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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wither by Yolanda Sfetsos

Wither by Yolanda Sfetsos
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (106 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Betrayal. Lust. Secrets. It’s enough to send a space cowboy riding hell-bent for stardust.

Recast, Book 1

Wrangling is in Colt Marshall’s blood. He was known across the galaxy for his skill at roping horses and cattle, but found that the woman he loved wasn’t so easy to tie down. Now a mysterious client has him wrangling a man who may or may not be fully human. Colt doesn’t know and doesn’t care, as long as he gets paid. Until his pursuit of the escaped captive lands him on his former lover’s planet…and her request for help threatens to crack the armor around his heart.

With Colt’s unexpected arrival, Brynn Wight’s problems could be solved…or multiplied a thousandfold. She doesn’t expect him to understand why she left him, but she sure could use his help ridding her planet of the feral creatures terrorizing her town every night. It doesn’t help that he looks just as good as she remembers. Or that even after five years, their mutual lust is very much alive.

Their desire rivals the heat of the planet’s skin-peeling sun, stripping away layers of secrets to expose the truth. And a secret that could be their death sentence…

Sometimes, the cover of a book is enough to engage the interest. Such was the case when I first saw the cover for Wither. A dusty cowboy, planets in the background, six-shooter in hand…how could I not be tempted? But the real treat was waiting within the pages. Author Yolanda Sfetsos has created a fascinating world where cowboys exist; only some of them drive spaceships, access computers, and wrangle creatures a tad more dangerous than cattle.

From the beginning of the story, you’re made aware that there is more to the characters than meets the eye. Brynn left Colt behind years ago, but he’s never known why. When he receives a message from her, pleading for his help, he returns to the woman he’s never forgotten; not only to assist her, but to get long sought after answers. As they try to uncover the mystery of the creatures ravaging her planet, each will have to come clean and be honest with one another. Brynn isn’t the woman he thought her to be, and though Colt would like to place himself on a high moral pedestal, his wrangling jobs are not as innocent as he once believed. The twists and turns along the way hit in a sucker punch you won’t see coming, and the can-you-guess-what-is-going-to-happen next surprises will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The writing itself is top-notch, and the pace is nice and steady, ensuring you won’t want to stop reading until the story is completed. Ms. Sfetsos has done a wonderful job of merging romance with science fiction, mystery, romance, and suspense. I loved the interplay between Brynn and Colt, as well as the back history between them. Five years is a long time to be without the one person who ignited a fire in your blood, and when they make up for lost time, the pages burn and sizzle.

Definitely place this title on your TBR pile. Wither is a wonderful story that you won’t want to put down.