Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Corporal David Creswell develops a crush on PFC Blake Bickford the moment Blake enters the starship Excelsior. Before the men can explore their feelings, they are requested for a mission to find a missing space probe launched hundreds of years ago. Will their new relationship end before it begins?
David Creswell is a corporal in the United Space Force Marines of the planet Earth. He is ordered to meet the new batch of marines that are being rotated onto the space ship. When the seven new marines board the ship, he is immediately drawn to one of them.
Blake Bickford is newly stationed on the Excelsior. He goes to the corporal’s quarters to ask him about the social opportunities for a gay marine. He finds his commander extremely attractive and thinks he is picking up signals that the corporal would be interested in some fun along the way. When David tells Blake to strip, they proceed to enjoy the evening in the bedroom.
When a shuttlecraft docks with the Excelsior, an Admiral from the Space Marines has a secretive important mission concerning New Horizon, a deep space probe that has been malfunctioning. The probe did not self-destruct when it was suppose to and has been sending gibberish. They need to travel across the galaxy to retrieve data from the probe and then destroy it. The scientists that are going on the mission insist that Creswell and Bickford be assigned to the new starship that will be going across the galaxy.
Naturally the mission does not go as planned, for when do they ever do in these kinds of books or movies. It all starts when the command of the new ship finds out that our two heroes are in a relationship in a most public way, unbeknownst to them. The forced separation takes a toll on both of them. But the two guys manage to get themselves and the crew in and out of trouble before they make a return trip to earth.
This is a decent space cowboy romance novel. I enjoyed the nod to John Simpson’s recently ended series Condor One. The romance between the two characters was a bit rushed, almost like a paranormal mating, but enjoyable nonetheless. I like the fact that while David tends to be dominant in the bedroom, he is not using his superior rank to demand Blake’s submission. I felt the devotion of the two men when Blake must make a decision in the dark void whether to follow orders or save his lover, consequences be damned. If you are looking for sex and adventure, I recommend picking up this book. Here is hoping for either a sequel or further adventures in this story as the authors have definitely left open that possibility.
The cover art by Catt Ford shows two men dressed only in bikini underwear. The men could very well be the two heroes. It is a nicely done cover.
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
edition language English