Opening Worlds

Cari Z.
Opening Worlds
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Storm Moon Press LLC
Release Date
December 2011
LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Captain Jason Kim is less than thrilled when the mission log for his merchant starship includes ferrying three male Perels back to their home planet after sowing their wild oats across the 'verse. After being burned in his last relationship, he wants nothing to do with the sensual, quill-haired creatures. It's just his luck that Ferran, one of the Perels, takes a distinct liking to him.

Ferran is captivated by Jason's aloof nature, but for one who must return home to domestic obligation and impending marriage, lasting romance seems out of the question. Nevertheless, his charm begins to open Jason up, and the more time they spend together, the more difficult it becomes to say goodbye.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Mar 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
182 people found the following review helpful
OPENING WORLDS was a very nice surprise indeed. Romance at its best with exquisite characterization and extraordinary descriptions. Funny how such a short story can pack so much.

Captain Jason Kim is a somewhat jaded and reserved man who holds his business close and has only respect to show on the outside. He is strong willed, serious and much respected by his crew. Still, he can't help it but be annoyed when he needs to ferry three Perels to their home world. He considers them promiscuous and charming, enough to dazzle his crew until they are nothing more than the sum of their hormones is never good for a ship on a mission. He just doesn't like it. Then he meets Ferran, a Perel who is intrigued by Jason's aloofness but who respects the distances and turns out to be a great conversationalist and pleasant company.

Jason might have started it as nothing more than the desire for some company, but soon enough he's more than intrigued by Ferran and the feeling is mutual. But Ferran has just a few days before he has to return to his home planet after a year of seeing the world and he won't ever be able to leave. All that awaits him there is marriage to a woman who will have a few husbands and won't see him as more than her servant.

The descriptions in this short story were truly amazing. I soaked up all the details and imagined all the pretty pictures in my head. There wasn't a lot of room there to make this story as elaborate as a novel might be, but it still said all it needed to say and brought it to the reader with a striking flare of romance.

I loved the world and the physical characteristics of Perels but if not for the feeling I got while reading the romance part of it, it would have been a four star rating for me. Cari Z. gave their story a beginning, hot middle and a fantastic conclusion and I can honestly say nothing was missing for me. I could feel the desire as well as love and that is exactly how it should be.

There should definitely be more when it comes to this world and I do hope the author decides to give us even crazier descriptions and a longer romance, but OPENING WORLDS is perfect just the way it is.
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