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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Dr. Aristotle Campbell is a desperate man. His twin brother has been abducted, and Ari will do anything to find him. Forced out of the comfortable solitude of his laboratory, Ari must leave their home world of Britannia and search the farthest reaches of space for his other half. He hastily equips himself with a flawlessly tied cravat, a handful of clues, and his small sci ...more
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Published November 2nd 2020 by NineStar Press
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Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read! Amazing characterization, funny from the dedication on and so STEAMY... Ari and Orin are my new favorite couple. The story is quite a bit open ended, to be continued in Part 2, but I wasn't even mad about that, it was just too perfect a fit for my tastes otherwise. I regard this book ;-)
There were minerals, after all, which had the ability to change under pressure. Develop new traits— greater strength, hardness, durability. Ari would take his inspiration from them.

A pretty fun science fiction romp! I'd classify it as light sci-fi, since we didn't get a lot of insight into technology and advancements, and most of the plot was about the relationship, which I'm definitely not complaining about. A buttoned-up professor from an elite world will do anything to save his abducted b
Kathy ★birdsong.books★
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arcs
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated in the review are my own.

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Restricted is a science fiction novel about a scientist named Ari, who is on a mission to find his lost twin brother Theo. But in order to even get started on his mission he needs to use his spaceship and he's not much of a flyer. So he seeks out a pilot. Enter Orin, a pilot from the Verge and the
Sid Blackwood
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book. It was such a fun (relatively) short read. Haven't read a fantasy romance in forever and this hit all the spots. Opposites attract, an interesting fantasy world, and the prospect of another romance.
There is nothing much to critique and if you love a bit of fantasy fun with a virgin hero (honestly a favorite), this is definitely for you.
I only wish we could have learned a bit more about Orin's history/origin. And I would ha
S a n d r a
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, sci-fi
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This book got my attention by, not gonna lie, its cover. It's amazing! Simple yet catchy. And when I read the blurb it was clear I must read it: a romance across stars while trying to rescue a kidnapped twin! Sounded amazing. And it was.

Not being a native speaker, it was a little bit hard understanding every word Ari uses LOL Mostly at first, since as the book went I kind of got used to his speaking style and vocabulary. But it was not something I minded,
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, 2020, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story was very entertaining. I loved the push and pull between Ari and Orin. This is the first book in the series, so the story line will continue, but this installment wraps up sufficiently (which is important, because no one likes a cliffhanger).

It was a fun, steampunk, sci-fi romp through space. I wanted to wrap Ari's character up in bubble wrap, but under his studious, awkward exterior, he found strength and
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars

I hate it when an author give us a one dimensional character that's supposed to be with a two dimensional character and tried to make us believe they're supposed to fall in love or have "natural chemistry". Omg did i dislike Orion! He was supposed to be sassy and corky and flirty but I just find him annoying!
Now Ari, he was so cute!!! His POV was so endearing to read! Loved him. (Alsp Theo! He made me want to read the next book!)
Overall, eventhough the world building needs some working b
Moraye Potgieter
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun read with interesting characters and an engaging plot.
I was captivated from the first page and held captive till the last.

The author has created a fun sci-fi adventure with an added dose of romance. In this one there is nothing more romantic than riding off to save your brother with a strapping stranger.

I love how the author handled the characters relationship, it flowed with rest of the book, and at no stage seemed uncomfortable or forced.

It you are looking for a strapping rogue
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Aristotle Campbell’s twin brother has been kidnapped and he needs to mount a daring rescue. This of course, calls for a dashing and appropriately scruffy pilot, which is where Orin comes in. I was ready to love this novel based on the blurb alone, and the reality absolutely lived up to my expectations. The writing is good, with great balance between description and dialogue. The universe the story takes place in is complex: there are the pampered core worlds and increasingly rough around the ...more
elise p
Oct 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Thank you to NineStar Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for an honest review!
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
My thanks for this review go to NineStar Press LLC and NetGalley, for providing me with the ebook of this novel in return for an honest review.

