I have just recently started enjoying Sci-Fi Romances and spotted this book. The title caught my eye because it reminded me of one of my favorite historical legendary characters, Robin Hood. And-
I was right. There was a bit of Robin Hood in the human character as noted in the blurb. The story was also fascinating with all the Sci-Fi elements that were present particularly in the racial differences between Darien, the human, and R’kos, the Ankylos alien.
R’kos is the son of the Ankylos ruler and an ambassador to the humans. Unlike the rest of his kind, he is intrigued by humans. And when things get a bit difficult at home, he does a runner to explore his attraction to humans. It is not long before his strong sense of smell scents a human that bowls over all his senses causing him to step in and rescue him from the men chasing him.
R’kos- Ricky as Darien dubs him- and Darien escape Darien’s pursuers on Darien’s shuttle. Darien conducts his legal and illegal trade as Ricky gets his first chance to see the universe all the while the two of them explore a torrid affair and develop a friendship. Both are reluctant to part, but understand that their paths are very different.
Near the end of their journey, the unthinkable happens and puts both of them in great peril. Separately, they both make unselfish decisions to save each other’s lives. But it will still come down to their seeming incompatible lives that might be the final wedge in their relationship.
The plot was fairly simple and it was relatively easy to catch on to the world building. There were exciting moments, tender and passionate moments, and angst-ridden moments to keep it all moving along to a satisfying end. The sexual differences between races were quirky and amusing, but I give fair warning that they are also detailed out.
I found the characters engaging and it was fun to see this opposites attract-style story. There is a bit of insta-love because Ricky’s race can scent emotions and arousal causing him to know what he wants pretty quickly and Darien had the morals of an alley cat when it came to lovers, but that is not all there is to it. The story develops giving snippets into both their personalities and even offers up scenes to show that progress the relationship from mere attraction to friendship and more. It is a fairly short read so the scenes are understandably few.
This was a light read that I recommend for those who enjoy M/M romance and Sci-Fi that’s light on the space world building and heavy on the steamy romance.
My thanks to Net Galley for providing the book at my request for review purposes.
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