At this point any sensible person would be like "Frak this shtako" however I'm neither sensible nor willing to give up. I don't understand, LionsdrakeAt this point any sensible person would be like "Frak this shtako" however I'm neither sensible nor willing to give up. I don't understand, Lionsdrake's other stuff is so good! And I'm so in the minority of how I view the romance.
Anise, Captain Porter, us my fav character if inly because she's speaking my comments.
The contagion is sort of interesting, but I don't take Tamryn seriously anymore. And Makk can go stuff himself....more
**spoiler alert** Yeah yeah yeah if this was an actual novel in full right now I'd skim to the end, but by doing this as a serial that I can read for**spoiler alert** Yeah yeah yeah if this was an actual novel in full right now I'd skim to the end, but by doing this as a serial that I can read for free (through Kindle Unlimited) its not a terrible draw on my resources to put up with it.
I'm gonna skip over the whole "mercs killed the soldiers so Tamryn had to help Makk and his people to save them all" BS since it was really only a chance for him to share his people's tragic backstory, for her to feel like a heel for being an ass towards him (which NO) and for them to make out.
Firstly - no Tamryn you shouldn't feel like a heel for calling him an asshole. He was. He is. Sure he's not the biggest asshole there and he's hella likable if you don't mind the slaughtering of your comrades and threat to your life he represents, but NO. Don't feel bad for hurting his feelings.
Secondly - fuck you Makk. Just seriously. You've possibly "fallen in love" with her? How? Why? WHEN? During your stalking of her? Or when you handcuffed her? Blatantly told her you wanted in her pants? "Nobly" didn't shoot her for trying to kill you during a blowjob that she was initiating while half drugged? I don't know who's the bigger naive idiot here - you for thinking she's worth risking the mission for (repeatedly) or her for...well being her.
And actually a belated double fuck you Makk for the last part where you got turned on at the thought of hunting with her. This guy literally thinks about the carnal pleasure they'll have if they go hunting together in an ice cave and take down something together. While she's babbling about the fact she only went hunting with her father and grandfather (sorry da and grandda :eyeroll: ) so she could have their attention. In no way shape or form did she ever indicate she derived sexual thrills from the hunt, or from killing something like you seem to. NOTHING ABOUT HER CURRENTLY even suggests she would be a good hunter! She hides decently enough, if you don't have the nose of a bloodhound and stalking senses of Christan Grey, but where are these wonderful hunting skills?...more
**spoiler alert** So that whole uneasiness I had over the fact Makk has only thoughts about screwing Tamryn thing? AMPLIFIED. Originally Makk didn't w**spoiler alert** So that whole uneasiness I had over the fact Makk has only thoughts about screwing Tamryn thing? AMPLIFIED. Originally Makk didn't want to give her the interrogation drug because he didn't her to be drugged into submitting to him sexually (which apparently is what this drug does as is evidenced by one of Tamryn's scientist friends all but strips Makk and herself down and beg for him to screw her). I thought better of him for this and the fact he bluntly (if in his version of "playfully") asked her if seducing her would work.
For a guy who's been keen to get in her pants for the like two hours they've known each other (yeah I don't get time in this book), and who hasn't had sex in 150 years AND already masturbated to the idea of sexing her up, that's oddly commendable.
So of course when Tamryn gets injected with the drug (sort of accidentally) and it halfway works on her--at least insofar as her flirting with him--I expected him to DO THE RIGHT THING. Instead, after mild reluctance at the wrongness and how he's pretty sure she's not fully drugged, he happily (if a tad bit warily) follows her to her room. And makes out with her. And eagerly decides to allow her to start giving him a blowjob.
I can't even.
Also, just throwing this out there, but HE KILLED MANY OF HER COMRADES. Sure not as gleefully as say Braxx, his cohort, but he still did. She witnessed him coldbloodedly shoot her XO through his eye with a laser rifle! SHE SAW THE MASSACRE HE PARTICIPATED IN. He literally hunted through shafts. He's used intimidation and whether he had meant to or not the threat of sexual violence against her!
THERE IS NOTHING THAT SHOULD MAKE HER FEEL AROUSED HERE.
Ordinarily speaking I don't go near these sorts of romances because it boggles my mind. Arguments could be made for some of the romances I read where kidnapping is a big part of the "meeting" of the H/hr, but very very few of them come close to this level of power imbalance. He's proven at this point he won't interfere on her behalf for most actions made/said. Its really only because the others believe she's his little toy that she hasn't been hurt or worse. And in all honesty I don't know if she were to genuinely threaten his people's safety if he'd defend her. I know for a fact she won't defend him except to perhaps say he's "not as bad as the others". If this was a PWP I wouldn't be so aggrieved but I expect better from Lionsdrake an a book that is clearly designated a "romance"....more
**spoiler alert** I'll give an actual review after this serial wraps up (in September), but I feel a bit..squick about the fact she's his prisoner and**spoiler alert** I'll give an actual review after this serial wraps up (in September), but I feel a bit..squick about the fact she's his prisoner and almost from the first moment his thought has been "I want to have sex with her". Like literally all of Makk's thoughts are either:
a) I want to screw her b) I wonder if I can make her like me? c) fantasizing about screwing her
As a slight spoiler its not until the THIRD PART he even gets around to explaining to her why his people felt a need to attack this super secret but every pirate in the 'verse attacks it every chance they can base.
Which let comment on the fact that this base is supposed to be civilian and protected by the military because the secrets may be useful to the military. As I understand it this base is used as the "you've made the wrong High End Officer upset" command post. All the screw ups who haven't quite been bad enough to get thrown out of the military wind up here. On this super important, supposedly secret base. That is constantly attacked by pirates and mercenaries. The turn over rate must be INSANE but more importantly THIS BASE ISN'T SECRET.
If the military felt a compelling reason to protect it they should just move it to a base more easily defensible. Not leave it stranded at the ass end of the 'verse where getting help is unlikely and the closest planet is barely inhabitable if you wear a suit of specialness. Someone remarks later that no one thought anyone would come out this far. Except they have (repeatedly on what amounts to a possible rumor) and if the base has the reputation to send the fuck-ups to it already, that sounds like its had enough time for the military to figure out a better way to protect it.
Unless the military didn't really WANT to protect it and this is all a clever subterfuge to guard the planet JUST IN CASE some of Makk's super soldier buddies survived from 150 years (which they have no possible way of knowing). Possible, since this will be six parts (I guess roughly 24 chapters?) long, but seems overly complicated since Makk's people take out everyone except a few soldiers, Tamryn (a new officer with zilch experience doing anything but circumventing her father's reasonable demands) and all the civilian scientists you can shake a stick at.