Taking over the family business while her
father heals isnít something Leith wants to do but she makes
the best of the situation with the help of her fatherís
closest advisor. The same advisor who tells her at the last
moment about a business deal with a Zi warrior, something she
morally finds offensive in light of their current battle
against another alien species. Leith is blindsided when her
fatherís advisor leaves her and the Zi warrior on an empty
planet with little food and no possible way to be saved.
JíQhir is a proud warrior with many values he holds dear based
on how his race has survived. Pride and honor are something he
holds dear, but he still finds himself excited by the human
female in a way he knows is forbidden. Leith and JíQhir will
have to bypass their own prejudices as they work together to
survive on a planet that is alien to them both.
A fan of futuristic worlds, I found the
cover of Starkissed just the right selling point
to ensure I grabbed this when it came up for review. Striking
able bodied alien and the human female made for a visually
enticing marketing tool. JíQhir and Leithís adventure on an
alien planet was a glaring example of oneís will to survive.
These two were determined and resourceful when it came to
survival. Lanette Curington was able to craft a story that was
unusual from the typical Sci-Fiís Iíve read lately. The only
slight flaw I found while reading was the slow pace. As I tend
to like stories that are faster, this one seemed to take a
little long. Overall I still found the story enjoyable and
interesting and sure die-hard Sci-Fi fans will enjoy the world
Ms. Curington has created.