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Pre-Release Review: 5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for The Remnant Fleet by Geonn Cannon #FF #SciFi

CoverTitle: The Remnant Fleet
Author Name & Publisher: Geonn Cannon (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date: June 1, 2016

Synopsis

Humanity and its allies have survived a devastating war against a common, mysterious enemy. Now, on a space station called The Quay surrounded by the wreckage of destroyed ships, the disparate races have come together in a way many thought impossible.
Currently enjoying an extended period of peacetime, the crew of the Quay is put on high alert after a smugglers’ ship is attacked. A new and powerful enemy is searching for an incredibly valuable piece of space trash which could be used to construct something far more dangerous than a simple weapon: genetic material from the dawn of time, the key component to a device which can target and destroy specific races while leaving others untouched.
Fearful that they may be on the cusp of a new war deadlier than any ever fought, the Quay’s executive officer Bauwerji Crow must find and stop an enemy she knows nothing about, or else face the spectre of genocide on a galactic scale.

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FiveStars

This fascinating novel once again shows Mr Cannons versatility as a distinguished and entertaining writer.
The descriptions not only of the characters but also of thelocations were so descriptive that as a reader you were indeed transported into a future where aliens and humans cohabit in both space and on planets.
I was enthralled to see the way problems re race and cohabiting were reflected  in much the same way as we are seeing today. Even the German saying of “we were only following orders” was threateningly echoed.
This novel did keep the reader captivated with a cleverly interwoven plot of subterfuge and a struggle for power. All this and Mr Cannon even added his own alien language which added even more depth to this engaging tale. The humour was added in the form of the amusing and dry banter between thetwo lovers, Bauwerji (ok I could hardly read the name let alone pronounce it, something referred to in the novel) and Cicero.
As always all the threads were pulled together in an exciting and fulfilling climax. An excellent read that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Chris

FourStars

I almost feel like I should give this book a higher rating because I ended up enjoying it so  much, but there’s a niggling little thing holding me back. I really did like the book. I love sci-fi and Cannon has created a diverse universe that is totally believable in the way that aliens interact with each other, along with all the prejudices and cultural misunderstandings that can occur between widely divergent peoples. We learn a little about each alien species, with the focus being on the few that take center stage because our main characters are of those people. And Cannon has created a rich culture for most, as well as explaining some about the mindset each has that forces them to react in a particular way to various events and other species. I think the problem for me is that the book seems almost dispassionate until we get to the endgame. Then finally, we get all the emotion we want at the end of the book.

It’s interesting to note that Humans are nowhere near the top of intergalactic politics. Most of the alien species are rather dismissive of anything Humans have to say about events. This is made extremely clear by our main character’s attitude toward the journalist from Earth who wants to break a big story. Bauwerji Crow doesn’t have much use for Humans in general, although the individual ones she knows have become dear to her. This seems to be an inevitable attitude, since it reflects a very human attitude toward those who are different due to superficial differences like skin color, country of origin, or religion. It’s almost disappointing to find out that aliens are no better than we are, yet it makes perfect sense at the same time.

The book was entertaining, and it definitely kept me interested and turning the pages. If this was the first book in a series, I would happily take a look at the next book.

Amy P.

ThreeStar

Bauwerji is second in command on The Quay station and is a Balanquin. Her race has had a terrible time under the Karezza, a cruel sadistic race. Her life is not made easy as she has to work alongside one. Her lover is a human, Cicero, and they co-exist with several races on a permanent basis, with many others passing through. The strength of this story is the way the different races live together and have to deal with all of there differences. There are a few interesting ideas floating around regarding different types of aliens and once you get your head around the intricacies it is fascinating. The romantic relationships between different alien races were a bit different and some imagination had gone into making them quite unique.
The races have to pull together when a stone containing genetic material comes into Cicero’s possession. It has the potential to eradicate whole races and they all must decide what to do. Very difficult decisions have to be made and sometimes they go against what one believes. It must be kept out of the hands of an ancient race, the Wakerran, but will they be able to do that without becoming just as evil as they are?
This was a good read, with some interesting ideas.

