“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch

Spoiler-free review. This book isn’t even released until August, so I won’t go into too much detail. Besides, it’s best to go into a Blake Crouch book knowing nothing. When you’re finished, you may still know nothing, but you’ll know more of nothing that you started out knowing.

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I’m joking. This book isn’t confusing. It’s pretty fascinating, actually, and very different than the Wayward Pines trilogy (which I admit, I did enjoy more than this). This is sci-fi thriller where Pines was more sci-fi dystopian with a strong dose of weirdness. This one doesn’t have that quirky Twin Peaks vibe. But that’s okay! Blake Crouch has become one of my favorite authors. If he writes it, I’ll read it!

You can read the synopsis for a general idea of the plot setup. But this is more than just a sci-fi action thriller. It’s also a love story. I won’t go into that since the book hasn’t been released yet, but I highly recommend checking this one out. It also sort of reminded me of the awesome (but highly underrated) TV show Fringe.

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I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley and publisher to read and review! THANK YOU!!!

My Favorite Smut Authors

Since I started writing silly smut, I started reading more of it! There are a couple authors that have become my favorites. The first is Ruby Dixon. She writes the Ice Planet Barbarian series. Ruby Dixon is the secret pen name of a NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author. Here is her Facebook page. I have no idea who she “really” is, but she writes AMAZING alien smutty romance! There are five books so far in the series, plus one shorter story, and a sixth is due out sometime this year.

The plot revolves around a group of young women who are stranded on a frigid winter planet they dub Not-Hoth after the space ship they were on (due to being abducted by evil space men) crashes. They are discovered by huge, blue aliens with horns called the sa-khui. They are warriors who happen to be gorgeous and well-hung and they are just dying to be mated and have little alien hybrid babies with these women!

In order to survive on the planet, you have to take a symbiont called a khui which lives in your heart and helps you withstand the temperature and poisonous atmosphere. The women call it a “cootie” and it can cure diseases and help you stay healthy too. I want a cootie!! I suppose the most important thing the cootie does is purr, or resonate, once a person meets his or her fated match. Awww.

The books all focus on a different couple and how they come to be mates. It’s over-the-top alien romance at its best! Lots of raunchy, sexy times, sometimes there’s instalove, sometimes it takes a little longer for the couple to come together. But these books are pretty short and things are never drawn out too much. I highly recommend! These blue aliens are HAWT.

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Ruby Dixon also has a fun bear shifter series called Bear Bites that is not quite as spectacular, but it’s still silly smutty goodness.

My second favorite smutty author right now is Alexa Riley. This is a team of two friends who write over-the-top smut (my favorite kind) with lots of instalove and juiciness included. I’ve only read the Breeding series (yes, there is such a thing as breeder smut), but I will definitely be reading more – and soon! My favorite was Coach, the first one.

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DAT COVER. Each book is about a man meeting a young woman (who is a virgin, of course) and instantly loving her to the point of obsession. He just wants to yep, breed her, and make her his forever! You can’t get any sillier and over-the-top than this and I love it! haha

Alexa Riley books are pretty short and get right to the point, which I greatly appreciate when reading smut. Plot is allowed to be flimsy, let’s get down to business!

For whatever reason, both of these authors’ writing style just clicks with me and I LURV their stuff. I don’t mind tropes or stereotypes in smut a fraction as much as I do in “real” books. haha

I admit it, my expectations are lower, but that’s okay, and these ladies are up-front about what they write about, no deep meanings or slow-build romances. I can appreciate that when it comes to this type of read. 🙂