Healing Dance by Samantha Cayto

Samantha Cayto - Healing Dance Cover ferh34Title: Healing Dance

Series: Alien Blood Wars 06

Author: Samantha Cayto

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Pride Publishing (August 13,2019)

Length: Novel (262 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: đź’–đź’–đź’– 3 Hearts

Blurb: What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Having survived brutal centuries as Dracul’s slave, Dafydd is pulling his life together. He has accepted his role as father to baby Idris and is determined to raise this son without the evil influence of his alien blood. Trauma still affects every aspect of his daily life, however, and he struggles to cope with it in dangerous ways. He also cannot quite shake the appeal of the human doctor who saved his life.

Ric began his journey with the aliens out of medical curiosity. After his adventure in Wales, he can no longer dismiss how it has become personal. He knows Dafydd is not ready for any kind of relationship, but the lure of courting him is something Ric cannot resist.

When a new problem crops up in the Boston crime world, the aliens are forced to explore the possibility that it is more than human-based. Their journey of discovery ropes in both Dafydd and Ric, throwing them together and forcing them to face their attraction and their demons.

Malcolm is along for the ride with Brenin, who, like Dafydd, is dealing with his own PTSD. The four of them must lean on each other to find a way past the lasting damage visited on them by the monster.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-828-6

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Fair warning this book contains scenes of violence, rape, enslavement, torture, forced pregnancy, public sex and prescription drug abuse.

You basically get the lives of four men in this story. Dafydd and Ric as well as Malcolm and Brenin. Dafydd had been held for close to four hundred years by a monster, whereas Brenin had been held for months. Dafydd had also been forced to have babies with the monster. He had even killed one of the twins to save one of the men trying to save them. He had wanted to die but was forced by the doc to survive. He was just now getting around to trying to be a father to his latest baby.

Malcolm knew that Brenin was still having troubles with what had happened. He just didn’t have a clue how to help him. Ric was in the same boat but with Dafydd using pills with alcohol. Neither man knew what to do to help the men they loved.

I don’t really know what it is about these stories that doesn’t do it for me. However if I had to guess it is the dark side to the stories. The BDSM doesn’t bother me too much but I don’t really need it in any of the stories. I think mostly it was the fact that it was about four men instead of just Ric and Dafydd. They seemed to be thrown back for parts of the story. The mates come off shallow and immature when they shouldn’t be. It just made the story a bit harder to get into as it should have.

I hate to admit that the same dark tone is what is making me change my mind with this series. I just can’t seem to connect with them. It was fine to read but I can honestly say that it will only be read once.

Mating Dance by Samantha Cayto

Title: Mating Dance

Series: Blood Wars 05

Author: Samantha Cayto

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (254 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 19, 2019)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: đź’–đź’–đź’–đź’– 4 Hearts

Blurb: What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Trey Duncan’s career as a Boston cop has taken an unearthly turn. He’s become embroiled in an alien war being fought on his planet. Each battle they win is a short-lived reprieve. As he helps his new vampire-like friends save his own people, he can’t help but become emotionally involved, especially when it comes to the disturbingly appealing Demi. A hybrid of human and alien, the boy is both older and younger than he seems. To Trey, he remains a temptation he must resist.

Demi is a young man caught between two species and cultures. While his fathers have always kept a tight rein on him, he is starting to break away from their control. He knows what he wants, and from the moment he set eyes on Trey, he knew that the cop was the man for him. Since the last battle, he finally has hope that Trey feels the same way.

Biology forces both their hands, but Trey and Demi are still worlds apart in what they see as their future together. When their enemy’s legacy comes back to haunt them, it’s up to them to lead the way.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-728-9

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Blood Wars collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Trey is an ordinary human who is also a homicide detective. He came across a wild secret not too long ago and gave his word to help the aliens he befriended. The vampire’s were fighting a war that brought death and destruction to many. However there was one alien vampire that he wanted in more fun ways but felt that the kid was just to young. Boy is he in for a big surprise.

