I’ve Had Some Bad Luck Lately with Sci Fi Romance Reads

Pagan by Christina Stoke

1 star

Started off with a pretty good sci fi romance feel and then fled south as fast as it could run. There was some interesting world building going on at first that petered out. The two men involved seemed as if they might be pretty alpha barbarian types but turned into naive wimps. The girl who crash landed on the planet never developed beyond a cipher. The sex was pretty tame and never really went anywhere. Come on the girl had been captured to be sold as a sex slave. This is erotica I think, and if you have to guess then it’s not good erotica is it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demon’s Captive by Stephanie Snow

2 stars

Rant, Rant, Rant. This book did not live up to its potential.

The author sets the scene pretty clearly as to the sci fi setting. The introduction of the hero as a man who enjoys killing and is sorry that the wars are coming to an end is vivid. The heroine has been running from the aliens for months and this guy for 6 days. Once captured she essentially gives up. I realize that she was out numbered etc., but her submission was extremely sudden. The hero takes her as a torture slave and heads off to torture her. But he doesn’t. And then he thinks of all the kinky sex he can have with her since she can’t tell him no but then…he doesn’t do that either. Then he gets mad at her for wanting to go back to her people and whips her. Then, big mean killer that he is, he is immediately sorry and is ashamed that she saw his stash of torture implements. And then whoops! he slipped and fell in love gosh darn it and told her how much he loved her and wanted to marry her. Then there proceeded to be page after page of them playing happy families, ruling Earth.

Umm, what happened to the killer alien? This guy put the populace of Earth to the sword but he luvs his little alien wife who is basically a nonentity. There was a hint that he was having problems pushing down his mean side and that the man he was now was not the man he really was inside. Aha! I think, some meat to the story, some conflict. But no, dropped that line of the story when he finds out that, holy miracle Batman! he’s knocked up the heroine. She pops out the baby and they all live happily ever after.

So the author dropped the ball on world building or making your aliens seem to be, oh, I don’t know, alien? Like different from humans? And what’s with setting this guy up as a mean MFer and then not including scenes to that effect and indeed the first/only time he raises a hand to her, he cries in his beer about how evil he was to the poor little angel? I don’t necessarily need a book to be full of graphic violence against the heroine. I love me some sweet gentle love stories when that’s what I’m expecting. But if you set the book up as, I’m quoting here  “Bondage, domination/submission, dubious consent, flogging, interspecies sex.” then you ought to follow through at least a little bit.

Okay end of rant.

Decent But That’s About All

Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

2 stars

It was pretty bland all in all. I think that it lacked any real tension. It was too long for the amount of story that there actually was to tell. The relationship was fairly calm and everyone was just so nice. I actually enjoyed the small side story of his sister who had breast cancer and her cop boyfriend a bit better than the main story. I just had a hard time caring about the characters. I got a bit tired of everyone remarking all the time on differences between the Australian way of doing something and the American way. It seemed forced and a little bit like a lesson.

I received this free from netGalley for review.

 

 

Wasn’t Thrilled With This One

Wyoming Tough by Diana Palmer

1 star

to be published 10/25/2011

So I’m going to pick my jaw up off the floor and try to compose myself to write this review. I keep falling off the “No More Diana Palmer” bandwagon. I have seriously got to get myself a seat belt and stay on that puppy. This book is a veritable feast of tell not show with epic helpings of info dumping. When I was already full up with that I was fed a nauseating, treacly dessert of “my morality is better than yours and that’s why the world is going to Hell in a sinful handbasket.”

I learned a lot from reading this book.

I learned things like fracking (a non eco friendly way to get oil from shale) is bad and evil.

I learned this three or four times in fact.

I learned you’re a poser if you try to pass yourself off as a debutante to ranchers in Wyoming while wearing last year’s colors.

I learned that it’s okay to let poor girls work on ranches with those nasty cows and all that back breaking labor but that if only they’d known the poor girl came from a good i.e., rich family they never would have let her sully her hands.

I learned that scads of random conversations between two secondary characters about other people who were not in the book and were in fact only mentioned once, do not a riveting story make.

I learned that the hero Mallory, and seriously, Mallory? is in fact not an alpha male but a seriously naive, or dare I say stupid gullible fool.

I learned that there is no way that I can buy that a very rich 23 year old rancher’s daughter in this day and age would not know that a guy can’t just keep it up all night but needs her new husband to tell her that fact in a very clinical sex ed sort of lecture on her wedding night.

I learned that if you have just left a hunted criminal behind you with a shotgun and you hear a sharp crack in the distance, it’s probably just thunder ever though there is only a light drizzle going on.

I learned that a considerate husband will break his new wife’s hymen with his fingers out of consideration before he F***s her. I really wish I hadn’t learned that one.

What I really hope I learned from this inane fiasco is my lesson: Stay on that Wagon!.

I received this free from netGalley for review.