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Sexy Aliens/Sassy Dragons
Earth’s fate rests in the hands of shape-shifting dragons, studly aliens, and a determined woman who demands a say in her own fate. In this exciting finale of the An Alien Exchange trilogy, follow their adventures across the galaxy to a tale that features mounting action, stimulating passion, and heart-pounding emotions.
Sherrilyn Marie Cantor firmly believes success doesn’t come to those who sit around and wait for it to show up; it takes determination, discipline, and hard work. At thirty-four, she has it all – a successful business and more money than she can spend until a jealous partner sets her up and frames her for stealing trade secrets. She loses everything and faces a twenty-year federal prison sentence. When an unexpected offer to find “love among the stars” comes her way, she doesn’t hesitate to escape her unjust fate and leaves Earth forever.
A Zerin descended from a secretive line of dragon shapeshifters, M’alalu (Ki) Ki E’eur ignores the fact he’s living a half-life. Broken from childhood guilt for the murder of his parents and six year-old sister, he silently goes through the motions of everyday life. A former mercenary and friend of the crown prince of Zerin, Ki absorbs a debt his prince intended to take. He’s expendable; the prince isn’t. Now he’s in the crosshairs of a power-hungry despot determined to overthrow the current democratic galactic government.
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Being possessed sucked.
Yep, she, Sherrilyn Marie Cantor, was possessed—like “demon taking over your body” type of possessed. Instead of housing a spitting-pea-soup demon, Sherri endured an unwanted galactic gangster fighting for domination of her body and mind. From the moment the bubble housing the Dread Pirate Maynwaring popped over her face and his essence entered her, she’d been fighting for control. So far she’d kept a tight lid on things, but the whole situation was turning out to be a huge pain in the ass.
But, bright side, she had help from her Zerin shipmate, Ki. He’d taught her how to access the memories of her unwanted guest while at the same time keeping him locked away. Jeez, the spirit called himself Dread Pirate. What kind of name was that? Apparently, that wasn’t his original name, but something he’d adopted after hearing the story of The Princess Bride from a human slave. He’d become so enamored of the dread pirate character he changed his title.
What a snowflake.
What’sss a sssnowflake, human? He asked it in his normal, hissy tone.
How a disembodied entity had a tone was a mystery to her. He sounded like a snake with a speech impediment. She created a visual of sticking his stupid forked tongue between his teeth and clamping his mouth shut then taping it closed. And, if he called her human in that derogatory manner one more time….
Ki’s training kicked in. Instead of imagining the pain she’d rather give, she created a dark, dank pit to throw his happy ass in.
No…no, don’t ssssnd me there again!
Sherri imagined throwing his bright orb down a bottomless cavern before rolling an avalanche of sharp, heavy rocks to cover the hole. Dust billowed up and down before it settled in a thick layer to create a mountain to contain him. Then she pictured the mountain folding upon itself, repeatedly, until it was a speck of light flashing out of her thoughts.
Unfortunately, this exercise never held him for long. One minute he’d be gone (treasured silence), and the next, he’d be right back butting in and making snarky comments every chance he got. You’d think he’d be smart enough to keep his mouth shut so she didn’t know he was there.
Whoa…where’d that creepy idea come from? Sometimes the hair on the back of her neck broke out in chill bumps as if someone looked over her shoulder. What if…what if she wasn’t aware when he wormed his way out? Was he spying on private intimate things she was obsessed with…like say, a certain tall, well-built, sexy-as-sin Zerin named Ki…
Damn it! She shook her head to get rid of that image. She didn’t trust people outside of her body, much less the asshole inside. Only constant vigilance on her part would keep the alien in the hole she’d put it in. Shit, no wonder she was tired all the time.
Sherri sat with her feet over the side of the comfortable bed she’d slept in. She had to admit, she was happy enough with the accommodations aboard the organic AI ship called “Elemi.” Still, she could do without the snarky attitude the female contraption gave her all the time. The sleek 11-15 ship apparently came with a load of baggage, and not the kind Sherri liked to use on vacations.
I really hope that Ms. Kruspe reads this review. She will not cringe, cry or go into a depression. I just want to let her know that I’ve never done the following:
- Read a story with dragon shifters.
- Read a sci-fi story that had me in tears with laughter, a story that was completely plausible, a cast of characters that I fell in love with and did I mention dragons?
Yall this book. Between Sherri and Ki’s relationship, a ship called Elemi (she is a HOOT), a prince and a duke for friends. Not to mention the human females that they mated with and the entire plot of aliens taking over earth? The villains are perfection. It’s almost like you can see them twirling their mustaches for fun. And no, I’m not making fun of them. They were nasty, alien and the end was awesome. You will cheer when it happens. But I will say that one aspect does make me a little sad but I won’t spoil it for you.
Sherri is hilarious. And strong, too. Her personality is at times snarky but also, just trying to figure out what in the heck is going on with her and her body. This is where the dragons come into play. She handled it well but there are plenty of fun moments, too with the dragon. I grieved for them during the book at one time but I understood why Ms. Kruspe did what she did. Sherri needed to go into her new role on Earth and grieve Ki at the same time. It was hard but she got through it.
Ki is an alien but he is all male. Dumb when it comes to Sherri at times, alpha when it comes to protectiveness and an all around great guy to know. I understood why he didn’t want to mate with anyone but his dragon has basically told him to buck up and get it over with. Trust, the dialogue between Ki and the dragon are downright hilarious. In fact, the dialogue between Sherri and her dragon are fun, too. You will fall in love with Ki from the very beginning.
The two dragons in the book are fantastic. Remember this is science fiction, NOT fantasy, so for me, the dragons are more of a person than an animal. They have their own personalities and aren’t afraid to let Ki and Sherri know it. I could read a book with just them in it. Yes, they are that good in the book.
I really loved the plot of the book, too. Intergalactic war on the Earth; sexy alien men that aren’t afraid to be a bit dumb when it comes to women but will do anything to protect them, even when they don’t need protecting. This is the third book of the series and I’ve already bought the first two books in the series. I need those stories.
Do yourself a favor and give this book a chance. I don’t read anything related to dragons or science fiction but I loved it. Its a bit spicy in places but appropriately so. It is a romance. Another thing, the romance is a slow build. It might appear that it was fast but really it’s not. It is sweet, frustrating and the pay off is great.
About the Author:
A native Nevadan, Keri resides with her family in the wilds of Northwest Michigan where she enjoys the stark change in seasons and the pleasures each one brings. An avid reader, Keri loves an enjoyable bottle of red wine, a variety of delicious foods and watching action/adventure movies…usually at the same time. You can find her most days immersed in her fantasy world on her latest novel while foot tappin’ to classic rock. When not absorbed in her writing, Keri works alongside her husband in building their dream home or discovering intelligent life in America in their RV.