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Gracie's Touch PDF, ePub eBook Gracie Jones was little more than a child when the Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them and they became known as the Freedom Five. At seventeen, she made a decision that turned the tide on the war between Earth Gracie Jones was little more than a child when the Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them and they became known as the Freedom Five. At seventeen, she made a decision that turned the tide on the war between Earth and the Alluthans but in exchange she gave up all that she knew. Kordon Jefe is a Zion Warrior and commanding officer in charge of the Confederation of Planets military. When an unknown species begins attacking some of their outer settlements, he is assigned to discover who they are and stop them…at any cost. Gracie unknowingly finds herself stranded millions of light years and hundreds of years in the future in a distant galaxy on an undeveloped moon. When an old enemy threatens once more, she does not hesitant to use her knowledge to try to stop them once again. Only this time, it is not just Earth she will be saving but the Confederation itself. When their two worlds are thrown together, Kordon is unsure what to do with the strange, delicate creature that fights and behaves unlike anything he has ever encountered before. One thing he does know, he plans to keep her.

30 review for Gracie's Touch

  1. 5 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️

    4 Stars This was a cute, quick, alien/mate/futuristic read. With not so of much this: But some of this: And more of this: For realz though, some scenes did seem very...Star War-sy. But whatevs! I enjoyed it for what it was: a hot, short, mate-based PNR read with a surprising little punch of feels. I could have gone for a little more character/relationship development, but I'll take it. AND read number two.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Bissett

    I just read this book for the 9th time. I kid you not. I absolutely think this is the best book that S.E. Smith has written, IMO. I cannot say enough about it. I am always surprised that there aren't a lot more people touting this book. It is so moving and beautiful. My boys know that when I tell them that I am about to read Gracie's Touch, that I am going to be a basket-case for the first hour or so. I am serious, that first chapter rips my heart out every. single. time. It is unusual for a boo I just read this book for the 9th time. I kid you not. I absolutely think this is the best book that S.E. Smith has written, IMO. I cannot say enough about it. I am always surprised that there aren't a lot more people touting this book. It is so moving and beautiful. My boys know that when I tell them that I am about to read Gracie's Touch, that I am going to be a basket-case for the first hour or so. I am serious, that first chapter rips my heart out every. single. time. It is unusual for a book to get you so quickly to a place that you care for the characters in such a short time. I cannot help but cry, and I am not talking about the "sniff-sniff-one-lone-tear-trickling-down-your-cheek crying, I am talking outright sobbing and bawling. My heart break for Chase, Adam, Mark and Adrian as they say good-bye possibly for the last time. And Gracie and Chase's love for each other was so young and beautiful. I love that Gracie was this fragile, petite young woman, and at the exact same time was a brave and strong, albeit, little warrior. I cried for her when she was on the moon. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get there. Her hopelessness and loss was so real. I felt it with her. Then when she met Kordon... swoon. What can I say, he was everything. I loved the way he loved her. You have to read this one for yourself. But I read a lot of books, and sometimes I get a little tired of the usual miscommunications, the breaking-up and then reconciling, and then the possible, and sometimes actual, cheating, and the... balh, blah, blah... I read Gracie's Touch when I want a book with absolutely none of that crap. I get a good cry; oh so cleansing. Then it gets funny as all get out; laughter is good medicine. Then some of those steamy, yummy love scenes; erotica is good for the soul (it says that somewhere, right?). It is perfect. Thanks S.E. for writing one of my all time faves. Keep up the good work.