Ragnar And Juliet
by Lucy Woodhull, futuristic (2011)
Liquid Silver Books, $4.50, ISBN 978-1-59578-868-9


Time to play 'Bag That Hot Alien,' Juliet's favorite game. Whether ‘bag’ meant ‘turn him in for bounty’ or ‘sex him up, then turn him in for bounty’ would depend on the talent and swimsuit portions of the competition.

Big, very big. Two hundred pounds of long, lean muscle, she guessed. And probably human, or something similar. Shaggy black hair over a rather handsome face, at least from back here. She glanced at the picture of him on her iPaidALotForThisGadget. Yup, that was him. Ragnar Manscape, the man she’d been hired to bag, drag, and return to King William (the Nefarious). Apparently, Ragnar was a bad, bad, boy and had royally pissed off the king. William wasn’t the forgiving sort, hence his self-given moniker of “the Nefarious.”

Yes, Ragnar And Juliet is a cheesy, over the top campy space romp. If that excerpt doesn't convince you of this, how about the hero's name being Ragnar Manscape and his ship being called Bobo? And that Ragnar has a tail which he uses to do... dirty things? In this story, Juliet the bounty hunter's plans don't go too well - except for the hot sex with Ragnar part - as she is soon bundled up in a harem and awaiting King William's pleasure. Will our supposedly feisty heroine be rescued in time? Stay tuned!

What you see is what you will get in this one, and that means a superficial comedy with sex and puns and one-liners up to the wazoo. It's not a bad read, but because it's all cheese and fluff without much substance, it's also a pretty easy story to forget. In a way, it's like a one night stand with some guy that is cute enough to pass the time with but not enough to give two hoots over in the morning. Ask me about this story again in a few days, and I'd most likely not remember what you are talking about. There are so many cute if shallow stories, after all, do you expect me to keep track of them all?

Rating: 64


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