Lunar Heat (Heat series)
Author: Susan Kearney
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Date of (re)Publication: November 18, 2013
Wealthy, reclusive celebrity, Shara Weston, hides from her countless fans on a private asteroid in Earth’s orbit, but that doesn’t stop captivating alien Cade Archer from crash-landing into her life.
Cade’s on a mission to free his people from cruel enslavement by opening a portal from his planet to Earth, but a powerful enemy has followed him, hell-bent on stopping Cade at any cost. While Cade’s plan sounds noble, Shara can’t help but worry that an untested passage between his planet and hers could lead to the destruction of everything she’s ever known or loved.
Alone amid the stars, the attraction between them explodes. Shara must follow Cade down a sensual path of sweet domination . . . a path that frightens her . . . a path that pleases her . . . a path that could risk the lives of every man, woman, and child on two worlds.
Will she surrender to Cade’s intentions or will his quest for freedom destroy them both?
I’m almost positive I’ve read part of this book, if not all of this book previously. It’s increasingly possible, given this is a re-publication of an earlier Kearney release, but that’s okay. I was drawn into this book and couldn’t put it down more than I absolutely had to.
This book takes place somewhere in the future – quite a bit in the future, given we’ve got colonies on the moon, Mars, and Jupiter’s moons, and can terraform asteroids. But that simply adds to the fun for me in this book. I’m definitely developing a taste for sci-fi romance.
Shara’s an former holovid star who’s moved to an asteroid she purchased called Haven, which provides her a, er, haven from the paparazzi. She’s quite happy living there all alone until Cade literally falls out of the sky into her terraformed lake (which has any number of fish and life brought up from Earth). Initially, she just wants to get rid of the man, but then she remembers a vision her best friend Jules had about a man falling from the sky and a potential threat to Earth.
Cade’s come to Earth to hopefully buy Shara’s asteroid (didn’t know she owned it), because it is a source of the mineral that will help open a portal to his homeworld to allow him to ship salt through so that the underclass (called underfirsts) can have enough salt to grow strong enough to overthrow the wicked Firsts who keep them continual slavery.
There is immediately heat between these two, but a definite sense of conflict, both internal and external to keep them apart. Cade’s focused solely on his mission and finds himself being distracted by Shara. Shara’s secretly trying to find a way to stop Cade because of her friend’s vision which showed Cade’s mission destroying Earth. The villain, Cade’s brother Jamar, is a nasty piece of work and I despised him for both his outlook on the underfirsts and his despicable treatment of everyone he comes in contact with. And yet … I found him utterly believable as a person. I mean, the old saying “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” definitely applied here.
It was a heart-stopping ride throughout the book and I loved how everything finally resolved in the end. There was also a teaser for the second book in the series, Solar Heat, and I really want to read that now.
I guess it’s confirmed. I’m a die-hard Kearney fan and hope some day to write like she does. Well, not like her, but be as awesome as she is.
Thanks for letting me read this!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.