I decided to continue reading in the Interstellar Brides Program series because these books have become a fun guilty pleasure for me! I feel a little embarrassed confessing that at times because these books are not the most well written books I’ve ever encountered. For good plain sexy fun though, these are great!
This is the fourth book in the Interstellar Brides Program books, and here’s the setup:
As a reporter, Jessica has been investigating a dangerous new drug terrorizing the streets of her city. Her investigation must be striking too close to the truth of the drug trade and those responsible because she is set-up with drugs and charged with a drug trafficking crime that she didn’t commit.
In an attempt to avoid a long prison sentence, Jessica volunteers for the Interstellar Brides Program, agreeing to be mated off-world to an alien. It’s the best of a bad situation, but Jessica is oddly excited about the idea of taking a warrior as a mate. Unfortunately, when it comes time for her to transport to her new world, the transport is refused by the ruler of Prillon Prime.
Feeling rejected, Jessica discovers that this rejection leaves her free to go back to her old life without going to jail. Because of her willingness to volunteer for the program, her crimes have been erased. In this case, she plans to get the evidence she needs to exonerate her name.
Prince Niall is a veteran of the Hive wars. Unfortunately, his capture and “contamination” by the Hive has led to his father deciding that Niall is worthy of neither the throne nor of his matched mate.
When Niall hears his father’s refusal to transport his mate to his planet, Niall and his second, Ander, decide to transport to Earth and claim their mate in person. When they get to Earth, they soon realize that their mate needs them because she is in a world of danger.
I noticed . . .
I noticed that Prince Niall is back! Yay!! this makes this book a direct sequel to the events in Mated to the Warriors. This is the first time that any character other than Warden Egara appears in a second book.
Speaking of Warden Egara, she gets a much longer storyline in this book. We learn a little of her backstory, and we get a little picture of her life on Earth.
I noticed that Jessica is a truly strong and unruly woman–not just outspoken. This, of course, makes her the perfect personality for a queen.
I also noticed something kind of funny. I complain that some of these books have too much sex, but this time I was kind of complaining because there was really no sex until halfway through the book. I guess I want it both ways!
I wondered . . .
I wondered what the aftermath of Jessica’s investigation was. What were the ramifications in her town?
I wondered whether or not Warden Egara will eventually find love again. This is the first time we get a really good look at her as a person, and I really liked her!
It reminded me of . . .
I couldn’t help but be reminded of Mated to the Warriors since Prince Niall was a character in that book.
I also found that the police corruption at the beginning reminded me of the corruption storyline that is woven through Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. A good one of these for the drug related corruption is The Beautiful Mystery.
Another good book to read for the drug culture and corruption is Long Bright River. This book really gave me a good picture of what the drug culture does to a person who is entangled in it.