Easy to read it may be, but A.C. Thomas’ Restricted lacks the kind of detail desired in the plotting and characterisation, in spite of some interesting narrative ideas that deserve to be built on a lot more in the future.

This isn’t my first reading experience of erotic LGBTQ+ fiction with elements of science-fiction in recent months. I am reminded of C.
Alyx Hurst
I was given a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a lover of sci-fi and a lover of LGBTQ+ fiction, Restricted by A. C. Thomas sounded like it would be right up my street. The story follows Ari and Orin, a scientist and a pilot respectively, as they traverse space in search of Ari’s brother Theo, who has been abducted. They follow clues that Ari believes Theo left for him and grow closer as they travel, both of them doubting the other’s ability to love them w
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

5/5 stars for Restricted, you’re going to have to pry this book out of my cold, dead space hands- because I absolutely ADORE IT.

Aristotle Campbell (Ari for short) is tight laced, elegant and sheltered - he hasn’t experienced much outside of the safety of his home planet Britannia, and the even safer company of his own twin brother, Theo.

But when Theo goes missing, leaving behind mysterious clues that could possibly lead
I had a rocky start with Restricted. I found the first few chapters a little slow and the character of Orin grated on me. I didn't like his constant use of endearments, there were so many it felt false and it took me out of the story. I also didn't feel the connection between Ari and Orin to start with, they were so different - almost stereotypically so - that I struggled to understand what would keep them together.

What kept me reading was the plot and the world-building. A.C. Thomas has created
Lisa Scott-Thacker
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Put simply, Restricted is a sci-fi romance centred on the developing relationship between sheltered scientist Aristotle ‘Ari’ Campbell and his hired pilot- rugged, smooth talking Orin Stone- as they attempt a dangerous journey into the darkest reaches of space, following clues left by Ari’s missing twin brother Theo in an attempt to track him down and bring him back to safety.

But it is so much more than that! Oh so much more!

The world built by A.C. Thomas is an utter delight. From a core planet
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Restricted is the first book I've read by A.C. Thomas. This is the first book in a series (I'm unsure of the series length), that features Dr. Aristotle Campbell. When he discovers that his twin brother is missing, Ari seeks out a pilot to take him across the verge. Hot on his brother's trail, Ari faces violence, intrigue, and danger... he also comes face to face with his own desires.

The future world created by Thomas is a bit of a mixed bag. Ari and his twin, Theo come from an academic setting.
Jonas Sheckler
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I have a strong feeling that this book began its life as Han/Luke fanfic and was then thinly disguised as something else to avoid lawsuits from Disney. We’ve all been there, so I’m not judging; just observing.

We have a naïve, inexperienced younger man, Ari, in search of his twin (brother), and an older, more experienced scruffy space pilot Orin. Ari hires Orin to fly his spaceship so that he can go after his abducted twin Theo. There’s instant lust between the two, which they then act on at ever
Veronica of V's Reads
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Dr. Aristotle Campbell is a resident of Brittania, one of the Core planets stuck within the Verge, a force field that prevents marauders from attacking the main planets. He’s an introverted geological scientist, who is dedicated to his outgoing twin brother Dr. Theo Campbell, which is why Ari is now frantic. Theo has been kidnapped by a ruffian from the Restricted Section beyond the Verge. Ari screws up all his gumption and pledges his own spaceship to a Verge pilot, Orin Stone, who pro
Emma Caylan
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

Full transparency, I was also one of the original beta readers for this book as well.

