Choosing Theo (Clecanian, #1)
Being kidnapped by aliens is only the start of Jade's problems. Thankfully, her rescuers, an alien race known as the Clecanians, are willing to protect her, but she has to stay on their planet for one year and respect the rules of their culture--including choosing a husband. Jade refuses at first but decides to play along until she can find a way back to Earth.Theo, a scarred mercenary who prefers a life of solitude, is stunned when Jade selects him as her husband. After years of being passed over, he never imagined he would be chosen and neither did anyone else. Only one explanation makes sense…the curvy enticing female must be a spy, and Theo’s determined to break her cover using any means necessary.As Jade and Theo are forced to spend time together, their chemistry becomes undeniable. But neither can afford to bring love into the equation, especially since Jade seems determined to go home. After all, she can't possibly stay here, right?

Choosing Theo (Clecanian, #1) Details

TitleChoosing Theo (Clecanian, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 4th, 2020
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Aliens, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction Romance, Adult, Fantasy Romance, Fiction

Choosing Theo (Clecanian, #1) Review

  • BAK
    January 1, 1970
    Standard fare Not drastically different or unique from other SFR reads. But it had enough of a difference to keep me entertained. There was a little bit of anxiety inducing vibe when she learned she had to stay on that planet for at least a year, even though we knew she was going to stay with her future mate anyways. If you’re looking for a new SFR, I’d say give it a go. It’s not super in-depth, not overly unique, but it’s pretty standard SFR vibe that’s out right now.
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  • Bethan
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly really really enjoyed this !! I don't usually like alien type stories, as it's sometimes confusing getting your head around a completely different setting, or just the whole kidnapping thing is a bit too serious, and doesn't really sell how they fell inlove etc.. BUT this book I really loved! I loved it so much I added it to my favourites. The book was so well written and described that I truly got immersed and got sucked into the story. Not at one point did I get lost with any lack o I honestly really really enjoyed this !! I don't usually like alien type stories, as it's sometimes confusing getting your head around a completely different setting, or just the whole kidnapping thing is a bit too serious, and doesn't really sell how they fell inlove etc.. BUT this book I really loved! I loved it so much I added it to my favourites. The book was so well written and described that I truly got immersed and got sucked into the story. Not at one point did I get lost with any lack of detail, especially being a whole new world. The book was really well written and the chemistry, and plot were incredible!! I really can't recommend this book enough! Especially the humour and hilarious situations Jade and Theo get themselves into. Their banter is brilliant. Definitely adding Victoria Aveline to my followed authors, and can't wait to see the rest of the series!! Keep up the amazing work :)
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 5 ~ Clecanian Stars! It’s been a while since I’ve been swept up in the alien romance sci-fi craze but this book/series has officially catapulted me into it!The author did an amazing job of creating a unique planet, diverse characters and a believable plot that deepened and threw in a few twists to keep you glued to the pages. Much like Jade, I was intrigued by Theo at first glance. Who wouldn't love a big, gruff man with a heart of gold? He was hardened by the years of rejection and Rating: 5 ~ Clecanian Stars! It’s been a while since I’ve been swept up in the alien romance sci-fi craze but this book/series has officially catapulted me into it!The author did an amazing job of creating a unique planet, diverse characters and a believable plot that deepened and threw in a few twists to keep you glued to the pages. Much like Jade, I was intrigued by Theo at first glance. Who wouldn't love a big, gruff man with a heart of gold? He was hardened by the years of rejection and belittlement that he had to go through because of his outward appearance but inside, he was still an honorable man who hoped against all odds for someone to love. Trust me, you will not be disappointed in Theo!Not to say he didn't have his faults, because he did but I loved that Jade saw both the good and the bad and she accepted him unconditionally. After all, she knew she wasn't perfect and I loved that she adapted and matured with each new encounter. She was such a strong character both for herself and for Theo. It's rare for me to completely 100% love both MCs but Theo and Jade made it so easy.The more I read the more I kept having to add names to my growing list of Heroes that need their own HEA/mate. At the top of my list is horny *wink wink* romantic Rhaego! Followed by Fejo (space pirate, ladies!) and after meeting the rest of Theo's brothers, that whole clan, lol!There is so much more to explore within this series and I'm hoping more is coming and soon! It will be interesting to see what happens with the test subjects that were rescued along with Jade at the end and also to see how/if they bring about any changes to the female dominated Clecanians. Highly recommend. Memorable Moments: Jade teaching Theo how to kiss! It was sweet and steamy :) Favorite Line(s): If he believed he’d be able to hold his sated female