It was truly delightful to read another book by Erin M. Leaf. She melds imaginative, futuristic apocalyptic settings with potentially super sexy and solid m/m/f pairings. In this book, the woman linking the two guys was simply extraordinary. She has strength, exceptional survivalist skills, and will take on a recovery task that involves a flat-out enemy, because it is the right thing to do. One of the two men has a particularly fascinating back story. The other fellow's history doesn't flag in comparison either. This is a very fine and balanced tale from the future that seems eminently plausible and exciting. I recommend it! Sky Martha Strider is called Sky throughout most of the story. She seems highly skilled and experienced to survive alone in an extremely inhospitable environment but within a well hidden cave. That cave comes with a few damned special niceties that appear to be rather lacking on Earth at this current time. Her unexpected sort of guest is initially one major pain in the ass and a boor to boot. Sky labels him an asshole and pretty much calls him that for quite awhile. Sky definitely stands heads and shoulders above most of the women on Earth, perhaps even compared to women on the other planets that get described. I genuinely loved Sky! Jaxt and Zoen are Xyrans. Jaxt is Sky's somewhat unwelcome guest and patient. He really did start off as a class A-1 asshole. Nevertheless, a marvelous connection grows between them. He does stop calling her just 'woman' and when she tracks down a turkey for dinner, I think he might have decided she is a bit of a magician. When Zoen locates Jaxt, his blood-sworn kin, some magical doings between all three consenting adults starts to percolate. It was a bit unconventional for the guys to swear a blood kin oath, but when the details bubble to the surface it seems more than understandable. In fact the whole idea of a blood-sworn kin ceremony took on even greater meaning. These guys were certifiably spicy! This trio blended, melded, and kind of worked miracles. They certainly earned their group stripes by all becoming bigger than life as they teamed up. Each member of the group brought some outstanding talents to forge and sustain the team's survival. There is this incredibly neat scientific tool, almost magical in its operation, that only our trio seems to have and control. There were many other neat little tidbits that coalesced to make this story one enjoyable read. Hot m/m/f pairings and challenging futuristic escapades delight my fancy making this type of book a certifiable winner!
Planet Alpha TM
A touch on the back of her hand startled her, and she turned her head. Zoen had somehow moved closer without her hearing him.
“You are not alone right now,” he murmured, sending shivers down her spine. The Xyran had no right to sound so sexy, not when his kin, her lover lay just beyond.
“No,” she said, unsure if she was agreeing with him or denying him the unspoken attraction she was sure he also felt.
“Do not say no.” Zoen lifted her hand and, shockingly, kissed her fingers.
Her eyes flew to Jaxt. He watched them calmly. No, not calmly, she realized as Zoen kissed her wrist. His forked tongue flicked out, lightly tasting her skin. No, he’s not calm. He’s aroused. Jaxt’s eyes glittered in the firelight. Sky sucked in air, feeling lightheaded. This wasn’t a situation she’d ever contemplated being in. Should she say yes to Zoen? Was Jaxt really sanguine about this?
“Sky will not say no, Zoen,” Jaxt said, getting up. “Not to you, my blood-sworn kin.”
“Jaxt,” she began, but had to clear her throat before she could continue. “Are you serious?” She couldn’t reconcile the possessive, demanding lover of this morning with the kind of male who could share a woman, no matter how close he was to the other Xyran.
“Zoen is my blood-sworn kin. He and I are of the same body,” he replied.
She wrinkled her forehead. “I think I’m missing something.”
“No, you are not,” Zoen murmured, biting her wrist.
She gasped. When he bit down harder, she began to tremble. His golden eyes gleamed at her as he held her arm in his mouth. When Jaxt got up and took off his shirt, she stared. She still couldn’t quite believe he was entirely healed, but there was no disguising his virility. He stalked over and dropped to his knees.
“I am going to hold you down while he takes you,” Jaxt said, hands going to her hair.
