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My name is Wilhemina Jensen. I am one of the few people who survived when aliens first made contact.

“You cannot live on the food we have for you. That leaves me three choices: Let you continue to starve, slowly dying. Or put you out of your misery, and save the resources of feeding you for someone who has a chance to live.” The orc gave me a long, calculating look before he continued, “Or I can find you someone who is willing to spend his personal resources to care for a defective human.”

It wasn’t the invasion that made society fall, we did that all on our own. People panicked. The food supply chains broke down. We started fighting each other for the last loaf of bread or bag of flour. That was before I ever saw one of the orc-shaped aliens. One day at a time, concentrate on getting through today, worry about tomorrow if you got there. Be safe, be smart, be invisible. Take care of each other. And don’t forget to feed the cat.

I managed to hide for more than a year before they found me. I ended up living in a tent city set up in a school yard that felt like a human zoo for months when one of the orcs pulled me out of the food line. He and his friends fed me the first real meal I’d had in ages before sending me back to my tent. I wasn’t trying to attract attention, but the next thing I know, I’m getting special treatment. When I asked why, I didn’t like the vague answer I got about Romeo, Tybalt, Mac, and Iago deciding to keep me. I don’t know what they’re up to, and it’s hard to trust monsters at the end of the world.

©2021 Pixie Unger (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Not a romance

Once again, this book is not what I would classify as a romance. They do develop a reverse harem, but not the deep emotional connection that most romantics crave. They are all more like friends with benefits.

The woman tries to understand her four orcs and to overcome cultural differences, but I got sick of them all asking each other “is this Ok?” Everyone is terrified of miscommunications. The men are more like desperate, insecure children seeking constant reassurance, rather than confident adults. The reason why is explained, but it is still a very unattractive trait to me.

Having said all that, I really like that it does not concentrate solely on sex scenes. I did find it weird that there is no real hatred to the aliens who destroyed humans’ way of life - whether they intended to or not. Few people are that noble, to let the (recent) past just be. It seemed unrealistic for there to be so little resistance or resentment.

In short, the book is well written, the world building is good and the narrator is excellent. It is worth a read, just don’t expect an epic love story.

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  • Rhawna
  • 16-03-2021

good narration, bad fmc

Really thought I'd like this, but DNF'd in Chpt 11. FMC was illogical and rude, massively ungrateful.

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She's the only human with good food, showers, book access, her own room with a door, and 4 guards who have never touched her or asked her for anything. They see her looking at a home decor magazine, take the bedroom spread from it, and do their best to makeover the master bedroom to match her magazine, and give her a private, working bathroom. Her response is a halfhearted "gee, thanks", and wanting them to get out of her room. It wasn't her room until literally 10 seconds ago, when they tried to surprise her with this massive, thoughtful upgrade in circumstance.

They bend over backwards to understand her, to make her life better. In her head, she recognizes this explicitly. She has yet to try to understand anything about them, ask a single question about them. She just takes what they give, and asks for more. These are simple soldiers, not wealthy leaders. They are having to trade and pay for everything she gets from them. After telling them how important naming is, she thoughtlessly applies hurtful names to them. "Romeo"? To the guy you just met with shotgun scarring across his face? You're a jerk.

I want these 4 guys to pick a better human.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-2021

excellent

loved this book. great story and not all sex for which I was grateful. loved the characters too.

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  • Keonah
  • 17-03-2021

Solid story but not as fulfilling as I would like

The story end on a happy note but it was more of a decision on the FMC part to be content rather that a overwhelming love for her protectors. If you are looking for a HEA with major feels keep going. If you just would like to see another story in this universe then by all means grab this book. Excess credit worthy, not carefully rationed or treasured credit worthy.

The narrator was great. Soothing voice and did a bang up job on the male voices. Would definitely grad another book she reads.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2021

invade me

After so many books on vamps and wolves this fresh look on sexy orcs is eye opening. I was jealous I was not in the camp grabbing me a few orcs. The author was able to create great characters with unique personalities that kept me listening. this is definitely on the re-read list!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-2021

Loved the two books! Hoping for more in the series

Loved it! Can't wait for more. Different in characters but great in imagination and story !

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-04-2021

Outstanding!

I can't wait for the next book in the series. characters are very well written and engaging.

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  • Susan
  • 19-04-2021

its okay to start the series here

Not exactly sure when the term "post apocalyptic romance" was coined but you've found it. I like the grittier mix here and the take on aliens. I started with Book 2 and went back to read book 1- you can start with either if you want. I liked both. This series is definitely best for adults.

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  • TA
  • 16-04-2021

Better than the first book

This story was much better than the first book. Found it to be more interesting; each Ork had own personality; main character was more a jerk and self absorbed than the aliens. Narrator was ok, she changed voices for female and male characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-03-2021

Great refreshing book!

I am falling in love with these Alien guys! Both books are awesome and a must read!

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  • Lawanda G.
  • 19-03-2021

Yeah, no more of this series for me

I'm over this series and anything written by the author. The FMC was beyond dumb, just like the first book. I mean how many times do they have to tell her they like her before she gets it? It goes beyond culture shock when you start acting like a suspicious old woman. The whole time is like a mad dash of new stupid things for her to be weirdly worried about. At least the FMC in the first book had a sex trauma, her behavior in this book just makes no sense. The only reason why I gave this one a shot was because it seemed like it would be a little different than the first, but its more like a better story, but the FMC is just more ungrateful and now apparently just stupid. Each chapter I swear is just something new and ridiculous for her to complain about. I had to ask myself jes, whats wrong with her now? Then when she spent like 10 min talking about the oh so hard decision of scratching one of their backs! I could tell there was no room for redemption. Who wants to spend 9 hours with that????

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  • L
  • 22-04-2021

Okay

This book wasn't great. but it wasn't exactly bad either. The story had a good premise and the world the book is set in sounded interesting, but it was a little lacking in delivery. Mina was rather annoying as a character and I just felt sorry for the poor guys she ended up with. I get that she's a little wary given everything that's happened, but seriously she just needs to get over herself already. It all got rather tedious by about a third of the way in. I might try another book in the series as, like I said, the world the book is set in is interesting but I won't be holding my breath.

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