Archive for the ‘Futuristic Romance’ Category

When Love Gets In The Way-Janelle Mowery

August 28, 2011

When Love Gets In The Way

Janelle Mowery

Harvest House, Oct 1 2011, $13.99

ISBN: 9780736928083

 

In 1873 in Pueblo, Colorado Territory, following her mother’s funeral Grace Bradley runs away from home as she fears the vile man Frank Easton, whose first wife vanished, the one her widower father chose for her to marry.  She pleads with family friend Cade Ramsey, who attended her mom’s funeral, to take her with him when he goes home.  Grace insists she can help his mom Ella recovering from an injured hip.  He tells her no.

 

She sneaks inside his wagon, but by the time he discovers his stowaway he ignores his inclination to return her to her dad and instead takes her to his family Ranch near Rockdale.  He arranges for her to work as a housekeeper at the ranch of his friends Bobby and Jace (see When All My Dreams Come True).  Meanwhile a gang of four keeps robbing prospectors in the area while Grace’s “fiancé” is coming for her.

 

The amusing charming second “Colorado Runaway” western romance stars two delightful protagonists as he needs full body armor to protect him from his klutzy beloved.  The villains are nasty but the warm Grace makes the tale work as a unique lead.  First is her love for Cade and his family and friends; second are her demands of God to explain why he allows bad things to happen to good people; and finally the comic relief of all the bruises Cade receives from his dangerous beloved.  Sub-genre fans will obtain immense pleasure with this humorous historical.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

Sinful Harvest-Anitra Lynn McLeod

January 18, 2011

Sinful Harvest

Anitra Lynn McLeod

Kensington Aphrodisia, Feb 1 2011, $14.00

ISBN: 9780758235350

In the Onic Empire, Kerrick the Harvester performs his duty of sex with a myriad of virgins with control expected of one of his vocation.  However, the rules governing sex are changed leaving Kerrick shocked.  He is expected to be the submissive sexual servant to his mate Harvester Ariss.

She is elated as finally she controls her pleasure instead of taking care of virgins.  Ariss enjoys her monthly sensual time with Kerrick and soon discovers only he pleases her.  She breaks the rules and sneaks into his room, but they are caught and punished.  Worse a God takes control of Kerrick’s body with the intent to teach Ariss to only enjoy sex when pain is part of the encounter.

The latest Harvest romantic fantasy is an interesting tale that continues the premise of the Onic Empire being an extremely dark place in which sexual depravity is the norm with rape and torture a way of life regardless of gender.  Anitra Lynn McLeod cleverly uses the victim’s emotional aftermath to tell the violent molestation.  Although the story line is overall fast-paced, deceleration occurs at times due to the exceedingly convoluted complexities of the fascinating McLeod realm (it helps to have read Wicked Harvest and Dark Harvest). 

Harriet Klausner

Treachery In Death-J.D. Robb

December 8, 2010

Treachery In Death

J.D. Robb

Putnam, Feb 22 2011, $26.95

ISBN: 9780399157035

In the summer of 2060, NYPSD Eve Dallas assigns her partner Peabody to look into the death of a shopkeeper by apparently stoned young men.  Detective Peabody takes them down and puts them in the cage.  Eve tells Peabody she did well but she was a bit slow in physically fighting them knowing it was her first time for the detective to take the lead.  Peabody know to get in shape she must exercise three days a week.

While Peabody showers after a workout in the police gym, two cops enter the room.  She overhears Chief of Illegal Squad Lieutenant Renee Oberman and her subordinate Detective William Garnet discuss crimes they are going to commit including murder.  Peabody tells Dallas who wants to take out the pair and other corrupt officials under Renee’s control, but has to be careful as she has no idea who the others are.

As expected from J.D. Robb, the great author has written another fabulous futuristic police procedural.  Much of the fun is watching Eve, who loves her job, work a case as even when it comes to internal affairs she diligently seeks clues to support the truth. Recurring characters add to the sense of continuity and enhance the suspense (Roarke brings the romance) as Eve obstinately leads the internal affairs inquiry.

Harriet Klausner

Unbound-Kay Danella

September 24, 2010

Unbound

Kay Danella

Heat, Oct 5 2010, $15.00

ISBN: 9780425234440

Jamyl Kharym Rashad was forced to abdicate from House Dilaryn; for their safety he took his family off Lomida.  His beloved daughter Asrial, no longer a sovreine, became a rim relic hunter.  When her cousin Amin, who helped her parents and her when they fled for their safety, crashed his cargo ship on Lyrel 9; she took over some of his more daring missions.

