Three men cursed to be ravens; one woman trapped in her swan form. Can they save each other before it’s too late? Read Her Raven Mates by Aria Adams and you can find out how. It’s AVAILABLE NOW!!
4.25 Stars – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
(From the Fated Mates Anthology)
This was a very unexpected but pleasant surprise by Aria Adams. Firstly it’s not as dark or dubious in consent as I’ve become used to and secondly it’s a RH that actually has an interesting and well written plot. There is one ‘dubious’ scene, involving an incorporeal demon and probing tentacles, other than that this is actually much tamer than Aria’s usual work (NOT a criticism just an observation!)
I really loved Eileen’s character, whilst she could be naive, gullible and, perhaps, a little foolhardy it all fitted well with how isolated her life had been, up to that point. Nor did those qualities make her annoying, in fact I was totally behind our girl 100% of the way.
The guys I did find a little interchangeable. I liked that Aria didn’t go for the cliched ‘sweet one’, ‘alpha one’ and ‘kinky one’ BUT I would have liked just a little more delineation between their characters. There were some differences, I personally wanted just a bit more. That said, these are 3 brothers who live together, and it’s not unusual for siblings to have similar personalities. I also wouldn’t have wanted it to be at the expense of the plot either. Stories in anthologies often have a word limit so I can see how that would come into play too.
It’s on the novella/novel border so was easily read in one (quite late to bed) evening. I read it in one go quite simply because I didn’t want to stop or put it down. What a twisty tale full of intrigue! I would love to see Aria expand this story at some point in the future – I want to know so much more about this world and it’s inhabitants!
BLURB Can four raven shifters save the cursed girl they love?
Eileen gets to be human for thirty minutes each day. The rest of the time, she’s a swan. When she meets four injured ravens during a routine errand, she uses her power to save them, and changes her destiny in the process.
The four ravens are cursed men seeking the evil witch who keeps sending dark forces to kill them. Her latest attack leaves them near death. One act of kindness from a stranger brings them back.
Crossing paths with Eileen brings them closer to the witch they hunt, and as the men all find themselves falling for their savior, they realize their fates are intertwined more deeply than they could ever imagine. How can they kill their nemesis, knowing they will lose Eileen in the process?
Stephen King’s Carrie meets The Swan Princess in this chilling paranormal reverse harem. HEA guaranteed.
About Aria Adams Aria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it. Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple number 1 bestselling books in the US and worldwide.
Obey and submit. That seemed to be all he wanted from me. He expected so little, and yet, so much.
Hervé: I rule this planet. I will settle for nothing less than absolute control. And my tastes are dark. She is my pet. My plaything. I will train her for my use. I want her to desire the pain I will inflict. She only exists for my pleasure. Until she gets taken from me. Without her, my world is shattered. But make no mistake. I’m coming for her.
Kitty: I am a pet kitten. I have no name. From birth we are kept in captivity and prepared to be sold. My owner does whatever he wants with me. His rules? Obey and submit. When we are forced apart, I realize I need him. I crave his complete mastery. His pain. His pleasure. No one else can take the place of my owner.
Publisher’s Note: This is a dark sci-fi romance intended for adults only. It features total power exchange with some potentially triggering scenes along with an HEA. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
“Address everyone you encounter from now on as ‘master’. You are a pet. A slave.”
I knew I was a pet. I’d been raised all my life to expect to find an owner. But not like this. Not with punishment and sorrow. Owners were supposed to be loving and cherish their pets.
I had to hope my new master would be kind.
Looking out of the holes in the carrier, I saw gray concrete everywhere. Occasionally, it was punctuated by big planters full of bright flowers, but they looked like little islands drowning in a rising tide of stark concrete. It was like the people here knew their world wasn’t beautiful, but instead of changing it, they just brought nice things here to suffocate.
Tall concrete buildings rose around the wide streets. Windows everywhere. A thousand lives playing out behind the smokey glass. And I was never going to see any of it.
I sympathized with the flowers, imprisoned in soil and forced to live for someone else’s pleasure. It was my lot in life, too.
Note from the author: Alpha’s Kitty
I had the idea for this book when I was visiting a wild animal cafe in South Korea last Easter. Unlike other animal cafes in Korea, this one was a place where wild animals had been rescued from irresponsible people who had illegally bought them, there were strict no-petting rules unless the animals approached people of their own free will. All proceeds from food and drink were used to help the animals. The creatures couldn’t be released back into the wild because they had grown up in captivity, and they were often thousands of miles from their proper habitat, over country borders.
As I watched the rescued wildcats and other animals exploring the environment around me, the idea of a human kitten, with real ears, claws and a tail, jumped out at me. I knew Kitty would be named by her owner. I also knew she would have grown up in a kitten farm, treated like a cat, and that she would only know how to crawl.
When Kitty first popped into my mind, she was drinking warm milk from a bowl and I only had a snapshot of the character, with no story to fit her. I had read a few petplay books, and even written a short story, but none of the stuff I’d seen seemed to take the concept of pets very literally, so next I had to figure out how this could work as a story.
I might have written this book a year ago, but the question that I couldn’t answer was, “what kind of a man buys a human cat, and how can she ever love him?” I may have actually said this out loud, to my husband, standing outside in the middle of a busy Seoul street!
I mean, seriously, who wakes up in the morning and goes to a shop to buy a person? How can that work as a love story? I just couldn’t figure out how to pull it all together without the male lead being horrible.
It took me a while to realize that, although I knew Kitty was an intelligent and sentient human, the people around her had no idea that she was anything other than a kitten who looked a bit human and who could speak in simple phrases. So they treated her the way people treat animals. Worse, in a lot of ways. This story gets pretty dark and pets have no protection under the laws of the planet they’re on. But I still needed someone special to take the lead in this story, and I didn’t have my main man, yet.
It was months and months before I finally got the idea for Hervé, the stern and demanding alpha who rules the planet, and who buys a kitten simply because every man needs a pet. 😉 He doesn’t know Kitty is anything more than an animal, at first, and he’s shocked when he finds out her true nature. But he doesn’t let her go, I mean, it wouldn’t be much of a dark romance, otherwise. As soon as I thought him up, I got started writing Alpha’s Kitty.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading the finished tale as much as Kitty finally enjoys her tail. 😉
Alpha’s Kitty contains some very powerful themes of indoctrination, oppression, ignorance and greed, though they are touched on only lightly. It is also quite a dark read at times, with some very cruel treatment of those considered slaves and therefore ‘less’.
Overall Herve’s treatment of Kitty isn’t too bad, though he does consider her more a ‘thing’ than a person at first. However even he has been subject to social conditioning, believing that his care of and regard for his kitten is a weakness in his character. There is a part of me that would have loved the author going into more depth on these issues and exploring the dynamic of the planet more. However Alpha’s Kitty isn’t that book, instead it is a well written, very hot, dark erotic sci-fi romance.
Whilst Kitty’s dependency on, and feelings for, Master might be more Stockholm Syndrome and brainwashing, I simply don’t care. She cares for him deeply and needs his dominance to find her own happiness and that’s all that matters. I really liked how Kitty’s character developed in the story, allowing her to establish a more consensual relationship with her Master.
I also really enjoyed the ‘slave resistance’ sub-plot. It added greatly to the story and allowed both Kitty and Herve to grow as individuals, learning some truths about how the planet Corellia needed to change. The connection between them was nicely portrayed and it was easy to believe in their feelings for the other.
Overall this was a very pleasant and engaging afternoon read that I’d recommend to those who enjoy erotic sci-fi and don’t mind a dark edge to it.
It’s time for you to OBEY and SUBMIT…
Read Alpha’s Kitty by Aria Adams and you can find out how. It’s AVAILABLE NOW!!
Obey and submit. That seemed to be all he wanted from me. He expected so little, and yet, so much.
Hervé: I rule this planet. I will settle for nothing less than absolute control. And my tastes are dark. She is my pet. My plaything. I will train her for my use. I want her to desire the pain I will inflict. She only exists for my pleasure. Until she gets taken from me.
Without her, my world is shattered. But make no mistake.
I’m coming for her.
Kitty: I am a pet kitten. I have no name. From birth we are kept in captivity and prepared to be sold. My owner does whatever he wants with me. His rules? Obey and submit. When we are forced apart, I realize I need him. I crave his complete mastery. His pain. His pleasure.
No one else can take the place of my owner.
This is a dark sci-fi romance featuring total power exchange with some potentially triggering scenes. If such things offend you, this book isn’t for you.
“Aside from how pleasant it is to look at you, or how easily your species submits to others, the thing most people love about felynes is your sex drive. Kittens are almost always receptive to their owner’s touch. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired, or scared, or heartbroken, or miserable; you will easily grow aroused. No matter how much pain you are in, you will accept me inside you, and you will climax. No other species in the galaxy is as responsive or as pleasurable to own.”
AdamsAria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it.
Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple number 1 bestselling books in the US and worldwide.
I really, really enjoyed this story. It’s not terribly deep and meaningful read but it IS hugely entertaining, well written, steamy and twisty. It has touches of darkness, though is more in the lighter grey range.
The story mainly follows Kirie and Arundel Lafayette, who are a strange pairing but who somehow fit beautifully together. There is also a side story of Harrow, who definitely gets her just deserts but ALSO gets the perfect male for her brand of cold in the Alaxian Rahul.
I highly recommend this great read, the writing flowed smoothly, the plot was engaging and the pace held my attention. Some of the punishments are quite extreme but they aren’t painful, as such, and Harrow actually seems to appreciate, if not enjoy, them. Whilst Kirie has been treated awfully, we don’t experience much of that ‘first hand’, so the story didn’t feel overly dark.
It nicely ties up the Human/Alaxian conflict, though there is still opportunity for further books in the series. It can be read as a stand alone, I have read book #1 of the series but not book #2 and easily followed it. I did enjoy this more than the first book, my only complaint is that it ended! I could have happily read more about these couples!
Kirie: I was taken from my family, brutalized by Grande Pharma, and handed over to the psychopath Controller Lark as his plaything. Controller Lafayette saved me. Expecting punishment at every turn, will I ever overcome my shattered past to serve my new master the way he demands?
Lafayette: The Stack is in turmoil. The Alaxians are fighting back. In the midst of dealing with all of this, I can only think of her. The slave I found in a cage. Beautiful. Broken. She is mine, now, and I will teach her to obey me in everything.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy dark sci-fi tale features total power exchange, dominant alpha males, and potentially triggering situations. If any of these elements bother you, please do not purchase. This is the third and final book in the Unbreakable series. While it can be enjoyed as a standalone, reading book one, Invaded, and book two, Defiled, is highly recommended.
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.