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Moonstruck (Borderlands #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  936 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Peace was for little girls
And Coalition starship admiral Brit Bandar was one tough woman. A mere intergalactic treaty could never get her to trust the Drakken Horde. There was too much bad blood between the Coalition and the Horde and, for intensely personal reasons, Brit wasn't sure that she was through spilling it! But now a peaceful accord had made Finn Rorkken, a notor
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 26th 2008 by HQN Books
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Mar 26, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vaginal-sf
I mean, I dunno what to say with this one. When you're in a SF universe and a character is referencing "Devil meets Prada" which only THREE years later dates the book, how in the world can you believe that you're in a world where there are space ships and alternate races? UUUUUGH.

In the VERY narrow category of SF/Romance genre, I list this on my shelf because there was something cool going on with the main character and her hero, namely that SHE was the hard edged and alpha one, and the dude did
Moonstruck is moderately entertaining, but shallow. Ordinarily that would be fine with me; sometimes a fun, fluffy space opera is exactly what I want. But for a book whose major themes include loss, vengeance, racial discrimination, and cultural integration, the lack of depth is disappointing.

One problem I have with this novel is that the major characters surrender their prejudices and overcome their demons a little too easily, given how much those failings defined them at the beginning of the n
Sarah S
Aug 07, 2011 Sarah S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-romance
As a romance, solid characters. As military science fiction, no. Just, no.
Laz the Sailor
Jan 16, 2012 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This was a good solid scifi romance. It contains all the usual themes, the H and h should hate each other, they both have tormented pasts, they are surrounded by interesting secondary characters (who will get their own books someday). All that said, the scifi was reasonably strong, and the characters were unique. The surrounding troubles were well constructed, and I did not anticipate the end twist until just before it was unveiled.

The sex was more NC-17 than XXX, which seems to be the author's
Dec 08, 2008 Di rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a silly attempt at sci-fi romance. Something about spaceships and warring factions that unite over a treaty... Basically, two people on opposite sides fall in lust and then in love, conquering impossible odds (seriously, she was the leading Admiral that killed a bunch of people of his race and he was one of the leading warleaders who was heavily involved in the war). Not believable and not particularly enjoyable.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
3.5 Stars, I really liked it. Dealt with PTSD and other issues of war, so it was a tad deeper than your typical romance novel. Was my first Susan Grant book, definitely makes me want to read more.

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Jul 01, 2016 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 7, sf, 2008
Moonstruck - Susan Grant
Borderlands, Book 1; SF Romance; 7/10
I like Susan Grant. Again, fun reads in a realistic but not overly complicated setting. This is the first in a new series that follows on from her last trilogy of books about the Jasper family. Those finished with an internal coup and peace after decades of war. Now the opposing sides have to learn to live together. In particular, Brit Bandar, starship commander and her second in command Finn Rokken. Both have past issues to get past a
Sep 17, 2008 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A huge interstellar war has just ended and as a symbol of the new peace soldiers from both side are to serve together on the spaceship Unity. Finn, a former captain from the losing Horde side is assigned to be second-in-command under the famous Admiral Brit Bandar, who is still mad that she failed to blow him to bits during the war. She additionally hates the Horde because they killed her husband and son. In a pleasant change from standard romance trope, both Brit and Finn mostly behave like the ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Christy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-meetup

An okay read. I thought the beginning was interesting and the set-up had lots of potential, but the execution just wasn't all that great. I didn't feel really confident in her world-building; I was always aware that this was a story written by someone instead of being immersed in it and feeling that these people and their world really existed. This book definitely suffered in comparison by being read at the same time as A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold. Now there is someone whose world-
I wanted this to be a bit longer and it got a little bit silly with some romance cliches thrown in. It seemed like the ending was a bit tacked on. But in general I was really impressed with this book. It kept me pretty glued to the pages and made me want to read more by the author.
Jul 04, 2008 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
I enjoyed this newest offering from Grant and I'm looking forward to more in the series. Her characters are richly drawn and the story pulls the reader in.
Oct 01, 2011 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread of an old favourite, but still such fun, a space opera story of an Admiral and her toyboy pirate.
Gave up many times on Moonstruck, I might have been a bit too stubborn just because I hate to leave books unfinished. So it was a stop and go task for me in the end, and not worth my time.

