Thursday, March 27, 2014
At Star’s End (Book 1 of The Phoenix Adventures) by Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother's dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star's End--the last known location of the masterpiece--she's shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy, a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.
Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like their father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she's trouble, but he's lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn't the only thing they're drawn to...but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?
At Star’s End is Science Fiction Romance without much Science and a lot of Romance. That said it also has a lot of danger and suspense.
Eos Rai is a very strong woman who has spent her life following her mother’s dream. Dathan Phoenis has spent his trying to be different from his father. When the two meet sparks fly. For both that is a weakness. Both have to come to grips with the past, put it behind them and move on to arrive at their HEA.
This is book one in a series so it required quite a bit of character and world building. The character introduction happened very fast. The world building was part of the plot. This lets the story develop quickly. Look for a lot of romance, hooks for the next book, and an exciting story.
The writing was crisp and kept the story moving. Everything was written in my favorite, a very active voice. I will be on the lookout for the next book in the Phoenix Adventures.
Carina Press published At Star’s End by Anna Hackett in 2014.
I received an ARC of At Star’s End from Netgalley.