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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Zero-G by Michele Hart

Zero-G by Michele Hart
Publisher: All Romance eBooks
Genre: Sci-Fi (Futuristic)
Length: Short (79 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

Their love was out of this world...
Maggie Gates was madly in love with shy Will Hudson in high school, but he never made his move.

Two decades later, they’re trapped on a lunar space station for eleven days. A relationship between the two should be off limits, but that isn’t stopping Will from setting his sights on Maggie for conquest in the cosmos. 

The shy boy she knew is gone, and this man possesses the will to storm her gates. Now he has the Moon and stars on his side.

What do you do when everything you’ve ever wanted is before you, but in order to get it you have to compromise your strong beliefs? In Zero-G the heroine, Maggie, is alone in space with the man she’s loved since high school. But he’s off limits because he’s married.

Will stepped aside in high school when Maggie’s boyfriend proposed. He never told her his feelings ... until now. With a little help, he’s got her exactly where he wants her: alone and miles away from earth. Now she’ll have to listen, right?

Wrong. Fact is, Maggie’s biggest flaw is her inability to just stop assuming and start listening. The entire conflict of this story hinges on it. She should have known about Will even before they were in space together, but she doesn’t because any time his name came up in conversation, she tuned it out. She’s a study in why we should shut our mouths and open our ears.

I really admired and liked Will. He’s a good man with a big heart and a wicked sense of humor. It’s obvious why Maggie was attracted and had to fight against compromising her morals with him. Between their history together as best friends in high school, and the fact that Will’s outside is now as gorgeous as his inside, Maggie doesn’t stand a chance.

As a side note: I’m a rat lover, and was tickled pink at how Maggie’s new best friend was a big black rat. It was a cool switch to have the man a bit grossed out by the rodent and the woman loving it!

The details in this story were well-written, the friendship between these two clear and fun, and the behind-the-scenes manipulating was a hoot to watch...especially when it goes a little awry. My only frustration was simply that Will and Maggie could have enjoyed one heck of a space romp if she’d only just heard him out, or if Will had just shouted the truth from the very beginning. The conflict was a bit contrived, but that didn’t make the story unenjoyable. And the epilogue had me grinning the entire time.

As a side note, all proceeds from this story benefit the American Heart Association, so not only do you get a fun read, but you do some good, too.