It got off to a lovely start with the sweet, childhood friendship/romance between the hero and heroine who meet at a young age when he comes to Earth with his scientist father and she rescues him when he accidentally gets stuck in a tree outside her window. At the same time though, they only spent a few days together when they were quite young and have been separated for twenty-three years, so in spite of them supposedly falling in love at first sight and never forgetting each other, it would have been nice to have a little more build up to their adult relationship. I liked that Jana was an idealistic politician with scruples, and I admired her commitment to her family. Cavin became an accomplished soldier, but when he discovered that his people were finally going to invade Earth, he simply couldn't allow that to happen. Setting out on his own, he went in search of Jana, intending to do whatever was necessary to save her and her planet, but he does so with an assassin on his tail. I love how sweet Cavin is when he reconnects with Jana, as well as all the naughty things he whispers to her and how he can't seem to keep his hands off her. He takes part in the Earth-saving operation from the sidelines, and when the story arc continues in the next book, My Favorite Earthling, he gets paired with Kiera, the queen of Cavin's people. Jana's family was a little too quick to accept that Cavin was an alien which wasn't entirely believable. In addition to Earth being in jeopardy, Jana has someone out to get her and her family by spreading false rumors of campaign fraud, but I couldn't help wondering if this part of the story couldn't have been pared down or eliminated altogether in favor of building Cavin's save the Earth mission a little more fully.
The alien aspect was not believable at all, nor was it well explained as to why everyone was human!
You don't have to put so much effort into painting out Jana's problems as that takes away from the plot of the book: Cavin's problems. On the side of pushing too many details against the actual plot of the story (you know, the aliens coming to invade Earth, in case we forgot with all the scandal info), one thing that really irks me is the speed at which Jana jumps into carnal action with near-complete strangers. True, Cavin is the boy she's based all her past spares on, but she technically doesn't know a thing about him. For all Jana knew, that little boy she'd called Peter could have grown up to become a REEF assassin himself and simply needed a concubine for some reason. Now the ending fell flat in my opinion because of a few things: 1) The REEF assassin has been after them throughout the whole book. So when the very ending shows them fighting in the desert, and the REEF assassin doesn't go through with it, instead telling them to hurry to fulfill whatever plans they had been going for, I'm left kind of... What the hell happened to that big assassination the REEF merc has been after all this time? True, you've become a wasted asset, but to stay in character, he should be more or less pissed and fight to the bitter end to kill Cavin. He shouldn't let death stop him, as Cavin had explained about REEF soldiers. Then the other thing that I felt was flat about the ending? 2) Throughout the whole book Cavin and Jana had to do what they could to thwart off an impending invasion that Earth seemingly can't detect with our current space technology, and when it happens, it happens with in the snap of fingers for the reader. Not to mention, there's a lot of technology we aren't even told about, so who knows what else our planet can detect in advanced time? One last thing about the book: Cavin became a welcomed man into the national seats? The way the author has Cavin turn out is so far fetched, so wishful thinking, that I actually laughed a little.
Which means its an AU where Arnold exists and made Terminator, but isnt governorsomeone exactly like him but with a different name is. And when Im not bored, Im still pissed off about that stupid Arnold Schwarzenegger thing.
I read the second book forever ago it seems like, and had this on my to read list. She would be seen as a woman who is using her body to climb her proverbial ladder.
When I honestly don't care if either of the main characters survive, then the sex is just bad porn. Erotica or romance really only works once you connect with the characters. But, honestly, I just can't connect with Mary Sue characters in the slightest anymore.
When Jana was a little girl, she meet a boy stuck in the tree outside her bedroom window. In all, just too much was going on (impending invasion, assassin(s), smear campaigns, etc).
But I also remembered why I don't read romance novels.