Title: Changing the Guard
Author: Peter Hansen
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Characters: Tomi Vuorela, Andile Harper
Sub-Genre: Science-Fiction, BDSM, Erotic Romance
Tomi Vuorela works security in a frozen off-world outpost. The terrain is unforgiving, especially when it comes to maintaining any semblance of a social life. Any guest is typically a welcome one, provided they’re cleared for a refueling or part of IntelServ. Tomi knows his machinery, however, and when a suspicious landskimmer heads toward the his remote access node, Tomi must determine if the interloper is a harmless workman or a dangerous terrorist.
Andile Harper introduces himself as an engineer, but Tomi would rather play it safe than turn his back on a hacker in disguise. When Andile’s story doesn’t check with his own records, Andile’s in for a world of trouble. Normally, keeping a man at gunpoint until backup arrives would be out of the question. But when Andile starts to play with fire, Tomi finds he’s more than eager to hold a gun to the intruder’s head and make his own personal set of demands.
Whew! I loved this short story! When I first read the blurb, I questioned whether I would enjoy a story with this premise, but once I started it, I was immediately swept up into the interesting storyline and very sexy and unique characters.
Since I think the blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead I thought I’d write the reasons why I enjoyed this story so much and why I hated to see it come to an end.
I liked the interesting world the author created. Through his descriptive storytelling ability, it was easy to envision the setting and the frozen outpost that one of the main characters, Tomi works and resides in. The author really paid attention to detail and it kept me enthralled with the story from start to finish. I too, wondered about Tomi’s unexpected visitor, Andile, and for what purpose, dangerous or not, of why he was really there. I thought the plot was an interesting one and found myself guessing and second-guessing myself at what was going to happen next.
I also thought the sexual chemistry between the two heroes were off the charts! Although Tomi is very leery of Andile, he can’t help but be fascinated and attracted to the charismatic man. I liked and appreciated the element of danger that seemed to flow between the two men as heavily as their attraction they have for one another does. I would like to point out that there is some gun play in this book, but it didn’t bother me, and it turned both characters on, so in some ways the dominance Tomi shows over Andile read very sexy without it being over the top.
I do wish this short story had been longer. I would have really loved to have had the opportunity of getting into the heart and soul of each hero. Both men were very interesting and still mysterious in many ways, it would have been great to read more about them and where this relationship is heading. I did enjoy the twist at the end and I hope that this means that Mr. Hansen is writing more about these uniquely, sexy characters in the future.
Reviewed By: Gabbi