Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review: Sasha's Calling by TC Archer

Review: Sasha’s Calling
Author: TC Archer
No of Pages: 122
Release Date: 26 October 2010

Nothing can stop freelance thief Sasha Smirnov from saving her planet -- except, Dirk, the gorgeous ambassador with polychrome eyes. Is it lust or designer pheromones? He is hot, too hot to resist -- or forget. A single, sizzling kiss burns him into her memory, and her body, but she can't afford to stop for passion, let alone love.

Sasha needs to get as far away from Dirk as possible and take the classified data she stole with her. So she stows away on a ship outward bound, only to discover Dirk's the pilot. Now she can't get away from him, or the system, but he will let her into his bed...

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Public sex.

My Thoughts:

Sasha’s Calling was my first voluntary dive into the Sci-Fi scene, and I liked it.

Sasha is currently on the run for stealing some important information from one planet to give to her home planet. Whilst escaping she stows away on a space ship hoping to later commandeer it and fly home.

Sasha for me was a funny character, but also mildly unlikeable at the start. Although I could understand her desperation she seemed a little too naive to be a fugitive of the galaxy. She trusted to easily and I think that it was her down fall. If she had been a little more cautious then there almost wouldn’t have been a need for the story going the way it did. I felt like she almost had a character change a third in, going from “ooh this is a pretty stateroom, I’ll just hide in here and hope I don’t get caught” to the heroine that was not only cunning but was a lot tougher and likeable.

Although Sasha’s Calling is a primarily erotic romance the Sci-Fi elements were also scattered in and they were quite interesting to me as a person who usually steers clear. With the added element of different alien species all living together being the norm and frequent inter-planetary travel happening every second day I almost would have like to see more action happening.

Sasha’s Calling was quite shallow overall with no one element being truly explored. You had a bit of Sci-Fi and a bit of sex. The sex was quite hot, I’ll admit, but – and I don’t want this to sound wrong – it didn’t pull you in, they were just words that were on a page to me and they were more sex breaks rather than plot inducing sex: “We’re on the run from an evil mob boss who is stronger than both of us combined he should have nearly recovered from the beating we just gave him! Quick let’s have 10 minutes worth of sex just to fill in the time...”

In saying that it was shallow though I am not saying that it was a bad story. It moved along quite nicely and kept me engaged for the entire time that I was reading it. Sasha’s Calling was good while you are reading it, just not overly memorable a couple of days later.

Sasha’s Calling is good for a quick sexy read that has an added element of action and spacey weirdness.


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