She’s at the mercy of her alien abductor…
After a vicious attack on Earth, Tara Diehl flees earth for the dubious safety of planet Parseon. A vendor in the marketplace, she’s adjusted to the male-dominated culture better than most until she’s kidnapped by Alpha Commander Marlix, one of the five rulers of the planet. At first she’s terrified of her tall, muscled abductor, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with a little corporal discipline. After all her methods and ploys to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.
But out of subterfuge grows a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take a stand that drives Parseon to the brink of a civil war, which threatens their love and their lives.
Terran, the second book in the Breeder series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering, but hunk,y alien and a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude.
Tara, a fiery earth gal, facing off against one of the planet’s fiercest alphas was a story I just could not resist. Throw in rabid philosophical difference and the seeds of a planetary civil war and, it was even more enticing.
Terran is the second book in the Breeder series. It doesn’t standalone well, but a reader could get by reading it out of order. Personally, I think the first book, that sets up the world of Parseon and the situation there along with the overall cast of characters, should be read first for optimum enjoyment.
So yes, this story builds on the last and continues the story of Parseon’s growing struggles as some wish to keep to the old ways while others wish to go somewhere new. Tara, a tough and independent earth girl coming to Parseon as a businesswoman is the epitome of what the struggle is all about. Some would have her beaten and raped back into her place as a subservient female (and do) while others would see her as an intelligent equal (which attitude is still looked down on in the culture).
Alpha Commander Marlix is at a crossroads in his life. He has secretly and shamefully considered himself a deviant. And why? Because he is attracted to females rather than only using them if he has a breeding contract. His attraction to an alien female makes him feel even worse, but it doesn’t stop him from rescuing her, healing her, and keeping her.
As with the first book, I found this one brutal in ways, steamier than a Turkish bath, but also intriguing as it delved into explorations of equality, worth, and clash of ideologies. It also gets exciting because the ‘clash’ is personal and on a large scale across the planet. Tara and Marlix make assumptions about each other, men and women, and races. There was a two steps forward one step back learning process for them accompanied by the flare of strong attraction and need as they explored each other.
Like the book before, I will warn- this is not for everyone. It has trigger issues for some and for others it will be not to their taste. The Parseon culture is heavy-handed and brutal toward females and examples (off scene in case of Rape) are there. Domestic Discipline and submission are strong elements.
All in all, Terran was a strong second installment in the trilogy and sets things up for the final events in the third book. As I said, I appreciate the balance of heat and development which is what I love best if I pick up an erotic romance and I can definitely recommend it.
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