Why was it so disappointing? Despite some good passages, it was not believable and sometimes even irritating. The story revolves over how two crews of former enemies come together just behind peace to work as one. Susan Grant’s theme could have been loss, hatred, racial discrimination versus acceptance and in
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Moonstruck started off well, with an interesting storyline and some foreshadowing of trouble ahead for all concerned. With the strong set-up, I expected more than Grant delivered in what followed. Finn and Brit were both interesting characters, but they weren't developed as well as they could have been. The backstories for both characters had so much untapped potential for tension, emotion, a
Aug 08, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Action oriented futuristic/science fiction romance. [Call it SF lite, maybe?:] I liked the setup - trying to turn people who have been enemies for a 1000 years into allies - or at least peaceful cohabitors. Some want the Alliance to succeed, others want the war to return. Three cultures on a collision course...

The hero and heroine were good characters. The hero is interesting and charming and he's also tired to death of war. He sees in the Alliance his chance to 'make good', both for
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
3.5 stars
This is probably one of the better sci-fi novels I have read, they aren't really my thing, but I keep trying them.
My biggest issues was Brit never really...I never really started to like her. I understood her whole outlook and her vengeance will be mine mentality and I was sad for her, and maybe a little conflicted for her (for like a second), but about the third time she's berating herself for wanting Finn, I wanted to slap her.
Also, her hatred and sadness and inability to be authentic
I so enjoyed this book, but then it combines my two favourite genres... scifi and romance. Yeah!
I try not to include paranormal or psychic stuff in my scifi romance list as I like my scifi more 'scientific' like star trek. That's right, I'm a trekkie.
Susan Grant's heroes are always Alpha's who almost seem beta in that they usually think before they act. Rather refreshing really. Think, Captain Picard rather than Captain Kirk. The heroines can take care of themselves. They are strong heroines wh
Aug 28, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi Romance Fans
#1 Borderlands series - Sci Fi Romance

The Coalition's (good guys) war with the Drakken Horde (bad guys) is finally over. Starship Admiral Brit Bandar has been immersed in war and battles for so long that the peace treaty with the Drakken and her new peacetime assignment takes her out of her comfort zone.

The Coalition assigns as her second in command her arch-enemy, Drakken Warleader Finn Rorkken. The Coaltion's treaty brings changes to draw the former Drakken enemies into the Coalition's world -
I actually stopped reading about 20 pages in, mostly because I hated the female character already. She wakes up in bed with a man who's not the hero. I have so many issues with that I won't even go into it. Yeah, I get it, they hadn't met yet, they weren't together, blah blah blah. If I am reading a book that isn't specifically about one woman and her multiple partners (e.g., Mona Lisa series, Anita Blake books from 9ish to about 16? Where did I quit that series? Nevermind) I don't like my H/h's ...more
Queen Bee
Sep 06, 2012 Queen Bee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Susan Grant book. I fell right into the story and enjoyed the whole thing. The story goes along at a nice clip and the world building is done well. There aren't a ton of details but Ms. Grant gave enough to make it totally believable without weighing the reader down with TMI. I am giving Moonstruck 4 stars. I waffled alittle between 3 and 4 but because I haven't anything negative to say I went with 4.
The main characters deal with some hard stuff and there is some extreme viole
Oct 10, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story a lot. The heroine is a tough by-the-book space captain on the winning side of a war. The hero is a not-too-respectable one-time pirate on the losing side, who's always ready to grab onto whatever good thing happens to him and hang on with both hands. He's been spending his own money to feed his crew, trying to keep everything together, when the head of the new coalition government makes him an offer he can't turn down. They want to blend the three societies--the winners and l ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, space-opera
I saw this book as a guest review on Smart Bitches, and it got an A- grade (yes, I'm jealous, because that doesn't happen very often). So I bought it for my Nook, and I'm glad that I did. :)

I really enjoyed Moonstruck. It's got some dark, gritty politics, and complex world building. The story flows very quickly. Almost too quickly, because the big drama was resolved way too fast for me. I feel like that may be a result of being restricted by word count, and I would've happily read more.

