2ND REVIEW - 14 FEBRUARY 2011 This is still a 4-star read the second time around. It would have been five if not for the reasons Jenre mentioned in her...more2ND REVIEW - 14 FEBRUARY 2011 This is still a 4-star read the second time around. It would have been five if not for the reasons Jenre mentioned in her excellent review. I was more aware of the power struggle between Aubrey and Seht this time and was delighted to find I was fully invested in it and wondered how these two uber-alphas would resolve the dilemma.
While I liked the resolution (I had totally forgotten that was how this book ended!), unless you're aware Lost Star is the prequel to Victorious Star, you will find the ending very abrupt. So I recommend that you have Victorious Star ready before you get to the end of LS. A friend was telling me she wants to read LS because it's MM but will pass on VS as it's MMF. While I understand perfectly her distaste for girl cooties spoiling the broth, it is a pity in this case because Seht's and Captain Ravnos' relationship in Victorious Star is a thing to behold, indeed. I myself refuse to read MM romances that have girl cooties - the Interstellar Service & Discipline books are the one and only exception.
I agree with Jenre that Seht isn't as developed as Aubrey here and that's a pity as I would have liked to know him better. We get to follow Aubrey closely but know nothing about how Seht grew up and what made him gravitate towards Aubrey and get attached to him so quickly. At least in those werewolf books I occasionally read, they have a mate out there they can sense. In this case, there's not enough about Skeldhi culture and nothing of Seht's past (or even his present) to help me understand his character.
Despite this, LS is a great intro to the IS&D series. I'll move on to Victorious Star now and hope that I won't wish Victoria were a Victor instead!
1ST REVIEW - 9 APRIL 2009: Lost Star felt short even though it's novel length but it did complete Victorious Star in that we now know what the history is between Aubrey Ravnos and Seht, the skeldhi prince.
It tells the story of how Seht met the young Aubrey when the latter was a young guy, I think six months shy of 21 and on the run from the Moribund Company. Aubrey was caught by the Imperial Agency for his hacking into ships and taking them for joyrides. The ship he's serving on in lieu of imprisonment commits suicide after its crew is killed. Yeah, this is Morgan Hawke book so ships are "alive". They rape and kill.
Aubrey finds himself taken by Moribund and his Company (M & Co appear in all the Star books) and manages to escape but the torture during his capture by Moribund has left Aubrey at the point of death. He manages to escape, though I'm not sure how long he was imprisoned by Moribund. Aubrey's age, at this point, is also uncertain coz he's referred to as "kid" several times.
Moribund's ship comes under attack by the Skeldhis and in the ensuing fracas, Aubrey escapes. Moribund's guys are out looking for Aubrey, of course, since he's an extremely valuable commodity due to his programs. Seht arrives on the scene just in time to save Aubrey from recapture but has to turn him into a rehkyt (a skeldhi's hybrid sex slave) in order to save him.
Seht finds himself deeply attached to the human Aubrey and is heart-broken when he is told Aubrey needs to be returned to the Imperial Agency. They are separated but reunited after a period of time when Seht refuses to give up searching for Aubrey. Only now, Aubrey is an adult and commander of his own ship. He prefers to be called Ravnos and is even more determined not to be Seht's slave since his priority is to destroy the Moribund Company, not become a skeldhi's pet.
Seht couldn't ever give Aubrey up and has been looking for him. It's obvious Aubrey is much more than just a pet to Seht but why, we do not know. Towards the end of the book the two ubver-alphas meet up again, for the final face-off. The fight ends with Seht agreeing to the only thing that will keep him with Aubrey for the rest of his life.
Victorious Star was the first erotic romance ebook I read. It freaked me out, to put it mildly. Once I got over the shock, I loved the story and Hawke...moreVictorious Star was the first erotic romance ebook I read. It freaked me out, to put it mildly. Once I got over the shock, I loved the story and Hawke's writing.
What an adventure! I enjoy sci-fi romance provided it doesn't get too technical with the futuristic high-tech stuff since I AM reading a romance. I also enjoy erotic romance so to find a combination of the two done so well as Hawke does it is a treat, indeed.
I found the alien hero with the 2 penises icky, though, but still enjoyed the book enough to buy Fallen Star, the next book. I bought both books in e-book format first but as soon as Victorious Star came out in print, I bought it. As at this writing (July 2008), Fallen Star has not yet been released in print.(less)
I don't think Morgan Hawke could top this erotic sci-fi! To say I loved this book would be the understatement of the millennium. I loved it so much, I...moreI don't think Morgan Hawke could top this erotic sci-fi! To say I loved this book would be the understatement of the millennium. I loved it so much, I printed it out (all 400-plus pages!) and took it with me to Maldives where I read it sipping pina coladas on the balcony of my over-water villa. That was the second time I'd read it and when I got home I reformatted the book into tradesize and printed the darn thing all over again and bound it in an A5 2-ring binder! Talk about obsessed but Fallen Star isn't out in print, unlike Victorious Star.
