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Category: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Length: Novel Class
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Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She's been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life.... Until now.

 



Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if

1) she didn't abhor slavery and everything it represents,

2) she wasn't horny as hell, and

3) he wasn't doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts! Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess. 



Take one sex-deprived space courier who'll risk everything to save an alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae. Thank the gods that from the ashes, an unexpected hero will emerge.... And he’s full of surprises!


To My Readers: I originally wrote From The Ashes as a novella, in Calista’s point of view. It even had another title: “Double Trouble”, an allusion to the hero’s, er, extra appendage! But my Phoenixae alien hero, Asher, was just so compelling—not to mention outta this world hot!—that I felt he deserved more. And so From The Ashes was born. I had a blast fleshing out Asher’s character, bringing him to life, and having him smack Calista upside the head with the fact that he’s more than just a victim destined to be a sex-slave, he truly is a worthy hero. I hope you enjoy the result!

ISBN: 9781603105743 1603105743 Publication Date: 12/2010

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Ratings
Overall: 9
Sensuality: 10
Erotica Element: 8




 

This is an Official Review by an Erotica Romance Writer Official Reviewer

 

From the Ashes


Author: Maree Anderson


Reviewer Comments: In this fantasy world all is possible and we can see what other worlds are in our sphere. There are those who live beyond the norms of society and who demand more and more of that depravity for their enjoyment. It is into this world that Asher is born and Calista must use her wits.

Calista is a privateer and she is also very resourceful woman. She takes on cargo and delivers it to the clients. Calista is fiercely independent and has learnt many lessons in her life. She has had one bad marriage and unfortunately her ex-husband keeps appearing in her life, this time to avenge what she had done to him. However, his revenge is more deprived that anything Calista could do to him. Calista takes on a particular cargo and realizes that something is not right with the job. She opens the cargo and comes across an egg. An egg that hatches before her very eyes and Asher appears with a very astonishing quality. One she cannot get over, ever.

Asher is a Phoenixae. He has many distinguishing characteristics. Firstly, he is a phoenix who, once he is killed or dies, he can be reborn by the use of fire. This means he comes to the attention of a sadist who wants to use this for entertainment. Secondly, he also has a dual set of genitalia, more than enough to please any woman. Immediately upon hatching, he bonds with Calista and is able to read her every thought. As he is her slave, he also feels her pain and when the dark thoughts of her ex-husband intrude, he feels all her pain, physically. When the pair are separated, Asher realizes that the bond he has with Calista goes beyond the master-slave bond and it is something he is willing to fight for.

While this story is shorter than normal, the reader becomes involved in the storyline quickly and the reader is taken on the adventure as Calista and Asher need to escape those who want the egg. Naturally, as this story is erotica, the initial sex, real and imaginary, between Calista and Asher shows the instant chemistry. This explosive sex continues throughout the story and both are very satisfied by the outcome. Their attempts to be together are often interrupted and there are also some entertaining moments.

This story does contain language that is suited to the erotica format and also contains, as you can imagine if a male has two sets of genitals, contains sex that is beyond the norm.

Reviewed by: Heather


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From the Ashes - Maree Anderson

 

Published 2011

Red Sage Publishing

Urban Fantasy/PNR

Categories: Fantasy, Five Hoots by Karia

5 HOOTS!

Summary-

Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She's been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life.... Until now.

Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if

1) she didn't abhor slavery and everything it represents,

2) she wasn't horny as hell, and

3) he wasn't doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts! Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess. 



Take one sex-deprived space courier who'll risk everything to save an alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae. Thank the gods that from the ashes, an unexpected hero will emerge.... And he’s full of surprises! (Goodreads)

 

Review-

At first I forgot that I had requested this book. Then upon looking at my list, I remembered it and thought, yikes, I have to read that by the end of the week…well no worry there. I read it in one night and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I had an immediate image of the two phallus man and the “sex-capade” direction that the book could have gone. But no, the lust was there certainly, but the story and more importantly the plot was excellent and the characters well developed. I enjoyed Asher’s twist on the slave mentality in that he wanted to be the man Calista could love so badly that he was ready, willing and able to become her master.

The mental and emotional bond between these two was so powerful that when bonded, neither could tell where one ended and the other began. The imprinting was deeper and stronger than anything Asher had been programmed to understand. What could it mean? Both he and Calista struggled to understand the bond and the feelings…but since neither had known true love before, they were in uncharted ‘space’. Speaking of space, Calista’s ex Nate is hunting them all over the universe trying to capture “the cargo”, aka Asher and sell him into slavery, just as he attempted to do to Calista. The two fight together and Calista finally learns to trust another and in turn together they save their lives, their freedom and their love.

5 HOOTS!

Reviewed by~Karia

 

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