Sunday, June 13, 2010


Title: Sparking
Author: Mike Shade
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60370-952-1
Genre: {M/M} Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Tynde, along with two companions, is traveling to the planet Kion, in hopes of rescuing his brother, Crown Prince Towan who disappeared from their home planet Alaquis without a trace. Also on the space shuttle is wealthy businessman Koss, a native of Kion. Koss is immediately attracted to Tynde. However, Tynde is at a loss to understand a world so different from his own until Koss steps into the role of Tynde’s defender.

Sparking is the first book in the Pets series. The story is a building plot of intrigue set in imaginary planets. At the beginning, the story seems to be just a romance. However, little clues reveal an actual puzzle presenting questions that inspired me to search for answers. The storyline features religious brainwashing by a fanatic, deceptions, as well as emotional discovery. The characters are believable, in addition to the sensual intimate scenes exhibited. However, I did find the excessive amount of duplicate dialogue between characters to be unwarranted. Tynde, as a second son, is destined for the Priory. He lived a cloistered life with his sexuality censored by religious teachings. Meeting Koss allows Tynde to explore his feelings, as well as experience sexual freedom. Koss realizes he has a special bond with Tynde and is determined to protect Tynde from anyone who would do him harm. Koss’s social position makes him a target in the business world. With Tynde now a part of his life, Koss must stay alert for possible attacks.

Mike Shade has created an impressive and enjoyable first installment; I am looking forward to the next episode.

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