Alien meets mate.
Alien loses mate.
Alien gets mate.
A time-honored formula that just doesn't get old.
When interstellar salvage hunter Rako encounters a crashed ship in a deserted sector, the spoils within had better be worth his trouble. But inside the ancient wreck is a treasure he never intended to find--a cryogenically preserved sleeping beauty that awakens his species' mating call. Protocol requires that Alyce be taken to the nearest government installation to claim refugee status, but the hulky scavenger isn't willing to give her up that easily, especially when the descendants of her kidnappers turn up to reclaim their prize.
Rako's a skin-turner, a shape-changing alien considered an 'undesirable' in commercial circles. Alyce is a humanoid empath, stolen from her people more than a century earlier. They're strangely drawn to each other, and the ways this unlikely pair get acquainted during a long space flight is touching, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time. Alien, schmalien; when it comes to love they are fully compatible in every way that counts!
This story has a bit of a slow start, with a lot of detail about Rako's tools and instruments that this reader could do without. The interesting characters, especially Rako's diminutive and long-suffering servant/sidekick Boz --"Your copulatory vocalizations were quite unusual!"-- quickly liven things up. Rako's blithe description of government, "Elected representatives from all races, excessive data collection, high taxes, corruption, spotty public safety, the usual thing," was a golden moment of witty dialogue (my favorite)! Alyce is a sweet, independent heroine who isn't afraid of anything, making the best of a bad situation and taking things in stride.
Though I would have liked the story to be a bit longer, Rakos Treasure is a quick, classic Beauty and the beast style story that's always a treasure to read, no matter which part of the universe you find it in.
Sasha is just trying to survive now that the human world has been conquered by the alien Sions. When a theft at her job points to her, she’s thrust in the middle of the investigation with a sexy Sion named Dram. They have to work together to figure out who the thief is but will a forbidden romance between them lead to even more danger...
I would have loved more details right at the beginning about the Sion. They’re supposedly alien but they look like us? There really isn’t an explanation on them. Why would they look like us if they’re alien? How can you tell a Sion from a human? If the Sion were made a bit more, well alien, then I think it would have really rounded out the world building. The mystery is spot on. I love the unraveling of the jewel theft. It really kept me on the edge of my seat. Dram and Sasha have great chemistry when they’re together. Their romance is so beautiful and sweet, also hot! Ice water is definitely mandatory when reading this book. If you like romance and mystery, this book is sure to please you.
Trusting Justice is a highly recommended read!
In a futuristic world, the citizens of Domid enjoy every privilege and pleasure. Domidian socialite and event organizer extraordinaire Tellan is therefore completely and blissfully inexperienced when it comes to space travel and the reality of non-Domidian worlds. Nevertheless, to help his ailing sister, Tellan plots what he thinks is a grand adventure in the pursuit of Essent Water, an elixir fabled to cure all disease. Problem one - Essent Water is only found on the deserted and remote planet Ompso, located in the Empty Quadrant. Problem two - He needs help to get it, and Tellan is hopelessly attracted to his hastily-hired guide and bodyguard Jorant. Exiled and in hiding from his homeworld of Atavaq, Jorant is an unlikely choice for a lover -- especially when Tellan is not even certain the huge and strong warrior's race engages in nor even allows same-sex liaisons. As it turns out, the cold reaches of the Empty Quadrant can harbor a surprising heat!
I like science fiction. I don't typically like gay romances. Essent Quest rather snuck up on me in that regard. I did not even realize the story was about to embark on an outer space M/M voyage until I was already in the thick of it, and in a way, neither did the characters! The story is so well told, the reader is almost caught unaware when these two very different, yet compatible, heroes get together. By that time, I did not care and completely enjoyed the touching, gentle and sweet encounters that Tellan and Jorant experience on their journey through space. The plot is simple but compelling, and as a sci-fi fan I applauded the author's use of inventive technical jargon. In addition, the dialogue is straightforward yet evocative.
Alas, even in the far-flung future, there are still barriers to "mixed-race" couples. When Tellan and Jorant return to Domid, their romance is threatened by forces beyond their control, and face a sad and sudden parting. Can two partners who are literally worlds apart ever find a happily ever after?
Your quest: read Essent Quest and find out! Highly recommended!
Genre: Science Fiction, Menage
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 Stars -– A Good Read
Heat: 4/5 - Smoking Hot
I’m so torn on this book. Bondmate is all about this new world where hot men are looking for their mates. It’s a new series with Evernight Publishing.
Anyway, why I’m torn: I did not like the main characters. Bryn and Manteen were just hard muscle and horny. I didn’t feel any connection with them. Then they practically kidnap Avanelle. Sure, it’s for her better and she eventually falls for them. However, I still didn’t really connect with the characters in a way that made me really love this book.
It was a good read. I would give other books in this series a try. It was an interesting start to a new series.