Ratty (blinger) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 23 - 2010

Book 23: My Favorite Earthling by Susan Grant – 378 pages

Description from Amazon:
Even a goddess can have a bad day...
Keira, warrior-queen of the galaxy, is as famous for her beauty as she is for avoiding marriage. But when an upstart little planet called Earth threatens her world with its fleet of spaceships, the fate of her people lies in her hands. She must bind herself to a barbarian from the rogue world - or face the destruction of her own!
She's what he never knew he always wanted-
Confirmed bachelor Jared Jasper knows that the trick Earth pulls on the alien invaders isn't a permanent solution. What they need is a peace treaty. It just never occurs to him that he will wind up on the bargaining table. Playing the pushover groom to a mouthy alien babe who knows how to use a plasma sword is not exactly his idea of fun. But with six billion people depending on him, he doesn't have much choice - sleep with the enemy...or bring on interstellar war.
Strange bedfellows? You bet. But this alliance may turn into a romance the likes of which this galaxy's never seen!

So this is Your Planet or Mine?’s sequel. It’s set not long after its predecessor and picks up where the story left off. Excluding the things about its predecessor that I didn’t like (which had to be included seeing as the world had already been established), this book is almost as much a ball as the first one. Jared, the older brother of Your Planet or Mine?’s Jana, finds himself married to the Goddess Queen of the galaxy in order to bring peace, the problem being that the whole thing is based on a pretence, a few gung-ho remarks, and a misunderstanding. Jared and Keira’s chemistry makes up for their unwillingness, and as of any book of this nature, it’s that that changes everything. A conspiracy threatens to push the pair apart, and if successful, kill Jared. I really liked Jared, he was a decent bloke (when aren’t they in romance novels?), and he handled his situation with aplomb. Keira starts off annoying but she grows on you, and as her story comes to light, it’s hard not to sympathise with her. The story also felt as if it had a larger, deeper plot, and indeed the events within it go on to effect the second trilogy based around the same universe (Tales from the Borderlands) I have since discovered. Even so, something about this one lacked the pull of its predecessor. I’m not exactly sure what though, so I can’t really offer any valuable criticisms. Still, it didn’t fail to put me off Susan Grant, so needless to say, it definitely has its merits.

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

7724 / 15000 pages. 51% done!

My catch up list has lengthened to being 5 books behind...I'm really starting to think that I'm not going to catch up till my Christmas holidays start now...sigh!

Currently reading:
- Angels and Demons
by Dan Brown – 620 pages
- The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls – 341 pages
- Contact
by Susan Grant – 369 pages

And coming up:
- She’s Such a Geek: Women write about Science, Technology & other nerdy stuff
edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders – 223 pages
- Nobody’s Prize
by Esther Friesner – 306 pages
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Second: The Reptile Room
by Lemony Snicket – 190 pages
Tags: politics, romance, sci-fi

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