Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Nothing on Earth by Rachel Clark

Nothing on Earth by Rachel Clark

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Tara Wilson's boring life takes a terrifying turn when her neighbor, a man she barely knows, bursts into her home yelling that "they" are coming. She wakes to find herself tethered to a wall in a pitch-black room. How did she get a starring role in the man's delusions?

Terrified, Tara hopes for an ally when a different man enters the room and tries to calm her down with his limited understanding of the English language.

John has been quietly protecting Tara from alien abduction for almost a year, but with the enemy closing in, he had no choice but to abduct and hide her from their scans. His lover, Alec, isn't thrilled by John's request to baby-sit the terrified woman, but it seems to be the only way to keep Tara calm.

But when the authorities arrive to rescue Tara, can Alec and John convince her not everything is as it seems?

Clare C's Review

Technically, the writing was very good. The premise of the novel, hot alien guys who protect a human woman, captured my interest from the first. It started with a bang. John is forced to kidnap Tara to keep her safe. She doesn’t understand why this neighbor she barely knows has suddenly made her the center of his paranoid delusion, and she fights him the whole way.

Like Tara, the reader is kept in the dark about the alien conspiracy until almost the very end. For more than half the story, she’s a captive who doesn’t know why her neighbor kidnapped her, and neither does the reader. I found that very frustrating. Even in the parts told from John and Alec’s points of view, we don’t find out anything useful. Alec, who is locked in the protected cell with Tara, doesn’t speak enough English to communicate beyond the very basic. If I hadn’t been reading this to review it, I would not have stuck with the story, and I would have missed out on a dynamite ending.

Toward the end, once you know what’s going on, the pace really picks up. Tara falls in love with Alec and John, who have been a couple for many years, and they create a triad. The erotic scenes are hot and sweet. Ms. Clark sets things up for a series featuring alien males who save human women. As long as the reader is let in on what’s happening and why a little sooner, I can see this being a really cool series.

3 Tea Cups!


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