Review: Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 by SE Smith, MK Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner

Review: Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 by SE Smith, MK Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn LatnerEmbrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 by SE Smith, MK Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner

Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on 10 October 2017
Pages: 828
Format: eARC
Source: Audible
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The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

The Delight

If I thought the first four stories were pretty good in the Embrace the Romance series, I got an even more pleasant surprise with this second group of four.  All were the epitome of sci-fi romance- the space adventures, characters, worlds, and writing all grabbed me from the get-go and delivered a sparkling story within the confines of their pages.

Review

As before, I offered up mini review thoughts for each:

Rescued by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol 4.5 stars
#5.5 Cy-Ops Cyborg Romance series

four-half-stars

Part of a series, but easily can standalone. Loved meeting cyborg, Guy Roarke and Solia the winged and exquisite Farian in this latest adventure. Adorable Mitzi the kitten was a fantastic edition doing her part to help Guy and Solia. The rescue, the individual characters’ private conflicts, and their romance was beautifully done.

Great blend of suspenseful action, slow burn passion, and sci-fi elements that make me already a huge fan of the author and the series. Can’t wait for the newest release featuring one of the side characters in this story.

Star Cruise: Songbird by Jean Walker
SF Sectors Sci-Fi Romance series

five-stars

I was very taken with ‘Stowaway’ from the first Pets in Space antho and this story cemented my love for this author’s writing and her SF Sectors series. There is such heart in her story even if its novella-length. I was engaged from the beginning and was riveted by the ending. The light banter that escalated to full on passion and endearing love by the end was an amazing romance.

Oh, and yes, again, the ‘pets’ included in this story, a warbird Eagle and a little songbird stole the show at times with their presence. The setting of the ship and the futuristic rock music world along with the overall series setting and surrounding characters just added an extra layer of deliciousness.

Definitely going back for more from this series.

Time Trap by Pauline Baird
A Project Enterprise series novella

four-stars

This seems to be a side story in the Project Enterprise series. It worked well as a standalone once I got my bearings further into the story. Briggs and Madison shared the narration and were great hero and heroine with wry humor, banter, and a strong attraction. Sir Rupert the alien parrot was a clever addition as the ‘pet character. The black ops style element and excitement blended with sci-fi and time travel made this a fantastic story and left me eager to go back for the whole series.

Courting Disaster: Star Dog 2 by Laurie A Green 4.5 Stars
An Inherit the Stars universe novella

four-half-stars

Courting Disaster is the sequel to Star Dog introduced in the first Pets in Space antho and also to the Inherit the Stars series. I read Star Dog, but feel Courting Disaster works well as a standalone, too.

I enjoyed getting a roguish flawed hero on the cusp of growing into a true hero for the right woman who helps him finally put his past to rest. The plot was action and character driven with a great tension-filled romance. I have the Inherit the Stars series and just need to get busy and read it for more fab reading.

 

About Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Cara loves to hear from readers. You may post a comment on her Web site/blog, http://carabristol.com, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3.

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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.
  • All of these sounds really good Sophia Rose, it makes me wanna try each one of them considering that I’m not even a fan of this genre. But I will though, eventually. Awesome review!

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    • This anthology is a good start if you want to test drive what sci-fi romance is out there. I’ve encountered several authors that became favorites this way.

  • I really enjoyed Cara Bristol and Veronica Scott their stories, those were two of my favorite form this set. Although I did enjoy those other two slightly less than you did. I am not a fan of time travel so that story didn’t really work for me.
    I have read two of Veronica Scott besides the Pets in Space books so far and have bought copies of quite some others. And I hope to read Cara Bristol’s cyborg series eventually as well.

    • Oh yes, I did get excited about the stories in this group of four. You hit on two of my favorites. I picked up a couple of Veronica Scott’s last week. I’ve got about a dozen books now between all these authors that I want to read. LOL

  • RO

    I’m not sure this one would be for me, but I have to admire the creativity and camaraderie to put this novel together. Of course, there’s never anything wrong with having pets in a story, right? Great review! Hugs…RO

    • You really can’t go wrong with the adorable pets even if its not quite your thing. 🙂

  • Pets? Sci-fi? Why haven’t I heard of this before. Sounds perfect for me. 🙂

    • Oh yep. Two whole anthologies now of that great combo. I think you’d love it, Melissa. 🙂

  • This is so bizarre but so cool. I love the idea behind it and the cause. I’m not much of a pet person but I wouldn’t mind an eagle or hawk or some kind of “wild” bird that is intelligent but also my let friend. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this anthology, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, they are good stories even for none pet lovers with all the excitement and clever sci-fi settings. Oh for sure, Alyssa, the warbird eagle was a definite favorite. 🙂

  • I’ve heard good things about this one. You already know I’d pick a few rats to be with me in space.

    • Worth the good word on the street.

      LOL, yes, we must get them to do a third one and include a space spy rat. 🙂

  • I think these sound really good. I might have to give them a try now. 🙂

    • Glad to tempt you toward them, Jenea. 🙂

  • Stowaway and Courting Disaster have me wanting to grab this. Great review Sopha.

    • You and me had the same vibe. I bought three of Veronica Scott’s other SF Sectors romance series b/c of Stowaway and Songbird and the same for Laurie Greene’s Courting Disaster. Budget for the month is spent. 😉

  • Wow! It looks like you found a bunch of good stories in this one. Hopefully you were able to discover some new authors. 🙂

    • Most definitely, Angie. I already loved many of these authors after reading the first anthology, but this set of stories really got me busy collecting more of their books. 🙂

  • These all ended up looking like great reads! I love a nice collection of short stories. Great review!

    • For sure, Carole. I still have the last four to read, but the first eight were definitely fantastic. 🙂

  • RO

    Just stopping to say hello and Happy Friday! Hugs…RO

    • Ahhh, thanks a bunch, Ro. Have a fab weekend!

  • Debbie Haupt

    love this concept and enjoyed your review(s) its going on my list

    • It is a fun concept with all the variations of pets plus a chance to explore SFR series that are out there. Hope you like it, Debbie. 🙂

  • oh yes I heard about this one. It looks good!

    • Definitely a good one. Hope you get the chance, Melliane. 🙂

  • oh that’s awesome how you rated the stories, it looks like you liked most of them for the most part. The concept is def interesting. I really need to get into romance again >.<

    • Yes, I got the idea a few years back from a former blogger who chose to break up her reviews into multiple parts when doing a long anthology so she could put review thoughts down on each story.

      Yeah, this was a fun choice to have great SFR with the ‘pet’ element. And very clever how each author did it.

  • oh I have been tempted to try these anthologies….sound so interesting and I just love sci fi romance.

    • Would totally be worth it, Renee. I just finished the last of them today and was happy that there wasn’t a dud in the group with most being fabulous.. This was a great pack of stories.