Beth is won at the auction by Ekan, a pirate. He takes her back to his ship with no intention to share, but his shipmates have other ideas. This is a reverse harem story, not a menage.
I love this series so much! When I saw this was out, I had to drop everything and read it. I was not disappointed. The world-building throughout this series is fantastic. I’ve loved how truly alien the aliens are. At first glance, Na’riths aren’t that different from humans, but their personalities, customs, and well… downstairs are quite different. As always, the writing itself is wonderful, great pacing, lots of humor, pop culture references, and I love love love the similes and metaphors the aliens use. It was great to have chapters from each of the characters. Whenever I’m reading these, I start thinking, “Tevek that!” instead of our English word hahah
Cowboy romance mixes with SciFi romance like chocolate and coffee
Sanna wakes up in the auction pen with her guide dog, Kota. The two are bought along with Beth by Ekan. Ekan gives Sanna to Breslin as a present, but Breslin doesn’t treat her like a possession. They go to his planet where he raises carnivorous horse type creatures.
I love western/cowboy romances and I love SciFi romances, so this is like chocolate and coffee together! It is so wonderfully done! As always, I love Amanda’s writing style, imagination, and humor. Carnivorous horses! Love it!
Refreshingly unique within the SciFi Romance genre
Tara also woke up in the auction pen. Fortunately, she is bought by Tac’Mot, a marsupial type alien. He works on a ship whose capitain is Brax. They may be great, but Tara needs to get back to her two toddlers on Earth!
Quote from blurb: “For those of you that prefer not to be surprised, there are TWO heroes in this story. It is a Happily Ever After with three people, a mini Reverse Harem set up of MFM (male/female/male) that doesn’t quite classify as Menage… and you’ll find out why.”
I absolutely love that these aliens are alien, as in not entirely human like. They have reptilian, avian, marsupial, etc characteristics, which makes sense. Nature on Earth is extremely varied along branches, so I expect alien humanoids to come with variety.
I also love how the alien characters use metaphors/similes with alien comparisons. Something like, “It was more bitter than marbock seeds.” We readers have no idea what those are, but we understand they must be very bitter. I’m impressed with the imagination it takes to do this.
As with the first book in this series, I love how they can’t understand each other for a long time and how that is written. It makes for some great laughs.
Zadeon rescued Callie after she had been gang raped. This book deals with her PTSD and healing. So if this is a trigger for you or you don’t want to read about such horrible things, give this one a skip.
Yes, there is rape and torture in the back story, but this book is about healing and love. It is extremely well written. The portrayal of shock is very good. Callie’s mind jumps around, not sure why she is doing things from one moment to the next. The pain isn’t glossed over or healed immediately because of Zadeon. The healing happens over time in a very realistic way. Extremely well done!
Smart, funny, sexy, and unique with suspenseful action
I loved this!! It’s smart, funny, sexy, and unique with suspenseful action. I couldn’t put it down and am going to read the next book right away.
Angie woke up in an auction pen and was sold to some nasty spiderish aliens. Arokh, a reptilian alien, steals her from them.
Them not being able to speak to each other was masterfully handled. It was funny, very entertaining, and not confusing at all. I was almost sorry to lose it when they could finally speak. Actions speak louder than words. Confusion still occurs even after and made for more funny bits all the way to the end.
Some have complained of the reptilian nature of the hero, but I really liked that. It’s different and made me want to know more about him and the other aliens mentioned. It’s much more interesting than just being blue or something.