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Friday, April 29, 2011

Paradise Moon by Jocelyn Modo

Paradise Moon by Jocelyn Modo
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (41 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Book Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When Kiana landed both her dream job and her dream man, she should have known her luck was going to run out sooner rather than later. After months of doing both job and man, she’s fallen in love…but he’s just in lust. And that’s not enough for her anymore.

Arguably the galaxy’s most eligible bachelor, Alix Como has been burned by so many ex-girlfriends he no longer trusts any woman he invites into his bed. But somehow Kiana is different. He wants desperately to trust her—if he hasn’t already run out of time.

Kiana’s biological clock is telling her it’s time to either move forward in her relationship with Alix or move on. Alix has always been very up front about the fact that he doesn’t plan to commit to any one woman. Will the possibility of losing Kiana forever change his mind?

One of the great things about short stories is that you don’t have to become invested in the lives of the characters to be entertained. It’s kind of like sitting down to watch television and stopping on a half hour sitcom or mini-drama that you aren’t familiar with and enjoying it in spite of not getting much background story.

In Jocelyn Modo’s novella Paradise Moon readers are introduced to Kiana and Alix. When the story begins they have already been in a relationship for the better part of a year. We are given a quick snapshot of how they met and under what circumstances. The whole setup is highly believable given the information Ms. Modo provides.

Kiana and Alix are both likable characters but Kiana has a repetitive habit of dwelling on the fact that she wasn’t brought up with the money or culture or privilege that Alix enjoyed. She has a self-deprecating view of herself even though she is the personal assistant to the “CEO of the galaxy’s most profitable travel company”. I had a difficult time reconciling the negative way she viewed herself with the fact that IF she was completely unsuitable to be his PA, Alix could simply have dated her without having had to hire her. She must have had some skills and self-confidence to have had the courage to apply for the position of his PA in the first place, right?

In spite of Kiana’s internal struggle with her upbringing, Ms. Modo paints a very loving relationship between Kiana and Alix. More than once he refers to Kiana as his “star” and that endearment runs as an underlying theme throughout the story. Because this is a love story, the reader can expect a lovely HEA for Kiana and Alix but it takes some growth and communication on both parts to achieve what they both realize they want.

This little novella has all the right elements to please sci-fi and contemporary book lovers. The sci-fi parts do not over whelm the plot but add a nice change of pace to story that could have just as easily taken place solely on Earth.

If you are craving a sweet and sexy love story but don’t have much time to read then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Jocelyn Modo’s Paradise Moon.