Audio Book Review: Pico’s Crush by Carol Van Natta

Posted December 17, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Book Review: Pico’s Crush by Carol Van Natta
Pico's Crush
Narrated by Nicole Poole

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Series: Central Galactic Concordance #3
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on November 27, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Pico’s Crush is the latest in what has pretty much established itself as one of my favorite sci-fi romantic suspense series.  A dad takes his vacation to visit his daughter at university, a pair of consulting detectives are tracking a serial killer, and a government worker heads to a lush tropical island planet for a vacation.  Naturally, it doesn’t take long for things to get dangerously exciting for them all.


As the third book in the Central Galactic Concordance futuristic sci-fi series, Pico’s Crush doesn’t make a good place to start.  The worldbuilding is not as detailed out and its understood that the reader already has the lay of things.  Also, most of the characters who show up as main players were introduced in the previous books as were some of the ongoing situations.

The book begins with ex-military sniper and now security specialist, Jerzi Adams taking his vacation to go visit his daughter, Pico, at her university on a distant world.  One of her teachers is an old military unit friend, Andra De Luna.  They enjoy catching up and Andra sees Jerzi’s presence as a great thing when she needs to consult someone about odd things happening in and around the school’s science and medical labs.  There is an attraction between the two, but they both want to keep things at a friendship level because Jerzi isn’t staying so Andra doesn’t want to fall for him and break her heart when he must go.  Then, for Jerzi’s part, he is convinced after his wife left and broke his heart that he’s not good at relationships though he knows Andra is nothing like his ex-wife.  Meanwhile, a friend of Pico, Jerzi’s daughter, gets attacked and the detail of the attack is all too familiar to Luka Foxe and Mairwen Morganthur who have arrived on the trail of a serial killer.  Things escalate and everyone has to work together just to survive the situation that has blown wide open.

This was an interesting segment in the series.  There were definitely a lot of players and plot threads that were separate and yet intertwined.  I had no trouble following it all.  There is situation away from the main action involving a secret Citizen’s Protection Operative and his strange menagerie who are working some shady activities, Jerzi and Andra’s reunion and slow burn romance, Pico’s young love romance, Luka and Mairwen’s investigation, and a plot going on at the university that explodes into something huge.  The first half of the book has some exciting blips, but it is mostly setting up for what is coming in the sensational second half.  It wrapped up well, but still left some tantalizing ongoing series threads open for the next book.

The world of these stories is drawn so well that I have no trouble feeling that I’m in a futuristic galaxy out among the stars where many of the people have psychic talents of varying degrees and types, the government has its good and corrupt members and agendas, and there are a great group of diverse peoples.

Nicole Poole continues as the series narrator much to my supreme delight.  She brings these books a great extra layer that has me riveted to the story of these people with her voices, accents, pacing, and tone.

In summary, this was another strong installment in a series that continues to make me thirst for more and not want to put it down once I start.  The blend of sci-fi and romantic suspense should draw a larger group of readers/listeners and the author’s writing is well worth the look-see.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an 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.

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3 years ago

Sci-fi is not a genre I gravitate to, but this series looks exciting and one I could see myself enjoying.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I think this series is a great gateway choice for those not generally into sci-fi, but already like mysteries and suspenses. Start with Overload Flux if you decide to try these, Nadene. 🙂

3 years ago

you know sci-fi is a complicated thing for me but I’m glad you had a good time with this one

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yeah, it would be tough for me too if I was trying to enjoy something in a second language. You do so amazing already, Melliane. 🙂

3 years ago

You are really hopping on the scifi romance bandwagon. This is a category I haven’t fully explored and I hope to try these sometime. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Anne

I sure am- particularly with this writer. 🙂 I think you’ll enjoy this series if you get the chance to pick them up, Anne. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

I do love the blend of sci fi and suspense so I will be adding this to my list since I do want to read more sci fi romance in 2019!!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yay! It’s a great series, Renee. Hope you like them if you get the chance. 🙂

Carole rae
3 years ago

Glad you enjoyed it! I have a hard time with space novels.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

I can understand that one. I don’t like all sci-fi, but I did love this series with the mysteries, romance, and political intrigue action. Definitely my thing. 🙂

3 years ago

I think this series works best if you start at book one and especially starting with this book it seems important to have read the first two books as those character all play a role here. I am currently listening to this one :). It’s such a great series and I am happy I can re-read the books this time through audio before book 5 releases. This book sure had a lot going on with the different characters and plot lines involved. I liked how we got to see some familiar characters again in this book. The second half is… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, this is definitely an incredible series to get on audio. I just saw her newsletter post about the cover reveal and prediction that book five will arrive in January. And, the blurb made it clear that it is about that intriguing pair who ended Jumper’s Hope. I’m glad you have read/listened to these so we can fangirl together. 🙂