Sci-Fi Romance

More Romance than Sci-Fi

Darkscape: The Rebel Lord

Honor a commitment to a madman with genocide on his mind or turn traitor to save a race? How can one decide when the fate of an entire race will be sealed by that one decision? Can one woman make that choice – the fate of her heart in the mix as well?

Earth is uninhabitable and worse, the remainder of the solar system is at war. The remnants of humanity battle it out for their very survival. In the midst of all this madness, Lieutenant Kimberly Kinsale has even more to worry about, for she finds that she not only fights for a true madman, one intent upon genocide, but also against the very warrior she was once destined to marry. It's not just Kimberly's personal future at stake though, but also that of the entire human race. One wrong decision on her part and it could all end very badly -- for everyone!

This is the premise for Darkscape: The Rebel Lord by R. Garland Gray. Set in a far future where Earth is now rendered uninhabitable as a repercussion from the Dragon Comet's destruction of the planet Mercury, this is the story of Lieutenant Kimberly Kinsale. As a child, she is contracted to marry the leader of the Clan Douglas, one Lord Lachlan de Douglas, and "a royal heir from Ancient Earth". This is to cement ties between differing and sometimes feuding clans. These clans form the last vestiges of humanity. Scattered about as colonists on the worlds and various moons of the Solar System, it seems the human race now lives in an uneasy peace.

The Spawning

Undercover detective Miranda Hart's assignment is to track the white slavery ring that has been targeting young women; but when she does her job too well, she ends up kidnapped along with the rest of the victims. Only the kidnapping ring she's investigating is not the Russian white slavery ring she thinks she's targeting. Oh no. It's a whole lot farther away than that...

...which is something that she figures out when she is zapped by a white light directly into a SF channel special, only it's a real life episode set in a giant flying trash compactor run by boxy-headed three legged robots that shoot beams of light and herd dozens of kidnapped women like space-cattle in giant tubes. And that is not even the half of it. After an exam that make the free clinic downtown sound like a friendly picnic, travel accommodations that rival lock-proof fast-food burger boxes complete with jell condiment packing material, Ms Hart and her fellow kidnappees end up on some god-forsaken alien planet, hiking in ankle chains through an alien forest under the command of a lizardthingee in an astronaut costume.

Forced Mate

Once upon a time there were arranged marriages. Luckily we don’t have to worry about such things now. At least, those of us who aren't half-alien with mysterious pedigrees don't have to worry about arranged marriages. They bring up all kinds of issues that most contemporary cultures don’t have to worry about. The initial relationship in Forced Mate falls into that category of unavoidable arrangements. In most situations, characters swept into life decisions by powers beyond their control would be thought of as a couple of limp biscuits, ready to crumble at the merest conflict.

A Bend in Time

As a huge fan of romances involving time travel, the teaser for A Bend in Time by Michelle Miles caught my eye. Who can resist a story that could take you, along with the characters, anywhere in time? I certainly can't. While doing my pre-review research, I discovered that Ms. Miles previously published the elements of this story in serial form. A Bend in Time is actually a compilation of two seasons of serial romance all in one neat little package. Very convenient.

An accomplished writer who crafts her words in several genres, Ms. Miles treats us to a classic Sci-Fi Romance with A Bend in Time. The story introduces us to Skye and Dane, two people destined to travel to the ends of time together - whether they like it or not.

Fruits of Betrayal

Science Fiction is often viewed as something geeks like to read, and shows where men like to gawk at girls in skimpy costumes. The thing is, most of the writers of science fiction, at least among the fan magazines and underground stories, are women. Fruits of Betrayal is a take by a woman on science fiction that is primarily a romance. Perhaps the latest change from the hard science, fictionalized to now romanticized as well as fantasized.

Prime Time

Could a geek and a streetwise survivor ever find true love? Vicky Burkholder seems to think so, and to prove her case she wrote Prime Time. Only in this tale, the geeks are known as Techies and the streetwise survivors are known as Porters. The light satire of the names is not lost on me. Porters are also the names of people who do all the physical labors in many so-called third-world countries. Techies? Well, that could be just about any American who happens to have a job above minimum wage.

Finders Keepers

I've heard from other reviewers that Linnea Sinclair is a wonderful sci-fi fantasy romance author so when I was offered a chance to read her new speculative fiction book - Finders Keepers - I jumped at the chance. However, when I received the book and read the back blurb it stated that this book blended hard SF with sizzling romantic suspense. Now I'm not especially fond of hard SF since it tends to be a little too high tech for me so I had to wonder how these two elements could possibly blend and blend well.

Country Priestess

Country Priestess centers around a little boy and his family. Timmy is not an ordinary boy. He's autistic. But at the same time, he's an artistic genius. The character of Timmy is so promising and interesting that he is what drew me to reading this book.

Timmy has a special relationship with his uncle Joe; he draws pictures. After Joe's girlfriend dies under strange circumstances, Timmy starts drawing mysterious pictures of maps, names of strangers, precognitive art--clues for his uncle Joe. In the meantime, Joe gets blinding headaches which seem to be contoured to controlling his behavior. Timmy's artwork is a beacon for his uncle.

Tiger Gold

I love humor. I haven't read all that much erotica that combines humor with story. Maybe the occasional funny character, or a hero or a heroine with a sense of humor. The concept of funny erotica might be an oxymoron, but even if it is, whenever I've come across it, I have enjoyed it immensely.

Asteroid6969 doesn't start out as if it has any humor. It starts off like a space opera, perhaps with a feel to it a little like the movie Space Pirates. Lance, the blond Adonis-like space pirate has to put down on Asteroid6969 and in the meantime, he's going to get a hot bath in real H20. He's also got an infestation, a space ship full of furzbas, small furballs that live off of energy. They're faintly reminiscent of tribbles, that charming nuisance of an animal documented in the original Star Trek series. Naked, our hero swashbuckles out of his bath to rescue a virgin wanna-be-submissive from the evil clutches of a Dom who's meaner than she'd expected.

Dragons Law: Damon

Alicia Sparks' Dragon's Law: Damon, is a book with a plot so complex that any attempt at writing a synopsis would reveal enough of the book to ruin it for some readers so instead, let me tell you about a couple of my favorite scenes and characters.

Damon is a man with a mission. He needs to find his betrothed before time runs out, in order to save his kingdom and throne from his worse enemy, his own brother. Six years earlier, during a struggle between the brothers,

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