From The Ashes
By Maree Anderson
From the ashes, a hero will rise….
Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex sold her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She’s been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life. Until now.
Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if 1) she didn’t abhor slavery and everything it represents, 2) she wasn’t horny as hell, and 3) he wasn’t doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts! Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess.
Take one sex-deprived space courier who’ll risk everything to save a Phoenixae alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae.
|Publisher:||Red Sage Publishing|
Reviews for From The Ashes:
[…] I read it in one night and boy was I pleasantly surprised. […] the story and more importantly the plot was excellent and the characters well developed.
I enjoyed Asher’s twist on the slave mentality in that he wanted to be the man Calista could love so badly that he was ready, willing and able to become her master. The mental and emotional bond between these two was so powerful that when bonded, neither could tell where one ended and the other began. The imprinting was deeper and stronger than anything Asher had been programmed to understand. What could it mean? Both he and Calista struggled to understand the bond and the feelings. But since neither had known true love before, they were in uncharted ‘space’. […] The two fight together and Calista finally learns to trust another and in turn together they save their lives, their freedom and their love.
Rating: 5 HOOTS!
Read the full review from Karia at Nocturne Romance Reads
In this fantasy world all is possible and we can see what other worlds are in our sphere. There are those who live beyond the norms of society and who demand more and more of that depravity for their enjoyment. It is into this world that Asher is born and Calista must use her wits.
[…] While this story is shorter than normal, the reader becomes involved in the storyline quickly and the reader is taken on the adventure as Calista and Asher need to escape those who want the egg. Naturally, as this story is erotica, the initial sex, real and imaginary, between Calista and Asher shows the instant chemistry. This explosive sex continues throughout the story and both are very satisfied by the outcome. Their attempts to be together are often interrupted and there are also some entertaining moments.
This story does contain language that is suited to the erotica format […].
Overall Rating: 9/10
Surprisingly Sweet, Satisfyingly Smutty
[…] This is my first taste of Maree Anderson and hopefully not my last. She has a great way of creating a decent scifi ‘verse without a lot of pages to do so. While the idea of alien males with special “man-parts” is far from original she manages to make Asher special in other ways that make him multifaceted enough that you can buy this is romance not pure smut. It’s funny, adventurous and the kind of smutty that makes ya want to skip the talky parts. The romance was unexpectedly sweet and never felt forced.
I would recommend this as an excellent place to start dabbling for readers who are interested in alien scifi romances/erotica. […]
Read the full review by Rhianna Walker at RhiReading
I enjoyed this Science Fiction Romance. It hits the high points of what I consider the necessary criteria for Sci Fi Romance.
First good world building. I could visualize the settings in which the action took place. There were two planets involved in addition to the ships. The first planet was a desert planet. The description was clear and the dangers were clearly described and pertained to the story. The populated planet where the majority of the story took place was easy to visualize. It was a hedonistic pleasure planet and the characters actions, either in accordance with the mores of the society or contrary to custom, caused them to either get along in the place or have problems. The cultural mores of the planet were clearly shown in the actions of the characters not by telling.
Secondly the romance was well done. The hero and heroine spent enough time in each others presence for real emotions to form. They grew to know and depend on each other. They didn’t just hop in the sack arbitrarily. […] The emotions seemed real and there was some pathos and sacrifice involved.
Third – Characterizations in general for all major characters where clear and well motivated. The hero and heroine both were solid characters who grew over the course of the story. The secondary characters were clearly differentiated and were true to their stated motivations. The heroine was a kick butt kind of girl. She was tech savvy and could defend herself. When things got screwed up, she came up with a plan and acted on it. He was coming from a very different place and had to grow from being a slave to learning to be his own person. He seemed very three dimensional and real.
Fourth – The plot made sense. There was a clear beginning middle and end. Actions taken had logical consequences. There was a lot going on and much of it was fun. Some of it was sad and a lot of it was tense. Not a one note book at all. […]
Read the full review by Jacqueline at Goodreads.
The author has written a book that has a well developed background and characters. It has a love story that will have you rooting for Calista and Asher.
Read the full review by Arianne at Night Owl Reviews
From the Ashes combines two of my favorite genres – romance and science fiction. So I knew when I got it, I would probably like it. I was not disappointed. There is plenty of action for me (and, no, not just the sexual kind!!!) and a nice mix of romance and science fictional things.
Read the full review by Sonia at Story Treasury
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