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Deena Rhork. He's a space pirate. The bad kind. But he's also been my only source of company for the past rotation that I've been held captive. Halfway across the galaxy, I'm happy to have finally escaped and found more humans...well, I was. But now, I'm not so sure that people are so much better than pirates. And I'm very sure that I'll need Rhork's help to get out of this. Deena Rhork. He's a space pirate. The bad kind. But he's also been my only source of company for the past rotation that I've been held captive. Halfway across the galaxy, I'm happy to have finally escaped and found more humans...well, I was. But now, I'm not so sure that people are so much better than pirates. And I'm very sure that I'll need Rhork's help to get out of this. But Rhork thinks I'm a defective female because of my twisted leg. What if he's not willing to give it? Rhork Communicating with the human female for almost a rotation was, in retrospect, a poor choice. Now, she seems to be the ever-present voice in my head, distracting me, making me want things I shouldn't. To make her a pirate. To show her the universe. And most of all, to keep her for myself. Taken to Kor is a full-length (95k words) SciFi space opera romance featuring an alien pirate who looks like an alien and a plus sized heroine with drive and heart. Enemies-to-lovers who are also fated-mates are common staples of all Xiveri Mates books, which each end with their own special HEA. I recommend reading this book after book 4.


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Deena Rhork. He's a space pirate. The bad kind. But he's also been my only source of company for the past rotation that I've been held captive. Halfway across the galaxy, I'm happy to have finally escaped and found more humans...well, I was. But now, I'm not so sure that people are so much better than pirates. And I'm very sure that I'll need Rhork's help to get out of this. Deena Rhork. He's a space pirate. The bad kind. But he's also been my only source of company for the past rotation that I've been held captive. Halfway across the galaxy, I'm happy to have finally escaped and found more humans...well, I was. But now, I'm not so sure that people are so much better than pirates. And I'm very sure that I'll need Rhork's help to get out of this. But Rhork thinks I'm a defective female because of my twisted leg. What if he's not willing to give it? Rhork Communicating with the human female for almost a rotation was, in retrospect, a poor choice. Now, she seems to be the ever-present voice in my head, distracting me, making me want things I shouldn't. To make her a pirate. To show her the universe. And most of all, to keep her for myself. Taken to Kor is a full-length (95k words) SciFi space opera romance featuring an alien pirate who looks like an alien and a plus sized heroine with drive and heart. Enemies-to-lovers who are also fated-mates are common staples of all Xiveri Mates books, which each end with their own special HEA. I recommend reading this book after book 4.

30 review for Taken to Kor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    Loved the latest instalment in this imaginative series this time around we get to learn more about the Niahhorru pirates that live on Kor. They have been popping up for a while as the antagonists in previous books wanting the female humans to participate in a practice called shekurr to repopulate their diminishing race. So this is again a stand-alone another couple introduced but you do need to read previous books to get an idea of where we are at today. You might be a bit lost without all the back Loved the latest instalment in this imaginative series this time around we get to learn more about the Niahhorru pirates that live on Kor. They have been popping up for a while as the antagonists in previous books wanting the female humans to participate in a practice called shekurr to repopulate their diminishing race. So this is again a stand-alone another couple introduced but you do need to read previous books to get an idea of where we are at today. You might be a bit lost without all the background information learnt previously as this has a story-arc that follows through them all except for book three that one is a completely separate story. So basically read book One, Two, Four before this one will get you up to speed. Oh and just a heads up book three is also fabulous. This series is incredibly detailed and very well written, the world-building bloody phenomenal some of the best I’ve seen yet. If you like sci-romance that doesn’t just rely on the smut to sell it but builds intricate worlds together with some diverse characterisation that draw you in then this is the series for you. Every time I read one of these books it becomes my new favourite. Deena is Mathilde’s granddaughter she’s a human with a lame leg who's been treated like crap all of her life, she’s also plus-size. Her grandma is quite the piece of work even going so far as to locking Deena up so she can’t tell tales of what she knows. Her only lifeline at this time was Rhorkanterannu a pirate king working with her grandmother that she could communicate with through a stolen earpiece. But when Rhork rejects her Deena despite her sense of betrayal is determined to forge ahead on her own. Rhork is the leader of a planet of pirates his rejection of Deena is because he wants her for his own mate not willing to share her with his fellow pirates in Shekurr. But Deena’s early life has done a number on her she lacks self-esteem doesn’t understand that what she sees as defects and flaws are in reality her strengths and of no concern to Rhork. I loved how Rhork assisted Deena in seeing herself as he does he revels in her rebirth and doesn’t try to contain her. He sees her as a warrior woman and is immensely proud of every one of her escapades even actively encouraging them. This was fast-paced and full of action and I adored all the pirate banter included the vibe here I found to be different to previous books. It was like the whole bunch of them were family and now Deena was one of them a pirate and totally accepted I loved that. Rhork and Deena’s relationship and love was one of a kind and I enjoyed their unconventional journey all the more because of that. I definitely recommend this series it’s absolutely fabulous and I would read this author blind now her stories are just that good. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Taken To Kor (Xiveri Mates #5) Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Stephens

    Thanks for waiting for, reading, and (hopefully!) reviewing Rhork's book. Letting you in on a secret... Rhork is my favorite character in the Xiveri Mates universe :) <3 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 5 by reading books 1 & 4 first. Books 3 & 6 take place outside of the Voraxian solar system and thus can be read in any order. Com Thanks for waiting for, reading, and (hopefully!) reviewing Rhork's book. Letting you in on a secret... Rhork is my favorite character in the Xiveri Mates universe :) <3 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 5 by reading books 1 & 4 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

