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"I would chase you to the ends of the universe
if it meant that you would accept my claim."


Darrok
Kaldar Warriors, book two
T.J. Yelden
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published December 15th 2016

Samantha always had a hard time letting people in. The only person who truly mastered that was just kidnapped by the same aliens that have been parading around Earth promoting their undying respect and protection to the female population. Right. Because it’s every girl’s dream to be whisked away to some far off planet with a bunch of aliens. One small decision leads to big changes and Samantha is about to find out how far she will go. Both to save her planet and her growing feelings for a certain green-eyed alien.

Darrok knew he had his work cut out for him. Six months searching for Samantha and keeping an eye on the growing problems near their borders. Along with finding and claiming his mate, he also has to make a decision that could give his race valuable information regarding their enemies. The catch? It would mean putting Samantha directly in harm’s way. It goes against everything that the Kaldar warrior stands for, but there is no other option. They must find out who is aiding their enemies and Darrok must ensure the cost is not his mate’s life.


I enjoyed this book, despite Samantha's role, up until about seventy precent- when the Altu came into play. From there, it went downhill in a barrel. It's sad, considering how long I, and others, have waited to read Karac's sequel. TWO YEARS.

Allow me to just rant because, truly, it's my fury at this story that's driving me to even type out a review. I'll take it character by character. And yes, here be spoilers.

Darrok...

He did everything right. I was in his corner through every argument. Until the fool did the one thing that had kept Samantha from being open to him all along. He leaves her. After railing against her father for abandoning Sam at such a young, defenseless age, Darrok, too, walks away. And practically disappears from her life.

Granted, ..and this brings me to Samantha....

Sam had mommy/daddy issues brought on from a rough childhood which tainted her view on relationships. Despite the instant pull to Darrok as everything that feels like home, she erects a wall between them and insists on biding her time until she can regain her pathetic career-oriented existence back on Earth. Time after time, Darrok attempts to relate to her. To get to know her. To just be with her. And she not only shuts him down, she turns to other males to fill the void. I allow that it's easier to go to Taegin or Kinric because they're not looking for anything from her. There's no expectation from them so it feels safer to her to feed those bonds. But damn, woman....

And then there's Kinric.

He overstepped his place and he was never held accountable. Simple as that.

The Altu...

My problem with this branch of the story lies with, again, Samantha. And I don't think I truly understood the threat. The leader, sadist that he may be, wants to understand the human brain. (Without dissecting it! Kudos!) So he starts, mostly unbeknownst to Sam, rifling through her memories and her brainwaves and all that good stuff. Then she starts fighting him. For reasons beyond me. There was no great trauma she was looking to avoid. No hidden, long buried memory she was looking to escape. She was just being selfish in the 'these are my thoughts, my memories, they're what make me me' blah blah immature ranting gone wild. The guy didn't give a damn about her memories or her emotions. There was no judgment. No nothing. He just wanted to see the mechanics of how human minds work in a purely scientific study type examination. What. am. I. missing? Did Sam not have the ability to let him in. In that case, was she fighting in vain? The only destruction to her mind came when he was forced to push his way in. Had she just let him do it, she could have saved herself. Right???

And back to Darrok...

After attempt and attempt to woo his truemate, and having her turn to Kinric for answers and teammates for companionship, Darrok has very little to feel secure about. After failing to protect her from losing her mind, he has nothing. And yet, he did the one thing, the *one* thing, that was never an option. Sam's greatest fear, that which drove her to swear off relationships of almost any kind, was being abandoned. He knew it. And, with his weightless justifications, he did it anyway.

There's no happily ever after here for me. A warped biology sustains Darrok and Sam's relationship. Nothing more.

2 out of 5 stars.

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"You're supposed to get women jewelry, Sergeant. Not mutilated bodies."



The Tracker's Dilemma
Ruby Lionsdrake
The Mandrake Company, book six
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published March 26th 2016
ASIN B01DHMYW7O

Sergeant Heath “Tick” Hawthorn, the best tracker in Mandrake Company and the captain’s right-hand man, has been admiring microbiologist Lauren Keys from afar for months. Unfortunately, she’s dedicated to her science and doesn’t seem to have any interest in relationships. He’s not even sure she knows his name.

Determined to change that, Heath develops a surefire plan: he signs up to be a specimen in her latest study. Once she gets to know him better, he’s positive she’ll find his charms appealing.

But when he starts overhearing other people's thoughts and receiving eerie premonitions, he questions the wisdom of turning himself into a lab rat. On a mission planet-side with Lauren, they finally have some time alone together, but he’s too worried he’s turning into a freak to be charming. Further, the outing soon turns dangerous, as predators and bounty hunters show an interest in the party. If he and Lauren aren’t careful, they’ll end up dead instead of dating. Maybe Heath's plan wasn’t as surefire as he thought.

3 out of 5 stars


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Well, look at that... The new standard.

Actually, I read far more than 12 books this year. But children's books don't count towards my blog goal, unfortunately. If they did, I'd be back in that one book a day category. More than that, actually.

But those days are far behind me.

And the days of lesson plans and science experiments are here and ahead. And history books... oh the history books.


