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Kiki There's no way I'm letting this alien who calls me his Xiveri mate claim me as his. He may say the right things and stir emotions in me I never expected to feel again for any male, but his kind has already taken too much from me as is. Trapped now on his harsh, snow-consumed planet waiting to be hunted, with no way of escape, I'll do the only thing I can. The one thing Kiki There's no way I'm letting this alien who calls me his Xiveri mate claim me as his. He may say the right things and stir emotions in me I never expected to feel again for any male, but his kind has already taken too much from me as is. Trapped now on his harsh, snow-consumed planet waiting to be hunted, with no way of escape, I'll do the only thing I can. The one thing I've been training for since the aliens first came to the human moon colony to hurt us. I'll fight. But when our enemies become one, will I be able to leave my prejudices behind and fight, not against, but alongside him? Va'Raku She hates me, my human mate, but she honors me all the same. Nobu has never seen a queen before who is able to wield sword and staff, fist and tongue. A warrior queen, and mine to claim in the ceremony of the Mountain Run. But when she fights me, it is not out of honor. She fights out of fear. She has been hurt before and views me as she does him. As a monster. Perhaps I am, because the one who harmed her will suffer torture upon torture at my hands. I will need to catch him first and unfortunately, he has plans of his own and allies off-world. My queen and I will need to fight together to bring him to his knees and bury him once and for all... Trust, first, is what I need from her. Taken to Nobu is a full-length (95k words), standalone, interracial, SciFi romance complete with an alpha alien overlord, warrior heroine, fated mates who are also enemies-to-lovers, world building and extra steamy bits. All Xiveri Mates books can be read as standalones, each one with a guaranteed HEA. NO cheating, harem or love triangles. Some dark themes, illusions to abuse, and debatable consent due to intergalactic cultural misunderstandings may be trigger warnings.


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Kiki There's no way I'm letting this alien who calls me his Xiveri mate claim me as his. He may say the right things and stir emotions in me I never expected to feel again for any male, but his kind has already taken too much from me as is. Trapped now on his harsh, snow-consumed planet waiting to be hunted, with no way of escape, I'll do the only thing I can. The one thing Kiki There's no way I'm letting this alien who calls me his Xiveri mate claim me as his. He may say the right things and stir emotions in me I never expected to feel again for any male, but his kind has already taken too much from me as is. Trapped now on his harsh, snow-consumed planet waiting to be hunted, with no way of escape, I'll do the only thing I can. The one thing I've been training for since the aliens first came to the human moon colony to hurt us. I'll fight. But when our enemies become one, will I be able to leave my prejudices behind and fight, not against, but alongside him? Va'Raku She hates me, my human mate, but she honors me all the same. Nobu has never seen a queen before who is able to wield sword and staff, fist and tongue. A warrior queen, and mine to claim in the ceremony of the Mountain Run. But when she fights me, it is not out of honor. She fights out of fear. She has been hurt before and views me as she does him. As a monster. Perhaps I am, because the one who harmed her will suffer torture upon torture at my hands. I will need to catch him first and unfortunately, he has plans of his own and allies off-world. My queen and I will need to fight together to bring him to his knees and bury him once and for all... Trust, first, is what I need from her. Taken to Nobu is a full-length (95k words), standalone, interracial, SciFi romance complete with an alpha alien overlord, warrior heroine, fated mates who are also enemies-to-lovers, world building and extra steamy bits. All Xiveri Mates books can be read as standalones, each one with a guaranteed HEA. NO cheating, harem or love triangles. Some dark themes, illusions to abuse, and debatable consent due to intergalactic cultural misunderstandings may be trigger warnings.

