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Pets in Space

(Pets in Space #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Even an alien needs a pet…

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
Kindle Edition, 500 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Cats, Dogs and Other Worldly Creatures Books
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Am4u ❀ ~ AprilMarie4u ~ ❀
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Am4u ❀ ~ AprilMarie4u ~ ❀ by: Book Trailer via YouTube:

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
I received a free copy of this book and voluntary reviewed it

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
E.G. Manetti
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Like most anthologies, this is a mixed bag. Some really good, some okay, and a couple I couldn't get into.

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
Becky Burciaga
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book of seven novella's by wonderfully talented authors, some who are new to me. The stories are based around pets, dogs, cats and other fantasy creatures, who drive the stories. These are sci-fi stories that are short but packed with adventure, humor, great dialog and especially these pets that have such uniquely captivating personalities. Many times, with Anthologies, I'll skip around and read just the stories that interest me, but I read each story within this book because they wer ...more
Laz the Sailor
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a clever collection of short stories that combine somewhat traditional scifi romantica with at least one pet. As one might expect, the two entries by the more recognized authors (at least by me) are the best, but there isn't a bad story here. Several are prequels or side-stories to existing series, while others are one-offs. There are a few sex scenes, and nothing outrageous; always powered but more love than lust.

I found at least one new author to follow. Proceeds go to a good cause.
KJ Van Houten
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received an ARC of Pets in Space courtesy of one of the authors. I was also a beta reader for one of the short stories presented in this anthology.

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
The title says it all. This anthology is full to the brim of sci-fi romances feature pets in key roles. I was eager to dive in and experience familiar and unfamiliar authors along with sampling some potential new series to follow. It also has the distinction of having 10% of the proceeds go toward the Hero Dogs organization that provide service dogs for America's heroes.

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
Judy Lewis
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Pets In Space
Authors: Multiple
Genre: #ScienceFiction #Fantasy #Romance #Petfriendly #Anthology #Adorable
#Heartwarming #Sexy
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
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
So over all 4 stars, but only because the 2nd and 3rd story make it worth while.

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
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I bounced off every single story in this collection.
Laurel Wanrow
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-books
Like many readers attracted to this anthology, I love animals, plus I already read science fiction romance. Opening this beautifully formatted ebook has been a treat, and the cherry on top—for me—are the custom animal drawings at the start of each story. After discovering the first, I had to retreat to the table of contents to view each one. Laugh if you wish, but we are talking about a diversity of animals in this collection: husky-type cyborg caring for kittens, furry pups, the usual ship’s ca ...more
Lyndi W.
Adding reviews as I finish the stories, newest on top.

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
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.75 stars.

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
Anne Szlachcic
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was tempted to this anthology by the author , S E Smith whose books I have really enjoyed .
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
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great set of pet stories, they steal the book.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful collection of stories gathered together under the theme of sci/fi stories involving pets - of one kind or another. They are all somewhat romantic, but a central romance is stronger in some than others. I haven't labeled it erotic, although there are erotic elements in a few of the stories. The stories I enjoyed most had pets who played a more central role in the story, and a stronger romantic element - no surprise there! From what I can tell, most (or all?) of the stories a ...more
Ola Adamska
Oct 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Soon more stories in this review

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
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book!

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
Jessica Subject
There is something for everyone in this super collection of science fiction romance titles that feature various Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial pets. I really enjoyed this collection. Not only did I get new stories from authors I've read before, I was also introduced to new authors I am anxious to read more of. From space ports to space ships to far away planets, this really is a wide collection of stories that is sure to satisfy any romance reader. ...more
Jessica Pope
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pets in Space is a collection of science fiction romance short stories which feature, you guessed it, pets in space. The best part of short story collections is the fact that you get introduced to numerous authors in one book. It is a great way to see if you enjoy the author’s writing and may lead to reading other works by that author. The romantic pairings are well written in this collection and are complemented by the inclusion of their furry friends. As the introduction claims, every alien ne ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

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.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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 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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this anthology specifically for Veronica Scott's and Carysa Locke's stories. I ADORE the Sectors SF series and seriously can't get enough of it. As for those telepathic space pirates, they're TELEPATHIC SPACE PIRATES. I'm halfway convinced those guys were custom written for me.

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
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Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
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.
Ms Smith does it again with another great start to a new series. I have read everything by this author and she ne
Under the Covers Book Blog

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

Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

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
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is a must read for all Science Fiction Romance fans. The stories in this collection are all outstanding. Most are by authors I knew but a few introduced me to some new authors. I had seen reviews of stories by S.E. Smith but this was the first time to read anything by her. Susan Grant takes us back to Baresh. She gives us a story about a great couple brought together by Bang-Bang the dog. See if you ask what happened to a minor characters. If you do you will find out that the character is g ...more
Rhonda Jones
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Boxset

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
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