Beauty's Alien Beast
(AKA Captive Surrender)
Best SciFi Romance, 2011
Reviewed by Tammy, Love Romances and More
Mooney’s CAPTIVE SURRENDER is Sci-Fi erotica hot enough to
ignite all burners.
|Reviewed by Kelly, Paranormal Book
My Thoughts: You guys
know I'm a mood reader, right? And, no, that's not a like a
mood ring or anything. I don't even know how you could be a
mood ring reader. Which is really not the point. I
read what I'm in the mood to read when I'm in the mood to read it.
Sometimes - like last night - I get in the mood for books about
naughty, somewhat non-consensual sex between aliens. You
know what? I'm secure enough in myself to admit that.
I like naughty books that are set in space where aliens are doing
it. I also like amnesiac vampires. That has nothing to
do with this book, I'm just pointing out that I enjoy a wide range
of subject matter. Wild sex between two nearly incompatible
species just happens to be high upon my list of likes.
Reviewed by Jen, Red Hot Books
You know, sometimes you just
need a little dirty alien sex. And this book delivers that
--in spades. Maurra is an intergalactic psionic cop...
a JoJo. She can use her mind as a weapon, as well as her fists.
And she has to do just that, when she witnesses a group attacking
a giant alien at a bar. What she doesn't realize is, she is
actually the target.
Reviewed by Amanda Ryan, The Raunch
nutshell: Psi-space cop and huge horned alien are captured by
rogue aliens and forced to have sex while being filmed."
Reviewed by CYP, A
This one left me with very
conflicting emotions. There were the ups and there were the
downs, but ultimately, I'll say there were more ups.
Reviewed by ELF, Night Owl Reviews
Captive Surrender by Linda Mooney is a futuristic science-fiction tale of a psionic adept named Maurra who gets kidnapped and forced into a forbidden sexual relationship with a male from a different species, an Ellinod named Kuvma Safan to provide entertainment and profit for an unholy alliance of creatures that include a race of Kronner and an evil mastermind named Vol Brod. Despite the forced nature of their intimacies, Safan and Maurra find a way to bond with each other and even though subsequent events cause their separation and individual punishments, they continue to have feelings for one another. Attempts to deal with an abruptly changed life despite having been stripped of her special status as a galactic enforcer thrusts Maurra in the midst of a prison riot and she and Safan abruptly decide to go after the perpetrator of their downfall. Their partnership will require considerable adjustment and an identification of common goals before they can consider any kind of life together but external forces may be more than they can overcome.
An imaginative romance that combines erotica and science fiction elements in an entertaining tale. There are a plethora of species alluded to, each with its own rules and several exotic locales are described as the main characters travel to different planets. The author creates an entertaining pair of beings whose continued adventures would be of interest to sci-fi fans who like a little spice with their stories.
Reviewed by Christi Snow,
Smitten With Reading
This was an interesting Science Fiction Erotica novel. I liked the fact that Safan was a true alien. He was humanoid sexually, but not otherwise, which I have found to be unusual in Sci Fi romances. Usually the love interest may be an alien, but most times their features are very humanoid. That was not the case with Safan. The Ellinod race, which is what Safan belongs to, are large creatures. They have skin that is leather-like with shades of greys, blacks, and browns. Within his race, he is an enforcer so that means he has been allowed to keep his curved horns on his head (I pictured them like ram horns.) I really liked the horns especially since they were an erotic zone for him.
Maurra is human, but she has psionic powers which enable her to focus energy with her mind. As such, she is also an interstellar enforcer...one of the JoJo's. A trap is set for these two as revenge and as a money-making scheme by a convict whom Maurra had caught. While unconscious, they are stripped and imprisoned within a facility wired with video feeds. Their captors have sold the video feeds to millions of people throughout the universe for their viewing pleasure of the "show." Inter-species sex is a high crime, but when faced with death vs. the crime, Safan & Maurra choose sex. Surprisingly, and despite their differences in size, they enjoy the experience and start to bond, which makes these scenes really incredibly hot.
That is just the first bit of the novel. The rest of the novel is the story of how Maurra and Safan survive after they have been convicted of their crimes on their individual worlds and deal with the fall-out of the universe knowing what they did.
an interesting novel. I really enjoyed both of these
characters. Safan is this huge, tough-looking guy, but from
the very beginning, he is trying to protect Maurra. Because of
his size, this truly could have been a horrible experience for
her, but he made sure to keep her sexually aroused so that she
wouldn't be torn apart by him. They are in a no-win situation.
All of their choices are bad ones so they go with the only
ones that they see as viable.
Reviewed by Luziadovalongo,
Luzia Reads Books
On the whole I enjoyed this sci fi romance. It seemed like a long novella in length. It’s hard telling sometimes with Kindle.
There was a decent attempt at world building. It suffered a bit from “space sprawl.” Many new or casual sci fi authors tend to make their civilizations too big. Instead of a rational number of star systems, there were references to galaxies which would just be too unwieldy for any empire to rule or govern or police. But the actual planets and destinations within those planets were fairly vivid with some drawn more clearly than others. Space ship tech was largely ignored. No effort made to convince me any thought had been put into how ships would move through space with or without FTL.
The cultures of the hero and heroine are basically not explored at all which was a bit of a disappointment, as it made it difficult to understand the characters as well as I could have.
