by Anne Bordeaux
Series: First Contact #1
Published by Carina Press on November 13, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Erotic, Sci-Fi
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Roswell, New Mexico
Seven feet tall. Dark skin. Blue luminescent tattoos. Do they cover his entire body?
Katharine Leigh Parker’s orders are the last things on her mind when she sees him. She went from fetching coffee to communicating with an honest-to-god alien in barely a day. But this was no little green man.
First contact happens right there with him—Breccon Tallel—still chained to the table, their fated bond overshadowing her analytical mind. Her duty.
Breccon promises Katharine pleasures unlike any she’s experienced if she frees him. The scientist in her weighs the risks. The human fears the unknown. But the desire—the need—in her knows she’ll give in to whatever Breccon asks.
The Roswell Affair by Anne Bordeaux is a novella in The Dirty Bits line by Carina Press. These are described as micro-romances that are intended to be read in an hour. That being said, I figured this would be a quick and fun read—I mean, look at the cover, the guy is a blue alien. However, I found the characters quite generic and didn’t enjoy the story much at all.
It’s 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico. An alien has been captured and is being held prisoner by the U.S. military. Scientist and flight nurse Katharine Parker has been sent in to make first contact with the alien, who’s over seven feet tall with dark skin and blue tattoos all over his body.
Not long after meeting the attractive alien, Katharine takes it upon herself to kiss him and subsequently have sex with him. Say what? The two form a pair bond that allows them to communicate with each other—with language and through sex as well.
Katharine learns that the alien is Breccon Tallel, a warrior from the planet Rune-Yon, which is in danger. He needs a scientist to bring back to his planet to save his people.
The sex scenes drive the story, which has a generic feel to the plot as well as the characters. I didn’t learn much about either Katharine or Breccon—at least, not enough to care about what happened to them. Even the sex scenes have an unemotional quality to them that I didn’t particularly enjoy.
I’ve read many novellas in the past that I’ve liked, but this one fails to establish an emotional connection between its characters that would have given context and meaning to the plentiful sex scenes. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book.
Rating: 2 stars