Review by Sue Lyndon
On the planet Jesel, it’s perfectly acceptable for men to spank women for discipline, while Lara’s from Earth where spanking isn’t the norm at all. This creates a major culture clash between her and Blade that makes the disciplinary scenes sizzle. When they give in to the tension that’s been building between them the results are smoking hot. I loved both Blade and Lara and was rooting for their happy ending the whole time, and I won’t spoil anything, but I will say the ending was perfect!
The world-building was fantastic too and I enjoyed the futuristic plot with the war and the rebels on the Jesel. I really hope Renee Rose writes more naughty sci-fi romance because I seriously adored this book!
The Hand of Vengeance
On a humanitarian mission to the war-torn planet Jesel, Dr. Lara Simmons is used to dealing with lack of supplies, power outages and the constant earthquakes that afflict the planet. But when she’s captured by the rebels who need her to perform a life-saving surgery, she finds herself in a situation her medical training didn’t prepare her for.
When the airship is blown out of the sky, she ends up in the Jeselian wilderness with no one to rely on but Blade Vengeance, an enormous tattooed rebel warrior. Dominant and unyielding, he doesn’t hesitate to take her in hand when she disobeys the rules he lays out for her. Yet she soon learns he also knows how to deliver pleasure–with a passion she’s never before experienced.
Blade finds the doctor from Earth sexy as hell, especially when she’s giving him attitude, but once he delivers her to headquarters, he tries to pull back from her allure. Known for single-handedly starting the revolution and freeing many of his people, his life is one of hardship, slavery and war. Going soft on a woman isn’t part of his plan, especially with the final strike of the revolution so close. But when he sends Lara back to Earth to keep her safe during the upcoming battle, he inadvertently delivers her into enemy hands. Can he find and save her from the revolution he caused?
I love a good paranormal, so I snatched up Morganna William’s newest book The Alpha’s Reluctant Mate.
After she is attacked by a large, unknown animal, Alexandria Pace soon finds that her miraculously swift recovery and suddenly voracious appetite are far from the most disturbing aspects of her situation. It rapidly becomes apparent that not only has she been bitten by a rogue werewolf, she has also been identified by the alpha of a nearby pack as his chosen mate.
Connor had planned to take his time and woo Alexandria gently, but the attack by a rival wolf forces him to take drastic action and compel her to join his pack right away. He is more than ready to keep his mate safe whether she likes it or not, and as she’ll quickly discover, disobeying her new alpha will earn her a swift and thorough punishment.
As her first full moon approaches, Alexandria struggles to adapt to life as a member of a pack, especially when that involves submitting to the alpha. Yet despite Connor’s willingness to bare her bottom for a painful, embarrassing spanking whenever she defies him, a part of Alexandria cannot help longing for him to claim her fully. But when an enemy challenges Connor and threatens to take Alexandria from the pack by force, will he win the fight to protect his mate?
This book is light-hearted, with humor mixed into the story, as Xandie, the heroine turns into a wolf. She doesn’t realize her own strength, pops a tail and is generally outraged by her alpha mate’s attempts to protect or claim her. It’s an entertaining read with several over-the-knee spankings and requisite cuddles afterward. I enjoyed Morganna’s paranormal world building with all the various side characters and subplots of the heroine’s friends.
Everyone knows by now I love westerns so choosing Kelly’s book to review shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. This is an enjoyable read that should delight even those who are not as crazy about westerns and cowboys as me.
Jessica Walsh and her family have pulled up stakes in Boston to head west to make a new life. Jessica who is just beginning journey into Boston’s social circle is less than pleased with her father’s choice to move west. They join a wagon train heading to and Jessica likes nothing about the trip and rebels at every turn.
Johnny Truman, grew up on his family’s farm in Missouri. It was a hard scrapple life but filled with love. At 16, he left home to make his own way and vowed not to return home until he had his own stake.
He stumbles across the wagon train and sets eyes on Jessica who wants nothing to do with a dusty cowboy. That is, until a marauding band of Indians attacks the train. She run off when her father threatened to strap her and escaped the massacre. When she returned to the train, she finds her family and everyone else dead and everything else either stolen or burned.
Jessica finds herself alone and desolate until Johnny returns from his hunt to find meat.
He tells Jessica he will become her protector and watch over her. She has no choice but to accept his offer.
It’s up to him to lead her through the treacherous frontier until they reach a town. Jessica finds out that Johnny is no pushover and finds that Johnny doesn’t hesitate to tan her hide when he thinks she deserves a spanking. Jessica earns every spanking Johnny delivers and there are many. Her growing acceptance of him and his discipline as their romance builds is very believable.
This story had some twists and turns and is ultimately a very sweet and touching love story. The main characters are well developed and interesting. The dialog is believable, the secondary characters interesting.