Review by Sophia
An intriguing spin on ‘Venus, give us your women’ becoming ‘Mars, give us your men’ was enough to snag my interest in this sci-fi by a new to me author. I’ve always enjoyed when a survival desperation element is present in a story and this one with a world-wide nuking that leaves only the partial crew of a deep-space colony ship (which all happen to be the women of the crew in one fluke accident) as the only survivors of the human race, seemed a good bet to engage my interest.
I dove in with curiosity and excitement. I was brought up short by a different tone than I was expecting, but thought to give it some time to adjust to the author’s style. A flippant and humorous tongue in cheek flavor can be a fun change up, but it was unexpected and had nuances to it that jabbed at me. I couldn’t decide if this was a serious piece or utter comedy. Then it started flipping rapidly between narrators and again, though disoriented, I kept at it for a little while.
There are elements that I would love to explore further with the emerging story of the mother, her baby girl, and the baby’s cat protector along with the over-arcing dilemma of staying alive and keeping the human race going. And I had a giggle-snort moment when just as the crisis is hitting home, the story introduces a Lesbian character- yeah, that is handy on one level particularly for her, but just salt in the wound of all the women who just lost the male half of the race and are looking at a bleak future.
But for now, the tone of the story and the loose, rapid shifts in perspective kept losing me and there was not enough to keep my interest for the moment. So I’m going to put this back on the stack as a ‘maybe later’ when I’m in the mood.
DNF at 6%
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Published by Riptide
Released on February 8, 2016
DNF’d at Chapter Six
I picked this one for the moving storyline the blurb offered. It hints at so much going on beyond a simple romance and I love complex stories. And I was right on the money. This one starts in a dark, sad place and it continues there only slowly hinting at blue skies in the distant part of the book.
Archie Noble grew up hard and fast from having a drug-addicted mother and then life on the Cree Reservation. He got out and was determined to get as far as possible from his roots. The only thing tying him to his past was his little sister. Margie would have better than he did if he could help it. But now Margie and her husband are gone and she leaves self-absorbed shallow living Archie custody of her two young children.
Ryan grieves the loss of the woman who was like a sister to him. He will be there for the two little ones even if dealing with their uncle is more than difficult. Ryan has no common ground with this other man even if they are both gay. Ryan wants a husband and family. He’s a nurturer and loves his job teaching small children while Archie doesn’t believe in long term relationships, love or family though he’d better figure the last one out quickly.
And now you’re wondering why I set this one aside, right? Yeah, this was a book that pulled me in from the beginning. Archie’s early story came first and that was a good thing or his present day behavior would have had me slapping the book closed sooner than I did. There are interesting dynamics and friction caused by how these two guys perceive each other and how their pasts shaped them. I loved all that. And I truly wanted happy things for the kids and the men.
I stopped because I kept setting it aside. I was distracted and couldn’t bring myself to read on. I’ll save this one for later. Or not. No promises. It’s a mood thing and not an aversion to the writing or the characters, I think. Mood readers will get where I’m coming from. So I’ll put a tag on the page and let it sit some more. But it’s also possible that there is a reason that it’s not grabbing me. This one has sat on my shelf for a while.
This is an older release so there are plenty of reviews to help you get a feel for the book to see if you’d like it so check those out. I think the target audience will be m/m Contemporary Romance fans who like a more challenging romance.
My thanks to Riptide for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.