Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I absolutely love the Clans of Kalquor series by Tracy St. John, but sadly this one was probably my least favorite of all the Kalquor books I’ve read so far. 😥 Alien Caged is the 8th book of one of the best SciFi Erotica book series ever! Check out the excerpt for it:
For most, the Earth/Kalquor War ended years ago. Yet veteran destroyer captain Zemos and clanmates Oret and Miragin have been captured by a renegade Earther battlecruiser. They’ve been held in a cell for months now, with no idea where their ultimate fate lies. Threatened daily, they know their lives can end at any moment. The only bright spot during their imprisonment has been the lovely woman who brings them their meals and offers the one friendly face amongst their enemies.
Elisa Mackenzie is among the desperate Earthers trying to survive in the wake of Armageddon. Surrounded by fanatics who won’t give up a long-lost war, she can’t let herself care for the Kalquorians the ship has taken prisoner. Her lonely heart, empty for so long, has other ideas. Knowing the Kalquorians are dangerous and her fanatical shipmates are even more so, Elisa fights her feelings in vain. Ignoring the harsh lessons of long-lost youth, she falls in love.
Zemos, Oret, and Miragin know they must escape before the Earthers deliver them to an unthinkable end. They also know the key to opening their cage means turning on the woman who has infiltrated their fierce hearts. Elisa already has their adoration. She deserves their protection and care as well, but enemies both new and ancient threaten the Kalquorian Empire. To save their people and themselves, the three men may have to destroy the woman who would complete their clan.
This story didn’t feel as strong in my opinion as all the books that proceeded it. I feel like it lacked that little UMPH which all the other stories had. While the others keep you on the edge of your seat with a driven purpose, this story felt mosty as if it was written as an after thought. Feeling like a filler story, you would think that maybe everyone wanted these specific characters to finally get the own book. Only problem is that they were brand new characters, never before mentioned, so that was not the case. Unless I have completely forgotten about them which I find hard to believe given my love for these books.
Earther females in the Kalquor books have always had super tragic pasts which helps the reader become drawn to them on an emotion level. The heroine of this book, Elisa, wasn’t as emotionally traumatized as the other Earther females from previous stories. An innocent kiss when she was still a kid got her in trouble, but there was no real tragedy for me to gravitate towards her as a character.
I did like the Kalquorians in this book though! Zemos, Oret, and Miragin were an older clan who was willing to pick a Matara unable to give them children. Hell, they weren’t even interested in having offspring because they were so focused on their careers. That worked out great for Elise, a woman in her fifties, but it was sad that babies were not ever going to be an end result for this clan. Babies make the world a happy place!
I know all of the Kalquor books have been MMM or MMMF strictly including claned or potential clan members but after reading this one I hope that Joseph Walker, a Earther, and the single Nobek Almon get a story of their infatuation of each other! Oh yes indeed!!
Check out my personal preferred reading order of all the Clans of Kalquor stories:
#1 – Clan, Honor, and Empire (Clan Beginnings #3)
#2 – Alien Embrace (Clans of Kalquor #1)
#3 – Clan and Crown (Clan Beginnings #4)
#4 – Alien Rule (Clans of Kalquor #2)
#5 – Michaela (First Mataras #1)
#6 – To Clan and Conquer (Clan Beginnings, #1)
#7 – Alien Conquest (Clans of Kalquor #3)
#8 – Sister Katherine (Nuns of Europa #1)
#9 – Alien Salvation (Clans of Kalquor #4)
#10 – Clan and Conviction (Clan Beginnings #2)
#11 – Alien Slave (Clans of Kalquor #5)
#12 – Alien Redemption (Clans of Kalquor #6)
#13 – Alien Refuge (Clans of Kalquor #7)
#14 – Alien Caged (Clans of Kalquor #8)
#15 – Alien Indiscretions (Clans of Kalquor #9)
Disclaimer: All of these books have some form of MMM, MMMF, BDSM, and/or a bunch of other sexual stuff!