Shea Balik has a new MM paranormal dystopian romance out in eBook and audio formats: “Mating the Enemy.”
Mating the Enemy
Siberian Tiger shifter, Aleksi Rykov, is amused to watch the enemy chasing one of their own, psy, Seth Tilton, until he realizes it’s his mate. Rescuing his mate isn’t difficult for the powerful Alpha but keeping his mate safe from the war raging between their races may be more difficult.
Seth is taking a chance running to the one man he knows can keep him safe, Aleksi. Seth knows the psy’s secrets and the psy will do anything to get him back but with Aleksi’s help Seth can help turn the tide of the war and uncover the horrible truth. The question is will Aleksi be willing to help the enemy?
Both sides are against their mating and doing their best to tear the two apart but Aleksi and Seth are determined to stay together against all odds. Can Aleksi and Seth manage to find happiness by mating the enemy?
Title: Mating the Enemy
Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven Book #1
Author Name: Shea Balik
Release Date: Tuesday, March 17 2020
Format: eBook, Audio
Word Count: 40K
Listening Length: 4hrs 9min
Cover Artist: Harris Channing
Genres: MM Paranormal Dystopian Futuristic Romance
LGBTQ+ Identities: Gay
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Fated Mates
Keywords/Categories: MM, Paranormal, Futuristic, Dystopian, Romance
MMy Thoughts and Review:
To say “Mating the Enemy,” started with a bang would be a gross understatement. The entire prologue took me on a journey back to 2012, the year the world was going to end according to some ancient calendar, and some of my ex-in-laws who are always following the latest end of the world cult…but, I digress.😂
In this particular story the world as we know it did end, but not by asteroids or some unseen virus, or even by tanning bed, comb-over haired government officials requiring us to “drink the kool-aid.” No, Nature found a new way of surviving; a way of making Herself sustainable once more while reining in her children by bestowing special gifts on them. This being Her attempt to bring humans closer to the world around them once more. At least she tried…
For dear old Mother Nature, her new offspring have terrible sibling rivalry syndrome and loathe one another. The Psys are those with telekinesis, the elementals have power over the earth’s elements, and then there are the animal shifters who can go back and forth from their human form to an animal form. As siblings go, or neighbors, or just people overall… We always want what others have and never seem to be content with what we have and have been blessed with.
Those beings who used to be at the top of the food chain now find they are near the bottom rung. Those mundane humans who lack any “special” abilities are now being used the way we use animals today, to experiment on. The Psys are not content with what they have. They despise the shifters and elementals and want them annihilated. Their goal then is to build an army with shifter DNA in mundanes (anyone else seeing an issue here?) to rid themselves of their enemies.
This is non-stop action so the story flies by. There isn’t much character development between the two main characters for there to be much chemistry and romance. It honestly had a “Me Tarzan you Jane, Me King of Jungle RAWR!” vibe. Hopefully, in the audiobooks to come, the guys will settle into a more evenly balanced relationship.
The action, secondary characters, that epic prologue, and the good Narration helped this story. Personally, I think Aleksi and Seth need couples therapy, perhaps some good guided meditation, and maybe lay off the caffeine.
The Story: 3.50🌟
The Narration: 4.00🌟
Sharonica Stars: 3.75✨
I received a complimentary audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.💐
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December 21, 2012, 4:00 a.m., Sydney, Australia.
“That’s it. You’re doing a great job.” Even with his body begging for just a few hours of sleep, the adrenaline was keeping Eli alert as he was only two hours shy of finishing a forty-eight-hour rotation on the maternity ward. His only chance at a nap had been interrupted when Abbey and her husband, Frank, came in. Eli would swear there was a conspiracy to keep him awake. How he was even functioning he wasn’t sure anymore.
“Okay, it’s time to push again,” he gently told Abbey, who was about to be a mom for the first time. Frank held her hand, or to be more precise she gripped his hand like a vise. It looked like the circulation had been cut off from the man’s hand for some time but Frank never once complained, just encouraged his wife and kept her as calm as possible.
This was the type of delivery Eli preferred, the parents not screaming at each other, just happy to bring their child into the world. Yeah, he knew it was painful, but still, he really hated it when the women got hysterical.
The head pushed through and he went to work cleaning out the baby’s airway. One more push and he held the infant as it took a stuttering breath before letting out a cry at being shoved out into the cold, unforgiving world.
The parents were smiling, beaming as Eli brought the child up to lie on his mother’s stomach. “It’s a boy—” was barely out his mouth before the infant changed into a dog. No, more like a dingo.
There was no way he was seeing this. Scrunching his eyes closed and shaking his head, Eli quickly reopened his eyes and, yep, it was a dingo he was holding instead of a baby. Suddenly the baby was back and screaming at the top of his little lungs.
Without missing a beat he laid the child on his mother’s stomach, cut the umbilical cord, and let one of the nurses quickly take the baby away to be cleaned. It just couldn’t have happened and he hoped if he ignored it so would everyone else.
“What…” Frank’s mouth kept moving but no sound came out as his eyes stayed on his son. Suddenly his gaze found the doctor’s and he demanded, “What happened?”
