Twelve humans are left stranded on a wintry alien planet. I’m one of them. Yay, me.
In order to survive, we have to take on a symbiont that wants to rewire our bodies to live in this brutal place. I like to call it a cootie. And my cootie’s a jerk, because it also thinks I’m the mate to the biggest, surliest alien of the group.
WOW! This one was longer than the first book, and we got to see excellent progress in the relationship between Liz and Raahosh.
I loved Raahosh, he was adorable and so sweet to his Liz. Now Liz was pretty unlikable in the beginning but also relatable…if you will. I mean, Georgie kind of took to Vektal quite quickly, but Liz was reluctant to mating with Raahosh, which I liked.
The beginning of the book starts kind of where we left off in the second book. It begins when Georgie and Vektal have brought some of the men of Vektal’s tribe to the ship where Liz and the others are. We first get Liz’s POV on how and what she’s feeling and her reaction to Raahosh. Liz is very weak and tired, and she knows that she must accept the parasite called Khui if she wants to live, but after watching Georgie get her Khui, she freaks out and refuses the parasite.
“Once again I am being held hostage for my vagina,” She sighs. “What is it with you aliens? Can’t a girl just make her own decisions for once? Is that so freaking hard?”
“The khui has decided,” I tell her.
After the whole Khui freak out, Raahosh ‘kidnaps’ Liz. He wants to be away from all the others and wants to mate with her. Their onside banter, in the beginning, is hilarious. I loved that Raahosh feigned ignorance when Liz spoke to him, and he was adorable when she spoke of words he didn’t understand.
I loved how Liz taught him a lot of how humans connect on a sexual level on earth and how he tried to please her in his own loving way.
“Before you arrived here in this world, I had nothing to live for. I hunted. I existed. I did not look forward to anything. But now you are here, and you might be carrying my child even now.” His jaw flexes. “I know you are more than capable. The problem is not with you. It is with me. This world is dangerous, and I think of you, alone, out in the wild, and it is more than I can bear.”