Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Review: 'Eblian Mates III Complete Series (Books 1 - 3)' by Ruth Anne Scott

“He’s going out with his father to learn patrolling.”

When an author is new to a reader it often helps to appreciate the stories being spun by understanding a bit of the author’s background. That most assuredly is the case with Colorado author Ruth Anne Scott. She states that ‘as a postgraduate she spent much of her adult life working at Amnesty International, doing research into women's rights abuses around the world. Ruth continued to write fantasy as a means to escape the harsh realities of the world around her. This is the reason Ruth likes to incorporate strong and savvy women in her fantasy works.’

Highly regarded and collected as a writer of Sci-Fi Romance, reading her books in tandem like this offers evidence of her rank. This is the third trilogy boxed set of alien romances and Ruth Anne states ate the beginning of this collection – ‘The idea for Eblian Mates was actually given to me by a reader who has a wild imagination. I ran with it as a trilogy and in my mind I was done… However, Eblian has a cult like following…’ And it is easy to see why. The series contains THE ALIEN’S WIFE, THE ALIEN’S PREGNANCY, and THE ALIEN’S CHILDREN.

Somehow Ruth Anne manages to make alien epics with all the strange rhythms and rules and abducted wives by the aliens to perpetrate their race, lineage oddities, romance etc and makes her characters so real that they seem oddly ordinary (hmmm, too much sci-fi literature perhaps…). Add to this a lot of steamy erotica and what rises is romance that will keep you glued despite the odd names and places that jar the eye.

At any rate this trilogy is best read as a trilogy even though the books are stand alones. They are all scorching hot and while easy to read, they make you pause for the steamy parts. Ruth Anne opens ideas, identifies characters, explains that alien affinity, and in general uses all of that to make a fine, if strange, romance. A fine set for the lovers of sci-fi romance. Grady Harp, March 17

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