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Elian (The Marriage Groups #1)

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Elian Glinkobia is the youngest son of his family. Born on the planet, Kardalusia, he is the only breeder, the only coração, born to a family full of Kartusian warriors and soldiers. He was born with no other purpose than to be the coração of a marriage group, there to serve them in every manner that they needed. Or so he thinks. Attending his final marriage soiree, Elian ...more
ebook, 170 pages
Published May 10th 2013 by The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (first published May 7th 2013)
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Absynthe
This was all kinds of awful!

The problem with starting your book with highly improbable events for the sole purpose of dramatic tension is that they throw off the plausibility of the rest of the book. The royal marriage group waited a year to claim Elian and didn't do so till 15 minutes before he'd have to turn himself over to a brothel? And despite knowing about Elian for a year, no one in the royal group thought to tell him or his parents that they were going to pick him? They managed to hand o
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Don Bradshaw
Reviewed on Hearts On Fire... http://heartsonfirereviews.com/

When I pick up a book that has male pregnancy in it I know that it's time to suspend all beliefs that I have because reality has been tossed out the window. That said, I enjoyed this first book in The Marriage Groups series. The world building took up a lot of space in this story so I'm hoping that the next book will dig into the meat of the series. I felt the spin put on the old Sodom and Gomorrah myth was a good jumping off place f
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Thomaidha Papa
May 11, 2013 Thomaidha Papa rated it it was ok
Shelves: mmmm, alternate-world
2.5 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

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Well I must admit that there has been quite some imagination put in this story. The author has created a world, a planet called Kardalusia that is inhabited only by men. They society is different from what we’ve seen so far as the Kartusians are meant to form Marriage Groups of four, one would represent the body of the family, another the mind, the third the soul and the last would represent the heart that ke
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Alicia Nordwell
May 12, 2013 Alicia Nordwell rated it did not like it
I believe in honesty, even when it's not about telling about how great a story is. I read A LOT of fiction. This is not the worst I've ever read, but it is really high up there on my 'I wish I had not bought this' list. I read Tabansi's short story with the MM Romance groups event and found the history of the 'world' and the dynamics interesting (though a bit appalling in some ways with the forced prostitution).

I did not like this 'novel'. For those who don't like spoilers, don't read on becaus
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Serena Yates
Wildly imaginative fantasy in a setting so unlike our own it will make you blink? Check. Interesting concepts in terms of religious, spiritual, and societal background? Check. Characters who need to learn how to think for themselves rather than accept what has been “handed down”? Double check. Add a truly evil villain, some major surprises as the story unfolds, and a richly woven setting with lots of pomp and circumstance, and you’ve got the basic elements of this novel. I have to say, this ...more
Mandy
Jul 03, 2015 Mandy rated it did not like it
Dnf 59%

This was my first Vicktor Alexander book and most likely my last. I hate to leave negative reviews, please only take note of this if you follow my reviews and have similar opinions.

My first issue with this book is that it is the most expensive kindle book I have purchased to date. When something has a higher price tag on it, I expect to be getting my moneys worth. This book did not deliver. My top ten favourite books are all free online reads, so to pay over $8 for this did not leave me h
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Elske
May 23, 2013 Elske rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-m, mpreg
EDIT:

THE AUTHOR ACTUALLY RATED THEIR OWN BOOK! I downgraded my stars as a result as I don't believe an author should ever rate their own book. Add it, give a glimpse of your feelings on it, thats all fine. But do not rate your own work. Will change my rating when the author removes their rating.

This was just okay, and a tad to expensive for just being okay. The writing was fair, the plot interesting, but the characters fell flat. I literally felt zilch for them, and as a result I couldn't really
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Matthew
Jan 08, 2014 Matthew rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This was quite poorly written and a pain to read.

And the characters seemed to be inordinately stupid, repeatedly surprised by the same obvious facts.

The sex wasn't bad, if a bit mechanistic. And the fantasy world and rules were almost as exciting as the sex. But all the errors and poor writing made it more painful than anything else to read.
Vicktor Alexander
Apr 30, 2013 Vicktor Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This was probably one of those books of mine that I loved writing the most. Elian took me on a lot of twists and turns, unexpected things occurring even as I wrote it. I so enjoyed writing a polyamorous love story.
multitaskingmomma
A fun read, Elian may not be a literary work of art, but it does fulfill its promise of entertainment and successfully gives readers an all around good feeling.

In this first book of The Marriage Groups Series, Elian Glinkobia is the youngest son of his family. Born on the planet, Kardalusia, he is the only breeder, the only coração, born to a family full of Kartusian warriors and soldiers. He was born with no other purpose than to be the coração of a marriage group, there to serve them in every
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Great concept for a book. An explanation of what happened after Sodom and Gomorrah. However it seems to have an identity crisis going in general.

* Is it fantasy or Scifi?
* is Elian male or female? (Hint: At times it was very difficult to tell)
* Is it multiple partners or just one partner that's the key (At times either works)
* What is the history of the persecuted Z folks and why do they attack if its not what they want?

