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Victoria's day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of "post-discovery". Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn't? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and de Victoria's day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of "post-discovery". Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn't? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That's what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she's not so sure she didn't stick her foot in it... Be careful what you wish for. *** Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn't fate. Earth's proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular. *Saving Askara is a Part I of II* Book II coming Summer 2018 WARNING: Not intended for readers under 18. Contains explicit sexual content.


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Victoria's day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of "post-discovery". Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn't? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and de Victoria's day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of "post-discovery". Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn't? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That's what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she's not so sure she didn't stick her foot in it... Be careful what you wish for. *** Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn't fate. Earth's proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular. *Saving Askara is a Part I of II* Book II coming Summer 2018 WARNING: Not intended for readers under 18. Contains explicit sexual content.

30 review for Saving Askara

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    What a gem this was, Saving Askara actually took me completely by surprise and blew me away with how much I enjoyed it. I've been meaning to get round to this book for a while and let me tell you it definitely didn't disappoint loved it. I have a thing for real aliens that actually seem and act different and this had that in spades. So this story revolves around Tori who is a human Doctor stationed on a Research ship orbiting the earth and Aderus a Demon like species of alien whose ship they encoun What a gem this was, Saving Askara actually took me completely by surprise and blew me away with how much I enjoyed it. I've been meaning to get round to this book for a while and let me tell you it definitely didn't disappoint loved it. I have a thing for real aliens that actually seem and act different and this had that in spades. So this story revolves around Tori who is a human Doctor stationed on a Research ship orbiting the earth and Aderus a Demon like species of alien whose ship they encounter. Tori is chosen by the aliens to be their liaison when the two species make an alliance. So I adored the pure alienness of the story, Aderus initially finds Tori completely unattractive and strange-looking not just in appearance but also in temperament. Their own females are highly aggressive more so than the males so she is also an anomaly in that way. Aderus himself, like all his kind, is solitary, stoic, unemotional disliking physical touch. Obviously Tori is his complete opposite and is also more tactile in nature. Confused, slightly disgusted and horrified when he initially realises he is drawn to Tori Aderus tries to keep his distance. She is much more accepting of there attraction initially than him. But with Tori being the human liaison the two are thrown together continuously. So many things about this I loved like this takes into account not just the physical differences but also the cultural. I adored how predatory and different Aderus was and also how tentative and unstructured the courting was, loved the explorations of there unique differences and the intimate scenes between both were only hotter due to the pure alienness of everything. So this is slow burn, duel POV and is also part one of a duet, not to worry both are out so no waiting around. Highly recommend this its a fantastic read. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Roberts

    First off – THAT COVER! It’s beautiful! Now, I usually am one to judge a book by its cover, though I know I shouldn’t as I’ve read some really good books with bad covers, and bad books with amazing covers, but that really is what draws my eye to the book and I gauge my interest based on that. This cover seriously lured me and I one-clicked fast and moved it up to the top of my TBR pile. I was NOT disappointed! I loved this book from the first page, and even more so once Aderus was introduced. If First off – THAT COVER! It’s beautiful! Now, I usually am one to judge a book by its cover, though I know I shouldn’t as I’ve read some really good books with bad covers, and bad books with amazing covers, but that really is what draws my eye to the book and I gauge my interest based on that. This cover seriously lured me and I one-clicked fast and moved it up to the top of my TBR pile. I was NOT disappointed! I loved this book from the first page, and even more so once Aderus was introduced. If you know me, you know I love ‘other’ heroes. Aderus seriously fits the bill! While humanoid in shape, everything else is quite different. Almost scary. Probably scary. His entire race, the Askara, are vicious being who live by instinct. He’s detached, and solitary, and they don’t like to be touched. But things change the more he learns about Tori. Tori is sweet. She’s patient and understanding, though she likes to flip flop. I wanted to tell her to just jump his bones, but I completely understood her reasons and her hesitation. She’s a healer, and has been made into an ambassador (requested by Aderus) between her people and his. She isn’t cowed by demands, and despite her size, she is no weakling. This book is a slow burn and it is so worth it by the end. I loved every minute of it and highly recommend this book and the series to come after it which will include characters from Saving Askara. There is a bit of a cliffhanger, and I knew this going into this book, so I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the next!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Damn you Cliffhanger....damn you!!! I simply LOVE IT when I find jewels like this one and I also hate it when I don't read and see that it ends in a cliffhanger with the next book not even dated for its upcoming release. Everything I love about scify-alien-romance stories I found it in Saving Askara: -Kickass heroine -Grouchy alien hero -Great storyline -No insta-love -Heat level through the roof I just need the next book ASAP please!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simply Sam ツ

