Dr. Nicole Williams doesn’t agree with her colleagues’
methods of studying and interrogating the alien, Lucifer.
As a living, sentient being, the inhumanity challenges her
ethics and morals in treating him like a lab animal. It’s
much harder when Luc makes his interest in her obvious.
Still, she can’t quite bring herself to cross over the line
from scientist to woman; it would put everything in
jeopardy. Also, it’s a bit difficult to get past the fact
that he resembles Satan. Add this to the fact she’s
attracted to him, his justifiable desire for revenge and
hidden agenda for coming to earth initially, and all she’s
working with is a recipe for disaster.
Lucifer knows there’s more to Nicole than meets the eye.
He’s driven to strip away her cold scientific facade. But
first, he needs to escape and once he does, nothing will
keep him from claiming her as his woman.
Lucifer’s character brought to mind the alien in Arthur C.
Clark’s Childhood’s End. Another point is the author
chooses to add a black character, though supporting, to the
tale, like in Clark’s novel, which made me smile. I’d like
to believe that this novel was an inspiration for this
Nicole is someone many readers will readily connect with. I
liked her willingness to admit her failings and adhere to
her beliefs. Lucifer works well as a contrast and
compliment to her. He’s loyal with an iron-clad code of
honor that makes him even more likeable once his
vulnerabilities are exposed. The fascinating mating habits
of his race proved downright titillating, especially in the
sexual gymnastics he and Nicole engage in. If you want to
know more about it, then you’ll have to read the story.
When Dawn Breaks is the prequel to When
Night Falls, which chronicles the chaos and devastation
that befalls Lucifer’s people. I really got into the story
of Nicole and Lucifer to the point that I’m looking forward
to reading the sequel. Kaitlyn O’Connor drives the plot
home with her usual finesse. The setting and characters are
described and handled with the perfect amount of detail and
illustration. Ms. O’Connor’s sophisticated writing is
polished by a vivid imagination, and as I’ve come to expect
from her, she delivers the goods. What’s not to like?