Book & Author Details:
Unexpected Prize by Layla Stone
Publication date: February 4th 2018
Genres: Sci Fi; Romance
Jarr-o is an alien gladiator that just won a fight-to-the-death, instead of money he’s given a strange Earth woman. Frustrated by the loss of funds he has no idea what to do with the feisty female.
If he sells her she will be abused or killed, if he takes her home, she’ll drive him crazy.
Jarr-o is about to lose the first battle of his life, and it’s to the most stubborn, soft and beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Struggling between his desires and Cara’s rebellious nature, he has to decide if all the trouble of keeping his prize is worth it because if he gets rid of her, he might be able to return to the arena- this time as a trainer. More money, less pain.
Note to reader: This is a Science Fiction Romance that contains a lot of action between alien gladiators, rouge beasts, as well as a steamy romance between a determined male falling for a feisty Earth woman this series is for you.
There are elements of this story that work well. The interactions between Jarr-O and Cara are, sometimes, handled well, with decent chemistry.
But for me,this book didn’t hang together. Cara was annoying, rather than strong willed, and was never treated as a partner. The story telling stuttered in parts for me, and there was an awful lot to cover in a scant number of pages. This, I think, impacted on my enjoyment of the book.
The premise is a good one, and I understand what the author was trying to achieve. I just think that this was slightly let down by the execution on this occasion.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Layla Stone is an unapologetic romance junkie. She especially loves romance books that mix sweet and sassy, sprinkled with intensity.
Layla enjoyed writing stories that mix futuristic worlds and species with the familiar abilities found in Fantasy. As a self proclaimed Modern-Day Casanova, she spins stories to create unique lovers with the plethora of races she’s dreamed up.
Southern California is where she lives with her geeky husband and two rambunctious children.