    Y'all, this was so good! It's exactly what I want in an alien romance and a great way to start a new series. I love the experiencing the learning and coming together of two completely different cultures, not to mention species. And give me a slow burn any day of the week. Definitely recommend for all those who love actual aliens in their scifi romance. Can't wait for the next one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    What a pleasant surprise. I had my doubts about this novel because I thought it would have been like other cliches alien romance novels. I liked that the protagonists weren't instantly attracted to each other. Most alien romance makes this mistake. I enjoyed the banter between Tori and Aderus. She pulled his hair! That had me cracking... I also liked how Adreus listed all of Toria's unattractive traits, yet he still wanted her. I was getting tired of Tori's sudden bravery and immediate trust. It What a pleasant surprise. I had my doubts about this novel because I thought it would have been like other cliches alien romance novels. I liked that the protagonists weren't instantly attracted to each other. Most alien romance makes this mistake. I enjoyed the banter between Tori and Aderus. She pulled his hair! That had me cracking... I also liked how Adreus listed all of Toria's unattractive traits, yet he still wanted her. I was getting tired of Tori's sudden bravery and immediate trust. It was like an on and off switch: "A recklessness tore through her and the next thin Tori knew she was running into the room". Besides those hiccups, I enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next story in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)

    I found a gem!!!! DO NOT let the cover fool you - this book was amazing!!! Highly recommended for fans of The Last Hour of Gannby R. Lee Smith and Lips Like Ice by Peggy Barnett. Personally i found saving Askara even better than those two because it doesn't drag so long page after page. I have no words to describe this book other than it had everything in it... sci-fi, slow building romance, discovery, real predatory aliens... warning: this story is not the whole story and if you hate cliffhangers I found a gem!!!! DO NOT let the cover fool you - this book was amazing!!! Highly recommended for fans of The Last Hour of Gannby R. Lee Smith and Lips Like Ice by Peggy Barnett. Personally i found saving Askara even better than those two because it doesn't drag so long page after page. I have no words to describe this book other than it had everything in it... sci-fi, slow building romance, discovery, real predatory aliens... warning: this story is not the whole story and if you hate cliffhangers....better wait, till part two is out. Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn't fate. Earth's proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular.

  7. 4 out of 5

    alicat ♡➹♡

    Oh this was a good sci-fi romance - the first of two parts. The Askara are aliens whose home planet has been overtaken. The Askara in this book escaped imprisonment due to a solar flare and high tailed it out of there. They randomly ended up in Earth’s atmosphere and are seeking assistance to repair their ship. This is set in the future and Earth is more advanced but not a ton more than today. Enter Tori a doctor serving on the space station where the aliens have docked. Tori is smart and her open Oh this was a good sci-fi romance - the first of two parts. The Askara are aliens whose home planet has been overtaken. The Askara in this book escaped imprisonment due to a solar flare and high tailed it out of there. They randomly ended up in Earth’s atmosphere and are seeking assistance to repair their ship. This is set in the future and Earth is more advanced but not a ton more than today. Enter Tori a doctor serving on the space station where the aliens have docked. Tori is smart and her open minded- she manages to convince the aliens to allow her onboard. The Askara are very much aliens, they seem almost animal like in their communication style - lots of noises and body language but their technology is far far superior than what Earth has. Tori is a bit weirded out by them and more than a bit intimidated but overall she is dedicated to helping their alliance with the humans. Aderus serves as the main ambassador from the Askara but also guards Tori on the alien ship when she goes there to treat patients. This first book sets up a lot and I really enjoyed Tori’s determination to help and learn about the Askara. Her growing relationship with Aderus is also interesting- they are both unsure how to deal with it. The book ends with a cliffhanger so I really hope the next one is out soon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    4.5 stars. An excellent story, the hero is a real alien looking! And he came from a culture so different from Earth. Er.. this is not erotica, it’s a slow burn romance with an amazing heroine! 😘 Ended with a cliffhanger but book #2 already published, so no complaints here. ❤️❤️❤️

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I have a lot of love for this book. A LOT. Like, it gave me all the odd, alien lovin' I didn't know I needed AND the potential for so much more. Actually, let me modify that slightly: I could still do with more alien lovin'. Aderus and Tori barely scratched the surface on what works for them and I imagine it will only get better. Things I loved: The Askari are VERY not human. Humanoid, in some respects, but there are plenty of differences once you get past the two legs and two arms thing. Cultura I have a lot of love for this book. A LOT. Like, it gave me all the odd, alien lovin' I didn't know I needed AND the potential for so much more. Actually, let me modify that slightly: I could still do with more alien lovin'. Aderus and Tori barely scratched the surface on what works for them and I imagine it will only get better. Things I loved: The Askari are VERY not human. Humanoid, in some respects, but there are plenty of differences once you get past the two legs and two arms thing. Culturally, they're worlds apart. Askari are extremely solitary and Tori and her people aren't. Which causes some tense moments for our characters. Basically, Aderus has to suppress every instinct he has when they make first contact and I PRETTY MUCH LOVED THAT. Flat out, it takes time for Aderus and Tori to begin to see each other in a potential romantic light. Aderus is focused (as are all the Askari survivors) on pulling his people out of the cosmic crapstorm they've found themselves in. (Uhh, that's a metaphorical cosmic crapstorm, not a literal one. Just so we're clear.) As a doctor, Tori is focused on helping the wounded aboard the Askari ship and not completely blowing things with a heretofore unknown alien species. I am SO ready to see what happens next. Because this book isn't the end of their story and that ending KILLED ME. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mari (Smut Duchess)

