Author: Kris Jansen
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Short (50pgs)
Publisher: White Orchid Press (18th January 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Kane is known for his prowess on the battlefield. Unfortunately, that reputation has triggered the council of his native planet to ask him to breed. Kane is determined to only mate for love so he concocts a plan to fake a joining to another male before jumping planet and leaving everything behind. He never counted on meeting a thief who would turn his plan into something more than a means to escape.
Jewl was just looking to make some cash. He never expected to come face to face with the warrior he was stealing from. Threatened with death if he doesn’t cooperate, Jewl agrees to be Kane’s pretend bond mate. But it will take more than just good acting for them to dupe the Warlord council.
As they spend more time together, it’s harder to remain indifferent. Will the possibility of love be enough to hold the two together?
Review: Kane has a plan all set out to get his native council off his back, he has no plans of ever siring children and he certainly doesn’t want a female, so he plans to fake a bonding to another male. But, his plans are thrown into awry when a thief sets down on a satellite he is on. Jewl just has a job to do, copy the hard drives on a satellite and he will get paid. But, his plans fall apart when he is caught by the Warlord Kane. Kane offers him a choice … play a part in his plans or die, Jewl plays along. But, neither Kane nor Jewl realized just how deep they would have to go or how deep their feelings would go.
This is a cute science fiction short of unexpected love. I really do like stories where someone is caught doing wrong and is forced to comply and make amends, and I love it when they end up falling in love with the person they are making amends to. Jewl really doesn’t have much of a choice when he is caught by Kane. he agrees to pretend to be Kane’s joined mate, but when the time comes he realizes he really does want to be Kane’s true mate. Kane has choices to make and he doesn’t want to force a bond on Jewl, because no matter what Jewl says, he is influenced by the Nano’s.
I did enjoy this story and it was well written, and although they are only together for a short while and it is explained why they fall in love with each other, it still didn’t feel quite right. Jewl is under the influence of Nano’s (explained well in the book) and because of the short time-frame he doesn’t get to know Kane Nano free and yes I would love to believe that it wouldn’t matter, but it still left me with doubt about Jewl’s true feelings. With Kane you don’t get that doubt, so you are confident of his feelings for Jewl.
This story moves along quickly and it is smooth, there are some good details and you get some good background on both MC’s, we don’t see much in the way of relationship building, but we do get some really hot sex when they declare their love for each other.
This is a great story for those who want a short science fiction fix, hot sex, quick love and a happy ending.