Fueled by Lust: Lucien by Celeste Prater

LUCIEN
Fueled by Lust: Lucien by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (312 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Emperor Lucien Tarquinius agrees to retrieve the future king of a race that annihilated every Insedi female and doomed his planet’s future. Why would he do such a thing? Simple. He cannot have his enemy retake the throne and continue the war against Insedivertus. Yet an unexpected encounter changes everything.

Just one day away from collecting the reluctant ruler, the royal transport inexplicably disappears from its flight path. As the empire scrambles to find their missing emperor, Lucien embarks on a journey that challenges his intellect, tests his endurance, and pushes his emotions to the breaking point.

Tana Jameson wonders who she pissed off to warrant an investigative assignment aboard a cargo ship in the middle of the Atlantic. A moment of curiosity jettisons her into an alien world beyond her imagination and directly into the arms of a man stepping right out of her wildest fantasy.

Imagine going from not believing in space aliens, to being captured and forced into slavery by a brutal race of barbarians with blue skin and yellow eyes. Tana knew she’d pissed someone off royally when she got the crap job out on the Atlantic, but she never envisioned washing clothes and peeling potatoes in her job duties. For over a month, Tana is ordered to complete various maid-like duties and is provided with the basic necessities needed to survive, but she certainly doesn’t plan on being a slave any longer than she has to. Making use of her various skills in combat and survival, she attempts to escape. Unfortunately, her captors have some very unique weaponry and manage to maintain the upper hand. Her latest foiled attempt strips her of what few privileges she did have, and lands her in her captors’ dungeon. While she’s at least given her own cell, she has no privacy and no freedom. But it’s not all bad. She does happen to meet the most gorgeous group of men she’s ever laid eyes on, one of whom happens to be situated in the cell directly across from hers. Everything about him screams virility and strength. Suddenly, despite her bizarre predicament, she sees a light at the end of her dark tunnel. There may be a way out of this crazy situation, and if she’s lucky, she’ll have the help and protection of her own group of warriors.

Lucien is the type of man who can maintain his composure even in the face of adversity. He knows he and his men are in a bad situation, but there’s a confidence in him that belies the odds stacked against them. He bides his time and analyzes everything, waiting for the opportunity for he and his men to escape. The only thing that throws a monkey wrench in his plans is Tana. Of all the places to find a female that might just be a perfect match for him… Lucian’s attraction and affection for Tana grows each day, as does his desire to protect and rescue her. If they can finagle the odds in their favor, he has no doubt his warriors will prove superior to their captors’ combat skills, but it’s no longer just about them. He won’t deny Tana has some unique talents, especially for a woman, but she is simply no match for one of them. Against his better judgment and before he can stop himself from making a monumental mistake, Lucien gives in to his body’s demand to touch her. As soon as the electrifying bolt shoots through his core, signifying their compatibility, he’s lost. Escaping their prison camp has suddenly become only one of his impending hardships. He’ll soon have to decide between selfishness and selflessness. If he claims Tana for his mate, he could possibly destroy the head-strong, nature-loving woman he fell in love with by forcing her into a confined life of politics and lies. If he sets her free, he’ll have to learn to live with a broken heart. Either way, he seems destined for misery.

At this point, I’ve just given up deciding on which book in this series is my favorite. Ms. Prater has once again surpassed my expectations. I immediately fell in love with both Tana and Lucien. In previous stories, Lucien made limited appearances and always seemed to loom in the background as this strong, untouchable figure that had a name, but not an overabundance of character, which made sense as it wasn’t quite his time. Here, he’s the star and boy, what a powerful one he is. While he’s certainly older than the main characters of previous installments—he’s the father of one, in fact—I finally got to see the youth in him. Suddenly, I removed him from the category of being “older” and placed him in the arena of the other Insedi males whose very presence commanded my attention because on their physiques, their emotions, and their alpha temperaments, and not simply because of their political status. Quite simply put, I fell in love. Again. I believe that if Ms. Prater were to come to me and offer me any one of her Insedi men, I’d have a near impossible time choosing. But it’s not just their gorgeous bodies that have me swooning, I think it’s the deep-rooted need and determination to protect their women. Call me a bit old-fashioned, but I yearn for a guy to make me feel like the most precious gem on the planet. Having him crave my body with insatiable desire doesn’t sound too bad either. Put them together and you just don’t get any more perfect than that. I’m afraid Ms. Prater has ruined me for the common man. While I don’t expect I’d find someone who can mist or live for hundreds of years—never say never—surely there’s a few guys out there who might come close to the perfectness of the Insedi male.

Book one caught my attention, book two had me hooked and asking for more, book three caused my addiction, and book four fed my habit. Now I’m left sitting here hoping for more, like a junkie strung out on alien men. Once again, Ms. Prater, I believe you have a few stories left to write. Leaving any of these mouth-drooling guys without a mate just seems downright wrong. And if you’re in need of a willing female, I’m your gal.

Sadly, I’ve reached the end of a story about one of Ms. Celeste Prater’s wonderful Insedi men. I could probably come up with a fancy way to say how great it is and why everyone who loves a little science fiction with their warrior should read it, but when it comes down to it, quite simply put, I loved it. No ifs, ands, or buts. Ms. Prater has weaved a magical world with memorable characters and meaningful dilemmas and I’d like to thank her for being so spectacularly creative. Her stories have touched my heart from many different angles and I’m so grateful I’ve gotten to read them.

Comments

  1. Celeste Prater says:

    WOW! Just simply, wow! Again, you’ve had me at the point of tears on how eloquently you describe your experience with the story. Absolutely fabulous! I wish I could have been in your head while you read through the pages. I’m sure it was the exact world that I had inside mine. Thanks again, Verbena, for making this author glad that I still do what I do. Caelius, Kallon, and Ulixes’s story is coming up next on October 9, 2014. Maxim is in the works. Can’t wait to see you traipse through their lives. Have a great day! You just made mine! xoxo C.

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