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Soothe the Burn

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  248 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Captain Alvix has a secret. One he’s managed to keep hidden for years until a stranger comes to his rescue and shakes up Alvix’s perfect world. Suddenly, Alvix finds himself doing things he never imagined he would and revealing his deepest secret to a man made of metal.

Lieutenant Cooper is the leader of an elite group of military men. Their loyalty to the Galactic Militar...more
ebook, 195 pages
Published February 7th 2010 by Amber Allure
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I enjoyed this M/M sci-fi very much though I've ended up giving 3 stars. There's adventure, other worlds and hot guys so it was halfway to being a 4 or even 5 star read. What lost me those stars was that the romance could have had more feeling. It felt robotic...just going through the motions. No angst, no real passion. The emotional connection that was there in T A Chase's other books was missing here. Alvix could have ended up with any of the other men in the team and there would have been oka...more
Elisa Ramblings
I think that with this futuristic novel T.A. Chase wanted to have fun: even if we are talking of battles in alien planet, and so, basically very tricky situations, I have never felt like the men were really in danger, and instead, there were even some funny moments.

Alvix is trying to escape is endured slavery; it’s not clear how he managed it, but he has a small spaceshift and he wants to leave the planet as soon as possible, only that the spaceshift has a flat tire! Or something similar. Like...more
Feb 22, 2010 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
Alvix (and I do like that name) is trying to get his ship fixed when a man of metal offers to help him in exchange for transporting him and his men to rescue their team. Cooper and his team are part of a military experiment where their skin as it is damaged turns to flexible titanium metal. They get captured on the rescue mission by a fire people but Alvix offers to be the king’s play thing in exchange for letting the others go as he is a fire eater and can’t be killed by fire. Cooper doesn’t wa...more
Are you having some serious cravings of PURPLE? Are you in search of cliche, one-dimensional mother of Mary Sue of an MC/MCs? Are you looking to bask in porny space opera-y not-really-well-explained-world-y-ness? Then this book is for you!

What was up with these metal people? First I was under the impression they were actual cyborg-y-looking things. And then we're told the metal's more of a patchwork-y thing? What exactly is a GalMil? Why do these characters find themselves wanting to do things t...more
Jimmy Hanson
Unique. I loved the concept but was surprised that there was actually a 'team' of 'metal men' instead of just one. Still, wow.

But for the length of novel it was, I kept feeling like it was skimming over too much. Alvix sacrifices himself for Coop and his team and it's put across very well why, but there's no definite time difference between anything - the travel time from when he's hired, to when they're taken, to when he sacrifices himself, to when he's recovered ... and all of this happens wit...more
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I liked this story, I wanted to give it 4 stars, but I didn't. Why? I had some problem with sudden change of character of Alvix. I understand he was through a lot, but his behaviour changed so drasticaly it was unbelievable. Maybe if the book was longer and the concept was better developed - maybe I wouldn't have that feeling it was suddenly someone totally different I was reading about.

Also, the part about (view spoiler) wa...more
Brenda (b)
Set a future where humans now travel throughout the universe, it seems somethings haven't changed. The military is still trying to create the perfect soldier and Cooper and his squad are one of their experiments. They ask Alvix to help them with their rescue mission and soon discover he's more than he seems to be. When GalMil (Galactic Military) makes the same discovery, he becomes a target for their labs. Cooper & company must help him stay free.

TA Chase does her usual excellent job of stor...more
I found Soothe the burn to be rather odd. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but it was still kind of out there. I mean a guy who gets technically kidnapped by aliens he has never met before, then he decides to trade his life for theirs? Not really realistic. I thought that the abuse Alvix went through did not really serve any purpose. I don't mind abuse or sexual assault in a book, but only if it helps the story line along and this just did not fit in that category. Other than that I enjoyed...more
The main idea for this story is pretty solid. From the start I got pulled into Alvix life. He was an interesting character. Cooper, the leader of an elite group of military men, was also temperamental, enjoyable character. All other team members weren't as developed and Alvix and Cooper, but even so I like them.
After re-reading the story today, I'm sure this story lacks at some parts and has a lot of wholes. This made it harder to fully enjoy the story as it was written. I'm sure it could be wr...more
I actually really liked this. The story-line was great as well as the characters.

My only wish would be to have had the time-gaps filled with some story.. especially that 6 month gap towards the end when they had to split up for the next mission.

All-in-all though a great read and universe that I hope T.A. Chase shows us more of.
Jun 21, 2011 Mountie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: M/M readers of pure Sci/Fi
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi, military
Different but in a good way. I found the premise interesting.
Interesting short story, a bit short on the emotional side.
3,5 stars
Nice space romance, easy quick read!
An interesting Sci-fi love story.
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