Blast From The Past Review //\\ The Last Dominant


THE LAST DOMINANT by Eris Adderly



I read The Last Dominant in January of 2019 and it was my first introduction to the brilliance that is Eris Adderly. I still need to catch up on some of her back list, but then isn’t that entirely the story of a book addicts life? To many books, too little time.





Amazing world-building, an engaging plot, a dominant male and some hot, kinky sex.


Well if that isn’t enough to make you want to read the book, what’s wrong with you? To many dark sci-fi romances forget the whole sci-fi part of the story, they are virtually no different to a contemporary romance. This didn’t suffer from that failing. We had some really good world building and a love across the divide theme.


Quillian and Rushkah should be mortal enemies, their planets have been at war almost forever it seems. However they have more in common than would first appear, including some fairly rare DNA from which the title of the book originates.


I absolutely loved Rushkah and Quillian, neither was perfect and both battled their feelings for the other. The chemistry they shared was palpable and this is one steamy and kinky read. Quillian discovers a hitherto unknown dominant side and whilst Rushkah’s head rebels at the idea, her body, soul and heart have very different ideas.


The story is written third person from both POV’s, so I found it easy to connect to and understand both characters. The plot held my interest and moved with good pace. It had enough detail and thought put into it to satisfy the part of me that has read sci-fi and fantasy for over 30 or so years.


If I was to criticise anything it would be that some parts of the story could have done with a little more fleshing out. The book didn’t lack detail but this was one occasion where I think a few more scenes, or longer scenes would have actually added to the book. However that is very much a case of what I personally would have liked, this is still an excellent story and one I really do recommend.



“I can have whatever I want. I own you.”

Qillian Wehr is the last of his kind. A bloodline of unspeakable power.
To the Imbrian government, he is a weapon. A last resort in their age-old war with Rhyolus.
His leaders want insurance. They want an heir.
 They need a genetic match.
 And now, they’ve found her.

Exotic. Stunning. Lethal.
 Rushkah Ekhayl would murder Qillian in his sleep if she got the chance. She’s Rhyolusian. She is his enemy.

The Last Dominant is a scorching enemies-to-lovers romance where a taste of treason unlocks desires of submission and control. For mature readers only.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy sci-fi thriller contains elements of power exchange.


AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07MQBKG2L/

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQBKG2L/

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43524673-the-last-dominant






4 STARS – BOUND


IT’S TIME TO GET BOUND!

Bound By Fate by USA Today bestselling author Maddie Taylor IS LIVE!

A fantastic start to this spin of series – 4 STARS

If you read Maddie Taylor’s Barbarian Mates series, you will already have (briefly) met Beck and Adria. You don’t need to have read those books to enjoy this one, though they do give a little more background/insight into Terra Nova and why it is so important. Whilst Bound by Fate is most definitely a stand alone read, there is a story arc/mystery/peril that will continue into future books.

I loved that this had all the wonderful world building of the BM series, whilst also very much having it’s own plot and feel. I had wondered if Beck would assume a more Primarian demeanour but he was very much an equal rights and consensual-in-all-things human male. And what a hot, sexy male he is, Adria is one lucky girl.

Both main characters are not only likeable but very natural and easy to relate to. Despite being set on an alien world their story felt so utterly believable. Amid all the intrigue, peril, purple skies and colonisation of a planet this was, at heart, a beautiful and finely crafted tale of love. It was so easy to believe in the passion between Beck and Adria, to accept and feel their emotions and love.

The execution of the story is excellent, the plot flows smoothly and is easy to follow, the dialogue is natural, the pace is quick enough to hold your attention but also allows time to explore things in depth. I am only to happy to recommend Bound by Fate to those who love a well written romance and enjoy stories with a sci-fi setting.



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BLURB:

After years of study, Adria is on the verge of becoming the first female physic in Primarian history. A string of mysterious incidents has the entire Terra Nova Colony on edge, but she isn’t going to let that stand in her way and neither is Beckett Kincaid. Gorgeous, bossy, and infuriating, she thought Beck was her friend. Given what they shared, he could have been so much more. But the domineering owner of BRK Construction betrays her trust. And when Adria is sent home, delaying her dreams, if not completely dashing them, she isn’t sure she can ever forgive him.

When she’s permitted to return to the colony to complete her training, the first order of business is finding Beck, clearing the air, and finishing what they started. But after saying things in anger she now regrets, is it too late for them? Adria barely sets foot on Terra Nova when trouble finds her again. It seems the evil infecting the colony is more sinister than anyone could have imagined.

