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5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable romantic sci-fi
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2019
This is the kind of sci-fi I love – light on the sci and heavy on the fi! This is such a great story, with plenty of romance and sex thrown in. It made a fantastic holiday read for me. The planet Alliance is richly-imagined and the basis of the plot is that a small group of Alliance citizens was marooned on a far off planet (earth) millions of years ago and they have therefore evolved differently from the rest of their human counterparts. Unbeknown to those on earth they have been protected by Alliance because they think of them as “The Lost Ones”. They have a benevolent attitude to earthlings because they are quirky and colourful, whereas the people of Alliance are all grey-skinned and do not use colour at all. They are completely ruled by their religion. In this story a group of women from earth is captured and taken to Alliance to marry and bear children. The ensuing love story between earthling doctor Dru and alien doctor Ket is enjoyable and often amusing. I loved that the Alliance men post on their social media profile their full naked body, being immensely proud of their private parts!
3.0 out of 5 starsI'm sure there is an audience for this book, but it's not me.
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2019
Married to the Alien Doctor: Renascence Alliance Series Book 2 is a futuristic sci-fi novel that picks up in an alien world where there is a lot, and I mean a lot, going on. I do this far more often that I would like to admit, but yes, I did start with the second book on accident, so maybe if I had read the first in the intended order then it would have made slightly more sense. One thing that I couldn’t quite get past with this book was it seemed like it was taking a very serious direction and then it almost seems like the author gives up and figures that if sex sells then maybe adding anything he can about it will save the book. I just couldn’t get the romance and the sci-fi part of it to align to be cohesive, but that is just my opinion. I know there is definitely an audience for this book, it’s just not me.
5.0 out of 5 stars‘Not enough females were being born’
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2019
Swedish author Alma Nilsson creates science fiction, but in addition to painting stories that are fascinating fantasy adventures, Alma adds another dimension to her writing – an exploration of the larger galaxy where humans can be studied as pawns or victims of alien courting customs, religious codes and compromises, and the question ‘How connected are love and sex?’ She opens new observation windows to ideas that provide food for thought, even after the book is completed. MARRIED TO THE ALIEN DOCTOR is Book 2 of her Renascence Alliance Series, Book 1 being MARRIED TO THE ALIEN ADMIRAL.
The manner in which Alma creates her story is so very on target and realistic that after page one, the story seems credible, allowing the psychological and philosophical aspects to bloom. To wit: ‘Dru stood up quickly when her captain entered the brig. She and 25 female crewmates, from the starship Dakota, were being held in a tiny cell on an Alliance Alpha Warship. Humans were at war with the Alliance Empire. Not directly of course, humans weren’t quite that stupid. They had joined their allies, the Jahay, to push the Alliance back form colonizing their desolate corner of the galaxy or so they were told. The war had been going on for about one year and it had not been going well for the Jahay and their allies. The Alliance was far too strong and their military prowess too great. Surprisingly, instead of being destroyed in their last encounter with an Alliance fleet, all the humans has been taken prisoner after their ship had been disabled. And their captain had not returned in over a day, until now. There were rumors that the Admiral of this fleet had married her. It was the most unlikely thing any humans could imagine…’
Strange conditions and stranger customs begin to surface and the story is well distilled as follows: ‘Traded. She had been traded by her own captain to the Alliance Empire. She and the rest of the female crew from the human starship Dakota were to be married off, as the Alliance was suffering from a demographics issue, there weren’t enough Alliance women. Dru didn’t care what kind of problems the Alliance had, she didn’t come this far, in her short life, to end up as a grey, alien man’s slave, no matter how powerful his civilization was. But that was the problem, humans were next to nothing and the Alliance Empire ruled the galaxy. Ket of Imperial House Vo had not thought much about the human women being brought to the Alliance, until his eyes rested on the young red-haired beauty and he knew it was the gods’ will that she become his wife. He would make her submit to his strict Alliance culture and make her humbly accept her new life in the Empire. He knew from the moment he saw her picture that she was his destiny.’
Interesting vantage on an interesting culture, this book establishes a fresh new writer of the sci-fi genre. It will be interesting to follow her imagination and the way it plants seeds of important questions in our minds. Grady Harp, August 19,
Married to the Alien Doctor: Renascence Alliance Series Book 2 by Alma Nilsson is a dystopian novel, kind of creepy, and just what you may be looking for. In this world, women have few to no rights, are often attacked, and are relegated to become sex slaves. With that auspicious beginning, you are then immersed into a world where aliens rule, and culture is turned upside down. There are graphic sex scenes with a violent aspect that may be off-putting to some readers as well. It was interesting though to read of Dru's struggles as she strives to fit in and retain her dignity. The Alliance is a completely strange and different kind of alien group but is well described and intriguing to learn about. Different kind of book, and one that will clearly interest science fiction fans.
It starts out one way and slowly evolves into something else that you don't expect. Very insightful and intriguing. I enjoyed the book and the characters, but it does leave you wondering where the author is going with the story. Looking forward to finding out.
Alma Nilsson has done a good job bringing you along when a group of Human women are introduced to a new life on an alien planet. The MC, Druscilla, a red head with the temperament to go with that red hair, ends up alone and forced to assimilate under tough circumstances. Meanwhile, a certain alien male is making sure she will belong to him. There is sex, confrontation, duels and more. Give this one a try,
I am really enjoying the world building story telling skills of this author. The characters are believable and endearing. The cultural clashes between humans and the Alliance are realistic. The one star gone is because of a need for better editing, especially related to grammar tenses.
This series just keeps getting better and better. I actually enjoyed this book better than the first one, married to the alien admiral. Ket is so in love with Dru and Dru's lust turns to love . I just hope Kara doesn't misuse her power over Dru. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2019
I have read this author since her debut novel. She is definitely maturing as a writer and I would suggest you start at this second novel where the female protagonist has more self-determination than her predecessor (I think Kara, of book 1, was supposed to be a strong role-model, but that didn’t quite work for me). Ms Nilsson is very proficient at relaying genuine-sounding conversation and some of her scenarios perhaps suggest an educational background in anthropology. I’m faintly relieved that there is less graphic sex in the later books. For a light read, go for it. I shall be following Ms Nilsson and her protagonists’ progress with interest. After all, she has many crew members’ stories yet to tell.
Loved this book . So fascinating what strange world we travel through in this second book and what we learn about Dru's life before on Earth. Can't wait to read next book and see what the God's are up to.