Thursday, June 5, 2014

SFRB Recomends #17: Sovran's Pawn by JC Cassels #scifi #romance #spaceopera

Convicted of treason and sentenced to be executed, Bo Barron is the last person who should be infiltrating a Sub-socia weapons auction. But when her father is kidnapped and the ransom demand is the schematics to an experimental weapon, she has no choice but to go under cover with her uncle to get it.

Nobody counted on former-government-agent-turned-holofeature-hero Blade Devon’s infatuation with her. A botched assassination under the guise of a bar brawl leaves Bo blind and Blade wondering if there isn’t more to this job than he was led to believe. 

Never able to resist playing the hero, Blade tends her injuries and delves deeper into the intrigue only to find this mission isn’t about a weapon at all. It’s about two Sovrans’ maneuvering for control, with Bo and Blade as their pawns. 

All Bo and Blade have to do is figure out how to survive the game they didn’t know they were playing.

The catch is, no one and nothing are what they seem…

I'd had this on my Kindle for quite a while before I got around to reading it. I have to say I've regretted putting it off for so long a LOT. This has to be one of the most flawless and captivating pieces of space opera I think I've ever read. Did I mention it was SELF PUBLISHED? The author has gone all out to make sure this is a high quality piece of fiction, with none of the errors that plague some SP works. I didn't find a single mistake in the whole thing, and certainly no plot holes, inconsistencies, repetitions, head hopping - my pet peeves.

As to the story, think Firefly/Farscape/original Battlestar Galactica. Traditional space opera. Good sexual tension without any explicit scenes, excellent three dimensional characters with amazing depth, immense and detailed world building. Even though the hero is not the type of guy I would go for, his confidence doesn't come across as arrogance, and the banter between hero and heroine will put a smile on your face. I especially loved the scene where Bo and Blade first meet. While some may be disappointed in the lack of bedroom scenes or intimacy beyond some required nakedness and a kiss or two, I recommend this to any fan of scifi romance, and especially those just starting out and intending to self publish. This book is a standard you should definitely aspire to.

Find it on Goodreads HERE.
Find it on Amazon US HERE.

Author site: JC Cassels

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