This is my first time reading anything by author, Hywela Lyn and I am glad I did. Beloved enemy is volume iii in the destiny trilogy. It is a science fiction romance read. It can be read as a stand alone. We are introduced to Cat Kincaid who crashed landed on a planet. Kerry merchant and the crew of the destiny investigate a distress signal and are attacked by unknown assailants. Cat saves Kerry and they are both are stranded on the planet. Cat and Kerry have to work together fighting unknown assailants and their feeling for one another. Will they survive and learn to trust one another? Will cat and Kerry be able to continue to deny their feeling for one another?
Beloved enemy is very enjoyable read filled with lots of action and some very interesting characters. It was nice getting to know cat and Kerry. Both are very complicated characters who have been through so much and are very strong. The more I learned about them the more i liked them more and more. I loved the constant bickering between Cat and Kerry. The attraction was previous obviously. I loved the story about aliens putting them and the crew through tests to determine if mankind was worth saving. I was glad when Cat and Kerry finally are together. They were meant for each other.
If you love science fiction or if you love a good action book with some romance, I definitely recommend you read beloved enemy and this series. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series and by this author. I love her writing.
***I have to say the blurb sounds a bit dry, but not at all what Beloved Enemy was like. Twists and turns, enemies relying on each other for survival. Ultimately, they were on trial. For what? Oh, just read it and find out! No spoilers here!
I loved Cat. She was a well rounded character, intelligent and quick on her feet. She was hunting for revenge against the man who caused her sister’s death. Her closest companion her faithful pet “Shifter”. She crash lands on a planet when her ship is hijacked and she escapes in a pod.
Kerry is a strong minded, honorable man. Trying to stay away from the corrupt Union that was taking over planets all over the universe. His ship is tracking an SOS beacon and when they land to assist they are attacked.
Cat comes to Kerry and his party’s rescue. If anyone is going to kill him it will be her.
I haven’t read the first two in the series but Beloved Enemy is a stand alone. A good one (Five Hearts)***
Ms. Lyn does a good job introducing us to her primary characters, Cat Kincaid, a “pirate queen” and Kerry Marchant, a man with a colorful past. A red haired beauty, Cat, is intelligent, skilled with weapons and a talented space pilot. When her spaceship is attacked, she flees in a small escape “vehicle” and ends up marooned on a planet hoping to be able to find some sort of rescue. It was a little difficult to connect with Cat at first because of how the story begins – right in the middle of her becoming marooned- but once I got to know her, and her companion “Shifter”, I liked her and enjoyed watching her character develop. I liked Kerry’s character right from the start; a handsome man with unusually colored yes, he’s smart, tough and dedicated to the crew of his ship. Though he doesn’t know it, he and Cat have someone in common in their past who was very important to them both.
The secondary characters are Kerry’s crew members, the “superior race” of beings who use the planet as a staging area for their “tests” of the humans that have landed there and members of the “Union”, a governmental organization Kerry hates and Cat sort of works with. Ms. Lyn does a good job combining all of the characters and action in the story and I found myself turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Especially when it came to the chemistry between Cat and Kerry, chemistry they couldn’t ignore.
Will Cat and Kerry be able to prove that humans are worth keeping alive? Will they ever get off the planet they are stuck on? And will they realize that they are destined to be together? You’ll have to read Beloved Enemy to find out, I enjoyed it look forward to reading more of Ms. Lyn’s work.***
Cat Kincaid is a freelancer with the Global Union of Earth and Allied Planets, and while escaping an attack on her ship, she crash lands her pod on a distant planet in a sparsely populated area of space. Hoping to find inhabitants who can help her off this strange world, instead she finds Kerry Marchant, the man she holds responsible for the death of her sister. When mysterious enemies compel them to join forces, Cat has to rethink everything she’s ever learned about Kerry and Kerry does the one thing he swore he would never do again - open his heart to another woman.
From the opening page to the last this action-packed sci-fi tale is a cargo hold filled to the brim with suspense, mystery, and heat. Cat and Kerry take center stage and steal the show with their easy to relate to personalities and the burdensome baggage they tote through life like a favorite blanket they can’t bear to lose. Their evolving opinion of each other happens a little too quickly, but can be forgiven due to the stressful situation they are in. The one flaw in this otherwise delightful ride is the mysterious villains. Their actions come across as being too simplistic and petty for such a distinctive and unique race. Instead of invoking goose pimply chills of dread and fear these individuals are reduced to a mundane Monster of the Week feel. Imbuing the villains with additional menace and less crotchety attitude would launch this story into the stratosphere!
