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- File size : 1233 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : February 14, 2019
- Print length : 166 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07MT5VZ4W
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,195 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This tense page-turner refused to let me put it down. Sienna and Crispin (her former lover) are well-drawn, likable characters. Mr. Hoornaert's world building is fantastic. Whoever thought of starships needing a tug to bring them into a space station? Certainly, not me. Though he confines the action to a small space (a starship), the repercussions of the characters' actions have galactic consequences. I enjoyed the first two books in this series. I hope there will be more.
Whilst the will they/won't they romance was at the forefront of the story, I liked the added mystery behind the reason for the power loss of Sienna's ship. And the... interesting cargo Constellation XII was carrying was definitely the highlight of the story for me.
While I sometimes read and enjoy some romance and sci-fi, a combination of the two is not something I normally gravitate towards. With romance, I like strong female leads with believable actions, and I like character driven sci-fi for the most part. Thank you to the author for sending a copy for review consideration.
I pretty much ran into issues with this read from the first chapter. On the first page in the ship the MC is captain of suddenly becomes “dead in the water”. Or deep space, rather. Instead of immediately jumping to action, the MC states the above as her first thought. Then she thinks its a prank by someone who wants to pick on her. Finally, she’s worried that others will deride and belittle her for her errors. Come on. Right away this was missing the strong lead I look for, and honestly, I didn’t find those actions believable. Dead ship in space? Get your butt in gear, girl! I know I would.
There is a stronger female side character that comes in a bit later. Vallant is pretty cool and I liked her well enough despite the “strong women must be brutes” stereotype she is designed with. I got definite Private Vasquez vibes, but not close enough. A combination of the two ladies as the MC would have been amazing.
As far as the plot goes, I wanted more of the sci-fi side to things. There is some cool technology here including a ship that can receive commands from the captain’s thoughts, without the need for verbal commands. Once the MC’s love interest arrived, the neat stuff took a backseat to all of that. Add in the fact that a lot of the later action also plays sidecar to a romance that just didn’t work for me, and I was left wanting.
This book is #3 in a series, but it reads well as a stand alone book. I probably won’t seek out the other books in the series, but perhaps one day I’ll try another of the author’s works. I had real issues with this one.
Note: A friend has read works from Ed Hoornaert before, including one she particularly loved: Alien Contact for Kid Sisters.
I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
The thought controlled ships systems to the temperature of a ship without life support to the telepathic aliens rocked. But the crazy and over the top behavior of the characters was jarring. The portrayal of the marines was disappointing.
I was rooting for the second chance romance but it was unsatisfying. Something was off.
At the end the heroine is congratulated for having everything go right in her life in a courtroom. Really?! blegh
I received a free ARC from netgalley.
I happen to be a big fan of space soap operas and although this had an intriguing plot it lacked depth. Sienna appeared to be a smart, self efficient captain but the sergent and Crispin treated her like a clumsy kid. I didn't feel the romantic connection between Sienna and Crispin although they have a lot history together. Just didn't feel the excitement for this novel.