Hard Sands (Warlords of Atera #2)
She may be a gift from the Goddess, but he doesn’t want her. So why can’t he let her go? Kalinda got on the Intergalactic Mating Agency’s ship with one destination in mind—a distant space station where she’s to meet her new mail order mate. Nothing in her plans includes crash-landing on a backwards, undiscovered, lizard-alien inhabited sand planet. Roughing it wasn’t what she signed up for and she wants off Atera. Well… maybe after she spends a little time with the Warlord Nakan, first. He’s a sexy, muscular, overwhelming gray-scaled presence that she wouldn’t mind exploring. But when she’s done with him, she’s figuring out a way off this godforsaken planet. She doesn’t belong on Atera no matter what the hottie lizardman may say. Nakan does not have time in his life for a mate. With his sire recently deceased, he must care for his tribe and fight off challengers to his position as Warlord of the Hard Sands. A mate? And an alien human female, at that? No, he has other responsibilities that need his attention. Gift from the Goddess or not, Kalinda of Earth is not for him. It does not matter that her curves call to him or that her strange alien form appeals to him in ways no other female ever has and stirs his blood like a true mate. Yet Nakan’s denial leaves Kalinda vulnerable. There’s a male who wants everything Nakan holds dear—his position of Warlord, the territory of the Hard Sands, and more important to him than anything else… Kalinda.

Hard Sands (Warlords of Atera #2) Details

TitleHard Sands (Warlords of Atera #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
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GenreScience Fiction, Aliens, Romance, Science Fiction Romance

Hard Sands (Warlords of Atera #2) Review

  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Ok I need to start by saying that honestly the physical appearance of these aliens just doesn't do it for me so my feelings do affect my review. Personally I would have preferred the artwork to be less full on so I could at least use my imagination rather than see a buff but to me ugly hero so perhaps just a torso or back shot ? So having got that out of the way what did I think of the story ?Well I don't mind a bit of alien romance once in a while as it shakes up my reading and I know with this Ok I need to start by saying that honestly the physical appearance of these aliens just doesn't do it for me so my feelings do affect my review. Personally I would have preferred the artwork to be less full on so I could at least use my imagination rather than see a buff but to me ugly hero so perhaps just a torso or back shot ? So having got that out of the way what did I think of the story ?Well I don't mind a bit of alien romance once in a while as it shakes up my reading and I know with this author that it's usually going to be fun, perhaps a bit wacky and always will have romance with saucy times eventually. . Well I didn't particularly like either one of this couple which was such a shame. Kalinda was annoying constantly thinking about escaping whilst lusting after the lizard like Nakan and spent so much time in her head that honestly pages just went by with nothing happening. Nakan might have inherited the title Warlord but it's very obvious that he is young and in many ways unprepared. If blunt he felt more like a toy boy than a strong alpha male but I'm guessing the author wanted to give him a more empathetic feel. Unfortunately he just wasn't my idea of a hero and honestly I couldn't imagine ever wanting to kiss him so sadly this was not a favourite read from this author and I sincerely hope that the next book I read by her will be more my type of escapist story.This voluntary take is of an advanced copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    It's the next Warlord's turn to find his special someone in the group of stranded human women. Turns out, Nakan is intrigued, but he's got a lot on his plate and doesn't pursue the attraction (you know, the fact she stirs his blood in the only way that's going to end up with him having a family in the future) until fate forces his hand.Well, fate or an honorless competitor for his position as Warlord.Yep, Kalinda stumbles into a not-so-fun situation and Nakan has to admit the truth. Except...no It's the next Warlord's turn to find his special someone in the group of stranded human women. Turns out, Nakan is intrigued, but he's got a lot on his plate and doesn't pursue the attraction (you know, the fact she stirs his blood in the only way that's going to end up with him having a family in the future) until fate forces his hand.Well, fate or an honorless competitor for his position as Warlord.Yep, Kalinda stumbles into a not-so-fun situation and Nakan has to admit the truth. Except...no one's exactly told the human women about the whole mating for life thing and having it dumped on a girl can be overwhelming.However, Kalinda's smart and she works through her upset about this new situation and the more time she spends with Nakan, the more she comes to admire him. And find him sexy. The fact he's a very *ahem* giving male helps.A little despair to start out, a little danger along the way, and a strange, new world to learn about...yep, these human women are dealing with a lot. Fortunately for them, their new alien buddies are all about honoring these women from beyond the stars and treating them like the treasures they are.Aliens, man. You gotta love 'em.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Amanda Perkins
