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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ripped and Roar by Viola Grace

Ripped and Roar by Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (91 Pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Foxglove

Cila Wen has lived her life unable to speak for fear destroying those around her. The Sector Guard has offered her a position and assistance in controlling her talent, but Cila is not sure if that is even possible. Ripper, her soon-to-be partner, is convinced otherwise and does everything in his power to help her out of her shell and into his bed.

Imagine living a life of solitude: alone and afraid to utter a sound for fear of destroying everything and everyone around you. This is the life Cila Wen has become accustomed to living, the only person on a relay station. She has known since she was a child that to speak is to create havoc and harm, so she communicates only by writing.

When the Sector Guard offers a chance at a more normal life, with the chance of a productive and rewarding future among others, she is skeptical but willing to try. Arkhov Ziddler is a Guard member, and Cila’s possible partner, and is the one bringing her replacement to the station, so he can escort her to Morganti base. As they are leaving, the station is attacked, and Cila must use her talent to repel the raiders. Will this display disgust the first male to catch her attention? Can Cila gain control over her unusual talent with Fixer’s help? Can she have a normal life with Arkhov and the Sector Guard?

The mind of Viola Grace is a mysterious place where new species are born every day. I enjoy the worlds she creates, and the beings that inhabit those worlds are as unique as their talents. Ripped and Roar is book twenty-one in the Sector Guard series, and Ms. Grace is still surprising me with her new and unusual characters. I enjoyed this look and a woman who has never heard her own voice, and the creative ways she finds to communicate.

Cila Wen, code name Roar, was born with the ability to destroy with just a whisper, and she learned early that being around others was a danger to them. She is smart and sassy, and used to being on her own. This doesn’t mean she isn’t lonely, but she sees no alternative, until the offer from the Sector Guard comes along. I liked watching as she began to take control of her talent, and loved each small delight she had with even the smallest of sounds we all take for granted.

Arkhov Ziddler, code name Ripped, is delighted with his new partner. He is a strong and determined male, and has become less of a bully since finding his partner and mate in Cila. I enjoyed watching as he stood by her side, helping her adjust to her new life, without pressuring for more. I loved his supportive nature, and his willingness to let her have space and time to adjust to the new life thrust upon her, more or less.

This is a sweet and gentle romance. Cila has never been in a relationship, never wanting to cause harm to another. And Arkhov has always been the family bully, and he focuses his attention to keeping Cila safe but not smothered. There are a couple of dangers to overcome, like the raiders, and their first, rather sudden, assignment. The secondary characters here are Guardsmen we have already met: Mala (Fixer), Isabi (Shade), Carella (Star Breaker) and many of those from prior books. It is good to visit them again and see how each life intersects with the rest of the Guard.

This story is for those readers who like the challenge of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to triumph in the end.