Manx is a Zetithian fugitive with a feline gene and sexual powers longed for all across the universe. His home planet has been destroyed and any survivors have bounties on their heads. Manx has been able to remain undetected on Barada Seven because of his self-sufficiency and the remoteness of the cabin which he’s secretly borrowed until the beautiful Earth woman’s arrival. Now he’s torn between the need to remain hidden and a drive to claim this woman as his mate.
Drusilla is stunned to learn that Barada Seven is a peaceful planet – weapons of any sort aren’t permitted. How would it even be possible to protect themselves against hostile invaders? Rather than dwell on how different this planet and its inhabitants are Drusilla chooses to get comfortable in her new surroundings and concentrate on her painting. What she doesn’t know is her presence is a source of great frustration for Manx and unparalleled amusement for the eltran Zef. Zef is a large ugly amphibian who lives in the lake – and has the undesirable habit of stating exactly what he thinks. Before Drusilla and Manx even meet Zef informs her that she’ll like the male very much – and he’s right. Their first encounter sets the tone for their relationship – tumultuous, undeniable sexual attraction tempered with a fair amount of uncertainty. They may be on a peaceful planet but because of Manx’s heritage, safety from the vicious Nedwuts schemes are not guaranteed.
Cheryl Brooks’ CAT STAR CHRONICLES has become one of my favorite futuristic series. FUGITIVE is the fifth title in the series and builds beautifully on the previous stories – complete with cameo appearances by beloved characters from previous novels. Manx and Drusilla’s passion and zest for life keep this storyline humming along but many of the other characters stole my heart as well. Who would have thought I’d cry for an amphibian but Zef definitely had me grabbing for the tissues. Of course there’s plenty of kick butt action once Jack and her crew make their appearance as well as plenty of laugh out loud moments. Ms. Brooks manages to incorporate all the elements that make a book worth reading into one novel and leaves you hungering for more.
FUGITIVE is highly enjoyable as a stand-alone book but I think if you want to really experience these characters and their plight you should read them all. The titles so far, in order are – SLAVE, WARRIOR, ROGUE, OUTCAST, and FUGUITVE (of course) and HERO, the sixth book in this wondrous series is due to be released in August 2010. I can hardly wait J