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Reviews for books by Kayelle Allen

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  • Members of the Review Team receive all the perks of Reader Group membership plus an advance copy of each new book I release.
  • Each book comes in your preferred format (mobi, epub, pdf). You choose when you download.
  • In exchange for the book, I ask you to review it. Your review can be placed on Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, or any other site you choose. And no, it doesn't have to be a five star review. I prefer honest responses.
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Kayelle Allen Review Team
Be part of the Review Team to receive advanced copies of books by Kayelle Allen.

Choose your books for the review team

  • If you prefer to review Science Fiction, Space Opera, and Fantasy
    WITHOUT ROMANCE, click here. Members of this group receive no romance titles.
  • If you prefer to review Science Fiction, Space Opera, and Fantasy
    WITH ROMANCE, click here. Members of this group receive all books.
  • If you have no preference, please choose WITH ROMANCE. Choosing both will result in duplicate emails. The review team will receive new titles and choose whether to receive a beta version (pre-final edit) or the final version (pre-release). A favorable review is not required, just an honest one.

What members are asked to do:

  • Members of the Review Team receive all the perks of Reader Group membership plus an advance copy of each new book I release.
  • Each book comes in your preferred format (mobi, epub, pdf). You choose when you download.
  • In exchange for the book, I ask you to review it. Your review can be placed on Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, or any other site you choose. And no, it doesn't have to be a five star review. I prefer honest responses.
  • Once you've posted the review, send me a link.
  • Do not share the book with others. The Review Team is a private group. You may, however, send a friend an invitation to join.
  • If you decide not to review one book, that's fine. After two books are not reviewed, you will removed from the club.
  • When you choose your group, you'll be taken to a special page with an exclusive, downloadable map of Tarth City, where many of my books take place.

That's it! Those are the requirements for joining the Review Team. In exchange, you'll receive a copy of each new book as they are released. After you've reviewed at least one book, you may request a copy of any previous book for review.

Thank you for being part of the Review Team!

How nice after the months of writing to have a good review.
#SciFi novel A Stolen Heart gets a review or two #BookReview #MFRWorg #MFRWhooks

Reviews for A Stolen Heart

A former space pirate who’s gone straight rescues a vulnerable child adept at breaking into things. By protecting the boy, Luc unlocks secrets that threaten to topple the powerful king Luc once loved. For the child's safety, Luc must send the boy away, far from danger. Nowhere near him. Even if this little one has already stolen his heart...

Review snippets

Here's a short snippet from a review or two of A Stolen Heart.

"There’s more than one stolen heart in this remarkable book! ... I loved every bit of this story! Highly recommended." -- author Dee S Knight

"The core conflict in this book is the disconnect between who Luc is and the feelings he has for Senthys. Ms. Allen does a wonderful job depicting the child's remarkable abilities and winning ways, and exposing Luc's softer side as he falls in love with the boy." -- author Lisabet Sarai

"...the youth and playfulness of an immortal King contrasts against the experience and maturity of an age worn subject... The strength of characterization and plot thickens as the story brews... This galactic mystery is sure to hold true on the what the title claims; the readers are sure to end up with 'A Stolen Heart'!" -- FD (blog review)


A Stolen Heart, along with the entire Antonello Brothers series, is $ .99 through the summer.

Check out the special June 10, 2020 on Bargain Booksy#SciFi novel A Stolen Heart gets a review or two #BookReview #MFRWorg #MFRWhooks

A favorite review...

This review is biased as all get out, but it's one of my favorites! This is what my editor, Barb Caffrey had to say about the book after she tore it apart and then handed it back to me. She is gentle when she tells you to fix something, but you aren't getting by with anything, believe me. Here's what she had to say.

"Folks, I'm glad to talk about my friend and fellow author Kayelle Allen. I've edited at least six of her books (maybe more; I've lost count), and I'm always happy to work on them because they're well-detailed, well-organized, and a lot of fun. But A Stolen Heart, which is all of the above, is even more than that. It's about optimism, in the face of great loss. It's about the blessings of family, even when you don't think you deserve it. It's about personal growth, and self-sacrifice, and finding your own way in the world…most of all, it's about figuring out how to love yourself, warts and all, even when you've done something so horrible you have nightmares about it many years after the fact." -- editor Barb Caffrey

A review can empower

Yes, even when someone points out something they thought needed improvement, that's a good thing. One reviewer thought I shouldn't have mentioned two characters from a previous series. I can understand the reasoning, especially if a reader doesn't know them. I brought them into the book because these characters crossover into the series in later books, and because they are the single most powerful influences on these characters. Without them, there would be no story now.