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I couldn't finish this book. I'm willing to give most books a pass on some of the technical details for the sake of the story, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough. First of all, if you've just learned that everyone you care about died 800 years ago, you're not going to fall in love with someone you've exchanged about seven sentences with no more than a day later. It's made even worse when the medic on the ship points out that Gracie is suffering from depression, but it's apparently c I couldn't finish this book. I'm willing to give most books a pass on some of the technical details for the sake of the story, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough. First of all, if you've just learned that everyone you care about died 800 years ago, you're not going to fall in love with someone you've exchanged about seven sentences with no more than a day later. It's made even worse when the medic on the ship points out that Gracie is suffering from depression, but it's apparently cured by the hawt sex she has with the hero. In addition, the secondary romance has a bit of a rapey vibe when the hero ties the heroine up and has sex with her even when she's saying no. Plus, even if you tie up a partner, you NEVER leave them tied up while you go to a meeting! What if someone had attacked the ship (which happens in the next chapter)? She'd be helpless -- she couldn't release herself and he was elsewhere on the ship! But even aside from this, what really bothered me was the lack of understanding of how female body parts work. (SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH IF YOU ARE BOTHERED BY DISCUSSIONS OF FEMALE AND MALE GENITALIA!) The hymen is not far inside the woman's body. The hymen is on the outside of the vaginal opening -- on the surface. In addition, women don't have nerve endings at the deepest part of their vaginas. If the alien penis has magical tickling fingers at the end, that's nice, but it won't make a difference to the woman. It certainly won't turn her on. When I got to the part where Gracie found a random working computer at the mining colony and used it to hack into the enemy ship without even discussing how she made access from the ground to the ship, I just couldn't read any more. I'd be willing to accept that she can write an effective virus on the fly, but getting it into the system is a whole different problem, and it's not even acknowledged. That's pretty much the point where I had to stop. Maybe if I could let those things pass, the book would be enjoyable, but I just couldn't manage it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    I first read a book by this author about eighteen months ago and I'm ashamed to say I still have others by her sat on my kindle. Why? Well Abducting Abby had lots of sex scenes but not as much character development as I like. Still friends keep recommending her books and assure me there's a lot more polish to her work these days so happily I dove into this with expectations that truly were met! I won't say too much about the story as the book synopsis gives away the basic premise. What I found en I first read a book by this author about eighteen months ago and I'm ashamed to say I still have others by her sat on my kindle. Why? Well Abducting Abby had lots of sex scenes but not as much character development as I like. Still friends keep recommending her books and assure me there's a lot more polish to her work these days so happily I dove into this with expectations that truly were met! I won't say too much about the story as the book synopsis gives away the basic premise. What I found enthralling was the heroines brave attempts to save her planet and those she loves. She's intelligent and great with computers but her Independence Day ( Gotta love Will Smith) idea about uploading a virus was inspired ! Now it does and it doesn't work out leaving the never give up Gracie in quite a quandary but the author somehow saves her life and sanity by thrusting her eight hundred years into the future! Ok yes it's probably lacking in strong scientific basis but boy does it work out for Gracie. Her distress call is finally heard and a whole new adventure begins! There was a moment when I got teary eyed reading this. Gracie has been so brave, so strong and then her world crumbles around her. I enjoyed the romance side of the book but it was Gracie who truly pulled me in. I'm reading along and thinking well maybe my kindle is wrong and this story is nearly told and then bam, the story goes off at a whole new tangent! So surprises are in store along with scenes of hot loving but for this reader it's the heroines never say die attitude and self sacrifice, along with her humour that really impressed me. Now I need to get back to those other stories I've missed! I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review Four and a half from me

