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Rogue: The Cat Star Chronicles #3
Cheryl Brooks
Sourcebooks Casablanca
384 pages
March 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Author Cheryl Brooks evinces a really enjoyable narrative style as we follow the exploits of Kyra, a piano teacher from Earth who is on her way to a new teaching position on the planet Darconia. She doesn't know much about her destination except that its natives are lizard-like, but it seems like a great opportunity to explore another world. When she arrives, she meets her employer, Queen Scalia, and her pupil, the Queen's daughter, as well as some of the Queen's slaves. She definitely notices the Queen's tame Zetithian brothers, Tychar and Trag, two Cat men. Her instant attraction to Tychar appears to be reciprocated, and he is assigned as her servant.

As Kyra settles into her new teaching role (and learns rather a lot in the bedroom from Tychar and his brother), she’s oblivious to the ominous signs of a potential revolt in the palace. An assassination leaves her, the slaves and some others to flee across the desert to the mountains. Kyra finds that her new sense of purpose and confidence is important in helping to win back the throne for the rightful ruler – and to win freedom for her lover.

Rogue is very similar in tone to the previous book in the series with the same over-enthusiastic focus on a certain part of the hero's anatomy. The actual plot itself is interesting if a bit thin in places, and the world on which events are set is appealing. Kyra's mixture of innocence and naïveté and her keenness to experiment with her new lover make her a likable heroine. However, the love story isn’t at all convincing, with instant attraction apparently heralding an eternal love.

Also awkward is the fact that Kyra sleeps with both brothers. This didn't seem to fit in with the 'true love' aspect, feeling more like a scene written to shock and titillate rather than further the plot. The writing is earthy, which can be okay but here feels too repetitive. I would have appreciated more plot and less description of sex, but overall this is a lighthearted and amusing read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Helen Hancox, 2009

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