In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.
But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .
Note: Ada is really bad at taking no for an answer…(also mild spoilers ahead)
Review – Well hello pretty new science fiction romance. How are you? Where have you been all my life? Feeling comfy? I’m so glad.
Niceties observed can we please discuss how Ada’s sister Bianca is like AWESOME. She’s a late addition to the book (the latter third or so), but since the next book is about her adventures I’m already itching for it.
Back to Ada’s adventure. She’s wonderful – tough, clever and resourceful. Not invincible, but she’s a planner. Plans upon plans that had me giggling with joy. They weren’t always GOOD plans, or smart plans, but they were PLANS and sometimes having a plan means things snap into place for you.
Mind you luck was also a factor, but she makes connections. By being herself, even when she’s being her Public Persona, she convinces people to trust her. And repays that trust…or betrayal….in equal measure.
Loch is your basic badass – capable, ruthless and very happy to take that out on whoever gets in his way. Especially if they happen to be a smug jerk with a fancy ship and secrets. So many secrets.
Between rescue missions (several of them), family politics, science shenanigans and party dresses you find the one thing I want more of in romances (or any kind of relationship honestly) COMMUNICATION.
Ada and Loch work at it. They figure it out. They found a way to work around their trust issues and communicate.
And of course have some truly fantastic sex.
There’s a lot of world building and politics, which man I’m in awe of Ada’s skills. Some are on account of her own abilities, but some are the fact she knows how to play the game and make others do it for her.
Meanwhile the family dynamics are refreshing. The siblings are THERE for each other in Ada’s family and while we’re not given a lot of clues about the other Head Families and how they interact with each other, I think we can assume it’s nowhere near as warm.
And did I mention yet how much I’m looking forward to Bianca’s book?
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Published by: Harper Voyager
Release: February 5, 2019
Series: Consortium Rebellion Book 1
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