by Lara LaRue
Series: Galaxy Alien Warriors #1
Published by One Wish Publishing on October 26, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Futuristic, Sci-Fi
Format: ARC, Ebook
Source: The Author
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Author.
This Alien Warrior will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take his female.
Dekkir, war chief and military leader has found his mate...a human. She is tiny contrasted to his hulking size, but her luscious curves and delectable scent call out to his heart like no other.
Anthropologist Grace was sent by Earth Military Command to act as emissary to Dekkir’s planet. Her mission was clear: make contact and live among the aliens recording details on their culture and world. The job should’ve been simple but like the story of her life sh*t got complicated fast. Now she has a hot alpha alien warrior trying to claim her like some caveman. WTH?
Adding to the chaos of her life, she’s attacked by her own military command. Dekkir is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Can they survive the coming battles? Or will they die before he can claim his mate?
Dekkir by Lara LaRue is book #1 in the Galaxy Alien Warriors series. This is a fast-paced book that successfully balances romance with action. I enjoyed this story that blends sci-fi with paranormal elements.
It’s the twenty-fourth century and Earth has become a near wasteland due to overpopulation, pollution, and man’s general disregard for Earth’s resources. Science Officer Grace Bryant is an anthropologist sent by Earth Military Command to the planet Lyra. Her mission is to study the environment as well as its people in hopes of forming an alliance between the two planets. But Grace’s mission is derailed when she meets Dekkir, a Lyran warrior assigned to be her guide.
When Dekkir meets Grace, a primal instinct kicks in and Dekkir realizes that he has found his true mate. Grace is perplexed and put off by the war chief’s sudden, intense interest in her. She just wants to do her job and doesn’t understand why the sexy alien keeps sniffing around her. (Literally. He literally can’t stop sniffing her.) Although the mating instinct is strong, Dekkir senses that he’s pushing Grace away. He reins in his feelings, waiting until Grace returns his affection.
Grace is one tough cookie. She confronts Dekkir and he respects her wishes. Grace also stands up to her creepy superior officer, who won’t take no for an answer when he pursues her against her will and tries to thwart her mission after she refuses him.
Meanwhile, although Dekkir agrees to back off, he’s still basically lovesick over Grace. I found him rather endearing in his befuddlement over how to win her over. Dekkir is a warrior, but he’s also a man of honor and wants to protect Grace at any cost.
I loved so much about this story: a headstrong, independent heroine of color and an alien hero who’s equal parts lover and fighter. The only moment that gave me pause was when Grace is faced with a crucial decision and seemingly makes her choice very easily. I didn’t fully understand her motivation at the time. However, this is explained more fully later.
While the story is filled with romance, it’s also packed with action, including some pretty epic space battles and a cosmic conspiracy. Through it all, Dekkir and Grace grow more attached to each other and must cling to their newfound love in order to survive.
I recommend Dekkir and look forward to the next book in the series.
Rating: 4 stars