PRIME SELECTION by Monette Michaels
Prime Selection by Monette Michaels
The Prime Chronicles, Book 2
Liquid Silver Books
Reviewed by Jo
Commander Nadia Petrovich is a science officer on an Alliance Starship Galanti, she is also one of the Terran females who have come to train and work with the Prime. Nadia and the Alliance team are off on a training mission when what should have been just a standard training mission turns into a real life mission. Things get really tense when it turns out that Prime and mercenaries who aren’t happy about the Terran’s maybe mating with the Prime have captured some of the team. Nadia and the training team not only overcome this problem, they also capture some of the people who did it proving that the merger is working. However the bigotry and arrogance are not Nadia’s biggest problem that would be the Prime officer, Commander Huw Caradoc, the Chief Engineer of the Galanti and the instant connection she has with him – one that continues to grow.
Huw Caradoc is more than a Prime officer – he is also one of the Prime Minister’s sons. While he feels the same pull that Nadia does, Huw believes that he needs to make sure that his optimum mate is not out there somewhere. After all, his older brother just found his among the Terrans and Galanti are about to go searching for the other ships that carried the lost women and child of the Prime that were lost many years ago. Huw wants Nadia but believes he is right in denying the attraction and pushing to search for his mate. On the other hand, Huw knows that allowing the Prime to find mates among the Terran so that they can have families is the best thing to solve the birth issues the Prime are having. The undermining of this plan by a renegade movement within the Prime is leading to violence against any non-Prime on the planet and has all the Caradoc’s and Alliance members worried.
Nadia isn’t sure just how much longer she can be around Huw and his constant denial of their connection and his hurtful insistence of ignoring their connection hoping to find his optimal mate. The mission to search for the missing Prime is leaving in the morning when Nadia is violently attacked by Prime males hoping to prove that the Terran women are nothing more than sluts just wanting sex. The reason Nadia was out that night and why she left is forcibly imprinted on Huw and still he waits to see what happens in this search and what it will bring him. The search proves that none of the Prime women and children are still alive on the ships they find. Now Huw is ready to act on the connection he has with Nadia, but Nadia has been turned away and hurt too many times to trust him. The Alliance also has to address the attacks before coming back to the Prime home world and the discovery that there is a lot more to worry about with the renegades than just some bigoted Prime. Can Huw figure out a way to prove to Nadia that he really does what her as his mate and all that means or has he lost her holding out for a Prime woman that didn’t exist?
Take one strong Terran officer and one determined Prime officer, mix in some bigotry, danger and denied passion and you have one explosive situation in Prime Selection. Huw and Nadia had so much to face and that was before you got into the odd connection they had. I have to say that there were so many times I wanted to beat some sense into Huw and make him understand just what he was doing. Luckily some of the Galanti crew and his brothers did it for me in a sense. I just couldn’t believe all that Nadia put up with all because she was a Terran and not a Prime woman. I still believe that she was too easy on Huw, although I understand why Nadia did what she did. The pure evilness that is behind the renegades and the maneuvering that is going on has me waiting to see what the next book will bring. I also can’t wait to see how Nadia and Huw’s relationship proceeds, because I have a feeling Nadia isn’t quite done putting Huw’s nose into some of his dumber moves from while they were getting together. I also can’t wait to see how the new matings, between the Terran and other non-Prime with Prime, cause the renegades to react. Prime Selection is full of tension and suspense along with passion and humor all twirled together in a way that had me engaged from the beginning until the end.