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Aliens, Smith and Jones

(The Primrose Files #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Connor Smith works for Primrose, an organization tasked with monitoring and tracking aliens and alien technology. It's a job that doesn't know the meaning of "nine-to-five". It also doesn't leave much room for a social life, a complication that Connor hasn't minded, until now. At the prodding of his best friend, Connor reluctantly puts himself back in the dating pool, even ...more
ebook, 1st edition, 200 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by Storm Moon Press (first published July 19th 2012)
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Julio Genao
Dec 31, 2012 added it
Shelves: dnf
annoyances started piling up, and then it was just a matter of time before i grew too irritated to continue.

it's a pity. some good elements here, but i have a vile temper and zero tolerance for books who posit that a hundred year old men-in-black style agency would employ a man dumb enough to suspect that an alien disguised as a bookseller and living peacefully on our planet since the 17th century was the vanguard of a super-crafty invasion.

because, you know, after nearly four hundred years, e.t
I have yet to be disappointed by something Blaine has written. I loved her short stories so I was overjoyed when I found out about a full-length book. On the upside, I really enjoyed reading this book; on the downside, it frustrated the crap out of me.

Conner Smith is an agent at Primrose an organization that hunts and keeps track of Aliens or alien artefacts. Connor is a busy little bee with no time for a social/love life. That doesn’t mean his best-friend Isa isn’t always trying to hook him up,
Oct 01, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
DNF 25%

I was ready to throw in the towel at 19% but decided to give it a bit more of a chance. By 25% it was obvious this book was not going to work for me. Soft on the sci-fi, dry, boring, and a clumsy bad guy reveal. Not my cuppa.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 2.5 Stars - far from hate but not quite a like
Eepa *mm loving bookworm*
What a great book! Very well paced story with good action scenes and then more sedate, life-will-go-on episodes where we get to see the MCs in their everyday lives. Makes the story line that much more believable, when there is actually time where investigation takes place so that we have a reason for the next action scene. It all unfolds without a hurry and even has some setbacks so not everything is given on a golden plate. I do appreciate it when the MCs' have to actually do something in order ...more
I really enjoyed this story of Connor, an agent working for Primrose (an intelligence agency created to investigate and control all things alien) and Noah, a long-stranded alien whose life energy connects unwittingly to Connor's. While this is only the second book I have read from this author, it is obvious that her writing has matured with time. The story is evenly paced and the characters are, for the most part well-rounded. While it was glaringly obvious who one of the "bad guys" was - and I ...more
Sadie Forsythe

I suppose this was ok. It was just painfully predictable, with basic, unexciting writing. The characters were cute, but one of the main characters spent half the book in a relationship with someone else and I barely felt any spark between him and the second main character. Further, there was just too much assuming and non-communicating going on. In fact, a lot of the book is predicated on it and it didn't make any sense to me. All in all, I found the whole thing uninspiring, even if not quite
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

3.75 stars

Connor is an agent of Primrose and the PA of a well-known lieutenant within the organization. He's worked hard at his job, doing detective work in the office and field finding aliens and alien artifacts, and the fact that he was handpicked for his job and works well with his very picky boss shows how well regarded he is by his colleagues. He works strange hours, just like regular detectives, which leaves little time for a love life. His best friend
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not very original, predictable, and some what loosely written. With that said, I would have given the story three stars, except for the science Noah used when he completed his transformation to human.

First, dermis is a term first use in the 19th century, which is several hundred years later than when Noah did his transformation. Next, Van Leeuwenhoek did not publish his work with the microscope until 1673(c). At that time merely discussing the size & shape of the body's cells was a big deal.
Duane Colwell
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Totally predictable and very juvenile. Not really recommended for anyone over 12 or 14. Disappointing.
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
I liked this book. It had a lot of original ideas for aliens.
Noah being a Rei from another planet that is basically all energy based and not a "fleshy" life form, gets stranded on Earth. He's beyond the normal amount of time, and must sacrifice his original form to become "human". He has lived on this planet now for 300 + years and has only felt one "energy" connection with one other...until Conner.

Conner works for Primrose, which is an undercover agency to protect stranded aliens from humans
Serena Yates
A secret government agency à la James Bond. A mission to discover, neutralize, or fight aliens on Earth with a distinct Men-in-Black flavor. And a set of characters in a pretty unique world with lots of surprises, special features, and a touching interspecies romance with more than one obstacle. All of these ingredients and more are part of an exciting action/adventure that had me leaning back to enjoy this futuristic story with all its twists and turns. Based on this first book, I think that ‘T ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, m-m, sci-fi
I've read an enjoyed a couple of short stories by this author and was keen to see how she wrote over a longer book. It seems like ages since I've read a science fiction story too, so I was looking forward to this one.

