Laurann Dohner

Smiley (New Species #13) By: Laurann Dohner

Smiley

Smiley (New Species #13) By: Laurann Dohner

Plot:

Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father’s church is protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when they are both drugged.

Smiley doesn’t want to believe the sweet human would dose them with the breeding drug. He’s willing to trust her and determined to save her life. He’ll hold her. Protect her. Offer up his body to distract them both from the pain. She is his female, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.

Review:

I really loved Smiley as a character but I did not like this book. First off it started off with the couple getting drugged and if they didn’t have sex they’d be in a lot of pain. There was pretty much no foreplay before the reader was thrown into a lot of explicit sex scenes. Did not like. I ended up skipping a lot of this book.

I liked Smiley but hated Vanni. She was super weak and shy and submissive and just not my type of female lead.

The story was also a lot shorter than a normal new species and I felt like not much happened. They got her to Homeland quickly and she never left. The bad guys were captured behind the scenes and that was pretty much it.

I thought some of the ideas in the book were really good, but they didn’t reach their full potential. They kind of unraveled and became nonsense. I’m also getting tired of all the human males being depicted as horrible. Out of all of the human men in this series I think there might be one nice one. One. Maybe.

I really like the idea behind the New Species series and in the beginning I liked what she was doing with it, but lately there just hasn’t been enough development. The series has kind of stagnated.

3/5

Darkness (New Species #12) By: Laurann Dohner

Darkness

Darkness (New Species #12) By: Laurann Dohner

Plot:

Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he does not break her heart.

Darkness admires Kat’s courage but he cannot trust anything she says. He hasn’t been with a female for years because he knows he is too damaged. He is not mate material, despite his desire to possess her in every way. Darkness fears losing control—the one thing that defines his life. He doesn’t think he can tear down the protective walls he’s built, even for her.

Inside Scoop: Kat never realized how much fun handcuffs and dominant males could be until she discovered her kinky side through Darkness’ need for control.

Review:

It’s been a while since I read a New Species novel and once again I can’t really explain why I like these books.

Kat is a strong willed kick-ass woman that handles a very violent scene in the first few pages. It was a pretty awesome introduction and I started to wonder if we were finally going to get a woman that goes toe to toe with a New Species. Well, we kind of did. Kind of.

She didn’t back down as quickly as others and really held out, but in the end she succumbed. It’s a romance, I knew it was going to happen, but one time I’d like to see the New Species do more of the submitting. The woman has to completely give up her entire life and live on a compound. I get that a lot of the world hates the New Species, but I wish there was more development in that area.

Darkness was a good male lead. He was tortured, like them all, too jealous for my liking (which is normal in this series), and he can’t resist Kat.

One of my favorite parts was Missy, Kat’s best friend, and I really hope she gets her own New Species hunk, but we’ll see.

4/5

True

True

True By Laurann Dohner (New Species #11)

 I really like this series but I’m not sure why. Super dominate males don’t really do it for me but the world is very well created and really interesting. I might actually like a book set in this world without a romance. Obviously that’s not going to happen but if anyone knows a book like this without romance or with light romance let me know.

I was a bit disappointed with this one, though the heroine wasn’t as weak as others in the series have been. I was surprised to find a few editing issues, which just proves self-publishing isn’t the only side suffering from lack of editing. Maybe it’s because Dohner had a heart attack around this book release.

True was fairly one dimensional, which sometimes happens with her men, though not always. The world wasn’t as developed further as I would have liked and she depicts most male humans as bastards.

Overall the book just wasn’t as good as Moon, the previous one.

3/5