Kitty Kat

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New Release: Naughty Lovers: Love Is In The Air by Tina Donahue, Charlotte Boyette-Compo, Suz deMello, Terry Rissen, Nicole Austin, Regina Kammer, Berengaria Brown, Kate Kingston #MM #FF @NaughtyLiterati

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Title: Naughty Lovers: Love Is In The Air
Author Name & Publisher: Tina Donahue, Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Suz deMello, Terry Rissen, Nicole Austin, Regina Kammer, Berengaria Brown, Kate Kingston (Naughty Literati)
Publication Date & Length: February 18, 2016 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

The Ride of Her Life ~ Tina Donahue

Maddy’s so desperate for fun, she’s signed up for speed dating. Ew. Before she can ditch the event, Ben, her sexy driver, arrives. After one sinfully hot kiss, they’re breaking all the rules, and then some, on a sensuous spring night.

Love In The Air ~ Suz deMello

Jill’s been curious about BDSM since reading Fifty Shades, and firefighter Zack is more than willing to scratch that itch for her.

Renaissance ~ Alexa Silver

Kira meets Sage, one of the guys from her favorite band, at a “rock workshop”. Can she trust this handsome rockstar or is he after more than her talent?

Bastard’s Bonus ~ Terry Rissen

There is no love lost between the Glass Spinners’ Guild and the Tavern Keepers’ Guild. For Ian and Zane, it means they can never be together, or risk losing everything.

Cinderella Scandal ~ Nicole Austin

It was a onetime indulgence—a random encounter between strangers. A good girl’s dirty little secret with her bad boy stepbrother. Anything else is forbidden. Or is it?

Swing Follies: Ockham Steam-Works Laboratory Chronicles 3 ~ Regina Kammer

Blimey. Delia’s besotted. With Edward. But when an old flame from Edward’s revolutionary past swings by and steams up the laboratory, has Delia missed her chance at love?

Sappho’s Sisters ~ Berengaria Brown

Lady Eustacia Lumley, the only child of the Earl of Wentworth, must marry well and ensure the succession. Only problem is she’s falling in love with another woman.

Blast From The Past ~ Katherine Kingston

Lynn’s past relationship with Ryan wasn’t healthy, but when she meets him again after a long separation the old flames reignite. Can they have a more mature relationship now?

The WyndRaider’s Conquest ~ Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Prime Reaper Xandon Cree must pick the next test pilot to fly a super-secret war craft. Picking a female for the job is not what he had in mind.

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5 Star Review for Zall’s Captain (Planetary Submissives #3) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Zall’s Captain (Planetary Submissives #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 15th 2015- 55 pages

Synopsis

Book three in the Planetary Submissives Series

When ex-slave Zall is asked to be Captain Teslan’s cabin boy, he learns sometimes you have to bend your rules to offer your heart.

Zall is settling in on the ship Chalice chose for him. Even though he’s not a soldier, he’s learning from them and developing his own skills. When the ship changes captains, Zall has to decide if he’d rather keep his independence or offer himself to a man who might be everything he’s ever wanted…or his biggest mistake.

Danner Teslan has agreed to investigate a possible smuggling ring on a military ship. However when he arrives and meets Zall, he’s convinced the ex-slave is his other half. Zall is not interested in becoming another man’s property and Danner has to decide whether he’s willing to give another person the freedom to destroy his heart.

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FiveStars

This was an excellent story for this series. I would partially say this is a standalone, however, I really think reading the first story adds quite a bit to this one.
I loved the way that Zall lust after the captain but also knows that after being a slave that it would be incredibly hard to be enslaved to someone again even if he wants them in his bed. Until they find themselves in a situation where they have to ‘pretend’ to be together.
The captain has it difficult wanting to submit to someone but everyone thinking due to his position that he is a dominant, but being able to see and feel what Zall wants to do to him let’s him know that Zall would be his perfect Cabin Boy.
I loved this story because of the complexities of the characters, not to mention the situation they are in.
I hope there are most stories in this series because it was a great little series so far.
Renee

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5 Star Review for Orlin’s Fall (Planetary Submissives #2) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Orlin’s Fall (Planetary Submissives #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 7th 2015 – 83 pages

Synopsis

Book two in the Planetary Submissives series

Orlin didn’t know when he put himself up for sale that he would be responsible for changing a kingdom.

Broke and homeless, Orlin puts himself up for sale as a pet. Approached by his new Master, Orlin decides maybe being owned by a gorgeous king wouldn’t be fate worse than death. He doesn’t expect to become the one person who changes the views of an entire kingdom…or to be more than a lover for the man who buys him.