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heller

    I really wanted to like this more. Maybe I'm burnt out on the insta-mate concept. We have Gracie and the four men from New York that find her in the sewers after Earth has been attacked by an alien force. This group is known as the "Freedom Five" and they form a part of Earth's resistance against the invading aliens. Gracie is their John Connor, she is the voice of the people. The story of these men is actually the story that I wanted to read, they were fascinating to me. Sadly though, this was I really wanted to like this more. Maybe I'm burnt out on the insta-mate concept. We have Gracie and the four men from New York that find her in the sewers after Earth has been attacked by an alien force. This group is known as the "Freedom Five" and they form a part of Earth's resistance against the invading aliens. Gracie is their John Connor, she is the voice of the people. The story of these men is actually the story that I wanted to read, they were fascinating to me. Sadly though, this was not meant to be. (view spoiler)[Gracie opts to head out on a suicide mission to take down the alien main ship, in a ploy similar to Jeff Goldblum's character in Independance Day, she uploads a virus to the alien computers that affects its shields allowing for Earth's resistance to fight back. She leads the aliens away from Earth and during the subsequence hyperdrive explosion is thrust 850 years into the future. Sad face. Everyone I really wanted to read about is dead! They all lived interesting and fullfulling lives but damnit, I wanted their lives to be more than just a footnote in history! Gracie is picked up by an alien ship and mate claimed by the admiral in charge. He's from a race called the Zion, huge warriors that have an interesting penis. ;) All he needs to do is hear her voice and he knows she's the one for him. Gracie and one of the Freedom Five were on the cusp of starting a sexual relationship. They were just going to become lovers when she had to leave on her mission. So her mindset in the beginning is firmly with being in love with Chance, that doesn't last long though and she accepts the mate claim of Kordon. Sometimes the insta-mate idea works for me and other times it doesn't. This is too fast and emotionally she's just not there but at it's like a switch going off and Gracie decides to go with the flow. Gracie then uses her hacker abilities to save the Admiral's ship from destruction. Earth people have a horrible reputation with the rest of the Confederation. They're not well liked at all. Also, it looks like the Zion's aren't overly impressed with women in general. They're a male warrior race so they're used to protecting the women...also Zion women only wear dresses. The attitudes toward women just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. (hide spoiler)] I really, really liked the fleeting glimpse of the Freedom Five. I wish that Gracie could have stayed on Earth and that she and her resistance fighters could have their story told there rather than separating them. As it is this is an okay sci-fi romance with similar insta-mate tropes to others I've read. If I could have liked Gracie or Kordon perhaps the story would have resonated more with me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    5 Gracie’s Touch Stars I don’t know what it is about S.E. Smith, but she makes Aliens freaking awesome! I can’t even I love this book, and the world she creates. Gracie is human and she ends up saving earth and a lot of other life forms. Kordon is a unique Zion Warrior and finds himself feeling some pretty intense things toward this oddly unique human. And Gracie adapts so well you almost forget she is human, I loved it! I can’t wait to read book 2 <3 And David Brenin’s narration is freaking 5 Gracie’s Touch Stars I don’t know what it is about S.E. Smith, but she makes Aliens freaking awesome! I can’t even I love this book, and the world she creates. Gracie is human and she ends up saving earth and a lot of other life forms. Kordon is a unique Zion Warrior and finds himself feeling some pretty intense things toward this oddly unique human. And Gracie adapts so well you almost forget she is human, I loved it! I can’t wait to read book 2 <3 And David Brenin’s narration is freaking fantastic he makes listening effortless. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Raine

    I re-read this book for the 3rd time so I could remember what happened in the first book before I read Krac's Firebrand which is the second book to the series. (I plan on starting that right after this one.) It was good thing too, because even though the author does a quick review in the book I felt that reading the first book was better and I hate when the author takes the time to go over what happens in the previous books in detail when they should be focusing on the current book. That is why I re-read this book for the 3rd time so I could remember what happened in the first book before I read Krac's Firebrand which is the second book to the series. (I plan on starting that right after this one.) It was good thing too, because even though the author does a quick review in the book I felt that reading the first book was better and I hate when the author takes the time to go over what happens in the previous books in detail when they should be focusing on the current book. That is why people should read the series in order unless otherwise stated! Sorry, pet peeve of mine... I still really like this story and how it lays down the setting for the series. ****ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**** *****Reread for the 4th time***** Last read 3/6/2016 I still really like re-reading this book. I love how S.E. Smith builds up the backstory for the start of this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Timeforme

    Main Characters: Gracie Jones - A woman who has been mysteriously pushed into the future after destroying an evil alien ship intent on taking over Earth Kordon Jefe - A Zion commander who rescues and mates with Gracie My Thoughts: The characters are cartoonish and the plot is a string of cliches. I swear you can see the scenes from the movies that she picks out...like using an alien vessel to fly up to the mother ship and place a virus in it...can anyone say Independence Day?? Of course the big hole Main Characters: Gracie Jones - A woman who has been mysteriously pushed into the future after destroying an evil alien ship intent on taking over Earth Kordon Jefe - A Zion commander who rescues and mates with Gracie My Thoughts: The characters are cartoonish and the plot is a string of cliches. I swear you can see the scenes from the movies that she picks out...like using an alien vessel to fly up to the mother ship and place a virus in it...can anyone say Independence Day?? Of course the big hole in the movie and in this book is that the virus would have to run in a language understood and accepted by the alien ship. So what is the likelihood that Earth and some other planet (with vastly superior technology) would both use Java or JavaScript or C or C++ or whatever language is used here on Earth? And this book takes the silliness to an even higher level because Gracie is sent 800 years into the future and her virus still works just fine against the enemy ship. Now lets bear in mind that since the 1950's when the first computer was built, we have gone through many iterations of languages and they don't typically talk to each other. That is just 50 years so if someone 800 years from now were to try to get a Java script to execute in that futuristic system, I don't have any expectation that it would even start, let alone function. The premise is just ludicrous. And the interactions between the characters are just painful to read...really, Gracie should just don superwoman tights and be done with it...this is just a really bad book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Book Shelf

