Friday, May 28, 2010

Valuable Cargo by Paige Tyler

TITLE: Valuable Cargo
AUTHOR: Paige Tyler
PUBLISHER: Liquid Silver Books
LENGTH: Novel (roughly 66k)
GENRE: Futuristic sci-fi erotic romance
COST: $5.95

Tanna Aldrick captains a salvage ship in the year 2850, with an all-female crew. Men are a scarcity in the future, and rarely go into space due to fears of infertility, so when they find one in hypersleep, especially a tall, gorgeous one, they treat him very carefully. Garrick has no idea how his ship ended up so far away from where it was supposed to be, but he does know that losing seven hundred years is the hardest thing he’s ever had to deal with. The crew is fascinated by him, but the one who captures Garrick’s attention the most is the beautiful captain. If he can stay out of the hands of slavers, he just might have a chance with her…

Sometimes, good solid entertainment is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Tanna is a beautiful, competent, talented captain, though she’s spent too much time alone. When they discover Garrick floating around in his derelict ship, she’s taken aback by how attracted she is to him, but she treats him professionally while they get to know each other, all the way until their attraction explodes. Garrick is a rare commodity in the future – gorgeous, exotic, healthy – which means all the slavers want him. The last thing Tanna wants is to put anyone in slavery, let alone the man she’s sleeping with, but the pirates are relentless.

You know, it’s hard for me to think of anything bad to say about this story. I really can’t. I read it almost straight through, never got hung up on characters, never got hung up on writing stuff, and ended it with a smile on my face. Tanna and Garrick are well-written, comfortable leads, both strong without being impossibly strong, both with weaknesses that never cripple them or the story. They have terrific chemistry, and most of the sex scenes sizzle. A couple do feel slightly gratuitous, but this is erotic romance, and honestly, the scenes are written well enough for me not to be too bothered by them. Their romantic arc actually makes sense from a realistic perspective as well. They don’t fall into bed right away, and they don’t do stupid things just to have sex when the rest of their world is in chaos. I appreciate that. It makes it incredibly easy to get swept along with them. I liked that the author didn’t shy away from action scenes when they were called for, too. It flowed from one page to the next, affording one of the most seamless reads I’ve had in a while. There’s nothing earth-shattering about it, but it was fun, romantic, and hot. You can’t go wrong with that.


8/10 – Well-balanced between action and romance and very clean


8/10 – Strong without being overpowering, and yet still has a vulnerability due to his circumstances


8/10 – Oddly enough, I like her for a lot of the same reasons I like Garrick

Entertainment value

8/10 – Solid escapism that delivers exactly what it promises

World building

9/10 – Incredibly solid without straying too far into techno-speak



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