    January 1, 1970
    Hard Sands is a step in the right direction after Red Sands, and I'm glad I decided to give this one a go. First off- My favorite thing about these books is the covers. It's refreshing to see an author with the balls to put a completely non-human alien on the cover. As he's written. I can not wrap my head around people who want to read alien romances but are put off by aliens being...alien. I'm always more weirded out when aliens are nearly human except pointy ears or slightly different skin. Hard Sands is a step in the right direction after Red Sands, and I'm glad I decided to give this one a go. First off- My favorite thing about these books is the covers. It's refreshing to see an author with the balls to put a completely non-human alien on the cover. As he's written. I can not wrap my head around people who want to read alien romances but are put off by aliens being...alien. I'm always more weirded out when aliens are nearly human except pointy ears or slightly different skin. It's sci-fi: embrace it.With that out of the way...I wish I could say I liked this book more. It was an improvement over the first and I enjoyed it more—I have less to nitpick about this one may be more accurate—but it still left a lot to be desired.Nakan is a nice—though rather bland—male lead. He's young. He's a new Warlord and not prepared for the role. He wants to make changes but lacks the confidence and drive to make it happen. He's not afraid of challenges per se, but he is aware that there are a lot he would be unable to win if they go after him. He's mostly adrift when this book opens and is frankly letting a lot of important things fall to the wayside. Not quite what you'd expect from a leader. He is, however, really patient and understanding to the point it's almost funny when it comes to all of Kalinda's BS. The temper tantrums in this book are not are not coming from him. I just wish he had a bit more personality to work with, and I found his lack of alphahole qualities rather intriguing for how they could work in a leadership situation. His second-in-command, Aarom, seems to more fill that role, and Kalinda will fill in some of the other gaps. So I think this particular aspect worked really well. I believe you are meant to be the cunning mind to my fierce heart.It's really hard to hate a guy who woos you with lines like that. Confession: I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish this book and almost threw in the towel at the 30% mark. The first 40% is pretty difficult to get through with how Kalinda was written. Heroines always make or break books for me, and I was disappointed to see a character who promised to be more open-minded and curious in the first book start off as ANGRY, hostile, making really TSTL choices, and super prejudiced against her hosts in this one. I recall having a really favorable impression of her in Red Sands, so I was let down when reading how she's presented. I feel like she could have had the same desires and had some—understandable—anger about her situation without needing to be so hostile and bordering on violent. Especially with all of her silly ideas about the nobility and morality of humanity. I just. Hrm.Like in the last book, there were unnamed background female human characters enjoying being wooed by their kodes; it would have been nice to see a story more along those lines than what started off as a near rehash of Sheri and Drazan. I'm rather afraid to see just how ANGRY our comatose third heroine will be in Living Sands when she wakes up.The villain in this one was still pretty one dimensional and flat. He was an improvement over the last book's, but he still lacked depth to make him more enjoyable to read. It was more of "the one dishonorable male among all of the honorable ones" that Red Sands had. At least this one had some weak motivation to work with. Plot was pretty simple again in this one, but there was some more fleshing out of the Ateran world that I enjoyed. It was interesting to find out a bit more about the 3 regions of the Sands and what they all specialize in and how the Hard Sands differ from the Red Sands in their attitudes towards technology and how they live. We also found out a bit more about this "matching" service the women all enrolled in, that I'm still pretty convinced was a scam of some sort given the fiasco that started these stories off.Taking all of that into consideration, I think I will chance the third book when it releases. Maybe I'll get a non-ANGRY heroine this next go 'round. Or one who at least channels it in a more interesting way than being abusive and throwing tantrums. A girl can dream.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Shorter than the first bookThis story didn't Focus as much on world-building as much as the first book did it was more centered on the story between the two characters. It was enjoyable and I think it was a good addition to the world.
