Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act, and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.
Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.
When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass?
©2011 Aleksandr Voinov (P)2011 Harlequin
Jack LeFleur is an amazing reader. This isn't the first book he's read that I love. I don't know if he picks the books he read (fantasy/sci-fi/romance) or if he's assigned to the genre, but either way he is very well suited. This book is also absolutely brilliant. I found that the combination of a great plot and an excellent reader left me standing staring into space completely focused entire on the words I listened to. Jack LeFleaur puts so much animation, so much emotion, so much emphasis in the way he reads that it's like listening to a movie. I highly recommend the book, am now a new fan of these authors, and I strongly recommend the reader. He could read the phone book now and I'll listen. Good audiobook overall! Five stars!
The realness of the characters. Growing up during the Cold War Era I could relate to the two protagonasts. This is a true real-life style love story!
The fact that they rose above all of the political plays by others and ended up loving each other despite their vastly different life experiences
He brought the story and characters to life. His changing accents and ways of speech were believable
After Sergei was injured by friendly fire and lost his arm and was on the brink of losing his life he told Mike that he just wanted to make love to him one more time. He just wanted to be held by him one more time.
Alexsandr Voinov is an excellent author. I have enjoyed all of his books that I have read. I am constantly on the look-out for more of his stories
See the above title. I'm new to audiobooks, especially erotic romance, but listening to Jack LeFleur's outstanding narration got me hooked on the concept, very, very quickly. Unlike the handful narrators in this particular genre, he really gets into the book and just mesmerizes you with his voice.
Sergei, of course. For a large, hard bodied space-Russian who could probably kick my ass, I wanted nothing more than to wrap him up in a blanket and hug him. If you look up the term
Oh jeez, my favorite scenes would probably get this review kicked for violation of some conduct code. So, my favorite non-love scene is Sergei not quite getting the concept of a partnership and involves this line
No, seriously, heed my title. Pay this man whatever he asks, just get him to read more for Audible.com. Heck, I'll buy a dictionary if he'll read it.
Sergei and Mike work for two very different militaries Think the US military vs the Soviet military at the height of the cold war. Mike seduces Sergei but soon falls for him. What makes this book so good and so unusual is its exploration of the mixture of betrayal and love and the complex motivations of all the characters. It works and it works well.
Mike's character is perhaps a little thin, but the authors do a really great job with Sergei, getting you to understand his world and his love for it even though it constrains him terribly.
There are several EXTREMELY graphic sex scenes. Frankly, as a big believer in less is more, they could have been toned down for me.
This book gets better and better is it progresses. It is an excellent and deceptively complex story. I highly recommend it.
Absolutely. It is an excellent story and the narration brings the characters vivdly to life.
The complexity and strength of the characters which made it easy to become completely swept away by the story. It also has a lot of the same themes as Special Forces, another, much longer, work by Voinov which is one of my favorite stories.
He brings the characters, especially Sergei, to vivid life.
One of the few pieces of fiction that I've enjoyed in my life. Great story, imagery, themes, and character development.
Intriguing, exciting and beautifully simplistic (all one word, lol).
I've never been much into sci-fi and was embarassingly naieve to the fact that this was a mm erotica novel, lol. I'm sure the look on my face during the first sex scene was priceless. The authors are surprisingly strong writers but I've never seen the likes of this before.
Jack LeFleur is a brilliant narrator. His voice is so relaxing and it allowed me to just sit back and truly enjoy the novel. I would buy books simply because he was chosen as the narrator.
Sergei was my favorite character because he overcame so much. Daring yet conservative.
I was worried this book would be a typical, trashy erotica and was very surprised to find such an exciting storyline. I wish it had been longer and more in depth. I think it would make for a great series.
In every ending, there is a new beginning.
It's a very erotic & emotional story of struggles, both inside and out. Very thrilling and engrossing.
Yes, the internal and external struggles based on duty, upbringing & loyalties span many prejudices and are relatable for many timeframes. Thoughtful & eyeopening.
Amazing! He has the best voice! Low, sexy, enthralling...and that accent!! Yum!
Do I really have to choose? A ”Mike/Sergei sandwich” would be yummy!
I think it's wonderful to explore new genres and subject matter to expand your mind and enhance your experiences.
Probably. The narrator was excellent.
Yes, though it may not be of general appeal.
Good pacing and pronunciation. Good use of accents to differentiate speakers without falling into caricature. Good intonations to reflect moods and feelings.
I felt the romantic part of the novel was unfulfilling. The sexual descriptions were good, but the motivations of the characters (especially Mike) were sparse. Sergei was also unbelievably passive and accepting of things without needing resolution.
Interesting premise to the relationship, and good military/sci-fi backdrop, but not quite developed enough emotionally to engage the reader fully.
Really good story, keeps you interested right to the end. The narrator, Jack LeFleur, was superb...going at just the right pace, you could tell the characters apart, and he has a wry sometimes sarcastic tone that really benefits the story. He announces the chapters so you know where you are and reads at just the right pace. I will be looking for other books with this narrator because he was so good.
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