Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hunter's Claim by S. E. Smith (The Alliance #1)

Hunter's Claim
by S.E. Smith

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Alliance - Book 1
Publication Date: January 8, 2014
Publisher: lulu.com
ISBN-13: 9781304788221
Genre: Adult Paranormal/Sci-fi Romance
Print Length: 236 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis:

Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle, Washington for the past several years.
Four years before, the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear.Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, she has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered Earth.
The Trivators have taken control of Earth to prevent the humans from destroying it in their fear.
A world of warriors, they are sent out by the Alliance of Star Systems to seek out new worlds. Their mission is first contact. They are to establish communications with the leaders of the new worlds they find and bring them into the Alliance.
Any resistance is to be quickly subdued to prevent unnecessary death of the inhabitants of the new worlds they find. Their payment comes from the success of their mission.
Hunter is what he is called. A hunter, one of the elite clans of the Trivators who seek out those who resist. His abilities to track, capture and eliminate those who try to harm any warrior is renowned.
He finds the tables turned when he becomes the one captured by a group of ruthless humans. Hunter is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape only to disappear into the ruins of the city.
He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life. He is determined to find her before she is damaged by others of her kind.
What he finds is a reward beyond comprehension to a Trivator warrior, a family.
Can he convince Jesse that he can give her and her younger sisters a better life on his world? Or will fear keep her from accepting what he has to offer?


Hunter's Claim (The Alliance,  #1)My Review
Hunter's Claim by S. E. Smith
My Rating:   4 Stars

Alien Invasions, we’ve all seen the movie, read the book, got the T-shirt, right? Aliens come to Earth far superior in every way to humans, ready to conquer our world, oh, except for the Twilight Zone version I saw with friendly aliens who brought their great book, too bad it was a cookbook, “How to Cook Humans.” NOT SO WITH HUNTER’S CLAIM BY S. E. SMITH!

Yes, aliens came to Earth, in peace, in a misguided effort to “help” Earthlings become a better world. They had no idea that their very existence would send a planet into total meltdown, chaos and social ruin, where gangs run rampant, danger lurks behind every corner and governments are losing the battle to keep law and order. Sadly, it is a statement to the underbelly of reality where a disaster seems to give license to loot, destroy and pillage. In an effort to help return order, an elite group of warriors are sent and it was when one warrior, Hunter, was captured that the story begins.

Jessie and her younger sisters have been hiding out in fear, fighting to survive when she overhears Hunter’s fate and makes the decision to save him. Little did she know that decision would forever change both her life and the lives of her sisters when Hunter returns the favor in the only way he knows how. What ensues is a tale of growing love, protection, loyalty and a new life on another planet for these three young women.

S. E. Smith has created a fantasy/sci-fi romantic adventure that is populated by some truly likeable characters, each with their own “style” and personality, each willing to give whatever it takes to keep their odd little “family” together. There is humor, fear, tenacity and adventure here as the story is driven more by its characters and their actions and reactions to events as opposed to massive scenes of space wars. Would I have liked more backstory, sure, but this is a romantic tale and as such S. E. Smith has set the mood perfectly, never going overboard, but giving shared time to each event. The sensual scenes are soft, tentative, as Hunter and Jessie discover how two worlds can meet and create their own magic.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review as part of S. E. Smith's Razor's Traitorous Heart Tour & HUGE Giveaway at Tome Tender until July 13, 2014.


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