Review dedicated to Jessa Slade, the author of The Marked Souls series and lately, Hotter on the Edge! I discovered a new author that I wanted you to discover too!
Erin Kellison, K.C. Klein, Jessa Slade
This review will be based on
Enslaved by Starlight
Published February 2nd 2012
Transformed by empathic crystals into the perfect paramour, Benedetta Galil is the last treasure of her fading world. When raiders attack—seeking to corrupt the crystals and conquer all of charted space—she gives herself as a prize to the one man in the universe who values freedom over power. Mercenary sheership Captain Corso Deynah left oppression behind him on a burning planet and has no use for a sex slave, even one as seductive as Benedetta. But while he stubbornly resists her body, her fierce spirit tempts him, and he will risk everything—his ship, his seclusion, the very stars—to win not just her passion but her love.
There are also 2 others stories, but my review will only be on Enslaved by Starlight
My Rating 4.5 / 5
A romantic story that combines action, conspiracy, the discovery of personal needs and of course, a super sexy space mercenary! The story began with Corso, the captain of the Asphodel, being waking up by a call from a stunning stranger, Benedetta, who ask him his help to save her planet. What a great way to start a day!
Benedetta is what we can call a sex slave, but from her point of view, she's one of the last treasures of her planet. Giving herself to Corso in payment for his hard work, the captain is intriguing but no willing to keep a sex slave. Benedetta finds her way to get the captain, his ship and his crew to help her out, but at what cost?
The story was really interesting and different from what I read (well so far from ''other space paranormal romance''). The way the author, Jessa Slade, introduced her characters, her story with humour and sexy exchanges between Benedetta and Corso, so I give my candy love for they relation!
I really enjoy reading and discovering this new world: Benedetta's lives on a planet were people are ''matched'' with a patron by the crystal they wore. Once they are together, the ''sex slave'' will developed feelings and will do whatever the patron needed be satisfies.
I appreciate the characters and the fast-paced storyline. I never wanted to put it aside. I dive into this new world and I was able to see it in my mind! I love all the descriptions and details around the rituals on Benedetta's planet.
I recommend you this novella, for its price, you really should buy it; it worth the payment and this is only for the third story from this book! This one should be on your TBR pile!
Seduced By Shadows (Marked Souls #1)
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Signet (first published September 3rd 2009)
When Sera Littlejohn meets a violet-eyed stranger, he reveals a supernatural battle veiled in the shadows, and Sera are tempted to the edge of madness by a dangerous desire. Ferris Archer takes Sera under his wing, now that she is a talyan-possessed by a repentant demon with hellish powers. Archer's leagues of warriors have never fought beside a female before, and never in all his centuries has Archer found a woman who captivates him like Sera.
With the balance shifting between good and evil, passion and possession, Sera and Archer must defy the darkness and dare to embrace a love that will mark them forever.
My rating: 3.5 / 5
This book was my very first from the author Jessa Slade and I wasn't sure which rating I should give.
The basic story behind Sera and Ferris relationship is overwhelming! I really enjoy reading about the history of these Talyan / Repentant / Demons. The story itself was great too. I love everything about demons, I think the author got a great imagination, a wonderful creativity (Jeez, you should read all this stuff about the Talyan and it's only the beginning!). The first few chapters were enthralling, I was kind of obsessed with this book, and I love the main characters: Sera who's a hematologist, (I really love to read about people who are working in the Death department!) I was thrilled! The mystery around Ferris past was strong enough to keep me reading when I wasn't sure if I should.
To be honest, sometimes I just wasn't into it. I really love the PNR books and I LOVE to read about a good romance, but in this story, the romance between Sera and Ferris got some flaws. The characters were getting super intense and the next second it was like there were nothing more. Like complete strangers and that's bother me a little. I would have loved to read more about the growing relation between Sera and Ferris so a give my sour kiss.
I have to admit that I found Sera a little childish and she keeps getting into trouble! That was sometimes ridiculous, but I keep reading because I love her personality. I thought that if I was in her case, I probably do the same.
Anyway I got the second and third books from this series and this won't back me down from reading the rest! I recommend this book to all PNR lovers even if I wanted more romance, this review is my own opinion but this could be the right kind of series for you!
For the one who aren't sure enough borrow the first one and you'll see for the rest!
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Hotter on the Edge
Jessa Slade Marked Souls series
Forged Of Shadows (Marked Souls #2)
by Jessa Slade
Paperback, 387 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Signet
THE WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL HAS BALED FOR MILLENNIA, WITH THE MARKED SOULS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. BUT THE NEW GIRL DOESN'T PLAY BY THE OLD RULES.
Liam Niall never meant to be a leader. Having barely survived the Irish potato famine, he escaped to Chicago, where he lost half his soul and gained a wayward band of demon-possessed warriors. Now, as they face a morphing evil, Liam grows weary and plagued by doubt --- until a new weapon falls into his hands. Her name is Jilly Chan. To save her demon-ridden soul, Liam must win her for his battle ... and his bed.
Waging a one-woman war against threats to the street kids she mentors, Jilly won't be any man's woman or weapon. But Liam --- with his hard eyes, soft brogue, and compelling hands --- is a danger to both her rebellious independence and her heart.
Two halved souls sharing one fierce passion will sear a fresh scar across the city. Who's in danger now?
Vowed in Shadows (Marked Souls #3)
by Jessa Slade
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Signet
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle. Now two lost souls will tip the precarious balance...
Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary man, he endures immortality with nothing but a body built for battle and a bent for retribution. But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman.
Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can’t believe her wanton ways as the "Naughty Nymphette" enthralled a demon... and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn’t deserve deliverance, But Jonah's touch holds an unholy allure-–and she’s never been any good at resisting temptation.
As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters as their passion ignites a furious power. Only their sins can save them now...
Darkness Undone (Marked Souls #4)
by Jessa Slade
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Signet
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, and as a powerful new enemy ascends, the Marked Souls are pushed to the ragged edge…
Sidney Westerbrook has always studied darkness and damnation from a sensible distance. Now, to earn his place as a league Bookkeeper, he must discover why Chicago is such a battleground of soul-linked warriors. But the research becomes personal when he finds himself over his head and under attack — and at the mercy of a waif with demon-lit eyes and a deep yearning in her heart.
Alyce Carver has been alone longer than she can remember, battered by the living nightmares that haunt her city. Cornered by yet another gang of demons, she unwittingly joins forces with a handsome scholar who can salvage her past, and she in turn may be the key to his investigations. But she won’t let him go until he shows her everything she’s been missing.
What begins as an experiment in possession becomes a trial by desire so powerful it threatens both their lives, even as it binds their souls.