SciFi Romance, Psychic, Aliens
Paperback $4.99 (400 pages, ENTANGLED SELECT)
When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever. Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed. Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.
Author Site: kateerobert.com
If you enjoy love-hate tug o' wars in your romance... (4 stars)
If you read the blurb for QUEEN OF SWORDS you've got a good grasp of the plot and the hero and heroine of this fresh scifi romance from Katee Robert. She wastes no time in the set up before rocketing readers into an adventure that has plenty of snicker-worthy moments and action of both the gun-toting and steamy varieties.
I would be remiss if I didn't admit now that I didn't realize this was the second in the Sanctify series when I grabbed it. That said there's good news! It stands alone really well. Aside from wishing I'd had just a bit more background on Sanctify itself this was a pretty great story without the big info dumps one might expect in any scifi series with a world this big. As a big scifi romance geek I love alien races and Robert did an excellent job bringing in interesting secondary characters that were less human-like than the Diviner race which I found really satisfying.
The one thing that made me unable to love QUEEN OF SWORDS was the relationship between Ophelia and Boone. While I loved that they had that love-hate, headbutting kind of sexual tension that was all I found it to be. Lots of sexual chemistry (which is by no means bad), but I found that by the time they were both claiming to love each other I still couldn't buy it. Ophelia's strong willed and independant by nature rock and Boone's wounded but not broken personality were really enjoyable individually, I just wish I'd been able to feel their love connection forming.
While I might not have quite bought into their happily-ever-after love this was certainly a terrific scifi adventure romp with plenty of steamy love scenes, hardcore fight scenes that were utterly engrossing, and a cast of secondary characters I want to read more about. I would definitely recommend it to my fellow scifi loving readers who gag at overly mushy romances and skip ahead for read 'the good parts' (lol).
Wicked Little Pixie
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.