Review: Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, it took me a little while to really get into this book. But I have read from this author before, and I enjoyed the other book so much, I really wanted to give this a chance. I’m so glad that I did because I totally ended up a fan of this one too.

The story centers on Chas, a pilot who was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to spend the rest of her life on a dangerous prison planet. But after just a few weeks there, she is rescued by an unlikely savior. Chas thought Gabriel Sullivan had been dead for two years. Before then, she had gone round and round in small skirmishes with the rogue space pirate. They’d even shared kisses. But she did not think she could trust him. Now she doesn’t have much of a choice.

So his rescue plans involve sneaking Chas out under the guise of a religious group. One of his closest companions is Wren, who we learn is part of a race reviled for their telepathic abilities. Only Wren’s skills are largely muted because he is blind. Can I just stop and tell you how much I loved this character? He is such a gentle soul and it was lovely to see the friendship that formed between him and Chas. It also laid the groundwork for difficult discoveries and personal truths she would have to face as the book progressed.

Anyway, so he did not rescue her from the goodness of his heart. He is on a mission and he needs her skills to help him. Of course, there’s more to it than that. He is nursing some serious feelings from their history together. But they are so deliciously tangled by the secrets he is withholding. Secrets that are peeled away just a little bit at a time. And Chas is packing some surprises of her own. I loved watching all of this unfold. The author kept me engaged throughout and I was never entirely sure what was going to happen next.

The romance is… complicated. And it gave me lots of feels. The world building is great. There is a solid plot and plenty of action. Other than the quasi-slow start, I really only have good things to say here. If you are looking for a sci-fi romance, I would definitely recommend this one. Now I am going to go hunt for whatever else is in Linnea Sinclair’s backlist.

Rating: B/B+

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Gabriel’s Ghost
by Linnea Sinclair
Release Date: February 14, 2002


  1. I’m excited to try this because I don’t think there is enough sci-fi romance. Anne – Books of My Heart

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