Sunday, November 10, 2013

Creed of Pleasure: the Space Miner's Concubine (LodeStar, #2) by Cathryn Cade

Her mother's people are renowned for their sensuality, but can her human side go along when she must seduce a man to survive?

Orphaned in New Seattle, Earth II, with only his older brothers between him and the human and alien predators prowling the rough docks, Creed Stark grew into a man with one burning desire—never to cede control of his body or emotions to any living being. Joining a sect of fighting monks, he lived a life of physical control and chastity, until the wild planet of Frontiera called to him to come and mine her treasures.

Now he’s a wealthy man, but still trapped in the solitary life of a frontier miner. That is, until his eldest brother, space magnate Logan Stark sends him a living gift. She’s a concubine, skilled in the art of seduction and giving a man pleasure beyond his wildest dreams ... or is she?

Half-Serpentian or not, in the crime-ridden streets of New Seattle, Earth II, Taara Ravel can’t defend her quirky cousin and herself against an enemy they can’t even see. Then Stark agrees to whisk them away to safety on the new planet of Frontiera—but only for a high price. One the lovely blonde will have to pay with her body.

This book could probably be read stand-alone but you will get so much more out of it if you read Stark Pleasure; the Space Magnate's Mistress (LodeStar, #1) first.

We met Taara and her cousin Daanel in Stark Pleasure; the Space Magnate's Mistress (LodeStar, #1). When things get too dangerous for them to stay in business on Earth II Taara asks Logan Starke for help.  Logan being the manipulative SOB that got him into trouble in Stark Pleasure agrees to help for a price.  He wants Taara to seduce his brother.  He wants to bring Creed out of his self-imposed isolation and thinks Taara may be able to get through to him.  He doesn’t stop to consider their feelings on the matter.  Nor does he take into consideration that Creed’s mine is under attack from pirates and he may be sending Taara into a dangerous situation not only to her person but to her heart.  I was taken in from page one and really had a hard time putting it down when life interrupted.  I liked Taara and Daanel in the first book and was glad to get to know them better in this one.  I fell for Creed right along with Taara and was pleased that Daanel didn’t let Taara get away with her responsibility for her part in the events that took place.  This book is filled with action, adventure, mystery and a whole lot of steamy loving.  I am really looking forward to the next installment.


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