    I read it when it came out and lately just reread it. A great book as always if you like science fiction romance with out alpha hero

  10. 5 out of 5

    Crysa James

    Another hit for S.E. Smith. Love her stories. I especially love her heroines and how they are 'molded' for the story. What an imagination. Thanks for letting me along for the ride.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Brutger

    4 Stars DESCRIPTION: Gracie Jones was little more than a child when the Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them and they became known as the Freedom Five. At seventeen, she made a decision that turned the tide on the war between Earth and the Alluthans but in exchange she gave up all that she knew. Kordon Jefe is a Zion Warrior and command 4 Stars DESCRIPTION: Gracie Jones was little more than a child when the Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them and they became known as the Freedom Five. At seventeen, she made a decision that turned the tide on the war between Earth and the Alluthans but in exchange she gave up all that she knew. Kordon Jefe is a Zion Warrior and commanding officer in charge of the Confederation of Planets military. When an unknown species begins attacking some of their outer settlements, he is assigned to discover who they are and stop them…at any cost. Gracie unknowingly finds herself stranded millions of light years and hundreds of years in the future in a distant galaxy on an undeveloped moon. When an old enemy threatens once more, she does not hesitant to use her knowledge to try to stop them once again. Only this time, it is not just Earth she will be saving but the Confederation itself. When their two worlds are thrown together, Kordon is unsure what to do with the strange, delicate creature that fights and behaves unlike anything he has ever encountered before. One thing he does know, he plans to keep her. REVIEW: When Earth was invaded, Gracie Jones lost her family and was barely surviving in the subway tunnels when four men came to her rescue. She devoted herself to finding a way to destroy the aliens who wanted to harvest what remained of the human population. She never expected that her sacrifice would cost her everything and send her light years into the future. Three years after crash landing on a deserted moon, Gracie is finally rescued. The last thing she wanted was to fall in love with her rescuer. When the aliens who stole everything from her come back, Gracie is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her new world and the people she’s come to love. The beginning of the books was a little slow as the author set up the world building. I was expecting a little more action and dystopian backdrop, but things picked up when Kordon arrived on the scene. I loved their first meeting! Kordon was a warrior in ever sense of the world, and I loved how completely he fell in love with Gracie. I enjoyed the action in the book, the way they worked together to defeat their enemies. The only thing that detracted a little from the fun story was how everyone seemed to immediately adore Gracie, repeatedly telling us how fragile she was despite all her actions proving otherwise. She fell in love with Kordon a little too fast for my taste, but, overall, I enjoyed this book—a great mixture of sci-fi and romance that keep me entertained throughout. Posted from my site: www.StaceyBrutger.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matty-Swytla

    Ok, this could be decent but there are so many scientific and biological mistakes in the book it's not even funny - I believe there are countless articles published about patently wrong romance clichés and any romance author ought to have read them by now. I’m taking away stars for this shit because I’m really tired of encountering them time and again. Even fanfiction writers know better by now, so I’m holding published authors to a higher standard. No, the hymen is not covering the cervix becaus Ok, this could be decent but there are so many scientific and biological mistakes in the book it's not even funny - I believe there are countless articles published about patently wrong romance clichés and any romance author ought to have read them by now. I’m taking away stars for this shit because I’m really tired of encountering them time and again. Even fanfiction writers know better by now, so I’m holding published authors to a higher standard. No, the hymen is not covering the cervix because the penis never actually enters the womb (it would be excruciatingly painful, if that ever happened, ok), but it is located at the very opening of the vagina, usually just a small sliver of extra skin around the edges, not a full barrier one has to rip open. How else would menstrual blood ever leave the body? This stupid cliché makes my blood boil and I’m usually tempted to rage about it because it propagates this absurd idea about bloody sheets for a girl’s first time. No, there shouldn’t be more than a drop of blood if any at all; what are you guys doing in bed?! Gracie’s computer skills and her single-handedly rescuing Earth are riddles with plot holes. I mean, where are other adults with these skills? The military certainly has some around, if not those big computer companies, survivalists and other fighters. But ok, let’s roll with this. Her tiny group manages to command the entire Earth for some reason that is not explained entirely. The story of the resistance actually has super potential and it is a shame we read so little about it. The insta-mate cliché is slightly worn by now, but one learns to expect it in most romance stories with alien races and supernaturals. The couple could actually work out fine but it would have been nice if she didn’t just fall into his bed in her depression and was magically fixed by this. It was lazy writing on the part of the author. So they met and he’s already all over her – I’d think she’d be slightly more shocked by this after living alone for three years, no? I’m also always surprised that very few romance heroines ever discuss protection. It just baffles me – you don’t love the person and you’re prepared to have a child by them? Really? Not to mention alien bacteria, viruses that must be floating around on space-ships. Why isn’t anything like that mentioned after she’s picked up from the moon planet? The author seriously drops the ball several times when she’s shown that she knows these things. The characterisation of male characters could be far better as well, but at least the story is short enough.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Djg

