Genre: Sci-Fi / Space Opera
Pairings: F/F (setup for future novels)
Queer Rep: NBs! Queers!
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence.
Neek is the pilot of a run-down transport ship, where she and her eclectic crew work to make ends meet. Exiled from her home world for not transcribing to the belief of the traveling planet Ardulum and its godly inhabitants, she seeks a way to earn favor to see her family again.
It seems like a normal day when the crew stumbles across a battle between a strange alien race and the sheriffs of the Charted Systems. Growing stranger by the moment, Neek and her crew are rewarded for their (accidental) aid with the gift of a slave girl. A slave girl who bears a striking resemblance to the Ardulan gods of lore, and whose ability to manipulate cellulose could make her a force of righteousness, or a paragon of destruction.
This is another “holy shit” book. And by “holy shit” book, I mean “holy God guys, read this immediately.”
Queer Rep: so many gay men
Warnings: BDSM, violence, torture, allusions to nonconsensual sex. Note: all on-page sex is entirely consensual. There’s a lot of it.
[Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]
Sergeant Liam Jacks has been traveling aboard the transport vessel “The Santa Claus” in an effort to escape his past and etch out a peaceful existence in a tangled universe. During a pit stop on Luxoria, a mysterious—and frighteningly beautiful—man boards as a passenger. Liam is immediately taken by the man, and he is desperate to unravel the mystery surrounding him. Unfortunately, that mystery is steeped in danger, and threatens to undo the peace Liam has worked to create.
Genre: Light Sci-Fi? Romance?
Queer Rep: None. I bought it for the genre and because I sometimes get down with the hets
A virus sweeps through the galaxy and decimates the population. With the tiniest fraction of human life remaining, Jamie Allenby must find a way off world and toward the distorted message she received on her communication device. She finds herself in a group of lost and varied souls, and their ideals and destinations clash.
Queer Rep: cis gay
[Note: I received Advanced Reader Copies of these works in exchange for an honest review]
Mark Noland is trapped in an enemy holding cell after a mission goes awry. Alongside him is an elite Stella officer by the name of Gavnson, who makes no effort to contain his distaste for Noland or his escape plan. Fortunately or unfortunately, Gavnson’s beautiful body almost makes up for his nasty attitude.
Together they work toward escape, secrets pour out, and a bond is formed.
Oops, Caught and Bank Run are both novellas, running around the 20k word mark. I read both of them together, as is my preference for shorter pieces. I was attracted to the sci-fi nature of the shorts, and Oops, Caught sported a synopsis that felt promising.
Not all books keep their promises.