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arielle

    I received an ARC of this book, and I was finished with it in a couple of days. WOW! This was such a blast to read, I was actually sad it was over! Kor can technically be read as a standalone, however it’s strongly recommended to read Heimo first, as Heimo introduces us to one of the main characters and provides context on how the book starts and other events throughout. Kor stars Deena, the granddaughter of Mathilda. She’s introduced to us in Heimo, when Svera finds that she’d been held capt I received an ARC of this book, and I was finished with it in a couple of days. WOW! This was such a blast to read, I was actually sad it was over! Kor can technically be read as a standalone, however it’s strongly recommended to read Heimo first, as Heimo introduces us to one of the main characters and provides context on how the book starts and other events throughout. Kor stars Deena, the granddaughter of Mathilda. She’s introduced to us in Heimo, when Svera finds that she’d been held captive in the basement of her grandmother’s house (view spoiler)[after Deena discovered that her grandmother was hording food and other supplies for herself, while the rest of the human colony starved and struggled (hide spoiler)] . I think it’s worth noting that although Deena was held prisoner, she wasn’t killed. Perhaps, not right away. Whether it was out of a sick version of grandmotherly love, or seeing Deena as a potential bargaining chip for the future, Deena is kept alive, and spends the next several years locked in a cell in Mathilda’s basement. By the time Svera finds Deena, it had long been accepted that she'd ran away. Although Mathilda is Deena's maternal grandmother, she very rarely refers to her as such (unless sardonically or sarcastically), preferring to call her by her first name. It can be easily forgotten they're related by blood. As a result of her captivity (view spoiler)[and the death of Deena's mother, which we learn was Mathilda's doing, among other things (hide spoiler)] , Deena has severed all familial ties with Mathilda and refuses to see her as anything other than a monster. Eventually, Deena escapes her prison (during the events in Heimo), and lands herself in an escape pod (view spoiler)[armed with the coordinates to a satellite purportedly filled with humans that Rhork is dying to get his hands on, given to her by Svera (hide spoiler)] . Throughout the story, Deena’s personality is extremely quirky, at times bordering on bizarre and even awkward. Deena repeatedly refers to herself as "crazy" and a "madwoman" (view spoiler)[both of which are insults given by Mathilda (hide spoiler)] . But it’s important to understand how she got like this. Deena was completely alone for the entire duration of her captivity, which spanned literal years. The only other human she saw was Mathilda, and she often left her there for days without checking on her, at times withholding food and water from her. Loneliness has detrimental impacts on human behavior and development. Deena’s captivity (view spoiler)[and subsequent abuse at the hands of her grandmother (hide spoiler)] had all but eroded her social skills, including her reactions to things and situations in the outside world, and Stephens did a spectacular job showing this through her actions. When Deena reaches the human satellite, nestled in an asteroid field, she’s literally bouncing with joy at the thought of seeing and meeting other humans. She’s not as concerned as someone else might be at seeing the satellite’s rotted and decayed exterior. It doesn’t register to her that maybe satellites with (presumably) living humans shouldn’t look like this on the outside. And she isn’t too bothered when she goes inside and finds it completely dark and frigidly cold. She’s only alerted that something is very wrong when she searches what feels like “thirty endless hallways” and finds absolutely no sign of human life. And it’s only after she encounters a horrifying creature (view spoiler)[that she later realizes was a twisted mutation of what was once a human, after it nearly kills her (hide spoiler)] that she realizes coming to this satellite was a grave mistake. (And if you want a visual of what the creature looks like, here’s how I pictured them: they have bodies like this with faces like this, minus the ears) Suddenly grateful she didn’t get rid of her communication token before she entered the satellite, Deena channels Rhork and practically begs for her life (view spoiler)[by going as far as to agree to perform the shekurr, a sex ritual where dozens of Niahhoru men take turns having sex with one woman with the goal of her conceiving, with Rhork and his crew (hide spoiler)] . The words spilling out of her as she’s speaking to him sound nonsensical, but this is intentional. Shock will scramble the human brain like an egg, made worse by the damaging side effects of extended periods of social isolation. And Stephens captured Deena’s shock incredibly well in this scene. Picture this: you’ve been held captive in a cell for literal years, so long that the people in your community thought you ran away. You have a chance to escape and you pounce on it, and find yourself in an escape pod, heading to a satellite to meet and join other humans. But once you get there, the satellite isn’t what you hoped it would be; it’s dark and cold, there are no humans, and your first interaction with anything outside of the prison you’ve been held in soon becomes a fight for your life. You came inches away from a gruesome death, and want nothing more than to leave and forget the satellite even exists. Deena was desperate and struggling to speak coherently after what she just went through. And in her desperation, she was willing to subject herself to anything Rhork might demand of her, so long as it meant she left the satellite in one piece. While grateful for Rhork for coming to her rescue, Deena has a chip on her shoulder and an even bigger one in her heart. During the events of Heimo, Rhork openly called her “defective”, and Deena long assumed this to be a reference to her twisted left leg (view spoiler)[which we learn was intentionally broken by Mathilda when she was six years old (hide spoiler)] . The insult was burned into her memory and had a lasting impact on her. Rhork was Deena's sole source of companionship during her captivity. Deena had long developed romantic feelings for Rhork at this point, so the betrayal was doubly effective and tore her apart. But unbeknownst to Deena, Rhork also developed romantic feelings for her, and never once saw her as "defective", or anything less. And Deena soon learns she's far too precious to him for him to see her as anything other than the pirate queen she was born to be. Rhork, short for Rhorkanterannu, is the de facto pirate king of Kor. He was introduced in the first book, Voraxia, in which his intentional goading of the Raku nearly got him killed. Despite his transgressions, he holds a deep respect for women, to the point of reverence. (view spoiler)[We first saw this in Voraxia, where Rhork makes an extremely solemn vow to have no harm come to Miari when he discovers she's pregnant and needs medical attention. In Heimo, he gifts Svera an authentic prayer rug from Earth. In his first chapter here, he’s worried when he learns about Svera and Krisxox’s trial in Evernor, mentally noting that if Svera were to die, it would be on him and his crew collectively. And again in Heimo, when Deena receives a harsh slap from her grandmother in front of him, he’s quick to pull his blaster on Mathilda for the transgression. (hide spoiler)] What starts as a chance encounter with Deena (view spoiler)[after the token she found on the floor of the basement inserts itself into her ear, and she connects to his personal channel (hide spoiler)] eventually becomes a friendship that develops into a relationship, one that changes both of their lives forever, and one they both would be eternally grateful for. (BTW: Rhork and his crew all look like this, with silver skin, bigger eyes, no tattoos and black spikes starting at the tops of their head and going down the length of their back) Rhork’s past actions paint him as a villain, but he isn’t an evil person at all. (view spoiler)[This is confirmed almost immediately, when it's revealed that he was the one who tipped off Ashmara to Svera and Krisxox’s trial in Evernor, leading Ashmara to save them both. (hide spoiler)] Desperation can make people do really stupid and even horrible things, and Rhork is fueled by a desperation of his own; one that comes from belonging to a species that is slowly dying out. The Niahhoru have no fertile females. The discovery of human women being sexually compatible with other species gives him hope, fueling his desperation. When Rhork rescues Deena on the human satellite, he finds the answers to his prayers and dilemmas (view spoiler)[when they discover nearly two-thousand tanks containing humans, male and female, in cryostasis (hide spoiler)] . While the Niahhoru may be pirates, they're mostly good people at heart. (view spoiler)[With the exception of a mutiny that nearly resulted in Deena being kidnapped by an exiled Mathilda in Kor, partnered with a Bo'Raku whom we thought had been executed in Nobu, (hide spoiler)] Rhork's crew is extremely devoted to Deena and will defend her to the death. They are quick to accept her as their own and rise to her defense in any situation. They quite literally are a family to Deena, where Mathilda never was. Their dynamic was both hilarious and heartwarming to see unfold, so much so that I almost forgot they were pirates. (view spoiler)[I giggled like an idiot when Tevbarannos was being tormented at the thought of mating an Oroshi. I giggled even harder at Deena's reaction when she went into labor, and someone offered her black fil. And I full out laughed my a** off when the crew were fighting over what to name Rhork and Deena's kits, and Tevbarannos threatened to shoot everyone if they didn't name one of them after him. (hide spoiler)] Throughout the story, Deena is constantly reminded of the abuse she endured by her grandmother, and she often circles back to her leg (and Rhork's hurtful words). This is a very touchy subject for her, and it quickly becomes apparent this is a source of low self-esteem for Deena. Additionally, Deena is very self-conscious about her physical appearance. She's what we would consider "plus-sized", due to Mathilda constantly providing her food (view spoiler)[which she rejects at first, as a form of protest, only to succumb to hunger (hide spoiler)] during her captivity. And since food wasn't in a large abundance on the colony she lived in, no one else was able to get as big as she was, which only made her feel worse about it (view spoiler)[although this was lessened dramatically when she saw just how diverse the planet Kor was, and I think it helped that Niahhoru females have her exact same body shape (hide spoiler)] . Deena also has a grounding technique that I think alludes to her state of mind a lot better than her chalking it up to being "crazy", and this would be a rhyming game she plays in her head and out loud (view spoiler)[something we learn is what she often did with Rhork during her captivity (hide spoiler)] . Suffice to say, Deena repeats certain things, both mentally and verbally, whenever something bad happens, like when she's trying to distract herself from something. And we see that even the smallest of things can trigger memories of her abuse at the hands of Mathilda. In my opinion, this is an impressively realistic depiction of someone who has gone through extended periods of abuse. But Deena went through a complete and utter evolution in terms of character development. It's incredibly difficult for me to describe in detail how it happened, but it left me in awe. It's truly something to behold. With the help of Rhork and the pirates she now considers family, Deena no longer saw herself as "defective" or "deformed" (although she reclaims the moniker of being "crazy" and a "madwoman" with arms wide open). She channeled her inner pirate and became their equal; in heart, mind and spirit. It was mesmerizing to see that she was accepted as she was, for who she was, regardless of what she went through, what she looked like, or where she came from. (view spoiler)[Mathilda's death, after they disabled the ship she stole from them, was an extremely somber example of this. She died at the mental push of a button by Deena's command, which triggered said ship's explosion. Every pirate present understood the gravity of the situation - the death of Deena's only kin - and they literally engulfed her in love and support to soften the blow that came from it. (hide spoiler)] This is absolutely a 5/5 stars for me. The central theme of the story is one of acceptance in the face of uncertainty, belonging with no blood relation, and a reminder that while family may not always nice, it also isn't restricted to who you're related to by birth. Deena found her place in a world of marauding, pillaging and plundering space pirates, and she single-handedly gave hope to an entire species while bringing others together. Deena may never have seen her life turn out the way it did, especially while in captivity. But in the end, that made things all the more... Interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review will be available on *Milky Way of Books* on April 19th. I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review will be available on *Milky Way of Books* on April 19th.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Stephens continues the Xiveri Mates series with an action-packed, heart-pounding, space pirate romance, and it is epic! Prior to the start of the story, Deena has spent years held in captivity by her grandmother after finding out that her grandmother betrayed their colony. Deena’s only communication with the outside world is with Rhork, a space pirate she talks to via a communication token. Deena manages to escape and, at the start of Taken to Kor, arrives at a human satellite, excited to meet o Stephens continues the Xiveri Mates series with an action-packed, heart-pounding, space pirate romance, and it is epic! Prior to the start of the story, Deena has spent years held in captivity by her grandmother after finding out that her grandmother betrayed their colony. Deena’s only communication with the outside world is with Rhork, a space pirate she talks to via a communication token. Deena manages to escape and, at the start of Taken to Kor, arrives at a human satellite, excited to meet other humans and start over away from her nefarious grandmother. However, things are not as she expected, and Deena’s life is quickly endangered, and Rhork is the only one who can help her. Deena can’t trust Rhork. He is a pirate, and his customs are deplorable to Deena. However, the male she talked to for the years of her captivity and the one who saves her is so different from his reputation. Rhork knows he wants Deena and that she is the perfect mate for him. He just has to convince her that becoming his mate and a pirate is where she belongs. This is my favorite book in the Xiveri Mates series. It is fast-paced and action-packed, and I adored the characters and the romance! The book starts with a sense of foreboding as Deena enters the seemingly abandoned human satellite. Where there should be humans prospering, Deena finds something horrifying. Rhork and his crew show how ruthless and heroic they can be, coming to Deena’s rescue when she needs them the most. I love Rhork’s crew and the way that they embrace Deena as one of their own. Though they are ruthless, they are also more honorable than I expected, especially after hearing about them in earlier books. Deena finds a family in Rhork and his crew and a home on Rhork’s ship. This band of pirates is nothing like Deena expected, and it is with them that she finally feels a sense of belonging. This devoted found family of pirates is one of my favorite parts of the story. Deena struggles with self-esteem and has a low opinion of her self-worth. Because of this, she has a hard time believing that Rhork cares for her. She sees herself as less than, and the wounds of her past, as well as something hurtful Rhork said to protect her, has severely affected her feelings of worth. At the start of the story, she’s sensitive about her physical appearance and feels unworthy of love. However, as the story progresses, Deena changes. She becomes more confident and sure of herself, and her self-consciousness fades. Rhork is a swoon-worthy hero, and the love story between him and Deena is fantastic! He is so in love with Deena and sees her for the strong, smart, and beautiful person that she is. I think he has a lot to do with Deena’s healing, as he loves, protects, and defends her more than anyone ever has. Of course, miscommunication, jealousy, attempted kidnappings, space battles, and more stand in their way, but that just makes their love story all the more wonderful and intense. They seem to bring out the best in each other, and their chemistry is amazing. Though this, like all of the books in the Xiveri Mates series, is a standalone, I would recommend reading Taken to Heimo, the fourth book in the series, if you want more context about Deena and Rhork. It provides the background about Deena and her grandmother and how Deena escaped, and it gives you a look at Rhork and his crew from a different perspective. Some of the characters from the first four stories in the series make appearances in this book, which I also loved. It is interesting to see what the characters are doing and how their lives, relationships, and goals have progressed. I also like how all of their stories, though separate, intertwine. The couples from all of the books in the series want a different future, and they have created the changes necessary to bring their dreams to fruition. It’s fascinating to see how their work, and their relationships, have developed. Stephens’ created a vast, immersive with unique worlds, customs, and beings, and I’m always amazed at the vividness and clarity of her descriptions. It’s so easy to imagine, yet so different from anything I’ve ever read. On top of that, the plot is intricately developed. Plots and sub-plots are gripping, exciting, and unpredictable. I’m excited to read the next book in the series and am so thankful to Elizabeth Stephens for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Snob Sue

