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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Crimson Mercury: Abduction by Kathrine Kautzman looks to be the beginning of a lovely new science fiction combo romance series that we all should be keeping our eyes on! Sid is a little lost...she was supposed to be getting married after all, but was unexpectedly abducted by aliens so that she could marry their leader instead of her bewildered fiance. She finds herself stuck with the alien she is betrothed to, and his brother, and it's not her intended that's starting to make her heart beat a little faster when she sees him.
Alas, the dreaded love triangle is alive and kicking here, though there's an added level of interest due to the two male angles being brothers...also the whole alien thing is another matter entirely. My utter hatred for love triangles aside, Kautzman did a pretty good job with making individualistic characters and not just mirror images or foils in terms of her male leads. While one was a bit too goody-goody for my tastes, and I never quite found myself jiving with Wolfgang, I can't say that both characters weren't fleshed out and they most definitely had their own motives and personalities.
This is a satisfyingly consistent romance for those of us who like the spice of something "other" in our lusty reads. The alien aspect is really what made this book stand out, as we got a chance to really figure out these aliens and why exactly they like to make crop circles and probe people. Though I would like to learn more, as some ideas seemed to be glossed over and I could have used a deeper understanding, Crimson Mercury has notes of a space-ified Twilight and it will certainly appeal to fans of that series.