Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind by Abbie Zanders, Jessie Lane
Series: In the Stars
Published by Self-published on April 17th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
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Detective Ryan Winslet is a by-the-book kind of girl. The one and only time she allowed her personal feelings to cloud her judgement, the results were devastating. Now she's getting a chance to make things right, but a certain sexy nightclub owner is muddying the waters.
Tiberius Maximus isn't the first Aequorian prince to be exiled to Earth. Like his ancestors, he came, he saw, and he conquered. He's vanquished his enemies, gained a fiercely loyal family, and runs an incredibly successful nightclub that might push a few legal human boundaries. The only thing he doesn't have is the life mate he so desperately craves - until a salty blonde saunters into his club one night.
When the no-nonsense detective meets the exiled prince, their chemistry is off the intergalactic charts. Tiberius is convinced she's the one for him, but Ryan's not taking the bait. Sure, he's über hot and seems like a great catch, but he's also involved in some fishy business and thinks he's from another planet.
Should she follow her head and throw him back? Or follow her instincts... and her heart... and jump into the deep end?
Let me start this review by saying this read had a recurring song playing non-stop in my brain the whole time: the Little Mermaid’s crab friend, Sebastian, singing “under the sea”. Only it was the Spanish version as that was the one I watched over and over when I was little.
Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind was one fun ride. Tiberius is an alien prince exiled to Earth who, along with his best friend, soon becomes a force to be reckoned with in the small beach city. In one year, they’ve amassed wealth, they own a very profitable nightclub and are, essentially, badass vigilantes keeping their friends and employees safe.
Ryan, our heroine, is one structured police detective. One error in judgment left her closed off and always second guessing her instincts.
Once Ryan and Tiberius cross paths though, all bets are off and they are soon exploring their incredible chemistry and unstoppable attraction. When her work and Tiberius’ vigilante status collide, she’ll have to choose between her black and white approach to the law and the hunk who’s stealing her heart and soul little by little.
I really liked both Ryan and Tiberius. He was one hunky merperson… mermale… Aequorian prince. He was protective and badass in his endeavors and totally sweet to his destined mate. Ryan was one tough cookie. A romantic at heart, she had to protect herself with a hardass attitude that completely melted for Tiberius.
I have to confess that, though I consider myself a pro-pun person, I found the sea/water-related puns fun at first, kinda cute later on but by the end of the story I was just rolling my eyes. Also, the stilted, historicalish way the two aliens spoke and carried themselves while not completely maddening, made for a bit of a weird rhythm at first.
Rating: 3.5 “Bajo el maaaaar” Stars
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