    I would give this book so many more stars, because I freaking love it and this series so much, it is phenomenal, and so is the writing. I had won the first book, and so glad I did, because Elizabeth Stephens is an amazing writer. I binge read the first 4 books, couldn’t get enough of them. This is a series I will be reading over, and over, and over, and over...you get the idea. So, I am eternally grateful for winning that first book. Rhork aka Rhorky bear met Deena via a com, and they started tal I would give this book so many more stars, because I freaking love it and this series so much, it is phenomenal, and so is the writing. I had won the first book, and so glad I did, because Elizabeth Stephens is an amazing writer. I binge read the first 4 books, couldn’t get enough of them. This is a series I will be reading over, and over, and over, and over...you get the idea. So, I am eternally grateful for winning that first book. Rhork aka Rhorky bear met Deena via a com, and they started talking all the time. Rhork was dubbed as the bad guy in previous books, but is he really a bad guy? Shrugs, he’s just trying to save his people/species. They will go extinct with the lack of females, and the females they have are not having babies, wouldn’t most of us try and help to prevent that by any means necessary? That was rhetorical, because I think we all know that we would. For me he went from the “maybe a bad guy” to one of my favorite guys….the loyalty he has for his girl is everything, and hard to come by. He is absolutely smitten with our girl Deena, and he would move worlds to get to her. Oh, and not only is he a badass pirate, but he be bringing the dirty talk. And these two are absolutely insatiable with each other, they have so much chemistry, wow, the heat...spurred on by the dirty talking *winks*. Deena is a quirky temperamental and fearless badass, who can’t sing, but likes too, who rhymes words all the time, wields a blaster like it’s just another day...and most importantly, gets away with calling the King of the Pirates, Rhorky bear...true story my reading peeps. She is doubtful that he likes her back too, but let’s be honest, any guy, badass space pirate or not that not only lets, but likes that you call him Rhorky bear is smitten...on a ridiculous level. If that doesn’t show how much he likes her then I don’t know what will ...am I right? And she makes one hell of a pirate. The respect and awe she receives from him and his pirates is priceless, and well earned, because in their eyes she is one of them, a warrior space pirate. How cool is that. They all dote on her, and I think it’s adorable. I know, I know, their pirates so I probably shouldn’t use the word adorable, but it totally is. Fantastic book, series and storyline. So much happens in this book, if you are a fan of this series, you definitely do not want to miss this one. So many things happen in this book, it will have you glued to the pages. Safe read, with a dirty talking badass space pirate King and his quirky and fearless pirate Queen, that have plenty of chemistry to spare. Lots of new character favorites, and a lot of our favorites from previous books too. Everyone is trying to place nice😉😁. And a very cool HEA. If you are a sci-fi romance reader, look no further, your next series addiction is here. You are welcome.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Missmoone

