An Alien Love Story
A woman falls into a wormhole and travels to another world where she meets an erotic alien.
Tamara Walsh has a perfect life, or so it seems: an exciting job as an emergency room physicisn, three beautiful children, and a handsome husband. But Tamara finds her life boring and longs for passion and adventure. She falls into a wormhole and travels to another world where she meets an alien, a Sheffrou called Maashi, trained in the art of seduction, and for the first time she experiences excitement and happiness.
Maashi lives in a world of contrasting colors where three genders is the norm. However, his people must hide in caves because of the constant threat of attack by their enemies.Tamara realizes her life on Earth was like single stroke of color on a white canvas whereas with the Sheffrou, her life explodes with vibrant hues. She searches for a way home with her heart torn between her world and her children and Maashi's world but a shadow looms under the cover of darkness, ready to attack all unsuspecting prey...
"Different and engaging. If you're looking for something just a little bit outside the realm of an ordinary spece romance, look no further. You found it. The concept of the story is pretty unique, and therefore refreshing; the characters are largely intriguing and definitely memorable; and the world planning, the detail and naming, are nicely in-depth. Overall this is a pretty solid story from a new author and I look forward to reading her future books." Cailin's review on GoodReads.
"Overall, I Am Sheffrou is a fascinating book and an impressive debut for the author. It reminds me of the classic science fiction stories I read when I was much younger, when explanation was far less necessary than exploration. The aliens (whom Tamara calls Chamis, a shortened version of their true name) have a well-thought-out culture and history, both of which are necessary to the plot. Tamara serves as an everywoman, showing readers the aliens' culture through a human lens, with all the various human biases that entails. Unlike an average everywoman, however, Tamara has more desires than just to get back home, and she acts on those desires. She may not always have full agency (it isn't easy to when you're treated as a curiosity and pet) but all the agency she does have, she uses to her best advantage.
But why only four stars, if I'm so impressed? I enjoyed the book a great deal and am excited to see where the trilogy goes next (keep an eye out for book two, Betrayal). However, at times, I found myself underwhelmed. I would have liked to see more introspection from Tamara, especially regarding her shifting attitudes toward the world she was trapped on, and some of the story beats felt oddly placed. Neither of those things bothered me enough to make me dislike the book, though; they were only occasional, nagging annoyances. On the whole, I enjoyed how the story was so different from what I've come to expect from science fiction. I said before that it's heavier on exploration than explanation, and exploration takes up the vast majority of the book. Most of it is also devoted to Tamara learning about the Chamis' culture, and if you enjoy thought experiments of that nature, I Am Sheffrou is not one to miss."
Reviewed by Jo Niederhoff, City Book Review
"Different and engaging. If you're looking for something just a little outside the realm of an ordinary sapce romance, look no further. You found it.
The concept of the story is pretty unique, and therefor refreshing; the characters are largely intriguing and definitely memorable; and the world planning, the detail and naming, are nicely in depth.
Overall, this is a pretty solid story from a new author.
Review by Cailin on Goodreads."