like this every night, then all the pain he’d been through in his life would’ve been worth it. Would I recommend? Absolutely recommending. I loved Theo and the world he lives on is definitely interesting. I hope there’s be more soon that I can gush over, haha :)* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : I didn’t catch any specific dates but based on certain comments I’d guess both MCs are in their mid-late 20s. Cheating : None.OM/OW drama : Mild. Clecanians have a very low birth rate and like 80% of their births are male. Females are highly valued and cherished. Because humans are highly compatible, she is coveted by other males. Separation : Jade does end up kidnapped but only for a short time.Push/Pull : Both push and pull. Theo because he can’t believe Jade would ever have picked him unless there was an ulterior motive and Jade because she’s determined to somehow get back to Earth. Main Pursuer of relationship : Definitely mutual. In the beginning they both have less pure reasons for seducing the other, but it works out in the end, in the best way :)Possible Triggers : kidnapping, mention of rape, captivity, death and murder.Safe with exceptions, meaning : There is mention of Theo's training at husbandry school. Males go to school to learn to be the ideal husband, learning how to cook, clean and pamper their ladies. They even have childcare courses. This gives them a better chance of contracting a marriage and a chance of a wife/child. This included sexual training on how to please a wife. There is also mention of Theo servicing women over the years. Theo is basically a cross between the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Women sought him out as a thrillride, never as anything more. Every year he was rejected by the women as a husband candidate until he eventually gave up trying. There is no descriptive scenes of OP and both MCs are 100% only interested in each other from the beginning.HEA/HFN : Ends on a HEA/Mating and an epilogue 5 months later that was adorable! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Ane Vass
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsactually this was not that bad. the concept of an alien world was interesting. love story is decent enough. sure, it wasn't groundbreaking, but overall, it was fun.
  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT! THIS WAS WAY BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE ALIEN ROMANCE, BECAUSE THE AUTHOR HAD A WAY WITH NOT JUST THE WORDS, SHE GAVE HER CHARACTERS LIFE, AND THERE'S A PLOT THAT I ACTUALLY DIDN'T DISLIKE!THEO - such a normal, mundane name for an alien but I guess that's what makes him special apart from the scars scattered like tattoos across his body. Clecanian aliens are very vain and particular about flawless looks, so Theo was an outcast just because he got scars. LOL. Such a shallow society. Fortun LOVED IT! THIS WAS WAY BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE ALIEN ROMANCE, BECAUSE THE AUTHOR HAD A WAY WITH NOT JUST THE WORDS, SHE GAVE HER CHARACTERS LIFE, AND THERE'S A PLOT THAT I ACTUALLY DIDN'T DISLIKE!THEO - such a normal, mundane name for an alien but I guess that's what makes him special apart from the scars scattered like tattoos across his body. Clecanian aliens are very vain and particular about flawless looks, so Theo was an outcast just because he got scars. LOL. Such a shallow society. Fortunately for him, this time when he attends the husband selection event (by government obligation), he gets chosen. Theo thought it was a joke, because females only use him for quickie sex and not even a very good one. This world created is dominated by females. It's an alien world where the males cater to the whims of the female because their race is dying and if there has to be children, then the females must be well satisfied and content. Males actually attend husbandry school and the higher the scores, the higher their value as a husband. I honestly had mixed feelings about it, though interesting I can't help but feel sorry for the males who are being used as studs. Back to Theo, he's a mixed descent of Thraxian (wild) and Clecanian, so part of him has animalistic and feral tendencies, a trait which makes society shun him. Imagine his good luck when his human wife find the very reasons the Clecanians reject him - SEXY, ATTRACTIVE and YUMMY. Theo while cranky and grumpy, is a nice guy beneath all that muscle and only wants to be accepted for who he is. Awwwwww how can I not like him?! Or his pet dog?!JADE started off every night with part insomnia and BAM she gets abducted by aliens from her home, sold off by the bad aliens and finds herself in a whole new alien planet WHERE she has to live for 1 year before she can fly off again. During this time, she's required to choose a husband and stay with him for at least 3 months. Appalled yet intrigued by this alien culture empowered by women, she agrees and chooses the male whom the Clecanian females shun. What's wrong the guy? He's freaking HOT in a brooding way. Jade struggles in the beginning with Theo because he's adamant that she's a spy sent upon him, and he's also very stubborn in relenting. From there on it's a building of sparks, their chemistry getting hot and heavy by the chapters before the fireworks explode and yums it was satisfying. OVERALL the story will have the whole 'True Mate' concept in it which you'll have to read to know more. But I can honestly say that it's a good and enjoyable story, it didn't bore me and it certainly didn't feel like your HORNY AVERAGE alien romance with the same predictable plot. I actually liked the MCs here. I'll definitely be back for more of this author's upcoming books.
