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In the Black (Tales from the Edge #1)

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Book one of Tales from the Edge

When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it's Sam's job to find out who killed her, fast.

Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on
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Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published May 12th 2014 by Carina Press
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Melani
Aug 08, 2016 Melani rated it it was ok
The book starts out well enough, our heroine Sam is the captain of a pleasure ship full of courtesans (think a ship full of Inaras) who is also running from a terrible past of some kind. Our hero is of the Texas Ranger lone wolf cop good guy trope. There is a murder aboard the pleasure ship and the two must work together to figure out who done it. It’s a sci-fi/murder mystery/romance mash-up, and really just sounds like it should be a fun read. I thought each genre was mostly given it’s due, wit ...more
Tamsin
Aug 10, 2016 Tamsin rated it liked it
A quick, easy read with a slight 'Firefly' vibe involving the 'Bonnie Bell', a Mercy ship that flies between mining colonies with a crew of courtesans who offer a lot more services than just the obvious. We have our martial arts expert, our financial expert, our tea ceremony expert (?!) and our older-male-medic who cater for all kinds of tastes, but when there is a murder on board, Captain Sam Keller,our heroine with a history, has to work alongside Marshall Daniel to ensure the safety of the re ...more
Jessica
Aug 02, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
A step above your standard sexy-times fanfiction...but not a very big step.

What I did like about this book: our kickass protagonist, Sam Keller; and the world in which spaceship brothels travel from place to place to service clients throughout the galaxy, an idea that was new to me and thus caught my interest. As far as some of the details of this world, other readers seem to think the author has borrowed heavily from Firefly, so perhaps it's not as original as I thought.

What I didn't like: char
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Kelsey Hudson
Although I appreciated the thought that went into the world building, this was pretty bad. The motivations of the characters were just plain bizarre-Sam, the military vet who has a horrible experience and so she decides, hey why don't I run a space brothel for a corrupt organization who requires a five year contract and will charge me for things like extra air and gravity? And then there's Daniel, the creeper detective who thinks it's okay to hit on a woman in the middle of a murder investigatio ...more
Evelyn Summers
Title: In the Black
Author: Sheryl Nantus
Series: Tales from the Edge #1
Genre: science-fiction, space opera, romance, mystery
Heat: 2/5
Plot: 3/5
Rating: 3/5


This wouldn't normally have come up on my reading radar, but it was selected as book of the month for the Vaginal Fantasy book club. I'm glad I read it - I found it sufficiently fun and interesting, and really liked the strength of Sam as the protagonist. To be honest, there wasn't much substance here, the murder mystery aspect was pretty straigh
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KJ Van Houten
Aug 18, 2016 KJ Van Houten rated it really liked it
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Angela
May 17, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer before I begin: Sheryl and I are both Carina Press authors, and she has been featured on my site's Boosting the Signal column, promoting this very book! This book was not, however, received as part of that column promotion, and I'm reviewing it on my own recognizance.)

Sheryl Nantus' Tales from the Edge series was pitched to me as heavily influenced by Firefly--and anything that invokes Firefly is a surefire way to get my attention. My Browncoat inclinations certainly see that influen
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Casey
Aug 28, 2016 Casey rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, sci-fi, mystery, 2010s
In the Black is a sci-fi/murder mystery/romance. It's a light read, and draws from all three genres rather equally.

Sam Keller, a former soldier, signs a contract as a Captain on a Mercy ship, Bonnie Belle. A Mercy ship is a courtesan ship that stops at different places in the galaxy to provide lonely men and women sexual services.

The ship stops at a mining colony, and things start well, until one of the courtesans, Halley, is found dead. Sam investigates the murder, with the pressure from The Gu
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Today I am musing about a Science Fiction Romance book. If you have been on my blog much you know that Science Fiction and Science Fiction Romance are my favorite for reading. I recently received In the Black (Tales from the Edge, #1) by Sheryl Nantus from Netgalley and I just finished reading it.

It is SFR but SFR with a difference. First look at the premise:

When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans
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Eva Millien
Jun 13, 2014 Eva Millien rated it really liked it
The first book in this new sci-fi futuristic romance series is a riveting read that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Running from her past, Sam Keller is the captain of the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans. When one of the girls turns up dead, she’ll have to find the killer fast. Marshal Daniel LeClair is sent in to help find the killer, but he can’t help angling for a little action with the Captain.

