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Book 24 - 2010

Book 24: How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 days by Susan Grant – 377 pages

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His internal computers are offline, his former employers want him dead and the Men in Black are after him. Without his cyber powers, Reef is as weak as a lowly Earthling. He's tried to kill every human he's met--so why on Earth would they help him? Evie Holloway needs a bodyguard. Her fledgling chocolate business is mistaken as a money-laundering scheme for the mob and the bullets have started flying. But does the suburban soccer mom really want to shelter the alien hit man who almost offed her future brother-in-law? She is desperate, and Reef is incredibly sexy. "Ten days," she tells him--but it turns out that ten days just might be long enough to spark a love that's truly out of this world.

I loved this book! This is the final book in the Otherworldly Men trilogy staring the Jasper siblings. This one turns its attention to Evie, the middle child of the three Jaspers, black sheep, single mum, divorcee. She’s no budding President like her sister Jana, nor an air force hero and reluctant Prince of the Galaxy like her brother Jared. She’s just a mum, trying to make a career out of her cooking skills, attempting to deal with her controlling ex-husband. Her whole life is turned upside down when her sister Jana convinces (ie. bullies) her to take in the reformed assassin Reef. Reef, having no memories before being captured as a child, is in the process of re-learning what it is to be human. Evie agrees to ten days initially, but when the two meet there’s an almost instant attraction, aided by the fact that he manages to save her life from the Mafia. Suddenly the whole situation seems a whole lot less short-term.
I loved Reef. He intrigued me when he first appeared in Your Planet or Mine? and watching him go from cold-hearted bastard to endearing protector was really sweet. At times, he reminded me vividly of the main male character in my own series – a person, kind and good-hearted by nature, but capable of a ruthless ferocity when necessary. In a way, watching him ‘become’ human again was similar to the growth of the character of Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager if not in an accelerated fashion. Evie, too, was a really good character, a devoted mother who after never standing up for herself or addressing her own needs, finds that all her sacrifices have paid off. She and I couldn’t have been more different, yet I felt a stronger kinship to her than I did to her sister in the first book (who’s life was a lot more like mine). I also really loved her kids, especially her daughter Ellen who goes on to appear in The Warlord’s Daughter (the second book in Grant’s Borderlands series). It was a good strong finish to the trilogy: good characters, a strong plot and appropriate resolutions to all the important unanswered questions. Definitely my favourite in this trilogy.

24 / 50 books. 48% done!

8101 / 15000 pages. 54% done!

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Tags: romance, sci-fi

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