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Collision Course

(8th Wing #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  619 ratings  ·  102 reviews
In a galaxy torn apart by war...

Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She's a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried
ebook, 141 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Carina Press (first published March 16th 2011)
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May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf
Oh boy. For laughs, this deserves a 5 guys.

Not to say I didn't enjoy this book, but it is LOLZ-worth indeed. For the benefit of doubt, SF romance RARELY works well actually (see Ann Aguerre's Sirantha Jax for an excellent example) so, granted, this genre is hard to do. And FOR THE RECORD, I've enjoyed other works by this author, but this novella just missed the meat. Er, actually it kinda found it. It's basically lady porn, guys.

"Sweet meteor candy...This man amazed her...He was one of the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a fun, quick read. I love space romance, and this definitely fits the bill. I rated it three stars because the storyline was too focused on sex for my tastes. It seemed like much of what happens occurs through that filter. I would have liked to see more of Kell and Mara's relationship develop outside of their sexual attraction. It was clear they fell and love and will stay together, but too much of their bond seems physical to me.

Also, Mara seems to be mainly characterized by her sexual
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ac-g
Quick Take:
A solid series-starter, this would make for a good first taste of sci-fi romance for fans of paranormal romance. Some very minor personal gripes couldn't keep me from loving this action-filled, steamy romp.

A new sci-fi romance series is born! This is a great bit of news, since this segment of the romance genre definitely deserves more love and attention, especially given the increased popularity of its sibling paranormal romance. In my view, Collision Course is sci-fi lite—in a
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 in the 8th Wing series
Steam Level: Hot

I had forgotten how much I like a good space adventure, but this book certainly reminded me. It had everything I love -- tons of heart-pounding action, corrupt politicians, enemies coming from ev
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mara is a tough-as-nails scavenger pilot who likes to be in control, Kell is an elite Black Wraith fighter pilot who fights for what he wants. Put them together and you get a steamy space adventure that takes you through gritty scavenger bars, dangerous energy storms and a war for freedom.

Collision Course drew me in immediately and I didn’t put it down until the last page. I’ve had Archer on my TBR list for a long time now and if Collision Course is anything to go by then I am missing out on so
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebook
First off let me say, this was a very entertaining read! You have Mara a stubborn, beautiful, in-control scavenger and you put her with Kell, a sexy, strong, 8th wing officer and you get the recipe for a a great, super-steamy romance!

The characters could not have been more likeable! Mara was the epitome of 'I don't give a shit' kick-ass while Kell was tied to his duty as an 8th wing officer. This contradiction made for some great interactions. It was fun watching each of them learn that neither
Jacqueline J
A nice little SciFi romance novella. There wasn't room to develop the sci fi element greatly but what there was was decent. There weren't any glaring bits that made me grimace as sometimes happens when romance authors try sci fi. Attention was paid to piloting ships and description of space and planets in enough detail that it was firmly in the SFR camp rather than the futuristic romance camp.

However the gist of the story is the romance that develops between Mara, a smuggler sort, and Kell, a m
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Zoe Archer! I'm not a fan of Sci-fi but because Zoe was the author of this I just had to read it knowing that she would give it everything I've come to expect of her writing.

Mara and Kell are two incredible characters with enough heat sizzling between them to make a supernova look pale in comparison. Sparks fly right from the first look they give each other and only intensifies as the story progresses.

The Sci-fi aspect was actually really good and I did so enjoy the vivid descriptions. Yo
The first book in Zoe Archer's Sci-fi Romance series, 8th Wing. An 8th Wing Black Wraith ship has been stolen along with the pilot and Mara Skiren, a scavenger is "hired" to find it and get it back. Commander Kell Frayne of 8th Wing accompanies her to assist in the extraction. It's his job to ensure the ship is destroyed if the mission to retrieve it fails.

Mara is considered to be a criminal and Kell certainly doesn't need to get involved with her but they both feel a strong attraction to each
Laura the Highland Hussy
Review posted on Got Fiction?
I wanted a short Sci Fi Romance, and this was on sale, so I grabbed it! I really enjoyed the heroine and her voice. I’ve already bought book 2, so I’m excited to continue on. With work being so time consuming, novellas are my favorite thing right now.

Mara is a salvager. She’s being blackmailed into helping the 8th Wing recover one of their ships and the captain. As if that isn’t bad enough, they’re sending one of their best pilots with her. She works alone, and no ma
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Mara and Kell are a smokin’ hot couple. If pages could catch fire due to the heat characters generate, this book would have scalded my hands. Well, it’s an eBook, so my Kobo would have melted…and that would have pissered me off…so maybe that wasn’t such a good analogy. But you catch my drift. But in case you don’t, I’ll spell it out for you: The chemistry between Mara and Kell is spectacular.

After reading Zoe Archer’s Blades of the Rose books and
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

I’m a big fan of space opera romance, and man oh man does Archer deliver one of the best I’ve ever read!

Mara is down on her luck when she gets blackmailed into helping the 8th Wing get back one of their pilots and top secret ships. Because of her special skills (dealing in the black market), Mara really doesn’t have a choice. But her day gets worse wh
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it

FANTASTIC Science Fiction Romance!!!!

This is my first Zoe Archer book (Blades of the Rose) and I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to read it specifically for this review.

Mara Skiren, the scavenger, has been blackmailed into a rescue mission for the 8th wing. Mara, who is a one woman crew of her own spaceship, has been forced to have the arrogant Commander Kell Frayne tag along with her for this mission. These two are instantly attracted to each other, but there is no way anything can
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quote: “Launching,” she murmured, “in five, four, three, two, one. Hang on to your balls, Commander.”

I really enjoyed Zoe Archer’s Blades of the Rose series this past year. Now she has the start of a new series going in a different direction – Sci Fi. I don’t read a lot of sci fi but I had a feeling I would like this one because I love Zoe Archer’s style – and I guessed correctly.

Mara is a scavenger who dips her toes in the black market and because of her somewhat shady career and super
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Mara is a Scavenger, a smuggler and criminal, but the doesn't stop the 8th Wing from blackmailing her into helping them save one of their pilots and a high tech fighter ship that has been taken from them. Used to flying solo Mara doesn't like having the arrogan Commander, Kell, on her ship, the Arcadia is her home and she rarely allows anyone inside. But Kell quickly gets under her skin and she finds her self reluctantly falling for him.

I don't know if I have just overloaded on sci-fi romance or
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tried-failed
I tried to like this book, I really did. The story and universe sound fairly interesting. But when I start flipping through pages describing just how wet character A is for character Bs [insert synonym for hard here] organ, then that's it. I'm out, I didn't even finish, although I'm sure the two main characters did, in excruciating detail.

I don't mind sex in my books, I don't. But if I wanted sex with a small side of scifi, I would have picked up a Harlequin book or something. And it's a shame,
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Zoe Archer is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. I am a big fan of her Blades of the Rose series, it looks like another winning series is under way with this futuristic space action book, Collision Course.
Mara Skiren is one tough cookie! She wows us with her piloting skills and her fearlessness. Commander Kell Frayne is pretty impressed by her as well, when they are forced together for a mission to save an 8th Wing ship and pilot. Lots of action and sizzling romance scenes in this st
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, short
Gosh, for a small novella this packs quite the sexy, action packed punch! Great chemistry, vividly written action scenes and an exciting mission had me glued to the pages. Again it's hard to reconcile the instant attraction between two strangers but I'll write it off to battle lust and the two protags being more alike than not (p.s. I'm NOT complaining!). That said this is a fun, slightly smutty scifi read, perfect for a rainy day!
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, kindle, sci-fi
This was a fun sci-fi romance novella. It's really more 3.5 stars since it's hard to develop too much of the world or characters in this short a story. However, Zoe Archer does a pretty good job with the time she has to set up the world and get us Mara and Kell's backstory. It never feels like an infodump and I did come to care for both characters. I'm hoping that Zoe Archer has a full novel size book planned for this world as I would definitely read it.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2012-in-2012
Collision Course is a fun SFR that holds few surprises. Mara is a scavenger who is strong-armed into helping a "government" on a mission. She is forced to partner with Kell, an alpha pilot with a past. Each is attracted to the other, and neither is what the other expected, and each is what the other desires. Need I say more?
i enjoyed both main characters and the world building. i was honestly a little sad to see it end. i hope Archer has plans to continue the series.
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vagfant
Straight up, cheesy lady-porn. Cute... But there isn't much else to it.
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Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid, I watched Star Trek, and I'm pretty sure my first crush was Captain Kirk, despite only being in first or second grade. Even then looking I was looking for the romance in the show. Kirk hooking up with green chicks, chicks that could turn into a floating ball of colorful gas, Nurse Chapel, even that time he and Uhura were forced to make out by the men with the big heads. I wanted romance on that ship. What can I say. I was a precocious child.

When I was a teen, it was all about S
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
My three stars are kind of unfair. The book did exactly what it intended, in perfect style. But it did not give me what I wanted from the read.

It is a sf romance with forced proximity, very hot sex and professionally competent heroes. Both main characters come from very different but difficult backgrounds and find in each other the person they can be human with.
Nothing wrong with that.

Why did it not satisfy me? One part is the sex. I love sex, but I don't like it when the relationship is defined
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a perfect candy romance. Do you want a shallow plot with fun adventure where the leads are super hot for each other, are respectful with each other, and there's no stupid miscommunication issues that aren't resolved basically immediately? BECAUSE OMG I DO AND THIS IS IT AND IT'S GREAT.
Good. A m/f scifi romance/action book. I found myself annoyed by the narrator at times - nearly all of her male voices sounded like gruff women.

Bought as part of audible romance package.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The world building was very good for such a short read. I really like that the main characters were well fleshed out and had such good chemistry.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a terrific strong heroine and a really believable hero. I am going to read more books by this author as soon as possible.
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Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it

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Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She’s a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried need for an intimate connection.

An ace pilot for the elite Black Wraith Squadron, Kell’s mission is t
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Saturday Short Pick of the Week at Cloudy with a Chance of Books 4/30/20011

4.5 Stars. If you haven’t read Zoe Archer’s Blades of the Rose series, you are missing out on one of the most unique voices writing Romance today as she really defies genre classification. That particular series is a historical/fantasy/steam punk/paranormal/ultra-sexy blend of pure awesome. Collision Course is a category/long-novella length Sci-Fi Romance which channels the best of TV Space Op
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Zoë Archer is a RITA award-nominated romance author whose stories are about smart, capable heroines and the heroes who love them. She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose series, as well as the Hellraiser, and Nemesis Unlimited series, among others. She also writes Regency-set romances as Eva Leigh. Visit her on the Web at

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