The Arcav King's Mate: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance (Arcav Alien Invasion, Book One) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Give up my life as a cop to rule over aliens? No way.
My life changed forever when my name was announced as mate to the Arcav King. Within just a few seconds, I was no longer a cop. Now, I'm expected to hand myself in and travel back to Arcavia with an alien I've never met.
I don't think so.
Instead, I'm working with the resistance, fleeing with the help of other humans and fighting for my autonomy.
If there's one thing I know, it's this: I'll never give up my freedom for a seven-foot, horned alien. Even if his heated looks make my toes curl...and his low voice gives me goosebumps.
The Arcav King says his sanity is on the line. And he can't understand how I can overlook the pleasure that awaits in my arms. Too bad, buddy. That doesn't justify stealing my freedom forever.
Unfortunately, another species of aliens have become interested in Earth and its human inhabitants. Now, the Arcav may be the only ones who can keep my planet in one piece.
Can I stay on the run forever? Or will Varian convince me to take my place...at his side?
The Arcav King's Mate is a full-length novel with zero instalove and no cliffhanger. Harlow is independent, feisty, and fighting for ownership of her life.
Author's note: This was previously published as two books: The Arcav King's Mate and the Arcav King's Obsession. Both books have now been combined into this edition.
If you like hot aliens, kick-ass heroines, and steamy romance, you'll love The Arcav King's Mate, the first book in Hope Hart's sci-fi romance series.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 27 minutes|
|Narrator||DaeTime Productions - Dana Dae|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 28, 2021|
|Publisher||Bingeable Books LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #91,887 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#4,413 in Science Fiction Romance (Books)
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The stories for the featured couple end on a HFN and don’t end on a cliffhanger for them, but Hope does include the first chapter from the next story to advance the series.
** This is an alien PNR series that features elements of war, female abduction, consensual / non-consensual mating, and enslavement. It contains scenes and /or themes that may be difficult for sensitive readers. A high-level listing of topics is listed below for anyone interested. **
— If you have not read this story, or any of the series, the following may contain spoilers! —
This story features the Arcav King and Harlow, a human cop in Chicago. She has no interest in becoming Queen and he doesn’t understand why. I love the premise and the series. I know I have read these previously, but there have been some edits made and my reviews are no longer there. Plus this story was published before in two parts and it has now been combined, making for a better read imo. Now I get to go back and enjoy them all again …
The Arcav have ‘fated mates’, that one person that is their other half. Males that fail to find their mate slowly grow angry and eventually lose their sanity. Their race was betrayed by the King’s brother after he lost his mate in an accident. He poisoned the water and this resulted in no future females being born, but he did leave them an alternative … females from Earth.
Earth wasn’t aware of other alien races, so when the Arcav came, they had no defense. Earth ‘negotiated’ with them in exchange for certain things and protection from other alien races, such as the Arcav’s arch nemeses the Grivath (galaxy slave traders). In exchange, all females over 18 are tested to see if they are a mate. Once a month an announcement is made of all the females that have been matched. Once identified they have 5 hours to report to the Arcav center and be ‘united’ with their Arcav mate.
There are some grammatical errors in the story, but nothing difficult to interpret. Mainly typos, incorrect word choice / tense, extra inserted and missing words. I uploaded my other notes to Goodreads for anyone interested. I mention these for readers such as myself that visualize the story as it is read, because errors interrupt the flow.
⛔️ Contains references to, or scenes detailing, subject matter that may be a trigger or offensive to some, including, but not limited to: adult language; derogatory terms; mental health challenges; steamy adult intimate scene between the H/h with elements of dominance, submission, restraints, etc.; violence such as kidnapping / abduction, murder, death, torture, war between alien races (Arcav and Grivath), assault, fighting, blackmail, betrayal, coercion, threats, consensual / non-consensual mating, enslavement of females and /or children by the Grivath, etc.
