(Orion Series, Book 1)
Author: Cathryn Cade
Release Date: July 15, 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Category: Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance
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Half -man, half-beast, untamable…except by the one woman born for him.
The Orion series
As a novice interpreter aboard the space ship Orion, Calla Fellura is in uncharted
territory. Especially when it comes to figuring out how to approach the ship’s sexy
navigator, who seems to have no shortage of willing women vying for his attention.
Tryon Jag is an alpha male tyger, one of the few who possess the instincts to guide a ship
safely through the deadly Cattarus system. Handsome, wealthy, and of royal blood, Jag
controls his universe—and most of the females in it—as easily as he navigates the Orion.
But when Jag unexpectedly undergoes his mating shift on board ship instead of safely on
his home planet, he must have a woman or go mad with rage and lust. With an eco-
saboteur somewhere aboard, there couldn’t be a worse time for him to lose his mind.
For the sake of duty, Calla forces herself into Jag’s lair. And finds herself blossoming
into a true Tyger lily, a woman born to enchant a powerful beast.
The only woman who can save Jag—and the entire crew—from certain annihilation.
“I believe that explains why I’ve called you in for a meeting,” he said dryly. “As you
know, our navigator on this run must be a Tygean native from planet Bryght. Only they
can navigate safely through the Cattarus system. We have one of the best on
board—Commander Tryon Jag. Unfortunately, under the influence of their home moons,
the Tygeans undergo a yearly mating shape shift. Jag has shifted into full Tyger mating
mode. Something’s got to be done.”
His second-in- command, Commander Navos, a tall, spare Indigon, raised one arching
brow. “Sedation seems the logical course. A Tyger in shape shift is a dangerous creature,
with uncertain temper, and the claws and fangs of a predator.”
“Yes, I could get some type of palliative into his food,” the ship’s physician, Dr.
Tentaclar, offered. His several eyes lit with interest, the upper set waving about on their
“We can’t drug him,” the captain snapped. “We need him awake and alert. Without a
Tygean navigator, we will never make it safely through the Cattarus asteroid belt. The
gravitation of all the moons will pull the Orion into a crash. Every ship lost in the
Cattarus has had a non-native at the helm.”
“It is unfortunate that our departure from Earth was delayed,” said the Indigon. “The
moons of the Cattarus system have risen to their male phase, inciting the predictable
hormonal reaction in Commander Jag.”
“Yes, we were supposed to be through here days ago. It’s these damned terrorists. The
Earthland Security regulations have become so tight; it sometimes takes days to get
through customs instead of hours.”
“Is it the ecoterrorists this time?” asked someone. “Or one of those religious
fundamentalist groups? I can’t keep them straight.”
“They are all equally dangerous,” cut in Navos, his deep blue eyes cold as an Indigon
glacier. “Creatures who are willing to destroy others and themselves to make a religious
or political point.”
“Yes, and speaking of going through customs—was it really necessary to body search the
entire crew?” growled Ogg, the systems mechanic. “Most of my guys and gals have been
with the company for years.”
“Oh, it’s necessary. The terrorists have gotten very tricky with their little bombs.” Dr.
Tentaclar leaned forward, all his eyes focused on Ogg. “They’ve discovered how to
create organic explosives. Hide the devices right in their body cavities, so they can’t be
detected by a holographic search. Then, when the ship is out in space—squersshhh!”
A few of them winced, and Craig held up one hand.
“Thank you, Doctor. I think we all know the results of a bio-bomb on a ship’s systems.
Now, back to our immediate problem, if you will.”
“If we cannot proceed without our navigator, we must persuade him to resume his
duties,” the Indigon said. “By my reckoning, we will enter the hazardous portion of the
Cattarus system in four days. We have until then to deal with the problem.”
“But how will we reason with him?” asked the interpreter, a small Pangaean woman who
shimmered with a faint green aura, the result of lifelong exposure to the rich vegetation of
her home planet. “Everyone is afraid to go near him. He nearly frightened to death the
young couple who chanced to be in the ship’s arboretum when he shifted.”
“We don’t reason with him,” the captain said. Then his eyes sharpened, as he looked at
the Indigon. “Unless Commander Navos can assist us.”
“I cannot help you.” Navos shook his head. “It is his feline-enhanced faculties that enable
him to do his job. Any attempt at thought control would result in disaster.”
They all looked at Craig, who sighed.
“In that case we get him what he wants—a mate.”
