• Review: Falling Sky

    This is a good dystopian novel. Ben Gold is a hardened survivor and is a pilot down to his very marrow. If he's not sailing above the ground, he's not himself. At first he seems selfish and closed off. Willing to do nearly anything to survive and thrive...

  • Review: Endsinger The Lotus War, #3

    Dear Reader, This review is done by a friend of mine as she loved books one and two and I wasn’t able to get into the series myself. *** OMG The author of this one ripped out my heart. This book was an incredibly emotional read that will live forever...

  • Review: Color Song A Passion Blue Novel, #2

    Do you ever get tired of Gender roles? Ever say I want to do this but can’t because of my gender? Well this book can give you the courage you may need to do something about it. Color Song is about one girl whose only wish is to paint and she discovers...

  • Review: The City The City, #1

    Ms. Gemmell wrote this book totally on her own and it’s her very first book. I found it to be a good read. There are some things that are somewhat the same as some found in her late husband’s books, but then there are differences. The author built the...

  • Review: Star Wars Episodes I-VI: The Skywalker Saga Poster-A-Page

    This book was a big hit at my house. Having two boys this caught my eye and I was not disappointed. It covers events in episodes I-IV. Each page is full color and tells highlights of the stories over the years. There are 9 larger, pull out posters of...

  • Review: Bastion The Collegium Chronicles #5, A Valdemar Novel

    This fantasy story is part of a series which centers around a well-developed world that features arcane beings known as Companions, which look like horses yet have far more exceptional capabilities, not least of which is their ability to communicate directly...

  • Review: The Sword of Demelza

    When Erik and Emma, two young marsupials, befriend an orphaned red fox named Devon, it’s a very odd friendship to say the least. Normally these two different animals would be enemies, but because of the devastation caused by the evil king, they all set...

  • Review: Battle for the Blood Latter-Day Olympians, #4

    There is one word that comes to mind when I think about this novel: explosive. Let me also say that it was explosive in all the best ways. Battle for the Blood is the 4th book in author Lucienne Diver’s outstanding Latter Day Olympian’s series, and as...

  • Review: The Leopard Marakand, #1

    Well The Leopard started out OK with goddesses and a woman searching for an assassin. What is with all the spy and assassin books I've been reading? I really loved this world. Being Pagan I devour almost anything that deals with old religions and of course...

  • Review: Rebel Nation Nation, #2

    Rebel Nation is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Ok so when I grabbed this I was an idiot and didn't know that it was a book two. So I tracked down a copy of book one and read that as well. Then I devoured book two! O look at the cute puppy on the cover, haha. Yes that...

  • Review: The Tears of the Rose The Twelve Kingdoms, #2

    This book is a series redeemer! OK. For me book one was a train wreck. If you follow my site you will know what I'm talking about. The first half of the book oozes nothing but teen YA vibes, then you get to the other half and BOOM it’s all sex and turn...

  • Review: Stranger

    So after the first two chapters I started to get really scared. I’ve had issues with books that are over like 2 POVs and this has 5! But that was fine. Each character had their own very distinct voice. So it didn't mess the story up and it didn't confuse...

  • Review: PathFinder TodHunter Moon, #1 / World of Septimus Heap

    There comes a time when you read a series (like The Selection by Keira Cass & Harry Potter) and then that series ends and your life is over. When the last book came out of Septimus Heap, I read it. I think I was in a dark place for a little while after....

  • Review: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between Rhiannon's Law, #1

    There's a lot to like about this novel.  The characters are all, without any reservation, unique and interesting people.  I had my doubts about a couple of them, the words 'too good to be true' flashed through my head, but all in all I can happily...

  • Review: The Future Falls Enchantment Emporium, #3

    This inventive series combines sly humor, creative twists on elements of fantasy and plenty of earthy allusions. The wide variety of beings which interact, both on a intimate basis and on a more global scale, give rise to both humorous and thought-provoking...

  • Review: Life Behind the Wall Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure

    Have you ever wanted to know how it felt to be a teenager growing up in Berlin…after Hitler killed himself? What about during the time when the wall was just built? Or even when it finally opened the borders to everyone? If so I recommend you read Life...

  • Review: The Fire Prince The Cursed Kingdoms, #2

    The author did a wonderful job with this second book of The Cursed Kingdoms series. I have to say that although I didn’t read book one I didn’t feel too lost. I have since went back and read book one and although that gave me some much needed info I still...

