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Monday, April 5, 2010

Alpha Colony: Untamed Hunger by Aubrey Ross

Alpha Colony: Untamed Hunger by Aubrey Ross
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cherry Blossom

Major Sasha Young has been stationed at Alpha Colony for the past three years, part of an elite military team assigned to maintain order and resolve conflicts between the shapeshifters. She has watched the hostile morphs, secretly fascinated by their predatory grace and animal magnetism. The colonies were established to protect defenseless humans from these genetic anomalies. So why does she feel like the morphs are the ones being victimized?

Grayson Evans, a rare white-tiger shifter, is frustrated and appalled by how little their human keepers understand the average "morph." After an especially violent altercation between leopard and tiger shifters, he decides it's time to educate them. He's had his eye on Sasha ever since she arrived and introducing the feisty beauty to the full potential of a felidae-morph is going to be his pleasure -- and hers!

An armed contingent protecting a colony whose resources are limited and controlled... for its own good. An entire species whose characteristics are misrepresented. Fear used to divide and rule.

These are not the actions you would expect from a benevolent government, but Major Sasha Young is a soldier, and she's used to taking and obeying orders. Until what she's been taught collides with reality in the form of Grayson Evans, a morph, a feline shapeshifter capable of taking the form of a white tiger.

Suddenly, Sasha's world seems to be made up of lies, and Grayson's is spiraling out of control on a whirlwind of passion.

In Alpha Colony: Untamed Hunger, author Aubrey Ross has created a dark and compelling future world where animalistic lust is barely mitigated by sleek science. But to the satisfaction of the reader, romance, love, and sheer humanity continue to prevail against baser instincts and urges – and villainous greed or the craving for power.

Aubrey Ross manages to create in Untamed Hunger a smooth balance of true science-fiction and real romance with solid and consistent world-building, and fascinating character development. Still, the story feels a little rushed. It could have benefited from a slower buildup and some scenes of direct confrontation with an antagonist. Nevertheless, it is a satisfying read and a good beginning for the Alpha Colony series.

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