Friday, October 16, 2015

Review: Darker Space by Lisa Henry 3.5 Stars #mmromance #SciFi

Darker Space
(Dark Space #2)
3.5 Stars

Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-68252-023-9
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Prev Book: Dark Space


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My Dark Space book 1 review from 2013


Can I highly recommend a book and give it 3.5 stars? I guess I can when the second half got back on track and even took me on an

Blurb:

Brady Garrett is back on Earth. He’s living with his partner Cam and they’re raising his sister Lucy together. Life is better than some feral reffo from Kopa has any right to hope, and Brady knows it. He’s even grateful for it, most of the time. He loves Cam, even though he’s afraid that he’s not good enough for him, but he’s still having nightmares about the alien Faceless.

Cameron Rushton loved being a pilot once, and he still feels the pull of the starlight. He’s building a life with Brady now, and with Lucy. Life is good, even if it’s not without its complications. Both Brady and Cam are dealing with the endless cycle of interviews, tests, and questions that the military hierarchy hopes will reveal the secrets of the aliens who could very easily destroy humanity. They have each other though, and together they’re making it work.

But from out in the black, Kai-Ren is still watching and everything Brady and Cam think they’ve won, they stand to lose all over again.

energetic ride with depth and emotion that cements my need to read book 3. Yes, highly recommended. But first, my issues with this book.

THE CHARACTERS

Brady  Garrett - Hurt, angry, viscerally fearful, sarcastic as hell, and dismal. He's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Defender 3. But he'll fight and scream and claw his way through.

Cameron Rushton - Always looking up! Cam is that endlessly uplifting believer that is too good to be true. Yet, it is who he is. Good grief, Brady needs this man.

Chris Varro - Cam's ex and a pretty damn cool guy. Even if Brady hates him.
Lucy - My very favorite character.
I Love Lucy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kai-Ren - He may be my favorite too, but, I Love Kai-Ren just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Doc - I am so glad that Doc is coming along for the ride.

THE STORY

"Playing happy families with the Rushtons."

Brady and Cam are living a good life, a life that Brady has only ever dreamed of, in fact he hasn't even really allowed himself to dream of life this good, this easy. After a life of nothing but struggling for survival he can't just turn off that sense of impending doom.

Living back on earth now, Brady is trying to fit into Cam's world. But Brady knows Cam wants to be in the black while Brady has to keep both feet on the ground. Brady's new job as a hospital orderly is a big step down from the trainee medic position he held on Defender 3 and you can feel his sense of self worth diminish with each turn of the page. His focus remains on raising his little sister and keeping her safe and happy. Together he and Cam are moving forward after their trials on Defender 3.

But the Faceless are in Brady's dreams.They are in his thoughts. And they are coming.

THE WRITING
It was supposed to be him and me against the fucking universe. That's when we were solid. Backs against the wall, feet planted, we were solid. And I was sorry that it couldn't be more than that--that I couldn't be more, [...] but my feet were always planted in the dirt and he was looking at the stars...
I didn't give much more of a story description than what is told in the blurb because I don't usually tell you what happens in the second half of a book. To me that's for the reader to discover. But in this book everything happens after about sixty-five percent and that's why I'm stumbling so hard with this review. I can't help thinking that if I had edited this book I would have thrown out about thirty percent of it.

It really felt like the author's needle got stuck in a grove and I wanted to flick it with my finger to jump over the scratch.

Page after page after page drones on about how hard Brady's life has been, his anger and frustration at the unfairness of it all. That all needs to be explained and it's a huge basis for everything that Brady is about, but I got it in book 1. I got it again by page 20 here. After 100 or more pages of being told the same things and not moving forward I have to say I almost put this book aside. I'm very glad I didn't, because the last 50 pages or so were very powerful and thought-provoking and I'm still chewing on it. 

This is a classic book two setup for a continuing series and it is a must read. I have every faith in Lisa Henry's storytelling prowess, and every intention on continuing with the Dark Space series because to be honest there isn't much else in the MM genre like it. 

The ending of this book feels like a brand new beginning and although I was annoyed with the draggy beginning I am a devote Dark Space, and Lisa Henry fan. It's quite possible that the time span between writing book 1 and 2 had something to do with the author getting back on track. Like she just couldn't quite catch her grip at first. However, the last part of the book was definitely on course and it felt very much like the energy and excitement that Dark Space had was back.

Highly recommended

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Henry -
I like to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. But they've gotta work for it! No free lunches on my watch.

I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia. I don't know why, because I hate the heat, but I suspect I'm too lazy to move. I spend half my time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting my escape.

I attended university at sixteen, not because I was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. I studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

I share my house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how I imagined life as a grown-up.
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