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4.5 Stars for The Silvers by J. A. Rock @JARockAuthor #MM #SciFi #ScienceFiction @RiptidePublishing

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Title: The Silvers
Author Name & Publisher: J. A. Rock (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 312 Pages

Synopsis

What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend. B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others-interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.

When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a very fascinating read. The world the author created was simple to understand, yet it was unique.
B is the captain of a ship that landed on Planet Silver to study the planet. They didn’t know until they landed on the planet that it was actually inhabited. They meet the “Silvers”, humanoid like beings with clear, silvery skin and you can see their heart, which can travel all over their body. I found that very interesting. And so did the crew, enough to actually start teaching them human basics…then turn around and start chopping them up and basically torturing them in the name of “science”. Oh man, I was upset about that, but it was believable because…human. When we don’t understand something, we start tearing it apart.
B meets Imms, an impulsive Silver who wants to learn about how it is to be human. The love story between them was odd. I’m not sure if I even liked B. He was too hot and cold for me and Imm’s suffering was intolerable to me. I was all for Imms though and adored his quirks. All in all, I liked this book a lot. It questions human morals. The ending kind of left me hanging. Part 2? 🙂
Cookie

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4 Stars for Waking Jamal by Amberly Smith #MM #ScienceFiction @Dreamspinners @Amberly_Smith

CoverTitle: Waking Jamal
Author Name & Publisher: Amberly Smith (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 25, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Their physical and mental survival depends on them bonding.

Jamal Zumati joins the military, determined to repay the country that fed and housed him. But during his Hamask activation, his senses go offline and he enters a berserker rage. The United States Hamrammr Program, or USHP, has only one option: put him into hibernation.

Despite his extraordinary ability to read and manipulate situations, Vargr Lt. Rum Walker has stepped on one too many brass toes, and the USHP demoted him back to teaching new candidates. Rum is one paranoid thought away from self-destruction when he is recruited for a covert mission: pull Jamal from hibernation.

The problem is, no one has ever survived a berserker fury—at least not officially. If Rum is to challenge the military stereotypes, he’ll not only need to wake Jamal—he’ll need to get him to agree to be bond as a Hamra Pair, the ultimate supersoldier team.

When Jamal and Rum team up with an FBI Hamra Pair to stop the terrorist group Dios Provee, Rum thinks he’ll show Jamal their true potential lies in an equal partnership, but Jamal is convinced Rum should take the lead. Will Rum stop Jamal from going berserk again and destroying both of their futures?

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 FourStars

I have to say that this was a nice, unique plot for me. We get a touch of the shifter senses, but no actual shifting occurs.
I loved the idea of trying to change things you don’t like from within. Rum isn’t happy with the way new people are brought ‘Online” so he wants to help change that by actually changing how they do it, which I love instead of just complaining about something but doing nothing to impact it.
I will say that a part of the plot is to show that furied people can be paired and still make a good match, but it is lost within all the other stuff that is going on.
At times I felt like I was losing track of the plot as a whole because we bounce to another couple to learn they are also a fury based pair and somehow made it work when it wasn’t supposed to.
While it was unique, I think the book as a whole would’ve benefited from more explanation as to what/how/why when it comes to the ‘activation’ of each individual.
All in all though I have to say that I enjoyed the story, but there were a few questions left behind that I felt took away along with the different stories making it hard to keep in touch with the characters are times.
Renee

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3 Star Review for Snare by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae #MM #Fantasy @Racheline_M @erincmcrae

CoverTitle: Snare
Author Name & Publisher: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 89 pgs

Synopsis

When Elliot Iverson, a municipal employee responsible for paperwork pertaining to New York City’s vampire population, knocks on the door of the Gramercy warren, he wants only to resolve a clerical error. But a sudden snowstorm, a new friendship, and an ill-advised threesome force Elliot to make some big choices about his own life and death.

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ThreeStar

This book was definitely different. I was a little lost at first when I started reading it but it was a decent read. It is not too short and it is not too long. It is in between.

I liked the characters Richard, Eli, and Matthew. They all seemed to be good for one another. But I was confused on if they all really wanted to be together.

