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Laurel Chin led an ordinary, comfortable life.

While many might think waitressing wasn't a great job, Laurel Chin loved it. She enjoyed meeting the customers and working side by side with her family in their small Jamaican-Chinese fusion restaurant on the edge of Birmingham's Chinatown. Like everyone else, she'd been astounded at first when the aliens appeared, but as they offered friendship and trade, she soon lost most interest in the news about them. If there was anything to worry about, she trusted Prime Minister Simms and Parliament would let the public know. She settled back into her routine of work, Sunday lunch at her mother's, and hanging out with her sister.

Tellan was honoured to be named Ambassador. 

Tellan knew the Mylos were in need of fresh genetic trade. The humans of Earth were a bit less advanced socially and technologically than their past trade partners, so great care had to be taken when offering treaty terms. If all went smoothly, he'd soon see human institutions of higher learning teaching Mylos science and philosophy and Bride Registry Centres open across the globe. Then the Bride Fleet assigned to Earth would arrive and Tellan could return home for less fraught diplomatic duties.

All was not as it first seemed.

Neither Tellan nor Laurel knew that their governments had already made certain arrangements. Laurel definitely would have been wary of taking social media quizzes had she known what was about to happen. As for Tellan, he was matched and that was that, no matter how much he disapproved of the method used to do so. They had to try to make this work - the fate of both their worlds and a galactic civilisation sat upon their shoulders. It was duty, but if the match was accurate, it was also a fated love.

©2018 Loretta Johns (P)2019 Loretta Johns

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interesting premise

Really enjoyed this book. The narration of the different voices by the same narrator was a little cumbersome at times, but as the number of characters was minimal it did work. I loved the concept of governments misusing social media for extremely important intergalactic positioning. I can imagine it happening, and it causing some real issues, rather than the comedy in the book. The charecters were believeable, although I was also a little disappointed how the aliens were so humanesque - too much watching science fiction programmes on my part. I'll be keeping the book to listen again, as it was worth the light relief and smile factor.

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A fun Sci-fi Romance

A fun Sci-fi romance with a good storyline and excellent female lead character. Some very good dialogue and a narrator who does an excellent job with the various characters and accents. A prequel to the Mated the Stars series can be read as a standalone. I received a free copy from Storyorigin in exchange for an honest review

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overall story was pretty good

This was a short story. Well developed characters and great world building. Well written Spoiler Alert! Some spoilers in my extended review. 1.It had a lot of potential to be better and it would have felt more fulfilling if it had a climax. There is no climax. It's just a straightforward story of an alien and a human falling in love… then again… 2. I don't even know if they're ever told each other they loved each other. Maybe I missed it? is it love yet or they just content being together? I am not sure. 3. The way it started off, I would have thought the alien would have been more resistant, considering the fact of how it wasn't something that he planned to do for himself. It was kind of done for him he felt inconvenienced. That friction would have been great tension. but he went from shocked and annoyed to all of a sudden he just went along with it like he was grateful for it. it felt kind of off to me for him to do that when he felt like his whole world just got interrupted because he wasn't even looking. I mean he wasn't looking for himself. he was just looking to help get the program set up for other people. 4. The author has a lot of potential with that element in their story where the males have to mate or die. But it didn't really feel like there was this ticking time bomb. They took their own sweet time and there were zero signs of distress. I mean to know that if the couple didn't mate that the guy was going to die there should have been more of an understanding of that. I would have liked to see him a perfect gentleman and be respectful and patient but I would have liked to see and him kind of start withering away a little bit so that the female main character could understand the gravity of the situation. Thats would have been some nice tension. 5. There weren't enough intimacy between the couple to be believable for her switching from separate beds to okay lets do it. There werent enough intimacy between them to believe they were more than still friends. Maybe a few scenes of them watching the tv together? He seems more like her tour guide then her lover. 6. another thing is the female main character is a black woman. I love this! Love diversity in fiction. but nobody mentions any type of prejudice or racism that black people experience all over the world. I feel like if this is a alien race and they've been kind of learning observing our culture, they would have learned that humans are pretty prejudice against each other for stupid stuff like skin color. and I feel like this would have been a good opportunity to show realism considering the author showed everything else that is flawed with Humanity. Everything except racism. And you have a black female main character so this would have been personal for her. As a black reader it felt a little disingenuous. 7. overall I think the author did a really great job at world-building and her characters well developed. I mean she did really a great job of World building and the author has a strong writing skill set. 8. The narrator did a good job. 9. I would have liked for there to have been a climax. It had the potential with pointing out that there were not everybody who was on board. It makes it hard to believe that with all the radicals going on, that nobody tried to do any type of attacking of any of the stations or ships or anything like that. And maybe a little bit of danger would have made the book a lot better. 10. The book itself I would have gave three stars but because you have a black main character I'm going to give it 4 stars because we need more diversity in fiction and they was a huge huge plus. It made the book so much more enjoyable. 11.My only negative about the female main character is the book said her family came to the UK in the 1920s but she still has a Jamaican accent. In modern day the children would not have a Jamaican accent. They will have a Londoners accent because they grew up in London their whole life. So that was not well planned unless I missed something or this book took place in 1920s. but it can't be in that age considering that it mentioned popular modern day works like Star Wars and Star Trek.

