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Journey to Diir by Lynn Sterling...

JOURNEY TO DIIR
LYNN STERLING
2007
ISBN#: 978-1-880413-10-4
Rosa Romance Publishing Group
http://www.rosaromance.com
E-book
Science Fiction Romance
346 Pages
$5.99
Rating: 5 Worlds

Andrea Stone lives and dies in the 21st century from a genetic heart defect. Resigned to the fact that she is going to leave her beloved husband and family behind, she agrees to sign a contract allowing her to be cryonically frozen until a cure can be found.

Cole, Tremaine and Nick, a group who salvage metals from asteroids are astonished when they find not only several cryo pods with badly needed viable genetic material from the 21st century, but one pod that has a viable speciman that can be returned to life. Cole the captain thinks she is going to be nothing but trouble, because their sex simulation machine is down, and there are three of them and one of her, Nick the doctor of the group is fascinated by idea of her genetic make-up and what it might be able to do for them to help boost their dwindling population. Tremaine, a GenEng, or human who was created in a lab and grown to adulthood before being awakened is curious, but figures he will not be able to have much to do with her since she is an Earther and Earthers are forbidden to his kind who are little more than slaves.

When Andrea awakens over 600 years in the future, at first she thinks it is a dream. However, it becomes clear very quickly that what she is experiencing is no dream, but acts in some ways more like a nightmare, for the world that Andrea wakes up in is not anything like the world she left behind. The three men who rescue her are unlike any men she has come across. One of the strangest things she notices is their lack of physical contact, and for a woman who has always been very physical, this is not a good thing. One of her first conversations with Cole where he explains that if she becomes intimate with one them, she will be required to be intimate with all of them, as well as all the other changes she has to deal with, convince Andrea that it is best to avoid the three men who rescued her and brought her back to life. But it doesn't take Andrea long to realize that she has to make some kind of life for herself, and that she is starved for human contact. She starts by making intimate contact with Nick and it snowballs from there. However, it is not long before she finds herself deeply involved with all three, and quite happy about it. That is until she discovers she is rich beyond her wildest dreams due to her husband leaving her money for when she awoke. What she decides to do with the money all but sets the universe on its proverbial backside, leaving the four in incredible danger. Will they and their love be able to survive what Andrea's decisions have wrought?

Every once in a while I come across a book that is truly thought provoking as well as imaginative, and if the author can manage to throw in a romance as well, one of my favorite elements as both an author and reader well then that author has my undivided attention. Journey to Diir is one of those books. Ms. Sterling takes us on a journey of both self-discovery, and to discover the true meaning of what real love is. The world building is beyond compare and so well thought out, that this reader thinks that some of the scenarios are distinct possibilities for the future. The alienness of the world Andrea wakes up in and her reaction to it is so well described that you feel as though you are with Andrea as she experiences it. Andrea's relationships with all three men are emotional, and loving making this book a true jewel. Even if you think the idea of a woman being in love with three different men at the same time is distasteful, the way Journey to Diir is written will completely change your viewpoint. The lovemaking scenes are tasteful, and imaginatively written as well as full of emotion. If you ever wondered what the future might be like if you woke up and found yourself in it, then this is the book for you!

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