Book 1 in a complete series and 2017 RONE award finalist!
Bond to a female shifter or lose his crown.
What an ultimatum…especially for a king who'd rather remain single.
But when Noeh's demanding goddess sets down the law, he must choose. Faced with an unrelenting enemy on a quest to destroy him and everyone Noeh cares about and a forbidden female that tempts him beyond measure, what's a king to do?
Now is the time to indulge yourself in this fast-paced and exciting shifter paranormal romance series!
This clunky debut begins the Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony series by placing a stereotypical variety of near-human species in a poorly articulated fantasy setting clearly inspired by role-playing games. Redd wraps the story in the vague context of interstellar colonization: Zedron and Alora, competing gods from the planet Lemuria, have sent these species to Earth to act as pawns in a contest to determine whether the Lemurians will take the precious water of Earth by negotiation or force. King Noeh of Alora's beast-hearted Stihaya saves vampiric Melissa from the leader of Zedron's reptilian Gossum and feline Panthera. Noeh protects Melissa in his underground keep, as she is sought by the Panthera leader and is also the target of the universal male attention that comes from being the only fertile female Lemurian in hundreds of years. But the gods' insistence that Noeh break his childhood vow and take a queen before the next new moon leads him to pursue her himself. Four more species mentioned but not appearing in the Earthside setting telegraph future volumes of the series, but readers have little reason to want to continue beyond this stodgy opener. (BookLife)
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4 stars The fate of Earth is in the balance between two rival alien Deities; who will win?
A shadow war between two alien groups for the fate of Earth includes twists and turns as is the way of war. Political and personal rivalries make defeating the enemy even harder, but love prevails as a shining beacon to heal the rift between those who should be allies enables a new and hopefully brighter future for both. I appreciate the glossary provided so that readers can look up the Lemurian words if they want. Interesting characters that have strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the battle. Of course I am rooting for the Free-Will side. Who wants to be nothing but a puppet?
Even some of the Slaver side “pieces” to their chess-master have managed to retain one redeeming quality weather loyalty, the will to regain their lost love, etc but they still recruit by force instead of free will. Hmm…Could that be one of the future episodes? Benevolent slavery is one thing as in D/s, but that is not how this side is written in this first book. Their Deity is written as a might makes right, so no, I want them to loose.
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Enticing, tasteful, beautiful - LOVE this book.
Fantasy Romance is not my normal genre. However, this book had me hooked from the first few chapters. Rosalie has created interesting characters that I fell in love with from the start, and I would definitely recommend this book to those who love Fantasy Romance, and even those like me that would like to venture out of their norm. The romance scenes are enticing, hot, and very tastefully written. Each character has a unique personality, and I'm sure you will fall in love with them as I have.
A rich, vibrant new world with lots of PNR yumminess
This story's set-up is at once familiar (in the best of ways) and uniquely different with some interesting new additions to the PNR genre. We've got the band of (mostly) male warriors who live and fight together, led by a noble albeit troubled king, and the dynamics between the characters and the world-building in this respect is fondly reminiscent of other well-loved PNRs like BBD, Midnight Breeds, LotU etc. Fans of these series will definitely find this book appealing, as it delivers within this popular set-up of characters and storytelling.
The unique aspects are the mythology the author developed for this world, and the details she fleshed out for it. Foreign gods and goddesses actively meddle in the affairs of the non-human races they put on Earth, which are mostly shifter species with magical abilities. I loved reading about all these new and interesting races, and their politics and struggles as they fight for survival beside the oblivious human population.
Though the romance is central to the plot, I'd say the story is definitely very action-driven, and besides the hero and heroine, we also get into the heads of other characters, including the villain and the deities pulling the strings behind the scenes.
A rich, vibrant new world with lots of PNR yumminess--I can abolutely recommend it to fans of PNR and/or Fantasy/Sci-Fi Romance.