    This was a KU and the first book by J.M. Link. The cover enticed me but the story pulled me in. If you're looking for a sci fi romance with a truly alien hero this book is for you. I like that the Askarans aren't anything like humans, nor do they pretend to be. I thought the writing was very good for a debut novel. The characters are smart and engaging. I was totally invested in the story. I wish the next book was already available. *** warning*** the story is not concluded. I wouldn't say the b This was a KU and the first book by J.M. Link. The cover enticed me but the story pulled me in. If you're looking for a sci fi romance with a truly alien hero this book is for you. I like that the Askarans aren't anything like humans, nor do they pretend to be. I thought the writing was very good for a debut novel. The characters are smart and engaging. I was totally invested in the story. I wish the next book was already available. *** warning*** the story is not concluded. I wouldn't say the book ends in a nail biting cliffhanger but it leaves you wanting more. If you don't have kindle unlimited the book is worth the 1-click. Once in awhile I read a book with kindle unlimited that I have buy so it's in my permanent library. This is one of those books. I'll definitely be re-reading this one and hope the wait isn't very long for the next book. 4.0 - 4.50 ***

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    A very promising debut novel! The aliens are alien, not humans from another system. They are bipedal/humanoid in form with some very significant differences The author handles those differences quite well. Tori, a human emergency medicine doctor based in space, is the unwitting human ambassador to the alien race. Due to her training and caring nature, she gains the very beginnings of trust from the aliens who have fled their war-ravaged homeworld. Aderus is the de facto leader of the aliens, the A A very promising debut novel! The aliens are alien, not humans from another system. They are bipedal/humanoid in form with some very significant differences The author handles those differences quite well. Tori, a human emergency medicine doctor based in space, is the unwitting human ambassador to the alien race. Due to her training and caring nature, she gains the very beginnings of trust from the aliens who have fled their war-ravaged homeworld. Aderus is the de facto leader of the aliens, the Askari. Their world has been invaded and only one ship managed to escape, with many injured. They need help but are not a species that has developed that kind of relationship with other species. Tori and Aderus learn to work together for the greater good of each species. Along the way, we learn more about the Askari and the burgeoning relationship between Tori and Aderus. This book does end on a cliffhanger and I am looking forward to the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    BJ

    10 stars - fantastic scifi, is the best I've ever read - maybe. The writing is fantastic aliens are very different to humans. This causes all sorts of issues as the humans and aliens try to negotiate an agreement. The h is a great character, cautious, brave and very likeable. The H is so alien, and she's so drawn to him. His reaction to her is a mix of horror and curiosity. They share a mutual disgust of the other's eating habits - very funny.

