"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 the ship.

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, CUDDLE, FOOD!")

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
for ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted April 18, 2002



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 everything does.

COMMAND PERFORMANCE. Is this anyway to run a universe? Captain Tasha Sebastian's about to find out...



Command Performance
(Command #1)
by Linnea Sinclair

Novel Books, Inc.
April 1, 2002
Available: December 5, 2006
ISBN #1591050642
EAN #9781591050643
224 pages
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