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rhork was an unlikely hero in my eyes. He was a conniving sh** and frankly I just didn’t get the appeal from that species. But 4 books later ( bk 3 doesn’t count), I see where he and his people are coming from and I actually like Deena for him. Deena on the other hand took a while to get warmed up to. Didn’t know how her character would play out, but she had psychological and physical insecurities to overcome. Initially that gets tiring with the repetitiveness of these insecurities even when her Rhork was an unlikely hero in my eyes. He was a conniving sh** and frankly I just didn’t get the appeal from that species. But 4 books later ( bk 3 doesn’t count), I see where he and his people are coming from and I actually like Deena for him. Deena on the other hand took a while to get warmed up to. Didn’t know how her character would play out, but she had psychological and physical insecurities to overcome. Initially that gets tiring with the repetitiveness of these insecurities even when her mate does and says things to prove how devoted he is to her and he doesn’t see anything wrong with her at all. But in books those tropes can get really old, really quickly. Now to the story itself. it was action and intrigue almost from the beginning. I liked the two main characters together doing... er... Pirate-y things. Rhork although not Voraxian in the least exhibited Voraxian devotion to Deena and it was endearing. She was exciting in battle when it counts but, but super vulnerable at other points in the story which I touched on. One thing I thing myself and other readers might have an issue with is the “initial connection” of the two characters, the time it took for them to meet and getting to know one another. It was done in flashback scenes in bits and pieces; and for all that was going on with the two of them, I was hoping for more of that connection history being played out as I was getting to know them as a couple. Introduction to new characters of the Niahhorru race was given (oh the names!!) , which leads me to believe there will be more stories of these pirates in future. Steamy scenes were fitted in when necessary, but there was alot going on with Deena, Rhork and the rest of the Pirate gang. World building as always was very rich to the point of getting lost in details. Previous villains made appearances for conflict which will continue tying the different stories together. The cameos of the all Rakus and the Kannas , etc. etc. were comedic at best. In fact there were alot of LOL moments in the story😁. So much happened in the 3rd act that I wasn’t mad when the story ended when it did. All sorts of possibilities for the continuation of the series are endless. In the end my feelings are mixed on this one. I didn’t love it as much as the previous stories but it was an entertaining read on its own, save for the names, which I will always have a gripe about. Oh!! and Rhork was really an Alien’s alien for a change, so that was nice 🙂. received and ARC for honest review

  8. 5 out of 5

    S

    This is book 5 in the Xiveri Mates series and we meet Deena and Rhorkanterannu/Rhork. The beginning of the book was a little confusing trying to figure out if Deena was still being held hostage by her psycho grandmother or if she was on the same ship as Rhork. Finally figured out she was actually on an escape pod that she stole from Rhork. Having a leg injury as a child and being a plus sized woman made Deena feel like she had no value. Rhork was a pirate and lived by a different set of rules, ho This is book 5 in the Xiveri Mates series and we meet Deena and Rhorkanterannu/Rhork. The beginning of the book was a little confusing trying to figure out if Deena was still being held hostage by her psycho grandmother or if she was on the same ship as Rhork. Finally figured out she was actually on an escape pod that she stole from Rhork. Having a leg injury as a child and being a plus sized woman made Deena feel like she had no value. Rhork was a pirate and lived by a different set of rules, however he still had the “normal” rules of his people that kept him from pursuing his own hearts desire. Deena and Rhork had a very unconventional beginning to their relationship. Both had their doubts in themselves and how others perceived them, but seemed to have belief in each other. Rhork never saw Deena as weak or inferior, however he seemed to think she could read his mind and see how much he desired her and was proud of her. Luckily his crewmates had no such compunction and vocally cheered on Deena’s strength and tenacity. Once these two finally got past their own insecurities and stood up for themselves to be a couple the way they wanted to be, the book sped up. We had appearances by couples from the previous books and some of the not so nice aspects of their meetings were touched on. If you haven’t read the other books in the series you may not understand some of the context and how the other members fit in this very brutal, with bouts of sweetness in this complex colorful world the author has built. This was a 3.5 star rating for me, some of the story was a bit confusing in the beginning and I had to reread bits for clarity and at times it seemed like a lot of our world influences and subtext had inserted itself into the story. The repetitiveness of Deena’s insecurities got a bit much after a while. The cliché bad guys were a sigh but expected. In this story there was a bit of looseness that kept me from really immersing myself fully. I received and ARC and I am leaving a voluntary review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LaVerne S Washington