  • Review: Demons in My Driveway A Monster Haven Story, #5

    This is such a fun series with each book building in the previous so it would be best if you start at the beginning and read in order. However, you may still enjoy just reading this one but it may not always make sense to you. This book is like fantasy...

  • Review: Crewel Crewel World, #1

    Crewel by Gennifer Albin is the first of three books published in this series. There are a lot of paranormal YA stories out there and to find a unique world is rare so I consider this book a real gem. The story is set in a place called Arras where special...

  • Review: The Curse of the Thrax Bloodsword Trilogy, #1

    I did not finish this story due to the fact that it has some major problems including the world the author created for this story. Sadly it was such a mess it made it difficult to follow the storyline. The characters’ names themselves were weird and that...

  • Review: Dumah's Demons AngelFire Chronicles, #1.5

    Having read both books 1 and 2 of the Angelfire series by author Ami Blackwelder, I knew Dumah’s Demons would be a perfect complement to the series. I was not disappointed in the least. This novella tells the story of Dumah, Kian’s troubled sister, and...

  • Review: The Winter Long An October Daye Novel, #8

    Toby Daye is about to get her world turned upside in this eighth installment in the October Daye series. Ms. McGuire is a master storyteller that will keep you coming back for more! In ROSEMARY AND RUE October was changed into a fish by Simon Torquill....

  • Review: Frostbitten

    Frostbitten is a well written paranormal story of a young girl who has had it rough. Enter a good looking male lead who just so happens to have a small secret. Well maybe not so small. He's a werewolf. Ms. Beck has done a great job of creating an engaging...

  • Review: Incarnate A Spellmason Chronicle, #3

    I did not read this series in order. I just received the third and final installment. I must say that this series would be best if read in order…like I should have done! I missed a lot of back story and character growth. That being said, I found that...

  • Review: The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh Watt O'Hugh, #1

    Do you believe in Ghosts? One person does and his name is Watt O'Hugh the third. If you join him in his adventures you might just believe in ghosts too. The Ghost of Watt O'Hugh is the biography of a dying man and his wish to leave you with something...

  • Review: Watt O'Hugh Underground Watt O'Hugh, #2

    Our Wild West hero is back. Did you miss him? I know I did. This is the second book in what is turning out to be a potentially good series. I would like to thank the author, Steven S. Drachmann, for providing me a great read. I hope I do it justice in...

  • Review: Ready Player One

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the perfect novel for those who are nostalgic for the 1980’s, even as readers are transported to the year 2044, where most of the world prefers to spend their days in a virtual reality searching for a hidden treasure...

  • Review: Frostborn Thrones and Bones, #1

    This fantasy story shows a friendship between two completely opposite people. However, they forge a strong bond and use each other’s strengths to their advantage. This story wields dragons, swords, undead minions, giants and trolls. There is no shortage...

  • Review: Rise of the Blood Latter-Day Olympians, #3

    Wow! What a wild and crazy roller coaster ride of a story! Author Lucienne Diver has another amazing hit on her hands with this, the third installment in her wildly popular Latter Day Olympians series. Each of these books can easily stand on their own...

  • Review: Scarlet Lunar Chronicles, #2

    Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second story in the amazing Lunar Chronicles, which repackages classic fairytales in futuristic settings. There are two parallel storylines that will entertain readers, the continuing saga of Cinder and Prince Kai and the...

  • Review: Marvel Avengers Assemble in Action Poster-A-Page

    This Marvel Avengers poster book is pretty cool. The colors are bright and I can see this book being a great Christmas present. With so many superhero TV shows and movies hitting the screens I know this will be a hit with a large group of people. I particularly...

  • Review: Break Out Dark Desires, #1

    In a universe where immortality, religious beliefs, and credits are consistently warred over, is there room for love? Hunting, fighting, and womanizing are things that come naturally to Rico; being thrown into a confusing mass of feelings over a mysterious...

  • Review: Clariel The Lost Abhorsen, #1

    Although I had to get the cliff notes version of what the first three books were about. This one was ok at best. I think that there should have been more magic right off the bat. This is the long awaited conclusion to the Abhorsen series and well it felt...

  • Review: Another One Bites the Dust Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire, #2

    It took me a few minutes to stop humming the song conjured by this title and concentrate on this exciting paranormal story but I was quickly drawn into this world that is peopled by charismatic and mysterious beings. Not being familiar with the initial...

  • Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 1

    The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1, is a successful adaption by P. Craig Russell of Neil Gaiman's Newbery Medal-winning novel. Its 200 pages, divided into 5 chapters (with an interlude), where each portion is illustrated by a different artist...

  • Review: Dark Matter Star Carrier: Book Five

    According to the definition in this novel, “dark matter” is “gravitational leakage from a parallel universe.” But in this fifth installment of Ian Douglas’ 'Star Carrier' series, the characters in this story face something very dark, in the form of a...

  • Review: Deadly Curiosities A Deadly Curiosities Novel, #1

    Trifles and Folly, a quaint antique and curio shop in Charleston is more than it seems. Cassidy Kincaide runs the shop, purchasing dangerous items and keeping them from causing mayhem. Luckily, her ability to sense the history of anything she touches,...

  • Review: Broken Soul Jane Yellowrock, #8

    I am a huge fan of Faith Hunter and her heroine, Jane Yellowrock. I especially got a huge smile on my face, seeing my quote on the cover of "Broken Soul". I know that at some point I will run out of superlative things to say about a Jane Yellowrock story,...

  • Interview: Jessie Interviews Marissa Meyer

    Hi Marissa, Thanks for joining us (Tammie King & Jessie Smith) today and answering some questions for us. First off, what's your latest book and what inspired it? My most recent release is CRESS, the third book of the Lunar Chronicles, which re-envisions...

  • Review: Black Spring Black Wings #7

    The one thing that is a hallmark of these creative paranormal stories is that Maddy is fiercely protective of those she cares about and always willing to rush to their defense...whether she has a plan of attack or not...and this story is no exception...

  • Review: The Way to Babylon

    Overall, this was an enjoyable journey into a fantasy realm. Readers are pulled along as they wonder what will the main character do with his circumstances. How can he take his dark life and find new meaning and happiness? Will journeying into a new real...

  • Review: Exo A Jumper Novel

    Exo gets a 5 star rating from me. Well when I saw this I jumped at the chance to read about Jumper. I fell in love with the books after I saw the movie a while back ago. Well although the books and movie are worlds apart, I have to say that I still love...

  • Review: People of the Morning Star North America's Forgotten Past

    Having read some of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s previous books, I was intrigued to start their newest book, “People of the Morning Star”. Covering the tribes living in what is now known as the Cahokia Mounds, the book is set a thousand...

  • Review: Motherless Child

    Motherless Child does a wonderful job of presenting readers with the darker side of vampirism. When unmarried mothers Natalie and Sophie leave their trailer park to let off a little steam at a local bar; they have no idea that a night with the sexy and...

  • Review: Reckoning A Fallen Siren Novel, #2

    Readers are pulled into this riveting urban fantasy. While struggling with their relationship, FBI Agents Emma and Zack try to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings. They become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and were worlds....

  • Review: Girl on a Wire

    Girl on a Wire was a slow story with a blend of magic/paranormal. The story is told through the eyes of talented 16 year old Jules. Girl on a Wire takes us through the life of two circus families that have been rivals for years. I thought that this book...

  • Review: Omens A Cainsville Novel, #1

    There are intriguing subtleties in this paranormal tale but it definitely takes its time building to a compelling story. I enjoy this author’s style and have been a big fan of many of her other stories, but I am not as enthralled (yet) by this particular...

  • Review: A Better World The Brilliance Trilogy, #2

    The story in A Better World is very intense and in-depth. The characters are all interesting whether they are brilliants or normal humans. Most of them you can sympathize with. The brilliants are all diverse and have varied powers, not only the type but...

  • Review: A Different Kingdom

    I loved the fantasy elements in this story. It reminded me of other epic adventure stories I've read before. Michael Fay is a farm town kid with dreams of an epic quest, knights, fairies and damsels in distress. After he meets Cat he is pulled into another...

  • Review: Alias Hook

    Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is an adult retelling of a childhood classic story done right! I love it when authors put their own spin on classic tales or presents a story from a different perspective. In this case, Alias Hook is from Captain Hook's perspective...

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Alien Mate by Cara Bristol

I'm Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth's government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I'm no barbarian’s 'mail order bride,' even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either--it's written all over his chiseled face. He'll be truly angry if he ever learns what my 'crime' was.

I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who'll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.

It is only when we 'kiss' that I believe things may work out between us. But I'm hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland. Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?

The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy


A HAWK’S PLEDGE

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .