How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 Days
How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days is the last in Susan Grant’s very enjoyable science fiction trilogy (the first two titles are Your Planet or Mine and My Favorite Earthling). While paranormal romances are sprouting up like weeds, science fiction romances are hard to find, and this is one that I can recommend highly.
In the first two books of the trilogy, the good guys – both human and alien – are menaced by an alien REEF (Robotically Engineered Enemy Fighter). Now the REEF has been captured and his killing implants rendered harmless. Due to complications with both Earth and Coalition politics, Cavin Far Star (see Your Plane or Mine for details) deems it necessary to keep Reef hidden for a time and Cavin and his fiancée Jana Jasper want her sister Evie Holloway to take him in.
Evie always felt a bit out of place in the Jasper family. Unlike her parents and siblings, Evie wasn’t interested in a career or public service. A nurturer by nature, she married, had children, and led a happy life with her children and husband. But right now Evie is at loose ends. She’s recently divorced, her ex-husband is prone to bullying her, and she doesn’t know what she wants to do with herself. Evie is talented – she is a wonderful cook and can make exquisite candies, and she has her share of the Jasper drive for public service. She’s recently become interested in the problem of child slavery but she hangs back from getting involved, certain that she would make a mess of things.
She demurs when Cavin and Jana ask her to take Reef in, but due to a combination of her own innate kindness and a totally wild set of circumstances, Evie ends up with a handsome alien hunk in her home, and said hunk’s killing implants are regenerating. Despite this, the two (and Reef is actually very kind and sweet) begin to fall in love. But if there aren’t enough problems for this couple, the man who kidnapped Reef as a child and turned him into a bionic killing machine has tracked him down to Earth and wants his creation back.
How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days is sweet, warm, exciting and sometimes very funny. While it’s part of a trilogy, Susan Grant gives enough of the backstory to fill in readers who haven’t read the rest of the story – but trust me, you will want to read all of the books in the series. The plot moves along nicely, but for me it was the characters who made this book such an enjoyable read.
Both Evie and Reef are instantly likable. Evie has self esteem issues. Even though her parents and siblings love her and are always supportive, their constant over-achievement leaves Evie feeling like a failure. Her ex-husband’s snideness toward her (she is kind of plump) and his bullying add to her feelings of inadequacy. Reef finds her very attractive, and since he had been torn from his home, he instantly responds to her warmth and love.
Reef’s story is a heartbreaking one. He grew up on a backwater planet with parents and siblings who loved him. When he was a young boy, he was kidnapped by unscrupulous scientists working on the REEF program. Reef turned out to be a perfect killing machine, but he had never known love, or emotion. Note: Fans of virgin heroes, here’s a wonderful one.
I tore through this book with a big happy smile on my face and had a wonderful time while reading it. This book and the other two in the trilogy are lots of fun to read and in a market glutted with vampires, it’s a refreshing treat to read a good science fiction romance.