The challenge is to consider how to use reviews to create a better story next time. In a review of a different book, one reviewer said the story lacked enough science fiction elements. Since about 70% of the story took place on an alien world where they had nothing to survive with but rudimentary gear in a backpack, there wasn't much sci-fi to include. But in future books, I recalled the advice and made sure I had plenty of that element.

Good and bad reviews are part of writing. Learning to grow a thick skin and be a professional is what separates the wannabe writers from the serious ones. If you've read this story and haven't yet left a review, I'd love it if you would. You can share it on Goodreads, Amazon, or your own social media. I'd love to hear what you think, good or bad. Send me a link!

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For Women Only

For Women Only

I was honored recently with a 5 star review of For Women Only by Merry, on Goodreads. Click the link for the full review or see the snippet below. For Women Only originally came out as erotic romance, but now falls into the sweet category. I was always more interested in the hero and heroine’s story than in the spicy aspects. It appears the editing did this book no harm. Here’s more about For Women Only.

When Fawni Ruh, a Kin ambassador, visits the capitol planet of the empire, she meets security expert Khyff Antonello, a human. A death in her family forces Fawni to return home, but she can’t bear to part with Khyff, and takes him along. Her family demands she cast out the human, or abdicate her future rule.

Fawni searches for an alternative, and stumbles upon Khyff’s secret. The cover-up, if exposed, will betray her world to its enemies, and bare her family to open shame. Her duty is clear. Yet how can she leave Khyff to suffer in the darkness that binds his heart?

His secret truth is her people’s darkest lie.

Reviews: For Women Only

Goodreads
Review 5 stars
Sep 2015
Kayelle Allen’s skillful exposition kept me invested in Khyff as a person and in his fate throughout the story. … I loved this book and have no hesitation in recommending it as a captivating and engaging science fiction romance. http://bit.ly/1JW1Et4

Reviews for for the previous editions:

Romance Junkies

Review For Women Only Romance Junkies Staff Pick

Romance Junkies Staff Pick

Review 4.5 Ribbons
Jun 2010
With interplanetary intrigue and political espionage thrown into the churning plot, as well as extra spicy servings of sizzling sensuous scenes, Kayelle Allen effortlessly heats up the passion and keeps the interest intensity on high. http://romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/For_Women_Only_KA.shtml

Sensual Reads
Review 4 stars
Jun 2010
The clash of the two cultures and beliefs was filled with poignancy and loss as well as heat and passion. Capturing your heart and your imagination, For Women Only and Kayelle Allen will touch you and leave you looking for more tales set in this captivating world. http://sensualreads.com/?p=4837

You Gotta Read Reviews
Review: You Need to Read
Sep 2010
Khyff, a former sex slave, is once again forced to use his body to save his brother. The book follows his emotional journey in learning to be loved for who he is and not what he can do and confronting his past. Mehfawni is confronting culture shock, coming from a matriarchy where men are kept in harems, into one where men fully expect to be treated as equals. And she soon wonders if her people are any better then those who subjugated Khyff.
http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-for-women-only-by-kayelle-allen.html

Where to buy For Women Only:

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Goodreads http://bit.ly/bro-women-good
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Older reviews with links were still active as of June 11, 2015. Those sites may show original covers from previous versions. I elected to include reviews of the original versions. Some of these sites are no longer functioning, but the reviews were too wonderful not to share. I hope you enjoy them, and get a feeling for the way readers react to the various stories.

Reviews for A Romance for Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
CreateSpace http://is.gd/gazeza

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

Liza Reviews a Book

Dec 2014
Review 4 Stars
I give this 4 stars for being so nice through and through. We need a ‘feel good’ story during the holidays.
http://www.lizaoconnor.com/2014/12/kayelle-allen-gives-you-romance-for.html

Amazon Reviews

Dec 2014
Review 5 Stars
C. Jones
I thoroughly enjoyed A Romance for Christmas! What a wonderful dose of warm-fuzzies!

