Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: 'New World Love' by Harmony Raines

The audience for off the grid stories seems to be growing exponentially as the life here on the globe becomes more sadistic and unstable. Little wonder, when things are not tolerable here, pick up this book of stories about alien love affairs and find how easy it is to escape.

For instance, in a Foreword by Harmony Raines (love that pen name!) she states, ‘The Earth is dying, the only hope of escape is to win the lottery and be taken to Karal to be an alien mate. But what if the lottery wasn't random? What if they want you for what you know, and to punish you for what you've done? This is the fate awaiting Elissa. She didn't enter the lottery, but somehow, she still won. As the puzzle unravels, she finds herself trapped, with no option but to go to the planet Karal. All she can hope, is that her chosen alien mate will see her for who she really is, and not for the person he thinks she is. Marin has been chosen to be the first prize in the Earth lottery. With no females of their own, the Karalians have no choice but to take females from the dying Earth.’ While not all the stories take this particular stance, that is the make-believe fantasy that can be very seductive to the reader.

Not only are these stories by Harmony Raines, V. Vaughn, Flora Dare, Emma Alisyn, Kim Fox with Juno Wells, Michele Bardsley, Marina Maddix and Flora Dare, Becca Fanning, and Catherine Vale about life on other planets or spheres but many also involve shape shifting among other things. The stories are consistently fine with enough erotica to pass around, but they also display rather astonishing degrees of clever imagination.

The Shifters in Love Box sets are the collaborative effort of Violet Vaughn and Harmony Raines and the ladies state – ‘It is our pleasure to bring your a wide variety of shifter romance books in collections designed to introduce you to new authors and new series. This is a fine way to test the waters and see if this genre fits! Grady Harp, January 17

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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