Friday, August 28, 2015
Erun: The Ujal
He’s an Ujal who knows he’ll never have a mate. She’s a human who doesn’t want to take another chance on love. One small child doesn’t give them a choice.
With her toddler in tow, Vanessa Walker travels to Tampa, Florida to begin her new job at Ujal Station Tau. Then problems arise—her daughter is ill, and a sexy, demanding, overwhelming, purple-scaled Ujal is determined to do whatever he can to save Tabitha. When they realize Tabby isn’t ill, she’s Ujal, plenty of people don’t want Vanessa raising her newly tail-sporting alien daughter. Ujal royalty may support her, but only one person—one Ujal male—makes her feel safe: Erun fa Arex.
Erun fa Arex earned his position through blood, sweat, and scales with a trident as his constant companion. On Earth, he is the captain of the principessa’s elite guard, a worthy Ujal warrior matched by few. On Ujal, he grew up as a child slave forced to fight for sport and others’ pleasure. Fighting left physical and mental scars while the master’s growth-hormone injections left him unable to father younglings.
Erun never considered mating and having a family of his own until he meets Vanessa and Tabitha. Now he realizes everything he rejected—a mate and family—is exactly what he desires. And he will fight to keep them… to the death.
Part of the UJAL series:
The Ujal Volume One (Vados, Tave, Rhal)
Erun is a genetically altered Ujal who knows he will never have a mate. Nessa is a mother trying to keep up with her toddler when their worlds collide. Each learns something about the other and discovers a love hidden underneath gruff exteriors and preconceptions. Especially with Nessa's daughter Tabby added into the equation.
What I liked about this book:
The drive of each of the characters to do the best for Tabitha. She was a real part of the story and it was easy to fall in love with all of them.
The merman alien thing really worked once I got past the culture differences and was able to grasp what the Ujal race was like. And the humor! The play on words using the culture differences was great and made me snicker more than once into my coffee.
What I didn't:
Getting past Erun's initial introduction took me a minute and I didn't much see how he and Nessa were ever going to connect. All he did was accuse her of being an unfit mother and that was a tough one.
The immediacy of emergency room care and life threatening issues resolving themselves.
This book was very entertaining and I kept coming back to it whenever I had a free moment. Despite the minor two issues I had, this was an addictive read with characters that you grow to love and want to know more about. A warrior brought to his knees for the love of a child. What's not to love about that?
5/5 Awesome. Sexy. Fun.