Review 5 Stars
N. N. Light
If you believe in love, especially when it comes at Christmas, you have to read this sweet short story romance!

Review 5 Stars
Barb
Just what a Christmas story should be; a romance started from the gift of sharing and giving to someone in need of a magical touch.

Review 5 Stars
BD
I love to read Christmas stories and this was a nice short read.
http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE

Reviews for The Last Vhalgenn

Duty to king and country has shaped Raik’s life since birth, but to protect them, she must perform a ritual that betrays all she holds sacred.
The Vhalgenn is a warrior, bedmate, soulmate, companion, and friend. Trusted by the king. Hated by the queen. To save the newborn prince, the Vhalgenn will risk her position, her honor, and death itself to honor the Old Ways. But when she takes the newborn prince to the queen’s homeland for a ritual blessing, she discovers a betrayal so deep the kingdom — and her heart — might never recover.
This fantasy features a strong heroine, and was originally part of the 2008 EPIC eBook Award Finalist anthology A Time To… Volume 1 – The Best of The Lorelei Signal, from Wolfsinger Publications, which is now out of print. The strong female character possesses nobility, honor, and courage, and is a role model for women. The book is dedicated to all women warriors, whatever their battle, and is written by a female US Navy Veteran.
The Last Vhalgenn on Amazon

Coffee Time Romance

Coffee Time Romance

The Last Vhalgenn

The Last Vhalgenn

Coffee Time Romance
Review 4 Cups
Aug 2008
This is a strange yet entertaining book. It has treachery, loyalty, jealousy and love all in this short story. This would be a great read for when you have little time to spare but would like some great reading entertainment. Kayelle Allen has written another enjoyable tale to read.
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Thelastvhalgenn.html

Long and Short Reviews

Long and Short Reviews

Long and Short Reviews

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Apr 2010
The Last Vhalgenn is an exciting and engrossing story of love, betrayal, and doing what must be done, despite the consequences. It captures the ideals of duty, honor and love and embraces them, turning them into a beautifully knit sequence of events that you are unable to stop following.
http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/last-vhalgenn-by-kayelle-allen.html

Reviews for Trailing Kaiwulf

Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military goons at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done. Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than they’ve earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. After this, they might not need jobs. They’re the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn’t been invented that these two can’t recover. Until now. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? The archaeologist in charge can’t afford this fee, and neither can the military. So the real question is who — or what — is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?
Trailing Kaiwulf on Amazon

Trailing Kaiwulf

Trailing Kaiwulf

Amazon

Jul 2014
Review 5 Stars
Lit Lover
Kayelle has created an entire world that is so multi-faceted, it leaves the door wide open for future books.
http://amzn.to/1CKsWPZ

Reviews for Wulf (Tales of the Chosen)

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on the one man he swore he would never trust again. The most powerful and feared man in the empire – the Harbinger. Lust. Power. Forgiveness. A Chosen loves forever.
Wulf Gabriel longs for freedom. A superstar in the Tarthian Empire, he is bound by an unscrupulous agent to a restrictive contract. With his career threatened and his life at risk, Wulf must trust the one man he swore would never again control him — Luc Saint-Cyr, the Harbinger.
For the Harbinger, saving Wulf is a matter of asserting his will. The enigmatic Luc’s legendary power makes him the most feared person in the empire. But to win Wulf’s heart, Luc will have to risk baring his own.
Wulf on Amazon

Amazon Reviews

Oct 2014
Review 5 Stars
Barb
…if you haven’t given Ms. Allen’s Science Fiction Romance World a try – I highly recommend you do.