At first sight of the sexy oiled sub, Aester Fall knows he’s not leaving until Orlin belongs to him. He might be hanging on to his kingdom by his fingernails but he knows some things are worth the fight. When he returns home with Orlin, he learns his new pet might not be as pet-like as he first appeared.

Neither man expects to change the fate of a world…much less two of them.

The Planetary Submissives series

Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t need anyone.

Depending on another person doesn’t make you weak, because sometimes letting someone else help proves you’re braver than you thought. In some cases, submissives that are more powerful than most in their own right need another man or men to balance them. Combining love and abilities has never been so sexy. Exotic planets, rich traditions and unusual situations give a unique look at men who’ll risk everything for the chance to find the perfect partner to complete them.

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FiveStars

This was a nice addition to the series and could probably read as a standalone although I think it would be best to read the first book before so you know who some of the characters who come around are.
I felt so bad for Orlin at first as he tried to handle his fall from someone who ordered people around to someone being ordered around. However, I loved the way Aester handled him.
This is a really great story even though it is short there is a lot crammed in there, but not too much so that it doesn’t work.
I really liked all the characters and the plot. A really great story.
Renee

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5 Star Review for Chalice (Planetary Submissives #1) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Chalice (Planetary Submissives #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell
Publication Date & Length: November 30th 2015- 84 pages

Synopsis

Book one in the Planetary Submissives series

In order to stop his magic from eating him alive, Chalice seeks out a man strong enough to dominate and control him.

Chalice might be a prince on his planet, but his submissive tendencies prevent him from dealing with the incredible energy coursing through his body. Magic users need a second to balance them out, but there has never been a case where the one with the power didn’t hold the dominant position. Chalice’s ability as a rare four-elemental magic wielder already marks him as different, though. And with the king in denial of his son’s needs, he has no choice but to look off-planet to find a powerful partner.

He runs into a diplomat on a mission, who leads Chalice to agree to be the pet of an emperor—one whose reputation for tossing aside subs is only balanced out by the fact that Chalice thinks he’s the sexiest creature he’s ever seen. Chalice takes the plunge, hoping the biggest gamble of his life won’t prove to be his biggest mistake.

The Planetary Submissives series

Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t need anyone.

Depending on another person doesn’t make you weak, because sometimes letting someone else help proves you’re braver than you thought. In some cases, submissives that are more powerful than most in their own right need another man or men to balance them. Combining love and abilities has never been so sexy. Exotic planets, rich traditions and unusual situations give a unique look at men who’ll risk everything for the chance to find the perfect partner to complete them.

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FiveStars

This was such a great story! I loved the way Chalice was determined to find his own way in the universe and hopefully find someone to help him manage his massive powers even though he was a submissive when everyone in his family is a dominant who needs submissives.
I loved Hawk and the fact that even though normally he is a bit of a jerk and a heavy handed ruler, he wants to make this new man happy and will do anything in order to do so.
I really liked this story and its uniqueness along with the way it was written and played out! Great start to a series.
Renee

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3.5 Star Review for Wonder City Stories by Jude McLaughlin #M/M

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Title: Wonder City Stories
Author Name & Publisher: Jude McLaughlin (Createspace)
Publication Date & Length: November 18th 2015- 294 pages

Synopsis

Megan Amazon’s life was a disaster: terrifying stalker ex, weird celebrity mom, you really don’t wanna know. She decided to run, run far, run fast, run… to Wonder City. Wonder City: where an eight-foot-tall woman could try to blend in and make a normal life in a city of superheroes and superzeroes. Where else could she meet up with a retired superhero with a brain-dead son and a daughter-in-law who could fall for Megan’s new BFF Simon? Or almost accidentally kill a superhero noob like Nereid, who’s just trying to pass her college classes and get into her supergroup, and really didn’t intend to fall in love with her (provisional) teammate? Everyone has their secrets. For some people, like the Ultimate and the Fat Lady, secrets are their stock in trade, while others don’t know half the secrets they’re carrying around. Megan thought her own secrets would be safe as long as she kept one-night-standing her way through the local queer scene, but sooner or later, everything will come out. And everyone will come into their own, whether they want to or not.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I went into this book with excitement and high hopes, but have to say that I was a little disappointed. The biggest problem I have with the book is that there are so many characters that the book was filled with too many plotlines. It was hard to choose exactly who should be the hero/heroine simply because the reader was brought into so many different story lines. The easy answer to this is that all of them were the main characters, but that really means the focus of the book was scattered and blurred between too many different wants and desires. Also, the first half of the book just seemed like a series of scenes or vignettes strung together. While each may have been interesting and enjoyable, I didn’t get the sense of any real plot or direction for the story. Sure, all these characters were tied together by what happened at the end, and that may have been the author’s entire point, but it’s a bit hard to read through the ambling lives of so many characters just to see how they all end up in the same place at one particular defining moment in time. The other problem I had with this device was that the narrating of everybody’s lives made it difficult to get involved with any, so I felt distant from the characters’ feelings and motivations.

