Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Healing Dance by Samantha Cayto


What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Having survived brutal centuries as Dracul’s slave, Dafydd is pulling his life together. He has accepted his role as father to baby Idris and is determined to raise this son without the evil influence of his alien blood. Trauma still affects every aspect of his daily life, however, and he struggles to cope with it in dangerous ways. He also cannot quite shake the appeal of the human doctor who saved his life.

Ric began his journey with the aliens out of medical curiosity. After his adventure in Wales, he can no longer dismiss how it has become personal. He knows Dafydd is not ready for any kind of relationship, but the lure of courting him is something Ric cannot resist.

When a new problem crops up in the Boston crime world, the aliens are forced to explore the possibility that it is more than human-based. Their journey of discovery ropes in both Dafydd and Ric, throwing them together and forcing them to face their attraction and their demons.

Malcolm is along for the ride with Brenin, who, like Dafydd, is dealing with his own PTSD. The four of them must lean on each other to find a way past the lasting damage visited on them by the monster.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, references to rape, enslavement, torture and forced pregnancy, public sex and the mention of prescription drug abuse..

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆
Samantha Cayto is a guilty pleasure author for me, where I read her novels to escape reality. If I ever needed to escape, it's right now. However, Healing Dance just wasn't doing the usual for me. I wanted to chalk it up to my current mood, but then I realized it was the same issue I had with Star Dance rearing its ugly head.

I'm a huge fan of the Alien Blood Wars series, reminding me of MM paranormal omega romance with the best parts of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Midnight Breed series, with a BDSM club twist.

Dafydd is well-known in the series, no doubt many a reader waiting impatiently to hear his story, with the sweet, compassionate, kindhearted human doctor, Ric. This was the setup for the ultimate hurt-comfort read.

However, the same reason I felt Malcolm and Brenin's book went off the rails happened here. In fact, it was Malcolm and Brenin stealing the show. With Dafydd and Ric being the main characters, we saw very little of their relationship evolve, because it was completely overshadowed by many other characters getting a voice, including the criminal case overpowering it.

The best way to explain, I felt as if Dafydd and Ric, two of the most understated characters in the series, were silenced by those who were much louder. While I was thankful to read what I felt was missing from Star Dance, I felt it was at the expense of Healing Dance.

In past installments, I was able to ignore how the 'boys' were always shown in the most immature, vapid light, as if the alien males in the series saw them as society saw women in pre-feminist movement era.

All the boys need are pretty things.

During their novels, we're shown their depth and strength and maturity, but during other's novels, the boy in question is back to being immature and vapid.

It was bizarre that twentysomething grown men would want to have a slumber party, sounding more juvenile than preteen girls. I felt insulted as a woman, but also insulted for gay men, with how those in an omega position are always shown in a way we're trying to escape. It's not even the traditional omega position, because these are twentysomething human males reared in today's society.

Maybe it was my mood, but I think the reason it was highlighted versus other installments is simply because of how mature, contemplative, and tortured Dafydd came across in juxtaposition to the boys' giddy flakiness.

Dafydd's insecurities and fears surrounding raising his son kept tugging my heartstrings. His PTSD over hundreds of years of torture and abuse deeply resonated in me. His struggles with addiction as a coping mechanism and a way to escape his reality were difficult to read.

Simply put, I wanted more Dafydd and Ric, within their novel.

Even though this was a miss for me, I look forward to all the next releases by Samantha Cayto, no matter the series. Every book can't be a hit, but I'm positive the next will be the guilty pleasure escape from reality that I'm looking forward to reading.


Also Available in the Alien Blood Wars Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Blood Dance post.


Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Dangerous Dance post.


Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Slave Dance post.


Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Star Dance post.


Book 5
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Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Pride Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our Mating Dance post.



Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.

She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and four dogs. Her children don't understand why they can't read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Healing Dance (Alien Blood Wars #6) by Samantha Cayto to read and review.

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