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  • Julie - One Book More
    January 1, 1970
    https://onebookmore.com/2020/02/23/re...I’ve been reading romance novels since I was a teenager, and I love all kinds. Historical, fantasy, cowboy, young adult – You name it, I’ll give it a try. Alien romance is no exception. Choosing Theo is a fabulous read! It has a strong and likable protagonist, a hunky and brooding alpha-male, and an interesting story-line. It reminded me a bit of an Evangeline Anderson novel, and I am a big Anderson fan.I love the slow-burning romance in this story! Both J https://onebookmore.com/2020/02/23/re...I’ve been reading romance novels since I was a teenager, and I love all kinds. Historical, fantasy, cowboy, young adult – You name it, I’ll give it a try. Alien romance is no exception. Choosing Theo is a fabulous read! It has a strong and likable protagonist, a hunky and brooding alpha-male, and an interesting story-line. It reminded me a bit of an Evangeline Anderson novel, and I am a big Anderson fan.I love the slow-burning romance in this story! Both Jade and Theo are fighting their feelings for each other while dealing with their own issues – Jade is trying to acclimate to a new world with unfamiliar customs, and Theo is dealing with his own demons and sense of self-worth. This inner turmoil, as well as their distrust of and reluctant attraction to each other, leads to many tense and sexually-charged scenes.They both have doubts, yet their desire for each other is powerful. They are a well-matched pair and complement each other well. I like that Jade gives Theo so much more confidence, and I love that Theo shows Jade how to trust and let others in. She is very closed off and afraid to get close to others. Theo and several other new alien friends help bring Jade out of her shell.Though this is a character-driven book, the world-building in the story is worth mentioning. The author creates a vivid picture of the Clecanian planet. The landscape, clothing, history, politics, and cultural traditions are all seamlessly woven into the story.Another aspect of the story that I adored is how the females are treated. Females are held in high regard because there are so few of them on the planet. The gorgeous alpha-males are even required to take classes on how to care for their wives and children and are taught to dote on their females. They take their roles seriously and devote themselves to making their females happy. I might consider a move to this planet! I could totally get used to a hot alien pampering me!In addition to the love story, there is a bit of intrigue. After all, two aliens abducted Jade and shipped her in a pod to an unknown planet. Jade does not know who her kidnappers are or why she was targeted. As the story progresses, there are suspicions that someone close to the Clecanians is behind it. This mystery unfolds as the story progresses.Choosing Theo is a well-developed and gripping romance novel with excellent messages about self-worth, connecting to others, and fighting for those you love.
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  • Christies Book Blog!!!
    January 1, 1970
    This was surprisingly much better then I anticipated and overall enjoyable.
  • Romance Rehab
    January 1, 1970
    Romance Rehab: Book recs, author services, general badassery: https://www.romancerehab.com/This one shocked the crap out of me (in a good way), y’all...Plot overview: After an alien abduction gone wrong, Jade finds herself on a strange planet, being told that the only way she can eventually go home is to spend a year there...married to an alien. ​I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. First of all, I’m always a little leery of new-to-me authors, and even m Romance Rehab: Book recs, author services, general badassery: https://www.romancerehab.com/This one shocked the crap out of me (in a good way), y’all...Plot overview: After an alien abduction gone wrong, Jade finds herself on a strange planet, being told that the only way she can eventually go home is to spend a year there...married to an alien. ​I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. First of all, I’m always a little leery of new-to-me authors, and even more leery of debut authors. I try to keep an open mind, but I’ve been burned WAY too many times to not be at least a little cautious. And frankly, the whole sci fi romance trend has always been a little...daunting for me as a reader. All those covers of books featuring blue, multi-handed, sometimes horned alien heroes...well, let’s just say I had some concerns. But while I might’ve started reading this book while peeking through my fingers, waiting for something horrible to leap off the page and smack me across the face, I have to say that it didn’t take more than a chapter for the author to totally win me over. First of all, the world-building in this book is some of the best and most intricate I’ve ever seen. It kind of reminds me of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series in that every aspect of this alien world and society has been thought through. The author has thought of everything. Normally, intricate world building kind of annoys me. (It slows down the romance, you know?) But in this book, I was intrigued with pretty much every detail of how this alien society functioned. (It’s a matriarchy, y’all! Girl power!) Jade is a decent heroine. She’s smart, strong, and independent. And even though she isn’t thrilled with the idea of staying on this alien planet and being forced into marriage, she’s smart enough to realize her options are limited, and she makes the most of her situation. (Note: for those of you worried that Jade is mistreated in any way, she isn’t. Yes, she’s being forced to marry, but the choice of who to marry is hers, and she’s pretty much treated like a queen from day one because that’s how this society functions.)But while I liked Jade just fine, I REALLY adored Theo. He’s a gruff, grumbly, grumpy type of guy who never thought he’d be chosen as a husband (for reasons that I won’t go into here...just know his concerns are valid), but who is completely incapable of doing anything but fall head-over-heels in love with his new wife. He’s a total cinnamon roll in alphahole clothing. I will admit that it irked me a little that Theo was so resistant for SO long to the idea that Jade might actually like him. But I forgave him. He’s too sweet not to forgive. And on a totally shallow note...I really love the cover of this book. I might’ve read it on cover alone, frankly. But, long-story-short, this is what I would consider a great gateway book into sci fi romance. Tremendous world building, no creepy multi-handed (or tentacled) heroes to scare away timid readers, and plenty of romance and sexy times. It’s a winner. That’s all there is to it. Full disclosure: I received an ARC free of charge, which didn’t impact my honest review in any way.
