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Jo Strauss was committed to two things in her life – her family and her life as an acrobat/high-wire performer. She takes both very serious. Her life was orderly, in control, and she was finally settling down in one place so she could spend more time with her parents instead of moving all over the world every few weeks. To celebrate her and younger sister, Star’s, one yearJo Strauss was committed to two things in her life – her family and her life as an acrobat/high-wire performer. She takes both very serious. Her life was orderly, in control, and she was finally settling down in one place so she could spend more time with her parents instead of moving all over the world every few weeks. To celebrate her and younger sister, Star’s, one year anniversary away from the circus they had grown up with, she and Star were meeting River Knight, their childhood friend and sister of the heart, for a vacation in the mountains in North Carolina. Everything goes as planned until she and her sisters are kidnapped. Now, she finds herself transported to another world. Aliens, warships, battles, and a certain male were not in the carefully detailed plans she had mapped out for her life.Manota Ja Kel Coradon is the second son of the ruling House of Kassis. He is known as the dark brother, a reputation that he lives up to. He has fought hard to protect his family and the people of Kassis, sometimes sacrificing parts of his soul to do so. His knowledge, skills, and development of weaponry are legendary. His skill as a warrior bring shivers of fear to his opponents who know he never gives mercy to any who stand in his way.Manota is in total control of his world until one slender, feisty alien female crashes through the shields he has placed around his heart. She is fearless, determined and stubborn. She absolutely refuses to cower before him, no matter how much he growls! He is determined to protect her and claim her as his own but there is one little problem – she will not agree to accept his claim unless he returns for her parents.Now, he has even bigger problems – that come in all different shapes, sizes, and species! The return trip is fraught with enough dangers but Jo and Star’s parents aren’t the only ones coming back to Kassis - so is the circus family who had gathered to help look for their missing family members.Traitors, pirates, and Mimes are just the tip of the iceberg of trouble gliding through warp speed to his home world. Manota is about to learn that the prophesy that was foretold centuries before is true. His mate is just as much of a warrior as he is and she comes with backup when an old enemy attacks!...

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Jo's Journey Reviews

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-05-19 18:09

    I love the way that the beginning of this novel is written. The main characters are involved in their current predicaments and they flash back to previous events to give context and an in-depth backstory. It’s a fantastic feeling. But Smith doesn’t stop there. Suspense, romance, and comic moments all vie for centre stage as we travel the galaxy with this unlikely crew of characters. Vibrant descriptions are woven throughout the intensely captivating plot to create an epic whole that I couldn’t put down.Manota may just be my favourite of the brothers in this series. His overreactions were priceless. At the same time, his strength and past made him so easy to fall in love with. I also loved seeing Jo come into her own, showing her inner strength as she battles to save those she cares for. The surrounding characters were also a lot of fun. I had a blast with all of them. This novel was absolutely hilarious at times and frightfully suspenseful at others. It was a fantastic addition to Smith’s fantastic collection. But let me tell you, I’ll never look at sword swallowing the same way again.

  • Laz the Sailor
    2019-05-10 23:15

    Well, the stories just keep getting better. This was more fun than a bunch of clowns in the middle of a war zone. Oh wait...The only downside - the story got in the way of the sex. Yes there is great longing, and the guys are huge and muscular, and the gals are strong and sexy - but can we please have some serious climb-the-walls scream-to-wake-the-neighbors sex!?!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-30 17:49

    Wow! Circus magic plus hot alien men, dogs, cats and elephants.Subjectively, it feels as if I've waited FOREVER for the third story of the prophesied female warriors. Objectively, it's only been a bit over 2 years since River's Run and 9 months since Star's Storm. (FOREVER). But, Jo's story is finally here and I celebrated its arrival by racing through it non-stop. Now I have the pleasure of going back and re-reading slowly to catch more details, interact with new and old characters and hope that the next book is 9 months or less away. Jo and Manota's story doesn't disappoint. Scenes with the two together scorch the page. Manota immediately recognizes that they belonged together and eventually so does Jo. Each also realizes that some major compromises are needed for them to stay together and thus Jo's Journey begins. Nonstop action, an interesting plot, memorable characters, suspense, always these are constants in an S.E. story.The trek to meet and move Jo and Star's parents doesn't go as smoothly as Manota hopes. For friendship and adventure, Cirque de Magik members decide to take the show "offworld" and things will never be the same for them or the universe. Glimpses and interactions with circus members become an enjoyable, anticipated aspect of the story. The Kassians first visit to the circus is particularly delightful. And, of course, the villains have their plans. Reading River and Star's stories is not required to enjoy this story but recommended. Major plot threads running through the first three books are resolved but new surface to take their place. As always, characters from previous books appear as do future heroes and heroines. Definitely looking forward to Riki and Risteard's story followed by others, like Katarina and Ajaska. While you wait for book 4, Ristéard’s Unwilling Empress (Go Ricki!), and if you're not quite ready to leave the circus back on Kassis and return to reality, Rescuing Matti is available to continue the magic for just a bit longer.cross-posted amazon, goodreads, shelfari

