Sunday, September 26, 2010

Review: The Horizon by Charlotte Stein

The Horizon
by: Charlotte Stein
$5.20 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: September 2010

Mortal enemies Quade and Sol have spent years tormenting and stealing jobs from each other.  So when Quade comes across Sol's ship being attacked by Cybers, his first instinct is to run as far and as fast as possible. 

But that's not what he does.

Thinking he's out of his mind, he swoops in to save her, only to have it backfire when they're both captured by the Cybers.  Knowing the horrible fate that awaits them, he thinks all is lost, especially when they come at him with the needles.  What he doesn't expect is for the Cybers to take one look at Sol and let them both go.

What seems to be a blessing soon turns into a curse when Sol's ship becomes stranded in space.  And to make matters worse, the Cybers have injected both of them with an aphrodisiac, making his once-mortal enemy look good enough to lick all over...

This book revolves around two people who can't stand each other, but seem to be there for each other if need be.  The book starts out when Sol's ship is attacked by Cybers, and Quade tries to help, only to end up taken prisoner with her.  The Cybers are part human, part machine, with an unquenchable lust for pain and suffering.  They like to take people apart and rebuild them, creating grotesque parodies of their former selves.  When the two are suddenly released, they're not sure what to think, but take what they can get and flee.  But soon Sol's ship dies on them, and they're left floating in space, hoping someone will get to them before time runs out.  The aphrodisiac given to them makes getting into each other's pants top priority, and neither one is sure how they feel about that.  This book is written in the present tense, which makes it very difficult to follow.  There is no backstory to the characters, nothing to explain why they are the way they are.  I just had a real hard time connecting to the characters in this one.  The plot is solid, though, and the idea of the Cybers was creative.
Carla gives this book a


  1. Thanks for giving my book a try, and for the review, Carla! Hope the present tense won't put you off from trying any of my work in future- they're all in past tense, from here on out!


  2. Thanks Charlotte. I guess I've read so many books over the years, I'm just stuck in my ways. Some stories just don't mesh with a person, and it often has nothing to do with the book, it's just the person. Not sure how to exactly put it into words. Anywho, no, I'll keep my eyes open for future books, no worries.

  3. Ah, don't worry! I'm just glad you gave it a go, and a fair review! I know it's never going to be for everyone. And to hear you say you'll keep your eyes open for future books- well. I can't ask for any more than that!