Desert Isle Keeper
In this sci-fi romance, we are immersed in a new futuristic world following a war between the humans and the Stin that the humans were in danger of losing before the Guardians, a super alien race stepped in to stop the battles. But the casualties were great, including the separation of long-time friends and one-time lovers Zander (Zed) and Felix (Flick). Long believing Flick is dead, Zed is on a mission to rescue a former teammate who appears to be losing her own mental battle of survival when he finds that the engineer on the ship he’s hired to track her down is none other than his lost love. After nine long years, both men have changed immeasurably yet the friendship and attraction between them has not died, only been hidden through grief and time. With a joint mission to help their old teammate, can their feelings for each other be salvaged?
I love this story! Though I’m a huge fan of science fiction television shows and movies, this hasn’t necessarily translated into a love of similar stories in written form so I wasn’t sure if I would like this novel or not. But honestly, I found it fascinating. The world-building is really well done – not so complicated as to confuse the reader but sophisticated enough to set the stage for a futuristic world. All of the characters, including secondary ones like Flick’s shipmates are interesting and well-drawn, and parts of the story are told not just from Zed and Flick’s points of view but also by Elias the ship’s captain which adds an interesting perspective on the central relationship. Flick and Zed are both strong masculine characters, each with flaws, dreams that have been shattered by the reality of war and hopes for the future, one they never imagined they could have together. From the start the sexual attraction between them sizzles and this leads to some deliciously sexy scenes that were well written and HOT! This is one of those stories that is hard to put down once you start, and will definitely sway me towards reading more in the sci-fi romance genre.