Sweet Delight Review: Last Ship Off Polaris-G by Carol Van Natta

Posted September 16, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 14 Comments

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Sweet Delight Review: Last Ship Off Polaris-G by Carol Van Natta
Last Ship Off Polaris-G

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Series: Central Galactic Concordance #.5
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 25, 2017
Pages: 211
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Slow build tension and slow burn in a suspenseful sci-fi romance in this earliest adventure of the Central Galactic Concordance series.  I loved the short novella, Pet Trade, that I read as part of the Pets in Space series and wanted to keep going with the rest of the books in the series .


Last Ship Off Polaris-G jumps in with planetary government official, Anitra Hedren, enlisting the help of one-time vacation fling, Gavril Danilovich, to help her do what she can to further a secret evacuation of the colonists off the dying planet right under the unsanctioned Central Galactic Concordance’s unsanctioned blockade.  They tentatively reach out to each other teaming both feelings and their psychic ‘minder’ gifts against a traitor in their midst, the unstable atmosphere of the fearing people, and few resources.  An evac plan is in place if only they can keep it from the spies who would see all the people destroyed.  Meanwhile, a second chance is brewing for the pair if they can make it out alive.

As I said, I loved the earlier novella so I was glad to finally pick up this prequel novella to the series and get right back into the world.  Last Ship dropped me right into the story with not a lot of explanation at first about the current situation, but as I read on slowly the details of the conflict, the Minder gifts the Central Galactic Concordance and the CPS group within the regular military.  I was somewhat confused, but then stuff started making sense.

And, just like with the overall storyline, the two main characters had a history and it came out slowly.  I like Anitra and Gavril, both.  She’s strong and dedicated to help others.  Gavril tends to stick to himself at first, but then being around Anitra gets him more open to training his empath gift so he can shield other’s emotions and be around people more.  He’s stronger at that, but she has some empathy and a secret past that allow her to teach him and for them to work together with their minder gifts.

Things built slowly and then there was a hold your breath moment or two near the end.  Most of the novella was from Anitra or Gavril’s point of view, but there was also a secondary storyline going on aboard one of the military ships in the blockade.  I liked the hints of a greater conspiracy going on that sets the tone for the rest of the series.

All in all, this was a great intro and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series and dive back into conspiracies, action, psychic gifts, and love in the space of the future.


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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

I don’t know why I can’t seem to enjoy sci-fi reads especially if it involves ship, but this one sounds really intriguing Sophia Rose. Plus, I am loving the suspense! Maybe I’ll give this one a go one of these days 🙂 Awesome review as always Sophia Rose 🙂

Blushing Geek

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

I’ve got little preferences like that about settings. I never used to read office romances or rock romances because the settings did nothing for me. I still don’t read many, but I’ve come across a few that I really liked so that helped.
This one is mostly set on the planet, but there are some shipboard scenes, too. I hope you end up liking it when you give it a go, Vanessa. Watch for it to be a freebie sometimes. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

While I don’t read a lot of sci-fi I can enjoy them at times. This sounds like a good read and the series might be a good one to read.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It definitely takes the right mood for me, but I’ve enjoyed exploring a few new to me authors and series that I encountered through the anthologies I read last year.

3 years ago

Sci-fi is always a complicated genre for me

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I hear you. Sometimes the worlds are so complex or the science element can be over/under-explained and dry.

3 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

yeah I don’t know why and maybe I should try more because I loved the series by Rachel Bach but when I see space, ships in my head it’s usually a big no

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

No worries. It will probably always be hit or miss for you with some you like and some you don’t like. That’s how I am.

3 years ago

This is the only book in this series that I haven’t read yet, but I hope to get to this one soon. I figured that as this one takes place so soon before the other books it could be read anywhere and I decided to read it as last and read the full length books first. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this novella and I hope I do too 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I didn’t realize you hadn’t read this one yet. But, you were right. As far as I can tell, its separate. She said in the intro that this one was written for a specific project and it gave her the idea to expand into the series. I noticed a couple military crossover characters into book one and the hint about the troubles coming, but that was it. Maybe this pair or the refugees show up later or something, but maybe not. I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 I asked to review book two so I’m hoping to get to it… Read more »

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

Glad this was another good installment with a nice slow-build and tension!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I was thrilled to see that I liked the second outing with her writing. I’m pressing on with the series.

3 years ago

I like sci-fi. I don’t see too many classified as sic-fi romance tho. I’ll have to take a look. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwomn

Oh, then you must try the sampler. That’s what got me hooked. Here’s a link to the freebie short story antho that has some good variety sci-fi romance in it: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-SFR-Brigade-Linnea-Sinclair-ebook/dp/B00H0ENUFQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537148892&sr=1-1&keywords=Tales+From+The+SFR+Brigade

The Pets in Space anthologies are more good ones to sample, too.