Episode One: Code Name Hellion” by Mae Powers
Hellaina “Hellion” Hernandez might be a seasoned HAREM
agent, but she barely escapes her nemesis, Tyrah Tyranus,
alive. Tyrah’s henchmen are hunting her down when she
falls into a hole. Hellaine is rescued by Dr. Jared
Harrington and his alien companion and fellow scientist,
Boggin. Feelings she believed long dead are ignited by
Jared and Boggin. Before they can even think of a future
together, Hellaina must first destroy Tyrah and her allies.
seduction is skimmed over in “HAREM, Episode One: Code Name
Hellion”, and I wonder if it was avoided because Boggin
isn’t humanoid. I guess Hellaina’s and Jared’s hot scene
is plunked in to make up for it. My second biggest
complaint was there were too many slick acronyms, coming off
as ridiculous rather than clever.
narrative shifts from campy to dramatic, and I found myself
comparing Tyrah Tyranus to a female Ming the Merciless.
Loads of techie details are liberally used, but action is
the main ingredient. Altogether, this story introduces a
plot and characters that hit the ground running from start
Moon” by Jenna Leigh
mother’s death, Neri is sold into slavery by her father to
Tael. She learns that she is hybrid, half human, partly of
Maurania, the home world of the Tigre.
carries the ancient curse of the Tigre Moon. He hopes that
Neri is the woman to free him. If she is not, they will
both end up dying painfully.
erotically charged Beauty and the Beast in-outer-space tale
worked its magic on me. I found the plot to be original
and engaging. The characters rang true when and where it
counted most. “Tigre Moon” was a guilty pleasure.
in Peace” by Megan Hussey
Stone escapes her troubles by taking an assignment to
further research a recently charted planet. The downside is
that her ex-husband, Wade, discovered the new world along
with the woman that helped to break up her marriage. The
last thing she wants on board is company, or worse, pity.
Once things are under way, alien Jaron Ken of Eternia
becomes the perfect distraction for Muriel in more ways than
Muriel is a
fascinating person, and not just as a woman formerly part of
a brilliant husband-wife team, betrayed by her spouse for a
scheming floozy. Her ‘reward’ is a younger man that adores
her and helps her to heal. Yet, I never once felt sorry
for Muriel or that she was undeserving of her happiness.
Jaron didn’t come off as a trophy partner. His own
accomplishments place him as her worthy equal.
enjoyed most about this story was the sexual tension that is
stoked from the time of Muriel and Jaron’s first meeting.
Ms. Hussey does a good job of illustrating the magnetic
attraction between her characters. This tender and sensuous
story contained the right balance and energy so that all the
pieces to the puzzle fit.
Alien Seduction starts off fast, glides along
without a bump, and lands successfully. There’s a dynamic
of male love interests ranging from very out-of-this-world
strange to deliciously humanoid with ‘alien’ concepts. The
heroines all get a brave shot at “Loving the Alien”, and
each author does well in displaying their strengths and
courage. I can conclude by saying this trio of stories
contrasts and compliments one another from start to finish.