Synopsis: K is a fourth level Paladin and a servant of Purity—the holy nothingness she has been taught to revere and aspire to from childhood. Born on a sexless world from an artificial womb, K was fitted with a black mesh skinsuit at the tender age of nine. The suit nourishes and defends her from enemies and serves as her main weapon in the holy war her people have declared on the rest of the universe. It also eradicates even the slightest traces of emotion. Leading her purge squad in a never-ending mission to rid the universe of the Impure, K is accustomed to killing or enslaving everyone she meets.
That is, until she meets Boone.
Boone is a doctor and geneticist from Colossus—a heavy G world which has rendered the people who inhabited it larger and stronger than regular humans. He’s more than happy to stay on his own planet and do research—until his little sister is taken by Purists and delivered to the pshalite mines. Frantic to rescue her, he hatches a desperate plot—capture a Paladin and use the enemy pawn to gain access to where his sister is being held. K falls into his net—but not without a fight. When she is wounded in the battle, Boone is forced to cut off her skinsuit in order to save her life.
Now, removed from her comforting routine and separated from the parasitic suit, K is beginning to change. Her body is blossoming and her mind is opening. For the first time in her life she can feel…whether she wants to or not. In order to survive in her new environment she has to cooperate with Boone.
However, she soon finds that it isn’t just her body he holds prisoner…
but also her heart.
This book is FREE!!!! (I don’t know for how long though) This book is a stand alone and can be categorized as a sci-fi romance. I got this based off a recommendation from The Bohemian Housewife blog. I don’t think I have ever read a sci-fi romance before, at least not any that were this sexually graphic.
The title really caught my eye and the fact that it was free, so I snagged it up. When I started reading the book I was real excited because I really liked the concept of her never having touched a person before and all the psychology that went with it. She had never had any food in her life. I mean, imagine how someone would react to that kind of stimuli. It was quite frankly fascinating to read. The author had the descriptions and the dialogue down with those experiences.
But then something strange happened about halfway through the book, it turned into this romance that became very explicit. While I do love me some sexy bits in a book, the beginning and the end didn’t merge well with me for some reason. Her sexuality became a major focus. It was almost laughable to me, not sure if the author meant it to be. The feelings seemed genuine but the physicality of the characters didn’t ring true, I didn’t buy into the whole sexual rage being a serious issue. I’m glad its a stand alone because while I enjoyed the book, I don’t have the patience to start another series right now.
Still, I would rec this book to lovers of sci-fi romance. (Seriously, I didn’t know this was a real genre, learn something new every day I suppose)