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Sarina is scarred. Her L'inar, the curving nerve lines that enable Inarrii to experience their full sexuality, were severed in battle and she can no longer reach completion. Until she accepts a job as bodyguard to the human ambassador John Bennings, and is astonished to discover that they share a mental bond?a mirrored pathway of thoughts that will allow Sarina to climax.
When John's the target of an attack and they are forced into hiding, he's not sorry to be in close quarters...
Sarina is scarred. Her L'inar, the curving nerve lines that enable Inarrii to experience their full sexuality, were severed in battle and she can no longer reach completion. Until she accepts a job as bodyguard to the human ambassador John Bennings, and is astonished to discover that they share a mental bond—a mirrored pathway of thoughts that will allow Sarina to climax.
When John's the target of an attack and they are forced into hiding, he's not sorry to be in close quarters with the compelling Sarina. They explore their erotic connection, and John is happy to demonstrate that humans have more sexual skills than Sarina thought.
To prove that she is whole and rejoin her Inarrii clan, Sarina needs John to bring her to climax in public in accordance with tradition. With a roomful of Inarrii and humans watching, will John be willing to perform as Sarina needs—and will their public display make John vulnerable to another attack?
"You've got company," Davis's tense voice called through the comm unit.
"No shit." Starforce Special Agent John Norton glanced down at the hull of the ship. The metal still glowed red where it had been struck by laser fire only a few feet away from his position.
John tracked the small fighter skimming close to the long hull of the Starship Osprey. Its dark metal body nearly matched the blackness of space. It was coming back for another shot. Twisting, John fired his hand laser. It sheared through the vacuum of space and pierced the edge of the attacker's hull. Dodging return fire, he leaped for the communication array pod at the far end of the ship and hoped like hell his aim was good and his magnetic boots would clamp, or he'd be hurtling into space like garbage. Since no one was going to admit he was even on board, there was no chance of rescue. His heart pounded, his breath rasping loudly inside the confines of his polarized helmet. He turned and fired again. This time the laser hit a crucial spot, and the small craft peeled off from its attack course.
John released the laser, allowing it to dangle from his wrist strap, and gripped the ship as his boots hit and clamped tight to the edge of the array. Leaning into the small amount of shelter provided by the communication pod, he scanned above him. Only one sleek, little fighter had gone for him, its design confirming what he'd already been told. There was more to the terrorist group Terran Purity than a ragtag group of human racists. The fighter was too sophisticated to be of Earth origin. The Osprey hadn't picked it up, or Davis would have caught that on the online chatter. That meant the attacker had some serious shielding. The terrorist shouldn't have detected John either—a single moving figure on the exterior of the massive human Starship Osprey, his suit designed to deflect not only the coldness of space but any heat or ultrasonic detection. At least, that was the plan.
Quickly he flipped open the closest access panel and toggled the manual relay on the communications pod. Two more minutes and he would have the fourth and final bug in place. Not that he could rely on the listening devices any longer. No one in Starforce should have known he was here, let alone the Purity assholes. Someone could be aware of the surveillance equipment he was planting as well. Any information he got from them would be suspect at best. He pulled the bug from his forearm pocket and pressed it against the console. He felt it dissolve into the circuitry through the pressure-sensitive fingerpads on his suit and suppressed a shudder. It never failed to revolt him the way the damn bugs could work their way through anything electronic, and he vowed again to refuse the microcircuit brain implants the brass had been pushing on all upper-level agents.
Motion flickered in the corner of his eye. Instantly he snapped off the magnetic clamps in his boots and shoved away from the array. Laser fire bit into the hull inches away from where he'd been locked on. He fired the narrow jets on his back, the silent explosion of compressed gas propelling him away from the array and back toward his only exit without a hint of heat to give away his location. The fucking fighter was back, its maneuverability amazing as it followed him across the underbelly of the ship.
Posted July 5, 2012
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.
Posted June 25, 2012
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.