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  • Posted July 5, 2012

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    Likable Couple, Sexy and Suspenseful Action

    The political intrigue, suspenseful action sequences, and steamy sexual interludes continue in this third installment of The Confederacy Treaty, Undercover Alliance. The treaty between the Inarri and humans is still in danger with traitorous individuals coming out of the woodwork when you least expect it to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Through the actions of Captain Susan Branscombe in the previous book, Sarina is left permanently scarred in a way that makes sexual fulfillment difficult and makes her a pariah to her clan. The glimpse we saw of her in the previous book was one of a saddened woman unsure of her future and place in society. She's still uncertain and the therapy she's going through isn't helping things. I liked seeing this vulnerable side to a woman who's very commanding when doing her job. She's also very outspoken and not afraid to admit her sexual needs, which made for some very hot and heavy sexual encounters.

    John Bennings is a man full of secrets who's more capable than he appears. Those secrets have put his life in danger and consequently Sarina's life as well. This danger brings them together almost immediately in some refreshingly honest and sexy sexual interludes. The Inarri's blatant sexuality makes for one particularly steamy public scene that fits in naturally with what we know of their culture. John's an immensely likable character with a bit of brashness and cockiness that adds to his sex appeal. He treats Sarina as an equal and doesn't see her as damaged, unlike her own people. This made me like him even more.

    The secondary characters continue to excite me, particularly the Examiner helping Sarina. Many intriguing tidbits about him were dispersed throughout the book that have me dying to know his whole story. The world-building continues to be top notch with its amazing technological advances that added to the suspenseful roller coaster storyline. Each book can be read on its own but it's a much richer experience reading them sequentially. Fans of sci-fi will definitely find much to like here as well as those wanting some steamy romance. Undercover Alliance was satisfying from start to finish and I hope Ms. Cain revisits this world soon.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    I don't know what it is about Sci Fi books, but they just seem a natural fit with the erotica genre. This is book #3 in this series and I've really enjoyed all three books. They take place in a world of the future where earth has just made first contact with an alien civilization, the Inarrii. The Inarrii are a lot like humans physiological...they are just more sexual and have nerve endings on the surface of their skin, called L'inar, which are very erogenous and appear like tattoos. For the Inarrii, they use sex as a mental release and without that, can literally go insane.

    Sarina is a soldier and was injured on a mission where her L'inar was sliced and severed. As a result, she's lost her sexuality and her place in her society. She knows that this will be her last mission and that eventually she will lose her mind. So when her L'inar starts reacting to John, things heat up pretty quickly.

    John is on an undercover mission where he is supposed to be a mild-mannered mid-level attorney. Getting hot and heavy with his body guard doesn't go with his mission. They are on the precipice of signing a treaty between the Inarrii and humans, but not all species like the thought of this alliance, so there are a lot of dangers on the horizon.

    These are two virtual strangers who come together in what turns out to be a life-changing encounter for both of them. But they are both soldiers on very different missions. It's hot and incredibly sexy. It's interesting watching this imaginary world where we are alike in most ways except our sexuality. What one species thinks is completely normal spells trouble for the other species. It's an interesting dichotomy and makes for some really fun reading. It's a great imaginary world to escape into.

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