This is going to be a short review. I read this too long ago, and have forgotten too much of it. I did like it, though! Quite a bit. I just wish I had gone into it with the correct expectations.
Somehow, I’d gotten it into my head that this was a romance with some science fiction in it, rather than what it actually was, the other way around. This is waaaay more science fiction than it is romance, in a space opera sort of way. I kept being upset that there wasn’t more kissing! And when we finally did get kissing, and more, it was closed-door for the sex scenes. Which I’m not against! I have loved many a book that doesn’t have sex scenes explicitly on page. But I was expecting them, I think because someone told me this started its life as Spock/Kirk fanfiction, and thus I was disappointed when I did not get them.
The Spock/Kirk thing is a little handy, though, because the cerebral, less intimate nature of the connection between the two main characters (who are in an arranged marriage) was very slow burn, with lots of hidden feelings, and some pining. Also they have to solve a mystery while being newlyweds, and then save the galaxy. Just average newlywed things.
I will definitely be reading the author’s next book, Ocean’s Echo, when it comes out. Even though I think the cover is ugly (they got rid of the UK versions—see above—and have used the ugly American designs instead on both sides of the pond).
Chipping Away at Mt. TBR, July 2022—Book 22/31