  13. 5 out of 5

    TP

    The book Saving Askara by J.M. Link was an amazingly refreshing new discovery. What drew me in to her world, right from the start, was that non-generic and unique view on aliens. As well as the rare and authentic display of a female character. Who has brains, conquers her anxiety and rises with every confrontation and new task. All on her own. It was a joy. We need more of those real characters. Down to earth, no drama, real feelings i could relate to and not focused solemnly on unrealistic roman The book Saving Askara by J.M. Link was an amazingly refreshing new discovery. What drew me in to her world, right from the start, was that non-generic and unique view on aliens. As well as the rare and authentic display of a female character. Who has brains, conquers her anxiety and rises with every confrontation and new task. All on her own. It was a joy. We need more of those real characters. Down to earth, no drama, real feelings i could relate to and not focused solemnly on unrealistic romantic aspects. The author succeeded in her task to portray Aliens, as Aliens. And they were more intriguing than any i have read before. Besides the book "The last hour of Gann". As well as the political, social and psychological considerations, she mentioned. Not only for the created Alien society but the humans as well. That is what made me love it. I really hope she keeps that up. And surprises us with more unique and creative stories and insight of the Askari and their crew. And does not fall into the trap of more instalments for the sake of it, which easily fall victim to superficiality and focus solemnly on romantic encounters for the sake of more "novellas" every second month. I hate those. There are way to many of those out there already, lately, with no ambitions and less creative writing. Where you can spot easily the writers limits and average talent. Which this book proofed not to be. It was a really enjoyable surprise. I hope the author sticks to her shown talent and rises as well. I actually loved that it was not a cheap sexual and romantic based formula fiction. That the romantic aspect was given time to bloom, without neglecting the sci-fi aspect. That Cliffhanger made me jolt in my seat and groan out lout, that the book was already over. I can't wait to read the next book about Tori and Aderus. In hopes it will be a long and adventures one. PS: the book cover on kindle with the backside of Aderus is beautiful and preternatural. Thank you, it is not another naked man body pumped full of steroids with bulging veins.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    Very recently I have been laid out with really severe back problems. I literally couldn’t do anything, even now tying shoe laces requires a quick rest and some painkillers afterwards to recover. But, there has been a little light in the recently dark miasma of pain. I couldn’t do much more than lie down, so I had plenty of time to further develop my obsession with all things alien romance related. This is how Saving Askara wandered into my world. This is the debut novel by author J.M. Link and sh Very recently I have been laid out with really severe back problems. I literally couldn’t do anything, even now tying shoe laces requires a quick rest and some painkillers afterwards to recover. But, there has been a little light in the recently dark miasma of pain. I couldn’t do much more than lie down, so I had plenty of time to further develop my obsession with all things alien romance related. This is how Saving Askara wandered into my world. This is the debut novel by author J.M. Link and she has certainly started with a bang! I loved it. Link’s aliens were unique and interesting and I really like the intrepid Victoria, the heroine of this book. Victoria and Aderus, our alien hero, did far more to keep my mind occupied and away from the war zone that was my back than my stacks of painkillers. Instead my mind was floating off into space with the very prickly Askara who were an anti social race with a tendency towards violence as displays of dominance and who are on the brink of annihilation due to war. If you follow my reviews, you know that I love my aliens to be as unusual as possible. I need to get myself a mug saying “The weirder the better!”. And I like my aliens to be different in more than just appearance, so although the Askara race were definitely NOT just humans with pretty colour skin, their differences were more than just skin deep. Their culture was also worlds apart and I really enjoyed seeing Aderus and Victoria slowly getting to know one another an try and over come the massive culture shock. Now, here comes the stinger. This ended in a cliffhanger! Most of this book showed Victoria integrating with the Askara and her developing and tumultuous relationship with their appointed leader Aderus. Then just as things started to heat up. BOOM. It was over. I was devastated and I am now anxiously awaiting the release of the next book so I can see the continuation and conclusion of Victoria and Aderus’relationship and then hopefully Link will contine with more Askara human romances afterwards. This book won’t be for every one, however, if you like an intense alien romance with a fierce and non-human alien (although still humanoid, don’t worry no tentacles this time!) than you need to give this a try.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    10/5/18 reread next?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    Very recently I have been laid out with really severe back problems. I literally couldn't do anything, even now tying shoe laces requires a quick rest and some painkillers afterwards to recover. But, there has been a little light in the recently dark miasma of pain. I couldn't do much more than lie down, so I had plenty of time to further develop my obsession with all things alien romance related. This is how Saving Askara wandered into my world. This is the debut novel by author J.M. Link an Very recently I have been laid out with really severe back problems. I literally couldn't do anything, even now tying shoe laces requires a quick rest and some painkillers afterwards to recover. But, there has been a little light in the recently dark miasma of pain. I couldn't do much more than lie down, so I had plenty of time to further develop my obsession with all things alien romance related. This is how Saving Askara wandered into my world. This is the debut novel by author J.M. Link and she has certainly started with a bang! I loved it. Link's aliens were unique and interesting and I really like the intrepid Victoria, the heroine of this book. Victoria and Aderus, our alien hero, did far more to keep my mind occupied and away from the war zone that was my back than my stacks of painkillers. Instead my mind was floating off into space with the very prickly Askara who were an anti social race with a tendency towards violence as displays of dominance and who are on the brink of annihilation due to war. If you follow my reviews, you know that I love my aliens to be as unusual as possible. I need to get myself a mug saying "The weirder the better!". And I like my aliens to be different in more than just appearance, so although the Askara race were definitely NOT just humans with pretty colour skin, their differences were more than just skin deep. Their culture was also worlds apart and I really enjoyed seeing Aderus and Victoria slowly getting to know one another an try and over come the massive culture shock. Now, here comes the stinger. This ended in a cliffhanger!  Most of this book showed Victoria integrating with the Askara and her developing and tumultuous relationship with their appointed leader Aderus. Then just as things started to heat up. BOOM. It was over. I was devastated and I am now anxiously awaiting the release of the next book so I can see the continuation and conclusion of Victoria and Aderus'relationship and then hopefully Link will contine with more Askara human romances afterwards. This book won't be for every one, however, if you like an intense alien romance with a fierce and non-human alien (although still humanoid, don't worry no tentacles this time!) than you need to give this a try. *Reviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lady Jane

