Xacier’s Prize: Galactic Courtship #1, By Lily S. Thomas

Xacier’s Prize: Galactic Courtship #1

By Lily S. Thomas

Science Fiction Romance. Erotica.

3 Stars

A quick, fun read

Xacier was once king of the proud Kell Empire, but after his cousin’s betrayal he is enslaved in the fighting arena. The only way to survive? Kill everyone and be the champion. With his strength and skill, only a few battles now stand between Xacier and his freedom, and he will stop at nothing to get out and get his revenge. But when a human woman is thrown into the arena, Xacier will find himself fighting to defend her, at the risk of losing his freedom – and his life.

Samantha is crossing the galaxy to visit her ailing mother, when she is sold to the Frirens and tossed into the middle of an arena battle. Completely out of her element, her only hope of making it out of here alive lies with the strong and ruthless alien who claims her as his prize. Winning their freedom won’t be easy, though, and even if they do make it out together, Samantha isn’t sure she’ll be able to part ways with this warrior who captured her body and her heart.

Happily ever after guaranteed! Can be read as part of the series or as a standalone romance.

Xacier’s Prize was my first experience with “SciFi Alien Romance,” and I was a fan. I liked this new perspective on this type of story.

While I liked both characters, Xacier and Samantha, I was disappointed a bit with things moving too quickly. This is a common issue I have with these kinds of books, and maybe I’m too nerdy for them, but I wanted more stretching of the story.

Xacier was great. From the beginning, he was likable and relatable and most especially, consistent. I appreciated that.

There was a portion of the story I thought a bit forced, and I was confused by its use, though I guess it was the catalyst for things to happen. Still, this point swallowed some of the rest for me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be taking a look at more of Lily S. Thomas‘ work. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read with elements of action and romance, this book is for you!

Happy Reading 🙂

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West End Montana, by N. M. McGregor

West End Montana; The Montana Series Book 1

By N. M. McGregor

5 Stars

Literary Fiction. Romantic Fiction. New Adult.

I couldn’t stop reading.

Meet Montana Stanford, a precocious teen with an iron will and a passion for life that affects everyone around her. Living with her brothers in Vancouver’s West End, she seeks love and excitement in everything she does. Of course, life is no bed of roses as she attracts the ire of some easy opponents and makes some enemies who are harder to shake. The first in a series, West End Montana establishes N.M. McGregor as an author of impactful romantic fiction.

Another one off the “I don’t normally read that” shelf. I really need to stop saying that. This story was captivating and riveting and all those words the Times uses to help sell books. But this one really is all those things, and more!

Montana is a character I just adored. Tough-as-nails with a confidence I wish I’d had a quarter of when I was her age, I had to keep reminding myself of her age; to re-ground myself to the story from this perspective. So many things that I never had to deal with -ever- Montana deals with before her sweet sixteen. Listening to her recount her tale was seamless, and I couldn’t stop once I’d started.

So many characters perfectly woven together to create this community of people I loved to hear more about. The brothers. The friends. The friends-of-friends. And all told in a wonderful use of flashbacks not many can pull off. It was this I most enjoyed, the teasing of the tragic now mixed masterfully with the story of how it reached that point.

There wasn’t one page of this book that was unnecessary. Heartstrings pulled on so many levels was a gift I, as a reader, cherished. I feel this is a book I will read again and again.

If you like coming-of-age stories, this is a book for you. If you like well written, smartly paced tales of ordinary peoples lives and their struggles, heartaches, and triumphs, this is for you. If you want to laugh and cry and love, this book is for you, as well.

Happy reading 🙂