Sci-Fi Romance

Illusion Town (Harmony #13) By: Jayne Castle

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Illusion Town (Harmony #13) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

A new adventure begins on Harmony…

With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.

Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…

With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.

But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

Review:

I like this series, apparent by the fact that this is book thirteen and I’m still reading. However, I wasn’t very impressed with this one. The romance was very lacking and it felt like a whole amnesia plot was just shoved in there to force a marriage of convenience because that would be the thing to force them to look into what happened? What? Really? The amnesia and the marriage seemed very contrived and the explanation wasn’t believable. It left no room to devlope their romance and basically all you have for that is a couple short emails at the start of the book and the fact that Elias didn’t like when Hannah kept saying it was just an MC. From that I was supposed to believe that they loved each other? Didn’t do it for me.

World was still fun so there’s that at least.

3/5

Darkness (New Species #12) By: Laurann Dohner

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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

Alien Tango (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #2) By: Gini Koch

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Alien Tango (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #2) By: Gini Koch

Plot:

For Alien Super-Being Exterminator Katherine “Kitty” Katt, anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day’s work. It’s been five months since Kitty joined Centaurion Division, working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri. She and Jeff Martini have grown closer and life looks rosy. But when an experimental spacecraft is unexpectedly returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team are called on to investigate and are immediately embroiled in life-or-death situations that scream “political conspiracy.” The team must survive murderous attacks, deal with a mysterious space entity that has seized control of a group of astronauts, and evade a woman who’ll do anything to eliminate the competition when she develops an obsessive crush on Kitty’s old high school boyfriend. And that’s all before the evil masterminds decide Kitty’s extermination is vital…Alien Tango is the thrilling second installment of the Alien series.

Review:

Okay, so this series, so far, is clearly wish fulfillment. The author wants aliens to be on the planet, they need to be hot, smart, funny, and into Earth girls. Kitty is also very much a Mary Sue character. Every man wants her, women like her, she’s super smart, and sees things before anyone else. That being said, I don’t care about any of that. It’s wish fulfillment, so what. It would be awesome if that stuff were true. I get wanting to be as awesome as Kitty and enough bad shit happens to her, that her life isn’t perfect.

Anyway, my main problem with the book is that another love triangle was created. Actually two were. Just as the first man was realizing she was taken and not leaving Jeff another one comes out of the wood work. If this happens again I’m going to be super annoyed. I can deal with Armani wearing aliens that are the hottest thing in the universe and I can deal with them being super smart and nice, but I’m tired of reading about women who have tons of men after her. It’s annoying and over done and I’m tired of it.

So there.

Back to this book. A major problem in the Jeff/Kitty relationship is about to be taken care of in the next book, but a lot of the ground work was sort of thrown in this one. Her future in-laws seem to like her though she’s a very confrontational my way or the highway person. They’re all wrong she’s right, it doesn’t matter that it’s true, it’s kind of annoying thinking about it now. While I was reading I loved that she owned these people, but now it’s like god is there no one else with balls in this universe?

I’ve already bought the next one, and peeking ahead I can see myself reading the rest of this series, but it’s probably not going to wind up being one of my favorites.

3/5