Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review: 'Kerr' by Ashley L. Hunt

Colorado author Ashley L Hunt earned her degree in Philosophy at The University of Colorado. She lives in Denver where she creates stories with heroes with great strengths, physical and mental, and pairs them with strong heroines who test their limits, in the end finding deep, passionate love.

Science fiction is an acquired taste – and that taste seems to have infused the entire globe as books and television shows and games and movies all fight for top place in this genre. Ashley has her hand solidly in this realm, having published four series of books that deal with aliens peppered with erotica. She continues her series – ALBATERRA MATES – and now opens a new series of paranormal sci-fi romances which she calls ALIEN MATES of this KERR is Book 1.

Ashley knows how to launch a series about life on another planet that includes a visit from an earthborn creature whose presence creates the change in atmosphere the new planet poses (the new planet is Euthenia). She opens the stage for her main characters with some preparatory background so that when the new soon to be lovers meet we are aware of what they bring to the encounter. In her Prologue she sets the tone – ‘Placing a long, white robe around her to cover her naked body, I close my eyes and pull her to me. “Kataline, please just do as is expected of you. That gave me no pleasure. Quite the contrary, it hurt me far worse than it did you.” Inexplicably her hands run through my hair. Her words fall soft near my ear. “Kerr, it is my fate to be with you. I was bred to fall into place with whatever alien race I was awarded to.” “You are more than I deserve, Kataline.” I pull her back to look at her. Guilt plagues me as I should’ve given her something that would tell her of all our rules and customs. “I am what you deserve, Kerr. Teach me all I need to know before I’m unleashed on your planet. That is all I ask of you.” “I will, I promise.” I pull her back into my arms and hold her tight to me. This woman may very well be the best thing that’s ever happened to me or my planet and hers.’
In short the plot goes as follows – ‘My dad decided about my future without me. I have to marry an Alien Prince I have never seen before, and I will have to sacrifice my happiness for the best of humanity. But how can I do that? Kataline is a curvy, sensitive, lovely woman who has to marry the Alien Prince, Kerr. Her father arranged this marriage to bring peace on Earth without asking her about her feelings! She is the first genetically engineered woman, and she has never had sex before in her life! Kerr is the Alien Prince of the Planet Euthenia. His mother died while he was very young and he has never met true love. He is the most handsome Alpha male on his planet, and even though he could have any woman he wanted, he arranged this marriage for political reasons. His father is against his decision, but Kerr has to follow his own path as he is to become the future King! Those two never-loved souls have to make this work. However, one of them has a dark secret. A secret unknown to everyone except for Kataline’s father who will not say anything about it until it is too late. While they are heading back to Planet Euthenia, an Uprising starts there by Earth Colonists. When Kerr’s father is informed about it, he imprisons Kataline. Was this Kataline’s father plan all along? Was she a part of the scheme? Will Kerr save her or not? What will happen between those two?’

Another planet and another setting for a rich series of Sci-Fi paranormal eroticism. A fine start for the launching book. Grady Harp, July 17

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