I love Daniels writing. This is the first in a new series, and I think the series has such incredible potential. This book felt a little like an extenI love Daniels writing. This is the first in a new series, and I think the series has such incredible potential. This book felt a little like an extended prequel, mainly because Daniels ended it at a point where the story REALLY got intense. Can't wait for the next one!
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That being said, I LOVED this book. I remember everyone telling me I had to read The**FULL DISCLAIMER: Ruby is a client of mine, as well as a friend**
That being said, I LOVED this book. I remember everyone telling me I had to read The Last Hour of Gann when it came out, and I did. I hated it. It was way to long, there was too much rape, and the fact that the surviving humans all ganged up on the heroine disgusted me.
IPB is like everything that was amazing about Gann without all the crappy parts. The world building was great, the sex was super hot and frequent, and I just loved everything about it. I can't wait to read more in the series!!...more
This book is dark, like... really dark! The world building is super interesting, but I couldn't get past how dark it was, and the lack of a core romanThis book is dark, like... really dark! The world building is super interesting, but I couldn't get past how dark it was, and the lack of a core romance plot.
I don't know that this book can be classified as a true romance. It's dark... like, REALLY dark.
First off, it took me almost 3 full days to read thisI don't know that this book can be classified as a true romance. It's dark... like, REALLY dark.
First off, it took me almost 3 full days to read this book, and I read somewhat fast. It's over 900 pages.
Two, there is a LOT of sexual violence. It served its purpose to the story, but it was graphic and intense and at times a little much.
Three, so much of this book focuses on the hero's blind faith, and his pilgrimage to his sacred shrine. While I found that aspect of the book to be really interesting, I have a tendency to get annoyed when religion is a key factor in books. I don't know why, but it annoys me. I think that is why this book didn't work as well for me as it did for others.
I hated most of the secondary characters in this story. I wanted to shoot the other humans, even Amber's sister Nicci. They were a little over the top in their extremist ways, and that drove me bat-shit crazy.
While I liked the book, thought it was extremely thought provoking, I didn't LOVE it like a lot of other people did. It was good, but it didn't blow me away. It's definitely an interesting read!...more
Now that it's finally over, I went ahead and read it in one sitting! Oh, I loved it so much!! Such a great new world that is fun and quirky and intereNow that it's finally over, I went ahead and read it in one sitting! Oh, I loved it so much!! Such a great new world that is fun and quirky and interesting and I hope and pray they write more!...more
It’s been awhile since I read a great sci-fi romance, and I was in the mood when I read the blurb for this one. Since it sounded like good fun, I picked it up right away.
Amy has spent her entire life in the Centre, living in isolation because of her strong psychic powers. But she wants out of her cell and the chance to go outside. When she connects mentally with J.C., she thinks that she might finally get that chance.
J.C. has come to his senses about the harm the Centre has done on its children subjects, and tries to do what he can to free them, but he is set up and sent to get his mind wiped. After the wipe he is put in charge of the investigation to find a serial killer who has been targeting children and others within the centre. With Amy and J.C. working together, they just might be able to find the killer before he strikes again.
The world building in this book seemed really well developed, but a little difficult to understand. We only get a good picture of what life is like within the Centre, and the rest of the outside world is still a big mystery. I would have liked to get a better understanding of the world at large, but from what we learn of the different psychic powers, I’m excited to see more of these characters from this world.
I really enjoyed both J.C. and Amy. J.C. was this total stand-up guy. He was honorable and his conscious was something that he listened to and took action on. He hated what the Centre was doing to people, and wanted to do everything in his power to fix it. Even after having his mind wiped, he was still a genuinely nice guy. Once Amy gave him his memories back, he went right on back to being that sweetheart hero.
Poor Amy went through hell and back in this book, especially since she seemed to be psychically linked to the serial killer at the most inopportune times. Yet she wanted more than anything to catch the killer, even if she put herself in harm’s way. Although she lived a somewhat sheltered life, she was also an all around sweetheart. She reminded me of the sweet and innocent heroines of some of my favorite historical romances, and that really endeared her to me.
