This exciting science fiction romance depicts a frightening version of first contact as well as introduces a complement of sexy males, both human and non-human. The intriguing heroine is awe-inspiring, both because of her fearless nature and her impressive competence. It was possible to read this as a stand-alone story, yet I think it would better to have read the initial story because there seems to be backstory that would help one understand some of the larger conflicts. I enjoyed the exciting action and the glimpses of the hierarchy of the Alliance but would have liked a little more explanation of some of the background as there are quite a few different challenges faced in multiple venues within a very limited amount of time. Those who don’t appreciate multiple points of view will undoubtedly be disturbed by the frequency and number of shifts within each chapter. The overall story is a fun and sexy read and there are plenty of dangling threads that undoubtedly will be addressed in future tales about these charismatic beings.
“Razor’s Traitorous Heart” by S.E. Smith is Book 2 of ‘The Alliance’ series and features the intrepid Kali Parks, a human who fights to keep her brother and his faction protected in the war against an enemy determined to destroy what is left of Chicago. Their struggle is complicated by the aliens known as the Alliance, who have tired of the resistance mounted by humans and are utilizing radical and final methods of clearing the few pockets remaining. Razor is a Triviator warrior who is one of the High Chancellors for the Alliance and in charge of eliminating resistance, which he does ruthlessly. A nearly fatal crash puts him in Kali’s debt, but his unexpected attraction to the feisty female leads him to re-evaluate the factions within the city, only to discover that far more is going on than meets the eye. Unfortunately, his version of a compromise may not be enough for her to accept, no matter who’s life is at stake.
Kali Parks is a shadow in the war between two factions that are fighting to gain control of Chicago. Born and raised on the streets, she stands as a silent sentinel at her brother’s side as he battles to gain control. She will do whatever it takes to bring peace to those she has pledged her life to protect, including fighting against the creatures that came to their world almost six years before.
Razor, a High Chancellor for the Alliance, has been sent to oversee the remaining Trivator troops on Earth and make sure the transition for the induction of Earth into the Alliance goes smoothly. He is the one the Alliance calls when they have a situation that needs to be resolved once and for all. His reputation for dealing with difficult rebels is renowned. He asks no questions and takes no prisoners. His job is to eliminate all threats to the Alliance.
He finds himself torn between duty and something he is unfamiliar with, his heart. When a shadow warrior saves his life and disappears, he discovers his world is no longer as cut and dry as he thought. The more he learns, the more he discovers he is not immune to the warrior’s passionate desire to fight to protect her people.
Forced by duty to settle the conflict, he must decide between the Alliance and his own desire to claim the unwilling warrior. When the conflict escalates, he does the only thing he can; he makes a pact with one of the factions in exchange for a prize that will surely cause a battle of a different kind – the one for his traitorous heart.
Will he be able to claim her before she escapes from him again? Or worse, will she sacrifice her life to protect those she loves before he can?