Rise of the Ancients – A Great Space Faring Science Fiction Romance

Trouble landed on Space Station Zed in the form of sexy but bawdy Samantha Crane. Security Chief Colin MacKenzie is torn between annoyed and attracted. Drawn together, Sam and Mac fight an ancient enemy newly awakened. This enemy destroys everything in its path threatening the station and millions of people. Will their passion and love be enough to win, or will a lack of trust destroy them?

Trusting no one, Sam fights her very nature to stay away from by the book Security Chief MacKenzie. She skirts the law and scoffs at those who try to enforce it. But Mac can’t be ignored. Samantha must learn to trust so she may save herself, Mac, and everyone around her. Her family’s betrayal has made her cautious and cynical. She hides her true self behind a wall of toughness. Her family’s demands create conflict, causing her to question everything she knew. As Samantha begins to accept her feelings for Mac, she knows she will need to make a choice that could cost her, and the man she loves, his life.

Delving into Sam’s secrets, Mac discovers the woman beneath. Her suspicious disappearances into deep space intrigue Mac the security chief but Colin only feels curiosity. Colin’s love helps Samantha to open herself up and trust – him and herself. He knows there will come a time when he will have to make a choice, he only hopes Samantha will accept the one he makes.

My Review

Rise of theAncients is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is a well crafted story. The writing is great, and I loved the way characters played off each other. As the story progresses and their passion for each other unfolded, it felt real. No silly games or contrived misunderstandings. Even when the heroine tries to pull away from the hero due her misgivings about their relationship, he pulls her back in and reaffirms their bond. The romance is steamy and passionate without being too explicit. The good guys win and the our hero and heroine begin their HEA. I will be looking at other work by this author.

 

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Star Knight Errant: Thrust – A Review

When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.

When Evander Mór transports to an unknown desert planet, his mission changes. Instead of brokering a peace deal, he’ll figure out what backwater he’s landed on and enjoy a well-earned weekend off with a gorgeous scientist. But when things get hotter than a supernova between them, he discovers he only has eighteen hours to stop an AI bent on murder, convince Cass he’s more than fiction, and find a way to cross the gulf between galaxies to bring her home.

This book sounded so good that I volunteered to feature it on my review thread.  Unfortunately, I just got the link to get the ARC because I forgot to look in JUNK. So for now, I have just posted the cover and blurb with the buy link. It already has 5-star reviews by at least one reviewer whose work  I know and respect for her honest reviews. So, I am expecting to enjoy this book as well. Take a look for yourself by going to Amazon and using the “Look-Inside” feature, and I’ll be back soon with my own honest review.

My Review

This was a fun read, though it never quite came clear if he was real or not. A divorcee alone for the weekend while her kids visit her ex, congers a lifelike clone through her home AI system. He is Star Knight Errant Evander Mόr the comic book hero she crushed on as a teenager. He is even more attractive in his cloned flesh.

Unfortunately, the AI also produces foes for them to fight between their sexcapades. It was more instant lust than love, but I liked the creative way the author wrote the sex scenes in a way that transcended the act itself.

I also liked that it was set on a Mars colonized by humans. I don’t want to give any spoilers. One reviewer said it had great ideas but called it a ho-hum romance with love scenes that were not that sexy. Some readers might not buy the insta-love/lust aspect of the romance, but I found it believeable from the heroine’s point of view.

Cass was cloning a the lover of her dreams for a sexy weekend romp, and she picked her favorite fictional character. It seems reasonable that she would create one who would find her irresistible.

I thought it was well written. I enjoyed the novella and would read more from this author.

 

Christine Myers

Luciana’s Warriors – New From T.J. Quinn

I am always happy to get a new read from T.J. Quinn because I know it will be a good story, and Luciana’s Warriors is a good story.

I read Captain Lucas Jarcor and Jarcor Returns before I read Luciana’s story. Luciana is Lucas Jarcor’s daughter, and she has inherited some of her father’s cyborg traits. She is now captain of her own ship. Her crew members are offspring of other cyborgs that grew up with her. Her self-proclaimed mission is rescuing beings forced into slavery.

A mysterious client paid her to rescue four Mandalarian Warriors imprisoned on Anuit. That planet is a world of Amazonian warrior women. They capture compatible males and milk them of their sperm to procreate by artificial insemination. But with Mandalarians it doesn’t work. They can only give their sperm the old-fashioned way. Once they fulfill that purpose, the Anuits will sell them as slaves off world.