Demi is a hybrid, one of his fathers was human whereas the other was alien. He loved them with all his heart but damn if he couldn’t pull one over on them. He wanted the human cop to do more than just notice him. Leave it to his biology and his fathers to help move things along further. He must go through from boy to man stage with some hot sex. He might get what he desires more than life, that is if Trey will fall in line. Things are going to heat up.

This story has a dark tone to much of it but the way it is written just makes that part of the story even better. I think that this is probably one of the few series that can pull that off in a way that keeps my attention. The characters are quite entertaining but I must admit that I don’t really care for Trey like I should have. He is quite a bit older than Demi, but in reality he is actually younger by many years. The thing is Demi still looks like a teenager and it drives our detective crazy. Whatever just happened to getting your freak on. It does go deeper into some areas of the story that will fascinate the reader.

It is a very good story with quite a bit of action going on. Plus I liked the surprise in who the bad guy is. Very good plot and made the story rock. I had quite a bit of fun reading it and can’t wait to see what the next book has going on. I can guarantee that this is one of those stories that will be read many times over.

Star Dance by Samantha Cayto

Title: Star Dance

Series: Alien Blood Wars 04

Author: Samantha Cayto

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (256 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (December 25, 2018)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: đź’–đź’–đź’–đź’– 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Malcolm MacLerie has long made his home in the wild Highlands of Scotland. Sick of the endless war with Dracul and living with terrible guilt over the crash, he seeks peace and quiet. When his captain asks for his help one last time, however, he can’t refuse. Honor demands no less. His surveillance of Dracul’s castle turns into a rescue mission when a brutalized boy runs right into his arms.

Brenin has survived the vicious life of being an alien’s slave. His desperate bid to escape leads him into yet another monster’s castle—or so he fears. The more time he spends with Malcolm, the more he doubts his own worries. He has to fight a pull toward this alien who wears a kilt and fights with a sword.

Malcolm isn’t looking to get attached to anyone, let alone a traumatized human, but Brenin’s knowledge of the monster’s lair makes him invaluable and forces them to work together. Duty turns to desire, despite his best intentions. Even as they fight their growing attraction, they keep getting in deeper.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-700-5

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Brenin had been kicked out for being gay and did all he could to survive. That was how he ended up in such a horrible place. Now he was a slave to a monster that used men, got them pregnant as many times as he could and then killed them. He had no clue how to get out. To his surprise it was another slave, one that was heavily pregnant and wanted to die, that gave him the way to safety. Safety all right, one that led him into the arms of another monster, or so he thought.

Malcolm felt that the crash on the planet that they were stuck on. He felt the guilt and anguish from it. He would follow his captain any where but his heart had no longer been in it. He wanted to live his life alone so to speak, but knew he would always come when Alex called for his help. It led him to the young man that would call to him in a way no one else could.

Evil was out there and many twists will come to this story. This story more outlined the sexual assaults on the young humans who were being changed better than the previous books did. It had quite a bit more details to it that I quite enjoyed. I loved Demi and the young men a lot more than I really did the others. The lingo was a bit harder to understand but after awhile I figured it out. It is a very good story that is action packed and danger filled.

I can’t say that this is one of my favorite series but it ranks pretty high on my reading list. I had a few issues with the book that might just be the company mistake instead of the authors, as it was missing the first page to each chapter. However it was easy to figure it out. It didn’t really take away from the story as I had expected, just drove me crazy.

The story itself is quite unique and I enjoyed reading it. I can guarantee that it will be read many times over.

Slave Dance by Samantha Cayto

Title: Slave Dance

Series: Alien Blood Wars 03

Author: Samantha Cayto

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal

Length: Novel (183 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (October 2, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: đź’–đź’–đź’–đź’– 4 Hearts

Blurb: What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Quiet and steadfast, Emil has remade himself from botanist to chef. Taking care of people is what he does best. He hates having to fight the war with Dracul, but his loyalty to his captain forces him to do no less. Unlike others of his species, he has formed no intimate bonds and has no intention of doing so. That way lies sadness. He takes his pleasure from feeding those he loves, content with his destiny. That is until he runs into an abused boy who needs more than a good meal.

