Alien Instinct by Tracy Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hot gargoyle aliens!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😒😚🥲😋😍
The heroine: Kate – She works hard to pay her bills and take a few classes a semester at the local community college. Most recently she has been working as a bank teller though she hasn’t been doing well since her drawer never totals up exactly as it should. One night as she is just about to fall asleep, everything goes silent, a light shines through her window and everything goes black.
The Hero: Rennek – He spent time in the UPC (military) before getting called by his true family to work for them. Him, his three friends from childhood, and a new friend who helped him out of a sticky situation, work for Rennek’s true family on his cargo ship. They are acquiring alien species of animals in order to populate a terraformed planet.
The Story: Rennek and his mates work with other ships who do acquisitions on foreign planets, though Rennek’s brother wants them to get a good variety of different types of fauna, many of the aliens they work with tend to only gather small animals to be sold as pets. So when they meet with some alien pirates, and ask for some larger creatures, they are surprised to see that they have human females for sale.
The “Gargoyle guys” as Kate refers to them, kill a few of the slavers, take as many of the women they can and barely escape on their cargo ship. The women are still in fear for their lives even though they think that these guys were helping them. Though there is still a language barrier which makes it difficult to ask the guys to bring them home to Earth.
This book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narrators are Mason Lloyd and Noelle Bridges. Both narrators I am very familiar with and have done the narration on more than a few alien romances. Mason has a nice voice and speaks in a stilted cadence which is perfect for alien males. Noelle has a soft but clear voice that is intelligent sounding and she is great at showing emotion, exasperation, happiness, frustration and other things through her voice.
The only reason I don’t give 5 out of 5 for narration is because I give that to full cast audiobooks or books with duet narration where the male narrator does all the male voices and female does all the female voices no matter whose POV the chapter is in. Dual narration, like this one is where the male does all of the voices in the chapters told from the male characters POV and likewise for the female.
I really liked the story in this one. It had a few different settings including a spaceship, space station and an uninhabited alien planet. It had great storylines which included the slave trade, alien mafia types, crooked men in the UPC, Rennek and the guys had a backstory that involved another race of people and quite a lot of action and adventure. There was a great and steamy (but not too smutty) romance between the two main characters.
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