This fast paced plot keeps readers quivering in anticipation with lots of
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Robyn
I've often professed my love of Sheryl Nantus' Blaze of Glory and Blood of the Pride series. In the Black is the first in her new Tales from the Edge series and it's great. It has sci-fi, romance, murder mystery, a tough-but-traumatized heroine, and a hero who is totally Space Marshall Raylan Givens in my head. It's like a fabulous mashup of Justified and Firefly. So good. I can't wait to read the next one.
Jessi Witt
Aug 27, 2016 Jessi Witt rated it liked it
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
More of a 3.5. Good fun read for Vaginal Fantasy which I finished in a night. The mystery is a bit predictable but the characters are good fun and having a murder mystery in the midst of my heavy petting was a great welcome change from the typical straight forward faire. Super big crush on Sean the medic, I'll tell you what.
Laz the Sailor
Aug 28, 2014 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it
This was very inventive and clever. It's basically a locked-room murder mystery set in a travelling space-brothel, with a loner sheriff and a world-weary captain. Throw in some creepy side characters and a growing romance and you've got a good story.
Jonathan
Aug 04, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it
A fun SciFi crime procedural with good sexy times at the end
Maria Kramer
Giving this a two because I think someone else would like it more than me.

There are things I liked about this book - I like stories set in brothels, I like the premise of a sci-fi murder mystery, I like the idea of the main character. I just didn't think the execution was all that good. World-building is sloppy, and the romance elements are just intrusive. I know that different people react to trauma differently, but when one of coworkers is BRUTALLY MURDERED I think you'd be a little less insta
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Mariachiara
Jan 16, 2017 Mariachiara rated it really liked it
Molto carino e scritto bene, in modo professionale. L'ambientazione e i personaggi mi hanno ricordato tantissimo il telefilm Serenity di Joss Whedon.
Marta Cox
May 14, 2014 Marta Cox rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and it's the first in her new sci fi series. I usually read paranormal but enjoy dipping into other genres so was quite intrigued by the synopsis of this book.
Sam a hard nosed military woman is in charge of a space ship traveling around the galaxy populated by " Courtesans" who service miners at the furthest reach. What would ordinarily be a routine visit turns sinister though when one of the women is found dead and all signs point to murder! It's vital to catch her
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Corinne
Jun 08, 2014 Corinne rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It has a well-woven plot that kept me guessing and kept the story moving forward at a good pace. It is full of interesting characters and good science fiction.

The beginning was a bit slow to get into for me, but once I understood what was actually going on, it took off. I liked the concept, with the main character, Sam, being an ex-military who is now a captain on a ship of courtesans. I liked that there were both female and male courtesans, and how each of th
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Avidreader
Aug 26, 2016 Avidreader rated it it was amazing
In the Black by Sheryl Nantus is a sci-fi/murder mystery/romance story mash-up that is a simple and fun read. It is refreshing to be able to say that there is nothing I disliked about this book. It was nice average length of 244 pages that kept me entertained the whole time. I loved that Sam was a strong female lead that was not afraid to admit when something was difficult. I also loved that Daniel walked the line between knowing Sam was a competent woman and needing to keep her as safe as he co ...more
Sidney Prescott
Aug 03, 2016 Sidney Prescott rated it it was amazing
Woooooooowwwwwwww I loved this SO much. Sam is a total bad ass. I was worried her "tragic past" storyline would make me roll my eyes and get sick of her but it was written perfectly and made Sam a more interesting character. Daniel is.....daaaammmnnnnnn Daniel.

The story itself is science fiction-y without the usual tech babble. This I enjoyed. It left a lot up to the imagination when it came to how this book universe works. I loved the spaceships, Belle was a character in itself and could be qu
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Sallie Henshaw
Aug 08, 2016 Sallie Henshaw rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was chosen by the vaginal fantasy book club. I'm not sure I would have read it otherwise, but I greatly enjoyed it. It's a fairly short read and so the characters don't get as much attention as they could in favor of progressing the story. It is first and foremost a mystery, and the mystery itself is interesting and complex enough to keep you guessing for a while. The author hides clues in the exposition throughout the story, instead of having the characters reveal th ...more
Stephanie
Sep 11, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: space-fantasy
This book was ok, not great. Had some interesting parts. Although I won't be continuing the space series, I did pick up a cat-shifter book from the same author.
Rachel Smith
Jan 01, 2015 Rachel Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I picked this one up because the description of the courtesans intrigued me. I was thinking it might have a bit of a Firefly to it. I was right! And it was awesome.

