"an intense conflagration of desire and danger when two worlds collide"
Earth is still very much considered a frontier planet and
the only aliens who currently visit are either bureaucrats
& officials or criminals looking to take advantage of a
naive planet. Naturally, of course, where the criminal
element goes, so do the Saiph Mira to enforce Justice.
Dessah Ssyn has been sent to this backward, uncultured
planet to serve sentence on a murdering drug trafficker,
but he disdainfully needs the assistance of a local law
enforcer to act as his guide. As his Chara cycle starts
soon, Dessah only has a small window of opportunity to
carry out his orders and then get to a Ke Mira Sanctuary.
But, time runs out and the unthinkable occurs .......
Federal Marshal Nevada Cisco has been tasked with being the
alien's guide and with keeping a primary witness in the
drug case safe from harm. These two serious tasks don't
stop him from appreciating just how devastatingly hot each
of his charges are, or from contemplating the potential of
being with them in the Safe House.
Sophie Gibson realizes she's in grave danger when a dark
and delectable Federal Marshal arrives on her doorstep to
take her to a Safe House. Escorted by Cisco to the vehicle
Sophie sees another man watching her, his cold and
mysterious demeanor not detracting from just what a
gorgeous stud muffin he is. This protective custody seems
to be offering some unexpected possibilities.
With desire and danger at every turn, will cultural
shock tear this ménage apart or will love bind them closer
I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Etienne
D'Artagnan's erotic works. His first person narrative from
the perspective of each character works exceptionally well
to build the dynamics between each of them. However, there
are a couple of plot twists towards the end which I feel
are ill-timed. So close to the conclusion there is not
enough length left in the story for the reader to fully
appreciate one revelation thrown in as an aside comment or
the shattering twist worthy of a place within a dramatic
thriller. The flow within this romance never fully recovers
and, from my personal viewpoint, I found this left the
ending unfinished and a little flat. But, the alternative
world frame within the central plot does lend itself to a
series of books and this ending may be leading into the
next chapter. If the reader can be tempted with a sequel to
this story; where they are able to revisit the Nine Worlds
Continuum; I believe this will be a successful and most
Reviewed by Liz Pawsey
Posted November 16, 2008