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Reviewed by April Gilly for Readers' Favorite
Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman is the short but compelling story of Mia Townes and Jaden Zoma. Mia is an Earthling with beauty that isn't seen often on the planet she now calls home and that makes her the target of Bermers, a species known for kidnapping women and selling them as sex slaves. Jaden is from the planet Vantas and, while Humanoid, isn't completely human. With his own ship, Jaden has joined a group that rescues women captured by Bermers and returns them to their homes and their lives. Unfortunately for Jaden, Mia's rescue isn't routine. Jaden is injured and his heat cycle has been thrown off due to his injury and pheromones released by Mia when he had to remove a chip implanted by her captors to make her more receptive to the life they were going to sell her into. Despite the differences in their species and their lives, and the complications from the chip and Jaden's heat, they come together and fall in love.
Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman is unfortunately very short but is captivating. The imagery and detail in the descriptions place you right there with Mia and Jaden while they go on their adventure. The emotions portrayed for both characters don't run deep but they run strong and, with the characteristics given to both, it makes them seem like they could be somebody you'd meet on the street (if we had different species of Humanoids walking around Earth at least). I enjoyed Captive Heat and would greatly enjoy it if Susanna Eastman continued Mia and Jaden's story.