    So... Despite the fact that my eyebrows were pretty much up to my hairline for most of this book (I can count the number of alien-based fiction romance books I've read on one hand), and especially as things got... anatomically challenging... this two-book series is the first I've managed to actually finish after what appears to be quite an extended book slump of mine, and I can say that I actually enjoyed it. All I can say is that if you want to give this a try, you gotta keep an open mind for th So... Despite the fact that my eyebrows were pretty much up to my hairline for most of this book (I can count the number of alien-based fiction romance books I've read on one hand), and especially as things got... anatomically challenging... this two-book series is the first I've managed to actually finish after what appears to be quite an extended book slump of mine, and I can say that I actually enjoyed it. All I can say is that if you want to give this a try, you gotta keep an open mind for this one...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mandapanda

    I'm on a roll!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    What a wonderful and original story! Realistic plot line, original characters, vivid descriptions, loved the journey in witnessing the politics around a new alien race looking for humanities help....just absolutely in love with the story. I loved that Aderus, the alien species looking for humanities aid and Victoria's, the ER doctor in the role of diplomat story, was NOT an insta romance or even initial attraction. The author gave Aderus and Victoria time to get to know each other. Also, Aderus is What a wonderful and original story! Realistic plot line, original characters, vivid descriptions, loved the journey in witnessing the politics around a new alien race looking for humanities help....just absolutely in love with the story. I loved that Aderus, the alien species looking for humanities aid and Victoria's, the ER doctor in the role of diplomat story, was NOT an insta romance or even initial attraction. The author gave Aderus and Victoria time to get to know each other. Also, Aderus is an ALIEN and you felt it and saw it. His thinking and his physical description was vividly emphasized so when their ' romance' occurred we knew it's Victoria human meets Aderus alien. When they finally became intimate it wasn't just lust but curiosity and adventure. Almost all alien romance limit their love to fated soul mate so that there is no choice and no adventure but also takes away the consent of the lovers. This was a 'relationship ' where interspecies love was not to have more babies to populate their dying planet, or alien invasion with human woman made into slaves at auction. This was an adult woman exploring her sexuality with an a 'male' that made her wet. It probably want the best time but it was real. One point of contention: A professional doctor would never have sex with their patient. I would have rather her be any other professional then a doctor violating her oath of office with such negligence. Anyway already looking all over for the next book. Eagerly waiting even if the last book was a cliffhanger

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bubbles The Book Pimp

    First in series and debut book by this author. Called from a double shift, Emergency medicine doctor Victoria is thrown to the demons..ok ok not demons but an demon like alien race’s aid... after escaping an enemy and fleeing to an unknown part of the universe they have no choice but to seek refuge, aid with their wounded and supplies. Thrust into the breach Tori finds herself in a position of ambassador when she willingly aids an injured alien. Believing her to be trustworthy a fragile alliance First in series and debut book by this author. Called from a double shift, Emergency medicine doctor Victoria is thrown to the demons..ok ok not demons but an demon like alien race’s aid... after escaping an enemy and fleeing to an unknown part of the universe they have no choice but to seek refuge, aid with their wounded and supplies. Thrust into the breach Tori finds herself in a position of ambassador when she willingly aids an injured alien. Believing her to be trustworthy a fragile alliance is started and a strange friendship/game of cat and mouse ensues between Tori and Aderus ( the appointed negotiator ) What follows is a fantastically original and mind bendingly great sci fi romance. Miscommunication and misunderstanding are the main themes that drive this book... and hawt dayum they led to some weird and wacky BUT oh so great scenarios! The interaction that occur between Tori and Aderus from these misunderstandings left me positively jumping for joy! Because who doesn’t love sci fi social faux pas...which this book is filled with 🖤🖤 At the start of this book Aderus comments about how the two species are so similar yet choose to focus on their differences and it’s those similarities and differences that make this book such a pleasure to read. The aliens ( for life of me I cannot remember the aliens species name... it’s 2am.. don’t judge my sleepy book overloaded brain 😂😂) we’re aliens... not just random coloured humanoids... not that there’s anything wrong with humanesq aliens... I just like my aliens to be alien and these aliens are great aliens!! I’m literally blown away with how well developed and constructed this story is.. the amount of world building and back story is phenomenal and it really showed... and it’s the Authors DEBUT release 🤯🤯🤯🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 And what a debut release. I loved that in the aliens species the females were the sexual and physical aggressors ( YEEEHAWWW let’s challenge those gender stereotypes!! Kudos to you author.. you RAWK ) I loved that Tori was so unaware of what Aderus’ posturing and behaviour was about despite her unrelentless pursuit of discussion and information sharing... when her lack of understanding backfired on her! It was a brilliantly set scene and #NoSpoilers but if you read this book when you get to the bit I’m waffling about you will know it!! 🤼‍♀️🤼‍♀️🤼‍♀️ There is a holy mother of all cliffhangers BUT...it was again so well pulled off.. I couldn’t be mad about it... I am however simultaneously kicking myself and giving myself a round of applause for not reading this book sooner... it has been on my tbr since it’s release and I tortured myself waiting till I had time to fully read and enjoy it... because... A) because it’s a bloody great read! B) because I don’t have long to wait for the second in the series to drop 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miscellaneous Allie