The relationship between Amy and J.C. was slow and started more like a friendship. Given Amy’s lack of any life experience, J.C. took things nice and slow with her, and when they finally did take their relationship further, it was sweet. Not too steamy, but nice and appropriate for them as a couple.
All in all I enjoyed Reed’s debut novel. I thought the mystery portion of the plot was a little under-developed. I could have used a little more, but was glad to see the way Reed worked it all out in the end. I also liked the main characters as well as the supporting characters enough that I’m excited to go back into this world and see what Reed has to offer. I give Hunting the Shadows a C+...more
Both this book and the first in the series, Silver, caught my eye because of the AMAZING covers. they are just so beautiful and captivating. When Abriel contacted us for a review, I was both excited and nervous to give these books a try.
Haevyn is an adrenaline junkie, and the night she sneaks in to see a men-only fight is the night that changes her life. She always had an aversion to the altered humanotic beings, but her first sight of the fighter Entreus has her second guessing her beliefs about them. Little did she knew her longtime lover and best friend Grisha was setting her up, he believed that Entreus and Haevyn needed each other, and was willing to do anything to set them up.
Entreus has long been held in a gilded prison due to his alternations, and struggles in his fight for equal rights. When Haevyn enters his world, he is attracted to her in ways he never thought possible. With many different political power plays working against them, will Entreus and Haevyn be able to not only save each other, but their bond to Grisha?
Let me start this review by saying that Abriel has created one of the most unique and confusing worlds I have ever read. Not only has she created her own scientific terms for all the different people and races and altered humans, but the actual world itself is so incredibly robust that I frequently found myself getting lost. It made for a really slow start, and a few times I even set the book down just so I could get my brain back to normal functioning mode. I’m not usually a big hard-core Sci Fi reader because of this reason, so I definitely struggled at first. That being said, I was also totally intrigued by the world. There were some crazy cyberpunk, steampunk, sci fi elements that absolutely blew me away with its awesomeness.
I really enjoyed our three main characters. Although we didn’t get a ton of page time with Grisha, he reminded me of the typical beta-hero. He was the foundation to both Haevyn and Entreus, providing support and healing when they both desperately needed it. Both Haevyn and Entreus were super developed characters, and both had so much going on with them. Haevyn had to deal with her ongoing issues with the humanotics and her growing attraction to Entreus. She had her younger brother causing all kinds of angst for her, a job she absolutely hates, and a political powerplay she gets stuck in the middle of. Entreus is also dealing with his attraction to Haevyn, trying to hide her from his wizard lover, and his pent up problems with the overall political world. They are a group of hot mess, incredible characters.
And holy moly was this book hot. Abriel didn’t shy away from anything erotic. We got some man on man, woman on woman, menage, BDSM and all other types of sexual interludes. It seemed like whenever someone wasn’t making some back alley deal for more power, they were going at it like bunnies. The scenes were hot and sexy and everywhere throughout the book. This was definitely a heavy erotic story.
I really enjoyed the ongoing plot conflicts with the government officials, but I’m going to be honest and admit that I am still fuzzy on the details. there really was SO MUCH going on that I found myself skimming over some parts because no matter how many times I read them, they still were not computing in my head. However, I was engaged enough to love the journey and snicker at the outcome.
All in all this was an interesting read. The world-building was almost too much for me to handle, and yet the characters were so alive that I needed to know how it all panned out for them. While I had hoped for a few more sexy scenes between Haevyn, Entreus and Grisha, I loved the way their relationship ended. If you pick this one up, be sure you can devote lots of quiet time to read it, and bring a pen and paper to take notes, it might help! I give Haevyn a C....more
When I got the request to read this book, it sounded like the kind of sci-fi romance books that are right up my alley, and after a somewhat slow start, I found myself really enjoying this book.
