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As if there weren’t enough monsters in the deep, now Grace has to work beside one. Beneath the surface of Oceanus, Grace Monrow spends her days in an underwater city working within the rigs, hoping the place doesn’t flood and drown her in her sleep. Then a vrisha comes to the city, forcing workers out of their substation for some secret mission. Rumors about the lethal alien As if there weren’t enough monsters in the deep, now Grace has to work beside one. Beneath the surface of Oceanus, Grace Monrow spends her days in an underwater city working within the rigs, hoping the place doesn’t flood and drown her in her sleep. Then a vrisha comes to the city, forcing workers out of their substation for some secret mission. Rumors about the lethal alien are enough to scare even the bravest, but the company needs a volunteer to maintain the station. Grace is the lucky chosen. Twisted horns, red eyes, dark fangs. When she encounters the real-life space devil, she’s a little freaked. She also comes to find him arrogant, impatient, and stubborn. Yet, oddly mesmerizing. She knows he has no interest in humans, yet he’s willing to be near her, even to talk. His weirdly intense stare makes her wonder what he’s really thinking. Working with him could be dangerous. Xora is a standalone novel. Vrisha Warriors is an offshoot series in the Dark World Mates universe. To get a better understanding and enjoyment of the universe it is best to read books 1-4 of the Dark World Mates series starting with Heart's Prisoner. This book contains mature themes and is meant for mature readers only.


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As if there weren’t enough monsters in the deep, now Grace has to work beside one. Beneath the surface of Oceanus, Grace Monrow spends her days in an underwater city working within the rigs, hoping the place doesn’t flood and drown her in her sleep. Then a vrisha comes to the city, forcing workers out of their substation for some secret mission. Rumors about the lethal alien As if there weren’t enough monsters in the deep, now Grace has to work beside one. Beneath the surface of Oceanus, Grace Monrow spends her days in an underwater city working within the rigs, hoping the place doesn’t flood and drown her in her sleep. Then a vrisha comes to the city, forcing workers out of their substation for some secret mission. Rumors about the lethal alien are enough to scare even the bravest, but the company needs a volunteer to maintain the station. Grace is the lucky chosen. Twisted horns, red eyes, dark fangs. When she encounters the real-life space devil, she’s a little freaked. She also comes to find him arrogant, impatient, and stubborn. Yet, oddly mesmerizing. She knows he has no interest in humans, yet he’s willing to be near her, even to talk. His weirdly intense stare makes her wonder what he’s really thinking. Working with him could be dangerous. Xora is a standalone novel. Vrisha Warriors is an offshoot series in the Dark World Mates universe. To get a better understanding and enjoyment of the universe it is best to read books 1-4 of the Dark World Mates series starting with Heart's Prisoner. This book contains mature themes and is meant for mature readers only.

