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Monday, December 14, 2009

Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks

Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (388 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Five Cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

When a Zetithian fugitive meets a beautiful Earth woman, their passion may cost them both their lives…

Manx is a Zetithian fugitive with a feline gene that gives him remarkable sexual powers. He has been in hiding in the remote jungles of Barada Seven ever since being marked for extermination by the violent Nedwuts.

Artist Drusilla arrives on Barada Seven, enticed only by the promise of finding a nature paradise there. But she discovers a wildlife she wasn't expecting when she encounters Manx. Reckless with desire for the beautiful Earth woman, Manx risks his life to win her as his mate.

It's only a matter of time until the Nedwuts find them, but it will take all of Manx and Drusilla's passion, skill, and ingenuity to survive.

If you enjoy stories with a hero who reminds you of Tarzan and a heroine who has a soft heart a mile wide, then get ready for some fun when you read the new Cat Star Chronicles book, Fugitive.

Ms. Brooks has gathered a wonderful cast of characters which entertained and amused me all throughout the book. Based on her vivid descriptions, Barada Seven’s inhabitants reminded me of Pac Man – with legs and teeth. Zef is the perfect grouchy misunderstood old man with a heart as soft as a cotton ball. Ralph cracked me up with his stereotypical artistic flair and manipulative shenanigans. I even got to see why the Nedwuts are so nasty, and yet there was this one bit of internal Nedwut dialogue that made me sit back, scratch my chin, and wonder about the totality of their evilness. Ms. Brooks has proven in previous books of the series her ability to confound me with a surprise twist. Only future books will tell.

Drusilla is the heroine and she’s type A all the way. She’s passionate about her work just like a mad scientist – forgetting to eat and forgetting that time continues to march on without her. Her interactions with Zef are what help a reader to see her personality. Her dealings with Ralph show that she has spine and spunk. Drusilla’s one sided conversations with Klog are telling as well. She has an open mind and when push comes to shove, she’s a partner who’s got your back. She’s funny too.

The one who wants to rub her back in the worst way is Manx. He’s another well developed Zetithian character who has been forced to live by his wits, his hunting skills and survived by the talent of his nose. I enjoyed his tentative approach to Drusilla in the beginning. He absolutely reminds me of Tarzan, at the moment he sees Jane and not only identifies her as female but that she is one word, ‘Mine’. He is strong, resourceful and very hot for Drusilla. In fact, for the record, I want some snard for myself.

That heat which Zetithian males are known for is alive and well and extremely sensual. In the Fugitive, Ms. Brooks draws out their joining a bit, leaving a reader eager and rooting in anticipation for Manx and Drusilla’s mating. However, things don’t always go as you know they’d like and this story is no exception. There are more than the Nedwuts after Manx and I thought for sure there was going to be a new set of villains. Sure kept me flipping those pages.

Ms. Brooks writing and dialogue are just as snappy, funny, clever as well as fast paced. She continues to use the technique of head hopping but does it with a controlled and balanced presentation in the Fugitive.

When Jack and the gang fly in to lend a hand, it felt like old home week. It really is a thrill to see previous heroes and heroines still in love, still having adventures and be very much a part of each and every installment. I think Jack is going to single-handedly rekindle the whole Zetithian race. What a fire cracker.

Fugitive encompasses the best of Ms. Brooks’ talent for sensual tension, hot culmination, laughter, endearing characters and a hero and heroine a reader enjoys finding out about. There is action, a bit of suspense with a mystery, and a happily ever after for more than Drusilla and Manx. Fugitive is going on my keeper shelf and will be staying there for me to enjoy again and again.


diva donna said...

This is a wonderful review. I love her books. And this I'm sure will be another awesome book by my Cat Master.
What do you mean by Head hopping?

Long and Short Reviews said...

Diva Donna,

"Head-hopping" means the author switches which character's point-of-view that she's writing from mid-scene (instead of at a scene break or a chapter break).

Thanks for your comments!

LASR / WC Admin

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks so much for the great review!