When I realized that ‘Love in the Line of Fire” is, in essence, a sequel for ‘The President’s Husband’, I was over the moon. Yes, it’s not a direct coWhen I realized that ‘Love in the Line of Fire” is, in essence, a sequel for ‘The President’s Husband’, I was over the moon. Yes, it’s not a direct continuation that stars the same characters, but Gray and David appear numerous times, the style of writing is very similar, and the quality of Jonah and Benji’s story is just as high as Gray and David’s. Some of the difficulties Jonah and Benji have to deal with, both individually and as a couple, are very similar: the pressure and stress in Jonah’s job are high, Benji has his studies to focus on. But other problems are very different: both men have to deal with the loss of men under their command and while it is a fresh issue for Jonah and in the past for Benji, the nightmares are similar enough for them to be able to support each other. The result is a beautiful love story that I found very rewarding.
Jonah, as head of the Secret Service team guarding David, the president’s husband, does much of his work in the background. Being front and center is not easy for him, and losing a man to the assassin out to kill David hits Jonah hard. But the mystery around the guy who manages to take down the assassin before more damage can be done is what really piques Jonah’s interest. At first this is mostly professional – where did Benji come from, how did he act so quickly, and how did he know what to do to expertly immobilize the shooter. Jonah is more than a little angry about the fact that this stranger is so good at what is supposed to be Jonah’s job, and Jonah is not very nice to him at first. But as more details emerge about Benji his respect grows and so does his curiosity.
Benji, after multiple tours of duty in Iraq, is ready for a quieter life. He figures he is a student now and peace will follow, despite the nightmares that still plague him. But when he sees the assassin gun for the president’s husband, he goes into autopilot and does what is needed to prevent something worse from happening. And the flak he catches from Jonah, plus the fact he appears on the news and is considered a hero run contrary to what he wants. The real shock comes when Jonah appears at his door – to apologize. Not something Benji had thought possible.
That initial discussion is the beginning of a friendship that slowly evolves into more. Neither man has much time on his hands, but Jonah’s focus on his job, on always being available, and his fear that if he lets up for so much as a second, his charge will be killed, comes close to destroying what they are building. Benji’s nightmares are not easy to deal with, but always coming second in a relationship is almost worse. Just like ‘The President’s Husband’, this novel left me breathless. Jonah and Benji are complex characters under stress, and theirs is an utterly realistic story that had me biting my nails and fearing, more than once, that the happy ending I wanted them to have was not going to materialize.
If you like character-driven stories about men who face current stress and dealing with their pasts, if a new relationship facing the pressures of everyday life – and more – is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is a psychological study of outstanding quality and depth, as well as a thriller, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It is one of the books for me that I won’t forget in a very long time.
‘In Enemy Hands’ is a variation on the enemies-to-lovers trope, with a strong element of prisoner-falls-for-his-captor, wrapped up in a science fictio‘In Enemy Hands’ is a variation on the enemies-to-lovers trope, with a strong element of prisoner-falls-for-his-captor, wrapped up in a science fiction setting. This is not hard science fiction, since the focus is on the main characters and their developing relationship, the cultural differences that are pretty black-and-white, and some liberties have been taken with the scientific details. But I really enjoyed reading about Prince Varo and Prince Adlar and their struggle to deal with the attraction they both feel despite the circumstances they find themselves in. Their civilizations are very different, but both have undertones of what we face here on Earth, only taken to extremes. That enables the author to set up a world different enough from ours to make it an interesting background, yet not so strange that it distracts from the real focus of the novel: the personal struggle between Varo and Adlar.
Varo is from Yesri, an industrial planet with declining resources, very little nature left, and a take-charge attitude that makes many see them as arrogant. Varo is the third son of a despotic king who brooks no disobedience, and while he is pretty “useless” to his father in terms of politics and succession, he serves his planet as a starship captain. His mission to barter with the seen-as-evil Helkans for a material that could save their energy shortage goes badly wrong, and his crash-landing on enemy soil is the beginning of an adventure that changes not just his personal life, but also the way he sees his own species.