    Okay so I don't know how to rate this cos it's not the kind of book I normally read or rate. I have this mental category for stories like this that's "not book", so putting stars on it is weird for me. I just got Kindle unlimited and went ham downloading fucking everything that popped up, and this was recommended I think because I got the final hour of Gann or whatever it's called, so Amazon is like "you like alien fucking don't you, you degenerate so here. Check this out." And by golly it was f Okay so I don't know how to rate this cos it's not the kind of book I normally read or rate. I have this mental category for stories like this that's "not book", so putting stars on it is weird for me. I just got Kindle unlimited and went ham downloading fucking everything that popped up, and this was recommended I think because I got the final hour of Gann or whatever it's called, so Amazon is like "you like alien fucking don't you, you degenerate so here. Check this out." And by golly it was free and only like 250 pages, so I checked it out. I have no idea why it stood out coverwise from all the other dime store alien fucking novels, but here we are. And much to my shame, I liked it. I never want to say I like a bodice ripper because I hate them on principle. I'm not sure why but they're all written the same and everyone in them is garbage and unlikeable and there's no plot, but this totally didn't have any of those problems? Okay so I have to admit that I myself enjoy writing weird sci fi/fantasy adventure/war stories that have unconventional romances, and this tickled all my fancies in a way that felt like something I would write because I'd want to read it and no one else would write something like it. So it's nice someone actually wrote it so I didn't have to. I normally prefer more focus on war and politics than this had, but also it's only a wee lil bookie and I don't think that was the author's focus so it is what it is. I think what I loved so much is just how weird and alien the aliens were. They didn't look human and they didn't act human, they were just a kinda weird, convergently evolved species that seem similar but are really fucking not similar in some ways and I get warm fuzzies over stuff like that. I love when an author commits to making a weird species weird and foreign. It's like the difference between a cute anime girl with wolf ears and an actual rabid werewolf. One is more conventionally sexy, but the other one is way more interesting and fun. I like that both main characters sometimes get really freaked out or grossed out by each other and it's a case of "ohmygod you're a disgusting freak I forgot." It makes things fun and it prevents things from getting too gooey or complacent. I actually want to read the sequel and I've never ever ever ever ever thought that about a bodice ripper before. Now I'm not recommending this for everyone. It's a 5/5 on my sexiness scale and a 10/10 on the freaky alien sex front. If you're into the normal Chris Hemsworth type then do yourself a favor and don't read this. If you were into The Shape of Water though and wanted something more hardcore, then this is right up your alley. So I'm not rating this as 5 stars compared to City of Brass, I'm rating this 5 stars for weird, niche xenophile erotica.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheralee

    Ok, so I was recommended to read this and I am glad I did. Part 2 feels like forever away but I am curious about so many of the characters already. Not a book I would normally read but worth challenging your boundaries, bit like the book 😉

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    It starts slow... and stays that way... Tori, our intrepid heroine, is surprised to find herself attracted to Aderus, one of the aliens whose damaged ship needs Earth’s help to repair. Aderus is reluctant to share much about his people with humans, but Tori is nothing like the females of his world, and he’s somehow drawn to her inquisitive and caring nature. However, despite their differences, Tori persuades Aderus to act on their feelings (at least her feelings), and everything changes..... I wa It starts slow... and stays that way... Tori, our intrepid heroine, is surprised to find herself attracted to Aderus, one of the aliens whose damaged ship needs Earth’s help to repair. Aderus is reluctant to share much about his people with humans, but Tori is nothing like the females of his world, and he’s somehow drawn to her inquisitive and caring nature. However, despite their differences, Tori persuades Aderus to act on their feelings (at least her feelings), and everything changes..... I was not a big fan of Tori, who borders on being TSTL. Or at least TATL (Too Annoying to Live). Even though Aderus is an extraterrestrial, Tori seems to expect him to understand all Her Feelings and wants him to talk about Their Relationship. When he doesn’t, she gets pouty and bitchy. In her defense, though, it's difficult to tell if Aderus is into her or not, since he's NOT HUMAN..... And speaking of not communicating....you know next to nothing about Aderus, except that his people are solitary by nature... and seem rather cat-like (or is that redundant?). He doesn’t think, or want to talk, about his feelings... at all. And while he’s initially reluctant to have sex with Tori, he seems to get over his scruples pretty easily....Ha! Such a guy.... On a positive note, I’m glad that the author made an effort to have Aderus and his buddies’ appearance and culture completely alien (well...fairly alien, anyway). Too often in sci-fi romance, the ‘aliens’ aren’t....alien... at all. However, there needs to be a happy medium -- sure, aliens need to be non-human, but not so different that a relationship seems impossible....like it does here. Also, there’s too much narrative, when it’s the characters’ words and actions that should be telling the story. Also there are plot holes a-plenty that are a huge distraction.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Quinn