Of all these, the female was the most problematic. By this time, he should be getting a bit
tired of her, nearly ready to present her with an expensive baubble of some kind, and kiss
her goodbye. He should have discovered that she had an irritating giggle, or that her
tenacious arguments made him want to gag her. But instead, he found that he enjoyed the
feminine logic of the way her mind worked, even when it was incomprehensible to him
as a male. He enjoyed the sound of her soft, husky voice, even when it was scolding him.
Especially when it was catching breathlessly as she gave into him. He looked for ways to
make her smile, just to see the way her full lips curved up, and her pretty eyes sparkled.
“How many times have you been out?”
“This noyage is my third. I stayed on Earth for a furlough to take some new interpreter
training. I hope my roommate hasn’t killed the plants in our apartment,” she added,
frowning. She had been going to call him before she was summoned to this tryst. :He
isn’t good with them.”
“He?” The word was a snarl.
She tilted her head back up to look at him, startled. He had a dangerous look in those
tyger eyes. He was jealous! She refrained from rolling her eyes – just.
“He would love to be here right now, taking my place,” she said wryly. “Renne and I
have been friends since we were cubs – we’ve always known that he was gay.”
He grunted, relaxing again, and lifted her hand to his face. Wordlessly, he showed her
how he wanted her to stroke her fingers through his hair. It was silky and yet crisp,
twining about her fingers as she massaged them through it. She sighed to herself. Men –
now he wanted to be petted out of his bad humor.
I read Tyger, Tyger Burning Bryght as few months ago and am only just getting a chance
to write the review. As I recall, this was the first sci-fi, paranormal romance I have ever
had the pleasure of reading. Ms. Cade does a fantastic job of creating a believable,
futuristic world of alien species and technologies dreamed of. While there is a lot of
language used, somehow it fit. I suppose I can attribute such raw acceptance to the fact
that this is a science fiction novel. Within my mind, as far as science fiction goes,
anything goes. You just have to be open-minded enough to be able to both accept it and
recreate it in your head. But I am no strange to the realm of science fiction. In books yes,
but not with television. My Dad raised me on Star Trek, so from a very young age I was
exposed to all types of creatures. It is kind of funny to watch the original Star Trek series
now when you see how far we have come with special effects. As I got older I watched
shows like Stargate: SG1, Farscape, all of the Start Trek spin-offs, and many more. But I
digress. I believe my point it that such an exposure has allowed me to broaden my mind
when reading outside of the box.
Maybe I should get back to the book now. *coughs* Ahem. So Tryon is a Tyger and has
been caught off world and mid voyage in the middle of his mating shift. Needless to say,
he needs sex and lots of it – fast. The consequences could mean the deaths of many crew
members should he be unable to satisfy the sexual need deep within. Calla is also a Tyger
and took notice of Tryon when the voyage began, but when he looked right past her, her
hope for a tryst faded and he instead became the object of her fantasies. Now she is the
only hope for the crew and, well … Tryon’s only hope to regain control and ability to
perform his duties.
I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the time spent reading this story. It was the first
time I have read Ms. Cade and I will definitely be back to read more of her work. Perhaps
even within this series, The Orion Series. From what I found on the publisher’s website,
Tyger Tyger is the first book in the series with 5 books currently published. I wanted to
share some other excerpts with everyone, but I am guest posting and thought I should try
to keep it clean. I don’t mind saying that I had one heck of a time finding passages that
were “clean”. This story is loaded with graphic sexual encounters, and dang! Let me tell
you just how smokin’ hot they are! Good lawd!
That said, even with all of the sexually descriptive scenes, Ms. Cade manages to craft a
workable storyline between them. I liked that Tryon is an alpha male that is unexpectedly
paired with a strong female. Calla gives as good as she gets most of the time and
inevitably, this dense alpha finally gets the clue that he likes it. Unaccustomed to females
giving him attitude, Calla well and truly rocks his world. And in the midst of all of this is
another component to the story. A group of terrorists has snuck on board and plans to
sabotage the ship. The intruder is eventually left to Tryon to sift out. Meanwhile, Tryon
makes a muck of his relationship with Calla. Seems crazy, right? A shifting male Tyger,
his unplanned female mate with sass, a saboteur on board, the fate of many depending
upon it all, crazy amounts of hawt sex, and a potential future relationship gone awry by
the ever-present male without a clue. Yeah, I know. But it works and I was completely
entertained by it. I mean if a shifting male Tyger and loads of awesomesauce sex don’t
grab you, then I really have no idea what else I could dangle in front of you. It is not a
deep story that is going to explore the inner angst of the main characters, but it is
entertaining at the very least.
(Digital book purchased for personal library)