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  • adelina.
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book so f* much and I'm so happy I finally found a good book with perfect writing with this another species in the universe kind of topic.I loved this kind of characters who actually solve their problems like a normal person would and actually talk so there are not stupid arguments that my brain refuses to comprehend.The storyline is superb, it has some really good points on intergalactic politics and laws, the whole concept of matriarchy ruled world is cool, even if it looks hars I enjoyed this book so f* much and I'm so happy I finally found a good book with perfect writing with this another species in the universe kind of topic.I loved this kind of characters who actually solve their problems like a normal person would and actually talk so there are not stupid arguments that my brain refuses to comprehend.The storyline is superb, it has some really good points on intergalactic politics and laws, the whole concept of matriarchy ruled world is cool, even if it looks harsh in some points. It held my attention for two days which happened just once before when I just started to read books with whole alien/space settings and must I say once more, the writing style of this author is amazing. I was in such a bogus situation with a lot of books in the last few weeks, with good storylines but dreadful writing, so I say cheers to you for knowing how to write this good. So for everybody who reads this kind of books, go for it!I can't wait for the next book. You have a new fan.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    *****4Stars**** Apparently I'm on an alien kick right now. I have read so many bully and academy books lately and I guess I needed a break. I found this story to be unique among the alien books I have read. The world building and ways of the society was very well thought out. I absolutely loved Theo and his insecurities, which led to a great plot you wouldn't normally see in an alien tale, spy indeed! Jade is also a great female lead, she is very resourceful. I am not fond of female leads who re *****4Stars**** Apparently I'm on an alien kick right now. I have read so many bully and academy books lately and I guess I needed a break. I found this story to be unique among the alien books I have read. The world building and ways of the society was very well thought out. I absolutely loved Theo and his insecurities, which led to a great plot you wouldn't normally see in an alien tale, spy indeed! Jade is also a great female lead, she is very resourceful. I am not fond of female leads who repeatedly do stupid things. So Jade was a pleasant surprise. Overall the main plot is basically the same as most alien abduction stories. It's the characters themselves that give this a fresh new feel. Absolutely recommend!
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  • Rom Justin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very woke themed noval 😂 seriously en sjw wet dream, a post plage world a matriarchy The author considers the female brave for leaving their children behind with the Father to raise than alone whall the mother go on to make other children with other man et the same time a man is only worthy if he can provide for the female the more he can provide the more worthy he is and the government provides everything else such as free medicine food housing atc lol and ones you die all of your bel This is a very woke themed noval 😂 seriously en sjw wet dream, a post plage world a matriarchy The author considers the female brave for leaving their children behind with the Father to raise than alone whall the mother go on to make other children with other man et the same time a man is only worthy if he can provide for the female the more he can provide the more worthy he is and the government provides everything else such as free medicine food housing atc lol and ones you die all of your belongings go to the government to be equally distributed it's like dystopian fantasy the whole thing just rub me the worng way I wouldn't recommend this book I am sorry this is my honest review to me it felt like this is noval is insolts to my intelligence but I can see how some might enjoy this so my review won't affect them what's so ever peace 🙏
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  • Angela Cuéllar
    January 1, 1970
    Lol. Overall Quality: Strong fanfic vibes if you know what I mean.
  • Hayley Manuel
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. It was a great read. I randomly found it on Amazon and am so glad I read it. Theo and Jade were great characters and their story was so good. I didn't even want to put it down.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    A Good ReadA fun, fairly light read. Disappointed that it's only the authors first book, since I was hoping to find many more just as good! All in all not the worst problem to have.I I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the series, and to seeing anything else that the author comes out with!
