THE CURSE OF GREMDON
Filled with fascinating characters and brisk energy, this story misses the mark. It is bogged down with extraneous prose and the characters don’t mesh well. Readers will be waiting for sparks, but getting doused with lukewarm water instead.
In a world where marriage is prohibited, sex is only permitted for male warriors and the outer sphere is full of lethal beings, Adrianna fights to shield her brother. Tardon, a privileged soldier, finds little delight in the women offered to him. Knotty sensations surface when he recognizes his equal in the tempting warrior, Arianna. Tardon and Arianna risk peril when they navigate the external territory to retrieve serum from the Tree of Life. If the mission is victorious, the elders have promised Tardon the honor of wedding Arianna and the cure for her ailing brother. Will the unearthing of a deception be their downfall or will love conquer all? (CRESCENT MOON, 2011, 282 pp., $14.99)