"Take a crash course in an alien culture"
When their world was destroyed by war, the surviving
Ducranians settled on a different planet. Discovering that
there were too few survivors meant they had to find an
alternate means of reproduction. The decision was made to
try and breed with human women from the planet Earth. A
crew of five was sent to bring back four women as mates,
impregnate them and see if reproduction is even possible.
Tau wasn't planning on selecting a mate for himself. When a
woman "saves" his life from a gang attack and takes him to
her home; Tau's fellow crewmembers want to kill her to keep
their Earth raid a secret. Instead, Tau saves the woman's
life by taking her back to his home world. Kelly Scott
knew she had been kidnapped and she knew her life was
endangered; she just never realized she could fall in love
with the alien who abducted her.
THE LION'S WOMAN is fantastic and I was thoroughly sucked
into the story. "What if" becomes Kelly's reality when a
cat like race takes her to a totally foreign world.
Because of this, Kaitlyn O'Connor is quickly becoming one
of my favorite authors in regards to world building. Tau
speaks very little English and I really liked the way our
couple communicated both with words and gestures. So
while there isn't as much dialogue as I am used too in a
novel, the descriptions both from our heroine and the
author are fascinating as well as sometimes humorous.
As mentioned, Kelly is kidnapped from Earth. I think she
is more independent than the other women taken and combined
with the fact that Tau doesn't acknowledge her as his
chosen mate, Kelly has some very choppy experiences enroute
to her new life. She is thrust into the position of not
having any security and yet Tau won't let anyone else have
Something I really liked is that Tau rescues her from
getting dissected as a "lab rat"; because of this their
relationship is built on the need for survival. While her
attraction is growing; Kelly does sit back and question her
physical attraction to Tau, a man she doesn't know and a
man who did rape her shortly after she was kidnapped to get
her pregnant. However, there is something very touching
for me about the two of them as a couple. He obviously
cares for her, he just needs to deal with his own hang-ups:
primarily that she isn't a Ducranian.
While there are numerous obvious typos that were annoying,
some of Tau's butchered English was unfortunately also
trying at times. THE LION'S WOMAN is not going to appeal
to everyone but I think it is an excellent story and one I
would highly recommend. Just be prepared to get totally
immersed into an alien culture!
THE LION'S WOMAN does contain explicit language, and mild
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 11, 2006