Monday, September 12, 2011

Captive Surrender by Linda Mooney

Title:  Captive Surrender
Author: Linda Mooney
My Rating: B

Genre: Sci Fi Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Maurra & Safan
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
An elite member of the Psi Police Corps, Maurra instinctively goes to the alien's defense when she sees him attacked by a group of vicious Kronners. Her attempt fails and Maurra wakes, naked, in a cell on a Kronner ship—her psionic abilities rendered useless.
She discovers that the alien, Safan, was also kidnapped and is held in the cell next to hers. They are both horrified when a disembodied voice tells them their lives will be spared on one condition: that they have sex for the amusement of their "audience".
In a situation with no escape, Maurra and Safan reluctantly obey and are surprised to find that their intimate performance opens them to new levels of pleasure. But when their captors reveal the next level of their sick plan, Maurra and Safan grow desperate to escape—together.
53,000 words

My Review:
This was an interesting Science Fiction Erotica novel. I liked the fact that Safan was a true alien. He was humanoid sexually, but not otherwise, which I have found to be unusual in Sci Fi romances. Usually the love interest may be an alien, but most times their features are very humanoid. That was not the case with Safan. The Ellinod race, which is what Safan belongs to, are large creatures. They have skin that is leather-like with shades of greys, blacks, and browns. Within his race, he is an enforcer so that means he has been allowed to keep his curved horns on his head (I pictured them like ram horns.) I really liked the horns especially since they were an erotic zone for him.

Maurra is human, but she has psionic powers which enable her to focus energy with her mind. As such, she is also an interstellar of the JoJo's. A trap is set for these two as revenge and as a money-making scheme by a convict whom Maurra had caught. While unconscious, they are stripped and imprisoned within a facility wired with video feeds. Their captors have sold the video feeds to millions of people throughout the universe for their viewing pleasure of the "show." Inter-species sex is a high crime, but when faced with death vs. the crime, Safan & Maurra choose sex. Surprisingly, and despite their differences in size, they enjoy the experience and start to bond, which makes these scenes really incredibly hot.

That is just the first bit of the novel. The rest of the novel is the story of how Maurra and Safan survive after they have been convicted of their crimes on their individual worlds and deal with the fall-out of the universe knowing what they did.

It's an interesting novel. I really enjoyed both of these characters. Safan is this huge, tough-looking guy, but from the very beginning, he is trying to protect Maurra. Because of his size, this truly could have been a horrible experience for her, but he made sure to keep her sexually aroused so that she wouldn't be torn apart by him. They are in a no-win situation. All of their choices are bad ones so they go with the only ones that they see as viable.

Like Safan, Maurra is a protector at heart. She risks herself time and again to save him and others throughout the book. She's tough and has no fear, even when she knows that she's likely to die from her actions. I liked how she relied on her instincts and would just jump on into a situation without any second thoughts. This is a girl of action. She's proactive and I loved that about her.

This is an interesting world and I enjoyed watching Safan & Maurra learn to trust each other and their feelings, regardless of the outside influences. There was a good bit of action-adventure to this novel too, with the accompanying space travel and high-tech ships and gadgets which made it a fun read for the Sci Fi geek inside of me.

1 comment:

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

What an interesting concept. I have noticed that a lot of alien stories have the alien looking just like a human only from a different world, I think it's cool that this book did not do that. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)