One Giant Leap Kindle Edition
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Voted Open Skye Book Review's June Book of the Month
"The dialogue and descriptions of space give you that feeling of insignificance you feel when measured against the vastness of the infinite Galaxy... It will leave your heart bursting and you seeing stars behind your eyelids as you heave a happy sigh."
"A little bit of hero worship, a redeemable flawed character, and a drunk dialed call unlike any other..."
"Simone writes about love at a distance, and the love of distance, with a rich, poetic depth."
- ASIN : B01HHKC9FE
- Publication date : June 23, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 11953 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #418,658 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Oh, the prologue was a bad way to start (and, by definition, NOT a prologue). I'm going to assume, unless there's a warning or it sounds like a high angst plot, that a romance book is going to have a HEA. But I want to make that journey WITH the characters. I don't want it thrust in my face right away like I don't understand I'm reading a ROMANCE. There was absolutely no need to start the book with that style of "prologue." But it's only a few pages. Or just skip it, as another reviewer recommends.
This book is similar to her other two in the above mentioned - I have come to expect Kay to offer good writing, real characters you can/want to invest in, and a good story. With this book, she did not disappoint.
I like both the main characters, Kurt and Patrick, who are flawed in their own ways. I also like the third MC, space/Hermes space mission. Was an interesting way to create and see a lovestory unfold. Strong secondary characters as well. We get a glimpse of Patrick's history/struggles, but not much in terms of Curt's background (other than what we are told).
I wish it was longer - explored more after the space mission. The beginning does jump between "real time" and a previous (but related) TV interview. So, I had to adjust for that. However, I would strongly recommend this author and this book to anyone that enjoys the tier of M/M romance where it is not just crummy dialogue and overzealous sex, but a good story with realistic characters.
Indeed, I let this anger get the best of me early because the first half of the book is so heavily into the details of space exploration and flashbacks on how Curt Larkin completely screwed up his career and life and then rescued both almost accidentally that I was wondering when the romance was going to develop.
Well, that happened out-of-the-blue with more details of Patrick Harte's life and how he and Curt manage to share their life philosophies. All this while Patrick serves as the space vehicle's anchor in the role of mission operations director--CAPOOMM--the guy who is control of everything on the ground and in space.
Wow! This is a brilliant way to handle the developing plotline and romance, and it is truly unique and stands apart as incredibly smart and very successful.
What is most remarkable is that I really didn't pay too much attention to the cover art until near the end and discovered that had it been blank I would have imagined Curt on the left and Patrick on the right to look exactly how they are portrayed between the covers. That's the hallmark of a seriously good writer.
Get this book and be very patient with it--but under no circumstances should you read the Prologue.
I am SO close to giving this five stars. I've always been a big fan of attraction across distance (and there is definitely distance in this one!), where attraction happens based on personalities and not lust.
Patrick has a great personality that makes him likeable to other characters and to the reader, and he quickly wins over us all when he becomes CAPCOM (can I just add that I love the abbreviated titles/nicknames they use to refer to each other?)
Curt calls himself a bastard, but he is far from. He has a little bit of bite that is mainly expressed in snark and sarcasm - another favorite of mine - and Patrick responds to it so well.
My only concern was the writing style. It is written in the present tense, which you get used to after a while. But. The way the background story/flashbacks are written were unnecessarily complicated to read because they are written like transcripts of interviews, and that pulled me a little out of the story to comprehend that.
“He made me use my mad voice, Laxmi,” Perez says. All of the anger and authority has drained from his tone. “Is he going to keep doing that? I don’t like doing that.”
“Oh my God. Please tell me you took notes. Please tell me I’m hearing the sound of cheeseburger notes.”
Top reviews from other countries
I wasn't sure what to expect from the book as it's not conventional in the respect that the 2 main characters don't actually meet in person until near the end but I really, really enjoyed it.
The relationship between the characters develops through their conversations but there is enough back story about both the main men to give this story some depth and perhaps explain why these 2 men found each other.
I enjoyed the book so much that I signed up for Kay's newsletter and read the bonus chapter.
Thank you Kay for this wonderful adventure.