"One of the brightest voices in Sci-Fi Romance"
C. J Barry is without doubt, one of the brightest voice in
Sci-Fi Romance today. In UNLEASHED, Lacey Garrett is making
a stand. After all, when your so-called fiance ran off with
her business & her life savings and leaves her with a tube
of toothpaste all squished out....well, actually his cat,
Oliver...a girl has to get her priorities straight. First,
rebuild her career, Two, stay in control of her destiny,
and fight to the death anyone who tries to take that away
from her, And three, when in doubt play it safe.
Of course, Lady Fate has a sense of humour and just adores
having a wee giggle on Lacey, for not more than 5 minutes
after making those firm New Year's Resolutions, she finds
herself aboard a spaceship - beam me up, Scotty style -
worse, on another planet! And while the Capt. Video is
tall, muscular and quite a gal's dream, Lacey is determined
he won't push her...and Oliver...around! Enough is Enough!
Lacey at first believes Capt. Marvel is stuff dreams are
made of, literally, but once she dashes outside the
spaceship, and she finds she is not in Kansas...um,
Virginia any more, and she and Toto...hum, Oliver...are not
going to be a happy campers. That will teach her to answer
Zain Masters is just "borrowing" Lacey...um, and her cat
Oliver...to get some answers. He was shot down on a strange
planet that is supposedly uninhabited, but those laser
cannons did not get there by accident! He saw a strange
configuration of designs inside the one domed buildings on
the forbidding planet and sent out a desperate call for
help. It was answered by Lacey, and she seemed to have
insight to the riddle, so he was just "borrowing" her to
pick her brain. But a malfunction plops Lacey and Oliver
down on his teeny space ship, and they have 5 days to solve
the riddle and get out of "Dodge".
Lacey is not thrilled, though Oliver takes things in
stride, that they are on a distant planet harassed by a
Godzilla-like creature - that just happens to bear a strong
resemblance to her ex-fiance, Bob. But once she gets a
handle on things, she is thrilled actually to be a real
part of a team instead of being used and dismiss. She could
actually help Zain, if only he would let her.
Once again, C.J. Barry brings her brilliantly funny wit to
an outer-space, Indiana-Jones adventure. It's a riot of
fun, with Lacey and Zain more than heating up things along
the way. Barry's third novel announces she is here to stay
and one of the brightest voices in Sci-Fi Romance today!
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted May 18, 2004