30 review for Xora

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    This is a new spin-off series it’s set in the same world as the previous Dark World Series and focuses on the Vrisha warriors but is also a stand-alone. Xora has been demoted and exiled from his home planet his punishment collecting recourses on a fire world he is then given a chance to redeem himself. He’s Sent to Oceanus to mine Ulimir a rich mineral that’s found beneath the ocean in the underwater facility on this world. Grace works on rig K32 it’s a thankless job with few advantages but it’s This is a new spin-off series it’s set in the same world as the previous Dark World Series and focuses on the Vrisha warriors but is also a stand-alone. Xora has been demoted and exiled from his home planet his punishment collecting recourses on a fire world he is then given a chance to redeem himself. He’s Sent to Oceanus to mine Ulimir a rich mineral that’s found beneath the ocean in the underwater facility on this world. Grace works on rig K32 it’s a thankless job with few advantages but it’s a roof over her head and food in her belly. Blackmailed by her supervisor to volunteer to work and live beside the Vrisha to maintain the lower level Grace has little choice in her assignment. At first, scared of her new neighbour it’s not long before she’s decides to face her fears and Xora whose only original thoughts regarding humans is that they are weak strange creatures who stink of fear and not worth much of his concern soon learns that Grace is so much more than he originally expected. Joining forces to complete Xora’s mission the two begin to connect first as reluctant partners on Xora’s behalf and then very slowly an accord begins to develop the two becoming sort of friends and comrades. Xora’s respect and interest increasing whilst Grace becomes less fearful of her lethal-looking workmate. When outside forces threaten the base Xora will do what he must to protect the delicate female he is coming to care for and both find themselves drawn to each other in spite of their many differences. But a possible betrayal could threaten it all breaking the fragile bond of trust that has developed here. This is an interesting read it’s a slow burn and not overly explicit but it does work and I did believe in the connections that formed here. It’s well written and easily kept my attention throughout. If you like real looking aliens and an imaginative sci-go setting then this has that. I enjoyed this one and would recommend it.I voluntary reviewed a copy of Xora (Vrisha Warriors #1).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Oh man this setting is like my worst nightmare. Being out in the vastness of space only shielded by a ship ✓ Being hundreds of miles down in an underwater station ✗ Both are essential the same- but my brain says no to the deep dark of the ocean and threat of drowning if a little crack ends in a flood. But regardless I loved the creepy atmosphere of the deck our leads- Xora and Grace end up working on together. So in this story we have our human Grace, who is working shit jobs on her stations le Oh man this setting is like my worst nightmare. Being out in the vastness of space only shielded by a ship ✓ Being hundreds of miles down in an underwater station ✗ Both are essential the same- but my brain says no to the deep dark of the ocean and threat of drowning if a little crack ends in a flood. But regardless I loved the creepy atmosphere of the deck our leads- Xora and Grace end up working on together. So in this story we have our human Grace, who is working shit jobs on her stations level just trying to get use to the tedium of her routine until she can get enough money to move somewhere better. However, her boss is not only an asshole but a straight up weasel- framing her for banned substances in order to ensure she ends up working on a level that her other coworkers are scared of. Why is this? Oh maybe because a giant terrifying alien 'devil' has set up residence, and no one wants to be working alone with him down there. That alien is Xora, a demoted warrior who has been sent to the planet Oceanus to collect materials to help his homeworld as a last ditch redemption effort to get him unexiled. As we were introduced in Heart's Prisoner Xora is a Vrisha- tall, red, horned, and very deadly. And although Grace is first terrified by his presence and appearance she eventually opens up to Xora, and although Xora might see humans as annoying pests in return- by getting to know each other they find that maybe the could be a different kind of partner to each other than just co-workers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Reads

    Another winner from Riley! I squealed when I got the newsletter update that she had released the first book in a spin-off series focusing on the Vrisha, because I found the species both fascinating and, as our heroine Grace so accurately put it, terrifyingly beautiful. In this book we get another slow-burn, which I appreciate so so much amid the sea of insta-love/lust and/or fated mate alien romances I come across (and am not a huge fan of). I also love how Riley's heroes are actually inhuman lo Another winner from Riley! I squealed when I got the newsletter update that she had released the first book in a spin-off series focusing on the Vrisha, because I found the species both fascinating and, as our heroine Grace so accurately put it, terrifyingly beautiful. In this book we get another slow-burn, which I appreciate so so much amid the sea of insta-love/lust and/or fated mate alien romances I come across (and am not a huge fan of). I also love how Riley's heroes are actually inhuman looking and that the heroine is, accurately, terrified and not attracted to them at first. It forces the author to show a believable emotional build-up in order to convince readers why these two would then develop a romantic and sexual attraction, and Riley succeeds in that build-up every single time! My one consistent critique of her past novels was that I wanted a bit more steam, and y'all, I'm happy to say she did bump it up a notch in this one! Two full on smut scenes made me one happy camper (and daaaang did I love the one against the glass) . If you're looking for slow burn alien romances with great world building and a decent amount of action/plot to go along with the romance, then look no further! I'd definitely recommend reading at least her debut, Heart's Prisoner, before picking up this one, since it introduces you to the Vrisha (not to mention it's also a fantastic novel). I'm so excited to see what Riley writes next!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    boring alien smut. the smut was boring too....in case you're wondering. boring alien smut. the smut was boring too....in case you're wondering.

