Saturday, May 2, 2020

Date Night with a Book: Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet

Date Night with a book is the new After Dark series of posts on my blog, books posted for Date Nights contain Adult  Romance themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for Date Night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)

Read for: Anticipated Release/ Netgalley/ Requested Review


Captain Tess Bailey and Shade Ganavan are still the galaxy's Most Wanted, and with revolution in the wind and the universe on the brink of catastrophic war, the situation couldn't be more desperate. Despite the Dark Watch scouring the known sectors for them, rebel leaders have handed the crew of the Endeavor a delicate and dangerous mission: break into Starbase 12 and free renowned scientist Reena Ahern. She's the only one who stands a chance of tipping the odds in their favor for the first time in decades.


The clock is ticking. But as their attraction builds and secrets are revealed, Tess and Shade must decide if they trust each other enough to execute this impossible prison break. They could change the course of history, but they'll be risking everything... They'll just have to tackle one crisis at a time."

My Review:  It has been quite a while since I read Nightchaser, and I kind of wish I had taken the time for a re-read before starting this book. It took me quite a while to reacquaint myself with the characters and the vast universe. Once I did get back into the story though, I loved how the romance was a part of the story but not overtaking it, also the romantic breaks seemed natural, not the 'let's have sexy time in the middle of this crisis even though it seems super out of place'. On that thread, I also really appreciated both Tess and Shade's insecurities and pitfalls, it wasn't all soulmate, smooth sailing. There was a lot to this story besides the romance, and it took a lot longer to read than I had expected it to, but it was worth it. We got a lot more side characters and more story lines than in the previous book. We get to see more of the backstory and the political systems. This book turned this series into a real adventure rather than a romance. The ending is definitely left wide open for another book but I still felt satisfied with how this one turned out.

My Rating: I was a bit tentative about this book, but Amanda Bouchet is one of my auto buy authors.  She did not disappoint me with this book, even though it took me a while to get into it. I would recommend reading the first one and this one pretty close together.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley, the above is my honest review and opinion.

You can find out more about Amanda Bouchet and her books on her Goodreads Page and Website

Starbreaker was just release on April 28th, so you can now obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or request it at your local bookstore or library.

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