Helkan is perpetually dark, is rumored to be ruled by primitive, animalistic beings, and has a strict isolationist stance. Anyone who makes it to their planet’s surface despite all the security set up to prevent it, is never allowed to leave again.
Adlar is the older brother of the Helkan king and the leader of a group of assassins in charge of royal security. He is aware of their reputation, but knows that his planet’s lush natural beauty, their environmentally friendly technology, and the way they deal with problems is much more advanced than anything the Yesri have. He is attracted to Varo the moment they negotiate for mining rights via long-distance communication, but when he hunts down Varo after his illegal landing and takes him prisoner, slapping a shock collar on him for good measure, Adler doesn’t realize the consequences for himself or his society.
Varo and Adler’s journey is not an easy one. There is a lot neither of them knows about the other’s society, there are personal differences, Varo’s need to escape unless he wants to feel like a traitor gets in the way, and Adler’s dominance may help keep Varo in line, but it is not helpful when they move toward being lovers. Then, just as I thought they might figure it all out, unexpected events put everything in question again and both men have to face the kind of danger that will really test their relationship.
If you like soft science fiction where diametrically opposed societies face each other, if two men from different worlds battling their differences is your thing, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that is as suspenseful as it is romantic, then you will probably like this novel.
This is a story about mistakes and how hard it can be to make up for them, especially when the consequences have almost destroyed two lives. Barthe maThis is a story about mistakes and how hard it can be to make up for them, especially when the consequences have almost destroyed two lives. Barthe may realize that he has pushed away his mate for too long, but that doesn't mean everything is fine once he goes to apologize. Rene is too hurt to just give in, and has tried too hard to build his own life to trust Barthe has suddenly changed his mind. Both men have a lot to learn, but Barthe is the one who needs to grow if he wants to have the life with his mate he's always dreamed of.
How would you feel if your mate, the man you adore and thought would be yours to love, rejects you? Not once, but again and again? Then finally, he makes you the laughing stock of the entire pack? Rene hates it, but his self-esteem is so low that he decides to run rather than fight for Barthe's acceptance. Rene believes he isn’t good enough for Barthe anyway, since he was found by the pack, abandoned by his own parents. I really felt for him as he tried to stay away from Barthe, thinking he is protecting himself against more pain and disappointment. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
Barthe, I am sorry to say, is a bit of an idiot. Yes, he is a lot older than Rene and thinks the guy needs to “grow up” and learn some stuff before they can be together. But is that any reason to send him away and publicly humiliate him? I think it serves Barthe right that he spends years trying to find Rene again. The only problem with that is that Rene suffers as well, if not more than Barthe, while they figure things out.
The final reunion is very touching, and Rene's attempts to protect himself even then broke my heart. The two of them are very hot together and clearly love each other even if it takes them way too long to admit it.
If you like stories about mated shifters who try to deny their bond with awful consequences, if you enjoy reading about stubborn men who can’t seem to admit they need each other, and if you're looking for an emotionally charged, hot read, then you will probably like this short story.
This is an amazing book on so many levels. The main character, Daniel, is desperate for someone to truly love him. The two secondary characters, FrancThis is an amazing book on so many levels. The main character, Daniel, is desperate for someone to truly love him. The two secondary characters, Francois and Daniel's former lover, Alain, have painful realizations of their own waiting for them. Then there is the mysterious man who finally teaches Daniel about love. An exceptional group of people who pulled me into the story and kept my attention throughout. I just want to know what would happen to them!
I loved the vivid descriptions of the characters, the situations they found themselves in, Paris as a city, the Parisian society. I felt as though I was there, and having visited Paris a few times, recognized many of the places I love.
