Sunday, January 24, 2010

Book Review - Fugitive, The Cat Star Chronicles #5




Fugitive, The Cat Star Chronicles #5
Cheryl Brooks
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 5, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1402229402
ISBN-13: 978-1402229404

Between the gorgeous purple sky and fine semi-tropical weather, Barada 7 is a paradise for artists who paint birds and Drusilla is one of the best such artists. So when her boyfriend leaves her for another man, her agent sends her to Barada to recoup. The only people there remind Drusilla of short, orange skinned toads and the other indigenous life from, Zef, an eltran, doesn’t like anyone, particularly the orange skinned Baradans.

He does, however, like a wayward Zetithian warrior who is wanted by Nedwut bounty hunters. But Manx has learned to be cautious. It’s what’s kept him alive over the years since his escape from the slavers. That is, until he spies the lake house’s latest inhabitant, a woman he’s inexplicably drawn to. He has to be careful though. He trusts Zef not to give away his presence on Barada but can he trust the beautiful female whose scent drives him crazy?

Drusilla’s first glimpse of Manx as he stands on the edge of the lake near the rental house makes her think her fantasy man has come to life. She learns his name from Zef and discovers that he ‘likes’ her. Well, Drusilla isn’t in the market for another man but as she comes to know him, she decides that Manx is the man for her. She believes he feels the same way.

Until he disappears when the Nedwuts arrive.

Ms Brooks has once again given us a fabulous book with the galaxy’s most enticing heroes. I wager there isn’t a woman alive (or very few of them!) who wouldn’t take one look at these fascinating cat-men and say ‘I want one!’ While they’re handsome and extremely gifted in the sexual arts, Ms Brooks has also given them wonderful personalities. Manx, in particular, exuded a kind of sweet shyness when he first approached Drusilla but, trust me, the shyness went away pretty darn quick leaving a very skilled lover in its place.

Besides creating a lovely alien world, I think one of Ms Brooks talents is the skill she uses to craft lovable characters for her erotic series. Zef, by no means a personable eltran, is somewhat charming in his crudity (his idea of enticing a female is to wave his penis at her…of course, he doesn’t say penis, lol). Then there’s Klog, the droid who serves the renters and the lake house, Dwell. Both Klog and Dwell have their own independent personalities (and I wouldn’t mind having one or both of them for my own either).

Finally, there’s Drusilla, the bird artist, who discovers the love of her life even though she’d given up on men. Once Manx appears, she forgets the birds. Who wouldn’t especially when your lover can purr? Like all the heroines of the Cat-Star Chronicles, woe be unto any stupid Nedwut who tries to come between her and her cat-man,

The Fugitive, book 5 of the Cat Star Chronicles, is CATegorically the best exotic and sensuously erotic science fiction in the market. If you haven’t read them, buy the whole series and give yourself a treat.

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