Reviewed by Dee
SERIES: Planet Alpha #15
AUTHOR: Lily Harlem
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 134 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2017
Aurora Zenith is battling to survive in poisonous London. Working at a docking station to Planet Alpha is not helping. Why? Because each day she witnesses lucky humans rocketing to a better life in the stars. With a surname last on the list to escape and a lung condition making her first on the list for death she’s getting desperate … and reckless.
Seeing an opportunity to stow away on sexy Captain Ciro’s shuttle to Alpha, Aurora acts first and thinks later. Trouble is, without a plan she’s flailing in space and lost on an alien world.
A string of rash decisions and a hasty retreat make for a perfect storm of danger, deceit, and lust. Will Aurora escape the evil Xyran who has her in his sights? Will Captain Ciro ever tear his attention from his gorgeous copilot and notice her? And what do the Alphans mean when they say a woman will complete them?
The only thing to do is fly with them and see where she lands.
This story had three things going for it before I even cracked it open. The cover, the title, and the blurb. The cover speaks for itself, the title couldn’t have been more fitting, and the plot did not disappoint.
This story is told in third person and completely from Aurora’s point-of-view, and what a trip she took me on! Earth is far from clean and green and her lungs are suffering. When Aurora stows away on a space-ship in the hopes of finding a new home and a lover, she gets so much more than she bargained for.
The journey was so vividly described I felt like I was thrust into space right alongside her. My heart was in my throat when the Xyphan’s tried to attack the ship and worse when Aurora, through her own folly, ends up on a strange planet and taken by a particularly nasty Xyphan.
There are a few side-characters who added depth to the story. Then there’s the huge issue of the fact security has been breached on certain planets, and at the end of the day, Aurora was an illegal alien (as odd as that is to say), a stowaway who gained access to the Alphan’s home through dodgy means. How that would play out was anyone’s guess, mine included.
For most of this story, I feared what her fate would be, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom, especially not when she unwittingly came upon Ciro and Luc intimately engaged. The two men/Aliens were equally well fleshed out characters. The sex between the two, and then three, was smoking hot. However, what really worked for me was the intimacy between them all. Within a short span of time, it was clear these two warriors would always put their woman first.
In summary, this is a fabulous story that gripped me from the start and didn’t let up until the very end. I highly recommend Reckless to all and sundry.