by Tracy Lauren
Released: June 28th 2018
Series: Elysia #2
“This was a great read, romantic, funny but with a good amount of depth”
~ Under the Covers
Alessandra wakes up in hell. She’s locked in a glass box, unable to hear anything around her. But she can see and all she sees is other…women in similar glass boxes to her own. The only difference is? The other women aren’t human. She’s been abducted by aliens. But, the ordeal isn’t over when they finally let her out. Instead she is given to an alien ambassador as a gift and ends up being his bride. Kye has just been gifted a disaster. Slaves! His government strictly forbids the slave trade, but he accepts them to avoid an intergalactic incident. He also can’t help being drawn to one of the females, a female he makes his bride.
Urgh, my synopsis didn’t explain this book very well, here’s a better (shorter) one: fiery human + arrogant diplomat = fiery and passionate romance. This is the second book in the Elysia series by Tracy Lauren, although it can be read as a standalone. In fact on Goodreads and Amazon you will find it listed as a standalone, however, it does link and share characters with those in Alien Instinct, which if you haven’t read you definitely should.
I really enjoyed this book, I absolutely loved the heroine Alessandra. She’d been thrown into a horrible situation aka sold into slavery to a dubious rescue by Kye. I say dubious as he and everyone else does their best to minimise it so it doesn’t interfere with their own interests. Alessandra does not just meekly accept that. Just like she doesn’t meekly accept the marriage to Kye, even though he is handsome with some killer pheromones. I really liked that about this book and I could really feel Alessandra’s frustration, especially with Kye.
Kye had some growing to do. He started off this book arrogant, selfish and a bit entitled. But he was a good hero; you could see he had potential. However, his completely inability to acknowledge the wrong done to Alessandra put him down a few notches in the attractiveness scale. But, as you read Alien Bride you could see his character evolve as his feelings for Alessandra grow stronger. Then, we get to the redemption part of the story. There’s a lot of books out there where the hero acts like a dickhead but then confesses his love and all is okay. Not good enough. In this book I was really happy with the way Kye redeemed himself and came through for Alessandra.
However, despite their contentious relationship their mutual attraction was obvious from the start. As the book progressed their bond just grew stronger as they developed more of a friendship…with a fantastic undertow of sexual tension. Lauren also injected this book with plenty of humour and despite Alessandra’s dire situation at the beginning of the book, this was a fun read.
This was a great read, romantic, funny but with a good amount of depth; Tracy Lauren is a new author and this is only her second book but she’s definitely got a fan with me, I can’t wait to see what she brings out next.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?