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Set in the futuristic Pacific Northwest where a race of aliens now mingles with humans, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters is character driven story with a romance at it's core. While this is part of a series, the novel holds its own unique story.
Marianne just wants an adventure of her own out from under the shadow of her sister, the queen. Marianne finds it when she meets up with Quinn, a hero dressed in a con-man's suit. Both characters harbor dark secrets, but when they find a treasure map that promises riches can they tolerate each other long enough to uncover a secret plot? And, what are they going to do about this growing ember of romance kindling between them?
Reminiscent of Romancing the Stone this story was well worth my time. I'll be reading more from Mr. Hoornaert.
The characters are all fully drawn—they have their faults, but they grow over the course of the book. The chemistry between Marianne and Quinn is reminiscent of that between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone (not a coincidence that this movie is referenced in the book blurb!) The action was strong, and the hardships Quinn and Marianne go through on their journey plays a great part in their growth.
Mr. Hoornaert’s writing is clean and tight—it was a pleasure to read and I’m looking forward to reading more of his works.
originally posted at long and short reviews
Marianne also has an atypical relationship with her big sister. Generally in these types of books, the kid sister is rebellious and resentful. Not M. She loves and respects her sister, and as the book progresses, and she realizes exactly how much her big sister did for her, M’s appreciation grows.
Yeah, this is a story that you know is ultimately going to end in smoochies, but its not just a story about the lead-up to smoochies and vigorous in sync hip thrusting. Its also a story of personal growth as both characters are forced to be more than what they were before the madness started. As they’re forced to confront and examine their motivations/thoughts and how they think the people around them perceive them. People’s expectations tend to influence how a person perceives themselves, and Alien Contact for Kid Sisters lets that play out clearly.
I liked the relationships between (and just generally liked) 90 percent the characters. They were all very believable, and some of the dialogue especially between Quinn and Elfy had me snickering because it was so on point. I think I wanted to slap each of the characters at one point or another, but I was also cheering them on. Geesh, at one point I was even rooting for one of the rebels!
Overall, this was a great read, and I’m kind of curious to read the first book in the series, Alien Contact for Idiots, which is apparently about Marianne’s sister, Ell, and how she ends up being Queen of the Kwadrans.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author for review consideration.