Captain Saker Hawkings and First Mate L’Wren James agree to keep the mission and passion separate, but with two beautiful alien empaths onboard, it’s not only planetary peace negotiations that are in danger of breaking down.
L’Wren James and Saker Hawkings know that there’s no room on a starship for a captain and first mate to indulge their passion during a dangerous peace mission. The fragility of the cease-fire in the gender war on the divided planet Ourania threatens the stability of subspace shipping lanes, and the starship Sulaco’s mission is to get the negotiating team there and deliver them safely back.
When they take onboard Anchises and Cytheria, mysterious empath negotiators from the secretive world of Turaceona, they find their commitment to duty and to each other a struggle to maintain in the sexually heightened and emotionally charged atmosphere.
But Anchises’s and Cytheria’s struggle to keep their secret and the loss they cannot speak of hidden leaves one dangerously injured and the other missing in action. Only the truth about the man he is and the woman she is can save them.
Can Hawk and L’Wren face up to the challenges of duty, passion, and sexuality and still save not only their relationship but the peace process itself?
Review: Interesting…I think…No I know that I liked this off beat/off the wall story or was it? I was a bit confused at first but once I grasped the story as a whole and blocked out the background I was able to put it into perspective. I found it rather enjoyable. Actually I liked it a lot.
The story seems to be told from everyone’s point of view. As if we are in the minds of all the characters that are in focus at the time the story is being told. Kind of like we are on the inside of each individual looking out; as if we are the ones telling the story…making the story personalized to each of us as the reader. We are the story. Leaving us questioning or perhaps answering what we need to have answered. If that makes sense.
L’Wren is a very beautiful woman (green is indeed beautiful) with her soft downy feathers. L’Wren is just like her namesake a wren. She is small yet strong and mighty. She knew who she was and what she wanted. Captain Hawk also was written as a very strong, self-assured, handsome man. He was written as the perfect man’s man. At first I wasn’t sure how two strong characters could survive but I soon found out it worked because the author soon introduced a character who in all accounts was much stronger. As the story begins we find that L’Wren and Hawk are very much attracted to each other. You could say that they probably leaned toward love for one another. But, as they were preparing for this mission they were left sexually charged…release was needed as they couldn’t act or wouldn’t act on the sexual tension because the mission was important. A gender divided planet was in need of peace talks so in walk the Doves…let me just say with the description and my vivid imagination I would have questioned my sexual orientation. The empath or “doves” are brought up on a planet were you could be a young boy one day and a young girl the next. They are from a planet that raises children who are able to choose their own gender. I found this concept to be totally awesome. I don’t want to give away the whole story so…
I think I liked, no I know that I enjoyed Cytheria/Anchises more than L’Wren and Hawk. Whether intentional or not, I enjoyed the empaths more and wanted to know all about them. I was intrigued with them as characters and what they were able to accomplish. They really knew who they were. The author made the empath powers realistic…because you are able to feel the reactions the characters have for each other.
I found the whole gender issue to be so fresh within the story. Each character was left knowing that they are who they are. They are born or raised one way but are they really wrong to feel or find themselves to be attracted to someone different sexually or racially? Wouldn’t this broaden or perhaps enhance/enrich their lives, or love life? Or even ours for that matter?
This is one hot book, with sex scenes so well written that you are able to feel the tension and relief not really caring if it is m/m, f/f or m/f. The love/sex scenes just melt in with the story. They don’t stand out saying you just read a sex scene. They are touching and beautiful. Showing us we shouldn’t be ashamed of our sexuality. The story is written showing that no matter what your orientation is…it is all so beautiful. We all feel the same.
D.K. ffrench is brilliant in raising awareness of the issues that we are faced with in society today. Clever is what this author is. I look forward to more from him.