Title: Close Encounters of the Alien Kind
Author: Fiona Roarke
Series: Alienn, Arkansas #0.5; Nocturne Falls Universe
When an alien shuttle carrying a prisoner crash lands in the Georgia woods, Stella Grey and her cousins are sent to retrieve the aliens and their shuttle before humans find them. What Stella doesn’t expect is for one for the criminal to be the man she loved and never expected to see again.
This was a very interesting start to a series. Alienn, Arkansas sounds like a fascinating place to hide alien travelers. Stella was a humanoid alien who grew up without a family. Now she lives and works for her cousins and loves actually having family to rely on. I liked Stella. She seemed like a smart, strong, woman who knew what she wanted in life. She wasn’t afraid to leave everything behind for it either.
Draeken is the bad boy alien who was always getting in trouble before he fell in love with Stella. His capture and sentencing to a gulag (prison) isn’t what it appears to be. Draeken wasn’t much of a bad boy but I still thought he was a pretty ok hero. His ability to read minds and persuade people was fascinating.
I really enjoyed how this book tied into Nocturne Falls. Seeing the town through the eyes of aliens was pretty great. My only issue with this book was the lack of background information on the aliens of Alpha-Prime. I was really hoping for more information about the aliens in general and why they were on Earth.