Before I begin my actual review of the book, let me reiterate the warnings in the synopsis: graphic sex and profanity abound in the universe of Sabin and Serena. Despite having read the warning, and assuming that as a modern woman I was more than prepared to read this book, at first I was a bit stunned by some of the language and descriptions. Once I got over that little hurdle though, I found the book to be enjoyable, and in the end, even emotionally touching. So, consider yourself warned!
Serena Callahan, the heroine of this book, is as emotionally damaged as they come; she did not receive parental affection growing up, and she seems to have had only the most superficial of friendships and romantic relationships as a young adult. To fill that void, Serena focused all of her time and energy on becoming a top-notch marine biologist, and is obsessed with her work. In this way, she is the perfect companion for Sabin, who is also deeply damaged, and focused solely on his mission. But that’s ok, because in this case, the mission is protecting a beautiful, intelligent, and highly independent woman…who just might drive him crazy with her questions.
Despite many clashes over who is in charge, Sabin and Serena find each other to be strangely compelling. They embark on a physical relationship that is explosively satisfying, even though neither of them expects anything truly meaningful to come of it since they can barely exchange two words without arguing. Because the book is told alternately from Sabin’s and Serena’s perspectives, it was surprisingly sweet to read about the feelings they were developing for each other. Even if the rest of their relationship, can still be described as anything but sweet (if you take my meaning)!
And while on the topic of things that are anything but sweet (at least at first), there is Sabin himself. He is an infuriating alpha male type; a stereotypical soldier who is all about order and discipline. Because of this, watching Serena create small cracks in his armor, while he is at the same time working systematically to break down her walls, was nothing short of beautiful. And hot. In the end, Serena was able to accomplish what every woman out there has dreamed of at some point: she tamed the bad boy.
Overall, I would recommend this book. I appreciated the fact that Serena was smart, sassy, and not afraid to stick up for herself. Nor was she afraid to demand what she wanted. Sabin was also quite likable. Even though he was overtly sexy, he also had a sincere and caring side, shown first through his treatment of the men assigned to him, and then to Serena. It was really no surprise that he would be the man chosen to save the universe.
If you have a thing for hot aliens, or for spicy sci-fi, then you should definitely give this book a read! You can get a copy for your Kindle by clicking here.