Thursday, July 12, 2012

REVIEW: "Alien 'n' Outlaw" by K.C. Burn

Alien 'n' Outlaw by K.C. Burn

Male/Male Erotica -- Science Fiction
For Ages 18+
Steam Level: Burning 

Carina Press -- July 2, 2012
Ebook, 126 pages

Rating: 3 Stars


R’kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he’s much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy.

Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien’s route, their friendship quickly turns into passion.

But when Ricky is injured, Darien must contact the embassy to get his alien lover the medical care he needs. As Darien finds himself accused of kidnapping, and Ricky fears his family’s disappointment, can the two protect their growing relationship? Or are their differences just too great?

I will start off by admitting that I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but I really got into the worldbuilding that Burn provided.  I could easily visualize the different species and liked the creativity that was involved in their creation.  The cultural differences between the species was one of the most intriguing parts and really gave the whole world a more realistic feel despite the whole aliens and spaceships thing.

Both characters were well-written and interesting to read about.  Darien, the human, acts as a smuggler and savior for a special group of humans on a remote planet.  He is extremely flawed, but his background was detailed and helped explain his motivations.  I did get a bit annoyed with Darien's personality transformatio near the end.  He was portrayed as this strong rebellious guy and had moments of insecure whining that seemed out of place.

And then there was Ricky, the bald, purple alien with a very to his package.  When I got to that part of the story, I giggled a little bit like a twelve year old, but I will give props for Burn giving me something new with that one.  As a character, Ricky was different and sympathetic as a royal who feels out of place amongst his race and his family.

The romance was sweet and hot at the same time.  There were plenty of sex scenes as one would expect in erotica, but they always seemed to have a purpose in the plot.  Ricky's special package provided quite a bit of creativity in this area as well.  Ricky and Darien did give me some very tender moments and they really seemed to care about each other.  Overall, I liked this story and will definitely look up more of Burn's work.

**Thanks to Carina Press and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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