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Bond by Tasha Black

Bond: Stargazer Alien Mail Order Brides (Intergalactic Dating Agency) - Tasha Black

Three friends, Posey, Georgia, and Rima are chosen as egg donors and travel to rural Pennsylvania, a town called Stargazer. But not all is as is seems, since the girls are supposed to donate eggs while they’re still inside them, mating and letting themselves get impregnated by three gorgeous aliens, Bond, Rocky, and Magnum (yes, named after Earth’s “heroes”).

This is what you get reading a series written by various authors (especially authors you don’t know). It’s either hit or miss. I loved Cutlass, the first book in the Intergalactic Dating Agency series, and part of a different miniseries in the “larger” one, there wasn’t a thing I even remotely liked about this one.

The characters all acted like children (understandable for the aliens, but utterly unfathomable for the girls), the heroine was strangely fixated on her outer appearance (constantly griping about her BMI), for a book titled after the (alien) hero, the story mostly revolved around the heroine and her three friends, some elements of the plot were idiotic; like fixing the alien ship with honey (???) and the Fall Festival “battle”, the “villain” and the whole “suspense” subplot about Satan worship that degenerated into the let’s-pretend-to-be-members-of-an-old-religious-group spiel was maybe supposed to be funny, but wasn’t, and the romance (if I can call it that) was almost non-existent and completely unbelievable, since we barely spent time with the two leads to get to know them and see what was likable or lovable about them.

Template-y and formulaic, with flat, one-dimensional characters, slow, and with some elements so out of the left field that made the story feel almost like a parody or satire. Unfortunately, it took itself too seriously to garner any laughs.