Luciana arrives early to convince the Anuit leader to sell these four hot young warriors to her for her harem. The Anuit leader calls her bluff. Luciana must prove she can handle being dominated by these four sexy warriors.  She accepts the challenge to submit to their sexual desires. (Warning: If you are not into explicit sex scenes, this book may not be for you.)

There is a lot more going on here than just a naughty sex-filled romp. I liked the characters, the world building, and the happy ending that left room for more adventures.

I loved it, and if I were to review it on Amazon, I would give it 5 stars.

As a beta reader, I already hashed things out on what I liked and didn’t. Since we’ve shared a byline occasionally, I only review T.J.’s books on my website. Don’t just take my word click on the link, and use the look inside feature. Luciana’s Warriors is also available on Kindle Unlimited.

 

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Cyborgs Reborn Series by T. J. Quinn

About two years ago I started doing beta reads for T. J. Quinn first for the Drogon Series and later the Cyborgs Reborn Series. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed all her books, though the Cyborgs Reborn Series is my personal favorite.

The series starts with Captain Lucas Jarcor, a soldier with devastating injuries to his legs. Doctors told them they had to be amputated. However, if he agrees, they can rebuild build them with some new technology. Understandably, Jarcor is eager have them do it if it means he can keep his legs and walk again.

What they don’t tell him is that the changing into a cyborg will strip him of his legal status as a human being, and his military rank. He became government property, in essence, a slave. All of the cyborgs are made from enhanced human embryos, but with the means for the military to control them through their cybernetics. Though biologically human, they were used as slaves to fight a war against alien invaders.

Jarcor decides to play along while he figures things out before he makes his escape. While he is out free, he meets Sabrina, and they fall in love. But Jarcor can’t stay he has much to do to free the other cyborgs.

The prequel ends in a bit of a cliff hanger, but Jarcor’s work to help the other cyborgs is a recurring theme throughout the series. He paves the way for other cyborgs to escape.

As I read through the Cyborg Reborn Series, I discovered that T.J. came up with things I hadn’t thought of even as I was preparing to start my own cyborg series. Her writing style is a little different than other writers, but every story I’ve read from her list has pulled me in with the characters, plot, and world building.

Because we work together on some projects and beta read others, I never review her books on Amazon. Since I blog about other authors, I decided it was time to speak up.

T.J. Quinn is a superb storyteller. If you haven’t read her books, now would be a good time to begin. Since her new book is a spin-off of the Cyborgs Reborn series, that would be a good place to start.

 

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The following is an excerpt:

Jarcor has nearly finished healing from the procedures to restore his legs and he wanted to try them out before the medical team deemed him ready.

He was trying some martial arts kicks when the door was opened, and a startled nurse entered. “Hey, what are you doing? You aren’t supposed to be out of bed,” she cried out, running to meet him.

He stopped her, raising his hand. “I’m fine. I haven’t felt this good in a long time,” he assured her.

“Where’s the doctor? I want to talk to him.”

“I’ll go get him.” She turned around and left the room.

Jarcor chuckled and walked towards the window. It was around midday, the sun shining.

“Jarcor, you shouldn’t be out of bed,” doctor number one said, as he entered the room.

“Doctor. I don’t think I heard your name,” he replied, ignoring the doctor’s words.

“I’m Dr. Masterson. It’s too soon for you to be out of bed,” the man answered, with a deep frown.

Jarcor only listened to his name. Immediately, a lot of information filled in his mind about the man. His full name, his curriculum, his family members and a lot more. He had no idea where it came from and he was confident he hadn’t met the man before.

Something was wrong. “I’m fine,” he cut the man with a cold tone. “Would you care to tell me what exactly you did to me, while I was out?”

The man cleared his throat, distinctly uncomfortable. “Your legs are fully recovered, as you can see─”

“I’m not talking about my legs and you know that,” he pointed out, in a stern tone.

“When we realized the Nanocybots were working perfectly on your body, healing your wounds and recovering your bones with their special metal alloy, we decided to take the next step forward and add a few intelligence chips to your brain. We figured the Nanocybots would quickly integrate them into your brain, as they do on the cyborgs we create on our labs,” he explained.

“I don’t remember giving you permission to play games with my brain,” he said, trying to keep his anger at bay.

