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How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days
by Susan Grant
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Harlequin, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Susan Grant concludes her Otherworldly Men series, where earthbound women and men fall for their interstellar counterparts. She's saved the best for last in How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days.

Since crash landing on Earth while in pursuit of renegade soldier Cavin FarStar, the REEF (Robotically Engineered Enemy Fighter) assassin has suffered various setbacks in completing his mission. By far the worst is the systematic failure and degradation of his cybernetic implants. The REEF's initial target eluded and bested him, while the Queen of the Galaxy has wed her Earthling prince, resulting in a peace accord. With their various plots foiled, the Coalition no longer requires the REEF's services and now his secretive employers would rather see their assassin self destruct than land in the hands of Earth's Men in Black. Overnight the REEF becomes the most reviled and hunted man on the planet. Why then, would FarStar and his fiancée help the REEF hide in plain site with the unlikeliest of benefactors?

Divorced suburban mom Evie Jasper Holloway only wanted to realize her dream of starting her own business. How was she to know that the first delivery of her famous chocolate covered strawberries would get her mistakenly implicated in a money-laundering scheme? Now she needs a bodyguard to keep the hungry paparazzi at bay. But there's no way she'll allow the alien hit man who almost murdered her future brother-in-law to play the role. Eventually though, she agrees to let him hide out in her suburban home for ten days. Once she really gets to know the cold, blue eyed former assassin, Evie becomes his most vocal champion - not to mention incredibly attracted to the emerging human side of a man who is just beginning to remember and understand his past - and to realize what his future could become with Evie at his side.

In this final chapter of her interstellar series, Grant has created a poignant back story that takes the REEF assassin full circle: first as an adventurous child living on a primitive planet and taken against his will from all he loves, then as the highly efficient killer who's never failed a single mission, and finally as a defeated and confused prisoner who's given the choice to reject or embrace his former humanity. Grant does a marvelous job showing how REEF struggles through each phase of his transformation. The compassionate Evie Holloway is his perfect foil as she helps him understand and accept what he once was.

One or two of the situations are clichéd and the conclusion somewhat pat, but the author's wonderful voice and flair for telling a gripping, multi-layered story cancel that out. In How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days, Grant borrows aspects from The Terminator theme and deftly turns them on their ear, creating a unique universe and characters, and a very pleasing love story.

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