Engineer Velia Farrah always wanted to see an alien up close. Now that she’s assigned to study the top secret portal linking Earth to other worlds, she’ll get her chance. But when a fierce, gold-skinned alien from Risnar leaps from the portal and whisks her back to his home planet, “up close” takes on a whole new meaning.
Believing Earthlings had killed his fellow warriors, Jape Bolep is determined to destroy Earth’s access to Risnar once and for all. Grabbing a curvy handful of a human wasn’t part of the plan, but he has no intention of letting her distract him from his need for vengeance—no matter how much he aches to make her his.
Both are ready to do battle over right and wrong and good and evil, and their combustible relationship burns hotter than the sun’s surface. But distrust and treachery from all sides leave Velia and Jape in a fight against their own people to keep each other alive—and to ultimately save both Earth and Risnar from total destruction.
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This book is approximately90,000 words
Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Alissa Davis
St. John's third Warriors of Risnar space opera (after Not of This World) has plenty of heady, steamy alien-human romance and sex but is light on successful worldbuilding. Dedicated Risnarish warrior Jape Bolep, a quasifeline humanoid with limited shape-shifting abilities, is burdened by the pain of battlefield losses against the pernicious Monsuda, and is convinced that Earthlings are allied with Risnar's enemies. Human engineer Velia Farrah is working on a military base so secret it's called Camp Noname, constructing a giant spaceship with incomplete assistance and directives from the Monsuda, and aspiring to unlock the secrets of an alien portal that's reputed to transport beings to Risnar. When Jape arrives at Camp Noname on a mission of destruction, he unexpectedly encounters Velia and escapes back to Risnar with her as a hostage. St. John moves Velia and Jape briskly from mutual distrust to friends with benefits to united lovers battling known enemies and corruption among allies. Numerous plot gaps won't bother readers who are here for the dramatic space battles ("Pandemonium. Screams. Blood.") and imaginative sex play incorporating alien cultural norms and physiology.