MAJOR SPOILERS~~~ ADULT (21+) CONTENT
Readers tend to mark time by the books they read. They divide their lives into “the year I explored science fiction” or “The year I discovered Cormac McCarthy”, or even “the month I spent vainly trying to get through one Proust”. And like that. For me, the 1990s were when I discovered sci-fi romance, and these publishers – LoveSpell/Leisure, Pinnacle, and St. Martin’s – put out some of the definitive books of their subgenre. Put out! Oooh, naughty!
Now that I have time to re-re-re-read Dara Joy’s trilogy, I’m wondering if this trend was the harbinger of many of the books put…er…published by Ellora’s Cave and St. Martin’s. Joy’s weren’t the only sci-fi romance books. Johanna Lindsey wrote one or two sci-fi softcore stories, and Kathleen A. Morgan (not to be confused with the writer of Christian romances – please!) wrote really sexxie stories. Linsey’s were straight futuristic whereas Morgan’s included shape-shifters and half-and-halfs. This one, Heart’s Lair, was one of the best of its kind along with the MoD series. That’s Fabioon the cover, by the way. This book was way HAWT! It’s out of print, but you can probably pick one up for a song from a used book seller on www.amazon.com or www.ebay.com. You probably won’t find KoATS or Heart’s in a used bookstore, but you will find a ton of Joy’s non-MoD books like Ritual of Proof, High Energy, and High Intensity. I’m not going to hyperlink them because they massively suck! And blow! It’s a shame because HI and HI have likable characters. Seriously, don’t both with RoP. It’s a RoP-OFF. On second thought…
I started thinking about Mills and Gregor and I could not deny any reader access to that fabulous “almost couple”.
So to sum up, it’s an avenue worth exploring because I believe they lead us to where are are – today with Lora Leigh’s Breed stories, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Weres and the hardcore love scenes that have become de rigeur for at least one brand by every romance publisher – for example, Harlequin Blaze.
Getting back to KoATS, the cover models are gorgeous. If you have ever seen the 2003 WB “Tarzan” with Travis Fimmel and Sarah Wayne Callies, the cover models remind me so much of them! It’s weird.
Here’s a video from “Tarzan” since Lorgin and Deana spent a lot of time in baths.
Divine, innit! It was surreal to see them and then pick up the book and see models who could pass for them.
My fav part of the novel was when they were at Traed’s house. Traed is a cousin to Lorgin and strongly resembles Gregor from HE and HI. I’ve been using Paul Telfer to picture Traed. Another thing that’s so cool is that Lorgin lives in a tree house – well, a tree MANSION! I totally want one!
The novel is a bit long-winded, but since everything is new, I can forgive and be patient. One thing that should have been planned out better was Joy’s rationalization of everything the characters do. After every quirk, she inserts a few lines of exposition explaining why they do that voodoo that they do so well. The pattern gets annoying after a while. Lorgin does something interesting. “Oh, well, Lorgin does this and that because his Charl whatever never…always…prefers to…It is their way to…” See? Annoying. I think the reason it annoys me NOW is because I’ve read the book so many times. I already “know” him.
Lorgin is also completely UN-PC! I’m not even exaggerating. He’s all “why doesn’t she understand? Why doesn’t she just do what I say?” EX-Squeeze ME? Dude, you NEVER explained anything to her. You never ask questions. You demand she do something, then when she argues with you, you demand to know why she argues with you? Try asking some questions sometimes. Jeezie Kreezie!
Deana is cool. She’s from Boston. She’s a sci-fi fan. She’s a working girl – not a career woman, though. She has a great sense of humor – wisecracky, schticky. However…having one and showing one are two different things. Several of her remarks which are meant to be schticky or even snide, fall short of real humor. They – as I have stated about other characters in the same situation – approximate urban humor. So you get the sense that she’s a wiseacre, but her comebacks don’t kill. Oddly, you see it done more successfully in the second book, Rejar. The hammock scene – LOL!
The love scenes? Lovely. They range from warm to HAWT!! And really human – that is, just ‘cuz you’re having “hot pig sex” doesn’t mean you have to describe it that way.
To sum up, you TOTALLY should read this book. It’s available on Kindle© even. Read the books in order: KoATS, Rejar, MTT.
- Blog post: MINE TO TAKE
- Blog post: Clues that the book is part of a series
- “an approximation of wit”