By Donna McIntosh
OJ's Rating - 3.0 Stars
Lisa's Rating - 2.5 Stars
OJ's Blog Review - OJHeSay
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This book really called out to me. I mean, what’s not to like. Cops. Badass men. Space stations. Possessive exes. Hell, it’s a gay geek’s wet dream come true, right? The short answer: Yes. The longer answer: keep reading.
OJ's Tags: Tags: Science Fiction, Police Detective, LAPD, Aliens, Stalking Exes, Donna McIntosh, Wayward Ink Publishing
I loved the cover.
I loved the premise.
I loved the first chapter.
Mitchell ‘Yana’ Yates - Never in his forty-three years had he met someone who unsettled him so, and he hated himself for letting Yates get to him. He didn’t rattle easily, but there was something about this Mitchell Yates, with his six-foot figure, perfect teeth, emerald green eyes framed with long, thick eyelashes, and dark hair that tried to curl no matter how much he slicked it back.
Detective Sean Hennessey - Hot, hunky, blond, furry Sean Hennessey has lived the life of a lonely cop, not wanting to come out and experience life, living a lonely existence, until he meets up with Mitchell Yates. He suspects Yates is deeply involved in nefarious activities, and yet there’s something more that calls to Sean, something he doesn’t begin to realize until he’s embroiled in the fantastical happenings after Yates saves his life.
Detective Sean Hennessey - Rugged, determined police detective, Sean Hennessey is about to discover a whole new world and have his life turned upside down. Sean's looks aren't described until the last fifteen percent of the book, so I had a very hard time creating a mental image of him.
Mitchell Yates (Yana) - Cool, calm, collected, Yana, is nothing that Sean thinks he is.
This is a good, solid science fiction premise: the LAPD detective following a strange character that seems to be present at various crime scenes, always with a perfect alibi that he feels deep down is BS. The sexy, alluring character that calls to the lonely detective and the truth behind it all. Yate/Yana is part of the Peace Keepers, a secret space faring, peace keeping people that have parked their space stations, at least some of them, around Earth – trying to keep Earth from making a mess of itself. Yates/Yana is drawn to the hot Earth detective and yet Yana has a former fling, Jimmy, that refuses to acknowledge that his and Yana’s moment what just that, a fling, and instead insists on stalking Yana and generally making nuisance of himself. Add in the standard space travel and medical wonders of the future/alien civilizations and you have the ingredients for a solid science fiction MM book.
This is where I was thrown for a loop. I was expecting a story that I didn't get. I was so excited to read about a good guy chasing a bad guy around the galaxy and ultimately falling in love. Instead what this book was about was an earth guy discovering a super-secret protection agency stationed in near space. Much of the book is about Sean settling into life on the space station and coming to terms with leaving Earth permanently. Eventually the two mc's do get to seek adventure in the stars, but it's all very cordial and too perfect with rather cliche sci-fi adventure tropes. I was left feeling disappointed.
The first 40 percent of the book is all relationship development and world building. Then a few missions ensue, but everything is too convenient, too perfect.
At one point Sean has been training for a year for his first mission, he's ready to go, but he isn't briefed. Unlikely. He steps aboard the transport ship to take himself and Yana on their mission and it's all brand new to Sean. Really? After a year of training? It's just too unbelievable.
The story ends with Sean writing in a previously unforeseen diary to sum things up in a profound way. Even that just didn't fit for me. Sean isn't really a profound, diary writing kind of guy. Yana maybe, but not Sean.
The writing is good. It flows well, no hiccups, with good editing and follow through, it just doesn’t deliver solidly in the science fiction genre. I’m left asking who are the Peace Keepers? Where did they come from? What is the end game here? What happens to Jimmy? Where do they go from here?
The MM Romance angle is good, not bad, and the sex scenes are also good, not bad, there’s just a certain science fiction spark that’s missing – and I’m a huge science fiction guy. It’s all here, it just needs to be connected and lit up so it goes *kaboom*. Give me more background, give me more geekiness, give me more.
Don’t get me wrong, please. It’s enjoyable, it’s well written, I just want some more delivery.
Is there a sequel?
I found the writing sophomoric and amateurish. I believe (and I may be mistaken) that this was written as a series of shorts and brought together to create a novel. If that is true it may explain the disjointed feel to the book.
Ultimately there was a lack of connection with plot, writing, and characters throughout the story.
1) Book two???
2) How did you feel about the godzilla-like reptile adventure?
3) Did you, like me, enjoy the concept of Home? The facility.
1) What did you think of the sex scenes?
2) Was it too idyllic?
3) Is there someone you’d like to hear more about?
LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he's repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.
Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.
But one night all of that changes.
Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.
Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.
DONNA McINTOSH can be found at her website: http://donnamcintosh.weebly.com
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We would like to thank Wayward Ink Publishing and Donna McIntosh for providing us with a review copy in exchange for our honest reviews.