“What makes you think I’m going to agree to that?” Sky fought down a full-body shudder. He had his fist tightened against her scalp to just the right pressure. She wanted to go limp and let them do whatever they wanted with her, but she refused to submit without respect.
He growled and tightened his hand, just enough to bring tears to her eyes. “You want him. I can see it in your eyes.”
Involuntarily, Sky flicked a glance at Zoen. He’d released her arm while Jaxt spoke, but now he bit her again, this time at the base of her thumb. She moaned under her breath. “So what if I do? I don’t have sex with every male I see.”
Jaxt leaned down and kissed her neck. “Do you trust me?”
She went still. Did she? She wasn’t sure. Did she want him? Yes. The absurdity of a Xyran male asking her if she trusted him made her question her sanity. Xyrans were hostile and violent. Everyone knew that. They stole human women for slaves. Except these two particular Xyrans weren’t like that, were they? Wrong, her brain told her, flashing the image of Jaxt beating the enemy soldier against the cave wall into her thoughts.
“You think too much,” Jaxt growled, loosening his fist.
“I trust you,” she gasped quickly. Screw it. If I’m going to do something stupid, like have sex with two Xyrans at once, I may as well do it with a bang.
“Good,” he said, hauling her up by the arms. Sky struggled for a moment, then relaxed when she realized he wasn’t hurting her.
Not hurting me much, she rethought breathlessly.
Zoen quickly undid her belt and tugged her pants down, flinging them away.
“Careful with those. I don’t want them to catch fire,” Sky said, needing to assert some kind of control.
Zoen bared his teeth at her, making her gut clench. “Quiet.”
She gulped, and he stripped off her vest. She hadn’t worn anything underneath it today, because the heat had been so oppressive. His gaze told her he liked what he saw, but instead of undressing, he slowly drew one of his golden knives.
“You are going to enjoy this,” Jaxt rumbled. His cock shoved up against her bare ass, and she wiggled just a little. “Settle down,” he said.
“What are you going to do with that?” she asked, going still.
Zoen’s eyes gleamed. “Shh.”
Anger rolled through her, and she flexed her arms. She couldn’t move at all, dammit.
“She does not like when someone shushes her,” Jaxt said, controlling her movements.
Zoen tilted his head. “Oh?”
Sky growled. “Don’t shush me.”
Instead of speaking, Zoen flicked his arm out so fast she could barely track its movement. Sky gasped and looked down. A tiny drop of blood welled up on the curve of her bare breast. The sting was so slight, she might have imagined it if not for the blood. “Dear God,” she murmured, absurdly aroused. Her pussy went hot.
Broken by Erin M. Leaf is a great sci-fi romance read. I don’t usually read this genre but it sounded good so I thought I would give it a try. I am glad that I did because I enjoyed it a lot. I have not read any other books by this author but I would pick up another one because I liked this one. Broken is the second book in the Planet Alpha series. I have not read the first book or any others in the series but I would not mind finding them to read as well. It is Jaxt, Zoen, and Sky’s story. Broken is an erotic ménage book. Sky is pretty resourceful and that is what has kept her alive. She hunts for her own food and she lives in a cave away from any society on the planet. That is why she is surprised to find Jaxt a wounded alien warrior close to where she lived. She isn’t cruel and won’t leave him to die. She takes him home with her and plays the nurse maid during his recovery. When he comes to he is very domineering and that drives her nuts but she is inexplicably attracted to him. When he disappears she isn’t happy. She is even less unhappy when he brings Zoen back with him. She thought that Jaxt was bad Zoen was even worse. He is real standoffish yet he elicits a response from her too. Jaxt thinks that they are all perfect for each other but she doesn’t know. When they go on a mission she finds herself in trouble. Will Jaxt and Zoen be able to find her? Or will she be lost to them forever? Jaxt and Zoen are bond-kin and they are bound to each other for the rest of their lives. Jaxt’s family wasn’t happy about that fact. In fact his father is the one that sent them to serve in the war. Their ship gets attacked and Jaxt ends up wounded and unconscious on earth. When he wakes up he is being taken care of by an earth woman that he finds very attractive. The longer she fusses over him the more sure he becomes that she is his and Zoen’s perfect bond-kin. He may have to convince Zoen but it is something he is willing to take one. When he leaves to find Zoen he is surprised that Zoen doesn’t automatically sense that the three of them are meant for each other. When they go on a mission and she ends up killing one of their enemies Zoen is taken by her as well. When they allow her to go where they cannot she ends up captured by Jaxt father and both will stop at nothing to rescue her. Both of them will stop at