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Won by an Alien – Book Review

About the book:

I was abducted by aliens.
The aliens that I’ve been auctioned to don’t speak my language, and I definitely can’t speak theirs. 
I didn’t expect to get married by accident to the sweet one.
I didn’t expect to have a grumpy alien bond to me, and go a little crazy if other males get near me, or if I try to leave.
It doesn’t matter if they’ve won my heart.
I can’t stay.
Somehow, I have to explain that I NEED to go home. Because the bad aliens that abducted me?
They took me from my babies.

**Note: 
For those of you that prefer not to be surprised, there are TWO heroes in this story. It is a Happily Ever After with three people, a mini Reverse Harem set up of MFM (male/female/male) that doesn’t quite classify as Menage… and you’ll find out why. ♥
For those of you who DO prefer to be surprised… pretend you didn’t read this warning! 😉

This is Tara’s Story. It technically *can* be read as a stand-alone, however, previous books in the series set up events in this book. (From Amazon’s product description)

Jenn’s Review:

Unlike book 2 in Amanda Milo’s “Alien Mates” series, this book can be read out of order. However, I wouldn’t recommend it. While certain events are glossed over in book 3, book 1 (Stolen by an Alien) lays them out very clearly, and book 3 (Won by an Alien) fills in small gaps that are left in books 1 and 2.

Told in first person, from three angles, Won by an Alien includes the extensive communication and cultural issues facing three different species (four if you count Lem, who isn’t a part of the love story here, but is still a key element). I spent well over 3/4 of the book laughing so hard I was wheezing. 

Won by an Alien isn’t nearly as dark as book 2, Rescued by an Alien, and rightfully so. However, as a mother, it’s not difficult to sympathize with Tara, a mother who’s been ripped away from her young twins. To wake up on an entirely different planet, unable to communicate with the beings that saved you… Yeah. I’d be freaking out, too.

The heroes of this story are as different as night and day. One is a species that is featured in books 1 and 2 – generally surly, but Brax has a whole other level of conflict going on from the first two (who only had to worry about being executed for bonding with the wrong species). Tac’Mot, on the other hand, is easy going and kind to Tara and becomes her anchor as she tries to adjust to her new and very scary surroundings.

Again, Ms. Milo’s love scenes are hot, hot, hot. And imaginative! Nothing mundane exists with her male characters, and they most certainly are not human. Her human heroines have quite the time adjusting (sometimes literally) to the differences between themselves and their alien lovers – sometimes to a hilarious extent, especially as the women begin to realize that they are the aliens in the situation, not the males, who are very accustomed to various species and cultural interactions.

Verdict on the series:

If you enjoy science fiction romance or unusual combinations in romance plots, Amanda Milo’s “Alien Mates” series is worth the reading. Not to mention, she’s included several pages of her own reading recommendations at the back of book 3. What romance enthusiast wouldn’t be all over that? Take the time to read this series, starting at book one. As Sam would say, “I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!”

This series is only available in Kindle format for now. I’ve spoken to Ms. Milo, and it sounds like she’s looking to start offering these in print in the (hopefully) near future. 

You can buy on Amazon (affiliate links):

Book 1: Stolen by an Alien     Book 2: Rescued by an Alien     Book 3: Won by an Alien

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Book Review

About the book:

 “‘There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'” 

Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

Sam’s Review:

Hello again. Today in Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, we’ll be talking about, wait for it,  J.K Rowling’s second book in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry and his friends go back for their second year at Hogwarts, once again, they find themselves in the middle of a battle between dark magic and good magic. And once again, Harry is the only one who can defeat Voldemort, only, this time, he won’t be fighting Voldemort himself, but a memory, the young Tom Riddle, the young self of the dark lord. But can he defeat the young Voldemort, or will he fail? And how, just how, does one fight a memory? Read it to answer these questions, and to take your magical journey to the next stop. This fantasy tale will captivate the minds of young adults everywhere from the first page, and is filled with twists and turns. It gets 5 stars, and two thumbs up. Please don’t forget to check out the link, and subscribe. Like and enable notifications and I’ll be seeing you next week, so hang in there. Bye!

Buy the book:

 You can buy this book on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook or mass market paperback edition here. [affiliate link]

Rescued by an Alien – Book Review

About the book:

ZADEON
When my human mate was auctioned, she was sold to a savage lot of aliens.
I rescued her body from her tormentors.
But her mind…
She is hurt.
She’s afraid I will abandon her; but I’ve been waiting all my life for my mate.
I am not going to walk away. I’m going to help her heal.
And I will help her fight for us.

