Title: The Valespian Pact, Book 1: Alpha Trine
Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Characters: Zeus, Dargon, Alpha
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Series
The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar’Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents’ court refuse to ever trust a frail human.
Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they’ve brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.
When I started this book, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew it was a science fiction/romance and that’s about it. As many of you probably already know, I love all types of romances, and well-written science fiction ones seem to really stick with me for some reason. Writing this type of theme can’t be easy because of all of the world building the author has to do and yet, they still have to be able to make us relate to beings that aren’t always easy to identify with. But I’m thrilled to say that Ms. Anders did a great job at pulling this reader into the complex, interesting worlds that she created. AND she still managed to write a book with characters who not only were unique and well-written, they were also likeable men that I really enjoyed reading about.
The tricky thing about writing a review for a book like this is to not give anything away, so I’m going to tread a little lightly on the description of the book. The blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, so I thought I’d write about why I loved this book and why I recommend it.
As I mentioned earlier, I really loved the characters in the book. Although Zeus and Dargon (and Alpha) are the main heroes, this story is filled with many descriptive and fascinating characters that kept me glued to the story itself. Both Zeus and Dargon have issues they must work through. Zeus has a questionable heritage that kept me guessing and Dargon has his own interesting quirks that are revealed as the story continues.
What I liked about Zeus was his devotion to his family. He has a lot of honor and strives to live his life to make his family proud of him. Although he isn’t blood related to them, it doesn’t matter. He loves and is loved by them as if he truly was part of their fold. When Zeus loves, his love is an unconditional one. He is a fighter, but there is also a softness about him that makes him easy to relate too. Most of the time, Zeus never does anything without thinking things through. Even when he and Dargon begin to form their relationship, he is determined to make sure that this is the right thing for all of them. I loved his zest for life, his intelligence and his drive to do the right thing.
Although I loved Zeus, Dargon was a very interesting character that intrigued me almost as much as he did Zeus. He’s a fighter and he is also determined to do what is right. Although he wasn’t crazy about his attraction toward Zeus at first, I enjoyed watching him fall crazy in love with him. The other thing about Dargon that fascinated me was his symbiote companion, Alpha. You’re really going to have to read this book to truly understand their relationship. Because of their bond, where Dargon goes, Alpha will always be with him. They are best friends, lovers and because of their connection, will always be together. The thing about Alpha is: He’s not really physically with Dargon. It’s more of a spiritual thing…have I confused you? Probably. But since I don’t want to give anything away, you’ll HAVE to read this book to see what I’m talking about.
If you’re a follower of this site, you already know that I’m not a menage fan. I normally avoid them at all cost. This has always been a personal preference of mine, and although Dargon and Alpha are already together and bring Zeus into their lives, it didn’t read as a typical threesome/menage relationship. There was something very sensual and soulful that formed from the bond they formed together. I really loved it, so I urge any of the other readers who do NOT like menage based romances, to give this one a try. Believe me when I say there is something very special about these men being together. I thought their relationship was beautiful, sexy and I couldn’t help but really root for them to work through all of the obstacles between them and work it out.
Because this is the first book in The Valespian Pact series, there are many unanswered questions at the end of the book. When I finished reading it, I found myself immediately hoping that Ms. Anders would put my out of my misery and publish the second book in the series soon. In the end, I feel very invested in this story and the people it’s about, so I can’t wait to read more about them.
Alpha Trine is a well-written, adventurous and very sexy romance from start to finish. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Anders has in store for both her characters and her readers next! This story had everything I love about reading romance and more, so it is a very easy book to recommend.
Reviewed By: Gabbi