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Chase You To The Sun by Jocelyn Han

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Series:  Stardust Series Book #3

Author:  Jocelyn Han

Rating:  A

When Svetlana Ivanova lands a job on Desida One as trade liaison for the Russian Elite, she is over the moon. Even though her rich father owns the largest gemstone mine in the solar system, Lana wants to make it under her own steam. Working on one of the Desidan space stations is a dream come true.  Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she and her friends Tori and Alen are attacked by rebels on their way to Earth. Bruce Randall, a notorious space pirate and her father’s worst enemy, kidnaps her to hold her for ransom. If Mr. Ivanov doesn’t pay up, she’ll get hurt – badly. Bruce may have a handsome face, but his soul is darker than the night. Or so he claims, anyway.  Locked up in a mansion in an unknown location on Earth, Lana’s world slowly begins to unravel. Bruce is not just holding her hostage for money – in fact, he tells her things about her father’s company that she can’t believe. The pirate seems to know more about her mother’s death, five years ago, than she was ever told. And his kisses may be dangerous, but too good to resist.  Lana comes to realize that beneath the villainy and violence, Bruce is a man very different from the character in the stories told about him. A man with crushed ideals and a past haunting him everywhere he goes, no matter what he does.  A man she could fall for. 
A slightly darker, erotic romance novel in the Stardust Series, for lovers of New Adult with a hint of Futuristic. 

Review:  This book was another hit for me by Jocelyn Han.  The more I read from her, the more I like!  First off though, I am going to touch a few things about the series in general – if you’re not a big YA (Young Adult) fan, don’t let that deter you from her books – to be honest it’s easy to forget it in the overall storyline – which is a definite plus!  (I’m not a big YA fan)  Also, if it is the ‘futuristic’ aspect that might be causing you to hesitate, let me emphasis that while there is enough ‘futuristic/sci-fi’ emphasis to make it seem really intriguing – and give you a whole new world to uncover – it’s not so caught up into the details that you are left overwhelmed, lost, and confused.  Another thing?  While this one is a part of a series, it is also completely stand alone.

However, if you have read her other books, this one gave us a nice little visit with past characters that I just loved!  It was also an endearing story about a captive falling in love with her captor – and finding out that things were not necessarily as she thought them to be in the overall scheme of things.  On the downside, Bruce could be a little too rough and violent at times – enough that some readers might be turned off by it.  For the most part it was toned down, but there is one scene in particular that might be somewhat offensive to some.  So just read with a little caution.  Other than that, a great installment to the series, and I look forward to more works by her!

 

Make You See Stars by Jocelyn Han

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Series:  Stardust Erotic Romance Series Book #2

Author:  Jocelyn Han

Rating:  A+

A fresh start…Determined to have a life of her own, Victoria Weiss flees the safe haven of New Berlin on the planet Mars by accepting an internship on the most remote space station in the solar system. Being the daughter of the Great German ambassador isn’t all glitter and glamour, and Tori needs a fresh start away from her overbearing parents.  But running away from your past isn’t easy when you’ve hidden away the darkest parts. Tori hasn’t trusted men ever since a sexual encounter that left her soul scarred, and when the station’s Chief of Security shows an interest in her, she feels torn between running away from him and allowing herself to open up to new possibilities. A troubled past…The last thing Alen Novak expects is to lose his head over an Elite girl. But when Tori Weiss walks into his life, he can’t help but feel she’s different from the Great German leaders who effectively destroyed his Croatian homeland during the Great Wars in Europe. Even though he is the station’s Security Chief, Alen doesn’t command the respect of all his colleagues because of his prison past – and he’s afraid Tori will dismiss him for it right out of the gate. After all, he’s been hurt by a woman he loved before.  Fanning the flames of passion…There’s no way to avoid working together, though, and the two are irresistibly drawn to each other. Will Tori and Alen learn how to face their darkest fears, or will the past nip their passionate love in the bud? 

A sweet, steamy romance for lovers of New Adult with a hint of Futuristic. 

Review:  My first experience with Jocelyn Han was with the prior novella Fly You To The Moon, which I found to be a really interesting and enjoyable read (rated with a B-).  This one, however, leaves even that one in the dust!  I was very, VERY impressed with this title….it was an amazing read!  There are a number of things that would have normally turned me off to this type of book – the first being that it is technically considered a New Adult (NA) genre book.  New Adult is really not a favorite genre of mine – with a few exceptions.  Mostly because there seems to be a level of maturity that is missing – I mean, even the Young Adult novels these days have more maturity!  However, in this course of this one, you completely forget that it’s a NA book – which was a definite plus!  Futuristic can also be a hit or miss – in this case, it was a definite hit!  While there is enough ‘futuristic/sci-fi’ emphasis to make it seem really intriguing – and give you a whole new world to uncover – it’s not so caught up into the details that you are left overwhelmed, lost, and confused.  And something that might turn off new readers?  This is part of a series – which may leave many of you thinking that you can’t grab this one up without reading the prior novella.  That is NOT the case – this one is totally stand alone.

