|Keira and Jared arenít the first interspatial couple in romance land.
They are preceded by at least one other couple, Jana Jasper and Cavin
Far Star, Jaredís sister and Keiraís former suitor, whose story is
told in Susan Grantís My Planet or Yours. Itís because of the first couple that the second one meet. Jared walks into the crashed space ship in his parentsí back yard sees on a plasma screen, a beautiful woman working out. The plasma screen is something like a two-way mirror, and the woman sees him too. Itís not instant love, but it is instant attraction. In a couple of minutes, Jared has Princess Keira
believing he is an earth prince. When her political advisors suggest
that marriage is the best way to stave off intergalactic war, the two
Royalty are a pretty lonely bunch and Keira, Queen of the Sakka, is
especially so Ė imagine how isolated you would be if you were the
direct descendant of a goddess and worshiped throughout the galaxy as
one! Who ever could you confide in? When could you show your weaknesses?
To make matters worse, Keira has no family. Her parents died when she
was young. To seal herself off from pain, she has refused comfort and
love of any kind. The icy domains she governs are a true reflection of
the person she is. She has also solidified her reputation as a cold-
hearted ice queen by refusing all suitors and by castrating the one
suitor who came too close. Surrounded by emotionless eunuchs and
scheming politicians, she finds her only comfort in martial arts
training. As her husband and mate, Jared gets through this protective
shell, but before they can make their marriage something other than a
political alliance and the perpetration of blood lines, they must get
to the bottom of the assassination attempts that have been dogging
The earthling is a pretty nice guy, whose concern for Keira reveals a
sensitive side. The fact that she has a fabulous body probably helps.
Still, not every guy would look past it to see her vulnerability and
pain. Iím not sure, however, that she deserves it. Yes, the girl
survived a minor tragedy and no, it canít be easy to live in an
emotional wasteland. But she does behave in a much too snooty and
huffy manner for my tastes. This didnít help me warm to her plight
and made it hard to give too much credence to their romance.
The palace mystery helped sustain my interest. Although it was
obvious that the aggressive Drakken hordes were behind the plotting
and intrigue, there was more than one contender for the position of
local traitor. This helped keep the pages turning, but it just isnít
enough to leave a lasting impression on my romance novel list. The
story and its characters - eunuchs, aliens and earthlings alike - are
already fading fast.