Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review: In Discretion by Reesa Herberth 4 Stars

IN DISCRETION by Reesa Herberth

4 Stars

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Riptide Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-094-9
eBook release: Dec 30, 2013
eBook Formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: 29,800
Page count: 114
Type: Standalone
Cover by: Simoné

This title is part of the Ylendrian Empire universe.

My Review

Banter – check!
Incremental Tension – check!
Believable Characters – check!
Really Great Writing – check check check!

"They couldn’t borrow enough time to fix the past now."

I’m probably supposed to tell you about the suspense, tension and pending doom and gory horror, but I’ll leave that to someone else, because what stood out for me was a moment in this book that was a shock to my romanticalistic system! I had been completely wrapped up in the action when suddenly the concern for everything these two were going through, and had gone through, just flat out punched me in the heart. I felt them. I was reading, engaged, caught up in the intensity of the danger when, BAM, the love and care totally hit me. This is like the best of sci-fi with a heart of romance!


Thanson Nez - The Discretionary, he has to keep secrets. Refined, graceful and carrying the weight of the world in his head.

"I'm a glorified message-taker exiled to the ass-end of nowhere, and you left Corve to fuck half the 'verse for blackmail material. Big wins, right there."
"A sixteenth." Thanson's smirk held all the mirth he'd abandoned, his negligent hand wave almost dismissive. "An eighth, at most. I have to sleep sometime, you know." 

Kazra Ferdow - A fighter, a scrapper, a survivor. "Kazra needed to die trying..."


Kazra and Thanson have a past, but it’s the immediate future that’s out to get them. At every turn a new obstacle tries to cut them off from their one chance at rescue. Between being chased by not!zombies and an impending

The Blurb:

Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.

Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Thanson must put aside their past long enough to try to save everyone.

The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.

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support system failure on an outlying space station these two show us glimpses of their difficult teenage relationship. Through their banter and recollections there is no doubt that these two have a lot to work through, and they do, all while being chased and running out of time.

You find out that escaping is what these two do best, unfortunately, the last time, they lost each other along the way. Now that they’ve caught up again their long hidden emotions rise to the surface for better or worse. It’s shocking, tender, heart-wrenching and all the while I was being pulled deeper into their relationship.

It ends with a HFN and I really, really hope this series will give me future glimpses of these guys.


This is my first Reesa Herberth book, but it will not be my last. I found the writing to be very special. In fact, I thought, there were moments of writing brilliance. Not fluffy or drippy (how wrong would that be in sci-fi?), but emotional and tender in a way that fit the story-line, perfectly.

If I have one issue with the story it’s about my failure to understand how it’s going to connect into the rest of the series. I think I’m missing something here. It didn’t detract from the story though and there will be more explanation in future books, so I can be patient. I am most certainly not done with this series, or this ‘verse. I really feel like this is going to be one to sink my teeth into.

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I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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