Carol Conley (In D'Tale) )Four Stars)***
This is the first book I've read by this author. 'Beloved Enemy' is a science fiction/romance. The action begins on the first page and doesn't let up until the end of the book. It was a very enjoyable read. The characters are fully developed, and the conflict between them makes for great entertainment. Both characters are strong-willed and fight for what they believe. The story line reminded me of a Star Trek episode. That wasn't a bad thing, as I am a huge Star Trek fan. Ms. Lyn creates a believable world. Her descriptions of the planet where her characters are stranded are both vivid and filled with detail.
Christine Clark (four stars)***
Thank you Hywela for this escape into sci fi romance. It proved to be not just the perfect companion to a long flight but also an excellent conclusion to the trilogy.
Pamela Lamb,( five stars)
REVIEWS FOR CHILDREN OF THE MIST
Reviewed by Orchid, The Long and Short Of It Reviews (Five Star Plus Best Book Review)
"This book is wonderful! There are few books that hold my interest to the point where I can't bear to put it down, but Children of the Mist is most certainly at the top of this list. The attraction between Tamarith and Vidarh is beautifully written. The involvement of telepathy would appear to make it easier for them to share their feelings, but this isn't the case. If anything telepathy makes it harder as they hide their minds from one another. This puts their lives in danger more than once...
...Well done Hywela Lyn. I haven't read the first book in this series, but you can be sure I'm going to buy it as soon as I can. This is the type of book I love to read."
Read complete review here:http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/07/children-of-mist-by-hywela-lyn.html
Hywela Lyn creates a very vivid and wonderful world in Children of the Mist. Her characters have depth beyond any I have seen in a science fiction novel. She has the ability to give them souls in the literary sense, which is a rare talent. The extensive descriptions of the world she has created forms in the mind almost like the memory of a place once visited.
I enjoyed this story and felt as if it carried me along from beginning to end. There was no effort in trying to understand the plot and I found it to be a bit of a mystery as well. It was a journey well worth taking and I highly recommend this book as one of the best I have ever read.
I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Stars 5 Stars *****
Author/Reviewer Marilyn Thompson
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What Reviewers are saying about STARQUEST
"The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and for all the science fiction trappings is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus."'Snapdragon' LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS Read full review HERE
"I must say that Starquest takes the reader onto an awesome galactic journey. The characters are strong and convincing. Jess is a courageous woman who brings so much life to the story. I love her bravery and determination. One will not find a dull moment with this story; it is loaded with action from beginning to end. With secrets, passion and an incredible amount of trust, Jess, Kerry and Dahll learn quickly the true value where the heart lies. Hywela Lyn weaves a romance that is truly out of this world, as the reader grasps hold and hangs on tightly for the exciting ride of their life. Be captivated by what the wonders of space have to offer in an amazingly wonderful story."
"This wonderful tale takes place in a troubled time. A time in which the Union's stranglehold on Earth is strong and the enemy, the Grakk's have spies lurking in every corner. Hywela Lyn's story is written beautifully, her dialogue on point, and her descriptions magical. I really enjoyed reading Jestine's story. Her character was outspoken, strong, and selfless. Will Jestine complete her mission, what obstacles will she run into, and will her heart be stolen? " Denisse THE PEN AND MUSE Read full review HERE
REVIEWS FOR DANCING WITH FATE
Love, Love, Love it! By Cat Kaulback Dancing With Fate is sooo about love. A fantastic ending to boot! The story took me far from my daily routine, my familiar sights and sounds, and my expectations. Wow! Where do I start - at the beginning - middle - or end; they are all my favorite places. As is stated about the content: it is "out of this world" in a realm inhabited by Mythological characters that seem to sit beside me. The main figure is likable and lovable, as is her beau. Throughout, while being challenged off and on, I was hoping they could stay together. I can't give away too much here, so I'm off to purchase the other books by Hywela Lyn - a very lovely and talented author, indeed! Worlds of thanks to you, Hywela...from Cat Kaulback, Kinsman, OH (visit dreamhorseguesthouse.com)