Breeder Series, Book 3
by Cara Bristol
Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy romance
Date of Publication: Oct. 21, 2014
Word Count: 65K
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
A female yearning for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?
As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty.
But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.
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She stared at the bloodied body. “Is Grogan dead?”
Urazi knelt and checked for a pulse against the alpha’s neck. “Yes.” He peered up at her. “Who is he to you? Has he used you?”
“Monto, no!” she gasped, not considering the alpha’s intentions pertinent. “Grogan is the leader of the Guerilla Resistance against Qalin and Artom, which I have joined,” she explained. Urazi’s eyes narrowed, and she added, “Grogan was training me and other breeders to fight.” Breeders could approach a sentry without arousing his suspicion then immobilize him, allowing male guerillas to storm the post and secure it. She thrust back her shoulders with defiant pride. She, a female, was capable of supporting the war effort in a productive way.
Urazi rose to his feet to examine the paper target. “You are an excellent sharpshooter, but winning a battle requires more than skill with a crossbow. You would not fare well in hand-to-hand combat.”
Anika shrugged. “If I have a crossbow, I will not need to engage in hand-to-hand combat.”
“Did it help you today?” Urazi strode to Grogan’s body, and yanked up his bloodied uniform shirt. Attached to the alpha’s nipple was an insignia ring. Urazi unclipped it and carried it over to her.
Anika stared. A single star. Province one. Qalin.
“You have joined with the enemy to strike against your own people? You would betray your Alpha? Your sibling?”
Qalin’s insignia lay in Urazi’s palm, damning, but untrue. So untrue. “No! How could you say that? The Resistance plans to strike against Qalin. Against Artom.”
Urazi tucked the star into his uniform pouch.
“But maybe Grogan is an infiltrator acting alone,” she argued, fighting against the insidious memories; the ease with which she’d been accepted into the camp when her comrades learned of her familiarity with both Marlix’s and Dak’s provinces; Grogan’s constant but subtle questions about locations. He’d asked if she’d ever encountered Marlix himself. At the time, she’d feigned ignorance of the latter, fearing they would send her back to him.
Anika clutched her throat. What if Urazi’s accusation was correct?
“If he were an ordinary alpha or beta, I might concede it possible. But he is—by your account—the leader. I do not believe in coincidence. I have been observing the camp. Neither Marlix nor Dak would have sent females into combat.
“The Resistance you are so proud to be a part of is using you as expendable cannon fodder.”
This is the third book in a wonderfully enjoyable science fiction romance series, Breeder. I do recommend that the books need to be read in order to fully understand and enjoy the series. This story centers around Anika and Urazi, whom are introduced in the previous book, Terran. Anika is a woman who is determined to fight for freedom on a planet where a woman's worth is only as a breeder for an Alpha. Urazi is a beta who cares for Anika but knows she can never be his especially after his Alpha, her brother, promises her to another Alpha. Anika refuses to follow her brother's order and flees, intent on having freedom to choose her own life. Urazi chases her, intending to return her to her brother, even if that is the last thing he wants to do. As there land is in the midst of war, both must fight to survive and save their people from Qalin, a despotic leader intent on terrorizing the struggling providences. I enjoyed this well written and attention grabbing science fiction tale filled with romance, action, adventure and little discipline. Anika is such a strong yet sweet woman who refuses to follow a law that says that females can only be good for breeding. Urazi is stronger than he thinks and as he struggles to keep both Anika and himself alive, starts to wonder if he can give her up when he finally gets them to safety. This is a wonderful story that had me on the edge of my seat until the end. ~Booklover Sue
Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Website blog: http://www.carabristol.com
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ/
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