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Jo's Journey: Science Fiction Romance (Lords of Kassis Book 3) by [Smith, S.E.]
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Internationally acclaimed, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance brings another action, adventure, and suspense-filled story to transport readers out of this world.
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 seriously. 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, at times 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2408 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Montana Publishing (26 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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.
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Jo's Journey is a fantastic book. Just like S. E. Smith's books they are easy to read and get lost amongst the pages. I liked them so much I read 20 of them in just 10 days....I couldn't put them down!! I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys that style of writing. 😁
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By Leisha Lockwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 November 2015
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LOVE S.E. SMITH! I've read everything she has written and she is just brilliant. This is another great series by an amazing author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The circus is in town 3.5 stars 21 September 2013
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I have to admit, I'm a sucker for circus in space stories ever since I read the Circus World books by Barry Longyear. That being said, the Lords of Kassis series has a lot more to offer than the circus acts. This is the third book in the series about River, Star and Jo, three earth aerialists kidnapped by space criminals. Rather than wring their hands and hoping for salvation, these women start kicking butt and not bothering to take names. Along the way, they rescue additional prisoners, kill a bunch of their captors and disable the ship on which they're being held. They find their forever loves among the men they rescue, tough warrior brothers used to meek, compliant women from their homeworld. Not gonna happen with these women. Rather than backing down and changing their personalities because of the men in their lives, our heroines basically say " Yeah, uh huh----deal!". These women are tough and more than capable of taking care of themselves and their warrior mates.

Jo's Journey takes her, and Manota (her mate), back to Earth to let her parents know what happened to the women. What a novel idea. How often do we see women traipsing off across the galaxy to find love and never thinking about the people searching for them at home? Her parents agree to return to Kassis and rejoin their daughters, which Manota expected. The complete circus also decides to come, which is definitely not expected. Soon Manota's ship is overrun with circus animal, lion tamers, clowns, magic acts and the dreaded mimes.

When it comes time to face down the villain of the series, Manota and the rest of Kassis learn what it means to be a part of a circus family.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tempted to get a refund and had to force myself to finish the outlandish 18 January 2014
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Poor Jo. By the time we got around to her story we were at the redundant stage of the saga. She held out the longest before falling into bed with the 3rd brother and was more homesick than the other two sisters in books 1 & 2. But those were her only distinguishing characteristics. It would have been an OK story if not for the whole circus overload. I mean I can understand a lion, a clown and a fat lady (I could even volunteer for that role). But after the whole circus menagerie climbed on board a space ship, I just couldn't invest myself in such a ridiculous premise. I mean you tell me - two weeks where a whole crap-load of people know they are leaving for the farthest reaches of the universe and someone doesn't let it slip to their great-aunt Marigold (who of course pinky-promised to take the secret to her grave) that there is a friggin' space ship in a Florida swamp? In today's society everyone knows two minutes after a Kardashian gets knocked up. Like there's really going to be a way to hide interplanetary U-Haul action? Elephants and all? No. Can't buy it. Well, actually I did buy it. The book that is. And regretted it. The author just took it one step too far for me. Pity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humans, Aliens and "The Big Top" 26 November 2013
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Just completed books 1 thru 3.1: All were very good Harlequin-type novellas of the sci-fi kind. Sexy Aliens in an alliance of worlds find themselves in an accidental encounter with 3 human ladies with whom at least 3 worlds have thousands years old prophecies of their coming. Stolen from Earth by some bad guys with ill intent, these brave gals escape and end up saving the Lords of Kassis. While these books are really novellas, they are still very entertaining complete stories, with fully fleshed out aliens spiecies, worlds, cool tech and of course romance. Each story was complete and satisfying. Only complaint was editing could have been abit better however it wasn't too distracting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jo and Manota's story: book 3 12 November 2016
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Jo's world gets thrown in chaos when the lives of her sister and friend are almost over by the death threats that are over their heads. Also she is worried about her parents and what they must be feeling after their disappearance. She doesn't know what to do and that is what keeps her from accepting Manota's claim and love.
Ajaska, Manota's father, understands her fear of being alone in a strange world and orders his son to go with Jo back to Earth for her parents. That way Jo will feel better.
When they reach Earth and meet with her parents, he is not prepare at all to meet all the other strange people that start converging in Jo's apartment.
When try are ready to leave Earth, Manota doesn't expect to get all the circus members as guest in his ship. He doesn't know how or when he lost control of his ship to this strange people.
During the return to Kassis they are attacked by pirates and Jo's life is threatened. Now he knows what his brothers felt when the other women where hurt.
Back in Kassis they all developed a plan to trap Tai Tek (bad guy) and get rid of him for good. During the battle, River that is pregnant, starts labor and have a baby ....
If you want to know more read the book to follow their adventures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jo and Manota fall deeper in love with each other as they travel through space 5 August 2015
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While Star is dealing with Jazin and River and Torak are expecting their first child, Jo Strauss and Manota Ja Kel Coradon are traveling through space to Earth to pick up Jo and Star's parents. When they arrive they find that they will be coming back not only with Jo's parents but also with the entire Cirque du Magik circus! Some of the most eccentric humans on Earth meet aliens and hilarious chaos ensues. In addition we have a curious reporter, two detectives and a unconscious female in need of help. What else could go wrong? Oh yes, Let's not forget the original threat from River's Run and space pirates!

Jo and Manota fall deeper in love with each other as they travel through space, and as they and the circus of eccentrics work together to finally finish the threat that hangs over their heads, there is hope that all of their troubles may finally be over. You will meet other characters that will be presented in future books in the series including: a curvy dog trainer, a Russian beauty who may or may not speak to wild cats, and a damaged Jane Doe, to only name a few.


This books really embraces the comedy potential that comes along with a circus. The aliens are still tough and manly but so very literal which enables the humans to run circles around them, sometimes literally. There is minimal angst between Jo and Manota. Their troubles were slowly being figured out throughout books 1 and 2 of the series, so like in Star's Storm it was mostly smoothing things out: tying up loose ends and finally taking care of the bad guy.


As much as I love books that are low in angst I feel that this book went too smoothly. This was less a romance and more of a sci-fi comedy with a romantic element. I didn't want Jo and Manota to be fighting all the time, but I feel as though not much attention was given to the main characters and their relationship. There were also some noticeable editing flaws; some sentences had an odd word order and there was even a verb missing in one. This is not the case through the majority of the book, but I noticed it enough that I felt the need to mention it.

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