Genres: Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on September 5, 2017
Military suspense story, new to me author that I’ve been meaning to try, and a cool setting…. I was all set to love this one. And I did…until the heroine showed up. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t right when she showed up- and there was that really awesome hero and his plot line to distract me from her.
Well, I made it several chapters in and just got more upset. I was mostly upset because I could have really loved this story if the heroine hadn’t been so irksome. Let me just say here and now that people who go in for causes are not the issue when I say that I just wanted to throttle the heroine. It was honestly more of how she went about it with a ton of stubborn-stupid happening. I am a firm believer that we all need to be good stewards of our planet, but yeesh, she got herself in danger and hence another person because he had to rescue her. The attitude she copped about the military didn’t win points with me, either, especially when it came with a military-trained man’s rescue of her. I will say that the clash of ideology wouldn’t have bugged me so bad if there weren’t a whole slew of bitsy things about the gal that built up with me. I don’t dare go into a list or this would turn into a rant.
So… I called it quits somewhere before half-way. I really liked the set up and the author’s writing and I loved that SEAL team in the beginning and the big betrayal/conspiracy so I am definitely coming back for book two for a second chance with a different heroine.
I chose this book because I was enamored with the idea of a human being an innkeeper on an alien planet and having adventures.
I ended up DNF-ing this book ten chapters in at the 31% point for a couple of reasons.
First of all, it was a third of the way done and they were just arriving on the alien world. My issue is not that I couldn’t be patient through an introduction to the characters, the plot, and transition, but that I was bored by tedious details. There were four chapters during the packing phase dealing with- yep, packing.
Secondly, I never really warmed up to the main character, Syl, and found her companions okay. But then at the point I decided to end things, it was because Syl got snotty and bossy when it wasn’t a good time. She had nearly ten chapters to get used to the idea that she was freely agreeing to pioneer a human visit to an alien planet with an alien culture (as in a culture not like hers, LOL). Her first little hiccup and she cops an attitude toward anyone and everyone because she was inconvenienced (not hurt or harmed, just inconvenienced).
Yeah, I figured I wasn’t interested in waiting to see if something was going to happen when I was barely tolerating the heroine at the same time. Let’s just say it was a bit mellow and slow build for my sci-fi tastes and expectations. Maybe it would work for others.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.