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.

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