The imagery brought this story home for me. It's short and to the point, and you can feel the emotions swirling through the pages. I enjoyed reading it, and the only reason I'm giving it 4 stars and not 5 is because I wanted a bit more closure to the story. It ended a little abruptly for me, but overall the story is fantastic. Sep 27, Linda Wells rated it it was amazing. But apparently she hadn't done enough to please her boss. Her job feels like a trap. Little open cages adorned with homey touches; small, calming knick-knacks and photos-portals to the outside world, reminders of the reasons they were wrapping themselves in these cubicles.
The story has depth, is multi-layered, and goes to the heart of someone who is functioning in a crowded and clamorous world, but feels out of touch and wants to be understood. At one point, she is even unable to communicate. Frances is an empathetic character, and you will be drawn into her world, as the author deftly takes you to a meaningful and surprising conclusion. Dec 06, A. This is my review of Outcast from my blog I purchases it so here is my honest review.
On Amazon, I gave it four stars. I liked the story, just wish it had been longer. A pretty well written book about a woman Francis on the verge of a mental collapse due to perceived problems at home. She believes her husband is cheating on her and her two teenage children give her nothing but grief. The tipping point of her mental state occurred when the boss called her into his office for a meeting. He was no This is my review of Outcast from my blog I purchases it so here is my honest review. He was none too happy with her work and progress.
She always felt she was a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. After that meeting her mind crossed the border into insanity. At first she could no longer understand what people were saying. Her mind could no longer process their words. Even her husband and children seem to speak in a foreign tongue. As her mental state grows worse, she is put in the hospital, where she no longer could understand what the doctors had to say. She gets worse even after being released from the hospital, they couldn't find a medical condition that might be causing her breakdown.
She regresses to the point where she feels she understands baby talk and desires to go back to the womb. I recommended this to anyone that likes short quick stories. I will not tell you how it ends. Read the story and find out yourself Claire rated it liked it Nov 08, Robert Dylan rated it really liked it Sep 09, Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Anna-marie marked it as to-read Sep 02, David Estes added it Sep 06, Cupof Tea marked it as to-read Sep 08, Imran Ali Rathore marked it as to-read Sep 08, John Winston marked it as to-read Sep 15, Danna marked it as to-read Sep 16, Brendan marked it as to-read Sep 29, Hayley Elliott marked it as to-read Nov 08, Crysti Jane marked it as to-read Jan 04, Amber Hennessey marked it as to-read Feb 04, Maria Elizabeth added it Jun 07, Jules marked it as to-read Jan 27, Paula marked it as to-read Mar 21, Dorothy Mahoney marked it as to-read Apr 09, Geo Marcovici marked it as to-read Dec 06, Safi Alam added it Mar 12, Larassita marked it as to-read May 10, Matthew Hartnett marked it as to-read Sep 02, Charlie Hasler marked it as to-read Sep 03, Sasha FitzHerbert added it Sep 30, Rose marked it as to-read Oct 09, Deborah Joy marked it as to-read Nov 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
About Andrea McKenzie Raine. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B. She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers. By and large, Lynx is the draw in this book. I liked that even though he was angry and withdrawn, he did his best to help Bonn I think this is my favorite book in this series. I liked that even though he was angry and withdrawn, he did his best to help Bonnie out.
When Bonnie's baby is born, he not only delivers the little dumpling but he helps care for her and takes on the role of a father figure. His absolute adoration of this little baby was so sweet and huggable. It was fun seeing the characters from previous books pop in. Jack is just as weirdly abrasive as always I still like her, she can just get a little fixated on things , the couples do the things that couples do which involves a lot of baby making , the sex is creative backwards sexing!
Aug 02, Elizabeth Jules Mason rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Her book "Slave" completely changed my mind and I've been smitten with this series ever since. I have just finished "Outcast" the fourth book in this futuristic romance series. He is a favorite due to his feline gene, which gives him remarkable sexual powers, but afte Until I stumbled upon 'The Cat Star Chronicles' series by author Cheryl Brooks I had thought that futuristic romance novels were not for me.
