Rogue (Cat Star Chronicles Series #3)

Rogue (Cat Star Chronicles Series #3)

by Cheryl Brooks

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Overview

No woman has ever tamed him before... Does she even stand a chance?

Enslaved for years, Tychar belongs to the Queen of Darconia. His feline gene gives him remarkable sexual powers and every female on the planet is in love with him. Then, the Queen gives him to Kyra.

Or will she be just another one of his conquests? Why would he choose the modest piano teacher? Yet the two are drawn to each other with a powerful, magnetic attraction unlike any he's felt before... Then the palace is attacked in a coup, and Tychar has to choose between freedom and love.

The third book in wildly popular Cat Star Chronicles, a paranormal romance series featuring heroes with a feline gene that gives them remarkable sexual powers.

The Cat Star Chronicles:
Slave (Book 1)
Warrior (Book 2)
Rogue (Book 3)
Outcast (Book 4)
Fugitive (Book 5)
Hero (Book 6)
Virgin (Book 7)
Stud (Book 8)
Wildcat (Book 9)
Rebel (Book 10)

Praise for The Cat Star Chronicles:
"Fun, unique, and wicked sexy!" —Sydney Croft
"Fascinating world customs, a bit of a mystery, and the relationship between the hero and heroine make this a very sensual romance."—Romantic Times
"A compelling tale of danger, intrigue, and sizzling romance!"—Candace Havens, author of Like a Charm

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402217623
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: Cat Star Chronicles Series , #3
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Brooks is a critical care nurse by night and a romance writer by day. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and lives in Indiana along with her husband, two sons, five cats, five horses, and one dog. She is the author of The Cat Star Chronicles: Slave. Rogue is the third book in The Cat Star Chronicles series.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Rogue

As you might expect from a planet where the intelligent species were reptiles, Darconia was hot, dry, and lacking in natural beauty—unless you happen to be fond of rocks. Lots and lots of rocks—as far as the eye could see, and then some. The palace was built of stone, as were all of the other buildings in the capital city of Arconcia, which made you feel only slightly cooler once you were inside.

"Should have listened to my mother," I muttered. "You're much too timid, Kyra!" she had said. "I can't even imagine you traveling alone." My father's comments had been similarly discouraging. "No point in compounding one mistake by making another," he had said. Not having an artistic nature himself, he hadn't approved my choice of music as a profession. "And when you get there, they'll walk all over you, just like everyone else does!" Mom had thrown in for good measure. But I'd found the courage somehow, and here I was! And what, I thought to myself, was a humble piano teacher from Upper Sandusky doing so far from Earth, about to be introduced to a lizard queen in a remote corner of the galaxy?

For that matter, when was the last time you heard of anything interesting happening to a piano teacher? I mean to the teacher herself, not one of her students who went on to find fame and fortune as a result of her outstanding musical instruction. Think about that for a minute. Have you—ever?

Well, I certainly hadn't, so when I ran across an ad for teaching the daughter of an offworld queen, I was intrigued. So what if the locals were all reptilian? It still seemed preferable to teaching the sons and daughters of no one in particular here at home. Interstellar travel had long been common, but I'd never been offworld before, and the idea of space travel appealed to me. It was a chance to see other worlds and other species, because if my information was correct, Darconia was a very long way from Earth.

Maybe the fact that none of the musicians I knew— even those who participated in the galactic music scene—seemed interested in the job should have been the first clue that I should have avoided it myself. But sometimes, you just have to go with your gut instincts, and my gut was telling me to go for it. If nothing else, it would look good on my resume—I mean, my student would be a princess, after all—and if I ever wanted to get beyond teaching at the primary school level it might be helpful.

I'd been teaching for all of the ten years since I left college armed with a degree in music education. The offers to teach at the university level hadn't exactly been pouring in, largely due to the fact that I'd never gotten up the courage to apply for that level of job—and I had yet to teach anyone who was even minimally gifted. Despite having been hailed as a promising new talent in my own school years, I hadn't built up enough of a reputation to attract any really good students, and since I was going nowhere, I figured I might as well go nowhere somewhere else—if you catch my drift.

I had no love interest to leave behind, either. Love and I were virtual strangers, and though I'd been through the usual series of unsatisfactory relationships most girls experience, there had never been one that I truly regretted having lost. I guess I should have known that giving piano lessons wouldn't put me in the way of meeting many eligible bachelors, but that never occurred to me when choosing my life's work.

I doubted that I would find true love in my new job, either, but I would at least get a taste of what life was like on different planets, and that sounded romantic enough. I'd done some research—though the information I'd found was a bit sketchy—and it all sounded fine to me. Darconia was a relatively peaceful planet and, although having royalty in power rather than an elected government seemed a bit backward, the fact that the Queen wanted her child to learn to play piano spoke of at least some degree of culture.

The strange thing was that while keyboard players weren't uncommon on any world, the ad had specified that the Queen wanted a well-qualified, young, and unattached Terran female. That was me. Why the requirements were so limited was a mystery, but I decided that a Queen could afford to be as choosy as she liked.

