by Ann Jacobs

December 2004
ISBN: 1-59596-101-1
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Imagine you’re an intergalactic call girl who is so good at her job that aliens come from throughout the galaxy just to get a sample of what you have to offer. Imagine, also, that you are so popular that customers have a special name for you—Star of the East. Never mind that you actually have a license to be what you are—an actual Mistress of Pleasure. And never mind that your name is actually Star. You are IT when it comes to doling out pleasure to men and you hate your job. You have to live on another planet away from home and you rarely get to go home. However, it is the only way you can support yourself …and your little girl who was mistakenly made by some erstwhile Earthling who has been taught all of his life that you are a whore because of what you do sexually. This is Star of Eastphalia’s life. Not a very happy one.

Earthling Giles Oberon—Federation Starfighter extraordinaire—on the other hand, gets to constantly travel from planet to planet, hunting down the bad guys. This is how he meets the Star of the East the first time. And though back on good old Earth he has been taught to get pleasure only from sexbots, so as to not have his precious seed go to just any woman (male seed is given to only the Federation’s chosen breeders), he can not get one fateful night with Star out of his mind. It was a night when he actually had sex with a real woman. For two years he simply cannot get Star and that one night out of his mind. So calling her his obsession, when he visits the planet Obsidion again, he goes to find Star. Even though he could lose his career and never go home again if he is caught, he can’t help himself. He must have Star!

It is while Giles is visiting her that he finds out that he has a daughter. He also eventually learns that Star has harbored feelings for him since she first met him. They have hot, indecent sex and spend the rest of their lives together without retribution. The amazing thing about this story is that the entire thing is told in under 30 pages. Ann Jacobs has a remarkable talent for creativity and clarity. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Lisa.

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