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Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
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it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction, science-fiction-romance, netgalley

This is Michelle Diener’s first Science Fiction Romance book. There is a check list of things I look for in a good SFR book and Diener has checked them all off.

First there is the story line. I always want to know if it can survive if the romance is removed. In Dark Horse it is certainly strong enough to stand on its own. The romance just adds to the tension and the action in the story

World building and back story are always important. Getting them into the story can be tricky. The way the plot develops in Dark Horse both were woven into the story in a way that did not stop or impend the action.

Of course characters are also important. SFR is character driven. It is very important to have well developed and interesting characters leading the story. Both Rose and Dav are well-written and are strong enough to carry the action. Rose arrived with another character in tow, one that is not easily detected. Saco, an artificial intelligence, plays a critical part in the plot and also drives much of the action. The story requires a large cast of secondary characters and their development fits their place in the story.

The story line is not new but like many other good authors Diener has given it some unusual twists. Rose and her actions add some of the twists and the aliens in the story have plenty of their own. This is an action filled story where more than the romance provides tension.
Diener has written an impressive number of books and her experience shows in the writing in Dark Horse. Each scene was carefully crafted to carry the story and theme forward. It is one of those books that is very hard to put down.

It looks like Dark Horse might be the first book in a series. I hope so. While much is finished there is still a lot of story left to tell.
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Started Reading
June 1, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 23, 2015 – Shelved
June 23, 2015 – Shelved as: science-fiction
June 23, 2015 – Shelved as: science-fiction-romance
June 23, 2015 – Shelved as: netgalley

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