A woman seeking answers, a younger man seeking love, and an older man seeking revenge must work together to achieve all of their goals…
Vala Gorun’s family was off Kithra when the explosions happened and although she’s back on her home planet helping with the rebuild, something she saw all those years ago still haunts her. So she hires a Tracker to find the human man she’d once loved—one she thinks betrayed her in the worst possible way.
In order to stop the search into his past, Jackson Canfield sends space pirates to kidnap the Tracker. He can’t afford to be found. Not now, when his revenge is almost complete. Unfortunately, instead of the Tracker, the pirates grab Vala and a young Gwinarian man instead.
Trapped on a pirate vessel with Bastian Sithbrun, a ridiculously attractive but younger man, Vala fights her attraction. But something about the twenty-year-old gets to her… But when the pirates leave them the unwilling guests of the very man she’d driven crazy with her teen crush all those years ago, Vala learns Jacks has been in hiding, working to right a horrible wrong.
Now the three of them must work together to reveal the truth behind Kithra’s destruction—if they can control the explosive passion that erupts between them long enough to complete their task.
A tattooed, broken-hearted heroine discovers M/M/F love is crazy hot when not fighting giant alien lizards or worrying about age differences. And when the senses are narrowed to touch alone behind a massive waterfall? It’s scorching!
Catalyst is the third book of the Kithran Regenesis series by Dani Worth. It’s a science fiction taking place sometime in the future, presenting an interesting world-building (or space-building) with several races and several planets, including Earth One, Two and Three, and of course Kithra, galaxies-wide famous of its beauties and treasures. Kithran society considers polyamory as the basic family model, consisting of any number of partners of any sex and sexual orientation.
In book one, the rebuild of Kithra starts after the tragic and unidentified explosions that killed most of the planet’s Gwinarian race.
Here in book three finally everyone gets their answers for who was responsible for the explosions.
“Kithronite is priceless.”
“No, it has a price.” He stood, movements jerky with anger as he paced to the simulator and then to me. He touched my cheek gently and the raw grief that flashed through his eyes gutted me. He dropped his hand. “Nearly an entire beautiful race paid its price, Vala.”
As for the rest of the story, the blurb says it all.
I love the world-building, writing style, and humor of Dani Worth, and this book doesn’t disappoint from this aspect. But just as in the previous book, I felt that something was missing. First of all, the male characters’ viewpoint. Vala’s first person narration is very limited and makes it difficult to be engaged with Bastian and Jacks. I wasn’t captured by the story, only stood on the sidelines following the events, but that was all.
I’d love to know more about Jacks and Bastian, and even about Vala, as she doesn’t really give a clear picture of even herself.
In the larger part of the story the plot is uneventful, except two short fights with the typhons (giant alien lizards) and of course the sex scenes. The erotica was hot, but I was put off by the narration again, and didn’t feel the shivers or any goose bumps. Don’t get me wrong, it was steamy but somehow I couldn’t connect.
All in all, Catalyst is a mediocre but satisfying erotic romance, light and quick, with likeable characters and great humor.
“Seriously, are you guys not realizing how important this information is? Stop trying to swallow each other’s tongues and listen to me.”
“Shut up, Jarana. We’re still in the honeymoon stage here-“