Genre: Science Fiction

THE ESSENT QUEST by J. J. Lore

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THE ESSENT QUEST by J. J. LoreThe Essent Quest by J. J. Lore
Published by Loose Id Genres: MM, Science Fiction

An old Domidian fable talks of a magical elixir able to heal, among other mystical attributes.  Party planner Tellan decides to take the myth to heart after talking to an elderly con artist who swears the co-ordinates to an unoccupied planet are real.  Tellan has watched his beloved sister Mirae suffer and waste away for years with an illness they cannot cure.  He may be clutching at straws but Tellan has to try.

 

It’s a horrible jolt to his sensibilities to find that not everyone in the system likes the Domidian race.  The trip that Tellan expected to be an exciting adventure is becoming an unpleasant, expensive, and dangerous journey.  Purchasing supplies on Katar Lac before his final leg to the fabled elixir Tellan encounters an Atavaq who offers his services to protect the Domidian.

 

Jorant is nothing like the talkative Tellan, which fascinates the inquisitive young man.  Circumstances force Jorant into revealing that he’s a modified Atavaq, a Creig who’s hiding from a dishonorable past.  Tellan never expected to need the Crieig’s assistance, but then again Jorant never imagined he’d be saved by the Domidian on the quest of a lifetime.

 

An inept playboy has an adventure of incredible highs and lows.  Joined together with a lost soul the two discover The Essent Quest.  Naïve charmer Tellan falls into one disaster after another, luckily Jorant has his back on their wild journey.  The Essent Quest is a fast paced rollicking good time where danger and love go hand in hand.

PENAL STATION 05 by Valentina Heart

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PENAL STATION 05 by Valentina HeartPenal Station 05 by Valentina Heart
Published by Loose Id Genres: MM, Science Fiction

A prison riot on Penal Station 05 resulted in condemning everyone trapped within the facility to a lifetime of incarceration, including the remaining guards and prisoners due to be released.  Each month food and supplies are dropped within the central cell along with new condemned prisoners.  Over time they evolved into their little civilization where the strong survive and the weak do not.  Newcomers are considered fair game and the spoils of anyone who can claim them.

 

On the latest drop Jared is among the fresh batch.  As he is being overwhelmed by several inmates he admits that he was a guard on another station wrongfully condemned.

 

Sar has always ignored new prisoners in the past.  He takes as many supplies as he can to use or trade until the next scheduled drop.  Going against everything he holds dear Sar saves Jared from the certainty of gang rape or worse.  One of the biggest and strongest on the station Sar keeps Jared and begins to train him to survive.

 

Learning the ropes and settling into his new life Sar and Jared are concerned when another drop, an unexpected one happens and brings men with an agenda involving Jared.  The life Sar and Jared began to carve out won’t survive what’s about to happen.

 

Penal Station 05 is a riveting, dark and distressing look at lost lives.  This character driven tale concentrating on two unlikely prisoners will absolutely grab the reader.  Truly heartbreaking twists and evil turns will thoroughly engage you in their unique love story. It’s not the easiest romance, but Penal Station 05 is a captivating page turner.

SONG OF SONG by L. J. LaBarthe

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SONG OF SONG by L. J. LaBartheSong of Song by L. J. LaBarthe
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction

Earth in the year 2275 is a playground for the rich while the rest of the population is scattered throughout the colonies in the system.  Engineered humans called Boxies are the labor force.  Their lives are bound by a set grid of allowed travel where they work and reside in each of the major cities.  To add empathy to the Boxies they were assigned a variety of small AI pets but the experiment failed.  The Boxies began to show concern for others, to think beyond their training so their pets were recalled to be shut off.  The government was obviously perplexed by the rash of Boxie suicides and other disruptive behaviors.

 

A Boxie in the Australian tower, Dex742A-GR23 who designed and worked on deep space starships was assigned a generic AI house cat as his pet.  Dex named the cat Manx and hid his best friend when the recall was announced.  He quietly gathered every credit he had coming and fled the city with Manx hidden inside his jacket.  Paying for passage aboard a pirate ship Dex and Manx planned to take refuge on one of the far colony planets.

 

Dex was soon to learn that fate had different plans for the gentle human and his cat.  Plans that would take them across the system and back with the most wanted people in the galaxy.  The Boxie would discover what love truly meant and why hatred was pointless.  Earth would be changed…by a Boxie and the man he loved.

 

Readers are treated to a high octane, sweeping adventure in Song of Song.  The disparity between the wealthy and everyone else is never more evident than in this riveting space drama. Can’t help falling in love with Dex and the rest of the characters are just as interesting in their own way.  Fascinating twists will keep everyone guessing as Song of Song unfolds and tells its tale.  This futuristic story has it all.