30 review for Taken to Nobu

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mahima

    **ARC received in exchange of an honest review** ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ So like the previous book this again has reached the mark of '5 star deserving books'. Elizabeth you did it again!! I knew it was going to be amazing!! So the plotting was great, where an entirely different planet Nobu has been brought up. I loved the hierarchy system with all those big and formal sounding titles. The real spice of the book is their super duper awesome characters, which I really loved. And the elements which has been put into. **ARC received in exchange of an honest review** ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ So like the previous book this again has reached the mark of '5 star deserving books'. Elizabeth you did it again!! I knew it was going to be amazing!! So the plotting was great, where an entirely different planet Nobu has been brought up. I loved the hierarchy system with all those big and formal sounding titles. The real spice of the book is their super duper awesome characters, which I really loved. And the elements which has been put into. Elements like the xanaxana, which leads the great warriors towards their mates. I mean the whole story revolves around xanaxana and mating procedure but somehow it manages to make the readers believe that it includes all the other things as well, which is really great. The writing style is as usual commendable. So swiftly Elizabeth lures into a different world from where I didn't want to come out😭 Character building was amazing. I loved the progress made by each character. Every detailing was done amazingly. I never thought kiki would be able to love someone that much after all the exploits she has been through. But here she proved me wrong and she found her true mate. Their chemistry was sizzling. Highly recommended 💞

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Claypot_Reads

    I thought I loved book one, but book two just blew me away. I don’t understand how this author isn’t better known. Her dialogue, world building and the way she makes you feel every emotion the humans and aliens feel is just amazing. If you want to be transported by a story then this one’s for you! KiKi is fierce. She’s a true Warrior Queen and I fell for her hard. Her rough and jaded outside hides a broken and beautiful inside. And Kinan - well he has a spot in my Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame. I I thought I loved book one, but book two just blew me away. I don’t understand how this author isn’t better known. Her dialogue, world building and the way she makes you feel every emotion the humans and aliens feel is just amazing. If you want to be transported by a story then this one’s for you! KiKi is fierce. She’s a true Warrior Queen and I fell for her hard. Her rough and jaded outside hides a broken and beautiful inside. And Kinan - well he has a spot in my Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame. I don’t care that he’s purple, he’s more man then most heroes I have read. There’s clever observations about humanity hidden in this smart storytelling and very real world issues are handled beautifully. I cannot wait for more words from this author and cannot recommend this story enough. I received an arc of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Taken to Nobu is a fabulous addition to the Xiveri Mates series. We first met Kiki, the protagonist, in Taken to Voraxia when she valiantly defended Miari from vicious beasts and was severely injured in the process. Kiki spends the remainder of that story incapacitated and recuperating from her wounds. At the beginning of this book, Kiki, now healed, learns that she is on a foreign planet, and she is about to participate in a hunt. Traumatized by the hunts practiced on her home planet and the sex Taken to Nobu is a fabulous addition to the Xiveri Mates series. We first met Kiki, the protagonist, in Taken to Voraxia when she valiantly defended Miari from vicious beasts and was severely injured in the process. Kiki spends the remainder of that story incapacitated and recuperating from her wounds. At the beginning of this book, Kiki, now healed, learns that she is on a foreign planet, and she is about to participate in a hunt. Traumatized by the hunts practiced on her home planet and the sexual assault she experienced by a sadistic Voraxian, Kiki is horrified by her present situation and decides that she won’t relent without a fight. She hates the aliens and the hunt, and she trained to fight so that she would never be a victim again. So, why does she feel so connected to Va’Raku? Is he really her Xiveri mate? Kiki’s body and mind want two different things, and Kiki is more confused than ever. Va’Raku/Okkari admires his warrior mate and is devastated to learn of her past trauma. He is determined to do whatever it takes to get Kiki to trust and love him even if it means courting her, or worse, letting her go. Can Kiki put aside her misgivings and prejudices, and can Okkari convince her that their love is worth fighting for? The story alternates between Kiki and Okkari’s points of view. This dual narrative is effective in providing multiple perspectives and opinions of the events that unfold throughout the story. I find that it also worked well in describing the different traditions of Roku. Kiki experienced things differently than Okkari, as she is not from Roku and he is. Seeing events unfold from different perspectives shows how different Kiki and Okkari are culturally, and yet how similar they are in their actions and feelings. Kiki is tough. She’s jaded, and she has a smart mouth. She doesn’t trust easily, and her prejudice against the inhabitants of Roku is palpable. Considering her past, this isn’t surprising, and it takes time for her to come to terms with her new reality. She feels conflicted and afraid of giving in to her feelings and desires. Abandonment, loss, and sexual assault riddle her past and makes her distrustful of men. Kiki has a lot of justified anger and hurt, which she uses to keep people at arm’s length. Okkari is one of the first males to break through that wall, even though Kiki tries hard not to give in to the feelings she develops for him. Okkari’s acceptance of Kiki, his understanding of her needs, and his desire to please her make this Alpha alien a perfect partner. His pride in her strength and skill, as well as his tenderness and protectiveness, says a lot about his character. He treats Kiki like his equal and his queen, and he feels honored and favored by the gods for binding him to Kiki. Some of his swoon-worthy moments include learning and practicing human dating customs to show her respect and honor, giving her a home of her own to live in until she is ready to live with him, and taking her on a “date” to combat training instead of the typical date. There are also lovely moments like this: "She beams up at me, all radiant light. She would make Voraxia’s suns jealous…I nod, mute, feeling every bit a boy. Feeling every bit a King." Taken to Nobu is a well-crafted, well-paced romance with dynamic characters and edge-of-your-seat action. I love Kiki’s warrior personality and Okkari’s love and admiration of her. In addition to the amazing characters and immersive world-building, Elizabeth Stephens has a knack of successfully addressing difficult subjects within her stories. Thanks so much to Elizabeth Stephens for an advanced copy of the book. https://onebookmore.com/2020/06/15/ar...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Izzie d

