A Bride for Eight Brothers by Abby Blake (The Complete Series)

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Grade: C+
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: Moderate Kink
Genre: Futuristic, Sci-Fi
Series: The complete series, parts 1-6
Published: 2011
Reviewed by Kate

In a future world, the Davidson brothers go from planet to planet conducting environmental research.  One of the brothers rescues Mikayla Noone after she was abandoned to a life of prostitution by her fiancee.

This is a serial that I read for the first time quite a while ago, back when I was a new reader in the world of menage.  I picked up the first one because, seriously?!  Eight brothers!  How could I not at least give the first one a read through?  And like any good serial, reading the first one meant I had to read the next, and so on, and so on.  I find myself re-reading this serial every once in a while and decided it was finally time to write a review about it.  Because each one is fairly short, I decided to give an extremely brief description of each one instead of a full blown review.

The first one, Mikayla’s Men:
The one where you continually count brothers wondering why it’s called “A Bride for Eight Brothers” when there are only 7.

The second one Sweet Captivation:
The one where the eighth brother finally makes an appearance.

The third one Wild Fascination:
The one where the animals on the new planet cause the men to get horny.

The fourth one Keen Inclination:
The one where the reader is really bored.

The fifth one Hot Inspiration:
The one where they rescue an abused woman.

The sixth one Mikayla’s Family:
The one where an old enemy appears, but you’re assured of a Happily Ever After.

If you’ve read this series I would love to hear what you thought.  If not, tell me what’s the largest menage you’ve read about.

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Static by L.A. Witt

Static
Grade: A-
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Sci-Fi, Gender Bending
Published: 1/20/14 (first pubbed 6/17/11)
Reviewed by Anne
208 pages

Imagine a world where some people can shift into the opposite gender. And just like the werewolf shifter romances I’ve read, these shifters consider each of their forms/genders a part of them. It’s a setup I couldn’t refuse! Then you add in a society only starting to accept shifters, and you’ve really got an interesting world.

Damon has been dating his girlfriend Alex for two years. Her relationship with her parents is very strained. When he doesn’t hear from her after a visit home, he goes looking for her and discovers that she’s a shifter, and due to some surgery her parents forced on her, she’s now stuck in her male form.

I didn’t want to put this book down! It made me think about gender and sexuality and it was a sweet romance to boot! The world building was easy to understand, and the shifting was no harder to accept than any kind of animal shifter. The re-developing romance was realistic and easy to read. The process by which Damon fell in love with Alex again was slow, not immediate, and that read very true to me. It also involved Alex accepting that someone could love him in whichever form he was in. That made for a slow paced romance, but it was realistic. There were times they were on the verge of having a conversation that got put off. When they finally got around to it I could see that it was a good thing they had waited – they’d each grown over the course of the story to the point that they could discuss it without hurting each other as much. That’s some good writing!

I highly recommend this book – it’s going on my best of the year list and it was one of my most interesting reads as well! In the past year I’ve really enjoyed some other reads that have made me think about gender and what it means. I recommend Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight and Wallflower by Heidi Belleau. I also found the blog Raising My Rainbow, http://raisingmyrainbow.com/ about a family raising their gender non-conformist son. The blog and books have all made me think, and I hope they’ve made me a more accepting person. How about you? Any stories about gender bending sexuality and stereotypes you would recommend?