by Mario Kai Lipinski
Length: 19,000 words
Genres: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Dr. Åke Jörgensson is a scientist from Sweden whose invention of almost instant travel to any part of the universe will revolutionize space flight.
Khitain is a N’tari, a panther-like alien serving aboard a human space ship, and Åke’s boyfriend of three months.
On Christmas, they visit Åke’s parents for the first time. As if meeting his in-laws weren’t stressful enough, feelings of inadequacy and fear haunt Khitain. His N’tari descent makes him a killing machine, and one wrong move could wipe out what is dearest to him. Åke, however, has to deal with his family’s ignorance and Khitain’s reluctance to let go of his restraint.
When something terrible happens during their Christmas Morning walk, the situation gets out of hands.
Can love span even light years?
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
My favorite aspect of this story is the differences between Åke and Khitain. Khitain appears to be a fierce warrior but on the inside he's rather shy and insecure about how his large appearance is interpreted by others. I wish that the author had spent more time describing him because it was hard to get a clear mental picture of what he looked like and I would have loved that, since it's an integral part of both his character and the story. On the other hand, Åke is human, smaller and infinitely more fragile to Khitain's way of thinking but has a fierce personality and is determined to do whatever it takes to make his cherished mate feel comfortable on his planet and in his childhood home.
The story is quite sweet, focuses primarily on their relationship and is touchingly emotional. The science-fiction aspects are largely neglected; Åke's concepts of space travel are touched on lightly, but not in great detail. As a fan of science-fiction, I found this to be disappointing, but am aware that the lack of extensive world building allows the story to appeal to readers on a broader spectrum.
Mario K. Lipinski (born in November, 1975, in Germany) lives in Herne, Germany.
He is a spare-time author and, in "real" life, is a mathematician teaching at university level. Does it show in his books? Yes, it does.
English is not his native language, and a frequent question is why he does write in English. For more than 15 years, most of the books he has read have been in English. So, it felt natural for him to write in English, too.
He is into romance with a capital R.
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