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Dark Sun (New Seattle #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  182 ratings  ·  35 reviews

Genre: LGBT Futuristic/Urban Fantasy

Lynx is the spoiled sheltered son of the Dragon Triad, a crime family that rules over futuristic New Seattle. When he gets separated from his cousins during an adventure in the seediest part of town, he meets the man of his dreams in a bar owned by the Phoenix Triad, his family's bitter rivals. After a night spent in passion, his myster

ebook, 120 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Loose Id LLC
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As a fan of dystopian fiction, I was pretty excited to read Dark Sun. The story has a very nice urban fantasy setting that fulfilled that craving I always have for the genre while the characters and plot are decent. They’re not great unfortunately, partly due to the short nature of the novella, and the entire story rushes from start to finish. The characters feel unfinished and somewhat empty as they stick close to pretty well known stereotypes. There is a vague Romeo and Juliet feel to the star ...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I was pleasantly shocked by this book. I bought it years ago but never got around to reading it until today. With that being said, it has the plot of Romeo & Juliet with a twist of Robin Hood added in for good measure.

It's an adventurous story that follows the second son of the Dragon Triad, Lynx, as he accidentally meets the notorious 'Yoru Katana', the thief who is stealing from his family, and becomes infatuated with but who he doesn't know yet is Katana. Except, Katana is actually Orion,
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

Fantastic futuristic world with all the familiar concepts twisted just a bit differently and turned into something extremely interesting. That's about the crudest way I could have described this wonderful story but still made it intriguing enough.

Lynx is the middle son of the Dragon Triad, one of the two most powerful Triads in New Seattle. He is sheltered, naïve and spoiled, but surprisingly enough, he also
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM








There was potential and I wanted it to shine. It was budding, but then it never fully bloomed. So I asked myself…why? What happened?

Full review to come...

3.5 stars

Well, that was fun. Part gay futuristic Romeo and Juliet, part gay futuristic Robin Hood. A bit shallow, but I enjoyed it quite a lot.
I'm going to stop at WOW!!!
As others have mentioned it borrowed heavily from both Romeo & Juliet and Robin Hood (alas no helpful apothecaries or villainous sheriffs showed up). The world building was good, but I didn't get a strong sense for either Lynx or Rion. Lynx was like a little kid just discovering that boundries are flexible and should be tested and that you shouldn't believe everything you're told. Rion, on the other hand, was so enmeshed in Katana's dealings that I had to wonder what led to his self-discover ...more
More of a 4.5 than a 4. A really fantastic story with a nice sense of world building. It has a Romeo and Juliet feel with a bold dash of Robin Hood thrown in. But in all honesty, the story universe and the problems associated with it, rather reminded me of Total Recall. And the ending was rather abrupt. It made the story feel like there's more to come, like it's the first of a series, but nothing on the author's site mentions additional books of the series, if it is.

...I hope so, because there'
This is another one of those books that I've had on my Kindle for ages and just kept passing over. I actually bought this on its release day last year, which shows how long I've been putting it off! But once again, I've been left wondering why I didn't read it sooner. Dark Sun was a wonderful read! It was such a perfect mix of science fiction and romance, and I loved the whole rivals to lovers thing that was going on. Lynx and Orion were awesome main characters. This story was interesting, uniqu ...more
Excellent Romeo & Juliet-esque story of forbidden love mixed up with some Robin Hood-like adventures. A fun, exciting read.
Morgan  Skye
To be totally fair, it should be known that I am not a fan of dystopian stories in general. I was attracted to this story because of the Romeo/Juliet qualities more than anything and MJ O’Shea is a fantastic writer.
Realistically, this is Romeo and Juliet meets Robin Hood – as there is the conflict between the two Triads as well as Orion’s robbing the rich to give to the poor.
The love story was sweet and I liked the two MCs. The smexy scenes were hot and appropriate, not too many, not too few.
I enjoyed this fairly short sci-fi novel (novella).
The writing was competent if a bit simplistic. The plot was pretty good though and kept me reading till the end.
I enjoyed the setup in New Seattle, a polluted, multi-layer city where the rich lived at the top and the poorest at the bottom, in the most polluted air. The city is run by triads who profit from selling medicines that keep those wealthy enough to buy them healthy in the dreadful smog. My cynical side sees all sorts of parallels with
The UHQ Nasanta
3 - 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, which was surprising since these days I'm not too interested in "sweet romance". This book wasn't quite what I had expected, but it was still good in a couple of respects:

