I read this in one sitting, non-stop. This surpassed my expectation. The story does deal with issues of forced slavery but not perpetrated by the main...moreI read this in one sitting, non-stop. This surpassed my expectation. The story does deal with issues of forced slavery but not perpetrated by the main characters. It is a rescue that had me worried for a while about an HEA for everyone deserving. If your tender-hearted, you might cry for Eric as he emerges from the training and triggered responses. I understood Cale's and Selh's worries and self-incriminations, and allowed me a level of connectivity that I wouldn't have had otherwise. I would have liked some extra time at the end or maybe an extended epilogue to settle in my mind that Eric had progressed and evolved more. This is a story line that I would love to revisit in a sequel to see these three evolve and become closer and maybe set the Alliance on it's ass for their part in the last chapter. Just sayin, that wasn't cool. Plus I would like to see some heads roll in Zon. :). Yes, I'm blood thirsty.(less)
Ian Davidson is a Truebred, son of a general, destined for an officer's role in the military. He has a gift; he can read other's thoughts and feel the...moreIan Davidson is a Truebred, son of a general, destined for an officer's role in the military. He has a gift; he can read other's thoughts and feel their emotions. Used and lied to all his life by his father, Ian voluntarily signs up for four years on an out of the way outpost. Missing his transport and on lay over when the Bond chooses Nathan as his mate, but Ian has no trust left and denies the bond, pushing Nathan away.
Sergeant Nathan Williams lost his Bond partner in battle six months ago. A trip to the local recreation hub for black market supplies buys has him meeting Ian and partially Bonded to a new partner. There is something about Ian that forces Nathan to believe that the Bond between them could be stronger than his previous one. Now he has to convince Ian to trust before there is a Forced Bonding or one of the succumbs to Bond Poisoning. Nathan is captured before Ian can make a choice and Ian is afraid that it may be too late.
I have mixed feeling about this. The planet and the environment were good. I liked it well enough, though it was slow for me in places. This had a lot of action/fight sequences that just got confusing trying to keep up with so many people. I found it disconcerting that a military group of Bonded didn't have a manual on their field of specialization. The military has manuals for everything. If everyone is going to talk about Ian and what they think the problem is without talking to Ian, at least give the man a manual! Ian's denials were almost too much without him asking rational questions. You can read minds but you don't use it to find out if people are lying? The book was almost over before it gave me some sex. There were plenty of cut scenes with Sean and Doc and you knew that they were intimate. Seriously, I wouldn't mind but this needed in in the middle to breakup everything else.
2.5 stars because it is better than just okay but had too many things that kept me from truly connecting with the characters and the story. (less)
Aleron Pitre is a thief who has escaped from two prisons. Betrayed, he is captured for a third time and is sent to Tantoret – a place that no one esca...moreAleron Pitre is a thief who has escaped from two prisons. Betrayed, he is captured for a third time and is sent to Tantoret – a place that no one escapes and no one leaves alive. If the mining doesn’t kill him then an inmate or guard is going to kill him.
Head guard Jasak tries to keep a balance. A balance that the mere presence of Aleron has disrupted. Jasak knows what he should do. It’s simple. He can get rid of Aleron and the balance would be restored and his position with the other Athki guards reaffirmed.
I really enjoyed all the side plots and strangely enough the confined, prison environment and all the dangers that it entailed. Loved watching Jasak and Aleron evolve and grow. I liked all of the intricate weaving of the secondary characters. Even the ones that I disliked I came to grudgingly understand. Loved this world that Jamie created and I was sorry when the story was over. (less)
Drake Glauco is a happy man. He loves his life. He loves his job. He loves his husband, Jankin, who is the man of his dreams. Today Drake and his beau...moreDrake Glauco is a happy man. He loves his life. He loves his job. He loves his husband, Jankin, who is the man of his dreams. Today Drake and his beautiful husband celebrate their anniversary. When he walks in he finds Jankin with a breathtaking man on their way to getting naked. His heart stalls and when it starts up again, angry words are exchanged before Drake walks out in to the awaiting Boldiens.
