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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,581 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews

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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Sofs Agreed, the cover creeps the fuck out of me

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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
This had so much potential. I mean, look at that fabulous cover.

I knew this was going to be a slow-burn romance. I wasn't expecting any smut. Woman (virgin trope included) gets stranded on a deserted planet with reptilian alien and they have to survive together. True love is inevitable, right?!?!

I love me some alien-human romance, but this didn't work for me. The pacing was slow and nothing happened. When Leith (the human female MC) started teaching J'Qhir how to play tic tac freaking toe, I h
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
I'm going to keep thisss ssshort and sssweet.

Thisss wasss not asss bad asss I wasss expecting. I mean come on, look at that cover! I truly thought I was going to be mentally ssscarred from this reading experience.

And while thisss isss definitely no Barbarian Alien, it wasss alright.

It isss a love ssstory. It had the ssslow burn feel of a Grace Draven book, without the flowery writing. It had a sssurvivor feel with them being marooned on the desssserted planet and it wasss all very "nice".

I wis
Cathy (cathepsut)
The book blurb warns about graphic sex and some readers have classed this book as erotica. It's not. This is a pretty shallow romance novel in a SciFi setting.

Our heroic couple is stranded on a hostile planet and the inevitable happens. Love, sex, some drama, some hostile animals, some angst. The female heroine is a virgin, the male hero is honourable, and so on and so forth. There is some fighting, some betrayal, some misunderstanding and bad communication.

I liked him well enough, although he
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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
that cover.

Buddy read with the MacHalos Aug 28
 Simply Sam ツ
***3.5 stars (0.5 stars for our alien)***

So this was a toss-up between a "meh" 3 and a "liked it" 4 star rating.

On one hand I loved that there was an actual alien alien male MC and not just some human+ -you know, human but with some extra special features like really cool tattoos or glowing eyes. To quote another alien enthusiast, "Aliens do it better." That's the way alien smut, or in this case rather, alien lurrrve stories should be.

I'm not doing a big plot rehash. It pretty says it all in t
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Buddy read with the MacHalo Ladies

I was mislead! That cover tells me with it's badly copy & pasted design that it's going to be awesomely bad and smutty. I mean just look at that hip holding foreplay going on, so smutty. It was none of those things. No smut! This has ruined the alien smut streak with the MacHalos.

The first half of this book seriously annoyed me. It was slow, full of unpronounceable made up words that weren't necessary to the story, robotic delivery on descriptions, and bori
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
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, futuristic
2 1\2
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
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Bad made cover but amazing story, sci-fi elements and ending!
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Pretty tame, almost lame inter-species romance. If you're expecting graphic smut look elsewhere. Still had a fun time buddy reading with the lovely MacHalo ladies!!
Shadi ***save your ratings use disclaimers**

This will be a biased review because I was so impressed with the authors balls.

I am going to start with what didn't work for me. The H was very proper, that was his society. He wasn't an alpha so of course I didn't care for that. Thats about it.

So what did work for me? Holy shit this author really went for the gusto. This is not a watered down alien looks like humans so they are actually really hot storyline. No her H isn't even warm blooded! He is of the reptilian line. I was super imp
Carolyn F.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
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
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, alien-mate
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
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
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 ...
Daddy Calls Me:  Abby
2.5 stars. I need to find the words to review this book.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow building romance, but a good one. I only wish there hadn't been as many misunderstandings between Leith and J'Qhir as there were.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Wicked Incognito Now
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
Leith McLure takes over her father's shipping company when he becomes ill. She goes with her father's employee, Steve Hancock, to meet with a client and discovers her father is doing illegal trading with the Zi. Then Leith is betrayed and left on a deserted planet with the Zi, J'Qhir. Together they must put aside their differences and survive.

The Zi culture was strange but it was supposed to be, I guess, for the story to really work. They are some kind of humanoid retile or reptilian humanoid. I
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
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
I realized i had read but not reviewed this book. There were things I liked about this book. Like when she said " your teeth are sharp" and he preened. And that rubbing foreheads become erotic. The penis thing at first freaked me out a little. But the book was underdeveloped. At the same time, I want a sequel, it's weird.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't really have anything to say about this story. It was just kinda... there. Not bad, not great. Weird sex. *shrug*
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that you really shouldn't judge by the cover. It was so good and a nice slow build towards the romance
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
boyle cover mı olur ya
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
Not going to lie, I read this specifically because the cover freaked me out. I actually was expecting waaaay more over the top alien gross out scenes than I actually got here. Did I enjoy it, yes. Would I read it again? Probably in a year or two. Overall I'm going to rate it as an average alien/terran romance that is happy enough to warrant a revisit, kinda disappointing on the level of alien goo or silly euphemisms. Sigh, there will always be Kaitlyn O'Connor for for the really weird reads.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
it is the first science fiction romance I've read. The reading was quite enjoyable though the hero is a bit burdened for me.
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