- File Size: 1995 KB
- Print Length: 617 pages
- Publisher: A Red Hot Romance Book (January 21, 2009)
- Publication Date: January 21, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001QCWPO0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Heat is a blending of Science Fiction and romance. The story is deceptively simple - (the devil is in the details; of which there are many)- Kanetus E’Var (a smuggler, chemist, slaver, and notorious criminal) comes to Earth to crack open skulls, harvest dopamine and manufacture Vahst so he can go back into space, sell his drug and make enough money to buy a honkin’ new spaceship. The last one he was on, belonging to his father Urak – was overtaken by the Jotan Off-World Security Fleet and impounded – leaving his father dead and the crew captured. Kane is thought to likely be dead as well after his escape from a Fleet prison transport ship; but just in case – one newly promoted to a suicide mission officer – Tagen Pahnee - is sent on a wild goose chase to Earth to apprehend him in the event he does pop up.
The story follows the exploits on Earth of Kane – the antihero and Tagen the upstanding officer of the law. Kane is very familiar with Earth and gets right to work killing and raping. In his defense – he’s raping under duress, not strictly for enjoyment or a power trip. Kane and Tagen come from the planet Jota and Jotan males can only produce offspring when they go into Heat – which they only do when the weather is hot – which apparently is not all that often on Jota. Unfortunately, Kane and Tagen hit the Earth in the middle of the worst heatwave ever. Heat for Jotan males is a very unpleasant, painful, debilitating experience even under the best of circumstances – which would involve having lots of sex. LOTS of frequent sex to continually drain them of their ever filling (and burning & itching) internal tsesacs (so yeah, sounds kind of off putting when you say it that way).
Kane and Tagen both need help to navigate their way around Earth. Kane hooks up with a young, purple-haired runaway come prostitute going by the name of Raven. Their relationship is initially complicated by her…revulsion – in large part due to Kane’s tendency towards using violence, pain and humiliation to obtain compliance. Kane does develop a soft spot for “his Raven” which unfortunately is the impetus to his picking up a “slave” along the way – in the form of conniving, hardened biker chick Sue-Eye. Despite her self-serving efforts towards survival; Sue-Eye was from childhood a victimized and abused woman. Surely it’s a testament to the author’s skill at storytelling that I felt not a shred of empathy or remorse for her (because otherwise, it would be me – and we’re not going there).
Somewhere along the way Raven decides that while Kane “had a mean streak; it was a sadism she didn’t want aimed at anyone but her” (which is not entirely accurate because by comparison to the abuse Kane heaped upon Sue-Eye – he treated Raven like spun gold). However since sharing and playing well with others isn’t my forte either – when Kane finally let Sue-Eye know that he saw through all her games and power plays – it had the force of a declaration of love (and really, how sick is that lol?). “She never was your equal, little b@#$%,” he added, smiling at her slight hesitation. “She was always your second master”. That Kane! What a sweet talker! Considering he is coming from a culture which did not entail dating, monogamy, marriage or even keeping one’s offspring – all things being equal, he fell pretty hard: “This was the mate he was going to have every day for the rest of her life. Let mortals say what they would about his line of work, but clearly, the gods loved a slaver”. Definitely not a conventional love story; not for the squeamish or faint of heart – but not boring either.
Then we have Tagen and his lackluster pursuit of his target. Tagen has suppressants to mask the effects of Heat – at least for a while; which is good because he was woefully unprepared for Earth which lent itself to a good bit of comic relief. Tegan was misinformed about where things were in Earth’s evolutionary process and his grasp of the language also wasn’t so good. He comes upon the isolated cottage of Lindaria Cleavon and persuades her to help him in his cause – which she eventually is -if not overly happy – willing to do as she can see Tegan is a good man, ermm…alien – and that helping him is the right thing to do. Their relationship is very sweet and traditional (read inoffensive) and builds slowly based on friendship and mutual respect (and sex toy shopping at Luv-A-Lot’s – cause ya know, HEAT) as they come to know and trust each other.
Heat was a definite 4 ½ stars for me. It was infinitely readable; and infused with an irreverent, dry humor despite all the carnage, gore, raping and abuse (which to put in perspective: if you read primarily romance – then it’s copious; if you also read the horror genre – then you’ve probably read much worse). The story kept my attention despite being quite lengthy. I took away ½ star for feeling at times that we got too many details of irrelevant events (overweight Tammy and loverboy Gavin at the MoviePlex; the unlucky Corky and Owen, for example) and then only a 2 page epilogue with no explanation as to how my Raven became s space cowgirl and saved the day (which coming from an author who is most definitely not at a loss for words…REALLY???) And also for Tagen’s very lame attempt at running Kane to ground; which basically consisted of parking his a$$ on Daria’s sofa and watching law and order re-runs and human porn. (So I think it was intentionally funny that he kept reminding himself that “The name of Pahnee was famed throughout the known universe with good planning” – Not). Then I added ½ a star back for originality.
Reading page after page of Kane's rape and abuse felt like not being able to turn away from a car accident. He is probably the most evil villain or anti-hero I have ever read before. He takes on a slave named Raven and then later one named Sue-eye. The humiliation and sexual deviancy he puts them through is not easy to read. However, Smith's portrayal of this renegade alien was riveting. What was even more interesting was how the female human slaves cared for and maybe even loved Kane. Tagen, tried to fight his Heat but was very attracted to Daria his captive. Tagen was a good all around guy that was much easier to like.
Heat is not for the faint of heart. There are too many to count rape, gang rape and humiliation sex scenes throughout the story. If you like Sci-fi type erotica you will probably like or love the book. If not, this one's not for you.
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