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  • K Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Theo is a great character and I enjoyed the storyline. I'm sensitive to authors who use their books to make big social statements and this definitely happens here which is maybe my only dislike. I loved the preditor/prey kink, if anything I hope that the in the next book that's explored even more and without pulling any punches. But I like books a little dark 😉
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  • Elisa Doll
    January 1, 1970
    Very very good bookI read this through KU. But I intend to purchase it. The story was fun, action-packed, witty, and real. The characters were complex and interesting. The editing was not perfect but did not stop me from enjoying the book. I finished it wanting more.Hence 5 stars.
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  • JML
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 fabulous stars!There was nothing not to love about this this book. Victoria Aveline has a jewel of a book here and lucky for me it's the first I hope in a long wonderful series. Jade is a lovely normal woman who has survived the loss of her family and lives alone. she has a job she's good at even if she's doesn't love it. One night she hears a noise outside goes to look and The next minute she's abducted and sold, whisked thousands of miles away from all she knows. Green lizard like aliens 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 fabulous stars!There was nothing not to love about this this book. Victoria Aveline has a jewel of a book here and lucky for me it's the first I hope in a long wonderful series. Jade is a lovely normal woman who has survived the loss of her family and lives alone. she has a job she's good at even if she's doesn't love it. One night she hears a noise outside goes to look and The next minute she's abducted and sold, whisked thousands of miles away from all she knows. Green lizard like aliens takes her an implants a translator behind her ear. She was taken to be sold on a class 3 planet looking for compatible species to mate with. The clecanian are a class 3 planet that is far more advanced than Earth. We may even share an ancient common ancestor. This is where Jade is sold, they only problem is that females are very important to this world sand what has been done to her is highly illegal. If whoever has arranged for her sale is found they may well be executed for it. Jade now that she has been taken from earth can never go back! Earth is a class 4 planet and not apart of the galactic federation. She can stay on this new planet or leave after 1 year after she attains the knowledge she needs too survive. While with the Clecanian people she will be subject to its laws. These laws are very favorable toward females. She just choose a husband marriages only last 3 months a mating lasts a life time. Jade is sassy, strong and a wonderful heroine! She has an initial melt down, but is able to pull herself together to forge a new life in this strange planet. Theo my new favorite alpha!! He too has suffered loss in his life he has scars that look !like tattoos that make him less attractive to his own kind he feels he has no hope of finding a wife/mate. Jade takes one look at him and knows, she knows that there is something special about him, something that draws her to choose him. In the beginning they suffer through some misunderstandings, but with ever day that goes by and with everything they learn about each other their attraction grows to a soul deep love. There is action, suspense and passionate love. The world building and character development is wonderful! This first book has left me wanting more now! I really can't wait for the next book in the series. 💖💖
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  • Danyal
    January 1, 1970
    I've been on a total sci-fi/alien romance kick, and I stumbled upon this in a "recent release" post. I thoroughly enjoyed it!The basic premise is similar to most other alien romances out there - Earth girl is abducted, winds up living with a slowly dying alien species who have few females of their own and are now matriarchal because of it. But it has some great tropes and cultural twists that made it an instant favorite of mine.Jade is abducted and dropped on a planet of physically perfect alien I've been on a total sci-fi/alien romance kick, and I stumbled upon this in a "recent release" post. I thoroughly enjoyed it!The basic premise is similar to most other alien romances out there - Earth girl is abducted, winds up living with a slowly dying alien species who have few females of their own and are now matriarchal because of it. But it has some great tropes and cultural twists that made it an instant favorite of mine.Jade is abducted and dropped on a planet of physically perfect aliens. She realizes that she must have been dropped there for her new "owner", and flees before she can be captured. She manages to flag down transport to the nearest city, only to find out that since she is from a primitive planet, they will not take her home again. And by the laws of her new home, she must agree to a trial marriage with one of the natives. After 3 months, she could choose another husband, and after a year, she can leave the planet - but she can never go home.When the time comes to choose a husband, she is inexplicably drawn to a dangerously sexy, scarred man who has been rejected too many times to count. The women mock his appearance and are afraid of his profession, so Theo refuses to believe that this gorgeous woman would deign to select him. He's determined to scare her off and prove that she's a spy sent by his enemies - but Jade sees through his anger and his "cruel" facade to the kind, strong man underneath.Can they convince each other that it's safe to let each other in? Who was the traitor who "bought" Jade in the first place? And then of course there's the little fact that changes everything!The biggest draw for me was the broken hero. He can't quite pull off the "alphahole" act, and seeing that the women of his planet were perfectly happy using him for his .. ahem.. skills, but not even considering him as a life partner - no wonder he didn't trust anyone. Jade is great too; she has sadness in her past, too, but it hasn't dampened her compassion. Definitely looking forward to the next in the series!
