The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
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If I thought the first four stories were pretty good in the Embrace the Romance series, I got an even more pleasant surprise with this second group of four. All were the epitome of sci-fi romance- the space adventures, characters, worlds, and writing all grabbed me from the get-go and delivered a sparkling story within the confines of their pages.
As before, I offered up mini review thoughts for each:
Rescued by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol 4.5 stars
#5.5 Cy-Ops Cyborg Romance series
Part of a series, but easily can standalone. Loved meeting cyborg, Guy Roarke and Solia the winged and exquisite Farian in this latest adventure. Adorable Mitzi the kitten was a fantastic edition doing her part to help Guy and Solia. The rescue, the individual characters’ private conflicts, and their romance was beautifully done.
Great blend of suspenseful action, slow burn passion, and sci-fi elements that make me already a huge fan of the author and the series. Can’t wait for the newest release featuring one of the side characters in this story.
Star Cruise: Songbird by Jean Walker
SF Sectors Sci-Fi Romance series
I was very taken with ‘Stowaway’ from the first Pets in Space antho and this story cemented my love for this author’s writing and her SF Sectors series. There is such heart in her story even if its novella-length. I was engaged from the beginning and was riveted by the ending. The light banter that escalated to full on passion and endearing love by the end was an amazing romance.
Oh, and yes, again, the ‘pets’ included in this story, a warbird Eagle and a little songbird stole the show at times with their presence. The setting of the ship and the futuristic rock music world along with the overall series setting and surrounding characters just added an extra layer of deliciousness.
Definitely going back for more from this series.
Time Trap by Pauline Baird
A Project Enterprise series novella
This seems to be a side story in the Project Enterprise series. It worked well as a standalone once I got my bearings further into the story. Briggs and Madison shared the narration and were great hero and heroine with wry humor, banter, and a strong attraction. Sir Rupert the alien parrot was a clever addition as the ‘pet character. The black ops style element and excitement blended with sci-fi and time travel made this a fantastic story and left me eager to go back for the whole series.
Courting Disaster: Star Dog 2 by Laurie A Green 4.5 Stars
An Inherit the Stars universe novella
Courting Disaster is the sequel to Star Dog introduced in the first Pets in Space antho and also to the Inherit the Stars series. I read Star Dog, but feel Courting Disaster works well as a standalone, too.
I enjoyed getting a roguish flawed hero on the cusp of growing into a true hero for the right woman who helps him finally put his past to rest. The plot was action and character driven with a great tension-filled romance. I have the Inherit the Stars series and just need to get busy and read it for more fab reading.