Drawn to her by otherworldly forces he can’t explain, Beck is intent on protecting Adria no matter the cost, even if it means risking his once shattered heart. With intrigue and danger swirling around them, can they defeat the insidious threat plaguing the budding colony, and with their Primarian allies’ help, preserve the only hope for his people’s survival?

About Maddie

A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.

Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.

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PRIMARIAN MATES #4

Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4) by Maddie Taylor


I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of Primaria, Terra Nova and their inhabitants.

If you’re looking for a well written, captivating sci-fi romance that has a fast paced and layered plot then look no further. Whilst each Primarian Mates book can be read stand alone, they are all amazing reads and you will get the best from them by reading them in order.

I’m not sure if Lana and Trask have replaced Eryn and Ram as my favourite book couple – it’s definitely a close run thing. This story will take you across the whole gamut of emotions, from love to sorrow to pain to happiness, high to low and back again. It is also so much more than just the romance aspect too. Each book has a complex story involving both the main couple, other characters and the worlds around them, plus stands that weave into the back story that runs throughout all four books.

These are long books – well over 5 hours of reading time, and I loved every single minute of them. The characters are engaging, likeable and easy to connect with, the writing draws you into the book in a way that makes you never want to leave. Whilst I was desperate to complete the book and find out what happens with Lana, Trask and the others, I also wanted it to take forever because I so loved being immersed in this amazing world Maddie Taylor has created.

I can’t recommend this fantastic series enough, though I’m hoping the fact that I’ve read all 4 books back-to-back tells you everything you need to know.


AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS / BOOKBUB


SYNOPSIS

With one look he stirs something deep inside her. 
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul. 

She has a mission. 
He has a duty. 

He is her captor. 
She is his destiny. 

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming their happily forever after? 

PRIMARIAN MATES #3

HIS REBELLIOUS MATE by Maddie Taylor


Eryn and Ram are my new favourite book couple.

Whilst all these stories can be read stand alone, I do recommend reading the whole series, both for the story arc and the sheer wonderfulness of them. This story just had so much going on, I had wondered how we’d find out some of what happened during Eryn’s time with Ram on Primaria. I’m not going to say how we find out that story, but it was both inspired and, if not unique, at least very unusual. And it worked so incredibly well.

It felt like we had a lot more of Erin’s perspective in this book, and I absolutely adored her. The scenes following their reuniting on Earth were truly heart wrenching and even brought me to tears at times. However the book doesn’t end there, oh no, the author built a truly layered story that was full of emotion and intrigue. She wrote two amazing main characters in Ram and Eryn, and it was great to find out more about Lana and Trask too.


This series is so much better than many of the sci-fi romances out there and I highly recommend it.

4.75 stars

SYNOPSIS

Staunchly loyal Eryn Lockwood heads up security on the USIF Odyssey, an all-female research ship charged with finding a new world to call home. Her team is guarding a group of scientists exploring an uninhabited planet when they are set upon by a band of powerful alien warriors. Entranced by Eryn’s long auburn hair, fair skin, and green eyes, the fiercest of the attackers gives chase, and claims her for his own. Though passion ignites between them, she remains steadfast in her need to escape. 

To fulfill her mission and save her people, she commits an unpardonable act, something she’ll never forget…and he can never forgive. Returning to Earth, she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life, but thoughts of her gorgeous, golden-eyed alien consume her. 

Master Warrior Ramikin, the biggest, baddest, and most skilled fighter on Primaria, has never been bested—until now! And by the beautiful Earth woman destined to be his! Furious, he lets her go, resolved to eradicate her from his thoughts. But Eryn’s face haunts his dreams, and he lives every day yearning for what can never be.

An alliance between their worlds thrusts them back together, but not everyone is in favor of mingling their two species. When harassment by anti-integration zealots turns violent, Ram races to her rescue, but he is seconds too late. With her life hanging by a thread, the deep, mate-bond between them becomes clear. 

Is there hope for the independent, rebellious soldier and the proud warrior she betrayed? Can he bring himself to forgive her? Will they be able to put aside the past and come together to fight those who would tear them apart? And, as they accept their fate, can Eryn and Ram rekindle the spark they once shared? 


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PRIMARIAN MATES #2

His by Command (Primarian Mates, #2) by Maddie Taylor


MY REVIEW

This is just as good, if not better, than Book #1.

