Book Review: The Queen’s Gambit


When the Quint Confederacy and the Kos Empire went to war—again—young Queen Samara wisely kept her Rogue Coalition out of the conflict. But staying neutral in a galactic war doesn’t pay the bills, not when both sides refuse to trade with neutral sectors.

With her people on the brink of starvation, Samara hatches a daring plan to snatch the kidnapped Kos Emperor from the Quint mercenaries holding him. The Kos Empire will pay a fortune for their emperor’s return, enough to feed the Coalition’s citizens while they wait for the return to a begrudging peace.

But when her plan goes sideways, Samara finds herself evading Quint mercenaries with the very man she intends to capture. And the more time she spends with Valentin Kos, the more she realizes that he’s not the coldly indifferent villain she imagined. Torn between duty and desire, Samara must decide if saving her people is worth giving up the one thing she’s always wanted.

Review – Oh heyyyy look another Mihalik SciFi romance (though admittedly this is lighter on the romance; it’s kind of like Urban fantasy but SciFi. Not quite hardcore, but not quite romance). This is NOT, as far as I know, related to the Consortium series.

Quickly paced, rapid fire cleverness and a gal who is obviously descended from Ripley or Sarah Connor, all bow to Queen Samara Rani aka the Rogue Queen or Scoundrel Queen.

Duly elected by the people to be their leader in the ‘verse at War, they try to be a neutral party with equal opportunity pirating when strictly necessary. While the whys of how the ‘verse came to be are absent, you can guess at why the Kos Empire and Quint Confederacy are at odds pretty easily.

Samara is an engaging, quippy gal who is determined to do right by her people, as long as she doesn’t have add more stains to her soul. She’ll do it, but let’s find a better way first ok? I enjoyed her and Valentin’s bartering sessions, mostly bc they seemed to have enjoyed it. They worked well off each other, even when trust was at an all time low.

Valentin is a shade too good to be true, but I’ll forgive it because he wasn’t dumb. He’s intelligent, sarcastic, romantic and protective; really the only thing I wish we could have seen more of was him outsmarting his enemies a bit more.

While the chemistry sparks, Samara spends the better part of the book with holes in her body – serious oh my good stars woman take a week long nap injuries. Instead we get to see them puzzle the other out as a form of foreplay.

Basically this is a great quick read to make you smile and chuckle, while impatiently waiting for them to kiss.

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Published by: Author-published
Release: June 18, 2018
Series: Rogue Queen Book 1
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