None of that mattered on the morning I waved goodbye to my parents and embarked for Darconia. I was leaving Earth for the first time, and no matter what happened, it was exciting! It was raining heavily, and my flight was delayed due to technical difficulties—but I was young and resilient and not particularly superstitious. My fellow travelers and I waited for what seemed like hours before the ship was finally cleared for takeoff, but at last we were on our way.

Once the ship was in space and we were free to move about, all I heard from just about everyone was, "Where did you say? Darconia? Never heard of it." It was no surprise that I'd never heard of it before, but the fact that it was unknown to most other travelers was unnerving. I rechecked the database at my earliest opportunity and assured myself once again that, yes, Darconia did exist, and, no, I was not making a huge mistake by going there to work. I made a holocopy of the documentation— even showing it to a blue-skinned showgirl from Edraita who had been initially impressed when I told her that I
would be teaching a princess, though, according to her, Darconia was such an out-of-the-way planet that even royalty didn't count for much. Later on, I learned that everyone—and not just the showgirls—on Edraita was notoriously snobbish.

This particular woman was tall and shapely with a brilliant mass of red hair, which contrasted nicely with her blue skin—and since her chief manner of dress seemed to be strings of beads of various shapes and sizes, I can assure you that she was blue all over. While her jewelry didn't cover enough of her to leave anything to the imagination— or keep her particularly warm—the jingling noise it made as she moved did encourage you to look in her direction, and once you did that, it was difficult not to stare.

Her name was Nindala, and we were as different from one another as two women could possibly be. She was confident and sensuous, while I was timid and would never have walked around wearing nothing but beads!

Despite our differences and her inherent snobbishness, Nindala and I became friends during the trip, which lasted nearly six weeks for me, though only about half that time for her. She was joining up with a troupe of acrobatic entertainers who were performing throughout the quadrant. I learned a lot from Nindala; for example, did you know that the men on Salurna Zebta have two penises and always have two wives? One for each cock, she explained. I tried, but I couldn't imagine what kind of evolutionary twist would account for such a variation. I mean, males wouldn't suddenly sprout a spare just because the women of their species outnumbered them two to one, would they? I came to the conclusion that this must have been the result of an extremely popular mutation, or it was genetically engineered at some point in the planet's history—though such practices were generally frowned upon.