I have to say that I love how the heroines in these books don’t go all doe eyed and lose all sense of self around their mates. Maggie remains strong and determined throughout and I definitely sensed that Roth, whilst not willing to meet half way, certainly made allowances for Mags, given her unfamiliarity with their way of life. As the story unfolded he also appeared to grow in tolerance as well as try to appreciate Maggie’s perspective.

I read this back to back with the first book, and am really happy to be able to say that it is very much it’s own story and that Roth and Mags each had well developed personalities, distinct from other’s in the series. The fact that it didn’t rehash a chunk of the previous book, and any overlap was either from a new perspective or, more commonly, of events not previously experienced. I had wondered if the author would have all the stories running concurrently, which can soon lose it’s appeal, but from this book it appears that each book will both move the story arc along as well as the overall time line.

His by Command is a great read, and a little longer than most other ‘alien romance’ books I’ve come across. It has good world building and a detailed plot that goes much further than capture, spank, submit! I’d go as far as to say that the submit part is never totally achieved nor, for a power-exchange story, are their really all that many punishments. Which is great as sometimes they end up distracting from the story whereas these ones enhance it. Instead time is devoted to allowing us to connect with the main characters and to believe in their relationship.

I’m definitely up for reading book #3 and very much recommend this series.

SYNOPSIS

Leading an all-female crew on a deep space expedition weighs heavily on Maggie Vohlmer’s young shoulders. Their mission, find a habitable planet to replace the dying Earth. While a landing party comprised of her best and brightest scientists is exploring a promising new world, they are attacked. Maggie is left with an untenable decision, pursue a powerful enemy who has taken eight of her own, or leave them to their fate while protecting those still under her command. 

Unexpectedly, their ship is seized by the same enemy, aliens who are gorgeous, human-like men, except for their incredible height, long glossy dark hair, and extraordinary gold, teal, and violet eyes. Maggie and her crew are further shocked when they are whisked away to the aliens’ world where the males make the rules and their women are expected to follow. 

As leader of the Primarian Space Fleet, Commander Roth is dedicated to protecting his people and planet from otherworldly threats. With so much at stake, he doesn’t have the time for a mate. But fate has other plans for him, sending him the perfect match in the form of the little Earth captain. 

As the Odyssey’s captain, Maggie will not give up the fight for their freedom, not while her mission to save the people of Earth is unfulfilled. Can these two dedicated and determined leaders find a way to coexist? And will Maggie, who tries her mate’s patience at every turn, find a way to rescue both of their worlds. 

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PRIMARIAN MATES #1

THE BARBARIAN’S CAPTIVE by Maddie Taylor

Sometimes you come across a book (or series, or author) and you wonder what rock you’ve been living under to have missed all the delightful yummy goodness. Well that’s how I felt when I started reading this series by Maddie Taylor. I’ve read a few of her BDSM romances, which I found enjoyable enough, but for me these are on another level. One of the big things is that these truly felt like a sci-fi story. It wasn’t something that was paid lip-service too, instead it was an integral part of the plot. At no point did I feel as though the story could have been set on Earth, or as though it was.

A better breed of barbarian than most!

When I first started this book I thought I was going to get the usual ‘alien captive’ fayre. Yes it had some of those common themes, a patriarchal society, where misbehaving females are spanked, and a civilisation in danger due to lack of fertile women. It also has the women being captured and claimed without any say in the matter, along with the usual tall, handsome aliens.

However this story also offered much more. For starters it was a good length, allowing us time to get to know both main characters, see a relationship/connection develop and also to include a good plot and decent world building.  The Barbarian’s Captive has a well developed alien world on which a good chunk of the story is set. Additionally there were plenty of supporting characters, several of whom we got to know fairly well. There was plenty of communication/discussion (and arguments) between Eva and Kerr, and whilst it was still a case of ‘my word is law’, I did feel as though Kerr listened to Eva and wanted her to be happy. Thankfully he didn’t presume that he knew best what would make her happy either!

In my mind the author did a good job of demonstrating the connection between Kerr and Eva, being shown their feelings and not just simply told of them. It took a few chapters for me to realise this wasn’t going to be like so many others from the genre, so if you try it, do bear that in mind. This is a book I am happy to recommend, especially if you like sci-fi power exchange stories. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series and can’t wait to see what happens next! 

4.25 stars

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS

(Image: © Doug Cummings, Caltech)

Synopsis
Light years from home, plant biologist Lt. Eva La Croix and her all-female exploration team land on a planet they believe is a perfect substitute for the dying Earth. They are set upon by huge alien hunters and Eva is captured by the barbarian leader.

