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Outcast (The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 4)
Cheryl Brooks
Sourcebooks Casablanca
384 pages
May 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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This is the fourth in Brooks' Cat Star Chronicles series about a group of men from the planet Zetith scattered around the universe after their planet was destroyed who each find true love.

Although similar in theme to the other books (particularly regarding the physical attributes of our Zetithian hero), Outcast is somewhat different in that the hero, Lynx, has been badly emotionally damaged by his treatment as a slave. Much of the story involves him being incomprehensible to farmer woman, Bonnie, who has hired him to help out on her farm as she approaches the birth of her baby. When she discovers that a misogynist has been assigned to work for her she's rather disappointed, but over time she gets to know Lynx a little better (although with a great deal of reluctance on his part), and she begins to understand a little more about what makes him tick. He's also a very helpful chap around the farm.

As with other Cheryl Brooks books, the action eventually moves to the bedroom, where the marvels of Zetithian physiology come to the fore. This aspect of the book seems rather abrupt; the transition from two strangers to two lovers seems surprisingly sudden following a great deal of misunderstanding and miscommunication. The fact that both seem able to fall in love with each other early on when apparently they are so uncommunicative is awkward, especially since that from reading the other books, this seems to be the pattern. Somehow the Zetithian men come across as simple fellows who will fall in love with anyone who is available. I never quite got the sense of fated mates who had found each other in spite of the vastness of time and space.

However, there is a real upbeat and positive feel to this series, particularly how people whose planet has been destroyed and who have been scattered around the galaxy can find love as well as finding their old friends. Outcast (The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 4) is ultimately enjoyable and interesting.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2009

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