Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Bantam
Released on July 29, 2008
Chaz and Sully are back with the stakes even higher. I was pleasantly surprised to get more time with this romance pair even as the series arc continued to offer more thrills than ever.
Shades of Dark is the second of the Dock Five Universe books and is an ongoing story so reads best in order.
Former military fleet captain, Chasidah Bergren, is now on the run for her life as a noted criminal wrongfully accused of murder and probably a few other notorious deeds. She and Sully set out to stop the production of a vicious monster and came across a chilling plot to take over the empire. Good people in power are getting permanently silenced or put on the run with false accusations making them criminals. Finding the breeding labs is still a priority, but so is staying ahead of those after them and finding a way to wrest the empire back from the bad guys.
The enemy arrests her brother and she knows that he is meant to be a source of knowledge about her and Sully’s whereabouts and situation. He is also meant to be bait to bring her back.
If that weren’t enough, Sully’s Kyi-Ragkiril talents have gone on overdrive and the darkness of the power threatens to take him. But, a mentor appears and Chaz’s instincts are aroused that the help might come at too great a cost.
Can it get more dire? Yes, it can!
Gabriel’s Ghost was the first book and introduced the characters and plot. It was exciting, but had some issues that made some spots lag. Shades of Dark didn’t have the introductory work and could simply progress with the action-suspense as well as the romance. It was so much better as a result. There was conflict coming from all directions including with Chaz and Sully’s rocky romance, but it fit and didn’t over do it. I was excited to see all the plot threads progressing. This one ended at a good spot, but it was very much open-ended and continues in book three with a new couple taking the forefront.
I liked seeing Chaz and Sully both continue to grow. Chaz was a control freak and struggled with something she had been taught to fear while Sully was secretive and so alone because he knew that people couldn’t accept who and what he was. I liked seeing them tease this out further and survive some pretty big storms in their romance. The book ended with some things left open, but I have a feeling they are going to still be a big part of the rest of the series.
All in all, it was a much better read in the second book for me and I’m excited to keep going. Sci-Fi Romance fans who like the space action and political intrigue mixed with their romance should give this older series a go.
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About the Book
Can love alone save the day? Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair returns with a vibrant interstellar thriller of romance and adventure in which two lovers are tested in the crucible of deep space.
Before her court-martial, Captain Chasidah Chaz Bergren was the pride of the Sixth Fleet. Now she s a fugitive from the justice of a corrupt Empire. Along with her lover, the former monk, mercenary, and telepath Gabriel Ross Sullivan, Chaz hoped to leave the past light-years behind until the news of her brother Thad s arrest and upcoming execution for treason. It s a ploy by Sully s cousin Hayden Burke to force them out of hiding, and it works.
With a killer targeting human females and a renegade gen lab breeding “jukor” war machines, Chaz and Sully already had their hands full of treachery, betrayal – not to mention each other. Throw in Chaz s Imperial ex-husband, Admiral Philip Guthrie, and a “Kyi-Ragkiril” mentor out to seduce Sully, and not just loyalties but lives are at stake. For when Sully makes a fateful choice, changing their relationship forever, Chaz must also choose between what duty demands and what her heart tells her she must do.
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