Review: Striker by Lexi Ander

Review: Striker by Lexi AnderStriker by Lexi Ander

Series: #2 The Valespian Pact
Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
on June 3, 2014
Pages: 307
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I have long awaited the sequel to Alpha Trine because I fell in love with the characters, the worldbuilding and the plotting.  This is most definitely a Sci-Fi Romance, but the feel of it is that of a Romantic Suspense.  There are twists, intrigues, thrilling adventure and secrets that are slow to be revealed all hyping up the tension.

This sequel should definitely not be read out of order or the reader will struggle to catch up to the story.  Striker was a total set up book in ways and it takes a long time to build.  The first half is full of little slower paced moments will all the excitement saved for the latter half.  I was more than happy to sit back and be patient as more of the author’s creative world building was expanded and the romantic trio had the time to strengthen their relationship which is nearly unheard of in romance books today.

When it came to the romance, I got the ‘what happened after that happily ever after’ moment.  The threesome now takes the time to get to know each other and work out their relationship and place in the relationship.  Alpha’s story is really teased out and there are a lot of surprising answers there.  Zeus’ hidden history gets revealed too and yep, more exciting reveals.  Zeus is almost a different personality in this one as he adapts to the changes in his life.  He becomes more assertive and his hidden strengths come to the forefront.  Alpha personality is further revealed and he is a mixture of aggression and appeasement as needed.  And Dargon took a softer role even when he wanted to be part of the excitement since he is the caregiver of this new little family.  The passion is still hot and unique because of the make-up of their threesome coming from three different alien races.

Now, what to say so that I don’t give up the good stuff, but still give enough to summarize…

The story opens with the Oethra 7 and its crew still on board the Marsani ship with Zeus’ brothers as they rush to deliver the Fal’ Almoric royal family and what they have discovered about the enemy into the hands of the rulers of Valespia.  Time is running out on the search for Prometheus, Zeus’ biological brother, who needs to take his place ruling the Galactic Alliance so the grid holding back the greedy, hungry V’Saar bug race stays up.  Zeus worries about the safety of his mates during their vulnerable time of Alpha’s pregnancy.  He feels the pressure of enemies waiting for them and enemies chasing them.  Then there is the unsettling visit with his lost brother through his dreams warning him and advising him how to gain allies for the war that is to come.

Canry’s advice leads Zeus and the crew to a little known world to treaty with a race made up of crystals.  The visit proves dangerous and reveals another betrayal among other things.  The time counts down to the moment the two opposing sides will face off and Zeus is aware that his side is vastly outnumbered unless all their allies can assemble in time.

As I said earlier, this is a set up book feeling much like the way a chessboard is being set for the bigger moves to come.  But, there is also an ending feel to it as well.  The main conflicts are still in place, but yet so many answers and resolves came in this one too.  Not sure about what is to come, but I now wonder if some of the secondary characters will get their stories and whether the perspective will shift to the mysterious Prometheus who has been hidden for years.  I confess that my romantic little heart wants to dart off in like five directions right now to see some of those secondary relationships wrapped up and see the escalating war through to the end.  The next book will now be impatiently waited on just like this one.  Sigh…

All in all, this was a good installment in the series.  Those who enjoy m/m sci-fi romance with spectacular world building, strong suspense, memorable characters and spicy romance should grab this series up.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I so love your reviews on m/m romance Sophia. Good character and world building is key for me .

    • Your compliment makes my day, Sharonda! It takes me a while to think through and write up most of my reviews so I love that they are appreciated.

      And yes, worldbuilding is a big reason I love Sci-Fi, but these have both good characters and plotting to go with the creativity in the worlds, races, and cultures.

      • Np, I wish I could write as clean as you do 😉 I always have to go back and correct something, lols. But I’m getting there.

        In sci-fi, I think that world-building has to be major..you know? it just adds more bang to the story.

        • Oh trust, me! There have been plenty of oopsies in my reviews. I go over my work and still miss them especially when they are not an issue of spelling or grammar that the computer catches. Some have made for some unexpected points like when I forget to put in the ‘not’ or something that changes the whole direction of the thought. Oh well! Movies and shows have bloopers so why not reviews. Haha!

  • Works for me too, I’m going to look up that series 🙂

    • I found the first one by accident and the cover wasn’t the grab-you sort, but I loved the story on the inside for its uniqueness and character personalities.

  • Hmm… Imma skip this one coz you know, I don’t really read sci-fi that much 😀

    • LOL! No sweat! It’s not everyone’s cuppa. There are tons of good books out there in the other genres too.