Pale Fire by Penny Ash
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short Story (143 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia
On a forced medical leave from his job with the CIA Sasha heads for Las Vegas for a little R and R. As a long time abductee Cath is thrilled to be speaking at the UFO Believers convention in Las Vegas.
They've been abducted together since they were children and the last thing either expects is to meet the other. When they wake up the next morning after their chance encounter they're married and the government is not pleased. They were never supposed to meet outside the Experiment, never supposed to know about each other or the hybrid children.
Now General Nathaniel is after them and he'll stop at nothing to protect his dream of a super army. Escape from Nathaniel and his forces isn't certain but Sasha and Cath won't give up the love they've found without a fight.
Abducted by aliens, stuck in between secret government projects, and forced to have children without knowing it, two people are brought together by fate. Suddenly no matter where they turn, danger lurks as they realize that they have been guinea pigs for research since childhood. This tale takes you from one world to the next where conspiracy leaves them no place to run.
Sasha Ivanov Taylor, an ex-operative for the Central Intelligence Agency, heads to Las Vegas for a break from stress. There, he meets the woman of his dreams, literally, and gets her rip-roaring drunk. Somehow she’s familiar, yet she feels she knows him too. They become entangled in passion, along with a danger so deep it seems hopeless that they’ll survive.
Catherine Gail Madison wakes up to find herself married to a man she had a few drinks with while waiting for her fiancé to finish gambling in the casino. ‘Cath’ is drawn to the hunky man on a level she doesn’t understand but feels she must tell her boyfriend what happened. She’s a UFO nut who loves going to conferences and the man is speaking that day. The next thing she knows, she’s being kidnapped and taken to an experimental laboratory but Sasha comes to the rescue.
Aliens introduce Sasha and Cath to their children, providing an excellent and positive viewpoint on humans meeting otherworld species rather than making them the bad guys. This is a refreshing viewpoint.
The only thing about this unique tale that lacked was an erotic element. The book should have been in a mainstream romance category instead.
Aside from that, it was a great plot and well done. The very clever author, Penny Ash will go far with her career with such a creative imagination. This book absolutley deserves 4 Cherries.