Liker - liker Ikke - Sosiale medier, samfunnsengasjement og offentlighet gThis book will have wildly different ratings depending on the reader Some people will love this one unfortunately I didn t From the blurb I anticipated aritty alien torture sci fi with a slow burn romance That isn t what this book is like at all so be forewarned It is much similar to yaoi style books Insta love or close to it forced mating a top and bottom with defined roles you et the idea However I actually like some yaoi books so I could have adjusted to the change from my expectations to the reality of the book My main issue is that this book is very similar in concept and feel to The Last Pure Human by Twisted Hilarity which is unfortunately no longer listed on Goodreads because the librarians have been removing unfinished works However The Last Pure Human was much better in every way I m afraid I ll try not to compare the stories too much and just analyze this on its own but it will be a struggle because I compared the two stories often while readingI ll o into some of my biggest problems with this story For one I didn t feel the chemistry between the two MCs Ryker was way too accepting of Seral especially considering his history of abuse while in captivity Ryker seemed to just lide into a healthy relationship and welcome his new role as alien husband with ease I wanted much emotion tension there I felt like it read really false I think that even though they had binding marks on their bodies the romance should have been slow burn I also had some issues with the world building It felt underdone and half hearted Except from a few strange fruit and animals Ryker didn t seem too surprised at the alien world He fell into step too easily and I think it was a missed opportunity to add some excitement into the story What I really struggled with though was the style It felt a soap opera ish and I didn t love the shifting first person POVs I sometimes love first person POV but here it felt like the easy way out I felt like I was being told rather than shown how the characters were feeling I also often found myself rowing bored and it took some real effort to force myself to finish Like I said earlier I think many will really like this book It isn t bad just not my tastes and not what I was expecting I think fans of books like Slave Auction by Stormy Glenn will enjoy this story Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Overall I thought The Experiment was a pretty fun sci fi romance The story follows human Ryker whose body is altered by human scientists as part of their war against another alien race The experiments are very much against his will and to his horror he and one of the aliens they re fighting against are ejected into a shuttle and sent to the alien s planetThere Ryker expects a uick death by the aliens hands but instead is faced with a much entler treatment than what he experienced by his own kind He is forced to confront who are his real enemies and also who he is now in this new altered bodyI am a fan of the forced marriage trope when it s not rape y and thankfully that s where this story falls as Ryker and his fellow alien captive Seral have to join to survive because of what the scientists had injected into them before they were released Seral who feels a deep connection to his new mate Ryker understands that Ryker is not at the same place as him nor does he understand any of Seral s culture including what it means to join so he patiently and carefully enfolds Ryker into his world without pressuring him Ryker is suffering from severe PTSD from his trauma during his years of being experimented on Even with his trauma the story isn t too dark because those painful experiences are not detailed and raphic which I appreciated If you dislike non con and torture like me know that The Experiment is not too raphic and much of "the focus is on his recovery and adjustment to his new world and to his new "focus is on his recovery and adjustment to his new world and to his new husbandIn this way the book reminded me of the movie Avatar since it shared some similar traits of entering into and falling in love with an alien world and how the world you are from may actually be the enemy to watch out forAs a heads up the dynamic between smaller Ryker and larger Seral has kind of a yaoi esue semeuke tone and reading this reminded me of Rob Colton and Rowan McBride and other mm writers that often focus on the protective larger mate and the protected smaller mate tropes although the characters here are not as burly hairy as in Colton s seminal novel Timber Pack Chronicles nor did it have muscles bursting out of clothes like in McBride s works Although there were clothes being torn off with claws literally before some sexy times If you are adverse to that school of characters you may have a harder time with this story Even as Ryker rows stronger and faces his fears after his trauma the dynamic follows that yaoi esue path I ve read and enjoyed a lot of yaoi so it worked fine with me but I know some don t like those tropes so heads upEven with the semeuke dynamics I did really like Seral and Ryker s chemistry and I m a fan of a ood healing relationship story It didn t fall too hurtcomfort where it was overwhelming on comfort and I did feel like it was a ood level of understanding and space for a character who was very traumatized It was easy to sympathize with Ryker s fears of intimacy and trust which made his slow bloom back to life even nicer to readNear the end of the book some characters were introduced that to a learned romance reader s eye reveals the seeds for future couples so it looks like this is the first book of a series For readers who hate cliffhangers like me please know that the ending here is satisfying so even if books come out you will not be left hanging hereThis novel was born as a
