Cheryl Brooks
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Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
February 2012
Book 8 of Cat Star Chronicles
Alternate Universe, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

Stud is eighth in the hugely popular Cat Star Chronicles, the sexy paranormal romance series featuring heroes from the destroyed planet Zetith. Zetithians have a feline gene that gives the males remarkable sexual prowess and feline beauty.

There is only one thing Tarq is good at, so he sets out to save his species by offering his services to women across the galaxy. Lucinda Force longs for romance, but is resigned to her loveless lot in life, until Tarq walks through the door...

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 28, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
Tarq is a man in the wrong time. He can survive in the wild but in civilization, his strengths do not help him. I can't imagine what life would be like, being unable to read. In this day and age, with the necessity of literacy to get around, I can't fathom how well Tarq has survived. Tarq is a "stud" in a non-flattering way. Basically, he spends his life squirting sperm into women who pay him to have a night of passionate sex. If they get pregnant, even better, more population for his dying race. He has over 500 children.

I enjoyed the first couple of books in this series, but after a while, they started to lose my interest. The stories were mostly fluff and filled with alien sex. Amazing tasty sex, but they were missing substance. In this latest one, I'm wooed back to the series. The conflict was more realistic for me. Alien haters who try to wipe out innocent aliens was pretty good as the main plot. The world in this book felt meatier as the band of persecuted refugees tried to make it through dangerous terrain. I'm a big fan of survival stories so this was right up my alley. The attention to detail on how basic weaponry was created impressed me. Instead of glossing over how a tool came to be, Ms. Brooks demonstrated and showed how tools were created. This is a departure from her previous books.

The relationship between Tarq and Lucinda grew in a realistic way for me. The fears and doubt each held for the other was rather sad yet believable. Both characters pulled me into the story line more. While they could have easily overcome their fears with open communication, in real life, how many people are this open? Very few, is what I've learned. I was rooting for the two of them coming together. It was nice to see two imperfect characters with complementary strengths pair up.

I love this type of relationship romance story. I recommend this futuristic fantasy romance story to those who enjoy a regular guy stepping up to become a hero. If you enjoy smexy hot sex, this book is also for you.
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