"Furzels save the day while Sass & Eden tame their men"
A science-fiction romp with romantic overtones, Command
Performance is author Linnea Sinclair' latest from NBI.
This time, instead of focusing on a single hero and
heroine, she has invented two pairs of potential lovers to
keep things moving at a rapid pace. Admiral Branden Kel-
Paten is a big, dangerous man with cyber-enhanced limbs.
The ability to "spike" into computer systems and a
reputation for having no heart, giving him the
nickname, "the Tin-man." Truth is, he doesn't have a heart
because a long time ago he lost it to a petite blond,
Captain Tasha (Sass) Sebastian. The object of his affection
doesn't know about this because while Kel-Paten may be
formidable in most ways, expressing himself when it comes
to love isn't one of them. Sass herself is pretty
formidable, with a penchant for unorthodox methods of
dealing with situations and people. Her reaction to
Branden's interest when she finally learns of it isn't to
make things easy for him. In a kind of "Perils of Pauline!"
twist, any lovemaking between these two has a tendency to
be interrupted by one emergency after another.
Our other couple consists of the Chief Medical Officer of
the ship, Doctor Eden Fynn and Jace Serafino, a telepathic
pirate turned informer. Eden is Sass's best friend and
confidant, beautiful, but pretty much untouchable until she
finds the man of her dreams. Or maybe I should say she
finds him in her dreams. Whenever she falls asleep she
finds herself in a gray place where Jace's mind goes while
he's in a coma. Their disembodied selves pretty quickly
fall in love and when their physical selves get together it
makes up for the lack of consummation on the other side of
Jace and Kel-Paten are mortal enemies. Either one would
love to see the other dead, preferably at their own hands.
Given how close Sass and Eden are, this makes for some
awkward moments. Now we add into this mix Eden and Sass's
pets, a pair of "Furzels" (think cats) who are more
intelligent than the furballs I'm used to. The animals
actually save the day more than once in this book and their
perspective on the situation is wonderful ("FRIEND, MOMMY,
Overall, I can easily recommend this book. Fans of Linnea's
work won't be disappointed at all, and it may very well
make a few non-SF romance fans sit up and take notice. In
addition, there is plenty more of the story to come in the
sequel, COMMAND DECISION.
Janet Miller © Copyright April 2002
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted April 18, 2002
RECIPE FOR AN INTERGALACTIC GOOD TIME:
Take one unorthodox space fleet captain, whose well-earned
nickname is Sass, and her side-kick CMO, Doc Eden Fynn. Add
evil aliens, a secret mission and a pinch of Jace Serafino,
a very sexy pirate who knows more than he's telling. He
just can't remember what it is he knows. Drop in a dose of
Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, a handsome, lovesick half-human
cyborg, who's also Sass's Commanding Officer. Mix well.
Sprinkle liberally with trouble, toss through a time warp.
Add two stowaway furzels and more evil aliens for spice.
Heat and stand back. Anything could happen. Just about
COMMAND PERFORMANCE. Is this anyway to run a universe?
Captain Tasha Sebastian's about to find out...
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