Title: Out of the Ashes
Author: L.A. Casey
Series: Maji, Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Release Date: 11th July
LA Casey brings her readers OUT OF THE ASHES — the first Sci Fi Romance book in a new series of sexy standalone novels. These other world alphas are looking for their perfect mates that can bring them to their knees… and human women fit their criteria perfectly.
For Nova, a twenty-three-year-old survivalist, wandering a barren wasteland was a lonely existence. But her day-to-day life was about to drastically change forever. Gone were the days when her only worries were rabid animals, augmented humans, the unforgiving scorching sun, and rogue watchmen. Now, Nova found herself faced with a new threat, and he was tall, grey, and horribly stubborn.
For Kol, a two-hundred-year-old daredevil, sailing the never-ending waves of deep space was a vast and thrilling life to lead. He had one objective on Earth—rescue as many human females as possible and return them to his home planet. It was supposed to be simple, but no one told Kol that a human female’s tongue could slice a male like a blade. His charge was short, strikingly attractive, and she talked way too much.
Nova wasn’t going to be kidnapped without putting up a fight, but Kol was more than ready to go toe to toe with her. These two species set out on a collision course that would redefine the phrase “The Big Bang” forever.
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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
It’s been quite some time since I last read a Sci Fi romance, and Out of Ashes was such a breath of fresh air. L.A. Casey’s first ever Sci Fri romance and she hit it out of the park. The world building and character development was done in such an effortless way. The Maji were intriguing and exciting, I relished discovering new information about their species.
The romance between Kol and Nova was carried out with great effect. The author never dropped a stitch or inserted a scene that didn’t ring true to the way the characters had been introduced and the way they reacted to every event was seamless. As every reader finds, I had my favourite characters. Kol’s little sister Surkah was one of mine. She had such an interesting outlook on life. Nova’s father also was a well-built character.
“No planet or race lays claim to the universe, it lays claim to us.”
Nova comes across as a tough woman, only 23, living on her own and trying her best to survive the baron wasteland that Earth has become, whilst avoiding the atrocities that humankind continuously do to one another. Whilst her relationship with Kol came across as insta-love, there was no doubt in my mind that even though they were together there would be tough times ahead before the end of their book arrived. Out of ashes was a book that I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on and I certainly was not left disappointed. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the second instalment of what I’m sure it’s going to be a spectacular series.
I swayed from side to side as my pain and shock became too much for me. I focused my blurring vision dead ahead and made out six dark figures walking toward me. Six huge figures. When they stopped a few metres from me, they stared at me, and me at them. They were fully clothed in a black armour of some kind, and it only made them look that much more intimidating.
The man in the front said something in a language that didn’t sound of this planet, and without thinking, I stammered, “Wh-what?”
The man grunted and turned to his right and spoke to the person behind him in that same strange language.
“No,” the man behind replied in strained English. “We’ve practiced for weeks; you have not. You need to learn how to speak the human languages to make this mission easier, just until we fit them with translators of their own. Do what I told you to do. Repeat what your translator says through your comm, and the female will understand you like you can understand me right now. I’m not responding to you anymore unless you use this particular human language.”
With a defeated sigh, the large man turned back in my direction.
“I sa-said,” he rumbled in a bizarre accent as he switched to an extremely choppy version of English, pausing every couple of words as if he was trying to form them as he spoke. “What ‘re … you ‘oing … out … ‘ere?”
After he had spoken, he removed the mask that covered his face. The now well-lit area shone brightly on his face and revealed all I needed to know about him to be terrified. He had vibrant grey skin, dazzling violet eyes, and menacing sharp teeth with gold caps on them. That was the moment I dropped to the ground like a sack of potatoes and began tumbling into darkness.
“Why do fe-females … ‘eep ‘oing … dat ‘round me?” the Maji asked with a tired sigh.
Without missing a beat, the other voice said, “I told you that you were ugly. How many human females must faint before you until you realise that?”
L.A. Casey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who juggles her time with her mini-me and writing. She was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys chatting with her readers, who love her humor and Irish accent as much as her books.
Casey’s first book Dominic, was independently published in 2014 and became an instant success on Amazon. She is both traditionally and independently published and is represented by Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.