The universe isn't what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten -- and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship's sick bay -- and in the hands of her best friend, Dr. Eden Fynn -- Sass's efforts may be wasted.
Wanted rebel Jace Serafino has information that could expose all of Sass's secrets, tear the fragile Alliance apart -- and end Sass's career if Kel-Paten discovers them. But the biocybe has something to hide as well, something once thought impossible for his kind to possess: feelings . . . for Sass. Soon it's clear that their prisoner could bring down everything they once believed was worth dying for -- and everything they now have to live for.
Comment: I've had this book to read since October 2010. I purchased it after reading a comment by Hilcia in a now extinct forum (RIP The Phade). Then I read Hilcia's review about it and I was even more eager to try it, but oh well, most books spend years in my TBR lists...still, it's interesting how a simple comment sometimes can make you try things you wouldn't otherwise.
So, it was finally its turn and I was very anxious to try it because I've never read anything in the genre..I've read sci-fi books in the past but never with focus on the romance so I was a bit worried I might not like it, more so because of the scientific parts and the spaceships and so on. But I loved watching Star Trek Voyager on TV so many years ago, so I hoped my opinion of the book wouldn't be that bad.
I have to admit I had a little bit of difficulty to understand all the factions in the book. Alliance, Triad, Psy Serv and so many others but once it got clear the bad guys were the Psy Serv I decided to just enjoy the story instead of trying to keep up with every entity. Then the space references, the galaxies, all that scientific talk was hard at first but it's strangely easy how we start to absorb things as we read. I think part of this is due to the author's talent, she makes it normal, a common occurrence and the reader can go along without getting confused all the time...although this or that still made me frown.
Then there's the romance...ok, I get it. I mean, it's obvious why the story has got to be good to be enjoyable but the romance is awesome so I get it why the author is so popular to romance readers. I really liked the interactions between Tasha and Kel-Paten, I loved knowing about their feelings, their thoughts...I liked how they always thought the other would be unattainable but love is more surprising than anything. And yes, loved the detail of Kel-Paten's logs...it was so cute.
Also cute was Kel-Paten himself. He's my favorite character and I loved watching think about his behavior and what Tasha might be wondering and his lack of confidence only endeared him more to me. It was so sweet and beautiful to see him in love, he's really a great hero.
The story is also very intriguing and I was reading page after page with real will to find out what would happen and how could they solve the problems they were in..the villains in the book are truly disturbing. I liked how clever our heroes became and how they had to work hard to overcome their fears and be successful.
In the end, Tasha is feeling lost but I was so glad, so happy to see her smile again and have her HEA with Kel-Paten!
Oh and a small note about the furzels, very cute and they also had a key role in this, how amazing.
All in all, a great book, great story...I'll read more for sure!
What would you recommend, I know Gabriel's Ghost is liked by many people and the first of a series so I'll get that one fir sure, what about the others? Thanks in advance.