Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/08/2011
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn’s sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the thirteen-year-old to ten years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn’t always a blessing.
When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.’s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last ten years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson’s salvation—and his destruction.
In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can’t resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.
Imagine being thrust into space all alone at the age of 12. Now, imagine knowing you won’t see another living being for at least ten years. Just how messed up do you think you would be when you finally did make it to civilization? That is exactly the situation facing Anderson Rawn at the beginning of Amy Lane’s A Solid Core of Alpha.
Unlike the other two Amy Lane stories I reviewed for today’s spotlight, A Solid Core of Alpha is not an easy read. It delves into some pretty serious topics. Just some of them are isolation, sex, abuse, mental health, physical health, and interpersonal communication.
The story is told in parts. First, we look at the time Anderson is on the ship alone. We see just what lengths he has to employ in order to survive, and, amazingly enough, thrive. We meet the family of his own making, each showing us a little piece of Anderson’s psyche. We get to see Anderson struggle with life and death decisions every day. We get to see him grow up way too fast and with way too much weight on his shoulders.
In the second part, we meet CJ, Cassidy, Marshall, and the rest of the crew of the Hermes Space Station. We get to finally understand just how broken Anderson is. We get to see just how gut-wrenching his 10+ years in space has been, as we experience it again through CJ and Cassidy’s eyes. We get to watch Anderson try to hold himself together and finally break into pieces as CJ tries to hold him together by sheer will alone.
The Third and subsequent parts are all about recovery and moving on. Anderson is broken. Anderson has been ripped from the only family he knows. He has to come to grips with all those choices he made or failed to make when he was only a child. He has to relearn who he was, is, and will be. And he has to do it for himself. He has to make himself worthy of himself before he can be worthy of the love of CJ.
Alpha is all about seeing who you are and making all those pieces fit together into one whole person. It is about survival. It is about forgiving yourself and moving forward. It is about redefining family. It is about being true to yourself.
This is my second time to read A Solid Core of Alpha. While it isn’t one I can re-read terribly often, it is one that will remain on my re-read shelf for when I need this type of read. It will tug at your heart. It will make you think. Every time you read it, you will find something new.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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