Katherine has wanted to be an ambassador her entire life, she studied for it, lived for it and breathes it every day. When threats against earth become more and more dangerous, Katherine pleads for the council for assistance. Unfortunately for her, the only person in place to help her is Ja-el, her one true love from her school days, and the man she left behind so many years ago.
Ja-el never got over Katherine leaving. He blames the Council for taking her away, getting his father killed and countless other crimes. The last thing he wants to do is be at their beck and call, spread his own planet’s resources thin by helping earth. but when Katherine shows up on his world, begging for his help, Ja-el might find it difficult to say no to her, with his heart and his power.
Once this book got over the initial slow start, it really hooked me in and kept me interested. I loved all the different politics that came into play, especially within the Council and outside of the council. There always seemed to be at least one or two players looking to stab someone in the back to get to their end game. I’ve always loved when my sci-fi romance books are filled to the brink with spies and lies and intrigue.
I was a little worried that Ja-el wouldn’t be able to come to terms with his feelings, especially since it seemed as if he was trying so hard to deny his past with Katherine. At the same time, I was glad to see that Ja-el didn’t roll over and beg Katherine to come back to him. They both danced around each other and their history, especially given how painful it was for them. I thought that the slow build up they went through to get back together was really well done. It didn’t feel rushed, and yet it didn’t feel like it was dragged out either. They both had a chance to deal with the issues of their shared history and come to a point where they chose to be together. I liked it!
I was hoping that this book would have a little more action than it did. While the end was packed with adrenaline pumping moments, the entire first half of the book is a lot of background and world-building and tension between Ja-el and Katherine. While that is all good, I was expecting to come into a story that pulled me in instantly, and instead I had to wait awhile for it.
All in all I thought that Gray had a good debut novel in this story. The world building was fun and interesting, the overall story line was wonderfully done as well – with all the twists and turns within the Council. I think a little more action in the beginning would have helped moved the story along faster, but I ended up really enjoying the story overall. I give Wars of the Heart a C+...more
Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: eARC from author
I’ve long been a fan of science fiction romance, and with the arrival of more cyberpunk stories from Samhain, I was excited to get the chance to read new and interesting worlds that were so different from the ones I already loved.
Plix has one goal in life: continue in her father’s footsteps and find a way to bring down the company SynDate – the ones ultimately responsible for the deaths of both her mother and father. She has been cyber engineered to be faster, smarter and more technologically savvy in order to complete that mission. Thanks to Edison, Plix is closer than anyone ever before in finding out the truth.
Edison fears that every time Plix comes to him broken and beaten down that it’ll be the last time he ever sees her alive. He hates fixing her up and sending her back on her way to get into more trouble. After a passionate kiss and a flirtation with death, Plix might finally be ready to devote more of her life to living instead of vengeance. But she will need Edison’s help for one last mission before she can even think about ever after.
I was so excited to read this book, it sounded like such an adventure with a mix of robotic-like technology thrown in the mix. I was hoping that Grey would do a thorough job of explaining all the tech and world-building, and for me, the world as a whole is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. Much of the first chapter or two is spent with Plix going in and out of consciousness, and I had a difficult time keeping up with both the slang and the tech itself. I wish it would have been explained a little more upfront.
I had a harder time connecting to Plix than I did Edison. I wanted to like Plix, I wanted to cheer for her and be with her every step of her journey. Unfortunately, I found her to be very single-minded in her focus, so much so that she came across as very selfish and a little naive. Her only goal and focus for the majority of the book was to bring down SynDate, and in the process she stepped all over Edison’s heart, time and time again.
I liked that Edison was there for Plix, that he wanted to standby her and support her and yet he never held her back. He was very much a beta hero character, taking a very back-seat role to the kickass Plix. He was the nerdy tech guy who patched her up and loved her from afar. I wanted him to be a bit more aggressive in his dealings with her – especially when it became obvious that Plix was oblivious to his attraction.
