Book Review: Captured By The Alien King

review-cover-Captured By The Alien KingTitle: Captured by the Alien King – The Complete Series [Captured by the Alien King 1-5]

Author: Lisa Lace

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

When I saw my chance to get off Earth, I took it. I knew I needed to escape. I didn’t know I’d be claimed by an alien monarch in the middle of his mating season! Now we’re on the run together, facing terrorists and natural disasters.

I’m still trying to figure out my feelings for this sexy guy. He is totally into me, but he has some unique ideas about alien romance…

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I honestly thought this book was going to be something different than it was. The title is a flat out lie—I’ll just say it. The main character is never “captured” by an alien king. It simply doesn’t happen. Going into this book, I didn’t know that, and it threw me off—because I kept waiting for something to happen that never did.

It’s hard for me to qualify this book because, on the one hand, I did enjoy it. it was a fast-paced, easy to read book, with likable characters, some fresh ideas, and an intriguing plot. The romance between Dar and Kenna was at times endearing, and at other times, incredibly steamy. I liked them as a couple and I was rooting for them throughout the story. There’s a lot I could say in favor of this book. I was thoroughly entertained.

But…

There was also quite a bit about this book that was less than stellar. There were some pretty obvious typos, most commonly where words were entirely omitted from sentences, or extra words were left in. There were several times I had to re-read passages to make sure I wasn’t imagining the fact that they didn’t make sense–and I didn’t imagine it. The characters, though likable, lacked much depth, and in some cases, their motivations seemed fairly shallow.

In other instances it became very apparent that the world building was only skin deep–and this was one of the most frustrating parts of the story for me. Here was this imaginative story about aliens from another world and the tentative relationship between two races… but the aliens looked just like us, talked just like us, had the same motivations as us…and spoke like us. They often used slang and phrases that I can’t imagine would naturally occur on another planet so readily. The world building had very little substance to it—and it could have, and indeed should have. It felt… lazy, and I expected more.

Was it a bad book? No. Like I said, I thoroughly enjoyed it… but it was only an “okay” book in the end because I think a lot more could have been done to make it better than it was—obvious, simple things. I gave this book three stars because it was kind of in the middle. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, kind of fluffy romance read with some steamy bits and lots of action/adventure, I’d recommend you give this book a shot. You may enjoy it.

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