Daniel has a hard path to go from a man who accepts what others do to him to becoming a man who can stand on his own two feet and enter a relationship from a position of strength. I felt for him and cheered him on every step of the way.
Francois, the "stupide" French boyfriend, deserves accolades of his own - but not because he is nice or even likeable. I hated him with a vengeance - while admiring A.J.'s ability to describe such a horrible character with consistency and mind-boggling realism. The sad part is that people like this actually exist!
Alain is a story all of his own, and I can't say anything about him without spoiling the surprise. I admire A.J. for drawing him, too, with utter realism and treating his journey with enormous sensitivity.
All in all, this is a book well worth reading! Be ready to be delighted, surprised, and shocked in equal measure. This is a story I will definitely read again - and never be able to forget. ...more
Set in the world of rednecks, moonshine stills, and ridge runners (mountain farmers), this is a very entertaining, very hot story about two men who arSet in the world of rednecks, moonshine stills, and ridge runners (mountain farmers), this is a very entertaining, very hot story about two men who are the victims of a “bite-and-run”. Both are intent on finding the guy who turned them – until they meet and become focused on entirely different matters.
Jenson is happy to run the still he inherited, and likes his life in the mountains of Tennessee. But then, about a year ago, a one-night stand turned into a disaster. Jenson is now a werewolf, and while he has learned to adapt, he is still intent on revenge.
David is an expert tracker, but he hates hunting. He, too, has an unexpected encounter ending in him being turned into a werewolf. It has only been two weeks, he doesn’t even know what’s wrong with him, but he keeps itching and he has a need to find Jensen.
When David tracks down Jensen, he believes he has found the guy who turned him. But something is clearly wrong with that assumption because Jenson does not like the bast*rd at all. The way these two guys figure out what’s what and end up enjoying running around the woods as wolves is hilarious. And once they give in to their attraction? Hold on to your hats!
If you like werewolf stories that are all about adjusting to a new situation, if the woods of eastern Tennessee sound like a good setting for two werewolves who need to find their feet, and if you’re looking for a read that is as funny as it is hot, then you might like this short story.
A hard-luck story, where the main character has to fight his way back to happiness after a disaster, is great at showing what’s really important. TrevA hard-luck story, where the main character has to fight his way back to happiness after a disaster, is great at showing what’s really important. Trevor had it all before a cruel Fate took everything away from him. Now he has to learn not just how to deal with being blind, out of work, and poor, but he also has to face the emptiness of his personal life. Depression would be a logical consequence, but his flatmate, Jack, refuses to let Trevor wallow in his misery. Set in contemporary London, this novel describes Trevor’s journey back to happiness, and I loved watching him change and grow.
Trevor is pretty ready to give up and spend the rest of his life being miserable. I guess what he has been through could easily make him do exactly that, but there is also a lot he has left going for him. He is still an actor who likes getting into a role, he has a great voice, and lots of people remember him from his days on the “big stage”. It takes Jack’s relentless prodding to get Trevor to see that and it is not an easy or quick process, but ultimately it was very rewarding to see Trevor come out of his shell, try new things, and be open to the changes his new circumstances have wrought.
The setback is probably as unavoidable as it is terrible. With Trevor already having been manipulated and taken advantage of by his previous boyfriend, his certainty that Jack has done the same was understandable, if somewhat misplaced. I could see why Trevor may have felt the way he did, but I also shook my head because, as an outsider, it was easy for me to see how Trevor’s past colored his perceptions and the truth was a very different beast. It takes Trevor some time to deal with his lack of self-confidence and pessimism about being an attractive partner, and I was rooting for him all the way.
If you like stories about men who have to start rebuilding their lives after disaster strikes, if you enjoy artists and their tendency for “drama”, and if you’re looking for a read with a lively setting, a focus on character growth, and lots of entertaining moments, then you might like this novella.
