- File Size: 2659 KB
- Print Length: 167 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Red Circle Ink; 1.0 edition (July 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M0CZMBS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,412 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The story centralizes around beings who are by birth, designed and groomed to be lovers extraordinaire in their space communities. I liked the concept and appreciated the overall story ARC, but the writing was 'challenged' at times and would lose it's flow and cadence. There were times when I literally could not follow the scene or what was occurring, it's dialogue and pacing so obscure or random. Even when rereading passages 3-4 times, I was at a loss. By the time the hero & heroine finally give in to their mutual attraction, the 'love' scene reads awkwardly and I found myself cringing in disappointment. From there, the story unraveled into an all too predictable conclusion. Maybe a co-authoring revamp would enhance this book?
Beautiful lyrical writing and descriptions that I adored. Also sex scenes written along the same vein, that managed to be hot and sensual without lots of explicit wording, some of which I often finds spoil the overall descriptions with words that jar me out of the scene. The world building was awesome and intriguing (I have a thing for crystals anyway, so to have these used to enhance a body's sensitivity and enable an empathic kind of union totally grabbed me). Despite the hero's insistence that he was a jerk, he really wasn't, and though I'm not a huge alpha fan I was won over by his devotion to a cause that he hadn't really wanted to take up.
What I didn't like:
The hero calls himself a jerk or similar several times at the start, to the point where I almost stopped reading. It was done too many times and really wasn't necessary after the first couple of mentions. Also, despite the beautifully written scenes, the couple had sex at what seemed totally inappropriate times and places, as if the author had felt compelled to force them in to avoid them being missed out completely. Both times this totally pulled me out of the story. I felt these could have been put elsewhere and broken the flow a lot less. I also didn't like the heroine as much as the hero - in some respects she almost came over as a bit of a wet blanket but just about avoided that label.
This is a good book for fans of scifi romance, especially those who prefer the sex scenes hot and sensual rather than full out explicit, if you can excuse the weird timing and settings. Some SF purists might dislike the science behind the crystals bonding to humans (in that respect, I would point to Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer). I would probably read the rest of the books in the series and more by this author.