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No Words Alone (Spark #2)

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Stranded on a hostile alien planet, a beautiful young translator is forced to choose between trusting her own crewmates or the noble commander of the very alien race that shot down her spacecraft.
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Dorchester Publishing
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Dec 08, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
Reviewed for; book release Dec08
Really 3.5 stars...
“No Words Alone” was my first read by Autumn Dawn so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I got was a pleasant surprise and a sensuous and interesting futuristic romance. For readers who are s/f fans like me, this is a more romantic s/f story with sex…nothing very explicit, and definitely not erotica, but more of a romantic bent than is found in most s/f books.

It was hard enough when Xera was the only female in her spaceshi
Jun 22, 2012 Hannah marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at page 162. The first few chapters of this book were great. There was danger, there was action, and at the center of it was a strong and sensible heroine. Then everything went downhill fast. Then heroine was taken hostage, forcibly betrothed to an alien lord, and expected to fulfill the role of wife and mother in a strongly patriarchal society. Inexplicably, the heroine almost immediately fell in love with her captor/husband, in spite of the fact that he forced her into marriage and refused ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Miau rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
I was kind of enjoying it -since to then, I like to read some romance mixed with science fiction- until I came to this dialogue:

(Hero / heroine are kissing)
The thought triggered a sudden panic. She jerked away as if bitten by ice water. “We’re not married.”
“Not my fault,” he murmured, making for her lips.
She wrenched away, aware that he allowed her to go. He didn’t look pleased, though. “We are not married,” she repeated, stronger this time.
He crossed his arms and regarded her.
Discovering her ha
Jan 05, 2014 Corduroy rated it did not like it
What did I just read part of?

The book starts out much better than I expected: a ship of humans has just survived a skirmish with a ship of an alien species ("The Scorpio") they are at war with, and both ships have crash-landed on a hostile planet full of things that would like to eat them.

The lead character, Xera, is the human crew's translator. She's the only one who can communicate with the aliens - who outgun and outclass the humans - and, as the two crews seek shelter and survival together
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Ben ailenımı isterimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm oy oy diye türkü çığırasım geldi kitabı bitirdiğimde.

Neyse efenim şu aralar kitap beğenenememe sendromumdan sonra bu kitap iyi geldi açıkçası. Bu sayede de yeni bir tür ile tanışmış oldum. Bilim kurgu fazla detay ile beni boğmadığı sürece ilgimi çeken türlerden biri. İşe romance katılınca kitaba direkt daldım tabii.

Yazarın tarzı hoşuma gitti açıkçası. Olaya direkt giriş yaptı. Kurgusunu da bize ilerledi
Sep 08, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
No Words Alone is an easy to read sci-fi romance. I finished it quickly and it kept my interest. I thought the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out, however. Also, neither character really stayed true to their start at the beginning of the book. I know that character development requires change in a character's attitudes and perceptions, but the hero started off the story by killing a man for even approaching him and that hardness was pretty much dropped from his character as the ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok
When I read the back jacket of this book I was really excited. I love reading Futuristic Romance and the jacket made it seem like the two protagonist, along with their crewmates, would be stranded on a hostile planet for awhile. The book started off with the female lead showing great courage and strength which the author failed to carry through the entire book. I did enjoy the book and finished it in two days, but the author did not allow for any emotional investment in the characters. Several ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Feb 04, 2010 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it it was ok
The story never really caught my attention. I think because I found the hero to be unattractive. When we first see him he is killing someone in cold blood. I never saw anything that made him into someone I would like much less love.
It is so fun to discover a book all on your own that both promised to be and then was a very satisfying read. I started reading and got engrossed in this book from the start. I'm a fairly new convert to Sci-Fi Romance, but my favorite thing about the genre is the introduction to creative world building and exploring the imagination. No Words Alone did not disappoint.

The book begins with a crashed ship of humans representing a business conglomerate who were warring with a humanoid alien race ove
Jennifer C.
This was a pleasant surprise. I read this book for a challenge. I've had it on my nook for a while now, but just never got around to it. It's a story about two alien races that both are similar to humans. Xera is from Polaris and is a translator on a warship. Ryven is basically royalty in the Scorpio race, but he is also a warrior Commander.