Currently she is flying solo on the Castel searching a remote untouched by grounders area for relics on planet Maj.  However, something happens when she enters the planetary atmosphere to her ship sending it off course.  She makes it to the surface safe while wondering if it is time to use her name to obtain a corporate job in the inner rim worlds.

Asrial finds a vase containing a djinn.  He informs her he is Romir.  On the Castel, they make love as they are attracted to one another.  However, as he revels in her passion and his first taste of freedom in ages, the vase demands his return as he is locked to his glass prison.  To liberate her beloved, Asrial knows she must go home to dangerous for her Lomida, which she has avoided since she and her family became exiles.

This heated outer space romantic fantasy is a wonderful tale due to the relationship between the lead couple; as each risks death for the other (a sort of macabre erotic twist on Gift of the Magi).  The story line is fast-paced, albeit a bit thinner than Romir’s third leg yet readers will relish the journey into the unique hotter than the sun Danella universe.

Harriet Klausner

Abandon The Night-Joss Ware

March 4, 2010

Abandon The Night

Joss Ware

Avon, Mar 9 2010, $7.99

ISBN: 9780061734038

Quent Fielding ran away from home in 1997 when she was eighteen years old to escape his abusive martinet father.  That occurred thirteen years before he and four other men were trapped in a Sedona, New Mexico cave in some form of a sleep state.  Now over fifty years later, they awaken like van Winkle to a world gone mad (see Embrace the Night Eternal and Beyond the Night).  He and his cohorts manage to make it to Envy, a bit of purebred human society in what was once known as Las Vegas.  Recent information shakes Quent to his DNA core; his father is still alive as one of the architects of the change that destroyed the world. He  is determined to track down his father and kill him.

One of the Envy warriors, loner Zoe Kapoor the archer obsesses over killing Raul Marck, who murdered her family.  Her attraction to Quent is unacceptable in her mind as her feelings intrude on her quest.  Quent shares her desire, but believes his need for her makes him stronger.  They agree to team up in order to kill their respective tormentors or die together trying.

The latest Envy post-apocalyptic romantic futuristic tale focuses on two people with family issues.  Quent makes Oedipus look like he had no complex while Zoe’s thirst for vengeance rivals that of her beloved.  Readers will appreciate this dark futuristic world, as we become aware of how foreboding 2050 has become with each entry.  Aptly titled as the night is deadly, readers will relish this strong entry and look forward to the saga of the two remaining Awakening Heroes.

Harriet Klausner

Born Of Fire-Sherrilyn Kenyon

November 10, 2009

Born Of Fire

Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin’s, Nov 3 2009, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312942311

 

With the deaths of their parents, as the oldest Sharara “Shay” Dagan takes responsibility for her two younger sisters and brother.  She has fed them and put roof over their heads by being a free-tracer bounty hunter.  However, with bills still to pay and her sibling Tessa hospitalized, she needs to make money fast or the government will refuse medical treatment.  She accepts a contact to bring in accused rapist killer C.I. Syn, a friend of her sister Caillen.  They know each other and he has been kind to her family, but a job brings in needed cash.

 

Shay pursues Syn as only she can.  He is on the lam struggling with the betrayal by his wife and his son and knows his pursuer is a legend in bringing in criminals.  However, when Shay catches up to Syn, she fears her attraction to him may be coloring her belief he is innocent; but she prays she is right because she is taking a chance that could harm her sister.

 

The second Ichidian Universe League futuristic fantasy romance (see Born of Night) focuses on two people who know each other, but his past has made him a semi-loner as expected of an assassin while she remains responsible for her siblings.  Fans will enjoy this rewriting of an e-book as this is the ultimate cat and mouse gender war between a take no prisoners tracer and an assassin felon as only Sherrilyn Kenyon can describe.

 

Harriet Klausner

The Lost-J.D. Robb, Patricia Gaffney, Mary Blayney and Ruth Ryan Langan

November 5, 2009

The Lost

J.D. Robb, Patricia Gaffney, Mary Blayney and Ruth Ryan Langan

Jove, Nov 24 2009, $7.99

ISBN: 9780515147186

 

“Missing in Death” by J.D. Robb”.  A tourist disappears from a ferry in which she did not leap from but is no longer on board; neither are a dead person and a killer.  NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas leads the investigation.

 

“The Dog Days of Laurie Summer” by Patricia Gaffney.  The accident left the mom in a coma, but now the workaholic awakens; but her world is similar yet not quite what her memory recalls as she sees things from the view of a dog.

