Shaalon

Ashlynn Monroe
Shaalon
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Publisher
Changeling Press LLC
Release Date
July 2017
Series
Book 3 of Married To The Aliens
Genre
New Adult, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

SUMMARY
Shaalon knows she made a mistake defying her king, but she never thought she'd be sacrificed to an alien. Thrust in a cell with a bloodthirsty male of Xerra's warrior class, she expects a terrible death. Bracing for the worst, she never expects to find hope in his eyes.

Cayylen wanted a warrior's death, not the disgrace of an execution. With a single sun cycle left to him, his last request is to be given the daughter of his enemy. He never expects his request to be honored, but the moment he looks in Shaalon's eyes he realizes she is his mate.

The strength Cayylen gains from finding his woman is enough for him to break free, but he refuses to let her go. War has been coming for a long time, but will taking his woman hostage be the tipping point the warriors need to fight the system trying to end their lines?

Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Aug 25, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
16 people found the following review helpful
Meeting your soul mate in a prison cell? Yikes!

You read that right. Our two main characters in this short story meet after being thrown into a dungeon cell. Shaalon is guilty of trying to protect a pregnant woman and receives an unjust punishment. When she is sacrificed to an alien warrior, she has no idea that her life is about to change in a completely different way.

Cayylen has come to terms with his impending execution. When he made the flippant request to be given the daughter of his enemy as his last hurrah, so to speak, he had no idea that a woman would actually be delivered to him. She isn't the enemy's child that he asked for but she's something even better. This woman is his fated mate. Now he just has to find a way to keep the pair of them alive long enough to make their union official.

This isn't very long and because of that, we're tossed right into the action. And by action, I mostly mean the erotica portion of the story. Since it's the third short story of the series, there is a bit of world history skipped over here. While I was never confused by the alien war going on, I do recommend reading these in order so it's easier to follow along.

The characters were decently developed even though I would have preferred this to be novella length so we could really get to know them. You do have to suspend some belief here if you want to accept the way our pair suddenly connect. I enjoyed it when I didn't pay attention to the fact that Shaalon is way too agreeable and easily dominated. Cayylen wasn't a bad character though. I think that's why I was able to like this so much. I do think I'll read more of the series because I want to see how the other couples mentioned came together. Four stars!
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