If you like your heroes dark and on the path to redemption -- then run, don't walk, and get this book. Best antihero-hero ever! Only one caveat -- He's introduced in Susan Grant's first book of this 3 book series, Your Planet or Mine. The books are self contained and don't necessarily need to be read in order. In fact, she pulls that feat off with extreme panache. But, reading Reef's story in order -- Book 1 and then Book 3 -- would add to the overall pleasure of this character.
A quick summary: The story is about the blacksheep of an old political family (think Kennedys) who is divorced with two kids and struggling to find her place in the world when constantly surrounded by media grabbing family members. She's asked to take on the role of temporarily storing Reef, an ex-assassin from another planet, who's sort of Terminator-like. Except, they explain, he's reformed, so don't worry.
I made this sound much sillier than it reads although Grant peppers her books with a good amount of humor. The stakes are high and the issue of children being forced into the military (or worse) is all too real both here (and possibly elsewhere in the galaxy).
The character growth is skillfully done and the sensual tension maintained in a very satisfying manner. More redemption than science fiction this story contains enough threat to keep one turning pages and enough heart to wish it went longer.
This was my favorite of the three "Otherworldly Men" trilogy by Susan Grant. Like the author, I have a soft spot for "redeemable" villains, who have reasons for their bitterness and hostility. Reef is a cold blooded killer in the first book, but the author showed a few tiny chinks in his armor. In book two I began to get intrigued with the character, and by the end of book three I wanted to cheer him. Loved the whole series, but this one stands out for me.
Content good, but book just jumps around too much. Female character is weak. All in all an ok read, but if there are more in the series I'm skipping them.
Not as good as the previous two titles in the series, but I enjoyed it anyway.