Synopsis: Enmeshed in a universe that wants to use her, a rare alien/human hybrid must find her way through political intrigue, lust, violence and ambition to discover who and what she is. Chesara extraordinary ability means she is coddled, pampered and in high demand from the wealthy of the Universe as she can heal illnesses and injuries far beyond the skills of medical science. Being pursued for herself, rather than her ability is a new experience, and one that thrills her to the core. Unfortunately things that seem too good to be true, usually are.
Contains graphic scenes M/F and some violence. It is intended for a mature audience only.
My Take: I totally missed the mature audience warning label and thought I was reading a really awesome sci-fi book, but wow does it get graphic! If you do not like reading books with detailed sex in them, do not get this book. Stop reading this review, and come back Friday to enjoy some of my nice clean poetry, but if you do not mind reading books with sex, keep reading the review~
I rarely read erotica or romance novels because their stories feel so... forced? The only genre I had ever really gotten into of that nature were the Harlequin historical romances, and most of those I would have enjoyed more if there was less sex!
Despite several of the sex scenes in Discovery making me uncomfortable because I didn't realize this was erotica, I really enjoyed this book! It isn't erotica that takes place in space. It is an amazing story that also has sex in it. And unlike those historical romances that I felt would have been better without the sex, this story is really geared around how this alien being is raised in human society and not taught about her own culture, but her biological needs (mating rituals and sexual proclivities) create a host of complications for her existence as she comes into her sexuality.
I devoured this book in one night. I was just that caught up in Chesara's story. And although the sex does make me uncomfortable, I will be getting the next books in the series, because I am as bewitched by here as Conner was!
Now, I just have to address something that has always made me feel weird about reading erotica and romance books. Because I like to think of myself as a fairly liberated female. I enjoy sex. I don't mind talking about it, and I don't mind it in movies as long as I am not watching said movies with my boys.
But reading about sex, the way we write about sex is awkward. Why? Well, here is the big issue I have, which this author brought back to me. There is a really bizarre double-standard in the way we write about sex. As a female who enjoys sex, it really bothers me that so many erotica books involve rape-like situations. What is that all about? Sex and rape do not go hand in hand, and yet there is a whole category in erotica about rape? That really bothers me.
I do appreciate that this author addresses a really important issue with her writing about rape, and was able to do it so seamlessly, that just because a person is aroused does not mean that non-consensual sex is not rape. I will forgive her the rape cliche because she turns it on it's head and creates a really important message in the telling of it. But a lot of erotica doesn't make a point like this with rape scenes. They eroticize rape and treat it like either it is the reason a woman is a prude, or that it is the only way to awaken her own sexual desires. I don't think those are healthy messages for society to be absorbing.
Another double standard is the way that sex organs are described in erotica. The woman's anatomy is described in beautiful, figurative, graceful similies "her maidenhead" "the delicate folds/ petals/ flower" or the safely vague "her sex".
But the way they describe male sex organs is very blunt, vulgar, direct. "His throbbing c*ck," "He thrust in b*lls deep", "Veins gorged along his large d*ck"
Really? Why the double standard? I find the male form, even the male sex organ, as deserving of poetry and beautiful simile as the female body. Just sayin'.
Ok, so there is my gripe about erotica, and despite not enjoying erotica, I did thoroughly enjoy this book and am eager to read the next books in the series.