Title: Captain Kate (Galaxy Elite Fleet #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sophie Angmering (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2011 – 66pgs
Captain Kate Thorn makes a habit of bending the rules to suit her purposes, but then she meets two men who simply break them to get what they want.
Captain Katherine Thorn has one of the toughest reputations in the Galaxy Elite Fleet. Her problems start when she mistakes two powerful diplomats for Rim pirates, and attempts to ensure their silence regarding their rescue by using sexual blackmail. But Kate has never come across anyone like these two men before, two men who are prepared to use every method at their disposal to ensure payback, and they want to get her back in their power and in their bed.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M intimacy, spanking, and questionable consent.
Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Seeing Stars anthology by Total-E-Bound
Sci-fi erotica. Seems like it would be something right up my alley. And to be sure, I found parts of the story great. I love sci-fi, and it did seem like some effort was put into the world-building. And I love erotica and some of the scenes were hot. The problem I had was that the characters themselves seemed a bit flat. Not so much the men, but definitely Captain Kate. In the beginning, she seemed extremely interesting and resourceful. She thought outside the box, and seemed to be an independent, determined woman, with an indomitable will. And apparently no ability to have good sex with anyone else, so she gave up on the idea.
Until she captures two men who she’s sure aren’t what they seem. The problem is, after all of this, she becomes a placeholder. She’s their sexual toy/slave, which is great if all you’re doing is scenes of erotica. But if you’re going to give me a plot, I want actual characters to inhabit it. After her capture, Captain Kate becomes someone who simply goes with the flow of whatever happens to her. She doesn’t interact with the two men in any way but a sexual one, which is a letdown from how promising her character started out. During her captivity, the men don’t converse with her to engage her intellect, they don’t give her anything to do, they don’t do anything but wage a subtle sexual war on her until she gives in.
I don’t want to say there’s something wrong with the situation. It could be very hot. But I feel like the story could have been more, and there was some lost potential in here. It just missed being great.