Between books 3 and 4 – what a difference a book makes. This was by far my favorite in the series because I thought the character development was darn good. If you read book 3 in the Kithran Regenesis series, you’ll remember Claybourne as the brother of Jackson while Anders is his first officer. This is the first time we’re introduced to Siri, though, and what an introduction it is.
This is a much longer book than the others and was all the better for it. If you’ve not read any of the others in the series – you’re missing out.
Claybourne and Anders sneak onto one of the entertainment aka sex ships to find the guy who Jackson and others are convinced set the bombs that wiped out Kithra. While on the ship they find Siri. Siri has been held as a prisoner for more than half of her young life – 14 years to be exact. There’s not a lot that Siri remembers from her life on Kithra – her last name for instance. This woman, who they are determined to rescue immediately, captivates Anders and Claybourne.
The only things that I didn’t agree with were Siri’s sexual feelings so soon after her rescue. Although she didn’t have sex with either of the guys, there was some hanky panky that raised my eyebrows and made me wonder – would someone who’d been used for God knows long as a sexual slave and who had zero enjoyment of it actually want to diddle with anyone within days after being rescued? There was much strength in her, but there was vulnerability that pulled my heartstrings at times. I wondered how come the guys didn’t try to have her seek some kind of profession help to deal with all the mental and emotional issues that she faced. Maybe it was because they’re pirates and are constantly on the go, but I just thought that might have been an angle worth pursing.
In spite of that, I really connected with her. Many of her anxieties around the other people on the ship were all warranted – the angst is high – there’s so much she doesn’t know and so much she’s rightfully afraid of. I expected her to have moments of sensory overload and freak out, but she’s a very strong woman, the strongest one so far to have survived the physical torture and abuse –and let’s not forget the mental cruelty– that she suffered on an hourly, daily basis.
The romance between all three happen gradually, staying with the trend of the previous stories, and one of the many things that kept me coming back for more is that there’s no couple before the threesome is formed.
Claybourne and Anders have a turbulent past. There’s a ton of mistrust on Claybourne’s side and there’s a whole lot of guilt on Anders’ side. As they work through their issues, feelings change and grow until eventually things boil over and something’s got to give. I think the pacing, although gradual, was helped tremendously by the secluded setting; they were all stuck on a ship that was going to be traveling for a long while.
Claybourne and Anders were both nice guys and the tension between them was palpable. They each had their separate thing going on, but because they’d been together ‘pirating’ for so long the back and forth with them was laugh out loud at times.
There’s so much that I want to say in this review, but I fear that if I do, I will give spoilers and that is not my intent. But let me part with this – the world building continues to be excellent. There are other worlds that are visited, other adventures that are had, but we end back at Kithra and that is exactly where I wanted to be. Everyone from the previous stories makes an appearance and seeing these familiar faces is always a good thing.
As always with this series, if you’re a fan of m/m/f that has actual plot lines and great dialogue this continues to be a good choice.
Happy Reading folks!
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by Dani Worth
Release Date: April 8, 2014