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A few years ago, there was an invasion.

Hordes of tall, grey aliens with tusks arrived in spaceships the size of cities. Before the news channels went dark, humans named the creatures orcs.

The human armies fought and failed. War crimes were committed on both sides. Eventually, when food supplies failed, society collapsed and the government was overthrown. Humans turned on each other. Nowhere was safe. The orcs rounded up the survivors and locked them away in refugee camps. In the fullness of time, some women had little grey babies.

In a field that had been repurposed as a prison, Kari watched a screaming, cursing woman give birth to Max. Afterwards, the woman shakily got to her feet and left him there to die - alone and unwanted. Even if he was only half human, and Kari was living as a conquered species in one of the many refugee camps on Earth, none of that was his fault. He was just a baby. She couldn’t bring herself to leave him there. So she adopted him.

Max wasn’t the only grey child in the place. Kari and the others raising grey children had formed their own family group, which was eventually noticed. Suddenly, they were assigned orc fathers and taken from the camp where they had been living. This asshole may be the official father, but, as far as Kari is concerned, if he thinks that means he's part of their family, he is mistaken. One way or another, Kari has to figure out how to make this work. Her son needs her to keep him safe.

When part of her extended family is brought to her new home, she has a couple of allies. Kari slowly starts to understand that maybe the orcs aren’t as monstrous as they seem. She will have to face her past and come to terms with her new reality before she can face her future.

©2020 Pixie Unger (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A well-done story

Very good narration. Enjoyable story. Left some questions open for future books(?) but I think the romance was sufficiently, realistically and beautifully resolved. I would love to learn more about this world.





SPOILER WARNING!

The story contains discussions of rape and abuse. No rape is actually happening in book time line, merely the effects and aftermath. In my opinion everything was written (and narrated) with thought and respect. I cried a lot..

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  • 28-02-21

Okay read, completely awkward intimacy

I liked the story, but the female main character was so indecisive all the way until the very end. It made any kind of intimacy so awkward and annoying. Either she's crying or whining over who knows what half the time, honestly I would have just left her by the end of the story. The kids were super cute though and the narrator did a good job for a single narration audio. Although I wouldn't want to re-read this one because of that redundant crying to whining thing the FMC likes to do. It just annoyed the crap out of me how often this went on with only a 7 hour read.

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  • 03-03-21

Impressive narrator performance unimpressive story

The hero deserved a better heroine. The hero was very accommodating and the heroine was sappy, scared and judgemental for almost the entire story. I won't be continuing this series 😤

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  • Nina
  • 02-04-21

Snooze fest

I very seldom leave a review. However, this book was so boring, repetitive, and the lead female character is so whiney it just made the story drag on and on and on. I’m so bummed I used one of my credits for this. Such a waste of time. Don’t waste your money on this.

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  • Susan
  • 19-04-21

more sci-Fi less formula

Ah- a more "realistic" version of post apocalyptic romance if those words can go together? The world building is well done and the sci fi felt solid. I read book 2 then book 1- and the two a very different plots - completely fine to read these two out of order. Definitely will be looking for the continuation of this series.

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  • 06-02-21

Superbe

Not just another Alien scifi story.
No, this is a jewel of a book. There is a lot of depths and layers in the story. Love the book. It's a book who grabs you by the throat. You cannot just listen without feeling something. Such a great, fantastic storyline.

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  • rebecca
  • 09-06-21

A learning how to love story ❤️❤️

Truly enjoyed the story, it’s shows the growth of trust,glove and patience.
I definitely want to read or hear the next audiobook ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Carol
  • 02-06-21

Great start but...

I realize that Kari was traumatize but I got so impatient with her ‘hemming and hawing’ that in the end I couldn’t wait until the story was over. Ms. Gavin was excellent.

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  • 02-05-21

Adorable

I almost didn't buy it because I saw a lot of the negative reviews and I am so glad I ignored them. If you are looking for a more "typical" post apocalyptic romance that is all dominating male and female who seems to get over all the traumatic BS in the first couple of chapters, this is NOT the book for you. This book is extremely sweet and Bear and Kari are a adorable couple that grow to love each other. If you are looking for a story of an amazing male that is trying to understand a completely different species while also realistically helping her get over a traumatic experience this is an amazing read.

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  • Hera
  • 30-04-21

If you are a teenager you will probably love this.

I’m pretty sure it must be only young women without any experience with men or children who would fantasize about sharing custody with a child not their own. Ha. All these science fiction author writing about this lately, I cannot begin to understand why except that they must be all writing for the under 16s who are secretly reading these books under their parents’ accounts and believe that babies and any random men will make life *perfect*. Usually, audiobooks show more of a marked difference as they are expensive and therefore women who have jobs are buying them, but every now and then I buy the wrong thing, like this audio, but I didn’t return it because overall it’s not terrible, just not for me. Oh well, so here we go, I listened to the story, I mean, it’s very far-fetched and immature by the whole premise of finding an abandoned baby of a species you hate, raising it and then falling in love with the random alien you randomly picked to share custody with your adopted son. If you have children of your own and have ever tried to do anything with adults, especially ones you share a child with, you can’t help but smile at the inaccuracies of this story. It takes HEA to all new levels of unbelievable even for science fiction romance which has really gone off the rails lately (thankfully the more ridiculous books never make it to audio). And there were the usual inconsistencies, why would an alien species have spaceships and invade earth but then not know how children learn languages? So it’s not only the premise of the book but also the details that really don’t match up at all. There are constant inconsistencies of the characters saying one thing and then doing another. Hating the aliens for their invasion, then adopting an alien baby which was the product of rape. The aliens feeding them and giving them what they need for the children, but then being surprised there was an alien boy among the humans (when there were a lot of them just mentioned before playing with one another), and the description of Riverside-the author seems to forget she was writing a science fiction novel and that none of this information fits or is important as that was before the invasion and these inconsistencies are throughout the book. Another thing that made me laugh was the reference to the wrap dress, all I could think was DVF, and think ‘You are so young if you don’t know that that is the best dress ever invented.’ Ms. Unger is a good storyteller and creative, but she needs an editor to streamline some of the dialogue, story, and write as much as you can about you know, etc. if she wants to attract an audience with life experience, ie, audiobook listeners. But I would highly recommend this book to my intern or any young woman crazy about science fiction HEA. The narration was good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-21

Excellent Book!

Great book with outstanding character development. The author really understands abuse survivor struggles. The narrator is excellent. Can't wait to listen to the next one.