Cover Crush: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
When I came upon this gorgeous lush red cover I stopped in my tracks. With a headline touting “a sand-swept fantasy of court politics, rebel attacks, and forbidden romance…” I found myself scrambling to read the description. It’s no secret that we here at Bookcrushin are suckers for an alien romance and this one is set on the red planet itself? Consider it marked as a big fat TO BE READ. Unfortunately, this doesn’t release until March, 1 2016 but you can be sure we will be featuring it when it debuts.
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.