    Guilty pleasure = alien romance. There I’ve said it. I can’t help myself. There’s just something about the limitless boundaries in terms of uncharted land and possibilities that really sets the stage for an out of this world romance. That being said, although they hold a special place in my heart, and I tend to ratchet my rating scale way down for romance novels in terms of plot and world building, I’m not ready to just accept any word vomit that comes along. This sadly makes it much harder then Guilty pleasure = alien romance. There I’ve said it. I can’t help myself. There’s just something about the limitless boundaries in terms of uncharted land and possibilities that really sets the stage for an out of this world romance. That being said, although they hold a special place in my heart, and I tend to ratchet my rating scale way down for romance novels in terms of plot and world building, I’m not ready to just accept any word vomit that comes along. This sadly makes it much harder then you would expect to find quality sci-fi romance. What isn’t sad though is that fact that I think I can safely add Link to my small collection of tried to true authors in this category. Although it’s not without it flaws, Saving Askara is a great introduction to a blossoming outer space romance. What I truly appreciate here is that Link is not here to get in, get out, ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am’ her way through a story to a quick buck. Link instead sets out to create a believable situation in which two species converge on each other and reluctantly work together. Earth has reached a point where existing in outer space is an everyday occurrence, and for some it’s their livelihood. Earth has deployed scores of people living across space ships, into outer space searching for sentient extraterrestrial life. It’s just another average day for Dr. Victoria Davis and crew onboard transorbital ship Phoenix, until they make contact with a fleeing ship of Askara, whose race from captivity leads them into an uncharted star system. Although their isolated world contains far superior technology, their broken ship and personnel leave the Askara no choice but to interact with these overly curious, inferior humans. While the premise is not new, the execution definitely is. I truly appreciate how much thought and care Link has put into executing a believable scenario in which aliens and humans are forced to interact. Although she glosses over some fine points like ‘how the Askara are able to instantly speak and understand English” a point I will chalk up to ‘superior technology’ and move on, she does a lot with exploring cultures and cultural differences between them. The Askara are a very independent race. Their males are fierce, their females even more so. They are independent, and although they have their own language, rely much more heavily on senses other then speech. Although theres is a race that has already experienced an ‘awakening’, or introduction to alien life forms, they are not a race who often initiates it, preferring to exist isolated on their home world. When pitted against humanity, whose smaller frames and endless talking are in complete opposition to everything the Askara are used to, there is bound to be a steep learning curve, but lucky for us Victoria is up to the job. A lot of Saving Askara is devoted to building a careful alliance between the two races. On Askara, it is clear that while males are assertive and aggressive it is the females that drive the relations between the two. They are as large/larger then males, more aggressive, and it is the males who must prove themselves their equal. As both female and medical personnel, this fact initially sets Victoria up in a prime position to play ambassador between the two species, but the more they interact the more it is clear to the Askara that human females are not what they are used to, and it in turn puts the fragile alliance on shaky ground. It takes a real effort from Aderus, our male lead, and Victoria to find common enough ground to make this alliance work. They experience set backs and misunderstandings. And with outward pressures acting on them; Earth’s need for access to advance technology, and Askara’s need to fight back against their oppressors, Aderus and Victoria are working more on behalf of their people then towards any kind of romantic relationship. Although it is inevitable that attraction begins to set in, it is not the driving force of this first book. I actually really appreciate this fact. Although I came here for a romance, I feel like a romance without a foundation is not nearly as strong as one with one. The alliance rests on Aderus and Victoria’s ability to understand one another, so they must truly get to know one another before there is any room for attraction, and I for one am willing to wait it out. I initially noted that because of genre, I tend to judge romance novels less harsh then I do a work of fiction. Not because they can’t be as good, but because I’m usually there for a riveting love story as opposed to an intricate plot. Link has, with her attention to world building and detail, forced me to scrutinize her work a bit more then I normally would. I think I mean this as a compliment, but with all the attention she has put in defining the two races and building up differences and similarities it is a bit more apparent to me when some things don't add up. Although it does not distract from the overall quality or my enjoyment of the tale, I had a hard time accepting the fact that the Askara can be both vastly independent and technologically superior. Link suggest that the Askara were once more human like in their interactions with one another until their discovery and reliance on their semi-sentient material for which their entire lifestyles rely on. It’s advent has somehow led to the Askara becoming even more independent, coming together only to breed, only to once again resume a solitary lifestyle. Although the material is mostly self-healing provided it is supplied energy, it is hard to believe that its mere existence allows Askara to provide solely for themselves, with no need for hierarchical levels of society to specialize in building ships, creating the Havats they wear, or even mining this special metal, etc. There is definitely room for Link to expound on how their world truly works, but as it stands now it was hard for me, and slightly distracting, to try hold the idea that Askara live a more primitive lifestyle thanks to their advanced technology. Saving Askara is only the first part of a duology. This means that neither the overarching plot nor Victoria and Aderus’ relationship are complete. I’m excited because it means there’s more for me to read, but it also means that as it exists Saving Askara is not truly a complete thought on its own. I usually don’t like things like this so I appreciate that Link is very clear from the onset that the book is split, and attempts to address concerns about it. But it also leaves my review incomplete because there’s not much to say about how well things have been accomplished because nothing is complete. Luckily, I can say that Saving Askara is definitely off to a great start and now that Link has used the bulk of this tale to lay the foundation for Aderus and Victoria I think Chasing Earth will lead us back to what we’re all really looking for when we set out to read romance novels… ***4 stars ***

