Grace Goodwin-Viken Command

Back into space we go with Grace and her Interstellar Bride Program with Viken Command. Today, instead of going to a Battlegroup, we are going to the planet Viken, where good things come in threes.

The planet Viken is separated off into 3 sectors, and after the triplet kings, who were each brought up in a different sector, got together with their mate, the trend has been for each mating to involve a male from each sector to one female. And it’s this world which Whitney has been matched to, and is looking forward to going to.

We meet Whitney right as her bride testing has finished up. She gets a little salty with Warden Egara because she really wanted to have an orgasm and she didn’t get it. I’d be salty too, you know? Whitney also askes Egara a lot of questions, which she answers. I’m glad Whitney did ask, because I’ve been curious about some of those questions. Anyway, Whitney volunteered for the IBP because her family pulled a huge Ponzi scheme. She wasn’t involved in it and she worked really hard to avoid all the drama, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t painted with the same brush. She got dragged in by the cops and questioned, and no one really trusted her anymore. So, she’s going to get the fuck off Earth, and she’s not into fighting, so being a bride and meeting her perfect match sounds like the way to go to her. So, off to Warden Egara and the testing center she goes, has one super hot dream, and then gets sent to Viken.

Alarr, her matched mate, and his partners Oran and Teig, are currently on Viken. Not just on Viken, but at a fancy resort where newly mated people go, working as guards. It sounds like it would be perfect, and it kind of is, but that’s not their real job. Their real job is working for Intelligence for the Coalition fleet. Someone is stealing and selling Coalition weapons, and it’s been tracked to this resort. So, the guys go, because they are Viken. But then, Alarr gets matched and his bride is on his way. When he tries to tell Helion, his commander, Helion tells him that he has to stay at the job, no matter what, and having a new mate coming in will just be even better cover. Yeah.

I’m going to just say how much I hate Helion. I’ve never really liked him at all, and the more we see him, the less I like him. I just want Prime Niall to pound him into the ground with a huge ass hammer. I wonder if Grace would do that for me. I would be so thrilled.

Anyway, I felt sorry for Whitney. She wanted to have someone to love her and make her the most important person in their life, and sometimes it looks like the boys are going to do it and sometimes it doesn’t. It keeps her a little off balance, and considering that she’s already off balance just by being on a new world and after everything that’s happened, she doesn’t need anything else to cause her to have problems.

I like the guys. They are all honorable guys, who are just pulled in 2 directions. Both the job and Whitney are important, and they are kind of put in a bad place so that they have to choose the way they do, even if they don’t want to choose that. (I hate Helion. It bears repeating.) They aren’t walking an easy path.

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I am looking forward to finding out more about Zeus, the half human/half Prillon warrior who is the head of the new Battlegroup. I bet there is a helluva story there.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Hunted

Grace is back with the 17th book in her Interstellar Brides Program series. Hunted is an awesome addition to the series. And while no species will ever surpass my beloved Atlans, the Everians aren’t bad.

This book is different to the other ones in the series. Generally, we have a male who has been in service to the Coalition for years who is getting matched to a bride, but that’s not quite the case here. Instead, we have Vice-Admiral Niobe, who is the highest ranking person in the entire Coalition military force. The ONLY person who can override her is Prime Niall. She is half-human, half-Everian, and runs the academy, on top of other, more secretive kinds of things. After years of service, a friend of hers has talked her into undergoing the bride testing. And she gets a match. She’s matched to Everis, to Elite Hunter Quinn.

Now, as an Elite Hunter, Quinn is more like a military contractor. He’s not officially part of the Coalition, but he is employed by them. He’s currently supposed to be working on a secret base, but the Hive has taken the base captive, and he’s a prisoner. Years ago, he underwent the testing for a bride, but hasn’t been matched yet. Then, all of a sudden, a woman transports into the secret base he’s one, and singlehandedly kills three Hive members and is pretty much BAMF. She rescues Quinn and when he asks who she is, all she tells him is that she’s his mate. Which pretty much knocks him down with a feather.

