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Blue Vision (The Code of Endhivar) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 15, 2016
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Marie Lavender’s Blue Vision: Code of Endhivar Series is an entertaining, well-paced romance read, starring a hunky alien explorer, a rough landing, and a woman on a solitary holiday. The book definitely has a number of strong points, not least of which the author’s undoubted imagination and story-telling ability. It’s also very solid technically, which I always appreciate: there are no typos and other grammatical nuisances to yank a reader out of the story, and the scene-setting is evocative and detailed. I found that Colin’s complete change of heart (can’t give too many details without a massive spoiler here) halfway through the book was a little unheralded, but it certainly allows for a very nice, dramatic wounded-hero scene.
So why three stars? Feeling Grinch-y? I have to admit, I’m a cynic. I don’t believe in love at first sight. I can, plied with sufficient alcohol, just about crank my credulity high enough to credit lust at first sight; after all, that’s largely based on pheromones and sure, maybe. Given that, I found that the immediate falling in love aspect of the plot stretched my ability to suspend my belief a trifle. It’s why I make a lousy romance reviewer, and this, despite the sci-fi elements, is definitely a romance story first and foremost. All that said, I think romance readers (as opposed to cynics like me) would highly enjoy this book; it’s got location, it’s got love at first sight, it’s got sexy scenes, and it’s well-written.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Though not my usual genre, as I'm not really into the whole alien bit, but Colin (as we come to know him and I shall call him because his Endhivarian name is beyond me to repeat) is a truly likable guy...err, alien. He has enough humanity built into his character that apart from the extra organs, blue tinged skin, and powers of persuasion (and then some), you'd never even know he was from another world. In fact, you might think he is a grand example of our species...wish the same could be said about the rest of his race. As it seems, Colin is not the first of his kind to make the trip to our stratosphere, and he may not be the last. Speaking of which, what about our girl Brooke? She's definitely a tough cookie despite all the darkness that has affected her over her short-ish lifetime. I applaud her coming out the other side of those hard times with a protective shell intact but not making it so tough that nothing could ever break through. As it seems, all she needed was the heart of a good man...and boy, she gets it in more ways than one.
To conclude, this read has all the feels (and then some) that you could imagine with a story to back it up. The author utilizes her writing experience and spins a tale with appeal for sci-fi fans and newbies alike. She gives us the big "what if" as well as the potential for a happily-ever-after, while still having us keep a wary eye on the horizon.
**ebook received from the author for review...full post can be seen on my site**
Author: Marie Lavender
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: SciFy & Fanatasy
Sub Genre: Paranormal Romance; Aliens
Reviewed For: Marie Lavender
My Rating: 4.25 Stars
I received a copy of Blue Vision from Marie Lavender in exchange for my honest review.
Colin Fielding and Brooke Sanders meet when Brooke decides to get away for a while at a remote cabin in Montana. She never expected to find romance. Nor did Colin imagine that his mission to recon Earth would have him finding his Fated Mate. He just can't believe she is human. When someone stalks them and threatens not just their romance, but their lives as well.
I have only just begun reading alien romances within the last year. I found Blue Vision a compelling read. With well developed characters and a solid plot you will find yourself falling into the story. Marie Lavender's writing skills will make you believe you are truly right in the middle of the story as events take place. If you enjoy paranormal romances then be sure to get a copy of Blue Vision for yourself. My only complaint is the ending left me wanting more. To me it need a bit more filler. It felt a bit rushed to me. My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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