****Content warning: For readers 18 years and older Contains explicit sexual situations, dark themes, sensitive subjects, and violence.

This is book 2 in a series. You can find my review for book 1, Stolen by an Alien here.

Jenn’s review:

I’ll admit… I laughed myself silly in book 1 of this series, Stolen by an Alien. Book 2, well… The first third of this book was a challenge for me, both as a reader and as a writer. Ms. Milo’s storytelling appears, at first blush, to have slipped extensively in the first several chapters of book 2. However…

Her storytelling skills haven’t slipped. They’ve morphed. Here, I gently guide you, my reader, back to the content warning above. This book has very explicit situations, and very dark themes as well as extremely sensitive subject matter. The violence… for me anyway, wasn’t so disturbing. To say that the heroine has experienced trauma, would be a gross understatement, and Ms. Milo deftly and tenderly handles the heroine’s point of view in the opening chapters of this book to submerge the reader (rather jarringly at times) into the fractured mind of a survivor of trauma as she attempts to find the balance between retreating into her head to escape the horrors that replay themselves in her mind and crawling her way out of her despair with the help of her unlikely alien mate.

As the story progresses, however, our heroine, Callie, begins to find her reserves of strength, and the parts of the story told from her perspective smooth out, and once again, despite some very dark and dismal themes and conflicts, Ms. Milo reintroduces the reader to her wit and humor.

I will avoid any spoilers at this point, but I would highly recommend reading this series in order. Due to the fractured state of the heroine’s mind during the opening chapters (which overlap events that take place closer to the end of book 1), it is difficult to grasp the imagery of these scenes. While some series can be read out of order, this isn’t one of them.

I’ll be off reading book 3 in this series next, before I dive into my next blogtour book for Fiery Seas Publishing, so be sure to get on the email list (click the bar at the very top of the page), and follow us on social media (links at the bottom of the page).

You can buy these books on Amazon through the links below (Please note that these are affiliate links, which means that Thrice Read Books makes a small commission off the total of your order placed through these links – at no extra cost to you. This helps keep Thrice Read Books ad-free, and we thank you for supporting us in this manner.)

Book 1: Stolen by an Alien

Book 2: Rescued by an Alien

Book 3: Won by an Alien

Update, December 27, 2017:

I’ve finished book 3, Won by an Alien, but the review won’t be published until January 4, 2018. However, after that point, the review will be available here.

Worthy of Song and Story – Book Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner is live with a new video. This time, it is for her review of Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase. Special thanks to Fiery Seas Publishing for a review copy of this book on Kindle. (This blog post contains an Amazon Affiliate link. When you make a purchase through this link, TRB receives a small percentage of your total purchase. This helps cover our expenses, and keeps www.thricereadbooks.com ad-free. Thank you in advance for your support.)

Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase takes places in the time of vikings. The moments of suspense and mischief fit the main character, Stian, son of the trickster god Loki. Though what Stian plans to do is against the will of the gods, this narcissistic character will stop at nothing to free Loki from his bonds and have a real family once and for all. This wonderful tale of courage and family has its moments of hopelessness, joy, suspicion, and heart-pounding adventure, complete with moments of betrayal. If you wish to know what is to come of Stian, read Worthy of Song and Story. Though it was a wonderful read, Neal had several typos that are difficult to overlook. But if you are a historical fantasy fiction lover, and a young adult who loves fiction, then this is the book for you.

Worthy of Song and Story is available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Hawksmaid – Book Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner is live with another video book review, this time of the book Hawksmaid by Catherine Lasky.

The author of the book Hawksmaid is Kathryn Lasky. When Matty, AKA Maid Marian, discovers her talents for taming and training hawks, she learns that it may take every bit of her talent, and bonds to her hawks to save England from ruin and tyranny. No book that has been written in the fantasy fiction genre, so far, could ever match to the storyline’s magical airs. It is an amazing read, and I recommend it for Junior High level reading and up. It gets 5 of 5 stars, for an amazing and magical tale of love and freedom. The moments of tension and bliss help you fall in love with the mischievous at heart characters.

 You can buy a copy of Hawksmaid from Thrice Read Books here.