    Really good story. Strong heroine. Virgin Hero. Huge misunderstandings due to cultural differences. Other woman drama. No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine. No cheating. No interest in others. Heroine was a victim of rape in previous book, it happened prior to the start of book 1 but events are referred to, though vague. HEA. Previous couple appear and breadcrumbs dropped for future books in series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Elizabeth Stephens does it again. Taken to Nobu is brilliantly written. Full of superb scenes of love, lust and battles. Perfect addition to the Xiveri Mates series. Kiki, tormented human with trust issues after a harrowing hunt on her home colony. Injured trying to protect Miari, who was petrified of her fate. What is to become once she awakens from her injuries? Okkari, strong, loyal warrior. In Taken to Voraxia Okkari goes to the human colony with the Rakukana to assist the Rakukana in claimin Elizabeth Stephens does it again. Taken to Nobu is brilliantly written. Full of superb scenes of love, lust and battles. Perfect addition to the Xiveri Mates series. Kiki, tormented human with trust issues after a harrowing hunt on her home colony. Injured trying to protect Miari, who was petrified of her fate. What is to become once she awakens from her injuries? Okkari, strong, loyal warrior. In Taken to Voraxia Okkari goes to the human colony with the Rakukana to assist the Rakukana in claiming his mate. What he does not expect to happen is to find his one mate severely injured. Okkari has Kiki places in merilian to heal her injuries. Once she is healed he arranges for a mountain run, as is custom on his home of Nobu. After a harrowing experience in the hunt Kiki is angry, and confused. She does not wish for any of this to happen and after waking up in a cave filled with alien females she is even more so confused and angry. After the mountain run Kiki and Okkari have a tremulous relationship with lots of confusion on both sides. But with time, patience and lots of council from Svera things start looking up. Can they stay that way and get better or do cultural differences come between them??

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I loved this! I loved that once he realized what happened to Kiki, he wanted to "woo" her. I also liked his version of "wooing". It flowed really well and as she gradually began to change her mind, it was very easy to understand. It wasn't like his dick was magic or someone flipped a switch and she was all of a sudden ok with everything. Her mental process as the book progressed made sense and it really made the whole book that much better. The whole book was sweet and I loved what happened to J I loved this! I loved that once he realized what happened to Kiki, he wanted to "woo" her. I also liked his version of "wooing". It flowed really well and as she gradually began to change her mind, it was very easy to understand. It wasn't like his dick was magic or someone flipped a switch and she was all of a sudden ok with everything. Her mental process as the book progressed made sense and it really made the whole book that much better. The whole book was sweet and I loved what happened to Jaxal! Ugh, read it. It's such a good compliment to the first book. I can't wait for Svera's book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Another amazing novel by Elizabeth Stephens. This is a love story in a cold and foreign land. It prods you to ponder the connotations behind the term 'alien'. Negative? Positive? Both? Alpha female meets alpha male. Sizzling love scenes. Intense battles of mind and strength. My favourite passage in the book is where Kiki reminisces about Kinan speaking to his people of her. She recalls how 'he didn't tell them about my beauty. He told them about my might.'

