Genre: Science Fiction

TAKEN by M. A. Church

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TAKEN by M. A. ChurchTaken by M. A. Church
Series: The Harvest #1
Published by Storm Moon Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction
ReviewedbyLisa

In the year 2050 Earth is made cruelly aware of intelligent life among the stars after Tah’Narian starships enter the atmosphere.  Their race is dying after chemical warfare was used by another warrior planet.  They make a bargain with the leaders of Earth for young males to use for breeding purposes.  A lottery is set up that will last for seven years and then the aliens will leave forever.

 

Dale Michaels knows that he is lucky because his age doesn’t fit the criteria for the international lottery.  It was traumatic enough to watch as his best friend Chad was dragged off in front of him and there was nothing he could do to stop it from happening.

 

There is no way for Dale to comprehend what’s happening when he is dragged from his home shouting and pleading a mistake’s been made as his parents did the same.  Dale is taken for a medical exam where his pleas are still ignored. Becoming too hysterical he’s drugged and then wakes in a bed aboard a Tah’Narian ship.

 

A new life begins as the mate of Keyno Landium Shou, the ship’s captain.  It’s a heartbreaking start for their relationship, one that Dale thought he was safe from even imagining.  Dale plans to use stubborn pride and anger to keep Keyno at arm’s length, yet his mate’s gentle kindness and primal sensuality slowly crumble the wall around Dale’s heart.  The young human is about to experience the adventures of a lifetime.

 

The foundation is laid for a riveting adventure in Taken, the first book in The Harvest series.  Dale thought he was safe though he mourned the loss of his best friend.  High emotions of sorrow turn to terror when he is Taken.  Acclimating to something you’re fighting against doesn’t work.  In the end acceptance is the only answer.  Dale’s new life is filled with love and drama, excitement and romance.  It’s a wild time for a young human in Taken.  Addictive entertainment.  Can’t wait to see what happens next!

LACEY’S LUHPYNES by Honor James

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LACEY’S LUHPYNES by Honor JamesLacey's Luhpynes by Honor James
Series: Beyond the Veil #1
Published by Siren-BookStrand Genres: Futuristic, Menage
ReviewedbyJo

Earth and the humans who inhabit it got a serious wake-up call many years ago when the veil that separated the realms came down and humans discovered just how far down the food chain they really were. It probably would not have been so bad except when humans learned just who and what their neighbors were, the first course of action humans did was violence—the one thing that would not be tolerated. Now humans live under rules set up by the other races to keep the other races safe from the humans’ violence. One of the consequences of those rules is a new policing agency, the Alien and Earth Defensive Alliance, or the AEDA as most refer to it.  One of those human agents is Lacey Rose, a human who has been teamed up with two Luhpynes, and that is both her heaven and hell.

 

Ansell and Zhubin might not be blood relations, but they act like brothers and were raised together. However, their personalities are very different as Ansell was not adopted by Zhubin’s family until he was a young child and those few years made a difference. One thing they do agree on is the fact that they were marked long ago as being the mates of the same fated female—Lacey. These last few years have been rough for them to control their feelings, because it appeared that Lacey had a boyfriend and they would not interfere with that. But when the truth about a brutal attack on Lacey comes out in to the open and the truth is known, nothing is going to stop Ansell and Zhubin from claiming the woman they love and keeping her safe.

 

Lacey can’t believe that part of her hell was just misunderstandings on al ltheir parts. Now that the truth is known, their mutual attraction is ramping up fast and their mating is not far behind. However, the danger facing them all, from an unknown hybrid, is also taking a more deadly and determined turn—that of Lacey’s death now that she is newly mated. With their future looking so happy, their only issue right now is taking care of the onetime assailant-turned-stalker. A trap is set and with a little help from other agents and a lot of luck, that problem will soon be over. Or will the trap be sprung against Ansell, Zhubin, and Lacey, thus ending their hope of that future forever?

 

The world is much different and a whole lot larger now, but the journey to love is just the same as three people will soon discover.  Lacey’s Luhpynes will take Lacey, Zhubin, and Ansell from the struggles of fighting their feelings to mated happiness.  I fell in love with this unique Earth and the neighboring worlds pretty quickly, and I even fell faster for Lacey, Zhubin, and Ansell. Seeing that no matter what your race, there were still the same day-to-day issues made this story and the new world so believable. Watching as Lacey, Zhubin, and Ansell found the answers and fell so deeply in love was a really pleasant way to spend my time. I really can’t wait to see more of these special agents and their co-workers fall in love and work to make all the worlds a much better place to be. Lacey’s Luhpynes is a pretty fast-paced story with lots of suspense and romance spaced throughout it, with just that right touches of humor.

LILLY’S TORMENT by Honor James

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LILLY’S TORMENT by Honor JamesLilly's Torment by Honor James
Series: Beyond the Veil #2
Published by Siren-BookStrand Genres: Futuristic, Menage
ReviewedbyJo

Lilly Webb is a good cop with a mad skill of making weapons. Recently, Lilly escaped after being held somewhere for a time, and she has just been cleared to go back to work. However, it seems that her weapons-making skill has been noticed in high places, and she has been offered a job with the AEDA (Alien and Earth Defensive Alliance). Earth might be much different than in the past now, but some things remain the same—there are always going to be bad guys, and there will always need to be the good guys to stop them. Lilly is really happy with the promotion, but there is one shadow…her episodes of missing time that come and go lately. Not that she will let that stop her anytime soon.

