Title: The Craving
Author: Z. Allora
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Genre(s): Sci-Fi Romance
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.13 stars out of 5
The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.
Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.
Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way reunite with his Chosen.
Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away on board a star craft to follow his heart.
Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.
When I came across this book and read the blurb, to be honest I was hesitant to read it. All that I could think of is, I hope this is not some artsy fartsy kumbaya story. Just thinking that war could be thwarted by creating a piece of art was a bit much for me. Let’s just say that even though this part of the storyline is needed, it is not the main focal point thank goodness.
In the beginning, it took me a some time to become acclimated to the book. You are probably wondering why, and the simple answer to this question is that it took some time getting use to the jargon that the author developed for the world(s) created. The world building that’s done in this story, IMO was wonderfully done. We are talking multiple planets in a system with multiple species. Seriously, when writing a story like this, detail is a must, and Z. Allora hit it straight on. Don’t fret, once the basics are established, it really is a wonderful and quick read.
I did enjoy how the author eventually ended up interconnecting the lives of each character. For me, when this typically happens in a story, it takes on a moviesque quality. To watch each character as they go through their own personal turmoil and against all odds they find their way despite everything, is wonderful.
There are twists and turns along the way for the characters. For some it is facing their personal demons, for others they face outside forces; neither one being worse than the other. In the end, everything happens to fall into place for the group of misfits. Phoenix and Zadra as well as Riva and Eros finally get their well deserved and all-encompassing HEA’s.