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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review: Alien Revealed

Title: Alien Revealed
Author: Lilly Cain
Page Count: 111 pages (epub format)
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: science fiction romance, first in a series
Copy for review obtained through netgalley.com in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: When her observation vessel crashes on Earth, Inarrii scientist Alinna Gaerrii hopes she can finish her observations and get away without her nature and the nature of her mission being uncovered.  When she meets Starforce Major David Brown, uncovered isn't all she wants to be...

Alien Revealed is the first in a trilogy about the development of a treaty between the humans of Earth and the Inarrii, a race of beings that look like people but have exceptional psychic powers and tattoos that function as nerve endings on the outside of their bodies.  The first of the Inarrii who finds her way to Earth is Alinna, and she ends up masquerading as a Starforce psychologist after her research vessel crashes near the base.  David is taken in at the beginning but quickly realizes that something isn't quite right with Dr. Whatshername.

Alinna is terrified of discovery but doesn't resist as much as she probably should when David uses his powers of observation and figures out that Alinna is a) not Dr. Whatshername, and b) not human at all.  He doesn't try to fight the powerful attraction they share, and the two of them act on the attraction pretty much immediately and pretty much constantly, hence the Scandalous Books designation.  This one is not PG-13 kids, not by a long shot.

Anyway, the inevitable does happen (folks finding out that Alinna is in fact a representative from another planet) and the lead couple have to mire their way through a lot of complications- complications for Alinna's mission, for the treaty, and for David's career, since not reporting an alien infiltrating the base (albeit accidentally) is a pretty big no no in Starforce.  Ultimately, I was very pleased with how things turned out on the end.

The next installment in the series is due out in 2011 from Carina Press, and I'm pretty excited to find out what happens next.  When I know more about the release date I'll be sure to post it here.

Overall Grade: B+

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