Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Letting Lier and Finding Pax
Author: Harper Moon
Series: The Solar Sailors Saga
Heroes: Lier & Rze
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For refusing the crown and renouncing his title, Prince Lier was eternally banished from the planet of Arden. After finding asylum in a Deep Space colony, he took a position in a bordello as the Master of Ceremonies. During Lier’s exile, Emperor Sardius I conquered Arden and slaughtered Lier’s people. From the destruction arose a new species dependent on blood. Seizing the opportunity, Sardius praises vampirism and blueprints mass blood manufacturing with Lier’s blood as the key. Lier is not only the last of his kind, but his blood is strangely addictive.
On a mission to capture Lier, Commander Raze, son of Sardius, can’t help but try it for himself. When he does, he experiences strange flashbacks of himself with Lier. Tense relations between captor and captive blur the line between past and present.
During the perilous journey to Arden, forces opposed to Sardius attempt to rescue their lost prince. Raze’s mission changes from retrieval to survival. Soon it becomes clear that, although neither man recognizes what the other has become, this meeting is not their first. And by no means will it be their last.
It’s hard for me to write this review because I wanted to like this book. In fact, there were parts of it that I did like but the parts I hated about the book completely overshadow anything good I liked. I won’t go into detail about the story because, honestly, it’s just too complicated to really describe. What I will say is that, essentially, this book shows the journey of Raze and Lier and finding their ‘true’ selves and the duty and betrayal they’ll go through to get there.
Lets talk about what I did like about the story. I LOVED the world. It’s super complex and the author does a great job of incorporating a lot of futuristic and fantasy into this one. I liked that Raze was somehow compelled into becoming a completely different person and I liked that even though Raze didn’t know who Lier was to him, he still had that compulsion that Lier was his as he’s been since they were teens. I loved the struggle between Raze and who he used to be (even though he didn’t really realize why he was having these weird thoughts and urges). It was very compelling and the author does weave a great tale. Add to that, I liked that Lier was such a sucker for Raze and even though he knew he was in danger and knew that Raze didn’t know who he was, he still had faith that he could somehow reach the part of Raze that he had loved and who loved him back.
Now, what I didn’t like about the story is essentially Raze LOL. I know how that sounds but I loved the struggle inside Raze but I hated him as a character. He could have been a redeemable character but I felt like all his crimes were just forgotten and brushed under the rug once he realized who he was. I want to rant so bad about this but I won’t. I liked Lier but I didn’t like Lier. He was superficial to me and his whining annoyed me. Honestly, at the end of the book, Lier is barely a blimp in the story for me as it seemed all about Raze.
Another thing I hated was that Raze was all about Lier being his and how much of a connection he had and the compulsion to claim Lier and Lier claiming that Raze was his and all this but when it came down to it, neither of them had issues with sleeping with other people. I’m sorry but when you are so engrossed in someone else as these two were to the point of killing for them, you don’t just go and sleep with other people because they’re there. I was so frustrated when this happened, I had to stop reading for a while. I had other issues about the story (like the oodles and oodles of smut that was completely unnecessary) but, to be honest, these were my main ones and the reason I can’t give this book anymore stars.
Overall, there were parts of the story I loved and there were parts of the story, I absolutely hated, which ruined the book in the end for me. I didn’t like that after everything that happens, the story ends the way it does. Neither character groveled enough for me considering how much betrayal there was. I’m surprised the author hasn’t continued the series since this one came out so long ago but if you enjoy dub-con, blood play and a ton of smut, give this one a go.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*