ALIEN ATTACHMENTS is a surprisingly delightful romantic science fiction that I zipped through in one sitting.
Billionaire Ian Cavacent is a Sandarian, and his family was given the rights to mine carnium (a precious element) from Earth while at the same protecting the planet from other alien species who might seek to conquer Earth. Their activity is hidden from the humans, and only special humans called Support Agents (SA) know of them. Dani is a friend of Jared, one of the SA, and she was caught in the crossfire when Torogs (the hostile aliens) came into Jared’s bar and pursued them all the way to Ian’s villa, which was equipped with weapons and defenses designed to withstand alien invasion.
Unfortunately, the aliens seem to be sporting new technology, and they have no choice but to flee to Sandaria. But is Sandaria safe? What about the attraction between Ian and Dani and the half-formed bond between them?
The worldbuilding is superb. The author built a believable world in Sandaria, just that little bit different from Earth so that readers would be able to imagine it. I especially liked the arena where Dani gets to practice her psi powers, and the sims that they run for training.
I enjoyed the story a lot as I was swept up into a fascinating alien world. However, don’t worry, as this is not hardcore science fiction, so it’s easy to read, and the concepts are easy to grasp. The author’s writing flows and reads well, and her characters, though many, are varied and distinct from one another.
Ian and Dani are both likeable characters, and easy to relate to. Dani is a strong, independent heroine, and she has strong feelings about choosing her path and who her mate is going to be. No bond is going to dictate that, no sirree! While I understand Ian’s reaction in resisting their bond, I think he’s a jerk for the way he rejected her. He did apologize later, so I’m inclined to forgive him. That said, I wish there could have been more romantic moments outside of the bond. Not sure if that is at all possible though, because when the psi-bond is activated, it seems to sweep everything in its path. (You’ll know what I mean when you read the book.) I also think Dani capitulated too easily in the end.
While the book is a standalone, in that Ian and Dani’s story is fully contained here, I believe the series arc isn’t yet done, as there are some threads that are left hanging. I can’t wait to read the next book, Rebellion, and hope we get to explore more of the intergalactic world that Sabine Priestley has built.
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive during the fall of the galactic empire?
Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.
A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate…no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.
For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.