Marianne Harmon is sick and tired of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.
Quinn Lebatarde, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?
A worthy sequel to Alien Contact for Idiots, this book stands on its own as a grand adventure of science fiction romance in the spirit of Romancing the Stone.
About the Author
Edward Hoornaert is not only a science fiction and romance writer, he's also a certifiable Harlequin Hero, having inspired NYT best-selling author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write Mr. Valentine, which was dedicated to him. From this comes his online alter ego, "Mr. Valentine." These days, Hoornaert mostly writes science fiction—either sf romances, or sf with elements of romance. After living at 26 different addresses in his first 27 years, the rolling stone slowed in the Canadian Rockies and finally came to rest in Tucson, Arizona. Amongst other things, he has been a teacher, technical writer, and symphonic oboist. He married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and is still in love … which is probably why he can write romance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Color me all sorts of impressed. Alien Contact for Kid Sisters is a solidly written book. The main character, Marianne, is battling a mental illness and the author makes sure its not magically righted or brushed aside instantly. (Although I will say it seems to be written in this magical in between time where she’s not really super affected by it. Of course, at one point I was diagnosed as bipolar (I disagree.), so maybe she just seems normal to me for a reason. Hmmmmm.) A recurring theme is M’s worries about people finding out she’s ‘sick in the head’, about going crazy like her mom. She also worries about disappointing her sister, who raised her after their mother was gone. Marianne also has an atypical relationship with her big sister. Generally in these types of books, the kid sister is rebellious and resentful. Not M. She loves and respects her sister, and as the book progresses, and she realizes exactly how much her big sister did for her, M’s appreciation grows. Yeah, this is a story that you know is ultimately going to end in smoochies, but its not just a story about the lead-up to smoochies and vigorous in sync hip thrusting. Its also a story of personal growth as both characters are forced to be more than what they were before the madness started. As they’re forced to confront and examine their motivations/thoughts and how they think the people around them perceive them. People’s expectations tend to influence how a person perceives themselves, and Alien Contact for Kid Sisters lets that play out clearly. I liked the relationships between (and just generally liked) 90 percent the characters. They were all very believable, and some of the dialogue especially between Quinn and Elfy had me snickering because it was so on point. I think I wanted to slap each of the characters at one point or another, but I was also cheering them on. Geesh, at one point I was even rooting for one of the rebels! Overall, this was a great read, and I’m kind of curious to read the first book in the series, Alien Contact for Idiots, which is apparently about Marianne’s sister, Ell, and how she ends up being Queen of the Kwadrans. Disclaimer: Received a copy of this free from the author in exchange for an honest review.