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Storms and Stars [Kindle Edition]

Neena Jaydon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's lonely at the top for Commander Villam Elding, who has always ranked loyalty to the empire and career ambition over romance. He finds it easier to love ideas than people; without military life, he's lost. Even so, it's his close relationship with Kardiell, a popular officer, that tears him from his life. Those with competing ambitions try to take Villam hostage to leverage Kardiell's soft spot for him. In the struggle, Villam crashes the small spacecraft he's riding. All hands perish except he and Luke, his kidnapper.

Luke Sicinik travels the galaxy performing dirty missions for money to send home. Born on a desert colony abandoned by the empire, he has no love for imperial soldiers. He spent his childhood in a monastery which taught the evils of anything impractical or sentimental. Yet when he crawls from the destroyed spacecraft, his first instinct is compassionate: he drags Villam's unconscious body free of the wreckage. Stranded together on a wild planet, Villam and Luke know that survival means cooperation. A truce becomes trust, and trust turns to passion, as they struggle to find a new life together -- just the two of them against an entire world.

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  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (January 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TFKAC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Kindle Edition
Villum is a student of philosophy... steady, loyal, cool under pressure, capable, and driven, this man is more than merely likeable: he commands respect, and is the kind of man I'd want by my side as a friend, lover, or colleague. Raised in a poor society that experiences such a high mortality rate that they condition their children to cut themselves off from emotion, Luke is a monk trained as an assassin, a thief, a pilot... whatever job he can get to bring income to his destitute colony. What should be a simple mission, capture the imperial officer and deliver him to the contact, becomes a battle for survival and a clash of wills as these two remarkable men realize they must work together or die.

This story slowly and meticulously pulls away layer after layer... from the characters, from the intrigues of political mechanisms, from the relationships and beliefs that make up the soul of a people... to reveal love and humanity in its basest form, without deceit or distraction, only truth and acceptance.

What starts out as a survival story slowly becomes an exploration of what makes us who we are and the boundaries we must all cross to reach unconditional self-acceptance. There is love, yes, and sex, but foremost this is a journey of the soul on a slow simmer, riding on the shoulders of two men from vastly different upbringing and mindsets. The pace is leisurely, the introspection meticulous, and the environmental detail vibrant and expressive in unique and visceral ways.

Storms and Stars is not a particularly quick read, nor is it overtly sexual.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun scifi adventure/romance January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT REVIEWS BY JESSEWAVE WHERE I RECEIVED THE BOOK AS FREE REVIEWING COPY.

The blurb sounded as if this book would have my favorite romance trope "from enemies to lovers," so of course I was unable to resist it. While I had some niggles, overall it was a fun and pretty decent read.

I thought that the moment Luke and Villam landed together among the wilderness their struggle to survive was pretty well done. I also thought that the changes in them were actually pretty well done as well. Villam's priorities transform from being an ambitious Imperial officer in the beginning of the book to somebody whose main priority is the person he loves at the end of the book. Luke's journey shows even more significant change as he actually allows himself to exhibit emotions, which is a very significant adjustment especially because of his upbringing.

I really liked how their feelings about each other change as well and they very slowly establish trust, although I thought the love came a bit too fast. Do not get me wrong, the love does not come before they become friends, but I thought that between the reveals about Luke's upbringing and him deciding to embrace what Villam was offering, well I was not sure if enough pages passed between these two events. I am not complaining much though, as I said overall at least I was sold on them becoming friends. They started as real enemies, so I suppose I can live with a little too much speed of them becoming lovers after all, even though I would have loved to see Luke's acknowledging and accepting that need within himself. I also liked how the author managed to make them accept each other while helping each other out, saving each other from the dangers of wilderness.
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I read a wonderful review for this book (by one of the lovely ladies at the Grave Tells blog- no they don't pay me for the promo) and decided to cross my fingers and take a chance on it. So glad that I did.

I am coming to truly enjoy and appreciate the world building of a well written and developed Sci-Fi Romance. This one was so well balanced between many incredibly well written components- world building, plot and pace, characterizations and the romance. Not one of the components over-powered the others so what I was left with was a very satisfying read that I relished to the end and left me wishing to stay firmly planted in Neena Jaydon's world.

The story is told from several viewpoints along with a dissecting and intersecting line when the characters part and come together at various times. But fortunately (for me, because I just loved being with them) most of it is told through the two main heroes' eyes.

Villam Elding has just made Commander in the Empire's space fleet. He is a true blue hardworking by the book military career man. He believes in what he does and he's loyal to the core. He worships his Empress and adores the mentor who taught him everything he knows. Villam is tough, but fair to those under him. But right after he has this happiest moment of receiving his new rank and having his adored mentor there to see him get it, a routine mission goes horribly wrong. A conspiracy within the ranks causes Villam to be the target of a paid mercenary who attempts to capture him, but Villam's action force them to crash land their shuttle on an uninhabited world where it is just he and his mercenary enemy who have survived.
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Neena Jaydon writes m/m romance with a heavy emphasis on space opera and fantasy. She's moved from Canada to Japan and back twice. In Japan she spent far too much time and money at voice actor and Asian Ball-Jointed Doll events as well as in tiny livehouses in Tokyo listening to indie artists. Now she focuses on her MA thesis in English while spending too much time and money on her ABJD collection. She also lives on tumblr (http://neenajaydon.tumblr.com/) while petsitting all over town. When not actually on tumblr, her current procrastination temptation is Dragon Age 2.

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