Prejudice is a terrible thing because, among other problems, it prevents people from seeing the person beneath the stereotype. Eric faces a particularPrejudice is a terrible thing because, among other problems, it prevents people from seeing the person beneath the stereotype. Eric faces a particularly nasty form of it in this story: he is not even aware that his distrust of his best friend’s cousin, Dwayne, is based in a racial perception Eric doesn’t believe to be part of his world view. This is the story of Eric waking up to the truth of his mistaken perceptions, and his journey toward a more honest, accurate view of Dwayne.
Eric may resent the restrictions his family put on him regarding what college courses he has to take and what kind of woman he is supposed to date, but deep down, he is a product of his white privileged environment. His “rebellion” is mostly internal, limited to him playing basketball with his black best friend, Angel, and chasing men rather than building real relationships. When Angel’s cousin, Dwayne, comes to live with Angel, Eric is attracted to him but won’t let anything come of it because he doesn’t trust him. Dwayne is black, tattooed, pierced, and an ex-con. Eric thinks that is all he needs to know about the man.
Rather than trying to understand who Dwayne is and seeing that he is trying to rebuild his life by working very hard, Eric only perceives the badass exterior and the fact that Dwayne never seems to sleep with the same guy more than once. He rebuffs all of Dwayne’s advances, thinking he is a thug who is taking advantage of Angel, and generally makes an a* of himself. Until, that is, Angel confronts him with the truth, and makes Eric begin to use his brain and start to ask questions to find out who Dwayne is underneath the rough exterior.
The process of Eric’s change is written really well, and as Eric and Dwayne finally open up to each other, Eric discovers a few very surprising details about Dwayne, his life and what he had to do to survive, and how he and Angel see the world as black men versus what Eric has experienced and always assumed to be the case for everyone. It’s a truly eye-opening experience for him.
If you like stories about characters who challenge the status quo of their beliefs, if you want to know more about two men who come from opposite ends of the social spectrum and have to learn how to create their own reality, and if you’re looking for a thought-provoking read about friendship, love, and redemption, then you will probably like this novella.
The first sentence of the blurb - This is not your average love story. – is one way of accurately describing this book. But while this statement is trThe first sentence of the blurb - This is not your average love story. – is one way of accurately describing this book. But while this statement is true, it also far undersells the quality of this novel; as far as I am concerned this tale is very far above average. One reason is the fantastic characters: they are true to life and yet extraordinary in the way they relate and react to each other. Each main character has particular idiosyncrasies and demons, but all the secondary characters are also really well fleshed out. Another reason is the sheer beauty of Stan and Ben falling in love, struggling with their issues, and dealing with life in general. Then there is the fact that all the dramatic tension comes from Stan and Ben dealing with building a relationship, just the two of them, rather than some external force trying to tear them apart, And finally there is the setting of present-day London which is a great background and very well done without being intrusive.
Stan is twenty-two, works in fashion, has just started a new job as a creative director in London, and is gender-fluid. This does by no means define him, but it is a factor that has played a role in his life and previous relationships. Stan goes to great lengths to explain that he is not transgender, he has no wish to have a female body. He is a man who likes to wear his hair long, his makeup is always perfect, and he dresses impeccably – preferably wearing high heels. Stan’s deeper issues are around anorexia and while he thinks he has conquered the disease, as the story unfolds, it becomes very clear that there are battles still left to fight.
Ben is a tough guy, a wannabe rock star, tattooed, and not someone you’d suspect of being the “sensitive type”. Except he has a heart of gold and not in the least fazed by the fact that the beautiful woman he sees walking into the bar where he works as a bartender – turns out to be a man. For Ben it’s all about the person underneath the surface, and Stan is exactly who he has been looking for.
Their love blossoms slowly, as they take their time to get to know each other. Between their jobs, Ben’s somewhat hectic schedule once the band becomes more popular, and Stan’s issues with anorexia, there is plenty of upheaval in their lives. They deal with it as best they can, and I loved watching them get closer, become more intimate, and fall in love. None of the issues are sugarcoated, and they have some real zingers to deal with, but through it all, there is Ben’s steadfast love and Stan’s growing trust that someone other than himself has his best interests at heart, believes in him, and will be there for him through whatever life throws at them.
