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(Staying Afloat #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews
You can only put the past away for so long.

This had never been truer for the crew of Matt’s ship, the Lady Lisa. Even as their engine suffers a critical malfunction and Matt scrambles to fund the costly repairs, Val, the ship’s reticent engineer, unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a deadly ghost from his past. Now it’s up to Matt, Ryce, and Tony to rescue him
Published May 6th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Joyfully Jay
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Ashore is the second in the Staying Afloat series, following Adrift. This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order. The story continues to follow Matt Spears and his growing romance with Ryce. They are a sweet couple, even though I wanted to smack Matt more than once for being an obtuse. To say they have communications issues is an understatement, but there is a connection between them that really resonates and makes their story one worth investing
May 06, 2019 added it
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In the tradition of a good sequel, Ashore picks up the story shortly after we left off and carries it forward to deliver a fully encapsulated adventure while scattering seeds for future stories and the larger plot.

The book begins and finishes in about the same place as if the adventure the crew has on Freeport 73 could have happened in a pocket universe. But a lot actually happens in between. We learn quite a bit more about Ryce's parentage and Val's past.

I loved the racing angle and the
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The descriptive bit: Staying Afloat is a great sci-fi series written by Isabelle Adler. NineStar Press was kind enough to send me the first book in the series (Adrift) so that I could read and review the new addition: Ashore. Matt Spears is Captain of the Lady Lisa and her small crew. He’s a small-time smuggler with enough of a conscious that he tries to keep things marginally legal. When a job comes up that will make the crew some good money, Matt meets pilot, Ryce Faine. But Ryce isn’t who he ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, Matt, you wiseass, I missed you! That was the first thought that popped into my head when cracked this book open. Mind you now that he’s happily in a relationship, he did tone himself down a tiny bit. One can argue that being in love turns people sappy or soft, but isn’t that the whole point? I think all that bravado and smartassery is often just a facade we show to others we don’t trust enough or deem worthy enough to see our real selves. I know from experience that it’s way easier to drop ...more
A. L. Lester
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sequel to Adrift. I was already invested in Matt and his crew and Ashore is a fantastic new installment of their story. Poor Matt is so oblivious to his own feelings and those of his lover, Ryce. And there's no time to discuss anything because Val has been kidnapped and the baddies are threatening to cut off bits of him to motivate everyone else.

This is a well-paced space-romp with a background love story that is tender and believeable. I'm looking forward to book three.
Sweetdeily Deily
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The one thing that really draws me to these books the most is the stunning characterisation. The standout for me is how that doesn't just mean Matt, but all of the crew of our beloved ship.
The other part of this wonderful story is that I've never found myself thinking "that's a dumb choice for a smart character to make. " a frequent complaint in stories where a character makes a decision based on progressing the plot that an intelligent human shouldn't make. This is so rare I find it delightful
Adrienne Bross
As always, I found myself completely enamored with Isabelle Adler's writing.Ashore picks up not long after Adrift, Matt finds that his ability to find trouble (or trouble's ability to find him, whichever you prefer) is once again rearing it's ugly head. Current debt, repairs needed to the ship, and a complete lack of income leaves the crew high and dry in this installment of the series.

In many ways, this is a book about pasts. We get to see more of Ryce's past, of his biological mother as well as speculawriting.
Jacqueline Rohrbach
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The journey picks up with Ryce and Matt in a relationship neither of them seems sure will work. Ryce has been offered a new job, and Matt--not wanting to hold him back--urges him to take the opportunity. But Ryce doesn't want to go! He wants to help Matt repair the Lady Lisa. Also, they sort of need to save Val, who foolishly chased after one of his wife's murderers.

What I enjoyed most about this book was how the relationships are challenged by various failures. In the first book, Ryce was perh
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full RTC closer to release day May 6th

Isabelle Adler nailed it again with this book & from the first page I was hooked.

This book was exactly what I needed rn - without even knowing it.

The action was on point, the crew, mostly Val is getting in danger and the lives of the crew members are severe threatened a few times.

I adored the intimate scenes between Matt & Ryce and that they had a few happy moments - which are rare and even more preciou
Shivani Seth
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review to follow, but I loved this book!

Hope you like it as much as I did!
Isabelle Adler
Apr 12, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Category: Romance
Genre: Sci-Fi
Word Count: 67900
Sex Content: Explicit
Pairing: MM
Orientation: Bisexual, Demisexual
Identity: Cisgender

Warning: Depictions of violence, abduction, mutilation, alcoholism. Mentions of torture and past rape. Allusions to substance abuse.

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May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader


Ashore is book two in the Staying Afloat series and Adrift ( book one) should definitely be read first.

This story is all about not being able to outrun your past and your ghosts. It’s a really good follow up to book one, it answers some questions and asks a whole lot of new ones. I’m curious to see what the author will do next, there is certainly more to do with these characters.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, reviewed, sci-fi, series
In the second book of the Staying Afloat series we are back on board the Lady Lisa. Matt and Ryce along with crew Val and Tony are in dire need of funds for repairs. Their choices, as usual are bad and badder. When they run afoul of the station bad guys, their lives, in one way or another, are in danger.

Learning something about Ryce’s past, Matt must decide whether to tell him. Val’s past slaps him in the face and he can’t ignore it. For the greater good Matt decides to let Ryce go t
Jess Crafts
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A super strong scifi adventure sequel to the Adrift novella. It stays with the single pov of the captain but I loved that we got more of the crew which is the only thing I felt was missing from the previous novella. One of the things I loved most about Adrift was even though it was a space adventure set around the crew of a spaceship it felt self contained and tense, this book continues that theme. The crew are stuck in a new, completely different place with a new and completely different challe ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this follow up to Adrift in a few hours today. I loved it despite the damn cliffie ending.
My only complaint is that I have no clue when the next in series will be coming. The worst type of nemesis might be on the loose from the Federation prison and is playing head games with Matt just when he's getting a break in bad luck pursuing him and his makeshift family. And that's when the book ends, of cause. I want more!

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An excellent continuation to the series. The character development is extremely well done. The little details really bring these characters to life. The relationship development was exactly what I hoped for. I was worried it would be rushed, but it was done perfectly. I hope we get even more of Matt and Ryce's story.
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Isabelle Adler writes M/M romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination

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