed when the man
Jan 13, 2012 Helyce rated it really liked it
Reviewed at 2/2012

I have been a fan of Cheryl Brook’s Cat Star Chronicles since I came across a tattered copy of SLAVE in my local used book store. As I am a huge fan of science fiction, the premise of an alien species of super sexy men with feline qualities and penises with unique, err, characteristics spoke to my nerdy romantic heart. For me, this series is the best of both worlds combining romance and science fiction with a paranormal flair.

In STUD, we meet Tarquinian Zulveidin
~* 1.5 Stars *~
Not For Me

He is a refugee, a Zetithian without a planet and one of the last of his kind since his world was blown out of the galaxy by a jealous, sadistic husband. He is revered as a sexual dynamo. It's both his job, and, as he and his brethren are tasked with saving his kind from extinction by reproducing in quantity, his calling. And he's gotten very, very rich from it. Women from all over the universe pay just about anything for a few hours in his bed, for a chance to bear his
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Review to come. I'm still putting my thoughts together. This one, I wasn't sure I'd like more than the others. I can say it was much meatier. After the beginning which I was kind of bored with, it became much better. I read the acknowledgements and the lightbulb went off in my head. Now I know why this one appealed to me better than the others.

Updated Review

Tarq is a man in the wrong time. He can survive in the wild but in civilization, his strengths do not help him. I can't imagine what life w
Apr 24, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Forgot to review right after reading so its been well over a week and a couple more books later. I'm sorry but here it goes.

From what I remember it was a good story. The male zentithain has a disability where he is unable to read but has other skills but because of his reading difficulties he's always thought less of himself. Convinced himself he was only good for one thing...his body and spreading the Zentithain seed. (but seriously after over 500 children I think he has that covered if not ov
Feb 03, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: futuristic
Earlier editions in this series seemed to focus on weird and unusual sex. This one, the relationship was the main focus. Two characters with low self esteem - the H because of a learning disability (Zetithians can be dyslexic? Interesting), the h because her father has browbeaten her into thinking the best she can hope for is to take advantage of the H's stud services and run away. Fortunately for both of them, she's his mate, so he gets to spend the rest of the book attempting to convince her o ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust is where to find the original review: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo...

This is the third or fourth book in this series that I have read. I have not read them in order, but I haven't felt like I was missing some esoteric back story. There is less emphasis on describing the genitalia of Zetithian's and their magical double-jointed, ecstasy secreting penises and a little more emphasis on the ecstatic orgasms the secretion induces. To add to the Zetithian mystique
Jul 27, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
I've read everything except book 7 in this series and I have to say that I find it ridiculously fun. These are the books you pick up when you're having a so-so day and they end up making you smile. What's not to like here? You get a race of feline aliens who are so good at wooing the ladies that their entire planet was destroyed in a fit of jealousy. Did you read that last sentence? They're so good at boning that the ladies are never left unsatisfied. WIN!

Tarq's belief that he's less than everyo
Jul 20, 2015 Wyrdness rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish

I like the idea but found this sci-fi erotica rather dragging after a surprisingly short amount of time. Way too much "s/he could never love me because..." going on for my tastes. I never get why romance characters don't just lay it out on the table straight away, because at least the potential for rejection is done with then and they can go on with their lives instead of having it endlessly hanging over them ruining any happiness they could have. I skipped to the end to see if things got b
Lady Lioness
Since the book is not coming out until February 2012, I won't write anything in depth, but I will say that if you have strong feelings towards Brooks' Cat Star series, negative or positive, Stud will not change your mind. I definitely don't recommend picking this up unless you've read the first book, Slave, and book six, Hero. Characters from book seven, Virgin, make a very, very minor appearance and none of the other past couples show up. A side note, Hero remains my favorite book in this serie ...more
One of my favorites of this series. The plot was fairly tightly focused on the relationship between the hero and the heroine. There wasn't a lot of the over arcing story here which suited me. I don't mind an over arcing story but I like ones where that element doesn't take over. I liked the hero who thought he was nothing much and I liked the heroine too but felt her motivation wasn't as strong. By the time she was 30 she should have been strong enough not to be under her father's thumb since he ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
The best Cat Star Chronicles yet!! I recieved my copy in the mail yesterday and finished reading it this afternoon! I hated to put the book down. The main character is Tarq, a Zetithian, and a very sexy, sexual, tortured hero. The story opens when he is meeting Lucy for the first time. He is drawn to her scent even before he looks at her face. Lucy is is a sensitive, caring woman from a self-absorbed family that doesn't appreciate her. Together, Tarq and Lucy, embark on an accidental adventure t ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it
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For years, I've heard great things about the Cat Star Chronicles. I put the first few book on my list and I was going to read them right away. But life happened, like always, and the books are still sitting on my wish list. After having the opportunity to read the newest release in this series, Stud, for review, I'm thinking that it is probably best that the books are st
Morgan Wyatt
Feb 11, 2013 Morgan Wyatt rated it it was amazing
Stud is the eighth book in the Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks. Cat Star books have gathered a loyal following because of the exotic worlds, engaging characters, danger, and sultry storylines. Imagine a planet where the men are not only beautiful, but they also make their mates exceedingly happy. The men have just a touch of the feline. They even purr when romantically content. They are the talk of the galaxy when it comes to the females. The men from the neighboring planets are less enthus ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Stud is the eighth book in the Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks and a Paranormal Romance from SourceBooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

They’re galaxies apart...

Even for a Zetithian, Tarq Zulveidione’s sexual prowess is legendary. Believing it’s all he’s good for, Tarq sets out to perpetuate his threatened species by offering his services to women across the galaxy...

But one force can bring them together...