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Stephens

    Thanks to everyone for reading and extra extra thanks to those who have/will/are leaving reviews! It goes a long way. The first 3 books in the Xiveri Mates series are available in 2020 while the next 3 books will be released in 2021. Each Xiveri Mates book can be read as a standalone, but you'll get more out of book 2 by reading book 1 first. Books 3 & 6 take place outside of the Voraxian solar system and thus can be read in any order. Complete series: – Taken to Voraxia (Miari and Xoran): April Thanks to everyone for reading and extra extra thanks to those who have/will/are leaving reviews! It goes a long way. The first 3 books in the Xiveri Mates series are available in 2020 while the next 3 books will be released in 2021. Each Xiveri Mates book can be read as a standalone, but you'll get more out of book 2 by reading book 1 first. Books 3 & 6 take place outside of the Voraxian solar system and thus can be read in any order. Complete series: – Taken to Voraxia (Miari and Xoran): April 8, 2020 - Taken to Nobu (Kiki and Va'Raku): June 16, 2020 – Taken to Sasor (Mian and Neheyuu): August 28, 2020 – welcome to the world of alien shifters! – Taken to Heimo (Svera and Krisxox): January 20, 2021 – Taken to Kor (Rhorkanterannu and Deena): April 17, 2021 - Taken to Sucere (Halima and Jakka): coming in 2021! – welcome back to Earth *what's left of it... You can sign up to my mailing list here to get ARCs advance of the release dates: https://www.booksbyelizabeth.com/contact

  9. 5 out of 5

    CorvusAnima

    Although this is book two of the Xiver Mates series, both books can be read as standalone (with some minor missing pieces). Compare to book one, this book was darker and a bit harder to get through. I just recently discovered this author in one of my groups, and her first story, Taken to Voraxia, was amazing! I really love book one; the perfect combination of an alpha male alien and sweet romance. However, Taken to Nobu, the romance felt a bit off to me. Especially with them being together so so Although this is book two of the Xiver Mates series, both books can be read as standalone (with some minor missing pieces). Compare to book one, this book was darker and a bit harder to get through. I just recently discovered this author in one of my groups, and her first story, Taken to Voraxia, was amazing! I really love book one; the perfect combination of an alpha male alien and sweet romance. However, Taken to Nobu, the romance felt a bit off to me. Especially with them being together so soon. It could also have something to do with the heavy theme of rape that it was dealing with. I personally find that hard to read. Whatever it was, the romance for me was just extra difficult to get into and Kiki's attitude just bothered me. Instead of being the badass I wanted, her horrible attitude made me dislike her. It wasn’t funny sarcasm or anything like that, it was just straight bi*** y. Because of these small issues, I brought it down to 4/5 stars. From what I described above, it seems like it might need to be lower in stars, but the style of the author and great world-building was still a 5/5. The author Elizabeth knows how to write and create a subversive world that keeps you engage until the end. It was just her main character that made it harder for me to enjoy like book one. Aside from Kiki’s crappy attitude, which can be justified after what happened to her, she was somewhat of a likable character. This author isn’t about keeping characters in their same, old ways, they do improve at a decent part of the story. She had enough redeeming qualities that kept me reading the story. After what happened to her, she decided to embrace her pain and become a fighter. A trait that I admire in any badass female main character. (Especially with that last part on the book of her revenge. That is something every female that has been hurt in such a way should be allowed to do.) That scene won her extra brownie points. No matter how much she wanted to stay away from the person who hurt her, she defended herself and proved her worth. Thus, if Kiki was being rated, she gets a 3/5 as a badass female character in my book. As for the male lead, Va’Raku, he gets 4/5. He was the one who carried the book in my opinion. He did a big mistake at the beginning with what he did to her, but he wasn’t aware, and she was the one that made that scene feel strange to me. But again, I understand it was part of the story, so I guess Kiki gets 3.5/5. Once he realized his mistakes, he fixed them and became a worthy mate. Again, in that last scene of her fight, instead of acting like the cliché alpha and refusing to let her get hurt, he supported her and even guessed her need before her. He gets a solid 4.5/5. Once I got over my small issues with them, the story was still good. The plot, the world-building, the development of characters, and the culture were perfect. The author knows how to write a good story that makes you feel. A story that makes you imagine yourself right there next to the characters. The romance also picked up towards the middle once they started fixing their misunderstandings and issues. Overall, a good book towards the series, but not as great as book one. All of this being said, I really want to read Krisxox’s & Svera’s story which won’t be out until next year *cries in sadness*. But while their story is being made, I also look forward to book three! *I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lynne

