Review: Collision Course by Zoe Archer (8th Wing #1)
April 4 2011
Received from NetGalley
Yummy Man – Kell Frayne
Kick Ass Chick – Mara Skiren
Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She’s a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried need for an intimate connection.
An ace pilot for the elite Black Wraith Squadron, Kell’s mission is to rescue a lost pilot and ship. Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful, rebellious Mara, he decides bedding her would cool his ardor. But one taste is not nearly enough, and he finds himself sharing more of his real self with her than he has with anyone.
With deadly criminals on their heels and an increasingly dangerous assignment to complete, he’s starting to wonder…if they survived, could he let her go? And will Mara want to stay?
Mara and Kell are a smokin’ hot couple. If pages could catch fire due to the heat characters generate, this book would have scalded my hands. Well, it’s an eBook, so my Kobo would have melted…and that would have pissered me off…so maybe that wasn’t such a good analogy. But you catch my drift. But in case you don’t, I’ll spell it out for you: The chemistry between Mara and Kell is spectacular.
After reading Zoe Archer’s Blades of the Rose books and thoroughly enjoying them, I placed Zoe on my “no matter what she writes, I will check it out, unless it’s about man-eating broccoli, then I may just draw the line there” list. I knew (thanks to Twitter) that she was releasing sci/fi romance book, and since she’s on my fancy list (and even though I also often have trouble relating to sci-fi settings), I decided to check it out. And I am really glad I did.
Collision Course takes place in a whole other world/galaxy and is filled with spaceships and other space stuff. The story revolves around Mara, a scavenger, who is blackmailed into helping the 8th Wing track and save one of their pilots and Kell, a member of the 8th Wing who is to accompany Mara on her mission. And even though there is so much “space stuff” going on, you can’t help but focus on this couple. From the moment they meet, the sparks fly. It’s not like their attraction overpowers the plot, but it definitely rides right alongside it.
I love characters like Mara. A strong and independent woman who has worked very hard to get where she is. She has no time for friends, let alone partners or relationships. Yet Kell cracks through. And Kell, confident and smart, is also used to working alone and being alone. He pretty much has one thing on his mind and that is to help in the war against the heartless conglomerate who is trying to pretty much take over space. I really enjoyed watching as Mara and Kell slowly let their barriers down. They worked really well together and, as I mentioned before, their chemistry… well, it worth reading this book just to witness that.
And don’t worry about the fact that this is a novella. It does not read like one. Zoe manages to really give you a good feel for the setting and scenery, a thorough understanding of the characters and their mission and a clean, unrushed ending. Very well written.
Zoe said that each book in this series will focus on a different couple, but that past characters will make an appearance. I am excited about that and can’t wait to see what she cooks up for the members of the 8th Wing. Next up is Lt. Jur’s story in Chain Reaction, which is due out November 28th 2011.
I knew I’d get a good story and a good coupling, because this is a Zoe Archer book after all, but this book surpassed my expectations. It was sweet and steamy and action-filled. It was, simply put, a great book.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’Commander Frayne is the 8th Wing’s best pilot,’ Captain Esen said.
The scavenger looked unimpressed. ‘He’s not touching my ship’
‘It’s not your ship I’ll be touching.’ Kell planted his hands on his hips.
Her eyes rounded. Her cheeks grew even more flushed.
Damn, that didn’t come out quite right.”
“He glowered at her. ‘Lesson learned. Next time I feel like protecting you, I’ll punch myself in the face as a reminder not to.’”