BROKEN ALPHA by DC Juris

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BROKEN ALPHA by DC JurisBroken Alpha by DC Juris
Series: An Alpha Omega Story
Published by Torquere Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction

One year ago Presidian ship’s captain Korden Encarit received word his brother Rennett was missing and presumed dead after a classified engagement.  The two Alpha brothers had been closer than anyone except their best friends had known.  When the mental link they shared was severed Korden knew his beloved Rennett was gone.

 

Out of the blue Rennett is suddenly found, a prisoner to their enemies.  The Presidian is no longer the strong man he once was and Korden is faced with a broken Alpha.  His brother has become an omega who doesn’t know how to act, desperate for someone to guide him as an omega.

 

Brotherly love takes on new meaning for Korden and Rennett.  Mating with the omega will mean the end of his career, his position as captain of the North Star.  Sibling lovers are frowned upon though not forbidden in their culture.  Besides, what choice does Korden have?  Rennett won’t last long without an Alpa of his own.  New meaning indeed.

 

Broken Alpha explores a unique situation and manages to rise above the ashes.  Korden and Rennett deliver a surprisingly adult romance considering the subject matter.  And though the brothers eventually become lovers the ‘ick’ factor doesn’t really come into play.  Intense emotions drive Broken Alpha and keep the reader thoroughly involved.  The unsettling plotline evolves into a thought provoking story that, in the end, actually succeeds.

SHY TALENT by Bianca D’Arc

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SHY TALENT by Bianca D’ArcShy Talent by Bianca D'Arc
Series: Starlords #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Futuristic
ReviewedbyJo

Agnor is the newest Starlord and also a captain of the newest starship, and as such, he was able to hand-pick his crew.  Agnor was very exacting when picking out just who would man his ship with him during their first voyage.  He is well aware that a few of his picks shocked, but Agnor knew what he was looking for.  One of his most shocking picks was for his Loadmaster, a very shy and young girl named Betsua.

 

Betsua was as amazed as everyone else when she was offered the job, but she jumped for the chance to leave her aunt’s house and her boring job.  Betsua has used her telekinesis to help her do her job, but she has been hiding just how strong that talent is, and that isn’t the only thing she has been hiding.  Betsua is worried what will happen to her life if her secrets become known.  She has always been on the outside of life looking in, and she isn’t sure she can handle being even more of an outsider.

 

Agnor knew that Betsua was shy, but he was not about to let that keep her from making friends with her shipmates or to stop him from exploring the attraction he has felt towards his newest shipmate.  Betsua allows herself to become involved with her captain, and soon learns just what she was missing both in friendship and passion, and how it affected her already strong talents.  Agnor knew there was something very special about Betsua, and he learned just how correct he was when the ship’s real secret mission was revealed.  By the time they are heading back home, Betsua and Agnor will have begun to break the back of the enemy, and their entire world will know just how extraordinary Betsua really is—something Agnor knew even before her talents came out in the open.

 

A newly minted Starlord and a young Loadmaster will discover love and the secret that lets their enemy control talents in Shy Talent.  I already knew that Agnor was both intelligent and caring, so I wasn’t surprised by how he picked his new crew.  Nor was I surprised when he took Betsua, not only under his wing, but also to his bed when he learned the attraction was mutual.  I enjoyed watching as Betsua bloomed as her relationship with Agnor grew and also with her shipmates.  I really loved how Agnor’s confidence and support gave Betsua the confidence to use all of her talents to help destroy their enemy and bring a new and safer future to their universe.  Shy Talent brings the end of an arc in which Council worlds end their enemy, the Collective, while giving two very special people a love to last the ages.  I found it full of passion, the making of lasting friendships, and the perfect amount of suspense.

TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER by Caitlin Ricci

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CELLULOID CAGE by Crawford Rhine

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THE ANDROID by Michelle Marquis

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MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews

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FORTUNE’S STAR by Morgan Hawke

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THROWAWAY MATE by Ellen Cross

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SONG OF THE NAVIGATOR by Astrid Amara

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SHORT-CIRCUIT HIS SOUL by Alana Ankh

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BACK IN ACTION by Elayne S. Venton

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FIREBIRD by Pelaam

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TO BE LOVED by Pearl Love

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TO BE HUMAN by Pearl Love

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IN DISCRETION by Reesa Herberth

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MINDSCAPE by Tal Valante

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KILL FEE by Mychael Black

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