If you like stories about extraordinary characters who are so real they might be your neighbors, if you want to find out more about what life might be like for someone who does not fit the standard binary gender stereotype, and if you’re looking for a read with great character growth, a very sweet romance, some serious issues, and a beautiful happy ending, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. I think this is an exceptional story you should not miss.
When I read a blurb where both men in a potential relationship have baggage, hang-ups, and issues they face with other people, as Jacob and Max do inWhen I read a blurb where both men in a potential relationship have baggage, hang-ups, and issues they face with other people, as Jacob and Max do in ‘Block and Strike”, I know I’m in for a bumpy ride. With Jacob (Jake) it’s about trying to get back his life after spending a year in prison – and visitation rights with his daughter are at the top of his list. For Max it’s about standing up for himself, dealing with the lack of self-esteem his father drilled into him, and deciding whether he has the courage to open his heart to love. Both men need support but they also have to learn to stand on their own before becoming a couple and learning the delicate art of helping a partner without suffocating them or squashing their drive to be their own person. And what a struggle it turns out to be for both of them – separately and together.
Jake is an impulsive guy, he has a temper and that’s what got him into trouble, followed by a prison sentence. He just got out, so finding a beaten-up man on his doorstep is a bad idea – what with his background and temperament. And the one thing he knows with certainty is that he can never go back to prison. He has to get his life in order, keep a clean record, and make sure his parole officer supports his case of seeing his daughter again as soon as possible. But despite all this, Jake can’t leave a half-dead man lying in the alley, so he decides to help. It just shows what a big heart he has, and turns out to be just the beginning of a turbulent, but ultimately rewarding, relationship.
Max is shy and passive, because he has learned that hiding is better than sticking out your head and risking a beating. He has been bullied for years, has had no support from his homophobic father, and is pretty much resigned the fact that he’ll get beaten up on a regular basis for the rest of his life. My heart went out to him, but most of all, I wanted him to accept that he is worth just as much as the next guy and that nobody has the right to humiliate and demean him – especially not his own father!
Jacob and Max are an unusual combination. Jake has more than enough self-confidence but needs to be careful about “toeing the line” for the officials. He is a good teacher and it’s his conviction that enables Max to learn a few self-defense techniques and to begin believing in himself. Max, on the other hand, has a calming effect on Jake and supports him through more than one “crisis of the temperament". They are also very cute together, and I found their journey of exploring their feelings very touching.
If you like stories about men with issues, if you want to watch two guys battle their internal and external demons – and win, and if you’re looking for an emotional read that is moving without being sappy, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s the characters who did it for me, but their story with all its ups and downs was a close second.
NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review. ...more
This series, with its stories about “the captain” and “his men” – making up a quintet of very different lovers – just keeps getting better. The thirdThis series, with its stories about “the captain” and “his men” – making up a quintet of very different lovers – just keeps getting better. The third installment was enjoyable because there is a renewed sense of adventure as the crew explores the planet, but also because there is a lot of new information about the captain’s personal life.
While the captain previously kept his lovers in the dark, he is now beginning to open up. Partially this is because the group has “admitted” they will not make it back to Earth and have found a potential new home planet. The rules necessarily change if maintaining discipline in the confines of a spaceship is no longer a concern. But partially his becoming more like a member of the crew and less like a distant authority figure is because he himself has changed. Having four lovers will do that to a man…
The main events of this installment center around the ship’s crash landing (the engines have finally given up the ghost), the exploration of an alien city with the mysterious Rux as their guide, and the crew’s adventures inside an ancient alien research facility as they look for spare parts. I certainly did not expect what happens once they were inside, nor Rux’s revelations! It made for an exciting, suspenseful read and while some questions were answered, I hope to find out even more in the next book.
