Jaz’s Warriors is my first introduction to Ms. Mayburn’s writing. I’m not much into Sci-Fi/Fantasy but you give me a good blurb and toss in some menage action, and I will read it! When I saw this book would include M/M, M/M/F, M/M/M/F sexual situations I WAS LIKE YAAAASSSSS! Deep otherworldly sexin’? YASSSSSSSS! If you’re a fan of alien men taking on human brides for bonding, this story will be right up your alley!
Let me start by saying I’m not fond of books that begin with a glossary of terms. If one is present, authors I beg of you, please put it at the end of the book. Allow the reader to become immersed in your world. If I find myself confused, I will look to the glossary when my reading journey has ended. This is simply a personal preference. I suppose I like the element of surprise and not having everything laid out for me.
The book begins with a prologue called “The Event” where a weird rainbow of colors illuminates the sky. Jasmin “Jaz” Brooks, who is a therapist, is in the middle of a counseling session with a couple when the weirdness begins. There’s mass hysteria and panic in the streets, and people decide to seek shelter in her building. The prologue IMO was rushed. I felt that some aspects could have been fleshed out a bit more. We don’t know much about what happened during “The Event.” The reader is told what it may have been in the first chapter, but it’s not detailed at all. What we do get in the prologue is a sneak peek of Jaz’s future while she’s dreaming. This… this is where problems first started to arise for me.
The description of one of her potential mates:
“The first man had creamy golden skin, with slanted eyes and long dark hair that gave him a slightly Asian look.”
What? Slanted eyes? REALLY? This is a fail. So much fail. Could there have been a better way to describe the physical characteristics of this character? Absolutely. Especially, when the second potential mate is described as such:
“The second also had long black hair, but his skin was pale and his eyes a lovely light blue.”
Sigh. I can’t agree with the wording choices here. Ms. Mayburn has a publisher. I find it surprising that the editor didn’t pick up on the coded language.
Anyway back to the story. Fast forward to present day and Jaz is on an alien ship with two of her husbands. Her job on earth as a therapist has assisted her in her new role as an Ambassador. Polyamory is big with Kadothian men. One of Jaz’s husbands is interested in her taking on another to join their family and Tandar is introduced. Much of the story centers around Tandar’s attempts to court Jaz and her dealing with her feelings about her new life and her new role. Of course, there is conflict, but it’s minimal.
I will say overall; I enjoyed the story; however, I didn’t find the harping on the “otherness” appealing.
“Rich brown skin and exotic features…”
I tried to look past it because to some degree it is Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Jasmin is a human female but good grief it was overkill. I was expecting more freakiness with the sex scenes, but they were okay. Some readers will enjoy the fact that Jaz is plus-size, and her husbands find her delectable. Kudos to Ms. Mayburn for the depiction of a curvy heroine.
Lastly, I didn’t conclude this story feeling satisfied. My Kindle stopped around the 70% mark. The remainder of the book is the first few chapters of the next story in the series. Personally, I’m not a fan of this marketing tactic. Give me 100% story and then sell the heck out of your other books.
Overall, I give this story three stars. It had potential, and some parts were great, but other aspects rubbed me the wrong way.