“The papers you signed gave us permission to do whatever we saw fit to restore your body, and that’s exactly what we did,” the man retorted, in a firm tone, as if reciting a rehearsed speech.

“We both know I wasn’t able to read those papers.”

The man shrugged. “That’s irrelevant,” he dismissed his complaints. “Right now, all I want to know is how you feel? How are your senses working?”

For a moment, Jarcor considered not answering the man’s questions but it was a pointless battle. He had to act carefully around those people, at least, until he knew how much they had changed him and how that affected him.

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“At first, I felt a bit dizzy and a lot of unwanted information keeps coming to my mind, like the fact you’ve been married three times by now,” he replied, in a scornful tone, enjoying the man’s fluster.

“You’ll be able to control that with time, as well as all the improvements we’ve made to your body.”

“Like what?” he asked, frowning.

“Just some minor details you’ll discover in time.”

Jarcor nodded, not very pleased with the man’s answers. “When will I be able to go home?”

“I know you feel fine, right now, but I need you to stay a few more days, while we test all the improvements made to your body.”

“How long will that take?”

“We can’t tell for sure. We need to be certain you’re perfectly alright before we send you back to the battlefield. While you were unconscious, the Taucets landed on our planet. We need to get you back out there, to lead the other cyborgs and fight these aliens off our planet.”

“Other cyborgs? Are they ready for the battlefield? And why do you include me in that group?” Jarcor asked suspiciously, tensing his body.

The man cleared his throat once more, wiping the sweat from his forehead. “After all the improvements we made to you, you have been redefined as a cyborg,” he explained.

“Meaning?” he asked in a threatening tone.

“You are now the property of the United Nations Political Organization.”

For a moment, Jarcor was so surprised, he couldn’t move. Had they turned him into a war machine? Who the hell permitted that?

“You had no permission to do that. All we discussed was healing my legs, nothing else,” he growled through gritted teeth.

“Did you honestly expect them to spend such expensive technology on you for free? I’m sure you’re not that naïve, Jarcor,” mocked Dr. Masterson.

Jarcor pursed his lips and frowned. He had never expected anything for free, but he sure as hell hadn’t expected to have his life and his identity taken away from him. “I’m a human being…” he yelled, but he could see it was no use.

“Not anymore. It’s better for you to accept your new life and start acting as is expected of you. Otherwise, life will become very hard for you.” There was a definite warning in the man’s words and ignoring it wouldn’t be a smart move.

“So, now I’m your lab rat?” he asked, oozing scorn.

“If you’d like to think of yourself like that, I guess it’s a suitable description.”

Masterson nodded and left the room, returning only a few minutes later with the same men that had convinced him to allow them to play with his life. During the following hours, they interrogated him exhaustively and put him through a lot of tests, until they were satisfied.

“We’ll send you to the training camp tomorrow. We don’t have time to waste and we need all the help we can get to defeat the Taucets,” General Smithson told him. He had joined the group interrogating him a couple of hours ago.

“What if I refuse?” Jarcor asked with a very calm tone, considering all the rage boiling inside him.

“That’s no longer your prerogative. You have been programmed to follow orders,” General Smithson explained. “Even if you managed to circumvent those orders, you wouldn’t get far. We’ve installed tracking devices in you that will allow us to find you faster than you can blink.”

“How many men like me were fooled into this trap?”

The Doctor sighed, impatient. “You are the first one we’ve transformed, but depending on your results, I’m sure there will be many more,” the man replied in a cold tone. “Besides, we didn’t fool you. We saved you from a dreadful future. You should be on your brand-new knees thanking us,” he snarled at Jarcor.

“I’m afraid having my freedom and life taken away from me doesn’t make me very thankful,” Jarcor retorted.

“Nonsense. You had no life left,” the general insisted in a vain attempt to make Jarcor believe in his words.

Jarcor remained silent and the general finally gave up. “I’ll see you tomorrow at the training camp,” he said before he left Jarcor’s room.

The other men followed the general and Jarcor was left alone with Dr. Masterson.

“Do you think this is ethical? Fooling wounded men to accept false hope and then stealing their lives away from them?” he asked the man, his voice deadly.

“I’m not here to judge. I’m paid to do my job and that’s exactly what I do,” the man replied, not showing a hint of regret or shame, as if he couldn’t care less.

Jarcor shook his head and walked towards the window, silently inviting the other man to leave his room.