  • Ivy Deluca
    January 1, 1970
    Basically, that's all I got.Just kidding. It's about as cracky as the first story, but the romance didn't really work for me. And don't get me started on the hero's genitals...I mean, just trying to picture it....Yeah, still got nothing. But I'm not giving it 1 star because, you guessed it...I'll probably try the next one in the series anyway. #itscrack #addicted
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  • Icu2qtpi
    January 1, 1970
    Luv Me Some Lizard MenWho'd a thunk it? A lizard warlord you wanna get up close and freaky with. That's exactly what Nakan is to Kalinda. From the moment he sets his eyes on the mysterious alien female from the stars, he knew he'd found his kode or fated mate. The one female in the world to awaken his blood. (You have to read the book to find out what THAT means. ) Anyhoo, Kalinda, even though she finds him sexy and has naughty fantasies about the lizard warlord, wants no part of Nakan and his Luv Me Some Lizard MenWho'd a thunk it? A lizard warlord you wanna get up close and freaky with. That's exactly what Nakan is to Kalinda. From the moment he sets his eyes on the mysterious alien female from the stars, he knew he'd found his kode or fated mate. The one female in the world to awaken his blood. (You have to read the book to find out what THAT means. 😋) Anyhoo, Kalinda, even though she finds him sexy and has naughty fantasies about the lizard warlord, wants no part of Nakan and his desert world. The ensuing mating dance ebbs to and fro, whilst an enemy conspires at every turn to destroy Nakan's position as warlord and steal his kode to make her his own. If you love alien romance like I do, you'll appreciate all the differences between the races. It actually is a TOTALLY ALIEN WORLD to the human females. But you will also appreciate all the similarities in that both races want love, peace and prosperity for their peoples. Great read, Miss Kyle. Thank you and I can't wait to see where you take this series!
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  • JodyL
    January 1, 1970
    Accepting the plans of the goddess (fate).Nakan knows that Kalinda is his kode(mate), while Kalinda tries to find a way to escape. She doesn't believe that the goddess sent her there and that they are meant to be. She soon finds out that only a true kode can excite a male sexually. But then why is there another male trying to claim her? Can true feelings emerge between two very different species?I enjoyed the story a lot. I would recommend it to any scifi romance reader. Not counting against the Accepting the plans of the goddess (fate).Nakan knows that Kalinda is his kode(mate), while Kalinda tries to find a way to escape. She doesn't believe that the goddess sent her there and that they are meant to be. She soon finds out that only a true kode can excite a male sexually. But then why is there another male trying to claim her? Can true feelings emerge between two very different species?I enjoyed the story a lot. I would recommend it to any scifi romance reader. Not counting against the story, but the cover personally bugged me. The body was fine, the snout didn't fit in with the ability to kiss. So my imagination shortened it to a more human shape and it was so much better.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    This one is better than the first in the series. I started reading this one first, but it’s not actually a stand-alone. I felt like I was missing large chunks of the story line (which I was) so I went back and got the first. First thing: I really dislike the way the sex scenes are written in these. There’s some seriously cringe inducing lines and they’re written more like erotica than romance. What grown-ass woman refers to her clit as, “the nubbin”? (This line is repeated in BOTH books.) Also, This one is better than the first in the series. I started reading this one first, but it’s not actually a stand-alone. I felt like I was missing large chunks of the story line (which I was) so I went back and got the first. First thing: I really dislike the way the sex scenes are written in these. There’s some seriously cringe inducing lines and they’re written more like erotica than romance. What grown-ass woman refers to her clit as, “the nubbin”? (This line is repeated in BOTH books.) Also, one of my pet peeves in alien romance is referring to his private parts as “his alien dick” in the midst of sex scenes. It fetishizes his “otherness” instead of viewing that other character as a person. The reason I love alien romance is seeing all of the different ways that authors can take an alien character and reveal his personhood and make him relatable and understandable. For the plot, I feel like it had a lot of potential and the authors did pretty good with it. The world building is interesting and the political rivalry drew the story along, but I ended up skimming a lot of the “will she or won’t she” internal dialogue in the heroine. While I can understand a degree of it in the character, it didn’t make a ton of sense for her to rehash her reservations over and over again to the extent that she did. She was attracted to the hero, which was more than she could have asked for in the arranged marriage she was destined for. She had no life to head back to on earth because she was leaving to marry a stranger she didn’t care about anyway. Her dithering just didn’t feel entirely realistic considering all of these factors and her ongoing attraction to him. All that said, it was still an interesting story. I’ll probably read the next one, because there are still unanswered plot questions, but I’d be a lot happier if it read more like alien *romance* and not alien erotica. “He drilled my pussy with his alien dick,” isn’t even sexy. WTF guys? Why??