The story follows Connor who works as an agent for 'Primrose' an agency who monitors and polices alien activity. He's has a couple of funny 'episodes' where he feels a strange tingling sensation and almost blacks out, but puts it down to stress at work. Through a friend and work col
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, mystery, aliens
4 1/2 Hearts

First published at MM Good Book Reviews

Conner works for a company that secretly investigates anything alien, making sure alien artifacts don’t fall into the wrong hands. But, just recently somebody is getting to the artifacts before they can. On top of that worry, Conner seems to have gained a stalker who he has a very strange connection with, is it friend or foe? Noah has managed to stay under Primrose’s radar since the company came into being
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
3.5 Stars

Connor is an agent with Primrose. A secret agency in charge of all things aliens. He’s currently trying to find out who keeps stealing alien artifacts. Those things in the wrong hands are incredibly scary. His job doesn’t allow for time for any real relationships to develop. So his best friend tricks him into a meeting guy named Jason. Jason is gorgeous and funny. Connor is a little surprised someone like Jason is so interested in him. Especially after all the cancellations he has to ma
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars but I had enough fun with it to round it up to 4.

OK. I have *no* idea why this is on the Lesser Known list, because it's; a pretty good book! The characters are likable, the plot is engrossing, there's suspense and action and a very sweet relationship at the core. It really needs to be more widely read! I've read books that were no where NEAR as good yet have tons of ratings. So read this! Get it better known! :)

Anyway. The book. It's a bit like a sprinkle of Torchwood, another sprink
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I can't say I didn't like this book. I read it in a day and it went along quickly, but I never connected with it that much. The sex scenes, relatively infrequent, were pretty good, but not great. The plot line was well developed with interesting characters, although I found the ending a little overly sad given the light tone of the book. The idea of the aliens and Primrose was interesting, but not really original or well-developed... it wasn't a world that caught my attention. I found Connor Smi ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
This was a fun read with a few VERY sad and emotional moments... which is fine... but, I was not prepared for one scene and frankly I didn't like it and not sure that it was even needed... grrr

I believe this is my first book by this author and I look forward to finding more!

Pamela Su
This was a fun romance.

A lot of holes in logic in the sci-fi mystery portion of the story, but I didn't mind because Noah and Connor make a lovely couple. The relationship developed slowly but I liked that they took the time to get to know each other.

Riina Y.T.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: charming, aliens
This was actually pretty fun! Engaging. Lovely cast! I'd totally read more about Smith & Jones :)
Elisa Rolle
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
It's not you it's me...No really! I like "Hard" science fiction much more.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I thought the writing was solid, the story had a distinctive plot with interesting characters, and it definitely held my attention the whole way through the book. It did seem that while starting out that you’re just set down in the middle of a situation and not really given any background up front behind what Primrose is, and how Connor came to work there. This information eventually gets revealed, but at the beginning of the story I did feel ...more
Debra Guyette
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connor Smith works for a secret agency that specializes in alien coverups. He has understandably seen lots of unusual things that are often abnormal and quite dangerous. He wishes his love life could be as exciting. Then his best friend hooks him up Jason and Connor feels as if he has found the perfect man for him. Jason is understanding and willing to date Connor on his erratic schedule. In short, he is the perfect boyfriend.

Noah Jones was stranded on earth in 1648. He has spent his time conver
Alina Popescu
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already knew I liked Blaine D Arden's style, so it wasn't a surprise that I liked this book. The alien lore is interesting, so is the secret organization Connor is part of. Noah and his stalker-ex-alien entrance in Connor's world worried me at first, as I feared it would be an insta-love story, but this was far more interesting and entertaining than that. Connor is just getting into a relationship when Noah finds him, and Jason, the new boyfriend, gives all the right warning signs to keep thin ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-2018, all-mm, para-mm, lgbq, netg
A different concept about aliens. A secret agency helping the aliens that be stranded here. A bunch of artifacts and misbehaving aliens. What a great story.
A little bit of love and romance.
Connor makes a connection with an alien, who turns out to be Noah. They have a hard time of it at the beginning.
The whole fumbling with something new stage. Eventually they work it out. I think the part about a first kiss is soooo
Cute. I was hoping the tale would be a bit longer. Found myself falling into t
Diane Dannenfeldt
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. I only wished that Conner and Noah would have gotten together sooner in the story. What was happening to the aliens was inexcusable and I hope the ones responsible are severly punished. I am saddened that eventually Conner will pass and Noah will left alone again. But maybe with the transfer of energy, he might live a little longer then a normal human lifespan. I would love to see a squeal or two with them doing investigations. I feel sad about the little guy that they found ...more
3 1/2 stars. Men in Black meets Romance novel.

It can be read as a romance or as a SF novel with some good action and humor. I wish there was a little more development of the relationship between Noah and Smith, things like taking a walk in the park instead of just the mental connection forming a relationship. Smith was a bit dense at times and you did wonder a bit about him being a very good field agent, but he held his own in the end. I liked Isa and her friends with Smith.

I'd like to see more
Helena Stone
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 delighted and fascinated stars.

Full review to follow soon.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, mystery
I really enjoyed this story. A slow burn romance, a mystery, well written.
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Blaine D. Arden is an EPIC Award winning author of Romantic Speculative Fiction and Suspense who sings her way through life in platform boots.

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