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover and paperback editions here. [affiliate link]

Stolen by an Alien: An Alien Mate Romance – Book Review

About the book (from Amazon listing):

AROKH
I broke the rules and stole an auction item from her buyers.
Because somehow, they’d managed to abduct a Gryfala princess.
Though… she doesn’t look, or act, or sound quite like I thought one of her kind would.
But I’m merely a Rakhii gladiator; this is the closest I’ve actually ever been to a princess.
I’d be considered lucky indeed if she chose me to guard her.
Instead, I want more.
I need her to claim me.
Because she doesn’t know it, but now I can’t let her go.

ANGIE
Woke up in a freaking auction pen.
With no coffee.
But there were aliens. And they didn’t bid on me out of the goodness of their hearts.
FML.
Then this nice alien showed up in the nick of time, but he keeps referring to me as “Princess” and I’m starting to worry what he’ll do when he finds out that there’s been a little case of mistaken identity, that I’m not royalty – see, I’m not even whatever alien he mistook me for…
I’m just a human.

****Content warning: For readers 18 years and older Contains explicit sexual situations, dark themes, sensitive subjects, and violence. Despite happenings inside this story not being entirely sunshine and roses, this couple gets their sweet Happily Ever After ♥

Jenn’s Review:

Science Fiction Romance is one of my guilty addictions, and Stolen by an Alien was by far one of the best I’ve read to date.

Ms. Milo’s world building is fantastic – her hero, by the way, isn’t humanoid and her heroine is so very human (where would I be without my coffee, especially if I woke up on another planet?).

The two cannot communicate for at least a third of the story. Why would they be able to? They’re entirely different species. And our poor hero… He’s mistaken his human prize for yet another species. While the action is intense and the tension is palpable, I spent at least half the book rolling in laughter-tears.

The love-scenes in the book are HOT… Maybe not Fire Demon hot (see my review of Brittany Pate’s Fire’s Kiss for that), but they definitely rock.

I’ll be purchasing the rest of the series in the very near future, because I’d love to see how some of the other women mentioned in the story came to their fates.

Buy the Book:

Amazon

Update December 17, 2017:

Book 2 is DONE! My review will be live on the website Dec. 28, 2017 here. (I apologize for the delay, folks. I slated this as early as I could, with blog tours, cover reveals and previously slated book reviews).

Update December 27, 2017:

Book 3 is also DONE! My review for Won by an Alien will be live on the website Jan. 4, 2018, here. (Again, I apologize for the delay. 

The Prisoner of Azkaban – Book Review

About the Book: 

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Sam’s Book Review:

J.K. Rowling is back with another Harry Potter adventure, complete with more characters and beasts, new teachers and spells, which gives you the latest adventure for the trouble-attracting trio. Filled with moments of laughter (of course!) and moments of suspicion, this book does not fail to disappoint the fans of the series. For all of you modern day fantasy lovers who have started the series and need to know where to go next, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the stop for you. 

You can buy this book from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, mass market paperback and audiobook here. [affiliate link]

Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate – Book Review & Promo

Fire’s Kiss By Brittany Pate

Fiery Seas Publishing November 21, 2017   

Paranormal Romance Fiction

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Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

About the Author:

Brittany Pate lives in Texas with her husband and son. She is a longtime lover of all things fantasy and romance. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys narrating audio books and drinking entirely too much coffee.

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The Review:

Until I signed up for the blog tour for this book, I’d never heard of Brittany Pate. Having read Fire’s Kiss, I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next novel. I’m a sucker for fantasy and paranormal romance to begin with, but Ms. Pate’s novel took that to a whole new level. This book was just released by Fiery Seas Publishing, and I loved it.

Her world-building is excellent, she is consistent in her descriptions and her characters’ abilities and limitations. 

Ms. Pate’s characters are very real. It’s difficult not to get pulled into the emotions and motivations behind each. Some books lend themselves well to a slow, rambling read, but this novel doesn’t fall into that category. I read this book in two nights (it’s approximately 270 pages in Kindle format) as it’s shorter than most of the romance novels I read, and when I hit the end of the book, I kept trying to turn to the next page, disappointed that I’d hit the end.

Fire’s Kiss is fast-paced paranormal/fantasy romance. Ms. Pate has nailed the genre beautifully with a driven plot, strong (in more than just the physical sense) characters, a long-standing feud and an accidental romance. Her love scenes are HOT HOT HOT! (Okay, so maybe part of that is because the heroine is half fire demon.) And I found myself in tears during a couple scenes, because dang it(!) they just have to end up together.

The story has an underlying mystery that must be solved. Admittedly, I’m not fantastic at guessing whodunit, but this one utterly blindsided me. Twice.

