Ebook - Evernight Publishing - Novella
TBR Reviewer: B.H (Brutally Honest)
Devon and Julius are best friends, and have been betrayed. When a beautiful pirate captain takes them aboard with intentions to sell them to the highest bidder, the men make her an offer—they’ll cater to her most intimate desires every night of the trip if she’ll take them home.
It began very choppy, but that quickly dissolved into strong focused writing. I did notice a bit of an editing issue but that would not be the authors fault at all, so I tend to mention it hear but not count it for the rating. (Such as bathing room in the beginning and bathroom toward the end.)
Once the deal was made, the story flowed better. A few scenes fell a little flat. The dialogue and interaction between the characters didn’t connect me to the them. Such as the first sex scene, this was very good but there wasn’t much on the characters feelings. It was pretty much telling what the characters were doing. Don’t get me wrong the sex was creative and wild but lacked that elegance that makes a really unforgettable romantic tryst.
That second sex scene was hot as the flames of hell but still no real emotion in it. It was more telling what they were doing rather than how it felt. The plot itself was fantastic and I think with more work that this would be such an amazing novella. I was very stuck between a three and four star rating. It would have fallen right in between because the plot really was a creative idea. As you probably noticed, I went with four. However, it was very close simply because of the issues mentioned above. It also has me wondering if this is Ms Krieger’s first publication. She has that newbie feel but with a flare of a pro. Such as the ending which was perfect.
I’d recommend this book to those who are science fiction erotica readers. Ms. Krieger has a lot of potential for a spectacular novel and I will keep her on my author list. She is one I am definitely going to keep an eye on.
Lucy turned her display screen off, then leaned forward, steepling her fingers. “Offer? I suppose I could afford some more amusement. I can see several ways this could benefit me greatly, though I doubt any of my ideas coincide with your own.”
“You take us to Prodigus where you drop us off safe and sound. We then reimburse you for your purchase price and everyone walks away happy.” Julius waited for her answer.
“Mmm.” She shook her head. “That’s not working for me. You see there is a flaw in your logic. I don’t, in any fashion, make a profit. I didn’t get the reputation of being a pirate from good deeds. I don’t think going out of my way to Prodigus is in my best interest. My course is currently set for Kerrin. I’d have to make a complete turnaround to take you home. I say I make port at Kerrin, then straight to Madari.”
Devon snorted in contempt at the idea. “Or,” he offered, “you could tell us what you expect to make from us, and we can pay it ourselves. You get your profit, we get our lives back, and no one has to waste time going all the way to Madari.”
Lucy stood up, turning her back to them to look out at the stars. Devon found himself staring at the small of her back, the curve of her ass, the way her vivid curls of red and yellow caressed her shoulders. He wanted to throw Julius out of the room, lock the door, then take her right there against that window, letting the stars be their only audience. He shifted, thankful his pants were loose enough that they covered any evidence of his thoughts.
“If I turned course, it’d still take three days to get to Prodigus.” She looked at them over her shoulder. “What services can you offer me? I can’t use a couple of loaf-abouts, but my crew and I can always use men willing to put themselves to work. Can you make yourself useful?”
Julius frowned. “If anyone has time to teach us, we can do our best but—”
“We can fuck you.” Devon’s voice carried over Julius’, drowning him out. “You're a beautiful woman, and you’ve made it quite apparent you’d like to try us out. We won’t be much use to your crew. You know that, and so do we. By the time we learned to do more than just get in the way, we’d be at Prodigus. But we can warm your bed at night.”
“Devon, I don’t think—” Julius’ protest was cut off with a raise of Lucy’s hand.
“Deal.” Her voice was calm, unwavering. “But I get to choose who and when.”