"a short, fast, and easy read"
An alien race is invading earth. Not out of greed or
cruelty, but out of need. On their own planet, women are
being born in fewer and fewer numbers each year. Seers
have directed them to the small blue planet of Earth. It
is here that the Delroi men will find their heartmates and
thus ensure the survival of the race.
Earth is on the verge of being desecrated after years of
war. The Alliance soldiers are weary and know that they
really have no hope of defeating this new invading alien
army. The invading army offers a peace and trade
agreement with the earthlings, but will the terms be more
than one soldier is willing to give or will she betray her
own heartmate for Earth's independence?
Sgt. Major Laney Bradford is a tough and brilliant war
strategist. She's known as the "Butcher of Roses" and has
earned the admiration and respect of her peers. She can
handle any high-pressure situation. Well, almost any
situation. What she doesn't expect is her intense
reaction to AlrikTorfa, the 6'2" blond Adonis and -- the
Alrik Torfa, a general for the Delroi, knows his mission --
to help ensure the Alliance's surrender and safeguard the
future of his people by helping their men find their
heartmates. He knows that Laney is his heartmate and
wastes no time including her as part of the peace
negations. His goal is to get her on his ship, perform
the ritual binding, and make claim to her as soon as
Laney and Alrik have an instant and intense response to
each other, as is befitting of any true heartmate bond.
And while I don't know if Ms. Hunt plans to make a series
out of this, I do find myself wondering about the
potential future of some of the secondary characters. In
all honesty, I'm not much of a fan of short stories. I'm
always left with the feeling that things were either
rushed, skipped, or finished up too soon -- hence
the "short" in short story. That being said, this story
felt more like a first chapter of a longer novel than a
short story. I didn't think it really contained enough
of a major plot to constitute a story either. It was a
fun enough read with some hot, if brief, sex scenes. I
do hope she continues with the series, but I'd like to see
more plot and conflict in the future books.
If you're looking for a very quick read, this isn't a bad
book. Just don't go into it expecting anything too deep.
Take it for what it is: a short, fast, and easy read.
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted February 3, 2007