“Changing Worlds” by Cari Z.

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Their love will either inspire change in the world or tear it apart.

Former starship captain Jason Kim and his lover, Ferran, are starting a life together on Ferran’s native planet. The Perel matriarchs reluctantly allowed their marriage in the hopes of securing better diplomatic relations with humanity, even though the decision ignites anger from traditionalists. Ferran’s family accepts Jason and the love the two men have found, but other influential families are less accommodating and much less willing to welcome an outsider to their isolated, subterranean world. Some of their enemies are willing to go as far as eliminating Jason permanently. Tensions are quickly building toward a breaking point that might push Perelan into a bloody civil war.

If Jason and Ferran have any hope of surviving the coming conflict, they’ll have to rely on their devotion to each other more than ever before. But that won’t be easy when a figure from Jason’s past reappears to make them question everything.

review

I’m a big fan of Cari Z. and this impressive and complex story is a prime example of why. I think science fiction romance is one of the most challenging genres to excel in. It’s easy to focus the drive of the story on faraway foreign lands. Many times I feel as though I’ve lost the relationship in the midst of the quirks of the unusual creatures. When the author is able to orchestrate the excitement of strange worlds, extraordinary characters AND a deep heartfelt relationship, I am overwhelmed with admiration. Changing Worlds left me seeing stars with a happy heart…and very much anticipating the next book in the series.

This edition is a re-release and combination of the first two stories in the series. I think this was a wise decision, as I’m not sure I would have felt the same fascination with two separate books. The beginning is a bit tedious, which I find is typical when intricate world building occurs. However, we are greatly rewarded for our endurance with the action packed heart-racing events in the second half. And the ending? I was elated with the blissfully sweet epilogue. My face hurts just thinking about it.

Jason is the captain of a spaceship designated for transport between planets. He is human, single and still recovering from a painful split from his ex. He is reserved, focused and well received by his crew. He is less than pleased about his current assignment, returning three aliens to their home. Perelan’s are exotic and erotic creatures. They are currently salt in an open wound for Jason and he wishes to limit contact and expedite this trip. To his dismay, one of them is mesmerized with him and he reluctantly feels the draw as well. Ferran is a member of one of the many royal families on Perel and is betrothed to marry upon his return. The intent of his trip is to savor the end of his freedom. Sex is encouraged. Anything beyond is not. Falling is love will result in a painful outcome, for a future together is impossible. Or is it?

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I thoroughly enjoyed all of the layers Cari includes in this space odyssey. From the bizarre cast to the eccentricities of Perel, the storyline is extremely well crafted. Ferran is a powerful yet timid creature with a pure soul. He is very easy to fall for. Jason is a bit more guarded but sheds his shields under the tender spell Ferran casts on him. The social hierarchy was interesting. Although the focus of the first half is solidifying the out-of-this-world elements, the second part is thick with plot and emotions. I was never bored or distracted. This series needs movie rights, it would totally rock the box office.

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A love affair takes place between two completely different men. Bonding with any emotional ties is strictly forbidden. They throw caution out the spaceship window and cherish every moment together before they must part. Fate has other plans and unites them again. The cost is great, sacrifices are aplenty and judgement is harsh from all directions. Their love is put to the test time and time again. Can Jason and Ferran withstand the immense obstacles in their path? Is unconditional love enough to prove to everyone that the future is not resolute? Can they embrace the changes in their brave new world together? Only one way to find out…..

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Multifaceted plot. It’s sort of like riding a waterfall; shallow rapids early on with greater cascades near the end. It truly was an exhilarating adventure. The blurb could use some fine tuning. It seemed to only describe the second book or second part of this edition. Ohhh, and no crazy creature sex (no complaints from me!) between these two. Although Ferran is very much an alien, they share familiar sexual parts.

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If you are selective about your sci-fi but have the patience to see this remarkable space expedition through, I believe you will be as delighted as I was. Please give the guys a Perelan hug from me.

bookinfo

TITLE: Changing Worlds (Worlds #1-2)
AUTHOR: Cari Z.
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 236 pages
RE-RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon, Dreamspinner, ARe

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