    Elizabeth Stephens continues her fascinating SFF series about humans who’ve been living in an alien culture for a long time but who are only now beginning to truly integrate with other species—with all the challenges that brings—with Taken to Nobu. This second book in the Xiveri Mates series deals with the assumptions we all make, and the prisms through which we see any incident. And this book starts with a doozy—what Kinan thinks he is doing to respect Kiki’s culture after he met her during a H Elizabeth Stephens continues her fascinating SFF series about humans who’ve been living in an alien culture for a long time but who are only now beginning to truly integrate with other species—with all the challenges that brings—with Taken to Nobu. This second book in the Xiveri Mates series deals with the assumptions we all make, and the prisms through which we see any incident. And this book starts with a doozy—what Kinan thinks he is doing to respect Kiki’s culture after he met her during a Hunt on her planet turns out to be anything but respect in her mind—it takes her back to the Hunt that resulted in her earlier rape. As Kinan slowly realizes that the step he took to honor tradition is anything but that, he’s got a long way to go to change Kiki’s opinion of him. Kiki has to take a similar path on her journey to trust Kinan, and Taken to Nobu is rooted in bridging these gaps. There are assumptions across the board—what is deemed to be respectful to one might mean avoidance to another, what is considered an honor to one is a challenge to another. And Taken to Nobu takes the reader on Kiki’s and Kinan’s path to true understanding of one another. What drives this for both characters is the fated-mates concept that’s the root of Stephens’ series—that when two mates meet, they are inexorably drawn to one another physically and emotionally. But if your cultural differences and past history impede that, it’s a huge barrier to overcome. There were some pat elements to Taken to Nobu—Kinan’s people are almost perfect, and anyone who isn’t is there as a plot device. I would have liked to have seen a range of reactions to their leader mating with someone from an unknown human race. There was also a rather odd presentation with Kiki, who’s lived in a desert environment, waking up in a land of frost and snow and never really being educated on what it’s like to cope with that or asking herself how to cope. It seemed strange to me that she’d keep using allusions to snow and ice rather than learning the terms from Kinan’s tribe or asking them about that. While early on it’s a great way to show her lack of understanding of a cold land, later on it grated as it seemed like she was willfully resisting learning more. This book is a strong second in the Xiveri Mates series, but I do recommend reading the series in order—Kiki’s situation in the beginning of the book makes much more sense if you’ve read Taken to Voraxia. I’m really looking forward to reading more books in this series as well!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was a fantastic book, I loved the depth of love between Kiki and Okkari. It starts with Kiki waking up on Nobu after being unconscious while she was healing from life threatening injuries that she incurred in the beginning of the first book Taken to Voraxia. She is immediately thrown into a mate hunt on the icy planet where Okkari tracks her through snow and swamp to claim her. From there they work to form a relationship while trying to understand one another. My favorite part of this book w This was a fantastic book, I loved the depth of love between Kiki and Okkari. It starts with Kiki waking up on Nobu after being unconscious while she was healing from life threatening injuries that she incurred in the beginning of the first book Taken to Voraxia. She is immediately thrown into a mate hunt on the icy planet where Okkari tracks her through snow and swamp to claim her. From there they work to form a relationship while trying to understand one another. My favorite part of this book was all of the emotions that you could feel from Kiki. Elizabeth Stephens did an amazing job conveying all of the feelings that Kiki was going through starting with her seething hate at the beginning. Kiki had experienced so much trauma already and Okkari was so amazing at trying to understand her and then help her heal and become whole again. He did so much to make her comfortable and find happiness while building her up. The world building was also incredible. The description was so well written that I could see the characters and the ice planet in my mind clearly. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Can't wait for the next book in series. This author does an amazing job of blending the development of characters and cultural misunderstandings into a plot that didn't allow me to put the book down. I loved the first book and would recommend that people start with that one. It is possible to jump right into this book but the background from the first book gives a better understanding of the universe and characters. The book does have some darkness and the main character is dealing with trauma f Can't wait for the next book in series. This author does an amazing job of blending the development of characters and cultural misunderstandings into a plot that didn't allow me to put the book down. I loved the first book and would recommend that people start with that one. It is possible to jump right into this book but the background from the first book gives a better understanding of the universe and characters. The book does have some darkness and the main character is dealing with trauma from a rape. One of the many things I liked about the book was that we got to see her dealing and working through this while dealing with a new alien culture. It wasn't an instant cure but true growth.

