You're Not My King! by Eryn Hawk

You're Not My King! is Eryn Hawk's first entry in a new collaborative alien series with Fae Quinn. You can expect lots of mine mine mine vibes, alpha males being alpha, and a very mistrusting human who is positive alien abduction was NOT on his bingo card this year.

From the blurb:

Reuben Carter

Throwing myself in front of my estranged sister didn’t win me any brownie points. It did, however, grant me one alien abduction and a cozy cell on an actual-freaking-spaceship, where I’m being poked and prepped for relocation to some backwater trading planet, then sold to the highest bidder—how’s that for a hero’s reward?   

My escape plans hit a snag when Vo’ak, the hot and arrogant lizard king, buys me the second I land. There’s no denying our serious chemistry, but I gotta get back to the familiarity of Earth, where free will kinda exists and I’m no one's pet. However, chasing the comfort of old memories starts feeling like an unnecessary fixation, and I must decide what “home” really means before making any more stupid mistakes.


As Great Leader of U'suhk, I am bound by duty to protect my kind and territory. The traitorous Northern Clan—a thorn in my side—forces me closer to war each day, but now, with the honor of a mate-bond stirring in my soul, there is an unexpected shift in my attention that cannot be resisted.

My tiny, fragile Roo-bin is a delight and, though lamenting a woeful past, must be claimed. However, his aversion to obedience and ignorance of our customs means protecting him proves a near-impossible task. If I cannot make the sweet, stubborn creature understand the dangers we face, even my plentiful strength and skill may not be enough to keep him safe.

You're Not My King! is an MM alien romance with language barriers, banter, and barbarian aliens. It features a hot lizard king from the planet U'suhk, and a traumatized little human, who is abducted by accident and forced to become an alien's mate. It’s part of the EXTRA! EXTRATERRESTRIAL shared world with Fae Quin, where each book focuses on its own pair and their HEA. While these stories can act as standalones, it is best to read each author’s books in the order of their publication due to world-building. Minor plot points involving secondary characters will also be resolved as the series progresses.

If you want to know more about this story's tropes, kinks, and warnings, visit my Instagram (authorerynhawk) for a full content list—or check the content warning at the beginning of the book.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗲'𝗱 𝗺𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗺𝘆 𝗲𝘆𝗲𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝘀, 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗲, 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽, 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻, 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗺𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻. 𝗠𝘆 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚."

Yes!! Hot alien alpha male who melts for his human. I totally dug this whole book! Poor Rueben. He's not been having an easy time in his life. After he finally fights his way out of the darkness he's been lost in and is working towards bettering himself/making amends for his past wrongs, the guy ends up abducted by aliens. Unfortunately, these are not the nice kind of aliens. These are aliens who treat humans like goods to be sold. Like they are beneath them and not worth the same respect as other alien species. Not a great place to be.

On the semi-bright side, it just so happens Reuben's poor life choices are one of the major reasons he ends up on planet U'suhk - where his alien hunk Vo'ak resides. They are primitive species in that they live off the land and are separated into tribes. Indoor plumbing doesn't even exist. You can imagine how jarring it would be for a skinny little human like Reuben to end up in a place like this.

Oh! And did I mention the reason for his purchase was to mate with their king? Yeah, I'd be a basket case myself. I don't know how Reuben held it together as well as he did. The language barrier certainly didn't help. It was actually really cute watching Vo'ak and Reuben trying to get to know one another while not having a firm grasp of each other's language, or in Reuben's case no grasp at all. I will say these two had definite chemistry between the sheets! No problems there my friend. It was the emotional aspect of their relationship that needed the most work.

I adored Vo'ak. He really did try his best to understand how to care for his hoo-man. But Reuben was stubborn, and after how many times he's been burned in the past, it was hard to build trust with an alien he was essentially forced to marry upon meeting. It took a lot of work, but I'm confident by the end that Rueben was just as much in love with Vo'ak as he was with him.

Now I must mention how excited I am that this series is going to continue. There was a bit of a tease at the end about one of the humans Rueben had met finding his mate with an alien visitor. Now this is just a guess, but I'm totally hoping his alluded mate was Fiddich. You will absolutely understand once you meet him. That alien dude deserves to be brought down a peg and nothing would aggravate him more than being the mate of a human. Not so good for the human, but I have faith Hawk could turn the tale. I guess we'll see!

You're Not My King! is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription