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Alien Mine (Zyrgin Warriors Book 1)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is ok. It was sweet witnessing the heroine's and hero's love blossom but there were far too many plot holes.

The alien race is meant to be highly advanced but they can't seem to find a means to their problem with regards to procreating? Surely clones or test tube babies would be a given?

Also they live for centuries but the hero (despite being 300 years old) still hasn't had any kids since then? Even though it only takes 5 earth years for him to become an adult.

Then there's other plot holes which I can't get into or it'll be a spoiler but some of the dates and years don't match up and in some instances they're an advance race and in others very primitive.

Then there's the callous disregard to weakness. Even the heroine has this when she sneers at the homeless men who became part of a gang of "raiders". I don't particularly like this group either but if they're homeless and there's loads of them then surely it's more than them being "mean" and something to do with a terribly dystopian system.

It's an ok read. Not erotica or anything with bdsm etc. But a light-hearted dystopian romcom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2014
Ok I know it’s not even been out a month yet but please say there is a sequel coming. It’s a really good book that pulls you in. I love to read, usually at least one new book a day. Every now and then I find a book that stands out.
As you have most probably guessed this is one of them. Ok I admit it’s not the beast book in the world and no, it’s not going to change your life. But if you’re like me and enjoy a good read that draws you in, give it a go. It’s worth it. If you’re still not convinced try the free sample bit, that’s available. That’s how they hooked me.
It’s a good size book too, amazing value. I sincerely hope to see more from this author in the future.
P.S. No I’m not going to tell you about the story, you’re just going to have to read it. :: cheeky grin ::
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2014
I really hope there will be a sequel soon. Inventive and good 'rescue of dystopia' type vibe. Very good value
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 September 2014
Heroine Natalie didn't exactly make a good first impression. Despite the description of a dystopian lawless society, she's happy to waltz around in a pretty yellow dress, unprepared to use the gun she carries when she is captured by a drunken raider. She mourns for the loss of baby birds and saplings, and doesn't appear to a have a grasp of what is going on in the world. Luckily her father had the foresight to prepare her for worst case scenarios, so she does have some survivalist skills.

At the mercy of a group of raiders, Natalie's circumstances are dire. Yet along comes an alien warrior who kills everyone that hurt her. His opinion of her increases when she tries to knock him out with a branch, and feigning unconsciousness he wants to learn if she will act honourably around a fallen enemy.

Romance blooms between the pair, yet Zacar's culture expectations of what his "breeder" should and should not do confuses Natalie. The sex is amazing though; and apparently fantastic enough for Natalie to brush aside her concerns as to why Zacar and a group of his warriors are on earth.

Overall I liked this book; however the fundamental reason why Zacar ends up Earth and why he wants Natalie as a breeder seems to be brushed aside at the end. Considering what Zacar and his race do to the weak or those that do not swear fealty to them, I'd have some real concerns about the future. There were also times that I wished Natalie was a stronger character. Zacar immediately perceives her as a female worthy to become the mother of his little warriors, but I wondered at times why this belief never seemed to waiver in the face of some of her actions and reactions. Overall an entertaining read but some parts of the plot just didn't sit right with me.
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I love reading capture theme, also love the whole 'breeder' thing in my alien romance, so I definitely thought this was worth a try. I especially liked how the hero is a copper-green alien, bald, completely hairless, and with eyes that go from black to blazing red. He's huge and tough, just generally kick-azz. His culture is advanced, but he did have a barbarian vibe about him as well. If he needs to capture a female and claim her as his breeder, then that's what he'll do.

His culture is warrior-based, very much go hard or go home, with little patience for weakness. Almost Spartan-like. This all made sense to me, how the hero behaved, how he reacted. He was cold and inscrutable at times, only then to somewhat soften toward the heroine at key times. And while I seemed to understand him, there was a scene where I almost hated him over something cruel he says to the heroine. And while I was mad at him over it, I think I was more annoyed with her.

I just really wanted her to be angry with him for more than five seconds. I know she's in an uncertain situation, but if he'd said those things to me, he'd get his tongue bitten hard instead of the kiss she let him have. She frustrated me when she'd question him, only then to be distracted by his kiss or sex. I wanted her to hold her own. Tell him off, let him know he hurt her, and don't just pucker up. Things get resolved, but she didn't follow up enough for me.

Some minor editing issues, nothing too bad. There is some POV from the hero but not a whole lot. I wanted more of it and think it would have added something good to the story. The sex scenes were steamy, and even with a few bumps in my reading, I did enjoy this overall and liked how it ended. I liked how this hero seemed to be changing, adjusting, and it will be interesting to see his fellow warriors fall in love, too. For a debut, this was nicely done and pretty enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
I enjoyed reading this book very much and enjoyed the characters I hope there is more to come would like to read about the others in the cave finding their breeders but not forgetting Natalie, Zacar and their sons and their continuing story.
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on 6 April 2015
I enjoyed this sci-fi romance, good plotline with plenty of action and excitement. Aliens are not the bad guys, it's mans greed and inhumanity to his fellow man that causes unearths crisis and near destruction.

Loved the main characters, they were well written and the interaction between them was engaging and believable. Misunderstandings abound and these create the backdrop to the romance giving the reader plenty of humorous moments, emotional angst and passion.

I would recommend this fantasy love story and will definitely read more by this author.
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on 30 September 2014
I don't know what Ms Dry was thinking while writing the first 7 chapters of the book. All the actions of the heroine in these chapter go against her background and the dystopian society that the book is set against. Once you get past these first chapters you get hooked on the story telling of Ms Dry. I hope that there's a next book, so some of the distorted events and time lines, might be explained. I can see a great future for Ms Dry as a writer.
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on 9 November 2014
The unusual premise of this book was the reason I picked it up, and the plot and especially the characters' chemistry kept me reading. This is a wonderful exploration of an alien mindset that is, perhaps, more relatable than we thought. I can't wait for the author's next book.
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on 5 September 2014
Yes there are plot holes, the one that made me itch was the lack of a belly button but it was still a really good story. Along with several other readers I too hope that there will be more of the aliens and their breeders.
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