Audiobook Review: The Betania Breed Series: Books 1-4. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Betania Breed Series: Books 1-4 by Jenny Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The human is mine.  
Let yourself be carried away to a grandiose SciFi world. With this COMPLETE collection you are holding all four Betania Breed SciFi romance novels in your hands – and mysterious background material is included. In over 800 pages, you will be up close and personal on an adventurous and dramatic voyage through the universe. 

The Captive 
Betania Breed Book One 

I am one of the few people who hasn’t given up the fight against the Sethari yet. I would rather die than surrender to the aliens who have enslaved us humans for more than one hundred years. Then the unthinkable happens: I am awarded to the leader of the aliens, so I can bear him healthy, viable children. I am prepared for anything, except this one thing – that this merciless warrior, with his strange eyes and scaly skin, would awaken feelings in me… 

The Prey 
Betania Breed Book Two 

Johar is the most merciless and successful bounty hunter there is. His reputation is legendary, for he has never let any prey slip through his fingers. His creator’s beautiful daughter hates Johar and lets him feel it every waking minute. But Johar knows something about her that nobody else knows. Not even she herself… The book takes place a few months after the events of book 1. 

The Human 
Betania Breed Book Three 

Talon Delkhari was the mightiest warlord of his people, until he dared to contradict his king. Instead of granting him an honorable death in the fight against their enemies, the king made him his chamberlain. His newest conquest is from Earth. He won her in a game, and Talon is supposed to deliver her safely to his bed. An easy assignment for someone like Talon. That’s what he thought, anyway, until this human woman awakens the predator lurking under his skin… The book takes place a few years after the events of book 2. 

The Dragon 
Betania Breed Book Four 

The fourth volume takes place shortly after the events in book 3. Coran Burke is an elite undercover agent from Earth. The tough and emotionless fighter has never failed. His new mission leads him to Dassuria where he is pursuing a dangerous dragon lord. At the center of his investigation is a woman who has a lot to hide – but despite her entanglement with the dragon lord, Coran can’t get her out of his head… 

The Betania Breed Series

Very good stories all!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️🥰
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Captive:

Cassie and Khazaar – Khazaar is the head warlord of the Qua’Hathri, a humanoid alien race who came to Earth and free humans from the oppressive rule of the Sethari, an alien race who feed off human energy. The Qua’Hathri are a dying race and need females to breed, they ask for one volunteer female for each of their warriors that died in the war, which amounted to something like 140 women. Cassie is chosen by Khazaar to be his wife.

Cassie has some psychic powers which seem to grow once she is on the spaceship. She initially balks at being chosen by Khazaar, mostly because she and the other woman weren’t volunteers like they were supposed to be, but were forced into service. Khazaar tells her if she doesn’t want him, then he can get someone else easily enough and to go with the other women.

Soon after, Cassie figures out that she was in fact attracted to Khazaar and wants to be with him, but when one of his generals overthrows him with the help of the Sethari, he wants Cassie and keeps Khazaar and the rest of the women inprisoned. Cassie and Khazaar use their psychic abilities to meet and make a plan, which ends up with the ship crashing on Betania.

At this point, Cassie thinks she is the only survivor and is found in the wilderness by a man named Zeyliv who wants to use her for her abilities. He looks human but she soon finds he is very predatory and travels with big cats. Each of the men in the village has a spirit animal and he is the leader of the village, who leads with an iron fist.

This book was narrated by Stella Bloom via solo narration. She does a great job and is terrific at doing different voices for different characters and showing emotion through her voice. I liked the story for the most part, though it went to places I didn’t expect at all and so many of the aliens were likable but did things worthy of hate. That I didn’t quite know what to think, but it did get me thinking so that was good.

The Prey:

Mara and Johar – Mara is daughter to Dr. Ruthiel, who did the genetic experiments on Zeyliv and his people. She is a doctor in her own right and lives to make her father proud. Johar is a Cyborg and Mara hates Cyborgs, though she appreciates that Johar was well made and is an impressive member of his kind. Though half-humans as they are derogatorily called, are looked upon as not as good as humans or genetically enhanced humans.

Dr. Ruthiel tells Mara and Johar (who is the best bounty hunter in the galaxy) that they need to go after Cassie from The Captive whom they know is with Khazaar who may be dangerous since he is a Qua’Hathri. They want Cassie since she is pregnant with twins (on is Khazaar’s and one Zeyliv’s).

