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Kicking Ashe Paperback – February 20, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this book although I would have liked to see more romantic interaction between the two main characters a little earlier. Ashe is a quirky young woman who has a continuous dialogue going on inside her head; when Lurch is silent, she talks to herself. The man she knows from before is Shan, but he doesn't remember her - maybe because their meeting is still in his future. Ashe is instantly attracted to him which confuses her. In the other time she believes he has had a fling with "great, great - not so great" grandma who is also a previous host of Lurch.
Aggressive robots, a traitor in Shan's family, and Ashe's inability to access her full resources: all these things make for a fast moving book with mystery and adventure. I liked the mixture of science fiction and time travel, along with the adventure and underlying mystery of who was out to get Shan and what had happened to his brother.
Ms Jones has created strong characters who interact well with each other with the added internal conversation between Lurch and Ashe. For most of the book Shan is not aware of Lurch, but he does wonder why Ashe occasionally gets a faraway look in her eyes. The minor characters add richness to the story while unexpected mechanical beings make their presence felt.
Whether you prefer straight science fiction or like yours with a dash of romance, this is a very enjoyable read.
Originally posted at LAS Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reviews
So, if you've read any of the other stories in Pauline's "Project Enterprise" series, you'll find "Kicking Ashe" lives up to your expectations of being a fun, funny, and romantic ride. It's the last of the series (I hate to see it end!), but KA will stand alone if you haven't read any of the others. This is Ashe's story (from Steamrolled). Shan (from Girl Gone Nova and Steamrolled) also gets his story told, or re-told, in this time line. Their two time lines cross in this setting, where Ashe has had her bell rung by a time tsunami, her tech goes off line, and she's lost. Shan is still trying to break out of his constricted roll of reluctant bad guy.
Ashe's character unfolds here, still a bit edgy, still way fun, and this time a bit vulnerable. Lurch is ever-present, and I love the dialog between him and Ashe. Tres fun! Pauline's quirky humor doesn't fail to make this adventure a fun read. You'll laugh, you may wring your hands for the characters, you'll definitely be creeped out with the time-gone-bad scene on Shan's tortured world.
Shan made for an interesting bad guy in Girl Gone Nova. In GGN, he was the hot bad guy, one I didn't want to hate, but... he was bad (LOL!), so I hated him (sort of...). Here he is a strong hero, one I really enjoyed, still testosterone-laden. <vbg> I gotta love a guy who's not afraid to be macho and tenderhearted.
I love sci-fi romance, and "Kicking Ashe" doesn't disappoint. There's high-tech, low-tech, and fantastic imagination all working together here. The romance is strong but, again, won't make you blush (thank you Pauline!). The adventure is intense, the bad guys really bad but believable, the romance sweet.
Kicking Ashe is possibly the end of an great series of time travel and romance. The purple skinned time agent must answer the questions of "what was changed in time"? The problem is "will the fix loose her the love she did not know was the best thing in her life"?
I completely enjoyed the light and comedic diversion. Fans of Ms Jones will definitely like this latest adventure. Anyone unfamiliar with her work will like it as well but would benefit by starting with "The Key".
The 4 out 5 should really be 4.5. I just felt that Ms Jones is a great writer and this entry felt rushed or compressed. Her other works rate 4 or 5 consistently with me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked this book but wanted to love it. Just not quite what I was expecting. I expected more of romance, love and sex. Had a lot but not quite there yet.Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
OK, so the title is a bit slapstick, but the book is seriously hard-core space-fanstasy, time-travel goodness. It was a great, entertaining read.Published on May 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer