Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Star Cruise: Marooned (A Sectors AF Romance) by Veronica Scott

Science Fiction Romance

From Goodreads:

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

Someone really messed up and the passengers for the cruise ship Far Horizon were not told that Dantaralor, the planet they are visiting is now in the war zone.  When the ship and the shuttle leave Meg Antille and Red Thomsill marooned on the planet the adventure starts.

Meg and Red are both crew on the Far Horizon.  After they are left things go from bad to worse.  The enemy appears and most of the passengers are killed.  Meg, Red and the survivors escape and the danger just keep escalating.  While the action and danger are a big part of the story another big part is the romance that develops between Meg and Red.

On the ship Red could never get close to Meg but now they are a team trying survive.  That bring them closer together and gives each the chance to explore the feeling that are developing.

Scott has written a very good Science Fiction story about survival under very difficult conditions.  I like it when it is a good story without the romance and becomes a better story with romance added.

The two main characters are very well developed and do a good job carrying the story.  The secondary characters are adequate for the part they play.  I would love to see Meg and Red in a future story.  I am sure they are up to another adventure. 

I did finish this in one setting.  It is novella length.  It is very satisfying read and I found the story line to be very well developed.  The danger and tension stayed at just the right level.  The plot was interesting and believable.  The ending put a nice period to the action.

Star Cruise:  Marooned by Veronica Scott was published in 2015.

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