Windfall

    by Charlotte Boyett-Compo, ISBN # 1929034628, 1995
    Retail $12.95, available in CD-ROM
    Ebook, Dark Star Publications

    When Nicholas Cree plotted to help his sister Gillian escape an arranged marriage with a sadistic monster, he never expected to get lost in a snowstorm and end up on the doorstep of the physically sick Kaelan Hesar, Gillian's first love. Nor did he expect to find Kaelan, a member of the royal family, living in absolute poverty with only a dog for company. And he certainly didn't plan on Kaelan and Gillian hashing out the lies and differences to the accompaniment of slamming doors, screaming matches and reopened hurts. But they do, and their rediscovered love is a threat to the stability of Duncan Hesar's throne as his machinations in keeping the lovers apart begin to surface. Unfortunately, a few plot points don't mesh, the most significant one being why is Gillian fleeing an arranged marriage if she is able to cast powerful spells? Otherwise, this first in a series of fantasy novels offers an intriguing new fantasy world with appeal to readers of romance also.

    Melanie C. Duncan, reviewer

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    Windchance

    by Charlotte Boyett-Compo, ISBN # 1929034881, 2000
    Retail $12.95, available in CD-ROM
    Ebook, Dark Star Publications

    As usual this is another five star book from Charlotte Boyett Compo. Although it was stated in my review of Windfall that is was the prequel to the Wind series this story happened prior to Windfall.

    Genevieve and Wier Saur, are pirates as well as brother and sister. They are out sailing when they come upon a deserted prison transfer ship. When they board the ship they catch a whiff of a horrible smell. They proceed tosearch the ship. What they find is definitely what they expect. Locked ina hole of on the ship is a one of the ships mates and an unconscious sick prisoner.

    Once they transport the prisoner to their ship and nurse him back to health they find out they've been caring for an enemy. The man they have been caring for is Syn-Jern Sorn, the same man whose father was responsible for them losing their home and inheritance.

    Syn-Jern Sorn was framed for murder by his half-brother and fiancÚ, and has had to spend the last twelve years in The Labyrinth. Weir is able to forgive the man for what happened to his father when he finds out about the way Syn-Jern was treated by his own family. Genevieve on the other handstill hates him with all her heart and would love nothing better then to seehim dead.

    Despite the fact that most of the time Genevieve is a real brat towards Syn-Jern, he manages to fall in love with her. Once Syn-Jern gets well he becomes a friend and companion to the rest of the crew as well as the rest of the pirate village. One evening Syn-Jern goes in search of the origin of a noise he has been hearing. Genevieve follows him into the jungle.Unfortunately there are Tribunal investigators on the isle also and Syn-Jern is caught and taken prisoner. The guards torture him and intend to send him back to The Labyrinth. Genevieve is getting the blame since if she hadn't followed him he wouldn't have had to get caught to protect her.

    Once Syn-Jern is saved he decides to go back and claim what is rightfully his. He wants Holy Dale Manor which should have been his rightful home and he wants to get even with his half brother for what he has done. During all this not only does Syn-Jern win Genevieve over, but they end up getting married.

    There is a lot of adventure and intrigue. As well as quite a few interesting characters that I have not mentioned. This book is not only for the keeper shelf, but in my opinion no review could do the book justice.You have to read it to get a full understanding of how good this authors' books are.

    Copyright 2000 Carol Castellanos
    Reviewed for Charlotte Boyett Compo
    Review sent to Simegen
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    The Sword of Macleod

      The Sword of Macleod

      by Karen Fox, ISBN # 0505521601, 1998
      Retail $5.99

      This book seems more a Scottish highland romance than a futuristic, but especially if you love both you'll love this book. When the daughter of Laird Beckett Macleod hitches a right off their antiquated planet, he goes after her. He recruits a well-known tracker, Raven, to help him locate his daughter, but doesn't count on falling love with the woman. His planet has cut itself totally from the outside world, including any and all future technology, and to fall in love with a thoroughly modern woman is inconceivable. Raven herself is attracted to this man, but she knows they are from two separate worlds that can never combine. But when, after finding the daughter, she crash lands on Alba, Beckett's world, can she keep from changing the culture with her modern devices?

