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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  22 reviews
It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sen
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ebook, 310 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by DSP Publications
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4 Alien Loving Hearts

A highly enjoyable sci-fi romp with all sorts to satisfy! This has time travel, aliens, a pending apocalypse, hurt comfort, mpreg, and nebulous tentacle shenanigans, all or some of which will surely interest many a reader!

The blurb is quite good at telling what’s what. Vardam is a peaceful, technologically advanced, non-binary alien who’s basically been traveling the galaxy in search of a new place for their peoples to inhabit since their home was destroyed by an asteroid. T
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annob
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program.

I was excited by all the things the blurb promised; a romance between a closed off, straight scientist and a non-binary alien with a "wicked sense of humor" who develop feelings for each other. Unfortunately the book I read was quite different from the expectations set up by its blurb.

With the exception of the opening chapters, during first third of the book the main protagonist is someone I
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Eugenia
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
SOOOOO GOOD!!! 4 Stellar Stars!!

The blurb for this book was right up my alley and I’m so happy to say that what it promises it delivered, and more!!

The idea of time travel enthralls me. Add to that a non-binary alien hoping to stop a future dystopia, a possibly gay scientist intent on saving the race, an everyday guy who gets thrown in the middle of a most secret project, an intriguing cast of side characters and you’ve got a winning book.

I loved the quiet and stubborn humor in Vardam, the alie
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A.J. Adams
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, arc, hea, scifi
This is one of the weirdest books I have ever read, and I loved it! When I saw the blurb, gay romantic sci-fi, I thought hmmm. And when I read it included male pregnancy, I was seriously put off.

But then I remembered how much I loved Closer Than Blood and how My Boyfriend Is A Dog (written under her pen-name, S.A. Smythe) made me howl with laughter, I thought I should give it a go. Just as well, because I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.

The story starts in the future. Earth is dying b
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Joyfully Jay
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


When I read the blurb for this, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. The characters sounded appealing when whittled down to their most basic attributes: a damaged doctor, a non-binary non-human life form, a goth gay, etc. I’ll admit I was a bit unsure before I started, but from the very first pages, the writing style was beautifully descriptive and immediately set the scene for an earth-bound space fantasy that absolutely captivated me.

First, the story “book e
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Jordan Lombard
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Serena Yates
Aliens and their way of looking at things are an interesting, and as it turns out in this book, essential way to determine what being human is all about. There are several themes that are seamlessly woven together and range from the consequences of a drive for fame and success to an extinction-level new disease coming from a mutated cure for an existing one to the effect of first contact from an alien race on human society. Add a slice of time travel and a budding romance with surprising effects ...more
Kristin
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Round up to 3.5 stars.

Premise of the book is Vardam has traveled to Earth after the destruction of the Var planet to seek out a new home for his people. He lands on an Earth on the brink of destruction in 2125. The cause for apocalypse is based on a vaccine having the wrong effect, causing the virus to mutate and cause a mass extinction event.

Var travels back to 2025, to seek out Kurt Lomax, creator of the drug to beg him to stop experiments and trials and prevent the deaths of billions of peo
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Sally
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Euphoria is one of those books that I found to be a challenge. There is no question that Jayne Lockwood is a wonderful writer with an equally wonderful imagination, but I struggled with the structure of the story, and found it hard to connect with many of the characters. I picked this up and put it back down so many times, I feared I would never finish it, but despite the challenges I still felt compelled to see how it all played out.

On the plus side, I loved the non-binary aliens and thought th
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Rebecca Langham
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
MAIN PAIRING: M/Enby

RATING: 3.75 stars

REVIEW

Gosh this was a tricky one to try and rate! Books like this make me wish I'd foregone the concept of stars and ratings altogether here on ceLEStial books, because sometimes you can't really reduce your impressions of a story to a simple number. I went with a 'safe' rating at just under 4 stars, because to me, 4 stars means "I loved it!" and 3 means "This is pretty good." And Euphoria lies somewhere in between.

The classical sci-fi lover in me really app
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Kristi Cramer
Got my hands on an ARC of this fabulous story. I adore all the characters, the plot is wholly original from anything I've read before, and reflects an oddly hopeful outlook for the future. (That might seem like an odd thing to say, but I read some wishful thinking underlying the general mood.)

