South African romance writer, Marie Dry, has written two paranormal romances with alien warriors set in a dystopian future! I loved reading them so much that I've chosen to review them both on the same blog post.
Ever since she can remember, Marie Dry wanted to travel. She's had the privilege of living in Zambia, Morocco, and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy. Every few years she gets restless and has to be some place new. All her life she has read romances and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. In 1997 she shared a pizza with a friend. She promised her friend to go all out with her writing and get published. With her friends cheering her on ever since, Marie found it a wonderful experience to see the characters in her head coming to life on the page. Being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her.
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Alien Mine – Book 1 of the Zyrgin Warrior Series
In a bleak future where government systems are breaking down and lawless bands of men terrorize the country, botanist Natalie Hanson fears for her life and hides in a cave in the Rocky Mountains. When she is captured by human raiders, a fierce alien appears and slays her attackers. Natalie is now held captive in her own cave by the sexy and striking alien commander, Zacar, who informs her that she will be his breeder. Natalie soon realizes that these aliens worship strength. So what will happen when Zacar finds out she has severe asthma?
I found Marie’s dystopian science fiction such an interesting book. It was well-written, honest, gripping - it really ticks all the boxes. And it’s not boring or formulaic - there are many surprises and suspenses threaded throughout. I don’t normally go for science fiction as it can get very technical, but I enjoyed this one so much as I found the relationship between Natalie and her captor “captivating.” At first, I was repelled reading about a green alien with leather-tough skin, but soon he became quite the character and a great hero. He has many super-powers and great courage!
How fascinating reading a romance between a human and a warrior alien. The author took us into her futurist and rather bleak world and made this alien man and his friends seem so real. Her world building is realistic yet otherworldly and sufficiently detailed so as not to give an info dump but rather create interest and give a well-rounded feel of the times. Zacar, the alien hero, seemed so gruff and heartless, but there was always the underlying feel that the heroine misunderstood his culture. So, I knew that he was good deep inside. I was taken into a new world, new culture and fascinating story thread without scrimping on the romantic elements.
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Alien Under Cover – Book 2 of the Zyrgin Warrior Series
In a bleak and apocalyptic future, Julia Benzoni flees the violence-saturated world of her mafia family to build a peaceful life in a No Name Town, Montana. Now, while civilization disintegrates into anarchy around her and evil men prey on the innocent, she’s pursued by an alien, whose warrior life thrusts her back into the world where might makes right and violence is the order of the day. Torn, she now has to choose between her need to distance herself from war and violence and the alien warrior who holds her heart.
I’ve read the first in the series and loved it and now this one - well, it’s even better! I adored the characters in this book, the chemistry between them and their complex natures. For an alien, Zurian was kind and good. But the aliens in the complex, wonderful world that Marie has created aren’t soft. They’re tough externally and internally and rather intimidating. There are times when you think they pass over the boundaries of how a man should treat a woman but in the dystopian world that the humans are living in, they’re a godsend. And any women in that time would probably fall for them. They make a woman feel safe.
I loved this story and didn’t want it to end. It took me into an alternative world, well-thought out and so vast with so many possibilities for adventures. There was plenty of suspense – even more than the first one, humour and romance, sprinkled with great love scenes that were hot and romantic. It was hard to put down! The sparring between the characters made me laugh and I really liked the heroine. I can’t wait to read the next one.
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Marie is very kindly having a giveaway. She's offering two copies of each book. So, comment away on this blog post and you have a chance to win a copy of one of her books. Please don't forget to put your email address in the comment else she won't be able to gift you.