nothing to bring their bond-kin back to them. Will they be successful? Or will his father continue to punish them by keeping them apart? I enjoyed reading Broken. I liked the characters and I liked the plotline as well. I am not really big on alien or futuristic stories but this one captured my attention. I liked Sky because she was a badass woman that knew how to take care of herself. I also like the fact that she was willing to help Jaxt when most wouldn’t be. She was pretty daring as well. I liked Jaxt but thought he was a little too forward with Skye. The chemistry between them was undeniable though. Zoen took some getting used to because I didn’t understand his attitude to her in the beginning. I thought he was quite abrasive at first, but once he warmed up to her there was nothing he wouldn’t do to keep her safe. The three of them together were pretty much an unbeatable trio. I would recommend Broken to those who enjoy erotic ménage sci-fi reads.
Love this series, bought every book except one.
Sky is living on her own, on an Earth that is hard to imagine being real and yet it, for her, it’s very real. All of a sudden she isn’t alone anymore and she’s not sure how she feels about that, much less what she’s going to do about it. See, men are very smart, especially Xyran warriors. They know how to get the girl all hot and bothered and then ask the important questions. I don’t mind saying the writing in this short story is sexy and had me reaching for a fan as well. At first, Sky is all too eager to give her acceptance and worry about the repercussions later. I just adored Sky. She had spunk and brains. There was some humor in this one when the men went all he-man alpha male to impress Sky and it had the opposite affect. Seriously, it didn’t go over big with Sky. But they know what she hasn’t accepted…yet. On a world where women are coming up missing and telling the good guy from the bad isn’t as easy as it might seem, Sky will have to be careful. On that same note though, Sky isn’t helpless. Not even close. Did I mention the spunk? This girl is fierce! The heroes weren’t hard to read about either. Alien warriors, alpha male to a fault and they share. The chemistry is heavy between Jaxt and Zoen. They’re bonded and I could feel their connection in the looks and touches. There was a nice hot scene with a knife. I loved it!! A few other scenes were just as hot and well written. My next book in the science fiction world will be Proposition, the 3rd book in this series. I hope she chooses to really go deeper into the characters and the whole back story of Earth’s demise over the next book or so. This one was fast paced, almost too fast in areas that glossed over opportunity to insert details. Still, it was a good read in that it kept the story progressing from the first book and had me yearning for more. So, yes and yes, I’d recommend it and I enjoyed it. Props to you Ms. Leaf.
Earth is a dying planet; its inhabitants struggle daily just to survive. For women, there is the additional threat of abduction and enslavement by the fierce and unfeeling alien races, whose strength and technology the weaker humans are unable to match. Sky fought long and hard to escape the refugee camp, and later the smuggler's community where she foolishly sought refuge, in order to live her life freely. Living in the desert may not be ideal, but the hard and lonely work of surviving day-to-day is a luxury few women enjoy. Her skills as a hunter and warrior are lessons that were learned the hard way, and she is determined never to be owned by anyone ever again. No matter how hard she tries to appear tough on the outside, there is still a spark of softness and compassion hidden deep within her heart, much to Sky's own dismay. When she finds an unconscious and gravely injured Xyran warrior alone in the desert, Sky is unable to turn away and leave him to his fate. Jaxt is bossy, opinionated, and foreign in almost every way. His changeable skin tone and unusual physical adornments aside, Sky can't help but be attracted to his outward appearance. Too bad his external beauty isn't matched by a kind heart. Nevertheless, Sky is too practical to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a few moments of sexual gratification. Knowing Jaxt will return to his homeland once he has fully healed gives the entire situation a low-risk, high-benefit ratio. When Jaxt announces that she is his blood-mate, the third person meant to complete the triad originally formed with his bond-kin Zoen long ago, Sky refuses to subject herself to anyone's authority, no matter how strongly both men call to her heart. BROKEN is a stand alone story, second in the Planet Alpha series, and is a well written and fast paced science fiction novella. The blend of alpha males, treacherous humans, conniving aliens and steamy sensuality perfectly complement Sky's firecracker personality. A highly entertaining and suspenseful storyline, with characters you will both love and love-to-hate, I give BROKEN 5 stars for sizzling sexual chemistry and pure reading enjoyment!