    So, I'm going to call this a guilty pleasure. I enjoyed it but I also did a lot of eye-rolling. Spoilers below***************Lots of them*********************************** Gracie is 17 years old and a freedom fighter for the last 5 years since some bad aliens invaded earth. It is apparently, current date. She's in love with one of her 4 protective brothers-in-arms who are called the freedom 5. She is known among the resistance for her uplifting broadcasts to rally the spirits of the fighters. Grac So, I'm going to call this a guilty pleasure. I enjoyed it but I also did a lot of eye-rolling. Spoilers below***************Lots of them*********************************** Gracie is 17 years old and a freedom fighter for the last 5 years since some bad aliens invaded earth. It is apparently, current date. She's in love with one of her 4 protective brothers-in-arms who are called the freedom 5. She is known among the resistance for her uplifting broadcasts to rally the spirits of the fighters. Gracie is ridiculously talented (emphasis on ridiculous)a computer genius, fluent in 15 languages (including the alien language) able to fly a space ship, you name it, there is nothing this plucky heroine cant do. She is even "the only one" who can fly a supply transport to the mother ship in order to upload virus's and cause the alien ship to self-destruct. That's right folks, the fate of the planet rests in her 17 year old capable hands. After successfully uploading the viruses, her attempt to return safely to earth is halted when the mother ship attempts to follow her so she sacrifices herself by leading the ship away from earth and in the ensuing explosion winds up on a distant moon where she must fend for herself. 3 years later, Gracie is "rescued" by Kordon, an alien warrior who immediately falls in love with her. What she didn't know is that the blast had caused a rip in time and sent her 850 years into the future. Gracie pretty much falls in love with Kordon within a few days even though she was still in love with Chance, she gets over him pretty quick. Amazing alien sex is followed by Gracie AGAIN attempting a daring mission to save kidnapped women from the same mean aliens who had attacked earth back in her day. Mind you, chronologically Gracie is only 20 years old. But, Oh that girl! She can charm anyone, isn't afraid of anything, can do anything! It's just so over the top! Still, I really liked the story and Gracie was not unlikable, just too good to be true :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    (cross-posted on Amazon) I stumbled upon this author's works and quickly devoured them, which left me hoping for new stories with more strong and intelligent women, tough but romantic men and loads of fascinating secondary characters that just demand their own tales. So when I discovered that a new series was starting, I definitely spent the time anticipating release day, hoping that the author was going to create another story for my "favorites" collection. And she did. The story held my attention (cross-posted on Amazon) I stumbled upon this author's works and quickly devoured them, which left me hoping for new stories with more strong and intelligent women, tough but romantic men and loads of fascinating secondary characters that just demand their own tales. So when I discovered that a new series was starting, I definitely spent the time anticipating release day, hoping that the author was going to create another story for my "favorites" collection. And she did. The story held my attention from the introduction of Gracie in her time and Kordon in his, to their meeting and through all the ups and downs until the end was reached. Plus some very hot scenes once the two come together. Then I had to go back and read it again. I already want to see more of Kordon's brothers and friends and Krac. And I definitely want to see more strong, independent female earthlings changing the mindsets of certain Zion warriors. Maybe others like Gracie are so busy with their lives and concerns that they don't have the time to waste flirting and chasing after Zion males. After much debate, a 4 star rating rather than a 5. Perhaps a future story will explain how the "offspring" of the Alluthans are running around the confederacy and yet no one was aware of the Alluthan threat. How did Gracie hold onto her sanity for 3 years, most would probably have lasted only a few weeks. Still a few grammatical errors and word choices but most I didn't even notice until the second read-thru. But the author already has control of the important elements of storytelling like plot, characters and world-building. And each new story has had fewer errors than the previous one. A very enjoyable read. Now I don't know whether to hope for another book in this series soon when I'm already waiting for upcoming releases in some of the other series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane T.