    I received an ARC of Taken to Kor and it was so good I couldn't stop reading and devoured the book in record time. If you haven't read the Xiveri Mates series, it's set in the Voraxian system populated by planets with interesting non-human, quasi-human and human-like aliens and a desert planet colonized by a shipwrecked group of diverse humans. Elizabeth Stephens takes the reader on journeys through space in realistic shuttles, ships and satellites to amazing planets featuring deserts, beaches, I received an ARC of Taken to Kor and it was so good I couldn't stop reading and devoured the book in record time. If you haven't read the Xiveri Mates series, it's set in the Voraxian system populated by planets with interesting non-human, quasi-human and human-like aliens and a desert planet colonized by a shipwrecked group of diverse humans. Elizabeth Stephens takes the reader on journeys through space in realistic shuttles, ships and satellites to amazing planets featuring deserts, beaches, jungles, and urban/city environments and unusual resources with interesting human, as well as non-human, quasi-human and human like aliens wielding amazing technology. Ms. Stephens is an expert with detailed, realistic description to make the reader feel as if they are in those Voraxian locations. The main characters, Deena, a brown skin human with self-esteem issues who believes she is defective due to a broken leg that was never fixed and Rhorkanterannu, a Niahorru pirate commander/king with four arms, plated exterior, jutting spines and hidden organs, have been introduced in previous books of the series and the stage has already been set for their romance. Taken to Kor has all of the elements of a great adventure with space pirates, evil villains, loyal and not so loyal pirates, as well as tenuous partnerships engaged in fighting (with and without weapons), space battles, kidnapping, gambling, and overall "bad-ass" scenarios. Culture, self-esteem, jealousy and life threatening situations get in the way of romance, but once Deena and Rhork figure it out, there is nothing but sizzle and heat and some very erotic scenes. A subplot of the story includes humans in stasis to be introduced to this exciting Voraxian system, so I know the series will continue and I will be waiting with baited breath for the next installment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Elizabeth, I love your books, they are captivating, packed with suspense and wrapped in love.  What can I say, you have not disappointed with the latest upcoming release of 'Taken to Kor'.   Taken to Kor, was gifted to me as an arc from Elizabeth. It's a wonderful exciting story about a caged, verbally abused women, named Deena.  Deena struggled to see her strengths due to her weight gain and the continuous ill treatment, at the hands of her grandmother.  Deena is actually extremely courageous, Elizabeth, I love your books, they are captivating, packed with suspense and wrapped in love.  What can I say, you have not disappointed with the latest upcoming release of 'Taken to Kor'.   Taken to Kor, was gifted to me as an arc from Elizabeth. It's a wonderful exciting story about a caged, verbally abused women, named Deena.  Deena struggled to see her strengths due to her weight gain and the continuous ill treatment, at the hands of her grandmother.  Deena is actually extremely courageous, has kick ass attributes, saves lives and is thoughtfully giving.  Rhork is a strong commander of a pirate ship, who is desperate to find a solution to a dying race by any means possible.  He sounds like a terrible despicable alien male from the previous books right? Wrong, he really has a caring heart...you'll just have to read the story to find out why.  Rhork and Deena meet when she was locked in that cage and there relationship flourished from there.  I won't give away all the juicy details of the book...you have to dig into it for yourself.  I will say that she is a formidable mate to Rhork, that fully imbraced the role of a pirate.  Not to mention, her willingness to share the largest gift that Rhork purchased for her, whic aided in the unity of many alien races. Are you wondering what in the world type of gift could bring forth peace???  Well, well ,well now, I cannot tell it all, you will just have to read this awesome book for yourself.  I have already given you several reasons why it's a must...now grab it and dig in!! Elizabeth, please keep the series going...I love them and will continue to support you!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    butterfliesandbooks

    Rhork is a space pirate, but he’s no pirate with a heart! He has no redeeming qualities! Deena feels like she’s a freak! A bum leg and wide hips have knocked her confidence! But the promise of a new life gives her the push she needs.... I’ve not read the other four books in this series, and it does feel like I’m missing a little background! But other than that, it’s a pretty good read. Deena and Rhork are just a great couple. On the outside he gives the impression he’s not fond of Deena, but in Rhork is a space pirate, but he’s no pirate with a heart! He has no redeeming qualities! Deena feels like she’s a freak! A bum leg and wide hips have knocked her confidence! But the promise of a new life gives her the push she needs.... I’ve not read the other four books in this series, and it does feel like I’m missing a little background! But other than that, it’s a pretty good read. Deena and Rhork are just a great couple. On the outside he gives the impression he’s not fond of Deena, but in fact he’s fascinated by her, he sees her potential as both a pirate and his mate. Watching her with other men is not an option for him, but with her lack of self esteem, it looks like he’s got his work cut out to convince her that she’s someone special. My first book written by this author, and I’m intrigued enough to want to go back to the start of this series. I want to know more of Rhork and Deena, I want to read how they met. Poor Deena hasn’t had it easy, her grandmother is a nasty piece of work, not really caring about Deena, and when she locks her away, I’m hoping the grandmother gets her comeuppance! Rhork gives off this horrible male vibe, but as I’ve only read him in this book I can’t really comment. But reading his reactions to Deena gives me hope he’s not all bad! It’s a fast paced action book with enough hot moments to keep everyone happy. Well written and cleverly thought out. The genres might be well used ones (friends to lovers/ space aliens/ fated mates) but the twist this author puts on them makes a welcome change. I am leaving this review voluntarily after being sent a free book. 🦋

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Stephens

    A romp, through and through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a romp through and through! There was no downtime. That said, I did not feel as though I were rushed to the finish, or that my inability to read at a slower pace got in the way of my enjoyment. I admired the way in which the author took pains to repeat certain facts that for readers of the previous books may have seemed a little disjointed with present actions, e.g., Roark calling Deena defective and Deena’s inability to look pa A romp, through and through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a romp through and through! There was no downtime. That said, I did not feel as though I were rushed to the finish, or that my inability to read at a slower pace got in the way of my enjoyment. I admired the way in which the author took pains to repeat certain facts that for readers of the previous books may have seemed a little disjointed with present actions, e.g., Roark calling Deena defective and Deena’s inability to look past whatever imperfections she thought she might have to believe in the affections of Roark. I also loved the way in which Deena’s quirks became embraced by the pirates, in general, e.g., songs about spoons, plants and other miscellaneous objects. Deena was such a character with her songs about nothingness and the way she embraced her new life as a pirate and they embraced her. Equally, I reveled in Roark’s periodic self-admission that Deena was his pirate, a hell of a pirate, born to be a pirate, was a wonderful pirate mate, etc. Especially, that scene in which he attempted to discuss Deena’s self-imposed shortcomings with his most intimate circle. That was hilarious. In sum, she found them and they found her. Two last tidbits: 1) I thought I was going to have a heart attack with the scene in the tunnel with the carpet person and 2) although I normally strongly dislike books that deprive me as the reader from my full 95% of the books, at 89% of the book, I felt it complete. There was nothing more that needed to be said.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Favorite in the series so far ... The book itself has some dark moments but it is not a dark romance, meaning that although the characters must deal with some bad situations and pasts, the romance itself is not part of any darkness but builds and is supportive. I love books that can maintain this balance the dark moments/back story gives more depth and reality but at the same time show a balanced good relationship. The main character Deena has had to deal with abuse and neglect at the hands of h Favorite in the series so far ... The book itself has some dark moments but it is not a dark romance, meaning that although the characters must deal with some bad situations and pasts, the romance itself is not part of any darkness but builds and is supportive. I love books that can maintain this balance the dark moments/back story gives more depth and reality but at the same time show a balanced good relationship. The main character Deena has had to deal with abuse and neglect at the hands of her grandmother including being locked away and isolated. I absolutely loved the way the author is able to handle this and bring it back into character and personality traits that show both the Deena's inner strength and the trauma's influence. Throughout this series the Author has continued to be able to show different cultures and the characters having to learn to adapt learn about each other. I absolutely loved the pirate culture and how the crew comes to love and care for the Deena as one of their own. Her pirate Rhork is wonderful as a space pirate and pulls Deena into his world but at the same time adapts and changes to make the relationship work. This book can be read on its own, but it will be better do to returning characters if you read the first books in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    A.B.2020