If I liked Victorious Star - and I did - then Fallen Star is the ultimate erotic sci-fi for me. The action begins right at the start as Fallon meets Sobekh when she steals his glider and the sexual tension doesn't let up to the end. By now, I've sort of gotten used to these Skeldhis with the two dicks but was still relieved that there is, like Victorious Star, a human hero. The romance between Sobehk and E’sey Khan, the human hero, is so intense and erotic yet Hawke's skill is such that their relationship did not overshadow their love for Fallon.
And ahhh, Fallon. What a kick-ass heroine. If you enjoy sci-fi and erotic romance, don't miss this book!(less)
I was wondering if there were anymore Star Trek-like erotic romances (but without the double penises of Morgan Hawke's Skeldhis) and thought I'd found...moreI was wondering if there were anymore Star Trek-like erotic romances (but without the double penises of Morgan Hawke's Skeldhis) and thought I'd found another one in Gena Showalter's sci-fi romances. I confess I bought the book based on its cover and thought it was an erotic sci-fi, not having read any of Showalter's books before.
EMS isn't bad at all and I enjoyed the story. The big BUT - but I was expecting/hoping for something grittier, more intense and darker. This book turned out to be pretty lightweight which was a pity because I liked the characters.(less)
Now, I looked forward to this 3rd installment of the Alien Retrieval & Investigation Something-or-Other because it was in the 3rd Person. The firs...moreNow, I looked forward to this 3rd installment of the Alien Retrieval & Investigation Something-or-Other because it was in the 3rd Person. The first two were First Person and I don't like them, generally. I only buy a First Person because I didn't know that's what it was!
Savor Me Slowly sounded exactly what I was waiting for - dark, intense, erotic. It started off that way but lost steam, unfortunately. Showalter never delivered on the sexual aspect of the story but I usually don't mind if the other elements are well done. In this case, the sci-fi aspects overwhelmed the final battle scene and it was hard to tell who was doing what to whom. The relationship between Mishka and Jaxon also failed to satisfy emotionally, never mind the erotic aspects.
I'd been looking forward to Kia's story since I finished the first Planet Nerak book, Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind. While I chuckled at Kia's int...moreI'd been looking forward to Kia's story since I finished the first Planet Nerak book, Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind. While I chuckled at Kia's introduction to Planet Earth and found Nick sexy, I think Mala's and Mason's romance from the first book resonated more with me.
I could have done with a bit more development with Nick's character and some follow-through on those Nerak gems that Kia had - especially when Nick isn't a category-type billionaire hero. On the contrary, he appeared to me to be scraping together a living as a cop. He's hoping to save enough money to open a bar and become a beach bum if he can find someone to look after the bar. Other than that, he has no other ambition and is a slob - his apartment is littered with dirty clothes and the sink is full of unwashed dishes...on second thoughts, maybe Nick isn't all that sexy because if there was an epilogue, I fear Kia would be left manning the bar, washing Nick's dishes and laundry while he surfs and fishes all day, everyday.
Anyway, while Nick may not come off better when compared to Mason, the sheriff-hero from Book 1, Cosmic Sex was a fast and enjoyable-enough read. If Karen Kelley does write a third Planet Nerak book, however, I don't think I'll buy it unless I know someone who has read Book 1 and 2 and still recommends it. This is because I don't think the new-alien-on-the-block plot device can stretch to 3 books. Already, in Book 2, there's the inevitable repetition of Kia talking openly in public about wanting sex from Nick. Scenes like that are funny the first time, can still raise a chuckle the second but the third time? Nah.
I would also have liked to see more of Mala and Mason as well as Barton and Carol from the first book but they didn't appear until near the end. Cosmic Sex wasn't a big disappointment but I did expect a little better.(less)
I enjoyed this book so much and immediately placed an order for the second book in the series as soon as I finished it. Both Mala and Mason are lovabl...moreI enjoyed this book so much and immediately placed an order for the second book in the series as soon as I finished it. Both Mala and Mason are lovable characters and it was a pleasure to follow their story. Though I'm an alpha-hero romance fan, and Mason isn't an alpha-hero even if he's the sheriff, he is sexy in his sweet, caring ways and the ideal mate for Mala.
I have CosmiC Sex on my TBR and will be reading it next. I can't wait to see what happens when Mala's cousin comes to Planet Earth to persuade Mala to return to Nerak - and gets caught up with sexy Nick. Those post-coitus scenes when the heroine tries to tell the hero she's an alien really crack me up.(less)
This was my second Blaze. The first one was by Jo Leigh called Blush and was no different from any other category title. That said, Beyond The Edge wa...moreThis was my second Blaze. The first one was by Jo Leigh called Blush and was no different from any other category title. That said, Beyond The Edge was way beyond what I was expecting! Can't say I liked it even though it was a sci-fi romance, one of my fav genres. Why? Because the alien-hero made the heroine wear a clit ring with a chain attached. I mean, OUCH!(less)
I'm not finished yet but this is SO much better than Susan Johnson's Hot Property which I'm about halfway through.
