Title: Aferrum Brotherhood Books 1 & 2
Author: Alex Carreras & Lea Barrymire
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Caeli Aferrum found himself in the Midwest unsure what to expect from the human race.
He was searching Earth for a partner he could call his own along with some of his brethren. After a few beers and a name change to, Kyle he found the curious creatures full of questions. They appeared less scary and a whole lot sexier, especially the one named Hank.
When Hank Cutter entered Rascals Bar the last thing he expected in his small town of North Fork, Kansas was to meet a man. There was only one gay man in town and that happened to be him. He finds himself faced with a startling truth: Kyle is actually a Ferrumis in search of a mate he intends to have for life on the spacecraft Fronza, a stolen Thorean ship manned by seven other aliens who are roaming the galaxy with no particular destination in mind. He knew love came in many different shapes and sizes, but did his have to have a smooth metallic-colored tail and a set of razor sharp fangs?
Can their love span species lines and quench the growing lust in Caeli in time to save him from his Needing? Or will Hank deny his growing feelings to stay safe and sound on good ol’ planet Earth?
Luke has given up the idea of finding someone to spend his life with, at least until he’s no longer working for his uncle and living in a small town. When his eyes meet those of a sexy stranger after a hockey game he’s almost tempted to listen to his friends. They’d been urging him to give in and find a man to share some intimacy with. Luke’s ideals don’t mesh well with the idea of a one-night stand.
Sycita isn’t an ordinary human looking for a man to sate his lusts. He’s not human at all. Walking into the ice rink had been the best thing he could have done while searching for a male to use during his Needing. What Syc didn’t expect was the draw to not only bed but to keep the human male.
Can the two lovers conquer their differences, their burning lust and their families to find some semblance of happy ever after?
Astrally Yours and Forever Captive are the first two stories in the Aferrum Brotherhood Series. The series centers around a set of mates who barely escaped imminent slavery on their home planet by stealing a ship, the Fronza, and running away to space. They are all about the age to go through what their species calls “The Needing,” which basically requires them to have sex. Nice work if you can get it 😉
Astrally Yours – 4*
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Carreras in person at Rainbow Con in April, so I decided to check out his writing. Astrally Yours is his latest, but I will be reading some of his backlist in the future.
In Astrally Yours, we meet the first of the Brotherhood, Caeli (or Kyle as he has chosen to be called on Earth). Caeli walks into a small Kansas Bar where the only gay man in town happens to be drinking. Determines that this man will be his and sets about making that happen. They fall for each other and setup a life together until it all, invariably, goes wrong.
I liked both the main characters and wanted the best for them. They were obviously good together, but I have a natural question about interspecies mating. Still not entirely sure how the technology worked to allow them to mate, but I guess that is part of the suspension of disbelief. I liked the implication of all the other “humans” who really aren’t; some of them made me smile.
Forever Captive – 3.5*
Writing wise, I don’t believe Forever Captive was any weaker than Astrally Yours, I just had a few issues with continuity among the two stories, as being that this is the second story in the series, I they pulled me from the story a few times. FC and AY are supposed to be about the same brotherhood of beings, but I often got the impression that they weren’t from the same world. For one thing, in AY I got in impression that while being gay wasn’t frowned upon, it wasn’t common and in FC I was given the impression that all of that species specifically needed male mates. Some other things that pulled me repeated use of the term male for everything and by everyone, including the human characters. Yes these are two different authors, and as such I expect differences in writing styles, but I guess the world was just enough different that it bothered me.
Also, I am not a huge fan of the captive falls for his captor scenario, which is exactly what Forever Captive is about. I knew that going in, so I am not going downgrade my rating because of it, but I will admit it likely diminished by enjoyment of the story because it diminished by view of the two main characters.
I will be interested in more story about this band of brothers, but I hope Carreras and Barrymire will work together to shore up the world just a bit.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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