First, this is the first book in the series told in third person - which I am used to in romance but not used to from author Cheryl Brooks. Secondly, this book did not have the humour the other books in the series had. This book was more serious in that it dealt with an adult man who'd been used and abused for sex for a decade then cast aside as if he was worthless.
The hero is "Lynx" and he's scarred so badly that he's become impotent and can't stand to even be around women. When he was just a teen, his planet was destroyed and he was captured and made a slave to other slaves. Women slaves that is. Because he is a Zetithian, his kind is well known for the sexual endowments - like an amazing penis that can ooze a fluid to entice women and give them orgasm just from the taste of him. For that reason Lynx was made a sex slave in a harem of fifty women who used him to exhaustion and near starved him. He was a thing to be used, not a being with feelings.
When Lynx began slipping into a exhausted depression after years of hurt and abuse he could no longer sexually perform so he was sold.
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Lucky for Lynx he was sold to a man who let him work off his debt and earn his freedom in time. He soon ends up on Terra Minor, a planet every much like earth. He lands a job with Bonnie, though he doesn't want it. On Terra Minor you either work or you are deported, so Lynx takes the job working on Bonnie's farm, but he's not happy about it as he hates all females by this point. Bonnie can't figure Lynx out, he's clearly hostile to her no matter how nice she is.
But she's got work that needs doing and Lynx is a good worker, if a bit strange. Bonnie has a farm to run and she's pregnant. Her slimy boyfriend Sylor up and left her alone on the farm, pregnant and with no money - because he stole all their saved up cash and her ring. The hero and heroine in "Outcast" both have issues to overcome that are unlike the other three books in the series and I would highly recommend reading the other three books before this one because all the characters from the previous books are in this one and it will make much more sense if you know their stories.
This book was darker and like I said didn't have the laugh out loud humor of the first three because the issues were more serious and compelling. Lynx is seriously wounded mentally and it takes a LOT from the heroine to break through all that pain and show Lynx that he is worthy of love. They have huge hurdles to overcome - just him eating in the same room with her is painful for him and then when he picks up her scent he is a Zetitian and they are catlike with very keen senses as she beings to want and lust for him while he still can't perform as a man - its heartbreaking to see him struggle with so much pain.
He is the most tortured hero of the entire series and that is the focus of the entire book. While in the other books, the heroes and heroines had their issues, there was usually another huge plot factor that pushed things along. In this book the focus in Lynx and his issues while smaller subplots surrounded him. The sex was emotional and more touching than in the other books because at first Lynx still can't get an erection, but that doesn't stop Bonnie from making love to him and showing him they can be together as a couple even if he can't make love to her in the fullest sense of the act.
I really loved this intimacy between them - besides it was hot lol , it was really touching and sweet. I was happily surprised by all these scenes and almost got teary for Lynx! I liked Lynx who couldn't like Lynx? Dec 29, R. This is perhaps my favorite book so far, because where before the Zetithian men are all loving and basically jumping the first Terran woman they come across, Lynx isn't like that.
In fact he hates all women, and is impotent, so it made it a much more interesting story as Bonnie is pregnant and needs his help no matter how rude and grumpy Lynx is. Even through his stubbornness they bond in a way. There This is perhaps my favorite book so far, because where before the Zetithian men are all loving and basically jumping the first Terran woman they come across, Lynx isn't like that.
There are a lot of problems they have to overcome, and while there is still a lot of futuristic elements on this planet, since it's just being settled it's much like living out in the middle of nowhere where you have only yourself to rely on, and the farm that needs tending without really any equipment that is that much more advanced than our own. Because of all of that, it just felt like there was so much more to their love story, because it wasn't some insta-love.
There was real character development and a relationship that slowly formed over time. Even if Bonnie was a little too into him considering how he acted. But then again it may just be some Zetithian hormone they give off. Brooks does a great job creating these alien worlds with different species that they intermingle with, it's definitely an adventure and this one maybe more so than the others.
I read this whole book last night and have to say for just picking it up at the library and not reading any of the prior books it was really good. Throughout the book you are able to get glimpses of what happened in the piror books. I loved Lynx he is so HOT and needy and everything you don't want from a guy, but at the same time once he was able to open up to Bonnie who feel in love with him for just who he was and not anything else it was good to see Lynx caring and softening up towards her as I read this whole book last night and have to say for just picking it up at the library and not reading any of the prior books it was really good.
