Jan 6, 2012

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Review: Chain Reaction by Zoe Archer (8th Wing #2)

Sci-Fi Romance
January 9 2012
131 pages
Carina Press
Received from NetGalley

Yummy Man – Nils Calder
Kick Ass Chick – Celene Jur

From Goodreads –
Elite 8th Wing pilot Celene Jur was taken captive after a mysterious device temporarily disabled her ship’s controls. Three solar months later, when Celene receives intel on the man who built the device, she’s ready to get the bastard. Only problem is, the higher-ups think her mission partner should be Nils Calder, a tech-head who can understand the disabling device. The attraction between them is electric, but Celene needs a soldier who can watch her back as she exacts her revenge.

Nils knows his department is nicknamed NerdWorks. Pilots like Celene think the closest tech geeks come to combat is all-night Nifalian chess tournaments. But behind the NerdWorks insignia on his sleeve Nils is an able fighter, ready to prove himself and gain Celene’s trust.

The desire between them is unexpected, but with the fate of thousands hanging in the balance, the hotshot pilot and the tech genius must succeed in their mission—no matter the cost.


A little while back, after finishing the first book in this 8th Wing series, I asked Zoe Archer about the next book in the series.  She told me that it was going to be called Chain Reaction and that the hero was going to be a sexy geek.  Oh my word…I like those.  I love my heroes to be clever and smart good with their hands as well as ‘good with their hands’. *wiggles eyebrows* Add that to the fact that I really enjoyed the first book, Collision Course, and for sure I was going to be reading book two.

I liked Chain Reaction exactly the same amount as I liked book one.  (That would explain why I rated it exactly the same).  We meet Captain Celene Jur in the first book.  The mission that the two main characters were assigned was to save Jur.  This time around, Celene wants revenge on the person who is ultimately responsible for her capture, but she can’t go alone.  Because of the complexity of the weapon and what she needs to do while on this mission, she is teamed up with a member of NerdWorks.  No, that is not what that division is actually called, but that is what they are called behind their backs.  Needless to say, Celene is not impressed with this decision.  She feels she needs someone who can kick ass like her.  But really she has little choice.  So Nils Calder it is.

Once again, Zoe has written a great lead heroine.  Strong and independent, Celene is a superstar with 8 th Wing, but she holds a sadness she won’t let anyone else see.  It’s a weakness after all and fighter pilots can’t show weakness.  I really liked seeing how her walls slowly come down for Nils.

Nils was awesome!  If I were Celene, I may have been a little intimidated (or freaked out) by his ‘confessions’ but coming from Nils, they didn’t go into creepy territory.  I actually swooned a little.  And he’s brilliant yet can still kick butt.  And yummy.  And thoughtful.  And just… swell.  *dreamy sigh*

*shakes head*

I really liked Nils and I found he was a great match for Celene.  I didn’t find the heat to be a strong in this instalment, but it was still there.  Celene and Nils are different from the H/h from book one and it shows in their physical interactions.  That’s not saying the chemistry wasn’t there – it was.  There is one steamy scene where ‘boots’ were discussed and I found that to be one my favorite scenes in the book.  Not only did it make you smile, but it also reminded you of the truth of the situation this couple is in.  It was very well done.

Zoe’s voice lends itself very well to the sci-fi genre.  She writes in such vivid detail, her scenes just jump off the page.  She makes this crazy ‘other planet’ stuff seem real.

If you are into UF and PNR and contemporary romance and are looking for something a little different but not too daunting, I would give this series a try.  I don’t usually pick up sci-fi books but I really enjoyed the time I spent with Collision Course and Chain Reaction.  They are quick reads yet have wonderful characters and interesting imagery.  You don’t feel like you are missing out on any details even with the lower word count.

Chain Reaction just reminded me why I enjoyed the first book so much.  I will definitely be picking it up again someday when I need a rocket-ship fix.

4.5 stars

  1. I am not reading this review because I still need to read book #1 which is on my kindle, but I love that you gave it such a high rating. I need to go buy this one when it comes out and move them up my TBR… smiles!

  2. Christi – You will like these books. For sure 🙂

  3. Nice review, and it sure sounds good. A nice change from my usual genres. I do like some sci fi now and then 🙂

  4. aurian – I think you would like this too. 🙂

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