"A well-written science fiction romance"

Silvergard Commander Taryn Penthes of Zona is on a routine assignment, escorting a Barian diplomatic team to the Zonan Lady Palace. But the Bariani team is ambushed, killing people on both sides. Unfortunately, one of those killed is the Zonan Crown Prince's lover, putting Taryn even further into the Prince's crosshairs.

Blademir von Stassos, leader of the Barian team, is surprised at Taryn's fierce determination to keep his men alive. He is, however, just as determined to keep Taryn alive, particularly when it becomes clear that she may have been the intended target.

As they move toward safe ground, the two must work together to determine who is trying to kill them and why. Both are surprised to find that their animosity to the other is turning into something else, even as they each try to keep their secrets.

I must admit that I was a little disappointed by this book. To be honest, I had expected a lot more action in a book that focuses on trying to stay one step ahead of a group of assassins, and I was disappointed to find that there was a lot more dialogue than action. Dialogue is fine in a book, of course, but to me there was so much of it that I found myself skipping over paragraphs of conversation. I would've liked to have seen a better balance between action (staying alive and one step ahead of the assassins) and dialogue (the investigation and political ramifications).

I was also thrown off at seeing the heir to a matriarchal society referred to as the "Crown Prince". Despite the explanation given, I would've rather seen a different royal title used, if the author didn't want to use "Crown Princess". Seeing the female members of the matriarchy referred to by male titles kept throwing me off and took my eyes off the page every time.

Though I was disappointed by the story itself, the book was well-written, and I would like to read more books by this author.

Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted February 20, 2010


Sometimes getting in bed with the enemy gives you the edge you need…

For Zonan Silvergard Commander Taryn Penthes, an assignment to escort a group of Bariani diplomats seems routine—until the party is ambushed. And when she realizes the attacker she just killed is the Zonan Crown Prince’s lover, political winds shift. Now she’s in a race to get the surviving diplomat to safety—while using whatever means necessary to find out what he knows.

Blade Von Stassos isn’t all that surprised at the assassination attempt a mere fifteen minutes after he arrives in the Zonan capital. What does surprise him is the ferocious, deadly skill with which Taryn protects him. With no choice but to follow her lead, he tries to ignore the instincts telling him he’s finally found a worthy consort in her. Which comes as a surprise, since he’s not long on trust when it comes to women or Zonans.

Forced into an uneasy alliance, Blade and Taryn first seduce each other for information, unleashing sizzling attraction that can’t be denied, even if they’re each other’s worst enemy. As the balance of power shifts around them, the only way to stay alive is to find out who wants them dead. And why…

Genre: Romantic SciFi-Futuristic
Length: Novel

Warning: Contains one 150-pound housecat, political intrigue, cave sex, one homicidally inclined royal, more political intrigue, monkish eyeliner, off-planet political intrigue, blasters, and fur blankets. Author is not responsible for a sudden desire to adopt big cats, have sex underground, or purchase fur blankets.

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Blade's Edge
by Val Roberts

Samhain Publishing
September 1, 2009
Available: September 8, 2009
ISBN #1605046639
EAN #9781605046631
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