Mating Season: Imperial Command by Anne Kane
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
When a flitter-craft crash lands near Gregory's lair, the Imperial were-panther doesn't expect to find an unconscious female dangling from the captain's harness. Danika is stubborn, feisty and in her first heat cycle.
Claiming Danika as his bond-mate is complicated by the reptilian cyborg who's been sent to return her to her father's estate, and an ex-fiancé who just won't take no for an answer.
Gregory's life is about to get interesting...
A surprise crash landing brings two people together when they need it the most.
This is a pretty cool short story about a woman running from what is tantamount to slavery. She isn’t blind to the failings of the person she calls mother and isn’t afraid to strike out on her own to be her own person. She just has to survive long enough to get to safety and protection. Danika is the heroine whose intelligence is a given but it’s compromised by her body’s physical demands. In one way, using her nature’s biological needs made it easy for the author to jump right into the heated physical relationship of the story between Danika and the hero, Gregory. It’s easier to accept the sudden wantonness of her character because it’s part of the world building and her species. I appreciated that Ms. Kane had her resisting a bit and had Danika finding her emotional connection to Gregory.
Gregory is a fun hero. He’s not going to allow Danika to deceive herself into thinking that the mate bond isn’t real nor should it be ignored. He’s a man who thought he’d never have a chance at true happiness and it ends up crashing right outside his door. I enjoyed his courting of Danika and his eventual respect for her.
In fact, Ms. Kane presents thorough and well worded scenes when it comes to describing their tease and chase courtship as shifted cats. The author showed me clear visuals with the words she chose to illustrate how Gregory’s cat moved and Danika’s reaction to him. The parts where they shifted were pretty cool too. Then I read the scene with the bad guy and his henchmen. Ms. Kane once again used wonderful words that showed me what a slimy worm the guy is and reinforced and justified the heroine’s decision to flee.
On top of that, I was introduced to a secondary character that sounded quite interesting. Just when I thought things couldn’t get better, they do. Sure, they got worse first but that provided some attention grabbing action and drama – enough to keep this reader entertained and committed to wanting Gregory and Danika to survive and get their happily ever after.
Mating Season: Imperial Command is a fast paced short story jam-packed with all the elements that make a romance in space exciting and page turning. It will satisfy readers who like adventure while giving erotic romance fans a treat to remember. It’s a wonderful journey about two people who didn’t think they’d have a chance at true happiness and by accident get everything they ever dreamed. It’s a great tale to spend time with.