All turning eighteen means to Jase is that now the man who he is forced to call Master can abuse him publicly. A victim of sex trafficking, Jase only knows one way of life-brutal submission to whichever man claims him. When his Master joins Club Lux, it’s more of the same until he finds himself in the hands of its strange chef.

Circumstances force Emil into a new and frightening role and Jase into the arms of a scary and unfathomable Master. Emil is worse than any man—or so Jase thinks, when Emil’s alien nature comes out. Jase wants to be a good slave and Emil frets about saving Jase from himself. While they try to find their way, a vicious crew member begins to terrorize Boston. Now Emil fights on two fronts—the scariest being that he will fail Jase.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-6909

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Alien Blood Wars collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Jase has one hell of a nasty life. His father passed when he was just a young kid so he didn’t really remember him. Then his mother remarried and lets just say the man gave him the creeps. When his mother was killed it left him in the arms of a monster. A monster that ended up selling him. His latest master has had him since he was fifteen and he thought maybe death was the only way out. That is until a new kind of monster showed up, but this one was a good monster.

Emil is what is known as a vampire but it goes even further than that, the man was an alien. He was trained to fight, take care of plants and a chemist. What he loved to do is to cook. One notice of the new boy in the club has his heartbeat rising fast. However not in the one way you would think.

This book contains scenes of drug use and rape so beware. The way the author twists the old Dracula legend into the story we have now is pretty amazing. When they crashed into earth it changed many things for them. It separated many of the groups into the groups there are in now. Dracul led one group, a group that wanted death to humans and to rule the world. Then there is Emil’s leader Alex, a group that just wanted to live in peace. You have action and danger just flowing in this story and lets just say it is perfectly timed. The story had a fast paced that seem to work for this story. I didn’t care for the abuse Jase went through in the book, however it seemed to work. It made you feel quite a bit for the young man.

It is very entertaining and quite fresh. I can’t say that it is one of my favorites or that it will be read more than once, but it was still a pretty good book. It was missing something to me to make the story rock all the way. It is a very engaging book that kept my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.

I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to the next one. I will also admit that I don’t care to read about the abuse Dracul dishes out to the two young men in his home and hope that their rescue is coming real soon. However as I said I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it.

Dangerous Dance by Samantha Cayto

Title: Dangerous Dance

Series: Alien Blood Wars 02

Author: Samantha Cayto

Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (185 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 29, 2018)

Heat Level: Medium

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Long ago, Val made the decision to stick by his captain against mutinous shipmates. He has spent a millennium on Earth protecting humans as a matter of honor. He also made the fatal mistake of falling in love with a human boy who died trying to birth Val’s son. He’s sworn to never open himself up to such pain and guilt again.

Mackie was forced to run away from his family to save himself from homophobia and abuse. He learned to live by his wits and the sale of his body. He’s reinvented himself as a brat with a need to be dominated and tamed. He thought he’d found the perfect man in Val, only to discover he had given his heart to a vampire—one that pushed him away when an ancient, hidden war reignited.

As Val and his cohorts battle with their old crew members, he tries to keep Mackie at a distance from the danger and his heart. But Mackie will not be side-lined as either a soldier or a lover. He is waging a war of his own to win Val back.

The next chapter in the alien war is heating up. A deadly drug is flooding Boston, threatening to turn the city into a battleground. Val and the others need help, and one bratty twink might be the best weapon they have. He may also be the key to unlocking Val’s heart and giving him back the happiness he lost.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-666-4

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Alien Blood Wars collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Mackie has had a hard life and it didn’t seem to get any better. He had been basically kicked out of his own home because his parents were homophobic asshats. Forced to live on the streets he had given his body to survive. Now he danced and got to choose who he slept with. The only one he truly wanted was the bouncer at the club. A man that was not human and a man that didn’t really want him.

