The Last Marine by Cara Crescent #Review

The Last Marine by Cara Crescent #ReviewGenres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on December 23, 2015
Pages: 298
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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So we had a tie with the To Be or Not to Be… Read for June.  This was not a travesty.  I wanted to read both and had the time so I did.  Thanks all for two very wonderful reads.  Be still on heart, two devastatingly hot heroes in one go.

Blending of sci-fi, dystopian, and military romance is guaranteed to grab my attention and, in this case, provide a rousing-good story.  This was a new to me author and I will definitely be on the hunt to see if she wrote more like this one.

Griffith Jude Payne is the last US Marine.  Literally.  The UN has taken over rule of the planet and disbanded countries and their militaries in the effort to achieve world peace and prosperity.  Unfortunately, few know the lengths to which the UN led by the new Prime Minister and his family would go to to bring it about.  Griff does.  He watched the UN destroy his whole base and before that he saw the destruction and deportation of every person who wasn’t perfect or disagreed with the take overs.  Thousands were sent to the harsh planet Asteria six months away by space ship.  Griffin’s brother was one of them all because he was a little different.  Griffin executes a daring plan to save his brother and make up for his past mistakes.

Prudence watched the Marine shoot her husband and thought here was a hero only to see that he didn’t finish the job and left things worse than before.  Now she is faced with the sadistic Randolf who wants her for her alien power to give the gift of persuasion to her mate.  She is determined to escape and sets in motion her plans to slip away to the colony world of Asteria and become a pioneer far from those who would abuse and exploit her.  Randolf will never look for her there.

Fate puts Griffin and Prudence on the same ship and has them crash land together.  He mistrusts her, the wife of his enemy, and she mistrusts him, a brute.  But a harsh planet has a way of making people work together if they want to survive.  Griff must survive, find his brother, and then go back to earth and finish the job he started to liberate people from the regime that allows no freedom.  Somewhere along the way, things get complicated when the two begin to understand and care for each other.

This story was an exciting blend of suspense, action, survival, and passion.  The author created an interesting background and colorful alien setting.  I enjoyed the characters and their opposite way of thinking.  It was an enemies to lovers type of situation as they don’t like or trust each other at first.  The dual trouble between surviving the harsh planet and avoiding the UN and Randolf was exciting, but the internal struggles of Griff getting past his PTSD and survivor’s guilt and Pru healing from the abuse she had undergone made it deeper than I expected.  I appreciated this aspect of the layers for this story.

The romance is a slow build on the relationship and somewhat slow on the attraction as Griffin had to be careful with Prudence because she had been abused.  He doesn’t know this at first, but reads the situation well anyway.  They came together one scene after another.  Things got scorching hot when Griffin unleashed the passionate woman inside Pru when she believed herself to be frigid and ugly after her dead husband and his brother got through messing with her head.  Griffin really was her hero in more ways than one.

All in all, this was a great sci-fi romance with a good blend of action and passion to leave me satisfied.  I would definitely recommend it.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #246 Sci-Fi Rom
New to Me #103 author
Diversity #39
Mt. TBR #92
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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 haven’t read a lot of military sci-fi so far as I am still to sci-fi romances, but this one sounds good. And the crash together on a planet plot line sounds fun and like a good opportunity for the characters to get to know each other better. I am not a fan of enemies to lovers books, but I like the sound of how here it makes sense they don’t like each other at first. And a good slow building romance is always good in my opinion. Great review Sophia!

    • This one is pretty unique. It has so many diverse elements in it that it’s hard to nail it down for describing it to others. I do think you might enjoy this one as a lot of it is a slow developing romance and a survival style story for most of it.

  • I like alien type stories like this one.

    • So hard to find just the right sci-fi niche, but this one was definitely for me.

  • Debbie Haupt

    wow Sophia Rose what a combo of genres, I’m interested!

    • I’ve gotten to where I watch for books that seem to blend the genres b/c I enjoy them so much. Hope you get the chance, Debbie!

  • Enemies to lovers – my favorite!!

  • Well I’ll definitely have to check this out. I don’t read sci fi nearly often enough now. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Yes, this one just snagged my attention a while back while scrolling through Net Galley. I think you’d enjoy it.

  • RO

    I’m a sucker for military romance with some suspense thrown in. Hugs…

  • No shame – I am here for the cover. 😀 But sci-fi romance, that sounds good to me! Plus, a military guy, sheesh. This is like all of my favorite thing in romance novels wrapped in one. Even a bit of hate-to-love in the romance itself! 😀

    Great review, Sophia! Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Definitely no shame! He caught my eye, too, Alyssa!

      Oh my gads yes, this hit a lot of my favs, too. Had to read it.