  13. 5 out of 5

    April

    I love this series! All the negative comments I had about book 1 were fixed in this one. Fans of sci fi romance should definitely give it a chance. Although each book is it's own story, I think they should be read in order to get the full backstory on Kiki. I'll be waiting for book 3!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lily Garcia

    4.5 stars! This series is so good and I simply can’t get enough! Elizabeth killed it with this one! I loved Kinan’s patience and devotion. Kiki was damaged, but also one fierce heroine. Her strength was something I would love to have. Once these two get together it’s so hot. I highly recommend this series! I am hoping we get 5-7 books😉 greedy much? Probably but I’m loving it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    M'liss Williams

    Let me tell you this story was amazing!! Fell in love with the characters!! I could not put it down!! There was action and drama and always love!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie

    Turning adversity into triumph! This series is amazing! There is just as much emotion as the first, but it focuses on how the individual is completely changed by her severe abuse and uses that to let go of her fear and hate, channeling it into making her into a better person, not just for herself, but also for her husband and her new commitment to her new world and community. Doing this, she ends up inspiring others. She becomes a hero!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Magda Fourie Fourie

    While still a fun read with nice world building, I did like the first book more. Still an engaging read that I can reccomend for anyone loving this genre.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nike

    Best book of the series so far, highly recommend The second book in the series and I have to say. This book is my favorite so far, great story, live the h and H can wait for the next installment

  19. 4 out of 5

    skystring

    Too much like another book This book had action but tended to be long winded. It reminded me too much of a Very similar book.... The intimate scenes were mild and forgettable. I just kept comparing the two books and this one is .... inadequate.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Missmoone

    I would highly suggest you read book 1 to understand the background of Kiki's mindset, otherwise you will be frustrated right out the gate with her behavior and attitude. The beginning opens up with a quick summation of what took place for her to get where she is now. We get more insight into the meaning of titles and names( those freak'n names), and the world building is also expanded. The first half of the story was a lesson in patience. Both Kiki and Kinan rarely had any real dialogue between I would highly suggest you read book 1 to understand the background of Kiki's mindset, otherwise you will be frustrated right out the gate with her behavior and attitude. The beginning opens up with a quick summation of what took place for her to get where she is now. We get more insight into the meaning of titles and names( those freak'n names), and the world building is also expanded. The first half of the story was a lesson in patience. Both Kiki and Kinan rarely had any real dialogue between them and instead had inner dialogues to a fault on both characters parts. Kiki's thoughts are as chaotic as ever. And sometimes you feel as if you're going mad right along with her. Some readers won't appreciate that. It could be a major turn off, but I get it. There was alot of cultural misunderstandings and of course with what Kiki went through, as told in book 1, alot of anger and mistrust for a whole race of beings. The first half of the story was really her journey of unlearning hate, anger, self doubt, separation and finding new strength and acceptance. The second half of the book was much more endearing. You see the tremendous respect and outright support of the warrior Kiki is from her Xiverie mate. I got to really love Kinan/Okkari. I loved that he accepted Kiki, flaws and all. I loved that he revered the warrior Xhea that she is first and foremost. I could go on and on about the level of support, encouragement, respect, and what we know as love that these alien beings have for their human counterparts. It was beautiful, refreshing and ES has a way of laying that out beautifully on paper. My favorite scene was the pep talk Kinan gave to Kiki at the trials ( that is all I will say.. read it and I dare you not to get misty eyed). This book 2 also has cameos of The Raku/Rakukanna and my favorite yet to be pairing of Svera and Krisxox (why are they bk4 and not bk3?). Every time they are in a scene together, I can only imagine what their union will be like when their time comes, Ha!. We get more world building and insight to the interspecies connections. My overall take on this story? didn't love it as much as I did book 1. If you are going into this read with the same expectation, I think you will be sorely disappointed. This is really Kiki's story of redemption with a bit of steamy romance sprinkled throughout. As for editing issues, there were a few but none that took me out of the flow of reading much. That being said bring on book 3. I'm fully invested in this series even though I'm really eager to read book 4! I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brona