  • Raine
    2019-04-30 22:54

    I think this book was the best of this series that I've read so far. Not as steamy as the first one, but was very entertaining and funny. I like that the author put all the relationships at the end of the book. I also can't wait for the next book with Ricki and Risteard. *****Re-read for the 3rd time*****Last read on 12/31/2014I'm changing my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. Just because I really liked the whole circus getting on the ship and moving to another planet thing. This was was the most entertaining of all 3 of the books so far. I'm thinking it is because how cranky Manota is and how Jo is a really strong-willed woman - not that the other two aren't, but I feel like she is more so than her sister Star and her honorary sister River.

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-05-13 21:05

    3 Stars for this book. I love this author. It's always a pleasure to read her books.It's Jo's turn now. River and Star's books were great and I loved River's the most. Jo is unhappy because she misses her parents in the end Manota and her travel back to get her parents to go back with them. The whole circus ends up going... which leads to more characters being added to the series which obviously is ingenious idea. But all that said the end was good with catching the bad guy but I still wasn't feeling this book as the other two.

  • Jess
    2019-05-02 17:56

    Loved this series! Definitely one of my favorites from this author so far. I'm so bummed that I have to wait for the next one to be released, I was really enjoying just being able to binge read them.

  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    2019-05-01 20:57

    Jo's Journey was not only about her and her journey towards acceptance of her new life. It was more of all that encompassed her life and the ones she loved. Samantha Cook does a great job carrying on the world of Kassis. I loved as Jo's Journey unfold. Watching all the new characters and blooming new romances.

  • Vivien Tsang
    2019-04-30 20:12

    Tai Tek is finally dead, Yeah!! About time but I wonder if his partners have also been killed since he wasn't working alone or do they escape capture to wreck havoc once again. I hope there is a short story of the Ceremony that the girls are supposed to attend, the aftermath of the battle and more scenes of Ricki & Risteard before the next book.

  • Danielle Mundt
    2019-05-12 19:05

    Love the whole series!! Great characters and good writing

  • Spuffed
    2019-04-29 19:17

    Another enjoyable addition to the series. A little annoyed by CHick's reluctance to submit to her soulmate but other than that, no complaints.Overall: SO all three "sisters" from Earth are finally recognized as the prophecy meant to save the planet or universe or whatever. Jo is distraught about her parents back on Earth not knowing what happened to their daughters so her Dude (Manota- middle brother ruler of Kassis) decides to take her back to Earth to bring her parents back to Kassis with them. They make it back to Earth okay but hilarity ensues when the whole Circus Family decide to abandon Earth and return along with Jo and her parents knowing they will never go back to Earth. This book is a little more light-hearted than others in the series though they do face enemies and there's an epic battle or two thrown in that keeps the plot interesting. And a lot of Kassis warriors find themselves smitten with these strange humans from the circus.Characterization: I was annoyed with Chick for a while for her reluctance to accept her position with the prophecy and with Dude but thankfully, the author didn't drag that out. She ends up being another fierce human warrior and submits to her love for Dude. Dude was a little bland for my tastes. From previous novels, he was supposed to be the quiet one and one who loved to tinker with "toys"- inventions and such but that didn't really come across here. He just kind of blended in like his other brothers but he was likable enough. Secondary characters were fantastically done. Very well developed and made me enjoy the plot's journey even more. Again, the Big Bad was still kinda vague- he came off as the twirly mustached villain from the picture movies who ties the damsel to the train tracks. Little is said of his motivation and I suppose it wasn't that important as the rest of the characters were so interesting.Plot: Again, we have several instances of the damsel in distress and again, we have a female warrior who is able to take care of herself (mostly) in battle. But, the way she gets into trouble is unique and an interesting ride. Sex scenes were okay here. I felt like they were mostly just like the same from the first book so for the most part, I skipped them about half way through the book. I was just more interested in the plot and other characters. In this installment, we have a conclusion (or do we?) of the Big Bad though I fear that they left a little to chance in this instance. But the way they took down the Big Bad was truly different. Ending wasn't so much a cliffhanger but I'm still ready for the fourth installment and I just hope I remember enough about the massive number of characters that I can just jump right in. Looks like I'm waiting till January of 2015 so with the way I read, I've got 2+ months to hold onto them. Just hope I can.Overall: Another winner. Great plot, great action and great characters. Almost wish this was more developed as then I could have easily seen it as a movie series.-Spuffed

