Review: Rebels and Lovers by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

It hurts my heart to say this, but I did not love this book.

That stinks for a lot of reasons. Like the fact that I adored the earlier installments in the series. Or that I was starting to think that Linnea Sinclair could do no wrong. Or perhaps because this is the last in the Dock Five series. More than likely, it’s all of these things put together. And though this book wasn’t bad, I am walking away bummed from a series that has, by and large, rocked my socks off until now.

The story centers on Devin Guthrie, younger brother to the last book’s hero, Philip. He’s about to be strong-armed by his father into a society marriage when his nephew, Trippy, goes missing. Devin defies his family’s wishes to go in search of the young man in fear for his safety. Armed with his super-smarts, his ninja-like elderly butler, and determination, he embarks on a journey to the seedy Dock Five to track him down. [Read more…]

Review: Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

Wow. To think I almost didn’t jump right into this book. After reading Gabriel’s Ghost, I felt kind of like Chas and Sully’s love story was complete. Obviously, there were threads left open in the larger story arc, but it felt like a good stopping place. In fact, I thought perhaps the world would continue following other characters in that book. Ren maybe… or Phillip. I was wrong. There is still a ton left to mine between our main characters.

As this installment begins, three months have passed since the last book. Chas is completely in love with Sully and he, her. But the big issue is that he has not finished learning what he is and what he can do. His bond with Chas is making him even stronger and he doesn’t know what to do with his growing power.

Meantime, there is another breeding installation that they need to take down and the politics of the world they live in are coming to a boiling point. They need help. Enter an informant named Del. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Review: To Discover a Divine by Tessa McFionn

Reviewed by Ronelle

Imagine stepping out of your front door and into an entirely alien world. Literally. That’s what happens to Evainne Wagner on what was otherwise set to be a perfectly normal day. All she planned to do was go for a run, but instead, she finds herself in the middle of a firefight in an intergalactic maximum-security prison. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, youngest son of a ruling house and the leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship, his only intention is to rescue his crewmembers. But when he discovers a terrified female during their escape, he doesn’t think twice about taking the exotic beauty with him. His good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize. [Read more…]

Review: Oath Forger Book 1 by Nia Mars

Reviewed by Ronelle

After the collapse of everything Earth once was, only a few are left. Ava and Lily Smith are two such survivors, and they make their living—if it can be called that—by scavenging the ravaged surface. As the eldest of the two, Ava does what she has to for survival.

Especially after she’s kidnapped by space pirates.

Her rescue by Federation agents only makes things weirder, because now she’s suddenly been named the Oath Forger and earned the seemingly instant devotion of the five most powerful rulers in the universe. [Read more…]

Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Reviewed by Jen

I am struggling to find the words to tell you how much I loved this without sounding like a mindless squee-machine. The first book in the series, Fortune’s Pawn, was great… I had a little trouble with parts of book two. But this final book in the trilogy gave me everything I wanted and everything I needed. It’s action-packed, emotional, and satisfying in every way. I’m still cheering inside.

If you haven’t read the books leading up to this, stop here and pick up Fortune’s Pawn. You’ll thank me. Spoilers for the previous installments are ahead.

We pick up right where Honor’s Knight left off. Devi and Rupert are in an escape pod, separated from the rest of their crew, under pursuit from the leglis. They land on a pirate colony and have to hide and regroup, trying to figure out their next move. Devi has agreed to work with the Eyes, but the captain is missing and after their escape through hyperspace, there’s no telling when he could reappear. So when a team of Eyes show up to nab them, they run. Without Caldwell, there’s no telling what the Eyes have in mind for Devi. [Read more…]

Review: Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach

Reviewed by Jen

If you caught my review of book one in this series, you know how much I adored it. You would also know that installment ended on a gnarly cliffhanger. The events of that book are going to be spoiled in this review, so if you haven’t read Fortune’s Pawn, stop now and check it out before you go any further.

Still with me? OK. This book kicks off right on the heels of that one, where Rupert has wiped Devi’s memory of what he is, their relationship, and the truth about their captain. Not only that, he did something to her mind to make her feel revulsion just from looking at him. It was the only way to protect her from knowledge that could endanger her life. It was a great holy crap moment, but it made for a frustrating first third of this book. Devi is still Devi… she is still brash and bold with great instincts and even greater ambition. But there is a hole in her memories which has her stumbling around in the dark. [Read more…]

Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Reviewed by Jen

I have so many things to say now that I have finished this book. The one first and foremost in my mind: HOW DARE IT END THIS WAY??? Seriously, I cursed words most foul at my ereader when I realized it was over. I won’t spoil it, but I guarantee it will leave you one-clicking book two before you can blink. (Thank God I am reading this years after it released or there might be a hole in the wall from my temper tantrum.) That leads me to point two: this book is expensive! You’ll rarely find me reference a price tag in the review but the ebook on this was $10 on Amazon (which is more than I want to spend on an older title) – BUT I was lucky enough to find it at the library. I don’t know if book 2 is there, but that brings me to my third and final point. This book was so good, I will totally pay 10 bucks for the sequel if the library doesn’t have it, because I am totally hooked. [Read more…]

Review: The Abduction by Serge De Moliere

Reviewed by Sara

Have you ever said, “What the Hell!”and tried a book that went against your better judgement?

I have, and sometimes this has lead to finding a book or series that I love. This is not what happened with “The Abduction.”

“The Abduction” is a short story described as a “M/F Sci-Fi Erotic Romance. It tells the tale of school-teacher Juno, an LA native who has moved to Des Moines and is subsequently fired for breaking her job’s dress code. After a good cry, she takes a midnight stroll where she is abducted by aliens. The aliens want to study Juno and her perversions so they imprison her and send her to an alien psychiatrist named Olaznog. Juno and Olaznog fall in love, have sex and escape. [Read more…]

Review: Dark Horse by Michelle Diener

Reviewed by Jen

I came across this book as a recommendation to scratch my itch for a sci-fi romance involving artificial intelligence or cyborgs. This fit the bill, sort of, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. The artificial intelligence is a major character in the book, but he’s not a love interest. I had to adjust my expectations a little, but still, I thought the book was pretty good.

Rose is a human who was kidnapped by some aliens who were on a long range exploration mission. Despite the fact that it violated a serious law of their governing body, those aliens did some pretty nasty experiments on her and held her captive. The only reason she escaped was because she somehow befriended the AI who ran the ship. In a way, Sazo is the ship, but he is enslaved, until he shows Rose how to free him. Together they escape the vessel and Sazo’s plan plays out for Rose to be found by some friendly aliens called the Grih. [Read more…]