Review: Embrace the Passion by E.D. Walker, J.C. Hay, and Kendra Hatch

Posted June 6, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Embrace the Passion by E.D. Walker, J.C. Hay, and Kendra Hatch
Embrace the Passion

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Series: Pets In Space #3
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 9, 2018
Pages: 1142
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

The final section of my review of a fabulous sci-fi romance anthology written for charity and bringing a variety pack of alien pets and romances up and down the galaxy.  This last grouping of the antho featured all new to me authors and I was excited see what they had on offer.

Review

Just a reminder that I broke up my review of this anthology to give due to each story in the series.  I’ve tackled the next four novellas.  Also, a reminder that this anthology is no longer available for purchase, but each individual story is now released under the author’s name so they can be bought by looking up the author or novella title.  Alright, that concludes the public service announcements.  On to the good stuff!

The Bajo Cats of Anteros XII by E D Walker

This is a standalone second chance for a ship pilot and an alien cat rescuer.

Xandros is contacted by a colony world sheriff’s department that they confiscated two Bajo cats from drug traders.  He knows he has to get there quickly because the cats secrete pheromones and poisons in their fur and bite that can put people into a drug induced stupor or worse.  The only chance of immediate transport must be with the person who has no desire to see him again.

Aliette loved Xandros, but he loved his rescue cats more.  But, she can’t let her hurt get in the way of helping get the two Bajos kittens rounded up to protect the people on Anteros.  It’s tough to see Xandros and the old feelings are still there.  He looks at her in a way that says he might still have feelings too.  But, they have a delicate rescue operation and the potential danger from any drug runners who catch wind of the cats.

This is a second chance for two people parted when it seemed that their priorities were pulling them in two different directions, but never stopped loving each other.

Miscommunication side-lined them and now they get the chance to finally talk about what really happened.  Romances where the conflict is because people who don’t bother to talk through issues before one or both take off aren’t generally my thing, but I can see how the circumstances affected this.

It had just the right amount of drama, a new understanding, and some excitement.  And, cute kittens!

Out of the Shadows by JC Hay
#1.5 Tri-Systems Rangers series

A side story in the Tri-Systems Rangers series set on the secret ranch where the rangers’ wolf compatibles are bred, but a dangerous space gang shows up to steal the wolves an an old ranger arrives to hold them off until a team of rangers can get there.

Nafisi has been left alone on the dark moon alone on the ranch with just the wolves.  She’s bitter toward the rangers because she blames them for her man not having access to the medical help so he wouldn’t have died, but she loves the wolves.  Now, one of the hated rangers is there protecting the wolves- of course, she thinks, that her life is secondary.

Okay, so here’s the thing… I like the writing and the worldbuilding that was evident and I was eager for a middle-aged romance pair.  The hero’s situation and the action plot were great.  What I didn’t like was Nafisi, the heroine.  Big mouthed and bitter, blaming others for personal choices (no one forced her and her partner to take the position on the wolf ranch), but then her pulls a stubborn-stupid and charges into danger when he advised stealth.  But wait, she blames him after she’s shot and he has to get her out of danger again.  Rafe adores her and her attitude and takes all she unleashes against him.  I just… no.

The heroine didn’t do it for me, but I am a hundred percent going back for more in the series because Space Rangers and companion wolves do.

After the Fall by Kendra Hatch

A standalone enemies to lovers story when a human surveyor looking for viable worlds to colonize crash lands on an ice planet and encounters one of the monster Korahs.  Only, from the moment that he and his companion Mogna pets save her, she realizes that she might not have been given the full truth.

A’rik hates humans after they destroyed his world and attempted to wipe out the Mogma and now he’s taking care of one and trying hard to ignore what she may mean to him.

This was one of those stories that is more than it appears in ways and yet exactly what it appears.  They hate each other until they get to know each other.  Meanwhile, the two psychic Mogmas help both of them work through this while surviving on a harsh planet.  I loved learning A’rik’s secret  The focus was on survival and getting past their issues, but I thought it was a fun romance element.  I definitely want more of this.

What a fabulous collection!  Some I loved, some I liked, and most had me piling lots of books onto my wish list.  You can’t do better if you’re a sci-fi romance fan than grabbing up the Pets In Space Collections when they release or other books/series by these authors.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #46
A Year in Anthologies #5

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
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Ok can i just say AWE wow this looks fantastic Sophia Rose thank you for sharing it with us 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It was great, Debbie! I think I loved all, but two and those I at least liked. Now, I’ve got about five series to hunt down and keep me entertained. LOL

Anne - Books of My Heart
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More sci fi romance. I am currently overloaded with reads but thanks for sharing.

Sophia Rose
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LOL, yeah, I know about the overloaded feeling. I’ve got a huge pile on my Kindle from freebies and sales after reading some of these authors. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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I’m always a sucker for an enemies to lover’s story. I love those. This collection sounds great.

Sophia Rose
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Yes! When they are done well, there is so much tension and sizzle.

Carole rae
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Gah! Been too long for me. I must find an anthology!

Sophia Rose
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I don’t read them as often as I should since I have a few on the pile I got through sales. There’s always something to love or at least like. But they do wreck havoc on my wish list. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This sounds like a great mix and a fun way to try both the genre and new authors! Great reviews Sophia.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, exactly! I have a plethora of series and books now that I want to catch up on. 🙂

Lover of Romance
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Great reviews you shared here. I love it when you split up the reviews so that each story gets their own mini review. I do love sci fi romance so I will be checking this anthology out for sure

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Renee!

I like being able to do the split up review, too, because it helps me keep good notes on the stories for later, but also means I don’t have to do a flyby review when there are so many little details that I want to mention. 🙂