Published: August 2, 2011
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ARC provided by Kismet Book Touring for a fair and honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew-a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.
But Aries has other plans.
When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates-humans who escaped Earth before its demise-are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.
The life of the man she loves.
There were so many things I loved about this book. I loved all the characters. I love the hero, Striker, who I couldn’t help seeing as a young Harrison Ford, always on the side of good but looking just a bit too dangerous to be TOTALLY good. He’s a pirate but in the rogue sense of the word. He’s kind and generous and how anyone can’t like this man, I just don’t know. I also liked the heroine, Aries, who may not have been perfect but she knew what she wanted and she went after it. And I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the bad guys! From Tiff who stranded Striker on a desert planet (complete with all kinds of native creatures that go bump in the night) to the egotistical Barliss who can’t see beyond his own wants and needs, what makes the bad guys in this books so great is that there’s a little bit of all of us in them, making their motives believable, if really mean!
I also loved the descriptions of the different places we get to visit in this book. There’s the once great, now dingy space station (complete with Dickensian street urchins!), the vast, mobile metropolis of the New Dawn space ship and the barren wasteland of the desert planet Striker’s stranded on for five long years. Each location was fully crafted and gorgeously described. I was easily able to get into the story and enjoy every place Ms. Dionne took me.
The romance is on the tamer side, but very sweet and totally accessible for any age range. I definitely felt the love that Aries and Strider struggled NOT to share (why, oh, why must they thwart me in my pursuit of smoochie times???) but if you’re looking for hot and steamy, smexy times, you’ll need to look elsewhere else.
I give it 4 out of 5 books
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