  • Tam B.
    2019-05-20 17:59

    WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERSI may have to come back and edit this as I think I need a re-read of this book. But here we go.I really like SE Smith. I love her writing and the fact that she writes some many books. Any book she writes is guaranteed to entertain me - they all have so far. This one fell a little short for me. I think the reason is that Star's Storm (book 2) was so great - Star recovers from a serious injury, gets her man, he gets taken and then she is key to the small group getting him back. In Jo's Journey we have Jo returning to Earth to get her parents, ends up collecting the whole circus they're a part of and coming back to a large group sting which she has very little to do with in regards to the take down. Comparatively Jo didn't do all that much. Yes, this is the end of the story arc around Tai Tek (our bad guy and his connections) but I felt at arms length reading this from the action. In the other books of the series I felt I was in the action.This book also had a lot of set up for future stories - the circus and the uninvited guests that came with it are future stories waiting to happen (which I'm sure I'll enjoy) but those little vignettes felt distracting to me. Although I did enjoy Ajaska getting some scratches for his adventures. I would have much preferred to have remained ignorant of all the upcoming couples except Ricki and the Risteard, Ajaska and Jarman (I loved his small cameos with regards to Jane). The characters who have already been established in prior books. The background for remaining future couples could have been filled in when we got to their story.I did like the continuation / expansion of the Ricki/Risteard storyline, small though it is. I'm eager to read that story. And I loved that our mimes were a surprise twist particularly since they got discussed on the forum.So yes I did enjoy this story, but it didn't quite give me the good book sigh that Star did and I think Ricki will.

  • DaCon
    2019-05-01 20:07

    3rd time reading

  • annette colon
    2019-05-09 22:19

    The circus is in town and the galaxy will never be the same againJo never thought that her life would end up like this. Living in a galaxy so far away from her home and family. She's homesick and being away from her family makes her die a little inside. Manota has loved Jo from the moment he saw her. Her happiness is his main concern. He decides to go to earth and bring her parents back with him. Jo is ecstatic but Manota is nervous wreck, wondering if her parents will like him or not. He's afraid that if they don't then they might convince Jo to stay on earth and that's not going to happen.What was suppose to be a simple retrieval turns into a hilarious space trip. Manota not only has Jo's parents but the whole freakin circus ! ( Anything to make his mate happy) Things get tense when an old enemy goes after Manota and his family. But have no fear, the circus is here coming to the rescue.S E Smiths books are incredible . Her stories are full of humor, action and romance. I am really looking forward to Jarmen's story.

  • Linda Levy
    2019-05-08 21:11

    Read this book you will not be disappointed. You will be rushing to get the others in this series.Three women who can kick butt and laugh about it have just made my day. Loved their upbringing.So much happens I cannot tell you in a review as it goes in so many directions.Whilst this book focuses on Jo and Manota we have the others all weaving through it.We have these books all working and weaving together at the same time but in different directions. This whole series is brilliantly done.If you like amazing capable women kicking alien butt and finding their HEA's with hot hunky alien shifters whilst fighting a background battle this book is for you.This book ties in with Ms Smith’s alien world.

  • Wendy Dinwiddie
    2019-05-12 18:06

    Really loved this book. Loved all the circus characters that were introduced and made this a fun read. My only disappointment with this book was there wasn't much of River or Star. Jo and Star are sisters and they claim River is a surrogate sister. The circus is a family and River says Jo and Star's parents were always like second parents and even more so when her own parents died tragically and she lived with them. When Jo goes to get her parent's they ask about Star but not River and when ever they talk they never include River which seems unrealistic with what was said previously. Other than that and some grammatical errors it was a great book.

