Review: Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

Just when I thought I knew exactly where this series was going, this book proved me wrong. This is not a third installment of Chas and Sully’s story. Now we are breaking away to see Phillip get his HEA.

This is a standalone romance, but the bigger picture of the story arc is really a continuation from the first two books, so I would suggest you read those first. When we first met Philip in Gabriel’s Ghost, I really thought he would be fodder for a love triangle, but it didn’t go that way. And though the author did establish he was not the right man for Chas, she did a great job of setting him up as a guy who deserved a happy ending. Philip is a good man who takes his service seriously. And now he has joined the rag tag group of rebels fighting against those plotting to unravel society.

Rya, the heroine, is a new character. She is 29 years old and an elite soldier in her own right. Her father was one of those killed by the machinations of the bad guys. She wants revenge, but more than that, she wants to put things right. So she joins Phillip’s crew. I mention her age because she is 16 years younger than Philip. Generally, I am not a fan of a May-December romance, but with Rya almost 30 years old, I didn’t feel like it was gross. She is clearly a grown woman capable of making her own choices without daddy issues getting in the way.

Of course, the age thing is a factor for Phillip. He knew Rya’s father and there’s a whole dynamic about that and being attracted to one of his subordinates. But that thread of the forbidden is like candy for me and I was excited and on the edge of my seat waiting for these two to finally act on their attraction.

This book feels less sweeping then the others. It takes place in a very short period of time and it’s more about the journey in the first leg of their efforts than the big picture mission. There is less cool alien stuff than in the first two books, which I kind of missed, but it helped give this book its own identity. Though it obviously happens on a spaceship, in some ways it feels a little less sci-fi and more about the suspense of figuring out which crew members are actually undercover bad guys trying to sabotage the mission.

I liked Rya, though her constant insecurities about her appearance detracted at times for me. Her constant berating of herself for the 30 pounds she thought she needed to lose made me a little sad, though I guess it rings a little true when many of us feel like we would be more attractive if we could just change something about our bodies.

I liked that Philip had this uptight and contained side, but underneath he is a man with feelings and passions that are hard to hold back. Rya is far more overt which is cool too, but it makes for an interesting dynamic between them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, even as it felt like a little bit of a departure from the other installments in the series. I am a little disappointed that the final book in the series features two characters we’ve never met before. In my heart, I was still holding out for Wren getting a book. But it’s not to be. At least we got some updates on Chas and Sully here, even if we don’t see the characters on page. Hopefully, the last book will dip into the characters I’ve grown to know and love.

Linnea Sinclair really is a great author in this genre.

Rating: B

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Hope’s Folly
by Linnea Sinclair
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Publisher: Bantam

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