"An exhilarating science fiction romance"
Songwriter and wannabe singer Tess MacKenzie is heading
home having just been paid when some street punk accosts
her demanding she give him her money. Refusing, she
sprays her mugger with hair spray before running for her
life. In her haste to escape Tess barrels into another
person Cohl Travers.
Talk about jumping from the pan into the fire, Cohl
abducts Tess. However, this is not your simple kidnapping
as this is a real alien abduction. Cohl believes that
Tess contains the voice that will save his world
Speculator. Though she cannot accept that she is no
longer on earth and that she has the singing talent to
save a world, Tess aggress to perform, but of course there
are a few preliminary steps like risking one's life to
find the amulet that her song will activate. However,
kidnapping is becoming away of life for her, as thugs on
Speculator abduct her. For the good of his world as much
as for his heart, Cohl follows in hot pursuit.
Living up to her homonymic last name, C.J. Barry provides
an exhilarating science fiction romance that readers from
both genres will enjoy. The story line is loaded with
action, plenty of humor and romance, and makes Speculator
seem like an unearthly but genuine orb. The lead couple
is the ultimate star-crossed lovers and Tess is an
intrepid Pauline, as peril seems to be her middle name.
Though at times the tale turns cartoonish, fans will savor
this delightful novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 22, 2003
Life on Earth was just getting interesting for Tess
MacKenzie. She'd postponed her singing career to support
the family business and after eight long years, she
earned her chance to shine. Her band was hot, her songs
were rocking and Tess was on her way to becoming a
Things were definitely looking up.
That is until Cohl Travers, alien extraordinaire, swoops
out of the night sky and snatches her off her planet.
he says he desperately needs her voice for a dangerous
cosmic mission and the fate of two planets hangs on her
song, she figures one of them is in for some serious
therapy. Tess soon finds herself up to her neck in smelly
bad guys, a robot with a superiority complex, an ancient
Amulet that could end her singing career permanently and a
man who can burn her from the inside out.
Cohl Travers thought he was free and clear of his destiny
to become the next ruler of his planet. But when the
warring Trakas abduct his father and hold him hostage for
the Amulet, Cohl is dragged back to a fate he does not
with a woman he cannot ignore.
Together, they might defeat the Trakas -- but what is Cohl
supposed to do about the feelings that Tess has unearthed