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Monday, July 7, 2014

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

Hunter's Claim (The Alliance #1)
by S.E. Smith
ebook, 236 pages
Published January 10th 2014 
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 is the first installment in The Alliance, a new syfy / romance series. We are introduced to Jesse who is struggling to keep her sisters and herself alive in the face of raging apocalyptic devastation following the arrival of Trivator forces who have taken over control of the Earth. On a scouting run for food and supplies Jesse stumbles upon a hiding place that is subsequently breached by humans who happen to have an alien captive; Hunter. On hearing their plans for Hunter from her hiding space Jesse cannot stand by and not help him and off we go - the adventure begins.

We are introduced to some of the different cultural norms for the Trivator race, but there is not really a lot of world building going on as far as why all of the events unfolding occur, which for this reader kept this book from being a five sheep read. The writing is comfortable and entertaining with some really great characters even though the story is more like an installment focusing on specific characters in a long running series rather than a first book that introduces the reader to this world at the time of the events. I found myself crying at the moments of tragedy, grinning at the humor, and overall this is a great little story. While Hunter's Claim is not really a deep read or syfy experience, other than the twist of the alien characters and invasion of the Earth, it is an enjoyable tale of romance with a new little twist. There is also some sensual smexy going on that is story driven and well done for those who enjoy a little heat.

Overall I enjoyed the story and look forward to finding out more about the world as the saga unfolds, as well as reading the stories of the various adventures of the primary characters we have been introduced to including Jesse's sisters and their corresponding warrior adventures. I would recommend Hunter's Claim to those who enjoy a lighter romance with a bit of adventure, as well as a syfy twist thrown in the mix. I received this book with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.

4 sweet romantic sheep


About the Author:

S. E. Smith is a USA Today Best Selling Author and has been ranked in the top 100 Authors on Amazon with 12 books at one time in Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers in multiple genres. A prolific author with books in science fiction romance and fantasy romance, her books are full of action and adventure and focuses on the relationships and the unusual situations her characters find themselves. Susan invites you to come take a journey to romance that takes you to new worlds.

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