 

“Lost in Paradise” by Mary Blayney.  The nurse arrives at an island fortress giving hope to the man locked inside by an ancient curse that she is the key to his freedom.

 

“Legacy” by Ruth Ryan Langan. The grieving woman travels to the castle in Ireland where she uncovers a family secret buried on the estate.

 

Though four radically different scenarios, readers will not feel lost with this fantasy-science fiction quartet as each author hits a home run.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

Rion-Susan Kearney

November 4, 2009

Rion

Susan Kearney

Forever, Nov 24 2009, $6.99

ISBN: 9780446543323

 

Humanity has been saved from extinction due to the magic elixir of dragon blood (see Lucan).  No longer sterile, mankind still struggles with adjusting to the byproducts like shapeshifting.  In demand are telepaths like Marisa Rourke who can keep people calm, which enables the avoidance of panic attacks.

 

Rion of the Chivalri has come from space because he believes Marisa’s gift can save his people enslaved by the Unari.  Having his own paranormal skill, Rion’s precognitive ability warns him time is running out.  Not wanting a debate, he kidnaps an outraged Marisa.  However, once she understands the plight of the Chivalri and the danger of the Unari to his people and her, she is a willing ally.  Falling in love just strengthens their regard.

 

The second Pendragon legacy continues the search for the Holy Grail with a spin in space to an enslaved planet desperately trying to obtain freedom before extinction.  Readers will consider places like colonized Africa as the Tyranizer and the Unari suck out the essence of Chivalri leaving nothing behind except an economy in ruin.  Fans will appreciate this enjoyable outer space romantic fantasy.

 

Harriet Klausner

Obsidian Prey-Jayne Castle

July 2, 2009

Obsidian Prey

Jayne Castle

Jove, Aug 25 2009, $7.99

ISBN: 9780515146899

On the planet Harmony, humans were not the first people to live there as an ancient race lived and traveled in underground buildings, tunnels and catacombs that cross the entire orb.  The former inhabitants were strong in ESP and also left behind strong residual PSI that had the effect of brining out similar previously latent powers in humans.

Lyra Dore is one of the few who can work amethyst amber and has found a lode of amethyst strong in PSI in an underground rain forest.  The Amber Inc CEO Cruz Sweetwater went undercover and worked on her until she told him about the find.  He steals her lode.  Three months later, he walks back into her life because his psychic powers have made him realize who his true love is.  Cruz knows he must convince her that he will never betray her again as he loves her, but her distrust is strong even when someone threatens to kill him and kidnap her.

Whether she writes historical, contemporary or science fiction, Jayne Castle also known as Amanda Quick and Jayne Anne Krentz can be depended on for providing her readers with a blockbuster romance. Her myriad of fans can be counted on to buy any of her titles regardless of milieu and author name.   Her latest return to Harmony affirms her writing skills as the planet is a great place to explore with Ms. Castle as the guide taking her devoted audience to the caverns filled with sizzling PSI energy.  Lyra is wonderful as an independent prospector who learns from being burned; while intriguingly he does not regrets his actions but is burned more so as his obsidian and her amethyst is a fiery PSI heart and soul matching .  This is another winning romance from a writer comfortable in several sub-genres.

Harriet Klausner

Make Me Yours-Betina Krahn

June 22, 2009

Make Me Yours

Betina Krahn

Harlequin Blaze, Jul 2009, $4.99

ISBN: 9780373794836

In 1887 English widow Mariah Eller owns and runs the Eller-Stapleton Inn.  When nobles to include Bertie the Prince of Wales get drunk at her inn and start causing problems, Mariah calmly outsmarts them.

Bertie is hooked by the brave intelligent tavern owner and orders her to be his royal mistress.  The only way for her to avoid Bertie is with a husband.  She once gain outwits the male aristocracy when she decides to go after Bertie’s loyal friend Jack St. Lawrence.  He wants her, but fears the reprcussions of stealing the Prince’s propsed next mistress and worse worries how his family will react to her occupation.  He underestimated the force of his Mariah.

MAKE ME YOURS will be on the best of the year list of historical romances as this is a great jocular late Victorian with a great fresh concept.  Mariah is fantastic as all she wants is preventing the drunks from wrecking her tavern, but consequently must deal with the unwanted adulation of the royal; as one thing leads to another and another, etc.  Jack is caught between a hard place and an even harder place as he is in love with the tavern owner who is supposed to be the prince’s woman not his; and of course he expects the scorn of his aristocratic family if he chooses Mariah.  However soon the prince, Jack who knows nothing, and even a pauper will learn not to mess with the wind they call Mariah.

Harriet Klausner