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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Review: Razor's Traitorous Heart (The Alliance #2) by S.E. Smith

Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 12th 2014 by CreateSpace
Kali Parks is a shadow in the war between two factions that are fighting to gain control of Chicago. Born and raised on the streets, she stands as a silent sentinel at her brother’s side as he battles to gain control. She will do whatever it takes to bring peace to those she has pledged her life to protect, including fighting against the creatures that came to their world almost six years before.

Razor, a councilman for the Alliance, has been sent to oversee the remaining Trivator troops on Earth and make sure the transition for the induction of Earth into the Alliance goes smoothly. He is the one the Alliance calls when they have a situation that needs to be resolved once and for all. His reputation for dealing with difficult rebels is renowned. He asks no questions and takes no prisoners. His job is to eliminate all threats to the Alliance.

He finds himself torn between duty and something he is unfamiliar with, his heart. When a shadow warrior saves his life and disappears, he discovers his world is no longer as cut and dry as he thought. The more he learns, the more he discovers he is not immune to the warrior’s passionate desire to fight to protect her people.

Forced by duty to settle the conflict, he must decide between the Alliance and his own desire to claim the unwilling warrior. When the conflict escalates, he does the only thing he can; he makes a pact with one of the factions in exchange for a prize that will surely cause a battle of a different kind – the one for his traitorous heart.

Will he be able to claim her before she escapes from him again? Or worse, will she sacrifice her life to protect those she loves before he can?

Razor's Traitorous Heart is book two in The Alliance series. In this installment we are introduced to and follow the story of Razor, a brutal Trivator Alliance councilmen, and Kali, the sister and head of security for her brother, the leader of one of the rebel Earth factions in Chicago. On route to one of the final areas of conflict in Chicago, Razor's transport vehicle is shot down. Kali being in the immediate area jumps right on in to see if there are any survivors not realizing one is an alien until she is already there. She makes the decision to rescue Razor anyway and off we go.

This second installment in the series and once again it does not have some of the world building or back-story this reader is hungry for including answers about what the Alliance really is and what prompts them to determine that Earth needs to be brought under the control of the Alliance. However the story is well written and there is a little more action to get the readers blood pumping that is wonderfully written and great fun. 

The story focuses on the primary characters' romance with some new twists and turns revealing treachery, greed, as well as brutality and heartache. The ending events of book one do become intertwined with this telling so the reader is not left hanging with unresolved questions and this flows well into the telling of this tale with the ending very satisfying. 

While there is a little more meat to this tale than was served up with book one, Hunter's Claim, once again it is more romance with a scifi bent and the story's primary focus is on the interaction between the two primary characters, their budding relationship, and struggles. The story continues to meet the needs of readers hunger for sensual story driven smexy, which is also well done. 

Overall I enjoyed Razor's Traitorous Heart and continue to look forward future installments and reading the peripheral character's stories. I also have hope that eventually my questions regarding the Alliance and Earth as we have been introduced to it will be answered. I would recommend this book to romance fans that enjoy a bit of a scifi twist to the tale and some sensual smexy going on. 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 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.


  1. Thanks for sharing this great review. It's a new to me series and author and it looks right up my alley. Should we read them in order?

  2. Oh my gosh how yummy! Never heard of them and having a serious case of grabby hands. lol