But out of seduction and subterfuge grow a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take action that drives Parseon to the brink of civil war, and threatens not only their relationship, but also their lives.
Terran, the second book in the Breeder sci-fi series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering but hunky alien, a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude, explicit sex, anal sex, and spanking.
Tara has arrived on the planet and is determined to start a new life. Yes, she knows women are treated very differently but she has no idea just how much information has not been shared. She gets a rude and violent crash course when she's attacked, but when she's rescued by Alpha Marlix the last thing Tara expects is to be kidnapped by him! Marlix is used to being obeyed, no one questions him and yet the plucky Terran female shows him no respect! Worse still is his inability to ignore her, so Marlix has a plan to gorge himself on her until his interest is sated but the more time he spends with Tara the more he questions what he has always believed.
I admit after reading the first book, Breeder, I wasn't sure just how the author could soften up Marlix and yet I'm very impressed with his portrayal here. No, there's no about face but there is plenty of growth as Marlix has an inquiring mind and allows Tara to speak and even when necessary instruct. The way women are viewed and treated under Protocol is abhorrent to me so it was an interesting idea to pit Marlix against the seemingly outrageous Tara as she's much more than she appears. Tara has remade herself after something that would devastate most women and her bright colourful shell hides a warm fierce woman. Seeing them learn about each other and finally begin to understand the depth of feelings they share made for a riveting read.
On a final note, this does portray a society that actively encourages m/m pairings (Alphas have Betas) with females treated like slaves and only seen as breeders with discipline frequently meted out. Some readers will find the nonconsensual acts unpleasant and it's a far cry from BDSM so you have been cautioned. Unless intending to procreate, physical contact is just to find relief for the male and involves back door action only, so it's very much a society that is unpleasant to read about. So, why did I? Simply because Ms Bristol is expanding this world she has created and turning the horror into hope. We are seeing characters grow, we are being taken on a journey with them and no there's no outright revolution on the cards but changes are not just coming but actually happening!
Certainly, this series is unlike any other Sci-Fi romance available and I'm very interested to find out what happens next as it would seem a Beta who is not considered worthy of siring children just might go against established ideas but alas, until the next book is available I will have to bide my time and look for other stories to capture my imagination as much as this one.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.