  5. 4 out of 5

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Serena Loves Books

    [image error] 'Creo que ... Creo que eres terriblemente hermoso'. •Mi opinión puede contener Spoilers •Esta destinada a ser un descargo personal no para que alguien más lea pero si lo haces y te ofende, me disculpo porque sé lo que es que te guste un libro y otros lo critiquen XORA de Olivia Riley Serie Vrisha Warriors libro 1 Argumento: Como si no hubiera suficientes monstruos en las profundidades, ahora Grace tiene que trabajar junto a uno. Debajo de la superficie de Oceanus, Grace Monrow pa [image error] 'Creo que ... Creo que eres terriblemente hermoso'. •Mi opinión puede contener Spoilers •Esta destinada a ser un descargo personal no para que alguien más lea pero si lo haces y te ofende, me disculpo porque sé lo que es que te guste un libro y otros lo critiquen XORA de Olivia Riley Serie Vrisha Warriors libro 1 Argumento: Como si no hubiera suficientes monstruos en las profundidades, ahora Grace tiene que trabajar junto a uno. Debajo de la superficie de Oceanus, Grace Monrow pasa sus días en una ciudad submarina trabajando dentro de las plataformas, limpiando y manteniendo máquinas, esperando que el lugar no se inunde y la ahogue mientras duerme. Todo lo que quiere es ganar suficientes créditos para salir del frío mundo acuático para siempre y hacer una vida en algún lugar lejano, donde no tenga que ver otra monstruosidad con tentáculos o preocuparse por los espeluznantes piratas de las profundidades marinas nunca más. Desafortunadamente, ella depende del capricho de su trabajo. Mientras se mantenga alejada de los problemas, Grace confía en que saldrá ilesa. Pero luego un vrisha llega a la ciudad y estropea todo, obligando a los trabajadores a salir de su subestación para cumplir una misión secreta. Los rumores sobre ellos son suficientes para asustar incluso a los más valientes de la ciudad, pero la empresa necesita un voluntario para mantener el edificio. Y Grace es la afortunada elegida. Los piratas son ahora la menor de sus preocupaciones, ya que el alienígena vicioso y mortal se convierte en su nuevo compañero de trabajo. Cuernos retorcidos, ojos rojos, colmillos oscuros. Cuando se encuentra con el demonio espacial de la vida real, se asusta un poco, por decir lo menos. Ella también llega a encontrarlo arrogante, impaciente y terco. Sin embargo, curiosamente fascinante. Su curiosidad podría vencerla, y el vrisha podría ser el tipo de problema que ha estado tratando de evitar. Ella sabe muy bien que él no tiene ningún interés en los humanos, pero está dispuesto a estar cerca de ella, incluso a hablar. Su mirada extrañamente intensa hace que ella se pregunte qué está pensando realmente. Trabajar con él podría ser peligroso. Xora está comprometido a expiar su ofensa pasada. Cuando tiene la oportunidad de regresar a casa y recuperar su rango de guerrero, emprende una misión que podría restaurar la vida que una vez tuvo. Lástima que la misión lo obligue a viajar a un mundo dirigido principalmente por humanos, una raza a la que se siente indiferente en el mejor de los casos y desprecia en el peor. Su esperanza es terminar la tarea rápidamente y salir del miserable planeta lo más rápido posible. Al menos los humanos tienen demasiado miedo de trabajar cerca de él. Excepto por uno. Una mujer humana. Asombroso como es. Es insistente, morbosa y demasiado atrevida para su propio bien. Sin embargo, no encuentra su presencia del todo desagradable. De alguna manera ha captado su atención, por desconcertante que parezca. Pero con su ayuda, ella podría ser su mejor oportunidad de regresar a casa. Mí humilde opinión: Este libro tenía una gran construcción del mundo y personajes, choque de culturas, acción, suspenso y romance. Tenía esa gran aventura que me me atrae en estos libros pero a mí se me hizo realmente largo el romance! Me gustaba como se fue construyendo la relación entre Xora y Grace, pasaron de él detestar a los humos, ella tenerle terror a los de su raza, a amigos y luego al amor. Sus diferencias era lo que más me gustaba y fue divertido verlos enamorarse. Ellos eran la mezcla dulce y caliente. Sin embargo, si bien disfruto de la combustión lenta, fue alargado, sentí que esperaba demasiado. En general es una historia con una emocionante aventura que no puedes soltar desde el comienzo!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fathiyyah Ismail