I think that the story would have been better and earned 5 stars if there was more in depth on the relationship it self and not so much on whether Eli was staying or leaving.

I also think that the characters should have more info on them instead of just bits and pieces of their past and only making the reader want to know more about them.

Overall it was a nice read but I feel that it could have been an awesome read with more information on the three men and the relationship that they may have or may not have had.

Tosha

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for No Quarter (Bounty #1) by Christine d’Abo #MM #SciFi @Christine_dAbo

CoverTitle: No Quarter (Bounty #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 25, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.

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FiveStars

Christine d’Abo did such an amazing job in this book. I have never read anything by this particular author but I will be after reading this book. No Quarter Bounty was such an awesome read that I can not even find the right words to express the truth to just how much I enjoyed this book.

This is a book about bounty hunters (Gar), pirates (Faolan), missing sisters, crazy crew members, bosses that have a god complex, and traitors.

This book was so action packed that I never knew when an attack on ones ship was going to happen. There was so many twist and turns that I kept wondering who the traitor was and when we would find out what was the reason behind the hit put out on Gar.

As far as Gar and Faolan was concerned, these two are so opposite of the other that it is not even funny. Gar works in bringing criminals to justice and let’s face the facts, Faolan is the lord of criminals. But even with that between the two of them, they are so much alike in other ways. They both keep their feelings locked close to them. Neither man truly lets anyone in. But together they bring out all these emotions that neither wanted to feel and they give each other strength to live, to keep fighting, to keep lookin for answers, and most of all to love again. They are the perfect pair. They complete each other.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and I hope it is more on the two men or at leasts gives us a glimpse into what is happening with them.

Tosha

FiveStars

No Quarter is an intense and sexy space adventure! I hadn’t read anything by Christine d’Abo before, and this just blew me away.
Gar and Faolan are well-developed and intriguing characters. It’s fascinating watching as each tries to come to terms with the inner turmoil that this new relationship causes. And their banter and push-pull for control is entertaining and hot as hell.
The story is immediately engaging and the pacing is perfect as it twists and turns. It’s a great blend of excitement, drama, and steamy romance. Even though this is the first book in the series, it is also a complete story that can stand alone quite well. No Quarter focuses on introducing the characters and their relationships and shows us a piece of their world(s). There are still lots of things to explore in the rest of the series, and I’m excited to keep going with the next book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a strong Sci-Fi story with erotic romance, especially if you’re looking to jump into a new exciting series.
Amanda

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5 Stars and 4.5 Stars for No Master (Bounty #3) by Christine d’Abo @Christine_dAbo #MM #Scifi #Romance @RiptidePublishing

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Title: No Master (Bounty #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 27th, 2016 – 223 Pages

Synopsis

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin’s second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers—even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn’t expect Korbin’s arrival, doesn’t want Korbin’s help . . . but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Posing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain’s old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Publisher’s note: While books #1 and #2 in the Bounty series should be read in order, this book stands alone and can be read without the first two.

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FiveStars

This is the third book in Bounty series and I have found that with each book, I like the last eat even more then the last. With every book Christine d’Abo has been able to add more excitement, more intrigue, more action, and most of all more lust and love then the previous book.

This book was based around the Admiral in Black and his second in command Zain. Korbin (admiral in black) is a hard one to get a read on at first. It takes a little while in the book for me to get a real feel on him and why he does not let people in so easily. But once I did get a read on him it became real clear that he tries to not get close to anyone because he is scared of losing them. He is scared to care for anyone for fear of someone using them to gain any kind of power over him. I also think that he longs to be able to let go and allow someone to lend comfort to him when he needs it, someone to be able to give up some of that hard control that he always has to be in, someone to love him and love back, someone who he can share the real him with. He finally gives in to those desires with Zain and it scares him to death.

Zain in my opinion is looking for the same as Korbin. He wants all the things Korbin wants but he was a slave for so long that he is not sure he can give Korbin what he needs because it goes against everything he was trained to do. He has to fight those controls that was beat and trained to him to do. He finally breaks free and is able to feel his own desires and love for the first time because of Korbin.

