Curvy, intelligent, and focused, Kyra Simmons has her eye on the prize. She's locked her sights on becoming the top technical engineer....
Torkel Alonson has had enough of being ignored and looked over by females on his adopted home world of Enotia....
Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, Jesse has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive....
Mackenzie 'Mac' Wharton had agreed to guide a group that had wanted an adventure on her mountain. They got more than they bargained for when they were all abducted by a group of aliens....
An all wolf-shifter police force has been the only thing between humans and an unknown evil for centuries, but the pack is in danger of dying if they don't find their promised mates soon....
Olivia thinks it's her lucky night when a dangerously handsome, unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table....
Ally Marshall isn't just a wolf shifter - she's a Seer. But a girl doesn't exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind....
Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets, and it's their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it....
Theron - Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He's the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld....
In exchange for a vial of dragon's blood to save her brother's life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans....
Riley St. Claire has always followed her own rules. When she discovers her current employer is not as law-abiding as she thought, she has to leave town in a hurry....
At 457 Preor years old, Jarek sen Claron is a dragon ready for his final flight into the skies. This voyage to Earth as the War Master of the third fleet will be his final assignment....
Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash....
Dragon shifters are a dying breed. There are so few females left that if drastic measures are not taken, and soon, it'll be over for the species. The threat of extinction looms....
Kidnapped then released deep in the woods, Brandi is on a harrowing run for her life, hunted by beasts straight out of a horror movie....
Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over 100 years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work....
King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire....
Ha'ven Ha'darra is the Crown Prince of the Curizans, an advanced species known for their technology. They may not have the power to shift like the Valdier or the Sarafin, but they have hidden....
When Abby and Noah meet, there is an explosive attraction between them that neither can deny… As a shy, awkward, social misfit, Abby has gone her whole life feeling as though she's different from everyone else and she simply doesn't fit in well with society as a whole. She longs to feel a real connection with someone, and she finally does when she meets Noah. Unbeknownst to Abby, Noah is from another world and his sole purpose is to hunt down the evil of his people that was unleashed on Earth hundreds of years ago. He's certain he isn't going to be able to return to his home, and anger and the need for revenge are his constant companions. His focus has been eradicating the evil and making them pay for taking his life on his world away from him. Noah tries desperately to fight his attraction to Abby so he can keep his focus on his mission. But when Abby gets dragged into the evil and mayhem from Noah's world, he realizes that maybe with Abby he can find a home here on Earth…if he can save her in time.
Honestly, it all comes down to this being very poorly written: cardboard characters, unrealistic plot, unbelievable dialogue, and a liberal 'lifting' of similar plots from other (much better) books. At the start of the 5th chapter, when the info dumping was still going on and the story hadn't even started yet, I knew I was in trouble. The book was hitting every branch on the cliche tree and still free falling fast. Clearly, the inspiration was the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of books but without the charm.
Story: Aristocratic alien smoky entities from another planet (whose eyes glitter/glow at night) have taken alpha male forms on earth in order to hunt down escaped criminals from their planet. Six of them live together in an abandoned missile silo when one falls for an awkward woman with a hidden past that might just connect her to the alien men.
After slogging through the egregious info dumps setting up the story, it became obvious that the book had serious writing problems. E.g., believability issues (our main male character bafflingly takes pains to namedrop, noting that he has on his Bose headphones, is using his Viking range, and is in a Burberry shorts) and characterization issues (he's described as never breaking the law and very upstanding yet swears like a sailor and is a jerk to everyone).
Cue Mary Sue female character, awkward and unsure of herself, and about to be swept off her feet by our super clean, macho, swearing, alien. She'll need to be saved often, of course, but she'll win the hearts of all the guys in the end, now won't she? I didn't like her character and I didn't like the so-over-the-top alpha male, either. Again, they both felt like romance novel cliches - pandering to a lowest common denominator and very poorly constructed. Because foul mouthed single alien bachelors are always neat, brand whores, and macho but with a heart of gold, right?
There are much better romances out there - alpha or otherwise.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This Sci-Fi /Paranormal Romance is just one step closer to perfection. I am a fan of paranormal romance books and the introduction of the Six Saviors housed in 6-foot plus, mouth watering physiques from another planet took it to a whole new level.
Tasked with catching or killing all the criminals that escaped their world for earth, the team is coming to the conclusion that they may never be able to go home.
