Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Book Review: 'Fueled by Lust: Makar and Baruch' by Celeste Prater

MAKAR

Scarred by both physical and mental abuse from her past, Dr. Keely Anderson doesn’t feel she is worthy of love. Every relationship thus far has ended when she let her guard—and her clothing—down. Resigned to her fate of being alone, she’s settled herself into a comfortable routine and thrown herself into work. Intelligent, beautiful, funny, and sexy are not words she’d use to describe herself. No, Keely thought of herself as nothing more than battered goods and mediocre at best. Rather than dwell on the past and how her life may have been different, she focuses on trying to help others. Too bad her education does little to help her. As a psychiatrist, you’d think she’d have it all figured out. But truth be told, she’s killing herself with misery. She needs just as much help as her patients, she just doesn’t know it.
Keely’s boss certainly doesn’t help matter, either. He treats her as though she doesn’t have a single brain cell in her head and belittles her at every opportunity. When she stumbles upon a phenomenon that’s repeated by several of her patients—none of whom know each other—she does her best to try and convince him that there is something paranormal going on. As expected, Mr. Webb practically laughs in her face, then forbids her from pursuing her investigation of these so called other-worldly events. What Keely doesn’t realize is her curiosity is not only a danger to her job, but threatens the well-being of the people of Insedivertus as well. One way or another, she has to stop her investigation. Though, it just might take two Insedi warriors to convince her.
Makar and Baruch are no strangers to love. They’ve had a strong bond with each other for years. Before all the women of their planet were murdered, they shared a mate, Tianus. But Tianus had been spoiled and immature. Unbeknownst to Makar, she had used her affection for him to hurt and torment Baruch. While they both had mourned her passing, they did the only thing they could to get through it: they turned to each other. The idea of having another mate to share seemed like a distant dream. That was until they spotted Dr. Keely Anderson making her rounds in the hospital. As soon as Baruch lays eyes on the shapely doctor, he knows she’s the one to complete their family. It doesn’t take long for Makar to reach the same decision. Now all they have to do is convince Keely that she’s the perfect mate for a couple of love-struck aliens.
I don’t know how Ms. Prater does it. Each story in the Fueled by Lust series is just a good as the one before. She’s managed to weave together this fantastic world of wonderful men who want nothing more than to dote on their mate. Each new tale not only revisits characters of previous installments, but she also manages to skillfully weave in new ones, which I hope means this line will never end. I liked the change of pace with this book by adding in a second male. The presence of M/M love on Insedivertus has been evident since book one. Yet, Ms. Prater has not made this an overwhelming theme. On the contrary, she’s added just enough into the mix to make it feel natural. While Makar and Baruch are indeed a mated pair, they’ve turned to each other out of necessity. They both long to replace that love with a mated female. I’m not a big M/M fan. While I have read and enjoyed some M/M stories, I’ve always preferred M/F. But Makar and Baruch’s relationship felt normal and appealing from the get go. I must admit, I’m envious of Keely. One Insedi male would be a dream come true. To have two chasing after you would be nothing short of Heaven.
Once again, Ms. Prater has managed to engross my attention to the point that if there were any flaws in her editing, I didn’t notice. I absolutely love how she builds on each new story with snippets of past installments. I feel like I know and love these people. Each character’s personality—strengths and weaknesses—continue to add and perfect the makeup of Insedivertus. Ms. Prater has integrated the Insedi race into the people of Earth in such a manner that it just may make you wonder…could it be possible?
While I always hate the final page and the words, The End, I turn my sadness into hope that Ms. Prater will continue the Fueled by Lust series with many more installments to come. No pressure. *smile*
Thank you Ms. Prater for another masterfully penned story with not one but two wonderful Insedi men. I’ve quit trying to pick a favorite; I don’t think it’s possible. The characters of the Fueled by Lust series will surely color my dreams and fantasies for many years to come.
If you dream of Alpha males with tender hearts, realistic females with a flaws to flaunt, and other worlds a heck of a lot more interesting than ours, then be sure to check out the Fueled by Lust series by Celeste Prater. I haven’t read a single one yet that hasn’t garnered my full attention and captivated my heart.




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1 comment:

  1. Whoop! Thanks for bringing this fantastic review I received from LASR to your site. Much appreciated! xoxo

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