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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Burnt Amethyst by Melody Knight

Burnt Amethyst by Melody Knight
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Soleil is from a world of darkness and thunder, where the cruel, clawed Krexyslatch rules, slaughtering Soleil's people, and driving them to near-extinction. Today is Soleil's birthday, and he desperately wants a female companion. There are few women remaining on his planet, so he ventures to Earth to see whether he can lure one away. It is only when he is delayed that he realizes the woman he has captured may well have gone to her death.

Soleil's regrets can do nothing to help Terra survive when she is suddenly, shockingly transported to a world filled with predators. Going from an unchallenging job on Earth to the greatest challenges she has ever faced changes her, and she discovers she has a few rare talents that may just make all the difference to Soleil and his people. Will she embrace this new destiny? Yes—but only if it includes embracing Soleil as well.

Mix an alien being having his birthday with a self-conscious woman who isn’t sure of her place in the world. For spice, add a couple of glowing stones. What do you have? Burnt Amethyst.

Although this story’s back and forth points of view can be confusing, this is an interesting read. I like the idea that the action is so intense you need to have it from both the hero and heroine’s viewpoints at nearly the same time. That said, I almost wanted more in-depth internal reactions.

I like that Terra is so easy to identify with. She’s in a job she hates, but it pays the bills. She knows she can be more, but has no idea how. When she sees the glowing stones, she finds her purpose. I like that the reader goes through the transformation with Terra and sees her frame of mind as she realizes her new powers. You feel for her as she changes and root for her in the end.

Soleil makes an interesting hero. He’s from another planet, but he knows Terra is the woman for him. She can help him be more than a simple soldier. She can make his birthday more exciting. But, I found his almost limp-wristed attitude about his birthday rather annoying. If he can’t get his way when he wants it, he pouts. Not that pouting because he doesn’t get what he wants makes him any different from regular humans. So you do root for him to have a great day, even if it doesn’t happen in the manner he prefers.

If you want an interesting read that will keep you guessing, then you need to read Burnt Amethyst. I give this book 3.5 cherries.

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