Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Planet Whisperer by E E Montgomery: #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
The Planet Whisperer
by E E Montgomery

Length: 280 pages
Genres: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Jonah Starovski, a Planet Whisperer, harnesses the energy surrounding dead planets and redirects it into new growth. Abandoned by the man who bought him from a brothel sixteen years ago, Jonah flounders in a world he’s ill equipped to deal with. He must accept the help of a stranger in order to rebuild his life.

First Lieutenant Marcus Davis volunteers as Jonah’s assistant without realizing the terraforming process requires Jonah’s sexual release. Balanced on the knife-edge of fear and ambition, Marcus is faced with his mother’s machinations and threats to his career. Marcus’s parents bring their illegal scientific experiments to the planets Jonah is terraforming just as Marcus learns to accept himself and his feelings for Jonah. At the same time, Jonah’s past catches up to him, putting them both in danger.

Jonah and Marcus must trust in each other to put a stop to the illegal activities, rescue an endangered animal, and create the future they both want—a future they can share.

“You’re offering to help?” Jonah whispered harshly, his throat raw from the tension still riding his body. “Are you sure you want to know what I need to finish this?”

Jonah almost smiled at the wariness that crept into the lieutenant’s gaze, but the amusement that relaxed his features died when Davis nodded.

“I’ve orders to assist you in any way you need.”

Anger flooded him then. The stupid man was so focused on carrying out his orders he didn’t know what he was offering. What he was risking. “Are you volunteering to help me, Lieutenant?” The roughness in Jonah’s voice smoothed to a silken purr, and the lieutenant’s expression finally showed the uncertainty it should have all along.

Jonah felt guilty at the pleasure he felt in bringing that expression to Davis’s face. But only a little. He decided the lieutenant was a smart man when he stepped away.

“Tell me what I have to do, and I’ll tell you if I can help.”

Jonah forced a grin. He hadn’t tried to take control like this since Wes—better not to go there. Not while he was standing with power still tight in his body. The fallout would be beyond his control. Instead he reached out and grabbed the lieutenant’s hand and pushed it roughly against the aching length of his dick.

“This is what you have to do, Lieutenant. The power is stored there and needs to be released. My dick, your mouth. Get the picture?”

Davis snatched back his hand and fumbled a few steps back from the momentum. But he didn’t leave. Jonah frowned. He’d been sure he’d scare him off with that. “What’s your name, Lieutenant? If you’re going to suck me off, it seems a little ridiculous that I don’t know your name.”

“I didn’t say I was going to suck you off,” Davis exclaimed.
2 of 5 stars
This simply did not work for me. The characters were interesting initially but weren't developed over the course of the story. Jonah and Marcus suffered from a critical failure to communicate. Every time they seemed to finally make a breakthrough, the crazy cycle of misunderstandings would reset and repeat. Jonah is a treasure. I wanted to wrap him up and love on him so badly. His childhood was a nightmare but it didn't break him. Jonah's innocence, wonder and tender heart are irresistible. Upon meeting Marcus, Jonah dares to hope for the very first time. Jonah cautiously opens up, offering Marcus small pieces of himself as he shares the pain of his past. Instead of cherishing Jonah's trust Marcus, comes across as callous bastard. I wanted to reach out and smack some sense into Marcus every time he focused on his insecurities, especially after he realized the tender care Jonah needed, prioritized other people over Jonah, or walked away from Jonah without any reassurances or explanations. Jonah's capacity to forgive is astounding, so I gave Marcus the stink-eye on his behalf.

The situation involving Marcus's mother is outrageous. The same mistakes are made repeatedly and nobody seems to notice... or care. The plot is one dimensional, the secondary characters are flaky at best and the most interesting personality amongst them isn't even human. I love science fiction and the synopsis was so promising that I was equally frustrated and disappointed with the outcome.
E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.

Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.

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