Tag Archive | Fantasy

Breeder #review #scifi #amreading #romance @carabristol

Breeder by Cara Bristol

Synopsis
High Commander Dak is the ruling Alpha of planet Parseon. He purchases Omra as a breeder slave because in this world, females are mainly used to bear children. He wants a son and thinks after that duty is done, he will have no other need for her. By law, he is to use Omra to have his child and not for any sexual gratification.

Omra was raised knowing that one day she would be a breeder slave and her sire protected her virginity to increase her value. Her hope was that the male that chose her would not abuse her. When Dak purchased her, she was optimistic because he seemed like a strict but reasonable person.

The Parseon culture judges harshly anyone who takes pleasure carnal activity or attempts to treat females with more regard than dictated. As Dak begins to question the strict cultural norms, it seems that nefarious forces will try to exploit any perceived weakness to cause his downfall.

Opinion
I voluntarily read an advanced reader’s copy of this book.
I was hesitant about reading this book because I was worried that I would not like it. Mainly, because it is out of the range of what I would usually read. The author stated it was a dark romance and while I like suspense, I tend to stay away from the dark romance because it usually deals with issues that I do not find entertaining or like to read about in romance.

Saying all that to say, I love this book.

Yes it is dark. The world in which the author has created is a misogynistic place in the extreme. There is so much abuse towards females in general because it seems that the males hate that they need females to procreate.

Males in this world are divided into two categories: alphas and betas. The alphas run things. They are the ones that own property and are in charge. The betas are in a submissive position to the alpha. They live together after an “anointing” with the alpha as the breadwinner and the beta takes care of the domestic duties. The females are relegated to the role of breeder slaves and treated in some cases worse than a farm animal.

Why did I love this book?
One, I loved the world building. This world was so complex that I could not even think of another book that I’ve read to compare it to. As I was reading, I was on the edge of my seat trying to imagine how Dak and Omra would be able to have a relationship without him losing his position. Then I questioned what it would mean for him to lose his position. Plus the risk of the villain winning had me holding my breath because I could not guess how it was going to end.

Two, I appreciated the changes that Dak made to treat the Omra as more of an equal than society deemed her to be. While he was very strict at times, he was looking at the bigger picture and implications of his actions at all times. In that sense, he tried to be a decent alpha and protector.

Three, the ending of the book left me with hope that even though it is a dark, depressing society for women in general, the inklings of compassion indicate that change will come in time. Dak evolves in the book because he has a modicum of compassion and tenderness in his heart.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
Buy. If you like reading science fiction especially books with major alien civilization world building, this book is for you.

Book details
Series: Breeder trilogy
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 283 pages

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-Letter Z– Werebear Hero’s Nurse @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge #bearshifter #IRromance

Alyse Zaftig – Werebear Hero’s Nurse

Z is for Zaftig

Werebear Hero’s Nurse

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Synopsis
Shane is in the military and is discharged after he loses a foot. He needs a nurse to help him while he recuperates. He is also a bear shifter.

Alicia is the nurse who is helping him. She works as a home health nurse.

Opinion
First of all, the story was short.
It can be summed up as this: boy meets girl. Girl is a nurse and takes care of him. Boy fires girl so that he can date her. they live happily ever after.
There is a little bit more to the story than that summation, but that is pretty much it in a nutshell. because of that, there is not a lot to the story that is outstanding to me.
I thought the story was cute because of how Shane tried to win Alicia over. I did think that the story went too quickly. A lot was glossed over that I think could have helped develop the characters to the story.
Because Shane was a werebear, he had super fast healing. That was the only reason that him being a shifter added to the story. Other than that detail, this could have just been another interracial romance.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. The story was good but too short for me.

Book details
Print length: 256 pages (I dont think thats right though- story was short)
Series: None
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥

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-Letter N- Big Bear Daddy #bearshifter #romance @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

N is for Nowlan (Anya Nowlan)

Big Bear Daddy (Sweetwater Father Bears Book 1)

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Synopsis

Jessy is looking for her sister and niece. Knowing that her sister has gotten into some trouble, she wants to help anyway she knows how. Her search leads her to Colt.

