Touched by Abbey MacMunn

Touched by Abbey MacMunn
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (206 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

When inquisitive antique dealer Cami Wilson learns she’s the revered offspring of an immortal mother and a mortal father, it’s not just her hybrid status that has her all flustered. The title comes with her very own super-sexy guardian.

Jaded immortal Joseph Carlisle has only one thing on his mind; his sworn duty to protect the hybrid from those who wish her harm. Anything else would be complicated. That is until they meet.

Chemistry sizzles between them but there’s a problem—the hybrid’s curse. Cami’s touch, skin to skin, proves near fatal to her and all immortals, Joseph included.

But the fated lovers discover her curse is the least of their concerns when a friend’s deadly betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.

I loved the concept of Abbey MacMunn’s story and the opening certainly swept me into the tale. It has a great premise and fast pacing, fitting into a young adult or new adult genre, depending on how much sex is deemed acceptable, as there are full blown sex scenes within the book. The main character has all the seeds for a great fantasy read. A mysterious past, a dangerous faction out to get rid of her, and a handsome man (and his brother) on the sidelines.

All the components to make this book a fantastic read are there. However, it really didn’t work for me. The pacing was far too fast for me to believe the love story and the love scenes lacked real steam because of this. The characters were a little flat because more time was spent on their relationship than the pacing and conflict that should have been surrounding them in the first half. Instead of progressing the main fantasy plot, there was an attempt to further the protagonist’s sexual relationship, making it edgy by placing the ‘event’ in a location other than the bedroom, but this location has become somewhat of a tired trope and didn’t distract me from the lack of plot progression.

In addition, some of the locations in the book were disappointing. There was a stereotypical, traditional, drafty castle and a dungeon. I was hoping for something more. I wanted to know more about the characters the protagonist met, the world that she had become a new member of, and the people that surrounded her. I wanted her to react with more passion against the faction out to get her, to put up a real fight rather than be led through the motions. She becomes a passive character, protected by those around her, and more involved in the romance subplot than the main fantasy plot.

Of course, more ‘traditional’ fantasy tales can be really effective, and I certainly think this book would really appeal to the younger market due to the focus on a whirlwind romance. The fated, guardian angel style of romance and the unusual supernatural element to the protagonist will keep a younger (mature young adult to new adult) audience wondering what will come next. The book introduces a supernatural world I’m sure they’d be eager to get to know, and it would be an excellent gateway book to the wider genre.

Seducing Stag by Laurann Dohner

Seducing Stag by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (167 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Stag and the crew of the Varnish are on a mission, responding to a distress signal of a freighter that has been attacked by the Markus Models. Instead of finding the enemy, they discover one sole survivor. Nala’s a human, and having suffered at their hands during his time on Earth, there’s no species Stag despises more. But when the petite woman confuses him for an android and tries to order him around, Stag decides she’ll live—and pay for her slights.

Nala Vestria has lost her freighter, her crew and her father, only to become personal maid to a cyborg. Stag is surly, short-tempered, and completely untrusting of humans … not to mention intense, commanding, and maybe the hottest being Nala has ever seen. When she finds him temporarily at her mercy, Nala isn’t sure if she wants to kill him or kiss him. Then again, life is short. She opts for the latter.

Nala swiftly becomes a distraction Stag can’t afford, especially after he’s had a carnal taste of what the woman has to offer. He’ll take her back to Garden, his home planet, and be rid of her — as well as the emotions she evokes. But as their journey home becomes harrowing, Nala may prove to be more of an asset than a liability. To both the ship … and the lonely cyborg who commands her.

I am so flipping happy that Laurann Dohner has returned to her Cyborg Seduction Series! After a long hiatus, she gave us first Deviant and now Stag. It’s like she’s on fire with with this series, and I for one, couldn’t be any more pleased. This book was a page turner that had me involved from beginning to end.

