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2.0 out of 5 starsSera can fuckïng go away now please. Better Heroine needed.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
I’ve read this series a few times now. As expected. The stories about Abbey and Tarak were the best in my eyes. Xal is ok. He’s a good guy trying to do right by his people in a changing world. No females born in a generation. Backstabbing and cruelty from his mothers court... living w the Lost Tribes. I get it. And like him. The dude is a good read. But then you get to Sera. And ugh. Her inner convos in the first few chapters... her actions. Just UGHH! I don’t like her. I even feel like the Prince could have had a better partner. Had the author really wanted to give him someone worthy, she could have. Hell we’ve seen her do it. Abbey while determined to get back to earth, or wondering how she and Tarak came to be a couple. But Sera she’s supposed to be aggressive and a go getter. The first to knock on their door in Nova Terra vs the rest of the pap that stayed at the gate just taking pics hoping someone would come out. But her attitude for being a neutral reporter was fully absent. And her convos w them was abysmal. When she kept having suspicion and acting like the good guys were the bad ones. Then her confrontation w the guard when going for the mess hall. Jesus chick. Just go and find another dude to speak w. Instead she created an issue bc “she was done w people pushing her around.” Girl child. You’re a “guest” on a damn war ship. They ain’t all nice people. They’re freaking hard core fighters. But fight she does. And then the prince speaks w her about being sorry etc. Just. Forget it if you read a few chapters about the two of them. Abbey and Tarak are the ones you’d rather read. So, the first part of the series which has a 3 story book line. Then 3 and 8 which are the ones about them.
3.0 out of 5 starsAn enjoyable romance with a sweet alien Prince
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2016
This was an easy read, very enjoyable, and I love how this author has set up her world and created a unique look to her aliens. And now that Kordolians have arrived on Earth, there's so much she can do with this. The writing flowed well, just a handful of editing errors/typos. I love these big, silver alien males with the fangs and black claws, and Xal with the golden/amber eyes and long white hair and black horns. I just have a vivid picture of them in my mind, and I love that.
For all that Xal looks like a beautiful demon come to life, he's a surprisingly sweet hero. I guess I like my alien heroes a bit more like Tarak, gruff and icy, but Xal is sexy, too, and he matched well with Sera. She's described as having light brown skin, dark hair and eyes, a toned and lean body, and she's pretty tough and bold. I also liked that she's physically scarred and tatted, and in Xal's eyes, she's exotic and beautiful, his human.
Tarak is still the one for me, though. I liked his story more than Xal's because there seemed to be a stronger dynamic between Tarak and Abbey. There's insta-lust in this, which is different from Tarak and Abbey's romance. From the beginning, Xal is sweet, Sera is interested, and I would have loved more tension there between h/H. But I did enjoy this, such an interesting set-up, and I look forward to reading more sexy aliens from this author. Tarak and Abbey get a follow-up book next, and I'm super happy about that! I love that General.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great book from a wonderful author. Her books are always keepers.
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
I am so happy to have found Ms. Carven, as she is an AWESOME writer. Her writing skills are very hard to beat; artistically and structurally her writing is very solid.
This book's characters- Xal and Sera- were a fun couple, and complimented each other very nicely. Xal is a sweet man who though he clearly is not a military man can still talk the talk and then walk the walk. He might even be called a predator posing as a house pet. Sera is a strong and well-abled woman who has had a rough past, and though it has made her stronger it hasn't tarnished her personality. They were a nice foil for each other (I do agree with another reviewer that I like Abbey and Tarek more, but just because I love growly alpha men and not because of any short-coming from the author). The author always gives great smexy-time, and beautifully written as well.
So glad to see on Ms. Carven's FB page her upcoming novels in the series ~ gave me a total fangirl squeal. This is one of the few authors that I follow who is an automatic buy for me. You can read her books with total confidence that you will get a wonderful and well-written story.
This novel is a great sci-fi romance. All of her female characters have such spunk and I don't get the feeling they are pushovers, ever. Having a strong willed woman makes these books so much more than just a simple romance read. They add a level of depth.
I would definitely recommend reading the books in order, or at least reading Dark Planet Warriors first. You might be a little lost without reading in order, but it isn't necessary.
Although, "looking for human females", is a trend I've noticed in sci-fi romances, I still find these books to be original and extremely interesting. She's done a good job creating the world around these characters, unlike other authors.
Just writing this review makes me what to pick up my kindle and start reading these novels all over again.
I loved every part of it. From the pushy journalist, who bit off more Kordolian than she expected; to the bemused Prince, who found human women confusing but highly enticing all the same; to the spying in space, and the daring escape by pod. Man! What an adventure!
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017
Sera is a journalist always seeking the next cutting edge political story for her magazine. The Kordolian presence is becoming the next big thing because they are impressive and dangerous. Xal is a 7' tall silver Kordolian with a horns on his head. Xal smells so good its distracting. As soon as Sara sees him she knows she is in trouble because her body does something bizarre it wakes up and starts humming. The attraction is mutual.