Title: Smiley

Author: Laurann Dohner

Series: New Species Book 13

Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing

Main Characters: Vanni, Smiley


Personal Rating:




Erotic RomanceSci-Fi Romance


Sex Scenes: 

Intensely Hot!



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Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father’s church is protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when they are both drugged.

Smiley doesn’t want to believe the sweet human would dose them with the breeding drug. He’s willing to trust her and determined to save her life. He’ll hold her. Protect her. Offer up his body to distract them both from the pain. She is his female, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.


For the longest time, I’ve been a fan of the New Species series. Lately, however, a lot of books have been too mediocre I am on the verge of not enjoying them anymore. This is LD’s longest running series, so far. I hope she writes more books about the other species who were interesting secondary characters.

I would never have thought Smiley would get his own book. In the previous installments, he always seemed to be too much of a supporting character for me. I felt like his personality wasn’t alpha enough. That said, you can imagine my surprise when I first learned that this was going to be the next book in the series.

Because I already said that I am a fan, I was still excited to read anything from this series regardless of who the hero was. Fortunately, Smiley ended up being a nicer hero than the other species heroes who came before him. Unlike the canines and the felines, Smiley was more relaxed and reasonable. He listened when he was given advice. He tried to stay away when they were unsure of how Vanni would feel if she saw him again. He also was less violent with the human criminals.

While I will only be giving this book three red hearts, it is undeniable that the New Species series is still going strong, with new heroes and secondary characters being featured and introduced throughout the series. I haven’t had the same satisfaction I used to get from the first four books. However, the enjoyment factor and hotness of each book in the series is still the same.



I had a rather short area here telling a little about me but then I had more than a few people ask me to expand it so… here goes. LOL. I’m a full time home ‘supervisor’ which is a nice word for saying I’m a housewife. I’m married happily, I met my dream guy 20 years ago, and we have 4 children. I live in Southern California and I can’t function without iced coffee. I believe in romance, I’ve always been a daydreamer, and I’m a HUGE fan of books, always have been.

No, I didn’t know that I always wanted to write. I inhaled books as a child. I read entire series (Pippi Longstocking, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, Trixie Beldon, The Borrowers, etc) in a matter of days at a time. By the time I was nine years old I had an adult library card where I visited often. I moved on to John Saul, Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Agatha Christie, and then found romance. I was hooked. I wrote poetry in my teens and then moved on to short stories. My first book was started after I read a real bomb of a book that ticked me off with really horrible characters and a plot that was shabby at best and I thought… I could do better. LOL.

I wrote my first book which will probably never see the light of day in the early 90’s. I wrote a series of a few books from it. I’m a series fan! I kept writing for fun, wrote MANY books and then in 2009 I decided to try to get published. I wrote my first Sci Fi romance and Ral’s Woman came to be. I submitted it and with a little tweaking, Ellorascave sent me an acceptance letter. It was kind of a ‘Cinderella’ experience for me. It’s been a terrific ride so far and I’m really happy that I finally had the time to commit to writing full time. It’s a dream come true.

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