Title: Voodoo ‘n’ Vice (Galactic Alliance)
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4.6 of 5 Stars
After nearly causing a galactic incident, fleet captain Gideon Arcturus is disgraced, demoted and exiled with nothing to do but pass the time at a seedy club on seedier planet Elora Ki. It’s no place for a straight-laced soldier, but following the rules is what got him there in the first place. When he meets a mesmerizing fire dancer, he’d do anything to get close to the flame.
Tai doesn’t date customers—it’s far too dangerous for a man who was once for sale. But the shy, awkward Gideon entices him, and the two spend Gideon’s leave tangled together, neither knowing the passion that stirs within them won’t soon subside.
When a violent drug lord forces Tai back into slavery, Tai has no choice but to give up his new love. But when Gideon learns that Tai’s fate lies with those who brought about his own ruin, he’ll need to revisit his own difficult past in order to save them both.
One of the main reasons this book caught my eye was the title: Voodoo ‘n’ Vice.
I was instantly intrigued as those two words don’t generally go together.
This V&V is book #3 in the Galactic Alliance, but I read it as a stand alone, and wasn’t lost at all. I would recommend reading the other two in the series.
In Voodoo ‘n’ Vice, we meet Gideon, a sort of ‘live by the book, die by the book’ stickler for rules hero. Gideon is rather coldly demoted and exiled after causing a wee bit of mayhem, by ironically enough, following the rules. As he was already at the edge of the galaxy, on the seedy planet of Elora Ki, he has no choice but to spend his time out there.
Deciding to duck into a club known for its flavor, Gideon is completely enthralled by a fire dancing performance by a mysterious man. Knowing he should keep a lid on his desire, Gideon tries valiantly to simply be another observer in the crowd, but soon cannot resist the flames of temptation.
Tai is a dancer proud of his profession. Unlike several of the other performers, Tai keeps his distance from the customers. For a man whose body was once sold to the highest bidder, Tai wants to make sure that should he be with someone, it is for the right reason, and not coin.
After seeing a man at more than a few of his performances, Tai decides to take a chance. And when Gideon readily accepts his offer, the two spend plenty of time tangled up in each others bodies, not realizing their hearts are following the trend.
When Gideon’s past catches up to him and Tai is taken and forced back into slavery, the two realize that the other means more than was expected.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the imagery: Tai is a fire dancer, and during his performances it was as if I could feel the heat of the flames. Since Elora Kai is a dangerous place with many places to lose yourself, I appreciated that I could sense and understand Gideon’s draw to the seedier side of life.
Another aspect I greatly enjoyed was the inner struggle between Gideon and Tai: both wanted to give into their desires, but were being held back for different reasons. Gideon had always played by the rules, and didn’t want to do anything further to disgrace his uniform or father. Tai didn’t want to feel obligated to any man- he wasn’t up for sale anymore. Watching the pair overcome these obstacles was beyond delightful.
Sci-fi romance isn’t a genre I had considered exploring before, but in this instance, I’m glad I gave in!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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