- File Size: 1831 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld (February 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S53XDEE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Doctor Sacha Dalton has been in a fog ever since her best friend Commander Yang was presumed dead and her husband was killed while fighting the anti-technology forces of the Christ Sunday Soldiers. But then Kai escapes his year long imprisonment and returns to the Valiant Knox to recover from his torture and subsequent PTSD. Sacha wants to help Kai but his sudden reappearance is bringing up feelings she wasn't even aware she had. As Kai struggles to reconnect, he and Sacha must confront their feelings of love and guilt.
What I Liked
Though not as great as her Atrophy Series, this one was still an interesting start to a new series. I loved what we learned about the world and the war that's going on. This is mostly a military based science fiction romance with a war between those embracing technology and those abhorring it. I loved Kai and his inner strength; he's so determined to return to normal and be with Sacha but he struggles with his return to the Knox. After everything he's been through I just wanted to hug Kai and make it all better. Sacha wants to do the same but is struggling with her guilt over having feelings for Kai when she's barely over her husband's death. She wants to make sure nothing interferes with Kai's recovery but she also wants to embrace having Kai back in her life. Sacha's struggle was very real and genuine.
I liked that Sacha and Kai were friends who are just now realizing their attraction. They loved each other as friends but weren't friends just because they couldn't be anything else. Most friends-to-lovers stories have the characters already wildly attracted to each other and hiding it but this time they were just friends. Subconsciously their feelings might have been deeper but their friendship was true and honest.
What Needed Work
A little more information on the war between the UEF and the CSS would have been nice. We're thrown into the middle of the war and there wasn't a whole lot of context provided, it almost felt like I missed a prequel or something. Personal opinion, but I'm really not crazy about the best friend's widow story line so I struggled with that. Sacha has a lot of guilt over moving on from her husband's death; her feelings are completely warranted because she loved Elliott and it hasn't been that long but she comes to realize that she loved Kai first, she doesn't didn't know it. Losing Kai also made her numb and by the time Elliott was killed she couldn't really feel anything else. I thought compared to most I've read that Anastasi handled the situation really well, it's just not my thing.
I wish that Kai's physically recovery hadn't been so easy, as crazy as that might sound. This futuristic world has medical technology that heals Kai's year of torture, malnutrition, and injuries in about 48 hours. I guess having him recover so quickly just seemed to lessen what he went through. It just didn't work for me. His mental recovery was more on target though with his PTSD and anxiety attacks.
Sacha can't believe Kai is back. She thought he was dead. But she resists his advances because, as a doctor, she thinks he needs to recover from his psychological wounds first. She realizes she loves him enough that she is willing to wait until he's healed. Kai wants to get involved right away, but he worries that once he's better, he'll be transferred to another ship on the other side of the galaxy, far from Sacha.
The hot romance between them is set against a great backdrop in a futuristic world. The writing is exciting and emotional, and the world very believable. It was a fast but satisfying read with a perfect love story. I can't wait to read more from this author.
The story hits the ground running with Commander Kai Yang, held captive by religious zealots for well over a year, escaping. Patrols find him and bring him back to the Valiant Knox where he is treated by Doctor Sasha Dalton. Sasha happens to be his longtime friend and married to his best friend. Or so Kai thought! Things begin to shift into high emotions as Kai and Sasha reconnect. Kai is struggling with everything. Presumed dead, trying to get his life and career back, suffering from PSTD, he doesn't know where he fits in. With all the uncertainty, his one constant is Sasha. Since he is her patient, she has to resist the temptation, the want to give in and be with him.
I just loved Sasha and Kai's story. He's so broken, - mind, body, and soul. The struggles he goes through are enough to bring me to tears. Sasha cares deeply for him and has her internal battle of trying to be his doctor. Then there's her dead husband hanging between them. Not quite a forbidden love if you consider they were friends before. What cranks up the tension between them and may keep them apart are the ghosts of their pasts. Add into the mix a possible spy on board and everybody thinking Kai is crazy for suggesting it. Top it all off, all this happens on a spaceship. ACK! I love books like this!
Normally, I would now say I can't wait to read the next book but as I said before, I already did. Both worked well as stand-alones, at least the romance side to it did. There's the battle with the Christ's Sunday Soldiers that is carrying through the series that I'm curious about. CSS are religious zealots and all I know about them so far is that they shun technology. Not sure if we'll every find out more about them but I predict they will continuing to be in the series. Will the Valiant Knox prevail over the CSS? That I don't know, but, I can't wait to find out!
I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine.
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