Ruthless is book 2 in the Detyen Warriors series, a spinoff of the Mated To The Alien series. You don't have to read that series to read this one (and the reading order gets interesting), but reading Ruwen before this series would be beneficial. As a side note, reading Soulless (book 1) before this one is almost a must. It stands alone, but only by a hair and you will miss a lot. Written in 3rd person omniscient perspective from mostly the main two leads' point of view. Ruthless is Toran, the leader of our small contingent of Detyen Legion warriors. Unlike Raze, he still has his soul, though he's getting close to the age where he'll need to make the choice. He was raised a soldier, and his personality shows it: he's no no-nonsense, to the point, and, as the title implies, a bit ruthless. He is, however, very dedicated to his cause and his people. He cares for his soulless compatriots as best he's able, and the knowledge that he will likely have to call for their termination at some point pains him. Overall, I liked Toran's character. Iris was a good match, even if she wasn't a warrior. The softness balances him, I think. Iris is a human investigative reporter who has something of a hyper-focus issue when it comes to work. When she's assigned to the Detyen group to discover if they're a threat to earth or not, she's excited to be helping earth. Her odd instant attraction, and trust, in their leader throws a wrench in how she saw the investigation going. Iris doesn't jump headfirst into the bond like Sierra did, but that really didn't suit her personality, so I think the gradual acceptance fit well in this. She didn't fight it like a banshee, just sort of tested the waters slowly. Her overall gentle personality meshed well with Toran's rougher one. The story also progresses the underlying storyline of the series and we get some up close and personal with the suspicious ambassador Wreet. There's some action, a dose of drama from the rescued women, some heartwarming camaraderie, a dash of steam, and a tiny bit of comeuppance. If you like 100 year old mysteries, bright colored aliens, and some earth saving action with your romance, this is a good book for you.
Iris Mason, a consultant, looked out at the barely seen Potomac from the Sol Defense Agency building. The outside of the building was unassuming brick and chipped paint, but the inside was sleek grey and contained the latest in technology. Her contact, Selma, joined her and passed her a disc with details. But the summary was that days ago, an alien ship brought eleven women who’d been abducted from Earth over the past three years, one of them the niece of a United States senator. They brought with them three operatives from the Sol Intelligence Agency and four alien Detyens. But 12 women had been abducted, and they doubted the story they were given for only having 11. So Iris was being assigned to Toran NaLosen to find out what he was hiding, if he was a threat, or if they should allow him to go home. When the Detyens rescued the women, they were still looking for clues as to who ordered the destruction of their planet 100 years ago. One of the human women recognized the name of someone called Yormas of Wreet, currently an ambassador on Earth. It may not be the same person, but they needed to check it out. Toran was working out in the gym when he heard the door open. He made a joking remark about Dryce’s sexual appetite as a woman’s voice responded. He was speechless when he turned and saw her – his Denya! Iris was equally speechless – his pictures did not do him justice, and his scent was driving her crazy! Why was she reacting this way? She hadn’t read any warnings about this! She blamed it on alien sex pheromones! But she definitely couldn’t get him off of her mind! Would she realize how important she was to him? Would she return to his planet and make her life with him? And would they work together to find out more information about Yormas and what happened so many years ago that may threaten Earth very soon? This was a wonderful book, well-written with excellent characters. It was refreshing to see the different personality types with Toran nearing 30 at which point he would die if he did not find his Denya, Dryce who was the perfect smiling and fun playboy, and Kayde who became soulless to extend his life a little longer while he waited to discover his Denya. The story line was good and kept the reader’s attention. Grab your copy and enjoy the continuation of this adventure.
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This is an enjoyable read. It's 180pgs long. It took a little longer to read than I expected. Lots of action and bad guys. While there is some sex it is mostly plot. It is steamy enough though. I didn't read the first book but it was easy enough to follow. I would definitely recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.