Colt is sheriff in the town where Jessy’s sister left her baby Lana. After fostering her for almost a year, he decides to adopt. Deciding it was best, Colt moves to Wyoming to live among his bear shifter clan to raise his daughter.

Opinion

The story was basic. I think it was predictable. I figured out who was the villain before he was revealed in the story.

I felt like the story had an awkward quality as Jessy and Colt tried to figure out how they were going to proceed with custody of Lana. It is a good thing that they had enough chemistry to get together, instead of just hooking up.

I think the story would have benefited from more character development. Everyone seems bland and two dimensional.

I did not think that the bear shifter aspect added to the story. The author could have easily left that out and the story would have not been much different.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. I liked the story but something was missing for me to get excited about it.

Book details
Series: Sweetwater Father Bears
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 121 pages
Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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-Letter L- Kodiak’s Claim (Kodiak Point Book 1) – A Big Bear Romance #bearromance @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

L is for Langlais (Eve Langlais)

Kodiak’s Claim (Kodiak Point Book 1)
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Synopsis
Tammy is an insurance adjuster that is investigating a claim in the middle of Alaska. It seems that people are keeping secrets but she cannot figure out what it is. However, she is determined to get to the bottom of it. And she will not be swayed by the good-looking, hot body guy named Reid.

Reid is the head of his clan and a Kodiak bear shifter. When he takes a mate, he thinks it will be for political reasons. He definitely cannot even think about taking a human woman as his mate. His bear has other ideas. When it is human versus bear, the bear wins every time, no matter how illogical it might be.

Opinion
This was a fun book! I liked Tammy because she was spunky and feisty. When things are not adding up, she is going to keep digging until she can figure out what is going on.

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Reid is trying to keep his bear a secret and thinks if he can get Tammy on her way, his bear might lose interest.

As the saying goes about the best laid plans…Yea. Things do not go as they are planned.

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The secondary characters added to the excitement and drama. I loved Reid’s grandma the best. She kept Reid in check as only a grandma could. Every time I think about her antics, I chuckle to myself. I guess you could say that I literally LOL 😀

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
I say BUY. This book was very entertaining. I bet you will laugh too. At the end, you will most likely agree when I say that Reid and Tammy are good for each other.

Book details
Print Length: 240 pages
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Series: Kodiak Point

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-Letter B- Craved by the Bear #bearshifter #romance #kindleunlimited @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

B is for Bolryder

Craved by the Bear  by Terry Bolryder

Synopsis
Rock cannot stay in Bear Canyon and yet the woman he loves does not ever want to leave. That does not stop him from asking her to marry him every time he gets drunk. It is like their favorite joke. But when it seems that she needs a man in her life, Rock wants to get her set up with the right guy. However, his bear argues that she is his forever mate.
Rosalyn “Ros” has been in love with Rock for years and pining for him. He always comes back, but she knows that one day he will leave for good. She is trying to protect her heart and enjoy the time she has with him at the same time.

Opinion
I read “Sheltered by the Bear” so I know a little of the back story to what Rock and his brothers suffered as children. I gave Rock a lot of leeway with his decisions because I knew that he was trying to avoid dealing with the emotional trauma that he experienced.
Though he did not want to deal with his deeper emotions, he still was trying to do the right thing by Ros and take care of her the best way he thought possible. To him, that meant trying to hook her up with a “good man/bear”.

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While the basis for the trauma is heavy (child abuse), the overall tone was not dark. For example, it was funny that everyone humored Rock with his matchmaking exercise, all the while knowing that he really was the only man for Ros. I am glad that he had real friends like Francis calling him out on his BS.

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Ros was a heroine who was very understanding and compassionate of his situation. That does not mean that she was anyone’s doormat. She pushed Rock’s buttons a time or two as well. It made for great chemistry.
Overall, I loved this story. Plus, this is a story of friends to lovers (my favorite trope). Winning in my book!!!!
P.S. Terry I hope you continue to feel better. Love reading your books. And Francis needs his own story. After Ryland of course.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. This story is unique in the way that the hero and heroine approach their situation. While the plot is somewhat predictable, Rock’s antics are entertaining enough to keep your interest.

Book details
Series: Trapped in Bear Canyon Book 2
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

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