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I’ve got something for you. Something amaaaazing. It starts with this cover, oh em gee. How freaking gorg is this?! I literally stared at it for like 10 minutes before I started the book and my husband was like are you going to read that or just stare at the cover? It’s soo pretty. Let’s get into it ❤
Aliens that look like aliens. That’s a thing. Never thought it’d be my thing because aliens fucking terrify me. Well… I think it’s become my thing. I had previously talked about a book called Project: Adapt – Found by Jade Waltz (which I fuggin loved – see my review here) and now I got this book. Whew! I’m swooned.
Samantha Rose makes snakes hot. Yes, snakes. Fucking alien snake people that I want to do. Sylanvus is bae. Sure it starts off a little rocky, I mean who wouldn’t run from giant snake man, but then… Oh the swoon. ❤️ Now I’m sure you are like, Julia, snakes? Come on, the only snakes I like are of the trouser variety. Well fear not cause these guys are snake-like, not the small slithery kind. More like lizard men or for my fellow nerds, like Argonians in the Elder Scrolls games.
We start off with Robyn living a typical human life. Sucky jobs, bills, all that bullshit. That is until she sees on her television that aliens have landed in her tiny town. She has feelings of excitement and a bit of fear. My ass would be all fear. Think aluminum foil hats and boarding up all my windows. I mean all these alien books I’m reading are maybe lessening that, maybe I’m heading toward the point of excitement and wanting to jump their bones. Baby steps.
Understandably the humans are freaking out about the aliens and everyone is trying to get outta town. Robyn’s friend, Tara, is ready to get the fuck outta dodge and wants Robyn to come with. Packing only essentials, Robyn prepares to leave her house and hit the road. Their road trip away from the aliens leads them… Well, right to the aliens. Not only right to the aliens but right to Robyn’s alien mate, Sylvanus. He snatches her up like any barbaric alien hit with the love bug would do and puts her on his ship. This is where everyone gets skeptical, everyone that doesn’t understand women with a sex drive. I mean if a sexy alien snatched me up, sure I’d be pissed. But also if he didn’t want to kill me, he just wanted to love me. Well sign me up for that shit. Worship me alien snake man, I am yours for the taking!
Now this book is RH, aka Reverse Harem. If this is your first trip to my blog then you should know I looooove Reverse Harem Romance books. Loooove them. You don’t have to choose. You get all the men. Enough said. So, with that being said, Robyn will be collecting some other men of the alien variety. There will also be some MM. Yum.
I don’t want to spoil anything because you all need to read this book. Now. It’s so good! The world building is awesome and the characters are so lovable. Sylvanus can be a bit barbaric at times but he is also so freaking sweet. I love finding the books with the sweet men because I just can’t get into the bully romances. I want love. I want romance. I was the mother effing swoon! Well this book has got it and I’m so excited to dive into book 2 to keep the story going! I even heard that book 3 should be dropping this summer! Squee!!
Don’t mind me. I’m just swooning ♥️
Lately I have been diving deeper into the Sci-fi genre of reverse harem. I am one of the admins of an AMAZING facebook group called Reverse Harem Fantasy & Sci-fi Readers & Authors so it only makes sense that I would read more sci-fi. I recently read a book that I really enjoyed and totally out of my reading norm. Let’s get into it ❤
We have our female main character, Calpurnia, a pilot that is used to being alone. She likes it that way. If she spends her time alone then no one can hurt her. If she doesn’t let anyone close, they can’t break her heart. She has her ship, the Firebrand, and that’s all she needs thank you very much. It’s been 3 years since she found herself involved with someone else. Orion. When he left Calpurnia shut down. No boyfriend, no sister, no family.
I really enjoyed Cali as a character. She is a badass that doesn’t need anyone to make her happy. I found myself really comparing her to Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica a lot. Loneliness has become her companion and she keeps up a tough guard to keep her safe. Her heart’s safety ends when she finds a broken down ship, a ship that contains the love of her life. Orion. After a really bloody battle this man abandoned her, he created this distrustful woman she is today. His reappearance in her life throws her for a loop. Especially when she finds out that Orion’s visit isn’t a coincidence.