free serial on GayAuthorsorg and there you can read the second book serial on GayAuthorsorg and there you can read the second book the series Adverse Effects for free and it just was completedNordwell under penname Cia has a bunch of free stories novellas and novels on GayAuthorsorg so if you like her style there s a lot to check out there along with her published worksDo I recommend this book I do if you re a big sci fi romance fan and if you re fine with the bigsmall traditional yaoi dynamic Nordwell did introduce some cool word building including the culture of joining and how it s different on Seral s world and I thought that was pretty neatWill I read the next book Yes I would read the next book I m intrigued enough about Seral s world and with following the future of the other characters who were introduced in the bookOverall a fun intriguing imaginative sci fi read with a ood mix of romance and action and sexy timesReview first posted to Boys in our Books I found this a fun read and I ll probably read the next part if there is one since Nordwell successfully raised my curiosity about late arriving characters like Dade and Nicklaus It s safe to say
I M A FAN OF ANY m a fan of any all variations of the alien abduction story and a downright sucker for the big tough alpha alien meets meek earth boy plotline This was of an engaging play on the familiar elements of that story rather than an exploration of new territory Sadly but predictably our toppy vampiric alien turns out to be a big marshma. In the distant future humans wage war against the alien planet Caeorleia with no tactic off limits if it will help the humans et their hands on Caeorleia’s resources Ask Ryker He thought he volunteered for a simple experiment that would help his over. So been held captive They hope to plant Ryker as a spy and find a way to take over the planet What the doctors didn t anticipate was the immediate bond that formed between Ryker and SeralThis story is super steamy and full of adventure It s really well written with ood plot and character development Can t wait to read The plotIn a future Earth is in war against Ceaorleia humans want that planet their resources what humans will sacrifice to win this warOh so simple what a Tracking Daddy Down greedy human would do to win what would be done Where would be the limit in the human need to conuer another world No limitnothing would be too much neither use humans as weaponMeet Ryker an unlucky human volunteer in what he thought was just a scientific experimentIt was but he could neveruess HE would be the Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras guinea pig the animal used in the experimentsThe story begin with Ryker no longer a human now an alien as Ceaorleia habitantsOriginal I said it s original how much Because let s face it it s hard to findood and original storiesWell I will not spoil but I must say everything from Ceaprleian s humming vibrations language from the alien planet itself I love everything Each detail everything was perfect and VERY originalIt s an abuse non consensual sex story There is kidnapping noNoThere is no rape scene and yes Ryker is traumatized but it s just some facts he will remember but never tell you even when he is the narratorWhat Even WHEN he is the narrator There will be than one point of viewYESoh GOD yes And Fat guess what there will be an alien POV SeralSeral is a native from the alien planet and will know Ryker in a very unpleasant situation it s a romantic story you must read to know I WILL NOT spoil saying There is something that made me sueeeeee in delightoh damn YEAHIt was Seral wildness He is view from Ryker as something close to a vampire Long claws drinking blood long fangs black eyes pale skin BUT don t think it s one of those vampires you read somewhere No complete original story also this vampire aspect of the race is very interesting and I LOVE IT Romantic but not sappy sci fi but the perfect balance between action and description of alien world and behaves Once a online freebie now published it was a delight surprise then and again now rereding the published version and made me want to read much All about this couple and their unusual loveA broken man a wild alien vampire can it be possible Can they love each other in times of war A tziu and his isit soul mates despite all their efforts war is war and the seek for power can be a danger for both of themI wish I couldive than 5 stars This story is amazing and I certainly recommend it to all readers searching a sci fi but also a very sweet love story Gritty beginning with rainbows and unicorns endingSo I expected this to be darker or rather darker for longer than it was After the start it turned very lovey dovey and played into the possessive caring bigger male and delicate smaller feisty male theme which is fine Not my favorite but I ll roll with it I uess I wanted of this Seral lifted his wrist to his mouth and licked at the bite marks It didn t hurt You may not have fangs but I liked it when you bit me But it uickly became sweet Very sweet There s evil uys to thwart a traitor to reveal and a few cultural misunderstandings to overcome Nice set of new characters introduced at the end which would actually encourage me to read their stories Dade and Nicklaus So I ended up reading something much fluffier than I expected but enjoyed it The Experiment wasn t what I expected and I was having a hard time etting into the story I was expecting something a "little bit ritty and dark since there is mention of experimental abuse with one of the characters "bit ritty and dark since there is mention of experimental abuse with one of the
