Lucan, by Susan Kearney
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Author Susan Kearney is a native of New Jersey, writes full time and has sold books to the industries' top publishing houses. As an award-winning author, Kearney earned a Business Degree from the University of Michigan. Her knowledge and experience spans throughout the romance genre, and her fifty plus books include contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, futuristic, science fiction and paranormal novels- With Rion as part of this series coming in December 2009, and Jordan coming in March 2010. She resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and children.
High Priestess and Healer of her people on Pendragon, Lady Cael, has always accepted her fate and destiny. Her calling and position doesn’t allow for a life mate, nor can she be touched or it will break taboo and the will of Goddess. Both feared and respected equally, Cael has become accustomed to her life of solitude. But a mysterious explorer named Lucan Rourke doesn’t know her secrets and his forbidden touch is making her crave things that her birthright doesn’t allow. Lucan has only one purpose for being on Pendragon- find the mythical Holy Grail and get back to Earth before it’s too late. The fate of Earth’s survival rests in his hands, so he cannot afford the immediate attraction he feels for Cael, nor the distraction. Soon they must join forces to defeat the army of Tribes, who want to find the Grail and use it for selfish purposes. When a warrant goes out for their arrest for murder, they must fight not only to find the Grail, but to survive long enough to use it.
This is a futuristic romance, and if I’m being honest, I did a rather large dramatic eye roll when I learned of the Grail as a plot line, with King Arthur traveling to this planet hundreds of years ago to keep it safe. However, I quickly reminded myself that this was a fictional/fantasy/futuristic book and the author’s gifted writing makes you believe in the seemingly out-there story. That’s what makes Kearney stand out in this rapidly evolving sub-genre of romance. With a great eye for detailed setting and quick-witted dialog, readers can revel in the fast-pace action and get hooked from cover to cover. Steamy, intense, and sometimes hilarious- I very much look forward to the two other books in this series and where she goes with it. Recommended!
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