Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Thirza Girard is a clone. Her mirror image founded a thousand-year dynasty that spans the quadrant. The Girard family power is no accident. The original Thirza made a deal with an alien, a Tashen-Dar, who could manipulate probability. He changed reality so Thirza and her descendants are favored with opportunity; the chance, if they grab it, of achieving great wealth and power. However, it comes at a cost.
Paint—an organic technology—binds the alien Zaid in the bowels of the planet. Paint has captured him as an image for a thousand years. The time of binding is almost at an end and Thirza Girard’s clone must pay the price for the power her family has enjoyed. She must rebind him, capture him again in paint, or pay another, more carnal price.
I’m a big fan of Kim Knox so I was really excited to read this brief, but fun Ellora’s Cave story. I wish it had been longer—which is really not fair, I know, to say about a short story. But my wish for it to be longer is just because Ms. Knox created such an interesting, complete world that I would have enjoyed getting lost in it a while longer.
Our heroine is multi-layered and confused, which I enjoyed and Ms. Knox leaves us questioning the hero’s true nature just long enough to keep us fascinated. I think fans of Kim Knox and fans of hot, science fiction romances are going to enjoy this book immensely. I did!
4 1/2 Tea Cups!