Alien Contact for Kid Sisters by Edward Hoornaert
Length: Full (323 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Rose
Marianne Harmon is sick and tired of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.
Quinn Lebatarde, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?
I really enjoyed this book and all the characters (especially Quinn.. the banter between him and Marianne had me giggling.) Even though this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read alone- although it did make me want to read the first book to find out more about the Kwadrans and how Marianne’s older sister, Elinor, became the Kwadran queen.
The characters are all fully drawn—they have their faults, but they grow over the course of the book. The chemistry between Marianne and Quinn is reminiscent of that between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone (not a coincidence that this movie is referenced in the book blurb!) The action was strong, and the hardships Quinn and Marianne go through on their journey plays a great part in their growth.
Mr. Hoornaert’s writing is clean and tight—it was a pleasure to read and I’m looking forward to reading more of his works.