Storm Moon Press
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In this sequel to Cari Z's Opening Worlds, former starship captain Jason Kim travels to Perelan, the homeworld of his lover, Ferran, to start a life together. The ruling council of the Perels have allowed this unconventional union to continue in the hopes of strengthening relations between themselves and the humans. And while Ferran's family welcome Jason with open arms, not all of the other major families are as pleased. The arrival of an outsider to their insular, subterranean world challenges the traditions of centuries.
Tensions soar as old rivalries are rekindled in the wake of Jason and Ferran's relationship. Inevitably, something snaps. Jason and Ferran soon find themselves literally fighting for their lives when xenophobic anger pushes things beyond the breaking point. Only their devotion to one another can see them through, but a ghost from Jason's past threatens even that. With Perelan on the brink of civil war, Jason and Ferran must find a way to stand together in the face of chaos and to change the world on their own terms before it tears itself apart.
When I first read Opening Worlds in the Wild Passions anthology, it was one of my fave stories. I was so sad it was a short because it had such a great plot to be a great book. So when I heard there was a novel in the works, my heart felt super happy. Jason and Ferran had in me few short pages, just imagine the impact they would have with their own book.
Changing Worlds does include the short where Jason and Ferran meet for the first time, so interested readers can just run out and get the book with no worries. Here’s a quick recap for new readers. Jason Kim is Captain of a merchant ship and he isn’t happy learning that he will be taking on Perels as passengers on his ships. He’s not a big fan of Perels because one was a reason his relationship of a year ended suddenly. Their sexual energy envelops all around them and Jason wants no part in it. He’s an all work and a no play kind of guy, but is surprised when he finds himself drawn to Ferran and wants a relationship with him. Their happy ending doesn’t seem meant to be because Ferran will have to return home, and he will just become a thing of the past for him.
That changes when Jason is invited on Perelan, and is to be husband to Ferran. He accepts without doubt because Ferran makes him feel, and though life will forever be, different Jason isn’t willing to give up the Perel he loves. Jason and Ferran have a year to prove that their marriage is strong, and Jason has to prove to the Perels that he’s more than just an alien on their planet.
I loved reading about Perelan, and their matriarchs. These big beautiful females ruling so many around them and have their word striving ‘female power’. It’s really hard to impress mothers so Jason has his work cut out for him, when not everyone accepts his place on Perelan. So not only does he have to come to terms with his new life, but suddenly he’s fearing for his life and those he holds dear.
There is enough action to keep the reader interested, the politics and daily life of living on Perelan will keep you glued to the pages. Jason and Ferran together are lava hot, and set the pages on fire. Their road is not an easy one, but you will love the ride their journey takes you on.
Overall, I loved this book! This story is more than a human falling in love with an alien. It’s a human story, one that says love has no bounds and person is willing to do everything to protect the ones he loves. If you’re fan of science fiction, and love a little human/alien relations then do pick a copy of this book up. Cari Z is super cool and I look forward to reading more.
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