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- Print Length: 203 pages
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- Publication Date: May 3, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C4Q54FG
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jaime, a wizard, is running from the Commonwealth after his training facility was destroyed, hoping they think he is dead. He is considered a dangerous freak by most of the people that are left. Running, hiding, trying to get back to his home.
He is captured by Rylan, a man with a mechanical arm. His ship, called Dub, is home to misfits and scoundrels, “smugglers”,not pirates. Dub is having issues and Jamie helps the crew work it out. They have mysterious cargo on board that they are taking to a buyer. The crew on the ship have dangerous secrets. Which lead to dangerous adventures.
Rylan, tasked with watching Jaime, doesn't want the job. The boy is scary, annoying and slightly attractive. Ok, very attractive. Their relationship is problematic and very hot.
When secrets become revealed, their relationship, and everyone's lives are in jeopardy.
I love the combo of m/m attraction and Sci-Fi. Add a well done cast of characters and this book is a winner. I hope we will get to see more of them.
Excellent world building that seemlessly meshes with the plot without major information dumps or slow scenic routes.
We get an entire team of quirky heroes. Each one unique and memorable. Our MCs are easy to fall for. Rough and tough and mysterious Rylan is dreamy with his big muscles, blond hair and blue eyes. Plus, he has a big......... secret.
Jaime is a survivor. In more ways than one. This young man has a heart of gold and a spine of steel. He's so easy to fall for. Not to mention easy to admire.
The plot flows like the incoming tide at my favourite beach. <---and that's why I'm not a writer ;-)
Seriously though, no pauses, no slow downs, just a steady pace with peaks of action and suspense.
If you read M/M and like science fiction, don't miss this one.
I've seen this compared to Firefly, and that is...close-ish. There was a lot more cleverness in Firefly. Still, the plot is okay. The resolution is satisfying. I don't know that I'll continue on to the next book, but it's not out of the question. I do wish that second sex thing didn't follow the first one without a shower in between the two acts. That was perhaps the worst part of this book.
Disclaimer: not reviewed "in the United States" as Amazon claims, but reviewed in Europe by a European reader who bought the book via the Amazon.com website.
This book centers around a newer crew member and a "wizard" he captures while on a moon outpost. Wizard is a term for humans who have altered DNA that allows them to communicate with machines. These changes were done by ancestors who wanted the ability before the AIs turned.
If you like going to new planets, and being on the dangerous side of the law, then this book, and series are for you.
The only con was the cover pic must be Rylan, because Jaime is a sweet fair-skinned black man and I would've liked to see a picture of him, as I think of him as being the main character and focus of this book.
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“Are you sure this is what you want?”
“I’ve wanted this since the first time I saw you.”
Rylan frowned. “When I pulled a gun on you?” “Okay, so it was actually since the first time I saw you naked. Now shut up and kiss me.”
Hmm. This was an interesting one.
It was fun and fast paced while being slow burn at the same time.
We've got a burly grumpy dude with a secret and a clumsy, sweet guy on the run.
A ship of thieves/smugglers with hearts of hold... Mostly.
I loved Garcia, right from the start I love his brand of ridiculous. I love him so much.
“I’ve found that the key to good command is giving orders they want to obey…”
I loved Simi too and her mischievous, cheeky personality and honestly I loved the rest of the guys.
The build up of what Rylan and Jaime become to each other. It was fast in some ways, the protectiveness, the constant touching on Rylan's part even if he convinced himself otherwise, the building of trust and when they got together, DAMN. Even if some of those sex scenes imagery was questionable, no doubt they are fire together.
But then there was the editing and formatting or lack of that took me out of the story a couple of times. I don't particularly like or care to mention those things but it did impact my reading experience.
Then, as exciting as it was, because I am definitely intrigued to see where things will go with the Singularity plot, things surrounding that seemed to escalate hard and fast then it was over.
Also Dub and Kaz?? I genuinely don't how to feel about that. Is it weird? I DON'T KNOW.
I'm somewhere in the middle with this book but I definitely need to read Garcia's book.
It's my first book from Hanna Dare and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish as the story unfolded into a quite clever and complex plot involving sentient and deadly AI, humans with the ability to directly communicate with technology, and a bunch of smugglers who got themselves mixed up in it all.
The characters were fabulously drawn, each unique and bringing a depth to the narrative. It reminded me a lot of both Farscape and Anne McCaffrey's Brainship series, each having sentient ships with personalities of their own.
Jaime and Rylan's romance was a classic frenemies one and I totally bought into it, each one finding an emotional strength in the other that they'd not realised they needed.
I also totally loved bounty hunter Xin, who almost stole the show in his brief appearance. I'd love to read more adventures with this motley crew!
The book's Sci-Fi world could have been described in more detail - for example I had trouble imagining the 'Sprawl' properly. There were also some logic errors and typos. Still it was a very entertaining read and I enjoyed the book so much that I'm not subtracting stars for those minor issues. I am looking forward to reading the sequel next!
Can't wait to read more from this series.