Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Encounter at Shalana (Adventures of Kristy Ryan #1) by Angelia Almos

Title: Encounter at Shalana (Adventures of Kisty Ryan#1)
Author: Angelia Almos
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 12, 2011
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 2

Space pirate Captain Kristy Ryan grew up the only daughter of a notorious privateer
in the Border Planet Region. She learned her trade the hard way - there were no free rides on her father’s ship. Now, she has her own ship, the Unicorn, and successfully works in the shadows, the fringes of legitimate trade. Her life is just how she wants it even on those days when her pilot and lover, Andrew Bennet, drives her crazy. But an unexpected visit from the Military Space Alliance changes everything. Her father disappeared while working a dangerous mission for the MSA. Now, she’s being blackmailed into finishing his mission.

Encounter at Shalana got off to an amazing start.  We have exciting characters, cool technology and spaceships, a mystery, and smugglers (gotta have smugglers).  However, about a third of the way through it got very repetitive.  Kristy breaks into several planets headquarters, and while each planet was very different (kudos to the imagination of the author), the way of piecing the scenes together was too much alike.

Kristy and Andrew seem to have quite the on again off again type of relationship, but they still obviously love each other - while also annoying the crap out of each other.  At times I wanted to bash their heads together and tell them to kiss and make up, and others I wanted to gag because they were way to love dovey.  This is how the book went for me.  It was very I love it - I hate it - I love it.

This book was heavier on the science fiction than the romance, but there was still some love to be found between the pages.

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