I'm not sure what to say about this book that wouldn't spoil it. It has an well-meaning and patient alien, scientists (including a very capable, sassy woman) and the perfect foil for all the science-y stuff
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Russell Ricard
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading Jayne Lockwood’s novel Euphoria truly induced euphoric feelings in this reader.

Lockwood creates a fascinating and enlightening futuristic world that highlights so much of our present day struggles in humanity.

The action is well paced with layers of heart, heroism, and humanity. Through a rainbow of beautifully drawn characters, Lockwood reveals how gender and its varied expression, sexual orientation, love, friendship, a sense of family, and socio-economic differences impact who we are
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J. Vaughn
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 *

I think this is this one of the best M/M pregnancy books I've read. It's not actually M/M it's M/alien, who is not gendered. Although it does have a token cardboard bad guy, most of the cast is multi-faceted and interesting. It also lacks the cheese that seems endemic in M/M pregnancy books.

The viewpoint jumped around between protagonists but I was never confused; I enjoyed getting inside the head of the different characters. The alien, Vardam, I found fascinating and endearing.

I thorough
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Melanie
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

For the full review, visit https://wp.me/p220KL-eqj

From that review: Euphoria by Jayne Lockwood is the first story I've written by this author but it won't be the last.  It's exceedingly well written, filled with layered, well-rounded characters and a suspenseful plot. Yes, I enjoyed it immensely even when my hands were clutching the Kindle in high anxiety for the characters well being and my heart was racing over the fate for
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Euphoria has so many different components that were then expertly woven together to deliver a fascinating and, in some ways, a terrifying story. First, we have a not-too-far-off future which is the catalyst for an apocalyptic event that basically wipes humans and animals from the world in the span of one-hundred years. Next, we have alien species that finds earth in 2125, along with what is left of the humans, and they become fascinated and eventually want to save humans from their destined futu ...more
Tony Williamson
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sci-fi is not my usual Genre, but I am fast becoming a huge fan. This book went way past my expectations of sci-fi so far. There is time travel, impending doom plus a human and an alien that both have to learn to love. Throw in the other scientist with there sense of humor and issues and you have an exciting read that you will not want to miss.

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Eric Westfall
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4+ stars out of 5, rounded up

I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying Ms. Lockwood is a very talented writer, and with one caveat noted (way) below, I’ll definitely buy more of her books.

That said, I’m the wrong person to review this book. If you want to let it go at that, then just stop now. Otherwise, I’m going to explain.

In my (never humble) opinion, a reviewer reveals a rating and then gives you the reasons for it. The customary review is a
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Joscelyn Smith
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author*

This was a very unexpectedly good read. The storyline was unique, it was a mashup of several sci-fi tropes: E.L.E., first contact, and some mpreg thrown in too and they combined into a story I couldn't put down. There was an amazing cast of characters and although the story is told through three POVs it works, the characters voices meshed well and kept the story flowing. I liked how the author dealt with the non-binary character,
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Wendy
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into the story with no expectations. I've never read any published work by Jayne Lockwood and I had only glanced at the blurb. It sounded intriguing and the cover was gorgeous and I thought why not, right?

I was pleasantly surprised to be engaged right off the bat. Very well written and it gave me a little bit of background about Professor Kurt Lomax  who was a cold, hard character but I could tell that there were reasons for that. He's a complex man who has difficulty connecting emotional
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Andrea
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written and funny!
B.A. Brock
Usually I start with a reworded blurb, but a blurb is probably posted somewhere nearby, and unlike some blurbs I felt this blurb encompasses the major themes of the book, so I guess I’ll start by saying how much I loved this story, which was quite a bit. This was my first Lockwood novel—sign me up for the next SFF one.

My major praises are thus:

1) Great characterization. Spot on authentic, messy, consistent characters, and dialogue so crisp I could tell who was talking without speaker tags. Top q
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Interesting first contact (well, second contact) story.
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I've been writing for many years, starting out at County College of Morris in New Jersey with a course in Journalism. Since then I've published five novels for Black Lace Books under a pseudonym (Savannah Smythe) and one ghostwritten book for glamour celebrity, Abi Titmuss, in 2005 (10 Fantasies.) Also, I've published two M/M erotica stories as S. A. Smythe, Lexington Black and Docklands
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