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    stellar addition to the series!

    I loved this story! Following on the heels of Chaos Station, book 1 in the series, this one continues the romance started in book 1 (though each story has a clearly defined ending with no cliffhangers). While I highly recommend Chaos Station as well, you can easily jump into the series with this one. The story follows the crew of the ship Chaos, with Felix and Zander being the couple of interest, and the captain Elias, the medical officer Ness and the pilot Qek rounding out the cast of colourful and interesting characters. The world building is precise and clearly defined, explained in simple terms yet complex enough to make it clear that 'we ain't in Kansas anymore'. The human connection keeps the reader grounded but there is no doubt that this is science fiction (and I'd say that fans of any Star Trek TV shows would definitely find comfort here, especially Voyager and Deep Space Nine ones, like me). The alien races of interest - the Ashushk to which Qek the pilot belongs, the Stin who we don't see directly except as a consequence of the war, the elusive and mysterious Guardians who seem to control everything yet generally stay in the background observing and not interfering, and other species make the story lively and interesting. There are good guys, bad guys and everything in between, just on an intergalactic scale. The different worlds and space stations that the Chaos ship travels to are well written and colourful. Yet at the same time, it's the age old story of boy meets boy, boy falls in love with boy, just with a little alien Mafia type characters thrown into the mix. While you've got the action and suspense plot going on, Flick and Zed hold our attention. They've had a rough go of it, having finally reunited after several years apart in book 1 and still getting used to being together. Only Zed's health is failing, both mentally and physically. I confess that there were parts of the story that almost had me in tears (okay, more than almost) as the emotional upheaval and turmoil being felt by both twisted my heart. There is no denying that they love each other, even if they don't want to use the words and the chemistry between them, even after so many years apart is just as strong and undeniable as it was in the beginning. And the scenes between them get pretty steamy. The story is told predominantly in Zed and Flick's points of view, with the occasional chapter coming from Elias, the ship's captain who is trying to protect his crew and find a solution to Zed's increasingly dangerous and undeniable deterioration. I loved seeing the story from all three angles. They have a tight knit crew, and Zed's health concerns them all, resulting in decisions that will affect the future course of the ship and the story. It was a captivating read, with lighthearted and funny moments interspersed between the more serious ones. The story ended very satisfactorily, with a hint of what's to come next. I can't wait to take the next step in the journey! 5 stars.
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