    Fab read. Well written and highly recommend! Like my previous review of book one; I was shocked by how much I loved this alien romance tale. Carrying on from the world that Stephens built in book one, Taken to Nobu follows characters we were already introduced to. With strong females at the front of her stories, women's issues around violence and second rate citizens are weaved into gritty fiction with some hot sex scenes that you don't even realise your being taught a lesson about how humans in Fab read. Well written and highly recommend! Like my previous review of book one; I was shocked by how much I loved this alien romance tale. Carrying on from the world that Stephens built in book one, Taken to Nobu follows characters we were already introduced to. With strong females at the front of her stories, women's issues around violence and second rate citizens are weaved into gritty fiction with some hot sex scenes that you don't even realise your being taught a lesson about how humans in our real world can sometimes be the bad guys. An introduction to new characters and species, has the main character Kiki dealing with her own traumas and hatred towards different 'species' and how she can overcome her past to fit in her new world. Stephens has a way of even humanising the villains in a way that you want to see more of their story, and I will be following the series and other couples through to the end with this! Good job!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Better than the first The first book was great, the second book was excellent. With so many writers basically doing a “wash, rinse, repeat” with their main characters in a series (maybe throwing in a few curveballs), Mrs Stephens gave two different stories that still tie into the overall arc. This book felt familiar in ways that brought some tears. Kiki’s pain, Kinan’s healing were very real and emotional. The growth of Kiki was beautifully done, and the ending was amazing. The first book is not Better than the first The first book was great, the second book was excellent. With so many writers basically doing a “wash, rinse, repeat” with their main characters in a series (maybe throwing in a few curveballs), Mrs Stephens gave two different stories that still tie into the overall arc. This book felt familiar in ways that brought some tears. Kiki’s pain, Kinan’s healing were very real and emotional. The growth of Kiki was beautifully done, and the ending was amazing. The first book is not necessarily needed but you will have a better understanding if read in order. A round of applause for Mrs. Stephens. Your work is great, and I can’t wait for book 3.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lit

    *Edit* I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Stephens has done it again! I was waiting on pins and needles for this to come out, and it did not disappoint. Kiki and Kinan were beautiful together and just perfect for each other. I love how the author makes you think one thing is going to happen but then surprises you with something else just as she did in the first book. The cultural misunderstandings played out so well that I couldn’t even be upset at Kinan’s though *Edit* I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Stephens has done it again! I was waiting on pins and needles for this to come out, and it did not disappoint. Kiki and Kinan were beautiful together and just perfect for each other. I love how the author makes you think one thing is going to happen but then surprises you with something else just as she did in the first book. The cultural misunderstandings played out so well that I couldn’t even be upset at Kinan’s thought processes because I could see his intentions. By the way, Kinan is SUCH a sweetheart and Kiki is much stronger than I thought she would have been from the impression I had of her in the first book. You definitely need to read this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    April Robinson

    Elizabeth Stephens has worked her way into being on of my favorite authors. Taken to Nobu is book 2 in the Xiveri Mates Series. I fell in love with Kiki and Kinan. The characters growth throughout the book was amazing and I really enjoyed the world building. Kiki had experienced trauma and had to learn to overcome some preconceived notions of the species as a hole. We got to see both her strength and vulnerability. Kinan made some mistakes and learned from them. I loved how he truly saw Kiki. I Elizabeth Stephens has worked her way into being on of my favorite authors. Taken to Nobu is book 2 in the Xiveri Mates Series. I fell in love with Kiki and Kinan. The characters growth throughout the book was amazing and I really enjoyed the world building. Kiki had experienced trauma and had to learn to overcome some preconceived notions of the species as a hole. We got to see both her strength and vulnerability. Kinan made some mistakes and learned from them. I loved how he truly saw Kiki. I do recommend reading the first book, Taken to Voraxia, to help with the background of other featured characters in this book. **I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for my honest review** With that said, I have also pre-ordered this book because it was that good!!!:) Enjoy!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa M

    Wow! This author sure knows how to wring the emotions! This is her 2nd book in the Xiveri Mates storyline and it is even better than the last! I will say that if you are triggered by implied rape, you may want to skip this book. However, this book goes far past that and really brings home a HEA. Also, if you skip this book, you may want to read some other of this authors works because she really knows how to engage the audience! Great world building and quite descriptive! I will be on the lookou Wow! This author sure knows how to wring the emotions! This is her 2nd book in the Xiveri Mates storyline and it is even better than the last! I will say that if you are triggered by implied rape, you may want to skip this book. However, this book goes far past that and really brings home a HEA. Also, if you skip this book, you may want to read some other of this authors works because she really knows how to engage the audience! Great world building and quite descriptive! I will be on the lookout for more of her books!