Deemed compatible, she and the rest of her team are whisked away to the barbarians’ world where they are matched to these powerful men. While pampered and protected, the women are expected to comply with the rules in this male dominant society.

Will Eva learn to adapt to their unusual beliefs and old-fashioned ways? Can she sacrifice her independence and surrender to this dynamic and commanding alien, or when escape is imminent, will she be able to set aside the claim he has on her heart and flee with the others, never to see him again?

TAMED by Kallista Dane & Kate Richards

Tamed, by Kallista Dane & Kate Richards, is my favourite of the Centauri Captives series so far.

Whilst Tamed can very much be read as a stand alone, I do think reading the two previous books (especially book 2) will enhance the experience. With each new book we learn more about the Centauri as a race, more about the corruption on Earth and also about the threat posed by the Rydek. Whilst there is good world building, and an explanation of why Xia is on-board an alien space ship, this is a shorter read (novella length), so both are limited. 

I LOVED that Xia was a warrior, unwilling to bend or kow-tow even in the face of adversity. Biding her time until the moment was right. It was so good to see a strong female remaining strong, she might submit to Joran but she was never going to be a submissive and obedient female. Joran’s thoughtful responses to Xia, and his burgeoning respect for her made this a really wonderful love story too. He was an overbearing as at first, but by the end of the book I loved them both. 

For a novella this managed to pack in plenty of action both in bed and out of it! There are some hot scenes both in Joran’s cabin and in other rooms of the spaceship not to mention some actual action and adventure segments too. I really do recommend this series, especially if you love hot dominant alpha male aliens!

PS Their skin changes colour and they have extra ‘features’ that bring great pleasure – what more could you want?

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TXKQ9R7/

Winning His Omega – Leann Ryans

If you haven’t read the genre before, in a nutshell, Omegaverse is a world that developed on fanfic sites such as AO3. It has a wolf like dynamic with alpha’s (the men and women in charge), beta’s (general population) and omega’s (very attractive to alpha’s and the only ones that alpha’s can reproduce with). These are NOT shifter books, instead they are more like humans but the omega has heats and individuals can be identified as alpha, beta or omega by their scent. Alpha males usually produce a ‘knot’ at the base of their penis, which ties them to the female (usually an omega) during sex. Many books in the genre are quite dark, with alphas forcing themselves on omegas, regardless of what the omega wants.


My Review – 4.5 Stars

Winning His Omega is one action packed and steaming hot sci-fi romance. Whilst set in an omegaverse world, the stories are not as dark as many of the genre. This makes them ideal to those who want an M/F read but don’t like the violence and dubious consent typical of this setting. Even if you do like those darker reads (which I happily admit I do), this is still a well written and very entertaining read. It can be read stand alone, the author has written quite a detail prologue to catch you up on the small amount of backstory you need to know. For me it was perhaps a little too much detail, but then I’ve read all three books. If I was new to the series I might not agree with myself! It’s also only a few pages really, and you’re never going to please everyone all of the time.




I really like the different dynamic in these books. Whilst omegas are still sort after and not necessarily safe from less scrupulous alphas, they are afforded more respect by most. Red is a wonderfully feisty heroine, as fiery as her hair colour and determined to make her own way in the world. Life would be wonderful if it wasn’t for the ever glowering and slightly annoying alpha, Rainor.

Our hero appears in a few scenes in book #1, The Omega Prize, that appearance isn’t really linked to this story but it did leave me with an idea of his character. I have to say I really quite liked Rainor. He’s a pretty decent guy and with his tattoo-like draka and beard he’s a very sexy one too.

The real adventure begins when they find themselves alone on a spaceship and attacked by pirates. They have to put aside their animosity and work together if they are to escape. I loved how the story unfolded from here. My attention was held throughout, the pace was really good, the writing flowed really smoothly and we were treated to some very steamy encounters too. This is definitely my favourite book of the series so far.

Blurb

Red is a strong-willed omega who isn’t afraid to be herself and doesn’t want anyone’s charity or protection. 

Rainor was a playboy who’s feeling the urge to settle down and something about Red keeps drawing him. He can’t resist scaring off any male that gets close to her. If he cant have her, no one can.

When the ship they’re on gets hijacked by pirates, they have to rely on each other to win control of it back. Will it finally break the stalemate between them?

This is Book 3 in the Sci-fi Omegaverse series, The Legion Omegas. This book does not end on a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone, though it will make more sense if read after Book 2, Saving the Omegas. This book has mature content and is intended for an adult audience.

Purchase Link –
https://books2read.com/u/3JJqdE

Ratings

5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.