OMFG, Niobe is way up in my personal fave heroine list. She is strong, fierce, talented, and maybe just a little bit scary. She is where she is because she worked really hard at it. She has earned every last bit of respect and responsibility that she has. She is tough and thorough. Her goal is to get rid of the Hive and to keep as many Coalition members safe and unharmed as possible. I think that it might hurt her a little bit every time someone gets hurt on her watch, and it’s always her watch.

I have to admit, as much as I like Quinn, there are times when I really didn’t like him and got really mad at him. I think that there are just times when he just doesn’t quite get it. And that makes things a lot worse. Even when he has things explained to him, he has to have them explained to them in about a zillion ways before it clicks with him. That is really frustrating to me, and I’m sure it really frustrated Niobe too.

I love the whole Everian aspect of this with all the hunting. That’s just a lot of fun.

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I am hopeful that we find out more about the Nexus and the Hive soon.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Grace Goodwin-Matched and Mated

So, Matched and Mated is the 16th book in Grace’s Interstellar Brides series, and it relates back to Her Mate’s Secret Baby, the 9th book in the series. The heroine in the 9th book is Natalie, who gets matched to Trion, and for reasons brings Miranda, a friend to Trion with her.

Two years after coming to Trion, Miranda is in the 6th month of a no strings attached relationship with a hunky doctor named Brax. He is more than just a doctor though, he also does super sekrit sneaky stuff for Trion and the Coalition. She has caught feelings, but she knows that his priority is his duty for Trion. She doesn’t blame him for it, and she was the one who proposed their arrangement, but he’s made it very obvious that he’s not going to take a mate anytime soon, and she really wants someone who is going to look at her as his number 1 priority, like her friend Natalie’s mate Roark does. So, when he has to leave again for another long term mission, and then she finds out that he was in town and then left without even seeing her, she knew, feelz or not, that it was time to do something. She decides to visit the bride testing center on Trion to find her perfect mate.

Meanwhile, on Battlegroup Zakar, second in command Trist finds out that he’s getting his perfect mate, coming from Trion, which causes him a lot of surprise when he finds out that his mate Miranda is human. He’s pretty sure that she’s totally perfect, there’s just one issue. He’s a Prillon, and Prillons mate in pairs, but since he never thought that he would get a mate and his second got a better offer, he currently doesn’t have one. But that’s OK, he told Miranda that they will find one.

Then there’s Brax. Oh, that sweet idiot. He comes home and discovers that Miranda is gone. Which really pisses him off, because he had finally decided that she was his. Natalie gives him a right telling off though.

OK, Brax is a total fucking idiot. Natalie shoulda had Roark beat the everloving snot out of him. He totally deserved it. And frankly, I would’ve laughed my everloving ass off. And I think, in general, he’s a pretty good guy, but he just wasn’t all that good here, you know? I won’t go so far as to say that he was toxic in the beginning, because he really wasn’t, but he was… careless. He was careless of Miranda’s feelings and her emotions. And that is almost worse, in my opinion.

Trist is a brick house. Not the kind that you bang your head against when you are frustrated, but the kind where you go to feel safe and protected. You know that within that house, nothing can get to you, you have something at your back. And hey, putting brick house into the same meaning as the Commodores song, it works just as well. He’s steady, sturdy, protective, and has his priorities in the right place. He’s pretty much nearly everything that Miranda needs.

I like Miranda. She has learned her value and her worth. She knows what she wants, and she definitely isn’t afraid to go after it. I always love it when I see that in a book.

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I love the mixed species pairings we’re getting lately. I think it’s pretty cool, and I would totally love to see more of them.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Claimed by the Vikens

Let’s get matched to our perfect mates, shall we? That means it’s time to go to the Interstellar Bride Program’s Testing Center in Miami again and read Grace Goodwin’s latest book, Claimed by the Vikens.

The Vikens are divided up into 3 sectors. There used to be a lot of division between the 3 sectors but once the triplet kings were reunited and got their bride, the sectors also reunited. This led to a lot of Vikens getting together in trios and testing for brides together, but not all of the warriors did that. Axon, Zed, and Cader did not.

Violet has a twin sister named Mindy. They never spent time apart. Mindy is the more flirtatious one, vivacious, and impulsive. Violet is the complete opposite. She tends to stay in the corner, is quieter, and everything is organized. When Mindy has a bad breakup, she suddenly goes to the testing center and gets sent to Trion. The only notice that Violet got was a text right before she left telling Violet that she was going to Trion. That was 8 long weeks ago, and Violet has been miserable ever since. So she decides to go and get tested. Her testing dream is vivid and HAWT and involves 3 guys, which she didn’t think was a Trion thing, but she’s more than willing to go with it. When Warden Egara tells her that she has a match, Violet jumps at the chance to go, right until she’s told that she’s matched to 3 Vikens and not to Trion. That’s when Violet balks, refuses the match, and goes home.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, 3 hot warriors are waiting at the same transport pad for their bride. It’s obviously a mistake, since they all wanted their own bride. When they find out that nope, they are all matched to the same person and that she’s refusing to come, the guys decide that they will just have to go find her, and so transport to Earth.

There are a lot of things that each of the characters have to go through to get to the end. Calder could’ve used a really good dope slap more than once. He needed to get out of his own way and didn’t always do that fast enough. Axon and Zed got with the program faster. Violet had all her own issues, both from realizing that there were 3 hot guys that wanted her and trying to understand it’s OK to get what she wants, and from missing her sister. There’s also a small matter of a time/space warp that makes time go differently on different planets, but that’s just a mere trifling. It’s a great story and one that made me cry in places. My husband kept poking me and asking me if I was OK because I was sniffling. I’m turning into a softie in my old age. But, there were sad parts, so what was I supposed to do? Apparently, I do still have a heart. Who knew? Anyway, I honestly can’t recommend Grace Goodwin and all the books in this series enough. I’ve suggested them to lots of people because they are great stories with a good mix of tension, sex, story, romance, and adventure. So, go check them out.

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I was mad at Calder for trying to keep pushing the whole 1 mate thing, even after Violet had stated that she wanted all three of them. It seemed like he was more in love with the idea of her than he was with her. But, he at least got better.

And yeah, Violet told them that she would take the 30 days to choose which one would be her mate, but she figured out pretty quickly what she wanted. Axon and Zed were more than happy to help her with that.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read Grace’s books. Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Cyborg Fever

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I love Grace Goodwin and her Interstellar Bride series. So it should come as no surprise that I devoured her newest book, Cyborg Fever.

Cyborg Fever hit some of my total fave buttons in this world. It’s one of the Colony books and it’s an Atlan. More than just being an Atlan, Anghar is one of my favorite Atlans. He’s been a secondary character in more than one book, and was pretty pivotal in the last IBP book. So I was so very, very happy to see that he finally got his own book. I love the Atlans. There’s just something about those big guys and their inner beasts that’s just so very awesome.

The Colony is where the Coalition fighters who have been “tainted” by the Hive. They were taken prisoner and have had Hive implants. They are sent to the Colony instead of going back to their own planet. The Colony is deep in safe Coalition space and where the Hive can’t reach them. At least, theoretically. For a long time, those guys got no respect and no chance at a bride, but with the new Prime on Prillion having Hive implants and a human bride who told him that it was a shame that the guys on the Colony were treated that way because they are vets and deserve respect, the males on the Colony now have chances to get a bride. There still aren’t a lot of brides on the Colony, but that’s slowly changing.

Ok, on to Angh’s story. We’re two years after the last book and he’s been living on the Colony for those two years. He’s tired, bored, and lonely. The people on the Colony are either mining for resources or protecting the miners and those resources. That’s important for the Coalition, but for men who were trained to be fighters and who have a whole bunch of rage because of what the Hive has done to them, it’s just not enough. One way that they deal with it is to fight in the Pit. The guys can take their aggression out on other guys who are in the same place. Angh is one of the regulars in the Pit. He figures that’s the only place he will ever get some peace because he’s never going to get a bride. He tested for the program a couple of years ago, but no match yet. Then, he sees her.

Kira teaches at the Coalition’s academy, but that’s not her only job, she’s also a member of the Intelligence Corps. She goes in and helps extract high-profile prisoners from the Hive before they can crack their minds. Those prisoners generally have info that would be very hurtful to the Coalition if the Hive were to get it. But she does that on the down low. Her public job is being a teacher. Right now she’s supervising some students who are just about to graduate who are doing a course on the Colony. They are using the caves for simulations since it will be similar to a lot of places where they will be fighting the Hive. She has a friend who is a student and together, they decide to go see the fights in the Pit. That’s when she sees Angh and fixates on him. She decides that she can have one glorious night with him, but she can’t give him any more than that, because the IC basically owns her. That turns into a huge problem for Angh, because while they are having their wonderful night, he offers her mating cuffs. Too bad he wakes up in the morning and she’s gone, with the cuffs sitting on the bed.

OK, you know what time it is. I love Kira and Angh’s story. I love it so hard. It isn’t an easy journey for anyone. There are a lot of shitty things that happen. There is a vice-admiral that didn’t get near what she deserved. Not nearly. I really wanted to go smack the absolute shit out of her, because damn. That was just wrong. If you love the Atlans, this is a definite book for you to read. Angh has been a fan favorite, and like I said, is my fave Atlan. I’m pretty sure that I kind of hate Kira for ending up with him. Oh well, at least he’ll be happy, right? Watch out for a guest appearance from Denzel Washington.

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OK, that vice-admiral knew what was going to happen when you threaten an Atlan’s mate. Of course, that was in her plans, devious bitch that she was, but I want to know if she was aware just how far that he would go. I’m betting she didn’t expect him to go to the extent he did. And Kira really needed to kick her ass.

I can’t wait to see more of this world. I never can. Of course, I think Grace may be sadistic to make us wait. Of course, I think most authors are more than just a little sadistic. So, go check this out, along with all the other books, and get the mad Atlan love. Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-His Virgin Princess

It’s another entry in the world of the Interstellar Brides! Everyone jump up and down and say hurray! Or, maybe that was just my reaction to getting this one. I may do this every time I hear a Grace Goodwin release date. (BTW, the next one is in April and you can already pre-order on Zon. I may or may not have it on a calendar.)

So, His Virgin Princess. This is the final book for the 3 young women who went to Everis to be matched to a Hunter. The Everian brides all have a mark and they have Matched Mates, which are the Hunters who have the matching shaped mark in a corresponding place. The women who are matched to Everis also have some Everian genetics.

Anyhow, Dani came to Everis and to the Touchstone at the same time as Katie and Lexi. The 3 of them became close friends. Poor Dani watched her friends find their Matched Mates and become mated and get their happily-ever-after. Dani’s mate was dreamsharing with her but told her to find another mate and be happy. Dani isn’t going to go with that. She knows that there is something wrong and she is going to go track her man, find out what’s going on, and save him. She’s spent more of her life outside than she has inside. Her dad was a former SEAL and was a wildlife guide. He taught Dani everything he knew and she helped her dad. She could track a cloud across the sky. It all makes sense to her now that she knows she has Everian genes, she’s a Hunter.

Gage knows that his Matched Mate is out there. He would give nothing more than to spend the rest of his life with her. Except, he’s pretty sure that’s not in his cards. He’s been kidnapped and trapped. He knows that he’s about to die, and he doesn’t want to take Dani with him or to put her in danger. Little does he know what Earth women are really like. He has so much to learn. Good thing Bryn and Von will be around to help him figure it out.

So, Dani finds her man and finds out that not only is he super-duper hot and hers, he’s also a prince. that means she’s going to be a princess. She’s so not ready to be a princess. Oh well, on-the-job training, right?

Alrighty, we all know what time it is. I’m going to tell you how awesome this book is and then put up a pretty picture. Then I’m going to talk about other things under the pretty picture. Yes, this book is pretty damn awesome. I think Dani has now become one of my favorite Brides. I mean, damn, bitch is hardcore. (Bonus points if you can identify that movie.) She manages to trick a whole bunch of Everian Hunters. That’s not an easy thing to do, but she managed it, and I was totally impressed by that. I mean, just totally awesome. She had the skills and she knew what she could do and she went out and did it. She didn’t wait around for someone to rescue the princess, she went out and rescued the prince. Way to turn that trope right on its head. See why I think she’s pretty damn awesome?

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Alright. I have to say that I didn’t see that the bad person was the bad person. I thought it might have been someone else altogether. But, that may just have been because of that particular person’s attitude. See if you can guess who I thought it was. But, having read it, I can see why the bad person did what they did. I can’t even really blame them. Well, OK, I can blame them, because that’s just how I roll, but I can understand why they did it.

I’d really love to see a next gen of this particular sub-series since there were all those babies popping all at once. I’d love to see all these kids all grown up and how they mature and grow. Or maybe, we can come back in a couple years of story time and have our ladies go through more adventures and see how all their mates are dealing with their human wives and if they are particularly crazy yet.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go out and add this one to your Grace Goodwin collection.

Grace Goodwin-Fighting For Their Mate

I love, absolutely love the Interstellar Bride series, in whatever form they show up in. I read them, reread them, recommend them, and read them some more. I stalk and stalk and stalk to find out when the next one is coming out, and talk to people about what we’d like to see happen. All of us agree that Warden Egara should get more mates. We also discuss all our favorites. I like the Atlans and Rezz, from the last book, actually, is my favorite. But, what does that have to do with today’s blog? Well, we’re talking about Fighting For Their Mate, the latest installment in the series.

With FFTM, we’re back in the main series of the universe. Chloe, who has been a part of the intelligence branch of the Coalition forces, is now back on Earth. After spending 4 years out in space, fighting the Hive, being back on Earth is just stifling. She is limited as to what she can say since she worked in intelligence and most humans don’t believe that the Hive is out there anyway. Earth is deeply isolated from the fight and most vets don’t make it back to Earth, so they have nothing right in front of their eyes to prove it’s actually happening. Chloe just can’t live like that anymore. She wants back out in space, where she was happy and where she was with people who understood. The only way she can do that now is with the Interstellar Bride Program. So, off she goes to volunteer.

Seth is a human who is deployed with the Karter group in a very busy sector of space. He is the head of a ReCon squad. We’ve met Seth a couple of times before. His sister Sarah and her mate rescued him in Mated to the Beast. In Mating Fever, a member of his squad is due to get out and she tests to be a bride, so we get another glimpse at Seth. Now it’s time for Seth’s story. For Christmas one year, Sarah gives Seth the gift of testing. She wants him to be as happy as she is. However, Seth isn’t real thrilled about the whole idea, since he doesn’t want to leave a mate and children behind if something happens. After having been captured by the Hive once, he knows that it can happen quickly. When he gets matched to a bride, he is horribly unhappy and doesn’t really want her.

Dorian is a Prillon warrior. The Prillons have a tradition of mating in pairs so that their mates and children are never left alone if something happens to one of them. However, he lost his cousin recently, who was going to be the primary partner in their pairing. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever have a mate. Seth gets the call about his mate arriving while he is on a shuttle being piloted by Dorian after a daring rescue. When Seth says that he wants them to send her back, Dorian gets mad, pulls him aside and asks him what’s up. When Seth spills his worries, Dorian offers to be his second. He tells Seth that he never wanted to be a primary, but he is perfectly happy being a second in a pairing. Seth decides that works out well, so off they go to meet their new mate, Chloe.

OK, so here we are, once again. You get to make some decisions as to where you are going to go. Grace’s worldbuilding is amazing. Yeah, I know I’ve said that every time I write about her books, but it’s true. The IB’verse is vast and follows some general rules. However, the rules aren’t so strict that Grace can’t work around them and make some changes whenever she wants to. This book is one of those changes. It is different to any of the other books in the ‘verse which is really nice. It both fits and doesn’t fit within the rules, which is totally awesome. I look forward to seeing how later books go. FFTM is probably tying with Rezz’s story as my fave in the whole ‘verse, if not tied, then a very, very close second.

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Yeah, I know, I don’t normally use covers, but Grace’s covers are pretty, so you’re getting this one. 🙂

Oh my, Chloe is cool af! I mean, she had a higher rank than her mates. That’s pretty awesome. I love Karter’s reaction to finding out she was on his ship and he could actually avail himself of her talent. This is one place where this book is different from the rest of them.

Seth is the first human male we see matched through the IBP, which is new and exciting, and I hope to see more of. I would also love to see more humans teaming up like Pillons or with Pillons. Seth and Dorian made a super Alpha pair, and I don’t blame Chloe for falling to her knees around them. I wanted and they are just on my Kindle. Seth is a total Dom. Wow.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. Got a new K Webster book coming up in a few days, looking forward to that. Meanwhile, happy reading!