If finding his husband cheating isn’t good enough to crap on his day, Drake now finds himself kidnapped, smuggled off earth, stripped of all his possessions with no way of escaping. Oh how the mighty have fallen. When he wakes up on Priax he realizes that he has been sold. He has only his base knowledge of Priaxians to go off of and none if it is good, if the stories of the disappearances are true.
Vernon has been chosen to be the carrier of the next generation of Praiaxians. Drake Glauco is the honored nourisher who is chosen to help Vernon. Will Drake agree to be Vernon’s nourisher or doom the next Priaxian generation to death? Can Drake trust Vernon to help him find answers to mounting questions and get back to earth and Jankin? As problems accumulate and enemies reveal themselves will Vernon and Drake be able to protect each other, reveal the conspiracy and avert a war?
Okay, in all honesty I was cringing on the inside when I found out one of the aliens was a spider. If a spider invades my house I will capture and release – squealing like a girl and dancing a jig all the way. (Very embarrassing.) BUT I am also one of those naggy scifi-ers that complain when all aliens are humanoid and I was willing to overlook my aversion to arachnids in hopes of having a true sci-fi read.
HOLY FREAKING COW! The whole nourisher experience with the paranormal twist was awesome. Not what I expected at all! Vernon was fantastic! My most favorite gadget was the Flying Leaf. The nerd in me saw stars. It was brilliant! Talking about the writing, Vernon was rescuing Drake and I could see this four meter spider creep and slide through the tunnels. Hair raising and awesome all at the same time.
This gave me everything that I crave. Fantastic writing. A twist of something original. Spies. Conspiracies. A chase or two. Explosions. Nasties that I can boo. Characters that I can fall in love with. Oh, and let’s not forget the cool gadgets. I kept saying “wow” throughout the story, sneaking clips of reading while at work because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Now I have to wait in agony for book two to come out. *stomping around*
Before I close, I have to say that regardless of what happened, I still hate Jankin. I thought about feeling a smidgeon of compassion for him and I cannot bring myself to do it. Call me black hearted, I don’t care. There are always other ways.
*clearing throat* I should have trusted…*rubbing the back of neck* *cough* I should have known that that which comes from the desk of Alders would be a great f*cking ride! (I know…you told me so.)(less)
**spoiler alert** THIS is what I was looking for back in July of last year when I stumbled across the Pembroke series. I fell in love with the Pembro...more**spoiler alert** THIS is what I was looking for back in July of last year when I stumbled across the Pembroke series. I fell in love with the Pembroke crew but still searched for an m/m sci-fi story that included all of the things that I was looking for. Vivid imagery, great characters, great plot, add in some humor to the seriousness of the situation, alien worlds and life forms, action, suspense, and wicked unlikeable nemesis…in my book all the ingredients of a fantastic adventure.
Captain Julian Cavanaugh and his husband C’tosh are going to make history as they take Infinity on her maiden voyage to test surfing of energy waves. C’tosh is from Procyon. When his race left home in search of enlightenment, they came across Earth in the late 21 century and took humanity under their wing. Being married to C’tosh inspires Julian to be a better person, which I found quiet entertaining since Julian is rude and quick tempered even when he is trying to be better for C’tosh.
Between dealing with the thorny government types and elation for breaking the speed of light barrier, Julian and C’tosh have to figure a way to stop a runaway ship without killing everyone. Crash landing on a planet teaming with life, the troubles don’t stop there when the government types forcefully take over killing all who get in their way. The problem of getting back to earth takes a back seat to staying alive on an alien planet with unknown predators while trying to take back what the Guardians have usurped.
Freaking fantastic! And thanks to Mark, I went to bed and dreamed of naked men dressed only in high powered weapons. (less)