Book Review-The Ultimatum

Book Review-The UltimatumThe Ultimatum by Susan Kearney
Series: Rystani #3
Published by Tor Books on February 7th 2006
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0765354489
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Dr. Alara Calladar needs a man......but she sure as krek doesn't want one. If Alara doesn't make love soon, her cells will fail to regenerate and she'll die. Unfortunately, her only option is an enemy--Rystani starpilot Xander, her abductor... and a member of the race who has been battling hers since the beginning of time.Xander issues an ultimatum: He'll make love to Alara only if she will use her psi-talent of identifying DNA to help him find the cure for the deadly Terran virus spreading across the galaxy.Alara is trapped. She gives Xander what he wants--and gets when she needs. But Alara holds a pair of secrets: the more they make love, the more Alara's cells adapt to Xander's body, until the only person she can make love with is him--and the more time they spend together, the more Alara likes Xander. When it seems that all the forces in the universe have aligned against them, can Alara trust Xander with her life... and her heart?

Alara, knows that if she doesn’t find a male to have sex with soon, her cells will degenerate and she will die. Her race, all the women must have sex in order for them to survive, and Alara has always felt like it was a curse, and has endeavored to find a way to fix it. Alara is a Dr and a genius when it comes to identifying DNA and fixing problems, its her lifes work, however she never thought that she would end up kidnapped by a Rystani Warrior..Xander, an enemy and the one that if she doesn’t give in to her needs she will deteriorate and die, but in return Xander expects her to help find a cure to the virus that is spreading across the galaxy. Alara starts to feel more than just sexual need for Xander, she starts to feel like she could be falling for him, and she knows that it could never be possible, considering his career and she would just be a crutch for him, but the power of love can overcome anything if only one learns to trust in love?

The Hero 
Xander, is a Rystani warrior and commander of his own ship, but has come to Alara because she is the only one that can help him in finding a cure for this terran virus that is spreading across every world. The only way he can think of to stop it is with her help, even if he has to kidnap her in order to get her coroperation, but he never expected that she would need his body in order to survive, but the more he spends with her, the more he needs her and wonders if he can ever let her go….

The Heroine 
Alara, has always despsised having to rely on males for survival. Growing up Alara saw how badly her father treated her mother because of her needs, and never wants to depend on someone like that, a man that would be callous and not care a whit for her feelings. So when Xander gives her the ultimatum use of his body in return of helping him find the cure for a Terran Virus, she gives in knowing she doesn’t have much of a choice, but the more she is around him, the more she begins to truly like him, for he has treated her with more respect and caring than any other male she has ever known…

My Thoughts 
Ultimatum is the third installment in the Rystani series by Susan Kearney. This is the first book that I have read from this author. I was browsing the library looking for a new author, and then when I saw the cover and the blurb for this book, I knew I had to try it out. Boy am I thrilled to have read Ultimatum, it definitely satisfied every romantic craving I had for the day LOL It was full of action, romance, suspense, mystery, and love. From the beginning to the end, I was raptured and couldn’t put it down, the characters were enthralling and the plot had my head spinning I was turning the pages as fast as I could get them read. One of the most riveting reads I have had the pleasure of reading so far….I LOVED IT!!!! So if you love the futuristic romance, this one is for you!!!!

My Favorite Quote 
“Logic isn’t as important as my love for you. I shouldn’t love you, but I do. I don’t seem to ahve a choice. ” He said the words with conviction. And then he gathered his woman close to his heart. “I love you, Alara. Even when I didn’t want to love you, I couldn’t help myself. I’ve loved you for a long time. And I always will” 

About Susan Kearney

Susan Kearney used to set herself on fire four times a day, now a USA TODAY—BESTSELLING author, she does something really hot—she writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense for Tor. She can apply the old rule of "write what you know" and never run out of ideas for characters and plots. An All-American and professional diver, expert in martial arts, sailor, real estate broker and owner of a barter business as well as women's fitness and three hair salons, she has enough material for a lifetime.

Kearney, a native of New Jersey, writes full time and has sold books to the industries' top publishing houses — Grand Central, Tor, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, Berkley, Leisure, Red Sage and Kensington. As an award winning author, Kearney earned a Business Degree from the University of Michigan. Kearney's knowledge and experience spans throughout the romance genre, and her fifty plus books include contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, futuristic, science fiction and paranormal novels. She resides in a suburb of Tampa—with her husband, kids and Boston terrier. Currently she's plotting her way through her 54th work of fiction.

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