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Publisher's Summary

I will destroy all threats to the empire with unrelenting force. Even if that threat comes in the form of a weak, fragile lesser with night-black hair and beguiling eyes.

The blades. Elite forces of the empire, nightmare to all servant-world residents just trying to scrape by. Of course I have to flee when my medical ship comes under attack.

But my escape pod is captured by their ruthless leader.

His face is hidden in an assassin’s cowl. Metal sai weapons are fused to his wristbones. He can fly between spaceships like an owl and execute enemies through a hull.

Yet according to him, I’m the dangerous one.

His people’s lust metal has gotten in my blood. They’ll tear each other apart trying to get to me. And then? Because they can’t understand their feelings, they’ll tear me apart, too.

So he’s taking me to the Arsenal, a massive station teeming with his blades, where I’m one papercut away from unleashing hyperviolent zombie hordes.

Well, okay.

I’m lucky he’s the one who captured me. He senses the lust metal inside me, he understands the desires burning us both with unrelenting need, and he’s completely unaffected.

Or, well, mostly....

Contains unique alien shifters, fierce passion, and loyal warriors who find their fated mates in the stars. Each full-length book is a complete romance with an epic happily-ever-after. Claim your conqueror today!

©2021 Starla Night (P)2021 Starla Night

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EPIC!!!

I don't think there is any better word to describe this book than EPIC. An epic romance is backed by a epic story filled with taut drama, rich emotion, nerve stretching tension, keep you guessing intrigue and many stunning twists and revelations. I simply adored Esme and Zai.I thought they were just perfect for each other. I thought Zai was super swoon worthy. His devotion to his duty and his strong moral compass was sharply and yet, so very beautifully balanced with his affection, desire and genuine need to care for Esme. Esme herself, was a bit quirky and immensely clever. Her self doubts and emotional baggage made her easy to connect with and to relate to. Together they created a true super couple. There was a poignant sweetness to their relationship that was powerfully moving. This book delivers an enticing blend of sweet and spicy that has your heart a gooey mess while your temperature is rising. While Zai and Esme's romance is a standalone read, there is an overarching story that is unfolding over this series. Personally, I would recommend that you enjoy book one first. It will provide you with a clearer view of the bigger picture, introduce you to characters that reappear throughout and in my opinion, simply increase your own overall enjoyment and understanding of everything and everyone. This book sets up the next one quite nicely and I am seriously anxious to get my hands on it just as soon as I can. The narration here was excellent and the performances made it very easy to get swept up into this intriguing world and fiercely connect with the characters.

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Probably Gonna Read Every Book In This Series

A lot of alien romances often tend to be centered more of physical and not to much about world building. I don’t fault authors for doing that because that’s what the genre advertises.

So it’s always a pleasant surprise when they’re is an overarching plot! It adds to the overall enjoyment of the series and the way the author has written it you can expect more petty villains, annoying politicians and the good guys winning at the end!

Another thing that endeared me to the series is the diversity of the women. I know it sounds funny but sometimes when I read an alien romance series, I end up yelling “why is it only the American girls!” and in the same token “why always the white ones!” So just reading someone who has adjectives that I share honestly makes me excited.

Lastly, I think what I like most about this series is how the couples are established from the very beginning. They are acting like a team before they are willing to acknowledge there relationship. So no angst. Hahaha

I’m done monologing! I enjoyed it and definitely reading the next.

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Action Packed & Steamy!

Zai is the Grand Master of an alien elite warrior force from a strictly structured culture with advanced technology.  He has deep rooted values, honor, and integrity.  The Blades of Arris are meant to protect the beings that they have conquered.  Some elements of the government have a different agenda.  Esme is a human who was exposed to lusteal.  Lusteal triggers aggression or lust in Arrisans.  Esme struggles to be heard and valued by the Arrisans.  Her goal is to get them to understand that humans have multiple things to offer even if they do not have the same strength or technology.  I loved listening to Zai & Esme's relationship unfold.  They were so supportive of each other's efforts and brought out the best in each other.  They worked to protect the values of the Blades and stop a threat to Humana.  I enjoyed seeing the attitudes of the blades in the arsenal changing as the story progressed.  Zai is action packed and the romance is steamy!  We get a deeper peak into the society of the Arrisans.  I'm really looking forward to the next installment in the series!  We will get to know even more about the ruling structure of Arris.  Keep them coming Starla!!  I want more!!!

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I enjoyed this book, I liked Catarine’s character better from
Sithe but this was still a good book!

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Good series

I continue to enjoy this series. It’s a little different because the heroine’s Blood is dangerous for the hero and his compatriots. There is some erotica, but it is a good romance with a twist. It also includes a little intrigue and betrayal. It’s interesting that there are different narrators for all the different characters in both books. They all do a good job.

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I think this book is better. You can listen to this book without having heard the 1st one but it is better to do so. I liked it and I’m excited to listen to the next one

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Awesome

Another 5 star adventure from this amazing series. I can't wait for the next one. I have already pre-ordered the ebook I look forward to the audio book as well. Highly recommend. If you are a fan of this genre you will not be disappointed!

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Both books are AMAZING!!

Sexy and suspenseful! Characters are well developed. Part of a series with HEA is my absolute favorite! I'm getting ready to check out other books by this author. Narrators nailed it! soo hot and sexy! I listed at 1.5 speed. buy both books! Now! Starla...I need book 3 stat!!

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This series gets better and better

This is second book in the blade of Arris series and it expands from the previous suspenseful and dramatic book. The books flow flawlessly into one other . The author maturity and comfort is evident in this story compared to the first one. It is not just about the sci-fi romance, there is action and political intrigue that keeps you glued. Esme and Zai compliment each other and have great chemistry. There are moments Esme’s self esteem issues grated on my nerves but I think it is because she is so different from Katerina in the first book. Interestingly, the author has created race ambiguous characters and I love it. The tensions have still not been resolved in this book and I cannot wait for the next one .

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Quite Interesting

Second book continues storyline that is different than other storylines in the genre. The narrators bring characters to life as needed the depth of the and breadth of each character in the story. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series if or when it is released on Audible.