Mar 2015
Review 4 Stars
Robin Leigh Morgan
I like the way Ms. Allen has melded all of the various genres this book contains into a single novel. There are surprises which are continually popping up especially when you consider the relationship between Wulf and Luc, a pair of guys who previously have been adversaries. I found this book to be a page turner because of this.
http://amzn.to/1wNSwRZ

Love Romances and More

Love Romances and More Reviews

Love Romances and More Reviews

Oct 2006
Review 4 Stars
Wulf is set in Ms. Allen’s wonderful Tarthian Empire. Full of wonderful characters, places and a world building that leaves you breathless. I am in total awe of Ms. Allen’s writing style as she creates a world that had me on the edge of my seat as Luc and Wulf fell in love and found them learning to trust one another. I loved the dynamics between Wulf and Luc as well as other characters that play a major part in Wulf.
http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/2009/11/wulf-tales-of-chosen-series-by-kayelle.html

Fallen Angel Reviews

Fallen Angel Reviews

Fallen Angel Reviews

May 2008
Review 5 Angels
NeNe
Wulf is part of the Tales of the Chosen series. Kayelle Allen writes a story about love, sacrifice, and forgiveness in Wulf. Luc is tall, dark and dangerous. … Wulf is a definite page turner, sure to please fans and newcomers alike.
http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2008/May/NeNe-Wulf.htm

Romance Junkies

Romance Junkies

Romance Junkies

Oct 2006
Review 4.5 Blue Ribbons
JT
In Wulf, Kayelle Allen has created a brand new universe of exotic aliens, modern technologies, and age old familiarities. A unique blend of the old and new that slips the reader unobtrusively into a passionate future of infinite possibilities where even what seems to be an impossible relationship can turn into a romance that lives forever.
http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/Wulf_Tales_of_the_Chosen_6943.shtml

Sensual Reads Reviews

Sensual Reads

Sensual Reads

Oct 2006
Review 5 Roses
Zoe Knighton
Wulf is one of the finest Sci-fi books I ever read. Kayelle Allen creates a interesting world that seems real and tangible. The romance is filled with sexual tension that the reader can feel. Right from the beginning you are drawn in to this impeccable story.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Rites of Romance Reviews

Oct 2006
Review 4 Stars
J Willis
The first thing that struck me about this book is the vivid descriptions that Ms. Allen uses. You will feel as if you are right next to the characters experiences their wants, needs, pains and desires. The interaction between Saint-Cyr and Wulf are natural and fluid. The male on male action is sexy and sensuous, with the tension between them building like a slow burn to ignite toward the end. Ms. Allen has a wonderful flair and unique voice. If you like m/m, then you will love Wulf.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Cupids Library Reviews

Oct 2006
Review 4 Cupids Plot / 5 Cupids Pleasure
Susanne
While her previous two books were male/female interactions, this one is a male/male love story. It is nice if you know her former books as you meet some of the characters again. For example, you meet a young Senthys going through his teenager years, which is really cool and fun.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Reviews for Alitus (Tales of the Chosen)

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Life gets complicated when the empress orders Alitus to find out if a friend’s lover is having an affair. Especially since the affair is with Alitus. Passion. Submission. Loyalty. A Chosen bares his heart forever.
Alitus lives in a world full of political intrigue, and he is supremely alone. As a Better, an enhanced human, he can touch no one — his pheromones are addictive. He keeps his affair with Wulf secret, because Wulf belongs to another, a powerful man allied with the empress. When the man asks the empress to investigate whether Wulf is having an affair, Wulf’s relationship with Alitus could be exposed. Complicating matters, the empress reveals her immortality, and requires Alitus to prove his loyalty. Her test will throw him straight into Wulf’s arms, right in front of the empress and Wulf’s lover. Hiding what they are to each other has taken discipline and denial. Now, it will take a miracle.
Alitus on Amazon

Coffee Time Romance

Mar 2007
Review 4 Cups
If you like subtle erotica and science fiction you may want to go check this out. I hope you enjoy the gentle and caring love scenes between Wulf and Alitus as I did.

