A twofer! This series has been through a lot, and I've liked some more than others. This one is a definite winner. The first story deals with loss and pain and getting over losing your other half. Very touching with that Species edge of going full speed ahead once the male decides she's the "one." I liked the honesty the author imbued into how the person lost suddenly becomes a paragon and all bad things are forgotten. No one is that perfect. As Mourn and Dana connect the reality of their first loves starts to reassert, making it possible for them to move on.
The connection of Dana to Paul was a nice twist and the mother from hell added some spice and interest to the story line. I sincerely hope there is not a mother alive doing to her daughter what's Dana's mother tried to do to her. The author spent more time on dialogue without a pending pendulum of doom hanging over Mourn and Dana. Other than Paul's initial resistance (he knows a lot about the Species that he couldn't share) the romance between Mourn and Dana was realistic and smokin' hot. And the cover of the book instantly sprang to mind in one particular scene that had me cheering for team Mourn.
The second story has an absolutely horrific genesis that I never thought possible. Mercile was evil incorporated but this took them to a new level of low. Candi and Hero's story was heart wrenching and I found it fascinating as it played on the nature versus nurture aspect where Candi was concerned. As book 15 in the series, it was a totally fresh perspective and unexpected to say the least. Again, the focus was on the couple but there was the specter of what Candi had to do to survive. Hero was kind of an ass to begin with but came around quickly enough that I didn't hold it against him. I read this in two days, and it is not a short read; I just couldn't put it down.
140 Dana is visiting Homeland when she meets a New Species who tugs at her heartstrings. As a widow, she knows firsthand the pain he’s suffering after losing his mate.
Mourn isn’t so certain that talking to a human female will help him heal but he desires her. It’s possible she could become his new reason for living.
927 Candi lost the male she loved, but never forgot him. New Species are her only hope to seek revenge for 927’s death.
A human female claiming to have been reared at Mercile has demanded entry to Homeland. Hero rushes to Medical and comes face-to-face with his past. One look at Candi and the life he’s built since gaining freedom comes crashing down around him.
Reader Advisory: These stories have graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An adult science fiction romance from Ellora’s Cave