Runner's Moon, Book 3: Simolif
by Linda Mooney
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Available: April 1, 2008
Simolif "Simon Morr" is a good looking, soft-spoken, well-mannered construction worker? Well, not really he's actually one of 31 aliens who landed on Earth several years ago, fleeing their brutal captors. All the refugees wanted was to find a planet where they could blend in with the natives (they have shapeshifting abilities), and live quietly, free from the evil Arras who destroyed their home planet and enslaved them. Never could they have imagined that there might be true mates for them, existing in the human population. But as soon as Simon starts working on a new campus building he knows the love of his life is nearby. He can feel her presence, almost smell her special scent.
Astronomy professor Sarah Drumman is on a tight deadline to publish, if she wants tenure. She doesn't have time to ogle Mr. Gorgeous as he works on the building going up next to hers. But when he saves her from an assault as she's leaving campus one night, Sarah is definitely seeing stars. Little does she know that Simon's looks really are "out of this world". But will she be able to see the beauty of the inner man?
Simolif's story is the third installment in Linda Mooney's Runner's Moon series. The first two titles have gained #1 bestseller status at publisher Whiskey Creek Press's site, and I predict that Simolif's story won't be far behind in garnering WCP's bestseller status, as well. Like the first two books, the action is fast-paced and the characters are unique, each with a distinctive voice, and personality. The emotions are intense and believable, and Ms. Mooney gives us well-conceived, interesting races, with believable motivations and reactions. The level of detail is fascinating; she gives extensive information on her characters' origins, the society of their home planet, the climate and geography, customs, even some language, all delivered smoothly and naturally within the context of the story.
If you enjoy your romance hot, with a heaping side of science fiction, you won't want to miss this series. Runner's Moon, Book 3: Simolif is an engaging tale that sends the reader on a wild ride of fear, love, and humor, delivered with nearly nonstop action. Be aware that it is not a stand-alone title, if you haven't read the first two books; get them when you pre-order this title. You won't be disappointed!