Although their romance develops very quickly in the last portion of the book, it was done in a way that seemed genuine. Plix was forced to come to grips with the idea of being in love, being in a relationship. While it happened somewhat quickly, it also made total sense to me, and I loved their few moments of tenderness. I wish we would have gotten to see more of that throughout the book.
All in all I think Grey created an interesting and well developed world that can be expanded and explained so much more in future stories. I would love to see more of Plix and Edison or even other characters help push this world further into change. While the relationship was a little slow in developing, it was tender and sweet in the end. I loved Grey’s voice and will definitely be looking for more in the future. I give Unacceptable Risk a C+...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
After the first book in the 8th Wing series I was anxiously waiting to get the next book, especially once I realized it would feature Celene, the pilot who was taken hostage in the first book. As much as I enjoyed the story, there was something that was missing from this one that made the Collision Course so special and unique.
Celene is desperate to get revenge on the people who disabled her ship, took her hostage and tried to sell her as a sex slave. When she realizes that the only way to find the traitor is to work with Nils, the golden boy of the engineering department. Nils isn’t what Celene is used to working with for a partner, but once he proves himself, she grudgingly accepts him.
Nils has always had a crush on Celene, and now that he has the chance to prove NerdWorks can be in the field as well, he will do anything to have a successful mission. Each day he is with Celene, the two grow closer and finally the sexual tension is more than they can both take. But when the mission gets critical, they are both going to have to step up their game to make it home alive.
I had such high expectations for this story, and while it was still really good, it didn’t live up to all my hopes. Unlike Collision Course, I felt as if this story was really choppy. There were times it seemed as if scenes ended quickly, blurred together in ways that didn’t always work for me and didn’t seem to flow as seamlessly. While I liked the overall plot and story, it felt as if the journey itself from start to finish was like a really rough hike, instead of a leisurely stroll through the park. I had to work at following along and enjoying the story.
I also felt as if the romance wasn’t as believable either. I really liked the change in dynamic from the first hero and heroine to Celene and Nils. While Celene is a top ranked soldier, she is also put up on such a high pedestal that she doesn’t ever get the chance to feel like a real woman. And Nils is a complete geek, caring more about working with computers and components than people. I liked them together once they really came to care for each other, but I still don’t really see how they got there.
I am still interested in the overall world-building and hope that Archer continues to write more books in this series. I’ve been a fan of these space-opera style romances, and think that Archer can tell some incredible stories within this genre.
All in all I was a little disappointed, but also went in with some VERY lofty expectations. I think the book had a great overall story and Archer fans wont be too disappointed. However, I also didn’t think that it lived up to awesomesauce that was the first book in the series.
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books Publish Date: Out Now How I got this book: eARC from author
I’m a big fan of science fiction romance, and when I got this request from Rosso I was nervous about starting in the middle of a series, but super excited to read it. Even though it’s the third book in the Limit War series, it was really easy to follow and readable as a stand alone.
Jessa is captain of her squad and a hard core soldier. Her one extended fling was with a man from her squad and with him she feels like a woman first and foremost. During a somewhat routine mission, Jessa gets separated from her squad and hurt during an attack. The last thing she expects is for Ryder to come and rescue her.
Ryder is content being a soldier, but if there is anything he wants more than to just survive, it’s Jessa. He risks everything by going to rescue her. And even after he finds her, they embark on a suicide mission behind enemy lines. But will their time together be enough to convince Jessa to take a chance on him?
Being a fan of both science fiction romance and suspense books, this novella was right up my alley. I loved that Rosso kept the plot moving right along. The action was high intensity and kept the story at a fast pace. I really enjoy the premise of the Limit War and the battle and fight scenes were very well done, I could picture everything running through my mind like a great movie.
