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    Science fiction romance on an alien planet

    When the story begins, we are not sure Gael is a good guy. One would argue he is just trying to survive in a very hostile underground city named Zhemosen, where people without money and power do what they need to. Unfortunately, he is not bad enough for the crowd he has fallen in with. He's not really a bad guy, but his decisions are questionable. And he needs off the planet, like right now. Bram has a terrace farm in the settlement on Alkirak, a barely habitable mining planet. As a former miner, he's just trying to increase his fortune by looking for minerals so he can expand his farm and start a family. He was a bit older than we might have expected and comes from a large family commune on another planet. What is enjoyable about the world-building is the subtlety; you won't be bogged down in detail, but there is enough to picture it all. Also with the characters, you will feel Gael's joy at seeing the sun and Bram's nervousness when they meet for the first time. It's all plodding along quite nicely until there is one heck of a plot twist. I don't even know how to talk about that, but it makes sense for this story and the way it unfolds and helps to humanize Gael. As we are drawn more into the story, we get to empathize more with Gael and understand his past circumstances. This seems like an opposites attract story with Bram a slow, methodical thinker and Gael a seat of your pants type. In this case though, Bram really didn't think though all the possiblities and consequences of his decision to bring Gael, or any companion, into his life. Also, maybe Gael isn't really that person when in a different environment. They settle into a daily routine at the farm and grow closer together, but the past is coming and Gael will have to tell the truth at some point about why he flew across the galaxy to start a new life. Trust can't form when there are secrets. Trust is also earned, so we take that journey with them. Having both POV is integral to this story. The relationship wouldn't work without the quiet, secure presence of Bram, gently courting Gael, waiting patiently until Gael is ready. When they finally make love, you feel like this is it! But the author has one more surprise for you, and it isn't what you think it is. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the alien world with it's hidden beauty and dangerous atmosphere and terrain. I loved that these people found each other at the right time. There is one part near the end that I feel was glossed over, but I can't tell you what without spoilers. The ending itself is highly romantic.
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    Delightful

    Fuzzy and heartwarming with two adorable protagonists. Just enough angst to make it sweeter.
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    Mail order groom in a galaxy far far away

    “To See the Sun” brought you on a journey across the galaxy. I wouldn’t guess it with the way the story started, but for something of a harsh premise, the story was actually rather sweet and touching. It’s the space opera sci-fi version of a mail order (bride)groom. Bram was the farmer of a remote planet (practically at the edge of the solar system) and Gael the ordered companion. When Gael’s after-effects of past life intruded into the carefully planned new one, he just ...improvised! Essentially this was a story of new beginning and starting a family. Everyone had different idea of what made a family, but after going through some rough times, Bram and Gael made it here. For all companion-ordering expectation we had of the story, I considered this a soft romance with mild graphic scenes between the men. The overall telling was quite emotional, both seen from Bram’s and Gael’s POVs. Enriched with beguiling characters, this book had me hooked from start to finish. Jensen managed to portray the harsh living in untamed territory mixed with what presumed as predated intricate technology. In short, it was a fun ride - a wild west space opera kind. But I loved that in spite of the usual by-the-book route futuristic officials promoted, the one here took on very humane approach. That it escalated into the sort of monumental episode that shifted everything was nothing sort of brilliant. A painful one, but brilliant nonetheless. For me, the only niggle I had was the nescience of what had became of the people Gael left behind (and I don’t mean the bad guy, those could go to hell for all I know). A necessary evil, perhaps. But man I really wish there was some sort of indication. Who knows, maybe the author had a plan to tell their story sometime (soon) - a sequel to this book?? *nudge*nudge* One could only hope...
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