The Journey's End by Kelly Lucille
Series: Distant Worlds #1
Published by Self-published on November 22, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
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Nori is a shape-shifter in hiding. Known for their animal nature and bloody rampages, few would trust a Shakien Cat, and all fear them.
On a journey through distant worlds she will meet a man who brings out her carefully hidden wild side... and likes it.
Menelaus is enough of a warrior and King to think he can claim and keep her.
He's about to find out the error of his ways.
Can he take Nori as she truly is, and will she let him? Because whatever the big warrior thinks, no one's keeping her anywhere she doesn't want to be.
If you are in the mood for a quick little sci-fi read, The Journey’s End is a cute one. The book opens with the heroine chasing after her wayward sister on a backward little world. Her sister is sweet as pie but has a penchant for getting into trouble. As she’s chasing her, Nori finds some trouble herself and ends up getting attacked by some crazy noblewoman intent on dueling someone. A bit later, she found her little sister in the midst of an attack meaning she had to win a couple more little skirmishes. Little did she know by winning she’d set herself up for a surprising new gig.
Menelaus, King of the province, is having a bad day. Tradition has it that he has to marry the strongest and most battle worthy woman of the land. The one in the running is a vicious, rude, spoiled brat he wants nothing to do with. The newcomer who puts the rude one in her place, well that’s another story. It’s too bad she has no intention of staying on that backward world since he’ll not be letting her go.
When the book begins, I felt like I’d been dumped into the middle of the story and had to play a game of catch up. Once I settled in it was a fun read, having an almost campy feel to it.
Menelaus was a class A jerk in the beginning willing to employ any means to keep his newly found queen, but he had no idea what he had caught by the tail in Nori. She had secrets and unbelievable skills making her one of the most feared creatures in the galaxy. The good news is Menelaus redeems himself and eventually proves himself worthy of his queen.
Traitors of the realm, other kingdoms with less than savory plans, a mercenary with ulterior motives, and even a pirate or two make for plenty of action to keep things moving along. There is also lots and lots of sexy shenaningans to bring a smile or two. It’s a quick, light, and fun read with a fairytale feel to it. Not a bad way to spend a few hours.
Rating: 3.5 Here Kitty Kitty Stars
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