Check out our review of Saving Askara by J.M. Link, it’s the alien sci fi romance to read if you are in the mood for a culture clash and a monster hero!
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Very recently I have been laid out with really severe back problems. I literally couldn’t do anything, even now tying shoe laces requires a quick rest and some painkillers to recover. But, there has been a little light in the recent dark miasma of pain. I couldn’t do much more than lie down, so I had plenty of time to further develop my obsession with all things alien romance related. This is how Saving Askara wandered into my world.
This is the debut novel by author J.M. Link and she has certainly started with a bang! I loved it. Link’s aliens were unique and interesting and I really like the intrepid Victoria, the heroine of this book. Victoria and Aderus, our alien hero, did far more to keep my mind occupied and away from the war zone that was my back than my stacks of painkillers. Instead my mind was floating off into space with the very prickly Askara who are an anti social race with a tendency towards violence as displays of dominance. They are also on the brink of annihilation due to a war.
If you follow my reviews, you know that I love my aliens to be as unusual as possible, aka i love a monster hero. I need to get myself a mug saying “The weirder the better!”. And I like my aliens to be different in more than just appearance. So, although the Askara race were definitely NOT just humans with pretty colour skin, their differences were more than just skin deep; their culture was worlds apart from humans. I really enjoyed seeing Aderus and Victoria slowly getting to know one another and try and over come the massive culture shock.
Now, here comes the stinger. This ended in a cliffhanger! Most of this book showed Victoria integrating with the Askara and her developing and tumultuous relationship with their appointed leader Aderus. Then just as things started to heat up. BOOM. It was over. I was devastated and I am now anxiously awaiting the release of the next book so I can see the conclusion of Victoria and Aderus’ relationship. Then, hopefully, Link will continue with more Askara/human romances afterwards.
This book won’t be for every one; however, if you like an intense alien romance with a fierce non-human alien (although still humanoid, no tentacles this time!) then you need to give this a try.
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