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: Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

My sci-fi romance glom continues with new-to-me author Tiffany Roberts. Dustwalker has really great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and though I didn’t love it the way some other readers did, I can say for the most part, I did like it.

Lara is a human who is barely scraping by in the dust-covered ruins of a post-apocalyptic world. The only person she has ever loved is her sister, Tabitha, who has gone missing, presumably with the “bot” who she’d become involved with. Lara, like so many other humans, hates bots. The only ones she has known were part of the “gearhead” crew who follow Warlord, the machine who runs the shantytown where she lives with an iron fist. Lara thinks all bots are like him. Until she meets Ronin. [Read more…]

Review: Land of the Beautiful Dead by R Lee Smith

Reviewed by Jen

This book absolutely, positively blew me away. It is the third book I’ve read from R Lee Smith and like the other two, it reeled me into its amazingly crafted world, tethered my heart to its characters, and despite its impressive 751 pages, left me so very sad once it was over. It’s one of those books that immerses you so completely in its story that you feel at a loss when you come to the end… not because the ending doesn’t satisfy, but because now you have to start to let it all go.

None of Lee’s books feature conventional heroes. The Last Hour of Gann featured a lizardman; Cottonwood had a roachman for crying out loud. With that as my basis of comparison, I didn’t find Azrael the Undying to be shocking at all. Yeah, he’s made of undead flesh and he can make zombies with varying level of sentience; yes, his features are grotesque and I kind of pictured him like Jason Vorhees in the few scenes of Friday the 13th movies where they strip away his mask. But Smith does such a remarkable job making me see beyond those things, that I positively ached for him to find happiness. [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…]

Review: Cottonwood by R Lee Smith

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been on a sci-fi romance kick lately and this one showed up in my Goodreads recommendations with a pretty high average rating. I was intrigued because this the same author who wrote The Last Hour of Gann, which I found riveting. The only thing holding me back: roaches. (DON’T CLICK AWAY!!)

If you’re familiar with Gann, you know the alien hero in that book is a lizardman and that was enough to swallow. Here, the alien hero is a roachman and that might be the single unsexist thing I’ve ever heard of in my life. So I read a bunch of reviews. I stewed on it, then I bought the book. And it was so very good.

The roach thing is real, and the author never lets you forget about it. The thing is, even though I find no living thing as disgusting as a roach, I not only adored this hero, I rooted for the romance 1000%. That is some pretty amazing character building, folks. [Read more…]

Review: Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been on the hunt for a good sci-fi romance and this 10 year-old stand-alone from Linnea Sinclair absolutely hit the spot. Not every element was perfect, but it was sexy and angsty and hit all my happy buttons with a virgin cyborg hero that falls in love despite the restrictions of his programming.

Tasha “Sass” Sebastian is a hotshot pilot with a unsavory past she is trying to leave behind. Her latest assignment puts her under the command of Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, her long-time  sparring partner and not-quite nemesis. The buttoned-up, icy commander is mechanically enhanced, and she enjoys matching wits with him. She has no idea that he’s secretly been in love with her for years. [Read more…]

DNF Review: S.A.R.A.H. by PC Ryan

Reviewed by Ronelle

Robert Vincent is 38 and awkward, a loner who’s never been laid. But the year is 2040 and automaton technology is reaching a new height, so in desperation, Robert orders the latest model, a companion named S.A.R.A.H.. He expects at least an exciting substitute, an escape from the endless chain of disappointments in his real life.

What he gets is a wet dream; a gorgeous woman who literally can’t say no and who is programmed to fulfill every need and desire a guy could have. [Read more…]