Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beyond Galaxy’s Edge (The Phoenix Adventures #5) by Anna Hackett

Science Fiction Romance

From Goodreads:

Ambitious Patrol Captain Nissa Sander has spent three years at the galaxy’s edge keeping the law and order, and chasing scoundrel smuggler, Justyn Phoenix. But the charming rogue has always outwitted her and she’s had a hard time ignoring his hard body and handsome face. But when one of the galaxy’s most important documents—the US Constitution—is stolen, Nissa finds herself working with the very man she’s been trying to throw in her brig.

Justyn Phoenix embraces life and offers everyone a wink and a smile. He’s also in love with a spit-and-polish Patrol captain. Yep, crazy in love, and he knows she’ll never love him back. But when the opportunity arises to work alongside Nissa on a wild and crazy mission to recover the US Constitution, he can’t resist.

But nothing on this treasure hunt is as it seems. The trail leads them to fake documents, rival treasure hunters, and a millennia old mystery. As the hunt takes them beyond the galaxy’s edge, Justyn and Nissa will face the firestorm of their desire, and soon learn if they can survive long enough to save the galaxy.

Beyond Galaxy’s Edge is my favorite in the Phoenix Adventures.  I loved Justyn Phoenix.  He is the perfect hero.  Nissa Sander on the other hand needs some work before she can be his match.  That does not stop Justyn from trying to bring them together.

Beyond Galaxy’s Edge has the perfect blend of action scenes and sequel scenes.  Each time they take action that should solve the mystery they find that they have to back off and try something else.  The tension that builds trying to find the treasure and the tension that builds between Justyn and Nissa keeps the story on the razor’s edge. 

Great writing, world building and character development make this a great Science Fiction Romance novel.  While this is my favorite so far in the series the other books are also very good stories.  Start here with Beyond Galaxy’s Edge or start at the beginning of the series.  Either way you will have an enjoyable journey into space.

I received a free copy of Beyond Galaxy's Edge from the author in return for an honest review.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - January 24, 2015

Books Stacked on My Shelves

I am still being very good about adding to my reading list.  This week I only added one book while getting 2 off of my TBR pile.  I have all my January review written and scheduled so I am now working on February.  The one book I got to review this week:

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett.  It does not come out until April so I am exercising self-control and putting off reading it until closer to its release date.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

"Not so long ago Emerald Flat, this very spot, was littered with painted tepees."

23% on my Kindle:

"Right, magic. When Turtle talked about magic I didn't argue , but I did not buy it either."

From Badlands Bad Boy, The Texas Brands by Maggie Shayne. This is book three in the series. I got hooked on the series when I downloaded book one free on Amazon.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beneath a Trojan Moon (The Phoenix Adventures #4) by Anna Hackett

Science Fiction Romance

From Goodreads:

Fortune teller Relda Dela-Cruz is a woman with a secret. One she’ll do anything to conceal. She hides in plain sight on the market world of Souk, content with running her profitable fortune-telling business and never letting anyone too close. But when assailants attack her in pursuit of a powerful artifact, Relda collides with the city’s handsome, new marshal. A man who leaves no stone unturned and no secret covered.

War has left former Galactic Special Forces Captain Hunt Calder tired and empty, but one look at sexy Relda—with her wild curls and lush curves—brings him back to life. When she’s threatened over the mysterious Trojan Moon, Hunt will let nothing stop him from protecting her. Even Relda herself.

As they face alien attackers and killer droids, Relda can’t resist her burning attraction to Hunt. But she knows he’s the most dangerous threat of all, because he doesn’t just want her body, he wants her trust and her secret, too. A secret with the power to destroy Hunt and Relda, the city, even the planet itself.

I am hooked on The Phoenix Adventures.  Beneath a Trojan Moon is a side story novella set in the Phoenix universe.  What it does not have are any of the Phoenix men in the story.   Two of the Phoenix women do appear briefly but this is really Relda Depa-Cruz and Hunt Calder story and romance and it is a good one.

Relda and Hunt are both very appealing characters.  The action in the story is a result of Relda’s secret.  Hunt just wants to protect Relda at any cost.  All of this sets up an action filled well written romance.

Beneath a Trojan Moon is a great addition to the series.  It does stand alone but like any good series it is more fun if you read every book.

Amazon Digital Services published Beneath a Trojan Moon by Ann Hackett in 2014.

I received a free copy of Beneath a Trojan Moon from the author in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Murder of Clones (Retrieval Artist #10) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Science Fiction

From Goodreads:

A deadly conspiracy…

The Anniversary Day bombings on the Moon sent shockwaves throughout the Earth Alliance. No one knows who created the clones responsible and turned them into ruthless killers. No one knows where or when they’ll strike next.

The bombings compel Earth Alliance Frontier Marshall Judita Gomez to launch an unauthorized investigation into a case from her past involving the murder of clones. An investigation that might cost Judita not only her career but the lives of her crew.

This third book of the Anniversary Day Saga sheds further light on the Anniversary Day events, and introduces several new key characters.

A Murder of Clones introduces a whole new series of characters in the Retrieval Artist series.  Those of us who are long time fans of the series get to add a new layer to story.  What we will not get is an appearance from Miles Flint.  Don’t be disappointed.  It is a great story.  Rusch does say that this is a Retrieval artist Universe Novel as the main characters in the previous novels do not make an appearance here.

Everything plays off of the Anniversary Day bombings on the moon.  Part is set in the past and part in the present.  This is a very complex story tha sets up future action.  While not exactly a cliff hanger ending it does leave everyone with more than one problem.  There are five more books in this saga and they will come out one a month for the next five months.  You can start here as the story will stand alone but it is better if you have read the pervious books in the series.

WNG Publishing, Inc. published A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch in 2015.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Musing Mondays - January 17, 2015

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?
I have never counted.  When I moved into my current house I turned the living room/dining room into a library/office.  There are built in books shelves around about half of the room and they are almost full.  So I have into the hundreds of books there and more stacked about different places in my house.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vacant (Mindspace Investigations #4) by Alex Hughes

Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

From Goodreads:

Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

I like this series and the interaction between Adam Ward and Isabella Cherabino keeps the series going.  This time though Adam and Isabella are not together for most of the story.  There are two parts to this story.  The main story is about Adam and how he handles a new job away from Atlanta.  The other story is in the backgound .  Cherabino is under fire and Alan cannot be there to help her.

Hughes uses the story to add more detail to the world of Mindspace Investigations.  Vacant is more of a side story.  It adds a lot to the series but most of the action is there to set the stage for the next chapter in the lives of Adam and Cherabino.

While Vacant could stand alone I recommend reading the other novels in the series first.

Roc published Vacant by Alex Hughes in 2014.