I've always wondered about space, what it would be like to fly in a spaceship
and if there is life on other planets. I got a sneak preview to both questions
in THE OUTER RIM.
Captain Tyvan Sheppard's ship is attacked by a Turian
vessel in the Helios system. The AI program on board steers his ship toward the
planet Urtopia, giving Tyvan his best chance to stay alive.
survives the crash landing. When he awakes, he is being tended by a blue alien
female. Through some gesturing, Tyvan discovers the alien is named Anaki. He's
shocked to learn there's life on Urtopia, and pleasantly surprised Anaki is
quite intelligent. He is healed miraculously fast by her medicine and treatment.
In a short amount of time together, she learns his language just as
Urtopia becomes Tyvan's only existence. Without any way of
communicating with the outside worlds, he adapts to his new way of life. His
attraction to Anaki grows, and soon he realizes his feelings are deeper than he
thought possible. When he discovers there are different species of beings on
Urtopia, Tyvan's new life and love is threatened.
Chloe Jones is Tyven's
lover. When General Braxton delivers the news of Tyvan's death, she's
devastated. An investigation into Tyvan's disappearance is started by Glenn
Mathias, a young Federation officer. His questions cause Chloe to suspect
General Braxton is hiding information about the crash.
She finagles her
way onto the team boarding a ship headed to Urtopia to discover what really
happened to Tyvan. During the journey to Urtopia, she and Glenn become lovers.
When they're kidnapped, they realize their investigation threatens a mining
corporation's profits. They're sold to a faction on Urtopia and must find a way
to save themselves or become victims of corporate greed.
depiction of a future still ruled by money, power and a race for natural
resources struck true. Political maneuvering between species would be expected,
and I was not disappointed.
I loved the description of Urtopia and the
way the planet came to life on the page. The animals and new species are
creative and interesting. Tyvan's character adjusted well to his changed
circumstances, and I enjoyed the humorous interaction between him and
Chloe's character was more difficult for me to like. She grieved
Tyven for a whole afternoon before she decides to go to dinner with General
Braxton. He's not her type, but he's powerful and they have a sexual encounter.
Then she falls for Glenn and immediately puts his life in danger by making rash,
selfish decisions. Thankfully, she redeemed herself at the end of the story. You
know the saying: All's well that ends well!
So if you'd like to take a
quick jaunt through the galaxy, visit a new planet, and enjoy some wicked hot
space sex, look for THE OUTER RIM and enjoy the ride!
Rating: 3 stars
*Review originally written for The Romance Reviews
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