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- File Size : 2483 KB
- Publication Date : June 23, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 148 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0737DN6B8
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #524,010 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a great story...a lot better than expected TBH. I loved Sparrow and liked Xavier very much as well. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm already planning to try more of her work. My only complaint...no notice when switching PoVs so you have to be aware.
Sparrow is a tech slave that works for a weapons manufacturer named Bishop. Sparrow has a mild form of autism and has a need for order and to make things work. Bishop took advantage of that and used Sparrow to engineer dangerous weapons. Sparrow was very young when Bishop acquired her and she doesn't remember much about her life before.
Xavier is a Laconian hybrid, a cross between alien races, Eriopis and Enyo. One race is telepathic and the other is empathetic and through normal methods, the crossing of the 2 races would have ended in a miscarriage but a scientist engineered Xavier and his brothers in a lab. Xavier is now sworn to the Parvac Empire and is sent on a mission to find a weapons manufacturer that's been making illegal weapons.
Growing up raised by AIs (artificially intelligent robots) and making weapons, Sparrow didn't know much about the world outside. There were other tech slaves that Bishop had kidnapped for their skills and through observing them, Sparrow learned to crave freedom. She was smart about it and after finding a crashed escape pod near the compound, Sparrow fixed it in secret until it was functional and she could escape. Sparrow does manage to get off planet but is having issues finding an inhabited planet when she encounters a ship. The ship is Xavier's and he takes her on-board and Sparrow is alright with it once she realizes that the ship isn't the AIs she's sure Bishop has sent after her. Xavier gives her medical attention and finds that a bond snaps into place between them, making him quickly realize that Sparrow is meant to be his woman.
Thankfully, Sparrow is attracted to Xavier and although she's interested in experiencing freedom, she's perfectly happy to do so with Xavier. Xavier knows that Bishop will be after Sparrow so he works on ways to capture Bishop and his co-conspirators while Sparrow experiences things. Sparrow has never been a girly girl and that doesn't change as on their first shopping trip, her tastes leaning more towards functional than frilly. What really got her excited was when Xavier took her to buy tech stuff that she could modify to help keep herself out of Bishop's clutches. This is easier said than done since Bishop and cohorts are crafty and have plenty of AIs and tech to use in getting Sparrow back. Xavier and Sparrow do have to deal with a good amount of danger and some drama as well but once everything is settled, they're together and starting on a weel deserved HEA together.
I enjoyed this story greatly. I really liked Sparrow...maybe because I'm a tomboy and saw some of me in her. She was also nice and logical, both attributes I really appreciate. Xavier was a really good hero. He's smart and bad@ss and was willing to go to whatever lengths it took to make Sparrow happy (and keep her safe). My only real complaint is the lack of warning in the PoV changes but that's basically it. Overall, I thought the characters were great and the story was really good and very engaging so I'd recommend it. :)
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I am sitting here struggling for words to describe how this was written. The author went from what was happening to one character to the next without even a change of paragraph which left me quite, at times, confused.
The writing had me thinking of essays I have read that were written by teengers. I am really annoyed by how the writin spoiled the story, it was like someone telling you a story that you kniw is really good only they are telling it badly.
Enough said, I'll not read anymore of this authors work, which is a shame because she really does have a brilliant imagination.