Title: Skin-Deep Attraction
Author: Harper Jewel
Genre: Sci fi
LGBTQ+ Category: Gay MM
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
Can a Plumarian reach deep inside himself to find a way to make the first move toward peace with the hostile Jadelings?
Nayix Lexion, Prince of Plumaria, finds himself dragged back to reality by his father and little sister after enduring an unexpected heartbreak and wallowing in isolation.
At the prospect of a possible rescue and saving Plumaria’s failing environment, he reluctantly agrees to journey to Earth. When several snafus get in his way, together with having his conscience tugged in two different directions, will he find the strength needed to survive?
Will a Jadeling find a way to steer through the long-standing hatred for the Plumarians infused in him by his father?
Veldroi Ruvax, son of the Jadeling Elite Leader, gets thrown into his first mission to Earth. Doing his best to overcome his lack of education and training, he’s unprepared for the glitches hurled at him from all sides.
Faced with memory loss and haunting images, he can’t determine whether truth or fiction, will he be able to escape the foreboding dread he might at any moment become something evil? Or can he believe the words of his beguiling rescuer?
Can a Plumarian and a Jadeling find a way past their differences and see what lies beneath their “skins?” Will they be able to work together to bring a murderer to justice and establish peace between their races while navigating their way through their skin-deep attraction?
To be honest sci-fi is my favorite genre in tv shows and movies and my least favorite genre in books but every once in a while I am given a sci-fi book to read and review. That just proves you can’t judge a book by its cover because this book had me glued to its story from the beginning to the end.
Nayix Lexion is the Prince of Plumaria and his planet of Zarine was hit by an asteroid that left them having to build a dome in order to protect them the harsh conditions on their tiny planet of Zarine. When Nix’s kindred consort died Nix locked himself away in his home ignoring what was going on with his family and the people of Zarine and not being aware that an attack by the Jadelings has poisoned their soil and destroyed their greenhouses, greenhouses that housed the grass pink orchids from Earth that was their alternative fuel source and without more of the plant everyone under the dome faces death.
Nayix is asked by his father to return to Earth and find more of the plant which he readily agrees to do. Nayix and his people are covered in feathers and with the help of his AI he is able to cover his body with skin that will make him appear human to anyone who sees him. He is on alert to the fact that the Elite Leader of the Jadeling’s will be sending someone to kill him and keep him from bringing back the plant needed to ensure life on Zarine. And when a hurricane hits the Jadeling’s ship is hit by lightening and his escape pod crashes to Earth.
Nayix is aware of the fact that the Elite Leader blames the Plumarian’s for the death of his wife and daughter even though there is no evidence to support that but he refuses to just allow the Jadeling that just crashed to lay dying.
Veldroi is the son of the Elite Leader and when he awakens he sees Nix and what appears to be a hotel room but other than that he has no memory of what happened or who he is. Unlike the Plumarian’s Jadeling’s are covered in scales. He definitely knows nothing about the man Nate he meets and doesn’t know that Nate is actually Nix. In spite of the fact that Nix realizes he is with the man sent to kill him he can’t help the attraction he feels for him.
This book is full of surprises, betrayals, revenge, sex and romance. A story of two planets at war with each other and having no idea why and what was the catalyst that brought them to hate each other. I have no intention of revealing what happened and whether or not there is hope for peace between these two planets but I will say that the characters are wonderful, the story never boring and this is a sci-fi book I really loved. If you love sci-fi, you will definitely love this book – especially since someone who admits to not loving this genre did!
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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