 

Artaxias is a Vhampire and Gavriel is a Spiryte (the most magical of the races) have known each other for many, many years. As a matter of fact, Artaxias was originally hired to be Gavriel’s bodyguard when he was a young boy. When he matured, they found out that their relationship might one day be much, much closer as they were both marked to mate with the same woman. When they met their new partner, Lilly, they discovered that she was that very woman. They aren’t about to let anything stand in their way of getting to know Lilly and to show her that they are just the men for her as their marks show.

 

Lilly has always been up for a new adventure and after meeting Artaxias and Gayriel and learning just who she is to them, it appears that a new job and a move are not the best new adventures for Lilly.  They are immediately called out on a case, but as the investigation begins, all three of them will learn that somehow Lilly has had “suggestions” placed in her mind. That quickly changes just how this investigation is handled and what they are actually investigating, which is not the murders themselves, but who did them and why they targeted Lilly even before she came to AEDA. Falling in love and mating was actually the easiest part for Lilly, Artaxias, and Gavriel even with all of the danger surrounding Lilly as they try to keep any possible triggers away from her. Artaxias and Gavriel will protect Lilly any way they have to, while giving her the support to deal with what happened to her.  After all, the Fates have spoken and fated them with a long life together full of love.

 

A new job brings one feisty cop a totally new life when she meets her two new partners and discover just what mating with the races really means in Lilly’s Torment. When I finished this story, all I could think of was what an odd group of people to mate, and yet it was so perfect for them. I laughed many times as Gavriel got up to his antics and really enjoyed his relationship with Artaxias. I found that Lilly was exactly the right person to bridge them together and fulfill all their lives with love and humor. I loved how the suspense was drawn out, and I am more than ready to open up the next book to discover just how high up this betrayal really goes. I will also enjoy seeing just how Lilly, Artaxias, and Gavriel have progressed in their mating.  Lilly’s Torment is full of passion and humor with touches of suspense and danger that keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.

BRIGHT STAR by Talia R. Blackwood

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BRIGHT STAR by Talia R. BlackwoodBright Star by Talia R. Blackwood
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

Phaedrus is a guardian angel, a clone who watches over his charge as they travel through the universe.  He’s tasked with protecting the young man he calls Prince while they slowly journey across the stars from the Worldwide Union of Earth to the colony named Otherworld.  Prince slumbers in suspended animation as Phae does his best, alone on the vast ship.

 

Each day is the same as the next, year after year.  Monotony and the beautiful Prince until the day their ship is invaded by aliens and the cryo tube begins to wake its occupant.

 

The last thing Kian Newell remembers is being stuffed in the tube by his father’s men and told that he’s to marry the leader of Otherworld in 150 years or so.  Phae is a breath of fresh air to the jaded Kian and their feelings are quickly in tune.  What they feel and what reality plans for them are unfortunately two different things.  They will change what is written in the stars.

 

Bright Star melds science fiction with a beautiful romance.  Told in first person point of view primarily by Phae though Kian gets his chance as well, Bright Star is a unique love story.  This is a science fiction story through and through with a kick ass element of romance that goes straight to the heart at the climax.  Phae and Kian’s love would melt a heart of stone. Just have patience till you get there.

PURSUED BY THE WANDERING SPIDER by Jackie Nacht

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PURSUED BY THE WANDERING SPIDER by Jackie NachtPursued by the Wandering Spider by Jackie Nacht
Series: Venomous Mates #3
Published by eXtasy Books Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

On the brink of starvation Julius and his three human friends are saved by the enemy, venom, the leaders of Mission Territory.  Still recovering and gaining strength Julius is freaking out because each night a stranger appears at his bedroom window no matter what precautions they take.

 

A wandering spider, Boone is convinced that Julius is his mate and intends to spend each night protecting him.  When he finally introduces himself and his best friend T.L, a spider wasp, the news he brings to Julius isn’t good.  There’s an imminent plot to murder the leadership of Mission Territory.

 

It’s ironic that Boone was considered a threat and turns out to be their savior after leading Julius, his friends, and their mates to a new home, a hive where a large group of venom and humans peacefully live together.  Fearing that the hive is also in danger Boone, T.L, and Julius are sent to a fire ant colony to enlist their help.  If both groups band together maybe they can reclaim Mission Territory and start over, in peace.

 

The plot thickens and the excitement builds in this wholly unique series.  An innocent, naïve human is Pursued by the Wandering Spider in book three of the Venomous Mates series.  Boone and his skeptical mate brave deadly enemies in this wild adventure and learn the true meaning of commitment.  Julius realizes that being Pursued by the Wandering Spider ain’t half bad with a passionate mate.  Their mating is complete, the war is still brewing.

ELECTRIFY HIS HEART by Alana Ankh

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THE STING OF THE DEATH STALKER SCORPION by Jackie Nacht

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DREAM FOR ME by Becky Black

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LETTING LIER AND FINDING PAX by Harper Moon

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ESCAPE FROM CONICA by Robert Cummings

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