Title: The Planet Whisperer
Author Name & Publisher: E.E. Montgomery (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 4, 2015 – 280 pgs
Jonah Starovski, a Planet Whisperer, harnesses the energy surrounding dead planets and redirects it into new growth. Abandoned by the man who bought him from a brothel sixteen years ago, Jonah flounders in a world he’s ill equipped to deal with. He must accept the help of a stranger in order to rebuild his life.
First Lieutenant Marcus Davis volunteers as Jonah’s assistant without realizing the terraforming process requires Jonah’s sexual release. Balanced on the knife-edge of fear and ambition, Marcus is faced with his mother’s machinations and threats to his career. Marcus’s parents bring their illegal scientific experiments to the planets Jonah is terraforming just as Marcus learns to accept himself and his feelings for Jonah. At the same time, Jonah’s past catches up to him, putting them both in danger.
Jonah and Marcus must trust in each other to put a stop to the illegal activities, rescue an endangered animal, and create the future they both want—a future they can share.
Jonah is a planet whisper and can make planets grow after they have died. Marcus volunteers to help Jonah without fully realizing what that really entails.
Now I did like the world this author created in this book but I have to be honest and say some of this was really confusing. I don’t think I really got why these planets were dying or how Jonah really got his powers. I also was really not a huge fan of Marcus because he really came off as a jerk to me with the on and off way he treated Jonah. I did like Jonah’s character when he was strong but the way he lets Wes walk all over him even after Jonah and Marcus kind of get together really drove me nuts to be honest. Then there was the whole up in the air relationship these two men had which honestly I am not even sure if I could call it that which was really confusing to me too.
So all together there were parts in this book I did like and parts that I was not a huge fan of and I thought were really confusing to me so I am sad to say this book was just not for me…
Oh what a lovely story! The world that the author built was so fun…
and I can see actually happening a long time in the future as
civilization expands and we need more planets to live on. Having
someone that is capable to take planets that are unlivable and making
them become habitable by humans.
The romance of this story was very filled with angst as both men
fought with their past and what they’ve been taught is right or wrong.
One man is dealing with never having been wanted or respected and
simply been used his whole life while the other man is dealing with
liking men while being told it was an abomination his whole life.
There are times when I think there was simply miscommunication that
kept them from realizing what was there the whole time, but what
relationship doesn’t have some of that in it.
There were certainly some twists in the plot as the story moved along.
I did wish we would’ve gotten to know more about Tapioca and what she
could do when she touched the two men’s heads, but we only got one
brief glimpse of that skill.
In the end, I really enjoyed the story with all it’s twists and turns
and would love a little novella to see what ends up happening a bit
more in the future to see if they really get what they wanted out of
everything…. and what happens to a few secondary characters.
E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.
Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.