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  • K
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa. What to say about this. Complicated. I will read the nextOk this is a hard book to review. The best way is to say what I liked and what pulled it down from a 5 star. 1). This is my favorite type of sci fi romance. The one where the heroine gets thrown into a alien world, finds the hero, who is a good guy, they fall in love, there is interesting culture clash and they become true mates. Anyone who has read m k Eidem’s Tornians series or s e Smiths Cosmos series or Mina Carter’s Lathther ser Whoa. What to say about this. Complicated. I will read the nextOk this is a hard book to review. The best way is to say what I liked and what pulled it down from a 5 star. 1). This is my favorite type of sci fi romance. The one where the heroine gets thrown into a alien world, finds the hero, who is a good guy, they fall in love, there is interesting culture clash and they become true mates. Anyone who has read m k Eidem’s Tornians series or s e Smiths Cosmos series or Mina Carter’s Lathther series knows the plot. 2) so my favorite type of series but to make this work one has to have a) great characters b) interesting, funny, dramatic culture clashes and c) world building. This author does a great job in building the hero and a decent job with the heroine. 3) the hero is very sexy and honorable. Very appealing 4) the heroine is not as great as the classic sci fi romances I mentioned above but she is interesting and I do end up liking her. She is a bit whiny at the beginning. She is not as brave as the heroines I love the most and is lacks perspective. I guess she acts about as you might expect some to act but I really like more of an ideal then realism. M kEidem’s heroines are my ideal. 5) world building is ok but that is where this book loses points. It is not very developed in this book. It had the outline of what might be an interesting world but lacked depth 6) the side characters also need more development. The evil person is thrown in at the end and it is rushed 7) wasn’t sure I was going to like the culture or there was enough of culture clash to make this book really stand out the way my favorite series do but it has potential. So in the end I gave this 4 with parts a 5 and parts a 3. Not particularly original but I don’t require that.
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  • Ronda McGraw
    January 1, 1970
    This book had everything!This book grabs you from the start! It has great character development throughout. The author describes the scene, each character, and backstories without long drawn out descriptions. There is conversation throughout and even the scene descriptions were colorful but concise. I didn’t feel like speed reading through endless drivel, because there wasn’t any. She gives all you need for each character important to the story and plot and just enough information on her support This book had everything!This book grabs you from the start! It has great character development throughout. The author describes the scene, each character, and backstories without long drawn out descriptions. There is conversation throughout and even the scene descriptions were colorful but concise. I didn’t feel like speed reading through endless drivel, because there wasn’t any. She gives all you need for each character important to the story and plot and just enough information on her supporting characters, so that you are looking forward to reading their story on the future. Theo and Jade are great together. He’s rough with a tender heart and Jade is strong and his perfect compliment. Within their story is how she got there and why which leads to a greater conspiracy that I hope will be explored in further books. Each character was introduced in a great way that had the book flowing nicely. I didn’t want it to end. No cliffhangers for these characters but the author definitely makes you want to read more about what is going to happen with other characters and underlying plot. It was fantastic!I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I just hope this author does what so many can’t, continues to develop the story and characters without losing her writing style or try to conform to what someone else may want. She’s good at what she does and I can’t wait to see what happens to the other characters in her book!!
