by Jayne Ann Krentz

March 1986 Reissue
ISBN: 0-44653-137-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

In one of the few futuristic novels written under the Krentz name, Jayne Ann brings us the exciting and passionate tale of Cidra, a flame-haired spiritual beauty with a secret yearning to see the galaxy! Cidra is from Clementia, a planet which harbors peace, serenity, calm and tranquil thoughts, and a high degree of intelligence.

Only the last trait applies to Teague Severance, who ends up rescuing Cidra from a barroom brawl! Teague is a “Wolf”, a race that doesn’t know the difference between wanting and having! A race that thinks life is a good fight and a hot affair!

Cidra is alternately fascinated and repelled by Teague, and finds him troubling on many unexpected levels. When a trading voyage strands them deep in a dangerous forest surrounded by death and too close to comfort to alien artifacts, the heat is on! Both for their survival and their passion!!

I chased this novel down through a used book service a couple of years ago, simply because I’d heard it was fun and I like Ms. Krentz’s writings. Well, I’m so glad I did, because this has become a well-read favorite of mine! I adore the characters of both Cidra and Teague! They are word-perfect, as is their developing love for each other, with Teague becoming almost romantic in his need for Cidra, and Cidra becoming a much more vibrant and alive woman in Teague’s hands. The plot is tense, exciting, and surprising, taking its time to unfold and not glossing over any details in its progress to a very satisfying conclusion. It’s science fiction and romance – blended very well indeed. The aliens are as alien as you could wish, and the humans are sometimes more terrible than any bug eyed monster chomping things in the darkness of a strange planet.

I note with pleasure that this book is due for re-issue in September, bundled with “Crystal Flame” another of my favorites. I’m only sorry that Ms. Krentz didn’t have time to produce more of these wonderful, leisurely galactic adventures – but she has written plenty of other delightful tales to fill my shelves.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Celia.

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