This story was lively but for me it was the characters that really popped out. Stag was his same surly self that he was in Deviant’s book. I mean, he really did not like humans; not one bit. Ms. Dohner gave us a glimpse of why he felt that way, but for the most part, my feelings were torn between liking him and really needing to smack him or throw my Kindle or some other emotional outburst. I loved the story though and Nala too, and most of the other Cyborgs. Maze and Hellion really caught my interest and that’s because Laurann Dohner is so adept at giving each character, even the secondary ones, their own unique personality. I think this book would be the first time however that I’ve actually liked a secondary character more than the main one. I would really love to read Hellion’s story because he was more emotionally expressive than the rest of the Cyborgs. Like Deviant, he was considered flawed and that caught my attention. However, as smitten as I was with another Cyborg, it was Stag who put up such an entertaining fight in this one. Captain Surly Pants was downright mean at first but Nala went right back at him until he learned to trust her.

As usual, with Laurann Dohner, this book was well written. The plot was suspenseful with more twists than I had expected, the sex was scorching hot, and even some light humor thrown in there too. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next Cyborg Seduction story.

Numbers by Laurann Dohner

Numbers by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (356 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip


Dana is visiting Homeland when she meets a New Species who tugs at her heartstrings. As a widow, she knows firsthand the pain he’s suffering after losing his mate.

Mourn isn’t so certain that talking to a human female will help him heal but he desires her. It’s possible she could become his new reason for living.


Candi lost the male she loved, but never forgot him. New Species are her only hope to seek revenge for 927’s death.

A human female claiming to have been reared at Mercile has demanded entry to Homeland. Hero rushes to Medical and comes face-to-face with his past. One look at Candi and the life he’s built since gaining freedom comes crashing down around him.

Laurann Dohner took her amazing New Species series in a new direction with this book. Instead of one long story this book has two short ones that were absolutely fantastic. Both short stories were brilliantly written to pull at the reader’s emotions and surely have them hanging on every word.

Now truth be told I didn’t remember much about Mourn from the previous books but that didn’t matter. His story broke my heart. Mourn was the first truly broken New Species in this series. He just couldn’t get over losing his mate. He wanted out of his misery even if he had to push someone else into doing him the favor. Then Dana showed up and she was basically in about the same state of despair after losing her husband. Their suffereing drew them together but they formed a strong bond that was believable. Laurann Dohner pulled at my heartstrings with this one.

The second story was Hero (927) and I remembered all about him from Valiant’s book. He was the canine New Species who protected Tammy until the calvary got there to save them. This story was just as profound and touching. It was also my favorite of the two because I really loved Candi. She had been through pure hell and was still a fighter even when she had to push her mate.

 “I love you, my pup.”

This story definitely had the most unique spin of all the New Species books. Hero and Candi tugged at my heart because, out of all the couples, they were truly meant to be together. That infused the story with a heady sense of romanticism. Of course, both stories were sinfully hot. Hello! This was Laurann Dohner at her finest.

There were so many reasons to love this book. I simply felt that both short stories were beautifully done. They captured my attention and didn’t let go for a second. I can’t wait for the next New Species book to be written.

Make Wizardry Great Again by Rednal Sua

Make Wizardry Great Again by Rednal Sua
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (23 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A short story about a dynamic American businessman who is visiting his properties in Scotland when he is told by a mysterious lake monster that he and only he was born with the powers necessary to free the world from the terrors of the Magic Ministry.

Guaranteed to be an eye-opener for people who have heard only one side of the story.

Sometimes a lake monster can know far more than you might have guessed, but only time will tell if that monster will share what they know.

Drum, the hero of this tale, was exactly what I expected him to be. It was amusing to see how he described everything and everyone around him. His personality was so strong and unique that I got to know him well pretty early on in the plot. In fact, I knew precisely what he was all about within a paragraph or two. I also thought that this character matched the person he was based on perfectly.

