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Genre: Science Fiction

CAUGHT BY MENACE by Lolita Lopez

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CAUGHT BY MENACE by Lolita LopezCaught by Menace by Lolita Lopez
Series: Grabbed #2
Published by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc on 2013-06-21
Genres: Erotic, Science Fiction
Pages: 197
Reviewed by Lisa

Grabbed, Book Two Menace's plan to catch a docile woman is shot to hell when he's tackled by a dark-haired beauty who wants to save her friend from being Grabbed. Refusing to leave the planet's surface empty-handed, Menace claims the spitfire with his collar. Naya clawed her way off the streets of Connor's Run and vowed to never let any man control her. She plans to make Menace so miserable he'll set her free, but the ruggedly sexy warrior disarms her with his unexpected patience and kindness. Against her better judgment, Naya surrenders to Menace's masterful hands and mouth. Submitting to her new husband brings more pleasure and happiness than she'd ever imagined possible. For the first time in her life, she willingly trusts a man to protect her. But when past misdeeds catch up with her, Naya puts the depth and strength of that love to the test. Determined to prove he's worthy of her trust, Menace will stop at nothing to save her. Inside Scoop: Our heroine learns to love every decadent delight the hero offers, including BDSM play and a sizzling M/F/M menage. A Romantica(r) sci-fi erotic romance from Ellora's Ca

Scrambling and scrapping for survival in Connor’s Run is everyday business for pawn shop owner Naya.  Abandoned by her family Naya has weathered one adversity after another.  The latest blow is her best friend’s name in the quarter Grab.  The only answer is for Naya to get herself into the Grab and both flee the area for good.

 

Harcos warrior Menace is finally ready to settle down with a bride and start a family.  The treaty between his people and the planet Calyx insures women available in the Grab.  All he has to do is catch one in the allotted time and she belongs to Menace.

 

The last thing Naya expected was to be caught by one of the Harcos warriors.  Unfortunately fate has other ideas.  Brought aboard his ship Naya vows to make Menace sorry he ever caught up with her.  What she hadn’t counted on was the patience and kindness the warrior shows Naya.  Just as she begins to succumb to Menace in all ways her past comes roaring back.  No one has ever stood up for Naya before so why bother holding her breath for someone she barely knows.  Right?

 

Caught by Menace seamlessly blends a bleak future world with a hot romance and comes up a winner.  Readers are submerged into a harsh, gritty place where survival is tenuous at best.  Suspicious and distrustful Naya is pitted against an honorable, passionate warrior.  A gripping adventure with emotional depth Caught by Menace will captivate.  This is a series to snap up.

DUKE BETRAYED by Amber Kell

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DUKE BETRAYED by Amber KellDuke Betrayed by Amber Kell
Series: The Thresl Chronicles #5
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Gay, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

Outwardly Duke Hellbur is simply another useless royal living on the fringe, but behind the scenes he manages a spy network that locates and frees Thresls from slavery and pit fighting.

 

Recently however, someone close to Hellbur has framed him, making it look as though he is the one destroying the precious Thresl population.  Matters come to a head when the Duke is almost killed.  On waking his Thresl side scents his mate in his medic, Balaze who has absolutely no interest in bonding with Hellbur.  The stubborn duke won’t take no for an answer and ends up dragging Balaze across the universe to find the real culprit and prove his innocence.

 

Balaze and Hellbur were both previously mated.  This time it will be different.  This time the connection will be more than just a physical bond.  This time love will be what holds them together as they unmask the true villains.

 

Duke Betrayed rings with powerful emotion and suspense.  Tense drama and passion guide Hellbur and Balaze on their journey in the fifth story of the wildly popular Thresl Chronicles.  The primary plotline focuses on the duke and the medic’s unconventional romance while the secondary story centers on the plight of the Thresls.  Duke Betrayed amplifies a wonderful series with characters that rock.

SAINT RETURNS by Amber Kell

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SAINT RETURNS by Amber KellSaint Returns by Amber Kell
Series: The Thresl Chronicles #6
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Gay, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

Betrayed by his brother Saint was condemned to centuries of life trapped under the ruins of the old palace.  Unable to free himself he spent his time honing his magical gifts and plotting his revenge.  At last Saint is liberated when King Vohne and King Mate Kreslan literally unearth him from his prison.

 

It is Saint’s claim that he is the true King, but his first priority is finding his reincarnated mate.  To that end he uses his gifts to travel the galaxy, most unaware that an invisible Thresl is onboard their ship.  Saint is relentless in tracking down his mate which leads him to Captain Marsley Jacks, a man bent on rescuing his Thresl brethren.  Mars’ mission takes up his entire existence.  He has no time for the complication of bonding or mates.  Long ago he loved a man but walked away.

 

Too bad as far as Saint is concerned.  He’s waited centuries so he can be patient, to a point.  Saint will have Mars by his side and his kingdom back.  It’s all simply a matter of planning and time.

 

Saint Returns loud and unforgiving.  The sixth book in The Thresl Chronicles series takes up plotline threads dropped along each previous story. Fans are going to love this one and with enough back story offered new readers will be hooked too.  Dominance and passion within Saint Returns circles and weaves throughout the book.  Enjoy every moment as the ancient seduces the captain in the wild courtship in Saint Returns.

