Friday, February 20, 2009

Starquest book 2 finishes the series

Starquest 2
Author: Kate Douglas
Series connection: Starquest—This title features book 4 and 5 of the series
ISBN-13: 978-1-4199-5145-9


Synergy—Transported a hundred years into the future by an absolutely gorgeous young man, Carly Harris quickly turns the tables on the sexy Sensitive who tells her that use of his telekinetic power leaves him impotent.

He's used a lot of power to bring Carly forward in time, but he still has plenty left. Before long, Carly and Tim Riley move beyond their awkward introduction and discover the reason Tim's libido is so active-Carly is a Synergist, a Sensitive with the talent to increase the power of those around her.

Does Tim really love her, or is he using her for the power she gives him? Before Carly can get past that twenty-year age difference, she needs to learn the truth.

Bold Journey—Bolden, the mixed-species son of Jenna of Earth and Garan of Mirat, is the only survivor of a freak accident while on his long awaited StarQuest. Marooned on a primitive world for almost two years, he captures and then befriends Cené, a beautiful young woman who serves the goddess of her planet. Bold makes an amazing discovery—not only is Cené's goddess very real to her, she is also the sentience of the planet, an entity who is able to take on human form by sharing Cené's body. The goddess wants to experience passion, something Bolden promises her if she will help him return to Earth.

Bold finds more than passion with the goddess/woman—he realizes he is also falling in love. But is it with the guileless young Cené or the immortal Lady who shares her body. And Evil stalks them. The makáo were once ephemeral creatures of pleasure, created to give the goddess sexual gratification. Now they are taking on form and substance, as if another entity directs their actions.

In a world far from home, decisions that will affect an entire planet rest in the hands of a young half-breed and the woman/goddess he loves.

My View:
Originally sold as separate e-books, it is nice to be able to get these books all inclusive in a two book set, instead of five books. I liked the first story in this book a little better than the first. In Synergy readers meet a couple who meet under unusual circumstances. Tim brings Carly back from the future on the request of one of his fellow rebels. The couple fall in love quickly. Carly didn't realize that Tim was so young and when she finds out, freaks out a little about their 20 year age difference.

I liked the story but had a problem giving it such a high rating because of a major flaw I saw in the story line. Tim was able to bring by Carly from the future based on seeing her from his friends vision, yet he couldn't find her when she gets kidnapped in the movie. Perhaps I missed something while reading. Aside from that the story was great.

The second story was fine for what it was, but it could have really been read completely separate from the series without any connection. The only connection was being was that Bolden was the son of the couple from book three. I liked the comparisons in the story, but it shouldn't have been part of the rest. Good story though if you get away from that part of it. Sci-fi fans will like the alien and his lion like features in the story.

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