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Monday, August 1, 2011

Blue Galaxy by Diane Dooley

Blue Galaxy by Diane Dooley
Publisher: Carina Press
genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (64 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Falling in love is easy; staying alive long enough to enjoy it just might be impossible.

Javan Rhodes, the hard-drinking, disreputable captain of space freighter The Kypris, took a mission to save himself from hitting the bottom of the food chain. Transporting Sola, a beautiful young aristocrat, from Earth to an unknown destination on the outer rim of the colonies is lucrative, but also highly illegal.

As tough as it is to evade both the law and the lawless, the hardest part of the job is not falling in love with his irresistible cargo. Just as he decides that he will never be able to hand her over to the warlord she must marry, he discovers that Sola has been playing a very dangerous game—one that could not only cost them their lives, but could also affect the balance of power in an increasingly dangerous universe.

Blue Galaxy is an exciting space adventure heated with romance and danger. Captain Javan Rhodes has a hard life; then he’s offered a job that could turn things in a new direction for him. He takes on the dangerous Sola, a beautiful aristocratic woman, destined to marry an unknown warlord. As a space bride, she must make a political alliance.

Right away, Javan is taken with Sola. Javan is romantic, charming, and quite the likeable guy. Sola falls into his arms, and things really heat up. She’s a bit of a mystery. What are her true motives? Sometimes she seems sincere, but sometimes, things go awry. Tension is created. Will the good-hearted Javan end up happy or devastated? After all, there is no real way for him to win. He must do his duty and deliver Sola, or the consequences will be grave. He will make enemies of impossibly dangerous people, not to mention an angry ex-girlfriend of sorts wants him dead and is hunting him down.

The trip is interesting. Javan teaches Sola a lot, like how to fly the ship—could come in handy. During their travels, they have an explosive sexual relationship, and his heart becomes engaged. It’s hard to tell if hers is truly or not, creating suspense. They come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs, but the chemistry between them is hot.

There is a tragic undertone to this. They can’t be together. But Javan is a very brave man. He wants to make it happen.

The twists and turns in this story make it unpredictable and fun. For a faced-paced, sci-fi romance, readers of this genre could really enjoy this story.