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Queen of Starlight: Sheerspace Book 1 by [Slade, Jessa]
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  • 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
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By T Girl on September 11, 2014
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2.5 stars This novella could have been so much more... Some might consider this erotica, but it isn't. I love the series concept & was very excited to dive in! I got my copy before it went Perma-Free.

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?
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What I liked:

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.

In conclusion:

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.
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3.5 stars - This is actually my second read of this story which was originally published in an anthology -Hotter on the Edge I think. The leads are a good jaded heart of gold mercenary and a gem of a intelligent heroine raised to be the perfect mate. I still enjoyed this the second time 'round - maybe a bit more because the "Q's" didn't bother me at all this time.

Review from my first read:
Enslaved by Starlight by Jessa Slade - I liked the story, but I had issues with all of the q-words related to the heroine's world, and it was one of those scifi stories where there are expressions used by the characters that are 'world' appropriate but always seem sort of cheesy when to me when I read them.
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3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked both Benedetta and Corso and their story was interesting and was a good combination of action and romance. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked this enough I may try more of her work in the future.

Benedetta was raised on a planet where special crystals grow. These crystals can be fused with some of the planets inhabitants. These crystal infused women (and men) are known as l'auralya (or l'auralyo for men). Between the extensive training that the l'auralya go through and the empathic connection between the bonded couple, the l'auralya are considered the perfect mate. Benedetta has gone through her training but has yet to be bonded with a man.

Corso hasn't had things easy. He was in the space military but when his commanders gave him illegal orders that were wrong any way you look at it. Corso was forced into a situation where he came out a dubious hero but was disturbed by what happened. He left the military and became Captain of his own ship, never wanting to be in that situation again.

The story begins with Benedetta contacting Corso on his ship, proposing a deal. Corso isn't interested in hearing it but she uses a little bit of trickery to convince him to come talk to them. Benedetta also reveals that she's a l'auralya and as part of the price she's willing to be his or allow him to sell her to another to bond with. Corso thinks of it as slavery and so he doesn't want her as part of the deal.
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