The world Nantus has built in this series is at once relatable and different. Female fans of Firefly should love this.

The mystery aspect of the book was easy for me to figure out. It's a rare author who can keep me guessing as to who-dun-it for more than four chapters. It did allow for a lot of exploring of courtesan daily life and ho
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Maggienesium
Total *'s: 3
Verdict: I'll give the second book a shot


This book was a lot of light hearted fun and an excellent call by Veronica from Vaginal Fantasy. Here's the star breakdown for me:

+1 World building/story concept
+1 Dan wants to be there for her as an equal and not a white knight. Yes, he does step on her toes a bit but it's with an "err on the side of safety" vibe.
+1 Multi level read. It's a quick fun read, you can choose to read a bit deeper and get a commentary on the bottom line mentality o
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Stephanie
Aug 02, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Intriguing premise - a pleasure ship, whose moneymaking journey is interrupted by murder - but, overall, not executed very well. The murder mystery was predictable and the romance didn't have any conflict to keep me engaged. Sam and Kendra were interesting characters, and I would have enjoyed more interaction between the captain and the courtesans, or to learn more about the courtesan's inner lives. However, even with a pleasure ship, a murder, and a romance between a lone wolf and a tough capta ...more
Cas
Aug 12, 2016 Cas rated it liked it
This was very readable. Good cleanser, as I call books I read after really long high fantasy or just super detailed books. I think everyone was pretty reasonably written, if not super sexed up. I personally don't get the freaky level of horn dog she felt after a couple months but maybe that's something unique to her or realistically, a book about two horny lonely people? Hm.
Nothing much to be said about the plot because well it wasn't that important. I like a lot of the small space the author u
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Queen Talk Talk
Aug 26, 2016 Queen Talk Talk rated it liked it
I read this because of the Vaginal Fantasy book list. Romance is not my usual genre.
This was a fast read (ebook). I liked the flirty banter and zero-g coffee scene. However, there was no romance just sexual need. Sam would have settled for any man. Daniel was smitten though. More bedroom details would have been interesting. The song "A Reconsideration (Zero-G Sex)" by Kristoph Klover may explain why so many of the miners paid for gravity.
I did enjoy "In the Black". The story did not feel like
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Claire
Yay, good SFR!!!! I found both the science and the romance aspects of this story interesting and believable to a high enough degree that I could immerse myself in the world. As other reviewers have mentioned, it had a bit of a Firefly feel to it, but only the smallest hint. I think the description of the ships and mining stations, as well as the travel time between stations, was very grounding and made this seem like a real version of Earth's future.

It was a nice role reversal to have Sam as th
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Jane
Aug 29, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
I chose this book because it was the monthly selection for Vaginal Fantasy book club. I was hesitant to read it because of the book's cover art. It turned out to be a fun read. I enjoyed the setting, a courtesan ship in space. Parts reminded me of Firefly (Jenny the mechanic, especially...as well as the courtesan Dane as a stand in for Firefly's Jane). I liked the murder mystery aspects of the storyline, but the romance parts were really cheesy. The last quarter of the book seemed hastily thrown ...more
Jenn
Aug 03, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I read this as the main pick for the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club, August 2016.

To be honest, after HATING the alt this month and the main pick last month and not being able to even finish them, as well as not really liking the alt last month, I think I was just ready to like something. This one was decent. It wasn't fantastic, but it was nice little read. There wasn't a whole lot to it and even for a book about courtesans, the main characters thought about sex entirely too much to be believed. But
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Sheryl Nantus is an award-winning romance writer published by Entangled, St. Martin's, Samhain, and Harlequin's Carina Press.

When she's not writing about hunky heroes, she is sipping tea, playing board games and writing haiku.

A total fangirl at heart, she met her husband through an online fanfiction community and currently lives in Pennsylvania.

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