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Book: Tellan Author: Loretta Johns Narrator(s): Ashley Taylor Did the Audiobook meet your expectations? Tellan was a great book. It was a sweet love story. Loretta has created great concept for how Aliens will be able to find their mates. How did the story make you feel? Makes me want to sign up for the Bride Program Did the narrator make it easy to follow the story? Did you find the narrator’s voice fitting for the main protagonists(s)? Ashley has done a great job with voicing the characters and easily switching between the two (one with an accent and one without). Do you recommend this audiobook and will you pick up more? Yes this is an excellent book and has left it open for more books in the series. I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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wow

a fantastic science fiction, with a bit of erotica, audiobook from the pen of Loretta John's and narrated by Ashley Taylor. I look forward to more in the series xxx

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Bit of a let down story with a sudden end

I didn't think much of this story. It started well and had a decent plot start but then just seemed to fizzle out. No real action to it and the ending was extremely short and sharp and felt like it should have gone on a bit longer. Narrator was reasonably good although i didn't like the attempted accent she gave the female lead as it just sounded like she wasn't speaking properly.

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Great story!!

I really enjoyed the world building involved in this story - it was unusual and detailed enough to make it intriguing. Laurel and Tellan are great characters and this is a really sweet romance!! I wasnt keen on the voice used for Laurel but the rest of the narration was good.

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Alien Blind Date!

I liked Laurel, shes happy with her life working at her family restaraunt, but when she finds herself mated to Tellan, a Mylos ambassador, she's empathetic with his plight. She finds herself forced into the role of 'poster girl' to facilitate future matches, but does her best to use the opportunaty to fairly represent both sides - human and mylos equally. This book was an upbeat romance with a happy ending, it left me feeling good and wanting to read more books by Loretta Johns!

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Had a lot of potential

The book started out great with a lot of potential but about 1/3 into the story it basically concluded. There was no real reason to continue listening. The plot stalled. I only kept listening in order to mark it as finished. The narration I found to be bad. I don't understand why someone born in the UK had a Jamaican accent with UK overtones. Her parents were Jamaican, not her. She was born in the UK, her UK accent would be dominant. I am Jamaican so the accent really grinded on my ears.

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A unique concept

This story concept is not something I’ve come across a lot. It was highly interesting and it has piqued my interest! The narrator did a great job with all the accents needed for this story!

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  • Vicki
  • 17-07-19

Enjoyable Listen

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice set up for more books. Tellan seemed like a really gentle man/alien and Laurel was a great bride for him. I love how the story progressed. Although the story was relatively short and fast paced, Ms. Johns packed a lot into it. There were also some very funny moments where Tellan misunderstood some human words. Nice scene when Laurel meets Tellan's family on his home world. I love that it did not have a cliffhanger, but was a complete story of the main couple but it still opened the door for other books in the series. For me, this is a series I would definitely listen to and I hope there are other Brides of the Mylos books out on Audible soon. Ashley Taylor did a good job with the narration and was able to flawlessly switch from male to female and accent to no accent. I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lady Deadpool
  • 20-05-19

No cliffhanger!

The story is very well written, and executed. Both the author and narrator are very talented! now, allow me to fangirl! HOLY EFFING CRAP! Is it wrong to want to sign up to be a bride candidate?! So very well done, a well thought out plot and storyline. I can't wait to read others and then read the entire series again!

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  • Tera
  • 13-05-19

Such a great story

I had a blast listening to this story. Even though there were plenty of political aspects in this book between the Mylos and the planet Earth there was plenty to keep things enjoyable. There were several times that I laughed so loud my husband heard me in another floor of the house. As for the narrator I really enjoyed how she handled all the different characters and accents.

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  • Believer50
  • 16-07-19

Good

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This story had it all. Love, angst, intrigue, cooperation, and hidden agendas. So many parts were lol moments that made the story move along well. The narrator was good and helped make the story. I enjoyed it.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 09-07-19

An Alien Species Comes to Earth For Brides and Save the Planet

As Aliens looking to human women for mares and to have children, this book has almost no angst. Tell an is a diplomat who is surprised he is the first to have a perfect match. Laurel is a young British woman of Jamaican descent who fills outa questionnaire for fun regarding the bride match...surprise she is the first. Logic, communication, ideas of how to treat people, attitudes, how we treat our planet are brought up. But treated in a good way. A couple of steamy scenes...but we focus more on the building relationship...likable characters. I have a feeling in upcoming books there’s a bit more angst. The narrator handles different accents and voice well and emotion and storytelling g well done I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Dawn Garner
  • 09-07-19

Loved it

I loved this story. It had a different storyline with the bride registry that was enjoyable. I'm enjoying this book and cannot wait to hear more of this series. I did receive this audiobook for free for my honest review.

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  • Audiophile
  • 12-06-19

Sweet and fast paced

I really liked this story. Laurel is an easy going carefree woman who answers a social media quiz and ends up matched to be the mate of an alien species. This story moved along very quickly. The only thing I wished for was more depth in both the characters and story. Overall it was very enjoyable and I also enjoyed the narration.

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  • Kimah74
  • 08-06-19

Really good

I really liked the storyline and characters!! It has potential for more. I look forward to reading more of the series.

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  • Sue C
  • 02-01-20

Book 1 of the "Mate the Stars" series

Did the story keep me engaged: yes Were there any parts I found annoying: no Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes Would I listen to it again: yes Good pace with entertaining characters - the story is short and I would have liked more character development but I enjoyed the humor around Tellan not understanding the human language, and that the alien race have not been written as 'insensitive brutes' but instead have morals and manners. Ashley Taylor did a good job with the narration, giving each character a distinct voice and bringing all the players to life. Note: at 01/2020 Amazon have the books in this series listed as follows: Tellan: Brides of the Mylos Gundar (Brides of the Mylos Book 2) Junrig (Brides of the Mylos Book 3) Kranow (Brides of the Mylos Book 4) • Books 2-4 have been "boxed" as Mate the Stars [Mate the Stars Books 2-4: SciFi Alien Romance]

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  • Ap2514
  • 15-12-19

An Interesting Romance

This is the first science fiction romance I've listened to so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but I was very impressed. The story was interesting and the narrator did a fabulous job. If this is a genre that you enjoy I would highly recommend this book.