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Jade is kidnapped from Earth taken to Clecania where she encounters Theo.Jade is kidnapped from her home by lizard like aliens who take her across to galaxy dump her in a life pod and drop her on an unknown planet. As she had wrestled with the aliens she had managed to grab a spray container of sleep agent which was her only form of protection. as she heads away from the pod she become aware of a presence behind her and blindly aims the spray and as she starts to run hears a load thud as somethi Jade is kidnapped from Earth taken to Clecania where she encounters Theo.Jade is kidnapped from her home by lizard like aliens who take her across to galaxy dump her in a life pod and drop her on an unknown planet. As she had wrestled with the aliens she had managed to grab a spray container of sleep agent which was her only form of protection. as she heads away from the pod she become aware of a presence behind her and blindly aims the spray and as she starts to run hears a load thud as something hits the ground.She runs until she has to stop then looks around to get her bearings. To one side is an open field but she avoid it keeping to the cover of the forest then from a ridge she spots a round ball moving along what appears to be a path. She runs to try in intercept it but realizing she will not make hurls the spray canister at it. After she is treated and healed she is told she must choose a husband which seems to be from many good looking Clecanian males but she is intrigued when the other women turn away from the last who is big burly frowning and with what look like black tribal tattoos. Theo does not get chosen at these event as the female find his scars repulsive and all he wants to do is get home and have a drink then Zikas arrives to inform him he has been chosen.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Kaitie
    January 1, 1970
    Theo believed that due to the way that he looks, he would never find a woman that would be able to love him. He believes that the women who chose him, must have been sent as a spy. But it takes the power of a woman that doesn't see his imperfections as scars to truly love him. No matter how hard he makes it for her to love him; constantly pushing her away and doubting her intentions she is determined to show him that he is deserving of love. I really enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the c Theo believed that due to the way that he looks, he would never find a woman that would be able to love him. He believes that the women who chose him, must have been sent as a spy. But it takes the power of a woman that doesn't see his imperfections as scars to truly love him. No matter how hard he makes it for her to love him; constantly pushing her away and doubting her intentions she is determined to show him that he is deserving of love. I really enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the character development; the way that the characters were written was very life like and they were full of emotions and doubts that the reader got to experience right along side of them. It was fun getting to see Theo learn that he is truly desired by someone that does not have any ill intentions. I look forward to reading more books from this author in the future.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Caroline Doig
    January 1, 1970
    This is my 1st read and review for this author and I loved this story and I loved Theo no matter how many times he wasn’t picked by a woman to be his bride made my heart ache for him he was a good man he may of been scarred but he still had his pride, I was so happy that Jade picked him at first it was only because she had to pick a Warrior as a husband but she picked Theo. Theo was stunned at first why would a beautiful woman pick him instead of the other warriors then because of his mistrust h This is my 1st read and review for this author and I loved this story and I loved Theo no matter how many times he wasn’t picked by a woman to be his bride made my heart ache for him he was a good man he may of been scarred but he still had his pride, I was so happy that Jade picked him at first it was only because she had to pick a Warrior as a husband but she picked Theo. Theo was stunned at first why would a beautiful woman pick him instead of the other warriors then because of his mistrust he thought that Jade was a spy and he tried to prove it but she wasn’t all Jade wanted was to go back home to earth. As time went by they fell in love but did Jade stay there with Theo or did she go back to earth?. I loved this story it’s a fantastic read and I highly recommend this book it’s definitely well worth the read.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Well paced, solid plot, likeable charactersI love this book for several reasons, the first and foremost being the Heroine. (Other than snapping her fingers in someone's face which is rude AF) I really love the main character. It's a bit misleading to say she was rescued by Aliens because girlfriend saved herself. And not in an unbelievable or unrealistic fashion. With common sense and a can-do attitude she manages to survive and get help. Even though the infertile-female troupe is common in the Well paced, solid plot, likeable charactersI love this book for several reasons, the first and foremost being the Heroine. (Other than snapping her fingers in someone's face which is rude AF) I really love the main character. It's a bit misleading to say she was rescued by Aliens because girlfriend saved herself. And not in an unbelievable or unrealistic fashion. With common sense and a can-do attitude she manages to survive and get help. Even though the infertile-female troupe is common in the genre, and the author really didn't reinvent the wheel with it's use, the way the culture integrates with the premiss is refreshingly different. I absolutely love that ethnocentrism is a recurring theme of the book. Ethnocentrism is when bigotry and narrow mindedness have a baby and it's too often left unaddressed.
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  • Sarah Avadhoot
    January 1, 1970
    I had a stretch that lasted a couple of months where I devoured alien romance. And then it fizzled out as almost every book followed about the same pattern...human female kidnapped, rough alien world, sexy “master” alien and lots of nudity!So when I picked this one up, I braced for something similar. And was absolutely pleasantly surprised! This one is different...it still has a sexy alien though...which is perfect! The world building is great. The female protagonist is strong. And the male prot I had a stretch that lasted a couple of months where I devoured alien romance. And then it fizzled out as almost every book followed about the same pattern...human female kidnapped, rough alien world, sexy “master” alien and lots of nudity!So when I picked this one up, I braced for something similar. And was absolutely pleasantly surprised! This one is different...it still has a sexy alien though...which is perfect! The world building is great. The female protagonist is strong. And the male protagonist is not a Neanderthal yelling “mine!!” the moment he sees the woman. He is strong and yet has an adorable vulnerability.The story flows beautifully, the pace keeps you turning pages and all in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable read!