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  • Rainbow_Unicorn
    January 1, 1970
    **Rainbow_Unicorn Reviews**SPOILERS AHEADWe start off with a small recap of how the humans got to Atera; I was glad it didn't drone on and on, that shit gets boring.Kalinda is determined to escape Atera but has been informed she is the leaders kode, no one else will be able to give him a woody; what an awkward situation. We also meet our hero's enemy who is pretty keen on taking Kalinda as his own.I'm really not into these super reptile aliens, but I do love Nakan's personality and values. He **Rainbow_Unicorn Reviews**SPOILERS AHEADWe start off with a small recap of how the humans got to Atera; I was glad it didn't drone on and on, that shit gets boring.Kalinda is determined to escape Atera but has been informed she is the leaders kode, no one else will be able to give him a woody; what an awkward situation. We also meet our hero's enemy who is pretty keen on taking Kalinda as his own.I'm really not into these super reptile aliens, but I do love Nakan's personality and values. He is a sweetheart deep down, Kalinda dosn't stand a chance.Nakan gives Kalinda a bonding necklace in some seedy sacred cave where he then gives her a magnificent tongue punch. This is where the reptilian tongue really serves it's purpose, it's like having a two pronged pecker probing your flower at lightning speed.The bliss only lasts so long before horror strikes! Is this an accident? Or was someone behind the tragedy??After a tense battle Kalinda finally retreats to privacy and slices open Nakan's cock pouch giving him an epic gobby; they fuck smashing into eachother like there's no tomorrow. God I love Nakan, he has so much stamina and knows his way around the punani. Our lovebirds have a HEA!The ending is pretty rad, leading us nicely into book 3. Im actually really looking forward to this one after the surprise we were left with
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  • Lexee Toste
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story. It is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone. They are both set in 2 different territories on Atera and there is not much communication between the them. We get to see a different part of the planet/world that is created and it is interesting. I really enjoyed the characters. This book/series is different to anything else that I have read so I enjoyed that aspect of it. Nakan, our hero, and Kalinda, heroine, did annoy me a little bit with their I enjoyed this story. It is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone. They are both set in 2 different territories on Atera and there is not much communication between the them. We get to see a different part of the planet/world that is created and it is interesting. I really enjoyed the characters. This book/series is different to anything else that I have read so I enjoyed that aspect of it. Nakan, our hero, and Kalinda, heroine, did annoy me a little bit with their communication issues. Yes there is a language/translation barrier but for so much of their issues they just did not explain where they were at and why they had problems with things. They are from 2 different cultures and both understood that but they never really shared details about the dating cultures, which was their huge issue. For me, that was just an annoyance and I still fully enjoyed the read. It was interesting and held my attention the whole time. There was some action, intrigue and of course the relationship/romance. I will definitely be continuing to read this series to see where it goes. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series by Celia Kyle/Erin Tate and I can highly recommend this totally enjoyable series. The human survivors of the ship from the Intergalactic Mating Agency which crashed on the planet Atera have been split up between the three ruling tribes of their world. Kalinda and a few others have been taken to the Hard Sands. Nakan is the Warlord of the Hard Sands and he has determined Kalinda is his true mate. Kalinda wants nothing but to escape this world and the lizard This is the second book in this series by Celia Kyle/Erin Tate and I can highly recommend this totally enjoyable series. The human survivors of the ship from the Intergalactic Mating Agency which crashed on the planet Atera have been split up between the three ruling tribes of their world. Kalinda and a few others have been taken to the Hard Sands. Nakan is the Warlord of the Hard Sands and he has determined Kalinda is his true mate. Kalinda wants nothing but to escape this world and the lizard like aliens. She finds that their is some attraction between her and Nakan but she is not at all happy about loosing her independence and her choices. Kalinda and Nakan will have to find a way to breach the differences between them and hopefully come to an agreement. Not everyone is content with Nakan's rule and now danger is threatening their relationship and the Warlords leadership. Thank you to Celia Kyle/Erin Tate for the wonderful review copy. I am also a verified purchase.