This book is not only about these two coming together it is about finding and freeing everyone of the bad guy who bike and trained many slaves. It is an extremely dangerous situation with adventure, action, and danger.

Loved this book and cannot wait till the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

No Master is a sexy and engaging Sci-Fi adventure. I highly recommend this book and the whole series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Korbin and Zain are great characters with history and depth. It’s intriguing to watch their internal struggles as they work through the external challenges as well as their growing feelings for each other.

The plot is fast-paced and emotionally charged. This is also a very erotic book with BDSM themes.

Even though this is the third book of the Bounty series, the interaction with other characters in the series is minimal. This book stands alone quite well.

Amanda

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4.5 Star and 4 Star Review for Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright #FF #ScienceFiction @zendragandt

CoverTitle: Paladins of the Storm Lord
Author Name & Publisher: Barbara Ann Wright (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2016 – 314 pgs

Synopsis

Surrounded by dead crewmates, marooned above an unknown planet, the bridge crew of the Atlas awakens from a crash with extraordinary mental abilities. When their most powerful member jettisons their passengers to the planet below, they have an unprecedented opportunity: they can become gods.

Two hundred years later, Lieutenant Cordelia Ross is a paladin serving the Storm Lord, her city’s patron deity. Her faith is absolute until her people are attacked by a native species, harmless creatures turned devious by an unknown hand.

Cordelia tries to solve the mystery of their development before they kill anyone else, but the secrets surrounding them are too deep. As orders from the Storm Lord begin to value obedience over integrity, Cordelia wonders whose side her god is really on.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a truly enjoyable read. We first read about the incident that starts everything, the mishap with the ship and how everyone who was awake finds themselves with strange powers, and how the copilot, Duè, sends everybody else down to the planet below. 200 years later, we join the descendants of those colonists on the planet. Most of the empowered crew in orbit have claimed areas of land, and the people who live there as worshippers. This story revolves around the Storm Lord, Colonel Dillon Tracey, and his Paladins and worshippers down below. Because the Storm Lord has gotten bored. He’s decided to once again mess around with things on the planet. His special project this time is supposed to net him some slave labor out of one of the indigenous mammals to use to mine the scarce metal resources on planet. Something goes wrong with the experiment. And his fellow crewmates on board the starship have decided something must be done, so Dillon decides to make planetfall.

Meanwhile, in the Storm Lord’s city of Gale, Lieutenant Cordelia Ross has been having strange encounters of the native species the humans call boggins. They seem smarter somehow. She is sent on a series of missions that have her interacting with the native sentients, the drushka. Things are going to get bad before they get better, and at the bottom of everything is the one thing that Ross hates most: politics. Ross and her friends, human and drushka alike, must struggle to figure out exactly what is going on just so they can survive it, and it’s going to take all of them to come out alive at the end. She doesn’t know who she can trust, and her thirst for vengeance might end up costing her everything.

A couple of themes here that are interesting. Dillon as a God is just as flawed as he was as a human, only now there isn’t anybody who can stop him from doing what he wants. The other crewmen seem to be just as petty and shallow as Gods. The two exceptions are Lazlo, the healer who keeps everyone alive by regenerating their cells, and Duè, who seems to have all the powers of the others combined, as well as a few more. It seems like all of that power in a previously human body has broken her mind, and she seems more than a bit crazy to the others. By the end of the book, it becomes clear that Duè is manipulating people and events toward an outcome that only she can see, and we can only hope that whatever her goal is, it’s better for the colonists in the long run. There are many things unresolved and foreshadowed at the end of the book, so I’m assuming this is the first in a series. I would definitely pick up the next book. It seemed a little slow in the beginning, but soon events were avalanching out of everyone’s control, and the mad dash at the end kept me riveted. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who has a love of sci-fi.

Amy P.