The first couple chapters were a little rough only because there are a lot of military terms thrown around and I'm just not used to that. Also, it's a compl
Dec 06, 2008 Kercelia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of sci-fi, paranormal, or anyone who likes a good love story.
Recommended to Kercelia by: Book club
No Words Alone is the first book I've read by Autumn Dawn, and I was prepared to not like it once I found that it was Sci-fi. I quickly amended my judgment, however, after reading a few pages. I am not a true sci-fi fan but I do sometimes read that genre. What appealed to me about this book is that it turned out to be a genuine love story between a human and her alien romantic interest. I came away hoping that there would be a sequel to this novel. What can I say except I'm a sucker for a good ...more
A scifi romance by Autumn Dawn. Xera is a translator and the only woman in her crew. They crash land on a hostile desert planet and have to depend on enemy aliens, Scorpios, to survive. The Captain of the enemy is Ryven.

It was a good read. Moved nicely and had a pretty decent romance. It had a few sex scenes but nothing over the top or erotic. This is part of a series and the other books focus on Xera's sisters, Gem and Brandy. But I believe they are basically stand-alone books.
Carolyn F.
Sep 22, 2012 Carolyn F. rated it liked it
Recommended to Carolyn F. by: Patricia Briggs Group
The story was pretty good although it does start with a good guy being murdered by the hero because of the captain being the one he wanted to talk to not the 2nd in command. That was pretty much overlooked by the moralistic heroine. That put me off a little.

The sex scenes are quick with no large graphic chapters. The first time I read this author.
Jan 23, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers, favorites
I just read this one [science fiction romance:] and really liked it. Hopefully there will be more...

As the only woman in a team of all male marooned explorers, whom do you trust—your friends...or your enemy?

Feb 07, 2009 new_user rated it liked it
This is my third book from Autumn Dawn, and while I liked this one, my feelings were a little mixed. I feel that's partly because the tone of this book was so much more subdued than her previous books.

In her werewolf books ( Teasing Danger ), Dawn gives the reader an impression of danger, at first from the hero and his people, later from outside sources. As a fan of romance with some suspense, I ate that right up.

There are dangers in this book too and threats to life and limb. Commander Ryven
I really wish I had read the reviews before starting this book

What I expected: Strong independent heroine navigates treacherous political landscape with hostile aliens
What I got: Supposedly strong independent heroine falls in love with her captor and finds her inner stereotypical feminine side and embraces being dependent on her husband. (view spoiler)
Oct 28, 2014 Wyrdness rated it liked it
Shelves: futuristic
I gave this story 3 stars just because I liked how descriptive it was. There wasn't an absolute ton of world building involved, but it did enough to convey a living, breathing universe for me. The Scorpio were a bit "Star Trek" alien for my tastes (basically human but with funny eyes/ ears/ noses/ etc.) with an odd culture that seemed at times very "olde worldy" (women are genteel creatures whose sole goal in married life should be bearing and raising children), but also modern in its approach ...more
May 02, 2015 Zarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lendable
I'm hovering somewhere between 3.5 and 4. For the most part I enjoyed this book. It starts out by introducing us to Xera and her crew mates. They're in a bit of a tight spot, having crash-landed on a hostile planet with the enemy. It's tense, but the two groups need each-other to survive. It all felt a little reminiscent of Pitch Black really—the beasts come out at night and all. Shortly thereafter Xera's thoughts, quite reasonably, turn to her very specific danger as the only woman among a grou ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Melisa rated it liked it
"With Ryven, she'd learned, no words alone could ever demonstrate the depth of his heart, but his actions were all in the language of love. They required no translation."

3 bintang buat buku ini. Ceritanya bagus dengan petualangan luar angkasa dan berbagai jenis alien. Romance partnya pun seimbang dengan petualangannya.

Meski awalnya sy agak enggan membaca buku ini dikarenakan covernya yg menggambarkan dua manusia berwarna merah! Dua cover manusia berwarna merah itu membuat saya berpikir aliennya
First let me say this - I was born in 1972. I grew up with Star Trek, Dune, Star Wars, and all the other sci-fi odd movies, & Tv shows.
I needed to tell you that because I'm pretty sure that's effected how I felt about the book.
The author has named one of the bad guys..Khan. Some of you may not know who Khan is, but to some one from my generation. This is all we see in our head when we read the word "Khan".

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or for the newer fans...