The novel features vampires, demons and crooked, dark mages along with a few other classic fantasy and paranormal type creatures. Be advised that the battles are bloody and intense (as are the sex scenes – well, minus the blood). If you can step past that, then this novel needs to be on your winter reading list.

You can buy the novel:

Kindle [affiliate link]     eBook (Barnes & Noble)     eBook (Kobo)     eBook (iTunes)

Jenn Bradshaw is a writer, homeschooling mom, spiritual seeker and crafty person. She writes romance and fantasy fiction under the name Sage Wolfsong, and blogs at her website: www.sagewolfsong.com.

David: Lord of Honor – Book Review

You can buy this book here.

About the book:

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…
Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.
David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

The Review:

I’m not a stranger to the Regency Romance genre, but I haven’t read Grace Burrowes until now. When David: Lord of Honor came into our inventory, I picked it up, because of the unusual circumstances that bring the Hero and Heroine into each other’s lives (plus, attractive cover!).

Most romances, especially Regencies, are quick reads for me. I get lost in the story line at 1 in the afternoon, and it’s dinner time before I realize that the afternoon has passed and I’m just closing the cover of the book for the last time.

David: Lord of Honor was not such a book. I took my time through the first half of the book. It’s not that the plot is slow, because it is well-paced. I wasn’t bored (I don’t bother finishing a book if I cannot truly immerse myself in it by page 60). I was, rather, simply not compelled to sit and read the book in one sitting.

However, as the plot began to reach its climax, I had been drawn into the characters and their journeys. I couldn’t put the book down for more than a few minutes, because I needed to keep going. 

Their emotional journeys alone are compelling (it’s difficult at this point to not give away spoilers!), and you don’t want to stop reading, because you want them to get over themselves and get to their Happily-Ever-After (also known as the HEA).

I rarely cry while reading a romance anymore. Something about writing my own romance stories and knowing that at some point, this couple is going to part ways before they get to their HEA takes the sting out of that dark moment for me. But when David and Letty reach theirs, it hit me hard and I spent at least two chapters in tears.

Whether you’re a hard-core Regency fan or you just enjoy an engrossing romance, David: Lord of Honor is definitely worth a read. It is perfect for rainy days (something we have plenty of here on the Washington Coast) or quiet evenings. Make a pot of tea and enjoy the ups and downs of a brothel owner and his madam (and have the Puffs on hand!).

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Mass Market Paperback here. [affiliate link]

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio – Book Review & Promo

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio Released November 7, 2017

Fantasy

The Gemeta Stone Book 2

Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

With his family’s talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna’s power, nor the depths of his hatred. 

With the recovery of his family’s protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love.  With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna.  But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna’s power and hatred.  The Wichelord’s first blow comes from a direction Kristan least expects, with horrific, lasting consequences.

**Book Review by Jenn Bradshaw**

 I will be the first to admit that fantasy is not my #1 favorite genre, but every so often, the opportunity arises and I take the plunge to dive into a fantasy story. Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio is one of these books. Granted, it is book 2 in a series, so I came into the story a little late (I have book one, and will add its review and a link in this blog post when I finish reading it). Fiery Seas just released this book, and I will say that it is amazing.

Ms. Migliaccio weaves a breathtaking story that is impossible to rush through. (I often read books of this length within a day, this took me a week to get through) As she spins the story, her concise setting, action and character descriptions allow a vivid image to form in the reader’s mind, and then get out of the way of the narrative.

This is not a book for young teens or those affected by gore and violence. While the author keeps her descriptions concise, and potentially disturbing scenes are not plentiful, some scenes are graphic in nature. Executions, torture and rape among them.

Her characters are well developed and pull the reader into the story. It’s easy to love the protagonist, even when he’s not terribly lovable; hate the antagonist, he is evil and twisted even as his own story unfolds; and cheer on those oppressed by tyrannical overlords.

The elements of this story weave together a variety of legends, myths, recognizable cultures and languages right alongside Ms. Migliaccio’s invented elements – seamlessly. 

In short, I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It is a bit longer (in PDF form, it was well over 500 pages), hence the “epic” tag for this book. It is not, however, a difficult read, despite the various elements of languages other than English. I highly recommend this book to fantasy readers. (Yes, I’ve encouraged Hubby to read it as well!)

You can buy the book at these locations (not affiliate links):

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Kobo  ~  iBooks

Jenn Bradshaw is a writer, homeschooling mom, spiritual seeker and crafty person. She writes romance and fantasy fiction under the name Sage Wolfsong, and blogs at her website: www.sagewolfsong.com.