Series: Planet Alpha
Author: J.J. Lore
Genre: Sci-fi, Aliens
Stand Alone: YES
Re-issued /Re-edited: NO
Date published: Oct 03, 2014
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Publisher bookstore: LINK
Word count: 37,145
J. J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third.
When she isn’t inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she’s shaking sriracha on whatever she’s eating or reading about the Justinian plague..
As two Alphan warriors on the fast track to promotion and improved status, Mikel and Felix of the Tauride have their future planned out. They intend to go from performing security duties for the Prince while he visits Earth to eventually earning the right to seek out their human mate and rescue her in some dramatic way, impressing her and earning her love. But a chance encounter with a lovely young woman sends them both down a markedly different path.
Shy Alisa Sorrel merely wanted to see a rose garden, then retreat back to her safe and sequestered life in the Women’s Refuge on Earth, but once she encounters two earnest and determined Alphan officers, she’s forced out of her shell and into a whole new world of passion.
Even as the bonds they share tighten and satisfy needs they’d never imagined, Alisa, Felix, and Mikel are soon faced with danger and betrayal from the machinations of humans and Alphans alike. The Alphans will have the chance to rescue their fair damsel after all, but will they make it in time?
Sci-fi menages are always a treat for me. I read a couple of Planet Alpha menages and they were always fun reads.
It is another alien story where men have to find their mates in the other side of the galaxy and find human’s women compatible to their races to bear their children.
This kind of plot is not new. But what I liked, was the aliens not on their ship or their planet or space or trying to free the humans from slavery. They were on earth trying to cohabit with the devastated planet and the remains of humans. I will not spoil the epilogue, but I liked it too.
So it was a mix of survivors and conquerors and saviors. Yep, I liked it a lot. I also like the racial issue between races.
What I liked less was the characters. I thought the men were too weak and both too much alike with no distinct personalities. They see the heroine and it seems that they lost their intelligence and let their little heads think for them. They were driven by their instinct to try to have sex with her as soon as possible with the fear that other would steal her. However, they were sweet. So if you like lovable sweet lovestruck heores, then you have them.
I have mixed feelings about the heroine. I thought she was believable to not fall for strange aliens as I usually read in other menage but it took too long considering the length of the story. It is possible that the heroes fell too quick and she did not. Probably also because they were bisexual, yet I never felt the love or lust between both males.
The story is all centered on the heroine which is okay for many readers. I am not one of them regarding MMF menages. I believe that each character in the relationship must have equal romance, sex and presence within the story. If the males are bisexual, I want to know their love story but not at the expense of the love story with the heroine. But still, I expect some love and male on male sex.
Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, and may also encompass romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender identity or to a person irrespective of that person’s biological sex or gender, which is sometimes termed pansexuality. Wikipedia
Therefore, when an author tag his or her story MMF, it IS expected that all characters will be equally attracted romantically and sexually, not more with one or the other. This is what was missing here for me.
Other than that, I found the writing easy. It was a nice sweet romance that was lovely to read. 😉
Felix looked down at her and watched her eyelashes flutter as she stared at the door, her body trembling slightly. A faint drift of her scent trickled into his nostrils, and he sucked it in, the primal urge to learn her signs compelling him to sniff, stare, touch, and taste the woman who would be bound to him and Mikel. Desire filled him, strong and hot like a blazing fire, and he wrapped his arm around her body, pulling her tighter because he couldn’t stop himself. She tensed and turned her head to gaze up at him. He knew he should release her, not frighten her any more than she already had to be, but before he could move, Alisa let out a little sigh as she closed her eyes and leaned her head against his shoulder.
He stiffened with shock, but his body took over before his mind could catch up as he held her tight, stroking her shining brown hair like he’d wanted to since he’d first seen her. The sensations of her full breasts and round thighs sliding against him heated his blood and made his staff throb and harden. Twin pangs of pain echoed from the roof of his mouth as his tesak budded. This primitive response to her presence was the last bit of encouragement he needed. She was meant for them, like no other woman ever would be. She wriggled against him and slid her hands along his back muscles like she gained some comfort from the movement. He desperately wished there were no garments separating their skin. Lowering his head toward hers, he dared press his lips to the warm, smooth skin of her temple as fragrant wisps of her hair tickled his nose.
With a sudden inhalation, Alisa drew back and stared into his eyes. Felix froze. Her mouth opened slightly as if she was going to say something, but instead of speaking, she merely tightened her grip on his shoulders. She wasn’t rejecting him. With that realization, heat flooded through his body, anticipation of bonding with her in all things gave him the courage to cup her cheek and lean close. He waited a beat for her to show any sign of hesitation, but all she did was close her eyes.
At the first brush of her lips, his tesak burst out, his body’s primal signal to capture her essence both a pleasure and pain. He’d kissed a few other human women, but all past experience was swept from his mind as he tasted Alisa. Her sweet, warm mouth opened under his as she shuddered against him. Licking at her, he buried his fingers in her hair. Her full lips caught at him, the soft friction driving him to press his tongue against hers. She quivered, and he stiffened, his instincts shouting for him to rip her clothes from her body, to lower her to the floor and press his aching staff deep inside her luscious quonum.
A strong grip on his arm brought him out of the intense caress, and he stared for a moment at Alisa as she gasped in his arms, her head lolling against his shoulder. Another squeeze on his arm broke the trance, and he turned to see Mikel frowning at him.
“You were growling loud enough to draw attention,” his bondmate spoke in a low voice with a glance at the door. Felix glimpsed the curve of Mikel’s own tesak, and he rejoiced. Alisa was theirs, but not if they were discovered and exiled from Earth as punishment. Chagrined, Felix tried to collect himself. He’d been so overcome by her he’d forgotten the peril of their situation. Mikel glanced down at Alisa, and his gaze softened. She blinked up at them, a bright pink blush blooming in her cheeks. Their beauty, soon to be claimed.