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Friday, January 8, 2010

Daggertail by Kaitlin Maitland



Daggertail by Kaitlin Maitland
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (136 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Sold into slavery after her family was brutally murdered, Tavish has spent all her life in a seedy brothel. Arousal is a commodity to be bought and sold, and falling in love always comes with a price tag attached. Those are the rules, until her world collides with a Bondsman named Xave.

Xavier Kovuchenko has made a career of tracking the deadliest criminals all over the known universe. His cold, methodical style leaves no room for relationships. But when Xave’s latest job lands him with Tavish for a partner, everything changes. His solitary existence is suddenly full to bursting with pleasure--from the hottest sex he’s ever experienced fueled by an insatiable lust that goes both ways.

Tavish is a walking contradiction, hot one minute and cold the next, and she's driving Xave crazy. But when their pasts collide and the dust settles, he's got to decide whether to let go and move on or grab the dagger by the tail and hang on for the ride.

Before you dive into the fantastical world of Daggertail, a word of warning – be sure to don fireproof clothing. Science fiction/fantasy erotica has never been so wicked…or so hot!

Tavish became a consort at the tender age of twelve after her planet was destroyed by cyborgs and she was sold into slavery. Selling her body is a means to survive, even if she detests all of the men who walk through the doors of Fat Louie’s eager for entertainment. That changes when the super-sexy Bondsman shows up, inquiring about a criminal he’s been paid to capture. Xavier is unlike any man she’s ever seen, and the idea of taking the oh-so delicious looking lawman to bed excites her as nothing ever has before. When she helps Xave by distracting the man he hopes to snare, she finds herself in the hot seat instead.

Xavier knows rescuing the hot little vixen from the brothel was the wrong thing to do. He not only missed his mark, but by saving her, is forced to bring Tavish with him until he sorts things out. Still, there is something captivating about the sultry minx, and try as he might, he just can’t seem to keep his hands to himself – or stay away.

Daggertail engaged my interest from the very first paragraph and held it all the way through. Tavish and Xave are fascinating characters, as is the world they exist in. Spaceships, vintage music, and holographic people abound, as do criminals, pirates, and droids. Adding to the richness of the material is the past that has placed Tavish in such a terrible predicament. It’s brutal when you learn of the circumstances that placed her in Fat Louie’s clutches, but ultimately, the dark undertones add to the story and create a unique twist you may or may not see coming.

This one is a must have on anyone’s TBR list, especially if you’re new to sci-fi and want to give the genre a taste.

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