I loved
Jan 25, 2009 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance, 2009
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3.5 stars This was a sweet little Sci-Fi Romance, although definitely more Romance than Sci-Fi. The world building was sketchy and confusing at first, and even once it developed more it was secondary to the love plot.

I liked Brit, but I would have liked to see a little badassness from her instead of just hearing of her long career. I know she is the Admiral now, and she was good and strong in that role, but I couldn't picture her as a cadet actually fighting. Her past was the main thing that ma
Dayna Smith
Cool science fiction romance. This tale reminds me of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Coalition and the Drakken Horde have signed a peace treaty after years of war. They have formed a new alliance and are building space ships manned by crews representing both factions (i.e. Federation and Klingons). It is actually a very good tale. Admiral Brit Bandar (aka Stone-Heart) is a legend. Her very name inspires fear and hatred among the Drakken. Her new assignment is the Unity, the flagship of the ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
one of the few romances i've read that weren't earthbound in some way. Intergalactic romance has usually fell short for me with the exception of only a few (like 1 other) series. But i am happy to say this series ranks right up there with great intergalactic romance and intensely human emotion. The characters were full and well developed and the romance was believable and heart wrenching at the same time. I look forward to more in the series.
My only complaint is that i seem to have missed a bit
Darla Stokes
Aug 31, 2014 Darla Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first ship with a combined crew of Coalition, Drakken, and Human is captained by Coalition superstar Brit Bandar, with Finn Rorkken, former Drakken pirate, as her second-in-command.

There was a nice investigation of the concepts of command and what happens when former enemies are forced to work together.

The primary human character was obnoxious, dated, and not very believable (a male pilot whose concept of "Earth Culture" was Rubik's Cubes, mood rings, and a DVD of The Devil Wears Prada???),
Aug 29, 2012 Jazz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Moonstruck came to my attention while browsing for some interesting sci-fi with a bit of romance thrown in. I knew more or less what I was getting going into it, still more than a bit of a letdown. It stared good, and it intrigued me, but after the half mark it went downhill. The rather serious themes of war, its consequences and inevitable crimes and monstrosities are dealt with in a rather cavalier manner, it made me balk.
Edit: It's a space-romp with predictable and happy endings all around,
Jan 23, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
I read Grant's earlier books (the series based on Earth) and really enjoyed them. This one was disappointing for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it wasn't believable to me that the heroine could fall in love with the hero, who was from the same place/race as the people who murdered her young family. Grant's first series in this universe was relatively light-hearted -- this one, decidedly not so, and I don't think enough time was spent on resolving some really serious issues.

The secondar
Aug 23, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read but a good one!

Brit Bandar is a tough as nails Coalition starship admiral trying to deal with having a former enemy (due to a peace treaty) serving on board her ship. Finn is a warlord with a long battle record against those he now has to work with. He and the admiral do not get along and of course sparks will fly with two such personalities! Love usually is strong enough to overcome adversity, but will it be strong enough to overcome Brit's past?

If you like solid sci-fi romance pick
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When NY Times/USA Today bestselling author and Air Force veteran Susan Grant isn’t driving an 18-wheeler (a 747 jumbo jet) she loves writing romantic, action-packed stories featuring gutsy woman and honorable men. Flying to exotic places and trying every kind of food imaginable helps Susan bring her sci-fi worlds alive for readers. She is a winner of the prestigious RITA award for her book Contact ...more
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