Coffee Time Romance

Coffee Time Romance

http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Alitustalesofthechosen.html

Fallen Angel Reviews
July 2008
Review 4 Angels

Fallen Angel Reviews

Fallen Angel Reviews

I liked this story. It had all the elements that I like in a good science fiction novel, intrigue, strong characters, interesting sex, and a good plot. … Kayelle Allen has built a complex world in her Tales of the Chosen series and Alitus was a good addition to this series.
http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2008/July/Hayley-Alitus.htm

Amazon Review
Review 5 stars (Barb)
Jan 2015
The story is touching, sexy and exciting.
http://amzn.to/1Ehsshy

Love Romances and More

Love Romances and More Reviews

Love Romances and More Reviews

Review 3.5 Stars
Nov 2009
Alitus is a pure literary gem and frankly, I am eager for more in this world Ms. Allen has created. With a broad sweep of her pen, this is an author who delights in giving her readers characters we can love and emotional storylines that hit you in the heart.
http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/2009/11/alitus-tales-of-chosen-trilogy-book-2.html

Romance Junkies

Alitus Romance Junkies Reviews

Alitus Romance Junkies Reviews

Review 4 Blue Ribbons
Mar 2007
As these two larger than life characters discover new wonders and experiences that may just rock the entire universe, Kayelle Allen once again crafts a romance that lives forever in the mind of her readers.
http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/Alitus_7476.shtml

Rites of Romance Reviews

Rites of Romance Reviews Recommended Read

Rites of Romance Reviews Recommended Read

Recommended Read
Mar 2007
I enjoyed reading Alitus! Kayelle Allen has created a complex and vibrant world with characters who are as complex as their surroundings.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Two Lips Reviews
Review 4 Kisses
Mar 2007
Alitus is a tremendously sensual fantasy, complicated and complex. The world-building talent demonstrated by author Kayelle Allen is intense, and fascinating.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Reviews for Jawk (Tales of the Chosen)

Jawk, Tales of the Chosen

Jawk, Tales of the Chosen

When immortal Luc Saint-Cyr arranges a ménage with Wulf and Jawk, he gets far more than he bargained for. Pleasure. Trust. Possession. A Chosen’s betrayal is forever.
Jawk works at Batchelors, an exclusive gay club in the heart of Tarth City, where he meets the immortal Luc. Luc offers Jawk a deal too good to pass up, one night showing him and his lover a good time in exchange for far more than his usual pay. But the sensual Jawk is not what he seems, and one night with him will change the immortal’s alliances forever.
Jawk on Amazon

Romance Junkies

Fallen Angel Reviews

Fallen Angel Reviews

Jan 2008
Review 4.5 Stars
JT
Jawk Brighton is the epitome in temptation. With the fluid grace and intriguing feline physical attributes of a full-blooded Kin, the confident and cocky youth is more enticement than anyone can resist; especially to Luc.
http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/Jawk_-Tales_of_the_Chosen.shtml

Coffee Time Romance

Coffee Time Romance

Coffee Time Romance

Jan 2008
Review 3 Cups
Regina
Jawk, Tales of the Chosen is good science fiction, and has some compelling world building. … This is a fun, sexy, romp, as well as a compelling read for those who enjoy m/m romance.
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Jawktalesofthechosen.html

Love Romances and More

Love Romances and More Reviews

Love Romances and More Reviews

Jan 2008
Review 4.5 Hearts
Dawn
With a light touch and a sweep of her pen, Ms. Allen captivates you with a story full of hope, romance and seduction all tangled within a mass of secrets that will leave you flipping the pages to see what happens next.
http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/2009/12/jawk-tales-of-chosen-series-book-3-by.html

Amazon Review
Review 5 stars
Oct 2014
Barb
FUN, EXCITING, SEXY and SUSPENSEFUL – like I said, this book has it all.

http://amzn.to/1b5XvWn

Rainbow Book Reviews

Jan 2011
Review 4 Stars
Ms. Allen has continued her series with this incredibly enthralling story with so many twists and turns through a futuristic setting that holds the reader in suspense to the end. I found the game that the Sempervians were playing both fascinating and horrifying at the same time.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Two Lips Reviews

Two Lips

Two Lips

Jan 2008
Review 4 Kisses
Jawk: Tales of the Chosen is an incredibly complex book that will capture your attention and keep you turning the pages. Kayelle Allen has done a magnificent job of bringing to life characters who are incredibly flawed yet undeniably attractive in their imperfections.
The original site and/or review no longer exists

Joyfully Reviewed

Jan 2008
Lisa
The overall story can be understood on it’s own but understanding what has happened in the previous books makes this one more enjoyable. There are twists and turns and surprises galore making Jawk something special indeed.
The original site and/or review no longer exists
 


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