Cali has been given a mission for the good of the Uprising. This mission involves her being a commander of a mission to rescue someone. Her team includes: her ex Orion, who desperately wants her back; Polaris, the Mission Control work that she enjoyed teasing with her flirtatious behavior; Hamal, a sweet but sexy doctor that does crazy things to Cali’s insides; Antares, a former member of the Supremacy that she can’t decide whether to trust or not; and Rux, a damn good gunner but generally a complete asshole. Cali is pissed. She wants no part of this mission that is sure to fail with her merry band of assholes. Okay, well they aren’t all assholes. Polaris is adorable but unskilled in battle and Hamal is freaking swoonworthy. But the other guys, she is not a fan.
Cali gets forced into the mission because of circumstances beyond her control but begins plans to ditch the guys as soon as possible. She has to keep the guys off the scent of her true plans and keep them all from killing each other. She does her best to keep them in line and throw the shit right back at them when they try to undermine her. She also has to try to keep her body under control because these guys are hot. H-O-T. Plus when they start training together. Hot and sweaty bodies. Swoon. (Plus obvi Orion is Lee Adama from Battlestar Galactica – yes my obsession is real).
I really loved this book. It’s really suprising that I don’t read more sci-fi books because I obviously have a huge obsession with Battlestar Gallactica. A HUGE OBSESSION. I can’t wait for the next book to come out because I really have fallen for these relationships. There are some really good steamy scenes that I am still swooning over. I would definitely recommend this to my sci-fi lovers because it is such a good book!
Okay dolls, let’s swoon ❤
I have had the opportunity to interview yet ANOTHER amazing author ❤ Adell Ryan’s book Perfect in Her Reverse Genus series was one of my first few books I read in the reverse harem genre. I loved it so much that it became an obsession. I have read this book so many times ❤ Book 2, Broken, and Book 3, Resistant, are even more freaking amazing. Her writing is soooooo good. Let’s get into it ❤
Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.
I’ve always been quite partial to the way Georges Guétary, in the film An American in Paris, describes Leslie Caron’s character as a wonderfully multi-faceted woman: enchanting, beautiful, spiritual, exciting, lusty, sweet, shy, old-fashioned, vivacious and modern, yacky, incessant, wild, fun, moody, and happy — I too am multi-faceted; I’m a little bit of everything rolled into one! Same goes for my lifestyle, hobbies, and talents: In addition to being a writer, I am also a professional photographer, graphic designer, and homeschooling mother of three boys.
That’s Adell in a nutshell. However, Adell Ryan is a hubby/wife pseudonym. I am Adell, and he is Ryan. Ryan acts as a sounding board, beta reader, and schedule manager among other imperative things. He also plays a vital role in making sure my male characters act manly enough.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have written creatively for as long as I can remember. When I was in first grade I won an award for a special character’s story I had shared. This character went on quite the adventure; he dragged himself through a desert, bounced through a giant forest, and rolled around in a plush field of grass. At the end, he found himself quite stuck at the bottom of a lake. Why? Well because he was a golf ball, of course.
I continued to write on-and-off throughout my life but never took it seriously. Then, when I gave birth to my first son, I would write him little poems… I even wrote him a song. The song thing became a tradition, and my next two boys earned their very own as well. These personal songs taught them how to spell their names and always reminded them how much they are loved. I also wrote a short children’s story at one point, but never thought I was much good at it, so it got set aside.
When it came down to writing for real, rather than me seeking out the writing life, the writing life found me. In August of 2017, I was very sick and bedridden for quite some time. Books became my escape and I had a budding love for Paranormal Romance. One of my many book searches during that timeframe led me to Trickery, the first book in the Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. I read that book and just completely and utterly swooned over the guy characters, then was like “What is this sorcery, and WHERE DO I FIND MORE?!” I got all grabby handy and desperate. Gimmie, gimme, gimme. Soon, I found myself in a Facebook group called Reverse Harem Readers with thousands of other women (and men) who were also obsessed with the genre. A story idea I had thought about in brief six years prior flourished in my mind yet again… this time with a Reverse Harem twist. From there, the story and the characters practically wrote itself.
How long does it take you to write a book?
From first word to publish, books one and two in my current series, Her Reverse Genus, took eight months to write. As I became more knowledgeable and comfortable in the role as writer, I began to see a increase in my speed. Book three took half the time, at only four months to write, and book four is moving along even faster!
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of three boys, so I base my writing schedule around those things! My most productive hours are in the middle of the day when the boys are finishing up their schoolwork and utilizing those hours for outdoor play or quiet time! However, my hubby (the Ryan in Adell Ryan) and I have also worked out a plan where I get what we call two “full-focus” days a week. He handles all the domestic stuff, and I focus on my writing career! Each writing day is spent logging as many words as I’m capable of. No min or max!
How hard was it to get your books published?
Publishing for the first time is incredibly intimidating. To be honest, there is a lot to do when publishing each book… but there are even more steps when publishing your first book. Not only are you writing and releasing, you are also getting your name out there for the first time, creating a logo and brand, establishing your business, and so much more. Without a step-by-step manual, I had to figure it out on the fly! Talk about a challenge!
Where do you get the ideas for your books?
My ideas come from a plethora of things: music, environment, experiences, desires, people, places, and so much more.
How much research do you put into your writing?
A lot. So. Much. Research. When you’re dealing with the topic of DNA and a contemporary, near-future setting, you need to be extra specific with the scientific verbiage and details as well as understanding what advancements in politics, economy, and science may be realistic. I’ve put more hours into research than I have into the actual time spent writing my Her Reverse Genus series! Then I flipped the script and came up with a fantasy world for my next – top secret – work in progress, and a slew of entirely unique research has come with that as well.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! All the way! I can wake up and do it from morning until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer at night!
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Most definitely word choices and behaviors! I don’t want them speaking or acting like my female characters.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read, eat, sleep, hike, travel, photography and design, and spend time with my family… among other things!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I don’t have thick skin. Not yet. People judging my work – and the subsequent negative reviews – can be incredibly debilitating at times, and that judgment is not something I expected going in.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Go for it! But always try to embrace the hard stuff too; the challenges you’ll face — because you will face them. Find the lesson in every step along the way, and always try to “level up” even if you might think you don’t need to. Also, try your hand at writing apps like 4thewords or MyWritingClub to help with speed and motivation.
Are you swooning yet, dolls?
So one of my most anticipated books of the year dropped last week. From the moment I saw the cover reveal I couldn’t freaking wait to read this book! I mean who’s shirt is she wearing?! Sadly I wasn’t able to jump right into it as I had some reading obligations to finish before I could get into it but once I did. I was hooked. I seriously love this series. It is so original and the characters are just so swoon-worthy. If you haven’t read book 1, Perfect, or book 2, Broken, stop right here. STOP! Go read those books! They are amazeballs and you won’t be sorry. So are you ready to get into it?! ❤
We rejoin Thessaly and her guys just after they have escape the horror of last book, Broken (see my review here!). Something has happened to Thess in that lab and only Julian, Jax, and Bram have an idea of what it could be. Tobias, just coming back from being MIA to go break it off with his girlfriend, and Thessaly are both completely out of the loop. Thessaly is recovering from the drug that she was given after she and Julian had been captured, a drug that has caused complete memory loss of the entire situation. She is trying to recover from the unknown as well as acclimate to their new environment. Thess and the guys are now in the underground, below Robbie & Kait’s bar, with the resistance. Hundreds of people are fleeing the government as people with certain scores have gone missing. The resistance has grouped together in several different areas to avoid the government takeover. The underground reminds me so much of the Host by Stephanie Meyer. Plus the characters of Jeb (the Host) and Robbie are seriously soulbrothers. Quirky, intelligent, doomsday prepers that you can’t help but fall in love with. In a platonic way of course.
So life in the underground isn’t what I particularly want. I mean I’m thinking, hey they have escaped the horribleness of Zinna and Roux and are potentially safe right now. It’s time to chill right? A time full of swoons, the characters falling deeper in love, and sex ammirite?! Well I do get that. In spades. But I also get a lot of running around. Thess, the guys, as well as the rest of the members of the resistance have to start training in different areas including combat as well as learning more about what their scores and genus mean to them and their futures. They are under a pretty strict schedule and are unable to leave due to the lockdown. We learn a lot more about the genome testing and what scores mean in terms of mating, coupling up, friendships, etc. It’s truly interesting and you can tell that the author did a crap ton of research. It isn’t so science-y (yes, that’s the technical term) that you get lost but it is definitely not all swoons. There is a lot of depth in this book.
