Series: The Ujal, 4
Genre and Pairing:Sci-fi and M/F
Reviewer Name: Luna
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He’s an Ujal who knows he’ll never have a mate. She’s a human who doesn’t want to take another chance on love. One small child doesn’t give them a choice.
With her toddler in tow, Vanessa Walker travels to Tampa, Florida to begin her new job at Ujal Station Tau. Then problems arise—her daughter is ill, and a sexy, demanding, overwhelming, purple-scaled Ujal is determined to do whatever he can to save Tabitha. When they realize Tabby isn’t ill, she’s Ujal, plenty of people don’t want Vanessa raising her newly tail-sporting alien daughter. Ujal royalty may support her, but only one person—one Ujal male—makes her feel safe: Erun fa Arex.
Erun fa Arex earned his position through blood, sweat, and scales with a trident as his constant companion. On Earth, he is the captain of the principessa’s elite guard, a worthy Ujal warrior matched by few. On Ujal, he grew up as a child slave forced to fight for sport and others’ pleasure. Fighting left physical and mental scars while the master’s growth-hormone injections left him unable to father younglings.
Erun never considered mating and having a family of his own until he meets Vanessa and Tabitha. Now he realizes everything he rejected—a mate and family—is exactly what he desires. And he will fight to keep them… to the death
Two battered souls. Struggling with a perception of being less than. Fighting for an undefined future. Can they look beyond the misunderstandings that plague their interactions? Will their inability to procreate lose them a future together? In Erun by Erin Tate we find out that and so much more. This is the fourth installment of The Ujal series but can be read as a stand alone. I adored Erun. He has survived a past that would have broken many but he fought on, both literally and figuratively. Ms. Tate gave us a male character that was admirable and still able to see the good in others, still fighting to protect those unable to protect themselves. Meeting Tabitha and Vanessa throws Erun into a tailspin. He isn’t sure why Vanessa calls to him but until he figures it out he will protect Tabitha from her, even if it isn’t necessary. I loved seeing Tabitha wrapped this big strong warrior around her little finger. And throw Vanessa into the mix and Erun doesn’t stand a chance! And Ms. Tate gave him an equally strong female in Vanessa. She has loved and lost and struggles to protect and love her young daughter. She has changed her entire world to give the best to her daughter and she will not let an overgrown male tell her she isn’t fit to raise her. The chemistry between Erun and Vanessa felt real and believable. Ms. Tate didn’t allow Erun’s strong personality to overtake Vanessa. She gave as good as she got and it was wonderful seeing Erun and Vanessa move beyond their differences and accepts the emotions growing between them. This story was well written and full of emotional highs and lows. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters and look forward to where Ms. Tate will take us next.
Five Shooting Stars