Taking the mail-order-bride to the stars is a popular trope in science-fiction romance. Grace Goodwin’s riff features an alliance of alien soldiers facing a deadly enemy and protecting earth in return for mates. The steamy to plot quotient is such that they edge into erotica, but the plots are strong enough that the writing duo that goes by Grace Goodwin can get away with it.
Having read a half dozen from the various series, some are stronger than others. The first in the Intergalactic Brides is not the strongest in the series, but it does establish the framework.
The Ascension Saga is the newest, and while I have not read it, the first volume is free. Be aware that it is the first of a 3 volume serial with cliff-hangers. The other two volumes are currently US$2.99.
Wrongly imprisoned whistle-blower Rachel Pierce would rather take her chances with her court appeal than accept her place as the first Interstellar Bride destined for the Colony. She’s stubborn and determined to seek justice—and her freedom—on Earth…but her mates are not willing to risk her life or her future on a system they believe to be both primitive and corrupt.
Maxim of Prillon Prime fought ten long years in the Hive wars. Captured and tortured with his second, Ryston, they escaped only to be rejected by their own people and condemned to life on the Colony with the other “contaminated” cyborg warriors. As leader of Sector 3, it’s Maxim’s duty to set an example for his warriors and summon a bride. When she refuses transport, he can’t allow her rejection to demoralize an entire planet of battle hardened but jaded warriors. Maxim and Ryston transport to Earth where they decide she’s theirs and a maximum security human prison will not keep them apart.
Getting Rachel to the Colony is only the first challenge they will face. Convincing their beautiful mate to surrender to not one, but two dominant warriors is another. Even if they can win her love, a new evil is rising on the Colony and someone close to Maxim will be its first victim. Maxim will be its second, unless Rachel’s love and relentless pursuit of the truth proves strong enough to save him.
Leoron of Alera returns home from the Hive wars determined to protect the capital city—and last bastion of a vanished Queen’s reign—from civil war. Loyal to the bone, Leo answers the call from Prime Nial and vows to protect at any cost three unknown females arriving from Earth.
But the simple soldier is unprepared for the shock of desire that brings him to his knees at first sight of Trinity Jones. Nothing makes sense as Leo fights friend and foe alike, and discovers the woman stealing his heart has a destiny beyond anything he could have imagined.
Welcome to the Interstellar Brides® all new Ascension Saga and the planet Alera, where women from Earth not only find their mates, but fight to rule the world.
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