    I stumbled across this book and author through happenstance and now, S.E. Smith has went from being unknown to being on my "must buy" list. This is one of those romances that you come across once in a great while and wish it happened much more often. The heroine, Gracie will make you laugh, cry and warm your soul. I really can't say enough about her. She is brought to life so vividly that you feel her pain and want to stand up & cheer when she manages to hold on to her hope and belief in lov I stumbled across this book and author through happenstance and now, S.E. Smith has went from being unknown to being on my "must buy" list. This is one of those romances that you come across once in a great while and wish it happened much more often. The heroine, Gracie will make you laugh, cry and warm your soul. I really can't say enough about her. She is brought to life so vividly that you feel her pain and want to stand up & cheer when she manages to hold on to her hope and belief in love. Gracie is the type of person that you wish you could know, that you hope you would have the strength to be if you were in similar circumstances. If there is any problem with the book, in my opinion, it is that Gracie is such a superior character that all the others (even the hero) seem to pale in comparision. I have already read this story twice and know I will be reading it again for many years to come. I will certainly be watching for more from this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angarad

    I still love the writting but appart from the first big surprise regarding the time, I was left waiting for more actions and unexpected events. But they didn't happen, sadly. And can Gracie fall in love in like hours nearly??!! I mean you think she was so into Chance, she would have trouble beginning a new relationship, especially with a non human but it felt like everything was pretty normal... I don't know there were many small points that kept bothering me. But I woud be curious to read a seq I still love the writting but appart from the first big surprise regarding the time, I was left waiting for more actions and unexpected events. But they didn't happen, sadly. And can Gracie fall in love in like hours nearly??!! I mean you think she was so into Chance, she would have trouble beginning a new relationship, especially with a non human but it felt like everything was pretty normal... I don't know there were many small points that kept bothering me. But I woud be curious to read a sequel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BJ

    Very strong alien H, honourable and he falls for the h the first time he hears her voice. She is human, young, brave and very alone after saving Earth but now finds herself a long way from home. He claims her but she to fight herself and others for her right to live the life she wants. It is scifi adventure, with a little angst, a bit of evil woven into a love story - and the alien H gets to show her his interesting alien bits to spice it up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ValerieC

    I am giving this a 5 based on the great storyline and characters. Still lots of problems with proof-reading! This time, I'm not marking down for it because the story was so good. I would like to know how the H started out the book with the last name of 'Jefe', but ended it with the last name of 'Jeke'?????????????????

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hollie

    Just an ok read for me This book had a lot of potential but I felt myself tiring of the unnecessary dialogue. At times I found myself growing bored of the plot. It just didn't work for me. I never felt emotionally invested in the characters nor storyline. Not a series I will personally be continuing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gail Koger

    I really enjoyed this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This story has everything I love in reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katharina

    Star Trek mixed with "Independence Day (Will Smith)"

  23. 5 out of 5

    CC

    No can do. First 3 chapters are the setup and about her and her love, Chance. Who is NOT the hero of the book. Just did not put me in the right place to continue reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Elliott

    Good read Another good book. S E Smith, she keeps them coming and I'm glad she does. Don't miss out on this series. I sure won't! Happy reading!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    Gracie's Touch A moving story. Gracie went through so much and stayed strong. Plenty of action and suspense plus all the romance you can handle. A wonderful start to the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    AnnaM