Val wanted Mackie with all he had in him. The problem was many years past he had given his heart to a young man and lost him. Lost him and their child because he couldn’t give birth the way his kind was meant to. Now he has gone the route of never falling in love but love always wins over. Top it off there was someone out there who was trying to destroy them all. One of their own to be precise.

You have your good alien vampires and your bad, but it seems the bad always win. The story is quite unique and very entertaining. I am not really a fan of this type of story though. This one has a bit more BDSM involved in it and lets face it the vampire is always the dominate partner. In this series the mates can give birth but it is quite dangerous. You not only get Val’s side of view but Mackies as well. However what is even more unique is you get the bad guys as well.

Now as the down side to this book is the drama between Val and Mackie. There is no true communication between them unless you count sex. Val wants his way and Mackie just wants Val. I don’t much care for it nor the fact that it hasn’t really moved forward with the actual plot from the bad guys.

Overall the story is pretty good and I did enjoy it. I will admit that it is not one of those stories that sticks with you. It is however one of those stories that will be read more than once, but only to remember the parts that you need to. I will hold my final thoughts till I read further on in the series.

Blood Dance by Samantha Cayto

Title: Blood Dance

Series: Alien Blood Wars 01

Author: Samantha Cayto

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (287 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 13, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

A thousand years ago, Alex captained an alien ship that crashed on Earth. Stranded, he has tried to keep his men together while forging a new life. He’s locked into a never-ending war with mutinous crewmembers that makes unsuspecting humans collateral damage. That humans mistake them as vampires is all to the good. Humans are still not ready to learn aliens live among them. Alex has finally found some peace running a private club, but the memories of a human, loved and lost, keeps him alone.Quinn Cooper was kicked out of his family when he came out as gay. Having travelled to Boston, he takes a job in Alex’s club. His boss and the men around him are large, scary and hard to ignore—as is his instant attraction to Alex. Becoming involved with the boss is always tricky. There’s something about Alex, however, that’s too sexy and compelling to ignore.

Knowing that seducing the vulnerable and virginal Quinn is a bad idea, Alex tries to keep his distance. He’s also trying to protect the boy and everyone else when the traitorous crew once more stirs up trouble. Alex’s and Quinn’s growing attraction leads Quinn closer to the frightening truth of whose bed he shares, while putting him in unfathomable harm’s way. Alex has to find a path forward to end the alien war for good or risk losing another love.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-663-3

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Aliens have landed on Earth over a thousand years ago and were the ones that created the fable of vampires. Stronger, faster, and of course the drinking of blood is just a bit of what the guys have going for them. I should say they crashed instead of just landed on it, but then again newbies shouldn’t be trusted with something so very much needed as navigation. Alex and his men were now stuck on this blasted planet and needed to work around it. To bad half his crew didn’t agree and seperated. So you have a group that is good and a group that is bad, so very overused I would say.

Quinn had finally came out to his parents and what did his honesty get him, a boot out of his home. He needed food, a place to stay so being a gogo dancer is looking better each time he thinks about it. All looks good till the owner decides he wants him. Which puts him into the site of well you can guess.

First off this book was just way to long to stick with it. To much added story that was not needed. The characters were hard to connect with, well with the exception of our Quinn and Mackie. It starts off like you are in the middle of the story instead of the beginning which didn’t really do it any favor. It took longer to get involved into the story and by the ending I had been wishing I stopped reading. The book was pretty much like so many others out there that there was no fresh idea to it. Aliens who are pretty much vampires who crashed landed in Romania and well it just didn’t work for me.

Then there was the whole hive way of thinking and being led by a queen, no thanks just sounded like a bunch of worker bees. Now the story did have a good plot going on, and the world was different, but it bombed on me with all the extra added crap put into it. I think had it started out a bit different and not coming into feeling like I came into the middle would have been a better deal.

So for this book and possibly the rest of the series, it is not for me. However I will wait to see if book two gets better before totally giving in. Less of the dark tone and more fun is needed.