Both men are a good fit and there's...moreI'm not finished yet but this is SO much better than Susan Johnson's Hot Property which I'm about halfway through.
Both men are a good fit and there's some Dom/sub thing going on that I haven't gotten a handle on yet but either Drekk has Dom tendencies or Ryen and the other's a sub. It's too early for me to know but it's fun finding out as the story's fast-moving and the sexual chemistry between the 2 guys is strong. I love the pheromone-emitting abilities!
Finshed. Really enjoyed this one. The chemistry between Drekk and Ryen sucked me in and it was as I thought at the start - the line between being a Dom and sub is blurred here. Even until the end, you never quite know who ended up being the Dom but I know they'll both enjoy finding out!(less)
The part I liked best? Malla gets to keep all FOUR guys!!! She made no bones about loving sex with all of them and I immediately thought of Laura! LOL...moreThe part I liked best? Malla gets to keep all FOUR guys!!! She made no bones about loving sex with all of them and I immediately thought of Laura! LOL!
I would have given this 5 stars but the action aspect of the story was underdeveloped and Shon's berzerker rage sequence was anti-climactic after all the build-up. The sex was hot, though there were instances I couldn't follow who was doing what to Malla. Hey, it's not easy trying to follow sex with four alien men AND watch the Mumbai terrorist attack on CNN at the same time!
If you like your heroines with no sexual hangups, you'll like Malla. She's been trained to be a server - a woman who keeps the Luo warriors recharged via sex (I gotta love these alien ways!) but she's an Elite so she can do more for her team than ordinary servers. The four guys love her the minute they set eyes on her since she's no fragile, shrinking violet like some of their previous servers have been. There's a thin intrigue thread that's easily overlooked because the focus is on the sexual and romantic relationship between this Elite server and her 4-man team. Two of the men are romantically involved with each other as well, and that always, without fail, adds to my enjoyment. I would have liked a more intense sexual/emotional scene between Malla and Shon seeing as they worried about each other from the start.
I enjoyed this group sex romance very much despite the weak parts and couldn't help wishing Morgan Hawke would write one like that. She would have given a great action-adventure plot and not pulled punches with the sex (I'd tell her to hold the double penises, though).
Of course, the best part is the 4-man/one-woman HEA. In Service would have to be my ultimate erotic romance - it's got M/M romance with both guys in love with the heroine, too; it has a team member who just has to fuck the heroine every couple of hours (coz he's young...in his 20s), a member who's about to be crowned king of his kingdom and the tortured and sexy team leader whom the heroine can't live without.
Way too short and raised too many questions for me to fully enjoy this sci-fi MM romance. The Avvarians have their own form but what this is exactly,...moreWay too short and raised too many questions for me to fully enjoy this sci-fi MM romance. The Avvarians have their own form but what this is exactly, isn't clear. They took on human form to be on planet earth and penises are alien to them so I couln't help asking how Avvarians had sex. These two alien guys also fucked like they'd had human forms before but they'd just got there for the first time so I can't help but wonder how they knew to do it as if they'd been having sex the human way since forever!
Leo, the 3rd guy, is human, however, and in pain due to injuries when a BDSM scene went wrong. Hiding away from real contact, he has a cyber relationship with Sirras, not knowing he isn't human. The three meet in the real world and they decide to transmorph Leo so that he can travel the solar systems with them.
I thought that was so romantic and so full of potential and am disappointed that the author made this such a short story that it was terribly half-baked.(less)
I would have given this 5 stars if it was longer and the ending unrushed and less abrupt. However, this is one of the few romances where the chemistry...moreI would have given this 5 stars if it was longer and the ending unrushed and less abrupt. However, this is one of the few romances where the chemistry between the H & H is combustible. In this case, it's between Liam, an earthling and Talon, a Kuryeen, who are related to earthlings in some way, apparently, and allies with Earth.
Though this is a sci-fi MM romance, the focus is always on the two men and the sci-fi, futuristic stuff never intrudes. I loved the interaction between the two men and they couldn't be more different. Both are fighter pilots and Liam is cocky, irreverent and irresistible. Talon, on the other hand, is tortured (especially when he realizes he's fallen for Liam!), serious and disgusted with being put under command of someone he despises and considers childish.
Their romance doesn't feel rushed even though it happens early but the sex scenes aren't as explicit as most MM ones. There is only one with penetration and it occurs at the end of the story...but, sigh, the getting there was great.
Lover & Commander is one of those yummy MM stories that made me yearn for more of them. I now have to hunt through my MM TBR pile to find one I think is comparable - and longer, just to have a more substantial ending.
The intensity is not supplied by the sex scenes but by the characters themselves, which is my favorite way. I've been reading too many erotic romances lately where the book is just padded with sex and no character/relationship development.(less)