"Worlds Collide" was a mostly-fun romp, Risnar was intriguing and I liked Jape and Velia as characters.
That said, it never quite clicked for me. This is definitely a "it's not you, it's me" situation as I found Velia's faith in her fellow Earthlings and her superiors to be slightly baffling given our political history. I couldn't suspend my disbelief in her naivety and that affected how I saw her. Jape was a sweetheart, mostly, but it vaguely perturbs me when so often the alien hero does not do awful things to the heroine and is more inclined to believe her because he finds her pretty and sexually attractive. It's perturbing because then I have to ask - but what if she wasn't your type, what if she were actively unattractive to you, what then? This wasn't precisely helped by the "it is difficult to find mates among our women" trope.
All in all, World Collide is a fairly solid read with an engaging story and charming characters. I would like to see more from the story and characters, and hope that the next story will go further.
Engineer Velia Farrah always wanted to see an alien up close. Now that she’s assigned to study the top secret portal linking Earth to other worlds, she’ll get her chance. But when a fierce, gold-skinned alien from Risnar leaps from the portal and whisks her back to his home planet, “up close” takes on a whole new meaning.
Believing Earthlings had killed his fellow warriors, Jape Bolep is determined to destroy Earth’s access to Risnar once and for all. Grabbing a curvy handful of a human wasn’t part of the plan, but he has no intention of letting her distract him from his need for vengeance—no matter how much he aches to make her his.
Both are ready to do battle over right and wrong and good and evil, and their combustible relationship burns hotter than the sun’s surface. But distrust and treachery from all sides leave Velia and Jape in a fight against their own people to keep each other alive—and to ultimately save both Earth and Risnar from total destruction.
This book is approximately90,000 words
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