SANDSTORM HEART by Liv Olteano

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SANDSTORM HEART by Liv OlteanoSandstorm Heart by Liv Olteano
Series: Space Files #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-09-18
Genres: Erotica, Gay, Science Fiction
Pages: 118
Reviewed by Lisa

They were both born on Kator and they were both soldiers.  There the similarities ended.  Ron Vid is a Celian, Zaoh is Haffa.  Their people have been at war what seems like forever.  They were always enemies, though the day Vid’s best friend was killed in battle by Zaoh’s sister Tela the Celian swore personal vengeance.  Unfortunately capturing Zaoh and Tela didn’t bring Vid the peace he craved.  Even when the interrogator’s actions killed her and The Haffa escaped Vid was left empty.

 

After the encounter Vid fled the planet and was labeled a traitor.  Becoming a mercenary was his best option and luckily Vid’s been able to hook up with renowned empath Amaari or Ami as part of his team.  Apparently fate is a fickle bitch because Zaoh is also now part of Ami’s team and they are expected to play nice.

 

Why their leader sends the pair on a mission together is anyone’s guess.  Maybe to figure out a way to ease the ever present crackling tension whenever they share a room?  Maybe to finally vent their issues once and for all. Or maybe it’s something else neither wants to admit to no matter how much they crave each other.  It should be a most interesting mission.

 

Erotic delights. Deadly battles.  Heady drama and high tension fracture apart in Sandstorm Heart, a truly compelling tale.  Intense carnal scenes play out against the characters’ emotional angst.  Zaoh is the stoic warrior.  Vid plagued by guilt so long it’s now a part of him.  Sandstorm Heart is a hardcore sensual romance played out in the stars.  Smokin’ hot.

THE FIRST DAYS by Rhiannon Frater

THE FIRST DAYS by Rhiannon Frater

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THE FIRST DAYS by Rhiannon FraterThe First Days (As the World Dies, Book One) by Rhiannon Frater
Series: As The World Dies #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on 2012-10-30
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Science Fiction
Pages: 416
Reviewed by Miranda

Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her.  That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.  Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.  During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.  A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.  It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.

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A warm Texas morning turns deadly as a killer virus stalks the human race turning them into zombies. Family, friends and neighbors turn against those they love as they become ravaged by the unforgiving virus. Jenni a housewife and mother of three suffers from shock as she watches most of her family turn into something out of a horror film. Katie a successful lawyer survives the initial shock by the grace of god and the kindness of a stranger. Jenni and Katie are thrown together by their circumstances and the will to survive what seems to be the end of days or at least the end of the world as they know it. 

The First Days is their story. Jenni and Katie have to learn how to survive in this new and dangerous world. They find a haven in a small town but can it last? Who can you trust in this new world? Some of the zombies seem smarter than others how can the survivors fight the undead?

The First Days is an explosive debut of the As The World Dies trilogy from Rhiannon Frater. I find myself engrossed in the deadly new world featured in The First Days. As I read the first page I felt my pulse begin to speed up with the swift and deadly writing. I felt like I was Jenni standing in shock watching her baby’s tiny little fingers claw at the door. This story is so enthralling I have trouble thinking of anything else. I cannot wait to read the next story, Fighting to Survive. Ms. Frater’s characters are so real they are like your family, your neighbors, or that really good friend you met in college. As I rapidly devour the pages of The First Days I constantly ask myself, “What would I do to survive?” I think you never really know the lengths that you’re willing to go to until you are in a life or death situation. I find The First Days to be a mesmerizing dichotomy of despair and hope. One minute everything is positively grim, death surrounds everyone all the time and then there is this small glimmer of hope that makes it possible to go on in this new world. 

Now, I know we specialize in romance here at Joyfully Reviewed and this story doesn’t scream romance but there is a whole lot of love in The First Days. There is so much love for humanity. Total strangers will put their life on the line to save someone and sometimes they lose. The First Days isn’t your typical story. Don’t expect everything to be tied up in a neat little bow; zombies are around and people are going to die, even people you love. There is something that strikes such an emotional chord within me I have trouble even contemplating it: Mercy. Would I be able to end someone’s life after they became infected even if they asked me to? Growing up we are taught that killing even in the name of mercy is wrong. The First Days takes everything you’ve been taught, every moral you thought you held high and tosses them out the window. This is a new world with new rules and new morals. It becomes humane to end an infected person’s life before they turn into a flesh eating zombie. 

As Jenni and Katie find their haven there are some romance possibilities. Towards the end of The First Days Ms. Frater gives the ladies some romance and even better reasons to live in this undead world. I won’t give any romance details because I love the twists and turns and don’t want to give anything away. I will say that I find Ms. Frater’s progression of these two characters to be fascinating and I’m eager to continue their story. The First Days is one of those stories that come along once every blue moon. You do not want to miss this intense remarkable thriller! The First Days packs a mega punch to the gut with its indelible heroines, gruesome plot and its captivating glimpse into the darkest and brightest parts of humanity.

THE HUNTER by Theresa Meyer

THE HUNTER by Theresa Meyer

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TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina Heart

TEACHER PLUS TWO by Valentina Heart

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VOLUNTEERED TO THE FUTURE by H. B. Kurtzwilde

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TANGLED WEB by Crista McHugh

TANGLED WEB by Crista McHugh

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THE SECOND WAVE by Leska Beirkircher

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