This story spent a lot of time focusing on the supporting characters instead of on the main ones. As much as I enjoyed reading about them, I would have preferred to get to know the main characters better than I did. There was a lot of stuff about them that was only mentioned briefly because of how much effort the narrator put into describing everyone else around them instead.

The dialogue was handled nicely. I liked watching the various characters talk to each other because of how many humorous references to other things they slipped into their conversations. Picking up on all of the clues became a game that I played in my mind as I read. It was rewarding to spot them as early as possible. This is the kind of tongue-in-cheek storytelling that I find entertaining.

I’d recommend Make Wizardry Great Again to anyone who is in the mood for something funny.

Caitlyn and the Alien Protector by Jessica Coulter Smith

Caitlyn and the Alien Protector by Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (109 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

From hot, sexy, and available to single dad, this firefighter’s life’s going up in smoke.

When Cosmir had a one-night stand all those years ago, he never dreamed that there would be consequences, but one look at small Katy’s face and he can’t deny that she’s his. His life is hectic and full of danger, but like it or not he’s now responsible for someone other than himself, and he works hard to carve out a place in his life for the adorable toddler.

Caitlyn has already felt the burn from loving a fireman once and she refuses to do it again. When a fire claims everything in her life, she’s forced to accept an offer she would have never otherwise contemplated. Moving in with Cosmir not only gives her a place to sleep — other than her brother’s couch — but she’s able to live with him rent free, in exchange for watching the enchanting little girl with the pansy colored eyes.

What starts as an arrangement of convenience turns to something more as the three spend more time together. Cosmir begins to wonder if the woman of his heart has been right under his nose the entire time, and Caitlyn realizes that sometimes you have to give love a second chance.

I enjoyed this short, sweet and fun Sci-Fi story.

I don’t normally read this genre but lately I’ve been genuinely enjoying this particular series. I loved the main characters in this story. They had great chemistry. Cosmir and Caitlyn felt the sparks from the first moment her brother introduced them, but then the romance was delayed when the sexy purple alien discovered that he’s an instant father from a long ago one night stand. I liked that right away Cosmir was so devoted to taking responsibility for his daughter and how the author let me know that he was concerned about Katy’s feelings. Later on Cosmir and Caitlyn were able to reconnect when he saves her from a fire.

This short story was sexy and entertaining. The author did a great job in bringing the characters to life and providing a bit of conflict to their relationship. They loved each other, and their little family with Katy, but there were some issues and compromises. I liked how the author involved some characters from the previous books, as well. Another aspect that I like about this story/series is how descriptive it is which helps to put a picture in my mind. It’s really great and I hope there will be more books for me to enjoy.

The Stuff of Stars by David Litwack

The Stuff of Stars by David Litwack
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (240 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Rose

Book 2 of The Seekers series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed, multiple award-winning The Children of Darkness.

Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.

Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.

The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.

I am very excited to discover a new author! This book is the second book of the series, but it can be read on its own—however, there appears to be background that might make the story a bit more interesting. If you’ve not read the first in the series, though, you won’t be lost—I wasn’t. However, I have bought the first book just because I want to know what happened. I enjoyed this book that much. And, I’m looking forward to next month when the last book of the trilogy is released.

Orah and Nathaniel have left their home to find the descendants of the keepmasters’ in the hope that they can return home to help their own land with what they learn. The story starts off with a bang…with Orah washed up on shore and having no idea where Nathaniel is or if he lives.

Soon they discover, to their dismay, that things on this side of the ocean is not at all what they expected and hoped for.

I really liked these characters—they are a young married couple and try to do the best they can in a touch situation. The land they have discovered has been divided into two groups and it’s very interesting to watch Orah and Nathaniel as they interact with each group.

The book is an easy read and moves quickly—so quickly I didn’t want to put the book down to do anything else! I got involved in the action and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the adults in the city and just wanted to find out what happened!

I can hardly wait until book three to find out what happens when Orah and Nathaniel return to Little Pond with what they have discovered and learned in this book.