The World-building I found it really intriguing. I would have loved to have more information about this world. The author did a pretty decent job with it, but I wanted more such as why (view spoiler)
Elisa Rolle
Dark Sun is a little too sexy to be considered a Young Adult story, but if not for that, the feeling was really “young” and with a Romeo and Jules’s theme (after all, Romeo and Juliet were teenagers…).

Orion and Lynx are respectively, heir and second son of the most important triads in the city, Phoenix and Dragon. To an outsider they are pampered princes, with all the money and the chances in their pocket. In this post-apocalypse Seattle, the city is divided in three level, Cloud Level, Midtown
SlashReads: I first came across M. J. O'Shea's work in the 'Cross Bone's' anthology (you can read my review here), and decided to look into some of her other work. While, the premise of this book was interesting to me, I have to admit that I was less than impressed by it. The work itself is fun but there were a number of things that bothered me.

The first one was the word choice. I was often thrown by the use of common curse words or phrases in this setting. The vernacular and use of certain word
Wendy Ann
Mix together a bit of unique sci-fi, an enemies to friends/lovers theme for the main characters, and a mission that’s reminiscent of Robin Hood’s (steal from the rich to give to the poor) and voila – “Dark Sun”! There were some familiar elements from the author’s style in this particular book (i.e., the sensual steam) and yet it also felt new and unique. I was very intrigued with certain aspects of the futuristic world in which the story was set and would have enjoyed just a bit more in order to ...more
Wow. Amazing book. Highly recommend.
The plot of this story could have been impressively good, if it wouldn't be so rushed. I liked the main couple. Lynx was a bit bland but even so really interesting and good hearted. Orion, who played a role of Robin Hood, was pretty, intelligent guy. I felt a bit disappointed. The end was rushed and stayed to open for my taste. The plot started interesting and pulled me into the story but at end it just didn't fit the bill.
I loved the description of the book, but when i read it, it totally failed my expectations somewhat. The story all in all was amazing, but i just didn't love it like most books. I really thought that Orion should have been the seme or top and Lynx should have been the uke or bottom. I'd actually recommend this story to others even if i didn't think this story was to die for.
Looking for some dystopian literature but not really in the mood for insurmountable problems and excessive angst? Maybe you'd rather your dystopia served with a side of romance. Ok, maybe that was just me. But I certainly enjoyed this simple story set in a post-something-bad Seatte where the sons of two criminal syndicates find love despite the problems of the day.
Jul 11, 2011 Ingrid rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
I liked the book but felt it could have done with a bit more pages. Alot of info was cramped in a few paragraphs and the storyline felt rushed at times. At just under 120 pages it wasn't a long read anyway. So a few more would not have been a problem imo.
it was a very good and very well written dystopian story. a mix of Romeo & Julian and Robin Hood. HFN.
I hope there would be more of those MC.
Sandra Ramirez
I absolutely LOVED this book. It had everything. Love, danger, spy, crime, & a hero or two. I wished that there would be a sequel, I sure do hope so.
4.5 stars. I really liked this book, it had an intriguiing romeo and romeo plot to it. I hope there will be a sequel in the near future.
Brannan Black
Action, adventure, intrigue and hot guys all in a well written package. What's not to like? Can't wait for the sequel!
Wasn't at all what I expected from the book blurb and never finished reading it. Real disappointment.
Floating between 3.5 and 4 so I've gone for 4 stars. Really enjoyable read that ended a little to abruptly.
It was good but just as the story started to be really interesting the book ended :(
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M.J. O'Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she's not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

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