"Sizzling romance, super Sci-Fi tale!!"
Barry, in her first book, shows control, a strong voice and
the magical ability to conjure marvelous characters.
She 'sees' her alien worlds so she is able to make the
readers see them and experience them as well. UNEARTHED is
first class romance, but it is also first class science
Tess' and Cohl's adventure is so charming, so steamy, one
of those that lingers in the mind and heart long after the
book has been put down. Ms. Barry shows a brilliance for
humour and timing, an uncanny ability to add that touch to
a tense situation without it slipping over into farce. She
creates strong characters that leap off the page and pull
you into a super adventure, fraught with space aliens,
personal robots with an attitude, tense battles, and a
quest that rivals the search for the Holy Grail.
Life moves along rather bumpily for Tess Mackenzie. She
does not have very high hopes. Plans for a singing career
are heading in the right direction, she has her Darth-Vader-
in-fur tomcat to love, her car is still running - barely -
and she has just been paid. Then Mr. Ugly-Mugger steps in
her path demanding her money, and suddenly, life spins out
of control. Fortunately, just as things are starting to get
distressing, Tess is rescued. He is tall, dark and
handsome. He is everything a woman could dream about with
only one wee draw back: he is alien and he just kidnapped
her! Tess knew with her luck there HAD to be something
wrong with him!
Now hurtling through space, Tess awakens to a new sense of
reality. Aliens DO exist. Still, Tess is not too thrilled
with the adventure. She has a cat to feed and a career on
the edge of taking off, and while sexy space aliens bring
to mind all sorts of questions, she would just as soon be
returned to terra firma ASAP!
Cohl Travers, the sexy alien in question, has no intention
of doing as Tess asks. He explains he abducted her for a
reason - to save his father's life. He is a seeker, a
finder of lost treasures. On a planet near his, two
brothers rule. Not content with ruling half of their world,
they both want complete control. One faction asked Cohl to
find an amulet famed to bring peace and power to a ruler.
He refused, so they kidnapped his father and are holding
him hostage until Cohl delivers the lost treasure. Only,
locating the amulet is just half the problem. He must have
a singer with a precise pitch and quality of voice to sing
a song to release the amulet from where it is magically
held. And Tess is that singer, the only one in the whole
universe with the perfect voice.
Grudgingly, Tess finally agrees to help with finding the
amulet, but without Cohl telling her how dangerous the trek
could be or that if she fails to sing the song precisely it
will result in her death. Oh, well, leave it to a male to
neglect 'small details' such as your life hanging by the
thread. Nice to know some things do not change even though
you are flying through space. However, Tess soon comes to
realize the biggest threat is to her heart!
Tess is so charming, so down to earth. She does not want
much, just to get back to her cat and her singing career,
but she cannot stop herself from being drawn to Cohl.
Budding hopes of a romance are nearly dashed when she
learns Cohl is a runaway prince from the planet near the
warring one. But the heart does not listen. Cohl regrets he
is forcing Tess to help, but has little choice with his
father's life in the balance. But kidnapping Tess brings a
lot of complications. The opposition has found out he is
going for the amulet and will do anything to stop him,
including kidnapping and killing Tess. Worse, he is feeling
really guilty for taking Tess from her life. And despite
growing attraction, an attraction he fears is love, he will
not stop until his father is freed, risking his life and
Tess' in the quest.
It just does not get any better than this!
Posted July 12, 2003
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 3, 2007
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