Book Reviews

Elusive Radiance by Aidee Ladnier at Pride Publishing

Genre Lesbian / Science Fiction / Other Planets / Outer Space / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by A.L. Brooks on 19-June-2016

Book Blurb

A young bodyguard finds her special abilities are no match for a flirtatious delegate willing to gamble everything on the galaxy trade talks.

Assigned to guard a diplomat at the galaxy trade talks, Security Officer Anais wants to shine during her first solo mission for the Chezeray Palace Conglomerate. An Elusive with the ability to make herself invisible, Anais knows her modified genes designate her servant class, but she yearns to be more than simply a protector to the beautiful delegate.


Savea Blackmun arrives alone to the trade talks with the weight of her planet’s future resting on her slim shoulders. Flirting with her pretty bodyguard reveals Anais’ knowledge of the colony markets and Savea realizes there’s much more to her protector than meets the eye.


As their attraction grows, will the diplomat and the bodyguard reject society’s rules to give in to desire instead?


Book Review

This is Ladnier’s first foray into f/f erotic fiction, and although it’s only a short story, it’s a great debut in this genre. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy setting, with the two women placed on opposite sides of the class spectrum. Anais is the security officer assigned to protect a high-ranking diplomatic delegate, Savea Blackmun. Savea, however, has other ideas about how Anais can serve her…

I really enjoyed this! The setting is good, and although there are a lot of names, races, and politics mentioned in a relatively short number of words, Ladnier did a good job of presenting the invented world in a way that had me wanting to know a lot more about it. The writing style is pleasant too, with a good pace and flow. The two erotic scenes are well written; the first is short but hits all the right spots. The second is deliciously kinky and I laughed out loud at the cheeky concept.

I always think it’s a good sign of a short story if I finish it and first, want to read it again (which I did, a couple of times) and second, wished it were longer because I wanted to know more about the story, the characters, and their world. This story achieved both for me and I would love to see this turned into at least a novella if not a full-length novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 32 pages/10371 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-June-2016
Price $2.25 ebook
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