Venomous by Penelope Fletcher
Series: Alien Warrior #1
Published by Self-published on December 24, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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"Six things a woman should not have to deal with: 1) More than one barbaric alien lover/life mate. 2) Long term stay on a slave planet where you’re one female amongst thousands of 'needy' males. 3) Killer space pirates. 4) Psychotic mother-in-law. 5) Putting your alien lover/life mates’ species under the threat of annihilation because you ticked off the wrong Slave Chieftain. 6) A marauding overlord with a harem four hundred strong who is determined to make you concubine number four hundred and one. My name is Lumen. I am stranded in a galaxy far, far away and here be huge f***ing aliens."~ Lumen Young, formerly of Earth, lost in space
Abducted from Earth and transported to a slave planet in an unknown galaxy, Lumen finds herself, shackled, naked and put on display before an alien horde. Told the males will battle for the right to slake their lusts with her body, she would become the slave of slaves. Venomous One, a proud warrior enslaved, has given up hope of returning to his home world and finding a life mate. When a female is tossed into the arena his soul demands he claim her. Winning his mate by Right of Might, he vows to protect Lumen and be a good provider, no matter how ugly her human appearance. Rescued by Venomous’ people, the couple face space pirates, the condemnation of an alien government, galactic war, and a deadlier threat from within the warrior’s own kindred.
Warning: violence, profanity and sexual situations with multiple partners.
Lumen found herself kidnapped by aliens, given to slavers as a freebie, horribly experimented on, and then declared “useless” and thrown in a pit of slaves to be fought over so she could be horribly raped until death then used as food. In other words, things were not going well. The victor of the “who gets to rape Lumen” battle is Venom who is a scary-looking alien with six limbs instead of four, scales and a forked tongue.
“She is mine to protect, mine to shelter, mine to feed and mine to cover. When she is weak, I shall be her strength. She was stolen from her world by our captors. Now her survival is my responsibility. It is her duty to endure my lust, respect my nest mates and honour our union with offspring. I revere this giver of life, as is the way.”
Venomous One, formerly of Rök, enslaved gladiator
They can’t communicate so she doesn’t realize that she triggered whatever strange thing in Venoms body that lets him know who his honored mate is. The first time he takes his mate was the most special time in his life but for her, it was rape by an alien creature.
When Venom finally makes it to where they can communicate with each other, this is cleared up as best it can be under the circumstances, and they come to an understanding, which eventually turns to actual feelings for each other.
Venom finally manages a rescue from his people and Lumen is taken to his planet. Lots of things happen next: lots of traditions and requirements that Lumen is not on board with at all, lots of action, lots of misunderstandings, lots of prejudices, and eventually, surprisingly, lots of things that made me smile.
The harshness of the situation Lumen found herself in was tough to read at times. Interestingly though, as I read this I couldn’t say it was a dark read to me. Dark things happened but there was lots of light to balance it out. Lumen and Venom went through some extremely hard times, were rescued, then faced even more battles as they dealt with the prejudices against her.
It’s a different kind of book and definitely won’t be for everyone. There’s dubious consent, sex with aliens (including MFM), rapes, and scads of violence. If any of these are triggers, stay far away. Although there were issues with the book (editing, maybe too much going one, and lots of OTT coincidences that made me roll my eyes) I liked it and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Be brave and try a walk on the sci-fi wild side – you just may like it.
Rating: 4 Sci-Fi Wild Side Stars
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