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She's human, he's not, but together Leith and J'Qhir struggle to survive on an alien world, defeat interstellar treachery from a mutual enemy, and confront their growing attraction. Leith McClure reluctantly takes over the family shipping business due to her father's illness. She is shocked to find her father has been trading with the Zi. When a trusted friend's betrayal l

Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Samhain Publishing (first published May 1st 2003)
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A wonderful sci fi romance. The sci fi elements were fine but this is really a relationship story. Very good alien developement. This alien was really alien, not just a guy from another planet. His culture was well developed and logical. It was wonderful to see the relationship between two such disparate people develop. The sex scenes were well placed and understated. The romance was heartwarming. I recommend it to sci fi romance readers who are looking for more on the relationship side rather t ...more
This book is a guilty pleasure for me; I absolutely loved this book.

Futuristic romance with an interspecies twist; who could ask for more in scifi romance novel.

I stand by my initial review, when I reviewed this for Inscriptions Magazine back in March of 2001. I've reread it several times and still love it.

"Lanette Curington truly leaves her audience starkissed."
Julie C
4.5 Stars

I was quite impressed with this book although the cover could be better.

Leith is forces to work at the family space shipping business when her dad falls ill. When a co-worker turns evil crazy-guy, he leaves her stranded on an alien planet with J'Qhir. There is some heavy attraction between these 2 but they don't quite know how to deal with each other. Leith is human but J'Qhir is the Zi warrior and his species has much different views on male/female relationships.

This is a great story o
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Please, forget that awful cover (it should be forbidden), this is a sweet romance set in space.

I admit I'm biased by my experiences: many books that call themselves (or are defined as) sci-fi romance are the worst kind of trash, in which the alien/cyborg/your choice is a sorry excuse for pornographic stories. All of them end in my trash bin. :)

I'm so surprised when there's actually a plot and a story in a book of this kind. Here there's a slow build of romance between a earthling woman an
As Sci-Fi Romances go, this one is one of the better written ones in so many ways. I loved how it really explored differences- true differences in cultures- and not just because of appearance or language, but even how the different groups think. At the same time, there is danger and romance thrown in to keep the plot moving.

Leith, along with her father's right hand man arrive with one of her father's trading vessels to conduct a deal on a neutral planet. It is not long before she is horrified to
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Good story of a human female falling in love with an alien male.
They find themselves stranded on a deserted planet, and what must have happen, happened, they fall in love.
Of course there is a HEA, but the most important thing for me is that there is a kind of comparison between a couple coming from different planets (alien and human) with all the lack of understanding that could come with and a couple coming from different religions ...
Carolyn F.
This stinking cover had me not buying the e-book even though I thought from reading the summary that it would be something I would like. Finally I got a Barnes and Noble gift card for my birthday (thank you Molly) and ended up buying it. Very sweet, romantic book. I liked how the attraction between Leith and J'Qhir slowly grew. There are alien sex parts that pop in and out but nothing gross. I would recommend this book.
This one started off a bit slow for me, but about 20% in, it really picked up for me after Leith is betrayed by her partner. When her father contracts a debilitating illness, Leith comes home to help with the family intergalactic trade business along with another member of her father's staff, Steve. She discovers that her father has been illegally trading with the Zi. When she and Steve meet with Commander J'Qhir, the Zi representative, she is shocked that the Zi are trading practically priceles ...more
Bad made cover but amazing story, sci-fi elements and ending!
Leyla Fernandez
Hello everyone!
I just finished reading this novel this afternoon.

Starkissed by Lanette Curington
At first I saw the cover and said: " Weird 3D plastic doll cover". I laughed of course! Second cover with the golden slit eyes, is much better! Alien and human romance? Adventure?
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An interesting story about Leith McClure, a girl who is obliged to take over her father's business because he is ill. Due to this, she is forced to work with Steve(the douch) and get to know how some things wor
I have to tell you that I read maybe one book out of ,say, 150 books more than once. This is one of those books I read more than once. First of all I love this genre (alien ,who is not human looking meets human woman and has attraction immediately on both sides.)Just love it. Lanette Curington does it so well too. I do wish she'd do it again. I'd love to read a sequel to this book. I keep hunting Amazons profile page of L.C. to see if she has written anything else like this, to no avail. This st ...more
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Well, I'm always looking for a nice sci-fi romance. I'd love a good series with the same heroine/hero throughout the entire series. But I'll settle for stand-alone romances. I'm not big on the overly technical traditional sci-fi novel.