Damn. Somehow Eli didn’t think he’d be leaving when his shift was over.
Same day, 5:00 a.m., small village in India.
Murali ran as fast as his legs would carry him from his family’s home, a small hut set in the middle of the land they farmed. It took him just a few minutes to reach Nanda, the woman who would help his mother deliver his next brother or sister. “Come, come. She is ready,” he told Nanda when she came to the doorway.
When she nodded her understanding, Murali rushed back home to let his parents know Nanda was on her way. Once he told his parents, he quickly went out to start his chores along with his brothers and sisters.
He’d just turned eight and with each birthday his list of chores grew. Each morning he had to help feed the animals and shovel the manure. He loved the animals and enjoyed the time he spent feeding and watering them but today he rushed through his chores so he could get back and see the new baby. Was it even born yet?
The urgency to get back to the hut to find out had him finishing quickly. A loud scream from his mother as he neared told him the baby hadn’t been born yet. Without making any noise he quickly darted into the hut so he could watch.
Just as he got into position, his mom let out an exhausted shout and the next thing he knew Nanda was holding a baby. Wanting to get closer, he stepped over to the mat his mom was lying on, his gaze completely focused on his little sister.
Suddenly, his sister was completely surrounded by flames that licked over her body, consuming her. Nanda screamed and dropped her. Fortunately, she was only inches off the ground. Nanda started spewing horrible names at his sister and mom.
The blankets around his mother caught fire and before Murali knew what was happening the entire hut was engulfed in flames. Nanda ran, leaving his mom and sister to die.
Murali jumped into action by running to his mom but by then the blankets had done their damage and he knew there was no way he could save her. Turning to his sister, Murali could see the flames around her were no longer there. In fact, it looked like the flames were avoiding her.
Picking her up, he ran from the hut just before the roof collapsed.
Same day, 12:00 p.m., Nashville, TN
“You no good redneck. How dare ya do this to me? I swear ya ain’t touching me again, do ya hear me, Billy Joe?”
It had been like this for the last three or four hours, and as much as Betty enjoyed seeing the stupidity of first-time parents, she was over it.
Her shift ended an hour ago but her replacement was late, again. So here she stood, trying to encourage the woman to push as Betty waited for the doctor to get in. Seeing the head crown, she hoped the doctor got in quickly or she’d be delivering this baby.
Not that she was surprised. The doctors tended to waltz in at the last second to basically sit down, catch the baby, and walk back out, while she had to sit with the parents the whole time, listening to them bitching.
The door swished open and in strode the biggest jerk on the planet. “Good afternoon, folks.” Betty quickly hopped out of his way as the doctor sat. “Looks like it will be just another couple of pushes and your new son will be born.”
Just as predicated, two more pushes and the baby boy was in his hands. Holding the newborn up, the doctor announced, “I’d like you to meet your son.” A round of shocked gasps were heard as the baby suddenly changed into a bear cub.
The mother of the bouncing baby bear passed out. The father just stood there, his mouth agape and his eyes opening and shutting repeatedly as if hoping that would change things. The doctor screamed like a girl and dropped the bear onto its passed-out mother’s stomach.
Betty was just glad the doctor had come in before this happened.
Same day, 6:00 p.m., Oahu, Hawaii.
The storm was bad, trees were down, the electricity was out, and Tia knew there was no way she was going to get to the hospital before she delivered. She tried 9-1-1 and they told her it would be miracle if they could get out there, but they would try.
Her lover of ten years, Trent, was online trying to find information about delivering a baby from home. She knew she should be panicking about now, but she wasn’t. What was the point really? There was nothing she could do about it.
It had been that way through much of her pregnancy and she often wondered about it. She was normally a nervous person, prone to anxiety attacks. When she first learned she was pregnant, she had to be hospitalized. But sometime around the third month a sense of peace and calm fell over her like a veil, shielding her from all those chaotic feelings she normally had.
So now she lay in the guest bedroom, because she refused to ruin her own mattress, and waited patiently for her baby to be born. There was no doubt in her mind her son would come with or without a doctor.
It wasn’t until the need to push came that she finally called for Trent, who looked about ready to pass out as all the color bled from his body. She honestly didn’t think a guy who spent so much time in the sun surfing could be that white.
He’d only just made it into the room when she started pushing, her body not willing to wait any longer. Trent’s eyes filled with panic, but he still came over to help. Grabbing one of the towels he’d set next to the bed as he got into position to deliver their son.
A new life came into the world, one that looked like every other healthy child. A baby boy who had the gift of empathy, one who not only could feel the emotions of others but could change their feelings also. He would quickly learn to hide his abilities, which would save his kind from the torture of the scientific community.
Bestselling author of the Cedar Falls Series, Miracle Series, and Paranormal Wars Series, Shea Balik has always had a vivid imagination with stories running around in her head. Often her stories are taken from observations of other people with her own spin. Traveling is one of her favorite ways of fulfilling her passion of people watching. You never know, one day you may spark her imagination for her next book.
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