Unputdownable. I was up to the wee hours reading this one. Easily one of my favorite reads this year! Pure escapist reading at it's best, romance doesUnputdownable. I was up to the wee hours reading this one. Easily one of my favorite reads this year! Pure escapist reading at it's best, romance doesnt get any better than this for me. :P...more
Each of these terms could be used to describe Justina Robson's novel Keeping it Real (1st in her Quantum Gravity series)Sci-Fi?
Each of these terms could be used to describe Justina Robson's novel Keeping it Real (1st in her Quantum Gravity series). But each in and of itself would be a misnomer. An intriguing mix of all three, in addition to a "destined for each other" love story and yes, sex- How could I resist?
The book begins by describing how some time in the not too distant future, a massive explosion of a superconductor causes the thinning, and in some places- outright tearing- of the veil separating our world and the realms that coexist beside us. Since the explosion, euphemistically called "The Quantum Bomb", the inhabitants of each realm are now communicating with Earth - all except the Elven realm that is.
After a deadly encounter with some nefarious otherworlders, Lila Black is supposed to be dead. Her body is stained and torn apart by the death magic used against her, but her ambiguous employers have rebuilt her. Now, dead to her family and living undercover, she's part machine/part woman and assigned to protect an Elf who has crossed into Otopia (formerly known as Earth) and is making a name for himself as a rock musician.
Upon meeting Zal, the mysterious Elf who is more than what he seems, a game is started between them. One that will lead her into the Elven world where intrigue abounds and where Zal and Lila find themselves involved in a plot that will not only endanger their worlds, but also their hearts.
This book had many things going for it and a couple things against it.
What I liked? The world Robson's attempting to create and the complete flipping on it's ear of what a romantic hero and heroine should look and act like. (Lila's body is a blend of Tony Stark's Ironman suit and Terminator 3's weapon infested Terminator Chick and Zal doesn't care one wit that she's strong enough can carry him wherever he may need to go.)
What I didn't like? The book seemed all over the place, miring the story until she (and the plot) got to where it was supposed to go.
Accordingly, it didn't really pick up till two-thirds through the book. But then again, the ending makes up for much of the meandering beforehand. (Who can resist an evil Elf Queen and ancient dragons leaving cryptic messages?)
That said, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series! ...more
In Time Transit, we meet Maude, a Time Traveler from the future. Her job is to travel through time on specific missions assigned by the ruling body ofIn Time Transit, we meet Maude, a Time Traveler from the future. Her job is to travel through time on specific missions assigned by the ruling body of Scientific minds called, "Core". She is a Time Rogue, a time traveler, and she's good at what she does.
On one of her previous missions she met and fell hard for one cowboy slash brilliant mind from the 21st century named, Gil. But Romance is one thing a Rogue is not allowed, so when that mission was over, Core erased each of their minds supposedly leaving them with no memory of each other and for Gil, his trip through time. Only Maude does remember and though she doesn't know it, so does he- well, at least partially. So when they encounter each other once again purely by accident- yeah, right- it doesn't take long til the complete memories of their shared past come rushing back.
Yes, through some unforeseen circumstances, Gil has been swept back to the future with Maude and they know they shouldn't get any closer. He is what's called Era Essential to his time- i.e. he can't remain in the future because he's important to his time. And her life as the top Rogue traveler is about to begin. But when they suddenly find she doesn't have much time to live, a race begins to find the answer to her survival that will take them through time and space and back again.
Time Transit is nothing if not Sci Fi Action/Adventure and it's done fairly well in this novel- especially the Sci Fi part. However the other hook to this line- the romance part- I had some issues with.
Since I had not read any previous books, I was a bit lost to their shared history although the author did try to reveal it in the beginning pages. As such I never really got why these two fell for each other- other than they were hot for each other's bodies. I felt no connection to either of them and because of this the book took some time for me to get into it. And even when I did- and it was only because of the Sci Fi spin on it- I didn't love it.
If you are not a Sci Fi fan, I'm thinking you're really not going to like this book at all, because it's all it has going for it, unfortunately....more
Tasha "Sass" Sebastian, former Merc known as Lady Sass, gets assigned to the ship commandeered by one time enemy, Admiral Branden Kel-Paten. Now partTasha "Sass" Sebastian, former Merc known as Lady Sass, gets assigned to the ship commandeered by one time enemy, Admiral Branden Kel-Paten. Now part of an alliance between their two factions, Sass must do her best to hide her past while serving under the enigmatic Kel-paten.
The Admiral has his own secrets. He has loved Sass since he first laid eyes on her- long before she was assigned to his ship. But there's a major problem- he's part cyber man and he isn't supposed to have "feelings" at all, much less the strong emotions he feels for Sass. So he hides it, keeping her near but loving her from afar.
But then they take on a passenger, a rogue telepath named Jace Serafino, who threatens both Sass's and Kel-Paten's long held secrets and with the alliance threatened from within and without there is nothing they can do but trust the man who could tear them both apart.
