Review: Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair

Posted November 13, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair
Shades of Dark

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Series: Dock Five Universe #2
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Bantam
Released on July 29, 2008
Pages: 411
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

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
Shades of Dark by Linnea SinclairSHADES OF DARK BY LINNEA SINCLAIR

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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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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1 year ago

I do enjoy romances in this genre. I’ll keep this series in mind! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes, I have a few that I want to read, but I plan to finish this series first. 🙂

1 year ago

A friend of mine bought me the first book in the series so now I need to read it!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, you definitely want to read that one. It doesn’t get too heavy on the science and is all about the adventure and the people so I think you’ll enjoy it.

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

I have read this author before and enjoyed her writing style especially in how she delves into sci fi romance, but I am sorry to hear the introductory work wasn’t done very well. Definitely will keep this one in mind.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, her stuff is good and I’m on book three which is even better. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Curious to see how the next one goes!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Just finished it. Even better! 🙂