I love all the depth, truly I do. But we all know why I’m here. THE SWOONS! This book brings the swoon, the romance, the love, and some definite STEAM. We got my boy Jax who is the embodiment of freaking sex. He brings in a VERY sexy secret this book. I don’t want to spoil it for you but it had me drooling all the damn time. I’m surprised I don’t have literal bites marks imprinted on my bottom lip from biting it so much. That’s how swooned I was. PLUS she has some amaaaazing times with Bram. Gahhh he is so fucking swoony. I can’t. I just can’t. Then once Tobias comes back and all is forgiven we get to find out some interesting sexual stuff about him. Some stuff that makes me VERY excited for book 4. Gahhhhh it’s all sooooo good! I know there are a lot of Julian lovers out there (I am not one of them surprisingly), he’s okay but the other guys are so freaking hot that I usually let him fall by the wayside. Julian has some definite sexy moments. Moments I even found myself enjoying, but also some moments where I was more irritated with him that I ever was with Tobias after he left the group last book. But overall the love factor for me was fire. So much fire. 5/5 hearts. 5/5 fires. That’s a high assed rating! (ARE YOU ONE-CLICK-BUYING YET?!)
I feel like this series just keeps getting better and better. Just when I think it can’t get any better it does. I finished the book last night and felt such a book hangover. The feeling where you drop your kindle and stare aimlessly into the sky because the book was so fucking good you don’t know how you to move on from that moment. Where you want to immediately start all over because you already miss the characters. Like I miss Jax so fucking much it’s ridiculous. He isn’t real Julia, he isn’t real. Oh well. Wanna hear the BEST part of all this. The book ends with your regular ‘to be continued’ then you get to see when the next book is coming out. Now to just count the days….
Jax and Thessaly – Resistant by Adell Ryan
“Ah, fuck, Darlin’,” Jax pants between stilted, pained breaths. “Damn I’ve wanted you so bad since the moment I laid eyes on ya.” Abandon exudes from his breathy words, and the sound of his voice combined with the fullness of our joining ultimately becomes my undoing.
I feel like I’ve mentioned this before. Maybe not. I have a fear of aliens. A deep rooted fear that has gone all the way back to my childhood. I remember watching the movie Signs and laying on my parents floor crying because we lived surrounded by cornfields. My only saving grace was that we also lived by a pond. War of the Worlds, get outta here. I mean even freaking Men In Black scared me. Literal nightmares. Now don’t get me wrong. I still watch alien movies. It’s that sick thing we all do where we enjoy being scared, it’s why scary movies and haunted houses do so well. We are all sick freaks.
Okay all that up there, babbling. Not really out of character for me. So yes, I love being scared by aliens. That has been established. But when I am on the look out for my next sexy read am I looking into the alien genre? No. But I have certain friends that are trying to get me to spread my wings.. err, tentacles 😉 Well I’ve done it. & guess what. I am in love with a couple of alien men. Let’s get into it 💙💜💚
We have our main character, Selena, who is a gorgeous human (I mean look at her up there!) that has been tested on for her entire life. She has been subject to some horrific shit by an alien species called the Yaarkins. She has lived her lonely life as an outcast and her only interaction is in the form of torture until the ship she is on is under siege. She is able to get herself to an escape pod and gets herself away from her life long prison.
Selena wakes up on another strange ship but the environment feels far less hostile. Her first encounter with her new shipmates is with a male named Xylo. Xylo looks nothing like your typical sexy male lead. His species is more plant like as he is covered in a moss like hair, has a galactic-like coloring, vines with a mind of their own, and large teal pupil-less eyes. He immediately treats her with care and respect, something Selena has never experienced. He even asks her name, something she has never had before so chooses Selena on the spot. She has never been around a species that has treated her as a person, she has only experienced life as a test subject. Selena’s attraction to Xylo is immediate and his kind demeanor leads her to immediately embrace and kiss him. Get it girl!
Selena’s world is completely flipped upside-down immediately after she begins her stay on the ship, the Destiny. She tries to navigate through her life with her newfound freedom, a complication with a previous lover from her dreamscape, and her newly formed relationship with Xylo. The world building in this book is freaking amazing. I don’t need images of these alien men because the author is able to describe them so well I have perfect pictures in my mind. The characters are all very lovable and I found myself growing my own harem with characters she might not even bring into her harem. They are all so great, I’m even swooning over the not so great ones! Plus I mean imagine all the ways that vines and tentacles can be beneficial in a sexual relationship… It brings a lot of steam into your life 🔥
The end of this book left me spinning. I literally forced myself to stay up far too late but I had to keep reading. It was just so good!! Jade Waltz found a way to make a girl terrified of aliens fall in love with her aliens. & not just aliens that look like men but are green or blue. ALIENS THAT LOOK LIKE ALIENS!! Plus now I NEED the next book. Like now. I am so in love with these viney, tentacley, alien males ❤
Seriously, get into these alien swoons ❤
My Amazon Picks
There are a lot of stories out there that I am obsessed with. The characters are so amazing that I feel like I know these people. I care about these characters. This series is definitely one of those for me. Broken is the second book in the Her Reverse Genus series by Adell Ryan. The first book is called Perfect (find the review here!) and I love it so much. It’s a book I can just go back and re-read over and over and over. I will also be doing this with this amazing sequel. When I saw the title for this book my immediate thoughts were OMG WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ADELL?! Broken?! Please don’t destroy my loves. Please….