 

            

 

Captain Lucas Jarcor copyright 2018 by T.J. Quinn

 

Review: Haven 1: Ascend

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Haven 1: Ascend by Sandra R. Neeley (Blurb)

Command Warship 1 is home to one of the most feared males in the multi-verse. Zha Quin Tha is Sire to his people, next in line to the throne. He rules his military with an iron hand. His people, the Cruestaci, are a warrior race who bow to no one and no thing. They’ve been deemed too violent to be an ally by the Unified Consortium Defense — the organization responsible for keeping peace between all peoples and worlds. Zha Quin didn’t care what their opinion was. He was only violent when necessary — like when provoked, or if his planet was threatened, or a weaker people overrun, or he was just irritated in general. Like now, slavers had crossed into the territory of Cruestace. He’d been called in to intercept and process the kidnapped women on board to the Consortium for return to their home worlds. Little did he know, his whole existence was about to be turned upside down. One little, human female was about to teach him a thing or two about survival, patience, and trust.

One large room — every wall, the entire floor, even the ceiling covered in mats. This is now Vivian’s home. Her world extends no further than the end of the chain that keeps her anchored in the center of the room. She’s learned how to use that chain as a weapon. She had to — her captors find great sport in taunting her, abusing her, hurting her. She’s exhausted, nearly starved, injured and if truth be told — not long for this world, whatever the hell world it is. All she’s got left is her pride, and she’ll be damned if she gives that up to any of her alien captors. They want to play — she’ll play — and she’ll make sure they pay for it in bruises and pain the next day. They may win, but they’ll think twice next time. Days run together, no hope of ever being freed. Survival seems pointless, until she finds herself face to face with the largest, scariest male she’s ever seen. So be it — she’s got nothing to lose — she’ll fight him, too. Maybe this time her misery will finally come to an end. She has no idea this male is different. This male is stronger than the rest. This male will be her Haven.

Warning: Intended for mature audiences. This book contains violence, abuse both real and inferred, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book.

 

MY REVIEW

This book held my interest from start to finish and I quickly became invested in the main characters, the story, and the world building. There were many times throughout the book, I found myself thinking ‘this is so good’! The writing was excellent and I could hardly put the Kindle down. I loved Kitty and the way Quin indulged Vivian and treated her with love and concern. The fact that he was much older than Vivian didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story.

When you are reading science fiction or fantasy, fiction of any kind really, the reader needs to make a willing suspension of disbelief at times to buy into the story. My pet peeves with alien romances include seven foot aliens mating with “tiny” females barely over five feet. Then there are the horns. How does a guy with horns sticking out past the back of his head lay down or sleep? Yet in the story Quinn does indeed lay on his back in bed with Vivian on top of him. Did that stop me from enjoying the story? Absolutely not! I made a simple suspension of disbelief. To me, the story was that good.

As a writer and indie author, there were many times that I wished that I had written something this good. While some of the critical reviews found the characters one dimensional, I found them just the opposite, because Ms. Neeley did the one thing that writers are always told to do—show by their actions and what they say rather than tell.

This is my first read by this author, and I will be looking at some of her other works as well. I am looking forward to more of this series as well.

Christine Myers

 

 

In Review

I read this book in one day because it was well written, steamy with some delightful twists I didn’t see coming. Do not read this book it you are offended by explicit sex scenes with a bit of discipline.

However, there is more than that to the story.  I am not going to summarize the plot here or give spoilers.

The aliens were different and interesting and the “anti”hero finds his heart and is forever changed. A very sexy tale, well crafted and well written. I will be looking at this author’s other works. I read this book in Kindle Unlimited and highly recommend it.

 

 

Captive (Nikhiza Pirates Book 1) Kindle Edition

He stole me for someone else. Now he wants me for himself.

I was on Earth. Doing my job, living my life. Next thing I know, I’m up on the auction block being sold to the highest bidder like I’m some kind of broodmare.

That’s when he comes for me. He’s massive. Powerful. Alien. And there’s nothing good in those dark eyes of his–especially when they’re filled with a fire that heats me to my core.

He’s being paid to break me; to punish me and get me used to submitting. But every time he draws pleasure from my willing body, I can tell he wants to keep me for himself.

And with the things he does to me, the dark desires he brings out in me… I want to be his, too.

Content Warning: Captive includes disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers.