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Pets in Space 5

(Pets in Space #5)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Are you ready? Pets in Space® 5 is back for the fifth amazing year!

Twelve of today’s top Science Fiction Romance authors have written 12 original, never-before-released stories filled with action, adventure, suspense, humor, and romance that will take you out of this world.

The giving doesn’t stop there.

For the fifth year, Pets in Space® will be donating a portion of the
Kindle Edition, 1492 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Cats, Dogs & Other Worldly Creatures

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Stephanie (Bookfever)
This is a review for Dark Ambitions by Michelle Diener. I might come back later to read and review the other stories when I have more time.

Dark Ambitions is a short science fiction story in Michelle Diener's Dark Horse series, which is a top favorite of mine. So of course I was really happy to read this story and get back in this world that I love so much. It was so great to read about Rose, Dav and of course Sazo again. As I'm used to with Michelle's books it was well-written, action packed wit
Sep 16, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited for release date to be approaching! My story in the anthology is "General's Holiday" and features General Halliwell as the hero. He's been SO patient through the series. lol

Here's a snippet from his first contact with Naxe:

“Light,” he snapped, pulling himself into a sitting position. He probably should have stipulated low lights. There was a painful transition while he waited for his pupils to adjust. He used the time being glad he didn’t sleep in the buff. When one was a general,
Judy Lewis
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: Pets in Space 5
Designation: MultiAuthor Anthology #sciencefictionromance
My Rating: Five Delightful Stars*****

I love the Pets in Space Anthologies. I’ve been a fan since its inception in 2015 and have purchased every single edition. I anxiously await its release in October each year. You not only receive a collection of fabulous science fiction romances at an unbeatable price, you also donate to a very worthy cause. has been one o
Leslie Chase
Oct 06, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: sfr, alien
It's so exciting to have my story in this collection along with so many others from great science fiction romance authors. My story, Glitch, is set on Crashland, and if you've read any of my Crashland novels, you know that all the humans have holographic AI pets. Glitch is damaged, but that doesn't stop his human, Molly, loving him and caring for him.
And when an alien pirate, one of the Prytheen that stranded them all on the planet they call Crashland, recognizes her as his mate, Glitch wants to
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic collection of stories from so many outstanding authors. Loved each and everyone Ready for more.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This collection is such a Great read! Pets are so adorable and such a big part of these stories. You can't go wrong with space, pets and love. Grab a copy and support training dogs for veterans and first responders in need. ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reaper by Regine Abel 5 stars
I’ve read the other books in the series that this story is a companion to. I believe it stands alone but I’m probably not the best assessor. I loved this story. I’d been waiting for the male lead’s (Reaper) story for a while now and am thrilled with it. I enjoyed the female lead – the strength she demonstrated contrasted against her self-esteem issues – and the cultural differences that the characters had to negotiate. The story is low conflict, just a beautiful
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Anthology, I like some stories better than others - 4.5 Stars which I rounded up to 5:

The King’s Quest - S.E. Smith: The story of King Tamblin of the Kingdom of Glitter and the Goddess Arosa (who is in disguise as the Queen of the Wood Fairies. This is the first story I’ve read by this author, so many of the characters were not familiar to me, although I caught the gist of the story, which was sort of depressing until Arosa came to fix everything. 3 Stars

Dark Ambitions - Michelle Diener: I
Jannie Cv
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fine reading and a worthy cause!
With new authors and long-time favorites, the Pets in Space anthologies are always a pleasure to read. This one is no exception. Read on for hours of fine entertainment!

* The Kings Quest (dragonlords...) - S.E. Smith
A sweet romance! Visit the unique and fascinating world of leprechauns, wood fairies, tasiers, and a particularly perspicacious dragonling. Delightful!

* Juggernaut - Laurie A. Green
An exciting adventure with a few too many secrets being held. CaSandr
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just bought my copy of this anthology. I really enjoyed previous Pets in Space anthologies and always look forward to each year's installment. I'll update my review once I finish one of the stories.

The King's Quest by S.E. Smith

Dark Ambitions By Michelle Diener

Star Cruise: Return Voyage By Veronica Scott
This was one of my most anticipated stories of this anthology and the second story I read. I've enjoyed this authors books before and I like how her Pets in Space stories are set aboard the sa
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is for Michelle Diener's DARK AMBITIONS only.

Displaced Earth woman and former captive, Rose McKenzie is doing her best to come to terms with her new home on the Grih spaceship, Barrist, captained by partner in life, Dav Jallen. The artificial intelligence brain of the Class Five battleship, Sazo, whom Rose befriended, is along for the ride as “he” rarely strays far from the one person deemed deserving trust. Sazo only cares about Rose and her safety because of the jaded history betwe
Diana in SC
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Diener’s novella is great!

So far, I have only read Michelle Diener’s contribution to the anthology, “Dark Ambitions," so I am basing my review on that novella only. It is fantastic and everything I could have hoped for! It is such a satisfying addition to my favorite sci-fi romance series, the Class 5 series. It was absolutely wonderful to revisit Rose, Sazo, Dav, and the rest of the characters from “Dark Horse”. As an added bonus, Rose adopts an adorable new pet, Sweetpea, who looks l
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I'm always thrilled with the stories presented in this antho. I get to revisit old favorites and meet both new-to-me characters and authors and I'm an 100% down with that!

The big draws (on this first pass) this time around were Veronica Scott's Star Cruise: Return Voyage and Regine Abel's Reaper.

The story of what happened to the Nebula Dream was my first introduction to the Veronica Scott's Special Forces world and it was SO FUN to revisit both one of the characters who survived t
Regine Abel
Sep 28, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Only a few more days until the release. I'm super stoked! So many wonderful stories this time again. The story "Reaper" is my humble contribution to the anthology. For those of you who read my story "Doom" in PISA 4, you'll remember Stran, my previous pet. Although I am introducing Brees, a new pet of the same species, Stran is making another appearance here to get his own HEA. Here's a little snippet.

Stran parked himself at my feet and lifted his head towards me. While he was bulkier and far m
L. E.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of Galactic Search and Rescue by Carol Van Natta. I have not (yet) read the rest of the anthology.

I really liked Galactic Search and Rescue! It’s a sweet, fun, adventurous story and I thoroughly enjoyed both Taz and Rylando (yay to Hatya too!), their relationship, and the animal search and rescue team (Moyo in particular!). So happy I got to read this!

As always, her writing draws me in, and (a point of language geekdom) I adore the small world-specific (but still perfectly und
Kathryn Manzella
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pets in Space 5 is a collection of 12 stories that deliver exciting action, edge-of-your seat suspense, laugh out loud humor, and of course hot, steamy and yet sweet romance.  I enjoyed every one of the stories in this binde-worthy set, entertained and happy for the experience.

One story included in Glitch, an enemies to lovers romance.  Molly and Karmac have great chemistry, an attraction that can't ve denied.  There's a suspenseful dilemma that they face, some annoying foes, and an adorable ho
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Welcome to Pets in Space, the annual single-volume binge-read of science fiction romance! And what a yummy smorgasbord of delicious SFR delights it is.

In all seriousness, this collection qualifies as the kind of huge, bug-eyed monster that so often appears as the villain in SF. Not for its monstrousness – because it’s not that – but simply for its incredible size.

This year’s collection of space-worthy companion animals weighs in at around 1500 pages (Amazon
E.G. Manetti
4.5 Stars.

As always, the anthology is a total blast with some of the contributions stronger than others.

The King's Quest 3-stars
I generally like SE Smith, but this one was a little cutsey for me. I would not have read past the 2nd or third page if I hadn't enjoyed the author's other work. It does pick up and become a bit more action/suspense oriented, but the flashbacks got a bit confusing.

Dark Ambitions 4-stars
My first by this author, it was a bit hard to follow (it's part of a larger series
N.N. Light
I'm a huge science fiction romance reader and I've been itching to read this new installment. So far I've only read two stories (Return Cruise by Veronica Scott and General's Holiday by Pauline Baird Jones) but the whole anthology is superb.

