Review: Unhinge the Universe by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Review: Unhinge the Universe by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. WittUnhinge the Universe by Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt

Genres: Historical Romance, M/M Romance, Military Romance
Published by Riptide on July 15, 2013
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
    add to goodreads
four-half-stars  

A German prisoner of war and an American interrogator falling for each other?  How tantalizing is that scenario!  Too much for me to resist that’s for certain.  I love reading about the WWII generation and not just from one viewpoint so adding in romance and the fictional plot line is just a plus.

Hagen Friedrich, an SS Officer, has parachuted way behind enemy lines on a mission with his brother and five other members of the SS.  When he gets to the rendezvous, he reads the evidence about him.  The men are dead and his brother who was carrying important papers is missing.  Hagen goes on the hunt.

Captain John Nicholls, a US Army interrogator, is frustrated from when he discovers the scouts who came upon a party of Germans on a secret mission over did it with his prisoner and killed him before John can get anything out of him.  He has a feeling that something big is going on for a Major to be caught with a unit of SS away from things.

Hagen discovers the small forward base where his brother is being held.  He sneaks in and kills one of the guards all set to get his brother out when he is discovered in a surprising move by the enemy and this leads to his capture.  He soon learns that his brother has died and he is now held by the men who killed him.  Now the American plans to break him for the information he can get from Hagen so why does Hagen react like he is attracted to this man?

John stares into the eyes of his friend’s murderer and he has to tamp down the anger and hate long enough to get the information he needs.  It’s easy with the young German grieving for his brother and half out of it from lack of sleep.  But John soon has to wonder who is breaking whom.  What he is doing with Hagen is dangerous, but neither of them can seem to help the attraction that forms between them.

The plot was strong and tension-filled and engaged all the emotions nearly from the start.  The pace was good.  I don’t think I even paused to notice the world around me for nearly half the book and then I dove back in as soon as I could.  I liked how the two writers kept the focus on Hagen and John so that I was caught up in them and yet, I was still noticing the backdrop and circumstances too.  It was nearer the end of the war and Hitler and his generals are getting desperate just as the Allies are trying to figure out how to end things sooner rather than later.

The narration swung back and forth between Hagen and John.  I loved getting to know both of them and what they thought.  They started out on quite the opposite end of the spectrum and slowly came together during those tension-filled days of interrogation.  I love stories where the reader is kept right in close as things happen and that every little movement from a breath to a twitch of a muscle tells part of the story with the characters.  I loved the feeling of tension and danger that this highly forbidden romance takes place under.  It’s not often where one gets a story that the romance part is the nail-biter.

So in the end, I was sorry to part from Hagen and John and their story after all the worrying I did on their behalf.  I recommend this one to those who enjoy m/m historical romances set in WWII with a bit of passion and danger to keep things interesting.

My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide Publishing for offering this book up for review purposes.

Review by Sophia Rose

About Aleksandr Voinov

Aleksandr has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and until recently worked as an editor in financial services.

After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write gritty, edgy, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.

He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and others, and is an EPIC Awards winner and a Lambda Awards finalist.

Connect with Aleks:

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

The following two tabs change content below.
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.

Latest posts by Sophia Rose (see all)