Beyond all that?  The characters were amazingly likeable, fun, and perfect for each other.  I loved reading about them, feeling their chemistry, and laughing at their antics.  The storyline definitely kept your interest and was so well done that I am eager to read the next one.  I was so impressed by the advances the author made from one book to the next, that I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us!

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Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone

cover41134-smallTitle:  Reaper’s Touch

Series:  N/A

Author:  Eleri Stone

Rating:  A

Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers-humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and as one of the only female Rangers, Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers-a fate she’s keen to avoid. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing-until a mysterious, handsome cowboy rides to her rescue.

Jake has his own motives for helping Abby, beyond aiding a damsel in distress. He’s a Reaper, and while he’s learned to wrest control of his mind from the parasite, the effects won’t last without a permanent cure. And he needs Abby to get it.

Abby and Jake are natural enemies and unlikely partners. But when their search reveals a conspiracy between Reapers and the rich industrialists who own the mountain cities, they must work together to find the cure-or lose the border, and each other, forever.

Review:  To start off, let me say that this book is unlike anything I have read before.  The vibe it struck with me was reminiscent of a number of things – it’s an odd combination that reminded of the television series of Deadwood, the tv series The Walking Dead, the movie I Am Legend, with a little bit of futuristic sci-fi thrown in for good measure.  I guess the best way to describe it is sort of like The Walking Dead meets the Wild West.  I was fascinated, and throughout the whole book I stayed fascinated.

I originally picked this book from Netgalley for a number of reasons – number one, because of the cover and the blurb.  Number two, because I love anything paranormal – including zombies – but even more so since The Walking Dead.  And third, because I adore Eleri Stone.  I am a huge fan of her Lost City Shifters series, and that’s really what persuaded me to give it a chance.  And I’m glad I did!  This is one of those books that will stand out in my mind for a long time to come.

The creation of this whole new ‘world’ was simply awesome.  For all intents and purposes, it is pretty much a dystopian society that is similar to ours in some ways, yet completely opposite in others.  The characters are amazing and immensely likeable – Abby is honorable, spunky, determined, and stubborn, and Jake sexy, brooding, dangerous, and….did I mention sexy?  😉

They both have a rocky path to travel, not just to make changes in their society to overcome misconceptions and to find a cure for the Reapers that someone doesn’t want found, but also in order to be together despite all the odds and factors against them.  Trust me, you will be cheering both of them on and hoping against hope that things will work out in their favor!

I was hoping to find that this was going to be part of a series….I feel like there was so much more to this story that we just didn’t get.  And that I really, really want!  There are characters I want to see more of, questions I want more answers to, and a world I want to see more of!  So far, no such luck though.  Crossing my fingers though that we get to see more in some future books!  Excellent book!

Fly you To The Moon by Jocelyn Han

cover40966-smallTitle:  Fly You To The Moon

Series:  Stardust Erotic Romance Book #1

Author:  Jocelyn Han

Rating:  B-

After her father’s death, the last thing Ava Windsor wants is to leave Earth and move to an Elite colony on the moon for the next ten months. Nicolas, a half-uncle she doesn’t even remember meeting, is to be her custodian until she reaches the age of twenty-one. Until then, she is not allowed to touch the money her dad has left her. Being the only child of a disowned Elite father and a common mother just got a lot more complicated. But surviving among the Luna Six Elitists who treat commoners as servants should have been the least of Ava’s worries. Nicolas Carter is nothing like she expected. He condemns the Elite lifestyle, he is a lot younger than her father, and he is definitely way sexier.  Ten months on the moon seem like an eternity if you know you shouldn’t be falling for your guardian… but just can’t help yourself. 
A sweet, erotic romance novella for lovers of New Adult with a hint of Futuristic. 

Review:  This was a short but sweet read about forbidden romance that I found very interesting and original.  It’s almost a futuristic Romeo and Juliet story.  Once it really got started, I really enjoyed it.  I’m sure some readers might find an ick factor in the relationship between the two, but for me it wasn’t an issue.  They are not technically related, so anyone crying incest hasn’t really bothered to read it.  The forbidden factor comes in because of course it is more of a “frowned upon” relationship – not only due to that, but also because of the fact that Ava’s father was pretty much disowned from the family.  Needless to say, they have a lot of strikes against them.  For me though, it only seemed to bond them closer together.

The only major issue I had with it is the fact that it left a lot of unanswered questions.  I wanted to see the fallout and consequences from their decisions, and how that affected their relationship with each other.  They discuss potential issues, hiding their relationship, etc., but we never get to read about the actual events and are only left with a bunch of assumptions and what-ifs.  This alone significantly reduced my enjoyment of the book.  It has unlimited potential, interesting characters, and a great storyline, but I personally would have enjoyed it more if it were full-length rather than just a novella.  However, for those of you who get caught up in the series – and with the characters –  the second book Make You See Stars was just released on January 8, 2014.  Considering it is a series, I can hope that she plans on revisiting these characters at a future date!  (crossing fingers!)  I will probably wind up reading the next one to get a feel for where she plans on taking the series.

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