Hot on the heals of this revelation Noah meets Abby and you feel the sparks flying between the two of them. Fighting it is futile, though they try, but when Abby becomes the target of one of the criminals Noah will put aside his main goal of searching for all criminals for the one going after Abby.
Of course the constant close proximity causes them to want to explore their attraction, but when it comes to love Noah draws the line because the alien form that houses his soul in his human body could be forfeited if he acts on that love. If that happens he will never be able to return home.
There is an HEA, but it comes from the most unlikely source. I love books that twist and turn all the way to the end.
Kevin Scollin lent his talent to this book and took it to another exciting level.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What I liked: I loved the premise of this story--unique and fun. Liked the hero. The author writes well, smooth and a good way with dialogue.
What I didn't like: Holy moly, can we just get to the story? For a 7 hour 47 minute book this background stuff took over 2 hours - boring. The beginning consisted of a few lines of action and dialogue and then chapters of background information about the hero and his people. I felt like I was reading a sci fi encyclopedia.
The same thing with the heroine. We finally meet her over 10% of the way into the story, get one brief half page of present day and then bam! into her past.
And that's where I almost gave it up. I hope the author will continue to use her great imagination and writing skills, then cut out all unnecessary stuff. There only 2 actual sex scenes in the whole book that were not very well written. Overall too much repeat information and not enough action spoiled the book for me.
The narrator was great with the delivery of the story.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
What an annoying book with basically no dialogue either. First of all this guy is from a different planet its called SR44 and I am here to tell you, you will NEVER forget that when reading this book. I actually did a word search for SR44 and on my kindle and got 116 hits. I swear I wanted to scream after a while when the narrator said SR44. The other annoying part is there was no dialogue to speak of.
The disappointing part is that you would think that a being from another planet would have some special powers, right? Wrong he did not. Basically the special power was that these warriors took the form of big hot hunky guys. Okay.. its a book they are always big hot and hunky. (before I get slammed for my review one of the warriors was a healer and one could see ghosts if they are in limbo) That's about it for special powers.. The hero in this book had zero powers or abilities. The other planet they were from didn't seem to be anything special from the descriptions.
Oh not to mention he had a wife on planet SR44 but never told Abby and of course at the HEA they married on earth. So he ends up with 2 wives, and yeah Abby still doesn't know.
Oh there's more... How was it up to Noah (our hero) to get Abby (our heroine) out of death limbo? We will never know the chapter ended and it was 2 weeks later. Which also happened quite often. 2 days later, 3 days later, 2 weeks later, 3 weeks later.... so much past tense writing.
I think this book was poorly written with no thoughts to bring it together. The concept could have been a great starting point to a great series but is ruined by poor writing.
Narration was pretty good but I did have to listen to it on 1.25 speed.
Credit worthy? NO not at all, save your credits time and money. Glad this book was free on amazon kindle and only 1.99 on audible.
I don't normally write such long reviews. But this one I just couldn't let go without explanation.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Light Within Me again? Why?
I would listen to this story again and want to be able to hear all of the series on audiobooks.com. I love being able to listen to it anywhere I am and especially while I am in the car or not able to read a book. Would suggest the audiobook for anyone that wants to sit back and relax and hear a great story!
Who was your favorite character and why?
I really liked all of them.
What does Kevin Scollin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
You can hear the emotion and passion when you listen to Mr. Scollin tell the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book has an unexpected premis! Pretty good character development, and each follows through with their place in the storyline. Can't wait to read the next book!
I was apprehensive when reading the summary of this book because I'm not a big fan of science fiction specifically space related stories. however this book surprised me and I enjoyed it very much.
Repetitive use of the same words. Same plot. And same ole suspense lines. It's seems I have read this book before
Any additional comments?