I'll admit it took me a long time to warm up to this and the best I got was
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Melanie
Yay! There were babies!
I finally got to read about the pregnancy, the birth, and the babies *does a happy dance*

So, this was a fabulous world, I loved the history.
I loved how it was written, though there were parts I had to re-read to get them to sink in, like the people called Kartusians in the city of Kartas in the state of Kardalas in the country of Kandalus on the planet of Kardalusia... that's a lot of "K" words to wrap my head around and get in the right order.
I loved that the author didn
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Tj
Sep 06, 2015 Tj rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
So, I always look over good and bad reviews before I write my own. I do put a lot of my personal preferences into my review. (I have no problem with an author reviewing their own work.) I LOVED reading this story. Yes, I admit the "bad guy" wasn't hard to figure out but so what! No one said this was a mystery. I enjoyed the characters and how the author worked in the bounds of the "world" that was created. The "world" in this book was so interesting and well planned out. Loved how the author ...more
Michi Rosa
Jun 18, 2013 Michi Rosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013
I. Need. More. Right. NOW!
Sarina
3.5* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

After reading this book I did something I don’t usually do before starting a review; I sat for a couple of hours and just let myself process. I find myself, even several hours later, conflicted. There were parts of the story I liked yet there were other parts that didn’t work so well for me and while there are parts of the story that I can definitively place in one category or the other, I’m still struggling to quantify the book as a whole. That very ra
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Lizzie
May 11, 2013 Lizzie rated it liked it
Okay let me start with really liking the premise of this story, even though it reeks of religious connotations. Don't worry they're not hard to find so I won't point them out and they don't really bother me. Four men make up a marriage group. One represents the body, who cares for the family physically. One is the mind, in charge of education and mental growth ( though those are the same to me). One is the groups soul who looks out for their spiritual well-being. And last but not least, is the ...more
Amber
Apr 10, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok
This book just did nothing for me. There were many places that for me where I would re-read a page thinking I could not just read what I did. There is always a suspension of belief for fantasy and mpreg stories but this one has some really over the top stuff in it. It wouldn't be so bad except this story takes itself to seriously. There is very little humor in this book and I get the feeling its trying to hard to be a serious fantasy book revolving around a guy giving birth and m-m-m-m sex.

Ther
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Janell
NOTE: this review is not meant to be a comprehensive, point-by-point run-down of what's good or bad about this story - I decided to speak to the points that stood out for me. Any editing or writing issues raised by other reviewers were certainly noted, but did not ruin this story for me.
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Wonderful escapism reading, and a very creative premise (and hooray for a multi-cultural set of MCs!!). I tried to read Elian with an open mind and no expectations, and I actually enjoyed it. Of course, the
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Savannah
This entire book is fluff. Painful, gruesome FLUFF. It's not even well written fluff.

I will sum up:
"You're amazing! I love you."
"What? You love me? I'm so surprised!"
"Of course I love you, you're so amazing and wonderful and I'm lucky to have you!"
"No, you're the amazing one. You're so strong and handsome and only you can do what you did. I don't know how you had the courage to do it, but you amaze me. I love you. Did I mention you're talented and I love you?"
"You're so beautiful and wonde
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Adara
Aug 24, 2013 Adara rated it liked it
I liked the uniqueness of the story and universe, but the editing left quite a bit to be desired. (Missing words, misspellings, missing punctuation, same word used twice close together in the same sentence, etc.)

The story sometimes telegraphed itself (view spoiler) or revelations came out of left field (view spoiler)
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Becky Condit
May 12, 2013 Becky Condit rated it really liked it
The backstory gives enough history to thoroughly explain the what and why of the book, with a plot that flows smoothly from beginning to end. The sex is hot enough to scorch the page, and the sheer variety is enough to satisfy anyone. The author has a style of writing that is quirky, humorous, but also has more than its share of drama, danger, betrayal, and loyalty. I REALLY enjoyed reading this unique book with a HEA ending that I can definitely reccommend to anyone looking for something ...more
Gianna
The overall story was good. When you can be taken to a fictional place and it is believable then you know the writing is good, at least for location. Creating complex characters can be difficult but the author did an amazing job with it. The attempted kidnappings and murder kept the story moving along but it wasn't overwhelming to the point where you say "enough already" either. That little phrase after I read the same description of a room or a person for the third time. If the author ...more
Brenda (b)
A great read. I loved Elian. I felt he was uncertain and sweet, but he didn't let his husbands walk all over him either. That's not say that I thought Nevin, Corbin and Gaige were harsh or overbearing. On the contrary, I saw them as lovable alphas and each had an inner soft spot that Elian seemed to bring out. I thought Kardalusia, both its history and present, provided a wonderful backdrop to the story. I got the feeling that here could possibly be more stories about this world and its people. ...more
Shelley
This was a pretty interesting read. There were parts where it felt like there was a little too much info dumping going on but the world the author has created that the story takes place in is kind of complex so it was a bit of a necessary evil. Gaige was my favorite husband and my heart broke for him with the burdens he was carrying. I enjoyed the book overall but there were bits I skimmed b/c I wanted more of a focus on the poly and less on the history of the planet and the gods.
Katie
I really enjoy the fantasy world/alternate reality that was in this story and I hope there are more since Ingo is still at large...

I also rea The Alpha King and it was also based in a different reality
Ericka Walden
May 21, 2013 Ericka Walden rated it really liked it
I for one enjoyed this FANTASY world. Great story telling and it kept me interested and invested in this series. Hope there's more to come!
Leaundra
Feb 15, 2015 Leaundra rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...Very interesting world and I really enjoyed it! I wasn't sure how it would work with four of them but surprisingly it did.
Lisa Guertin
May 11, 2013 Lisa Guertin rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the world building in this book. The biblical references were interesting and added a nice twist to the story. I missed Tabanasi's story and will be looking it up.
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Reviewed by: Don
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Rated: 3 hearts

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Vicktor Alexander “Vic” wrote his first story at the age of 10 about his youngest sister and her destruction of the world…with her breath.  Much to his youngest sister’s dismay the story was a hit and became the first story of a series all dealing with the planets that were destroyed by his siblings and their strange quirks and body odors. Vic now enjoys writing about shifters, humanoids, cowboys, ...more
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