Title: The Starlight Rite
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Rating: Five Siren Stones
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 218
ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-831-0
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Reviewer: Stacey Krug
Her voice is known throughout the galaxy; her face is completely unknown. Fleeing her monstrous husband back on puritanical Earth and the police assassins he's hired, singer Mella Archer becomes stranded on the frontier planet of Nexus. Desperate to survive, she picks the wrong target--Dain, the head of planetary security.
Dain is amused by the attempted theft, and when Mella is sentenced to serve time indentured as a bedroom slave, he buys her contract. As he introduces the repressed Earther to the pleasures of sex with a dominating warrior, he slowly comes to realize that the little thief has stolen his heart.
When the monster arrives on Nexus and has lunch with Dain, Mella is panic-stricken. Her owner must be part of the conspiracy to kill her, and it will only be a matter of time before the monster discovers that she’s still alive. She attempts to escape. She fails. Embittered by her lies and mistrust, Dain returns her to Indenture Hall to be sold again.
Now the monster has found her. And she has nowhere left to run...
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to: bondage, caning, spanking), dubious consent.
I loved The Starlight Rite! Cherise Sinclair did such a wonderful job that you feel an immediate connection with Mella the heroine. Dain, the hero of the story leaves you wanting for nothing. The two of them have incredible chemistry together that is wrapped up in a D/s relationship.
The Nexan society is made up of mostly dominating males so Dain’s dominating nature is not a surprise. What is unexpected is his caring and family-oriented nature that shows through in Dain’s dealings with Mella.
The story is emotional and moving and deals with some loss and grief; how it affects your whole life until you decide to start to live again. I found myself crying with Mella at her feelings of hopelessness and rejoicing with her as she found some happiness again.
Cherise Sinclair did a fantastic job creating these new worlds for us to play in. The Science Fiction and Futuristic characteristics of the The Starlight Rite added depth and fun with new creatures, societies, and environments. The Nexan Glossary at the end of the book was helpful in explaining the new words that could not be inferred from the context of the story.
Mella and Dain’s story will suck you in until the end. It’s hard to put down and will occupy your mind even after you are finished. These characters are easy to connect with and likable. I hope that Cherise Sinclair will develop her Blackwell character further and tell us his story next!