Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Title: Marooned
Author: Sharon Maria Bidwell
Publisher: Changeling Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60521-528-0
Genre: {M/M} Sci-Fi
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Cosmonaut Vernon Attwater knew he would follow in his family’s footsteps and travel the stars. But what he hoped would be an easy trip turned into an adventure he would never forget. Marooned on a strange planet, Vern hopes he doesn’t fall prey to the strange creatures and become their version of chicken. With the help of Cresszna, a humanoid alien, Vern is saved from that predicament and lands squarely into another one. Vern always thought of himself as a heterosexual until Cresszna unleashed his style of seduction on him. Vern isn’t ready to explore the desire that Cresszna awakes in him and his denial soon puts a wedge between the men. Will they find a happy medium or will Vern grow to resent Cresszna over time?

Sharon Maria Bidwell is a brilliant author who uses humor, suspense and erotic encounters to create a fascinating story. The two primary characters in Marooned are multidimensional and drew me into the tale. Vern’s quick wit keeps the story flowing. Cresszna is passionate and gifted with the patience of a saint.

Even with the language barrier, the two learn how to communicate with one another. That obstacle added a great deal to the story. They had to rely not only on verbal communication, but also body language to convey their thoughts and desires. We watch their relationship evolve from strangers, to companions and then to more over time. Vern didn’t understand how much he abused Cresszna’s kindness and almost lost someone who meant a great deal to him. Cresszna understood Vern’s quandary and wanted to make him as comfortable as possible. I found the story enthralling and look forward to reading more from Ms. Bidwell in the near future.

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