Three people from broken, poor family backgrounds find it difficult to form a cohesive family unit. Two have previous history and all three have issues to deal with before they can become one family unit. It was an interesting and imaginative story. Particularly as two of the main characters are from enemy races. The woman shows real strength of character at over-coming the odds.
I really enjoyed this story and wished it would have been a little longer. Sky was a strong female for these two handsome aliens and I hope to continue to read more from this Author.
Couple of sections have some killer typos but other than that, I really enjoyed this as a quick read. The storyline was good, the characters worked..would like to read this as a longer story as it felt a little rushed in places but overall I was happy & would buy more of this set..
This has a great character intro and development for a novella. The heroine is strong and true, the two heroes make you want a couple for your very own. Happily Ever After makes it a fine mini romance. The erotica is low-key, the author has some way to go to make a scene be heated (if you know what I mean), but the characters obviously have a connection.
This is the second book in the Planet Alpha series by Evernight Publishing and I completely enjoyed it. I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. This book featured the "bad guys" of the two alien worlds, although both heroes aren't strictly Xyran. I liked learning the intricate relationships between the aliens. Although it had a different feel from the first book, "Bondmate", I would recommend reading both to really appreciate the world Evernight is creating with this series.
This second book of the planet alpha series is much better. While we still don't know the details of what happened on earth, sounds like planet dying or major global warming? We also don't learn much about our aliens, except for some reason (I suppose the color changes) I thought the bad aliens were big or lizard like.....they're not. We also find, like all cultures, not everyone is bad and even some humans are as bad if not worse. I really liked this trio. Especially our girl, she really kicks butt. Awesome that such three hardened souls could find love. Their lov'in is more on the bdsm side but tasteful ,beware if you don't like that. Other than being pricey, a good read.
Was not what i thought it would be but it was a great read all the way through yes they fall into bed quickly but she is a girl with honour and you read about what she has been through and you understand her more she is resourceful and strong she doesn't let herself be broken by men that want break her. there was one point where i had to re read to understand who was who out of the men to get what they were saying but other than that i had no problem with the book
I really enjoyed reading this sci-fi romance. This story grabbed my attention from page one until the very end. I loved all the characters and found the storyline very interesting.
Broken, book 2 in the Planet Alpha series. Another fun, erotic, with a touch of kick ass girl story. Loved Jaxt and Zorn, the half Alpha/Zyron heroes and their human mate Sky. Looking forward to reading more of this universe. This is the first book I have read by this author and will be checking into other books by her.
Erin creates an interesting world and dynamic in this story -- it was short and sweet, with welcome spots of humor. I really enjoyed the interplay between the men and their history, even though some of it was confusing and might even be contradictory in terms world-building. I liked Sky a lot -- I felt that she actually brought something to the relationship rather than just being the prize. I did think that the ending was a little too pat with too quick of a wrap up and I think the story would have been much more enhanced if there had been a lot more interaction between Zoen and Sky. As it is, it feels a bit like Zoen is a tack on because, in my opinion, implying that the two men are bonded and so they feel the exact same way is a bit of a cheat. I have to admit, I skimmed a fair bit of the sex play, because knife play really kinda freaks me out. Despite that, I really did enjoy the story and I'm hoping that Erin will come back and revisit this world, hopefully with a followup of Sky and her men.