Loucinda Force is the sensitive dark horse in a self-absorbed family, repeatedly told that no
Feb 14, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
This is the 8th book in a series about an alien race from the now destroyed planet Zetith. The surviving Zetithian men have a feline gene that makes them unbelievably good-looking, strong, and when it comes to sex they are unmatched by any other males in the universe (we will get to why in a bit). In true PNR fashion, each book is a stand-alone story about one couple. The author does a great job of catching the reader up on any world building so I never felt lost or like I might have missed some ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
This is a guilty pleasure series for me, as well as for many other readers. I mean, seriously, men with magical penises that cause instant orgasms with little effort, which apparently taste like whipped cream? You wouldn't think, with a premise like that, that the books would stand up at all.

But I loved this entry. I love that Brooks's heroes are competent in all the ways that matter. I liked Tarq's vulnerability, and understood Lucy's insecurities. It was great watching them come to their own.
Aug 02, 2013 Amyiw rated it liked it
Shelves: series, x-2014
After reading my reviews from the preceding books in this series, I realize why I don't have a great push to read these one after another. Although they are good stories in the end, they drag. Either they drag with story set up, relationship set up, or with declarations of affection, when it is so obvious that it is right in front of your face. This book was the later.

So the two characters are both very insecure, both in their own ways. I get the reason for not believing one is lovable by both c
Laura Kitchell
Jun 03, 2014 Laura Kitchell rated it it was amazing
Cheryl Brooks' Cheryl Brooks Stud Stud is a major page-turner. External conflict was outstanding, as always in Cheryl's stories. I do wish the conflict between Tarq and Lucinda had been more complicated. A simple, honest conversation would've eliminated it, which made it weak. The story works on a grander scale, however, dealing with persecution, bullying, emotional neglect, and dyslexia. I love that Lucinda is a little chubby and plain, and how Tarq simply couldn't resist her because she offere ...more
Erin Kyle
I really, really like this book. This is only the second book I've read in the Cat Star Chronicles (for some reason, most of the stories haven't struck my fancy...), and I understood this story just fine -- it definitely can be read as a stand-alone novel. I had no problems whatsoever with the world or characters.

I do have two critiques, though, despite how much I thoroughly enjoy the story (And let's be honest, if I ONLY have two critiques, that's gotta be a good sign, right??)
1. The awful danc
3 1/2 Stars

I generally don't go for books that are labeled as romance, but this sounded like fun, so I entered (and won!)

One several levels this was fun, in the sort-of guilty little pleasure type of fun. I've not read any of the other stories in this series, but this read completely like a stand-a-lone book.

The side plots were interesting and when the author added a new layer to the story, with additional characters, the story gained some more depth.

My only issue with the story was how much (i
Deanna Against Censorship
I love this series because it takes survivors of a genocide and shows their ability to survive. It shows hope.
Tarq is a great hero. He has a disability. He cannot read. How many of us or our children suffer from this. I love seeing a hero with real flaws. He suffers from his misconception that he is not smart. He does not accept how smart and talented he really is. He thinks he has but one talent, sex. He has that talent but so much more.
Lucy has a domineering father who controls her and belit
Jan 13, 2016 Tasha rated it it was amazing
I have read everyone of these books and I've got to tell you I have enjoyed them. The characters are hilarious (especially the unsuspecting females) and the Zentithian men are fine has heck. This book has some of the best sex scene there is out there and its not too much. Anyway, this book is about Tarq he goes to Reltan because he to continue spreading his joy juice around to willing females but he meets his "one" instead. Lucy is getting tired of her families treatment of her but she doesn't d ...more
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Oct 25, 2012 ♥ Rainy Day Reader ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
Ok I loved this book, loved the characters. The story was great. And yet, 4 stars. Yet again Cheryl Brooks dissapoints with no updates on previous characters. I thought for sure Dax and his mate would have kids by then. This book is set like 3 years after the last book. The little bit that Dax is in this book gives no clue of what's going on with them. There's no updates on the other characters and no real foreshadowing for the next book. Bah. Once again, loved the book but was dissapointed on a ...more
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

This is the first science-fiction romance I've read (I've read paranormal romance before), and I loved it. Sure, the dialogue is a bit stilted at times (perhaps explained by the lovers' awkwardness at how the other feelings for him/her), but the lovemaking scenes (and Tarq's certain special qualities) definitely make up for it. It's hot, hot, hot! Love the sprinkles of humour and danger, and the descriptions of the weapon-making were a nice
Nov 25, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Stud is the eighth book in the Cat Star Chronicle series. In Stud, Tarq meets Lucinda Force while she is working at her parent's restaurant. I know Tarq had it rough but geez I really felt sorry for Lucinda. Her family sucked...big time. Tarq is doing his best to repopulate his species by offering his services as a stud. Lucy and Tarq end up being on the run together with some more great side characters. The book is full of drama, intrigue, and hot romance. Highly recommend this book!
Gigi staub
I did not feel lost reading this book even though it is #8 in the series and this is the first book in the series I have read. I felt for both characters and the insecurities that they have to overcome to get to their HEA. this book has something for everyone....action, adventure, emotional angst and hot sex scenes. I am glad I got the chance to win this book and read it. I intend to read the other books in the story.
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Cheryl Brooks is a former critical care nurse turned romance writer. Her Cat Star Chronicles series includes Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast, Fugitive, Hero, Virgin, Stud, Wildcat, and Rebel. Her Cowboy Heaven series includes the Cowboy Delight novella and the Cowboy Heaven novel. Her self-published works include Sex Love and a Purple Bikini, Midnight in Reno, and the Unlikely Lovers series, which ...more
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Cat Star Chronicles (10 books)
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  • Warrior (Cat Star Chronicles, #2)
  • Rogue (Cat Star Chronicles, #3)
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