Spunky commander Berit Turner is known for two things: his huge libido and his lack of a filter—he says what he thinks. Berit sets his mind on being part of a mission to Ligador to make sure the planet is habitable for humans. He’s ecstatic when his team is assigned to the task force. A delegation of Nadisc, a humanoid alien race, accompanies them, and passion ignites between Berit and their commanding officer, Tom. But Berit is determined that Tom is just another notch on his bedpost, as he doesn’t do relationships.
The excursion to Ligador goes wrong from the beginning, when they discover Ligador has been established as a breeding station by their worst enemy: the Tash’Ba. Dinosaur-like creatures become the team’s worst nightmare, and staying alive is going to take everything they’ve got… and then some.
My first by this author, and over all I really enjoyed this story. Fast paced, lots of charaters but easy to follow every one, fantasy but not so crazy so I was able to understand the names and words being used to describe the worlds, plants animals etc. What I did find annoying was the repeat phrases and statements through out the story.
We have Berit and his best friend Carson are first explores for new planets, they have a new team joining them this time, Nadisc are bigger, stronger and rev Berit up faster and higher than any other species including is own human. So as soon as Berit and Carson meet Tom and Ni, sparks fly. And before they even leave the ship Ni claims Carson publicly and Tom and Berit unofficially.
This novel is about four MC’s even though we hear more about Berit and Tom, Ni and Carson play such a major role you can’t say they are secondary charaters. All four have perfect chemistry together as a working unit and as two sets of couples.
The details we get as they fight there was through the plants vegetation, evil monsters trying to save each other was just so well done.
I’m a sucker for sci-fi, especially when there are aliens getting it on with humans. Rawr. I have to confess though, that the title gave me the false impression that this story was either an m-preg or slave or capture or something like that. In actuality, the title refers to the evil plot against the human race that the humans must thwart with the help of the aliens with whom they’ve formed an alliance – the Nadisc.
The story is told through first person POV, which is not always a favorite in romance. It doesn’t bother me in general, but I can see how the human MC’s character of Berit could get on some people’s nerves. He’s over the top whiny and bitchy and sarcastic. He’s the commander of the ship, yet he bitches and moans constantly like a spoiled kid. So I’ll admit, I didn’t think I’d end up caring about him in the beginning, so I was a little worried about how I was going to feel about the rest of the book.
Fortunately, I warmed up to him. It eventually became clear to me that he was fiercely loyal and protective of his best friend, Carson, as well as his crew. He’s beating himself up constantly over the guilt he feels when missions go wrong and people lose their lives. He’s kept an armor around his heart by having mindless sex, communicating through sarcasm and basically keeping everyone at arm’s length. I also know that in reality, people who have very dangerous and life-threatening jobs have a tendency to do that as well as a way to cope.
Then enter Tom, a large, handsome and strong Nadisc, sent to help the humans destroy the breeding stations which their enemy, the Tash’ba are using to genetically engineer human destroying monsters that they plan to set loose on Earth. As it turns out, Berit wouldn’t mind a little alien bump and grind before they leave on their mission and Tom seems interested. Berit loves what a Nadisc can do with their tails, so he wants to get in on some of that action. What he doesn’t plan on is that Tom is his mate and Berit doesn’t do love or relationships. At all.
I really enjoyed the push and pull between these two. Tom is endlessly patient, loving and understanding with the feisty Berit. Berit isn’t the sweet young thing who wants someone to protect him – he’s a man, a commander, and he intends to prove that he doesn’t need Tom – either emotionally or to protect him. Of course he really does, and Tom guides him to that realization with a firm hand, but without taking away his pride. He was just a great character.
For some M/M readers, the amount of time spent on the burgeoning mate relationship between Carson and a female Nadisc might be tiresome. I was fine with it, but I wasn’t sure why it needed to be there in an M/M novel. What I was much more interested in was the young engineer, Rene, who features in both books and really needs to get a book of his own. He’s a supposedly straight widower who ends up being mated to a male high leader of the Nadisc. The hints I got about their relationship in both this book and the second one have me dying for more!
The backdrop to all of this, is of course, the battle against the Tash’ba, the scary monsters and the certainty that they’re being betrayed somehow. It made for some nice tension and I did find myself on the edge of my seat a few times. I really loved Fleur, this kind of Furby creature that saves Berit at one point that ends up coming back with him to the ship.
I’ll stop here, because Alliances 2 has a lot more of Fleur and the Tash’ba. Overall an enjoyable read that lovers of softer Sci-fi, life-mates stories and alien/human sex will definitely want to read.
The fight to eradicate the Tash’Ba breeding stations continues, with spunky Commander Berit Turner and his Nadisc mate, Tom, in the thick of things. Sometimes it seems as though they’ll never locate and destroy them all. And there’s always the fear that the Tash’Ba have something else, something worse—if that’s even possible—lurking ahead.
As if things aren’t bad enough, Berit’s less than stellar past is threatening to bite him in the ass, and they’ve received alarming new information. The Tash’Ba queen needs to use Earth as a place to hatch the egg of her successor. And if what she says is true, the new queen will be even more voracious and cruel than her predecessor.
So book two drops you off pretty much where you left book one, all four are going from breeding planet to breeding planet, waging the war against the Tash’Ba queen. Losing good people along the way, and maybe a little bit of there own sanity as well.
Each couple are getting deeper into their relationships, understanding, enjoying and loving. As well as trying to understand Fleur and her new baby, Jazzy. Whom both play a major role.
I just love the dynamic between all of these charaters. Not just the main four but Rene, Ylkurt and Baker, even Sanders. They all had an important role and it all worked so well.
The one thing I found kinda of a let down was the last battle between the queen and the crew. We had this huge lead up, then… well.. However we did get the HFN so all well that ends well.
With Battle Stations we essentially pick up where we left off with Breeding Stations. Berit, Tom and the others have fought off the Tash’ba, but now a new threat arrives – including a betrayal that they never saw coming. I was surprised when I found out why one of the characters had behaved the way he did – so it was a nice twist and added some great tension to the story.
But of course, the real reason I’m along for the ride is always because of the romance between the MC’s. Even though Berit is still fighting Tom on a lot of things, still trying to wrap his brain around being in love and being mated – he’s also learning the art of give and take. At last Berit is maturing enough emotionally that he cares and tries to give his lover what he needs. I really felt the chemistry between these two characters and that’s what makes this book work so well for me.
We also get more of the furry creature, Fleur and her off-spring. I knew she was there for a reason and she does play a big part in the plot. I also loved how close and protective she is of Berit. No one – not even his mate Tom – is safe from her wrath if she feels Berit is threatened in any way. I thought having her in the story added a nice touch that lightened things up a bit, but also ended up playing an important part of the story.
Now about Rene and Ylurt…Don’t leave us hanging! The hints at warming Rene up to the whole male on male love then Rene’s freakout when they mated – come on. That’s just cruel not to fill in the blanks there. Please can we have that story??? *bats eyelashes*
I definitely recommend this one the same as the first, but you do have to read them in order. This is a clear follow-up to that one. Great series, but I still need Rene and Ylurt!