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Starheart (Ptorix Empire) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 1, 2012
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About the Author
Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours. To find out more about Greta and her books, visit her website at http://gretavanderrol.net/
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I loved Jess. She is a strong, sexy, kickass heroine who still has her vulnerable side. At first, I did not like the hero, Admiral Hudson. On their first date, he seems to essentially interrogate Jess about the death of her husband (not exactly sexy date conversation) and I didn't feel the chemistry. I also spent the first quarter of the book thinking that he is kind of a womanizing, arrogant tool. I eventually warmed up to him but I never fell in love with him. He definitely isn't one of my favorite heroes but I was still rooting for Jess to have a happily ever after with him.
The story is interesting and the universe is well thought out. Overall, it was a very enjoyable reading experience.
Reason for not giving it a full 5 stars: I would have liked more text on the hero, Admiral Hudson, rather than on the best friend. What was there on the scenes with the best friend in the mining world was great, but it felt odd and almost jarring to the storyline to have the focus on a person whom I would expect to be a minor character. I also found the extra marital affair unnecessary and distracting.
Anyway, I look forward to the next sci-fi story from this author, hopefully with more highlight on the romance.
It's also interesting to read a non-American author.
American romance writers generally are very politically correct and prefer euphemisms to the correct words - the villains "hurt" people when they actually "kill" them; characters don't "die", they "pass" (and the "over" is also usually left off, so one wonders what they pass, maybe a test?).
This Australian author cheerfully ignores euphemisms and shows the regrettable but realistic side of humanity in homophobia and xenophobia (the "ptorix" cleverly become "toe-rags"; or maybe it was vice-versa during the writing).
Well worth the read.
Most recent customer reviews
I loved Jess right from the beginning. While she's beautiful, that's not the only defining characteristic.Read more
This was a fun book, in the true spirit of classic space opera akin to Star Trek and it's ilk, with good tension and interesting plot twists.Read more