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  • Lisa Bing
    January 1, 1970
    Clearly described world a great setting for this steamy romanceThis is another great read for the series and I really enjoyed the world building for this one. Descriptions so clear, I could picture myself right there, along with Kalinda. There is a ton of angst in this story, as Kalinda tries to adjust to life "après crash", and it is a struggle for her. As time went on, however, she saw the difference between a mate and a bully, and how fate seemed to be involved in their coming together. That Clearly described world a great setting for this steamy romanceThis is another great read for the series and I really enjoyed the world building for this one. Descriptions so clear, I could picture myself right there, along with Kalinda. There is a ton of angst in this story, as Kalinda tries to adjust to life "après crash", and it is a struggle for her. As time went on, however, she saw the difference between a mate and a bully, and how fate seemed to be involved in their coming together. That let her attraction to Nakan bloom to be so much more than just sneaking glances ;) Of course, it isn't that easy and they have to work for it but that's what makes it a great romance. Religion vs tech is a big theme, in this story, and so is political unrest. So much drama going on and yet love found a way. Good fun!
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  • Pam Louis
    January 1, 1970
    Nakan is a warlord of the Hard sands his people are lizard humanoids. In the holy lands of their people a group of human woman crash lands on the planet and har considered gifts of there goddess to stop a war the women are split up between 3 ruling tribes. Malinda is one of the woman that was sent to the hard sands clans. Nakan and Kalinda has really bad communication at the beginning but she is his Kode (Mate) he is trying but she wants off the planet. If these two can't work together there Nakan is a warlord of the Hard sands his people are lizard humanoids. In the holy lands of their people a group of human woman crash lands on the planet and har considered gifts of there goddess to stop a war the women are split up between 3 ruling tribes. Malinda is one of the woman that was sent to the hard sands clans. Nakan and Kalinda has really bad communication at the beginning but she is his Kode (Mate) he is trying but she wants off the planet. If these two can't work together there will be a coup. This story is different from other shifter or alien stories. It has lots of action, drama, and so much more. Voluntarily review a copy it was a fun read
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book more than the first book. Still, I wanted to hear more about the interstellar bride thing. How do they end up in space? Also, more about the crash. How did it happen and what happened to the crew?I'm not sure about a lizard humanoid lover but the writer makes it work. To me, this one was more sensual. They spent more time getting to know each other. Nakan is young but a strong leader. He meets every challenge and comes out stronger. Kalinda is way too curious for her own good. I liked this book more than the first book. Still, I wanted to hear more about the interstellar bride thing. How do they end up in space? Also, more about the crash. How did it happen and what happened to the crew?I'm not sure about a lizard humanoid lover but the writer makes it work. To me, this one was more sensual. They spent more time getting to know each other. Nakan is young but a strong leader. He meets every challenge and comes out stronger. Kalinda is way too curious for her own good. Regardless, she's strong, intelligent and realistic. When the worst happens she fights for Nakan and he for her.I really wanted her to write her name on the wall!