  • Jessica Parsons
    2019-05-06 16:55

    Once i started i didn't want to put this down, we have a few fight scenes, steamy sex scense plus scenes to make you laugh and lots of new interesting characters to meet.How the scenes were written made you believe you were right there with the characters and the reactions from people who have never seen a circus preform was real and great.Then the humans show just because they are a circus doesn't mean they don't know how to handle themselves.Then there is also the relationship devleoping between Jo and Manota.Really looking forward to reading more from this series and this author.

  • Elaine Kirby
    2019-05-13 21:11

    Bad Alien Dead!This story was as action packed as going to see the circus. Jo & Manota are perfect for each other; even though it took Jo awhile to admit her feelings for Manota. Jo & Manota go to Earth to get her parents but get a whole bunch of other people too. This book contains lots of alien males finding their mate but not necessarily getting to mate them; the bad alien dies after being lured into a trap, lots of sex scenes, lots of fight scenes & hot sexy Aliens along with elephants, tigers ... This was an excellent book & series.

  • Alina Neacşu
    2019-05-13 19:56

    good book but i'm looking forward to book 4 more:“Ajaska!” Jo, Star and River gasped at the same time.“What?” He grinned again before he finished off his drink. “I think I need another drink.”“What about my daughter?” Walter growled out. “What are you going to do?”Ajaska shrugged his shoulders. “Kidnap her back,” he said with a mischievous grin. “Right from under his royal blue nose.”To be continued…..

  • Sandra
    2019-05-03 18:17

    Manota is waiting somewhat impatiently for Jo to come to terms with being his mate. However, she has a serious case of the guilts over the original kidnapping and leaving her parents back on Earth.So Manota's dad suggests he goes back and grab them too. Thus the whole Circus, including the animals, go on tour to the stars.Lots of fun.

  • Angarad
    2019-04-29 16:12

    Loved the story, specially how hilarious the circus family turned out to be, on Earth, in space and on Kassis. However, I didn't feel much regarding Manota and Jo. Nothing special, no real courting or fighting... It was a bit blend compared to the 2 previous books. But I am very much looking forward to reading about Ricki's story.

  • Philleys Peters
    2019-05-10 19:19

    A 5 star readA fine follow-up to River and Star's stories. Jo and her mate Manota return from Earth (with some trouble along the way), with her parents and the whole circus of family and friends. The final confrontation with Tai Tek awaits. To fully enjoy this book, read books 1 and 2 first. Sci-fi romance extraordinaire!

  • Biljana
    2019-05-13 23:19

    I really love this series it has a perfect mix of romance, action and humour that keeps you captivated from beginning to end.I can't wait to read the next instalment, just to be witness to all these amazing men fall at the feet of their warrior women.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-15 16:53

    I love how the heroine in this is so fun and goes after what she wants. Her family! I love the circus people we meet in this one. What an awesome way to bring some closure to the story. I cannot wait for book four!!

  • Diane T.
    2019-04-28 22:58

    What a delight. This one has it all. Love, passion, action, and laughs. It just doesn't get much better. I grin every time I think of those big bad Kassian warriors trying to figure out clowns. Keep up the good work, Ms. Smith.

  • Barbara Eichler-Cline
    2019-05-09 16:59

    CircusThis book was an adventure. Continuing with the circus sisters and a trip back to earth. Enjoyed Tony and the Frenchmen. Enjoyed the circus family and the robots found who they were programmed to find. Plenty of tender romance and leads for potential books.

  • მოყ
    2019-05-15 21:50

    I like everything about this book but the hero and the heroine. Jo was soooo boring. But i loved the circus and all that came with it.

  • Lisa Nobbs
    2019-05-12 16:09

    Still committed to series. I did not enjoy it as much as the other books on her shelves.

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2019-05-11 14:57

    dastardly foe strikes again. a trap is set. more earth people come to Kassis. more mates are found. the trap is sprung. who triumphs? alien romance and suspense. looking forward to Jane Doe' s story.

  • Elizabeth Wood
    2019-05-12 17:15

    Does not DisappointThe third in this series keeps going with the antics of John, Star and River! These books are a joy to read.

  • Carmen
    2019-05-12 15:12

    Love book three in this series can't wait to continue.