    Aliens attack and decimate Earth, taking most humans as incubators or spare parts. 12 year-old Gracie Jones survives, hides out, joins a group of freedom fighters and becomes a legend. She's one of those cute super-geniuses who is basically good at everything, whom all men fall for, and who saves the day, repeatedly. As a 17 yr old, she's in love with fellow freedom fighter, Chance, who is helping her search for her family. Suddenly, the aliens need exterminating and Gracie is not only the only Aliens attack and decimate Earth, taking most humans as incubators or spare parts. 12 year-old Gracie Jones survives, hides out, joins a group of freedom fighters and becomes a legend. She's one of those cute super-geniuses who is basically good at everything, whom all men fall for, and who saves the day, repeatedly. As a 17 yr old, she's in love with fellow freedom fighter, Chance, who is helping her search for her family. Suddenly, the aliens need exterminating and Gracie is not only the only one who can fly an alien spacecraft, she's written a computer supervirus in the alien language. Leaving her love to fly off on a suicide mission to upload the virus into the mothership, she inadvertently finds herself alive, stranded on a distant hospitable moon, and 850 yrs into the future. Enter humanoid aliens, the Zion warriors, huge macho men who happen to be searching for the same pesky galaxy decimating aliens that destroyed Earth. Cue instant love with a very high ranking officer, fast sex, and rip-roaring alien fighting. I have mixed feelings about this book. Parts were really, really good. The background characters, some of the aliens, the worldbuilding, the tech. The action scenes were well-written. The visuals were described really well. One part really disturbed me. I fully admit to having problems with dubious consent, which is how the two main romances both began. Also, I was annoyed by the way everybody said how "special" and wonderful Gracie was, nearly all the men said if the hero hadn't already "claimed her" as soon as he looked at her, then they would have tried to make her their mate themselves. Everybody loves Gracie. The good: The worldbuilding is deep, realistic for the most part, and interesting. I loved the world. The Alluthans were suitably stupid and scary simultaneously. I adored the bounty hunter Krac and was really happy to hear he got his own book. The overall universe was large and had depth. The tech was good--except for the fact that a kid who didn't even finish elementary school could take out the aliens when apparently extremely advanced societies couldn't. I liked the types and descriptions of the aliens. I liked how Gracie kept going when everyone else wanted to give up, and inspired them all to persevere. I liked the twists and turns to the plot. I liked the ending. The bad: One caveat to what bothered me most is that there were hints that Gracie, being an independent pants-wearing woman, was going to change this aspect of Zion society in the future. So maybe this was a 'start at the worst' type issue and won't crop up in some later books. I was disturbed by the Zion Warriors laughing about the silly females that "belonged" to them on first sight and how the women protest, push them away, act annoyed at the men's advances, say no, and even have to be tied up to 'convince them' with sex how much the women "love" the men. Because no means nothing. And the second the men touch the women in bed they are writhing in ecstasy so they didn't mean no after all. Am I really strange because this bothers me? Gracie loved Chance, cried for him, had PTSD and depression (per the hero's doctor), yet as soon as Kordon, the hero, met her he told her she was his mate. But lucky for Kordon, Gracie had just spent 3 years totally alone, and was a psychologically compromised virgin who'd just learned everyone she knew was dead. After a short time of trying to get him to leave her alone, she gave in, jumped into bed with the stranger and suddenly was head over heels for him. Not only did this whole idea make me dislike the "hero" I disliked his buddy who tied up Gracie's friend and forced sex on her. After sex, the friend fell in "love" with him too. I almost stopped reading. Also bad: I giggled aloud when I read the description of him taking her virginity. Very bad anatomy. It was entertaining, after I got past the parts that bothered me about the romance. If the early romance doesn't bother a reader then the story could be really fun and fast paced with some hot sex in places, and roller-coaster battles. It got much better as it went. I ended up basically liking Gracie. I liked Kordon's mom and how he acted at the end. I want to read more in the world. Will I read the next book? Probably, because it's about Krac and I think I liked him the most even though he wasn't in the story very long. Would I recommend this story? Yes. But be warned if you have a sensitivity to dubious consent. ***Thank you to netgalley and the author for a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.***

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josefine

    Ok, so I was very sceptical. Those books, who cost only 3 € on amazon sometimes tend to be very ... well ... bad. So I was very suprised when I got to know a smart, strong and brave girl. Gracie was clever and determined to do what has to be done in order to save her family and friends, no matter the price. Wow. That sounded very different from a lot of other alien meets mate books I read. So we make a time jump after Gracie accomplished her mission. She is stranded on a moon for three years and i Ok, so I was very sceptical. Those books, who cost only 3 € on amazon sometimes tend to be very ... well ... bad. So I was very suprised when I got to know a smart, strong and brave girl. Gracie was clever and determined to do what has to be done in order to save her family and friends, no matter the price. Wow. That sounded very different from a lot of other alien meets mate books I read. So we make a time jump after Gracie accomplished her mission. She is stranded on a moon for three years and is finally saved by Kordon and his crew. And this is where the book spirals downwards. The chracters had potential. Like, a lot! The story had potential! And S.E. Smith didn't take the chance to develop a story with character depth and complex storylines that go beyond insta love and mighty protas who just have to snap with their fingers (or in Gracies case, get to a computer) to destroy the mighty enemy Everything was fine until insta love happened. Gracie, who was so coreagaus in the first 20 % of the book just falls for Kordon the minute she meets him. I would have loved to see a slow developing romance. There is nothing against insta attraction, but I prefer a slow burn. The way the Zion warriors and Gracie defeat the Alluhat is just beyond ridiculous. I am dissapointed because the book raised my hopes in the first place

