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Review: From the Ashes by Maree Anderson

From The Ashes by Maree Anderson
SciFi Romance, Erotica, Aliens
Ebook $6.49
Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She's been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life.... Until now.
Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if
1) she didn't abhor slavery and everything it represents,
2) she wasn't horny as hell, and
3) he wasn't doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts!
Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess. Take one sex-deprived space courier who'll risk everything to save an alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae. Thank the gods that from the ashes, an unexpected hero will emerge.... And he’s full of surprises!

Author Site: www.mareeanderson.com

Surprisingly Sweet, Satisfyingly Smutty (4 stars)

Calista hasn't had the greatest luck in love, her ex-husband sold her into slavery! But she's not one to take that lying down and once she's back on her feet she's back to working as a courier in her ship, Doppelganger. Having had a few too many bad surprises in her life she figures she can open the crate holding her latest cargo, find out what's secreted away inside and have time to pack it back up with no sign of tampering before she gets to her destination. What she finds is an egg, an egg that hatches into a baby boy who rapidly becomes a grown man with two sets of genitals and ability to be resurrected indefinitely from his own ashes. With no one else around he imprints on her and the pair find themselves driven into a world of sadistic Libertines, her cutthroat ex and all manner of crazy.

This is my first taste of Maree Anderson and hopefully not my last. She has a great way of creating a decent scifi 'verse without a lot of pages to do so. While the idea of alien males with special "man-parts" is far from original she manages to make Asher special in other ways that make him multifaceted enough that you can buy this is romance not pure smut. It's funny, adventurous and the kind of smutty that makes ya want to skip the talky parts. The romance was unexpectedly sweet and never felt forced.

I would recommend this as an excellent place to start dabbling for readers who are interested in alien scifi romances/erotica. I'd also tell my fellow Cheryl Brooks fans to give it a read, while this is certainly not of the same caliber it's a great quickie read to fill in the time between her releases.

Other Reviews:
Karia on Nocturne Romance Reads
Sonia on Story Treasury

Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.


Maree Anderson said...

Hi Rhianna,

Just wanted to pop in and say thanks so much for reviewing From The Ashes, and for posting your review on Amazon as well -- I just discovered it today when I was updating my author page *g*. I really do appreciate you taking the time to let people know what you thought of my book.

From The Ashes is my first go at writing SciFi -- a genre I've always loved -- so I'm also pretty darned rapt that you liked the story!


Rhianna said...

Aww thanks so much for commenting Maree! I did very much enjoy it. I even went looking to see if you had written more. If you're up for it I would gladly read another SciFi from ya! :)


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