Star Flyer by Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
Two men on trajectory for an explosive collision…
Still mourning the loss of his lover to invading forces, Marr Hingo operates his farm under a dictatorship while keeping his mind—and feet—planted firmly on the ground. Spring arrives right on schedule, bringing with it something completely unexpected—an unconscious pilot from a downed star jet. Unable to bring himself to give up the handsome aviator to searching troops, Marr hides him in the barn’s cellar.
The last thing Davan Siedel remembers before ejecting is getting in a couple of good blasts against a Galactic Forces F150. He wakes to find his vague memory of being carried by an angel wasn’t far off the mark. A tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed farmer has brought him to safety and is tending his injured leg.
The attraction between solid, earthy Marr and clever, quicksilver Davan catches them off guard—and their sexual union is as sweet as it is powerful. Yet the longer Davan lingers, the tighter the enemy’s web grows, threatening their love, their freedom…and their lives.
When Davan crash lands on Theon, he has no idea what’s in store. A rebel fighter for the cause, he’s in danger of exposure and faces death. When he wakes in the arms of a huge, yet gentle, stranger, he has hope. Marr is both kind and nurturing, and after losing his lover to the intergalactic war, he’s lived a lonely life. The two men discover something in one another that they’ve been missing, but with Davan bound to return to the front lines, is it possible for them to have something more substantial together?
Star Flyer is a very unique story. The world Bonnie Dee created is both lush and intriguing. I enjoyed learning about the culture, as well as the people on a planet that has been overtaken by intruders. It’s apparent a great deal of time was devoted to creating this world, and it shows, from the creatures on the farm, to meals and customs. Due to vivid writing, I could envision everything, from the disgusting lamidas (livestock), to the beautiful spring sun.
Though the romance between Davan and Marr occurs quickly, I understood their desperation to share what time they could together. While very different, each seems to share a need to connect. Davan is a soldier who fights for a good cause, whereas Marr is loveable as a giant of a man who enjoys the simple things in life. They offset one another beautifully, and ensure intimate scenes remain both hot and sweet.
One “intruder” in particular causes the greatest conflict in the story, and I’m mentioning him for sleaze factor alone. I don’t think I’ve ever detested a villain quite so much. The antagonist, Riker, literally made my skin crawl. This presence in the story, though repulsive, adds necessary tension and darkness to the material. I couldn’t wait to see what happened, and wasn’t disappointed in the end.
Fans of the sci-fi genre who love a good M/M themed romance should definitely give Star Flyer a go.