In a survival for freedom, will love become the casualty?
On an alien planet where women are chattel, Anika must perform her duty and become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. Secretly in love with another man, she's unable to accept the arrangement and runs away. Bound by his duty, her lover Urazi must bring her back to fulfill her responsibility. But as war breaks out, and their planet fights a desperate battle against a villainous despot, Anika and Urazi unite in determination to save their people. With their lives already on the line for disobeying orders, the forbidden love they share becomes the biggest danger of all.
Don't miss Warrior, the exciting conclusion to the Breeder science fiction romance series.
The third and final story was one that piqued my curiosity since both hero and heroine were known to me in the earlier books. Plus, the civil war on Parseon between ideologies definitely has my vested interest. It was a great showdown in more ways than one.
Yes, as I noted, earlier, Warrior is the third book in the exciting and passionate domestic discipline sci-fi Breeder series. It relies on the reader’s knowledge of the Breeder universe not to mention it is the culmination of what the earlier two stories were building toward so not a good candidate for standalone or out of order.
Anika, a Parseon breeder, has led an interesting life and wishes to continue along a path she has been blazing. She wants freedom above all things even when it doesn’t make sense or isn’t safe. This was her quest to achieve it. Urazi a great Alpha Commander’s former beta and now at loose ends, is at a fork in the road, too. He quietly and steadily is headed in the same direction as Anika. She blazes a trail with a ‘come hell or high water’ attitude and gets into trouble each move she makes with Urazi coming along to get her unstuck even while she pulls him along in her wake.
This was a ticklish book for me. I enjoyed it. I really did. Urazi is a character that I found fascinating. He was deemed a beta classification and he is honorable, dutiful, and has a quiet strength and wisdom that others do not have. I loved getting his story and how he shows the value of a strong beta. Now, Anika… eh. She was doing what she could- fumbling and bumbling her way through mistakes and mishaps toward her goal like an overgrown puppy. I was cheering for her while at the same time; I shook my head because daring-do is alright, but it only worked because she did have a reluctant partner in Urazi. He loves her and wants her and he does tend to stifle her when he only wants to keep her safe, but she gives him no reason to think she deserves to take pointman on their excursions. So… I don’t know. Mixed feelings about Anika, I guess.
The romance was already a given since this pair are known and attracted already. It was a matter of learning to value and respect other things about each other, learn their own strengths and value what each brought to a relationship and their adventure journey to help bring down the Alphas who wished to continue the oppression and take over the planet. That portion of the book was exciting and tense. Loved how the author wound out the difficulties and breath-taking situations. Things got pretty dire a few times and I loved it.
The development of story and characters is what drew me in the first place and what continued to make this a great book/series for me.
Ha! And I suspected Marlix’s motives all along and loved that final scene between him and Urazi.
Things wrapped up neatly and I enjoyed the epilogue which ended the series on a high note.
While, Warrior was possibly the least shocking of the three when it came to the way the females are treated, there is still plenty to make someone be cautious if an abusive culture toward women or even the dynamics of a Domestic Discipline relationship are not their thing. But for those who are intrigued, this is a good choice if a sci-fi DD mash-up is something you would enjoy.
So, in summary, a well-developed world, cast, and plot that I can heartily recommend to sci-fi erotic romance lovers.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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