Author: Lynn Crain
Publisher: Shooting Star Books
Buy Link: Buy The Harvester Here!
Rating: You Need To Read
Reviewed By: Erin
Princess Sky Xera Nerezsh came to earth to avoid the normal succession path to the throne. Being the oldest daughter, she will be required to murder her mother in order to secure her path to power. Sky loves her mother and refuses this path, choosing instead to disappear in the vast reaches of space.
When her past collides with her present, she has to think quick on her feet, claim two men and a whole planet just to avoid the inevitable: a meeting with her mother. Along the way, she discovers true love and a burning need to be there for them always. Now if the other Harvesters can just keep to themselves, they’ll have no problems. But who said true love was ever easy.
THE HARVESTER by Lynn Crain is both sexy and smart, a kind of science fiction-with-benefits as we encounter a most unusual menage a trois. Three highly attractive people–a warrior-woman and two special forces men– move from a latter-day Las Vegas to a late-model space ship, to another world far beyond our own. They live and love, they fondle and fornicate, as the mother ship hurtles through hyperspace on its way to a safe haven.
On the planet Tyrsati, women have become “Harvesters,” trained to lure and capture men in every galaxy to keep their matriarchal society strong. Sky is the daughter of Queen Igzarta, one we learn who has lost track of her crafty oldest child. Sky has escaped–or so she thinks–to the lackluster planet earth, where she finds two breathtaking men.
She finds herself needing to rescue the men Jax and Zane–kilted Scotsmen, no less!–to keep them from the clutches of an evil Harvester named Jesata, who will not only use them but torture them. She also feels that she must hide from her powerful mother, who will punish her for eluding her for the last nine years.
The science fiction elements in Crain’s book are strong–from the sentient ship to Sky’s enhanced eyes–and the plot is as involved as it needs to be to keep a cunning chase-and-capture scenario moving along swiftly. I did not foresee the end, which was very well crafted.
The menage is also handled well, as two bisexual men are clearly aroused not only by each other but by Sky also. I never once got the feeling that the book was just an excuse for an extended sexual fantasy, as I have often encountered in menage novels. There are engaging characters, a good plotline, a climax and a satisfying resolution. That’s what I ask for in a book, along with really good writing.
What keeps this stellar book from being outright galactic is the editor’s inattention to simple rules of writing. Large amounts of unfortunate spelling and grammatical errors slow the pace and interfere with the confident writing.