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    I read because of the cover and I am so glad I did. I really enjoy sci romances between humans and other worldly beings. The problem is most aliens are too human like. There is not alot of big differences between the cultures or the races They are always human like except for their size or color. I've only read handful in which the hero is very different and those are the ones I have enjoyed the most. This wasn't an instant love romance, which I also enjoyed. the hero and heroin were forced to b I read because of the cover and I am so glad I did. I really enjoy sci romances between humans and other worldly beings. The problem is most aliens are too human like. There is not alot of big differences between the cultures or the races They are always human like except for their size or color. I've only read handful in which the hero is very different and those are the ones I have enjoyed the most. This wasn't an instant love romance, which I also enjoyed. the hero and heroin were forced to be diplomats between their two races. They spent alot of time getting to know each other and their cultures so they could better teach their fellow species how to act toward each other. They became curious and attracted to each each other and decided to explore those feelings. I loved every minute of it and highly recommend this book and the series.There is a cliffhanger, and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Magda Roszak

    Very strong 4,5 from me :D Suprisingly good. I've been expecting another alien/human romance. And it was. But a least alien WAS alien (no tentacles - not that I'm in to tentacles *bluuuuh*, humanoid, but still). Author took time to build culture different from ours. That's why this book ends on cliffhanger. One book divided to two, so plot and world building doesn't miss anything (like in some books i read). Annoying, sure. Who likes cliffhangers. But I see huge potential for this book to be one Very strong 4,5 from me :D Suprisingly good. I've been expecting another alien/human romance. And it was. But a least alien WAS alien (no tentacles - not that I'm in to tentacles *bluuuuh*, humanoid, but still). Author took time to build culture different from ours. That's why this book ends on cliffhanger. One book divided to two, so plot and world building doesn't miss anything (like in some books i read). Annoying, sure. Who likes cliffhangers. But I see huge potential for this book to be one of my favs. If second book will be like that - I'll give clear 5stars XD.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rennegade Hunter

    I love how alien the Askarians are, both physically and culturally. The author says that's what she wanted to do, and she hit it perfectly. There are shocks and misunderstandings, and the characters are very believable because of it. The romance takes a while to build up - as it should, in my opinion - and is no less steamy for it. I knew this was going to be a favourite a quarter of the way through and I'll be holding my breath for the rest of the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Pretty great. Looking forward to part 2!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    OMG where is the rest of this story???

  30. 5 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    What drew me to this book was the cover, I mean come on its stunning, and an excellent rendition of what Aderus looks like.  I love it when authors write books where the aliens are alien.  Most of the time they are just bigger men built to perfection with huge you know whats and usually purple or green. Aderus is a feline looking humanoid or at least that’s how I imagined him.   The Askara are solitary like big cats and have violent matings. The Askara people are technologically advanced yet soli What drew me to this book was the cover, I mean come on its stunning, and an excellent rendition of what Aderus looks like.  I love it when authors write books where the aliens are alien.  Most of the time they are just bigger men built to perfection with huge you know whats and usually purple or green. Aderus is a feline looking humanoid or at least that’s how I imagined him.   The Askara are solitary like big cats and have violent matings. The Askara people are technologically advanced yet solitary and act and react a lot on instinct.  This seemed contrary to how a technologically advanced society would work.  But what do I know I am just a human.   After their ship is damaged and they are forced to come to the humans for aid, Aderus and Tori form a tentative relationship trying to bridge common ground and make an alliance. Tori is fascinated with Aderus from the start especially by his eyes.  She is weary. These beings are unknown, and the culture is entirely different than Earth’s.  Aderus is resigned to working with Tori to aid his people, yet he deems her and her kind as inferior and wants nothing to do with her.  That is until she makes a bold move that changes everything.   The world and especially the character building of Saving Askara was excellent.  This does end in a cliffhanger, so I am anxiously awaiting book two, Chasing Earth.  This was Link’s debut novel, and I was astounded by its depth and imagery, the only issue I had at times is it didn’t read smoothly, and I would have to re-read parts.  But overall it was superb and one I thoroughly enjoyed, and I am giving it 4.5 Boundless Stars.   http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

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