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All About Alien Heat
An almost cataclysmic bombardment by meteorites drastically altered Earth's atmosphere and human society. As if that isn't enough, in the intervening years, strange plants suddenly sprout
up... seeming to have a mind of their own.
Because of her unfortunate past, young Glyneth doesn't want to marry. But when she is abducted by the Outsider, Lucas Jefferson, she learns not all men are like her despicable father. With her
unusual abilities, she is the only person to understand the serious threat the Venusian flowers are to not only Lucas' people, but the Earth as well.
“Before we leave, Lucas, do you mind if I take a look at those blossoms? I’ve never seen anything like them before.”
At his nod, Glyneth gingerly walked over to the edge of the crater.
His voice carried the distance separating them.
“We call them Venusian flowers--puffy and milky white, like the planet. I have not seen them this far south. As far as we know, they first appeared after the atmosphere settled down from the impact’s dust and debris.” He shrugged his broad shoulders. “For some strange reason, all women love them.”
Not this woman. Glyneth contemplated the flowers from all angles. They were beautiful, in a cold, calculating way, but something felt wrong about them. The Earth did not speak to her through these plants. Why was that? And why would Columont’s women love these alien growths?
She reached down and plucked one. Its willowy stalk stood tall--about a foot high--and hard, almost like bamboo. Completely covering the stalk was a type of white “fur,” warm to the touch. Inside the gauzy white flower petals, she saw a clear oval, jelly-like mass, with tiny bubbles suspended within it. As she watched, bubble by bubble floated up to the top to be released into the air.
Exquisite, but again, something niggled her about it. Without warning, the ground beneath her shifted. Dropping the flower, she took a step, but her foot slipped into a deep crevice.
“Lucas!” Before she finished calling his name, the rocks moved, opening a larger fissure. She struggled to keep her balance...but it was no use.
Even as he reached for her, she no longer stood on the surface. Falling, sliding, tumbling, she lost sight of the sky and of Lucas. Then she lost sight of everything as she hit her head against stone.
A Romance Review
4 1/2 Stars! There are plots of revenge, attempted murder and hatred intertwined in the story. There is also the blossoming of love between Lucas and Glyneth, and a few others as well. The interaction between Lucas, Glyneth, Hawke, Will, and Sylvie was something to see. Will was a riot and the play between the three men was interesting. I am hoping we will get to see a follow-up story; I would like to see Will get his just do as well as see how some other characters have moved on. If you haven’t read anything by Ms. Knight, you don’t know what you are missing.
Science Fiction Romance Reviews
This is a good story with several plot lines that keep things moving. Good humor, fun characters, and playful dialogue. This would make a good science fiction film plot, particularly with the plants as enemies, able to release carbon dioxide gas in big enough quantities to kill a person or use their roots to cause earthquakes. The parts in the story where the plants conspired, “speaking” with each other were particularly well done. This was a good book, a fun read, and well worth looking for. Good job, Ms. Knight.
I am not usually a futuristic romance reader, but I must admit to enjoying ALIEN HEAT. Susanne Marie Knight gook a unique idea and created a fascinating novel. I loved her plant from Venus. I also enjoyed the twists Ms. Knight added to the storyline. ALIEN HEAT has several surprises that are revealed as the story unfolds.
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