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September Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson

The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (436 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Chasing a threat born in smoke…

London, 1898. Archivist Eleanora Mallory discovers a map to a legendary city . But is it the key to unravelling an ancient mystery or a clever hoax?

Compelled to find out, Ellie journeys to Central America – with a merciless enemy hot on her heels.

In a race to uncover the map’s secret first, Ellie is forced to partner with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates, a man she’s not sure she can trust. Together, they venture into an uncharted wilderness alive with smoke and shadows, where an even greater danger awaits them.

For what lies there whispering to be unearthed has the power to bring the world to its knees.

Join Ellie and Adam as they battle rivers of scorpions, plummeting waterfalls and pre-historic death traps on the journey to uncovering a deadly secret that could shake the fate of the world.


Loving Deviant by Laurann Dohner

Loving Deviant by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (166 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

After barely surviving a horrific accident, then being held captive for years by Earth Government, Venice must escape the planet. She thinks she’s found the answer to her prayers when she contracts to be a deep-space bride—only to find herself facing an even bigger nightmare. Hiding from her con man “husband” aboard his space station, she comes across an intimidating cyborg…one who could just be her last hope.

Deviant is humiliated when his father suggests he visit a pleasure center to make use of a sex bot. True, the defects he was born with have assured female cyborgs will never consider adding him to a family unit. But he still has his pride. The woman who enters the room, however, is incredibly lifelike, and she quickly has Deviant feeling things he’d never dreamed—right until the moment he finds out she’s human. Sort of…

Venice needs Deviant’s help to get off the space station. Deviant is lonely, and in need of someone to teach him how to pleasure a female. They strike a bargain, one that has Venice giving up her freedom. But soon it’s her heart that’s at greater risk. It’s easy loving Deviant…even when others are determined to make it difficult.

Loving Deviant is yet another fabulous story written by the talented Laurann Dohner. I was so happy to get this book because this is one author who never disappoints. As usual, I was captivated and devoured every page without ever putting my Kindle down.

I love this author’s writing style and even more adored by me are the amazing worlds and super alpha characters that she creates. I love the cyborg world and Deviant and Venice were perfect together. I had remembered Deviant from Krell’s book and absolutely fell in love with him in this book. He was so strong and good and totally sweet. Unfortunately, Deviant was different in a world where imperfection was scorned, not a lot different from our own world. So easily Laurann Dohner brought me to tears while reading Deviant’s story with how graceful he was at the way his people, mostly his mother, treated him. His dad, Mavo, was great and Venice was the perfect match for him. She had some differences of her own that convinced me of the sincerity of her feelings for Deviant and especially how she never once considered him flawed and corrected anyone who even suggested it. There was some low suspense and conflict with one particularly nasty character, but mostly this one was simply a very sweet special love story.

As usual, Ms. Dohner brings us a touching story that hits hard and was brilliantly written. The drama was fast paced and definitely put me through a mixed bag of emotions. Another fabulous aspect is that it is a scorcher, but if you’ve read Laurann Dohner then that part comes as no surprise. Lastly, I was so satisfied with this book and ecstatic that Ms. Dohner revisited the Cyborg Seduction world. I now find myself restless just waiting for the next one to come out and hoping that it’s not long because there were two characters in this book that really deserve their own books. Deviant’s father, Mavo, absolutely deserves to find someone good, and Stag, our surly captain needs to find a human mate too.

I am so happy with Loving Deviant that I cannot give it anything less than five flying stars. Fantasy/Sci-Fi readers will surely fall in love with this book/series.

Omega Rising by Anna Kyle

Omega Rising by Anna Kyle
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (285 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, drawing comfort instead from her dreams of a silver wolf—her protector, her friend. When her stalking nightmares return, her imaginary dead sister’s ghost tells her to run, Cass knows she should listen, but the sinfully hot stranger she just hired to work on her ranch has her mind buzzing with possibilities. Not only does her skin accept Nathan’s touch, it demands it. Cass must make a decision—run again and hope she saves the people who have become her family, or stand and fight. Question is, will it be with Nathan or against him?

