The 4th in the Celeste Prater’s Fueled by Lust series is Lucien’s story. If you’ve not read any in the series, then you’re missing out because this is a fun sci-fi, PNR, otherworldly – whatever you wanna call it good time. This could probably be read as a stand-alone, but there are so many overlapping characters from one story to the next that I think each should be read as part of the whole. If you’ve read any of my reviews from the previous stories you’ll know that I like what Prater is doing so far. This review will have some spoilers from the previous books.
Lucien Rion Tarquinius, Sovereign Elite and Emperor of the Insedivertus Empire, has been a part of all the stories. He’s the father of Drusus whose mate is Avelina ‘Lina’ from Fueled by Lust: Druses, the first in the series. This father and son are very close and they look a lot alike. So expect the alpha male, pumped up look of a male dancer and the good looks. His character is also a lot like his son. He’s honorable and always puts his people’s welfare ahead of his own. He’s a good father and a good leader and ruler. So what’s not to like? Nothing I’ll tell you. I appreciate a story where the hero is a good guy without drama. He’s got a bit of baggage, but who doesn’t?
This story picks up directly after Cato’s story where we find Lucien on his way to Messor to find Basilius‘s (the crazy nutter who killed all of the Insedi women for some stupid, insane, nonsensical reason – you know typical bad guy stuff) brother. The plan is to bring the sane (and good-looking I might add) brother, Bellator, back to hopefully create some kind of order for their people. While on their way, Lucien’s ship is abducted by slavers.
Being held prisoner is bad enough for Lucien and his warriors, turns out that their misting powers have been also disabled and it’s almost like their every weakness is known to their enemy. Thank goodness for old-fashioned ingenuity by the name of Tana Jameson. While on assignment in the Atlantic, Tana’s ship is taken. She’s taken from Earth and transported to the same slavers ship that abducted Lucien and is eventually taken to the planet where all of the slaves are being held. Tana is FBI; she’s smart, fearless and deadly with her skills.
If you’re familiar with the Insedi, you’ll know that the guys tend to recognize their mates right away. That doesn’t mean that they’re idiots about it and Lucien was no different than his fellow warriors. He recognized his attraction to Tana but with his history of a fallen mate he’s hesitant to pursue Tana. Once I got to know and understand why he was hesitant, I completely understood and I was rooting for him to get his girl and find his HEA. Up ‘til now I was Team Cassie (Fueled by Lust: Severus) but then I was introduced to Tana. I jumped ship to Team Tana because she is one bad mama jama – totally kick butt awesome without being obnoxious. There were certain things I thought she accepted too easily but I didn’t see her reactions when she was initially abducted to know how much she actually did (or didn’t) freak out.
Together Lucien and Tana worked very well as a team during their abduction and Tana proved she to be worthy of Lucien’s affection and vice versa. There’s a new group of Insedi for us to get to know – Sotarios, Altair, Geleon, Haemon, Baruch, Makar, and Keos. The guys from the other books make their appearances and that continues to be enjoyable for me. I’m not sure whose story is next but I’m sure I’ll be reading as I’ve enjoyed Praters stories so far.
Happy Reading Folks!
*Book provided by author for review
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by Celeste Prater
Release Date: July 15, 2014