Book Reviews

The Heracian Affair by Liv Olteano at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Interspecies / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-March-2013

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

With a very interesting futuristic world, and two fascinating main characters, one of whom is an alien, as well as a good plot and some really funny observations, this book pulled me in from the beginning. The Heracian species is a somewhat unusual (in my experience) race of half-humanoid and half-technological beings who are struggling for survival. Not letting the machine-half take over and keeping just enough of a "biological" view on the world is a struggle for them, and the very real risk of extinction is a threat never too far removed from their consciousness.

Riz, a somewhat irreverent and snarky human with a hankering for strong, muscular men, is dropped right into the middle of this dilemma when he's abducted. As you can imagine, he isn't happy about becoming a prisoner all of a sudden. On the one hand he is surprisingly attracted to his captor, the captain of the ship, no less; on the other hand, he is extremely irritated at being kidnapped and losing all his choices. He does feel sorry for the Heracians though, so, he agrees to help by donating sperm, the lowest level of involvement. I had to laugh out loud when a "cross-cultural misunderstanding" binds Riz to the captain in an entirely more intimate way. The struggle between the two that follows is as interesting as it is funny and hot.

Conrad, or "Sparky", as Riz calls him, is an ex-warrior of the Heracians' fight against the completely machine-like Zax, now "doomed" to be a rescuer in charge of abducting humans in the hope of finding some who are willing to help his species survive. Conrad has quite a few secrets and old wounds of his own, and all of them make any kind of permanent union, the one Riz inadvertently initiated, more difficult than I expected. Conrad takes it all in stride though, and without saying too much (to avoid spoiling the surprise), he turns out to be quite a guy. He may be pushy, but he is also determined and patient, and all of it just at the points in time when Riz needs him.

This is a well-developed alien world, with truly interesting characters. The conflict between the two heroes is built into their very psyches, and the way they go about solving it is very - male. There are a few twists and some extremely tense moments, all of which contributed to my enjoyment of this story. If you like to find out about "brave new worlds" and their inhabitants through human eyes, if you’re a fan of human-alien relationships, and if you're looking for a hot read with some great cross-cultural misunderstandings and some hot between the sheets action, you will probably like this book as much as I did, I totally loved it!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 131 pages/31993 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-March-2013
Price $4.99 ebook
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