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Claimed (Brides of the Kindred #1)

Author: Evangeline Anderson

Publisher: EA Publishing

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

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Marked (Book 7 in the Dark Protectors Series)

cover54613-mediumAuthor: Rebecca Zanetti

Publisher: Kensington Books

Rating: 4.5

Buy Links: Author page

Type: Novel in Series

Received from Publisher

 

 

Blurb:  Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice… Continue reading Marked (Book 7 in the Dark Protectors Series)

Lucky Strike

     Author: Jane Davitt

     Publisher: Riptide Publishing

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Riptide and Amazon

     Type: Standalone

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Death’s a heartbeat away, but love is even closer.

Flying a traveler to Leap celebrations on the luxury planet Crestal is no problem for intrepid partners Jake and Rill, even if they have to navigate a deadly meteor shower to get there. But their fresh-faced, privileged passenger is carrying more than Leap gifts: Lian has a message to deliver, treachery and murder to avenge, and a killer close on his heels.

Lian thought he was ready for independence from his overbearing extended family, but his first solo trip off-planet has landed him in a nightmare of deadly intrigue. Though he’s devastated by betrayal, and no longer able to tell friend from foe, he’s fascinated by the gruff pilot and scorchingly handsome first mate who’ve become his reluctant rescuers.

With a dazzling fortune at stake and the fate of the United Protectorate of Planets in their hands, there’s no time for the three men to fall in love. But with their future measured in hours, crew and passenger may have just enough time to discover that three can become one, and that together they are strong enough to beat any odds.

Twenty percent of all publisher proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.
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Hidden Gem

     Author: Lissa Kasey

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4.5 stars

     Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

     Type: Standalone

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.

Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.

Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.

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Prince of Faith (An Uncommon Whore #3)

     Author: Belinda McBride

     Publisher: Loose Id

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: LId

     Type: Novel from Series

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Held captive in a whorehouse, Markus Dayspring wakes every morning with a thirst for revenge, and collapses every night with a prayer for strength. He lives on in spite of deadly addictions and a crippling, shameful secret. When he’s rescued by a man from his past, his reawakened love threatens to crush his damaged soul.

Caius also has a secret, one that could ultimately kill him. But his vow to rescue Markus is stronger than guilt, fear and even his loyalty to King Helios. Too many have died because of Caius and rescuing the missing prince might allow him to sleep without nightmares.

Old habits are hard to break and new pain threatens their growing love. Yet one gleaming ray of hope continues to guide them to safety, even in the face of an unexpected violation of trust. With the stakes growing higher by the hour, Markus and Caius must learn to have faith before they can heal and face the future together.

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Phoberia

     Author: HB Kurtzwilde

     Publisher: Loose Id

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: LId and Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  The corporate colony of Cadose HQ has a technological disaster brewing in its data pillars. The only man who can save them is Dixon Sinonyx, nanotech operator. But Dix himself is in need of help, both to solve the puzzle of Cadose’s reckless violations of safety protocols, and his own loneliness. Athen Dendrophile seems the perfect solution to both problems, but his youth and enthusiastic passion are as attractive as they are a dangerous distraction.

Though Dix is going crazy with the need for human contact, he fears doing damage to a seemingly innocent youth. Athen soon proves himself anything but innocent, and yet Dix can’t shake the fear that he is in more danger than he can understand. With the data pillars nearing meltdown and their mutual desire at the boiling point, they must find a way to put their differences aside to survive the hostile, brutal world that is crumbling all around them.

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Guest Post and Exclusive Excerpt by Lyn Gala

Excerpt from Claimings series by Lyn Gala

 

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To help Lyn Gala celebrate the release of  Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities, we’ve been lucky to have the honor of hosting a wonderful scene cut from book one of the Claimings series.  Those of you who’ve been reading my reviews for a long time know I’m not only a science fiction junkie but a Lyn Gala junkie as well.  Possibly this excerpt made me momentarily lose my cool.

“Headstrong”

She-who-had-been-Hasha watched the humans. Ondry had forced this gathering, but she was not surprised. He was as headstrong as his mother. Both had demanded their freedom so young—too young. Rownt needed aff

ection to grow strong, and both were too stubborn to accept the love that was their right as children. Instead they rushed toward adulthood.

She sometimes wondered if there was some genetic marker for stubbornness that she could ask the one who had been Oma to identify. Continue reading Guest Post and Exclusive Excerpt by Lyn Gala

Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities (Claimings #2)

     Author: Lyn Gala

     Publisher: Loose Id

     Rating: 4.5 stars

     Buy Links: LId and Amazon

     Type: Novel from Series

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Ondry and Liam have settled into a good life, but their trading is still tied up with humans, and humans are always messy. When political changes at the human base lead Ondry to attempt a difficult trade, the pair find themselves entangled in human affairs. Liam wants to help the people he left and the worlds being torn apart. He also wants to serve Ondry with not only the pleasures of the nest but also by bringing human profits.

Ondry has no hope of understanding human psychology in general, he only knows that he will hold onto his palteia with the last breath in his body, and he’d like to keep his status and his wealth too. Unfortunately, new humans bring new conflicts and he is not sure how to protect Liam. He does know one thing that humans seem to constantly forget—that the peaceful Rownt are predators and when their families are threatened, Rownt become deadly killers. Liam is his family, and Ondry will protect him with his last breath… assuming that he can recognize the dangers in time to do so.

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Vices (Cold Hard Truths #1)

     Author: Nash Summers

     Publisher:  Loose Id

     Rating: 5 stars

     Buy Links: LId  and Amazon 

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Seven years ago, Jones fell for a heartless man named Carver. A drug addiction, numerous sexual partners, and a lonely lifestyle weren’t enough to fill the void that Carver left in Jones’s chest.

Years later, the two meet under familiar circumstances, and Jones can’t help hoping for affection that Carver can never give him. While Jones tries his best to crawl under Carver’s skin and force him to feel something, he finds himself involved in a political war he had no idea he was fighting. Jones struggles to gasp for air in a dying city that’s sinking fast and pulling him under with wave after wave of addiction and betrayal.

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Bliss

     Author: Lisa Henry  Heidi Belleau

     Publisher: Riptide Publishing

     Rating: 5 stars

     Buy Links: Riptide  and Amazon 

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  They’re always happy.

Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it.

So is Tate Patterson. He’s from Tophet, too, but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief. A city without crime seems like an easy score, until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen. Instead of jail, Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program. By living with and serving his victim for seven years, Tate will learn the human face of his crimes.

If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. Tate is fitted with a behavior-modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders, no matter how dehumanizing. Worse, the chip prevents him from telling Rory, the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him, the truth: in a country without prisons, Tate is locked inside his own mind.

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