FourStars

An intricate and at times perplexing novel one that can be appreciated at many levels, adventurous sci fi or one that is politically motivated with a very astute look at present day human behaviour.
Dealing with different alien races could be comparable with today’s  political climate of cultural and ethnic unrest. Colour of skin and national diversity echoing historic roles of slaves and white masters.
The fighting tactics undertaken by the Paladins resembling those employed by Roman soldiers. The overall and traditional command Generals have over their troops the same then as now.
There was even the juxtaposition of those who use cocaine in today’s society and the effects it has and the use of “Grit” in the novels was frighteningly similar.
Some humour  was generated when love at first sight was compared to some races having an aroma that can captivate you and make you fall in love.
I felt the quote, “old men playing with young men’s lives” regarding the quest for ultimate power through war, summed up much of this novel.
There are many levels to this extraordinary and well written book. I did find it the plot very complex at times but overall a fascinating and intriguing book.
Chris

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for No Remedy (Bounty #2) by Christine d’Abo #MM #ScienceFiction

CoverTitle: No Remedy (Bounty #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 30, 2016 – 245 pgs

Synopsis

For months, Mace Simms has been seeking an antidote for the poison killing her mentor. Her only hope is Alec Roiten, a brilliant scientist hiding on a backwater planet. Posing as a research assistant, Mace offers the elusive genius all the help she can, ignoring the explosive chemistry between them. Soon they’re close to a cure.

But then Alec’s former love Byron shows up, attempting to claim a bounty on Alec’s head, and all that careful research gets left behind when they’re forced to flee. And when Byron realizes the tip-off about Alec was a ruse by his rivals to lure him out into the open to kill him, the bounty hunt turns into a three-person scramble for survival.

Byron wants his old lover back, Alec is consumed by a haunting secret about the poison he’s desperate to defeat, and Mace is caught between them. But she’s beginning to think that’s exactly where she belongs as the three are drawn together in their race against death.

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FiveStars

Two is good but three is best or at least in this case. This book picks up a couple years after book 1. Faolan has taken a turn for the worst and even though him and Gar are now married and happy, he has basically given up on finding a cure for the poison that is coursing through his body and just wants to live out what little time he has left.

Mace will not except this and goes and looks for the one person who may be able to help her find a cure, Alec. But with Alec comes more trouble and one of those TROUBLES include a bounty hunter and head of the guild Byron. The trouble with Byron includes his past with Alec. They were lovers until Alec ran. Finding one another again is where the problems started to come and come in full force.

These people (Mace, Alec,and Byron) are so completely opposite of one another. Mace is part of the Pirates ship that Faolan is captain of. Alec is a scientist. And Byron is a bounty hunter. Can these three with different past all come together or are the three of them just two different?

I loved book 1 and I can say with all honesty that I Loved book 2 also. There is so much adventure, mystery, suspense, anguish, lost love, new love, lust, and heartache all within this book. There is not a dull moment in this book. Your are literally on the edge of your seat while reading what is going to happen next. Wondering who is the good guys and who is the bad. Wondering if they will be able to find the cure they are working so hard to find in time. And also wondering what is really going on that someone would want to kill them all. It’s is almost as if every page you turn in this book something new is happening but it is not so overwhelming that you lose sight of what is going on in the book. That is hard to accomplish with so many different things happening and seeming to happen all at once. That is what makes Christine d’Abo an amazing author and this such an incredible book.

Tosha

FourStars

No Remedy is a sexy and suspense-filled space adventure.

This book continues the story from the first book while introducing us to great new characters. Alec, Byron, and Mace make a great triad. Their bedroom power dynamic play adds an interesting element both in terms of their relationship and the steamy sex scenes. As with the first book, the characters are well-developed and intriguing.

I have one complaint about this book. In the first book, there is a plot device that throws Gar and Faolan abruptly into the start of their sexual relationship. I found the situation believable, and it flowed well with the story. In this book something similar was done to bring the three together the first time. To me, instead of flowing with the story it seemed somewhat forced. It didn’t feel like it really fit with the story.

I enjoyed this book but it didn’t thrill me the way the first book did. I still found it very engaging, and I’m looking forward to the next book.

I don’t recommend this as a stand-alone book. But I do highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Trigger warning: Multiple sexual scenes with BDSM.

Amanda

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