Rogue Warriors 2: Soldier by Marie Treanor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Short (71 pgs)
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Dandelion
Deep in a civilian prison in the heart of Dome City lies prisoner of war Sergeant Tanya Blake -- the West’s secret weapon. Difficult, aggressive, and uncooperative, she bides her time, determined to escape. She is an enigma to her captors, who can’t understand how or why her brain has been altered, but fearing the result, they call in a powerful Dragul mind-specialist, Sorin.
From the beginning, Tanya knows Sorin is different from all her other interrogators. Attracted to his gorgeous, leather-clad body, repelled by the power of his mind as it invades hers, her desires hover between sex and murder.
After two attempts on Sorin’s life, Tanya’s captors know she must be eliminated for political reasons. Only Sorin understands her fear and her terrible struggle against the controls imposed on her mind. Can he heal her before one of them is murdered, or before she kills herself trying to escape?
This story is the second in a series, and while it stands alone fairly well, I wish I’d read the first so that I had a better idea of the fantasy world in which Tanya and Sorin live. These two characters are both strong and complex, so when they come together, the heat and lust explodes. And because Sorin is half-human, half-Dragul (dragon) he’s off-the-charts hot!
To be honest, though, I had difficulty following this story. There’s a lot going on, with minor characters whose roles aren’t always clear. I wish the complexities of Tanya’s capture, her threat to the city, and the eventual “compulsion” that Sorin heals her of were better developed. Even at the story’s end, when we find out who altered Tanya’s mind, we don’t meet that villain and he doesn’t suffer any consequences – I assume because the story is going to continue in the third book of the series.
The sex scenes here are hot, and I liked the elements of mind control and telepathy. Sorin especially is a character I’d like to see more of. If you’re a fan of fantasy, then I recommend looking up this author and reading the first story in this series before moving on to “Rogue Warriors 2: Soldier.”