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A great part of this series, it's one of my favorite books to read over and over. It starts with a peaceful vacation, add a strange character and a mystery about who else is out there and you have another great read by Cheryl Brooks. The entire series is wonderful, but this one will always remain in my top three. ( )
  N_Stevens | Jul 17, 2012 |
Manx is a Zetithian warrior and a hunted man, so staying in hiding is the safest place for him to be. But when he encounters the beautiful Drusilla, he can't resist her and she too finds him just as interesting.

Fugitive is a steamy, action filled ride. Ms. Brooks' world-building is impressive as well as creative. Her strong heroines and beyond sexy heroes make the read worth it. The pairing of Manx and Drusilla was seductive and enjoyable to read. If your looking for a guilty pleasure The Cat Star Chronicles will fill the bill. ( )
  vampiregirl76 | Jul 5, 2010 |
I’ll start out by saying that FUGITIVE is number five in the Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks and I have not read the first four books. That being said, I didn’t feel too lost reading FUGITIVE. I imagine that if I had read the first four books I would have come into this book with a little bit more back-story. Some more information about the Zetithians going into the book definitely would have made the beginning of the book a little more understandable; however, as I mentioned, without this knowledge FUGITIVE wasn’t impossible to read.

FUGITIVE follows the highly sexual Manx and the unexpecting Earth woman Drusilla. Like many great romances, Manx and Drusilla find themselves in each other’s presence out of chance. While Drusilla has travelled to Barada Seven for the beautiful scenery, Manx is a fugitive in hiding. If his presence is discovered by the Nedwuts, his life will surely meet a quick end.

One thing I can say about FUGITIVE is that the romance is very present in the story.

Fair warning: FUGITIVE is an adult erotic story.

While the story was good and Brooks seems to have built a lovely world with fascinating characters, there were times where I felt that the story was overshadowed by the erotic additions and the language. Now, I certainly wouldn’t call myself a prude, but there are times when curse words play a vital role in the story and times when they just get distracting. There were a few times when this aspect of the story was just distracting. Again, that’s my personal opinion though.

Like the curse words, erotic additions can certainly play a role in a story and in an erotic story they certainly play a very important role; however, there comes a time for me when the erotic additions overshadow the story. There were a few times in FUGITIVE when it just seemed like a little much. Again, remember that this is just my opinion and these distractions may not be as important to you.

Overall I would probably read FUGITIVE again. I did like the story and am interested to see what else Brooks has up her sleeves. ( )
  cinnleigh | Mar 30, 2010 |
Erotic Romance or Chick Porn?

Drusilla's last boyfriend turned out to be gay so when her agent sends her off to Barada Seven to get away from it all and paint the last thing she is looking for is a man. The froggy natives keep a very peaceful planet and invite offworlders to stay in a luxurious lakeside house that offers just the sort of relaxation and avian wildlife Drusilla needs. But when she meets the local potty-mouthed lake monster, an eltran named Zef, he insists that she meet his friend Manx.

Manx, unlike his fellow Zetithian males, has never really been a slave. He's been on the run since the destruction of their homeworld never staying anywhere once the Nedwuts catch wind of him. Hiding out in the jungle of Barada Seven has been alright with Zef to keep him company but one whiff of the woman staying at the lake house is all he needed to decide he needed a little more.

Meanwhile, Jack and the gang are searching not only for other Zetithians still rumored to be alive and in hiding but also for the source of the enormous bounty set on their heads. And when a pack of Nedwuts set their sights on Barada Seven and the newly coupled Manx and Drusilla you can bet Jack and company aren't going to let them get away with murder.

If you're looking for a more stand-alone Cat Star book I kind of think this one would be it. While the overall series plot about the bounty on Zethitians is finally starting to unravel some in this one I felt like there was some lacking in flow from the other books to this one. For one, Manx wasn't as well explained background wise as the other heroes in the series thus far. To be honest I thought both he and Drusilla were boring. I enjoyed the stuff going on with secondary characters and our previous heroes and heroines more than the romance between these two.

As far as Brooks improving on the third person narrative I think she nailed it this time! The flow from perspective to perspective was much better this book and I think it will work well for those who don't like first person romances.

Aside from not really liking the hero and heroine in this story I had one reeeeally big problem. I enjoy erotica and I enjoy romance. Romantica done right can be really good too when I'm in the mood for that kind of reading. In Warrior the dirty talk was a little edgy but primarily I liked it. Unfortunately in Fugitive the dirty talk wasn't really dialog between characters but rather in the descriptions of the sexual scenes. The wording choices and general tone reminded me of a porno script and instead of being a turn-on was a real turn-off for me. Not all readers will find it off-putting but I personally don't care for phrases like "fucking his wife's mouth" or "meaty cock" in a romance.

In the end this is my least favorite in the series so far but definitely a pivotal story in the series flow so if you're following it I think it is a must read. ( )
  MisfitRhi | Jan 10, 2010 |
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"A mysterious stranger in danger...Hypnotically attracted, he will risk his life to have her...The last thing Drusilla expected to find on vacation was a gorgeous man hiding in the jungle. But what is he running from? And why does she feel so mesmerized that she'll stop at nothing to be near him? Zetithian warrior Manx, a member of a race hunted to near extinction because of their sexual powers, has done all he can to avoid extermination. But when an uncommon women enters the jungle lair, the animal inside of him demands he risk it all to have her. Until he say her, his loneliness threatened to consume him. Would she risk her life to join him...or would their intense pleasure in each other destroy them both?"--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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