Friday, September 20, 2019

The Serpent's Mate by Susan Trombley [Review]

 The Serpent's Mate by Susan Trombley
The Serpent's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #3) by Susan Trombley
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: November 2, 2018

Iriduan Test Subjects
1. The Scorpion's Mate
2. The Kraken's Mate
3. The Serpent's MateKindle
4. The Warrior's Mate
5. The Hunter's Mate

Susan Trombley
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
When Cass is abducted by aliens and sold to an alien pirate queen who collects female slaves to harvest their pheromones, her first experience with extraterrestrials quickly turns from surreal into a nightmare, which only grows more terrifying when an alien with a snake-like lower body and a surprisingly handsome face comes to her rescue. But Cass isn’t sure she’s actually safe with him, because he looks at her with hunger in his eyes.

Nahash has always been a loyal, honorable Iriduan soldier. After distinguishing himself above his peers, the genetically-enhanced warrior volunteered for an experimental program to create a hybrid with powerful psionic abilities, using DNA taken from a giant serpent that decimated one of their outer colonies. Though his body changed into a form beyond the scientists’ expectations, his mind became a weapon that could alter the very course of Iriduan civilization, perhaps even saving it from its inevitable ruin.

After such drastic alterations to his biology, scientists told him he was free from the affliction that caused Iriduan males to imprint on a single female, bonding him to her for life. The last thing he expects is to bond instantly to a human female he rescues during a raid on a pirate colony. Now, he’s stuck with her, because if he isn’t exposed to his mate’s scent on a regular basis, he will die. The fact that his body craves her as much as it needs her fills him with resentment, but when he realizes that the Iriduan Empire will do anything to keep her under their control because of what she means to him, he doesn’t hesitate to protect his mate—even if it means betraying his people.

The rogue test subject and the abducted human make a desperate escape from the Iriduan Empire, but the galaxy proves to be a dangerous place and there are worse things than the Iriduans waiting in the darkness of space. With no one to rely on except for each other, Nahash and Cass might not live long enough to find a home where they can settle down and explore the love that grows between them—love that takes them beyond their physical bond.
Thoughts on The Serpent's Mate: MAN, I like these aliens. They're not the typical humanoid aliens (although they're humanoid enough to get busy with humans if you know what I mean!) (and really, how can you not. I'm virtually waggling my eyebrows here in a suggestive manner), but they work for me.

Nahash is more snake than Iriduan after the experiments the Iriduan scientists conducted on him. Despite that, he's still loyal to his people. Coming across Cass during a mission and figuring out how his people would use her to keep him in line, has him questioning everything.

For her part, Cass is kind of lost. She's been ripped from her planet and is dealing with the realization that aliens are real. Plus, you know, she's been sold into slavery. Which blows. Then she finds herself unintentionally bonded to a Iriduan test subject and...well, things work out nicely from there. Eventually. After a boatload of danger and a forced estrangement. Which, again, blows.

I'm completely digging this series. I like the non-human aspects of the aliens and how dedicated they are to their special someone. On the other hand, I could see how terrible being bonded to someone who didn't love you could be. I'm kinda hoping we get to see some resolution about that particular quirk in Iriduan biology eventually. *gazes longingly at the hint of a spin-off series*

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