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JennRose More than 1 year ago
So far with the previous two Cheryl Brooks' books we were used to a Zetithian slave and a woman. In this book, Kyra, is a piano teacher that goes to a lizard alien world. In this world the lizard queen has exotic slaves of every kind. Among those slaves are not one, but two Zetithian slaves. And they both end up quite interested in Kyra. The romance of these two brothers is quite different for each one, but the ending is interesting to me. :D
harstan More than 1 year ago
Queen Scalia of the remote planet Darconia hires Upper Sandusky, Ohio resident Kyra Aramis to teach her daughter Princess Zealon to play the piano. The Queen assigns slave Tycharian to cater to whatever the earthling needs while she stays on the arid reptile dominated world. Ty informs his "mistress" that he comes from the destroyed planet Zetith, and Scalia saved him and his brother Trag when she bought them at a slave auction. He also tells her he can smell her "scent of desire". As they begin to fall in love, Trag becomes jealous while Ty turns possessive and Kara confused. However, there are bigger issues on the planet as some of the more traditionalist reptiles object to the Queen's efforts to assimilate their world into the greater galaxy starting with the piano teacher and subsequently a McDonald's. The third Cat Star Chronicles science fiction romance (see WARRIOR and SLAVE; neither read by me) is a terrific character driven thriller as the piano teacher and the slave fall in love on a third world. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Trag introduces himself to his "scent of desire" and never slows down as plots against the Queen balance nicely with the romance. Fans will enjoy ROGUE and look forward to Trag's thriller as he wants what his brother got, his own "scent of desire" and some more daring readers would also like a certain assertive female reptile's tale told. Harriet Klausner
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know there are quite a few who don't like Cheryl Brooks' 'Cat Star' books. I, however, eat them up like chocolate bonbons and I'll try to explain why. First, they're very, very hot. They come incredibly close to, and sometimes pass over the boundry of, erotica. The series details the stories of a group of male aliens whose planet was destroyed in a war by a group trying to eliminate their species. Why? Well, likely because their 'snard' (and no, I won't explain that...you can just guess!) causes explosive and continuing orgasms! So I'm guessing a planet or two of jealous men would be the culprits who'd want to be rid of men like that. Anyway, only a small number survived who were sold into slavery despite the bounty on their heads. Each book details the story of one (or two) of these men and how they find the woman meant for them.There's a good bit of humor, some fairly silly and some bitingly sarcastic, in these books. She parodies everything from Mickey D's to classical music and I find myself snickering every time. This book is about two brothers who found themselves the pet of a lizard queen (yes, you read that correctly). She 'collects' alien species but treats them fairly well. Unfortunately for these sex machines, they don't and can't 'do' lizards! But when the queen sends to earth for a female piano teacher for her daughter they hit the jackpot. Lots of sex, a coup, and musical revolution follow.Cheryl Brooks can write sizzling sex, witty banter, and a tale that takes me away from all mundane issues. THAT'S why I like her books. "Rogue" pushes the boundary between a really hot romance and erotica since there is one menage scene. If this will offend or bug you...don't read it.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Same problems as Warrior - writing quite good, in terms of dialog and description, but weak plot. The piano teacher idea was cute. The whole cross-species sex slave idea - the basis for this series as well, more explicitly, for this book, is - well, silly. The obstacles are way too easily overcome, the "big sex toy" aspect to the whole thing... Actually, this series reminds me a lot of Gor. Similar bondage scenes and thin plot holding them together. I'll keep an eye out for the last in the series, though - the setup sounds interesting, and if she continues to improve that one may be quite readable.
Danie88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When books are written in a series I tend to like to read them in order so I don¿t feel that I¿m missing something. I honestly didn¿t have that problem when reading Rogue. Everything was explained in great detail so I didn¿t feel ¿lost¿ in the story and feel like I have to read the first two books - though I definately plan to anyway. I found out why brothers, Tychar and Trag were enslaved so long ago along with others from their destroyed planet Zetith and why it was destroyed. The descriptions of the palace, the planet, its people, everything were in great detail. I felt that I was right there in their world, seeing and experiencing it all through the characters/authors eyes.I really enjoyed discovering the world of Darconia - where Tychar and Trag are enslaved. I love being introduced to new unknown worlds. Now when you think of the word ¿enslaved¿ you most likely think of it in a bad way which is what I assumed as well but, for being slaves they were actually treated very, very well. I¿m honestly glad the author didn¿t make them being slaves into a horribly, bad, and depressing part of the story, that would have ruined the story.The world of Darconia I found facinating from their dry, rock infested desert land to their many resourceful products/resources like the glowstones and cleaning cloths - I would explain in more detail why I found these things so facinating but, I don¿t want to give too much away. Also that their planet was pretty much inhabited by talking lizard people was pretty interesting as well. I¿m not a big fan of reptiles they kind of creep me out so if I would have ever seen them talk it would have taken some getting used to.Now onto the good part, Tychar and Kyra¿s romantic chemistry was beyond amazing. You could just feel it crackling and sizzling in the air. It was really funny seeing Kyra struggle with trying not to (pardon my french) jump his bones even though she really wanted to and I found Tychar absolutely charming. I did find it kind of weird to hear Tychar talking about love so soon in the beginning of the book. Usually if a woman even mentions the word love to a man they go running. Well, I guess Tychar isn¿t exactly human so it doesn¿t count but, still it was really weird.On the other hand Tychar¿s brother, Trag he seemed to catch my eye more. I think it was the fact that he was so cocky and had a sense of humor with a temper to match. I tend to be drawn more to male characters with those characteristics for some odd reason.In all, this book was a great read and I definately recommend it. Even try picking out one of the other books in The Cat Star Chronicles series, I¿m sure they¿re as good as this one. I¿m hoping to get my hands on the first two books in the series so I¿ll for sure do a review on them when I manage to get my hands on them.
lexi1022 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this book. It was a wonderful story that was well written. Cheryl Brooks has done it again. Rogue will having panting for more as you read her very "hot" love scenes. She has definatly pushed the boundries a bit with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the author would have built the characters a bit more before they all jumped into bed together . I just felt cold and mechanical to me . I love novels with sexual tension and characters I care about . I wanted to like it but I just couldn't . =-(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this series by accident going thru the library books and I have been lucky to run across this series. The sex is steamy but the story behind it is awesome. It makes think what's out there then all the scary stories. If I wasn't married and they did exist I wouldn't one myself and this Rogue one might be one of the best. Please read it really is great. If your into major different kind iof sex this isn't the one for you.
ReaderWriterLK More than 1 year ago
HOT!  Wow.  Shy piano teacher arrives on a frightening planet, and on her first night, is introduced to two sexy, sex-starved slave men who can smell her arousal.  In Rogue, the queen assigns one of the slaves to this retiring piano teacher, and it isn't long before she surrenders to his charms.  But what of the other?  His brother?  You'll have to read it to find out.  Tychar and his brother, Trag, are the sexiest men in Cheryl Brooks' Cat Star Chronicles so far.  Their species is a highly-sexual race of men, yet these two haven't had any action in twenty years.  Enter Kyra, the unsuspecting Earth woman hired to teach the queen's daughter to play piano.  What follows is some of the hottest sex I've read.  How they win their freedom is quite the adventure.  And I should mention that though Kyra isn't bold at the beginning, Tychar's lovemaking brings out a real spunk in her.  By the end, I'd go as far as to say she rivals Jacinth's boldness in Slave.  So fun!  Be sure to add this book to you Need To Read list!
CindyF27 More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. Love the series.
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JenLS More than 1 year ago
I bought the entire series when they were on sale for $.99 each.   Good news is they were inexpensive.  Bad news is her heroines so annoyingly similar, and there's no real character development, and she falls right back into the same mannerisms as the first one.  I hope the series gets better as she develops as a writer because I feel like I need to read what I bought.
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I only had 3 out of the whole set. Now, I have them all. Great futuristic world writing and imagination. Also, great interacting characters.