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    First Mate's Accidental Wife by Eve Langlais

    First Mate’s Accidental Wife by Eve Langlais Science fiction romance on the humorous side. First in a series although it is littered with references to characters in other series by the same author. It had me looking a few up a couple of times to confirm. You don’t need to have read any of the others to fully enjoy this adventure into space. Filled with wry humorous remarks on earth customs, norms or commercial products. “Then again, once upon a time, humans had five toes. The fifth one being utterly useless and only rarely appearing in babies nowadays.” Lightheaded and romantic. A joy to read. Excerpt: “The translator embedded into his auditory channels—which was a polite way of saying jammed into his ear and fused to the drum—communicated directly with his brain so that he heard the actual speech. What his translator couldn’t do was make it interesting. He tuned in to find his captain and the ugly Kanishqui leader yapping about the usual boring stuff. “Looking mighty fit,” Jameson remarked. “Have you been working out?” Gargle, spit, swallow. “Lifting some weights. Eating my enemies.” Funny how many species considered the ingestion of sentient races as a necessary thing for strength. Some still believed they absorbed the knowledge and power of the entity they ate. In the case of the K’ahmelons—a bipedal winged reptile race from the jungle planets in the Rinfrst Galaxy—they truly did.” Excerpt From First Mate's Accidental Wife by Eve Langlais This material may be protected by copyright. I don’t know if we will ever meet the K’ahmelons but it’s entertaining that the comment about the race is included. But don’t think by the excerpt that it’s dark. It just has a lot of data dump in the first 15 pages. Get past that and you’ll be flying through space anticipating the happily ever after. Fair warning: as usual the epilogue leads you into the next book.
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    Oops – we’re married!

    At first I thought it was just going to be the standard story – girl stows away on space ship, is discovered, fights with the crew, falls in love with a member of the crew, etc. There’s nothing wrong with those stories, and I highly enjoy them - but Eve Langlais has managed to add a new twist!! Damon, First Mate on the Gypsy Moth, accompanies his Captain on a visit to another ship. His job is to locate and retrieve a kidnapped female. Michonne is the daughter of a crime lord, and the Captain has been hired to rescue her. When she and Damon are cornered, Michi comes up with a novel way to save them – and their marriage (and the drama) begins! The interpretation of the Kanishqui dialogue is hysterical, and kept me laughing for quite a while! It is nice to have Michi be neither a true fainting damsel, nor a harridan prone to violence. She’s been raised in luxury and educated well, and is ready to find a mate and settle down. This isn’t exactly part of Damon’s plan, but she still tries to win him over. All Damon wants to do is continue with his First Mate duties aboard the Gypsy Moth, and leave the command-type duties to the Captain. Who wants all of that responsibility? He certainly isn’t interested in losing his heart, but lose it he does. Once they finally get to ‘safety’, they are pulled apart and their marriage dissolved. Will Damon realize he loves Michi in time, and go to find her? Or will he be too late? Definitely a worthy read, and I recommend it. I like how there are mentions of items and people from the author’s other space-themed books – it ties everything together into the feeling that this is just part of the whole. It’s a big universe out there, but everyone is connected.
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