Mara is interested in making humans stronger so they are not seen throughout the galaxy as weak and easy marks, like they were when the Sethari conquered Earth Before the Qua’Hathri freed Earth in exchange for women. Mara thinks her father is working within legal guidelines, but she feels that something is wrong with the assignment her father gave her.

Mara is not very likable at the beginning of the book. She is definitely prejudiced against cyborgs and sees them less like people and more like robots. She is also a bit too eager to please her father and not too worried about what they are doing to human beings at the research center. She thinks all his experiments were done on people that volunteered for them in order to be released from prison and that those who escaped did so due to aggression issues that were a result of the experiments, not that they were mistreated in any way.

This book was also narrated via solo narration and narrated by Justine Eyre who is a veteran narrator and I like her style. She does a great job and this story was interesting. Mara and Johar pose as smugglers and lovers. There are a bunch of secrets that Mara is not aware of that come out in the telling of this one.

The Human:

Cat and Talon – Talon thought it beneath him to pick up his King’s bride, a human female won in an interstellar poker game. He was once a Kanthari warrior and the most experience fighter and he would rather be hunting space pirates. However, when he was asked by his king to analyze the kings battle strategies in the last campaign, Talon had told him the unvarnished truth about the tactics that cost hundreds of his soldiers lives, so the King demoted him to the King’s official bride collector and harem guard.

Cat had found out about the “Woman Poker” and had heard that the women were paid generously and offered a safe existence in the form of an alien husband such as the King of Kanthari, King Fethoris III. Cat couldn’t live on Earth anymore, there were too many dark memories, so rather than kill herself, she decided to change her life by volunteering to be the prize in the poker game.

This book was narrated by Angela Daw. This is the first time I have heard her narration. She is a good narrator, had terrific tempo and was able to show sarcasm and emotion in her voice. I didn’t like her voice though, for some reason. I think because her voice was kind of deep, though it wasn’t masculine at all.

Cat has a psychic gift, though she promised herself she wouldn’t ever use it again. Not after what happened last time. Though what happened in her past doesn’t come out right away in the story. When she meets Talon, she is afraid since he is so different than what she is used to, so big and predatory. She was afraid he was there to kill her and she thought he was the husband that won her.

Cat had grown up on Earth, never meeting her parents. Her adoptive parents had died when she went to the mind reading institute. Her brother Coran had disappeared when they were fifteen. She still wanted to find her brother, but had to escape the mind reading institute and saw the poker game as her way out. However, when they were on their way to the mother ship Solaris, they got a communication that it was under attack by Pirates and they wouldn’t make it on time, so they had to go back to Earth.

I get the whole thing about fated mates, but these two fell for each other way too fast and I didn’t enjoy the story at first as much as the first two in the series, but it got much better as it went on. The adventure/journey was good and I loved the fact that Shazul, from the first two books was in this one as well. He was a great character, very lovable.

The Dragon:

Chloe and Coran -Coran is twin brother to Cat from The Human and son to Cassie and Khazaar from The Captive. He half human/half Alien and is a spy and an elite soldier in the Black Squad. He is tasked with going to Dassuria and infiltrating the fighting ring owned by the barbaric Shor Dasquian, the dragon lord. Coran is like a sociopath, he doesn’t feel emotions, though had learned to fake his expressions by looking at others.

Chloe is a human female who, like the women in the previous books, has psychic abilities. She has an agreement with Dasquian, to manipulate the emotions of certain fighters so that Dasquian can bet on the sure winners and make bank, but like Coran, Chloe is really there for another purpose. She is trying to find and rescue her sister Isabelle who is Dasquian’s woman and is addicted to drugs.

When Chloe goes into the mind of Coran and tries to manipulate his thoughts, it doesn’t work and has walls in his mind that keep her from accessing his emotions. So Chloe gets in trouble with Dasquian after Coran wins the fight that she was supposed to sway him to lose. She knows that Dasquian will fire her and punish her sister for this.

This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. I generally don’t pick books that have only solo narration, but this audiobook came with the first three books for one credit in audible. However, I really liked the fact that each book was narrated by a different narrator. D.C. Cole does a great job and has a pleasant voice. This was the first book in the series narrated by a man, which I like.

This book had a good story and adventure like the first four books, the only thing I disliked about this series was that they didn’t really have HEA’s. They weren’t bad endings, but things weren’t all roses and rainbows either. Though every once in a while I read a romance that doesn’t have a HEA and I am ok with it.


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