  28. 4 out of 5

    heather ♥

    My only issue with this book was how quickly the romance started between Gracie and Kordan. I get why she decided to jump in the sack with him fairly quickly, I just wished I saw more of the actual interaction rather than just having it stated that they talked for hours about x,y,z. It'd have been nicer imo to at least get some of the stories Kordan told her about Zion. Hell, it'd have been nice to get to hear the stories about him and his brothers growing up that his mother told Gracie after th My only issue with this book was how quickly the romance started between Gracie and Kordan. I get why she decided to jump in the sack with him fairly quickly, I just wished I saw more of the actual interaction rather than just having it stated that they talked for hours about x,y,z. It'd have been nicer imo to at least get some of the stories Kordan told her about Zion. Hell, it'd have been nice to get to hear the stories about him and his brothers growing up that his mother told Gracie after they finally meet. Other than that, the whole first part of the book had me emotionally on edge. You knew what was coming to some extent, but it was so sad and yet so sweet. I loved seeing her interacting with Chance and the guys, and seeing their love of one another and dedication to each other and their cause. One of my favorite things was Gracie's personality and how she inately brought out the best in everyone. Even people who were initially inclined to dislike her couldn't help but adore her after spending a bit of time getting to know her or learning about the things she's done and the sacrifices shes made. I loved watching everyone come to care for her, and seeing her inner strength, intelligence and grace as she did what she had to do, whether it was facing an army down, an unpleasant truth, or simply learning to rebuild her life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I really liked Gracie. She's young yet strong and determined despite horrible circumstances and fear. The hero is less well described, but likeable in his super warrior alpha supreme general way. However, I could not get into how quickly he fell for her, how he behaved when they first met ((view spoiler)[ he stalks up to her then puts his hands around her neck and is surprised when she thinks he's going to kill her? (hide spoiler)] ), how quickly she turned her affections to him, and how he essen I really liked Gracie. She's young yet strong and determined despite horrible circumstances and fear. The hero is less well described, but likeable in his super warrior alpha supreme general way. However, I could not get into how quickly he fell for her, how he behaved when they first met ((view spoiler)[ he stalks up to her then puts his hands around her neck and is surprised when she thinks he's going to kill her? (hide spoiler)] ), how quickly she turned her affections to him, and how he essentially pressured her into sex way early. Her side of things in the plot and action remained constant. Yet his was stupid. Though he's from a warrior culture and everyone loves her ability to wreak havoc on the enemy, he's constantly hiding things from her. He wants to protect her, but how is she protected when she can easily be taken by surprise? I liked the assassin character and am glad the next book is about him. Overall, it was the initial push for a relationship when Gracie was in shock followed by repeated poor decisions by an experienced leader that brought my experience down. If it had just been the bad decisions, I would have given the book 3 stars, but just had a bad feeling from how their relationship started, though it was clear he adored her. I received a copy for free through NetGalley.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tam B.

    I do like this book. I like how it shows strength in the face of adversity and even though there is a big strong alien ready, willing and able to fight, it is a woman and her intelligence that takes the day. I'm not big on instant 'in love' couples. In this instance I think our leading lady has faced enough and is young enough to certainly confuse love and lust and feel affection for practically anyone who gives her some. But at least she lucks out with our hero. I think by the time they make it I do like this book. I like how it shows strength in the face of adversity and even though there is a big strong alien ready, willing and able to fight, it is a woman and her intelligence that takes the day. I'm not big on instant 'in love' couples. In this instance I think our leading lady has faced enough and is young enough to certainly confuse love and lust and feel affection for practically anyone who gives her some. But at least she lucks out with our hero. I think by the time they make it to his home and she "claims" him, Gracie has a fair idea of what she wants. I like that our hero, whilst being an alpha male, doesn't dominate, or rather doesn't successfully. I like that his ego can handle an equal in his 'mate'. I like how he "thaws out" so to speak. I have no idea how SE Smith is going to continue the series. It's not that she lacks for warriors but rather I wonder where she is going to draw her leading ladies from and what situations are they going to find themselves in - Gracie's is unique. For those that such things drive mad - there are some spelling errors - board instead of broad is an example but I didn't feel the urge to get out the red marker. An enjoyable story.

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