Title: Refuge (Skyport Virgo, Volume 1)
Author: Lolita Lopez
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication Date: 2010
Genre: Erotic Science Fiction
Length: 143 pages
Rating: 5 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotic, spicy
Other: Anal/oral play, sex games, M/F/M
Reviewer: Starla Kaye
The author had me from the moment Pike Grayson decided to move out of his personal comfort zone and help a young woman in serious trouble, Laleh Sarafpour. “There was no reason to get involved in this mess. And yet… He couldn’t turn his back on her. She needed him.” Yet as the story progressed, the reader soon understood that they needed each other: she for protection, he to conquer his loneliness, and both to satisfy an attraction that grew steadily more heated.
I fell in love with the determined Starfleet Commander, willing to risk his career and his life for Laleh. She, too, won me over with her troubled past, her possibly horrible future, and her courage to accept Pike’s offer.
The author’s world building skill in creating a believable time and settings that felt real was impressive. The characters were well-developed with layers of depth and enough backstory to make the reader want them to find a happy ending. The plot was riddled with conflicts, both external and internal, and with complications that tested their relationship. And the beginning draw to one another quickly changed to needs, desire, and the budding of a sexual life together that promised to only get more interesting and titillated the reader as well.
I look forward to reading more of this series.