I liked Games of Command, but not as much as I thought I would, being the sci fi lover that I am and all. I definitely enjoyed the secondary romance between the ship's doc, Eden Flynn and Serifino just as much as the main Hero/Heroine, perhaps more so.
Sass and Kel-Paten lacked a chemistry despite his desperate longing for her and the fact he's unique in romance novel land. (He's a "virgin hero".) Yep, Sass is his first, and that- coupled with his long held torch for the feisty heroine- should have made their eventual "connection" much more fiery. Unfortunately, it was decidedly anticlimactic, imo, and far more tepid then I had hoped.
The other component to this novel are the pets. They're telepaths AND teleporters and they factor in big time to defeating the big bads. (I am not a pet person so I found it all kind of silly, really.) Still, the novel contains an intriguing enough plot and, from the many stellar reviews out there, I know many enjoyed GOC.
I'm giving it a 2 out of 5, however. I just didn't feel the passion between the H/H to bring this up to the level it should have been....more
Although this is the third book in Showalter's Alien Huntress series, it was the first I've read thanks to one of my book sharing bud's. Now I'm goingAlthough this is the third book in Showalter's Alien Huntress series, it was the first I've read thanks to one of my book sharing bud's. Now I'm going to have to go back and read the first two because I enjoyed this one!
SMS is a passionate, you're-the-one-for-me type of love story, with steamy enough sex to satisfy even me! It's also a fun futuristic paranormal too boot. What sets this series apart from some of the other paranormal romances out there is the fact that the protags and baddies are not just magical- they're alien's! Sci Fi buff that I am, you know I'm digging it.
Showalter managed to intrigue me with the set of characters this series is based around- the AIR (Alien Investigation and Removal) team. They're tight knit and fun to watch together and it's obvious they care about each other. (Although in this story I was getting a bit ticked with Mia (Awaken Me Darkly). She rubbed me the wrong way because she just wouldn't back down, even when it was obvious she was wrong about Mishka!)
Jaxon was totally sexy to me and it seemed he made a change from the earlier books- I'm anxious to see the progression, even though I'll be working it backwards. Mishka's own tortured past and the other's obvious dislike of her fascinated me as well, especially after knowing why she did the things she did in her past.
Because I started third book in, I can't say for sure that I'm in love with this author- but there's a definite infatuation! I'm anxious to see how our relationship progresses after I've read some more by her- and I will!
The title and picture on the cover is kinda a misnomer- you'd think this is one of those books about kink but isnt. It's better.
The heroine is an aliThe title and picture on the cover is kinda a misnomer- you'd think this is one of those books about kink but isnt. It's better.
The heroine is an alien raised by a human who hunts alien baddies.
Attempting to prove herself to the man who raised her as daughter, she really wants to catch the off worlder sex trafficker who is capturing females- human and alien- and selling them to the highest bidder.
In her first attempt, she failed...bigtime. Desperatly wanting to make up for it, she talks her father into letting her try again and he agrees...if she takes on a partner. Extrememly reluctant to have the big dude her father sics on her trailing her around, she fights it tooth and nail.
The big dude aint too happy about it either, but they need each other to complete the sting. Imagine their surprise when they find out they are more than either supposed and- they make a good team.
Plus. The sexual attraction. Whew, some hot stuff there.
I really liked this one and can recommned both this one and the first in the series to anyone who enjoys Paranormal Romance....more
Jax carries a rare gene that allows her to basically jump through space- have you seen Star Wars? Of course you have, well she has the ability to becoJax carries a rare gene that allows her to basically jump through space- have you seen Star Wars? Of course you have, well she has the ability to become a hyper drive for a space ship much like the star ships of Star Wars. This makes her valuable as people with her ability burn out and die fast.
On her last jump something went horribly wrong and the government for which she works has imprisoned her. The only thing is, she can't remember what happened on her last jump. All she knows is that she crashed and that she lost someone very close to her.
Enter March and his space crew. They've come to rescue her- but not for altogether altruistic reasons. They need her.
Jax, being no dummy, accepts his help and they bust her out of jail.
Perhaps saying that March is not being altruistic is a mislead, he does ultimately have the good of the people in mind- but does the ends justify the means? Because if Jax goes along with his plan- she may just lose her life.
I enjoyed this book and read it in one day! From the time I opened the cover, I was hooked!
It's not without it's issues however. Often I felt like the author was leaning very heavily on things we've already seen- Star Wars, Pitch Black, Firefly, for example- at some point while reading this novel I felt twinges of all these storylines.
But what she does well- the characters and their motivations- she does real well!
I also liked that she didn't talk down to us... many who follow sci fi already know what The Butterfly effect or Occam's Razor is- no need to belabor the point. Anyway- Aguire did it right, I.E. she used the terms correctly- and in passing.
I was wary of Aguire's heroine at first- some authors try to do smart alleck and just come off annoying- fortunately she walked the fine line and her character, Jax, was all the better for it. It was March who made the book for me though. He knew right away Jax was his but he also was strong enough to keep her on edge. They were a great match!
Grimspace is written in frist person, once again this is something that can come off as bothersome, but it certainly worked well here. I liked being inside Jax's head.