Author: Amanda Bouchet
Genre: NA Science Fiction
Series: The Endeavour Trilogy #1
”Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear…
With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late.”Goodreads Synopsis
In a nutshell; A group of space pirates picked up something the government wants back BAAAD. Barely escapes with their lives and finds a place to regroup and prepare their ship. The captain Tess is now on the most wanted list, and without knowing it have hired one of the best bounty hunters as their prepare man. SIGH ME UP!!! There’s a lot more to the story than this, but I don’t want to spoil your fun. There’s so much I love about this book that I can’t put it all in here, so here’s the small thing I did not like as a warning to you.
I have a slight problem with insta-lust turning into love as fast as it takes me to shop for groceries. Also, should not people who are purposely working against the government find a way to at least try checking if they are hunted or not? And last but not least, There’s not enough of a character named Susan and her library in this book. That’s all that comes to mind.
Even though this is a romance book, which some of you might not be into, there’s a whole lot more to the story that one can love. Betrayal, banter, war, friendship, secrets and an utterly lovable furball named Bonk.
Wormholes, different planets, spaceships.. Space.. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never really read Science Fiction before (or watched a movie in years..). Sure one or two books have had jumping between planets and robots. And there’s dystopias with advanced technology.. But nothing I’ve read before has prepared me to actually evaluate a sci-fi world. So in short terms; I got the picture, and I liked it.
Tess: She’s a total freak of nature badass! I wish I had half her guts and courage. My eyes are probably heart shaped while writing this. I wish I could give a more detailed description of her, but I’m in full fangirl mode. Which means that all I’ve got for you are; She’s amazeballs!!
Shade: Damn, I would get me a pice of that.. cough.. Sorry, hot dude mind-slip. Anyways, I dub him the King of Nicknames, ruler of the indecisive. He’s not quite Griffin level, but damn drool-worthy anyways! (The Kingmaker Chronicles reference)
The Crew: They are all the perfect mix of relatable, funny and kickass in their own individual way. I never once felt that a character was created just to fill a role in someone else’s story. They all go their own life and distinct personality.
I was dropped right into a complicated and sticky situation with a bunch of interesting figures, and off we went! The beginning has a really high pace and is filled with awesome action and mysteries. Who these people are and how they came to be where they are and do what they’re doing is gradually revealed as the story progresses and the tempo goes down. And it goes down quite a bit! But it’s still filled with events that made me hold my breath, squeal of delight and curse like a sailor. The shifting of tempos, attention too details and the gradual revelation to the full extent of the situation glued this book into my hands! I’ve read Amanda Bouchet’s other books, and I just love how her writing can take some of the most used tropes and make them feel fresh and exciting!
I loved it! It may not have converted me to a Sci-fi reader, but it made me thing that I may try more books in the genre soon. Everything else was just superb. 4 stars!
The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 is that I’m not totally in love with the world itself, and that I’m not sure if I can read the book over and over and over again. Maybe when the series is complete I’ll know for sure. For now, you can find me sitting by my window and waiting for the sequel to arrive.