by Penelope Fletcher
Released: December 24th 2015
Series: Alien Warrior #1
Published by Stephenson & Fletcher
“…was a scaly hero with a forked tongue and four arms pushing my tolerance too far? Apparently not.”
~ Under the Covers
Do you know the evening I love the most are? Lounging round in my most comfortable threadbare pyjamas, which are hanging on by a wing and a prayer, wrapped in a warm blanket (‘cos the jammies have gone past the point of retaining heat, what with all the holes and all) with chocolate in one hand and my book in the other. To make this a perfect evening, the chocolate needs to involve peanut butter or salted caramel and the book needs to be one of my favourite authors’ new releases or a really cheesy/over the top sci-fi romance. I think we can all guess what Venomous was and it definitely provided me with a perfect evening or two.
I have read and loved and lot of Sci-Fi romances, there is something about the infinite possibilities and my love of Star Trek combined that makes this genre irresistible to me. Venomous is part of the abducted-by-aliens-and-sold-into-slavery troupe, our heroine Lumen was snatched from Earth by horrible aliens, who couldn’t find any use for her, so they throw her into the slave pits for the men to fight over. Which, is how she lands into Venomous One’s scaly arms.
If the cover didn’t give it away, our hero Venom is an alien lizard man, an alien lizard man with four arms whose his species remains genderless until he/she is woken up by his/her mate. Venom is my first alien of lizard descent (in the hero role anyways) and I have to say I was a little wary, was a scaly hero with a forked tongue and four arms pushing my tolerance too far? Apparently not. After a while I almost stopped thinking about it, I was too intent on seeing their relationship grow between him and Lumen and find out what troubles would crop up next.
However, it isn’t just the one alien lizard man that Lumen ends up mating with, it’s three, although the focus remains on Lumen and Venom for the majority of the story. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the three alien husbands thing, not because I am opposed to menage, but because it felt superfluous, I wasn’t quite sure what it added to the book, the whole thing could have continued with her only having Venom. This is one of the reasons I can’t really rate this any higher than I have.
As much as I do love this kind of book, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the author, but I know what I am expecting when I open certain sci-fi romances; something a little bit strange, a little bit trashy and a little bit ridiculous. A combination I enjoy immensely. Venomous was all these things, but the ending seemed to drag on forever and Lumen, the heroine did some truly stupid things, like wandering off on an alien planet and almost getting killed…then wondering why one of her husbands were so angry about it.
But, these things didn’t stop me from enjoying this book, and it definitely won’t stop me reading the next book, we’ve had alien lizard in space, the next book promises to be alien lion in space. Cannot. Wait.
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