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  • Sheryl Wheel
    January 1, 1970
    What fiction category does this book belong in?“Food, shelter, and medical care are all rights each being living on Clecania is entitled to. Every being on this planet is entitled to medical care and food. They don’t cost money”. So, utopian fiction“You have to understand, females are the most precious thing on this planet. Females are treasured, worshipped even.” Oh, a fantasy romance“classes every male has to take and then there are some they can choose. Cooking and childcare, for example, is What fiction category does this book belong in?“Food, shelter, and medical care are all rights each being living on Clecania is entitled to. Every being on this planet is entitled to medical care and food. They don’t cost money”. So, utopian fiction“You have to understand, females are the most precious thing on this planet. Females are treasured, worshipped even.” Oh, a fantasy romance“classes every male has to take and then there are some they can choose. Cooking and childcare, for example, is mandatory. A husband must know how to make a good meal for his wife” Ok now it is a fantastical imaginary worldA good first novel. Will like to see more in the series and how the world evolves as I assume they are gonna be grabbing some more Earth girls
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  • Brenna Ford
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up after seeing it recommended on Kindle Unlimited... not only did I finish it in 24 hours, but I also went back and purchased it. I’m currently re-reading it since I devoured it the first time around, and I want to make sure I don’t miss anything. The world the author created is amazing—vividly described, full of interesting people and cultures. The society she constructed is mind-blowing... and I have to say, I’m a huge fan of the alpha male living within a matriarchal socie I picked this book up after seeing it recommended on Kindle Unlimited... not only did I finish it in 24 hours, but I also went back and purchased it. I’m currently re-reading it since I devoured it the first time around, and I want to make sure I don’t miss anything. The world the author created is amazing—vividly described, full of interesting people and cultures. The society she constructed is mind-blowing... and I have to say, I’m a huge fan of the alpha male living within a matriarchal society. Big. Freaking. Fan. Loved the heroine and the hero... thought their story was believable and well written. And Cebo!! I love Cebo to pieces. And now I am anxiously awaiting book 2 and 3 and 4 and...I have definitely found a new author to love and adore.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    not quite 3 & 1/2 stars.I liked the book enough to stay up way too late to finish it. But there was a lot of problems with the world building, that didn't work for me. In spite of the those problems, it held my attention. This is the only book out by this author at the time I read this. She shows promise for future books from her. The flow was good, and the main characters were likable, for the most part. I liked that it didn't seem like Stockholm syndrome for the FMC to fall in love with the MM not quite 3 & 1/2 stars.I liked the book enough to stay up way too late to finish it. But there was a lot of problems with the world building, that didn't work for me. In spite of the those problems, it held my attention. This is the only book out by this author at the time I read this. She shows promise for future books from her. The flow was good, and the main characters were likable, for the most part. I liked that it didn't seem like Stockholm syndrome for the FMC to fall in love with the MMC, like most of the alien abductions I've read in the past, or so it seemed like it to me. I also liked that they both tried to fight their attraction to each other, it helped make them feel more real. I'd probably read more books in the series as they become available.
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  • BusyM3
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in this Clecanian Series and I was not disappointed. This is my first time reading this author and I will be looking for more. The story was entertaining, the characters fit well together and have sizzling chemistry. Jade is kidnapped by aliens and then she is rescued by the Clecanian Clan. She has to stay on their planet for one year and choose a husband. She picks Theo, who is a loner and didn't think he would ever get picked. As the spend time together their attraction This is the first book in this Clecanian Series and I was not disappointed. This is my first time reading this author and I will be looking for more. The story was entertaining, the characters fit well together and have sizzling chemistry. Jade is kidnapped by aliens and then she is rescued by the Clecanian Clan. She has to stay on their planet for one year and choose a husband. She picks Theo, who is a loner and didn't think he would ever get picked. As the spend time together their attraction grows. Can Theo let his guard down and let Jade in? What will happen if she goes back home? A enjoyable read.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    This story about an abducted Earthing Jade who is rescued on a planet where woman are treasured but need offspring for the race to survive. She must chose a husband to marry for 3 months. Dispute his wealth and rank, Theo is a half breed with scars that make unwanted as a husband. When Jade picks him he can not believe it is real. I loved this story! The way of relationship is written makes it captivating. The sci fi elements enhance the relationship and pulls the story together beautifully. It This story about an abducted Earthing Jade who is rescued on a planet where woman are treasured but need offspring for the race to survive. She must chose a husband to marry for 3 months. Dispute his wealth and rank, Theo is a half breed with scars that make unwanted as a husband. When Jade picks him he can not believe it is real. I loved this story! The way of relationship is written makes it captivating. The sci fi elements enhance the relationship and pulls the story together beautifully. It is now one of my favorite books!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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