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“Beyond the Red”
by Ava Jae

What I thought...

“Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.”

(From Goodreads)

“Beyond the Red” Cover

Beyond the Red was a lightning quick read that held my heart, even when it stopped it at points.

First of all, Kora is such a strong woman it’s ridiculous. In the beginning you think she’s kind of weak. She doesn’t do anything for herself and lets her brother and guards take care of everything even though she’s the queen. But lo and behold, Kora actually sticks up for herself towards the end and gets shit done! I can admire that in a woman!

Eros is so swoonworthy I can’t even begin to start with how much swoon he gave me. He’s a strong alpha male who knows when to shut up and let things go when need be. So wonderfully refreshing. Plus, he doesn’t really rescue Kora in this novel. Kora does her own thing and Eros just wants out, obviously. But when it comes time to “rescue” her, he lets her rescue herself to a point. GOOD FOR HIM. 10 points to Eros for being so damn wonderful.

The story flows pretty well, has alternating chapters to a point, and stays on a consistent path throughout. While I could tell when things were coming and what was going to happen, there were quite a few surprises in this book (including a LGBT romance…which ya’ll know I cannot refuse. EVER.). I adored Kora’s “dog” (trust me…it’s better if you read that one yourself) and really need one in my life. So loyal and furry. So much yes. I love animals. Especially magical ones.

My only downfall with Beyond the Red was the ending. We got to 90% and I was like…how is this even going to wrap up? And the answer is with a cliff hanger. Bummer. I hate me some cliff hangers. BUT it does wrap up some points rather nicely and I was happy to see a reasonable ship come to water. It didn’t really sail, but it is in water if you get what I’m saying.

Ships, action, romance, and some strong girl power make Beyond the Red a wonderful sci fi/fantasy read that I could not put down if you paid me money to. Definitely going to be on the look out for the sequel!!

My Rating

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4 out of 5

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