I only read fourbooks in April. I need to kick it in gear or I won’t meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 100 books this year. In my defense, the books I did read were all full length novels–not a single novella in the bunch. Fortunately, I’m going on vacation, and I always read a lot then, so I’ll be able to catch up in May. If you’re looking for a few good reads, check these out.
Upon the death of his father, Xrez inherits the successful, but illegal family business—a hunt, in which abducted aliens are hunted by other aliens. If the prey are captured, they are enslaved or mated. If they elude the hunters through three increasingly difficult levels, they win their release.
When Xrez steps in as the Game Warden, a new group of prey have just been brought in—humans, who are generally not used in the hunt and who are protected by galactic authorities because of their weakness. They won’t provide enough challenge, and the disgruntled hunters will raise such a fuss that authorities who’ve been bribed to look the other way will be forced to shut down the hunt.
So, Xrez breaks the rules and inserts himself into the game to assist the humans. However, he quickly becomes obsessed with one particular human, Esme, and focuses on helping her. She comes to trust and care for him, not knowing he owns hunt, and he’s responsible for her being there.
The Game Warden’s Mate is a fresh, fast-paced, fascinating read with awesome world-building and characters. To set up not only the story, but the hunt with all its rules and features, is quite a feat. I thought Esme was realistically drawn, her behavior consistent with how I would expect a person in her situation to act. Five stars and an A+.
He’s a dragon who will die if he doesn’t mate. He finds his mate, but she’s human, and mating with a dragon will kill her. See the conflict?
Steam and angst! Compelling story. I think what I liked most about Kissed by Fire was the pacing. It’s a fast read, but it doesn’t feel rushed. It’s a complete story with excellent detail, but doesn’t feel “padded.” Good balance between action and description. Well-written!
Jade is a Council assassin sent to a prison planet to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction. Ryker, an ex-Resistance member whose family was killed by the Council, also wants that weapon. Jade and Ryker are natural enemies who have more in common than they realize.
Tormented is a fast-paced, high action, steamy romance with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Buckle up & get ready for a great read.
Keyla is a ghost who pops into consciousness in the apartment of four guys who share women. She has no memory of her past and is unable to leave the men without fading away. She can’t communicate with them–until one day they can see her. They’re reapers with an equally cloudy past. They distrust Keyla, believing she may have been sent to undermine them. Instead, she becomes their protector, going with them to hell to try to outwit Lucifer himself.
The heroine narrator has a wonderful snarky voice, giving this Urban Fantasy a light, sometimes humorous touch. Although this is a reverse harem romance, there is little sex in the book (I believe it happens in later books). Four Psychos is a serial, ending on a cliffhanger. If you like urban fantasy, pick this one up.