Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Dark Star Dawning by Elysa Hendricks
"Victoria "Tori" Hart doesn't know it, but she's the key to saving the universe. After a childhood of moving from place to place, first with her paranoid, restless mother and then in foster homes, Tori has finally found a home in Hope, Ohio running her antique shop. Then a man who claims she's the answer to the plague that's destroying his world invades her peaceful if boring life. Abducted into space and facing death, Tori tries to escape as she fights against her growing attraction to her kidnapper. But can she fight her inner obligation to save a people she's never known? Reese Taren's emperor has sent him on what Reese considers an insane mission-to find the Heart of Destiny, a mythical object said to have the power to save the Empire from alien invaders. Reese has lost everything in this war-his wife and son, his home, his planet. Now he lives to find a way to destroy the entity that threatens the Empire, even if it is chasing after fantasy objects. His search for the Heart of Destiny leads him to Earth and Tori where he discovers that her very body chemistry is the key to defeating the invader. But as they travel through space toward their enemy, Tori somehow manages to heal his damaged heart. Now Reese is once again faced with losing everything because to save the universe and all of humanity, he must sacrifice Tori ."
My favorite reading area is Science Fiction Romance (SFR) so when Dark Star Dawning showed up on Netgalley I requested a copy. I have to say this is not one of my favorite stories.
Tori and Reese are the main characters. Tori lives on Earth and does not know that is not her home world. Reese is the damaged hero who had to destroy his home world. The ash is the villain and Toni is the only one who can destroy the ash.
Since this is a romance it is not the destination but the journey that is important. This journey has all of the usual ingredients. There is danger, tension, a cast of secondary characters and of course romance. Everything is in place for a great story but while I enjoyed reading Dark Star Dawning it did not catch and keep my attention like I expected. I think there are two reasons. The main reason it did not was that so many of the situations have been used and used and used. The second is that much of the writing is spent in one of the characters heads making it more passive that active. Pick it up to get your SFR fix but don’t be surprised if it is not one of your favorites.
Imajinn Books published Dark Star Dawning by Elysa Hendricks in 2013.