Brawn (New Species #5) by Laurann Dohner


December 27th 2011
Ellora’s Cave
Sci Fi Romance
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Rebecca ‘Becca’ Oberto’s father works for the NSO doing some top-secret military whatever. She is used to his hush hush work activities after all he was always running off to war. As long as he left her alone to live her life she was fine with it but the day he gives her house to a New Species and orders her to move into the main house with him all bets are off. There is no way in hell she is ever going to live in the same house with ‘daddy’ again, she may love her dad but that so ain’t going to happen. It helps that her new house mate is a hotty with super amazing eyes.

Brawn is curious about humans that work with New Species and agrees to join the task forced that helps rescue his people even though it requires him to live in the human world. Where he soon discovers that he has a house mate and that the said house mate is a human female who seems fascinated by him. He lets her know that he is in no way interest in human females and prefers the company of species females, who like him, prefer rougher sex and that he could hurt her if they tried. Becca is disappointed to learn that Brawn doesn’t do human females but that’s ok she is used to rejection thanks to her late husband. Besides the fight with her dad sort of put a damper on her libido anyway.

Brawn and Becca end up being kidnapped and the only thing keeping the bad guys from putting a bullet through Becca’s head is that fact they think she is Brawns girlfriend. While in captivity Becca and Brawn spend some quality time getting to know each other and she is forced to help him give sperm samples which leads to a rather steamy round of captivity sex later. When rescue comes and they go their separate ways, Becca learns a secret that the New Species want kept quiet.

Brawn isn’t one of my favorite stories of the series but it is certainly worth the time to read and enjoy. I think my favorite part was when Brawn was sniffing on Flame to get Becca’s sent and of course the bedroom scenes gave me some new ideas. I love the progression of the series itself because you see how the dynamic of the group, as a whole, changes as the New Species learns new things about themselves and others through each new attack or interaction. Brawn is well written and does a great job of maintaining the continuity of the characters and the series. As far a ratings go a five-star rating would be well deserved but due to edits the rating will be four-stars.

Favorite Quotes
“At least that’s what I’ve been told. You could take me for a test drive and rate my performance.”—Trey

“I don’t mean to offend you but that is disgusting. I don’t want to see another male mount someone. It wouldn’t make me desire her and the last thing I want to see or smell is another male while sharing sex with a female. It would kill my arousal and I don’t want a human woman.”—Brawn

Book Cover 
This book cover almost needs a heat rating.

Book’s Blurb
Book 5 in the New Species series. While each New Species book is a standalone, the greatest enjoyment will come from reading them in series order. One look at Brawn, and Becca is wondering how he’d look without his clothes. He’s also instantly attracted to her, but has sworn never to touch a human female. They just aren’t sturdy enough for the type of rough sex Brawn enjoys most. When he learns he’ll be living under the same roof with Becca, Brawn simply sees it as a chance to broaden his knowledge of humans. Hopefully he can do so while keeping his hands off her… His good intentions go astray when they’re both kidnapped and locked together in a cage. Brawn finds himself reliving a nightmare when he’s once again subjected to breeding experiments at the hands of New Species’ enemies—who will use Becca to get what they want. Brawn and Becca will have to depend on each other if they hope to survive. Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes – no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

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