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- File size : 4652 KB
- Print length : 223 pages
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- Publication date : July 16, 2019
- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B07T9WRH78
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Except, they need a wizard go gain access to the planet, and they are forced to use the crazy from book 2. And when Jonathan and Xin wont just let her turn all the lights on for this colony that hasn't seemed to try very hard to due without it, they get pushed out to be swallowed up by the sea. Good times for everyone!
Don't worry, they survive that part, but now they have to survive each other, which does as well as you might think. But don't worry, you get your HEA, and it so worth the journey there. If you liked the other books, you will like this one too.
Jonathan agrees to check out the planet unfortunately the only way to navigate to the place is to use a wizard. Now Jonathan has two people he can’t trust.
When they reach the surface they are surprised at what they find. Both men are put into a life and death situation. Having only themselves to count on, forces them closer to each other.
I really liked this series (best to read them from the beginning). It was interesting watching the walls between the men breakdown. As the blurb said it was an issue for them to learn to trust.
Their romance didn’t have an easy feel to it. They had to work for it and I enjoyed their journey. Characters from the other books were nice to catch up with too. I’ve said it before about these books. Sci-Fi and a hot m/m story go well together.
This is book 3 in the Mind + Machine series, and it's not totally necessary to read the other two books first, but I personally think it would give you a bigger better picture of Jonathan, and his work.
I LOVED books one adn two, this one though, did not quite hit THAT spot, you know? And it pains me, deeply, when I cannot figure out why!
Jonathan is Rylan's brother (book one, Metal Machine Magic) and Xin pops up on both previous books (I think!) they just haven't crossed paths just yet. Not til Jonathan enlists Xin in a mission that goes a bit wrong. But then Xin enlists Jonathan in a mission of his own and the pair end up stranded on a distant planet, faced with possible death. They have to work together to get free. Neither is used to trusting though.
I liked the way the story developed, at an even pace, fast enough to keep up but not so fast you miss something. I liked that there wasn't rally any attraction brewing between them (at least I didn't pick it up!) until Xin brings up a possible physical relationship to get them through their predicament. I liked the way that things crept up on them both.
It's well told, from both Jonathan and Xin's point of view, in the third person. Each voice is clear and distinctive, given their very different upbringings.
I liked the way their story unfolded. I just didn't LOVE it like the other two!
So, gonna leave it with this, a good solid sci-fi read, that I did read in one sitting!
4 solid stars
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I was in after that logline and Hanna Dare’s BLACK SKY MORNING (Mind + Machine #3) did not disappoint. Hardcore science fiction fans may find this novel underwhelming—it is a romance first and foremost—but I enjoyed the lighter science fiction backdrop and Xin’s reactions to all things planetary, in particular. Good, steady pacing and solid character development drive the story toward a fitting happy ending.
Government agent Jonathan Gray has a lot on his mind, not least of all intrepid bounty hunter Xin.
I had a good time with Xin. Even out of his element, he was never out of character. Cocky and self-assured, but never annoying, he followed up and followed through on all his teasing. He was capable and knew his limits.
Jonathan’s limits were less self-discovered, I think, and far more set for him by his role as government agent, a role he’s recently started to resent. He was burned out and disillusioned, in a funk and coasting toward the death of his career.
When the two get stranded and cut off from their support, they quickly learn that a “burden shared is a burden halved.” Faced with hard choices and Xin’s unflappable optimism, Jonathan rediscovers his purpose (and a new reason to live).
Although this is the third book in the Mind + Machine series, BLACK SKY MORNING can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand-alone. I did not feel like I had read the preceding novels to understand what was going on.
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“We leave a lot of things unsaid, you and me, but not this one. It’s too important. I love you.”
This was the bleakest yet most romantic book of the series so far. It had humour but less so than the previous two books. Jonathan is struggling so internally, he is struggling with everything and the point of what he's doing with his life. He is depressed and even though I know it well myself it was hard to witness/read. Then Xin who is sinful and mischievous yet with such a depth to him too. He brings Jonathan out of it with his irresistible wit and in more delicious ways too. The dynamic between them has many layers and I loved it so much
If you've read the previous two books you'll know Ebba. She is a huge part of this storyline so you know, chaos ensues. Ebba is an interesting character. Complex for sure. This is what Hanna Dare does with the characters in this series especially with the "villains" or less likeable characters at least. I think I have my mind made up but I don't entirely by the end. I don't like Ebba but I'm intrigued. Then there's Digby who I really disliked from the moment we meet him but by the end of this book may be I don't necessarily dislike him and kinda hoping for more from him?
This book is plot driven for sure, there's a slow build up of the romance between Xin and Jonathan but it's real and so deep and meaningful so it's worth it. And really, they are stranded and in danger of survival so it makes sense. I enjoyed the arc of the story but something is missing. I don't know if my expectations for what Xin and Jonathan would be took over or if because I got used to the Wayward Prince crew and their dynamics and missed that I'm not sure.
But Xin and Jonathan killed me. They'd just catch me completely off guard with these small moments of depth and vulnerability with one another. Such small moments but gah. I felt it. So I loved that.
I really hope there's more to come in this series.
The rakish bounty hunter and the Commonwealth Agent couldn't be more different if they tried but deep down, both are lost and looking to find meaning as they traverse the vast universes which make up this fantastic series.
Their paths have been converging since book one but here they finally clash in an epic tale of survival and intrigue on a long lost planet in the furthest corner of the galaxy.
I've loved each book in this series, with their mix of Farscape space adventures and Anne McCaffrey's sentient ships, found family and men filled with honour fighting for lost causes and a new future.
For most of this book I had no clue where the narrative would take me and it was awesome as each twist was revealed.
I'm really hoping there's going to be a final book to wrap it all up as I'm getting a feeling Agents Abrams and Digby might have secrets of their own too and I want to know if Ebba ever finds her sister.