I loved Lynx he is so HOT and needy and everything you don't want from a guy, but at the same time once he was able to open up to Bonnie who feel in love with him for just who he was and not anything else it was good to see Lynx caring and softening up towards her as well as falling in love. Needless to say that Bonnie's ex comes into the picture and tries to stir things up to get back with Bonnie but Lynx has other ideas now that he has found someone who loves him as he is.
What I found interesting about this book was that it is about the future that could potenitally happen one day but at the same time it also kept in time with Earth's old History, three stooges all I am going to say on that. Sep 21, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: My favorite of the series so far.
The Heroine who consistantly chooses the wrong boyfriend plot has been done before, but it works really together with the hate Lynx has for women. Lynx' story is simply very sad, and I confess I shed a couple of tears watching him overcome his trauma's. The super orgastic sperm stuff still is slightly ridiculous, but because Lynx is impotent due to his trauma's for a while, the evolution of their intercouse isn't as silly as in the other books. For a Smut in Spac My favorite of the series so far. For a Smut in Space story this one was unexpectedly emotional.
View all 4 comments. At first being a male slave with a harem of women to please might not sound to bad. For most men having oh so many willing women to sleep or rather have sex with would be a dream come true. However for Lynx after 10 years of harem life and the 'wonderful' treatment he received he developed a distaste for all women so much that he was sold due to their favorite toy not preforming up to par.
Then you get Bonnie who is feed up with men after her boyfriend steals away in the night with all h 4. Then you get Bonnie who is feed up with men after her boyfriend steals away in the night with all her money leaving her to not only work the farm solo but carry and raise their child alone. So plot set up Lynx and Bonnie deal with their own issues while trying to not only work together but avoid each other as well. I think it was a very well developed heart-pulling story. You have these two characters that have had so much happen to them by the opposite sex but still find themselves struggling to deal with each other.
I enjoyed this much more than the previous books just due to the fact I could feel the frustration, the love, the lust the overall confusion jumping off the page. It wasn't all erotic "I can bring you more joy than you'll ever know' sex all the time. It rose beyond that. Re-read and it was just as good as the first time Jun 11, Charia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I give this a 4.
I save 5 star ratings for books i would read again Outcast is so close to this i couldn't just give it a 4 star. I got this book as a free kindle download and absolutely loved it. My only regret is it is number four in this series and know I know some details of the first three. This however will not keep me from buying the kindle bundle of the first three books and thoroughly enjoying them.
As far as Outcast goes you will for sure fall for tort I give this a 4. As far as Outcast goes you will for sure fall for tortured Lynx and the strong, caring Bonnie. Lynx will tug at your heartstrings with his abused past and honest hard working nature. Bonnie is not the usual feisty females we tend to see in PR. With not a mean bone in her body and her determined, caring nature you will love Bonnie as much as Lynx.
The world Brooks has built is extremely interesting especially since I do not read as much sic-fi as paranormal. I could not put the book down and wouldn't have except I do require some sleep as I started this book in the evening. I quickly finished the book as soon ad I woke up. Although I do suggest starting at the beginning. Jun 26, Dominika rated it liked it Shelves: Come on, that sounds sooooo cheesy, it's hilarious;p Anyway, the book wasn't as bad as I thought. It gets 3 stars within it's genre - it was a really cute smut and it actually took some time for the main characters to get together, which built up a nice tension.
If you want to read s 'He naively thought that life as a sex slave would be pure plasure If you want to read something that is simple, doesn't require much thinking, and is kind of sexy, you can give it a go. Jul 23, Meredith rated it liked it Shelves: There were so many times I wished Brooks had "shown" instead of "telling" that I found this book frustrating. And Lynx's "issue" was so easily solved! Also, overuse of exclamation points much? Jun 09, Ollie rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an amazing story full of passion but so much heartache! When I dream about a book or find myself thinking about it during my work day because I can't wait to read it then I know it is good and this books had a tremendous impact on me.
