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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Aries Rising by Syrell Starr

Aries Rising by Syrell Starr
Publisher: Carnal Passions, Champagne Books
Genre: Futuristic, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (103 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism, Foot Fetish, Mild Bondage, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Heather

Kidnapped by an alien, Sierra is whisked away on an adventure that brings her more pleasure than she ever dreamed possible.

Can true love flourish in a world where mail-order brides and arranged marriages are the norm, where people put their futures in the hands of professional matchmakers? The matchmaker is a man, which was an interesting twist right off the top. I had to wonder what kind of guy would want to marry someone he’s never met? What’s wrong with their society that he can’t meet women in a normal place/time?

Gondar is a hero in an exile not of his own making, guarding a piece of technology that can’t fall into the wrong hands. It’s a lonely existence. He’d give anything for a soul-mate to ease his loneliness. Sierra is a modern contemporary woman who’s traded her pride for her family – she’s posed for erotic photos for money to take care of her seriously ill brother’s medical expenses. She’s not proud of it, but she’d do it again. Family is everything. Imagine her shock at being carted off to marry a perfect stranger. What will happen to her brother with her gone?

The chemistry between Gondar and Sierra is explosive and believable. They’re both real people - both have pasts, broken dreams, and have learned to live with the choices they’ve made. They juggle their own desires against the needs of others. There’s Gondar’s society, warring over what to do with the technology he’s guarding. There’s a more personal villain Hartman who wants Sierra for himself and won’t take no for an answer.

This is a fun, sexy, quick read, with sympathetic likeable characters and snappy dialogue. I enjoyed it immensely, and would recommend it and other books by this author.

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