R'kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he's much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy.
Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien's route, their friendship quickly turns into passion.
But when Ricky is injured, Darien must contact the embassy to get his alien lover the medical care he needs. As Darien finds himself accused of kidnapping, and Ricky fears his family's disappointment, can the two protect their growing relationship? Or are their differences just too great?
©2012 KC Burn (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Man, I have not read/listen to a really good m/m romance in like forever. This was awesome with a capital A! I so did not expect this... but I love how Ricky was really and truly an Alien. I love the moving penis and inner balls in the butt! So great... OMG...I laughed soooo hard... I almost cried. It wasn't sick either... just so funny. And the noises that Ricky make when he is angry or horny is just hilarious. So good. A straight through listen too... Totally unexpected.
Buy or Credit.. well worth it.
Narration was good.
The alien's balls. Seriously, I was like wtf at first but it got funnier...
Never heard him before. He did pretty well.
To be fair, the reviewer before mine is not lying, there are some corny parts in the beginning of this book, but I implore you to push through them, it's well worth it. This isn't a book that will one day become a movie but that doesn't mean it's not a good book. The writing is well done, the narration is well done, and the story is cute. There's just enough fluff, just enough action, just enough sex, and just enough heart. By the middle of the book and the end, the fluff fades and it takes on a more serious tone. I won't lie, I read romance for romance, and I am well aware that romance sometimes comes with cheese but this one was lightly dashed with it, and not covered in it Velveeta style like others I've heard or read. I am VERY pleased with this purchase and this story. It was worth way more than I paid. The characters were sweet and well put together. Thumbs up to the author and narrator. I shall look out for more by them in the future. Bravo!
I think I would prefer to read the book over listening to the audiobook. The narrator seemed to me to be an amateur.
When R'kos was injured and Darien realized he loved him.
Over all he is a mediocre narrator and I would not look forward to another story performed by him. It was difficult to differentiate between Darien's and R'kos' voices, and his narrative is monotone.
Summary: A great little romp through human thief Darien's sector of the galaxy with his big, sexy, 6'5 alien companion R'kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor. Nice, tight sci-fi story, smexy sex, a bit of sweetness and angst...what's not to like. The narrator, in addition to his monotone narrative, made it nearly impossible to distinguish Darien from R'kos, and mispronounced a few words. The recording was obviously not edited as evidenced by repeated lines. Regardless, this didn't didn't push me out of the story. I still recommend the audiobook.
Already have, going through the story for a second time. For a novella the fore-story and back story are very well developed and woven nicely into the plot. History drives both central characters and those underplayed side-plots leave you asking but not wanting for answers.
The two main characters take a reasonable time too come to an understanding. It's not drawn out or tedious. All the supporting characters in this story serve a purpose. They are never fatuous or unnecessary.
It is a difficult thing to balance main and supporting characters. K.C. Burns does an excellent job in this piece.
K.C. Burns surprised me. I've read so many trash novels by women who think they grasp gay men and gay love/lust. They do not. K.C. Burns displays in this story a very real grasp of that subject/genre.
K.C. Burns' narrative, and character development are rich and complete. I found both central characters very likeable and charming. The story makes you wish you were inside instead of watching from outside.
I will give Mrs Burns' other works closer scrutiny, now that I know she's not in the business of emasculating gay men as other female writers often do. I hope to find in future listens/reads by this author that same depth and quality of writing that I very much respected in this piece.
Additionally, for once I can say this. When dealing with non-human species the rules of human culture do not apply. The way K.C. Burns develops Ricky's cultural background is pure science-fiction of the highest caliber. She doesn't obsess but references Ricky's racial habits in context and on cue. For once in a very rare while I really loved someone's interpretation of an alien culture. Ricky's race is, to me, totally believable.
Chad Maxwell is a good reader but sometimes gets too fast on the tongue and gets a little "tongue-tied." His grasp of character even when two men are of very similar voice speak, they still, in most cases, are quite discernible.
Mr. Maxwell would do better to learn more tonal variation and perhaps some accent variation.
Perhaps, since this is my first experience with one of his performances, I will find in future, that his skills are improved.. Otherwise I would encourage a potentially talented audio book performer, Chad Maxwell, to explore deeper into his profession and to better develop his skills
All-in-all, still a fine reader.
Rogues and Princes though this is less close to the gist of this story.
This book could even be titled "Star-Crossed::Prince and Pirate"
This book is very well worth the money or credit. Please give it a listen if gay genre is your pleasure.
K.C. Burns does not slam you with heavy explicit content.
The Prince's Boy, volumes 1 and 2 by Celia Tan which fall into this same category are so overwhelmingly trashy. She is a misogynistic angry woman who takes her hatred out on her defenseless gay characters. This woman tortures her characters and left me feeling deeply dissatisfied with your crap writing. Truthfully this set sickened me for all the loathing and hatred she presented. The ending disappointed to no end.
Another work I listened to and literally hated was "All the Colors Of Love," by Jessica Freely. It threw gay in my face and glossed over sexual exploration of her main characters. There was so much unpremissable worthless red herring back-story side crap that totally distracted from the story to the point where it was painful to continue. In her case that title was tenuous at best.
Alien N' Outlaw rides the fine line between romance and sexual exploration. It's beautifully written, and very enjoyable. Even Chad Maxwell's rare verbal faux pas' are quite unimportant. The book is enjoyable and well worth your time. I really enjoyed their emotions and miscommunications. There was no hatred or misogyny in Alien N' Outlaw, you can take that to the bank.
Go out and read something!
You know. I have to say that I actually enjoyed this story. I was pleasantly surprised. I don't typically read a lot of Sci Fi, but lately, I've been on a mini kick. I enjoyed the many 'life' scenes parallel to current modern day human issues. This story is worth your time.
R'kos is a prince who's family is quite large, and at the center is a triad marriage-- which is typical of his alien race. The triads consist of two men and a woman. Thing is, R'kos is being stirred towards a marriage similar to his parents. But, it's a life he doesn't want. He is only attracted to men, and wants to choose his own path. He finds adventure with 'bad boy' Darien. He's had a rough life and steals out of necessity. He's stolen from the wrong bad guy, and he's on the run. R'kos comes along for the ride. They develop a deep connection, but are unable to fully communicate their needs and wants, and of course, fears which leads to dyer consequences. There were some scenes that sent a wild feeling of anticipation and pent up intensity up through my spine.
I'm a sucker for romance, and this was a pretty fun romance. Its a fun fast read. Enjoy.
This is a very traditional romance in a sci-fi setting, but really it is not science-fiction at all. That's ok, since it is slotted in the romance genre, so no false advertising. The writing is decent, and the audio performance too. However, I found the plot too light and too contrived. It's really all about lust, then brushed over with love. I can enjoy well-placed raunch as well as the next guy, but lines like "I had yet to see his face (NTD: and realize he was an alien] that my dick was too hard to think straight" or something such anyway, i don't have the audio playing right now, just are too corny for me.
Overall it is ok, but there are better quality ones out there.
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