This started out well, I'm a sucker for the "stranded on a deserted planet/island" trope. And this wasn't a bad story. Entertaining if a bit simple. But the second half of the story employed too many cliched romance devices as a conflict for the romance. Misunderst
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Please, please, please ignore the hideous cover – I know it is not easy, because, let’s face it, the cover is usually the first thing that may pull us to the book by a new author. In case of Starkissed, the ugly cover hides a charming book with a sweet romance. The storyline is simple, but its simplicity allowed the author to concentrate on what made this book such a pleasure to read – the characters and the development of their relationship. The writing is fluid, the story moves at a good pace, ...more
I'm actually not finished yet... only maybe 3/4 of the way through, but I'm struggling to finish this book. First of all, the cover is just awful, but the story sounded promising, so I ignored it. Ugh... Everyone seemed to really enjoy this story, but I didn't feel much of a connection between the main characters. They're stranded on an isolated planet, trying to survive, hardly any conversation is had and yet, she is falling in love with him??? I didn't buy it. And she's such a brat! Stomping o ...more
Very deceptive. Despite a not so good quality of cover, this book was a great find. A very well built story with a complex universe, different planets and very diverse aliens species. I truly enjoyed feeling part of a world in a book, it helps getting attached to it and its characters.
And speaking of characters, no one could have been more different that Leigh and J'Qhir. But the chemistry is there, the passion and attraction that link them despite all.
A beautiful love story that takes time to d
She's human, he's not, but together Leith and J'Qhir struggle to survive on an alien world, defeat interstellar treachery from a mutual enemy, and confront their growing attraction.

Leith took over the family business and soon she finds out that her father has been trading with the Zi.
She meets J'Qhir and she is instantly attracted to him even though he was so different than any humanoid species - he was reptilian.
J'Qhir find Leith attractive as well but he well knows that she would never take a
I picked up this book because it was recommended to me when I asked for SciFi romances where one of the lead characters is not human.

And I must say in that aspect this was a great read.

I really enjoyed the first part of the story where Leith and J'Qhir get stranded on a deserted planet. The building attraction and romance between them was delicious to read and I loved how Curington made J'Qhir an actual alien in appearance (although humanoid in shape) instead of making him look just like a human
Started 7/25/12 good so far.. TRAITOR AMOUNG THE FAMILY BUSINESS starts in the opening of this book and plot is thick.. already seems like a great read..

The book was listed in a erotic catagory but is not, it should be listed as sci/fi romance in selling catagories..

Two being's of total different species are kidnapped and left on a planet where no life other than plant and animal are present. No Technology or aid of any kind is available to them.

Leith is a young lady who is on a mission/job for
Alicia Maybach
Starkissed, by Lanette Curington is absolutely one of my all time favorite reads. Matter of fact. I've read this book at least half a dozen times.
Between the at times challenging, yet endearing romance that builds between the two main characters, and the rugged hardship backdrop of the setting, I was sold from page one.

There is nothing remotely pedestrian in the heat, at times confusion, and considerable humor that Leigh, and J'Qhir experience together as they embark on the action packed journey
Can another author write cross-species relationships the way R Lee Smith does? Because all the books with this theme that I read are like this one: so poorly written and unconvincing that I just have to bail as soon as I can.
I read this a while ago, but still go back and read parts of it again when I am in between books. Wish it could be made into an audio book as I like to listen to my favourite books a year or so later while I am out and about. Actually I just wish this author would write more!
The cover art is such a turn off, don't let it sway you from a sci-fi tale that is different from most. I like that the alien is actually 'Alien' and not just a bigger version of a human male.
I also like that the romance is
Yet, another excellent example of a great book with a horrible, horrible, horrible cover.

*shudder* That image is just so bad.

But the work is solid, sweet and endearing.
First off:
I love aliens! I love movies with them and am a sucker for them in books as well <3
Can someone kill the cover?! The book is actually alright. Shees covers lie!

RATING of 3.5!

Story: 4 (any remotely good story out in space is a 4!)
Characters: J'Qhir scores 4 (Really liked him: he was different than the usual 'males' aka not an asshole and a bossy jerk), Leith 2 stars (She's a bit more than okay, but got on my nerves).
Romance: 3-4 stars. I liked the way it happend slowly. And
Loved this book. Nice gradual build up of romance between H/h. Would have given it a 5 star except for the ending, which was not enough.
A very satisfying read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Adele Strydom
luv the book. my first of this kind.
This is one of the most tasteful and believable Science Fiction romances I have read in a long, long time. I dont know why it is that when authors combine sci fi and romance, the erotica gets thrown in as well. This book doesn't do that.

The characters are so different to each other and the way their friendship and eventual love builds is so real and believable.

This was so beautiful, I went and read again as soon as I had finished it.

Totally recommend it to anyone who likes romance with the Sc
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