Molten

Kira Stone
Molten
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Publisher
Changeling Press, LLc
Release Date
July 2011
ISBN
9781605216331
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, Alternate Universe, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

SUMMARY
Convicted of fraud and condemned to serve as an indentured miner on a backwater way station, intergalactic translator Dolan knows more about Molten, the liquid metal that fuels the Parkeet station, than most. So when he's ordered to mate with a being that on first contact looks like a pool of the stuff he's been mining, he's less than enthusiastic. But his alternative is death.

Xzavia'n has been searching the universe for Molten embryos that were lost when their solar system underwent a catastrophic event. His hunt leads him to Parkeet Station, where he plans to negotiate -- or just plain steal -- his babies back.

From Xzavia'n, Dolan learns more about Molten with each passing moment. Dolan's first priority is to keep his newfound information from the station researchers. The second is to help Xzavia'n get his embryos off the station and back to the new Molten homeworld. But once Xzavia'n's escape is secured, Dolan must choose -- return to the only life he's ever known, or follow his heart -- and Xzavia'n...

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jul 23, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
If you want humor, originality and imaginative alien sex, MOLTEN is the stuff. From the first page to the last, it is filled with informative and fascinating details that just raise this fiction to another level.

Dolan is a prisoner working on a backwater way station chasing Molten (liquid metal that fuels the station) and repaying his debt. It is a tiring job as mining usually is, but it is his luck and he's okay with it. Then he's called into the Health Center one day and ordered to mate with a blue egg looking much like the ore he'd been mining. The thing about being a prisoner is the fact that you basically have no choice but to listen to the guys holding the keys.

The last thing he would have guessed is that the egg could change shape and turning into Dalton's dream man drastically improved the whole situation. From there, things move in all but warp speed. Zian – the egg – is actually sentient and has a whole agenda of his own.

This story is action-filled and while it is rather short, a lot has been packed into such a small frame. You have a chase, impatient scientists, sarcastic first protagonist and his sometimes giggling lover who sees the world through a set of very different eyes.

I liked the original approach the author took in forming their relationship. While it might seem strange at times, I found it to be the very charm of the story. It is romantic enough, even sweet on occasion, but with so many things happening, I was actually waiting for Dalton and Zian's time to come.

I applaud the decision to make this story more about the plot than fascinating sex, but I also found the lack of their time together to be a flaw. My interest in the story didn't lessen my fascination with the characters, and in my opinion the book was just too short to combine the two in the best way. To cut to the chase – the book should have been longer.

Another thing some readers might find annoying are the unanswered questions. There aren't too many of them, but they are there and while it did leave a good base for a potential sequel, I think it would have worked better with more pages in MOLTEN.

Still, I truly enjoyed this story and I recommend it to the open-minded as well as the curious.
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