Don't know when I will get to the review but had to let just let you all know how good it was! Aug 23, Summer rated it liked it Shelves: This series is by no means to be taken seriously. It's just a bunch of fluff, but as so it's perfect to read while being lazy on a rainy day when you just want something fun and entertaining. Dec 31, Jessa rated it really liked it Shelves: I always feel like a degenerate for loving these hot-guys-with-animal-genes scifi books. Apr 05, Amy Webster-Bo rated it it was amazing. I almost didn't download this as I didn't like the first book in the series, Slave , but the Kindle edition came up as free one day and I was honestly curious if there would be improvement since the first book or if it would feature another kind of alien.
Obviously, I skipped books two and three, but I wasn't concerned about missing any plot points in a larger story arc. The hero in this book is the same kind of cat-like alien that the hero was in th I almost didn't download this as I didn't like the first book in the series, Slave , but the Kindle edition came up as free one day and I was honestly curious if there would be improvement since the first book or if it would feature another kind of alien. The hero in this book is the same kind of cat-like alien that the hero was in the first book. I was actually OK with that.
I figured the familiarity would help in not making the book seem so kinky as the first one seemed to me, and I was right. While I was still not turned on by the sex scenes, at least they didn't bother me. I actually mostly breezed right through them. Also, I realized that the entire series is probably mostly about these cat-like aliens, and probably every hero is from that same planet, which I thought was a nice premise for a science fiction series.
The writing actually seemed worse, not better. At first, I couldn't pinpoint why, and it wasn't until I finished the book that I realized what it was — it was a different point of view. The first book was written in the heroine's first person point of view, and this one was written in an omniscient third person point of view. This is not to say that first person POV is better than third person POV; in fact, it's usually the case that third person is better than first person.
But it really depends on the author and the story being told, and for some reason, this book did not at all benefit by being told in the POV in which it was told. Luckily for me, the book included excerpts from some of the other books in the series, and I could immediately tell why the third person POV wasn't working for this book. There's a voice there, a personality, and it altogether makes for better, smoother, more entertaining reading. I can only assume that the author excels particularly when writing first person POV.
With Outcast , though, there seems to be less personality, less of a voice, and it feels like too much telling and not enough showing. I don't know if that is all due to the POV, though, and I can understand why the author would decide to change over to a third person POV after doing the first two books in the first person POV; there are scenes in this book where the heroine isn't present, and she couldn't possibly be there to witness what goes on, like the hero's history or his side of the story.
Which leads me to another major thing I noted in this book There are far too many unnecessary scenes. I liked their back stories and their personalities, and I liked how they interacted with each other. For anyone reading this book out of the blue, without having read the previous books, this would seem to come out of left field, and the big question would be, who the heck are these characters, and why are they being featured so much?
Who cares about their sex scenes? This is a book about Bonnie and Lynx, not about Jack and Cat.
This for me was my biggest complaint about the book. The rest, however, I liked. I think I like the story even better than the first. May 24, Rhianna rated it liked it. If it ain't broke Lynx was quite young when his homeworld of Zetith was destroyed and he and his commrades were sold into slavery. Not yet versed in the art of enticement his fellow males were known for he might have been thrilled to become the slave of a harem filled with females in need of his attentions. But what might have started out as a chance to learn how to give pleasure soon became anything but enjoyable.
Used to the breaking point he not only suffers from impotence but a well deserv If it ain't broke Used to the breaking point he not only suffers from impotence but a well deserved dislike of women. Meanwhile, Bonnie has been burned by the opposite sex in a much different fashion. Left to care for her farm and just a few months shy of giving birth, she's been abandoned by the boyfriend she had hoped would be there for her. In need of a hired hand to help her around the place she's pleased to give Lynx a job and a place to stay. Unfortunately, Lynx isn't too thrilled about working for a woman and the relationship between employee and employer gets quite rocky.
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Can Bonnie help Lynx heal old wounds and see that not all women are going to use him? Will Lynx learn to trust Bonnie and find a life of love and satifaction? Well, if you want the answers to those questions you better get your butt to the bookstore and pick Outcast up!
