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Allure of Oartheca: Book 1 of the Oarthecan Star Saga


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After everything goes wrong, they find someone right. This action-packed space opera romance is hard to put down!

Everything was going to plan until the Pryok’tel attacked. In moments, Rowland Hale lost both his crew and the biggest prize in his criminal career. He would have lost his life too if it weren’t for Toar Grithrawrscion. Once a decorated navy captain of high esteem, Toar now lives in disgrace as the captain of an Oarthecan mining station. Saving Rowland had been a risk, one that continues to grow the longer he’s around. But a greater threat looms on the horizon. In the hands of the Pryok’tel, Rowland’s treasure will become a powerful weapon that threatens all life across the galaxy. Together, Rowland and Toar must try to stop the Pryok’tel before it’s too late.

I was pleasantly surprised by this space opera romance. Siewert builds an intriguing and dynamic world that stands out from a lot of others in this sub-genre. Though both Toar and Rowland live at the fringes and are guided by their personal beliefs and experiences, they are also clearly influenced by the greater societies that they are/were part of. Rowland acts as one would expect a human to act while Toar reflects the culture established for his own race: the Oarth. Though we are only given brief snapshots of other galactic races that exist in this world, each has a definitive set of beliefs and lifestyles that are influenced by the planet from which they originate and affect how they relate to others. It is clear that there is still so much of this world to explore and I look forward to future books in this saga!

Though this book features a relationship between a human and a physically ‘bear-like’ species, the pairing is still made to feel natural. I also appreciate seeing a homogeneous relationship (male/male) where sexual orientation is not the main focus. There are some explicit scenes and the nature of sexual relationships is explored at length through Toar’s character. However, I did not find any of these to be particularly vulgar. Though there is a lot of action, Toar and Rowland’s relationship is the central focus of this story. As a result, those looking for a more traditional space opera might find the pacing a little slow.

Overall, this is an excellent sci-fi romance to the right audience. It is important to assess your personal comfort level before reading. However, once you start, this book is hard to put down!

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About the author

James and his husband live in beautiful British Columbia, and are both avid aficionados of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Not finding enough stories about guys like them, James took matters into his own hands and wrote the stories they want to read: big men with big hearts in big adventures! view profile

Published on May 30, 2021

200000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: LGBTQ Fiction

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