  1. Mastering the Mistress (BotK 14.5) by Evangeline Anderson (1/07)
  2. Forgotten (BotK #16) by Evangeline Anderson (01/20)
  3. Final Protocol by J.C. Daniels (01/21)
  4. The 100 by Kass Morgan (02/24)
  5. End of the Line by Biana D'Arc (02/25)
  6. Crash & Burn (Cyborg Sizzle #3) by Cynthia Sax (3/9)
  7. Adam (Cyborgs: More Than Machines #6) by Eve Langlais (04/14)
  8. Avion (Cyborgs: More Than Machines #7) by Eve Langlais (04/21)
  9. Switched (BotK #17) by Evangeline Anderson (4/29)
  10. Abducted (Alien Mate Index #1) by Evangeline Anderson (12/07)
  11. Protected (Alien Mate Index #2) by Evangeline Anderson (12/09)
  12. Descended (Alien Mate Index #3) by Evangeline Anderson (12/15)

All Sci-fi!


EDIT:

I found that I actually read THIRTEEN books last year, including The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Book 5.5 of the Mandrake Company) that I finished on May 6th! Woo hoo!


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Descended
Evangeline Anderson
Alien Mate Index, book three
ebook
Published August 27th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
ISBN 9781311691583

Charlotte Walker is just an intern trying to get through her surgical rotation in one piece when her life takes an abrupt turn for the weird. A seven-foot tall patient with multicolored eyes and golden skin shows up in the ER asking for her. When he tells Charlotte she's supposed to be the Empress of the entire galaxy, she naturally thinks he's high or crazy or both.

He's not.

Kristoff Verrai is the Captain of the Imperial Guard of the Goddess-Empress of the galaxy. For ten cycles he served his old mistress faithfully. Now that she is dead, his only job is to find and protect her new Incarnation until she can ascend the throne.

He doesn't expect to fall in love with her.

But a relationship between them can never be--the Empress must have a Consort with Royal blood and Kristoff is just a commoner.

Can they fight the love growing between them? Or will it overwhelm them?

If only Charlotte wasn't Descended from the most powerful female in the universe, they might have a chance...

I fully intended to take a break from AMI after finishing book two, but then, as it happens, Kristoff - whose name I hate btw - made his first appearance in Protected and ended up being on the right side of awesome... so here we are.

I loved this... up until the very end and that's only because I don't care for it when EA ends the story with girl talk. But everything pertaining to Kristoff and Charlotte was spot on. From K's sworn loyalty and chastity to his Empress to his soul deep vow to remain true to his people's ways and religion. Typically, a woman tearing a man from his honor doesn't hold an appeal but every now and then, as in this case, Charlotte pushes Kristoff to the point where religion is lost and the natural instinct to take his rightful mate prevails. Against all political and philosophical chains. Against all perceptions. After all was done, only the will of the gods - or Goddess - stands. And... yes, death is a price justly paid.

So, yep, spot on with how everything played out.  Kudos to the author.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Protected
Evangeline Anderson
Alien Mate Index, book two
Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Evangeline Anderson Books
ASIN B01G97FPCU

Grav N’gol is many things. Murderer…ex-con…Alien half-breed…

And a Protector.

More than just a bodyguard, a Protector chooses a female to ward for life and swears an oath to die for her if necessary.

Enter Leah Roth. The luscious little Earth female is supposed to be just a quick surveillance gig for Grav. He’ll check on her and report back that she’s okay—it should be easy.

Only she’s not okay.

When Grav sees Leah’s abusive husband hurting her, he swings into action. Before he knows it, he has Leah aboard his ship. When he’s given a dangerous and difficult mission, Leah volunteers to come along and help…and somehow Grav can’t say no.

But as much as he feels drawn to the lovely little human, Grav knows it can never be between them. For in his past lurks a bloody and savage secret that would turn even the most forgiving heart against him.

From his past and from his true nature Leah must be... Protected at all costs.

Oh no she didn't yes she did put Donald J. Trump in an erotic romance novel.

...Words I never thought I'd utter.

...Words you likely never thought you'd hear. Right?

After reading Sarden's story in book one where we also first get introduced to Grav, I didn't expect to like Grav as much as I did Sarden. As it turns out, I much preferred being in Grav's head. He was, by far, the geekiest of the two.

I needed to stop that shit.

And he's one of those fuckety-fuck-fuck-fuck kinda guys when he speaks, so yes, my corrupted little mind had all sorts of fun with him.

Why is it that I love it when males swear and cuss in books, but find it oh so repugnant in everyday life?

A moment of reflection. Gotta love it.

Although the idea of it is simply adorable, the concept of not being with someone because they're 'too good' for you drives me into madness. I need something more than that to overcome. Thankfully, we're getting that extra oomph in the next installment with Kristoff (bad name, bad bad name) and Charlotte's story.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Abducted
Evangeline Anderson
Alien Mate Index, book one
Kindle Edition, 485 pages
Published June 11th 2016 by Evangeline Anderson Books
ASIN B01FNPMJ9G

My name is Zoe McKinley. I have a boring life, an awful job, and a boss that throws staplers at my head. What could be worse?

How about being abducted by Aliens?

Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the Devil was worse. But learning he wanted to trade me to an intergalactic petting zoo was the worst of all!

Now I'm whizzing through the galaxy with a robot butler, a trio of nib-nibs (they're like tiny green monkeys) and one huge, muscular, and very grumpy alien. The clothing they gave me shows all my lady-bits, the food-sim makes banana cream pie that tastes like sauerkraut, and Sarden, my captor, is too hot to stay mad at, even if he is a jerk.

In fact, I think I might be falling for him.

What's a girl to do? It's all in a day's work when you've been... Abducted.

4 out of 5 stars.


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