    A really good addition to the series. I love xora however Im abit peeve with the h. She seems strong in nature but appears anything not.... Hence the 4 star but maybe that is just me being picky about everything. Nevertheless I love the book! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The writing and editing of the ARC version of the manuscript was high quality, with no typos that I found and gripping authorial voice. The world building of this industrial ocean world was incredibly vivid. The characterization was deft, with both hero and heroine being sympathetic individuals with nuance. The development of the romantic relationship was sweet and romantic, with a heat level of three chili peppers. The plot was action packed and exciting! I was sitting on the edge of my seat in The writing and editing of the ARC version of the manuscript was high quality, with no typos that I found and gripping authorial voice. The world building of this industrial ocean world was incredibly vivid. The characterization was deft, with both hero and heroine being sympathetic individuals with nuance. The development of the romantic relationship was sweet and romantic, with a heat level of three chili peppers. The plot was action packed and exciting! I was sitting on the edge of my seat in that one scene when the heroine was locked in a cage with the room slowly flooding. The pacing was very tight. There was low angst and very high stakes throughout, which tends to be one of my preferred narrative structures for a romance novel. This novel used the Forced Proximity trope. The world building, plot, and pacing were all five stars. The characterization and development of the romantic relationship were both four stars. I therefore rounded up and gave this novel a combined rating of five stars. This novel ended on a Happy Ever After ending instead of a cliffhanger ending, so that was a major plus. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy vivid world building and nail biting suspense in their sci-fi romances. I look forward to reading the next book in this series when it releases. I will buy myself a keeper copy of this novel. I received a free copy of this book, and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    d.mcnicholas

    Another wonderful story from Olivia Riley. I loved her first tale in Dark World Mates, it's a book I've read and re- read. It was fast paced and nail biting to say the least. This tale didn't have that urgency but was a lovely, romantic tale of two people from different worlds, working together and becoming closer and more understanding of each other. The hero of the tale is a Vrisha warrior, Xora, who must complete a mission on a watery world to get his status restored. You don't find out why h Another wonderful story from Olivia Riley. I loved her first tale in Dark World Mates, it's a book I've read and re- read. It was fast paced and nail biting to say the least. This tale didn't have that urgency but was a lovely, romantic tale of two people from different worlds, working together and becoming closer and more understanding of each other. The hero of the tale is a Vrisha warrior, Xora, who must complete a mission on a watery world to get his status restored. You don't find out why he was punished by the council until the end but it was something he was desperate to overcome. He was even willing to put up with working near humans, whom he thought of as no more than pests. The heroine of the tale is Grace. She's had a tough life and is just trying to get by when she finds herself working in the same area of the under water city as Xora. She's been 'volunteered '. At first she's terrified and hides in her room after a close encounter with the fierce looking alien. Then she realises that if she's going to be moving around where he is, she must learn to be at ease. So she decide to try a communicate with him. Xora is reluctant, at first, to deal with the tiny female, until he begins to realise how much help she can be to his mission. So begins a slow friendship that leads to much more. Throw in mad queens, pirates, big fish with sharp teeth and you have one amazing story. Now I just have to wait for the next book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deba

    If you’re familiar with Olivia Riley’s books then you know that she writes great sci-fi romance. This book is the beginning of a new series (loosely connected to her previous “Dark Worlds Mates”). Each novel has featured a unique female character that feels very believable and the story builds a fantastic world that you can really see. This novel features Grace a human worker on an underwater rig on a planet who does mundane tasks and Xora, an alien (vrishna warrior), sent to the planet to acqui If you’re familiar with Olivia Riley’s books then you know that she writes great sci-fi romance. This book is the beginning of a new series (loosely connected to her previous “Dark Worlds Mates”). Each novel has featured a unique female character that feels very believable and the story builds a fantastic world that you can really see. This novel features Grace a human worker on an underwater rig on a planet who does mundane tasks and Xora, an alien (vrishna warrior), sent to the planet to acquire resources. Grace gets assigned to the area he’ll be working out of… and their story begins. Their story was a slow burn - I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other and learn of the other’s culture. As those familiar with Riley’s past works should expect: there was some action in the story too- once I hit 80% the book was not put down-able (despite being past time to sleep). It was a satisfying conclusion. Steam levels: spicy! There were 2 explicit scenes for those who want to know. Read it if you love science fiction and romance! It’s a fabulous combination of both. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayenta

    Xora and Grace are forced to work around each other in an underwater rig on the planet Oceanus. Despite initially being unsure of one another, Grace begins assisting Xora more closely in his mission. This is a spin-off, but could probably be read as a standalone. It's been a while since I read the main series and it didn't take me long to warm back up to this world. Still, read those books anyway - you won't be disappointed. The romantic build-up between the MCs was believable as they learnt more Xora and Grace are forced to work around each other in an underwater rig on the planet Oceanus. Despite initially being unsure of one another, Grace begins assisting Xora more closely in his mission. This is a spin-off, but could probably be read as a standalone. It's been a while since I read the main series and it didn't take me long to warm back up to this world. Still, read those books anyway - you won't be disappointed. The romantic build-up between the MCs was believable as they learnt more about each other and their cultures. Xora starts to teach Grace Vrishan, while she shows him how to play video games, making for some great moments and surprising humour. The slow-burn romance made the steamy scenes all the better. Grace and Xora reminded me of the relationship between Amber and Meoraq in The Last Hour of Gann. Gann is by far my favourite sci-fi romance, so this was a definite plus for me!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Xora is another exiting adventure from the imagination of author Olivia Riley and is a sure fire winner that evoked thrills and nail biting glee from one electrifying moment to the next. Expertly written, smoothly paced with characters crafted to perfection the story explodes with high drama on the water world of Oceanus where Vrisha Warrior Xora has been sent on a task by his queens. It is here he meets human Grace Morrow who maintains the under water worlds machinery. What follows is an intoxi Xora is another exiting adventure from the imagination of author Olivia Riley and is a sure fire winner that evoked thrills and nail biting glee from one electrifying moment to the next. Expertly written, smoothly paced with characters crafted to perfection the story explodes with high drama on the water world of Oceanus where Vrisha Warrior Xora has been sent on a task by his queens. It is here he meets human Grace Morrow who maintains the under water worlds machinery. What follows is an intoxicating narrative that draws the reader in with its many revelations, suspense, action and romance. This is a riveting and great start to a new series leaving this reader thoroughly satisfied having enjoyed every enthralling moment! Highly Recommended!!! HEA I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elm

    Riley's writing just keeps getting better and better. She really has a knack for creating an almost horror like atmosphere which I really wish more authors explored in the romance genre. the romance is a slow burn so there is world and character building before we get to the good stuff, which I loved as there is a major creepy factor of being in an underwater deep sea facility. I definitely look forward to more books in this series, especially since we get to read more about Vrisha who are actua Riley's writing just keeps getting better and better. She really has a knack for creating an almost horror like atmosphere which I really wish more authors explored in the romance genre. the romance is a slow burn so there is world and character building before we get to the good stuff, which I loved as there is a major creepy factor of being in an underwater deep sea facility. I definitely look forward to more books in this series, especially since we get to read more about Vrisha who are actually alien aliens and not just human looking with enhanced abilities. Also kudos from me for not making it fated mate/instalust trope that is so annoyingly prevalent in the alien romance genre.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Keegan

    Olivia Riley’s books are some of my all time favorites. This book is a great start to the new series. I really enjoyed the couple in this story-Xora and Grace. I loved how their relationship developed, at first unsure of each other and then into friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversations. The quip about disagreeing in chapter 8 was adorable! Slow burn romances are awesome. The story progressed at a great pace, it definitely kept my attention. I finished it in one day, couldn’t put it d Olivia Riley’s books are some of my all time favorites. This book is a great start to the new series. I really enjoyed the couple in this story-Xora and Grace. I loved how their relationship developed, at first unsure of each other and then into friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversations. The quip about disagreeing in chapter 8 was adorable! Slow burn romances are awesome. The story progressed at a great pace, it definitely kept my attention. I finished it in one day, couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Barron

    Again, I have enjoyed an Olivia Riley book. This author does so well with balancing aliens and realism. When you read what is written, you feel like somehow it might actually be possible. I am anticipating her next release in the Vrisha Warriors series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Þórey Jónsdóttir

    2.5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    loved reading this book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Williams

    Wow Wonderful!!! What a talented author!!! Did not disappoint at and infact I am hoping there will be more and more. Lol

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jer

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read. There was just enough romance and adventure to where nothing was overwhelming.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Summer

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Starbird

  22. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Meier

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jana

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ilze

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alicia stonebraker

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elsa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Brown

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