If you like stories about men who encounter the unexpected when exploring a potential new home planet, if you’re a fan of polyamorous relationships and want to find out more about the quietest member of the captain’s quintet, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read with lots of revelations and some very hot sex of the unexpected kind, then you will probably like this novella.
All the stories in the ‘Carlisle Cops’ series so far have been very moving, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming, and I am happy to report that thAll the stories in the ‘Carlisle Cops’ series so far have been very moving, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming, and I am happy to report that this fifth book is no exception. It starts off with a surprise for rookie cop Brock, when he encounters one of his exes, Vinny, while on traffic duty. But then the real shock happens when he finds two kids in the trunk of a car – put there by their mother who wanted to have some fun with a friend’s new car. Can you imagine? I just about strangled her right then and there. But as events unfold, it gets worse, and all I could do was hang on for the ride and hope that Andrew Grey would manage things so that those kids get the safe home every child deserves.
Brock is a police officer in Carlisle, and he is the newest hire, so he gets traffic duty. It leads to him reconnecting with Vinny, a man he used to love, finding two children in distress, and more changes in his life than he would have thought possible. Brock is a very caring guy, and he wonders if being a cop is the right choice for him more than once. As he helps the kids adjust to a new environment, since they trust the “hero” who rescued them from a very scary situation, Brock begins to admit that he wants a family – but he has no idea how to go about it. I was shaking my head: the solution seemed so obvious, but Brock doesn’t want to “intrude” in Vinny’s life and thinks the children need Vinny more than him. Humph!
Vinny is a CPA, a man who likes rules and order in his life, and hasn’t spoken to his selfish sister in many years. From the moment he finds out what she’s done, he is determined to take care of the children, no matter what kind of upheaval that means in his life. I loved that about him. The kids may not know him, but that can easily be fixed. Vinny also wants to fix things with Brock, but he still feels guilty about his refusal to come out and the resulting breakup. For a quiet accountant he sure has his hands full managing everyone’s needs and emotions – including his own!
Determination and courage are a continuing theme in this series, and in this installment both men have to face their joint pasts, the people who used to be in their lives, and the question of what’s most important to them. As much as they may argue about the details, through it all the one thing they agree on is that the well-being of Vinny’s niece and nephew is at the top of their priority list. And what cute kids they are – also very realistically depicted regarding their fears, hopes, and dreams. But it takes a good long while for “the system” to decide who will end up with custody, and the suspense was almost killing me. Except then the next disaster happens, and things turn out to be very different – and much more dangerous – than everyone believed.
If you like stories about men who want a second chance at love and are prepared to face major changes to get what they want, if you enjoy reading about families that originate in disaster only to come together in love, and if you’re looking for a read that combines drama, suspense, emotion, and determination to do the right thing, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s a great and very worthy addition to this beautiful series.
Different from the previous books in the ‘Dreamspun Desires’ series, there is a strong psychic element in this story – pretty much exactly what the tiDifferent from the previous books in the ‘Dreamspun Desires’ series, there is a strong psychic element in this story – pretty much exactly what the title promises. I was a little surprised by that, but in the end, it fit the storyline and I was “warned”, so I’m not going to complain. More importantly, it is a great “second chance at love” tale about two men who change from somewhat hostile to very much in love. And to top it all off they face a mystery - think creepy encounters, stalker, threats, and deadly attacks. As a result, there is a lot going on in this action-packed novel, and I’d suggest you get ready to read it in one sitting because it definitely is not easy to put this one down once you start.
Chris, after losing his job and having to take care of his psychic mother after she had a stroke, is just desperate enough for a job to accept the slightly crazy offer his friend, Angelica, makes him. She needs a psychic for her new club, he can play that role and needs the money, so they strike a deal. There are only a few problems with this: Chris really is a psychic and has been having visions around water, his mother believes Angelica is in real danger – and water is involved, and Angelica’s brother, Jack, is adamantly opposed to having a pretend-psychic in the club he owns with her. Chris has got his work cut out for him!