    I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Taken to Kor is the fifth instalment in the Xiveri Mates series and it describes the relationship between Rhorkanterannu (Rhork) and Deena. The male character was introduced in the first book of the series: Taken to Voraxia and he is not what he seems at first glance. This book is not a standalone, so the first, the second and the fourth book in the series should be read in order for a better understanding of the characters and I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Taken to Kor is the fifth instalment in the Xiveri Mates series and it describes the relationship between Rhorkanterannu (Rhork) and Deena. The male character was introduced in the first book of the series: Taken to Voraxia and he is not what he seems at first glance. This book is not a standalone, so the first, the second and the fourth book in the series should be read in order for a better understanding of the characters and the action. And there was certainly action, not a moment of boredom! As Elizabeth Stevens accustomed us to, this book contains themes of healing past trauma and is a journey of growing and developing into one's true self and of finding one's tribe, or better said, one's true home. The interaction between the two main characters, their relationship is another great aspect of this book. Elizabeth Stevens manages to create strong male characters that are enablers for the female characters, empowering them to grow and to overcome any obstacle on their journey. Basically, this book, as well as all the others in the series presents us with a picture of true love. This book has a HEA. I had a great time reading it, it was really fun. I highly recommend this book as well as this series!

  15. 4 out of 5

    lauren

    Deena & khorky bear!!!!! This series is everything. This book! It's everything!! Omg this book was so freaking good! We meet khorky bear, Lol, In the earlier books. He's the bad guy, and yet as we read on, he really isn't. I didn't think the author could paint this alien in such good light, but when it's truly all explained? When we get to really understand this race of being, these pirates? They ended up being my favorite in the entire series. These men are loyal, and they care fiercely for thei Deena & khorky bear!!!!! This series is everything. This book! It's everything!! Omg this book was so freaking good! We meet khorky bear, Lol, In the earlier books. He's the bad guy, and yet as we read on, he really isn't. I didn't think the author could paint this alien in such good light, but when it's truly all explained? When we get to really understand this race of being, these pirates? They ended up being my favorite in the entire series. These men are loyal, and they care fiercely for their ppl, for each other. It blows everything you thought you knew. And deena and khork love is so beautiful. These two are freaking crazy! I was laughing at deena antics, she is seriously a pirate through and through. She has so many insecurities, yet she is a force to be reckoned with! She's like the crazy chihuahua surrounded by all the big dogs! Attacking without a thought, crazy vicious! And ready at a moment's notice to cause nothing but chaos! I was cracking up. And khork love for her was so sweet. He was so proud of his wild and crazy mate. You could just feel the love he had for her while reading this book. Definitely my favorite out the whole entire series. A must read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    So far, throughout this series, Rhork has always been painted as both a villain and as a man (well, alien) of honor. He strongly rejects the idea of harming women or children, yet at the same time, is desperate to save his race and will do just about anything to achieve that goal. I love anti-heroes, and had a feeling his story would be pretty epic, but had no idea how Elizabeth Stephens would be able to make him someone I could root for. Goal achieved! I loved Rhork, and Deena, his heroine. I'v So far, throughout this series, Rhork has always been painted as both a villain and as a man (well, alien) of honor. He strongly rejects the idea of harming women or children, yet at the same time, is desperate to save his race and will do just about anything to achieve that goal. I love anti-heroes, and had a feeling his story would be pretty epic, but had no idea how Elizabeth Stephens would be able to make him someone I could root for. Goal achieved! I loved Rhork, and Deena, his heroine. I've now read 4 books in this series (#1, 2, 4, and 5) and every one of them has been a winner, so much so that it would be hard to pick a favorite. Although most of the books rely on the fated mate trope, the author fleshes out her world far more than is usual in SFRomance, and doesn't take the easy way out in her world building. This series does build on previous books, so I'd recommend reading at least one or two of them first, otherwise, the beginning of this book might be a bit confusing. The only book I've skipped is #3, because it's pretty much independent of the others, but I read a teaser chapter and now I can't wait to go back and read it also. I received an ARC of this book from the author and did not need to review it, but I'm happy to do so.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meiwilli

