Kaylee knew being a Coletti Warlord’s mate wasn’t going to be easy. Not only was Talree downright scary, he had a bossy streak a mile long and collected enemies like most men collected lovers. But while Kaylee’s life might not be perfect, Talree truly loved her.
Flash forward nine months to a very pregnant, insanely hormonal and cranky as hell Kaylee. If the pregnancy wasn’t enough to drive her crazy, Talree’s enemies were tap dancing on her last nerve. The Shani Queen Mother, a psychotic alien with a bone to grind against Talree, decided she wanted the planet Tartum – a barren piece of crap loaded with Ditrum crystals, and part of the Coletti Empire. Her master plan? Kidnap Kaylee and hold her for ransom. If the Overlord refused to give the Queen Mother Tartum, she would feed Kaylee and her son to the Tai-Kok.
She thinks Kaylee will beg for mercy. Boy, is the alien bitch in for a surprise. She’s about to meet a woman suffering from hormone overload and a serious lack of chocolate. The only one begging for mercy will be the Queen Mother.
The first two books of this series aren’t available so I was resigned not to be able to read them. But this book is more of Kaylee’s story. How she met Talree is one of those books, but with this one the author gave us refresher for those who haven’t read the first two books. Talree is the heir to Zarek, the Overlord of the Coletti. Kaylee is his mate and near the end of her first pregnancy. She and Talree are excited. Thor, their child, is already able to communicate with his parents. This actually starts an hour after the end of Reality Bites and Kaylee is helping to set up the bonding ceremony for Bree and Jaylan. When everything happens, Bree’s father, Hank, and Kaylee are kidnapped and so begins Kaylee’s second adventure.
Like I said, a good part of this book is a look back at how Kaylee met and mated Talree. How she met and befriended the Tabors (huge sentient spiders). Of the Jones women, Kaylee did have an aversion to spiders and bugs that she had to struggle to get over when she adopted some orphans. This wasn’t as gut clenching funny as the others but it did answer my questions about what Malek (the series big baddie) did to Talree. Plus I now know more about the Jones clan, giving me a better view of them than the vague knowledge that was in the other books that assumed the readers knew. Kaylee didn’t do a lot of fighting in the book since she was pregnant and then later protecting her child. Not to say that she wasn’t deadly and a force of nature to be reckoned with. Jones women have many different ways to take down the enemy. There was also the nice side story about Hank and his own mating. I think I need to go back and reread Wulf and the Bounty Hunter since now I know the origins of the friendships and family ties. I thought that story was wonderful as a standalone but now I wonder if there was some inside jokes that I happened to miss because I didn’t know the backstories.
I can’t say enough about this series. It’s fun and interesting and I LOVE all the kickbutt women. Highly recommended.