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Seriously, I could not get either of those images out of my h
Feb 03, 2016 JP rated it it was amazing
This book was really great! I later found out that this was actually the second book in a series which explained why I didn't understand everything right from the start. Xera was stranded in a hostile situation with aliens on a godforsaken planet full of sand. When attacked by the captain of her ship Xera finds herself protected by the aliens and cared for. Ryven seems to have taken a liking to the little female alien that he rescued from the human captain. But without the words to tell her what ...more
Audrie Cruz-Sealey
Dec 31, 2012 Audrie Cruz-Sealey rated it it was ok
This book was ok. I got this of the recommendations list from Goodreads and from the synopsis I thought it sounded interesting.

This book is set in the future where there are ships traveling from planet to planet and there are different alien races.

Xera is a human and the only female on a crew ship as the ships interpreter. She arrives on a planet that are filled with Scorpio, an alien race that only Xera can communicate. The Scorpio and humans must work together to get off this hostile planet. W
C.L. Bevill
Jan 17, 2013 C.L. Bevill rated it liked it
Okay. Space romance. Xera is a translator on a ship that crashes on a really yucky world because it was messing with the warship of another culture (run on sentence alert) that it wasn't supposed to be messing with. Despite that the leader of the alien crew sez, "Come with us because we're badasses and we need you as cannon fodder." Ryven is the leader and he "likes" Xera because she's got guts. Also she's the only girl on the other crew and since they're nasty humans they've all decided that ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I found Xera, the heroine in No Words Alone, refreshing. I love the romance genre, but sometimes the tension is kept high by having the heroine make massively inaccurate assumptions and then making boneheaded decisions based on those assumptions. In No Words Alone, Xera was intelligent, curious about the alien race she encouters (the Scorpio) as any interpreter would be, and sensitive to their differences. She had some very understandable insecurities when faced with a relationship with a ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Jam rated it really liked it
It was surprisingly good. The premise of landing on a hostile planet and needing to depend on an alien race isn't new, but the writing was fresh, and I always love the tandem between a strong independent-minded woman, and a dominant, possessive, and devoted man. I like stories were men are straight-forward and know exactly what they want. In this story, the male knows exactly what he wants and takes steps to get it. It also helps that the culture of the race is very nurturing of women, so you ...more
Catherine A.
Nov 23, 2016 Catherine A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After reading all those negative reviews I must admit I hesitated buying the book, but was glad I eventually downloaded it.

When translator Xera's military vessel strands on an inhospitable planet, she is saved from her own crew mates by enemy commander Ryven, an aristocratic member of the mysterious Scorpio race. Xera is soon "recruited" as an ambassador of her people to the Scorpio planet and pressured into an arranged marriage to Ryven. Xera tries to turn her difficult situation into a learnin
Lieutenant Xera Harrisdaughter (Harris-d) is stuck in a very bad situation. She is stuck on a enemy desert planet with the enemy, but to survive until another space ship can pick them all up, they must work together. Xera is the translator and masters both languages so she is quickly put in an awkward position between the two groups of men. She is also the only female and that is very bad when you don't know how long they all might be stranded on the planet. Her captain and fellow humans turn on ...more
Vrinda Pendred
Oct 06, 2015 Vrinda Pendred rated it liked it
I read this because it was free, the cover entertained me, the author's name was amusingly made-up and the plot sounded interesting. I nearly put it down on page 5. It jumped too quickly into the story without much background or build-up. I skimmed a bit until the characterisation really kicked in. It was an interesting idea - getting taken as the spoil of war and married to the prince of an alien world, against your will, and never allowed to see your home / family again. I enjoyed watching how ...more
I would have to say that my favorite part of this book was the beginning. The whole story is a fantastic plot with a very imaginative universe. I loved how we were thrown into the action in the beginning. As the story went on, it became naturally slower as there wasn't as much action and suspense. But it was still an exciting read learning about the characters. And then the ending I felt was a tad rushed, but I really just wanted a longer novel because it was so good!
Also-Ryven. MMmmmm.
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Aug 30, 2016 Kalyee rated it it was ok
This book started so well, but lost momentum 2/3rds in.

The h is a strong, intelligent woman. She manages to be independent while avoiding falling into he "I'll show you and do the opposite of what you say, even if it's likely dangerous" trope. I loved that she was skilled, that she could speak her mind but understood when to hold her tongue, and that she chooses to find the best in things instead of moping and spending the book looking for escape.

The H was strong, alpha type, who manages to man
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