    Deena, Deena, Deena...is Crazy or close to it! Deena is lost in space, searching for the coordinates from Svera to find the human satellite. While missing and pining for Rhork, the evil pirate she's in lust with and believes doesn't want shekurr with her, Denna sings her silly songs and descends into further madness. Rhorkanterannu, aka Rhork and Rhorky Bear, can't believe he let her get away. But pirate that he is, he can't let his fellow pirates know his longing for the mere human. Fortunately f Deena, Deena, Deena...is Crazy or close to it! Deena is lost in space, searching for the coordinates from Svera to find the human satellite. While missing and pining for Rhork, the evil pirate she's in lust with and believes doesn't want shekurr with her, Denna sings her silly songs and descends into further madness. Rhorkanterannu, aka Rhork and Rhorky Bear, can't believe he let her get away. But pirate that he is, he can't let his fellow pirates know his longing for the mere human. Fortunately for Rhork, Deena's pilgrimage to the satellite is plagued with problems, and once again, she needs his help. Deena arrives at her destination only to find it is not the welcoming place full of humans she expected. Instead, she encounters the nocturnal carpet people. After her rescue from certain death, Rhork takes Deena to Kor, where things heat up between her and Rhork, and, eventually, the beach. Deena lets her inner pirate out and joins Rhork's family of Niahhorru pirates. Rhork is confident and knows what he wants and has known since the moment he heard her voice solars ago. In comparison, Deena's self-esteem is non-existent due to her good ol' grandma, Mathilda. Deena believes herself to be "defective" because of her limp, also courtesy of Mathilda. Deena and Rhork are living the dream and rushing toward their HEA when trouble pops up at the beach. Svera and Miari, along with their mates, have cameos in the showdown and are surprised by Deena's transformation when they join forces to eliminate the threat. On my Were Scale of Hotness, 4 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I love this series. There are 2 amazing sci-fi romance series that were started last year this being one of them and I am hooked!! I am eagerly waiting for the other books in the series. You should read the other books in the series to understand Rhork. He is the "king" pirate (though don't call him that, it's an insult) and the leader of the plant Kor. He is trying to do everything possible to help his species from dying as there as not been any babies produced in so long they fear its only a mat I love this series. There are 2 amazing sci-fi romance series that were started last year this being one of them and I am hooked!! I am eagerly waiting for the other books in the series. You should read the other books in the series to understand Rhork. He is the "king" pirate (though don't call him that, it's an insult) and the leader of the plant Kor. He is trying to do everything possible to help his species from dying as there as not been any babies produced in so long they fear its only a matter of time. When he learns that human females are compatible with other species, he sets his goal to bring some back to his home planet. Though it has not been working out for him. When Deena is locked in a cell by her grandmother she is starved for any for of contact...even let the transmitter she found to stay in her ear and speak with the famous Rhork. She knows he is perseved as the bad guy and in a lot of ways he is but she grows an attachment to him that only grows as they continue talking. This book will keep you latched on (if you aren't already to this series), make you root for the desperate pirate as he learns what love is, make you cry with the emotion Deena feels and cheer with the other pirates as they go into battle and fight and just make you laugh and sing with Deena. This is a tough and loveable group!! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I wish I read the previous book. I wanted to know alot more on how they meet. Basically it all starts with a headset a.k.a token it's called. That how they meet but not physically....through a out of tune singing voice of Deena. Deena & Rhork it's a Pirates Life for them. I do love Rhork loyal pirates and I hope they find a females. His man a good group of men and they learnt from their mistakes from the previous book. I love their romance soo much and the action scenes... Chapter 4 😱😲...WOW that I wish I read the previous book. I wanted to know alot more on how they meet. Basically it all starts with a headset a.k.a token it's called. That how they meet but not physically....through a out of tune singing voice of Deena. Deena & Rhork it's a Pirates Life for them. I do love Rhork loyal pirates and I hope they find a females. His man a good group of men and they learnt from their mistakes from the previous book. I love their romance soo much and the action scenes... Chapter 4 😱😲...WOW that will make a brilliant horror scene in a movie. I love Elizabeth imagination of the planets, aliens and the societies. I love when Rhork translates her English to their language: "I fucked up, didn't I? The she use in human translates to loosely to shrov," I learnt a new swear word in another language 😆 I laughed so much especially when it comes to shoes... I won't spoil it for you 😆 It's just so funny and wonderfully ridiculous ☆MUST READ☆ I wouldn't read this book as a stand alone like me. I really recommend to read the previous book. Right now I want to learn more about how Rhork & Deena first meeting and, what did they learn from the past??

  20. 5 out of 5

    mspotts

    This book was just perfect. I laughed, I cried it was everything. Just so so satisfying! You could just feel the love between Deena and Rhork so clearly, it was insane. A very well-matched couple and possibly my fav entry in the series so far. I also loved that this time their coming together wasn't based on the Xiveri Mates concept as previous romances in this series were. It made an interesting change and also made the connection between them all the more touching. The worldbuilding in this one This book was just perfect. I laughed, I cried it was everything. Just so so satisfying! You could just feel the love between Deena and Rhork so clearly, it was insane. A very well-matched couple and possibly my fav entry in the series so far. I also loved that this time their coming together wasn't based on the Xiveri Mates concept as previous romances in this series were. It made an interesting change and also made the connection between them all the more touching. The worldbuilding in this one was insaneeee. The pirate world thoroughly developed. Getting to learn about Kor and all the alien species that live there was amazing. I won't spoil anything but I absolutely loved how the final chapters really tied together a lot of the previous threads, weaving the various human-alien couples, families and societies into one huge blend and giving us a glimpse of what the future holds for the characters. It's driving me nuts though because I've only just finished this book and already I want more! I guess I'll have to wait for the next standalones books which, if they're anything as good as Taken to Sasor, will be more than enough to keep me occupied in the meantime.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raymona

    Taken to Kor A Space Pirate Romance By Elizabeth Stevens Rhork an “Honorable” pirate overlord is hated by the known leaders who have been finding their mates on the human colony planet. No one trusts him near their precious females, but his people are in the same position of needing breedable females to avoid extinction. Deena, the “damaged” and hated granddaughter of the elder leader of the human settlement, discovers that family is more than just blood. Ms. Stevens again creates a compelling uni Taken to Kor A Space Pirate Romance By Elizabeth Stevens Rhork an “Honorable” pirate overlord is hated by the known leaders who have been finding their mates on the human colony planet. No one trusts him near their precious females, but his people are in the same position of needing breedable females to avoid extinction. Deena, the “damaged” and hated granddaughter of the elder leader of the human settlement, discovers that family is more than just blood. Ms. Stevens again creates a compelling universe that in many ways I wish I could see. The dynamics of discrimination, self-worth, self-discovery, and what humanity could be are again explored in her most recent book. It was a very quick read as I was unable to put it down. There were many times where I was fist-pumping for the characters and laughing out loud with the dialogue. Cue Pirate shanty songs “alien” style. I was given an ARC in exchange for my free and honest opinion. 5 out of 5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Temple

    Every new book in this series is my new favorite! Loved Deena, Rhorky Bear and their shroving merry band of pirates! They were all crazy in the best way! I read the first few chapters of Taken to Kor that were included in the back of book 4, Taken to Heimo, and could hardly want to read it. This book had it all - an epic (and a little scary in the beginning) adventure, a super sweet romance and two kickass leads. I loved the relationship between Deena and Rhorky Bear. They overcame their personal Every new book in this series is my new favorite! Loved Deena, Rhorky Bear and their shroving merry band of pirates! They were all crazy in the best way! I read the first few chapters of Taken to Kor that were included in the back of book 4, Taken to Heimo, and could hardly want to read it. This book had it all - an epic (and a little scary in the beginning) adventure, a super sweet romance and two kickass leads. I loved the relationship between Deena and Rhorky Bear. They overcame their personal obstacles and all the misunderstanding to reach their perfect HEA. I admit that I was a little nervous about this book because of shekurr.... but (view spoiler)[(everything was totally safe - no cheating and no sharing) (hide spoiler)] . Read this book - and the rest of the series if you haven't yet!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hills