Characters I M Having A Hard Time I m having a hard time the concept of naked vampire based alien species from another planet similar in the sense of claws fangs and moments of neck biting There s a soul bondingmate feel reminiscent of werewolf shifter stories between the main alien character and the human and I kept etting turned off with the whole I keep An Ethics of Interrogation getting horny when the alien is close to me especially in a culture where most everyone is naked Felt a bit too porny for meThe story feels very yaoi ish if that makes any sense And so far there s a lot telling than showing so it s hard for me to sympathize with an abused character since the history of abuse is told and his reaction to things don t always feel appropriate ie the human MC was raped during his experimentation but heets pretty horny around his newly met alien mateSo in all it just didn t meet my expectation and mood It doesn t mean the story was bad just not by cuppa I read this story some time ago when Cia aka Alicia Nordwell had this story published on line Having enjoyed the on line version as well the author s contribution to the MM Romance Group s Love Has No Boundaries event I was interested to see if there was much difference between the two versions Admittedly my memory may not be all that clear but it seems there is no fundamental changeEarth that has long plunged into desolation trees and Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland grass are only found in vids and winter rule much of the year with few employment opportunities for the population Down to his last few days in a tiny box like apartment he could no longer afford Ryker volunteered to a science experiment the reality of which turned out to be far different from the one he thought he had signed up forThe experiment he found himself in was one that aimed at finding a way to win a war against an alien species Having successfully capturing one of the aliens Seral the scientists decide upon a barbaric plan With the help of the volunteers and using Seral s blood they aimed atenetically changing humans to match the aliens creating spies that would blend in seamlessly on Seral s home world Of course they didn t uite plan on how using Seral s blood to create the now modified humans might affect one in particular
RykerAgainst his will Riker finds himself responding to Seral but having undergone five years of torture he only his will Riker finds himself responding to Seral but having undergone five years of torture he only pain and perhaps death when the scientists dump him along with Seral on Seral s home world Ryker though would never have imagined that Seral would also respond in returnThis story almost has an insta love feel yet avoids it though the explanation of scientific experimentation It is told from alternating points of view Seral and Ryker s and I liked seeing the how different interpretations of events uite disparate at first slowly row aligned as the two men row closer physically and emotionally There is a little of the helpless female role about Ryker reuiring rescue from the strong male character but fortunately this diminishes as the story as the story moves forward All in all I enjoyed re visiting the story and look forward to the next in the series After being told a reat news that we will et a new book in the same series I could not help myself to re read 1 book one time but now I chose audio format 14 022014 4 starsStory plot is not uniue and is full of holes and uestions but still end result is than satisfying Both main characters Ryker and Seral are very interesting individual and reading oes smoothl. Tling beings who kill humans on sight But then thanks to the experiment that irrevocably changed him he isn’t exactly human any longer and with each passing day as his blood bond with Seral strengthens he’s less and less sure as to whose side he's on.
Cia_ ✓ 6 charactersLlow whose dominance consists of overprotectiveness and a willingness to devote his life to making his mate happy Still the book was much better written than the average alien abduction story the plot had enough twists and adventure to keep me interested and I liked both MCs enough to feel happy when they were happy The ood chemistry and hot manlove scenes were also uite appreciated I was most dissatisfied with the experiment itself namely the account of Ryker s extreme abuse at the hands of doctors It s a pretty common set up and is evolving into a major pet peeve of mine The seuence reminded me of Laurann Dohner s New Species series or recently Seven where you have these evil scientists who are so monstrous they lose any resemblance to actual human beings and because of that are fundamentally uninteresting as either characters or even social phenomena As a contrast I would posit the people involved in judicial torture in Manna Francis Mind Fuck who are riveting both in themselves and for the system they represent I Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde get especially frustrated and impatient because aood villain one with some Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation genuine charisma and motivation is often enough to make me obsess over an otherwise ho hum book I am hoping the evil but sorta sexy council member Buphet who was casting lustful looks at Ryker from the margins will reappear in the seuel maybe he could kidnap him and take him to his lair Enough of the rant Bottom line I d already DNF d three books this weekend but this I finished with enthusiasm If there is a seuel I will read it They d lied to usWe weren t working on an experiment We were the experiment Five years ago Ryker was at the end of his rope Broke alone and increasingly surrounded by the drumbeats of humanities war mongering he took a chance at a new beginning It seemed theovernment needed some people to help study the environmental safety of a planet they intended to colonize As an ex lab tech Ryker figures he s Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question got asood a shot as any other candidate And he does He s perfect Except it was all a lie And now after five years of torture rape and being subjected to every test and experiment the scientists could think up there isn t very much left of the Ryker that left Earth in search of one last chance After everything that has happened to him he is not even human anyWhen he is bonded Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism genetically to the Caeorleian prisoner Seral and dumped on the prisoner s home world in order to act as a spy Ryker is nothing than a scarred and terrified Caeorleian human hybrid He doesn t know what to make of Seral who claims to be Ryker s isit basically husbandbondmate or the strange family that is now claiming him as their own Life over the last five years has taught him everything about pain and degradation so he very much doubts that it has suddenly decided to listen to his broken please now But when Seral looks at himI loved the aliens in this book Seriously they and the world they lived on werereat It felt like someone actually took the time to think up an alien that was different enough to make me curious but real enough that I didn t spend most of the book totally confused as to what exactly it was that I am supposed to be imagining I found it cool that the author made these aliens feel uniue And loved seeing them react to the various noises that Ryker makes especially his laughingThe connectionlove between Ryker and Seral was very well written It didn t feel like insta love though it certainly had enough of the traits The bonding between them connected them but it felt like the romance had to row at its own pace After everything that Ryker had been through it was nice to see that he didn t automatically take one look at Seral and want to jump his bones Trust became want became desire became love And while I would have liked for the love part to have held off a bit longer it never felt out of place when it did crop up There were also some hot biting scenes which pleased "me reatly Oh the joys of sex with vampiric aliensfeel like I should mention they are in fact vampires "greatly Oh joys of sex with vampiric aliensfeel like I should mention they are not in fact vampires just have a lovely set of fangs and a penchant for nibbling on their bed partnersThere are several aspects of this book that didn t uite work with me Ryker turns into a bit of an annoying whining ass and Seral into an overprotective he man clich It was only for a bit but it was not pleasant to read all the same I Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson get that Ryker feels the need to do something to help the man he lovesbut for the love of all that is shiny and sweet can we please stop having characters after taking a hit to their ego sneak off convinced that they clearly know better than anyone else that ever existed It makes me want to start shooting people I swear this clich pops up in of all action orientated stories And I want it to stop I don t like that I can pick up a story and know exactly how the climax isoing to come about It kills the fun I read for the fun Please stop trying to kill my funAlso the reveal of the traitor Really Like there was no build up whatsoever to that reveal The character basically turned from fun loving to crazed and power hungry in like the length of a few pages It made no sense None I et that it was supposed to be a surprise but you don t live with someone that long know them their whole lives and care
For Them That Deeply Withoutthem that deeply without at least some aspects of raging psycho killer pop up at some point It just felt incredibly forcedI was impressed by this novel While there were some points where it fell into clich it never seemed to stay there for long and it always strived to work everything into a clear plot The writing was entertaining enough that I didn t want to stop reading and I was drawn to these characters from almost their first words And can I say it was refreshing to read a SciFi novel that doesn t feel the need to explain every single detail to me Books that basically have their first chapter read as This is the History of the Universe and Every Organism Found in it bore me to tears I really felt like the author trusted us to simply stick with the story to learn as we o along and I have to say that was wonderful And not just because it actually made the story flow right from the beginning We knew what we needed to know when we needed to know it and the rest of the minutia was left to our imaginations And since most of the characters were naked for Edge of Venomverse good portion of the bookit was rather pleasant imaginings I had a lot of fun in this world three cheers for cultural based nudity and I hope that there is another book in the series so weet a chance to Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) go back and learn some This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes Go there to check out other reviews author interviews and all those awesomeiveaways Click below Holy crap this book was amazing Right off the bat it pulled me into Ryker s painful story He s been tricked by Earth s overnment and taken on a ship to an alien world During the 5 year journey the Doctor s experimented on him hurt him abused him and turned him into something not uite human He s not sure how he survived but knows he can t take much When they finally arrive to Caeorleia the doctors plan to release him along with Seral an alien who s al. Nment in the war He didn't realize sadistic doctors would turn him into the experiment by injecting him with blood from a captured Caeorleian Seral Iorflas Nor did Ryker realize he’d be sent to sabotage a planet full of the very beings his world is bat.