Review: Big thanks to NetGalley & Carina Press for allowing me an ebook for an honest review. I got a hold of this as soon as I could and pretty much devoured it. Meant to write up a review a lot earlier but, real life got in the way alas.
If you’re here, you’ve most likely read the first one, so I won’t really summarize what’s gone on too much. It does continue relatively shortly after the first book. Not immediate, but not feeling like a time jump either, so the story opens up to where we expected from last. With our ‘plucky’ crew trying to earn a living while engineer Felix is trying his best to rekindle, and maybe help fix, his long lost ex, super soldier Zander, who’s been having nearly debilitating problems ever since he was injected with an experimental drug. If that wasn’t enough, the Agrius Cartel that the Chaos crew both accidentally and not so accidentally pissed off in the previous book, seem keen on enacting their revenge.
Like the previous, the narrative switches back and forth between Felix and Zander, and once again, with small intermissions from their Captain, Felix’s friend. The pacing was good and didn’t feel as frantic as the first (though that wasn’t bad in the first either), with some nice action sequences, and fight scenes. Their writing is pretty smooth and easy to jump in and understand what’s going on along with being able to get into the guys’ heads at the same time.
I love angst, so I was glad there was no shortage of it in this book, and it wasn’t like the typical romance type where they’re worried about the other being into other people. Nothing felt cliched in this book, romance or sci-fi wise. Honestly, the angst was amped up as we learned more about what happened to Zander and Felix during the wars and after and just how bad Zander’s getting. We see how it affects the crew and we get to even learn more of Qek’s species and her backstory a bit more. She’s certainly my favorite of the supporting characters, though I enjoy them all. But yes, there were times while reading where I nearly teared up with what some of them were going through, and it works oh so very well!
As it’s a very character driven story, I was definitely soaking in every time we got more of the world building, with how the tech has advanced and the politics and society of the different places the Chaos crew travels to. Pretty much everything was easy to visualize while it didn’t get super drenched into imagery.
I certainly enjoyed the smut scenes we got, that it was nice and varied and just the right amount of steaminess that works with the narrative. We got more than the previous book and I can only hope we’ll get even more in the next, haha.
While I wouldn’t say the ending felt rushed, it seemed to conclude in a near neat little package, more so than first book. Yeah, there’s still hints of what’s to come, and I’m definitely glad the boys and the rest of the crew get a chance to breathe and enjoy themselves for a bit, but was a little surprised is all. Just a little something that I can’t really put my finger on. Nonetheless, I was pretty damn satisfied when I finished, and like before, eager to read the next one!
NB: Why this does have some smutty scenes, this is a great, plotful series that I see it more like what’d we see on cable television. So it still has the Adults Only tag but I don’t necessarily consider the series purely erotica.
Cover: It seems they’re sticking with a theme for all the covers, and keeping with the original pictures of the two main characters. I still keep with that the clothing doesn’t really line up with the sci-fi nature of the book, but the rest of the cover is lovely and does give a nice hint to what’s to come, even if at face value, it’s just a literal translation of the title.
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