The fourth in the Cat Star Chronicles, Outcast is definitely a bit different. The most obvious difference is that this is where the series shifts from the first person storytelling of the heroine to a third person perspective. I know most readers prefer the third person because they get to see what the hero is thinking but I personally thought the first person set this series apart and made me as a reader feel more in tune with the heroine.
That said, the third person perspective in this one did offer room for the story to go different places. Brooks is a little shaky in pulling this new style off but fans of the series should enjoy getting to see what's going on in Lynx's head. The romantic plot for this one was my favorite so far. I loved the idea of a used and abused hero who doesn't want love or sex. I loved that Bonnie was interested in Lynx and how he constantly rebuffed her. Both characters do a lot of growing before they can come together.
It was also great to see a pregnant heroine who was perfectly capable of going on without the father there. Bonnie was a strong woman worthy of a great hero and I liked her so much I almost felt Lynx wasn't good enough for her. Their scenes that weren't directly related to Bonnie and Lynx's story were a bit distracting and the love scenes in particular felt out of place. I love getting to see old characters we're familiar with come back again but it just didn't work for me this way. Overall fans of scifi romantica should love this one and if they haven't been following the whole series I suggest they get on it soon.
Fans of the series may find the jump from one style to another a little rough but the story makes up for it pretty well. May 13, Valorie rated it liked it Shelves: In this installment, Zetithian Lynx has been stolen from his planet at its destruction and sold into slavery. A slave of slave women, Lynx is made to share his special intimate talents with 50 harem women. At first, he enjoys the constant lovemaking, but after a while it begins to wear on him and he loses the ability to feel arousal.
Kicked out of the harem, he travels on his own to find work, to earn enough money to buy la Outcast by Cheryl Brooks is book four in the Cat Star Chronicles series. Kicked out of the harem, he travels on his own to find work, to earn enough money to buy land and live quietly.
After his bad experience with the harem women, Lynx wants nothing to do with a woman ever again. Imagine his upset when he comes to work for Bonnie, who is with child by her ex-boyfriend, a man who stole her money and ran off.
Despite the unfriendliness that Lynx displays, Bonnie tries her hardest to live with him peacefully even though the two of them can barely get along. Lynx is nothing short of rude and dismissive, even a bit mean at times. After a while though, Bonnie begins to love Lynx. However, Lynx has no interest in loving her back.
In Outcast , Cheryl Brooks creates a very realistic world. I have to praise her creativity for not only thinking up good characters, but also in the creation of unique planets and alien species.
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I am not usually one for science fiction-y type things, but I loved the setting for Outcast. Brooks really drew out the tension on this one, too. The conflict between the two was great, even if main character Bonnie DID fall in love with Lynx awfully quick.
Yeah, he had a chip on his shoulder and it showed. Outcast is creative, humorous, emotional, and sexy. It was my introduction to sci-fi erotica and romance, and I have to say that I enjoyed this one very much. It was unbelievable fun to involve myself in the personal world of Bonnie and Lynx. Oct 06, Vonnie rated it really liked it. Oh, The Cat Star Chronicles. This fourth book in the series took a different perspective that I enjoyed: The story mostly followed the two protagonists, Bonnie and Lynx. Bonnie was a strong-willed person who was betrayed by the man she thought she loved.
What was very interesting about her character was that she was six months pregnant at the start of the Oh, The Cat Star Chronicles. What was very interesting about her character was that she was six months pregnant at the start of the book. It was surprising at first to find out about this since I'm not used to reading these kind of characters in erotic fiction. However, I found myself loving the idea of a pregnant woman still being able to find love and be able to experience sexual passion. Next, Lynx was the tragic hero. He was mistreated and sexually abused for ten years as a slave.
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His experience had traumatized him to the point that he despised women. My heart completely went out to him. Lynx's character showed that men can too be sexual victims. Throughout the story, there was much tension between the protagonists. I came to sympathize with both Bonnie and Lynx. I kept rooting for them to immediately hook up but at the same time I wanted them to slow down so Lynx could be healed. When reading the scene with the fire, I was gushing. I absolutely loved the emotions that came spilling out.