Nathan Rivers’ life is consumed by his quest to find the Omega wolf responsible for killing his brother, but when the trail leads him to Cass and her merry band of shapeshifters, his wolf wants only to claim her for himself. When evidence begins piling up that Cass is the Omega he’s been seeking, things become complicated—especially since someone else wants her dead. Saving her life might mean sacrificing his own, but it may be worth it to save the woman he can’t keep from reaching for.

Ms. Kyle’s tale takes us on a real adventure, peopled with a mismatch of supernatural characters. We meet a range of shapeshifters and learn about a variety of supernatural talents. As the first book in a series, Omega Rising sets the scene and builds a realistic world.

The characters who work at the stables have their own distinct personalities and back stories. The protagonist, Cass, especially. I liked the unusual handicap she had, though I did feel its interaction with her love interest was a little corny and predictable. That said, the love interest came just how I like them – dark, dangerous, and with a heart that sets its sights on the right girl. You certainly won’t be disappointed by the bedroom antics – these characters love a hot romp under the sheets, and enjoy teasing each other with new and experimental ideas! The man here is definitely in charge, but the woman won’t take a stupid decision without complaint, or a fight. In fact, in this regard, she soon sets him to rights.

I enjoyed the small mysteries which were revealed throughout and felt these were well handled, but I did feel that the shapeshifting wolves that arrived late to the party could have done with more history behind them, and more to differentiate them. As it was, they multiplied the total character count and at times I found myself forgetting who was who! It didn’t help that on a few occasions I felt like I had missed a step in the plot. Suddenly a character was much happier around another character they were wary of before, or a conclusion was made about a small detail of plot that was easy to miss. This could be because the pace throughout the book was very high, and, therefore, smaller details were easier to overlook.

Readers should also be aware that there are some potentially trigger-worthy pasts discussed. Cass has a history of abuse and the romantic interest has also been manipulated but none of these acts take place in real time.

All in all, I would really recommend this book to romance and fantasy lovers. The weight is more towards romance than fantasy, but I can see that the novel is establishing a world for later development and using the lens of a strong romance to do so. For those of you who like to see different side characters paired off, the potential for that with this book is there in spades. A mythical past of the supernatural world appears to be being resurrected alongside this mottled crew of survivors, and I look forward to seeing it progress into a fantasy tale with worldwide implications for the supernatural community.

Chevon’s Mate by April Zyon

Chevon’s Mate by April Zyon
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (85 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Dumping her fiance and going on their honeymoon alone was the best thing Laura Troxell had ever done. Too bad she had seen and heard too much and created enemies that wanted her dead.

Chevon von Janus simply wanted to mold the men and women that boarded his ship into the best Imarian officers they could possibly be. A general in his own right, Chevon was a trainer, but he was also a warrior. When his ship’s sensors picked up a strange object near an asteroid field, he felt it was his duty to investigate. What he found inside, however, threw the straightlaced general for a loop. The woman was from enemy territory. She was also his mate.

Now he has to figure out how to keep her safe from his people and hers.

I enjoyed this short but fast paced and very intriguing Sci-Fi romance.

This is the entertaining love story of Laura and Chevon. Laura had been betrayed in the worst possible way. She had some spunk so she decided to have the last laugh and enjoy the luxurious honeymoon space cruise at her shady fiance’s expense, only to be attacked and set adrift in space to die. That was how Chevon, an Imarian space commander, rescues her and they quickly realize that they were true soul mates. He is detremined to keep her safe amidst an interstellar war between their two worlds.

I liked the main couple in this romance simply because of the unconditional way they accepted and supported each other. Chevon and Laura just wanted to be together and hopefully help to end the war between their people.

This story had some low suspense, loads of romance and steamy sex. It was entertaining and had a very nice epilogue, which is always appreciated by this reader.

I enjoyed this book and would consider reading any others in this series.