Pets in Space
Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from ...more
Book type: Anthology
Main genre: Science Fiction Romance
To my crazy wonderful friends who asked me:
1) It's humans falling "in love" with their pets? No.
It is not that kind of book.
2) The pets are main characters? No.
The pets do play an important role in each story, but they are more like side characters. In a couple stories, readers are given a brief POV from the animal, which btw was super cute.
3) Is it pets falling in love with other pets? No.
The romance in the stories are between humanoid be ...more
The concept of this box set caught my attention, the whole pets in space theme sounded perfect for me as I love pets and sci-fi book. I knew a few of the authors in this box set already and decided I had to read this one.
As this is an anthology with multiple stories, I'll share my thoughts on each of them and summarize my thoughts of the anthology as a whole at the end.
A Mate For Matrix: Cyborg Protection Unit By S.E. Smith
Overall I en ...more
Star Cruise Stowaway by Veronica Scott is my favorite of the series. The heroine is a alien of unknown origin with paranormal powers that are coveted by criminals and the authorities. The hero is a cargo master (regular guy, regular job) who refuses to give up the woman he loves. Totally fun. 5-stars 3-flames.
A Mate for Matrix by S.E. Smith - is blend of the alien warrior/cyborg tropes wit ...more
I found at least one new author to follow. Proceeds go to a good cause.
Overall, in most of these stories, the pet is not only a catalyst for finding love, but also proves to be a hero in its own right, solving the mysteries and saving the day with or without the assistance of the humans around them. I do not read many short stories or novellas, but this anthology contains works by many authors I already re ...more
As its an anthology, I'll do mini-reviews of each story.
A Mate for Matrix: Cyber Protection Unit by SE Smith 4 Stars
Cyber Prot ...more
Title: Pets In Space
Genre: #ScienceFiction #Fantasy #Romance #Petfriendly #Anthology #Adorable
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: FIVE CAPTIVATING STARS*****
WOW! I love, love, love the Pets in Space Anthology! For months, I've been filled with anticipation after hearing whispers across Facebook reader groups for plans to release a collection of stories featuring pets. My excitement grew when I le ...more
A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT By S.E. Smith ***3stars
I wanted to give it more than 3*, but I just found the romance to instant and kinda flat. The story was a little confusing at first because there was a fair bit of world building for such a short story. Matrix is a cyborg/enhanced alien special ops guy with a canine cyborg side kick, K-9 (get it? ha ha... well yes it's a lame joke). Jana is a lonely cur ...more
What an awesome collection of stories by wonderful authors while supporting a terrific charity, Hero Dogs. I haven't read all the stories yet but the ones I have read are heartwarming and sweet. I am reading and enjoying stories about all kinds of pets, dogs, cats and am reading authors who are new to me. One author who is familiar to me Cara Bristol, has branched out and now writes excellent Sci-Fi books and her story about a cyber dog is delightful with ...more
SPARK OF ATTRACTION by Cara Bristol - 3.5 stars
Took me a little while to warm up to the characters, which isn't really a good thing when you're reading such a short story. But I liked the robot dog and the basic plot. The climax is the real winner here - very well written, tense, and surprising.
STRAY by Susan Grant - 4 stars
Wow, that's a dark opening scene. Really fucking dark, Susan. Especially with that god damn illustration. And it ...more
Pets + SF Romance is a pretty good combination. As usual, with a multi-author anthology, you're going to get some stories that you like better than others, but overall, the quality of the works in this were above average and the various types of pets just so cute.
In A Mate for Matrix by S E Smith, we have a lost alien dog/wolf K9 adopting a vet assistant and her 3 kittens and then promoting a match with his partner. Loved the way the K9 tolerated the kittens' antics. This is a novella ...more
On the whole I enjoyed the stories ,a few are shorter than expected . But I found a couple where the pet was almost an afterthought .
S E Smith - A Mate for Matrix
This was a lovely story of a Cyber- enhanced K-9 and his alien male partner , Matrix Roma , who are sent out into the galaxy to rid it of threats to Planets' population and food by genetically engineered creatures . In this instance K-9 has also ...more
A MATE FOR MATRIX By S.E. Smith
It's a fast paced novella with alpha man and determined women who love her kittens.
I liked characters especially K-nine, although it wasn't main characters, but it was do funny to read about it.
STRAY By Susan Grant
Alpha male with post traumatic problems meets his loved one. In this story we find a huge change in thinking made by Lukas, and now he deals with his nightmares.
Chapters from Bang-Bang perspective - i loved them ;)
I really ...more
This book is the best! When I read that it would contain stories with pets in space, it sounded so appealing I had to buy it . I am so glad I did. Most times when I get a book with assorted stories, I like some of the stories but some are so so. Not this group. I absolutely loved each and every one! I love the concept of the characters having interesting and unusual space pets. The authors came up with truly fantastic pets and I liked that although some were canine types, there we ...more
If you enjoy science fiction romance, with or without the addition of adorable animals (and other creatures), Pets in Space is a marvelous collection.
It’s also a marvelously big collection. With one notable exception, the stories here are all novellas and novelettes. They are as big and as expansive as science fiction and science fiction romance themselves. And the stories run the gamut from alien invasions to spaceship stowaways, and everything in between. ...more
Can anything possibly be better than having pets and sci-fi romance combined together? How about having it told by some of the most SPACETACULAR authors out there? Then add in the fact that 10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. and you get one ABSO-FURRY-LUTELY PAWFECT collection to make you purrrrrr... and if you are a sap like me, you will probably shed a few tears, maybe even howl too! What can I say? I am a sucker for stories told from ...more
Now I picked it up this anthology for those two books, but I genuinely enjoyed the entire set. Sci-fi romance is my not-so-hidden secret love, so the entire set of books thrilled me.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranor ...more
Worth it for S.E. Smiths book alone but there are two others I really enjoyed and have joined those authors newsletters.
HERO DOGS.ORG get 10% of the first month’s profits so get buying NOW.
But what is not to like about special animals that tug on your heartstrings along with some hot hunky owners combined with good stories.
SE SMITH - A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT
Ms Smith does it again with another great start to a new series. I have read everything by this author and she ne ...more
I can't even describe to you how excited I was when I saw this book pop up. I adore Sci-Fi romance, and now there is an anthology not only full of them, but also their pets as well. I had to have it. The anthology has a whole host of authors only one of which I had read before so it gave me a chance to see what other authors I could delve into. And now after having read this, I now have a whole host of authors I need to get to.
As with most anthologies though, I had a mixed reaction to each s
A mixture of stories, some (like the first) falling more definitely on the side of romance-set-in-space while a couple were more like SF with a dash of romance. Most of the pets were some type of K9 (robotic dog, or police/army dog), and one wasn't even a pet. Luckily the second half had some variety.
Unfortunately the first story did not grab me. It was weak, with too many convenient plot holes. In fact, most didn't grab me. A couple were okay, but the first I actively enjoyed was The R ...more
I bought this boxset specifically to read SE Smith's story. I have been a long time fan of hers and knew I would love the story, which I did. It was serious in the sense that a real bad critter needed to be contained. But it also had LOL moments and wonderful characters. The Despairing Wolfhound, one of the good guy characters, was an awesome pet. Well, more a partner than a pet. And the Wolfhound played a major role in the story, not a bit part.
But I also loved the premise of t ...more