  26. 5 out of 5

    ASHLEIGH C BERRY

    I absolutely love Elizabeth Stephens writing and this book was no exception. I’m an avid reader and her skills of world and character building are incredibly impressive. As with the first book in this series, I was immersed immediately and couldn’t put it down. If you think you’ll enjoy an action packed, sci-fi, romance, give it a shot! I’m eagerly awaiting the 3 book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Absolutely Loved it! This sequel to Taken to Voraxia is better then the first! I can’t wait for more books about these characters. Elizabeth Stephens really knows how to handle and address sensitive topics and make you feel empowered.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jay Beatrice

    Hhh

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Stephens

    SPOILER ALERT! Although avidly enticed, I did not know if I could finish this book, so abused was Kiki in “Taken to Voraxia”. I did not think she would be able to overcome the state of her abuse. This would be too much to ask, so I hoped that if she could not overcome having been abused, then at least come to terms with it. I also had my doubts that she could ever stop seeing all aliens as Bo’Raku and therefore never be able to give into her Xanaxana or even accept the beings of Nobu as non-Bo’Ra SPOILER ALERT! Although avidly enticed, I did not know if I could finish this book, so abused was Kiki in “Taken to Voraxia”. I did not think she would be able to overcome the state of her abuse. This would be too much to ask, so I hoped that if she could not overcome having been abused, then at least come to terms with it. I also had my doubts that she could ever stop seeing all aliens as Bo’Raku and therefore never be able to give into her Xanaxana or even accept the beings of Nobu as non-Bo’Raku. The author astounded me by dragging me into the light that Kiki experienced. This light allowed Kiki to move past her Bo’Raku experience, to not see all aliens as Bo’Raku and to measure them based on how they treated each other and how they treated her. As a reader, this is all I could have wanted. Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure, there were certain parts that stood out and will be remembered for making me smile: Kiki’s asking Kinan if he were inviting her on a “date date”, frolicking in the snow after the funeral ceremony (I especially like the part where Kinan said that he was having “fun”), and most of all, the part where Kinan ceded the right to defend Kiki against Bo’Raku to Kiki. Kiki’s defense of self helped bring her closure regarding the brutality she experienced by Bo’Raku in a manner that Kinan’s defense of her against Bo’Raku never could have. Bravo. Lastly, normally I have something negative to say against books that terminate at 90 percent of the book. Knowing that authors must convince their readers to buy their books by proving excerpts of past and/or future books, I still feel cheated. It’s as though there has been a dearth of character development in the book I am reading, or that part of the tale has been under developed. Not so with “Taken to Nobu”. There was nothing left to say. It was complete.

  30. 4 out of 5

    G

    Another good story from the author in this series. Her world building continues, with great detail so that the reader gets to visualise the world she is creating. The story of Kiki and her Va'Raku male seamlessly continue from her recovery after being injured back on her home world. It starts on the frigid planet of his home-world, one where he can see her as the one his Xananana is clamouring for. This was not an easy book to read as there are traumas that Kiki had not fully dealt with before s Another good story from the author in this series. Her world building continues, with great detail so that the reader gets to visualise the world she is creating. The story of Kiki and her Va'Raku male seamlessly continue from her recovery after being injured back on her home world. It starts on the frigid planet of his home-world, one where he can see her as the one his Xananana is clamouring for. This was not an easy book to read as there are traumas that Kiki had not fully dealt with before she was claimed. Initially I found her to be not just unkind, but quite mean and bitchy, from pain and hatred of the alien who previously raped her. Her fear of all not her kind was intense and it's hard reading, Okkari the male who saved her after her injuries only find out later of her past. Once he finds out, his mission changes with her and this story deals with the process and the harshness of that world. A good story and a great male lead, with a vivacious and strong female lead. I'm certainly looking forward to the next book, but cannot wait for Svera story too. Review of a copy of the book received from the author.

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