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RioRio (Tales of Shareem, Book 2) by Alysson James

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Synopsis: Tales of the Shareem: Rio is a novel of 58,000 words, sixteen chapters.

Nella of Ariel is on the run, finding herself on Bor Narga, alone, penniless, friendless. She can trust no one—except the tall, amazing man who saves her from death by assassin bot and carries her off to his hideaway.

He’s a Shareem, he says. Rio. Level three, which means dark and dangerous pleasures.

Nella has no clue what Shareem are, but Rio is enticing, sexual, rude, crude, and makes her laugh. He also burns fire through her blood as he teaches her to trust him, the only way a level-three Shareem knows how to . . .

Rio had been on his way to get himself off stifling Bor Narga, where he lives as a near-slave. But he’s intrigued by his damsel in distress. And she needs his protection. Protecting her and teaching her is worth missing his transport, and maybe being stuck on this rock forever.

Not for readers under eighteen, or for the faint of heart. Adult situations and language, brief mfm, and other fun stuff, plus lots of humor and romance.

Review: I liked Rio better than I liked Rees.  Rio was a fun character and Nella I think was the perfect match for him.  Unlike with Rees, where there were some contradictions I didn’t like (Rees claiming possession of Talan in one minute, and in the next sharing her with his friend), Rio didn’t claim possession, and I found that I could accept the plot line easier.  I liked the conflict and how the plot developed and progressed.  Overall though, I am still not convinced I like the series. I enjoy the traditional romantic style more than I enjoy the erotica genre.  I will consider reading book 3 later, but I don’t think I will be as excited to finish this series as I am for other series written by Jennifer Ashley.

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