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  • Shadiedaze
    January 1, 1970
    Hard Sands is the second novel in this series. I read Red Sands and really enjoyed it. Hard Sands did not deviate from the plot of Red Sands. The War Lord leader finds his mate in the human female that has crashed on his planet. I expected something more with Hard Sands to develop conflict differently than the previous novel. The heroine, Kalinda, got annoying after a while with her unsure feelings. She was traveling to another planet to marry a strange alien when her aircraft crashed near the Hard Sands is the second novel in this series. I read Red Sands and really enjoyed it. Hard Sands did not deviate from the plot of Red Sands. The War Lord leader finds his mate in the human female that has crashed on his planet. I expected something more with Hard Sands to develop conflict differently than the previous novel. The heroine, Kalinda, got annoying after a while with her unsure feelings. She was traveling to another planet to marry a strange alien when her aircraft crashed near the Heart Sands. In Hard Sands she got a lizard male and not the alien male she thought she was going to get. The novel was good, however I wanted there to be a different type of conflict and the human female not to be center like in the previous novel.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Totally awesome!As always, Ms. Kyle has done an outstanding job. This is a continuing story and I'm not real sure why we began all the way back at the space flight & crash. I think that part could have been left out, with the story beginning where her mate tried to snatch her, with a couple thoughts from our hera about the trip. But it's still good, with a lot of first contact drama. Instead of folks coming to Earth & being the odd ones, we get the other perspective. Earth women dropping Totally awesome!As always, Ms. Kyle has done an outstanding job. This is a continuing story and I'm not real sure why we began all the way back at the space flight & crash. I think that part could have been left out, with the story beginning where her mate tried to snatch her, with a couple thoughts from our hera about the trip. But it's still good, with a lot of first contact drama. Instead of folks coming to Earth & being the odd ones, we get the other perspective. Earth women dropping from the sky = gifts from Goddess! We are indeed.
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  • Gwendolyn Thaggard
    January 1, 1970
    The Atterans should really develop a manual on how to introduce their culture and mating habits for the human mates.A much gentler way of explaining their new world and customs.The human women were being shipped through space to meet mates.They didn't plan on crashing on a planet with 2 Suns ans lizard warrior men.Kalinda is being claimed mate to new ruler Nakan. The only thing Kalinda is immediately interested in is escape. And staying out of the hands of a usurper named Chaz.I received an The Atterans should really develop a manual on how to introduce their culture and mating habits for the human mates.A much gentler way of explaining their new world and customs.The human women were being shipped through space to meet mates.They didn't plan on crashing on a planet with 2 Suns ans lizard warrior men.Kalinda is being claimed mate to new ruler Nakan. The only thing Kalinda is immediately interested in is escape. And staying out of the hands of a usurper named Chaz.I received an advanced reader copy of this book and am leaving a voluntary review.
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  • Sofia
    January 1, 1970
    3,75 starsI like the overall story however it is very hard to like a heroine who after crashing her ship, is thinking of ways of escaping!It is understandable that if you ended up in a difficult situation, that you are afraid and anxious but to talk about escaping when you are not a prisoner, no ship, no knowledge of where you are and to get all twisted because someone is telling you that they want you as their mate, makes no sense, more so if you are traveling as a mail order bride to a guy you 3,75 starsI like the overall story however it is very hard to like a heroine who after crashing her ship, is thinking of ways of escaping!It is understandable that if you ended up in a difficult situation, that you are afraid and anxious but to talk about escaping when you are not a prisoner, no ship, no knowledge of where you are and to get all twisted because someone is telling you that they want you as their mate, makes no sense, more so if you are traveling as a mail order bride to a guy you have not met beforearghh I did finish it , so points for that :-)
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Kalinda and Nakan. Really loved this one. Naken is so sweet to Kalinda. She's not exactly loving her situation and is trying to find a way out. It's not working because Naken is stirring her up even if she's in denial. Naken has his own problems. He's a new Warlord and took over for his Father after his death. It's not going well and his people are restless. Can these two get it together and provide a united front? Or will there be a coup? I really enjoy these books. Not your standard shifters Kalinda and Nakan. Really loved this one. Naken is so sweet to Kalinda. She's not exactly loving her situation and is trying to find a way out. It's not working because Naken is stirring her up even if she's in denial. Naken has his own problems. He's a new Warlord and took over for his Father after his death. It's not going well and his people are restless. Can these two get it together and provide a united front? Or will there be a coup? I really enjoy these books. Not your standard shifters or aliens. A breath of fresh air. I am awaiting the next book!
