Saved by Venom

Lolita Lopez
Saved by Venom
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
November 2013
Book 3 of Grabbed
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Grabbed, Book Three

To escape her father's debt to a loan shark, Dizzy seeks refuge in the upcoming Grab. She'd rather belong to one of those terrifying sky warriors from the battleship Valiant than to the sleazy criminal who wants her as his plaything.

The years of constant war haven't been kind to highly decorated sniper Venom. Only the promise of earning a wife kept him going through deadly battles. Catching and collaring Dizzy fills him with incredible hope. Finally he has a woman of his own, a mate to love—and bind and adorn with his ropes.

After a brazen Splinter attack, the Shadow Force uncovers secrets about Dizzy's late mother that entangle her in a web of deceit. To save Venom, her father and an operative named Terror, Dizzy digs deep and risks it all. Venom refuses to stand idly by while Dizzy's haunted past threatens the future they're trying to build. He finally has a reason for living—and he's not giving her up.

A Romantica® BDSM sci-fi romance from Ellora's Cave

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Nov 26, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
125 people found the following review helpful
SAVED BY VENOM is the third book in the thrilling Grabbed series. The book comes to the lucky readers by courtesy of the talented author, Lolita Lopez. This series has been so well done. I have read and enjoyed each book so far. I am going to say that this latest book is my favorite one so far. It was exciting with some intricate subplots going on that never once let my interest wander. The story and the characters hooked me hard and fast, and swept me away into this exciting world that the author had created. It was definitely a winner for this reader.

For those readers not yet familiar with it, let me fill you in on the setting for this series. The Harcos race is technologically advanced, and the premise here is that their warriors (known as Sky Warriors) are the protectors of an Earth colony called Calyx. Females are scarce on their home planet so the price for that protection happens to be human brides. Their tradition is to claim the mate in a race. Personally, I find that premise exciting. It is also to be noted that each of the books in the series have been very detailed with great character development. Even those who haven't tried the other books will find this one a breeze to read. I don't know about everyone else, but it's important to me when reading a book set in a different world that I don't get lost while trying to catch up. I hope that makes sense.

As the story opens, we find the warrior Venom getting ready to grab his own mate. I had already met Venom in the last book, but wasn't sure what to expect of him here. For my own personal reasons, I found that he made the best alpha warrior of all. The woman that he chose was an interesting one. Dizzy has a bit of a past that actually comes out later in the book. It was surprising and unique. That is all I can say about that as it plays a very important role in the plot. We find Dizzy at a crossroads of sorts. She had never expected her own father to sell her into the Grab. I loved how Venom and Dizzy ended up together in the beginning. Dizzy realizes that her life would be better by going with Venom and she makes it her own choice to take his collar. More important to note is that he allows her to make the choice. Considering the BDSM tone of these books, I felt that to be a good omen for the rest of the story.

I really loved both of the main characters in this book. Venom was so honorable and caring toward Dizzy right from the start. I couldn't help but fall in love with him. In the future, the author will have to work it hard to top this hero for me. That said, I loved Dizzy just as much. She was so independent, yet so calm and accepting of Venom and his culture. Not that they didn't have some drama to go through. Far from that.

The plot was solid. It was put together nicely and woven with intricate subplots. Some that I am sure will play out in future books. Everything was happening for a reason. Secrets start to surface about Dizzy that threaten to take her from Venom. There is a giant elephant in the room…waiting to jump out at the reader. The Shadow operatives are once again in the thick of things here. Ugh! Those guys get on my last nerve, but the plot would get stale without the drama they bring to the game.

This book also gave a lot of insight into the Sky Warriors and their culture. It was so detailed that I can't help but think maybe the author was laying some groundwork for some future book. Or she is just that good at pulling me in and getting me intrigued with her story. Either way works for me.

Now let me catch you up with the good stuff. You know, the love scenes. With this series, you get some BDSM. Venom has a thing for ropes and bondage, a bit of spanking. It was all very well done. Very caring and passionate. Be warned if that ain't your thing. Personally, I loved it!

To say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I absolutely loved it! It is my favorite so far. It had a lot of things happening with not one dull moment. It was intense and left some situations open for future books I'm sure, though it gave me the happy ending that I crave. Lolita Lopez definitely hit the right buttons with this one. So I am giving it four flying stars and recommending it to everyone. On a side note, I have recommended this series to my own personal friends. For me to do that means Lolita Lopez makes the cut.
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