Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2017 SFR Galaxy Awards Round 7 - Anna McLain

Hottest Cold War
Relaunch Mission (The Galactic Cold War)
by Robyn Bachar
April 24, 2017, Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.

The more things change, the more they remain the same. The distant future is as rife with diversity and interstellar travel as it is with political intrigue, spies, and a lust for power.

Captain Lindana Nyota chose a side after the great war that split known space into three factions. Running missions for her chosen government as a privateer keeps her crew fed but doesn’t always keep crew or lovers alive. Now she’s alone, a man down, and stuck with the choice of depending on the person who shattered her heart and changed the course of her life.

Lieutenant Gabriel Steele sacrificed his only love, his home and family to fight the good fight against the enemies of the State on his chosen side. But are there truly any “good” fights? Can trust broken be mended? Are there second chances?

Life and love are messy when politics are dirty and there are whispers of war.

I loved this story with its fast paced twists and turns, humor and high tech. The worldbuilding is broad and deep, with so many possible avenues to explore that I was left hungering for another book. Lucky me, there is one. All of the major characters were interesting and multi-faceted enough that I would love to read stories about them too. The romance plot weaves seamlessly through the larger story with a satisfying ending, building at the right pace for the circumstances. The chemistry between the heroine and her hero is hot and believable. Excellent story! I plan to read the next book. I highly recommend it!

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