Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: 'Sons of Optorio Complete Series Box Set' by Ruth Anne Scott

Colorado author Ruth Anne Scott writes science fiction novels and has become a very successful author of this genre. Following college she spent much of her adult life working at Amnesty International, doing research into women's rights abuses around the world. Ruth continued to write fantasy as a means to escape the harsh realities of the world around her.

Ruth Anne terms this novel as a ‘Sci-Fi Alien Multiverse Romance novel, and for those who my think that ‘multiverse’ is a writing technique, check the true definition in preparation for this unique tale. ‘The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of finite and infinite possible universes, including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical laws and constants that describe them.’

That sets us up for the intriguing manner in which she opens this Optorio Mates series with the following teaser; ‘I was glad to have some time to myself, away from the pressures of my father and his advisors. I knew he was dying and that his time would be coming soon. Which meant that my time would, unfortunately, be coming soon as well. No, I wasn't dying, but given the fact that I was to be trapped in a life I didn't want, I thought I might as well be dead. I walked along the rocky shoreline, listening to the thundering crash of the waves. Looking out across the sea, I marveled at the deep red color of our ocean. It seemed to glow beneath our twin moons, almost pulsing with an inner light, providing a breathtaking view. Every time I walked along the shore or strolled through the forests that surrounded the palace, I was reminded of just how beautiful my home world of Optorio truly was. Of course, whenever I wandered through the halls of the palace, I was reminded of how much of a prison I existed in and how much I hated it. Beautiful or not, I wanted to leave Optorio sooner rather than later.’

Attempting to summarize a four book series is challenging but Ruth Anne does it well: Bazarok is the son of a king – next in line to the throne of the planet Optorio. And with his father in his last days, his ascension is coming soon. Looking to avoid throwing Optorio into a civil war, Baz renounces his claim to the throne, instead establishing a regent council to rule their world – thereby cutting his deviously ambitious and violent-natured brother, Kapoc, out of the line of succession. With his decision made and plans in place, Baz flees his home world to pursue his own passion – exploration. Paige made a decision that changed the course of her life and is now doing her best to settle into her new world. Having left an abusive relationship and a promising career in law, Paige followed her heart and her passion which led her to open a jazz club in the town of Sapphire Bay. It was a decision that left a lasting impact, and a deep rift, between Paige and her father – a rift she is not sure how to bridge. A failed assassination attempt from Kapoc crash lands Baz near Paige and we get an intergalactic love affair. A ruthless would-be king. An alien civil war. And two people, following their hearts and their passions while trying to build a better life for themselves, caught in the middle. Will Baz and Paige survive to build their new world together? Or will they be nothing more than star-crossed lovers, fated to share a brief love that ends in tragedy?’

Read the series together or allow your interest to spread across several days (if you can). Ruth Anne Scott has once again made us believers in alien life – with a lot of erotica to spice things up a bit. Grady Harp, January 17

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