Jarana Gothbrun is the number one Tracker in the galaxies, famous for tagging Replicants-shape-shifting aliens who can take on humanoid forms once they have someone’s DNA. She has two more Replicants to catch in her current job, ones who escaped from a high-security prison planet. Unfortunately, one of them is currently on her home planet, Kithra. She hasn’t been back since a Replicant kidnapped her and took her off planet prior to its destruction.
Maska is engaged to Erik, who has no idea the love of his life is an escaped prisoner. Or male. When Jarana uses an untested device to force Maska’s shift to his native form, it puts him in danger and pisses off everyone on the planet. Her plan to fly in and out with her prisoner is put on hold as she has to deal with the people who’ve come to love Maska. Not to mention her own grief at the destruction of Kithra… and everyone she loved.
Warning: Contains an angsty and sexy gender-bending alien, a confused, angsty and sexy human and an angsty too-tough heroine. Lots of sexy loving and oh, did I mention the ANGST?
“For some reason these two were getting to me. And one of them wasn’t even awake.”
In Replicant, the reader gets more detailed information about the planet Kithra, than in the first book, Kithra. It’s essential to understand the agonizing pain and grief of Jarana upon the loss of her home and family.
Featuring secondary characters here (not only the three main characters like in the first book, Kithra) is another positive thing. I really enjoyed the common past they shared, and the supporting role of them.
Jarana is a Tracker, hunting down Replicants (shape-shifting aliens) over galaxies. Her current prey is on her home planet, Kithra. It is very hard for her to return, since all of her family died due to the explosions on the planet years ago.
Bombarded by pain, grief and all of her memories, she seeks some distraction, and meets Erik, feeling an immediate lust for him. He feels the same, but he is engaged, so he rejects Jarana.
It soon comes to light that Erik’s fiancée, Maska, is the Replicant Jarana is looking for, and with the deep attraction for each other, things become very complicated for all of them.
The first half of the story is pretty slow, but from the revealing of Maska’s identity the events speed up. Actually speed up too much. Generally, I don’t like first person viewpoint, because usually it can’t give a complete impression of all the characters and the story. I really wanted to know what caused the change of Erik’s behavior and attitude toward Jarana besides caving in to sexual attraction.
It is the same question in the case of Maska as well.
I loved the unique turn of the gender change of Maska, since I haven’t read the blurb before reading (it’s in the blurb!!! but why??? it’s huge!!), I was truly surprised. It gave a nice conflict to the relationship of Erik and Maska.
Jarana. Though I really sympathized with her, I didn’t like her. She is too masculine: of course not because of her haircut, but her attitude, way of thinking. She looked tough, but actually she was insecure. And I can’t see the point of leaving the planet and the two men of hers either. Okay, she was scared, but it was much more like running away from her problems.
Erik and Maska. I would love to know more about them, especially how they dealt with the gender change of Maska, but the first person viewpoint made it impossible.
Erotica. Enthralling, intimate, very romantic, but sadly not too much.
All in all
Replicant is a very original story, with interesting and beautiful scenery and culture. But I felt the depiction of the characters, and their motivations superficial.
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