The author does manage to support a somewhat in-depth conversational theme between the main hero and heroine about grief, misogyny, and self-agency.
The Hero does make progress away from being a kidnapping, rapist, emotionally abusive, gaslighting pervert.
I do not consider the couple to have successfully achieved an HEA for many reasons.
When Oprah was a child she was molested by a family member and said that he confused her because he made her feel really good. The human body responds to intimate stimulation because nerves respond predictably, which is why an abuser can take advantage of a victim in that way and it’s still a crime because it’s sexual abuse or rape. Sexual arousal does not bypass consent. However, the Hero of this book gaslights the heroine into believing that her sexual arousal means that she has consented to have sex with him despite her explicitly stated refusal. Then he forces himself on her because her body said yes even if her mind did not. This is gaslighting and rape. It get worse, because the hero’s brother encoded a genetic roofie in human DNA that spontaneously overwhelms people with sexual arousal when they are near a biologically compatible alien. The hero uses this quirk to rape her repeatedly into exhaustion and submission when she makes decisions that are inconvenient for him. This means that the hero is a rapist and an emotionally abusive bully throughout the entire book, despite minor changes.
The heroine’s Brother is addicted to drugs. Opioids mimic relational rewards in the pleasure center of the brain, which is why developing a new relationship feels incredible. Once the relationship matures, then The process changes and instead of feeling pleasure when you’re around the person you feel pain when you’re not around them. This is why it is so hard for drug addict to stop taking drugs, because it’s painful. This is also why grieving the loss of relationships takes such a long time and the pain of a significant loss levels out only after about 5 years and never truly goes away. The book is correct that the grieving process cycles. Having the hero insert himself into the heroines grieving process repeatedly to make her abbreviate it while taking away the last bit of her bodily autonomy forcing her to eat, wash, or dress on his schedule is unhelpful and abusive.
Setting her up with a therapist who is not professional enough to acknowledge that Harlow has no real option to say no due to the genetic roofie and that means the hero’s constant demands to rape her and demand her physical or emotional submission after coerced arousal sex is cruel. It isn’t romantic, it’s creepy.
The hero never says I love you throughout the book but he tries to buy her affection with gifts and tries to coerce her affection through intimidation about pretending he’s acting in a loving way when he purchased as a gift for her that she has said she does not want. He is just showing her yet another way he’s financially and psychologically in charge and she has no choices because he can invade her emotions and decide what priority she should place on her own interest level in a product. The author pretends that him having thoughts about being physically affectionate and chemically bonding to the heroine is a substitute for acting in a loving manner or verbally acknowledging that he’s in love. It’s not a romance.
The hero must keep his sanity and ability to control himself so he kidnaps her and rapes her in order to keep his self-control. Then he denies her the right to have her own self-control, agency, or bodily autonomy.
He never admits that he’s a raging hypocrite.
About three seconds before the hero violently engages in elements of BDSM, the heroine tosses off a blithe thought about wanting to explore BDSM with former partners that she trusted. The current couple have no conversation about it. The hero is not trained and massively overpowers her. He has no idea to be careful with her joints or watch her breathing. He does not discuss her boundaries with her before this incident or ever. That’s not spicy, that’s dangerous. He’s entirely likely to kill her or seriously damage her by accident.
The heroine eventually accepts the gaslighting & victim blames herself because the hero after he forced her through hundreds of intimate encounters that form chemical bonds meaning that she “feels” close to him despite the ongoing abuse & emotional manipulation. It’s more important to her to “feel” like she’s happy about the relationship & her future than to face the truth & build the relationship on a solid foundation. She needs to acknowledge reality & make him admit that gaslighting, raping, kidnapping, and emotional abuse is not OK. The failure to have that conversation successfully is what lost this book the majority of it’s stars.
Top reviews from other countries
Strong characters. Sexy "adult" sections and swearing.
Harlow is interesting and gives this series a strong, spicy start that will leave you wanting more.