Author: Liv Olteano
Reviewed by: Wendy
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Sci Fi
ISBN 13: N/A
Even years after Rizzo Berg’s lover and Dom died in combat, the memories torment him. Following a particularly disappointing date, Rizzo goes to sleep in his apartment only to wake up on a spaceship with tall, gorgeous, alien Captain Conrad D’Ollet of Heracia, a man so deliciously dominant Rizzo’s knees turn to jelly.
Apparently the Heracians need help, and Rizzo is a humanitarian through and through. Spending more time around Conrad is totally not one of the reasons he wants to lend a hand.
Soon Rizzo finds himself completely conquered and blissfully owned. But neither he nor Conrad is willing to risk his heart, let go of the past, and dare to believe in a future that won’t end in catastrophe.
This book grabbed hold of my attention from the very first page and never let go. Sci-fi stories can be good, but rarely knock my socks off. I was caught very pleasantly off guard when this one rocked my world!
For a relatively short story, this one managed to create a fascinating alternate world with two of the more interesting main characters I’ve read about in a while. Heracians are part human, part alien beings – the alien part being made up of AI technology. In order to continue to exist, they need to “convince” full humans to at least provide a “donation” to their culture in the form of sperm or eggs and that’s where Rizzo (or “Riz” as his captor likes to call him) fits into the picture. He is a perfect specimen for donation or perhaps even a permanent alliance if he can be convinced to stay on the planet and help raise the children he could end up fathering.
Rizzo’s life on earth has been less than stellar. He harbors some deep emotional scars from a former relationship and can’t seem to find “it” in any of his hookups. When he awakens on board Captain Conrad’s ship and meets the man, “it” takes on a whole new meaning. Rizzo’s snarky humor comes out in spades and had me laughing as he takes exception to the predicament he finds himself in. However, he’s inexplicably drawn to the alien domineering Captain and finds out they have quite a lot in common – not to mention the yin and yang of dominance and submission. Through the act of a simple taunt, Riz finds himself thoroughly owned by this war hero, and torn between being scared or blissfully happy with that prospect.
Between the heat these two guys generated and the way the story took me from laugh out loud moments to near tears, I fell in love with this surprising gem and would desperately love more based on either these characters or this inventive world. Excellent!!!