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For the Love of Payne by Melodee Aaron
An Ike Payne Adventure, Book 1
Siren Publishing
Erotic Futuristic
ISBN: 1-933563-51-6
Reviewed by Georgia

As the MP in charge of security on His Majesty’s Starship, Warren E. Boone, Marine Sergeant Ikira “Ike” Payne commands respect and authority.  A typical Marine, Ike is a dedicated, strong killing machine willing to die to protect those she serves.  Yet as a woman, Ike is also lonely and looking for companionship and although she has sex, what she wants is a relationship. 

When a terrorist attempts to kill the Wengley Ambassador to Palea on the Boone, an intelligence officer is called in to help solve the crime and catch the shooter.  Many might have been upset that an outsider was called in to help but not Ike.  She wants all the help she can get, especially if it involves Lieutenant Devon Henson.  Something about the young officer attracts her and if they can catch the terrorists, they might just get the opportunity to explore that attraction.

For the Love of Payne is a fast paced futuristic tale with fantastic characters and a twisting plot.  From the Emperor and his four wives to the strange and unusual alien creatures, Ms. Aaron manages to bring to life a whole new world aboard the Starship Boone.  Especially interesting was Ike.  At the beginning of the story, she’s all bad-ass Marine but as the story unfolds and her attraction and interest in Devon grows, her feminine side begins to emerge.  She is a woman at the top in a masculine field and has never felt the urge or need to be feminine.  Although Devon is just as attracted to Ike as she is to him, once she allows her “Ikira” side to emerge, things just get better and better.  Their sexual escapades are unbelievably hot, so be prepared!  In addition to all of that, there’s a little mystery about the terrorists and the shooting that will keep you guessing until the end. 


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