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Chain Reaction [Kindle Edition]

Zoe Archer
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Book Description

Elite 8th Wing pilot Celene Jur was taken captive after a mysterious device temporarily disabled her ship's controls. Three solar months later, when Celene receives intel on the man who built the device, she's ready to get the bastard. Only problem is, the higher-ups think her mission partner should be Nils Calder, a tech-head who can understand the disabling device. The attraction between them is electric, but Celene needs a soldier who can watch her back as she exacts her revenge.

Nils knows his department is nicknamed NerdWorks. Pilots like Celene think the closest tech geeks come to combat is all-night Nifalian chess tournaments. But behind the NerdWorks insignia on his sleeve Nils is an able fighter, ready to prove himself and gain Celene's trust.

The desire between them is unexpected, but with the fate of thousands hanging in the balance, the hotshot pilot and the tech genius must succeed in their mission—no matter the cost.

43,000 words

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (January 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BVTC5G
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spread the geek-love! February 5, 2012
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A legendary pilot rescued from a fate as a slave when her ship was disabled by a mysterious device. An engineer from the aptly nicknamed 'NerdWorks' with the skill to aid her in her mission to destroy the device. Both with something to prove and a need to get revenge against the man behind the 8th Wing's greatest threat. But Celene Jur, with her stainless reputation, doesn't want a tech geek weighing her mission down and Nils Calder is the best man for the job. Sparks fly and not all of them good as the pair fight the sensual tension building between them and their mutual sense of duty.

CHAIN REACTION flew by fast, even for a novella. I have a serious weakness for geek heroes and Nils is a smolderingly well-built example of the hawt-geek. He's almost too darned perfect. Handsome, intelligent and romantic. Blah, watch me melt into an oozy little puddle of reader goo. It's pathetic. Meanwhile, Celene is maddeningly B.A. in all the right ways. Is she a little too cool? Yep, she just pushes over the line between being awesome and too cool. Her redeeming quality is that being a legend has kind of made having a relationship impossible. Men are either intimidated by her or they want to hook-up with her for the status, finding a guy who likes her for her isn't easy until Nils comes along.

The actual plot is a little shaky. It's dull during the traveling bits but when action happens it's pretty fun. Once they reach the villain it hits a bit of a hurdle. I felt like them getting to him was too easily resolved considering all the preparation but this is a romance so I shouldn't have expected the 'boss fight' to be the highlight of the story. The conclusion was well done, I didn't want the characters to not stay true to their 'duty first' personalities.
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Lieutenant Celine Jur is a legend even among her fellow Black Wraith pilots. But even legends can be captured and Celine was only recently rescued from captivity after a device disabled her ship. Now the man who created the device has been located and Celine is ready for revenge. The only problem? Command wants her to take engineer Nils Calder along on the mission. Celine has no desire to bring a guy from NerdWorks with her. If she needs a partner, she'll take one trained for combat. But tech geek Nils has a few surprises in store for Celine. He isn't just a brain and he's ready to prove to Celine he's more than capable of being her more ways than one.

Zoë Archer's second 8th Wing story is even better than the first! Chain Reaction is a sexy, fun, clever story that'll keep you entertained from the first page to the last. I love how Celine's strength was complimented by her femininity. So often when we see tough heroines the authors have them act masculine as a way to prove their strength - something I find unnecessary. Ms. Archer excels at creating a strong female protagonist who is relatable as well. I adored Celine and wanted her to find happiness with someone who sees her as more than a famous pilot. Nils is exactly the right man for her. He's a total geek (which I love), but he's also a skilled fighter. I admit, I was slightly envious of Celine because I'd love to have Nils show up on my doorstep ;) Still, Nils and Celine complement one another perfectly, which is what makes Chain Reaction such an excellent story.

I'm very picky about science fiction stories and I'm not too keen on a lot of the sci-fi romances out there. However, since I enjoy Ms. Archer's work I decided to give her 8th Wing series a try. I'm so glad I did. No matter the genre, Ms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Reaction! January 9, 2012
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I've been looking forward to this story for quite a long time. I really enjoyed Collision Course, which is a totally different genre than her Blades of the Rose series. The world Ms. Archer created for her elite 8th Wing fighter pilots, as well as the characters, was so consuming that I reread COLLISON COURSE several times since I first cracked it open months ago.

We first heard Lieutenant Celene Jur's name as the reason for Mara and Kell's rescue mission in COLLISION COURSE. She was taken captive after a mysterious device disabled her ship. She and her top-secret ship would have been sold at a black market auction if she hadn't been rescued. Three months later, she has a chance at vengeance when she receives intel on the man who built the device. Lieutenant Nils Calder, Engineering's golden-boy, has spent every minute since Celene's return in figuring out what happened to her ship and track it back to its origin. Now that he knows, he's not backing down from Lieutenant Celene "Stainless" Jur's indignant stare and is determined to prove he is just as capable a fighter as he is with his gadgets. Soon, Celene and Nils are navigating the outer reaches of space, trekking on an untamed planet, infiltrating a high security stronghold, and pulling off the mission of the century on which hangs the fate of millions.

What I loved:
1. Celene--she is strong, disciplined, and more capable than anyone, well maybe except Kell. Her nickname is "Stainless Jur" and has become quite a legend among her people because of her ruthless determination and stellar record. She's pulled off amazing missions with a cold-calm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rave New World
Zoe Archer keeps tossing me into wild new worlds and making me buy-in by page two. She's not only a deft writer, but she's done her homework, and, while the world may by wildly... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Read'em Cowboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I really liked finding out the rest of Celene's story from the book Collision Course. This was a good book but I still found myself wanting to hear more about Mara and Kell!
Published on April 12, 2012 by eileen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Whole Latte Romance Reviews
Title: Chain Reaction
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: January 9, 2012

ISBN: 9781426893032
Length: 43,000 words
Science-Fiction Romance... Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by Kayla
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Science Fiction Romance
This is the second book in Zoe Archer's series about the 8th Wing versus PRAXIS, a universe with a Star Wars feel to it. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Sonoma Lass
4.0 out of 5 stars Excitement Comes In Many Forms
Chain Reaction was described as "FICTION - ADULT: Science Fiction & Fantasy: Science Fiction" - I certainly did not understand that "Adult" meant explicit sex. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by Upstate New York Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Addition to 8th Wing
This is a stand alone novel, you don't need to read the previous 8th Wing book (Collision Course) to understand the story or enjoy the book, although some of the interactions are... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific science fiction romance!
Chain Reaction by Zoë Archer is a combination of space opera and science fiction romance. And it's a combination that blasts some serious fun, especially for those who enjoy love... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Marlene @ Reading Reality
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Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, trade off writing the books in the steampunk romance series THE ETHER CHRONICLES. June 2013 will see the launch of her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED for St. Martin's Press. Zoe and Nico live in Los Angeles. Please visit her on the Web at

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