This review is for General's Holiday by Pauline Baird Jones:

“What would Picard do?”

This is the question General Halliwell asks himself when Naxe pleads for his help. The mission is complex and rife with peril, though ironically no firepower is required. He’ll
Lyndi W.
Working my way through this, will update when I finish each story.

Finding Mogha - Kyndra Hatch - 4 stars
A bit too much going on, but I really enjoyed all of it. Just slightly overwhelming for such a short story. The pet was adorable - there's a little illustration at the beginning. I'll definitely look up other books by this author.

Pastfinders - Alexis Glynn Latner - 4 stars
Slow start, it took me a little bit to really understand what I was reading. But then it was nonstop awesome. The "pet" in
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I only read one story out of this book, but it was worth the read.
Rose, kidnapped from Earth by Tecrans and a Class 5 battleship, has been trying hard to make a place for herself in Grihan society with the help of her boyfriend, Dav Jallan. Her time is mostly spent in space aboard either Sazo, the artificial intelligence in charge of the Class 5, or aboard Dav's ship, the Barrist. However, Rose has severely missed being able to roam freely through the nature found planetside, and talks Dav's ex
Raina Collins
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just read Reaper from this set and I so loved it. I love the series it is part of. Reaper is an alien hybrid and one of the good guys that is trying to protect others and save them. Janelle has been trapped her whole life with what I would call amazing animals that are way more than pets. For the past twenty years she was able to survive. The strength of mind this character has is amazing. Most would have gone insane or taken their own lives but she survived and became stronger. Reaper is the pe ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Back again with stories from my favorite authors and an introduction to some new authors. Those will probably become favorites too. I love the mix and the different pets. My cat is jealous as she is not featured in any story. Pick this up and remember that money goes to a very good charity.
Barbara Dunbar
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pets in space five

I figured I would like this set of stories and they exceeded my expectations! Pets and sentient beings who attach themselves to their people are so awesome!
Lynn Smith
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pets in Space 5

Another fantastic anthology. I loved all the stories in the book. It was like visiting old friends from the last 4.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another perfect anthology!

In my opinion this is the best Pets in Space ever! The talent involved is out of this world. The characters and pets are heartwarming. There is hope and love and adventure and always (of course) the pets. What more could anyone want!
Cassandra Chandler
Sep 17, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
This year's Pets in Space® 5 anthology is filled with romance, outer space adventure, and adorable pets! I can't wait for you to read my story, Rate of Return. Here's a snippet!

“I’m sorry,” she said. “Just seeing a big, strong guy like you intimidated by a bowl of cereal is kind of funny.”
“I’m not intimidated,” he said. “I’m wary.”
She feigned a serious expression. “Oh, right. Very good, then.”
She sat and picked up her spoon. After shoveling a good-sized bite into her mouth, she made some yummy s
Nancy VanSpunky Reads
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
This anthology every year is always such a treat to read! Even though the year 2020 thus far has gone down the toilet, this anthology is still top rate and packed with novellas from 12 popular sci-fi romance authors! I haven't had the time to read all of the stories yet, but I've read a few.

One of my favorite authors is Veronica Scott. Return Voyage was a 5-star story. The pet in this story was Verlaine, a Tajikka service animal who is attuned to its owner's emotions. Trevor Hanson is a securit
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe there are 5 Pets in Space collections already. My how time flies when you are enjoying great stories. Pets in Space 5 is the best collection yet!

Many of the stories are a part of series that I am following. Having the qualities of both new and familiar make them favorites in this anthology. However, whether you follow the series or not, all of these stories stand pretty well on their own. For me, there was one exception that seemed a bit disjointed because I had not read any book
Grogan Norma
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just read the great story, "Galactic Search And Rescue" by Carol Van Natta in the new "Pets In Space" series, "Pets In Space 5". It was an exciting, well-written story in her Galactic Concordance Universe. It was a thrilling heart pounding read from start to finish. As with all "Pets In Space" stories, it was full of animals so incredible that you can't help but love each and every one. And, there is romance between two people who are meant to be together, but because of work and life in world ...more
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