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Genmate Imperiled by Cara Bristol
Series: Genmate Dilemna #3
Published by Self-Published on February 28, 2022
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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Vengeance keeps ’Topian Edwin Mysk from surrendering to the pain of the destruction of his home world and the loss of the genmate he might have had. One day the Xeno Consortium will know his wrath. Until then, he will pursue his self-imposed mission to locate and reunite the massacre survivors.
When he lands on Laxiter 4, he finds the ’Topian settlement abandoned, except for a lone woman. Lala. Their immediate, intense bonding proves she’s his genmate, the one female his genetics have chosen for him—the one he’d believed lost forever. With Lala at his side, he resumes his search for the others.
But Lala is not the ’Topian he thinks she is. She’s a shapeshifting Xeno, a disgraced former general in the consortium military wrongly convicted of helping ’Topian insurgents escape annihilation. Edwin Mysk offers her best chance to locate the escapees and receive a stay of execution—as long as he doesn’t discover her secret.
The final leg of the Genmate Dilemma trilogy had me already waiting with baited breath to see what came after that cliffhanger at the end of book two. It started out on a taunt note, but did not let up on the action, suspense, and the culmination of the romance and their separate missions. Genmate Imperiled was all that one could ask for in a trilogy final.
So, I’ll address the elephant in the room first. Yes, this was the final leg in a trilogy that had two previous installments possessing unfinished stories and cliffhangers. Definitely must be read in order. Under some circumstances this is a big turn off for me and I know several others. BUT… here’s the thing, the author was crystal clear that this trilogy was a three-part story and was upfront about what readers could expect. She was also quick about releasing all segments within a one and a half month time spread. So, it worked for me because I went in knowing what I was getting and, it didn’t hurt that I really wanted Edward Mysk’s story since he was introduced as a recurring character in the previous Alien Castaways series.
Onward to the meat of the review then. Genmate Imperiled possesses spoilers to what comes before it because it isn’t a separate book in a series so much as the third part of one story. At this point, things have gotten to the most drastic- Mysk, a Topian who hates the Xenos because their race destroyed his planet and most of the people, has returned to space after hiding with his own band of Topian refugees to locate the other hidden Topian refugee settlements and exact a brutal revenge on the Xenos.
His plan is tripped up when he encounters a Xeno on the planet where a hidden settlement of Topians is thought to be. And worse, she turns out to be his gemmate- the other half to his soul. The universe sure has an ugly sense of humor, he thinks. He doesn’t believe her for a moment about her change of heart and her own sad story that led her to this point, but under the vengeful anger and hatred, he wants to believe Lala- he really does. What will it take to get him to see her truth? What will happen when the Xeno High Council follows up on Lala’s mission to find the rest of the Topians?
Drastic situation and a few surprise twists close out Mysk and Lala’s story and bring things to a head with the threat the Xenos pose to the remaining Topians. I loved where the story went and I adored a certain newly sentient AI who has been a minor player throughout the trilogy. I am sad to see it ending.
The author paced out a solid plot and developed characters and relationships at a perfect pace. The sci-fi backdrop was stellar. I think it was best read after the Alien Castaways series since the Genmate story is a follow up to that one, but readers can also jump in on Mysk and Lala’s story and go back for those, too. This is definitely for those who enjoy slightly spicy alien romance and I can definitely recommend the trilogy and all the author’s sci-fi romance backlist.
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