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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestley / @KensingtonBooks @lyricalpress @SabinePriestley

Title: Alien Attachments, Book 1: Alien Attachments
Author: Sabine Priestley
Publisher: Kensington Lyrical
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley

Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive and get them back to Earth? 

Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.
A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice.

Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate…no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her. 

For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.

I wanted to kill Ian during most of this story. When he wasn't keeping Dani safe, he was being a complete ass toward her. He ignored her, spoke harshly toward her, treated her horribly. On Earth, he treated her well enough. He didn't understand his attraction to her--he was an alien with psi powers and didn't think he'd find his psi-mate on Earth--but he was nice, you know? But back at his home, Sandaria, he was a completely different man. Maybe it was being home, maybe it was being around his strict dad. Whatever the reason, I didn't like that Ian at all and kept wishing Dani would just leave him. She deserved better.

Between the collapse of the Sandarian government, the multiple attempts on Dani's life (on Earth and on Sandaria), Ian's indecisiveness about his relationship with Dani, and Dani's attempt to move on even though she knows she can't, there was enough "stuff going on" to keep me interested and finish it.

I just can't get over Ian's treatment of Dani. It's a little thing in light of the happy ending they got, but still... His treatment of her shouldn't have gone on for so long.

A good story, one I may not read again though simply because of the hero's actions. However, it sounds like there should be more in this series, and I'm willing to give them a try.

I grew up in Phoenix, but have I’ve lived in AZ, CA, CO, UT, ID, TX, MA and FL. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering Technologies and did everything but my thesis for a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology (looking at the nexus of culture and technology). I was a Project Manager flying back and forth between Tucson and Boston when I met my very own alien. I spent a year running the QA department for a seriously cool and under appreciated computer telephony system then moved to California where I ran a small tech support group for a company making DSL routers before anyone knew what DSL was. A life long fan of Science Fiction and Romance novels, Alien Attachments naturally gelled in my head. There was simply no stopping it. My husband and children are, bar none, the best in this or any other universe.

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