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  • Hsu Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest!This was a great book !Kalinda was on the way to meet her new mate.Instead, she got stranded on a planet full of lizard like aliens.Nakan was not looking for a mate.He has too much to do since he became the new chief to his tribe.However, the heart wants what the heart wants.Won't this be fun ?Loved the characters + the storytelling !It has all the ingredients that you need for a great book!I can't wait for I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest!This was a great book !Kalinda was on the way to meet her new mate.Instead, she got stranded on a planet full of lizard like aliens.Nakan was not looking for a mate.He has too much to do since he became the new chief to his tribe.However, the heart wants what the heart wants.Won't this be fun ?Loved the characters + the storytelling !It has all the ingredients that you need for a great book!I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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  • Petula
    January 1, 1970
    Kalinda was on her way to a planet far from Earth to marry an alien when she and the other women crash landed on a totally different planet.Nakan is the ruling warlord of the Hard Sands area. His rule is not without problems, he needs to be better at a lot of things to be the kind of ruler his father was.This is a fun Sci-Fi romance full of fabulous characters. It's the second book in the series but you can read them alone or in either order.Good fun. Kalinda was on her way to a planet far from Earth to marry an alien when she and the other women crash landed on a totally different planet. Nakan is the ruling warlord of the Hard Sands area.  His rule is not without problems,  he needs to be better at a lot of things to be the kind of ruler his father was. This is a fun Sci-Fi romance full of fabulous characters. It's the second book in the series but you can read them alone or in either order.  Good fun.  
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I am loving these characters and the world building for Hard Sands. These are aliens with differences, not just “bigger humans.” I enjoyed how even in the advanced world, Nakan and his people live simply. Kalinda was interesting as she didn’t see where she fit into this world. It wasn’t until she accepted Nakan that she could discover her own path and us her skills. This is part of a series. It can be read as a stand-alone, how-ever, I think reading Red Sands first helps.
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  • Sherry L. Foote
    January 1, 1970
    You have to read this you won't put it down.I read the first bok, Red Sands, and could not put it down. As soon as I read that I had to read this one. These are the.best books I've read in a long time. You don't even realize the hero is a giant lizard. You fall in love with them and wish to could find someone to love you like that. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I hope the author is writing it now. I am now a fan of Celia.
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  • Rosa Maria Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome Book The book was just as great as the first one and keeps you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. You won't be disappointed in any way with this love story. It has action, adventure, drama, love, and steamy hot scenes that leaves you saying ahh with awesome characters? Definitely a must buy and so ready to read the next book in the series.
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  • ObsessiveReader
    January 1, 1970
    There are plenty of good things about this book. Kalinda is not fainting flower. She can hold her own when necessary. Nakan is likeable. He has a vulnerable side but can defend his people and woman against a foe. The only real draw back to me is that a Alan is very alien and that detracts a bit for me.
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  • Inga
    January 1, 1970
    This series reminds me of that series on tv in the 90's about alien lizard people..Can't recall the name (will have to Google it later). I loved that series and I loved this book.The scarface the passion of these two characterizes go through was quite interesting. My only issue...the cover, huge romance kill unless your into that kind of stuff.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I'll admit I'm not loving this series like the author's other works. Something about this isn't doing it for me. Maybe I'm species-ist, but I'm just not attracted to the lizard men. I loved the dragons and mermen in other series, but they had human heads!In spite of that, the book was a good read, it just wasn't entirely to my taste.
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  • Rowena
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable add to the series.Another enjoyable read with interesting characters. If you look beyond the cover you will find a storyline with the right amount of drama and heat level that will keep your attention. I loved that Nazan’s character was hard on the outside but gentle with Kalinda, they had chemistry and a HEA. Can’t wait for the next character to find his kode.
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  • Brandy Roseth
    January 1, 1970
    Warriors with scales First of all I am definitely enjoying this series. These Warriors are amazing. I loved the main warrior characters personality and kindness. I enjoyed the characters. The world's are well created and the stories are very exciting. I look forward to the next one. Warriors with scales 😉First of all I am definitely enjoying this series. These Warriors are amazing. I loved the main warrior characters personality and kindness. I enjoyed the characters. The world's are well created and the stories are very exciting. I look forward to the next one.
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  • Sara Elgazzar
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent I am really loving this series! The author is amazing and I will definitely be following her to keep up with all her future works. I loved the story and the creativity that went into the book!
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