Jack does not believe in psychics. He can’t believe his sister hired one without telling him, and he is determined to prove the man is a charlatan so he can get rid of him. They may have met briefly about five years before, but Jack is not going to accept a fraud ruining his company’s image. But his sister, who is in charge of the club part of their joint hotel/club venture, refuses to fire Chris. Then Chris manages to “pass” all the tests Jack can come up with, the old attraction comes back to life, and Jack begins to change his mind.
What makes them work together is the threat Chris’s mother has sensed and Chris has nightmares about. As the violence escalates, Chris and Jack become closer, and the increasing danger only makes them realize how well suited they are not only to work together, but to be partners in every sense of the word. If, that is, they can survive the attacks and the mayhem caused by a homicidal maniac who gets crazier by the day.
If you like your romance with a dose of danger and suspense, if you think two men who connected years ago but lost sight of each other deserve a second chance at love, and if you’re looking for an action-packed, suspenseful read with an intriguing mystery at its heart, then you will probably like this novel.
What was hinted at in the first book of the series, that the crew of The Prayer may have finally come to accept that they will not make it home to EarWhat was hinted at in the first book of the series, that the crew of The Prayer may have finally come to accept that they will not make it home to Earth, comes to pass in ‘The Captain’s Encounter’. Many reasons speak for them finding an inhabitable planet: they still don’t know where they are so even if they had the technology, they wouldn’t be able to get back; the ship is beginning to fall apart; they have finally found a habitable planet with no life forms that might threaten them. Or so they think…
The captain is as happy as the members of his crew to be walking under an open sky again, breathing fresh air, and having the prospect of a tryst or two in the protection of trees. But before he can indulge in any of that he is snatched by an alien – one he immediately finds attractive. It made me laugh when the alien reveals his secret, after many questions from the somewhat shocked captain.
The other members of the captain’s lover-quintet, as well as the rest of the crew, are left to their own devices. Rick, the youngest of the crew at twenty-one, is too cute for words, turns out to be a closet romantic, and on the lookout for a boyfriend. He gets varying responses from Thomas and Zachery. Zachery continues to be a selfish a**hole, and Echo remains somewhat aloof and separate. The first officer really comes into his own, and I am looking forward to finding out more about him. Of course, the enigmatic alien will probably be good for a few more surprises as well.
If you like stories about men who decide exploring a new planet is more interesting than being adrift in space, if you’re a fan of polyamorous human and budding human-alien relationships, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of varied sex, then you will probably like this novella.
With a spaceship named The Prayer, I guess you’re asking Fate for trouble. It certainly seems to have worked this way for the hapless crew that was stWith a spaceship named The Prayer, I guess you’re asking Fate for trouble. It certainly seems to have worked this way for the hapless crew that was stranded in space four years ago, when hostile aliens teleported them into the void. So far, the captain has maintained law and order, everyone is still pretending they will find their way back to Earth at some point, and each crew member has developed particular hobbies to pass the time.
The captain is strict, self-disciplined, and not inclined to wallow. But after more than four years without a hint of where they are, never mind how to get back home, he is beginning to wonder if what they are doing is right. Four of the crew members are especially susceptible to his magnetism, and I loved watching them fall for the captain’s hidden charms one by one. Thomas, Rick, and Echo (within certain limits), and Zachery each have their own contribution to make. By the end of this first volume, nothing much was resolved and my curiosity as to what’s next is definitely piqued.
If you like stories about men lost in space with nothing much to do and only their own company, if you’re a fan of somewhat humorous science fiction that focuses more on human relationships than science or technology, and if you’re in the mood for an entertaining romp in space with four very willing men as partners, then you will probably like this novella.