The last thing I’ll say is about how the heroes/heroines are treated. There is a sense of wonder about the idea of superheroes. That’s why comics are so enduring, even for adults. Superheroes give us a chance to be powerful, strong, intelligent, and good enough, right along with those whose deeds we’re reading about. I understand the movement nowadays to make superheroes more human, more relatable, by giving them flaws and moral dilemmas and crises of conscience that make them make mistakes. But what we have in this story makes me feel like the superheroes in this city are jokes, that they’re egotistical brats that insist on getting things their way, and that they have little regard for those around them. And the sad part is that when they’re older, and a bit more broken down, they’re thrown away, made irrelevant, by the very society that once depended on them. Just like our own elderly. And that’s just sad.

I suppose at the end of the book, I would say I enjoyed the story. But I feel the beginning could have been pared away immensely. I also would pick up the second book in the series to see what happens next, to give Wonder City another chance to hopefully live up to its name.

Amy P.

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4 and 3 Stars for The Organization by Lucy di Legge #F/F #Sci-Fi

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Title: The Organization
Author Name & Publisher: Lucy di Legge ( Supposed Crimes )
Publication Date & Length: March 1st 2016-200 pages

Synopsis

Charlotte Parker, a quiet American biochemist, is trying to live out a humdrum life in post-war, near-future London. After an unexpected transfer to a new position at her laboratory, she is drawn into a circle of friendship with her new coworkers and finds herself entangled in an illicit organization where she is unable to tell friend from foe. What’s more – a new and forbidden love interest is pulling her deeper into the fold. Charlotte must choose to continue her under-the-radar lifestyle or risk it all for an organization that may be playing her for a fool.

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fourstars

Charlotte (Charlie) Parker, a scientist working in a lab in a near future London meets Harriet at a football practice.  She is instantly attracted to the alluring woman.  Living in a time of war where Americans like Charlie are reviled, brings challenges.  The Organization wants to end the hostilities with the Americans but are classed as terrorists by the Government.  Charlie becomes involved in The Organization and learns that the enigmatic Harriet is the leader – and lives a double life as a Government Propagandist with the EBC.  The story of how the fall in love and endure unbearable trials is compelling.
I really enjoyed the book – the description of London in the not too distant future was fascinating.   It didn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility.  The Organization was comprised of various interesting characters and they were well fleshed out and integral to the story.  The two main characters, Charlie and Harriet, were polar opposites.  Charlie was a thinker, increasingly committed to the cause and besotted by Harriet.  Her love shone through in deed and action.  Harriet was at first aloof, out of reach, but as the story progressed it was obvious Charlie was her weakness.  With her she was truly herself.  I was never sure where they were going – there were so many obstacles to overcome.
I was engrossed in the story and keen to find out more and more.  A good read, well written and flowed well.  Thoroughly recommended
~Kitty Kat
                                                        ThreeStar
This novel starts of literally in the dark and definitely has a dark feel about it. Hints are given from the beginning that all is not as it seems. Many of the characters appear mysterious with hidden agendas. As the story develops so does the intrigue.
Along with the complex plot is “Charlie’s” growing attraction for Harriet. This relationship undergoes many twists, turns and even subterfuge.
The ending is tentative as well as tender, the lights are on for a hopefully fulfilling future together and this is supported by the brightness of their surroundings.
Ms di Legge is a gifted writer, her ability to set and describe the scenes so that the reader can almost feel themselves actually there is absolute, unfortunately I, personally had difficulty in relating to the main characters. They left me feeling a little cold and ambiguous towards them, this was my only reason for awarding only three stars.
~Chris
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