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Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant

Your Planet or Mine?

by Susan Grant

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Your Planet or Mine? is my first read by Susan Grant and the first book in her Otherworldly Men series. It got off to a lovely start with the sweet, childhood friendship/romance between the hero and heroine who meet at a young age when he comes to Earth with his scientist father and she rescues him when he accidentally gets stuck in a tree outside her window. I love how they fell in love as kids during the few magical days they shared and neither ever forgot. In my opinion, this is the most romantic part of the book, and when they finally reconnect, the author relies heavily on this brief moment in their lives to explain the ease of their relationship as adults. I had mixed feelings about this. I love the reunion romance theme, and think that having a prior connection went a long way toward developing their relationship. At the same time though, they only spent a few days together when they were quite young and have been separated for twenty-three years, so in spite of them supposedly falling in love at first sight and never forgetting each other, it would have been nice to have a little more build up to their adult relationship. Having them fall right back into that comfortable place with no internal conflicts perhaps stretched the bounds of credibility a bit, but overall, it was still a fairly entertaining story.

As a child, Jana had a speech impediment. Since she couldn't talk, she spent a lot of time dreaming about the fantastical, which makes her very open-minded when a glowing boy in a bubble suit appears outside her window. I loved her childish exuberance, her ready belief that Cavin was from outer space, and her confidence that she would one day marry him. Then we fast-forward to Jana as a grown woman. She has followed in the footsteps of her famous family's political dynasty and become a California State Senator while still in her twenties. I liked that Jana was an idealistic politician with scruples, and I admired her commitment to her family. She's just the kind of person we all wish politicians would be once elected to public office. Her grandfather believes that she will one day become president too. Somewhere along the line, as she was growing up though, Jana convinced herself that her encounter with the boy she dubbed “Peter” was all in her imagination, but for the life of her, she can't seem to make a relationship last. She's gained a reputation in the tabloids for being something of a playgirl, because she runs through men pretty quickly, always looking for someone who will measure up to “Peter” and never finding him. When Cavin finally comes back into her life, she almost immediately discovers that sense of fulfillment again.

Cavin was a sweet boy, who even in his youth, recognized the wrongness of his people "acquiring" Earth and colonizing it. He felt guilty that he and his father ever came there to study the planet, because it would be his father's scientific findings that would eventually lead to them invading. When he went exploring the planet, he instantly fell for the pretty girl who lived in the dwelling near where their spaceship landed. Over the years, he never forgot her and was pretty much always biding his time, waiting for an opportunity to return to her. Cavin became an accomplished soldier, but when he discovered that his people were finally going to invade Earth, he simply couldn't allow that to happen. Setting out on his own, he went in search of Jana, intending to do whatever was necessary to save her and her planet, but he does so with an assassin on his tail. I love how sweet Cavin is when he reconnects with Jana, as well as all the naughty things he whispers to her and how he can't seem to keep his hands off her. He was also very brave in his fight to save Earth. I do wish however, that there had a been a few more scenes from his POV. There were times when I felt like I didn't know him quite as well as I wanted to, but the author does mention that he's a simple man with simple needs, so perhaps there wasn't much more to know.

Your Planet or Mine? has a number of secondary characters, primarily Jana's family. Her grandfather, a former governor, is a driving force throughout. Also introduced are her brother, Jared, and sister, Evie. Jared is a former air force pilot who now owns his own business. He takes part in the Earth-saving operation from the sidelines, and when the story arc continues in the next book, My Favorite Earthling, he gets paired with Kiera, the queen of Cavin's people. Evie is a chocoholic divorcée who has always been Jana's champion. She becomes the heroine of the third book, How to Loose an Extraterrestrial in 10 Days, paired with someone who is introduced in this book, but I can't mention his name or it would reveal a spoiler.

In addition to the romance, I thought that Your Planet or Mine? had a few other weaknesses. Jana's family was a little too quick to accept that Cavin was an alien which wasn't entirely believable. I realize that, at the very least, he needed Jana's grandfather's cooperation, but perhaps one of Jana's family members could have shown a little doubt. Instead, they, and then the government officials, all jumped on board with very few reservations. The political parts of the story were a bit slow-moving. In addition to Earth being in jeopardy, Jana has someone out to get her and her family by spreading false rumors of campaign fraud, but I couldn't help wondering if this part of the story couldn't have been pared down or eliminated altogether in favor of building Cavin's save the Earth mission a little more fully. Despite these perceived deficiencies, Your Planet or Mine? was a light, easy read and a pretty enjoyable story if the reader is inclined to just go with the flow. It has definitely peaked my interest enough to continue with the series. ( )
  mom2lnb | Oct 4, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
What a great title! I decided to grab Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant when I heard positive reviews on a forum that I frequent. It incorporates science fiction, romance and comedy. So I thought I had to give a try just for that! I wasn't disappointed. This was such a fun read!

An alien comes to earth to warn the earth that an invasion is coming, and to capture the heart of a young woman that he met years ago. The "romance" scenes get steamy, but they don't overshadow the story. ( )
  scifichick | Apr 3, 2008 |
When Jana was 9 she was mute, but that didn't stop her from making fast friends with the little boy she found stuck in the tree outside her bedroom window. Convinced the boy was her own personal Peter Pan it was no surprise that when he left her he granted her the wish of "The Gift of Gab".

Many years after leaving Earth and the girl he always loved Cavin of Far Star has returned to save her life and, consequently, all humanity on the planet. All he has to do is convince Senator Janna of California (who he knows as "Squee") to take her to her leader and convince the world that they are about to be invaded.

Sound silly? It is, but it is also a wonderfully cute book which unapologetically steals scenes and lines from pop culture and The Terminator. I really enjoyed it. Even the idea of a walk on water political family who does no wrong, as far fetched as it is, couldn't bring the story down. Janna and Cavin are a wonderful combination and their romance is very sweet. If you're looking for a story based completely in romantically silly escapism I'd certainly recommend this one. ( )
  Jenson_AKA_DL | Oct 28, 2007 |
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For Courtney and Connor Gunning, the two best kids in the whole world.
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Nine-year-old Jana Jasper squirmed in bed, bursting with excitement, when her parents came to her bedroom to say good-bye before leaving to catch a red-eye flight from Sacramento to Washington D.C.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373771061, Mass Market Paperback)

Think the grocery store is a great place to meet men? Hunky interstellar fugitive, aisle 5.

With outrageously false accusations piling up against her famous political family and an ex-fiance in hot water determined to take her down with him, the last thing Jana Jasper needs is more trouble -- especially man trouble. But when she heads to the grocery store for an ice cream fix, not only does the muscled hunk in the frozen foods section ranting about spaceships and invasion look crazy, he looks . . . familiar.

Cavin of Far Star has never forgotten the girl he met during his weeks spent on that quaint little world, planet Earth -- the girl who didn't believe he was real. And now he'll risk his future to save her. All she has to do is take him to her leader. Simple enough plan -- although Jana isn't so easily convinced. Hell-bent on charming his way past her defenses, he's determined to stay one step ahead of the galaxy's most feared assassin -- and may just capture his favorite Earthling's heart in the process.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:06:38 -0400)

Many years ago Davin of Far Star spent a few weeks on the planet Earth where he met a young girl he has never forgotten. Now he is back to save this young woman from the danger of an invasion. The young woman, Jana Jasper, remembers Davin but does not believe his story. Jana thinks he not only looks crazy but sounds crazy too. Davin is determined to charm his way past her defenses, and he hopes to capture her heart in the process.… (more)

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