15 March 2015

The Harvest: Taken (The Harvest #1) by M.A. Church

We are not alone. In the year 2050 mankind’s never-ending quest for proof life exists in the universe is answered—in the form of massive space ships that appear without warning above the capitals of all major nations. The name of their planet is Tah’Nar—and is dying. The United States sets up a lottery system, and each young man between the ages of twenty-three and twenty-eight is assigned a number. Once a year, for the next five years, numbers will be drawn and a new set of one thousand males will be collected. The media coined the expression ‘The Harvest’ for when the Tah’Narian’s collect these young men.

Captain Keyno Landium Shou is a Tah’Narian starship captain who has been granted the right to take a mate, any mate, he wants during the last harvest on Earth. Dale was seventeen when the aliens first appeared. His parents assumed he’d be safe since the final collection would be done before he turned twenty-three. He didn’t fall within the guidelines established, so they took for granted he had nothing to fear.

They were wrong.
Even though this story is about Dale, a human that is taken to become a mate to an alien and Keyno the alien who captures Dale, we have lots of secondary characters that play a very important role in this book. 

The prior year, Dale watched his best friend Chad being harvested which left him and both the families with a bitter negative feeling towards the Tah’Narians. But Dale thought he was safe from the Harvest because the guidelines said it would end after five years from the start and you had to be between the ages of 23 and 28. Dale was one week away from turning 23 when an extraction team shows up to take him. Dale and his family freaks and starts fighting but is no match the aliens. That’s when he finds out that he was chosen by a Tah’Narian and not picked through the lottery system.   Kenyo, a Captain of one of the starships saw Dale again when they came and picked up Chad. At that time he knew he had to have him, when the time came. What he didn’t figure on was Dale’s health and his fight or flight response. Can Kenyo make Dale see that in fact he has true feelings for him and in time hopes that Dale can in turn love him?

So many first for me in this book, my first full length MM Sci-Fi, first Mpreg, and my first by this author and I have to say WHY did I wait so long?! I loved everything about this book. I loved that Dale, just didn’t give in, even though the situation was hopeless. Loved that even though he’s on a strange ship, heading towards a strange planet and new life, he himself will not change, no matter how much it drives his new mate crazy. Love how Kenyo has been monitoring and slowly falling in love with Dale for a while before they even picked up Chad. Dale’s health made him act not his personal gain, the humor and chemistry not just with Dale and Kenyo but all the characters, just a brilliant job. I’ll be diving right into book two.        

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