I have read every book in this universe and even though the Atlans are my favorites (we are introduced to a new Atlan in this book), these colony vets are something special. Gwen is our first unmated female vet on the Colony that is filled with unmated alpha males who, previously, had no chance at finding a mate. You can just imagine the havoc she was causing even though the males would sooner destroy themselves than hurt or dishonor her. Mak is our first Rogue 5 vet on the Colony and as the Rogues were trying to stay out of the Hive fight, he may be are only). He is from the Kronos Legion on Rogue 5 (we previously met Styx and Blade from the Styx Legion in Her Rogue Mates). He is a very different type Rogue and has preferred to keep to himself, his whole life, until the betrayal. Both Gwen and Mak feel the restrictions placed upon them by being on the Colony and are looking to escape but for different reasons. Gwen and Mak are the two most unique characters in the Interstellar Bride universe and the author has given them a story that showcases them at their best. With a supporting cast of returning favorites (Maxim, Ryston, Rezzer, Braun, Kiel, Denzel) and new Atlan Bryck to help continue the fight against the Hive incursion on the Colony, we get to get some more action. We are get to see a new "weapon" that will help the Coalition in its battle with the Hive. I love sci-fi/fantasy books and enjoy story over hot, steamy interludes (of which this book has plenty) and this author and her Interstellar Bride Universe NEVER disappoint. My only complaint is that I read them too quickly but the author is pretty fantastic about releasing a new one almost every month. Now I will sit back and wait for the next book and keep my fingers crossed that it is Braun's or Bryck's story. Even though these books can be read as standalones, I would highly encourage reading them in order and in groups. The Prillon Prime, Atlan, and Colony stories closely follow the war with the Hive, so if you want to follow what is happening with the war read these books in the order they were published. The Viken, Trion, Everis (Virgins), and Rogue 5 books don't have much to do with the War but they each have planetary situations occurring and should be read in groups by Planet.
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Kathy “Redrabbitt” Heare-Watts
I’M NOT WILD, GOVERNOR, I’M CAGED—TRAPPED While this book is part of a series, it reads well as a stand-alone. The Interstellar Brides program was designed to match up mates from Earth to Alien on various planets. But, Gwendolyn wasn’t an Interstellar matched bride, she was a warrior from Earth, and was captured, tortured and transformed by the Hive. She can never return to Earth, and now she has been grounded by the Governor, Maxim Rone, but given an option of an out, select a mate. This will be the story of Makarios and Gwen. Makarios Kronos of Rogue 5 was captured by the coalition, held captive when the Hive took over the ship, and he fell into their hands. Wrong place, wrong time, and now he was in a different type of prison, one where there is no freedom as he had once known. The plot will have Gwen needing to release some of the anger and rage she was feeling because of being grounded, not allowed to go on missions, she can never return to earth. Then to learn that in the fighting pit aliens were in a battle to claim her—as if she were a prize to be won. When Maxim Rone steps in, he will give Gwen an ultimatum with a caveat, select a mate and you can once again return to missions, but if you don’t select one yourself, one will be selected for you. Too much disruption because of one single available woman, and it must come to an end. When Gwen makes her choice of Makrois, there is much shock, but she believes they can enjoy each other like a one-night hookup and then go on their way. Both Mak and Gwen had secretly lusted after each other, but she hadn’t planned to be mated, and he believed to keep a female safe, he should never mate. He isn’t Atlan, and he has no desire to hurt a female but, when they get together, it is an unique erotic chemistry. Once Gwen is allowed to return on missions she will be going after the Hive again. She has kept certain secrets from the doctors about some of her abilities. Now, she plans on retaliating against the Hive by using what they made her be. What she hadn’t counted on was the Mak would refuse to allow her to go on the mission without him. She had a deal with him, she would help him secure a spacecraft so he could leave, and now he plans to go with her on this mission, which wasn’t in the deal. Once again, the battle against the Hive will take out key elements to make life better for those on the Colony. Even a traitor will get his comeuppance. But what will come of Gwen and Mak? He refuses to claim her properly, his claiming bite is venomous, and he refuses to kill her. But what if she has a plan? Will he be able to claim her and she truly becomes his mate?
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I cannot get enough of this series! I have read 4 books today alone. It is 2:40am and I am considering just one more... The first books with the Prillions were hot, but I am glad other types of aliens are having their stories told and getting their mates. Great job!!