Planet Alpha

I'm a bit conflicted on this story -- I thought that it had a good premise and I liked the characters and their backgrounds showed a lot of promise.

However, I feel like this story was really more of a lick and a promise rather than the full smorgasbord I was expecting. Bearing with my mixed metaphors here...

I felt like Reiyn and Kyuk's parting when they were young should have been given a little more weight in how it was described and how it was resolved. Either way, it felt like the joke: "Oh, you lost both your parents? Now, that's just careless." Why didn't they make more effort? Why did they just assume instead of searching? It felt a bit more like a plot device than something that organically happened.

Also, when it comes to triads, I always like to see a little more emotional and character development. Here, I felt a bit that most of the "development" came through "let's throw all the crazy at them and watch them bond through fire" -- which works up to a certain point. It's like, great sex is, well, great, but I really need to post-sex cuddle as well and it felt like there was never quite achievement of afterglow.

In conclusion, I liked the book, but I felt like it ultimately didn't live up to its potential.

Book Blurb for Damaged

Cori knows her Xyran captivity has damaged her ability to trust, but when she meets Reiyn, desire flares despite her fear. He's clearly hiding something, but when a distress call sends them into space together, passion takes over.

Cori enflames Reiyn like no other female ever has. She threatens his control over his hidden Xyran heritage, but he can't fight his instincts. When his true nature is exposed during the daring rescue of a dying Xyran captain, will Cori forgive him, or will he continue his life's work alone?

Captain Kyuk welcomes death when his ship is destroyed. He doesn't expect to survive, but when Cori and Reiyn find him, instinct pushes him to live. He's spent years smuggling slaves to freedom—can he now give up his own liberty to bond with Cori and Reiyn? Or is he too damaged to build that kind of emotional connection?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2014 4.00