I was one of the lucky ones that got to beta read this book. Talk about fangirling all over the fucking place. I remember the exact moment I was asked to be a Beta. I was in the car on my way to a wedding in Kentucky and I received the message. Cue fangirl screaming and giggling uncontrollably. You would think I was a young girl talking to her first crush. So freaking stoked.
I started the book and immediately began falling in love again. All these characters are so well written that I feel like they are friends. It’s like coming back to Hogwarts, you know it’s home. Plus, I was immediately in full swoon mode over Jax. That man… Whew. He’s mine ladies….BACK OFF 😉 & Tobias… Gah he is so swoony. Strong silent types man. I love em. Then Bram with their friendship/blooming love. Last but not least our sexy italian man, Julian. Back with Thess and the guys and back in love.
Thess is completely distressed over the events from the end of the last book. Her dad had been attacked and was badly hurt, possibly dead, and her mother was missing. She has come out of her depression phase thanks to Tobias and his errr magical fingers. #Swoon She realizes that the guys were really worried about her and she isn’t going to accomplish anything by moping around. She has had her time to cope, it’s time to be kickass Thess again. Her and the guys just have to come up with a plan and put it into action. The evil Zinna has framed Thess for the attack on her father and has an alert out for her making it almost impossible for her to be seen in public.
Another situation that Thess is trying to figure out is her relationship with the guys. She still isn’t totally sure how this whole thing is going to work with her and 3 guys. Aren’t they going to get jealous? How is she going to juggle them all? How can she deal with experiencing such happy things as her relationship with each of them develops when so much bad is happening in her life? Although the last book is truly a ‘medium burn’ there isn’t much sexy time for Thess and the guys. The relationship building in Perfect is amazing. Seriously great. I am totally in love with these guys and now I’m ready to get to the business. Be in love with them Thess! LET’S GET IT ON! Well, you’ll be happy to hear that shit really heats up in Broken. Like almost immediately we are in full swoon mode with some SUPER sexy scenes. What else does this mean?! MORE relationship development between Thess and the guys! We get to learn more about their stories and how they came to be on the run. We get to fall in love with the guys with Thess. I love this about the series. The love doesn’t feel like insta-love. Granted the time frame isn’t incredibly long but we don’t go from ‘hi what’s your name?’ to ‘You are the love of my life I will die without you’. There is a more natural buildup in the relationships and it’s amazing.
Another element of the first book we get to explore at a deeper level is the government and their involvement in their blood draw/DNA study. We’ve seen that the people doing this aren’t afraid to snatch people out of their homes, force them to participate in the blood draw, and even use violence to influence rule breakers to comply. Something you wouldn’t expect from those who have been entrusted to protect us. We get to see a lot more of this in the capture and kidnapping of Thess’s mother as well as NABs continuation of seeking Thess and vilifying her. Plus a lot more stuff that I wouldn’t want to spoil for you. But it’s good. & horrifying. & will be sure to piss you off…
Perfect was amazing. Really and truly amazing. Broken? Even freaking better. Out of the two Broken is definitely my favorite. I seriously can’t wait for the 3rd book and I will be tirelessly stalking Adell Ryan until she releases it. All the characters are so amazingly in-depth and the story/world building is so perfect that I have been dealing with serious book hangover since I finished it. I spent my time swooning, giggling like a school girl, laughing out loud, and wanting to scream and cry. The story is so immersive you can’t help but become emotionally attached. This is a definite must read. It’s made for contemporary romance lovers. It’s made for sci-fi/paranormal romance lovers. Honestly, amazingly written stories are made for everyone. Now leave me alone so I can get back to swooning over Jax ❤
Keep swooning dolls! 😘