Abby is a crime reporter for a Reno newspaper. After her mother was killed when she was only ten, she struggled to find her own identity as a person. Her life is mundane and boring, and although she craves more, she cannot quite put her finger on why she feels so different from other people. She can't quite figure out what to do to shake up the monotony that is her life.<br/>Noah, one of six warriors from the SR44 alien race, has come to earth in a human body on a mission. Several criminals from his planet have escaped to earth and now live among humans, murdering and wreaking havoc whenever and wherever they can. The mission of the Six Saviors is simple, take out all of the alien criminals and their half-human, evil offspring, before they can return back to their home planet. Hundreds of years later, Noah and his five companions are still on earth, hunting down their foes. Many of them have lost hope of ever going home, some still hold out hope that their mission will be completed and that they will once again return to their former lives.<br/><br/>When Abby contacts Noah, who poses as a criminal profiler in order to gain access to crime scenes, for an interview for the paper, the two meet and their worlds collide. Noah, who knows he will lose his immortality and the SR44 form within his human body if he succumbs to love, does his best to fight his feelings for Abby, but to no avail. He faces the decision between continuing on his path of vengeance and completing his mission, or giving it all up for love.<br/>When it becomes clear that one of the criminals from his planet is targeting Abby, Noah will protect her at all costs.<br/><br/>This is a wonderful romance with hot love scenes and a unique story that keeps your interest till the very end. I can't wait for the other 5 books to be released :)
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
This story was a knock off of J.R. Ward’s black dagger brotherhood books and, to a lesser degree, the formula for Gena Showalter’s lords of the underworld books. Before I get to the copying, there were some other aspects of the book I didn’t like. The author wrote poorly with things like saying a person was “weary tired.” Isn’t that redundant? The description of the other planet was overdone with saying Noah, the H, while on his home planet, SR44, had a mansion, a yacht, an island, and 3-day parties. And it was problematic to me that they showed no compassion for criminals on SR44 and no belief in rehabilitation of people who commit crimes. Those people were called “colonists”. They were ejected from SR44 society forever. 12 of the colonists take on human form and escape to Earth, and therein lies the crux of this story and the problem of this tale. Noah and 5 other pals (Talon, Cowon, Rayner, Jovan, Hudson), all soldiers on SR44, called the “6 saviors”, also take on human form and follow the colonists to earth to capture them and their descendants. These colonists are the worst of the worst. The author states that criminals Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Sadam Hussein were all colonists from SR44 and that the 6 saviors had a hand in ending their reign of terror. I disliked that aspect of the story the most. It didn’t hold together well, the attempt to use these facts in this fictional story. Another problem was that Noah is supposed to be 200+ years old but is also supposed to have been on earth that long too. So the math doesn’t work considering he was an adult, appearing as a 30-yr-old human, when he came to earth. SR44 people live for about 2000 years on average. Another problem was the author’s attempt to use “urban” lingo, like saying that the missile cilo, where the 6 saviors lived, was “pimped out” and having one of the saviors say “back off my grill,” which was used so wrongly. The author also overused the terms ”dainty,” “big,” and “huge.” Big and huge was used when talking about the 6 saviors’ bodies, of course. And, of course, Abby had to be dainty. The natural form of SR44 people was varying hues of a smoke-like substance. So it was quite upsetting when the author said that the colonists, the criminals turned black. The reason for this was either b/c of the lack of sunlight on the island they were exiled to or b/c of “evil in their rotting souls.” The author’s resonance with a horrible racial stereotype was either ignorant, at best, or mean-spirited, at worst.
These are the ways in which this story is a cheap knock-off of J.R. Ward’s black dagger brotherhood and some of Gena Showalter’s lords of the underworld series: the 6 saviors living together in a fortress (a cilo), the importance of music (rock and not hip-hop in this story), cool or unusual names of the guys (Talon, Cowon, Rayner, Jovan, Hudson, Noah), they are rich, the constant presence and use of strong alcohol, muscled-bodies guys, the long lives of the soldiers, having one male group member who works the stock market, one member who likes expensive clothes, and a “resident tech head,” the soldiers’ overuse of profanity as a sign of strength and coolness, their strange eyes or other body part, the author’s attempt at the males being funny, the soldiers driving a black escalade (though Noah drove another car too), the female love interests having a cat and, as the first in the series, also being an unhappy, economically poor, parentless female journalist, using the term “female” for women, and making non-verbs verbs (i.e. “a whole lotta no winning”. Yep. Copying. A cheap knock-off.
There were very few things that I liked about this story. Of those things, I liked that Abby was portrayed as more than just a pretty face. Often Noah said that he liked her because she was generous and kind along with her looks. I liked that it was not a sex-filled story, though I absolutely have no problem with those when appropriate. There was 1 oral sex scene, with it performed on Abby, near the earlier part of the story. Then there was 1 act of intercourse between Abby and Noah near the end of the story. There were about 2 others that were just alluded to later in the story too. The sex scenes were brief, and there was no explicit sexual talk. There was a good balance of romance and mild suspense as the saviors chased the colonists.
The narrator was okay, though his depiction of Talon’s voice was too high. And the ending was a bit over-dramatized and manufactured.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful