Rebel West & Renee Rose-Claimed by the Zandian

We are once again back with my favorite purple horny aliens. I love this spinoff of the original Zandians as much as I loved the original books. Some of these books are RH, some aren’t. Claimed by the Zandian is one of the latter category.

So, Zina is a human slave. She is disabled because of some horrible things that her masters had done to her and now she works as a house slave. She also takes care of the young that her master gets. She’s spent the last 9 years taking care of a human little girl named Enya who is as beautiful as the day is long. Zina does everything she can to hide Enya’s beauty, because being a beautiful slave just isn’t a good thing. But it doesn’t matter what she tries, one day the master sends his henchmen to drag her away so that he can sell her. Luckily, Enya pitches enough of a fit and Zina fights enough that she gets taken along.

Meanwhile, we have Tarek. He is blind and has been since birth. But that hasn’t stopped him from doing what he can for his beloved Zandia. Dr. Daneth did all kinds of surgeries on him, and now he’s got tech in his brain that lets him “see”. Think Geordie Leforge without the visor and purple. He can use that tech to link up to the ships and navigate and pilot them. He’s the best pilot that the Zandians have. That’s why he’s part of the crew that is going out on a very special mission for Zandia, and Dr. Daneth in particular. Right now, they are going after a little girl named Enya. They are going to rescue her and bring her back to Zandia. But when they get there, it turns out that there is a human woman who has done everything she can to keep Enya safe, including attacking the Zandians, so they take her too.

Of course, having been slaves, neither Enya or Zina trust anyone. I mean can you really believe them? I sure as fuck wouldn’t. And heaven love the Zandians, but they are sometimes quite black and white and don’t get some of the difficulties of being a human in a very, very unfavorable universe. I mean, yeah, the Zandians had a hard time, but they haven’t been kept as slaves for generations upon generation. That can be hard and totally change the way that a species looks at the world and the way that an individual acts.

I really like Tarek and Zina’s story. One reason for that is you don’t often see characters who have physical disabilities as the main love interests romances. Renee and Rebel didn’t make their disabilities the main characteristic of the character or the most important characteristic. I truly appreciate that.

I really enjoy seeing the older couples and how they are doing.

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I think that Tarek should’ve told Zina what was happening so that she was blindsided by it. I also think that they should’ve let Zina be more involved from the beginning because it would’ve been easier on everyone, I think.

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

Renee Rose & Rebel West-Kept by the Zandian

Renee and Rebel are back with the latest book in their Zandian Brides series with Kept by the Zandian. This series takes place on Zandia, after the Zandians have taken it back. Human women are in high demand to be brides, so escaped slaves work hard to get to Zandia, and Zandians will go out and rescue women. The goal is to repopulate Zandia, and since there aren’t that many Zandian women of breeding age, it’s a really good thing that humans are compatible with the Zandians. Eventually, I think that this is going to be a problem. I hope Zander is prepared. Of course, with Lamira around, he’ll probably be ready for anything.

So, this one is Drayk and Taisha’s story. Drayk is a Zandian warrior and captain of his ship. He will do anything his king asks of him. On top of being a warrior and a ship’s captain, he is also a judge on Zandia. He takes that responsibility very seriously. He wants to do everything he can to make sure that he is impartial and doing his best for Zandia. Because of that, he’s never going to take a mate, especially not a human. Human women tend to make the Zandian males more emotional and less logical. He can’t be impartial if his emotions are overly engaged.

Taisha has been a slave all her life. But the woman who was in charge of the house in which she lived told her that it was time to escape. Not only that, she told Taisha how to escape, what ship she should get into, and everything else she needed to know. She also gave Taisha some poison that could take down the Occretians nearly immediately. She manages to escape onto Drayk’s ship.

I like Taisha. I felt really sorry for her that she felt like she had to keep proving herself, no matter what. I think that she was smart, capable, and insightful. She saw so much that other people didn’t see, and that allowed her to make choices and decisions that most people wouldn’t have. I think that her intuition serves her quite well. I don’t blame her for anything that she does, for so many reasons. One is that she was raised a slave, so she is going to make particular choices that Drayk wouldn’t understand.

I like Drayk, most of the time. I think that he’s a good male who really does value his planet and his people. He is very dutiful, which isn’t a bad thing. However, he did make me really mad at him a couple of times. I just wanted to smack the big, purple, horny dude because he doesn’t seem to have the sense his mother gave him sometimes.

It was nice to check in with some old favorites and to see how they are doing now after all the changes.

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I love what happened when Taisha went to get the records. I hope that this is a good sign of things to come.

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

 

Rebel West & Renee Rose-Mastered by the Zandians

I love those big, purple, horny guys. I mean horned guys. Or do I? I suspect even I don’t know what I mean, which isn’t the first, last, or only time that has ever happened. Anyway, I’m a huge fan, and have been from the very first one of these books I read. I love that Renee brought Rebel West in to help take the series in a new direction after the Zandians won back Zandia. I mean, more huge, purple, horny aliens? Who can go wrong with that? So, with that, on to Mastered by the Zandians, the latest book in the series.

If you remember, now that the Zandians have freed their planet, they are working on repopulating it. But, as there are only 3 Zandian females of breeding age, that can be really slow going. Luckily, human women are infinitely compatible with the Zandians. So, they are welcoming human women who want to seek asylum on Zandia, and going out and rescuing more, when they can. After all, Zandia is the only place that humans are actually free and safe. Most of the Zandian males are mating in groups of 2 or more, because that’s how the king told them to do it.

Captain Archer has petitioned the king so that he can go and get a mate. With his friends Lanz and Domm, he’s gone to a slave auction and purchased a human woman and her daughter to be his new family. Once they get to Zandia, the females will be free, and they will be a family unit, and everyone will be super-duper happy. However, there’s one small hitch in the program. Her name is Mirelle.

Mirelle was born free. Her mother and father managed to escape slavery and ran away to Jessel, a lawless planet where there is a small human population. Her father raised her to be a freedom fighter. She’s a fierce fighter, a pretty good mechanic, and does a lot of inventing and innovating. She’s very, very smart. She also knows that the Zandians are still keeping human slaves. Or at least, she thinks that’s what’s happening. So, when Archer buys that human woman, Mirelle decides to go and rescue her. She barely gets the woman and her daughter on to her ship when she has to fight a huge Zandian male. She not only fights him, but she knocks him the fuck down, and gets away. She and the other females get on her ramshackle DIY spaceship and start to head to Jessel. However, along the way, the ship, which doesn’t have any weapons, can’t cloak, and can barely go fast at all, starts to have problems. Good thing that the Zandians followed them to get the women back, especially when pirates show up and try to capture the women. Mirelle comes in very handy then.

I think Mirelle is a different heroine than all the others we’ve seen so far. She’s a much fiercer warrior. Not to say that any of the other women weren’t fighters, because they were, but Mirelle is a warrior, which is completely different, if you ask me. It’s part of her basic makeup. When she gets put into a place where she can’t be the warrior woman that she is, she starts to have problems. I think that Lanz and Domm are good guys. They are very honorable, like all Zandians, and they are very attached to Mirelle, very quickly, but I think they didn’t necessarily think about the best way to go about handling her. They just did what all other Zandian males had done, with some success. But, those women were different to Mirelle. For one thing, they had been slaves their entire lives, which changes the way that a person thinks and acts altogether. The guys would occasionally talk about whether they were doing things the right way or not, but they had to go by what they were told to do. I do like all three main characters though, even if the guys were dense sometimes.

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I think that Mirelle should’ve been upfront with the boys about why she wanted to go to Jessel. I mean, yeah, she mentioned that her father was there, but I don’t think they really understood how much that meant to her. I also think that she had a point about trust. She was expected to trust Lanz and Domm with everything, but they didn’t trust her. I mean, yeah, they did give her some freedom, and she was allowed to train the other women and some Zandian warriors, but she isn’t really trusted by anyone.

I loved what her dad told her about her mom. Too bad Mirelle didn’t get to know her mother more.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out the entire series. It’s pretty damn awesome. Happy reading!

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