Captured for forced alien sex is a fairly typical set up and I can usually be tempted into giving it a read. This one held up better than some motivation wise. It was basically for revenge and greed. Sex scenes were fairly explicit and hot.
Our two protagonists were both police officers of a sort. The forced sex caused them to break the intergalactic law against interspecies sex. I liked how the author chose to include that and her rationale for making the law. If she chooses to revisit this universe with other characters that set up could be a background for many more relationship stories.
The relationship was nice but could have been much richer. The two of them decided to make the best of the forced sex thing and during the 2 down times developed a certain sort of caring for each other. My belief in that relationship would have been greater if more time had been spent on this portion. If they had had more than 2 or 3 days to fall for each other before they escaped. It would have made their trying to get back together more believable also.
I was actually looking forward to their learning to live together and finding a spot for themselves in a universe where their love was forbidden but the story didn’t go that way even though it seemed like it was heading there. The whole idea of no cross species sex was just dropped even though the reason for the ban was not solved in any manner. These two ended up together and that seemed hunky dory after all the hoopla about no interspecies sex so that crossbred horrors would not result. That was one of the biggest oversights of the book.
The biggest problem I had with the book was that the heroine was just too powerful. She was a bit of deus ex machina all on her own. She was a psion. So basically she could shut down whole space and/or energy fields, stop bullets, put people to sleep and spy on the minds of a whole planet looking for someone who’d seen the bad guy. Come on, put some limits on your power and show me your writing chops by having your characters work with what they have. They ought to have to sweat a bit. Give her one power not 10, not whatever power she needs just at that moment.
The hero was a bit under developed. There was no POV from him. He showed signs that maybe he thought he was dominate but the author didn’t do him justice. I liked him but I would have liked him to be more fully realized.
So on the whole it was an entertaining read and I felt like it was a solid SFR effort. I’m thinking this author can only get better.
Merrylee, TwoLips Reviews
An elite Jurasu Roja of the Psi Police Corps, Maurra Vinish-Nahood couldn't stand Kronners, the barbarous little cretins. She liked them even less when they interrupt the few moments of relaxation she was enjoying in a bar before returning to headquarters. Fortunately, before she had to take care of the disturbance, an Ellinod male tossed them out on their ears. Later, on her way back to her ship, she encounters the same Ellinod, now at the mercy of the Kronners. Automatically, Maurra dives into the melee, completely unaware it was a trap. When she wakes up, naked, locked in a cell on a Kronner ship and unable to use her psionic powers, she discovers the Ellinod has been captured as well.
Maurra and Kuvma Safan are horror-stricken when a bodiless voice informs them they were to have sex for the entertainment of his subscribing audience or die where they stood. Laws prohibit inter-species fornication, laws that both of them are bound to follow and uphold, but given the choice of breaking the law or accepting death, they really have only one choice...it's life at any cost. But sex for a human and Ellinod is a daunting undertaking. Maurra isn't short, but the top of her head barely reaches Safan's muscular pectorals. When she places her hand palm to palm with his, the tips of her fingers barely reach the first knuckle of his fingers. He can enclose her entire neck in one hand, his thumb meeting his middle finger, and his male attributes are just as daunting.
The last thing Maurra expects is to enjoy sex with the hulking humanoid, not to mention such gentle tenderness and care from him that it brings tears to her eyes. Bonding through their forced sex, they make their escape, only to have a whole new set of challenges arise as the law they broke to save their lives changes their lives forever.
Because Captive Surrender is Linda Mooney's first book with Carina Press, I've seen several reviewers mistakenly think she's a “new” author. She's not; she's been around awhile. You can check out most of her work at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. Having read most of her WCPT books, I have to say that Captive Surrender doesn't read like a typical Mooney novel. Particularly in the beginning, it feels as if scenes have been edited out, scenes that might have given more depth to the characters before dumping them into the main storyline. Nevertheless, this is a great book. Ms. Mooney gives readers absolutely the hottest sex scenes she's ever written. I'm still fanning myself, and I finished reading the book last night! There is one scene of violent sex between Maurra and Safan that reveals a lot about his people. The scene is well done despite its violence, but be prepared for it.
Like a well-cut diamond, Maurra seems a bit too hard, cold, and flawless when we first meet her, and my first impression of Safan was even worse. I thought he was dumb and ugly. Since I didn't refresh my mind on what to expect by re-reading the blurb before launching into the story, it took me awhile to realize he was the hero and not a supporting character. He didn't strike me as hero material...at least, not at first. But once I did, I thought referring to him as a “creature” was a bit unpalatable. He is humanoid, although I must say the cover artist entirely missed capturing his likeness. He's basically the Hulk, with gray, mottled skin. And then there are his wildly erogenous horns. He may not be particularly cute by human standards, but he's a gentle giant...a real sweetie. You won't finish this novel without falling madly in love with him, despite his looks, especially if you love dreamy green eyes.
Despite my debatable impressions of the book's beginning, Captive Surrender develops into a sterling keeper and ends, leaving the reader (at least it did me), wanting more. I'd love to see Ms. Mooney turn Maurra and Safan's odyssey into a continuing saga. I'd really like to see where they go in the future and how they – and perhaps their eventual children – end up.