This is the 6th book in this series I've read and while I like the premise of it the similarity of every storyline and couple in the series so far is...moreThis is the 6th book in this series I've read and while I like the premise of it the similarity of every storyline and couple in the series so far is pushing me to skip segments of the story.
Shareem meets virgin woman. Insta-lust in both parties. Shareem convinces virgin to experiment with him. Lots of sex. Weak secondary storyline that keeps throwing them together until they have their HEA.
As I said, I love the premise, the setting, even the characters (sort of) but the conflict between the characters doesn't live up to its potential and lack of trust between the characters is too easily overcome. I foundg the lack of depth to the BDSM elements (it was almost like these elements were thrown in to "spice" up the sex scenes) & emotional journeys of the characters disappointing.
If you like sci-fi that's a light read with erotic romance & lots of sex scenes, then this is the series for you.(less)
Not for me - 25% of the book read before I gave up - interesting premise but I could not connect with the characters, and the world building and plot...moreNot for me - 25% of the book read before I gave up - interesting premise but I could not connect with the characters, and the world building and plot was underdeveloped.(less)
Wow and damn, I want the sequel right now! I stayed up until 3am to finish this book, could NOT put it down even though I swore I was going to bed at...moreWow and damn, I want the sequel right now! I stayed up until 3am to finish this book, could NOT put it down even though I swore I was going to bed at midnight and read the rest the next day.
Where to begin with this review? Burnard packed a whole lot into ENEMY WITHIN. There's so much to like about it - the absolutely amazing world-building, the fascinating characters, the cracking pace (helped by the fact that EVERY chapter ended on a hook and made you "read just one more"), the twisting plot filled with tension and intrigue.
I absolutely loved the detail of Burnard's world building. The geography/planetary creation, the technology, the medical/scientific information, the political/military/cultural structures, the racial histories - all of it just sucked me in. I love how effortlessly this was woven into the story. It made the story and characters come alive and I felt like I was right there beside them as their adventures unfolded.
I connected immediately with Ari (the heroine) and, not long after, Cullin (the hero). Their individual backgrounds, the circumstances, their loyalties, their fears, their romance - totally believable. Both were fully fleshed and ultimately believable. I was disappointed to finish their story as I wanted to keep on reading more about them. The secondary characters (and there were quite a few) were well developed as well, and I loved how integral each and every one of them were to the story.
The plot sucked me right in and I never found myself able to predict the twists or any events with any certainty. I became immersed in the intrigue. And as I mentioned before, the tension and pace kept me riveted and turning those pages as I just HAD to see what happened next.
Suffice to say as soon as I finished the book, I was at my computer ordering the next in this series and now rue the time it will take to get here as I really want to return to Burnard's captivating universe and amazing characters.
The action, adventure and romance were woven so well together. I highly recommend ENEMY WITHIN if you like Linnea Sinclair, Ann Aguirre, Sara Creasy or Jess Granger (who's works are all on my keeper shelf). ENEMY WITHIN is joining them and I'm going to be recommending it to everyone!(less)
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer a couple of months ago for my blog as a part of my series to promote science fiction romance (http://kylie...moreI had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer a couple of months ago for my blog as a part of my series to promote science fiction romance (http://kyliegriffinromance.blogspot.c...).
NO LIMITS had just released and other than reading her blurb and the answers in her interview - I discovered we had the same love for many SF shows & Ann Aguirre's Jax series - I went and bought her book.
I have to admit the opening chapters of NO LIMITS made me wonder if I'd like the story. Without rehashing the blurb too much, the heroine Gen, is out of work and in a bit of a slump in her life. She takes on the rather unusual job of a pleasure companion to ferret out some employees who may or may not be performing per the escort company's policies. From there she's drawn into a universe of political corruption & intrigue and a mission that will change her life.
I found it hard to connect with Gen in the opening chapters due to the nature of her job - having sex with others and the relationship with Rhys seemed slow to develop.
For me, the story really picked up for me once the characters went out into space and began their journey to save the hero's people from being enslaved by Illustra (the escort service).
I really liked Rhys, the hero, and the unusual empathic powers he possessed. The author's world-building and the way she threaded that and the romance storyline together was very satisfying.
Zan the pirate though, almost stole the show towards the end. His secondary role and story is one I'm keen to read (so it's a good thing his book comes next! (-: )
**SMALL SPOILER ABOUT THE ENDING**
Illustra's solution of kidnapping Gen's grandparents & sister seemed a little too easy/convenient a way to bring about the conclusion of the end events but it wasn't enough to destroy my satisfaction and enjoyment of the story. There was a lot happening with Gen and Rhys towards the end that this was just a blip on the radar.
Overall, and despite what I felt was a slow start, I really liked the story and would recommend it to anyone who has read the Jax series or who like the TV series FARSCAPE (there were elements within it that reminded me of this show aka the living ship & wormholes).(less)
I'm not usually a huge fan of first person romance novels (and this is the second one I've read recently that I've really liked).
Hat's off to Katherin...moreI'm not usually a huge fan of first person romance novels (and this is the second one I've read recently that I've really liked).
Hat's off to Katherine Allred for her ALIEN AFFAIRS:CLOSE ENCOUNTERS novel. From the start I was gripped by her heroine, Kiera, and the world-building.
What caught me first was the blurb - I have an interest in genetic-engineering, nothing too scientific, more along the lines of how manipulating traits and giving a character certain talents or enhanced abilities would play out within the context of a story. Would the character see them as a strength or weakness? How would other characters view the same? How would something like that impact a story line?
Allred's heroine - Keira Smith - is a GEP, a genetically engineered person (a woman grown in a laboratory). She has a host of superior physical abilities but even more advanced than you average GEP. So much so she views herself as a freak among freaks and sees it as a disadvantage in a universe that already sees her kind as unusual.
The story revolves around her coming to realise and accept these super-abilities, she's the key to saving an indigenous race threatened with genocide from a powerful corporation driven by greed and profit.
The world-building and the complexities of the external plot were compelling but it was Allred's character that sucked me into the pages. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a night. If you're looking for a good SFR (sci-fi romance) book then check out this series!(less)