    Another winner here! Ok so I want to be a space pirate, with an amazing adventurous storyline ES has managed to create a somewhat turbulent yet fantastical universe for amazing female heroines and alpha males that are other! Deena is so lovingly crazy who else but a pirate would do for her. So far each female protagonist has had such amazing stories of battle, hardship and struggles, but what I find even more appealing that each character and each story is so unique, and from the 1st book the rea Another winner here! Ok so I want to be a space pirate, with an amazing adventurous storyline ES has managed to create a somewhat turbulent yet fantastical universe for amazing female heroines and alpha males that are other! Deena is so lovingly crazy who else but a pirate would do for her. So far each female protagonist has had such amazing stories of battle, hardship and struggles, but what I find even more appealing that each character and each story is so unique, and from the 1st book the reader is introduced to a new world, new species, new language and most of all new adventures to be had. All her human ladies are amazingly unique in character, colour and strength but each have the ability to adapt and overcome as do her beautiful alien males. Really can't call them men cause they are more than that. Terminology slightly too basic, forgive me all!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I was given an arc in exchange for an honest review. We last saw Deena when she was in an escape pod after helping Svera escape from the Niahhoru pirates. Rhork is torn in what to do. He is the pirate king and fearless. Does he break the rules or follow through with how his kind have been going on for centuries? Deena is insecure after the abuse she has received from her grandmother over the years and sees herself as unworthy. Throughout the book there are so many twists and turns and some high s I was given an arc in exchange for an honest review. We last saw Deena when she was in an escape pod after helping Svera escape from the Niahhoru pirates. Rhork is torn in what to do. He is the pirate king and fearless. Does he break the rules or follow through with how his kind have been going on for centuries? Deena is insecure after the abuse she has received from her grandmother over the years and sees herself as unworthy. Throughout the book there are so many twists and turns and some high surprises. I could not put this down and read it in 4 hours. The tale is gripping and full of action and we get to see different sides to those we have previously met. Add in new characters and super battles in the sky and boom we have a winner.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Javon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Deena and Rhork shewwww! I love there story! This book picked right back up where it left off in the last book! And the trip this book takes you on is a wild one! Miss Deena might be my favorite character! I I’ve her personality she had sass for days! She didn’t let her disability hold her back from the experiences or places she wanted to go in life! I’m equally glad that Rhork didn’t share her with the other pirates in shekkur. I couldn’t imagine 30 cocks in one go! There’d be no snap back from Deena and Rhork shewwww! I love there story! This book picked right back up where it left off in the last book! And the trip this book takes you on is a wild one! Miss Deena might be my favorite character! I I’ve her personality she had sass for days! She didn’t let her disability hold her back from the experiences or places she wanted to go in life! I’m equally glad that Rhork didn’t share her with the other pirates in shekkur. I couldn’t imagine 30 cocks in one go! There’d be no snap back from that lol! Their unconventional romance will snare you right way. The closure on Boraku and Mathilda was right on time! That evil needed to purged! I cannot wait to see what happens with the next star crossed lovers!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Taken to Kor by Elizabeth Stephens deserves 10 glorious stars!!! From the excellent writing to the intricate world building, and wonderful character development everything was spot on fabulous in this book. The scenes on the Balesilha satellite with Deena were soooo intense and scary as heck! The range of emotions elicited as I read the story was overwhelming in the best of ways. Going on this thrilling adventure and experiencing Rhork and Deena’s love story was time well spent and I plan on revi Taken to Kor by Elizabeth Stephens deserves 10 glorious stars!!! From the excellent writing to the intricate world building, and wonderful character development everything was spot on fabulous in this book. The scenes on the Balesilha satellite with Deena were soooo intense and scary as heck! The range of emotions elicited as I read the story was overwhelming in the best of ways. Going on this thrilling adventure and experiencing Rhork and Deena’s love story was time well spent and I plan on revisiting them again real soon. They are now my favorite characters in this series. The ending, oh the ending, I shed a happy tear and a good laugh as Deena threw one of Rhork’s favorite words back to him, priceless! Highly recommend this book to everyone!!! HEA

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ramona

    By accident I found Elizabeth Stephens books and I am glad to discover her for this is another wonderful story written by her. This story about Deena who escaped Mathilda stronghold and while fleeing Rhork, space pirate/bad guy and their encounters was very enjoyable story. Deena caged by her grandmother, Mathilda calls out on a communication link and Rhork answers and they strike up a conversation. Years later Mathilda makes a deal with Rhork giving him Svera who knows the coordinates to the hu By accident I found Elizabeth Stephens books and I am glad to discover her for this is another wonderful story written by her. This story about Deena who escaped Mathilda stronghold and while fleeing Rhork, space pirate/bad guy and their encounters was very enjoyable story. Deena caged by her grandmother, Mathilda calls out on a communication link and Rhork answers and they strike up a conversation. Years later Mathilda makes a deal with Rhork giving him Svera who knows the coordinates to the human women. Mathilda offers Deena in exchange and he refuses, so hurt and in a pique she steals a pod flying to the hidden human women. When Deena arrives she's filled with hope but finds terror instead and calls Rhork to rescue her. When he arrives will he save her? Wil he find the humans?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Taken to Kor is definitely my favourite in the series so far. Deena and Rhork are exciting and refreshing. This book was full of adventure, action, drama and comedy. Once I started it I couldn’t stop, well that also could have been because of what was happening in the first half of the book. (I won’t tell...you have to find out for yourself)I loved it. The introduction to another new world and characters added new dimension to the series and well let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bunch of craz Taken to Kor is definitely my favourite in the series so far. Deena and Rhork are exciting and refreshing. This book was full of adventure, action, drama and comedy. Once I started it I couldn’t stop, well that also could have been because of what was happening in the first half of the book. (I won’t tell...you have to find out for yourself)I loved it. The introduction to another new world and characters added new dimension to the series and well let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bunch of crazy ass pirates who would protect you no matter what but give you the freedom to become one of them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    G

    Another beautiful world building and character driven story. Taken to Kor we meet Deena, she hasn't had it easy, but it was made worse by her grandmother. Rhork is a space pirate and not a heart of gold pirate either. For Deena she's been intrigued by him or his voice for ages, after all he was the only companion she had when she was locked away. Rhork is intrigued by Deena, he thinks she'll be great doing what he does , but convincing the human to go his way will take some doing. Like the rest o Another beautiful world building and character driven story. Taken to Kor we meet Deena, she hasn't had it easy, but it was made worse by her grandmother. Rhork is a space pirate and not a heart of gold pirate either. For Deena she's been intrigued by him or his voice for ages, after all he was the only companion she had when she was locked away. Rhork is intrigued by Deena, he thinks she'll be great doing what he does , but convincing the human to go his way will take some doing. Like the rest of the series, there is no easy answer and this has it own twists and turns. Good read. Review of copy received by author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Action, romance, steam, and humor. That carpet attack took me for a loop. For a sec there, I was transported to the worst horror sci-fi world. I did enjoy Rhork and Deena's relationship and how they came to realize their feelings and them trying to navigate each other's differences. Deena sometimes came off as childish but she grew on me. I didn't think I would like Rhork after the cameos from the other books but I LOVE him now. The highlight for me was the outrageousness of the pirates- so much Action, romance, steam, and humor. That carpet attack took me for a loop. For a sec there, I was transported to the worst horror sci-fi world. I did enjoy Rhork and Deena's relationship and how they came to realize their feelings and them trying to navigate each other's differences. Deena sometimes came off as childish but she grew on me. I didn't think I would like Rhork after the cameos from the other books but I LOVE him now. The highlight for me was the outrageousness of the pirates- so much humor.

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