I was also really impressed with how well Rosso was able to write a real and genuine female character. I’ve read some male authors heroine’s before where it doesn’t always work out that way, and I was so happy to really click with Jessa so early on in the story. Her struggle to find a balance between super soldier and her feminine persona was something that endeared her to me that much more. I loved her finding peace in deciding to be with Ryder and making it known to her squad that she could still be a badass and in love at the same time.
Ryder was great as well. He had such a laid back way about him, but when it really mattered, he was also ready to kick ass and take names. His desire for Jessa was obvious, and I really liked that he didn’t let her just brush him aside. That he was ready to fight for her and them, regardless of the potential loss.
All in all I really enjoyed this novella – I will definitely be checking out more books by Rosso in the future. The romance was real and sweet and sexy, the action was so realistic and kept the story moving at a pace that kept me engaged and at the edge of my seat. Science Fiction Romance fans will definitely want to check this one out! I give The Limit of Desire an A-...more
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
I love me some science-fiction romance, and this Lee novella was a great space opera romance!
Shay has wanted nothing more than to get off world and join the Space Corps, but when she realizes that her father is not who she thought he was, she is denied entry into the Corps and her life takes a turn she never expected. Now a pirate under her father, she is approached to take a job from the government that is peril to their survival. Shay is hesitant, but takes the job anyway. When she realizes part of her cargo is her old flame Jayce, things heat up.
Jayce never got the chance to even say good-bye to Shay, so when she ends up as being the Pirate leading his latest mission, Jayce takes the chance to rekindle their friendship. But when things with the mission take an unexpected turn, Jayce may have to choose between Shay and the job.
I really enjoyed this short novella. It was a great mix of space opera style science fiction with heart warming romance. I loved that the story started with Jayce and Shay as kids, meeting and sharing a love of space and flying. From there we get a glimpse of them as young adults – in love and hoping to embark on their future on the Corps together. It set up the story line beautifully and gave the reader a chance to feel as if they knew who the Jayce and Shay were, their history and their love before the meat and potatoes of the story started.
I absolutely LOVED both Jayce and Shay. They were such great characters, and I really did feel like I got such a great understanding of them both. One of the things I liked most about Shay was that despite the fact she was a pirate with her father, she also had her morals and values. I love that she really stayed true to herself, that she didn’t become corrupt and jaded after having to lose her dream and become a pirate. Even through the entire novella, I thought that Lee did an excellent job keeping the characters true and consistent and enjoyable to read.
The romance between Jayce and Shay was very well done as well. It was painfully obvious they were both still head-over-heels in love with each other, despite their years apart. Their time together was sweet and at times very sexy, but they also took their time building trust, a friendship and them commitment. There was plenty of sexual tension and build-up as they danced around the adults they grew into. I really enjoy second chance romance stories, especially when they are done as well as this.
The action plot was great as well. I really liked the overall story line with their mission and how it all ended up panning out in the end. The story-line moved at a quick pace, while still being informative and detailed.
All in all I was extremely happy with my first Lee read. The romance was great, the characters were easy to relate to and the action kept the story moving along at a quick pace. Although it’s a shorter novella, the story didn’t feel rushed at all. I will be checking out more from this author in the future! I give Slip Point an A...more
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: eARC from author
One of the main reasons I decided to review this book by Massey was because of her email request, noting that I had read and enjoyed previous space-opera style romances. While I’ll admit this wasn’t my favorite, I did enjoy it.
Drake hates to run away, but when he looks to be the last thing that could possibly revenge earth, he and his crew must do just that. While on the run he takes his chance going to a prison planet to find resources and fix his ship. The last thing Drake expected to find was that the prisoners had taken over the planet, and that their Queen would bring him to his knees.
Queenie has been raised to unite her people and get them off the prison planet. When a ship lands she finally gets that chance. She doesn’t know what to think about Drake and his wild story about the hostile takeover of Earth, but she does know that he makes her giddy. When an attack comes to her planet, Queenie and Drake will have to join forces to do anything and everything to save the human race.
