Jo Beaverpaw is born fully dressed, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny. Namely, killing her alien nation's most wanted fugitive. Her programmers want her to live a few hours, kill, then die.
But something goes wrong.
Darby Lapierre has the thankless task of protecting Jo’s target while the woman heals from gunshot wounds. It's a hard job, but not impossible for a skillful bodyguard like Darby.
Until, that is, Jo shows up at the private hospital after an accident. Beautiful, naive, young Jo knows nothing about life and love, and wants Darby to teach her. Just until she's well enough to attack her Destiny, of course.
And then Darby will be in her way . . . .
A woman suddenly wakes and knows only two things with certainty. She’s just been born and she has a destiny driving her to kill a specific person then she would die. Yep, from the opening lines, I was right there and desperate to find out what was coming next.
Newborn read easily as a standalone, but it is part of an ongoing alien’s from a parallel earth in Alien Contact For Idiots series as book three. Those who read the first two books likely will recognize a few mentions and cameos as well as need no explanation about the world building though there is a steady explanation as the mystery is unraveled so that newcomers who pick up Newborn will do just fine.
I enjoyed the novelty that the ‘aliens’ in this one are Native American/First Nation peoples who use their superior technology in the future to find their way through the dimension to earth. In their dimension, the big variable is that Napoleon beat Wellington at Waterloo so the world unfolded quite differently. Now, the familiar earth must get used to sophisticated and advanced ‘aliens’ living among them.
This one had an interesting premise from the start. It’s told first person point of view from the ‘newborn’ Jo’s perspective. At first, she is confused on one level, but has a clear direction on another. She calls it her ‘destiny’, but an assassination against an alien rebel who has sought sanctuary on Vancouver Island is a mission that she can’t seem to deny though regular encounters with skeptical former cop turned bodyguard, Darby, distract her.
There is an intrigue going on and it slowly is revealed just as the gentle pace and relatively calm tone at the beginning builds and builds on the tension and excitement through to the end. The romantic conflict is a constant struggle for Jo- fulfill her mission or keep Darby’s respect and affection. She is confused about what is her most honorable alternative even as she discovers the shocking truth about herself.
I love it when a story pleasantly surprises me and this one did. I liked it from the beginning, but it was a moderate feeling that I didn’t expect to grow as riveted as I became by the end. I am enthusiastically on board with going back for the earlier stories. Sci-Fi Romance lovers who enjoy a blending with romantic suspense are a good bet for this one.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #128 Sci-Fi Rom
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