      I liked the book a lot. Of course, it combines futuristic and Scottish romance, both of which are favorites. :) Both characters are deep, and although the book itself is a fairly light read it was thoroughly entertaining. It was very good world-building, developing a world not too often seen yet read about a lot.

      Very much liked it, and really do recommend it. I think that if you like futuristics and Scottish romances, this is like a dream come true. :) I'm personally going to be looking forward to more with this author, so hope she writes more about this world!

      Sarah Pearson

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    Paradise City

    by Sherilyn Kenyon, ISBN # 0505519690, 1994
    Retail $5.99

    I read Sherilyn Kenyon's book Paradise City in one night, not because it was short (because it's not), but because it was good! I was able to find it on eBay, and I'm glad I paid what I did for it. :)

    Devyn knows all about women, piloting, and gambling, but he doesn't know anything about fixing his ship. So when a slip of a girl tells him that his stabilizer is out, he hires her on the spot. Alix, however, isn't the slip of a girl he believed she was, and in no time flat he is having trouble not thinking about her. What he doesn't know is that Alix is running from her own demons and insecurities, as well as a man who wants both her and Devyn for his own personal reasons. Her lies about her past, however, put Devyn into trouble, and due to insecurities, and Devyn's fierce pride, it seems impossible for Alix to be able to have him.

    I think the story could actually have been more drawn out, or at least the romantic aspects of it, but it was a very good story. I thought the side characters were well fleshed out, especially the sister. There's a lot of potential romances for these side characters but I'd really like to know how the insane man hinted in the book recovers, if he does. If you know me, then you know I like tortured side characters. :) If I write, that'll probably be a recurring theme for my heros. Anyway though, I really want to see what happens to these people, and can't wait to read any more books she writes. :-)

    Sarah Pearson Star Crossed

    Star-Crossed

    by Susan Krinard, ISBN # 0553569171, 1995
    Retail $5.99

    At sixteen, Lady Ariane Burke-Marchand had loved Rook Galloway with all the passion and pain of unrequited love. It didn't matter that the handsome Kalian was separated from her by birth and caste and mansion walls. All she knew was that this exotic, mysterious creature called to her in ways she couldn't fathom or resist. But that was eight years ago, before the deadly riots that pitted Marchand against Kalian and turned the man she worshipped into an enemy she loathed. Convicted of murder and sentenced to life on the harshest prison planet in the League; Rook seemed gone from her life forever...until Ariane realized that to put the past behind her she needed to see him once more. Now, as Ariane prepares to meet the smoldering gaze of the man who has haunted her dreams, she doesn't know that she is about to become Rook's unwitting pawn, hostage to his searing passion-- and his desperate hunger for revenge....

    I liked this book. When I read it I hadn't read a futuristic for a long time, and this one is honestly one of my favorites by the author. It had a depth to it that I liked, and it remains memorable. The characters themselves were very three-dimensional, with backgrounds, histories, and things to work over before they can get together. This is a futuristic yet features a shapeshifting hero, who can take on any shape he chooses. And as I like shapeshifters, I liked this hero.

    The synopsis above says most of the plotline so I won't ruin it by adding any more. The side characters, even the villain himself, were all well developed. I thought the last scene with the villain and his accomplice was especially poignant; it nearly made me cry, and I never do that. This book is a ground breaker, in my opinion, for Susan Krinard, who is best known for her werewolf romances. However, this proves she can definitely cross genres with a lot of success.

    As this was published in 1995 it's hard to find, but if you do I recommend it immensely. I loved it, and if you like well-written, flowing plotline futuristics, this is a must have. :)

    Sarah Pearson

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