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  • Disappointing

    Disappointing. Just about my whole Romancelandia Twitter feed was over the moon about this book. Best thing ever!! Kickass heroine!! Awesome hero!!! Action galore!! Romance!! Sexytimes!! Nope. If you're looking for all those things, try the excellent Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper. So here's the thing, a 23 year old heroine who can do everything and get out of scrape after dangerous scrape, time after time, thanks to some training we're just hearing about that she had when she was young. TWENTY THREE IS YOUNG!!! She's just so darned perfect all the time. No one is at that age, but seriously, this gal, who amusingly enough, is named Ada doesn't have a single fault or flaw. And the hero? Loch, who frowns and growls and grunts his way through the book until just about the very end where he declares his devotion to Ada. But do we SEE this relationship kindle and grow? Nope, we see a lot of hot sex and lusty glances and panting after each other, but aside from this overpowering physical attraction to each other, I don't think I saw much emotional growth. Loch is just a lump of growly muscle and abs as far as I can tell, one who seems to think that Ada belongs to him. His property. I can't tell you how that put me off every time it was mentioned - and that was a lot. The action. Well, there was a lot of that, but it mostly spun the same way. There's some trouble, Ada pulls out some great weapon or defense and manages to rescue them, much to Loch's amused surprise. Or, Ada gets captured, she's threatened with DIRE consequences, and by some special quirk of hers or SURPISE, growly man, she or they manage an escape. There are politics involved by they're basically only given surface attention. They could be very interesting and maybe we'll get there at some point in the series, but not here. Romance? Not much here! Mutual admiring of weapons and abs and lusty looks and thoughts and deeds and that's about it. I don't know why Ada loves Loch and I don't know why Loch loves Ada. I'm told they're in love, but... I have no clue why or how. There were a few scenes I really liked. The scenes where Ada, Loch and their friends plotted and planned and teased each other. Felt a lot like Nora Roberts' gang of friends characters. And that's my catnip, as they say. *LOL* Of course we've been introduced to the next couple in the series, I'm pretty sure. Ada's sister and her family's House security guy (who I think is one of Loch's friends, but that's in the future.) Oh, and one last thing... I found the characters very 2019ish as opposed to the hundreds of years in the future people they are supposed to be. Just the way they spoke, the terms they used, it just all felt somehow contemporary to me. Anyway, I went into this with high hopes and was quite frankly, disappointed. I don't understand what the huge fuss is about. The basic ideas are good, but the execution and the meat of the story are lacking, in my opinion. So it's another book that so many people found wonderful and I found it rather ordinary and pedestrian.

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  • So Good!!

    Lady Ada von Hasenberg has been in running from planet to spacestation for two years after fleeing an engagement she had no interest in. As the daughter of a Consortium High House her only purpose is a political marriage but Ada wants more for her life. But getting thrown in a cell with a notorious criminal was not in the plan and now she's forced to team up with Marcus Loch in order to escape. As a long time fan of science fiction romance I was excited to read Polaris Rising from the moment I saw the description. I was not disappointed and from the very beginning I was pulled into Jessie Mihalik world building and storytelling. I loved this futuristic world ruled by the three High Houses of the Consortium which engage in power plays, espionage, and all forms of manipulation. While Ada may be the fifth of her father's six children and destined for a political marriage she's also trained to be a spy -- this is no simpering princess. Ada is smart and sneaky, but she's also incredibly loyal and compassionate which makes her different than many Consortium ladies. While Ada works to gain her freedom she teams up with Loch who has been running ever since he was dubbed the Devil of Fornax Zero for killing his commanding officers and squad. But Loch has secrets and Ada doesn't know if she can really trust him. I loved Loch as our hero and Mihalik does a great job balancing the romance with the rest of the story. Loch is muscular, dangerous, and mysterious but his innate protective nature means he'll do whatever it takes to protect Ada after he agrees to help her. I only wish we could have gotten Loch's point of view as well because while I loved Ada's voice I also wanted to know what was going on in Loch's head. Ada and Loch have this slow burning, flirtatious, chemistry that just jumps off the page. Watching these two people learn to trust in someone else while also engaging in some serious political machinations kept the tension high throughout the book. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next book about Bianca and Ian who I'm already intrigued by!

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  • Yay!

    This was a good one. Bit like an urban fantasy in space. Looking forward to the next it the series.

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  • A bit of humor, and this would have been perfect!

    This is a very very good read, the first in a while for me (since the last Kate Daniels, I think). I'm not uasually drawn to Science Fiction but the worldbuilding in Polaris Rising is fascinatig, the plot is compelling, the narration fast-paced, the characters - all of them - well rounded, expressive, nuanced. Descriptions are detailed and evocative, there is technical language but it's easy to understand. I usually prefer a slow burning romance spanning more books but the growing relationship between main characters felt right for them, consistent with their past. A bit of humor, some funny sketches and this would have been perfect! 4.5* Can't wait for next book.

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  • The best of Sci-fi Romance

    Sometimes I think that I should hoard my five star ratings just so I can use them for books like this. Action, romance, family politics, great characters. The best of sci-fi romance with enough action to satisfy those who just want action-adventure.

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