That being said, it really does warm my heart to see how far this little book has come! From their first Meet Cute to the Big Damn Romantic Happy Ending, I was having a blast the entire ride from start to finish. I've been a sucker for space-western aesthetics since bingeing Firefly as a kid, and the setting here really scratched that it
Stephanie Panach
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I really liked this Steam-punk/sci-fi/LGBTQ adventure/romance. One descriptor is definitely not enough for this book! Ari is an academic and seems very proper - think Victorian England level of proper. His identical brother, by all appearances, has been kidnapped by an unknown person. He left a few clues that Ari has been trying to follow in hopes of finding his brother. He needs a pilot to help him get into areas that are on the outer edges of civilization. Orin Stone is a good pilot and has a ...more
Thieving Magpie
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy. A.C. Thomas’ ‘Restricted’ follows Ari, Dr Aristotle Campbell, who’s searching for his twin brother. Leaving his home world, Britannia, he searches for Theo through the galaxy with the assistance of the pilot, Orin in exchange for the ship.

I really liked the premise of this short novel – a short sci-fi with LGBTQIA elements and I was sold. But unfortunately, I felt a bit disappointed with the story. ‘Restricted’ throws us straight into the
Sameena Jehanzeb
I tried for 37% to read this book but I am giving up now. This is just a lot of sex without much story which I could have dealt with if I did not full heartedly dislike both protagonists. Orin – the big rough guy with a soft spot – for his inflationary use of nicknames like Honey, Sugar, Sweetheart, Pretty, Beautiful, Baby, Baby, Baby .... topped with repeatedly saying "Just like that, baby. So perfect for me". Ari on the other hand – the tender virgin professor – I dislike for his stupid commen ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting. At one point I only remembered to blink when my eyes got dry to the point of discomfort. I was lucky enough to receive an advance review copy in exchange for a candid review, so let me share my thoughts on this book with you now.

You may know that the first incarnation of the fax machine was invented in 1843, which was the same year the first wagon made it across the Oregon Trail. I bring this up because it illustrates that people can be living in different centuries,
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Orin is full of innuendo, endearments, cursing, and very earnest when it comes to Ari. Ari is uptight, tense, and unsure but incredibly sweet in Orin’s arms. The rascally ships captain seducing his passenger, while being seduced himself was cute and sweet.

An entertaining tale of Victorian manners, pirate-ish manners, space travel, violent settings with violent people, a ship named Delilah, a missing twin, and above all two totally opposite men stumbling their way into love while traveling among
Susan Anne
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I‌ ‌received‌ ‌a‌ ‌copy‌ ‌of‌ ‌Restricted (The Verge Book 1) ‌by‌ ‌A.C. Thomas via‌ ‌IndiGo‌ ‌Marketing‌ ‌&‌ ‌Design‌ ‌in‌ ‌exchange‌ ‌for‌ ‌an‌ ‌honest‌ ‌review.‌ ‌I’m a fan of AU books and this one combines Regency (?) England with space travel, so what’s not to like? In many ways this is the classic opposites attract trope, which has been done in space before, but it still works in the story. Being a professor myself, I especially liked Ari, as he kept proving himself to be stronger than he k ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a delight! It’s a fun, sexy steampunk space romp, and a very enjoyable read. Ari and Orin are adorable (yes, parts of it are super nsfw, and yes, those sections are adorable because dumb boys with feelings are the cutest; I will not be taking follow-up questions). The world reminded me of Firefly, if Mal and Simon were the only ones on the ship, and were boning the whole time they were looking for River. And who doesn’t want to read that book?

The ending is pretty open, which was fin
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a good LGBTQ syfy read! I have been looking for more book in this genre and this is definitely one of the good ones out there.
The world building was unique and engaging and the characters were likeable and well fleshed out.
The author's writing style appealed to me and I loved it.
A definite recommend if you like a short, syfy read that will take you on a fun adventure through the galaxy!
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read anything this fast in a while, so a huge win from me. Loved the juxtaposition of Ari who hails from a planet much like Victorian England and all his strait laced rules. And Orin’s much larger, much rougher self from the Verge. They make a great team on their mission to save Ari’s brother. I’d consider this book sci-if light and romance heavy. Just the way I like it. I can’t wait for the next installment.
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