There were parts of this book I really enjoyed, despite the fact that I felt like it really dragged in parts. The books starts out with a epilogue of when Drake was a child and witnessed something awful happen to his sister, while I understand that one event had a huge impact on him, I also felt like it didn’t really add that much to the story. Plus, being that so much in the beginning was dedicated to that, and that it was mentioned so many times throughout the story, I just figured something more would come of it, but nothing ever did.
I enjoyed the characters a lot. Drake was broody and tortured, and yet he was also kind and sweet. It was obvious how protective he was of his crew, and just how desperately he wanted to add Queenie to the list of people he wanted to be “his.” I adored Drake, despite his somewhat frequent feelings of inadequacy.
On the other hand Queenie ran hot and cold for me. She was one of the heroines that I loved one moment, and couldn’t stand the next. I felt for her past and the way she was raised, but at times I just thought she was too cold, too hard, too detached to be a believable heroine. Her desire and passion for Drake never really came across and sincere and believable for me. I would have liked a little more emotion from her, instead of the few glimpses we saw.
I loved the overall plot and feel of the book. In many ways it reminded me of one of my all time favorite science fiction television shows: Battlestar Gallactica. Only a few humans left on earth, being hunted down to extension by a fellow alien race. The constant cheering for the underdog, it was fabulous in that aspect.
All in all I enjoyed this book. Yes, there were some very slow parts in the middle, some scenes that I didn’t connect with. But overall the story and plot were fun and enjoyable to read. Any fans of the BSG TV show should pick this one up!
Publisher: Carina Press Publish Date: May 9th How I got this book: NetGalley
It’s no secret that I love a good Sci Fi Romance, especially one set in space with epic battles and fun plot twists. When I saw new author Diane Dooley’s new release, I knew I had to get it. While I wasn’t absolutely blown away, I was pretty impressed by this debut book.
Captain Rhodes is looking to forward to his newest mission, taking one of the Earth’s equivalent of royalty and transport her to a far unknown location. His only rule is to not ask questions, and after one look at Sola, Rhodes knows he is going to have a hard time keeping him hands to himself, as well as his questions.
As the two set off on a journey to the outer worlds, they begin to care deeply for each other, but when Sola reveals her big secret, they two have much bigger problems then their mutual desire for each other. Next thing they know they are being hunted far and wide. When everything is finally laid out on the table, will they be able to move past their many obstacles and just be together?
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, mainly the world building. I really liked the differences in social class, and how both Rhodes and Sola dealt with the issues surrounding them. The conflict within the world itself, especially surrounding The Dictator and the quest for absolute power was fun and exciting to read about. While the plot seemed to drag in certain places, other times it would pick up and run, taking me on a journey I’ll never forget.
At first the romance between Rhodes and Sola didn’t work for me, mainly because Rhodes fell instantly “in love” with Sola, and usually that is just one of those things that irks me. However, as the romance progressed I did find myself enjoying it more, getting pulled into the passion between them. Plus, when Sola reveals her big secret, I liked the way Rhodes handled it, especially given the severity of her deception.
One of my favorite part of Sci Fi Romance books is that the plot is constantly twisting and turning, things are never exactly as they seem, and sometimes the bad guys are really good. Blue Galaxy has some great twists that I didn’t seem coming, and totally loved. While the blurb hints that there is more going on with Sola than meets the eye, I was completely stunned at her revelation. It was fun and unexpected and a great turning point in the story.
More and more I’m seeing short stories without chapters, and while I might be the only one, it really kinda bugs me when they are left out. While the lack of chapters doesn’t exactly take anything away from the story, it’s just weird… Blue Galaxy is shorter, only about 60 pages or so, but the story itself is told in a great way, wraps up everything nicely and left me wanting more. I do hope that Dooley will continue to write in the genre: her style is engaging, her voice is fun and her world is exciting.